July 16

Water scarcity at Limeking


DAPORIJO, July 15: Water supply at Limeking town has been disrupted since June 30 after a massive landslide damaged the main water tank at Limeking.

Disruption in water supply is compelling villagers to walk more than two kilometers to fetch water from stream in jungle while some are using rainwater for domestic use putting their health at risk.

Although the department concerned has been informed of the situation but no step has been take yet to repair the damaged water tank, lamented the Limeking ASM. He urged the department concerned to restore water supply by repairing the damaged tank immediately.


CWC meet held on proper child care

ROING, July 15: To ensure the future well-being and proper caring of the abandoned child found near Meka Village recently, the CWC (Child Welfare Committee) Roing held first-ever meeting under the chairmanship of ADC W Tikhak here today.

Chairing the meeting, ADC informed the role and responsibility of CWC in such cases and emphasized for immediate rescue and proper care of the child. He also requested the members present to come forward for the noble cause.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Nakong Yirang (Pediatrician) M.O-cum-CWC Member suggested for immediate investigation of child and find out that the child is getting  proper care and it is in safe place.

On the questioning of adoption, Savittri Khamti, Dy. Director (ICDS)-cum- Member Secy CWC informed the role of CWC in legal process of adopting the child and future monitoring of the child.

Desai Linggi CWC member and R K Paul Secy. ALOMBRO MAYU YAKU CHI AMEY AROGA (AMYAA) also spoke on the meeting and emphasized on future well being of the child.

Meanwhile, the house appreciated the team who found the child and the persons who are taking care of the child.

Latter, the ADC W Tikhak along with the CWC team visited to Meka Village to get first hand information on the safety and well being of the child.

Rinaki Pulu, Social Worker-cum- member CWC and Akak Lego, member CWC, Roing also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO in-charge


5 BDFM operatives arrested

Aizawl, July 15: Special Branch officers of the Mizoram Police arrested five members of the Bru Democratic Front of Mizoram (BDFM), the police said today.

The Police said the group led by Thlamuana alias Petoram (36) and other four members including Flower alias Endo Msha (22) were arrested from Silchar in Assam's Cachar district on Saturday night and were remanded to judicial custody today.

All the arrested persons were from the Bru relief camps in North Tripura district, mainly the Naisingpara relief camp and were operating from there, the police said.

Thlamuana and Flower were involved in the abduction of Deep Mondal and two Mizo drivers on November 23 last, the police said adding Mondal, a resident of West Bengal was released after being in captivity in Bangladesh for 120 days.

The five arrested BDFM members, working under a commander of the NLFT, were booked under relevant sections of the IPC and the Arms Act, the police added.


PEWA seeks widening & blacktopping of Palin road

ITANAGAR, July 15: The Palin Employee’s Welfare Association (PEWA) has demanded widening and blacktopping of the BRTF road from Helipad to Palin town.

In its two-point memorandum submitted to the PHED & WS minister Takam Pario, who is also the concern MLA of the constituency, it also suggested for a shortcut link road from Government Middle School to VIP colony/ADC office road saying that if the 30 metre road is developed, it will minimize the distance and save time.

Its other demand is augmentation of drinking water facility to meet the need of growing population in Palin town.

AKKDSU demands immediate posting of DC

ITANAGAR, July 15: The All Kurung Kumey District Students’ Union (AKKDSU) has demanded for immediate posting of a DC in the district saying that the district is without a DC since the simultaneous election came to an end.

It submitted a representation to the chief secretary for the demand.

Its other demands are immediate posting of ADCs at Tali and Patuk, posting of an ADM for special purpose of land encroachment of Govt school lands and also for strict vigilance to minimize crime in the district, COs at Phassang, Chambang, Parsi-Parlo and Nyobia, shifting of PWD division Tali from Ziro to the district, funding for quarters of every HoD at Koloriang and transferring officials who have served more than four years in the district.


APTWA opposed to new rule set for stipend

ITANAGAR, July 15: The Arunachal Pradesh Teacher Welfare Association (APTWA) is opposed to the new rules set for the release of student’s stipend.

In its memorandum submitted to the education minister expressing its disapproval, while citing the new rule which has ordered opening of separate passbook for each students for disbursement of stipends and uploading of the same in the website, it reasoned that many school are located in the remotest part of the state where there are no facilities like electricity, banking, internet and photo studio.

Its other demands are removal of continuous & comprehensive evaluation (CCE) and immediate release of fund under RTE.


State BJP chief calls on Shah

ITANAGAR, Jul 15: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Arunachal Pradesh president Tai Tagak today called on the new National BJP president Amit Shah in New Delhi  and congratulated him on behalf of the party workers and leaders for his new assignment.

