July 12

Questions raised over recruitment process

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jul 11: The recruitment process for the posts of constable conducted by paramilitary force ITBP has run into trouble. The recruitment drive is especially being done for the residents of border areas of Arunachal. However to the surprise of aspiring APST candidates hailing from border areas, many non-APSTs are also being allowed to take part in the recruitment process.

According to the sources on 2nd July just one day before recruitment process started at Aalo, a WT message was sent from office of DG ITBP allowing candidates to appear for interview on mere showing of PRC.  Taking advantage of the new directive many non-APSTs are reportedly appearing for interview jeopardizing the opportunities of local APST border area residents. The source further adds that many APST appearing candidates are angry with this development and are questioning the whole recruitment process.


‘NEEPCO project site bandh withdrawn’

ITANAGAR, Jul 11:  Youth Association of Rose Panchayat (YARP) & Hoj Youth Welfare Society, in a release, informed that the indefinite bandh call at NEEPCO’s Pare Hydro Electric Project site (PHEP), Doimukh has been withdrawn.

The decision was taken by the associations after the issues that compelled them to resort to bandh call were resolved amicably in a meeting held under initiative of Doimukh ZPM Tana Yayo and attended by ADC, Yupia, EAC (Establishment branch), Yupia, EAC, Doimukh, NEEPCO authority, ASM Chairperson, representatives of Pare Project Land Affected Welfare Committee (PPLAWC) and representatives of the youth associations at NEEPCO’s Conference Hall yesterday.


Free medical camp held

ITANAGAR, July 11: A free medical camp was conducted by 36th Bn CRPF under the supervision of Bn Commandant P  Johnnes, 36th Bn CRPF at D/36 BN at Wakka  yesterday. More than 300 patients were provided free check up and treatment. Seriously ill patients were also identified for necessary treatment. SMO of the Bn also offered some valuable suggestions to the patients to live a disease free life.  The camp was conducted in collaboration with the local administration.


Miraculous escape for Pangin ZPM

PASIGHAT, July 11: After attending the first Zilla Parishad Coordination meeting held on July 10 last at Pasighat  Pangin ZPM Taben Jamoh along with Ogeng Pajing (Yeksi ASM ) while proceeding to Pangin met with an accident  when his personal vehicle (Bolero) skidded off the road 3 Km away from 20 Mile area and fell into 300 mtrs deep gorge and totally  damaged. The accident occurred at about 10 pm.  However, both the persons had miraculous escape.

After receiving the information the East Siang ZPC Kaling Dai along with prominent leader Tatu Mibang, Orin Padung (ZPM Kebang) and Osi Mibang (ZPM Boleng) rushed to the spot and started a rescue operation.

While expressing his unhappiness, ZPC Dai blamed Trans-Arunachal Highway construction agency  for its failure to check and prevent soil erosion which is the main cause of frequent road accident.  DIPRO


Training to control rodent menace held

ITANAGAR, Jul 11: A day-long training-cum-demonstration on rodent control was organized for the farmers of Bam at Community Hall, Bam by Agriculture Department, Basar recently.

Agriculture Development Officer, Basar Tojo Bam while explaining the rodent control measures demonstrated the farmers the baiting and trapping procedures to control the menace of rodent.

Toli Bam, SDAO, Basar also explained in details about the causes of rodent outbreak and their control measures.

Both the SDAO and ADO visited agriculture fields of Bam village after receiving complaint of rodent outbreak. According to the officer duo, the intensity of the menace was severe which needs urgent attention.

He further asked the entire farmer to take immediate steps to tackle the menace.

The day-long program was also attended by Panchayat leaders of Basar.


World population day observed

KHONSA, Jul 11: World population day was observed at Khonsa to aware the people about the growing population explosion and to remind them about the potential dangers of over population.  The programme was organised by the District Health Society.

ZPC, Chawang Lowang shared his views on the importance of family planning and population control on the occasion.

DMO in-charge Dr. T. Matey advised the people to avail the various birth control measures provided by the government medical setup in the district.

