CHANGLANG, Jul 10: Eleven trading units have been booked under violation of various
provisions of the Legal Metrology Act, 2009 and Arunachal Pradesh Legal Metrology
(Enforcement) Rule 2011 in a checking carried out by Department of Legal Metrology
and Consumers Affair, Changlang unit under the supervision of its Assistant Controller
here at Changlang, recently.
Among the booked trading units, a trader was booked for using unverified/unstamped
weights in commercial transaction while another was booked for non display of verification
certificate in his trading premises as required under the provision of the above
mentioned rules. Two traders were booked selling the packaged commodities beyond
the maximum retailed price and the remaining seven traders were booked for selling
the packaged commodities without proper mandatory declaration as required under the
provision of Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules 2011.
ITANAGAR, Jul 10: All India Radio, Itanagar will broadcast a Live Phone-in-Programme
entitled "Hello Doctor" on its Arun FM (103.1 MHZ) Channel on July 11. Medical Officer
from Ramakrishna Mission Hospital Maj. (Rtd) Dr. Tabu Maling will reply to the listener's
queries on the topic dengue fever.
NES statement condemned
ITANAGAR, Jul 10: The Nyishi Youth Welfare Association (NYWA) has in a release today
condemned the press statements made by Nyishi Elite Society (NES) president Bengia
Tollum and his executive members saying that it tends to politicise the issue.
The NES is a torch bearer for socio economic development of Nyishi community and
is an intermediary of communal harmony and therefore, should not become political
involved with any political party, said the NYWA and further sought resignation of
Tollum on moral grounds.
Meritorious students felicitated
BOMDILA, Jul 10: Meritorious students who excelled in academics, debates and other
activities were felicitated and provided with incentives during an annual school
result declaration day of Monastic School under GRL administration held at GRL Monastery
While congratulating the students on the occasion as chief guest, EAC Tungge Loya
exhorted the students to study hard to become successful in life. Lauding the students
who excelled in memorising between 80 to 142 pages, he further said that the monastic
school has been doing a great service to the society by imparting both traditional
and modern education.
The function was attended by BEO NG Bapu, besides Tsering Thinley a prominent social
worker and other senior monks of the monastery. (DIPRO)
Merger of DRDA employees in PR deptt. opposed
ITANAGAR, Jul 10: The Arunachal Pradesh Panchayat Technical Assistant Co-ordination
Committee (APPTACC) has in a release today opposed the GoAP's proposal regarding
the merging of the DRDA employees in the department of Panchayati Raj.
Stating that over 1247 contractual staff are already working in the department of
Panchayati Raj in different posts like Panchayat Technical Assistant, JE, computer-cum-accountant
assistant, computer operator, peons, drivers etc under various schemes, the APPTACC
appealed the state government to focus on solving pending issues of the employees
like non-payment of salaries on time and regularization of services instead of absorbing
more staff from the other department.
Cyclone hits Moying and Ramsing
YINGKIONG, Jul 10: A heavy storm/cyclone caused extensive damage to both public and
private properties and forests in Moying and Ramsing areas on July 7.
According to delayed reports from the villagers, the cyclone uprooted trees, electric
poles, blown away house roofs, several water supply GI pipelines, destroyed several
horticulture and cash crop gardens. Falling trees and tree branches blocked the Jengging-Moying-Bomdo-Tuting
However, there was no report of any loss of human life. DIPRO
ITBP assures help to keep Ward 2 clean and garbage free
ITANAGAR, Jul 10: Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Khating Hill has assured the
forces' full cooperation in maintaining and keeping the Ward No. neat and clean and
The assurance was given by Deputy Inspector General (DIG), ITBP Ajay Pal Singh during
a meeting with Ward No 2 Councilor Tatung Tania and other officers of ITBP today.
The councilor sought the help and cooperation of the ITBP in collecting civic taxes,
house marking with collection and disposal of garbage within the ITBP Complex.
The DIG assured to contribute gum boots, PT shoes, Khaki dress and raincoat three
pair each to the workers and drivers of the concern ward. He also assured to pay
the civics taxes regularly and extend every possible help whenever sought for, said
the Ward No 2 councilor in a release.
The meeting was also attended by senior citizen Kup Teni, Ward No 1 councilor Biri
Tugdo, Suraj Pal, (AC,TPT) of ITBP and other officers of the para-military force.
ITANAGAR, Jul 10: An interactive meeting among the chairman of Arunachal Pradesh
State Rubber Board, Field Officer of Rubber Board of India, Kimin SDO, CO/ BDO, Panchayat
leaders and progressive farmers was conducted under the initiative of local MLA cum
Legislative Assembly Speaker Nabam Rebia at Kimin today.
Arunachal Pradesh State Rubber Board Chairman Likha Maj informed that the state Govt.
has decided to take up cluster rubber cultivation and set up demonstration plot under
HCMMP at Papum Pare. He encouraged the progressive farmers on block/cluster rubber
plantation for easy monitoring. He asked the Kimin BDO to submit the beneficiary
list before July 25 through District Agriculture Officer.
Kimin CO cum BDO Liken Koyu urged the PRI members to select the beneficiaries in
their respective Gram Sabha and submit the list within a week for further submission
to the concern department.
Earlier, Field Officer of RBI Summi Doye Jamoh explained about the importance and
economical value of rubber.
PRI members for early construction of road
ITANAGAR, Jul 10: The PRI members, including ZPM of Seijosa urged the PWD Department
to complete all necessary paper works as early as possible and invite eligible firm
for construction of the Pakke Kessang- Seijosa and Itakhola road under NEC.
