February 19


‘Mere Vichaar’ - hit govt throws ball to MHA court

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Feb 18: Days after the 60-page note of late Kalikho Pul 'Mere Vichaar' was made public with content that baffled the entire state, the state Cabinet on Saturday resolved to forward the original notes to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, for further investigation by any agency as deemed fit.

After holding deliberations pertaining to the disclosure of 'Mere Vichaar', Government Spokespersons Bamang Felix and P D Sona informed reporters on Saturday evening, that the Cabinet came to the consensus of forwarding the matter to a central agency for investigation.  

Clearly terming the allegations in the notes as "Baseless, false and without any evidence", Government Spokesperson Bamang Felix said that 'Mere Vichaar', as titled, contains only his thoughts and cannot be considered a suicide note.

"There is no hint in the notes that he is contemplating suicide because of alleged issues mentioned in the notes, and he has also not accused anyone for his decision to take the extreme step," Felix added.

On the repeated demand of Dangwimsai Pul for the resignation of Chief Minister Pema Khandu and Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein for free and fair investigation into the death of her husband, Government Spokesperson Sona said, "Since there is no foul play or any substance to the case, it would not be reasonable for any minister or government official to step down."

Sona also clarified his stand on the allegations that he had received Rs 4 crore from late Pul on July 11, 2016, and said that "It is open for investigation", as there would have been some sort of transaction with that large an amount at his disposal.

Responding to claims of Dangwimsai that her family has been receiving threat calls against raising her voice on the matter of her husband's death, both Spokespersons opined that "those were some serious allegations and that she should come out clear on it. If there is a real threat, the government will provide security, as it would for all its citizens, but there has to be certain evidence to the threat."

The Spokespersons also informed that since the case is subjudiced in the court of the ICC Chief Judicial Magistrate, it is not in the hands of the legislators to make it available for the public.

Former Chief Minister late Kalikho Pul was found hanging by the ceiling fan of the 'pranayam room' in the Chief Ministers' Bungalow on August 9, 2016. The final report concluded that there was no foul play behind his death and that 'the cause of death was due to asphyxia, resulting from ligature and suicidal in nature'.

His 60-page note titled 'Mere Vichaar' came out in the public domain when the web portal 'The Wire' uploaded scanned copies of it on its website on February 8 last.

Following the disclosure of the notes, late Pul's first wife, Dangwimsai Pul also broke her long silence on February 11, and came out with the Green Arunachal Foundation to demand a CBI inquiry into the death of her husband.

The note also contains names of four of the highest authorities in India's legal fraternity who allegedly demanded bribe from late Pul, along with names of senior politicians, who also allegedly sought illegal financial gratification from the late Chief Minister.




TAH work begins in Upper Subansiri

[ Karda Natam ]

DAPORIJO, Feb 18: The construction work on the Trans-Arunachal Highway (TAH), a dream project of former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, has finally begun in Upper Subansiri district, much to the delight of the people.

The construction of TAH works in form of formation cutting started after a formal ribbon cutting ceremony at Sigin bridge point here, following an executive order from the district administration to inaugurate the work. Circle Officer Tanam Kyali cut the ribbon in presence of public and officials of the construction company.

Executive orders have been issued to the public and concerned department to evacuate the occupants from lands, along with properties, against which compensation have been paid within a month for smooth execution of road construction works.

The proposed road from Sigen Bridge Point to Tai has been handed over to TK Engineering Consortium Pvt Ltd to immediately start the work.

All the government department offices falling within the Right of Way (ROW) have also been instructed to immediately shift.

Further, the District Administration appealed to town dwellers to extend cooperation for smooth execution.

Senior citizens and intellectuals in the district have also appealed to every citizen in the district to extend their helping hand to the district administration to execute the project peacefully. They also appealed to the law enforcing authority to ensure safety and security of the workers engaged in TAH works.




Golden Jubilee Nyokum Yullo celebration at Joram

Mein calls for preservation of rich culture

JORAM, Feb 18: On the occasion of Golden Jubilee Nyokum Yullo celebration at Joram on Saturday, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein advised the Nyishi Community to preserve its rich culture and tradition.

Saying that "festivals are the social fabrics that binds the society together", Mein suggested the organising committee to document the celebration of Golden Jubilee Nyokum Yullo for the coming generation.

Highlighting the importance of the festival in preservation culture and tradition, he said, "Let us not lose and forget the original ethos and values of the festival we have inherited from our forefathers which is diminishing day by day."

