January 17


‘Aaba’ selected for Berlin Film Festival

ITANAGAR, Jan 16: 'Aaba'--a short film by Bollywood director Amar Kaushik and co-produced by Alison Welly under Space Miracle Studios, Itanagar, has been selected  for 67th Berlin International Film Festival  in 'Generation Competition Category'.

The film is in Apatani language and the entire team of cast was from Ziro with Dani Randa as Aaba, Dani Chunya, Dani Suku, Hage Yami and Dr Joram Khopey.  

The film has been written and directed by Amar Kaushik, a long term associate of the national award winning Director Onir. He was also the assistant director of the blockbuster film 'No One Killed Jessica' starring Rani Mukherjee.

Alison Welly, an emerging producer is here again with her unique film ideas, after one of the most popular feature film of the state, 'Itanagar 0 KM' under Space Miracle Studios.

Raj Kumar Gupta and Onir, two ace film makers known for content-driven cinema, along with film enthusiast Mitul Dikshit also decided to produce this masterpiece.

Hali Welly, another film enthusiast and a known photographer from the state is the line producer of this short film.

It is worth mentioning here that 'AABA' is the only official selection from India at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival. The film will be premiered in the Generation Kplus competition on February 11, 2017.

Founded in 1951, the Berlin International Film Festival, also called Berninale, is one of the world's leading film festivals and most reputable media event.  It is held annually in Berlin, Germany.




BJP state executive meet begins

Gao tells party workers to welcome all

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jan 16:  The two-day state executive meet of   Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State unit kick-started on Monday at Hill Top Community Hall here. The party functionaries from across the state are taking part in the executive meet. The BJP state unit is conducting the meet just after its national executive meeting in Delhi recently in order to strengthen the party.

Addressing the delegates, the state unit President Tapir Gao called upon its party leaders to be welcoming and accommodative in nature.  

Gao was indirectly referring to Chief Minister Pema Khandu led PPA legislators recent merger with BJP.  "We should have welcome and accommodative attitude and shouldn't distinguish between the new and old party members" Gao said as he called on them to strictly maintain discipline.

 Terming the formation of BJP Govt. in Arunachal Pradesh as dream come true, the party President exhorted that impact of BJP government should reach every household.  He also urged the party functionaries to carry forward the philosophy of founding fathers Syama Prasad Mookerji and Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya.

Speaking on demonetization issue, BJP National Spokesperson Sambit Patra termed the demonetization as historic decision made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to cleanse the Indian economy. The BJP Spokesperson attacked the Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi for criticizing demonetisation, saying Rahul should be awarded best money manager in India.

" Rahul should be awarded with  best money manager in India, as he withdrew Rs 4500/ from ATM with which he managed to ran his household expenditure and even went to London for holiday with that amount" said Patra.  

 "Congress party couldn't do anything to check black money in their sixty years of rule, but PM Modi did that just after forming the government" he said.

"Modi government is intolerant towards corruption" added Patra responding to those who alleged that BJP is intolerant.  BJP Member of Parliament from Mangaldoi, Ramen Deka also spoke on the occasion.

 Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, various ministers and party  MLAs were among those who attended the event.




AVYS rescues old ailing woman

ITANAGAR, Jan 16: Arunachal Vivekananda Yuva Shakti (AVYS) members led by chairman Ramesh Jeke rescued an old ailing woman abandoned in a small hut below Ita Fort here on Monday.

RKM Hospital Swami Vishwesananda pitched in support by sending an ambulance to fetch her to the hospital, allotted a cabin in female ward besides providing medicines and urgent care. The woman has been identified as Hiba Yaniyang, 63, of Hiba village of Kurung Kumey district.

Reportedly, the woman had been living with his two sons in a rented accommodation near Ita Fort here. She developed sore, spreading foul smell all around. Other tenants complained and the elder son was forced to shift her to an isolated hut where she was left alone.

She is the 5th elderly mother rescued by AVYS which has been mobilizing resources to set up an old-age home.

Meanwhile, the AVYS volunteers donated blood to three patients today at Tomo Riba State Hospital.




AAPSU, Ete resolve issue

ITANAGAR, Jan 16: Following the row over an apology letter written, Director Arts and Culture Nyabin Ete, who wrote the letter and All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU), has reportedly resolved the issue amicably.

