December 07

Parliament condoles Jayalalithaa’s death; adjourns for the day
NEW DELHI, Dec 6: Parliament today condoled the death of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa saying the country has lost a courageous and charismatic leader, before adjourning the proceedings for the day as a mark of respect for the departed soul.
After paying tributes to Jayalalithaa, who was also a Rajya Sabha member from 1984-89, members in both Houses stood in silence for a brief while.
Jayalalithaa, 68-year-old, passed away late last night in Chennai after being hospitalised for 75 days.
Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari said that in the passing away of Jayalalithaa, the country has lost a prominent leader, distinguished Parliment-arian and an able administrator.
Describing Jayalalithaa as a "charismatic personality", Ansari said her contribution to economic development and deprived sections of the society would long be cherished. She also contributed immensely to Tamil, Telugu and Kannada film industries, he added.
"We deeply mourn her passing away," Ansari said before adjourning the proceedings for the day.
Expressing grief at the passing away of Jayalalithaa, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said the country has lost a highly popular, courageous and eminent public persona.
"Selvi Jayalalithaa was a true leader of the masses and her followers fondly called her 'Amma', meaning mother, and 'Puratchi Thalaivi' meaning a revolutionary leader," Mahajan said.
A multi-faceted personality, she was the first woman Opposition leader in the Tamil Nadu Assembly and served as Chief Minister of the state for six terms.
Jayalalithaa was an accomplished classical dancer and has acted in over 140 Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi films.
Meanwhile, Lakhs of grieving men and women today bid a tearful adieu to J Jayalalithaa, as the AIADMK supremo was buried at Chennai, with full state honours. President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, and superstar Rajnikanth were among the dignitaries who paid homage at Rajaji Hall. PTI

Pema, Apang,Tuki mourn death of Jayalalithaa
ITANAGAR, Dec 6: Chief Minister Pema Khandu  on Tuesday mourned the death of former chief minister of Tamil Nadu J Jayalalithaa and described her as one of the most charismatic, influential and dedicated leaders ever produced by India.
"The news of her demise came as a shocker not only for people of Tamil Nadu but for the people of the entire country. Late Jayaram Jayalalithaa championed the cause of the rural and urban poor by introducing subsidized food canteens, providing free laptops to thousands of school pupils and students and launching other populist schemes like giving away food mixers and grinders to families. She played a key role in the economic development of Tamil Nadu and politically set a benchmark unrivaled and unparalleled," he wrote in his condolence letter to the newly selected Tamil Nadu chief minister O Pannerselvam.
"In this moment of grief, me, my family, colleagues in the Government and people of Arunachal Pradesh extend our solidarity with you and share the pain inflicted on you and the people of Tamil Nadu by one of the greatest truths of life.
I pray Lord Buddha to bestow you with strength to bear the irreparable loss. May the soul of one of the ablest daughters of Tamil Nadu rest in peace in heavenly abode," he further added.
Former Chief Minister Gegong Apang has also expressed shock over demise of Jayalalithaa.
'I am deeply shocked and pained to learn the premature demise of Jayalalithaaji who was one of the most popular and veteran leaders of not only in the state politics of Tami Nadu but the entire nation. She was a known icon who dominated the Indian politics for the last three decades and worked untiringly especially for poor and downtrodden and devoted and dedicated her entire life for the upliftment and development of the people of Tamil Nadu. Indeed her death has created a huge vacuum in the life of her family members and in the arena of our national politics,' he said in his condolence letter.
'I pray to Almighty Donyi-Polo to give her family members  and  the people of Tamil Nadu an ample moral strength and courage to bear the irreparable loss caused at her demise. I also pray to the Almighty to keep departed soul in eternal peace in the heavenly abode, he further added.
Former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki while mourning the death of Jayalalitha  said "The passing away of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha, popularly known as 'Amma' after a prolonged illness is a very shocking news. Though no word is enough to express the grief, but I join the countrymen to convey my deepest sense of condolence to her near and dear ones, friends, supporters and pray the almighty Donyi-Polo to give them enough strength to bear the irreparable loss and for her departed soul to rest in eternal peace."
She served as chief minister of Tamil Nadu for over 14 years (1991 -2016), the 2nd woman after Janaki Ramchandran and became India's one of the most influential and colourful politicians but her death has brought an end to unique era of Indian politics, Tuki added.

