August 14


Food crisis looming large in Anjaw

Floods threat Eastern Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Aug 13: Food crisis is looming large in remote Anjaw district following disruption in surface communication.

The main road connecting the district through Lohit remained blocked since August 8 due to recurring landslides triggered by heavy rainfall. Intra-district road communications were also badly affected due to landslides.

Road communication between Hawai and Hayuliang remained cut off since August 11, while Chaglongam Circle is cut off from the rest of the district since August 10.

Though the BRTF has deployed workers and machinery to clear road blockades, recurring and persistent landslides are hampering the restoration work.

The District Administration has directed the PWD and others to pull in resources for quick restoration of roads.   

Anjaw Deputy Commissioner, Mamata Riba has urged the government for facilitating air dropping of food items, if the road remains blocked for another two days.

She appealed to all government employees, public and PRIs leaders to cooperate with road construction agencies for early restoration.

Crop damage reports are yet to be received with 21 Nallah, Nagas Nallah and Maipani areas being the worst affected.

Meanwhile, a sudden change of the Silluk River's course flooded Silluk village in East Siang district, damaging paddy fields, roads and vegetable gardens.

The high speed current of the river on August 10 washed away many domestic animals, including cattle, poultries and around 18 acres of paddy filed, informed the Silluk Intellectual Forum.

The Forum appealed to the state government for permanent flood protection measures, like construction of embankments to protect villages, like Ngopok, Kiyit, Borguli and Seram at downstream.

It also appealed for providing compensation to the flood affected people.

Further, Noa-Dehing continued to created havoc in Namsai, where four homes, an Anganwadi centre at Lekang Gohain Gaon and two dwelling houses, a primary school and Anganwadi centre at Silatoo Kachari were eroded due to flood. Several hectors of paddy fields and horticulture gardens were also eroded.

Local MLA Chow Zingnu Namchoom, accompanied by ZPM Mahajini Chowpoo and officials visited the flood affected area of Namsai constituency on Sunday morning and interacted with the affected people of Mengkeng Miri, Jenglai, Nongtaw Khamti villages. He assured to extend all possible assistance as per government norms.

He also advised the affected people to take all precautionary measures as per guidance of medical team to avoid outbreak of post flood epidemic.

The Deputy Commissioner, CO and ZPM, along with a team of officials visited the flood affected Lekang Gohain gaon, Dirak Miri,  and Silatoo Kachari villages under Lekang Circle.

The DC distributed relief materials to the affected households at Lekang Gohain gaon. He appealed to the PRI members and GBs of the flood affected villages to extend help for timely shifting of all the households residing in endangered river bank areas and to keep close contact with the district administration.

He affirmed the villagers that there was no crunch of relief materials. The Deputy Commissioner stated that flood situation is improving in the district and there was no report of loss of life.



DK Memorial Badminton Championship ends

Gao for construction of badminton courts in all constituencies

ITANAGAR, Aug 13: State BJP President Tapir Gao appealed to the state government to initiate steps to construct badminton courts in all the constituencies so that even the ones living in far-flung areas get the opportunity to learn the sport and make a career out of it.

Attending the valedictory function of the 5th Dorjee Khandu Memorial State Open Badminton Championship-2017 at MLA Cottage Badminton Stadium here on Sunday, Gao opined that badminton has of late become one of the most popular sports in the North East and especially in Arunachal.

He said that the legislatures of the state should construct at least one badminton court in their respective constituencies from their local area development fund.

Chief Minister Pema Khandu, who was also present on the occasion exhorted the youths to be disciplined in life and keep on playing games and sports to stay fit.

Present on the occasion, among others, were Parliamentary Secretary for Sports and Youth Affairs, Nyamar Karbak, Arunachal State Badminton Association (ASBA) Vice President, Tame Phassang and Sports Authority of Arunachal Chairman, Bamang Tago.

More than 260 players from 18 districts participated in the championship, which was organized by the ASBA, in collaboration with the Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs.


