July 29

Call for integration of Naga-inhabited areas under one unit

Kohima, Jul 28: The Nagaland Legislative Assembly today adopted a five-point resolution on the Naga political issue.

After discussing the issue for two days on July 23 and July 24, the House today unanimously reiterated the earlier resolutions of the Assembly dated December 12, 1964, August 28, 1970, September 16, 1994 and December 18, 2003, demanding integration of all contiguous Naga-inhabited areas under one administrative umbrella, and to urge upon the Centre to fulfill the same.

The House also urged the Centre and the NSCN(K) to resume the ceasefire agreement and to create a more peaceful and congenial atmosphere for the smooth progress of the Naga political dialogue.

They also appealed to the Centre to withdraw the declaration of the whole state of Nagaland as disturbed area under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act 1958.

The House requested all Naga nationalist groups and civil societies to unite and work for the early settlement of the Naga political issue. PTI



NE owe NEEPCO more than Rs 1,000 cr

Shillong, Jul 28: Assam and Meghalaya together owe nearly Rs 1,000 crore as outstanding power dues to the state-owned North-East Electric Power Corporation, officials said today.

"NEEPCO is to receive Rs 536.64 crore from Assam and Rs 429.4 crore from Meghalaya against sale of power," NEEPCO Chairman and Managing Director P C Pankaj said.

He said the actual amount due for receipt from Assam and Meghalaya was Rs 269.2 crore and Rs 288.21 crore, respectively, with a surcharge of Rs 267.44 crore and Rs 140.83 crore.

Similarly, other north-eastern states that have pending power dues with NEEPCO include Tripura (Rs 89.74 crore), Manipur (Rs 68.14 crore) and Arunachal Pradesh (Rs 26.16 crore), Pankaj said.



Indefinite strike by DRDA employees

ITANAGAR, Jul 28: Alleging that the state government has shown utter negligence in fulfilling its long-pending demands, the Lower Subansiri district unit of All India DRDA Staff Welfare Association has decided to launch indefinite ‘pen and tool down’ strike from August 3 until the demands were met.

The DRDA staffs have been demanding for their absorption in line departments of the state government and providing them with other service benefits, like retirement gratuity, death gratuity, pension etc as extended to government employees.


ATM demanded at Yingkiong

YINGKIONG, Jul 28: All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union, Upper Siang unit has urged the Assistant General Manager of the Regional office State Bank of India (SBI), Itanagar for installing one more ATM booth in addition to the existing one at Yingkiong town to cater to the banking needs of customers.

Presently, there is only one ATM booth in Yingkiong which is not sufficient, the AAPLU unit said in a representation to the SBI GM. Moreover, the wages of laborers are now-a-days credited to their bank accounts and they draw their wages/salaries from ATM. But they have to stand in long queues for long time in front of the ATM to draw money which is not possible for the working class people, AAPLU said, and appealed to the GM to look into their problem. DIPRO


Funds sought for teachers’ quarters

ITANAGAR, Jul 28: Informing that the government quarters for teachers of Govt. Higher Secondary School, Tezu are in a dilapidated condition and on the verge of collapse due to want of maintenance, the Teachers’ Cell APCC chairman, Itanagar Drengso Pul has in a letter to the state Chief Minister today appealed him to sanction funds under non-plan scheme for taking up maintenance work of the quarters.

The CGI sheets of a total of 10 quarters are rusted and leaking while the walls have not been repaired since last 40 years, Pul said and appealed the CM to sanction funds against repairing works for the said quarters at the rate of Rs. 3 lakhs per quarter at the earliest.


Rath Yatra festival ends with religious fervour

H K Roy

PASIGAHT, July 28: The nine-day-long Rath Yatra that commemorates the journey of Lord Krishna from Gokul to Mathura ended with the Return Yatra entering into the Manipuri temple, situated at Pasighat Bazaar (opposite of Balaji temple) on Sunday last. It is popularly known as chariots festival, celebrated in the honor of Lord Jagannath who is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

This spectacular festival is celebrated in the month of Asadha. The Bishnupriya Manipuri community celebrates the Rath Yatra annually here at Pasighat with religious fervour. Hundreds of devotees thronged revered Manipuri Jagnnatha temple and offered puja to Lord Jagannatha, his elder brother Lord Balabhadra and sister Devi Subhadra on the festive occasion.


