July 02


News Impact


BJP demands apology from Punjab legislator

Itanagar, Jul 01: The Arunachal Pradesh unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has taken strong exception to a resolution moved by a legislator in Punjab Assembly that stray dogs be sent to North East and China to tackle the menace of growing canines in Punjab.

“No doubt, the Punjabis are known for their bravery, hospitality and attitude; but this act of irresponsible and wild remarks by a Congress legislator of Punjab against the people of North East is a great insult to the people of the region which deserves condemnation in the strongest terms,” BJP said in a release.

“It has also badly exposed the ill mentality, lack of knowledge on culture and behavior of NE people by the people of the so called mainland,” the party said.

The BJP demanded an apology from the Punjab MLA for his immature behaviors and also urged the ruling Congress Government in the state to take up the matter with the Congress high command and other CMs of the North East states irrespective of party affiliations.


Rebia visits flood affected area

ITANAGAR, Jul 01:  Doimukh MLA and Govt Spokesman Nabam Rebia   visited the flood-affected areas including Tarajuli, Tani Happa, Pichola, Gorubanda under Banderdewa circle today. He was accompanied by public leaders and local administrative officers during his  visit.

Rebia, also a parliamentary secretary, interacted with gaon burahs, villagers and panchayat leaders in a public meeting at Pichola and  assured to look into the  demands of the public such as proper transportation facilities and construction of flood protection  structures in flood-prone area.

Many interior road, culvert and bridges under Banderdewa circle have been damaged due to incessant rain for the last many days, according to an official release.


Borang, Libang and 4 others expelled from NCP

ITANAGAR, Jul 01: The Arunachal Pradesh State Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president has expelled MLAs Ralom Borang and Alo Libang, party’s vice president (admn) Kahfa Bengia, RTI Cell Chairman Kaling Jerang, general secretaries Tsring Naksang and Kenyir Ringu from the party for 6 years for indulging in anti-party activities, according to a State NCP release.


Food items to flood hit area

ITANAGAR, Jul 01:  MLA  Jomin Tayeng has sent essential items to flood hit Paglam circle. Today, 10 metric tonnes of rice and three quintals of salt were dispatched to Paglam by hiring a boat for transportation. Paglam circle is one of the worst flood affected areas and had been cut from the rest of the world for more than a week.


Pul mourn a GB’s death

ITANAGAR, Jul 01: Kalikho Pul, MLA cum advisor to CM, has deeply mourned the sudden demise of  Sowe Kri, Gaon Burah of Pitong village under Siet Anchal of Anjaw district who reportedly died in flooded Taktipani river on June 24 last.

Kri worked tirelessly for the well-being of Mishmi community, said Pul in his condolence message. Remembering the long association with him, Pul said  the death of Kri  is a irreparable loss not only to his family but also entire people of Siet Anchal segment.

Pul conveyed deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family and prayed to almighty for peace of late Sowe’s soul in heavenly abode.


Association comes in support of Mishings

ITANAGAR, Jul 01: The Mishings are permanent inhabitants of  Arunachal Pradesh and they have every right to demand recognition   as Adis, said All Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Welfare Association (AAPTWA) after it conducted  a  six days field study on the socio-economic status and  geographical  location of the Mishing dominated 34 villages in East Siang, Lower Dibang Valley and Lohit districts recently.

As per historical evidence  the Mishings who are residing in Arunachal permanently since the NEFA days are indigenous tribal of the state, the Association said while adding that Mishings people believe that they are the descendent of Abo-Tani clan and practicing Donyi-Poloism. The dialect, tradition and culture of Mishings bear the similarity with that of Adis, it said.

There is no boundary problem in Arunachal Pradesh, particularly in Mishing populated districts like East, Lower Dibang valley and Lohit districts, the Association claimed. It also ruled out influx of Mishing people from Assam in Arunachal Pradesh saying that the Mishing people of Arunachal are equipped with concrete evidence and document as permanent residents of the state.  

 Land possession certificates, appointments of gaon burahs, representatives in Panchayat bodies, ST certificates are some of the evidences that Mishing are permanent inhabitants of the state, the Association said while justifying the demand of Mishing people.

The Association appealed to the state Govt  and  social organizations to consider the ‘matured, logical and genuine’ demand of the Mishing for Adi status. The Association said it has submitted memorandum to state Govt, governor, chief secretary, MPs of Eastern and Western parliamentary constituencies in favour of the demand of the Mishings.


2 earthquakes hit North East

Guwahati/Shill-ong, Jul 01: Two earthquakes of slight and moderate intensity shook parts of Northeastern states today.

Panic-striken people ran out of their dwellings in many areas as the temblors were felt in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland, Meghalaya and Tripura.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), an earthquake of 4.8 magnitude on the Richter Scale took place at 1.13 am with its epicentre located at 28.7 degree north latitude and 96.2 degree east longitude in the Arunachal Pradesh-Xizang border region. It was at a focal depth of 10 kms.

The second earthquake took place at 9.43 AM measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale with its epicentre located at 25.7 degree north latitude and 94.6 degree north longitude in the Phek region of Nagaland, the IMD said. Phek is located 80 kms east of Kohima and the focal depth of the tremor was 50 kms, it said.

In Shillong, panicked residents, including those attending church services, came out to open spaces.

There was no report of any casualty or damage to property, officials in the affected states said. PTI


VKAJ felicitates Namlo priest

ITANAGAR, Jul 01:  Vivekananda Kendra Arun Jyoti (VKAJ) felicitated Nabam Singkam, priest of Central Nyedar Namlo, Doimukh with citation on the eve Guru Purnima at Doimukh Namlo today. Former APPSC chairman Nabam Atum presented the citation to Singkam.