  In a joint statement issued today, AAPSU President Hawa Bagang expressed sadness over the incident and termed it as unfortunate which happened in his absence.  Both Ete and AAPSU appealed to the organisations and individual not to interfere in the matter saying that it would unnecessarily aggravate the situation.  Joint press statement was issued in presence of Home Minister, Government of Arunachal Pradesh after arriving at mutual understanding, the statement added.




Construction worker escapes death

[ Karda Natam ]

DAPORIJO, Jan 16: A construction worker is battling for life after he came in contact with live wire from an 11000 volts transformer.

The incident happened 40 meters away from the district hospital. Eye witnesses say that the man got entangled with the wire before he miraculously managed to detangle while working at the site in the wee hours on Monday. He was thrown off the building because of the impact. Currently, he is battling for life at district hospital.

The transformer is less than a metre away from the new constructed building.

Meantime, staffs from power department arrived at the spot.

When asked about the precautionary measures taken to avoid such negligence, the department could not give a straight answer. The department failed to respond when asked if any notice has been served to the owners of the buildings coming up near the transformer.

 Such incidents have reportedly occurred during the initial phase of the construction, yet no action had been taken to avoid repeat of similar incidents.




RGU conducts awareness prog. on biodiversity

ITANAGAR, Jan 16:  An awareness programme on biodiversity and its status, services and conservation by sustainable management was organized by the Centre with potential for excellence in biodiversity (CPEB), Rajiv Gandhi University for the student of Govt. Secondary School, Wakro in Lohit district recently.

The programme was organized with the aim to create a sense of responsibility among people particularly, younger generation and those living at fringes of protected areas to conserve biodiversity.

Speaking on the occasion as resource person RGU Assistant Professor (Ecology & Wildlife Biology), Dr. Daniel Mize sensitized all on biodiversity and its indispensable services to mankind. He also explicitly explained about, how conservation of biodiversity can boost ecotourism and can improve the rural livelihood standard and can help to preserve and promote our traditional culture and handicraft.

Resource person Talo Biju also spoke about the Birdlife diversity and population status of Arunachal Pradesh. He informed the gathering that Arunachal Pradesh has the second highest bird diversity with 879 species among Indian state but around 43 species of birds are in threatened category. He also explained about how conservation of birds can promote birding activities as well as ecotourism in the state.




Golden Jubilee Boori-Boot Yullo at Raga

ITANAGAR, Jan 16: The Boori-Boot Yullo Golden Jubilee Celebration Committee (BBYGJCC) based in Raga under Lower Subansiri district, led by its Chairman Komri Murtem today made public, the details on the schedules and events of the upcoming Boori-Boot Yullo celebration in a press conference at Arunachal Press Club.

The central Boori-Boot celebration which started in  1967 when the state was still under the erstwhile NEFA administration, has reached its golden jubilee year this January and the central committee headed by Komri Murtem has laid down an elaborated schedule expanding to 17 days starting from January 22 to February 7 next.

Highlighting on the primary essence of the Boori-Boot Yullo, Murtem informed that the festival is celebrated to appease the deities for well being of the entire living species and also to promote peace and prosperities in the society.

Dwelling on the specifics of the 17 days event Ranjan Bini, the BBYGJCC general secretary highlighted that various competitive events like singing competitions (Boori-Boot Idol), sports and cultural items will be held between January 22 and 31 next.

"As part of the cultural extravaganza, the committee has also roped in various local singing artists like Bengia Himanta, Bengia Tab, Taba Yal Nabam, Liduk Padu and Gemo Dium among others," Bini informed.

Bini also informed that the ritualistic events will unfold on February 1 with Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein attending the event. Also adding that the there will be convergence of the representatives from various Community Based organisations of the state on February 3, Ranjan further informed that the main event of the Boori-Boot Yullo will be observed on February 6 with Chief Minister Pema Khandu as the chief guest.

Another member of the organising committee Kina Tamik (Souvenir Editor), while highlighting the importance of the golden jubilee celebration this year, informed that the 50th year of the Boori-Boot Yullo will be an occasion to commemorate the legacies of the society's forerunners in cultural and traditional preservations.

"Unlike the past celebrations, the Boori-Boot Yullo in the aftermath of the Golden Jubilee year will henceforth, have a sacred permanent ground with all the ritualistic and other cultural essence attached to it for its further sanctity and preservation by the younger generation," Tamik added.




