July 01

APIC vacation

ITANAGAR, Jun 30: The Court of Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission (APIC) will remain closed from July 6 to 20 next on account of summer vacation.

There will be no hearing of RTI cases during the vacation. However, the commission will take emergency cases concerning life and liberty of any person, said an official notification from the Registrar APIC.


Complaint against former Chief Councilor IMC

ITANAGAR, Jun 30: Alleging that the former Chief Councilor (CC) of Itanagar Municipal council (IMC) Higio Aruni is not handing over the official vehicle meant for the chief councilor, official files and official computer, the councilors of ward no. 2, 4, 25 and 28 have written to the chief municipal executive officer IMC to initiate action against the former CC.

Despite repeated verbal communication from the officials of the IMC to hand back the items, the former CC has not released them which is against the official norms and condemnable.


Nlg tourist ILP centre makes money

ITANAGAR, Jun 30: The Tourist ILP Facilitation Center at Naharlagun Railway Station has so far issued 895 Inner line Permits (ILP) to visitors on arrival and earned a total amount of Rs. 3,50,600 since February this year. ILPs to 23 domestic tourists could be issued as they did carry with them valid and necessary documents, informed TK Kopak, DTO (i/c), Tourist ILP Facilitation Centre, Naharlagun Railway Station

Besides domestic tourists eight foreign tourists, who had arrived without PAP at Naharlagun Railway Station, were also assisted by the centre to obtain the necessary permit,

To streamline the ILP for tourists and check the illegal migrant, computerised Tourist ILP Facilitation Centers were established in various locations, including Guwahati, Gumto and Naharlagun Railway Station.

Meanwhile, a tourist from Bangladesh, who arrived at Naharlagun Railway Station through Guwahati-Naharlagun Inter-City Express without PAP, was sent back to Guwahati.

The Bangladeshi national, who possessed valid Passport and Visa, was supposed to visit Shillong, but mistakenly landed at Naharlagun station, said the DTO.

Railway in the state will become a major revenue earning source besides providing employment opportunities if the New Delhi-Naharlagun AC Express Daily is operated daily and the Inter-City Express twice a day, the DTO said. But at the same, government will have to provide man power and necessary infrastructure to deal with increasing tourists and travelers, he added.


AdiSU urge for full-fledged Arunachal University

ITANAGAR, Jun 30: The state government has assured for early establishment of a full-fledged Arunachal University and providing transportation facilities at JN College Pasighat.  

The assurances were given by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and Education Minister Tapang Taloh, when an AdiSU delegation appraised and submitted a memorandum in this regard.   

The union appealed for a full fledged and independent functioning of the Arunachal University at Pasighat which was established in 2012 and immediate posting of Vice-Chancellor with all faculty members.

Highlighting the problems faced by the students of JN College Pasighat, AdiSU informed that the there was no college bus and hostel buildings were in a dilapidated state. It had requested for providing a bus and office vehicle for the Principal of the college at the earliest from the current session.


Ban issuing of hawker permit

ITANAGAR, Jun 30: The Nirjuli Market Committee (NMWC) has today appealed the Capital Complex DC to immediately ban issuing of hawker permit within the Capital Complex.

In a letter to the DC, it claimed to have found many hawkers selling their goods in various locations within Nirjuli from a single permit, which it further said, will hamper the business of other traders who pay revenue to the state exchequer.


Anti-Malaria Month at Pangin

PANGIN, Jun 30: Anti-Malaria Month was organised by DVBDCP East Siang in collaboration with VHAI at Pangin community Hall today.

Addressing the function, DC Siang District N Osik called on the people present to keep their dwelling areas clean to prevent sources of mosquito breeding and to take personal preventive measures to stay away from vector borne diseases.

DVBDCPO Dr. T. Talom spoke in detail on aims and objectives of the programme and on vector borne diseases.

Besides Dr. Amar Darung, MO CHC Pangin and ZPM, T Padung, around 150 people participated in the function.


Training on Sickle cell test and Sickle cell trait

ITANAGAR, Jun 30: A one-day master trainer training on Sickle cell test and Sickle cell trait was organised by department of Social Justice Empowerment and Tribal Affairs in collaboration with the department of Health and Family welfare here at ATI Naharlagun today.

Attending the training as Master Trainer, Director Health and Family Welfare explained the causes of the disease, steps to be taken for screening and counseling of parents and children with Sickle cell Anaemia (SCA) and Sickle Cell trait (CST). He further highlighted the guidelines for counseling (premarital) of people with sickle cell trait. Medical representative from districts composing of DMO attended the training. DIPR


D. Dohu Robin appointed as NGC nodal officer

ITANAGAR, Jun 30: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh has appointed Er. D. Dohu Robin, Technical Officer (Environment) as Nodal Officer for National Green Corps Programme (NGC), Arunachal Pradesh with immediate effect.

He will relieve Ngilyang Tam, Member Secretary, APSPCB from additional charge of Nodal Officer, NGC without any extra remuneration, according to an official release.


SBoI to increase number of beneficiaries in Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Jun 30: Spices Board of India (SBoI) member Dr Hatobin Mai has informed that the Board has decided to increase the beneficiary target under Large Cardamom cultivation in Arunachal Pradesh.

Dr Mai, who attended the two days SBoI’s 80th Board meeting in Srinagar on June 28 and 29, said the Board has also taken several other decisions including organisation of capacity-building programmes, post-harvest activities for all kinds of Spices in the Northeast region, starting a pilot project on King Chilly and conducting research on a Horti-Forestry model for introducing Black Pepper and Large Cardamom.

During the two-day meet, Dr Mai also made field visits to areas under Cardamom cultivation in Srinagar.


Yingkiong-Geku road restored for traffic

YINGKIONG, Jun 30: Road communication between Yingkiong and Geku has been restored after 10 days of joint effort by NEEPCO, GREF and a local contractor, who provided his two earth-movers for the road restoration work.

The road communication between Yingkiong and Geku was cut off for more than 10 days due to massive landslides near Komkar blocking the road.  DIPRO


BJYM condemns Seva Dal demands

ITANAGAR, Jun 30: The Bharatiya Janata Uva Morcha (BJYM) unit of Arunachal Pradesh has condemned the act of burning effigies of three women leaders, including two union ministers, for their alleged involvement in corruption cases.