President of Central Nyedar Namlo Rekhi Tana Tara spoke on the significance of Guru Purnima celebration. He drew similarity in the works of Nyedar Namlo priests with the age-old practices of ‘Gurus’ of ancient India, who used to have open heart for everyone.

Nabam Singkam started practicing priesthood from 2001. He has the healing powers and reportedly cured many ailing persons who came to him. At present he is dedicating his time as the Nyedar Namlo priest at Doimukh.

On the occasion Taba Tatup highlighted the various works of VKAJ and appealed the gathering for the active participation in the ensuing 150th birth anniversary celebration of Swami Vivekananda.


CCE to be introduced in Govt. Sec School Kongsa

ITANAGAR, Jul 01: The Govt. Secondary School, Kongsa under Namtok circle of Changlang district would be the first to introduce Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) in the district at elementary level, informed headmaster of the school Tapok Ezing.

Stressing on implementation of RTE and CCE right from class I to VIII in a meeting to form the school management and development committee, the HM called upon parents to cooperate with the school authority by comply with the changing rules as notified by the Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh from time to time.

Assistant Teacher Nomni Pertin sought the parents’ active participation in functioning of  school, moulding child’s future. He warned the students, especially hostelers to desist from damaging school and hostel buildings and properties like electrical appliances and furniture etc.

There are no enough bench and desks in the school barring some 50 pairs of desks and benches received from Buniyadi Shiksha Bawan, Changlang. The total enrolment from class I to X are 280 against 50 pairs of desks and benches. The attending parents and leaders were apprised of this problem during the meeting.


Foundation of AVP Balwadi school laid

ITANAGAR, Jul 01:  The foundation stone of AVP’s Balwadi School building was laid by ZPM Nani Tani at Salang, Hapoli yesterday.

Lauding the services rendered by AVP in various fields for the welfare of the tribal communities of Arunachal Pradesh the ZPM assured to give every possible help for this noble cause. He appealed to the public present on the occasion to extend their helping hands for early completion of the school building.

The organizing secretary of North East chapter of Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram Shrikrishna Bhide said that this building would also serve a centre for multi-disciplinary activities of social welfare.

Patriotic song and local prayer was presented by AVP mahila samiti and Balwadi teachers of AVP.

AVP district unit president Gyati Pada, general secretary Mudang Elyu, district Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh president Joram Budh, general secretary Radhe Chatung, AVP district unit advisors mahila chairperson and mahila secretary were present on the occasion.


Society  confers excellence award

ITANAGAR, Jul 01: Attu Dhassang Welfare Society (ADWS) has  conferred annual academic excellence award to   students who excelled in  the CSBE examination -2012.

The  1st, 2nd and 3rd topper  students of its clan in Class XII, namely, Phassang Bhai (Sc. 70 %), Phassang Yaming,  (Sc. 66.6%) and Phassang Ajing (Arts. 63%) have been honoured with cash award of Rs 5000, Rs 3000 and Rs 2000 respectively  during the award giving ceremony held at a city hotel on June 30.  The Society also awarded Phassang Pama (10.00 (CGPA), Phassang Hai 8.6 (CGPA) and Phassang Anna 6.2 (CGPA) with cash award as Rs 5000, Rs 3000 and Rs 2000  as 1st, 2nd and 3rd topper of its clan student in Class X exam.

Former advisor to CM, Tame Phassang, who is also chief patron of the Society has given away the award to the student toppers. While congratulating the students, Tame Phassang exhorted  them  to concentrate in their study to become responsible citizen. The Arunachal Pradesh Christian Revival Church president Sama Dodum urged the students to maintain discipline.


VKAJ felicitates Namlo priest

ITANAGAR, Jul 01:  Vivekananda Kendra Arun Jyoti (VKAJ) felicitated Nabam Singkam, priest of Central Nyedar Namlo, Doimukh with citation on the eve Guru Purnima at Doimukh Namlo today. Former APPSC chairman Nabam Atum presented the citation to Singkam.

President of Central Nyedar Namlo Rekhi Tana Tara spoke on the significance of Guru Purnima celebration. He drew similarity in the works of Nyedar Namlo priests with the age-old practices of ‘Gurus’ of ancient India, who used to have open heart for everyone.

Nabam Singkam started practicing priesthood from 2001. He has the healing powers and reportedly cured many ailing persons who came to him. At present he is dedicating his time as the Nyedar Namlo priest at Doimukh.

On the occasion Taba Tatup highlighted the various works of VKAJ and appealed the gathering for the active participation in the ensuing 150th birth anniversary celebration of Swami Vivekananda.


Restore Aalo-Tarak Power line

ITANAGAR, Jul 01: Pasighat Peoples’ Welfare Committee appealed to the Chief Engineer, Power Department to initiate step for early restoration of Aalo to Tarak power line. Committee alleged that due to negligence of Aalo Power department, the people of Pasighat are suffering for the last three days.


KKSU mourn CO’s death

ITANAGAR, Jul 01: Kargu Kardi Students’ Union (KKSU) expressed shock and grief over untimely demise of Circle Officer (CO) Sipak Lombi on June 28 after a prolonged illness.

He left behind his two wives, five sons and two daughters.

Born in 1959 at Chekor village under Tirbin circle, Lomb was first administrative officer of Lombi society.

 KKSU prayed to almighty for eternal peace of the departed soul.

APDA celebrates Doctors Day

Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr JM Debnath

Ojing Tayeng

ITANAGAR, Jul 01: Joining the rest of the country, Arunachal Pradesh Doctors’ Association (APDA) celebrated the Doctors’ Day to honour the legendary physician and second Chief Minister of West Bengal Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy here today.

As part of the programe, there was a Continuing Medical Education (CME).

Addressing the doctors, Commissioner Health Tape Bagra acknowledging the contributions and services being provided to the society by the doctors of the state advised them to update their knowledge as per the need of the hour.

