August 13

ACCI lauds  NEDFi award winner

NAHARLAGUN, Aug 12: Arunachal Chamber of Commerce & Industries, the apex body of traders in the state, today lauded Nirjuli-based M/s Renu Beverage, a packed water unit, for winning laurels for the state by winning NEDFi Award-2015 at Guwahati on Tuesday.

This has not only proved that Arunachal Pradesh has shed its ‘no industrial state’ status but given the proof of speedy industrial expansion in the state, said ACCI president Techi Lala and general secretary Tarh Nachung, adding many entrepreneurs  have already taken bold steps in this direction.

M/s Renu Beverage, set up in November 2013 as a partnership company funded by North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd and Bank of India, and selling Orchid Drop brand packaged drinking water propagating ‘Product of Arunachal, pride of India’ won the award after hardly within two years but many units in other sectors have been immensely contributing to state building, they said.

Trade and commerce have vital role to play in development besides generating employment, particularly self-employment and the GoAP’s 2015-16 Budget to boost skill development and self-employment generation deserves special mention, they added.


DA ban on weapons

ITANAGAR, Aug 12: Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Magistrate, Itanagar Capital Complex, Itanagar has banned carrying of weapons like dao, knife, khukari etc and licensed firearms by any person(s) with them/ in their vehicles for a period of fifteen days or until further order, whichever is earlier starting from August 12.

This has been taken as a precautionary measure for ensuing Independence Day.


AAPETA writes to home minister

ITANAGAR, Aug 12: The All Arunachal Pradesh Elementary Teachers Association has written to home minister seeking expedition of the investigation into the mysterious death of assistant teacher Kali Bulo at Mechuka. They also expressed serious concern over way police and SIT failed to make any arrest in the another mysterious death of Mathew Dabi who died last year while on election duty at Siang district.


Army reaches out to health needs of civilians

AALO, Aug 12: Equipped with latest medical facilities and specialized doctors, the Army Field Hospital  here is  rendering  emergency medical service to the civilian populace on request  from  the doctors of General Hospital Aalo.

The help came to fore when one Y Lona was confronted with a serious delivery complicacy and required an urgent surgery. It could not be done due to absence of anesthesiologist at Aalo nor could be evacuated due to communication bottleneck.

When the doctors of General Hospital Aalo approached Army, a team of doctor with necessary equipments responded immediately to carry out the operation successfully to save the precious life of a mother. The army hospital not only gives treatments to civilians at its hospital at 5 Mountain Brigade but reaches out to the health needs of rural people in the remotest parts of the district. DIPRO


Jayanti-Fengche road damaged

Seppa, Aug 12: The Jayanti to Fengche PMGSY road has been damaged at several stretches  due to landslide and erosion. The road needs urgent renovation to avoid further deterioration, reports DIPRO

Meanwhile, RWD AE Pugi Kambu along with Anchal Chairperson of 12th Watte Manga Rimo, inspected the damaged road and had a meeting with the villagers of Fenche.  The Nere PMGSY phase-II road also reported to have been damaged at several locations, the report added.


Heat wave damages school

YINGKIONG, Aug 12: A heat wave followed by cyclone has damaged Government Primary School, Mariyang colony at Yingkiong on Sunday last.

 While inspecting the school on Wednesday, local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary PWD, Alo Libang  who was accompanied by ZPM Bading Teng,  announced  Rs one lakh on the spot from his MLALAD fund for restoration of the school building and proper water supply system. DIPRO


TGF conducts literary competition

ITANAGAR, Aug 12: The Tat Gaga Foundation (TGF) conducted felicitation cum prize distribution programme of essay writing competition and drawing competition for the students of Government School within 16th Yachuli Assembly Constituency. The programme was held on 10th of this month at Yazali.

Yumlam Tana, DDSE, Lower Subansiri along with Likha Radh, Circle Officer, Yazali attended the event. At the very onset Chairman TGF Taba Amman Nagu highlighted the activities carried out by the foundation. He said TGF has conducted various activities in 16th Yachuli Assembly Constituency at different capacities since last many years including felicitation to toppers of Class X and XII students, women volley-ball tournament, free medical camp, contribution of necessary materials to schools and medicals, cleanliness drive, tree plantation etc. within the ambit of foundation. From this year the foundation has decided to emphasize on education sector.

Both DDSE and CO appreciated the foundation for organizing the literary competition with dedication and in innovative way to uplift the society through education. “Overwhelmed to see that TGF is doing great work towards the well being of society since its establishment in the year 2000 without any govt. aid,” said DDSE Ziro. Further, he suggested the foundation to emphasize on research field on community based topic and assured his cooperation to the foundation in near future.


AVP sports competition at Nyapin

ITANAGAR, Aug 12: Kurung Kumey district unit of Arunachal Vikas Parishad (AVP) conducted organized sports competition at Nyapin general ground recently.

The competitions aimed at identifying rural sports talent was participated by 75 athletes from 18 villages of the circle.

Former Anchal Chairperson of Nyapin Tadar Lalik inaugurated the competition.


Anti tobacco rally in Pasighat

PASIGHAT, Aug 12: East Siang district administration in collaboration with ABK (WW) and Royal Siang Bullet Club organized an anti tobacco rally in order to generate public awareness on harmful effects of tobacco consumption.