DHS launches door-to- door TB screening

ITANAGAR, Jan 16: The District Health Society under Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme on Monday launched a 15 days TB screening programme to find people living with active TB cases in Papum Pare district.

The health team started the programme by conducting testing of the prisoners at District Jail, Jollang.

The first phase of the programme with theme "to reach the unreached" will continue till January 30. It targets to cover 27,303 populations in and around Capital Complex. Apart from the jail inmates, the target areas will be slum areas, orphanages, old age homes, tribal hostels and construction sites, informed District Tuberculosis Officer Dr. PD Thongchi in a release.

Apart from TB screening, the health team will also look for other diseases like diabetes, HIV/AIDS, etc.

The prorgamme was necessitated because of the fact that people avoid going to hospital for check up due to social stigma associated with the disease, the DTO said.

Deputy Commissioner Tai Kaye, who attended launching ceremony, hoped the programme will achieve its sole objective ensuring that nobody is left out for need of health care.

The Superintendent of Prison said that movement of inmates with such health condition to health facilities always remains a challenge due to security reasons. Screening of inmates for such communicable diseases at the doorstep is a welcome step, he said.

The programme was also attended by Superintendent of Police (Prison), Deputy Director of Health Services (TB) cum State Tuberculosis Officer, Chief Medical Superintendent, Tomo Riba State Hospital, Jailer of District Jail, Jullang, officials of State Tuberculosis Centre, District Tuberculosis Centre, Naharlagun and District Jail, Jullang.




Meet on IPPI and Indradhanush

Ziro, Jan 16: The District Task force meeting for Intensified Pulse Polio Immunization and Mission Indradhanush Phase-4 was held in the conference hall of General Hospital, Ziro on Monday. Chairing the meeting ADC Nending Chatung said that it is the collective responsibility of all the stakeholders to ensure a disease free healthy society.

The district administration will guide and provide all the logistic support in ensuring successful immunization program, but every individual in the society will have to equally participate for the success of such massive immunization programs launched by government in the true sense, he added.

Awareness pertaining to the dates for the immunization has to be percolated to far flung areas as well, he added and suggested for initiating IEC activities way ahead of the scheduled immunization dates. He directed the i/c Deputy Director, ICDS to issue orders to all the workers by name, designating their immunization centers.

He further directed CO (TPT) to liaise with the departments for vehicle requisition and also appealed for cooperation from HoDS during the vehicle requisition process.

DMO Dr. Tage Kano dealt in length about the history of pulse polio immunization program. He said that although lot of progress has been made in eradicating polio, but risk still remains in terms of complacency, international importation from polio affected countries, gaps in surveillance, detection and response to the polio virus etc.

He also directed the nodal officers for the immunization programs to prepare a work schedule for the district, of the entire exercise right from conducting workshops for the MO in charges to the finalization of reports for onward submission to the Government of Arunachal Pradesh.

DRCHO Dr. Derin Likar presented the district plan for IPPI which would be carried out on 29th January. 524 health workers would be engaged in the three day program which includes booth activity on 29th and house to house immunization on 30 and 31st January. Mission Indradhanush-phase 4 will be carried out on 2nd April.

Secretary Apatani Women's Association, Ziro Dr. Kunya assured to provide volunteers and motivators for the programs. The members also decided to prepare jingles on IPPI, which would be recorded by AIR and widely circulated by the DIPRO office.

The meeting was also attended by Medical Superintendent Dr. Kime Horming, CO Hage Tarung, AIR, Director Hage Tachang, doctors, representatives from ICDS, Education department and AWAZ. (DIPRO)




CM allocates portfolios to ministers

ITANAGAR, Jan 16: Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Monday allotted portfolios to newly inducted three Cabinet Ministers here this evening.

Bamang Felix was made new PHED Minister while Alo Libang has been given the Department of Panchayati Raj and Rural Development.

Dr Mahesh Chai has been given the Veterinary, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development Department. He will also look after Art and Culture Department as Minister in charge.

In a minor, change, Tamiyo Taga will hold additional charges of Power (Electrical) in addition to his already allotted portfolios of Industries, Textiles and Handicrafts. The Department of Cooperation held earlier by Taga will now be held by the Chief Minister.




