Governor S K Singh passes away
ITANAGAR, Dec 1: Former Arunachal Pradesh Governor S.K. Singh died in Delhi today
after a brief illness at the age of 77. He is survived by his wife Manju Singh and
Singh had been admitted in Gangaram Hospital in Delhi for the last few days.
He served as governor of Arunachal Pradesh from December 2004 till 2007. Before his
tenure in the state ended, he was appointed as Governor of Rajasthan.
In Arunachal, he had earned the reputation of speaking his mind, even if it meant
getting into the wrong books of policy makers.
A career diplomat, Singh was educated in Agra University and Cambridge, before he
began his career in the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) in 1954.
In 1989, Singh was appointed foreign secretary of India. He held the personal rank
of Grade-1 Ambassador, the highest in the IFS.
Prior to becoming the foreign secretary, he was India’s longest serving ambassador
to Pakistan from 1985 until 1989. He also served as ambassador to Austria, Afghanistan,
Jordan, Lebanon and Cyprus.
Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh has expressed shock and grief at the sudden
demise of Late Singh.
In a message to Manju Singh, Gen Singh said, in Late Singh’s death the country has
lost a seasoned diplomat, distinguished statesman and a true friend of the Arunachalees.
As Governor late Singh took personal interest in the developmental programmes, especially
road communication and education. Touring intensively to every part of the State,
he was very particular about the development in the border areas, Gen J J Singh said
in a message.
Extending heartfelt condolence on behalf of the people of Arunachal Pradesh, the
Governor said, the People of Arunachal Pradesh will always cherish his fond memory.
In a condolence message to the bereaved family members, Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu
said “Late Singh was a statesman, an architect of modern Arunachal. During his tenure
as the governor in the state; he was the source of inspiration for the state government.
He was instrumental in various developmental activities of the state, which the people
will remember in the years to come, Khandu said.
“His death is an irremediable loss to the state as well as the entire nation which
cannot be supplemented”, the chief minister added.
Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly speaker Wanglin Lowangdong has also condoled
the death of Late Singh.
Efforts to make learning a joyful process
ITANAGAR, Dec. 1: A two-day Advocacy and Training Programme on the Comprehensive
and Continuous Evaluation (CCE) Scheme began at Bharat Scouts and Guides Polo Colony,
Naharlagun today. The programme is being conducted by the CBSE in collaboration
with the state education department as a part CBSE’s Examination Reforms initiative
at the Secondary School level for its affiliated Schools.
Principals, Vice-Principals, Headmasters and Senior Teachers from Government Schools
and Missionary Schools like Ramakrishna Mission and private schools of the state
affiliated to the CBSE are participating in the Workshop which aims at sensitizing
on the CCE mode of learning system for all round development of the students through
a regular and continuous term based evaluation process.
Earlier, resource person from CBSE, Papiya Mukerjee addressing the participants in
the inaugural session said that in the race for marks the joy of learning is taken
away from the child/student and the CCE initiative by CBSE is an effort to make the
learning process a joyful and participatory experience for the learner. The CCE process
in Class IX and X will help the child’s all round progress through an ongoing all-year-round
assessment system divided into two terms each during two academic years.The student
friendly CCE scheme initiative aims to reduce anxiety and stress which often build
up if the students are assessed only once through a single-shot examination at the
end of the year. The holistic assessment system aims at development of all aspects
of a learner including areas like social, emotional and thinking skills, attitudes
and values, sports and games besides the progress in School Curriculum. The Continuous
and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) will be strengthened in all affiliated schools
with effect from October 2009 in Class IX.
DDSE(NLP) R. Mibang from Directorate of School education, Dr. Srijata Das, Dr.
Sadhana Parashan from CBSE were among others present on the occasion. Chairman
CBSE Vineet Joshi will be joining the programme tomorrow.
It may be mentioned that the CBSE has already introduced the Continuous and Comprehensive
Evaluation in Primary Schools in 2004. DIPR
Students’ bodies jointly oppose NSUI membership drive
ITANAGAR, Dec 1: In an emergency meeting of different students unions of Adi belt,
namely, Adi Students Union (AdiSu), All Upper Siang District Students Union (AUSDSU),All
East Siang Students Union, Jawaharlal Nehru College Students Union, All Bogong Students
Union, Mebo Students Union held at Siang Guest house, Pasighat today under the chairmanship
of Tobom Dai,spokespreson AAPSU, it was unanimously decided to oppose the NSUI membership
drive in their respective areas.
