February 11

Chief Minister’s Trophy

East Kameng beat East Siang 1-0 in men’s football

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: East Kameng beat East Siang 1-0 while Upper Subansiri and West Siang played out 1-1 draw in Men’s football in the first state level Chief Minister’s Trophy at Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy, SLSA Complex, Chimpu near here today. In women’s football, Kurung Kumey defeated East Siang 4-0.

In Volleyball (men), East Kameng beat Upper Siang in straight sets 25-13, 25-16 and West Siang lost 17-25, 25-27 to Lower Subansiri.

In women’s Volleyball, Lower Subansiri beat East Siang 2-0 (25¬6, 25-8), Papum Pare beat Capital Complex 2-1 (25-17 23-25, 25-19), East Kameng beat West Siang 2-0 (25-21, 25-8), according to sports and youth affairs department release.


APPSU team visits Tarasso

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: The executive members of All Papum Poma Students Union (APPSU) led by its president Teli Tadap Camdir yesterday visited Tarasso. The union interacted with the Panchayat leaders, youths, publics and security forces deployed there. The union conducted a small programme in the campus of Govt. Secondary School, Tarasso. In presence of Tarasso, ASM, Chairperson Panye Takang, union distributed some relief materials to four victim family members, whose houses and properties was destroyed during  illegal eviction drive carried out by Assam forest officials on 9th January. Union also distributed some items to youth and force deployed there.

The union meanwhile appealed the local MLA to initiate steps for early construction of bridge over Papum River at Tarasso. "MLA should instruct the concern department engaged in work for immediate and proper maintenance of the new road connecting Tarasso, before the rainy season starts. Specially, those who have to travel on medical ground face lots of problem." The union appeals authority concerned to provide adequate supply of medicine and detail some doctors as required.

During the visit union found that majority of teachers posted within Tarasso circle is not in station due to which academic session of schools are not functioning properly and some schools have even closed though final exam is approaching. APPSU appealed to the authority concerned to immediately direct and send those absent teachers back to their respective posting place. Union also urged chief minister to act in time, deliver strong statement and take strong decision when our state is facing this kind of prevailing situations. They have further appealed to the state government to solve the boundary issue at the earliest possible.


Orgs mourn death of  Mori Riba

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) expressed deep shock  at the untimely demise of Mori Riba, son of former Chief Minister late Tomo Riba, who breathed his last on February 8 at Guwahati after brief illness.

Late Mori Riba was an active and dedicated Congress leader who had served the party in various capacities like APYC vice-president. His valuable contribution for the greater interest of INC and welfare of the state will always be remembered by the people of the state.

APCC prayed to Almighty God for eternal peace of the departed soul and give strength to the bereaved family members to bear the irreparable loss.

The members of All Taksing Tagru Welfare Society (ATTWS) and Arunachal Pradesh Common Cause Society have  in a joint condolence meeting held at Polo Colony,  Naharlagun yesterday observed two minutes silence for heavenly peace of  late Mori Riba. His sudden demise is a great loss not only to his family circle but also to the state as a whole,  organizations said in a condolence message. The Galo Peoples' Federation (GPF) also condoled the untimely death of Mori Riba, a senior Galo member and social activist. The members observed one minute's silence as a mark of respect to the departed soul and conveyed condolence to bereaved family.

Meanwhile, the GPF appreciated the  noble gesture of the public leaders, officers, students and other civil Organizations  who have voluntarily donated  for fire victims of Gemo Tali village.


PPLAWC defers bandh

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: Pare Project Land Affected Welfare Committee (PPLAWC) has deferred its 48-hr bandh call from February 10 at NEEPCO's Pare Hydro Electric Project (PHEP) site after Doimukh MLA and Govt. spokesperson Nabam Rebia assured to take up the matter/grievances with NEEPCO CMD at Delhi. PPLAWC, however, has threatened 72-hr project site bandh on February 24 in case the demands were not met within 10 days. Rebia, in a meeting with PPLAWC attended by Rose Panchayat ASM Techi Rakap, Dakte Hoj Panchayat ASM Taba Tabang, GB Tana Taj, GB Hoj Taba Tad, 50 ITI trainees and villagers of Sopo, Jampa and Hoj village sought 10 days to solve the burning problems of the land affected public. He further appeal to the public and youth of Sopo, Jampa and Hoj to cooperate with NEEPCO authority for early completion of the project and assured that many more schemes under CSR will be implemented for local area development in future.

