Centre keen on Arunachal airport
ITANAGAR, Jan 19: Union Minister for Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju said that
the Central Government is committed to gift Arunachal Pradesh with a full-fledged
airport and is positively looking forward to it.
Raju informed that a central team has recently surveyed both the sites at Karsingsa
and Hollongi proposed for an airport and his ministry is waiting for the report.
He was interacting with officials of the state Civil Aviation officers in presence
of Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, Chief Secretary
Shakuntala D Gamlin and Principal Secretary Satya Gopal on Thursday in Itanagar,
He said the detailed report and its submissions would be then forwarded to the state
government for a final call and expressed optimism that works on the airport would
Going through a power-point presentation made by the department seeking operationalization
of civil terminus in the upcoming airports in the state, Raju assured that he would
have a meeting with concerned agencies like DGCA and resolve all pending issues.
Meanwhile, he asked the state Civil Aviation department to find out concrete ways
and means to do away with issues that are proving hurdles in implementation of the
proposals. He assured full support and cooperation from the Ministry in strengthening
air connectivity in the state.
The State Government has been requesting the Center to allow use of civilian terminus
in the various ALGs coming up in the state for ATRs, which are under the control
of the Indian Air Force.
The State Government, which is planning to run commercial ATR flights, for about
three months on experiment basis to start with, also requested the Minister to give
one time relaxation on some stringent rules.
Raju, while saying that safety and security angles cannot be compromised, assured
that the Ministry can consider some other rules concerning with administration, etc.
He also suggested the state government to look out for possibilities in bringing
in cargo flights as the state has immense potential in horticulture crops, floriculture
and medicinal plants.
Earlier, in a one-to-one interaction with the Chief Minister, Raju, who will attend
the Digi-Dhan Abhiyan programme tomorrow here, wanted to know the impact of demonetization
in the state.
The Chief Minister informed that as the state has a population of about 14 lakhs
only, the initiative to curb black money by the Prime Minister was widely accepted
by the people.
Former Planning Secretary of the state Ankur Garg, who is now Private Secretary to
the Union Minister, is accompanying Raju.
All NE states are distinctive: Pema
ITANAGAR, Jan 19: The Chief Minister Pema Khandu has said that different states of
the Northeast have distinct culture, language, customs and traditions and that it
was unfair to club all of them as one.
He was interacting with 18 IAS probationers who had called on him on Thursday at
"I have seen that people in cities of the mainland stereotype North East as one state
with similar features and demography. But the fact is very different. Arunachal Pradesh
on its own has so many distinct tribes and communities so different from each other
in culture, language, customs and traditions," he pointed out while observing that
most of the people in the metros are not aware of the distinctness of each state
in the North East.
Under the Bharat Darshan programme, the trainee IAS officers are on a two-day visit
to the state.
To a query by one of the probationers on the challenges faced by a Chief Minister
in meeting the aspirations and expectations of so many tribes and communities, Khandu
said that it was a tough challenge for any chief minister of the state.
"Yes, this is a huge challenge therefore we believe in inclusive government. Political
empowerment of each tribe is most important. So we see to it that each community
or tribe is represented in the government so that aspirations of each tribe can be
fulfilled as much as possible," he said.
On the backwardness of the region and the state, Khandu accepted that Arunachal Pradesh
got the attention of the Center very late; however, things are changing now. He said
Arunachal Pradesh is behind other states in various fields, particularly in education
and expressed hope that with the Central Government giving due attention the scenario
would change sooner than later.
The interaction was joined by Parliamentary Secretary, UD & Housing, Techi Kaso,
Chief Secretary Shakuntala D Gamlin, Principal Secretary Satya Gopal and Secretary
to CM Sonam Chombay.
ACF contributes to Wakka fire victims
ITANAGAR, Jan 19: Arunachal Christian Forum (ACF) organized a relief drive for the
victims of recent fire incident at Wakka in Longding district.
The ACF collected Rs 301040 from various donors among Christian Community within
The collected amounts along with warm clothes including blankets were handed over
to the District Disaster Management Officer, Longding by ACF General Secretary Toko
Teki on behalf of the apex body of the Christian community of Arunachal Pradesh on
January 19, 2017.
The DDMO received the relief amounts and other items on behalf of the Deputy Commissioner
of Longding for further distribution among the affected people.
