January 29

Kamki is new Capital DC

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: Mige Kamki, an APCS officer (Admin Grade) has joined as the new Deputy Commissioner, Itanagar Capital Complex today relieving present DC Sanjay Goel.   

A small farewell function was organized in honour of the outgoing DC  at his office today.

While appreciating the outgoing DC as the longest serving DC of Itanagar, Kamki lauded him for his efficiency in serving the people and maintaining peace and law and order in the Capital Complex and  hoped that he will be able to carry forward the legacy set by him. He further asked all the officials and staffs to work together as a team for the welfare of the state. Kamki was earlier serving the state as the Joint Secretary (Power).

Goel in his speech spoke highly of the people and the culture of the state and said that he will cherish his stay here for lifelong.

A number of other HoDs and staffs also spoke on the occasion. Both the outgoing and new DC were presented with mementoes. DIPRO


Self-defence training for girls

ROING, Jan 28: Three days self-defence training for girls is being organized by North East Trekking and Expedition Society from January 27 to 30. It was sponsored by SSA Roing. A team of instructors headed by the Woman Everester Tine Mena, Jera Meto, winner of Mr Arunachal Title twice and Black Belt in Martial Arts, Apali Lombo, Barenge Mihu, Ine Menjo and Kushu Menjo are imparting the self defense training to 30 girls from class VI-X besides conducting various activities like rafting, rock climbing, bird watching and educating them about the tourism and how to behave friendly with the tourists.

B K Singh, SP Roing inaugurated the training programme in presence of Deputy Commissioner Shiv Kumar. Singh exhorted the girls student to learnt sincerely whatever is taught to them during the training programme as this also is a learning process and such chances does not come in life again and again. Kumar also advised the students that precautionary measures must be taken during rock climbing, trekking and rafting.

While M Lego DDSE informed that the programme has been sponsored under the life skill training for girls under elementary level in SSA. Girls also presented opening songs during the inaugural function.

Kalyani Namchoom, Rebecca Tayeng, EACs and M Dirchi, DPO also attended the inaugural function besides officers from the education department. DIPRO


Soil erosion threatens existence of Rina micro hydel

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: The members of Galo Students Union (GSU) recently visited Rina micro hydel project located at Rina village in East Siang district. During the visit, union found that project is facing severe soil erosion on its eastern and western part thereby threatening its existence as well as that of Rina village. GSU appealed to the district administration and concerned authorities to immediately take precautionary measures before any mishaps take place.


Arunachal team wins 7 medals in senior national Karate-do C’ship

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: The Karate players from Arunachal Pradesh won seven medals including a gold in the Senior National Karate-do Championship-2014 held at Talkotra Indoor Stadium, New Delhi from January 23 to 26.The Arunachal Karate team also emerged as overall runners up.

While Sinne Mikhu (55 kg) won a gold medal, Tage Saa (75 kg) and P Nobin Jamoh (+84 kg) won a silver medal each in men’s category. Runa Dada (75 kg)  won a Bronze Medal. In women’s category, Rei Yadi (50 kg) bagged a Silver Medal, while Rajnita Rotom snatched a Bronze Medal in Kata individual (women). Chunnu Sangno (61 Kg) from APP also won a Bronze.

The Sensei Nanu Sangha and J. Krong  were the team coach and manager respectively.


Nyedar Namlo Foundation day observed  

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: The Central Nyedar Namlo and Nyedar Namlo Doimukh observed its 14th foundation day of the Nyedar Namlo on 27th January  with religious fervor.  

Rajiv Gandhi University Vice Chancellor Prof Tamo Mibang hoisted the flag with invocation of prayer for the world peace. Later Prof Mibang released three audio CDs namely Khumnam-III, a devotional songs of Ane-Donyi jointly written and composed by Bengia Tolum, Nabam Mekha, Tana Kuka and Tok Para, Dwrnam, Rwkham  and two books.  The customary Laws of Tani Tribes of AP and The Customary Laws of Tribes of Arunachal Pradesh authored by Dr. Nabam Nakha Hina were also released by  Prof Mibang.

R.T Tara President Central Nyedar Namlo highlighted the importance of basic concept of Nyedar Namlo and suggested the devotees to dedicate in their duties.


Meeting for preparedness of Lok Sabha election held

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: A meeting in connection with preparedness for ensuing parliamentary election in Papum Pare district was held under the chairmanship of DC cum DEO, Papum Pare district today at his office chamber.

While welcoming all the EROs/AEROs in the meeting, Ligu insisted all to be prepared to face the parliamentary election.

Requirement of polling personnel, counting personnel, sector magistrate, vehicle for polling party, appointment of micro observer, identification of sensitive/hyper sensitive polling stations, vulnerability mapping of polling stations, web casting on poll day, identification of shadow areas and action plan to ensure communication, communication network, requirement of DSPT/VHM set, formation of model code of conduct team, assessment o postal ballot and election duty certificate etc were discussed in the meeting.

