National youth day observed across the state
ITANAGAR, Jan 12: Along with the rest of the country, the 154th birth anniversary
of Swami Vivekananda was observed on Thursday throughout the state in a befitting
In Itanagar, Vivekananda Kendra, Arunachal Prant, VKV Itanagar and Vivek Vihar jointly
observed the day at VKV, Itanagar which saw the attendance of more than 300 participants.
The drama team from Doimukh and dance team from Kargu Gamgi, Itanagar bagged the
best team awards.
Speaking on the occasion, ZPM Borum Techi Tolu said that Swami Vivekananda not only
inspired the youth of India but the whole world.
Prant Karyalaya Pramukh, Vivekananda Kendra, Arunachal Prant Taba Tatup briefed on
the importance of preserving the age old cultural practices in the midst of globalization
and advent of western influence in the traditional beliefs, faith and culture.
At VKV Nirjuli, the celebration began with a procession participated by students,
teachers, well- wishers and people from all walks of life.
The celebration also saw performances of patriotic song, drama and dance etc. A skit
performance by the tiny tots was the highlight of the day.
At Yingkiong, District Level Traditional Dance & Drama Competition was organized
on the occasion in which Jengging Gangging Party won the Dance competition while
Simar Ponung bagged the prize in Drama Competition.
Speaking on the occasion, DC Remo Kamki urged the people to imbibe the vision and
ideas of Swami Vivekanandaji saying that his philosophy is still relevant today.
He advised students to learn good things and also master computer handling saying
it is a necessity in present day life.
At Aalo, around 1500 participants led by Secretary RK Mission School Swami Purnajanananda
and other Swamijis, Maharajjis, teachers and students took out a procession at Aalo
(From P-1) At Khonsa, EAC Techu Aran called upon the youths of Tirap district in
particular and Arunachal Pradesh as a whole to follow the philosophy of Swami Vivekananda
and the ideals for which he taught and worked and to channelize the youthful energy
in positive way.
Speaking about discipline and cleanliness, EAC Aran urged the parents to keep their
children away from substance abuse and inculcate discipline.
In the traditional Dance and drama competition held on the occasion, Sinnu village
dance troupe was declared the winner. Turet village dance troupe bagged the runners
Laho village women group won the first prize in drama competition. Second position
was won by Chasa village.
A rally from R K Sarada Mission Girls' School to DC's office, Khonsa was organised
by R K Sarada Mission Girls' students earlier in the morning.
The day was also observed at Donyi-Polo Vidya Niketan, Ngorlung in East Siang district
where Swamini Geetananda from Mumbai suggested the young students to choose the right
path for achieving success in life.
At VKV Tezu, DMO Dr. S Chai Pul asked the students to get inspired from the life
and message of Swami Vivekananda.
EAC Lui Shiba also spoke on the occasion.
The Day was also observed by West Siang ICAR-KVK at Todak Basar Stadium, Basar by
organizing an interactive programme with the local youths.
On the occasion, the ICAR-KVK team comprising Dr. K Suraj Singh, SMS-Plant Protection,
Dr. Deepa Lal, SMS-Horticulture, Debashis Datta, SMS-Agri. Extension and Wangnem
Rekhung, Programme Assistant Soil Science briefed the youths about the importance
and advantages of digital payment systems through debit and credit cards, online
banking etc. They were also informed about mobile applications and web based portal
for TV, mobile phone balance, post-paid billing and online transaction. (With input
from our correspondent and DIPROs)
FFA seeks preference for local talents
ITANAGAR, Jan 12: Demanding maximum preference to the local youths while producing
films/documentaries/travelogues/serials for DD-Arun Prabha, Doordarshan's second
channel for the north-east, the Film Federation of Arunachal (FFA) led by its president
Chopa Cheda on Wednesday last submitted a memorandum to the Doordarshan Director
Stating that subjects related to the state are sensitive and if there is any error
or mistake in any production made by outside producers, it would create repercussion
among the peace loving people of state, the FFA demanded that any subject matter
related to Arunachal Pradesh should be produced and directed by Arunachalee film
Arunachal being a ziro industry state, there is minimum scope of employment opportunities
for the youths to earn their livelihood. Though, many youths of the state of late
have embarked upon film/documentary making, however, due to lack of proper platform,
they are unable to bring out their hidden talents, the federation wrote in its letter.