Boys Singles (U-10) Gold: Lobsang Choidrup, Silver: Jummi Jini, Bronze: Rohit Chetry and Nyate Dolin  

Girls Singles (U-10) Gold: Beryl Saring,  Silver: Adam Doyom

Boys Singles (U-13) Gold: Raj Thapa, Silver: Laa Robin, Bronze: Lobsang C S and Pakli Bagra

Girls Singles (U-13) Gold: Dolma Tamang, Silver: Napi Tayam, Bronze: Lideina Sona and Nyaty Dobin

Boys Singles (U-15) Gold: Nikhil Chetry, Silver: Kirto Nyorak,  Bronze: Kenith Tamin and Matung Camder

Girls Singles (U-15) Gold: Dolma Tamang, Silver: Kenbi Raram, Bronze: Taring Juli & Takio Pune

Boys Singles (U-17) Gold: Laa Tukum, Silver: Sonam Tamang, Bronze: Bamang Pengko and Kenith Tamin  

Girls Singles (U-17) Gold: Yumlam Mopi,  Silver: Ingam Poton, Bronze: Nisha Upadhay and Sonia Laa

Boys Singles (U-19) Gold: Laa Tukum, Silver: Bamang Pengko, Bronze: Gumjo Lollen aand Lunku Sih

Girls Singles (U-19) Gold: Laa Yajum,  Silver: Kapu Rumi, Bronze: Bipi Gamlin and Norbu Chotton

Boys Doubles (U-13) Gold: Biku Ter and Laa Robin, Silver: Abbiso Pul and Nekip Khan, Bronze: Raj Thapa, Suraj Chetry & Lobsang C S and Lobsang Rapten

Girls Doubles (U-13) Gold: Lideina Sona and Nyaty Dobin, Silver: Napi Tayam and Taku Neha, Bronze: Bishake Kocho, Sania Ronrang & Sidim Desisow, Sonam Chotten

Boys Doubles (U-15) Gold: Kirto Nyorak and Nikhil Chetry, Silver: Dawa Tsering and Tania Tagam, Bronze: Kekgi Gadi, Rimmo Loya & Gebo Ori, Iran Gamkak

Girls Doubles (U-15) Gold: Kenbi Riram and Nisha Upadhyaya,  Silver: Takio Puna and Taring Juli, Bronze: Chukhu Martha, Nido Aya & Jomba Waii, Jomoni Lochung

Boys Doubles (U-17) Gold: Biki Lakai and Sonam Tamang,  Silver: Domo Gamlin and Iran Gamkak, Bronze: Ano Mikhe, Ena Tangu & Gaurav Sonowal, Kiyon Maanpang

Boys Doubles (U-19) Gold: Asif Khan and Raja Gupta, Silver: Gumjo Lollen and Gumken Riram, Bronze: Kayin Rome, Lunku Sih & Gaurav Sonowal, Hemanta Das.




High level committee inspects 12 PMGSY projects in East Kameng

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Aug 13: Responding to the complaints lodged by the local people, a high level inspection team headed by its chairman cum Planning Secretary, Dr Joram Beda inspected at least 12 PMGSY projects in East Kameng district.

The team arrived at Seppa on August 8  and completed their inspection on  August 12.

The inspected projects were Seppa-Sagalee BRTF road to Nere, Hari Bridge to Koto, Ramgung to Lellung, Pakke-to Bameng, 12 KM Point of PWD road to Rawa,  7 KM point Pakke Lada to Tawe, Bameng to Lada road, Lengre Riang to Effa, Bameng to Tayung, Khenewa to Nampe, Sangbia Camp to Paffa  and Rangtewa to Taffo.

Based on the public complaints that the quality of work was sub standard and payments were received without project completion, the Union Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) had instructed the state government to constitute a committee to ascertain the truth.

Accordingly, the state government had constituted a high-level inspection committee, including a member from NQM to physically verify the mentioned projects. The committee members include Special Secretary, Rural Development Nyali Ete, New Delhi National Quality Monitor (NQM) Balwant Singh Thakur and Pasighat RWD Superintending Engineer, Nyai Rigia.

During its four-day inspection amidst heavy down pour, the team trekked over 24 kilometers to verify the projects at remote villages of Nampe, Jokhio and Marjingla and interacted with locals.