ACF irked with decision to celebrate Dec 25 as Good Governance day
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ITANAGAR, Dec 6: Saying that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government's decision to observe 25 December as the Good Governance Day and birthday of BJP stalwart Atal Bihari Vajpayee which coincides with Christmas is hurting the religious sentiment of Christian community, Arunachal Christian Forum (ACF) on Tuesday made fervent appeal to the state government and the centre to reconsider its decision.
Addressing press persons, ACF President Khoda Apik stated that government servants including Christians will be obligated to work during Christmas which will hurt the religious sentiment of the Christian community.
"The Christian community who are in government service would not be able to celebrate Christmas on that particular day, if the government goes ahead with the decision," said the ACF President.
ACF President further termed that declaration of Dec 25 as the Good Governance Day is not only hurting the religious sentiment but also against the spirit of Constitution of India, particularly Article 25 which is enshrined in Fundamental Rights.
ACF further clarified that the Christian community has no issue with Govt decision to celebrate Good Governance in any other day other than Dec 25.
Meanwhile, ACF General Secretary Toko Teki informed media persons that the state government has decided not to observe Good Governance Day on Dec 25.
Teki claimed that Chief Minister Pema Khandu has assured the community that his govt will not observe Good Governance Day at the cost of religious sentiment of Christian Community.

Cabinet to decide on Nabam Runghi felicitation: CM
ITANAGAR, Dec 06: Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Tuesday assured Nabam Welfare Society (NWS) that the State cabinet will take a collective decision with regard to the proposal of the society to felicitate Nabam Runghi in a befitting manner for his contribution in making Itanagar as the state capital.
The chief minister assured this when a delegation of NWS, accompanied by Runghi, called on him on Tuesday
Runghi, the first agency councillor of NEFA administration, who is credited for selection of Itanagar as the state capital, narrated how he was able to convince the then governor of Assam, BK Nehru to choose Itanagar as the state capital.
Places such as Pasighat, Basar and Yachuli were other potential sites identified for state capital but lost the race to Itanagar due to his persuasion coupled with high compensation demands, Runghi claimed.
The Chief Minister appreciating his contribution in making Itanagar as the state capital, assured to take up the pending request of NWS for according recognition to Runghi.
NWS had earlier proposed for a state level felicitation on a day of state importance, life-time honorarium and land allotment within the capital city to Runghi.
The matter will be taken up in the cabinet meeting to be held on December 8 and a collective decision will be taken in this regard, the CM assured.
Meanwhile, Pema informed that the state government has sanctioned Rs 1 crore for a football stadium in Pakke Kessang, which will be named after late Nabam Tajam for helping establish the Pakke Kessang administrative headquarters in 1966.

Chimpu-Jully-Papu Nalah road will be repaired
ITANAGAR, Dec 06: Chimpu-Jully-Papu Nalah road will be repaired for free flow of traffic, which will also serve as alternative route during emergency and construction of four-lane road in Capital Complex, said Parliamentary Secretary, Urban Development, Techi Kaso.
"There will be no alternative road between Itanagar and Naharlagun other than the Chimpu-Jully-Papu nallah road during emergency and constriction of four lane road in capital complex," Kaso said.
8-10 culverts on the roads will also be constructed/widened, said Kaso, who inspected the road along with Chief Engineer (W/Z) Katung Wage, Executive Engineer (Capital division B) Tana Nikam and PRI leaders on Tuesday.
He also interacted with local people and shared his view on construction of culverts at various locations along the road.
Saying that few sector roads of Itanagar need urgent repairing, Kaso informed that he has directed the officer concerned to start the repairing work immediately.

