July 02

Parts of Daporijo flooded by Sigin river

[ Karda Natam ]

DAPORIJO, Jul 1: Swollen Sigin River caused by heavy rain on Sunday midnight created havoc in many areas of Daporijo Township. The affected areas are Sigin Colony, Polo Colony, Dili-Di Colony and Sigumrijo Colony.

On the previous night, flooding in the market areas due to high intensity rain caused heavy loss to the businessmen. Reportedly, huge quantities of rice, sugar, salt etc were damaged in Golden Market and Super Market. Waters also entered in many kutcha houses causing great inconvenience to the dwellers. Many household properties were also damaged due to the flooding.

The under construction bridge over Sigin river to connect Polo Colony with Dili Di Colony and Sigum Rijo was also damaged by water. Fund for the construction of the bridge was managed by the local residents themselves in their own interest, told a resident. Many private flood protection walls were collapsed and damaged due to rain water.


AITF condemns build up by Assam at Radhaso

ITANAGAR, Jul 01: The Arunachal Indigenous Tribes Forum (AITF) vehemently condemned the recent incident of building illegal structures near Radhaso village the within the territory of Arunachal Pradesh on June 28 by the Assam Government purportedly for forest protection camp despite clear-cut Supreme Court’s standing order to maintain status-quo in the disputed areas.  “Such an immature and illegal act on the part of the Assam Government may spark social and communal tension among the peace-loving people of both the state’, AITF stated in a release.  

The AITF warned that in the event of any untoward incident particularly in the inter-states border areas, the Government of Assam would be solely responsible and answerable, the AITF said, and urged the Government of Assam to immediately halt the illegal construction and also remove the recently constructed illegal structures.


Aruni dismisses allegations

ITANAGAR, Jul 01: Reacting to allegation of not handing over official documents and official vehicle, former Chief Councillor Higio Aruni said that official files and documents are kept by the concerned officers and not by the elected leaders. She wanted to know which files were with her. Regarding the official vehicle of the Chief Councillor, she said that no one has contacted her to claim the car back even once.

The councilors of Ward no 2, 4, 25 and 28 may do better than rush to such desperate and extreme measures, Aruni said as she termed the allegations baseless, with an intention to malign her reputation. It would be for the general good if they could concentrate on their work rather than mislead other councilors, she added.


3rd DK Memorial Badminton C’ship in Aug

ITANAGAR, Jul 01: The 3rd Dorjee Khandu Memorial State Open Badminton Championship, 2015 will be conducted at Raj Bhawan Indoor Hall here from August 19 to 23. The championship will be held for both boys and girls (singles and doubles) in the age categories of U-13, U-15, U-19 years and Open Men and Women singles and doubles category.

An organising committee has been constituted for smooth conduct of the championship.  Meanwhile, ASBA has decided that players/members from affiliated districts and clubs will only be allowed to participate in the tournament from this year onwards.  ASBA has also restricted the number of participating players for each district or club to six each (3 boys and equal number of boys) in U-13, U-17, U-19 and open category (3 men and equal number of women). Further, a player will be allowed to participate in two events only.

The affiliated districts and clubs are suggested to confirm their participation on or before July 30.


SBI felicitates four NE social workers to mark Bank Day

ITANAGAR, Jul 01: Sanjay Kumar Magoo, Chief General Manager, State Bank of India, North Eastern Circle, Guwahati, today felicitated four eminent social workers of the North East region, namely, Minoti Barthakur of Assam, Chingmak Khejong of Nagaland, Dr Sangthankima of Mizoram and Hasina Kharbhih of Meghalaya in a function held at ITA Centre, Machkhowa, Guwahati to mark the Bank Day. Bank officials including M K Sahu and Panna Lal Das, both General Managers of the Bank attended the programme. Minoti Barthakur has been working for the cause of cancer prevention, while Chingmak Khejong has been working for the rehabilitation youth and families affected by drug abuse, Dr Sangthankima is a renowned social worker of Mizoram, while Hasina Kharbhih has been working to combat human trafficking.


