December 06


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NIMAS conducts training prog for Tawang youths

TAWANG, Dec 05: The National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (NIMAS) Dirang has organized a three days training programme on tourism promotion activities from December 1 last. Altogether 38 unemployed youths from all the CD blocks of Tawang district attended the training on various tourism related subjects like tourist group management, mountain and forest guide, trekking tour operator, hospitality services, promotion of home stay.

During the practical session, the trainees led by Tawang DTO Tsering Dekey conducted a one-day trekking tour from Tawang to Chaksam on December 1. The team also included three faculty members of NIMAS. The trekking route covered various villages including Khinmey, Namet, Bomdir, Kitpi, Shernup. This was followed by one night river site camping at Zemithang on December 2 with the support of CO Zemithang and Army.

The programme ended with a social service and cleanliness drive as a part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan at Gorsam Stupa and Zemithang area.

It is worth mentioning here that Tourism Minister Pema Khandu and DC Tawang Abhishek Dev have been supporting and encouraging tourism promotion activities in the district. DIPRO


Legislative assembly session

ITANAGAR, Dec 5: The sixth legislative assembly of Arunachal Pradesh will meet for its third session on January 28, 29 and 30 next year.


BJP questions regional credential of PPA

ITANAGAR, Dec 5: The Bharatiya Janata Party, Arunachal unit has expressed dismay over the repeated allegation labeled against the party by the lone regional outfit PPA. The regional party should have a broader outlook for the interest of state instead of parochial approach and stop labeling allegation against the national party, the BJP said.

“PPA’s hidden agenda has been exposed time and again to the people of the State. It is an eye opener that the PPA was lobbying with the ruling Congress Party before the last Vidhan Sabha election and during election for the lone Rajya Sabha seat, it said. Such acts of the PPA have exposed their regional credential and integrity and they do not have moral right to castigate any stickers on BJP,” the party added.


Candle light march to protest atrocities against women

Karda Natam

Dumporijo, Dec 5: A peaceful candle light march was organized at Dumporijo town by Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society Branch Dumporijo on Dec 2 to protest against the atrocities against the women after the brutal killing of a woman Late Yagam Marde, who was found dead on 22 Nov at Aya Marde.

More than 500 women took part in the candle light procession held at Dumporijo town around 5.30 PM.

Procession started from Dumporijo Petrol Pump via Hr Secondary School Dumporijo which culminated at general ground.

Later, they observed one minute silence in remembrance of Yagam Marde.

APWWS appealed to the law enforcing authority to expedite the investigation and punish the culprit under the appropriate section of the law.


Apollo empanelled

NAHARLAGUN, Dec 5: The Apollo Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Chennai has been empanelled under Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister’s Universal Health Insurance scheme (APCMUHIS).

The scheme has been launched to benefit the people of Arunachal Pradesh including the state government employees with the aim to achieve good health for all.

The concerned department field functionaries have already been engaged for enrollment and to issue smart card. The beneficiaries can avail maximum benefit from the scheme through the empanelled hospitals. DIPR


Toni Paleng at ‘NEbody Can Sing’ Grand Finale

ITANAGAR, Dec 5: Toni Paleng, son of Taking Paleng of Paksing village, Kaying circle will represent Arunachal Pradesh in the Grand Finale of Musical Reality Show to be held at Shillong on Dec 15. An upcoming singer Toni Paleng was declared state winner after undergoing different level of audition rounds.

It may be mentioned here that All India Radio, Itanagar alongwith other capital AIR stations of north east region conducted a Musical Reality Show entitled – Nebody Can Sing. The basic objective of the Musical Reality Show was to promote the un-heard tunes of the modern North East culture and to promote the un-tapped musical talents of the region. The competition was made open for any Arunachalee dialect with participants being in the age group of 16 to 40 years. AIR approved artists were not allowed to take part in the musical reality show.

The entire audition round of this musical reality show for Arunachal Pradesh was conducted in All India Radio, Itanagar. Renowned AIR artist Jomnya Siram, Bengia Tabb and prominent lyricist Nakeng Perme were the judges.


Villagers decide not to give land for Arun Medi city

ITANAGAR, Dec 5: The land owners of Rakap Tigdo Happa under the banner of Rakap Sanglum Happa Village Welfare Association have decided not to give land for establishment of Arun Medi City at Rakap Tigdo Happa, opposite Pachin Colony Naharlagun.

In a memorandum submitted to Health and Family Welfare Minister yesterday, the   land owners, while expressing its disagreement  regarding establishment of the Arun Medi City, said “at any cost we will not give land for establishment of any project in near future.”

The memorandum further said that land compensation/actual cost of land was not paid to the land owners by the concerned authority, only  the compensation for jungle clearance and crop damaged was paid to the fanner vide order No.CP/LA-135/86 dated 14/06/1999. The villagers request the higher authorities to search alternate land instead of Rakap Tigdo Happa for establishment of Arun Medi City.


Confiscate illegal liquor:CYO

ITANAGAR, Dec 5: The Capital Youth Organization (CYO) has requested for raiding shops selling unauthorized liquor across the Capital Complex.

In its letter to the DC seeking imposition of penalty to such sellers, it claimed that many shops and restaurants located in sectors and colonies are illegally selling liquor.


No donation: AAPFEMTWA

ITANAGAR, Dec 5: The All Arunachal Pradesh Furniture Electronics & Mechanical Traders Welfare Association (AAPFEMTWA) has banned any type of donations within its jurisdiction. This was decided in a meeting held at a city hotel here on November 30 last.


Union calls for transfer of overstayed government employees

ITANAGAR, Dec 5: The All Mengio Unemployment Engineers’ Union has called for transfer of government employees of engineering departments who have been posted at Mengio and Silsango circles for more than 12 years.

