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Dera Natung U-16 State Level Football Tournament at Nari from Feb 9

ITANAGAR, Jan 18: Dera Natung U-16 State Level Football Tournament will be held at Nari in East Siang district from February 9 to 18, informed Arunachal Pradesh Football Association general secretary G Doke.

Players born after January 2001 will be eligible to participate in the tournament, he said.


Painting competition for school children at Raj Bhawan

ITANAGAR, Jan 18: Commemorating the 65th Republic Day of India, Raj Bhawan is organizing a painting competition for school children at Raj Bhawan here on January 19. The painting competition, which aims to promote creativity amongst the school children, will start at 10.00 am.

The preliminary rounds of the competition were conducted at school level on 8th January 2014. The competition is in two categories, junior category for students from Class V to Class X and senior category for students of Class XI and XII. The best two artists from each category of different schools of Capital Complex are expected to participate in final competition on the day.


Inter college youth festival

ITANAGAR, Jan 18: Rajiv Gandhi University, Doimukh will be conducting Inter College Youth Festival- 2014 from February 17 to 19 next. A total of 27 teams including RGU are expected to compete each other in literary, cultural and Fine Arts events etc. The best performers in various events will be sent to compete for Inter University Youth Festival at Zonal level from where the zonal winners will be able to participate in national level event, according to an official release.


Missing child found

ITANAGAR, Jan 18: The principal of Donyi-Polo Mission School for the Hearing Impaired in a release today informed that one Tap Kiokam,  who was missing from this school since  January 13 has been recovered from the residence of one Pankaj Das, (Naharlagun) of Behali, Biswanath Chariali, Sonitpur district, Assam at 9.45 pm yesterday.  The child is hale and hearty and with is mother at Chimpu.

The principal, on behalf of school management, extended sincere thanks to Pankaj and his family, media, police and people of Arunachal and Assam for their cooperation.    


KKCCC  demands justice

ITANAGAR, Jan 18: The Kurung Kumey Collegians Coordination Committee (KKCCC) has demanded arrest of the concerned doctor and nurse holding them responsible for death of one Bengia Yame at Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun on January 8 last.  

Alleging negligence and irresponsibility of doctor and nurse on duty, the KKCC  said “what is baffling to the family and relatives of the deceased is the post mortem report associated with the death of late Yame for ‘smashed collar bone’ on both side.” She was hale and hearty until the morning of January 8, it said. It requested the law enforcing authority to arrest the concerned doctor and nurse.


Football and Volleyball tournament for CM trophy begins at Khonsa

KHONSA, Jan 18: The much awaited constituency level Football and Volleyball (Men & Women) tournament for CM trophy got started at Khonsa on January 15 amidst huge gathering. The tournament was flagged off by Hq ADC H. Matcha.

Addressing the gathering H. Matcha asked the participating teams to play the game in true sportsman spirit and to maintain discipline during the tournament. Earlier in his address R. Mihu, DSO (Sports), Khonsa briefed about the aims and  objectives of holding the CM Trophy in the district.

The winners of the constituency level tournament (for both Men & Women) shall take part in the district level tournament which shall be held at Deomali in the later part of January.  DIPRO


Lok Adalat cum Legal Awareness camp held

AALO, Jan 18: A Lok Adalat cum legal awareness camp attended by all members of DLSA was held at DIC under the chairmanship of ADC Aalo Moki Loyi on  January 16.

Chairing the meet, Loyi stressed the need to organize such awareness camp from time to time to generate awareness about Lok Adalat and laws of the land to solve petty disputes in an easy manner. Such awareness should also reach out to ignorant and laymen, he said and appealed representative of various organizations to spread the message and knowledge of legal services in their respective areas.

The Chief Judicial Magistrate Tage Hally dwelt  at length on CrPC from FIR/Complaint to the trial stage, while L. Bagra EAC cum Member Secretary DLSA elaborated on Lok Adalat and Justice within its frame work.

DSP A Boruah gave a detail briefing on Motor Vehicle Act 1988 and NDPS 1985 Act, Gamdu Padu Prosecuting Officer highlighted various aspects on Domestic Violence and maintenance U/S 125/127 Cr PC and Daro Marbom ACLM emphasized in detail on consumers right and remedies. In the interactive session, the participants also shared their views and doubts. DIPRO


Orgs, leaders mourn Yubee

NAHARLAGUN, Jan 18: The Apatani Cultural and Literary Society, Ziro,the Apatani Career Guidance Forum (ACGF), Itanagar and many prominent leaders of the state deeply mourned the death of former Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Speaker Padi Yubee who passed away in Guwahati on Friday.

In a condolence message, ACLS said “He was a man of fine personality and one of the assets of Apatani community having contributed a lot in the social field including in the field of development of the area.” ACGF said “his premature demise has caused an irreparable loss to the Apatani community in particular and Arunachal Pradesh in general.”

Former MP Kiren Rijiju in a message remembered Yubee as one of the pioneers of Arunachal Pradesh and termed his demise a personal loss. Rijiju was a family friend of the deceased.

