July 08


News Impact


Plantation drive at Pasighat

Pasighat, Jul 07: A mass tree plantation drive would be carried out in and around Pasighat township shortly involving students, public and government servants shortly.

A meeting to chalk out programmes for the tree plantion was convened by East Siang Deputy Commissioner in his office chamber today which was attended by officers of Forest, Urban Development, PWD, PHE departments, Town Planning etc.

The Deputy Commissioner suggested for conduct of essay writing, painting competitions etc among school children and public meetings to create awareness among them about the importance of planting trees. It was decided in the meeting that plantations would be carried out in the office complexes, quarters, market areas and near the bank of Siang river. All the school children would be shoulder responsibility to plant atleast a tree each.

Beside this,  a sanitation drive will also be conducted up in and around the township, the DC said.

Bittem Darang, DFO (T) informed that most of the HODs of the district are taking up plantation in their respective office complex for which the Forest department is providing saplings. He assured to provide sufficient saplings for the plantation drive in the town. DIPRO


Toppers felicitated

ITANAGAR, Jul 07: The Tai Welfare Society (TWS) felicitated toppers of CBSE AISSE and AISSCE 2012 belonging to Tai clan at a function held at Chandni Hotel Naharlagun.

Mast. Soni Tani Tai (9.6), Miss Tai Mamu (9) and Mast. Tai Narba (8.8) topped the CBSE class Xth Exam 2012 while Mast. Tai David and Miss Tai Mani topped in class XIIth Science and Arts stream respectively.

The toppers were awarded cash scholarships and certificates by the senior members of the Society. The Society also felicitated Tai Jatey for securing a place in top 10 rankers of Economics Deptt. of Rajiv Gandhi University Undergraduate Exams 2012.

Er. Tai Nikio, Chairman TWS while expressing his happiness over the academic performance of the TAI students in the year assured the society’s continuous support to the meritorious and needy students in achieving their goals.


Students asks officers to remain at posting place

ITANAGAR, Jul 07: All Mengio Students’ Union alleged that the administrative  and other departmental officers of Mengio circle are not  staying at their posting places after the visit of chief minister few months back.

The public and students are facing problems in administrative related matters as the CO  is not staying at posting place, it said.

It further  alleged that the subject teachers posted against Mengio Secondary School and other schools within Mengio circle are yet to join their duty.

It appealed to the CO in-charge Mengio to stay in the posting place and also urged the DDSE, Papum Pare to ensure attendance of the teachers in their posting place.


Van mahotsava at Daporijo

ITANAGAR, Jul 07: To mark the 63rd Van Mahotsava, a trees plantation  programme was organized by All Upper Subansiri Youth Association (AUSYA) with support from Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of Daporijo.

Students from the Si-Donyi public school, Abotani English Medium residential public school and Govt. Higher Secondary School Daporijo took part in the plantation programe. 120 saplings were planted at the  market with an aim to save environment.


Organization demands shifting of conventional hall

ITANAGAR, Jul 07: Arunachal Pradesh Abo Tani Clans Youth Organisation has reiterated its demand for shifting the conventional hall from IG Park to a suitable location.

The organization said that it is not against the conventional hall and other developmental work of the state government. However, it opposes the construction of the conventional hall within IG Park which amounts to destroying the natural beauty and environment of capital town.

It further alleged that despite repeated appeals, the state government is adamant on the issue even though there is lots of government land available for construction of conventional hall in the capital complex.

It urged the state government to immediately cancel the ongoing construction work and shift the conventional hall to any other place within 15 days.

The organization threatened that it would launch 36 hrs government office shutter down and government vehicles chakka bandh, if their demands are not fulfilled within the stipulated time.


Social service

ITANAGAR, Jul 07: Sekey Colony Youth Association conducted social service at its colony today.

During the day, the members cleared drainage system and repaired the link road. It appealed to the state government  to extend necessary help toward colony development.

Hago Multi Purpose Society and Tayar Brothers also jointly conducted social service at E-Sector, Itanagar today.

They cleaned drainage system and also filled up some potholes.


Coffee stall inaugurated

ITANAGAR, Jul 07: DNGC Principal Tomar Ete has inaugurated Kiogi Coffee stall  in presence of college staff and students at the College here on July 5.  While expressing happiness over the opening of new coffee stall, he encouraged students to opt business after completion of formal education.


70 for information under RTI Act !

ITANAGAR, Jul 07: Save Mon Region Federation (SMRF) has alleged that application forms for seeking information under RTI are being sold at Rs 20 per form by some government departments and treasury Challan of Rs. 50 has to be deposited while submitting the application.

