February 23


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Festival of Arunachal ends

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Bihar Governor Devanand Konwar has graced the concluding ceremony of the Festival of Arunachal at I G Park here today.

Addressing the mammoth gathering on the occasion, Konwar said  Arunachal Pradesh has made a remarkable progress during its 26 years of journey after attaining the statehood. He further said that Arunachal Pradesh is not only a land of Rising Sun, but also a very important  state  which acts as sentinel of the country. Konwar,  who hails from neighbouring state of Assam, expressed his profound happiness for being associated with the festival, reflecting the age-old bonding between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

Appreciating the theme of the festival “Celebrating oneness”, Konwar also showered praises on the people of the state for maintaining  peace and brotherhood.

The chief guest of the valedictory function, Konwar also distributed prizes to winners of sports competitions.

Governor Gen (retd) J J Singh in his brief address congratulated both the festival organizing committee and all the participants for successful conclusion of the  festival.

In his address, Capital DC Sanjoy Goel  hoped that the  festival will take place in  bigger way in days  to  come. He appreciated Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for his whole-hearted support and cooperation  for grand success of the  festival.

Earlier at the start of the function, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has presented the awards to progressive farmers, and the winners of flower show competition under several categories. Education Minister Bosiram Siram gave away the prizes to the winners of inter-school cultural and literary competitions.

West Siang district emerged as overall champion in sports event.  While the Abor Foods Collection (stall  No 31) bagged the  best food stall award, best exhibition stall award goes to department of legal metrology and  consumers affairs.

On the other hand VKV Itanagar won the running trophy in interschool championship and the VKV Chimpu stood runner up.

A hos of dignitaries including  minister, MP Takam Sanjoy and senior officers also attended the  concluding function.

The major attraction of the  last day of the festival was  the performance of  Bollywood singer Abhijit and Veer-famed actress Zarine Khan.



'Water crisis likely to end by March'

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: The nagging problem of water scarcity being faced by the citizens of the state capital is likely to end soon, precisely by March this year.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, who has been particularly monitoring the progress of the project ‘Augmentation of Water Supply for Itanagar Town (Phase-II)’ executed by the Department of Public Health Engineering & Water Supply (PHE&WS), this morning took a bumpy ride to the water source about 9 km ahead of Poma village and 32 km away from Itanagar.

At the completed intake plant on Mahi River, a proud contingent of PHE&WS officials headed by Secretary Tomi Ete, Chief Engineer Toko Jyoti (West Zone) and capital Executive Engineer Tadar Mangku assured the Chief Minister that remaining works on the Water Treatment Plant would be completed soon and the project would be ready for commissioning by March end.

A pleased Chief Minister suggested its commissioning and inauguration in the first week of April and offered to invite a central leader for the same.

“As Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh had laid the foundation stone of the project as part of PM’s Package on January 31, 2008, it would be befitting if he himself inaugurates it. However, in case of his busy schedule we will invite someone else from the Union Government as this is a very important project and a herculean task successfully completed,” he said.

The department had to build a road from Poma village up to the source point (Mahi River) cutting through rough terrains and building three bridges to lay 450 mm DI pipes as well as movement of vehicles to transport men, machines and materials.  The approach road up to a point called Langkey was progressing well and scheduled to be completed by December 2011. But due to a tremor on November 22, 2011 a huge landslide completely damaged the formation cutting forcing the department to build a bailey bridge over Langkey Nallah and burdening it with a cost escalation of nearly Rs 3.5 crores.

The almost complete project is at the moment under trial run. Zone-III of Itanagar, which is roughly the area covering Chimpu, Chandranagar and PHQ area being fed with water through this project under trial run.

Moving around the intake site, the Chief Minister expressed concern over human interference now that an approach road was in place in the erstwhile dense and impenetrable forest.

While advising proper arrangement of security fencing around the intake plant, he also suggested creation of awareness amongst the villagers in the vicinity to protect forests in the catchment area.

“Our population is bound to grow and this water source will be the only source for another 20-30 years. If we do not protect the catchment area soon the source would dry up as has happened to the sources in Daria Hills around Itanagar,” he pointed out.

He asked Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu to issue a notification to prevent jhum cultivation, forest fire, hunting or cutting of trees in the catchment area.

The project costing (revised) Rs 11525.32 lakh will churn out 11 million liters of water per day providing drinking water to 141619 persons till 2023 of the state capital and is the biggest project so far executed by the department of PHE&WS.



State Level Inter-District Rural Sports PYKKA Competition concludes

West Siang emerge overall champion

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Feb 22:  West Siang emerged overall champion by collecting 64 points in the 3rd State Level Inter-District Rural Sports Competition under Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA), which concluded at Chimpu, near here today. Defending Champion Papum Pare finished second with 49 points and Tirap (37 points) third.

Speaking on the concluding day function, Sports and Youth Affairs Director DK Dinglow highlighted the aims and objective of PYKKA. He informed that the ambitious project was launched by Union Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs in 2008 with a view to tap hidden sports talents in rural areas through a well equipped competition structure from block level and nurture them. It also aims to promote indigenous as well as modern sports and provide basic infrastructure (playground) in every panchayat, he informed.

Over 1100 players, including officials from 12 districts participated in this year's competition, he informed. Dinglow informed that the first state level rural sports meet under PYKKA in Arunachal Pradesh was held in 2010-11 wherein teams from all the districts, excepting Tawang, participated.

Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) Chairman Ligu Tacho, who was also present on the occasion, delivered few words of advice to the young players. He encouraged them to practice hard and maintain physical fitness to become a good sportsperson. He asked them to abstain from drinking, smoking and consuming tobacco and tobacco products, which are very harmful to health.

Describing winning and losing a part and parcel of sports, Tacho said, "Do not get disheartened, if you lose."

Highlighting the importance of games and sports, the APPSC chairman said that sports foster friendship, give self-confidence and help develop physical and mental skills.

Later, Tacho along with Secretary Sports Indira Mallo Jain, Arunachal Olympic Association Secretary General G Doke, Sports and Youth Affairs Assistant Director Ramesh Linggi, Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy Principal P Lombi distributed medals and certificates to the winning team and players.



Rubber can change the face of rural Arunachal: RBI

KOTAYAM, Feb 22: “Rubber if cultivated with sincerity and commitment could change the face of rural Arunachal Pradesh,” said Rubber Board of India chairman Sheela Thomas when agro gramin untied chairman Likha Maj called on her here Tuesday.

Maj as emissary of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki on a 10-day study tour to Kotayam, the rubber hub of India, had a threadbare discussion with her on measures needed to expand rubber cultivation in Arunachal.

Thomas said given the suitable agro-climatic condition and vast land available in Arunachal, rubber could become a money spinner for the local people.

Citing the massive success of community farming initiated by the Board, she said it facilitates the RBI to own the land and help the community to cultivate the cash crop under its expert guidance with the support of the state government before handing over the ownership to the community.

The community learns the expertise during that period which ensures productivity to make it sustainable and profitable, she reasoned.

Pointing out that the GoAP at the advise of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has taken an avowed policy to bring speedy agri-horti development of the agrarian society with a special thrust on rubber and tea cultivation, Maj, in a memorandum, pleaded with her for an independent RBI office at Itanagar to accelerate the process.

Other demands included setting up an institute to offer diploma or certificate course in rubber production and marketing, to hike the present subsidy of Rs 35,000 per hectare to Rs 1,00,000 to intending farmers to yield liquid diamond while serving as a an alternative to traditional low-producing jhum cultivation.

On his request, she consented to visit the state to study the ground reality, spell out the magic secret of the trade and have call on the chief minister to discuss possible tie up with the GoAP.



9 member Arunachalee team on study tour in M’rashtra


MUMBAI, Feb 22: About 9 opinion leaders from Arunachal Pradesh are currently on a visit to Maharashtra as part of a 15-day study tour organized by the Directorate of Field Publicity, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

Speaking over phone from Maharashtra, Suraj Tayang, one of the participants in the team from Lohit district expressed having an enriching experience.

Under the leadership of M Sekhar, Conducting Officer, Ministry of I&B, Beham Yun from Lohit, N Sena, R Tikhak, K Taikam from Changlang, T Puli T Tat from Lower Subansiri, and T Loda, T Kamsha from West Kameng visited Patoda on Tuesday.  

Patoda, a tehsil in Beed subdivision of Maharashtra is recipient of awards like Paryavaran Vikasratna Puraskar, Nirmal Gram Puraskar, and also recipient of International Standard Organization award 9001-2008.

The team, which comprised of panchayat leaders, local entrepreneur and activists started its tour on February 12 and will end by March 1. They were received in Patoda with ‘Kumkum tilak’ and garlands of flowers.

The opinion leaders expressed having being impressed by pro-active approach, cooperation of PRI members and villagers in implementing rural development projects. They also were awestruck by dedication of ICDS officers and workers in the village.

Excited by the visit in Patoda, Tayang said, “We are highly impressed by implementation of ‘gramvikas’ projects in Patoda. In our state Arunachal, people are not much aware of such projects like ‘nirmal gram’ development projects.”

Earlier, they visited Ajanta and Ellora caves, Bibi Ka Maqbara and Daulatabad fort. After their tour of Patoda, they visited Watershed and Land Management Institute, Aurangabad.

According to Skehar, “The objective of the tour is to enable the opinion leaders to learn from the experiences of other states in successful implementation of development projects and initiate similar efforts towards adoption by the government and local bodies in Arunachal.”  



Sanjoy advocates for religious tolerance

BOMDILA, Feb 22: Losar, an important festival of the followers of Buddhism—Monpa, Sherdukpen, Tibetan and Bhutanese—living in West Kameng and Tawang reached its zenith with the participation of Lok Sabha member Takam Sanjoy who air-dashed to Bomdila from Itanagar this morning.

Sanjoy paid obeisance to a Buddha statue that was entwined with religious chants from array of monks at Buddha Park here. He also tried his hand in traditional archery competition.

In his speech, Sanjoy advocated for religious tolerance and emphasized on practice of secularism as enshrined in the constitution of India in letter and spirit while emphatically discarding religious infringement. Elaborating on the multi-faceted manifestation of the festivals like Losar, he said that such festival promote communal harmony and foster universal peace.

While mentioning the contribution of former chief minister Dorjee Khandu in making common celebration of Losar festival, he urged the revellers to take it to other parts of the State especially in Itanagar while assuring to extend all possible help from his end.

Attributing culture as the lifeline of a tribal society, he urged the crowd to find ways to keep it alive.

Quoting intelligent sources, the parliamentarian expressed his concern at the steep rise of activities by the anti-social elements in recent past and called for its immediate halt.

