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21 school children injured as bridge snaps on I-Day

[ Karyir Riba ]

ROING, Aug 16:  In all, 21 children along with a teacher were thrown into a gorge almost 50 feet deep, when the hanging bridge that they were crossing collapsed.

The mishap occurred at around 6.30 AM in Jumuni village under Desali Circle of Lower Dibang Valley district.

As per reports, the students from Jumupani Residential School (elementary level) were out on Prabhat Pheri as part of Independence Day celebration, along with a teacher.

In order to cover the whole village, they had to cross the hanging bridge, which is reportedly about a 100 meters in length. As they were crossing, it snapped, injuring the students and their teacher.

At least 11 children who have been seriously hurt were airlifted by the Indian Air Force to Dibrugarh for medical attention. MLA Mutchu Mithi informed that four of these children are  in critical condition and admitted in the ICU. Arrangements were made for the rest to be brought to the District Hospital in Roing for treatment. In addition to this, a medical team from the District Hospital, led by Dr Ista Pulu, was also sent to the accident site.

Sources from the Desali Block informed that the hanging bridge, over the Jumu river, was built only around seven to eight years back but the rusted metal had become very brittle, breaking into bits and pieces when exposed to weight.

MLA Mithi has offered to take care of all the medical expenses of the victims.

Meanwhile, an official release said that Chief Minister Pema Khandu has ordered for an enquiry to ascertain the cause of the accident.  

Pema has ordered for immediate release of relief to the victims and wished for their speedy recovery.

Local MLA Mutchu Mithi and District Administration of Roing are closely monitoring the situation and are in contact with the hospital authorities and parents of the students, said a statement from the Chief Minister's office.

The CM thanked the local villagers, police, army, IAF, BRO personnel and the medical team for their timely help, which saved the lives of the children.



Arunachal celebrates 71st Independence Day

CM appeals for peace and harmony for development

ITANAGAR, Aug 16: Arunachal Pradesh celebrated the 71st Independence Day with great enthusiasm on August 15.

At the Indira Gandhi Park here, Chief Minister Pema Khandu unfurled the national tri-colour and greeted the people on the occasion. Pema highlighted the achievements and priorities of his government to bring about sustainable development in the state and said that the development mantra can be fully implemented only when there is universal peace and harmony in the state, adding that government will have zero tolerance towards disruptive and divisive forces. He called upon the people to participate in the growth of the state.

Informing that the state government has done away with the No Detention policy to ensure quality education in the state, the CM spelt out that many concrete measures have been adopted to address the challenge of quality of school education.

In order to arrest the growing unemployment problem, the government has launched the Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Swavalamban Yojana to provide 30 percent capital subsidy to educated unemployed youths thereby generating self employment avenues.

The CM's Health Insurance Scheme is being restructured as a healthcare model that is universal, affordable and accessible, he said, adding that free chemotherapy facility for cancer patients have been started at Tomo Riba Hospital in collaboration with Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, besides Rs 3 crore has been allotted for providing free chemotherapy for APST cancer patients for up to 500 patients in the Tertiary Care Centre at Naharlagun up to a ceiling of 10 lakh per patient.

The government has launched State Rural Livelihood Mission covering 28 blocks of the state, which would be gradually expanded to cover the entire state, he informed. The CM's Krishi Rinn Yojana to provide facility to farmers to get access to zero interest crop loans to those farmers who commit themselves to timely repayments has been launched, besides Pt DeenDayal Upadhyaya Bunkar Yojana to provide seven percent interest subsidy to women engaged in traditional textile weaving for their working capital requirements.

Informing that under Pradhan Mantri AwasYojana, the homeless poor in the rural areas would be provided with shelter by 2022, Khandu said that government is committed to electrify all 1230 un-electrified villages by December this year. He said that government has identified agriculture and horticulture as the sunrise sectors and effort is on to bring about substantial parts of the state under organic cultivation.

The state is committed to declare the whole state 'Open Defecation Free' by December 2017 to set example for others, Pema said.  The Trans-Arunachal highway is making rapid progress to connect people from Tawang to Longding, and the Advance Landing Grounds are in a state of readiness. He further informed that the 110 MW Pare hydroelectric project and 600 MW Kameng hydroelectric project will become operational this year. A massive comprehensive tourism policy is in offing for growth of tourism sector in state.

While the state government is working on to make the government machinery more efficient, transparent, accountable and participative, many major measures have been taken towards government reforms - including decision to abolish interviews in all appointments of Group C, recruitment of Group A & B entrusted to APPSC, setting up of AP State Human Rights Commission and make functional the Lokayuktain a time bound manner, besides decision to raise the retirement age to 60 years from January 1, 2018, the Chief Minister said.

Later, the Chief Minister inaugurated the exhibition stalls and launched the Government of Arunachal Pradesh State Portal.

Other highlights of the day included display of march past by the 25 parade contingents - 10 uniformed contingents including female IRBN platoon from Nagaland and 15 student contingents from various schools of the capital city, distribution of trophies and presentation of colourful cultural programmes by school students and cultural troupes.

The 138 CRPF Battalion platoon took away the best contingent prize for march past in the uniformed category, while boys platoon of P Sector School, Itanagar was declared the best among the contingents.

