July 07

Release pending salary

ITANAGAR, Jul 06: The All Arunachal Pradesh Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Assistant Teachers Association (AAPSAATA) sought the Minister Education to release three months pending salary of SSA Teachers within July 2015. The SSA teachers association exhorted that due to non-disbursement of salary, the teaching community is facing untold woes as the new academic session has begun already, said a release.


Appeal for job regularisation

ITANAGAR, July 06: All Arunachal Pradesh Computer cum-Account Assistant Association (AAPCCAAA) under RGPSA scheme has appealed to the state Govt to take steps for continuation and regularisation of services of computer cum account assistants, TA/JE staff and increment of their salaries at the earliest.  Despite the Central Government had already de-linked the RGPSA scheme, a total number of 786 staff are working with sincerity and dedication in remote areas of the state with meager salaries, the Association said. The Association further said that the staff are wholly depending on their job for running the family. Moreover, age factor also does not qualify them to search for any other job, the Association added.


People say no to handing over of NH to PWD

ROING, Jul 06: The people of Dambuk sub-division are enraged over the handing over of the construction of NH52, a 63 kms long road from Bomjir to Pasighat, from the BRO to PWD.

The OC BRO (Raneghat) confirmed that the notification had come from the Ministry of Road Transport and Highway informing about the same.

HGB of Dambuk Circle, Maktel Pertin said that the people of the area strongly oppose this decision of the Government.  "We know very well about the difference in the quality of work of the BRO and the PWD. Handing over the road construction to PWD means there will be no quality in the work, if at all done. If this decision of the Government is not recalled, the public of our Dambuk sub-division will have to choose the path of democratic movements in order to show our outrage and for our voices to be heard", said Pertin.


Strengthening cultural education in schools

ITANAGAR, Jul 06: A three day seminar on the "strengthening of Cultural education in School" was held at Udaipur Rajasthan from July 4th to 6th July 2015.

The programme was conducted by CCRT (Centre for Cultural Resources and Training, New Delhi), the premier institute for promotion of culture in the school under the aegis of Ministry of Human Resources.

CCRT nodal officer Likha Tejji Under Secretary Education and DDSE Yupia T T Tara attended the seminar at Udaipur.

If early intervention is not made, the tribal culture shall very soon loss its tradition and culture. Our progeny shall not be able to upkeep its custom and tradition due to the onslaught of modernity as tribal of Arunachal lack the script, institution and demography to resist the onslaught unless proper precaution is taken to sustain and preserve the fragile tribal culture, stated a press statement CCRT nodal officer Likha Tejji.


ATA seeks relaxation of loan limits

ITANAGAR, Jul 06: Arunachal Teachers’ Association’s Central Executive Committee members submitted a representation for reconsideration of decision on personal loan limit for teachers from 12 times of gross salary to 18/24 times. On July 3rd, ATA CEC called on the Regional Manager, State Bank of India, Itanagar for immediate alteration of decision within the month of July 2015 failing which the ATA shall be compelled to review the earlier ultimatum served to the SBI authority by launching democratic movement against the bank.

ATA had submitted a memorandum on 17th September 2013 to this effect.


Rajnath to chair NE CMs meeting on July 11 in Ghy

New Delhi, Jul 06: The Centre has convened a meeting of Chief Ministers of Northeastern states at Guwahati to discuss various issues, including strategy to deal with insurgents based in Myanmar.

The meeting to be chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at Guwahati on July 11, will take stock of the security situation in the region and how to deal with emerging threats like increasing violence perpetrated by Northeast militants based in Myanmar, sources said.

This comes a month after Indian Army conducted a surgical strike on the camps of NSCN-K and other militant groups inside the territory of the neighbouring country after insurgents killed 18 Army soldiers in an ambush in Manipur.

Chief Ministers of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura will take part in the meeting.

Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju will also participate in the meeting.

Ongoing infrastructure projects of roads, bridges, railways will also come up for review in the meeting which is expected to stress on time-bound completion of all development works. PTI


Bus service between Kamba and Aalo introduced

KAMBA, Jul 06: Daily state transport service from Kamba to Aalo was flagged off by local MLA Nyamar Karbak on July 4 last at Kamba, West Siang district.

Karbak urged the general public and students of Donyi Polo Government College Kamki to make good use of the bus and keep it clean. He informed that bus service from Kamba to Itanagar will also be introduced very soon.

Kamba being one of the most populated circle under 27th Liromoba constituency had been facing lots of problem in absence of daily bus service to district headquarter Aalo specially for the students of Donyi-Polo  Government College Kamki.

APST superintendent Aalo Tuter Nima informed that people have to pay a mere amount of Rs 35 compared to Rs 70 charged by private transporters from Kamba to Aalo.


