July 11


News Impact


Repair Harmuti-Doimukh road: Union

ITANAGAR, Jul 10: Doimukh Students’ Union highlighting the pathetic condition of Harmuti-Doimukh road via Gumto said that plying of heavy vehicles of Trans Highway construction company and diversion of state capital road through Harmuti-Doimukh has further aggravated the already dilapidated Harmuti-Doimukh road.

It urged the concerned authority to immediately release fund for repair work at Harmuti-Doimukh road and also demanded early  clearance of Banderdewa-Itanagar road so that Harmuti-Doimukh road could get relief from plying of heavy vehicles and traffic congestion.

Meanwhile, the union expressing their gratitude to concerned authority for establishment of Degree College at Doimukh urged the authority to expedite the process  as early as possible.


PR leaders demand disciplinary action

ITANAGAR, Jul 10:  The panchayat members of Sagalee area in a letter to the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki appealed him to take disciplinary action against the teachers who have not joined their duty at posting places under Sagalee constituency.

In a complaint letter to CM, the panchayat leaders headed by  Sagalee ZPM said that despite transfer orders issued by the DDSE on June 1 last, no teacher has joined at posting places till date.

The Panchayat leaders also demanded a high-level enquiry against the ineffectiveness of the transfer orders. Claiming that the education department issues transfer and posting orders every year, the panchayat leaders said such transfer orders bear no fruits and remain in paper only.


Foundation Day

ITANAGAR, Jul 10: The members of All Arunachal Youngsters United Federation celebrated its foundation day at ESS-Sector here  today.

During the day the association reiterated its resolve in fighting against corruption and injustice meted out to the poor people of Arunachal.

Games and sports competitions  were orgaised  as part of the celebration.


UPSC topper felicitated

ZIRO, Jul 10: Radhe Hallu Welfare Fund (RHWF), Tajang has felicitated Dr. Radhe Tallo for cracking UPSC this year.  

While talking about secret of his success, Dr. Tallo said whatever the standard of schools or colleges may be determination helps one to reach the target.  Tallo said that he was brought up by his illiterate mother but it was his determination which made him crack the top most competitive examination of the country.

Dr. Radhe Tallo, son of Lt. Radhe Gyute and Radhe Yapa of Tajang village is the only Arunachalee to crack this year’s civil service examination conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

Dr. Tallo also cracked this year’s state civil service exanimation conducted by Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) but he opted for central civil service which he said will give him wider scope to serve people.

During felicitation function, other achievers of Radhe clan were also presented mementos.


Forum seeks action

ITANAGAR, Jul 10: Arunachal RTI Activists Forum (ARTIAF) has demanded the competent authority to put Er J. Gibi, former executive engineer, Power, Seppa under suspension for allegedly “misusing Govt vehicle and siphoning off fund without undertaking any development works”.

According to ARTIAF, the EE was transferred from Seppa on July 4 last; but the EE has reportedly been running from pillar to post, including High Court to get a stay order.

The EE’s non-willingness to leave the division speaks volume of his ill intention, ARTIAF in a release said and demanded the authority to identify other corrupt officials in the departments and take necessary disciplinary action against them to check corrupt practices going on in the government departments in Seppa.

The Forum also claimed to have unearthed the secret behind some government officers and officials unwillingness to leave Seppa after few months of joining in their posts. According to the Forum, the corrupt officers and officials always find it easy to misappropriate govt money in Seppa thanks to simplicity and ignorance of people in matters of governance and official transactions, remoteness and high illiteracy rate in the district.


Village link road restored

ITANAGAR, Jul 10: The villagers of Abotani and Duda villages under the banner of village development committee, Karsingsa, restored the village link road through social service yesterday. Around 70 persons took part in the programme.

The Abotani and Duda village link road remained cut off for a week due to heavy rain.

A K Loram, Chairman and Charu Kasa, Secretary of village devolvement core-committee, Karsingsa provided one JCB, while many other members including ASM Kipa Chapo extended all possible help for grand success of the social service, said a release.


Torrential rain creates havoc at Taliha

ITANAGAR, Jul 10: The week-long heavy down pour has created havoc at remote Taliha in Upper Subansiri district by sweeping away the ALC Barrak Repen colony, Govt Primary School, Weaving Center and the Mule Tract.

The heavy rain has inundated many houses in the township and the nearby areas.  Many agricultural and paddy fields were also damaged by landslide, Block Congress Committee informed  in a release.

Meanwhile, local MLA Punji Mara rushed to the spot and took stock of the situation. He assured to provide relief to the victims.


