July 15


Police seize weapons from IRBn jawan, apprehends shooter in 24 hours

Staff Reporter

NAHARLAGUN, Jul 14: The Arunachal Pradesh Police, Naharlagun unit has seized a major haul of weapons from one of their own while it cracked the shooting case that took place near Hotel Tossum at around 1.30 AM on Thursday within 24 hours of the incident.

The police arrested an IRBn jawan identified as Rima Tallong (26) from whom the arms and ammunitions were recovered and his accomplice Agam Langi (20) for their alleged involvement in the shooting case.

In a press briefing on Friday, Superintendent of Police, Dr A Koan informed that they found empty cartridge from a 9 mm pistol at the site of incident, which is used mostly by security forces. Consequently, the police team from Naharlagun, under the orders of the DGP and IGP made a search of arms and ammunition, and found that some rounds and weapons were missing from the Police Training Centre (PTC) at Banderdewa.    

The Naharlagun unit police had spread out four units to arrest the alleged accused, under Investigation Officer SI Thumgon Tali and OC Inspector Nikom Riba, along with SIs G. Basar and SS Jha. All check nakas were also alerted to identify the scooter which was used by the alleged accused.

During investigation, the police narrowed down on Tallang, who was on regular sentry duty at PTC, and arrested the duo from their residences at Papu Nallah on Thursday night at around 11.30 PM.  

The police also seized a sizable number of arms and ammunition from Tallang's possession, which include two glock magazines, 110 rounds of a 9mm pistol, three rounds of a 7.65 pistol, three 12 bore cartridges, two rounds of AK-47, and one each of a knife, .38 pistol, 12 bore rifle, holster, glock, 12 bore holster, barrel cleaner and mask.

The police suspect that as a sentry on guard, Tallang had access to the weapons.

"Some of his weapons, like the 12 bore rifle are ancestral and many are stolen, most probably from the PTC", the SP informed.

Reportedly, during interrogation, Tallang revealed that he had plans of taking revenge on someone. The police did not disclose who the target was. Tallang and Langi also had reportedly made plans to flee Itanagar.

Saying that it was a major catch, the SP also informed that Tallang will be dismissed from the department if found guilty and necessary action will be taken. He also lauded the efforts of the police team for making the breakthrough in a short time.

Tallang is a 4th IRBn 'D' Company jawan of the 2013 batch, posted in PTC Banderdewa, while his accomplice Langi works at a brick factory.

A case has been registered at Banderdewa Police Station under section 381 IPC and another at Naharlagun Police Station under section 341/323/307/34 IPC R/W Sec 27 of Arms Act.

On Thursday at around 1.30 AM, three youths were returning home in their car when a scooter with two riders started riding dangerously in front of their vehicle.

Reportedly, the youths overtook the scooter and were going ahead, when the scooter suddenly intercepted their vehicle and forced them to stop. A heated argument broke out, followed by a physical fight. One of the riders took out a pistol from the scooter's locker and indiscriminately started firing.Eight rounds were fired from the pistol, of which, six had hit the car.

The victims have been identified as Yowa Karde, Nikh Vicky and Aiseng Shayam. Karde has sustained a bullet injury in his left flank abdomen and is undergoing treatment at the Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences in Naharlagun.  

Meanwhile, strongly condemning the July 13 firing incident near Hotel Tossum in Naharlagun, the Tagin Welfare Society (TWS) has in a representation to the Chief Secretary on Friday demanded that Rima Tallang, one of the accused in the incident, be immediately terminated from his job and awarded strict punishment as per the law.

Seeking proper investigation into the case to unearth the truth, the TWS further appealed to the state government to initiate steps to ensure security in the Capital Complex in view of the current deteriorating law and order situation.  

Meanwhile, Durum Welfare Society (DWS) General Secretary, Nilly Likha Tabo has lauded the prompt action of the SP Capital and OC Naharlagun,which resulted in the arrest of the culprits involved in the firing incident and appealed to the authorities not to grant bail to the two accused and award them strict punishment under appropriate sections of the law.

The Society in a release on Friday last, further urged the law enforcing agencies to maintain strict vigilance in the Capital Complex to ensure a sense of safety amongst the denizens.




Power minister assures help to Arunachal; allocates Rs 10 crores as initial assistance

ITANAGAR, Jul 14:  Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal has assured to provide all out support to the flood and landslide hit Arunachal Pradesh. He conveyed this to Chief Minister Pema Khandu in a telephonic conversation late Thursday evening.

