February 27


Voluntary blood donation camp

ITANAGAR, Feb 26: A total of 22 units of blood were collected during a voluntary blood donation camp organized by Vivekaknda Yuva Shakti Ignited Youth, Itanagar at Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun yesterday.

At the beginning of the programme a brief donor motivation session was held in which APSACS Deputy Director (Blood Safety cell) Dr. N. Budh and Blood Bank Medical Officer, Arunachal State Hospital Dr. P.Sona sensitised the participants about the importance of voluntary blood donation.

The technical support for the camp was provided by Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun.


Stage all set for ICYF -2014

ITANAGAR, Feb 26: The much-awaited 10th Inter College Youth Festival - 2014 will kick start from 28th February at the Rajiv Gandhi University.

Around 900 students from 26 colleges across the state will be competing in various events. The motto of this event is to educate the young minds from different colleges about the importance of discipline, harmony, brotherhood and hard work which would empower young imaginations towards a bright future.

Arunachal Pradesh being so rich in culture & tradition, the attire show, being a part of the festival, will help promote the traditional costumes of various communities. The student union of the university (RGUSU) is making no stone unturned in run up to the 3 days mega event.


Arunachal boy awarded ‘best speaker & best researcher’ in national conference

ITANAGAR, Feb 26: Tania Kipa, LLM final year student of Symbiosis Law School, Pune (Symbiosis International University) with specialization in ‘Constitutional Law and Criminal Law’ has been awarded ‘Best Speaker’ and ‘Best Researcher’ in the UGC sponsored maiden “National Conference on Sports Law” held at Nagpur from February 15-16 organized by Dr.Ambedkar College Deekhshabhoomi in association with Bar Council of Nagpur.

He was awarded out of 60 selected paper presenters across India and also from USA. His paper titled “Implications of Sports Bill 2013” was also published with ISBN No. 978-81-924656-3-0.


2nd phase of election training conducted at Tezu

TEZU, Feb 26: Following the instructions and time schedules of the Election Commission of India, the District Election Officer, Tezu has started its Second Phase Training for the ensuing Lok Sabha Election - 2014.

As per the deadline fixed by the Election Commission of India, the District Election Officer Rajeev Takuk inaugurated the Four- day long election training to the polling personnel in Tezu at Government Higher Secondary School Auditorium Hall on Feb 25 last. This is second training to the polling personnel for the ensuing Lok Sabha election, 2014.

The DEO advised the polling personnel to perform the assigned duties sincerely and help the administration conduct a free and fair election.

Training was given to more than 200 polling personnel on the entire polling process and EVM.

Coordinating the training G K Paul Choudhury EAC (Election cum ERO) appealed the trainees to execute their responsibilities considering it as a national duty.

Dr. P C Swain and Dr Abhay Kaur Associate Professors of Indira Gandhi Government College Tezu acted as Master Trainer and co-trainer respectively.

As per the training schedule of this District, training for counting personnel, Sector Magistrate and Micro Observer shall continue upto 28th February. DIPRO


Golden jubilee of Byaching ME school celebrated


DAPORIJO, Feb 26: People of Siyum circle under Upper Subansiri district celebrated the golden jubilee of Byaching ME school at Byaching village in a grand manner by organizing various cultural, sports and literary competitions from February 23.

Attending the valedictory function of the golden jubilee celebration as chief guest, TCS Secretary General Lardik Kare lauded the role of the youths of the area to serve the society and promote communal harmony. He briefed about the importance of education in the society. He also urged people to not to encourage child marriage and force marriage. Without elaborating, he said that women have great role and responsibility in the society. Further, he appealed public not to hesitate in lodging complaint with higher authority against the teachers who are reluctant to discharge their duty sincerely.

The issue of protection of wildlife in the area was come up for discussion.

Celebration was participated by all the public including PRI members of the area, former students, villagers, senior citizens and children from Siyum circle.


Relief sought for fire victims

ITANAGAR, Feb 26: Adi Baane Kebang Youth Wing (ABKYW) appealed to the State Government for providing immediate relief to the fire victims of Bingung village under Rumgong sub-division of West Siang district for their quick rehabilitation

Around 11 dwelling houses were reduced to ashes in a devastating fire accident which broke out on February 21.

The  ABKYW also appealed to all the ministers and MLAs of Adi belt to donate the victims voluntarily and also pursue with the state government for providing fire brigade at Rumgong town as soon as possible.