MLA Kaling Moyong who flagged off the rally, hoped the rally would go a long way in creating awareness among public, especially the youths about the ill effects of tobacco consumption. He appreciated the organizers of the rally for their initiatives for a noble cause.

ADC Deepak Shinde, DMO Dr. Mandip Perme, Councilor Makpak Peyang Councilor and others also joined the rally. DIPRO

Kuku Ringu chairman Nyapin Football Club, thanked supporters for their support. In future team will improve.


Capacity building training begins

ITANAGAR, Aug 12:   A month-long capacity building training on handicrafts (Mura making), tailoring and house wiring-cum-electrician for the youths of Kurung Kumey and Kra Daadi districts began at Koloriang on Monday.

The training sponsored by the department of skill development and employment generation, GoAP was conducted by the Manghi Welfare Society (MWS), a local NGO under the BADP.

Speaking as chief guest during the inaugural day, Kurung Kumey DRDA project director Bengia Naighe exhorted the trainees to avail maximum benefit from the training and further assured to provide all possible help to set up their own respective businesses through the department’s scheme for loan and subsidy.

Damin ZPM Lokam Pabi, who was also present on the occasion as guest of honour advised the trainees to not look for only white collar jobs but learn other skills which will help them to become self-reliant.   

MWS president Nguran Tado also spoke.


Mass social service held

ITANAGAR, Aug 12:  A mass social service was conducted by the Lower Subansiri district administration in view of the ensuing 69th Independence Day celebrations at Yachuli on Tuesday.

During the social service, which was conducted under the supervision of both the ADC and WRD AE Likha Tasi, volunteers repaired the dilapidated approach road to WRD sub-division office which is also the lone connecting road to various government establishments located at the left bank of Khel river.


National Librarian’s Day

ITANAGAR, Aug 12: The Library department today celebrated the National Librarian’s Day with various programmes at Naharlagun State Branch Library to commemorate the birthday of Father of Library Science in India, Dr. Shiyali Ramamritra Ranganathan. Prof Rao has been a frequent visitor of the state library for almost 17 years.

Speaking on the occasion as resource person, Dr. Asham Borang, Scientist (G) from State Forest Service, Itanagar (Chimpu) has termed the library as store house of knowledge and advised the students to visit the library regularly. He further asked them to make a habit of reading good books to  gather knowledge in various fields.

Y P Rao, a retired Professor, while narrating his struggle in life, advised the students not to watch television more frequently but give some time in reading along with their school curriculum.

Director of Public Libraries J. Borang and Deputy Director T Mize also spoke on the occasion.

Earlier, an extempore speech competition on the “Importance of Libraries” was organized with participation of students from Naharlagun and other areas.  In senior category, Nitish Kumar, VKV Nirjuli, Toyum Gomdir, KV No.1 and Gymar Yani, Government Higher Secondary School, Kankar Nalla  won  the Ist, 2nd and 3rd position respectively. Arishika Rai, VKV Nurjuli, Sangyo Tangna, Government Middle School, D- sector and Alina Tayeng Royal International School secured 1st, 2nd, & 3rd  position respectively  in junior group.

Free membership drive was also conducted from Aug 5 to 12 at Branch Library Naharlagun wherein more than 300 readers including students  and teachers enrolled themselves as members of Branch Library Naharlagun.

The library authority also awarded Y P Rao (senior category) and Marpi Ete (Junior category) as best library readers  on the occasion. DIPR


Road link restored

ITANAGAR, Aug 12: The damaged Pipu road which connects Pipu town, a circle Hq in East Kameng district has been restored yesterday after 28 days. The road remained cut off from rest of the state since  July 13 last due to blockage followed by heavy flash flood, according to an official release.


Union demands job reservation in Railway

ITANAGAR, Aug 12: All Arunachal Section Division North Frontier Railway Construction Loading and Unloading Sramik Union (AASDNF Rly Const, L&ULSU) demanded job reservation for APST candidates in Railways as per the state government norms.

The Union in a release informed that it has submitted a memorandum to the Union Home Minister demanding reservation in Group ‘C” and “D” posts in the Railway for Arunachalee candidates in the ratio of 80:20.

It urged the union minister to include one member from the union in the Railways Board (Arunachal Pradesh Branch) and make registration of coolies and labourers of Railway with the union mandatory.

The union further urged for awarding any works of Railway that is less than Rs one crore to the union.


Longe Ratan dies at 45

ITANAGAR, Aug 12: Longe Ratan, Mondal/Organizing General Secretary of 38 East Pasighat died today at Dirang, West Kameng district.

He left behind his wife and seven children.

Born in 1970 at Damro village, he was the son of Pontem Ratan and Kayang Ratan.

Expressing shock and grief over untimely demise of Ratan, MLA Kaling Moyong and his party workers have conveyed heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.


Revoke transfer order

ITANAGAR, Aug 12: In a representation to the state Education Secretary, the Tamin Elite Society (TAM) has today appealed him to revoke the transfer order of Chetam BEO under Upper Subansiri and various teachers to other districts stating that there is a deficit of over 200 teachers in the district.

