July 18

Id-ul Fitr greetings

ITANAGAR, Jul 17: The Governor and Chief Minister have wished the people of the state on the auspicious occasion of Id-ul Fitr.

Governor JP Rajkhowa has conveyed his warm greetings to people of the State and elsewhere. He expressed hope that the festivity will further strengthen the cultural bonds and usher-in peace and prosperity to all.

In his message on the occasion, the Governor said that it is time for blessings, forgiveness and doing and thinking all that is good for humanity and discarding all evil thoughts and acts. The festival reminds us of our duties towards the poor and downtrodden. It also kindles the need for charity and generosity towards all, he said.

He hoped that the day would reinforce mutual trust and goodwill and instil in us a sense of unity and pride in the composite culture of India, the Governor wished.  "It is a time to give in charity to those in need, and celebrate with family and friends the completion of a month of blessings and joy, Nabam Tuki said in a message on eve of the holy day marking the end of a month's fast and beginning of the three day celebrations.

The Chief Minister called upon the people to imbibe the virtue of 'giving' that the holy celebrations signify and wished that everyone would contribute to each other's well being and help create a world of peace and brotherhood.


Relief for slide prone Khromten Gompa

TAWANG, Jul 17: The historical Khromten gompa built by reverend Lama Sonam Gyetsen is under threat from land slide.

District Congress Committee President Nawang Sempa reported that Tawang MLA Tsering Tashi has constituted a committee comprising of GB and residents of Namet village yesterday and directed them to take stock of the calamity and start remedial work without any further delay. MLA has called on the team to get to work instantly without anticipating for government funds.

Perceiving the gravity of the situation, Tawang DC Abhishek Dev has composed a panel of experts and engineers spearheaded by District Disaster Management Officer Tsering Ngurup to make a spot survey today and monitor the threat level in presence of gompa authorities and villagers, and the rehabilitation activity will commence at the earnest, informed Tawang EAC Lobsang Tsetan. (Tawang Vigilance )


Girls reunited with parents

ITANAGAR, Jul 17: Two teenage girls Geeta (13) and Jeeya (15) (names changed) were reunited with their parents by the Childline Itanagar and Childline North Lakhimpur, Assam unit on July 8th and 14th respectively.

The girls from North Lakhimpur were working as domestic help and had run away from their employer's home on June 29 last. They were found by one concerned adult who handed over the duo to the Nirjuli police station.  

Later on, the police personal contacted Childline and registered a case. A team of Childline, Itanagar led by Punyo Yashe rushed to the police station and took charge of the girls. They were later produced before the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) Capital Complex, Itanagar under the guidance of CWC chairperson Mepung T Bage and CDPO S C Tok.


Hello Doctor

ITANAGAR, Jul 17: All India Radio, Itanagar will broadcast a Live Phone-in-Programme entitled "Hello Doctor" on its Arun FM (103.1 MHZ) Channel in July.

Dr. Tame Kena, MD (Psychiatry) Consultant at R. K. Mission Hospital, Itanagar will reply to the listener's queries on the topic "Mood Disorder (Depression)".


Hundreds take part in AoL's Happiness Course

ROING, Jul 17:  Over a hundred participants took part in the Roing police department organised 6-day Art of Living programme on 'Happiness Course' which began at the Multipurpose Hall here on Thursday.

The programme held under the initiative of SP Rajneesh Gupta saw the participation of people from all walks of life including, police and ITBP personnel besides, students and the general public.

In his inaugural address, the SP said that the main aim of the course is to bring happiness amongst the people so that they refrain from alcohol, drugs and other vices and concentrate on contributing to the overall development of the state.


ANYA calls for resumption of power supply

ITANAGAR, Jul 17: All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) has appealed the concern authorithy for immediate resumption of power supply.

The Association said that hundreds of patients and candidates appearing for APPSC exams are facing the real heat.

ANYA also questioned the management ability of the Power Department and questioned why the department is always running short of electrical equipments.

Meanwhile, ANYA Kurung Kumey Unit has called for posting of government employees including ADC for Kurung Kumey, Circle Officers at Damin, Parsi Parlo, Phassang and Kurung Nyobai circles. It also called for posting of SBI branch manager and accountant at SBI Koloriang and a Grahak Mitra officer as well.

President ANYA Biri Kakum has called on the concerned authorities to look into the matter shortly for the greater interest of the people.


