PDS transporters reiterate demands, threaten stir

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jan 12: The All Arunachal Pradesh PDS Transporters’ Welfare Association (AAPPDSTWA) today reiterated its demands of early release of PDS/HTS bills. The Association said that it will be compelled to boycott and disrupt supply of essential PDS items in the state if their demands are not fulfilled at the earliest.

While addressing a press conference here this afternoon, the Association’s Chairman Bengia Bado said that genuine contractors are being deprived of their PDS/HTS bill payments since 2004 because of the vested interests of a ‘few illegal organizations’ which have been interfering with the working of the directorate of Food & Civil Supplies department.  

Referring to news doing the rounds in various social networking sites wherein the PPA allegedly claimed that a payment of Rs. 200 crores have already been released to the PDS contractors, Bado said that the Association strongly condemns such statement and urges other associations and political parties to refrain from interfering in the issue. The Association will also seek legal recourse if the alleged illegal associations do not desist from intimidating the officials and interfering in the departmental works, he added.

AAPPDSTWA Assistant General Secretary Tap Tapum and Convener Bamang Raman were also present on the occasion.




Fire mishaps continue to create havoc in Daporijo

[ Karda Natam ]

DAPORIJO, Jan 12: Fire mishaps continue to create havoc in the fire prone Upper Subansiri district. Atleast four major fire accidents have occurred within the Daporijo Township in a span of less than three weeks.

A fire broke out in Rijo Middle School yesterday creating panic among the students who were attending classes. All the students were evacuated safely and there were no reports of injuries. The fire reportedly had spread from a house adjacent to the school near the vegetable market at around 12.30 pm.

The blaze was brought under control by the fire brigade.

The fire devastated several SPT, OBT and RCC houses.  Six rooms of the school were also destroyed completely and two partially in the fire.

The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. But it is suspected that the fire was ignited by a carelessly disposed cigarette butt in the vegetable store, said K Taping, Sub Fire Officer.

Fire also broke out at Pakam Colony on January 2,  Ligu Village on January 4, Sigin Colony on December 8 and 25. One abandoned Maruti car was destroyed by fire at Airfield on January 5.

Properties worth over crores of rupees were damaged in fire accidents that had occurred during first week of January this year, informed the Fire Officer.



National Youth Day celebrated across state

ITANAGAR, Jan 12: The National Youth Day marking the 153rd birth anniversary of great thinker and social reformer Swami Vivekananda was celebrated across Arunachal Pradesh.

At Banderdewa, VKV PTC celebrated the National Youth Day at the PTC auditorium.

Addressing the gathering of students, parents and others, Vice Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi University, Prof. Tamo Mibang called upon one and all to maintain discipline in one’s life.  “Discipline is the process of training oneself in obedience, self-control and skill development. Absence of discipline is leading to one’s destruction. Therefore, to prevent decay, discipline has to be imposed in the common interest and for good cause”, he said.

Principal PTC, John Neihalia also attended the occasion. Students of VKV PTC and other nearby schools presented cultural programmes.

At Roing, the district level traditional dance and drama competition was organized today at VKV Roing to mark the National Youth Day celebrations.

Speaking on the occasion, AVP LDV unit Secretary, JE, Yasik Pertin, an alumnus of the school urged all present to inculcate and teach one’s Mother Tongue and one’s own culture to the young ones. He also spoke on the contributions and teachings of Swami Vivekananda.

Teachers of the school S N Chaturvedi and P K Pandey also spoke on the occasion.

Idu dance of Koronu circle emerged the winners in the dance competition and Parbuk circle was the winner in Drama. Earlier, the circle level competitions were held at Koronu, Parbuk and Roing. The Dance and Drama competitions were organized in connection with 100th birth anniversary of Eknath Ranade, the founder of Vivekananda Kendra.

At Naharalgun, Oju Welfare Association marking the National Youth Day conducted a mass social service under Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan on the banks of Papu Nalah stream near the vicinity of Oju Misssion School.

Addressing the event, Chairperson OWA, Ratan Anya appealed the students and locals to keep surroundings clean and hygienic in order to attain healthy environment. She stated that mass social service will be conducted annually on the day to accomplish dream of Clean India Mission.

The event witnessed a gathering of more than 300 people consisting of staffs, teachers, students of Oju Mission School and local inhabitants of Papu Nalah area.

At VKV Kuporijo, Swami Vivekananda Jayanti was celebrated with colorful cultural programme by the school students. The students performed drama depicting incidents from the life of Swami Vivekananda, skits on social issue and traditional dance. The programme was witnessed by a huge participation of parents and well wishers.

