January 21

Social activists visit  Daporijo District Hospital  


DAPORIJO, Jan 20: A group of social activists led by former Managing Director of APCCF Ltd.  Pakna Bage visited District Hospital, Daporijo and met the indoor patients and distributed fruits to them.

He also made the patients aware about the importance of maintaining good health to serve the society.

He appealed to the medical staff of the hospital to deliver the best health care to each patient and assured to extend all possible help to the department from their side for improving the health care delivery system.

They also conducted mass social service at Dumporijo and repaired rostrum of the general ground Dumporijo and installed signboard appealing people to keep their town neat and clean.


Union seeks ban on hand sawing machine

ITANAGAR, Jan 20: Claiming rampant destruction of forest at Sagiaso and V-Geka of Khodaso village under Pakke-Kessang circle in East Kameng, All Pakke-Kessang Pijeriang Dissing Passo Seijosa Students Union (APPDSSU) today sought the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest to ban use of hand sawing automatic machine in the area.

APPDSSU further claimed that due to illegal timber operation in the area, vast forest area is being destroyed. It urged the authority to give directives to the concerned forest officer to seize automatic hand sawing machine to check illegal timber operation.


AAPPTF representation to DC

ITANAGAR, Jan 20: All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF) president Ruhi Tagung and secretary general Kipa Kanam along with the president and secretary general of the federations’ West Kameng unit today submitted a representation to the West Kameng Deputy Commissioner for providing of parking place for Tata Mobile, Truck and other commercial vehicles at Bomdila, conducting Regional Transport Authority (RTA) meeting involving the president and secretary general of the Federation every year in district headquarters to solve various problems faced by all categories of transport commercial vehicles and taking up the matter of construction of road from Bhalukpong to Tawang before onset on monsoon with Border Road Organisation (BRO).

Meanwhile, the DC has assured to look into all demands/ issues placed before him by AAPPTF central team, claimed AAPPTF in a release.


APATCYO  demands proper implementation of RTE

ITANAGAR, Jan 20: The Arunachal Pradesh Abo Tani Clans Youth Organization (APATCYO) today urged the education minister to refund the school admission fee which was taken from students of various government schools in the current academic session.

APATCYO stated that as per the RTE Act 2009, every student (6 to 14 years old) should get free and compulsory education. In its representation the organization also demanded for appointment of adequate non-teaching staffs in the schools.  Further it demanded proper implementation of RTE Act in every government school so that every student should get free education. It also demanded for proper distribution of books and school uniforms free of cost  in the school and urged the minister to ensure proper implementation of Mid-Day Meal scheme. It served an ultimatum to the minister for re-addressal of its grievances.


Keralites offers Makara-Pongala with religious fervor

ITANAGAR, Jan 20: A congregation of Keralites women residing in Itanagar and its vicinity offered Makara-Pongala - a special ceremony of offering sweetened rice in pots to Mother Goddess to invoke divine blessings and for universal peace and prosperity at Chimpu Shiv Temple, Itanagar on 19th January, 2014.  

The ritual commenced when the chief Priest Krishnan Namboothiri lit the main hearth from the divine fire inside the sanctorum and the fire was exchanged from one over to another.  Hundreds of devotees converged in the temple premises in the early morning to prepare “Pongala” on makeshift stoves of bricks and wood.  It was the second time such Pongala rituals were performed in Itanagar.

In Kerala now it’s the time for Pongala, and the Attukal Pongala (Attukal Temple, Trivandrum) is famous for its women participation.  Last year more than 30 lakhs women participated in the Attukal Pongala, and it billed as the world’s largest religious convergence of women.


FGA conducts master ToT

ITANAGAR, Jan 20: Future Generations Arunachal (FGA) organized master Training of Trainers (ToT) program for Self Help Groups (SHG) federation of FGA from January 12-19.

The training mainly focused to build the master cadre with an aim to expand the skills and knowledge on proper management of SHGs to its associated members at the grassroots level. As a part of program, the Self-Help Group members visited Bosco Integrated Development Center (BIDC), Yupia, Multidisciplinary Training Center, Midpu and Rural Resource and Training Center (RRTC), Umran, Meghalaya to gain extensive knowledge in entrepreneurship, piggery and poultry farming.

As many as 14 participants from six districts participated in the program which was concluded here yesterday.

The whole program was led by Rubu Ampi and Takhe Meena.


PPA flays posting, deputation policy of Govt  

ITANAGAR, Jan 20: People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) has criticized the deputation of an IAS officer, who is still in probation, to enquire into the report submitted by Kurung Kumey Deputy Commissioner.

“It is a violation of the laid down protocol norms and an insult to an APCS (AG) officer, who is too senior an officer to be questioned or enquired by a junior officer,” PPA working president Kahfa Beniga said, and condemned the Chief Secretary for the act.

Bengia strongly urged the State Chief Minister to intervene the matter so that the morale of the APCS officers, who are serving in tough and remote places like Kurung Kumey, does not go down.

Drawing the attention of the Govt. towards posting of newly recruit IAS officers to senior level postings like ADC, SDO etc, Bengia stated that if this trend continues then it may cause breakdown of civil administration in the state and a sense of insubordination within civil service. In such a situation, the ultimate losers will be the people of the state, Bengia added.

