July 04


Jully-Nlg road hit by landslide, heavy vehicles restricted

ITANAGAR, Jul 3: Hundreds of vehicles were stranded near Don Bosco College on Papu Nallah-Itanagar via Jully road for over an hour on Monday afternoon following a landslide.

The landslide occurred near Don Bosco College which completely blocked the movement of vehicles on either side of the road. Following breakdown of the National Highway, the Jully road is being used, but the road remains in a pathetic condition due to lack of maintenance.

Meanwhile, the UD Parliamentary Secretary cum local MLA Techi Kaso had to turn traffic warden following the landslide.

Further, the Itanagar-Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner has issued an order prohibiting the entry of heavy vehicles through the Itanagar-Jully-Naharlagun road from 7 AM to 9 PM.

The District Disaster Management Authority has also issued a toll free number '1077', which is a 24 hours helpline number.

In case of any disaster, one can give a call in the number and the matter would be communicated to the concerned department after which prompt action would be taken, the DA informed in a release.

The DC stressed that despite best efforts from the District Administration, the rains have managed to cause few damages and requested the denizens of Capital Complex to take precautionary measures and  to refrain from earth cutting or building houses at riversides and disaster prone areas.

The DC, officials of the Department of Disaster Management, PWD and Highway are also constantly monitoring the repairing work of the affected areas.

Meanwhile, even as the district administrations across the state make desperate attempts to clear road communications, some districts have reported adverse after effects.  

Highlighting the hardships faced by the people of Silsango circle under Mengio administrative circle of Papum Pare district, Mengio ZPM Tarh Passang said that there was an acute shortage of ration items in Siladango area.

The ZPM said that Silsango circle remained cut off from the rest of the state due to road blockade since the last month, resulting in acute shortage of all essential commodities.

In spite of repeated pleas, the PWD did not clear the road for traffic movement citing fund crunch, he said, adding that the road from Yazali to Silsango and Sagalee to Silsango were totally damaged due to landslide caused by heavy rains.

The All Sagalee Employees' Forum (ASEF) and 15th Sagalee BJP Mondal President, Nabam Rebia also requested the state government to deploy men and machinery for immediate maintenance of roads and bridges that have been damaged or destroyed in the recent rainfall.  

They also demanded relief and rehabilitation for the people that have lost their homes and agricultural fields, besides appealing to the Chief Minister for chopper services for the people of Sagalaee till the land route is cleared so that smooth communication is maintained, especially for people in need of immediate medical attention.

Further, the road to Yingkiong has been reopened for traffic after the Border Roads Organization (BRO) made efforts to clear the landslide that affected road communication for close to four hours at Km 95 on June 30 last.

According to reports, the landslide continued for two hours with complete hill face rolling down the slope and the formation of the road was breached for over 50 meters in length.

The ground clearance was coordinated by S K Pradhan, Commander of 761 BRTF, who informed that eight dozers and 8 JS-80s have been positioned by 1448 BCC & 105 RCC (GREF) along the 280 km long road from Pangin to Tuting as part of monsoon deployment to ensure minimum inconvenience to road users during rain-induced road closures.




Crackdown on unregistered vehicles: Taram

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ITANAGAR, Jul 3:  Taking serious note on vehicles plying without registration numbers, Parliamentary Secretary Home, Pani Taram informed that the Police Department would soon come down hard on vehicles without registration plates and with tinted film glass.

The Parliamentary Secretary's statement came in the wake of the crimes reported over the last weekend involving vehicles without registration plates.

He further divulged that the respective Superintendents of Police in district headquarters have been instructed to act against unregistered vehicles, tempered number plates and tinted film and also on unauthorised registration plates, including blue plates, which are meant exclusively for various Embassy officials and not for common citizens.

"Vehicles plying without registration would be seized on the spot and will be released only after number plates are affixed" said Taram.  He also appealed to the people to cooperate with the police authority to avoid any inconvenience.

He also stated that the objective of the drive is to check growing crimes involving unregistered vehicles. He also informed that this time around, no challan (penalty) would be issued to defaulters and vehicles would be released only after registration plates are affixed.