It further alleged that typed out and downloaded forms are not accepted.

The Forums also appealed to the State Government to reduce the fee for providing information under RTI from Rs. 10 per page to the approved rate.


Prohibitory order

ITANAGAR, Jul 07: Papum Pare district magistrate in an executive order under 144 Cr PC has prohibited carrying of lethal weapons, assembly of more than five persons, procession and meeting in and around Yupia township and adjourning villages. Anybody found violating this order shall be prosecuted as per the law, the order read.  The magistrate further said that Papum Pare SP shall take all necessary action for strict adherence of the order.

“It has been made to appear to me that a number of persons are about to assemble in connection with a dispute between two groups in and around Yupia township and that such assembly is likely to lead to a riot or an affray and may create law and order situation in the vicinity,’ the district magistrate said  in its prohibitory order.


Appeal for justice

ITANAGAR, Jul 07: All Tamuk Youth Welfare Society (ATYWS) has condemned the reported attack on a person at Yupia tinali on June 15 last. While condemning the reported mob attack at Yupia yesterday in connection with June 15 incident, the Society appealed to the administration for justice.


Go Green campaign at Jairampur

ITANAGAR, Jul 07: Assam Rifles is observing  “Go Green Fortnight Tree Plantation Drive” at Jairampur which started on July 1.  The unit has collected 1500  saplings of various trees with the help of DFO Nampong Forest Division.

The plantation drive commenced with small children of Assam Rifles School, Jairampur on July  2 where  a total of 80 saplings were planted by the students and teachers of the school.

 The plantation drive was followed by a talk on importance of trees, maintenance of ecological balance and the environment to nurture ‘Planet Earth’ for future mankind.  

In the series of the tree plantation drive approx 100 tree saplings were planted each day at various locations in the unit area by troops, families, children and representatives of civil administration.


Interaction meet of AYC

ITANAGAR, Jul 07: Coordination cum interaction meeting of AYC 32 Rumgong was held at Congress Bhawan Aalo today.

While interacting with the gathering, Tarut Pari, president of AYC 32 Rumgong Assembly Constituency asked the youths to remain united and work for further strengthening party organizations at grassroots level. He advocated for organizing a mega Youth Congress Rally at Rumgong to streamline the party activities in the constituency.

Monya Kamduk, president AYC 31 Aalo Assembly Constituency described the youths as the backbone of Congress party.

The meeting was attended by West Siang DMCC president Yajum Bogo, Aalo West AYC president Kengam Angu and other office bearers of DCC.


‘Don’t obstruct in dev. activities’

ITANAGAR, Jul 07: The 12th Pakke Kessang Youth Forum (PKYF), in a release, appealed to the people of Pakke Kessang assembly  constituency not to create any obstruction in developmental activities by opposing it on midway.

“If there is any doubts over the works to be carried out, the matter should be taken up with the authorities/ department (s) concerned for solution before the execution of the works, the Forum said and appealed to the people of the constituency to think twice before filing any public interest litigation (PIL),  seeking information through RTI etc. against any developmental schemes/projects coming up in the area. This kind of anti-development activities being witnessed in the constituency has not only hampered development of the area but also discouraged the leaders, officers to work for development, the release said.

The Forum also appealed to the officers and officials, public and panchayat leaders, implementing agencies for judicious utilization of fund and maintaining transparency in their works so that nobody can point fingers towards them.

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Tourism revolution in Ziro Valley

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Jul 07: Picturesque Ziro Valley, one of the most beautiful places of state is witnessing a silent tourism revolution.

Besides splendid beauty, another factor which attracts tourist to Ziro Valley is warmth hospitality of Apatani people.

While most of the tourist destinations of state are desperately seeking government help for establishment of infrastructure, the people of Ziro Valley are going other way around and are silently building up infrastructure by the dint of their hard work.

Hotels, lodges and tourist resorts are coming up in big numbers to cater to the needs of tourists. Lot of people, especially environmental activists will be skeptical about coming up of so many hotels and lodges as it may lead to destruction of natural beauty. However, some of tourism promoters of Ziro Valley have taken maximum care of it. The concept of eco-tourism and home-stay is being promoted in big way.

Rural Tourism Management Committee (RTMC) and Ngunu Ziro are the two prominent eco-tourism cum home-stay promoters of Ziro Valley.

RTMC established in the year 2011 beside promoting eco-tourism is also helping many local youths in getting employment opportunities.

They provide home-stay facilities in Siiro, Bamin and Siibey village.

