August 25


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Wait for Hollongi Green Field Airport continues

Finally there is something to cheer about as commercial flight from Pasighat ALG is all set to begin. Vinod P Kavle, Secretary Civil Aviation who visited the newly constructed civilian terminal shared the good news. It is also reported that Arunachal’s first civilian airport being constructed by Airport Authority of India which is coming up at Tezu is on the verge of completion and operation will start soon. The operationalization of Paisghat ALG and Tezu civil airport will change the dynamics of eastern Arunachal. This will improve the air connectivity and accelerate economic development in the region.

As one part of state rejoice the starting of air service, the people of capital complex are still struggling to understand the cause for delay in construction of Hollongi Green Field Airport project. After much controversy the technical committee constituted by the ministry of civil aviation selected Hollongi over Karsingsa as site for constructing the airport.  But almost a year has passed since that decision came but till now there is no news regarding the airport. State government does not seem sincere about starting the Hollongi Green Field Airport. Allegation have cropped up that airport project is being deliberately delayed by present saffron government as some of the Congress leaders stands to benefit from land compensation at Hollongi.  The political differences should not come in the way of development. Itanagar is the only capital in whole of North East region not to have airport of its own. This is not something to cheer about. Hopefully better sense prevails so that work for Green Field airport starts at the earliest.






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Let’s not adopt script in hurry

Dear Editor,

This is in response to the story “Tani Lipi In School Curriculum” published on August 24 and other such similar stories published in your esteemed daily from time to time.

While it is commendable that various organisations are concerned about the status and future of the indigenous languages of the state, their demands for introduction of a completely new script to promote the languages is unscientific and will do more harm than good.

As per my knowledge, Tani Lipi is a script devised by a single individual, without any wide ranging or long term study involving linguists or experts of the native languages it purports to serve. It is a hobby of an individual raised to the status of an issue by organizations that have not done any serious thinking on the subject.

Esteemed readers may well ask, “But why not have a script of our own?” The answer is that pride in possessing a novel script should not override the practicalities in having one. 

First of all, there are a limited numbers of scripts in the whole world. The entire western world, with their dozens upon dozens of languages, has just three scripts: Latin, Cyrillic (Russian and Eastern Europe) and Greek. Closer home in India, scores upon scores of languages are written in just about a dozen scripts. The reason is that scripts evolve over a period of centuries through adoption, adaptation, modification and renewal. Most changes occur through the labours of the intellectuals and men of letters. Thus, imposing a completely new script, whose credibility and legitimacy is unknown, is hardly wise.

Secondly, simply imposing a new script in schools will not improve the status of the indigenous languages. The fact of the matter is that our young generation has simply stopped speaking their mother tongues and our older generations have abdicated their responsibility in teaching them. Furthermore, even institutional efforts to promote indigenous languages have so far failed. For example, books in Nyishi (“Nyishi Agam Kitab”) have been introduced for primary students, but they are lying unused in school store-rooms. The reasons are unfamiliarity with the hurriedly adapted script, dialectical differences across districts, absence of trained teachers and lack of sustainable frameworks. Now imagine what will happen if the confusing blend of Assamese/Bengali and Devanagari scripts and random squiggles that is Tani Lipi is introduced in schools. There is a reason our children are weak in Hindi. Although Aruna-chalees speak Hindi, our written skill is way below par. The likely cause is the challenges posed by the script.

Thirdly, almost all languages without any written history or script have adopted already existing scripts, in whole or modified for their special purposes. The reason is that existing scripts are already familiar to most would be users. In our own north eastern region, Manipuri adopted the Bengali script, Bodo adopted the Devanagari script and hill communities like the Mizos, Khasis and Naga tribes adopted the Latin script.. This has in fact helped the growth of these languages to the extent that Masters Degrees and PhDs are now being obtained in Khasi and Mizo literature. 

Fourthly, in this digital age, how on earth would Tani Lipi be used in computers or printed on paper? Even a rich language like Assamese, with its long history of a separate script, is yet to be accorded recognition by the Unicode Consortium which would allow for the script to be used in computers. Now, what is the way forward?

The best strategy would be to adopt an already existing script, preferably Latin script which is used for English and hundreds of other languages worldwide. The reason is its familiarity, flexibility and wide usage. Even an older person from our communities who is not conversant in English can read English words with varying expertise. In the case of related languages like the Tani languages, a single modified script based on Latin can be used for writing all the languages. At present, Nyishi, Galo, Adi, Apatani and Tagin have different modified versions of the Latin script. This can be unified so that a Nyishi student in Galo areas can study the Galo language and an Adi student in Apatani areas can study the Apatani language. This will promote appreciation for the other community and may even lead to formation of a common language down the line.

The objective of the community-based/student-based organizations should be easy accessibility, widespread usage and growth of our languages and not a silly and misplaced pride in possessing a unique script. 

In order to save our languages it is very essential that all community based organisations, or at least organisations of related communities like the Tanis form a Language and Script Council composed of experts and linguists without any further delay. The council can debate, deliberate, carry out studies and evolve a common modified Latin script, aid in publication, coordinate with and advise the Government bodies and promote the introduction of indigenous languages in schools and promote their widespread usage in the communities. This is the only way forward for our endangered languages.


Agu Pota




Govt of Arunachal is working for Tibetan or Arunachalees?

Dear Editor,

Our present governments seem to be working with the motto of “Government of the Tibetan, by the Tibetan and for the Tibetan”. Forgive if my quote is wrong but that’s how I see the present situation. I belong to deeply under-developed district also known as ‘disturbed’ district of Tirap. We are struggling for survival and have always felt let down by the successive governments in Itanagar. When I see present BJP government care more for refugee like Tibetan than the indigenous tribe it hurts my soul.