The committee will submit its report to the Chief Secretary soon.  

Interestingly, the inspected projects fall under the home district of WRD Minister Kumar Waii.  



Let capital four-lane highway work start

Monday Musing

[ Ranjit Sinha ]

Observing the accelerated construction work of the National Highway in the neighbouring state of  Assam, a conscious citizen of the state once said that Assam has succeeded in shredding the tag of  'Lahe lahe,' while the state of Arunachal Pradesh borrowed it, in addition to  its tag of 'Khusi Khusi'.

Such observation holds water as the concerned higher authorities of Arunachal Pradesh took almost a decade's time to get the central government's approval for construction of the four-lane National Highway in the state capital.

After prolonged bureaucratic hurdles, the state government got the approval of the central government for construction of remaining portion of the NH from Banderdewa to Itanagar in the recent past. However, the preliminary work for the same already got delayed due to various reasons, including natural calamities.

While the rain plays its part, the snapping of the National Highway 415 near Karsingsa sinking zone and road blockades, followed by  landslides elsewhere in the state once again remind the state authorities and  common people that apart from well-equipped education and health sectors, it is good road infrastructure that shows the path of real development.

Sadly, the residents of the state Capital are still struggling for good roads and safe drinking water, which reflects the poor state of affairs before the rest of the state and country as a whole.  

However, at last there is a ray of hope as many residents of Itanagar have paid heed to the call of the administration and reportedly have started  demolition of  buildings and premises which fall within the  Right of Way of the NH to pave way for construction of  four-lane road. It is said that the state government has decided to pay a lump sum package to the building owners who voluntarily demolish structures on their own, and August 18 has been fixed as the last date for applying under this scheme.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister, while releasing the comprehensive report on "Skill development in Arunachal Pradesh" had given emphasis on skill development for educated, uneducated and school drop-out youths for self-employment. Here also, road infrastructure plays a significant role in providing avenues for self-employment. One should not forget that a skilled person can prove his mettle only if infrastructures, including road links bring the people closer.



Kaso inaugurates link road

ITANAGAR, Aug 13: Local MLA and PWD Parliamentary Secretary, Techi Kaso said that colony roads should be wide enough to provide easy access to fire tenders and ambulances.

Inaugurating the newly constructed road that links National Highway (415) with the Deputy Commissioner's office complex on Sunday, the local MLA advocated that all roads, particularly colony roads, should be of adequate width to allow easy access to fire tenders.

He appealed to the residents of the colony to avoid constructing houses in flood prone areas, like riverside to avoid disaster.

Later, Kaso inspected the colony road wherein the residents highlighted the need of a proper colony road that would also connect the colony with the Police Colony.

He said that he has already put up a proposal for 40 km of concrete cement road for Capital Complex and assured to include it, if the proposal is granted.

Further, the Deputy Commissioner stressed on the need to keep the Capital Complex clean and asked the public to continue with the spirit of Swacch Bharat Abhiyan.

Informing that the residents have decided to name their colony as Mining Colony, Councillor and ESW member Gora Tallang submitted a memorandum to the Parliamentary Secretary and the Deputy Commissioner for a notification in this regard as desired by the colony dwellers. DIPRO



Nyukmadung forest under Community Conserved Area

Nyukmadung, Aug 13: The forest area of around 189 sqkm under Nyukmadung village has been brought under Community Conserved Area (CCA) with a formal declaration by the villagers under the leadership of village head, Rin Tsering and Panchayat leaders.

The CCA shares boundary with Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary of Bhutan in the west and Senge-dzong and Lungthang in the north and Chug and Lish villages in the east.

The Nyukmadung CCA has a varied altitude range, ranging from 1800-4900m above the sea level, and so holds a varied diversity of flora and fauna.

The highlight species of this CCA is the red panda, which is often seen by the villagers. The CCA also houses endangered and vulnerable species like the snow leopard, Asiatic black bear, musk deer, common leopard and dhole.