HC issues notice to Govt
ITANAGAR,  Dec 6: While hearing a PIL No 23 (AP)2016 filed by the leaders of Arunachal Anti-Corruption Sena against state Govt, particularly PWD, the Gauhati High Court, Itanagar  Permanent  Bench on Monday issued notice  which is returnable on  January 17, 2017. The prayer for interim order will also be considered on the returnable date, the court said.
The PIL was filed by Tadar Tang and nine others of AACS against state of AP and 77 others.
According to PIL,  the state Govt through its agencies, have allocated contractual work valued at Rs. 400 crores under the Revised Estimate Scheme (RES) without floating any tender and the contract has been awarded in a pick and choose manner thereby flouting all established norms for issuance of public tender.
Counsel of the petitioners J. Hussain, submitted before the court that even during the year 2013-14, an amount of Rs. 110 crores was allocated against the RES and the present petitioners had approached this Court by filing PIL No. 64/2014. In connection with the said proceeding, the Additional Advocate General  of Arunachal  had given a categorical assurance to this Court that henceforth tenders will be floated for making expenditure under the RES scheme. On the basis of the said undertaking, the PIL was closed by an order dated 04/11/2014. However,  the petitioners pleaded that neither any tender has been floated for balance work under 2013-14 scheme nor is the Government floating any tender for the current financial year,
thereby clearly acting in violation of not only the undertaking given to this Court but also the CPWD norms.
The court of Justice Sumam Shyam and  Justice Ajit Borthakur  further  said "on or before the returnable date, the Government Advocate is directed to obtain instruction as to whether the Government has complied with the assurance recorded in the order dated 04/11/2014 passed by this Court in PIL No. 64/2014.
"It is made clear that any disbursement of fund under RES made during the pendency of the PIL would be subject to the outcome of this proceeding, the court order further said.

Panchayat leaders, orgs demand  arrest of culprit/s involved in road & bridge damage
ITANAGAR, Dec 6: The Panchayat leaders of Sarli, Damin, Upper Koloriang and Parsi Parlo backed the demand of 21-Koloriang AC Native People's Forum to immediately arrest those miscreants, who have damaged Panyu Bridge at ziro point, Sangram and Kush Bridge at Pani village on the night of November 28.
Besides, the miscreants,  alleged to be goons of 1-Sangram ZPM, also caused extensive damage to roads from Pongrung to Kush village and blocked it by felling huge trees and putting stones at many places in order to prevent Kurung Kumey ZPC Sangha Tagik from attending the scheduled "No Confidence Motion" at Koloriang the next day.
Condemning the act of vandalism, allegedly conspired by Parliamentary Secretary (Home) Pani Taram, the Panchayat leaders, in a signed press statement, demanded immediate arrest of the culprits as per ultimatum served to the Deputy Commissioner by 21-Koloriang AC Native People's Forum.
Meanwhile, the Koloriang, Damin, Parsi-Parlo and Sarli Students' Union (KDPSSU) has condemned the destruction of Pongrong to Kush road and the steel bridge over Panyu river on Nov 28.
It sought immediate arrest of the culprit/s involved in the incident saying that it hampered the developmental activities of the area.
Calling the episode uncalled for, anti-people and unlawful, it said that the daily bread earners and people who were supposed to attend emergency medical treatments were the worst sufferers.
The All Parsi-Parlo Justice Forum (APJF) has also sought immediate arrest of the culprit/s involved. The forum has written to Kurung Kumey DC in this regard.

60th death anniversary of Dr. B R Ambedkar observed
Seminar on Cashless Transaction organized
ITANAGAR, Dec 6: Bharatiya Janata Party, Arunachal Pradesh has observed the 60th death anniversary of Dr. B R Ambedkar here today.
Speaking on the occasion, the BJP leaders including  ST Morcha president Loku Sonu, Ziro MLA Tage Taki and Lelong Lengfa, State BJP Secretary  remembered the contributions Dr. Ambedkar in shaping the destiny of India and particularly of the  scheduled caste and scheduled tribes section of the population. They opined that it is only because of Dr. Ambedkar's leadership, the historically backward and deprived section have been given special privileges and rights to enable them to overcome  social and cultural injustices. The function was organised by the Scheduled Tribe (ST) Morcha wing of the party.
On the momentous occasion, an awareness seminar on various aspects of cashless economy and cashless digital transactions titled 'Less Cash to Cashless' was organised by Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morch (BYJM).
The party leaders including Tage Taki, state BJP vice president Dominic Tadar, former MLA Tani Loffa appreciated the historic demonetization decision taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and termed it as sort of revolution.
Technical expert from State Bank of India (SBI) Babul Chandra Das, Manager, Regional Business Center, Itanagar, along with his colleague, delved into various aspects of  cashless digital transaction facilities. Meanwhile, BJYM has decided to launch an awareness campaign about the digital cashless transaction and its  advantages throughout  the state. State BJYM  president Taring Tiri,  and many others office bearers and party members  were present on the occasion.