The house also condemned the NSUI’s alleged tactics of taking away the students
I-card without their prior consent particularly of J.N college Pasighat.
AAPSU spokesman in a release said that the resolutions adopted in the meeting has
clearly vindicated the apex students body objection to the NSUI’s attempted design
of splitting the unity and integrity of the student community of the state who have
always remain neutral & independent. Incidents of taking away of students I-card
particularly of JN College without their prior knowledge in some other pretext to
be used in the NSUI election is nothing but an act of highest means of undemocratic
practice, he said.
Meanwhile, Rajiv Gandhi University Students Union (RGUSU) has denounced the membership
drive carried out by National Student Union of India (NSUI) in Arunachal Pradesh.
In a press release issued, Tayuk Sonam, president of RGUSU stated that NSUI is political
organizations and students of economically backward state like Arunachal Pradesh
should refrain from joining these kinds of political outfits.
RGUSU specially urged regular students to keep away from political activity and instead
concentrate on studies, as they are the future of state.
However, RGUSU do not oppose those students who willingly join such political organizations
declared Tayuk Sonam. Further Union appealed All Arunachal Pradesh Teachers Associations
to bring awareness among student communities about merits and demerits of joining
political organizations and their repercussion on study.
APYC president attends IYC meet
ITANAGAR, Dec 1: Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress president Likha Saaya will review
and discuss the role played by youths in the last Parliamentary and Assembly elections
with AICC General Secretary and Youth Congress in-charge Rahul Gandhi in the 3-day
national executive meeting of Indian Youth Congress which began at New Delhi today.
Saaya, who is representing Arunachal Pradesh in the meeting, will also hold discussion
with Rahul on ‘Aam Admi Ki Shipai’, a dream project launched by Rahul to make India
vibrant and corruption free, and various other issues in the sideline of the meeting.
NREGS covers all districts of Arunachal: Centre
ITANAGAR, Dec 1: The National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) is being
implemented in entire rural areas of the country including those of Arunachal Pradesh,
informed Union Minister of State for Rural Development Pradeep Jain (Aditya) in
Lok Sabha yesterday.
Responding to a unstarred question raised by Arunachal MP Takam Sanjoy, the union
minister in a written reply informed that all the districts of Arunachal Pradesh
are being taken under NREGS and a total amount of Rs 6024.09 lakh rereleased for
Giving district-wise details of implementation of NREGS since its inception till
Oct 2009, the union minister disclosed that so far a total amount of Rs 4118.92
lakh has been utilized out of released fund of Rs 6024.09 and 2912 works have been
taken up in all districts. (See the box for details)
S. Districts Employment Central Expenditure Works
No. Generated Funds (In Lakhs) taken
(Personadays Released up
In Lakhs) (In Lakhs)
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Upper Subansiri 19.47 2955.23 1381.25 917
2. Changlang 4.335 504.67 516.29 1081
3. Lohit 11.42 1010.41 1123.50 151
4. Anjaw 0.33 92.76 70.68 12
5. East Kameng 0.24 81.66 63.74 0
6. East Siang 0.96 87.14 74.80 0
7. Kurung Kumey 0.58 23.62 55.56 19
8. Lower Dibang Valley 0.40 47.97 48.19 34
9. Lower Subansiri 0.14 54.31 9.59 0
10. Papum Pare 0.89 350.53 175.99 277
11. Tawang 1.06 319.66 234.34 160
12. Tirap 1.84 123.30 148.36 85
13. Upper Dibang Valley 0.07 5.43 11.00 3
14. Upper Siang 0.27 80.20 24.28 13
15. West Kameng 0.85 179.46 98.67 106
16. West Siang 1.20 107.74 822.68 54
Total 44.07 6024.09 4118.92 2912
What’s in a name?
The Indian Army, apart from guarding our borders, has other contributions too. Worth
mentioning are renaming places and building places of worship almost everywhere they
set their foot.