Release stipend on time, CM directs SJETA officials

ITANAGAR, July 3: Chief Minister Pema Khandu has directed the Department of Social Justice, Empowerment and Tribal Affairs (SJETA) to draw a foolproof mechanism to avoid delay of releasing scholarship to tribal students.

The state government had released a total of Rs 28.50 crore from its own sources to the Department of SJETA on June 27 last for releasing the pending scholarship of the students in anticipation of funds to be received from the central government.

From the money sanctioned to the department, Rs 19.35 crore has already been released to the students in their respective accounts. The rest of the amount is being released simultaneously after following due procedures, informed the Chief Minister's Office in a release.

On directives of the Chief Minister, the Secretary and Director SJETA on Monday held a meeting with delegates of All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union(AAPSU) and other student representatives. The duo informed the students' representatives that the Government of India has recently released Rs 40.30 crore as grants-in-aid for post metric scholarship to Schedule Tribe students as arrear grant for the year 2016-17.

The centre also released another Rs 2.84 crore as adhoc grant for the year 2017-18 for the same purpose.  

The department made it very clear that due procedure to ensure that there is no duplication in receipt of scholarship must be followed in letter and spirit. The department further appealed that proper documentation should be complied with to ensure that the department is in position to release the scholarship to the students at the earliest possible.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister has appealed to the student's community to make judicious use of the scholarship money for academic pursuit and furthering studies.

The AAPSU, after meeting the Director of SJETA informed that the scholarship will be disbursed within this month, and it was agreed in consensus that the students community would refrained from launching democratic movement.

The department has said that money could not be disbursed to the students following delay by the centre. But now the department has received the scholarship amount from the centre and has gradually started the process of disbursement of the scholarship.

The Union has appealed to the department to make sure that the scholarship is released on time.




DRDA employees to relaunch state wide agitation

ITANAGAR, Jul 3:  Department of Rural Development Agency (DRDA) Employees' Association has once again announced a state wide pen and tool down strike from July 17 next, following the alleged non-fulfilment of its demands.  

The DRDA Employees' Association, affiliated under the All India DRDA Staff Welfare Association informed this in a press release on Monday.

Expressing displeasure at the state government, the employees' association informed that it had launched a state wide agitation on February 20 last,

 but it was called off after assurances given by RD Parliamentary Secretary Mama Natung. However, the department has not taken up positive steps till today, the association claimed.

The association has been demanding for immediate absorption of DRDA staff into the state government, claiming that DRDA employees have no job security or benefits like the state government employees.  

It requested to speed up the absorption process by processing the file, which is reportedly pending with the RD Director after clearance from Administrative Reform, Audit and Pension and Finance.

The DRDA Employees' Association also demanded disbursement of and drawal of DRDA salary through Treasury bill in line with government departments.  It informed that with view to regularise disbursement of salary through Treasury and to check misappropriation of funds at DRDA level, the matter was placed under Cabinet decision for drawing through dubitable under 'Head Account code No.01 (Non-Plan) Major Head 515 other Rural Development Programme'.




Plant more trees for a better environment: Mein

ITANAGAR, Jul 3:  Parliamentary Secretary for Environment & Forests, Chow Tewa Mein appealed to all to plant more trees to replenish the depleting greenery for a better environment.  

Mein was addressing a function organized by the Department of Environment & Forests at Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya, Nirjuli on Monday to mark the 68th Van Mahotsava celebrations.  

'During the early sixties, there were lush green trees and forest everywhere, but due to population growth and development there has been tremendous pressure on the environment in the recent years', Mein said and appealed to all present in the function to take care of the environment by planting more trees.

He also appealed to the students to ensure that no destruction to the forest takes place.

Stating that the Department of Environment & Forests is making all out efforts to preserve flora and fauna of the state, the Parliamentary Secretary appealed to all to extend support to the department in such efforts and plant saplings.

Parliamentary Secretary for UD, Town Planning, Techi Kaso also pointed out that uncontrolled felling of trees on steep slopes and river beds has resulted in landslides, floods and road blockades, and that all these problems are man-made.

PCCF & PS (E&F), Omkar Singh highlighted the importance of tree planting for reducing global warming, landslides and silting of rivers and exhorted students to plant at least one sapling on the occasion.