Highlighting the development activities of the government, he informed that the budget  is being prepared with a difference  with pre-budget consultative meetings with various Community Based Organisations (CBOs) to seek  their suggestions for inclusion in the state budget. Mein also informed that the state government will give priority to agriculture, horticulture and allied sectors in the upcoming budget.

Stating that today's youths are forgetting tradition and customs, PHE & WS Minister Bamang Felix put emphasis on open discussion on preservation of the aged- culture and tradition in various platforms.

Parliamentary Secretary Tax & Excise Tapak Taku, Nyishi Elite Society President Bengia Tolum and Chief Information Commissioner, Joram Begi, who is also the Chairman of Golden Jubilee Nyokum Yullo Celebration, also spoke on the occasion.

Earlier, DCM Mein inaugurated the Jubilee Gate and road to the festival ground, while Felix inaugurated the art gallery and Parliamentary Secretary Taku inaugurated the food stall.

An audio cassette, "Nyokum Bemin", produced by the Golden Jubilee Nyokum Yullo Celebration Committee was also released by Mein and Felix.

Mega dance and melodious songs by Licha Pena and Nyishi Idol finalist Gime Taping were other attractions of the festival.

Two commemorative pillars are also being erected at Phu-Joram and Suil Joram to mark the 50th anniversary of the festival.

Nyokum is one of the major socio-agricultural festivals of the Nyishi community. To commemorate the 50 years of its official recognition during NEFA time, Golden Jubilee Nyokum Yullo  2017 is being celebrated this year with the theme 'Celebrating Identity, Celebrating Existence' at Joram village. The celebration which begun on February 10 will culminate on February 27.

Among others, Parliamentary Secretaries Likha Saaya, Chow Zingnu Namchoom, Secretary Planning Joram Beda, former Chairman AP Rubber Board Likha Maj, DC Kemo Lollen and SP Tage Habung attended the celebration.




Congress flays state govt

ITANAGAR, Feb 18: The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has strongly criticized the state government for its alleged step-motherly attitude towards the genuine demands of the Joint Working Committee of Arunachal Pradesh Trade Union (JWCAPTU).

"As a result of the state government's failure to fulfill the demands, they were compelled to launch the state-wide hunger strike at Tennis Court of Indira Gandhi Park here," the APCC stated in a release

With the skyrocketing prices of all essential commodities, it is very difficult for casual workers to make two ends meet with the meager salary they are receiving presently. It is the moral responsibility of the government to look into their genuine demands, but surprisingly, the government has failed to address their problems," the release said.

At a time, when the central and state governments' regular employees are getting benefits of the 7th Pay Commission, those contingency workers have to take the path of agitation due to negligence of the state government to fulfill their genuine demands, the APCC said and urged the state government to immediately address their genuine demands.

 Enhancement of the salaries of casual workers up to Rs 18,000 per month (at par with the national floor level), regularization of contingency and casual workers who have served for more than 12 years and above, and 75 percent reservation of posts for workers who have completed 12 years in service are some of the demands of the JWCAPTU.




PPA demands rectification of Statehood Act

ITANAGAR, Feb 18: Ahead of the Statehood Day celebrations, the People's Party of Arunachal (PPA) has urged the Central Government to amend the defective Statehood Act of 1987, saying that the Act has left  the people of the state with practically no ownership rights over own resources.

"We want to be placed at par with the states of Nagaland and Mizoram with Article-317 (A) status in the Constitution of India. This status gives the indigenous people the ownership right over their indigenous resources," the PPA said in a statement.

"It is a tragedy to see the Government of Arunachal Pradesh gearing up to celebrate yet another Statehood Day, its 31st year spending crores of money in a very extravagant way while the Statehood Act has robbed us of our traditional ownership rights over our natural resources, like the rich flora and fauna, the rivers, forests, land and its underground resources," the PPA rued.

The PPA, a partner of the NDA Government under the umbrella of North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), said that  the state government should liaise with the central leaders to correct the defective Statehood Act of 1987 by bringing about an amendment in the Constitution

rather than inviting the central leaders during the celebration of Statehood Day "just to please them for announcement of packages which will be repeatedly misappropriated by the legislators in collusion with various Heads of Departments."

"It is high time that the people of the state realize that because of these very lacunae in the Statehood Act of 1987, most of the MoUs (Memorandum of Understanding) on various hydropower projects in the state were secretly signed off outside the state without prior consent and knowledge of the stakeholders," the PPA claimed.  