DDSE conducts tour

Aalo, Jul 10: West Siang DDSE Tomi Doke had been on an unannounced tour to Likabali Sub-Division recently and visited various schools of the area to ascertain the actual problems faced by the teachers and students. During the tour he inspected classrooms, offices and interacted with teachers and students and discussed the ways and means for academic improvement of the schools.

He also visited Malini Primary school where a lone lady teacher was present in spite of posting of two other teachers in the school. The  DDSE directed all the teachers and staff to be sincere and punctual in their duties and advised the students to be disciplined and concentrate in their studies.

He also visited the Govt. Sec. School, Bam and assured to provide sports equipments for the school.


AAPSU rejects resignation of  GS

ITANAGAR, Jul 10: The central executive members (CEM) of All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) in its meeting held at Naharlagun under the chairmanship of president Takam Tatung today unanimously decided not to accept the resignation of Tujum Poyom, General Secretary AAPSU.

The CEM of the union observed that the reason given by Tujum Poyom in his resignation has no merit for such a big decision.

“AAPSU is a student body and not political party where people come and go out anytime. The AAPSU GS was in best of health condition when he was elected and we are hopeful that he will finish his tenure as schedule,” AAPSU said in a release.

Tujum had resigned few days ago citing health reason.


Training for resource teachers and volunteers

Seppa, Jul 10: A Co-ordination cum review meeting with one day training for Resource Teachers and Volunteers of inclusive education under SSA was conducted at I.E. coordinator office, Seppa today.

A.Lamgu, BEO I/c DDSE urged the volunteers and Resource Teachers to discharge their duties sincerely and visit school under their jurisdiction regularly. He informed that the fund for celebration of Disable Day would be allotted to organise at Block and Cluster level.

K.Tajo, Coordinator, Inclusive Education and one of the resource persons for the one day basic training asked the volunteers and resource Teachers to identify CWSN children of their jurisdiction and submit the name with photographs. He also reminded them of ‘no work, no pay’. DIPRO


Programme on Mushroom cultivation

Pasighat, Jul 10: Krishi Vigyan Kendra East Siang in collaboration with ATMA organized a one day training cum demonstration programme on Mushroom cultivation at College of Horticulture and Forestry here today. All together 31 farmers were participated in the programme.

Subject Matter Specialist (SMS) Toge Riba spoke on practices of oyster mushroom and also demonstrated on how to make beddings for mushroom.

The farmers were also exposed to spawn production unit at the College.

Later, the farmers interacted with SMS, officers of Fisheries, Horticulture department and ATMA Project Director,  who gave remedial measures to the farmers on various farm related problems.


Society writes to DC

ITANAGAR, Jul 10: In a representation to deputy commissioner East Siang, Ramle Banggo Welfare Society complained that government officials and supporting staffs posted in Nari Koyu are not staying at their posting places rather they are working from their residences in Pasighat.

The Society said that except for few staff of primary health centre, all administrative officials are out of the station.

It further stated that absence of government officials has not only hampered the locals but also halted the developmental process of the area.


The ritual versions of the Apatanis- Vol-I released

ZIRO, Jul 10: A book titled “The ritual versions of the Apatanis, Volume-I” authored and compiled by Mihin Kaning, Vice Principal of Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Ziro was released by Rajya Sabha MP Mukut Mithi  on the occasion of Dree Festival celebration here on July 5 last .

The book which contains five chapters on different ritualistic hymns used on different occasions by the Apatani community is beautifully compiled and translated to simple English.


Free medical camp

ITANAGAR, Jul 10: Pushi Bango Students’ Union has organized free medical cum awareness camp at Bagra secondary school recently.


Union demands teachers

ITANAGAR, Jul 10: All Maro, Baririjo Area Students Union (AMBASU) today appealed to the Upper Subansiri District Deputy Director of School Education to  do the needful for posting of teachers and improvement of school infrastructure in their area.

Highlighting the pathetic condition of the schools,  AMBASU said the Govt Primary Schools at Luchi, Yoka, Nijo-mote have no teachers and  there  is only one teacher each in the Korarijo, Kulo, Labri and Dipu Gongo primary schools.

Demanding English teachers for both Maro and Baririjo Govt secondary schools, the Union said that Haider Primary school has no school building and the classes are temporarily run frm Anganwadi centre.

However, the Union lauded the health department for posting of a doctor at Maro PHC.


National fish farmers day celebrated

ITANAGAR, Jul 10: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Tirap today celebrated the National Fish Farmers day at Kheti village near Khonsa in Tirap district.

The day-long programme began with practical demonstration on fish farming under the theme ‘Different management measures of scientific fish culture’ for the fish farmers of the district. Altogether 16 farmers participated in the programme conducted under the banner of Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA), Tirap district at a farmer’s fish pond of Kheti village.