Alleging that the transfer of the said BEO is politically motivated, the Society said that the BEO has been unjustly transferred to Tawang as Trained Graduate Teacher on the ground that there is shortage of teachers there which it termed as false and further urged the Education Secretary not to transfer the officer.


Relief sought

ITANAGAR, Aug 12: Informing that the house of one Charu Kayu, a junior teacher of government middle school, Palin has been completely destroyed in a devastating fire which broke out today, the Kra Daadi district unit of the All Arunachal Sarva Siksha Abhiyan Teachers Association (AASSATA) has appealed the state government to provide immediate relief to the victim at the earliest


Post ADC soon

ITANAGAR, Aug 12:  In a letter to the state Chief Secretary, the ZPM of 18th Monigong-Pidi Tachi Hemi has appealed him to post an IAS or a senior ADC at Mechuka soon as the incumbent ADC Ravi Dhawan has been transferred to Roing causing much hardship to the people. The ZPM further urged him to direct the concerned department to expedite the investigation of the alleged murder of AT Kali Bullo to apprehend the culprit involved soon.



DRGQ to be held from Jun 9 every year from next year

ITANAGAR, Aug 12: Donli Riba Gaming Quest (DRGQ), the virtual gaming tournament with the highest kitty in the national is due for its 6th edition. The first DRGQ was first initiated in 2010 in memory of Donli Riba a promising musician and the grandson of former chief minister Tomo Riba who died prematurely on August 13, 2009, to commemorate his death anniversary.

In the past years, many requests have been submitted by the participants to re-schedule the dates of the tournament as majority of the gamers are students and the much anticipated quest is conducted while the classes are going on. To accommodate more participants and to expand the outreach program of the 'Anti Tobacco Campaign', which is an integral part of the gaming tournament, the organizers have scheduled the dates to 9, 10, 11 June of each year.

This change has also been made keeping the core ideology of the tournament, which is to celebrate the positive spirit with which he fought his illness and to promote optimism in youth. The tournament will now be concluded on June 11 coinciding with the birthday of Donli Riba.


Itanagar Solung football semis today

ITANAGAR, Aug 12: Donggin Yameng will meet Siang United in the first semifinal of the Itanagar Solung Football Tournament tomorrow while the second semifinal will be played between Giidi Yameng FC and Donyi Polo FC.

Meanwhile, Donyi Polo FC and Abotani FC beat their respective opponents Solung United FC and President XI FC in their last group level matches played at DNG College playground here today.

Opang Darang put Donyi Polo Ganging team ahead in 3 minutes of the game with his thundering shot taken from penalty box. The ball deflected after it struck the body of Tason Gao of the opponent team and rested in the net. Tom Gao added another goal few second later to make it 2-0.

The face saving goal for Solung United FC was scored by Abu Tayeng in the second half.

Abo Tani FC signed off their group assignment with 2-0 win over President XI FC. Son Nonang scored both the goals for the winning team.




In the fourth line of the first paragraph of a news item published in this daily on August 11 under the headline “DRDA staff reiterates demand”, the word ‘department’ was wrongly imprinted in place of ‘demand’. Therefore, the sentence should be read as “……non fulfillment of its demand (not department)  by August 26 next will invite indefinite pen down strike from August 30 next.” The inadvertent error is regretted.


News Impact

Mortal remains of Tirap DC,

pilots retrieved from crash site

ITANAGAR, Aug 12: Thousands of saddened citizens gathered at Nehru stadium , Khonsa this evening to pay their final homage to Kamlesh Joshi, the Tirap Deputy Commissioner, Captain M S Brar and Captain Rajeev Hoskote who lost their lives in a Dauphin VT-PHK helicopter crash on August 4 .

The bodies were finally retrieved this morning by members of Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling and High Altitude Warfare School from Sonamarg, informed SP Tirap Jasmeet Singh speaking to this daily.

The wreckage of the chopper remains at the crash site, he said.

The mortal remains will be taken to Dibrugarh on Friday morning for medical formalities before being taken to respective home towns by Indian Air Force as requested by the state government.

On Aug 4, Dauphin VT-PHK helicopter owned by Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd, a government of India undertaking with three onboard had took off from Khonsa for Longding. The pilots were in touch with Air Traffic Control five minutes into flight. But soon it lost touch, crashing into a deep gorge near Pongkong village.

Tirap DC Kamlesh Joshi would have been 32 years this 15th August. An IAS officer of 2010 batch, he joined as Tirap DC in 2013.  His wife Neha and brother Major Rajesh Joshi were in Khonsa during the agonising search operation.

The Pilot Col (Retired) M S Brar from Panchkula, leaves behind his wife and a son while Rajeev Hoskote, the co-pilot who was from Mysore leaves behind his parents.

Governor, Chief Minister offer condolences

Meanwhile, the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh J.P. Rajkhowa has led the state in mourning the untimely demise of Kamlesh Joshi, Capt. MS Brar and Capt Rajeev Hoskote.

 “I am in extreme shock and grief over this enormous tragedy. It is an unbearable loss for the people and the State of Arunachal Pradesh”, the governor said.