All the EROs and AEROs were directed to submit their report within 1st week of February next.


National girl child week celebrated

YINGKIONG, Jan 28: The National Girl Child Week 2014 was celebrated at Yingkiong by the department of ICDS, Women & Child Development recently. Various competitive programmes were held for the children between 5-12 years of age in the Anganwadi areas of Yingkiong headquarters during the week-long celebration which concluded on January 24 last.

During the meeting the DD (ICDS) C. Tangjang informed the mothers and children about the significance of celebrating the week. She also briefed them about the various acts  and  laws framed by Govt. for protection of the girl child and women against all types of abuse. The CDPO Gyamar Gagung and other officers of the department also spoke on the occasion.

 Prizes were also distributed to the winners of various competitions including drawing, health  and  hygiene and outdoor games.  Besides the Govt staff,  25 mothers and  30 children participated in the programme. DIPRO


Bandh call postponed

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: AdiSU in a letter addressed to deputy commissioners of East, West and Upper Siang districts said that it has decided to halt the proposed bandh call temporarily which was declared against public hearing of 2700 MW LSHEP on January 31.  The decision  was taken after APSPCB’s notification for postponement of the proposed public hearing scheduled on the same day. Accordingly there will be no hindrances or obstacles in normal functioning of administrative from AdiSU on January 31, the union said.


Health camp at Kimin CHC

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: A health camp was organised by District Health Society, Yupia today at CHC Kimin. The camp was inaugurated by Tai Tayu, ZPM, Kimin in the presence of DMO, Papum Pare Dr. S. Ronya, DRCHO, Papum Pare Dr. Kipa Tuglik, doctors, nurses and others. During the camp healthy baby show competition, Mother and Child Health care, exhibition of family planning materials, breast feeding methods among various other activities were performed.

The camp conducted 42 female sterilizations. During the Healthy Baby competition 39 babies took part and best 3 babies were adjudged with prizes. During the mother and child health camp altogether 40 mothers along with their babies took part.


Essay writing competition held

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: Chuma Techi and Papung Taku of Government Secondary School New Seppa won  the first and second  prize respectively while Yana Mangam of Lal Bahadur Shastri Vidya Niketan of Type-II colony bagged third prize in essay writing competition being organized by National Students Union of India (NSUI) East Kameng unit on January 25 last. The competition was organized to mark the Republic Day and to imbibe sense competitiveness among the secondary school children.


Union resolve to shift school in new location

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: Considering the proposed Trans-Highway project is affecting the government primary school Tawaso Village under Pakke-Kessang circle in East Kameng, All Pakke-Kessang Pijerang Dissing-Passo Siejosa Students Union today resolved to shift the existing government primary school. The decision was taken after public meeting held which was attended by PR leaders, SMC government representatives and the villagers. One Roma Nabam has donated land in free of cost for the establishment of new school. Further union urged the authority to demarcate the school boundary.


Sangram emerges winner in KK’s CM trophy

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: The 19th Nyapin/Sangram Constituency emerged victorious in both men and women football in the district level Chief Minister Trophy of Kurung Kumey district which kick-started from January 23.

In the Volleyball (men) Tali circle adjudged as winner and while in women Gangte circle of 18th Palin Constituency declared winner.  DDSE Tai Tach attended the function as chief guest during the closing ceremony.


NSS girl team conduct social service

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: Much to the respite of common man, the entire debris in the Sagalee township  have been cleaned by the National Service Scheme (NSS) girls team of Govt Higher Secondary School, Sagalee under the effective supervision by NSS teacher in charge AK Shukla  on January 27. Speaking on the occasion, administrative officer Bamin Nime  requested the teacher in-charge NSS team  to inculcate team spirit and dignity of labour among the student and conduct more such social service to keep Sagalee green and clean. The NSS teacher informed that in near future the NSS team both boys and girls will participate in more such cleanliness drive.


YOMA demands e-tender for construction of tourist circuits/lodges

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: Alleging that the department of tourism is engaged in flouting its guidelines by awarding of tender arbitrarily, the Youth Organization Movement of Arunachal Pradesh (YOMA) has demanded for e-tender of all the construction of tourist circuits/lodge in various districts.

In its representation to the director tourism, it said, if such arbitrary act continues, there will be misuse of public money thereby causing burden to the state exchequer.

It further warned of launching democratic movement if the demand is not fulfilled within 15 days.