PCCF (P&D), Dr Rabindra Kumar, VKV, Nirjuli Principal, SC Dixit, Forest officials, local public, Gaon Burahs and PRI members also attended the function and participated in planting saplings of flowering and fruit bearing trees in the school campus on the occasion with the guests.

At Pasighat, around 200 saplings were planted in the school premises and proposed botanical garden and playground at Kiyit Government Higher Secondary School during a massive plantation drive launched by the Mebo Forest Range under Pasighat Forest division at Kiyit village to mark the 68th Van Mahotsav.

Launching the week-long Van Mohatsav, Divisional Forest Officer, Tabang Jamoh asked the school authority and local villagers to take care of the planted saplings and conceptualise creation of mini botanical gardens.

The department with its themes- 'Plant a tree and make the earth pollution free' and 'Plant a tree plant a live, save a tree save a life' mobilized the common people about the importance of plantation and conservation of the natural vegetations in the wake of environmental pollution and global warming.

Addressing students and participants, Mebo Range Officer Obang Tayeng said that plants and animals are vital components of the ecosystem and it is high time to conserve these for future generations.

'The Forest Department has planned to conduct more such programmes at different places under the sub-division, targeting school premises, road sites and public places during the week-long drive', he added

Retired Education Director, Bodong Yirang suggested the young students to plant at least one sapling in a year, while Pasighat DDSE, Jonge Yirang emphasized on inclusion of environmental study in the school curriculum.  

At Kimin, over 100 saplings were planted as part of the Vanmahotsava celebration at Upper Jumi Middle School under Kimin administrative circle.

SDO (Kimin) J Padung, along with RFO O Dusu, ASM Upper Jumi and other PRI members, SMC members, teaching staff, student and public took part in the plantation within the school campus.




Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight launched

ITANAGAR, Jul 3: State-wide Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight (IDCF) was launched on Monday to check diarrheal deaths and educate people about the disease, which comes with the onset of monsoon.

Attending the state-wide IDCF-2017 launch at Naharlagun, Special Secretary (Health & Family Welfare) Nikita Pawar stressed on ensuring availability and accessibility of free ORS and zinc tablets in all households with children below five years not only during IDCF, but throughout the year to ensure zero diarrheal death among these cohort of children.

For these, she urged all the health workers, ASHAs, Anganwadi workers and teachers to play pivotal role in creating awareness at community level and make implementation of IDCF a grand success.

Director of Family Welfare Department, Dr M Lego stressed on convergence of stakeholder departments, such as Health, Family Welfare, Women & Child, Education, PRI, PHED and Municipality to make implementation of IDCF-2017 a grand success.

He asked everyone to be vigilant about waterborne diseases during the monsoon as it is the peak season where high prevalence of waterborne diseases occur and contribute to high morbidity and mortality rate.

Nodal Officer (Maternal & Child Health), Dr Tana Natung gave an overview of progress made in IDCF implementation over the years and preparedness status for implementation for FY 2017-18.

In FY 2016-17, Arunachal Pradesh was adjudged as second best performer at national level, only after Sikkim, by securing 98 percent coverage rate of free ORS sachet distribution to all under-five children in the state.

Health workers, including ASHA and Anganwadi workers will visit all households with children below five years and distribute ORS and 14 dispersible zinc tablets during the fortnight. They will explain benefits of Oral Rehydration Salt (ORS), demonstrate the way to prepare ORS mixture and administer it to the children who are in need, he said.

ORS-Zinc corners would be established at all health facilities and Anganwadi centres, where demonstration of ORS preparation and administration would be carried out by health workers.

Awareness on breastfeeding, child nutrition, sanitation and hygiene shall be created at Village Health Nutrition and Sanitation Committee camps by the ASHAs and "hand-washing demonstrations" by teachers in-charge of schools will be held for students during the second week of IDCF Fortnight.

In Papum Pare, the IDCF was launched by Deputy Commissioner (in-charge) M Taipodia at Government Upper Primary School, Yupia.

Stating that diarrhoea is a water borne disease caused by poor sanitation and contaminated water, Taipodia advised students to adopt good health and sanitation practices. She also gave emphasis on proper and regular hand washing after using bathroom, before and after meals and attending sick persons.