In his condolence message, former MLA Nani Ribia said Yubee was a visionary who had shouldered several responsibilities for the uplift of the state through government and social activities.

The Apatani Indigenous faith followers of various Meder Nellos of the capital complex in a condolence meeting  held at Itanagar Meder Nello today observed two minutes silence  and  prayed for heavenly peace of late Yubee.  He is the only Apatani leader who was elected thrice as member of Legislative Assembly from Ziro-I Assembly Constituency.  He was  involved in socio-religious reformation and he was the founder Member of Meder Nello Council.  

The rank and file of Arunachal Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee (APMCC) headed by its president  and former minister Yari Dulom also mourned the demise of former Speaker Yubee.  


ASEF’s activities lauded

MENGIO, Jan 18: Mengio ZPM Tarh Passang has lauded the look-back policy of All Sagalee Employees’ Forum (ASEF). He was addressing at the 2nd General Conference-cum-Election of ASEF which concluded yesterday.  ZPM further exhorted them to continue guiding the younger generation of the area to achieve their goals.

Speaking on the occasion EAC Mengio Audil Toko also appreciated the efforts of the ASEF and urged them to do more on the areas like health and education.  

Dr. K.T. Mulung, outgoing president of ASEF highlighted the activities of the organization during his tenure as president. Various issues confronting the employee fraternities were also discussed in the three days conference.  Nabam Kiron Hina and Er. Tarh Hari, newly elected President and  General secretary, ASEF also spoke on the occasion. Delegates from various departments of the state belonging to Sagalee Administrative Sub-Division have attended the conference in large number.


AR donates sports items to villagers

KHONSA, Jan 18: Assam Rifles (AR) Battalion located at Khonsa handed over sports items to youth of Noglo village, Tirap district under its Civic Action programme in a simple function on January 16 last.

Around 100 people of Noglo village including ASM, GBs and prominent personalities of the village were present on the occasion. The villagers expressed their heartfelt gratitude to AR for this magnanimous gesture.  The villagers were also urged to make full use of the facilities provided to them wisely and maintain the property and assured of further assistance under social welfare schemes. A friendly football match between the AR and village team was also organized to promote brotherhood.  

Such interaction and sports competitions will strengthen the bonding between the youth and security force and bring the ‘Friends of the Hill People’ closer to local populace.


Football and Volleyball tourney for CM trophy starts at Koloriang

KOLORIANG, Jan 18: The Chief Ministers Trophy on football and volleyball for men and women of 21-Koloriang Assembly constituency was kicked off at general ground here  yesterday.  Altogether four administrative circles are taking part in this tournament , namely, Sarli, Damin, Parsi- Parlo and Koloriang.

Speaking on the occasion, Upper Koloriang ZPM Chello Tagar  advised the players to play the game in the right spirit and also encourage the players of rural areas to take part in this tournament in near future. Riya Yagu, Anchal Chairperson Upper Koloriang encouraged the women players to take  active participation in the tournament. Gyamar Jill,i/c DSO(Sports) also encouraged the players to perform their best. District level tournament will start from January 23 at Sangram. DIPRO


DC visits remote Desali circle

ROING, Jan 18: To get first hand information of the developmental activities in remote areas, Deputy Commissioner Shiv Kumar conducted a three days tour to Hunli sub- division and remote CO circle, Desali from January 15 and 17. He was accompanied by SP B.K Singh and other Govt officers and officials from various departments and public leaders during his visit.

Addressing a public meeting at Hunli on January 15, the DC highlighted the tourism potential of the  Hunli sub-division and  also gave priority on education and health sectors. Kumar urged the public to be pro-active and know their rights and avail the benefits provided by the Government from time to time.

On the poor road condition, electricity, water supply, PDS items, transfer and posting of SSA teacher, shortage of medical staffs, police personnel and check point at Hunli, the DC called upon all the line departments to hold a separate meeting.

While responding to the public grievances regarding non-station of officer/staff posted at Hunli, the DC gave assurance to take necessary action against the erring officials and directed the SDO, Hunli to submit the list of officer/staff posted at Hunli.

ZPM, Mama Miso, Anchal Chairperson, ASMs, Gao Bura, public leaders highlighted the  pubic grievances and at the same time appreciated the DC and other officials for taking stock of the problems of the people at the people’s door step.

Later DC visited Govt. Middle School (Residential) Hunli, BRTF Trans Arunachal Highway road, New Elope Middle School.

At Jambopani on January 16, DC along with Assistant Commissioner Sandiv Kr. Singh thoroughly interacted with school children and found their performance satisfactory. DC stated that only single teacher is running the whole affairs of the School and the outcome of the efforts put by the teacher is good.

The DC along with his team also visited school and PHC centre at Desali same day and inspected medicine stock. Referring to the shortage of medicine, DC directs C.O Desali, Rakesh Tacho to submit list of medicine required for the coming monsoon season as there will be no connectivity to the circle. DC also met Lambo Shelf Help Group  next day and exhorted them to take up community works. He assured them to provide necessary help.