HHSU education tour begins

ITANAGAR, Jul 28: The Vice Principal of DPGC, Kamki Dr. Gomo Karbak has flagged off the education tour of the Hirik Hiru Students Union, (HHSU) Kamba today.

On the first day of tour, the HHSU team headed by its president Yomge Karbak visited Karbak Moku Primary School and Karbak Dubi Co-residential School.

While addressing the students and the villagers, DPGC assistant professor Nyade Nomuk, who is the  resource person of the  team and HHSU  advisor Advocate Tomba Nomuk highlighted the importance of education and role of parents and teachers in moulding the career of the students. Yomge Karbak also advised students to pursue their study with dedication in order achieve their goal in life.      


AAP for West Kameng finalised

ITANAGAR, Jul 28: The Annual Action Plan (AAP) for the year 2015-16 of West Kameng district has been approved in the District Level Vigilance &  Monitoring  Committee (DLVMC)  and   Governing  Body  Meeting  of  DRDA at Bomdila today.

The meeting unanimously approved all the proposals in AAP for 2015-16 submitted by respective BDOs, informed West Kameng DRDA Project Director Tasso Gambo in a release.

West Kameng Deputy Commissioner and DLVMC (DRDA) Member-Secretary AK Singh, who chaired the meeting along with with ZP Chairperson Chewang Lhamu, described the importance aims and objectives of all centrally sponsored RD programmes.

MLA Japu Deru also attended the meeting and appreciated  the  implementation  of  MGNREGA  scheme in the district ensuring livelihood for each and everyone .   

Earlier,  the DRDA Project  Director presented  all the  Draft  Annual   Action  Plan   and  achievement  report  for   DLVMC  of  all  flagship  schemes  of  RD programmes for  the  year   2014-15.  

All Head of Departments and PRI members from  various blocks,  Anchal  Samities  and   ZPMs  of the district attended  the  meeting.


Branch manager sought

ITANAGAR, Jul 28: Informing that Branch Manager Incharge, SBI Koloriang, Rajesh Kumar Ranjan passed away at a hospital in Lucknow on July 25 last, the All Kurung Kumey District Students’ Union has urged upon the SBI authorities for immediate posting of another branch manager.


Blood donation camp concludes with high notes

ITANAGAR, Jul 28: The three-day blood donation camp organised by Arunachal Student Union Shillong (ASUS) and supported by All Arunachal Pradesh Student Union (AAPSU) in association with North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health & Medical Science (NEIGRIHMS) concluded at Regional Blood Bank, Pasteur Institute Shillong, Meghalaya.

A total of 99 units of bloods were collected during the three day camp which witnessed enthusiastic participation of more than 260 students.

Aimed at helping the needy and the poor patients, the main theme of the blood donation camp was “The need is constant, gratification is instant. Donate blood”.


Lower Subansiri team for DK Memorial Badminton C’ship

ITANAGAR, Jul 28: Lower Subansiri Badminton Association has selected a 20-member squad for the state level 3rd Dorjee Khandu Memorial Open Badminton Championship to be held here from August 19 to 23.

The players have been selected on the basis of their performance in the selection tournament conducted at Indoor Multipurpose Stadium, Hapoli.

The team: Koj Tajang,  Michi Buker, Koj Tajang,  Michi Buker, Dani Tanyang ,Toko Takum, Dani Karu, Toko Takum, Dani Tanyang, Mudo Dolyang, Dani Tanyang, Mudo Dolyang, Dani Dihlyang, Kago Yassa, Dani Dihlyang, Kago Yassa, Dani Dihlyang, Nido Eya, Dani Dihlyang and Nido Eya.


News Impact

BJP raps Govt. after CAG exposure

ITANAGAR, Jul 28: The State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has demanded a White Paper from the ruling Congress Government in the state on action taken against the 16 major departments and 25 State Autonomous Bodies, who failed to submit utilisation certificates.

As per CAG report, the party said, 16 major economic and social security govt. departments and 25 State Autonomous Bodies did not submit a total of 148 UCs involving Rs 310.05 Cr. to the competent authority.

The CAG reports exposed the Nabam Tuki led Government’s blatant lies which have been claiming that Utilization Certificates (UCs) were submitted to the Govt. of India but fund are not being released due to intervention of the state BJP.