DC, SP take part in cleanliness drive at Tezu

ITANAGAR, Jul 06: The Tezu Bazaar Mandir Complex was cleaned yesterday under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission) wherein MLA Dr. Mohesh Chai. Deputy Commissioner Nyabin Ete, Superintendent of Police Ved Prakash Surya also took part.

Dr. Chai, who stressed on maintaining high degree of health and hygiene practices, called upon people of Lohit district to keep their surrounding neat and clean. He also appealed to all to organise cleanliness programme in the entire district and make the mission a success.

The DC emphasised on putting restrictions on use of plastic bags in Tezu Township.

Four pairs of gumboots, raincoats and spades were handed over to four labourers of DUDA, Tezu and 150 T-Shirts distributed to youth volunteers of Swachhta Abhiyan in Tezu.

Government officers and officials, bazaar committee members, youth volunteers and public joined the cleanliness drive. DIPRO


Awareness programme on ornamental fish

Roing, Jul 06: A one day awareness programme on ornamental fish for the local farmers was organised by the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), in collaboration with Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) Guwahati, here at the KVK office in Balek on July 3. Around 30 villagers attended the programme that threw light on a new approach for sustenance, especially of SHGs and fishermen of rural tribal area.

PC KVK Dr.T.J. Ramesha gave detailed information about the subject, stressing upon it as an employment generation medium. He also spoke about the different modules for breeding and culture of the coveted species, and also about marketing channels for the produce.

While informing about the success of SHGs in Karnataka, Dr. Ramesha encouraged the local SHGs to try ornamental fish rearing for income generation.

Assistant Director MPEDA V.V. Raju, who participated in the programme as a resource person, highlighted the activities and various schemes of the organisation, while DFDO D. Davi called upon the participants to change the attitude for active involvement in the enterprises to have sustainable income and livelihood support. Davi also offered to extend his support for interested entrepreneurs in implementation and development of ornamental fish production in the district.


AYC meet cum interaction prog

ITANAGAR, Jul 06: A meeting of 13th Itanagar Assembly Youth Congress Committee (AYCC) and interaction programme of the newly appointed AYCC and Booth Level Committee members were conducted at Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress Office, Naharlagun today.

Parliamentary Secretary and local MLA Techi Kaso, MLA and APYC President Nyamar Karbak, MLA cum APEDA Chairman Dikto Yekar, APYC Vice President Shillay Sonam, and APYC Spokesperson Niglar Veo, attended the programme.

In his speech, Kaso exhorted party youths to shoulder their responsibility and work for further strengthening the party organisation.

Karbak highlighted on various flagship programmes of the Chief Minister, like CMUHI and their benefits.

Hundreds of youths from the city attended the programme.


DC visits AW centres to take of functioning

ITANAGAR, Jul 06: Kurung Kumey Deputy Commissioner Mamata Riba along with CDPO Ringu Kama and other field staff visited various Anganwadi centres under Koloriang ICDS Project yesterday and took stock of the implementation of ICDS/SNP and NSAP programmes at grassroots level.

The Deputy Commissioner visited Anganwadi centres at Bridge Point, Yapak-I, Yapak-ll and Ampongne and enquired about the functioning of those Anganwadi centres, pre-school education for children of age between 3-6 Years, feeding of SNP items, beneficiaries under NSAP and need of educational qualification of Anganwadi workers and helpers etc.

The DC suggested all AWW and Helpers to work with dedication for the betterment of villagers instead of performing duty for sake of duty. She also cautioned that any negligence in duty by the workers and helpers would be viewed seriously.

The CDPO highlighted about the various problems faced by workers and helper while conducting AW centres. DIPRO


Adapt to changes: Tirap DC

ITANAGAR, Jul 06: Tirap Deputy Commissioner while addressing the inaugural function of five days in-service teachers training w.e.f. 6th July at Khonsa, asked all the teachers coming from various Govt. Schools to adapt to changing pattern of imparting education.

Deputy Commissioner Kamlesh Joshi said that stern action would be initiated against absentee teachers and urged them to be regular in their duty. He further asked the teachers to stay away from vices like opium and alcohol.

The Deputy Commissioner while emphasising the importance of teacher's training said that a series of trainings have been conducted to update the teachers. Earlier, the DDSE, Khonsa Pubi Lombi highlighted the importance of imparting training to teachers adding that negligence of duty would not be tolerated at any cost.

Altogether 100 teachers from across the district will attend the five days teachers training. The resource persons from DIET are A.K. Yadav, U.P. Singh and A.N. Shah. (DIPRO)


Arunachal artist in cultural expert committee


RUKSIN, July 06: Ministry of Culture, Govt of India, by an order dated May 18 this year has inducted Delong Padung as member in the 110-member national level ‘Expert Committee’ for assessment and awarding fellowship to outstanding persons in the field of Art & Culture.

