December 10


News Impact



Arunachal play Tripura in opener

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: Arunachal Pradesh will play against Tripura in the inaugural football match of the National Level North East Zone Sports Competition- 2014 at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun tomorrow at 12.15 pm.

The second match of the day will be held between Sikkim and Assam at 2 pm.

The host team will play their second match against Mizoram on December 11 at 2 pm at the same venue.

The six participating states have been divided into two groups with winners and runners up from each group advancing to semifinals.  Group “A” comprises host Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura and Mizoram while Sikkim, Assam and Meghalaya have been placed in Group “B”. The final will be played on December 13.

Manipur and Nagaland are not taking part in football.


Army Adventure Challenge Cup

YINGKIONG, Dec 9: Army Adventure Challenge Cup 2014 -15 will be held at Yingkiong, Upper Siang district from December 15-20 next.

The event would witness Hill Cycling, Hill Running and White Water Rafting and participation of 12 Army teams comprising of 10 players each.

Meanwhile, the organizing authority of the Adventure Challenge Cup invites the civilian population to witness the adventure event. DIPRO


One teacher school

AALO, Dec 9: West Siang District, DDSE Tomi Doke inspected Echi Chiku Govt. Upper Primary School and found that the school is being run by a single teacher as his three other teacher colleagues were found absent.

Doke also visited Primary School Echi Chili, Lipu Nachi and Echi Chiku Upper Primary School and found the condition of OBT School building of Govt. Primary School at Lipu Namchi in a bad condition.

He advised the SMC and villagers to construct a new OB type school building on self help basis before the start of the new academic session and assured to provide some amount from any available sources in addition to voluntary service rendered by the villagers.


16 cases disposed off

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: The National Adalat held in the Court of Judicial Magistrate First Class-cum-Civil Judge Tawang, on December 6, settled eight criminal cases out of the 16 taken up. The rest of the cases could not be disposed off either due to absence of the parties or the bench failing to settle the cases.

The National Lok Adalat was chaired by Tailang Laji, JMFC-cum-Civil Judge with Advocate Pema Chowang and Advocate Jambey Tsering as members.


Unpaid staffs to go on pen down strike

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: The Programme Management Staffs Association under National Health Mission (NHM), Arunachal Pradesh have decided to go on a state-wide pen down strike on December 15 seeking fulfilment of four points charter of demands that includes timely disbursement of payment, restructuring of pay, entitlement of facilities including H.R allowance, T.A/D.A and leave.

The employees have not been paid salaries since the last six months.

The staffs are at present only entitled to consolidated pay for the posts without any additional benefits like other regular employees, it said in a statement.

The decision to go on Pen-Down strike comes after several reminders and appraisals to the authority regarding the issues facing the employees, it said in a release.


SHG solidarity day celebrated

KHONSA, Dec 9: The 9th Self Help Groups solidarity day was organized at Khonsa by Phansaan Federation sponsored by ANMA Integrated Development Association.

Attending the meeting, Col.Prashant Nair, Commandant of 1st Assam Rifle highlighted the importance and strength of working together. He called upon the SHGs to come together and work together in order to develop the districts and added that, through SHG, people can be self sustain, self reliant and empowered. He also called upon the unemployed and uneducated youth to learn a lesson from the commitment and dedication of the people working in the organization for welfare and development of the area.

Rev. Fr, Bimal lakra, the executive director of AIDA shared called upon the people particularly to participate in developmental activities.

Lilly Rose Jajo, Project manager of NERCORMP also briefed about SHG and its benefits. P John, project manager of Project for East Arunachal Rural Livelihood (PEARL), AIDA and members from SHGs also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO


BPT training

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: The third phase trainings for Block Planning Team (BPT) for preparation of labour budget under MGNREGA (Backward Block) for the financial year 2015-16under Intensive Participatory Planning Exercise (IPPE) have concluded at Nafra, Thrizino blocks and Jamiri under Thrizino block yesterday. The training was conducted by the district resource team of West Kameng DRDA.

The DRT members explained the trainees about PRA tools, including transect walk, social, resource and seasonality mapping along with household survey, village wise consolidation and prioritization of work. Mock Gram Sabhas were also conducted.

R.Nyodu, Jt. BDO cum DRT member urged all the BPTs, PRI members and volunteers to complete the PRA exercise within the time frame for further submission of survey report to the RD Department.

The PRA outcomes have already started coming from Nafra CD Block.

ND Thungdok, TA (M) cum DRT member appreciated the full fledged participation of the PRIs, Block officials, locals and encouraged for further involvement in PRA exercises.

Block panchayat officials, all ASMs, Gram Chairpersons, Gram members and local villagers from two blocks participated in the training.

Earlier, BDOs of both Nafra and Thrizino asked the participants to attend the training sincerely and cooperate the BPT in village level to complete PRA exercises,


Farmers trained on organic farming

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: Twenty five farmers, including farm women, of Lhou village of Tawang were trained on organic farming during a daylong training programme conducted by KVK Tawang, at Lhou village today.

The subject matter specialist in plant protection of the KVK dwelt at length on different aspects of organic farming,

Another SMS in Horticulture taught the farmers about preparation and uses of organic fertilizers for sustainable agriculture development.