They further urged Chief Engineer (W/Z) to personally monitor the construction activity
along with the ADC and PRI members so that the quality of the work is maintained
and rood connectivity can be restored as early as possible. It appealed to various
organisations and individuals not to create any hurdle in the process of road construction.
Free computer hardware maintenance course for SCs/STs
ITANAGAR, Jul 10: A free of cost year-long vocational training course on computer
hardware maintenance will be conducted especially for SC/ST candidates with monthly
stipend facility of Rs. 500 at Sub-Regional Employment Officer coaching-cum-guiding
center here from Aug next.
The training is being sponsored by the Director General of Employment and Training,
Ministry of Labour Employment, GoI.
Interested candidates could obtain the application form from office of the sub-regional
employment officer, Itanagar.
Association appeals BSNL
ITANAGAR, Jul 10: The All Sangdupota Circle Youth Association (ASCYA) has claimed
that the BSNL tower erected at Sangdupota four years ago is still not operating till
date. They alleged that even though tower is rusting and about to fall down, the
BSNL authorities has not taken any action to make it functional.
The association stated that due to non-functioning of BSNL tower, people of Sangdupota
circle are facing lot of problem. "Even though our area is located few kilometers
away from Capital Complex there is no proper mobile facility. It is all happening
due to negligence and callous attitude of BSNL authorities. Further they claimed
that office of the General Manager BSNL had affirmed on 10th Oct 2014 that mobile
network will be installed by March 2015 at the said erected tower, but his promise
has not been fulfilled. The ASCYA has appealed to the concerned MLA and administrative
authorities to do the needful action urgently to improve telecom service in the Sangdupota
Training on sickle cell trait survey of school children
BOMDILA, Jul 10: A day's training of all the Medical Officers and Lab technicians
of the district on Sickle cell trait survey of all the school going children was
held on July 8 at District Hospital Bomdila.
Impressing on the need to improve the monthly monitoring & reporting mechanism, master
trainer, District Surveillance Officer cum District Programme Officer, Dr. DK Lama
called for sincerity and commitment on the part of the medical officers for successful
implementation of the programme in the district. He sought completion of the survey
by the end of August 2015.
District Nodal Officer (NVBDCP) Dr. DK Mijiji and Lab technician B Sharma too imparted
training on the occasion.
The first quarter review meeting on the Non Communicable Diseases (NCD) under the
National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardio-Vascular
Diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS) was also held on the day.
District programme co-ordinator N Tadap and Finance & Logistic Consultant for NPCDCS
JD Thongchi too dealt on the subject and called for team work to achieve the target
Over 90 attend Kisan Samellan
PASIGHAT, Jul 10: In all 97 progressive farmers from various villagers from Nari
block attended a Kisan Samellan on pre-kharif agricultural practices and an exhibition
showcasing relevant proven technologies programme here on Thursday.
The Samellan was jointly organised by the East Siang Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK),
College of Horticulture & Forestry (CHF) and Central Agricultural University, Pasighat.
Addressing the farmers, Prof. Dr. B N Hazarika emphasised on the use of improved
variety seed, seedlings and proven technologies for enhancing the production and
productivity of major crops grown in the district. He advised the farming community
of Seren village to use CAU R-1 improved rice variety released from Central Agricultural
University, Imphal, Manipur for cultivation in North East Hill region.
Speaking as chief guest, Pasighat CHF Dean Dr. AK Pandey emphasised on development
of farmers friendly technologies suitable for use in the district. While urging the
KVK scientists and faculties of CHF to promote location specific, farmer-friendly
improved technologies, he further suggested organising such awareness programmes
on regular basis.
KVK programme coordinator Dr. Mahesh Pathak also briefed the gathering about the
extensive activities performed by the KVK and the College for the benefit of farming
community of the district.
Later, during an interactive programme, farmers alongwith ASMs Mibom Doye and Chige
Doye interacted with the scientists of KVK and faculties of CHF and expressed their
views on crops grown in their area.
Mock drill on disaster preparedness
PASIGHAT, Jul 10: "For warned is fore armed. So be prepared for any eventuality which
will save lives and properties", said Nidhi Shrivastava, DC East Siang. She was addressing
the villagers of Mer, Gadum and Namsing of Mebo sub-division who had come to witness
the Mega Flood Relief Mock Drill in collaboration with 17 Madras (Cochin) Flood Relief
Operation Unit Military Station, Rayang at Taro Tamak.
She informed that the govt. is very concerned about the security of the public. Therefore,
all should avail the opportunity and learn about relief and rescue operations and
react to the situation immediately.
Deepak Shinde, ADC cum Incident Commander said that the mock drill has been carried
out in the area because it is the most flood prone area of the district.
In case of any disaster, first responders will be the local people. Therefore, they
have the responsibility to know more about the relief and rescue operation. Hence
practical demonstration is being provided, informed Shinde.
Kaling Dai, ZPC appealed the villagers to witness the demonstration attentively and
utilize the knowledge in case of any emergency.
Dr. Mandip Perme, DMO elaborated on the steps to be taken during and after flood.
There is always chance of epidemic after flood for which the medical department will
support the villagers, he said and emphasised on the importance of precautionary
measures including drinking boiled water, keeping the surrounding neat and clean.
The DMO also appealed all to carry out test for Dengue in the General Hospital, Pasighat.
He informed that impregnated mosquito nets have been distributed in the area and
fogging will be done soon.