Padung, who is a native of Rayang village in East Siang district, has so far won a bagful of awards in the field of art and culture. His outstanding multilingual singing talent has earned him accolades from cultural enthusiasts and researchers of the country. The folk songs composed by Padung depict many mythological aspects of tribal folklores associated with social evolution and civilization.


IHRA complains against unrecognised schools

ITANAGAR, Jul 6: The International Human Rights’ Association (IHRA) East Kameng unit has complained against 14 unrecognised private schools of East Kameng district.

In its letter to the Director of Elementary Education, it claimed that the schools, despite of running for so many years, is yet to be recognised.


Organisation seeks posting of doctors

ITANAGAR, Jul 06: The Banderdewa Circle Youth Organisation has sought immediate posting of two medicine doctors and an ambulance at PHC, PTC Banderdewa. It wrote a letter to the Director of Health Services in this regard.

Due to the disruption at NH52A Karsingsa, patients of Banderdewa and Karsingsa are having a hard time seeking health care facilities due to lack of doctors at PHC PTC Banderdewa, its letter reads.





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Clean up the mess

The Vyapam scam has further got murkier after the death of a woman trainee sub-inspector in Sagar district, Madhya Pradesh. Anamika Sikarwar was selected as a sub-inspector in an exam conducted by Vyapam. Her death comes just few days after the mysterious death of TV journalist Akshay Singh who died while carrying out investigative reporting about death of many people related to this scam.  The Vyapam scam has tainted the image of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Chauhan and opposition parties are demanding for his resignation.

Congress, which has sought a Supreme Court-monitored CBI probe, stepped up its attack on Chouhan, demanding that he be sacked to allow an impartial investigation and said that he cannot escape responsibility for the "45 deaths". Congress along with other opposition parties are  demanding CBI enquiry into the scam and are also seeking  investigation into the death of many people related to this scam. India has been rocked by many scams in the past but never such kind of deaths related to a particular scam has ever been witnessed. Government of India should intervene and immediately order CBI probe. Prime Minister Narendra Modi always talks tough against corruption. It's time to translate his words into action. He should clean up his own house before attacking others.




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Was it for real?

Dear Editor,

A couple of weeks back me and my friend went to a park in Naharlagun and sat under a huge strong tree.

We talked with each other when all of a sudden a pensive voice came from behind us “bhaiya Bis rupia do nah”.  

I was wondering where the voice came from.  Then I looked back and saw a small boy standing behind the tree with full of dirt on his face.

I remember he wore a yellow polo t-shirt and a navy blue half pants full of dirt. It seemed that he hadn’t changed that dress for long.

In Arunachal, we don’t see anyone begging for something so it struck me instantly that I should not be encouraging him to beg. My instinct was somewhat not letting me do that so I went to offer a packet of biscuit. But to my surprise the boy didn’t take it and ran and disappeared.

A day back I went to Naharlagun to drop my friend but it started to rain heavily. As we both were on two wheeler, we were forced to wait near the market and we waited there for the rain to stop. As we  started talking with each other,  we heard someone say ”Bhaiya, bis rupia do nah”. I was astonished to find the same boy from the Park, wearing the same clothes, drenched in rainwater. This time as I was about to take a 20 rupee note from my wallet, the boy ran away and disappeared.

I still wonder why the boy had to ask for twenty rupees and of all the people run into me again when there are thousands of people. I wonder whether it was a mere coincidence.  Was he for real?


Longpo  Cheda, NERIST



Citizens and corruption

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like convey my concern to every Arunachalee on corruption in the state. In a democracy like ours, citizen has ultimate power as it has the capacity to make and change govt.

It is they who decide their own course of polity. In such a scenario, why we should always blame the govt for any form of shortcoming viz developmental activities or maladministration since, we are equally responsible.  

What I heard since my school days was that corruption is a chain reaction as it infects every system in the society and every sphere of socio-political as well as economic life. But I learned this theory practically in my state. In order to win election politicians spend crores which they try to regain with profit margin after winning election. Citizen becomes so competitive that in order to earn bigger and get work done faster involves in every unfair means.

Most happening trend in Arunachal is constitutional tool to control and curb the corruption called RTI, which has been converted into  earning business. May be I am ill-informed but till today I have never witnessed RTI being used for positive purpose or to serve the society.

And there was a recent incident of politicising the state financial crisis. Elected BJP legislators instead of putting their endeavours with govt to bailout the state from financial crisis and requesting the central govt to maintain special category status for Arunachal Pradesh had gone to centre to complain against the state government.

So, I appeal every learned citizen to suggest and help the govt to overcome this crisis as every citizen is equally responsible.


Lingdum Taha



A blatant challenge

Dear Editor,

This is with due reference to the news article published on 30th June 2015 in connection with the recent illegal and unilateral establishment of a Forest Protection Camp ( FPC ) inside the territory of Arunachal Pradesh at Radhaso under Taraso Circle of Papum Pare District by the Government officials of Assam.