Board gives top priority to health benefits

ITANAGAR, Jul 01: The Arunachal Pradesh Building and Others Construction Worker Welfare Board (APBOCWWB) largely focused on health benefits which were given to registered workers during its 15th Board meeting held here today. The board meeting was chaired by Chairman cum MLA Nyamar Karbak and attended by Secretary Ojing Darung, and other staffs including various stake holders. During the meeting, the board has decided to introduce Iron Folic Acid (IFA) tablets for pregnant women of the board including registered workers and operation of smart card and ISO certification. In a release it said that board will provide IFA tablets to pregnant women registered with the board under proper medical guidance to all nursing mothers. The board also discussed other schemes for registered workers such as death, medical and education benefits.

Speaking in the meeting, Board Chairman, Nyamar Karbak appealed to all the members to participate in awareness camps as resource persons to guide the workers so that they may get benefits. Prospect of regularisation of board officers and staffs were also discussed during the meeting. The board members also warned of stringent action for the irregular staffs.


Awareness campaign against drugs abuse

AALO, Jul 01: An awareness campaign on health and hygiene and against drugs abuse and trafficking was organised by Mother’s Vision at Yeggo Colony as part of its month-long campaign at Aalo town.

The camp emphasised on childcare among parents, drug abuse, trafficking and rehabilitation of the drug addicts.

Two members from each sector/colony have been selected as members to keep constant touch with the NGO. Aalo DIPRO.


Centenary run organised to mark 100 years of ZSI

ITANAGAR, Jul 01: Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), Arunachal Pradesh Regional Centre today organised a Centenary run to mark the year-long celebration of completion of 100 years of the dedicated service of the ZSI to the nation.

Dr. Yogesh, PCCF (WL & BD), Arunachal Pradesh flagged off the century run which started from Senki Valley to Gohpur Tinali and back to ZSI.

Later participating in the Foundation Day celebration at the ZSI conference hall which was presided over by State Forest Research Institute director, N Tam, the ZSI Scientists and other invited resource persons from the Environment & Forests department dealt in detailed about the faunal diversity of the state and the contributions made by ZSI in documenting and inventorying the fauna of India in general and Arunachal Pradesh in particular.

It is worth mentioning here that ZSI was established on 1st July, 1916 to promote survey, exploration, research and documentation leading to the advancement in knowledge on various aspects of animal taxonomy of the Indian subcontinent.


Allocate funds for road maintenance

ITANAGAR, Jul 01: Itanagar Ward No.9 Councilor Pakyum Tagung has called for the attention of the PWD (WZ) CE towards the problems being faced by the people residing at Panchali, Mowb-II, Lobi and Senki View area due to the washing away of portions of road along with four culverts and drainage system from ‘O’ point Tinali to Panchali via Museum road.

The Councilor claimed that the road has remained unused for over a year causing much inconveniences to the residents besides, creating traffic congestion and further appealed the PWD (WZ) CE to allocate adequate funds for maintenance of the said road at the earliest.


Maintain Poma-Basarnallo road

ITANAGAR, Jul 01: Claiming that heavy unprecedented rainfall had disrupted road communication between Poma to Basarnallo under Sangdupota, the All Sangdupota Circle Youth Association (ASCYA) in a release today appealed the local MLA to initiate early steps for immediate maintenance of the said road.

The ASCYA president Nabam Tahi in a letter today informed that culverts on the road, which is only 30Kms away from the Capital Complex has been washed away due to rainfall triggered landslides making it difficult to cross the road between Gohpur and Sangdupota. ‘The washing away of the road has been causing much inconvenience to the local people especially, during medical emergency and carrying of essential items like ration’, informed Tahi.

He also rued the absence of proper telecom services in the circle and appealed both the MLA and administration to address the issue at the earliest.


Health Workers Training Camp

ITANAGAR, Jul 01: Seeing the need of health services in Soha circle of Tirap district, Arunachal Vikas Parishad conducted a five day training camp on Village Health Worker course for the youths of nearby villages to train them on primary health, hygiene awareness, first-aid in last week of June.  Dr R.N Mishra of AVP guided the camp as resource person. Participants from six villages have undergone the training. Besides this camp, AVP served the people of the area by conducting six free health camps in six villages treating 191 patients and distributed free medicines.


