February 10


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Pallam Raju assures total support to RGU

NAHARLAGUN, Feb 9: Union Minister for Human Resource Development Dr. Pallam Raju has assured fullest support of the central government to the infrastructural and academic development of Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU). He gave the assurance, while addressing the students and faculty members of the University at Rono Hills today.

Every possibility will be explored to develop and expand the  university in all sphere in the 12th  five year plan to make it a world class university with special focus on quality education, the HRD minister said.

Expressing concern that India lacked top world class educational institutions, there is need to create one, he said and asked the faculty members to give more emphasis on research works and quality education. He expressed the hope that with committed leadership of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and dedicated Vice Chancellor, the University will certainly scale new heights in the next few years.

While suggesting the faculty members and the students to strive harder and influence the colleges and educational institutions around them with their knowledge and skills asked them to fit into the larger game plan of look east policy of the Central government.

In his welcome address, Vice chancellor of RGU Prof. Tamo Mibang, said with conversion of the institution as central university six years ago, the expectation of the people in terms of its infrastructural and academic expansion and in terms of quality has increased many folds. He sought the fullest support of the Central Government to the infant central university

The function was also attended by state Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, MP Takam Sanjoy, Education Minister Bosiram Siram, local MLA Nabam Ribia, officers of the state government and Rajiv Gandhi University.

Tuki had sought Centre's special focus for development of infrastructure in the state's education sector during his earlier meeting with Raju.

He had pleaded for special packages for Rajiv Gandhi University and other upcoming universities, and release of central grant regularly for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan to ensure timely payment of salaries to the teachers.

After being apprised of various drawbacks and problems, Raju had assured, "There will be no shortfall from my ministry and development of education scenario of Arunachal Pradesh would continue in an accelerated pace with hundred percent assistance for meaningful human resources development while taking care of welfare of teachers and employees.”

Later in the afternoon, the Union Minister accompanied by Tuki, Education Minister Bosiram Siram and MP Takam Sanjoy visited NERIST.

During his visit, the Union Minister inaugurated the newly installed 1000 KW Solar Panels at NERIST for the harnessing solar energy, the recently renovated and upgraded Education Technology Cell (ET Cell) of the Institute. The role played by the ET Cell for both the facilitation of internet services and the conduct of regular Seminar/Conferences at the Institute were highlighted to the team by the NERIST Director Prof. Dipankar Pal.

He also briefed the ministers about the vision of the Institute, its role for the region in the foreseeable future. He requested the Minister to support the Institute in addressing some of its pressing needs.

Raju spent about 45 minutes interacting with the Director, Registrar, internal members of the Board of Management and a few other faculties including the former in-charge directors of the Institute. The Director apprised him about the future and upcoming programmes including his plans to have tie-up with some fab-labs in Europe to enhance quality of research in VLSI. He also updated him on the other research activities and achievements of the Institute including the success in getting fund support under FIST programme of DST to enhance its research potential and collaboration with the American University of Sharjah – also to this end.

Prior to this the Director briefed him about the modular pattern of education that this Institute has been following and showed the team of ministers the on-going projects undertaken by the Institute recently.

The Union Minister is scheduled to lay the foundation stone of the prestigious National Institute of Technology (NIT) at Jote, near here tomorrow.

Meanwhile, M M Pallam Raju along with  Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, Education Minister Bosiram Siram, MP Takam Sanjoy, Parliamentary secretary, planning Nabam Rebia and director of higher and technical education Joram Begi today visited the Dera Natung Govt College library and interacted  with college principal Tomar Ete and general secretary of the  college student union Gora Rika. DIPR with inputs from PTI




Alien Gods rock Aalo audience in MMC

Ete exhorts youth for selfless service

ITANAGAR, Feb 9: The Alien Gods, a well known death metal band from Arunachal Pradesh, rocked Aalo audience during the third edition of Multi Media Campaign on HIV/AIDS which has been rechristened as “Live Another Day; Journey Against AIDS” at Donyi Polo Ground today.