It further said that the people of the state find its own elected leaders not being decisive on many core issues of state interest; the reason being the state's complete dependence on Central Government Grants and Aids for its survival.

'This decades old "Dependency Syndrome' has become so deep-rooted that we just trample the state interest to keep in the good books of the government in New Delhi,' the PPA said.

Pointing out the political instability plaguing the state, the  PPA  justified that this  has been mainly caused because of recurring illegal 'Mergers' just to be in line with the national political parties ruling the centre  due to economic dependence on centre for everything.





Pema holds pre-budget  consultation

ITANAGAR, Feb 18: In continuation with his consultation with various stakeholders for preparation of Budget 2017, Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Saturday held a pre-budget consultation with former legislators to incorporate their views.

Welcoming the former legislators, the Chief Minister appreciated their gesture in supporting the state government's effort towards making the budget participatory and inclusive.

During the one-hour brainstorming session, the former legislators gave their valuable suggestions to the CM to bring a people-friendly state budget.

They lauded the state government's initiative to bring in transparency, adding that it has achieved so much in a short time, while giving out various specific suggestions on development of tourism and horticulture in the state.

They also appreciated the state government's reforms to fight corruption and in encouraging citizens participation in various decision making. The former legislators categorically called for strict third party monitoring in all execution of development works to arrest wastage of resources.

Assuring that the state government will ensure a people-friendly and welfare budget for Arunachal, the Chief Minister said he would try to accommodate as many viable suggestions as possible in Budget 2017.

He said pre-budget interactions are vital to receiving inputs, suggestions and to know the expectations of the stakeholders from the budget. (CM Cell)





CM launches web portal for public grievances redressal

ITANAGAR, Feb 18: The web-based Centralized Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS), designed and developed by the Department of IT and NIC, in collaboration with the Department of Administrative Reforms for Arunachal Pradesh was launched by Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Saturday.

The official web portal for public grievances redressal can be accessed from the state government webpage - http://arunachalpradesh.gov.in/

In an endeavor to make the government more accountable, responsive and more citizen friendly, the Government of Arunachal Pradesh is going to accept public grievances online and redress the same.

Launching the portal, the Chief Minister invited all citizens of the state to make full use of this portal and lodge their grievances here. He said that this initiative is going to change the way citizens interact with the government.

The Government of Arunachal Pradesh has notified Public Grievance Officers (PGO) for all departments to address the grievances online. Department of Administrative Reforms will act as the nodal department to monitor the pending grievances.

The Chief Secretary also said that this is a part of various initiatives being undertaken by the government to make services paperless, faceless and cashless.

Before the launch, a short presentation detailing the features of CPGRAMS was presented by Special Secretary, IT.

He explained the various ways in which citizens can lodge their grievances and how the same can be monitored by the citizens as well as the HoDs.

Citizens can visit the portal and click "Please lodge your grievance here" and further choose the option "Public Grievance" for lodging their grievance. The system will enable the citizens to easily lodge and track the grievances online using the Unique Registration Number received by SMS/email. The system will facilitate departments to receive, forward and monitor grievances, which would enable timely and efficient redressal of public grievances.

Citizens can also download and install the mobile application from http://pgportal.gov.in. This would facilitate the citizens to lodge grievance and track its status easily.




BJP Sadak Sabha highlights govt achievements

Maksam Tayeng

PASIGHAT, Feb 18: The BJP leaders enlightened the people on the positive impact of demonetization, cashless transaction and various central government schemes in a Sadak Sabha, organized by the East Siang District BJP Unit at main market rostrum here on Friday.

Speaking on the occasion, Pasighat East MLA Kaling Moyong gave a brief account of various developmental schemes taken up by him, which includes re-carpeting of several colony roads, main roads within Pasighat and bridge over Pagla River near Sibut village etc.

Citing the recent ALG visit of Chief Minister Pema Khandu and his assurance of funds for civil terminal, Moyong said, 'Once Pasighat gets connected via air and railways with other parts of the country; we will also have connection through these routes with Dibrugarh, Itanagar, Guwahati and Delhi'.

On the occasion, he also welcomed Congress ASMs, GPMs, besides other Congress workers who are joining the BJP.

Pasighat West MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary, Tatung Jamoh and Nari Koyu MLA Kento Rina appealed to the people to rely on the good governance of BJP, saying that it is a pro-people government intending to bring better development in the state and the country as a whole.