Habung Kago, chairman of RTMC while sharing the idea behind starting of home-stay promotion said, “Most of the home-stay within RTMC is located in villages. This will offer tourist a chance to have closer view of rich Apatani culture and experience tribal lifestyle in true sense.”

Further he added, “As most of the tour guides under RTMC are locals, the tourist will feel at home. The safety and security concern are given utmost priority.”

Ziro Valley resort located in Birii village and Siiro resort situated in Siiro village also give ample opportunity to experience rural tourism at its best.

There are lot more tourist infrastructure coming up in the Ziro Valley and within next couple of years they will be ready to offer service to the visiting tourists. However authorities need to keep an eye to make sure that natural beauty is not destroyed at the cost of building infrastructure for tourism.

Being easily accessible from capital complex Ziro Valley is the perfect destination for people of capital complex to go for weekend holidays.

In fact once Potin to Hoj Trans-Arunachal highway project is completed, Ziro will become more near to Itanagar.

It has potential to become what Shimla and Mussorie is for people of Delhi, a perfect getaway for residents of capital complex. The locals are putting their best effort for promotion of tourism and now it is up to department of tourism to support those efforts.



Khanduma’s curse, Lovers and Witches in Eastern Himalayas

Lobsang Wangchu Bapu’s debute novel released

ITANAGAR, Jul 07: Khanduma’s curse, Lovers and Witches in Eastern Himalayas, the debut novel of Civil Servant Lobsang Wangchu Bapu was released this evening in Itanagar.

Releasing the book, celebrated author Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi expressed happiness that young people are taking up creative writing in the state. While encouraging the young writer, Thongchi said “do better than us”.

Thongchi said that Khanduma’s curse which has a very griping start is captivating.  

Thongchi regaled the gathering with his childhood anecdotes relating to the existence of the Khandumas (witches).

A Zoology graduate from J N College Pasighat, Lobsang said that he always wanted to be a writer.

While terming the day very important, Lobsang said that he wrote the book five years ago while he was posted at Pangchau in Longding. Though, he saw some rejections by publishers, the book was lapped up by Wordweaves India.

Lobsang, a native of Morshing in West Kameng joined the Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service in 2003 as a Circle Officer and is currently posted at Dirang.

Deputy Director SSA Rajya Mission, Ashok Tajo, while speaking at the occasion, termed Lobsang a rising star on the horizon. He said that writers have helped document the history, social ethos of the state.

Dr Dakto Gara, a childhood friend of the author hoped that the books despite the local settings would have a universal appeal. Among those present at the occasion were SSA state project Director P N Thungon, Director Sports and Youth Affairs D K Dinglow, Gynaecologist Leki Wangchu. Publisher Wordweaves India, states that the novel has managed to weave around a gripping story of love, lust, witchcraft, sorcery ...  

The book is available in book shops across Capital Region.



Pasighat Gen Hospital cries for attention

ITANAGAR, Jul 07: The General Hospital Pasighat, one of the oldest hospitals in Arunachal Pradesh, is in a pathetic condition due to lack of proper health care facilities and unhygienic environment.

This was informed by East Siang unit of AdiSU, which along with members of other student Unions visited the hospital on July 3, in a release.

“All the Wards and Departments of the Hospital, including OPD, Laboratory, Medicine, Maternity, Eye, Surgical needs special attention of the higher authority, it said.

The cleanliness in and around the hospital is also not satisfactory. All the Wards, including Surgical, Medical, Maternity, Child, Female and Paying Cabins have an ugly looks with no proper cleaning. The toilets/bathrooms are in worst condition due to blockage. There is almost no drinking water facilities for patients in the hospital.

The water filters in the hospital have been damaged while the Surgical and Maternity rooms have developed cracks due to lack of maintenance, the release said.

The hospital also lacks the latest diagnostic equipments while X-Ray  and Ultra Sound Scanning Machines are lying defunct for want of electricity with required voltage.  The poor patients are compelled to approach the private laboratories for these costly tests. The laboratories in the hospital has no advance equipments and is unable to carry out even tests like QBC for malaria parasite, it claimed. The patients are mostly referred to private laboratories set up around the hospital for such kinds of tests.

The AdiSU unit also alleged irregularity among medical staff in the hospital. Even some medical officers go on leave without prior authorization, they alleged.

They also claimed to have found supply of low quality medicines and other equipments like hand gloves for which doctors are facing problems in prescribing Govt supplied medicines in the hospital, they said.

They further alleged non compliance with the guidelines of Jansankhya Sthirata Kosh (JSK) by the hospital authority while extending benefits to the mothers under the scheme.

