January 25


PPA attacks Pema

ITANAGAR, Jan 24: People's Party of Arunachal has said that the Speaker's office has lost the files on the merger of PPA with the BJP.

"Reports say the Chief Minister has snatched all these files from the Speaker for constructing and reconstructing the papers so that they may pass the test before the Speaker and the Courts" said a statement by PPA  president Kahfa Bengia.

The PPA further said that it was not Bharatiya Janata Party Government that came into the saddle, but a Betrayers Janata Party that took over.

The statement further went on to accuse the Chief Minister Pema Khandu and Mechukha MLA Pasang Dorjee Sona as chief betrayers.

PPA demanded that "CBI should cause an inquiry and frame this duo before they loot and plunder the State any further".

The PPA further accused the Chief Minister of being "poor in vision and administrative acumen".

"His only job is to swindle the State and satisfy the bosses in Delhi in return for retention in power" the party added.

"The day the people of Arunachal Pradesh through their representatives in the Assembly will give a befitting verdict on Pema Khandu over Kalikho Pul's suicide note, is not very far" it went on to add.




CM asks BRO to expedite works on Balipara-Tawang road

TAWANG, Jan 24: Chief Minister Pema Khandu in a meeting with BRO here on Monday called for expediting the Balipara-Charduar-Tawang (BCT) road works.

Pema after reviewing the status of the road assured to take up various problems being faced by the executing agency, including financial matter at the highest level.

Observing the slow pace of the road work, the chief minister opined that road construction work can be expedited by handing it over to a particular organization after the tendering process with BRO remaining the nodal agency.

The chief minister also discussed on land acquisition, compensation and various other issues related to BRO roads within the district.

Tawang MLA Tsering Tashi also requested the BRO to expedite the work by deploying more workforces. He asked for early maintenance of road from Changprong to Tawang monastery via Nehru market, which is to be followed during the proposed visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in March.

The meeting, which was held at office of the Deputy Commissioner, was attended by Tawang MLA Tsering Tashi, Padmashree Lama Thupten Phuntsok, the ZPC, officials/engineers of BRO/BRTF,  DC and SP. DIPRO




Govt to prepare food grains road map

ITANAGAR, Jan  24: Deputy Chief Minister, Chowna Mein has called for a Road Map to make Arunachal Pradesh self-sufficient in food grains while chairing the meeting on Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PKKSY) in his office on Tuesday.

He said that state has huge potential of underground water and it must be harnessed for irrigation purpose which would be a boost for the food grain production.

He, however, called upon the agriculture and allied departments to have proper coordination among the departments for successful implementations of the PMKSY. Likar Angu, Chief Engineer WRD (WZ) in a power point presentation on PMKSY prepared by the department informed that the State Govt has submitted a proposal of 4.75 crore to the Govt of India for the year 2016-17.

Secretary Planning Joram Beda informed that till date District Irrigation Planning (DIP) of 9 Districts has been received and requested the departments to collect and submit the DIP from rest of the districts as early as possible.

In the meeting, a committee was formed under the chairmanship of Bilatee Pertin, Commissioner (Horticulture) with secretaries of WRD, Agriculture, Veterinary, Rural Development and Fishery Departments as its members to prepare the Road Map for making Arunachal a self sufficient in food grains. Secretaries, Directors and senior officers of Agriculture and allied sectors attended the meeting. (DCM Media Cell)




Matin Rey Tangu’s trysts with Bollywood

[ Amar Sangno ]

Though Bollywood is wildly popular in Northeast, only a handful from the region have been able to make a name for themselves when it comes to getting major acting roles. Perhaps the biggest star from the region has been the legendary actor Denny Dezongpa of Sikkim.

But things have started to look up. Adil Hussain from Assam is name to be reckoned with because of his acting prowess.  

But there is no dearth of talent if opportunities comes calling.

 Matin Rey Tangu, a five-year-old kid from Itanagar has been casted as star kid in Salman Khan's starrer Tubelight. The film is written and directed by Kabir Khan and jointly produced by Salman and Kabir. Tubelight is a historical war drama on the 1962 Sino-India War.