The party stated that the current alleged financial crisis in the state is self-created by the ruling Congress Government due to its failure to maintain financial transparency, accountability and fiscal rules and regulations.

The state government also came under sharp criticism from the BJP for allegedly failing to plug revenue leakages under Department of Tax and Excise and PWD as per CAG reports.

The party also criticised the state government for not supplying the CAG reports to the elected representatives 15 days prior to the start of the Legislative Assembly session.

The CAG reports were made available only on the last day of the Budget Session without providing any room for discussion on CAG findings, the party said and termed the practice as undemocratic.



PPEM gaining momentum despite protests

[ Appu Gapak ]

While some groups are still sticking on with the usual manual metering system for their electricity consumption, people have gone ahead with the installation of Pre-Paid Electric Metre (PPEM) and have expressed happiness because of its usefulness to have control over their expenditure.

“I used to pay Rs 15000 monthly for electricity charges. But this time I paid only Rs 8000,” said a lady on account of anonymity. She runs a three storied girls hostel in the heart of Itanagar.

“I recharged for Rs 500 last time. That was about two months back and it’s still running”, another happy single consumer shares. “I find Pre-Paid Power Metering system very good and user friendly as it helps me to save money besides energy. Unnecessary power usage is checked”, he adds.

The consumers are also realising their bid to conserve energy. With the In-Home Display Device (IHD) or Consumer Interface Unit (CIU) that is fixed in the system, one can keep track of the consumption, load and money balance. And true to its tagline which says ‘Pay as you Use’, one can opt for recharge as low as Rs 100 as we do with our cell phones.

Around 4500 PPEMs have been installed all over Itanagar as informed by Joram Lali Executive Engineer (E), Capital Electrical Division.

While it was made mandatory for only government offices and quarters to be installed with the PPEM following protests by some groups, many people from the commercial sections are also opting for the new system, he informed.

“Demands are pouring as they are now realising the benefits of the PPEM,” he said.

Many of the organisations have been alleging PPEM of being faulty and said that it doubles the bill compared to manual billing system. It has also been alleged of incurring exorbitant bills than the manual metering.

“At Rs 4 per unit, Arunachal is among the states that offers lowest tariff,” clarifies EE Joram Lali.

However, there are also people who are opting out of the PPEM system and are going back to the post paid system.

“For the convenience of the consumers, there is also option of going back to post paid system if one is not happy with the PPEM system,” the EE said.

In the meantime, while the state power department is going ahead with the implementation of ambitious PPEM system that boosts and makes the revenue collection system more transparent with proper check for power thefts, it is also hoped from the department that the loopholes that lies within are also taken care of.



Last Night A Star Dropped From The Sky

[ Tongam Rina ]

Last evening at around 8, a fellow journalist from Delhi asked whether the news about President APJ Abdul Kalam’s passing was true. Must be another hoax, I responded reminded of an earlier instance when the president himself had to clarify that he was well and alive.  

But sadly, this time he did not come around to clarify. 

Dubbed the people’s president, I rather liked this unassuming, humble giant of a person. I will always remember how he completely de-mystified the hallowed image of the President of India and unshackled the Presidency as well as the Rashtrapati Bhavan from what have always been considered shackles of forced bureaucratic awe. He was able to re-cast the very idea of the Rashtrapati and was for the first, and to my mind, the only time when India’s people loved their head of State, not just kneeled in reverence.

Driven by a highly refined scientific temper and providing an iconic leadership of a fresh kind, he was a real hero for children, who loved meeting him and interacting with him. 

In many ways he was a closer uncle to them then even Chacha Nehru who was always this hallowed, glorified uncle framed within the paperback covers of school textbooks, read a text message from my buddy as we exchanged messages on a life well led. 

Perhaps he was one person that united this great country because he gave us a reason to dream and aspire. A boy not born in wealth rose on to become the President of India by the dint of sheer hard work. The student who was not successful in becoming a pilot ended up as the missile man of the country!   

Many will forever cherish the man with the electrifying smile, whose unkempt hairstyle became almost a metaphor for the way he led the nation- with an aura of zen-like confident non-chalance, a quality that greatly endeared him to student and teacher alike.  

For a long time, we will remember him for the manner he bid goodbye to us- on stage, addressing students and dying doing what he loved most- inspiring young people. What a way to go, Mr President.