Attending the programme, DDSE Upper Subansiri, Tape Jeram gave away the proficiency prizes to the students. He exhorted the students to follow the ideals of Swami Vivekananda and lauded VKVs for imparting quality education. Jeram also inaugurated new girl’s toilet block in the school and released a new song “Arunachal Spirit”, a song by local band, produced and lyrics by Tako Siga, a teacher. Addressing the gathering, Principal VKV Kuporijo, Ashis Chatterjee highlighted on caring values and ethics.

At VKV Nirjuli, a mega procession was flagged off by Education Officer, VKVs APT, P M Unnikrishnan as part of the celebration. A film on the life and ideals of Swami Vivekananda was also screened for the students.

Addressing the students, Unnikrishnan exhorted the students to materialize the vision and mission of Swami Vivekananda.

Speaking on the occasion, Director, Social Justice, Empowerment and Tribal Affairs, Taw Tebin advised the students to develop the attitude of sacrifice and service for the development of mankind.

Patriotic songs were presented by the students as part of a cultural programme.

At Koloriang, the National Youth Day commemorating the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda was  celebrated  today in a befitting manner. Kurung Kumey Deputy Commissioner, Mamata Riba spoke on the teachings and relevance of Swami Vivekananda for self development and universal brotherhood.

Principal V KV Koloriang, Jiten Das called upon the gathering to celebrate the National Youth Day upholding the teachings of Swami Vivekananda. The function was attended by government officers, PRIs and public. Cultural programmes were displayed by the school students. DIPROs/sources

Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, Arunachal Pradesh today celebrated National Youth Day to mark the Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda on the theme “Youth for Development, Skill and Harmony” at the state party Headquarters here today.

Former Chief Minister Gegong Apang, State BJP President Tai Tagak, former MP Tapir Gao, former state BJP president Tapen Siga, senior party leaders and workers were present on the occasion and paid floral tributes to the portrait of Swami Vivekananda.

Speaking on the occasion, State BJP president Tai Tagak briefed about the importance of National Youth Day celebration which is celebrated on January 12.

Party’s State vice presidents Techi Necha, Tayek Goi, Kenyir Ringu; State general secretary Dominic Tadar and BR Wage, State Yuva Morcha presidents Dugh Saha and, State Mahila Morcha president Padmeswari Jamoh were also present on the occasion among others.



HC dismisses writ petition of Wangsu and Sawin

ITANAGAR, Jan 12: The Gauhati High Court today dismissed the writ petition filed by Gabriel D Wangsu and Wanglam Sawin challenging their disqualification as MLAs in Arunachal Legislative Assembly. In a judgment which will have serious ramification in the political scenario of Arunachal, Justice T Vaiphei, chief justice (acting) and Justice M R Pathak while dismissing the petition said there is no merit in the writ petition.

“After examining the case from all angles, we are satisfied that speaker has not violated any mandatory provision of law in not rejecting the resignation letters of petitioners and is rather correct in accepting the resignation letters of the petitioners. In any case, by such omission, no prejudice is caused to the house or the public,” the judges noted while delivering the verdict.

With this Kanubari and Khonsa East assembly seat have fallen vacant.  However it is expected that duo will challenge the judgment in higher appellate bodies. The two MLAs had alleged that they were made to resign forcefully and had challenged the notification issued by speaker Nabam Rebia.

With this latest development, the strength of Congress in the 60-member House has come down to 45, while BJP has 11 legislators. There are two independent MLAs. The high court is also hearing the petition of 14 Congress MLAs who too were disqualified by the speaker. The 14 MLAs have got temporary stay till 19th of this month.



Where will you go?

[ Tongam Rina ]

They say childhood are the best days in one’s life but for some it is the most traumatic. Some face hunger, physical and mental abuse, neglect that result in lifetime of insecurity. And then there are some who are left to die.

Many of us read about the eight-year-old girl who was physically assaulted in Pasighat recently. Severely malnourished, physically tortured beyond description, it’s a miracle that she made it to Pasighat General Hospital. But perhaps, let us call her baby B, is not an exception where many children are bought from impoverished parents of neighbouring Assam with a promise of better education. Some of these children are often adopted by family giving an entirely negative meaning to the word adoption.

Most of them end up as house hold help and baby sitters while they are still children themselves. We do not think twice making these children as young as five-six years work in the kitchen for  long hours, washing dishes that are much bigger and heavier than them. Schools and normal childhood are mere dreams for these children who are sold by parents not only to come out of poverty, but with a hope for a better childhood for their children.