He particularly urged them to treat all patients equally in order to strengthen the public-doctor relation.

He said “one sweet word and response to ailing patient is worthy enough to encourage and strengthen their will power”.

He further advised the doctors to create awareness among the masses to do away with some social stigma prevailing in our society. He said that due to some social stigma and lack of knowledge about medical science, patients sometimes refuse to get themselves treated for some ailments. Director Health Services Dr. Kartik Nishing urged them to serve the society with utmost care and dedication adding that “if you are not satisfied with your service or profession, your relation with needy patients will suffer which in turn will also minimize your knowledge on the subject matter”.

Chief Medical Superintendent, State Hospital Naharlagun Dr Moji Jini briefed about the importance of Doctors’ Day and its celebration in India. He also emphasized on Doctor-Patient/society’s cordial relationship. He further urged Doctors to render selfless services to the society.

Arunachal Pradesh Doctors' Association (APDA) President Dr. Mika Umpo also urged his colleagues to serve the society sincerely and dedicatedly. He further highlighting the activities of APDA informed that it is planning three categories of award from next year.

Earlier in continuing medical education (CME) programme, several Doctors elaborately highlighted on various issues through power point presentations.

Nodal Officer, NRHM  Dr D Padung, highlighted on role of medical officers as health managers, State Epidemiologist Dr. L Jampa, briefed about scenario of Malaria in Arunachal Pradesh, DDHS Dr T Lollen on Clinical Establishment Act 2011, DD (Blood Safety, APSACS) while Dr N Budh spoke on rational use of blood and blood products.

MD (Medicine) Dr L Nyorak spoke on approach to unconscious patients in emergency while Dr Lala Wage spoke on Dental science and its implication in general practice, while Ophthalmologist Dr Taba Khanna highlighted on Visions 2020-Right to Sight.

Meanwhile APDA felicitated former Director of Health Services Dr Jitendra Mohan Debnath with Lifetime Achievement Award 2012 for his services to the people of the state.

Dr JM Debnath, is presently serving in RK Mission Hospital, Itanagar after retirement from government service.



Everesters train youngsters at Adventure camp

ITANAGAR, Jul 01:  The week-long Adventure Training Camp  organized by Sera Welfare Society (SWS) from June 25 concluded at Arunachal Mountaineering & Adventure Sports Association (AMASA) Rock Field, Bomdila today.  

Twenty-eight young boys and girls aged 13 to 25 years were given training in physical exercise, yoga, rock climbing, rappelling, tent pitching, etc. They were also given crash course on personality development, first aid and family counseling with the aim to enhance skills such as teamwork, trust and responsibility.

West Kameng Deputy Commissioner Rinchin Tashi accompanied by District Tourism Officer Tabom Regio visited the camp on June 27. The DC spoke at length emphasizing the youths to inculcate good values of life and to avoid alcohol and drugs.

Addressing the participants AMASA president , Tsering Wange spoke about sustainable, eco friendly environmental issues and adventure tourism promotion. He said staying in a tented camp, engaging in group outdoor activities and adventure training programme enhances the team spirit, instil camaraderie and fosters friendly relations among the rural youths. The resource persons and faculty members included Everester Anshu Jamsenpa, Everester Karma Gyeltshen, Nima Lama, Sange Dorjee and Dondu Monpa.

SWS president Tenzin Norbu and AMASA Secretary Sange Lamu coordinated the programme.

The camp was organized under the aegis of Central Social Welfare Board in collaboration with AMASA.



Soul of India’ award to Governor Singh

ITANAGAR, Jul 01: Arunachal Pradesh Governor JJ Singh has been awarded the ‘Soul of India’ Award for his services to Nation at London on June 25. The award was presented to Singh by Dominic Grieve, Attorney General for England and Wales, on behalf of the Shaheed Nanak Singh Foundation.

The Attorney General expressed great pleasure in welcoming the General and marked the occasion as an opportunity to reinforce the special links between the United Kingdom and India.

The special occasion also saw the Shaheed Nanak Singh Foundation and Paul Uppal MP hosting the launch of ‘A Soldier’s General’ an autobiography of J.J. Singh. The launch was attended by over 300 prominent members of the Indian diaspora in the United Kingdom.

Paul Uppal MP, Member of Parliament for Wolverhampton South introduced Singh and read his fascinating brief. He described the Governor’s accomplishments as a matter of pride for India and described India as a young country which had a troubled birth but had grown to become a beautiful and vibrant country, where people from many faiths and races live and work together and respect each other’s values.

Colonel Aloke Dutt gave a small brief on ‘A Soldier’s General’ and the audience were shown an audio-visual presentation showing images of the General’s life in the Army and now as the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh. Dr Jaimini Bhagwati, Indian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom released the book. He spoke about the book and said that he was particularly moved by the General’s references to his father and grandfather, which he would cherish as it told a story of strong feelings about family.

Dr Bhagwati commended the dedication of Gen JJ Singh for India and thanked him for his exemplary services. He went on to say that he was delighted to see NRIs making their Mother India proud with their achievements and loyalty for their adopted countries.



CM felicitates achievers, toppers

SAGALEE,  Jul 01: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki felicitated the toppers of Class X, XII, APJEE-2012 and other distinguished achievers of Sagalee Sub-Division in a simple but impressive function at the community hall here on Saturday evening.

The felicitation programme was organized by All Sagalee Employees Forum (ASEF).

While congratulating the achievers, Tuki credited the achievement equally to the parents under whose guidance the students could achieve this milestone.

“Be role models of the society and the state. This is just a beginning. You have miles to go and heights to achieve so that the society and the state could be proud of you,” exhorted the chief minister. He further advised the student’s fraternity to devote in their studies instead of wasting time and energy in ‘Student Politics’. He also emphasized the importance of Human Resource development for socio-economic develpment of the state.  