The donors are Arunachal Pradesh Christian Revival Church Council (Rs 1 Lakh), Nyishi
Baptist Church Council (Rs 50,000), Town Baptist Church Itanagar (Rs.50,000), Town
Baptist Church Chandranagar (Rs 40,000), Town Baptist Church Naharlagun (Rs 20,000),
Town Baptist Church Doimukh (Rs 22,000), Christian Church Nirjuli (Rs 11,053), Grace
Covenant Church (Rs 3,840), PCFC (CEA) Nirjuli (Rs 4,147).
Mein calls for timely implementation of CSS
ITANAGAR, Jan 19: Deputy Chief Minister, Chowna Mein while reviewing the progress
of Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) of various departments in the State called for
its timely and quality implementation.
While speaking at the office of State Planning Department on Thursday, he asked the
heads of the executing agencies to improve the performance of CSS saying that the
plan size of the next year will depend on the performance of this year. He urged
them submit the utilization certificates at the earliest as the release of next installment
would be based on the furnished UC.
He asked the commissioners, secretaries and senior officers present in the meeting
to come forward with new ideas and expertise and to suggest innovative, developmental
and result oriented projects that can be incorporated.
He stated that districts located in the foot hills area of the state have huge irrigation
potentials and good productivity of various agriculture and horticulture crops. Such
2-3 districts of the foothills should be selected and developed as a model projects
and if found successful, it can be replicated in other districts too, he said. He
also opined to outsource the defunct fishery farms of the department to the unemployed
Parliamentary Secretary for Planning Zingnu Namchoom also participated in the review
Secretary Planning Joram Beda updated the latest positions on the performance and
submission of UCs by various departments.
He informed that the NITI Aayog, Govt of India have rationalized the existing 66
Centrally Sponsored Schemes into 28 Umbrella Schemes. Out of which, 6 schemes have
been categorized as the Core of the Core schemes, 20 schemes as Core Schemes and
remaining two as Optional schemes. Core Schemes will have compulsory participation
by the States whereas participation amongst the Optional Schemes would be by choice,
Commissioners, Secretaries and Directors of various departments highlighted the progress
of various CSS through power point presentations in the meeting.
Sparsh Leprosy Awareness Campaign
ITANAGAR, Jan 19: Along with rest of the country, Sparsh Leprosy Awareness Campaign
will be launched in Arunachal Pradesh on the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi
on January 30.
Gram Sabhas will be organized across the state in collaboration and coordination
with allied sector of health department/ministries on the day of launching to intensify
leprosy detection and treatment campaign.
The main thrust of the campaign will be to promote community participation to reorient
the delivery of service of diagnosis and treatment of leprosy in its early stages.
A preparatory orientation meeting cum workshop for the campaign is being held on
January 23 at the conference hall of Directorate of Health Services, Naharlagun at
AWs should act as agents of social change: DC
PANGIN, Jan 19: Siang Deputy Commissioner Rahul Singh said that Anganwadi workers
(AWs) were the frontline workers of ICDS programmes and should work for the betterment
Presiding over the coordination meeting of all the CDPOs and Supervisors of Siang
District at his conference hall here on Thursday, Singh exhorted the AWs to work
as agents of social change and mobilize community support for better care of young
He also asked them to ensure that pregnant women are immunized against various diseases.
Singh also reviewed the performance of Anganwadis, shortcomings and challenges to
In an another coordination meeting with admin officers, DC Singh reviewed various
vital issues related to health and hygiene, education, opening of bank accounts,
Aadhar enrollment, illegal encroachment of government lands etc. DIPRO
APSCW prog on domestic violence, drugs abuse
ITANAGAR, Jan 19: To safeguard women and children from domestic violence, the Arunachal
Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) organized awareness programmes at Namsai
and Sunpura in Lohit district recently.
Stating that the main motto of Domestic Violence Act and Protection of Children from
Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) is to safeguard the women and children from domestic
violence, APSCW Chairperson Mitali Tingkhatra urged the participants to spread the
message of the Acts to masses.
Advocate K. Dorjee of District Legal Service Authority explained in details about
different types of domestic violence, salient features of Domestic Violence Act and
the process of getting free legal aid and services.
Resource person Nani Mamung, Assistant Professor of Arunachal Law Academy spoke about
harmful effects of drugs abuse, alcoholism and its impact on user's health and the
society as well. She also highlighted on POCSO Act, 2012 and property rights for
APSCW Member Oter Ering Tayeng spoke about compulsory marriage registration and its
benefits. She urged the people to discourage and stop practicing polygamy.