DIG urged to deploy NDRF team to trace missing person

ITANAGAR, Jan 16: Informing that a person, namely Tajik Techi Tara has reportedly gone missing since January 7 after he jumped into Kameng river at Pacha Morang, Seppa in East Kameng to save his own life from attackers' hands, All Pakke-Kessang Pijerang Dissing-Passo Seijosa Students' Union (APPDSSU) appealed to the Director General of Police (DIG) to engage NDRF team and para-military forces to trace the whereabout of the missing person.

According to the union, the victim was allegedly attacked by some boys with sharp weapons before he jumped into the river to save his own life.

A case was registered in Seppa Police Station and the alleged attackers were also arrested by police. But the missing person is still untraceable, said the students' union in its complaint letter to the DIG.

APPDSSU also appealed to the DIG to give necessary directive to the district authorities not to entertain any bail plea by the alleged accused until completion of a proper investigation into case. It also appealed for speedy investigation of the case.





Cleanliness drives-cum-IEC on Swachh Survekshan

ITANAGAR, Jan 16:  A day-long cleanliness drive-cum-information Education and Communication (IEC) on Swachh Survekshan, 2017 was conducted along the NH 52 A from Lagun Bridge to Barapani Bridge and Little Rose School, C-Sector, Naharlagun by the Rural Development Society, Naharlagun in coordination with Youth Welfare Association at Naharlagun on Saturday last.

An awareness campaign on door to door collection of Municipal Solid Waste in respect of Ward No. 23, IMC was also conducted on the occasion.

Addressing the participants, Rural Development Society, Naharlagun President, Tabu Dui asked the participants to cooperate with the implementing agency towards cleanliness drive being initiated by IMC.

Jikke Tania, an NGO leader, explained about the role and contribution of one and all towards sound environment for sound health and cleanliness of surroundings. He further informed the sector dwellers about the method and timing of garbage delivery system of Ward No. 23 IMC.

A similar drive was also conducted at IMC Ward 12 by Eco-Tourism Society of Arunachal Pradesh (ETSAP) wherein, members of ETSAP, ward members and local residents actively took part.

Ward Councilor Yumlam Minu further suggested the general public and shopkeepers to cooperate with IMC and Eco-tourism Society to keep the city clean.




IMC councilors lament lack of funds  

ITANAGAR, Jan 16: The councilor of Ward No 22 of Itanagar Municipal Council (IMC) Tarh Pacho has said that the elected members of the civic body have almost become handicapped due to non-release of fund to take up developmental activities in their respective wards.

While drawing attention of the Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner towards their grievances, the IMC councilor stated that the councilors have been sitting idle since formation of the civic body in Itanagar three and half years ago as no fund has been provided to them to take up developmental works.

"We are helpless and can't answer if someone asks question on development issues of IMC," the councilor said.

"We are also hurt at non-inclusion of our agendas in IMC business meeting," the councilor rued.

"There were funds under 13th and 14th Finance Commissions Grants, specifically for the local self-governing urban bodies, like IMC," the Councilor claimed and sought a clarification from the government on fund status.

The councilor also strongly objected to proposal for construction of IMC office building in Panchayat area without consultation with the councilors and at a time when  already notified numerous developmental works could not be taken up by IMC for fund crunch.

"The State Govt. has only approved for issuing of Birth Certificate, Trading License and Ration Card, where unelected persons like Market Chairman, General Secretary can also countersign them," he said.

The IMC has 30 elected councilors, including 11 women with its jurisdiction from Chimpu in Itanagar to Banderdewa excluding few rural areas of Capital Complex, like Model, Lekhi, Jully & Ganga villages.




Oppo service centre inaugurated

ITANAGAR, Jan 16: The Oppo Service Centre at Naharlagun was inaugurated on Monday by "Itanagar 0 Km" famed actor Tai Tugung in a symbolic ribbon cutting ceremony.  

While announcing the Service Centre open at Taba building at main market, Naharlagun, Tugung congratulated Oppo team for opening the service station and wished good luck for its smooth functioning.

Oppo team headed by Arif Ali informed that Oppo Camera phone is one of the leading Mobile Phone brands in the country as well as a global leader.

He along with the team wished the talented actor all the best for his upcoming film "Kharabter", which will soon be released.

Also present during the ceremony was rapper, dancer and choreographer Karken Riba.