The publicists are tight-lipped on the details but sources informs that Matin Rey is playing one of the lead roles and he would be seen through the length of movie, like Harshaali Malhotra, a child actress was seen in Bajrangi Bhaijan. The film was shot in various locations across India including, Leh, Manali and Mumbai.

Matin is the youngest son of Capt. Anupam Tangu and Monisha Karbak. Besides, being an entrepreneur Matin’s father is also working as OSD to Deputy Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Chowna Mein.

Mukesh Chhabra Casting Company (MCCC), one of the premier casting companies in India, selected Matin for the film after a series of auditions across the country.  

 Sometimes in June 2016, MCCC landed in Itanagar to audition dozens of children, wherein Matin Rey was chosen for final audition in Mumbai alongside five other children. Matin was finally selected.

Ever since Salman posted a picture with Matin Rey on social media, the frenzied paparazzi and curious media is buzzing about the background of destiny's child.

Salman tweeted "Introducing Matin Rey Tangu" on Twitter, Instagram and on his official Facebook page.  Salman’s pages are already flooded with millions of comments and likes; thousands are asking about Matin Rey, as they have no clue on his background so far.  

Seemingly, Matin Rey casted a spell over Bajrangi Bhaijan star, as both were seen hand in hand as reported by Bollywoodlife.com on Monday.  The B.town online portal says, "Tubelight star kid Matin Rey Tangu and Salman Khan were totally inseparable" while reporting on a party which was attended by Jackie Chan.

"If the pictures are anything to go by then Salman seems to have developed a great bond with this boy. He is anyways known to be children's favorite. Matin, too, looks extremely comfortable in Salman's company. Salman is seen happily playing with the little one in the pictures" BollywoodLife.Com said.

With the shooting officially wrapped up, now all eyes are on Matin Rey with the hope that his debut film with Bollywood superstar Salman Khan will create records at the Box Office.




DoT assures special package for Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Jan 24:  Secretary, Department of Telecommunication (DOT) GoI, J S Deepak has assured special package for Arunachal Pradesh to develop telecommunications in the state.

The DoT Secretary assured this when Chief Secretary Shakuntala D. Gamlin made the proposal, among others, during the two days meeting of Department of Telecom at Guwahati, which concluded on Tuesday.

Deepak said that the Union Ministry of Telecommunication will install around 6000 towers across North East under the comprehensive telecom development plant for North East India.

The project will connect more than 8000 villages across the region in next two years. BSNL will do this work in Arunachal Pradesh, he said.

During the meeting the Chief Secretary apprised the Department of Telecom of the need to expand telecommunications in the strategically located state, mainly in view of GST implementation, demonetization, educational purposes, promotion and development of tourism sector etc.

The State Government is looking for full-filling the vision of the Digital India and implementing the 'Go cashless, Go Digital' policy, where the telecommunication plays a vital role, the CS informed.

She expressed her concern over slow pace of works by the executing agencies in various projects, such as NOFN, USOF, BSNL OFC connectivity. She emphasized that Railtel and BSNL should carry out their work on war footing to complete their projects in a time bound manner so that implementation of GST and other e-Governance projects can be rolled out on time.

She also apprised on various steps taken by State Government for smooth implementation of the projects in the state.

The Chief Secretary also proposed to bring Internet to the state expeditiously, which included among others a waive in spectrum charges for 5 years, dedicated office with a senior officer and team to review and expedite work in Arunachal, speedy procurement of microwave emitters, review of entire network to increase reliability, incentives to private operators to invest and scale up operations in state, optical connectivity by March 18 and improvement in interim Microwave/VSAT connectivity, a VSAT hub at Itanagar.

Meanwhile, the Secretary DoT of the Union Govt. assured to make more bandwidth available, wherever the VSATs are being installed, especially in district headquarters, interim improved connectivity through VSAT till Optical Fibres are laid and connectivity through OFC within a period of 2 years.




