July 26


Ering speaks up against racial discrimination

ITANAGAR, Jul 25: Member of Parliament Ninong Ering has said that even after decades of independence, people belonging to the North East faces racial discrimination.  

Ering who represents Arunachal East said this in the parliament as he took up the recent incident of Tailin Lyngdoh, who was turned out from Delhi Golf Club for wearing the Khasi traditional dress.

"There have been cases wherein people from south India have been mocked because of their dark skin, minorities being mocked for practicising their traditional customs and beliefs and people from north cast have been discriminated against", he said adding that the issue of discrimination against skin colour and special facial makeup is deep rooted which even take the form of violence as was seen in the Bangalore where a mob thrashed an African couple and torched their vehicle.

The curious trend with these incidents is that they are mostly against the people from eight north-eastern states of India being encountered in north Indian states with Delhi being the most notorious, he said.

These incidents of racial splurge can largely be attributed to the fact that even after 70 years of Independence, the issues of discrimination is still felt by them, the MP said.

He said that there was cultural distance among people, which  gets manifested as racial slurs against each other. Sometimes these exchanges get violent and in each case disrupting the unique fabric of homogeneous and heterogeneous India, Ering said.

He suggested that government take a step further with help of NGO's, private sector and by strengthening preventative system to ensure that these incidents does not happen again.




PRIs upset over delay in border road construction

[ Karyir Riba ]

ROING, Jul 25: The Panchayat leaders of Hunli-Desali Block have expressed displeasure over the delay in construction of road from Hunli-Desali-Meteliang-Hayuliang.

Hunli-Desali Block lies in the upper most corner of the Lower Dibang Valley District, and is a sensitive area that shares the international border with China.

A decent amount of fund has been allotted to the BRTF by the Government of India under its initiative to connect border villages, for the construction task.

However, the construction work that had started on January 23, 2013 under the supervision of OC 62 RCC (BRO) hasn't progressed any further, other than the road cutting work that had been done for only 8.5km till date, informed ZPM Hunli-Desali Block Mama Miso.

He also informed that the Panchayat leaders had approached the Director General Border Road on December 28, 2016, on his arrival at Roing, and the District Authority on April 3, 2017, regarding the position of the work, which seems to have stopped from being slow paced, as no progress of work can be seen at the site at all. Their meeting, reportedly, went futile because no change has been noticed at the work site since then.

A letter regarding the matter has been submitted to the Union Minister of State (Home), GOI, New Delhi signed by ZPM Hunli-Desali Block Mama Miso and ASM Chairperson Choya Miso.

In the letter, the leaders have also demanded creation of an ITBP outpost at Desali CO Hq, which is just 20kms from the International Border of China. This demand has been made since there is no State or Central Police Force stationed at the headquarters.

The leaders have also mentioned in the letter that there has been no reply from the Officer Commanding ITBP at Lohitpur under Lohit district, who was approached regarding the issue.

The people of the Hunli-Desali Block have to face a lot of hardship, even in performing their daily affairs, due to lack of communication. Hunli can only be reached after a 25 km march on foot.




Crumbling law and order

[ Tongam Rina ]

There has been spate of crimes reported from across the state in the last one year. Few have been reported in the media even as the overworked police struggle to contain the growing incidences of violence in the streets of the state.

The twin towns of Itanagar-Naharlagun are the center of violence, where people, mostly undesirable criminals converge from across the state, to make money.

Early in the morning, when normal people are happy and thankful to be alive, someone gets upset because he had to wait as the driver, in another car was taking time to turn the car. Not willing to wait for few more seconds, he shot someone to vent out his anger. Such impunity!  Lives are cheap in the streets of Itanagar and no one cares.   

A young man goes to a pub with his friends. He never made it home as he is fatally beaten while on his way home. One can only imagine the pain of the family and friends as the Police struggles, trying to find out what happened that night.

A girl goes for a swim with her friends in Senki River. Her friends are beaten up and she is raped. What kind of a society are we heading into where a girl cannot go swimming with her friends without worrying about safety? No one is born a criminal but what makes our young boys think that they can get away with despicable acts of beating and sexual assaults?  Have we failed as parents, teachers, and citizens and as a state?  Such collective failures are heartbreaking and our young people are the ones who are paying for it, by indulging in crimes and ending up victims themselves.