District-level Anganwadi workers and helpers conference held
AALO, Dec 6:  A district-level conference of Anganwadi workers and helpers was held at Gumin Kiin on Tuesday which was attended by around 500 Anganwadi workers and helpers across West Siang district.
Addressing the gathering, President, Usha Rani and All India Federation of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Secretary, AR Singdhu said that Anganwadi workers and helpers in India have been instrumental in containing the mortality rate in India through their efforts for so many years. They further exhorted the officials of West Siang district to work hard to improve the condition of women, child and destitute of their concern area.
AAPAWHU state president, Jalley Sonam, in his address also highlighted many steps taken up in the state for the welfare of labours, Anganwadi workers and helpers in the past.
CDPO Baririjo Nyodu and AAPAWHU Aalo unit president, Tumar Bagra also spoke on the occasion. (DIPRO)

Training on legal literacy and awareness under Saakshar Bharat Programme held
ZIRO, Dec 6:  A 3-day long training programme on legal literacy and awareness under Saakshar Bharat Programme(SBM) is being conducted by State Resource Centre (SRC), Naharlagun in collaboration with department of Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice, GoI for Preraks and district coordinators of Lower Subansiri, Upper Subansiri, Kurung Kumey and Kra Daddi districts at the DC's  Conference Hall, Hapoli here.
Topics like domestic violence against women, POCSO Act 2012, Disability Act, Forest Right Act, sexual harassment at work place, PCPNDT Act etc are being covered during the training.
In his inaugural address  on Tuesday Lower Subansiri EAC, Mokar Riba highlighted the importance of Preraks and district coordinators of SBM in creating awareness not just on legal literacy but also on government policies and programs as they work with beneficiaries at grass roots level. He further exhorted them to work with sincerity to help empower the learners so that they can make informed choices, take control of issues that affect them and eventually enhance the quality of their lives.
Arunachal Pradesh is predominantly a traditional tribal society and geographically backward, access to justice for rural community especially, women has not been easy therefore, such legal literacy and awareness programs will not only empower women but will also help in reducing crimes related to women and children, he added.
Among others Senior Program Coordinator (SRC), Anju Michi along with advocates Racho Buda, Rosy Taba, ADEO Gyati Taji, district coordinators, preraks and learners under SBM and officials from SRC, Naharlagun attended the program. (DIPRO)

World soil day celebrated
ITANAGAR, Dec 6: 'World Soil Day' was celebrated throughout the state on Monday.
At Aalo, the day was observed in the office of Deputy Director, Agriculture. Officers, staff and more than 100 farmers participated in it.
Addressing the gathering, Nokliam Sumnyan, DDA, West Siang requested all the farmers to dedicate themselves for better soil health management for improved productivity.
Agri. Development Officer, Yompe Ado, explained in detail the aim and objectives and importance of World Soil Day.
Deputy Director Agriculture (AI), Directorate of Agriculture, Karbom Riram advised all participants to conserve soil and other natural resources for sustainable Agriculture. He also informed everyone about the important schemes of the department Like Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (PMKSY) etc.
Technical session was taken up by Senior Scientist, KVK, West Siang Dr C S Raghav. He shared knowledge on soil and its healthy management for better productivity. He advised farmers to grow crop organically to conserve critical resources like soil and water.
Members of Aalo Elite House Wives Society also participated in the World Soil Day. During the feedback session, ZPM Higam Loyi Ango, ASM Bene Limi Ete said that they would help spread the message of World Soil Day to others also.
Kenpin Angu, who recently attended training on Farm Machinery at North Eastern Regional Institute of Farm Machinery Training & Testing Institute, Biswanath Chariali, Assam, shared his experiences of the training under Sub-Mission on Agriculture Mechanization.
Few numbers of Soil Health Card was also issued during the day.
At KVK farm Karsingsa, altogether 35 farmers from Sagalee and Kimin subdivision participated in the programme.
SMS (Horticulture) Hemanta Ngangbam enlightened the farmers about the importance of maintaining soil health for crop production and soil health cards. He later demonstrated on collection and sampling of the soil from the fields.
The elaboration on pre-rabi and rabi crops was done by SMS (Agronomy) T Meena. She stressed on the cultivation of rabi crops like mustard, lentil, pea, potato, winter vegetables in a field which is left vacant after paddy harvesting to get benefit round the year.
Appreciating KVK Papum Pare as excellence centre for technology dissemination for the benefits of the farming community, president Farmers Federation Sagalee subdivision Tana Tada encouraged farmers to go for organic cultivation while sharing his experience of using weedicide and pesticide that have harmful effect on soil making it hard after continuous use of weedicides.
Nangram Kaha from Kimin, a retired Army personnel who has taken up farming urged fellow farmers to go for agriculture saying, "we have ample land and other resources and this is the only source of income for our present society where government cannot assure job for everyone.
He also requested KVK to develop a crop calendar which will ease the farmers on selection of suitable crops as per the season. In response to his request KVK officials assured to come up up with it.
Addressing the gathering, MD, State Mithun & Yak Conservation Mission, Department of  AH, Vety & DD, Dr Taba Heli, urged upon the farmers to go for cultivation in three cropping seasons which are Kharif, Rabi and Zaid to increase crop production. He acknowledged the KVK team for creating awareness about the soil health among the farming community and informed about the central programme on Health for all (for animal, plants, humans).
Noting that grazing land for Mithun is being reduced due to mass plantation of cardamom in hilly region of the districts which may create ecological imbalance in the future, he requested the farmers to minimize the use of weedicide in their orchard for better soil environment and human health.
Soil health cards distributed to farmers
At Tezu, 190 numbers of soil health cards were distributed to farmers on the occasion of World Soil Day observed at the office premises of District Agriculture Office on Monday last.
During the programme, which was attended by the staff, field functionaries of agriculture and line department along with PRI members, GBs and progressive farmers, Agriculture Deputy Director, A Pao highlighted the importance of soil health and soil health card (SHC) while, District Horticulture Officer, Tezu, R N Megeji explained the importance of organic farming in the maintenance of soil health and its management.
ADO (PP), S Chaitom gave reports on status of soil health card and urged the progressive farmers to cooperate with the agriculture and allied departments to achieve the target of soil sample collection by March 2017.
Fishery Officer, T Dutta and ADO (HQ), Sony Muri further explained the importance of online registration of farmers and direct beneficiary transfer.
ASM of Loiliang and GBs of Tafragam and Loiliang also spoke on the occasion.