Contractors demand revocation of CDS notification

ITANAGAR, Feb 26: The All Arunachal Contractor’s Welfare Association (AACWA) demanded the state Govt for immediate withdrawal of Govt notification for civil deposit system (CDS) and pass bill amounting to Rs. 50 lacs at every treasury office of the state. “There is no need to issue such notification from finance department after obtaining financial sanction from various branches,” it said.

 The Association further said state Govt should ensure financial stability at any moment for betterment of local contractors of state adding that issuing of such notification badly affected the contractors for last two years.


Arunachal youths get job at O2 SPA

ITANAGAR, Feb 26: A total of 120 unemployed youths, who got registered with O2 SPA since last state level Job Mela organized by the Government of Arunachal Pradesh here have become members of the larger family of O2 Academy.

The academy located in Hyderabad has over 60 students from Arunachal, who have successfully completed their course and have received jobs in different Airports, 5-star hotels and famous shopping malls across major cities of India.

The company is in constant touch with the Director of the Department of Industries, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, Udyog Sadan, Itanagar making updates on every progress and well being of the students both at the O2 Academy and at the O2 SPA outlets.


Swachhata Rally at Khonsa

KHONSA, Feb 26: The PHE & WS Division, Khonsa Division organized Swachhata Rally on the eve of National Rural Drinking Water Awareness Week on February 25 last.

The rally started from Main Market, Khonsa to Nehru Stadium, Khonsa.

Altogether 500 participants took part in the rally including students, teachers, from Ramakrishnan Sarada Mission School, Khonsa; Christ the King School; Govt Middle School and public.

The rally was led by Doi Tarak and Lampang Wangsa, Consultant with the popular slogans;  Clean Arunachal Healthy Arunachal, Clean Tirap Healthy Tirap’, ‘Open Defecation-Shame! Shame etc.

While addressing the rally Er Likha Tekhi, Executive Engineer, PHE & WS Division, Khonsa, informed that the Individual health and hygiene is largely dependent on adequate availability of drinking water and proper sanitation. More than 50 types of disease and 80% of sickness are due to lack of potable water supply and good sanitation facilities for the disposal of human waste. Indiscriminate open air defecation is the cause for transmission of diseases like cholera, dysentery, typhoid and warm infections. Sanitary disposal of human excreta prevents the transmission of these diseases which can be done through construction of sanitary latrine. He mentioned that the major causes of diseases in Tirap/ Longding districts are due to consumption of unsafe drinking water, improper disposal of human excreta, improper environmental sanitation and lack of personal and food hygiene.

He further infromed that there are four critical behaviors on water and sanitation practices identified by National Sanitation and Hygiene Advocacy & Communication Framwork (SHACS 2012-17); like Building and use of toilets, Safe disposal of child excreta, Hand washing with soap, before food, after defecation & after handling child excreta, and Safe storage and handling of drinking water. We need to adopt good practices on these four critical aspects of water & sanitation to lead disease free life.

Er. Bomi Nyorak, ASW cum AE(Hq.) highlighted the importance of inculcating good hygienic habit  and safe drinking water in life.

Principals/ Headmaster of the participating schools also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO


News Impact

Nyokum Yullo celebrated with traditional fervour

ITANAGAR, Feb 26: Nyokum Yullo, the famous annual agricultural festival of the Nyishis, was celebrated with great traditional fervour and enthusiasm throughout Arunachal Pradesh today.

The Nyokum Yullo Celebration Committee-2014 at Nirjuli made a huge difference with tiny tots performing Nyishi folk dance to the thunderous applause of the huge gathering at Nirjuli. Dancers Dana Yanu, Biki Ana, Tadar Sahara, Gollo Reena, Nabum Pina and Kipa Auym trained by teachers Mama Kamser and Jimi Linggi of Yach Academy gave a louder message that GenNext apprehensive of loss of culture of loss of identity has risen to the occasion.

“The Academy founded in 2008 with a total 200 odd students now has been teaching all forms of dances with a special thrust on popularising folk and traditional dance forms,” said Kamser.

“Der aye drust aye (It is better late than never),” Deputy Speaker Jomde Kena, speaking as chief guest, said in appreciation of the young performers and exhorted the present generation to maintain the spirit.