Meanwhile, Tagak has welcomed the appointment of party veterans Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya and four others as Governors.

While Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya has been appointed as the Governor of Nagaland, Ram Naik, Balramji Dass Tandon, Keshari Nath Tripathi and Om Prakash Kohli have been made governors of Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal and Gujarat respectively.


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Richo vows to reduce gap between Govt policy & people

Centre and state will work together for development: Tuki

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, July 15: Newly appointed Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) President Padi Richo today vowed to strengthen the party at grass root level in the state.

Addressing the press persons at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan here this evening, Richo declared that he will work from booth level. “The programmes and policies initiated by UPA I and II will have to be properly communicated to the public. We lost national election as we failed to have proper interaction with public. We will not let this happen in Arunachal,” stated Richo.

He also informed that before returning to home, he meet Assam Pradesh Congress Committee president at Guwahati and spoke in details about need to develop better relation between two states.  “As both the neighbouring states are ruled by Congress, we spoke of improving coordination. Boundary problem was also discussed. Am hopeful that relation between two states will continue to grow,” said Richo.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki who also present in the press meet, termed Richo as grass root Congress leader and expressed hope that party will get stronger under the leadership of new APCC President.   Tuki assured that his government will try to fulfill all the promised made during election.

On being asked about his recent meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Tuki informed that he had fruitful discussion with PM. “During election we all fight hard for the victory of our respective party. But now he is PM of India and am CM of Arunachal. Both of us has got mandate to serve people. Now we will work together for the betterment of people of Arunachal,” said Tuki. Further he allayed fear that central fund will get reduced due to political differences. “Whichever party may form government at Delhi, centre-state relation never gets affected. I don’t think forming of BJP government at Delhi will impact development of our state. Central funds will continue to flow and we will ensure its proper utilization,” continued Tuki.  The CM also informed that remaining two cabinets will be fulfilled after having proper discussion with party high command.

Former MP Takam Sanjoy, Principal Advisor to CM Kameng Dolo, former MLA Takar Marde along with host of Congress leaders were present to welcome new APCC President.



ANSU appeals people not to communalize student leader attack incident

ITANAGAR, July 15: All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) has vehemently condemned the attack on student leader Unti Umbrey at his rented apartment by a group of some unknown persons and strongly demanded the city police to arrest all culprits involved in the case and punish them under appropriate section of the law.

Any kind of differences can be sorted out sitting together through dialogue, ANSU said in a release and requested the youths of Arunachal Pradesh to refrain from taking the law into their own hands. The students union appealed to the public to extend cooperation to the authority to arrest the culprits.

Criminals should be dealt with iron hand as a crime is a crime no matter who commits it. Everyone is equal before the eyes of law. Let law takes its own course, ANSU said and appealed to the people of the state to not try to give this particular incident a communal colour.

While drawing the state government’s attention to the deteriorating law and order situation of the state capital, ANSU urged the home department to strengthen security around capital complex and also to find out some suitable mechanism to minimize the rising crime rate.


Tuki assures high-level enquiry into Unti attack case


ITANAGAR, July 15: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today assured a high-level enquiry to probe attack on student leader Unti Umbrey, who was assaulted in his rented apartment on July 11 last allegedly by a mob of 15-20 assailants belonging to a student's union.

Ashomi Linggi, President, Lower Dibang Valley District Students Union

(LDVDSU) informed on the outcome of their meeting with the Chief Minister held today. He is leading the student delegates from the district to press for justice to Umbrey.

The student delegates during the meeting submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister. The demand in the memorandum included immediate arrests of the culprits named in the FIR and investigations to ascertain the kingpins that masterminded the attack. The students union also demanded a high-level enquiry committee of SIT level and for taking the statements of the victim and witnesses in presence of a magistrate and a doctor assigned.

The Chief Minister assured full cooperation into the matter and called on the Home Commissioner to accord top priority to the case. He appealed the student delegates not to resort to bandh as it affects the economy of the state and incurs huge loss to the government.



` 10 lakh looted from Yachuli Rural Bank

2 arrested, cash recovered within eight hours

ITANAGAR, July 15: In a broad-day light robbery incident, a group of three masked and armed miscreants entered into Arunachal Pradesh Rural Bank, Yachuli branch yesterday and looted a cash amount of Rs.10 lakh at gun point.

According to police sources, the masked miscreants armed with pistols entered into the rural bank at around 10.05 am and fired two rounds, looted the cash and fled away on a motor cycle towards Yazali side.  A case No. 18/14 U/S 392/307/34 IPC R/W Sec 27 Arms Act was registered at Yazali PS in this regard.