Tuki advised the toppers and achievers not to be complacent with the success but cautioned them of the bigger responsibilities and challenges waiting ahead.

He appreciated All Sagalee Employees Forum (ASEF) for initiating the noble venture that can boost the morale of the students and asked them to continue this spirit in future besides assuring his unstinted support.

Calling for dedication and sincerity towards their assigned job, the CM  said that the government plans and programs could only be a reality if the government servants perform their duty with utmost sincerity. He also stressed the need of comprehensive development of society to bar the society from division of Rich and Poor.

Dr. KT Mulung, president ASEF in his presidential address threw light on ASEF activities and objectives with special emphasis on the Career Options for the benefits of students and parents in his impressive Power Point presentation. He hoped that all the toppers and distinguished career achievers will act as role model and inspire the upcoming younger generation of the Sagalee Sub-Division to do better in their life.

Papum Pare SP Nabam Gungte, while sharing his experience with the gathering stated that hard work and determination are the keys to achieve any goal.

Techi Nyokum, Sr. Advisor, ASEF also appreciated the efforts of ASEF in the venture and assured to extend all necessary help from his side in future.

The toppers and other distinguished achievers who were felicitated by ASEF are, Nabam Gungte, SP, Papum Pare District for induction into Indian Police Service (IPS) of AGMUT Cadre, Gyamar Amte from Mengio circle for qualifying as APCS (EG) through APPSC Exam, Er. Nabam Titu from Sagalee circle for qualifying in APPSC Exam and subsequent appointment as AE (Hydro Power), Er. Nabam Haniya Hina from Leporiang circle for qualifying in APPSC Exam and subsequent appointment as AE (Hydro Power), Nabam Katung Hina from Leporiang circle for qualifying in APPSC Exam and subsequent appointment as ADO (Agriculture), Tarak Chachu for qualifying in APJEE-2012 (PCB), Nabam Bonee for qualifying in APJEE-2012 (PCM), Nabam Payia, Class-X (10.00 CGPA), Nabam Sonia, Class-XII (Sc.) ( 72%), Tana Tadar, Class-XII (Hum) ( 72%), Debia Bapu, Class-XII (Com) (62%).



Scholarship for meritorious students, Talent Award for woman achievers announced

ITANAGAR, Jul 01: The Meingal, a Guwahati-based socio-cultural non-governmental organization (NGO) has announced the educational scholarship and monthly educational allowance - 2012-13 for the meritorious students of Bishnupriya Manipuri (BM) community.

In additional to this, the NGO also announced Meingal Exemplary Talent Award – 2012-13 to  encourage the woman of the  Bishnupriya Manipuri community who excel in their respective field of activity.

The BM students from Kamrup, Cachar, Karimganj and Hailkandi districts of Assam and states of Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh, who have excelled in class X/HSLC board exam 2012 with 60% and above mark can apply  for the Meingal one-time Scholarship of Rs. 5000.

Selection of candidates for the scholarship will be based on merit and only six applicants -- one each from Kamrup, Cachar, Karimganj  and Hailkandi districts and one each from Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh –  will  be selected  for the Meingal scholarship.

On the other hand, a total of 10 meritorious BM students studying in Class – IX   to XII standard (in any stream) will be selected from among the applicants from Assam (8), Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh (one each) for Monthly Educational Allowance of Rs 750. The students who have secured 60 per cent or above marks in the annual exams (from class – VIII   to XI) are requested to apply for the annual scholarship with required testimonials including  school certificates from respective school and income certificate of their parents. Parents of the applicants  for Educational Allowance should not be a Govt employee and their income should not be more than Rs.1 lakh.

For the Meingal Exemplary Talent Award, any woman achiever or group of woman achievers (18 years and above)  from Tripura and Assam can submit her/their nominations with supportive documents. The  woman achievers may be recommended by any organization or competent authority with documents in favour of  excellent performance of women in their respective field of activities  for the  Exemplary Talent Award. The Talent award carries citation, trophy and cash.

The NGO also announced essay writing competition on the topic - “Exemplary Role of Women in my life and in the Bishnupriya Manipuri Society” or “Mor Jivone baro Bishnupriya Manipuri Somaje Beyapar Dristantomulok Bhumika”. The essay within 1200 words should be written either in English or Bishnupriya Manipuri and all the BM people of India and abroad (age 18 and above) are eligible to participate in the competition.    The participants who will secure 1st, 2nd and 3rd position will be awarded with cash amount of Rs 3000, Rs.2000 and Rs.1000 along with certificate respectively. All other participants will also be honoured with Consolation prizes and certificates.

The Meingal NGO has requested the students, woman aspirants and participants in essay writing competition to submit their applications on or before August 15, 2012.  The aspirants may download the application format from www.meingal.com or contact for more details on mobile Nos 9435105340 & 9613576287.



Anti-corruption activists resent corruption

ITANAGAR, Jul 01: All Arunachal Pradesh Anti-Corruption Activists Association (AAPACAA) has expressed resentment over delay in completion of ongoing bridge construction work over Chandannagar river in Capital region.

Though the construction works of the Chandannagar river bridge, especially meant for water supply line is going on for last one and half years, the bridge could not see the light of the day till date, the Association said.

Saying that corruption is the root cause of under-development and poor condition of road in state Capital, the Association said despite funds being poured in every year, developments in the state are still in nascent stage due to corruption.

Claiming that the Assam Govt had already pumped in crores of rupees for development of boundary people under Lakhimpur district, the Association further urged the Arunachal Govt to take bold steps for development of Arunachalee people along Assam-Arunachal boundary area and solution to boundary problem.