Party’s chief ministerial candidate Laeta Umbrey said that the ruling regime had never followed systematic procedures and laid down norms in matters of transfers and postings, deputation and promotions.

It is only under the regional model of governance, the mess up could be cleaned and every officer would get his/her due share of recognition and reward.

Umbrey further stated that given the public mandate in 2014 Parliament and Assembly election, the party would fight tooth and nail to see that Arunachal Pradesh, like the state of Sikkim, too gets its State Cadre for the maximum convenience of its officers as well as the public.


APSCW condemns sexual abuse on kids

ITANAGAR, Jan 20: Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) has strongly condemned the sexual assault on three kids of Tiny Tots School at Laxmi Nagar, Dimwe under Tezu police station in Lohit district.

Taking suo moto cognizance of the case, APSCW has sought status report of the case from the Superintendent of Police of Lohit district. APSCW appealed to the authority concerned to bring the culprits to book and take stern action against the accused under relevant section of the law.


APF demands posting of officers

ITANAGAR, Jan 20: The Apatani People’s Forum (APF) today demanded for immediate posting of head of departments and other officials at Sub-Divisional Office Old Ziro.

Old Ziro was notified as circle office headquarter way back in 2009, but no government functionaries and officials are posted at the headquarter office, the Forum claimed. In its letter written to the chief secretary, Forum further said that RCC building constructed to house the CO office is lying unused till date. It further appealed to the chief secretary to give necessary directives so that district administration may fill up the vacant posts with designated officer and officials.


Org demands arrest of co-accused

ITANAGAR, Jan 20:  Registering its strong protest over the delay in delivering  justice on electoral roll burning case of 9th December 2013 at Hawa Camp, 21-Koloriang Indigenous People Movement today appealed to the chief secretary to arrest  other co-accused involved in the incident. The organization, however, lauded the police department and the state government for taking prompt action by arresting local MLA for his alleged involvement in the case. It further sought for early trial of the case under fast track court.


Association serves 15 days ultimatum

ITANAGAR, Jan 20: The members of All Leporiang Youth Welfare Association (ALYWA) today meet executive engineers of Highway and PHED & WS respectively at their offices. In the meeting members of ALYWA raised concern regarding damaged caused to water pipeline due to construction of NH-229 Hoj to Khodaso stretch of Trans-Arunachal highway.

The association informed that because of the damaged caused to water pipe line, the local citizens have been denied access to fresh drinking water facilities.

After long discussion, association gave 15 days time to the authorities to solve the problem failing which they threatened to stop construction activity within their jurisdiction.


APFA calls up 25 players for Santosh Trophy trials

ITANAGAR, Jan 20: Arunachal Pradesh Football Association has called up 25 players for trials for selecting the final team that will represent the state in the upcoming 68th National Football Championships for Santosh Trophy at Mizoram from January 27.

The selection trials will be held at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun on January 21 after the final match of the Tadar Tang Memorial Football Tournament.

The players are, Champo Jamoh, Tapi Apa, Nyamar Loyi, Tarh Rajkumar, Tai Bai, Tamuk Taja, Biri Pada, Techi Takar (II), Techi Takar (I), Ligang Bango, Toko Poliam, Roshon Ramching, Gikar Dolom, Pura Byai, Izaan Pul, Bobeng Taying, Gobinsod Drai, Tapan Bora, Takam Kiran, Tarh Anthony, Tadu Taka, Tage Pilya, Topten Soipa, General Modi, Neelam Taha.

Tarh Juna and Takam Tallum Dado are the coach and manager respectively of the team.

The team will be leaving here for Mizoram on January 24.


Football & Volleyball tourney for CM trophy begins at Palin and Sangram

KOLORIANG, Jan 20: Football and Volleyball (men & women) tournament of 18-Palin and 19-Nyapin-Sangram constituency for Chief Minister Trophy started on January 19 and 20 at Palin and Sangram respectively.

Addressing the inaugural function at Palin, ADC S Lowang said that such tournament is a golden opportunity for the youth especially for the girls who can show their skills, capabilities and hidden talents.

At Sangram, SDO Mirpe Tato advised the players to participate in the tournament with dedication and sportsman spirit and maintain discipline during the tournament. Anchal chairperson Bamang Eka expressed that one can learn different language and culture while participating in National and international level tournaments. DIPRO


TWS organizes painting competition

ITANAGAR, Jan 20: Topo Welfare Society (TWS), Dumporijo organized a drawing competition at General Ground, Dumporijo yesterday.

Over 500 participants, including students, teachers, parents, elders of Upper subansiri took part in the competition which was divided into four categories viz. category-I (class 1-5), II (Class 6-8), III (Class 9-degree final year) and IV (businessmen, housewives, government employee, elders, leaders and officers.

The society praised schools like Diyum Bui Memorial School, VKV Kuporijo and Rijo Middle School Daporijo for encouraging their students to take part in the competitions. Each school provided 100 students for the competition.