Now that 12 cabinet minister including Chief Minister Pema Khandu has pledged to work for Tibetans, my question to them is will you guys contest from Tibetan settlement area or from your respective assembly constituencies? You guys have lost the right to be called as Arunachalee and I would suggest all the cabinet ministers to surrender your ST certificate and instead acquire refugee certificate. The days have passed when people use to accept whatever decision imposed by the politicians. Now everyone is aware of their rights and for sure we will oppose adoption of Tibetan Rehabilitation policy act tooth and nail. Every Arunachalee should rise to the occasion and fight for early recall of the said Act. It has been keenly observed that MoS Home Kiren Rijiju and our CM Pema Khandu seem to have affection for Tibetans due to their closeness with Tibetan spiritual cum political head Dalai Lama. I ask both, are you two leaders of Arunachalee or Tibetan? Lastly hope unions and associations, who don’t hesitate to declare bandh call even for minor issue, will take up this issue and fight for the people of Arunachal. We are especially hoping on AAPSU to spearhead the fight. History will not forgive us if we allow government of Arunachal to adopt Tibetan Rehabilitation policy act.


N  Wangjein, Tirap  




Opposition voice getting stifled

Dear Editor,

The cold-blooded murder of innocents in the name of  ’Gaumata’’,  annihilation of secular rationalists like MM Kalburgi and Govind Pansare, character-assassi-nation of Kanhaiyas as “anti-nationalists” for not swimming with the saffron tide, banning the release of the documentary on the humanitarian Amartya Sen for his “sin” of condemning rabid Hindutva, what a deluge of “brilliant” piece of news in India of “Good Days.”

So now the situation has come to such a dreadful pass in this democratic country that even the voice and freedom of speech of the Chief Minister of Tripura Manik Sarkar is also being throttled. Leader of a “tiny” “dead” party presiding over an equally tiny “marginalised” state  yet he gets perceived to be such a “threat” that the Who’s Who of the “mighty” party ruling over the nation are working overtime to see to it that his Independence Day speech do not get telecast!

Again this proves what immense strength is possessed in all things true, sane and Manik Sarkar  the embodiment of a secular humble true gentleman. 


Kajal  Chatterjee,







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Eviction for four-lane highway begins

ITANAGAR, Aug 24: The Capital Complex District Administration began its eviction drive of structures within the Right of Way (RoW) of NH-415 to make way for four-lane highway construction with Chandranagar area in Itanagar, on Thursday.

The demolition schedule for the proposed four-laning of highway from Chandranagar to Papu Nallah is expected to be completed by the second week of September.  

Seeking cooperation of the residents of the Capital Complex in successful execution of the four-lane highway project, Deputy Commissioner Prince Dhawan expressed gratitude to the residents of the Capital Complex who carried out self demolitions.

The DC further informed that two teams headed by administrative officers have been formed to carry out demolition of the left and right sides of the NH-415.  He informed that all precautionary steps have been taken prior to starting of the process so that the eviction process is carried out smoothly.

The DC further informed that the issue of relocation of vendors falling within the RoW has also been resolved by notifying a new temporary vending zone, with the help of the transport federation.

As a preventive measure, the DC also held a series of meetings earlier where he directed the departments concerned, like BSNL, power, PHED, etc to shift their utilities, and the Department of Power to shut down or cut off power lines during demolition of structures.

The DC hoped that the residents of Capital Complex would continue to provide their support till the completion of the highway.

Naharlagun EAC, Hento Karga, EAC Land management, Liken Koyu and Itanagar EAC, Tame Yajum are heading the eviction teams, which include officials from the district administration and PWD, the police and other line departments. (DIPRO)




RSS Pracharak arrested on rape and kidnapping charges

NAMSAI, Aug 24: One Narendra Kumar Singh, reportedly an RSS Pracharak working in Namsai district has been arrested on rape and kidnapping charges of a minor.

The 43 year old man is currently under custody of Namsai unit police and a case under section 365/376(i) IPC, read with Section 4 of POCSO has been lodged in the Namsai Police Station.

Singh has been an RSS Pracharak of Namsai district for the last three years and has served in the state for 15 years.

He has been arrested on the basis of an FIR filed by the parents of the victim, who is about 15 years old and a resident of Jonapothar-III village under Lathao circle, presently studying in class IX.

The victim has reportedly given her statement and claimed that she was raped and then threatened not to disclose the matter. However, Singh has denied the allegations.

The victim stated that on August 17, she was allegedly raped by Singh in his car and was warned not to tell anyone about it. Again on August 20, Singh reportedly asked her to meet in Namsai and after that she went missing along with the alleged accused. The parents of the girl started to look for her and thus began the search.

The mobile phones of the accused and the victim were found switched off, but somehow a women's group was able to establish contact with Singh, who in turn assured to hand over the girl.

On August 22 the Assam Police from Sadiya Police Station found the alleged accused and victim near the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge and took both of them under their custody. On the same day, the Namsai unit police was given the custody of both and produced Singh in the court of the JMFC Namsai on August 23.

The court has remanded the RSS Pracharak to five days police custody.




Police seize unlicensed gun, bikes

ITANAGAR, Aug 24: Intensifying checks across the district, the Papum Pare district unit police, under the supervision of Superintendent of Police, T Amo seized an unlicensed 315 rifle and three unregistered motorcycles recently.