“I have come to know that the young IAS officer, Late Kamlesh Joshi was a very sincere, competent, talented and dedicated officer and had contributed immensely towards development of Arunachal Pradesh. I am also given to understand that, the two daring pilots, Capt MS Brar and Capt Rajeev Hoskote were highly committed to their duties and were always ready to serve the needy people, even in inhospitable and far flung areas of this State. In their sudden death, the State has lost greatly which cannot be compensated by human efforts. Their contributions and attachment to the people of this hilly State will always be remembered and written boldly in the history of Arunachal Pradesh, the statement added.”  

In a separate message Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said that “People of Arunachal Pradesh will always remain grateful to the three departed souls who served the state to their fullest in their respective capacities,”.  In a message to the wife of Late Joshi, Tuki wrote, “Late Kamlesh Kumar Joshi will always be remembered for his zest to deliver his best in the service of Arunachal Pradesh and its people as a member of the elite cadre of Indian Administrative Services. He was one of the freshest officers in the state with fresh and innovative ideas that became the hallmark of his administrative eloquence in all the places he served. His loss has closed a chapter of dedicated service of an administrator par excellence not only for Arunachal Pradesh but for the country.”

The Chief Minister also conveyed his condolences to the family members of the two pilots – Captain M S Brar and Captain Rajeev Hoskote – and put on record their dedicated service to the people of the state by offering transportation to and fro in difficult circumstances putting their own safety at risk.


Govenor calls for high level enquiry into chopper crashes in state

ITANAGAR: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh J.P. Rajkhowa has expressed deep concern at recurrence of accidents in the state involving Pawan Hans Helicopter, a central government undertaking and has called for High Level Inquiry.

A message from Raj Bhavan stated that High Level Inquiry needs to be instituted under the Commissions of Inquiry Act, preferably headed by a High Court Judge, at the earliest in order to unearth the causes of the accident to fix responsibilities, if any, and to recommend corrective measures, which should be taken under a time frame, to prevent such tragic accidents in future.

The Governor further opined that although nothing can compensate the loss of those precious lives, the State and Pawan Hans Helicopters Limited (PHHL) as also the Central Government should extend adequate relief and compensation to the bereaved families beside extending all possible help for transportation of the bodies to their respective hometowns for the last rites.

Meanwhile, there has been no comment so far from the Ministry of Civil Aviation that oversees the Pawan Han Limited operations.



Arunachalee player stuns former Assam champion in NE Chess C’ship

ITANAGAR, Aug 12: Padi Khambo of Arunachal Pradesh handed former Assam Champion Dharmeswar Pegu a shock defeat in the FIDE rated 15th Oil India North Eastern States Chess Championship held at Oil city Duliajan, Assam.

The upcoming chess prodigy from Ziro took only 20 minutes to force the four-time Assam champion Pegu, who has a FIDE rating of 1930, surrender. Khambo, who secured 6.5 points out of total 9, described the win against Pegu as his best and highest achievement in his chess career till now.

Ranked fifth in the state, Khambo became the only player in the state to achieve 12th rank in any North East Chess Championship so far. He also entered directly into FIDE ratings with more than 1600 points.

Other players of the state, who were awarded FIDE ratings with more than 1500 points, are Tamar Nilling (1600 points), Getor Lombi and Takhe Pai.

Hage Lassa Nado, Tamar Nilling and Biswajit Phukan earned 6 points each in the championship out of possible nine while Takhe  Pai and Getor Lombi secured 5.5 points each and Nabam Nikum 4.5 points.

Hage Lassa Nado, 2nd ranked player of the State earned 20th position in this championship.  

Seven players from the state under the banner of All Arunachal Pradesh Chess Association (AAPCA) participated in the Championship which was held from August five to 11.

The tournament was played in the Swiss League system.

Getor Lombi , Vice President of All Arunachal Pradesh Chess Association led the team as the Team Manager and player.



Ziro come together for world heritage site tag

ZIRO, Aug 12: The much awaited public sensitization and interactive programme on Apatani Cultural Landscape, a tentatively listed world heritage site was held by the Directorate of Research, department of cultural affairs at Abotani Hall, Hapoli today.

Addressing the mammoth gathering MLA Tage Taki said that the Apatani Cultural Landscape is a potential site for WHS status. He highlighted the significance of the traditional practice of imposing fine “Kiira Dapo ponii” that is not only significant for meeting the needs of wood but ecologically relevant for it helps in conservation of water.  Stressing on the need  of protection of catchment areas he said “Our ancestors have been intelligent enough to protect and preserve these catchment areas and it is our moral duty to continue the same. He also assured to take up every possible step to make funds available for such work.

Speaking on the occasion, APCC president Padi Richo suggested that the  Government should take special initiative and felt the need to the buffer zone for making it more manageable.

Attending the program, Hage Kobing, Zilla chairperson appealed the department to organize such awareness campaign WHS project at village  level. Also addressing the gathering Deputy Commissioner  Kanki Darang appealed people of Ziro to preserve their ecologically relevant traditional systems of resource utilization and age-old traditions. He also felt that WHS tag would bring in socio-economic development in the valley.

Dani Salu , Cultural Affairs Secretary, apprised the people of Ziro about the fund for WHS and that all stakeholders will be consulted while preparing management plan.

Briefing on WHS perception Dr. Tage Tada threw light on the importance of “Heritage” and how cultural beliefs and practices of people helped in the maintenance of the landscape by reinforcing the system of optimal utilization of resources.