MLA and DC visit Janbo village

YINGKIONG, Jan 20: Tuting-Yingkiong MLA Alo Libang and Deputy Commissioner L. Borang accompanied by Bading Teng, Nobeng Burang and Nyokgon Nitik, ZPMs of Yingkiong, Jengging and Migging-Tuting Anchal blocks respectively visited Janbo village  to take stock of the development activities on January 18  last.

Addressing the villagers at the village Dere, Libang discouraged the attitude of making easy money without doing hard work and advised the people to work for the common development for the greater interest and benefit of the whole society. “Everyone should give top priority on education, road communication and health which are the foundations of all types of developments, he said while informing that he had managed to establish KV School at Tuting, VKV school at Ramsing, good hospital building at Tuting and Yingkiong, proposed two lane road from Jengging to Tuting, road construction from Yingkiong to Singa via left bank of Siang etc. which are the fundamental sources of developments.

Responding to a memorandum the MLA assured to include the demand in the next AOP.

During the meeting the Deputy Commissioner Borang formally announced Atek Nitik as the Gaon Burah and empowered him to function as HGB of Janbo village. The Deputy Commissioner asked the Gaon Buras to perform as magisterial and judicial custodian of the village and discouraged them in indulging party politics rather they should carry on their duties in very much impartial manner.

Responding to public demand for installation of BSNL tower Borang responded positively and assured to take up the matter with the BSNL authority for installation wherever possible either at Janbo or Migging from where BSNL network can cover many villages.

The trio ZPMs Teng, Burang and Nitik also spoke on the occasion assuring to extend all possible support and coordinate the villagers on all developmental activities and asked the people to look for self-employed avenues rather than  running after Govt. jobs and petty departmental contract works. DIPRO


News Impact

Infra development in NE: PM directs PC to set up panel

NEW DELHI, Jan 20: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today directed the Planning Commission to set up a committee with representatives from northeastern states to monitor and improve coordination for infrastructure development in the region as he reviewed its status here.

At the meeting with chief ministers of the northeastern states, Singh said the Centre views infrastructure development in the region as a key element in the strategy for developing the region and increasing connectivity with the rest of the country.

After reviewing the status of the infrastructure in terms of air, rail and road connectivity in the region, he observed that "very considerable progress is being made in each of the sectors".

He directed the Planning Commission to constitute a Monitoring Committee with representatives from the northeast states to improve coordination among central ministries.

The meeting was organised by the Planning Commission which is the nodal agency initiating and monitoring developmental work in northeast region.

Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia made a detailed presentation on infrastructure development in the region and noted that continuous focus on the region has led to satisfactory results during the 11th Plan period.

The State Domestic Product growth in the region has been above the national average for the first time ever in the 11th Plan underscoring success of the initiatives and constant monitoring by the Planning Commission, it was noted. PTI



Tuki calls for expeditious forest clearance of projects

NEW DELHI, Jan 20: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today called for expeditious environmental and forest clearances and also land acquisition in accordance with the new guidelines introduced by the Union Ministry of Environment for speeding up implementation of the projects in state.  

Speaking at the meeting of the Chief Ministers of eight North-eastern states with the Prime Minister in Delhi today, Tuki further stressed on the need to urgently formulate a comprehensive project for Transmission and Distribution in the state to facilitate evacuation of power. He also raised the issue of delay in commissioning of the road packages under Trans Arunachal Highway and urged for added impetus on it to address the connectivity concerns in the state with necessary support from agencies like MoRTH, BRO and others. The Chief Minister also appealed to the Planning Commission for allocating necessary funds for land acquisition cost to start the initial works of the Greenfield Airport in the state.

The prospects of boosting regional air connectivity and the status of the Advanced Landing Grounds were also discussed in the meeting.

The Prime Minister assured full co-operation of the Central Government in expediting all pending issues of the state as well as the entire North East. Later in the day, Tuki attended another meeting of Chief Ministers of the North East chaired by Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, to discuss the Universal Health Initiatives of the Government of India.

While discussing the health scenario in the state the Chief Minister called for central assistance especially in Health Education and Prevention programmes, he emphasized on the need for flexible guidelines of the schemes for taking healthcare services to the remote places in the land locked state. He also said that the Centre should give impetus on improving healthcare services in Border Areas of the state.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by Ramesh Negi, Development Commissioner of the state, in both the meetings.



Governor urges people to coordinate in project implementation

ITANAGAR, Jan 20: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma has called upon the people to participate and coordinate with the work agencies and government departments in implementation of developmental projects. He said that when people and government agencies join hands, no challenge is too big.  Accompanied by First Lady of the State Jyotsna Sharma, the Governor was addressing a public meeting at Daporijo today during his maiden tour to Upper Subansiri district. The Governor also visited remote border administrative centre of Taksing today.

Governor said that the people must make some sacrifices to ensure completion of air and road connectivity projects, which will boost the tourism and horticulture sectors, which has huge potential in the district. He cautioned that if they only look at their short-term interest, their long-time interest will be diminished.

Governor appealed to the elders of the society to work together to ensure better future for the young generations.