So far, the Police have been able to make breakthrough in almost all the cases including gun violence, rape, murders and mugging.

But the government led by Pema Khandu and more so the home department led by the Home Minister Kumar Waii has been less than proactive when it comes to law and order in the state.

One year is a short time, but if one has to perform, more so, if you are in charge of safety and security of the people, there has to be some amount of urgency and accountability.

Within the Itanagar and Naharlagun, there are only three police stations with a population of more than one lakh. For that many number of citizens, there are less than 300 police personnel while an equal number has been entrusted on VIP duty.

It's shameful that such low priority has been accorded to the safety of the people. We can't put aside all criminal cases as isolated and we have to accept that numbers of criminals are growing each passing day. The Home department can't live in denial anymore. With massive unemployment and our reluctance to go back to traditional mode of hand to mouth living,   it's going to be worse in days to come. Everybody is going to be a victim of violence.

And the higher ups at the home department have failed incredibly. What else explain the case of an IRBn jawan who managed to steal such an alarming number of arms and ammunitions from Police Training Centre, Banderdewa?

High end pistols, rifles with ammunition were stolen from the custody of the police. One can imagine the security on the streets of state, if that kind of security lapses occurs within a police training centre.  

To start with, the Home Minister and Director General of Police need to step out of their comfortable offices and bungalows to visit the Itanagar Police station.

While a new building is coming up, which will take years to complete, the old building is in tatters. The leaking roof is a testimony. The situation is so bad that one can see buckets all over the police station. And one really has to be careful while walking on those wet floor to avoid falling down.  If one has to worry about leaking roofs, how do we even expect the police to do their jobs?

The government certainly needs to figure out how to deal with the escalating law and order problem in the state, more so in the bigger towns, if they get time off from launching impractical central schemes.




Jeli performs in Capital school that lack facilities

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jul 25: Indian Idol-Top Ten Finalist Jeli Kayi on Tuesday visited Govt. upper primary school IG Park, Itanagar and shared his experiences with children.

The interaction program was organized by the United Charity (UC) NGO, as part of Shiksha Hi Shakti" which was launched last year where it offers free tuition and other activities including cultural and sports.

Interacting with the children, Kayi advised the children to study hard and participate in co -curricular activities with full zeal. He also advised the children to respect their teachers, parents and elders.

School Head Master Nyajum Yinyo informed that total enrolment of students from Class-I- VII is 84 and 17 teachers has been posted, most of who are on leave.

On infrastructure requirement in the school, the head master informed that he had submitted a proposal for school boundary wall, toilets for both boys and girls, extension of school building, water tank, renovation of school building and playground, prepared by the School Management Committee to the Deputy Commissioner of capital complex and Deputy Director of school Education in April 2017.

United Charity Chairperson Sangge Droma stated that the school has been neglected by the authority though it is located in the heart of the city.




Mithi speaks up for DRDA employees

ITANAGAR, Jul 25: MLA Mutchu Mithi has sought the attention of the Chief Minister regarding the service condition of DRDA employees who are currently observing pen down strike. The employees are demanding immediate absorption in to the State Govt and regular disbursement and drawl of salary through Treasury bill in line of state government departments.

In the letter, the MLA said that a policy decision need to be taken by the government for better service condition of the DRDA employees.

He further said that the continuation of ongoing indefinite strike has badly affected the smooth implementation of various RD Programmes.




DCM calls for policy to maintain PMGSY roads

ITANAGAR, Jul 25: State needs a concrete policy for maintenance of PMGSY road, said Deputy Chief Minister, Chowna Mein during a meeting with the Chief Engineers of Rural Work Department in Itanagar on Tuesday.

Mein said that PMGSY roads were constructed across the state as per the Central guidelines but over the years, these roads have become deplorable due to non-maintenance.

He asked the RWD to come up with a concrete Maintenance Policy for PMGSY roads. He also asked the department to put up a proposal to the govt for additional resource mobilization for maintenance of damaged roads due to landslides and other natural calamities.