We often read advertisements of missing children in newspapers. One thing most common is that these children have Arunachalee name and surname. Only their physical appearance gives away the truth. But in spite of these glaring example grown-ups of this state have failed a section of children who are forced out of their childhood because of the situation they were born in. Though issue of child labour is a serious one all over the country, in our state it is unique because we had no facilities for these children who managed to escape from their trying situations. The child welfare committees are defunct so are juvenile justice board. The entire state has just one juvenile home and one short stay home. Currently, there is no separate commission for children even though we desperately need one since there is nothing in place to ensure intervention for children’s safety.

Perhaps it is time, as a tribal society that believes in equality, we look within ourselves and ask why some among us steal childhood from these children and why some of us keep silent. And it is certainly time for the government authorities to put in place a system to ensure safety and security of children. The intervention of authorities are needed more so in our state where we don’t follow any laid down rules in regards to child rights even though there are many legislations for the welfare of the children.

While yours truly is still traumatized and angered at what happened with baby B and family members and neighbours allowed it but there is a glimmer of hope. Some mothers of Pasighat alerted the administration and police who managed to rescue the little one so severely beaten, burnt and tortured.

That evening when she was brought to hospital I saw two faces of humanity: one of extreme brutality and the other of human kindness. The mothers of Pasighat who brought her food and diapers, babysat her, the police officer who brought her oranges, the over-worked nurse who kept checking her the whole night, the trainee nurses who came by to check on her, caretakers of little patients at the pediatric ward who offered money to buy her medicine. The hard work of doctors and nurses as well as her inner strength will help heal the physical wounds but her mental health remains a cause of concern. Where will baby B go once she is better?



APWS resents non-implementation of HPC recommendations

ITANAGAR, Jan 12: The All Puroik Welfare Society (APWS) has expressed its strong resentment over non-implementation of various recommendations made by High Power Committee (HPC), including participation of members of Puroik community in all democratic institutions, despite High Court order.

The state government following Supreme Court directive to all the State Governments and Govt. of India to formulate a scheme for abolition of the bonded labour and their subsequent rehabilitation, settlement etc. had constituted a high power committee to recommend rehabilitation and settlement of bonded labours in the State.

The committee in due course of time submitted its reports under seven different heads for relief and re-settlement, housing facilities, employment opportunities, educational facilities, political participation and various other assistance and benefits. The recommendations were placed before the Cabinet Committee which was later approved. The State Government too gave instructions to the concern departments for implementation of those recommendations.

However, the HPC recommendations have not been fully implemented till date compelling the Puroik Welfare Society to approach the High Court seeking a direction from it to give necessary direction to the State Government and other respondents to do the needful urgently.

The High Court after admitting a PIL filed by the society on dated 31.7.2015 directed the State respondents to implement all the recommendations of HPC including the recommendation which ensures participation of members of Puroik community in all democratic institutions in the State of Arunachal Pradesh.



SHPs to be transferred for sustaining HPDCAPL

ITANAGAR, Jan 12: Hydro-Power Minister, Phurpa Tsering has assured of transferring some of the operational Small Hydropower Projects to the Hydro Power Development Corporation of Arunachal Pradesh Ltd. (HPDCAPL) for sustainable coexistence of Department of Hydro Power and the Corporation.

Tsering assured the measures today in a coordination meeting held with officers of the Department of Hydro Power (DHP) and HPDCAPL to discuss the sustainability and coexistence of the department and the corporation.

Addressing the meeting, Secretary Hydro-Power, S Singh asked both the DHP and HPDCAPL to work out modalities by taking cues from other states to further study on the feasibility of transfer of operational SHPs.

Singh also asked both the department and corporation to come up with a proposal which would help in sustaining the corporation.

HDPCAPL, DGM (E/M) Mara Kocho, during the meeting apprised that sustainability of HPDCAPL is at risk as the corporation is surviving without operational assets and annual grant-in-aid from the state government.   In order to sustain the corporation, he requested the Minister to transfer some of operational Small Hydropower Projects (SHPs) such as Nuranang - 6MW, Pacha - 3MW, Sippi -4MW, Kambang-6MW to the Corporation.

He further apprised that the proposed SHPs, if transferred to HPDCAPL, would generate revenue of about Rs 23.53 Crores per annum for the state government whereas at present DHP is able to generate revenue of about Rs 9.6 Crore per annum for the government.

“The corporation is also facing difficulties in getting financial loan from financial institutes for development of new projects due to non availability of collateral assets,” he informed.