The Arunachal Pradesh Bharatiya JanataParty celebrated Independence Day at the party HQ, Itanagar.

Unfurling the national flag, state BJP President Tapir Gao asked all party Karyakartasacross the state to be involved in nation building process.  BJP Capital Complex City unit also celebrated Independence Day at its City office, Itanagar.

The Assam Rifles deployed in Patkai Hills also organized a series of events as a part of day's celebration. The Assam Rifles remembered its martyrs and commemorated there sacrifice during a wreath laying ceremony. "Know Your Army" Camps were organized in Changlang  and Miao, displaying the latest weapons, spreading general awareness about Indian armed forces.

In East Kameng district, the 71st Independence Day was celebrated amidst a large gathering of school children and public at Seppaand other administrative circles of the district.

Addressing the people at General Ground Seppa, Parliamentary Secretary (Tax & Excise) Tapuk Taku apprised the people about various achievements made so far in the district in the last one year. He also urged the people to keep Seppa and the district clean and hygienic and open defecation free.

At EAC HQ Bana, the national flag was unfurled by RD Parliamentary Secretary, Mama Natung. The day was also celebrated at ADC HQs Bameng, Chayang Tajo and Seijosa, besides different administrative circles of the district.

At Anini, Independence Day was celebrated at the general ground with great pomp and gaiety. ZPC Dipen Molo stressed on the importance of education and health and lamented on the lack of proper infrastructure in these sectors. He appealed to all the officers to remain in station and requested the Deputy Commissioner to take stringent action against absentee officers. He also requested all the officers, public leaders to cooperate with each other and fight against the menace of drugs and alcoholism which is affecting the youths of the district.

Independence Day was celebrated at Lower Dibang Valley district, with MLA Mutchu Mithiunfurling the tri-colour amidst a host of dignitaries at Roing. Addressing the public,Mutchu informed that air connectivity and railway network to the district is underway. He said that with the opening of Bhupen HazarikaSethu and with the completion of India's biggest Hydro power project, 2880 Mega Watt DibangMultipurpose Dam, the district will witness sea change development in near future soon.

Earlier, at Roing DC office, DC Deepak Shinde unfurled the national flag, while the PHED Roing organized a swachhta awareness rally and demonstrated the swatch mission in PHED exhibition stall at the general ground.

The day was also celebrated at various headoffices and administrative outposts of the district.

Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) senior Vice-President and former minister, Bosiram Siram hoisted the National flag in presence of party members and leaders at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, Itanagar. Bosiram also recalled the contributions of all freedom fighters

The Youth Congress celebrated Independence Day at its office at Naharlagun and also organized a 'Tiranga Car Rally' to mark the Independence Day. The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal also celebrated the day at Indira Gandhi Congress Bhawan, Naharlagun.

Changlang district celebrated Independence Day with much pomp and gaiety. Unfurling the tri-colour, Changlang North MLA, TesamPongte highlighted the developmental works in the district in various fields.  

The MLA highlighted various programmes being implemented by both state and center through the departments and sought co-operation from all in successful implementation of all schemes.

At Khimyang, Parliamentary Secretary for Power, Phusum Khimhun unfurled the tri-colour.

At Jairampur, Parliamentary Secretary, Laisam Simai unfurled the tri-colour at SetongSena outdoor stadium and highlighted the various developmental schemes in 51-Nampong Assembly constituency and urged the people to take full benefit of these schemes.

At Daporijo, the day was celebrated in a befitting manner at Bn Ground, Daporijo. Local MLA, Dikto Yekar extended his best wishes to the people of district and highlighted the government development schemes. He informed that Trans-Arunachal Highway work will commence within the month of October.

At Dumporijo, the day was celebrated with various  programmes.

At Tawang parade ground, Tawang MLA Tsering Tashi highlighted the government schemes and asked the government employees to be equal partners of development by implementing the schemes successfully.  Expressing his happiness over the start of Government Degree College in Tawang, the MLA also informed that sanction for a BEdCollege and a Polytechnic College in the district have also been accorded.

Further, in the final match of the Independence Cup Football Tournament at Gyalwa Tsayang Gyatso Stadium, Subroto FC defeated the Tawang United.

AP Bn NCC celebrated Independence day at Rajiv Gandhi Government Polytechnic in the ongoing Thai Sainik Camp (for girls) in presence of students, faculty members and around 530 NCC cadets from all over the North East, who are attending the Thai Sainik Camp.  RGGP Principal Dr A K Tripathy and Lt Col NK Bishnoi SM, CO 1 AP Bn NCC hoisted the National flag on the occasion.

At Leporiang general ground, former Chief Minister and Sagalee MLA Nabam Tukiunfurled the national flag and highlighted various schemes undertaken during his tenure. He appealed to the locals to become part of development and not to interfere in the development work.

Tuki also announced a community hall and a rostrum for the Leporiang circle under current financial year.

At Sagalee, ADC Sagalee Jalash Pertinunfurled the National flag at Mini Secretariat and also addressed the government staff and public on the occasion.

