August 10


Four cases of Swine Flu detected in East Siang

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Aug 9:  Four cases of Swine Flu have been detected at East Siang district according to a report by the Regional Medical Research Center, NE Region Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Dibrugarh, Assam which was submitted to the District Medical Officer, East Siang on August 3 last.

A team of scientists from ICMR, Dibrugarh had earlier collected samples from Pasighat and adjoining areas and of the 35 swab/throat swab samples tested for Influenza A and Swine Flu H1N1, four were found positive.  

Informing about the ICMR report, East Siang DMO, Mandip Perme said of the four confirmed cases, two were reported from Borguli and one each from Yagrung and Ruksin respectively.  He however, said that there was no need for the people to panic as the said cases were not serious.

'Taking simple preventive measures, like maintaining hygiene, washing hands, avoid touching eyes and nose, besides mobile phones and laptops of other people, avoiding contact with persons suffering from cold, common cough etc. would be enough to help people avoid the disease', he informed, adding that those suffering from common cold and cough should get themselves tested at the earliest.

Stating that the team of scientists/virologist from ICMR, Dibrugarh is also going to present their report on the test conducted on another 37 patients next week, the DMO further informed that the Department of Health is closely monitoring the situation and there is no need to panic.



Kurung Kumey, parts of Kra Daadi remain cut off

PALIN, Aug 9: Kurung Kumey and Yangte, Tali, Pipsorang, Chambang, Gangte, and Tarak-Lengdi circles of Kra Daadi district remain cut off from the rest of the state due to a massive landslide at Choba.

Road clearance work at Choba, around 19 km from Palin, the district headquarters of Kra Daadi is going on and the road is expected to be restored for traffic within a week.

Inspecting the blocked point, Kra Daadi Deputy Commissioner, Pige Ligu exhorted the BRO and GREF officials to undertake the restoration work and engage more workers and machineries for early restoration of the road.

He also appealed to the PRI leaders and public of Choba area to extend support and cooperation in maintenance of law and order in the work site.

Ligu assured all necessary help from the District Administration for the restoration work. (DIPRO)




Orgs demand arrest of Ojing Taying killers

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Aug 9: Demanding justice for late Ojing Taying, various organisations came together for a peaceful rally on Wednesday and voiced their resentment against the Home Minister, Police Department and state government for their inability to apprehend the attackers of Ojing.

Father of the deceased, Jiten Taying, who has arrived with his entire family, said that he had met the Chief Minister and Home Minister in early July and was assured of speedy investigations, but no concrete action has been taken up yet.

The rally also saw the participation of Ojing's 82 year old grandmother, who had arrived with Jiten on Wednesday to the Capital.

The family pleaded to the Police Department and the state government to bring in a sketch artist at the earliest so that Ojing's cousin brother, Ojong Aje, who was with him on the night of the incident, could give a proper lead to the police in apprehending the attackers.

Further, the family had apprehensions that Mini Kaye, who was with Ojing and Aje on the night of the incident, may have details of the attackers, and asked the police to carry out proper investigations against her.

 Aje also narrated the events of the night leading up to the attack on them and Ojing's subsequent death. He also said that he retains some memory of the faces of the attackers, but it would help if the sketch artist arrives sooner.

Earlier, the rally began from Indira Gandhi Park and culminated at Mopin-Solung Ground in Itanagar, where hundreds of people offered candles in memory of late Ojing. The rally was spearheaded by the All East Siang District Students' Union and supported by Boring Welfare Society, Taying Welfare Society, Legong Banggo Students' Union, Adi Baane Kebang and several other organisations. MLA Tatung Jamoh also came to extend his solidarity.

Meanwhile, speaking to this daily, Investigating Officer R K Jha reiterated that there is a delay because there are no concrete leads. Reportedly, the number plate of the attackers' car-a silver coloured Alto- provided to the police was incorrect, while the young woman who was with the victims, also continued to maintain her statement.

Jha also informed that a police sketch artist is being brought in from Kolkata by the Police Department and is expected to arrive by next week. He hoped that this would provide a solid lead in the case and the culprits could possibly be apprehended.

On June 10, late Ojing and Aje were attacked by two assailants near the Niti Vihar tri-junction. Prior to that, Aje informed that a disagreement had taken place between Mini and the attackers outside a local pub, which was stopped by Aje. A few hours after they left the pub, a car parked near the tri-junction overtook Ojing's car and stopped ahead. When Ojing got out of the car, one of the assailants attacked him with a wooden bat, and another started attacking Aje with a machete (dao) while he was still inside the car.