Dambuk BCC President no more

ITANAGAR, Jan 16:  6-Dambuk Block Congress Committee (I) President, Makpak Perme has died of cardiac arrest on Jan 15 last at Dambuk. He was 59 years old. Perme is survived by his wife, 3 sons, 5 daughters and 2 grand children.

Perme was the Anchal Samity member of the undivided 6-Dambuk Anchal Samity for two terms and had also served as the chairperson. He was holding the post of president BCC(I) from 2004.

In a condolence message, 6-Dambuk Anchal Samity Chairperson, Baling Perme recalled late Perme as a respectable and active social worker and termed his demise an irreparable loss to the people of Dambuk and the Adi community as a whole.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) expressed profound grief and sorrow over sudden and untimely demise of Perme.

"He was a very sincere and dedicated party worker and made significant contribution to the Congress party and for the welfare of the people of Lower Dibang Valley district as a social worker. His untimely demise is an irreparable loss for the Congress party in particular and the state as a wholem," APCC said in a condolence message.

The rank and file of APCC prayed to almighty rest his departed soul in peace and also bestow enough strength to the bereaved family to withstand the tragedy.




Mini Book Fair at Roing

ROING, Jan 16:  A three-day long Mini Book Fair participated by over 400 students, teachers, library-activists was jointly organized by Essomi Foundation and Lohit Youth Library Network under the aegis of the district Education department at the Parade ground here on Thursday last.

Speaking on the occasion Lower Dibang Valley DC, Deepak Shinde advised the teachers and parents to make every effort to stimulate reading habits among the youth. While lauding the Essomi Foundation and Lohit Youth Library Network for taking the initiative to hold a book exhibition promoting reading activities in Roing, the DC hoped the people of Roing will enthusiastically join hands to spread the joy of reading.

Later, during the valedictory session of the Book Fair on Sunday last, Roing ADC, Cheshta Yadav appealed to the school incharges and teachers to include a weekly session of free library reading, book talks and creative writing.

RIWATCH, Roing, Executive Director, Vijay Swami and Essomi Foundation, Organizing Secretary, Lomi Linggi also spoke on the occasion.




Cultural Heritage Namlo at Kherbari

ITANAGAR, Jan 16: The foundation stone of Cultural Heritage Namlo was laid at Kherbari village under Dollungmukh circle on Monday.

Addressing a large gathering, local MLA Tamar Murtem stressing on the significance and relevance of culture and tradition said that the day should be a beginning of a journey towards glorious future of Namlos of Dollungmukh and not be just a foundation stone laying ceremony. He further assured his support in the movement.

Executive director NHPC Ltd Gerukhamukh Rakesh highlighted about benefits of Hydro Electric projects in terms of infrastructural development, employment generation etc.

Among others, former minister Talo Mugli, IFCSAP president Dr Tacho Ligu also spoke on the occasion.




Training on home stay

ITANAGAR, Jan 16: With the Government approving the Jairampur-Nampong-Pangsau Pass tourism circuit, the Department of Tourism conducted a three days training ahead of Pangchau Pass Winter festival 2017 to motivate community participation in Homestay tourism.

The training, which was conducted from January 10 to 12, was enthusiastically participated by 50 stakeholders from seven villages from in and around Nampong, wherein different aspects of homestay tourism, such as hospitality, homestay as alternative for sustainable community development, cleanliness etc were dwelt at length by resource persons drawn from Association for Conservation on Tourism, APSED--a state based NGO, and departmental officials.

Certificates to the trainees will be given away during the festivals.

In another effort, the team of resources persons and PPWF committee members under the guidance of local MLA Laisam Simai have adopted and declared the village of Tikhak Taipi as Model Homestay village in Nampong.  

The PPWF 2017 committee led by ADC gave the responsibility to local youth of Nampong Rahul Tikhak to coordinate with Homestays operators to fulfill the accommodation requirements during the PPWF-17.




DC inspects Gandhi Bridge

YINGKIONG, Jan 16: Upper Siang Deputy Commissioner Remo Kamki on Monday inspected the under construction steel suspension Gandhi bridge over Siang and asked the engineers and workers involved in it to expedite the construction work.

He also inspected the renovated foot suspension bridge over Siang and interacted with villagers of Gosang village, who took up the renovation works.

