February 06


AICC to sort out Congress mess in Arunachal within 6 months!

ITANAGAR, Feb 05: A day after meeting AICC Vice President Rahul Gandhi, 21 Congress MLAs opposed to Nabam Tuki's leadership have said that there might be solution to the leadership crisis in Arunachal Pradesh. But, for that to happen, people of the state must wait six months.

"Gandhi assured us that he would look into our request considerately and come out with a solution within 6(six) months' time. We are sanguine that considering the plight of the people of Arunachal Pradesh enduring a hard time, better wisdom will prevail upon the AICC this time" read a press statement issued by Pema Khandu signed by all 21 MLAs.

The MLAs were invited by Gandhi after "series of unprecedented events that unfolded in the state and clamping of the President's Rule due to mis-governance & lawlessness created by Tuki and his supporters", the press statement read.

The rebels said that they informed the AICC that "future of Arunachal Pradesh and that of Congress Party is not at all secure in the hands of autocratic leader like Tuki and he should be replaced immediately by handing over the reins to Kalikho Pul".

"Differences with CLP leader in the State is because of the misrule and the autocratic manner that Tuki adopted to run the affairs of Party by crushing inner party democracy", the statement read.

Gandhi was also informed about "Tuki's dropping of senior ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries at his whims and by acting in most unconstitutional manner by disqualifying party MLAs in order to secure his position without caring a bit for the image of the Congress party whom the people has voted to power".

We further pointed out to how the misdeeds and corruption in Tuki regime resulted in chaos and lawlessness that has adversely affected the party morale and colossal loss of faith in the party by the people of the State, they added.

The Congress leaders said that during the course of discussion it emerged that AICC never approved of repressive actions taken against us by Tuki in the name of AICC, particularly those of dropping the Ministers & Parliamentary Secretary, resignation episode of 2 MLAs and disqualification of 14 Congress MLAs".  

The Congress leaders said that "V. Narayansamy, the Congress incharge of Arunachal had all along stood by Tuki in creating all the mess had mis-handled the situation right from day one".

The rebel Congress leaders said that Gandhi agreed to remove V. Narayansamy as Party in-charge of Arunachal.



SC questions Governor’s order to advance Arunachal Assembly session

NEW DELHI, Feb 05: The Supreme Court today questioned Arunachal Pradesh Governor J P Rajkhowa's decision to advance the assembly session to December last year from this January, asking what difference would it have made if the sitting was held as originally scheduled.

"What would be the change or the difference if the assembly proceedings would have taken place on pre-scheduled January 14 instead of December 16," a five-judge Constitution bench headed by Justice J S Khehar said.

The poser came when senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi, appearing for some rebel Congress MLAs, said there were serious corruption charges against then Speaker Nabam Rebia and the Governor was empowered under the Constitution to advance the assembly session and instruct that the issue of removal of the Speaker be taken up as first item of business.

"There has to be some object to be achieved by the Governor by wanting to advance the date," the bench, which also comprised Justices Dipak Misra, M B Lokur, P C Ghose and N V Ramana, said.

Responding on a lighter vein to the assertion that the Governor can summon and advance the assembly session, the bench asked, "does it mean that whenever he feels bored, he can call the assembly to feel the excitement?"   The senior lawyer said "the Speaker, who is under clout, cannot and should not be allowed to preside over the house" and added that there was a very limited scope of judicial review in matters where the Governor exercises his powers under the Constitution.

The bench, however, agreed with the contention of Dwivedi that on some occasions, the Governor is not bound to act as per the aid and advice of the Chief Minister and his council of ministers.

"The governor is neither an agent nor an employee and is entitled to act on his own also," the lawyer said.

Yesterday, the court, which is examining the powers of Governors, had taken strong note of a submission that all decisions of the Governor are not open to judicial review.

"If democracy is slaughtered, how can the court remain silent," it had said when a counsel for a BJP MLA of crisis-hit Arunachal Pradesh referred to the powers of the Governors to drive home of the point that courts cannot "review" all the decisions of the Governor.

Earlier, the bench had also summoned dispatch records,  having details of correspondences of Arunachal Pradesh assembly from October to till date, on February 8 as it was not satisfied with documents produced by an official of the assembly.

The bench wanted to ascertain certain communications between the office of the then Speaker, Nabam Rebia, and the Governor on issues like convening or advancing assembly session and disqualification of rebel Congress MLAs.

The court would resume hearing on Monday on a batch of pleas filed by Rebia and other Congress leaders against the Gauhati High Court order in the case.

Earlier, the bench had said that Governors are political appointees and their actions are open to judicial review as nowadays even judges are considered for such an assignment.

The Nabam Tuki government, which had initial support of 47 MLAs in 60 member house, allegedly lost the confidence motion by 33 votes in the assembly session held in a community hall in the state capital of Itanagar.

The bench is also examining the authority of the Governor as to whether he can advance the assembly session without the aid and advice of the Chief Minister and his council of ministers.  PTI



Stone crusher plant in mid of Anini town

[ Karyir Riba ]

ROING, Feb 05: The Idu Mishmi Welfare Society (IMWS) of Anini, Dibang Valley district has strongly opposed the installation of a stone crusher plant near the Anini Helipad in the middle of the town.