In other demands the FFA sought that slots reserved for Arunachal Pradesh in DD-Arun
Prabha, should be provided to Arunachalee film makers only and moreover, if any proposal
of Arunachal filmmakers is rejected, a chance of rectification should be given to
them without being deprived.
Also calling upon DDK Itanagar to constitute a screening committee for DD-Arun Prabha
where two members should be from the Film Federation of Arunachal, the federation
also added that preference should be given to local films from Arunachal to be telecasted
every Saturday under DD-Arun Prabha.
Putting forward its demands, the FFA at the same time also welcomed the gesture on
the part of DDK which it hoped would enable the indigenous tribal youths of the state
to expose their talents to the outside world in the entertainment sector.
It is pertinent to mention here that, Prasar Bharati, (Broadcasting Cooperation of
India) which recently announced to launch DD Arun Prabha, Doordarshan's second channel
for the north-east is making special efforts in North East Region (NER) to promote
and nurture talent, provide a platform to deserving producers/artists from NER as
well as from outside to encourage production of better programmes for Doordarshan
DD-Arun Prabha will be a 24x7 satellite Channel of Doordarshan, originating from
DDK, Itanagar. Programmes on DD-Arun Prabha would show richness, variety and diversity
of local culture. The channel would seamlessly integrate NER with the entire country.
The channel's USP will be to attract young people of NER with contemporary entertainment
shows embedded with informative content.
Traffic wardens intensify agitation
ITANAGAR, Jan 12: The impasse between agitating Itanagar Traffic Wardens (ITW) and
authority continues as the former held a protest rally on Thursday alleging that
authority is not paying attention to their issues.
Hundreds of traffic wardens in uniform marched in the protest rally which began from
Askashdeep in Ganga and culminated at Tennis Court, I G Park. The ITW launched indefinite
agitation on Monday last demanding regularisation of job, enhancement of payment,
ending payment deduction and 15 days casual leave annually.
Alleging that injustice is being meted out to wardens by the Chief Estate Officer
(CEO) by deducting payment unjustly and unusual termination order, the wardens demanded
for streamlining of the institution.
The wardens further alleged that seven wardens were removed from the service for
mere absenteeism by the CEO last month; they were later re-inducted after fellow
wardens registered protest.
Meanwhile, refuting the allegation CEO Talo Potom stated that deduction of payment
was purely based on biometric attendance reports which the wardens themselves have
The CEO further maintained that introduction of ITW was purely on temporary basis
and the wardens have no right to claim for regularisation of job stating there is
written agreement wherein wardens agreed not to claim for regularisation while joining
the service. "They are daily wage or master roll basis employees, so claiming for
regularisation is illegitimate," Potom added.
He further termed the agitation as unnecessary and unfortunate adding that someone
might have instigated the wardens. The ongoing stalemate has forced the police department
to call in their personnel to manage the traffic chaos.
Meanwhile the Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC) on Thursday demanded the State
Government to redress the grievances of the protesting Traffic Wardens at the earliest.
The ITWs have been rendering tireless services in controlling traffic in Capital
Complex since last six years though their future is hanging in balance due to alleged
apathetic attitude of the authorities concerned, APYC stated in a release.
They have been rendering tireless service to the commuters for over six years but
their future is not secured. The state government should rather acknowledge their
services and should fulfil all their demands.
Criticizing the BJP-led Govt. for not paying any heed to the genuine demands of the
traffic wardens, APYC sought the state government's intervention to sort out issue
Meanwhile, the APYC urged the ITW to resume their duty as the people of capital are
facing acute traffic problem in their absence.
The Traffic Wardens were appointed during Congress regime under the leadership of
Nabam Tuki in a bid to ease traffic problem in the state capital.
Ering visits Tezu Airport
TEZU, Jan 12: Member of Parliament, Ninong Ering has informed that a request has
been made to the Union Civil Aviation Ministry for introducing ATR-72 aircraft services
in North East, which will be later extended up to Tezu airport, when it gets operationalised.
