ITANAGAR, Dec 04: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma
and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki have extended heartiest greetings to the people on
the eve of Podi Barbi festival.
In his festival message, the Governor expressed hope that the festival, which herald
the onset of new agricultural season will usher-in bumper harvest, contentment and
prosperity. The Governor said that Podi Barbi is the principle festival of Adi Boh,
Bokar and Ramo communities of Arunachal Pradesh. The festival manifests the magnificent
cultural heritage and traditions of the communities. Emphasizing that the celebration
of the indigenous festival has always helped in carrying forward the tribe's vibrant
legacy, he reposed confidence that the marvelous tradition will continue under the
guidance of elders of the communities.
On this occasion, I join my Adi Boh, Bokar and Ramo brethrens in offering prayers
to Almighty Donyi Polo for their choicest blessings on each one of us, the Governor
said in his message.
In his message, the Chief Minister expressed hope that the celebration would appease
the Almighty and pave way for high yield of crops, wealth and prosperity in the seasons
"While rejoicing the celebrations let's also pray for peace and bonhomie between
all the communities," the Chief Minister said, particularly wishing members of the
Adi Boh, Bokar and Ramo communities.
While appealing people from all walks of life to join the celebration, the Chief
Minister underlined the importance of preserving the rich cultural heritage of indigenous
tribes of the state.
Salu takes stock of preparation for National level NE sports meet
ITANAGAR, Dec 04: Sports and Youth Affairs secretary Dani Salu today visited Sangay
Lhaden Sports Academy Sports complex in order to monitor the ongoing preparation
for hosting the National Level North East Sports event. The mega sports extravaganza
would be held here from December 10 to 13.
Accompanied by Director (SYA) D K Dinglow and team of departmental officers, the
Secretary visited all the arrangement for accommodation and game venues.
This mega sports extravaganza is sponsored by the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs
& Sports under Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan programme. This mega event is organized
every year and hosted by a North Eastern state on rotation basis. This time the Ministry
has selected Arunachal Pradesh to host the same.
More than 1500 athletes are expected to take part in various disciplines viz: Archery,
Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Football, Judo, Karate, Taekwondo, Weightlifting &
Wushu. Football will be played at R.G Stadium, Naharlagun, Weight lifting at auditorium
of DN College, Itanagar, Badminton at Raj Bhawan Badminton hall Itanagar and the
rest events will be conducted at SLSA sports complex, Chimpu.
Training on infection management and environment plan
ITANAGAR, Dec 04: Two days Training on Infection Management and Environment Plan
(IMEP) was conducted for Medical Officers and Sanitary Assistants on December 3 and
4 at Administrative Training Institute, Naharlagun. It was organized by Arunachal
Pradesh State Health Society, Naharlagun and the resource person for the training
was Dr. L Lollen, Medical Superintendent, Aalo. The objective of IMEP training is
to bring in state-of-the-art, best practices in managing health and environmental
IMEP is an approach or framework for managing - avoiding, reducing and controlling-
health and environmental risks arising out of poor infection control practices and
unsound environment management systems such as inappropriate disinfection, poor sterilization
techniques, inadequate use of protective gears, poor bio-medical waste handling,
treatment and disposal practices, unhygienic and unsanitary conditions and inadequate
potable water within the healthcare facilities.
Dr. T Taku, Programme officer facilitated the training. He hoped for proper implementation
and practice of the techniques learned during the training by the participants in
the districts, according to an official release.
Former CM Gamlin’s death mourned
ITANAGAR, Dec 04: The Lower Siang Elite Forum (LSEF) has mourned the untimely demise
of former Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin. The untimely demise of former Chief Minister
has created an emptiness in the heart of his well wishers, relatives in particular
and the people of the state as a whole, the Forum said in a condolence message.
International symposium at NERIST
NIRJULI, Dec 4: The Department of Mechanical Engineering, North Eastern Regional
Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST), Nirjuli is organising a three-days
International Symposium on 'Aspect of Mechanical Engineering & Technology for Industry'
from December 6-8 at NERIST.
