July 05

RGU results

ITANAGAR, Jul 4: In continuation of declaration of examination results in a phase-wise manner, RGU today declared the results of B.Com. (IInd and IIIrd Year annual) (Pass&Hon), B.Com (IInd semester and IVth semester) and B.Sc. (IIIrd year annual) (Pass&Hon) examinations. Result of other examinations will be declared later, stated a RGU release.


Relief to Miao fire victims

CHANGLANG, Jul 4: All the 10 fire victims of Miao fire incident were provided immediate financial assistance of Rs.4000 each by the local administration today.

Relief to nine victims with partially damaged shops will be provided after assessing the damage.

The administration has formed a team to assess the properties damaged or lost in the fire for onward submission to the Govt.  

Administration appealed to the citizens to take all possible precautionary measure to avoid such incidents in future. DIPRO


Dengue in Psg, dept prepared

ITANAGAR, Jul 04: Few cases of Dengue have been detected in and around Pasighat, East Siang. The department is fully geared up to tackle the situation, said Dr. Mandip Perme, DMO while speaking at an event today at Pasighat.

All preventive measures are being taken up and fogging has been started in the township.

The main preventive measure to check the spread of Malaria and Dengue is not to give space for breeding to the mosquitoes. Society as a whole should participate and help to check and control the disease, said the DMO as he appealed people to allow DDT to be sprayed inside the houses.


CM and Governor Dree greetings

ITANAGAR, Jul 04: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa has extended warm greetings to the people of the State in general and the Apatani community in particular on the auspicious occasion of the Dree Festival. The Governor expressed hope that the festivity would usher in inter-community friendly relation, peace and prosperity in the State.   

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has also extended warm greetings on Dree festival. In his festival message, CM conveyed his deep sense of appreciation to the community for safeguarding and promoting the rich Apatani culture and tradition and passing it to the younger generation.

Tuki believed that Dree would bring with it communal harmony, peace, serenity and prosperity in the state besides spreading brotherhood in the society.


Misappropriation of fund alleged

ITANAGAR, Jul 04: One Nyikpu Nyicyor of Siberite village demanded enquiry into alleged misappropriation of NHPC fund for development activities for project affected Siberite and Gengi villages under Gensi circle and to stop release of the pending amount to the concerned authority till the enquiry is over.

In a letter to the Chief Secretary, Nyicyor said that the NHPC, the construction agency of the Lower Subansiri Hydro Electric project, had  released an estimated amount of Rs 3981.78 lakh  for construction of  roads from Tango to Siberijo, Sibe to Tahrap and  from Taramori to Tango   after an agreement with project affected villages in 2001.  According the complainant, the PWD Gensi division started construction works from 2012.

However, he alleged that the construction agency did not maintain quality works as per DPR and bills have been drawn in surreptitious manner by contractors. He further alleged that there was no third party monitoring to ascertain the quality of the works.

The complainant further claimed that the project affected people have approached the West Siang Deputy Commissioner demanding quality works in development activities but did not yield ant result. Therefore, Nyicyor requested the Chief Secretary to direct the West Siang DC not to release the pending amount of Rs 14 crore (approx) before an enquiry by a vigilance committee into the misappropriation of fund is conducted.


Misuse of fund alleged

ITANAGAR, Jul 4: The Arunachal Pradesh Government Departmental Labours’ Union (AAPGDLU)   has alleged that Longding Forest Division, Kanubari has misused the fund meant for the payment of wages of casual workers from January to March 2015. It wrote a letter to the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest in this regard seeking early release of the wages.


ABKLSU opposed to NGO running of KGBV Bameng

ITANAGAR, Jul 4: The All Bameng Khenewa & Lada Students’ Union (ABKLSU) is opposed to running of KGBV Bameng by NGOs and has demanded that the school be run under DDSE Seppa.

The union gave a memorandum to Director, SSA Rajya Sabha in this regard and said that the school was run by an NGO for two years which created lot of problems for the students as well as the school staff.


BJP state unit misleading people:AAPPTF

ITANAGAR, Jul 4: The All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Forum (AAPYF) has alleged that the BJP state unit is misleading people by demanding financial emergency in the state and in the meantime also asking the Centre not to release fund for the state.

It appealed BJP state unit to join hands with the state government to improve financial condition of the state.


Awareness campaign on health and hygiene held

ITANAGR, Jul 4: An awareness campaign on health and hygiene and an education tour was organised by Gangte Circle Youth Association (GCYA) in Kra-Daadi district from June 30 to July 3.

The association provided medicines to people suffering from common diseases such as cough, stomach ache, headache and joint pain.

