ITANAGAR, Jul 4: All Sagalee Employees Forum (ASEF) has felicitated the class X,
XII and APJEE-2011 toppers and other distinguished achievers of Sagalee Sub-Division
on July 2 last.
Speaking as Chief of the felicitation function, Health Service Director Dr. K Nishing
advised the student’s fraternity to devote in their education instead of wasting
time in student politics.
Guest of Honour, RGU Deputy Registrar Dr. Tana Showren emphasized the importance
of human resource development for socio economic upliftment of the society. While
ASEF, President Dr. KT Mulung highlighted on career option through power point presentation.
On the occasion ASEF felicitated Dr. Nabam Nakha Hina, Teli Momu, Nabam Raja, Ngurang
Menia, Nabam Akin, Nabam Othniel Hidd, Tarh Nachup and Ani Nabam.
Kridashree training concludes
BOMDILA, Jul 4: The first ever 3-days district level training for Kridashrees (PYKKA
workers) concluded here today.
Altogether 42 Kridashrees from West Siang district joined the programme, which was
conducted to train the workers help implement the Centre’s Panchayat Yuva Krira Aur
Khel Abhiyan at grassroots level.
The training was conducted by Sports and Youth Affairs Directorate with the help
of Lead Master Trainer R Mipi Reiterating the government’s initiative and seriousness
on youth development programme, ADC B.Dehingia stressed the need for making a concerted
effort and carrying out the responsibility with a missionary zeal. The commitment
and innovations of the Kridashrees will go a long way in bringing out top class athletes
and players from the area as the people of the north-east are naturally endowed with
the requisite strength and stamina, he added.
The ADC also distributed certificates to the trainees. DIPRO
ITANAGAR, Jul 4: Much to the delight of the local people, the Jomlo-Bari primary
school in West Siang district has been upgraded to middle school during 2010-11 under
Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA). With this upgradation, one of the long-felt
needs of the people of this area has been fulfilled. Jomlo-Mobuk circle ZPM Opung
Jerang has shouldered the responsibility and persuaded the higher authorities to
upgrade the school under RMSA. Meanwhile, Jerang lauded the concerted efforts of
all concerned in making the dream of the people into reality.
ANYACCU to move Govt
ITANAGAR, Jul 4: All Nyishi Youth Association Capital Complex Unit (ANYACCU) in a
meeting today unanimously decided to approach the authorities concerned to earmark
a plot of land measuring 300 sqm within capital complex for construction of permanent
Meanwhile, ANYACCU has appointed Tatung Tato as its chairman (vigilance) for smooth
ZIRO, Jul 4: Hapoli forest division, Ziro observed 62nd Vanamahotsava week here with
the theme ‘each one plant one’.
According to Ngilyang Tachang, Range Forest Officer, Hapoli thousands of saplings
have already been distributed to the schools, churches and to general public free
of cost as a part of programme.
Vanamahotsava is observed every year in the first week of July, he added.
ITANAGAR, Jul 4: Donyi-PoLo Yelam Kebang, Itanagar Gangging deeply mourned the untimely
demise of Central Donyi-Polo Yelam Kebang, Pasighat Tabee Tapun Gao who died on July
The Members of the Yelam Kebang prays almighty god for the eternal peace of the departed
soul and bestowed enough strength to the bereaved family members to bear the irreparable
Governor greets people on Dree
ITANAGAR, Jul 4: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh has conveyed best wishes
and greetings to all the people of Arunachal Pradesh on the festive occasion of Dree.
The Governor offered prayer to invoke the Dree spirit amongst the people for the
well being of all.
“May the bonds of solidarity and fraternity, which are an integral part of the auspicious
occasion, bring contentment and prosperity in the society,” Gen Singh added in his
festival message. PRO to Governor.
Free medical camp
ITANAGAR, Jul 4: On the occasion of 76th birth anniversary of The Dalai Lama, The
Men-Tsee-Khang (A Tibetan Medical & Astro Institute) is conducting one-day free medical
camp on July 6 from 08:30 am to 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm to 05:00 pm at Sidhartha Vihar
(Gompa Mindir) Zero Point Tinali here.
People suffering from various ailments, like Asthma, Arthritis, Diabetes, Hypertension,
General Cardio-Vascular Problems, Nervous disorders, Gynecological Problems, Gastro-Intestinal
Disorders, Chronic Cold & Allergic Problems Psychosomatic Problems etc, can avail
ITANAGAR, Jul 4 : The Apatani community of Yingkiong, Upper Subansiri district has
decided to celebrate Dree 2011 in a befitting manner. Local MLA Alo Libang would
grace the occasion as chief guest while deputy commissioner L Borang would be the
guest of honour of the celebration. Modern and traditional cultural items and sports
would be the added attraction of the festival celebration.
Apatanis of Daporijo would also celebrate Dree Festival at Daporijo tomorrow. Various
cultural display and folk dance competition would be organized as part of the celebration.