While appreciating the people for their enthusiastic participation in the recently concluded Panchayat election, Governor said that Panchayat Raj Institute leaders have a very important role to play in ensuring education, health care and fruits of development reach to the people. Later before leaving Daporijo, interacting with district heads of departments, Governor said that there is need for special focus in the border areas and border villages. These places are thinning out, which is a very serious matter and needs to be stopped. It can be halted by ensuring that development reaches to these people along with basic health care and education.

Governor advised the officers to see that developmental projects are environment friendly.  He stressed on synergy among various works departments and other agencies. Governor also warned of possibility of diverting fund from slow progressing projects to projects which are maintaining the timeframe in future by the funding agency.

Governor said that police department has a big role to play in positively engaging the youth of the State. He suggested that the department organise sports activities and vocation trainings for the youths, which in turn will help the youth towards healthy habits and practices.

Earlier, a power point presentation on overall development scenarios with special focus on Trans Arunachal Highway and Hydropower was presented by Upper Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Tahung Taggu. PRO to Governor



APCS officers refuse to comply with DEO’s order

ITANAGAR, Jan 20: Claiming that an order has been issued for re-scrutinization of the supporting documents regarding electoral roll revision in some constituencies of Kurung Kumey district, the Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service Officers Association, Kurung Kumey district unit today said that it has resolved not to comply with the order and resort to non-cooperation in electoral duty.

While justifying its decision against the order, the association in a letter to the Kurung Kumey DEO said that the officers deployed as EROs/AEROs in the district had already performed their duties in preparation of electoral roll revision including addition and deletion etc. “Since the EROs/ AEROs had already submitted their reports regarding the acceptance/rejection of electors applying for enrollment, the same may be honoured,” the Association unit said in a release.  

The association further said that in case the works done by the EROs/AEROs are sought to be reviewed,  such review of electoral documents should be made by high ranking officers in order to avoid any confusion and misunderstanding among the APCS officers.



Tadar Tang Memorial Football Tournament

Capital Complex lock horns with Papum Pare in final

ITANAGAR, Jan 20: Capital Complex (CC) scored a goal in each half to beat Upper Subansiri in the second semifinal of the 13th Tadar Tang Memorial State Level Football Tournament at RG Stadium, Naharlagun today.

The game was just seven-minute-old when Capital Complex took the lead through goal from Giker Dolom. The second goal for the team was scored by Giagi Tani in 52nd minute.

In a repeat of last year’s final, Capital Complex will take on Papum Pare tomorrow.

The team is hoping to avenge the pain of last year’s 3-0 defeat by Papum Pare at Pasighat.

“We are fully prepared and my boys will give them (Papum Pare) a run for their money,” said NIS trained  coach of Capital Complex Kipa Bharat.

The final is expected to bring up an interesting clash as they resume rivalry.

Capital Complex entered into the final defeating three times champion Kurung Kumey 4-3 via penalty kick in a high-voltage match yesterday while defending champion Papum Pare pipped five times champion Lower Subansiri 1-0 in the first semifinal yesterday.

Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering will attend the final match as chief guest tomorrow at 1 pm.



DoNER ministry to sanction Rs 40 crore for NE students’ hostel


ITANAGAR, Jan 20: The DoNER ministry today agreed in principle to sanction Rs 40 crore for construction of a 520-bed hostel within JNU campus with 70% reservation for North East students and rest from other parts of the country belonging to backward classes.

The decision was arrived at in a meeting under the chairmanship of Union Minister for Department of North East Region, Paban Singh Ghatowar in his office chamber in New Delhi, which was attended by Lok Sabha member, Takam Sanjoy, DoNER secretary U K Sangma, senior officers of Jawaharlal Nehru University and Delhi Police joint commissioner Robin Hibu.

While the fund would be allotted from the central non-lapsable central pool of resources (NLCPR), a memorandum would be signed to this effect for which the JNU authorities have consented to name it as Subansiri NE hostel, Takam Sanjoy said.

The estimate and drawing submitted to the DoNER ministry was discussed in threadbare before the approval came, a happy Sanjoy disclosed, and quoted Ghatowar as asking the officers present: “Make this a model hostel as it is meant for all poor and economically backward students who cannot afford to study due to sky rocketing rent in the national capital”.

It may be recalled that land was allotted by the JNU authorities at a meeting attended by vice chancellor Prof Sudhir Kumar Sopory, rector Prof Sudha Pai, deputy registrar Kh Siile Anthony and superintending engineer Pradeep Kumar along with Sanjoy, also general secretary of the NE MPs Forum (NEMPF), Delhi Police joint commissioner Robin Hibu and a few officials after inspection of land on September 4, 2013.

NEMPF chairman and Rajya Sabha member, Mukut Mithi had placed the demand to the VC in a representation following former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit’s consent to allot land for the hostel at a high-level meeting in All India Congress Committee (AICC) held under the chairmanship of Union Minister Oscar Fernandez on July 16 last. The meeting was attended by Ghatowar, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, his Meghalaya counterpart Mukul Sangma, Mithi, a host of AICC leaders and MPs from NE, including Sanjoy in July last year.

While this was one of the commitments given by the Congress party during the 2009 Delhi University Students' Union election, besides NEMPF, the Delhi-Arunachal Forum (DelAru), a voluntary organization of Arunachalees living in Delhi, had also placed the same demand with the state's MPs.