Techi Priya crowns Miss Doimukh

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: The 6th Miss Doimukh Beauty Pageant contest was organized yesterday at Doimukh. Capital MLA Techi Kaso, graced the occasion. The judges were Bonnei Darang, Fashion Designer, Tumter Riba Journalist, Ashok Sonam Tajo Singer, Nabam Sina Young Entrepreneur, Tana Vandhana Teacher and Karken Riba Choreographer.

Techi Priya won Miss Doimukh crown while Taba Yatar and Teri Mecha were adjudged 1st and 2nd Runner up respectively. The programme was organized by Doimukh Student Union.


LAS seeks monitoring of judicial set up in state

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: The Arunachal Pradesh Legal Aid Society has sought monitoring of judicial set up in the state.

In its letter submitted to the chief secretary, GoAP and secretary, Law and Judiciary, it said the present system of MACT in the state is comprised of five judges, namely, district & session judge Tezu, District & Session Judge Yupia, Additional District & Session Judge Basar, Additional District & Session Judge Pasighat and Additional District & Session Judge, Bomdila as tribunal members. GoAP has not issued notification regarding the territorial jurisdiction of these tribunal members. Eventually, motor accident claimants of the District where these tribunals are located have nowhere to file their MACT cases. Also large numbers of MACT cases are pending in the office of DCs who were tribunal members once upon a time when judiciary was vested in executives.

GoAP is requested to reschedule the conduct circuit courts by existing judges of the state so as to cater a uniform judicial service in all the districts of the state, it added in the letter.



The All Bori Students Union had appealed to the administration to cancel the proposed public hearing on Lower Siang HEP on January 31 to avoid any hindrance on Donggin festival. It was mistakenly mentioned as appeal to AdiSU to defer its proposed 24-hrs bandh on Jan 31 in a news item published in this daily on January 28.  Inadvertent error is deeply regretted.


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Human resource development a must for real development, says CM

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: Development can be effective only when human resource, the most important resource is adequately capable and strengthened to achieve the goal, said Chief Minister Nabam Tuki while inaugurating the two-day state level orientation training-cum-workshop on rural development programmes at Banquet Hall here today.

Addressing the lawmakers, bureaucrats, Zilla Parishad chairpersons, deputy commissioners, DRDA project directors, and union RD ministry’s representatives, the chief minister said that human resources need to be properly oriented to ensure that the benefits reach the targeted groups and result in better quality of life along with sustainability.

He called for setting up of more extension training centres (ETCs) in the state as training is the most important ingredient for success of the programme and assured all possible support for strengthening the institutions, like SIRD, the nodal agency for imparting RD related training.

Appreciating the state government for devolving powers to the PRIs, RD Parliamentary Secretary Punji Mara said that this has increased the responsibilities of the PRI functionaries by manifolds. Therefore, their training is of immense important without which success would remain a mirage.

He exhorted all the participants to undergo the training with due seriousness so that the objective of rural development is achieved in our land-locked state where population are sparsely located in far-flung and remote areas.

 Earlier, RD secretary B R Babu dwelt at length on the macro planning and macro management of resources for it to percolate down to the beneficiaries.  The department has conducted extensive trainings throughout the state to create awareness and impart basic knowledge on RD programmes, he added.

SIRD director N Ete highlighted the objectives of the training programmes.



AAPWU, INTUC oppose replacement of Jalley as APB&OCWWB chairman

By Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: The All Arunachal Pradesh Workers’ Union (AAPWU) and Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) has out-rightly opposed to the replacing of Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board (APB & OCWWB) chairman Jalley Sonam with Nyamar Karbak.

In a sudden move, Sonam was replaced by Karbak yesterday night.

In a press briefing, AAPWU, working president, Changma Tajo terming the decision as incorrect said that it did not follow R&R policy.

Equipped with the appointment letter of Sonam which indicates he was reappointed in the post for tenure of three years on Jan 3, 2013, Tajo said, “With the shocking change that we saw overnight, we would like the government to tell us the reason for Sonam’s ouster.”

“…Chairman of the said board shall continue with the post for three years and his appointment cannot be viewed as co-terminus with the change of government commissioner & Secretary (Labour)” , the appointment letter reads.

He said, “And now instead of awarding him, they want to do away with it.”

Jalley Sonam while saying that there was no intimation of the change from the government side also wanted to know the basis of change. “I should have been intimated about the sudden change. I have the right to know the reason,” he said.

Women wing president Tai Yapu expressed that the chairman APB&OCWWB has to be someone who has worked for the welfare of the workers and is a member of trade union.

“We will never allow someone who has never worked for the labour class,” she retorted.

Meanwhile, AAPWU has warned of launching a statewide democratic movement if the decision is not revoked within three days.


Sonam to take on LS polls-2014

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: After much speculation whether he will contest in the ensuing Lok Sabha election -2014, AAPWU president Jalley Sonam has finally declared his candidature for the Arunachal West Lok Sabha Election.