An interaction session was also held between the farmers and scientists wherein the farmers got their doubts cleared by the trainers.


Gram Sabha meet to finalize labour budget held

TEZU, Dec 9: A Gram Sabha meeting of Tilangkyong village, one of the remotest villages in Lohit District, was held on December 6 last covering 11 villages for finalization of Labour Budget for the year 2015-16 under MGNREGA. The meeting presided over by GPC Sokhon Minin was attended by panchayat members and villagers.

Dr. R Kumar, Sr. VO, BPT member demonstrated social/resources and seasonal mapping during the meeting.

After threadbare discussion, all the proposals were approved.

Among others, Wakro BDO T Doka and APO(M) in-charge Project Director DRDA, Lohit S N Singh were also present.


Believers urged to work with love and unity


RUKSIN, Dec 9: The newly built Revival Church at Mirbuk at Pasighat was opened for the believers to hold religious activities, a press release informed.

Inaugurating the church in a simple function on Sunday, All Arunachal Revival Church Council general secretary Tai Ete urged the believers to work with love and unity for maintaining peace and tranquility in the societies. Saying that opening of the church is likely to open a gate to heaven for the believers, the religious leader appealed to the local youths to give up evil practices and take active role in the developmental activities.

The Revival Church (RCC) building was constructed on self contribution by the believers.


Cong Seva Dal delegation calls on Rahul

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: A delegation led by Chief Organizer of Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal Kipa Kaha yesterday called on Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi at New Delhi to discuss several issues related to strengthening the Party in Arunachal Pradesh.  

While outlining the need to strategize the long term vision of the Party, Kaha highlighted the measures initiated by the cadre based Arunachal Seva Dal to strengthen the parent Congress in the state, as well as other parts of the North Eastern Region. Kaha sought the guidance of the Party high command to start programs to increase membership, strengthening the village to village networks of Party workers and creating a framework for adequately disseminating the achievements of the State Government through its Flagship Schemes.

The Congress Vice President lauded the successful programmes in the state like the CM’s Universal Health Insurance Scheme and the CM’s Skill Development Mission. The Vice President was in agreement with Kaha and other delegates upon the need to enforce a sense of unity and discipline so as to safeguard the Party’s interests in future.

Tenzing Namdak, a member of the delegation stressed upon the need for the North Eastern people based in the National Capital Region to participate and help the Party in the forthcoming Delhi Assembly Elections, which was appreciated by the Congress Vice President. Other member of the delegation was Sujit Baran Roy.


Church celebrates silver jubilee

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: St. Anthony’s Church Yaglong celebrated its Silver Jubilee in a befitting manner on December 7 last.

Speaking on the occasion MLA Markio Tado said “I am a believer for the last 5 to 6 years. I have seen that among Christian Community, Catholic Missionaries have come first and taught many people by educating the members of Kurung Kumey District.”

“History repeats itself, the 25 years of Christianity will repeat and today’s event will be a history for tomorrow. Let us be in a good side of the history,” the MLA said adding “It is my call and challenge for all believers to be in the history of the church by being good and leaving aside the past evils. This event is a total dedication towards good from evil, towards perfection from better and by refining each one’s personal self to betterment. I am privileged to be honoured by you all and thank you for everything that you have done for us.”

While blessing the people to prosper and grow strong in faith, the Bishop, Rt. Rev Dr. John Thomas in his speech said ‘25 years is a symbol of growth of faith. In remembering those persons who brought Christ into this Church, let us honour them by deepening our faith in God. Let all strive to grow in sacramental values of the Catholic Church.’

Convenor highlighted about the history of the Church and honoured the prophets of the church. President, ACF, Khyoda Apik also spoke on the occasion.

Various programmes including dances, songs, and skits were performed on the day. Children of Mother Teresa sisters also performed beautiful dances. More than 500 faithful from Palin, Chambang, Yangte and Gangte enthusiastically took part in the celebrations.


SBI extends helping hand

ITANAGAR, Nov 9: Extending its corporate social responsibility arm, the SBI Life Insurance Co. Ltd. North-East contributed few household items like water purifier, saucepans, buckets, water storage tanks and large gas stoves, ceiling fans etc for the children of Oju Mission School.

The contributions were made under “Satkarya” – an initiative of SBI Life Insurance Co. Ltd. North-East, especially for the girl child.

The team of SBI Life led by M Suresh Kumar, Regional Sales Manager, Guwahati and Sanjeev Keot Div. Sales Manager, Lakhimpur was highly impressed by the yeoman services rendered by the NGO for the poor and hapless children.

Mridul Kumar Sharma, Senior Branch Sales Manager and staff of Itanagar Branch accompanied the team during the visit.


Week-long teacher training programme begins

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: A week-long teachers training programme on Physics, Chemistry and Biology (Hydroponics & Vermicomposting) began at Arunachal Pradesh Science Centre here today. The programme is being organized by the Arunachal Pradesh State Council for Science & Technology, Department of Science & Technology, GoAP.