Carnal Sins, the winner of last year’s MMC Red Rockfest Contest, who is touring the 8 districts along with Alien Gods to create awareness on HIV also enthralled the fans by its head banging performance.

Two other rock bands, Blood Dust and Soul of Phoenix also entertained the audience to its satisfaction. The members of the rock bands during its performance asked the youth to stay safe against HIV and drugs. They also told the youths about the four routes of HIV transmission.

Attending the programme, Parliamentary Secretary (Home) Gadam Ete exhorted the youths to stay safe from HIV/AIDS.

While appreciating All Aalo Youth Welfare Association for extending yeomen service to the society, he said that NGO should work for the welfare of the people. Creating awareness on health like HIV is a selfless service to the people and we need youth who can really give selfless service to the society, he said. Emphasising on the need to take the campaign to the rural level also he said that the IEC materials on HIV should be developed in different dialects of the state for better understanding.

Additional Deputy Commissioner Marki Loyi asked youth to take active part in creating awareness on HIV. He said that HIV/AIDS is preventable but not curable. So it is very important that we learn about HIV at early age.

Both Ete and Loya appealed youth to come forward for HIV testing and also to volunteer themselves for HIV test in ICTC camp set up at the venue during MMC at Aalo.

Yumring Nokpa, General Secretary, ArNP+, who is also accompanying the MMC team in all the venues while sharing his experience appealed youth to not discriminate people living HIV.   

Highlighting the aims and objective of the MMC, APSACS Deputy Director (IEC) Tashor Pali said that Rock music and other entertainment activities are very important to keep the youths mind healthy. But it is more important for them to know about HIV to remain safe from the disease, he added. While hugging Nokpa, a person with HIV positive, on stage, he said that sharing food, clothes, toilet do not spread HIV, he added.

Ongtang Thamphang, Deputy Director (IEC), Family Welfare sensitised the audience on weekly iron and folic acid supplementation. He appealed the youth, specially aged between 10-19 years to take IFA tablet to keep themselve healthy. He also appealed the parents to encourage their children to take IFA tablets.

All Aalo Youth Welfare Association (AAWYA) president Geli Ete highlighted the role of youth in creating HIV/AIDS awareness.   

This year the MMC in Aalo was organised by APSACS in association with AAWYA. There was a record turn up of youth audience of around 3000 people in Aalo this time.

All Arunachal Pradesh Young Star Artiste Association also presented breath-taking acrobatic dance led by Nabam Apang to the delight of the audience. RKM School, Aalo also presented a local group dance to entertain the audience.



Labour commissioner granted bail

ITANAGAR, Feb 9: Labour Commissioner Ojing Darung was today granted bail by Judicial First Class Magistrate in the land encroachment case. Darung was arrested yesterday from his office after High Court ordered for his arrest under section 3 of PDPP Act, which is a non-bailable offence.

The high drama involving arrest of Darung once again shows how fractured the Arunachal society is.

According to sources, government of Arunachal Pradesh was given lot of pressure to release Darung with warning that issue may take communal colour if labour commissioner is not released at the earliest. The incident also showed how much clout state politicians yield. Ministers, MLAs, MPs and various other politicians made beeline to ensure the release of labour commissioner. The capital administration has taken strong step by arresting him; however the law abiding citizens of capital will now expect them to take action against all the remaining land encroachers of capital. Their action will be watched carefully in the days to come.

Meanwhile, the Arunachal Law Students Union has appreciated capital administration for arresting labour commissioner. ALSU also urged administration to continue the drive and arrest all other land encroachers of capital irrespective of tribe and religion.

All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union (AAPWU), in a hurriedly convened meeting today demanded re-arrest and suspension of Labour Commissioner Ojing Darung within 14 days failing which the union threatened to launch indefinite tools down and blackout throughout the capital complex.