Speaking on demonetization and its positive impact, state BJP General Secretary, Jarpum Gamlin said that, Congress was misleading the people as Congress leaders who have stocked black money were seriously affected by demonetization. Gamlin further said that the BJP took the stern measure only to improve the economy of the country.

In his address, district party President Tamat Jonnom said that good governance has become a reality within a short span of time under the leadership of Chief Minister Pema Khandu.

Former Minister Roding Pertin and former BJP State President, Tai Tagak, Obit Tamuk, Mandal President, Pasighat East and Tamat Gamoh, Member all India Handloom Board also spoke on the occasion.




CM inspects under construction assembly building

ITANAGAR, Feb 18: If everything goes as planned, the ensuing budget session of the legislative assembly could be held in the new assembly building here.

However, a decision in this regard will be taken only after February 28, said Chief Minister Pema Khandu.

"A final decision in this regard would be taken after the final round of inspection of the building on February 28", said Pema, who made a thorough inspection of the assembly building on Saturday.

According to a release from the CMO, construction work of the assembly hall with a seating capacity of 90 is almost complete, barring few finishing works and electrification.

The Chief Minister was briefed by the officials that 600 labourers have been engaged to finish the work. They expressed confidence that the ensuing budget session could be conducted in the new assembly hall, if everything goes as planned.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by Legislative Assembly Speaker Tenzing Norbu Thongdok, UD Parliamentary Secretary Techi Kaso, Chief Secretary Shakuntala Gamlin and others.




Civil society opposes creation of proposed Namdapha/Rima dist

CHANGLANG, Feb 18: Civil societies of Changlang, representing various communities and NGOs under the banner of Changlang People's Forum (CPF) unanimously resolved to oppose the creation of proposed Namdapha/Rima district bifurcating Changlang, in a meeting at Circuit House, Changlang on February 16.

Stating some of the main reasons to object the creation of the proposed district, the meeting observed that unlike other districts in Arunachal, Changlang has various sensitive issues like, refugees, non-APST population residing in Diyun, Bordumsa and Vijaynagar areas, which are yet to be resolved.

"The Tangsa and Tutsa communities residing in Changlang, Jairampur, Miao and Bordumsa subdivisions want to remain under single district administration," the Forum said in a release.

"The proposed new district sub-division Miao and Bordumsa are well connected by all-weather roads with district headquarters Changlang within a radius of just 100km and they are administered by full-fledged independent ADC headquarters. Therefore, demand for new district does not qualify as genuine reason," the house opined.

"Moreover, natural resources, flora and fauna of Namdapha National Park, mines and minerals at Kharsang, Manabum, Kumchaikha are common pride and property of entire Changlang district, and these cannot be allowed to be monopolized by a few," they said, and strongly opposed the creation of a new district, which according to them was already too small a district for further division.

"According to the Population Census 2011, the proposed new district CD Blocks of Khagam, Bordumsa and Diyung have only 25.55 percent of ST population, whereas non-APST population is 74.45 percent. We oppose the creation of a new district for non-APST majority population which would marginalize the APSTs."

"Further, district creation cannot bring development to an area without development of human resources. Therefore, development through creation of new district is a lame excuse," the meeting observed.

The meeting was attended by Tangsa Cultural and Literary Society, Longchang Elite Society, Muklom Elite Society, Pangwa Welfare Society, Tutsa Welfare Society, Tarap Development Society, Tribal Development Society and All Changlang District Students' Union.




IFCSAP urges govt to sanction fund for Indigenous Cultural and Heritage Hall

ITANAGAR, Feb 18: The Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) urged the state government to sanction fund for construction of an Indigenous Cultural and Heritage Hall (Centre).

Stressing the need for construction of such halls at various places for protection, promotion and preservation of indigenous faith and culture, the IFCSAP in a memorandum to the Chief Minister lamented that though proposals were made to the government on several occasions, funds are not being sanctioned and the proposals are still pending at the government's disposal.

The IFCSAP also urged the government for sanctioning fund under the centre's 'Fair and Festival Scheme' sanction for yearly celebration of Indigenous Faith Day and passing the Priest Shaman Bill of the state government.

In the meantime, the IFCSAP suggested the state government to launch compulsory scheme for 'Fair and Festival', research and documentation on community basis, sanctioning more Janajati Eklavya School for remote and backward districts and blocks and to construct more bypasses in the state capital.