He however did not divulge his decision of which party ticket he will fight from saying that he was backstabbed by the Congress led government for which he has stayed loyal for so many years.

Not hinting on any particular party, he said, “Whichever party I choose, I will make sure to stick with it till the end.”

Taking a dig at those politicians who often change their parties, Sonam said that he wants to change the trend of Ayaram- Gayaram in the state.



State committed to provide quality maternal health care

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: State NRHM Mission Director P N Thungon today said that the state is committed to deliver quality health services in relating to maternal health. Addressing the state level task force meeting for Maternal Death Review (MDR) at Banquet Hall here today, Thungon said (MDR is an important strategy to improve the quality of obstetric care and reduce maternal mortality and morbidity.

State Nodal Officer (NRHM) Dr. D. Padung made a Power Point presentation on the status of MDR in Arunachal Pradesh and it reflected all the recorded causes of maternal deaths that occurred in the state during the year. The importance of MDR lies in the fact that it provides detailed information on various factors at facility, district, community, regional and national level that are needed to be addressed to reduce maternal deaths. Analysis of these deaths can identify the delays that contribute to maternal deaths at various levels and the information used to adopt measures to fill the gaps in service, he said.

It was observed that most of the cases of Maternal Deaths were due to lack of timely health seeking behavior of the pregnant women for which, the Secretary (H&FW) Sudhir Kumar,  stressed on strengthening IEC activities at village levels making use of the ASHAs and AWWs. The meeting was attended by DHS, Member Secretary (State Commission for Women), Addl. DHS, Jt.DHS (FW), CMS (ASH), Sr. Gynaecologist ASH, DD (FW), SPO (M&E) and others.



NDC team calls on Governor

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: A sixteen-member team of National Defence College, led by its Secretary Brig J K Sharma called on the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma at Raj Bhawan here today.

Interacting with senior officers from Armed Forces and All India Services, including officers from Bangladesh, Oman and Germany, Governor gave an overview of the State. He said that tourism, hydropower and nature’s bounty are the key strengths of the State,  while adding that infrastructure such as roads and social infrastructure, i.e. education and health care needs special attention.

Governor said it is heartening to see that people of Arunachal Pradesh know more about India than rest of the country know about Arunachal Pradesh. Numerous tribes, various cultural and traditional practices, make the State a cultural mosaic.

Underscoring the importance of the study tour organized by National Defence College, Governor said that this tour is one of the important aspect of the one year course. Complimenting the institute, he said that such tours help the decision makers to enrich themselves with necessary skills and background for filling senior positions national security and associated fields.  PRO to governor



P Matthai: a true challenger to Gaurav Gill and Suresh Rana

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: Many rallyists have already descended upon the sleepy valley of Dirang in Arunachal Pradesh to take part in the JK Tyre Arunachal Festival of Speed -2014. West Kameng Deputy Commissioner A K Singh will flag off the event on February 1st at the Dirang Stadium. The event for the first time in India will be aired live on NE TV.

Philippos Matthai, who started rallying in 2001 and drove with team  MRF for over 5 years, is a true challenger to Gaurav Gill and Suresh Rana at the Arunachal Festival of Speed to take home the honours.

Having had an impeccable run winning each and every single autocross and speedsprint for the last 6 years across north India, Philippos wants to ascertain his domination across the North East too.

He is also the brain child behind Speedsports, which is one of the top most automobile performance tuning companies in India and is based in New Delhi.

Philippos also has the credit for having been driving the medical chase car at the Indian F1 GP for the last 3 years. Philippos is well aware of the kind of competition at this event with above 50 entries. The grid is a mix of well known rally and autocross drivers from all over the country.



PRIs to be devolved full power soon’

SAGALEE, Jan 28: “The Panchayati Raj institutions (PRIs) in the state shall be devolved full power -functions, functionaries and finances and made fully functional soon, for which recruitment of functionaries are on in full swing in various districts” said Chief Minister Nabam Tuki while  addressing the people at Silsango yesterday after inauguration of CO Hq  in presence of huge gathering.  

Chief Minister was accompanied by MP Takam Sanjay, Food and Civil Supply Minister Kamlung Mossang, and  Parliamentary secretary, planning, Nabam Rebia.

He appealed the PR members to utilize whatever the fund allotted judiciously. Misuse of fund will land to legal action as per RTI Act, 2005, he said adding that the Lok Ayukta bill likely to be enacted in the State Legislature very soon.

He  further requested the GBs and PR members to cooperate  with administrative officer to be posted at the circle and maintain the  spirit of peace and harmony. The Chief Minister in principle accepted in principle all the points of the memorandum submitted by the public like construction of a Circuit House at Silsango,  Girls Hostel at Sarch Gai etc and providing of fencing materials and CGI sheets to the needy farmers. However, he warned the beneficiaries not to sell out the supplied items. He further appealed all GBs, PR members, social workers and Govt. functionaries to be sincere and dedicated to their duties so that his Govt. could award them with medals in recognition of their services.