While appreciating Capital DC, ADM-cum-CEO Talo Potom and Naharlagun Police for arresting Darung, the union has regretted that despite best efforts by the district administration to keep law equal for all but due to alleged tremendous pressure from few vested MLAs and cabinet ministers, who despite knowing the truth and court verdict ‘misused’ their power and position and interfered in court proceedings. “Not only that they tremendously pressurized CJM to initiate special session court on a Holiday (second Saturday),” AAPWU claimed.

AAPWU threatened to come out openly against such minister(s), who misuse their power and position to protect criminal(s) in future and requested them to refrain from such acts.

Terming the allegations leveled against it as baseless, AAPWU requested those unions to know the truth before going to press or leveling any such allegations in future.

“It was Court’s verdict who found Ojing Darung guilty under PDPP Act. AAPWU is not against any community or tribe but is against Darung, AAPWU alleged that the labour commissioner indulged in anti-labour activity by misusing his chair and non implementation of various welfare schemes under Labour Welfare Board meant for poor registered workers.

AAPWU requested those unions and organizations to work for betterment of the society not for any individual who has been acquainted guilty by session court and high court.

AAPWU also demanded immediate eviction of private building constructed in place of T-IV govt. quarter at D Sector within 14 days.

Our Correspondent adds from Pasighat: Adi Students Union (AdiSU), in an emergency meeting today proposed a series of democratic movements, including  protest rally in Itanagar and respective headquarters of  Adi inhabited areas to be followed by 12 hour bandh, if Darung is not released immediately.

The AdiSU, in support of various organizations staged a protest dharna in front of the East Siang DC’s office yesterday in protest against arrest of Darung. The Union claimed that Darung’s arrest was a pre-planned conspiracy to mentally harass him.



ALSU reiterates demands, threatens stir

ITANAGAR, Feb 9: The Arunachal Law Students Union (ALSU) has given two weeks ultimatum to the state government to fulfill the five-point memorandum submitted by them to the chief minister.

Addressing the press persons at Arunachal Press Club, ALSU members led by its president Tadar Tarish and Romik Jogu came down heavily on state government for failing to hear the grievances put forwarded by union.

They claimed that in the past too state government failed to act to the demands put by them. Today they submitted fresh five-point memorandum which included immediate removal of parliamentary secretary for home Gadam Ete, appointment of new independent home minister, separation of judiciary from executive, establishment of separate high court and appointment of tribal high court judge.

“Our parliamentary secretary for home is busy fighting his own case at Supreme Court and therefore is not able to give enough time. Ever since he became parliamentary secretary for home numerous crime incident has jolted people of state but most of the case not been solved till date,” said ALSU general secretary Romik Jagu.

ALSU President Tadar Tarish cited the example of Tongam Rina case and stated that home ministry has failed to act swiftly in this case. “Instead of making any inroad into the case, government kept us fooling in regards to Rina case. They told people that case is being transferred to CBI but later it came out wrong. It happened because of the absence of independent home minister as there was no coordination among the officers of home ministry,” said Tarish.

ALSU threatened to launch series of agitation against state government if their demands are not meted out at the earliest.

ALSU while demanding immediate separation of judiciary from executive claimed that state government had assured on many times to look into this matter but till date nothing took place in reality. ALSU Vice president Temi Pabo and finance secretary Maru Tayuk were also present on the occasion.  



Mishmis celebrate Reh-Tamladu in unison

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Feb 09: Reh and Tamladu festivals of Mishmi community were jointly celebrated by the people of Mishmi community residing in Capital Complex at Siddhartha Hall here today.

Though Reh and Tamladu festivals are celebrated on different days by the three sub-tribes of the community, namely Idu Mishmi, Digaru Mishmi and Mijo Mishmi both the festivals are celebrated today by the three sub-tribes of the community in unison to show case the rich culture, tradition and beliefs of the community to the outside world at a common platform. Reh is generally celebrated on February two while Tamladu is celebrated on February 15.

Tamladu is celebrated mainly to pray god to save the village from natural calamities and welfare and prosperity of human beings. Reh is celebrated by Idu Mishmi for six days with various arrangements including animal sacrifice for general well being and prosperity.