At Balijan, Land Management, Urban Development & ULB Minister and local MLA Nabam Rebia took the salute of the contingent of police and students at general ground. Rebiaalso felicitated three eminent personalities, namely,  Power JE M Padu, school teachers Techi Kako and Dur Talo Camdir.

At Singchung in West Kameng district,  Independence day  was celebrated  with various programmes.

Parliamentary Secretary and local MLA Kumsi Sidisow in his address called upon the people to be united for all round development of the state and the nation.

The All Arunachal Pradesh Workers' Union (AAPWU) and Arunachal Pradesh unit of Bharatiya Mazdoor Singh (BMS) jointly celebrated the 71st Independence Day at the AAPWU office.

The day was also celebrated in a grand manner at Kamba under West Siang district on Tuesday, where local MLA Nyamar Karbak remembered all the freedom fighters who had laid down their lives for freedom of the country.

Karbak highlighted the policies and programmes being undertaken under the leadership of present Chief Minister PemaKhandu for welfare of people in the state. He appealed the public to cooperate with the initiatives of state government for all round development.

In Yachuli, MLA-cum-Parliamentary Secretary for Transport, Likha Saaya announced opening of the Divisional Commissioner office at Yachuli which will start functioning soon. He also disclosed that CHC Yazali, PHCs Yachuli, Pistana, Deed and Talo will be provided one ambulance each for convenience of the general public.

Emphasizing on organic cultivation, he disclosed that an organic testing machine would be installed at Yachuli soon.

Nine new GBs were also appointed on the occasion.

In Bordumsa, Additional Deputy Commissioner, S Tayang highlighted various developmental schemes implemented in Bordumsa and Diyun Circle and urged the youths to avail the benefits of CM's flagship programmes.

Exhorting all communities to live in harmony as peace is prerequisite for development, he urge the Panchayat members, goan burahs and students to become agents of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and make Arunachal open defecation free.

Further, the Changlang Battalion of the Assam Rifles also organized programmes at various venues in Changlang district.

In Pasighat, the day was celebrated at a various places like Bilat, Sika-Bamin and Mebo.

Addressing a gathering at Sika-Bamin, MLA-cum-Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture & Fisheries, Tatung Jamoh  said, 'Arunachal Pradesh is marching ahead with various socio-economic development schemes.

At Mebo, MLA-cum-Advisor to Chief Minister, Lombo Tayeng disclosed that Mebo-Dhola road is going to be a double lane road shortly. Celebrations were also held at GHSS Borguli.

In Aalo, Arunachal Legislative Assembly Deputy Speaker, Tumke Bagra spoke about various government launched new schemes, like Deen Dayal Uphaadhyaya Swavalamban Yojna,which can facilitate loan from Rs 10 lakhs to Rs 1 crore with 30 percent subsidy from government and 10 percent individual share.

He informed that under rural electrification APEDA has proposed 7,864 solar power packsand 253 solar street lights through DDUGJY, 2, 50,400 led bulbs have been approved for distribution under UJALA. Bahadur Hill Eco-Tourism Project amounting to Rs 7.22 croreshas been submitted under CM Innovation and Challenges Award on Eco-Tourism. Bene, Payaand Kabu roads are ongoing major projects under PWD while, Nyorak-Nikte and LipuBagra roads have already been tendered under SIDF, he informed, adding that the CM flagship programme on education like sanitary napkins for girls and 'Vidya' are being implemented.

He also gave away the 'Best School Award' to Basar Higher Secondary School and Best Headmaster award to Pokde Yomgam, Headmaster Yomcha Secondary School. The day was also celebrated at Yomcha.

Independence Day was also celebrated at Nyobia Circle under Kurung Kumey district.

In Itanagar, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force celebrated the day in a grand manner at the premises of North-Eastern Frontier head-quarter, Itanagar. Inspector General, ManojSingh Rawat unfurled the national flag.

The North East Homoeopathic Medical College & Hospital, North East Nursing College of Health Science Itanagar, Him International School, Jully, Government Higher Secondary School, Itanagar, Green Mount Public School, F sector, Itanagar also celebrated Independence day.



Capital Complex witnessing influx of migrants

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Aug 16: There is a sudden influx of a large number of  migrants into the Capital Complex.

In the last one year, it is being reported that a large number of migrants, especially from states like Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are entering Arunachal, particularly Capital Complex.   

"These people have turned foot over bridges of Itanagar and the parking lot located at Bank Tiniali into their homes. They can be seen cooking near the highway and often their children defecate in the open space. Besides, there is huge increase in the number of beggars in the streets of the Capital Complex. With the start of railway service, migrant population is also rising," said a citizen.

"Before it is too late, the state government, particularly the capital administration should intervene. The officials of Deputy Commissioner's Office, Itanagar are busy renovating their office chambers and making plans for constructing swimming pool, thereby wasting public money. Why don't they initiate action against illegal migrants? Government should appoint a Deputy Commissioner of Capital Complex who will be able to contain law and order situation," shared a frustrated citizen.

Though there is strict regulation regarding entry of the citizens, it is not yet known if the migrants have valid passes to carry out their businesses which includes are selling of balloons and  jewellery items. Apart from selling such items, many of the migrants are seen begging as well.




