July 13

Proposed Film and Television Institute at Jote runs into rough weather
ITANAGAR, Jul 12: After controversy surrounding projects like engineering college at Toru and Hollongi Green Field Airport, the proposed Film and Television Institute at Jote has also run into controversy. Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju has written to Chief Minister Kalikho Pul seeking alternate site for the project claiming that land offered by the Government of Arunachal has some logistics issue.
“It is learnt that Detailed Project Report for the proposed Institute prepared by Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute (SRFTI), Kolkata has been approved. However, the land offered by the Government of Arunachal Pradesh for this purpose has some logistics problems. However, I am pursuing for selection of the proposed site. If this issue is not resolved, this may result in delay in start of project and it may not take off eventually,” Rijiju wrote to Pul.  Further he wrote,  “If this prestigious project slips away from Arunachal Pradesh just because of delay in identifying land for this purpose, it will not only be a big loss for the people of Arunachal Pradesh but will also be a matter of embarrassment.”
However contrasting the Rijiju’s claim, department of information and public relation, government of Arunachal informed that 50 acre of land has already been acquired for setting up of film institute at Jote. “Earlier there was some problem but it has been resolved. Papum Pare district administration has given us land allotment certificate of 50 acre. This has been officially informed to SRFTI and they have acknowledged to us in this regard,” informed Obang Tayeng, director, IPR.  
“On 1st July, 2016, Papum Pare district administration acquired 50 acre of land at Jullang-Rakap village under Sangdupota circle for this purpose. Total 200 acre has been acquired but Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute which is helping to implement the project has sought 50 acre in the first phase and accordingly we have given land allotment for 50 acre. The villagers have donated land free of cost for the project,” informed an official of Papum Pare district administration.  The Union Ministry of Information & Broadcasting had proposed to establish a Film and Television Institute in Itanagar on similar lines to that of Film & Television Institute (FTII), Pune and Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute (SRFTI), Kolkata. Officials of SRFTI have visited state on many occasions in this regard. They had even visited proposed site at Jote.

SC likely to pronounce verdict on Arunachal Pradesh today
New Delhi, Jul 12: The Supreme Court is likely to pronounce tomorrow its verdict on a batch of petitions dealing with discretionary powers of the Governor to summon or advance the assembly session of Arunachal Pradesh.
A five-judge constitution bench headed by Justice J S Khehar, which had reserved its judgement on February 22, is scheduled to pronounce the judgement tomorrow.
The apex court had said the verdict in this case will not only have its effect on Arunachal Pradesh, but affect every state.
The bench had segregated two other sets of petitions which were filed against the subsequent promulgation of President's Rule in the state and its revocation thereafter, which had led to the formation of a new government.
It had fixed these pleas for hearing after pronouncement of verdict on petitions dealing with Governor's discretionary powers in advancing the assembly session and setting the agenda of the House.
Just before the apex court had reserved its verdict on February 20, rebel Congress leader Kalikho Pul was sworn in as the ninth Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh with the support of 18 dissident Congress MLAs and two independents and 11 BJP MLAs who gave outside support.
On the day the verdict was reserved, the bench had refused to pass an interim order on a fervent plea of Congress against the "illegal" swearing-in of Pul-led government and had said that it can "set the clock back" if the Governor's actions are found unconstitutional.
Congress party, which had 47 MLAs seats in the 60-member assembly, suffered a jolt when 21 of its lawmakers rebelled. Eleven BJP MLAs backed the rebels in the bid to upstage the government. Later, 14 rebel Congress MLAs were disqualified.
Hours after the Union Cabinet had decided to recommend revocation of President's Rule in Arunachal Pradesh, the apex court had on February 17 ordered maintenance of status quo in the politically fragile state till it examined judicial and assembly records on disqualification of the 14 rebel Congress MLAs by former Speaker Nabam Rebia.
On February 16, the court had also refused to pass an interim order on a plea of Congress leaders that Arunchal Pradesh Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa be restrained from swearing in a new government in Arunachal Pradesh. PTI