Taking stock of the current situation in the state, the Power Minister informed the CM that he had already directed the CMDs of NHPC and NEEPCO to provide all possible assistance to the state in restoration works. Specific directives were issued to the PSUs to liaise with the state government and do whatever possible from their end.

As immediate help to the state government, the Union Minister earmarked Rs 10 crores as initial assistance. He has also directed the PGCIL to immediately look after the reported damages of the transmission lines in the state and make necessary arrangements for its restoration at the earliest.

Meanwhile, on the directives of the PMO, the state government had sent a report on the prevailing situation of the aftermath of flood and landslide occurrence in the entire state. Based on the report, the Minister of State, PMO and DoNER Jitendra Singh took an emergency meeting with the Ministry of Home Affairs and Disaster Management officials, which was also attended by state government representatives.

In the meeting, the Minister directed the concerned ministries to extend all possible assistance to Arunachal Pradesh. He gave specific directives to immediately release the SDR funds to the state to mitigate the situation.




Tax and Excise Joint Commissioner alleged of sexual assault on minor

ITANAGAR, Jul 14:  Joint Commissioner of Tax and Excise Department Tani Jongkey has been alleged of sexually assaulting a 11-year-old girl on June 2nd last.

In this regard, a case has also been registered with the Women Police Station, Itanagar under section 341, 354 and section 8 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.

In a complaint letter lodged with the Women Police Station of Itanagar on 5th July, 2017, the victim's mother alleged that when her daughter went to tuition classes on 2nd June, 2017 with her friends, the alleged accused Tani Jongkey, who also happens to be the father of her friends, offered to drop her home. When they reached outside the young girl's house, Tani Jongkey allegedly groped her and sexually assaulted her.

"My daughter locked herself in the bathroom for a very long time after coming home that day, until I banged the door" claimed the victim's mother, who said that she had no knowledge about the incident till then.  

She also went on to claim that on June 19, 2017, the alleged accused forcibly gave her daughter Rs 100 with his phone number on it, which her daughter refused to accept. Her daughter later handed the money to someone else who was residing in Jongkey's residence.

Observing behavioural changes in her daughter, such as refusal to attend tuition classes, the victim's mother goaded her for her refusals when her daughter finally disclosed about the incident.

After learning of the incident, she stopped her daughter from attending tuition classes from June 26 onward, as she was in a state of shock.

She further claimed that on June 29, she mustered up courage to face the alleged accused. However, he avoided her. She later disclosed of the incident to the wife of the alleged accused. The victim's mother also claimed that the wife and a relative of the alleged accused asked for forgiveness and attempted to suppress the matter and also tried to negotiate with her.

"I refused any such offer and told her straightaway that I only want justice for my daughter," the mother added in her complaint letter.

She further claimed that there are other victims of the alleged accused, who are hesitant to complain due to his high social standing.

Meanwhile, The Arunachal Times was unable to contact Joint Commissioner Tani Jongkey to comment on the allegation.

Further, the Angnong Dune Society in a release on Friday expressed displeasure at the law enforcing authority for its inability to trace out and arrest the alleged accused, and demanded his immediate arrest.

Meanwhile, the Women Police Station Itanagar has confirmed that a case has been registered against the alleged accused. "The alleged accused has been absconding ever since a case has been registered against him. We are trying every possible way to arrest him at the earliest," the police said.

After receiving a letter from the victim's parents, the Arunachal Pradesh Station Commission for Women (APSCW) took serious note of the reported incident and asked the Capital Complex Superintendent of Police to nab the alleged accused as early as possible. Terming the incident very unfortunate, APSCW Chairperson Mitali Tingkhatra informed that the Commission is putting all efforts for early arrest of the alleged accused.




Rijiju, Pema undertake aerial survey of flood-hit Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Jul 14: Union Minister Kiren Rijiju and Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Friday undertook an aerial survey of flood-hit districts in the state where all major roads and highways have been damaged by landslides due to heavy rains.

The Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, who is leading a high-level central team comprising senior officials of the NDRF, the NDMA and the Niti Aayog, took stock of the situation in the entire state along with Pema, Deputy Speaker of the Assembly Tumke Bagra and MLA Kaling Moyong.

They undertook an aerial survey of flood-affected Dambuk, Mebo, Namsai, Diyun, Mahadevpur and Sagalee areas, where most parts have been either inundated or damaged because of landslides.