Instead of being familiarised with local names, they choose to change the names itself!
Some options are easy!
Yours truly is not sure who influenced who but Army has a friend in Arunachal when
it comes to renaming places and institutions after some famous personalities.
Rahul Gandhi during his three hours visit to Arunachal recently stopped at Rajiv
Gandhi University, Rajiv Gandhi Bhavan and Indira Gandhi Park! That is a lot in three
At the University while responding to a question from a student on naming the University
after his father, Rahul Gandhi had said “it is your University, you have to decide
what ever name you like to give it. I’m ok with it”.
This is a clear decree.
Do we name just to fulfil certain political obligations or are there guidelines?
Excuse the ignorance but if there are any guidelines, the biggest media house in
the state has failed to grab the copy.
Whatever the reasons and compulsions are we seem to have left out some very deserving
names. The former Chief Minister Tomo Riba, Late MP Bakin Pertin, Late Nyari Welly,
first woman MLA are some prominent personalities who we have failed to give due honour.
Their contributions have gone down in the history of the state. None the less, they
do deserve a mention. More so when we are already on the job of honouring those great
men and women who have contributed to give shape to the state.
That’s not all.
Gekar Sinyi has conveniently become Ganga Lake. Amazingly beautiful Shongatser Lake,
some 45 Km from Tawang is today better known as Madhuri Lake. For the later, to find
out the original name, it took a text message to a dear friend.
Yours truly apologizes for shamelessly borrowing the title from William Shakespeare’s
Romeo and Juliet with a promise that the next title would be more original.
Yun XI lift PRCT trophy
ITANAGAR, Dec 01: Yun XI defeated Hawai Aby 74 runs in the final of 3rd Pangung Welfare
Society running cricket tournament played at Yatong under Manchal circle of Anjaw
district on Nov. 29 last.
Chasing a daunting target of 224 runs made by Yun XI, Hawai A could manage only 150
runs in limited 30 overs.
The winning team was awarded cash prize of Rs 12,000 along with trophy while Hawai
team received Rs 6000 along with trophy.
The valedictory function was attended by KK Singh and Ram, both JEs from Hayuliang.
Earlier, the inaugural function on November 16 was attended by Hawai-Walong ZPM Lasum
AVP organizes Talom Rukbo Memorial Kho-Kho competition
ITANAGAR, Dec 01: Arunachal Vikas Parishad (AVP) organized Talom Rukbo Memorial Junior
kho-kho competition for boys at Yazali Higher Secondary School, Lower Subansiri recently.
K.P Rao, Principal of Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya Yazali, who was the chief guest
in the inaugural function, appealed to the youth to participate in the sports activities
to unfold several virtues and talents which are present in every youth, but in a
Speaking on the occasion, Ramesh Babu organizing secretary of Arunachal Vikas Parishad
said that the selected players of kho-kho competition will participate in the national
competition which will be held at Himachal Pradesh in the last part of December.
He also informed that a similar state level Archery competition for junior and sub
junior boys & girls will be held at Tezu on December 6.
Yazali Govt. Higher Secondary School team became champions and Nyedar Namlo team
of Pitapool was the runners up.
Altogether four teams participated in competition. The game was a new experience
for the people of Yazali and marked that the game was very interesting and it requires
lot of energy, good technic, large amount of team spirit and extraordinary competitive
Sixteen probable have been selected for the national competition at first round.
The playing eleven will be selected after five day conditioning camp which will be
held in the third week of December at Itanagar.
Plan chalked out for effective implementation of TSC in U Subansiri
DAPORIJO, Dec 1: The District Water and Sanitation Committee (DWSC), Upper Subansiri
held a meeting today to chalk out policy and programme for implementation of Total
Sanitation Campaign (TSC) for the district. The meeting was chaired by the ADC G
Ete in his chamber and attended by N Nalo (Chairperson, Zilla Parishad),Er. N Konia(EE
cum Member Secretary DWSC), ZPMs, members of DWSC, AEs (PHE) and JE (PHE).
The ADC addressing the meeting said there was a real need to create awareness and
get the support of the public in achieving the goal of total sanitation. He also
appealed the public to take advantage of the govt.’s schemes.