The police headquarters sources informed that the Lower Subansiri district police solved the robbery case of Rural Bank Yachuli within eight hours of its occurrence. Most of the robbed amount was also recovered. Inspector T Minki OC cum CI (P) Ziro, SI Ige Lollen, SI T. Messar, Tana Yaha CO Yazali along with the officials and some locals of Yachuli area chased the robbers and found the motor cycle involved which was abandoned on the road side of from which they escaped into the jungle. While going through the documents of the motor cycle it was found that the motor cycle belonged to one Bamang Kaha of village Sangram, Kurung Kumey District. During search one pistol (country made) with one live round of .22 calibre in a magazine was also recovered and seized. Giving details of the robbery incident, police sources revealed that a team of Lower Subansiri District Police under the command of SP Ziro P N Khrimey immediately launched a combing operation and located the miscreants in the deep jungle in between Tago Hydel and Pei Village at 5. 30 pm. When they were challenged, the robbers did not surrender; hence finding no way police had to resort to firing. One of the accused Marge Riba (34) received leg injuries and subsequently was apprehended. Another accused person, Bamang Kaha, 20, hailing from Sangram village under Kurung Kumey District was also apprehended with a looted cash of Rs. 7,92,000 along with 3 numbers of loaded Pistol (Country made) with 10 live rounds of .7.65 calibre and 35 live round of .22 calibre. Later he was formally arrested. The injured accused Marge Riba who belongs to Pagi village under Basar circle of West Siang District was immediately evacuated to CHC Yazali for medical examination and treatment. Later he was arrested and evacuated to State Hospital Naharlagun for further medical treatment. One of the accused persons Hiba Tajuk reportedly managed to escape in the jungle.  

Lower Subansiri police also informed that on 07/01/2014 robbery was committed on the same bank by three miscreants for which Yazali PS Case No. 01/14 U/S 392/34 IPC r/w Sec 27 Arms Act was registered. One of the accused people Giogi John was arrested and is still on judicial custody.  Efforts are on to arrest the other two accused persons involved in the case namely Lokam Mensing and Lokam Tagio.

Police have expressed dissatisfaction over fact that despite such repeated incident no any security system is in place at AP Rural Bank Yachuli viz Alarm, CCTV or any security guard. Police also revealed that one of the absconding accused person of this instant case Hiba Tajuk was also involved in similar robbery cases at Itanagar and Nirjuli. Further police added that all the accused have criminal background.



CM appeals AAPSU to shun bandh culture

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, July 15: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today appealed to All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) to shun bandh culture.

While addressing media persons at Rajiv Bhawan, Tuki stated that bandh culture has badly hurt image of Arunachal and is one of the reasons for underdevelopment of state.

“Due to frequent bandh call tourism, education and industrial development has suffered a lot. We have to create peaceful atmosphere so that development can be accelerated. History tells us that nothing has been achieved by bandh calls. It only harasses the poor people. Daily wage earner and medical patients are one the worst sufferers,” stated Tuki. Further he added, “All the AAPSU members are our fellow Arunachalees and part of the family. They should not take love and affection for granted and try to dictate terms.” Reacting to the demands of AAPSU, CM claimed that it has been addressed properly through various agencies.



DC takes stock of East Siang power scenario

PASIGHAT, July 15: East Siang Deputy Commissioner Nidhi Shrivastava today held a meeting with the departmental officers of Power and HPD (Civil & E&M) and took stock of the overall power scenario of Pasighat and East Siang as a whole. Gumdo Doji SE (Power) along with AE (Power), AE (E&M), AE & JE (Civil) attended the meeting.

The DC enquired about the activities being carried out by the departments to improve the power supply. Nidhi wanted more inter-departmental coordination so that there is no delay because of communication gap. All efforts should be made for improvement of power supply with best possible solutions, she said and hoped that there will be definite improvement of power scenario in future with dedicated efforts of all.   Underlining the need of maintaining total transparency, she also instructed the power department to strictly check the illegal power tappers and maintain the meters properly.

Gumdo Doji informed that initiatives for extending the terms of the power supply from Assam are being taken up in right earnest. Regarding the 132 KV line from Aalo, the SE informed that only two towers are yet to be erected under Pasighat division. Rest of towers in Aalo and Rumgong division are also being looked into. Apart from the status of Rina, Sille and and Yembung hydels, various other problems and limitations were also discussed in details. DIPRO



CM calls for ‘zero tolerance’ policy in health & Edn. sectors

ITANAGAR, July 15: With health and education topping the priority sectors of the state government’s development agenda, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki reiterated on adopting a policy of “zero  tolerance” in these social sectors.