Maj. C A Kadam informed that demonstration on rescue, evacuation and safety of the
victims will be done and medical, flooding, clothing facilities will also be highlighted.
Genden Tsumo, DDMO said that the area is frequently ravaged by flood and many times
it remains cut off. However, she re-assured the people that the administration and
the govt is always with them. DIPRO
Supreme Court issues notice to Assam Govt.
ITANAGAR, Jul 10: The Supreme Court of India has issued notice to State of Assam
for violating status quo along Assam-Arunachal border today. The apex court issued
the order following the filing of application for maintaining the status quo along
the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh Border by the State of Arunachal Pradesh against the
State of Assam. The application was listed today before the Supreme Court in Court
No. 2 as Item No. 602. Government of Arunachal had filed the application after Assam
government started construction of forest beat house at Tarasso circle. Recently
when DC Papum Pare tried to visit the area, Assam police officials initially did
not allow him to enter.
After hearing the counsel for the state of Arunachal Pradesh, the Court issued notice
to the state of Assam and directed them to reply within two weeks time. Further court
has granted one week time to government of Arunachal to file rejoinder. In the meantime
the court orally advised the State of Assam not to indulge in any such activities
which may unnecessarily create tension between the two States. The Counsel for State
of Assam was told to convey the same to the concerned Govt. Officers. The counsel
for the State of Arunachal Pradesh informed the court that the provocative action
undertaken by the Govt. officers of Assam is in the territory which, the Justice
Tarun Chatterjee Commission has reported that the same is under the administrative
control of State of Arunachal Pradesh. The petition will again come up after three
weeks for further hearing.
Arunachal Govt has welcomed the move of the apex court. "We have been maintaining
status quo but Assam has been continuously violating it. Besides indulging in provocative
activities, they have been harassing our citizens by taking advantage of fact that
people of Arunachal have to be dependent on national highways passing through Assam.
This direction by Supreme Court is a slap on their face," shared a senior government
Centre urged to resolve stapled visa issue: Tuki
Itanagar, Jul 10: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today said his government
has urged the Centre several times to resolve the issue of stapled visa given by
China to the people of the state.
While participating in a discussion initiated by Congress' Passang Dorjee Sona in
Assembly on the issue, Tuki said the state government had on several occasions impressed
upon the Centre to take up the issue with Beijing.
"We are Indian first and Arunachal Pradesh which, shares 1080 km border with China,
is an integral part of India," Tuki said.
In 2008, China first issued stapled visa to the people of Arunachal Pradesh and Jammu
and Kashmir, he said.
"In November 2009 the Centre issued an order that stapled visa is not valid," he
"The Centre has been maintaining strong opposition to stapled visa issued to state's
young sportswomen last year for which they were deprived of their rights to participate
in an international sporting event because they were not allowed to visit China,"
the chief minister said.
Earlier, raising the issue Sona urged the state government to move the Centre for
allowing people from the state to visit China with stapled visa.
"When China is issuing stapled visa on Indian passport, why our officials and sportsmen
are not allowed to visit the neighbouring country," he asked.
Stating that issuing visa is the prerogative of a country, Sona said by issuing stapled
visa, China was showing a gesture.
Taking part in the discussion, opposition leader Tamiyo Taga of BJP said China had
been using Arunachal as an issue for diplomatic bargain.
He said the state government should ask the Centre to resolve the issue which is
detrimental for the state.
"The Centre is taking up to link China's Kunming province through the historic Stilwell
Road via Myanmar. Our doors should be open for economic development," he said.
"It is better not to repeatedly raise China issue as we do not want to jeopardize
the bilateral relationship between the two Asian giants," he said. Participating
in the discussion, Congress member Nyamar Karbak pointed out that during the visit
of Chinese President to India, all people with Mongoloid feature were removed from
"We are not Tibetans. We should move the Centre jointly," he said. PTI
Geo Enpro defends crisis handling at Kharsang Oil Fields
ITANAGAR, Jul 10: Under scrutiny for alleged mishandling of blow out in gas well
60 at Kharsang Oil Fields, on 30th June, Geo Enpro Petroleum has said that all efforts
were put in place and that the leakage was handled well.
The GeoEnpro engineers who were at site itself, were first to detect the gas. The
administrative wing and the technical wing of the company acted swiftly and smartly
were able to prevent fire, said a press statement.
There is not a single injury to any person or loss to any property, the company said
while adding that there is no poisonous content in the gas.
The field team attempted to contain the situation and the top management rushed to
the remote site for taking all the measures to control the situation, without delay,
The damage caused is one of the lowest in view of the size of problem. Irrespective
of the present situation, the company has maintained its production and it is ongoing,
the press statement said.
The report prepared by the State govt officers from Itanagar, who had visited the
site for few minutes does not seem to be a true representation of the actual situation
due to misunderstanding of the facts, the company said.
The company team accompanied the Circle Officer to spread the awareness to the local
people, about the present situation, it said. Deployment of Company fire tender along
with additional fire tenders sourced from OIL India and IOCL were pressed into service
immediately, it said. The GeoEnpro team had tried themselves first, and once it was
felt for the requirement of outside support, they were able to mobilize the heavy
and massive size resources within 24 hours, it said while adding that crisis management
Team from ONGC and OIL and the company is putting all its effort to control the well.
Changlang DA takes action
Changlang district administration has taken suo- moto action against the M/s GeoEnpro
Petroleum Limited and asked the company to rectify the gas leakage within 48 hours.
