January 24


Valiant Major Dorjee Leta gets Sena Medal

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Major Dorjee Leta from remote Jang village under Tawang district, Arunachal Pradesh has been awarded with Sena Medal, a gallantry award for his courageous act during "Operation Dardpura" on 29 January 2016.  

Major Dorjee's name was announced for Sena Medal on 15th August 2016 and he was conferred with gallantry medal on Jan 15 last by Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat during Army Day in New Delhi.  

He was an active commander of operational teams of Rashtriya Rifles Battalion deployed in Lolab Valley in Kupwara district of Jammu & Kashmir. On 29 January 2016, he led operational teams in Chohan Mohala in the Dardpura Village where two Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists were suspected to be hiding. During the search operation, his team came under heavy- firing from the terrorists.  After hour long heavy exchange of firing, one of the terrorists was killed, however other terrorist was still holding up inside the house.

By the night fall, Major Dorjee decided to carry out a house entry drill as further delay would have favoured the terrorist to flee. While displaying raw courage, Major Dorjee led his team from the front. As he approached the hideout, the terrorist opened indiscriminate firing.

Major Dorjee retaliated despite serious injury on his right knee. Startled by heavy volume of fire, the terrorist lobbed grenade but could not cause any casualty.  He displayed absolute selflessness and extraordinary valour, disregarding the magnitude of shelling, he crawled ahead and killed the second terrorist.

Apart from heroic service to the nation, Major Dorjee's story of elevation to current rank  itself  is truly inspiring.  He joined the Indian Army as Sepoy  (rifleman) with Assam Regiment way back in 2000.  After two years in service, he cleared the examination to gain entry to  Army Cadet College, conducted by UPSC and Service Selection Board in  2002. He joined Indian Military Academy (IMA) Dehradun  in 2003 and was commissioned as Lieutenant in 2006.  

The courageous Major Dorjee Leta is yet to be recognized by the state government, despite being conferred with one of prestigious awards in Armed Forces. Chief Minister Pema Khandu government had announced to give incentive for Armed Force medal winners recently, wherein it was said that Sena Medal winners would be given Rs 3 lacs.




MLAs merger case listed for hearing on Feb 17

ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Gauhati High Court, Itanagar permanent bench today watered Congress's hope of getting interim order to stay the merger of its 43 MLAs to People's Party of Arunachal (PPA).

The writ petition challenging merger of 43 INC MLAs into PPA was filed by APCC president Padi Richo vide W.P. (C) 613/2016 was listed for hearing today in the Court of Justice A M Bujorborua at Itanagar permanent bench of Gauhati High Court.

However, the court ordered that the matter will be listed for final hearing on February 17  and directed the respondents to file their affidavits by 3rd February.

Advocate M G Mittal appearing for Richo started the argument and pleaded to the court for issue of an interim order to stay the merger of 43 MLAs from INC to PPA and challenged the order issued by the speaker on the said merger.

Defending the case for speaker and secretary Legislative Assembly, advocate general Nilay Dutta clarified the court that the "petition itself is not maintainable in the High Court so there is absolutely no question of any interim stay order to be passed."

Dutta said no order as such was ever issued, rather a bulletin informing the merger was published in the Assembly.




DCM seeks master plan for State University

ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Deputy Chief Minister, Chowna Mein in a meeting with chief engineer PWD (Western Zone B) at his official residence here on Monday has called for a Master Plan of Arunachal Pradesh State University, Pasighat. He asked the Chief Engineer to submit the Master Plan with estimates in the first week of February.

During his visit to the State University site on Sunday, the DCM had observed that  the department has been haphazardly trying to begin the construction work without any Master Plan .

Seeking demarcation of the University area with concrete walls to protect it from any encroachment, the DCM asked the CE to submit the estimate for the boundary wall immediately.

Chief Engineer PWD (Western Zone - B) Nani Tatung clarified that no fund has been released by the State Govt against the University so far and assured to submit the Master Plan within a week.

Commissioner PWD Hage Khoda also attended the meeting.




Narendra Modi captain of demonetization: Cong

ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Congress in Arunachal Pradesh stepped up attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for demonetization and termed it as the biggest scam in the history of the country.