Rangiya–Murkongselek BG line to be commissioned in August

[ Prafulla Kaman ]

RUKSIN, Jul 28: The Broad Gauge (BG) conversion work of the Rangiya-Murkongselek route of the NF Railway has been completed with installation of equipments in the stations along the rail route and the railway authorities are all set to operate passenger train service from August 1 next.

NF Railway sources said that the last phase of gauge conversion work along 155-km railway stretch between North Lakhimpur to Murkongselek (Jonai) near here was completed.

The railway authority had earlier announced the commissioning of the newly converted BG line by March 15 this year, but it was delayed for security related issues.

Later, Commissioner of Railway Safety, NE Circle (Kolkata), Sudarshan Nayak, along with the top ranking railway officials conducted the high-speed trial run on the newly converted Broad Gauge railway and gave green signal for early commissioning of the BG line in May this year.

It may be recalled that Rangiya-Murkongselek railway route came up in 1962 during Chinese Aggression for transportation of security forces to Arunachal Pradesh. The BG railway line has been proposed to be extended to Pasighat in East Siang and further to Roing, Parsuramkund, Rupai, Anjaw and other places along the Indo-China border.

On the other hand, NF Railway officials are confident for the completion of Bogibeel Bridge over the Brahmaputra River by early 2017. The bridge, when completed, will provide rail connectivity between Assam and Arunachal with the rest of the country.



Arunachalee chosen for UN Scholarship

ITANAGAR, Jul 28: Jawaharlal Nehru University, M.Phil Research scholar Tilu Linggi from Arunachal was selected for the Indigenous Fellowship Programme by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva, Switzerland from June 29 last - July 24 next.

Tilu, a native of Roing, was one among the 10 fellows from across the world to be selected for the prestigious fellowship.

Later, he was chosen for a training programme to enhance the conflict prevention and peacemaking capacities of indigenous peoples’ representatives organised by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research in Geneva, Switzerland from 27-31 July. The training programme is organised to look at some of the problems which indigenous groups face and  consider what might be done to effectively respond to these problems. It also seeks to help participants refine skills in conflict analysis, and negotiation, and examine lessons learned from initiatives of indigenous peoples in several regions.  

He also attended the Eight Session (20-24 July) of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which is one of the highest platforms that addresses issues on the rights of indigenous peoples on all issues including land, their traditional knowledge.

Later, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Corpuz Tauli addressed the indigenous fellows 2015 where she spoke on the problems indigenous peoples face and how the scholars should help governments to comply with United Nation Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 2007.

In an email interview with this daily from Bogis Bossey, Switzerland Tilu where he currently is undergoing the training said that the legal training in the UN would help address the rights of indigenous peoples and pursue the matter at domestic and international platform. The training helps to address all issues including social, economic cultural and political rights both at domestic and international level, he said while adding that the training is part of the process to disseminate knowledge of legal rights and to make best use of it.

Tilu has done his BA from Madras Christian College, LLB from ILS Law College, Pune, LLM from National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam. He has earlier worked under National Human Rights Commission, New Delhi and is a recipient of R.P. Anand International Law Scholarship 2014.



Bollywood calling

ITANAGAR, Jul 28: Bollywood may have finally found its calling in Arunachal. Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, the co-producer of Mary Kom movie will soon sign a MoU with the government of Arunachal. It is reported that the Vice President of the Company is reaching Arunachal Pradesh to formally sign the documents on August 4.

VB Productions, the company of the path breaking filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj has also expressed its interest in signing an agreement with the state government. Bhardwaj has already arrived in Ziro to scout for locations for his film Rangoon. Kangana Ranaut will be starring as the female lead in Rangoon which also feature Shahid Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan.   

Though dubbed as one of the most beautiful states in the country, Arunachal Pradesh have not been able to capitalise much on its potential, mainly due to bad road connectivity and tourism policy that have never really taken off.

Koyla, the Shahrukh Khan starrer remains the only Bollywood movie that has been shot in the state.





State level Intensified Diarrhea Control Fortnight

ZIRO, Jul 28: State level Intensified Diarrhea Control Fortnight (IDCF) was launched on 27th July in Ziro, Lower Subansiri which was inaugurated by Indra Mallo (IAS) Secretary, Health & Family Welfare and started with administration of ORS dose and distribution of packet to school kids.