Earlier, PPLAWC Chairman Gyamar Kuka placed the grievances before Rebia in chronological order and informed him about false promises made by NEEPCO authority on every occasion to the land affected people.

"In all the meetings they (NEEPCO) agreed to appoint land affected youths in group C&D posts but they failed to keep their promises. Even the NEEPCO CMD and Director Personnel had given us written assurance to appoint 50 land affected youth within February 7, 2013, but no action has been initiated so far," he lamented.

"Recently one land affected youth had cleared written examination conducted by NEEPCO for Account Officer but she was allegedly denied to appoint," the PPLAWC chairman alleged.

The PPLAWC appealed to the public of Sopo, Jampa, Hoj and employees of NEEPCO to cooperate with it for fulfillment of its demands.


Opak Gao takes charge of East Siang DC

 PASIGHAT, Feb 10:  A 1992 batch APCS officer Opak Gao has taken over the charge of Deputy Commissioner East Siang District.

Earlier, he served as Secretary APPSC before posting  at Pasighat.

Meanwhile, Gao said that 'upholding of law and order for peace and tranquility and development of the district will be my priority'. He hopes that with the co-operation and support from one and all, he will be able to achieve his vision. DIPRO


H S Singh takes charge of NABARD regional office

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: H. S. Singh, General Manager has taken over as officer-in-charge of Arunachal Pradesh Regional Office of NABARD at Itanagar today. Singh, had joined NABARD in 1984 and has 29 years of rich experience in various regional offices of NABARD across the country as well as in Head Office.


Leadership development for NSUI members

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: A three-day state level leadership development training programme of the elected members of state and district unit concluded at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan here on February 8 last.

Attending its concluding function, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki inaugurated the NSUI state unit website www.nsuiarunachal.in and distributed laptops to all the district unit presidents and also handed over leadership development certificates to all the participants.

NSUI national president Rohit Choudhury encouraged the participants to develop their leadership quality.


AR conducts Medical Camp

CHANGLANG, Feb 10: A free medical camp was organized by Assam Rifles under DGAR MCA project 2013-14 at Changlang recently.

A total of 405 patients were screened during the daylong medical camp. On the occasion, The Assam rifles jawans also beefed about the importance of health and hygiene.

Earlier, the camp was inaugurated by Deputy Commissioner Chanchal Yadav.

The Assam Rifles also conducted a free medical camp at Rangringkan village Changlang.

A total of 690 patients attended the medical camp, 355 Males, 263 Females and 72 children were screened throughout the day.


Cultural show on folk songs and dances held

CHANGLANG, Feb 10: Tangsa Singpho Tutsa Cultural Promotion Society has organized a Traditional Cultural Show on folk songs and dances of Tangsa, Singpho and Tutsa tribe of the District recently.

Attending the programme, Parliamentary Secretary WRD & Research, Thinghaap Taiju appreciated the society for providing an opportunity to budding artists to exhibits their talent. He hoped that the society will continue with the noble deeds in times to come.

Later, he launched the logo of the society during the event.

Earlier, President Tangsa Singpho Tutsa Cultural Promotion Society, Lomhom Mossang, briefed about the objectives of the society. He informed that preserving the unique and age old culture is the need of hour besides promoting it. To encourage the young artists on folk songs and folk dances by providing them a platform is one of the moto of the society, he added.

Among others who attended the programme were ZPC, Marina Kenglang, SDO S S Choudhury, CO S Roy and i/c DIPRO Dorjee Khandu. DIPRO


ICYF-2014 deferred

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: The Inter College Youth Festival, (ICYF) 2014 as earlier scheduled to be conducted by Rajiv Gandhi University, Doimukh  from 17th to 19th February, has been deferred due to unavoidable circumstances. The said Festival will now be held from 28th February to 2nd March, 2014.