On being reported of the illegal land encroachment and construction of structures at Radhaso on 28th june 2015, a team of top-ranking officials comprising of the Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police, Papum Pare District, Extra Assistant Commissioner of Balijan Circle, Circle officer of Taraso Circle, Officer-in-Charge of Police Station of Baiijan and accompanied by Police personnel were on its way to Radhaso when they were abruptly intercepted by the Officer-in- Charge of Borgang Police Station, Sonitpur District, Assam.

When queried, the Officer-in-Charge told the visiting team of top-officials that he was discharging his duties at the behest of the Superintendent of Police Sonitpur District and Sub-Divisional Police Officer, Gohpur. In desperation, the said team took and alternate road to reach Radhaso.

To their utter dismay and disappointment, one of the Hume Pipe Culvert was already sabotaged. Defying all odds, the team anyhow reached Radhaso. Alas!

Illegal construction and erection of structures for barrack and bunkers were personally supervised by the Divisional Forest Officer with the support of Assam Police, Assam Reserved Battalion, Para-military Forces, labourers, construction accessories, machines etc.

I am bewildered and its beyond my perception that how a state of India can undermine and breach so coldly and blatantly, the notification issued by the Honourable Supreme Court of India to maintain status quo by both the states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh regarding the Taraso border row till further notification. Where the onus does lie?

Many organizations, unions and civil societies are pouring in showing their solidarity to the denizens of Taraso and condemnation of the act by the Assam counterpart which is really appreciative and instantaneous gesture of brotherhood.

The much hyped Chopper services for Taraso have been prioritized and the link road from Balijan to Taraso is taken in to consideration for smooth transportation of both men and goods.

Is this the permanent solution of the aged-old inter-state boundary row? How long assurances after assurances for amicable solution of boundary dispute be given? And our so called the elected leaders and the PRI leaders concern do nothing but deliver provocative speeches at retreat to slumber waiting for escalation of situation. May I have the privilege to ask one direct question; will the erring officials and Government of Assam be reattributed for the violation of the order of the Supreme Court of India? There is off course sneaking suspicion that the Behali-like episode of killings innocent people by unscrupulous and self vested interest groups may be triggered at any time. Let’s wake from our deep slumber. It is now or never! Give peace a chance.


Kuru Joram


Balijan Circle Youth Association 



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News Impact

Garbage leads to water logging in Roing

[ Karyir Riba ]

ROING, Jul 06: Roing town has been facing water logging problem since past few years now. Many parts of the town, including few government quarters get submerged in water during rainy days, sometimes even after a day of heavy showers.

UPO DUDA Tao Tadap informed that the garbage which was notoriously blocking the drainage system, causing the excess rain water to flow into the streets, has been removed by the department. "We have been successful in removing the garbage that was blocking the drainage system. However, the silt deposited at the bottom of these drains is causing a lot of problem and its removal is posing difficulties", said Tao.

Construction of the highway by the BRTF is also another reason for causing this water logging problem in the town. Drains have been demolished for the purpose letting the excess rain water to find its way into the main road, and no progress can be seen regarding the reconstruction of the drainage system, as well as the road. Both, pedestrians and vehicles have a difficult time plying through the unhygienic water flowing all over the town's busiest streets, which too, is not in a very good shape.

Meanwhile, no work for correcting this problem can be seen, either from the BRTF or from the District Administration.



Gas leakage at Kharsang

CHANGLANG, Jul 06: All precautionary measures have been put in place by the Crisis Management Teams to prevent any kind of possible untoward incident from the leaking natural gas well in Kharsang Oil Field.

Necessary equipments are being mobilised by the Crisis Management Team as per plan to control the leaking well.

Though inflammable, the leaking natural gas is neither toxic nor poisonous, it was told.

The situation is being monitored round-the-clock and security forces are deployed at the site until the leakage is plugged or brought under control.

Regular feedback is also being collected from the GeoEnpro officials regarding the gas leakage.

A meeting was also convened with the village elders (Gaon-Burahs) of nearby villages and information has been shared regarding the preventive and precautionary measures being taken by the crisis management teams of ONGC, OIL, IOCL and GeoEnpro. DIPRO



80th Birth anniversary of HH Dalai Lama celebrated

TAWANG, Jul 06: The 80th Birth Anniversary of His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama was celebrated with much fun-fare and festivity at Urgelling Gompa.

It was on this day in 1935, he was born to a farming family in Taktser, Tibet. The celebrations started with long life prayers for the living Boddhisatva of Compassion. The other highlights of the day long celebrations were speech on his life history by high ranking monks and dignitaries. Besides these, the day also saw colourful cultural programmes by children from various schools, Snow Lion Cultural Troupe and others.