The Deputy Commissioner in-charge also advised the teachers and students to keep the school premises, including common toilets and kitchen room of mid day meal, clean and hygienic.

"No child should die from diarrhoea as treatment for the disease is very simple," said Papum Pare District Medical Officer, Dr Tasso Kampu.

Distributing soaps and ORS packets to the school, the DMO advised the students and teaching staff to maintain high degree of sanitation practices, including regular hand washing, to avoid water borne diseases like diarrhoea. Two water filters were also donated to the school by the DMO.

Earlier, DRCHO Dr Jomnya Ado highlighted the main objectives of launching the IDCF programme.Methods of hand washing and ORS preparation were demonstrated by District ASHA Nodal Officer, Dr Tania Raju.

In Namsai, the IDCF was launched by Deputy Commissioner R K Sharma in presence of the DMO and medical officers in-charge of health facilities at Namsai CHC.

The Deputy Commissioner informed that the goal of the IDCF is to attain zero-child deaths due to childhood diarrhoea, which must be accomplished. He asked the health officials to work as per plan adopted during last district coordination meeting to ensure availability of ORS in every household with children below five years.

DMO Dr Nani Rika urged the medical officers and other stakeholders to be proactive during implementation of IDCF 2017.

Medical Superintendent, CHC Namsai Dr C N Manchay, DPM (NHM) Domo Diyum and PRI leaders were also present.

In Anjaw, Deputy Commissioner Mamata Riba launched the programme at VKV Amliang near Hayuliang. She urged all stakeholders, particularly WCD to play an important role to make the programme successful.

Instructing the DMO to ensure that ORS and zinc tablets are available in every household with children below five years, the Deputy Commissioner also directed the Executive Engineer (PHED) to clean up all water tanks of the health facilities in Anjaw as a part of IDCF observation.

DMO Dr K Perme explained in detail about diarrhoea, its causes and treatment through administration of ORS and zinc tablet.

At Daporijo, Upper Subansiri Deputy Commissioner, A K Singh launched the programme at District Hospital, Daporijo and said that creating awareness among the masses about the disease, its causes and management holds key to success of the programme. He said that diarrhoea and related water borne diseases can be prevented through improved personal hygiene.

Upper Subansiri targets to reach out to 12,073 children of below five years and distribute ORS sachets, along with zinc tablets, informed DRCHO, Dr Gamik Hangkar.

DMO Dr R Sikom urged the medical officers in charge, ASHA and Awangwadi workers and nurses of all health facilities in the district to make all out efforts to achieve the main objective of the programme.

At Ziro, Parliamentary Secretary and local MLA Tage Taki launched the IDCF at Gyati Takka General Hospital, Ziro. He exhorted all the stakeholders to work in good team spirit and ensure success of the programme.

He also urged the Medical Department to conduct awareness programs on life threatening non-communicable diseases, like blood pressure.

To mark the beginning of the fortnight, ORS packets were distributed to the children by the MLA.

Deputy Commissioner Kemo Lollen called for unified efforts from all stakeholders to make the programme a success. Awareness pertaining to these programmes have to be percolated to far-flung areas and should be a continuous process, he said.  

Observing the absence of AIR representatives, he directed all the departments implementing national flagship programmes to involve the AIR in disseminating information to far flung areas in local dialects.

DRCHO Dr Derin Likar briefed about the activities to be undertaken during the fortnight.

At Khonsa, EAC Hakresha Kri launched the programme on behalf of the District Administration at Government Middle School, Bank colony in presence of DMO Dr N Lowang.

ORS packets were distributed among 252 children and parents, who were unable to bring their children along.




MIT inspects packing, distillery & beverage units

ITANAGAR, Jul 3: A Mobile Inspection Team (MIT) of the Department of Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs inspected packing units, distilleries and beverages around the Capital Complex.

The inspection was carried out to check net content of packaged commodities, especially drinking water and beverages being packed in the Capital Township, which includes M/s NEFA Breweries Pvt Ltd, M/s Polo International and M/s Renu Beverages.

Packing norms and net content adopted by M/s NEFA Breweries Pvt Ltd and M/s Renu Beverages were found satisfactory, while filling procedure adopted by M/s Polo International requires some technical modification, for which necessary directives had been made, informed Controller (LM) and Director (Consumer Affairs) Hoktum Ori.