APSTS launches Hornbill Blue, e-ticketing mobile app

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Aug 16:  The Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Services  launched 'Hornbill Blue', a mobile application for e-ticketing at the Banquet Hall here on August 15.  

With the launch, Arunachal Pradesh became the first among the Northeast states' transport undertakings to launch such an application.

Developed by Madlime Designs, an Itanagar-based private firm, the mobile application will help commuters book ticketsfrom anywhere with data connectivity. Travelers will no longer have to stand in long queues to book or buy bus tickets.   

Officially launching the application, Chief Minister Pema Khandu congratulated the APSTS for coming up with the mobile application for e-ticketing and termed it an excellent achievement for the APSTS as well as for the state government.

The CM also urged other working departments to take advantage of modern technology and keep themselves updated to make the departments more efficient and effective.

Citing Prime Minister Narendra Modi'svision of Digital India, Pema said that digitalization of department would make them more transparent and accountable.  

APSTS General Manager, Abu Tayeng briefed on the idea behind the mobile application for e-ticketing.

"Around 90 percent of commuters use smart phones these days and we thought of launching a mobile application to make buying and booking tickets for buses and sumos easier for commuters", he said.

Highlighting the features of Hornbill Blue, Tayeng said commuters can book tickets from the comfort of their homes using smart phones without having to stand in queues or humdrum booking system.  Apart from being interactive, the application would reduce cost of paper use in the tickets and also check pilferages of revenue collection, added Tayeng.  




APCC criticizes capital administration

ITANAGAR, Aug 16: The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) on Wednesday criticized the capital administration for imposing restrictions on the Tiranga car rally organised by the Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress as a part of Independence Day celebration.    

The car rally was supposed to commence from the APYC office, Naharlagun via National Highway and culminate at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, Itanagar, but at the last minute, the administration diverted the route from national highway to Jullang road, the APCC said.

"The act of the administration once again exposed the unjust approach of the Pema Khandu Government towards the opposition party", the APCC said.  

Castigating the act of the Capital DC and SP as pro-BJP, the APCC said, "instead of restricting the Tiranga Yatra, the administration should have been proactive towards the programme.

 This is an act to curtail the spirit of Independence Day celebration", the Congress said.

It demanded that the administration apologize to the Congress party and the nation,and also ensure not to repeat the same in the near future.

The APYC also vehemently condemned the conduct of the district administration by imposing restriction on the entry of the car rally.

"It was neither a political rally nor any democratic protest rally which the administration and police had to act upon. Even the official order was not issued to the organizer in advance. We came to know about it at the last minute of the programme," the APYC claimed.   

APYC Vice President Niglar Veo said that the administration should maintain its bureaucratic spirit and not act like a rival political party.




Doctor assures safety of albendazole tablets on NDD

NAHARLAGUN, Aug 16: Dismissing fears against the usage of albendazole tablets during National Deworming Day (NDD), Nodal Officer for Maternal & Child Health, Dr TanaNatung stressed that the albendazole tablet has least side-effects.

He was addressing the NDD review cum orientation meeting of District RCH Officers, at the NHM training hall in Naharlagun on Wednesday.

Briefing about the significance of implementation of NDD, he informed that 26 percent of Soil Helminthes Transmission (STH) prevalence rate in the state is responsible for 1.44 lakh children suffering from different kinds of worm infestation annually, which is contributing to the burden of anaemia and poor nutrition among the under-19 children.

Chairing the meeting, Health & Family Welfare Special, Secretary Tapasya Raghav called for proper distribution of albendazole tablets to all children between 3 to 19 years, with special efforts to cover all private schools.

The Secretary also called to ensure Behaviour Change Communication regarding adoption of sanitation and hygienic practices as a way of life to ensure zero prevalence of Helminthiasis.

Family Welfare Department Director In-charge, Dr M Lego stressed on awareness generation on preventive aspects of worm infestation, besides ensuring safe potable water for all the denizens and restricting open-air defecation to ensure zero STH.

Deputy Director (IEC&BCC), Family Welfare Department, Ongtang Thampang stressed upon optimum and rational use of information, education and communication materials to ensure greater saturation of health information in the public domain to ensure community participation in public health programmes and their successful implementation.

During NDD, the district authority shall ensure free and supervised administration of albendazole tablets to all under-19 children. If children are missed out during the NDD, deliberate attempts shall be made to track them and administer them the albendazole tablets on August 31 on Mop-Up Day.



Mein assures flood protection measures

NAMSAI, Aug 16: Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein on Tuesday visited the flood affected sites at Lekang Circle and assured to the people to take up flood protection measures on top priority.

During his visit to new Silatoo under Lekang circle, which witnessed a devastating flood due to breach of river embankment last year, Mein observed that the innovative work of sheet pilling taken up by the WRD Department and spur construction along the river bank executed last year to plug the diversion point of Noa-Dehing river has successfully contained the emerging threat and considerably saved the nearby villages from inundation this year.

Though the turbulent river water of Noa-Dehing has inundated and damaged some portions of the sheet pilling, the adjoining villages were saved by the flood protection work, he observed.

Mein, on behalf of the people of Lekang circle, thanked Chief Minister Pema Khandu for timely intervention and sanctioning of Rs 10 crore for flood protection and Rs 42 crore for sheet pilling work last year.