MP Takam Sanjoy while addressing the people appealed that the Rural Link Road in between villages should be constructed with at least double lanning to avoid congested vehicular traffic and tragic accident. While citing an example of his student life which was full of hardship, he lamented that one must face difficulties in life to become perfect leader of tomorrow. He warned the youth not to use facebook, social networking etc. without knowledge of IT Act, as there are many legal implications because of cybercrime.

Nabam Rebia, appealed the people “not to belief on rumor monger, but belief on your leader and send able leader to the parliament for good governance.” The 15th Sagalee Assembly constituency is plenty of Agri/Horti sources for sustainable livelihood. These resources should be properly harnessed for economic development of the villagers, he said.

Minister Kamlung Mossang assured the people to solve the PDS problem very soon while replying a points of memorandum submitted.  DIPRO



Republic Day celebrated

ITANAGAR, Jan 28:  The students and faculty of the Kendriya Vidyalaya-I, Naharlagun celebrated the 65th Republic Day with pomp and enthusiasm at the  school premises.

The celebration started with the hoisting of national flag by the school principal Dr K K Pandey. This was followed by march past by the Scouts and Guides.   Cultural programmes including folk dance and song and poem recitation by the students under the guidance of music teacher Amit Mukherjee enthralled the participation in the celebration.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Dr Pandey enlightened the children with the inspiring speech  and asked them to be confident in all  their activities.  Statue of great leader and freedom fighter Subash Chandra Bose was also unveiled by the school principal to mark the occasion.

The 65th Republic Day was also celebrated at Leporiang with great pomp and gaiety. The circle officer  Hage Tarung unfurled the National Flag amidst the presence of Panchayat leaders, general public, government staff and students on the occasion. The highlights of the celebration was march past by students,  games and sports, cultural programme and presentation of prizes by the CO.

At Balijan, ADC (Ind) Chukhu Takar unfurled the national tricolor at  general ground  in presence of school  children  and public of Balijan. This was followed by march past and band display by school students.

Speaking on the occasion, Takar recalled the contribution of great freedom fighters who had sacrificed their lives for the cause of motherland. The ADC also gave away best farmer award to Techi Tata of Diphu village under Balijan circle.

The Republic Day celebrations this year at Hawai, the district HQ of Anjaw, had a heart-warming addition, even as the citizens struggled to drive away the biting chills, with the township reeling under an all-night power cut. A beautiful book exhibition for young and old was put up by district education dept (SSA), Anjaw, jointly with Lohit Youth Libraries. This was followed by book-reading sessions in different schools.

The exhibition was inaugurated by T. Karga, SP Anjaw along with DC D Kamduk, and went round the wide collection of books for children, youth, teachers and adults. Ms Nitusi, representing the Lohit Youth Libraries presented a book to the guests present marking the commencement of the reading campaign in Hawai.

Yesterday book reading sessions were organized in the Walla Govt Middle School, where the Coordinator, Lohit Youth Libraries conducted poetry recitation sessions and audio-plays of chanting of Jana Gana Mana. Giving the feedback of the teachers, Gajenso Pul, Head master said, “These reading sessions are indeed very interesting”.

The campaign at the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidylaya, Supliang included poetry recitations, from children’s magazines, loud-reading training and book quiz. Dr. R.C. Nayake, ADEO (SSA), Anjaw and  Ashim Pangyuk, Teacher I/c, participated in the programme.

Speaking at the end of the exhibition, the DDSE, Anjaw, K Perme, declared that the ‘Spreading the Joy of Reading’ programme will be extended to many more remote schools in the district with the support of the Lohit Youth Libraries, before the academic year ends.



SBI Mutual Fund opens record 51 branches across B-15 towns in 1 day

Mumbai, Jan 28: SBI Mutual Fund, one of India’s oldest and largest mutual fund houses, in a first of its kind initiative in the Indian Mutual Fund industry, today announced the opening of a record number of 51 branches at one go, in the Beyond Top 15 cities spread across 23 states and one Union Territory in the country. With this, the total number of branches of SBI Mutual Fund has increased to 161 with a network now spreading across 27 states and 4 Union Territories.

Shri U.K. Sinha, Chairman, Securities & Exchange Board of India (SEBI) announced the formal inauguration of the 51 branches of SBI Mutual Fund located in beyond 15 centers, in the presence of Smt. Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chairman, State Bank of India Group, Shri Dinesh Khara, MD & CEO, SBI Mutual Fund and other senior dignitaries within SBI Group.  