, Local MLA Tapen Siga and Upper Subansiri District Deputy Commissioner would attend
the festival as chief guest and guest of honour respectively.
ITANAGAR, Jul 4: A team of Rashtriya Yuva Parishad, Arunachal Pradesh Unit led by
Minkir Lollen is leaving for New Delhi to attend the National Level Seminar of Rashtriya
Yuva Parishad at New Delhi on July 6.
During the seminar, upliftment of Yuva, unemployment problem and other problems of
nation and states would be discussed.
ITANAGAR, Jul 4: R C Tassar, Tana Taha, Toko Chada have been appointed as president,
general secretary, vice president of All Arunachal Pradesh BSNL civil contractor
welfare association for a period of three years in its general body council meeting
held here recently.
Fulfill assurance: NYC
ITANAGAR, Jul 4: The Nationalist Youth Congress, Parang under Sagalee subdivision
has appealed to the PWD and UD minister to release fund for infrastructure development
of the Govt Residential School, Seema.
While responding to a public memorandum at Parang on January 24, the minister had
assured to release fund for the infrastructure development of the said school. But
the promise remains unfilled even after six month and before the beginning of new
academic session of the school, the NYC said.
The name of DCC president Nyato Marde was wrongly published as Nyato Hina in a
front page news item of this daily on July 3. The error is regretted.
DC beaten up, Aalo tense
ITANAGAR, Jul 4: In a bizarre incident today, West Siang deputy commissioner Amjad
Tak was beaten up in his own chamber during a bail hearing. As per report four people
who were arrested this morning were presented before DC for bail. During the hearing
heated arguments broke out between DC and bail petitioners. As a result of it the
four arrestees along with the bailer physically assaulted the DC leading to serious
injuries. Till filing of this report, DC Tak is reported to be admitted in hospital
The four people arrested this morning include Jomkar Loyi, Minto Ete, Nyali Bagra
and Gebin Loya. They were all arrested by police in regards to July 1 Aalo bandh.
The district administration has declared 144 CrPC following this incident. While
talking over phone, West Siang Superintendent of Police informed that all five attackers
have been immediately arrested and booked under various provisions of law. He added
that during the time of the incident four arrestees along with one bailer and advocates
were present at the chamber.
Aalo town is under tense situation for the last few days ever since Paktu Ao Youth
Welfare Association (PAYWA) called a 24 hours bandh to register protest against the
district administration and the government over their failure to address demands
including suspension of civil works at government higher secondary school, Aalo and
Nehru memorial higher secondary school, Puakgumin, due to non-fulfillment of Rastriya
Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan guidelines. Meanwhile a citizen of Aalo blamed DC himself
for this incident and said, “DC Amjad Tak was working at the behest of some vested
interests and refused bail without any reason.” Further he added: “Tomorrow more
number of people are arriving from villages for the bail petition of four arrested.
If any incident happens because of the declaration of 144 CrPC, DC and local MLA
will have to take responsibilities.”
The untold saga of Tirap
ITANAGAR, Jul 4: In recent times the twin districts of Tirap and Changlang has hogged
the limelight for all the wrong reasons. Beside the insurgency problem, the recent
decision of the Naga People’s Front to set up their base in these two districts has
created a lot of controversy. The rest of Arunachal is wondering how the people of
Tirap and Changlang could let a Nagaland based political party and underground groups
(UG) have so much of clout in these two districts. Many NGOs and students bodies
of the state have questioned this move and opposed the NPF and question the silence
of the citizens of these districts.
This journalist recently visited Tirap district to try to understand how insurgency
has killed the very soul of Tirap residents. The poverty, insurgency and lack of
development have made Tirap one of the most backward districts of Arunachal Pradesh.
Still there are many villages which do not have road, health care facilities and
electricity connection. It is this poverty and underdevelopment which lures many
youths to join both faction of NSCN in search for better life. Also detail study
shows that more number of youth from the eastern corner of Tirap district bordering
Burma and Nagaland join insurgency groups in large scale. The reasons being cited
is that this part of the district is more backward than other areas which shares
boundary with Assam and therefore more developed because of better road connectivity.
Locals poured their heart out to this journalist but wanted their identity to be
hidden for security reasons. “For a youth living under utter poverty in interior
village life becomes directionless. Taking advantage of such situation insurgent
groups lure the youth away with promises of a dignified life in the form of military
uniform, money and power to dictate terms,” said a local villager of Khonsa
He further said, “Our youths do not have much idea about greater Nagalim and the
Naga issues in general. For them joining a UG group is more about getting chance
to live respectable life. This is all happening because the govt of AP and our local
MLAs have left us to our destiny. They want us to fight against poverty, underdevelopment
and the UG group on our own. For Arunachal govt we are a burden and it seems they
want to get rid of Tirap and Changlang people. As part of a strategy to win over
villagers, NSCN have built schools and churches in the interior areas. “
Despite situation looking hopeless still people are hoping that this situation will
change in coming days. Especially they hope that proposed Trans-Arunachal highway
will usher in new an era of developmental activities in coming years. “Besides road
connection, Tran-Arunachal highway project will offer job opportunities to many local
villagers. Also emotionally it will make us near to our fellow Arunachalees after
we get connected with them. We hope the state government will expedite this project
soon and not hold back using insurgency as an excuse,” said a villager of Borduria.