Dr. M. Thoumong explained the importance of maintaining good health and hygiene practices.
Deputy Commissioner RK Sharma encouraged the victims of domestic violence that they
should seek legal aid under the Act rather than continue to tolerate abuse.
ZPC Kyasing Munglang expressed disappointment over the reported disturbing incidents
happened with few youths of the state in placement under skill development programme.
Namsai CDPO Wihong Khimhun projected a short animated film co-related to POCSO Act.
WWS Namsai unit president Shristi Maio, general secretary Pinjira Namchoom also spoke
on the occasion.
The awareness meeting was attended by Nang Sujata Namchoom, government officials,
ASHA and Anganwadi workers and SHG members.
The programme was conducted in collaboration with Women Welfare Society (WWS), Namsai
A similar programme was also organized at Sunpura on January 17 and 18 in association
with Jeko Women Help Group, All Mishmi Women Welfare Society, Tezu, wherein the APSCW
Chairperson urged everyone to fight against drugs menace in the district.
Tezu BDO G. Manyu encouraged everyone to take advantage of government schemes and
stressed on local handloom businesses.
Senior Medical Officer Dr. W. Anand Singh gave some general health tips for staying
healthy and to lead a disease free life.
Sunpura Circle Officer Vikhelum Bellai, former general secretary of Cultural and
Literary Society of Mishmi Bakhrimso Chikro, WWS president Jemsilu Kri and general
secretary Shibali Yun also spoke on the occasion.
The team has also visited Vivekananda Kendra Vidiyalay, Sunpura.
More than 200 students attended the programme, including students from Govt. Hr.
Sec School, Jeko, Govt. Sec School, Yeliang and teachers. The APSCW team will conclude
its awareness programme at Wakro on January 20 and 21.
CM's XI to lock horns with APC in football friendly
ITANAGAR, Jan 19: A friendly football match between Chief Minister's XI (CM's XI)
and Arunachal Press Club (APC) is being organized at Bn. Ground, Chimpu, Itanagar
on January 20.
Chief Minister Pema Khandu will lead his team as captain while APC president Chopa
Cheda will captain the APC team.
The tournament is being organized by Department of Information Technology in collaboration
with Arunachal Pradesh Football Association as part of Digi Dhan Mela.
Chief Secretary Shakuntala D. Gamlin is the manager of CM's XI. APUWJ president Amar
Sangno and Sanjay Mosing are the manager and head coach of APC team.
The match will start at 1 pm sharp.
Digi Dhan Mela
ITANAGAR, Jan 19: Various government departments and banks will explain options available
for digital payments at Digi Dhan Mela at Indira Gandhi Park on Friday.
They will also assist the visitors in downloading and installing various mobile apps
for digital payments and help do one digital transaction.
The Digi Dhan Mela aims at helping the users in downloading, installing and using
various digital payment systems for carrying out digital transactions.
Union Minister for Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju will inaugurate the Digidhan
Mela at 10.30 am.
Union Minister Kiren Rijiju and Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu will
also be present on the occasion.
Meetings on GST
Itanagar, Jan 19: A consultation meeting on migration of VAT dealers to GST portal
organized by Department of Tax and Excise was held at Abotani Hall, Hapoli on Thursday.
Chairing the meeting, ADC Nending Chatung expressed hope that the traders will avail
the opportunity to clear doubts on the new taxation method and as responsible citizens
pay taxes to the government as per norms.
Superintendent of Tax and Excise, Punyo Paje dwelt at length regarding the process
of migration from VAT dealers to GST portal.
Informing that the migration process from VAT to GST has already been initiated by
the department, he said that the traders will have to produce their PAN cards and
provide a mobile number and an email address as entire process of GST will be online.
"We are running behind schedule and will have to work in a war footing manner to
complete the migration process," he added and appealed for cooperation from all the
He further assured to conduct workshops on GST and tax return process for the welfare
of the business community.
In a questionnaire session that followed later, the traders and businessmen present
clarified their doubts on VAT and GST from the Superintendent.
The Tax & Excise department also organized a Workshop on migration of VAT into GST
registration at Anchal Samity Hall, Roing in Dibang Valley district today. The programme
was attended by CO, in-charge Superintendent T&E Sanjay Taram, members from registered
dealers and T&E officials.