With the opening of these 51 branches, SBI Mutual Fund would now be No 1 in terms of having maximum number of branches (at 139) in Beyond Top 15 cities, helping reaching out to a large investor base.  

Speaking on the occasion, Smt. Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chairman, State Bank of India Group said, “There cannot be a more opportune time to make yet another attempt in reaching out to savers in Beyond Top 15 cities, as Indians, who are under-invested in equity asset, would be immensely benefited by the growth of the Indian economy.  Historically, Mutual Funds as a financial asset class has proved to be a gainful wealth creation avenue for retail investors. I am sure the new investors, especially the youth, in B15 cities would opt to invest in Equity and Debt market through Mutual Funds.''

Shri Dinesh Khara, MD & CEO, SBI Mutual Fund said “Our focus has always been in reaching out to the savers and increasing assets in Tier II, III towns offering them, the best of products and services. The opening of new branches is a part of our concerted strategy to increase awareness and penetration of Mutual Funds as an investment asset class in Tier II and Tier III towns. B15 comprises a large number of knowledgeable investor base, for whom mutual funds can be a good investment option, right from saving tax to helping them achieve long term life stage goals. We intend to reach out to investors in these towns, who have appetite to look beyond traditional investment option.”

The 51 branches are situated in B15 towns of Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Jammu & Kashmir, Kerala, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Maharashtra, Goa, Orissa, Haryana, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Bengal and Andaman & Nicobar.



AYSU declares second phase bandh

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: The All Yachuli Students' Union (AYSU) has decided to go for second phase of 24 hours bandh call on February 3 in 16th Yachuli constituency in favour of its demands for immediate re-opening of Potin to Doimukh road, shifting of ADC office from Yachuli to division commissioner, a government land under Yachuli and shifting of Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) from Ziro to division commissioner, Yachuli. The decision was announced by AYSU president Likha Nigam in a press conference held at Arunachal Press Club  yesterday.

Likha Nigam informed that due to some problems an agreement was made between the road constructing company, SRK Private Limited and the district administration for blocking the road for three months. But even after the expiry of those three months, the road blockade was not lifted, he said.

Nigam further informed that earlier on January 6, AYSU had called its first phase 12 hours bandh for re-opening of the Potin to Doimukh road but neither the road constructing company nor the administration has taken any initiative for lifting the blockade.

“As per the guidelines and MoU for highway construction, it is clearly mentioned that the road construction should be executed without blocking the existing road but the executing agency SRK Private Limited has blocked the road for nearly one year”, Nigam said.

Regarding the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Nigam said, “The entire infrastructure in division commissioner is completed but the government has set up the KVK at Hapoli, Ziro in a rented room”.

The decision of bandh was taken in a co-ordination meeting held at Naharlagun on January 24 last under the banner of AYSU among District Student Union (DSU) and Branch Students Union (BSU) of affected districts.

Nigam further informed that the third phase of 36 hours bandh call will be launched jointly by Upper Subansiri, Lower Subansiri and Kurung Kumey districts on March 3 and 4 next if the administration fails to fulfill their demands after its second phase bandh call.



Training for GNMs/ANMs on IMNCI begins

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: Eight days training on Integrated Management of Neo-natal and Childhood Illness for GNM’s/ANM’s of all the districts began at Arunachal State Hospital  from today.

Speaking on the occasion,  Dr. T Taku, Nodal Officer (Training & ARC) NRHM encouraged all the participants to learn from the training as, learning is a continuous process and there is no age limit to learning. IMNCI training is very important especially for GNMs/ANMs as, they are the one who are always in touch with the patients and they can contribute by saving the life of Neo-natal and in turn contribute in decreasing the Infant Mortality Rate of the state.

John Ngaiju, National Institute of Health  and Family Welfare (NIHFW), New Delhi who is monitoring on behalf of Govt of India, while interacting with the participants requested them to fully utilize the knowledge learned from the training in their fields, to interact with the resource persons and ask them as many questions as possible so, to clear any doubts that they may have. GNMs/ANMs play a key role in the health service sector  and  such training should be fully utilized by them to provide best service to the patients.

Dr. T Lollen, MO, ASH informed that a maximum death of children occurs within 1 month of being born, hence, Neo-natal’s health care is very crucial. IMNCI training provides hands-on-training to the service providers so to make them better equipped and trained to deal with the Neo-natal and thus, in reducing the IMR.  

The training will be imparted through Class room sessions where the participants are being taught theories and Modules from the training and through clinical session where they were imparted hands-on-training at Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun by the SMOs & MO and field /community visit.

Other resource persons included ASH SMOs Dr. K Darin Nabam, Dr. W Shin and Dr. D Thapa.