However, the survey had to be cut short due to inclement weather and the team could not reach Aalo and had to fly to Pasighat.

Floods and landslides triggered by incessant rain in the last couple of days have cut off large areas, including many district headquarters, in the state from the rest of the country.

Rijiju said, "Though the entire state has suffered and borne the brunt of rains and landslides which have damaged highways and roads, I have asked the authorities to restore the roads within a month."

Pema said that landslides triggered by heavy rains in the last one week have affected a large part of the state and authorities are working hard to restore roads and connectivity.

"Many areas, including Papum Pare district, have been affected by floods and landslides. Continuous rains and bad weather have been hampering efforts to improve the situation. Though some areas are yet to be visited, the government is working round the clock to help the people," the Chief Minister said.

"I thank the centre for all the help they have extended to the state government," he added.

On Thursday, the Centre had released Rs 51.48 crore to the state government under the State Disaster Response Fund.

The state capital was virtually cut off with its lifeline NH-415 getting totally eroded at the entry point.

The alternative road via Jullang was also blocked, leaving only one road open through Hollongi en route Lakhimpur district in Assam, they said. (PTI)




DRDA staff set to launch pen down strike

ITANAGAR, Jul 14: Frustrated with the state government's inaction in addressing its long pending demands, the Arunachal Pradesh unit of All India DRDA Staff Welfare Association reiterated that it would launch its indefinite democratic movement in the form of pen and tool down strike from July 17.

The DRDA employees in the state have been demanding their immediate absorption in state government departments and  regular disbursement and drawal of DRDA salary through Treasury bill in line with other government departments.

Meanwhile, the Lower Subansiri district unit of All India DRDA Staff Welfare Association, in an intimation letter to the Deputy Commissioner, informed about its decision to join the strike launched by the state body from July 17.




AAPSU opposes visit of TTAADC executive member

ITANAGAR, Jul 14: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) has strongly condemned the visit of one Sandhya Rani Chakma, executive member of the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) to the Chakma inhabited areas of Diyun and Bordumsa, and termed her visit as provocative.

"The lady is said to be roaming in the areas without acquiring Inner Line Permit (ILP), which is a violation of regulations and law of the land.

Being a non-APST, she is supposed to get an ILP before entering the state. The District Administration should initiate swift and stringent action against her," stated the AAPSU.

Further, the AAPSU informed that it has filed an FIR against her in various police stations of Changlang district and sought her immediate arrest.




APCC threatens to launch bandh calls

ITANAGAR, Jul 14: The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC), in a letter, reminded the Chief Minister of the ultimatum served by it to the state government to relieve Chief Secretary (in-charge) Satya Gopal from duty for allegedly misguiding the Election Commission of India.

The ultimatum is expiring on Friday afternoon and if the government does not respond to the demand then the party would launch a series of bandh calls, stated the APCC in a release, adding that the first phase 24-hour bandh would be announced shortly.




DNGC shines

ITANAGAR, Jul 14:  In the recently declared Rajiv Gandhi University examinations 2017, the students of Dera Natung Government College bagged top four positions among the overall top five in the undergraduate examinations.

All the four positions are bagged by students from the Zoology Department. Continuing the previous trends of 2014 (Dunya Buni, 76%), 2015 (Ruby Taid, 78%) and 2016 (Abhisweta Bhatt, 84%), this year,Dekey Chumku of the Department of Zoology topped the 2017 list with 80% marks.




Longding DA reaches out to meritorious students

LONGDING, Jul 14: Students of JNV Tissa, Dalon Monwangham (75%), Puna Oppo (76%) and Kaling Modi (73%) have gotten admissions in the University of Delhi's B Com course following the Longding District Administration's efforts.

The students were able to apply for the admission with the help of the district administration as the Longding Deputy Commissioner had invited all students from JNV Tissa and counselled them to apply in the colleges of the University of Delhi, popularly known as Delhi University (DU).

Accordingly, Longding Circle Officer, Yutan Sunya filled the application forms online on behalf of interested students.

Longding Deputy Commissioner Himanshu Gupta said that "Most of the students after passing class 12th take admission in Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Tezu, Pasighat or Itanagar. Only a few privileged students go to the University of Delhi.

We wanted to change the trend. We informed the students that the annual fees of colleges in DU are even less than other colleges, and informed that the cut off is relatively less for ST students and hence they had chances to get through prestigious colleges".

The district administration sent the students to Delhi where they are currently staying in the Arunachal Bhawan.