Later  addressing a public meeting at Community Hall Desali the DC, while  recognizing hard life of people living in Desali circle due to lack of  road connectivity and electricity supply,  called on the BRO and power department to hold a meeting on ‘technical status’ of the problems.

DC Roing Shiv Kumar is the first IAS officer to visit Desali Circle on foot, informed ZPM Mama Miso. Stating that road communication is the main hurdle for the people and over all development of Desali circle, Miso emphasized for early construction of roads. Rakesh Tacho, CO Desali, ASM, public leader also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO incharge.


News Impact

Speeding car rams into vehicles, many injured

ITANAGAR, Jan 18:  Several vehicles, including a motorcycle, were rammed by a speeding vehicle (AR 01C 0279) on National Highway-52 A near National Cinema Hall, Naharlagun today.

The vehicle (Tata Sumo) also hit senior advocate PritamTaffo from back side, and many others. Taffo, who has sustained grievous injury, was immediately admitted in Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun.

According to Taffo, the vehicle knocked him down when he was returning back to his home at Pappu-Hill on his bike at around 12:30 pm,

Infuriated by the incident, the angry mob had tried to set the vehicle ablaze after smashing and overturning it. However, the vehicle was saved from burning down.

Later,  security force fired tear gas to disperse the angry mob.

Reportedly, the vehicle belonged to home department and was being driven by a minor at the time of incident. According to eyewitnesses, there were three to four minor boys inside the vehicles and they fled the spot immediately after the accident.

A case (No 13/2014) Under Section 279/338 IPC has been registered at Naharlagun police station and investigation launched, Police said.

Meanwhile, All Naharlagun Youth Welfare Association (ANYWA) demanded immediate arrest of the   culprit(s) and   financial assistance to the victims.



EIA study on Kalai-II HEP incomplete’


ITANAGAR, Jan 18: The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for 1200 MW Kalai II Hydroelectric Project (HEP) located on Lohit River in Anjaw district cannot even qualify to be called an EIA study. This according to New Delhi based organization South Asia Network on Dams Rivers and People (SANDRP) who have said that the detail analysis of the EIA study reveals that the study is incomplete, inadequate and shoddy.

A document released by SANDRP critiquing the project has revealed that the EIA study by WAPCOS cannot clearly state whether Kalai II is a storage project or a run of the river project. The EIA study is also not clear about the height of the dam.

The Kalai II project is being developed by Kalai Power Private Limited (KPPL), which is the Special Purpose Vehicle of Reliance Power Limited. A MoU with the Government of Arunachal Pradesh was signed on March 2, 2009 to develop the project.

SANDRP in its observation has also noted that EIA and EMP reports prepared by WAPCOS have not fulfilled a very large number of the TOR (Terms of Reference) that the project was to cover in EIA-EMP as per the TOR clearance given for the project on 9.12.2009. Such EIA-EMP will clearly not be acceptable even from statutory and legal point of view and cannot be basis for a public hearing, it said.

The project was recommended for scoping clearance in 31st Meeting of Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) held on 21-22 October 2009. The project was considered in the 70th EAC meeting on 10-11 Dec 2013 for extension of TOR validity. SANDRP has called the public hearing for Kalai II project held on January 18, 2014 as illegal and has requested the Arunachal Pradesh State Pollution Control Board (APSPCB) and MoEF for cancellation. It has also asked the EIA-EMP consultants to comply with the TOR first before declaring the hearing.



Arunachal & Meghalaya CMs apprised of  benefit of geo textiles industry

NEW DELHI, Jan 18: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and Meghalaya CM Dr. Mukul Sangma were jointly briefed today about the benefit and potential of geo textiles based activities in the North Eastern states by leading government and industry experts at New Delhi today.

In a comprehensive presentation given by representatives of Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, National Jute Board, Ernst and Young (Business Advisory Firm) and Ahmedabad Textile Industry Research Association, the benefits of the use of geo textiles in the infrastructure sector, anti erosion and flood protection, irrigation, disaster mitigation and avenues for entrepreneurship development in the sector were highlighted.

The special briefing came in the wake of a recent policy initiative by the Central Government to extend financial support to geo textile based projects to promote ecologically balanced techniques in various sectors ensuring minimum environmental impact. Both the CMs concurred upon the suggestion to take up select pilot projects in the states with assistance from the Central Government within this financial year. An expert team would visit both the states to work out the modalities for the implementation framework within this month.



Governor highlights priority sectors before PC

ITANAGAR, Jan 18: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma yesterday apprised the Planning Commission member B K Chaturvedi of  overall development scenario of the state, including works taken up under PM package.

During a discussion with Chaturvedi, who called on the Governor at Raj Bhawan here yesterday, the Governor, who has been touring different parts of the State, highlighted the sectors which need special consideration of Central government through Planning Commission for upliftment of people of the State especially the rural populace and people living in border areas.