The conditional order U/S 133 Cr PC was issued today by the district administration
led by Chanchal Yadav. Meanwhile, numbers of organisations from Kharsang area have
also given 4 days yesterday to the company to rectify the leakage.
MLAs concerned over unplanned earth cutting
Itanagar, Jul 10: Cutting across party lines, legislators in the Arunachal Pradesh
Assembly today raised serious concern over unplanned and rampant cutting of earth
in the state capital, which had damaged roads in recent times.
Terming it as a "serious issue", Speaker Nabam Rebia did not rule out possibility
of a political nexus for which rampant earth cutting was going unabated in the state
Raising the issue during Question Hour, Congress member Lombo Tayeng sought to know
the preventive steps taken by the government to stop the menace.
Responding to this Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said several decisions were taken by
the state cabinet to ban encroachment and earth cutting.
Attributing sandy and loose soil to the problem, Tuki said "We are the first persons
to show the way."
When Tayeng wanted to know the provisions for taking action against such menace,
Tuki said there was a provision in the state's Land Act where land owners have to
pay security deposit before earth cutting.
"The four-lane highway from Hollongi to Banderdewa and the proposed Capital Infrastructure
Development Project will end most of the problems. The Municipal Act will be strengthened
further to protect the future generation," he said. "We have to raise a collective
voice to bring mass awareness on the ill effect of earth cutting," the Chief Minister
Responding to the issue, state PWD minister Gojen Gadi said the state government
was enforcing strict rules to check the menace.
Earlier, Tayeng had pointed out that the road damage at Pappu Nallah and near Niti
Vihar was due to earth cutting by chief engineers of government departments and wanted
to know if responsibility would be fixed.
Independent MLA Paknga Bage termed the menace as serious and called for legal action
against such persons, while BJP member Tage Taki pointed out the manmade disaster
in the state capital. Congress MLA Gabriel D Wangsu termed it as an old problem and
suggested for special efforts from the government to end it.
Khangteng HEP:While responding to a supplementary of MLA Tsering Tashi, the minister
in-charge of Hydro Power department today informed the Legislative Assembly that
construction of 7.5 MW Khangteng HEP by Bhilwara Energy Limited in Tawang has been
put on hold due to landslide. However, restoration work is going on. The project
is also targeted for completion within two years, the minister added.
Shortage of medicine: Health Minister Rajesh Tacho informed the house that the state
Govt has taken effective measures for procurement and distribution of medicines to
the health centres including General Hospital across the state. Responding to a supplementary,
the minister further informed that apart from allocation of fund to the DMOs of the
districts for purchasing medicines under Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Universal
Health Insurance Scheme, steps have been taken for procurement of medicines at an
estimated cost of Rs 17 crore through competitive bidders, the minister informed.
Moreover, Committee has been formed to look into procurement/ distribution of generic
and quality medicines to health centres, he said.
Reports placed: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki placed two reports in the house, namely,
the Annual Accounts Reports for the years 2007 to 2012 and audit reports for the
years 2007 to 2012 of the Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers
Welfare Board. PTI/ATNS
Quotes of the day
1. This is a man-made issue. Govt should seriously think about it: Speaker regarding
earth cutting in the Capital Complex.
2. When we say we are Indian. We shall be treated at par with other Indians: P D
Sona during discussion on Stapled Visa issue.
3. Museum is the mirror of the society: Chowna Mein
4. Entire Arunachal is heritage site: Wanglin Lowangdong
Heritage Bill, 2015 passed in the Assembly
Itanagar, Jul 10: The state Assembly today passed the Arunachal Pradesh Heritage
Bill, 2015 by voice vote, which was laid in the House on July 7 last by state Research
minister Thangwang Wangham.
Wangham, while participating in the discussion, told the House that the bill was
moved with an aim to make provisions for conservation and protection of heritage
sites including buildings, artifacts, structures, areas, streets and precincts of
historic, cultural or environmental significance and sites of scenic beauty.
The bill would also have provisions for conservation and protection of area of environment
sensitivity and matters connected with it, he said.
Wangham said the state government would constitute the Arunachal Pradesh Heritage
Authority (APHA) to look after all heritage sites and monuments in the state.
"Ziro, the Apatani Cultural Landscape in Lower Subansiri district and Thembang Village
at Dirang under West Kameng district, are included in UNESCO's tentative list of
World Heritage Sites. For inclusion of cultural or natural landscape as World Heritage
Site, it requires an Act for proper safeguard of the natural, monumental and cultural
heritage for which the bill was introduced," he said. He said the local MLAs would
be included as members of the APHA as suggested by BJP MLA Tage Taki from Ziro.
Taking part in the discussion, senior BJP member Japu Deru suggested for identification
of all heritage sites in the state in consultation with the local people, while Congress
member P D Sona termed it as a "thoughtful bill".
Stating that Arunachal was full of heritage sites, BJP MLA Laisam Simai suggested
for enlisting the Stilwell Road, World War II cemetery near Jairampur in Changlang
district with 1,000 graves, besides important stone pillars and bridges of Second
World War period.
Senior Congress member C T Mein cited the example of Parsuram Kund in Namsai district
said the famous pilgrimage site received thousands of pilgrims every year, but the
state government was doing little for its conservation.
He also referred to Tameshwari Temple at Paya in the district, which could be enlisted
in the world heritage list.
Women and Child Development minister Wanglin Lowangdon said the bill would inculcate
the sense of belonging among the people, while Agriculture and Horticulture minister
Chowna Mein suggested the Research Department be renamed as Cultural Research Department.