“Our cultures and traditions are precious wealth inherited from our forefathers, which should be preserved at all cost, Kena said, adding the Nyishis have a greater role to play in the state. The celebration, including at Likabali today reflects their presence throughout the state”, he said before greeting the masses on the auspicious occasion.  

The traditional gifts given on the occasion is the greatest honour of the community to the guests which he assured to reciprocate in future.  Arunachal Chamber of Commerce & Industries president Techi Lala exhorted the Nyishis to do away outdated taboos, take a vow to not commit the past mistakes and reform their attitude to become role model.

He cautioned against intake of excessive Apong (local brew) to honour the culture instead of getting drunk to spoil the celebration of the Nyishi New Year.

Earlier, NYCC chief patron & local MLA, speaking in chaste Nyishi, extended Nyokum greetings to the people while highlighting the spirit of the festival that aims at greater welfare of the humanity while NYCC chairman Tarh Nachung read out the Nyokum mythology and Bengia Vijay also spoke.

Young and old in their traditional attires performed traditional dances to the tune of melodious song before the head priest (Nyobu) performed rituals followed by traditional sacrifices.  

At Nyokum Lapang ground here, an array of colours greeted festival revellers who had gathered to celebrate Nyokum. Impressed by the large turn out at the festival venue, Mebo MLA Ralom Borang, who is the chief guest for the occasion, said the tradition, culture and religion must be kept separate and they never overlap each other.

“Religion is for peace of mind and soul”, Borang told the gathering and said that he has “no objections to what path people take to reach heaven as it is a matter of individual choice”.

Stressing on the importance of maintaining ancient practices, the Mebo MLA said “if you give up your culture and tradition you will lose your identity”.

Earlier, Borang also released an audio album entitled ‘Ngul Nyishi e’.

Speaking on the occasion, the guest of honour R K Gupta, executive director of NHPC, elaborated that since the dawn of humanity, agriculture and celebrations have existed and are essential to community living.

The main attraction of the celebration was the performance of the Rikam Pada dance competition by over 200 participants representing various districts and cultural troupes from all across the state.  

At Pistana, the Nyokum Yullo was celebrated for the first time with great enthusiasm and gaiety. Addressing the festival revelers on the occasion as chief guest, MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture Likha Saaya emphasized on importance of preservation of tradition  and culture. He exhorted people to use traditional dress during celebration of local festival or any other culture related events. It will also attract more tourists during such events, he added.

Briefing on importance of language, he also suggested people to preserve own language by encouraging younger folk and by documentation.

Switching over to the infrastructure development of the area, Saaya informed the gathering that separate Block Development Officer (BDO) and Agriculture Development Officer (ADO) have already been sanctioned for the Pistana circle. Besides, road from Neelam to Pistana will also come up shortly. 50-bedded indoor under CHC Pistana will also be made functional shortly, he added. Impressed by the success of organizing the festival at Pistana, the parliamentary secretary desires to conduct Mega Nyokum Yullo here in next year which received huge applauds from the gathering.

Attending the celebration as the guest of honour Er. Toko Jyoti, PHED Chief Engineer, said that the drinking water problems will be solved within current calendar year as the project is almost completed through NEC. He also desired that Mega Nyokum is celebrated here at Pistana next year.

Likha Tara, vice chairman SAI while attending the celebration as the special invitee assured to extend necessary help for taking up sports activities next year during Nyokum celebration.

Likha Tabo read out the Nyokum mythology while Likha Api, chief patron PNYCC and organizing chairman cum ZPM Neelam Mangha also spoke on the occasion. Display of Rikam Pada dance, Buya dance, setting up of stalls, community feast were the part of the day long celebration.

At Roing, while attending the Nyokum Yullo as chief guest at Multi-Purpose Cultural Hall today  Roing MLA Laeta Umbrey said,  “Our Festivals has huge potential of tourist attractions”. While emphasizing on tourism development of the state he said, “Tourism is a power house for generation of jobs and income for the youths. If the festivals of all the tribes of our state is clubbed together and celebrated as a mega event, it can attract large numbers of tourists besides providing an opportunity for jobs and income generation to the unemployed youths of the state”.   He further said, “It is the beauty of our state with so many diversities in dialect, culture and beliefs but yet we are one” and appealed to continue to maintain this oneness by love, care and respect to one another.

He further called upon the youths not to forget the past and their roots from which they have inherited their traditions and culture while embracing the modernity and fast changing technology. He exhorted them to give time to learn their own dialect, culture and traditions which is their identity.