A total of 27 Teams including RGU are expected to compete each other in various Sports, Literary, Cultural and Fine Arts Events, according to an official release.


Blood donation camp held

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: More than 60 units of blood were collected during a voluntary blood donation camp organized by the students and faculty members of NERIST at its campus health centre on February 8 last.

The programme was organized in collaboration with State Hospital, Naharlagun and Vivekananda Yuva Shakti, Itanagar under the aegis of Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society.

Deputy Director, State Blood Transfusion Council, Dr Pekba Ringu and I/C Blood Bank, State Hospital, Naharlagun, Dr P Sona articulated on misconception on blood donation and benefits of blood donation.


West Siang DC inspects MGNREGA works

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: West Siang Deputy Commissioner Manoj Kumar Sahoo has inspected the implementation of schemes under MGNREGA in three villages under Aalo West CD Block on February 8. He was accompanied by project director DRDA Aalo, BDO Tamin Rallen during his visit.  

During his inspection he had interacted with villagers working at site under MGNREGA. Visiting Kugi Pomte village, DC held a public meeting. He further expressed satisfaction at rural development schemes like construction of CC drain, approach road, CC steps and porter tracks.


News Impact

Nido Tania died of head, lung injuries

NEW DELHI, Feb 10: Arunachal Pradesh youth Nido Tania died of severe internal head and lung injuries, police today told the Delhi High Court which also asked the Centre to give draft guidelines to it by tomorrow to ensure safety of people of northeast residing in the capital.

"The post mortem report said that there were nine external injuries on the body of the deceased and he died of severe head and lung injuries," the counsel for Delhi Police told a bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana.

The Bench, also comprising Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw, asked the Ministry of Home Affairs to submit by tomorrow the draft guidelines which could be used in passing directions for ensuring safety and security of persons of northeast states living in the national capital.

"We cannot close our eyes and say that everything is fine.

Mehra (Additional Solicitor General Rajeeve Mehra who appeared for the MHA) prepare a draft guideline and give that to us tomorrow. Some fear must be there. Please ask the police to do something," it said referring to the recent increase in the hate crimes against the persons of that zone.

Chief Justice Ramana, who has recently been elevated to the Supreme Court, said, "I don't have time. Please give me a favour  Mehra and submit the draft guidelines. I am fixing it tomorrow for hearing."

The court also said the MHA should consider appointing persons of the region in Delhi Police and this step would help the victims to put forth their grievances in a better manner.

"Once you appoint them in Delhi Police, they will help the persons from the northeast. They speak good English. Already they are feeling neglected, alienated and exploited. It is very dangerous," it said.

During the hearing, the court perused the postmortem report of 19-year-old Tania, son of an Arunachal Pradesh MLA and asked the lawyers not to advance submissions relating to the ongoing probe into the murder case.

Tania had died on January 29 following a scuffle at Lajpat Nagar where a shopkeeper teased Nido over his hair and look.

At the start of the hearing, Additional Solicitor General Siddharth Luthra, appearing for Delhi police, gave Tania's postmortem report in a sealed cover to the bench and said he could not get the details including the status of trial in lower courts in hate crimes against northeast persons as there were holidays since last Saturday.

"There is no holiday of crime," the bench said, asking the police to provide details by tomorrow so that it can direct the lower courts to "expedite the trial and complete them."

It also asked the Delhi government to improve the facilities in existing hospitals so that they can fast track the postmortems and their subsequent reports.

ASG Luthra informed the court that in 2012 police got 11,724 postmortems conducted in various hospitals here and the preparation of reports take five to 15 days.

"The preparation of viscera examination report take time as there is one forensic lab in the city," he said.

The bench then asked the Delhi government to look into the aspect and inform it about the progress.

Earlier, it had rapped the police for not filing the post mortem report of Tania and had asked AIIMS and CBI, which controls central forensic labs, to apprise it of the status along with reasons for the delay today.

It had also asked the Delhi government to file a report giving details about the total number of post mortems being conducted by its hospitals every day and the time taken by them in giving the reports, noting that the capital had "primitive" infrastructure for examining evidence.