During the meeting, they also discussed on various aspects of development in Arunachal Pradesh, in particular expediting the Naharlagun-Harmuti railway project and reintroducing of flights from Lilabari Airport. PRO to Governor



Do away with culture of commission: PPA

ITANAGAR, Jan 18: Taking serious note of the alleged ‘commission and bribe giving culture’ prevailing in the entire system of governance, PPA secretary general Dr. Ashan Riddi stated that this system has unfortunately ruined the country and took it to a point of no return.

Describing the alleged system as a rich legacy of national political parties like Congress and the BJP, Dr. Riddi said that the multicrore TG spectrum allocation, coal block allocation, commonwealth games and cash for vote scams at the national capital and the hydro power scam, political defection scam and Rs 1000 crore PDS scam at Itanagar are few examples of corruptions that rocked the conscience of the nation and as well as the people of the Arunachal Pradesh.

According to Dr. Riddi, the cancerous germ of corruption is a universal phenomenon and the simple people of Arunachal too are gradually accepting it as a way of life. Appealing the leaders to exercise maximum restraint, particularly those in power,  who are captaining the whole show, Dr. Riddi stated that the trend is too dangerous and if not treated timely, the youths and the deprived poor could opt for antisocial activities.

He also appealed to the religious leaders of all faiths to take few moral and ethical classes of the corrupt in their respective jurisdiction to lessen the woes of the public in general and few genuine contractors in particular.

He said that the national parties like BJP and Congress, who crafted the national Hydro Power policy for Arunachal in 2002 have no moral authority to talk about eliminating corruptions. “The defective Statehood Act 1987 placing the entire rich natural resources of Arunachal under the command of New Delhi will only empty the coffer of the Arunachal and its citizens. The only panacea, therefore, to uproot the root cause of corruption is through a people centric revolutionary mode as was done successfully by the Aam Aadmi Party of Arvind kezriwal in Delhi, Dr. Riddi opined.

The enactment of a strong Lok Ayukta law with strong political will to enforce the clauses of the law will go a long way in curbing the menace of ‘commission’ and bribes in public life, Dr Riddi further added.

Taking note of the reported complaints lodged by All Arunachal Pradesh Contractors Associations against the ‘commission culture, Dr Riddi asserted that the only solution to this problem is stop giving bribe.

If voted to power, we will leave no stone unturned to wipe out the culture of commission and bribe giving, Dr Riddi asserted.



Agriculture Dept conducts awareness camp on Foxtail Millet cultivation

AALO,  Jan 18: In a move towards popularizing the ‘Nutricereals’ in the district, agriculture department West Siang district had conducted a district level awareness training on cultivation practices of foxtail millet at Aalo on January 17. Altogether 200 farmers representing Aalo East and West Block were given training on the occasion.  

Inaugurating the day-long programme Gomar Angu, Deputy Director Industry, said that the training programme would definitely boost the morale and energize the farming community to take up large scale cultivation of foxtail millet in this part of the district. He exhorted the farmers to take full advantages from the training which according to him would be a vital element in realizing assured production. He also emphasized to work out modalities for large scale production of foxtail millet in the district which may evolve marketing avenues for the farmers in the long run.

Karbom Riram, District Agriculture Officer spoke at length on the scope and potentialities of foxtail millet cultivation. He had pointed out the economic importance, nutritional and medicinal values of this wonder cereal. He also assured to provide seeds and render technical guidance and supervision to the interested farmers to encourage foxtail millet cultivation in the district.

Agriculture Development Officers, Nitum Riba, Jarny Yomcha, Jumdo Jini and Block Technology Manager Anu Taloh presented a detail discussion on cultivation practices, economic importance and marketing avenues of the foxtail millet. The team drew the attention of the farmers in course of discussion in which the farmers had also shown their enthusiasm through interaction.

Nyage Loya, ADO made a fruitful discussion  on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in rice crop. Scores of pests and their damaging stages and infested signs were displayed through power point presentation. Further he stressed on proper identification and distinction of pests and friendly insects to bring about suitable control measures and management techniques. He also advocated for conservation of natural predators of insect pests and rodents which hunts the voracious pests of rice at different stages and thereby reducing pests’ density and limiting the quantum of injurious impact on crops. DIPRO



Ex-minister Wanglat joins BJP

NEW DELHI, Jan 18: Former Home, Finance and Civil Supply Minister James Lowangcha Wanglat has joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) during the party’s ongoing national executive meeting at Ram Lila ground in New Delhi today, claimed state BJP in a release.

While welcoming Wanglat into party fold in the presence of party veteran LK Advani and BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, party’s national president Rajnath Singh said, ‘We have lot of work to perform together,

Advani and Modi also expressed the same sentiments while welcoming Wanglat.

Wanglat has been elected four times as member of legislative assembly including first legislative assembly during Union Territory days as well as after attaining statehood.