Meeting on BADP project proposal

ROING, Jul 01: A meeting was held in Roing to discuss about the projects proposed under Border Area Development Programme for the year 2015-16. The projects were proposed by the elected representatives of Hunli-Desali CD Block which is covered under BADP Programme on need based basis.

DC Roing Shiv Kumar, while chairing the meeting has directed the heads of various line departments to make feasibility reports of the proposed projects within a week and asked them to avoid duplicity in the projects. He further suggested that instead of taking up minor works like CC Pathways, Security Fencing, etc, tangible infrastructure development projects should be taken up under BADP for optimum benefit of the people.

The meeting was attended by Rajneesh Gupta, SP, Jally Umpo, SDO incharge Hunli Sub-Division, Mama Miso, ZPM Hunli-Desali CD Blocks, and heads of various departments.


Rains damages paddy fields in Pistana

ITANAGAR, Jul 01: Zilla Parishad Member (ZPM) of Pistana circle informed that the recent heavy rains has damaged all the paddy fields besides triggering massive landslides due to which the people of the circle are suffering a lot. The ZPM appealed to the concern department to take immediate necessary actions to relieve the affected people.


District co-ordination committee meeting

ITANAGAR, Jul 01: A meeting of the District Co-ordination Committee of the education department was held at Solung ground in Pangin here on Monday.

Principals, headmasters, district coordinators, DAEOs, BEOs, BRCCs, CRCs and teachers attended the programme, wherein they discussed issues to bring quality education in the newly created Siang district. It was also decided in the meeting to supervise and ensure regular monitoring all the flagship programmes by the district monitoring team.  


EE denies allegation

ITANAGAR, Jul 01: The Executive Engineer (EE) of Tali PWD Division has denied any irregularity or misappropriation fund meant for construction of Tamen-Tali Road from 49 km to 60 km point (Ph-II).

Terming the allegation of misappropriation of fund leveled against Tali PWD division by Talam Abu Society as baseless and untrue, the EE of the concern PWD division informed that the formation cutting, soiling and drain works of the Tamen-Tali road from 49 km to 60 km point under NLCPR scheme (Ph-II) are progressing well.

The work being done by M/s Tunia Commercial at a project cost of Rs. 8 crore is regularly monitored by Road Monitoring Committee from Guchi, Gimba and Tungmar villages to ensure quality, the EE said. Payment to the firm is made as per physical achievement at site, he said, adding that Rs. 5.70 Crore has been utilised during March 2015. The remaining work will be completed within the stipulated period and cost as per the tender agreement, he said.

The scheduled time for completion of the work is December 30, 2016 as per tender agreement, the EE said.


Compensation sought for dead electrician

DAPORIJO, Jul 01: Tape Natam (42), a member of Tam Tadu Welfare Society (TTWS), who had been suffering from prolonged illness due to a massive electric shock he received in 2006 that almost disabled him, breathed his last on June 27, informed TTWS.

Reportedly, he suffered the electric shock when he came in contact with a live wire while performing duty as an electrician. He was the lone bread winner for his family and has left behind his wife, four daughters and two sons.

Meanwhile, the Society appealed to the power department to provide compensation to the bereaved family.


Relief materials distributed

SAGALEE, Jul 01: Utensils, raincoats and grocery items like sugar, tea leaves etc were distributed to the Jun 27th flood victims during a relief camp organised by the 15th Sagalee Assembly Constituency AYC here on Tuesday.

APYC General Secretary Nabam Nakam provided stationery items to 20 students who had lost their study materials in the devastating flood, which had displaced at least 10 families. The relief materials were sponsored by APYC president Nyamar Karbak.


Social Service conducted

DAPORIJO, Jul 01: All Arunachal Pradesh Government Departmental Labour Union, Upper Subansiri District unit organised a mass social service at Deputy Commissioner and Election Office premises here yesterday.

All the members of AAPGDLU Upper Subansiri District unit and staff of the two establishments participated in the social service. AAPGDLU informed that such social service will be continued regularly on routine basis.