Describing their demands as ridiculous, the BJYM asked the Seva Dal to recall and realise the rampant corruptions that took place during the UPA-II regime. The frontal wing of the saffron party cited the examples of corruption cases like Coal Gate, Commonwealth Games scandal, Defence Deals and National Herald Land Scam etc during the UPA-II Government at Centre.

The Morcha also alleged the ruling Congress Government in the state of indulging in corruption practices in various forms.

“One should get his own house in order before criticising others”, the BJYM said and vehemently condemned the demand for firing those leaders from their respective post.


Access damage: PR leaders

ITANAGAR, Jun 30: Claiming that the recent flood has devastated entire Yazali Zilla Segment, the panchayat leaders of Yazali segment have requested the concern department to visit the affected area to access the damage.

Requesting the concern department to pay relief to the displaced people, it sought to initiate flood control work in both Kel and Panyor River.


INTUC committee meeting

ITANAGAR, Jun 30: The 289th All India Working Committee meeting of Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) was held at Hyderabad on May 27 and 28. Trade union leaders from across the country participated in it. General Secretary of state Unit Kenkar Yomcha also attended the meet.

During the two day meeting, the house expressed disappointment over the government’s apathy on its twelve point demand which includes containing price rise, aggravating unemployment situation, strict implementation of Labour law among others. It also expressed that Centre’s move in allowing FDI in defense sector, insurance, railways and other sectors and also disinvestment in PSUs including financial sector will be harmful for the national economy.


EE clarifies on power cuts

ITANAGAR, Jun 30: Reacting to the news report which said that there have been frequent power cuts in the Capital Complex in the recent past, the Executive Engineer (E) Capital Electrical Division today clarified that electrical installations at various locations were affected due to the incessant rain which resulted in power supply interruptions for a short period.

There was no scheduled power cut/load shedding in Itanagar town except at IG Park, E-sector, ESS sector, Abotani Colony, F-sector, F&G sector, Ganga Market, G-sector, RK Mission Complex, H-sector, Vivek Vihar and Jullang which was due to washing away of three pole structures of 11KV feeder at H-sector, Itanagar during the flash flood. The load shedding was only affected on June 25, 26 and 27 at the above mentioned locations during peak hours from 6pm to 9pm. The 11KV line is under restoration by constructing a new 11KV line which is expected to be completed by July 2 next.

We have always tried to stabilize power supply in Itanagar except for unavoidable situations. During inadvertent situations, restoration works have been carried out on instantaneous basis without affecting lengthy power cuts, the statement further read.


Misappropriation alleged

ITANAGAR, Jun 30: Alleging misappropriation of huge amount of money by PWD Tali Division, Talam Abu Society has written to the home minister to arrest the officers involved and place him under suspension within 15 days.

In an ultimatum to the Home Minister, it stated that Rs.5.70 crores have been drawn and embezzled during  March 2015 by showing on paper only about physical progress of 4km formation cutting and 7km soiling whereas only 2 Km FC have been completed in a sub-standard way with no soiling works done.


Anti-Malaria campaign held

ITANAGAR, Jun 30: The East Kameng District Health Society in collaboration with PHC Pakoti and PRI members conducted a day-long Anti-Malaria campaign cum Mosquito net distribution programme at PHC, Pakoti on June 29 last.  Around 400 mosquito nets were distributed to Mebuwa, Weshi, Richa, Tallang, Kamsha, Loffa, Hambapinda  and Lachung Yangje villages under Pakoti PHC during the programme.

In his address, Dr. Kapu Sopin MO  incharge PHC Pakoti, while highlighting the aim and objectives of the awareness programme informed about the prevalence of vector borne diseases like malaria, Japanese Encephalitis, dengue etc which  are transmitted by mosquito bite.   While talking about the preventive measures, he called upon the people to use mosquito net properly and to keep   their surrounding clean.

Dr. N Geiyi, District Medical Officer, East Kameng stressed on  proper implementation of Mission Indradanush  scheme and requested  teachers, panchayat members, gaon bora, ASHA, AWW workers and general public  to extend cooperation with health teams for immunization of every child under the mission Indradanush.  DIPRO


Training on importance of water harvesting technique

ITANAGAR, Jun 30: One-day training on “Importance of Water Harvesting Technique” through construction of cost-effective Jalkund was held at Barfu village in Anjaw district on June 29.

Speaking on the occasion, Programme Coordinator in-charge, KVK Anjaw, Dr. Tilling Tayo asked the participants and stakeholders to think seriously to mitigate the water problem faced by villagers by blending scientific technique with traditional knowledge.

Er. Uday Bhandari, SMS, Soil & Water Conservation, explained about the importance of water conservation through construction of Jalkund, right from the site selection, earth cutting to installation of Silpaulin. He informed the farmers that Jalkund is one of the most cost-effective methods of water harvesting in hilly areas. He asked the villagers to work in community participatory mode for construction of Jalkund.

Rebecca Eko, SMS, Horticulture, spoke on the importance of Jalkund in horticulture sector, especially in reference to large cardamom cultivation which needs maximum water.

Khuweso Tamai, General Secretary, Farmer Club, Hayuliang, a local interpreter, explained about the importance of Jalkund in local dialogue. Altogether 45 farmers were present in the training. Silpaulins were also distributed during the programme.


Teachers’ orientation prog. held

SEPPA, Jun 30: Topics like new methods of teaching, criteria of Teacher-student evaluation, lesson planning, student-centered teaching method were discussed during a day-long Teachers’ Orientation programme held at St. Joseph’s School here on Saturday.  

A team of resource persons led by the DDSE imparted training to 72 teachers from nearby schools namely, St. Joseph’s School, Holy Family School, St. Xavier’s School Bana, St. Francis School Veo and Divine Word School Model Village.


Villagers to construct temporary college building

ITANAGAR, Jun 30: Parliamentary Secretary (WRD) cum Dambuk MLA Gum Tayeng convened a meeting chaired by former MLA Bassu Perme involving PRI members and villagers at Jia village and discussed various issues regarding Model Degree College at Jemi Notko.