It is also observed that M/s Renu Beverages and by M/s Polo International have already obtained packer license from the department, which is a mandatory requirement for functioning of packaging unit. M/s NEFA Breweries Pvt Ltd has already applied for issue of the packing license which is under consideration.

Parliamentary Secretary for Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs, Laisam Simai, who also joined the officers, appealed to the youths and business community to establish more such industries throughout the state, which would not only boost the trade and commerce industries but also generate considerable employment in this developing state.

He also appealed to the people and consumers in general to come forward and register complaints to the Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs Department for redressal of their grievances through appropriate forum.





Laid body dug out and re-laid

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DAPORIJO, Jul 3: In a bizarre incident, the body of a girl, which was already laid to rest, was dug out by the district administration following a complaint.

The girl had allegedly committed suicide on Tuesday last and her family members first laid down her body near the quarters of the Field Publicity Office, where the person suspected to be responsible for her death was reportedly staying.

Meanwhile, senior citizens of the area, along with district administration and members of TCS intervened in the matter observing the worsening situation, and re-laid the body on Sunday with full respects, maintaining all traditional rituals at Lida Village of Daporijo Town.

Police arrested a person in connection with the alleged suicide case following complaints from the family and investigation has been launched.




Indigenous community based organizations call on CM

ITANAGAR, Jul 3: A 15-member team of the conglomeration of various indigenous community-based organizations (ICBOs) under the umbrella of Indigenous Faith & Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP), called on Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Monday and held elaborate discussions on various problems faced by indigenous people of the state.

The team led by IFCSAP President, Dr Ligu Tacho also submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister with regard to protection, preservation and promotion of indigenous faith, cultural heritages and languages.

The Chief Minister after a patient hearing and interacting with the team members assured to look into the matter as requested by them.

Advisor to Chief Minister Tai Tagak was also present in the meeting.

Members from ICBOs, including Nyishi Indigenous Faith & Cultural Society, Donyi Polo Yelam Kebang, Galo Indigenous Faith & Cultural Council, Rangfraa Faith Promotion Society and Meder Nello Council, Mishmi Faith Promotion Society formed part of the delegation.




CDFC starts Sopu Twnwng competition

ZIRO, Jul 3: The Central Dree Festival Committee (CDFC) on Monday for the first time has introduced and organized traditional Sopu Twnwng competition at the Dree Ground in Ziro.

Sopu or Jompu (thin filmy layers of slit pulled out from bamboo split with a machete) is traditionally used in decoration and other religious activities of Apatanis. The Sopu is also required in construction of Dree Festival alter.  Noticing that the number of people with technical knowledge of Sopu-making is limited, the CDFC has organized the competition to retain the traditional art of Sopu Twnwng.

'Though the number of participants was less, a majority of them were from youth groups and it was encouraging and appreciable', said Bamin Gumbo, Secretary General CDFC, who monitored the competition organized by the social service department.

Nada Taga and Nada Tangung were declared the first and second place winners of the competition, while Tage Kojin and Koj Laji shared the third prize.

Beside Sopu Twnwng competition, bamboo and cucumber show competitions were also held. The bamboo show competition was in respect to its size and length. In the 'biggest' category Nani Dolley, Hage Roto and Nending Chatung won the first, second and third prizes respectively. Nada Nefa-I, Kalung Gambo and Nada Nefa-II received first, second and third prizes in 'tallest' category.

In cucumber show competition, Koj Lali and Koj Tadi received first and second prizes, while Koj Epa Yakang won the third prize.




Furniture and computer for Namsai schools

NAMSAI, Jul 3: Parliamentary Secretary Planning, Chau Zingnu Namchoom distributed 800 pairs of desk and benches to all schools of Namsai Assembly Constituency under SIDF scheme.

He also distributed computer sets to eight schools under the Local Area Development fund scheme, provided by MP Ninong Ering.

Reiterating his commitment to give top priority to education and health sectors, Namchoom urged upon the school authority and school management to be more dedicated so that teaching and learning becomes more effective.

He requested the school authorities to conduct extracurricular activities to nurture hidden talents and also to build competitive minds amongst students.