Even in the midst of crisis, people of Tirap still hope and so now onus is on state
government to turn that hope into reality. In the meanwhile residents of Tirap will
continue fighting against the odds, for a better future.
12th five-year plan critical for Arunachal’s development: Gamlin
Guwahati/ITANAGAR, Jul 4 : Terming the 12th Five Year Plan as ‘critical’ for the
development process in the state, Arunachal Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin said that
many of the infrastructure and other development projects that are underway now would
see their fruition during the next Plan period and it was vital that the support
of the Planning Commission towards the State should continue. He was speaking at
the Regional Consultation on the Approach paper for 12th Five Year Plan, which was
convened by the Planning Commission in Guwahati and chaired by its Dy. Chairman Dr.
Montek Singh Ahluwalia. Chief Ministers of all northeastern states attended the consultation.
Describing Arunachal Pradesh as ‘special’ even within the Special Category States,
Gamlin said that poor physical connectivity, low internal resource base, lack of
skilled man-power and a long and relatively under-developed international border
are some of the major constraints that the State faces at the beginning of the 12th
FYP, which can prove to be impediments to the state’s growth targets.
Sharing some of the problems of the state with the forum, he said that difficult
terrain combined with a very sparsely distributed population makes for a peculiar
There are places which require 6 to 8 days of foot-march to reach and where a kg
of salt costs Rs 120, and a cement bag up to Rs 4,000. As such development activities
in these areas turn out to be very costly.
“Our appeal to the Planning Commission is that while considering projects for such
regions, typical formulae of cost-benefit analysis should not be applied. Rather,
the vast intangible dividends that this kind of an investment would bring in the
long run should be the guiding factor. In addition, the minimum population criteria
now followed, results in a lot of our habitations not benefiting under many Centrally
Sponsored Schemes. “We would request that the guidelines for the CSS should be made
region-specific and should be framed only after extensive discussions with State
Govts. and after field visits from Govt. of India officials. If achieved, this can
be one our biggest accomplishments during the 12th FYP”, Gamlin said.
On the growth trajectory of the State, Gamlin shared that with about one-third of
the nation’s total hydroelectric power potential being in Arunachal, hydropower will
be the single biggest engine of growth for the economy of the State in the years
to come. He said that the State Govt. envisages a capacity addition of 12,086 MW
during the 12th FYP through commissioning of 91 hydroelectric projects. The entire
potential is expected to be realized by the end of the 14th FYP period when the annual
accruals by the sale of State’s share of free power are expected to be in the range
of ` 10,000 crore.
He however pointed out that since all this power would need to be evacuated to the
National Grid through the Siliguri corridor, we must now seriously look at the Transmission
System for evacuation.
Since the project is too big to be undertaken by the State government alone, it has
to be taken up at the national level, the Chief Minister said, and hoped that this
would get due attention in the approach paper and as transmission systems typically
require three to four years to be put in place, work on this should start early.
Speaking on problems facing the education sector, he expressed the hope that the
Planning Commission would examine a strategy of opening residential schools serving
a cluster of villages rather than opening small unviable schools in each village.
He also emphasized that in the higher education sector there are very few institutes
of excellence or professional colleges in the Northeast, even lesser in the State.
He appealed to the Planning Commission that in the 12th FYP, at least one Medical
College, one Law College and two Engineering colleges should be sanctioned for Arunachal
Intervening on few state-specific requests, Gamlin said that for several of the key
Centrally Sponsored Schemes like SSA, NRHM and JNNURM, the requirement of providing
State Share may be done away with for strategic States considering their resource
constraints. He also stated that the guidelines of many of the Centrally Sponsored
Schemes are designed keeping in view the average national conditions.
“This really upsets all our development strategy calculations. As an instance, the
biggest problem in our Education sector is teacher absenteeism, which can be tackled
to a great extent by providing them govt. accommodation in far-flung and remote areas.
But the SSA guidelines do not allow this. I sincerely hope we can re-look at these
The political as well geographically sensitive location of the state makes it obligatory
on our part to leave no stone unturned in the development of this area. It becomes
our responsibility to ensure that the fiercely patriotic population and their dream
of a vibrant Arunachal Pradesh, at par with areas they see across the Border in terms
of development, is fulfilled, Gamlin added.
Till such time that the State starts getting dividends from the hydroelectric projects
and other revenue sources, handholding from the Govt. of India will be a necessity.
Under these circumstances, the only viable alternative is infusion of large doses
of investment by the Central Govt. into the State.
“We earnestly request that the unflinching support that Arunachal and its people
have received till now should continue over 12th FYP period also. Only then can the
vision of a self-reliant people will be achieved”, Gamlin added.