Technical Advisor to the Rural Work Department K C Dhimole presented a proposal of Rural Work Maintenance Policy to the Deputy Chief Minister to be  put up before the Cabinet for approval.

Among others, Development Commissioner Ashish Kundra, Secretary Planning Dr Joram Beda and Chief Engineers T Welly and K Tabiyo attended the meeting.




Arunachalee wins Young Entrepreneur Award

ITANAGAR, Jul 25: Mahindra and Mahindra have conferred the prestigious National Award Young Entrepreneur Award to Wangchu Khrimey of Iconic Automobiles, Naharlagun. The award was presented by the President and CEO of Mahindra, Rajan Wadhera  at a Company Annual event in Greece. It is for the first time in the history of Mahindra that a Dealer from the North Eastern region has won this prestigious award since its inception in 1945.

The Award winner is selected nationally from amongst 350 Mahindra dealers.

The Young Entrepreneur Award recognizes inspiring vision, unbated zeal and passion to drive Mahindra Dealerships by its' Young Dealer Principals while making a difference in society.

A Delhi University Graduate, 32 year old Wangchu has an MBA in Marketing from Symbiosis, Pune. He is the youngest son of former MP and Minister R. K. Khrimey and  T J Khrimey.




12- Hr East Siang bandh passes off peacefully


RUKSIN, Jul 25: The 12-hour East Siang bandh called by Pasighat Peoples Welfare Association passed off peacefully. Commercial establishment and  financial institutions remained closed at Pasighat and Ruksin areas during the bandh hours.

With exception of few personal vehicles, rest were off the road during the bandh hours, while there were thin presence of employees in government offices.

The night buses coming from Guwahati, Shillong besides a number of goods laden trucks were seen stranded on national highway at Ruksin check gate this morning due to bandh, but the police later escorted the passengers to their destinations. Bandh evoked partial response at Ruksin as some educational institutions and Tuesday weekly market  were opened for the day.

A group of bandh supporters tried to block the National Highway-52 at Ruksin, Sille and Pasighat but was stopped by police on duty.

No untoward incident has been reported from any part of the district during the 12- hour bandh call.

The bandh was called in protest against power department's failure to restore Aalo-Pasighat power supply line within a period of one week. The line had collapsed in a cyclonic storm on July 16 midnight.





NEEPCO, HPDD asked to repair 110 MW PHEP

ITANAGAR, Jul 25:  Claiming that the under construction 110 MW PHEP, Doimukh commissioned by NEEFCO Ltd. has developed a defect in the diversion tunnel at the outlet posing a major a threat to the downstream inhabitants, the Pro-Dam Movement of Arunachal Pradesh (PDMAP) has in a representation to the state Chief Secretary on Tuesday, appealed to her to direct the NEEPCO authority and state Hydro Power Development Department to take immediate precautionary measures to avert any kind of destruction of downstream.

The PDMAP stated that it had on July 19 last, visited the under construction 110 MW PHEP Doimukh and found the defect in the diversion tunnel at the outlet.

'The dam is constructed to last for a period of approximately 100 years however, defects have emerged at the initial stage itself posing a huge threat to  the downstream inhabitants', the association claimed and threatened to resort to democratic action in case the authorities fail to initiate any precautionary steps.

It has also demanded early maintenance of the defective portion, compensation to the flood victims, construction of flood control wherever required by the authorities, installation of alarm system for flood warning to the downstream people, immediate repair and restoration of the NH 415 at block point Karsingsa which was damaged due to overflowing of Pare river due to impact of the Hydro power project.





Classes commence at Govt. College Tawang

TAWANG, Jul 25: Classes began for the academic session 2017-18 at the newly established Government College Tawang, here on Tuesday.

The institute is presently functioning in a temporary arrangement at Tsangyang Gyatso High Altitude Stadium and HQ Primary School, Tawang. Presently, the institute which has enrolled 153 students in the first year, offers three years undergraduate courses in English, Economics, Geography, Political Science and History.

Till last year, Govt. College, Bomdila was the nearest destination for those in pursuit of higher studies. (DIPRO)




CM appeals for inclusion of Itanagar in smart city list  

NEW DELHI Jul 25: Chief Minister Pema Khandu has asked the Union Urban Development Minister, Narendra Singh Tomar to include Itanagar in the smart city list during a meeting on Tuesday in Delhi.