The rifle was seized from the possession of one Bamang Taigh and a case has been registered against him after proper enquiry, said a communiqué.

Further, the motorcycle seize was held under the supervision of ASI Tate Nabum and his team at the check point at Kholla Camp, Midpu, under Doimukh Police Station. The three unregistered motorcycles were seized from three separate men.

WT messages have been sent to all officers in-charge of police stations across Arunachal Pradesh and Assam to ascertain if any of these bikes were reported stolen or missing from their respective jurisdictions.

Also, during a surprise check, 35 beer bottles were seized from four gumtis (small shops) run by women in between Gumto and Doimukh by Doimukh Police Station OC, Inspector B Tangzang and his team.




CM highlights reforms started by his government

TAWANG, Aug 24: Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Thursday highlighted the various reforms taken by the state government aimed at improving work culture of the state.

Addressing the district executive meeting of the district BJP party at Jang auditorium, he said that his first step as Chief Minister was to address all the grievances of the state government employees to motivate them as they are the main workforce of the state government.

"Now that all your demands have been fulfilled, it is time to work," he said with stern warning to non-performing employees that he knows to show the doors too.

"Non-performing officials at the directorate level will be posted to the 10 newly created director posts," said the Chief Minister, "whose powers and functions will be equivalent to that of planning in engineering departments".

Further aiming at improving work culture, the Chief Minister informed that an order has been issued through the Chief Secretary that working hours have been fixed from 9 AM to 5 PM for all working days in state government offices. This order will soon be issued as notification, he added.

"I expect the government officials to perform on the level of benefits they receive," said the Chief Minister.

He said that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, not only bureaucrats, but all chief ministers and ministers have to perform.

Earlier RWD Parliamentary Secretary Jambey Tashi said the state government has had 15 sittings with 265 decisions taken, which has now set the pace of development very fast. He said this is unlike in the previous government where hardly any decisions were taken due to which developments were hampered.

Tawang MLA Tsering Tashi, who moved the financial resolution during the session, appreciated CM Pema for handling the state's finances very well. State BJP leader Malling Gombu backed the resolution.

"When he (Pema) took over as CM, the state's financial position was in a very bad shape. There was the notion that his government won't last. But through his hard work, he has proved his critics wrong," said Tsering Tashi, heaping praise on his young brother, the CM.

He said that now the state is performing well on all fronts, with well-managed finances and no issues of corruption. The centre is today highly impressed with the present government, he added.




'Wall of Heroes' unveiled at RGU

RONO HILLS, Aug 24: With the installation of the 'Wall of Heroes' in the university amphitheatre, Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) became the first central university in the north-east region of the country to extend homage to the war heroes with Param Vir Chakra decorations under the initiative of Vidya Veerta Abhiyan, under the aegis of Ministry of Human Resource Development.

The 'Wall of Heroes' was jointly unveiled by Wing Commander (Rtd) Gyati Kago and NDRF Commandant, A K C Singh.

Rajiv Gandhi University was selected among the first four central universities of the country to do the honours, on an idea perceived in the Parliament towards instilling spirit of patriotism among the countrymen, especially the youth of the country.  

Paying homage to the 21 Param Vir Chakra awardees, RGU Vice Chancellor, Professor Tamo Mibang gave impetus that such message of solidarity must reach every nook and corner of the state and the country. He informed that besides RGU, other universities which were shortlisted included the University of Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Jamia Millia Islamia University -all in Delhi.

He further informed that selected portraits were handed over to him in a distribution ceremony held at the National Media Centre, New Delhi on May 2, 2017 by the Union Minister of Human Resource and Development.

Kimin ITBP, DIG (RTC) Mandhir Ekka said that the step undertaken by a university of such stature will surely stir the minds of the armed forces and will definitely encourage each and every man in uniform.  NDRF Commandant Singh also appreciated the noble gesture of the university and said that it is high time that the nation realize the importance of the sacrifices of men in uniform.

Wing Commander (Rtd) Kago, who is also the President of the Ex-servicemen Association of Arunachal Pradesh, expressed his gratitude to RGU for honouring wartime heroes of the nation. He said that commemorating their sacrifices in this manner in a premier institute is very encouraging and emotional.

RGU Registrar in-charge, Dr Nani Tamang Jose led the house in remembering the martyrs, while Finance Officer in-charge Dr David Pertin expressed gratitude on behalf of the university to the MHRD and President of Vidya Veerta Abhiyan, Tarun Vijay for short-listing RGU among the first few central universities to initiate the project of honouring the martyrs.




Bright yellow Rs 200 note to be out  today: RBI

Mumbai, Aug 24: The Reserve Bank will launch Rs 200 banknotes for the first time tomorrow, increasing availability of lower denomination currency in the system.

The bright yellow coloured notes will hit the market just a day after the announcement by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley that the government has given go-ahead to the RBI to issue the new currency bill.

"The Reserve Bank of India will issue on August 25, 2017 Rs 200 denomination banknotes in the Mahatma Gandhi (new) Series, bearing signature of Urjit R Patel, Governor, Reserve Bank of India from select RBI offices, and some banks," RBI said in a press release.

As per new policy on theme-based currency notes, this currency notes bears motif of Sanchi Stupa, to depict India's cultural heritage.

The base colour of the note is bright yellow, RBI said.

Following the demonetisation on November 9 last year, the Reserve Bank had introduced Rs 2,000 notes as also new Rs 500 notes with additional security features.

The move led to shortages in the system, putting pressure on small denomination currency, mainly Rs 50 and Rs 100.