Further, a 3 Volume CD on the life history of the HH compiled by Geshe Thupten Khedup was released by Ven Guru Rimpoche, Ven Rikya Rimpoche, Abhishek Dev, DC and Jambey Tsering, ZPC. Around 3000 people from all walks of life thronged the venue. The venue of the event was most apt as the VIth incarnation of Dalai Lama lineage; Gyalwa Tsangyang Gyatso took birth here at Urgelling in Tawang in 1682. DIPRO

At Itanagar, the Itanagar Buddhist Cultural Society (IBCS) today celebrated the 80th birthday of His Holiness Dalai Lama with great enthusiasm and joy at the Thupten-Ga Tseling Monastery.

The major event of the day was the inauguration of the free medical camp for 10 days from today by the Men-Tse Khang, Itanagar. After inaugurating the medical camp, P N Thungon, SPD National Health Mission, said that NHM will extend all possible help towards spreading the message of the herbal treatments and medicines. Dorjee Wangdi thungon; General Secretary IBCS later announced that the whole week will be observed as the IBCS Week every year here after. A film on the life of His Holiness was also screened for the gathering in the Siddhartha Hall.



APC rues policy violation,

Seeks early release of pending Advt. bills

ITANAGAR, Jul 06: The Arunachal Press Club (APC), on behalf of the press fraternity of the state, in a memorandum, has drawn the attention of the Chief Minister, who holds the charge of IPR department, about the contradictory step of the IPR department relating to its Information and Publicity policy.

The GoAP departments as per the policy routed all advertisements through the IPR department, which also provisioned timely payment with funds to be allocated to IPR department specifically for the purpose. But shockingly the policy is blatantly violated regarding payment though the APC has been drawing the attention the GoAP since 2004 and the local media suffers from prolonged and huge outstanding payments. The present total outstanding bills stood at over Rs. 4 Crores which justified the fear of the APC.

However, the APC over a year ago had also drawn the GoAP regarding the same matter and sought directive for strict implementation of the policy in letter and spirit by evolving a mechanism to regulate advertisements, increase ad tariff after the GoI’s Audio Visual Publicity Department in November 2013 for the print media hiked the rate followed by Assam Govt which had hiked the rate for newspaper by 60% w.e.f. 01.01.14. Moreover, when the attention of former chief minister, Late Dorjee Khandu was drawn, he had released huge outstanding payments through the IPR department.

Thus, the memorandum signed by APC president Chopa Cheda, sought immediate intervention and support for the local newspapers to function and serve the state and its people in an effective manner.

Meanwhile, the APC president also met IPR & Planning Secretary Sonam Chombay, who assured positive action.



Traffic advisory for Naharlagun

ITANAGAR, Jul 06: The Capital Police has issued traffic advisory in connection with the ensuing session of Legislative Assembly at Naharlagun from 7th July to 21st July 2015.  

NH 52 will be closed from General Hospital till Takar Complex tri-junction. Vehicles coming from Itanagar side will have to take compulsory left at State Hospital Nahalagun tri-junction and join back NH52 at helipad tri-junction.

Vehicles coming from Nirjuli side will have to take compulsory left opposite to RG Stadium, Nlg and join back NH52 at G-Ext tri-junction.

Diversions will be in place from 8AM till the Assembly is in Session, said Seju P. Kuruvilla, IPS, S.P. Capital, Itanagar.



Digital India Prog. to transform India into digitally empowered nation

ITANAGAR, Jul 06: The ‘Digital India Week’ celebration in the state concluded with launching of a series of e-services by Science & Technology, Civil Aviation etc. Minister Thanwang Wangham at Banquet Hall here today.

Though the physical progress of the State and its people has been quite slow and 80 percent of the state’s population are still living in rural areas without access to Information Technology, the Digital India Programme aims to bridge the gap between the government and the people living at the last border, said Wangham while addressing the concluding day programme of the week-long celebration today.

Digital India envisages transforming India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy thereby making every Indian well informed and connected with the government activities, he said. The programme intends to ensure that the government services are made available to every citizen electronically which would reduce paperwork and rush in the government offices.

The initiative also includes plan to connect rural areas with high speed internet networks.

“Our State Government under the leadership of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has a plan to bring scientific tempo in the working of the state machinery for effective administration of development activities”, he said, adding that digitization of land records, public distribution system, population census, employment exchange, economic household survey records and ILP system are the agendas of our Govt.

The state Govt. also intends to provide-e-Governance coverage to all departments, Trade and Commerce department and all other departments for speedy development of the state, the minister said.

“Further, we want to encourage the agriculture marketing with the help of internet facilities in all blocks for the farmers to know the current market rate of their products in different part of the country, and enable them to get the actual value of their products without the use of middlemen”, he added.

Wangham hoped the Digital India Programme will enable people to access all records and data on a finger tips.