Mithi inaugurates Career Counseling cum SSA training Centre at Roing

ROING, Jan 28: Rajya Sabha MP cum APCC president Mukut Mithi inaugurated Career Counseling cum SSA Training Centre and newly constructed ZPC office building yesterday in presence of Dambuk MLA Gum Tayeng,   DC Shiv Kumar, Sipi Elapra Linggi, ZPC, PRI leaders and Govt staff.

In his inaugural address Mithi said that he was deeply involved in various growing stages of the Panchayati Raj Institution including implementation of 73rd Amendment of Panchayati Raj Institution and 33 per cent reservation for women in the Panchayati Raj in the state. He further advocated for involving Panchayati Raj bodies  in implementation of various state and centrally sponsored schemes.

Informing that few more subjects shall be devolved to the Panchayati Raj in the state to further strengthen  the panchayati institution,   the MP called upon the PRI leaders to see that the benefits of the schemes reached to the targeted people.

Informing that the career counseling centre will be helpful for the job seekers as well as the aspiring students who want to opt for various career in future, he said “many private employers in the mainland India have also started liking the people from North East region as an employee for their sincerity.” “One should not feel shy to seek employment in outside the state, as there are many more opportunities of jobs outside the state too”, he added.  Mithi further informed that he has been proposing the Defense Ministry in the Centre to set up a Sainik School with proper infrastructure in Arunachal Pradesh.  

Sandeep Kr Singh, Assistant Commissioner informed that the Career Counseling Centre is being initiated to give counseling to the students about various career options one may get after passing out from Class X, XII and Graduation. He also informed that from time to time resource persons like IAS, IPS officers and persons from various institutes like RIWATCH shall be invited to give counseling to the students. Apart from Career Counselling, a small library has been opened in one of the room in the building where students can come and read newspapers, megazines and other study materials.  Two rooms will be used as a SSA Training Centre in which Girls child under elementary level will be given life skill training like Computer Training and Tailoring, he added.

Sipi Elapra Linggi, ZPC Roing also spoke on the occasion and thanked the govt. for sanctioning fund for the construction of the ZPC Office building in the district. She also thanked Chiliko Meto, Ex-ZPC for initiating the proposal in getting the fund and also the executing agency, DRDA for timely completion of the building. She, however, informed that there is shortage of furnisher in the building.

Just after the inauguration of the Career Counseling Centre cum SSA Training Centre, Shiv Kumar, DC Roing inaugurated the computer training centre and started the interactive session with the first batch of students yesterday itself.

It is pertinent to mentioned here that the new LRSO Office building near the Circuit House, Roing where the Career Counseling Centre cum SSA Training Centre Building has been started was constructed by the Department of WRD Roing. DIPRO



Modern Namlo is best technique to preserve indigenous faith’

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: Modern Namlo (Prayer Hall) system is best technique to preserve the age-old indigenous faith and culture, said Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) president Y D Thongchi while addressing the gathering at Seijosa town yesterday. “It is economic way of ritual chanting, which does not require sacrificing any domestic animal at all and the poor people can get more benefit from Namlo system,” he said after laying foundation stone for construction of permanent Namlo and inaugurating a newly constructed Nyeder Namlo at Seijosa town along with IFCSAP general secretary Gichik Taaza.

Quoting the adage “Swadharme Nidhanam Shreya; Paradharmo Bhayabah” (Death in our own faith is great and death in other faith is dreadful), he said one should  preserve own culture  and identity.

Gichik Taaza  appealed to the public of Seijosa for help in the form of material  for construction of permanent Namlo for the welfare of the indigenous faith believers. He also suggested to the youth to follow up the teachings of parents and go for Namlo in order to promote indigenous faith and culture of Arunachal Pradesh. Namlo is the Centre for indigenous teaching, learning, prayer and fasting institution where individual or community can get fulfill their desire by the blessing of Almighty Donyi-Polo.

Rafe Dawe, Chairman Nyeder Namlo Committee highlighted the sources of Namlo land donation and its management system of new Namlo (Prayer centre) construction. Basang Wahge, Secretary Nyeder Namlo Committee also spoke on the occasion.

A coulurful cultural troupes from Assamese and Bodo communities also presented the folk dance and indigenous prayer system of their community.



District level tournament for CM trophy gets underway

AALO, Jan 28: Altogether 14 men and women Football and Volleyball teams representing 7 Assembly constituencies of West Siang district are in the fray for District Level Chief Minister’s Football and Volleyball competition which gets underway at General Football ground at Aalo today.

Addressing the inaugural function Yaman Bagra, Chairperson West Siang Zilla Parishad exhorted the participants to take part in the ensuing tournament with the spirit that governs games and sports. The main motive behind conducting the tournament is to spot talents among the local youth under the state’s flagship programme of the Chief Minister. Boys and Girls should take keen part in it to excel in sports arena. The govt. has also enhanced the sports quota of 10  per cent to talented sportsmen and women of the state and they should make best use of the opportunity that come in their way.

