February 13


Review of Revised and Budget Estimate

De-addiction and rehabilitation centres for five districts

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: While reviewing the Revised Estimate 2015-16 and Budget Estimate for 2016-17 at Raj Bhavan, Itanagar on Friday, the Governor has announced setting up of drug de-addiction and rehabilitation centres in Wakro, Tezu, Roing, Khonsa, Changlang and Longding.

Rs 5 (Five) lakhs will be given as seed money for each centre to the Deputty Commissioners to start the work and rest amount will be given in the next financial year, informed a Raj Bhavan report.

The meeting also announced Rs 5 (Five) Crore for Ramakrishna Mission Hospital, Itanagar for setting up of Intensive Care Units and other ancillary requirements, Rs 1 (One) Crore each to Tomo Riba State Hospital, Naharlagun and District Hospitals of Ziro, Tezu and Pasighat to procure medical equipments including ECG machines, ventilators, defibrillators, oxygen concentrators.

It was also decided to provide Rs 1 (One) Crore to Dera Natung College, Itanagar, Indira Gandhi College Tezu and Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat for purchase of better table and benches for the students. The fund will be placed with the college management committee.

The meeting also decided that Rs 1 (One) Cr has been earmarked for expansion of Jails to decongest jails in the state. Rs 15 (Fifteen) lakhs will be given to Home Department for setting up of Juvenile homes in Pasighat, Itanagar and Dirang in the first phase to start with.

Keeping in view of the absence of college in remote Tawang, the Governor, who visited the District last year has instructed that a college be set up in Tawang and for this, Rs 10 (Ten) lakhs will be given to Education Department to prepare a DPR along with identification of appropriate land in Tawang.

Anticipating road blocks during rainy season due to landslides, Rs 1 (One) Crore will be provided to PWD (Highways) to purchase JCB and dumper to immediately clear any landslide in the Capital Complex areas. The Governor also instructed that a corpus fund called Governor`s Relief Fund may be created to help those needing urgent medical help.   

The State annual development agenda for 2015-16 is 5814.24 Cr and RE is Rs 4893.43 Cr. Fiscal consolidation is the priority of the state government.

Governor JP Rajkhowa convened the review meeting which was attended by Advisors to Governor, GS Patnaik and BD Sharma, Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi, Principal Secretary Finance Satya Gopal, Secretary Finance BM Mishra, Secretary Planning Sonam Chombay and Senior Officers of Finance and Planning Departments. (PRO, Raj Bhavan)



Bandh culture an old habit: DGP

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: Arunachal Pradesh Director General of Police S Nithiyanandam today said 'bandh culture' of the state was not a law and order problem but an "old habit" which will "die hard".

"Police alone can't change the old habit at one go. It would take time through mass awareness, education and realisation about the futility of such practices," Nithiyanandam said.

DGP said the law and order situation in the state, particularly in the capital town, has improved.

62 per cent cases have been solved in 2014-15 and it is an appreciable achievement, Nithiyanandam said, adding all out efforts were being made for a much better result this year.

The DGP said the situation improved further following imposition of President's Rule on January 26 with the deployment of 70 companies of central para-military and state forces.

The number of crime cases might be 150 more in 2014-15 compared to that in the previous year, but was less when compared to the population growth and rising migration, the GDP told a press conference.

Stressing the need for public cooperation, he said crime would go down if people become more vigilant.

The DGP said checking against non-use of helmet, triple riding and motorcycles without number plate has been intensified.

50 police personnel are being trained for traffic duty to add to the existing 37 personnel and, if required, more hands would be given for easy traffic flow, he said.

Asked about the vehicles parked on main and side roads creating traffic congestion, he said it would be looked into.



‘Rice day’ turning into effective PDS tool

ROING, Feb 12: The initiative of Lower Dibang Valley Deputy Commissioner Ravi Dhawan is bearing fruits with the ration card holders of the five circles, namely Roing, Koronu, Parbuk, Hunli and Desali in the district getting their entitled rice for the last four consecutive months since the introduction of "Rice Day" in the district.

During this month, more than 56% of the total allocation of rice were distributed during the 'Rice Days' on February 9 and 10. Out of 12627 total card holders, more than 50% of the card holders took the benefit of Rice Day in five circles.

Out of 44 Fair Price Shops in these five circles, 15 FPS have distributed more than 70% of their allocated rice on Rice Day and 29 FPS have also dispatched more than 50% rice allocated to them in the two particular days.