Girl Child Day celebrated

ITANAGAR, Jan 24: Along with rest of the country, National Girl Child Day was celebrated on Tuesday by the Department of Women & Child Development, GoAP to raise awareness in the society to eliminate gender-based inequality against female children.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Arunachal Pradesh State Commissioner for Women (APSCW) Chairperson Mitali Tingkhatra said, "The day provides an opportunity to increase awareness and people's consciousness to promote the position of girl children in the society and to make their living better.

The government has taken many initiatives in respect of girl children to ensure their equal educational opportunities, health care facilities, respect in the society, she said.

Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society (APWWS) President Bengia Dipti said that there still gender inequality exists in the society, which needs to be addressed properly by creating awareness about various schemes and Acts implemented by the government for the welfare, development and protection of female children.

During her speech, the APWWS president also shared her experiences on gender-based discrimination against female children prevailing in the society.

Director (WCD) RT Riba highlighted the importance and significance of National Girl Child Day celebration every year on January 24.

Riba informed that many welfare schemes and Acts have been launched and enacted by the government to ensure all round development of female children.

Deputy Director (ICDS) N. Ringu also spoke.

The state level programme was held at Training Centre of Arunachal Pradesh Cooperative Society, Naharlagun and attended by senior officials of the directorate, CDPOs, supervisors and statistical assistants of various projects, Anganwadi workers and children.




DRDA employees to launch democratic movement

ITANAGAR, Jan 24: Frustrated with the state government's inaction in addressing its long felt demand of getting absorbed in the state government, the All India DRDA Staff Welfare Association, Arunachal Pradesh State Unit  has warned of launching democratic movement if the demands are not fulfilled by Feb 18th next.

Resolving to begin its first phase of democratic movement by Feb 20th, it expressed disappointment that despite its several representations the government has failed to address their problem.

Its other demands include regular disbursement and withdrawal of DRDA salary through Treasury bill in line with other government departments.




Arunachal R-Day Tableau shine in competition

NEW DELHI, Jan 24: The Arunachal team was adjudged 2nd runner-up in the cultural competition amongst the Republic Day Tableau Contingents 2017 that took place at the 'Jhankar Hall', Rashtriya Rangshala Camp, New Delhi, where the team is currently staying. Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu were adjudged first and second, respectively.

Taming and domestication of the Yaks at the high hills of the Himalayas in Arunachal Pradesh, in line with the Yak Dance which is the theme of Arunachal Pradesh tableaux this year, was depicted through the folk dance presented by Team Arunachal.




Basar to host the artist residency, BasCon

ITANAGAR, Jan 24: A local non-profit organisation, Gumin Rego Kilaju (GRK) brings together a creative community to the little town of Basar to promote the region's unique ethnicity and heritage. In its maiden venture, GRK makes the unprecedented move to launch the northeastern state's first-ever artist residency programme, the Basar Residency. The unique artist residency programme based in the quaint hill town of Basar in Arunachal Pradesh, India, is open to photographers, writers, filmmakers, musicians and painters.

Five handpicked artists will be invited to live and collaborate in Basar over three weeks in February. The project will see the artists work on a project that's collaborative and is in sync with the local community. The end of the residency will culminate in the Basar Confluence (BasCon) to be held over 22-23rd of February, 2017. BasCon will be a celebration of traditional culture with contemporary arts, and the artists will present their collaborative project over two days as a part of the confluence. BasCon will be produced by Phoenix Rising - the company famous for producing Ziro Festival of Music and conceptualising Orange Festival of Adventure and Music.

GRK is committed to strengthening "the spirit of we, ours and us", says Jummar Basar, Organising Chairman, GRK Basar Confluence.

"We want to take forward the initiatives of living harmoniously with nature and the process of creating opportunities." He adds that the "confluence of ideas and efforts make our society a better place to live in and we want to trace and nurture the roots of traditions and cultures."