Reportedly, Ojing suffered internal brain haemorrhage and soon succumbed to his injuries in a Guwahati-based hospital.




Attempted robbery at Doimukh SBI

Staff Reporter

DOIMUKH, Jul 9: Three masked men made an unsuccessful attempt at looting the State Bank of India, Doimukh branch on Tuesday after they failed to break open the vault.

Speaking to The Arunachal Times, Doimukh Police Station OC, B Tangjang informed that the staff of the bank informed the police of the attempted robbery in the morning after they reached the bank and found the vault damaged. According to the CCTV footage of the bank, three men entered the bank premises through the roof. One was wearing a helmet, while the two others were donning masks.

They attempted to break open the vault with a hammer for about 20 to 25 minutes and finally left after their efforts went futile.

The police have registered a case and investigations are on to nab the culprits, who are presumably young men.

Interestingly, the police station is practically a stone's throw away from the bank.




Domestic helper sexually harassed, police yet to arrest accused

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Aug 9:  An incident of sexual harassment has been reported from Bhalukpong in West Kameng district, wherein a teenage girl working as a domestic help was allegedly sexually harassed by her employee, one Tadak Niso.    

The girl hailing from Bhairavkund, Udalguri, Assam was working at the house of the alleged accused for the past four years. Her parents had come to know about the crime after they took her back home and found her to be eight months pregnant. The girl's parents had then filed a case at Udalguri Police Station and a case has also been registered against Niso.

The Udalguri Superintendent of Police has informed The Arunachal Times that the incident was reported to the police in May this year. 'The girl's father lodged an FIR against one Tadak Niso, the employer, who the girl's parent supposed was a jawan of the Indian Army', the SP said, while adding that since the father did not know for sure the accused was really an Indian Army jawan, it has become difficult for the police to trace him.

The SP although said that communication has been made to the SSB, CRPF and the army heads posted at Bhalukpong, seeking their help in identifying the accused.  

The accused has deactivated his phone's SIM card and probably changed his mobile number and address too, but the police are making all efforts to track him down soon', claimed the SP, and informed that the Udalguri unit police is presently coordinating with the Arunachal Pradesh Police to track down the accused and arrest him.




Candle light vigil by RGU students seeking justice for Migrik Lomi Karga

ITANAGAR, Aug 9: The students of Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) organized a candle light vigil in memory of late Migrik Lomi Karga as well as to express solidarity with her family members this evening.

Migrik was brutally murdered in her rented apartment at Lekhi Village last month.

Rajiv Gandhi University Students' Union (RGUSU) General Secretary, Prem Taba strongly appealed to the law enforcing authority to nab the perpetrators of the crime by expediting the investigation process.

He demanded the Home Department to take responsibility of the case and award exemplary punishment to the murderer(s).

He also expressed concern over the prevailing law and order situation in the capital and demanded the government to ensure safety and security of ordinary people.

Advocate Mepe Ete, a relative of the deceased, appealed to the young and intellect students of the University to rise to the occasion and fight against crimes.

The students observed two minutes silence as mark of respect to late Migrik and prayed for eternal peace.

Later, the RGUSU and Galo Students' Union of RGU, the organizer of the programme, decided to submit a representation to the Home Minister and the IGP of Itanagar.




Ering approaches PM for sanctioning of AIIMS in Arunachal

NEW DELHI, Aug 9: Member of Parliament, Ninong Ering on Wednesday approached Prime Minister Narendra Modi for early sanctioning of an All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Pasighat.

He met the Prime Minister in the Parliament House and submitted a letter, explaining the need for early establishment of an AIIMS in the state.

Ering urged the Prime Minister for sanctioning of the medical institute in line with his government's development policy of "Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas".

The MP from Arunachal East Parliamentary Constituency informed the Prime Minister that the state still lacks advanced medical facilities, due to which the people have to travel a long way to other prominent cities like New Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, etc for major                   medical treatment.

 He also apprised the Prime Minister that land required for establishment of the proposed medical institute is readily available in Pasighat.

The MP also raised the issue in the Parliament recently and apprised the Minister for Health and Family Welfare of the need and urgency of an institution like AIIMS in Pasighat.