During the tour, the association found out that many health sub centres in the area do not have medical staff and medicines.


Computer course under DIW

SEPPA, Jul 4: Around 40 students of 9th to 12th standard from Govt. Schools here are undergoing computer training under Digital India Week (DIW) at DPDO, office here. The teams of resource person headed by DIO Gaurav Kumar are imparting training to the students.

Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kumar Singh while interacting with the trainee students advised them to maintain discipline with decent dressing in their daily life. He also advised them to study hard to excel in examination and to compete in the competitive examinations in future.

He, however, said that learning computer is necessary and useful but academics is the primary duty for a student. DIPRO


DIW week continues at Pasighat

ITANAGAR, Jul 04: As part of the Digital India Week, a district level painting competition for students of class IX and X on the topic Universal Digital Literacy and an essay competition for class XI & XII on the subject Digital India-its vision challenges and opportunities was held in D. Ering Memorial Higher Secondary School Pasighat. As informed by T. Devaraj Singh DIO, students from various schools from in and around Pasighat took part in the competition. DIPRO


Release payments: APPSU

ITANAGAR, Jul 04: AAPSU has urged minister’s in charges of various works departments in the state to immediately release the payments of all genuine contractors at the earliest. It is “high time for all the parents and guardians to enroll their wards in academic institutions”, said its president Kamta Lapung while appealing for early release of funds.

Meanwhile, APPSU has appreciated Jambey Tashi Parliamentary Secretary for RWD for getting Rs 108 cr from the centre for the PMGSY contractors of the state.


E-waste awareness programme

ITANAGAR, Jul 04:  The Department of Information Technology and Communication, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh has conducted ‘E-Waste’ awareness programme and cleanliness drive on the fourth day of the ‘Digital India Week’ celebration today at its office premises.

Director of the Department requested its staff to contribute in achieving the goal of ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’.

Joint Director IT, Deputy Director IT and Head SeMT were also present and participated enthusiastically in the cleanliness drive.


Training held on portal for submission and tracking

ITANAGAR, Jul 04: A one day training programme on Portal for submission and tracking the status of application seeking prior approval of central Govt, under Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 was held today at Conference Hall of PCCF, Environment & Forest Department. Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar. The training was held with an objective to build capacity of the field staffs and the user agencies to process the applications and tracking the status of diversion proposals online while seeking diversion of forest land for non-forest purpose.

The programme was attended by Chief Conservator of Forests, Divisional Forest Officers, Range Forest Officers and representatives from various User Agencies, besides official from NIC and BSNL and discussed the problem of connectivity in various district headquarters. The training was imparted by IFS officer M.S. Negi of Ministry of Environment and Forestry and R.K. Pathak, Sr. Technical Director, NIC.

Dr. Shashi Kumar, IFS PCCF & Prl. Secretary (E&F), Dr. Yogesh, IFS PCCF (WL&BD) were among others who attended the training programme.


Mass tree plantation at Bomdila

BOMDILA, Jul 4: A mass plantation drive was carried out under the aegis of Green Saviour, Arunachal, a Bomdila based NGO at Bomdila to mark the 66th Vanamahotsava celebration.

Around 450 fruit bearing trees, like Apple and Illicium Graffiti, locally known as Lishi, were planted at RR Hills here.

This was a part of the effort for promoting Green Bomdila Initiative of the NGO in collaboration with 2nd Division of Arunachal Scouts under Lt. Col A.J Sampath and Major Ankur Pratap and Divisional Forest Office Bomdila.

Taking part in the plantation programme, Bomdila EAC Tungge Loya and DFO Tasso Sira highlighted the importance of conservation of forest and the benefits of afforestation. Both the EAC and DFO urged people to save forests for maintaining the ecological balance.

The saplings for the plantation was provided by Range Forest Office of Shergaon Forest Division, informed Chairman of the NGO Lobsang Tsering.

Similar plantation programme will also be carried out on June 5 and July 7 in and around Bomdila Township, said Secretary of the NGO Dr. Rinchin Megeji. He called upon all to be part of its endeavor. DIPRO


Tiger 7 Football Tournament kicks off

ITANAGAR, Jul 4: The Summer Cup 2015 Tiger 7 Football Tournament organised by Itanagar Soccer Club was kicked off by Itanagar Market Welfare Association, (IMWA) President Yumlam Achung and General Secretary Biri Basang at Kendriya Vidayalaya (KV) No 2, Chimpu here today.

A total of 17 teams from different parts of Capital Complex are participating in the tournament.

The opening match was played between Yumlam Achung SC Sr versus Sartam Tame FC.