APSCABEA visits Apex Bank branches, submits demands to management

ITANAGAR, Feb 18: A team of the Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Apex Bank Employees' Association (APSCABEA), headed by its President Tadar Taluk visited all 37 branches of Apex Bank spread in all districts of Arunachal (from Tawang to Tirap) from December 16, 2016 to January 31, 2017.

During the tour, the team conducted Financial Literacy Awareness Programmes and Financial Literacy Counseling Camps in collaboration with PRIs and school managements.

The team highlighted various social schemes launched by the Gol, like PMJDY, PMJJBY, PMSBY, APY, PM MY, DBT etc, and stressed on opening of saving accounts and PMJDY accounts for transfer of direct benefits into accounts for cashless transactions.

The team also conducted recovery drives against loan defaulters in the branches.

The team motivated the employees of the branches to improve monitoring and supervision to implement government flagship schemes, like NSTFDC, CMPVY and various other NABARD sponsored schemes.

During the camps, the team stressed on developing savings habit among the public and students and open savings accounts in the respective branches to avail various benefits under DBT schemes, like students’ stipend, subsidy on LPG, food security scheme etc.

The response of common masses was overwhelming, particularly in remote places like Tuting, Anini, Dambuk, Mechuka, Jengging, Nyapin, Koloriang etc.

The Financial Literacy counseling camp and Financial Literacy awareness camps were sponsored by NABARD, Itanagar.

After successful completion of the tour programme, the APSCABEA convened its third coordination meeting with the management and submitted a 30-point charter of demands, which included immediate implementation of the 7th CPC at par with state government employees.

The APSCABEA President also requested the Managing Director of the bank to consider all demands of the employees within April 30 next and also requested the management for all-round development of the bank.




Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

[ Dr. Hage Tabyo ]

It was an incidence of once few days before Diwali last year; just at the time of the much awaited light & sound festive occasion was approaching closer. It was a fine early morning hour; my neighbours and few others at the Mowb -2 Shiva mandir premises of Itanagar, who were -may be on their morning walks or at their early morning domestic chores, making some unusual noise at such an unusual time. I came out of my house to see what was happening. There I saw an ambulance stood parked in front of Ghosh babu's quarter. One after another few numbers of people were hurriedly entering & exiting from the Ghosh babu's house.There seemed to be a kind of commotion inside that house! Stepping a little further up at pavement, I enquired with a gentleman who was passing by. He informed that Ghosh babu's wife has fainted this morning, because of tension with her daughter's cause. The Ghosh family's only daughter, Sumon could not succeed in CBSE final examination last year. This time the family has arranged tuitions after tuition, day & night to prepare her for the CBSE once again. Ghosh baideo did not sleep a wink for last one week due to her daughter's examination worry. The day did come this morning for Sumon to leave for exam hall, but now her mother has just lost her senses & hence was being taken to hospital. This was the story of that morning.

This is one but not the end of such kind of stories of individuals or families. There are a lot many.

  Tension! Stress! Anxiety! Worry! Or even depression! These days are beset with such kinds of coinages in this part of the world. Everybody uses to utter these synonyms more often than not or suffers from this situation at one time or the other.

  What is this 'Stress' -anyway?

  Stress can be defined as the way you feel when you're under abnormal pressure.

  All sorts of situations can cause stress. The most common involve - work, money matters and relationships with partners, children or other family members. Stress may be caused either by major upheavals & life events such as divorce, unemployment, moving house and bereavement, or by a series of minor irritations such as feeling undervalued at work or dealing with difficult children. Sometimes there may be no obvious causes.

Stressful events that are outside the range of normal human experience, for example being abused or tortured, may lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)- say scientists.

  Some stress can be positive- they lament. Research shows that a moderate level of stress makes us perform better. It also makes us alert and can help us perform better in situations such as job interviews or public speaking. Stressful situations can also be exhilarating and some people actually thrive on the excitement that comes with dangerous sports or other high risk activities.

  But stress is only healthy if it is short-lived. Excessive or prolonged stress can lead to illness and physical & emotional exhaustion. Taken to extremes, stress can be a killer.

  A pressure situation turns into stress when you feel unable to cope. People have different ways of reacting to stress, so a situation that feels stressful to one person may be motivating to someone else. Stress can affect how you feel, think, behave and how your body works. In fact, common signs of stress include sleeping problems, sweating, loss of appetite and difficulty concentrating. You may also experience - headaches, muscle tension or pain, or dizziness. You may feel anxious, irritable or low in self esteem, and may have racing thoughts, worry constantly or go over things in your head. You may notice that you lose your temper more easily, drink more or act unreasonably.