Expressing serious concern over those problems, shortages and lack of proper healthcare facilities in the hospitals, AdiSU demanded the higher authority to address the problems of the hospital without any further delay.



Itanagar celebrates Dalai Lama’s birthday

ITANAGAR, Jul 7: The 77th birth anniversary of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama was celebrated at Thupten Gyatseling Gonpa here yesterday with pomp and gaiety.

Devotees from Banderdewa, Doimukh, Nirjuli and twin capital city of Naharlagun and Itanagar in their colourful traditional attire thronged Gonpa and prayed for long life of Nobel Laureate the 14th Dalai Lama and lighted lamps for  world peace and happiness of all sentient being.

The monks of Gonpa performed special prayer for whole day and offered Mandrel Tensum with Tsokhor. The other day-long programme includes hoisting of prayer flags and Parikrama and Prasad distribution, reports DIPR.

All Mon Students Association Guwahati celebrated the  Dalai Lama's birthday at Arunachal Bhawan, Guwahati. Apart from students belonging to Tawang and West Kameng, students from other parts of Arunachal studying in Guwahati joined the celebration.



Gora Tamar Memorial Football

AUFC meet CCFC, BTFC play ITBP in semis today

ITANAGAR, Jul 07: Arunachal United FC (AUFC)  and Capital Complex FC (CCFC) beat their respective opponents in the quarterfinals to set up a semifinals clash against each other in the first Gora Tamar Memorial State Level Football Tournament at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun today.

AUFC defeated East Kameng FC 2-0 while CCFC pipped Gora Makik SC ‘B’ 1-0.

Dry and T Tath scored a goal each for AUFC in both half while Pani Raju scored the all important goal  for CCFC in 18th minutes.

The first semifinals would be played between Bamang Taji FC and Indo Tibetan Border Police at 1.30 pm and the second semifinals at 3.30 pm between AUFC and CCFC.



Mount Carmel Orphans Home inaugurated

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jul 07: Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board (APB&CWWB) Chairman Jalley Sonam has inaugurated the Mount Carmel Orphans Home at Nerba Colony, Itanagar this morning.

The orphanage is established by the Bright Future Mission, a local NGO, with an objective to provide free education, food and lodging to orphans, semi-orphans, abandoned and destitute children of Arunachal Pradesh and other states. Besides, the mission will also give them protection, care, moral and spiritual guidance for betterment of their life.   

Lauding the Bright Future Mission for its noble initiative to establish the orphanage, Sonam said this noble initiative will definitely bring lots of differences in the lives of many orphan children of state.  

Every likeminded persons irrespective of caste, creed, religion, region etc, should come forward for such noble ventures to help out the needy people as service to mankind is service to god, he added. While encouraging the BFM members on its noble endeavor, he said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step and even if things don't turn out the way you expect, you shouldn’t be discouraged. Rather you must work harder for such good cause”.

Further, he also suggested the mission to create awareness among the rural masses on various social evils which is still prevalent and stressed on a mechanism to eliminate such evils from the society. He called upon the people of state to help each other and avoid violence and negative thinking as no one is big or small. He assured to extend every possible help from his side for the newly opened orphanage.

Earlier, in his welcome speech, the BFM president highlighted on the aims and objectives of Mount Carmel Orphans Home. He informed that currently it will accommodate at least 30 orphans, semi-orphans, abandoned and destitute children who were brought from various parts of Arunachal Pradesh.



Despite all odds, Dibang Valley’s spectacular success

Raju Mimi

ROING, Jul 07: Dibang Valley district is a region deeply troubled by factors causing despoiling of its civilization – remoteness, underdevelopment, drug addiction, suicides, poverty and poor governance.   

These difficulties, however, do not make the people here pathetic, but has made them more stronger and determined. This year, five students from Dibang Valley achieved spectacular success in the Rajiv Gandhi University undergraduate examination.

They have now become an icon for those deprived with basic facilities for education, forcing the better ones to introspect.

Omila Migi is one among the achievers and is ranked 4th in his political science department. He comes from Ahi Valley, which is the most remote circle in Dibang Valley district. It takes two days by walk to reach his village Ayinso from Anelih circle headquarter, which is without road connectivity.

“Once I am in my village, there is no information of the outside world. Also no news about college, nothing,” he says.

“When I first went to school, I wore laawe (a loin cloth worn to cover the private parts). And I wore my first footwear when I was in class six. My mother died when I was young and father is ailing in poor health. Now I have to look after my younger brothers and sisters who are dependent on me,” he says.

Like many in this part of the world, Migi represents the first educated generation. So they have to look after the family as well, while they are still studying.  