The meeting was attended among others by HPDCAPL Chairman, Tungri Effa, DHP CE (Civil), A Ketan, DHP CE (EZ) D Kamdak, DHP CE (Monitoring) P Phuntsok and HPDCAPL Managing Director, Toko Onuj.




NYP’s skill development prog for PWSAs

ITANAGAR,  Jan 12: While appreciating the National Youth Project for scouting people with special abilities (PWSAs) throughout Arunachal Pradesh to skill them, planning secretary Sonam Chombay and Capital DC Mige Kamki  today exhorted the PWSAs not to be depressed as dayaki patra but to be mentally prepared by rising to the occasion.

Realising the lacuna in GoAP’s skill development programme, Chombay announced to amend it to benefit the PWSAs.

It may be recalled that Arunachal has about more than 67,000 PWSAs as per All Arunachal Pradesh Handicapped Welfare Society (AAPHWS) data.

While informing the GoAP’s benevolent schemes – monthly Disability Pension @ Rs 1,000 pm (increased from Rs 500) and CMUHIS (cashless treatment up to Rs 3 lakh in about 60 empanelled hospitals through the country), when Chombay asked the beneficiaries to raise their hands only three and four persons respectively raised hands.

Depressed, Chombay hinted at lack of awareness and assured all possible help to 34 participants to avail benefits of all state flagship programmes and urged the NYP to help them.

“If Dr T C Kamki proved to be a person with special ability for which he is serving the people as a doctor at Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun, you all are kisise kum nehin hai,” Kamki said and assured to facilitate getting handicapped certificate easily to their thunderous  applause.

Both of them were addressing 34 PWSAs attending a two-month training on hand-knitted woollen carpet making since Dec 3 last, being conducted by the NYP and funded by AYJNIHH with Yapi Rallen of Aalo (A final year Arts BA student of DNGC) and Kalpana Pegu from Sonitpur as trainers.  They were happy as today coincided with Vivekananda Jayanti and National Youth Day. They were impressed after the products were shown to them.    

Appreciating the suggestions of Rajat Gadu for making all GoAP building ramp-enabled, to change disability criteria from 100% to proportionate for granting Disability Pension, grant corpus fund to All Arunachal Pradesh Handicapped Welfare Society (AAPHWS), conducting para-Olympic games, celebration of World Disabled Day etc, Chombay assured to move the authroiries and also assured to include heritage cites including Tawang Monastery in the list to build ramp for the PWSAs to see national heritage.

AAPHWS chairman Tami Taniang, a national awardee for his services for the PWSAs, advocated specific policy decisions while Arunachal Pradesh Entrepreneurship Development Agency chairman Nabam Regam suggested simplification of criteria for entrepreneurship development  to give a thrust to this poor industrial state.

The NYP has already skilled 2,430 PWSAs since 2008 and presently engaged by the AYJNIHH in 14 states to skill 850 of them this year including 250 in Arunachal, said NYP president H P Biswas.

A five-member AYJNIHH team while conducting a sensitization workshop at Ziro on January 6 last has assured to provide tri-cycles, hearing aids & other tool kits for state’s PWSAs, Biswas said while highlighting various GoI and GoAP schemes for their benefits.

“If globally famous Ramdeoji, attacked by paralysis  when 21/2 year-old, could overcome his disability to become a globetrotting yogi, you all have the capabilities to do so if you all realise”, NYP vice president Pradeep Kumar said.

Announcing to be a platform for the PWSAs for their grievances to reach the authorities concerned, Kumar disclosed that Jaipur Foot founder D R Mehta has promised to conduct a workshop with their experts here soon to assess the level of abilities to be provided with aides free cost.



‘Discover North East Festival’ begins

TEZU, Jan 12: The Discover North East Festival commenced today at Loliang Govt. Secondary School Tezu, Lohit.

Addressing the gathering, Anchal Samiti Member of Loliang, Thayem Mepo spoke on the need to preserve folk music and rich culture of the tribal society of the North East region for the posterity. The people of Tezu and Loiliang village enjoyed the cultural extravaganza of different tribes on the opening day of the festival.

A total of eight cultural troupes from Gujarat (Siddi Dhamal dance), Madhya Pradesh (Gudum Baja dance),  Sikkim (Maruni dance), Mizoram (Cheraw dance), Manipur (Pong/Dhol-Dholak-Cholom), Arunachal Pradesh (Priest Dance) and Miju Mishmi, Beh-Du (Tah-Tang-Gong) dance groups from both Miju and Digaru Mishmi are participating in the festival.