SMO Dr. P. Rakshit gave detail information’s on the world population day through power point presentation. Various methods of birth control measures were also displayed to the people.  People present on the occasion were ASHAs, Anganwadi workers, public and medical staffs.  District Hospital Khonsa, Medical Superintendent Dr. K. Socia appreciated the peoples response and expressed his gratitude to them. DIPRO


National Fish Farmers’ Day celerbated

ITANAGAR, Jul 11: National Fish Farmers’ Day was celebrated in the premise of a private fish pond owned by progressive fish farmer Tana Akin Tara at Midpu under Doimukh yesterday.

Attending an awareness meeting at Midpu in the evening, Fishery Minister Rajesh Tacho assured to extend all possible help to the fish farmers, who wish to take up fish farming seriously. He also emphasized on the importance of fish farming which can be taken up as main occupation by the interested fish farmers, informed senior journalist Taro Chatung, who also attended the celebration.

Tacho distributed 1000 fish seeds to each local fish farmers present in the meeting free of cost.

He also gave away prizes to the winners of angling competition organized by Tana Akin Tara at his ponds on July 9.

T Yongam, Deputy Director of Fishery highlighted the scientific fish farming system.

Earlier in the morning, Tacho released 30,000 fingerlings into the Poma River with an objective to conserve fishes in the rivers of the state in presence of Dani Sallu, Secretary, Fishery, J Taba, Director, Fishery, D Das and T Yongam, Deputy Directors of Fishery, Panchayat leaders, HGBs, GBs and public of Poma area.

It is pertaining to mention here that Akin Tara had initially created one fish pond in 1988. Today, he is the pride owner of five small ponds to breed fish and six big ponds to grow them. He earns Rs 7 lakh to Rs.8 lakh per annum from his ponds.


SP urges parents to keep a closure watch on their child’s activity

ITANAGAR, Jul 11: Longding Police has requested all the residents of the district to abide by traffic rules and regulations and keep a closure watch on their children’s activity.

Chairing an interactive meeting at Longding yesterday, Superintendent of Police Rajesh Kumar requested ‘peace-loving’ people of the district to extend all possible help and cooperation to police and administration in maintaining law and order situation.

Claiming that there has been a significant improvement in law and order situation in trouble-torn Longding district, the SP appreciated the peace-loving and law abiding nature of the residents of Longding and thanked them for extending co-operation to the administration in maintaining law and order situation. He also requested them to protect the public assets.

Responding to few suggestions of public, the SP assured them to take up the matter with district authority for better enforcement of ILP, checking of illicit liquor and stray animal menace.

According to the SP, the public were happy with improved law and order situation, peaceful conduct of Panchayat Raj election, better BSNL service and power scenario.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Superintendent of Police (Hqs) Bomto Kamdak, OC Inspector T Wangsu, representatives of Wancho Students’ Union, Teachers, businessmen and residents of various colonies of Longding Township.


News Impact


Punish all perpetrators of heinous crime, say parents of  Tongam Rina

ITANAGAR, Jul 11: The parents of senior journalist Tongam Rina today said that all the perpetrators of heinous crime be tried in a court of law and punished for what they have done.

Banyak and Kento Rina, parents of Tongam Rina, in a press statement today said “We believe that true justice will only be delivered to our daughter when all the perpetrators and the planners - whether they are those accused, or more others, are tried in a court of law, their real motives found put and they are convicted and punished for what they have done.”

While referring to the news item regarding filing of charge sheet against the accused in assassination attempt on Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of this daily, the statement said  “the news that after a full year of uncertainty has definitely brought some amount of relief to us. The long delay in the investigations and the silence of the agencies and govt had almost made us believe that there was no hope of ever finding the perpetrators.”

While expressing deepest gratitude to the government and to everyone involved in the investigations for bringing this day to a reality, the parents of Tongam said  the personal assurances given to us by the Chief Minister and the former Governor have indeed come true.  

“However, while we are grateful to the govt for the action taken, we feel that the case is far from resolved. For one thing, our family finds it difficult to easily accept that anyone would shoot our daughter merely for not publishing a news story. Over this year, circumstances have led us to increasingly believe that there is more to the case than what has been stated. Then there is the matter of actually apprehending all the accused, carrying out a thorough interrogation and after having ascertained the facts, having them tried. For our family, a real end to the ordeal will only come when this is done,” the statement read.