Speaking on the occasion, Achung said that games and sport are parts of our life and we can also make career out of sports. Youths are the future of our state and the country, he said, and exhorted them to be sincere and maintain strict discipline.

He also appealed to the youths to stay away from drugs use which may ruin one's life.

Echoing Achung, Biri Basang appealed to the youth to respect elders and play the game with true sportsman spirit. Sports foster unity and brotherhood among fellow friends, he added.


News Impact

Massive Timber smuggling in Doimara, Kamengbari along Assam-Arunachal border

[ Amar Sangno ]

ITANAGAR, Jul 04: Large number of freshly sawn timber and logs floating downwards in Shergaon-Nallah (also known as Delsiri river) into Assam and being navigated by men wrapped in lungis is a common scene and are allegedly timber smugglers from Assam. This is a routine act in the periphery of Doimara area under West Kameng district bordering Assam.

Tucked away in the south-west part of West Kameng, Doimara a densely covered forest area is reportedly turning out to be a safe haven for both the timber smugglers and the underground outfits. Sources in Doimara informed ‘The Arunachal Times’ that a rampant illegal timber operation is going on in Doimara Reserved Forest area gravely threatening the wild life. It is said that activity has become so rampant that hordes of timber smugglers often sneak into Arunachal territory and indiscriminately saw down trees without the slightest apprehension of Arunachal forest officials and the police. The smugglers safely transport the sawn logs through Delsiri River between Doimara and the foothills in the summer and by bicycles during winter to avoid forest officials and the IRBN personnel posted at Doimara.

According to the villagers, the underground elements active in the area backs the smugglers for the illegal timber operation and have nexus with the authority. The smugglers prefer to operate during night to avoid forest guards and the police. The onslaughts of the smugglers in the jungles have reportedly reduced the dense forest into open space resulting into human-animal conflict in Doimara area.

On condition of anonymity, a villager informed that unabated timber operations have been going on since last couple of years, brazenly destroying the jungles of the area. “It has grave impact on the entire range of jungle and few portions of Eagle Nest Wild Life Sanctuary that falls under Rupa Forest Range Officer”, the villager added.

“At every regular interval they come and walk away openly with large number of logs from our area”, said a villager. Despite the knowledge of such illegal activity (timber smuggling) going on in their area, the villagers are afraid to report to the forest authority, fearing for their lives as they have to cross the villages from where the smugglers come on their way to Tezpur, the villager disclosed.

The villagers accused the forest department of being a mute spectator alleging that neither any attempt was ever made to curb the menace nor routine check is made in the buffer zone.

Speaking to this daily, DFO Bhalukpong Mr. Jowal informed that the department is battling with men power, as it has two unarmed forest guards and a range officer to man the Doimara forest range. However, he further added that after getting any information relating to illegal activities department takes swift action with the help of the police.

Taking advantage of lack of manpower in the forest department, it is said that smugglers transport the logs to Sonitpur in Assam and sell it openly in the market at a high price.

With the open destruction of forests and taking away of the timber resources, the state government is apparently losing huge amount of revenue estimated in crores of rupees due to the timber smugglers.

The villagers in Doimara desperately want the forest department to strengthen its staff and be equipped with modern weapon to thwart the smuggling. It is also felt that the Range office should be shifted to the foothills and a local forest officer be posted at the area. They also want the non-Arunachalees to be registered at IRBN check gate at Kamengbari and Doimara until Inner Line Permit properly implemented in the area, while empowering the IRBN personnel to arrest any person found smuggling timber.



Empanelled hospital alleged of preparing false medical bill


PASIGHAT, Jul 04: A private hospital in Dibrugarh, Assam has been alleged of charging exorbitant medical fees from a patient from Arunachal Pradesh by preparing false bills.

Reportedly, Aditya Diagnostic & Hospital at Dibrugarh, one of the empanelled hospitals under the Chief Minister’s Health Insurance Scheme, has prepared a false medical bill amounting to Rs 81,785 showing that the patient was admitted in special cabin and was kept in ICU for two days. Whereas the patient was lodged in the general ward and admitted in ICU for about two hours only, the attendant said.

The patient from Aalo, who was covered under the CM’s Universal Health Insurance Policy, was also forced to make payment of Rs. 34,000 (excluding a discount amount of Rs 1,785) out of the total medical bill of Rs 81,785.

As per the hospital authority, the payment was charged under the Hospital’s ‘new package’ of limited coverage amount.

The scheme provides cashless treatment to the people of the state by giving an amount of Rs. 2 lakh coverage of almost all categories of diseases as specified in the empowered committee approved and notified list of diseases.