  Stress causes a surge of hormones in our body. These stress hormones are released to enable you to deal with pressure or threats- the so called " fight or flight" response. Once the pressure or threat has passed, your stress hormone level will usually return to normal. However, if you're constantly under stress, these hormones will remain in your body, leading to the symptoms of stress.

 Stress is not an illness itself, but it can cause serious illness if it is not addressed. It's important to recognise the symptoms of stress early. Recognising the signs & symptoms of stress will help you figure out ways of coping and save you from adopting unhealthy coping methods, such as drinking or smoking excessively. However, there is little you can do to prevent stress, yet there are many things you can do to manage stress more effectively, such as learning how to relax, taking regular exercise and adopting  good time management techniques etc.

 Studies have found that mindfulness courses, where participants are taught simple meditation across a series of weeks, can also help to reduce stress & improve mood.

Few Tips to those who're under stress:

  Nine(9) brain refreshing foods that can help improve your focus & concentration are: Blueberries, Green tea, Avocados, leafy green vegetables & fresh fruits, Fatty fish, water, dark chocolate, flax seeds & nuts.

  Allow plenty of time in a sound environment to relax. Being too busy is a big source of stress. Exercise is a great stress buster. When stress hits big, take a time out for a few minutes away from the problem, can help you to an extent. It is normal to experience a range of moods, both high & low, in everyday life. While some ' down in the damps' feelings are part of life, sometimes, people fall into depressing feelings that persist & start interfering with their ability to complete daily activities, hold a job, & enjoy successful interpersonal relationships. If your stress is causing serious health problems, such as high blood pressure, you need to take medication &/or consult a physician or go with further tests.

  We're not getting any younger with the passing of days- so doing all you can, to ensure you maintain your mental & physical wellbeing & enjoy healthy aging could be a good start. Using the right skin & teeth care, getting a good haircut timely & if possible, buying a new outfit with a good pair of shoes, at least temporarily will make you feel good. But what about the real you on the inside? Just how stressed are you and also what effect it is having on your appearance? Nothing ages your mind & body faster than stress and can be a trigger for serious illness too. Hence, it's better to make friend with the Policy of  "Don't Worry, be Happy"! (Dr. Hage Tabyo, is a Retd. Director of Family Welfare, Govt. of A.P. )





NSCN cadre arrested in Khonsa: AR

KHONSA, Feb 18: Assam Rifles Khonsa Battalion has claimed to have arrested an NSCN (IM) cadre from Khonsa town during an operation on Friday. The cadre, identified as Self Styled Private No - 15544 SS Sgt Jenhu Tinlom (Rangwan) was apprehended.

Reportedly, the cadre was carrying out extortion activities in the town and was caught with a loaded pistol, contraband and slips indicating collection of money.




Traffic regulation

ITANAGAR, Feb 18: The City Police has made elaborate traffic arrangements to ensure smooth traffic movement in the Capital Complex during Statehood Day celebration and Festival of Arunachal at Indira Gandhi Park (IG Park) here on February 20.

According to a traffic advisory issued by Capital Complex SP, vehicles coming from Naharlagun to Itanagar will be diverted at Jully tri-junction to Ganga from 10 am to 3 pm, while vehicles proceeding to Naharlagun from Itanagar will follow the normal route via Mithun Gate.

Vehicles going from Itanagar (Ganga) towards Naharlagun via Mithun Gate will be stopped for 10 minutes before VVIP movement at Bank Tinali, Niti Vihar and Mowb-II.

Officers, invitees and general public can take the following routes to enter IG Park.

Route-I - The vehicles of officers and invitees will enter through Niti Vihar Gate, IG Park and alight at the officers' parking place.

Route-II - They may also enter via D-Sector Forest Gate, alight in front of invitees' entrance and their vehicles will be parked in the officers' parking lot.

Vehicles of general public will always enter and exit through D-sector Forest Gate.

VVIPs will park their vehicles near Rostrum (Around 40 vehicles), while VIPs will park vehicles in front of the VVIP entrance opposite to Gowshalla (around- 80 vehicles).

Other Invitees and officers are advised to park their vehicles at the parking lot adjacent to Niti Vihar Gate on the left side of the road.

Western side of the park from bungee jumping area to football ground and tennis court at D-Sector Forest Gate have been identified as parking areas for general public.

Heavy vehicles will be parked at football ground, IG Park.