On being asked about the progress in the probe in the Tania case, Delhi Police said, "We will not take more than 15 days in filing the charge sheet. We are waiting for the post mortem report which is not ready for want of viscera analysis and histo-pathological report."

Taking note of grievance of people from Northeast, it asked the government to publicise measures for sensitisation and security of the people from that region.

The High Court, on February 3, had taken suo motu cognizance of media reports about the death of Tania after he was allegedly beaten up by shopkeepers in Lajpat Nagar area in South Delhi. PTI



India, China discuss measures for border peace

NEW DELHI, Feb 10: India and China today held a meeting between their Special Representatives on the contentious boundary issue that was preceded by talks under the working mechanism on border affairs in which additional confidence building measures and steps for maintaining peace and tranquility were discussed.

"The talks, which were held in a candid, constructive and forward looking atmosphere, reviewed recent developments in the India-China border areas especially in the Western Sector," the Ministry of External Affairs said after the fifth meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on Border Affairs.

It said implementation of the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA), additional confidence building measures and further steps for maintaining peace and tranquility figured in the meeting. Indian delegation at the meeting of 17th round of Special Representatives was led by National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon while the Chinese side was headed by State Councillor Yang Jiechi from China. The Special Representatives' talks will continue tomorrow as well.

Today's Special Representatives meeting was the first meeting since the two countries inked the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA) during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's trip to Beijing last year.

Apart from deliberations on the India-China boundary, the two sides are understood to have discussed a range of issues including bilateral, regional and international matters of mutual interest.

The BDCA aims at enhancing communication between the two security forces as part of the confidence building measures being adopted to maintain status quo and stability along the nearly 4,057-km Line of Actual Control the two countries share.

The Indian delegation at the meeting of Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on Border Affairs was led by Gautam Bambawale, Joint Secretary (East Asia) and comprised representatives of the Ministries of External Affairs, Defence and Home Affairs as well as Army and Indo-Tibetan Border Police. PTI



MHA-formed panel suggests introduction of Spl. syllabus on NE states for all schools of the country

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: Retired IAS officer Tape Bagra, who is one of the members of the Committee constituted by the Ministry of Home Affairs to look into various issues and concerns of the people hailing from northeastern states living in different parts of the country, especially the metropolitan areas and to suggest suitable remedial measures, convened a meeting at Namsai ADC office conference hall today with prominent public members and student community in presence of Namsai ADC HN Dubey.

Addressing the meeting, Bagra dwelt in length about the aims and objectives of the MHA constituted Committee and sought suggestions from all the members present to tackle the racial discrimination meted out to the people of north east.

The meeting suggested that the central government should introduce a special syllabus on North Eastern states for all the schools of the country compulsorily for a period of two continuous years starting from the primary level in order to make all the Indians aware about the region, its people and culture etc. The mainstream people should be made aware about the contributions of the Northeastern states in the freedom movement as well as the development process of the country.

Media should also play a key role in highlighting about the issues of the North East and telecast awareness programs. The National Media should reach out to the interior places of the North East Regions also to give coverage of all important events.

The Resident Commissioner/Deputy Resident Commissioners of Arunachal Pradesh posted at all the metropolitan cities should have cordial and good relations with all the students and student organizations of his area, conduct regular meetings, interactions with the students and redress their grievances, the meeting suggested.  The meeting further suggested the Government of India to organize national events like cultural or sports etc at all the states of North East to bring the place to limelight, to set up Special Grievances Cell with emergency contact numbers for the students of North East at all the places, to constitute a standing committee specially to address such kind of issues so that the victims can immediately identify the Government body whom to approach when such problems are encountered, to provide good accommodation/hostel facility to the students wherever possible by their respective state government.

Meanwhile, demanding justice for Nido Tania, a candle light procession was organized by All Tai Khampti Singpho Students Union at Namsai on February 4.

The student leaders requested the Committee to re-pursue all the pending /closed cases which did not receive the required justice like the case of Dana Sangma and deliver exemplary punishment to all the culprits.

Members of Tai Kampti Singpho Council, Tai Khamti Development Society, All Tai Khamti Singpho Students Union, All Namsai Area Youth Association were present in the meeting among others.