The exorbitant medical bill charged by the hospital has evoked massive reaction among the poor people, who usually go to Assam for treatment of their complicated ailments. The aggrieved family has appealed to the state government to institute a high level inquiry into the alleged irregularities.



Social benefit camp for ALCs & dept labourers

Pasighat, Jul 04: A special social benefit and a health camp for ALCs and departmental labourers were conducted today at Pasighat Town Club.

Inaugurating the camp Nidhi Shrivastava DC, East Siang said that the social schemes like the insurance and the pension will secure the future and the lives of the labourers with minimum investment.

All labourers should avail the benefits of the schemes and make their life and family secure. They should also avail the free medical camp where the medicines will be free, informed the DC.

There was facility for general checkup and eye checkup. She asked the labourers to open accounts since all transactions have to be done through Banks. SBI had opened a counter for easy account opening.

S. Haokip, Chief Manager, SBI Pasighat, dwelt in detail about Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojna, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojna and Atal Pension Yojna. He informed that these can be availed along with opening of accounts on the spot.



Ranphoa cracks civil services exam

UPSC Civil Services exam results declared, 4 out of 5 toppers are women

NEW DELHI/ ITANAGAR, Jul 04: Ira Singhal, a physically handicapped IRS officer from Delhi, topped the Civil Services examination in which the top four positions went to women, reports PTI.

The 29-year-old Singhal topped the exam in the general category followed by Renu Raj, a doctor from Kerala, and Nidhi Gupta, also an Indian Revenue Service officer from Delhi, who secured second and third positions respectively, according to the results announced by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) today.

Vandana Rao, who is also from Delhi, has got fourth rank while Suharsha Bhagat, an IRS (Income Tax cadre) officer has got fifth position in the examination.

Meanwhile, Khonsa DIPRO informed that Ranphoa Ngowa of Tirap district in Arunachal Pradesh has cracked the civil service examination 2014. He secured all India rank of 1191 with Geography as an optional subject. He is the only Arunachalee to clear the examination this year. Ranphoa had earlier cracked IFoS with 82nd rank, CAPF (AC) 2013 with 331st rank and was absorbed in ITBP, and had also cleared PO, SBI.

Son of Phali Ngowa and Litnyan Ngowa of Kheti village in Tirap district, Ranphoa has a brilliant academic career since his schooling.  He has attributed his success to his parents, MLA Wangki Lowang, former minister Setong Sena, Ankur Garg, Er Walat Hondique and all his well-wishers who extended their constant support during his preparation.

Meanwhile, Minister Wanglin Lowangdong, MLAs Tirong Aboh and Wanglam Sawin, Tirap Deputy Commissioner Kamlesh Joshi and others have congratulated Ranphoa on his success and hoped that his achievement would inspire the youths of Tirap district in particular and Arunachal in general. Needless to say that news of Ranphoa's success has come like a breath of fresh air for Tirap which has been gripped by insurgency problem. His success will boost the sagging morale of the youths.  

A total number of 1,236 candidates, including 590 in General category, 354 belonging to Other Backward Class, 194 from Scheduled Caste and 98 from Scheduled Tribe, have been recommended for appointment to various central government services, the UPSC said.



Tayeng takes stock of Dibang bridge progress

ROING, Jul 04: Parliamentary Secretary (WRD) cum Dambuk MLA, Gum Tayeng today visited the Dibang Bridge Project Site to take stock of the work progress.

During her visit, the officials of Navayuga Engineering Company working at the sites informed that 94 posts out of the total 107 were completed and laying of segments/slabs was undergoing and 17 posts has been covered till date.

She was also informed that many machineries of the company, like Crane, Earthmovers, Piling Machine etc. are stranded in between the tributaries due to increase in water level of Dibang hampering the progress of work. She also interacted with the Project Manager Officer (PMO) P Sreenivasarao to know about if there was any obstacle or problem in the implementation of the projects.

PMO informed her that the Land Acquisition Process from the Forest Department was delaying the start of approach road in between Sukha Nallah and Getor (Deopani) rivers which passed through the Reserved Forest Area. However, the company has sorted it out and the construction and widening of the approach road has been started some days before, he informed.

Sreenivasarao also informed that procedural delay in getting Forest Clearance and Land acquisition has compelled to extend the completion date of the Bridge from December 2015 to December 2016.

He suggested the Parliamentary Secretary to make it a Single Window System, if possible, to get Forest Clearance, Land Acquisition and Mining related issues for early implementation of projects in the state.

It was also informed that the 9.15 km bridge over Brahmaputra at Sadiya to Dhollah would be completed by March 2016 and the Allubari Bridge over Lohit River in Arunachal Pradesh would be completed by August 2016.