General conference held

PASIGHAT, Feb 18:  A general conference meeting of All Arunachal Pradesh Government Polytechnic Employees' Welfare Association (AAPGPEWA) was held at Government Polytechnic, Pasighat on Saturday.

During the meeting, issues pertaining to the welfare of employees, like creation of posts, infrastructure development, study leave, child care leave etc were discussed at length.  The association has further urged the authorities to create a separate Technical Directorate at the earliest to redress the grievances of the employees of all government polytechnics.




CoSAAP mourns death of Station Superintendent

ITANAGAR, Feb 18:  The Confederation of Service Associations of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP) has deeply mourned the demise of Talo Gongo, former Senior Station Superintendent, State Transport Services on February 17 last.

Born on August 10, 1961, Gongo graduated from Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat and had joined the State Transport Services as Assistant Station Superintendent. He was suffering from cancer for the past one year, and breathed his last at his residence in Naharlagun.

In a condolence message, CoSAAP Secretary General, Gonya Riba paid tributes to the departed soul and prayed to the almighty to bestow enough strength to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss. The CoSAAP members also observed a minute-long silence as a mark of respect to the departed soul.  

Late Gongo is survived by his wife, three sons, a daughter and a daughter-in-law.




Kurung Kumey DCC refutes merger claim

KOLORIANG, Feb 18: Kurung Kumey DCC president Paney Talik has denied his and other office bearers' merger with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), as claimed by the Kurung Kumey District BJP.

Reacting to a news item on his joining the BJP along with the general secretary and other members (as claimed by the Kurung Kumey District BJP), the DCC president described it as false propaganda by the saffron party to create confusion amongst the party workers and to befool the innocent public of the district and state as a whole, which is highly condemnable.

"No such merger has happened as claimed by the district BJP," the DCC president said and termed the press statement as totally false and fabricated.

Kurung Kumey DCC cautioned the BJP to refrain from such activities for cheap political mileage.




NEHU holds orientation programme for newly appointed teachers

SHILLONG, Feb 18: One month long General Orientation Programme for newly appointed teachers of higher education was organized by the UGC-Human Resource Development Centre, NEHU, Shillong, from January 23 to February 18 last.

Altogether, 41 participants from all over the North Eastern states, including four from Arunachal Pradesh, participated in it.

Addressing the valedictory function of the programme, Director, English and Foreign Languages University Professor T K Kharbamon underscored the importance of such programmes in teaching and education, and hoped that the participating teachers would disseminate the knowledge gathered over the last one month, in their respective work places.

Also speaking, Director, UGC-HRDC, NEHU Professor Rakesh Mohan emphasized on the need to focus on teachers' education at the time of induction by providing orientation, followed by training periodically, through refresher courses.

He emphasized that earlier newly appointed teachers learnt their art of teaching from their own teachers or from their role models and that in the present day context where the task of teaching and educating has become more challenging, it is necessary to provide systematic and well organized training programmes to the large number of newly appointed faculty members at the college and university levels.




NHP conducts medical camp

DAMBUK, Feb 18: Over 200 patients have benefitted from the medical camp conducted by NHPC Ltd, Dibang Multipurpose Project (DMP) in association with District Health Society of Lower Dibang Valley at Bomjir under Dambuk circle on February 16.

There were facilities for multi-specialty consultation in medicine and pediatrics, along with general OPD consultation, supported with lab investigations for blood sugar, urine sugar and albumin, haemoglobin, rapid malaria test etc. Medicines were also distributed to the needy patients, free of cost.

The medical camp conducted under Corporate Social Responsibility was supervised by a team of doctors, headed by DMO Dr D Wange, and Assistant Chief Medical Officer of DMP Dr L Hanner.

The medical team comprised of Dr N Yirang, Dr Peter Tayeng, and ACMO of SLP, NHPC Dr Abu Taba, along with paramedical team.

LDV Deputy Commissioner Deepak Shinde and Dambuk Additional Deputy Commissioner Atul Tayeng extended their support for smooth conduct of the camp.

General Manager, DMP K L Solanki, Manager (Civil)/ Coordinator, CSR Committee, DMP Rajiv Kumar Deori and other officials of NHPC were present on the occasion.




APSCW conducts two days awareness prog

ITANAGAR, Feb 18:  The Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) conducted two days awareness programme on "Domestic Violence and Free Legal Aid, Child and Forced Marriage, Polygamy and Compulsory Registration of Marriage, Substance Abuse" and "POCSO Act, Child Labour and Bonded Labour, Sexual Harassment at Work Place" and various laws related to women and property rights at Community Hall, Karsingsa on February 16 and 17.  