"Demonetization is the biggest scam in the political history of India since independence and Modi is its captain," said AICC Secretary and party's in-charge for Arunachal Pradesh Dr. K Jayakumar.

Addressing the "Jan-Vedna Sammelan" organized by Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee against demonetization and the alleged anti-people policies of Modi Government on the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan here on Monday, Dr. Jayakumar contended Modi's slogan of "Acche Din" as "Maha Jhoot, Maha Loot,"  which according to the Congress leader, is contrary to PM's own poll promises.

"Despite so many hue and cries, Modi is helping his corporate partners to cover the election expenditure of about Rs.47,500 crores," claimed the Congress leader.

Stating that only 26% of the country's total areas have been covered so far under internet facility, banking and postal services, he urged the PM to provide such facilities in those (74%) uncovered areas before going cashless.

APCC president Padi Richo, who presided over the meeting, reiterated party's demand for a white paper on demonetization. The APCC president explained the gathering in details about the party's Jan-Vedna Sammelan, its aims and objectives.

Former chief minister and lone Congress Party legislator in Arunachal Pradesh Nabam Tuki highlighted the hardship faced by common people post demonetization and urged the Modi Government to make banking and postal services, including ATMs facilities available in remote and inaccessible areas before implementation of such 'draconian' policy.

He also demanded for providing relief to the families of more than 150 people, who have lost their lives during the period of demonetization.

Rajya Sabha member from Assam and AICC State Coordinator for anti-demonetization campaign in Arunachal Pradesh Dr. Ranee Narah disclosed that "Jan-Vedna Panchayat" will be organized in district and block level in every Assembly segment from January 28.

 The first one will be held in Pasighat, she informed

Dr. Narah exhorted the party cadres and workers to carry the message of the party's movement against demonetization to every corner of the country.

APYC president Jikke Tako, Siang DCC president Tallo Taggu and BCC (Dumporijo) president Mayir Riddi also spoke on the occasion.   

On the occasion, APYC launched the pamphlet containing the party's five-point demands, including the demand for 'White paper', and five questions.

APYC organized the programme as a follow-up to the national Jan-Vedna Sammelan, which was participated by all the rank & file of Indian National Congress party of Arunachal Pradesh.




State govt. to streamline medicine distribution

Ziro, Jan 23:  State government has set up a committee to streamline distribution of medicines in order to prevent shortages in the district and has also signed a MoU with a company to identify and repair medical equipments. This was informed by Health and Family Welfare Minister Jomde Kena on Monday during an interaction program held in the Conference Hall of the General Hospital, Ziro.

Minister further said "Doctors, nurses and paramedical staffs are the forerunners in changing the health scenario of the state. Your dedication and sincerity towards your duties alone can assist to materialize the health programs and policies of the state government,".

While exhorting the staffs to maintain cordial environment in the hospital, he further said, “The entire medical fraternity has to work as a cohesive team to realize the dream of a healthy society. Right from the sweeper to the DMO in the hospital everyone has a vital role to play. The doctors working as program officers of various health programs should also attend OPDs as and when required.  We are committed to the welfare of the medical staffs, at the same time we expect dedication and a coordinated effort from all of you.”

Minister also shared that government has constituted a State level monitoring Committee which will make surprise inspections to hospitals to check and curtail doctor absenteeism from their place of posting.

He further informed that General Hospital,  Ziro will be upgrade to a Zonal hospital which will act as a referral centre for neighboring Kurung Kurmey, Kra Daadi and Upper Subansiri districts.

Responding to the memorandum submitted by Ziro-Hapoli MLA Tage Taki for renovating the dilapidated fifty year old hospital building while the zonal hospital project is in pipeline, he assured to provide funds for the same.

He also assured to take up the requirement of funds for a Boundary wall, cattle bridge and internal road carpeting for the general hospital in the revised estimate budget.

DMO Dr. Tage Kano presented a power-point on the various facets of health activities and facilities in the district.  The minister also visited CHC Yazali and PHC Yachuli earlier in the morning. At Yazali CHC he assured to post an allopathic doctor and a dental surgeon. He was accompanied by Dr. Senlar Ronya, Deputy Director, DRCHO Dr. Derin Likar and medical staffs during the visit. (DIPRO)




Fire devastates two govt. quarters at Hayuliang

ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Two government residential quarters were reduced to ashes in a fire incident at Khupa town under Hayuliang sub-division of Anjaw district on Sunday morning.