"Now our challenge is to arrange for their stay in the city as all the three students are from poor backgrounds and cannot afford expensive stay in Delhi", the DC said.

SP Longding Rohit Meena has also taken up the matter of facilitating the admission of students in paying guest hostels of North Delhi with the DCP North West Delhi.

Commissioner Finance Ashish Kundra has also informed the Deputy Commissioner to send a proposal for reimbursing the stay of the meritorious students in Delhi.

Further, Longding MLA Thanwang Wangham has also come out to support the meritorious students and said that no meritorious student should be denied quality education in higher institutions just because of want of money.

The Longding District Administration plans to send more meritorious students from Longding to DU next year, informed a release.




Stipend released

ITANAGAR, Jul 14: The Department of Social Justice and Empowerment and Tribal Affairs (SJETA) has informed that it has released the scholarship money for the year 2016-17 under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs to all those students who have provided their SBI bank accounts.

In a release, the department stated that the fund could not be transferred to those SBI accounts which are dormant, in-active, closed or blocked.

"The lists of students falling under such cases are displayed in the notice board of SJETA, Naharlagun. These students are requested to verify their account numbers and report to the director as early as possible for early release of scholarship for 2016-17. As for students having non-SBI accounts, there is no system for Direct Account Transfer. Therefore, payment for non-SBI account holders will be credited in due course of time through other modes of payment, which may take some more time," informed SJETA Director,Yumlam Kaha.

Further, the Director requested those students who have issues regarding courses to inform for further necessary action.

"In order to check duplicate cases, the students who did not apply in other stipend or scholarship schemes, but are not in receipt of the scholarship under Umbrella Scheme of Post Matric Scholarship (2016-17) from the Ministry of Tribal Affairs have been asked to obtain No Objection Certificate from the Department of Higher & Technical Education, GoAP, Itanagar and other concern departments and institutions for availing the benefit under the umbrella scheme of Post Matric Scholarship for 2016-17. The certificate issued has to be submitted to the department on or before 31st of this month in order to get the benefits under the scheme of Ministry of Tribal Affairs, GoI for 2016-17," added the Director.  

Further, he appealed all not to make unsubstantial allegations and said that the department is doing its best to ensure that no genuine student is deprived of the benefit under the said scheme. The department has also asked students to consult grievance re-dressal cell of the directorate for any query without creating nuisance.




Apprehending disaster, students’ union demands halt on earth cutting

ITANAGAR, Jul 14: Concerned over impending threat posed by the ongoing highway earth cutting in Garu and Likabali areas, which may bring disaster like recent landslide in Laptap, the Jigo Yego Students' Union (JYSU) has strongly demanded the authority to stop the work until monsoon rain recedes.

In a memorandum to the Likabali Sub Divisional Officer (SDO), the students' union stated that the earth cutting in both areas is not only creating great inconvenience to the commuters but also posing serious threat to human life, property and the eco-system.

Further, soil is being dumped randomly at downstream instead of being transported to the designated sites, which is threatening the aquatic life, flora and fauna of the area, the students' union added.




Centre hopeful of achieving ODF target

ITANAGAR Jul 14: Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DW&S), Govt of India, Parameswaran Iyer called on Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Friday and appreciated the state government for achieving Open Defecation Free (ODF) by 87 percent in the state and opined that the state could achieve 100 percent target by 31st December, 2017.

He appreciated the leadership of Pema for successful implementation of Swachh Bharat Mission in the state, which is set to become the next ODF state.

The Chief Minister, while acknowledging that deputy commissioners in various districts have been working hard to achieve the target of ODF, also encouraged them to play more pro-active roles.

He emphasized on use of twin-pit technology with indigenous touch for toilet construction as it is cost-effective and environment friendly.

The Chief Minister urged the DW&S Secretary to support Information, Education and Communication (IEC) in the state that would be aimed at achieving ODF target. He also urged for fund support through CSR component from PSUs, on which the Secretary assured to conduct a meeting within two weeks, comprising of DoNER Minister, MoS Home Minister, NHPC CMD and state Minister for PHED.

The Secretary informed that if the PHE Department can perform well then it can avail more funds from the centre beyond its earmarked allocation. He also assured to help the state avail multilateral fund for successful implementation of Swachh Bharat Mission in the state.

To provide technical and management support for achieving ODF, the Secretary assured to depute 'Preraks' in all districts, who will work with the deputy commissioners.