Sixth business meeting of IMC adopts important resolutions

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: The sixth business meeting of Itanagar Municipal Council was held at council hall of IMC, Naharlagun on February 7.

Before commencement of the Business Session of the Council, newly appointed Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner Mige Kamki in his introductory speech sought co-operation of the Itanagar Municipal Council in making the Capital Complex as citizen friendly, crime free and a peaceful city,  according to  a press release issued by Municipal Secretary.

Expressing dissatisfaction over the present scenario of solid waste management of the city, he requested the council to strive for attaining clean and garbage free city.

Emphasizing the need of maintaining cleanliness in all sectors  areas and main road, DC informed the council that the district administration had issued prohibitory orders on illegal and unauthorized hawkers along the road sides, wandering of cattle and stray animals on the road, dumping of building materials  and open selling of meat along the main roads to give a hygienic look to the city. All the land allotment proposals are re-examined, he said and  appealed the councillors to take necessary step to stop further encroachment of public space as the government would be requiring enough space for future for provision of urban Infrastructure and civic facilities.

Chief Councillor Higio Aruni and CMEO, IMC Bokar Basar sought the co-operation of the District Administration in implementing government policies and programmes  and delivering services to the citizens under the Itanagar municipality. Further, they also assured to extend full support to the district administration in maintaining law and order.

After an hour long debate and discussion on the resolution moved by Gora Lotak, Taba Yall Nabam and Tadik Tagru, the council passed the resolution for "immediate constitution of Municipal Accounts Committee under provision of Section 100 of Arunachal Pradesh Municipal Act, 2007". The council recommended a councillor member representing from each political party to be appointed as the members of Municipal Accounts Committee for Itanagar Municipal Council for the financial year 2013-14.

The council passed the resolution moved by Lichi Yapu for "prohibition of organizing of housie lotto, collection of donation and organizing of gambling games within the Itanagar Municipal Area".

On the resolution moved by Taba Yall Nabam the council passed the resolution for "immediate transfer of subject matters of (i) Issue of trading licence, (ii) Issue of hoarding permission, (iii) Advertisements and (iv) Urban Health including National Urban Health Mission-NUHM from the state government departments to the municipal bodies."

The council recommended for immediate constitution of Joint Committee under provision Section 34 of Arunachal Pradesh Municipal Act, 2007 by state government and recommended Higio Aruni, Chief Councillor, Taba Yall Nabam, Member ESC, and Tadik Tagru as members.  On the resolution moved by Gangte Togung, the council observed that, the post of CMEO was categorically development and project based and delegation of financial power for meagre amount would make administrative inconvenience and would hamper the speedy development of the municipality. Therefore, the house passed to "revise the present order delegating financial power to the CMEO of IMC and delegate the financial power to CMEO of IMC if possible at par with the secretary of the department under category "A? or at par with the Deputy Commissioners of the districts by the state government."

During the zero hours resolution moved by Taba Yall Nabam, the house passed the resolution that "The Department of Town Planning shall compulsorily obtain NOC from CMEO which shall further be obtained from ward councillors before issuing building permit" in order to check the rampant growth of the construction and other illegal activities in the town.

Also in the zero hour, Tadik Tagru moved for the resolution that, "it shall be mandatory to include the respective ward councillors as the board member of Land Allotment Board of Capital Complex while issuing the land allotment" to which the house passed the resolution, the release added.

IMC budget

session sought  

Meanwhile, the councillors of PPA, BJP and NCP in a joint representation to the chief municipal executive officer (CMEO), Itanagar Municipal Council (IMC), have urged for a special session of IMC for discussing budget on or before February 15 next.  They further said that the amount sanctioned for establishment of IMC and PMC office should be included in budget estimate for submission during budget session.

In its representation while also asking to follow provisions of chapter XI for adjudication of the Arunachal Pradesh Municipal Act 2007, it warned of legal complications if not complied with.



Training prog on printing technology begins

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: The technical staff of the Department of Printing, GoAP should update themselves with the latest technology in order to give quality printing, said Tajuk Charu.