During the meeting the villagers offered to donate land free of cost for realignment of the college approach road. They also agreed to construct temporary structure on self-help basis to enable to college to start classes from the next academic session.

While appreciating the gesture shown by the villagers, the Dambuk MLA assured to provide CGI sheets for the temporary classroom buildings.

The Anchal Samity Members (ASMs) present in the meeting have also assured to provide construction materials like bamboos for the purpose.

Former ZPM and ABK district unit president M.Pertin was also present in the meeting.

It is worth mentioning here that a plot of land measuring about 40 acres was donated by former MLA B Perme for establishment of the college.


Ering calls for farmerfriendly technologies

ITANAGAR, Jun 30: MP Ninong Ering today emphasised on the use of improvised seeds and proven technologies to enhance   farmers’ production in East Siang district. He also advised the faculties of the KVK and College of Horticulture & Forestry, Pasighat to develop organic based farmer friendly technologies.  He was addressing the district level pre-kharif farmers-scientist interaction programme on “Integrated Farming Approach” organised by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, East Siang, College of Horticulture & Forestry.

The MP was of the view that such programmes should be organised on regular basis.

While visiting the exhibition stalls, the MP also appreciated the organisers for showcasing farmer friendly technologies.

Earlier, Dean, College of Horticulture & Forestry, Dr. A.K. Pandey briefed the MP about the extension activities performed by the KVK and College for benefit of farming community of the district.

The progressive farmers also interacted with the scientists of KVK and faculties of the college during the programme. Altogether 103 progressive farmers from Ruksin, Pasighat and Mebo blocks attended the programme.


Yoga camp for diabetic patients conclude

AALO, Jun 30: In all, 45 diabetic patients took part in a week-long Yoga camp which concluded here on Sunday. The camp which was organised by the Seva Bharati in collaboration with Swami Vivekananda Yoga University Bangalore for diabetic patients, is a part of an exercise towards diabetic free India.

Yoga trainers Kari Basar, Yaying Buni and Bomi Bagra imparted training to the patients. Aalo Superintendent General Hospital Dr. Linya Lollen also attended the valedictory function of the camp.  (DIPRO)


‘Solve water-logging problem’

ITANAGAR, Jun 30: Balijan Circle Youth Association (BCYA) has appealed to the competent authority to take immediate steps for solution to the water logging problem in Patila-I Goan Panchayat segment under Hollongi panchayat.

After visiting the Patila-I area on June 28, the BCYA  said that  as the Pankha Nallah  has  no embankment the overflowing water from the nallah created havoc for the villagers and the villagers have lost their domestic animals.

“This is not the first time that the villagers under the said GP are suffering due to water-logging problem. For the last couple of years, water borne diseases like malaria  has become a great threat to the villagers due to water logging problem”, the BCYA said. The Association further demanded early construction of river embankment and compensation to the villagers of water logging problem.


2000 impregnated mosquitonets distributed

HAYULIANG, Jun 30: A total of 2000 long lasting impregnated mosquito bed nets were distributed at selected villages under all blocks in Anjaw district during the month-long anti-malaria campaign which ended successfully today. The campaign was organised by the Anjaw district NVBDCP unit under the supervision of District Vector Borne Disease Control Officer.

During the campaign, rallies involving students, teachers and public were held at Hayuliang, Hawai and Walong circles. Village level advocacy meetings involving the ASHAs and villagers were also organised under all the blocks to create awareness on ways and means to fight mosquito. The field workers collected 64 samples of fever cases and tested for malaria during the campaign.

Other highlights of the month-long campaign include social service and cleanliness drive by district administration and bazaar committee at Hayuliang hospital complex and extempore speeches and quiz competitions on malaria at Hr Sec School, Hayuliang and VKV Amliang.


Awareness campaign on Dengue and municipality charges

PASIGHAT, Jun 30: A joint awareness campaign on Dengue and municipality service charges was organised at Jarku under Ward 10 of Pasighat Municipality by the Councillor Ponung Lego to create awareness among the people of the ward.

Explaining about the civic charges on garbage collection and other items, the resource persons from the RPMC deliberated on the need for its implementation in the urban area to mitigate solid waste management and its’ streamlining.

District Medical Officer, Dr. Mandip Perme, spoke on the various causes and treatment of Dengue.

Secretary of the Ward, Nong Doming while submitting a memorandum on behalf of Jarku appealed to the PMC for immediate shifting of the general garbage dumping ground from the public crematorium located within  the ward as it causes unhygienic condition and health hazards for the ward dwellers and its surroundings.

The Councillor agreed to take up the matter immediately in consultation with the PMC Chief Councillor. DIPRO


News Impact

MHA directs Assam, Arunachal to submit report on Radhaso incident

ITANAGAR, Jun 30: Following unease along the border area in Papum Pare district after Assam officials constructed Forest Protection Camp, Union Home Ministry has sought a report on the action taken by the govt of Assam and Arunachal as it called for maintenance of status quo.

It has written to the State Governments of Arunachal and Assam to have a meeting of their senior officers immediately to resolve the issue through mutual consultation as the matter of boundary dispute between both the states is presently sub-judice in the Supreme Court and both are expected to maintain status quo. Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has spoken to the Union MoS for Home Kiren Rijiju and accordingly the state Home department appraised the Union Home Ministry of the incident and sought its immediate intervention.

The State Government has expressed serious concerns over the “reported encroachment by Assam officials into the disputed area along the Assam-Arunachal inter-state boundary” with an intention to establish a forest battalion camp near Radasso village of Papum Pare district on June 28.

Immediately on receipt of the information, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki spoke to his Assam counterpart, Tarun Gogoi, and put forth his concern over the unilateral act that amounts to breach of status quo by Assam authorities with regard to the inter-state boundary issue, informed govt spokesperson Bamang Felix. He also spoke to Assam Chief Secretary raising the concerns of the state government.

Tuki said that the ‘disputed area’ falls in the territory claimed by Arunachal Pradesh, which has been placed before the local boundary commission constituted by the Supreme Court, and therefore is subject to final decision of the Court for final claim of ownership.