Expressing serious concern over health risk posed by the stone crusher unit due to environmental pollution, IMWS president Omila Migi claimed that the unit has been set up in total violation of the guidelines specified under Environment (Sitting of Industrial Projects) Rule, 1999.

As per rule, the minimum distance between the boundary of a stone crusher and human habitation should be 0.5 km, he said.

Further, the plant has been set up without conducting any prior survey of the vicinity and without taking any precautionary measures, he claimed.

The only medicine for the people of remote Anini, where there is still no good healthcare facilities, is the clear environment. It is very disheartening to see that even this right has been snatched away from them.

What an irony that instead of giving them hospitals and health care centers, the authority has gifted this disease-producing machine to the people, lamented the society president.

The dust produced during crushing of stone can be extremely hazardous to human body and may cause life threatening diseases.  It contains fine particles of silica which may pose serious health problems to human body, if exposed for long duration. The gases and vapors emitted are also very toxic", Migi added.

Further, the noise pollution produced by the plant will make the lives of the people hell.

According to the IMWS, the government establishments that are likely to be affected are GHSS Anini, District Library, Helipad, Industry Office, SP office, boys and girls hostel of GHSS, the main market Prabaya bazar line and other official buildings like the DC office and District Hospital Anini which lies within a distance of 300m to 400m from the plant.

The IMWS has written to the Dibang Vally Deputy Commissioner requesting his office to take necessary action against the Stone Crusher unit.

The machine was reportedly installed last month and started functioning.



23 shops burnt down in Tezu

TEZU, Feb 05: A devastating fire broke out at Tezu destroying 23 SPT and RCC shops on early Friday morning at Tezu market. Nothing could be saved from the fire.

Civil police, IRBN, Fire tender, Army, BRTF, ITBP and civilian managed to stop the fire from further spread.  Deputy Commissioner Tamiyo Tatak has ordered a judicial enquiry to find out the exact cause of the fire and has directed the District Disaster Management Officer Tezu to carry out assessment of the loss and damages of properties. DIPRO



TAH affected citizens cries foul

[ Karda  Natam ]

Daporijo, Feb 05: The Upper Subansiri District Unit of All Arunachal Pradesh Trans Arunachal Highway Welfare Association has claimed that a recent meeting convened to discuss compensation issue at Daporijo was undemocratic in nature.

The Association alleged Deputy Commissioner Komkar Dulom of partiality during the meeting and not allowing land affected people to place their grievances.

On January 29 last, DC Dulom had convened a meeting with land affected people regarding the execution of Trans Arunachal Highway from Bopi to Tai under Upper Subansiri. Some of the land affected people had expressed unhappiness over fixation of compensation rate.

The district unit of All Arunachal Pradesh Trans Arunachal Highway Welfare Association alleged that meeting was purely meant for the land affected people of the TAH project but Deputy Commissioner diverted the focus.

"He invited HoDs, public, NGOs like TCS, NES, ATYO and others to speak in the meeting. Most of the representatives were not directly affected by TAH. Ironically, the real land owners including women representative whose land will get affected were not given chance to speak out their grievances," the association claimed.

Further they added, "Many other speakers who doesn't have single plot of land to contribute to the project were given chance to speak. Moreover Circle Officers, ADC, wherever TAH is going to affect should have been called upon to place their report. But no such thing happened."

Further association also alleged that Deputy Commissioner has recommended and forwarded the fixation of land rate without the consent of affected people.

When contacted DC Dulom refuted the allegation leveled by association terming it as baseless. "Most of the people including senior citizens were given opportunity to speak during the meeting. People should know that meeting was held not to hear fresh grievances and make new decision. The project has already been finalized. The meeting was organized to seek the public cooperation during implementation of project," said DC Dulom.

He appealed to every citizen of the area to extend their cooperation to the centrally sponsored scheme for the development of area and society as whole. He urged citizen to discourage any individual who creates hurdle in the development process.



Opium - the herb of joy

[ Dr R. C. Nayak, ]

When the whole world is fighting against, it is certainly audacious to give opium such a title to invoke ire of social workers and good citizens. In fact this title was given to opium centuries ago by Sumerians, when it was used for ritualistic and medicinal use. Not only that, in some cultures like in Italy, it was considered as symbol of progeny. Poppy seeds were put in the shoes of newlywed brides as a symbol of fertility.

Cultivation of opium for food, anesthesia and rituals dates back to Neolithic age. It was the most potent form of pain relief available then, allowing ancient surgeons to perform prolonged surgical procedures.

The Persian physician Abu al-Husayn bin Sina (Avicenna) described opium as the most powerful of the stupefacient in comparison to other highly effective herbs in his description in “Canon of medicine’. The text enlists medicinal effects of opium such as analgesic, hypnosis, antitussive effects, gastrointestinal effects, cognitive effects, respiratory depressions, neuro muscular disturbances etc.. However it also refers opium as a poison. The text was so popular that it was translated to Latin in 1775 and then to many other languages.

Another reputed physician, Thomas Sydenham, the father of English medicine or English Hippocrates quoted, “Among the remedies which it has pleased Almighty God to give to man to relieve his suffering, none is so universal and efficacious as opium”.

Texts of the ancient world including Ebers Popyrus and the writings of Dioscorides, Galen and Avienna describe widespread use of unprocessed opium.  Use of unprocessed opium continued through American Civil War before giving way to morphine and its successor, which could be injected at a precisely controlled dosage.