The festivals also bring into light the lifestyle of the community through their unique dresses, food, dance and music.

Attending the celebration, local MLA Techi Kaso appealed to the community members to preserve and protect their unique culture, tradition and beliefs for which he urged the senior members of the community to lead the younger generation from the front. He also exhorted the youths of the community to take part in such celebration with enthusiasm as festivals reflect our diverse cultural heritage.

Responding to a request made by the organizing committee for a festival ground, Kaso assured to extend financial assistance in acquiring it. He, however, suggested the organizing committee to look up the plot first.

Earlier, Kaso unfurled the festival flag.

Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women Chairperson Gumri Ringu, in her brief speech said that the unique dresses and culture speaks volume of the high status given to Mishmi women in their society. She assured that APSCW is always ready to help victims of domestic violence and sexual harassment and fight for their justice and emancipation.

Secretary IPR Indira Mallo Jain, social activist and Padma shree Binny Yanga, Director Trade and Commerce Tokong Pertin, PHE CE Lokalum Kri, Organizing Committee Chairman Jati Pulu also attended the festival.

Colorful cultural display by young girls and boys, students of RGU and performance of Priest Dance performed during the 5th day of funeral ceremony were main attractions of the day-long programme.



UGC sponsored seminar gets underway

Prafulla Kaman

RUKSIN, Feb 9: An UGC sponsored National level Seminar on “role of women in rural development with special reference to the tribes of NE India” got underway at Murkongselek College, Assam near here today.

The two-day seminar organized by the Internal Quality Assessment Cell of the college is being participated by eminent sociologists, researchers, thinkers and college professors from Assam and Arunachal.

Welcoming the participants, Dr Hara Kanta Pegu, principal of the host Murkongselek College briefed the historical background of the area with reference to the development of his college. Stating that the selected topics of discussion was very relevant, Pegu exuded confidence that this seminar would go a long way in creating awareness among the rural womenfolk and help them cherish the goal of the democracy, wherein men and women have equal rights and opportunities.

Participating the technical session, a couple of professors highlighted various aspects of Adi women in terms of their developmental role in rural areas. The assistant professors duo Purnima Dube of DECTE, Pasighat and Dr Anga Padu from JN College, Pasighat through presenting a paper focused on the role played by Adi women for the uplift of socio-economic status of the rural societies. The professors also have had threadbare discussion on the shortfalls of Adi women with reference to the factors affecting on their empowerment.

Earlier, delivering the keynote address on the occasion, Dr Devi Morang Doley, discussed on increasing cases of domestic violence against women and their suppression. She laid stress on concerted efforts to change the trend of suppression on women and gender discrimination, which is affecting on empowerment of tribal women.

Dr Rupam Saikia of Dibrugarh, in his inaugural speech highlighted on various aspects of women related topics. Dr Saikia opined that corruption has been the main hindrance in rural women emancipation.

Renowned sociologist and retired professor of Dibrugarh University Dr Durgeswar Doley said that society cannot make progress without participation of the women. He feels that thorough analysis should be made on the issues of tribal women as well as the other women of other Indian communities. Thought education is must for empowerment of the tribal women it is not enough for them, Dr. Doley opined without elaborating.



Refrain from distorted presentation of culture: CNC

ITANAGAR, Feb 9: The Central Nyokum Committee (CNC) has appealed to all the members of the community to refrain from distorted presentation of rich cultural heritage of Nyishi and to ensure that only Nyishi traditional dances are presented in the cultural events.

Chairing the maiden meeting-cum-interactive programme of the CNC for the session 2013-2016 at Naharlagun today, Bengia Tolum, also Chairman of the CNC, called upon one and all to enthusiastically participate the Nyokum Yullo, 2013 slated from February 24 to 28. He prayed to Nyokum Anne to bestow all round peace, progress and prosperity.

The modus-operandi of the celebration and restrictions enunciated in the last tenures shall continue to be followed, the meeting resolved after threadbare discussion.