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Encroachment deserves condemnation

Overcoming all odds, a team of Papum Pare district administration had managed to reach the encroached site at Radaso on June 29 and found that DFO Sonitpur, Assam was supervising the illegal construction works. Papum Pare DC Tai Kaye strongly protested against the illegal construction in violation of directives of competent authority to maintain the status quo. The DC rightly said the encroachment dishonours the intervention of the Supreme Court into the inter-state boundary dispute by constituting the 3-Member Local Boundary Commission which has already submitted it's report favouring the claims of Arunachal.

The illegal act of the Assam authority has compelled the Union Home Ministry to intervene. It has sought a report on the action taken by the Govts of Assam and Arunachal as it called for maintenance of status quo. The Arunachal Govt also 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.

In the meantime, several organizations of the state condemned illegal encroachment inside Arunachal territory and appealed the Assam Government to stop the construction of the beat house.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki had  rightly said 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. Tuki had asserted that both the state governments have to maintain extreme caution to avoid any flare up of tension and maintain peace and tranquility in the area.

As the state Govt said 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, the people of both the states living along the inter-state boundary should maintain calm and allow the governments to resolve the issue amicably.




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Thanks for the concern

Dear Editor,

I would like to convey my gratitude to the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh for showing concern for the newest railway passengers who otherwise were given a raw deal. I am of the opinion that there would be many who feel the same since benefits are shared.

I think good things can happen when the one in the highest levels genuinely feel for the general public.

Hope the Railways would keep it up and continue to maintain the normal standard at least.


A beneficiary, Guwahati



Look for a permanent solution

Dear Editor,

I would like to ventilate my anguish towards construction of Assam forest Protection Camp at Radhaso, Papum Pare. My question is why Assam govt is putting salt in the raw wound? Arunachalee never encroached any part of Assam nor constructed any kind of hut under their forest.

Our state have always maintained decorum, peace and tranquillity. We all know that our beloved People of Tarasso is facing lots of problems due to heavy rain and flash flood and  all kinds of commu-nication has been cut off.

Just imagine how they are managing their live hood and this is the time for students’ admission.

Due to some untoward incidents at Tarasso few years back, the people of that area avoided using the road via Assam. Even before the raw wound has dried up, the Assam forest Official is constructing a forest Protection Camp at Radhaso, which is inside Arunachal.

I appreciate the district administration for their boldness and reaching ground zero.

Before little spark spread like a wild fire, I would like to appeal concern authority of the state to look into the matter and bring out a permanent solution to the Arunachal- Assam boundary problems.


Tacha Ningee, RGU



Misuse of CM universal Health insurance card

Dear Editor,

I want to throw some light on the exploitation made in the name of CM universal Health Insurance in the capital city. My father-in-law was admitted to the state hospital and the doctor prescribed five cartons of medicine and injections a day before he was discharged.  My father-in-law was discharged the next day with all 5 cartons of medicines which were of no more use. I was packing those medicines in order to return it to the pharmacy and in the meantime, a staff from the hospital asked me to donate those medicines for the use of poor people in hospital.

I was upset to hear that but for the sake of humanity, I gave all the 5 cartoons of medicines. Later, some medicines were left with me which I decided to return to the pharmacist. But to my shock he refused stating that deduction in the card has already been done hence, cannot be taken back. When I returned back to the patient’s hall to complete the formalities of discharge, they informed me that it is a usual process. All indoor patients donate all their remaining medicines for the hospital use as the pharmacists refuses to take back.

Here I doubt foul play. The beneficiaries of CM universal Health Insurance are allotted a limited amount of Rs 2 lakhs only. Prescribing unnecessary medicines in bulk at the last minute of discharge and the attitude of pharmacies not to accept the unused medicines forcing the patients to donate the remaining medicines to the hospital unnecessarily increases the expenditure on the card.  It is exploitation of the beneficiaries and a matter of great concern.

I wonder how many beneficiaries might have been exploited through such process. It also makes us wonder about the possibility of mal-practices within the hospital administrations, pharmacies and other medical institutions.

I appreciate the Government of Arunachal Pradesh for bringing out this project which is a boon benefitting the citizens in the state and moreover a precious hope for the people living Below Poverty Line.