It is an opportunity for the academicians, researchers, industrial professionals
and budding entrepreneurs in the remote North Eastern Region of this country to interact
with each other and to know the new development in the field of Mechanical Engineering.
This event will also provide an exclusive research publications through various SCOPUS
indexed journals after peer review process.
The renowned academicians and scientists around the world have consented to deliver
lecture in their research fields. It is expected that more than 100 delegates including
Prof. P Seshu, IIT Bombay and Prof. M K Gajendra Babu former professor & Head Center
for Energy Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi would participate in this
event at NERIST, according to a release. DIPR
AAPSSAATA seeks release of pending salary
ITANAGAR, Dec 04: The All Arunachal Pradesh Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Assistant Teachers
Association (AAPSSAATA) has called for release of the three month's pending salary
of SSA teachers within December.
In its letter submitted to the Education Minister apprising of the situation that
they face on daily basis on their personal and professional ground for the want of
a timely salary, it requested for the release of its pending three months salary.
Free cataract operation camp held
ITANAGAR, Dec 04: A free cataract operation camp was organized at District Hospital
Tezu by the State Blindness Control Society from November 25 to 28 last. Patients
from all across Lohit, Namsai and Anjaw districts participated in the camp.
Speaking during its inaugural session, Tezu MLA Mohesh Chai suggested the health
authorities to organize more such camps on regular basis and assured all possible
help from his side.
He provided black glasses to all the patients who were operated upon.
Alternate road connecting Rumgong and Boleng repaired
ITANAGAR, Dec 04: An alternate road connecting Rumgong and Boleng towns, which was
neglected for a longtime, was repaired by the general public of 32-Rumgong constituency,
Riga, Boleng and Rebo-Perging circles. The road is 13kms long.
The road will be useful for any commuter if they want to go Along via Rumgong in
case, the BRTF road via Sanggam bridge, is not functioning, informed the locals.
Hand over Capital road to BRO: ICDWA
ITANAGAR, Dec 04: The Itanagar City Development Welfare Association (ICDWA) has demanded
for handing over the maintenance of NH52A from Banderdewa to Chimpu, including the
sector roads, to BRO.
In its memorandum submitted to the Chief Secretary, it alleged the concern authority
and the executing agency of not following proper guidelines for maintenance of the
Why is it that the concern department is not learning from its past experience since
they are well aware of the soil and climatic condition of the Capital Complex? This
type of thin carpeting of the road lasts only 3 to 4 months, the association questioned.
Forum calls for regulating rate of essential commodities
ITANAGAR, Dec 04: The Arunachal Pradesh RTI Forum for State Development has demanded
regulation in the rates of essential commodities.
In its letter submitted to the Chief Secretary seeking control of the ever rising
price of the essential commodities, it alleged that the shopkeepers practice unfair
trade which goes unregulated by the law enforcing agencies. The MRP stickers are
removed and sold at skyrocketing price.
Students' union organize AIDS awareness campaign
ITANAGAR, Dec 04: The Upper Subansiri Galo Students' Union organized an HIV-AIDS
awareness campaign at Govt Hr Sec School, Daporijo today. More than 200 people participated
Resource person of the programme, Dr Saikia advised everyone on the prevention of
Orientation training programme held
SEPPA, Dec 04: The four day workshop cum orientation training programme for Intensive
participatory planning exercise (IPPE) on preparation of Labour Budget under MGNREGA
on IPPE mode for Block planning team commenced at Seppa from December 2 last. All
the BDOs along with field functionaries of seven blocks are attending the training
programme excluding Seijosa block to be conducted separately.
Speaking on the on the inaugural day, ADC Pooja Jain stressed on resource convergence
for creation of visible assets.