IOC considers to set up LPG bottling plant in Itanagar
ITANAGAR, Jul 12: Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOC) is considering to set up a LPG Bottling Plant in and around the Itanagar Capital Complex.
Chief Manager, LPG, Indian Oil, Assam Oil Division (IO AOD), Guwahati, Bimal Pathak apprised the matter to Deputy Chief Minister, Chowna Mein on Tuesday at Itanagar.     
Accompanied with senior officials IOC, Pathak also discussed various issues of LPG marketing in the state including Pradhan Mantri Ujjwalla Yojana (PMUY) and steps taken for strengthening of LPG refill & distribution in Arunachal Pradesh. The need for seeding of Aadhar cards of the LPG consumers also figured during the discussion.
Assuring support of the state government in the initiatives taken by IOC, DCM Mein said that he would take up the matter with the Chief Minister.
The IOC officials also met Director Food & Civil Supplies, Lyon Borang and also apprised him of the IOC’s LPG activities in the state.
Chief Manager, LPG, Bimal Pathak was accompanied by Chief Area Manager Guwahati, Saurav Chaliha, Chief Manager (LPG-Engg), Guwahati L. K. Doley, Plant Manager Kimin, LPG Bottling Plant, Sonam P. Khrimey and Sales Officer (LPG) North Lakhimpur, Lila Rajkhowa.

Health Commissioner stresses on hospital disaster management plan
ITANAGAR, Jul 12: Commissioner (Health and Family Welfare) Hage Kojeen stressed the importance of proper hospital disaster management plan and preparedness as hospitals and doctors are one of the earliest first responders to disaster.
Addressing the two days workshop on hospital disaster management plan and preparedness for all Govt. hospitals, CHCs, PHCs and private health institutes at ATI, Naharlagun which commenced on Tuesday, Kojeen suggested adopting integrated approach of all stakeholders with active participation of all the relevant organizations in disaster risk management and reduction.
Additional Secretary (DM) YW Ringu highlighted the techno-legal aspects of disaster management. Ringu urged the participants to take full advantage of the training.
Epidemiologist Dr. L. Jampa, who is the key resource person of the workshop, stressed on the key issues of the role to be played by the health sector in terms of responding to call of duty during disasters both natural and manmade. He emphasized on the need of updating the hospital emergency response plans.
DD (DM) Christine Wanglat, urged the participants to prepare their Hospital Disaster Management Plan in a realistic manner.
Spoke on usefulness of such workshop, ATI Director Pate Marik urged the participants play a responsive role during any eventualities.
The workshop was organized by the Department of Disaster Management in collaboration with Department of Health Services and attended by doctor in-charges and nurses from Govt. and Private health institutes of Capital Complex region.