With the declaration of this new CCA, Nyukmadung village with about 200 households, looks forward in taking up key roles in conserving their forests and wildlife under the guidance of WWF-India

Arunachal Pradesh has 61.05 percent of the forest cover under the Unclassified State Forest,

which is completely under the control of the indigenous community and therefore, the CCA is the most suitable conservation tool to conserve the rich forest and wildlife of the state.

Arunachal is a part of the eastern Himalaya biodiversity hotspot, which is one of the 200 globally important eco-regions of the world.




Misappropriation of fund alleged


PASIGHAT, Aug 13: The Water Resource Department, Pasighat division has been alleged of misuse of fund in the name of construction of security fencing of the Mebo WRD office during 2015-16.  

Armed with RTI documents, RTI activists Shoney Pertin and Omuk Aje of Pasighat alleged that the WRD fraudulently drew an amount of Rs 19.29 lakh showing fencing/security wall construction at Mebo WRD office.

Claiming that boundary wall/fencing of the said office has already been done and  payment against the work was also paid to the contractor earlier, the RTI activist duo  also questioned the concerned WRD engineers on overlapping of scheme in the name of boundary wall construction and drawing of Rs 19.29 lakh MLA LAD fund without any renovation or extension work.

Alleging  that the executive engineer of WRD, Pasighat and AE of Mebo WRD  have unholy nexus with the firm house in this regard, the RTI activists have lodged an FIR in Pasighat Police Station demanding high level inquiry into the alleged financial  irregularities.

When contacted, Mebo Assistant Engineer of WRD, Alat Megu admitted that the wall (fencing) was constructed at Mebo office during 2011-12 without sanction. The payment of bill to the contractor concerned was made by diverting funds from some Minor Irrigation Project (MIP) and MIC (Channel) schemes from different subdivisions under Pasighat division.

AE Megu also informed that he approached the local MLA for sanctioning Rs 20 lakh in order to meet the shortfall of fund in the MIP and MIC projects (after fund diversion) and it was released in the year 2015-16.

Former Mebo AE (WRD), Bising Daring also said the security fencing (boulder wall) of Mebo WRD office was made during his tenure in 2011-12 and all dues were paid to the contractors concerned.



RCC bridge opens over Tissing

LONGDING, Aug 13: A 40-metre RCC bridge over Tissing River was inaugurated by Parliamentary Secretary, T Wangham recently.

The Circle Officer informed that the bridge, funded by the NEC, would connect towns like Sonari, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia in Assam for export of agricultural and horticultural products and also help during medical emergencies.

Further, the Longding DC thanked the public of Pumao circle for their cooperation in developmental activities. "With the RCC bridge now ready for use, Pumao circle is well connected to other parts of the country", he said.

SP Meena Kumar also requested cooperation from the public to tackle crime issues and assured the public of their safety and security. He advised the public to report crimes, especially against women and girls.

Meanwhile, the MLA assured his support to eradicate opium addition and announced to take up a project on de-addiction centre in Pumao Circle.

Later, the Parliamentary Secretary inaugurated the science laboratory in VKV Niausa.

 He thanked the Vivekananda Kendra for accepting to run the VKV Longding-a residential girls' school, which will have classes I to V from the 2017-18 session.

Longding DC, Himanshu Gupta expressed optimism on the upgrade of VKV Niausa, while Vice Principal, M Shastri spoke on the various issues of the school since 1981.




Workshop on language of North East

ITANAGAR, Aug 13: The three days workshop on language of North East, its preservation and development concluded on Sunday here at Dera Natung Government College.

Addressing the function, Chief Minister's Advisor Tai Tagak said Hindi is one of the important languages of the state and every Arunachalee proudly speaks the national language.

Tagak said that an organisation in the name of Arunachal Hindi Sansthan has been established and registered recently. He appealed to officials of the Kendra as well as Regional Hindi Sansthan to support the local organisation in its endeavours.

Arunachal Pradesh Agriculture Marketing Board (APAMB) Chairman and former MLA, Ngurang Pinch in his address said that it is a great pleasure to see that many young students from the state have now turned into scholars and educationists and are teaching in Hindi and even writing books.