At the same time, I would like to appeal the state government and the authorities concern to check the matter at earliest so that such unsolicited act or leakage may be prevented and maximum benefits assured may be used to the optimum. If such exploitation is not checked, I fear even a minor illness may cost the entire assured sum at one go. So, I appeal every beneficiary of CM universal health insurance scheme not to use the card for minor illness as it will surely exhaust sum assured quickly.





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News Impact

High level security meeting

Governor seeks better cooperation amongst security forces

ITANAGAR, Jul 01: Addressing a high level security meeting at Raj Bhawan today, the Arunachal Pradesh Governor emphasised on better cooperation amongst the security forces and all stake holders. Governor JP Rajkhowa stressed on synergy amongst security forces and real-time intelligence sharing. The Governor advised the security forces to take special care for the women, children and senior citizens during counter insurgency operation and utmost discipline.

The meeting convened to discuss on various security issues in the State including law and order, insurgency and drug menace saw participation of officers of the state govt, Army, paramilitary forces and narcotics.

Participating in the meeting, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said that Arunachal Pradesh is a peaceful State and all must contribute to maintain it. He added that insurgency of the State is not home grown.

State Home Minister Tanga Byaling also spoke on the occasion.

Parliamentary Secretary Home Likha Saaya, Principal Secretary Home, Dharmendra Sharma, State Director General of Police S. Nithianandan and Commissioner (Tax, Excise and Narcotics) T.T. Gamdik attended the meeting. Lt. General Bipin Rawat, GOC, 3 Corps, Dimapur, Maj General Sunil Srivastava, GOC 56 Div, Maj General Sandeep Sharma, GOC 2 Div, Praveen Kumar, Zonal Director, Narcotics Control Board, Guwahati, Anil Kumar Negi, IGP (SSB), R.K.D. Singh, IGP, ITBP, Shillong, Bhupendra Kumar, DIG, CRPF, Dibrugarh, Saurabh Dubey Deputy Commissioner, Special Bureau and Ankaj Sharma, Joint Deputy Director, SIB were also present in the high level security meeting.(PRO, RAJBHAVAN)



State BJP calls on Rajnath, reiterates demand for probe into misuse of fund

ITANAGAR, Jul 01: A delegation of BJP and JAC lead by Opposition BJP leader Tamiyo Taga, JAC Chairperson, Tame Phassang called on Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on June 30 and reiterated its demand for institution of a high-level impartial enquiry either through agencies like CBI or CVC so as to unearth the alleged financial scandal involving Relief and Rehabilitation and Disaster Management Scheme amounting to Rs. 333.29 Cr received under NDRF & SDRF.

In its memorandum, opposition leader Tamiyo Taga also sought investigation into the details of the project and district wise utilization of the funds amounting to Rs. 238.55 Crore.

While referring to its previous memorandum submitted jointly by all the eleven elected BJP legislators of  the state on April 9 last regarding alleged gross corruption and siphoning of central fund for Relief and Disaster Management Programme under National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) from the financial years 2011-2012 to 2014-2015 by the state Government, the memorandum  said  that the state government during the financial years starting from 2011 to 2015 has received an amount to the tune of Rs. 571.84 Cr from the GOI under NDRF & SDRF which includes the state matching share. “The total fund utilized as per RTI information furnished by the government is only Rs. 238.55 Cr. Thus, substantial amount to the tune of Rs. 333.29 Cr has been scandalously concealed and kept undisclosed by the government”, the memorandum said.

After more than two months since the submission of the earlier memorandum on April 9 requesting for thorough and impartial investigation into the corruption and fraudulent appropriation of funds under NDRF & SDRF, no action has been initiated till date, the memorandum said



Arunachal joins launch of Digital India week with awareness Prog on e-governance

ITANAGAR, Jul 01: Arunachal Pradesh today joined the launching of the ‘Digital India Week’ by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Meanwhile various districts of the state chalked out awareness programme on e-governance to observe  the Digital week in a grand manner.  