Now, with the introduction of Rs 200 notes, the problem people have been facing due to high-value Rs 2,000 notes is expected to be resolved.

The RBI has also introduced a new fluorescent blue Rs 50 banknotes bearing the motif of 'Hampi with Chariot' that depicts India's cultural heritage.

Among other prominent features, the banknote will carry portrait of Mahatma Gandhi at the centre and the denominational numeral "200" with rupee symbol in colour changing ink -- green to blue -- on the bottom right on the obverse (front) side of the note, RBI said.

For visually impaired, the front side of the note will have intaglio or raised printing of Mahatma Gandhi portrait, Ashoka Pillar emblem, raised identification mark 'H' with micro-text Rs 200, four angular bleed lines with two circles in between the lines both on the right and left sides.

The reverse side of the note will carry a Swachh Bharat logo with slogan and the Sanchi Stupa motif, RBI said.

The new note will be in a dimension of 66mmX146mm.




Children’s park at Khonsa dedicated to martyr Hangpan Dada

KHONSA, Aug 24: The Khonsa Children’s Park was renamed and dedicated to martyr Hangpan Dada in a function organized by the Women Welfare Association (WWA) Khonsa in collaboration with Khonsa Forest Division at Bo-Peep Primary School on Thursday.

Henceforth, the park will be known as Martyr Hangpan Dada Children Park.

Speaking on the occasion, Tirap Deputy Commissioner P N  Thungon said  the  decision of the WWA  to rename the  park as "Martyr Hangpan Dada Children Park" is quite appreciable.  It is an invaluable gift to the wife of the brave heart, Chasen Dada, the DC said.  The park dedicated to martyr Hangpan Dada shall be a source of inspiration to inculcate the spirit of patriotism and dedication, he said.

Appreciating the efforts of the WWA chairperson and her team, he assured to extent all possible help for development of the school. Every effort will be made for effective public delivery system in education and health sectors, he said while emphasizing  on the need of morale education  for   better future of the students.

 Recalling the valiant act of Dada, the DC said martyr Hangpan Dada made supreme sacrifice for the country  while fighting against Pakistan sponsored terrorists in border area. For this heroic act, he was awarded the highest medal, the "Ashok Chakra (posthumously)" by the President of India.

SP Jitendra Kumar Meena said that the park will be a boon for the children of Khonsa.  Renaming the park after Hangpan Dada is the best fitting commemoration to the supreme sacrifice made by Dada towards the country, he said.

DDSE, Pubi Lombi elaborated on the education policy of the government. Lombi informed that as per the Right to Education all the untrained teachers serving in both government  and private institutions shall have to get themselves registered online  by 15th of September, 2017 to acquire D.El.d (Diploma in Elementary Education) by March, 2019 as dateline, failing which, their services shall be discontinued.

Earlier, ZPC cum WWA Chairperson Sontung Lowang Bangsia said that renaming of the park was decided in the WWA meeting to commemorate the supreme sacrifice made by Dada for the country and to invoke patriotism and nationalism among the  children.  Bangsia also appreciated the Khonsa Forest Division  for its contribution in planting trees in the park. She also highlighted the functioning of Bo-Peep School since 1975 under the aegis of  WWA, Khonsa and appreciated former Tirap DC, late Kamlesh Joshi for  extending cooperation  for development of the institution during his tenure.  

Later, all the dignitaries planted saplings to mark the Vanamahotsava celebration.




APBB seeks financial support from state government

ITANAGAR, Aug 24: In the 7th meeting of the Arunachal Pradesh Biodiversity Board (APBB) at State Forest Research Institute, here on Thursday, the members had threadbare discussion on various issues, especially poor financial support to the Board by the state government and decided to seek financial support from the state government for the Board

Held under the chairmanship of APBB Chairman, Tapen Siga, the members present agreed to propose the state government for providing sufficient financial support to the Board, considering the importance of APBB, which has been established under the Act of Parliament and the importance of biodiversity in Arunachal Pradesh.

The Annual Action Plan of the Board, constitution of Biodiversity Management Committees, Peoples' Biodiversity Registers preparation, etc were also approved by the members.

They also approved the consideration of provisions of awarding best performing Biodiversity Management Committees annually.

The meeting was attended by the board members comprising representatives from State Forest Department, Rajiv Gandhi University, Zoological Survey of India, Botanical Survey of India, NERIST and scientists from State Forest Research Institute, Itanagar.




Association demands SIT enquiry

ITANAGAR, Aug 24: The Unemployed All Arunachal Engineer's Association (UAAEA) has demanded for constitution of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to enquire into the alleged illegal appointment of around 40 Junior Engineers (JEs) on back date by the Rural Works Department (RWD).

In a letter submitted to the Chief Secretary on Thursday, the Association said the illegal appointments as alleged by a public leader needs to be investigated to unearth the truth as it has disheartened many unemployed youths.

While supporting the public leader, the Association also urged upon the Chief Secretary to suspend three officials of the RWD who were allegedly involved in malpractices, for free and fair investigation.

Earlier, in a press statement, the RWD had strongly refuted the allegation levelled by a public leader and termed the allegation as baseless, false and condemnable. The department clarified that not a single junior engineer was appointed on back date as alleged. Obeying the decision of the government, the department is pursuing for recruitment of 66 JEs (civil) through the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission, the department had stated.




Arunachalee filmmaker in IFFI preview panel

ITANAGAR, Aug 24: The first National Award winning filmmaker from Arunachal Pradesh, Sange Dorjee Thongdok has been selected to be part of the prestigious preview committee of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) -2017.