Both Mithi and Sanjoy conveyed their gratefulness to the DoNER minister, officials and JNU authorities for their generosity towards the students of NE region studying in the national capital and hoped that the building would come up soon.

Meanwhile, many NE students’ leaders living in Delhi talking to this Editor expressed their deep gratitude to MP Sanjay and IGP Hibu for taking exceptional interest in mobilizing land within JNU campus, followed by constant persuasion through different channels in getting land and fund  for their welfare.



Electoral roll observers visit polling centres in KK

KOLORIANG, Jan 20: A team of special electoral roll revision observers led by Sudhir Kumar, an IAS officer of 1993 batch, visited Pani, Yapak and Pingging polling stations under Koloriang circle on January 17. The team members included Tom Ratan, EAC and Khoda Bath, CO.

Another team of electoral roll revision observers headed by Dani Salu visited Yumlam, Langbang and Parsi Parlo polling stations. His team comprised of Gejum Ete, DC cum DEO Kurung Kumey district, Horki Diyum, CO.

Next day both the teams also toured 19-Nyapin assembly constituency and the polling stations visited were Pagba under Sangram circle, Kebia under Nyapin circle and Sango under Phassang circle. The roll observer visited Sarli circle and Pip-Sorang circle on January 19 and 20 respectively. Director General ECI and CEO, Arunachal Pradesh are visiting Koloriang on January 21. DIPRO



Financial management training under NRHM begins

ITANAGAR, Jan 20: A four days Financial Management Training under NRHM in collaboration with Tally Solution Pvt. Ltd for for Districts Accounts Manager and Block Accountant Data Manager from all the districts of the state began at Administrative Training Institute, Naharlagun today.

Speaking on the occasion, NRHM director (Finance) Habung Youngbow said that the accounting systems in the country has undergone tremendous changes over the last decade. It has changed from simple book keeping to being fully computerized system of financial management. He also informed that the Tally Software ERP 9.0 has been specially customised for NRHM so that financial management becomes easier and more accurate to use. He encouraged all the participants to take  full advantage of the training programme.

Habung Lampung, Addl. Mission Director (NRHM) said that clerical error can be minimised with the help of computerized accounting and such Financial Management training should be attended by all the officials concerened.

Dr. T Taku, Nodal Officer (Training & ARC) NRHM, informed that the DAM & BADA plays a very crucial   role in the maintaining the transparency in the finacial management of the districts. He encouraged all the participants to utilize the knowledge gained from the training in their respective districts and Block. The training is based on Tally Software  ERP 9.0

A power point presentation was given by the Resource Persons Rakesh Chauhan, Data Crown Pvt. Ltd, Guwahati,  Arup Paul, State Finance Manager, NRHM & Rohit Jomo, District Accounts Manager, West Kameng NRHM. They informed about the importance of training on Financial Management, Tally Software ERP 9.0 and its feasibility and how widely it can be used and also make their work easier,  voucher entry in Tally software which is important for generating all books of account & for financial reporting under NRHM.  

Among others Dr. Amping Perme Ete, Nodal Officer (AH) NRHM, Dr. C Lowang, SPO (NUHM), DAM & BADA from all the districts and the officials from NRHM office.



VKAJ launches chale gao ki aur programme at Mechuka

AALO, Jan 20: Vivekananda Kendra Project Arun Jyoti, (VKAJ) Aalo Branch successfully organized ‘Chale Gao ki Aur’ programe braving against the cold waves at Mechuka from January 12 to 19. The programme was led by Romin Rava, a full time worker of Vivekananda Kendra Arun Jyoti of Aalo branch with the assistance of 10 more karyakartas of VKAJ from various colleges like Donyi Polo Govt. College Kamki, Jawaharlal Nehru College Pasighat and Dera Natung Govt. College Itanagar.

The main objective of this programme was to understand the value and conditions of the remote villages of our state and make feel that they are also an integral part of the country. The karyakartas have conducted several programmes in Govt. Higher Secondary School, Govt. Town Primary School Mechuka and Govt. Primary school Dichangtang on education and health related programmes like class room teaching, creative activities for skill development and confident building measures, Yoga for physical fitness, games for developing memory and concentration power, drama for general awareness and social services etc.

Addressing the concluding programme Mechuka ADC Ravi Dhawan appreciated the team of VKAJ who have come all the way from different parts to serve the people of the remote place. Such activities are very much necessary in the present day context for the students who are almost cut off from rest to gap the sense of alienation from the mainstream and.

Apart from class room teaching and learning other co-curricular activities are utmost important for the student, he said. Kamlera Moshing, ASM, Mechuka, also expressed his gratitude to the VKAJ team for their excellent job in their endeavor to imbibe such confidence building measures among the students to bring about optimistic changes in their life. Participants from various schools also shared their experiences and expressed their gratefulness to the karyakartas for spending some days with them for good cause. DIPRO



Over 4000 children administered polio drop in Lower Dibang Valley

ITANAGAR,  Jan 20:  The first round Intensive Pulse Polio Immunization was carried out successfully and smoothly throughout Lower Dibang Valley District under the active supervision of the district administration and medical officers yesterday.  On the first day of IPPI, 4697 children between the age group of 0-5 years were given polio drops in the district at Booth Level Vaccination yesterday.    

