Three additional Arunachal Scouts battalions for Arunachal
Itanagar, July 9: Defence Minister A K Anthony today assured Arunachal Pradesh for
raising three additional battalions of Arunachal Scouts with full preference to local
Anthony’s assurance came when a delegation comprising of Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu,
MP Takam Sanjoy along with high ranking officials called on him at his office.
Takam Sanjoy disclosed that the team pleaded the minister to recruit more locals
which Mr. Anthony agreed in principle.
It is pertinent to mention here that the process has already started to raise the
first battalion of Arunachal Scout with the go ahead signal from the Defence Ministry
recently. However, the battalion would compose of fifty per cent locals and rest
from outside the state.
“We have urged the minister to take necessary steps in improving quality of works
by Border Roads Organisation (BRO) and to expedite various road under Prime Minister
package on war footing”, Sanjoy said adding, the team also apprised the minister
how delay in road works hampering implementation of PM package in the state.
The other pleas made by the delegation include undertaking Miao-Vijaynagar road under
General Service (GS) Road of the ministry, construction of roads in 22 unconnected
administrative centers in border areas immediately under special package, strengthening
of suspension and log bridges in border areas and construction of advanced landing
grounds (ALGs) in various strategic locations of the state, which the minister agreed,
“The state government also submitted a proposal for establishment of National Institute
of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (NIMAS) at Dirang with an estimated cost of eighty
crore”, Sanjoy informed and added that land for the institution had already been
allotted and other infrastructure including approach road and water supply created.
The team also urged the minister to reconsider construction of airport at Tawang
which was earlier rejected by the ministry keeping in view the strategic location
of the site, bordering China.
“The Defence Minister will soon convene a meeting with External Affairs Ministry,
Home Ministry and Airport Authority of India to discuss the issue and to reconsider
the proposal”, Sanjoy added.
The team also called on Minister of State for Defence Palam Raju, additional defence
secretary Sekhar Agarwal, Army Chief Mr. V K Singh , Deputy Chairman Planning Commission
M. S Ahluwalia.
The team had a meeting with Principal Secretary to Prime Minister T K A Nair yesterday
and discussed in details all the issues, Sanjoy added. UNI
Put your acts together and submit UCs: NCP’s advice to state govt departments
ITANAGAR, July 9: NCP legislators who are camping in Delhi are not spending their
time idle. After their high profile meeting with NCP Chief Sharad Pawar, today the
MLAs met the Union Minister of State for Rural Development Agatha Sangma at her offices.
Sangma, informed the legislators that due to lackadaisical attitude of the state
government departments at times caused hindrances in releasing the funds meant for
development of the state.
Union Secretary for Rural Development, Chief Economic Advisor and other top officials
of SGSY, NREGA, PMGSY and Sanitation & Water Supply attended the meeting.
Speaking from New Delhi after the meeting, Deputy Leader of the NCP state Legislator
Party and Spokesperson Bamang Felix informed that the feedbacks given by the top
officials looking after various central schemes for rural development were rather
“The blame on the Center for lack of funds in the state is somewhat abstract,” he
said and pointed at late and, sometimes failure in, submission of Utilization Certificates
(UCs) by concerned departments for release of funds from the Center.
Felix informed that Utilization Certificates for schemes being implemented under
SGSY and IAY are yet to reach the Union Ministry from various districts, which has
halted the flow of funds.
The officials of the Ministry informed the visiting legislators that UCs for SGSY
were yet to be submitted by Dibang Valley, East Kameng, Kurung Kumey, Upper Siang
and Upper Subansiri while the UCs for IAY from Anjaw, Dibang Valley, East Kameng,
Kurung Kumey, Tirap and Upper Siang were also being awaited.
Another fault on part of the state government that was revealed is the non-submission
of the DPRs for construction of rural roads under the Prime Minister’s Package.
“It is surprising that the DPRs are yet to be submitted taking into account that
the scheme is slated to lapse by the end of 2012,” said Felix. He informed that the
NCP MLAs would take up the issue with the state government once back in the state.