If completed, these three important bridges being constructed by the same company would serve as the lifeline for the people of Dibang Valley, Lower Dibang Valley and Lohit Districts.

The Parliamentary Secretary also inspected the new alignment of approach road to Model Degree College at Jemi Notko, Jia. The land for new roads has been freely donated by the villagers.

She asked the site engineers of WRD to expedite the process of road alignment and make it motorable at the earliest so that the construction materials for kutcha buildings of Model Degree College as decided by the village people of the area can be started soon. She was accompanied by public leaders of the area, Makpel Pertin and Kolgong Tayeng. DIPRO



Training under BADP for East Kameng

Make use of employment opportunities: Natung

ITANAGAR, Jul 04: The valedictory programme of capacity building training in Basic Computer under Border Area Development Programme for East Kameng district sponsored by the Department of Skill Development and Employment Generation was held on 4th July at Don Bosco Youth Centre, Vivek Vihar.

While addressing the trainees, the Parliamentary Secretary, Tourism Mama Natung underscoring the importance of capacity building training for the youth, said that the state government has prepared a vision document wherein scopes and ample opportunities for the youth of the state has been envisioned.

He exhorted the young people to take such beneficial trainings seriously adding that a trained person was always more successful in any venture.

The MLA told the gathering that Arunachal Pradesh was rich in medicinal plants and if harnessed properly, it could be a medicinal hub of the country. Executive Director, NHPC Ronel Kumar in his speech said that NHPC was ready to support any training that could benefit the youth of the state, especially of the border areas.

He lauded the DBYC for imparting such gainful trainings to the youth.

The Secretary of the Society for Promotion of Nocte Indigenous Culture, Denhang Bosai said that with government jobs hard to come by, capacity building training provide an ideal platform to the youth to equip themselves with skills and expertise to embark on various ventures that could help them in earning their livelihood.

Bosai implored the youth to eschew violence and stay away from vices like alcohol and drugs.

Earlier, Rev. Fr. C.D. Mathai, SDB threw light on the objectives of the training and thanked the resource persons and all those who extended their willing help and support for the smooth conduct of the training. Altogether 50 trainees, both boys and girls from East Kameng district actively participated in the three-weeks-long training programme.



Pasighat-Ruksin area flooded as rainfall breaks 20 year record


RUKSIN, Jul 04: Monsoon rainfall broke a 20 year old record in Pasighat area as heavy rains in the wee hours today flooded almost entire Pasighat, Ruksin and adjoining areas bringing normal life to a complete halt.

The rain that lasted till the morning submerged entire Ruksin town and adjoining low lying areas. The ADC Office, Police Station, Police Colony, Tax & Excise Office, Forest Colony, Forest IB and Agriculture Office were the worst affected.

Swollen Ruksin, Ngorlung, Sille, Peneng, Oyan and Remi rivers inundated rural human habitations, horticultural gardens and paddy fields causing huge loss to the villagers. Overflowing water of Sille river that collects plenty of water from Ledum hillside continues to erode crop lands at Linka portion on the right bank and submerged a large portion of Poba Reserve Forest on the left bank.

Report from Pasighat said that overflowing water of Poglek (Pagla) river inundated PLTK road at Yagrung snapping road communication between Yagrung and Pasighat.

Water logging on Mirem-Mikong-Ruksin and Pasighat-Ledum-Tene-Koyu PWD road and many parts of Pasighat and Ruksin caused innumerable problems to the motorists and pedestrians as well.

Office-goers were the worst-affected by the artificial deluge, as they had to walk in inundated roads and streets, while many school of the remained closed for rainwater flood.



TCS moves for distance study centre at Daporijo

Karda Natam

DAPORIJO, Jul 04: Rajiv Gandhi University Vice Chancellor Tamo Mibang has assured a delegation of Tagin Cultural Society (TCS) all possible help from his side to open a branch of Distance Education Study Centre at Daporijo.

Responding to a memorandum submitted recently by a TCS team urging him for opening a distance education study centre branch at Daporijo, the VC recommended the matter to the concern authority for further discussion and studying feasibility of the area.

Highlighting the urgent need for introducing the study centre at Daporijo,  the TCS team led by Secretary General Lardik Kare said that many students quit higher studies against their wish due to their poor economic background as there is no institute of higher education in the district.

This is also one of the main reasons for the increasing number of drop out students in the district, said one of the senior members of TCS Dr.Tajum Eru.

Opening of the distance study centre will also help those poor students, who wish to pursue higher education in technical/professional courses through the centre thus fulfilling their dreams, the TCS team said and urged the VC to initiate for introducing the study centre at Daporijo as early as possible.


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