PD, DRDA K Nyodu informed that the eight blocks of East Kameng District have been
categorized under backward blocks. He urged the trainees to be sincere during the
training programme and informed that 100 days wages of each household shall be possible
only when the IPPE programme are carried out properly as per guidelines. DIPRO
ITANAGAR, Dec 4: Donyi Polo Mission School for the Hearing & Visually Impaired, Chimpu,
Itanagar observed "World Day for the Differently abled persons" in its school premises
Attending the programme, R K Mission Hospital, Itanagar Secretary, Swami Vishweshananda
highlighted the inherent and extra-ordinary potentials of the differently abled persons.
He appreciated the management of DPMS for Hearing & Visually Impaired, Chimpu and
its founder chairman, Gegong Apang who took such a noble initiative to establish
such institution which has been rendering education, training and rehabilitation
for the hearing and visually impaired children since 1990. Earlier, Swami launched
the various products made in Waste Paper Recycling Unit of DPM School for the Hearing
and Visually Impaired, which was donated by The Arunachal Times in June, 2014 to
commemorate its Silver Jubilee. The unit is mainly set up for the skill development
of the differently abled children of the institute in particular where waste papers
are recycled and different kinds of products are crafted.
The founder of Donyi Polo Mission and former Chief Minister Gegong Apang, in his
speech stated that this institution is committed to render the services to differently
abled children and urged for everyone's support and cooperation in humanitarian services
of the institute. He stated that many things have been accomplished by the society,
Donyi Polo Mission but there is still a long way to go and serve the poor, destitute,
differently abled children of other categories i.e. Mentally Challenged and Multiple
disabled who are not getting any rehabilitation in the state of Arunachal Pradesh
Department of Horticulture Director, Dr. J Ratan said that on this particular day
we have to take initiative for solving of the problems of the differently abled if
any for right cause and appreciated the founder Chairman for his noble ideas and
deeds through which the differently abled children are coming into the mainstreams.
Principal of the institute, H Sharma appealed the Government to provide sufficient
financial support to school for providing better services to differently abled children.
Meanwhile, Governor Lt General Nirbhay Sharma in his message, appreciated the services
rendered by Donyi Polo Mission and appealed the differently abled children to have
an optimistic view. The hardest thing to overcome is not a physical disability, but
the mental condition which induces disability; therefore, it is a matter of perception.
"All things are possible for those who believe in themselves" he quoted in his message.
On the occasion, the Department of Social Justice Empowerment and Tribal Affairs,
Naharlagun donated 25 numbers of hearing aids to the school.
The students also presented cultural programmes on the occasion.
The World Disabled Day (International day of Persons with Disabilities) was observed
with three-day state level programme at Science Centre, I.G Park here from December
2 to 4. The programme was organized by Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Rajya Mission with the
theme "Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology."
Addressing the valedictory function today Opak Gao, State Project Director, SSA Rajya
Mission said that children with special needs (CWSN) are 'differently-abled child'
and their integration in every aspect of society is essential.
Earlier Likha Sampu, Dy. State Project Director, SSA, Rajya Mission in his inaugural
address on December 2 stressed on equal participation of Child With Special Needs
in social development.
The state level programme was based on the 'Inclusive Competition' among the children
from all districts. Games & Sports, Literary and Cultural Competitions among Children
with Special Needs (CWSN) were organized to mark the occasion and prizes were also
distributed to the winners.
The World Disabled Day was observed along with Co-ordination meeting of Resource
Teachers and I.E Volunteers at Seppa yesterday.
There are 22 I.E volunteers and 7 resource teachers in the district with 2021 numbers
of Childs with Special Needs (CWSN) identified and enrolled in schools.
Speaking on the occasion, ADC Pooja Jain said that CWSN are special children who
are equally good to compete with the normal children. She advised the students to
study hard and directed the DDSE to furnish performance report of Resource Teachers
Responding the grievances placed by the I.E volunteers, she assured to take up the
matter with the government.
DDSE in-charge Ashing Lamgu also advised the students to devote in their study and
urged the resource teachers and volunteers to serve their duty with utmost dedication.
I.E co-coordinator Kacha Tajo presented block-wise activities on inclusive education
since inception of CWSN in the district.