Ering, who visited the airport on January 10 last enquired the Lohit Deputy Commissioner
about its progress. He informed that there were two ATR-72 aircrafts meant for North
East but these were re-allocated to South India for operation as most of the airports
in the region were under construction.
Ering was informed by Lohit Deputy Commissioner, Danish Ashraf that calibration as
well as test flights will be conducted as soon as the airport approach funnel is
cleared. The clearance work of which is being done by the DFO, Tezu, informed Ashraf.
The Deputy Commissioner also briefed Ering about law and order situation in the district,
on-going major developmental projects funded by both the union and the state government,
flood related issues, efforts being made to make the district open defecation free
(ODF), improvements made in health sector, particularly in Tezu general hospital.
He also informed about the opening of the Alu Bari Bridge for vehicular traffic,
starting of construction works of the mini - secretariat building near the office
of the Deputy Commissioner and the arrangements being made for the forthcoming Parsuram
Kund Mela at Parsuram.
Meanwhile, Ering promised the Deputy Commissioner to contribute from his MPLAD Fund
for construction of toilets for girls and boys in government schools and all important
places in the district to facilitate in making the district open defecation free
and assist in Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
Akas celebrate Sarok festival
ITANAGAR, Jan 12: The Sarok festival of Aka community was celebrated with traditional
fervour at Bana, East Kameng district on Thursday. Addressing the huge gathering
on the occasion, Parliamentary Secretary (PHE & WS), Kumsi Sidisow said that every
festival gives a message of unity and brotherhood. He urged all to preserve their
rich culture and tradition as it symbolises their unique identity.
While responding to a memorandum submitted by the School Managing Committee for repair
of water supply system at the newly upgraded Bana Higher Secondary School besides,
construction of teachers' quarter, boys and girls hostel, the Parliamentary Secretary
assured to take up the matter and asked them to submit estimate with proposal at
the earliest. Parliamentary Secretary (RD & Panchayat Raj), Mama Natung who was also
present on the occasion, elaborated on the various schemes approved and sanctioned
in the current fiscal for the area which would be undertaken soon. Among others
SFCC Chairman Ashung Yame, Secretary Modhu Degio and Bhalukpong ASM Jeevan Yame also
spoke on the occasion.
Political transfer alleged
[ Karda Natam ]
DAPORIJO, Jan 12: The Charto Valley Welfare Society, Taliha has alleged political
transfer of government employees of a particular community from Upper Subansiri district.
In a release, the society alleged that some of the officials of a major community
of the district have been transferred without 'valid reason' and giving prior notification
by some political leaders to fulfil their vested interests.
The society has further appealed to the Chief Minister to look into the matter and
maintain transparency in the matter of transfer and posting of government officials.
NSCM (IM) operative held
ITANAGAR, Jan 12: Continuing its intense operation against underground outfits in
Arunachal Pradesh, the Longding Battalion of Assam Rifles under the aegis of DAO
division, apprehended one NSCN(IM) cadre from Niausa village in Longding district
of the state.
Based on specific intelligence inputs, self-styled corporal of the outfit Phawang
Wangsu was apprehended from the village during an operation conducted yesterday afternoon,
Defence PRO Colonel C Konwer informed in a release here today. The NSCN (IM) operative
was trying to terrorize and was attempting extortion in the village, the release
A pistol, live ammunition and opium was recovered from his possession and on interrogation
he admitted allegiance to NSCN(IM) and informed he joined the outfit in 2010 and
had also undergone training in a NSCN camp in Dimapur.
The security forces have been carrying out aggressive operations in the state and
the arrest has struck a blow to the extortion activities being carried out by the
underground cadres of the group in the area, the PRO said.
The operation has tightened the noose around the outfit and has brought relief to
the local population, the release added. (PTI)
Chum Darang crowned Miss Tiara India International-2017
[ Mingkeng Osik ]
Pasighat, Jan 12: Chum Darang from Arunachal Pradesh was crowned Miss Tiara India
international 2017 in a gala event in Mumbai on Tuesday last. Nishita Purandare was
crowned Miss Tiara India globe while Cheryl Charles was crowned Miss Tiara India
Chum also bagged two other titles- Miss Sports Gear and Miss Best National costume.
She is the first and the only girl from Arunachal to have won a national pageant
till date. Hailing from Pasighat in East Siang district, she was crowned amongst
the 28 contestants coming from all over the country.