“Bomdila is known for its peace, let it remain so,” he said while urging the administration to take stringent action against the anti-social elements as a deterrent. He also urged the non-natives who have settled in Bomdila to take the responsibility of keeping Bomdila as a peaceful town.   

Earlier in his brief speech on Losar festival, Rinchin Tashi DC Bomdila cum  president, Losar festival committee informed that Losar is a derivation of two words ‘Lo’ and ‘Sar’—‘Lo’ means new and ‘Sar’ stands for year; thus it symbolises the dawn of a new year.

Marchang (local drinks) and Khapse (traditional biscuit) flooded the Kameng Hall amidst traditional dances from various participants from Pedung and Sera village beside students.

The celebration was also attended by Bomdila SP Nupur Prasad, Jamiri zilla member Gijey Jebisow, West Kameng Indigenous Peoples Society Secretary General Passang Dingla, HoDs beside host of other dignitaries. (from Dodum Yangfo)



Vendor development programme

By Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Scores of young emerging entrepreneurs of the Capital Complex participated in a state level ‘vendor development programme’ organized by the state branch of the GoI’s Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Development Institute in association with the National Youth Project (NYP) at the Science Centre here today.  

Attending the programme as the chief guest, Arunachal Chamber of Commerce and Industries president Lala Techi called for proper implementation of departmental projects and government schemes for entrepreneurs.

“Women are the backbone of the society, and women in Arunachal are lucky as they have some social liberties in comparison to women in other parts of the country. Hence young women should try their hands in the field of entrepreneurship which would help them to be financially independent and achieve something,” he said.

Exhorting entrepreneurs to come up with innovative ideas to increase the popularity of their products, Lala said, “Modification of products is very necessary with the changing times.”

Khadi & Village Industries Board CEO Sukumal Dev said “the first step to become a vendor is to know your product,” adding that the quality of products and the character of the sales person go hand-in-hand.  

“If your products are of good quality and your behaviour with the customers is also good then you can be a good entrepreneur,” he said.

“If you are producing something and selling it, some may or may not buy your product, but always remember that everyone is seeing your product,” he added.

Speaking about Consumer Protection Act, Dev said that consumers should try to understand what they are purchasing. “A consumer has full right to drag any producer of a product one has purchased to the court if they find anything wrong with the product,” he said, adding that some producers deliberately produce inferior products to increase sales.

Earlier, highlighting the GoI’s policies, MSME branch assistant director JP Pathak said MSME was potentially “the key engine of economic growth, job creation and greater prosperity.”  

“The GoI’s successive industrial policy statements have emphasized the role that small enterprises can play an important role in providing employment to millions of worker. The sector contributes 8 percent of country’s GDP,” he added.

Industries deputy director G Angu and KVIC assistant director AP Chobin also spoke.  



Pay roll software training at Tawang

BOMDILA, Feb 22: Adding a feather on Information Technology front in Tawang district, a week-long training of Pay Roll Software was kicked off today by RD Thungon, EAC,  DC in-charge of the district.

The training started with a PowerPoint presentation to the DDOs’ to get firsthand knowledge of the software. Twenty DDOs of various departments of Tawang district headquarters attended the first hour of the training.

PK Thungon, DIO, West Kameng, who is also holding additional charge of DIO Tawang gave a brief introduction about the Pay Roll Software which is developed by National Informatics Center, Arunachal Pradesh. He informed that NIC, West Kameng has added many additional features, viz. Form 16 generation, which not only enables the DDOs to generate Form 16, but also makes easier to calculate the tax of income tax payers in the district.

The application software will enable the pay bill to be created within few hours, he informed.

“Moreover it is error free,” he added. DIPRO




Set up permanent local food stalls in Capital Complex’

ITANAGAR, Feb 22:  After inaugurating the food stall counter at Nyikum Niya Complex, Nirjuli as part of the Nyokum Yullo festival, senior journalist Pradeep Kumar exhorted the local entrepreneurs to set up permanent stalls to serve delicious local cuisines to the visitors.

Naga foods are available but not Arunachalees, he quoted many visitors from outsiders expressing their surprise.

Such food stalls will be a great source for employment generation and steady income to the owners, he said with conviction.

While inspecting 17 food stalls, including 7 by educated and unemployed youth and 10 local ornament stalls accompanied by celebration committee chairman and local MLA Techi Kaso and patron Tarh Nachung, he advocated that the locals should be encouraged to take up trade and commerce as permanent vocation.

Impressed with the traditional dresses, outfits and ornaments, which have undergone innovation to suit the changing time, Kumar appreciated bopia (Headgear) maker Techi Bida and his wife Tosum of Deb village, Sagalee and traditional ornament collector Ounga Lamnio, proprietor of Memin Traditional Collection, Model Village, for the attractive products.

How the indigenous people survive in far-flung remote area was evident today when Bengia Yadung from Sarli in Kurung Kumey district bordering China demonstrated tase (local atta) made of from the trunk of Tase tree and sold for Rs 100 per kg.

Tase, a substitute for flour and serves as one of the staple diets, she said, adding we may be far away from the hustle bustle of modernity but know how to sustain without depending on the mainland.   

The stalls will continue to serve the visitors during the festival till February 26 next.



Workshop on Eco-Tourism in Namdapha National Park

MIAO, Feb 22: A two days workshop on “Assessing Feasibility of promoting Eco-Tourism in Namdapha National Park” for fringe villagers, tour operators, self-help groups was conducted at Conference Hall of Circuit House, Miao on February 18 and 19. It was sponsored by Regional Centre National Afforestation & Eco Development Board, NEHU, Shillong.