Un-ravelling human-wildlife interactions on a tiger trail
[ Nandini Velho ]
The gaon burah’s (village chief’s) mithun had been killed by a tiger a day before.
“Mithuns are akin to gold,” writes Kago Gambo of Dera Natung College in Arunachal Pradesh. Mithuns are not only used in barter and bride-price; but when discord arises, their sacrifice is believed to bring harmony to the village.
In this article we explore why the mithun’s death did not bring peace. The next day, (18th June), we were going to visit the village where mithuns were being killed. This was in Dipik village in a Reserve Forest, not in the buffer zone or the villages that were immediately adjacent to Pakke Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh – but there was clearly a problem. This situation warranted attention all the same. The village chief of the Nyishi tribe kept calling Tana Tapi, the Divisional Forest Officer of Pakke Tiger Reserve, to let him know that this tiger had killed four mithuns in the village already. They hadn’t seen any other ways of redressing their problems with the forest department’s territorial division - they were closer in proximity but further in absence.
In normal circumstances of bureaucratese and if left to an un-exceptional forest officer, the buck on jurisdiction would have been passed. If the chorus of voices from the ground knocked on the ears of higher up officers, they would direct their field level officers to go and act irrespective of their jurisdictions.
It was a task to get to Dipik village with the available field level resources of the forest department. Getting there involved crossing multiple stretches of the fast-flowing river which was now already monsoon fed. The DFO and a few staff were the first to navigate the river current to survey the paths that our vehicles needed to take. The rest smiled and discussed as to how being a DFO you also require other skills such as river navigation.
Over the next few days we realised that officers need many more skills when dealing with human-wildlife conflict. After the river survey, we had two forest department vehicles to get across. One was a ten-year-old unreliable Gypsy that was not used much. Unlike other departmental vehicles the other donated Mahindra Thar worked so well that it was over-used. Finally out of the river, we were left with two fuel tanks with holes and one boulder that splintered the tyre rim and lodged itself in the tube.
On reaching Dipik village we were now in the thick of things. We informally divided our tasks: a paste of chun (lime) and sugar to make local M’seal to fix the fuel tanks, Rubu Tado, the Deputy Ranger, was helping residents fill out the compensation forms. Notably all compensation claims need to be ‘processed’ through a committee. This requires a post-mortem or death certificate by a veterinary officer, getting a Range Forest Officer to verify the incident, the head gaon burah to sign on the document, and the Additional Deputy Commissioner to ratify it. The only person that had permanent on ground presence was the head gaon burah, the same person who called us about his dead mithun.
If the usual scheme of compensation claims had to be implemented, people would have to brave the journey we made to attempt this compensation process. Seldom are veterinary officers and Range Forest Officers able to make it to the spot to verify this situation.
Armed with a photograph of their dead cattle (usually taken on their mobile phone), people need to visit veterinary officers, range officers and local administrative officers at their station (to their credit they are generally very empathetic and understanding of the on ground situation people face). These processed claims are then forwarded to the office of the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCFs). In our case in Pakke, the DFO arranges for compensation to be given at his level as soon as the claim is forwarded to the PCCFs office. Waiting for six to eight months for the reimbursement process only strains relationship between the Pakke and its people.
This slow turnaround is by no means unique to Arunachal. In many situations other states are worse off. Krithi Karanth and colleagues surveyed more than 2000 villages across five Indian tiger reserves and found that slow government disbursement of compensation is brewing resentment against wildlife and park authorities. Worryingly, only 31% of households reported that they received compensation for their losses. In other words, in many other Indian states, there could be situations where well-intentioned and hands-on officers like Tana Tapi put forth compensation claims that would not be considered by his higher ups. Or there were very few hands-on officers who understood the importance of processing and following up on what residents had to receive. Irrespective 69 out of 100 people living around tiger reserves reported that they did not receive compensation.
So is this process of claiming compensation even worth the effort? The ex-gratia for a plough bull, ox or a buffalo, according to an order passed by the Arunachal State government on the 4th of August, 2010, is just Rs. 5,000. This is not only much lower than the market price, but the compensation for mithuns is also just five thousand rupees. Assuming that the lowest price in a rural market is Rs. 300 per kg of meat, this provides a price for 17 kg of an individual animal that could give at least 250 kgs of meat. Despite the compensation, residents still face a loss of 85% of their potential profit they could get from selling meat of a single mithun.  
There were varied reactions to this legal policy that field officers like Tana Tapi have to implement. The average price of a mithun is Rs. 50,000; a villager asked if the 5,000 ex-gratia relief missed an extra zero. Another resident said that the 5,000 rupees offered today was not even the price of an adult goat that would be sold in the market. As a fellow Nyishi first and officer later Tana Tapi was empathetic - he told them how grievances for higher compensation are put forward at the State Advisory board meetings time and again. He then explained two scenarios that spanned a spectrum: one that subsidised their costs such as low ration prices at government depots and at the other end how ex-gratia relief in human-wildlife conflict didn’t offset their losses. In both cases, he reasoned that field level administrators did not have a say in the price. In the course of time, he also had to be an officer first and fellow Nyishi later. He explained the legal course of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972 in response to their decreasing tolerance levels where residents wanted to kill the tiger or poison it. Another state government’s order on the same date throws up further challenges for people living with animals. The loss of human life to wild animals is 1 lakh rupees, when staffs from other departments’ lose their lives their families receive four lakhs rupees. Field level staff of the forest department patrol and protect our national living treasures but they also work in far riskier conditions than other government department employees.  
Clearly, dealing with these instances of conflict is not just about ‘removal’. Here, there are some themes that emerge from the ground. How can we streamline and give better resources (such as better vehicles) and protection (adequate compensation if lives are lost) to forest department personnel who work on the field? Is the territorial wing of the forest department trained to deal with wildlife issues? What if there are turfs or territorial issues that may emerge between field level officers who do not want to work cooperatively? Strictly Dipik village did not fall in Tana Tapi’s jurisdiction. Is there a framework that ensures intra and inter-departmental cooperation to deal with these negative human-wildlife interactions? How do we create policy at the higher level that is adaptive in nature and responds to the situations of officers and people from the field? Far away from the simplified writs of New Delhi, Pakke Tiger Reserve shows that it is not just a simple issue of - to cull or not to cull. (The author is a researcher and has been working closely with the forest department of Pakke Tiger Reserve)