Pema said that smart city status for Itanagar will help the people of the capital in fulfilling their need for modern services and facilities.  

The Union Minister assured to look into the matter.

 The Chief Minister was accompanied by state UD Minister Nabam Rebia.

 Itanagar failed to make it to smart city list which was declared last month by the ministry of Urban Development and Housing. Government of India has already announced the selected list of 90 cities. Pasighat made it to the Smart City list during the last round.




AAPSU seeks intervention on Karnataka Nursing Colleges

Itanagar, Jul 25: A team of the All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) has met the Registrar,  Arunachal Pradesh Nursing Council and the Director, Medical Education regarding recent decision of the Indian Nursing Council (INC) to remove all the Nursing Colleges in Karnataka from its list of affiliated institutions.

As a result, students aspiring to be nurse shall find it difficult to register and practice outside the state of Karnataka due to de-recognition of Nursing colleges, the union said.

Career of those Arunachalees intending to pursue Nursing degree should not be jeopardized, AAPSU said.

The union demanded that the government immediately liaise with Karnataka regarding the INC's decision to derecognize Nursing institutes and initiate necessary measures so that those Arunachalee students pursuing Nursing degrees are not affected.

The union further sought issue of necessary advisory to the students intending to pursue Nursing courses in Karnataka.

The matter was also apprised to the Director of Higher & Technical Education, informed Marli Kamki, one of the Secretaries of AAPSU.




Two drowns, one missing

ITANAGAR, Jul 25: There are reports of two cases of drowning in Papum Pare district.

A twelve 12 old boy- Bengia Tahu drowned in Dikrong river at Emchi, Doimukh on Sunday last, when he along with his uncle went to the river around 1 pm.

The body was later recovered downstream from the banks of Dikrong River. Late Tahu, son of  Bengia Loram of Rengchi village, Kurung Kumey district was a student of Class V of a private school at Gumto.

Meanwhile, body of Nabam Tagap has been recovered at Borai river bank, Behali in Assam.

36 years old Tagap who was from Kaneebung village, Sangdupota circle, had gone fishing at Papum Poma River on July 23 from where he reportedly drowned.

Meanwhile, one Ngurang [email protected] under Kimin Police Station is reported to have gone missing on July 19.

Search parties have been activated, according to Tumme Amo, SP Papum Pare.




Ramesh Jeke adopts five children

ITANAGAR, Jul 25:  Arunachal Vivekananda Yuva Shakti (AVYS) founder-chairman Ramesh Jeke has adopted five children including three girls on Monday.

The children are all under the ages of six.

Jeke said that he adopted two sisters as the family has been abandoned by the father after the mother fell sick. Three other adopted children lost their mother while the father is physically unfit to work.

 Meanwhile, social activist Toko Natu along with her son- drummer Toko Teji volunteered to provide all requirements of the children including financing their education.

Jeke along with AVYS volunteer and singer Boby Techi received essential items for the five children from the Toko’s.




Workers' Union seek withdrawal of Regulatory Scheme 2006

ITANAGAR, Jul 25:  In a representation to the state Chief Secretary, the All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union (AAPWU) president Jalley Sonam on Tuesday, highlighted the grievances of workers serving under department of Power who have been denied legal rights and privileges under existing rules and proceedings and appealed to her to reassess the previous order issued during 2006 to withdraw the regulatory schemes of workers.

The union has also urged the CS to address its four demands which include;

 conducting of Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) within six months every year for regularization of services and keeping provision for promotion of 80% departmental workers who are already serving in the department,  provision for award 20% direct quota during conduct of recruitment process, implementation of voluntarily retirement scheme under Power department besides, issue of liveries for workers of Power department.

 Further, in a separate letter to the Chief Engineer, PWD (Western zone), AAPWU president Jalley Sonam has informed him that the enhanced wages of workers have still not been added under their basic wages till date by the department and appealed to him to release the enhanced wages at the earliest.





Independence Cup Football

[ Indrajit Tingwa ]

Miao, Jul 25: The Independence Cup Football Tournament 2017 Miao kick started on Tuesday at the General Ground Miao.