Earlier in the morning, Deputy Commissioner Shiv Kumar launched the pulse polio immunization campaign in the district headquarter by administering first polio drop in the district hospital. He was then followed by Sipi Elapra Linggi, ZPC, B K Singh, SP, Sandeep Kr Singh, AC, Dr A Yirang, DMO and Dr M Basar, DRCHO. Active field supervision was carried out in the district headquarter by Sandeep Kr Singh, AC, Dr A Yirang at Dambuk and Paglam Circles  and Dr M Basar at Koronu Circle and Iduli besides monitoring by the Administrative Officers in their respective circles. The house to house visit to administer the polio drops to the miss out children at booth level has started from today onwards and will continue till tomorrow.  DIPRO

IPPI campaign launched in Tirap  

Joining the rest of the nation, Tirap district launched the Intensified Pulse Polio Immunization (IPPI) in all the towns, villages and transit camps of Tirap yesterday.  Altogether 123 polio booths were set up in the entire district. 2517 children were given Polio drops in 51 booths as per reports received till this afternoon. ASHA’s, Anganwadi workers and teachers were also appointed to assist the health workers, DMO Khonsa added.

Thousands children administered polio drops in Tawang

TAWANG: Altogether three thousands eight hundreds and eighty six kids were administered polio drops under the Intensified Pulse Polio Immunization (IPPI) campaign conducted by District health authority Tawang throughout the district  yesterday. While 1556 kids were administered polio drops under Tawang block, 934 and 1396 kids were given polio drops in Thingbu-Mukto and Lumla – Zemithang blocks respectively.

All the officers and officials of District Hospital Tawang, CHC's, PHC's, Sub centres along with NGO's, Police and Para military forces, ASHA's and Anganwadi workers joined hands braving adverse weather conditions to administer the two vital drops of life to kids under the age group of 0-5 years. The campaign was successfully organized under the scrutiny and able guidance of Dr. Wangdi Lama, DMO Tawang and Dr Lobsang Tempa, DRCHO,Tawang while Abhishek Dev, DC Tawang also monitored the campaign.

The children of all the villages, labour camps and colonies under Tawang district were  administered polio drops. The second phase of IPPI will be conducted on 24th February next. (Contributed by Tawang Vigilances).



Public hearing held amidst claims and counter claims

ITANAGAR, Jan 20: The Public Hearing for Environmental Clearance of Kalai-II Hydro Electric Project (1200MW) in Anjaw district which was held on 18th of this month had mixed reaction. While district administration claim that hearing was successfully conducted in peaceful atmosphere, on the other hand People's Forum for Project Affected Families alleged that they were not given time to express their woes.

In a press release district administration informed that hearing was well attended by about 500 persons from project affected villages and nearby areas. About 47 speakers from various villages gave their views in the hearing. During the hearing, some miscreants tried to disrupt the meeting but it was promptly controlled with the timely action of district administration. The Public Hearing resumed and went on peacefully till late night. The Public Hearing for the project was successfully completed, they continued. On the other hand, the People's Forum for Project Affected Families stated that WAPCOS, the EIA consultant agency for project which is under union Ministry of Water Resources, itself functions like a big dam lobby and hence there is conflict of interest in WAPCOS doing any impact assessment work. They added that impact assessment is supposed to be done by an unbiased, independent agency. The Forum also levelled allegation that their members were not allowed to raise concern during the hearing and some of them were manhandled by police personnel’s.  They have appealed for cancellation of public hearing and sought an independent enquiry in the way hearing was conducted.



NFSM schemes implemented in East Siang

Prafulla Kaman

RUKSIN, Jan 20:  A central Govt sponsored agricultural programme - National Food Security Mission (NFSM) Scheme has been implemented in East Siang district.

Official sources informed that an amount of Rs. 45 lakh for the fiscal year 2013-14 has been released for East Siang district in the district in order to implement the NFSM schemes.

The district agriculture department has implemented the scheme covering all its 12- Agricultural Development circles. As many as 600 rural farmers (beneficiary) have been covered under the scheme so far and they have been provided benefit of agricultural inputs, seed, and manure besides technical guidance on scientific methods in rice cultivation.

East Siang District Agriculture Officer (DAO) informed that some amounts meant for ‘Farm Implementation’ under NSFM scheme is yet to be withdrawn.

“We have not yet withdrawn the money against farm development, which is another component of the scheme. We are all set to provide the amount to the needy farmers/beneficiaries either in cash or as agricultural tools”, said the DAO.

The district level committee for NFSM implementation comprises Deputy Commissioner of the district as chairman, wherein the district agriculture officer (DAO) is member secretary. It is said that centrally sponsored schemes under Integrated Cereal Development Programme (ICDP) for rice/wheat will be discontinue in the identified districts, if the schemes under NFSM becomes fully operational.