While addressing the gathering, Mallo stressed that, we need to put all our efforts to release our dream of a healthy state and need to strengthen the health system to reduce the Infant Mortality Rate in the state. She urged all concerned medical staffs, Goan Buras, PRI & general public to give their support to achieve the target of zero diarrhea.

Ziro-Hapoli MLA, Er. Tage Taki, appreciating the Health Department for its work to prevent disease like diarrhea, which almost kills 1.4 lakh children all over the country, emphasized on need to practice healthy habits to avert the disease. Meanwhile, he pointed out that General Hospital, Ziro despite having specialist doctors but due to lack of diagnostic machines, patients are being referred to other hospitals.

Responding to the MLAs disclosure, the Secretary, Health & Family Welfare assured to look into the matter.

P.N.Thungon, Mission Director, (NHM) expressing his happiness on large turnout of Gaon Buras and general public to witness the launch of the programme, urged each ASHA to visit at least 20 to 25 households and distribute ORS and teach simple technique to prepare the ORS and inculcate the habits of hand washing with soap.

Kanki Darang, Deputy Commissioner, Ziro Lower Subansiri requested to maintain cleanliness of surroundings and health to prevent diseases.

During the inauguration day, Hari Farmer's Club performed a skit with the help of ASHAs which depicted on diarrhea prevention.

During the fortnight, ASHAs will distribute ORS and Zinc tablet to each household and teach them how to prepare ORS. The IDCF emphasised that diarrhea can be prevented by simple safe drinking water, hand washing, sanitation, immunization and appropriate nutrition.

NAMSAI: The Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight (IDCF) was formally launched in Namsai District by Zilla Chairperson J K Muanglang at PHC Lathao in presence of the Director (Family Welfare) Govt of Arunachal Pradesh, Dr Hage Tabyo along with team members Dr T.Taloh OSD (IMR) and Dr. D. Padung (Nodal Officer) NHM.

Muanglang said the diarrhoeal diseases are very common in summer or monsoon season particularly flood affected areas and asked the health department to take care and prevent any untoward event.

  Dr. Hage Tabyo requested all Medical Officers present in the meeting to be dedicated in their services. He said IDCF is a mission mode and there should be zero death under five years during the fortnight campaign.      

Dr. D Padung also gave a brief presentation in reporting system and highlighted the prevention of Diarrheal disease.     

Dr. Nani Rika, DMO, said that the event was being organised with the ultimate aim of zero child death due to childhood diarrhoea.

He emphasised on role of ANMs and ASHAs in prevention of the childhood Diarrhoea through ORS, Infant and Young childhood feeding (IYCF) and demonstration of hand wash to School children.

SEPPA: The Intensified Diarrhoea Control  Programme (IDCF) will be  observed  in  East  Kameng  along  with  rest  of  the  State  till  8th August. The IDCF was launched at District Hospital Seppa yesterday by M. Cheda, Zilla Chairperson.  

Speaking  on the  occasion,  Cheda called  on  all  the  health  workers  to  be  sincere  in  their  duties.  She  asked  ASHAs  and facilitators  not  to  leave  any  village  uncovered during  the  programme  and all children  under  5years   must  be  checked  to  detect  Diarrhoea  cases. She  further  asked  health  staffs  to  stay  at  their  place  of  postings.

Earlier, Dr. Nyage Geyi, DMO  stressed  on  proper  survey  of  Diarrhoea  and  malnourished  cases  among  children  under 5 years. He also briefed about the promotion of Infant and Young Child Feeding Activities. (DIPROs)



NE Students complete Space Camp at NASA

ITANAGAR, Jul 28: Two students from Nagaland have successfully completed an International Space Camp (ISC) at the US Space and Rocket Center (USSRC), Huntsville, USA.

Mezong Jamir, a class XI boy and Khriesetuonuo Solo, a class XII girl of the Livingstone Higher Secondary School, Dimapur, spent a thrilling week (17-24 July, 2015) at Alabama, one of NASA’s five Marshall Space Flight Centers, where they trained in all kinds of routines just like an astronaut does.

The students were accompanied by their teacher-educator Andrew Ahoto Sema.