Under Parbuk Circle, 5 FPS have dispatched more than 80% of the rice allocated to them, and under Koronu Circle, 4 FPS have dispatched more than 60% of the rice allocated on the Rice Day only. Under Hunli and Desali, two FPS have distributed 90 % of the rice allocated to them.

The distribution as well as the monitoring of the PDS Rice has become more effective after the introduction of Rice Day in the district. DIPRO



Traditional mode of hunting never posed threat to wildlife: Experts

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: The traditional mode of hunting has never posed as threat to wildlife as opposed to modern means of hunting in North East India including Arunachal Pradesh. The advent of modernity has brought modern ways of hunting that has posed as actual threat to wildlife population.

Those were the final observations of the two day national seminar on "Hunting-Trapping Culture in North-East India'' organised by Department of History, Govt. College Doimukh which concluded on Friday.

The seminar also emphasised on the need of mass awareness amongst the people in order to minimise the depletion of wildlife. The need of government intervention in discouraging reckless hunting practice by framing proper policies and laws for effective implementation wildlife conservation was also stressed upon.

Many issues were raised on the question of complete ban on hunting and trapping culture in Northeast India. Many festivals in Northeast India are intricately connected with hunting wherein the practice of hunting ritual, community based and individual plays an important role in the functions and festivals. Different types of tools and techniques, methods, procedures; taboos, beliefs, significance and requirements related to hunting were highlighted.  More research on the traditional ways of hunting-trapping, gathering of the various communities of Northeast was recommended to be undertaken to understand the actual position and significance of hunting-trapping culture.

The seminar sponsored by ICSSR, New Delhi concluded with presentation of 21 academic papers on various themes in four technical sessions. The resource persons who chaired the technical sessions lauded the participation and presentation of papers on diverse topics relating to the hunting tradition in Northeast India.

The experts suggested that the proceedings of the seminar be published in a book to help in the documentation of state policy making. Certificates were distributed to all the paper presenters, while, Dy. Dir, ICHR, New Delhi, Dr.Uttam Bathari gave the valedictory speech.



Immunization coverage under MI up from 55% to 78%: Thungon

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: Immunization coverage under Mission Indradhanush in the state has increased from 55% to 78% over the last six month, said National Health Mission Director, PN Thungon, and he gave the credit to Department of Field Publicity (DFP) for the success.

The programme has been a great success, and with the help of DFP, the department has been able to increase the coverage under universal immunization programme, said Dr. Thungon in the concluding workshop on Mother and Child Health and Mission Indradhanush organized by Regional Office, Directorate of Field Publicity, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, here today.

He requested the Field Publicity Department for greater cooperation in spreading awareness about health programmes.

"Government has spent lots of money to provide better health care facility to the people of the state. The health department during this year registered about 26,544 pregnant women in the state, Dr. Thungon informed. He, however, expressed disappointment for not being able to  reach out to all under routine immunization programme. Joint Secretary (Health Services) CN Longphai observed that involvement of ASHAs workers could have helped in this campaign and assured full cooperation in future.

Director, DFP, Arunachal Pradesh region Dr HR Keshavamurthy, who presided over the workshop, informed that 28 programmes were organised in seven selected districts of the State over a period of 6 months from July 2015 as per the guidelines of Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to educate public and other stake holders about the benefit under "Mother and Child Health and Mission Indradhanush programmes.

He requested the officials of the State Health Department to extend support to Field Publicity units in creating awareness amongst the people about various health programmes, and said that with proper coordination, the Directorate of Field Publicity and State Government can do a better job.



Shapawng Yawng Manau Poi begins

[ Indrajit Tingwa ]

BORDUMSA, Feb 12 : The four-day ethno cultural festival Shapawng Yawng Manau Poi of the Singphos began today here at the Singpho Heritage Centre, Bordumsa.

Duwa Bisa Latnong, one of the Singpho Chiefs unfurled the festival flag which was followed by firing of 32 gunshots marking the beginning of the thirty two edition of the fest. In his address, the Bisa Chief wished all Singpho bethrens around the world peace and prosperity.

The Thunghkring Manau (Traditional Dance) was performed around the Manau Shadungs (the ceremonial and sacred set of pillars) as well Kumrum Manau(Get Together Dance).

Thirty one members of the Kuki delegation including cultural troupe reached  last night and today 101 delegates from Kachin State from the Union of Myanmar have arrived. Singpho from different parts of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh have been pouring in throughout the day.