ASF bats for streamlining of education system

ITANAGAR, Jul 17: The Arunachal Students Federation (ASF) today urged the Secretary Education to streamline the education system by providing basic facilities such as computer, library, sport materials and other teaching materials. In a letter addressed to the Secretary Education, ASF claimed that many government schools are not providing basics facilities to the students. The students' federation also condemned the alleged charging of fees from the students by many schools and urged the school authority to return the amounts to the students. ASF further demanded the Secretary Education to open temporary law college from 2015 academic session till the completion of Jote Government Law College infrastructure. It said that students from humble background are unable to afford the fee charged by the private law colleges in the state. ASF also appraised the authority to pursue with the CBSE to establish branch office at Itanagar to end unnecessary expense incurred in result and mark sheet related cases by the students from Arunachal Pradesh.


Workshop on Elementary Education

TEZU, Jul 17: A ten day workshop on Diploma in Elementary Education was conducted at Programme Study Centre at Tezu from 6 July.

The programme was conducted by the Department of School Education, Lohit District with an aim to accustom the teachers with the growing demand and need of the present education system. Altogether 134 teachers from Tezu-Sunpura participated in the workshop.

Programme incharge S C Tiwari explained that the diploma in elementary education workshop is mandatory for teachers to understand the ethics of the present demand of education system.


Refurbished Emergency Operation Centre

KHONSA, Jul 17:   Deputy Commissioner Tirap Kamlesh Joshi visited the refurbished District Emergency Operation Centre.

He checked the equipments which were recently procured for strengthening of DEOC and instructed DDMO Khonsa to maintain a separate inventory register for DEOC equipments and regularly use and check them for longevity of the equipments.

He further informed that the emergency electric line will be connected to the lower block of DC office where the DEOC is established. Joshi urged all the officers to maintain cleanliness in their surroundings.


Power restored in Barapani

ITANAGAR, Jul 17: Much to the relief of the citizens, the Naharlagun Electric Division has finally managed to restore power supply from the Barapani sub-station. It took a week for the Naharlagun Electric Division to restore power after the transformer was burnt on July 10.

Naharlagun Electrical Division has thanked the people of the area for not resorting to violence even though power supply was disrupted. The Executive Engineer of the Division, Ajay Murtem has requested the consumers to discourage illegal hooking in the area which is main reason for imbalanced load distribution and root cause of burning transformer.


Pakke-Kesang valley hit by flood

ITANAGAR, Jul 17: Due to sudden and heavy rainfall on July 14 last, large numbers of paddy fields, horticulture and kitchen gardens, water supply system Suchung, Palove and Alongtupte of Pakke-Kessang valley, East Kameng Distt including suspension bridges are reported to be damaged and domestic animals lost.

Road from Pakke-Kessang headquarters to the three villages has been damaged at many points.

Palove Multipurpose Cooperative Society Ltd (PMCSL) has requested the District Administration to intervene and immediately restore damages especially water supply system and road connectivity and provide immediate relief and compensation.


Labour Union seeks posting of RO

YINGKIONG, Jul 17: The Upper Siang Labour Union, Yingkiong has urged the Chairman, APB&OCWWB, Govt. of AP to immediately post a Registration Officer (RO) at Upper Siang. The President of Labour Union, Yingkiong, Gegur Tekseng said that labourer are facing untold miseries and hardship and unable to obtain financial helps due to non-posting of the concern officer. He pleaded the Chairman, APB&OCWWB to look into their request at an early date. DIPRO


APCC meet

ITANAGAR, Jul 17: A blood donation diary initiated by NSUI was launched by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today. People of the State who want to donate blood voluntarily and require blood can contact the APCC office or NSUI President, read a statement from the Congress office.

Meanwhile, a meeting of Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee office bearers was held at Itanagar today where AICC functionaries V Narayanasamy, Dr. K Jayakumar and Vijaya Lakshmi Sahu attended the meeting along with Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and APCC President Padi Richo. Various frontal organizations also joined the meeting.


Association calls for maintaining Bage Tinali-Doimukh-Gumto road

ITANAGAR, Jul 17: The Emchi- Gumto Youth Welfare Association has called for maintaining the Bage Tinali-Doimukh-Gumto road saying that the alternate road for Itanagar is often forgotten once the NH52A is repaired.

Only using the road at the time of crisis and forgetting its usefulness after a certain period of time is not tolerable by the youths of the area concern, its memorandum to the Executive Engineer PWD Doimukh division read. It has requested for sanctioning adequate amount for repair and maintenance of the road as early as possible.