According to the party spokesperson the apprehension that PMGSY funds were being
delayed by the Center is also wrong. He said that the Ministry had already released
all the funds meant for the state under the scheme and it was up to the state government
now to realize these.
The MLAs suggested a visit by a high level team of officials to the state to study
the ground realities and hurdles being faced by the government departments in implementing
the schemes in the state.
Meanwhile, Felix informed that establishment of a separate FCI Regional Office at
Itanagar by bifurcating it from the existing Guwahati office, which the leaders had
raised yesterday in a meeting with Sharad Pawar, is already under process.
After 48 Yrs, mortal remains of a Soldier is found in Wallong
ITANAGAR, July 9: After 48 years, the mortal remain of valorous Indian soldier who
went missing during the Sino-India war of 1962was unearthed at Japak Nalah, near
Wallong in Anjaw district.
On July one, a party from the Border Road Task Force clearing a landslide area near
Walong recovered two identity discs belonging to Karam Chand of 4 Dogra Regiment.
They reported it to the District Administration which swung into action along with
the Indian Army.
After digging for four days, a battalion of the Sikh Regiment recovered Chand's mortal
remains along with his silver ring, a dilapidated cover of his pay book and a fountain
pen, according to defence officials said.
The soldier's mortal remains along with his personal belongings were handed over
by the commanding officer of Sikh Regiment today with full honours to the 4 Dogra
Regiment at the Hut of Remembrance in Walong. There was no news of the late soldier
and many other soldiers after the Indo-Chinese war of 1962, defence officials said
The remains were taken to his native place Gogar at Palampur in Himachal Pradesh.
Lohit DA to launch “mass awareness campaign 2010”
TEZU, July 9: Lohit is set to launch “Lohit Mass Awareness Campaign Programme 2010”
on the birth anniversary of the father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi on 2nd Oct next.
The main objective of Lohit mass awareness campaign programme 2010 is to generate
awareness in a composite form among the people and students living in the remotest
part about various aspects of safe drinking water, sanitation, health and hygiene,
disaster management, Electoral rights and duties, NREGA, SSA, role of GBs/HGBs, Drug
abuse and its bad effects, Social forestry apart from knowledge on how to avail benefits
under various government schemes.
The Mass awareness campaign programme is in continuation to the earlier awareness
campaigns programme launched in Lohit District through various methods, such as video
shows like “ Chodo Kal Ki Bathein,” Malaria Control Mission, and “Naya Severa”, a
pictorial booklet depicting Do’s and Don’t for maintaining good health and hygiene.
The Lohit Deputy Commissioner R.K. Sharma has convened a meeting of Heads of the
Department to chalk out elaborate plan.
The Deputy Commissioner instructed all the concerned Head of the Departments to submit
write-ups in a lucid and simplified way so that general public and students can easily
understand. These write-ups will later be compiled in a booklet and shall be made
available to all the educational institutions for classroom teaching by trained resource
persons. The educational institutions are targeted because more than ¼ of the total
population of Lohit District are students and it is opined that their awareness will
percolate to their family members.
The resource persons shall visit all the villages under Lohit district to spread
awareness among the villagers through camps and lectures. The objective is to spread
awareness to each and every household so that every one is aware of his rights and
Japanese Encephalitis Vaccination campaign
Dr D Padung
Japanese encephalitis (JE) is one of the most important causes of viral encephalitis
in Asia. Japan, South Korea, North Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, and the Peoples
Republic of China (PRC) practice routine childhood immunization against JE. In India,
JE is believed to be responsible for approximately 2000-3000 clinical cases and 500-600
deaths every year. JE has been reported from states and union territories in India.
Highly endemic states include West Bengal, Bihar, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh,
Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, and Goa.
The risk is highest in children aged 1-15 years, in rural areas and in the monsoon/post
monsoon season. JE vaccination remains the single most important control measure
in JE endemic states of India. Due to difficult diagnosis and low awareness, JE may
be severely under-reported and has case fatality rate is 5-35%. It contributes JE-related
disability in 30-75% of cases.
JE Control: Different approaches
Control programs for JE have focused on three major areas but neither mosquito control
nor pig control have proven to be reliably effective public health measures to control
JE in human.