 “Quality education and good health will determine the future of Arunachal Pradesh” he said while taking the pre-budgetary review meeting of education department here on Monday evening.

Tuki appreciated the department of higher education for doing extremely well in last three years and encouraged them to continue their good work. He advised the department to formulate strict rules for admission in colleges on the basis of intake capacity by introducing cut off marks on the line of colleges all over the country. This would facilitate admission on merit without any discrimination whatsoever and help competitive spirit for qualitative education, he justified.

Five polytechnics, one each at Dirang, Laying, Pasighat, Roing and Namsai and one model Degree College at Geku will start this year, informed Director Higher Education Joram Begi. He however submitted that there is an urgent need to create few contingency posts of non teaching staffs to run these institutions smoothly. The CM assured to look into the matter. Apart from the new institutions, the Indira Gandhi Government College Tezu will have BSC course from the current year, while B Com stream shall be introduced in Government College Bomdila, Begi informed.  

“Compulsory Toilet & Drinking Water facilities need to be ensured in all the schools” Tuki emphatically said while directing the department to work out on it.

He further opined that Technology enabled education would be a better solution in the State like Arunachal Pradesh plagued with communication bottleneck and geographical hurdles with lot of natural challenges.

Admitting to constitute a High Level Committee to look in to the challenges faced by the education department, CM firmly called for discouraging interference of politicians and unions in educational affairs. He further assured for provisioning teachers quarters wherever required especially in interior places.

After minutely going through the power point presentation of various wings of the education department, the CM opted for sending proposals to Government of India for availing resources to provide scholarship to children.

The meeting was also attended by Education Minister Tapang Taloh, CM’s Principal Advisor K. Dolo, Parliamentary Secretary (Education) Bamang Felix, Secretary Education R K Mishra, Director Secondary Education, T. Taloh, Director Elementary Education, Bodong Yirang, State Project Director SSA, O. Gao and other senior officers of the Education Department.



NERCORMP schemes to immensely benefit the rural people

KHONSA, July 15: The first-ever Northeast Region Community Resource Management Programme (NERCORMP) meeting was held at Deputy Commissioner’s conference hall at Khonsa today. Heads of the department in the district, ZPMs and representatives from NERCORMP actively participated.

While giving an overview of NERCORMP, Rishikesh Singh, Director, [Administration] said that initially only three states of the Northeast were covered under the NERCORMP but later on all the NE states except Arunachal Pradesh were brought under it adding that now, three districts of Arunachal Pradesh viz. Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts had also been included under NERCORMP.

Singh said that unlike the normal government schemes, the projects and schemes under the NERCORMP would be planned and chosen by the people themselves adding that expertise would be provided to the community workers by an international team of experts in order to make the projects successful. He said that the main objective of NERCORMP was to change the Utopian mindset of the people and encourage them to adopt new, innovative and gainful ventures to augment their economy. Singh said that NERCORMP schemes would immensely benefit the rural people. He threw light on the entire gamut of activities under NERCORMP, a highly hyped programme under the Northeast Council (NEC).

The Finance Director of NERCORMP Dhrubajyoti  Nath through a power-point presentation said that a number of schemes had already started successfully in some states of the Northeast under NERCORMP. He said that to introduce sustainable economic activities in the entire Northeast was one of the primary objectives of the NERCORMP adding that in Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts the Department of Tirap, Changlang and Longding [DoTCL] would be the Nodal department. He however, said that for all practical purposes, the Deputy Commissioner would be the Chairman of all the programmes. Nath said that apart from the community, NGOs and SHGs would also be involved to carry out the selected schemes. He emphasized on creation of infrastructure under NERCORMP for successful implementation of NERCORMP schemes. He further highlighted the achievements of NERCORMP in the first and the second phase in Manipur, Meghalaya and other states. Earlier, Tirap Deputy Commissioner Kamlesh Kumar Joshi while welcoming the HoDs and the team from NERCORMP said that NERCORMP was one of the best programmes that would suit the social and economic ambiance of the whole Northeast. He said that the government departments would only assist the community engaged in carrying out the schemes and projects under NERCORMP and would not be involved directly. He told the participants that schemes under agriculture, horticulture, piggery, poultry, roads, infrastructure, farming and non-farming sectors would be taken up on community basis. He thanked the Director [Administration] of NERCORMP for attending the all important meeting and for enlightening the HoDs and the PRI leaders on NERCORMP.