Addressing the trainees at the inaugural function of the 15 days training programme on in-design, Photoshop and 10 days on perfect binding, stitching, gumming, gathering and folding in the Directorate of Printing at Papu Nallah today, Tajuk informed that the first Government news letter known as NEFA Information was published in Shillong in August 1966 to November 1971. In January 1972, the NEFA Information was converted to Arunachal News after it was rechristened as Arunachal Pradesh with Union Territory status from North East Frontier Agency. Then the Office of Directorate of Information, Public Relations and Printing was shifted from Shillong to Itanagar in 1979. In 1986 Arunachal News was once again changed to quarterly news magazine known as Arunachal Review till June 2009. It was again converted to monthly Govt. journal in July 2009. In addition to monthly Govt. journal the then Department of IPR & Printing has brought out one forthnigthly Govt. News Letter known as The Arun Information in May 2006 and was converted to Weekly newspaper in July 2012, informed he informed.

"Slowly we have almost replaced letter Press to Offset and digital Printing in the Directorate where we have four Offset Machines, One Digital  multicolor with self folding and stiching facilities. Recently the Computer to Conventional Plate (CTCP) which is first of its kind in the Govt. Press in entire north east region has been installed in the Directorate and 2014 Govt. calendar was printed by it, Tajuk disclosed.

Now we need not to go outside for scanning as was done earlier. Perfect designing, printing and binding is like a cosmetic finishing, so in every step of these processes we need to handle very carefully, he advised the trainees.

While sharing his experience in photoshop designing K K Chokroborty, Photographic Officer IPR said that we should not attend the training in namesake but should have learning attitude to utilize the knowledge gained in the training for betterment of the Department. One who working in the Press should update themselves with latest software and machineries, Kishore told the trainee.

The training is being provided to Govt. employee to avoid mistakes in future and also to well equip them with latest version of machinery and equipments for quality printing, said Heri Maring, Deputy Director-cum Training Coordinator.

Later, V Chello, Finance and Account Officer urged the trainees to take advantage of the training and asked them to use the knowledge gained in the training and give better service to the state Govt.

35 officials will impart training in different trades during the training programme.



JE vaccination campaign launched in Changlang

CHANGLANG, Feb 10: Parliamentary Secretary WRD & Research, Thinghaap Taiju launched Japanese Encephalitis (JE) Vaccination campaign in a programme organised by the District Health Society, Changlang at Changlang today.

On the occasion, Taiju lauded the District Health Society, Changlang for their dedication and timely launching of Vaccinations programme. He informed that  the vaccinations were suppose to deliver in the district via Itanagar but due to economic blockade in Assam for many days the society had to bring them directly from Kolkata via Mohanbari.

Terming the Disease as dreadful, Taiju exhorted all the children whose age falls between 1 to 15 years to avail the opportunity. Showing concern about the children in far flung areas of the district he requested for intensive publicity including the parents so that no children is left out.

Earlier, District Medical Officer, Changlang Dr Parthasarthy Dutta appealed for full cooperation from all corners to ensure 100% coverage of the children in the district.  He also urged the teachers of concerned schools to closely monitor vaccination process to ensure complete vaccination.

DRCHO, Dr T Yomcha also called upon all to avail the facility. CMO, Dr H Tangjang also spoke on the occasion.

The programme was attended by i/c Deputy Commissioner, S S Choudhury, SDO (HQ), Dorjee Khandu, DDMO, Teachers and students of Town Pry School. DIPRO



Three days awareness camp for women concludes

ZIRO, Feb 10: A three days 'women awareness camp' organized by Arunachal Vikash Parishad (AVP) at Abotani Vidya Niketan, Old Ziro was successfully concluded here yesterday.

Attending the concluding function, Er. Tage Taki, IFCSAP vice-president, appreciated the organizing team for conducting such an important campaign in the Valley through which many women would get benefited. Suggesting them to conduct similar awareness camp in near future, he assured necessary help.

Stressing on importance of the role of women in society, he encouraged womenfolk to participate in such programme as and when conducted in near future to enhance their contribution to society.