The association also demanded release of pending bills of the contractors working under the department and stated of taking up democratic action against the department if the demands are not fulfilled within July 27 next.


Tourism development meeting held

AALO, Jul 17: A meeting on district tourism development was convened under the chairmanship of West Siang DC Pige Ligu at his office chamber here today.  

In the meeting, the DC insisted on selecting schemes that largely benefit the tourists, remain durable assets of the district and generate revenue for the government. District Tourism Officer Tate Tatak also outlined the various proposals submitted by individuals besides, ongoing and completed projects within the district. The other members of tourism department who attended the meeting also gave their useful suggestions. (DIPRO)


Embezzlement of fund alleged

ITANAGAR, Jul 17: All Jingang Hima Youth Association alleged that there is huge mismanagement of fund meant for computerization of commercial taxes under Mission Mode Project. In a release it alleged that work was awarded to Guwahati based firm Trans Virtual Pvt Ltd for engagement of System Integrator (SI) and supply of, installation and maintains of hardware and network infrastructure and digitalization and connectivity for CT MMP by the department of Tax and Excise.  The association claimed that the work is not going upto the mark and there are no sufficient employees to operate the online tax collection as per the regulation. It further claimed that instead of online payment the state government and Tax and Excise Department unlawfully collected the tax through money receipt. It also claimed no physical work is executed in the prescribed location.


News Impact

PWD serves 12 notices to Mumbai company on TAH

Itanagar, Jul 17: Arunachal Pradesh PWD has served 12 notices to a Mumbai-based construction company for alleged delay in executing Lalpur to Changlang portion of the Trans Arunachal Highway (TAH).

Responding to a Zero Hour motion brought by BJP member Laisam Simai in the assembly, PWD minister Gojen Gadi today said that work of the project worth Rs 5.49 crore began in 2011 with a target to complete it by 2014.

But after formation cutting works in 61 km of the 68 km-long road was completed, the company stopped work, he said.

The department served 12 notices to Delta SPC Company for the delay in response to which it resumed work on June last but stopped again for which a penalty of Rs 4.71 crore was imposed as a result of which the company assured to start the work soon in war footing, he said.

Earlier, raising the issue, Simai informed that the Lalpur to Changlang road was the first TAH portion started in 2011 but the progress was only 36 per cent.

The condition of the road, which served as the lifeline for three circles in Changlang district, deteriorated and the company was not working on it despite repeated request, Simai said.

"Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts are known for wrong reasons but the people are peace loving, pro-government and want development to take deep roots," he said, adding, he had drawn the attention of Union Road, Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari when he visited Jairampur on April last to inaugurate the National Highway 513.

Stating that people's sentiments should not be undermined, Simai pleaded the state government to initiate action against the company including cancellation of contracts and Gadi assured that he will look into the matter. PTI



Arunachal favourite destination for Pvt. investors

GUWAHATI, Jul 17: A recent report has revealed that private investors dread to venture into Manipur, which is considered to be the country's sporting powerhouse, while Arunachal, the storehouse of hydel power, is the most preferred investment destination in the Northeast.

According to a report of ASSOCHAM India, all investments in Manipur in the last decade (from 2004-05 to 2013-14) have been of public sector ownership, while private investments have drawn a blank. In Arunachal, the power sector has the highest amount of outstanding investment with a share of 81.3% of the state's total investment.

The report states that only Sikkim, Meghalaya and Arunachal have recorded public sector investment less than the regional average.

The Left Front-ruled Tripura follows Manipur with a low private sector ownership investment of 5.9% and 94.1% public sector ownership investment. In the entire Northeast, the investment rates are 34.60% from private ownership and 65.40% from public ownership. For the rest of the country, the ratio is the reverse - 47.6% from public sector ownership and 52.40% private ownership investment.

The ASSOCHAM report titled 'An Analysis of North East Region: Economic Growth and Investment Development' said, "If we look at the source of investment in the region's states, the analysis suggests that most of the investments are coming from the public sector." According to the report, public sector ownership investment in the last decade in Mizoram was 92.8%, 88.6% in Assam and 82.1% in Nagaland. The report added that while economic growth can be sustained only when sustainable amount of investment takes place over the years, "the investment performance of the region suggests that as on 2014-15, only four per cent of India's investment is taking place in the Northeast. As on 2014-15, the region has attracted Rs 6.38 lakh crore outstanding investments." Eighty per cent of these investments have gone to Arunachal (63%) and Assam (17%) and the remaining 20% is shared by the remaining six states.