Later, the ADC distributed wheel chairs, spectacle, uniform, hearing aids etc to
Internal bickering in PPA emerges
ITANAGAR, Dec 4: All is not going well inside the Peoples Party of Arunachal (PPA),
Chairman PPA, Kamen Ringu has sacked the present Party President and incumbent Legislature
from Diyun - Bordumsa Constituency, Nikh Kamin from the President post of PPA for
going beyond the party ideology and appointed former Minister, Kahfa Bengia as the
Interim President of PPA after Kamin failed to respond to the official clarification
sought by the committee headed by MLA (PPA) Pani Taram.
Addressing the media persons at Press Club today, Chairman PPA, Kamen Ringu claimed
that the PPA's main ideology is to maintain distance from the national parties
and if it has to extend its support to then decision has to be taken in the floor
of the house in presence of its executive members but under the presidentship of
Kamin all the elected legislatures had voted for the ruling Congress Party in the
recently held Rajya Sabha election that too without the consent of party executives
which led to the quitting of prominent leader and Chief Ministerial Candidate of
PPA, Laeta Umbrey from the party which is very disheartening and embarrassing.
He further informed that the presence of Kamin in the recently held Chief Minister
function at Sagalee, his assurance to confer PRC to the non-APSTs of Diyun-Bordumsa
constituency during election campaign and going beyond the bye laws of PPA without
the consultation of Chairman and other executive members is highly questionable.
When asked about the report of possible merger of its sitting legislature into ruling
Congress party, Kamen alleged that the ruling party is trying to damage the lone
regional party PPA, who play the role of opposition against both Congress and BJP
in the state. He said 'if any legislature would attempt to merge into national party,
PPA will go ahead with prescribed Anti-Defection Law.
For last few years we had been observing that after winning the election from the
regional party most of the legislatures merged to National political parties which
is not acceptable at all. 'We have to keep in mind that the people’s mandate with
PPA is because PPA is against corruption and work for the development of its society,
so I urge the entire sitting legislatures, executive members of PPA to be united
for the development of state, said the newly appointed Interim President of PPA,
Among others, General Secretary-PPA, Kaling Jerang and State Secretary-PPA, Tarang
Jerang also spoke on the occasion.
Board resolves to implement prohibition of Sex Selection Act
ITANAGAR, Dec 04: The first state level meeting of the members of State Supervisory
Board (SSB) and members of State Advisory Committee (SAC) and multi-member state
level appropriate authority for implementation of Preconception and Prenatal Diagnostic
Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection), Act 1994 was held at the CS conference
hall here today.
The objective of the meeting was to sensitize the members of their role and responsibilities
and to highlight various provisions under the Act for prohibition of sex selection
leading to female foeticide which will ultimately lead to adverse sex ratio in the
Chairing the meeting the vice chairperson of the SAB, Indra Mallo who is also Secretary
Health & Family Welfare outlined the urgent need of operationalization of the regulatory
mechanism in the state as mapping of ultrasonography (which is only available in
Arunachal Pradesh) centres and reporting of the activities are found to be lagging.
As per the available data there is alarming decrease in the sex ratio of females
per 1000 males as well as in the child sex ratio in India. She emphasized for more
intense vigilance on the implementation of the Act, although the data of Arunachal
Pradesh is better than the rest of the country.
The District Medical Officers who are the District Appropriate Authority in the districts
are to be immediately communicated to form District Advisory committee and start
mapping of the USG centres immediately and hold meeting of the owner and employees
of the unit or centre for awareness of the Act; she directed the concerned officials
in the department.
Dr. T Taloh, ex-Jt. DHS(FW) cum OSD IMR/RI gave a power point presentation on the
PC&PNDT Act, the role and responsibilities of members, the activities to be implemented
in the state and the present scenario of Arunachal Pradesh in terms of activities
undertaken and further need for the implementation of the Act. Dr. G Tatu Director
Family Welfare also spoke on the occasion.