Apart from dances around the Manau shadings, food stalls which have been put up, offering exquisite Singpho delicacies are a big attraction.

Union MoS Kiren Rijiju and MP East Arunachal Ninong Ering will take part at the celebrations.




‘Destination North East’ begins in New Delhi

NEW DELHI, Feb 12: The eight sisters of Northeast came together at 'Destination North-East - 2016' today to showcase their rich cultural heritage and promote the economic and social strength and opportunities it provides to people from all walks of life.

Organised by DoNER Mnistry and the Ministry of Culture, the festival aims at bridging the gap between the rest of India and the North eastern region by creating awareness about the region among the people here.

Department of Tourism, Arunachal Pradesh led by Adong Moyong and Department of Textile and Handicrafts, along with tour operators and hotels from the state are taking part in the three-day event.

Many curious travellers were seen outside the Arunachal Tourism stall, showing a keen interest on travelling to the state. The questions mostly hovered on the acquiring of Inner Line Permit and the number of days needed to travel to Arunachal Pradesh.

The three-day event has various sessions on topics concerning the North East covering skill development, agriculture, handloom and handicrafts, tourism, food processing, livelihood, micro finance and start ups amongst others. Cultural events are also a part of the festival, with emphasis on the North-East folk music and dance.

DoNER (Development of North-Eastern Region) Minister Dr.Jitendra Singh and Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju inaugurated the festival at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi today.



Worang festival of Ollos at Lazu

KHONSA, Feb 12:  The annual Worang festival of the Ollos of Tirap district was celebrated at Lazu bordering Myanmar with great enthusiasm and gaiety on Friday.

Addressing a huge gathering of revelers, local MLA Tirong Aboh said that no celebration would surpass Worang in terms of importance, grandeur and significance.

He urged the villagers to shun opium cultivation and replace it by cash crops like large cardamom. He exhorted the youth to engage themselves in more profitable agriculture and horticulture activities.

Aboh passionately appealed to the people to guard their rich legacies passed on to them by their ancestors.

Tirap ZPC Chawang Lowang also attended the festival and urged the people to preserve their rich traditional culture.

Both Aboh and the ZPC also witnessed the rituals performed at the makeshift Paang.

Earlier, Secretary of the Worang celebration committee Jenlong Rantu threw light on the significance of Worang festival.

Attractive folk dance performances by the dancers from various villages including Hachik village from Myanmar, electrifying performance by K for Kekho and community feast marked the day-long celebrations. DIPRO




CM’s Trophy: Day- 4 results

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: Changlang registered their second consecutive wins in men's football in the ongoing CM's Trophy tournament defeating Tawang 3-0 at Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy Complex, Chimpu near here today.

W. Kamhma (26th min) and Vivek Gurung (47th and 80th mins) were the scorers for Changlang.

The second match in men's football played between East Siang and Lower Subansiri ended in 1-1 draw.

Kadum Taki scored for East Siang in 15th minutes which was  equalized by Lower Subansiri through a goal from Mihin Pullo in 23rd minutes.

Upper Subansiri beat Anjaw 4-1 in the third match of the day in men's football.

Lojum Gomja scored two goals while Rayu Dagium and Darjeet Sarang scored one goal each for Upper Subansiri.

Rabin Lamsine scored the only goa for Anjaw.

Lohit beat Papum Pare 2-1 in the fourth and last match of the day in men's football.

Tobang Lego and Ronit Tindya were the scorers for Lohit.

Taba Rakhesh of Papum Pare scored in last minute to reduce the margin of defeat to 1-2.

In Women's football, Kurung Kumey beat Namsai 6-0, Anjaw beat West Kameng 3-0, Kra-Daadi beat Upper Siang 7-0 and Capital Complex  beat West Siang 2-0.




Public movement near 33 KV Line restricted

YINGKIONG, Feb 12: Geku administration has imposed restriction on public movement from Feb 14, near the 33 KV Dite-Dime (65 KM) to Geku Switch Yard feeder as it is being changed.

Geku EAC, D Lama informed the general public to restrict their movement nearby the 33 KV Dite-Dime to Geku live-line to avoid any untoward incident.  (DIPRO)



Treasury office shifted

NAHARLAGUN, Feb 12: The Treasury Office, Naharlagun has been shifted and is currently functioning from D-Sector, Directorate of Audit and Pension Complex, Naharlagun, informed an official release.