At Tezu, Deputy Commissioner Nyabin Ete, SP Ved Prakas Surya, Govt officers, Gaon Burahs and Panchayat members participated in the nation-wide launch of Digital India Week through Video Conferencing here today.

Meanwhile, the administration chalked out various programmes such as district level essay writing competition for both junior and senior  school students on the topic, ‘Digital India- The need of the hour’ and district level quiz competition for students on the topic ‘Digital India Week’  to mark the Digital India Week in Lohit district. At Roing, Lower Dibang Valley district administration with support of National Informatics Centre has organised an awareness programme for Govt officers here to mark the beginning of Digital India Week from today.

Presiding over the programme, Lower Dibang Valley Deputy Commissioner Shiv Kumar informed that the vision of Digital India is centered around three key areas, namely, Digital Infrastructure as a utility to every citizen, Governance and services on demand and Digital Empowerment of Citizens.

Highlighting the initiatives under the Digital India programme which aims to provide broadband highways under which all Gram Panchayats are to be connected through high speed broadband by 2016-17, universal access to mobile connectivity, public internet access programme, e-governance: Reforming government through technology, eKranti - Electronic delivery of services, Information for all, Electronics manufacturing: Target net zero imports, IT for jobs and early harvest programmes, the DC called upon the HoDs to update themselves with latest technologies and cooperate in successful implementation of the programme towards a Digital India.

Yagru Linggi, District Informatics Officer while highlighting about Digital India, requested all the govt. staffs to register for digital lockers saying that the Ministry is monitoring the status of registered Digital Locker. Since most of them are Aadhaar based Biometric Systems, Aadhaar registration is mandatory, he informed.

W Namshoom, ADIO NIC, highlighted about the Digital India, Digital Lockers and Jeevan Pramaan.

He informed that during the week-long Digital India programme, essay writing, drawing, painting and debate competitions on Digital India/Information Technology will be held in various schools in the district headquarter.  

At Koloriang, Kurung Kumey district also joined the nation in launching of Digital India Week today. Under the initiatives of the district administration, Govt officers and officials of the district witnessed the live telecast of the launching of the Digital India Week by Prime Minister. Meanwhile, a sensitisation programme for the Govt officers on e-governance was organised to mark the beginning of the Digital Week. Er Tai Paha of the NIC unit highlighted the e-governance facilities being implemented in Arunachal Pradesh.

The administration also decided to organised various programmes including quiz competitions and Essay Writing competition at Higher Secondary school level across the district to mark the Digital India Week.  DIPROs



Maiden full length Nyishi film to hit entertainment world soon

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jul 01: A pall of gloom descends over the family of engineer N Tapi who was terminated from his service last week for dereliction of duties…… Tapi, despite having his wife and a daughter, indulged in an extra marital affair with a young girl for whom he used to bunk office regularly.

This is the story line of the maiden full-length Nyishi feature film Mwngkar – the realisation, which revolves around polygamy, being practiced in Arunachalee society since time immemorial, which has invited doomsday for many people like Tapi.  The film is set to send a louder message to the people who practiced polygamy and its ill effects on their family members besides to the young girls who without verifying the integrity of the person fall in love without a second thought.

A potpourri of romance, comedy and tragedy scenes, the film is highly dipped in melodious songs and the locations of the shooting in pristine sites throughout the NE states, has created an ambience that has never been witnessed in any other films of the state.

Produced by Chopa Cheda and his better half Mepung Cheda with co-producers Bukhe Flago and Tage Dodum under the banner of Abo Shambo Film Production House, the film has been directed by renowned director Shambo Flago, who has the credit of directing over six films in his kitty.

The film is all set to be released simultaneously in all the districts of the state this July and in other parts of the country as the film has included sub-titles for easy understanding for a larger audience. The film with duration of 150 minutes is produced in high definition with Dolby sound effects.

With Nabam Sonil and Taba Reema in the lead roles, the film also served a platform for new talents including Tab Mona, Talo Babing, Rana Konya and child artist Pungyeng Cheda to showcase their hidden talents besides singers Nabam Tateji, Toko Yappa Welly, Flago Pema and Nabam Abo who would surely enthrall the audience with the melodious voice. Nabam Abo is also looking after the cinematography part of the film.