Among others, it was re-iterated in the meeting that the Nyokum Flag will be hoisted in the morning of February 24, the arrival of the priests, both main priest (Yullo Nyub) and second priest (Gallang Nyub) on February 24 (forenoon), ritual sacrifice on February 26, priests retreat on February 27 and ceremonial, DAPO (prohibition procession) on February 28. However, Dapo prohibition is not enforceable in the present day life, CNC the release said.

It has also been decided to cap the exorbitant prizes for running shield and trophies for football and volleyball competitions restricting the range within Rs.25,000-Rs.5,000 for first, second and third prizes and other consolation awards.

Echoing the decisions as publicized by the previous tenures of CNC, the meeting re-iterated that no financial grant shall be accorded by the CNC to any celebration committees, rather, it shall be onus on the part of the local committees to accord all support to the CNC members deputed for the purpose in their centres.

As the Central Nyokum Committee proposes to depute its central executive members as an observer for coordination and consultation of the local Nyokum Yullo Committees who in turn will submit detailed report after the celebration, all the local committees are expected to submit the list of their  office bearers, the detailed programme and invited Chief Guest, Guest of Honour and special invitees to their respective Secretary-in-charge who in turn will report to the Central Nyokum Committee with detailed action plan. While endorsing the previous resolutions and taking into account of the need to conserve Mithun, it has been decided that the slaughter of Mithun would be restricted to the minimum necessity and in tune with the restrictions.

It is pertaining to mention here that the Chairman and the Secretary General of the CNC were elected in the General Conference held at Nyikum Nyia Hall, Nyirubjolli on Decemebr 15, 2012 and the Central Executive Body constituted by the duo on Janaury 7, 2013.



Yomgo Calling’

ITANAGAR, Feb 09: Weekly newspaper "The Yomgo Calling" will be republished from this week onward. Publication of the weekly was suspended due to some unavoidable circumstances, informed chief editor of the weekly.

SCC hosts regional workshop on research methodology

ITANAGAR, Feb 09: Saint Claret College hosted a two-day Regional Workshop for College Lecturers on the theme “Research Methodology for Social Sciences” on February 8-9.

The Workshop was attended by 30 assistant professors and research scholars from Arunachal  Pradesh, Assam, and Meghalaya, and was led by Dr. Mrinmoy Sarma of Tezpur University and Dr. Paulson Veliyannoor of Saint Claret College.

The Workshop was part-funded by ICSSR-NERC, Shillong.

Inaugurating the Workshop on Friday, Dr. Nani Bath, Head, Department of Political Science, Rajiv Gandhi University, lauded the college for organizing such a relevant and demanding workshop and urged the participants to create a research culture in their respective institutions for the furtherance of knowledge and progress of society. He also briefly discussed the concerns and constraints in doing research in a state like Arunachal Pradesh.

Over the two days of workshop, Dr. Sarma familiarized the participants with the nature, process, and dynamics of quantitative research methods, statistical analysis, and SPSS usage.

Dr. Veliyannoor introduced the dynamics of qualitative research and dealt with the ethical imperatives in doing research. Awarding certificates of participation at the Valedictory Function, Rev. Fr. Benoy Joseph, Principal, SCCZ, urged the participants to put the insights of the workshop into practice.  

Participants were much appreciative of the workshop and thanked the organizers for arranging such training programs of relevance and usefulness.  


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Drive against tinted car windows continues

PASIGHAT, Feb 9: Continuing its drive to remove black tinted films from car windows, the DTO here with help of district administration and police removed tinted films from 273 cars today, informed East Siang DTO Chakpa Wangsu.

Informing that the drive will be continued, Wangsu informed that the department is all set to introduce ‘High Security Registration Number Plate’ in the district soon within this month.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner RK Mishra appreciated the enforcing officers for their efforts and also the vehicle owners for their helping attitude and cooperation.  DIPRO


Traders oppose forceful donation collection, bandh calls

ITANAGAR, Feb 9: The Naharlagun Bazaar Welfare Committee (NBWC) today organized a meeting at Takar Complex, Naharlagun to discuss the problems of the business community and present law and order situation. The meeting presided over by the Capital Complex deputy commissioner Sanjoy Goel was attended by large number of businessmen, senior citizens and general public.