Pul's first death anniversary observed

HAWAI, Aug 9: The first death anniversary of former Chief Minister, late Kalikho Pul was observed in presence of family members, including MLA Dasanglu Pul, wife of Late Pul in Hawai.

The event was also attended by Minister, GoAP Mohesh Chai. To mark the one year anniversary, a badminton tournament and literary competition were organised by the family members of late Pul.

In Itanagar, the Mere Vichaar Andolan Committee (MVAC) organised 'Balidaan Diwas' on August 9 at Indira Gandhi Park to mark the first death anniversary of late Chief Minister Kalikho Pul. The MVAC hoped that from next year onwards, the state government would observe the day.




State govt continues to draw flak from APCC

ITANAGAR, Aug 9: The BJP-ruled state government led by Chief Minister Pema Khandu continues to draw flak from the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC).

This time, the party flayed the government for allegedly failing to mitigate the water crisis, which the people of Capital Complex have been facing since last one month.

It has been over a month, since water crisis has badly affected Capital dwellers from Chimpu to Banderdewa, forcing many to depend on packaged water, the APCC said.

 The APCC expressed fear that the worsening water problem might lead to outbreak of diseases in epidemic form, if not contained immediately.

Despite this worsening drinking water situation, the government did not pay any heed to the people's cry for immediate restoration of normal water supply, the statement said.

Further, the APCC alleged mismanagement of central relief fund by the state government.

'Since the inception of Niti Ayog, the state government is receiving a fixed amount of Rs 270 crore on monthly basis and recently Rs 53.4 crores was allocated to the state as relief fund. But, the denizens of capital and adjacent areas have not yet got any benefit from it, which exposed the political will and incompetency of the Pema-led Government', the party added.




Students take out rally at Changlang

CHANGLANG, Aug 9:  A large number of students comprising of GHSS Students' Union, Changlang Tangsa Students' Union, Longchang Students' Union, Muklom Students' Union and Tutsas Students' Union under the banner of Rang Frah Government College Students Union (RFGCSU), Changlang took out a rally from Football stadium to DC office here on Wednesday demanding immediate completion of the road between Changlang township to Rang Frah Government College campus, besides early posting of Hindi lecturer.

The students' union has informed that the road between Changlang township to Rang-Frah Government College campus is in a dilapidated condition causing much hardship for the students and the common people. It further said that the college is also facing shortage of faculty especially, lecturers of Hindi subject.

Further, in a memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister, the students' union has appealed to him to initiate early steps  to address genuine grievances of the student community.




Pema asks Tripura people to support Modi and BJP

AGARTALA, Aug 9: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has appealed to the people of Tripura to join hands with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP to make India free from corruption and ensure "acche din" for the common people.  

Pema was addressing a rally at Agartala in Tripura, organized by BJP ST Morcha, keeping an eye on the Tripura Assembly elections in 2018 to mark the World Indigenous Day on Wednesday.

Pema expressed optimism that this time BJP Government would come to power in Tripura, as tribal of the state seemed to be the worst sufferers in the Leftist rule and not getting proper healthcare facility, purified drinking water and sustainable sources of income due to anti-tribal policies of the Communist government.

Pema said the previous Congress Government did not do anything meaningful for North East despite Dr Manmohan Singh being the Prime Minister, who was elected from the region. After the Modi Government came to power, the region got a boost in economy, he said.  

"We the people of North East realized Modi's vision and as a result, people in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Manipur chose to form BJP governments, which has brought visible development in a short period of time," Pema stated.

Referring to Arunachal Pradesh, Pema said that since BJP came to power, the first and foremost thing the government did was to bring in reforms through digital mission. He revealed that all out measures are being taken to strengthen governance by maintaining transparency, accountability and efficiency.

While informing that government servants have been taken good care by implementing 7th Pay Commission and other perks in Arunachal Pradesh, Pema expressed surprise that Tripura Government employees were still under the 4th Pay Commission.

BJP Tripura state President Biplab Kumar Deb termed the rally as a beginning of the movement for ''Communist-free Tripura.''




PHED launches ‘Freedom from Open Defecation Week’

ITANAGAR, Aug 9: Marching to achieve the status of Open Defecation Free State by the end of this year, ‘Free from Open Defecation Week’ under Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) was launched in various districts on Wednesday.

During the week-long programme, Swachhata Rath will cover all motarable villages to spread the message of Swachh Bharat, of which making the country open defecation free by 2019 has been one of the main agendas.