Gora Tamar Memorial Football

Gora Makik ‘B’, GWS, Laa Punglu earn full points

ITANAGAR, Jul 01: Gora Makik SC ‘B’ (GMSCB) beat Biri Brothers FC 3-0 while Gyamar Welfare Society (GWS) Nyapin defeated Emchi FC 2-0 in the first Govra Tamar Memorial State Level Football Tournament at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun today.

Tai Kuniy found the net twice in 20th and 46th minute before Dari Payo scored the third goal few seconds before the final hooter to ensure GMSCB’s win.

Kipa Lal scored both the goals in GWS win over Emchi FC in the second match.

The third match of the day was played between  Jiyo Aur Jine do FC  and Laa Punglu FC in which the former went down to latter by 1-2 goal. Yarda Tai (26 min) and Neelam Akang (39 min) scored a goal each for Laa Punglu FC while Techi Tallar narrowed the margin of defeat to 2-1 by scoring in 50th minutes.


Today’s Matches

*12 noon  - Capital Complex SC v/s Karsingsa FC.

*1.45 pm - Sagalee SC v/s Gora Makik SC - A.

*3.30 pm - Game Zone United FC v/s Indo Tibetan Border Police



Govt employees excuse themselves from serving in Dibang Valley


ITANAGAR, Jul 01: Adding woes to the natural calamity that has hit Dibang valley are the absentee government officers.

Believe it or not, other than the DC, SP, DMO in charge and an EAC and a CO, an engineer and some support staff, almost all head of departments along with other government officers posted in district are out of the district.

The district has a total strength of about 2000 government employees but the actual work force is much less as most of them prefer to stay outside the district.

Other than one Assistant Engineer of Hydro Power department B K Roy, none of the officers of the any engineering department are present in the district. The power department is being run by one casual labour!

Dubbed ‘Gods themselves’ most of the engineers are stationed at Roing and other places despite being posted in Dibang Valley.

Missing officers include Executive Engineers of all engineering departments, four Assistant engineers, and a circle officer, one EAC, DFO, Project Director, Deputy Director UD and UPO, PO of APEDA, Vice Principal of Higher Secondary School.

Of the six government doctors posted in the district, only two are present to run the district hospital.

The district administration has currently stopped the salaries of two NRHM doctors for remaining absent from the district.

Undoubtedly, most of the officers who are in station are overworked as they are forced to look after several departments. Absentee officers apart, four circles are without Circle officers while Tourism, Art and Culture, Statistics and Research Departments are yet to set up office in the district.

“There is no excuse for any of these government officers not to stay in the district. Conditions are difficult but if some of them can stay, why not rest of the employees, argues a government employee when this correspondent wanted to know the reasons why officers chose to stay out of the district.  

Meanwhile, the rains have stopped in most part of the district but Anini, Maliney outpost and Mipi circles remains cut off since earlier this month.

On the other hand, road connectivity to Dambin circle has been restored while efforts are on to connect Anini with Endolin.

In absence of BRO machinery, the service of the Jindal Power Company has been sought for the route.

The administration would soon transport food items to Etalin circle.

The Indian Air Force today evacuated three patients including one labour of the Electric department who was electrocuted while he was repairing a damaged power line. Around this time, almost every year, Dibang Valley, invariably finds itself in front pages of local dailies as district remains cut off from rest of the world for weeks together. This time too it was no different as several areas, including the district headquarters are cut off. It remains to be seen what action government takes to ensure that connectivity is restored and absentee government employees return to work.


 Two porters of the Indian Army perished on June 11 in Dibang Valley district. Identified as Munshi Dumka from Jharkhand and P Milli from Anelih, the porters fell while crossing a log bridge over a stream as they accompanied Personnel of Indian Army in Anelih circle. The bodies are yet to be recovered.  



Chakmas thank all for rescue of flood victims

New Delhi, Jul 01: The Committee for Citizenship Rights of the Chakmas and Hajongs of Arunachal Pradesh (CCRCHAP) thanked all involved in the rescue of hundreds of Chakma people who were stranded during floods for about a week in Bijoypur-I and III villages under Bordumsa circle.

The CCRCHAP thanked Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, Parliamentary Secretary C.C. Singpho, Deputy Commissioner of Changlang Opak Gao, the local administration of Bordumsa led by Additional Deputy Commissioner Kento Riba, the Indian Air Force, the Indian Army, the CRPF and the Singpho Development Society, the Singpho Youth Organisation for the rescue and relief operations.  “We are particularly thankful to Additional Deputy Commissioner of Bordumsa, Kento Riba without whose relentless efforts, the rescue and relief operations would not have been possible. He had personally supervised the rescue and relief operations which kept up the morale of the flood victims and the rescue and relief volunteers high. His enthusiasm and selfless spirit motivated everyone to give their all possible help,” stated Santosh Chakma, General Secretary of the Committee for Citizenship Rights of the Chakmas and Hajongs of Arunachal Pradesh.

Chakma, meanwhile appealed the state for taking durable effective measures of flood control on both banks of the turbulent Noa-Dihing River, including repair/reconstruction of the embankment which were breached in the ongoing floods to prevent worse crisis than this one in future.



Live the guru principle

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

What is the signifi cance of Guru Purnima? Guru Purnima is called the day of the Master. Actually, it is the day of the devotee. Devotion is your nature. When you rest in your own nature, there is no conflict. But usually we feel a conflict. We feel bad about a negative quality we have or something that we did. A Guru is one who lifts these burdens from you that you yourself cannot carry — and kindles in you devotional love. Offer everything to the Master — your anger, your frustration, all your bad feelings and good feelings. Your negativity pulls you down. Your positive qualities bring pride and arrogance in you. Your whole life becomes a big weight. When you offer it all, you become free. You become light like a flower. You can again smile and rejoice in the moment. What remains in you is pure love.