The analysis suggests that most of the investments are taking place in electricity (62.6%) and services sector (29.5%). While the manufacturing sector has a share of 6.2%, the mining and irrigation sectors' share stands at 0.7% each.

The ASSOCHAM suggested, "Fast and speedy connectivity (by road, train or by other possible means) is necessary for industrial development. Apart from connectivity development, states need to ensure safety and security." (Source-Times of India)



Quality verification of Itanagar-Holongi Highway

ITANAGAR, Jul 17: Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi has directed Commissioner (PWD) to engage IIT, Guwahati or NIIT, Yupia to assess the quality of the work done by contractors in the Itanagar-Holongi Highway and to suggest remedial measures for effective drainage, land stabilization and erosion.  

It is expected that the report will be submitted to Govt within two months' time so that remedial measures can be implemented after rainy season.  

It has been observed that the present national norms for drainage, gradient and land stabilization measures are not adequate in Northeastern States where rainfall, flood, landslide are rampant and, therefore, fresh norms have to be worked out, said a statement issued by the Chief Secretary.  

Any deficiency on the part of the contractors will also be rectified.



Law to check menace of rampant hill cutting

ITANAGAR, Jul 17: Govt of Arunachal Pradesh would draft a law to check the menace of rampant hill cutting considering constant damage to roads by private individuals.  

The Govt has decided to enact a special law to control and regulate hill cutting and to prevent damage to ecologically sensitive sites.

The law shall provide stringent punishment for hill cutting without permission. The Committee shall also study the provision of the Assam Hill Land and Ecological sites (Protection and Management) Act, 2006 for reference.   

In this regard Chief Secretary has constituted a Committee to check hill cutting and to regulate permission for hill cutting.  

The Committee shall be headed by Secretary (Law & Judl) with Director (Urban Development), Director (Land Management), Deputy Commissioner (ICC), Conservator of Forest (Statistical & Planning) as Members and Director (Town Planning) as Member Secretary.



Question Hour

Group C and D posts: Recruitment rule is framed by the administrative reforms department to regulate the method of recruitment to the Group C and D posts of various departments. At district level the Deputy Commissioners are following the rule for recruitment to the posts which are under their control, informed Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in the Legislative Assembly today. He was responding to a star question from MLA Tesam Pongte.

Responding to a supplementary from Pongte, the chief minister informed that except recruitments in Govt secretariats like assembly secretariat and  civil secretariat and some technical posts,  there is a common recruitment rule for appointment in group C and D posts and the  district administration of respective district are following the rule, Tuki  said.

The Chief Minister further said that there is a dearth of sports personnel in Tirap and Changlang districts. Therefore, some posts under sports quota in Tirap and Changlang district will be converted into civil posts for  recruitment of local of people of that districts in that particular posts. When Dr Mohesh Chai claimed that appointments in many district level group C and D posts are made from headquarters in state level, the Chief Minister asked him to place his grievance in written to look into it.

Responding to a supplementary from MLA Japu Deru, Tuki said in certain cases like recruitment on compassionate ground, the department concerned takes step for recruitment in the vacant post with the recommendation of the district authority.

SSA and RMSA fund: Education Minister Tapang Taloh informed that there is no misuse of SSA and RMSA fund by the West Siang DDSE.

When Opposition  leader Tamiyo Taga in his supplementary maintained that  funds under SSA and RMSA schemes were misused and there is no implementation of the schemes, the minister said considering pubic grievance regarding alleged misuse of fund, a departmental enquiry committee has been constituted to ascertain the truth. The SIC has also conducted an enquiry and the report is under process.

Bomdila Govt College: Construction of infrastructure for Bomdila college has started since 2007 and sanctioned amount of Rs 490.50 lakh has been utilised for construction of infrastructure.

Responding to a supplementary from Deru, the Minister said that Govt will take steps to allocate fund under RUSA for providing water and electricity supply to the new school building. Earlier, Deru reiterated that despite a large sum of rupees have been utilised, school infrastructure remain incomplete and there is no provision  for water and power supply to the school building and hostels.


Quotes of the day

1. Tension  nehi lijiye, mera upar chor dijiye:  Minister Gojen Gadi  to Laisam Simai

2. Take care of accommodation and hygiene of the labourers: Deputy Speaker



APBOCWWB got Rs 61.23 crore in last 8 years

ITANAGAR, Jul 17: An amount of Rs 61.23 crore was received by the Arunachal Pradesh Building and Other Construction Worker Welfare Board (APBOCWWB) in the last eight years against one per cent labour cess paid by every department, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said today.