The Preview committee, which was constituted by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for the IFFI 2017, previews and shortlists films for the international film festival that are sent from all over the world.

The Preview Committee constituted for the IFFI, which will be held in November in Panaji, Goa, has 40 members with many national award winning directors.




Concerns raised over high contributory amount of DDUSY

BOMDILA, Aug 24: Various organizations, PRI members, self help groups, public leaders and unemployed educated youths voiced their concern and opined that the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Swavalamban Yojana would be beneficial for established entrepreneurs only as the contributory amount is very high.

They raised this concern during the district level review meeting of flagship programmes, including Krishi Rinn Yojana, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Bunkar Yojana and the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Swavalamban Yojana (DDUSY)on Thursday, while also suggesting for more awareness programmes, financial literacy camps and meetings involving NABARD, financial institutions and other stakeholders for effective implementation of the programmes  and schemes.

Further, West Kameng Deputy Commissioner, Sonal Swaroop directed the concerned officers and bank managers to expedite implementation of flagship programmes in the district.

She called upon various organizations and PRI members to play a pro-active role in disseminating the information about the flagship programmes to the people at the grass root level.

Earlier, ADC (HQ) B Puroik urged the officers concerned to ensure that the farmers, weavers, entrepreneurs and the unemployed educated youths of the district derive maximum benefit from the schemes.

It may be mentioned here that the Additional Deputy Commissioners and the Circle Officers are also working as Entrepreneurship Development Officers and Financial Extension Officers for the flagship programmes.

All administrative officers, branch managers of various financial institutions, ZPC, representatives of the women welfare and town committees attended the meeting. (DIPRO)




Three accused declared proclaimed offenders

ITANAGAR, Aug 24: Arun alias Marte Dawa, Ramuk Padu and Tai Takang have been declared proclaimed offenders in the Itanagar Police Station Case No. 16/13 U/S 395 (session Case No. 89/2013) IPC by the District and Sessions Judge, West Session Division, Yupia.

The accused have been directed to appear before the court to answer complaint on August 28, informed Capital Superintendent of Police, Dr A Koan.




APIC penalize DFO Sagalee

ITANAGAR, Aug 24:  The State Information Commission has imposed a penalty of Rs 25000 under section 20(1) RTI Act, 2005 against Kalung Bida, Public Information Officer cum Divisional Forest Officer Sagalee Forest Division of Tani Hapa for deliberately defying the order of the Commission.

The penalty was imposed in connection with the appeal made by appellant Taba Tani. The PIO has been directed to deposit the amount in favour of the Registrar, Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission through treasury challan.




AACWA writes to CS

ITANAGAR, Aug 24: The All Arunachal Contractor's Welfare Association (AACWA) in a memorandum to the Chief Secretary requested to issue instructions to the executing agencies and heads of departments for maintaining the CPWD manuals and for floating manual or electronic tenders for work above Rs 50 lakh compulsorily.  

This is needed to maintain quality work and encourage professionalism, the Association said.

Alleging that most of the government officers are indirectly involved in contract work in their departments, the Association further said that service conduct rules should be invoked against any government officer of any department who encourages advance work to any registered or non-registered contractors as it promotes corruption in the departments.




Governor   encourages students to uphold prestige of Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Aug 24: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, P B Acharya met the students who will be participating in the Nitte University's Solidarity Students Exchange Programme with NAMASTE States, i.e. Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Assam, Sikkim and Tripura, motivated by Indian National Fellowship Centre (INFC) at Raj Bhavan here on Thursday.

INFC is an NGO started by Acharya in 1979 from Mumbai.   

The Governor said that it is for the first time in the history that a university from another state (NITTE Medical Science University, Mangaluru, Karnataka) has taken initiative to invite border area state students to visit Mangaluru as a part of  the student exchange programme.

The Governor further said that apart from educational and sightseeing tours, they will be introduced to Mangaluru local families where in they will have the opportunity to interact with them which will be a positive step for emotional and national integration.

The Governor emphasised that as they are representing the state of Arunachal Pradesh, they should uphold the honour and prestige of the state in front of the world at large. They should showcase the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the tribal people in the best manner possible.

Topo Lukchu Digbak, Nabam Tutu, Recha Rekhung and Jomnya Doji, led by Disemso Yun will be participating in the programme in the month of September 2017. (PRO to Governor)




AMBK resolves to work for unity, socio-economic development


RUKSIN, Aug 24: The leaders of Adi and Mising community organizations in a consultative meeting held at Silapathar College in Assam's Dhemaji district on Wednesday, resolved to make combined efforts for socio-economic and educational development of the communities.

The meeting chaired by the Adi Mising Baane Kebang (AMBK) president discussed the issues regarding strengthening of Adi-Mising unity, promotion of Adi-Mising language and culture, conservation of land and natural resources in Adi and Mising dominated belts. It also propagated sensitization of younger generations for future survival, while promoting unity and integrity.

Addressing the gathering, Adi Baane Kebang (ABK) President Kangir Jamoh reiterated that Adi and Mising people originated from same ancestors, who were politically separated during Assam-Arunachal boundary demarcation. He laid stress on adopting a common script for both the communities and promotion of Adi-Mising (Tani) language.

ABK (Apex) General Secretary, Tabung Ering said that the ABK has been moving the state government to ensure constitutional rights of the Mising brethrens living in Arunachal territory. Stating that education is root of community development, Ering asked the community people to put priority on education.