In his inaugural address, Science and Technology and Education Secretary R K Mishra appealed to the Science teachers who have come from different schools of Itanagar, Naharlagun, Oyan, Seijosa, Jairampur and Kuporijo to be the torch bearers in inculcating scientific temperaments among the students of the state. He appealed to the teachers to adopt activity based teaching method instead of ‘chalk and lecture’ approach.

In his address Director cum Member Secretary, A P State Council for Science & Tchnology, T Ronya highlighted the importance of experiment based teaching methods. He requested the Secretary Science & Technology to carry out this programme at district level and also requested the resource persons to extend their expertise to organise such programme at district level.

Prof. B N Das Former President, Regional Council of Indian Association of Physics Teachers and Visiting Professor (Guest Faculty) for Post Graduate Teaching at Presidency University, Kolkata in his introductory speech said “A time has come to show the teachers that if experiment/activity-based learning of a topic is provided, then the time requirement will be much less and understanding by the students will be much better.”


AAPETA writes to education commissioner

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: The Arunachal Pradesh Elementary Teachers Association (AAPETA) has called for Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) for promoting ATs to JTs on seniority basis.

In its memorandum submitted to the Education Commissioner, it also suggested that the 50 percent of regularization of JT (SSA) be done through SPD/DSE and not through the DEE and the remaining 50 percent be regularized through APCS examination.


Sumo fare revised

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: Much to the delight of the people agonized with the ever increasing sumo fare, the Kurung Kumey Tourist Cab Welfare Association has revised the vehicle fare from Itanagar to all the places of Kurung Kumey district.

Association draws DA attention to IG Park

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: Drawing the attention of the district administration towards the Indira Gandhi Park here, Itanagar City Development Welfare Association claimed that unauthorized structures are coming up within IG Park here making the park litter. In a complaint letter addressed to the Deputy Commissioner Capital Complex Itanagar, the association further added that coming up of structures inside the park is diminishing the space and spoiling the scenic beauty of the  park. It requested the authority to take necessary action before things get out of hand, a release said.


A house gutted

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: A dwelling house was reportedly gutted down when a fire broke out at Pakro Village under Pijeriang circle of Pakke-Kessang in East Kameng on December 2 last, this was informed by All Pakke-Kessang Pijeriang Dissing-Passo Seijosa Students Union President Seage Kino. It said that belongings of the house owner were reduced to ashes. The union further sought relief for the fire accident victims from the district administration.


Induction Training programme held

AALO, Dec 9: The induction training programme for 160 newly appointed teachers and supporting staff of Residential Schools of West Siang District was conducted at Aalo recently.

During the training, resources persons Batel Rimey, Gemar Karga, Bejum Kato and Ngajar highlighted on duties and responsibilities of teachers and supporting staff of Residential Schools, the RTE Act 2009, the POCSO Act 2012, CCE, maintenance of account books, Teachers’ Diary etc. DIPRO


Counselling prog for students

ITANAGAR, Dec 9:  The All Hrusso (Akas) Students Union (ARSU) has conducted an orientation cum Counseling programme at various schools of Hrusso area. The main features of the programme involved career counseling, personality development and motivational speech on good health.

The programme started from Govt. Secondary School, Bhalukpong on Nov 26. It was organized at Govt. Hr. secondary school, Thrizino on  November 28, Govt, middle school, Subu on Nov 29, Govt, middle school, Palizi on Dec 1, Govt. secondary  school, Buragaon on  Dec 3, Govt, middle school, Jamiri on  Dec 4. Lastly, the program concluded at Govt. Hr. secondary school, Bomdila on December 5.

A host of resource persons from different fields including Major Yogesh, ASC, Captain Kunal Malik, Dr. Jumsang Sidisow, Lod Gombu, ADC, Thrizino, Dr. Doley, MO, Thrizino, Doge Jinni, ASP, Bomdila, Koj Yabiyang, CO Bomdila, Dr. Yeshi Gyesen, Asst. Professor, GCB, Dr. S. Lama, SMO, Bomdila and Major Nisant Kumar of Madras Regiment, interacted and guided the students on the topics.

Govt initiates action against ITBP jawan in MMS case

ITANAGAR, Dec 09: Arunachal Pradesh Home Minister Tanga Byaling today said that probe into a case relating to an explicit video clip which rocked Daporijo in upper Subansiri district recently has been initiated.

The explicit video involving an ITBP personnel and a local girl, has been in circulation through mobile phones.

"Investigation has been launched and the accused will be brought to book," Byaling said.

Upper Subansiri district Additional SP Amulya Baruah said that a case under Immoral Trafficking Act and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act has been registered at Nacho police station.

"The accused has been identified as Ashok Shippy, posted to 9 BN of ITBP, is presently on election duty in Jammu and Kashmir," he said, adding the ITBP commandant had been informed to produce the accused.

ITBP sources could not be contacted for comments.

"The civil society will be cautioned to refrain from such unethical acts which are punishable," Byaling said. PTI

Stop circulation: APWWS appeals, calls for new APSCW

Reacting to alleged circulation of an explicit sex video clip involving an under aged girl and an ITBP personnel, that has emerged from Upper Subansiri, Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society (APWWS) has appealed to the people to stop circulation of the clip.