Tourist flow declining: NCP

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) today said that ever since President Rule has been imposed in the state, tourist flow has declined. Further party alleged that business of twin city of capital complex is also declining due to fear psychosis in the minds of the people. Paramilitary forces deployed in the capital should be properly directed not to harass innocent people while performing their duty, the NCP added.



Rice for  flood victims

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: The DFO (W/L) Tashi Mize and his staff distributed 90 bags of rice sponsored by Wildlife Trust of India to flood affected Mer villagers.

The fund was initiated by WTI Member Sunil Karyong to build mutual trust and confidence between the local community and the Sanctuary authority.

Mer village is one of the fringe villages of the Daying Ering Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary and was badly affected by flood in 2015.

DFO Mize explained the villagers that the natural calamities are result of human interference with nature including deforestation, random killing/hunting of wildlife, aquatic animals etc. The GBS and Panchayat leaders, who were also present during distribution, assured to co-operate with Sanctuary authorities for better management and effective controlling of the peripheral area.

Mebo ADC Yemling Tayeng was also present during the rice distribution.



Allotted land encroached upon, says Puroik society

ITANAGAR, Feb 12:  Claiming that some unknown groups of people have forcefully settled in Lali village under Kakoi Circle, Papum Pare, which is a government allotted settlement area of Puroik community, the All Puroik Welfare Society (APWS) and All Puroik Youth Association (APYA) have in a letter to the Chief Secretary sought his immediate intervention into the issue.

The unknown groups of people are making claims to the land which has been allotted by the GoAP for the settlement of the Puroik community and was formally inaugurated by Kakoi CO Tasso Gumbo on Jan 1, 2011, both associations alleged.



Remote Manchal circle to get telecom facility

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: Remote Manchal circle under Anjaw will be brought under BSNL network coverage, as the country's leading telecom service provider has approved establishment of a GSM Base Trans receiver Station at Khyong.

In its approval letter, the BSNL has also written to the Circle Officer of Manchal for allocation of the required land.

Meanwhile Hali Valley Youths Association appealed to the BSNL authority for early start of the work. It further appealed to the villagers to cooperate with BSNL as the BTS will facilitate telecom services to as many as 33 villages.



AASSATA seeks enhanced salary

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: The All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers' Association (AASSATA) has requested the Governor to table the recommendations of enhanced salary of SSA teachers at Project Approval Board (PAB) 2016 for executive committee consideration scheduled to be held on February 16 next.

In another letter to the Governor, the association also sought his intervention for early release of its pending salary since October last.



Pedung Archery tournament begins

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: The 2nd edition of the Pedung Archery tournament is being organised by the Pedung Archery Club, people of Pedung village in association with SSB Bomdila from Feb 12 to 19 at SSB ground near Bomdila, West Kameng.

The tournament formally commenced on Feb 12 with Sub-area Organizer of SSB Bomdila, Viraj Borthakur attending the opening ceremony.

The winner in men's category will bag a cash prize of Rs. 50,000, while the runners up will carry away Rs.25000. In the women's category, the winner will be given Rs.20000 and runners up will get Rs.10000.



ACS demands regular Director

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) appealed to the Chief Secretary to immediately fill the vacant post of the Director of the Department of Higher and Technical Education.

Questioning the delay over appointment of a regular Director, ACS in its representation to the Chief Secretary stated that the Department had been functioning without a regular Director since October, 2014 in spite of having qualified and experienced candidates to hold the post.



Fish farmers training concludes at FFTC Emchi

YUPIA, Feb 12: The five days training programme on Basics of Aquaculture for Fish Farmers concluded at FFTC Emchi on Feb 5. The training was attended by 15 fish farmers from Lohit, Namsai and Tirap.

Addressing the farmers in the valedictory function, Commissioner Fisheries, Huzar Lollen and Director of Fisheries, Joyshil Taba called on the fish farmers to implement the knowledge acquired in the training in the field to enhance production and productivity of fish and fish seed. They advised the fish farmers to work for conservation of fish diversity in open water resources 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 and their aspirations from the department while soliciting cooperation in augmenting aquaculture in the state. The officers also assured full support and cooperation of the department to the farmers. DIPRO




DC raises issue of road safety measures

TEZU, Feb 12: DC Tamiyo Tatak expressed concern about the increasing number of road accidents in the Lohit district and raised the issue of road safety measures to control accidents in the district, especially in the township area.