Resource person Dr. Rajdeep Dutta, SMS (Fisheries), KVK, Tirap  gave  a practical demonstration on scientific fish farming and explained about various process  required for scientific fish farming which included preparation of fish feed, supplementary feeding and  use of fertilizer in fish ponds. Dutta also gave some fish health care tips. Some useful materials required for scientific management of fish ponds were distributed to the farmers during the programme.

Earlier, in his inaugural speech, Rup Narayan Pradhan, Tirap District Fisheries Development Officer urged the fish farmers to learn about the scientific fish farming management practices and apply them in their ponds for more production.

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Central leaders assure help for Arunachal’s development

NEW DELHI, Jul 10: A day before the all-important meeting of the state government with Planning Commission of India (PCI) Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today called on Ashwini Kumar, Union Minister of State for Planning and Dr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman of PCI here at their respective offices.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by Col Dhaniram Shandil, who is the AICC General Secretary in-Charge of Arunachal and a CWC member, in both the meetings.

Expressing satisfaction after the meetings, Tuki said that both he and Col Shandil were happy with the response of the MoS and the Deputy Chairman.

“We are extremely grateful to Ashwini Kumar and Dr Ahluwalia for their positive response to our submissions. Their assurances have assured the future of Arunachal Pradesh,” said a beaming Chief Minister.

According to Col Shandil, both Ashwini Kumar and Dr Ahluwalia have promised all out support and help to Arunachal Pradesh, which they admitted, is in the nascent stages of development and therefore required the nurture of the Center. The Planning Commission is alive to the support needed to develop the state in the fields of hydro-power, tourism, floriculture, agriculture, horticulture and development of infrastructure like construction of stadiums, hospitals, schools and colleges, etc.

The Commission also gave top priority to connectivity of all rural and interior villages.

“Arunachal Pradesh is evolving today. It needs considerate amount of help from the Center to become self-reliant, which it will in the near future. It is evident from the responses that the Center is more than willing to help Arunachal in every possible way,” added Col Shandil.

The Chief Minister had earlier called on UPA Chairperson and AICC President Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh separately with the appeal for generous consideration for Arunachal Pradesh in finalization of its budgetary allocations. Both the leaders had also assured Arunachal of the Center’s generous consideration towards it.

Finalization of the state budget would culminate tomorrow in the meeting with the Planning Commission, which is slated to begin at 10 am, Wednesday.



Govt instruction for protection of forest and wildlife

PASIGHAT, Jul 10: State Government has issued strict instruction to all the officers of forest department and wild-life divisions throughout the state for protection of forest, wildlife and bio-diversity.  The instruction was issued by the Chief Minister while considering the plea of Fringe Peoples Forum-WL (FPF-WF) of East Siang district for stringent measures to save forest and wildlife.

Expressing concern over the rampant destruction of forest and killing of wild animals, the Forum approached the state Govt recently and demanded bold initiatives for preservation. It hoped that the instruction of the Govt would go a long way in preserving the state’s forest and wildlife.

The FPF-WL, a Pasighat based NGO  formed by fringe peoples of D Ering Wildlife Sanctuary, is co-operating with the concern department of the East Siang in spreading awareness among the rural people on the need of conserving the forest and wildlife. A team of FPF-WL led by its president John Apum had recently visited the other district headquarters of the state. During its visit the team found that wild animals were being sold openly without any restriction.



Destitute home adopts three women

Ojing Tayeng

ITANAGAR, Jul 10: Achukuru Welfare Society, Ziro Chairperson Tailyang Shanti in her endeavor to provide shelter to the destitute women has today adopted three of them here at Capital on the opening day of the shelter home.

Shanti along with her team adopted three destitute women, one each from Chandranagar, Arunadaya School and Ganga.

These homeless three destitutes are now residing in their new home at newly established “Destitute Women Home” at Lekhi village.

Before she found them shelter, Shanti had interacted with them here few months back. But due to none availability of home, she could not provide shelter.

However, with constant support from well-wishers particularly the Urban Development Department, who has given her a building on temporary basis has made her dream of giving them shelter come true.

Meanwhile, talking to this reporter, Shanti said that the Mother’s Home, Ziro will be monitored by the volunteers of the home in her absence. She expressed her gratitude to well wishers for their contribution during her field survey and also appreciated the officers of Urban Development Department for offering the government building to her for establishment of the Home. She appealed to the government to support the destitute women.

The well wisher willing to support Shanti’s endeavour can reach her at following phone numbers; 9436692986 and 8014012112.



Disaster management workshop for senior officers

Naharlagun, Jul 10: The one day state level disaster management sensitization workshop for Senior, middle level officers of various departments and principals and professors of various colleges  from Itanagar was inaugurated by Capital Complex Deputy commissioner Sanjay Goel  at Administrative Training Institute, Naharlagun today.