In its representation submitted to the Chief Secretary while referring to the government’s transfer and posting norms which says that any government incumbent should be transferred and posted to a new location after completion of three years service in a particular place, it asked for government employees who have overstayed their tenure to be transferred out.


Training on coffee cultivation held

ITANAGAR, Dec 5: A day long skill development training on coffee cultivation was organized by the Arunachal Pradesh Coffee Development Society (APCDS) in collaboration with the Coffee Board, GoI at Deomali on December 2 last.

Farm in charge TEC, Deomali, K Rathinam discussed in detail the scientific methods of coffee cultivation. He also made field demonstrations.


Central team monitors scheme implementation

TEZU, Dec 5: The two-member National Level Monitoring team under the Union ministry of rural development recently arrived at Tezu for regular monitoring of various RD and other programmes likes MGNREGA, NRLM, lAY, NSAP, IWMP, NRDWP, NBA and SBM (Swachh Bharat Mission) being implemented by DRDA, PHED, ICDS, etc. during 2012-13 and 2013-14 in Lohit district.

The team headed by Dr. B K Pandey inspected the schemes being implemented in various Gram Panchayats like Tafragam-III, Pomliang, Changliang under Tezu C D Block on December 3 and 4. The team was accompanied by S N Singh, APO (Monitoring) and DRDA officials during the visit.


NHM workshop for district officials

ITANAGAR, Dec 5: Two days workshop for District Community Mobilizer and District Data Assistants, ASHA Resource Centre (ARC) started on Dec 5 at Administrative Training Institute, Naharlagun, organized by Arunachal Pradesh State Health Society, Naharlagun.

The objective of the meeting is to review the activities going on in the district, rectify the issues if any and implement new activities.

Mission Director, National Health Mission, P.N. Thungon insisted the districts to ensure ASHAs are trained in Module 6 & 7. ASHA Grievance/Drop box to be set up in all the health facilities to address the issues of ASHAs, he said. He insisted the districts open bank accounts of ASHAs immediately while adding that Electoral cards be used as identity proof to open accounts for those ASHAs not having any identity proof in order to open the account.

He further asked the districts to ensure transfer of incentives to ASHAs account only on the basis of their performance.

Dr. T. Taku, Programme officer (Training), Devajit Bora, State Consultant, RRC, Dagyir Esse, State Community Mobilizer and attended by Dr. A. Perme, Programme officer (M&E/RBSK/RKSK/HMIS) and O. Thamphang, Deputy Director (IEC).


HDFC conducts blood donation camp

ITANAGAR, Dec 05: The HDFC Bank Ltd in association with the R K Mission Hospital has organised a blood donation camp at the bank premises this morning.  

Inaugurating the camp R K Mission Hospital Secretary, Swami Vishweshananda emphasized on the importance of blood donation.  Swamiji also appreciated the step taken by the HDFC branch bank staffs. Blood donation camp in-charge Dinesh Chetry informed that HDFC Bank organised such blood donation camp across the country every year to create awareness on importance of the blood donation and to help the needy people of the society as a part of Corporate Social Responsibilities.

Donors from different corporate sectors, banks and staff of Accountant General Office Itanagar took active part in the camp. All total 25 units of blood were collected from the donation camp.

State Karate Championships begins at Palin

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Dec 5: The 19th Sub-Junior Cadet & Junior cum 20th Senior State Level Karate Championship began with a record 500 participants including officials, at sleepy Palin Township in Kurung Kumey district yesterday.

An annual event of Arunachal Karate-Do Association (AKA), the championship is being participated by 16 teams from nine districts, five clubs, SAI SAG Centre, Naharlagun and Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy (SLSA).

Lipin Ete of Kurung Kumey (KK) won the first gold medal of the championship in Kata event in Sub-Junior Girls category. She won a bronze medal in All India Karate Championship conducted by Karate Association of India (KAI) in New Delhi earlier this year.

The silver medal in this category went to Tamey Ani of Shotokan Headquarters Club, Naharlagun while Yamik Lida of Daporijo and Jugomi Bosumotary of East Siang bagged one bronze medal each.

There were a total of seven medal events held on the first day of the championship which was declared open by local MLA and PHED Minister Takam Pario.

The gold and silver medals in sub-junior boys Kata were won by Simon Megu of East Saing and Charu Solomon of Kurung Kumey. Two semifinalists, S Santosh Sarma of SAIG SAG and Lipang Dakpe of Daporijo were awarded a bronze medal each.

Achem Yun of Anjaw defeated Charu Jugo of Kurung Kumey to win gold medal in Male (Cadet) Kata event. The bronze medals in this category went to Atung Sono of Seppa, East Kameng and Nabam Radhe of SLSA. In male (junior) Kata, the gold and silver medals went to Raja Yangfo of SAI SAG and Bulang David of SLSA. Two semifinalists Ngoncheng Hodong of SLSA and Balipso Pul of Anjaw were given bronze medals.

In female Cadet Kata, Milino Mamai of SLSA and Tamchi Nancy of Kurung Kumey bagged the god and silver medals respectively while a bronze medal each was given to Nabam Nasap of SLSA and Rosemlo Tamblung of Anjaw.

In female junior Kata, Goda Asha of SAI and Juna Dada of SLSA won the gold and silver medals respectively. The bronzes went to Tadar Mama of SAI and Lily Maying of Upper Subansiri.

Mimi Ramching and Lucky Hangu, both from Upper Subansiri won the gold and silver medals in Female Senior kata event. Biri Moni and Ligang Anki of Headquarter, Naharlagun won the bronze medals.

Earlier, PHED Minister Pario while highlighting the vast scopes in sports, encouraged the budding players to make their career in this sector.

“Sports, if pursued sincerely and seriously, can bring not only personal glory but also earn livelihood for them,” he said. He called upon parents to not discourage their child from playing sports if they have talents.