In a statement, Gumri Ringu, President of the Society said that such atrocious act should be condemned by all.

The APWWS has further appealed to the state government for early formation of the team to lead the Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) so that any case related to women and girls can be taken up at the right earnest.

APWWS further appealed to the government to appoint the members, chairperson of the APSCW from among those activists’ women who have been working for rights of women and girl child.

Meanwhile, Dumporijo unit of APWWS who met the family of the girl offered them counselling with an assurance of further help, if need be.

The unit met the DC and SP who informed them that the matter is under investigation and guilty would be booked at the earliest.



NE delegation appeals for reinstating NEIPP - 2007

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: A delegation of the Forum of Industries and Commerce Ministers of the North Eastern Region led by Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, also in-charge of State Industries portfolio, yesterday called on Union Minister of State for Industry and Commerce Nirmala Sitharaman at New Delhi and appealed her for immediate withdrawal of suspension of the North East Industrial and Investment Policy (NEIPP)-2007.

Accompanied by Dr. Mukul Sangma, Chief Minister of Meghalaya, and Industries and Power Minister of Assam Prodyut Bordoloi, the delegation submitted a Memorandum to the Union Minister outlining the provisions of the NEIPP-2007 which has played a pivotal role in furthering the growth of industries in the North Eastern Region since its introduction.

Earlier, the Union Ministry of Industry and Commerce had suspended the provisions of the policy till further orders vide a notification dated 1st December, 2014.

The Forum apprised the Union Minister that this sudden suspension of registrations under NEIPP has created a lot of apprehension amongst the Industry including leading companies and commerce bodies not only from the region but also from across the country. In view of the regional disparities in industrial growth as compared to the rest of the country the NEIPP was introduced in 2007 for a period of ten years to meet up for this gap.

The Union Minister assured the delegation that the decision of suspension of NEIPP 2007 is purely a temporary one due to technical reasons related to financial constraints. She informed the delegation that adequate measures have been initiated by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce to tide over the problems resulting in the suspension of NEIPP 2007.

Sitharaman assured that the Ministry is working out a solution for the same in close co-ordination with the Finance Ministry. While reiterating her commitment towards the promotion of industrial growth in the region, the Union Minister asserted that she has been taking measures to improve the overall investment scenario in the region.



Sine fire mishap: MP announces relief fund, Taloh seeks report

PASIGHAT, Dec 9: Lok Sabha MP Ninong Ering has expressed shock over the fire mishap that occurred at remote Sine village under Boleng subdivision in East Siang district during early hours of Sunday last. The  fire destroyed 32 of the 64 houses in the village which is located 31 kms  away from Boleng.

Expressing grave concern over the repeated fire mishaps in various parts of the state, Ering said “Such incidents usually happen due to negligence and can be avoided if we practice preventive measures. However, if there is a fire, the main priority is to ensure that everybody can reach a safe place quickly.” While assuring to visit Sine village soon, the MP sanctioned an amount of 10 lakhs for procuring CGI sheets and 1 lakh cash as financial assistance to the victims from his MPLAD fund.

Expressing pain over the fire mishap, Education Minister Tapang Taloh who is also the local MLA, sought a detailed report on the unfortunate incident and directed ADC in-charge Boleng Gamtum Padu to extend all help and financial assistance to the victims as per government norms for their quick rehabilitation. He also asked to provide best medical assistance to the injured old man Takum Tatin at Boleng CHC. The minister informed that he has already taken up the issue with the government authority for relief and follow up actions. At the same time, he appealed the people to remain alert and be cautious as fire accident occurs frequently during the winter season. Taloh also called upon the administration, PRIs, civil societies, NGOs and students to create awareness on fire mishaps amongst the rural folks.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Nidhi Srivastava informed that she has been closely monitoring all developments and officers have been briefed on rescue and relief measures. She also emphasized on village level fire awareness programmes with involvement of villagers elders. DIPRO

Meanwhile, Sine village ASM Kamang Tatin has appealed to the state government to provide relief materials to fire victims of Sine village and also appealed the well wishers to help the fire victims to reconstruct their dwelling houses.

She said that 34 houses along with other properties were gutted down in a devastating fire accident at Sine village of East Siang District on Monday last.



Sonowal assures Centre’s special attention for promotion of sports in Arunachal

NEW DELHI, Dec 9: Union Minister of State (Independent charge) for Sports and Youth Affairs Sarbananda Sonowal has assured special attention for the growth of games and sports in the Himalayan state of Arunachal Pradesh. This assurance was given when Parliamentary Secretary for home, sports and youth affairs Likha Saaya called on the Sports Minister and apprised him about the requirements to nurture games and sports, development of sports infrastructures and introduction of various sports activities in the state at New Delhi yesterday.

The duo discussed in length about the centrally sponsored youth development projects for Arunachal Pradesh.

Responding to the request of Saaya, Sonowal further assured him that a new department christened as “Sports Science’ will be introduced in the University of the state soon. It will focus on the growth of games and sports of Arunachalee youths, informed Sonowal. The Minister informed that due to ongoing parliament session, he won’t be able to attend the upcoming National level North East Sports Competition scheduled to be held at Itanagar from December 10 next.