After threadbare discussion, the members present in the meeting adopted resolution opposing forceful donation collection and forceful selling of housie ticket and calendar, gift coupons etc by any individuals on behalf of their respective association/union/ organization. The house also decided that no trader will close their shops during illegal bandh call by any unknown organization. The Bazar Welfare Committee Naharlagun also urged the competent authority to improve the law and order so that the traders run their business without fear.


ACS submits memo to Pallam

ITANAGAR, Feb 09: Alleging corruption, injustice and inequality in job reservation towards local population in North Eastern Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST) and violation of recruitment rules by people running the affairs of the Institute, Arunachal Civil Society (ACS), in a memorandum to Union Minister for Human Resource Development (HRD), has demanded for immediate filling up of backlog vacancies for APSTs.

ACS alleged that people at helm in NERIST modify recruitment rules to suit for direct recruitment. Demanding investigation into recruitment of Registrar and his suspension till investigation is complete, the memorandum claimed various irregularities in appointment of a Registrar.

“Recruitment of non-APST candidates made against APST quota must be cancelled immediately to pave way for appointment of educated un-employed APST and conduction of all recruitment process for premier institutions in the state like NERIST, RGU and NIT should be held within the state, the memorandum further demanded.

It also demanded immediate action to clear all cases pending against NERIST in Court, immediate removal of a foreigner who was appointed to the post of Laboratory Attendant /Helper and stop paying subsistence allowance.

Meanwhile, the Union Minister for HRD Pallam Raju assured that he will take the matter on priority basis, the ACS claimed.


AGSU’s  pea to DC

ITANAGAR, Feb 9: The All Galo Students Union (AGSU) has appealed to the West Siang deputy commissioner to deploy adequate security personnel to ensure ‘normal working hours’ during the  proposed 72 hours bandh  from February 12 in entire Galo dominated area in connection with the  January 10 Aalo incident.

“There is no convincing reason to enforce bandh in this juncture in connection with the Aalo incident, rather every individual should come forward to assist the SIT and committees  constituted  in this regard,” the  AGSU said in its memorandum addressed to the West Siang deputy commissioner.

It is worth mentioning here that the Galo Students Union has decided to go ahead with  its 72 hours bandh  in protest against the non-fulfillment of its demands in connection with the  January 10 Aalo incident in which a student leader Goto Yudik  lost his life.


Org calls for proper implementation of transfer-posting policy

ITANAGAR, Feb 9: All Arunachal Pradesh Anti-Corruption Organization (AAPACO) has urged the state government to strictly implement the transfer and posting policy.

‘Many Govt officers and officials are staying in their respective posting place for more than 7-10 years even after the normal tenure of 3 years, the Organization said adding that transfer and posting of Govt officers as per transfer and posting policy will help in development of the state in a better way.


ATMA training prog for farmers

ITANAGAR, Feb 09: An Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) sponsored training cum demonstration programme on ‘Vaccination against Ranikhet disease in chicken was organized by Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Changlang at Tikhak Taipy basti under Nampong circle yesterday. All together 12 farmers participated in the programme.

The Subject Matter Specialist in Animal Science of the KVK imparted knowledge on mode of transmission, clinical signs, necessary preventive and controlling measures for Ranikhet disease in chicken. Besides, he also demonstrated the methods of vaccination in chicken against the disease by using F1 and R2B vaccine.

Programme Coordinator of the KVK suggested the trainees to utilize their gained knowledge in practical field to prevent the disease.


AR provides basic amenities to villagers

ITANAGAR, Feb 09: The 18 Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ 25 Sector Assam Rifles has constructed three toilet blocks at Dogpi village for improving the villagers’ living standard.