Kurung Kumey Zilla Parishad Chairperson Sangha Taigh also supported the view of Pario.

He said that Arunachalee boys and girls have natural and in-born sports talents in them. A little hard practice with proper guidance is only needed to make them a good and successful sportspersons, he opined.

Highlighting about Karate, he cautioned the karatekas not to misuse this art of self-defence.

According to Taigh early marriage has been a demerit of Arunachalee sportspersons.

“Many talented Arunachalee athletes give up playing sports at the age of peak after getting married at an early age,” he said and discouraged early marriages.

Pania ADC S Lowang was all praise for AKA for holding the championship at Palin township. She said the event will go a long way in encouraging the athletes towards games and sports.

Karate Association of India vice president Likha Tara, said that Karate is one of the most popular sports in the world played by majority of the nations. Highlighting achievements of the sports in the state, Tara informed that Arunachal is currently ranked number second in national ranking. He also informed that about 80 percent of the sports quota in government jobs have been grabbed by karate players.

He advised the budding players to aim high and practice hard with dedication and sincerity to achieve success.

It is worth mentioning here that the organizing committee under the aegis of AKA has fought an uphill task to hold the event at Palin with limited facilities. The championship is being conducted at a temporary shed constructed with bamboo, tarpaulin and CGI sheets with active support from local administration, especially ADC Pania, Organizing committee chairman Gimi Sinaki, Secretary Charu Tatung and overall in-charge Dr. Marli Ete.

Results: Day 1 and 2

Girls Sub-Junior Kata: Lipin Ete (Gold), Kurung Kumey, Tame Ani (Sil), Shotokan HQs, Naharlagun, Yamik Lida (Br), Upper Subansiri, Jugami Bosumotary (Br), East Siang.

Boys Sub-Junior Kata:  Simon Megu(Gold) East Siang, Charu Solomon (Sil), Kurung Kumey, Santosh Sharma (Br),SAI, Naharlagun, Lipang Dakpe (Br) Upper Subansiri.

Male Cadet Kata: Achem Yun (Gold) , Anjaw, Charu Jagu (Sil), Kurung Kumey, Atum Sono (Br), East Kameng, Nabam Radhe (Br), SLSA.

Male Junior Kata: Raja Yangfo (Gold), SAI, Naharlagun, Bulang David (Sil), SLSA, Ngongchen Hodong(Br) SLSA, Balipso Pul (Br) Anjaw.

Female Cadet Kata: Mileno Mamai (Gold), SLSA, Tamchi Nancy (Sil), K/Kumey, Nabam Nasap (Br), SLSA, Rosemlo Tamblung (Br), SAI.

Female Junior Kata: Goda Asha (Gold), SAI, Juna Dada (Sil), SLSA, Tadar Mama (Br), SAI, Lily Maying (Br), U/Subansiri.

Male Senior Kata: Matyup Tamblung (Gold), Anjaw, Wangcha Lowang (Sil), Tirap, Samuel Dolo (Br), SAI, Naharlagun, I.B Chetry (Br), Shoto-Kan , Hq. Naharlagun.

Female Senior Kata: Mimi Ramching (Gold), Upper Subansiri, Lucky Hangu (Sil), Upper Subansiri, Biri Moni (Br), Chimpu, Ligang Anki (Shotkan HQ Naharlagun).

Male Cadet Kumite -45KG: Yarda Tadap (Gold), SLSA, Kajen Ruji (Sil), Upper Subansiri, Gollo Joseph (Br),Tenshin-Kan Hq. Itanagar, Gepi Nyigor (Br), Shoto-Kan, Hq. Naharlagun.

Below 9 years Boys Sub-Junior Kumite: Kiochu Nayam (Gold), U/Subansiri, Takhu Loham (Sil), Tirap, Bake Pol (Br), Tenshin-Kan Hq. Ita, Sagar Duchok (Br), Shoto-Kan Hq. Nlg.

Under 11 Yrs Sub-Junior Boys Kumite: Joseph Parang Londa (Gold), Shito-Ryu, Hq. Ita, Amit Mugli (Sil) U/ Subansiri, Akash Pordung (Br), E/Kameng, Sawan Duchok (Br), Shito-Ryu, Hq. Nlg.

Cadet 14-15 Yrs Male Individual Kumite -63 Kg: Doni Yangfo (Gold), SAI, Nlg, Likha Oum (Sil), SLSA, Binto Tok (Br), SAI, Nlg, Tatung Tayu (Br), SLSA.

Cadet 14-15 Yrs Male Individual Kumite -57 Kg: Mojum Dodum (Gold), SLSA, Kamta Rassang (Sil), E/Kameng, Basaiso Ngadung (Br), Anjaw, Abab Sangdo (Br), Shoto-Kan Hq. Nlg.

Cadet 14-15 Yrs Male Individual Kumite -52Kg: Nabam Radhe (Gold), SLSA, Charu Jagu (Sil), K/Kumey, Chopa Tallo (Br), SAI, Taka Byachin (Br), U/Subansiri.

Cadet 14-15 Yrs Male Individual Kumite -70 Kg: Kamku Tallo (Gold), E/ Kameng, Baheth Manyu (Sil), Anjaw, Lishi Gutu (Br), L/Subansiri Cadet 14-15 yrs Male Individual Kumite +70 Kg: Simanso Sinya (Gold), Anjaw, Tarba Tai (Sil), Shito-Ryu Hq. Ita.

Under 13 years Girls Individual Kata: Nabam Nasap (Gold), SLSA,Ita, Bomi Nuk (Sil), U/Subansiri, Mepung Jamoh (Br), E/Kameng, Yamik Lida (Br), U/Subansiri.