Earlier in the day, Kamki inaugurated the newly building of VKV, Yingkiong. DIPRO




Vandalism condemned

ITANAGAR, Jan 16:  Former MLA and State BJP Executive Member, Nani Ribia has strongly condemned the Jan 14 vandalism at BJP head office by a group of party workers after immediate induction of three new council of ministers in the Pema Khandu led BJP government and appealed to all BJP workers to maintain peace and uphold the party's ideology and principles.

He further appealed to the state BJP president Tapir Gao to reconsider the suspension order issued by him in the larger interest of the party.   




Make NIT compulsory: AAPACSU

ITANAGAR, Jan 16: The All Arunachal Pradesh Anti-Corruption Students' Union (AAPACSU) has demanded compulsory implementation of Notice Inviting Tender on schemes amounting to Rs 10 crores and above.

In its memorandum submitted to the chief minister, it claimed that NIT processes are not being implemented properly in the state due to political pressure which then results in poor quality of work.

The union further appealed for early sanctioning of the Mukhya Mantri Seema Vikas Yojana under transport department saying that it has been kept pending for the past two years.




Hime festival celebrated

ITANAGAR, Jan 16: The festival of Hime was celebrated at Hime village under Kangku circle of Likabali sub-division on Monday.

Health Minister Jomde Kena informed the gathering that a mini hydel for domestic consumption will be installed in the village. Further informing about various developmental schemes in the area, he urged the people to work proactively for the up-gradation of medical sub centre, Government Secondary School Kangku and up gradation of circle office to SDO.




Thousands benefit from free med camp

ITANAGAR, Jan 16: Over 5000 people benefitted from a free Hepatitis B screening and vaccination camp organized by the SHEEP Society, Yupia, a local NGO within Papum Pare district on Sunday last.

During the camp, a medical team led by Senior Medical Officer Dr. Mope Riba screened people for Hepatitis B and vaccinated them.

Papum Pare ZPC, Nabam Aka, who was also present on the occasion sponsored vaccines for over 200 laborers of Abo Hina handloom industry, Yupia.

Earlier, Ward-1 Councilor Biri Tugdo also urged all to get vaccinated and protect their families from the disease.  




Training for nurses

ITANAGAR, Jan 16:  The batch wise eleven days training on Faculty Based Integrated Management of Neonatal & Childhood Illness for newly appointed Staff Nurses commenced on Monday at National Health Mission office training Hall, Naharlagun. Two batches with forty each are participating in the training. Organized by the AP State Health Society, the training is being given with objective to equip newly appointed nurses with knowledge and skill required to handle neonatal case in most efficient way.

Welcoming the participants, Dr. Otem Yomso SMO FRU Ruksin, explained that Faculty Based Integrated Management of Neonatal & Childhood Illness (F-IMNCI) has been developed with an aim to address the skill gaps found in Health facilities. It aims to provide optimum skills and help build capacities of the Staff Nurses to address the child morbidity and mortality, he further added.

Nodal Officer Training Dr T Taku urged the participants to give their quality time in training and to clear all their doubts before leaving for district. Further he also added that this training will help in learning the required skill and knowledge to reduce infant mortality rate. The Resource persons for the training are Dr Gagam Dai (pediatrician) General Hospital Pasighat, Dr Tumli Lollen, Medical Officer Tomo Riba State Hospital and Dr Raju Mena (Pediatricians).




NDRF conducts School Safety Programme

AALO, Jan 16: As a part of National School Safety Programme (NSSP), the NDRF E-Coy 12th Bn Itanagar in collaboration with District Administration and District Disaster Management organised a day long NSSP on Disaster Management at Govt. Hr. Sec. School Aalo on Monday.

DDMO West Siang Dorjee Nima informed that similar programme would be conducted in other places as well.

Team Commander E Coy 12th BN NDRF C S Bal said, "Community is the first responder to any event whether it is school or neighbourhood and it is important that schools are alerted to sensitize on disaster preparedness and safety issues. They must be encouraged to participate in preparedness activities for knowledge Building and Awareness." (DIPRO)

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Conflict between old and new

The swearing-in of 3 new ministers in the Pema Khandu led BJP government was marred by the violence. Supporters of BJP MLA from Ziro-Hapoli assembly constituency Tage Taki allegedly ransacked office of party president Tapir Gao. They were reportedly unhappy with the move of party not to induct Taki as minister. The name of Tage Taki as probable candidate for minister has been doing around in the political circle prior to induction of 3 new ministers. Majority of old BJP workers and MLAs were reportedly pushing for him. To his credit during the first 2 year of Congress regime Taki emerged as a vocal leader espousing the cause of BJP. He has been one of the bitter critics of the Congress government and regularly attacked them on the floor of assembly.