While presenting the steps and procedure for online registration, Sanjay Taram directed
all registered firms/dealers of Lower Dibang Valley district to migrate to GST from
existing VAT system. He also informed that the introduction of GST registration system
is new Govt policy to regulate uniform Tax system to facilitate user friendly online
services. VAT registration certificate, passport photo, bank statement, identity
proof documents are required for uploading and filling up online application. In
case of power of Attorney holder, Voter ID, Pan Card, Passport photo, PRC will be
required. They also informed that for new user e-mail OTP and Mobile OTP will be
provided by T& E Department for login into www.aruntax.nic.in .
A meeting on VAT to GST portal was also held at Bhalukpong on Thursday.
Presiding over the meeting of the dealers at EAC Conference hall, EAC Bhalukpong
Tamo Riba said that the Government of India has made it mandatory to migrate from
the VAT to GST. The VAT has to be migrated in the GST portal before implementation
of GST slated later in the year.
Superintendent (Tax & Excise) Kento Nyido explained the process and urged upon all
dealers to migrate at the earliest.
Among others Bhalukpong Market welfare committee General Secretary Kumsi Jabisow,
Inspector Excise N. Riba addressed the traders.
Nyishi Idol finalist Anamika Riang dies
ITANAGAR, Jan 19: Nyishi singer Anamika Riang who had been fighting an illness for
the past few years tragically died yesterday.
A finalist in the first Nyishi Idol, Riang was a trained classical singer who had
also auditioned for Indian Idol. Apart from on-stage live performances, Riang was
a frequent voice heard in several Nyishi albums.
Originally hailing from East Kameng district, Riang was on her way to Shillong to
seek further treatment for her ailment when she passed away. Her body has been taken
to Seppa for her final rites.
Expressing its condolences, the All Riang Society Welfare Association has called
her death a great loss for the arts landscape of the state and prayed for strength
for the family at this time of grief. She is survived by her parents Longbo and Memak
Riang, an elder brother and a younger sister. She was 31 years.
Scientific Advisory Committee meet of KVK
ZIRO, Jan 19: The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting of Krishi Vigyan Kendra,
Yachuli under Lower Subansiri district was organized at the KVK on January 17, wherein
all the SMSs of different disciplines presented their achievements during 2016-17
and action plan for the year 2017-18.
Senior Scientist and Head of KVK Yachuli Dr. AN Tripathi gave an overview of activities
and achievements of the KVK.
Yachuli ADC AC Baruah stressed on organic farming and suggested the farmers to avoid
the weedicides in crop fields.
District Fisheries Development Officer of Lower Subansiri James Nabam, who presided
over the meeting, advised the farmers to consult the scientist of the KVK on problem
and issues related to agriculture. He spoke on various aspects of fish farming, site
selection to develop new fish pond.
SDHO, Department of Horticulture Tasso Yallu suggested for trial cultivation of particular
variety of large cardamom in particular area or altitude for higher yield.
DTO (ATMA) Gamwang Hocha also spoke on the occasion.
Progressive farmers Likha Kamin and Bida Taba Goyee shared their experience on large
cardamom cultivation in Yazali area.
25 officials from various line departments, progressive farmers and farm women attended.
AAUHAA demands creation of posts for trained health assistants
ITANAGAR, Jan 19: The All Arunachal Pradesh Unemployed Health Assistant Association
(AAUHAA) has appealed for creating posts for the many trained unemployed health assistants
of the state.
In its memorandum to the heath and family welfare minister, it said that there are
approximately 300-400 unemployed health assistants who were trained at health training
research centre (HTRC), Pasighat and that their approach to the state government
for post creation have gone in vain.
The association further warned against regularizing the job of health assistants
under NHM on contract basis claiming that they are untrained.
Awareness programme on FLAP
ITANAGAR, Jan 19: An awareness meeting on Financial Literacy Awareness Programme
(FLAP) under the aegis of Arunachal Apex Bank, Khonsa branch in collaboration with
NABARD was held on Thursday at Government Higher Secondary School, Khonsa.
Speaking on the occasion, Apex Bank, Khonsa Branch Manager Tawang Lowang, informed
that the bank is introducing a new scheme called FLAP (Financial Literacy Awareness
Programme) for opening of bank account for minor children from 10 - 18 years of age
which will immensely help the minor children studying in various schools in the state.
He further added that facilities like ATM/ RTGS/ NEFT/ DBT/ Mobile Banking are also
available for convenience of account holders.