The course is self-funded, part of which is subsidised by the US Space Center to encourage foreign students. Each year, hundreds of students and trainees from all over the world join the international space camp for a week of fun-filled hands-on drills and activities.

During the week-long programme trainees are exposed to challenging tasks that include underwater Scuba-based microgravity, multi-axis simulation that test both of their mental and physical ability.

Lalhnuna Hauhnar, who has been designated as the Space Camp Ambassador, has initiated this programme in the Northeast to encourage high school aged students as well as teachers to experience ‘a space-life environment’. The students also learn space science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

“This is an experience of a life time, which does not come so easily even if you have all the money,” says Hauhnar, who had also attended such camp. “The students are chosen after a thorough interview and personality test.”



Arunachal mourns death of APJ Kalam

ITANAGAR, Jul 28: Along with the rest of the Nation, various organisations of the state, including State BJP unit today deeply mourned the death of former President APJ Abdul Kalam and offered prayers for him.

Abdul Kalam, the 'missile man' who came to be known as 'People's President' died after he collapsed during a lecture at the IIM Shillong on Monday evening.

The rank and file of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Arunachal Pradesh state unit paid floral tribute to APJ Abdul Kalam at party office here today. The members also observed two minutes silence and prayed for the eternal peace of the great soul.

Expressing deep shock and sadness on the demise of Kalam, BJP state President Tai Tagak said, former President Kalam was a great scientist, philosopher and dedicated teacher until the very end of his life and he was admired by all especially by the students. His demise is an irreparable loss to the country, Tagak said. Former MLA and former State BJP President Tapen Siga spoke on the life history of former President and stated how he has inspired millions of people and became “People’s President”.  

Among others, B.R. Waghe, BJP state unit general secretary (incharge org.) and state secretary Ojing Tasing also spoke on the occasion.

The BJP also decided to cancel all the public functions for three days beginning from today as a mark of respect to the departed President.

Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal (APCSD) state unit also expressed deep shock over the demise of former President A P J Abdul Kalam. In a condolence meeting held at Indira Gandhi Bhawan, Naharlagun, the Seva Dal workers observed three minutes silence and prayed for heavenly peace of former President’s soul. Recalling the visit of  Abdul Kalam in Arunachal Pradesh on March 26, 2007, APCSD Chief Organizer Kipa Kaha said the former President had encouraged the people of Arunachal in particular and North-East as a whole to take responsibility of nation building.

The Govt officers, officials and general public of Kurung Kumey district in a condolence meeting held at Koloriang today observed two minutes silence and paid tribute to the departed soul. All the Govt establishments remained closed as a mark of respect to the great soul, DIPRO adds.

Govt officers, panchayat leaders and Nafra-Bomdila  MLA Japu  Deru of West Kameng district also observed   two minutes silence and paid homage to Abdul  Kalam during District Level Vigilance & Monitoring  Committee (DLV& MC)  and  DRDA  governing body meeting  held at Bomdila today.

The Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) led by its president Y D Thongchi today deeply mourned the untimely demise of former President APJ Abdul Kalam and prayed for the eternal peace of his departed soul.

Kalam, who served as the 11th President of India during 2002 to 2007, had proved to be the people’s President, for which lakhs of people from all over the nation, in first ever attempt, had urged the then government of India to give him a second chance to serve as President, the APLS said in a condolence message.

Lower Subansiri district unit of BJP has also deeply mourned the death of former President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. While recalling the contributions of Kalam in nation building, all the BJP workers of the district including Ziro-Hapoli MLA Tage Taki, Kuru Tai, Regional president, Subansiri Frontier region, Tilling Dolley, president, Lower Subansiri district unit observed two minutes silence and prayed for peace of the departed soul.



Minister gives priority on long-term schemes for inclusion in Vision Document

PANGIN, Jul 28: Education Minister Tapang Taloh has called upon the Govt officers and panchayat leaders of Siang district to propose comprehensive long term schemes for inclusion in the Vision Document-2030.  Addressing the coordination meeting for preparation of Vision Document 2030 of Siang District held in the office of the DC Siang today, Taloh exhorted all to work together to make Siang a model district.

Informing that Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has extended his full support to develop this infant district, the education minister said the visionary and comprehensive budget which was approved in recently held Assembly session will benefit all sections of the society especially the poor. The budget proposal will accelerate the pace of development in the state, the minister said adding many roads will be converted to state highways and various sectors like hydro power, electrical, agriculture, horticulture, forest have also been prioritised. Therefore all the officers have to propose schemes with responsibility, he added.