Deputy Speaker T Norbu Thongdok, who was in the chair asked the minister to incorporate
all important suggestions in the bill before adjourning the House for the day. PTI
Governor appeals youths to be aware on important issues
ITANAGAR, Jul 10: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, JP Rajkhowa has called upon the
youth of the society to involve themselves to create awareness on the importance
of Family Planning and Welfare, including gender equality, poverty alleviation, and
improvement of maternal health and sustaining basic human rights.
In a message on the occasion of World Population day, the Governor expressed hope
that the day will help all to review priorities towards population control, in order
to ensure sustainable and inclusive development of all the people cutting across
caste, creed and communities.
He said that presently, due to uncontrolled population growth, large portion of the
population is suffering from poverty, starvation, malnutrition, diseases, illiteracy,
lack of access to healthcare and all kinds of social, political and economic malicious
and injustice. This can be alleviated, if not erased if each one of us takes necessary
pragmatic steps towards population control by having not more than two or three children,
Further, the Governor expressed hope that the department of Health and Family Welfare
and district administration of all the districts in the state would take proactive
steps in coordination with social welfare and educational NGOs to spread the message
of 'Small Family Healthy Family' and 'Small Family Prosperous Family'.
Traffic wardens appeal for regularization of job
ITANAGAR, Jul 10: The Itanagar Traffic Wardens (ITW) has appealed to the state government
to regularise their job at the earliest. At present more than 100 wardens are manning
the traffic of Itanagar. They are working under the supervision of the office of
Chief Estate Officer, Itanagar.
"We have been running from pillar to post seeking regularisation of our job but government
is not taking us seriously. Without our presence the Itanagar traffic will get messed
up. Despite being paid lowly we are giving our best for the betterment of Capital
Complex", said one of the traffic wardens. Further he added, "We also have family
members to look after and most of us are staying in rented accommodation. How can
we survive with the meager salary? Also some of the boys who were pursuing higher
studies left studies with the hope that one day our jobs will be regularised. Now
we all are facing a dark future." The traffic wardens have appealed to the state
government in particularly chief minister and home minister to look into their grievances.
Jarken Gamlin becomes Major General
Governor, CM congratulate Jarken Gamlin
ITANAGAR, Jul 10: Brigadier Jarken Gamlin has been approved for promotion to Major
General. Brigadier Gamlin has been approved for "Command and Staff". With this,
Gamlin who was commissioned into the 2/8 Gorkha Rifles on 18th June 1983 from the
IMA shall become the first ever from Arunachal Pradesh to have reached the rank of
a Major General in Indian Army.
Governor of Arunachal Pradesh J P Rajkhowa and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki have congratulated
Jarken Gamlin for being promoted to the rank of Major General from the state in the
The Governor expressed hope that as the first Major General of the State, Gamlin
will inspire youth of the Arunachal Pradesh to join armed forces. The Governor has
conveyed his good wishes to Major General Gamlin for his service ahead. In his congratulatory
letter to Jarken Gamlin, Tuki wrote, "Hearty congratulations on your recognition!
All the sacrifices that you have made in your line of duty to the nation paid off
today. Commitment, confidence and accomplishment are the things that I have always
assumed to be synonymous with your character".
It was with great pleasure to hear of your promotion from Brigadier to Major General
of the great Indian Army. Your success is just a confirmation of the fact that you
always excelled in what you did. You have made us all very proud by becoming the
first Major General from the land of Rising Sun. You have already become role model
for the youths and the people of our state. I am confident that our youths will
be inspired by your achievements and follow your footprints in their future endeavours,
the letter further read.
'This is a big news not only for the family members but for the entire state and
the NE region', a family member added.
Earlier this year, when Nepal was hit by massive earthquake on April 25 with Barpak
as its epicenter, Brig Jarken Gamlin was one of the two army Commanders who headed
the Indian Task Force of Operation Maitri. Gamlin was assigned Pokhara region that
included Barpak village.
Brigadier Gamlin is a decorated Gorkha soldier who has been conferred with Vishist
Seva Medal (VSM) on occasion of the 60th Republic Day for his distinguished service
of an exceptional order by the President of India. Earlier on January 26, 2006, Gamlin
was conferred with coveted Sena Medal.
Third son of Late Sokjar Gamlin and Gamde Ete Gamlin, Brigadier Gamlin is an alumnus
of Rama Krishna Mission School, Aalo and of Rashtriya Indian Military College, Dehradun,
where he was awarded the Presidents Gold Medal for being the best all-round cadet
on passing out in May 1979.
He completed his training from the National Defence Academy, Pune, in June 1982,
where he later went back to serve a tenure as instructor in the early 1990's.
RGU reach out to students for bird conservation
ITANAGAR, Jul 10: In an endeavour to boost bird conservation and to promote ecotourism,
particularly in the fringe area of Daying Ering Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary, CPEB,
Rajiv Gandhi University organised a one day awareness programme on 'Bird conservation
and Ecotourism potential', at Higher Secondary School, Borguli, East Siang targeting
Dr Daniel Mize, Ecology & Wildlife Biology Unit Department of Zoology, RGU speaking
on the occasion as resource person informed that for ecotourism development in any
area, needs are undisturbed natural area with scenic landscape, rich wildlife and
plant life. Further, he said, state has great potential for Wildlife- based ecotourism,
particularly birdlife as state has the highest species diversity of birds in India.
To reap ecotourism benefits, we need to stop overexploitation he said adding that
if we stop killing then regular payments from nature is ours.