‘In his social and political career spanning 45 years, he has always stood up for right causes; therefore, we’d seek his service for the greater interest of the party in the entire state and the region,’ said BJP National General Secretary, Tapir Gao while emphasising on Wanglat’s credential as one of the tallest Christian leaders of the North East region.

Wanglat began his career as student activist in 1969 and has been a founding member of the first pan North East Frontier Agency Students Union (1970-71) as well as All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (1971-72).  Also, he has been the founding member and a General Secretary of the first regional political outfit, People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) formed in 1977.

‘His joining would help in projecting the right image for the party; as a patriotic party that works for the larger interest of the nation. He has done seminal work in seeking justice for the deprived masses,’ said Gao and further added that despite being from the royal family of Namsang-Borduria, Wanglat’s demand for drinking water for his ancestral village Borduria and demand for democratic rights as an Indian for the people of Arunachal Pradesh resulted in his arrest under MISA in 1974.

It is apparent that BJP has committed one of the biggest political coups of the season as Wanglat is considered one of the tallest leaders from Christian community of the region, not just Arunachal Pradesh.



Training on rejuvenation of Old Orange Orchards at Jomo held

AALO, Jan 18: Horticulture department, West Siang district held a day long training on Rejuvenation of Old Orange Orchards on January 15  at Jomo village. Around 20 orange growers from the locality were benefited from this training.

Karyom Doji, District Horticulture Officer, highlighted the farmers about the objectives and importance of the training. He also interacted with the orange growers and responded their certain quarries and advised the farmers to maintain good rapport with the departmental officials and avail their technical support and guidance to the fullest extent.

Karbom Riram, District Agriculture Officer who was also present on the occasion exhorted the orange growers to avail the advantages of such trainings where various modern and scientific technologies of orchard management are imparted which will eventually boost the production and improve their economy.

Horticulture Development Officers, Dugnya Dirchi, Kito Kayi, Henbom Dirchi and Kanya Lombi also vividly discussed and demonstrated the control of lichens a parasitic weed which is the major cause of citrus decline. Various prominent pests and disease of orange and their management practices were also demonstrated including utilities and techniques of various improved tools relating to orange cultivation. The team also distributed 20 number of knapsack sprayers, lime, copper sulphate and bio-fertilizers to the participating orange farmers. The PRI members  were also present on the occasion. DIPRO



Mishmi society  to revive the institution of Igus


ANINI, Jan 18: Amid the pressures of modern life and the spread of religious missionaries in Dibang Valley and Lower Dibang Valley districts, the Mishmi society is looking towards ways to revive its declining shamanistic traditions.

As first step to revitalize the institutions of shamans or the Igus, as known locally, the community apex body - the Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society (IMCLS) called for formation of organization for Igus.

Sipa Melo, a renowned priest from Mishmi society and IMCLS member said that such organization will enable all Igus to come under one umbrella and provide a platform to share common concerns on gradual decline on role of Igus.

An IMCLS public meeting was held at Anini on January 14 for ‘Revival of Igu in the Mishmi society.’ The speakers during the meeting acknowledged the role of Igus in almost all major aspects of Mishmi life.

The Igus are the central icon in the arena of religious beliefs and practices of Mishmi people and carries on with the traditions, which is the most essential aspects of Mishmi culture. They are also the repositories of knowledge on ancient Mishmi traditions and history.

Speaking for the need for revival of ancient culture, Dr Mite Lingi, life member of IMCLS said that the revival of institution of Igus can be the tool to fight rapid cultural degradation in the community.

“The Mishmi society is at the risk of forsaking its traditions as it is faced with the pressure to assimilate into mainstream society,” he said. "So the institution of Igus must be strengthened as it can find a way to comfort people in distress since many in the community look towards Igus for religious and spiritual guidance."

The challenge also to the institution was the declining numbers of Igus. The Mishmi tribe, which numbers around 13000 in undivided Dibang Valley, has not more than 35 Igus. And most of these shamans are aged above 50.

“If we do not pass our priestly skills to next generation, it will die out,” said Melo. So to enable modern generation of Igus to fill the gap, he suggested opening schools that will teach the skills and knowledge of Igus to younger generation.

Though ideally shamanism is perceived as a gift of God, few individuals in the community have become Igu by their sustained effort. For example, an individual member willing to become an Igu has to assist a powerful shaman priests over a long period of time learning the chants, legends and history of the tribe from the beginning of creation and learning all ceremonial rites.

IMCLS also explored on the role of Igus in revival of the traditional decision making institutions. Traditionally in Mishmi society, kinship system administers the society in maintenance of law and order and socio-cultural life of the people.

However, with the onslaught of modernity, such decision making bodies in Mishmi community has been on decline. Therefore, IMCLS sought to institutionalize the council of Igus to revive the community decision making institutions since they have spiritual and moral influence on the masses.

For example, the council of Igus can play crucial role in eradication of bad social practices like minimizing the number of Mithuns sacrificed during Reh festivals. In Mishmi tribe, there is no limit on the number of Mithuns that a person may sacrifice. And in the race for fame, the person organizing Reh festival indiscriminately slaughters the animal in huge numbers.