Later an interactive session to clear the doubts regarding WHS was  held where a panel  of resource persons interacted with community people including Panchayat leaders, Gaon Bura, Gaon Buris, Nyibus and general public.

The program was also attended by the Director Research Batem Pertin and all the HoDs of Lower Subansiri district.

The WHS movement, which was started by the then Secretary Art and Cultural Affairs Mamta Riba and Dr Tage Tada in 2004, has garnered a lot of mass support today.

NGOs like AYA, SMILE and NGUNU ZIRO are working relentlessly to bring in the prestigious tag for the valley.  DIPRO



AAPSU team meets CS, takes up refugee issue

ITANAGAR, Aug 12:   Members of the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) led by its vice president-cum-chairman Refugee Affairs Likha Takar and member secretary Refugee Affairs Arjun Dodum called on state Chief Secretary and Secretary Political to discuss its earlier representation submitted to the government regarding the Tibetan Refugee issue, here today.

Stating that many Tibetan and Bhutanese nationals are availing licenses and certificates by showing fake documents which are otherwise meant for the local people only and misguide the government, Likha Takar appealed the government officials to verify the persons before issuing such documents since it adversely impacts the rights of the indigenous people. Expressing concern over the state government’s decision to issue ST certificates to Lisu and Yobin tribes, he said that it could pose a threat to the indigenous tribes of the state especially, in Changlang district because both the said tribes are settled at Miao and Vijoynagar near the Myanmar border are now starting to illegally migrate into the state after hearing the government’s decision.

While urging the state government to initiate strict measures to check such alleged illegal migrants by alerting the Assam Rifle at various check posts, he further requested the government to identify and prepare a census of Lisu and Yobin tribes who have been settled in state since many years, to avoid future problems.



International Youth Day celebrated in style

ITANAGAR, Aug 12: Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society (APSACS) in association with Indo Global Social Service Society and Don Bosco College, Jollang has celebrated the International Youth Day-2015 with the theme “Kadam Badhaao - a step towards change” at Don Bosco College, Jullang here today.

Attending the programme Dr. Kartik Nishing, Director Health Services, asked the youth to differentiate between good and bad things in life. Urging the youth to concentrate on studies, Dr Nishing said that the youth should do good to themselves, their body and minds so that they can contribute all the good things for the society  in future.

In his speech Principal of the Don Bosco College, Dr R K Guangdiat Nicholas said that the youth are the most powerful force to reckon with. “But unfortunately most the time people misuse the power of the youth for their vested interest. Youth need proper guidance so that they can contribute meaningfully to the society,”  he said.

APSACS Project Director Dr. Riken Rina, in his keynote address highlighted the objectives of the International Youth Day celebration. He said the theme for International Youth Day 2015 is “Youth Civic Engagement”  and it is based on the understanding that youth should contribute in the building and designing of their own future. India is taking up the theme further  as “Kadam Badhaao-a step towards change,” he said. He also urged the youth to learn about HIV/AIDS.

Dy. Director (IEC) APSACS, Tashor Pali, asked the students to remain safe from HIV/AIDS and remember ABC of HIV/AIDS where A stands for Absitenence, B Stands  for Be faithful to your partners and C stands for condom usage. He also urged  the youths to remember the four routes of HIV/AIDS transmission.

Speaking on the occasion, Dy. Director of Skill Development K. Sharma  called upon the youth to sharpen their skill  for survival in life in additional to their academic degrees. Dy. Director (BSD) Dr. Annong Borang also spoke on the occasion.

Earlier a state level slogan writing competition on HIV/AIDS was conducted for all the college students from the capital complex. Joy Jamoh of DNGC stood first while Hage Yaku of Don Bosco College and Kemhize Tamin of Rajiv Gandhi Polytechnic College  secured second and third position respectively.

 In the drawing competition  for school students, Tagru Tati, Tagru Gyadu and Tumgam Raju  won the 1st, 2nd and 3rd position respectively.  The winners were also awarded with cash prize and certificates.

A colourful musical programme  was also organized to mark the occasion.



Laying gets polytechnic

Laying, Aug 12:  Laying in Kurung Kumey district gets its first Polytechnic with eight students in its first batch as Government Spokesperson, Parliamentary Secretary IPR, Education and the local MLA, Bamang Felix formally inaugurated the technical institute today.

While addressing a mammoth gathering, Felix appealed the general public to adopt the college as a whole for ensuring the first technical institute of the district to flourish. “The Government has very generously awarded us this polytechnic and now it is our onerous duty to pay back the government by producing quality technocrats from this institute” Felix assertively said. He announced to adopt all the eight students of the first batch for one year.

The Government Spokesperson further announced to provide Rs 70 lakhs for electrification of the institute, while Rs 30 lakhs each would be provided for water supply and internal road connectivity. He also donated a V-Sat for internet facility to the polytechnic college. Speaking on the occasion, Director of Higher and Technical Education Dr.  Tejum Padu called upon the students to be brand ambassadors of the institution. He said that the institute which is starting today with only 8 students should have more students from the next academic session.

Kurung Kumey DC Mamta Riba announced to provide a permanent rostrum for the institute from DC’s untied fund.