Under 11 Yrs Sub-Junior Girls individual Kumite: Yame Gyadi (Gold), E/Kameng, Yanung Gamnu (Sil), Shoto-Kan Hq. Nlg, Sonia Laa (Br), SAI, Barsha Ete (Br), Kurung Kumey.

Women Team Kata Senior:  Gold: U/Subansiri, Lucky Hangu, Mimi Ramching, Lily Maying.

Silver, SAI, Nlg: Rei Yadi, Johny Mangkhiya,Bamang Yamu

Bronze (I),. Anjaw: Anjania Pul, Rubina Hallai, Aneksi Krong,

Bronze (II) Shoto-Kan Hq. Nlg: Namey Lochung, Choti Yarpen, Ligang Angkey.

Cadet under 14 yrs Female Individual Kumite-54 Kg: Niaimun Mara (Gold), SLSA, Lungtan Jangmu (Sil), SLSA, Tai Menia (Br)Shoto-Kan Hq. Nlg, Giamtu Ligu (Br), U/Subansiri.

Cadet under 15 yrs Female Individual Kumite +54Kg: Minang Tekseng (Gold), SLSA, Anjame Mipi (Sil), SLSA, Biki Yatang ( Br) K/Kumey, Meena Doka (Br), E/Kameng.

Cadet -45 Kg Girls Kumite: Karsang Yanga, Gold), Tenshin-Kan Hq. Ita, Angaishi Pul (Sil), Anjaw, Gichik Yami (Br), SAI, Nlg, Tadar Nana (Br), Shoto-Kan Hq. Nlg.



Old woman dies in fire mishap


RUKSIN, Dec 5: In a tragic fire mishap that took place at Nari Basti in East Siang district today, an old-woman was burnt to ashes in her dwelling kaccha house, while the household assets and other properties were completely gutted in the bright daylight.

According to the villagers, the fire broke out in the house at around 11 o’clock this morning, when the old woman was alone in the house. The neighbours tried to douse the fire with tank water in vain. The woman has been identified as Yaluk Gamlin (55), the old mother of Tape Gamlin, owner of the house. The fire also badly damaged a nearby SPT building of one Tade Gamlin, an APP constable, and incurred heavy loss (90 percent) of household property.

Meanwhile, Nari ADC and local police have visited the spot and took  stock of the damages. The administration has not yet declared any relief or compensation in favour of the victim family.

The Nari Elite Society (NES) and Nari Village Welfare Society (NVWS) have requested the administration for compensation and rehabilitation for the fire victim. The presidents Ibbom Bomjen (NES) and Gamdo Bomjen (NVWS) donated an amount of Rs 23 thousands to the victims as immediate relief.

Galo Welfare Society appealed to the DC East Siang and state government for provision of immediate relief and assistance to the fire victims.



Podi-Barbi’ celebrated with traditional fervor

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Dec 5: ‘Podi-Barbi,’ one of the major annual agricultural festivals of the Adi community was celebrated with traditional fervor and gaiety at Solung-Mopin Ground here today.

The day-long celebration saw various cultural groups of the community performing traditional and modern colourful cultural programmes to the thunderous applause of the huge gathering.  Speaking on the occasion, Chowna Mein, Minister Agriculture and Horticulture, advocated for cultural exchange amongst every tribe of the state so as to understand each other better.

Lauding the Adi community for its cultural diversity, Mein said, “Adi being one of largest tribes in the state has greater responsibilities to lead the other tribes towards betterment.” Greeting the people on Podi-Barbi festival, he further emphasized on importance of language, adding that language binds people together.

He called upon the people to focus more on horticulture and agriculture sectors for sustainable development and make the state self-reliant.

Parliamentary Secretary for Horticulture Mutchu Mithi exhorted the Adi community to lead the state in promoting communal harmony. He extolled the rich and diverse culture of the community, while pointing out that community has many similarities with other tribes of the state.  He appealed the youth to carry forward cultural and traditional values.

Parliamentary Secretary for Water Resource Gum Tayeng stated that such festival should be encouraged and supported by the people as it brings each and every individual under one umbrella to share happiness.

Mechukha MLA Passang Dorjee Sona also spoke on the occasion. While extending his Podi-Barbi festival wishes to the people of Adi community, Sona also advocated for preservation of age old culture and traditions.    

Meanwhile, Podi-Barbi Celebration Committee Itanagar (PBCCI-2014), president, L D Komi and general secretary Philip Lego also highlighted the importance of the festival and assured to celebrate the festival in grand manner in coming days. “This is the occasion where we have to showcase our traditional costumes and to preserve, protect and promote the rich cultural mosaic of language, literature and traditions", they said.

PBCCI-2014 vice president Aakar Koje read out the mythology of the Podi-Barbi festival.

Earlier, the invited dignitaries released the souvenir of the festival named ‘Chirmi Molo.’

Winners of the festival volleyball tournaments were also given away on the occasion. Originally, the Podi Barbi has been celebrated by the Adi community of Mechukha sub-division but since 2013 the festival witnessed uniqueness as it is celebrated by the Adis across the state.



Crack in PPA widens, Kamin terms his removal unconstitutional

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Dec 5: The crack within People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) appears to be widening with its three Legislators including Nikh Kamin stating his removal as party president “unconstitutional”.

They said that the move itself violates the article 28 of party constitution. Addressing the media persons at Press Club here today Nikh Kamin who is also Bordumsa MLA reacted to the allegations leveled against him as baseless and concocted which hold no ground.

“I never ever promised to give PRC to non-APSTs in my constituency, rather I assured them to convey their grievances to the government as a local representative” Kamin clarified.