In his message, Sonowal conveyed his best wishes to each and every participating player from all NE states to make the event a grand success. He urged upon the players to play the game in the spirit of sportsmanship and brotherhood.

The Minister also expressed his willingness to visit Arunachal after some months to take stock of requirements meant for development of games and sports in the state. During his upcoming visit, the minister is expected to focus on the possibility of granting of “Sports University” to Arunachal. “The approval of Sports University in Arunachal will have to depend on various factors, including feasibility, and its future potential in the field of games and sports,” shared Saaya. The sports minister also assured to take up projects under the Youth Affairs Department of Arunachal Pradesh during his proposed visit.

Besides that he urged the Parliamentary Secretary to immediately submit the Utilization Certificates, so that various schemes related to Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA) under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, including the granting of Multipurpose Indoor Hall could be taken up for the welfare of Arunachal.

Later, Saaya also had a series of meeting with the Joint Secretaries of Sports and Youth Affairs department. They also urged the parliamentary secretary to submit the Utilization Certificates as soon as possible to the ministry for the grant of sanctions under Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA) a Centrally Sponsored Scheme.



96 hours Lower Siang district bandh call, Committee appeals against bandh

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: Distressed with the state government’s indecisiveness regarding establishment of the functional headquarter at Likabali and permanent headquarter at Sikirima, the District Demand Joint Action Committee (DDJAC) and Galo Peoples’ Federation (GPF) has called for a 96 hours Lower Siang bandh starting on Wednesday.

The state government had issued Gazette Notification for the creation of the District on March 2014 alongwith three other districts without specifying the district headquarters which triggered much annoyance to the people of the district.

With no other way out, on the expiry of three months time we convened the 6th December meeting which was attended by a huge gathering of around 1000 plus strong representatives of Galo elders, public leaders, officers, PRI leaders, women representatives, NGOs, youth organizations and students’ union wherein the declaration of the democratic movement was passed unanimously to be spearheaded by the DDJAC supported by Lower Siang Elite Forum (LSEF), Ramle Banggo Welfare Society (RBWS), Jigo Yego Welfare Society (JYWS), All Galo Youth Organization (AGYO), Galo Students’ Union (GSU), Jigo Yego Students’ Union (JYSU), Ramle Banggo Students’ Union (RBSU) and women organizations under the aegis of Galo Peoples’ Federation, it stated in their joint release.

DDJAC in a press statement said that Lower Siang remained a non-functional district although it was approved by the state cabinet in 2009 along with Longding. The district (Lower Siang) was again notified along with three other new districts, namely Siang, Kara-Dadi and Namsai in 2013 and subsequently, administrative staffs, like DCs and SPs against the three districts barring Lower Siang have been posted.

“This kind of indifferent attitude on part of the state government towards Lower Siang district is compelling us to resort to democratic movement,” the DDJAJ said and demanded early fulfillment of their demand before launching more vigorous democratic movement.

Meanwhile, the Local Committee 28th Likabali Assembly Constituency has appealed the people of the district to not indulge in bandh calls.

Local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary Transport & STS Jomde Kena had assured of declaring Likabali as the temporary headquarter of the district as early as possible on behalf of the state government on August 11. Therefore, it is an appeal to the people of the district to refrain from such bandh calls till further discussion with the Chief Minister after his arrival in the state Capital, it said in its release.



Moyong felicitates medal winning karate players


RUKSIN, Dec 9: The karatekas of East Siang district, who have shown excellent performance in the just concluded State Level Karate-do Championship at Palin in Kurung Kumey district were felicitated on their return to the district yesterday by Pasighat East MLA Kaling Moyong.

Addressing the players in a simple but impressive function, Moyong said that the youths of the district have bright future in the field of games and sport. Highlighting the state government’s initiatives for promotion of sports and welfare of talented sportspersons, the MLA asked the youths of the district to make good use of the stadium at Pasighat when it is completed.

Simon Megu, who emerged as the best performer in Kata (junior) event, Anirudh Sahani, (silver), Rajib Ali and Jugami Basumatry (bronze), were among others felicitated on the occasion.

Megu has qualified to participate at National School Games while, Sahani has been selected for the NE Sports competition.

The MLA also appreciated the team leaders of 'East Siang Sports Karate-Do Association' for their efforts for further development of the sports in the district.

Tirap Deputy Commissioner Kamlesh Joshi has also felicitated the karate players of the district, who have won medals in the State Karate Championship at Palin.

The Tirap team was declared best disciplined team of the championship. It won three medals.



Biometric to curb duplicity of identity Meeting to hold biometric camps held

KHONSA, Dec 9: A meeting was held under the aegis of Statistical department at Khonsa today to chalk out plans and programmes to conduct Biometric camps in Tirap district.

Addressing the meeting, Tirap District Deputy Commissioner, Kamlesh Kumar Joshi said that any work concerning to collection of data for incorporation in the census is important and advised all the participants to be well versed with the intricacies of collecting data and documenting it.