* Mosquito control
* Amplifying host (Pig) control
The GOI Decision
Introduction of JE vaccination as a component of the Universal Immunization Programme
Vaccine by administering Live attenuated SA14-14-2 JE vaccine manufactured in Chengdu
Institute of Biological Products, China. However, in Arunachal Pradesh, the affected
district of Lohit will be provided JE vaccine in a campaign mode during this year.
All the parents are made aware through this article to enquire about the vaccination
campaign in lohit district.
One time campaign targeting all children between 1-15 years followed by introducing
the vaccine in the routine EPI targeting children 1 to 2 years of age (WHO-recommended
strategy) at a later stage. The coverage may be poor in campaign, a large number
of left out/uncovered cases left most children susceptible to the JE virus, supplementary
J.E. Vaccination Campaign in the districts where J.E. vaccination campaign has taken
place will be covered in future. (Dr. Padung is State Nodal Officer (NRHM)
Sensitization training on Micro Finance Vision 2011
ITANAGAR, July 9: District level sensitization training on Micro Finance Vision 2011
was organized at the DC’s conference hall at Ziro in Upper Subansiri district today.
Altogether 91 Self Help Group members attended the meeting.
Resource person and programme coordinator Sapu Banghya imparted training on the
concept of self help groups and enlightened the participants on social and economic
issues, role of women in policy making, benefit of forming groups and the leadership
Ziro SBI branch manager S Kaikhanthang gave a detailed presentation on loan component
to the SHGs and distributed new pass book to 81 Self Help Groups.
ICDS Deputy Director, Ziro, Jaya Jawal Singh explained the aims and objectives of
the training programme.
APPDSU reiterates its demands
ITANAGAR, July 9: The All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU) has expressed
strong resentment over the alleged beating up of Leporiang Medical Officer Dr. Tana
Talin Tara by police.
While demanding action against the police officials over gross violation of human
rights and handcuffing the concerned government official without any reasons, the
APPDSU in a memorandum to the Home Minister has demanded enquiry committee consisting
of IAS officer or retired HC judge for an amicable solution of the case.
Dr Tana was allegedly beaten up by the Police which the police deny. APPDSU which
is spearheading the movement for solution to the ongoing tussle over the arrest of
Dr. Tana Talin Tara, medical officer, urged for fulfillment of its demands before
the end of the deadline on July 10 next.
The union demands include immediate termination of OC L R Rana and SDPO B S Mehra
of Naharalgun P.S, immediate arrest of Rajesh and Rakesh Pandey, proprietor of M/S
Rakesh Enterprise and cancellation of their trading and arm license.
The union alleged that the MO was badly beaten up besides threatended and further
charged the police with nexus and nepotism.
The APPDSU further pressed for separation of judiciary from the executive. It further
demanded immediate cancellation of land possession certificates granted in Sagalee
TCIYF seeks EE’s clarification on water project
ITANAGAR, Jul 9: Dissatisfied over limited progress made in water supply project
at Lao village under Tali circle and the contradictive Press statements by the EE,
PHE and WS, Sangram division, the Tali Constituency Intellectual Youth Forum (TCIYF)
has sought more clarifications from the EE on the scheme including total sanctioned
While expressing strong resentment over the EE’s Press statement which blamed some
‘elements’ and ‘local problems’ as some of the deterrent factors in successful implementation
of the project, the Forum said that if there had been local problems or obstructions
in executing the works there is appropriate authority to look after these matters.
The EE, instead of taking people of the area into confidence, has blamed entire people
of the area which is unfortunate, it said.
The Forum demanded the EE to make the total payment made to contractors for RCC works
public and the remaining amount for carriage purpose as well as the payment yet to
be made against head loading of pipes.
Dree celebrated at Seppa
ITANAGAR, July 9: The Apatani community residing at East Kameng district celebrated
the Dree festival with pomp and gaiety at Seppa. The celebration began with the hoisting
of Dree flag and singing of Dree anthem.
Colourful cultural programmes, sports and games, literary and quiz competitions
were the major attraction of the festival.