“We remain deeply grateful to the people of our state and across the world, who have stood with Tongam and with us through this year of hardship by taking up her cause in rallies, through the social media, through the press and elsewhere. We have been time and again humbled by the affection showed to her.  As parents, we also greatly acknowledge the support extended by the Arunachal Press Club and the Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists. Every member of these organisations have proven to be a pillar of strength for us.  We can never repay the debt we owe each one of them.”

Stating that the only way to do justice is to have the case tried in the fast track courts on a priority basis, the statement further said “It would be a breach of justice if there are inordinate delays in trial and in the process of making those responsible punished for their crime.”

“We earnestly pray that truth behind the incident comes out in due time, no matter how veiled it might be now. We also pray this be the last of such incidences,” the parents said.

Meanwhile, the Karko Ao Welfare Association (KAWA) extended thanks to the Capital Police, particularly the Investigating officer and his team for apprehending the accused  in Tongam Rina shooting case,  though it took long time to establish the prima facie case.  The KAWA appealed the authorities not to  grant bail to the criminals.



DA’s proclamation goes in vain, capital bandh cripples normal life

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jul 11: The proclamation of district administration to provide full-proof security at Capital complex particularly in government offices and business places to defy bandh call apparently went in vain, as the 12 hours bandh sponsored by All Nyishi Youth Association  Capital Complex Unit (ANYACCU) crippled the normal life here today.

The vehicles both government/private were off the road, except few vehicles from paramilitary forces and magistrate written with bold font “On Magistrate/Police Duty”.

The schools remained closed unconditionally.  Apart from few offices such as the Chief Minister Office, Police Headquarters and Deputy Commissioner Capital Complex, most of the government offices were not functioning and no staffs seen around. The business community also closed their shutter down till 5.pm.

When contacted Capital Complex SP Nabam Gungte said there was no report of untoward incidents during the bandh hours and bandh passed off peacefully. SP further said that no bandh callers have been arrested either.

Sources, however, informed that a waste carrier/dumper of Urban Development Department was badly damaged by a group of miscreant around 1.30 pm today at IG park gate, D sector.  “A group of seven youth came and started pelting stone when we were coming back after dumping the waste materials” said a driver.

ANYA Capital Complex Unit called the bandh in protest against the state government for allegedly failed to address their demand.  ANYACCU has been demanding for shifting of Ganga Market Hanuman Mandir to some other suitable place, continuation of eviction drive along NH52-A, stern action against illegal government land encroachers and shifting of Hume Pipe Factory from the present location near Barapani government middle school.  Earlier ANYA unit had a meeting with Chief Minister Political Secretary Bamang Tago, and decided to go ahead with the bandh saying that meeting yielded no fruitful result.



Centre approves one CRPF Bn for Itanagar

NEW DELHI, Jul 11: Union Home Ministry today approved one CRPF battalion, numbering 1000 trained personnel, for Itanagar to strengthen the law and order machinery and tackle the growing incidence of bandh culture in the capital complex. Chief Minister Nabam Tuki announced this after a meeting with Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde at New Delhi today to discuss the overall internal security issues of the state. The Chief Minister also met the newly inducted Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami.

The Chief Minister along with MP Takam Sanjoy also called on the Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh today. He urged the Union Minister to expedite the establishment of the Greenfield Airport in the state by taking up the funding matter of the same at appropriate levels including the Planning Commission and related agencies.

The Civil Aviation Minister while assuring his co-operation suggested that the litigation related to the airport at Guwahati High Court should be fought in a befitting manner to ensure early disposal so that work on it could be started.

Tuki also requested the Union Minister to allot airports in the strategically important places of Lumla and Tawang. Among other things, they also discussed the scope of establishing Advanced Landing Grounds (ALGs) at various locations in the state and increasing the frequency of flights to Lilabari airport to cater to the passengers from the state.

Later in the day, the Chief Minister along with Sanjoy, Food & Civil Supplies Minister Kamlung Mossang and MLA Karya Bagang held an extensive meeting with Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas Veerappa Moiley at Shastri Bhavan. In the course of the meeting, the Chief Minister highlighted the potential of the state in natural resources and sought the support of the Ministry to enhance the sector for the larger benefit of the state.

They further discussed the potential of setting up an Oil Refinery in Changlang area after proper evaluation and survey.

Accepting an invitation of the Chief Minister, Moiley expressed desire to visit the state in October to personally inspect the potential oilfields of the state.