The first day of BasCon, 22nd of February, will kick off with the Galo harvest festival Mopin with folk dancing, music and lots of feasting. On 23rd February, there will also be traditional fishing, storytelling, theatre by National School of Drama alumni Riken Ngomle amongst other activities. It will also see Mumbai-based Neel Adhikari, Delhi-based rock band Menwhopause and MTV Europe Music Award for Best Indian Act 2016, Prateek Kuhad serenade the crowds.

In recent years Arunachal Pradesh has pushed itself to the fore and seen a distinct rise in contemporary festivals like Ziro Festival of Music that has helped place the state firmly on the world cultural map. The Basar Confluence reinforces the supremacy of Arunachal Pradesh in the promotion of art and culture.




Boori Boot Yullo singing competition starts

ZIRO, Jan 24: The Health and Family Welfare Jomde Kena Minister attended the opening ceremony of Boori Boot Yullo Golden Jubilee Idol (singing competition) at Raga on Tuesday. The competition being organized in memory of Lt. Rotom Bei Temi is part of   Boori Boot festivity celebration.

Addressing the huge gathering of punu and jajin troupes, Kena gave a clarion call to preserve rich culture and traditions. "Our tribal societies are interlinked with each other in terms of our traditions, festivals and culture. These binding factors should be pillars to foster a unity in all the indigenous people of our state," he added.

Lauding the celebration committee for the idea of the singing competition, he said such competitions give an opportunity to the latent talent in the society to showcase their talents. He exhorted the singers to participate in true sportsmanship.

District Medical Officer, Lower Subansiri Dr. Tage Kano while speaking on the occasion said that Arunachal society is undergoing a crucial transition phase from the traditional era to a modern era. The current generation has the responsibility of assimilating the best of both the eras and create a responsible society, he added.

MLA Raga Tamar Murtem also spoke on the occasion.

The picturesque Raga, a small town located 60 kms from Ziro, the host town of Boori Boot Golden Jubilee celebrations reverberated with the melodious voices of legendary singers Bengia Talum and Taba Yall Nabam as a part of the 3rd day of festivity.

On the occasion an audio cassette "Boori-Siim Kumlaju "was also released by the Minister.

Earlier Lompop Laa, Cultural Secretary, BBYGJCC in his welcome address informed that 78 aspiring singers will be battling for the Jubilee Idol and called for a competitive spirit. The winner of the Idol will drive away in a Maruti Alto and the runner up in a Scooty. The prizes are being sponsored by Lt. Rotom Bei Temi and family.

Later two minutes silence in respect of the founding members of Boori Boot in 1976 viz  Lt. Dampi Ligu, Lt. Ratan Tama, Ex-MP, Lt. Bei Temi ,Ex-MPC and Lt. Taro Muri was also observed. Minister Kena also visited the CHC Raga and interacted with the doctors and the other medical staffs and assured to look into their problems. (DIPRO)




Itanagar Smart City  vehicle launched

ITANAGAR, Jan 24: Itanagar Smart City Vahan was flagged off by Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kr Singh and IMC Deputy Chief Councilor Tarh Nachung at Clock Tower, Ganga here on Tuesday in presence of councilors, ESC members, municipal officials and public.

Chief Municipal Executive Officer of IMC Habung Lampung informed the gathering about Smart City race, where Itanagar also is one of the participants. He sought people's participation and feedbacks through online and offline questionaire and suggestions through Smart City facebook page etc.  He assured that Smart City team will work hard to win the race to make Itanagar as Smart City.

ESC member Takap Tagru appealed to the citizens to keep the city clean. He highlighted how IMC officers and Councilors have been working hard to make Itanagar a better place to live.

Addressing the gathering, Deputy Chief Councilor Tarh Nachung informed the public about background of Itanagar in Smart City Race and sought people's active participation to make Itanagar Smart City.

He said that this Smart City Vehicle launched today will move around various places to sensitize people and to involve public participation.