“I hope Digital India programme will enable easy update of all government records and statistics”, he added.

Earlier Wangham launched three IT projects--Mobile Governance, Online Inner Line Permit (ILP) and Online Small Savings System-being implemented by the Department.

The Minister also awarded commendation certificates to four village level entrepreneurs for effectively using Common Service Centre projects- a web based enable e-Governance services in rural areas, including application forms, certificate, and utility payments such as electricity, telephone and water bills and etc by the Minister Science & Technology.

Later, he distributed prizes to the winners of inter-school quiz and painting competition.

Gaken Ete, Secretary Information Technology, in his address explained the importance of Digital India Programme and its impact in our day to day lives. The Vision of Digital India is centered on 3 key areas; Digital Infrastructure as a Utility to Every Citizen, Governance & services on Demand, Digital Empowerment of Citizens, he informed.

Earlier, Neelam Yapin Tana, Director Information Technology & Communication hoped the programme will usher in a new era of development and transform the country into a digitally empowered nation.

Joytish Roy, State Informatics Officer, Arunachal Pradesh, also spoke on the importance of the Digital India.  

A large numbers of officers from various state departments, IT department officials, NIC officials, NIELIET officials, students participated in the concluding day of the programme.  

Reports of Digital India Week celebration are also pouring in from various district headquarters.

At Yupia, a programme was organised at the DCs conference hall today by the DIW committee.

Deputy Commissioner Tai Kaye advised the NIC to work as per the GOI instructions to achieve the aim of Digital India programme.

DTO (Transport) Techi Tukap highlighted on the ‘Vahan’ software temporarily running in his office. He appreciated NIC service and suggested on improving the net connectivity by consulting with the IT department.

The working system of ILP software running in Yupia and Gumto Railway station and how it is benefiting the common citizens and preventing leakage of government revenue were also briefed in the meeting.

Earlier DIO, Yupia H.J. Bharali gave a presentation on Digital Locker service while FMS (NIC), Yupia Deepak Bhardwaj gave a presentation on e-Waste management, Tako Rhiniam (e-DPM) on Jeevan Pramaan service for pensioners.

At BOMDILA, an awareness programme was conducted for officers and staff of various departments of the district as part of the DIW by PK Thungon, DIO cum Member Secretary DIW.

Tungge Loya, EAC (Judicial) advised all the participants to sincerely attend the programme so that they get the first hand knowledge of the Digital India, as all have a role to play.

DIO gave a detailed presentation covering topics as to how Digital India aims to prepare the country for a knowledge future and Technology Umbrella programme, which aims to cover many departments and bring together large numbers of ideas and thoughts into a single comprehensive vision.

He also detailed on the various e-governance projects in the state including e-Kranti under which Jan Suvidha, Entrance exam management system for higher and technical education, GPF computerization, e-Office, e-Samaj etc.

He said that Digital India will not only make office paper free but also hurdle free for getting various certificates of the Netizens.

Programme was attended by 70 participants, of which many raised doubts, which were clarified by the DIO making it a successful event.

An essay competition was also organised in various schools of the district.

At Tezu, Lohit Deputy Commissioner Nyabin Ete while attending the valedictory function of the DIW celebration in his conference hall today said that the one of the main objectives of the Digital India Week is to ensure that every one of us should be computer and internet literate.

The Standardized District Web Portal was also launched by the Deputy Commissioner during the programme. The function was also graced by SP Ved Prakash Surya, HoDs, Officers, PRI members, Gaon Burahs, students and NGOs.

The dream of Digital India to empower India and its citizens will be incomplete unless we are computer literates, he said. The DC talking about the importance and significance of Digital India suggested many measures. He asked every department to hold one email account for easier and faster office communication and information.

Digitization of service books enabling accessibility to one’s service book online was one of the measures he suggested.

SP VP Surya spoke on the relevance of Information Technology. He said that gone are the days where simply writing your names or a simple signature were counted as literates. June Kadu DIO spoke elaborately on various aspects of Digital India Week with power point presentation.

One of the major highlight of the programme was felicitation of Solai Ngadong, a Gaon Burah by the District Administration. He was felicitated by the Deputy Commissioner Nyabin Ete for his special contribution to the Mishmi Society on the occasion. Solai is popularly known in Tezu as the most technologically updated and internet literate Gaon Burah in Arunachal Pradesh who frequently visits National Informatics Centre, Tezu for internet based knowledge and use.



Dree festival celebrated across Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Jul 06: Dree festival was celebrated at several places of the state yesterday.

At Pasighat, addressing the festive revelers on the occasion, MP Ninong Ering appreciated the Apatanis for their endeavour to preserve their culture and tradition. Most of the tribal festivals of Arunachal Pradesh are agriculture and nature based which bring unity in the society, he added.