While speaking on the occasion Ripin Taba informed the gathering that state has 879
species of birds and 43 species are under threatened categories according to IUCN
Red Data list, 2015. We need to conserve it else it will perish from the world, he
Among others Principal Otem Borang, organiser Banggolong Megu and others teaching
and non-teaching staffs attended the programme.
Admission fee to meet school requirement in Upper Subansiri
ITANAGAR, Jul 10: Various schools in Upper Subansiri District are allegedly charging
admission fee from students to meet school furniture and other requirements.
However, there was no fixed fee and each school has its own fixed admission fee to
meet the requirements like, bench, desks, blackboard, chalk pencil, student register
books etc., informed Arunachal Anti-Corruption Sena, Upper Subansiri unit in a release.
The Anti-Corruption Sena Unit said the fact was revealed when a team of the Sena
visited various schools and interacted with the headmasters of those visited schools
During the team's interaction, it was told that the schools were compelled to charge
the admission fee as the miscellaneous fund provided to the school by the district
education department was not adequate to meet the requirements. The respective school
authorities had to meet the expenditures from the admission fees, the Sena unit said.
The team was also informed by the headmasters that except books no other study materials
or furniture are being provided to the schools.
As per RTE Act, free and compulsory education should be made available to children
in the age group of 6-14 years, the release said, and appealed to the state government
for strict implementation of the guidelines of the Act in the state.
It also urged the authorities concerned of the education department to look into
matter of the alleged fee collection from students seriously.
Food & Civil Supplies Dept. denies allegation
ITANAGAR, Jul 10: The Department of Food and Civil Supplies has said that no complaint
regarding black marketing of Kerosene has been received by the department so far
from any quarter other than All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU).
Responding to the allegation leveled against the officials of the department, which
appeared in a section of local dailies today, including The Arunachal Times, the
department in a release clarified that the department officials are not involved
in trading of SK oil other than issue of allocation order and periodical inspections.
It said that the allocation of SK Oil is received on quarterly basis from the Petroleum
Ministry, Govt of India. The present allocation of SK Oil per month is 8,56,000 liters
only against the total requirement of 24,50,000 liters. The meager allocation so
received from Government of India is further allocated to the district for sub-allocation
to wholesale depots and retail outlets by the district authority at their level.
The department has been relentlessly pursuing Government of India for enhancement
in allocation and proposed for separate allocation for heating purpose for the cold
and high altitude places in the state", the release said.
The department also clarified that TPDS SKO is meant for illumination and cooking
purpose only. But there is also report from districts that various NGOs, government
departments and commercial establishments pressurize the district authorities for
SK Oil. Such organisations may avail non subsidized white color SKO.
The TPDS SKO is distributed through IOC appointed wholesale agencies in different
districts of the state from where the retailers lift and distribute it to the consumers.
It also informed that there has been drastic curtailment of SKO allocation since
last few years from Petroleum Ministry. During the first quarter of the current financial
year, the department has received 104000 litre less SKO in-comparison to the last
quarter's allocation of last financial year. The improvement of rural electrification
and opening of new LPG agencies in the rural areas are attributed to be the main
reason for curtailment of SKO, it said.
The SK Oil subsidy may be discontinued at any time by GoI and cash component will
be directly credited to the account of consumers as it has already been done in case
of LPG subsidy.
The department appealed to the consumers to furnish Bank Account Number at the time
of filling application for ration card in order to avail DBTL benefit. The state
capital complex has already been chosen for direct transfer of subsidy of TPDS items
on pilot basis, the release said.
On being receipt of the complaint from ANSU president, the authorities have directed
all the Deputy Commissioners to ensure equitable distribution of SK Oil to consumers
who are not having LPG connections especially BPL and Anthodaya families. The field
functionaries have also been directed to make surprise checking of SKO depots and
retail outlets, the release said.
Further, the normal monitoring of the PDS activities by the department officials
and there is a mechanism in place popularly known as Vigilance Committees at various
levels; FPS level, circle, district and state level involving GBs, Panchayat leaders,
urban bodies, administrative officers, officials from Food & Civil Supplies and Cooperation
department as well as from police to keep strict vigilance over the functioning
of TPDS network across the state to redress the grievances of consumers, if any.
Itanagar 0km premiered
ITANAGAR, Jul 10: The feature film- Itanagar 0 Km was premiered at Cinepolis 3D here
Produced by Alison Welly and Directed by Tai Gungte, the film tells the inspiring
story of a struggling youth who despite failing repeatedly in his attempts to achieve
something in life is always ready to do anything and is never bogged down.
The dejected boy disappointed with his ill treating brother and sister-in-law leaves
home and tries to live life doing petty jobs. Unlike today's youths who find solace
in doing government jobs only, the protagonist of the film Chima does every kind
of jobs- from selling bamboos outside Rajiv Gandhi stadium, Naharlagun to being a
Chima's story is the perfect example for the proverb, 'When life gives you lemons,
Award winning actor Tai Tugung is the protagonist of the film.
Speaking after the premier show, noted writer YD Thongchi expressed satisfaction
with the making of the film.
"We have been watching various films made in the state that had technical faults
while some had problems with direction, but now that's all improving," he said.
He congratulated the team for good camera work with beautifully shot background and
Government spokesperson cum Parliamentary secretary IPR and education, Bamang Felix
stated that cinemas can become one important medium to unite the people of the state.
