August 24

College Forum seeks better facilities

ITANAGAR, Aug 23: Arunachal Pradesh College Forum (APCF) has submitted a two point memorandum to the Chief Minister  demanding improvement of infrastructure in the colleges of the state as well removal of an Assistant Professor from his job.

The students said that they were forced to meet the Chief Minister with demands after the Education Minister Tapang Taloh failed to give any response to the memorandum submitted to him on Aug 4.

It appealed the Chief Minister to issue necessary direction to Tapang Taloh, Education Minister to sanction sufficient funds for the infrastructure development of colleges and Polytechnic colleges of the state.

It further called for termination of Dr Apurva Ranjan, an Assistant Professor currently being engaged as PRO by the Education Minister from his service and conduct an SIT enquiry. The students allege that the Education Minister Tapang Taloh is shielding Dr Apurva Ranjan by appointing him as PRO in his office.


Three injured in landslide

KOLORIANG, Aug 23: Three people, including two minors were injured and their vehicle heavily damaged after a cloud burst caused landslide near DC Office Koloriang on the way to Sarli side at around 12.30 PM today. All the injured persons have been provided with immediate relief by the administration and sent to Itanagar/ Naharlagun for further treatment.

The private vehicle of Congress leader Chera Mekia, who was behind the wheels, has been damaged badly in the landslide.  

Meanwhile, the Kurung Kumey district administration pressed into service the rescue operation and managed to restore the traffic movement in between Malapu and Koloriang Township within three hours.

District administration has asked the people of the district to stay away from land slide/flood prone zones and move to safer places especially during the rainy season. Further the BRTF authority has been directed to keep their men and machinery in readiness to clear the road as and when there is a block due to incessant rainfall. DIPRO


Battered child worker rescued

ITANAGAR, Aug 23: A girl was rescued after an anonymous caller tipped off the Child Line, Itanagar Office.

On Aug 21 evening, an unidentified caller informed about a 8-10 yrs old kept as a domestic helper who was being beaten up by the employer every day.

The following day, Child Line approached the Child Welfare Committee, Capital Complex and the local police for rescue of the child. The joint team of Itanagar Police Station headed by SI R. Kr. Jha and Childline Itanagar headed by Coordinator J.Tangjang managed to safely rescue the child.

“We found the child in a very pathetic condition, with her hands, arm and back all swollen and also with bruises all over her body” said a rescuer.


Endangered birds rescued

ITANAGAR, Aug 23: Twenty seven parrots reported to be endangered were rescued by police at Likabali from a Aalo bound passenger vehicle which were hidden in two bags yesterday.  

Later the captive birds were handed over to Kenjum Membom, Forest Range Officer Likabali Forest Range, who is also Range Officer of Kane Wild Life Sanctuary.

Later on the same day, the Range Forest Officer along with SDPO Likabali Dr. D.K. Thungon released the birds at Kane Wild Life Sanctuary.


AP Dr’s research project rated among top

ITANAGAR, Aug 23: The health research project entitled “The Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister’s Universal Health Insurance Scheme or APCMUHIS” by Dr. Nabam Peter has been rated amongst the top 12 Health Projects in India’ for the year 2015.

A jury of eminent experts has made this selection after going through a large number of nominations and over 300 presentations.

The project would be awarded “Skoch Order of Merit” during the 41st Skoch Summit on September 22-23 at New Delhi.


Seva Dal for resumption of CMUHIS enrollment

PASIGHAT, Aug 23:  East Siang District Congress Seva Dal (DCSD) has demanded the district health authorities to instruct the company concerned for immediate resumption of the process for enrollment of beneficiaries under Chief Minister’s Universal Health Insurance Scheme (CMUHIS) in the district. According to Seva Dal Chief Organizer of the district Tapu Darang, many poor families willing to enroll themselves under the schemes have been deprived from the benefits due to sheer negligence by the Insurance Company entrusted for the purpose.

“The insurance company concerned had conducted the enrollment process not only in a hurried manner but also left the work half done,” the Seva Dal organiser said, and urged the district health department to ensure enrollment of all the left out persons in the next phase of the enrollment process.