“Who am I to decide Chakma and Hajong issue?  It is a national issue so the government will look into their problems”, Kamin stated while clarifying that he did not promise otherwise. On allegation that under his Presidentship, the PPA legislators had voted in favor of Congress candidate during Rajya Sabha MP Election, he stated that the party legislators were only exercising the adult franchise. He denied that they sympathized with Congress party. He also made it clear that though he attended the Chief Minister function at Sagalee recently, he went there on the invitation of Health Department on the launch of Chief Minister’s universal health insurance rather than Chief Minister’s Office.

The party Disciplinary Committee Chairman Pani Taram who is also Koloriang MLA said that before removal of any sitting president, there are procedures to follow. Pointing out the constitutional procedures of the party he said that no procedures were followed before removing Nikh Kamin. Show-cause notice should be given and two-third majority of executive members is required to remove the sitting president, where in it all have been violated, he claimed. He also clarified that he never sought any clarification from Nikh Kamin, which was mentioned as reported in the media. Taram maintained that Nikh Kamin will remain the party president. He also said that he is going to serve show-cause notice to the Party Chairman giving him seven days deadline for clarification on the in-fighting.

Passang D Sona exuded hope that PPA will soon resolve the dispute and will remain intact as a lone regional party in the state. He out rightly denied that any PPA legislator is ready to jump into the Congress camp. It is unfortunate that internal dispute and disagreement is being reflected in the local dailies, Sona said while denying that there is rift within the party. PPA will work within constitutional frameworks, he added.

PPA General Secretary Ashan Riddi also clarified that removal of any member should be according to the People’s Assembly, a screening layer in the party to address the party related issues.



Make efforts to reach the masses: Ering

ROING, Dec 5: MP Ninong Ering, after going through the Physical & Financial Progress Reports submitted by various heads of implementing agencies at the District Level Vigilance & Monitoring Committee Meeting for Rural Development Programmes at Roing today urged them to make sincere efforts to make the rural development programmes reach the masses.

Saying that PRI Leaders are equally responsible for implementation of various rural development programmes, he urged them to cooperate and monitor the works implemented in their area at their level too. He also suggested the house to send proposals and avail Central Grant.

Deputy Commissioner cum Member Secretary, DLM&MC, Shiv Kumar, Roing said that the functioning of Anganwadi Centres are being inspected regularly by the district administration and some NGOs were also asked to inspect their functioning. He also said that the members of School Management Committee should see that the toilets in schools under Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan are constructed with proper water supply connection. He also urged the Panchayat leaders to inspect the schools in their areas in regular interval.

Zilla Chairpersonm, Sipi Elapra Linggi, stressed on quality implementation of the rural development programme in proper coordination with the panchayat leaders.

Earlier, Project Director DRDA presented Tage Tado, the financial & physical progress under MGNREGA, IAY, PMGSY, NRDWP, NBA, NSAP, IWMP and cumulative report on inspection of Rural Development programmes in the district for the year 2014-15 through power point presentation.

Heads of Executing Agencies, Napi Modi, EE (Electrical), More Linggi, EE (PHED), M Chiram, EE (RWD) also highlighted the reports of programmes implemented through their respective departments.

Anchal Chairpersons of the 6 CD Blocks Monti Linggi, Raja Linggi, Baling Perme, Rajen Mickrow, Choya Miso and Maman Ratan were present in the meeting. DIPRO



AIDS campaign ‘Zindagi Zindabaad’ reaches Kimin

ITBP jawans urged to guard themselves against HIV

ITANAGAR, Dec 5: The 10th ITBP Battalion in association with Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society has conducted an awareness meeting cum voluntary HIV testing at Kimin today. Hundreds of ITBP personnel attended the programme which was a part of month-long World AIDS Day campaign ‘Zindagi Zindabaad’ to reach the unreached pockets of the state.

Speaking on the occasion, APSACS Project Director Dr. Riken Rina urged the ITBP jawans to stay alert while guarding the nation. They need to guard themselves against certain diseases like HIV.  Since the disease has no vaccine or definite cure, prevention is the only cure, he added.

While highlighting the “Zindagi Zindabaad” campaign to mark the month-long World AIDS Day campaign from 1st December to 31st December 2014, he urged everyone to participate in the campaign which aims at promoting awareness on services like ICTC, Testing and Condom usage to prevent HIV in the rural and media dark pockets of the state.

Dy. Director (Blood Safety) APSACS, Dr. Nabam Budh, attending the programme as one the resource persons, stressed on the importance of voluntary blood donation. Urging everyone to donate blood he said that the human body has 4.5 to 5.5 litres of blood out of which 300-350 ml only is donated that is about 5-6% of total blood in our body. A person can donate blood every 90 days (3 months) and the body recovers the blood very quickly that is Blood plasma volume– within 24 - 48 hours, red blood cells – within 26 to 30 days and Platelets & White Blood Cells – within minutes to few hours, he added.

Dy. Director (IEC) APSACS, through a power point presentation, highlighted the four routes of HIV transmission. He said that HIV survives only in four fluids of human body, blood, semen, vaginal secretion and breast milk. Stressed on the vulnerability of jawans to HIV, he said that there are high chance of injury, blood transfusion and blood to blood contact during accidents due to nature of job of the force. A large number of the personnel are in the sexually active age group. Duty and long periods of deployment keep the personnel away from family and since most of the jawans are in the young age group they have high risk taking behaviour, which made them vulnerable to HIV, he added.

2nd Commandant of ITBP, 10 BN Kimin, Rajesh Saini, in his address asked the participants to take advantage of the campaign. While stressing on the importance of awareness, he asked all the participants to equip themselves with knowledge about HIV as prevention is the only vaccines against HIV.

Commandant, Dr. Sashi Meyer, the main coordinator of the campaign, highlighted the importance of such awareness campaign.

As a part of the campaign, Mobile ICTC of APSACS was placed along with IEC exhibitions on HIV/AIDS in the venue. Visual display of HIV message through audio video was also carried in the campaign. HIV/AIDS counselling was carried out along with voluntary testing. Altogether 124 people voluntary got their testing done during the outdoor campaign, according to an official release.