The Chief Minister also appealed Moiley for allowing the State Government to start certain oil and natural gas exploration and extraction activities to increase revenue generation in the resource crunched state.

Moiley said that he would expedite the matter. The Union Minister also assured the delegation that he would support the setting up of Institutions in the state under the CSR activities covered by the Ministry.

The Chief Minister in response appealed Moiley for establishment of an Institute of Nursing and Para Medical Sciences at Miao to which the Petroleum Minister agreed in principle and sought a proposal from the state government.



No respite from severe power crisis in Pasighat


PASIGHAT, Jul 11: There seems to be no respite for residents of the century-old Pasighat town and its adjoining areas from severe power crisis.

The High Power Committee (HPC) constituted by Govt for improving power scenario in Pasighat as well as the Power department officials here have come under sharp public criticism as they miserably failed to mitigate the chronic power problem.

The dejected consumers of Pasighat lament that unscheduled power cut and erratic power supply in the past couple of years has made life miserable bringing daily life of people and development activities to a complete halt. They allege that power department engineers, minister and MLAs are sincere only in giving false promises; they do not understand the plight of common people.

Reportedly, the consumers here are not getting electricity even for an hour in a day although they are paying electric bills regularly. It may be recalled that the consumers of electricity led by Pasighat People Welfare Committee (PPWC) had moved the chief minister, power minister and other top ranking power department officials last year seeking their intervention to find a lasting solution to the problem.

A meeting of the High Power Committee (HPC) led by the state's Power Minister Tanga Byaling was held at Pasighat on June 21 last year. The meeting promised to manage sufficient power through an Assam based 33 KV sub-station at Jonai within a period of three months. But, 1.5 MW power has only been sanctioned for Pasighat which is being supplied through Jonai 33 KV sub-station.

“The HPC made commitment for finding a permanent solution to the problem and renovation of the defunct hydel projects within a period of three months. But, their ritualistic promises did not yield any positive result even after 12 months,” the sufferers say.

Reliable sources said that the state government has allocated about Rs 50 lakh for development of the power scenario in Pasighat area. As such, the government has released several lakhs of rupees for erection of transmission line as well as to meet other mechanical expenditures. But, the power situation remained as it is due to alleged irresponsible attitude of the departmental engineers.

Pasighat town and its adjoining areas have a power demand of about 4 MW. But it has been receiving only 1.5 to 2 KW during peak hours. Apart from the Assam based line, power is being supplied to Pasighat from Ronganadi (NEEPCO) project under central sector.



Is media really the 4th pillar in Arunachal ?

Yachang Tacho

ZIRO, Jul 11: It is said that media is fourth pillar of democracy. Do People in Arunachal Pradesh really consider it as the fourth pillar? The reply is ‘No’. In seven years of work in the field of journalism, I have experience a lots.  

Every now and then, I use to publish some important articles related to local problems.  It needs extra effort and time to carry on discussions with people having knowledge. Some of the people take it casually while others pass encouraging words.

If a press release of an organization is published against some other party or person, we receive simply ‘thanks’. The other group against whom the release is published will in spite of giving clarification, would pass abusive words and ask how much amount was paid for publication with motive to defame the journalists. Interestingly, if the clarification issued by the later is published, they would unlike earlier time pass a word ‘Thanks’. What’s this? Having no courage to face the organization or the person who is going against them, they target the paper wherein the news or article is carried.

It is also learnt that some people undermines the news papers published from the district and they do count it at par with the papers published from State Capital. Some even desired that articles or news which is against some section of people are not published in district paper though it is published in State papers.

Is it all, a democratic way of approach. Perhaps, unlike other States, awareness on roll of media in Arunachal is very low. Media persons especially of the print media in district will continue to receive both ‘Thanks’ and ‘Curse’. It will continue until people are fully aware on importance of the Fourth Pillar. (Writer is editor of The Subansiri newspaper)



World Population Day observed

ITANAGAR, Jul 11: The World Population Day was observed in a befitting manner at Pasighat. It is an annual event, observed on July 11 every year, which seeks to raise awareness of global population issues.

To mark the occasion, an awareness rally was organized by the In-charge DMO Dr. T Talom and DRCHO Dr. T Gao which was flagged off by the In-chare Deputy Commissioner T Pada.