NABARD organizes financial literacy awareness prog
ITANAGAR, Jul 12: NABARD Arunachal Pradesh Regional Office, Itanagar conducted a financial literacy awareness programme (FLAP) in Balek village, Roing of Lower Dibang Valley district on Tuesday.
The aim of the programme was to create awareness among the general public about various financial benefits being offered to general public by banks.
District Development Manager, NABARD Nitya Mili informed the gathering about various schemes being implemented by NABARD for the benefits of villagers. He spoke on various subjects like financial inclusion, financial planning, various financial products like saving accounts, recurring deposit (RD), Fixed Deposit (FD), loans and advances, PMJDY, PMSSY, PMJJBY, APY, KCC, farmers producer organizations (FPO), MUDRA Yojna, Stand up India, Solar Water Pumping, Solar Home Lighting, Weavers Credit Card and Bhoomiheen Kissan Yojana through formation of Joint Farmer Groups (JLG) etc.
The staff of Bank of India and HDFC Bank, Roing Branch generated the savings a/c on the spot.
The programme was organized by District Development Manager (DDM), NABARD in collaboration with local NGO AMYAA.
Over 55 villagers, including GBs, panchayat leaders attended the programme. Branch Managers of Bank of India and HDFC Bank also attended the programme.
Similar such programmes were also organized at Rangkatu village, Changlang and Lower Subansiri district.

Coordination meeting of heads of educational institutions held
ITANAGAR, Jul 12: A coordination meeting of various heads of government educational institutions under BEO/URCC was held at BEO-cum-URCC office, Naharlagun on Monday.
Speaking on the occasion, BEO-cum-URCC Nabam Hina Sera highlighted the problems affecting quality education in government schools and stressed on the need to find out innovative ideas to improve the present education system.
He also suggested adopting teaching methodology like counselling and lesson planning in classrooms.
In the meeting, discussions were held on issues like, problems affecting quality education and its solution, timely furnishing of correct school data and teachers individual information, awareness on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in the schools and school boundary problems.
Government Middle School, G Sector headmistress incharge, Tarh Yaku, CRCC of Lekhi, NR Tam and CRCC of Papu Nallah, SK Chetry  also spoke on the occasion.

Awareness  on drug, gender equality
AALO, Jul 12: A five-day campaign to create awareness on ill effects of drug abuse and addiction among the youths, gender equality and the importance of inter-tribe cultural exchange programmes to know each other better were conducted in all block/centres of education department from July 6 to 10.
The emphasis was also given on the preservation of rich cultural heritage of the various tribes. Cultural inter-change programmes were organized to make the elementary students aware about each other’s cultural traits and respect them.
The participants were students, teaches, SMC members and Members from PRI.
Feedbacks of the participants were sought where they expected organization of such programme from the end of the Education Department.
A team consisting Gemar Karga, District Pedagogy Coordinator, Bejum Kato, District Community Mobilization cum Media Coordinator, Batel Rimey, District Resource Person, and Bhupen Dewan, District Planning Coordinator visited all the blocks/centres and ensured the effectiveness of the training programme. DIPRO

Women NGO for ban on tobacco  products
AALO, Jul 12:  Mother’s Vision has appealed to all to abstain from using drugs/tobacco and its products.
Appreciating District Administration for issuing order prohibiting selling of tobacco products to minors, the NGO has appealed to the District Administration to impose a complete ban on selling of these products. DIPRO