The Untold Story Of Flt. Lt. Chow Ongpee Maunglang

Chow Mongsengwin Maunglang

Indulging a child and taking me to school in his full Air Force uniform is how I remember my brother Chow Ongpee Maunglang. I was proud of him being in the Indian Air Force and wanted to show him off in my school and so had made the demand. Although he was on a holiday and he did not have to, he had fulfilled my wish. One other occasion was when he took me to the Air Force Station at Chabua, Assam, all the salutes and respect shown to him was thing of pride for a young wide eyed boy.

Born to Chow Ketong Maunglang on 23 September 1960 in Namsai, Arunachal Pradesh, Chow Ongpee Maunglang was a quiet child, spoke very little but was observant and his retaining power was incredible. He had an air of maturity and independent streak from an early age. From childhood he showed immense interest in technical know-how and equipments and loved automobiles and anything with wheels. He learnt to drive proficiently at a very young age.

Chow Ongpee joined Sainik School, Goalpara in 1973. As a cadet he showed proficiency in all disciplines. He was an excellent orator and also excelled in sport. Chow Ongpee went on to become the school captain and also won the ‘all rounder’ trophy of the year to the standing ovation of his friends and admirers. He got an opportunity to represent the North East region in the Republic Day parade in New Delhi as a member of the band team. His leadership qualities were unquestioned.

From school he walked straight into National Defence Academy in 1981. He joined the Indian Air Force in 1985 and was adjudged best in acrobatics at the Air Force Academy, Hyderabad. Adventure loving Chow Ongpee once travelled from Hasimara in West Bengal to Bhuj in Gujarat all alone on a motorcycle on being transferred.

Very few people are qualified to become fighter pilots and Chow Ongpee was one ace pilot of the fighter Squadron of the Indian Air Force. He was posted to MIG Operational Fighter training Unit (MOFTU) 11 wing of Indian Air Force, Tezpur, Assam from a MIG-21 T-27 Sqn. From the day of his arrival he applied himself with determination and zest to promote flying in the unit. Despite his youthful years he displayed a rare maturity of purpose and design by his personal example to the young and impressionable minds he interacted with. His cheerful disposition and positive approach to any job entrusted to him endeared him to one and all.

On the fateful day of 3rd June, 1992 at 1420 hrs two fighter planes were airborne, staff pilot Chow Ongpee and his trainee were off on Air combat exercise. Flt. Lt Ongpee was monitoring the trainee aircraft from the rear. He asked the trainee to “turn right” and was never heard from again. Probably sensing something wrong, he was forced to carry out the emergency ejection process and sustained severe head injuries in the air crash near Raha.

Flt. Lt. Chow Ongpee Maunglang was posthumously awarded the Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) on 26th Jan 1993.VM (Gallantry) is awarded in recognition of an act of courage by the individual. His exceptional courage was also honoured with the dedication of Ongpee Park at his Alma mater Sainik School, Goalpara.

Flying was not only his profession but was his passion. He just loved it- and for him this love of his, sky was the limit. It was in flying that he revealed his absolute adventurous nature, with which he piloted and took command of the complicated mechanism of an aircraft. He excelled in his profession. In the short span of his career as a pilot officer, he shone brilliantly. Although it was nipped in the bud, he died with pride as he died doing what he loved most- flying and exploring the expansive skies above. (Information and opinions taken from newspaper clippings and tribute articles published on Chow Ongpee’s death.)



Directorate of fishery rolls out ‘Fish on Wheels’

ITANAGAR, Dec 5: The Parliamentary Secretary for fisheries Karya Bagang today inaugurated the marketing support initiative “Fish on Wheels” programme at the Directorate of Fisheries in presence of Huzar Lollen Commissioner (Fisheries) and J. Taba, Director of Fisheries. The Parliamentary Secretary was impressed with the good harvest from the fish farm of Raha Takar and suggested that this type of support should be extended to all the progressive fish farmers of the state.

This would enable the farmers in getting better prices for their farm produces and will eliminate middlemen from exploiting the fish farmers, Bagang added. She also suggested for identifying specific days and locations in the twin cities of Itanagar and Naharlagun to carry out such event and advertise the same for the consumers. This program aims at providing transport facilities for the fish farmers of Papum Pare district, especially for the fish growers of Balijan area. As part of the initiative, the farm products of Raha Takar of Lenka village under Balijan circle were harvested by the department and transported to Itanagar for marketing of the fishes. Takar sold his fishes at Rs 180 per kg and the whole consignment of 1.5 quintals were sold at the Directorate of Fisheries, Ganga Market, Bank Tinali and Zero point with the department manpower and vehicle.

The launch of such programme fulfilled the promises made to the progressive fish farmers by the department during the visit of Commissioner (Fisheries) and Director of Fisheries on October this year to the Balijan area.

J. Taba, Director of Fisheries, assured to continue such support on regular basis on every Tuesday and Friday during this winter session. The venue and time of fish sale are tentatively fixed as follows: Itanagar- Tuesday (10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. opposite R.K.M. Hospital and 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Zero point Tinali.)

Naharlagun- Friday (10:30-11:00 a.m. in front of Max Mart, 11:00-11:30 near Capital Auto Agency and 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. at RGU( near auditorium).



Plan afoot to make DEW sanctuary a tourist spot

PASIGHAT, Dec 5: PCCF, Dr. Yogesh turned into an awe-eyed tourist as he visited Daying Ering Wild-Life Sanctuary yesterday on foot by trekking about 9-10 kms inside the sanctuary to assess the habitats, food, water bodies, grassland and future management plans including the infrastructures that are being created to attract more tourists in the coming days.