Speaking on the occasion, former Arunachal Minister, Roding Pertin advocated on the development of 'Tani Script'. Citing the mega dam in Arunachal rivers and its effects on the downstream people in Assam, Pertin demanded the authority to take up proper relief and rehabilitation measures.

ABK Secretary General, Bodong Yirang laid stress on formation of academic council for career guidance of the young students.

The AMBK has also resolved to solve long pending Assam-Arunachal boundary dispute amicably. The community leaders agreed to hold consultative meetings with people living along the boundary to solve the boundary problems for themselves.

Among others, Itanagar Circle Officer, Ayeng Perme, former TMPK (Mising students) President Johan Doley, MLAs Gum Tayeng, Olom Panyang, senior citizen Apel Tayeng, AMBK Secretary Okom Yosung, advocate Ajin Apang, Jonai (Assam) MLA Bhuban Pegu and several Mising organization leaders spoke on the occasion.




Workshop on Tax Deduction at Source

YUPIA, Aug 24: A workshop to discuss importance of Tax Deduction at Source (TDS) among the drawing and disbursing officers of Papum Pare district, under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) was conducted by the District administration on August 24.

Held in collaboration with the state Department of Tax and Excise under Deputy Commissioner, Tai Kaye at the Panchayat Hall in Yupia, the DC underscored the importance of GST implementation and pointed out that it was a good opportunity for all DDOs to clear their doubts about the rules of the new tax regime and its implementation.

He further requested all officers and staff members to co-operate with the district administration in successful implementation of GST and said that there are many challenges like poor communication services, power supply and infrastructure, but it should not deter their spirits and give their best to ensure its proper implementation in the district.

Deputy Commissioner Tax and Excise, Ando Pangkam assured that officers of the Tax and Excise Department at district headquarters are always ready to assist everybody in registration under GST. He said that GST is a new concept for all and everyone is still under a learning process, but officers of Tax and Excise are putting their best efforts to impart training and sensitize the DDOs and other stakeholders on GST.

He also requested DDOs to strictly adhere to the provision under section 51 GST for deducting TDS.

Acting as resource person, Assistant Commissioner of Tax and Excise, Tago Koyu gave an overview of GST, including TDS, registration process and formats. He also informed that at present, TDS is not applicable and it will be implemented after proper notification by the government hopefully by next month. The registration module for this is also yet to be set.

Earlier, M Lollen, F&AO DC Office, Yupia explained the objective of conducting the workshop. (DIPRO)




Parliamentary Secretary inspects petrol pumps in Ziro

ZIRO, Aug 24:  Parliamentary Secretary of Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs, Laisam Simai, who was on a two-day visit to Ziro from August 23 to 24, had on Thursday inspected the petrol pumps in Ziro-Hapoli Township and office of the District Consumer Protection Officer.

During the inspection, the Parliamentary Secretary found few discrepancies in the petrol dispensing pumps and directed the Assistant Controller, Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs of Ziro to immediately direct the petrol pumps to initiate corrective measures.

Later, Simai also met Deputy Commissioner, Kemo Lollen and held discussions on the functioning of District Consumer Redressal Forum and measures to strengthen it in the consumer's interest. Accompanied by Controller-cum-Director, Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs, Hoktum Ori and Inspector, LM&CA, Debia Tana, the Parliamentary Secretary also visited Grace Rehabilitation Centre in Abuliyang. (DIPRO)




Farmers attend district-level training at Sangram

ITANAGAR, Aug 24:  In all, 50 farmers were imparted training on integrated organic farming, package and practices of paddy cultivation, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), fish farming and informed about ways to prevent Foot and Mouth Diseases (FMD) during a Department of Agriculture Kurung Kumey district conducted district-level training under ATMA.

Held at the BRC hall in Sangram on Wednesday, SDO Mirpe Tato appealed to farmers to adopt innovative and new farming technology and keep in touch with the department concerned.

ADO (HQ), J Ette spoke about organic farming, its importance and organic mission of the state, while ADO (PP), B Soping covered the topic on IPM.

BTMs, Bengia Bhatt and Mimar Basar spoke about package and practices of paddy cultivation and fish farming in context to IFS, while BTM, Dr Bengia Atul covered the topic on FMD and its prevention.

Apart from Kurung Kumey Deputy Director Agriculture, Dani Yubbe, ADOs and ATMA field functionaries were also present on the occasion.




SUFC to lock horns with SUFC-V in final

ITANAGAR, Aug 24: Siang United FC (SUFC) will lock horns with Solung United FC-Veteran (SUFC-V) in the final of the Itanagar Solung Festival Football Tournament 2017 at DNGC ground on Saturday.

Both the teams are heading for the title clash in high spirits after clinching victories over their respective opponents in their semi-finals clash on Thursday.

Siang United FC prevailed over Gidii Yameng FC 2-1 and Solung United FC Veteran snuffed out the challenge of Dooying Goolng FC 4-2.

The first semi-final match was played between Siang United FC and Gidii Yameng FC. Siang United FC's first goal came in at the 10th minute from Tanyong Nokar, while Moshi Saroh netted another goal in the 36th minute to secure the match.

Lone goal for Gidii Yameng FC came from Tomi Panggeng in the second half.   

In the second semi-final match, SUFC-V dished out excellent football as they thrashed Dooying Goolng FC 4-2. Honuk Tayeng scored the first goal in just 12 minutes of the play, giving SUFC-V 1-0 lead.

However, Robo Tayeng of Dooying Goolng FC managed to equalize the score 1-1.