A book " Hindi-Nyishi learning dictionary" written by Dr Joram Aniya Tana, Dr Techi Upen Tara, Tai Tungung, Kipa Punam, Dominic Tok and Tame Anthony, and sponsored by Kendriya Hindi Sansthan, Agra was released on the occasion.

Bhartiya Bhasa Manch, New Delhi, Chairman, Professor Vrishabb Prasad Jain, Kendriya Hindi Sansthan, Guwahati Regional Director Professor Rajveer Singh, Dera Natung Government College Principal Kumar Tok, Associate Professor Joram Aniya Tana, Yachuli Government College Principal in-charge Dr Techi Uppen Tara among other addressed the gathering.

Scholars from New Delhi, Agra, Ujjain, Gwalior, Guwahati and all parts of NE region took part in the three days workshop.



PPA reacts to BJP’s decision

ITANAGAR, Aug 13: Reacting to the BJP's decision to break its relations with the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) partner, the Peoples Party of Arunachal (PPA) opined that the point of difference has only been on Pema Khandu continuing as the Chief Minister of the state under the NEDA, as the party had suspended him from the party on charges of anti-party activity.

The PPA had written to BJP national President Amit Shah and NEDA Convenor, Hemanta Biswa Sharma to remove Pema Khandu from the Chief Ministerial post as there were serious charges of corruption and criminal conspiracies leading to the death of two persons in Tawang shooting incident, and the 60 pages suicide note left behind by late Kalikho Pul, where Pema has been named with grievous charges of corruption, said a press statement issued by PPA Secretary General Kaling Jerang.

The Party further said the decision to disassociate with the lone regional political party in the state from the NEDA is definitely not a healthy sign for the development of regional political parties and the region itself.

Stating that PPA as a constituent of NEDA has always been a disciplined partner, the party said that the PPA Government had willingly accommodated the BJP legislators in its council of ministers to honour the spirit of accommodative politics.

More than anything else, the PPA was among the first regional political parties to come in support of the NDA presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind, the party said.

The PPA expects that NEDA would play a much larger role in terms of all round development of North Eastern region rather than be a platform for divisive politics master minded by self-centred politicians. The party wants NEDA to be of more relevance to the peculiar problems of the north eastern region, the statement said.



DC hands over 3 Lakh to Tadin fire victims

AALO, Aug 13: Donations amounting to Rs 3.05 lakh, collected from various departments was handed over to Tadin fire victims by West Siang Deputy Commissioner, Gamli Padu on Saturday.

More donations in cash and kind are still flowing in from various NGOs, clan-based organisations and societies.  (DIPRO)




ALSU reiterates demands

ITANAGAR, Aug 13:  The Arunachal Law Students' Union (ALSU) on Sunday reiterated its demands to the state government for immediate functioning of Government Law College in Jotte and establishment of juvenile justice board, besides remand home and establishment of a CJM and other subordinate courts in each district.

In a statement, it said that the government is yet is take concrete decision on these demands.

The Union further sought removal of parliamentary secretaries in compliance to Article 164(1A) of the Constitution of India and repeal of Arunachal Pradesh Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, and demanded effective implementation of the Arunachal Pradesh Forest Act and Land Laws.  

It also urged the government to appoint various chairmen on basis of their knowledge in the respective fields.




DCs asks govt officers to prepare Vision Document 2022

SEPPA, Aug 13: East Kameng Deputy Commissioner, Rajeev Takuk instructed all heads of offices to conceptualize and forward a vision document of their respective departments during a coordination meeting on Friday last.

Urging all stakeholders to extend their cooperation and support, he also appealed to every government officer to adopt at least one government school each in the district.

The DC highlighted certain objectives and goals as envisioned by the PM to be achieved by 2022.

EAC Dr Olik Taring briefed about the aims and objectives and features of schemes, such as Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Swalamban Yojana, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Bunkar Yojana, CM's Krishi Rinn Yojana and CM's Adarsh Gram Yojana.

Earlier, a District Consultative Committee and District Level Review Committee meeting was held under the DC, where discussions were held on credit flow, advance and deposit, CDR, financial literacy, financial inclusion, micro insurance schemes for social security, progress and achievement under banking sector for the quarter end.