It was Linnaeus, the father of Botany first classified poppy, papaver somniferum in his book Genera Plantrum. It is called somniferum because of its somniferous quality which means ‘sleep inducing’. Active in gradients in poppy are morphine, codeine, thebaine, papaverine and noscapine. Opium is latex collected from poppy pods when it matures by making incisions and collecting the sap in a piece of dried cloth. The collection and smoking procedures have not been changed over centuries. A photograph of opium smokers in china taken in 1902, looks exactly similar that of smoking style of today in our country.

Opium contains 12% of analgesic, alkaloid morphine which processed chemically to produce heroine and other opioids for medicinal use and also for illegal drug trade. Main producers are India, Thailand, Turkey, Laos, Myanmar, Mexico, Cambodia, Hungery.  Upper South Asian belt of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Myanmar still account for world’s largest supply of opium.

Opium, botanically known as papaver somniferum, originated most probably in southern Europe. History of opium dates back to 3400 BC when it was cultivated in lower Mesopotamia. From Sumerians it passed to Assyrians who then passed on it to Babylonians followed by Egyptians. By 1300 BC, opium trade flourished in Egypt during the reign of Thutmase IV, Akheneton and king Tutonkhamen. Opium had a good reputation as a magical medicine until Hippocrates, father of medicine dismissed its magical attributes. But he acknowledged its usefulness as a narcotic and styptic in treating internal diseases, diseases of women and epidemic.

Around 400 AD from Egyptians, opium was first introduced to China by Arab traders and it was Alexandar the Great who introduced opium to the people of Persia and India.  The Portugese while trading along the East China Sea initiated smoking of opium. Opium was also introduced in European medical literature by Paracelus as laudanum. Then it was known as black pills or stones of immortality.

Everything was fine as long as it was restricted to medicine. On this good character opium invaded almost all major civilizations.

But the problem gradually surfaced and opium once having a well established reputation started to gain notoriety when residents of Persia and India began eating and drinking opium mixture for recreational use. Medicinal use of opium became weak before strong recreational use, so much so that in 1606 ships charted by Elizabeth-I, were instructed to purchase finest Indian opium and transport back to England.

By the year 1700, the Dutch started to export shipments of Indian opium to China and islands of South East Asia. It was Dutch people who introduced practice of smoking opium in a tobacco pipe to the Chinese. The smoking pipes we see today used by our addict brothers are the contribution of Chinese inherited from the Dutch around 300 years ago. But opium smoking was a privilege of the elite then and remained a great luxury till the 19th century in China.

“Opium was used by rich peasants even a small village without a rice store would have a shop where opium was sold.” wrote Wang Tao, a translator of Qing dynasty. The reason for widespread use not only attributed to addiction but a belief that lay people used it for the art of sex in particular and the ability to arrest seminal emission( Li Shizen, Compendium of Materica Medica, 1578) and this type of association with opium continued in china till the end of 19th century.

The British remained the biggest player in opium trade during its Raj. In 1750 AD the British East India Company assumed control over Bihar, Bengal and opium growing districts of India British shipping dominated the opium trade out of Calcutta to China and established monopoly on opium trade. All poppy growers in India were forbidden to sell opium to competitor trading companies. It was in the first opium war in 1841 Chinese were defeated by the British and paid Hongkong along with a large indemnity. In lower Myanmar (Burma) British imported a large quantity of opium from India selling it through a government controlled opium monopoly (1852). Further import of opium was made legalised. Effect of opium consumption taken its toll and gradually all countries realised its killing effects of society and economy.  

Sino-Indian opium trade treaty was enacted in 1906 and finally China convinced the British to dismantle India-China opium trade by 1910. Myanmar also outlawed opium in 1962 but Golden Triangle region of South East Asia came out as a new leader in opium production.

Opium as a medicine or as a ritualistic material has always been acceptable even acclaimed by people but when it became a drug and used for recreational purpose along with economic damage it brought social and health related issues. The addict instead of a resource becomes social and economic liability. Furthermore, an addict helps to add more numbers into his category. Opium smoking as reported by users brings a surge of euphoria accompanied by dry mouth. Following the euphoria, the user experiences an alternately wakeful and drowsy state. Mental functioning becomes clouded due to the depression of central nervous system. He/she may have a respiratory depression, constricted pupils and nausea. Effects of overdose may also include slow and shallow breathing, hypotension, muscle spasms, convulsions, coma and possible death.

Effects of opium consumption has been realised by elite mass and from every corner the issue has been taken very seriously with NGOs, women organisations and government all trying to curb this menace of addiction.

We often see police deployed to destroy poppy cultivation in state news papers much to the dismay of public. NGOs are busy in conducting de-addiction camps and government is conducting awareness campaign everywhere. Output of these endeavours is not something we can boast about. Disregarding root causes we are only trying to pluck leaves and assume that we can uproot the tree. We have to think about the people, surrounding and geographical conditions in which these addiction grows. Opium cultivation has been prized as a lucrative cash crop by people. Topographical conditions along with climate equally responsible for this. People have very little choice to earn money in this hilly region as a result they opt for opium cultivation. If a suitable alternative is provided they can be easily dissuade from this. One positive thing noticed in last year that big cardamom cultivation is getting increasingly popular in Mishmi hills and some progressive cultivators have proved that cultivation of large cardamom is a suitable alternative to opium in Anjaw.