"This is like a dream come true, I would like to thank each and everyone who supported
me and believed in me because without your support it wouldn't have been possible.
And I hope I will make the country proud one day", Darang said while talking to this
reporter over the phone.
Apart from contesting pageants, Chum has devoted herself in numerous social causes
and community services like saving the environment, women empowerment which includes
upliftment of girl child in the entire state. She also runs an NGO 'Guardian of blue
marble' which basically works for environmental issues.
Darang had first won Miss All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) in 2010. Since
then there has been no looking back. She was also crowned Miss Himalaya 2nd runners
up 2015. Later on she went on to represent Arunachal in Miss Earth India 2016 and
won the title of Miss Earth India water. Recently, she was also named person of the
year in Fashion category by TNT- the North East Today.
Meanwhile, Adi Baane Kebang (ABK) women wing president, Yalem Taga Burang, All Arunachal
Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU), AdiSU, Women against Social Evil (WASE) has congratulated
Darang on her feat.
‘Strike balance between development and environment conservation’
ROING, Jan 12: Director (A&F) NHIDCL, MoRTH, Govt. of India, Sanjay Jaju underscored
the need to strike a balance between development and environment conservation.
Attending a meeting at Deputy Commissioner's conference hall here on Thursday, Sanjay
called upon executing agencies to mobilize all road projects and packages sanctioned
for the district without any further delay and urged them to make collective efforts
with responsibility for successful completion of all the projects.
He advocated for quality and time-bound approach at all level of project implementation
and informed that a team of authority will continuously monitor the progress of the
Responding to various issues like forest clearance, compensation etc., he informed
that problems will be sorted out soon at Central and State Government level.
Stressing on significance of Roing-Dambuk-Pasighat road, he said that the road will
connect entire district and adjoining district to state headquarters Itanagar via
East Siang district.
Lower Dibang Valley Deputy Commissioner, Deepak Sindhe said that the visit of the
central team in the district will hopefully expedite the process of Trans-Arunachal
Highway project and address various issues relating to road construction works besides,
building public confidence in other developmental activities undertaken in the district.
Earlier, Rakesh Tacho, CO (LM) highlighted all important aspects of Roing-Hunli-Anini
road, Aohali- Sissiri road and Hunli-Desali-Hayuliang to Anini road.
The meeting was attended by HoDs, NHPC Ltd officials, Navyuga, BRTF officials and
other executing agencies in the district. (DIPRO)
Progressive farmers get course completion certificates
ITANAGAR, Jan 12: Thirty progressive farmers of four villages, namely Napit, Kiyit,
Runne and Sigar were given course completion certificates on completion of the three-month
long course on piggery farming under Distance Education Programme.
The certificate course was organized by Krishi Vigyan Kendra East Siang, College
of Horticulture and Forestry, Central Agriculture University, Pasighat in collaboration
with College of Veterinary Sciences & Animal Husbandry, Central Agriculture University,
The main objective of the certificate course was to acquaint the progressive farmers
on advancement in Piggery farming in NEH region and develop master trainers for promoting
and creating awareness on piggery farming for livelihood and nutritional security.
All the participants were also provided training manual with complete information
of piggery farming written in Adi language which was compiled in two modules: Eyek
Farm Legape Certificate Course and Eyek Farm Legape.
The concluding session of the programme was attended by Dr. AK Pandey, Dean, College
of Horticulture and Forestry, CAU, Pasighat, Dr. Mahesh Pathak, Programme Coordinator
KVK East Siang and subject matter specialist of the concern subject.
Awareness camp on cashless transaction
ITANAGAR, Jan 12: The Namsai Mandal unit of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) organized
an awareness camp on the theme "Less Cash to Cash Less" Digital Paisa at Manmow Village
Club on January 10 last.
Namsai Mandal BJP Unit President, Chau Sengmoon Manpoong made the public aware about
the aims and objectives of the awareness campaign and various methods of cashless
He informed the gathering about the importance and benefits of cashless payment stating
that going cashless was the most suitable weapon to fight corruption and counter
He advised the masses, particularly those who have not yet opened their bank account,
to open it immediately for cashless transaction. He also informed how demonetization
has impacted the activities of insurgency and terrorism.