He asked all the participants to clear their doubts and confusions if any on NERCORMP. The Deputy Commissioner further urged all the HoDs to extend their fullest co-operation to the NERCORMP officials to effectively implement the various people-friendly schemes under NERCORMP.  It may be mentioned here that a Project Director of NERCORMP would be permanently stationed at Khonsa to monitor the schemes effectively.    DIPRO



Roing town will be brought under CCTV surveillance

Raju Mimi

ROING, July 15: In an effort to improve security in Roing Township, CCTV cameras will be put in place at all important locations, crowded places, like traffic intersections, busy shopping centres.

Ten new cameras will be placed and they will be linked directly to the local police control centre, informed the local legislator Mutchu Mithi.

"We will consult with the local administration and police to find the best spots for video surveillance, which will be finalized after the posting of our new police head."

The CCTV surveillance, as informed, will not necessitate humans to monitor the camera output for 24 hours but will have video recorded that can be used for later deliberations. The cost of the first phase of installation of CCTV is estimated at Rs 7-8 lakhs which will be funded through different heads that are under the disposal of the local legislator.

"The overall purpose of the video surveillance is to ensure that the residents feel safe and the atmosphere of peace and security is maintained," said Mutchu.

The legislator hopes that the cameras will help police during investigation.

"We are not sure of immediate effect of CCTV surveillance but atleast criminals can be identified easily and response delivered faster," said Mutchu.

According to the legislator, the video surveillance will also check public nuisances such as drunkenness, traffic violations and littering. The use of cameras will deter anti social elements from being active as they will be aware that they are being watched.

"The cameras are to be installed along with the streetlights. This will help prevent mischievous individuals from damaging the streetlights. If they try, they know someone is watching them," said Mutchu.



Drugs abuse awareness prog for school children

ZIRO, July 15: State level awareness programme on anti-drug, opium abuse for school children and youths under the programme intervention of SC/ST was held at Govt. Sec. School, Hapoli (Ziro) today organized by SSA Rajya Mission, Itanagar.

Chairing the programme, Lower Subansiri deputy director of school education (DDSE) Yumlam Tana appreciated the team for organizing the all important awareness campaign in a sensitive place like Ziro where drug abuse and alcoholism among the school children have become a serious issue.

Sharing his experience, the DDSE said that he along with Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner had visited a school recently where they caught red handed many children drinking beer and smoking cigarettes in school premises.

Terming life a beautiful gift of God, he suggested the students to learn and enjoy it and live their life meaningfully. He asked them to refrain themselves from all kind of bad habits like taking drugs, opium, smoking, alcohol etc. which can ruin their life.

In technical session, G. Karga, State Project Officer dwelt at length on various provisions of Right to Education Act (RET) with reference to drug abuse and anti-social activities.

Neelam Siram, State coordinator ST/SC, who is also the programme coordinator, highlighted the aim and objective of the programme and explained in details about harmful effects of drugs abuse and alcohol consumption on human body and the society.

Later, he took pledge to shun alcohol drugs.

Resource person Dr. Joram Khopey from District Hospital, Ziro, highlighted ill effects of drug abuse and its impact on health and the society through PowerPoint.

B.P. Sinha, State Resource Person spoke on education of SC/ST children, social development and impact of anti-social elements, causes, concept and solution through power point presentation.

Bei Tal, district coordinator for SC/ST (innovative) highlighted on the activities taken up so far in the district.

Earlier, similar programmes were organized at Yingkoing and Pasighat.



Changlang North MLA visits Govt offices, institutes

CHANGLANG, July 15: Changlang North MLA Tesam Pongte visited to Govt offices and schools of the Changlang headquarters and took stock of the functioning of Govt offices and institutions today.

At the beginning Pongte visited DMO’s office and interacted with the officers and staff. Terming it as key department for the welfare of the people he urged them to fulfill their motto which is to serve the people. Pongte also visited District Hospital, Changlang, interacted with the patients in order to know their grievances.

Speaking to the officers and officials of DDSE office and horticulture office Pongte asserted that knowing each other and working in unison is necessary to bring about the desired positive changes in the society. Expressing his willingness to work hand in hand with the Govt officers and officials for better result he appealed for their cooperation and rendering their responsibilities sincerely and honestly. The concerned heads of the department appraised their grievances before the legislature.

The MLA visited each and every classroom in Govt Hr Sec School Changlang, Govt Town Middle School-I and Laktong and tried to know the problems faced by the students during their academic session. He encouraged them to attend the classes regularly and advised them to be punctual, sincere and hardworking.