He lauded the Nyishi’s as the largest, most vibrant and fastest growing tribe not only in our state but in entire North Eastern Region. They are known for their hard working, sincerity, dedication and assertiveness. Besides producing numbers of bureaucrats and technocrats, the Nyishi community has brought laurels not only to the state but also to the nation in games & sports.  He appealed them to take along the other tribes in the path of peace, progress and development.

Chiliko Meto, former Zilla Chairperson while attending the festival as the guest of honour said that the celebration of the Nyokum festival every year at Roing has brought us closer like a member of a family and strengthened our ties.

Er Bengia Guma, Chairman Roing Nyokum Yullow Celebration Committee (RNYCC) while highlighting the mythology of the festival has informed that the Nyokum Festival is being celebrated to offer sacrifices to God and Goddesses to bring peace, progress, prosperity to the entire mankind besides to praying for bumper harvest. Er Tao Tadap, General Secretary, RNYCC also spoke on the occasion.

PRI leaders, HoDs, General Manager, NHPC Roing, Commandant, BRO Roing, public and Govt. staffs among others attended the festival.

At Tezu, Nyokum Yullo was celebrated by Nyishi community residing at Lohit and Anjaw districts with full of gaiety and traditional fervour at Forest Guest House, Botanical Garden here.

Addressing the gathering as chief guest, Deputy Commissioner Rajeev Takuk called  for unity among  the  Arunachalee brethrens.  “May this Nyokum festival become a medium for peace, prosperity, unity and brotherhood among Arunachalees,” he added.

Superintendent of Police Tumme Amo stated that culture is an identity of a community. He called upon every individual to participate in the celebration of Nyokum irrespective of some cultural or religion differences.

Mythology of Nyokum Yullo was narrated by Pill Takur, Chairman, Tezu Nyokum Yullo Celebration Committee. Addressing the gathering, Pill called upon one and all to take responsibility for preserving culture and identity. The programme was followed by Rikam-Pada Dance and Buya Dance.

At Khonsa, Nyokum Yullo was celebrated with great enthusiasm and gaiety. The sleepy little town Khonsa came alive and the hills and valleys reverberated with the soulful songs of Rikham Pada spreading love, joy and peace.  

Speaking on the occasion as the chief guest, ADC H Matcha said that festivals were a medium to show-case the rich culture of the tribals. He passionately appealed all to preserve their rich traditional systems for the posterity.

Participating in the deliberation, DMO Dr K. Perme who was the guest of honour said the spirit of celebrating our festivals should be kept alive wherever we are and should be celebrated with gusto and enthusiasm.  Er. Likha Tekhi, EE, PHED in his speech highlighted the significance of Nyokum in the life of the Nyishis.

Er. Nich Jacob, DD[UD] read out the mythology associated with Nyokum. Er. Nabam Rajesh, APO [RE] also spoke on the occasion. The chief guest later gave away the prizes for volleyball tournament conducted as a part of the Nyokum Yullo celebrations.



Govt committed to promote local films

ITANAGAR, Feb 26: The State Government is committed to promote film-making in the state and the second edition of the Arunachal Pradesh Film Festival 2014 is an endeavour by the government to encourage the budding artists and film-makers of the state by providing them a common platform to share ideas and hone their skills. This was stated by Dani Salu, Secretary, Information and Public relations today in a press conference here.

The Secretary, while giving a brief outline of the film-making in the state, said that film-making in Arunachal Pradesh is 40 years old with the making of ‘Rashmi Rekha’, an Assamese film co-produced by Rani Wanghun Lowang and sponsored by Kapney Wangsu of Tirap district.

He explained about the objective of the three-day Arunachal Film Festival beginning from February 28 and called upon all members of the media fraternity to attend the festival.  Responding to the queries from the media persons about any concrete government policy about development and funding of films for local film-makers, Salu informed that the matter is under consideration of the government. He expressed hope that with such promotional initiatives by the government, film-making in the state will take roots in due course of time. He further informed that the Department of Information and Public Relations is also taking necessary measures for an equitable and an efficient advertisement policy in the larger interest of both the media as well as various government agencies.

DIPR C M Longphong informed that as part of the department’s promotional projects to local film-makers, it sponsored four senior film-makers in Goa in a workshop on latest technology in film-making last year in an international film festival.