Of the amount, an expenditure of Rs 50.46 crore including Rs 41.54 core was incurred on undertaking welfare measures for the labourers and the rest was spent against administrative expenditure, Tuki said responding to a Calling Attention motion raised in the Assembly by BJP member Tage Taki.  Presenting the year-wise collection of fund against labourer cess, the chief minister informed that an amount of Rs 6.6 crore was received during 2007-08, Rs 1.56 crore in 2008-09, Rs 3.94 crore in 2009-10, Rs 8.44 crore in 2010-11, Rs 9.93 crore in 2011-12, Rs 13.74 crore in 2012-13, Rs 10 crore in 2013-14 and Rs 13.53 crore during 2014-15 respectively.

Raising the motion, Taki asked as to why the one per cent labour cess for APBOCCWWB was being deposited in the state government account.

He alleged that the chief minister withdrew an amount of Rs 3 crore for purchasing laptops and Rs 1.55 crore for procuring mobile handsets.

Admitting that fund was taken for genuine medical assistance to the labourers under the Chief Minister relief fund as provision with the Board was inadequate, Tuki said the Board decided to provide laptops to the meritorious students of the labour community and accordingly procured laptops worth over Rs 3 crore and further purchased mobile sets worth Rs 1.49 crore for labourers through tender process.

Mobile handsets were distributed to the registered workers with the Board who have completed four years of service, the chief minister added.

Deputy Speaker Tsering Norbu Thongdok who was on the chair lauded the welfare measures for the labourers but asked the Board to take care of their accommodation and hygiene before adjourning the House for the day.



Natung reassures panic stricken people

ITANAGAR, Jul 17: Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism cum Seppa West Assembly Constituency MLA, Mama Natung today reassured panic stricken people at Seppa that restoration work would be started at the earliest. The heavy downpour has reportedly created havoc in Seppa town and is disrupting surface communication by washing away culverts and bridges at Wessang. In a statement Parliamentary Secretary informed that report of massive destruction and disruption of communication in the district headquarter has been already briefed to higher authority for immediate restoration of damaged road and infrastructures and release of necessary funds.

At Pakoti Micro Hydel a portion of the channel has reportedly been washed away by rainfall, MLA disclosed that he had already instructed the concerned officers to initiate restoration work and expenses would be personally borne by him.

Natung further urged the Deputy Commissioner to assess the damage of properties of both public and private and prepare a report to submit the state government for relief and rehabilitation. He also lauded the district administration, East Kameng Social Welfare and Cultural Organisation (EKSWCO) members, and CRPF and police personnel for commendable work in rescuing the affected people during the hour of crisis.

He further conveyed his condolences on the tragic death of three persons Sushil Kumar Das, Rupa Das and Aayan Das in landslide and assured the bereaved families that people of East Kameng stand by them.

Natung further welcomed Chief Minister Nabam Tuki's swift announcement of ex-gratia for the deceased persons. Expressing concern over the treacherous and unpredictable weather, Natung appealed to the people, especially dwellers who reside at landslide prone zones to be vigilant especially during rainy season.



Arunachal’s Lhakpa Tsering to drive for Team Polaris at Raid de Himalaya 2015

ITANAGAR, Jul 17: Lhakpa Tsering, a native of Arunachal Pradesh has been selected to drive for Team Polaris for the Raid de Himalaya 2015.

This rally is considered to be the toughest and the most dangerous in the country and ranked amongst the top 12 toughest motorsport event in the World.

Lhakpa would be partnered by V. Venu Rameshkumar, ace navigator and biker from Coimbatore in the 17th Raid de Himalaya to be held from the 7 to 14 of October 2015 in the Polaris Rzr 1000 XP the latest and deadliest machine in the arsenal of Polaris.

The Raid de Himalaya is a 2500 km long event starting from the state of Himachal to the Jammu and Kashmir's Ladakh region and crosses over all three highest motorable roads in the world. Temperatures drop well below freezing point even during the day and even finishing the event is considered a big achievement.

"As the son of the soil, I feel proud that I am getting this opportunity from Polaris to represent them in this event and it's dream come true for any rally driver to get full sponsorship drive from an international company. I will try my level best to do justice to the faith the company has in me and bring laurels to my state of Arunachal Pradesh", said the ace driver while speaking to this daily.