Informing those present about the TSC, N Konia said that it was a central initiative
with the aim to create awareness about sanitation, health and hygiene in urban and
rural habitations. The motto being to educate the people about the benefits of sanitation
in their daily life, awareness could be spread through IEC (Information Education
Konia stated that a target for construction of 1061 units of toilet for individual
households and 132 units for Anganwadi centers in the district had been made for
2009-2010. He stressed on the need to successfully implement the TSC scheme by achieving
the target number so that the people could really benefit.
He appealed the the ZPMs to see that the people really availe the schemes.
The ZPMs present put suggestions for successful implementation of the schemes based
on area, terrain, availability of resources etc. A District Water and Sanitation
Mission (DWSM) was also formed to guide and monitor the TSC. DIPRO
Restart Loth-Tayo road construction work
ITANAGAR, Dec 1: All-Tarak Lengdi Youths Welfare Association (ATLYWA) has appealed
the construction agency to restart the construction work of the 40 km PMGY road from
Loth village to Tayo village and complete the road within the stipulated time.
Though the construction work of this important road started in the beginning of this
year, the work has been stopped after earth cutting work done up to 12km of the total
40 km, the association resented. It said such developmental schemes in interior
places should be implemented properly and work should be completed within stipulated
Maintain quality: AKKDSU
ITANAGAR, Dec 1: All Kurung Kumey District Students’ Union (AKKDSU) has appealed
the higher authorities to build up infrastructure in planned manner while maintaining
quality in Koloriang, district head quarters of Kurung Kumey.
While visiting the construction works of office buildings of various departments,
the union’s leader alleged that buildings are being erected in haphazard manner
without maintaining quality. There should be proper town planning with clear demarcation
between public and private land, the union said.
Free medical camp
Tawang, Dec 1: Tana Roma Tara, coordinator of Himalaya International Ministries
Charitable Society organized a free medical camp in the Zemithang circle of Tawang
district on Nov 29.
With the help of Dr. Tape Dakpe, a doctor in district medical and Dr. Watizulu S.
Jamir and Mr. Imtiyong Longkumer (Lab. Technician) medical camp offered treatment
to 246 patients. Some of the medicines were donated to the Voluntary Health Association
of India stationed there. DIPRO
SMC launches online investment
ITANAGAR, Dec 1: SMC Global Securities Ltd today launched online trading in mutual
funds with its countrywide network of offices.
In Arunachal Pradesh the SMC clients can invest in or redeem mutual funds in such
schemes through fully-automated on-line order collection system NEAT-MFSS, informed
SMC branch Itanagar in a release.
DP School for visually impaired
ITANAGAR: Governor JJ Singh has consented to inaugurate the Donyi-Polo Mission School
for the visually Impaired, Chimpu, on the occasion of World Day for the Disabled
at its campus on December 3.
It is being organised by the Donyi-Polo Mission Rehabilitation Centre.
Relief to the fire victims
PASIGHAT: The Deputy Commissioner East Siang district Onit Panyang disbursed an amount
of Rs.2000 each as an immediate relief to fire victims of Pasighat.
As per the investigation and thorough verification, the total number of household
damaged by the fire accident occurred on 27 November last at Pasighat Bazaar were
30 excluding a few cases of partial damage. DIPRO
ASU demands effective Fire Service
ITANAGAR: Apatani Student Union has complained that fire service department at Ziro
is not catering to the needs of local community. ASU charged that on most occasion
fire service vehicle arrives with empty tank at the site of fire accident. Further,
they alleged that fire service number 101 does not properly work. They had appealed
authority to be more alert as Apatani valley is a fire prone.
Meanwhile Apatani Students Union (ASU) has requested civic authorities to provide
immediate relief materials to the victim of fire incident which took place on 29th
November at Bank colony, Ziro. House owned by one Koj Mali was completely gutted
down and several properties were lost in the incident claimed ASU.
APSSWB calls for strict measures
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh State Social Welfare Board(APSSWB) has strongly condemned
November 26 incident at Dera Natung Government College, in which group of mob had
damaged college infrastructures like hostel, library and bus. Ms Niani Natung Chairperson
of APSSWB visited college on Tuesday and took appraisal of the prevailing situation.