More and more cultivators are now motivated and eying towards cardamom. Education, awareness and more importantly follow up programme after de addiction camp are needs of the hour. NGOs organize de-addiction camps with much gaiety and enthusiasm. But little do they concentrate in the follow up programme as results the statistics remain same after a year of the camp. It is a treatable condition. Patients with addiction should seek advice from the health care providers who can guide them with the most appropriate and safe treatment.

Combined medical and behavioural therapy may allow the patient to integrate back into mainstream of society and lead a positive and practical life.

Before concluding let us justify the article by citing some of the literary works where opium and its effects are sketched.  

“Confessions of an English opium eater” by Thomas de Quincey is a literary account of opium addiction written from the point of view of an addict in 1822. It deals in detail of pleasure and dangers of the drug. The famous poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s (1772-1834) famous poem “Kubla Khan” is said to a poem of opium experience. Alexandar Duma’s “The count of Monte Christo” depicts experience of opium vividly. Edgar Allaan Poe presents opium in a more disturbing context in his short story “ Ligeia”.

Opium is also reflected in the poem “The Lotos Eaters” of Alfred Lord Tennyson. Opium is also feature in famous Sir Arthur Conam Doyel’s story of Sherlock Holmes. Most important are “Poppies: Odyssey of an opium Eater (1986) which later made into a film in the title “The Opium eater” and a novel “ The house of the Scorpion” by Nancy Farmer(2002) where the plot revolve around poppy flower and opium drug.



Clean Arunachal Campaign at Anini and Tezu

Anini, Feb 05:  Anini has joined the Clean Arunachal Campaign to mark 30 years of Statehood Day Celebration with the motto and theme "my city, my pride" which saw enthusiastic response from the public as well as govt employees.

Anini Township was divided into 14 colonies team leaders consisting of one officer and a public leader, under the supervision of DC Tamune Miso and ZPM Dipen Molo.

Further DC has instructed DFO, Anini to supply maximum number of saplings to be planted during the campaign. He also instructed Deputy Director, Urban Development, Anini to dispose of the garbage to the designated dumping sites. He further appealed to the people of Dibang Valley to have civic sense and dispose of garbage properly.

General social service will be held one day in a week in all colonies and everyone will spare atleast one hour in cleaning  up the town.

Continuing "Clean Arunachal Campaign", a mass cleaning drive was conducted in Tezu Township on February 4 last.

Government employees from various department and public participated in the social service under the supervision of DC Tamiyo Tatak, SDO G Hazarika and Dy. Director UD&H Rokpo Tamin. DIPRO



Exposure visit for Adolescents Girls

ITANAGAR, Feb 05: Over 50 adolescent girls (AGs) were taken to a couple of selected public utilities here on an exposure visit by Urban ICDS Project, Itanagar.

The AGs, most of whom were school going, were taken to Regional Business Office (RBO) of State Bank of India (SBI),  Women Police Cell, Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW).

During their visit to APSCW, its chairperson Mitali Tingkhatra made them aware of the various women friendly laws and provisions for their protection and welfare.

Member Secretary Yame Higio, member Hage Yassung and Law Advisor Kani Nada also advised them to approach the Commission on genuine cases without any hesitation and also asked them not to misuse the Commission.

Higio encouraged them to study hard and become a responsible member of the society to serve the women of the state in need.

N. Angu, SI, Women Police Cell, educated the visiting AGs on how to lodge FIR and seek other help from the police.

Techi Henyir, SDPO also interacted with the AGs.

At Regional Business Office of SBI, Ashish Kumar, Asst. Manager Business, took an hour-long class on various facilities under RBI, including advantages of mobile and internet banking.

Torun Kr. Boro, Chief Manager, informed the team about new the bank's new programmes and advised them to avail them.

Prior to the exposure visit, the AGs were taken to Art of Living (AoL) project centre here, where they were taught on techniques of developing concentration, good posture etc by AoL Member Secretary Rajaque Rahman and faculty member Ganga Jerrang.



SP cautions anti-development elements

ROING, Feb 05: Lower Dibang Valley SP Take Ringu said that stern action will be taken against all those who pose as hurdles during implementation of various welfare schemes in the district.

The heads of work department should inform to the police immediately if they receive any kind of extortion from any individual or party during the working season so that the police can take action in time, the SP said in a coordination meeting held at the DC's office chamber here today.

Deputy Commissioner in-Charge Ruchika Katyal, ADC, while reviewing various projects implemented by various departments in the district, asked the Heads of Work Departments to expedite the works and submit utilization certificates (UCs) of completed projects, particularly projects under SPA before February 10 as desired by the Chief Secretary.

She also asked to submit reports in case of encroachment of any government land or office premises by any individual to the district administration.

Schemes under BADP would be reviewed in the next coordination meeting, she said.

Earlier, the DC in-charge in a separate meeting chalked out detailed programmes for celebration of the Statehood Day.

Katyal also appealed to all the HoDs and PRI Leaders to actively participate in the Clean Arunachal Fortnight which is being observed from February 1-15.