BKAS felicitate Nanya

Society to voice against drug addict

ZIRO, Aug 23: Byoda Kiila Ane Society (BKAS) today facilitated Hage Nanya for being recognised as progressive farmer by Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, on the occasion of 69th Independence Day. Nanya was one among the achievers in respective fields who have been felicitated by Governor in a function organised at Raj Bhavan on the eve of 69th Independence Day celebration.

Appreciating her success in farming and the achievement, BKAS members in its general meeting held today at the residence of Tadu Rinya at Biirii felicitated Nanya. Hage Yasung who is also a member Women Commission, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh on behalf BKAS members congratulated Nanya for the achievement and suggested her colleague to emulate her in their own fields so as to pass on good message to impress upon the younger generation. Nanya was one of the contemporary farmers of 1970s who started paddy cum fishy culture in Ziro Valley. From early days, she was interested in leading traditional way of life and preferred to remain as farmer and ultimately made success in the line. She really deserves Governor Award, BKAS members remarked.


AWS urges not to grant bail to culprit/s

ITANAGAR, Aug 23: Reiterating its demand against the alleged abettors in late Kenpu Dong suicide case, the Akom Welfare Society (AWS) has urged the concern authority not to grant bail to the culprit/s.

In a release, it warned of taking its own course of action against the culprit/s involved if the authority gives bail.

The authority will be held responsible if any untoward incident happen, the release further added.


Circle level sports

ITANAGAR, Aug 23: The Tirap District AVP unit organised a Circle Level Sports and Games Meet for both Soha and Deomali circles on 16th and 20th Aug respectively.

More than 160 participants took part in various events organised from which 33 athletics were selected from Soha and 23 for Deomali Circles.


News Impact

DK Memorial State Open Badminton C’ship concludes

Laa Talar makes hat-trick of titles

[ M Doley ]

ITANAGAR, Aug 23: Laa Talar made a clean sweep of all the three major titles in the 3rd Dorjee Khandu Memorial State Open Badminton Championship.

Talar, ranked ninth in world ranking in his age category, won Men’s Single, Men’s Double and Boys U-19 single titles in the championship which concluded at Raj Bhawan Badminton Stadium here today.

He won the Boys U-19 Single title defeating Jokom Ribya 21-10, 21-13. Talar came back from one set down to again beat Jokom 19-21, 21-15, 21-14 in the men’s single final.

Talar partnering with Jokom clinched his third title jointly defeating the pair of Akhsay Raito and Dilip Gurung 21-11, 21-18 in the men’s double final.

Following the footsteps of her elder brother Laa Talar, Laa Yajum also won two individual titles. She won the women’s single and girl’s U-19 single titles. In both the events, the loser was Pinky Karki.

Yajum beat Pinky in straight 21-9, 21-18 sets to win the Women’s Single title. Yajum also came back from one set behind to beat Pinky 19-21, 21-10, 21-13 to win the Girls U-19 Single title.

The youngest brother of Laa Talar, Laa Tukum won the Boys U-15 Single title. He defeated Sonam Tamang 21-11, 21-11 to clinch the title.

The women’s Double title was won by Pinky Karki and Taring Yania. They beat the pair of Laa Yajum and Tania Yasap 21-12, 21-04.

Girls U-15 single title was won by Yumlam Mopi defeating Kapu Rumi 14-21, 21-11, 21-17. Mopi pairing with Rumi, both from Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy, beat Sonia Laa-Taring Yapi 21-8, 21-9 in Girls U-15 Doubles.

Boys U-15 doubles title was won by Sonam Tamang and Biki Lakai defeating the pair of Kirto Nyorak and Laa Tukum  21-17, 21-16. Boys and Girls U-13 singles title were won by Kenith Tamin and Yumlam Mopi respectively. While Kenith beat Kirto Nyorak 21-17, 21-16 Mopi beat Nisha Upadhyaya 21-14, 21-15.

Boys and Girls doubles titles in this age category were won by the pairs of Nikhil Chetry-Kenith Tamin and Nisha Upadhyaya and Sonia Laa respectively.