APTWA objects to rule for release of stipend
ITANAGAR, Jul 12: The Arunachal Pradesh Teachers Welfare Association (APTWA) has objected to the new rules set for the release of students’ stipend. State government has made it mandatory for the students to have separate bank accounts and Adhaar card for disbursement of stipend for the session of 2016-17.
Many of the schools are located in remote parts of the state where there are no facilities for electricity, banking, internet, photo studios and no implementation of Adhaar card, it said in its representation to the education minister.
The association also sought immediate release of two months’ stipend and extending time for stipend form submission which was given as June 27.
It is impossible to complete the form submission in such a short time. We need atleast one month to do the paper works, it added.

APESU demands
ITANAGAR, Jul 12: Arunachal Physical Education & Sports Union (APESU) recently called on the Chief Minister and placed before him various grievances of the physical education degree holders for immediate redressal, which included creation of posts of Physical Education Teacher (PET) in every secondary and higher secondary school, Physical Director in every college, appointment of District Sport Officer (DSO) and District Youth Officer in every district for promotion of games & sports in the state.
According to APESU, CM has assured to look into the demands seriously.

“Bond with Nature”
ITANAGAR, Jul 12: Young musician and one of the top finger style guitarists of India, Taba Chake is going to launch his debut mini album named “Bond with Nature” on 14th of this month in Delhi. In the album there are both English songs and also songs in Nyishi dialect.

Health camp conducted
ITANAGAR, Jul 12:  A Health cum-blood test camp was conducted by the RK Mossang Memorial Society, a local NGO as part of its Targeted Intervention Programme on Migrant Population of Changlang district at Chamro village on Tuesday.
During the camp, blood test and general check up was conducted by a team of doctors led by Dr. Achu Chena of Community Health Centre, Jairampur.

Training on mushroom cultivation for extension functionaries
ITANAGAR, Jul 12: Krishi Vigyan Kendra East Siang, College of Horticulture & Forestry, Central Agricultural University, Pasighat conducted a day-long on-campus training on Oyster Mushroom Cultivation for Agriculture Field Assistants  of July 12.
Program Coordinator in-charge S M Hussain highlighted on relevant technologies for upliftment of livelihood security of farmers while Dr. A.K. Pandey, Dean CHF, CAU urged the farming community to opt for this new and low cost technology for livelihood.
The Subject Matter Specialist in Plant Protection highlighted on the growing popularity and importance of mushroom cultivation among the farming community throughout the world.
Asst. Prof Dr. RC Shakywar illustrated the farmers through PowerPoint on package of practices on Oyster Mushroom cultivation while Asstt. Prof Dr. P Raja explained the diseases in mushroom and its preventive measures.
Construction of low cost Mushroom house for poor farmers was also demonstrated on the occasion.
Later, the participants were given hands on training on mushroom bed preparation and spawn preparation at demonstration unit under AICRP Project.

Villagers seek separate transformers
PASIGHAT, Jul 12: Villagers of Depi Moli and Detak under Nari Circle of East Siang district have sought installation of separate Transformers for both the villages claiming that the transformer is not enough to light even a single village. PRI members, Gao Burah and senior members lead by Olik Siram, Teacher of the Detak Primary School have submitted a representation to the Executive Engineer (EE) of Pasighat Division in this regard.
During the evening hours, due to low voltage it is difficult to light even a single CFL Bulb. But in the day time, the voltage measures upto 100 to 300 volts. As a result, several electrical appliances have been damaged due to fluctuation of the voltage, it said in its representation to the EE.