The toilet blocks constructed under Operation Samaritan was handed over to villagers of Dogpi on February two by post commander 18 Assam Rifles deployed at Dogpi.  

Dogpi is a small village located 19 km (approx) from Jairampur, Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh which falls under ‘area of responsibility’ of 18 Assam Rifles.  Due to remoteness of the area, the villagers of the Dogpi region were devoid of basic civic amenities.  

Construction of the toilet blocks at the village would help villagers main their health and hygiene and generate goodwill for the armed forces deployed the in the insurgency infested area.

Post Commander Dogpi explained the role and responsibility of the Assam Rifles in maintaining law and order besides working for the people’s welfare.  He also advised the beneficiaries to make good use of the asset.

The Gaon Burah of village was the Chief Guest of the function.  


ITBP conducts passing out parade for 375 Himveers

AALO, Feb 09:  The passing out parade and oath taking ceremony the newly trained Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) force was held at Additional Training Centre, 20th Bn ITBP Force, Basar. As many as 375 soldiers were inducted into the force.

Attending parade, RK Saini, IG (NE. FTR) ITBP expressed his deep sense of satisfaction for the 375 Constables/GD who passed out after 44 weeks of rigorous training in PT, judo, weapon handling, map reading, drill, firing, field craft, battle craft, rock climbing, jungle training etc. He said that ITBP has its own recognition in national and international level for guarding the borders. He appealed all the newly passed out soldiers to carry forward rich and healthy tradition of the force. He also awarded prizes to the best trainees in different categories.

Earlier, Raja Babu Singh, DIG, SHQ Itanagar, ITBP Force disclosed that the newly passed out trainees are given multiple nature of training to equip them to guard the Indian border.

Anuj Kumar Singh, Commandant 20th Bn said that constant effort has been made to impart quality training through a selected team of trainers who toiled day and night.

Pritam Singh, Commandant (Water Wing), Senior Officials of District and State administration and large number of people from Basar and Aalo witnessed and enjoyed the passing out parade. DIPRO


Kena  takes  part in Donyi-Mari festival

ITANAGAR, Feb 9: During his extensive tour to his own Assembly constituency, Likabali MLA cum Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Deputy Speaker Jomde Kena attended the Donyi-Mari Festival at Lika village on February 7 last. Bokar Basar, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Capital Complex also attended the festival.

While addressing the gathering, both Kena and Basar exhorted the people to preserve and propagate traditional identities through celebrating such festivals. Further, Kena contributed some amount in cash  as a token of encourage to Donyi-Mari Festival Committee.

On February 08, Kena along with Likabali SDO T. Bage attended Nyoi-Ao Annual Conference at Kumtor village. In his address, Kena praised Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for his people-friendly initiatives towards all-round development of rural Arunachal. He also appreciated people for their support to the INC Government and its pro-people oriented policies. Kena announced an amount of Rs.2 lacs from his MLALAD fund for construction of a Park there.


Skill Development Programme on Handicrafts begins at Ziro.

ITANAGAR, Feb 09: National Youth Project started its 3rd Skill Development Programme on Handicrafts at Ziro Lower Subansiri district on February 8.

The SDP was formally inaugurated by AP Chobin, Assist. Director I/C state office KVIC Itanagar along with Tapan Biswas of NYP.

Speaking on the occasion, Chobin briefed the benefits of such training and various other schemes of the Commission for the welfare of the artisans. He informed that the successful trainees can apply for avail bank loan and PMEGP scheme for eradicating unemployment problem. He insisted all the trainees to take part all the sessions of the SDP. The programme will continue till February 28. Certificate will be issued to all the successful candidates, according to an NYP release.


Health awareness camp

ITANAGAR, Feb 9: A team of doctors along with students from North East Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital today organized a health awareness camp at Poma Middle School under Sangdupota circle.

More than 250  beneficiaries including villagers and students were offered free health check up  during the camp.  Later in an interaction session held at school playground, the resource persons including College principle Prof Shrivastava delivered lecturers on the need of maintaining health and hygiene.