The religion and culture should not be mixed up and all should celebrate such festivals unitedly, the MP said while adding that Apatanis are trendsetters in many fields especially in education. The MP lauded the dedication and hard working nature of Apatanis especially the women folk. Pasighat the oldest town of the state is considered to be a mini India where people from different religions and culture live in harmony, he added.

Speaking on the occasion, MLA Kaling Moyong exhorted all, especially the youths, for preservation of culture and tradition. The unique fish and rice cultivations show the entrepreneurship, vision and hardworking character of the tribe. Festival like Dree should be celebrated not only for showcasing the culture and tradition but it should be a platform for promotion of universal brotherhood, said the MLA.

Earlier, Millo Tago, president, Dree Organising Committee narrated the mythology of Dree. Various cultural programmes including traditional Daminda dance were the other highlights of the day.

At Tezu, the Apatani community celebrated Dree festival at Amik Ringya Hall with much fun-fare and traditional gaiety on July 5.

MLA Dr. Mohesh Chai spoke on the importance of brotherhood among all the tribes of Arunachal Pradesh. He encouraged members of every community residing in Tezu to participate in all the traditional festival celebrations of tribes and communities to strengthen unity and brotherhood.

Deputy Commissioner Nyabin Ete appreciated the cultural uniqueness of the Apatani tribe. Be it their dress, cuisine or traditional ornaments, everything is fascinating, Ete opined.

Mishmis, Adis, Galos, Nyishis, Tagins and other communities, all the HoDs, PR members, public leaders and general public participated in the celebration.

At Aalo, Dree, the popular festival of Apatani community was celebrated with much fanfare and traditional gaiety at Gumin Kiin on July 5.

Extending Dree greetings, West Siang Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu said that Apatanis are hard working and deep rooted with their age-old culture. They have many things to offer other communities, Ligu added.

Raken Padu, Commandant 2nd AAP BN BHQ Aalo said the festival and festivity gives us a distinct identity. Padu stressed on common participation in all festivals to promote and propagate the values that underpins unity in diversity.

DFC president, Nending Tatung highlighted history and significance of Dree, while General Secretary Kime Tani dwelt at length about the mythological aspects of the festival.

Presentation of cultural programme, prize distributions to the winners of sports, literary, cultural competitions and Dree Lottery draw were other highlights of the daylong programme.

At  Dirang,  Dree Festival Celebration Committee chairman Er. Tasso Hinda while addressing the festival revellers today said “Besides being a bonhomie agricultural festival, Dree is a cementing factor amongst the Apatanees throughout the world who dedicate and reaffirm their roots in their inherent customs and traditions through celebration of this unifying festival.”

Reading out mythology of the festival, Er. Hinda said that the festival was a window through which the Apatanees saw and understood each other, imbibed the spirit of brotherhood, mutual fraternity, understanding and tolerance amongst themselves and carried forward their community flag. He also advised the younger denizens to always uphold this spirit of unity and pride in their cultures and customs through the sands of time.  

The Festival celebration committee general secretary Gyati Kacho and host of the venue Dr. Hano Tama also spoke on the occasion. The day-long celebration was fun filled with traditional sports, songs, dance, traditional piikey-pilla, Mr and Mrs Dree competitions between the grown ups and children. DIPROs



Capital readies for I-Day celebrations

ITANAGAR, Jul 06: A meeting was held today in the office of Deputy Commissioner Itanagar Capital Complex in connection with the celebration of Independence Day on 15th August at Indira Gandhi Park, Itanagar. The meeting was chaired by DC Mige Kamki and attended by the officials of various departments. Briefing the department concerned on their duties and responsibilities, DC asked all to work with dedication and sincerity so that the Independence Day could be celebrated in true spirit without any lacunae.

Informing that the parade rehearsal would begin from 3rd August next and the final rehearsal would be held on 13th August, DC urged all the departments to ensure that all the arrangement works are finished by then. Also on 11th August there will be a special rehearsal of parade contingents and cultural troupes, the DC informed. Briefing on the security scenario, the DC directed the SP Capital to deploy adequate security personnel for security arrangements and crowd control at I.G Park. Briefing the departments of PWD, PHE and Power regarding the construction works, sitting arrangements, provision of drinking water, electricity etc, the DC expressed hope that they would work together as a team and effectively carry out the works assigned to each one of them.

Later, the DC informed that a review meeting has also been fixed on 5th August next to take an overall view of the works carried out by various departments. Among others, the Principal PTC M Riba, EAC (festival) Tame Yajum along with the administrative officers and representatives of various departments attended the meeting.

Later in the evening, one more meeting was held in the chamber of the Deputy Commissioner Itanagar Capital Complex Mige Kamki with the proprietor of various bakery units in Capital Complex. During the meeting, DC urged all to maintain quality food items and at the same time to check the rising prices of the items. As the prices of the items are increasing rapidly, it is necessary to regulate them from time to time, the DC said. He also asked them to follow the standard food safety measures and to keep in mind the workers health conditions.