The DCM also inspected the flood protection works at Deobeel and observed that many flood protection works are yet to be done to secure the nearby villages and Mahadevpur and Namsai towns from the threat of flood water.

It was informed to him that this year, many villages including Silatoo Kachari, LekangGohain Goan, Dirak Miri, etc have witnessed flood damage. He instructed the WRD department to restore the damaged portion immediately and to complete the remaining flood protection work at the earliest.




2-day NE film festival in Delhi from Aug 18

NEW DELHI, Aug 16: Film buffs in Delhi will get an opportunity to watch several award-winning documentaries and features from the Northeast at a festival this week.

"The Fresh Lens: New Cinematic Voices from Northeast India" is being organised by the India International Centre and the North East Media Forum from August 18-19.

"This festival presents some significant voices among a new generation of filmmakers who, following in the footsteps of veterans like Aribam Syam Sharma, Jahnu Barua and the late Bhabendra Nath Saikia, have made a mark at the international and national level," says curator Utpal Borpujari.

The films to be shown are "Aaba" (Grandfather; Arunachal Pradesh), "LoktakLairembee" (Lady of the Lake; Manipur), "The Pangti Story" (Nagaland), "Alifa" (Assam), "Beautiful Lives" (Assam), "Sabin Alun" (The Broken Song; Assam), and "Antardrishti" (Man with the Binoculars; Assam).

Amar Kaushiks "Aaba", is about a farmer who lives with his wife and granddaughter (Sunku) in Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh. He is diagnosed with lung cancer and has only a few days to live. He decides to dig his own grave, but an unexpected event pushes the story towards a startling climax.

The film has won a Special Prize of Generation Kplus International Jury for Best Short Film at the 67th Berlin Film Festival and Best Short Fiction Film at the 64th National Film Awards 2016.

Multiple award winning "LoktakLairembee" by Haobam Paban Kumar is based on the lives of people living on floating huts in Manipurs Loktak lake. Under the guise of protecting the serenity of the lakes ecosystem, the authorities in 2011 had burnt the huts leaving thousands of fishermen homeless.

The film is the story of one such fisherman, Tomba, who accidentally comes across a gun hidden in the biomass.

Possessing a gun transforms Tomba. He becomes very assertive and begins to believe that it is the solution to all his problems.

"Alifa" fetched Deep Choudhury the Golden Lotus Award for Best Debut Film of a Director at the 64th National Film Awards 2017. It is a saga of human-wildlife conflict competing with basic questions of love, hatred, dreams and desires as well as the frailties of human nature and wider social bonding.

Sesino Yhoshus "The Pangti Story" explores the transition of an entire village from one that slaughtered hundreds and thousands of Amur Falcons, the longest travelling raptors in the world. These falcons fly from Siberia every fall to roost in Pangti, a small village in Nagaland, their most fervent conservationists.

"Beautiful Lives" by Kangkan Deka is based on the 2008 bombings in Guwahati and portrays the undying spirit of one of the victims and his day-to-day struggle to survive.

"Sabin Alun" by Altaf Mazid examines the oral singing traditions of the Karbi tribe from Assam.

"Antardrishti", a 100-minute film by RimaDas is about a retired geography teacher whose banal life turns upside down when his musician son gifts him a pair of binoculars. (PTI)



Fire accident in Tezu

TEZU, Aug 16: In a fire incident at Potom Market Complex at Tezu early morning, Wednesday, several shops have been reduced to ashes. Nine shops, including a fair price shop have been completely gutted down in the unfortunate inferno.

With the timely intervention of fire tenders, ITBP and army, the fire was finally doused.

Chief minister Pema Khandu has directed the district administration to conduct assessment of the losses and provide immediate relief.




Committee seeks job preference

ITANAGAR, Aug 16:  Claiming that the plot of land of the newly constructed Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT) was donated to the department free of cost, the Lekhi Panchayat Inter State Bus Terminal Transport Welfare Committee (LPISBTWC) demanded that the first preference for recruitment to group C and D posts should be given to the land donors.

In a representation to the Director of Urban Development, the Committee also demanded that civil works construction within the ISBT should be given to locals, especially the land donors.




Sagalee runs for open defecation free status

SAGALEE, Aug 16: Hundreds of youths, students and senior citizens on Tuesday participated in the mini marathon, 'Run for Freedom from Open Defecation' and covered a distance of eight kilometers, starting from Lower Gai village and culminating at Sagalee general ground.

The run, organised by the Sagalee PHE & WS Division was flagged off by former Chief Minister and local MLA Nabam Tuki.

Addressing participants at Lower Gai, Tuki hoped that the run organized by PHE & WS Department will help to create awareness among citizens regarding cleanliness and sanitation. He appealed to all to drink water after properly boiling it.

A documentary on importance of sanitation, construction of scientific toilet, maintaining cleanliness along with distribution of dustbins and prizes were part of the celebration.

In the mini marathon, Nabam Rehi, Techi Bida and Techi Lugu secured first, second and third places in the boys' category, while Jimsi Nabam, Nabam Anya and Jeena Nabam were winners in the girls' category.