ArSRLM active women team leaves for Patna
ITANAGAR, Dec 06: Implementation of Deen Dayal Antyodaya Yojana (DAY-NRLM) received a boost in Arunachal Pradesh with the departure of 12 numbers of Active Women of ArSRLM to Patna from amongst the three first phase blocks of Pangin, Roing Koronu and Namsai to gain first hand experience of transformation brought in rural areas through JEEViKA programme.
The Active Women assembled at ArSRLM on December 5 and were briefed on modalities, travel protocols, safety arrangements as well as on possible areas of learning.
The interaction involved Adap Golo, SMM (IBCB), Nabam Tubin PM (Livelihoods and Skills), Sonny Patey SMM (ME, M&L), Sanjeev Tirkey PM (IBCB).
The concern Block Mission Managers, namely Togeng Pertin, William Lahary and Onam Tamut were also present with their teams for providing required inputs to Active Women. They shall be in Bihar from 6th December onwards for a period of 15 days.
Dr. Rakesh Srivastava, Coor. (Prog) also interacted with the Active Women and appreciated the spirit of volunteerism and dedication towards learning and striving to provide maximum support to women in rural areas of the State.
Tabin Siga, CEO cum State Mission Director ArSRLM met the Active Women before their departure. He encouraged the team as this team was amongst the first team that is being sent from ArSRLM for their capacity building and exposure to best practices.
He said that MoRD is now concentrating on ensuring centrality of rural women and hence such Active Women shall be able to steer the development upon their own capacity building.
Arunachal State Rural Livelihoods Mission (ArSRLM) is coordinating the implementation of DAY-NRLM, which is a flagship programme of Ministry of Rural Development Government of India.
DAY NRLM aims to create efficient and effective institutional platforms of the rural poor, enabling them to increase household income through sustainable livelihood enhancements and improved access to financial services.
This is a highly process oriented programme and requires intensive application of resources, both financial and human, in order to mobilise the poor into functionally effective institutions viz. Self Help Groups and their federations.