Taro Chatung and D K Thungon, two of the senior most film producers and directors also shared their views and expressed hope that the initiatives of the IPR Department would go a long way in promoting film-making in the state in the years to come. Thungon, who is the director of ‘Leh’, a renowned film exhibited in last year’s festival, advised the budding directors to diligently work under seasoned directors to learn the skills of film-making. He said that film-making in the state is a big challenge because of the lack of facilities and also for diversity in languages. Lack of theatres and other platforms are other obstacles, he said. He called upon all the media fraternity to watch the films and review them to generate awareness about local films.

During the three-day event, fourteen short films under competition section, five feature films and five documentary films are being screened. A workshop on cinematography, script writing, and direction with experts from outside is also being organized on the occasion. DIPR



Adhere to TDS notification to check revenue pilferage’

PASIGHAT, Feb 26: ‘All the DDOs have to adhere to the notifications on Tax Deduction at Site (TDS) strictly to check revenue pilferage and to achieve revenue targets set by Government’ said East Siang Deputy Commissioner Opak Gao while addressing the DDOs and Accountants of East Siang who were attending the meeting cum workshop on TDS at DCs conference hall today.

The Govt. is very serious about TDS and the DDOs will be held responsible for non adherence of it, said the Deputy Commissioner. He wanted all the members to be well versed about TDS and should not leave any scope for complaint. He appealed all to take the meeting seriously to equip themselves and clear all confusions. There should not be any scope for audit objections henceforth, he asserted.

Superintendent of Tax and Excise Tabor Tapak dwelt in details about the TDS procedures. He cautioned the members that  any lacunae will be the responsibility of the DDOs. They have to take prompt action and leave no scope for tax evasion, personally monitor the time lines of remittance and submission of periodical reports to the Superintendent of Tax and Excise. Further, monthly revenue figure of each department should invariably be reconciled with the records of District Treasury and report the exact revenue collection. He also highlighted some procedural defects which were to be rectified immediately by some works departments. Threadbare and detail discussions on the subject was held to clear all confusions. DIPRO



NHPC donates ultrasound machine for Parbuk CHC


ROING, Feb 26: A portable ultrasound machine was donated recently for Community Health Centre, Parbuk by NHPC Ltd, Roing.

The machine was handed over to Allok Yirang, District Medical Officer (DMO) by VK Maini, General Manager, Dibang Multipurpose Project (DMP), NHPC Ltd in presence of M Basar, DRCHO, Dr Ista Pulu, Gynaecologist, SR Gupta, Chief Engineer, DMP and Dr L Hanner, Assistant Chief Medical Officer, DMP.

Maini hoped that the patients, including children will benefit from the new device, and will be used to examine patients with a wide range of medical complications. "This is another boost to our efforts in implementation of Corporate Social Responsibility," he said.

"We're incredibly grateful to NHPC Ltd for donating this state of the art machine," said Dr Yirang. "It will greatly improve the quality service we deliver to patients."



A jeweller fined for using non-standard weights

PASIGHAT, Feb 26: During its routine inspection at Pasighat market yesterday, the East Siang District Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs department led by K P Tago, Asstt. Controller stumbled upon a deal made with a customer at a Jewellery shop for selling gold ornament by using non-standard weight (silver coin) in the expression of tola unit. Since tola unit is not permitted under the Legal Metrology Act, 2009, the team seized the non-standard weights consisting of silver coin of denomination 1 rupee, half rupee, 1/4 rupee, 1 paise coin of British India time and some rattis from the possession of the Jeweller and fined him Rs. 2000.

Stating that Silver coins used by the jewellers are unlike present days bullion, brass or C.I weights in metric units have no provisions for making adjustment during periodical verification undertaken by the Department of Legal Metrology, Tago said that due to natural wear and tear these coins looses considerable amount of weight in due course of time. In other word, most of these silver coins claimed to have 1 tola weight does not have 11.66g as required or are found to be short of several milligrams. Thereby, consumers who buy their ornaments in the expression of tola or anna units with such coins do not get money’s worth or suffer huge loss, he added.  