CBCS triumphs in district level Monpa language contest

TAWANG, Jul 06: A district level speech competition in Monpa language with the theme ‘His Holiness the Dalai Lama’ organised by Bharat-Tibbat Sahyog Manch (BTSM), Tawang, culminated at Zomkhang hall here yesterday.

Vying for the top honours, the contest saw 16 competitors from various secondary and higher secondary schools of the district and Tawang monastery speaking on the life of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in Monpa.

Phuntso Dhargyal (class VIII) of centre for Buddhist Cultural Studies (CBCS), Tawang monastery and Lham Yuoton (Class X) of Mnajushree Vidyapeeth were adjudged the winner and runner up respectively whereas Lobsang Gyatso (Class XI) of Government secondary school Tawang and Jampa Sangey (class VIII) of CBCS jointly bagged the third prize.

Felicitating the victors, Deputy Director for Art and Culture, Kesang Dondu, lauded the efforts of the organizers. "Such events are important because it keeps our languages, culture and tradition alive”, he stated.

 “The purpose of the contest is to involve the younger generation. It is hoped that this contest will encourage the youth to master their language” informed Lhundup Choisang, executive member, BTSM.

Monks, nuns, students, HoDs, panchayati leaders and the general public attended the programme.

(Mon Tawang vigilance)



AMSU FC lift Yade Kri Memorial Football Trophy

ITANAGAR, Jul 06: AMSU FC lifted the first Yade Kri Memorial Football Trophy defeating Wakro Youth FC 3-0 in the final at Wakro General Ground yesterday.

The winner was awarded cash prize of Rs. 40, 000 along with certificate and medals while the runners up team was given Rs. 15,000 with medals and merit certificates.

Tezu Bazaar FC walked away with the disciplined team award with cash prize Rs. 5,000.

Susil Tayang was declared as best player and Ageyso Gam as the best goalkeeper while Painso Pul became the highest scorer in the tournament. All of them were awarded cash prizes and certificates.

The trophies and prizes were distributed by Wakro ZPM Patam Rangmang and Dr. T. Doke from Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun.

Altogether, 14 teams from Namsai and Lohit districts participated in the tournament which was started on June 20.

The tournament was inaugurated by Wakro EAC D.Riba.

Yade Kri was an active social worker and radio artist. She also served as a Member Secretary of APPWS Lohit district unit; and prior to this she was a govt. employee.

She was the wife of Lupalum Kri, Chief Engineer, Public Health Engineering and Water Supply (EZ).



Eagle Trophy from Aug 1

ITANAGAR, Jul 06: The State Level 6th Eagle Trophy Football Tournament will be conducted from August 1 at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun.

The winning and the runners up teams will be awarded cash prizes of Rs.2 lakh and Rs. 1 lakh respectively, informed Arunachal Pradesh Football Association (APFA) Assistant Secretary Kipa Ajay.

ITBP, Kimin was the winner of the last year's tournament and Doimukh Football Club was the runners up.

Meanwhile, Ajay urged chairmen/presidents of all the registered football clubs of the state to field their teams in the tournament so as to encourage the upcoming players as well as for development of the sport in the state.

He also clarified that registered clubs are only allowed to participate in the Eagle Trophy tournament as per rule. However, those clubs and teams willing to participate in the tournament will have to get themselves registered with APFA.



Open badminton championship at Seppa

SEPPA, Jul 06:  Dr D. Talang won the men's open single title in the East Kameng Open Badminton Championship defeating Rajesh Neri in the final at Mini Indoor Stadium here yesterday.

K. Brey won the Boys U-20 single title defeating R. Fachang.

The pair of A. Jelly and D. Dafri beat A. Taku and R. Taku to win the Boys U-20 double title.

Rajesh Neri was declared man of the tournament.

Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kumar Singh, who attended the closing ceremony, lauded the initiatives of the EKBA for providing a good platform to the badminton players to show their talents by organising the event. He suggested the organising committee to work out plans as to how to take ahead the talented youth at the higher levels.

He also suggested them to maintain the infrastructure available properly as creation of new infrastructure takes time.

The motive behind the tournament was to promote the sport and expose the hidden talents for their further participation at higher level, said EKBA Genral Secretary Haring Tajo.

He also informed that the Association is planning to hire a badminton coach to train the children (both boys and girls) of age group between 13 to 19 years.

EKBA President Boru Sangyu submitted a memorandum to the DC urging him for handing over of the New Badminton Hall to EKBA.

Dilip Gurung, Thomas Ango and Ambita Sonam attended as observers during the tournament.

The tournament was organised by East Kameng Badminton Association (EKBA).


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