At Tawang, the Swachhata Rath was flagged off by MLA Tsering Tashi at Lemberdung Bazar in presence of Panchayat and public leaders, officers and shopkeepers.

The MLA appealed to the gathering to cooperate with the PHE Department in execution of SBM (G) activities as Tawang is going to be declared as open defecation free district by the end of September 2017.

A social service was carried out at Lemberdung market area after the inaugural function.

At Tezu, a rally with the key theme (Freedom from Open Defecation Week) was flagged off by Department of Public Health Engineering and Water Supply, Tezu, headed by Tana Chiyi, Assistant Surveyor cum Assistant Engineer PHE&WS.

Police, students, general public, officials and staff of PHED took part in it and encouraged people to construct IHHL to achieve the state's open defecation free target of December, 2017.

Freedom from Open Defecation  Week to commemorate the 71st Independence Day was launched on Wednesday at Ziro under Lower Subanasiri district with an awareness rally at Tajang and Kalung.

Flagging off the rally, ZPM Hija Dani Buker and ZPM Tajang Millo Yama univocally pledged to support the PHE Department to achieve open defecation free status of all the villages of Ziro by September 30 this year.

PHE & WS Division Executive Engineer, Dani Lampung, emphasized on construction of sanitary latrines by those households who still have traditional latrines. He further enlightened the gathering about help and benefits given by the government to those who shun traditional toilets and adopt sanitary toilets.

PRI members, school children and staff numbering about 500 took part in the rally.

Later in the evening, an announcement rath was flagged off by DC In-charge Nending Chatung, in presence of Mokar Riba, EAC and PHED EE Dani Lampung.

The rath, while travelling through length and breadth of Ziro-I block, made public announcements about construction of sanitary latrines, open defecation free target as well as SBM (G) in general. PHED Lower Subansiri also targets to declare district open defecation free by 30th September.

Meanwhile, the PHE & WS Division Yingkiong is conducting week long mass awareness programme on water and sanitation at various villages under Jengging Circle, which began on Wednesday at Moying Government ME School.

Jengging Block, ZPM Bodak Jongkey flagged off the mass sanitation rally, which started from ITBP Camp to Government ME School, Moying. Later, ICE campaign cum interpersonal communication and sanitation awareness with Open Defecation Free classes were conducted at the school. (DIPRO)




Relief to fire victims

ITANAGAR, Aug 9: The Capital Complex Administration on Wednesday disbursed immediate relief to those families, whose houses were devastated in a fire mishap at Nerba Colony on Monday.

The fire completely gutted three OBT houses and partially damaged an SPT structure. (DIPRO)




Watong selected as model village

HAWAI, Aug 9:  Watong village has been selected to develop as Adarsh Gram (Model Village) under the Chief Minister's Model Village Scheme.

The selection was made after a threadbare discussion and at the suggestion of MLA Dasanglu Pul in a coordination meeting of the District Committee on Chief Minister's Adarsh Gram Yojana on August 7, informed Anjaw Deputy Commissioner, Mamata Riba.

Brief information about the existing assets and infrastructure requirement in the village were informed by respective departments. However, the proposals would be finalized at Gram Sabha to be finally approved by the District Committee.




FCSN, BUFC win their respective matches

ITANAGAR, Aug 9: FC Solung Naharlagun and Banggo United registered big wins against their respective opponents, Dadi Bote and Donggin Aoo in the Itanagar Solung Festival Football Tournament 2017 at Dera Natung Government College playground, here on Wednesday.

While FC Solung Naharlagun trounced Dadi Bote FC 5-0, Banggo United flattened Donggin Aoo with a high margin of 7-0 goal.

Tamele Pabi and Kalen Taying each scored two goals and Kabang Pangging one in their win against Dadi Bote.

Kalen Taying was adjudged man of the match.

In their match against Donggin Aoo, Banggo United's Toni Saroh, Jhonson Ragmukh and Kinam Pertin scored two goals each, while Don Pertin netted one goal.

Jhonson Ragmukh was adjudged man of the second match.

On Thursday, Gidii Yameng FC will take on Golgi Bote FC and Abor FC will face RGU Solung FC.  




AKA, top sports administrators felicitate medal winning karate players, officials

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Aug 9: The Arunachal Karate Do Association (AKA) felicitated the medal winning players and two officials from the state on their return from South Asian Karate Championship, Colombo, Sri Lanka on Wednesday.