Among others, all the head of the departments in the district, Panchayat leaders, Gaon Buras and general public were present.



12000 fingerlings released in different rivers of Kodum circle

AALO,  Aug 12: Under the initiative of West Siang District Socio-Economic & Cultural Development Society, an NGO of the district, around 12000 rich varieties of fingerlings were released in different rivers at Nyorak, Pidi Rime and Dasi under Kodum circle by Oni Padun, Circle Officer, Kodum today. The fingerlings were managed by the NGO at its own cost without depending on the Govt.

The CO appreciated the noble initiative taken by the  Society to preserve rich varieties of fishes in the rivers of the district.

The President and Secretary of WSDSECDS, Mijum Lona and Lee Sora disclosed that efforts are being made to preserve rich varieties of fishes in the rivers.  Among others, progressive fish farmer of the district, Jumdo Jini, who is distributing fish seeds requirement of the district, was also present on the occasion. DIPRO



Upper Siang prepares five-year perspective plan

YINGKIONG, Aug 12: The heads of various departments in Upper Siang district submitted the five-year perspective plan and proposals for Vision Document -2030 in a meeting held here at DC’s conference hall on Wednesday.

Speaking on the occasion, PWD Parliamentary Secretary cum MLA Alo Libang advised all the officers of respective departments to prepare perspective Five-year plan by covering developmental needs of every household of the district. Emphasizing on electrification, water supply and road connectivity to all the  villages, he urged upon all the officers and public leaders to take  responsibility  for making Upper Siang a model district on developmental fronts.

Earlier MLA Olom Panyang emphasized the need of the electricity supply, construction of football play grounds at various places in Mariyang-Geku area.

 Presiding over the meeting, Deputy Commissioner Remo Kamki expressed concern over absenteeism of some of the officers and officials and cautioned  that  action would be taken as per instruction of the government from time to time in future. Kamki also appealed both the MLAs to look into the problem of poor functioning of BSNL. Official works of Govt offices have been badly hampered due to failure of internet service, the DC added.

The District Planning Officer explained about the differences between the five years perspective plan and Vision Document 2030. He also appealed all the officers to prepare the best plan document for onward submission to the state government. DIPRO



Siram visits road construction sites, takes stock of work progress


PASIGHAT, Aug 12: Former Education Minister and Chief Minster’s adviser, Bosiram Siram along with a host of government officers, Municipal Councillors and PRI leaders of Pasighat area today visited ongoing cement concrete road at Mirmir Charali and Pasighat bazaar portion and taken stock of  work progress.

He also inspected rural link road at Mingo-Rottong along PLTK-deserted British road near Yagrung village. The project worth Rs 2 crore was funded under SPA-20012-13 and being implemented by Pasighat division of Rural Works Department (RWD). It connects Rottong village, a sleepy hamlet of old Yagrung village with the rural area of Yagrung and horticultural gardens on Tekang hill site. Being satisfied with the progress of the road project, Siram urged the engineers of the executing department to finish the work within scheduled time for the convenience of the local villagers.

Siram further visited Bakin Pertin Memorial Govt Middle school, newly set up DDSE office and Sikshak Shadan at Pasighat Two-mile.

Later in a meeting with the Govt officers, Municipal Councilors, PRI leaders and local public at DC’s conference hall,  Siram  highlighted the state government’s budgetary allocation under various developmental activities in the current financial year. He informed that the schemes approved under SPA and SCA would be merged with normal schemes as the central government has closed down these scheme provisions.  He urged the department officials to place need-based scheme with proper consultation with the local Civic and panchayat bodies.

“The problems will not be minimized unless and until the developmental schemes are successfully implemented and the officers properly addressed the needs of common people. The benefit of the schemes should be percolated down to common people”, Siram advocated.

The  former minister further informed that the state government has earmarked an amount of Rs 25 crores to meet the demands of furniture, building and maintenance of the educational institutes. Thus, an amount of Rs 10 crore has been placed in the recent budget for infrastructure development of Arunachal State University at Pasighat and additional fund for development of Govt colleges including JN College, Pasighat and Dera Natung College in Itanagar. Stating that the government has allocated fund to boost the state’s Agriculture & Allied sectors, road communication, health and tourism sectors, Siram urged the officers concerned to work with well-defined coordination for proper implementation of schemes.

In the meeting, key issues of the district including power supply problem in Pasighat, horror of mosquito-born Dengue and fire accident mitigation were elaborately discussed by the officers and leaders, who have sought fruitful initiative of the CM’s adviser in solving the problems through strong pursuance to the state government.



Coordination meeting calls for joint effort to intensify anti-tobacco campaign

Yupia, Aug 12: The Papum Pare district level coordination committee of tobacco control cell in a meeting  today emphasized on the need to intensify anti-tobacco campaign  to make the district tobacco-free. The meeting was organized by the District Health Society Papum Pare district at ZPC office conference hall, Yupia.

Addressing the   meeting, Parliamentary Secretary UD and Land Management Techi Kaso emphasized on well coordinated plan to strengthen anti-tobacco campaign by targeting the vulnerable places like schools, market and other important public places. “We must work sincerely to make a tobacco-free   society for coming generations, he said adding there should not be any problem in enforcement of COPTA 2003 and all stakeholders must work jointly to enforce it strictly.  