Since ages, all this knowledge and wisdom have been passed on. On Guru Purnima, we express our gratitude to the Guru-Sishya tradition. It's the day to celebrate knowledge and love. Mind is connected with moon, and the full moon is a symbol of completion, celebration, a pinnacle. The highest desire is to ask for knowledge and freedom. Ultimately, happiness cannot be bought by money. Comfort is a small thing. But there are only two things that will be asked, and that make life more fruitful -- how much love did you give? And how much knowledge did you acquire?

What gets imprinted in the consciousness is knowledge. Knowledge is not what you read in a book; it is awareness. Knowledge is like the ocean. Some people take a walk along the beach and they get good oxygen, fresh air and they are happy with that. Others would put their feet in the water and feel that scintillating impact of the ocean. Some others go surfing or scuba-diving and they find precious things. So, it's up to you – if you want to take a walk on the beach, swim or go deeper.

Everything is God, who is present in everything, so it is great to become a devotee. Do you see this? Everything, whether you want it or not, is already God, but when love and devotion has flowered in you totally, you become a devotee. Attraction is everywhere, love is somewhere, but devotion is rare. Devotion is beautiful.

Every single person on this planet is a spiritual seeker – everyone is looking for peace, love and happiness, and this is what spirit is. Love is something that even the Divine rejoices in. Infinity longs for you as much as you long for it. It is waiting to receive you. God is as anxious as you are to be close. So when a devotee flowers on this planet, God is happy. Guru Purnima is the day when the disciple wakes up. More gratitude means more grace, happiness and knowledge. On this significant day repose on the vastness of your own self, review your progress on the spiritual path, renew your focus on the goal, and resolve what you want to do in the coming year.



Dams to improve NE economy: NGO

ITANAGAR, Jul 01: Arunachal-based NGO - ‘Today Foundation’ in collaboration with Rajiv Gandhi University Students Union on Saturday claimed that dams could be a money spinner for the region.

“Dams are not a bane but a boon for the socio-economic development of the region if projected in the right perspective,” Biri Tabing, chairman of the NGO commented while interacting with media immediately after a day-long symposium.

Referring to the hue and cries from anti-dam protagonist on several occasions against big dams, Tabing appealed all activists to think twice before making it an issue in the larger interest of the people of the region.

“Dams will not only benefit Arunachal but simultaneously benefit Assam too,” Tabing said adding, both the neighbouring states would reap the benefit if projected in right direction, he commented to bring home his point.

On the downstream impact of dams, Tabing suggested for digging a 150-meter wide canal from Siang Valley to Rann of Kutch, which would not only minimize the catastrophic affect as apprehended but would also supplement to the state exchequers of the respective states.

“The estimated cost of the proposed project will cost 90,000 crore and it will be a booster for the inland water transport system in the region. The 3500 km long canal will also encourage setting up of various industrial units in the region which will be a multiplier for the economic development of the region,” he pointed out.

Tabing disclosed that he would soon appraise the matter to both the governments of Assam and Arunachal for active consideration and to all the other Unions and Associations for onward submission to the Centre for early approval and development of the Dams.

Earlier in the day through a power point presentation Tabing highlighted various problems being confronted by the state to march ahead in the developmental front and suggested various remedies.

He also informed that Arunachal Pradesh has planned to construct 149 dams.

“Arunachal Pradesh is passing through a crucial transition phase and dams will work as a catalyst in development,” he added.



Monitoring committee emphasise on transparency

BOMDILA, Jul 01: An elaborate review on the physical and financial status of the schemes under SPA, ACA, NLCPR, RIDF, CRF, NEC, DONER, PM Package and BADP of the last financial year and upto the first quarter of the current financial year by the various work departments of the district was made here yesterday.

Chairman of the District Level Monitoring Committee (DLMC) Deputy Commissioner Rinchin Tashi underscoring on the importance and need of achieving the physical and financial target said that endeavor should be made to maintain transparency at all levels.

The DC made it mandatory for all the executing agencies to make available copies of the sanction orders to all Zilla Parishad Members and Administrative Officers concerned for maintaining transparency and paving the way for better co-ordination and execution. This way the progress of the schemes can be monitored and accelerated in a much better way, he said. There is nothing to hide and fear about if one abides by the guidelines and the laid down norms, he added.

To make the future District Level Monitoring Committee meetings more lively, high-tech and result oriented, the Chairman made it mandatory for all the work departments to make their presentations through PowerPoint presentation and to distribute CDs of the same to all the members of the committee.

Among others, Zilla Parishad chairperson Logiang Rikhong, all ZPMs, concerned Administrative officers and officers of the work departments were present in the meeting. DIPRO




Public Health – What is it all about?

Dr Tana Natung

Public health, as such, continues to remain unclear for many of us. Health and public health gets mixed up and become inseparable. There is considerable confusion about public health as a discipline, which is considered distinct from but complementary to clinical medicine. The public health workforce is characterized by its diversity and its complexity and includes wide range of occupational backgrounds. Among them are public health physicians, nurses, nutritionists, sanitarians, environmental heal specialists, policy analysts, epidemiologists, demographers, social and behavioural scientists, health promoters, social workers and community health workers, bio-statisticians etc. To be very specific Public health is a composite discipline. Public health draws its strength from a number of academic disciplines, including anthropology, history, economics, sociology and political science, as well as epidemiology and statistics. The public health workforce is trained in a variety of institutional settings. It adds to the complexity of understanding of public health workforce in the country. Public health has often been defined as a science, which deals with the determinants of health at the population level, while clinical medicine deals with diseases and their remedies at the level of the individual patient. But nevertheless, both are not antagonistic. Rather they are closely related, co-existent and mutually helpful to minimizing the human suffering.