AKA President Shihan Likha Tara and Arunachal Olympic Association Secretary General Abraham K Techi led others in felicitating the players and congratulated them for their superb performance in the highly competitive event.

Five karate players from Arunachal Pradesh-Sinne Mikhu, Yaki Dignium, Raja Yangfo, Doni Yangfo and Chopa Talo, representing the country at South Asian Karate Championship won three gold and one silver medals, thus contributing to champion India's total medal tally of 30 gold, 15 silver and 13 bronze.

Sinne and Yaki won a gold medal each in individual Kumite. Mikhu also won a silver medal in U-21 category.

AKA President Tara credited the achievement to hard work by the players and team effort.

AOA Secretary General Abraham expressed his immense happiness at consistent performance of the karate players under AKA and said, he will approach the Indian Olympic Association President to sort out the differences between KAI and AIKF.

Though karate is recognized by the International Olympic Association, World Karate Federation and the sport is included in 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Indian Olympic Association has barred karate for time being from listing as Olympic event due to differences between the two associations (KAI and AIKF).

Abraham further informed that the second Arunachal Olympic Games will be conducted from the first week of next month and the winners will be selected to participate in the first NE Olympic Games scheduled to be held in Manipur in October this year.

Sports Authority of Arunachal (SAA) Chairman, Bamang Tago, while congratulating the players and coaches, informed that the Chief Minister will meet the medal winning team within a day or two. He also conveyed the CM's message of congratulations to the medal winners and coaches.

AKA Technical Director, S Deben Sarma and General Secretary Bulang Marik, who were the coaches of the Indian team, briefed about the championship.

SAA Vice Chairman Gechi Doke, Director of Sports Tadar Appa, Senior AOA Vice President Taba Tedir, AKA members, senior players and students of SAI were also present on the occasion and congratulated the players.

Earlier in the morning, the team was accorded a rousing welcome on their arrival at Naharlagun Train Station by karate players, instructors and students led by AKA Vice President Dr Marli Ete.





PM Modi interacts with Chief Secretaries through video conferencing

ITANAGAR, Aug 9:  Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi on Wednesday interacted with all the chief secretaries, commissioners, secretaries and district collectors/ deputy commissioners of all the states and union territories through video conferencing, which coincided with the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement.

Saying that August 9 is a day of sacrifice, perseverance and human endurance, he recalled the great sacrifices made by the youth during the Quit India Movement, and said that no force on earth could cow down the determined youth who have a mission to accomplish. He asked the youth of the country to spare no effort in building a strong and vibrant India.  

Modi emphatically said that by 2022 India would scale new heights of unprecedented development in all spheres and urged the countrymen, especially the youth to travel the proverbial extra mile to achieve India's cherished goal of all round prosperity and progress.

The Prime Minister asked the officers working in the states and the districts to ensure that all the benefits of government schemes percolate down to the poorest of the poor of the country. He lamented that in some states and districts the beneficial schemes meant for the targeted sections of the society were not reaching to them. He told the officials serving at the grass root levels to work hard to execute the government schemes with utmost sincerity, adding that there should be a healthy competition amongst the officials in the districts.

Speaking on the benefits of the New India-Manthan, the Prime Minister said that a website in the name of newindia.in has been launched through which one could access any subject relating to development. He urged the officials of GoI, the states and the districts to work in close coordination in order to make the various schemes successful and also change the economic status of the country for the better.

Principal Secretary Satya Gopal, commissioners and secretaries of Arunachal Pradesh actively participated in the interactive video conference, which was held at the Chief Secretary's conference hall. (DIPR)





World Breast Feeding Week concludes

ROING, Aug 9: The government officials under the ICDS project organized various programmes to mark the conclusion of World Breast Feeding Week on August 7 at Parbuk village.

Roing MO, Dr F Rahman, while explaining the importance of breast feeding, advised the mothers to feed their new born babies colostrums or first milk which contains anti-bodies to protect new borns from diseases.  

Parbuk MO, Dr Millip Ete also briefed the importance of Breast Feeding Week in local dialect for better understanding of local people.

Supervisor, Jini Mihu explained the correct positions of breast feeding and its benefits to both mother and her baby.

ZPM Starson Saring called upon pregnant mothers and lactating women to avail government schemes, such as Dulari Kanya scheme and Maternity Benefit Programme.