Inaugurating the programme, Minister for Geology and  Mining, Food & Civil Supplies, Art & Culture, Kamlung Mossang  highlighted about the importance of natural resource conservation and how its sustainable utilization can lead to improving  the Socio-Economic status  and  livelihood of the fringe  villagers of Namdapha National Park. He also spoke on the concept of Eco-Tourism and also expressed his happiness that such type of workshop is being taking place in Miao Town.

S. J Jongsam, C. C. F and Field Director Namdapha National Park addressing the participants in the inauguration of the workshop gave a detailed overview presentation about Namdapha National park  and  its landscape. He also spoke on the concept of Eco- tourism and its benefits.

Dr. Dhruba Sharma, Research Officer RCNAEB,N.E.H.U Shillong also gave a power point presentation on Assessing feasibility of promoting Eco-Tourism in Namdapha National Park.

Resource persons included Dr. S. K Jha NEHU, Shillong, Dr. Pijush Dutta, Land scape coordinator WWF (Tezpur), Kuldeep  and Parimal from NERIST (Nirjuli) and Aporesh Gupta a senior retired Forest Officer. They provided valuable inputs about Eco tourism & its concept.

Tajum Yomcha, Research Officer Namdapha National Park, who is also coordinator of the workshop, gave a Power point presentation on the prospects and constraints of eco–tourism development in Namdapha National Park.

The programme was attended by District Tourism Officer, Changlang K. Pertin, tour operators, all senior Govt officials under Miao sub-division and the villagers.



Arun Dristi conducts Botox camp

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Arun Dristi Eye Care and Research Centre, 0 Point Tinali, Itanagar successfully conducted first ever Botox Injection session in the state.

Dr. Vipul Shandaliya, MD, New Delhi, Master trainer of Botox injection in India successfully administered Botox to nine patients who were suffering from Chronic migraine, disturbing lid twitching and hemifacial spasm on Tuesday last. The cases were selected after screening over 110 patients.

The Botox injection is a botulinum toxin, which after decades of research has been approved for both therapeutic and cosmetic uses. Over the years, this toxin has proved to be blessing for people who are living with compromised quality of life due severe headache, irritating spasm of lid and facial muscles. The medical grade toxin has wider uses  as in cervical dystonia, torticollis, bladder dysfunction etc apart from above use in medical and ophthalmology. The Center is now equipped to administer the Botox injection in future so that people suffering from these ailments need not go out of state for injection.



Rally organized against crimes to mark the statehood day celebration at Seppa

SEPPA, Feb 22: A mass rally was organized at Seppa with participation of MLAs of the district, senior citizens, Govt. employees, members from the business community, PRI leaders, EKSWCO, EKCCI, Bazar Welfare Committee and general public on the occasion of statehood day on February 20.

This was followed by ceremonial unfurling of the National flag by Tapuk Taku MLA-cum-Chairman, Sports Authority of Arunachal  at General ground, Seppa and a public meeting.

 Addressing the public meeting, the Deputy Commissioner Tope Bam requested  the members present in the meeting  to endorse finally 9-point resolutions adopted in a meeting in the DC’s Office on 20th January last and subsequently on 4th February 2013  against the alleged extortions in Seppa Bazarline especially from the non-tribal traders and also from the officers by the local miscreants.  

The DC also readout the resolutions and explained in brief.

Parliamentary secretary  Kumar Waii , Tani Loffa, MLA- cum- Chairman, AP Forest Corporation Ltd, Tapuk Taku, MLA –cum- Chairman, Sports Authority of Arunachal, Hari Natung Ex-Minister  and Lelung Lingfa,  President DCC(I) participated in deliberation  and strongly supported the resolutions adopted in earlier meetings to make  the district HQ, Seppa in particular and district in general a crime free for all-round development.  The meeting resolved to fight unitedly against the criminals and authorized the law enforcing authorities to deal with the criminals strongly and award exemplary punishment as per law to usher an era of full social security.

The meeting formally endorsed the 9 points resolution and decided to implement it immediately. DIPRO



Phed, Lohit honoured on Statehood Day

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: The Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) has been awarded first prize among various govt departments in Lohit for providing meritorious public service.

Parliamentary Secretary (PHE & WS) Karikho Kri presented the trophy on the occasion of Statehood Day Celebrations at Tezu. The trophy was received by KC Das on behalf of the Department.

The PHED, Lohit has been conducting several innovative campaigns and contests to involve a large number of the common people to create a clean and green Lohit which led to 18 gram panchayats open-defecation free and win Nirmal Gram Puraskar from the Central Govt.

The PHED in Lohit has been constantly campaigning for a clean neighbourhood, urging and guiding people to set up toilets in every home. This has been achieved during the last 3 years through a number of innovative campaigns initiated by Executive Engineer PHED Namsai Tayum Tok, along with his team members. Some of the activities included ‘Hand-washing Day’ on October 15 every year, Sanitation Walk and Sanitation Runs, street plays and conduct of training on handling of field test kits where all village water and sanitation committee members of all panchayats in Lohit District were trained to use water testing field test kits to test water sample of all drinking water sources. The department has been actively supporting the APNE Library, Wakro, for the last 3 years to organize street plays in Mishmi language, hold the Onam-Solung Creative Rangoli contest for a garbage and plastic waste-free neighbourhood in the villages. This year the Library activists have been trained to do simple water-testing techniques using field test kit, thus enabling the students and youth to be agents of social awareness.