Also the Igus can call for ban on all Indian Made Foreign Liquors (IMFL) served during all Igu rituals and Reh festivals. This according to IMCLS will save money spent on excessive drinks and can help revive local economy.



APDA reacts to allegation, appeals for calm

ITANAGAR, Jan 18: Expressing shock and grief over unfortunate death of Bengia Yame, Arunachal Pradesh Doctors’ Association (APDA), in a release said that the doctors and nurses of the Arunachal State Hospital are still baffled by the death.

“The death occurred despite successful operation by the surgeon for patellar fracture. However, the exact cause of rib fracture will come to light only after investigation. However, it may also occur during CPR done by the medical personnel as a last resort to save a dying patient,” the APDA release said.

Responding to allegation and speculations that appeared in local dailies after the death of the patients, APDA claimed that the drug ‘Ceftazidime’ is not banned. However, police should immediately send the entire seized drugs to drug testing laboratory and obtain reports to ascertain the standard of drug administered.

“If any drug is found counterfeit or spurious then the company concerned should be dealt appropriately as per law,” the release said.

APDA appealed all to maintain calm till detailed investigation is conducted by the committee constituted by the Government and report submitted.

APDA said that the demand for arrest of doctor and nurse by some NGOs before completion of due process of investigation is not justified.

“A doctor cannot be arrested unless his negligence is proved,” it said adding that “a government doctor being a group “A” gazetted officer require prosecution order from Govt to effect arrest.”

“The medical profession is a noble profession and it should not be brought down to the level of a simple business or commerce as being done by few with vested interest. Doctors do not guarantee life. They only do their best to save life based on their scientific knowledge,” the release added.



Stop hiring of taxis from outside  Arunachal”

ITANAGAR, Jan 18: Tawang and West Kameng district units of All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF), in a memorandum to Tawang Deputy Commissioner has urged him to stop hiring of taxis from outside Arunachal Pradesh by tourists for local sight-seeing.

“We welcome all types of vehicles, including transport, commercial taxis coming from entire North East and Arunachal Pradesh.

The tourist permit approved by the Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh is valid for entry into the State of Arunachal Pradesh. But it does not mean that they should ply their vehicles in sectors, colonies and local areas depriving the unemployed local taxi professionals from their source of income and livelihood,” the AAPPTF memorandum said, and demanded the DC to stop the practice immediately.

Many local unemployed youths are even unable to repay their loans availed from the government to purchase their vehicles due to this practice, it said.

The memorandum also demanded the DC to provide parking place/lot for commercial vehicles in Tawang, conduct Regional Transport Authority (RTA) meeting with the District Transport Officer (DTO) involving the Tawang District Unit of AAPPTF once in every year to solve various problems faced by the transport commercial vehicle in the district headquarters.



AAAU takes out auto procession

AALO, Jan 18: More than 150 auto rickshaw owner/drivers of Aalo township took out a auto rickshaw procession from Aalo Bazar today which was culminated at Gumin Kiin to mark the grand celebration of All Aalo Auto Union  Day.

Participating the procession, Gadam Ete, Parliamentary Secretary Home, Geology and Mining exhorted the auto drivers to continue their good transportation  services for the poor and needy persons  at the hours of need with a sense of duty and dedication  in the quest of their sustenance. The services rendered by them should not scare nor give any ill feeling to the passengers to build their reputation, he said. No one is born with silver spoon and all of us manage our life through struggle and hard work. Expressing his concern over growing number of young and minor boys and girls flooding the streets of the town with bikes and Scotties, he appealed the administration and police to check such growing nuisances. Laws are equal for all and trouble makers in the public streets should be dealt without showing any leniency and consideration.  

Responding to the two point memorandum submitted on the occasion pertaining construction of union office and renovation of auto stands, he disclosed that matter has been taken up with MP Arunachal West for consideration.

Er. Marconi Potom Dy. Director UD & Housing expressed his satisfaction over the fact that no untoward incidents have been heard till date despite growing numbers of auto at Aalo township and such good trend should  continue. As a town planner various measures are being considered for the welfare but scarcity of land is the main obstacles. He appealed cooperation of all section of the people to launch

all urban schemes of the department to go along smoothly without any obstruction and hiccups.  

The auto drivers can also act as the informers and agent of the police as they know the movements of the passengers from dawn to dusk, he said.

Ogong Tamuk and others who were the first to start the auto services at Aalo also shared their past experiences and gave useful suggestions to the auto drivers.

The President AAAU, Dagli Doji dwelt at length on the activities of the union and disclosed that no Govt. officials henceforth will be allowed to run auto services to safeguard the interests of unemployed youth. The guest speakers Tumpe Ete, Ige Jini,

Hoksum Ori, Mito Lollen, Gamnya Naso MVI, Bejum Ado and others also gave useful tips to the union. The Organizing Secy. Gumli Ori and Bindo Lollen also spoke on the occasion.  Traditional dances  were presented by the troupes to mark the occasion. DIPRO



BJP leaders chalk out poll strategies

ITANAGAR, Jan 18: The two days national executive and council meeting of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which began in New Delhi yesterday, chalked out poll strategies and mechanisms to achieve “Mission272+’ campaign, door-to-door campaign and for reaching out to villages, besides state-wise strategies ahead of the general elections.