The rally began from the general hospital was culminated at the Gandhi Chowk Rostrum where the participants also took part in a open discussion on population control and its importance.

DC in-charge T Pada, T Tamuk (Chairman Pasighat Municipal Council), Medical Superintendent Dr. Onik Moyong officers, leaders addressed the businessmen and hundreds of students to make the occasion meaningful.

While addressing the gathering, DC Pada said such activities will help the common people especially for those who often have the hardest time getting the information and services they need to plan their families, such as marginalized populations and young people. When people can plan their families, they can plan their lives. They can plan to beat poverty where modern contraception remains out of reach for hundreds of millions of women, men and young people in the country, Pada added. More health awareness programs should be organized in the district to make the mission successful, he advised.

Among others, the DMO and DRCHO also spoke and gave health tips for healthier mothers and children on the occasion. The duo said we raise awareness of the issue of adolescent pregnancy in the hopes of delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every child-birth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.

World Population Fortnight began in Papum Pare with District Medical Officer (DMO) Dr. S Ronya flagging of a rally at Doimukh today in presence of Dr. KTuglik, DRCHO and Dr. RR Ronya, DSO, MO i/c of CHC Doimukh.

The rally was participated by the of Doimukh CHC, ASHA facilitators, ASHAs, public, teachers and students of Emchi Middle School, Doimukh holding placard and banners reading “Chhota Parivar-Sukhi Parivar” and other slogans encouraging couples to adopt small family.

The DMO and DRCHO spoke in details the advantages of adopting small family norms for the welfare of the family and society as well. The Officer duo also informed couples about different family planning methods available in the health centre and their importance of adopting those methods.



Buddhists condemn Bodh Gaya blast

BOMDILA, Jul 11: The Buddhist community of West Kameng district organized a series of protest against serial blasts at Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya recently.  While condemning the serial blasts, Buddhist community observed Bomdila bandh on July 8. This was followed by public meeting at Thubchog Gatseling Gompa on July 9, submission of memorandum to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on July 10 and a mass protest rally which was taken out at Bomdila today in protest against the serial blast at Mahabodhi temple.

Around 5000 people including religious heads, public leaders, youths and students participated in 7 km long protest rally which started from Thubchog Gatseling Gompa and ended at GRL Monastary. The Abbot of GRL Monastery and senior citizen Dorjee Tsering spoke to the huge crowd and  registered protest against serial blasts.

Youth leader Pasang Dingla on behalf of the Buddhist community of West Kameng district demanded that the Government ensure safety and security of Mahabodhi temple and other important Buddhist monasteries and monuments in India and abroad.

Sonam T Thungon, chairman of the organizing committee reiterated the demand that all the members of Mahabodhi Temple Management Committee should be Buddhist. He also read out the memorandum submitted to Prime Minister with copy to Union Home Minister and Chief Ministers of Bihar and Arunachal Pradesh.

It is worth mentioning here that hundreds and thousands of devotees from West Kameng  and Tawang district visit the Mahabodhi temple every year.



Disaster management plan meeting held

KHONSA, Jul 11:  A disaster management plan meeting was held in the Tirap DC’s conference hall at Khonsa yesterday in which Tirap SP Vikramjit Singh, ADC H. Matcha and HoDs attended.

While welcoming the participants, Tirap Deputy Commissioner Kamlesh Kumar Joshi said that there were some places in Arunachal Pradesh which had been identified as disaster-prone areas. He told the gathering that in Tirap landslides in summer and fire accidents in winter were the most frequent disasters adding that evolving a contingency plan was of paramount importance to effectively tackle such eventualities. The DC asked all the HoDs to play a pro-active role to ensure that the district was prepared to face any disaster effectively.

The DDMO,  P Duggong,  while presenting the various steps taken under district disaster management plan, read out the disaster history of Tirap district. He informed that necessary steps had been initiated to deal with disasters and awareness campaigns had been held from time, he added.

The Commander, BRO said that illegal collection of boulders by some private individuals for commercial purposes was the main cause of landslide on the Khonsa-Lazu road near Pongkong and requested the district administration to initiate legal action against the defaulters. He also highlighted the need for improvement of communication to convey urgent messages from the place of disaster to the people concerned.