He informed that the accident prone areas have already been identified and told the representatives of the 48th BRTF and Bhartiya Infrastructure Private Limited to lay rumble strips and build speed breakers, cat's eye strips, and reflectors or paint the speed breakers for easy identification.

Reviewing the ongoing works on CC Road in the Township, the DC asked engineers and contractors to focus on quality work and contribute to the welfare of the people of Lohit District.

Superintendent of Police Ved Prakash Surya advised for creation of Standard Operating Procedures which will be engaged in rescue and safety works during fire or any other disaster emergencies in the district. He suggested that District Police, Administration should carry out mock drills in collaboration with Army, ITBP. DIPRO



Training on Pickle making

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: SHG members from Dambuk and Bomjir village of Lower Dibang Valley were trained on Pickle making by Future Generations Arunachal (FGA) in collaboration with Jan Sikhsa Sansthan, Naharlagun.

The training was aimed to encourage the new SHGs to build capacity and skills so they can prepare pickles at home from local resource available for home use and commercial purpose, stated a release.



Women group conducts mass social service

[ Mingkeng Osik ]

PASIGHAT, Feb 12: A mass cleanliness drive was conducted by Women Against Social Evil (WASE), a local NGO at Pane Korong near market area as part of the Clean Arunachal Campaign here today.

Around 40 members of the NGO under the supervision of its chairperson Yadi Gao Moyong and assistant social service secretary Opining Osik, cleared the garbage which has littered the Pane Korong stream near market area.

Later, while addressing the residents of Pane Korong, WASE social service Secretary, Yadi Gao Moyong urged them not to pollute the area and help create a proper garbage management system for a clean and hygienic Arunachal.



BJP draws Governor's attention

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: East Kameng BJP unit has drawn the attention of the Governor towards insufficient government officials in the district. It wrote to the Governor in this regard seeking circle officers for Pipu and Gyawe Purang circles claiming that the people of both the circles have to travel to ADC Headquarters Chayang Tajo even for petty works like birth certificates.

The party also sought posting of SP in the district saying that the district is running without one since many months.

Further, it requested that the Incharge ADC of Seppa, Subhashish Sengupta, be promoted as the ADC saying he is a capable officer and that his administration is liked by the people as well.



Board lets off polluted vehicles: Forum

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: Claiming that State Pollution Control Board is allegedly collecting fine from the private vehicles in pretext of pollution control, while exempting government vehicles, Arunachal Vigilance Forum (AVF) on Friday sought Governor's intervention.  AVF claims that board lets off even heavily gas emitted vehicles after imposing  fine which may make pollution graver. It also claimed that government vehicles are often exempted by the board. Forum sought for conducting fair and impartial pollution checking.



Seminar on Pre-Colonial Economy of Arunachal Pradesh

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: Papers ranging from 'Traditional hunting among the Mishmis' to 'Trade Practices of the Tagins of A.P. with special reference to Tibet' were presented by various research scholars and faculty members from different institutions in the state level seminar on the topic "Pre-Colonial Economy of Arunachal Pradesh: A Historical Perspective" held on Thursday at Don Bosco College, Itanagar .

A total of eight single and joint papers were presented on various topics of intra-tribe and international trade relation with special reference to the tribes of Arunachal Pradesh in the seminar hosted by the Department of History, DBC.

Delivering his keynote address, HoD, Dept of Commerce, DNGC, Dr. SK Pandey emphasized on the need for re-connection with ones' roots and documentation of the positive aspects and rooting out the negative ones.



DC seeks timely completion of centrally sponsored schemes

TAWANG, Feb 12: In a meeting to review the progress of works under SPA, NEC, NLCPR and other centrally sponsored schemes, Deputy Commissioner  Tawang Duly Kamduk exhorted the implementing agencies to expedite the ongoing works for timely completion of the same. He also asked the departments to ensure submission of pending utilization certificates at the earliest.

Further, taking note of projects which has been stalled owing to disputes arising out of various reasons, he directed the concerned departments to take stock of the situation and resolve the same by involving administrative officers, PRI members, villagers and other stakeholders.

Discussion on formulation of proposals under SIDF (State Infrastructure Development Fund) was also taken up during the meeting.  DIPRO



Org demands measures to stop fire mishaps

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: All Arunachal Pradesh Disaster Management Relief Organization (AAPDMRO), in a memorandum addressed to the Governor, appealed for immediate measures to prevent frequent fire accidents in the state.