The objective of the workshop is to sensitize various Govt. stakeholders on their role and responsibilities on disaster management viz prevention, preparedness and mitigation and post disaster activities.

Sanjoy, while sharing his experiences in earlier postings in Car Nicobar and other locations stressed the need  to create awareness among the masses particularly  to avoid constructions of buildings  on nalllas, cliffs and other landslide and flood prone areas for their own safety. He also called for disaster management preparedness by preparing plan containing all standard operational plans which would be followed by all during and after disaster.

Director, Disaster Management, YW Ringu, said that the department of Disaster Management alone can do nothing without the cooperation and support of other line departments. She sought cooperation from all  in generating awareness among the masses on disaster management.

We should ensure that the ownership of responsibility for mitigation and preparedness is jointly shared by the relevant Departments and thereby a holistic approach to disaster management is achieved, she added.

Disaster management prog at Daporijo

Meanwhile, Upper Subansiri District Disaster Management Department conducted a Disaster Management Awareness Campaign cum Mock Drill today at the auditorium of Government Higher Secondary School, Daporijo for the benefit of the students and teaching staff of the school.

The students were made aware about disasters, preparedness for them and demonstrated on first aid methods etc.

Disaster Management Officer Lobsang, briefing the students on the aims and objectives of the campaign advised the students to assimilate all the information given, use it to better their lives and disseminate the information to benefit all. He also advised for the formation of School Disaster Management Team for quick response in case of disasters, with simple, flexible and comprehensive plans to be put in place in case of disasters.

DMO Dr. Dubom Bagra speaking as Resource person gave a powerful presentation with visual pictures to educate the students on causes for disasters like landslides, earthquakes, floods etc, their effects and some steps to minimize the damages caused. He added that disasters cannot be prevented but their effects can be minimized  to a certain extent. He also explained some simple first aid that can be administered to patients before medical help arrived.

The fire department gave a demonstration on how to construct simple life saving equipments like life jacket and stretcher with locally available material like plastic bottles, rope, bamboo sticks etc and educated the students on fire accidents, its types and safety and precautionary measures to be taken, reports DIPRO.



Strange predicament for Aalo

ITANAGAR, Jul 10: 30 Aalo West assembly constituency faces a strange predicament that while it appears to have two elected representatives, it seems at the same time to have no representative.

The Guwahati High Court by a judgment on June 1 had nullified the election of Congress MLA and Parliamentary Secy (Home) Gadam Ete, and instead ruled for Duter Padu of the All India Trinamool Congress to be declared elected.

Adding to the ongoing saga of the election to the assembly constituency, the Chief Electoral Officer has effected Gazette publication of the High Court judgment & order dated 01.06.2012 in which Padu was declared elected and the same has been published in the State Gazette yesterday via Extra-ordinary Gazette No. 137 vol. XIX.

The Gazette notification is in pursuant of Election Commission of India publication of the High Court Judgment & Order in pursuance of Section-106 of the ROP Act, 1951.

Duter Padu, who contested against Ete in the 2009 election from Aalo West constituency had gone to court seeking justice as she believed that election results were not fair as more than 60 postal ballots were tampered with.

Soon after the order of the Guwahati Court, Ete had approached the Supreme Court for a stay on the high court's judgment, for which a court order was also passed.

However the legal process appears to have mired the election and the people's democratic process into more legalese.

Meanwhile, the AITC State Unit Arunachal Pradesh while welcoming the reproduction of the notification of the Election Commission of India in the state Gazette by Office of the Chief Electoral Officer called on the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly to recognize Duter Padu as representative of 30th Along (ST) West Assembly Constituency.

The party further urged the present incumbent of the Constituency, who is also Parliamentary Secretary (Home) to step down honouring the High Court Judgment.



Anjaw remains cut off, flash flood at Diyun

ITANAGAR, Jul 10: Even after a gap of twenty days Anjaw district continued to remain cut-off as the portion of road near Mompani have been washed off in the recent flash floods.

Though the BRO has been working since the day one of the disruption of road communication they are still unable to complete the new formation cutting. The only respite for the people is that they can now move out from the district in transit by changing vehicles at the block point, informed Circle Officer, Hayuliang TR Tapu.

Consumer items have become scarce and the prices have gone up due to the extra cost incurred in the head load transit of commodities. Petrol stock in the lone petrol pump has gone nil and the movement of vehicles within the district has become less which on the other hand means that the cost of transportation has also become costly. To make the matters worse there is no mobile network since the last three days and the landline telephones are lying defunct since the last three months, the officer further informed.