Expressing concerned over the misguided youth of the society, he urged the students to restrain from social menace like drug abuse, use of tobacco products, alcohol, etc which not only spoil the life of the users but also affect the whole society. He advised them to aim high and bring laurel to the society by cracking UPSC. The MLA was accompanied by Mandal President N Kitnya and other Party workers. DIPRO



Development eludes Koyu-Korang


RUKSIN, July 15: Even though the state government has spent huge amounts for development of East Siang district, the greater Koyu-Korang area is still lagging far behind in development front which is causing a great deal of dissatisfaction among the people of the area.

The local people allege that the negligence shown by the successive state governments has made their lives miserable and the people are living a medieval life without rural road connectivity and other basic civic amenities in the vast hilly area.

Koyu Anchal Somiti Member (ASM) Pagyor Koyu, in a press statement said that basic needs are still eluding the area, while the rural people are suffering a lot due to lack of office infrastructure at Koyu headquarters.

The ASM informed that absence of official in government offices is creating innumerable problems to the local people. There is an EAC office at Koyu but without an officer. There is also a PWD subdivision at Koyu, but no officer is there in the centre. The assistant engineer of the department seldom attends the office as there is no suitable office quarters.

Koyu-Kora area located on a hilly terrain at 45 km west of Pasighat has no direct road connectivity with Nari headquarters. The people of the area have to travel a long distance of about 130 km via Ruksin through NH 52 in Assam to reach Nari headquarters. Absence of the PWD engineers is not only retarding the pace of link road works in the area but also causing great problems to road maintenance works, particularly in clearing blockades due to landslide during the rainy seasons.

The people of Koyu and Korang circles under Nari-Koyu constituency have also been demanding the state government for establishment a full-fledged BDO office for expediting implementation of various rural development schemes, but their demands remained unheard.

Koyu EAC headquarters with more than 4,000 populations was established 20 years ago. But, no infrastructure for government offices has been noticed by the local people so far.

On the other hand, the only Circuit House at Koyu centre which was completed three years ago is yet to open. The house is built on a hill slope about half km from the main road and there is no road connectivity up to the circuit house.



World Population Day observed

‘Population explosion is the root cause of all ills’

ITANAGAR, July 15: Along with the rest of the world the World Population Day was observed at District Hospital Khonsa in Tirap district today with various programmes.

Speaking on the occasion, Tirap Deputy Commissioner Kamlesh Kumar Joshi said that against the backdrop of the alarmingly explosive world population, Arunachal Pradseh had a manageable population which was a good sign for all round development. He said in India the death rate has been reasonably controlled but lamented that the reproduction had not been controlled due to which India was facing untold problems. He spoke at length on the disadvantages of overpopulation saying that population explosion was the root cause of all ills in India and the world. The DC cited the example of world’s most populous country China which has successfully slowed down its population explosion. He said that condoms and pills were the most effective means of controlling population. Joshi urged the PRI leaders to spread the message and create awareness in the villages on ill-effects of overpopulation.

Dr Chanwang Mongchan, MO explained the disadvantages of population explosion, ways and means to control population growth through a power-point presentation. He said that India was concerned regarding contraception wherein only 2% male accepts vasectomy adding that it was the females who had to undergo family planning.  Dr Mongchan said that lack of awareness was the main reason for the male members not accepting contraception. He further said that use of condoms was the most effective which was cheap, easy to use, readily available and protects from STDs.

Earlier, in his address DMO Dr Komling Perme said that the World Population Day was to be observed on 11th July adding that mobilization programme was organized on that day. He threw light on the significance of the day through a power-point presentation and also enlightened the participants on the population scenario of the world which was alarming. Saying that the population explosion was a cause for worry, he urged all to create awareness. He said that the theme for this year’s World Population Day was ‘Investing in the young people.’ PRI leaders, HoDs and medical staff attended the function. DIPRO

Tezu: The World Population Day was observed in Lohit District by District Health Society on July 12. The Day started with a rally from DMO office complex which was flagged off by DMO Dr. K. Basar and participated by the students, teachers of Arunachal Vikas Parishad, Tezu and medical officers and staff. Student shouted slogan on small family by displaying play cards with messages for ‘small family happy family.’

This was followed by a meeting at DMO office premise.  Dr. N. Rika, DRCHO highlighted the World Population Day scenario of the world, which effects the socio- economic development. He requested the participant to disseminate the message on family planning and its advantage etc.




Panchayat leaders urged to shoulder responsibility for rapid development

ITANAGAR, July 15: A meeting of Gram Panchayat Chairpersons of entire Upper Siang district was held at Tourist Community Hall at Yingkiong yesterday. The DC cum Chief executive Officer of the three-tier Panchayati Raj system Dr Tariq Thomas presided over the meeting.