Highlighting the woes of the fire victims, the Organization informed the governor that atleast 10 persons have lost their lives and 48 houses were damaged in fires so far this year throughout the state.

Defective electric wiring, burning of firewood in fire places in the middle of the house made of 'toko patta' and bamboo round-the-clock without taking proper care of it are believed to be the main causes of such fire accidents, the organization stated.

The organization appealed to the Governor to direct the disaster management department and deputy commissioner of every district to create awareness on fire prevention and fire safety tips involving the gas marketing agencies and State Fire Department. Besides, public awareness on natural calamities like earthquake, flood, landslide, drought, epidemic should also be created, it said.

It further appealed to allocate sufficient funds to fire service authority of the state to establish fire service stations in important places like ADC, EAC, CO headquarters to deal with fire accidents.



Programme on soil and plant health

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: The Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Lohit (Namsai district) conducted two days training cum demonstration programme on soil and plant health at Alubari and Nepali Basti. The programme held on 9th and 10th of this month was sponsored by ATMA, Namsai district. Altogether 60 farmers attended the programme along with their samples for testing.

Dr. D Sasmal, project coordinator I/C KVK spoke about the importance of soil testing and plant health in different agriculture and horticulture crops.  M S Borah, SMS Plant Protection explained the culture practices of Ginger, Tomato and Chilli. She also demonstrated the method of seed treatment of ginger. Ph Chandramoni Sing, SMS (Horticulture) demonstrated the technique of land preparation to prevent potential insect attack.  Farmers including the SHG came with samples of chilli, tomato etc and showed keen interest to overcome their problems in the agriculture field. Two women SHG have also been selected from Alubari and Nepalibasti under Food Security Mission, sponsored by ATMA, Namsai district. Hybrid Maize seed and medicines were distributed to them.



DC distributes medicine to children on NDD

YINGKIONG, Feb 12: Upper Siang District DC, Remo Kamki distributed de-worming medicine among school children and advised them to take a dose of medicine at least once in six months during the inaugural programme of National De-Worming Day held at Government Town Secondary School here on Wednesday.

DRCHO Dr. Appir Apang appealed to all the teachers, students, officers, public leaders and students to spread more awareness on the issue. (DIPRO)   



New Anganwadi Centre opens


Pasighat, Feb 12: An Anganwadi centre in the name of Late Tumpak Koyu has been set up with the initiative of Pasighat Municipal Councilor (ward-12), Kangge Moyong, which was opened at Pasighat APST colony recently.

Opening the new Anganwadi centre, president of Bogong Banggo Yameng Kebang, Tagon Tasung urged the Anganvadi Workers to take proper care of the tiny tots. He also requested the authority for early appointment of an Angalwadi Helper for the centre.

Late Tumpak Koyu was a noted social activists of then undivided Siang district, who had dedicated his life to the cause social reform.

Among others, PMC councilors and panchayat leaders also present in the opening programme.  



Meet on Integrated Livelihood Promotion in Arunachal Pradesh

ZIRO, Feb 12: The first District Level Steering Committee meeting to discuss various components of the interventions of the "Integrated Livelihood Promotion in Arunachal Pradesh-Phase- I" as per  the MoU between the Government of Arunachal Pradesh and the Tata Trusts was held on Feb 10 at the DC's chamber Ziro.

Chairing the meeting, EAC Mobia Tai stressed for proper communication on different components and the operational strategy of the project to be shared among the officials of different line departments.

Assistant Development Manager, Tata Trusts, D.Borah presented on the vision and different programmes of the Tata Trusts, while Project Coordinator, NEIDA,  Mandeep Bordoloi made a presentation on the strategy and different components of the project such as cultivation of rice, maize, rejuvenation of orange orchard, rearing of pig and livelihood enhancement through forest conservation and education.

Divisional Forest Officer, Millo Tamang suggested for conservation of community forests through Mithun rearing. DIPRO



Free eye screening camp for children

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: A free eye screening camp was organized for underprivileged children by Childline Itanagar in collaboration with Ramkrishna Mission Hospital at DBYC here on Friday to mark the Statehood Day.

Altogether 135 children have benefited from the camp. Needy children were provided with medicines and children while severe cases were advised to revisit the doctor for further medication.

The children as well as accompanying parents/guardians were also given general health and hygiene tips.



DC urges for proposals as per guidelines

YUPIA, Feb 12: Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner, Pooja Jain on Friday instructed all Head of Departments to prepare and submit necessary project proposals as per guidelines of State Infrastructure Development Fund (SIDF).