Currently, eight districts have 'Preraks', who are professionals deputed under the Swachh Bharat Mission and Tata Trusts to eliminate ODF in rural India.

The Secretary requested the CM for revised baseline data on insanitary and defunct latrines to convert it into sanitary latrines through funds from CSR component.

PHED Minister Bamang Felix informed that under the CM's Swachh Mission, the state government has enhanced the fund for Individual House Hold Latrine (IHHL) from Rs 12,000 to Rs 20,000 per unit. The increase of fund for IHHL has enabled people to construct decent toilets, he added. (CMO)




Rijiju visits Laptap

TORU, Jul 14: Union Minister of State for Home affairs Kiren Rijiju on Friday visited the landslide hit Laptap village where 14 people were killed after being buried alive and interacted with the locals.

He was accompanied by former Chief Minister and Sagalee MLA Nabam Tuki, NDRF IG Ravi Joseph, Secretary Disaster Management Jokey Angu and officers from central team.

Rijiju expressed his deep condolences to the victim family and assured that the government will provide every possible help and handed over Rs 10 lakhs to the victim family and informed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sanctioned Rs 2 lakhs ex-gratia to the deceased and Rs 50,000 for injured persons, apart from the Rs 4 lakhs ex-gratia given by the state government's side.

He further lauded the joint efforts of the district administration, NDRF, police and civil society in relief and rescue operations during the incident.

He also informed that M/S Shusee Infra and Mining Pvt Ltd has been instructed to complete the restoration of road within one month and the company has also agreed to compensate the victim family from their end and has been asked to provide job to at least two members of the family in the company.

He also informed that the MHA has already released Rs 51.48 crores for relief assistance to the state government for flood and landslide damages.

Earlier, former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki apprised the MoS Home about present scenario of Sagalee Sub-Division and said that Sagalee is totally cut off from the rest of the world for the past several days. He requested the MoS to provide fund for immediate restoration of the roads and bridges damaged by the flood and landslides.

Tuki also expressed his thankfulness for the help provided by the state government and hailed the NDRF team for their dedication and hard work in times of disaster.

The Centre has released in advance two installments of grant-in-aid to the Government of Arunachal Pradesh towards Central share of State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF).

Due to heavy rains and floods in North East, Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, GoI has released Rs 51 crore and 30 lakh as grant-in-aid to the state government on the basis of recommendation of the 14th Finance Commission for relief necessitated by natural calamities to the State. This amount is being released in advance for rescue and relief operations required on account of flash floods.




Relief materials distributed to landslide victims

ITANAGAR, Jul 14:  The All Nyishi Students' Union (ANSU), led by its Vice President, Tana Sushil Tara on Wednesday visited the landslide victims of Laptap village under Sagalee circle and extended relief materials to the victim's family members.

Members of ANSU also supported the NDRF in the rescue operation on the spot.

The union further extended heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.  

Church leaders of APCRCC, APCRCWW, APCRCYW and PPDCRCC also visited Laptap village and distributed some relief items to the families of the victims.

Meanwhile, the Itanagar Municipal Council Chief Councillor, Deputy Chief Councillor, members of empowered standing committee, all councillors and staffs have in a release on Thursday, expressed deep shock and grief over the demise of 14 people due to landslide at Laptap and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.

IMC Chief Councillor, Kipa Kaku has also deeply mourned the demise of Bamang Nizer of BSI Colony, Itanagar who was amongst those who died in the landslide at Laptap.




NABARD conducts RIDF sensitization workshop

ITANAGAR, Jul 14: Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein said that the provision of state share for NABARD funded schemes will be kept in the state budget from next year onward.  

Addressing senior government officials in a sensitization workshop on 'Rural Infrastructure Development Fund' (RIDF), conducted by NABARD, Arunachal Pradesh Regional Office, Itanagar on Friday, Mein asked the Secretary Planning to move the file to release the state share in respect of all RIDF projects.

Mein said that he will discuss the matter regarding speedy submission of DPRs with the Chief Minister on priority so that the implementations of works are not delayed as the state has short working season.

He stressed the need for strengthening monitoring system and checking misutilization of funds under RIDF and duplicity in projects and schemes.

Outlining the importance of agriculture and allied sectors in bringing economic development of the people of the state, he urged the NABARD to increase allocation under agriculture and allied sectors as it received only a meager allocation of 0.6 percent.