He further informed that Tola, a traditional unit of mass in the British India system of weights and measures introduced in 1833 was standardized as 180 troy grains (11.664 grams). The silver rupee coin equivalent to 180 troy grain issued by British East India Company became practical standard of mass for the tola and was also the standard measure of gold and silver bullion in 20th century. Again traditionally, taking one rupee silver coin as one tola which has 16 annas or is equal to four ¼ rupee or 4 char anna. Each anna further divided into 6 ratti.  1 tola or 16 annas is equal to 96 ratti in practice. However theoretically, 1 tolla is equal to 100 ratti. Since it is a non permitted unit, we need not elaborate, he said.

Though most of the units of weights or measures used earlier like tola, anna, siir, gauze, feet, ream, bundle etc have been officially replaced by metric units since 1956, the system is found to exist even today in some part of the country including Arunachal Pradesh.

In Arunachal Pradesh, the Department of Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs is trying its best to abolish these systems since last three decades and succeed in most of the cases except in some of the transactions like bullion trade (use of tola), selling of CGI sheet and timbers. CGI sheet and timber are being sold in bundle and square feet respectively till today in Arunachal Pradesh which is against the law. In case of CGI sheets the required quality, thickness, length and numbers are to be determined first in metric units and thereafter to take the weight. The manufacturer sells it to dealers in expression of kg. So, the CGI sheet is to be sold to consumer in kg while the timbers are to be sold in the expression of cm, m for length or sqr meter for volume.

Accordingly, he appealed people to support the Department in implementing the metric units in the State by refusing to buy products or services otherwise than in the expression of metric units like meter, kg, liter etc., according to an official release.



Proper hand washing best way to prevent spread of infections, diseases

ITANAGAR, Feb 26: Tawang DRCHO Dr. Lobsang Tempa said that proper hand washing is the best way to prevent spread of infections and diseases.

Briefing the hand washing techniques in the first ever convergence meeting of Anganwadi workers and ASHA facilitators with the theme ‘hand washing’ at Khando Dowa Zanngmo District Hospital, Tawang  yesterday, Dr. Tempa called upon the gathering to educate the villagers about the importance of health and hand hygiene.

Expressing his happiness over the huge turn out in the meeting, Dr. Tempa opined that the meeting will help strengthen the bond among ASHAs, AFs and Anganwadi workers which in turn will help in the smooth implementation of NRHM programmes and in providing quality health facilities to the villagers.

District Medical Officer (DMO) Dr. Wangdi Lama declared that such convergence meetings will be conducted every month. He requested the DRCHO and CDPO to include ASHAs in the future convergence meetings for better results.

While appealing them to motivate the villagers for institutional deliveries, routine immunization, and educating them on HIV AIDS and TB, he urged them to track and monitor pregnant women on regular basis, conduct VHSND frequently and to spread awareness about the importance of water and power saving during the VHSND campaigns.

Thanking them on the successful conduction of the first and second phase of IPPI, he appealed them to work hard to make people refrain from consuming alcohol and brief them about the harmful effects of consuming and smoking tobacco during the forth coming Lossar festival.

The DMO also promised to look into various hardships faced by the AFs and Anganwadi Workers for better regulation of health facilities in the district.

CDPO Dondup Pema asked the Anganwadi Workers to work hand in hand with the ASHAs and AFs. Calling for strict actions against erring workers she asked them to discharge their duties sincerely.

Dr. Urgen Lhamu, DTO, Tawang, Kenli Doji, DPM, Kuru Tadi, DCM, all the Anganwadi workers and ASHA facilitators of Tawang block attended the meeting.



Job Mela attracts huge educated unemployed youths at Bomdila


BOMDILA, Feb 26: ‘No job is either too big or small and work is worship’, said Parliamentary Secretary (Hydro-Power) R T Khunjuju while addressing the aspiring trainees at the “JOB MELA-cum-SKILL DEVELOPMENT RALLY” held at DIC Complex here today.

The local legislator also said that such huge youth participation in this hilly region and on the eve of upcoming ‘Lossar Festival’ was a big achievement by Industry Department. He further emphasized the need of more educated unemployed youths to venture out and get skilled to earn decent livelihoods for themselves.

Underscoring the need for more sensitization and awareness campaigns to convince and draw more aspiring educated unemployed youths and their parents to such fairs, West Kameng Deputy Commissioner A K Singh lauded the noble intention of the programme and said that it needs to carried forward in a ‘mission mode’.

Later at the ‘de-briefing session’ with the VTP’s, Singh asked the VTP’s to take extra-precautions to ensure safety especially of the girl trainees at the metros. Other issues including providing Govt. accommodations to VTP’s during similar fairs, issue of hassle free ILP’s, holding of the ‘Orientation Programme’ at the concerned District instead of Itanagar also came up for discussion.