The Tirap SP, EE, PWD, ADC and DMO actively participated in the deliberation.  The EE, PWD Er. Borang lamented that some private individuals were constructing private roads, culverts, parking places haphazardly in the Township thereby hampering the work of the department and urged the administration to take stringent action against the erring individuals. DIPRO



1st Bote Moyong memorial district level inter-school football tournament begins

PASIGHAT, Jul 11: Yagrung Govt. Sec. School (YGHSS) won the inaugural match of the 1st Bote Moyong Memorial District Level Inter-School Football Tournament by defeating the IGJ Hr. Sec. School (IGJHSS), Pasighat team, which began at the general ground here today.  

During the stipulated time, both the teams scored 1-1. Scorers are Gumin Panking (YGHSS) and Toi Mibang (IGJHSS) and after tie breaker YGHSS team won the match by 5-4

In his brief speech, East Siang ZPC Kaling Dai extended his gratitude to the brave family members of Freedom Fighter Lt. Bote Moyong and said the nation should not and can not forget his rich contributions towards Independence. He stressed on the need for maintaining discipline and physical fitness. He said this would be a good chance for the budding footballers to present their hidden and best talents and at the same time soccer lovers of Pasighat will enjoy a lot. Dai appreciated the organizing Secretary M Siram (DSO) and Oshong Doming President of District Football Association for organizing the tournament.

Director of Sports & Youths Affairs D K Dinglow and DC in-charge T Pada also spoke. They said people want to enjoy the game not fight on ground. They should maintain sportsman spirit and keep reputation of football.

Among others, akuk Dai Moyong widow of Lt. Bote Moyong and eldest son Olen Moyong were also present. The spectacular inaugural match was witnessed by several local dignitaries, veteran footballers and soccer lovers of Pasighat. DIPRO



Bad or no road communication cripples life in Upper Subansiri

Karda Natam

DAPORIJO, Jul 11: Road communication has been one of the most serious problems crippling life in Upper Subansiri district.

Bad or no road communication in many places in the district has badly affected not only to development front but also education and health sectors as officers, doctors and teachers reluctant to stay at their places of posting where there is no proper road communication. As a result, there is low female literacy and high infant mortality rates. The welfare schemes of the government never reach to those rural and far flung areas of the district. This has also resulted in migration of rural people to urban areas in search of better education, healthcare and other modern facilities.

Sippi to Chetam road under Chetam circle and Menga to Giba under Giba circle need immediate improvement. The Sippi to Chetam road is the lifeline for the people of Chetam circle. It connects 44 villages of Chetam circle with 36000 populations. This 120-km road also connects Sippi village with Pipsorang under Kurung Kumey district.

The formation cutting of this road was under taken during the time of union territory for movement of light vehicle. The road remained same in the last three decades as the authority did not take any initiative to improve it.

The road problem was not better in Daporijo, the district headquarters of Upper Subansiri and one of the oldest and most populated districts of Arunachal Pradesh.

The main as well as almost all colony roads of Daporijo Township, including road from DAO quarter to PHED, grid office, PWD link road at medical colony, Polo colony, road from PHED guest house via DMO quarters are lying in pathetic condition. The roads are going from bad to worse for want of maintenance. Traffic jam during office hours has become a part of daily life of town dwellers.

Govt. should check and monitor the quality of road, especially roads constructed under PMGSY. There should not be any compromise with the quality of road.



IT democratising education, making learning accessible to all

By Shantanu Prakash

New Delhi, Jul 11: Information technology has changed our world irreversibly. Access to information is now a button on the keyboard away and instant communication is changing the way we interact dramatically. No aspect of life is untouched by it and naturally, it has also started outlining a new dimension of educational practice and delivery - something unheard of just a decade-and-a-half away.

There is a paradigm shift in education today. Yesterday's bulky books, heavy satchels, rote learning, and even evaluation mechanisms are already old school. In fact, the class room has changed forever - with digital content, interactive media and student-teacher dynamics all undergoing a sea change from what we knew it to be, are engaging in a more collaborative style of learning-teaching. Transition from the chalk-board teaching style to the digital style requires a change in mindset. While the younger generation will adapt to the changing scenario, the pre-technology era teachers might find the going tough.