Nikhil Chetry-Kenith Tamin beat the pair of Kirto Nyorak and Joge Kamki of Basar and Nisha-Sonia defeated Leydrema Sona and Taring Yapi 21-14, 21-10.

Home Minister Tanga Byaling and Parliamentary Secretary Techi Kaso attended the closing function.

Around 300 players from across the state participated in the championship which was organised by Arunachal State Badminton Association.



Arunachal Pradesh to sign MoUs for boosting bamboo sector

ITANAGAR, Aug 23: Arunachal Pradesh will soon ink Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) with Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) and Hindustan Paper Corporation to help potential bamboo growers in the state.

Arunachal Pradesh Bamboo Resource Development Agency (APBRDA) Vice-chairman Yora Tagung informed that the agency on behalf of the state government would sign an MoU with NRL soon for exporting three lakh tonnes of bamboo from the state.

"The MoU will immensely help both farmers as well as unemployed youths of the state," he said.

He informed that another MoU would also be signed between the state government and the Hindustan Paper Corporation for exporting one lakh tonne of bamboo for paper manufacturing.

"This is just a beginning. We are looking for more companies with whom we can sign MoUs for the benefit of bamboo growers and unemployed youths and enrich the state's coffer," Yora said.

If properly tapped, bamboo sector could be a money spinner for the state with a varieties of species abundantly available, Yora said adding that the Board was planning to set up small scale bamboo industries in every district where toothpicks, incense sticks, besides other usable items would be produced.

The APBRDA is contemplating to establish a bamboo shoot market for which a land of 70,000 square meters has already been allotted.

"We are also planning to set up a Bamboo Technology Park and State Bamboo Museum in the same plot," he said.

The steps taken by the Board would immensely benefit the people by spreading awareness regarding the actual benefit of bamboo plant, he said and added that the proposed MoUs would be a boon for the bamboo growers of the state. It is pertinent to mention here that since last couple of years, the APBRDA has been supplying bamboo saplings to the bamboo growers of all districts of the state.

Besides, several skill development and awareness programmes were also conducted.

"Though we have many bamboo plantations in every district, merely three small industries have been established so far which have failed to cater to the bamboo growers," Yora added.



Permanent solution of Siku bridge problem sought


PASIGHAT, Aug 23: The people of Mebo sub-division in East Siang and parts of Lower Dibang Valley and Lohit district, who have been suffering due to repeated breach of National Highway at Siku River have expressed their resentment against the Border Road Task Force (BRTF).

The right abutment of the RCC Bridge is breached by Siku River every year during monsoon disrupting road communication along the route. The BRTF entrusted in reconstruction of the highway is allegedly not applying the right technology in controlling course of Siku River near Mebo town. The 1443 BRTF, is reported to have  spent several crores of funds on diversion of river water during the last couple of years, but the turbulent Siku river has time and again proved the technology inefficient.

“The BRTF engineers are accustomed to arrange temporary arrangement of restoration or just plug the breached portion every time, but it has miserably failed to chalk out a permanent solution which is causing a great deal of dissatisfaction among the people. The BRTF engineers have neither chalked out an effective master plan for controlling the river course nor conducted scientific study on the natural factors in upstream of the river”, said Oling Perme, Mebo Banggo ZPM in a press statement.

Siku river, which has been eroding several acres of fertile land on its right bank, changing its course and taking its turn towards right, gripped several hectares of cropland at Ayeng village. The river has increased its size by tenfold over the last decade.

The RCC Bridge over Siku River has already completed nine years but there is no permanent embankment at its approaches to control water upstream water flow. The bridge along the highway is vital as the road connects entire Mebo Sub-division and parts of Lower Dibang Valley district with East Siang district headquarters at Pasighat.

The local PRI leaders have submitted petition to Union MoS for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju and higher ups of the Border Road Organization (BRO) demanding proper inquiry into the alleged irregularity and take appropriate steps.



Dengue preventive measure at Roing


ROING, Aug 23: As part of continuing preventive measures and to generate public awareness against Vector Borne Diseases like Dengue, Malaria, Japanese Encephalitis etc, a team of District Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (DVBDCP) led by DVBDCO Dr. N. Yirang has been on an active survey for potential breeding places of Aedes Mosquito (a vector mosquito for spreading ‘Dengue Fever’) in Roing Township area.

