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Lohit takes step toward e-governance

Tezu, Dec 2: Two-week computer training program for the officers and staffs got underway at IGG Collage Tezu today, which is being organised by District Administration. The training program is being sponsored by Department of Personal & Administrative Reforms Government of Arunachal.

Speaking on the occasion as Chief Guest W Khimhun, Addl. Deputy Commissioner Tezu urged the trainees to take full advantage of the program.

He said that government is insisting on e-governance for easy & quick disposal of works for which computer literacy is must.

IGG Collage Principal S Khandu highlighted the needs of IT knowledge in   daily office works and personal life.

The course coordinator Tezu EAC H.N Dubey welcomed the faculty member and express deep gratitude to IGG Principal and his faculty members for providing computer Lab and other needed infrastructures to conduct the training.

 J. Kadu, DIO who is the course Director said that MS-Office, MS-PP, MS- Excel, I-Net browsing & e-mailing and the basic knowledge of software and hardware will be taught.  

N. Ori, DIA along with other faculty members of IGG Collage will conduct the training program. (DIPRO I/c)


AR and DHS organise health camp at Pongchau

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: 19 Assam Rifles in a synergized effort with district administration, Tirap conducted a Medical Camp at Pongchau on Nov 30.  

Two medical officers of Assam Rifles and four medical officers from Tirap district health society including Dr.W.Wangsu, Dr P Monwangham, Dr.HK Dutta, Dr.T.Matey and Dr K.Handique from the 19th Assam Rifles examined around 740 people during the Medical Camp. Around 400 cases of fever were reported, out of which 230 cases of suspected clinical malaria were subject to Rapid test and slide test.  In addition to this, 86 cases of water borne diseases, 168 cases of skin diseases and around 200 gynecological cases were reported during the Camp.  Around 46 people were screened for HIV and 40 people were screened for Tuberculosis. After diagnosis, people were given free medicines and were advised to report at PHC, Pongchau after few days for monitoring.

Patients from Mintong, Longphong, Bonia, Longkhaw, Konnu and Pongchau were benefited in the camp.

Brigadier JS Negi, Vishisht Seva Medal, Commander 25 Sector Assam Rifles also visited Pongchau and witnessed the conduct of the Medical Camp.  After a gruelling journey of eight hours from Lekhapani to Pongchau, Commander met the villagers and gave a patient hearing to their problems.

Commander complimented 19 Assam Rifles, ADC Tirap, DMO Tirap, Circle Officer Pongchau and other district officials for such prompt and coordinated effort, which led to saving of precious lives. Commander informed the locals regarding conduct of another medical camp on similar lines in near future.

The Commander also sensitized the environment about various issues including insurgency, illiteracy, unemployment and development of the area. He elaborated upon employment opportunities and exhorted the locals to have maximum participation in recruitment rally in progress at Khonsa and recruitment to Porter Company.  Circle officer, Raja and GB of Pongchau also met Commander and highlighted the problems of the area. Commander assured the villagers and district officials of all possible help.


Siram recommend extension of university Campus & recruitment of teachers

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: Minister Education Bosiram Siram has recommended establishment of University Campus at J. N. College Pasighat and other colleges wherever feasible and recruitment of 200 teachers for development of Hindi language as well as improvement of science stream. He further called for development of Bhoti language and enhancement of teachers from 40 to 100.

He made these recommendations during a meeting with Union Minister for HRD  Kapil Sibal in his office chamber at Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi  today. He was accompanied by MP Ninong Ering and Deputy Resident Commissioner B. Talukdar.

Siram also apprised the Union Minister that all the colleges need infrastructural facilities and sought for central financial assistance.

He further stressed on construction of more schools and teacher quarters with toilet and need for extension of already appointed SSA teachers and their regularization.

Various problems pertaining to development of education in Arunachal Pradesh were discussed as well.


Health Administrators express concern at poor facilities

Bishnu Rana

ROING, Dec 2: Health Directorate has assured the medical fraternity and people of Lower Dibang Valley district to improve health scenario in the district by providing necessary infrastructure and work force to every health centre.

Director of Health Services Dr. Tajum Basar and NRHM MD Talem Tapok, who conducted a whirlwind tour of various Public Health Centres, Community Health Centres, Health Sub-Centres and District Hospital recently, expressed their concern over the poor health delivery systems.

The health administrator duo visited Koronu, Bolung and Parbuk PHCs, Jia Health Sub-Centre, CHC, District Hospital Roing and most of them were running without sufficient health staff or medical officer. While the Koronu PHC was running without medical officer the Bolung PHC was functioning temporarily from a SPT building.