Training teachers in technology and retraining them in delivering effective content with the aid of that technology is a pre-requisite to modern digital style of imparting education. Preparing almost six million teachers is a herculean task. But it is achievable if a step-by-step approach is adopted. The teachers are today explaining the toughest of lessons via 3D images and PowerPoint presentations. Digitalisation has also augmented teacher's efficiency by equipping them with projectors, interactive boards and assessment devices. No school is considered whole without this new model of education. The urban bias is quickly fading away as semi-urban schools also deliver IT-supported education.

New innovations in hardware are also defining the trend of education delivery. Tablets are one of the latest tools to have made inroads into the education culture. Due to their portable design and interactive capabilities, Tablets have proved to be an invaluable component. It allows students to customise learning at their own pace, learning becomes more project-based and there is a greater peer-to-peer communication. IT-enabled education has also led to tectonic shift in the overall quality of educational content and its delivery.

Digitisation of content has allowed for instantaneous upgrading of content, quicker verification of data, comparative notes, references popping up on screens within nanoseconds, evaluation by teachers in real time, instant feedback and a verifiable means of calibrating progress.

Technology can accelerate, enrich and deepen basic skills. It has the power to allow every child to explore the outer limits of his or her potential. It is also a powerful teaching tool that adds value to a teacher's repertoire and can create a stimulating and challenging atmosphere in any school environment. Above all, it is democratising education, making learning accessible to all irrespective of location, quality of teaching and cost.  (The author is Chairman and Managing Director, Educomp Solutions Ltd.)



District level monitoring committee meeting held

AALO July 11: The District Level Monitoring Committee Meeting of West Siang District was held yesterday under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Manoj Kumar Sahoo at his conference hall. All the sub-division, circle level head of administrative officers, HoDs, and ZPMs of the district attended the meeting.  

While addressing the gathering, DC has narrated in detail about the importance of periodical holding of DLMC meeting on a regular basis to review the progress of implementation of various developmental projects being implemented in the district.

He stressed on need for careful selection of works/schemes by prioritizing need based basis to avoid duplication of works and proper coordination between the departments, amongst others. Further, he directed all the sub-division/circle level head of administrative officers to constitute the sub-division/circle level monitoring committee immediately and to conduct regular periodical review meeting at their respective level. He also advised all the executing departments to prepared power point presentation on status of implementation of projects concerning to their respective departments for presentation before the members from the next meeting onwards. Thereafter, project-wise status of all works departments were reviewed during which the member present were actively took part to share their views and suggested various ways and means for proper implementation of developmental projects.

Earlier, Millo Pushang, DPO-cum-Member Secretary of DLMC briefed on the objectives of holding the DLMC meeting, he expressed his hope that the newly elected PRI members will make themselves acquainted with policy and programme of the Govt. by taking active part in the discussion. DIPRO


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Law should be equal for every citizen

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to knock the door of concerned authority regarding recent eviction of Govt. Quarter Encroacher at G Sector, Itanagar and RoW of a sector road near RD office.

Of late, but never the least the Government step up legal action by evicting sectorial (RoW) and Govt. Quarter encroacher at G Sector, Itanagar,  which is much welcome and praiseworthy initiative from Capital Complex Administration part.

But, why Capital Complex administration do not continue drive against Government land encroachers within RoW (right of way) of sector roads and those who have constructed building within 4m of government quarters at all sector of twin cities Itanagar-Naharlagun?

Only a portion of a multi-storey private building falling within the RoW of a sector road near RD office here and another part of a private building constructed within 4m of government quarter at G-Sector here were demolished during the drive. Why?

You (Concerned authority) says, “The District Administration in coordination with the Housing Department, GoAP, has already carried out a survey of all the encroached government quarters in selected sectors in Itanagar and necessary action, including criminal and eviction of such unauthorized occupants of government quarters would be initiated in the near future. “Here we citizen of Itanagar is bit confused and doubt over authority that, why immediate action for one and why not for others? Everyone knows 80% Govt. Quarter has already been encroached and some missing? Are you aware of this?

Therefore, I would like to request concerned authority, once you initiated must continue in all affected sector or pay compensation whose building you have destroyed?


Carolin Nabam,

R K Mission Complex, Itanagar.