He pointed that as the issue is sub-judice, both the state governments are legally bound to maintain status quo and not create any problem in the ‘disputed’ territories along the inter-state boundary till a conclusive verdict is delivered by the Supreme Court.

Tuki asserted that both the state governments have to maintain extreme caution to avoid any flare up of tension and maintain peace and tranquillity in the area. Meanwhile, the State Government has appealed to the people of both the states, especially those living along the inter-state boundary, to maintain calm and not get provoked by unscrupulous elements that may attempt to take advantage of the situation for vested interests. The state government assures that it is in touch with the Assam Government to sort out the differences if any to maintain peace and retain the age-old relationship of bonhomie. It is an earnest appeal to the local residents not to take law into their hands under any circumstances but allow the government to resolve the issue diplomatically, said govt spokesperson Felix.



Organisations decry Radhaso incident

ITANAGAR, Jun 30: Organisations have come forward to condemn the construction of the Forest Protection Camp by Assam on Sunday in Radhaso under the administrative jurisdiction of Papum Pare district.

All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) in its strongest term condemned and registered its protest against the act of illegal encroachment.

AAPSU said that it will not compromise even an inch of land belonging to Arunachal Pradesh and won’t tolerate any kind of unjust and inhumane treatment of Arunachalee while urging the Assam counterpart to respect the sentiments and all old relationship of both the states.

AAPSU called on the Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi to intervene at the earliest in order to safeguard the life and property of the people inhabiting the bordering areas. It is beyond doubt that the FPC at Radhaso will be surely established due to the official apathy, lethargy and lack of political will, AAPSU said while reminding the govt of construction of one similar forest protection camp at Jullang Village (called Naharjan by Assam) in 2014.

Further, the Union also urged the state Govt. to immediately take up the matter with the Assam counterpart with utmost priority before things go out of the hands and reach the point of no return.

All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) while condemning the regular disturbances caused to people of Arunachal dwelling in the bordering areas appealed Assam not to aggravate the situation. ANYA meanwhile has appealed to govt of Arunachal to look into the matter seriously and depute adequate security personnel and officials to stop further construction.

It accused the government of not doing enough to contain border problems. ANYA appealed for peaceful and prompt action by the government for an amicable and permanent solution.

The Union warned that it would be forced to take its own course if the situation along the border is not brought under control.

All Arunachal Contractors’ welfare Association (AACWA) urged Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State (Home) to intervene in the matter. It further said that BJP should appraise the centre for early conclusion of Supreme Court of India hearing on the border issue.

It further said that 11 BJP MLAs should pursue with the centre for alternative road connectivity without touching Assam to reach other parts of state.

AACWA also urged North East Student Organization (NESO) to intervene in the border issue.

All Arunachal Pradesh Border Students Union (AAPBSU) has appealed to the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh to intervene and stop the illegal construction of a beat house.

AAPBSU also condemned in strongest term the refusal by Assam authority to let the Papum Pare district administration reach Radhaso. Such immature act by Assam police may destroy the old age bonding between the two states.

AAPBSU has blamed the government of Arunachal Pradesh for illegal construction inside Radhaso village as they “never pay attention to border affair and strengthen police force at sensitive areas of Assam-Arunachal Pradesh”.

Despite several submissions of representation and democratic movements for creation of the 3rd batch of Arunachal Arms Police Battalion (AAPBN), state government has overlooked our genuine demands for the welfare of border residents, it said.

It reiterated its demand for recruitment of the 3rd batch AAPBN to protect lives and properties of people.

AAPBSU has also appealed the people of Assam to maintain status quo as directed by Supreme Court of India. AAPBSU further requested the Assam government to direct Assam police and forest department to maintain status quo for the wellbeing of both the states.

The Union has demanded the state government to deploy adequate police force at Radhaso.



Haunted Borders

[ Tongam Rina ]

It does not say very much for our state’s destiny seemingly cursed as we were, made to be born with border disputes on both the national and international border. The recent events at Radhaso in Papum Pare and the persistent, almost parrot like Chinese claims on our lands are painful remainders that there indeed seems to be apathy to our reality. What else can explain the complete lack of empathy that not just the friendly neighbourhood Assam government but even the centre seems to be showing?

Almost all the states bordering Assam have seen bloody conflict because of issues of encroachment, notably by Assam Forest Officials. The Nagaland-Assam boundary skirmishes have been the bloodiest with many lives lost and property destroyed as both sides refuses to budge an inch from their respective stand. Meghalaya-Assam and Arunachal-Assam boundary too have seen stressful times and bloodshed.

Most often when there are clashes along the interstate boundaries, Centre have been clueless and unsure. All it does is throw the burden on Boundary Commission with instructions to state governments to behave.

Under the direction of the Supreme Court of India in 2005, a boundary commission was consequently set up to settle various inter-state boundary problems in the Northeast. Till the Commission submits its final report, all the states are to maintain status quo. But with burgeoning population in the region, there is fight, which will increase with time, for resources.

The centre really needs to intervene as the stubborn state governments will not do much to protect the interests of the people living along the boundary. The first step would be to facilitate an acceptable settlement. Tough but it is not unachievable if all the states put in a sincere effort. The Boundary Commission clearly need to step up its work and the state governments should not end up as stumbling blocks. The recent Indo-Bangla border settlement should act as an example to emulate where the two countries swap territories and allowed thousands of people living in border enclaves to choose their nationality.  

While the Boundary Commission, centre and state government figure out what has to be done next, people to people contact along the boundary should increase. Most of the cases of violence and tension on the boundary have been the handiwork of bored government officials, often looking for recognitions from their native state. It’s a tricky situation when for personal interest, peace is compromised, but an effort must be made to build mutual trust and understanding. As the states and the centre, hopefully embark on a mission to find lasting peace, it would be crucial to involve the people at the ground who know the best about the situation- and frankly, whose children’s futures are most at stake.



Six injured in Tabi Ripo, East Siang as bridge collapse

ITANAGAR, Jun 30: Six people are reported to be injured, one seriously when the traditional cane and bamboo bridge that they were repairing over Nenle River collapsed in remote Tabi Ripo district under Nari Koyu legislative assembly segment in East Siang yesterday.

The incident took place early morning as the villagers took upon themselves to repair the old dilapidated bridge that connects them with the rest of the state as well as their paddy fields.