The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained; but an electric short-circuit is suspected to have caused it, informed Hayuliang ADC A. Ratan.

The family members were asleep when the fire broke out. Fortunately, there was no causality.

Sibu Tamang, one of the victims, somehow managed to get the gas cylinder out before the flame engulfed it. Otherwise, the situations could have been more disastrous, said Ratan.

A rescue team from 8th JAK Rifles of Indian Army bases at Hayuliang doused the fire after hours of efforts at 8 am.

Properties worth lakhs of rupees, including jewelry and local ornaments were either lost or damaged in the fire.

The district administration represented by Hayuliang Circle Officer Dr. T. Ete and Anjaw SP B Kamduk rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation.

Immediate relief of Rs.5,000 each with ration were provided to victims Tamang and Tontem Perme from District Administration.

A committee has been constituted under chairmanship of CO Aniyang Ratan to assess the loss and ascertain the cause of the fire.

Meanwhile, Anjaw Deputy Commissioner M Riba reached the accident site in the afternoon and assessed the damages. She assured victims of all possible help and further support.




Ngandam calls upon teachers to be more efficient

ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Education Minister Honchum Ngandam called upon the teachers of the state to discharge duties in a competent and efficient way with a sense of responsibility and belonging towards the society and the nation.

Teaching profession must be considered as the most prominent profession as teachers are the founders of the future human resources capable of realising the dream of making India a developed nation, said Ngandam.

He was addressing the inaugural programme of a one-day workshop on quality innovation, ICT & digital technology in higher education in Arunachal Pradesh organized by the State Project Directorate, RUSA Rajya Mission in collaboration with ICSI (International Chamber for Service Industry) and NSI Finishing School Network here on Monday.

The workshop focused on empowering teachers to shape education scenario in the state in particular and Nation as a whole. It also showcased the glimpses of best practices incorporated in higher education sector world-wide utilizing the ICT and mobile apps in teaching and learning.  It intended to draw a realistic road map towards successful implementation of central flagship programme under RUSA.

The Minister said that skill development and incorporation of technology will certainly change the attitude, approach and ability to remove any probable stagnancy within the system. He called upon the officials of other line departments for conducting special learning sessions for creating awareness and imparting technical know-how for interdisciplinary learning.

Dr. Tejum Padu, SPD, RUSA Rajya Mission stressed need for more and proper utilization of ICT to march towards e-governance. He further called upon the faculties of different colleges and polytechnics to do collaborative efforts utilizing IT infrastructure for the betterment of the student community.

Director General of International Chamber of Service Industry (ICSI) Dr. Gulshan Sharma also spoke and shared valuable suggestions for improving the education scenarios in the state.

In the technical session, Sneh Prabha, Head-ICT and Rishit Shrivastava, ICT Specialist (Digital India), ICSI demonstrated the purpose and use of Google Drive, YouTube and Google slides in teaching and learning.

Dr. Shuchi Sharma, Psychologist for Life Management Skills, ICSI shared views regarding the conversion of technological entertainment into infotainment by utilizing the information and use of technology in a positive manner. She further demonstrated that how life skills like Self-awareness, Social Skills, Emotion management, empathy, interpersonal skills, problem solving, stress management etc. can be inculcated amongst the stakeholders for better understanding towards life and realising the professional pressure along with emotionally contained life.




English daily Arunachal Observer launched

ITANAGAR, Jan 23: An English daily newspaper "Arunachal Observer" was launched adding a new feather to print media of Arunachal Pradesh today.  Senior journalist Pradeep Kumar Behera is the editor, entrepreneur Tarh Nachung is the publisher-printer-owner of the English Daily and  H P Biswas is the chief executive officer.

State's chief secretary in-charge Satya Gopal, after  launching the daily and its website advised them to make a difference in the field of journalism for the masses to feel it.

He said the media has a pivotal role to play by following the ethics of journalism,  while cautioning against yellow journalism.  

He said that the state with huge potential is at a take off stage and soon it would be able to lure people from far and wide for its uniqueness once proper publicity is given.   

Highlighting the growth of state journalism, general administration  and  education commissioner Hage Kojeen  hoped that with Behera as its editor, the daily would meet the expectations  of the people.