The programme was sponsored by National Commission for Women, New Delhi in collaboration with Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society (APWWS).

Discouraging polygamy, APSCW Chairperson Mitali Tingkhatra spoke on the ill effects of polygamy on children. She further informed about marriage registration and its benefits.

As resource person, Arunachal Law Academy Assistant Professor Batotsi Kri spoke on domestic violence. She also discouraged child marriage and forced marriage, and spoke on various laws related to women and property rights.

Narcotics Cell, Nodal Officer Oli Koyu, as resource person, spoke on ill effects of substance abuse and urged upon the women, especially mothers to educate and keep their children away from substances such as drugs and alcohol.

Assistant Labour Commissioner N Tangjang explained in detail on child labour.  While informing about bonded labour, he said since it has been abolished from the society, bonded labour is a crime and punishable by law.

Resource person and Advocate Kani Nada Maling, who is also the Chairperson of Child Welfare Committee, spoke on Protection of Child from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, while Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority Advocate Jaya Doji also spoke on Sexual Harassment at Work Place Act.

APWWS President Dipti Bengia, Member Secretary Yame Higio and Member Hage Yassung, Banderdewa ZPM Kipa Karuni, GBs of Karsingsa and Banderdewa also spoke on the occasion.




Seminar on English literature

ITANAGAR, Feb 18: The English Department of Himalayan University conducted a seminar on "Different Ages and Genres of English Literature" at the University on Saturday. College and university students took part in the seminar and presented papers on different topics related to the seminar. MA first year students also presented thematic dance with focus on feminism to mark the occasion.





RGU to organize special lectures on International Mother Language Day

ITANAGAR, Feb 18: The Arunachal Institute of Tribal Studies (AITS) and Centre for Endangered Languages (CFEL), Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) will be organizing two special lectures on script development by Tribal Literary Societies of Arunachal Pradesh with Lisa Lomdak as Programme Coordinator, on the eve of International Mother Language Day (Matribhasha Diwas) by UNESCO on February 21 next.

With the aim to promote dissemination of mother tongues and fuller awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions throughout the world, Chairman of Galo Language Development Committee, Dr Takop Zirdo will deliver a talk on Galo Ennam (Galo Script) and member of Apatani Language Development Committee, Tage Kano will speak on Apatani script.




Swachhta Pakwada observed

ITANAGAR, Feb 18: Swachhta Pakwada was observed at Regional Ayurveda Research Institute here from February 1 to 15 last. Activities like revamping of office premises, along with changing of stationeries and gadgets were  undertaken during the two weeks long programme.

Slogan competition on swachhta and essay writing competition on the topic 'cleanliness is next to godliness', in both Hindi and English languages, was also organized.




General play ground inaugurated

ITANAGAR, Feb 18: UD and Housing Parliamentary Secretary-cum-local MLA Techi Kaso inaugurated a general play ground at Jollang village amid huge gathering of well wishers here on Saturday.

Speaking on the occasion, Kaso appealed to all to maintain communal harmony and requested them to respect all the community members who have settled in the state capital for community development.

Director Sports, Tadar Appa in his address appealed to all to allow celebration of festivals of different communities.

Land management-cum-Nyokum Celebration Committee Chairman, Byabang Raju and General Secretary Tassar Mohan also spoke on the occasion.

Among others, APHPDCL MD, Toko Anuj, Geology & Mining Deputy Director, Tassar Talo, Deputy Director Health, S Ronya, APCC Secretary, Taba Niglo, businessmen Nguri Rajen, Don Bosco Principal, Athishu Anthony, Jullang, ASM Biri Rupa Nabam and Panchayat leaders were present on the occasion.




Painting competition organized

ITANAGAR, Feb 18: A painting competition on the theme 'Child Labour or Child Abuse' was conducted by Child Welfare Committee (CWC), Itanagar-Capital Complex, in collaboration with CHILDLINE Itanagar at Don Bosco Youth Center, Residential Training Centre here on Saturday.

Prateeksha Subradhar of Vivekananda Residential School, Jikke Kikum of Vivekananda Residential School and Jirdo Karlo of Delhi Public School stood first, second and third respectively, in the competition. The prizes were given away by Chairperson of CWC, Itanagar Capital Complex, Kani Nada Maling.

A short animation movie 'Komal' on child sexual abuse, besides a short movie on child labour, child marriage and corporal punishment at school were also shown on the occasion .

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