“I never compromised with my education despite the difficulties,” he says, “And the distraction caused by my engagement in student politics.” Migi had been an active student leader holding several posts in All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU).

Similar is the story of the other three achievers, Anjali Ekru, Giti Miuli and Gete Umbrey, all of whom are from Ahi valley. They secured 8th, 2nd and 4th positions in their respective departments of Geography, Management and Mathematics. The fifth topper is Yami Melo from Alinye village in Anini circle. She secured 6th position in her BA (Economics).



Kishori Diwas and Anganwadi workers meet

ITANAGAR, Jul 07: Urban ICDS Project Itanagar has celebrated Kishori Diwas at Vivekananda Conference Hall, Itanagar today.

Besides health check up particularly for adolescent girls, Dr.  N. Lowang, DRCHO, Papum Pare  district and Bordoloi, Officer  in-charge,  Food & Nutrition Board of India, State Unit  spoke on the topics on health  and hygiene, adolescent reproductive sexual health and essential food  and  nutrition for human beings specially for the  adolescent girls.  The programme was organized under the Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment (RGSEAG), popularly known as SABLA.

Coinciding with the celebration, Project level Anganwadi Workers’ meeting was organized.   Besides ICDS Project staff and AWWs, field staff from ICDS Project Naharlagun  participated in the meeting.

Addressing the participants, R T Riba, Director, SW, WCD  department called upon staff of the ICDS project to perform their duty with sincerity and devotion.  She called for submission of reports on various allied schemes such as SABLA and IGMSY including ICDS on time.  She also asked AWWs to carry out their day-to-day duty properly.

With launching of various allied schemes the duties and responsibilities of health functionaries right from AWW to director level have increased manifold, said Project CDPO S C Tok in his keynote address. He further said AWWs, being the ICDS functionary at grass root level, need to be very responsive. He cautioned the defaulters to face the consequences. Tok further  called for proper use of equipments at various AWCs and  inspection of the same at regular interval.

He  has lamented that the despite repeated instruction to all AWWs/AWHs to disseminate information to all IGMSY beneficiaries of their respective area/villages to avail the benefit, the response seems to be very scanty. He asked the house to take effective measures for mass awareness on the IGMSY.

It is worth mentioning that IGMSY, a conditional maternity benefit scheme under the Union ministry of WCD, is being implemented in certain pockets of the country including certain ICDS Projects in Arunachal Pradesh.

The meeting concluded with the  discussion on day to day practical works including growth monitoring amongst the AWWs, Fields Staff of the Project and resource persons from WCD Training Centre, Itanagar.



Payback to the society: Mra

NAHARLAGUN, Jul 07: “Payback what society has given you’’,   said  Tapi Mra, the first person to climb Mt Everest from North Eastern States.

He was speaking at a programme organized   in honour of successful candidates of APPSCCE-2012 by SUCCESS  POINT coaching institute at Hotel River View, Naharlagun.

Mra stressed on the need of having specific goal in life and strive hard to achieve that desired goal.

While interacting with the recently recruited officers of APPSCCE, 2012 the youth icon of the state maintained that there is no substitute for hard work to realize one’s dream.

Altogether twelve successful candidates of APPSCCE who were students of SUCCESS POINT coaching institute, Itanagar/Naharlagun were felicitated on the occasion. Shania Kayem Mize (Topper), Techi Hanyir (3rd rank), Minjom Ete (4th rank), Tsering Pentsom Monpa(5th rank), and eight others were felicitated. The most lively and interesting part of the programme was the open interaction between the aspirants and successful candidates, wherein all the myths and the realities of civil service examination got cleared. The programme ended with a positive note whereby all the participants shared lunch together.

Sikka Gapak, president All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) was of the opinion that there is an urgent need to streamline the system so that all the well intended  programmes and policies of the government benefits the masses.



East Siang DC  holds discussion on legal system

PASIGHAT, Jul 07: East Siang Deputy Commissioner R K Mishra had a meeting with the Public Prosecutors of Pasighat today.

During the meeting, the DC discussed various legal aspects and their working system  and enquired about the number of cases assigned to each PP, their status and the success rates. He also enquired about the number of criminal and civil cases. During the meeting the relations of PPs with magistrate and police, improvement of the Juvenile Justice Court  were also discussed.

Since PPs are court officers, they are to assist the court and guide the presiding officers properly, the DC said and assured to conduct another meeting to discuss various cases.

The Deputy Commissioner also assured that every effort would  be taken to improve the judicial system and also proposed a workshop of the PPs, magistrates and Police  to be held shortly. DIPRO