He while informing that the government would focus more on eco-tourism said that DEWLS has vast potential to attract more and more tourists every year due to its sylvan settings and improved infrastructure.

Wildlife DFO Tashi Mize in presence of Scientist Dr. BB Bhatt, DFO (T) Tabang Jamoh and executive members of Eco Development Committee (EDC) briefed the visiting PCCF on infrastructure and amenities that are being created to protect wildlife as well as to attract more tourists to the sanctuary.

Members of local community apprised Dr. Yogesh that they find footprints very often of big mammals along the muddier stretch in the sanctuary. According to oral evidence of the senior members of the local community, in early 1950s many species like Rhino and wild gaur were found.

They informed that many bird species started migrating into the sanctuary, after six decades interval due to its favorable environment.  

Dr. Yogesh, who is also Chief Wildlife Warden of the state, visited two major locations namely Jopong Mata in eastern side and Pillomukh in western side.

While holding an informal meeting with the officers, PCCF Yogesh appreciated the slew of measures being taken up to develop infrastructure in the sanctuary and lauded the efforts of the frontline forest officers, officials and EDC members for protecting the sanctuary and conservation initiatives resulting in increase of wildlife population. (DIPRO)



Meat products and development of processed meat sector

Likha Yaju

Sustained livestock production to provide livelihood and ensure food and nutrition to large population is dependent on efficient utilisation of livestock products. Processing meat to value added products contribute to sustained demand for meat and efficient marketing to earn reasonable returns for farmers. There are about 170 processed meat units, producing a number of meat products mostly as small scale units and licensed under Meat Food Products Order, 1973.

India produces about 6.27 million tonnes of meat from different animals particularly buffaloes, sheep and goat are used. The organised development of processed meat sector is important to realize full benefits from meat animal and contribute for sustained meat production.  

Also, it is necessary to produce quality value added meat products to meet the requirements in post WTO period for effectively facing global competition both to check large scale imports to detriment of domestic sector and to promote exports. Meat is marketed in the country in various forms and conveniences to suit the consumer’s choice. The use of meat and eggs on development of convenience products is emphasized due to better nutrient contents like high quality protein, vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids, fatty acids and lower calorie content. Today’s consumers are no longer satisfied with the traditional meat products. Rather they prefer more nutrients and convenient ready to eat meat products. These convenient items must be economical and cost-effective and interesting changes of menu besides better in shelf-life quality and acceptability than traditional products.

Traditionally value can be added by packaging of meat product in appealing material, these packaging material help to extend the shelf life, then by broker and retailer by building a wide business and retailing chain. But now increasing demand of meat products specially more convenient, ready to cook, ready to eat and more nutritious. So the strong need arise for value addition in other sense of nutritional value and healthiness like low-fat and low cholesterol considering its cost, which can be minimized by addition of non-meat ingredients or vegetable source such as soy-protein, cereals, milk protein and in some products utilization of spent hen meat.

Chicken sticks, chicken patties, burger, kabab, nuggets, roll, chicken samosa, canned chicken and other snacks type products are popular in local market. But now a day’s big player of market are launching their products mainly ready to eat and ready to cook type. In fast food or snacks type meat products burger, patties, puff, sticks and meat pizza are also available through franchisee chain of multinational companies like MacDonald’s and Pizza-Hut. In local market Chinese and Kabab centers are playing major role in value added meat business. Big players like Godrej, Venkey and Tasty-Bite are having their products like ready-to-eat - Butter chicken, Chicken Kheema, Chicken Franks, Chicken Steak, Chicken Pickle, Sausage, Chicken Salami, Salami Slices and in easy-to-cook products - Cutlets, Nuggets, Fingers, Burger Patty, Samosas, Chicken Burger, and ready-to-cook type Boneless chicken, Chicken Breast, Chicken Legs .

In last decade the processing scenario has changed and there are more companies in the both segment (Indian and Overseas) than before. Some companies and their brands also disappeared during this time as they can’t match the market trends and strategies. The established meat marketing systems are still largely based on early morning slaughter and sale of meat the same day. Very little initiatives have been taken in the development of meat product industry. Meat processing sector, particularly value added poultry segments needs to be vigorously promoted for boosting production by increasing the domestic consumption of processed products and also for promoting their export. Family dynamics, rising income, increasing exposure to various mass media, changing food habits with preference for fast foods and heavily industrialization and urbanization will greatly enhance the demand for fresh or frozen and nutritionally superior value added products. Policy makers, meat producer cum processor, food processor, food technologist etc have to work together to transform this sector into a more dynamic and vibrant enterprise.

(The contributor is a 3rd year BVSc & AH, College of Veterinary Science, Guwahati)



DBTL leaves people confused

HK Roy

Direct Benefit Transfer of LPG (DBTL) scheme launched in June 2013 has already covered nearly 300 districts in first phase in the country. Consumers who availed the scheme received cash subsidy in their respective bank accounts. However, there is utter confusion among the people after the Union Government decided to make it mandatory for all LPG consumers with certain modification from 1st January 2015 to get subsidy benefit.

While many of us are planning to take our first step on DBTL are confused about how the Aadhaar-based direct benefits scheme works. Lack of awareness among people on how to get their names and mobile numbers registered with the banks and gas agencies are the major reasons for the confusion. People are regularly seeking clarifications on the Aadhaar linkage with their bank accounts while a large number of LPG consumers in the state have not enrolled for the same. LPG dealers are also facing lot of queries from the consumers about the scheme, which ultimately hampers their regular activities.

Now what is DBTL and how does a consumer register? There is a need for clarity on the issue. To avail this feature, consumers who have already enrolled their names will have to buy cylinder at non-subsidized market price but the government will transfer subsidy amounts to their bank accounts at the time of booking cylinder so that the money is ready before gas reaches their homes. Each household is entitled to get this benefit once in a month. In fact, DBTL ensures that public money saved and benefits meant for the genuine domestic customers reaches them directly and not diverted.