Bharti Chandra, Joint Director, Census, Shillong highlighted the importance of the National Population Register and said that after the completion of the 2011 Census the Biometric Information work is being taken up all over the country including Arunachal Pradesh which would help in doing away with duplicity of identity of any individual in India.

Chandra sought support and cooperation of all including PRI leaders, GBs, chiefs and all government departments and informed that the need for introducing Biometric information system started after the Kargil war for easy identification of people living in India. She further said that the infamous Mumbai terrorist attack was the immediate impact for introduction of NPR adding that all the security wings in the country had welcomed the initiative. She concluded that the major technical work had been entrusted to ITIL and the Vendors who would provide expertise and operators.

It was informed that NC Mazumdar, Assistant Director, Census, Shillong will be In charge of Tirap, Changlang, Longding, Lohit, Anjao, Lower Dibang Valley and Upper Dibang Valley districts.

A representative of the vendors said that there were ten operators for Arunachal Pradesh and that the vendors were fully prepared for the challenges ahead. The training for the enumerators will be held shortly in which the vendors will practically demonstrate to the trainees. DIPRO



Unity and belongingness vital for success of Mithun project

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: Programme Coordinator of Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Papum Pare Dr. T Heli called for unity and belongingness of various Mithun Farmers Club members for successful implementation of the Mithun conservation project funded by NRTT with community contribution share.

Addressing the Mithun farmers at a day-long training cum feed supplement distribution programme yesterday, Dr. Heli exhorted them to play a pro-active role in the implementation of the project in the area. He also highlighted on value addition and various activities under the project Conservation of Mithun and its habitat through community participation to enhance the livelihood of Mithun farmers.

Dr. N Gama, Farm Manager of the KVK briefed about commonly occurring diseases in Mithun, like Foot and Mouth, and their control and preventive measures.

Kimin EAC Sibo Passing distributed feed supplements to the members of Mithun Farmers Club popularly known in the area as ‘Lungte Group’. He said in appreciation of the farmers that “No farmer group in the state is as active as Lungte Group of Kimin for the Mithun conservation.”

Earlier, Biri Tangum, Secretary, Mithun Farmer Club, Lora Top, informed that there are currently 588 Mithuns in the community rearing centre which needs adequate Mithun health coverage and routine checking of the boundary fencing.

Later, the KVK team accompanied by the Mithun farmers visited the Community Mithun Conservation area at Lora Top for selection of site for construction of Mithun Shed and Fodder development in the area.

The programme was organized by KVK, Papum Pare under the sponsorship of Navajbhai Ratan Tata Trust (NRTT), Mumbai and attended by 60 members of the Mithun Farmers Club.



Gorkhas should continue to contribute for development of state

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: The office of All Arunachal Pradesh Gorkha Youth Welfare Association was inaugurated on Sunday at 6 Kilo near Itanagar. The small yet impressive function saw big turnout of the Gorkha youths of state.  Er. Bishnu Prasad, General Secretary, All India Federation of Voluntary Organization and senior leader of the community inaugurated the office.

Naresh Karki director of Gurukul institute, Chaden Tamang senior Gorkha leader along with representatives of All Arunachal Pradesh Gorkha Youth Welfare Association were present on the occasion. While addressing the youth gathered, Bishnu Prasad advised them to play pivotal role in the development of Arunachal Pradesh. “Today Gorkha community has created a niche for themselves across the world. The Gorkha youths of Arunachal should also join with our tribal brothers and contribute for the development of state,” said Prasad. The inaugural programme was followed by interaction among the youths. Various problems were shared and the gathered youth decided to work together under the banner of All Arunachal Pradesh Gorkha Youth Welfare Association for the betterment of the community.



Veterinary camp at fire ravaged Kerang village

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: Kerang village under Kaying Circle in West Siang district is not only in news for recent devastating fire incident in which 70 dwelling houses were gutted to ashes, the fire also devoured 80 per cent of domestic animals and left 20 per cent of the livestock especially pigs with serious burn injuries.

Stirred by the devastation caused in the fire mishap, a team of Veterinary department of Kaying lead by Dr Taking Gammi SVO SG conducted a veterinary camp at Kerang-1 village in November 17 last. Other team members include Tasong Paleng (SM), Takir Lombi (SM), Tapo Taren and Talom Gammi. During the day long camp, 40 animals were treated and medicines provided. Observing the gravity of the situation, the team also deputed one staff Talom Gammi at Kerang-1 village for regular coverage of treatments.



Budding archers from SLSA

Taro Chatung

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: Sangey Laden Sports Academy (SLSA), Chimpu, Itanagar the only sports institutes of its kind in the state has so far been able to produce many a good sportspersons in many disciplines, including archery.

Four student archers of the institute, namely Genung Tekseng, Sorang Yumi, Maselo Mihu and Lide Loyi have been performing consistently since 2010 under the able guidance of their coach KH Ekashini. They have not only won medals in various national and international events but also put Arunachal in world archery map by winning a silver medal in Olympic Mixed Team event and a bronze medal in girls team event by Maselo Mihu and Sorang Yumi in the 2nd Asian Grand Prix Archery Championship held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in 2013.  