The three days North East Discover festival is being organized through North East Cultural Centre Zone of Dimapur in collaboration with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs Govt. of India through the state department of Art & Culture and with the district administration of Lohit. DIPRO




GHSS Hija to represent L/ Subansiri at State level Subroto Cup

ITANAGAR, Jan 12: Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Hija won the district level Subroto Mukherjee Cup Football Tournament (U-17) of Lower Subansiri district defeating Govt. Hr. Secondary School Ziro 2-0 in the final yesterday. Habung Chilyang scored both the goals for the winning team.

The winner will represent the district at state level Subroto Mukherjee Cup football tournament.

Papum Pare district level Subroto Cup tournament

The 4th district level Subroto Mukherji Cup Football Tournament 2015-16 of Papum Pare district began at Rono Ground, Doimukh today.

Papum Pare (Yupia) DDSE TT Tara, who kicked off the tournament, informed that the Government of India has elevated Subroto Cup to international level tournament with the aim to ensure ample match exposure to foreign counterparts. This year, the tournament will be held at New Delhi, he informed.

The DDSE, who is also the Organizing Chairman of the tournament, advised the players to play the game with true sportsman spirit throughout the tournament. Tara encouraged the participating teams to strive hard to make it to the national level.

He was accompanied by the Principal, Govt. HSS, Doimukh, other officials and staffs of the department.

GHSS, Doimukh thrashed GHSS, Arunodaya 3 -1 in the inaugural first knock out match of the tournament. Second match was played between GHSS, Ganga and GHSS, Polo Colony, in which Ganga defeated Polo Colony by 3 - 1 goals.

GHSS, Itanagar beat GHSS, Balijan 2 - 0  in a lopsided last match of the day.

GHSS, Doimukh will meet GHSS, Itanagar in first semi-final match tomorrow at 2 pm.

The final will be played on January 14.



Call for successful launch of National Deworming day

ITANAGAR, Jan 12: Commissioner of Health & Family Welfare, Bolung Siram has called upon all key stakeholder/departments to coordinate with the Health department for effective rollout of the National Deworming Day.

The Commissioner was speaking today at the coordination committee members meeting for the implementation of National Deworming Day to be held on Feb 10 in the state.

Siram also stressed for maintenance of strict time scheduled and constant liaison with other departments for successful implementation of NDD.

National Deworming day is an initiative to help our children to live healthy and reduce morbidities among children; so our main motive should be, to cover every child under this programme, he added.

Mission Director (NHM), P N Thungon said “we need to ensure proper implementation of NDD” and put emphasis on mobilization of community with the help of ASHA and Anganwadi workers.

The meeting resolved to work in coordination and also put their concerted efforts to ensure effective implementation of NDD and also decided to issue strict directive to the districts in this regard for better coordination. The meeting was attended by Director Women & Child Development, Director Secondary Education, Director Elementary Education, State Project Director SSA, UNICEFF representative and NHSCRC NE Zone representative.

The day is being held as per the decision of Government of India for pan India coverage of every child under NDD to reduce the morbidity of child due to worm infestation.  Initially National Deworming Day was launched at Feb 2015 in eleven states of India.



Irregularity in distribution of CGI sheet alleged

ITANAGAR, Jan 12: The All Puroik Welfare Society (APWS) has alleged irregularity in distribution of CGI sheets under IAY to the beneficiaries of the community residing in East Kameng, Papum Pare, Kurung Kurney and Kra Daadi districts.

As per government norms, a beneficiary family should get 55 pieces of CGI under IAY. But, in those district, only 35 pieces are being distributed to each beneficiary, claimed APWS in its complaint letter to the Chief Secretary.

It was also alleged that some individuals are collecting Rs.2000 to Rs3000 from the listed beneficiaries in the name of society fund and those who are unable to pay the amount have been deprived from the benefit in Bameng constituency of East Kameng district.

APWS appealed to the Chief Secretary for an inquiry into the alleged irregularity in distribution of CGI sheets and also instruct the authority concerned to make house-wise visit along with members of any society/associations before listing the beneficiaries under the housing scheme of IAY.



Preparation on to conduct Siang Aarti Mahotsav-2016


PASIGHAT, Jan 12: Preparations are afoot to conduct Sarvajanik ‘Aarti Mahotsav-2016’ on the bank of Siang river near here on account of Makar Sankaranti to be celebrated on January 14 and 15.

For the second time ‘Siang Aarti Mahotsav Celebration Committee’ led by Pasighat Municipal Councilor, Makpak Peyang is organizing the river festival in active collaboration with Bogong Banggo Yameng Kebang and few local organizations.