In the 23rd minute, SUFC-V's captain Abu Tayeng converted a penalty shot to a goal, taking the lead 2-1. Dooying Goolng FC's Kasu Tayeng netted the second goal for his team and equalized the score 2-2 again within a few minutes.  

Tomash Ering of SUFC-V scored the third goal in the second half 3-2, putting his team in a commanding position. Tarin Nonang further devastated Dooying Goolng FC by scoring the fourth goal in the last 10 minutes of the game.  




Governor appreciates Arunachal Network of positive people

ITANAGAR, Aug 24: Representatives of Arunachal Network of positive people called on Governor, PB Acharya at Raj Bhavan here on  Wednesday  and briefed about the challenges faced by them.

The representatives informed that the NGO (Arunachal Network of positive people) is providing shelter and food to the affected persons, who visit the state capital for their treatment. They requested the Governor for his initiation in providing ration and kitchen items for the patients.

The Governor appreciated their effort and assured to take their issue with concerned officials. (PRO to Governor)




Regularization of contingency LDCs sought

ITANAGAR, Aug 24:  The Joint Working Committee of Arunachal Pradesh Trade Unions (JWCAPTU) has sought regularization of contingency LDCs, who have been working since the last 10 years in the Civil Secretariat.

The JWCAPTU in its representation to the Chief Secretary claimed that 13 LDC posts have fallen vacant under the Secretariat Administration after serving LDCs were promoted to the post of UDC on 20 January, 2016.  

However, all the vacant LDC posts have been handed over to the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission to conduct open written examinations to recruit fresh candidates, and accordingly, the Commission has notified in local dailies inviting applications for recruitment of LDCs, the union informed.

It further stated that open recruitment through the Commission would deprive contingency staffs who have been working since the last 10 years.

Claiming that the Chief Minister himself had assured to regularise the contingency staff, the union requested the authority to recall advertisement for vacant LDC posts and regularise contingency LDCs.




BCCI 'TW3' Online Registration

ITANAGAR, Aug 24: The Arunachal Cricket Association (ACA) is currently organizing BCCI 'TW3' online registration programme for under-16 players for the session 2017-18 at Indira Gandhi Park here since August 20 last, informed ACA Secretary Tado Kholi in a release on Wednesday.  




Young Talented Artistes Award ceremony

ITANAGAR,  Aug 24: The Young Talented Artistes Award ceremony for the year 2015-16 and 2016-17 will be held at Raj Bhavan on  25th August.  

Organised by North East Zone Cultural Centre, Dimapur in collaboration with the state Department of Art & Culture, 22 artistes including eight for the year 2015-16 from North East region will be honoured under the Young Talent Artist's Award scheme of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

Governor P B Acharya will present the awards.

The scheme is being implemented by Ministry of Culture, Government of India through Zonal Cultural Centres to promote young talented artistes in the age group of 18-31 years in the field of various folk art forms which are rare and on the verge of extinction. (PRO to Governor)




Abotani Cup Football

ITANAGAR, Aug 24: Bamang Taji FC and Kargu Kargi FC registered wins in the quarterfinal matches of the Abotani Cup Football Championship on Thursday.   

The BTFC beat BKMS 2-0 in the first quarterfinal match and KKFC defeated Milkyway FC 4-0 in the second quarterfinal match.

Kon Tolu of BTFC and Peryom Boje of KKFC were awarded 'man of the match' title in the first and second matches respectively.




2nd phase cleanliness drive for schools

ZERO, Aug 24: The All Lower Subansiri District Students' Union (ALSDSU) organized the second phase of district school cleanliness mission with the theme "Ek kadam Swachchta ki aur" at Zero-1 block on Thursday.  The third phase of the mission will be organized at Raga block on September 20.




Alcoholism: A disease or a design for pleasure?

[ Dr. Hage Tabyo ]

There is still a debate raging over the issue of consumption of alcohol; whether it is to be listed as a disease or bracketed as a design in the pursuit of pleasure for those who choose to use the alcoholic beverage.

But the preponderance of evidences lead to conclude that alcoholism is an illness, whereas alcohol is considered as a drug. There is a basic chemical imbalance in an alcoholic's body system so that when he consumes alcohol he becomes sick, not just physically, but mentally and spiritually as well. This is why alcoholism is worse than a host of other major illnesses, so much so that it is bio-physiologically a highly complex, multidimensional ailment that affects the victim the most and all his close ones and family.

In its wake, alcoholism leaves man not just a physical wreck, but psychologically, socially and occupationally devastated. Therefore, alcoholism definitely is not a means for man to live a life in comfort whatsoever.

Pharmacologically, alcohol or liquor is the term used for 'ethanol', the substance suitable for humans to drink, whereas 'methanol' is a toxic agent. Fermented grain, fruit juice, honey, etc have been used to make alcohol (ethyl alcohol or ethanol) for human consumption since about 10,000 years.

People around the world continue to use many varieties of alcohol on different occasions and cultural settings. Drinking on occasions with friends, relatives and co-workers can be an enjoyable way to celebrate events and socialize; however, for too many people this activity becomes many a times excessive and reckless. Alcoholism is also known as Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD).

Previously it was divided into two types: alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence. In a medical context, alcoholism is said to exist when two or more of the following conditions are present: a person drinks large amounts over a long period, has difficulty cutting down; acquiring and drinking alcohol takes up a great deal of time; alcohol is strongly desired; usage results in not fulfilling responsibilities, causes social and health problems, results in risky situations; withdrawal symptoms occur when stopped, and alcohol tolerance has occurred with prolonged use. Risky situations include drinking and driving or having unsafe sex, among others.