The Chief Minister was accompanied by a high-level delegation comprising Finance
& Planning Minister Kalikho Pul, Principal Secretary to CM Yeshi Tsering, Commissioner
PR and RD Tape Bagra, Secretary UD Kapa Kholie, Secretary Social Welfare Hage Batt,
Secretary Planning Ankur Garg, Director PR Bidol Tayeng, Director State Plan CL Tungkhang,
Director Social Welfare R Riba and a host of other officials. The two-day consultations,
which also include interactions with PRI representatives, entrepreneurs, NGOs and
representatives from trade unions, is expected to come out with a north-east perspective
on the strategy to be adopted in the 12th Five Year Plan.
The elusive reading culture
If we go through the pages of history we learn that in the past might was right.
All disputes and contentious issues were decided by the power of swords, spears and
guns. This wrong concept of ‘might is right’ is no longer relevant in the present
context and is a thing of the past. Today knowledge is power. The pen is mightier
than the sword. Now, where do we acquire knowledge from? Obviously mostly from books.
Where do we find the books? Of course, books are mostly found in the libraries. Sadly,
reading culture is as good as non-existent in our overtly glorified young state Arunachal
Pradesh. Every district headquarters in the state boasts of a well-established library
containing many precious books of unlimited knowledge. But to our great chagrin,
these treasures of knowledge are gathering dust in the libraries with only a few
people using them. If any body visits these libraries today during any working hours,
he will not find any visitor except the librarian and his assistant sitting on their
chairs reminiscing on the glorious past when their library hall used to be unmanageably
full with readers from all walks of life. In fact, many people are not even aware
of the existence of libraries in their places. If any body asks a passer-by the way
to the district library, in all probability, the passer-by will not be able to tell.
But if the same person asks the same passer-by the way to the JE’s residence, he
will tell him correctly. Today’s Arunachalee has become so materialistic that he
has totally ignored the most important aspect of life, ‘the endless pursuit for knowledge.’
It is no doubt necessary to strive for material progress in life but the pursuit
to gain knowledge, especially through reading books must not be conveniently ignored.
Learning is a life-long process and one must learn as long as he lives.
However, the saddest part of the sad scenario of dwindling library book users is
that even most of the teachers and the students do not visit the libraries. In the
past people used to jostle for space in the libraries. Some readers even used to
borrow library cards from others in addition to their own to get more books. In order
to quieten the large gathering of readers the librarian used to display at a vantage
place ‘SILENCE PLEASE.’ Now, that display board is missing from most libraries as
there is a deafening silence with not a soul to be seen in the huge library hall.
It is a fact that TV, Internet, mobile phone and other modern means of entertainment
and easier mode of acquiring knowledge are some of the visible factors which are
keeping the people away from the storehouse of knowledge – the library. But the knowledge-seekers
must realize that it is only the books from where true knowledge can be acquired.
The former President of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, a philosopher scientist, during
his interaction with the school students at NERIST in Arunachal Pradesh, told the
school children that library is a life-long treasure and passionately encouraged
the young students to cultivate the habit of reading and collecting books. Paradoxically,
in our state little or no importance is accorded to growth of reading culture. Every
body, including the educated ones wants to get rich overnight. Interestingly, in
our state, the main aim and ambition of every moneyed person is to become an MLA,
may be, for him, it is the most lucrative job with not much to do except hoodwinking
the gullible public during elections. Most of these so called neo-rich Arunachalees
are least bothered about reading culture. The library is absolutely of no use for
In the past when we were students there used to be a library period in the school
routine. Today, the world has become fiercely competitive. In order to prepare the
students to compete successfully in this cut-throat environment, the schools should
declare one library day in a week. It may be so arranged class-wise that academic
classes are not in any way affected. The students should be allowed to read the books
in the district libraries and not only in the school libraries which do not have
adequate books and varieties. Likewise, it should be made mandatory for the teachers
to possess a library card and allowed to visit the district library at least once
a week. As a matter of fact a library should be the most frequented place for a teacher.
They are knowledge-givers and knowledge is found in the books. I remember that in
the earlier days there was a very healthy practice when every government employee
posted in the district had to compulsorily enroll himself as a library member and
got a library card made in his name. In the event of any employee being transferred
from a particular place a clearance certificate from the district librarian was a
must to finalize his transfer. This practice greatly encouraged the people to read
books of their choice and a visit to the library was a favourite way of passing time
that was gainful too. In our state inculcation of reading culture, especially among
the young people is still a grey area that needs to be addressed by all sensible
persons. We are doing a great disservice to ourselves by neglecting our libraries.
Many people in Tirap district do not know that the district library at Khonsa is
one of the best in the whole state. In 2001 the Khonsa district library won an award
for being one of the best maintained libraries in the Northeast. It has many invaluable
books covering wide variety of subjects. But as I said earlier only a handful of
readers utilize them.
In other developed societies, libraries and reading culture are given utmost importance.