While Tallo team emerged winner in the cricket competition, Pikke Pilla team and
Abha Akha team won the volleyball and football competition respectively. Prizes were
also distributed to winners of various competitions.
Vanmahotsava observed at RGU
ITANAGAR, July 9: As a part of ‘Vanmahotsava’ Celebration, the Rajiv Gandhi University
organized a Mass Tree Plantation Programme within the University Campus on today.
400 saplings were planted on the occasion, which were donated by the Forest Range
The programme was inaugurated by Prof. Tamo Mibang, Vice-Chancellor (i/c) and attended
by Officers and employees of the University, Forest Range Officer, Doimukh and RGU
PR leaders oppose awarding works to individual contractors
ITANAGAR, Jul 9: The Panchayat leaders of Tamen-III anchal segment of Kamporijo protested
the authorities concerned for awarding construction works of a school building sanctioned
under SSA at Tamin-III to some individual contractors.
They claimed that all developmental activities at village level are actually meant
for panchayats as per guidelines. By awarding the construction work to some individual,
the authority of the department concerned has not only violated norms and guidelines
under Panchayat Raj Act but also seized the power of panchayat leaders, they claimed.
They further claimed that a proposal was also made to the authorities concerned through
local administration to implement the work through panchayat leaders.
‘Choose Indo Asian Academy for higher education’
ITANAGAR, Jul 09: The Indo Asian Academy Group of Institutions Bangalore, had a very
good response during the Career Fair held during May 2010. This Indo Asian Academy
is a reputed and a very well known college in the city of Bangalore, the IT hub of
the world and one of the top institutions. Students from 36 countries of the globe
are studying in this college, said a press release by Prof: Dr. S.T. R. Raja, Director-
The courses namely, BBM, BCA, B.Com, B.Sc., BA (Journalism) of Bangalore University,
Pre-University approved by Govt. of Karnataka, MBA of (M.S.U) P.G. Diploma Course
in HR & IB of Bangalore University.
With the state-of-the- art infrastructure, digital library, separate hostels for
boys and girls, personality development programme, serene ambiance which involves
a new experience for the knowledge scenario with diverse culture. Choose Indo Asian
Academy for higher education in Bangalore, the release added.
ITANAGAR: The literary sitting-14th to be precise, organized by the Arunachal Pradesh
Literary Society (APLS) would be held at the premises of J N State Museum here on
July 11 next, informs the APLS president Y D Thongchi. The interested literary talents
are requested to participate in the session.
ITANAGAR: The Arunachal Pradesh Medical Council under the aegis of National Rural
Health Mission Arunachal Pradesh would organize a two day training on ‘Neonatal Care’
for medical practitioners from July 11 which will be held at Conference Hall, Directorate
of Health Services, Naharlagun, according to an information received from Secretary-cum-Registrar,
Arunachal Pradesh Medical Council, Dr Moji Jini.
The participants will be from various districts of Arunachal Pradesh. Under the programe
84 doctors from all over the state have already been trained while with the completion
of fourth round a total of 102 doctors would have received training.
Itanagar: A high level Indian Delegation is leaving for Bangladesh led by Mani Shankar
Aiyar, MP and former Union Minister. The delegation is focusing on trade between
India and Bangladesh and many agreements are expected to be signed.
One of the core areas will be export-import from North-East India with Bangladesh
and market access to products of both countries.
Former MP Kiren Rijiju who is part of the delegation will emphasis on market access
for agriculture and horticulture produces from Arunachal Pradesh and future linkages.
ITANAGAR, July 9: Capital Youth Welfare Organization is conducting a social service
at Ganga Market near RK Mission Hospital on July 10.
ITANAGAR, July 9: Talum Moya Nekam, Paul Natung and P Novin Jomoh have been selected
as President, General Secretary and Vice President of All Arunachal Sports Youth
Association in a meeting held at Naharlagun recently.
ITANAGAR, July 9: Kipa Brothers’ Forum condole the premature demise of a class X
student Kipa Takis, who died at Polo Colony after prolonged illness.
Terming his death as a great loss for the Kipa clan, the members of the Forum prayed
almighty god to give strength to the bereaved family members.