Dr. Basar and Dr. Tapok also interacted with public and panchayat leaders, health officers of various health centres to get firsthand information about the functioning of these health centres. Dr. Basar assured to fulfil their various demands like upgradation of Jia health sub-centre to PHC, permanent building for Bolung PHC, immediate posting of a medical officer at Koronu PHC, appointment of laboratory technician and pharmacist at Parbuk CHC etc.

Meanwhile, Dr. Basar exhorted the health staff of the District Hospital to deliver health services with utmost sincerity and dedication.

Dr. Basar also responded positively to a couple demands, such as immediate appointment of an anaesthetist, surgeon, few more doctors for OPD and nurses for emergency duties at the District Hospital. He also promised for early completion of the Regional Diagnostic Centre.

District medical officer Dr. A .Yirang, DTO Dr. S J Mitapo, Meka ZPM Mibom Pertin and other Panchayat leaders accompanied Dr. Basar during the tour.

Meanwhile, Dr. Tapok expressed strong dissatisfaction over the dilapidated condition of labour room and medical office quarter at Hunli. He said that up gradation of Desali Sub-Centre, a new Sub-Centre at Jumupani and Aronli and improvement of Elope sub-centre were in his top priority agenda.

During his visit to Hunli, Tapok was accompanied by T Miso, SDO, Rao Dele, Chairperson ASM Hunli-Desali block and Dr. M Basar, DRCHO.


Riding on a tale of one city, local talents on way to annals of history

Itanagar, Dec 2: The Kolkata sojourn has added new meaning to the lives of Arunachal talents who gained ‘enriching’ experience from a three-day creative workshop on landscape painting that took them through the spectacles of the city-the cultural capital of India.

All the 10 boys but one (who couldn’t make it due to unavoidable circumstances) had tasted a new journey to life with a toast of Kolkata—making date with some of its most important sites like America Center, Science City, Netaji’s house (turned now into a museum) at Elgine Road and Nicco Park.

The post-trip period, in all probability, will bring cheers for the talented lots. All the ten budding boys are going to make it to the North East Gallery of Victoria Memorial Hall, coming up soon, with their paintings from the state level contest and another nine drawn on the VMH lawns, getting a look in the archive.   

“The exposure trip was really educative and memorable. It was once-in-a-lifetime experience for us. It opened our eyes to a new world and learnt many things about life at higher strata and challenges facing it”, says Gegong Doni, one of the 10 upcoming talents who earned the Kolkata trip after excelling in district and state level contests on landscape painting.

“We learnt various aspects of higher education and study in foreign countries after visiting the American Center. Must extend heart-felt gratitude to Saha sir (Dr Sushanta Saha, education officer, American Center, Kolkata) for enlightening us on nurturing our dreams through pursuing studies abroad, especially in USA and make it to higher strata of life”, says an elated Doni, a standard XI student from Itanagar govt higher secondary school.

“It was a thrilling experience once we were into the amazing world of Science City. Watching a 3D theatre on space made us dumbfounded and awestruck. Coming out of it made us feel as if we were transpired into another world. Thoroughly enjoyed our brief stay there and wish we could extend it, says a delighted Doni in his early teens, which is yet to set a goal for days ahead.

Another wonderful and unforgettable experience was the visit to Netaji’s house at Elgine Road. “It was a trip down the memory lane, in true sense of the term. Once stepping into Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s house, spruced up now as museum, we were witness to a piece of history. Saw with our own eyes the attire, other articles and documents used by the great man in his journey to bringing India to the shores of independence from the clutches of British”, remarks Habung Arun, the talented boy from Ziro.

And finally, a real merriment was on offer for them when they were taken to Nicco Park. “It was merry-making at its best. We walked on the ropeway and rode the cable car. We really enjoyed to our heart out”, comments Dipankar Boro, another talent who availed the Kolkata trip.     

“It was a trip that won’t be erased from our memory so quickly. We learnt the nuances and several traits on painting. All credit goes to Isha sir (Prof Isha Mohammed from Victoria Memorial Hall) for offering the tips. He showed the way to make drawings with methodical approach” says Yahang Suyang, the young talent from Tirap.

The memorable experience gained was made possible courtesy the Director, Research, Tage Tada. He made it sure that our whole journey was comfortable. Under his instructions, the department took care of us”, he adds.

The man behind the whole scene, Tage Tada is in his usual self. Under his able guidance and leadership, the entire episode right from the district level to state level contest and finally, the ultimate Kolkata-leg went off very smoothly.