Many intellectuals, film actors, politicians etc. even travel abroad just to read
books. The hobby of some of the top and well-informed politicians in our country
is reading books. But sadly, if one listens to the speech of some of our great people,
he will not make out any head or tail. This is because of sheer lack of reading culture.
We learn only if we read. These great people do not make efforts to brush up their
knowledge by reading books. It is about time we make library movement in the state
by creating awareness among the people. We must make a conscious effort to inculcate
a reading culture among all educated people, especially the young because it is our
young people who will carry forward our legacies. Irrespective of what we pursue
in life, the pursuit for knowledge must not be allowed to elude us at any stage of
life. Let us together create an enlightened society by creating awareness on need
for reading culture and make our state a better place to live in. (The author can
be reached at [email protected])
IMFL worth over one lakh seized at Ziro
Ziro, Jul 4: Huge quantities of Indian Made Foreign liquor (IMFL) and beer worth
over Rs. one lakh were seized from some grocery shops of Ziro (Hapoli) Market on
June 30 last.
A team led by Lower Subansiri DC, Nila Mohanan, SP Pushpendra Kumar and Superintendent
of Tax and Excise Kojar Nake along with police personnel and other departmental
officials seized the items while conducting a checking drive against unauthorized
possession and sale of Beer and IMFL under section 57 and 58 of Arunachal Pradesh
Excise Act. DIPRO
Photo: (DSC03160) Piles of IMFL and Beer seized from various grocery shops of Hapoli
Market by DC and her team on June 30, 2011.
ANSU says no to mobile phone in schools
ITANAGAR, Jul 4: All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) appealed to all students of Nyishi
dominated areas, specially students from various schools of the capital complex both
Government and private/public schools not to use mobile phone during class hours
and in school campus in order to maintain discipline in school surroundings.
ANSU requested the school authority to strictly enact rules and regulations to stop
students from using mobile phone within the campus and appropriate action should
be taken against those students who are found to using mobile phone. It asked students’
welfare committee (SWC) of various schools to cooperate school authority in maintaining
proper discipline in school campus.
ANSU also decided to pay surprise visit to all the schools to check use of mobile
phones by students.
While requesting students to create an atmosphere that is conducive for study in
school campus, ANSU asked them to follow the suggestions and instruction of their
The students union advised the students to be disciplined, sincere and hardworking
to achieve the desired goal in life.
ANSU also suggested the students to desist from consuming all tobacco products.
Meanwhile, the students’ union urged the state government and Education Minister
to provide sufficient textbook and teachers in all schools as per the requirement
in the beginning of the academic session to avoid any problems in their academic
It also demanded the state government to transfer teachers at remote schools of the
state from schools of capital complex as teachers posted here are more than that
of the required student-teacher ratio.
ANSU also urged authority of various schools to fix school fee as per guideline of
Government of Arunachal Pradesh.
Institutions and degrees that
come easy Ojing Tayeng
ITANAGAR, Jul 4: Twin capital town Itanagar and Naharlagun are witnessing tremendous
development vis-a-vis private educational institutions these days. These numerous
institutions promising to offer quality education on various courses increased rapidly
after the state government felt the necessity of quality and effective education
system in recent past.
The government has also made B.Ed and DIET education compulsory for teacher’s job
which is appreciated. And, in the back drop of government mandatory order, many graduate
students and working teachers of government and private schools are undergoing B.Ed
and distance education courses in various institutions within the state capital,
who claimed to be affiliated with universities of other state.
Further, there is no parity in the tenure of course and system of education. Some
of these institution issues B.Ed course certificate in one year while others in two
years. Moreover, some of these institutions are not conducting regular classes, thereby
indirectly hampering the state education system.
It is worth mentioning that, many Arunachal students, who have done their B.Ed course
from such unrecognized institution from Assam and other state were rejected by the
state education department here during department’s teacher interview, as their certificate
were declared invalid by the education department.
The state education department is liable to check such institutions of the state
and needs to serve notices to unrecognized institution to close down and stop admission
of students till they secure recognition from the concerned authority duly recognized
by the state education department.
Further, there are many school teachers, whose aggregate percentage is even below
40%, in class XII and Graduation. However, they are serving the education department
after qualifying in the teacher recruitments examination.
But unfortunately, they can’t go through DIET or B.Ed course as the requisite aggregate
percentage is above 45% for admission in these courses.
The education department also needs to look at such grievances of in-service teachers
(Sarva Siksha Abhiyan or officiating teachers) or, they should be exempted from percentage
barrier while taking admission in B.Ed or DIET course within the state, so that these
group of teachers can also avail the opportunity of job regularization.
Besides B.Ed course, these institutions are also offering other technical and non-
technical courses, which must be verified by concerned department for better education
system. And apart from these numerous private primary, middle and secondary schools
are also growing rapidly in the state.
If state education department is really striving to provide quality education in
the state, such unrecognized institutions of the state should be declared unauthorized
or black listed before our students get admitted and lured by the degree that comes
It is also the task of the student unions to check credibility and functioning of
such institutions and pressurize the government on the issue for their own benefits.