Lhakpa Tsering is also the President of the Motorsports club of Arunachal who is responsible for bringing Arunachal Pradesh into the National motorsports scene. The club organises motorsports events and Arunachal Festival of Speed has become one of India's latest motorsport extravaganza attended by top rally drivers and motorsports enthusiasts of the country.

Speaking at a gathering of executives of Polaris India Ltd, the Managing Director of Polaris  India ltd,  Pankaj Dubey welcomed Lhakpa Tsering, who is considered to be a daring and experienced rally driver for last 16 years to Team Polaris and expressed faith that with his inclusion, Team Polaris would be able to win the toughest even in the country and do the company proud.

Polaris India Pvt. Ltd was established as a wholly owned subsidiary of Polaris Industries Inc. (USA), (www.polaris.com) which designs, engineers manufactures and markets innovative, high quality Off Road Vehicles (ORVs), innovative All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), the Polaris Ranger®, (for recreational and utility use), Snowmobiles, Motorcycles and Electric powered vehicles. Polaris India Pvt. Ltd. launched its flagship products including ATVs, Polaris Ranger RZR®, Side x Side Vehicles and Snowmobiles in India on 24th August, 2011.

Polaris India, has taken one giant step to revolutionize the Indian market for catering to very culture of the Indian Territory with a wide array of diversified off-road vehicles. Polaris is an American company that has made an entry into India few years back and considered to be theatre of the best All Terrain vehicles in the world.



Dept to crackdown on malpractices

CHANGLANG, Jul 17: Assistant Controller, Department of Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs L Taijong issued an office memorandum to all the Inspectors of the Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs under Changlang, Tirap and Longding to remain vigilant to stop the traders from charging rates higher than the printed (declared) price in these three districts and take necessary steps to contain the menace.

Taijong stated that complaints have been pouring in from the consumers and public in general from these districts that packaged commodities such as readymade garments, stationery items, office equipments and materials, electrical goods/ appliances, electronic gadgets, soaps & detergents, baby food, bakery product, cigarette, cosmetic, edible items, etc are being sold at much higher price than the printed (declared) price by the traders of the districts to earn easy money overnight. He further mentioned that cold drinks are being sold at exorbitant price by adding chilling/freezing charges over printed price taking advantage of scorching heat of the present season.

Stating that these malpractices tantamount to the breach of provisions of the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rule 2011 and the corresponding € to Legal Metrology Act, 2009, he instructed the inspectors to adopt periodical check/ inspection to apprehend  unscrupulous traders. (DIPRO)



Forest department conducts plantation


RUKSIN, Jul 17: As part of its ongoing "Van Mohatsava", the forest department of Ruksin territorial range today conducted plantation programme in the premises of three schools in Ngorlung village with massive participation of the school children, teachers, Panchayat leaders and local villagers.

The programme started with plantation of sapling in Ralung LP school premise by Ruksin Anchal Chairperson, Aruni Jamoh, which was followed by cleaning of weeds in and around the school and plantation by the foresters, students, teachers and local villagers.

Ruksin Forest Range Officer, Y Potom, who conducted the plantation activities, suggested the school children to take proper care of the planted saplings to ensure its survival.

Briefing on the significance of 'Van Mohatsava', he urged the teachers to instil a sense of conservation of natural environment by conducting massive plantation activities in human habitations.

The forest personnel also conducted plantation in Ngorlung Secondary School and Donyi-Polo Vidya Niketan with the help of the teachers and students.

Range Office at Ruksin has not a single nursery of its own to supply saplings to the local people. However, the officials managed to supply as many as 300 saplings including some ornamental, fruit plants, timber yielding and medicinal species that were planted in the school premises.



New Diagnostic Center opens at Seppa

ITANAGAR, Jul 17: Health sector has always remained wanting for East Kameng district as the district lacks basic health facilities. However, with the opening of new multi-facility diagnostic center - Seppa Diagnostic Center at heart of Seppa town, the health conscious people have a reason to rejoice.  

The diagnostic center was inaugurated by East Kameng Chamber of Commerce Industry (EKCCI) President Tassang Taku in presence of Women Welfare Organisation (WWO) President Veena Waii Sonam and members from East Kameng Social Welfare and Cultural Organisation (EKSWCO) in a simple function held recently.

The diagnostic centre is equipped with up to date facilities like Digital Computerized Radiography System, Color Doppler 3D Ultra Sonography, modern laboratory affiliated to Dr. Lal Path Lab Pvt. Ltd (New Delhi) under one roof.