On the occasion, pamphlets on smart city were distributed and on the spot quiz competition about Itanagar was organized besides other activities related to Smart City. DIPRO




Two-month Skill development training prog launched at Ziro

ZIRO, Jan 24: A 2 (two) months long skill development training programme under Employment Through Skills Training and Placement (EST&P) component of Deendayal Antyodaya Yojna National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM) for urban local poor people residing in Lower Subansiri District, was launched here today at Skill India Training Centre, Ziro by Training Provider - SynchroServe Global Solutions Pvt. Ltd. and training partner Tajuk Technologies Pvt. Ltd. in collaboration with DUDA, Ziro under the banner of State Urban Livelihoods Mission (SULM).

More than 36 trainees participated in the launching programme, and the program was attended by Er. S.C. Maru, Deputy Director, DUDA, Ziro, along with UPO, DUDA, Ziro, Tassar Taro, all AUPOs, DUDA Officials, Program Coordinator, SynchroServe Global Solutions Pvt. Ltd. and Team.

Speaking on the occasion, Er. S.C. Maru, Deputy Director, DUDA, Ziro enlightened the students about the aims and objectives of the EST&P DAY-NULM skills training programme, he advised the trainees to learn with full dedication and make best use of the opportunity to become self-employed and self-reliance.

Addressing the students, Vikram Singh, Program Coordinator, Tajuk Technologies Pvt. Ltd. training partner of SynchroServe Global Solutions Pvt. Ltd. explained about the different trades on which students will be trained during the training programme and briefed students on the training, assessment and certification procedure of the training programme.




Chai takes stock of developmental activities

PASIGHAT, Jan 24: Animal health care service and prevention of animal diseases are priority for maintenance of a healthy stock for optimum production, stated Minister for AH&V and Art & Culture Dr. Mahesh Chai during a visit to Berung piggery breeding firm, VTI (Veterinary Training Institute), DVO   office and Veterinary Hospital at Pasighat on Tuesday.

Dr. Chai along with DVO Dr. Jikom Panor, Key Village Officer Dr. Naku Taloh and DACO A Jamoh inspected the existing infrastructure and facilities, including hostels of trainees at VTI and interacted with the officials, staff and trainees.

At Berung Pig Breeding firm, the minister appreciated the officials for excellent management and opined that creation of suitable infrastructure for breeding, feeding and management of livestock and products must be given due importance. The local production has considerably increased but there is further scope for which efforts should be made, Chai added.

He also took stock of the ongoing construction of "IDDP Dairy Plant" and interacted with the plant engineer. He assured to have detailed discussion with the Managing Director Dr. Migo Riba at Nirjuli shortly for further course of action.

Chai also visited the Liquid Nitrogen Plant and Veterinary Hospital. Emphasizing the team spirit, he urged the officers and staffs to work with a missionary zeal. He further said that the department has to provide extensive supports to the farmers/producers so as to promote scientific rearing of livestock with consequent generation of employment avenues in the rural areas.

To bring about a developmental change in the sector with broader objectives, the department should put all out efforts to protect livestock from the ravages of diseases through treatment and preventive vaccinations and introduce improved breeding techniques for upgrading the local stock. Building up of adequate technical and professional manpower, they should also ensure better animal husbandry practices through adoption of extension and research.

He felt the need for a sophisticated operation theatre for ensuring painless operation of animal and additional doctor to enable the hospital facilitate round the clock health delivery.

Chai, who also is the minister of Art and Culture, has stated that aims and objectives of the department is propagation, promotion and development of art and culture as an integral part of composite culture of Arunachal Pradesh.

Activities of the department should not be limited to cultural presentations in national and state events but to preserve and promote legacies of art and culture through adopting pragmatic plans and policies, he added.  DIPRO




Girl lifters continue to shine in Khelo India

ITANAGAR, Jan 24: Young weightlifters from Arunachal Pradesh, particularly girls, continue to shine at national level sports competition 'Khelo India' being held at Sarusajai Sports Complex, Guwahati.

A day after Balo Yalam struck a gold medal in the event, her compatriot Boni Mangkhya clinched second gold medal for the state in girls under 17 years category on Tuesday, according to Arunachal Weightlifting Association.

Participating in 58 kg category, Boni has lifted 57 kg in Snatch and 74kg in Clean & Jerk (total --131 kg).