Make use of entrepreneurship schemes of the state govt, says Mein

NAMSAI, Aug 16: "Young entrepreneurs should take benefit of the entrepreneurship development schemes of the state government", said Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein while attending the "Rising of New Hope", an Arunachal  University of Studies progra-mme, organised with the support of the Chiangmai University and Maejo University in Thailand Academic Exchange Progra-mme.

Mein said that such educational exchange program-mes will open doors for cultural outreach and business connectivity between the people of North East region and the ASEAN countries.

He further called on the young scholars to take up research work to revive the local Tai Script and assured to sponsor the translation of Tai Khampti version of Mahabharata to the Hindi language.

Parliamentary Secretary, Chow ZingnuNamchoom requested the AUS Namsai to involve Bethany and Lord Mohabhodi educational institutes in co-curricular activities, while Ashwini Lochan, President AUS underscored the need on language preservation.

V K Kawatra, Vice Chancellor of AUS Namsai assured that the University will seriously implement the educational exchange programme and will make the result visible within two years.




Balijan Talent Show concludes

POMA, Aug 16: Kino Samjo from Sangdupota Circle won the second season of the Balijan Talent Show (TBS) here at Poma General Ground amidst a huge gathering.

Samjo walked away with a trophy, a mobile phone and cash prize of Rs 50,000. Runner-up Phil Thomas of Balijan received a trophy, a mobile phone and cash prize of Rs 25,000. Four other finalists were also given consolation prizes

The season-II of TBS, which began from the month of June covering almost all the circles under Popum Poma area of Papum Pare district, witnessed more than 100 participants from Tarasso, Balijan and Sangdupota circles.

Addressing the gathering, former ASM of Jote, Nabam Radhe said that there is no dearth of talent in the state and encouraged the youths to showcase the rich tribal culture and tradition to the outside world.

Youth leader and chief patron of the event,Techi Tempo, Arunachal Natural Endowment Charitable Trust Chairman Techi Kine, Organising Secretary Ngurang Pepu and Executive Member Marvin Karlo Techi also spoke on the occasion.



Independence Cup Football Tournament 2017 ends

UMFC (A) retain champions title

[ Indrajit Tingwa ]

MIAO, Aug 16: Upper Miao FC (A) won the Independence Cup Football Tournament 2017 defeating Gara FC in a tie-breaker toss.

Both sides missed their chances and failed to score throughout the game play, despite the 10 minutes of extra time. The score remained tied even after a penalty shootout and both teams agreed for a coin toss. Luck favoured Upper Miao FC (A) as it was declared the champion for the second consecutive year.

The winners walked home with a cash prize of Rs 70,000, along with the winner's trophy,while the runners up received cash prize of Rs 40,000 and a trophy.

The Kuttom FC was awarded the 'Best Performing Team' of the tournament. From Gara FC, Tapu Ji won the 'Highest Scorer' award with 15 goals to his credit in five matches, while Kampo Nguri won the 'Best Player' of the tournament award.

The 'Best Goalkeeper' award went to Gunadhar of Mpen FC while 13 year old James from RWD, Miao won the 'Youngest Emerging Player' of the tournament and Imran Hussain of Lower Miao FC won the 'Emerging Player' of the Tournament.

Earlier, attending the Scorpion Football Club organised tournament, Minister Geology and Mining Kamlung Mosang encouraged players to display true sportsman spirit.

Among others, Miao ADC Tage Rumi, Changlang ZPC Jowkhong Singpho, Changlang District Football Association President Sethai Sena and Miao SDPO John Pada also witnessed the final match.




Solung Football Tourney begins

YINGKIONG, Aug 16: The Solung Football Tournament began at the Yinkiong General Ground on August 15, with 17 teams participating in the tournament.

Encouraging players, Deputy Commissioner Duly Kamduk said that winning and losing are part of the game, and called on them to maintain sportsmanship and display their talents. He also asked the players to respect the decision of the referee and advised them to do away with drinking liquor to live a healthier life.




UJALA launched in Roing

ROING, Aug 16: The Roing unit of Arunachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency (APEDA) launched the Unnat Jeevan by Affordable LED Appliances (UJALA) Scheme on Wednesday and distributed electrical appliances to consumers on the occasion.

Launching the programme, MLA MutchuMithi appreciated the sale and distribution mechanism and said that use of the appliances inaffordable prices will lessen the consumption of electricity and its billing.

Appreciating the affordable prizes of the electrical appliances, Deputy Commissioner Deepak Shinde said that the reduced prices would certainly help consumers.

Earlier, APEDA PO Amping Megu informed of the necessary documents to avail the benefits. She also informed that four LED bulbs for both rural and urban areas will be provided at Rs 50 and LED tubes (two for rural and three for urban) at Rs 190. (DIPRO)




Workshop on GST

NAHARLAGUN, Aug 16: Hundreds of people attended a workshop on Goods and Services Tax (GST) held at the Shiv-Hanuman MandirAuditorium in Naharlagun and clarified their doubts.

Resource persons Tapas Dutta and Priyank Jain spoke and gave presentations on GST and its implementation. They explained the provisions under GST, difference between VAT and GST, myths and facts of GST, besides several other points. They also asked the businessmen to be sincere while filling returns and avoid mal practicing, because GST has a chain and complex system of taxation.