Vacate multi-purpose community hall: Forum
ITANAGAR, Jul 12:  The Arunachal Artistes Forum (AAF) has in a representation to the state Chief Secretary on Tuesday appealed to her to direct the concern authority to immediately vacate the Chief Councilor Office, Itanagar Municipality from the Multi-Purpose community Hall, Naharlagun saying that the said building was constructed exclusively for establishment of the office of the department of Art & Culture.
The Forum in its release claimed that the Joint Director of Medical Education, (T&R) had earlier on Jul 11, in a letter to the Secretary, department of Art & Culture sought immediate issue of NOC for handing over of the area occupied by the Director of Art & Culture office, Naharlagun to Health department for establishment of medical college which is causing mental agony to the officials and staffs as well as to members the Forum, as its office is also established in the same office.
The said building was handed over to the Director, Art & Culture for permanent establishment of Art & Culture office vide order no. ND/DB-4/Art& Culture/2011-12 dated 30/11/2011. Later, an extraordinary notification published in Arunachal Pradesh Gazette through the Secretary to the GoAP has approved the same at Naharlagun for temporary use for the office of the Chief Councillor, Itanagar.
The IMC has been using the building as office since 2013 and despite the Secretary UD directing the MCEO, Itanagar Municipal Councilor to vacate one block of the Multi-purpose building and handed over to Art & Culture Department, the IMC is not vacating the building, it claimed.

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan at Pasighat
PASIGHAT, Jul 12: Hundreds of residents of Ward-12 Pasighat led by Municipal
Councilor, Kangge Moyong took part in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan organised in the ward on Tuesday.
The volunteers cleaned up the roadsides, market places and residential areas by clearing the polythene, rotten garbage and domestic waste during the programme.

World Population Fortnight begins
DAPORIJO, Jul 12: World Population Fortnight organized by the Upper Subansiri District Health Society began here on Jul 11 last.
On the inaugural day, DMO, Dr. N Geyi informed the participants gathered in the district hospital premises about the various activities to be carried out during the fortnight.
Information on various family planning methods/services will be provided in various health facilities of the district through MOs, ANMs, ASHA facilitators and ASHAs so as to bring population stabilisation in the district, informed the DMO. He further advised all eligible couples to avail the opportunity especially, women in adopting Cut insertion, distribution of OCP/ ECP/ condoms and permanent methods like tubectomy etc. He also highlighted the importance of maintaining a gap of 3 years between children to ensure good health of mother.
DRCHO, Dr. G. Hangkar also spoke on the occasion.
The Day was also observed at Doimukh by conducting a plantation drive at the premises of Govt. Secondary School, Mani.  Doimukh ZPM, Tana Yayo Nabum, teachers, staffs and headmaster Nabam Rikham of GSS, Mani, members of SMC Committee and elders of Chiputa Panchayat took part in the drive.  (DIPRO)

In-service teachers training commence
KHONSA, Jul 12: The five days in-service teachers training programme commenced on Tuesday at NBF Hall, Khonsa.
Tirap DC cum chairman, SSA, District Mission, Ravi Jha called on the teachers to be dedicated and punctual in their duties so that the students also follow them.
Lamenting the poor results of CBSE exams, the DC also urged the teachers to thrive for inculcating good manners, discipline and moral attitude among the children.
DPC, SSA, Awang Ngopu highlighted the aims and objectives of the training programme.
Deputy Director of School Education, Tirap, Pubi Lombi urged the teacher trainees to avail the training programme sincerely and enhance new teaching techniques and ideas. He also added that teachers should play as role model especially dealing with primary students as primary level is the basic foundation level for every child’s learning.

Training under MLALADS and BADP on different trades
ROING, Jul 12: The Capacity Building & Skill Development training under MLALADS and BADP on different trades like Organic Farming, House Wiring and Electrician, maintenance of Solar Lighting System, local craft making, Cardamom Plantation and pickle making is being conducted at Kera-Aah village in Lower Dibang Valley District since June 27.
A total of 100 beneficiaries are participating in the training.
Interacting with the trainees, Roing, ADC, Ruchika Katyal called on them to take maximum benefit from the resource persons.
DPO, M. Dirchi, DPO accompanied the ADC during the visit.