The injured were brought to Koyu EAC headquarters which is around 15 kilometres and later shifted to Pasighat for further treatment.

The injured were carried by people since the village do not have a motorable road, therefore required medical attention was not given on time, informed a citizen to this daily.

 The villagers say that the bridge over Hingen River too is very weak and needs immediate repair before another disaster strikes.  

Tabi ripo, a village of 27 houses which is yet to see the light of development even after decades of Indian Independence has appealed to the local MLA Kento Rina and MP Ninong Ering to ease their problems.

They called on the local MP to remind the department concern to construct a bridge over Nenle River as promised by him in 2013 under MPLAD.



Make ‘Digital India week’ a grand success: Governor

ITANAGAR, Jun 30: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh J P Rajkhowa called upon the people of State to join hands in making Digital Arunachal and thereby strengthening Digital India.

In his message on the occasion of ‘Digital India Week’, the Governor reposed confidence that the week-long programme will further strengthen the efforts in spreading the digital programme to every corner of the state.

The Governor said that the Digital India, which is conceived by Prime Minister Narendra Modi aims to prepare India for a strong knowledge-based future. It is a technology umbrella programme, bringing together large numbers of ideas and thoughts and covering all the departments into a single comprehensive vision. The main focus will be on digital infrastructure, governance and service and digital empowerment of every citizen. He said that the 9 main pillars of Digital India are- Broadband Highways, Universal Access to Mobile Connectivity, Public Internet Access Programme, E-Governance, eKranti-Electronic delivery of services, Information for All, Electronics Manufacturing-Target Net Zero Imports and Early Harvest Programmes.

Digital India will be focusing on various social sectors including agriculture, health, planning, security, education, financial inclusiveness & banking, industries, trade and commerce, pension, e-procurement systems etc.

The Governor expressed his confidence that that the programme will go a long way in good governance, information for all and employment in IT sectors. (PRO to Governor)



Exemplary punishment demanded for alleged murderers

ITANAGAR, Jun 30: The guardian and family members have demanded exemplary punishment for the alleged murderer(s) of two persons at Seppa on June 5 last.

As per the complaint lodged with Seppa police, Alang Sario (21) and Nirang Sario (50) were murdered at DUDA building near Helipad, Seppa after kidnapping them from Type-I Colony, Seppa at around 8 pm on June 5. Three alleged accused, namely Atam Lamnio, Ramesh Lamnio and Pritam Lamnio, were arrested in this connection by Seppa Police. However, Atam Lamnio was released on bail on June 11.

Atam Lamnio is an advocate by profession while Ramesh Lamnio is serving in APP as Constable.

The complainant said that the crime is suspected to have been committed to take revenge for the death of one Choya Lamnio. According to him, the suspected killer of Choya Lamnio, has already been arrested and he is currently under police custody.

Describing the incident as gross violation of human rights, the complainant demanded the law enforcing authority to award them stringent punishment under appropriate section(s) of the law. He further demanded immediate re-arrest of the alleged accused and all other involved in the heinous crime.



“Need for more awareness against Sexual Offence”, workshop on POCSO Act

PASIGHAT, Jun 30: Members of women organisations, Adi Bane Kebang (women wing) besides, police personnel and officers participated in a district ICDS cell organised day-long workshop on Protection of Children from Sexual Offence Act (POCSO) 2012 here today.

Addressing the gathering, East Siang DC Nidhi Srivastava said that all should make best use of the opportunity and educate themselves and teach others. Children should be educated to understand the sexual offences and exploitations while family members and teacher should be sensitised to understand the behaviour of their children. Stating that many a time, the victims commit suicide, she appealed all to deal with the victims sensitively and humanely. She further hoped that increase in the number of lady police personnel will ensure that such cases are handled in a better way. Such workshop and awareness in the society will cure the incidents of sexual offences of children, added the DC.  While sharing his experience, Sub Inspector Tabin Padung, informed that most of the victims are reluctant to report such cases to the police. However, cases which have been reported are being dealt sensitively and tactfully, he assured.

While assuring to extend their full support and co-operation to the police in such cases, ABK (WW) president Yalem Taga Burang further said that since the parents and guardians do not divulge such cases easily due to ignorance, it is high time that mass awareness campaign be launched especially, in educational institutions.

ICDS deputy director Ponung Ering Angu in her address informed that the POCSO Act aims to strengthen the legal provision for protection of children from sexual abuse and exploitation. All should be aware of the act especially, women so that the children are protected from sexual offences, she added. (DIPRO)



Tawang ropeway takes off

ITANAGAR, Jun 30: The much awaited Tawang Ropeway, a project of State Tourism Department, has finally been flagged off by Tawang Deputy Commissioner Abhishek Dev along with ZPC Jambey Tsering, Dy. Commander of 190 Mountain Brigade of Indian Army today.

A religious ritual (Ramney) was performed prior to the flagging off ceremony by the monks of the Tawang Monastery praying for the successful operations of the ropeway.

District Tourism Officer Tsering Dekey briefed about the salient features of the ropeway.

The total length of the Ropeway is 1.184 km and travel time is 20 minute. The department has also fixed one way travelling fairs which is Rs.100 for general public and Rs.25 for the monks, children below 10 years. Initially, the Ropeway management committee has decided to board 6 passengers in addition to an attendant of the tourism department.

The ropeway will be operated 5 days in a week barring Tuesday and Saturday.

The operations of the ropeway are being managed by M/s Damodar Ropeways & Infras. Ltd. and a total of 20 people, including tourists, have boarded in the ropeway on the inaugural day.

The Ropeway services have been started after obtaining safety certificate/technical fitness certificate from the executing agency-PWD department Tawang and safety clearance granted by a committee constituted by the state’s tourism department, informed the Deputy Commissioner.

A trained attendant of the tourism department will accompany the passengers during their trip for the safety purpose of the passengers, he said, adding that a technical committee under the chairmanship of ADC/EAC, Tawang has been constituted to conduct technical inspections of the ropeway every month.