The first day programme includes holy bath at Komolighat portion of Siang river to be followed by mass prayer (Aarti puja) for peace and communal harmony. There will be a musical programme on the concluding day.

The Siang Aarti volunteers have cleaned up the riverbank at Komolighat and working day and night to give a new look to the festival site.

The organizers informed that people of different communities of the state and neighbouring Assam have been invited to perform Aarti puja on Siang river bed for peace and communal harmony. They are optimistic that the Siang river basin at Pasighat will become a place for exchanging ideas and feelings among the people of different religious communities.

Besides Aarti puja, rafting, arrow shooting, angling and river cruising are the main activities to be organized during the two-day celebration.

The committee is also conducting essay writing on Siang river and its ecological importance and drawing competitions among school children, which are supervised by Pasighat DDSE.

The organizers demanded the local administration to make elaborate security arrangement in the area and ensure peaceful conduct of the celebration. They also appealed to all sections of the society irrespective of their caste, creed and religious affiliation to join the festival.



DFO visits Mell Botom Tourist Lodge

‘Mission Green Daporijo’ to be launched

ITANAGAR, Jan 12: Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Upper Subansiri district Taji Bui, Range Officer Tadit Ebiya and team of officials from department of Forest and Environment today inspected the avenue plantation at Mell Botom Tourist Lodge, Daporijo.

While inspecting the plantation, DFO Bui and Range Officer Ebiya assured the Managing Director of the tourist lodge Dosh Dasi to extend all possible help and cooperation from the department of Forest and Environment, particularly for the second round of avenue plantation at the tourist lodge. The DFO suggested for plantation of Nahor, Gauva, and other local fruit bearing tress like Hinchu, Hirruh etc.

He appreciated Upper Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Komkar Dulom for the Mission “Green Daporijo” initiative through avenue plantation and his visit to the lodge for observing the growth of the saplings planted during April last year.

Department of Environment and Forest, Daporijo is likely to launch “Mission Green Daporijo” in collaboration with District Administration this year, Bui informed. He advised the MD of the tourist lodge to include the programme of second round of Avenue Plantation at Mell Botom Tourist Lodge in consultation with the Deputy Commissioner, Upper Subansiri.

Various plant species, including Cryptomartia Japanica, Ashoka, Golmohor, Bokul, Nahor, Christmas Tree, Kala Jamun, Tuja Compectha, Mehendhi, Devdas, Aprilful sapling were planted at the Tourist Lodge premises by Deputy Commissioner Dulom, parliamentary Secretary Dikto Yekar, all the Head of the Departments, lawyers and NGOs on April 8, 2015, informed MD Dosh Dasi.

Later, the DFO, RO and team of officials of Environment and Forest Department, Daporijo also interacted with the MD of the tourist lodge.



Mini Marathon race

NAHARLAGUN, Jan 12:  A ‘mini marathon’ organized by the Ministry of Defence, Govt. of India, will be held in Itanagar on January 24.

The 5-km mini marathon will start at IG Park here at 8 am and will pass through Ganga, H-Sector, Niti – Vihar road (Abo-Tani Colony), Kingcup School road, Bank –Tinali and return to the starting point.

Border Roads Organization (BRO) has been entrusted to conduct the event here.

Similar marathon races are also being organized across the country by the Defence Ministry on the eve of the Republic Day to create a patriotic mood across the nation. DIPR



Traffic advisory

ITANAGAR, Jan 12: The National Highway (NH-415) from Arunachal State Hospital tri-junction to Chandni Hotel tri-junction, Naharlagun will remain closed for traffic from January 14 to 18 from 7 am to 4 pm due to Assembly Session at AP Legislative Assembly Building, Naharlagun.

Alternative arrangements have been made for all incoming and outgoing traffic.

Vehicles coming from Itanagar will be diverted at ASH tri-junction via Prem Nagar and take the highway again at helipad tri-junction.

Similarly, vehicles coming from Nirjuli will be diverted at Chandni Hotel tri-junction and take the highway back at G-extension tri-junction, Naharlagun, informed Capital SP Devender Arya.



ADIP screening camp held at Namsai

ITANAGAR, Jan 12 : The Artificial  Limb Manufacturing  Corporation  of India (ALIMCO), a Government  of India undertaking  under the Department  of Disability  Affairs  of the Ministry  of Social  Justice  and Empowerment conducted screening camp under Assistance to Disabled Persons (ADIP)  programme to identify persons with disabilities for providing aids and assistance.