  DC cum DHS chairman Tai Kaye also called for a well-concerted joint effort to create a tobacco free district and to make anti-tobacco campaign a successful one.

While presenting an overview on National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP) through power point presentation, Dr. B Natung, SPO (STCP) stressed on  the need to work in well-coordinated manner for strict implementation of NTCP and to make Arunachal a tobacco free state.  

Dr. S. Tsering, Oncologist ASH, Naharlagun presented an account of  tobacco and cancer  through a short documentary film made by World Lung Foundation on people affected by tobacco  and cancer.   He said that  proper awareness, heavy taxes, strong legislation and enforcement of COPTA 2003  and setting up of tobacco cessation clinics may help in reducing the use of tobacco.

Dr. L. Jampa, SPO (NPCDCS) and  State Epidemiologist while giving his presentation on the topic “National Tobacco Control Act and Enforcement Strategies on COPTA ( Cigarette and other Tobacco Product Act) 2003” said “it is challenging job but we must keep on fighting for complete ban of tobacco products and bring in a strong legislation to make our state a tobacco free in coming days.  Earlier DMO Dr. S. Ronya informed that the Govt has approved to establish District Tobacco Control Cell (DTCC) in Papum Pare. DTCC would be the focal point for all activities carried out under National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP) at the District  and Sub-District levels. It would be responsible for overall planning, implementation and monitoring of different activities and for achievement of physical and financial targets under the programme.

Among others, Itanagar Municipal Chief Councillor Kipa Kaku, ZPC Nabam Aka and  Govt officers attended the meeting. DIPRO



A biopic on Anshu in the offing

ITANAGAR, Aug 12: Carbon Creative Motion Pictures Ltd (CCMPL) has decided to make a biographical film on ace mountaineer of the state Anshu Jamsenpa, stated Director of the company Anil Kumar Siddhu in a meeting in Garware Club House Mumbai on Saturday.

Prof. Raja Sekhar, Utpal Bhattacharjya and Nand Kishore (Nandu) are working on the script. The format, cast, location and the scale of the proposed biopic will be finalized soon and is projected to be made in several languages simultaneously, Siddhu said.

CS Challam from CCMPL further stated that their company will go all out in making the biopic a grand success and that the whole world should know both the tough and humane side of Anshu.

Anshu also met actor Arjun Rampal and his wife Mehr Jesia, former Miss India in their Bandra Bungalow which was also attended by Arunachal Mountaineering and Allied Sports Association (AMASA) President Tsering Wange and Chairperson of Fountainhead Institution Meghana Musunuri.

Arjun Rampal stated that he will be in Shillong in December for one month shoot of Bollywood movie Rock on 2. He also stated that he has several plans to promote film tourism in North East in general and Arunachal in particular.

He also expressed his willingness to join the ‘Everest Again’ Expedition 2016 with Anshu. He stated that he had done basic rock climbing and mountaineering course during his younger days and presently runs about 10km a day as part of his physical fitness regime.

Anshu’s Mumbai visit included meeting with Rajiv Bhatia, Founder of East West Interconnect. He stated that the ace mountaineer is well known not only in North East but in rest of the country and abroad.

President of Cricket Club of India (CCI) Kekoo Nicholson hoisted lunch in Anshu's honor, presented her a book ‘CCI Celebrating 75 Years’ and invited her for a motivational speech and interact with CCI members in Mumbai.



KVK holds Kishan sammelan cum exhibition

ITANAGAR, Aug 12: In order to create awareness among the farmers about the latest agricultural technologies, the Krishi Vigyan Kendra Changlang has conducted a day-long Kishan sammelan cum exhibition at Wagon village under Bordumsa sub division, Changlang today.  

Speaking on the occasion, Singdu Nong Singpho, Anchal Chairperson Bordumsa circle suggested  the farmers to take up latest agricultural technologies and reach out the scientists of Kendra for optimal agricultural production.

Dr. Narendra Kumar, programme coordinator KVK, who also hosted the entire programme emphasized  on latest know-how of agricultural technologies and explained the role of Kendra in dissemination of technological information.  

Exhibition on various agriculture implements, model, poster and printing materials were also organized to help farmers understand the latest tools and technique.

During technical session, presentation on “Scientific animal husbandry practices for optimum production” and “Scientific management practices for optimum production of fruiting plant” was made by Dr. Jitu Moni Das and Abhimanyu Chaturvedi respectively.  

This was followed by farmer-scientist interaction where  the scientists of the Kendra Dr. Narendra Kumar, Dr. J M Das, Dusu Nobin, Abhimanyu Chaturvedi and Nyajum Riso  responded to the various quarries on agricultural practices.



Eagle trophy: Capital Complex one win away from title

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Aug 12: Capital Complex Sporting Club (CCSC) are just one victory away from winning their maiden Eagle Trophy title.

The team stormed into the final with a crushing 4-1 victory over 19th Nyapin Football Club in the first semifinal at RG Stadium, Naharlagun today.

The players of both the teams started the match aggressively and attacked on each other's side to take an early lead. But it was Karli Ngomder of CCSC, who put his team ahead by scoring in 23rd minutes. Stung by the goal, Nyapin FC stepped up offensive and found the equalizer in 30th minute through goal from Kipa Tania.