In the inaugural match, defending champion, Upper Miao Football Club (UMFC) comfortably cruised through to the second round beating PHED team 6-1. The first half witnessed the star player of UMFC, Ashu Das (Jersey No.7) scoring a hatrick.

In the second half, Wangmon Longri scored once while Vivek Gurung scored twice. Jeapho Yobin scored the solitary goal for PHED team.

Earlier, Additional Deputy Commissioner Miao T. Rumi released the ceremonial balloons and declared the tournament open. The tournament is being organised by the Scorpion Football Club and sponsored by Somlung Mosang.

Mosang in his address said that football was one sport which the people of the area often witness, adding that the sports not only improve physical health but also mental health. If we are mentally healthy, we will have a healthy society, added Mosang.

Earlier, President of the organising committee Tumke Bagra introduced the Scorpion Football Club.




Dirang football tournament

ITANAGAR, Jul 25: The Sports Association of Dirang is organising a Football Tournament at St.  Lopon Stadium where twelve teams from Dirang Sub-Division are taking part.

The tournament is sponsored by the local MLA Phurpa Tsering.

Speaking at the inaugural program, Additional Deputy Commissioner Dagbom Riba requested the organising committee to organise such tournaments at village level also where Swach Bharat Abhiyan can also be taken up simultaneously.

While urging upon the players to maintain sportsman spirit, Riba hoped that tournament would help identity talented sports persons.




Day-5 results of ASWFL -2017

NAHARLAGUN, Jul 25: The match played between EYAEF FC and Matrix Ziro FC ended in a  draw  on the  5th day of  the Arunachal State Women's Football League (ASWFL) -2017 at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun.

Tako Yalo and Taru Suniya  scored one goal each for EYAEF FC  and Matrix FC  respectively.

In the second match, Capital Complex Football Club (CCFC) defeated Arunachal Sporting Football Club by 2-0. Achom Degio and Tako Baby scored a goal each for CCFC.

Tomorrow's match :  (July 26) EYAEF FC Vs  Deed circle FC at 01:30 PM  and NEXT FC Vs  Doimukh FC at 03.00 pm onward.





Meeting held to resolve issues concerning CM's Flagship Programme

ITANAGAR, Jul 25: Taking stock of the problems and feedbacks provided by the citizens regarding CM's Flagship Programme scheme mainly the Krishi Rinn Yojana and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Bunkar Yojana, a meeting was convened on Tuesday in the Conference Hall of the Deputy Commissioner Itanagar Capital Complex.

During the meeting, the EAC Itanagar Jiken Bomjen informed that the applicants are facing problem for registration through stand up mitra as well as the preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPR).

However, the DC Prince Dhawan clarified that no DPR is required in case of Krishi Rinn Yojana and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Bunkar Yojana and for the Swavalamban Yojana, as the latest format of application would serve the purpose of DPR. The DC informed that the application in case of Krishi Rinn Yojana and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Bunkar Yojana would be forwarded to the banks by the concerned EACs and in case of Swavalamban Yojana, after recommendation by the State Level Committees (SLCs), the applicant can register through www.standupmitra.in online. Moreover, the forms for the same along with the guidelines are available online at http://itanagar.nic.in/scheme.html.

The DC further directed the lead bank manager to fix beneficiary target for all the banks and circulate the same to all the banks so that the banks are aware of the target. (DIPRO)




Awareness created on Swachh Bharat Mission-Gramin

YINGKIONG, Jul 25:  Awareness was created regarding sanitation amongst PRIs members and villagers as part of a Swachh Bharat Mission-Gramin (SBM-G) campaign which was conducted at Geku-Peram village by PHE & WS Sub-Division, Katan on Monday last.

Assistant Engineer, Gebuk Burang spoke about Swachh Bharat Mission 2014 and gave details of its component like IHHL and solid liquid waste management etc. He also cited the importance of sanitation in the rural areas for improving quality of life of rural people.

Geku EAC, Dochera Lama advised the villagers to take the advantage of government facilities for construction of IHHL and other components while, Medical Officer, Dr. G Romin highlighted the diseases which are caused due to  lack of sanitation.

District Consultant, Imi Kamsi also spoke on the occasion.