Advocating unbiased journalism in people's larger interest, Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner S K Singh said that most of the media at national level indicate their particular leaning through coverage which should be avoided. He hoped that the new daily would make a difference through its coverage in future.

People's Party of Arunachal (PPA) central working committee chairman Kamen Ringu assured all support the daily to discharge its avowed duty.

PPA president Kahfa Bengia underscored the importance of media in projecting numerous tribes living in far-flung and remote areas of the state.

While explaining his 29-year-long experience in the field including association with AIR, DDK and as visiting faculty of Rajiv Gandhi University, Behera assured the gathering not to deviate from media ethics.  He sought the support of the state government in clearing advertisement bills on time for the media to effectively function.

The media had to boycott the 2016 Statehood  celebration after the govt failed to clear the Rs four crore outstanding bills.

Earlier, Nachung, a self-made entrepreneur, who owns Shilpa brand food items of TNT Food Products   said that his desire to be part of media prompted him to launch the daily by procuring the printing press.

  "I have huge responsibility and I assure that this daily would always refrain from yellow journalism. We would go for constructive, developmental stories in larger interest of the masses. He sought the whole hearted support of the masses, the readers in particular, to serve them in an unbiased manner.




Women Commission’s legal awareness prog at Wakro concludes

ITANAGAR, Jan 23:  The six days legal awareness programme organised by the Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) on the topics "Domestic violence and free legal aid, compulsory registration of marriage and polygamy, substance abuse, livelihood, child marriage and force marriage and Women related laws and property rights, health and hygiene/ POCSO Act" concluded at Tamlu Du Hall, Wakro, Lohit district on January 21. The programme was sponsored by the National Commission for Women.

Speaking on the occasion, APSCW Chairperson Mitali Tingkhatra has discouraged child marriage and force marriage and also explained the impact of such marriage on the children and their future.

APSCW Member Duma Yekar in her keynote address explained the role of the Commission, while APSCW Member Oter Ering Tayeng explained the types of domestic violence, free legal aid and compulsory registration of marriage and its benefits.

Arunachal Law Academy (ALA) Asst. Prof Nani Mamung said that the substance abuse is a serious problem in the society. She explained the causes and symptoms of substance abuse. She further informed various women related laws and property rights.

Speaking on livelihood, ADO Wakro Ajay Singh Yadav said that agriculture sector needs more attention to reach the goal. He encouraged the people of Wakro to work hard and depend less on the government. Wakro DRCHO Dr S Nyil spoke on health and hygiene and maternity benefit. He informed about various government scheme for pregnant women and children.

EAC Wakro Dakto Riba encouraged the participants to take benefit of the such awareness  programme. Senior public leader Sototho Thalai also spoke on the occasion.

Among others, heads of Offices, Gaon Burahs, panchayat members and villagers attended the programme.

The APSCW team also visited the Government Secondary School, Wakro wherein ALA Asst Prof Nani Mamung explained about the POCSO Act, 2012. APSCW Chairperson interacted with the students and advised them to respect their teachers.




Workshop on  Hospital Biomedical Waste Management held

ITANAGAR, Jan 23: In continuation with the ongoing series of trainings/workshops conducted by the Directorate of Medical Education, Training & Research, a two- day workshop on Hospital Biomedical Waste Management was held at Tomo Riba Institute of Health & Medical Sciences (TRIHMS) Naharlagun on January 20 and 21.

Medical Superintendents & Senior Medical Officers from districts attended the training. Dr.BJ Mahindra, Director of Kodagu Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangalore and Dr.Hemantha Thapsey, Prof. of Community Medicine, Ramiah Medical College, Bangalore, were the resource persons on the occasion.

Dr.Kenyi  Ete, the Course Coordinator, stressed on the importance of Biomedical Waste Management (BMWM) and explained how mismanagement of hospital wastes could adversely affect the common people, the hospital staff themselves and the environment.

The session was chaired by Dr.R Doye; Joint Director of Medical Education.

In the technical session, the resource persons dwelt at length on the various aspects of BMWM (Management Handling) Rules 2016, Systems & Technologies and setting up of Waste Management Systems.

The concluding session of the day was devoted to action plan preparation. The whole technical session was very interactive with active participation from all the participants.