About 128 persons with disabilities (PWDs) from entire Namsai district were screened.

A Medical Board was also set up for assistance and necessary certification of the registered and screened persons.

The aids and assistance will be supplied through the partner NGOs in the next couple of months.

Tricycle, Wheelchair, Crutches, and Smartphone for low vision, Hearing Aid (BTE), smart cane, CP Chair, Braille Slate, Braille Kit, Rollater and MSIED Kits are provided to the needy PWDs under AIDP scheme, informed Rajesh Das of ALIMCO, Guwahati.



AAPPTF reminds PWD minister of his assurance

ITANAGAR, Jan 12: All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF) has reminded the PWD Minister of his assurance given to the Federation for renovation of roads and construction of highways in the state, including Capital Complex, within a time frame.

Describing the hardship faced by the motorists and public in general due to the deplorable condition of roads in capital complex, right from Banderdewa to Itanagar, the AAPPTF demanded the PWD Minister to fulfill his assurance within 15 days failing which it threatened to launch democratic movement.

The federation in its earlier memorandum demanded to initiate renovation and construction of roads within a month or else the federation would launch democratic movement to meet its demands.



AYUSH training starts

ITANAGAR, Jan 12: A two days refresher training for Medical Officers (AYUSH) under the aegis of National AYUSH Mission is being conducted at Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun.

A total of 32 AYUSH doctors are attending the training programme from different districts being conducted by AYUSH Mission Society.

Attending the inaugural function, Director of Health Services, Dr. Moji Jini emphasized the importance of education and conducting such training programme which will enhance the skills. The AYUSH system of medicine should be strengthened and they should be proactive towards serving the needy peoples, said Dr. Jini.

DDHS (AYUSH) Dr. Dusu Laji highlighted the main objectives of the training. The objectives are to update the knowledge and skills on Mother and Child Health Care, Basic Laboratory Testing Protocol and its interpretation, Common Medico Legal Issues, Emergency Management of Common ENT, Common Skin diseases, Management of Geriatric Complain and Sensitization of National AYUSH Mission Programme etc.

The inaugural programme was attended by Chief Medical Superintendent, Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun, Dr. R D Khrime, Dy. Chief Medical Superintendent, Dr. K Ete and senior officers of health department, Nodal Officer (AYUSH) and NHM.



APTWA demands immediate release of 10 months’ student stipend

ITANAGAR, Jan 12: The Arunachal Pradesh Teacher Welfare Association (APTWA) has demanded immediate release of 10 months student stipend on one go.

In its 20 days ultimatum served to the education minister, it has also objected to the order of the state government that separate passbooks have to be opened for each student saying that many of the schools are located in interior areas where there is no facility of banking and electricity.

Also seeking immediate release of fund under RTE, it has warned of launching democratic movement if the demand is not fulfilled at the earliest.



Farmers on exposure visit to Sikkim

ITANAGAR, Jan 12: 18 farmers from West Siang district participated in a training cum exposure visit programme on spice cultivation and production at ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Sikkim centre on January 7 and 8 last.

Jointly organized by Young Mission Adventure Club, Itanagar and ICAR Sikkim, participants were taught about scientific methods of cultivation, climatic condition, varieties, pest diseases and their control on spices mainly large cardamom and ginger.

Participants who were mainly from Yomcha, Darak and Liromoba circle visited Singpeng village in West Sikkim where they interacted with progressive farmers and also visited their farms and learnt about marketing linkage and costing of different types of large cardamom and ginger.


January  13






India will have to maintain balance

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will pay two day official visit to Palestine and Israel from 17th of this month. The two countries is very important partner of India. India and Israel share close relation in the fields of agriculture, science and technology and education. The visit will augment India’s bilateral relations with Israel and further strengthen the linkages between the two sides. In recent year Israel has emerged as major exporter of defence equipment to India. They even managed to outpace countries like Russia and US. Large chunk of India’s military need is imported from Israel. The growing closeness in defence field has massively improved the relation between India and Israel. During the visit, Ms Swaraj will hold discussions with the Israeli leadership and review entire gamut of bilateral relations. Ms. Swaraj will also interact with the Indian community in Israel.

However the ever improving Indo-Israel friendship is having its effect on India’s relationship with Palestine. In recent year the relation between two traditional friends has somewhat frozen. India has always supported Palestine’s cause at various international forums. But due to changed dynamics of international politics, India has chosen not to ignore the importance of Israel.    The visit of Sushma Swaraj will definitely help to bridge whatever little gap has developed between India and Palestine. The visit will reaffirm India’s continued political, diplomatic and developmental support to Palestine.  Traditionally India has always maintained close relations with Palestine and hopefully visit of Ms Swaraj will further cement the age old friendship.