If we look at public health legislations, though there are several legislative tools in the country it does not have any composite public health act covering the entire country or a state that defines public health. Tamil Nadu has a public health Act, which has defined public health as: “Public Health is the science and the art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting physical health and efficiency through organized state effort, by the sanitation of the environment, the control of infections, the education of the individual in principles of personal hygiene, the organization of medical and nursing service and the early diagnosis and preventive treatment of disease and the development of the social machinery which will ensure to every individual a standard of living adequately for the maintenance of health :  It is organizing of these benefits in such a manner that it enable every citizen to realize his birthright of healthy life”.

The accepted definition in the United States of America (USA), by the Institute of Medicine, is that "the mission of public health is to fulfill society's interests in assuring conditions in which people can be healthy" while the accepted definition in the United Kingdom is: "the art and science of preventing disease, promoting health, and prolonging life through the organized efforts of society".

In the paper by World Health Organization (WHO), Regional Office for South East Asia entitled “Profiling Public Health Workforce in Countries of the South-East Asia Region” the following definition of Public Health has been provided. “Public health can be defined as “the collective action for sustained population wide improvement in health”. Its mission is to improve the health of populations and reduce health inequalities. This encompasses systematic efforts to promote physical and mental health and to prevent disease, injury and disability. This task has been made increasingly complex by developments such as globalization, scientific and technological advances, and changing demographics. Both globally and regionally, this has proved to be a serious challenge for the public health professionals and in absence of proper policy on implementation of public health measures, these could prove to be an uphill task for the authorities of such states in decades to come.

According to the Public Health Foundation of India, “Public health has often been defined as a science dealing with the determinants and defence of health at the population level, while clinical medicine deals with multiple maladies and their remedies at the level of an individual patient. Public health aims to understand and influence the social, cultural and economic determinants of health as well as to study and structure health systems as efficient channels for health services delivery. Public health is thus a discipline built on the academic tradition of inquiry involving research, teaching and professional practice to prevent disease and promote health in a given populations”.

Public health seeks to reduce community’s exposure to disease / risk factors to disease / adverse health event primarily through a range of cost-effective health promotive and preventive personal health services and primary health care services aimed at prevention of disease transmission and reduction of burden of disease/ adverse health event.

The above shall involve the community and be applied to the community as a whole at an affordable cost through organized community efforts for sanitation (accessibility to adequate and safe water and maintaining safe water supply, use of sanitary toilets, safe disposal of solid and liquid waste, avoidance of public nuisance), appropriate food hygiene, reduction in vector population, education for personal hygiene including health promotive and preventive measures, maintenance of hygiene and cleanliness of market places, slaughter houses and its regulations; crematoria and burial ground, avoidance of environmental degradation and participating in broader public health security measures in the context of the state duly covered through proper public health legislation.

The Honourable Supreme Court of India has, in several judgments, exhorted the Government of India to accord legal recognition to the health rights as vital component of the fundamental right to life; and the National Human Rights Commission has also directed the Government of India (GOI) to enact a public health law. Constitution of India in its Directive Principles of State Policy clearly stated that “It would be the duty of the state to raise the level of nutrition and the standard of living and to improve public health”. International covenant on economic, social and cultural rights adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 1966 and in force from January 1976 has clearly stated (in Article 12) the specific rights of the people to health specifically as the “highest attainable standard of physical and mental health“. The National Health Policy 2011 of GOI has also provide for protection and fulfillment of rights in relation to health and well being, health equity and justice, including those related to all the underlying determinants of health as well as health care; and for achieving the goal of health for all; and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

The public health scenario in the state of Arunachal Pradesh is nothing better than the rest of country. Arunachal Pradesh being a resource poor state, without able to attain self-sufficiency in revenue generation, should be more meticulous in resource allocation for its social welfare programmes, which can neither be capped in the pretext of revenue crunch, as being a social welfare state. When it comes to healthcare delivery system, development and implementation of Public Health System, in line with pioneering state such as Tamil Nadu, would be a more cost-effective healthcare delivery approach and give rich dividends in the long term. Moreover, GOI is going gaga over the early implementation of the same at state level and has made policy decision to incentivize financially for complying states under NRHM. Considering these ipso facto, early adoption of Public Health System with separate Public Health Cadre as a healthcare delivery system would hold good for the greater public health interest of the people of Arunachal Pradesh. (Dr Natung, Medical Officer, CHC Doimukh is presently undergoing Postgraduate Studies in Community Medicine, at RIMS-Imphal)

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Job quota for rural people a noble idea

Dear Editor,

This is regarding job quota and separate recruitment boards sought by Doimukh MLA Nabam Rebia for rural and urban areas.

There is an urgent need for separate job quota for unemployed educated people in rural sectors covering 13th, 14th and 15th Assembly constituencies of Papum Pare district.

The educated unemployed youths of Papum Pare district, particularly in rural sectors are deprived of employment opportunity for last many decades. The quota system will not only solve the unemployed problem, but also help the state to accelerate its development process.

While appreciating the noble idea of the Doimukh MLA, I request the  State Govt to create a separate rural sector and Capital sector recruitment boards as soon as possible.

I also request the Panchayat leaders  and  senior students  leaders of Papum Pare district to ponder upon the agenda of the MLA. Such separate recruitment boards should also be created in each district of the state.


Techi Tama Tara

3 Ganga Anchal Samiti

Papum Pare district



Skirts, mobile phones, intoxicating substances

Dear Editor,

The student bodies of Manipur took a very good decision about skirts, mobile phones, intoxicating substances which should have been done by Governments or NGO's.

We know it very well that all these have been done to prevent the regular cases of eve teasing, mobile misuses and health hazard of future generation.