“This was a wonderful opportunity for the local talents to show and hone their skills. I must extend my heart-felt gratitude to the Victoria Memorial Hall authority for their all support that made the show possible. I want to continue in the same vein and keep on providing avenues for the upcoming talents. I am also looking forward to VMH for the same cooperation”, says Tada, who always wants to stay behind despite being the ‘man of hour’ on occasions more than one.


Don Bosco College celebrate Pre-Christmas

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: Don Bosco College, Itanagar held its Pre-Christmas Celebrations at the college auditorium today. MLA Itanagar Techi Kaso, was the Chief Guest and T.K. Tara, Executive Engineer, Department of Power, Itanagar Division, was the guest of honour.

Speaking on the occasion, Kaso expressed the hope that the students will strive to further peace and progress in this area. “Become agents of change”, exhorted Techi Kaso. He reminded the students to use the opportunities available to them. He invited the students and the staff to celebrate Christmas joyfully wherever they are.

Fr. K.O. Sebastian, the Principal gave a Christmas message. He said that two things that stand out as we think of Christmas is the message of peace and self-giving. “By His own example Jesus Christ showed us that there is nothing greater than giving one’s self totally for others. That is what all of us are called upon to do as we celebrate Christmas,” he said.

Earlier Tarak Miri Stephen, one of the member of the managing committee of the college sought the help of MLA of Itanagar, for the development of the infrastructure of the college. He also exhorted Kaso to facilitate grand-in-aid for the college so that the college is able to get UGC recognition.

Christmas emphasizes the message of peace and joy and the students of the college presented this message to through the various items that were staged by them. The day’s programme included dances, skits, choir, and choreography.


St. Claret College observes World AIDS Day

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: The National Service Scheme (NSS) unit of St Claret College, Ziro in collaboration with the Red Ribbon Club (RRC) observed the World AIDS Day yesterday. The day begun with a rally covering Hija village, Old Ziro, Reru  village, Kalung village, and finally reached the college campus in which the students and the staff of St. Claret College, Ziro under the leadership of the Bhaboklang Sohkhlet and Habung Pilya participated in the rally.

A programme was set up in the auditorium of the college in which Dr. S. Kakoty, the District Medical Officer (DMO) and Dr. Kuru Tama was present as the Chief Guest and the Resource person respectively.

Along with them, Dr. Gagam Dai, Senior medical Officer and the district Counsellors from ICTC were also present in the occasion.  

Stressing on the importance of the day, Dr. S Kakoty, said that we are all bound by certain laws and morality and we should abide by it which will help us directly or indirectly to prevent the spread of AIDS. He encouraged the students to accumulate all the knowledge of this dreadful disease and to help in spreading awareness among the ignorant mass.

Dr. Kuru Tama, the Resource person, highlighted on the symptoms, transmission, myths and prevention. Clarifying the various misconceptions regarding HIV/AIDS he said that although the disease is incurable, an HIV infected person can lead a healthy life if he/she can maintain a healthy diet and hygiene. He also emphasized on the fact that AIDS can be prevented through knowledge and awareness alone.

Hage Omo Koyang, the HIV/AIDS Counselor, gave a short briefing on the importance of having ICTC in every district and the works and objectives of a Counsellor. He also encouraged the students to visit the ICTC for counselling and any queries regarding HIV/AIDS.

Meanwhile, World Aids day was celebrated by 10th ITBP force at Kimin by organizing awareness programe on prevention and management of the deadly disease. During the day unit medical officer of ITBP delivered an informative and fruitful lecture on AIDS. Rajesh Kumar Tomar Commanding officer of 10th ITBP presided as chief guest.

Students of Kendriya vidyalaya school Kimin and government higher secondary school Durpa (Kimin) presented skit and mime play highlighting problem faced due to infection of HIV AIDS.


Association welcomes proposal

ITANAGAR, Dec.2: All Hake Youth Welfare Association has welcomed the proposal of conducting 13th All Tali Area Student Union general conference at Pip Sorang. Issuing a press release, he hopes conduction of suck kind of conference will bring awareness among students and serve the society in general.


Army Recruitment Rally

Seppa, Dec 2: Army recruitment rally would be held at Seppa general ground from Dec 16-17 and at Rupa, West Kameng on Dec 15-20.

In Seppa, the screening for the staff for Soldier on general duty and tradesmen shall be done on December 16 while the test for the tradesman, technical assistant, Nursing Assistant and clerk/ store keeper shall be done on December 17.