BJYM Namsai District Unit President, Chow Bramadutt Namchoom also elaborated on cashless
payment options available, such as USSD, Cards & POS (Point of Sale), AEPS (Aadhaar
Enabled Payment System), E-Wallet like SBI Buddy and UPI (Unified Payment Interface)
the BHIM (Bharat Interface for Money) App.
BJP State Executive Member, Chau Arina Manpoong informed the gathering about the
recently launched "Lucky Grahak Yojana" and "Digi-Dhan Vyapar Yojana" for consumers
and merchants/traders respectively, which aims at promoting digital payment options
and increase public participation in cashless transactions.
Gaon Buras, senior village members, public leaders, school children from Secondary
School Manmow, people from adjacent villages and from Manmow attended the campaign.
ASST distributes solar lamp to schools
PASIGHAT, Jan 12: Deputy Commissioner, Tamiyo Tatak on behalf of Anu Shikshsa Seva
Trust (ASST), Wakro handed over solar lamps to KGBVs Rayang, Pasighat, Yagrung and
Doni Polo Vidya Niketan, Ngorlung in presence of Swamini Geetananda, Kape Badak (PO,
APEDA) and Chairman ASSET, Wakro during a function at Siang Sadan here on Thursday.
Appreciating ASST, Wakro for providing the solar lights to educational institutions
and the services they are rendering for the society, the DC advised the heads of
the educational institutions to improve standard of education for overall development
of the students in particular and society as a whole.
He also held discussion on various issues with the principal of the schools and executive
members of the social organizations. (DIPRO)
Week-long anthropological fieldwork concludes
ITANAGAR, Jan 12: The week long anthropological fieldwork of the major students of
Anthropology at Saint Claret College, Ziro concluded on Tuesday last in around Mawsynram
village of East Khasi Hills district, Meghalaya.
17 students surveyed over 100 Khasi households, collecting data from men and women
on a wide variety of issues including socio-cultural and bio-demographic aspects
of the villagers based on micro studies. The students were accompanied by their supervisors,
assistant professor Tame Ramya (Tarh) and assistant professor and also head of the
department Bhaboklang Sohkhlet.
Beginning on Jan 4 last, one of the main objectives of the fieldwork was to understand
the unique Khasi matrilineal society with respects to anthropological assets of the
Safety drill on NSSP organized
ITANAGAR, Jan 12: Students, teachers and non-teaching staff of JNK School Itanagar
took part in a safety drill organized as part of the National School Safety Programme
(NSSP) at the school's campus here on Thursday.
The drill was conducted by a team of E-Coy 12th Bn NDRF, Itanagar.
Speaking on the occasion, Team Commander of E-Coy 12th Bn NDRF, C S Bal said that
safety drills prepare students and staff to respond appropriately to numerous emergencies.
'Preparing for the safety drill involves making sure all staff, including substitute
teachers, know the plan and that students are reassured, not frightened, by the process',
he added. (DIPRO)
Workshop on pay fixation method
ITANAGAR, Jan 12: The Directorate of Audit and Pension, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh
conducted two-day long workshop on pay fixation method at Administrative Training
Institute (ATI), Naharlagun in view of the implementation of Revised Pay Rule - 2016,
effective from January 1, 2016.
The workshop held on January 10 and 11 last, was conducted in two batches for all
the departments located in Capital Complex, including Doimukh and Banderdewa. The
total number of participants was 165.
Md. A. Basit, Director of Audit and Pension and Taniyang Tatung, Finance and Accounts
Officer conducted the workshop.
Dambuk team wins district-level traditional dance competition
ROING, Jan 12: The dance team from Dambuk circle was declared winner of a district-level
traditional dance competition organized by the Vivekananda Kendra Arunjyoti in collaboration
with VKV Roing here on Thursday.
A total of three teams from Koronu, Roing and Dambuk circles took part in the programme
which was organized to commemorate National Youth Day.
The winners were awarded a cash prize of Rs. 15,000.
DRCHO, Dr. Raju Mena, Nagar Sanchalak, Yasik Pertin and Nagar Pramukh, Sumila Linggi
also attended the programme.