Meanwhile, Diyun township located under the Manabum forest ranges  woke up on July 9 morning to find the 2nd IRBn Camp and Church complex under knee deep flood water.

The torrential rain of 110 mm in the previous night swelled the Diyun nallah and it outflanked its bank, informed Executive Engineer WRD, Bordumsa B K Karki.

Small rivers and rivulets originating from the Manabum mountain ranges often cause havoc in Diyun. The sleepy town is caught between the proverbial devil and deep sea, on one side is the small streams like Diyun nallah, Jengthukha and on the other side is the mighty Noa Dehing river. The discharge variation in the hilly stream is quite high, the seemingly innocent stream in winter  metamorphoses into demon during monsoon. The flood water receded, but it left trails of devastation.



CCE being introduced in the state


PASIGHAT, Jul 10: Observing the odds of earlier education system, the researchers have formulated a new educational policy with Constant and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) and the state government, as a part of its educational reforms, is gradually introducing it in Arunachal.

This was stated by Biren Dutta, a senior lecturer of District Institution of Educational Training (DIET), Pasighat on Monday at Donyi Polo Vidya Niketon (DPVN), Pasighat on its 6th foundation day.

 He expected the new education policy would enhance the teaching-learning process between the students and teachers.

Stating that about 74 percent teachers serving in various primary and middle schools in the state are un-trained, Dutta stressed on compulsory educational training for the teachers in order to achieve success under the new education policy.

Addressing the occasion, the SMC secretary Dana Moyong laid stress on close coordination among the SMC members, teachers and parents for smooth conduct of the institution, while Tapang Taki urged the parents and guardians to keep eye on the performances of their children regularly as the guardians also have equal responsibility to guide their children on right path.  

The principal of DPVN Ramjeet Doley said that active cooperation from the parents and guardians is necessary to take the school on the right track.



Join duty at posting places: KKDSU

ITANAGAR,  Jul 10: All Kurung Kumey District Students Union today urged the teachers posted at various schools of the  district to join their duty within a week.

Describing the problems faced by the students who are eager to pursue various degree courses, the Union appealed to the higher authorities to start admission process in Nyapin College from this academic session. The Union also appealed to the local people of the Nyapin area and elected representatives to approach the authority for infrastructure development of the Nyapin College.

It urged the Govt officers to stay at the posting places in the  district and also appealed to the administration to take strict action against absentee Govt staff.

The union further said that the state Govt should appoint one of the family members of late Pisa Gunia to the post of ZP chairperson without holding bye-election.  Late Gunia was the Kurung Kumey ZP chairperson and dedicated Cogress leader, the Union said.



ITBP win first Gora Tamar Memorial Football Tournament

M Doley

ITANAGAR, Jul 10: The 10th Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) Force team based at Kimin beat Capital Complex Sports Club (CCSC) 3-2 in extra time to lift the first Gora Tamar Memorial State Level Football Tournament at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Nahar-lagun today.

The match was taken to extra time after both the teams were locked 2-2 in regulation time.

Gumli Riba scored the winner in 87 minute bringing much cheer to a few ITBP personnel, including the Commandant, who were present in the gallery to cheer for their team.

The winner was awarded cash prize of Rs.1.50 lakh along with trophy sponsored by Jiyo Aur Jine Do--an NGO-- while the runners up team was awarded Rs.75,000 along with trophy sponsored by Upper Chambang ZPM Tarh Talo.

The ‘Fair Play Team’ award with cash prize of Rs 20,000 also went to CCSC team. The winner’s trophy was given away by Tali MLA Markio Tado.

The ‘Best Player’ and ‘Best Goalkeeper’ of the tournament awards went to CCSC’s  Gangte Chapi and Tage Pilya respectively while Pani Raju of the same team became the highest scorer with eight goals in his kitty. All the individual winners were awarded trophies and cash prizes of Rs.10,000 each.

Earlier, the paramilitary force team started the match on a brilliant note taking 1-0 lead within 11 minutes into the match through goal from Phassang Tring.

The ITBP team was leading 1-0 in the breather.

The second half saw CCSC begin to take control of the match and finally the home team found the equalizer in 44 minutes through a free kick. Pani Raju did not make any mistake to get the ball past the goalkeeper by lobbing the ball over his head from just outside the penalty box        (1-1) . The ITBP team again took the lead in 63rd minute through Mahesh Ekka. The match reached its climax 10 minutes later when Pani Raju restored parity in 73 minute (2-2). With both the teams tied 2-2 in regulation time, the match was taken to extra time to break the deadlock.

The match was also enjoyed by Land Management Director E Nangkar, Arunachal Football Association general secretary G Doke, All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union president Takam Tatung.



Chess coaching camp concludes

ITANAGAR, Jul 10: The first ever Chess Coaching Camp in Arunachal Pradesh concluded on  July 9.