Health check-up, quiz competition, baby shows and prize distribution among winners were major activities of the week.

Among others, pregnant women, lactating mothers, elderly women, Anganwadi workers and helpers, adolescent girls and PRI members were present on the occasion. (DIPRO)




Dr Chai seeks achievement report of flagship progs in Anjaw

HAWAI, Aug 9: Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Minister, Dr Mohesh Chai sought achievement reports on various government flagship programmes currently being implemented in the district during an interaction meeting with the heads of departments and institutes of Anjaw district on Wednesday.  

Dr Chai also stressed on imbibing work culture by all the government employees  for successful  implementation of government programmes and schemes  and assured support for the development of the district. He said that all concerned must work to ensure that benefits of the schemes are availed by the citizens.

Highlighting various difficulties being faced by the people of the district,  MLA and APMDTCL  Chairperson, Dasanglu Pul in her addressed requested  the minister for special consideration of the interior district in the development front.

Anjaw Deputy Commissioner, Mamata Riba requested the minister to extend all possible support  for  completion of  some ongoing projects in the  district.

"The JNV School Project under UD & Housing, the Government Higher Secondary School, Hawai under PWD and Rajiv Gandhi Polytechnic Project under PWD and Water Treatment Plant at Hawai under PHE & WS Department require crucial support", she said.

Earlier, District Planning Officer W Chautang gave a power-point presentation  on  various activities being undertaken by various departments and agencies in the district. The visiting minister was apprised of the infrastructural gaps and manpower shortage in the district.   The minister was also apprised of the fund and technical issues related to some of the under-construction projects.

Dr Manish Kanwat, Senior Scientist & Head, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Mete-ngliang gave a power point presentation on the activities undertaken by the institute. While presenting the feasibility report of some projects, Dr Kanwat requested the Minister to consider funds for the projects.

District Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Officer, Dr N Nyodu gave an overview of the status of the department in the district.

Zilla Parishad Chairperson, H Tawsik also attended the meeting. (DIPRO)




MLA Tsering Tashi inspects ongoing work at district hospital

TAWANG, Aug 9: Tawang MLA Tsering Tashi on Wednesday inspected the ongoing development works in District Hospital, Tawang.

During the meeting held post inspection, the MLA expressed his gratitude to the hospital staff for rendering tireless service to the people and exhorted them to continue with the same enthusiasm in the future as well.

He also stressed on sensitisation of national and state health progr-ammes for its wide outreach and their proper implementation. Reflecting on the improvement in health indicators, the MLA also congratulated the hospital for being adjudged as winner for the State Kayakalp Award. (DIPRO)




Governor congratulates VP elect

ITANAGAR, Aug 9: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, P B Acharya has congratulated M Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India-designate and wished him a fruitful tenure.

In his message, the Governor said that Naidu with his vast experience as Union Minister and other various positions will serve with dedication and diligence for building a prosperous and peaceful nation.




Adi-Mising Kebang distributes relief to Laika-Dodhiya flood affected people


RUKSIN/JONAI, Aug 9: A joint team of the All Mising Students Union (TMPK) and Adi Mising Baane Kebang (Assam-Arunachal Committee) distributed relief materials to the 1200 flood affected families of Laika-Dodhiya and Mohmora area in Tinsukia district on Tuesday.

The team distributed 20 quintals of rice, six quintals dal, 30 litres mustard oil and 20 buckets, besides cash amounting to Rs 36,000 and clothes among the affected families as primary relief. The materials and cash were contributed by the AMBK and TMPK members of both neighbouring states.




APYC president joins BJP

ITANAGAR, Aug 9: Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC) President, Jikke Tako disassociated himself from the Congress Party and formally joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday.

Tako was brought into the party fold in a reception programme held on Wednesday at the BJP's state headquarters, in presence of state BJP President Tapir Gao, General Secretary Jarpum Gamlin, Vice President Dominic Tadar and other party members.

Tadar introduced the new face to the party workers and stated that with the joining of Tako, who has a vast experience in the political field, the morale of the youths would definitely receive a boost.

Welcoming the new comer, Gao exhorted him to work and look forward with an interest for the development of state while taking party ideology and discipline for larger interest of the society.

Reiterating that there is need to strengthen the party more to make Arunachal "Congress mukt", Gao said that as the party is becoming larger each day, and the roles and responsibilities have also increased, for which he exhorted the party workers to march ahead with new energy and zeal.