Alcohol use can affect all parts of the body, but particularly affects the brain, liver, heart, pancreas and immune system. This can result in mental illness, Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, an irregular heartbeat, liver failure, and an increase in the risk of cancer, among other diseases. Drinking during pregnancy can cause damage to the baby, resulting in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Generally women are more sensitive to alcohol's harmful physical and mental effects than men.

A few decades ago, an experiment was conducted by scientists, which went a long way to prove that alcoholism is a disease. Liquor was injected into rats which normally do not touch the stuff. After sometime a bowl of alcohol and a bowl of water were placed before the rats. The rats made a beeline for the bowl with alcohol. It is felt that a metabolic disorder makes a man alcoholic. In normal cases, when someone intakes alcohol, it is oxidized into acetaldehyde which then becomes acetic acid after being broken down further. But in the case of an alcoholic, something else happens. A very small quantity of acetaldehyde remains and instead of being eliminated, it goes up to the brain where through a complicated biochemical process it ends up as 'Thiq' (Tetrahydro-isoquinoldine), a heroin-like substance and is equally addictive. This 'Thiq' gets implanted in the brain cell.

Experiments on animals have proved the addictive nature of Thiq which is believed to be responsible for the uncontrollable craving. The pathological aspects (relating to signs and symptoms) of alcoholism manifest in delirium tremens, cirrhosis of liver, wet brain, cardiac complications, deterioration of mental faculties and personality disorders.

It is undeniably true that an alcoholic cannot control his drinking because he is mal-adjusted to life in full flight from reality or he really is mentally defective. Sometimes it is the combination of all three. No one seems sympathetic towards an alcoholic, because it is commonly believed that he (alcoholic) is wilfully destroying himself. What is even more despicable is that with his self-indulgence he is ruining the happiness of his innocent family too. When inebriated he can be offensive, opinionated, repetitive and incoherent, not exactly virtues that go to his credit. His equivocation and quibbling can be maddening.

Not only does one react to the individual with hostility but one rapidly loses respect for him when he cuts a sorry figure, pontificating on his unsteady feet. If a person has, say -cancer or a serious injury, all others feel sorry for him - no one is angry, hurt or hostile. But alcoholism brings with it misunderstanding, fierce resentment, financial insecurity, disgusted friends and employers, sad, frustrated and disillusioned wives (or husbands) and parents and warped lives of innocent children. Therefore, alcoholism is a three pronged illness: physical, emotional and spiritual. At the same time his relationships are steadily destroyed. He becomes an emotional bank draft. As it progresses into terminal stage, he is spiritually drained - losses all moral values, losses sight of his responsibility as a father/son or a husband. He may pawn or sell his wife's jewellery or other assets to get money to buy a drink; he may bit her; he may rob, lie, cheat, manhandle, and even kill someone for the sake of a drink.

Influencing factors: Both environmental factors and genetics are associated with alcoholism with about half the risk attributed to each. A person with a parent or sibling with alcoholism is 3 to 4 times more likely to be alcoholic themselves. Environmental factors include - social, cultural and behavioral influences. High stress levels, anxiety, as well as inexpensive easily accessible alcohol increases risk. People may continue to drink partly to prevent or improve symptoms of withdrawal too. A low level of withdrawal may last for months following withdrawal.

However, for most adults, moderately controlled drinking may not be much harmful along with an adequate balanced diet. Yet, about 25 million adult populations in the world over have an Alcohol Use Disorder. This means that drinking causes distress and harm which leads to alcohol abuse.

In countries like the USA and Australia, alcoholism is categorically regarded and treated as a disease. However, in India it is not. There is however, social stigma attached to the affliction. The WHO estimates that as of 2010, there were 208 million people with alcoholism worldwide (i.e. 4.1% of the population over 15 years of age). It is more common among males and young adults, becoming less common in middle and old age groups. It is continent wise least common in Africa at 1.1%, whereas it is highest in Eastern Europe at 11%. Alcoholism has directly resulted in death of 1, 39, 000 people (the world over) in 2013 - up from 1, 12, 000 deaths in 1990 (5.9% of all deaths of 2013). Alcohol reduces a person's life expectancy by around 10 years.

Treatment: Alcoholism is treatable and many treatment programmes and approaches are available to support alcoholics who have decided to quit and get help, but there is no medical cure available.

Regardless of how someone is diagnosed as alcohol dependent or how they came to realize they have a serious drinking problem, the first step to treatment is a sincere desire to get help. Alcoholics who are pressured into treatment by some social pressures or forced to quit by circumstances rarely succeed in the long run.

Many alcoholics who seek treatment on their own volition have at least one relapse before they obtain long term sobriety. For those alcoholics who have a strong motivation to quit, a relapse can be just a bump in the road to recovery, but for those less committed; it can be an excuse to return to a drinking lifestyle.

Alcohol detoxification may be possible, typically with medicines - like, benzodiazepines, acamprosate, disulfiram, naltrexone etc, along with counselling.

Treatment may take several steps. Because of medical problems that can occur during withdrawal, alcohol detoxification should be carefully controlled. One common method involves the use of benzodiazepine medications - such as diazepam. This can be either be given while admitted to health care institution or occasionally while a person remains in the community with close supervision. But other additions or mental illness may complicate treatment. After-detoxification support, such as group therapy or support groups are used to help keep a person from returning to drinking. One commonly used form of support is the group Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). The medications with acamprosate, disulfiram or naltrexone may also be used to help prevent further drinking.  (The contributor is Former Director of Family Welfare, GoAP)