On the Statehood Day this year a Sanitation Walk was organized in Mahadevpur to drive home the point, ‘A clean Arunachal needs an ever-alert people.   

It is such committed and spirited campaigning and innovative initiatives that have won Tok, the state-level recognition and the Governor’s Commendation Certificate and the Governor’s Gold Medal consecutively in 2011 and 2012.  



Statehood day celebrated

ITANAGAR, Feb 22:  The 27th Statehood Day of Arunachal Pradesh was celebrated in New Delhi in a befitting manner organized by Arunachal Students’ Union Delhi (ASUD).

Various games and sports competitions, like football, cricket, literary competitions, traditional dance and dress competition were organized as part of the celebration.

Mr. and Miss. Fresher competition was also organized besides other student oriented activities.

Chief Imam of All India Organization of Imams of Mosques, Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi and Chairman of Venkateshwara Group of Institutions, Meerut Sudhir, Jarjum Ete,  Tomi Ete, Yura Tagung, AK Mishra, IFS, CRC Arunachal Bhawan,  K N Damo, APSCS, DRC, Arunachal Bhawan attended the celebration among others.

Nang Yasoda Manpoong and Tana Pekhi Tara have been adjudged as Miss Fresher and Mr. Fresher respectively.

Addressing the students, ASUD President R T T Gue (Thomas), stressed on unity among students of Arunachal Pradesh outside state, preservation of tradition and culture, upliftment and development of student community.

Reports of Statehood Day celebration are also received from various parts of the district.

At Namsai, the national flag was unfurled by ADC Kamlesh Kr Joshi at Nimki ground amidst huge gathering of public and govt. officials of the subdivision. Flower exhibitions were held where public, self help groups and NGOs participated.

At Geku, EAC Adong Pertin hoisted the flag amidst huge gathering. The main highlights of the celebration were exhibition stall, cultural display by various women groups and football match between EAC team and Public XI.

At Hayuliang, ADC RK Borthakur hoisted the national flag on the occasion at general ground.

The celebration started with a sanitation rally followed by spot drawing competition. All the govt staff and public attended the function. DIPROs

All Maro, Baririjo Area Students’ Union and Panchayat leaders, gaon burahs, youths and students jointly celebrated the statehood day at Maro circle headquarter. The newly posted CO G Doke unfurled the  national flag on the occasion. He appealed one and all to maintain peace and prosperity and also asked the students to give priority to their study.

At Longding, the statehood day was also celebrated in a befitting manner.  Addressing the gathering on the occasion, ZPM Yabom Lokham urged the people to work together for peace and progress of the district in particular and the state in general.

Among others, SP Rajesh Kumar, ADC N Wangsu and all heads of the  departments and local leaders took part in the celebration.  

‘Séance Dungeon’ becomes Red Ribbon superstar

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Séance Dungeon, a death metal band from Arunachal, emerged winner in the Red Ribbon superstar contest in a gala competition held at the  I G Park here yesterday evening. The  band  will  now work as brand ambassador of Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society.  ‘Acrimonious’ and  ‘Pantheons’ won the  2nd and 3rd position respectively. With this, the 3rd edition of the Rockfest, a concert under Multimedia Campaign against HIV/AIDS came to an end.

Earlier, the campaign with the theme “Live Another Day, journey against AIDS” was launched by Parliamentary secretary for Health and Family Welfare Nido Pavitra from Boori Boot Festival ground, Taya Simla village in Lower Subansiri district on February 6. This year the MMC toured  eight highly vulnerable districts  including Lower Subansiri, Upper Subansiri, West Siang, East Siang, Lower Dibang Valley.


International Mother Languages Day organized at Wakro

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: As a part of the International Mother Languages Day, the APNE Library Wakro organized story-telling and creative writing contests for school students of the Wakro schools yesterday.

Bisonlu Mepong, class VIII, KGBV Wakro and Himatsi Yun, Class VII, Apna Vidya Bhavan, Wakro shared the top honours in the story-telling contests in Mishmi language.

Diyenlu Minin (AVB) and Dipesi Pul (KGBV) bagged the second and third position. There were also demonstration of story-telling in other Arunachali languages of Adi, Galo and Meyor.

In the contest of Arunachali Folk-tale writing in English, Solina Kambrai, Amilu Minin and Keshilu Tayang, all from AVB won the prize for the best stories. In the contest “An experience in my life” for class IX students, Rita Kri, Sharon Mathews and Neha Pul, Govt Sec School, Wakro won consolation prizes.


Training programme for ASHAs

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: As many as 21 ASHAs from Dambuk were trained in 6th and 7th module from February 18 to 22.

They were trained on calculation of expected date of delivery based on last menstrual period, basic resuscitation of new born baby and cord care etc in the third phase training.  

Dambuk SDO Atul Tayeng, while inaugurating the training suggested the trainees to be sincere in the service of public and set example for rest of the state.


State BJP new executive body okayed

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: The central leadership of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has approved the appointment of new office bearers for State BJP, Arunachal Pradesh for the year 2013-16.

The new state BJP committee headed by Tai Tagak as president included, Sotai Kri, Katan Kamboh, Tayek Goi (Vice Presidents), BR Wage, Dominic Tadar (General Secretaries, OA and Prog). Former Minister Lichi Legi and Wangman Lowangcha have been appointed as National Council Members for Arunachal West and East respectively.