The student, before taking any decision on admission, should also check the credibility
of the institute by looking at its affiliation, whether it is University Grants Commission
(UGC) and National Council of Teacher Education (NCTE) recognized or not.
Hope the concerned minister, who emphasizes the importance of education as a transformational
tool to mould and determine the destiny of state would take up punitive action to
ensure quality education.
ZPC denies allegations
ITANAGAR, Jul 4: Kurung Kumey Zilla Parishad Chairperson Pisa Gonia denied the allegation
of misappropriation of TFC grant (3rd and 4th installment).
Reacting to the allegations leveled by All Kurung Kumey District Panchayat Welfare
Committee (AKKDPWC) that the ZPM chairperson, member secretary and EE PHE Sangram
division misused TFC grant of over Rs 1 crore, Gonia clarified that a decision was
taken at a high-level meeting held on Nov 19, 2009 under the chairmanship of state
chief secretary to use TFC fund in sanitation and water supply schemes and to engage
PHE as executing agency of the schemes in absence of engineering cadre in the department
of Panchayat Raj. Accordingly, the Zilla Parishad adopted resolution to implement
the work at (Nade) New Sarli, from the TFC grant funds in order to create big asset
in the district and PHED department implemented the works including construction
of buildings under BADP. He further clarified that then Kurung Kumey DC had also
inspected the work implementation and all staff and public expressed satisfaction
with the implementation of work for adequate supply of water.
Refuting the allegation as baseless and unreasonable, Gonia said that the said Committee
is not recognized with APPRCC.
Meanwhile, All Kurung Kumey Youth Association termed the allegations as politically
motivated and baseless. Lauding the performance of Gonia, the association further
said that issue had already been discussed last year and the schemes are also properly
DoNER minister inaugurates
NE Craft Museum
ITANAGAR, Jul 4: “While preserving traditional motifs on handicrafts, we should modernize
the designs to woo urban consumers across the country by proper finishing and branding,
Bijoy Krishna Handique, Minister of DoNER, said while inaugurating the North East
Craft Museum at Guwahati today.
“We should also involve National Institute of Design (NID) on a more long term and
sustainable basis for increasing the income of artisans”, Handique said.
This is the only Handicrafts Museum in the North East which has artifacts from all
the North Eastern States including Sikkim.
Under the initiative of North East Handloom & Handicrafts Development Corporation
(NEHHDC), the Museum has been financed by the Office of the Development Commissioner
(Handicrafts) and set up in a 10000 Sq.ft. shed. Work on the Museum started in 2009
with the disposal of the old and heavy machinery and major repair works took up almost
the entire year. Thereafter the works on the interiors were taken up and it took
final shape in 2011. The Museum has a unique collection of basketries some of which
are decades old.
J.P Sharma, Joint Secretary, Ministry of DoNER, Dr.Ravi Kota, Private Secretary to
Minister and Mr.Jagadish Borah, MD, NEHHDC was among the dignitaries present in the
Health Mela 2011 at Namphai-I
ITANAGAR, Jul 4: GeoEnpro Petroleum Limited, Kharsang Oil Field and Alombro Mayu
Yaku Chi Amey Aroga (AMYAA) NGO of Namphai-I, Miao jointly organized a Health Mela
with free consultation and medicines at Namphai-I, Miao yesterday.
The Health Mela 2011 was officially inaugurated by the S. Roy CO, in the presence
of Col. Chopra, GeoEnpro, Dr. A. Taluk, Medical Superintend, GeoEnpro, Team of Medical
Staff from GeoEnpro, R. K. Paul Chawang, Secretary of AMYAA (NGO), Goan Burahs and
The first ever Mega Health Mela organized for the benefit of patients from rural
villages located in and around Namphai-I area immensely benefitted the people, especially
to Women and Children, of the region who have very less excess to basic health care
The presence of 8 Specialist Doctors Dr. Rupjyoti Dutta (EndoLaparospic Surgeon),
Dr. Foujia Hakeem (E.N.T), Dr. Arup Kalita (Medicine Specialist), Dr. Bimala Kalita
(Gen. Medicine), Dr. Sushanta Baruah (Orthopaedics), Dr. Abyjit Cholek (Ophthalmologist
– EYE), Dr. Jasmina Sharma (Gynae) and Dr. Rupam Paul (Paediatrics) added remarkable
qualitative impact to the Health Mela facilitating the local population to have the
rare opportunity of getting treated their various health related problems by specialist
Inspite of unfavourable weather condition with heavy down pour at the start of the
Health Mela, a total of 392 patients turned up to take advantage of the free Health
Care facilities provided at their doorsteps.
Adopt long term policy to fight corruption: Org
ITANAGAR, Jul 4: Pointing out the reported 2000 illegal appointments made in various
government departments, All Arunachal Pradesh Anti-Corruption Organization (AAPACO)
has demanded enquiry into the illegal appointments allegedly made in Social Welfare,
Women and Child Development department and department of tourism prior to 2009 assembly
Demanding cancellation all such illegal appointments, the Organization further said
that minister and parliamentary secretary who were allegedly involved in illegal
appointments in social welfare, women and child development department and tourism
department should resigned on moral ground.