International Master Atanu Lahiri, former Commonwealth Chess Champion, imparted training to the participants as Chief Coach. He lauded the enthusiasm shown by All Arunachal Pradesh Chess Association president  N Konia and Secretary Tamchi Kache to promote Chess in Arunachal Pradesh.

He also appreciated the interest of the chess players of Arunachal Pradesh and their ability too, but remarked that they lack theoretical knowledge which is very important to be able to compete at national as well as international level. Further he told that a week‘s time is too short to cover various opening, middle, and end game theory. However, he covered basic tactics and various important tips with the help of which a player can improve himself using good chess software.

About 30 players from various districts took part in this coaching camp.

The training camp which started  on July 4 at Conference Hall of Sports Authority of Arunachal at Chimpu was inaugurated by DK Dinglow, Director Sports and Youths Affairs cum Member Secretary, Sports Authority of Arunachal.

Dinglow appreciated the initiative taken by AAPCA towards promotion of Chess in the state. He assured all possible help from the directorate for promotion and development of this game in the state and further urged the participants to be disciplined and avail maximum benefit from the coaching camp.



Say No to Drugs’ football tourney kicks off in Roing

Raju Mimi

ROING, Jul  10: The much awaited annual Naba Ita Pulu Memorial Football Tournament organized by Dibang Sports Club (DSC) kicked off at Intaya Public School ground here today. All the 17 teams participating in the tournament will uphold the message of ‘Say No to Drugs’.

“The tournament is an opportunity for all of us to come together in our fight against opium and drug addiction,” said Lower Dibang Valley Zilla Chairperson Chiliko Meto inaugurating the football tournament.

He is also the chairperson of Dibang Anti Drug Campaign Committee (DADCC), an organization formed by the panchayat leaders of the district to fight against opium menace.

“Opium addiction has severely affected the Mishmi society, said Meto. “But it’s our own local people who are encouraging this illicit habit in the community. And with this tournament we are hoping to reach out to all people and raise awareness on ill effects of drugs.”

Earlier, Anjithe Menjo, appealed to the youths to come forward to fight against the drugs. “It is the youth who must shoulder the responsibility of society. But during some of our anti drug campaigns, we found many of the addicts were youth themselves.”

VKV Roing defeated Intaya Public School by 3-1 in the inaugural match. The final will be played on August 8.

Besides a large gathering of students and public, the inauguration was attended by Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society (IMCLS) President Kelo Pulu, WRD Assistant Engineer Maga Tasso, District Sports Officer Raju Mipi and DSC Chairperson Agni Mihu.



AKA selects 12 players  for AIKF Sr. Natl Karate C’ship

ITANAGAR, Jul 10: Arunachal Karate Do Association (AKA) has selected 12 players, including 5 female for the 25th AIKF Senior National Karate-Do-Championship scheduled to be held at Talkatora Indoor Stadium, New Delhi on August 17 and 18.

Arunachal will take part in Men and Women’s Individual Kumite and Kata, Men and Women’s Open Kata in different weight categories, according to an AKA release.

The team: Men: Takiang Bagang (-55kg), Kili Nguri (-60kg), Biki Punung (-67kg), Tage Saa (-75kg), Yesenso Yun (-84 kg), P Nobin Jomoh (-84kg), John Bagang (Open Kata); Women: Rei Yadi (-50kg), Sumpi Chege (-55kg), Chunnu Sangno (-61kg), Debia Yakap (-61kg), Rajnita Rottom (Open Kata)



Dree celebrated at Daporijo, Bhalukpong

Daporijo, Jul  10: The Apatani community residing at Daporijo celebrated the Dree Festival in a befitting manner here on  July 5. MLA Tapen Siga, DC Tahang Taggu, ADC G Ete, HoDs, PRI members and others participated  in the celebration. The participants along with Apatani community people prayed for bumper harvest and a world free from hunger and disease.

Wishing all present on the day, MLA Siga appreciated the efforts of the community in bringing one and all together through the celebration of the Dree festival. He said that the indigenious practice of cultivating rice and fishes in the same rice fields was unique which deserves appreciation. He also commented on the practice of the Apatani community in preserving their own dialect through  conversation  and interaction with  community people and said that all should adopt such practice so that their dialects, culture etc could be preserved and passed on to the next generation.

DC Taggu also spoke on the occasion and said that it was through the celebration of festivals as a community that traditional songs, dances, customs etc  were  preserved and it was because of this that the Apatani community was moving forward.

EAC Duyu Rebia enlightened all gathered on the Dree mythology, reports DIPRO

Dree was celebrated with much enthusiasm on July 6  at indigenous festival ground Upper Bhalukpong under the guidance of Dr Tage Neha and Koj Mobing, president and general secretary of Bhalukpong Dree Festival Committee.