Youth rising day to commemorate death anniversary of Martyr
ZIRO, Dec 6: To commemorate the death anniversary of Martyr Mihin Bagang, who sacrificed his life during Operation Cactus Lily at Chamb Sector, Jammu and Kashmir on December 6, 1971, Apatani Youth Association (AYA) and Mihin Clan of Tajang village, Ziro on Tuesday organized Youth Rising Day at Govt Secondary School, Tajang.
AYA President Taku Chatung called upon youths to rededicate themselves in defending the country and inculcate sense of patriotism.
Expressing gratitude to the state government for agreeing to rename a government school or street after the Martyr, he appealed to the government to continue giving service benefits to his relatives saying that it has been discontinued.
All walks of life joined and paid tribute to the Martyr.
Martyr Bagang was posthumously awarded with AYA award this year during Dree Festival.

Centre asks banks to install additional 10 lakh PoS
NEW DELHI, Dec 6: In order to promote digital transactions across the country, the government has asked banks to install 10 lakh additional point of sale (PoS) terminals within four months.
Towards this end, banks have already placed orders for 6 lakh PoS machines and another 4 lakh are likely to be ordered in the next few days, a finance ministry statement said.
There are about 15 lakh PoS terminals currently across different merchants to facilitate card-based payments.
"As part of the plan to expand the digital payments ecosystem and facilitate the move towards cashless transactions, the government has decided that an additional one million new PoS terminals should be installed by March 31," it said. PTI

NIC to provide digital life certificates
TAWANG, Dec 6: The National Informatics Centre (NIC), Tawang has started generation of Digital Life Certificates for pensioners in collaboration with Treasury office, Tawang under Jeevan Pramaan. Information in this regard has been given to Chief Manager, SBI Tawang and all the respective administrative blocks by Tawang Treasury Officer, Lei Khandu.
While informing that a total of 193 numbers of Digital Life Certificates has been generated so far, DIO NIC, Tad Issac asked pensioners especially, those who have yet to register for digital life certificate to come at NIC office along with their respective PPO pass book, Aadhaar card and Pensioner bank pass book to get registered.

DA removes posters & hoardings
TEZU, Dec 6: Lohit district administration has issued order for removing all types of hoardings and objects alongside National and State Highways within the distance of 100 meters that obstruct driving or distract the drivers with immediate effect in pursuance of the order of Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety.
Acting upon the directive, the District Transport Officer along with Town Magistrate and District Police removed all the posters, big hoardings from TPC Point to Tezu Khollah for smooth flow of traffic in and around Tezu Township area. (DIPRO)

Awareness prog on e-transaction
ITANAGAR, Dec 06: An awareness programme on e-transaction by using internet banking, mobile banking Apps for E-payments was conducted by Jairampur administration in collaboration with Police and State Bank of India at the ADC's Office Conference Hall on Tuesday.
Resource person from SBI explained and demonstrated the use of swiping machines, SBI buddy applications through mobile phones. People were encouraged and urged to go for e-transactions as a part of PM's Digital India programme.
Panchayat leaders, public leaders, shopkeepers, traders, publics and govt, officials attended the awareness programme.

Health is wealth: Parly Secy
DARAK, Dec 6: Saying that "health is wealth" local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary (Sports & Youth Affairs) Nyamar Karbak called upon people of Darak circle to stay fit and healthy by keeping their surroundings neat and clean.
He said this while inaugurating a Health Camp at Darak under Liromoba Constituency in presence of District Medical Officer, West Siang Dr. Marbom Basar on Tuesday.
The Health Camp organised by Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Constructions Workers Welfare Board in collaboration with 27th Liromoba constituency MLA Nyamar Karbak saw huge participants from the area.
Around 500 patients turned up for the health camp.
Hepatitis B testing and vaccination, blood sugar testing, eye screening and other general health checkups were conducted by a team of doctors and health assistants, who included Dr. Tomar Kamki, Dr. Jombom Kato MD, Eye specialist Dr. Tape Kaye, Dr. Soyum Potom, Dr. Pemin Kamki from District Hospitals Aalo.

Joint Anchal Samiti meeting held
ITANAGAR, Dec 6: A joint Anchal Samiti meeting of Liromoba and Yomcha Anchal Samiti was held at Liromoba PWD IB on Saturday under the chairmanship of chairperson Yomcha Anchal Samiti for finalization of Annual Action Plan (AAP) 2017-18 on MGNREGA and various CSS program pertaining to CD-block Liromoba.
In his keynote address, BDO Liromoba Jarken Gamlin urged upon the PRI leaders to initiate all effort for submission of Aadhar Cards of MNGREGA/CSS beneficiaries. He also stressed for opening of saving bank account by beneficiaries on or before Dec 31 for making payments of their wages through bank account.