Earlier, Dr. T. Nenkha, District Mahila Pramukh, in her address asked womenfolk to 'walk up with broad visions'. There are many other things that a woman can do besides her daily routine of household chore and contribute for the betterment of the society', she added.

Ziro Branch, Vikash Mahila secretary Koj Yakang has briefed on the aim & objectives of the awareness campaign.

Mudo Dumi, Hage Tarung Anku, Dr. Koj Suniya, Osi Bayer, Mala Sahu, Sandip Kavisor and Hage Yapyang took  part in the campaign as resource persons and they delivered speech on role of women in indigenous faith movement, preservation of culture & traditions of society, importance of women education, problems like drug addiction of youth, health care etc. Tage Tunku, president Vikas Mahila Ziro  Circle Committee also spoke.

In the campaign, the participants were also trained and thought about yoga.

Among others, Tilling Tadii, president, Danyi Piilo Society, Ziro also attended the function as the guest of honour.

In three days of awareness campaign, many social issues like alcohols and drug addiction, health problem etc. and their remedial measures through involvement of women folk for better future of the society have been discussed. As many as 96 delegates from various villages of the Ziro valley took part in the camp.

As part of awareness campaign, folk dance and prayer song competition was also organized. The Old Ziro Meder Nello and Hong Meder Nello own first and second in both dance and song competition.

Earlier, the campaign was inaugurated by Nada Tatung, ACP Hija and Nani Yaja, ACP Kalung-Reru as the chief guest and guest of honour respectively on Feb 7 last.



Sensitization progs on NBA held

SEPPA, Feb 10: In continuation of its policy to make people aware of water sources preservation and ill effects of insanitation and to inculcate the practice of cleanliness, PHE & WS Division Seppa had conducted series of sensitization programmes on Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA) and workshop on Handling of Field Test Kits (FTK) to the PRI and VWSC members for Seppa block at Seppa. Altogether 60 members participated at the training from sixteen GPC.

Koro Liyak, District Consultant, Water & Sanitation highlighted the  motto of the training. During the speech he advocated that PRI members shoulder responsibilities for effective implementation of NBA programme. He also suggested the VWSC member to spread message of water source preservation, practice cleanliness and void open defecation system.

Speaking on the occasion as resource person Rajo Gyadi, ZPM 7th Seppa suggested the PRI members to bring awareness against open defecation. "Toilet is civic necessity for human being, so each house should adopt IHHL which is Govt. funded scheme." He also strongly urged for protection of water source and adopt hygienic practices. Informing that  state Govt. is going to devolve power to the Panchayati Raj, he  said "as representatives from the grass root level we  should carry our responsibility for implementation of every central Govt. sponsored scheme very effectively."

Er Mohmad Sadrudin JE Seppa and Chapi Riang District Consultant HRD also suggested the participants to drink boil water and use sanitary toilet rather than use of luxurious things for our day today puprpose.  

Finally the FTK Kits were demonstrated by Pritam Sonam, Laboratory Assistant to the PRI and VWSC members, during the demonstration he asked the participants not to use FTK bags for hunting and fishing purpose rather keep it very safely for further sample test. Kits instrumentals were distributed to the sixteen GPC members by resource person, according to official release.



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---- Readers Forum ----


Think for the poor students

Dear Editor,

I would like to express my sympathy for the students of government school through your esteemed daily. Yes, it is 100% true that teachers are the nation builders; they pave the way for students to make brighter future and also makes every possible effort for their well being. But in some case, I fail to understand, why govt. schools are asking students to submit table clothes, broomsticks and other as "Craft Submission" during final examination.

Why it so and for what? My soft voice appeals to the nation builders that most of your students belong to poor family. Everyone cannot afford to meet up such demands. Some of your pupil might be living with lone Shirt-Trouser, running short of pencils and using half- filled ink. Analyzing their miserable conditions, does not it touch your heart?


Pura Yubey, Ziro



Are we secure enough outside our state?

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to highlight the prevailing dark clouds looming over our beautiful state Arunachal Pradesh. Fore mostly  ,the Assam -Arunachal border tension, this issue wouldn’t have gone up to this extent of Economic Blocked if both the State Government had taken concrete steps earlier.