Those candidates who will be declared fit in the medical screening only shall be selected for the written examination. Interested candidate can contact DC office East Kameng for further information.  (DIPRO)


ADASU memo to MLA and ANSU

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: All Dollungmukh Student Union (ADASU) have submitted memoranda to Raga constituency MLA Nido Pavitra and All Nyishi Students Union seeking their help to end boundary dispute with Assam at Dollungmukh. In a release issued by the union they also asked for the creation of Extra Assistant Commissioner Post and setting up of police outpost in the area. Further ADASU urged authorities to take note of the shortage of subject teachers in the school of Dollungmukh.


One biker killed

ITANAGAR: A biker was killed on Tuesday night neat Essar petrol pump at Papu Nalla.

Poonam Doimari, a 35 year employee with SIB was killed on the spot due to serious head injury suffered after losing control of his bike. He was on his way to Itanagar in the wee hours of Tuesday night in pulsar bike and met with an accident. Naharlagun police arrived on the spot at early morning and found him dead. A post mortem was conducted and police are investigating the cause of the accident.


ULFA Chairman arrested in Dhaka

Guwahati: Indian security establishment recorded their biggest success in the anti-terror war yet when the Bangladeshi authorities, with the former's input, arrested Chairman of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) Aurobindo Rajkhowa somewhere in Dhaka.

The Union Home Ministry source confirmed that along with Rajkhowa, another ultra Bishwamohan Dev Burma, Chairman of National Liberation Front of Tiger (NLFT), was also arrested.

Rajkhowa had evaded an arrest attempt about a fortnight ago when security forces arrested ULFA’s Finance Secretary Chitrabon Hazarika and Foreign Secretary Sasha Chaudhury. Both of them are in Assam Police custody.

The sources close to the ULFA said Indian security agencies successfully engineered a split in the ULFA ranks between hardliner Paresh Barua and rest of the ULFA with imprisoned ULFA leader Anup Chetia playing a crucial role.

However, the Centre is carefully observing the split in ULFA, waiting for the rest of the outfit to come forward for talks, leaving 'Commander-in-chief' Paresh Barua isolated.UNI

AAPSU say no to Made in China

Ojing Tayeng

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) decided to ban sale and use of Chinese products in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. It gave a week’s time to the business fraternity to dispose off or return Chinese products.

It further demanded that India government ban Chinese products in Indian market.

This was disclosed by AAPSU President Takam Tatung at a press conference held this evening.

Terming the huge entry of Chinese products in the Indian markets as one of the causes for ever increasing unemployment problems in the country, he urged the government to ban the Chinese products here immediately and initiate steps for setting up of factories and other infrastructures especially in north eastern states to address the unemployment problems.

The AAPSU will take up the ban of Chinese products in the state seriously from tomorrow. If the Chinese products are found in the state after the ultimatum, the AAPSU will take it own course of action against those anti-Indians, who fails to abide by the ultimatum, he added.

Meanwhile, he condemned the Chinese move to halt construction of a link road in Demchok village in south eastern Ladakh region, stating  it as a disputed area.

Referring to a defence report, Takam said that the Chinese helicopters have trespassed Indian Territory 24 times in a month besides encroaching 17 kilometers of the country’s territory.

AAPSU want to know India’s stand and about the agreements between the two Asian giants in regard to Arunachal Pradesh border with China immediately, he said.

Objecting to a reported comment by former External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee at Tawang last year during Budha Mahotsava  that “Border between India and China is negotiable’’ Takam said that the statement exudes doubt in the mind of the people over centre’s stand on the issue.

 India should understand the evil designs of China and its intention to capture the entire Himalayan range due to lack of political will on the part of India, he added.

He demanded that the Defence Minister clarifies the issues relating to the India-China border, particularly Arunachal Pradesh while adding that AAPSU will boycott national holidays and events within the state after a month’s time if the centre fails to address the issue.

 He further said that many Himalayan groups and organizations are ready to cooperate and extend their hand with AAPSU, and we are proposing to launch state wise tour to take up the issue with the entire states sharing border with China.

AAPSU will appreciate any organization supporting this issue, Takam added.

AAPSU, Vice President (Administration) Nabam Tamar said that as long as the government works for the development of the state and the nation, Union is with them. However, whenever, government fail to deal with  issue, as a pressure group, it is our duty to protect and preserve our rights and fight for the people and nation, he said.