The Diagnostic Centre is a joint venture of entrepreneurs Tamchi Dina Bayang and N. Jongluzu. For smooth functioning of the center a local advisory committee board was formed with social worker Boru Sangyu as Chairman. Sharing the idea of coming up with the diagnostic center, Tamchi Dina Bayang said that project has been initiated not only with a commercial motive but for social benefit also. Bayang wife of Gynaecologist Dr. Posting Bayang further added, "Many medical cases from the district are referred to Assam for further evaluation and treatment due to lack of proper diagnostic facility". She hoped that with the opening of this center it would cater to the needs of patients and would reduce the unnecessary financial burden. The diagnostic center provides monthly visiting specialist doctors from Itanagar.



Fresh batch of Skill Mission leave for Kolkata

ITANAGAR, Jul 17: Department of Skill Development and Employment Generation under the Chief Minister's flagship programme on Skill Development and Employment Generation has organized an orientation -cum-send off programme in Don Bosco Youth Centre, Itanagar for the candidates who are selected to undergo skill development training in Orion Edutech at Kolkata in Hospitality Sector. The selection of the trainees were done through recent District level Job Mela-cum- Skill Development Awareness and Selection Rally held in every district headquarter throughout the state.

Subu Tabin, Director, Skill Development and Employment Generation along with Fr.Cyriac, DBYC and representative of Orion Edutech, Kolkata briefed the youth about the training programme which will last for 5 months training. Almost all the candidates are going out of the state for the first time.

The cost of the training is being borne by state Govt. under Chief Minister's flagship programme on skill development and employment generation.

The trade certificate will be provided to successful candidate by National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT), New Delhi through RDAT, Kolkata.

State Govt. has signed MoA with the training provider for imparting quality skill development training and to ensure minimum of 70 per cent job placement immediately after successful completion of the training.



Yingkiong-Gobuk 2-Lane road on track

YINGKIONG, Jul 17: It is reported that the 98% of rough formation cutting of Yingkiong-Gobuk village stretch -25 kms of Yingkiong-Mariyang-Pasighat double lane road along the NH-513 has been completed without major hurdles. The Yingkiong-Gobuk package of the road is being constructed by the Ramky Company and M/S Nabum Tulon Construction Company as the agencies of Highway PWD.

This achievement has been possible due to diplomatic skill in timely settlement of compensation complaints by Adong Pertin, EAC cum chairman compensation Assessment Committee of this stretch assisted by Mikyi Boje, DLRSO and Tojo Lollen, AE Highway PWD, Yingkiong under the guidance of Dr. Tariq Thomas, former DC and Remo Kamki present DC of Upper Siang.

The ultimate contributor of this milestone is due to admirable cooperation extended by the PRI members, Gaon Burahs and the elders of Simong and Gobuk villages of Yingkiong Sadar circle. They are development minded and proactive for rapid development of the district. They urged the construction company to gear up the finishing and black topping works. DIPRO


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Insurgency problem back to haunt NE region

In recent months all of a sudden insurgency problem is back to haunt North East region. NSCN (K) has created mayhem by killing more than 20 army personnel in well planned attacks spanning across Nagaland and Manipur. The Naga militant group has further warned of more such attacks and has virtually kept government of Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal in tenterhooks'.  Now United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA-I) led by Paresh Barua has strike by killing 2 Hindi speaker person at Tinsukia district.

As per the media report businessman Nandalal Sahu, 65, and his daughter Kajol, 18, died while Sahu's wife Monti Devi, nephew Manoj Shah and another relative, Akshaylal Shah, sustained bullet injuries when three suspected Ulfa (I) cadres opened fire at them at Bijuliban village under Pengeree police station. Reportedly union home minister Rajnath spoke with Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and reviewed the situation. This sudden rise of militancy activities does not augur well for the region. The people of NE region have paid heavy price for it and are really fed up of insurgency problem. Government of India needs to play proactive role to end the militancy problems. Central government should engage all the militant groups in dialogue process. Without peace process there will never be permanent peace in the region. Before situation goes out of control, govt of India should immediately intervene and start peace negotiation with the militancy groups.




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Restore the Transformer

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed daily, I want to draw the attention of the authority concerned towards delay in restoration of transformer in Barapani Sector, Naharlagun.