The festival was attended among others by Gejay Jebisow, ZPM, Jamiri-Bhalukpong Zilla Segment, KK Yangfo, president APYC 6th  Thrizino-Buragaon assembly constituency and Er Aju Khunjuju, President, Sajolang Elite Society.

Different communities residing in the area joined Apatani brethren in celebrating the festival. Plantation around indigenous festival ground was conducted during the day.



DA action against  encroachment and unauthorized construction

Daporijo, Jul 10:The District Magistrate, Upper Subansiri in an executive order has directed all concerned that illegal encroachment activities and any type of unauthorized construction within Daporijo township area shall stand suspended and prohibited until further order.

Any mason/ labourers if   found engaged in unauthorized construction shall be arrested during spot verification and reported by anyone concerned. Legal allottees may obtain permission prior to carrying out construction work, it said.

The Executive Order has come as a result of the observation that a large number of encroachers/ illegal occupations and constructions are rampantly taking place within Daporijo township since long and that some government officers and officials are involved in encroaching the government land, particularly in and around government quarters. It has also been found that unauthorized occupation of government land and land allotted to PHED for water treatment plant, areas especially nearby Circuit House road towards Tanium Putu and Late Tadak Dulom’s memorial area are now under massive earth cutting with a number of OBT buildings illegally erected or  in the process of being erected. (DIPRO)



Vanmohotsava at Dibru village

ITANAGAR, Jul 10:  The Dibru Village Forest Development Council (Du.V.F.D.C), a registered society, in collaboration with the Seijosa forest division celebrated the 63rd Vanmahotsava  in the premises of the Govt. Residential School, Jolly and community land of Jolly Village under Seijosa on July 7.

As many as 600 saplings were planted in school premises and road sides of the villages by villagers from Lanka, Goloso, Mobuso-II, Murgaso, Jolly and Taroboso villages along with the students and the teacher-in-charge to mark the occasion.

Meanwhile, forest officials headed by  RFO Lod Lalyang provided 26 goats to the villagers as incentives  so that the local people refrain from  destruction of forest in the area. They also distributed saplings to the villagers.

It was followed by an awareness campaign at the school.

Addressing the gathering as resource person,  Khoda Tapa, Seijosa CDPO, exhorted students and villagers to preserve and protect forest and natural resources for future generations by planting more trees.

Heter Nabum, Chairman of  the Council stressed on sustainable development of both community land and the forest area, while the RFO  explained the importance of Vanmahotsava. He urged the villagers to refrain from  rampant destruction of forest and cooperate with forest department   in preventing forest fire and  rampant felling of trees.

The presidential race

Dear Editor,

This is in response to the news report "Sangma draws flak from Disability Rights Group"(9 July).

P.A.Sangma's rhetoric, bizarre actions and atrocious comments seem to have no end. What an enviable tenacity to enter the Raisina Hills! Surely he will "entertain" and shock us with more drama in the days to come prior to the Presidential election!

Sangma is perhaps oblivious of the fact that by trying to lampoon Mukherjee, he has indirectly assaulted the sentiments of scores of physically challenged people, their families and all civilized person of the society. How could he dare to paint them in a derogatory light? Do they belong to any inferior grade or are they any less efficient and talented than the so-called normal population? Rather their quality is superior to the likes of "healthy" people like Sangma because they succeed in many fields despite physical challenges and this is the very reason why the deaf, dumb and mute are role models for us.

Has Sangma heard of a certain Helen Keller who not only graduated from college, but went on to become a world-famous speaker and author despite being deaf and blind!

Is he aware of a certain deaf individual named Thomas Alva Edison who invented phonograph and light bulb?

Has he heard the immortal compositions of a deaf musician who is known in the whole world as Beethoven?

While countless people end their innings of life daily without meaningful contributions to the society, the earlier mentioned deaf-dumb-blind brigade will live within us till the end of the world. Also there exist millions of physically challenged people in the globe who swim across channels, climb Himalayan summits and remain engaged in various pursuits.

He should learn to exercise his tongue and vehemently protest against the fanatics who are hell-bent in destroying the multi-religious fabric of this secular democratic nation. Had he kept his ears alert, Sangma could have heard the cries of tortured tribals in Orissa's Kandhamal and desisted from offering moral support to their torturers.

While the physically challenged are working overtime to nullify their biological shortcomings through unique struggle, sheer mental strength, devotion, use of sixth sense and intuition; the likes of Sangma are simply under-utilising or insulting their  God-gifted senses to serve their own interests. Who are the real deaf-dumb-blind has got blatantly exposed!