Earlier, DC R K Sharma informed that measures are being taken to ensure attendance of teachers in schools with disciplinary action for defaulters. He further asked the officers of other departments to voluntarily adopt at least one school to oversee the entire teaching-learning environment and to put forward suggestions for further improvement.




Demand for adoption of Tani Lipi in state schools

ITANAGAR, Jul 3: In a bid to promote the Tani Lipi script across the state, the Abo-Tani Clans Youth Organization, Nyishi Youth Welfare Association, Galo Youth Organization, City Students' Union and Education Development Society requested the state government to recognize the script and introduce it in the state's school curriculum.

In a joint memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister, the organizations claimed that in 2001 the then Education Minister late Dera Natung had approved Tani Lipi  as the common script of all tribes of Arunachal Pradesh. However, after his tragic helicopter crash on 5th May, 2001, the government forgot its promise.

Referring to various other points in favour of their demand, the organizations stated that the adoption of Tani Lipi as indigenous script and its introduction in the school curriculum of the state will help in promoting and preserving the tribal languages, which are on the verge of extinction, besides promoting communal harmony among the people of different tribes.

In this regard, the organizations fervently appealed to the Chief Minister to initiate steps to adopt Tani Lipi - an indigenous script developed by Tony Koyu - in schools and colleges as third language.




Committee asks for proper demarcation

ITANAGAR, Jul 3: Referring to the one-point resolution of All Papu Valley Youths Welfare Association (APVYWA) published in the July 1st edition of this daily, the West Papu Valley People Representative Committee (WPVPRC) on Monday opposed the resolution of the APVYWA and termed it as misleading.

The APVYWA had demanded the government for inclusion of 10th Papu Valley West comprising of villages like Lumdung, Nere, Ningcho, Kamrung and Seba in proposed Pakke-Kessang district.  

In a representation to the Chief Minister, the WPVPRC strongly opposed the resolution adopted by the APVYWA and claimed that the APVYWA did not take consensus from the general public.

Saying that Papu valley should not be divided into two parts in the name of Pakke-Kessang district creation, the WPVPRC strongly advocated for Papu Valley to remain under East Kameng district.

The Committee also expressed displeasure at the state government for giving administrative approval for creation of district without taking consent from the general public of 10th West Papu Valley on creation of Pakke- Kessang district.  

It further stated that proper demarcation should be made before Cabinet approval of the proposed district and demarcation of boundary should be made in presence of representatives from West Papu Valley villages, such as Seba, Kamrung, Ningcho, Nere and Lumdung.

It also proposed Sangking Yarlo be the proper boundary of East Kameng and proposed Pakke-Kessang districts.




DC inaugurates generic medicine store

ROING, Jul 3: Lower Dibang Valley Deputy Commissioner Dipak Shinde inaugurated the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Kendra (store of generic medicines) at District Hospital Roing on July 3 in presence of the DMO and  medical staff.

Speaking after the inauguration, the Deputy Commissioner said that the scheme, under which medicines worth Rs 1 lakh will be made available, will bring down the healthcare expenses of common people, besides providing quality medicines.

Taking the advantage of the visit to the District Hospital, the DC also visited the ORS zinc corner set up under IDCF and handed over ORS to deserving children.

He also visited the newly installed incineration at Medical Waste Disposal Center, X-ray facilities and new eye OT.  

Medical Superintendent Dr Ista Pulu said that the objective of "Jan Aushadhi Medical Store" is to make quality medicines available at affordable prices for all, particularly the poor and underprivileged.




Door to door awareness camp conducted at Naharlagun

NAHARLAGUN, Jul 3:  Door to door awareness campaign on Women Help Line (WHL) was conducted at Sood village and Prem Nagar in Naharlagun by the Arunachal WHL on Monday.

During the campaign, the Arunachal WHL team created awareness regarding various government schemes for women empowerment amongst the unprivileged people of the area, including shop owners, vegetable and fruit vendors and general public.

The team also distributed pamphlets and explained about the functions and objectives of WHL.