Therefore it is natural that BJP workers were rooting for him. Also this incident should alarm the top leaders of saffron party. The mass merger of so many Congress MLAs along with their supporters into party has deeply worried those workers who have been with the party during its most difficult time. If not properly addressed there are every chances of more conflict between 'old and new' ones. Party heavyweight like MoS Home Kiren Rijiju and state unit president Tapir Gao will have to play crucial role to placate the old cadres. These workers most of whom are rooted in the party ideology has been with BJP even when it was in wilderness for years. The next two year will be crucial in this regard. If BJP do not manage to balance between its original worker and new entrant, the party might pay heavy price in 2019 election.







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Confusing criteria

Dear Editor,

I know no one can recruit better than service commission and from the last decade you are doing fine job which is highly appreciated. And this is the only hope where a fair and transparent recruitment is done.

The recent advertisement for the post of AAO(Assistant Audit Officer) by our lone service commission is a golden opportunity for every job seeker. But the eligibility criteria and mode of examination is quite confusing and not considerable for the said post.

If we look into the central and other state commission, the syllabus for the post of AAO is related to finance and accounts, economic and governance, auditing etc. And the eligibility criteria is B.Com, M.Com, MBA, ICWAI, ICSI etc which are related to Auditing. So is this the fair process to select and recruit the AAO? The process of recruitment is very different.

If the commission wants to keep the process then it should be open to all, as all unemployed youth deserved to try their best. Otherwise, change the syllabus or eligibility criteria so that right person is selected for the right job.


Tingchan Wangpan





Don’t turn festival into business hub

Dear Editor,

There was a time when people were completely enamored with the feelings of festivity and bliss for the festival being celebrated. The smiles were righteous and original. Everyone imbibed and shared joy and compliments. And most importantly- the festival was festival of all.

But the sad part and fact is- today’s festival has lost its golden charm and the touch of originality. The originality has faded away to huge extent and hence the smiles and respects. It’s great to see many modern technologies being used to make the festival more colorful and glorious but it has also simultaneously turned into a huge business cum gambling ground and hence become festivals of the rich.    

It is very disdaining to see the scene and arrangement of the local festivals of Arunachal now. You will find rows of stalls where drinks and deliciously cooked meat are sold. And you will also witness a row of gambling clubs which is locally termed as Janda Munda (DICE). The sad part is- drinks and meat sold are beyond the reach of commoners as its cost is sky touching. Only rich can afford it. For commoners, either sell a mithun to walk into the shops or stay away from the ground.  But more tragic and unhealthy practice is the Janda Munda. Poor, rich and even the educated scholars find the place more enriching and entertaining than anything else in the festival ground. Instead of spreading the message of joy and unity, these peoples dwindle more towards being a gamblers. Winners love the festival more whereas losers repent and sob somewhere in the heart. Is this a healthy practice?

The festivals has thus transformed into a business hub or money spinning show. The organizers should pre-decide certain rules to retain the motto of the festival. The festival where happiness sparks, traditions shine, rich culture of the tribe is showcased and  people of all groups can come, buy and share /feel the true spirit of the mega event must be ensured. The cost of items sold in the festival ambience should be checked and make it bearable by all.

We should never for forget that these different festivals of different tribes make our state more colorful. The traditions must be preserved. There should be more of festival related programs throughout the festive days than only making the final day the day of celebrations. These festivals are the silver linings of Arunachal.


Biku Jaipu





Itanagar-Banderdewa highway

Dear Editor,

The Itanagar-Bander-dewa 4-lane highway seems involved in imbroglio because of compensation since the beginning.

All efforts of govt has gone in vain. However, finally the state cabinet has decided to consider 15 metres row in both sides of lane. This amicable decision also could appease land affected people as it is as per law itself. This landmark decision shows the govt’s intension to construct the long pending road in accordance with the wishes of the capital dwellers.

In his recent visit, Union Minister MoRTH Nitin Gadkari announcement to start 4-lane Itanagar -Banderdewa by March next is laudable. Work will start soon, hopefully. Hence, we the concern citizens would like to urge State govt not to show any leniency to any individuals or groups during execution of works.


A Citizen,






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