Principal of the host school Manfe Hosai assured to extend full cooperation to the
Apex Bank for opening of minor bank account. (DIPRO)
RGU conducts awareness on wildlife at Oyan
ITANAGAR, Jan 19: Rajiv Gandhi University conducted an awareness programme on status
of wildlife population and wildlife based ecotourism potential and others benefits
at govt Upper primary School, Oyan on Thursday.
The awareness programme was held under the mandate of CPEB-II, Rajiv Gandhi University
to conserve biodiversity of the state by creating awareness.
Speaking on the occasion as resource person, Dr Daniel Mize explained how wildlife
in the state is in dismal situation due to habitat encroachment and over exploitation.
He enlightened the gathering on sustainable use of bio-resources of the state and
benefits of wild life conservation.
Dr. Mize also spoke on eco-tourism possibility that would help in inflow of revenues
to the area while adding that conservation of wildlife can improve the horticulture
RKM observes Vivekananda birthday
Aalo, Jan 19: Ramakrishna Mission, Aalo observed the 155th birthday of Swami Vivekananda.
Various programmes were organised in the Main Prayer Hall from 7.00 AM to 12 noon.
An elaborate prayer was performed by the Sadhus & Brahmacharis of the Mission. There
were devotional singing by monks, staff and students. The devotees hailing from Darka
village also attended the programme and sang melodious devotional songs in Galo.
It was followed by discourse on life and teachings of Swami Vivekananda by Srimat
Swami Purnajnanananda, the Secretary.
A photo exhibition on life and teaching of Swami Vivekananda was also arranged for
Training on oyster mushroom
ITANAGAR, Jan 19: More than 25 farm women and rural youths attended training cum
demonstration on Oyster Mushroom Production technology at Krongna on Wednesday. Organized
by KVK, Anjaw, it was a NABARD funded project on 'Nutritional security and livelihood
improvement of tribal through Mushroom production technology'.
Coordinator of the training programme, SMS Plant Protection Dr Senpon Ngomle acquainted
the participants about various aspects of mushroom cultivation.
Training the participants on mushroom cultivation, he urged the participants to start
cultivating mushroom on a commercial scale.
Later, the participants were taken to a mushroom production unit of Krongna SHG.
APCC to organize Jan-Vedna Sammelan
ITANAGAR, Jan 19: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) will organize "Jan-Vedna
Sammelan" in protest against demonetisation and the alleged 'anti-people' policies
of Modi Government at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan here on January 23 at 9.30 am.
The programme will be attended by Rajya Sabha Member from Assam and AICC Coordinator
and party's in-charge for Arunachal Pradesh for Anti-Demonetisation Campaign Ranee
Narah and AICC Secretary and parties in-charge for Arunachal Pradesh Dr. K Jayakumar,
former chief minister, party leaders, members and workers.
Officer passes away
ITANAGAR, Jan 19: Neelam Rikha who was serving as the Assistant Director in Yachuli
Sub-division, Department of Agriculture passed away on the night of January 18 after
suffering a major heart stroke.
Late Neelam Rikha is survived by his wife, a son and four daughters. The 16-Yachuli
Assembly Constituency legislator and Parliamentary Secretary (Transport and Supply
& Transport), Likha Saaya has mourned the demise of the officer.
Saaya said that "in the demise of late Neelam Rikha, Yachuli Assembly Constituency
has lost an energetic sincere officer and a good person."
The Confederation of Service Association of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP) expressed
deep shock and grief over the loss of its member, late Neelam Rikha.
In a press communiqué, CoSAAP Assistant General Secretary Likha Tech observed that
"in his passing away, the state has lost an energetic and sincere officer."
Orgs seek secretary's ouster
ITANAGAR, Jan 19: After Arunachal Pradesh Elementary Teachers' Association, now Youth
Organization Movement of Arunachal (YOMA) and All Nyishi Youth Organizations (ANYO)
have sought ouster of education secretary.
The organizations have written to the chief secretary seeking his transfer.
ITANAGAR, Jan 19: Kepang Erang Kebang and Ratan Welfare Society have condemned the
recent vandalism of Ratan Dental Care Clinic at Pasighat allegedly by one Zakir Hussain.
Suspecting foul play, the organizations have appealed to the law enforcing authorities
to nab the main culprit behind the incident. Warning to take up democratic movement
if the police fail to come up with logical conclusion in the case, the organizations
also kept a reward of Rs.1 Lakh for the informer of the mastermind behind the vandalism.
The act of vandalising the clinic is very demoralising for us all and for Dr Kayon
Ratan, who had performed first maxilofacial surgery in the state, the organizations
added in its joint statement.