Similar awareness programmes were also conducted in various villages under Katan PHED Sub-Division.(DIPRO)




Awareness programme on disaster preparedness starts

PANGIN Jul 25: An awareness programme on fire accidents and other natural disasters organised by the department of disaster management, Siang district was kick started on Tuesday at Kerang I village.

Addressing the gathering, Deputy Commissioner Rahul Singh said  that main objective of the programme is to generate awareness about various natural and man-made disasters with special focus on Fire accidents.

Recalling the Kerang inferno that ravaged the whole village, he exhorted all the participants to make best use of awareness programme to learn and imbibe these learning in their day to day lives and to further spread awareness among others. He urged them to render all cooperation and assistance to the district administration in its efforts towards averting disasters.

A power point presentation on fire accidents and floods was given by SFO PCS Roy from the Naharlagun Fire Station.

It was followed by illustrative demonstration by a team of Fire Department and Police Department on various possible fire accident scenarios, dos and Don'ts to be followed.

Informative videos on natural disasters like earthquakes and landslides with preventive and precautionary measures to be undertaken were also shown during the programme. A talk on medical aid during emergency situations was also given by the medical department. (DIPRO)




Army and G-XI enters final of Kargil Vijay Diwas Football

AALO, Jul 25: Army and G-XI will lock horn for title clash of the Army Civic Football Tournament final to be played at General Ground on the day of Kargil Vijay Diwas on July 26 next.

Earlier, in a semi-final match that went 1-1 draw till extra time, Army edged past Tarsu Mobuk FC 6-5 via tie breaker while, in another semi-final match G-XI beat SFS College by a narrow margin of 2-1 in a closely fought match. (DIPRO)




High mast light installed at CHC Yazali

YAZALI, Jul 25: A high mast light was installed at CHC Yazali with the help of World Vision India and Yazali Sub-division power department here on Tuesday amidst the presence of Yazali ZPM Taba Techi, Associate Director World Vision India, Samuel Therite, DFWO, Dr. Derin Liker, Risso Maya and Joram Rampui from GSD Apex Body and MO I/c Dr. Tao Tassar.

While appreciating the World Vision India for facilitating installation of the high mast, Yazali Circle Officer, Likha Radh further brought to the notice of the higher authorities the need for posting of a Radiographer at CHC Yazali. (DIPRO)




RBSU calls on CS, submits memo

ITANAGAR, Jul 25: A delegation of Ramle Banggo Students Union (RBSU) led by its president Goli Doye called on state Chief Secretary Shakuntala Gamlin  and submitted a memorandum containing  various grievances of the 36th Nari-Koyu Assembly constituency.

During the meeting, which was attended by state BJP Vice-President, Kenyir Ringu, the RBSU requested the Chief Secretary to pass a stern directive to all the heads of offices posted within Nari-Seren and Koyu-Kora circles to be stationed at their posting places.

The students' body  said that government officers and staff allegedly visit the areas  during 'VIP visits,' or at the time of 'Independence Day' and 'Republic Day' celebrations only.

Citing serious administrative lacunae in the region and  the tense situation emerging out of 'encroachment attempts' by neighbouring Assam, particularly in the area under the Seren circle, the RBSU team also pleaded the CS to initiate action for immediate functioning of the circle office at Seren, which apparently was established some decades ago.

Citing the communication and transportation problems in the region, the delegation also impressed upon the CS to initiate administrative measures to connect the Koyu, Kora, and Seren circles with cellular phone services.

 The team also appealed the CS to ensure that the road network of the region such as the road between Nari-Kora via Lipin Village, Koyu to Ego Road via- Kadu and Zirdo village and the road connecting Kora and Koyu villages be well maintained to serve as an all-weather road.

Other demands of the RBSU included reconstruction of culvert at Seren river which collapsed prematurely due to monsoon rain,  posting of  required subject teachers in the schools and development of proper school infrastructure in the region.




Nurses to take out protest rally

ITANAGAR, Jul 25:  Arunachal Pradesh state branch of Trained Nurses' Association of India is going to organize a peaceful protest rally-cum-dharna against appointment of fake nurses on July 26 at Tennis court I.G Park. The rally will culminate at the Civil Secretariat.