The doctors from districts visited Ramakrishna Mission Hospital, Itanagar as part of Field Visit the next day, where Secretary Maharaj briefed the participants about the management of BMW in the hospital.

On the same day, the resource persons accompanied by officials from DME visited District Hospital, Ziro, to inspect the BMW activities there.

The DMOs, Medical Superintendents and other staff of the hospital were explained about the importance of BMWM.




Minister Chai vows to work for development

ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Animal Husbandry, Veterinary & Dairy Development, and Arts & Culture Minister Dr. Mohesh Chai assured the people of his constituency to work for all round development of the constituency in particular and the state as a whole.

Dr. Chai, who was accorded a warm welcome on his arrival at Tezu after his induction as minister in the Pema Khandu Government, said that the Mishmi society had a sitting cabinet minister from the community after a long gap of 17 years and it was his duty to work for development of his constituency.

Giving great sigh of relief to the people of Lohit district, who often face the problem of voltage drop, Chai informed that the construction of 132 KV line by Power Grid was in full swing.

The Pasighat to Tezu line will be tentatively completed by February 15-20 as told by the MD, he shared.

Chai also informed that plan to instate a functional PHED division at Lohit has been cleared.

The department, which has still been functioning from Namsai after its bifurcation will have an EE post soon, he added.

SDO (S) Goutam Hazarika hoped that Chai would work for the overall development of Lohit district and Arunachal Pradesh.

ZPM Haweli Kri said that the Mishmi society was gifted with a cabinet minister after a long gap and expressed the hope that the young minister would work hard for the society. Kri specifically mentioned the deteriorating condition of roads, medical facilities and schools and urged Chai to bring changes in his tenure.

The progamme at circuit house was attended by the HoDs, branch officers, gaon burahs, PRI members and other public leaders, party workers, NGOs and well wishers. DIPRO




AAPBSNLCCWA 12 day ultimatum to BSNL

ITANAGAR,  Jan 23: All Arunachal Pradesh Civil Contractor's Welfare Association (AAPBSNLCCWA) today served a 12 days ultimatum to the General Manager of Telecom Department of Arunachal Pradesh to meet their three points demands for immediate release of pending bills under Executive Engineer (Civil), immediate Supply of mobile Tower materials at various site under Executive Engineer (Civil) and Budget Allocation of 2016-17 Civil Division, Itanagar.

Laying down their  demands in a press conference at Arunachal Press Club, AAPBSNLCCWA Information Secretary Nabam Akin Hina also informed that there are about 80 BSNL Civil Contractors whose bills are awaiting clearance from the concern authorities for the last 7-8 months.

Highlighting the figures of the pending bills, AAPBSNLCCWA, General Secretary Nima Passang informed that some Rs 2.8 crores are yet to be cleared by the authority and added that many representations were submitted and meetings conducted simultaneously but without any results.

Meanwhile, stressing on their time bound demands, the members asserted that if the authorities fail to respond to the demands of the contractors' organisation within 12 days, it  "will go on its first phase of democratic agitation with a 12 Hours peaceful Dharna at office compound of GMlD on February 6 next."




Training for District Level Master Trainers on ECCE begins

ITANAGAR, Jan 23: The first batch of training for district level master trainers (DLMTs) on early childhood care and education (ECCE) organized by the Directorate of Women & Child Development, Government of Arunachal Pradesh commenced on Monday.

The state level master trainers will impart training to the district level master trainers who are CDPOs, Supervisors, Statistical Assistants of ICDS Projects and Instructors of Anganwadi Training Centres of various districts.

As many as 65 trainees are attending the training in  the first batch.

Director of Women & Child Development R T Riba, who inaugurated the training programme, said that ECCE is very important for the children of 0-6 years for their early learning, informal education and all round development. She hoped all participants will go back to their duties with concrete and precise knowledge which would be really in the greater interest of the children.

Earlier, T.P. Loyi, State Nodal Officer stated that ECCE encompasses the inseparable elements of care, health, nutrition and early learning and is an indispensable foundation for lifelong development and learning within a protecting and enabling environment and has a lasting impact on early childhood development.

Under ECCE, she told that the department has developed ECCE curriculum and activity books for the children of 3 age groups --3-4 years, 4-5 years and 5-6 years.