Meanwhile, in Daporijo, the first consultative meeting on preparation of Vision Document 2022 was held at the Rijo Conference hall.

Chairing the meeting, Deputy Commissioner A K Singh asked all HoDs of the district to prepare their respective vision documents before August 20 for further proceeding.

A few departments which had already prepared their vision documents enlightened the members of the content.



National Librarian's Day celebrated

ITANAGAR, Aug 13: The Department of Public Libraries on Saturday celebrated the National Librarian's Day, commemorating the 125th birth anniversary of 'Father of Library Science', Dr Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan at the State Central Library premises here on Saturday.

In his key note address, Junior Librarian B B Lal, while giving a brief account on the life and contributions of Dr Ranganathan, said "being librarians we should draw inspiration from his life and deliver better services."

Underlining the importance of public libraries, he said, a library can play an important role in imparting value of education. Stressing on opening quality libraries across the state, he said that the role of the librarian is continuously evolving to meet the social and technological needs.

Earlier, the Library officials and staff led by the Assistant Director G T Jini paid floral tributes to the portrait of Dr Ranganathan and recalled his contributions.

Also present on the occasion were ADPL Y R Ete, DLIO Lingam Ete, library professionals Toko Api and Y Toko, among others.

August 12th is celebrated every year as the National Librarian's Day in remembrance of Dr S R Ranganathan, who spearheaded the library movement in India.




KNFC win, Golgi Bote draw with Dooying Goolong

ITANAGAR, Aug 13: Kine Nane defeated Dadi Bote 3-2 in a keenly contested match in the Itanagar Solung Festival Football Tournament, played at DNGC ground on Sunday.

Mibom Borang, Joling Megu and Bakin Borang scored one goal each for the winning team, while Marthin Yaying and Jack Netter scored for Dadi Bote.

Second match played between Golgi Bote and Dooying Goolong ended in 3-3 draw.

Kaling Aje scored all three goals for Golgi Bote FC, while Jongan Tayeng and Paput Perme netted two and one goals respectively for Dooying Goolong.

On Monday, Dongging Aoo will take on Solung United (Veteran) before the match between Naharlagun Solung FC and RGU Solung FC.




Orgs welcome creation of DIFCA

ITANAGAR, Aug 13: The Apatani Shaman Association (ASA) and the priests' community termed the decision to create the Department of Indigenous Faith & Cultural Affairs (DIFCA), as a bold step and historic one.

"This is the right decision in the right time, as our highly valued indigenous traditions, cultures, faiths and beliefs are dwindling and fading away with influence of western culture. The newly established Department of IFCA will be highly helpful for the indigenous people of Arunachal Pradesh to preserve, promote and protect their faith, culture and traditional practises, inherited by their ancestors," the ASA said in a release.

"This would pave a way in preservation and documentation of rich oral literatures, folklores, hymns and chanting being handed down from generation to generation by the local shaman through oral memory with no written script," the ASA added.

The All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) has also termed the state government's initiative an insightful decision.

The state of Arunachal Pradesh with 26 major tribes and more than 100 sub-tribes is known for its unique cultural diversities. But, majority of the people are being influenced by western culture forgetting our own culture, AAPSU stated in a release.

"There is an urgent need to protect and preserve the culture, language and diversity of different tribal people, and the department would go a long way in addressing the problem, besides creating more job opportunities for the educated unemployed youths", said AAPSU President Hawa Bagang.




ASU's Aadhaar registration camp concludes

ZIRO, Aug 13: At least 566 people registered and corrected their details under an Aadhaar registration camp organised by the Apatani Students' Union (ASU) on August 13.

Taking into account the importance of Aadhaar card as an identity document for delivery of services and government benefits, the ASU started the Aadhaar registration camp on August 1.

Registration camps were held at various schools of Ziro town for two days each, which saw a large participation of students and elderly people.




Districts continue with cleanliness drives

ITANAGAR, Aug 13: Districts across the state are continuing with their stint of cleanliness drives in line with the Swachh Bharat Mission.