She met principal of college and other faculty members and interacted with student
She has urged authorities to adopt strict measures against those people involved
in vandalizing act, so that such unfortunate incident does not occur again in future.
This kind of incidents not only pollutes atmosphere of institution but also violates
the sanctity of college stated Niani Natung.
Professionalism and competitiveness only mantra to give a new thrust in cooperative
ITANAGAR, Dec 1: Expanding the cooperative sector by venturing into all possible
areas to generate employment as well as revenue is the need of the hour, said Parliamentary
Secretary (Cooperation), Nido Pavitra today while interacting with the senior officers
of the Arunachal Pradesh State-Cooperative Apex Bank Ltd (APSCABL) and cooperation
departments about the plan and policy of the cooperavite sector.
Advocating for attitudinal change among the cooperators of the state with accountability
to take the cooperativie movement to a new phase, Pavitra said “it would be wise
to explore the possibility of new areas for the cooperative sector to take up even
developmental activities with commitment. This would be possible only by adopting
the spirit of competitiveness and professionalism”.
Giving a brief history of the cooperative movement since 1957 NEFA till the institution
of state Cooperative Apex Bank, the parliamentary secretary said that the cooperative
sector with the glorious past needs to be given a new thrust in tune with the changing
In a threadbare discussion with the officers including Joint RCS R D Thungon, Apex
Bank MD cum CEO T Dakpe, APSCMSF MD T Bage and other senior officers after visiting
the offices of Registrar of Cooperative Societies and Apex Bank head office, the
parliamentary secretary further disclosed that under the roadmap for reviving the
cooperative banks, the Vaidyanathan Committee had recommended a Rs 15,000 crore package.
While the Centre is likely to bear 75-80% share, the state would have to formulate
a strategy to provide its share, he added. Pavitra informed that he has already taken
initiative to avail the financial incentive from the Centre which would improve cash
position of the only state-owned bank in the state.
Lauding the Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu for reviving the sick Apex Bank, he said
what is needed to run it as a people’s bank is professional management and expansion
of bank activities under strict guidelines. He assured that the cooperation department
will act as a facilitator to help the cooperative sector grow in people’s interest.
Regarding Apex Bank MD’s plea for converting Rs 180 crore state Government’s redeemable
share to equity share, sanction of Rs.8.45 crore fund for the constructions of
head office building, One time grant of Rs. 5.46 crore for implementation of 6th
Pay Commission recommendation to boost the morale of the bank employees, deposits
of Rs.150.00 Crore Non-Treasury Fund of the various departments of the state to increase
the deposit base of the Bank, immediate release of remaining balance of Rs. 25 crores
being Soft Loan for starting lending to generate the income base, writing off an
amount of Rs. 80.49 lacs by State Govt being remaining balance under Agriculture
Debt Waiver and Debt Relief Scheme -2009 Scheme and approval of Model Cooperative
Act by the State Govt for implementation of Vaidyanathan Committee recommendations
in the state for strengthening the Credit Cooperative Institutions, Pavitra assured
that all these important matters will be taken up with the chief minister soon.
T Dakpe expressed hope that under the guidance of new parliamentary secretary (Cooperation)
the Apex Bank will touch the height of the success.
Joint RCS Thungon put emphaisis on loans under priority sectors and LAMPS for income
generation. He requested the parliamentary secretary to take initiative for immediate
release of the HTS bills of the LAMPS.
Arunachal pledges to step up fight against AIDS
NAHARLAGUN, Dec 1: A series of prorgammes were organised by Arunachal Pradesh State
Aids Control Society (APSACS) today to mark World AIDS day all across the state.
With some 149 confirmed cases in the state already, the intervention is seen as an
important step towards bringing awareness on the disease.
In Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh Legislators Forum on HIV/AIDS (APLFHA) organized a
one day advocacy meeting which unfortunately was attended by only eight legislators
out of 60.
Addressing them, Speaker of the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Wanglin Lowangdong
said that no country or society could successfully fight the menace of AIDS unless
and until the people come forward. He urged citizens to lend their voice against
stigma attached with the dreaded disease.
In his key note address, Project Director APSACS Dr. Emi Rumi said that creating
awareness does not solve the problem unless the individual wants to participate.