Lian Moyee, Deputy Director (ICDS) and one of the State Level Master Trainers also spoke.

Training will conclude on January 25.




Young lifters shine in ‘Khelo India’

ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Young weightlifter Balo Yalam  (U-14) of Arunachal Pradesh struck a gold medal in her maiden appearance in National Level Sports Competitions under 'Khelo India' national programme at Sarusajai Sports Complex, Guwahati.

Yalam, who participated in 48 Kg category, lifted a total weight of 114 Kg (Snatch 51Kg + Clean & Jerk -63 Kg)

It is pertinent to mention here that she was not allowed to participate in the 12th Youth National Weightlifting Championship held in Odhisa as she was under-aged.

Dejum Gadi, another lifter from state also bagged a gold medal in boys under 17-years group with a total lift of 187 kg in 56kg category. He lifted 79kg in Snatch and 108 in Clean & Jerk.

Tadar Agung (56 kg) has won a silver medal in boys under 14 years category and Anai Wangsu (53 Kg) bagged a bronze medal in girls' under 17 years category.

Agung's lifted 78 kg in Snatch and 105 kg in Clean & Jerk (Total 183 Kg) while Anai lifted 54 kg in Snatch and 67 kg in Clean & Jerk (Total 121Kg).

DD Sharma and Piyainu Chanu are the coaches of the participating team.





NES seeks different date for APTET

ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Nyishi Elite Society (NES) has appealed to the state government to either pre-pone or postpone the 5th Arunachal Pradesh Teachers Eligibility Test (APTET) scheduled to be held on February 26 to a suitable date as the day coincided with the Nyokum Yullo festival.

"February 26 is a gazetted holiday in Nyishi inhabited areas on account of Nyokum Yullo and holding of such examination on that day is a gross negligence on part of the concern department and is totally unexpected and uncalled for," said NES in a complaint letter to the Chief Secretary.

The NES urged the Chief Secretary to instruct the authorities concern to either pre-pone or postpone the examination with a 'suitable gaping'.

The Society also urged the Chief Secretary to issue necessary instructions to all government departments and other educational institutions not to coincide any programmes or examination schedules with the local fairs and festivals.




Widow struggles for job

ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Wife of Dr Rabi Kipa, the erstwhile MO of Changlang, has complained against the indifferent approach towards her application for appointment in a               Group - C post on compassionate ground.

In her complaint to the health and family welfare minister, Jonham Tangha, widow of the late doctor claimed that her various representations seeking a Govt. job on compassionate ground approved by higher authorities have been rejected since 2010.

She further alleged that the department has been undermining the mandatory recruitment rule of the directorate regarding appointments on compassionate ground.




West Kameng all set for IPPI campaign

BOMDILA, Jan 23: Along with the nation, West Kameng District Health Society will also be conducting the IPPI (intensified Pulse Polio Immunization) campaign on Jan 29 next. For the campaign, 181 IPPI booths including transit site and mobile teams have been set up in the district for administering polio drops to the children between the age group of 0-5 years of age.

In this regard, the District Task Force meeting was held at DC's conference Hall on Monday which was chaired by DC Dr Sonal Swaroop. It was attended by ADC's, SDO, EAC's, CO health facility in charge and District Programme Management Staff's.

DRCHO Dr T D Namsa made a detailed power point presentation on IPPI and for ensuring Mission Indradhanush to begin from Feb 7 for four months.

During interaction, the DC instructed the administrative officers to supervise the IPPI activity for successful implementation of the programme in the district. (DIPRO)




Mein visits police stations

ITANAGAR, Jan 23: Deputy Chief Minister, Chowna Mein on Monday inspected the police stations at Sille-Oyan and Ruksin in East Siang District. As the compound of Sille-Oyan police station is in danger of getting encroached due to absent of boundary wall, Mein assured to provide fund for construction of Boundary wall of the police station. He asked Executive Engineer, PWD Pasighat Division to submit an estimate for the construction of the boundary wall of the PS immediately.

Mein also inspected the Police Barracks of the Ruksin Police Station near Assam-Arunachal boundary which is in dilapidated conditions. the proposal for renovation of the Police Barracks has already been taken up in the State Annual Development Agenda (SADA).