A total of 471 educated unemployed youths turned up during the fair involving six Vocational Training Providers (VTP’s) coming from various parts of the country. However, some VTP’s could not turn up for the fair due to Assam bandh which deterred many aspiring trainees from selection especially in the trades of Tourism & Hospitality and Health Sector. However, the trainees were informed that these VTP’s would be invited again and counselling would be conducted for them as well.

The VTP’s said that the event here was the ‘best’ so far and conducted in a flawless manner. ‘The fair was organized in a very systematic manner here with issue of Identity Cards and comprehensive beforehand briefing which made our work all the more easier and avoided duplicacy by candidates’, said all VTP’s.

Earlier, Industry Deputy Director P.C Lama and Assistant Director G.Kacho briefed about the fair comprehensively before start of the counseling session.

A committee formed by the District Administration to sensitize and generate awareness about the fair within the district comprising the District Agriculture Officer, Project Director (DRDA), Labour and Employment Officer and president of All West Kameng Student’s Union (AWKSU) also attended the fair with other heads of department.  



Training on scientific beekeeping concludes

ITANAGAR, Feb 26: The week-long training on Scientific Beekeeping for the first batch of 25 local unemployed youths and the progressive farmers that started on  February 18 in the Training Centre of Khadi & Village Industries Board (KVIB) here ended today with impressive valedictory function. The training is organized by KVIB and sponsored by the National Bee Board, Dept. of Agriculture & Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India.  On the other hand the training for the second batch went off today.

Attending the function as chief guest, Bado Singhi, Vice Chairman, (KVIB) gave away certificates to all the 25 trained beekeepers and also distributed study materials to the 25 candidates of the subsequent batch.  Singhi narrated to the participants how the State KVIB has been contributing in an effective way for development of the state and solving the problem of unemployment. Taba Yall Nabam, Councillor, Ward No.25, Naharlagun  was also present on the occasion.

The trainees who completed the course today successfully shared their experience to the gathering. Arun Goba of Daporijoo who is also pursuing his master degree through distant mode explained the various aspects of the training which will benefit him immensely. Hai Takio, a class-X pass candidate from Papunalah, Naharlagun and father of three children expressed how his level of confidence has enhanced manifolds through this training and he assured with full of motivation that at any cost he will take up beekeeping as one of his professions. Lime Kamki of West Siang said he has attended similar trainings in earlier occasion too from different institutions but this was completely different, the course content and the practical parts was very rich and will be of immense use in practical life. Miss Mary Tana of East Kameng described what she could imbibed through this training is the sense of strict self discipline, dignity of works, innovation and entrepreneurships in addition to the core course content on scientific beekeeping. The visuals and presentations that were made in the classes were very relevant and will remain as a knowledgeable experience to them, all trainees said in their loudest while reciprocating their gratefulness to the organizer.

Earlier the State KVIB CEO S. Deb, while explaining the objectives of the training programme in his key note address, narrated the performance of training of the first batch, requesting the next batch to show exemplary interests similarly in learning in making this training programme too much worthy.



ASWAP showcases rich cultural heritage of Arunachal in M’rashtra

ITANAGAR, Feb 26: The 28th Statehood Day of Arunachal Pradesh was celebrated in Pune, Maharashtra under the banner of Arunachal Students Welfare Association of Pune (ASWAP)

All Kurung Kumey District Olympic Association president cum chairman of Gora Makik Sports Club Gora Makik and CEO of SmarTek Company Mintu Bora attended the celebration as chief guest and guest of honour respectively.

Both the guests advised Arunachalee students studying in various educational institutes in Maharashtra to focus on study for their bright future.

Bora has commented to create a new website to expose the people rich culture and traditions of Arunachal Pradesh before the world. He said that the charges for the website will be borne by his softwere company. Further, he assured every possible help to the students whenever required, informed ASWAP president Likha Tabin in a release.

Tabin said that the celebration provided an opportunity to showcase the rich cultural heritage of Arunachal Pradesh before the mainland India. It also provided opportunity to students of Arunachal Pradesh studying in Maharashtra to gather in one platform thus fostering unity and brotherhood among them.

Some local people, well-wishers and foreigners were also present on the occasion, the release added.