He asked the Agriculture Department to gear up and prepare a roadmap and avail maximum benefit under RIDF by submitting proposals on irrigation projects for enhancing the production of agricultural crops. Further, he urged all the departments to come up with innovative proposals for inclusion in next year's budget.

Dr Gyanendra Mani, General Manager, NABARD underscored the importance of RIDF as one of the major interventions in the state by NABARD. He lauded the state government's all-inclusive budget for the current year and opined that the CM's Adarsh Gram Yojana, Kaushal Vikas Yojana and District Innovation Fund, as envisaged in the budget will play a pivotal role in shaping Arunachal's economy in the coming years.

He urged the state government to avail other funds announced by the central government, such as Dairy Processing Fund, Micro Irrigation Fund, Warehouse Infrastructure Development Fund, Food Processing Fund and NABARD Infrastructure Development Assistance.

Dr Joram Beda, Secretary Planning exhorted the department officials to submit DPRs on time to minimize the time gap between sanction and implementation of RIDF projects in the state.

V Thirumalai, DGM, NABARD gave a detailed presentation on origin, genesis and operationalization of RIDF in the state as well as the country.

The workshop was also attended by Parliamentary Secretary (PWD & Urban Development) Techi Kaso, Chairman of Arunachal Pradesh Agriculture Marketing Board Ngurang Pinch and senior officials from line departments of the state government.




Nari forest range observes Vanamahotsava

Prafulla Kaman

NARI-SEREN, Jul 14: As part of Vanamahotsava celebration, a week-long plantation drive was launched by Nari Forest Range under Pasighat Forest Division at GHSS, Nari on Friday.

Range Forest Officer (RFO) Omang Moyong Bam put emphasis on collective efforts by all to protect natural vegetations through plantation activities.

She explained the importance of trees in maintaining ecosystem, reducing global warming, tackling air pollution and soil conservation. The RFO also encouraged students and public to carry out plantation drives in large scale to restore declining forest covers.

Informing that Nari Range Office has grown adequate seedlings for free distribution, the RFO urged women SHGs, NGOs, government employees and local villagers to collect saplings for plantation.

Nari ADC Bani Lego suggested young students to make plantation a habit, while Vice Principal Babom Sora urged them to take care of the saplings planted in their school premise.

Nari-Seren ZPM Kenyom Dabii and Anchal Chairperson Yalom Sora spoke on the importance of tree plantation.

Around 100 saplings of various species were planted in the school premise by the forest officials and other participants  to mark the launching of the week-long plantation drive.

Banderdewa Forest Division also celebrated Vanamahotsava by organizing a plantation drive in Government Middle School Dobam, Banderdewa.

Several seedlings of shade and fruit bearing species were planted in the school premises. Saplings were also distributed among the villagers free of cost on the occasion.

Urban Development Minister Nabam Rebia also attended the celebration, and during his interaction with the students, highlighted the importance of trees and forests for existence. He exhorted the public to plant more trees in community and private lands.

Additional PCCF WAC RK Singh also addressed the gathering and briefed them of the history of Vanamahotsava and its significance.

Banderdewa DFO Neelam Nedo spoke on incidences of landslides, floods and road blockades across the entire state, and blamed rampant earth cutting, diversion of natural flow of streams and large scale deforestation for it.

Meritorious students of the school were also felicitated on the occasion.

ZPM, Councillor, other PRI members and villagers also participated in the plantation drive.




30 new born girls enrolled under Dulari Kanya Scheme

TEZU, Jul 14: Thirty new born girls were enrolled under the Dulari Kanya Scheme at a programme held at Amik Ringya Hall, Tezu on Friday.

The infant girls enrolled for the scheme were from Tezu town, Tafragam, Khoraliang, Teluliang, Gohain Gaon, Loiliang, Bazaar area and Huseliang .

Lohit District Deputy Commissioner, Danish Ashraf has strictly instructed the ICDS Department of the district for proper implementation of the noble scheme.

The ICDS Department at the instruction of the DC had earlier circulated letters to all HoDs of the district for proper dissemination of the scheme in various offices and its staff.

Also, PRI members, gaon burahs and bazaar secretaries have been informed about the scheme to disseminate the information to the parents of newly born girls under their jurisdiction and area.

ICDS Deputy Director, Geyum Amo Perying, CDPO Susanne Krisiko Chai and staff were also present in the camp.

Dulari Kanya Scheme is a State Sector Scheme introduced from the current financial year 2017-18 for implementation through ICDS Department in the state.