KVK Upper Subansiri conducts Farmers-Scientist interaction programme at Baririjo

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: A day-long Farmers Scientist interaction programme sponsored by ATMA was conducted at Baririjo village yesterday.

The farmers were trained on integrated pest management of rice and vermi composting by subject matter specialists of the KVK.

The techniques of scientific fish farming, soil testing etc. were also extensive elaborated by the Programme assistant (fisheries) and SMS during the interaction programme.

Altogether 40 participants took part in the programme.

Later, the farmers were taken for a field visit.


Siram inaugurates annexe building of State Library

ITANAGAR Feb 22: Education Minister Bosiram Siram today inaugurated the newly constructed annexe building of State Library Itanagar in the sideline of an awareness programme organized by State Central Library.

The extended building will fulfill the needs of the State Central library, said Siram. He lauded the initiative of department of Public Libraries and funding agency Raja Ram Mohan Roy Library Foundation, Kolkata to bring changes to infrastructure.

He also highlighted about the importance of library and its role in students’ life.

Earlier, Parliamentary Secretary JK Panggeng, highlighted the importance of education and urged the students to develop reading habit.

APPSC member Mamang Dai, Director, State Central Public Library J Borang, Deputy Director, Research, Batem Pertin and others also spoke on the occasion.   DIPR


Society felicitates meritorious students

YINGKIONG, Feb 22: The 11th general conference of Boring Olung Welfare Society was held at Sibum village from February 16 to 18. Besides discussing various welfare issues of the society, the society facilitated meritorious students who excelled in Class X and XII CBSE examination 2012. The felicitated meritorious students included Nikita Taying 96 per cent, Minam Gamoh and Tobom Gamoh 86 per cent each.


One OBT house gutted

BORDUMSA, Feb 22:  A devastating fire broke out at Bijoypur III village completely gutted down an OBT house, kitchen and granary at the wee hours of February 20.  The house belongs to one Suparna Chakma, an Anganwadi worker. However, there was no report of casualty.

Despite the best efforts of some 200 odd villagers the fire could not be doused and no house hold items including cash recovered.

ADC Bordumsa, Kento Riba along with Police personnel from Bordumsa rushed to the spot in order to take stock of the situation. The ADC handed over Rs 2000 in cash and few relief materials as immediate relief to the fire victim.  An enquiry committee is being constituted to ascertain the cause of the fire and assess the fire damages.


Maha Suryanamaskar prog at Roing

ROING, Feb 22: As a part of the celebration of Sardh Shati Samaroh of Swami Vivekandanda, a Maha Suryanamaskar Programme was conducted at VKV Roing here recently. Around 515 students and teaching staffs of different schools of Roing took part in this programme.

D B Kumhar, Asst. Commandant of CRPF highlighted the relevance of Suryanamaskar in the modern era.  Lohit Vibhag Pramukh, Bishen Mepo and Yasik Pertin, Prabuddh Bharat for SVSSS, Roing also poke on the occasion regarding significance of the day.


Youth empowerment training held

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: The month-long training on Youth Empowerment through spoken English and personality development held at Ziro valley school Lempia concluded yesterday.

Altogether 50 students from various schools and colleges from Ziro area attended the training programme.

State Bank of India, Ziro Branch Chief Manager BC Das attended the closing ceremony as chief gust and gave away the prizes and certificates to the participants.

Earlier, Apatani Youth Association General Secretary Hage Dollo attended the inaugural function as chief guest and Philips Olive Raymond, Er Sanjay Loitam, M Marak, Tasso Gyati were the resource persons of the training programme.


SHG organizes Mela at statehood day celebration

AALO, Feb 22: Mubu Aba Self Help Group (SHG) Panya, a leading self help group in West Siang district organized a Group Mela with the help of Deputy Director, ICDS under Micro Finance Vision 2012-13 on the occasion of statehood day celebration on February 20.

The SHG displayed handloom and handicraft items, agricultural products and local artifacts in the Mela.

A healthy baby show was also organized by District Health Society Aalo and sponsored by NRHM. DIPRO


Pre-Nyokum celebrated

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Pre-Nyokum was celebrated at Rajiv Gandhi University campus on February 19 last.

District Fishery Development Officer Pani Taram and Land Revenue and Settlement Officer Techi Hitler attended the function as chief guest and guest of honour, informed the RGU Nyokum Yullo celebration committee in a release.

They briefed about the importance of Nyokum festival and urged the gathering to maintain tradition and culture. They also advised the students of the university to properly utilize valuable time in their education.

Later, Taram kicked off the volleyball tournament. Apart from these various Buya dance was also conducted on the occasion.


RCH cum school health check-up camp

YINGKIONG, Feb 22: Upper Siang DRCHO Dr. Appir Apang along with a team of doctors comprising Dr. G. Litin, Dr. K. Teng, Dr. K. Patuk, Dr. O. Modi with para medical staff from the District Hospital, Yingkiong conducted a RCH camp-cum- school health check up at Sumsing and Dalbing village on  February 18 and 19 respectively. They treated 100 patients and checked up 84 school children at Sumsing. The team offered free medical treatment to 200 patients and 140 school children at Dalbing village next day.

Expressing serious concern over the unhygienic condition of the  villages, the team of doctors advised the gaon burahs and PRI members  to follow the hygienic way of life. Dr. Apang also  made te school  children  aware of different diseases like TB, HIV, AIDS, Malaria, Typhoid, Hepatitis and sex education on the occasion. Accompanying the medical team the DIPRO distributed radios to the representatives of the PRI members and Gaon Buras for dissemination of information to the villagers on the day. DIPRO


Saint Claret celebrates Annual Day

Ziro, Feb 22: Saint Claret College, Ziro celebrated its tenth annual day recently.