What’s the point in taking measures and holding discussions after innocent lives are lost. Secondly, the brutal murder of Late Nido Tania on January29th at Delhi clearly indicates that people of Arunachal are becoming victim of “Racism” outside the state. He has become a nationwide symbol to fight against racism. Though DONER ministry had set up North East Cultural Centre for student community, still a lot has to be done in this regard. The Govt. of India can pump in lot of money for developmental projects, so why can’t they invest money for the safety and security of the people. Temporary solutions won’t help us in the long run but through proper planning and good governance we can be united and fight against those mounting problems. The big question still remains unanswered, are we secure enough outside our State?



Upper Bhalukpong,

West Kameng Dist.



The importance and role of "media"

Dear Editor,

Media is a means of providing information or gaining information. It has the ability to reach out to people at large and far. It provides us with facts and figures which we tend to take as relatively true. It also represents us as a state or a country.

But the fact that Arunachal Pradesh is lacking in terms of media coverage is well known. When our state was facing economic blockade, a substantial part was unaware. When an incident happens, the facts are fabricated by our counterparts and we remain blamed innocently. Lack of information can be the reason for loss of life in many instances at times of disturbances.

Unfortunately, if we repeatedly vandalize our few functioning print Medias who faces threats and are operating in the most immature political and social condition, how can we expect other forms of media to come up? Society, people and political condition must grow hand in hand. We must come out from vicious cycle of immaturity which fuels each other.

I wish to underscore the importance of media during normal times and at times of social and political turmoil. The role of media is indispensable and I hope we will have a better equipped media in times to come.


Joram Aatum

New Delhi



Maintain transparency

Dear Editor,

Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of the concerned authorities towards inequitable disbursement of sanctioned amount to Popu-Pabing IWMP-X 2013-14 project affected people/beneficiaries under BDO Khenewa.  We have no grievances against PIA/BDO Khenewa, but we would like to highlight the true fact that when most of the beneficiaries/project affected households are receiving Rs 4000 only, few of them are getting Rs 1, 00,000 to 1, 50,000. Is it fair, is project only meant for few persons?

Last but not the least, we request the project implementation agency (PIA) to maintain transparency in implementing the project as per action plan, and to direct the  concerned authorities to disburse the sanctioned amount to IWMP affected beneficiaries equally, or else we will seek justice as per IWMP guidelines.


Tama Pabing,



Welfare Society

Lah Pabing (G.B)


Seppa, East Kameng



Denial of rights

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to take the privilege of bringing out the acute negligence shown towards an RTI application filed against Land Revenue & Settlement Officer, Seppa in connection with the ongoing Trans-Arunachal Highway Project (NH-229) from Bana to Khodaso via Seppa through Registered Post.

I had filed the said RTI application on 25/11/2013 vide ID No F/No. APK-122/2013 seeking details regarding the execution of construction work from Bana toKkhodaso via Seppa but the concerned PIO has failed to respond positively so far thereby neglecting the existing RTI guidelines. Further, when I approached the Commissioner (RTI), Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar no positive response came out. Hope after reading this letter, the concerned PIO come back to his senses and quickly respond towards RTI application filed by me.


Haki Yamdo,

Yallopu Colony






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Indo-China relation needs to improve

The year 2013 witnessed constant boundary skirmish between India and China. Repeated Chinese incursion inside Indian territories at Arunachal and Ladakh has harmed the relation between two giant neighbours. Keeping this in mind, the report that India and China are expected to discuss incursions by PLA soldiers, which are continuing even after the signing of a new border pact, and setting up of a hotline between the two Armies during their Annual Defence Dialogue starting on February 24 is welcome sign.

 During the sixth round of Defence Secretary-level talks at New Delhi, the two countries are also expected to review the functioning of the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA) signed between them in October last year. This talk will sure help to rebuild the relation between two countries. India and China cannot afford to have tense relation. It will not serve the interest of both the countries. The two countries should try to find ways to end the boundary impasse so that trade improves. Arunachal stand to gain in such situation. Opening of border trade will provide employment opportunities to the Arunachalee citizen.