Another promising lifter Bengia Yape settled for silver in 63 kg category with a total lift of 118 kg (Snatch--55 kg +Clean & Jerk--63 kg).

Posen Kongkang put up a tough fight to her opponent in girls under 14 years category before settling for the silver. Taking part in 58kg category, she lifted 127 kg in total (57kg+ 70 kg ).

Liza Kamsa won a bronze medal in 63 kg category with a total lift of 105 kg (45kg + 60 kg).

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Pema Khandu has congratulated the young weightlifter Balo Yalam (U-14), Boni Mangkhya and Dejum Gadi for their brilliant performance at 'Khelo India'.

The Chief Minister also congratulated all other medal winners of the state for their remarkable performance in the competition.

"We are proud of you all for the brilliant and medal winning performance," Pema said in a congratulatory message and wished them all the best for success in future.




Awareness campaign on Centre’s flagship progs

KOLORIANG, Jan 24: An awareness campaign on various flagship programmes of the Centre and banking facilities was conducted at Kurung Kumey Deputy Commissioner's conference hall here on Tuesday.

The resource persons from the SBI, through PowerPoint presentations, explained various flagship programmes launched by the union government, such as the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Beema Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana, Atal Pension Yojana, Stand Up India, Digital India to the participants.

The participants comprising of PRI leaders, local businessmen and officers were told about the ways to avail such schemes via apps such as Buddy, SBI Pay, Aadhar enabled payment system etc. The resource persons also said the cashless transaction will ease the public from the usual harassment of standing in the long queues even for small transactions.

Earlier, Deputy Commissioner Kanki Darang explained in details about the Digital India movement as envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The DC asked the officers, PRI leaders and local businessmen present on the occasion to spread the knowledge they have gained in today's awareness campaign to others also.

During the interaction programme, however, the participants expressed their reservation over the cashless transactions. They opined that the places like Kurung Kumey which doesn't have good internet connection will have a problem with the cashless transaction.

O P Mounglang, DDM, NABARD, Itanagar, M Deka, Chief Manager, RBO Itanagar of SBI, S Basumatary, LDM (KK & LS) Bank Manager Pramod Kuli were the resource persons.




DEC to provide relief to farmers

KHONSA, Jan 24: The District Executive Committee (DEC) meeting of Tirap held here on Tuesday discussed on  crops damage reports and approved relief assistance to the farmers, whose crops- agriculture and horticulture were damaged by flood, as per merit and SDRF/ NDRF guidelines.

Deputy Commissioner Ravi Jha asked all the department to prepare estimate as per the item and norms of expenditure under SDRF/ NDRF adding that estimates/FDRs should be prepared for genuine works only.

The DEC also decided to dispose FDR cases, which were returned by the government.

However, handful of FDR cases has been approved by the DEC.

Jha suggested the DDMO to approach the higher authority for placing of adequate fund under SDRF/NDRF to clear pending FDR cases.

The meeting was attended by DDMO P Duggong, departmental engineers, DFO, DHO, PD (DRDA), CO(GA), DD (UD & Housing), DAO. DIPRO




BJP East Kameng district executive meeting held

ITANAGAR, Jan 24: The District executive meeting of Bharatiya Janata Party East Kameng unit was held on Jan 21 and 22 last at school auditorium, Seppa.

Home, RWD and Labour and Employment Minister Kumar Waii, Vice president BJP State unit Dominic Tadar and District president L K Yangfo while addressing party workers appealed them to work with sincerity and dedication to make the party stronger.

District president L K Yangfo also appealed Minister Waii to implement all the schemes and  programmes launched by PM Narendra Modi.




Swachhta Pakhwada

ITANAGAR, Jan 24: The Department of Field Publicity, Regional Office here is undertaking various activities through its nine units as part of the ongoing Swachhta Pakhwada from January 16 to 31.

These include delivery of message on Swachhta Pakhwada through interpersonal communication mode like rallies, film show, group discussion, public meeting, photo exhibitions, etc. special outreach programmes focusing on Swachha Bharat Mission are also being conducted in rural and remote areas.