There are also five gold, four silver and seven bronze medals to their credit won in various events from 2010 to 2013. They have so far participated in six domestic events held in various parts of the country and one international event.

Genung won two gold medals in individual event during 31st Sub-Junior National Archery Championship held in Dhanbad in 2010 while Sorang Yumi won one gold medal in individual event in Junior National Archery Championship held in Kokrajhar, Assam in 2013. Maselo won one silver in individual event in the event.

Maselo and Yumi were unable to participate in an International event held in China in October this year due to staple visa problem.

Archery coach Ekashini is hopeful of winning gold medals by the state archery team in the NE Zone Sports competition beginning here tomorrow. The coach informed that Lide Loyi will not be available in the team and she will be replaced by D.Khrime.

It is pertinent to mention here that Parliamentary Secretary (Sports & Youth Affairs) Likha Saaya had highlighted the role of sports in channelizing the youths during the last State Planning Board Meeting held on November 28. It would be truly good for the youths of this State if Saaya could make his endeavour for the youths according to his projection in the last SPB meeting.



State karatekas at 60th National School Games

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: A 32-member karate team, including four officials, will represent Arunachal Pradesh in the 60th National School Games (Karate) to be held in Indore, Madhya Pradesh from January 7 to 11, 2015.

The players have been selected after a selection trial conducted by Arunachal Karate Do Association (AKA) at SAI, SAG centre, Naharlagun yesterday.

The team:

U- 17 Boys: Arjun  Waii, Govt. Hr, Sec, School Ganga Itanagar, Yarda  Tadap, Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy (SLSA), Itanagar, Chopa  Tallo, GHSS, Kankarnala, Naharlagun, Bulang  David, SLSA, Doni Yangfo, Takar Memoral Public School Naharlagun, Kamku Tallo, GHSS, Bazarline Seppa, Tamchi  Tayam, GHSS, Arunodaya Itanagar, Baheth  Manyu, GHSS, Hayuliang, Anjaw

U-17 Girls: Resamlu  Billai, KV, Tazu, Nabam  Masap, SLSA, Niaimun  Mara, SLSA, Yapung  Sonam, KV No.2, Itanagar, Minam  Tekseng, SLSA, Longtang  Jangmu, SLSA, Aneksi  Krong, GHSS, Hayuliang Anjaw.

U-19 Boys:  Neta Menjo, GHSS, Roing, Tachi  Bagang, GHSS, Polo Colony, Naharlagun, Ngongchen  Hodong, GHSS, Ganga Village, Samuel  Dolo, GHSS, Kankarnala, Naharlagun, Nikam  Sonoliyang, GHSS, Polo Colony, Naharlagun,  Bangram  Tungi, GHSS, Itanagar, Biplab  Devnath, GHSS, Itanagar,

U- 19 Girls: Kambung Wangsa, GHSS, Ganga Itanagar, Goda  Asha, GHSS, Polo Colony Naharlagun, Gyamar  Mach, GHSS, Kankarnala, Naharlagun, Bamang  Yakum, Kingcup Public School Itanagar, Bamang  Yamu, GHSS, Kankarnala, Naharlagun, Johny  Mangkhiya, GHSS, Kankarnala, Naharlagun.


Tagiu Tachu, BRCC Tali, DDSE Office Kurung, Kumey Is The Chief De Mission While Chukhu Saha, Constable, Tax & Excise, Changlang, BFC, Bordumsa is the Team Manager.  Gampi Taku, JT, Govt. Hr, Sec, School, Palin, Kurung Kumey and Tadar Eba, (SLSA) are the coaches for the girls and boys team respectively.



Training underway on gender violence

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Dec 9:  A five days Training of Trainers (ToT) on module VI & VII on “Violence against women”, for District Trainers began today at Administrative Training Institute Naharlagun. The training is being organized by Arunachal Pradesh State Health Society under National Health Mission. It is the fourth phase on ASHA Module which is being attended by GNMs, ANMs and district community mobilizers across the state. The objective of the training is to evaluate the skills and educate the ASHAs on creating awareness on violence against women.

Inaugurating the weeklong training, National Health Mission (NHM) Managing Director PN Thongon called upon the participants to be attentive and learn something in the training so that they could effectively implement the knowledge for the welfare of people.

The Managing Director added ASHAs and community mobilisers should be dedicated to educate the people on the need to stop gender violence. He also dwelt on health and hygiene and suggested the participants to educate people on the significance of hygiene particularly on children to avert growth of mortality rate. Thungon also encouraged the participants to be remaining skillful to teach ASHA workers and the common people.

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Time for firefighting

As the winter season arrives, the fire mishap across the state rises. Adding to the growing list of fire accident, on Sunday 32 houses were gutted down in a devastating fire at Sine Vilage under Boleng subdivision in East Siang district. The fire engulfed 32 of the 64 houses in the village. As per the report nothing could be saved including the domesticated animals. In another colossal fire incident, 70 well-built houses were gutted down in a shocking fire that broke out at Kerang village under Kaying Circle in West Siang district on November 12 this year. The fire victims lost properties worth crores of rupees due to the incident. The impact was so bad that many families have been rendered homeless and are still struggling to survive.