SDSU reminder to DC
ITANAGAR, Jan 12: The Siang District Students' Union (SDSU) has served a reminder
to Siang Deputy Commissioner on its various demands for early fulfilment.
The students' union lamented that despite submission of several memorandum and ultimatum
to concern authorizes, no fruitful action has been initiated yet showing utter negligence
to genuine issues and demands of the union.
Some of the major demands of the union are; immediate posting of doctors and other
medical staff at CHC Boleng, posting of Circle Officer, Medical Officer and other
staff at Payum Circle, instruction to BRO for early completion of Bilie to Migging
Defence road, immediate enquiry into CSS, SS and BADP Schemes implemented during
2010 to 2016 and instruction for proper implementation of the schemes, immediate
posting of teachers at Govt. Middle School, Payum and doctors at Primary Health Centre
Payum, to evict illegal land encroachers in school premises.
50 join skill development training
ITANAGAR, Jan 12: In all, 50 youths joined a two-month long training on handloom
& handicrafts under component of DAY-NULM employment through skill training & placement
at Tawang on Thursday.
Addressing the trainees, UD & Housing Deputy Director, VP Singh and AUPO, Gyati Tama
encouraged them to be sincere to get skilled to become self reliant.
The training is being imparted by National Youth Project coordinator, Tapan Biswas
and sponsored by State Urban Livelihood Mission.
Jeke chosen for NYP Ntl Youth Award-2017
ITANAGAR, Jan 12: Arunachal Vivekananda Yuva Shakti (AVYS) Chairman, Ramesh Jeke
has been selected by the National Youth Project (NYP) for its National Youth Award-2017,
which will be conferred to him on February 7 next, in recognition of his humanitarian
This was announced during the National Youth Day-2017 celebrations at RKMH Vivekananda
Hall here on Thursday.
Addressing a huge gathering of youth on the occasion, Capital DC, S K Singh cited
the example of about 25 road accidents on December 31 night in Capital Complex wherein
three youths needed three units each blood. The blood units were supplied by AVYS
volunteers led by Chairman, Ramesh Jeke reflecting their sense of humanity, he lauded.
The AVYS so far has facilitated 37,856 units collection voluntarily, saved about
over 20,000 lives including 1,657 on calls from hospitals that earned Union Health
Minister-NACO Award of Excellence-2016 for Arunachal Govt., its adviser Pradeep Kumar
In all 30 units of blood from 37 donors consisting of ITBP jawans, were collected
by a medical team led by SBTC deputy director, Dr. Nabam Budh that marked the occasion.
ITANAGAR, Jan 12: A two-month long skill training for beneficiaries in healthcare
sector under Govt. of India scheme "Employment through Skill Training Placement (EST&P)
Component of DAY-NULM", commenced on Tuesday at Tago Memorial Institute of Science
& Hospital, Nirjuli, conducted by Joy7 Foundation, an Itanagar-based NGO.
A total of 28 trainees are attending the programme implemented by UD & Housing Department's
state Urban Livelihoods Mission (SULM) in collaboration with Itanagar Municipal Council
Addressing the inaugural function, Joy7 Foundation Chairperson, Toko Margina stressed
on the importance of development employable skill and knowledge for self-reliance.
She advised all the trainees to avail the benefits of the scheme which are free of
Joy7 foundation has been appointed as the Project Implementation Agency by the Ministry
of Rural Development, Govt. of India for implementation of the Deen Dayal Upadhaya
Gramin Kaushal Yojana (DDU-GKY), she informed.
Joy7 Foundation's project head, SK Yadav informed that the objective of DAY-NULM's
employment through skill training and placement programme is to help urban-poor to
acquire skills for sustainable livelihood and to increase their income through structured
and market oriented certified courses that can provide employment or help in self
Former Chairman of Joy7 Foundation, Toko Onuj appealed to all stake holders to concentrate
on gaining skills that will help them get employment opportunity in healthcare sector.
Chairman Tago Memorial Institute of Science & Hospitals, Talo Potom, also spoke on
the occasion and exhorted the trainees to make best use of the platform and acquire
employable knowledge from the expert trainers.
Dr. Ahmed, MD, Sr.RMO, Tago Memorial Institute of Science & Hospital also spoke on