Tako was appointed the APYC acting President in September 2016 after MLA Nyamar Karbak had merged with the Peoples' Party of Arunachal. He continued to be the APYC President and had strongly voiced his resentment with the BJP on several occasions. In May this year, when the Modi-led Government was celebrating three years of governance, Tako had claimed that Modi was inaugurating the projects which were sanctioned during UPA regime. He had also alleged CM Pema Khandu of failing to bring any developmental packages. Tako had also staged a protest with the APYC and APCC against the centre's ban on cow slaughter for sale in markets in June this year.

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Inspiring act

The move of the section of residents of Itanagar to start self demolition of structures that falls under Right of Way to pave the way for construction of 4 lane highways is praiseworthy. It will become easier for the highway authorities and capital district administration to start the work for much awaited 4 lane with such kind of cooperation from the denizens of capital complex. Every citizen of Itanagar should develop similar attitude and become the partners in development. The Itanagar-Banderdewa 4 lane highway which is in offing since last years has not taken off due to compensation issue.

Inordinate delay caused by excessive compensation demand has made life miserable for the people of capital complex. The condition of NH 415 is deteriorating day by day. The recent monsoon has further caused more damage. Massive traffic jam is witnessed on regular interval due to pathetic condition of NH 415. The construction of 4 lane highway is expected to the ease traffic congestion and also improves the condition of NH 415. The citizens have set an inspiring example by dismantling structures falling under ROW on their own. Hopefully others will take cue and follow them. Over the year people of capital complex has acquired notoriety for obstructing major developmental projects. Green Field airport project is the best example. Due to bitter fight for site between people of Karsingsa and Hollongi the project got delayed for many years. Though Hollongi has been selected as the permanent site by  the Airport Authority of India the project is still in limbo. People should become partner in development and not an obstacle.






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Hands of friendship hold the key of international peace

Dear Editor,

Sarabjit Singh had strayed into Pakistan in an intoxicated state as per his version. But he got branded as a terrorist and lodged in Pakistan jail for as many as 23 years in cruelest of cruel condition. His hapless father passed away in the meantime without seeing the return of the son. His young wife had to engage in Himalayan  struggle to nurture their two infants single-handedly in this cruel world. The two innocent children had no memories of their father. As if that was not an ordeal enough, Singh was mercilessly beaten to death within the prison. What a tragic life story!

And throughout this ordeal spanning more than two decades, valiantly fought the brave Dalbir Kaur to see the return of his brother from Pakistan jail. But even after Singh's murder, Kaur has not left the "battlefield". She continues her consistent fight to ensure release of many more Sarabjits leading hell-like existence in Pakistan jails.

And now comes the punch line. The gallant lady talks for numerous Pakistanis also(who might have stepped into India through inadvertence just like Sarabjit's claim or sailed into Indian waters due to ignorance while fishing) who are lodged in Indian jails and fights for their release!

Just look at her magnanimity! Even after witnessing such unfathomable misery of his brother in Pakistan and Himalayan sufferings of the family, Kaur's heart cries for the Pakistani prisoners also lodged in Indian jails!

Since Kaur's mindset has reached the sky, she knows very well that the likes of Sarabjit are nothing but victims of the system or narrow parochial boundaries. Her liberalism saw to it that all Pakistanis cannot be painted in the same derogatory colour. Rather she has succeeded in viewing all as human beings by transcending all boundaries of nationality.

This is called humanity which needs to emulated by all persons in the globe. Hats off to Dalbir Kaur --- our teacher of humanity in this violent narrow intolerant world.

Not to forget Awaise Seikh also --- the Pakistani  lawyer whose mission was to ensure justice for Sarabjeet and get  release other Indian prisoners despite facing death threats.

So not nurturing of hatred and feelings of enemity, but one and only forwarding of hands of friendship hold the key of international peace.

Let the likes of Dalbir Kaur and Awais Seikh remain our inspiration.

Let essence of Friendship and international brotherhood  transcend all narrow barriers of religion-race-language-caste-colour-nationality-attire-dietary habits and uplift all to the greatest platform or divine truth of humanity.