Addressing the GPCs, Dr Thomas said the government has delegated more and more power and functions to the panchayat members and their role, responsibilities have become important day by day.

“And therefore, now they must have the art of doing the public works for the rapid development in their areas,” he added.

ZPC Apel Modi advised the participating GPCs in particular and all the PRI members in general to work in unison without party affiliation for rapid development of the area.  He also talked about balanced system of intellectual development and physical developments and asked them to fulfill their commitment on development and physical development issues for the greater interest of the public.

Earlier, SDO Tapik Pertin spoke about aims and objective of the meeting.

The main objective of the meeting was construction of GPC office in each Anchal segment. The house unanimously resolved to adopt draw of lottery for selection of the particular Anchal segment where the GPC office is constructed as the government is not in a position to allocate fund for each block at a time.

Among others, EAC Geku Henkir Lollen, COs Pandav Perme, Jacob Tabing and Nancy Yirang and all the member secretaries attended the meeting. (DIPRO)



Coordination meeting discusses important issues

ITANAGAR, July 15: A co-ordination meeting of all administrative officers and heads of offices of development and line departments of Capital Complex was held in the office of the Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner here yesterday to discuss various burning issues and problems.

Issues like problems of jurisdictional overlapping of various departments, Head of Offices, disaster management, sanitation, restoration of road communication in between Karsingsa and Nirjuli, encroachment within RoW, streamlining of mushrooming private schools, counseling and tuition centres, hostels, issuance of trade license, illegal tapping of electricity and water, control of prices of fruits, vegetables, fish and meat, checking of weights and measures, etc. were discussed.

Capital Complex Superintendent of Police (SP) has assured all possible assistance and cooperation to all departments in containing those problems faced by them. Taking note of the frequent damages caused to optical fibre cables of BSNL due to construction works on the highway, the SP said that prior intimation should be given to the communication service provider before taking up any construction activity by various works departments for expansion of road, repairing of drains or digging trenches to avoid such damages causing disruption in telecommunication.

The Deputy Commissioner said that all officers, Head of Offices should feel free to discuss any issue pertaining to any department and priority will be accorded to officers approaching the DC for official works.



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Positive meeting

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called for amicably resolving the boundary row with China and sought enhanced investment in India's infrastructure sector during his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Brazil. China invited Modi to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in November this year. An official statement said that both India and China emphasized on the need to find a solution to the boundary row.

The Prime Minister stressed the importance of strengthening mutual trust and confidence, and maintaining peace and tranquility on the border. Modi has also expressed hope that Xi's planned visit to India this year would be an opportunity to chart a new and ambitious agenda for the strategic partnership between the two nations. For the people of Arunachal, this positive meeting between two leaders is welcome news. China claims Arunachal as part of south Tibet and has been repeatedly issuing stable visa to Arunachalee citizens, which India does not accept. Arunachalee academicians and sportspersons has been victim of this staple visa row. China also successfully blocked ADB fund meant for Arunachal. Hope early resolution of boundary row will pave the way for better relation between two giant neighbours.

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We are trying our best

Dear Editor,

This is in response to 13th July article under the heading "Resentment over pathetic power supply in East Siang".

The undersign wants to clarify that the Department is trying its best to provide power supply to the denizens under Pasighat and its adjoining areas.

The power supply is mainly provided from the 33 KV line from Aalo to Pasighat. This is a lengthy and old line and also provides power to all the enroute villages. There are disruptions in this line due to nature or due to faultiness of materials due to ageing.

In such cases, the Department takes prompt action in restoring the line by mobilizing its available resources.

In case of disruption of the Aalo — Pasighat line, there is an alternate source from Jonai in Assam, where the load is restricted to 3 MW.

This allotment of 3 MW is not sufficient to provide power to all the areas under Pasighat Electrical Division, whose peak demand is 6.3 MW and non peak demand is 4.3 MW.

So the Department has to resort to load shedding to comply with the allotment of 3 MW.

The voltage drop is due to lengthy transmission line and many spur lines in between the source and destination.

All are requested to bear with the Department and give their valuable suggestions for improvement of power scenario under Pasighat Electrical Division.


Nido Taka

Executive Engineer (E)

Pasighat Electrical Division



Don’t let them say that first ray of sun has not bestowed good upon Arunachal

Dear Editor,

This is in follow up to the article published in today’s edition of your  daily under the headline “Struggle between new and old Arunachal”-By Taba Ajum.