In Bomdila circle, over 200 people of Pedung village participated in a mass cleanliness drive, which was held in collaboration with the Department of PHE and WS Bomdila Division under the Swachh Bharat Mission on August 13

Pedung Gaon Burah, Passang Monpa urged on people to begin cleanliness from their homes and then move on to keeping the district, state and country clean.

Department of PHE and WS, Junior Engineer Ato Borang spoke on the importance of Swachh Bharat Mission in the village level, while  Department of PHE and WS, Sanitation Coordinator, Sailesh Kumar Prasad appealed to the villagers to complete the construction of individual household latrines within mid September of 2017.

Meanwhile, the Rengging Angong Society (RAS) organized the second phase avenue plantation programme at Rengging village on Wednesday last to ensure a clean environment for future generations.

Provided by the Pasighat DFO, altogether 40 saplings of various species were planted. Pasighat Forest Range Officer, ASM, GBs and villagers enthusiastically participated in the plantation drive.

Further, a daylong inspection spree was held to assess the status of Swacch Bharat Abhiyan on August 12 in various sectors and colonies of Aalo town by members of Mission Clean Aalo, led by Director of RCCN TV Aalo.

This is the seventh monthly inspection by Mission Clean Aalo, where schools, market and government establishments are selected on their hygiene and cleanliness levels and given an annual award by the RCCN Aalo.

A mass cleanliness drive was also led by Galo Ane AGS Hungam Angu Ete in and around Paktu Market on Saturday, which saw the participation of the GWS, PAYWA and women from various colonies as well as shop owners. A large quantity of debris was lifted and all blocked drains were cleared.  




AR nab NSCN (R) cadre, over ground worker

ITANAGAR, Aug 13: The Assam Rifles in its continuous operations against underground outfits have apprehended an NSCN (R) cadre and over ground worker from Yongchik village of Changlang district on August 12.

Bokam Wangrey, the self styled sergeant major, Rajapio South Changlang of NSCN(R) was arrested along with over ground worker Raju Kumar Choudhury during an operation at Yongchik village in the night of August 12.

The cadres were trying to terrorize the people through extortion demands.

An AK-47 assault rifle, ammunition, contraband, SIM cards and other incriminating items and documents were seized from the possession of the nabbed NSCN (R) cadre.




Society saddened at Tato's demise

AALO, Aug 13:  The Lodu Ao Welfare Society (LAWS) expressed its deep sorrow on the untimely demise of Power, Western Zone Chief Engineer, Jumtum Tato at Niba Hospital on August 12.

Hailing late Tato as one of the most sincere and finest gentlemen of the Lodu society, LAWS President Bidu Poyom said that his demise is a loss for the society and state as well. He also sent a condolence message to the aggrieved family members on behalf of the LAWS. (DIPRO)

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Fix the responsibilities

The death of over 30 children within a span of 48 hours at the government-run Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College hospital in Gorakhpur last week is in equal parts tragic, shameful and outrageous. But what is perhaps more galling than the death of little babies is that what happened in Gorakhpur was neither the first nor will it be the last. Since 2012, 3,000 children suffering from Japanese Encephalitis have reportedly died at BRD Hospital, which serves as the nodal point for all such cases in the region. This time around, the fatalities have attracted more attention because the state's callousness seems to have touched a new low. According to the reports, many of the children died because their oxygen supply was cut off as the hospital hadn't paid its dues to the supplier.

Though UP government initially refuted allegation but since then have accepted fault and has initiated action against oxygen supplier. If Yogi Adityanath's government had cleared that sum of money to the oxygen supplier, so many children would not have lost their lives. Yogi Adityanath who had also been the MP from Gorakhpur since 1998 was more than familiar with the problem of the outbreak of encephalitis in his former constituency. He has raised this issue in Parliament and has in the past, when the Samajwadi Party was in power, demanded that it should be declared an epidemic. Most of the victims are from the lower strata of society who have no access to treatment facilities at primary health centres or even district hospitals. Incidentally, the chief minister was at the said hospital this week and visited the ward where children infected with encephalitis were admitted.  Why authorities did not inform him about the fund issue. There is a need for proper investigation and people responsible for death of so many young souls should be strongly punished.