Organiser STEP Secretary, Basab Bandhu Dutta also highlighted the major impacts of GST in terms of economy, employment and the Prime Minister's programmes, like Make in India, Digital India and Skill India.




Nyishi Music Album released

ITANAGAR, Aug 16:  A Nyishi Music Album titled 'Nom Ngo Miila', produced by Mathew Balo and Balo Tachak was released on August 15 at Yada Ground, Raga by Parliamentary Secretary for Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Tamar Murtem.

Golden Jubilee Boori Boot Yullo Idol winner Balo Demo, and Kabak Miku and GodakYapi (Rai) lent their voices to album. The album contains six songs, two of which are related to Nyokum celebration and Boori Boot celebration.  The songs have been written by Balo Demo, Balo Tachak and Kabak Sanjoy.



Literary completion held

DAPORIJO Aug 16: The All Upper Subansiri District Collegian Association organized its first district level literacy competition at Government Degree College on Sunday last.

Vivekananda Public School bagged the first position, followed by Government Higher Secondary school and Ligu Secondary School in second and third place.

Assistant Professor Binje Nirin and ZPM Tayom Motu urged the students to work hard and maintain discipline.




Karbak dedicates rostrum to public

KAMBA, Aug 16: Parliamentary Secretary for Sports & Youth Affairs, Nyamar Karbak on Tuesday inaugurated a rostrum at General Ground, Kamba in West Siang district.

Constructed under SIDF 2016-17, the project was constructed at a cost of Rs 25 lakh with the RWD as executing agency.

Karbak, who is also the local MLA, appealed to the public, especially youths to maintain the newly inaugurated rostrum.




BSE donates to CMRF

ITANAGAR, Aug 16: The Bombay Stock Exchange Limited (BSE) contributed Rs 5 lakhs to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund (CMRF) under its CSR activity to support relief and rehabilitation work to the flood and disaster affected areas in the state.

BSE official Surajit Banerjee on Wednesday handed over the cheque to Chief Minister Pema Khandu.

Expressing gratitude to the BSE on behalf of the people of the state, Pema assured that the amount would be judiciously utilized for unforeseen calamities and disasters.




Districts observe Swachh Bharat Week

SEPPA, Aug 16: East Kameng district observed the third anniversary of Swachh Bharat Mission with the 'Khulle mein Shauch se Azadi' programme.

Organised by the PHE Department, along with the District Administration, mass mobilization activities on cleanliness, health and sanitation were carried out across the district.

Wall writings, debate and extempore speeches, essay writing and painting competitions on health and sanitation, besides games and sports and a series of IEC promotional events at schools and villages were organized during the week-long celebration.

Students were also awarded with certificates and goodies.

At Palin, a cleanliness and plantation drive as part of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was organized by the Kra-Daadi district unit of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) at the premises of 50-bedded hospital in Jorung under Palin circle of Kra Daadi district on August 12 last.



Abotani cup

ITANAGAR, Aug 16: In the second day of the U-17 Abotani Cup, the first match played between IG Park FC and Huto English Medium School FC ended in a draw as both the teams failed to open accounts.

Later, Taba Tager of Huto English Medium School FC was awarded man of the match. In the second match, Milkyway Nirjuli FC beat Todo United by 3-2. For Todo United, AhoLingi and Biri Chate scored, while for Milkyway Nirjuli FC, Tadam Nguki netted twice and Dana Tato scored another goal. Tadam Nguki was awarded man of the match.

---- Editorial ----




It’s time for de-escalation

The report of physical confrontation between soldiers of India and China near Pangong Lake in Ladakh region will further deteriorate the relation between two neighbours. As per the report Chinese soldiers threw stones at ITBP jawan when latter stopped them from entering into Indian Territory. Personnel from both the sides received minor injuries and the situation was brought under control after the customary banner drill under which both sides hold banners before stepping back to their respective positions. Already relation between two countries is tensed due to border standoff at Doklam, Sikkim. Both the sides are refusing to budge from their respective stand and there are growing fears that things may get real ugly in days to come. The Indo-China relation has worsened over the last few years due to border and trade disputes.

A trade war also seems to be looming between India and China after New Delhi imposed anti-dumping duties on 93 Chinese products amidst a military standoff in Doklam area, two Chinese state media reports said on Monday. An article in The Global Times, part of the ruling Communist Party's publication group, urged Chinese firms to "reconsider the risks" of investing in India and warned New Delhi to be "prepared for the possible consequences for its ill-considered action.” Day by day the confrontation at border and political level is escalating to a dangerous level. There is urgent need for leaders of both the sides to intervene before situation gets out of control. A military confrontation between two Asian heavyweights, both of whom are nuclear armed will be catastrophic for whole world. Its time both the side tones down the rhetoric and engage in meaningful dialogue to ease the tension.  






---- Readers Forum ----




Patriotism of the nationalists

Dear Editor,

The "patriotism" being displayed by the "nationalists" revolving Independence and Republic Day are increasing with each passing year. Let the human rights of innumerable Indians and children get religiously trampled under marauding feet of the vested  interests; but the symbols of the nation like flags and anthems can never be unfurled or sung the "wrong" way!