Police colony is not safe

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of concerned authorities of police department regarding the woes of dwellers of police colony, Vivek Vihar. It’s very unfortunate to tell you that many kinds of mischievous act have been happening in Police Colony, Vivek vihar. First there is no any check point, so regular theft is happening right from lifting of bikes and looting of cash. Another thing is that since there are no street lights at every nook and corner in Police Colony it gives advantage to the KNIGHTRIDERS (Night Stalkers) to accomplish their tasks. There are many problems being faced by the resident of police colony. If police personals are not safe then how the civilian could would be safe? Even most of defence force like ITBP, CRPF etc have their check posts and street lights to vigil illegal activities in their colonies. Being the elite force of the state there must be some safety measures as well as discipline on the line of paramilitary areas. Why this type of apathy from the top brass of police department to their own living area? They should visit colony atleast once in a month to take personal stock of the problems of the peoples. Why most of the facilities being given to top brass only since time immemorial? If police personnel are not mentally fit after thinking about the woes, then how could they perform their duty positively? If police is fit then ultimately law and order would be good. Many a times mud has been slinging on police personnel regarding their failures. But has anyone tried to understand the problems confronting police personnel’s. So there are many unsolved problems from decades and nobody is there to solve it. Some people have almost served 30 years in the department but still don’t have government quarter. This is just an example and  many more are there. So it is my request to the government, Police Headquarter, Media, Civil Society, and Municipal Corporation to solve those unsolved problems at the earliest.


Vijay Chetry

Police Colony,

Vivek Vihar



Good news

Dear Editor,

Good news for the student, unemployed youth, public etc. that the ministry of personal, public grievances & pension, department of administrative reform & public grievances has recommended for adoption of self- certification provision for document under second administrative reform commission.

According to the report some ministry under state government have adopted the provision of self attestation of document like mark sheet, birth certificate etc. by applicant instead of asking for an attested copy of document by gazetted officer, because asking of attestation of document from gazetted officer not only cost money but also involves wastage of time of the citizen and the government officials. Under the self attestation method the original document are require to be produced at final stage.

Now we can get relief from long queue, ill treatment from officer, save money, save time etc and hope the entire government department under government of Arunachal Pradesh will follow the procedures of citizen friendly method at earliest.


Tana Hinium

Govt. Higher

Secondary School




Aalo-Basar road is being neglected

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I want to highlight the suffering of people of West Siang. The pathetic road condition between Aalo and Basar makes life hell for the people. It takes more than three hours to complete this horrible, bumpy and accident prone journey.

I had submitted an application from our NGO side to the commandant 44BRTF for early maintenance of the said road but to my surprise they told me that the road is under 726 BRTF situated in Yinkiong. I again sent an application to the said organization and after 15 days they replied to me with an official letter on January that they will start the maintenance work within few weeks. They did started but so far only 3 km has been completed and the work is stopped for the last 8 months. I on behalf of all the people of Aalo request the concern authority to come up with an explanation regarding delay in maintenance work which should be published in Arunachal Times.


Geli  Ete

President AAYWA



Nutrition and Pak children

Pakistan could greatly reduce infant deaths by concentrating on basic nutrition interventions such as promoting exclusive breastfeeding and complementary feeding programmes, says a leading expert.  Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, head, division of women and child health at the Aga Khan University Hospitals, Karachi, and lead author of a study on nutrition intervention, estimates that Pakistan needs just USD 18 million annually to implement a programme of exclusive breastfeeding and complementary feeding. He also favours social safety nets for the poor, including income support programmes that target women and children in the poorest sections of Pakistan's population.

According to Bhutta, malnutrition is directly or indirectly responsible for 35 per cent of all under-five deaths, with the situation worst in Balochistan and Sindh provinces. The study said nearly 15 per cent of deaths of under-five children could be reduced (one million lives saved) if ten core nutrition interventions are scaled up. It estimates the additional cost of achieving 90 per cent coverage of these interventions, in 34 of the worst affected countries, to be around USD 9.6 billion per year.

A report published in 2012 by the non-governmental organisation Save the Children says that despite investments annual reduction in child mortality rate in the 2000-2010 period was only 0.9 per cent. According to a 2011 UNICEF report, Pakistan is among the top three countries where babies (32 per cent) have low birth weight.