He further informed that next year commemorating the 30th anniversary of Arunachal's
statehood, a North East Film Festival will be organized at Itanagar.
Forum demands establishment of Nursing College at Changlang
ITANAGAR, Jul 10: Changlang People's Forum (CPF), in a memorandum, has appealed to
the Chief Minister for establishment of the proposed State Nursing College at Changlang.
While opposing the establishment of the proposed institute at Itanagar, the Forum
in its memorandum rued that the state government has deprived the district from any
technical and higher education except one degree college which is also running with
skeletal faculty members.
"Fruit of development should be equally shared and distributed with other lesser
fortunate districts too so that there is no disparity in human resource development
and deprived of their legitimate dues", the memorandum said while driving its point
"Further, the institute, which is understood to be sponsored under Corporate Social
Responsibilities (CSR) by Coal and Oil Company operating in Changlang, deserves to
be established at Changlang as we are the most affected people from the exploration
of oil and open pit coal mining from Kharsang Coal fieldd", the memorandum said.
The Forum also appealed to the Chief Minister for earmarking and allocation of sufficient
and proportionate fund to the district under Five years perspective plan and vision
"Changlang, being the natural resource rich district of the state tops in the revenues
collection for state exchequer every year and major portion comes from oil and coal.
But ironically, we received meager fund allocation from state government depriving
us of much developmental work. This apathy and years of neglect and inadequate funding
had pushed us several decades behind other district despite being the proud major
contributors for state developments, the memorandum said.
While demanding for enhancement of DoTCL fund from the existing Rs. 25 crore to Rs100
crore annually, the Forum said that those three districts being the late starters
needed extra care and attention from the government, and present allocation is inadequate
to catch the pace of development with other counterpart.
Scientific cultivation of large cardamom
ITANAGAR, Jul 10: A one day long training programme on "the scientific cultivation
package of practices on Large Cardamom" was organised by ICAR, KVK Anjaw here at
Ziro village under Hayuliang circle on July 8. Altogether 50 farmer attended the
The resource person Rebecca Eko, Subject Matter Specialist, Horticulture emphasised
on the importance and uses of large cardamom, the most promising cash crop of the
district and its' potential to replace Opium cultivation.
She gave a general picture on the present scenario of the field following traditional
practice, showing sun scorching due to open cultivation, lack of irrigation facilities
and non-adoption of any scientific packages leading to deterioration of the plant
health. Hence to mitigate the problem she urged the farmers to adopt the scientific
cultivation practices of Large Cardamom by using quality planting materials, maintaining
proper shade management, adopting phytosanitory measures, providing adequate irrigation
during dry period, supply of organic inputs and proper post-harvest management. The
farmers were also given awareness on the deadly viral diseases "Chirkey and Foorkey"
and its preventive measures.
S. Peter Singh, SMS, Social Science encouraged the farmers to form Farmers Club and
register in the state marketing board, so that they could avail the total benefit
of their produce.
Senpon Ngomle, SMS, Plant Pathology spoke on soil borne and fungal diseases affecting
Large Cardamom plantation and gave them its remedial measures.
Khoisnam Naveen, SMS, Agronomy advised the farmers to adopt intercropping of legumes
in Large Cardamom plantation.
Khuweso Tamai, General Secretary, Farmer Club, Hayuliang, a local interpreter, explained
about the importance of scientific cultivation practices involved in large cardamom
and asked the farmers to adopt it in the local dialogue.
Wakro farmers enthusiastic about organic farming
WAKRO, Jul 10: Wakro Circle has natural resources in abundance with very good soil
and vast scope diversification from the existing crops like Oranges, Cinnamon. It
has vast potential to move from regular farming to Organic Farming to improve on
the yield, start new produces that could fuel the economy of Arunachal Pradesh. With
this endeavour a hands-on three day programme was organised at Khare Village in Wakro
Circle for the villagers in collaboration with Art Of Living faculty Ashim Kundu
from July 7.
The programme was inaugurated on by Kambring Domingso Tayang, senior priest and ZPM
Kambring Domingso appealed to one and all to take maximum benefit from the programme
by active participation. ZPM lauded the farmers for taking this initiative and advised
them to be pioneers in Organic farming. Kambring ZPM and all the villagers thanked
social leader Chinmay Panth for reaching out to the farmers in need of technical
guidance. The programme saw participation of over 26 farmers.
The programme covered the organic method of preparation of the soil to improve the
fertility, seed treatment, pest control, fungicide and mushroom cultivation.
Speaking on the occasion Songelum Mam and Solemso Ama who are leading farmers of
Oranges and Organic Tea said, "The points related to Organic pesticide and fungicide
are useful to fix the issues we face".
Another active farmer Sonja Rangmang lauded the programme and expressed his eagerness
to start preparation of the Organic Ferilizers/ Pesticides and marketing the same
in the neighbourhood to spread the awareness.
Young enterprising farmer Solep Rangmang with his Son Dipen and Dinesh Rangmang have
already taken to implementing the learning with vegetable cultivation to help the
area to be self sufficient and turn to become a vegetable producing area in days
Make good utilisation of fund: ANYA
ITANAGAR, Jul 10: The All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) has asked the PWD to make
full utilisation of the amount sanctioned for Itanagar-Banderdewa road amounting
to Rs 15 Cr. 'Bestowed money should be utilized for the carpeting and related maintenance
works, as the section of this road is prone to landslides and sinking', said Biri
Kakum, President ANYA. Meanwhile, ANYA has called on the department concerned and
the Minister to construct proper drains in the affected area and carry out the works
with qualified workers and officials.