The schematic provisions of NFSM facilitate demonstration of improved packages and practices of rice and wheat, SRI and improved varieties. As such, ‘Cluster demonstration’ has been conducting collaboratively by the state department of agriculture, SAU, ICAR institutions and Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVK) and reputed NGOs.

The department is putting priority on System of Rice Intensification (SRI) under NFSM scheme. It encourages the progressive farmers to select “improved variety” and “duly treated seed” in rice cultivation to ensure increase of production. The Agriculture Development Officers (ADOs) concerned have urged the farmers to avoid indiscriminate use of chemical fertilizer/pesticide, which adversely affect on the ecosystems.

Officials further informed that another amount of Rs Rs 24 lakh under RKVY scheme has been sanctioned for the current financial year. The District Agriculture Officer is conducting a meeting of the ZPMs soon to discuss implementation of the RKVY schemes in the district.  Sources informed that 10 units in ‘Land Development’ 9 units Temporary Vegetable Gardens, 2 units of Permanent Vegetable Gardens were sanctioned under the scheme last year.



Speaker lauds RKMS for quality education

KHONSA, Jan 20: Arunachal Pradesh Assembly Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong lauded the Ramakrishna Mission School, Narottam Nagar for it’s immense contributions towards spreading quality education and it’s philanthropic work.

Lowangdong was addressing the students and teachers of the school during the prize giving ceremony yesterday. While describing the serene ambiance of the school situated amidst virgin and opulent Nature, he said that the place was not only conducive for learning but could be developed into a place of tourist attraction. The Speaker said that the students who were studying there were privileged and asked them to fully utilize the great facilities being provided by the great institution to shape their career.

In his thought-provoking speech, Lowangdong while quoting the words of Swami Vivekananda asked the students to imbibe the high ideals of Swami Vivekananda and urged them to uphold the moral values of life that would stand them in good stead in the long run.

While speaking at length on the education scenario of the country the Speaker appreciated the Swamijis and the teaching faculty for successfully imparting education in line with Swami Vivekananda’s ideas adding that only education could do away with the ills and evils from the society. He said that India was having a young population and urged the youth to channelize their youthful energy towards constructive purposes and engage themselves in nation building. Lowangdong asked the youth not to aim for a better tomorrow but the best tomorrow. Earlier, he released the school magazine Narottam.  While participating in the function local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary, while lauding the achievements of the students in all disciplines, asked them to further hone their skills to face the harsh realities of life successfully. He asked the students to work hard to compete against the best adding that there was no substitute for hardwork.

Earlier, the Secretary of the school in his welcome address while highlighting the significance of the day, said that Lowangdong always enquires about the well-being of the students and the teachers over telephone and expressed his gratitude to the Speaker. The Secretary also underscored the contributions of Wangki Lowang and Wangpha Lowang towards the growth of the school. The Vice Principal of the school read out the annual reports and asked the students to leave no stone unturned to improve upon their past performances.  The prizes were given away by Lowangdong, Wangki and Wangpha.

The students presented attractive cultural programmes to mark the occasion. DIPRO



High security number plate mandatory in East Siang: DC

PASIGHAT, Jan 20: High Security Number Plate (HSNP) became mandatory for all types of vehicle including two wheelers, three wheelers and four wheelers (private or commercial) in East Siang district. Henceforth, the vehicles in the district will have to fix HSNP with the help of Pasighat DTO (Transport) as directed by the East Siang Deputy Commissioner.

A HSNP service counter was formally inaugurated by the DC Nidhi Srivastava today and the executing company M/s Shimnit Utseh India Ltd (HP) fixed one set HSNP in the DC’s official vehicle.

Speaking on the occasion Srivastava informed that it is also mandatory for all new vehicles. There are more than 35,000 old registered vehicles in the district but owners need not hurry in as the process is just beginning and there will be almost 3 months timeframe for old (already registered) vehicles to have HSNPs. Every owner (new & old) has to verify his/her Registration Certificate to get the authorization letter from the DTO and pay necessary fee to get affixed the much-hyped HSNP from ‘special counter’ set up inside the DC’s office premise, near the court building.

HSNPs ensure uniformity and are difficult to make duplicate and help in curbing vehicle thefts or misuse by anti-social elements, claimed the DC.

According to DTO Chakfa Wangsu, the chromium hologram based HSNP would be fitted with snap-lock screws within six days, once applied. These plates come with a number of elements, which include a 9-digit laser tag, embossed “India” lettering across the number, reflective sheeting, tamper-proof hologram with a Chakra and snap-off bolts that make it almost impossible to remove. Chief Councilor Denong Tamuk, ADC Rajesh Panyang, BS Mahra (DSP) and head of offices were present on the occasion.

Later, this evening the DC Nidhi Srivastava reviewed the ongoing parking place being developed in and around the DC office complex and directed the executing agency PWD to maintain quality and to complete the work before Jan-31 next. She directed the DTO Wangsu to guide the officers and staffs to park their vehicles orderly and systematically in the parking place and to impose fines to the violators from tomorrow onwards.  DIPRO



MLA inaugurated model village and PHED building at Tuting

YINGKIONG, Jan 20: The 34-Tuting-Yingkiong MLA Alo Libang accompanied by PRI members visited remote villages bordering China like Gelling, Kopu, Bona, Bishing and Mayung from January 10 to 18 January last.