The writer has rightly noted that “Even after 27 years of our statehood, it seems that we have not moved forward and in-fact is going to our barbaric old days. Social evils like fine system, revenge killing and groupism (clan, area, district or tribe wise) are back with vengeance.

In fact, true it is, our state has become a heartless state. Over these 27 years of statehood, it has deteriorated its values.

Both the community and people are more of self centric and individualistic in approach, than of collectiveness. There is nothing left to talk or claim about unity and integration, socio-economic justice and equitable distribution of wealth and resources.

Not a single day, week or a month passes by without a news report of violence, killing, accidents, bandh call, corruption, theft, robbery, molestation, rape and at height the case of communal and ethnic conflict.

The so called sympathy, love and humanity are no more  part of our people’s culture. Instead hatred, conflict, selfish motive and communal feelings has overcome all such good sense. Sword and threat has replaced the culture of persuasion, request and respect. Any work can now be easily done, if it is followed by a few intimation, threat and bribes.

The feeling of communalism and self-ethnic consciousness is so high among the citizens of our state, that any incident or uncertain event if take place are completely painted with the colour of such communalism.

Particularly among the Facebook users it is more vulnerable. Social networking sites have become a source for developing communalism feeling in our state. Sentences like Yeh Nyishi wala, Galo log, Apatani log, Tirap and Changlang wala etc has become a stereotype words bearing a communal sound creating more communal feelings among the various communities.

Also on part of government administration, the law and order situation has become so weak and toothless that, even the state administrations are not able to bite a cheese like cases. Whenever, any case of communalism or ethnic related events comes up, our state government stand like a confused arbitrator with no idea and solution in hand. Communal and ethnic identity have not even left our so called neutral bodies; politicians, government officials and journalists.

Witnessing prevailing social condition of our state and article by Taba Ajum, “Struggle between new and old Arunachal” reminds me of so called  “Prismatic society”, a theory propounded by Fred W Riggs.

According to Riggs, ‘Prismatic society is the fused society consists of both the modern and traditional elements with high degree of Heterogeneity, Formalism (i.e. differences between formally prescribed and practically executed laws), high nepotism and corruption cases, overlapping of rules and laws and development of Poly-communalism (ethnic and sub ethnic groups, race, clans etc)”.

So where does the solution lies? With no doubt, good can only happen when the youth of our state shoulder the responsibilities to preserve, protect and promote our social and moral values. Learn and teach the present society and coming society the value of respect, love, social harmony and the strength of oneness.

At least, intellectual and well educated youth like us cannot think and behave in an uncivilized way. The past are gone, the present is worst and the future is ours. Let us not give an opportunity to the other world to say, that the first ray of sun has not bestowed good upon Arunachal Pradesh. So here we go with this slogan; “Let the change begins with youth”.


Pangngam Wangnaw





Don’t let us down

Dear Editor,

The National Cadet Corps (NCC) represents one of the positive forces in shaping, especially the values of the youth in our country. It has been instrumental in moulding the character of the student community during the last five decades in the entire country. However, due to lackadaisical attitude of the people at the helm of affairs, the NCC unlike other parts of the country is rapidly losing its importance and past glory in Arunachal Pradesh.

Unlike other states of the country, the govt of Arunachal Pradesh seems least interested in shaping the values of the youths of state through NCC as nothing has been done till date to encourage the NCC Cadets. There is no special job reservation for NCC Cadet, who acquires C-certificate in NCC, in any of the state government departments particularly in police and forest department.

Here, I wish to share some of the features of NCC Cadets. Designated as Senior Division (boy) & Senior Wing (girl), the NCC cadets are strictly trained under the Indian Army in various fields like drill, tracking, mountaineering, river rafting, pare sailing, weapons, shooting, social activity, national integration inter-state, national & international level.

It is also worth mentioning that the NCC cadets of Arunachal Pradesh have already brought lots of laurels to the state by representing the state in various parts of the country and even abroad.

NCC cadets have special job reservation in many government departments, especially in the state and central police force and paramilitary forces such as the Border Security Force, Territorial Army, Indo-Tibetan Border Police and Central Industrial Security Force and India Army. Some states like Kerala have its own set of ex-NCC cadets in the ranks of sub-inspectors and inspectors in police department.

However, it is very disappointing to note that in Arunachal there is no such reservation for the NCC C-certificate holders in any of the government department even in the state Police and Forest department.

Therefore, through the column of your esteemed daily, I fervently request the state government especially home and forest department to look into the future of NCC in Arunachal and initiate some necessary steps to encourage the cadets who represent the state in the national & international level.


Bhim Chije