Minister assures to fulfil demands

ITANAGAR, Jul 3:  The Arunachal Pradesh Colleges' Forum (APCF) in a release on Monday, informed that the Minister for Education Honchung Ngandam had assured to fulfil its demands by creating 67 teaching posts, of which 57 posts are for government colleges and another 10 posts are for Government Polytechnic colleges of the state.

He also assured to take immediate steps to ensure immediate functioning of Palin Model College from the current academic session.

The APCF had earlier submitted a two-point memorandum to the Minister for Education, seeking early fulfilment of its demands.




MoU Demand Committee assures free passage

ITANAGAR, Jul 3: The RHEP MoU Demand Committee has decided not to resort to road blockade during the proposed third phase 36-hour bandh called against NEEPCO authorities.

The decision has been taken in view of the golden jubilee celebration of Dree festival.

Earlier, the MoU Demand Committee had proposed to block traffic movement between Hoj and Yazali as part of the agitation. However, the third phase bandh will be enforced at Hoj Power Station and NEEPCO Yazali Complex.  




ASEF felicitates student toppers, achievers

SAGALEE, Jul 3: The All Sagalee Employees' Forum (ASEF) felicitated the toppers of class X, class XII, JEE (Mains), JEE (Advance) and other distinguished achievers of the Sagalee Sub-Division with citation and cash scholarships at a function in Government Higher Secondary School, Sagalee on June 30 last.

Those felicitated included 16 class X and six class XII students, two APJEE (Diploma) and one GATE qualifiers.

Director of Secondary Education, Gania Leij informed about discontinuation of CCE examination system and coming up of a new education policy.

Later, Leij launched the ASEF Website www.asef2008.org.

ASEF President Gollo Tagar hoped that all the toppers and career achievers will act as role models and become sources of inspiration for the younger generation of the Sagalee Sub-Division.

Sagalee ADC, principals and headmasters of various schools, Panchayat members, parents and well wishers attended the function.




Forum seeks cancellation of land allotment of Deoris

ITANAGAR, Jul 3: The All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Forum reiterated its demand of immediate eviction and cancellation of land allotment allotted to the Deori tribe residing in Arunachal.

The Forum claimed that according to the Supreme Court rule, land in Arunachal cannot be allotted to the Deori tribe as the tribe is not listed as APST.

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PWD messes up capital complex

The Barapani Bridge on Pachin River is in precarious situation. The bridge is reportedly sinking due to swelling of Pachin River and is posing serious threat. It is the lone bridge connecting the twin town of Itanagar and Naharlagun. If anything goes wrong, Itanagar will be cut be off and commuters will be have to take Yupia-Doimukh road to reach Naharlagun. PWD should constantly monitor the said bridge and stop vehicular movement if they see any danger sign. State government in particularly PWD should take major blame for the mess capital complex is witnessing at present due to monsoon fury.

Everyone including PWD is aware of the fact that Barapani Bridge is weakening with each passing year and if timely repairing is not done it might collapse. But department never initiated any effort to repair the said bridge. Also there should be atleast two more bridges over Pachin River to connect Itanagar and Naharlagun. Govt has been talking about construction of steel bridge to connect Borum and Naharlagun, while another bridge has been planned to connect Lekhi and Yupia. So far these projects have only been reflected in media and nothing has moved at ground level. Also it is very strange that PWD failed to repair and renovate Itanagar-Jullang-Naharlagun road. This is the lone alternate road and therefore PWD should have repaired it before the onset of monsoon. Now as NH 415 remains blocked, the capital denizens are being forced to use Itanagar-Jullang-Naharlagun road. But the horrific condition of said road is giving immense trouble to the motorists.







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Unemployment and retirement

Dear Editor,

As the topic regarding “Enhancement of Retirement Age of Govt. Employees from 58 to 60” becomes hot issue today and our Hon'ble CM and State BJP party president saying enhanced retirement age won't affect unemployed youths, I being an unemployed youth of the state since six years would like to share my ups and down in life till date.

I have been hearing about the financial scarcity of the state from people since a long time. In the year 2011, I was placed under wait list No. II for the post of lower Division Clerk under the department of Education. I ran door to door and begged before higher authority many a times but what I got from them was “due to financial scarcity in the state even a post is impossible to create”. Eventually its validity expired and I had lost my chance.