Apart from HoDs and Administrative Officers, ZPC Sipi Elapra Linggi and ZPM Starson Saring also attended the meeting. DIPRO



Arunachal Bee Mission on exposure cum training at RRTC, Meghalaya

ITANAGAR, Feb 05: Arunachal Pradesh Beekeeping and Honey Mission (ABHM) has conducted a Exposure cum Training on Apiculture Development at Rural Resource Training Centre at Umran, Meghalaya from Feb 2-4.  The team also visited the apiary at Khetry, Assam on the last day of the tour.

The team was led by Mission in-charges of pilot districts; Tare Kahi (Papum Pare), Techi Taura (I/c Changlang) and Okit Palling (i/c East Siang). The Participants for the exposure tour cum training programme included host of officials from Agriculture department, KVKs and Bee Growers from all the three pilot districts.

T Taura asked all the bee keepers to register under national bee board through the mission in his presentation as he informed the gathering regarding the various stages of mission.

Okit Palling stressed on formation of Bee growers federation in each district and the state to avoid wrong beneficiary selection by line departments.

Before flagging of the entourage, T D Neckom, Mission Director ABHM, said that even though Arunachal has a huge potential for Honey production, it is yet to register itself as a honey producing state in the India.



DC calls for concerted efforts for success of de-worming prog

KHONSA, Feb 05: Tirap Deputy Commissioner Ravi Jha urged the District Health Society to rope in the services of various government departments, Panchayat members and all other stakeholders to make the de-worming programme a huge success.

"No stone should be left unturned to ensure maximum coverage of children under the de=worming programme," the DC said in a coordination meeting on National De-Worming Day here today.

Presiding over the meeting, Jha said that all the targeted groups of children of different age groups must be covered under the proposed programme being held in the district for the first time.

The Deputy Commissioner further said that proper training of teachers, Anganwadi Workers and field staff, who would be administering de-worming medicines, must be conducted for all the Blocks well in advance.

The national de-worming campaign would be launched in Tirap along with rest of the country on February 10 which will be followed by mop up round on February 15, informed DRCHO Dr. Namsa. Children of 1-19 years will be administered de-worming pills during the campaign in the schools and Anganwadi centres, Dr. Namsa.

He also highlighted the causes of worm infection mostly among children and threw light on possible remedies.

Dr. Namsa underscored the importance of cleanliness and hygienic environment to prevent worm infection.

It was decided to clear the source of water supply in the town on February 10 in collaboration with PHE and UD departments.

The meeting was attended by PD, DMO, EE, PHED, CDPO and DD (Urban) among others.

The Deputy Commissioner in a separate meeting, asked the engineers of Power Department and their field staff to improve the power scenario which was not up to the mark.

Jha urged the officers and officials of the department to maintain work culture adding that they were manning one of the most important departments.

Deputy Commissioner lamented on the poor safety and reliability aspect of the power department. He directed AE & JE to prepare a plan for improving the safety aspects of the power house and submit the same within seven days. The placement of funds will be monitored and spent as per the priority placed in the plan.

The engineers from Power Department shared the challenges and scopes of the department with the Deputy Commissioner.

They also apprised the DC on plans, proposals and new schemes submitted to the government. DIPRO



Governor greets on Boori Boot Yullo

ITANAGAR, Feb 05: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa has greeted the people of the State on the festive occasion of Boori Boot Yullo. He expressed the hope that the festivity will promote amity and oneness amongst the people of the State.

Governor said as agrarian community, most of the festivals in Arunachal Pradesh are associated with agriculture. While preserving the age old cultural heritage, the Governor advised that they must also upgrade the agricultural practices with technologies and scientific methods. He wished that the festival also spread messages of innovative and technical ideas amongst the people thereby enhancing their economic prosperity of the agrarian community and the State.



Earmark parking lots: BWC

ITANAGAR, Feb 05: Naharlagun Bazar Welfare Committee (BWC), in a memorandum addressed to the Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner, has appealed for demarcation of parking places of market areas of Naharlagun town.

In its memorandum to the DC, the BWC stated that a lot of public complaints have been received by it against haphazardly parked vehicles blocking the entry paths of various establishments, particularly banks, since introduction of parking fee of vehicles.

Collection of parking fee is an appreciable initiative by the authority. But, parking in front of banks and other establishments blocking their approach road is not appreciable, the memorandum said, and urged the capital administration and Itanagar Municipal Council to demarcate the parking places properly and re-consider the parking fees of vehicles parked in front of banks and others establishments.



Students oppose issuance of ST certificates to non-APSTs

ITANAGAR, Feb 05: West Siang District Students' Union (WSDSU), in a representation to West Siang Deputy Commissioner, appealed not to issue ST certificates to any individual without proper verification and identification of their parents.

It claimed that some of the students/individual are obtaining Scheduled Tribes (ST) certificates by taking the surname of their mother, who belongs to ST but are married to non-APST member.

"We don't oppose such cross-society marriages, but we also can't encourage such practice of getting their children's name in the list of APST members which has become a very big emerging problem in the state," the students union said.

WSDSU demanded immediate cancellation of all the ST certificates issued earlier to such non-APST members.

Describing the issue as very serious and a big threat to the future generation of our tribal society, the students union appealed to the DC to take prompt action on the matter.



Fish farmers training concluded at Fftc Emchi

YUPIA, Feb 05: The 5 days training programme on basics of aquaculture for fish farmers of Lohit, Namsai and Tirap concluded at FFTC Emchi today.