Jain was chairing an emergency meeting in the DC's conference hall to discuss submission of proposals under SIDF 2015-16 which is to be submitted to the govt. by Feb 15. Schemes of the district cancelled under SIDF during 2015-16 were also reviewed and discussed. DIPRO



ALSDSU writes to Governor

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: Claiming that certain universities are violating the norms and conditions of lease agreements of mini resorts and cottages set up by the tourism department in Ziro, the All Lower Subansiri District Students' Union (ALSDSU) has appealed for cancelling the lease altogether.

In its letter to the Governor, the union also sought his intervention in the land encroachment problem in Ziro, setting up advance landing ground at Ziro and early start of trans- Arunachal highway from Potin to Bopi.


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High expectation from Governor Rajkhowa

The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa on Thursday took a major policy decision by directing for cancellation of all officiating or functional appointments and the promotions made on ‘out of turn’ basis with immediate effect. The Governor has instructed concerned Secretaries and Heads of Departments to issue necessary orders accordingly. The landmark decision if properly implemented will change the fate of Arunachal.

Many government officials who do not have political backing often get deprived when it is matter of promotion. Hard working and honest officials with no political godfather are biggest victim of this rampant corruption. Therefore this order passed by Governor gives ray of hope that henceforth talent and hard work will be rewarded. However he should ensure that order does remain only in paper and is properly implemented by commissioners and secretaries. Further Governor should make sure that even those officials who have retired and are taking pension are brought under the purview of this order. The people of Arunachal have wholeheartedly welcomed the decision of Governor. With this the expectation has risen and people expect more such radical decision for the benefit of citizen. It will be great if Governor start action against those union, association and organization, who indulges in extortion activities, and also create law and order problem. Especially in capital complex there are hundreds of such groups. People are really fed of these groups and want strict action against them.







Readers’ Forum





Get board members from elsewhere

Dear Editor,

I would like to draw my apprehension regarding the APPSCCE

2013-16 Viva Voce due on 8th March 2016. The candidates, who have cleared the mains, had spent nearly three years in waiting and have been passing through several hurdles and the final results are yet to come out. We have struggled to reach this far. In this context, we expect the commission would maintain fair and transparency in the Physical Test and Viva Voce stage of the recruitment process.

But, it is apprehended that if there are any local members in the interview Board, there would be biasness and partiality. Since the local member would belong to some or other tribe or district, they would tend to award more marks to the candidate who belong to their tribe or district. In competitive exams, single mark matters a lot and decides the fate of a candidate.

Therefore, I appeal to the authority to nominate members in the Interview Board who are Retired IAS, IPS, prominent Jurist or members from other State Public Service Commission so that the question of partiality is ruled out otherwise it is likely that some or other kind of biasness would happen.


An Anxious Candidate,





APPSC ratio

Dear Editor,

This is in response to letter written to readers forum under the heading “Wrong ratio” of the candidates published in Arunachal Times on Feb 12.

After going through that article we tried to search three years old advertisement given by APPSC and what we found is that total number of post of APCS (EG) Group-A is 39 and APPS (EG) Group is 12, which means total post is 51 and for which total candidates of 153 should have been called for Viva-voice according to the rules of APPSC.

APPSC clearly mentions in its job vacancy notification that post is subject to variation, as we have seen in earlier notification of combined competitive exam. But in this notification of 2013 APPSCCE no where it is mentioned that post may be increased or decreased which clearly means that total post is 51.

APPSCCE 2013 has been full of controversy leading to long delay. Selection of only 132 candidates for viva-voice is breaking its own norms of ration of 1:3 is creating doubts.

Therefore, we appeal to Commission to make their stand clear and give reasons for not maintaining ratio of 1:3 for viva-voice. There will be no harm on prestige and dignity of APPSC if commission enlightens the candidates and the general public on this issue.






Smart people with smart phones

Dear Editor,

The increase in technology in this so called ‘modern’ world and the invention of camera in mobile phones nowadays are being used too excessively. People click photographs especially the ‘Smartphone’ users (who also take selfies and groufies) anywhere they are whether it be a car, bus, train or any hill stations, deserts and seas.

These ‘smart’ people using smart phones never come back from any visiting place without clicking at least 10 – 20 photos. Sometimes the photos go above 100. Nowadays, people are buying phones by seeing the picture quality, not focussing the quality of voice in outgoing or incoming calls.  