“We are expecting a high response from the people of the state as the film is a departure from the past, is all set to give a new taste to the audience, as it deals with a social issue like polygamy, a chronic disease of the Arunachalee society”, commented Producer Chopa Cheda.

Chopa said, the film would certainly inspire the younger generations with the high-packed action and comedy scenes besides serving as a moral for the young girls of the state.

“The film is an effort to educate the society on the social impacts of polygamy and the condition how the family members bear the brunt”, director of the film Shambo Flago pointed out.

He said, there were many efforts being carried out to educate the people on the ill effects of polygamy through awareness programme, but creating awareness through entertainment medium is more effective.

Another producer Mepung disclosed that the film would provide a moral to the males of the state on polygamy and its effects.

Lead actor Nabam Sonil while revealing his maiden experience in the entertainment world said that he was dumb stuck on working in the film with a new idea and hoped that it would surely hit the soul of the audience.

Taba Reema, the lead female character of the film, who worked in several video albums and films said, “I am overwhelmed to get the opportunity to work in the film with a new concept which will surely hit the minds of film aficionados of the state as well as the country.



Diinsopping released

[ Taro Chatung ]

ITANAGAR, Jul 01: The premier show of Apatani science fiction film ‘Diinsopping’ was held at Dree Ground, Ziro yesterday.

The shooting of the action packed film was done in a thick forest and its post production works like graphics, animation etc were done by Dani Rabin.

Though all of them are new and first timers, the production group members have done excellent job, be it in camera or post production works, which deserve appreciation from all.

The film tells story of a group of research students, who go to the Jungle to study Himalayan Reptiles. The land reptiles attack them in their camp in the jungle and they run for their lives. While chasing them, the herd of giant reptiles (Dinosaurs) enter into Apatani valley and destroy several establishments and kill some people. The administration then call the Air Force and ultimately the animals are killed in air strike. The film, which has been released for commercial show today, is expected to do good business.

The film is produced by Pura H Tabiyo and directed by Dani Raving. The main female and male are played by Pura Moniya and Purah Tabiyo.

Er. Lyagi Miri, Vice-President, Tanii Supung Dukung the Apex Body of Apatani community, Nani Sambyo, Chairman Apatani Cultural Literary Society, Taro Chatung, President, Arunachal Film Federation and other invitees and cast & crew members of the film were present during the premier show.

Meanwhile, another Apatani film titled “Hiimii” meaning widow was also released on June 30 at Govt. Middle School, Reru, Old Ziro by Nani Lalyang, Chairperson, Dilyang Diibo Society, Ziro.

The film is produced and directed by Subu Gambo. Gambo has so far produced and directed seven Apatani films including “Hiimii”.



Vermicompost answer to food insecurity: Wangsu

ITANAGAR, Jul 01: Vermicompost can be the answer in finding solution to food and financial insecurities looming large over tribal communities, said Kanubari MLA cum Chairman, State Council for Science and Technology, Gabriel D. Wangsu while interacting with a group of young entrepreneurs and leaders on Sunday last. Chief Minister’s Agriculture Mechanization Programme too cannot be complete without the popular use of vermicompost, especially by the local populace, he said. Appreciating local entrepreneur Ngunkhaw Ngandam for showing the way by setting up a vermicompost unit at remote Pongchau, bordering Myanmar, the MLA urged the educated unemployed to take up agriculture and horticulture seriously and boost production through massive use of the organic manure.

Wangsu, who visited the vermicompost unit at Pongchou alongwith ZPM Jyae Wangsu and BCC office bearers among others, assured all help for those keen to venture into this field, still new in this part of the region.

In this regard terrace cultivation would be aggressively encouraged besides producing organic manure, the MLA said while suggesting convergence of different disciplines especially agriculture, horticulture, water resources and animal husbandry at the foothill areas.

Jhum cultivation has caused extensive damage to the environment since our people had adopted this traditional slash-and-burn method only in search of fertility of soil. However, terracing of hilly areas with extensive use of vermicompost can do wonder and the tribal communities can become food producer once they start using vermicompost, he added.