This Independence Day has witnessed a new video which has perhaps landed in the smartphones of every users through WhatsApp.

It shows a young man wooing a lady by handing over a flower to her. As he is returning towards his waiting friends with the lady smilingly looking at him, a little girl emerged in the scene with a bunch of flags in hand. The girl insisted the lady to take a flag. The lady reluctantly took it with her eyes still fixed on the smiling man. Few moments later she discarded the flag on the roadside. Witnessing the scene, the man became angry, walked towards the lady, snatched the flower which he himself had handed to her few minutes earlier and landed a tight slap on her face! As he was returning, his friends were clapping in unison in respect of him as if he has saved a person from drowning to death by risking his own life! Oh what an example of machismo and heroism!

Even if it is taken for granted that the lady had committed an "unpardonable" offence by  "insulting" the nation through her act of discarding the flag;  still that person held no democratic, legal or Constitutional right to indulge in any sort of physical violence. His "patriotic" act of slapping the lady would have merited exemplary punishment in any  truly civilized nation.

Secondly, why don't the blood of our "hero" get boiled when billions of oppressed Indians(specially child labourers) get routinely tortured, exploited and assaulted by the vested interests? Will the "patriotic brigade"(who are coming up with such "nationalist" video/ applauding it warmly just like the  friends of our "hero"  clapping in unison following his "great" act of slapping a lady/ forwarding it to their contacts) dare to display their guts by physically taking on the crude brute lot who are destroying the nation through indulgence in corruption, violence, communalism, casteism and racism?

The "nationalism" of the "patriots" have assumed such a Himalayan height that not only violence in the name of "protecting national honour" is being encouraged barbarically,  the coward act of slapping a lady is also being "glamorised" to such a vulgar extent!


Kajal Chatterjee,




Freedom from different shackles

Dear Editor,

On this Independence day, let us pause and thank those who toiled, sweated and sacrifice lives to win Ajadi for our nation. Let us also imagine what freedom fighters, martyrs would have wished India to become! And let us introspect whether we have become what they wished us to be! A free, vibrant, and  developing Nation!

In our Arunachal Context, we still need freedom from different shackles. By and large, some of these are:-

Freedom from disunity: We badly need unity. Look at the latest Census. Arunachal registers 106 tribes. That means we have over 100 languages and dialects. We have diverse history, traditions, customs, beliefs etc. It must be one of the toughest jobs to usher harmony in such a diverse society. But we all are Arunachalees. Remember Strength lies in Unity. A string of many strands is not easily broken.

Freedom from wastefulness: If we are willing to face the truth, Arunachal is a Wasteful State! Look at the multi-crore Power projects. They are rotting. Look at the unfinished Dam, Stadiums, roads, Arunachal is not yet shinning.  For the past many years the Union Govt has pumped money into Arunachal Pradesh. Whether it is NEC or special Infrastructure Development capitals, or the regular support, the money was given. But Arunachal is still dry!  Are we not wasters! Let us repent!

Freedom from dependency: Arunachal is a poor State. While other States have over 50 medical colleges, Arunachal did not have even one. The lone medical college is now being developed,though. As it is now, people of Arunachal has to overcome all odds to get treatment mostly in neighboring states. Imagine people of Vijoynagar Circle having to travel 300 Kms toMargherita just for a Sonography ! Sometimes, over 50 villages have only one doctor!  The fish we eat, the tomato we buy, the egg we fry, potato we pay, where do they come from? From your district?Probably not. Are they not from places as far as Andra Pradesh? Are we self-reliant? I think not yet.

Freedom from idleness: One look across just confirms that we Arunachalees are basically lethargic people. We have ergophobia.  We are generally afraid of work. While we look for high-salaried posts, we are not willing to work and earn from the ‘lesser jobs’.  Just to illustrate this, just take a walk to the nearest town, seek who are ‘running the business’ of the town. Who works? Who earns ? You will not see 80:20 but you will find it is actually 20:80! Let us further illustrate this. Let us say I am a barber. I cut hair. Dye hair. I shave. I massage. I get Rs 50-100 from a person. I work on 25 people in a day. So my average monthly income amounts to 45-50000/- Now the question is how many of the Arunachal guys work as barber in your town?  How many of us earn as much as a barber does? Are we not idle?

Freedom from self-centeredness:  We guys need to learn to do with less.  We need to desist from the temptation of living like affluent people. Basically we are not rich! Think of your relatives in your villages. Think of how they struggle for so many things. On average, we are not rich! But we are just mad! We want the best cars. We want the big cars. We want to hire 5 servants! The extravaganza seen in Arunachal cities exceeds to that of other Metropolis of India! What do you say?  We buy a Scorpio when we need only a Maruti Van.  We build businesses and shops. And how many of you have brought your relatives from villages to run those shops? How many of you have helped start a business for the have-nots of your kith and Kin? Are we not Self-Centered? Be your brother’s keeper starting from this day!

Our freedom fighters dreamed of freedom from all forms- political, economic, ignorance, bigotry and hatred. Let us translate them right here where we are as best as we can.


Aphu A. Fisher,


Arunachal Pradesh







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