Later it was resolved in the meeting to implement the PC & PNDT (Prohibition of Sex
selection), Act 1994 in letter and spirit so that the sex ratio in general (940 females/1000
males) and Child Sex ratio (960 girls/1000 boys) of Arunachal does not further go
down, rather improves.
IDEA & Caritas India organise training for ASHA on malaria prevention
DOIMUKH, Dec 04: Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association (IDEA) and Caritas India
(an NGO) in collaboration with District Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (DVBDCP)
Papum Pare has trained 18 Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) on Malaria Prevention
and Control as per the national guidelines at CHC Doimukh on Dec 2 and 3. It was
the training for all dropped out ASHA in previous two trainings conducted under CHC
Doimukh and main motto of the training was to capacitate ASHA for early diagnosis
and prompt treatment of all malaria cases and reduce morbidity and mortality.
The resource persons of the training were Dr. Nabam Takang, medical Officer of Community
Health Centre Doimukh, Techi Pekhi Tara, Consultant of District Vector Borne Disease
Control Programme Yupia and Nikap Nada, Malaria Technical Supervisor of Community
Health Centre Doimukh.
While monitoring the training programme, District Malaria Officer of Papum Pare district
Tatung Tayang said that DVBDCP provides well support to IDEA in controlling malaria
incidents in Papum Pare district. ASHAs have tremendous role in sensitizing the community
for adopting effective Malaria preventive measures, he said.
IDEA in Partnership with Caritas India (NGO) has been supporting DVBDCP in terms
of organizing ASHA training at whole Papum Pare district under the guidelines of
National Vector Born Disease Control Programme. So far 206 ASHAs were trained in
10 batches of trainings from all PHC's/CHC's under Papum Pare district.
PM disapproves of Sadhvi’s remarks but Opp wants her removal
NEW DELHI, Dec 04: Breaking his silence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today strongly
disapproved of the controversial comments of Union Minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti
but his attempts to buy peace failed with the Opposition paralysing Rajya Sabha for
the third day, insisting on her dismissal.
Three days after a row erupted over Jyoti's offensive remarks in a public meeting
here, Modi spoke in the Rajya Sabha, as the opposition continued with its protest
refusing to accept her apology.
"I was informed about the statement which caused the controversy on the day BJP Parliamentary
Party was to meet. In the meeting I strongly disapproved of the remarks and I said
we should avoid using such language," the Prime Minister said in his brief intervention
in the Upper House during the Zero Hour.
Virtually ruling out any action against Jyoti, Modi said the Minister is new and
in the "heat" of elections, such comments should be avoided, but at the same time
urged the opposition to allow the House to "move on" in "national interest" in view
of her apology.
"Before this issue was raised in the House, I had put forth this matter before all
our MPs.... The minister is new, and she has come to Parliament for the first time.
We are aware of her background. She has apologised.
"I believe that after her apology...This House has so many senior members with so
much experience, they know what should be their feelings towards an apology," Modi
"I appeal to the House that when the Minister has apologised...This is a message
to all of us that in future we all should not cross the limits of dignity in terms
of dos and don'ts. I appeal to the House that we should work for the interest of
the country," the Prime Minister said.
The Opposition, however, insisted that she has no right to continue as a Minister,
contending that since she has apologised, it means she has committed a "crime". PTI
----Readers Forum ----
Boleng best suited for Hq of Siang district
The people of 35th Pangin Boleng Assembly constituency are fed up with the self-centered
dictatorship and misled governance in the constituency. The government is reluctant
to hear the voice of public, with no options left as the common people are resorting
to violence. We on the behalf of the people of Siang district appeal rest of our
brothers and sisters to hear our voice and pray for justice. Presently, the district
headquarter is in a see-saw position, at one end is Boleng and on the other end is
Pangin. For feasibility, already two committees (constituted on recommendation by
our MLAs) have selected Boleng as the most feasible location.