Earlier, DBTL was restricted “Aadhaar-Card” holders only but now government has comprehensively reviewed the scheme and after thorough examinations, the difficulties being faced by consumers substantively modified prior to re-launch on 1st January next in rest of the parts of the country. Filling for application, details of bank account will be sufficient to prove one’s identity. One has to provide (i) bank’s name (ii) branch name, (iii) account number and (iv) IFSC code to the dealers. Everyone can collect the application-form at the nearest dealer’s outlet or can download it from www.mylpg.in to submit photocopies of bank’s passbook (nationalized bank only) along with LPG consumer card within this year to avail the optimum benefits under the scheme. They will receive SMS in their registered mobiles at every stage of enrollment process.

Consumers joined within 2014 will get a “One Time Permanent Advance” on booking of refills. Jan-1 to March-end (2015) will treat as “Grace Period” during which cylinders can be procured at subsidized rate, as consumers are getting it today. As soon as they link the scheme will get the said subsidy amounts from the next bookings in their bank accounts. April-1 to June-end called “Parking Period” in which consumers can purchase refills only at non-subsidized rate. Subsidy amounts credited in subscribers’ bank account will not reflect until they linked with DBTL scheme. After June, the due subsidy on booked cylinders will lapse and people will not be able to get subsidy credit in their account.

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Dark side of Assam police

The CBI, which is probing the 2012 ethnic riots in Bodoland Territorial Area District (BTAD), has named an Assam Police constable as the main culprit for fuelling clashes in its final report. For many this may be shocking news but for the citizens of Arunachal this is nothing new. Assam police has acquired the notoriety for harassing people of neighbouring states who passes through that state. Also the villagers living along the Arunachal- Assam boundary are constantly harassed and provoked by Assam police. Though Arunachalee villagers have constantly raised the issue of unprofessional behavior of Assam police in the past, no one really took it seriously.

This new revelation by CBI has exposed the darker side of Assam police which use to remain hidden from the mainstream media.  It is believed that CBI has sought the state government's sanction to prosecute Mohibur Islam alias Ratul, the accused, who is on the run at present. Over 100 people were killed and four lakh rendered homeless in BTAD areas and adjoining Dhubri district in July, 2012, after riots broke out between Bengali-speaking Muslims and Bodos. The state government handed over investigation of the riots to CBI on August 10, 2012. Keeping the above facts in mind, the Arunachal government should immediately seek CBI investigation into Tarasso border clash between Assam and Arunachal. One cannot rule out the possibilities of Assam police provoking the boundary clash at Tarasso which lead to the death of many people.

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Triumph of human spirit

Dear Editor,

India has one of the largest population of differently-abled people. Though a lot has been done by Government & various voluntary organisations for their welfare, there is a long way to go as lot more has to be done. First and foremost, the society’s perception and mindset about differently-abled people needs to change. People & organisations should realise that they are normal human beings and one among us & not discriminate during employment. The employment and vocational avenues for them should be widened & they should be given equal opportunity to participate in all activities of life. Some of the differently-abled people are very talented & have done exceedingly well in life. This shows their remarkable fighting spirit when it comes to dealing with their disability and succeeding despite all odds, which is celebration and triumph of human spirit. The need of the hour is to welcome them to join mainstream of life with more ramps and wheelchairs & Braille system at public places and public transport.


T. S. Karthik





Make interesting calculations to win their heart

Dear Editor

The dwindling economy of Arunachal Pradesh is not a new chapter in the eyes of Finance Ministry at Delhi. The declining credit rating of the state  is  compounded by very few working days  due to frequent bandh culture inherited from our neighbouring state. Even after more than two decades of   exhaustive economic policies, we stand nowhere. To me it’s like, cruel fate has put us to rest. The mist of poverty and   being branded as low economic state is still hovering round the corner. And you really can't foretell how far we are going to stretch the magic of poverty. Despite the long lasting support from the centre, we are not able to come to concrete economic policies. No investors have come up to share their rich dividends. So far we are constantly burdened with unpleasant task of searching for good economic policies. What we need most of all is strong and stable economy and taxation policies, so that we can lure investors. Right to protest is our fundamental right. But if it's against the interest of our state, the rights should be given red signal then and there. Industrial revolution in our state is far to believe achievement, and I am sure that's it not going to happen in another decade or two. So far, interested and probable companies have bitten the dust and have moved themselves out from the state after signing MOU’s. Reason being simple, every self styled organisations starts swindling money from them. This might not be fact but I, am sure there is something fishy  that is creating unfavourable environment. Now that , FM has  ascertained to cut down central fund to northeast states, I think it's time to pull up socks and generate own  revenues. The fast changing moves and sequences of events in parliament cannot be ignored. The new government at Delhi means real business and this time they mean it. We have to make very interesting calculations to win their heart, otherwise we are going to have very tough time. Time has come  to make up for the lost time in the remaining days before we come to a complete halt.


Dr. K.Jonnom




Conduct TET exam

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to appeal to the govt of Arunachal Pradesh, specially the Department of Elementary Education to conduct Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) exam soon. The unemployed candidates who are having requisite qualification such as D.El.Ed or B.Ed are waiting for the conduction of the exam at the earliest.

Arunachal Pradesh is one of the few states to conduct TET Exam once a year while most states in the country conduct it twice a year.

The state should make it mandatory to have the exam once a year so that everyone can take advantage of it.

It is understood that the Education Department has adopted the APTET from CTET exam but method of conducting the exam is quite different in our state.

Lastly, I appeal to the Education minister to interfere in order to ensure conduction of TET Exam 2014 as it is almost going to be one year since the last exam was conducted.


Hendo Taipodia






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