Speaking on the occasion, parliamentary secretary for Urban Development, Town Planning and Land Management Padi Richo praised the college authority for its vision and commitment towards quality education and urged the students to make use of every opportunity that they get to excel in their lives.

Addressing the gathering, Taru Talo, the Deputy Commissioner of Lower Subansiri District exhorted the youngsters to face the challenges of their time fearlessly and have faith in the Almighty. Fr. Benoy Joseph, the principal presented the annual report of the college. Rev. Dr. Paulson Veliyannoor, in his welcome address highlighted the importance of the day being this as the Tin Jubilee celebration.

The cultural extravaganza displayed by the Claretines was a feat to the eyes. Mad Ads- “maddening Advertisements” was the highlight of the day. Later prizes and scholarships were distributed to the winners of Resonance 2012- 2013 by Padi Kunya  and Rev. Fr. Xavier Mushahary. Apart from the staff and students of the college a large number of officers, public leaders, parents and well wishers attended the function.


Parent-teacher meet held

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: A Parent-Teacher Meet was conducted at Govt. Middle School, Emchi on February 19. The main objective of the program was ‘to assess the quality and progress of the child and to find out ways and means to improve the academic progress of a child’’ under the continuous comprehensive evaluation (CCE).

More than 200 parents participated and exchanged their views and shared their ideas.

Highlighting the objectives of the program to the gathering CK Yab, Headmaster of the school emphasized parents to give due importance to the academic career of their ward and exhorted everyone to extend cooperation in shaping the future of the children. He also expressed deep sense of gratitude to the parents for their active participation in such programs.

Addressing the parents, R. Doye, Block Resource Centre Coordinator, Doimukh appreciated the effort of Headmaster of the school for conducting such important meet. He insisted the parents to have a close coordination with the teacher and school administration for academic upliftment of their ward and progress of the school as well. Thus, every parent must visit school and interact with the teacher to take stock of their children’s progress which is a legitimate duty of every parent, he said.

Later, a head to head counseling program between the teachers and parents along with their ward was held.


Renovate Lobi road

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Capital Youth Organization in a representation to Chief Engineer Western Zone PWD appealed for renovation of Lobi Panchali road via state museum.

It said that the road is in dilapidated condition which needs immediate attention from concerned authority for its renovation works.


Health camp for PWDs

AALO, Feb 22:   In response to the Department of Social Justice & Empowerment and Tribal Affairs, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, the CDPO Aalo has decided to organize Diagnostic Camp cum Free distribution of Aids & Appliances camp for all categories of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) with the help of Rehabilitation Professionals, District Administration and Medical Officers at District Hospital, Aalo on February 28.

A team consisting eight members both technical and non-technical besides two officers from Naharlagun will take part in the camp. The Persons with Disabilities of all categories will be diagnosed and provided needful aids and appliances, like wheel chair, Crutches, Blind Stick and Hearing Aids free cost. DIPRO


Samuhik Surya Namaskar performed

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Samuhik Surya Namaskar in connection with the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda was held at government middle school Tissa recently which was participated by 300 students from various schools of the district.

On the occasion, BEO Longding cum NAGAR Sanchalak of VK Arun Jyoti Longding Manhang Loham called upon the youths to dedicate themselves to their education, maintain discipline and become a good citizen.

Longding district Swami Vivekananda Sharda Shanti Samaroh Samiti convener Sanwang Wangsa briefed about the year-long celebration of 150 birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.

He also highlighted about the activities of Vivekananda Kendra and called upon the youth to participate in such activities.

VK Arun Jyoti member Noklam Rangkham and Ngamwang Wangham also spoke on the occasion.


Society decides to call bandh

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Charto Valley Welfare Society Taliha in a representation to Deputy Commissioner Upper Subansiri District threatens that the Society would launch 24hrs bandh call at Taliha area from April 15 to 16.

The society demanded that the teaching staff of Taliha and Payeng circle who are not attending their place of posting should be immediately directed to attend their respective posting place.

It also demanded immediate restoration of defunct PWD, RWD and Power Division of Kodak, Taliha and Veterinary Sub-Centre Taliha, immediate shifting of electric transformer from Manga to Sub Power Station Taliha and immediate operation of micro Hydel Kojen Nallah Taliha.

The society also urged the BSNL authority to provide BSNL services in the area.


Over 6000 children to be covered under 2nd phase of IPPI

ZIRO, Feb 22: The District Task Force Committee meeting for Intensified Pulse Polio Immunization (IPPI) held a meeting for second round of pulse polio immunization campaign today under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Lower Subansiri district.

In the meeting, performance of the first round of IPPI held on January 20 was reviewed. The Committee targets to immunize 6269 children in the district in the second phase of the IPPI on February 24.

All the members assured to extend all possible help to make this campaign successful. DIPRO


Centenarian’s death condoled

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: Ramle Banggo Welfare Society (RBWS) has deeply mourned the death of Yomchi Dabi of Tene village under Nari Koyu at aged 119 years on February 17 after a brief illness.

Born on December 18, 1894, he was one of the oldest living persons in East Siang district. He left behind two sons, five daughters and many grand children. His oldest son Chinya Dabi was ex-anchal vice president of Pasighat.