To add to this, numbers of department offices are already functioning in full fledged
at Boleng town, they are; an independent Additional Deputy Commissioner office for
which the state government has already sanctioned a sum of Rs.15 lacs for the up-gradation
from ADC to DC office, the town has been declared as one of the urban towns with
an existing office of Assistant Engineer Urban Department, the district circuit house
has been constructed, district library has also been constructed at Boleng, a well
equipped and established Police Station, a BSNL exchange having the GSM, WLL and
broadband services, India Post Office, Forest Range office, PWD Superintendent Engineer
Office, a well equipped Community Health Centre, Veterinary Hospital, Sub Divisional
offices of PHED and WRD. These offices are not present at Pangin town.
Furthermore, Siang District consist of a total of nine circles, out which seven circles
have been demanding Boleng as their district head quarter and only two circles namely
Kebang and Pangin circles are in favour of Pangin as the headquarter.
Despite all of this, our legislator is being so stubborn for Pangin as the headquarter
and which has resulted into the current social unrest and political crisis in the
Since, we have been deprived by our rights, we the people of Siang District request
our Chief Minister and Governor to look into this matter and deliver justice to the
people of Siang district.
Siang District Youth Association (SDYA)
Late Gamlin was an example of true leader
Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to share few words of reverence
to our late Jarbom Gamlin, the former Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh who left
us on 30th November 2014 at Medanta Hospital Gurgaon. He left us with remarkable
example to the people of Arunachal in general and society and families in particular.
He was a man of integrity with strong personalities. The integrity he exhibited will
lead us to better altitude. He was a man of impartiality without distinguishing between
haves & haves not, which shall be our motto to serve the society with good attitude.
The kindness to the downtrodden people he showed shall be our strength to overcome
the differences and the boldness of late Gamlin shall be our spirit that will equip
us in time of tribulations.
Above all he was a man of God fearing with healthy soul and spirit who breathed his
last on Sunday when God created the heaven and earth in six days and take rest on
7th day being ‘Holy’ Day which is justified through the religious fact and truth
of the modern Christian era. Though he left us with sorrow and grief, his gracious
and humanly nature shall be remember by thousands of people as he left us while struggling
for the cause of aam janta, for righteousness of the aam janta and died with remarkable
impression to aam janta with source of inspiration to the people irrespective of
cast and community to whom the people of state was grateful to have blink when the
mortal remain of late Gamlinji was taken to the state capital.
May god grant him a better place in heavenly abode for I am still praying and praying
for every peace and happiness to his soul with a restoration power and strength to
his bereaved families.
Secretary Bagam Ao Welfare Society,
DNG College faces threat from land grabbers
Through your esteemed daily I would like to draw the kind attention of higher authority
of education department. At present there is no proper boundary wall demarcating
Dera Natung Govt. College Itanagar. It is apprehended that land encroachment may
take place in days to come, due to improper boundary wall demarcation, as we all
are aware of the fact that the people of our state always look for an opportunity
to grab the govt. land and quarter. But to my utter surprise, a wall is being constructed
inside the college compound. In my opinion, I feel that boundary wall around the
college campus should be given first priority.
Therefore concern authority of college and education department should take necessary
initiatives, so that land encroachment does not take place in coming days as old
saying goes "prevention is better than cure".
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---- Editorial ----
United front against Modi
Ever since Narendra Modi lead Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won massive mandate in
the general election, political equation has been changing in the country. Once foes
like Nitish Kumar of JD (U) and Lalu Prasad Yadav of RJD have all joined hand together
to take on the BJP. The recent impressive victories for BJP in Maharastra and Haryana
assembly election have further worried the opposition block. With Congress party
further sliding down, the regional forces are trying to regroup under one common
platform to contain the phenomenal rise of BJP.
Today a meeting of erstwhile Janata Parivar leaders was held at Delhi wherein Samajwadi
Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav was authorized to lay the ground work for the merger
of former Janata Pariwar parties. The meeting was attended by leaders of RJD, JD
(U), INLD, Samajwadi Party and JD(S). The parties have resolved to fight together
against the government, both within Parliament and outside. In the past such kind
of block or front comprising of non Congress and non BJP parties have miserably failed.
Only time will tell how this new formula works out.