The passengers of the ropeway have been insured by M/s Oriental Insurance Company. DIPRO



Efforts to restore the sanctity of Gaon Bura institute

BOMDILA, Jun 30: With the advent of education, growth and institutionali-sation of monitoring agencies and mushrooming of associations and organisations, the glorious role of the Gaon Buras seems to have taken a back seat. Of course they still are an important and integral part of the rural society and the representatives of the local administration. But the role and it’s charm seems to have diminished or it might seem they have shied away from it due to social and political obligation.

But all is not lost. Efforts are being made to restore the sanctity of Gaon Buradom in West Kameng district. Strategies have been worked out and being implemented to bring them back to the fore and make their presence felt by way of making the Gaon Buras responsible for compulsorily reporting of all the activities being carried out at the village level to their concerned administrative officers in the prescribed format on monthly basis. This approach and step was initiated by the Deputy Commissioner A K Singh after his visit to the various villages and block headquarters in the district. Getting the impression that the field functionaries placed at the village levels staggered in their duties and responsibilities and there lacked a mechanism to properly monitor and report the works of the field functionaries, DC Singh devised a Monthly Village Reporting Format initially consisting of 68 questionnaires.

It consists of all the possible activities that are carried out at the village level. The Head Gaon Buras/Gaon Buras are charged with the responsibility of reporting the same in the prescribed format to their concerned administrative officers who in turn shall convene monthly meetings with the departmental officers to deal with the issues. Further, a copy of the Monthly Village Report along with action taken report shall be forwarded to the Deputy Commissioner for taking up the issues at the district level.

To make the whole system more binding, any default in furnishing of the said report by the respective Head Gaon Buras or Gaon Buras shall be liable for non-payment of honorarium for the particular month along with an adverse report to be filed by the concerned administrative officer against the erring official, the order read.

God willing, with these mechanisms in place, the developmental activities which invariably needs to take place at the grass root levels is sure to inch in the right direction and hopefully, others will follow suit to ensure all round development in the thousands of villages in the state and also thereby strengthening the arms of the age old institution of Gaon Buras – the custodian of law at the village levels. DIPRO



Meet resolves to check ‘revenue pilferage’ in mining


RUKSIN, Jun 30: The Geology and Mining Department here has emphasised on the need to adopt futuristic approach for increasing revenue generation of the department.

Addressing a coordination meeting of local administration, quarry owners and PRI members and public leaders at Ruksin ADC office here today, Assistant Mineral Development Officers (AMDO) of Ruksin B Koyu expressing concern over poor revenue collection due to leakage of revenue and sought cooperation from the local people to help the Geology and Mining Department a good revenue generating department.

He also informed about an order imposing temporary halt in extraction of all types of minerals from the river beds in all notified quarries as a precautionary measures during the monsoon period.

Ruksin EAC O Lego briefed on various aspects of Arunachal Minor Mineral Concessions Rule (APMMCR)-2002. He asked the quarry owners to obey the mining rules while extracting minor minerals. He strongly advocated for taking strong measures to curb illegal mining operations and pilferage of revenue.

The quarry owners in the meeting discussed a wide range of issues pertaining to the maximization of revenue of the department. They urged the department to lift ‘one-year-lease’ system in quarry allotment and minimise the quantity of allotment from 100 CM (given under compulsion) to 50 CM or less against payment of royalty in phase-wise manner.

The quarry owners also moved the local administration to act against illegal collection of money against trading of minor minerals.

It is alleged that the foresters and policemen regularly charge money from the traders even after payment of mining royalty and production of challan for transit pass.

They finally agreed to extend full cooperation with the department in checking royalty evasion in mining of minerals. They also unanimously resolved to ensure payment of mining royalty for each and every career/ vehicle as per rate.



Irony of being a Doctor

[ Dr. Jego Ori ]

During the recent Nepal earthquake, Ram Prasad Sapkota, a doctor from Kathmandu and his Anesthetist wife were in the Operation Theatre when they felt the tremors. However, the couple did not leave the operating room whereas; all the other staff had fled leaving the patient in the OT table. The doctor, though worried about his children at home felt obligated to perform his duty as a doctor and gave more priority to his patient’s life than to himself or his family. There are just so many of these unsung heroes that if one began to mention the story of each one of them, one will end up writing a novel. But sadly, no one cares, everybody thinks that a doctor is only performing his duty.

Once a doctor, Dr Vishwamber Singh had told me that when he was in AIIMS for six years, the kind of things he and his friends went through was unimaginable and too depressing to be expressed in public. Most of the people cannot withstand the routine of a junior resident in Ortho, Gynaecology, Medicine and Surgery in AIIMS. Most of the government hospitals in India are in a pathetic condition. In the recent past, people have raised issues in social media about doctors in our state saying that that they have nowadays became money-minded and often behave rudely. If anyone visits any government hospital in our state, they will realise the kind of facilities the doctors get while taking care of a large number of patients on a daily basis.

Despite physical and mental labour on a daily basis with no Sunday and holidays for years together, doctors today in emergency department face regular neuro-psychological trauma with constant fear of being beaten up by so-called educated relatives of some of the patients.

Many a times a situation arises when the patient was brought dead in emergency and there was nothing that can be done. But the relatives of the patient start to threaten the doctors and hurl all kinds of abuses if they do not do anything. Fearful for their own lives the doctor have to start checking for pulse and give cardio-pulmonary resuscitation etc, for half an hour leaving behind other needy patients, all the while knowing well that all these measures are of no use. Later, we read letters in local dailies by angry relatives who blame the attending doctors of gross negligence and hold them responsible for the deaths.

  Also, during occasions like the December 31 night when everybody is celebrating, the doctors remain busy taking care of the persons who are injured. Often drunken youths hurl shoes and if that does not satisfy them they beat up the hospital staff on duty.

Such incidents are common in different hospitals all over in but no one highlights it, instead we have TV shows where some famous actor talks about treatment protocols. Of course, there are a few bad examples in the profession. There are doctors who do charge excessive fee, prescribe costlier medicines and unnecessary diagnostic tests or carry out inhuman acts of stealing organs but one should not blame the whole medical fraternity.