KVK Anjaw celebrates agriculture education day
ITANAGAR, Dec 6: KVK Anjaw celebrated Agriculture Education day on Saturday with an aim to promote the field of agriculture and allied sciences among the students and public.
Altogether 110 students from class X to XII from Govt Higher Secondary School Hayuliang along with their teachers participated in it.
Addressing the gathering, Programme coordinator KVK Anjaw, Dr Manish Kanwat spoke about the importance of agriculture in the present era and how the country is highly dependent on agriculture and allied sector for growth and development.
Saying that as per the production of food grains and increasing population requirement there is still a huge gap lagging behind, he advised students to take up agriculture as career to serve the farming community.
The programme also saw quiz and essay writing competition.

ZPM reject committee's claim
ITANAGAR, Dec 6: Sawa ZPM Khya Choya has rejected the claim that the move for Sawa CD block headquarter at Sree-Myoriang other than Sawa as an unlawful decision made by him.
In a release, the ZPM said that Sree-Myoriang was zeroed down as the final choice, after discussing with many people and also in a meeting, as it is the most suitable and the location is feasible for establishment of the BDO office.
"Their viewpoint was that Sree-Myoriang is just an expansion of Sawa township, because it is hardly 3 to 4kms away from Sawa CO headquarter and that it also maintains equal distance from every village of Sawa circle, where villagers pass through as corridor," he explained.

AAPWU demands uniformity in the rate of daily wage labourers
ITANAGAR, Dec 6: The All Arunachal Pradesh Workers' Union (AAPWU) has sought uniformity in the wage rate for daily wage labouers working in the state.
In its representation to the Capital Complex DC, it claimed that with no fix rates for the daily wage labourers, some labourers are bargaining for rates upto Rs 500 per day with meal.
It demanded for coming up with minimum and maximum rate for manual labour as well as skilled labour.

ARASU seeks reconsideration of qualification criteria
ITANAGAR, Dec 6: The All Raga Area Students' Union (ARASU) has sought reconsideration of B Ed and D El Ed as the qualification criteria in the recruitment of TGT and PRT under Raga Block as given in the first advertisement published on Oct 4.
In its representation to the Lower Subansiri DC and DDSE, Ziro, it pointed out that in the advertisement dated Oct 4, B A/B Com with B Ed was given the criteria for recruitment of TGT and Class XII (passed)/BA/B Com with D El Ed for PRT, however later in another advertisement published on Oct 27 the criteria for TGT was changed to BA/B Ed with APTET or CTET while for PRT, Class XII (Passed) with D El Ed and APTET/CTET was made the criteria for recruitment.
'There is very limited number of APTET and CTET qualified members in our area and even the numbers of members qualified for the B Ed and D El Ed are also every limited', the association reasoned.
The association further demanded that the interview should be conducted within Raga block.

ESM rally held at Likabali
ITANAGAR, Dec 6: An Ex-Servicemen (ESM) Rally was organized at Likabali Military Station on Sunday. Altogether 1759 people including ESM, widows, Veer Naris and their family members from West, East and Upper Siang, Upper and Lower Subansiri, Papum Pare, Kurung Kumey, Kra-Dadi districts of Arunachal Pradesh and Dhemaji, Assam participated in the rally which was organized by Chhappan Division.
One of the major highlights of the event was interaction of Ex Servicemen with representatives from Defence Pensions Office, Defence Placement Office, Ex-Servicemen Welfare Officer of Govt of Assam, Defence Recruitment Office and ECHS Polyclinic which assisted in addressing most of their grievances and queries.
In addition to the redressel of grievances of Veterans and War Widows, the event also facilitated their emotional re-union with serving soldiers.

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India lost an icon

With the death of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa an era has ended. The iconic Jayalalithaa was buried on Tuesday in a sandalwood casket next to the memorial of her mentor, MG Ramachandran at Chennai's Marina Beach. Last rites were performed by the politician's long-time companion Sasikala Natarajan, who also received the national flag that had draped Ms Jayalalithaa's body. Her rise to political stardom from film world was as enigmatic as her death. She was admitted to hospital in September month with complaint of fever and dehydration. But she never completely recovered from it and finally succumbed to the death.