The natural resources should be exploited properly, the minister said adding the government employees should work dedicatedly and work culture should be improved. They should remain in their station and serve the people sincerely, he said. It is high time that we retrospect and initiate corrective measures so that the state can keep pace with the rest of the world, said Taloh.

Regarding education sector, the minister said no society can develop without proper education. He informed that sufficient fund provision has been kept in the budget for development of education sector. The minister strongly felt that some modifications are needed in RTE for affective development of education sector in the state. Steps are being initiated to make ITIs functional and opening of colleges, VKV, JNV, he said and appealed all to cooperate and make land available for such institutions.

The minister further appealed to the civil society especially the women folks to curve the menace of alcoholism and drug abuse which will destroy the young generation. He informed that the Nabam Tuki government is dealing with the boundary disputes in right direction.

Earlier Siang DC N. Lego emphasised on preparation of the vision document with missionary zeal and cautioned that no indiscipline and negligence of duty will be tolerated. DPO Siang explained the modalities of preparing the vision document and appealed all to submit it on time. DIPRO



Meeting of govt department held, DC seeks action taken report

SEPPA, Jul 28: The coordination meeting of head of departments was presided over by DC Sandeep Kumar Singh at Seppa yesterday.

He sought action taken on the report of last coordination meeting which included staying of government employees at their posting place, restoration of damaged pipe line at Seppa Township, physical survey of RCC bridge over Macha Nallah, buffers stock at all outpost. He also asked them to give a brief presentation on all ongoing projects and future plan of their departments. He called on the HoDs to create departmental email ids and immediate installation of biometric attendance. He directed APO, APEDA to prepare DPR of solar projects for the interior areas.

EE PWD, Seppa informed that the state government has allotted Rs.5 crore for mini secretariat at Seppa. He also briefed about the road damages and restoration works taken by the department.

EE Power (Elect) assured to take up the Bamboo clearance at Bana-Kopi line and also posting of additional staffs. He sought for handing over of maintenance of Kopi to Bana line under Seppa Division.

EE (WRD) informed that the hydrological data of all streams of East Kameng District shall be completed by end of Aug 2015.

EAC A.Koyu called on the HoDs to clear the payment of Land Premium by March and also to take up for LPC of all Govt Departments.

The DIO sensitised the HoDs to make use of electronic equipments in official works and also delivered on e-office practices. He urged them to incorporate all details in district website to provide maximum on line information to the people.

DDMO gave a presentation on disaster management and awareness activities carried out at Seppa Town

Meanwhile, the meeting was also held for preparation for celebration of 69th Independence Day and finalised the detail programmes to celebrate in a befitting manner at district headquarter and other sub-divisional and Circle Hqs. (DIPRO)



Tourists discouraged by terrible

road condition of Ziro

[ Yachang Tacho ]

ZIRO, Jul 28: Tourists from outside Ziro Valley leave with memorable and pleasant experience, but it would have been pretty pleasing more if there were good road infrastructure. They take a nightmarish experience back home when it comes to road communication. Terrible road condition might discourage them to visit the valley again.

Poorly maintained roads can be seen everywhere here. For instance, the road in between Hapoli and Old Ziro near Saw Mill at Akho Ubyo which got sunk due to collapse of a culvert remained unattended for several years posing great threat to the commuters.

Taking serious note of the problem, the Ziro unit of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) led by local MLA Tage Taki today conducted a voluntary social service and repaired the damaged portion of the road by digging up the ravages and putting pipes for free passage of water.

“I have witnessed several vehicular accidents, particularly two wheelers where some got injured. I appreciate Ziro unit of BJP workers for taking up such a yeomen service,” said Christoper Michi Tajo, a reputed tour operator of the state.

Ngilyang Taling, former Apatani Youth Association’s Asst. Gen. Secy. who came across the social service, appreciated the team for taking up the work for cause of the people.

When situation warrants, civil societies should came up voluntarily and solve such minor problems locally instead of demanding for govt. fund. Other organisations should follow suit them, said Michi Ribia a school teacher.