Our state should also take these types of steps before any untoward incident occurs in our state.

Above all a proper dress code should be made mandatory for all Govt, semi-Govt or Private schools & colleges along with decent hair style.

Students should not be allowed to use mobile phone within the campus. Teachers can use them but only inside the staff rooms.

Senior citizens, Gao Buras, PRI members may also be included in committees to implement these rules.


A concerned parent




Take up issues concerning people

Dear Editor,

Apropos the article on 18th June 2012,  by  T Tata, Gen Secy, INTUC, Itanagar City Unit regarding rampant leakage of state’s revenue, I appeal to all citizens of Arunachal to pay head to such serious issues since, the matter relates not only to revenue, but merciless deforestation affecting the environment, untested, adulterated and substandard essential commodities, which is a serious concern for all.  

Most importantly as the writer mentioned regarding supply of contaminated Packaged Drinking Water in the state, it is the duty of the District Administration to immediately invoke action against the wrong doers, because every summer we witness ample numbers of people suffering from water borne diseases, and most of the people are now consuming packaged drinking water available in the markets in capital complex.

The District Administration must ascertain the quality of the water being sold at every nook and corner of the capital complex. It may also be noted that people rely on packaged drinking water since the govt. has failed to supply potable drinking water to its citizens at capital complex.

Further it is also painful to say that Itanagar has become the most expensive city amongst the state capitals in India especially with regards to essential commodities.

The NGO’s should pressurize the authorities so that these relevant issues are taken care of and there are proper verifications of firms supplying any item in the state.  

Instead of resorting to bandh, these NGO’s should take up issues that are relevant to the common people. General masses would certainly support such good endeavour by any organisation.


Tana Sushil Tara




Approach monitoring committee

Dear Editor,

This is in response to the news items “PPLAWC rejects NEEPCO’s Relief & Rehabilitations site,” published in this daily on Jun 21.

In this regard, I would like to clarify that NEEPCO is not an absolute authority to acquire or select even an inch of land in Arunachal Pradesh for the rehabilitation purpose. NEEPCO is only a funding agency.  

The authority of acquiring or selecting land for the relief and relief rehabilitation does not rest with NEEPCO, those who are alleging NEEPCO might not know the procedure.

In respect of land matter, NEEPCO always follow the directive of state Govt or the district administration.

The entire responsibilities are rest with the monitoring committee of relief and rehabilitation constituted by the Govt of Arunachal Pradesh with the Papum Pare DC being the administrator of the said committee.

Therefore, such wild allegation should not be made against NEEPCO without knowing the fact and rule of law by those organizations.

In spite of approaching the monitoring committee, leveling wild allegation against NEEPCO is baseless and unfounded.


Rakhi Tana Tara

Deputy Manager




No more bandhs

Dear Editor,

I am not here to criticize the bandh callers but to express my opinion regarding bandh culture in twin Capital Complex.

The demand raised by the bandh callers are legal but the system of unlimited bandh call adopted by some organizations is illegal as the  organization or union  are not mandated by the public and the leaders of the organizations are not selected democratically. Moreover, the sufferers during bandh calls are general public, students and business community, not the Govt employees.

Therefore, I request the higher authorities of the state Govt to take up bold steps to streamline the formation of organizations/union with some strict regulations. Unregistered organization should be restricted from calling a bandh or adopting any other path of agitation.

As per my opinion the unregistered organizations should place their grievances before registered NGO for elaborate discussion or for any other step like bandh call.


Tamo Ketan




BSNL services

Dear Editor,

This is regarding BSNL services at Basar. Since the BSNL Tower was set up at Basar, the services have never been good. Even when network shows full strength on cell phones but when one makes a call it is always not reachable and there is error in connection.

Many complaints have gone to BSNL offices in Basar and Itanager nothing has changed other than fake promises.

People of Basar circle appeal to the higher authority of BSNL to look into the matter seriously and provide better connectivity to the people of Basar circle.


Toge Bam, New Bam



Danger of self medication

Dear Editor

Instead of going to a doctor, people rampantly self prescribe medicines, more so in rural/semi-urban areas.

Pharmacies being business establishments do not discourage such practise.  

As per norm no allopathic medicine can be dispense without prescription or the direct advice of registered doctor. It is seen that most of the people, if not too unwell do not go to doctors. Self medication is harmful for patients as well as for doctors. Side effect may occur due to wrong doses of medicine and there may be cases of drug resistance as well which may hamper correct diagnose of the disease.

Without a proper medical degree, one would never be able to actually figure out the problems of patients.

On the occasion of Doctor’s Day, it is my humble request to all our innocent public to get proper treatment from qualified medical graduate and say no to self medication, because science is based on knowledge and evidence not on recommendation of someone who is not trained.


Dr Kipa Tubing

RIMS Imphal




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Health for all

It is unlikely that increase the funding for rural health will help  improve the dismal state of health care to a large extent in India. Experts time and again suggested that if the vision of ‘Health for All’ is to be achieved by 2020, India will have to pump in 6 per cent of its GDP in the health care sector.

India’s public spending on health as a proportion of the GDP – currently at around 1 per cent of the GDP - is among the lowest in the world. Despite the launch of the National Rural Health Mission in 2005, India continues to grapple with a 33 per cent shortage of rural hospitals or Community Health Centers (CHCs). Even in the ones present, there is an acute shortage of staff.

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, there is a shortage of 50-70 per cent of physicians, specialists, lab technicians and radiographers at the CHCs. And around 10-15 per cent of them even lack basic amenities such as water supply and electricity.

Nevertheless, the launch of the National Urban Health Mission to encompass the primary healthcare needs of people in the urban areas is a welcome move. So is the upgradation of seven more Government medical colleges under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) which aims at setting up of AIIMS-like institutions.