It further said short term and pick and choose policy is not a proper steps against
corruption. The organization appealed to all concerned to take up long term vision,
fight corruption and illegal appointments allegedly made in various departments.
Ronya qualified for fide
ITANAGAR, Jul 4: Dr. Rejum Ronya who participated in the recently concluded 49th
National Challenger’s Chess Championship 2011 (National-B) at Maharashtra has qualified
for fide international ratings. He is one of the top ten Arunachalee chess players
to qualify for fide international rating.
Meanwhile, after attending the 49th National Challenger’s Chess Championship 2011,
All Arunachal Pradesh Chess Association President Dobin Doke and General Secretary
Tamchi Kache attended the All India Chess Federation, Annual General Body Meeting
at Chennai on June 30 and placed their grievances.
In respond to their appealed, AIFC Secretary and other executive members has accepted
to re-recognize the AAPCA, which was earlier temporarily de-recognized by AICF due
to non-payment of annual subscription.
The release further informed that AAPCA would conduct Chess coaching at Itanagar.
Effa assures best efforts for
promotion of sports
ITANAGAR, Jul 4: The newly appointed Chairman of Sports Authority of Arunachal Tungri
Effa said that he would put best effort to uplift the games and sports activity in
Effa, who visited the Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs office at Chimpu and
interacted with the officials of the Directorate today opined that the youth of the
State are bestowed with enormous talent but the could not make a mark in international
events excepting few disciplines due to lack of proper facility.
The Chairman hoped that the present Chief Minister, who was a good sportspersons
and a keen lover of sport and also the President of Sports Authority of Arunachal,
would take keen interest on promoting Games & Sports.
The Chairman also suggested the Director to conduct a meeting at the earliest involving
all the Sports bodies of the State so that ideas are exchanged for future course
Director Sports and Youth Affairs D K Dinglow explained in details the achievements
of the Department down the years. He also highlighted numerous problems being faced
by the Department which is hindering them to function fully. The Director expressed
high- hope that with the appointment of the new chairman, the Sporting activities
in the State would touch a new height and the young boys and girls would do better
and would fetch more medals in regional, national and international arena.
Assistant Director Tadar Appa and a host of coaches, including S Deven Sharma (karate),
Kumar Doka (weightlifting), Deepak Gurung (Taekwondo coach), Gyamar Jill (Football
), RK Jaiswal (kho-kho), Gangadharan A(kabaddi ) were also present on the occasion.
Ministerial office automation computer course started at NIC Khonsa
KHONSA, Jul 4: An office automation computer course for all ministerial staff of
Tirap district began at NIC, Khonsa today.
The training programme was inaugurated by Tirap DC, Wangliam Lowang at DC’s conference
hall amidst a huge gathering.
In his inaugural address, Lowang asked the ministerial staff to take the training
with seriously adding that they must be well-versed with the basic use of computer
in this fast-growing computer age. With the introduction of computer in offices,
office work had become faster and efficient, He said.
The 15-day training is also being attended by ministerial staff from outpost.
The computer training is being conducted by DIO, Ajay Kr Singh of NIC unit of Tirap
district and Coordinated by Gawang Sumpa. DIPRO.
Appeal to education minister
ITANAGAR, Jul 4: Highlighting the numerous problems being faced by the people, particularly
students community of Dambuk sub-division, Dibang Adi Students’ Union (DASU) has
appealed to the education minister to declare Dambuk as catchment area of J N College,
Pasighat and issue necessary directives to subordinate authorities for admission
of Dambuk students in J N College.
In a memorandum to the education minister, the union said that it is almost impossible
for Dambuk students to cross river Dibang during June to September to reach Tezu
for getting admission in Govt Indira Gandhi College, Tezu, which is around 250 km
away from Dambuk. On the other hand, the distance between Dambuk and Pasighat is
only 50 km, the union said and appealed the minister to facilitate admission of
Class XII students of Dambuk in J N College for the session -2011-12.
Water supply project inaugurated
DAPORIJO, Jul 4: Water Supply Project at Maro was inaugurated by Upper Subansiri
deputy commissioner A. Abhyankar, DC today in presence of departmental engineers,
panchayat leaders, GBs and public of Maro.
DC while appreciating the project, lauded the department in setting examples in the
district. He also emphasized on sanitation particularly use of Sanitary Toilet, discarding
Kutcha Toilets for a healthy living, by availing facilities under Total Sanitation
With the completion of project, the long felt scarcity of water supply in the area
has been resolved which will pave way for proper development of the CO Hq.
The project under National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) will cater water
demand of general public and various establishments of newly created CO Hq. Maro,
under Upper Subansiri District.