Kajal Chatterjee,





A few suggestions on recruitment process of govt employees

Dear Editor,

Let’s consider Arunachal Pradesh as a Bus running on Central Government’s Fund. Government officials are like engine of the Bus, if engine does not perform well the Bus will not run smoothly. We should never use or replace engine parts with low quality and unreliable parts. Likewise government officials should be recruited based on qualification, talent and hard work, which is why various exam are conducted. High grade and reliable officials can only make Arunachal developed. Recruitment based on corruption not only create trust deficit on government mechanism, but also the recruited candidate take it granted for doing more corruption, it ultimately effects development of Arunachal Pradesh.

Recent bold step taken by CM in JE Recruitment Exam is well appreciated by all corners of society. The demand made by few vested interest people calling themselves representative of All Unemployed Engineers is pointless, instead of demanding one time age relaxation and action against RWD department for creating confusion, they are demanding for conducting of exam by department whose credibility is doubtful.

 Regarding the cabinet’s decision to made all Group B and higher grade Post exam to be conducted by APPCS is much appreciated, but what about post like MTS, LDC and UDC and other lower grade post?

Nepotism and Corruption are rampant in all departments and in all districts in recruitment of lower posts. Post are auctioned or else reserve for officers and local leader’s relatives. Contingency or adhoc staffs are filled without interviews and examination and after some times to be found as regular staffs, whereas contractual staffs serving long enough under various schemes are struggling for job security.

The solution to mitigate rampant corruptions in recruitment of various post lies in conducting a common exam like SSC and Bank exams by APPSC or a Minimum Qualifying Exam for all post including technical posts. General public still has faith in APPCS despite scandals surrounded it in 2015 APPCS combined examination.

In all recruitment, including Engineering Dept, Forest Dept, APPCS Combine Exam and Department’s Clerical exams we see question on General Knowledge, English and Mathematics. Why there can’t be common exam of above subjects for all posts? The score of the exam can be use by Departments and other’s in recruitment process. This will have many benefits, some of which are.

1. It will check corruption and nepotism, as marks obtained will be available easily for cross comparison.

2. It will reduce burden on candidates applying and travelling for separate exams, as one has to prepare for only one exam.

3. It will reduce burden on APPCS and Departments in recruitment process in terms of time and monetary, as no separate exam is to be conducted for General Knowledge.

4. APPCS can focus more on professional knowledge of candidates.

5. It will be more transparent and accountable, as exam will be conducted by APPCS.

6. It will encourage students to excel in their academics.

The syllabus can be up to metric level, current affairs and computer knowledge. Since up to class x, we study common subject, Math, English, General Science, Social Studies.

A well prepared questions from class I to class X will be difficult to answer by many of our graduates and postgraduates students, like a quiz game came in television “KYA AAP PAANCHVI PASS SE TEZ HAIN”, where questions from primary level were difficult for many adult participants. Any candidate, technical or non technical, if are not good enough in basics is doubtful of delivering best in their profession. If a person is well informed and good in academic up to class x, with proper basic knowledge of computer, she/ he can do most of clerical works, we see many of our elders with class x pass only; can beat today’s graduate students in drafting and other paper works.

One of the reason for recent poor performance in CBSE by our students may be because of corruption prevailing in Arunachal Pradesh, as students are discouraged by notion that their hard earned certificates and academic knowledge be of no use since certificates and jobs can bought by money, as we have seen in recent fake Nurse recruitments, this makes youths of today’s to indulged in easy money making involving anti social activity. When the government system fails to perform justice in their duty, a decent man becomes antisocial.

Lastly, I want to say that moral of a society is best reflected by leaders they choose and a capable leader upholds the morality of society.


An Arunachali





Don’t publish anonymous letters

Dear Editor,

Apropos to the letter in your paper that was published on 07/08/2017 by an anonymous frustrated candidate under head "An exam to remember", I would request the Editor not to publish an allegation against a department or a school or any other organisation and  individual without publishing the name of the writer.

There was Exam Centre Superintendent in the school and a coordinator from the Cooperation Department.

If the frustrated candidate was so much disturbed by the atmosphere in the exam room and negligence of duties by the invigilators that has prompted him to make allegations in print and social media, he/she could have complained to the to the Exam in charge or the invigilators at the spot itself and wind up everything there.  

At Govt HSS Ganga, the Exam incharged cancelled the answer scripts of two candidates and turned out one candidate from the exam centre for adopting unfair means. Under such efforts of entire machinery in the department, how can the candidate make a cheap assumption that the lapse in an exam centre might be because of sale of posts before conduct of examinations.

I would request the Editor not to publish any allegation written by an anonymous writer.



Joint RCS,








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