Indiscipline among students intolerable’, Wangsu

ITANAGAR, Jul 01: Indiscipline and irregularities cannot be tolerated in an educational institution, MLA Gabriel D. Wangsu said while suggesting action including rustication from school against any breach of rules by students.

Addressing a meeting of the management committee of Govt. HS School at Kanubari on Monday, Wangsu, who is also Chairman, State Council for Science and Technology, disallowed hostel accommodation till renovation of all the hostel buildings and construction of boundary wall around the school complex was done.

Calling upon all sections of the society to be united in securing perfect ambience for boosting academic excellence, the MLA said education institution should be kept free from politics and vested interests.

Advocating compulsory parent-teachers’ meeting (PTM) at regular interval, Wangsu sought active involvement of parents in nurturing the students in pursuit of academic excellence. Expressing shock over the serious damages caused to the school facilities including the hostel buildings, the MLA also inspected renovation works and the new toilets at the school constructed under MLALAD fund.

Kanubari ADC SS Choudhury, who chaired the meeting, appreciated the teaching community led by principal Rina, for putting the best effort despite numerous challenges and added there should be no compromise with the rules and regulations of a school.

Earlier, principal Rina threw light on various problems confronting the school and sought cooperation from all sections of the society.

A good number of local public leaders and chiefs besides ZPMs Mitali Wangjen, Wangrang Wangjen and Jyae Wangsu who attended the meeting, also spoke and suggested strict measures to improve the condition of the school especially in disciplining the students.

Expressing grave concern over reports of vandalism and absence including social disharmony, they sought a total ban on social gathering and such other functions.



Amnesty slams India on AFSPA; wants probe on disappearances

In a report that called for an end to the use of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Jammu and Kashmir, human rights group Amnesty International has released a detailed report on the basis of 58 case studies of alleged excesses by the armed forces in the State.

The report, which is likely to spark a strong response from the government, recommends that India withdraw AFSPA, turn over cases of alleged human rights violations and disappearances to civil courts, and invite the UN Special Rapporteur and the UN Working Group on disappearances to visit with “unimpeded access” to victims and witnesses.

“By not addressing human rights violations committed by security force personnel in the name of national security, India has not only failed to uphold its international obligations, but has also failed its own Constitution,” said Minar Pimple, senior director of global operations at Amnesty International, while releasing the report in New Delhi on Wednesday. “Impunity only breeds further violence and alienation, making it more difficult to combat abuses by armed groups,” he said.

The report — “Denied: Failures in accountability for human rights violations by security force personnel in Jammu &Kashmir” — suggests that the government has neutralised all the allegations with AFSPA’s Section 7, which allows the armed forces to kill anyone in the State on the basis of a mere suspicion.

Amnesty researchers had interviewed the family members in the 58 cases and they said they hold the armed forces responsible for the deaths of their dear ones at various stages of the 25-year-long Kashmir conflict.



Mega plantation on Siang bank

[ Prafulla Kaman ]

PASIGHAT, Jul 01: The Sarvajanik Siang Aarti Mahotsav Committee (SSAMC) of Pasighat in

collaboration with Adi Baane Kebang (Woman) today launched a plantation programme on account of Van Mahotsava.

East Siang Deputy Commissioner, Nidhi Srivastava planted a Gulmohur sapling on the banks of Siang river and suggested the organisers to take proper care of the planted saplings to ensure survival. The programme was followed by cleaning in and around the Children Park and the river bank, where several hundred participants planted sapling of different species. Participating in the riverbank plantation programme, Pasighat East MLA, Kaling Moyong underlined the need of plantation for livelihood management and mitigation of climatic changes. Stating that central government is putting special attention on cleanliness and promotion of greenery in the country, he appealed the civil society members to engage themselves in massive plantation activities to protect the local environment from degradation.

Pasighat DFO (T) Tabang Jamoh suggested the organisers to conduct mass awareness programme on the need of plantation and encourage the common people to plant trees.

Expressing his enthusiasm for public participation, SSAMC president, Makpak Peyang said that the massive plantation aims to protect the historical Pasighat town from the grip of mighty Siang river and to keep the area clean and green.


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