According to Dr. Yirang, many places believed to be potential breeding places were identified like garages, tyre repairing centres, departmental stores etc.

"Heaps of unused tyres were found to be lying hither and thither without proper shed or storage, containing larvae of mosquitoes almost in all tyres", he said. He also informed that the matter has been informed to General Administration for appropriate action for removal of such breeding places in the township areas.

"Recent repeated outbreak of Dengue Fever in Pasighat area has caused great concern for the Health Department. As vector (mosquito) for Dengue Fever is already prevailing in the district,  the disease is ready to be transmitted if virus is introduced by a human case", informed the concerned Doctor.

"It is not only the responsibility of the Health Department but it is a concern for all of us to prevent spread of Dengue fever in our district by removing all the potential breeding places of dreaded mosquitoes in and around our dwelling places. The fate of your health is in your own hands", he appealed to the citizens of the district.



MLA calls for collective efforts to improve education

TAWANG, Aug 23: Local MLA Jambey Tashi called upon the teachers, parents, students, leaders and society to shoulder responsibility collectively to find out a mechanism for improving the quality of education.

“Education should be imparted with a view of society we wish to build, consisting of human dignity and equality, and our vision of the future should include these great principles”, he said while addressing a mass coordination meeting to improve the quality of education in Lumla sub-division at Gakhyid Zomkhang, Lumla yesterday.

Briefing on the educational scenario of the district, he informed that Tawang is the most backward in state, and Lumla in the district. He assured all help from the government to redress the core issues related to the teachers and school for its growth and development.

Lumla ADC Mika Nyori called upon the teachers to become ideal and exemplary teachers. He exhorted them to adopt constructive means, have clear concept, maintain feasible calendar for syllabus and chapters and rise against all odds to serve the society.

“The progress of the pupils reflects the pedagogy and the dedication of the teachers”, he said.

Tawang DDSE spoke in length about the methods to enhance quality of education in the region. He also assured all possible assistance on his behalf to redress the grievances of the teaching fraternity.

Directing the teachers to do homework before taking classes and to prepare scheme and log books, he said, “Teaching is a planned activity, not an extempore activity”. “Teaching should be depth in knowledge and rich in content and the teachers should be simple, sincere, committed, kind hearted and have the quest for knowledge”, he added. Earlier, the teaching community expressed their grievances and grudges on transfer and postings, shortage of teachers and subject teachers, irregular salary, school grants and quarter maintenance etc.

Tawang DCCI vice president Tenzin Phuntsok, Lumla ZPM Lobsang Younten and Lumla public leader Karsang also spoke in the meeting which was attended by 152 teachers serving in Lumla constituency.



Govt. planning more Doordarshan channels for N-E

New Delhi, Aug 23: With the government zooming in on development and progress of the North-East region, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry is planning to increase the number of Doordarshan channels in the region.

Ministry officials said at present there is only one 24X7 channel for the region and a proposal for its trifurcation is under consideration.

As per the proposal, there can be three 24X7 Doordarshan channels for the North-East: DD Arunprabha for Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim; one for Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland; and a third channel for Assam and Meghalaya.

The officials said that since a single channel cannot meet the requirements of the rich and diverse cultures of the North-East, the need to increase the number of channels for this region has been long felt.

"It, however, is not an easy exercise since the diversity in the North-East is amazing. A single state like Manipur has several languages which are spoken there. It is felt that there should be a single channel for every state.

"But launching a new channel also bring with it questions related to availability of manpower, viability, content," a senior official said.

According a report tabled in Parliament recently, the Standing Committee on Information Technology was informed by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry about the proposal to trifurcate the existing North East channel. The Ministry also informed the Committee that starting three channels will also be a software intensive exercise as content will be required to be customised as per requirement of a particular state.

Asking the I&B Ministry to implement the proposal expeditiously, the parliamentary panel in its report urged the government to accord top priority to these projects and fix time-frame for their operationalisation.


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