CM directs DC to act against govt. land/quarter encroachers
ITANAGAR, Jul 12: Responding to a demand of Itanagar Youth Welfare Association (IYWA), Chief Minister Kalikho Pul has directed the Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner to initiate appropriate action to free the lands and governor quarters encroached by unauthorized persons in capital complex.
The Chief Minister gave this instruction to the Deputy Commissioner after IYWA submitted a representation informing him about rampant encroachment of land and quarters in capital complex. The association also submitted a list of government land and quarter encroachers obtained through RTI. The document enlisted names of 197 government land/quarter encroachers.
The IYFA also lodged complaint with the Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner with this regard and strongly appealed for immediate action against those encroachers.

AAPWU for re-induction of contingency staff
ITANAGAR, Jul 12: The All Arunachal Pradesh Workers’ Union (AAPWU) has demanded re-induction of the 17 contingency staffs under DMO Daporijo  who are kept on queue without payment since 2012 on the ground of excess appointment.
In its representation to the director of health services, GoAP seeking post creation, it said that the contingency staffs have been waiting for their re-induction since last four years which is yet to be done and are facing lots of problem without daily wages.

Meet on SBM
ITANAGAR, Jul 12: The meeting on Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) convened by Namsai District Urban Development Agency on July 12 has emphasized on elimination of open defecation and manual scavenging.
While addressing the gathering, Deputy Director-cum-Member Secretary Mosumsema advised the representatives from various colonies to identify and earmark a particular area for collection of garbage for easy and proper disposal.
She also assured to give full co-operation to eliminate open defecation.
Pledge taking on cleanliness and SBM was lead by ADC MK Deori
During the meeting, Namsai Bazar Committee Secretary, president of All Namsai Area Youth Association (ANAYA) and women representative of various colonies, colonies leaders spoke about maintaining cleanliness in the town and assured their co-operation to DUDA and District Administration.

Badminton team leaves for Hyderabad today
ITANAGAR, Jul 12: A seven-member badminton team from the state comprising five boys and two girls will participate in the OSHON All India Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament at Saroornagar, Hyderabad from July 19 to 24.
The participating players are Laa Tukum,   Sonam Tamang, Bikki Lakkai, Asif Khan and Bamang Tago (boys) and Pinky Karki and Taring Yania (girls).
Dilip Gurung is the Coach and Manager of the team, which will be leaving here for Hyderabad on July 13, informed Arunachal State Badminton Association (ASBA).
Meanwhile, Badminton Association of India (BAI) has selected National Grade-II Umpire Penya Bagra of the state as umpire for the same tournament.
Further, ASBA has selected Pema Ladon and Kharga Gurung for the Badminton World Federation (BWF)’s Coaches Education Program (Level 1) being held from July 12 to 19, where the coaches from India, Bangladesh and Malaysia will train them.

Tree plantation by BRO
YINGKIONG, Jul 12: Around 100 saplings were planted in the newly constructed office cum residential complex of the BRO, 761 BRTF here by the BRO personnel on July 9.
Participating in the plantation programme, Commandant, 761 BRTF SK Pradhan explained the importance and value of trees in our life and preserving the environment.
The seedlings were provided by Yingkiong DFO Anniying Boli. DIPRO

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Let NEDA be agent of development

The north east democratic Alliance (NEDA) which is an initiative of BJP will finally take shape on Wednesday. Party president Amit Shah will hold meeting with leaders of non-Congress parties at Guwahati. NEDA is an ambitious project of BJP president Amit Shah. It is a grouping of non Congress parties. Arunachal Chief Minister Kalikho Pul will also attend NEDA meeting as Peoples Party of Arunachal (PPA) is part of this group.

Traditionally Congress party had strong hold in North East region. But after coming to power at centre, the BJP is making inroads into region by using all sort of method. They managed to dislodge Congress government in Arunachal and have been accused of trying to bring down Congress government in Manipur and Meghalaya. BJP also won an important election in Assam. Amit Shah wants to use NEDA as a platform for his pet campaign of 'Congress Mukt Bharat'. This is a smart political move and only time will tell whether NEDA experiment succeed or not? NE region has remained underdeveloped in compare to rest of the country. If BJP which is ruling at centre manages to ensure faster development of region they will reap massive political benefit. Therefore NEDA should not remain as just political grouping. It has potential to play role of the agency of development. Several big leaders from the region are its members and collectively they can play a crucial role in shaping the future of region.








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