And their main aim is to post the photographs in social media sites. My mother also has got the smart phone disease! Changing display pictures, posting photos, selfies, groufies and videos is common phenomenon in the social media sites. After we come back from visiting from a place outside our state or country, my mother posts at least 20 – 30 pictures. Not only she wastes mobile battery, money and time, scribbling with the mobile for such a long time gives so much strain on her eyes! God’s sake that she has no spectacles after using her Smartphone for 3 and half years.

Thus, I am requesting the mobile phone users to reduce the clicking of photos and using your smart phones unnecessarily. By writing this letter on the computer, some strain has also fallen on my eyes, but the sacrifice of this strain can reduce the strain at least of two to three people.


Avik Chatterjee





Vacant engineering departments

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed daily would like to request all engineering department to give all vacant assistant engineer posts to APPSC. It is learned from good source that there are many vacant posts of A.E in PHED, RWD, UD, WRD and Municipal Corporation.

Every year more than 400 engineer graduates but there are barely any recruitment.  How will 90% of unemployed engineer survive? Some departments keep the AE posts to accommodate in-service JE where as govt has approved for 50% fresh recruitment and rest on promotion basis. There are more than 100 AE posts vacant in these departments.


Pebi Lombi





Shortfall of eligible number of candidates

Dear Editor,

Apropos of numerous queries regarding the result of APPSCCE (Main) - 2015, it is for information to all concerned that a candidate must secure 33% marks in each paper of a subject and 45% marks in aggregate as per the APPSC Conduct of Examination Guidelines. In this APPSCCE [Main] - 2015, only 132 (One hundred Thirty two) candidates out of total 477 (Four hundred Seventy- seven) have qualified as per the said criteria with consequent shortfall of eligible/required number of candidates as per ratio for Viva-voce. As such there is no violation of 1:3 ratio in the said examination.       


Ropak Boje,


Joint Secretary-cum-Controller of Exam

AP PSC,  Itanagar




Clarification from Dept of sports

Dear Editor,

Perhaps the most important benefit of a print media is tangibility. The reason why people prefer print media is that a newspaper in their hand means that the content is real. They can estimate and bring the real facts to thousands of people across the state.

Every work consists of two aspects, success and failure. And as such the credibility of a news reporter is seen when he/she is able to cover both. Articulating only the negative aspects would only diminish the enthusiasm of the department as well as the interested public in a passive way. Encouragement through the positive points would enhance the further developments and bring about a positive attitude leading ultimately to betterment. The irony in the news report lies in the fact that it is not entirely possible that there has been no developments and improvements during the last two years. The news report gives no account of this. The department has tried on their part to bring out the best of this opportunity. Thus we expect that a practical report be made based on the coverage of both the elements.

As per the report on the denying of the basic elements, there is seen to be some error in the judging of their understanding of the provision of the basic necessities. In any organisation of such mass tournaments and events, it is always the basic element which is taken care of. After all we are humans who are in requirement of such basic necessities. Talking of the handful of spectators, the department on its part has given full justice to the announcing of the arrival of this event in advance through the media which included both print and advertisement. And as such if there were only a handful of spectators, we leave that to decide on the individual’s interest. Another fact is that the complaint on the report about the accommodation is a part played by nature to which the department is not to be blamed, as the rainfall was not decided by the department. If you see the instructions provided in the manual, you’ll find that every individual player is instructed to bring a light bedding of their own. Since the last two years the tent has been provided for the accommodation and this year too the same has been provided. The department has tried to assure that the best of the availability be provided for the players.

Health and hygiene is an important factor to a sportsman. Taking care of this notion, packaged drinking water has been provided for them.

Gender differences and their special needs are known to the department. Therefore, it is impossible that the department would be so insensitive to put the bathroom usage of both in the same place. The number of participants increase each year which is a sign of development which ensures our credibility and our effort too, which also brings to the fact that each of us should understand the necessity of’ adjustment’. The ‘waiting in queue’ requires the understanding of this important value.

Speaking of the ill management towards the department on some part maybe true, but being a reporter to the public, the utmost care should be taken which is the rule and the important aspect to a news reporter. And in furthering this argument, the department will try on its part for more improvement towards the said comment.


Tadar Appa


Directorate of Sports,


(This daily stands by the report “A day spent with players of CM’s Trophy” filed by Nellie N Manpoong published on Feb 12 issue. Editor)