Commissioner Fisheries Huzar Lollen and Director of Fisheries Joyshil Taba attended the concluding day function.

While addressing the farmers, both the Commissioner and the Director of Fisheries exhorted the fish farmers to implement the knowledge they have acquired during the training in field to enhance production and productivity.

They advised the fish farmers to work for conservation of fish diversity in open water sources and spread the message of responsible fishing and sustainability among the fellow fish farmers.

The Commissioner and the Director also interacted with the farmers to take stock of their problems in fish farming. DIPRO



Org demands inquiry into fire accident involving deaths

ITANAGAR, Feb 05: The members of All Arunachal Pradesh Disaster Management Relief Welfare Organisation (AAPDMRWO) visited the fire accident site at Bate village where three persons of a family were charred to death in a devastating fire accident recently.

The organization demanded a high level magisterial inquiry into the death of the three persons in the fire accident.

The organization also strongly urged the concerned authority for providing immediate relief package to the fire victims and ex-gratia to the relatives of the fire victims.

Informing of a fire accident at Tezu Main Market this morning around 4.30 am, where several shops were reportedly gutted, AAPDMRWO urged the concern authority for providing immediate relief to the victims and also make a spot verification of the fire accident to assess the properties lost or damaged.



Essay competition results announced

ITANAGAR, Feb 05: The results of circle level essay competition on topic 'Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam for changing education' conducted by East Kameng unit of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarti Parishad (ABVP) in November, five, 2015, were announced today.

In competition conducted for Chayang Tajo, the first prize was won by Mimi Cheda, Cl. VII of KGBV, the 2nd prize by Pratik Gurung of Govt. Higher Secondary School, Chayang Tajo.

Mema Liyang, and Sarita Riang, both class VII students of KGBV, Bameng won the first and second prize respectively in competition conducted for Bameng.

The first and second prize winners will be selected for district level essay competition, informed East Kameng unit of ABVP.



Aids and appliances provided to PWDs

YINGKIONG, Feb 05: Aids and appliances were distributed and disability certificates issued to differently abled persons of Upper Siang district in a programme at Old Multipurpose Hall here on Friday.

Tapik Pertin, ADC Yingkiong, who inaugurated the programme advised the differently abled persons to get their names registered to get aids and appliances, monetary and other benefits under different government schemes meant for them.

Yater Bui, Rehabilitation Officer, Social Justice Empowerment Tribal Affairs, highlighted on national programme/schemes for rehabilitation of persons with disabilities,  Chief Minister's disability pension scheme and Indira Gandhi National Disabilities Pension scheme.

DMO Dr. Radesh Tatan, Dy Director (ICDS) C. Tangjang, ZPM Bading Teng, DIPRO O. Pertin also spoke and advised the differently abled persons to avail the benefits.

Senior Medical Officers Dr. Karo Teng, Dr. Ahik Miyu and Dr. K Patuk examined the degree of disabilities for issuance of disability certificates.

All the 65 differently abled persons, who had registered for the camp, were issued disability certificates while 40 of them were issued aids and appliances. DIPRO




Cancel parking tax collection

ITANAGAR, Feb 05: The All Capital Complex Students' Union (ACCSU) has in a letter to the Capital Complex DC today reiterated its demands to cancel the collection of Parking Tax by Municipal Council within the Capital Complex by terming it as unjustified.

Although the Municipality has the right to levy, collect and appropriate such taxes under article 243X clause (a), (b) and (c) of the Municipal Act but it has neither constructed any parking lot within the Capital Complex nor maintained the existing road and parking areas, the Union reasoned adding that the people have been already paying road tax and registration fee which are credited to the GoAP through the department of Tax &Excise.

The union had earlier also served an ultimatum to the DC urging him to cancel the parking tax within 7 days.



Forum demands termination

ITANAGAR, Feb 05: Arunachal Justice Forum (AJF) in a memorandum addressed to the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh demanded termination of all the functional officers and those employed on officiating basis in various engineering departments.

The Forum alleged that many candidates are being appointed illegally in the name of functional and officiating basis in various engineering departments depriving the promotional scope of the permanent staff.



Regularize contractual ANMs

ITANAGAR, Feb 05: Claiming that about 70 posts of regular ANMs sanctioned under the Health Department have not been regularized, the Contractual ANM Welfare Association (CANMWA) has today appealed to the Governor seeking his intervention into the issue to ensure early regularization of the posts.

In a memorandum submitted to the Governor today, the CANMWA further said that the ANMs working in various remote Sub-centers and CHCs without basic amenities like drinking water, furniture or medical equipments get a meager salary that too, not on time and sought enhancement of their monthly salaries.



Guv's intervention sought

ITANAGAR, Feb 05: In a letter to the Governor JP Rajkhowa former Taliha MLA Tara Payeng has today welcomed the Governor's move to seek constructive suggestions from political parties, civil society, intellectuals and NGOs for good governance and sought his early intervention into issues concerning the development of Upper Subansiri district.

While highlighting the problems hampering the area's development Payeng called for putting an immediate check on alleged illegal practice of the technical staffs of departments who allegedly demand a portion from every project from the concern contractor which results in construction of inferior quality roads and other vital infrastructure.