The scheme aims to provide financial assistance to an amount of Rs 20, 000 to a girl child (1st or 2nd born) born in government or government approved hospitals or institutions to celebrate the birth of a girl child and enable her to pursue higher education after 18 years of age.

The scheme aims to prevent child marriage and also to encourage institutional deliveries in the state.

The scheme is applicable for all girls born on or after April 3, 2017 to all Arunachal Pradesh Scheduled Tribes  and other residents of Arunachal Pradesh who have lived in the state for five years continuously. (DIPRO)




Interactive School Engagement

TEZU, Jul 14: As per the directives of the Election Commission of India, the Lohit District Election Office, Tezu conducted its second phase of Interactive School Engagement with the students in the age group of 15 and above at Government Higher Secondary School, Tezu on Friday.

The Programme is a part of the 7th National Voters Day-2017, with the theme 'Empowering Young and Future Voters".

Interacting with the students, Electoral Registration Officer, Lui Shiba highlighted the importance of the programme and stated that the District Election Office aims to achieve 100 percent electoral coverage in the area.

She encouraged young and eligible first-time voters to come forward for electoral registration and be a part of strengthening the democracy.

"You must exercise your right to vote and be a part of the vibrant Indian democracy," she said.

Students, mostly of 9th to 12th standards attended the programme. It is a part of a special drive to enrol left-out eligible electors, giving special focus on first time electors in the age group of 18 to 21 years. Targeting future voters studying in schools, the programme aims to sensitize them about registration and voting procedure in particular through demonstrations, like power point presentations.

A similar programme was organized by Assistant Electoral Registration Officer Sunpura at Government Higher Secondary School Jeko, on Friday. (DIPRO)




30 days ultimatum served to CM

ITANAGAR, Jul 14:  The All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Forum (AAPYF) and Papum Pare district unit of the AAPYF has served a 30 days ultimatum to the Chief Minister, demanding immediate eviction and cancellation of land allotment against people belonging to Deori tribe and threatened to resort to legal and democratic action in case its demands are not met within stipulated time.

'Former  Chief minister Nabam Tuki  had constituted a committee headed by Commissioner Land Management, Tajum Taloh as chairman which had to submit its report to the state  government within a month. However, despite the completion of over four years, no report has been ever been placed regarding cancellation of land allotment to Non-APSTs’, the AAPYF claimed.

It claimed that as per the Supreme Court order, land cannot be allotted to people belonging to Deori tribe in Arunachal Pradesh as per the  Constitution Schedule Tribe Order 1950, 1951 and Schedule  Castes, Schedule Tribe Order Amendment  on October2002, as Deori tribe is not listed in APST.  

Meanwhile, the Deori Tribal Welfare Association (DTWA) has strongly objected to the recent statement of the AAPYF published in various local dailies,wherein it sought cancellation of land allotment to Deoris residing in Arunachal and demanded an apology from the Forum.

Terming the statement as inflammatory and politically motivated, the Association in a release on Thursday stated that the Deoris have been living in Arunachal before independence and Ahom Raj in the undivided Assam which includes present Arunachal Pradesh.

'The AAPYF should study the Supreme Court order before blaming the country's highest judicial institute', it added.  




Labour union seeks early release of relief materials

ITANAGAR, Jul 14:  In a memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister on Thursday, the All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union (AAPLU) has sought immediate release of relief materials through Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers' Welfare Board (APB&OCWWB) by organizing awareness camps at the landslide and flood affected areas of various districts across the state.

While stating that most of the landslide affected persons belong to the labour community, the union stressed on the need for organizing such campaigns and providing immediate relief to the affected persons.

'There is immediate need for giving special instruction to the department or board concerned for organizing the awareness campaign for distribution of relief materials to the flood affected people across the state', the AAPLU stated.




Abo Tani Clan Organization to drop its

demands following DCM's assurance

ITANAGAR, Jul 13:  The Abo Tani Clan Organization (ATCO) on Thursday last, decided to drop its three demands following a meeting with Deputy Chief Minister, Chowna Mein on July 11, wherein the DCM assured to look into their demands.

Addressing reporters at the Arunachal Press Club here, ATCO Chief Advisor, Taba Taku informed that other than their demand for creation of Abotani Tradition and Culture Department, they are satisfied with the government and will suspend its three demands.

Informing that the state government has already initiated the administrative process for creation of Abotani Tradition and Culture Department, he said that the ATCO will follow the process of creation for its early establishment.