He further added that the focus should be on young people, check on high risk group,
use of condom, decentralization at districts and sub- district level, scaling up
of treatment and stopping discrimination and stigma attached to the disease.
In a function organized at government higher secondary school, Itanagar today to
create awareness amongst the students to prevent and stop spreading of HIV AIDS,
APSACS project director, Dr Emi Rumi suggested that school authority implement adolescence
education program in the school to create awareness among the young boys and girls
about HIV AIDS and other related problems. Cautioning about the spread of HIV AIDS
in the country and in the state, he said that people should visit Integrated Counseling
and Testing Centers (ICTC).
Meanwhile, highlighting the causes and preventive measures of HIV AIDS Rumi said,
besides unprotected sex with infected partner, it spread through infected blood transfusion,
drug use and pregnant woman to her baby in the womb. However, HIV infected mother
can also deliver a normal baby if she takes proper treatment.
APSACS Deputy Director (STD), Dr Riken Rina also said that despite knowing all the
causes of spreading HIV AIDS, it is increasing day by day due to ignorance and negligence.
Responding to a question, Dr Rina said HIV AIDS patients are being treated in the
ART centre in the General Hospital, Naharlagun, where free medicines and consultation
At present 36 patients are taking medicines regularly from the centre.
He further emphasizing on use of condom instead of contraceptive pills said that
it not only protect from spread of the HIV but also unwanted pregnancy.
On the occasion, interactive programme was also organized and a kit play was also
displayed by the NSS volunteer of government higher secondary school, Doimukh.
At Naharlagun, The Chief Medical Officer, General Hospital, Naharlagun in collaboration
with Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society (APSACS) organized a Speech Competition
on the subject “Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise” and “Universal Access and Human Rights
for students of Class-VII to IX at the Little Rose School, Naharlagun on the occasion
of “World AIDS Day” today. Medical Superintendent, General Hospital, Naharlagun
Dr. Dukhum Raina along with four senior specialists of General Hospital, Naharlagun
Dr. Tao Kaki, Dr B.Apum, Dr.Bommi Riba and Dr.Keny Ete attend the programme as adjudicators.
Chumki Paul, Class-IX student was adjudged the best speaker followed by Charu Noni,
Class-IX and Mamang Taloh, Class-VIII in the second and third position respectively.
Meanwhile, interactive session related to health and HIVAIDS was also conducted.
At Pasighat, The Red Ribbon Club under the aegis of NSS Unit and Science Club J.N.College,
Pasighat observed World Aids Day today. On the occasion, a rally was also organized
which was flagged-off by Principal, J.N.College, Pasighat T.Talom in which 350 students
and faculty members participated.
Meanwhile, pamphlets and condoms were distributed to truck drivers and Thelawalas
and a poster competition on AIDS was conducted in the college auditorium and a documentary
film was shown to create awareness among the people.
Meanwhile, VHAI also observed World AIDS Day at Aalo, Itanagar and Daporijo by involving
the local youths, students, People Living with HIV/AIDS, paramilitary forces, staff
of different Government departments and other high risk group members.
Rallies, Essay & Debate Competitions and public meetings were organized by VHAI to
mark the occasion.
At Itanagar, more than 150 people participated in VHAI’s activities. Students of
P-Sector Middle School were enthusiastically involved in programs. Mepung Tadar,
Vice Chairperson, State Commission for Women, Dr. B. Rana, CMO, Hema Hospital, Itanagar,
Christine Wanglet, Asst. Director, Disaster Management attended the programs in
At Daporijo, headquarters of Upper Subansiri District, 450 people participated in
VHAI organized programs. Blue Mount Public School, Daporijo students actively participated
in all the activities of WAD. Dr. L. Dulam, Gynecologist, Dist Hospital and O. Garam,
Principal, Govt. Higher Secondary School were the main speakers at Daporijo.
At Aalo, headquarters of West Siang District, more than 150 people participated in
VHAI’s program and most of them were from the Indo Tibet Border Police (ITBP). VHAI’s
TI Project Managers Olom Perme, Nyago Rumi and Marli Basar organized the activities
in all three locations in close collaboration with their colleagues in ICTCs and
other government units.