Payeng further sought early cancellation of land allotments in Upper Subansiri, strict action against absentee officers of Taliha who do not stay at their place of posting, creation of adequate infrastructure at Payeng Circle, uniform compensation rates of TAH as well as setting up of a high power committee to decide the compensation rates, proper scrutiny of PWD, RWD and PMGSY sanctioned roads to avoid siphoning of money, appointing a third party to assess the viability of Integrated Watershed Management Programme implemented in the area.



Winners of Essay& drawing competition announced

ITANAGAR, Feb 05:  Pani Martha, a Class X student of Garden Dew School, Itanagar has secured first prize while, Mathew Saroh (Class IX) of Green Mount School and Ankita Debnath (Class IX) of Kingcup Public School, Itanagar secured 2nd and 3rd position respectively, in Essay writing competition, organized by the Arunachal Pradesh Police Road Safety Cell, PHQ, Itanagar at Vivekananda Central School here on Jan 17 last on the occasion of Road Safety Week.

The winners have won cash prizes of Rs. 1000, 700 and 500 each along with a commendation certificate.

Meanwhile, in drawing & painting competition, Honi Talo Camdir (Class VIII) of Government Higher Secondary School Ganga, Ritu Roy Mondal (Class VIII) of Government Middle School, ESS Sector and Takam Khya (Class VI) of Vivekananda Central School, Itanagar secured the first, second and third position respectively and also won cash prize of Rs. 700, 600 and 500 along with commendation certificates each.



DC holds coordination meeting with HoDs

YUPIA, Feb 05: All the Head of Departments (HoD) of Papum Pare district in a coordination meeting today apprised the newly joined Deputy Commissioner Pooja Jain about their departmental issues and problems faced by them.

Deputy Commissioner Jain, after she interacted with each and every HoD, asked them to give their issues in written form so that their problems can be taken up for early solution.

Being enquired upon the scarcity of drinking water supply problem in Yupia Township, the EE of PHED, Yupia division informed the DC that works of water treatment plant at Yupia is in progress and will be completed by March next.

The DC also convened a meeting with all the SPA Projects executing departments of Papum Pare and Capital division and took stock of the current status of those projects.

She directed the executing department that all works of ongoing projects must be executed in a proper manner and should try to complete them by March, 2016.

Officers from various work departments like UD and Housing, PWD Capital Division Itanagar and Doimukh, PHED Yupia Division, Electrical Capital Division, Itanagar, UD, Itanagar, PHED Capital Division, Itanagar, PWD Sagalee WRD Sagalee and PWD Naharlagun presented their reports on physical achievements and status of projects implemented by them.

Earlier, the Deputy Commissioner Pooja Jain also convened meeting on celebration of 29th State Hood Day at Yupia. DIPRO




Priest association calls on Governor

ITANAGAR, Feb 05: The members of All Arunachal Pradesh Abotani Nibu (Priest) Welfare Association, led by Hari Taro called on Governor, JP Rajkhowa at Raj Bhavan, Itanagar on Feb 5 and submitted a one-point memorandum for providing security in the Nibu Nijik Model Village, Jami Jate Area, Itanagar.

The Governor asked the Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kumar Singh, who was present in the meeting to immediately look in to the matter and take necessary action. He directed him to deploy adequate security personnel to ensure communal harmony in the Model Village and its neighbouring area.

The Governor appreciated the priests for carrying forward the indigenous rituals and sustained the age-old heritage and practices. He advised them to promote and propagate the indigenous culture. (PRO,Raj Bhavan)



Plantation at Ziro

ZIRO, Feb 05: Continuing its bid for Greener and Cleaner, Ziro, a massive plantation drive was carried out at the Higher Secondary school compass, by the DC office staff led by Deputy Commissioner Kanki Darang. In a meeting held earlier in connection with Clean Arunachal Campaign, DC office had adopted Government Higher Secondary for planting trees and it's after care. Darang felt that since denizens of Ziro have already geared up the cleanliness drive, more emphasis should be given to planting more tree and flowers to beautify Ziro. Similar plantation drives will be carried out across the Ziro valley in the next three months.


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Happy news

The news that 53 KM long Papu-Yupia-Potin stretch of Trans Arunachal Highway (TAH) is ready to be formally inaugurated is perhaps one of the best news in a long time. Chief Engineer Highway Western Zone, Bora Ete who yesterday made final inspection expressed satisfaction with the quality of work. The completion of Papu-Yupia section of TAH is a huge relief to the state government. The work for the said stretch was awarded to SRK Company in the year 2009. However, due to various issues, the company would not continue the work and handed over the project to TK Engineering, which is an Itanagar based company.

They took over the work in 2013 and remarkably within the period of two year completed the project. Sure this news will make other companies engaged in the construction of TAH to speed up the work. At present majority of road project under the ambitious TAH is progressing at snail pace. Infact the slow progress has not only frustrated public but even ministry of road, transport and highway (MoRTH). In some stretches the work could not be started due to compensation issue. Government of India is refusing to pay the high compensation claim made by the land affected people. This has created a huge hurdle. People of Arunachal should realize that road are being constructed for the benefit of state and therefore they should not become stumbling block. District administration should take strong action against those who are disturbing the progress of TAH in the name of compensation issue.