Every year there is news of suicide committed by one or other medical student. There are such mind numbing pressures that even the most brilliant and intelligent people succumb to it. Doctors are always overachievers, who missed their bus of their adolescence solving multiple choice questions, who began their adult lives spending alternate days with corpses. Who carry bones in their bags and books that break their bones, who spend the prime time of youth in the grime of wards, witnessing a lifetimes share of deaths, who learn about depression but fail to recognise it in themselves, who have no definite college hours, who wear white coats even in the heat of May. Who always neglect the pursuit of other passions. Who sometimes cancel their own vacations, who touch others stool and vomit. Who laugh off their chances of contracting tuberculosis, HIV and other dreaded diseases. Who graduate after their peers have finished post-graduation, who slog for years to earn the letters they are looking  for to suffix it with their name, whose friend have designated them perpetually busy, whose presence at family functions is always greeted with surprise, who are sick of the question what are they going to specialize in? Who have befriended no non medical person since their course began, who date each other and discuss medicine, who will advise others to procreate before thirty but who marry after it. Who have Playstore only for medical apps, who have spent more on medical manuals than meals and movies combined, who feel guilty when they know less than they should, who are hunted by questions that have no answers, who have no choice but to listen. The irony is, nobody wants to understand the making of doctors however, it is time to appreciate our doctors for today is Doctor’s Day. Our Guru always said ‘Treat patient as you treat yourself, take everything seriously, Keep all mental faculties alert and do the best of your patient. May luck and the universe’s blessing be with you, God bless you and your patient’ Happy doctors day to all doctors!! (The writer is an ENT, Specialist at Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun)



CM warns against substandard road restoration works

ITANAGAR, Jun 30: While disclosing that adequate fund for road restoration works has been earmarked, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today asked the department to ensure utmost quality during execution of the works. He issued strictures that the government would not tolerate substandard work and in the process, any agency or individual proved guilty of such practice shall be firmly dealt with.

Concerned over the repeated disruption of surface communication in the state during every monsoon, the CM also asked the department to evolve suitable and sustainable mechanism to contain the recurring issue of road damage. He suggested utilisation of latest technology for durable roads for the state which remains wet and gets rain half the year.

The onset of monsoon has already left trails of devastation in the state, particularly in and around the Capital city, disrupting surface communication, hampering water and electricity supply and throwing lives out of track.

Earlier, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today took stock of the damages caused by the incessant rain in the Capital city since past several weeks. He was accompanied by PWD Minister Gojen Gadi, local MLA Techi Kaso, Commissioners, Secretaries and engineers during his inspection to rain damaged area.

While inspecting the Karsingsa block point at NH 52-A, Tuki directed the concerned department to take up the restoration work on war footing by deploying men and machinery at the vulnerable point. He suggested for construction of a bailey bridge to restore temporary connectivity within a period of 10-15 days so that commuters are given respite from the blockade, while the work on main road connectivity of damaged NH 52-A road could be undertaken simultaneously.

The CM and his team also inspected the Naharlagun-Jullang-Itanagar road and directed the department to make all necessary arrangements to upkeep the only alternate route after NH 52 A connecting the twin capital towns of Itanagar and Naharlagun.

The Chief Minister has appealed the citizens of Arunachal Pradesh to stay alert and vigilant during the monsoons to avoid any untoward incident. He also appealed the people to stop all kinds of earth cutting along the National Highway and sectoral roads during monsoon making it vulnerable for landslides. He issued strict directives to the district administration in this regard.



Court  upholds stay order on expulsion

ITANAGAR, Jun 30: The Court of Civil Judge (Junior Division), Yupia  upheld the order of the Court of Civil Judge (senior division) passed on May 13 last staying the expulsion order issued by APCC against MLA Kalikho Pul.

The court in its judgment on June 18 observed that “the defendant in their written objection failed to discharge the preliminary burden to establish that the show cause notice was served upon the Plaintiff. Hence, order of Ld Civil Judge (Senior Division) dated 13. 05. 2015 staying the order of suspension does not warrant interference and should be continued during the pendency of the case”.

While dismissing the objection petition filed by the defendants  the Court held that “it is a fit case where prima facie case along with balance of convenience goes in favour of the plaintiff. Hence, the order passed by the Ld. Civil Judge (Senior Division) in Misc. Case (J) No. 51 staying the order of plaintiff’s expulsion is hereby continued during the pendency of the case.”

Meanwhile, Pul said the  order manifests that the action of the PCC was totally undemocratic, unjust and illegal which he has been maintaining since the very beginning.  Reaffirming his stand that he has been wrongfully victimised for the personal interest of some individual having deep-rooted political goal, Pul alleged that some particular individuals are surreptitiously using the office of the party organisation for their ulterior motive and vested interest.

“The PCC is not the property of any particular individual empowering him to bend or twist the Constitution and Rules of the party for personal political interest,” Pul said.



CM for judicious and timely implementation of CSS schemes

ITANAGAR, Jun 30: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in a meeting here today to review implementation of Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) stressed the need for expeditious and judicious implementation of all schemes.

He directed the implementing agencies to strictly comply with the CSS guidelines during execution of all schemes.

Tuki highlighted in detail the discussions held and recommendations made in the NITI Aayog Sub-Group meeting recently at New Delhi and urged the departments to align their activities accordingly.

Various issues pertaining to timely submission of UCs, progress of ongoing CSS programmes, issues of fund release from the Centre, state matching share were discussed during the meeting.

The CM categorically directed all the departments to keep close vigil over proper implementation of these programmes while issuing cautions to initiate appropriate actions if found malpractices in the course of their execution.



District Electricity Committee discusses issues on DDUGJY & IPDS

AALO, June 30: The first meeting of the newly constituted District Electricity Committee for West Siang district was organised here today.

Presiding over the meeting, West Siang ADC Tamik Talom Talom disclosed that the committee is formed to review and monitor implementation of all schemes in the power sector being implemented by Arunachal Power Development Agency and executed by the state Department of Power. He urged the members and PRIs to play their respective roles in coordinating the nodal department in executing the schemes under this programme so that the benefit reaches to the rural masses.