“A priestly person, Dabi was instrumental in creation of Nari Koyu assembly constituency. His death has cast a pall of gloom in entire Nari-Koyu,” RBWS in a condolence message said.

 ”May almighty Donyi Polo rest his soul in eternal peace,” RBWS prayed and conveyed its heartfelt condolence to the bereft family members to bear the irreparable loss.


ASU conference

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: The XIVth General Conference-cum-Election of Apatani Students’ Union (ASU) began at Ziro today.

Attending conference, the All Lower Subansiri Students’ Union ALSSU president suggested the students to maintain unity among them and discouraged involvement of student in politics.

ALSU general secretary suggested the students to maintain communal harmony, peace and tranquility in the society for all round development.

More than 1000 students were present on the opening day.





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Appreciates for saving life

Dear Editor,

Through your esteem daily, it is to inform to general public that on the night of 16th February at around 11 PM one speeding vehicle knock down Kenge Ado, an Assistant Sub Inspector (APP) who was coming back to his residence after curtsy visit to a friend who got operated recently. The incident happened near Old Deputy Commissioner Office, Naharlagun and the driver sped away without caring about the ailing person. Not even that, the person who was following the vehicle which intentionally hit the police officer also did not try to help him to get medical treatment. ASI Ado somehow managed to raise his hand hoping to get help from the passing vehicle but in vain. After a while  Yukar Taw, a true dedicated social worker who was passing through same road found Ado in pool of blood and immediately rushed him to General Hospital, Naharlagun without a second thought. This act of Yukar Taw is really a commendable and praiseworthy act and we don’t have any appropriate word to convey our gratitude to him.

I on behalf of Aado Welfare Society Itanagar, convey our heartfelt thanks from the bottom our heart to Yukar Taw, for his yeomen service being rendered and saving a precious life of a Police Officer in general and Ado family in particular.  May God help Yukar Taw and his family in every sphere of life.


Noto Ado


Aado Welfare Society (Itanagar)



Betrayal after betrayal

Dear Editor,

Before our memory fades lets us recollect the news item that appeared in this esteemed daily on 25.12.2012, which reported “Major Issue faced by the Gurkha and Yobins of Vijaynagar was solved on spot, by Nabam Tuki, the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh by distributing PRC certificates to few senior citizens and has directed all others to apply for the same and collect from the office of the circle officer.

On 17.02.2013 While sipping a nice cup of tea in the morning and going through this esteemed paper to find out what is going on in my state, I was deeply hurt and felt once again betrayed by the Government, on coming to learned that the government’s high power committee formed for recommendation of granting PRC to non-APST is still in the process of discussion. May I ask a question, Was Mr. Tuki’s act of granting PRC to the few residents was a joke? Or is he fooling the illiterate residence of Vijaynagar?    

We the Yobin people have faced betrayal and nothing else from the Government of Arunachal, and every time a new government is formed we looked forward that our grievances will be addressed but nothing happens apart from empty promises, and we are back to square one with deprivation and discrimination.

The Yobins have a long historical attachment with Arunachal Pradesh since North Eastern Frontier Agency days and as such one of the aboriginal tribe of the state which fact is acknowledged by the other brother’s of Changlang district that is Tangsas and the Singphos. And it is an open fact that we have been demanding for the restoration of our schedule tribe status for the past 40 years or so therefore non-granting of PRC is not our major issue, the demand for PRC is the demand of the Gurkhas who were settled in our land. As such the government’s interest in addressing their issue is justified because they have become more influential than the Yobins, and why not, the Democracy is about how much noise a particular group can make. We the Yobins cannot make noise because we have become minority in our own land and our status tagged with the refugees.

I have no hard feelings with our Gurkha brothers I am only trying to make my point across the table is that we are the indigenous tribe of Arunachal Pradesh as such only Granting PRC to us tagging with other Non APST is not going to help us. We demand our Schedule Tribe status, if the government feels Gurkhas should be given PRC is upto them without floating the laws and rules mend for the protection of the tribal people. Let every right thinking citizen of Arunachal spare a few minutes of their valuable time and ponder upon this issue, lest 10 years from now we may wonder, What have we done?.


Phuyosa Yobin,

AdvocateGauhati High Court



Fake drugs

Fake and substandard drugs are endangering public health - and their manufacture and sale rank among the easiest to commit but least detected crimes internationally - according to a report, which calls for better access to novel technologies to tackle the problem.

The situation is exacerbated by problems with drug quality testing in low- and middle-income countries, where poorly trained chemists and weak infrastructure are common obstacles, says the US Institute of Medicine report.

The costs associated with developing new detection technologies are also a barrier to making available robust, sustainable, user-friendly and inexpensive technologies, it says.

The study examined the common TB drugs isoniazid and rifampicin. Sample drugs were purchased from pharmacies in 19 cities across Africa, as well as Brazil, China, India, Russia, Thailand and Turkey.

Of more than 700 TB drug samples, nine per cent overall failed basic quality testing. This included a failure rate of 16 per cent in Africa, ten per cent in India, and around four per cent in other countries.

The report recommends steps to improve governmental capacity for identifying fake or substandard products. These include making detection technologies more accessible in low- and middle-income countries, and ensuring that field technologies and techniques are cheap, durable and easy to use and maintain.

It also calls for a global agreement on a WHO-drafted international code of practice - the Model Quality Assurance System - that would include "guidelines on surveillance, regulation, and law enforcement", to be adopted by all countries.