The meeting attended was attended by the party’s national office bearers, state presidents, general secretaries of organization, leaders of BJP Legislature Party, chief ministers of BJP ruled states and chief of all morchas and cells.

Party president Rajnath Singh, BJP Parliamentary Board chairman L.K Advaniji, leaders of opposition Shusma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley and BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modiji reviewed and took stock of Party’s poll preparedness in the states across the country.

Party’s Arunachal Pradesh State president Tai Tagak, National General Secretary Tapir Gao, National Executive Member Kiren Rijiju and BLP Leader Tamiya Taga also attended the meeting yesterday.

The state president, in his report, highlighted the fast growing party organization and the party’s election preparedness in Arunachal Pradesh. He also highlighted the State BJP’s, “Sarhad Ko Pranam Yatra”during which the party toured various districts and last border villages and met and interacted with the border dwellers, officials and security personnel posted in border to know the ground realities besides strengthening the party organization across the State. It was for the first time that any political party leaders could reach out to those important places and security personnel guarding the nation.

Party’s national president and central team appreciated the hard efforts by the State BJP unit.



70 youths selected for skill development prog by NHPC

GERUKAMUKH, Jan 18: Altogether 70 local unemployed youths from Assam and Arunachal Pradesh have been selected  recently by NHPC, Subansiri Lower HE Project under its Corporate Social Responsibility Sustainable Development (CSR-SD) Scheme for employment linked skilled development training programme (SDTP) on Masonry, Bar Bending, Shuttering, Carpentry, etc at L&T CST Centre, New Delhi/NCR. Subansiri Lower HE Project shall bear the expenditures of the training program.

The local unemployed youths were selected from remote villages of  Arunachal Pradesh like Gengi, Sibriette , Ditten, Siloni, Sogum, etc of West Siang District and  from Chauldhua, Mohari camp ,Ming Mang, Gogamukh, Adut, Parbatipur, etc villages of Dhemaji and villages like Kowarbari, Boginadi, Medhihuti, Ghilamara, Thekeraguri etc. of North Lakhimpur district of Assam.

Meanwhile, the selected youths called on the Executive Director, Subansiri Lower HE Project at Gerukamukh and were introduced to the senior officers and other employees of NHPC. The NHPC ED Rakesh wished them all the best and encouraged them to complete the training programme successfully.



Denhang Bosai: A multi-faceted personality

HK Roy, Pasighat

Our everyday life is filled with memorable moments which are very precious and make us feel good. It was a very pleasant morning when I was browsing the news headlines in my mobile habitually, a particular information caught my eyes, touched my heart. “Denhang Bosai conferred with  Bharat Jyoti Award” presented by Dr. Bhishma Narayan Singh (former Governor of Assam and Tamil Nadu) at New Delhi for his extensive media coverage and writing skills. Really a good deed never

goes unrewarded or unnoticed. I personally feel that it was not only

one of the proudest moments for IPR department but for all the

Arunachalees being the proud citizens of India.

Noted litterateur and Tirap DIPRO Bosai is a distinguished name in the state, the person, who has a greater faith in the power of the pen than in that of a sword. His unique writings connect one’s mind

with another; persuade the readers to take up the view which Bosai holds on particular subjects/topics. He is a disciplined officer but not very strict in regular office dealings. I personally know him very closely for more than two decades and I had a chance to work with him for many years.

He is also lovable for his exceptional character and style; the man who never gets angry or criticizes anyone publicly. His dedication, devotion and service to the state can’t be easily measured. The well

known social thinker and critic Bosai writes regularly for newspapers, magazines, journals and periodicals and many of his articles have been published in Times of India, India Today and Outlook. He has written a book titled ‘A collection of Nocte Folksongs, Folktales and Proverbs’.

For his sincere, dedicated and outstanding services, he was conferred with a Gold Medal by the government of Arunachal Pradesh in the year 2013 before receiving the National level Bharat Jyoti Award.

Denhang Bosai Shab is indeed a multi-faceted personality. My long association with him has enriched my life in no small measure. He is also a good singer, good sportsman and of course, a wonderful speaker who anchors all the official programmes with élan. I have learnt a great deal from him not only in articulating my views through writing but on many other facets of life. The most striking quality about Bosai is that he never hesitates to pass on what he knows to other keen learners like me. He is very helpful and is always there with a ready smile for others. He is a truly gifted writer and his command over English language is unbelievable. He is affable, kind and really amiable due to which every one loves him. Needless to say that his early schooling in Ramakrishna Mission School, Narottam Nagar not only provided him the best opportunity to avail the best education but also made him to value discipline. I am proud to be his associate and this is only a small tribute to his contributions. I genuinely feel that he deserves much more than this.