In Itanagar, a cleanness drive was organised recently under the leadership of Director Dr. HR Keshavamurthy and Swachhta pledge was administered.

At Ziro, the DFP, Ziro Unit in close coordination with Abulyang Bazaar Committee, SSB Tinali, Ziro organized a mass cleanliness drive at SSB Gate, Hapoli on Tuesday.

Shopkeepers, businessmen, PRI members, GBs, Govt. officials, NGOs and general public residing in and around SSB Gate took active part in the drive.

During the mission, the participants cleaned up SSB Tinali bazaar area, approaching road to Hong village, DFP, AIR and Ziro-Hapoli main road in a radius of one kilometer by removing garbage from drains.

Later, the garbage/waste materials were burnt down and left out was collected by DUDA.




Team visit fire accident site

ITANAGAR, Jan 24: A team of All Palin, Chambang, Yangte, Gangte & Tarak-Langdi Students Union (APCYGTSU) along with Kra Daadi Deputy Commissioner, circle officer, Palin & Yangte has visited fire accident site at Palin. The SPT building and kitchen of one Gora Paku of Palin were reduced to ashes in a fire accident on January 21. The house owner could save nothing as the fire spread quickly engulfing the home in minutes. The Union informed that the DC distributed the relief items given by Palin-Chambang MLA to the fire victim.

Meanwhile, the Union also demanded the concerned authorities to provide sufficient relief materials for rehabilitation of the victim.




APB&OCWWB health camps

ITANAGAR, Jan 24: The Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Constructions Building Workers Welfare Board (APB&OCWWB conducted series of Medical Health Camps from December 27 to January 14 at various places.

Many have benefitted from the health camps which covered Nari, Ledum, Paglek and Mebo under East Siang district, Parbuk and Iduli under Lower Dibang Valley, Arzoo and Anini under Dibang Valley, Sunpura under Lohit district, Khupa (Hayuliang) under Anjaw, Namsai, Chowkam and Lekang under Namsai district.

During the health camps, Eye check up, Hepatitis-B and C screening and vaccination, Diabetes screening, Blood Sugar test and other general checkups were administered by doctors including Eye specialist Dr T Kaye, Dr Tomar  Kamki, Dentist Dr S Chisi, Dr A W Sing, Dr R Natung and Dr C Apang along with supporting staffs like lab technicians and ophthalmic assistants.




Houses gutted at Damsite

ITANAGAR, Jan 24: A massive fire broke out at Damsite, Narharlagun at around 6pm on Monday gutting down the houses of former Koloriang MLA Lokam Tassar and Golo Sasung. Reportedly former MLA also suffered minor injury in the incident.

Member, Empowered Standing Committee, Itanagar Municipal Council, Tarh Kunia in a press release while informing that properties worth lakhs of rupees were damaged in the incident, appealed to the district administration to provide immediate relief to the victims.




APIC imposes penalty

ITANAGAR, Jan 24: The Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission has imposed a penalty of Rs 25000 on PIO cum ADC Sagalee for deliberately defying the orders of the Commission in connection with the appeal case no. APIC-192/2016 made by one Nabam Serbang.




Unauthorized travel counters sealed

ROING, Jan 24:  Seven unauthorized booking counters of travel agencies operating in Roing town without valid license were sealed by the district administration.

The action was taken after the travel agencies failed to comply with the Govt. order to get registered and obtain valid License from the concern authority. DIPRO




IPPI camp at Parsuram Kund

ITANAGAR, Jan 24: The District Health Society of Lohit organized a two days special polio immunization camp at Parsuram kund on the eve of Makar Sankranti.

The camp was organized to vaccinate the children of tourists from different states of the country and Nepal, who visited the area to take holy dip at Parsuram Kund

Total coverage during this festival was 144 children.

This initiative of Lohit District Administration was in sync with the objectives of "Mission Indradhanush" which focuses upon universal immunization.