Er. N. Konia, EE PHED, while appreciating the co-operation of contractors and general
public in implementing the project, urged the people to help the department in providing
P. Gongo, ZPM on behalf of people of the area, thanked the department for proper
implementation of the project.
Through this letter I would like to thank you for getting done the clearance work
on Miao-Vijoynagar Road, without undermining the great contribution from former
Late Chief Minister, Present CM, former Finance Minister, PWD Minister, Chief Engineer
(Eastern Zone), local MLA (Chairman, APMDTCL) and all those who had made great contributions
for the work. Being a fan of you, I am always convinced and believe that you are
a “man of action”, and it was your consistent follow-up which had speeded the much
However, your Excellency, converting it into all-weather road is the only solution
for the age-old communication problem for the neglected Vijoynagar region. And we
very much hope and pray that you will take personal interest in fulfilling the much
needed all-weather road to connect the neglected Valley with the main stream.
Your Excellency, apart from road communication bottleneck, the second and the third
problems needed to be attended for the neglected Valley are Health and Education.
There are more than 5000 people living in the Valley but till date there is only
one PHC located at Circle headquarter for the whole region with no regular-staying
doctor, insufficient staffs and medicines. Dr. Mope Loyi was the only one who stayed
and served for more than 4 years.
Till now the villagers had never seen any kind of Immunization or Vaccination programs
except Polio Drops. We have never known any kind of NHRM programs till date in the
As there is no any kind of health facility especially in Gandhigram (Shi-di) village
and other nearby villages which have more than 2000 population, the Life Care Foundation
(Mission) has been providing Health Relief with medical supplies in these neglected
villages since 2008. And recently during Feb-March’2011, Medical Camps were held
in 5 different places benefiting many sick poor villagers. Furthermore, we also had
approached MUSKAN for kind assistance in our noble works for which we are hoping
very much for positive response from them also and that will directly benefit the
poor and sick neglected villagers of the Valley, thus giving new life to them.
Your Excellency, We very much need a Guardian-Statesman of your caliber in the coming
terms also and for us you have become an example of a “working Governor” who is committed
for the welfare of the State and prosperity of the people. And through your blessings,
we have a high hope for a permanent solution for Health and Educational problems
in the Valley.
Life Care Foundation (Mission).
Improve BSNL service
The BSNL service under Longding additional district headquarters is going from bad
to worse. There is no network for months together and the entire region remains cut
of from the rest of the world.
Besides inconvenience caused to general public, the network failure has severely
hampered the smooth functioning of the public offices. When the BSNL has totally
failed in its duty, we are thankful to the postal department, as all official correspondence
are done through this department though in sluggish pace. The public on several occasions
met the BSNL GM and requested him to improve the network service but to no avail.
The technicians of Longding BSNL office has no clue of the technical snag and unable
to disclose the actual reason of regular network failure. Their most irresponsible
but obvious reply would be “we are also suffering’. On the other hand the local administration,
which is also suffering from irregular BSNL service, they make the network failure
a lame excuse to remain out of station. Longding shares porous border with Myanmar
and inter-state boundary with Nagaland. Poor telecommunication system is contributing
to deteriorating law and order situation of the region.
On many occasions crucial information are delayed because of poor telecommunication
in the area. The people inhabiting this area are peace loving and law abiding. They
do not belief in forceful assertion of their rights. However, their silence should
not be misconstrued as their weakness. So before the thing turn bitter, the concerned
authority must act in the interest of all concern.
I once again request the Regional Manager, (NE) BSNL and his subordinate officers
of the region to work in this direction to improve the BSNL network in Longding and
its adjoining area at the earliest.
Choose other means to seek justice
It has been observed that one organization or other calls bandh around the state
for a cause which is meant for us but in fact it hampers our daily activities.
Apart from problems being faced by the general public, daily wage earners, patients
during medical emergencies and students who are appearing examination are facing
difficult time during such bandh.
Keeping these things in mind it would be more appropriate for the bandh callers to
choose other means to get justice. There are lots of possible ways to seek justice
such as peaceful demonstration, direct talk with concerned authorities, through legal
procedure and hunger strike. These methods might be difficult to accomplish yet more
effective and efficient way to get justice. Moreover, such democratic process will
not hamper the daily activities of general public. Hope, the bandh callers will think
seriously before calling a bandh.
Algi Nilling and Menbi Riddi, RGU
No more bandhs please
A severe loss to our state government and poor people, but there is still no understanding
by ANSU and NES whereas I also being an Arunachalee would support for a peaceful
Dharna instead of Bandh Call.
ANSU and NES are for betterment of People not for harassment of all other people.
What we get by frequent bandh calls?
Where are the Nyishi intellectuals, the parents? Why they are not showing the way
for betterment of people.
People in other state also read our local newspaper and they ask is it true that
Arunachal has become a land of bandh call and union because every union is giving
the ultimatum of bandh call. What does our state get by these calls? Therefore I
request our ANSU and NES not to continue with the 3rd phase. you can go ahead with
a peaceful dharna.
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