However, he directed EE PWD to start the renovation work immediately as the conditions of the building was found to be not conducive for the human stay. Currently, 20 Police Personnel are staying in the building.  Mein was accompanied by Tatung Jamoh, Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Kaling Moyong, MLA Pasighat, Tamiyo Tatak, DC and Pranav Tayal, SP among others.




Awareness workshop & training prog on Energy Conservation Building Code

YUPIA, Jan 23: Papum Pare (Yupia) Deputy Commissioner Tai Kaye inaugurated a one day awareness workshop and two days training of technical government department of Papum Pare district on Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) and Arunachal Pradesh Energy Conservation Building Code (APECBC) " at  ZPC conference hall here on Monday.

The main objective of the training is to create awareness and build capacity among various technical government departments on energy conservation building code (ECBC) and on Arunachal Pradesh Energy Conservation Building Code (APECBC).

Speaking at the inauguration programme, the Deputy Commissioner exhorted the participants of various technical Government departments, including NERIST and ITI Yupia to gain maximum knowledge on the standards and norms  set in  the code.

He said Arunachal Pradesh Energy Conservation Building Code (APECBC) will be new standards which will be incorporated in the building bye-laws once notified by state government.

Earlier in the day, the Deputy Director, APEDA Asi Linggi, gave the key notes address to the participants.

Ziaur Rehman, from Global Evolutionary Energy Design (GEED) was the resource person in the opening day.




Training for District Level Master Trainers on ECCE begins

ITANAGAR, Jan 23: The first batch of training for district level master trainers (DLMTs) on early childhood care and education (ECCE) organized by the Directorate of Women & Child Development, Government of Arunachal Pradesh commenced on Monday.

The state level master trainers will impart training to the district level master trainers who are CDPOs, Supervisors, Statistical Assistants of ICDS Projects and Instructors of Anganwadi Training Centres of various districts.

As many as 65 trainees are attending the training in  the first batch.

Director of Women & Child Development R T Riba, who inaugurated the training programme, said that ECCE is very important for the children of 0-6 years for their early learning, informal education and all round development. She hoped all participants will go back to their duties with concrete and precise knowledge which would be really in the greater interest of the children.

Earlier, T.P. Loyi, State Nodal Officer stated that ECCE encompasses the inseparable elements of care, health, nutrition and early learning and is an indispensable foundation for lifelong development and learning within a protecting and enabling environment and has a lasting impact on early childhood development.

Under ECCE, she told that the department has developed ECCE curriculum and activity books for the children of 3 age groups --3-4 years, 4-5 years and 5-6 years.

Lian Moyee, Deputy Director (ICDS) and one of the State Level Master Trainers also spoke.

Training will conclude on January 25.




TWS conference held

ITANAGAR, Jan 23: The 3rd general conference of Tai Welfare Society (TWS) concluded at Nyikum Niya Complex, Nirjuli on January 22.

The day two of the conference witnessed volleyball and cultural competitions. The volleyball competition was won by Yangte Village and Pagba Village Cultural troupe stood first in the cultural competitions.

More than 1500 delegates from Kurung Kumey, Kra Daadi, Papum Pare and Lower Subansiri districts participated in the conference.




Org questions construction company

ITANAGAR, Jan 23: The Memo Ao Youth Association has claimed that all the obstacles for construction of highway in certain section of West Siang district have been cleared by district administration. In a release association claimed that compensation matter has already been resolved by District Administration and construction agency is misleading people by using it as an excuse.

"There are no lapses on the part of District Administration pertaining to utility shifting. DA office wrote a letter to the executing firm and directed them to submit information regarding names of person and location wherever the Construction work is being obstructed. Further DA asked them to give the name of department and its location of standing utility services obstructing the construction work but till today there is no such report," the association stated. They have also warned to start series of democratic movement after the expiry of their 10 days ultimatum and also alleged that government has not till now responded to their demand.  

The construction of said highway is being executed by M/S Potin-Pangin Highway Private Limited (TK Engg.)




VKV (NE) official meets Upper Subansiri DC

DAPORIJO, Jan 23: The Joint General Secretary of VKV (North East) discussed on various infrastructural development issues of VKV Kuporijo with the Upper Subansiri Deputy Commissioner here on Monday.