I did my degree in commerce from DNG in 2011, but since the past 15 years, I have never ever seen or heard of new post creation for the post of accountant. And when questioned, answer was always state’s financial condition.

And then I had to change my stream and took physical education as my subject keeping in mind that it would give me job opportunity.

After completion of masters in Physical Education from BHU (Banaras Hindu University), Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh in 2016, I along with my friends started a movement for creation of PET(Physical Education Teacher) under Education Department and for the post of DSO(Dist. Sport  Officer), ASO (Astt. Sports Officer) and Coaches under Dept of Sports and Youth Affairs as there has no post creation since 15 years. Initially responses from Director Sec. Education, Secretary Education and Director Sports and Youth Affairs were very positive and they assured for creation of posts by Dec’2016.

But when enquired about the matter during April  2017, we again had to hear the same explanation;“due to state’s financial crisis and non approval by cabinet, it is not possible to create the posts”.

And Hon'ble CM says that his Govt will create more job opportunity.

Furthermore, I would like to add that months ago department of Education conducted exams for the post of teachers where I was placed under wait list No. 1 for the post of PET.  But again there seems to be no hope due to unavailable vacant post and creation of PET post is a dream that doesn’t come true because of financial crisis.

Therefore, to sum up, by keeping in mind the statement made by our Hon’ble CM regarding the creation of job opportunity, I would like to request him to create more job opportunity within December 2017 in different departments, especially upon the Department of Sports and youth Affairs as there has been  no post creation since 15 years and we the physical education degree holders are sitting idle.

I also request the department of education to enhance the recruitment age limit to 35 yrs.

Lastly, I appeal to the Hon’ble CM to extend one time relaxation for all wait listed candidates under department of education.


Jumpe Maro





A wake up call for the youth

Dear Editor,

Of late, there has been an increase in the number of incidents involving murder, physical altercations and road accidents in which a handful of young lives have been lost. It’s indeed pretty frightening how even the least significant of reasons had driven the concerned individuals into committing gravely evil deeds. Going by the reports floating around, it is safe to assume that most of the cases were led by motives of sudden rage under possible intoxication resulting in actions which were abrupt rather than pre-planned. So what the aforementioned fact brings into focus is an underlying issue that has been plaguing the minds of the contemporary Arunachalee youth community. A flaw which is perhaps best highlighted whenever our women label our boys as a bunch of drunkards with a low level of courtesy.

Being a member of the youth myself, I must admit that there exists a contagious imbalance in the mindset of the young males in the state. For every glass of beer, they do not keep a separate space for a chapter in a book, instead only for another glass. In other words, our sense of judgement regarding work and fun is hugely distorted and is heavily tilted towards the extremities of fun. We lavishly ‘indulge’ in pleasuring our different modes of sensation to a point that makes us unwise, ill-disciplined and overall behaviourally ‘dangerous’. This subconscious development coupled with the age-old much contemptuous qualitative disposition of our tribal blood towards the notions of physical supremacy, male egoism and needless virility gives birth to a mental faculty which waits to burst out loud and violent even under the slightest temptations. Rather than articulating through our mind, wisdom and patience, the use of limbs, anger and aggression has become more visible in our development. Therefore, it is only when we learn to strike a fine balance between a hangout with friends and a rendezvous with books, as well as strive to adopt a more deeper image of an ideal man, that we could atleast save more souls if not jobs.

On a departing note, I would like to offer my heartfelt prayers to all the victims and their families. I deeply hope justice is served where it’s being truly sought.


Miding Pertin,





Snail pace Aadhar enrolment


Through your esteem daily, I would like to draw your kind attention that the state government has made Aadhar card as mandatory in the schools, and the same Xerox copy should be submitted to the concern School during the time of admission. Now-a-days school admission is going on, and for  Aadhar Card, they have to come District Headquarter from various villages covering 50 to 60 KM and stay in headquarter for two to three weeks. At Yingkiong, enrolment is limited to 12 to 15 persons per day and for only two to three days a week  and sometimes the door of the office room of Data operator is found locked due failure of system.

I would like to appeal to the concern authority to deploy a trained operator with equipment at Yingkiong to carry out Aadhar Card enrolment to solve the hardship being faced by the public and students.


A. Siboh,








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