It seems that P.A.Sangma will continue to disappoint his previous admirers like me.


Kajal Chatterjee




Don’t promise if you can’t deliver

Dear Editor,

I would like to express few lines regarding the Chief Minister Talent Award Scheme for the CBSE toppers of the state. While the state was celebrating completion of 25 years of statehood, the state government had announced Laptop and cash award of Rs 10,000/- to each of the toppers from the state.

 After the announcement, it took almost four months to complete the whole process. In the meantime, the lists of the toppers were collected from all districts, wherein, only 30 students were eligible for the award.

Students were eagerly waiting for the same and finally the day came and the Education Department fixed 28th June 2012 to distribute the award.

The Education department organized a simple and brief function to handover the certificate and award to us at Government Higher Secondary School, Itanagar. I and the other students along with parents reached the venue on time but their arrangement was very casual. The officials of the concerned department also admitted that their arrangement was not upto the mark. The programme started gradually and the organizers after few formalities called the names of the toppers to take the award.

In place of Rs 10,000 and a laptop, the students were given Rs 4000 and a certificate!

I was astonished to see it because I and my other friends were expecting to get a laptop and Rs 10,000 as announced earlier by the state government. Handing over Rs 4000 each to 30 toppers by the government was like making mockery of our hard works.

The state government, if not in a position to give a laptop and cash Rs.10, 000 to 30 state CBSE toppers, should not have announced it. It should not play with the sentiments of the student community.

I request the government and other concerned officials not to make any promises, which they are not in a position to fulfill.  

Moreover, the names printed in the certificates of some candidate were not correct. I think such attitude of the state government towards student related activities shows its negligence.

If not me, but I still hope that the next batch of toppers will get atleast more than what we were awarded.

Laptop and cash award is not a big issue for us but, we are the growing buds of country and the land of rising sun. Our suggestion to concern department and Minister “Please learn from mistake” and once again “Please don’t play with our sentiments and our emotions”.


One of the awardees



Spare us the extra expenditure

Dear Editor,

I am a poor student studying at NERIST, Nirjuli. It was very shocking for me when I found out that extra money as a fee for Student Union of NERIST (SUN), Recreational and Cultural Active Forum (RACAF) and fresher party are also being collected by the senior students.

It would be very surprising for you that the total amount being collected from each student is more than Rs. 1000.

I am a poor student, who unable to bear the expenses to go outside the state decided to study at NERIST.

I have worked hard to get admission and my parents have to save every month so that I can complete my graduation here.

It’s not only my problem, it’s also the problem of every poor student studying at NERIST. I would like to ask the administration to please help us and give relaxation from incurring extra expenditure.


A NERIST student




Dogs and human safety

Dear Editor,

It seems the local authorities of East Kameng District keep their eyes closed towards the problems created by the stray dogs. So many stray dogs are roaming around in the town and the number seems to be rising every day.

Rabies is the main problem which is transferred from mad dogs to human beings through their lethal bites.

Defenseless children are most prone of being victimised by mad dogs. Those children are not aware of the consequences of dog bites. Ultimately it cost their precious lives.

On the other hand the veterinary department of East Kameng Dist has been careless toward the dogs and other animal. They don't keep rabies vaccine in the dispensaries, because they don’t have refrigerator to keep them safe.

Hence, through your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of concern administration and Department to take necessary steps so that human safety is ensured.  


Chandra Sono Yangfo




Please wake up

Dear Editor,

The road conditions of Capital complex is going from bad to worse day by day. No maintenance has been done since the last rainy season. The concern authority may wake up from hibernation please.


Neetu Gogoi





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Drug abuse and challenges

The UN agency in its annual report said that about 230 million people - or 5 percent of the world’s population - used illegal drugs at least once in 2010. But the agency noted significant gender gaps among them depending on where users came from, with female consumption in the United States about two-thirds that of males and as low as one tenth in India and Indonesia.

Last year, the report said, global opium production was 7,000 tons, a fall of more than a fifth compared to the peak year of 2007. Still that was up from 2010, when disease destroyed almost half of the harvest in the No. 1 opium producer, Afghanistan.

In Southeast Asia as well, cultivating opium was increasingly popular, expanding by 16 percent in 2011, with Myanmar still the second largest producer behind Afghanistan.

Only a small share of this made it to Europe and North America, where opiate use was stable or dropping. Instead, 70 percent of users were in Africa and Asia.

Drug use has also been spilling more into countries along trafficking routes, such as Iran or parts of western and central Africa.

The report said the estimate of $200 billion-$250 billion needed for treatment of all requiring it is equivalent to between 0.3 and 0.4 percent of the world's GDP. In some countries, it said, per capita productivity losses are even more costly.