Assam Rifles organizes awareness campaign

ITANAGAR, Jan 24: The 14 Assam Rifles under the DAO Division organized an awareness programme in Old Changlang Village on Tuesday. In its earnest drive prior to the 68th  Republic Day celebrations, the Changlang Battalion spearheaded an awareness campaign that focused on vital areas like infrastructure development, women empowerment, students welfare and health awareness.

The villagers from Old Changlang, Kuchep, Chokdok and Longri attended the program which was culminated by a medical camp distributing free medications to around 113 patients. (DIPRO)




Training on e-governance and digital India

ITANAGAR, Jan 24: A two days training programme on 'Basics of e-governance and Digital India Frame Work' began at Administrative Training Institute, Naharlagun on Tuesday. Altogether 25 participants, including one District Planning Officer, five Circle Officers and other officers and Ministerial officials, are participating in it.

Speaking during its inaugural session, director ATI Pate Marik while saying that it is an attempt to discharge government functioning electronically advised the participants to take full advantage of the programmes to equip themselves with the new technology.





ITANAGAR, Jan 24: Mita Ao Welfare Society (MAWS) has expressed shock over the demise of HGB Liru under Likabali sub-division Marto Riba who passed away recently.

Saying that his demise is a great loss to the entire Galo community and Likabali area in particular, the society offered condolence to the bereaved family members and prayed for the eternal peace of departed soul.

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State media gains more strength

The launch of newest newspaper, Arunachal Observer on Monday has added another feather in the arms of Arunachal media. This has taken the number of English daily in the state to 8. In the last 10 years the state media has witnessed sudden growth with launch of several newspapers and news magazines. While the print media is starting to make its presence felt, the electronic media is still struggling for survival. The absence of active electronic media is huge disadvantage for the fledging media industry.

Even though the print media is seeing some success but still there is long way to go. Barring few, the majority of newspapers are struggling for survival. Lack of revenue has made it extremely difficult for the owners to run the paper. Most of them are running paper due to sheer love for media and with hope that things will improve in future. State government has also done little to support the media industry. Government bills are kept pending for years. Bureaucrats create so many hurdles while clearing the ad bills. Also there is still lack of trust between press and Arunachalee citizens. Majority of newspaper are owned by the political families. Because of this citizens always distrust the media houses. Despite not so conducive atmosphere, the press in general has done decent job. Unlike their mainland counterpart, the press in Arunachal has been responsible enough while reporting on sensitive issues and has never taken side. In a highly sensitive tribal state like ours it is remarkable achievement.






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Help Jeli win Indian Idol

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteem daily, I being the well-wisher and fan would like to request the Chief Minister and Government of A. P to please keep in touch with our singing star " Jeli kayi Tamin ",who is struggling for coveted singing title of Indian idol session-9 at Mumbai and making us proud.

From reliable source's it has come to knowledge that he is facing financial constraint there in process of making himself the "Indian Idol". It is further heard that he is training under Sonu Nigam and fee is bit higher to be afforded by him and family members.

It will be a disheartening moment if Jeli couldn't make to top-8 due to lack of moral and financial support from Government of A. P

Lets not leave any stone unturned to make our hero the "Indian-idol session 9.

We shouldn’t forget that "Jeli Kayi" is the representative of Arunachal Pradesh and Northeast as a whole.

In fact our government should also give their best support financially or morally to make Jeli the Indian-Idol session-9 and help him to bring laurel for the state and northeast as a whole.


Taki Longte Tamin





Voters as tenants

Dear Editor,

A Republic country is governed by a President and Politicians elected by the People. So, we ~ Indian voters ~ need to realize our responsibility and importance. Unfortunately, voters are regarded as tenants in our democracy. As a result, our entitlements are branded as freebies. Such a mindset is dangerous for a democracy. We need to understand that in a democracy, MPs and MLAs are not zamindars. They are our representatives. It is we who send politicians to the House of the People. Moreover, every Indian has to pay a substantial amount of tax in our indirect tax regime. Like the consumers, we should have similar rights and protections if our political representatives fail us and spend Govt money without considering our urgent need.


Sujit De, Kolkata





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