It is quite disheartening to know that the concern authorities are not taking any initiative in restoration of transformer in the sector, which was last badly damaged due to short circuit and burst out in the 10th night of this month, now the people of the sector are in adversity for more than a week in this scorching summer without electricity as if living in remotes area, which does exist even to this day. Pertaining to that, there is probability of serious major unwanted incident like theft, robbery, drunkard & drugs addicted people loitering around and making nuisance by taking due advantages of the darkness.

As recently, the state Government has released Rs. 5 Crore to the power department to restore the damages of power supply throughout the state, wherein, I suppose within the said amount, the restoration of Barapani transformer is also included.

Therefore, I on behalf of the whole Barapani sector would like to appeal and convey upon the concerned authorities for early restoration of the transformer in the sector for the convenience of the people and to avoid untoward incident.


Licha Tatam (Advocate)




Profoundly undemocratic, thoroughly misconceived project

Dear Editor,

The Aadhar card (UID) is an attempt to uniquely & digitally identify people for the primary purpose of tracking the social security of an individual. It is inspired by the Social Security Number issued in the USA.But conceptually the Aadhar is supposed to benefit social inclusion on all development parameters (Education, Health, Employment) and hence pitched as more than an identity card. The statement that it is a good initiative is debatable. It would have been a good initiative if India had its social security figured out, which it has not.

Public Distribution System (PDS) is one such social security measure. Major issue in PDS is pilferage and quality of service neither of which are related to the unique identification of a person. Moreover UID claims to help identify a person when they migrate from a village to another village or city which is a genuine problem but again the PDS system is too corrupted & cartelized to make good use of the UID.

For most of urban middle class Indian with a PAN card, perhaps a passport and a driving license, the UID provides not much benefit. The question that arises at present is its significance and remarkable existence and identification utility.

UID can at best help prevent ‘fraud’, not collusion or extortion, which are far more common. A great deal of corruption is not wage-related, but materials-related. UID number will only guarantee identity, not rights, benefits or entitlements. The Aadhaar project has grave civil liberty implications. It will enable the government to profile citizens and track their movements and transactions. There is no guarantee that intimately personal details, pre-existing illnesses, romantic relationships, anonymous donations won’t be shared with other agencies.

Experience shows that whenever the government gets excessive authority, it is misused. That is what happened with our anti-terrorism acts and is happening with the Armed Forces Special Powers Act and Public Safety Act in numerous states.

Excessive reliance on technology, especially to tackle special problems like corruption, can be disastrous. Technologies can fail. Biometric readings can go wrong if power supply fails, as happens virtually daily in most of India. Biometric readings may produce misleading results, People with low-quality fingerprints (construction workers) and with cataract/corneal problems can pose problems for fingerprints and iris scans. Between 10 and 60 million people could be excluded from UID due to such errors.

Data theft and transfer to intelligence agencies or corporations have potentially horrendous consequences. That is one reason why many countries including the UK, US and Australia have abandoned national ID cards. Another is the high cost. According to reports, UID’s per person cost is estimated to have jumped from Rs 31 to between Rs 450 and Rs 500. Aadhaar will therefore probably cost something like Rs 150,000 crore (Rs 1.5 trillion).The Planning Commission is already allotting it Rs 35,000 crore to Rs 45,000 crore (Rs 350 billion to Rs 450 billion) over the next five years to cover only half the population. This is astronomical for a scheme with dubious benefits.

Yet, the Aadhaar project is being pushed through without a legal basis, and without public or parliamentary debate. UIDAI was created by an administrative order and before any proof of concept studies were commissioned. Aadhaar numbers are being rolled out even before the relevant bill is tabled in Parliament. The process is profoundly undemocratic and the project thoroughly misconceived. I feel it must be halted at once.


Duyu A. Tagio




Arunachal has talent

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed dailies, I would like to draw your kind attention towards the recently published advt on 14th July regarding Arunachal Idol 2015.

Being a music lover, it gives me great enthusiasm to know about the upcoming singing show and its prizes but on the other hand, it also reminds me of last Arunachal Idol which was held in the year 2012-13.

It is very sad to know that the Top 3 finalists of last Arunachal Idol were not given any audio/video album contract till today whereas it was mentioned that the top 3 finalist will be awarded with cash prizes along with album contract.

An artist is always hungry for their popularity/publicity which can’t be fulfilled by cash prizes alone.

So, whoever organises such programme must fulfil all their promises to the participants. If it happens in our own state then how can we trust others?

My humble request being a music lover to the organisers is to encourage more and more as Arunachal has really got talent.





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