Readers’ Forum




At least let the recruitment process of teachers be clean & fair

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to express my views regarding recruitment of T.G.T.s & P.G.T.s in our state. Recently, the recruitment exam for T.G.T. & P.R.T. was conducted by the Directorate of Higher Education, Itanagar. There was no written examination but only viva voice. The minimum qualification was APTET/CTET certificate. So, the APTET/CTET can be considered as the written portion of the recruitment process but again the marks of APTET/CTET were not taken into consideration as it is just of qualifying nature with certain pass mark to get the certificate of APTET/CTET. So, in such case it is very easy to manipulate the marks of viva as there are no written marks. Recently, due to so many cases of corruption in viva process, Honourable P.M. Modi has decided to remove the viva portion from recruitment of group C & D posts. The recent exam of T.G.T & P.R.T. conducted by the directorate of higher education Itanagar was very unsatisfactory as said by most of the candidates. So, I would like to request the APPSC to conduct the upcoming T.G.T.s & especially P.G.T.s (as it is a high level post) by issuing fresh advertisement, for the satisfaction of all the aspiring candidates. At least let the recruitment process of teachers be clean & fair, as the teachers are the nation/future builders. Also I request various teachers & students associations/organisations to look into the matter. Lastly I pray to every concerned persons/authorities/departments of our great “corruption-free” State of Arunachal Pradesh to let the deserving candidates get the jobs no matter what post it may be for the betterment of all or else the very future of our children will be dark.


A Concerned Arunachal citizen




They  must look into their own house

Dear Editor,

Several intellectuals, politicians and human right activists in North America and Europe have been extremely critical of the status of democracy in India and  about  sporadic incidents of violence and human rights abuses in the country. They always fail to see how much a multi-ethnic and multi-religious nation like India has done in establishing democracy in a nation challenged by various fundamentalists and how the ordinary  people have suffered and sacrificed in achieving the secular democracy. No changes can be expected overnight; particularly those related to socio-economic and socio-political changes. 

India has survived the loots and plunders conducted by British colonizers and suffered the wrath of ethnic conflicts for several decades. Both the US and Canada share a bloody history of ruthless exploitation, plunders, rapes and mass murders of helpless and defenseless aboriginal inhabitants of the land (Native Indians/ First Nations/ Canadian Indians/American Indians/Tribals) by the European settlers and early migrants glorified in history as Pioneers and/or Settlers. Similar tales of heinous right abuses  by European colonizers is evident around the globe. Will the Canadian and American governments work the glorious paths of democracy to return the huge tracts of lands that their forefathers have stolen from the simple minded native inhabitants through cruel persecution, treachery and injustice portrayed to the rest of the world in the form of Peace Treaties? If yes, then I have no problem in accepting their criticisms for India .

However, if their  answer is no, then I would humbly suggest  the citizens in North America and Europe, to refrain from making loose suggestions to self respecting and sovereign citizens of other countries.

 They  must look into their own house before advising others. I guess there are a saying people leaving in glass houses should not throw stone at others. People from developed nations are judgmental and often prejudiced in their opinion and analysis of situations in other countries specifically from the developing world; that has been kept under developed due to the huge plunders made by the colonial masters to strengthen their economy. Western democracies do not need to advice India about democracy and human rights when they have so much blood in their own hands.


Saikat Kumar Basu

Lethbridge Canada




New Year Bonanza

Dear Editor,

This is regarding creation of 825 posts under health department on Dec 31. It was a very hopeful and heartwarming message and truly completed the meaning “with new year, comes new hopes”.

But at the same time it was shocking to see that not even a single word or post was mentioned for the dental fraternity. Even though dental heath comes under allopathic system, we have always been ignored by the health department and state. No post has been created till date but our counterparts from other states enjoy the benefits of properly channelized health system.

Therefore, on behalf of all unemployed dental doctors, I would like to appeal to the Health commissioner, Director health, Deputy Director (Dental), Health Minister and finally the Chief minister to look into the matter and to create Specialist post (dental) as well as medical officer post (dental) so that we can impart our knowledge for the betterment of society and for the people of Arunachal as a whole.

Secondly, I would like to emphasis on proper recruitment rules and conduct of exam in a fair manner by APPSC. Let’s keep alive the proverb “hard work is always rewarded”.

Hoping for a better tomorrow.


Dr. Kabi Mara

BDS, MDS, Itanagar


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