The teams were level 1-1 at halftime.

The second half show costly for the Nyapin team.

The game was evenly poised until Tadar Kojum of CCSC scored two successive goals in a span of ten minutes. He scored his first and team's second goal in 53 minutes before adding the third in 63rd minutes (3-1). Techi Tattra put the final nail in the coffin by hitting a goal in 78th minutes.

Capital Complex will meet the winner of tomorrow's second semifinal to be played between Todo United and Doimukh FC in the final on August 15.  Meanwhile, Chairman of Nyapin Football Club Chairman Ringu Kuku has urged  supporters of his team to not to feel disheartened with the team’s defeat and assured of a better performence by the young team in the next edition of the tournament.


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More burden on state exchequer

The government of Arunachal has surprised everyone with the decision to appoint four new parliamentary secretaries. It looks like a political decision as all the newly appointed parliamentary secretaries are former PPA MLAs who joined Congress in December last year. The appointment comes at a time when state is struggling for the fund. In all probability these appointment will further burdened the state exchequer.

Also state government should have shown some sensitivity towards victim of chopper incident. Even before their body was retrieved the swearing in ceremony was organized. Truly speaking the appointment of parliamentary secretaries in no way aids the developmental process and will only burdens the state exchequer. Already government has made appointment of so many parliamentary secretaries, chairmen, vice-chairmen etc. No doubt it is the prerogative of state government to make such kind of political appointments; however, decision should be taken keeping in mind the financial situation. Government should desist from taking any such decision which hampers the development process.




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Attestation and wastage of time

Dear Editor,

This is regarding attestation of documents by the gazetted officers when one is applying for jobs, admission in a state or central universities/colleges.

The government of India has allowed self-attestation of documents but one still requires attestation by gazette officers in most of the departments in Arunachal Pradesh. Perhaps the self-attestation is enough because once the persons get selected they are required to produce original documents at the final stage.

In other words, self-attestation is harassment to the common man. Obtaining an attested copy is wastage of precious time for government officials as well as for citizens when we know that every single minute is precious.

Sometimes there comes a situation when we have many works which have to be finished on a particular day and tomorrow we shall another works to do. In such a situation, we can’t run here and there to finish the work within stipulated time so every second counts.  

Therefore why should we be disturbing government officials from doing their works as well as wasting our precious time for attestation of documents?

Therefore, it is my sincere request to the concern departments to handle this issue for the interest of the public and to avoid unnecessary wastages of everyone’s precious time.


Obang Mize




Perception towards differently need to change

Dear Editor,

As the nation is going to celebrate the 69th Independence Day, I trust the PM’s speech would include a statement which would touch the hearts of many differently-abled citizens as India has one of the largest population of differently-abled people. The census shows that the population of differently-abled people has increased by 22.4% from 2.19 crore in 2001 to 2.68 crore in 2011.

Though a lot has been done by Government & various voluntary organisations for their welfare, there is a long way to go as lot more has to be done. First and foremost, the society’s perception and mindset about differently-abled people needs to change. People & organisations should realise that they are normal human beings and one among us & not discriminate during employment. The employment and vocational avenues for them should be widened & they should be given equal opportunity to participate in all activities of life. Some of the differently-abled people are very talented & have done exceedingly well in life. The recent success stories in UPSC civil service examination shows their remarkable fighting spirit when it comes to dealing with their disability and succeeding despite all odds, which is celebration and triumph of human spirit. The need of the hour is to welcome them to join mainstream of life with more ramps and wheelchairs & Braille system (including more books in Braille) at public places and public transport.



Chennai 87



Establish polytechnic

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to inform that a centrally funded polytechnic was sanctioned in 2010. A new polytechnic was proposed to be established in Upper Subansiri District. As per the norms, the proposed polytechnic was to be established at about 10 km radius of the district HQ. Therefore, Karda (Sippi) which is located at 9 km from Daporijo town was chosen as best suitable location for establishment of a polytechnic. The public have already voluntarily donated the required amount of land for construction of the said institution at Karda (Sippi).

Earlier, in this connection, a team comprising the ZPMs including Togam Leriak of Giba, Tako Mosi of Chetam and Tayom Mothu of Daporijo along with all the land donors met  Minister of Home Tanga Byaling and submitted a representation for early establishment of polytechnic. Later, the delegation submitted a rough sketch map, land donor consent letter to the Director Higher and Technical education months ago.

The Director Higher and Technical Education has assured that an expert team would be sent to the proposed site for land feasibility study and assess the proposed site. But since then nothing have been done so far.

Due to delay in the process of implementation of the polytechnic, many bright students, especially those belong to economically weaker section of the society, are facing hardship.

Since Karda (Sippi) is located at the confluence of many administrative units like Taliha, Daporijo, Chetam, Giba and Gusar circles etc, establishment of a polytechnic college at earliest would benefit lots of the students of this area in particular and district as a whole.

In this regard, the ZPM 7-Daporijo Tayom Mothu appealed to the Government of Arunachal Pradesh to speed up the process of implementation of the Polytechnic. It is also appealed to the concern authority to send a land verification team for early establishment of the said institution.


Tayom Monthu


Sigin-I 7, Daporijo HQ




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