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An open letter to CM and Education Minister

Dear Editor

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of all concerned, the plight of Govt HSS Bilat, which has been hard hit by the 'rationalization of teachers'.

Govt HSS Bilat ,which made it to the headlines of  dailies of the state in 2016 for its CBSE debacle ,culminating in the suspension of the then principal ,was the ultimate result of CCE and shortage of concerned subject teachers particularly PCM teacher who was posted in the mid of the session.

But this year ,under the able guidance and efforts of Princepal  Tagin Tatan and VP O Tatin and dedication of limited manpower ,the school topped the Class X pass percentage in East Siang District.

Now, when the performance of the school is limping back to track, transfer of seven teachers including the two NCC officers from Govt HSS Bilat, in the name of 'rationalization comes as a bolt from the blue.

Without required number of subject teachers, immediate release of teachers without relievers would result in suspension of classes which would naturally affect the students and their parents .

Therefore ,I request  Minister Education and CM to intervene in this regard.


Neyi Taloh

ZPM Bilat Block




Declare Result

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily,  i would like to appeal to the concern authority of Guwahati High Court, Itanagar Permanent Bench to declare d final result for the posts of "OFFICE PEON - II".

The viva-voce interview was held on 1st week of March 2016. However, more than 1 year later, the result is yet to be declared.

I would like to request to the concern authority to declare the results as soon as possible.


A distressed





Step down with dignity

Dear Editor,

Is the extension of service really necessary?

This is regarding the demands of CoSAAP for extension of their service life. If anybody demands for extension of their service life kindly demand for the raising of age bar of 33 years to 35 years too.

Let me put this in a simple way my father is an engineer with PWD in AP, he has 5 years for retirement and I would like him to remain in his service for more years but I also have two younger brothers who completed their civil engineering from south India and I would like to see them engaged in some good job too. One of my brothers is 27 years and if the service life is extended then who knows he might not even get a chance to serve the state in the capacity he knows best.

My request to the respected elders, it is time that you step down with dignity, please give the chance to the upcoming generation. You have served the state well now give that chance to the young generation.


A citizen




Indifference is not a modern phenomenon

Dear Editor,

This refers to Tongam Rina's article, "Indifferent age" (Ring Side View, August 9, 2017). Our indifference to hunger and exploitation cannot be viewed as something new or just as a characteristic of modern age. In fact, Tagore criticized our indifference to human sufferings in his song, "Oh, what a spring!" ("aaha, aaji e basante") indeed, in the nineteenth century. Tagore wrote, "Let those who are enjoying, enjoy themselves/ Let them enjoy the enjoyable spring to its last ~/  Those happy guys must not see/ The teardrop of a poor girl./ They pretend not to see,/ They pretend not to understand,/ They turn their heads."

Then, Bob Dylan did a Tagore by exposing our hypocrisy and callous indifference to human sufferings in his famous song, "Blowin' in the wind" in the twentieth century. The song said, "Yes, how many times can a man turn his head/ Pretending he just doesn't see?/ The answer my friend is blowin' in the wind/ The answer is blowin' in the wind." So, we see that human callousness or indifference is not a modern phenomenon but our chronic disease for centuries.


Sujit De,





Bad road & road users

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily  paper, I would like to bring your kind attention towards the potholes water on road. Due to these potholes and improper roads not only leads to heavy loss to the vehicles but also making trouble for school going children.

I am saying it from my own personal experience which has happened when I was going to college. I saw some small girls in their school uniform and suddenly a vehicle came and splashed the muddy water on their uniforms.

While they were thinking what to do because it was time for school but the uniforms were dirty, suddenly second vehicle came and did the same thing which forced the student to go back home. It has become an everyday scenario.

It's not only happening to school children but also to all the people who doesn't have vehicles. The person who is driving the vehicle should think about the pedestrians and especially for the school children.

Therefore, it’s my earnestly request to people to please slow down your speed when you see people are passing by.


Jebi Kurdu






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