ANYA further appealed the Govt of Arunachal Pradesh to be reasonable while seeking
compensation from the Centre, as it hinders the phase of development.
Asking for Crore(s) as compensation amount for a mere Crore's work is ridiculous
and questionable ANYA said while suggesting the government to be reasonable.
Meanwhile, ANYA has appealed the school authorities, particularly in Nyishi belt
not to charge extra from the students as per the norms of RTE Act. It further called
on the Education Minister to revive the defunct schools.
Just a day after, a BSF jawan was killed in the cross border firing at Jammu and
Kashmir, today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral talks with his Pakistani
counterpart Nawaz Sharif at Ufa in Russia on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation
Organisation (SCO) summit. A joint statement outlining a five-point roadmap issued
after the Modi-Sharif meeting said both sides agreed to discuss ways and means to
expedite the Mumbai case trial in Pakistan, including additional information like
providing voice samples.
Immediately after the meeting finished, BJP started making tall claims by stating
that Modi has scored point over his counterpart by forcing Pakistanis to issue statement
condemning terrorism in all forms. However, opposition Congress as well as BJP’s
ally Shiv Sena refused to share the enthusiasm of ruling party. No doubt there is
need to continue the dialogue process between two nations but the timing is highly
questionable. In the past Modi had often accused Congress of being soft on Pakistan.
But strangely he himself is engaging Pakistani leaders just a day after BSF jawan
was killed in the cross border firing from Pakistan side. Modi’s action sends wrong
message to the jawans guarding our border. Also ever since BJP came to power they
have not adopted proper policy to deal with Pakistan. Government of India needs to
seriously ponder over this and evolve proper policy to tackle Pakistan.
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Cinema and language
Our Tribal society has always been fascinated by the glory of its own folk songs
and music. And since the release of its first film Meri Dharm Meri Maa few decades
back, there has been a revolution in the field of cinema in Arunachal Pradesh.
But it was limited as those films have been released in one language’s keeping 90
more languages away.
True indeed the result of slow growth of cinema in our state is due to the lack of
common language which everyone can understand and speak.
Many films are made but released in one language making it limited to few regions.
Critically acclaimed and award winning films like Sonam and Crossing Bridge were
also released in our state but got popular in other state then in Arunachal. It couldn’t
reach the desired audience but it brought glory to our state.
The recent one is the upcoming release of film - Itanagar 0 Km. It would be an experience
in itself to watch a movie in a language that we speak.
Indeed it’s a beginning of new era in the land of mountains and rivers. Now we
can proudly claim that we have our own film and do not lag behind other states in
I think it will give thousand hopes in the heart of those interested in studying
This film will surely unearth the hidden, unexplored, unseen talents across the
state and dream come true for tomorrow’s youths to make it reality.
Moley Marxist Mangfi
Be ready to tackle any emergency
Through the column your esteemed daily, I would like to highlight about the lack
of manpower in the Disaster Management Department, right from district to the state
level. The concern department does not have many technical experts to deal with
the natural disasters. The disaster management department do not have their own search,
rescue, evacuation, transportation teams.
They engage men and materials from other line departments during man-made and natural
calamities. There is lack of proper training as well as non-availability of modern
equipments like early warning system, the disaster response system, incident response
system etc. There should be awareness campaigns including work shop, mock drills,
and participation from the grass root level to higher level must be ensured. To prepare
for emergencies, department should be ready with food and other essential commodities
including live-saving medicines, drinking water, and temporary safe shelter.
Unfortunately, the disaster management agencies of state are not well equipped to
deal with crisis.
Lastly, I would like to request the concern department to be alert, prepared and
ready to face any kind of disasters.
Do the basic calculations
This is regarding the retirement age of government employees of Arunachal Pradesh.
I would like to highlight some calculated out facts on the matter of increasing and
retaining the retirement age.
It is found that if the retirement age is enhanced from the existing 58 years to
60 years, then government will be benefitted. If retained, it will continue to loss
huge amount from state exchequer.
Here is how.
Suppose, if an employee with monthly salary of Rs.50,000 gets retired at the age
of 58 years, he will draw pension @ 50% of his/her total salary (i.e Rs.25,000).
On the other hand, the fresh employee who will be appointed in his place after the
retirement will also draw a total salary of Rs.12 Lakhs in 24 months @ Rs.25,000
per month. At the same, the retired person will also draw a sum of Rs.6 Lakh in between
the two years @Rs.25,000 per month. The total amount drawn in the two years by both
the fresh employee and retired person will be Rs.18 Lakh.
In other case, if the retirement age is extended up to 60 years then only one employee
will draw the salary of Rs. 50,000 per month and the total payment in two years
will be Rs. 12 Lakh. Thus government can save upto Rs. 6 Lakh, if the retirement
age is extended to 60 years.
In many States in our country are maintaining the retirement age of 60 years for
government employee although they are too burdened with unemployment problems like
Keeping in mind the financial crisis, the Arunachal Pradesh Govt. should ponder upon
the matter before taking any decision on the matter.
Pioneers for the country
Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to bring some light on Digital
India Week that was launched by our honourable PM in New Delhi.
Though launched a short while ago, but is has created a great impact on various states
of the country including Arunachal Pradesh.
Good to see that our state is promoting the event. It is now very important for us
to have digital knowledge to compete with others.
It’s good to see that our state is marching ahead in today’s modern era of technology.
Day is not so far when our state will be producing pioneers for the country.
Rayang, East Siang
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