General Secretary Bikash Godak also spoke on the occasion. Various sports and culture programmes were organized to mark the occasion.



Skit show on declining sex ratio conducted

YINGKIONG, Feb 26: District Health Society Upper Siang district in collaboration with Siking Koje Charitable Society conducted Skit Show on declining sex ratio on Feb 20 last at Yingkiong.

On the occasion Upper Siang district Deputy Commissioner Liyon Borang said that early and immediate step need to be taken in order to keep the sex ratio in balance. He also appeals all the public to avoid sex determination and female feoticides. He further expressed his gratitude to District Health Society particularly Dr. Appir Apang DRCHO Yingkiong for his wonderful skit show. DIPRO

Baby show contest and WIFS training held

District Health Society Upper Siang District Yingkiong conducted Baby Show contest at Geku as an IEC activity for creating awareness on maternal health and child health. Altogether, 20 mothers along with their Baby turns up for the contest.

During the occasion Dr. Appir Apang DRCHO Yingkong strongly emphasized on ANC, immunization, institutional delivery and breastfeeding.

Bani Lego, EAC Geku also spoke on the occasion and lauded the District Health Society for organizing IEC programme.

In an another programme, Block Level WIFS Training programme concluded at CHC Geku recently. During the training power point presentation was given by Dr. Appir Apang DRCHO Yingkiong.

The training was attended by nodal teachers, AW workers, ICDS Supervisors, BEO, CDPO Geku and Dr. Appir Apang DRCHO Yingkiong and EAC Bani Lego who attended the  programme delivered speech on the issue. DIPRO



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High food price upsets visitors

Dear Editor,

Arunachal state festival celebrated every year for 3 days was a grand success this year too and the credit goes to all of us who were either directly or indirectly involved in the celebration. Not to forget the hard works put behind by the festival committee.

All started with the majestic gathering on 20th morning and ensued by inauguration of the exhibition stalls, food villages, etc. The evenings were lighted up by wide ranges of beautiful performances by artists from various corners.

As there is always a ‘BUT’, unfortunately there is one here too. Though I couldn’t in person be present to enjoy the festival but what I could learn from various sources is that high rates of various dishes in the stalls demoralized lot of people who came filled with zeal. It really upsets me to core thinking about this when people from different corners come to be a part our state festival but sadly had to return unsatisfied.

I would like everyone to ponder whether such exhorbitant price is really necessary? Isn’t there any remedy to eradicate such practices?


Satita Mein



Fraudsters on the prowl

Dear Editor,

Yet another case of fraud recruitment is being witnessed in the state in name of Rashtriya Vikash Mission, offering various posts such as DRDO, BRDO, COand OAE with fake promise to provide handsome salaries. I also got selected for the post of BRDO but since recruitment process was sounding very confusing we thoroughly investigated by visiting various departments such as PS, RD, RTI, Employment Exchange etc but didn't get much support from them.

Finally with the help of a friend from Bihar we came to know that there is no such office in the provided address instead a coaching class is running there moreover the same party is involved in various fraud cases and wanted by local police there.

It’s my request to all the youth who are either unemployed or underemployed in the state to not to get trapped in this kind of fraud recruitment and kindly verify before taking actions.

We also want to request state government to establish an independent body to monitor this kind of cases.


Tara Babu

Buru Tajang

G-sector Naharlagun






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Defense ministry owe explanation

Navy chief Admiral DK Joshi on Wednesday resigned after two officers were killed and seven sailors injured when a fire erupted on board a submarine, INS Sindhuratna, around 40 nautical miles off Mumbai. His resignation sent shock waves as defense analysts expressed serious concern over turn of events. The Indian navy, with an ageing fleet, has been facing numerous problems in recent years. Last year NS Sindhurakshak, a Russian Kilo-class submarine like INS Sindhuratna, had sunk at the Mumbai naval dockyard, killing three officers and 15 sailors, after a series of internal explosions in its fully-loaded weapons compartment on August 14.

The government of India in particularly defense ministry has not been able to address the concern of armed forces. Navy, Air Force and Army are fighting all odds for modernization of force to meet the existing challenges. However numerous proposals of modernization have not been materialized due to reason best known to defense and finance ministry officials. Navy chief by resigning has shown his frustration over death of his officers and deep down the line he is expressing his anger too.  The big question is who will own responsibility for death of naval officers? Defense ministry has to answer to the nation.