During his visit the MLA Libang inaugurated a new Model village at Bishing, a village of Memba community. The model village project was sanctioned during the time of former Chief Minister Late Dorjee Khandu. There are total of 22 households in the village.

Addressing a gathering on the occasion, Libang announced the government's approval of separate Anchal Block for Payindem CD Block inhabited by minority tribes like Memba, Khamba, Idu Mishimi and Tangam in Upper Siang district.

During his visit to Tuting the MLA inaugurated the newly constructed PHED sub-Division office building funded under SPA. AE PHED, ER. Nyong Paloh with his staffs, heads of offices of Tuting and local PRI leaders attended the inaugural function.

Speaking on the occasion, Libang announced a sanction of Rs. 10 lakh from the MLALAD fund for obstruction of a culvert within the Tuting township. The MLA and the Deputy Commissioner also inspected the on-going construction of Air landing Ground (ALG) Tuting on January 17 last and the constructing company assured and committed to complete the ALG latest by the month of April 2015. DIPRO



DBYC conducts motivational, skill training

ITANAGAR, Jan 20: The week-long residential ‘Intensive Motivational and Skill Training’ for Govt. sponsored trainees under ‘Making India Employable Educational Services, Gurgaon, organized by Don Bosco Youth Centre (DBYC) in its Residential Training Centre concluded here today with a valedictory function attended by all the trainees, resource persons, parents and guardians of trainees and other dignitaries.  The programme saw the conclusion of seven days intensive residential training aimed at making the trainees fit for further training Gurgaon, Haryana and subsequent placement in reputed companies.  

The training was a good mix of technical sessions on topics such as ‘learning to live and work together’, work ethics, values, dealing with hurt and anger, addictive habits, problems faced by young people and practical sessions on written and spoken English, interview handling, CV preparation, pubic speaking and group activity.  

The sessions handled by Athikho Kholi George, Licha Yania, Julita Kamei and Dziesekhonuo Yhome and Fr. Cyriac enabled the trainees to have both practical and theoretical knowledge of skills relating to life and employment.  

Attending valedictory function, Arunachal Pradesh State Social Welfare Board chairperson Nido Marina spoke at length about the skill training and job placement programme which is an ambitious programme initiated by the Chief Minsiter.  

“I am sure that this is a unique opportunity for you and if you make good use of it, you will never regret.  I have met boys and gilrs at Delhi and Kolkata who have already completed similar training and is earning as much as Rs.20,000 to Rs.30,000”.

Marina expressed her happiness to have been part and parcel of this initiative of the Government and assured all assistance to trainees in the days to come.  She also lauded the efforts of DBYC in doing the unique service of moulding and shaping the lives of young people for the better.  

Mepung Tadar Bage, former vice chairperson of Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women, exhorted the trainees to consider themselves very special in getting this totally sponsored training programme and job placement.  

“Keep the name of Arunachal high in your life and behaviour.  May you bring laurels to our State”, said Mepung.

Angad Prasad Yadav, Commandant, ITBP spoke at length on the qualities that young people should acquire to be successful in these days when the world is evolving faster than ever before.  Dr. VN Sharma, State Laison Officer for NSS exhorted the trainees to make full use of the opportunity and said, “you are indeed fortunate to have such opportunities, don’t let it go in vain.”  

The 72 candidates who completed the training at DBYC will leave for Guwahati and New Delhi and will take up training in Information Technology, BPO, Beauty, Retail and Hospitality starting at Gurgaon on Thursday next.  

The training programme, facilitated and monitored by the Department of Industries definitely is a success story of the Government of Arunachal Pradesh for the greater welfare of young people.

Earlier, Fr. CD Mathai, Parish Priest, Catholic Church, Itanagar, welcomed all to the valedictory function and spoke of the happiness that DBYC has in playing a role in this success story of the Government.  Fr. Mathai also expressed gratitude to the Government and the various companies that has placed confidence in DBYC and its capability in imparting life-skills to young people.  



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Stapled visa row, a forgotten issue

The contentious issue of stapled visa row  resurfaced yesterday when state unit BJP raised it at party’s national conclave. BJP criticized the lackadaisical attitude of the UPA Govt in solving the visa issue saying that it lacks sensitivity on the disheartened young sports talents, civil servants and other Arunachalees who have been victim of stapled visa. The Chinese which claims Arunachal to be part of them, issues stapled visa to Arunachalee citizen. The Indian govt. does not recognize it and therefore don’t allow them to travel to China.  

 Last year when two young Arunachalee archers were issued stapled visa by Chinese embassy, the whole nation was outraged. The Chinese government has been humiliating citizen of Arunachal by repeatedly issuing stapled visa knowing very well that Indian govt. will not accept it. It seems govt. of India is also not worried about such instance and is discriminating to the people of Arunachal. Only when stapled visa issue gets media hype, union government promises of taking action in this regard. However ones media frenzy gets over, no one cares about it. In the process many talented sports person and academician from Arunachal becomes the victim of politics between New Delhi and Beijing.

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