Tumto Loyi, DASO also gave a detail programme on the string events leading to the District Level tournament. In the opening women volleyball match Mechuka girls had an easy outing against Rumgong by a margin of 25-9, 25-5. DIPRO



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Learn from the mistake

Dear editor,

Through your esteemed column I would like to share a few words about APPSC. Year after year whenever any examination is conducted, there are complains, court cases etc. Hardly any exam has been conducted without complaints and court cases. The present case of 97 candidates whose APPSCE preliminary test result is still pending is a classic example. For the other candidates who have already qualified, it is a great boon in disguise because they are getting enough time for preparation and enjoyment of New Year, just because of the delay and pending case of the 97 candidate. Thank you guys for delaying the mains exam. Coming to my point dear Sir, Madam, Secretary, Chairman and Members, haven’t you learn anything till yet. Your past mistakes are repeated again and again. Don’t you people have any decision of your own? Those 97 candidates were rejected even for the preliminary test, then how come you allow them to appear in the examination? Better term it as joke of the year. Is it because of the court interference? If yes, then is it the court who is conducting this APPSCCE? You have your own sets of rules and regulations, discretionary power and Autonomous. You people have made APPSC as ARUNACHAL PRAD-ESH  PUBLIC SERVICE COURT.


Donyi sangken

C, sector, Itanagar




Wrong allegation without any facts

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to clarify the statement of one Teresa regarding the dismantling of bathrooms, toilets and illegal capture of Govt. quarters published in today’s edition of your daily.

Being the ‘Councilor’ of the ward no. 3 under which Police Colony falls, I have not found any illegal capture of Govt. quarter till date. I agree that a couple of weeks ago, dismantling of some toilets (made of bamboos) happened but later under the supervision of my ward member, it was modified keeping in view the interest of residents. Some land occupied by few police personnel at the rejected area in Police Colony is still under allotment process and the case is at the court. The court shall decide as per the provision of law.

And for boundary wall, I can give assurance that the work shall be started soon.

Also, I've personally tried to hear the sentiment/complaint of this so called Teresa, but when surveyed in whole police colony area, no person of such name existed.

It is totally a baseless allegation made to defame my name in general and the name of the DGP of APP as a whole. Hence, it is a sincere request to all the intellectuals not to believe in such allegations by any anonymous person in future.


Takap Tagru,

Councilor ward no. 3



Student union no longer represents real students

Dear editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to highlight some of my views regarding student union. The student unions were initiated concerning the welfare of people and society by some wise personality and I appreciate those leaders. But nowadays I can’t see any student union taking strong initiative regarding welfare of society and people until and unless there is a private profit like funds , charities or in kind etc.

History has told us that 80% of student union leaders in Arunachal Pradesh later joins politics after completion of tenure and generally becomes very corrupt barring some exceptions. It seems like student union has become diploma degree for student leader to join politics. Therefore in order to attain this degree he/she spends lakhs of money just for campaigning and now state is being flooded with student unions which is corrupting the state. Now student union no longer stands for students, the word student is just a verbal thing because 80% of the student union leaders are infact not regular students. It has become the fastest and easiest way to become rich and attain glamour, it is now completely a commercial place for people who wish to get rich easily without efforts. Let me tell that you won’t find any student union leader in Arunachal Pradesh who is poor. All the present leaders are enjoying their life and each and every one of them is far richer than he/she was before being a student union leader. So, here is my questions why are we still supporting them? Are we that much cheap that anyone can pursue us to vote for him/her so easily when we already know the truth about the candidates? And don’t you think there must be a right to reject in the student union election too. Please no offense to those who are not corrupt and are doing their job honestly.


Kani Dai








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Goons ruling Maharasthra

Continuing their anti-toll agitation for the second day, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena(MNS) activists on Tuesday vandalized a toll booth at the Rajiv Gandhi Bandra-Worli sea link, Mumbai.

Mumbai police detained at least 25 MNS activists who tried to flee after vandalizing the toll booth. The attacks on toll booths run by the government or authorized private agencies were launched on Sunday night in at least eight cities across the state. Over the past two days, more than 70 political activists have been taken into custody even as Maharasthra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan and home minister R R Patil appealed against violence and targeting of toll booths.

The latest attack came after a speech by MNS president Raj Thackeray, who called upon people to refuse to pay toll and oppose any force by toll collectors and not bother about traffic jams resulting from their protests. Such open gundagiri by Raj Thackrey does not augur well for the country. The most surprising aspect is that Maharasthra Govt. has not yet taken any strong action against him. The weakness of govt. is giving fuel to gundagiri of MNS workers. It’s time for some tough action.