But she will always be fondly remembered for various reasons. For her supporters, Jayalalithaa will remain as Amma and a source of inspiration for them. Even though critics never lost an opportunity to pin her down, she won hearts of her supporters and emerged as a powerful politicians in a male dominated country like India. Also known as the Iron Lady, she initiated a number of pro-poor schemes in Tamil Nadu which made her the 'God of the people.' This is said to be one of the reasons why people were so attached to Jayalalithaa, whether his party men or the general public. She came up with several schemes in favour of the poor people of Tamil Nadu during her reign. While Amma canteens provide breakfast and dinner at just Rs 5 per plate, Amma salt is a common product at homes in the state. She was 'worshiped' by the supporters. Now the onus will be on second rung AIADMK leader lead by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam to take forward her vision and continue the process of pro-poor initiatives started by late Jayalalithaa.








Readers’ Forum




Still a struggle for girls

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of denizens of Arunachal Pradesh. It is a very sad thing that till today female child is neglected not only in the rural areas but also in the big cities. The girls have been always considered to be lesser of the two human species. More shocking situation is when, in the 21st century we call ourselves civilized, cultured and educated and all but girl child still finds it more and more difficult to subsist on this planet. When you neglect a girl child you are forgetting that you are not only neglecting the individual girl but the very fountain of existence. Even our sacred books point to the fact that a country where women are not respected can never prosper and progress. In the developed countries like America and England a female child is liked as much as a male child.

It is strange how quickly men forgot achievements of women. Everybody knows that Indira Gandhi was one of the best political leaders. There are many female writers like Sarojini Naidu, Bronte sisters, Virginia Wolf and Jane Austen. The women have travelled space and climbed up to Mount Everest. We have many successful females in our own state like Mamang Dai, UPSC officers like Duyu Kampu and Chajat Lowang, Mountaineer Anshu Jamsenpa, Journalist Tongam Rina, Miss Earth India 2016 finalist Chum Darang and our Chief Secretary Shakuntala Gamlin and many more.

We belong to the modern generation of humanity. We seek an environment where every human being is considered as free. We seek an environment where every unborn child is welcomed without any gender bias.

“Give the girls wings to fly

Not the pains to cry and die”


Pebi Mindo Romin

Class x, Kingcup school




Let us live in harmony with nature

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed daily I would like to put into light the dangers of increasing commercialization of wildlife meat in our state. Our state Arunachal Pradesh is blessed with rich biodiversity which means it is full of different types of plants and animal species. Some of these plants and animal species are found only in our state and not anywhere else in the world. Many more unexplored plant and animal species might still be present in our region completely unknown to the external world waiting to be discovered and listed. Sadly most people are least concern about wildlife.

Human activities like hunting and cutting of forest has led to complete extinction of so many wild plant and animal species around the world and the same might happen in our state too. The wildlife meat is being commercialized and sold at high prices. I know we tribal have taste for hunting and eating wildlife meat but is it right and justified to hunt and shoot down every last wild animal and cut down every last tree to extinction? I belong to Adi tribe and like most tribes we have traditional hunting period but with commercialistion of wildlife meat the wild birds and animals are recklessly hunted round the year with no stoppage. This will lead to total extermination of wildlife in few years if not checked. The forest officials cannot check this alone. Dedicated wildlife officers like Sir Tana Tapi ,Sir Tashi Mize, Sir Neeraj Tamuk etc and many others are doing very appreciable jobs in saving our environment but until and unless we the common people do not realize and accept our mistake of destructing nature and wildlife and take steps to stop it, the last few biodiversity spots of the world will remain in grave danger.

We all can contribute to stop wildlife hunting by not buying wildlife meat. It is my humble request to all Arunachal citizens especially to my own Adi people not to buy wildlife meat. Let us say 'NO' to commercialisation of wildlife meat. If the demand stops the supply will stop too. As for the hunters, there are many other ways of earning income without destroying nature by reckless hunting. We believe Almighty Donyi Polo created all the plants and animal species along with us to live together in balance. And none of us, no matter who or how rich and powerful he or she may be in the society, has the right to exterminate any specie created by the Almighty. Now some might argue extinction is a natural process but it takes tens of thousands years for natural extinction of species but with human activities it has increased upto 100 & 1000 times as per report. So the choice is ours, either we can continue to increase our population and involve in destructing nature leading to our own destruction or we can control our population and live in harmony with each other and with nature and survive.


A Tamut