Readers’ Forum




Let young Arunachalesebe digitally competent

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed daily,  I would like to acknowledge that I am a regular reader of your esteemed daily. I grew up reading Arunachal Times as my main source of getting news and information about the world and Arunachal in particular. It has undoubtedly the largest reader base out of all our state dailies.

But what I have always felt is that it’s hardly covering news related to science and technology. We have come to a digital age now where always everything has been digitalised. We can get an app of literally anything in our smart phones. But still our state is in the age of darkness, its almost like we are living in the stone age as compared to other states. What we need now is digital literacy that does not mean teaching kids how to switch on and off or how to paint in computers. In fact Digital literacy means knowledge of the basic principles of computing devices, skills in using computer networks and an understanding of the societal issues raised by digital technology.

We need to raise awareness among the children of Arunachal about technology as a whole. We need to teach them from the elementary level itself about computing and IT. Even our neighbouring state Assam teaches its student C++ at secondary and higher secondary level. And sadly most of our Arunachalee kids dont know even what C++ is.

And in the road to being “Digital Arunachal” Arunachal Times will play a big role. I hope that in the upcoming weeks or months you can add a science and technology section in your esteemed daily where there will be news and reviews about the latest and greatest in the world of gadgets and technology. Let the young generation of Arunachal be digitally and technically competent because Arunachal is not all about politics and state unions.


Henri  Riba

New Delhi



Remove all barriers

Dear Editor,

Every woman has a right to choose her own path in life. I have seen many girls who dream of joining the Indian Army. The general public mindset is that women are physically weaker, so they can’t do what men can do. But physical strength is not the only quota required to join the armed forces. Women can become stronger with adequate training and reach a very high level of proficiency in the armed forces than men. Also, we live in an age where women can no longer be sidelined as weaklings, not even physically in many cases. The government has to remove all barriers that prevent women from getting permanent commissions in every branch of the military, including combat operations. The role of women as soldiers and warriors has been evident in history the world over for centuries. Indian military history also boasts of a fair share of women soldiers, Razia Sultan and the Rani of Jhansi being the most famous. The thrill and pride of serving one’s motherland is an additional attraction. Research has shown that women are more perceptive and intuitive and endowed with organisational skills that help plan right down to minute detail.

Nature has given different attributes to both men and women and it is only right that to optimize one’s productivity and the organisation’s efficiency, the right person be chosen for the right job. Issues like gender discrimination have no place in decisions like these. We all must encourage girls to join the Defense services. Best of luck to all women defense aspirants.


Arnab Dey





Combination of contacts and hard work

Dear Editor,

It is a fact which I find very significant to be shared with my fellow Arunachalees. The much awaited result of APPSC mains has been declared. It would be a kind gesture by the candidates and their parents, aspirants and the concerned Arunachalees if we thank the officials who worked restlessly in last few days to declare the result and were compelled to do so because of strict order and environment of the President Rule.

Arunachal Pradesh is a beautiful state where intelligence and hard work alone cannot bring you job. It is the combination of high contacts with intelligence and hard work which brings you a job. And it would be worth to mention that sometimes only contacts can get you a chair in office, no matter how incapable the personal is.

As a citizen of Arunachal, I  heartily thank the administration working under the banner of president rule to declare the result in couple of days otherwise it would have taken another year! The difference of working is clear enough. The earlier govt. has definitely failed to discharge their power for a strong and efficient administrative system. Let’s pray for a more transparent and competitive system for the aspirants!


Anjali Siga

Rajiv Gandhi University,





Use us

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed column, I would like to appreciate the Government of Arunachal Pradesh for creating many regular posts in Health sector.

At the same, I would like to request the govt to be fair in the recruitment process of Laboratory Technician (LT).

As per my observation, many government nominated BSc.(MLT) students after completing 4 years of course do not have regular  job though they should have been given the first preference in the government  recruitment  process.

So if there is any recruitment  for the post,  I would like to request the government to give first preference to the government nominated students and if possible a criteria needed to be fixed like required educational qualification, written examination, viva voce test  as per AICTE or UGC norms.

I would like to request the government to use the technological knowledge of government nominated BSc (MLT) students for better diagnosis of diseases in Arunachal Pradesh.


BSc (MLT) Student




Racism runs deep in India

Dear Editor,

This is in response to the editorial “Shameful incident”(5 February).

Racism runs deep in India not just against African students, but also against its own citizens. The physical harassment and mental torture meted to the North-Eastern students studying or living in the “mainland” India are increasing with each passing day.

As a former resident of Bihar, this correspondent had witnessed how the Bengalis used to suffer racial taunts and abuses in that state. In such a scandalous state of affairs; the barbaric fatal attack on Yannick Nihangaza, the innocent Burundi student on July 2012 and now physical as well as sexual assault on the Tanzanian girl are not a bit surprising.

If the Australians or British are “racist” due to the stray incidents of  attack upon the Indian students studying there, then the assault on African or the North-Easterner students in Bangalore or New Delhi are also no lesser than racism. It should also be taken note of that while many Australian goons have been sentenced for their barbaric acts, we are yet to hear any news about punishment of the Indian brutes who dare to assault or rape their own countrymen from the North-East or our respected guests from Africa.

Thus, instead of beating its own trumpet of “tolerance” or accusing others of practicing “racism”, Indians should at first learn to clean up its own backyard; else India will end up as a classical case of “pot calling the kettle black”!


Kajal Chatterjee,