In his key note address, Er. Gyati Tada, SE Electrical cum Member Secretary DEC, disclosed that detail DPR on schemes to be taken up in 216 villages  under 12 blocks in West Siang district under Deen Dayal Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna, erstwhile RGGVY, have been formulated for rural areas only. It will cover works relating to 24x7 power supply for non-agriculture consumers and adequate for power supply for agriculture consumers, reduction of AT&C losses and providing access to all rural households, feeder separation, strengthening of sub-transmission and distribution system, micro-grid and off grid distribution network and metering. He said that Integrated Power Development Scheme has been launched with a funding on 85 per cent grant and urban towns having more than 5000 population as per census 2011 shall be eligible under this scheme. The department has submitted draft DPR vetting for Aalo, Basar and Boleng Towns and the Nodal Agency, Power Finance Corporation, has taken up the proposal of Aalo Town (urban towns) having more than ten thousand population in first phase.

Er. Yater Doji, Executive Engineer (E) Aalo also gave detailed deliberation on DDUGJY and IPDS and sought the cooperation of all members to implement the schemes in the district.

Participating in the discussion, Tumpe Ete, ZPM Pubu Yombu expressed the need for early electrification of all villages and improvement of power supply in the district. Stressing the need to adopt all safety measures to avoid major accident in future, he assured to give all cooperation to the implementing agency. Public awareness is a must and land acquisition as per the govt. guidelines be intimated in advance to tie up with the people before execution of the work, he said. DIPRO


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Violation of civil society rights

Core civil society freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly were violated to a significant degree in at least 96 countries during 2014.

According to a report, the two regions of highest concern for defenders of civic space are: Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East and North Africa, which account for over half of the countries counted.

The wide range of issues for which states are showing intolerance is of particular concern. Much of this is linked to the global democratic deficit. Today, while activists engaged in political reform, uncovering corruption and human rights violations continue to be targeted, those defending local communities from land grabs and environmental degradation, as well as those promoting minority group rights have been subjected to various forms of persecution.

Advocacy for equitable sharing of natural resources and workers’ rights is becoming increasingly fraught with danger. Examples abound, from the killings of environmental activists in Brazil to the intimidation of organisations challenging the economic discourse in India, to arbitrary detention of activists opposing oil exploration in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

It is said that freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly, and the right to participate in public affairs, are human rights that enable people to share ideas, form new ones, and join together with others to claim their rights.  Violation of rights of the civil societies  is amounted to  undermining the  collective progress of the world community.




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Need for better relations

Dear Editor,

This letter is regarding the assault on police personnel on May 1 at Joypur under Dibrugarh district Assam. The incidents happened more than one month ago but unfortunately Assam police is still clueless. Neither the accused have been arrested nor has the service weapon of the assaulted officer been recovered. It simply reflects that the Assam police is not performing their duty honestly. In another word there is no good link between Assam and Arunachal police departments. If the police personnel can be beaten so badly, why can’t the accused persons be arrest?

Just imagine what would happen if such incidents happen with the common public? Should we trust Assam police in future?

It is a shame that Assam and Arunachal polices do not share strong relationship. If their relationships were strong then they would have arrested the culprits by helping each other.

However, many incidents have happened in Assam and mostly the victims are Arunachalees. Recently, miscreants tried to set ablaze three people from Arunachal on national highway at Behali.

If any incident happens in any place, we go to the police station because we expect that they will bring justice to us. So I expect the police to give justice to the victims and arrest the culprits.  Such inhuman act in future has to be avoided otherwise god knows who will be the next.


Obang Mize

Jomlo Mongku

West- Siang



Preparedness is the key to managing disasters

Dear Editor,

The recurrence of a major earthquake on May 12 — this time measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale — with its epicentre near Kodari in Nepal, barely a fortnight after the devastating tremor in the landlocked country, has once again raised questions about preparedness for such disasters in the subcontinent. India is divided into five seismic zones, with Zone 5 being the most active and earthquake-prone. The Himalayan regions, the Assam and Burma region, and the Bhuj region in the west fall in this category. While the time of occurrence of a big earthquake cannot be predicted accurately with existing technology, the foreknowledge of potential danger areas can help mitigate the impact of a disaster. The reason for earthquakes occurring in Nepal is known: the movement of the Indian tectonic plate against the Eurasian plate. Along the Himalayas lie two fault-lines: the Main Boundary Thrust and the Main Central Thrust. Running parallel to the Himalayan ranges to a width of 100 km to 120 km, this region has a history of earthquakes. In the last 120 years, there have been four major events: 1897 (Shillong), 1905 (Himachal Pradesh, Kangra), 1934 (Nepal-Bihar border), 1950 (Arunachal Pradesh, then a part of the North East Frontier Agency or NEFA).

The movement of the Indian tectonic plate against the Eurasian plate has created accumulated stress. This stress is released in a manner that makes predicting earthquakes impossible. When a major event happens, part of the stress is released at that point but accumulates in a different part of the belt. Thus there is no natural escape for the region from susceptibility to earthquakes. The best-laid plans for disaster mitigation following quakes can go awry, but some lessons can be learnt from the past. However, as the gap between the occurrence of major earthquakes in a given region could stretch over more than a lifespan, memories can fade and mitigation plans may not be grounded in lived experience. The real advancement that has been made recently in India is, for instance, the setting up of many seismological stations, especially after the Bhuj earthquake of 2001. Measurements from these stations and global positioning system data now tell us the Indian plate is moving north at a speed of 5 centimetres a year. This would contribute to stress accumulation and to seismic activity even in Zones 2, 3 and 4. We need to accept earthquakes as a reality and do everything in our power to redefine development plans, especially in terms of building quake-resistant buildings. There should be systematic resort to “disaster drills” to educate the public on what to do before during and after an earthquake. for this we need well educated disaster manager. Preparedness is the key to managing any more such disasters. People don’t expect disasters to happen. But they do, every day. The more you know and the more you prepare, the better off you will be.


Katon  Lego

Rajiv Gandhi university 



Unfit private universities

Dear Editor,

Really a “questionable state of affairs of the higher education of the state”.

Why do our dear political leaders, the Honourable MLAs wants 3rd class quality of higher education for the future generations?

And why is this govt extending extra favour to these private universities even ignoring expert advice? Will these unfit private universities return back govt’s favour by issuing fake but original degrees for the kits & Kin of the people in the govt?


A Ringside Viewer



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