LKAA  conducts work camp

ITANAGAR, Feb 09 :  Lohit Kera-Aa-Association (LKAA), a newly formed youth organization of Lohit Idu Mishmis with it’s headquarter at Telluliang village under Tezu circle of Lohit district conducted a “ Work Camp” today at Telluliang village by involving all the Idu Mishmi youths, elite members of Lohit and students of IGG college.  

A residential house for Tehe Mili, an unemployed youth of Telluliang was constructed with financial and material contributions from every youth members of LKAA comprising youth from Telluliang village, Tamlanagar, Tezu Bazaar, Farm Colony and IGG College, Tezu.

The LKAA was led by Deben Linggi, President and Reka Mimi, Vice-President and Idu college students were led by Rajen Miwu, Assistant Professor of Indira Gandhi Government College, Tezu.  

The motto of the LKAA which was formed on the auspicious occasion of the just concluded Mega Reh festival is to foster unity and integrity amongst the Idu Mishmi youth of Lohit, to preserve its rich tradition and culture and channelize the youth energy for a positive change in the Idu Mishmi Society.

President of LKAA Deben Linggi informed that the decision to conduct the work camp by constructing the said dwelling unit was undertaken during the meeting held on February 6 at Telluliang which was attended by Idu Mishmi officers such Research Officer, District Youth Coordinator (NYK), ICDS officials, Panchayat leaders of Telluliang Village and Idu Community based NGO representatives, Lecturers from IGG College posted in Tezu, Panchayat leaders of Telluliang and energetic executive members of the newly formed LKAA, Telluliang.


Relief distributed

ITANAGAR, Feb 9: The Nyishi Baptist Church Council (NBCC) has distributed relief materials to the rate menace affected farmers of Taniotab range, Kurung Kumey district on February 8.

 Altogether 150 rice bags and 150 kgs salt (50 kg rice and 1 kg salt to each family) were distributed by the team of NBCC headed by relief and rehabilitation incharge Tamchi Kelum.


BJP inspects four lane highway project

ITANAGAR, Feb 9: New president of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Arunachal Pradesh Tai Tagak accompanied by BJP National Council Member, Wangman Lowangcha, District BJP President, Papum Pare, Yuwa Bullet and former Doimukh MLA Ngurang Pinch, state Convener, BJP Labour Cell, Tame Tama  and other party functionaries and senior party leaders visited the ongoing 4 lane highway construction project from Gohpur (Assam) to Chimpu to take stock of the ground level work progress of the ambitious project on February 7.

The team interacted with the personnel of M/s T.K. Engineering Consortium, the road construction agency and appreciated the company for carrying out the works of 4 lane highway construction in a short period of time which started from April 2012. The capability shown by the local construction company is also praiseworthy, the BJP said.  The BJP President viewed that timely completion of 4 lane and 2 lane Highways certainly would boost the connectivity for the state. He also urged the state government to take steps for rewarding the best performing agencies in the infrastructure projects.

The BJP said that the 4 lane highway project under the national highway development project was the brainchild of the  then BJP led NDA Government at the centre headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.


Siram gives emphasis on proper drainage system

PASIGHAT, Feb 9: Developmental activities also bring destruction if they are not done properly and in a planned manner, opined Education Minister Bosiram Siram.

Siram, who is also local MLA visited the Pasighat township today morning along with Deputy Commissioner RK Mishra, Deputy SP BS Mahra, engineers of Urban Development and youth leaders with a mission to improve the drainage system of the township in particular.

Siram asked the DC to instruct the BRO authority for immediate completion of the roadside (NH-52) drains. While directing the DD (UD) for making a good strategy for drainage system in the township, Siram said suggested for regular maintenance and cleaning of drains to avoid over flooding. Stagnant water due to over flooding not only provides perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes but also cause great inconvenience to pedestrian and businessmen as well.

The minister advised the Pasighat Market Welfare Association to conduct cleanliness drive time to time to maintain the beauty and cleanliness of the town. DIPRO







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