Joint general secretary of VKV (North East) Praveen Dabholkar briefed Deputy Commissioner AK Singh about the construction of boys' hostel at the VKV and also providing Science Laboratory under Atal Tinkering Lab programme.

Superintendent of Police Taru Gusar and the Principal of VKV, Kuporijo were also present in the meeting. DIPRO




AKKDYO demands power sub-station

ITANAGAR, Jan 23: The All Kurung Kumey District Youth Organization (AKKDYO) has demanded establishment of 135KV high voltage power sub-station at Rite village under Koloriang sub-division in Kurung Kumey district.

In its representation to the chief engineer (TPM), power department, it also appealed for early land clearance for the project so that it can come up soon.




Society for welfare measures

AALO, Jan 23: Tutem Ao Welfare Society during its three-day long general conference at Darka village resolved to work for the upliftment of Tutem Ao Women, provide  guidance to students, voice against No Detention system in education and according importance to sanitation.

The Conference which concluded today was attended by 5000 members. (DIPRO)




Org  seeks better facilities for entrepreneurs

ITANAGAR, Jan 23: The All Arunachal Pradesh Entrepreneurship Development Association (AAPEDA) has appealed for better facilities for upcoming entrepreneurs and better implementation of related schemes in the state.

It demanded that the organization should be given special priority by financial agencies for executing various schemes and projects, in a seven points memorandum submitted to the Governor.





The GSU team comprising members of WSDSU visited the fire victims of Ngomdir village and provided relief items to them. In a news item published on Monday, the name of the village was wrongly mentioned as Doji village instead of Ngomdir.

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Engage all the rebel groups

Ever since the government of India entered into framework agreement with Naga rebel group NSCN (IM), there has been surge in insurgency activities in North East region. Underground groups like NSCN (K), ULFA (I) and others are conducting coordinated attacks especially targeting the Indian army. In the latest such incident on Sunday, two soldiers of Assam Rifles were killed along the Assam-Arunachal boundary near Changlang district. The attack was reportedly carried out by ULFA (I) and NSCN (K). These kinds of incidents raise concern over safety and security of the citizen. It also portrays North East region in poor light.

Strangely the latest attack took place at the time of Pangsau Pass winter festival. Large numbers of tourists were stranded for hours due to the incident. Government of India needs to wake up from their deep slumber and take note of the sudden rise in insurgency activities in the region. They should understand that military solution is not feasible in the long run. Government will have to initiate dialogue process with other rebel groups. Rebel organisation like NSCN (K) and ULFA (I) still has considerable presence in states like Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland and Manipur. Peace process will not be completed without involving them and other UG groups. The government of India often talks about Look East Policy but it will not be successful unless peace prevails in North East region.






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Corruption and road safety

Dear Editor,

It is horrifying that the number of road accidents has astronomically been increasing in India since 2001 ~ from 80,900 in 2001 to as many as 1,41,526 in 2014 ~ a 75 per cent jump! Interestingly enough, a recent study indicates that a country’s corruption level determines the number of its road accidents.

India’s poor standing in Corruption Perceptions Index (76th) is therefore manifesting in the number of our road tragedies. Another research paper titled, ‘Automobile Manu-facturers, Advertising and Traffic Safety in India’ by Prof. Dinesh Mohan and Abhaya Jha has stated that very unsafe cars are being openly marketed in India. Indeed, their research work confirms the former one. Corruption can make us cannibals!


Sujit De, Kolkata




Improve exam system

Dear Editor, 

I seek to express my views on the use of unfair means by students and teachers of private schools during examination.      The use of unfair means by student and teacher has become very common but menace has become very dangerous now. Copying in examination goes on unchecked mostly in private institution. No wonder some invigilators are found helping the examinees in unfair means. The evil has become deep rooted. 

In fact the examination has become a farce. They have lost their meaning. The purpose of holding exam is to test student’s ability. Any system of examination that doesn’t serve this end has no purpose. The sooner it is abolished the better it will be.

During upcoming CBSE exams, centres should be in government schools. No single private schools should be allowed to conduct exams in their schools. 

If 10th or 12th standard students of private school can’t answer the formula of water, what is use of wasting thousands of hard work earned money in these institutions? 


Suraj Techi Tara

Dehradun,  Uttarakhand





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