Stating that the greenfield airport project has been handed over to the central government who are looking into its development through a committee and that the labour wages have already been enhanced by the state government during late Kalikho Pul's government, Taku said that they are now awaiting the early fulfilment of the Deputy Chief Minister's assurance to ensure equal distribution of funds in Revised Estimate 2017-18.

The organization had earlier demanded for creation of Abotani Tradition and Culture Department, revision of Revised Estimate 2016-17, initiation of construction work of greenfield airport and implementation of minimum wages (Labour wages) as per the central government announcement.




Tagok Nilling Memorial Volleyball Tournament

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DAPORIJO, Jul 14: The Neba Volleyball Team won the first Tagok Nilling Memorial Volleyball Tournament, defeating Tamu Tadu team in the final played at Government Higher Secondary School playground here on Thursday.

Local MLA Dikto Yekar and Superintendent of Police Taru Gusar witnessed the final match to encourage the players.

Dikto highlighted the importance of games and sports in day to day life.

The tournament was organized by the All Nilling Youth Association.




Army contributes to SBM

DAPORIJO, Jul 14: Contributing to Swachh Bharat Mission that aims to eradicate open defecation by 2019, the Spearhead Gunners of the Indian Army have constructed two toilet blocks for the villagers of TCC in Upper Subansiri district under Operation Samaritan.

The care of the toilet blocks was handed over to Political Interpreter of Lemeking Circle, Tapor Baki in presence of the local populace, who thanked the army for shouldering its social responsibility to the nation with pride and zeal as well as providing such a facility.

It was reiterated that indoor toilets are an essential part in a community's social infrastructure and the society must emulate to bring an end to defecation in the open.




APIDFCL-CSIR to work together for benefit of state

ITANAGAR, Jul 14: The Arunachal Pradesh Industrial Development & Financial Corporation Ltd (APIDFCL) and Council of Science & Industrial Research (CSIR) will work in collaboration by sharing technical know-how to benefit the people of the state.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in this regard is likely to be executed very soon, stated APIDFC Ltd GM, Takhe Tamo.

'An executable and workable mandate in this regard will be developed and customized for benefit and interest of the common people', he said.

A team of CSIR headed by Professor, Dr Harish Hirani visited the state and held a meeting with Minister of Power (Elect), Industries Tamiyo Taga and Minister of DoTCL, Wangki Lowang.

Dr Hirani spelt out numerous technologies of CSIR-CMERI (Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute), which is expected to be helpful for the people of Arunachal Pradesh. He demonstrated working of small-sized tractor, benefits of solar tree, and usefulness of waste management system during the meeting.




Relief sought for Upper Hill Top Colony

ITANAGAR, Jul 14:  Claiming that about 15 families have been rendered homeless due to rain triggered landslide at Upper Hill Top Colony here on July 10 last, Hill Top Colony Welfare Committee (HTCWC) President, Karsang Tallar has in a release on Friday strongly appealed to the concern authority to assess the damages caused and provide financial assistance to the affected families at the earliest.   




English language and phonetics training for teacher

ITANAGAR, Jul 14: A two days training in English language and phonetics was organized by the Holy Cross School for its teachers, in collaboration with the Don Bosco Youth Centre.  

The training, attended by 24 teachers was a mix of theoretical and practical sessions by resource persons,Father Cyriac SDB and Manjuna Sangma from DBYC, Itanagar.   

In the course of the training, the teachers were lead through a series of theoretical and practical sessions on English grammar, reading and writing skills and phonetics.  

In addition, the teachers also participated in phonetic drills in sharpening pronunciation and reading skills.

Earlier, Sr Annie, the Principal of Holy Cross School, spoke of the objective of the school in organizing such trainings and said that language skills are one of the most important skills needed for effective teaching.  



APP team for ISKF Open National Karate Championship

ITANAGAR, Jul 14: An 11-member karate team from Arunachal Pradesh Police, led by SI Bulang Marik as Team Manager and Technical Director left here for Guwahati on Thursday to participate in the 5th ISKF Open National Karate Championship being held from July 14 to 16.

The team consists of SI P Nobin Jomoh, Ct Dunglin Natan, Ct Janam Dodum, Ct Pisa Nachung, Ct Likha Raien, L/Ct Miji Ama, L/Ct Lokam Yajik, L/Ct  Nagbia Penu and Ct G Rabbani. Ct Yesenso Yun is the team coach.

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