Governor exhorts NRIs to invest in Arunachal

Itanagar, Dec 2: While highlighting the development potentials of Arunachal Pradesh, Governor Gen. (Rtd.) J J Singh urged upon the Non Resident Indians (NRIs) and People of Indian Origin (PIOS) to supplement the efforts of various agencies towards the socio-economic development of the State. He said this while presenting the Bharat Samman Award to President of Mauritius Sir Anerood Jugnauth, at a function organized by NRI Institute, New Delhi in the national capital yesterday.

He dwelt at length on the various little-known facets of the State like the multiplicity of tribes, prevalence of Hindi as the medium of communication, the long international border.

Gen. Singh also appreciated the NRI and the PIO community of India for creating a name for itself as a hard-working, disciplined and law-abiding group and the ability to mix and forge relations with the local communities easily. He said that the Indian Diasporas represents exceptional talents and it should continue to fulfil its duties towards the motherland.

Arunachal Pradesh is the land of peace-loving, patriotic and sincere people and is on the path to becoming the power-house of the country. This enchanting State is unparalleled in natural endowments and reminds one of the scenic beauty of Mauritius, he said.

While presenting the award, Gen. Singh called Sir Jugnauth a torch bearer of the democratic aspirations in Mauritius and an iconic personality in the history of the country. He lauded the economic initiatives taken by his Govt. and attributed the ‘economic miracle of the 1980s’ in Mauritius to him. He also congratulated Sir Jugnauth for leading Mauritius to be amongst the best governed countries in the world. The Governor later also gave away Pride of India Gold Medal to several renowned personalities.

NRI Institute is a non-profit NGO of People of Indian Origin, founded in the year 1989 as a platform to promote and facilitate NRI investments in India. It has chapters in more than twenty-five countries of the World. The Institute regularly recognizes and awards the exceptional achievements of NRIs and PIOs in their chosen field of activity. (PRO, Raj Bhavan)


Arunachal remembers S K Singh

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: The mortal remains of Late S K Singh, former Governor of Arunachal was consigned to flames today at 11 AM in New Delhi. A former Foreign Secretary and rated among the most distinguished Indian diplomats, Singh died in Ganga Ram Hospital on Tuesday after a prolonged illness leaving behind his wife Manju and sons Shashank and Kanishka.

Arunachal remembered its former Governor S K Singh. Series of condolence meetings were organised in his memory in the state.

Singh, during his stay in the state had endeared many while offending many as well with his straightforward nature. Unlike other constitutional heads, Singh stepped out from the Raj Bhavan and mingled with people of the state.

Singh during his short tenure from 2004-2007 as Governor had travelled to all parts of the state meeting common people. A harsh critic of wrong policies, Singh had often called on all stakeholders to be more responsible in their dealings.

Singh was a vocal advocate in maintaining that the State was a non-negotiable part of sovereign India and was instrumental in ensuring the connectivity of the state with the rest of the country.

Rajiv Gandhi University joined rest of Arunachal Pradesh in mourning the sudden demise of S.K. Singh, who was also the Chancellor of the University.

In a condolence meeting attended by the University Community today Prof. A. Mitra, Vice-Chancellor i/c and Athikho Chalai, Registrar i/c remembered him and his association with the University.

The meeting observed two minutes silence as a mark of respect to the departed soul declared holiday for its employees as a mark of respect.

The Bharatiya Janata Party Arunachal Pradesh expressed its deep shock and grief over the sudden death of former Governor. The party observed two minutes silence in honour of departed soul.

The State BJP President, Dr. Tangor Tapak (MLA), former State BJP President, Kangir Jamoh, General Secretary, Tai Tagak in the condolence recalled his love and affection for the people of Arunachal Pradesh.

A condolence meeting was held in the office complex of Governor’s Secretariat today to mourn the demise of former Governor.

Recalling the contributions of former Governor of the State towards the development of the Arunachal Pradesh, Secretary to Governor DS Pandit dwelled in length on the multi-faceted, versatile and distinguished former diplomat. The Raj Bhavan officials also recalled late Singh’s initiatives in the Raj Bhavan including its library in particular.

The officers and staff of civil secretariat assembled in front of the office of Chief Secretary here today to condole the sad demise of Singh. The officers and staff expressed their heartfelt condolence on the demise and prayed to almighty for the eternal peace of departed soul.

Mr. Singh’s body was taken to his residence at New Friends Colony here. In Jaipur, the Rajasthan government declared a seven-day State mourning. Born on January 24, 1932, Mr. Singh was made Foreign Secretary in February 1989, capping an illustrious career in the Indian Foreign Service. He was also the official spokesman of the Government of India between 1969 and 1974.