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Great loss

With the passing away of former president APJ Abdul Kalam country have lost a great son. Popularly known as missile man Kalam died yesterday at Shillong. He collapsed while addressing the students of IIM Shillong and was later declared death at a city hospital. His funeral will be conducted tomorrow at his birth place Rameshawaram. Despite being born in a poor family, Kalam rose to prominence by occupying the post of the president of India.

He spent four decades as a scientist and science administrator, mainly at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and was intimately involved in India's civilian space program and military missile development efforts. His crucial role in the Pokhran nuclear test is well known to everyone. Even after demitting the office of the president, Kalam continued his active interaction with the students. In May 2010, Kalam had attended the 2nd Convocation of NERIST and inspired many Arunachalee students with his enigmatic lecture. The greatest contribution of president Kalam to the nation apart from his scientific work was his strong thrust on the need to educate every child. He believed that the only way India can be developed is by giving proper education to its children who are considered to be the future citizen. Kalam himself achieved success in life only because of education and therefore firmly believed that poverty can be eradicated only through education. As a mark of respect to late Kalam, we all should strive hard to achieve his dream of educating every child. He has inspired generation of Indians with his achievement and hopefully will continue to do so in future too.




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Prayers for Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

Dear Editor,

He was the people’s president. He could be understood even by a layman and loved by children and people of all ages.  He was the living legend and an icon for millions. He lived a life of example and always been a mentor and a great teacher. He made us feel safe and stronger in the field of defence by spearheading the Integrated Missile Development Program (IMDP) and earned the title of missile man.  He was visionary, not only for our country, but for the entire human race.

The nation salutes you, the world bow in your respect. We lost an Indian, we lost a great mind and we lost a great soul. Let us offer our deepest and most humble prayers for one of the great soul that ever lived.


Joram Aatum

New Delhi



A man that inspired the nation

Dear Editor,

As one would read the dates on Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s tombstone-(15 October 1931 – 27 July 2015), one would recall the famous poem “The Dash” by Linda Ellis. In between the dates of birth and death there is a dash. What really matters is how well we live in that dash and Dr.Kalam is a perfect example of that, who lived a simple life , contributed with his Actions and with Positive thoughts inspired the entire nation with his pen & spread Joy through his igniting speeches among children/students. I am sure the flowers at Mughal Gardens at Rashtrapati Bhavan would refuse to bloom sensing their most lovable occupant who said “See the flower, how generously it distributes perfume and honey. When its work is done, it falls away quietly. Try to be like the flower, unassuming despite all its qualities.” is no more. All birds of Rameshwaram would stop in their trajectory midair to pay their last respects to the man who was inspired during his schooldays by high-flying birds and became India’s most distinguished aeronautical scientist.

Not only the nation but even the missiles would definitely miss the missile man. But let us not forget that his vision 2020 is just round the corner but we have a long way to go.






Save lives

Dear Editor,

Taking privilege through your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the immediate attention of the Health Department and state government on recent death of 7 years old boy at Dollungmukh due to Japanese Encephalitis infection (JE).

Dollungmukh comprising of more than 5000 people and eleven villages is known as disturbed area with boundary dispute between Assam and Arunachal. There is only one Primary Health Centre (PHC) but no medical facilities and Ambulance.  Doctors and other staffs never come for duty. Student organizations have made a lot of complaint against the absentee medical staff to the concern authority but nothing has been done about it.

Now, Dollungmukh needs immediate attention as there are no medical facilities, no electricity supply or proper road connectivity. Many times, our people had begged the state government for all round development but why is state government treating us differently?

Therefore I would like to urge the concern department to immediately send medical team with equipments to save more lives in Dollungmukh.  


Temi Pabo




Criminals and justice

Dear Editor,

Through you, I wish to pour out my grief over recent rape of a class VI student in Dumporijo.

Increasing crime rates and criminal activities in the state are unstoppable because of flexible law and order. It is said that the three accused were easily given bail and now freely roaming in the area without any regret for the crime they committed.

How can a man freely roam after committing such a heinous act? What if they rape another innocent girl? After all they know how easy it to get bail after committing a crime.

Such criminals shouldn’t have place in the society and the community. It is a shame that there have been instances where some wealthy and renowned persons have helped the criminals for political gain. It is a shameful act.

Being a common man of the state, I strongly condemned such heinous act and plead justice for the handicapped minor girl.


Debom Nilling






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