KVK scientific advisory committee meeting held

KHONSA, Jan 18: The 6th Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting of KVK Tirap was held on January 17. Altogether 13 members have attended the meeting.

Presiding over the meeting, G. Hocha, DAO-cum-Project Director, ATMA, Khonsa, reiterated the role of KVK in technology testing, technology transfer and  developing scientific temperament amongst the farmers. He also requested the farmers to follow the technical guidance and put forward their suggestion to KVK for need based intervention.

The DVO, Dr. B. M. Podder highlighted the importance of livestock as a potential farm enterprise and means of improving soil fertility through livestock manure. He also presented an overview of importance of PPV and Farmers Rights.

Earlier programme coordinator Dr. D S Chhonkar briefed about the purpose of the SAC meeting.

Detail discussion was held on proposed OFT, FLD, training programmes and other extension activities. All the members including farmer representative have actively participated and put forward valuable suggestions for inclusion in the Action Plan.  The Chairman suggested that OFT and FLD on Cereals and vegetables should be emphasized.

The DFDO R. N. Pradhan suggested that due care should be taken in selecting the size of pond for FLD on Duck-cum-Fish culture. The Progress Report (April’2013 – Jan’ 2014) and Proposed Action Plan (April’ 2014 – March’ 2015) of KVK, Tirap was presented by the concerned SMSs and approved by the house.

Training on Farmers’ Right Act. 2001

Earlier, the Tirap KVK had organized an awareness – cum – training programme on Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Right Act.2001 on January 15 in the Conference Hall of SDO office, Deomali. The programme was sponsored by the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Right Authority, Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India. The inaugural session of the programme was chaired by G. Singpho, SDO, Deomali. Among others,  Deomali Zila Parishad Member was also present in the programme.

Dr. Mukul Kumar, Associate Professor, CHF, CAU Pasighat attended the programme as resource person. He imparted the training with a detailed farmer friendly power point presentation. Altogether 103 farmers of Tirap district attended the programme. This was followed by farmers-scientists interaction session.



Kurung Kumey-Capital Complex match abandoned after crowd violence

Lower Subansiri play Papum Pare in first semis

ITANAGAR, Jan 18: Lower Subansiri defeated West Siang 2-0 to set up a mouth-watering semifinal clash against Papum Pare in the 13th Tadar Tang Memorial Football Tournament at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun today.

Lower Subansiri shot into lead 27th minute into the match through goal from Toko Poliam. The team was leading West Siang 1-0 in the first half.

The five-time champion Lower Subansiri continued to dominate in the second half but were unable to score from most of the chances. The team could have won the match with a bigger margin had it not missed the opportunities. However, Poliam found the net again in 62nd minute to give his side not only a 2-0 lead but also secure a berth in the semifinals. The team will take on Papum Pare in the first semifinal tomorrow.

West Siang, who were desperate to find the equalizer, made all out efforts, but all their attempts were successfully thwarted by Lower Subansiri defenders.

The second match of the day (fourth quarterfinals) played between Kurung Kumey and Capital Complex was marred by crowd violence which led to abandonment of the match.

The match was first stopped in 39th minutes when a player of Capital Complex team was hit and injured by a stone thrown from the gallery. The play was resumed after 20-25 minutes of stoppage and continued until 73rd  minutes. The match was forced to stop finally when a group of fans/supporters again started throwing missiles to the playground.

Meanwhile, the organizing committee chairman while vehemently condemning the unruly behavior by those fans and supporters, regretted for the inconvenience caused to both the teams and audience present during the match.

He said that elaborate security arrangement will be made for the remaining matches by deploying security personnel in each and every gallery. Stern action will be initiated as per law against unruly fans and supporters, he cautioned.

The organizing committee has further decided to sell limited tickets for audience for the remaining matches on security ground and requested the audience to take seat before an hour from start of the match.

The final match scheduled to be played on January 20  has been deferred by one day to January 21, the organizing committee informed.



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Safety and security of govt. official is matter of concern

The and law order has broke down to such level in the state that today no one if feeling safe, be at home or office. In a new development which sure will embarrass state government, the staffs of Arunachal State Hospital have expressed serious concern over safety and security inside the hospital premises. In a meeting convened recently the staffs unanimously decided to go for cease work starting with ‘Pay-Clinic’ in protest against vandalizing incident in ASH which has created fear psychosis.

The repeated attacks on doctors and nurses during duty time have left many staffs frightened. In absence of proper security, these staffs are not able to concentrate in their duty. It is not for the first time that we are hearing such kind of report. Most of the government officer’s have complained about lack of security. The threats and intimidation to officers has become quite common these days. People often criticize stating that government officials don’t do their work properly.  However, if they are not allowed to function freely, then how can we expect them to work sincerely? Public has big role to play in this regards. On the other hand state government should ensure full proof safety and security of their officers.

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