 Every year during winter Arunachal witnesses many unfortunate fire incidents. What is sad part is that we don’t seem to learn any lesson from such incidents and continues to live in danger. The fire service and disaster management departments are somehow failing to play their part in containing such accidents. Many parts of state do not have any fire service stations. The government of Arunachal is well aware of the danger posed by the repeated fire accident and therefore should establish fire stations even in interior parts of the state. On the other hand disaster management department should carry out rigorous awareness campaigns to educate people about how to remain safe from fire accident. Unless such measures are adopted, we will fail in our fight against fire mishaps.

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Enable the youths to be self reliant

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed news paper, I as a student of Arunachal Pradesh would like to appreciate All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union leaders for identifying an important issue related to the welfare of students of AP.

Look at the society in Itanagar; almost all beneficial economic activities are captured and dominated by non-Arunachalees. Businesses like wholesale, retail, hotels, builders, carpenters are being controlled by them.

 Thousands of educated youth of AP who studied history, politics, geography, education etc could not employ themselves into these economic activities, but have been looking for govt. jobs. Only very few get good govt. jobs and most of them get stuck to low paid clerical govt. jobs. The main reason why our educated youths are not able to get into these economic activities is that they are not educated and trained in these professional areas. Our people are talented a lot, but without education that is job oriented, all talents will in vain.

Look at Japan, Korea, Israel, and Taiwan. They are smaller than our state; they have much fewer natural resources than our state. But since they have more knowledge of computers, electronics, construction, automobiles almost all products which we daily use, their people are economically well to do. Even we purchase their products; they supply products to various countries of this world. So, Once again I would like to appreciate AAPSU leaders for realizing the need of subjects which would train Arunachalee youths to capture the AP market.

I would also like to request the Education Minister to provide our youths with such subjects which will help them in getting employment easily.

I would especially request our Education Minister, Students Unions to work out reservation policies to help more number of  Arunachalee youths to get admitted to RGU, NERIST and NIT, where they can get professional education and training.


Takam Tadar,

Delhi University




Uniform shames us again

Dear Editor,

Arunachal Pradesh has once again been shamed by crime against women. While no crime involving (outraging) the modesty of women should be trivialized by comparing them with similar other incidents, the Daporijo explicit video part 2 (DEV2) shame, however, requires a different treatment, and therefore a speedier trail and punishment to the culprit and justice to the victim, since the victim is reportedly a minor, and the alleged sexual predator is a man in uniform.

Going by the reports in the newspaper and allegation, it is a clear case of misuse of power and authority. The ‘Uniform’ of the sexual predator, to most of the innocent rural people in Arunachal, is a symbol of protection, safety and trust. At the same time, people know or at least fear that the same ‘uniform’ can also be a sign of tyranny, wielding unlimited power in a remote place like Arunachal where authority is misunderstood and misused and perceived by people, as power.

Therefore, not many will disagree that during the entire ordeal, the victim must have been lured, threatened, assaulted and later blackmailed. This was evident in an earlier case where a teenage boy and girl were coerced into doing unwilling sexual acts inside a police station in Daporijo.

 The Institution of ITBP has been tarnished by the incident. Can the people of Arunachal trust the ITBP? Are they in Arunachal to safeguard our borders, or are they there to rape? There are many alleged unreported cases, where ITBP and other paramilitary personnel have been alleged to having been involved in similar incidents.

Will the ITBP deliver justice to the victim and give exemplary punishment to its personnel for the heinous crime/s? Shouldn’t the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, who himself was once a Man in Uniform, take up the matter suo moto and thereby, regain the trust of the people that he serves?


Sam Tage,

IP University



A hearty applause

Dear Editor,

A hearty applause to the proficient eye surgeons who have carried out cataract surgeries at the eye camp (“97 turn up for Cataract surgeries,” Dec. 8). Further, on the light of the cases like that of Chandigarh (“Doctor held, NGO booked for botched eye surgery,” The Hindu, Dec. 6), it would be highly commendable if effort is made to present the post-surgery report of patients’ recuperation in order to abate the people’s skepticism about eye camp.


Rebeka Borang


New Delhi



Atrocities against women

Dear Editor,

A glance at the national newspapers reveals the varieties and dimensions of atrocities/violence inflicted on women at different levels daily.

The latest incident being the cabbie (Uber)who allegedly raped a 27-year old woman in New Delhi, ahead of second anniversary of 16 December 2012 incident.

After 67 years of Independence, women in India still cannot move about freely without fear of being assaulted.

Father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi said "The day a woman can walk freely on the roads at night, that day we can say that India has achieved independence.”

It is really an irony that India which gave the world the message of peace and non-violence has to witness such incidents where women have repeatedly been victims of violence - domestic as well as public, physical as well as emotional.

While the victim is psychologically traumatized after the incident, the perpetrator on the other hand exploits the loopholes in the law and is out on bail and victim is made to run from pillar to post to get justice, which is often delayed. In order to check the rising crime graph against women, it is imperative to have stricter punishments which would act as deterrent & also speedy justice should be meted out to victims.


T S Karthik


Chennai 87






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