KVK programme for Extension Personnel

ITANAGAR, Jul 25: HRD programme on integrated farming system was organized on Tuesday for extension personnel at KVK office situated at Balek village.

Senior Scientist Dr T.J.Ramesha urged the participants to adopt integrated farming system for higher production through rational utilization of farm resources.

Subject Matter Specialists provided technical input on green manure crops, Bordeaux mixture solution, livestock based fish farming, and scientific cultivation of turmeric.

There was a demonstration on fish smoking through Community Fish Smoking Kiln, women friendly tools, nursery rising of vegetable crops and Bordeaux mixture solution.




DC calls for proper implementation of CSS

TEZU, Jul 25: Lohit Deputy Commissioner, Danish Ashraf has asked all the departments to ensure proper implementation of Prime Minister's Flagship Schemes, Chief Minister's Flagship Schemes and other Central Sponsored Schemes in the district.

He was addressing a meeting attended by government employees.

The DC further took stock of various schemes, sought monthly reports and accordingly directed all concerned departments to submit detail reports on time with regards to all the schemes. (DIPRO)




'Ensure proper utilization of relief funds'

ITANAGAR, Jul 25:  All Arunachal Pradesh RTI Activists' Youth Forum (AAPRTIAYF) has in a release on Tuesday appealed to the GoAP and the department concerned to utilize the funds granted from the Centre meant for relief works in a transparent and judicious way.

The AAPRTIAYF also appealed to all the departments and DCs concerned of various districts and East Kameng in particular, to clear the road-side vegetations to prevent frequent road mishaps.  




Training on Office Rules & Procedure commences at ATI

ITANAGAR, Jul 25: A three-day long training on Office Rules & Procedure conducted in two batches commenced at ATI, Naharlagun on Tuesday.

In the first batch 25 ministerial employees of Capital Complex from various departments attended the training under 100% course fee sponsorship of DoPT, GoI while, in the second batch, 26 ministerial employees from district administration are attending the programme.

In his inaugural address, ATI Director, Pate Marik has emphasized that Office Rules & Procedures help ministerial employees discharge their assigned duties accurately which leads to correct decision making in public delivery system. He said ministerial employees are the custodian of govt, record, rules and regulations therefore, it is imperative for every individual employee to undergo training programmes in induction levels and in mid-career levels to update their knowledge and to enhance their skill performance levels.




DC assures fund for DOLA

LONGDING, Jul 25: Longding Deputy Commissioner, Himanshu Gupta has assured the District Olympic Association of Longding (DOLA) to provide Rs. one lakh to start up the activities of the Olympic Association of Longding under Untied Fund during the current fiscal.

The DC gave this assurance when a team of executive members of the DOLA called on him recently to apprise him about the plans and programs of the Association.

He also assured to sponsor two men's double team for the upcoming state-level badminton tournament.

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Time to get serious

The monsoon deluge has caused large scale devastation across the state. Roads have been damaged, electric poles, mobile towers and water pipelines washed away. Life has come to standstill in many parts of the state. Many areas still remains cut off from rest of the world. The capital complex has been the worst affected. This kind of situation is repeated every year. But unfortunately state government simply does not seem to be ready to learn any lesson. Every time situation turns grim government will blame it on nature's fury.

There is no doubt that every year monsoon hits the state hard. However by now the policy makers, bureaucrats and technocrats should have learnt their lesson as they have been facing monsoon fury for the last many years. Before the onset of monsoon administration talks big and claims to be fully prepared to face any situation. However moment the monsoon sets in they are exposed and most of the officials vanishes from the scene. Take the example of capital complex, where it is becoming annual routine for drinking water supply to be disrupted. For the last 10 days people of capital complex are struggling to get few drops of drinking water due to washing away of pipelines at Poma and Borum village. PHE department are struggling to provide drinking water as they do not have any concrete alternate plan. This is absolutely shocking. How can the citizen of state capital survive without drinking water facilities for months? Who will be hold accountable for it?  Similarly PWD also failed to repair alternate roads which can act as lifeline for the citizens of capital complex. State government should get serious and introspect in this regard.







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Conscience of the nation

Dear Editor,

Far from being a "rubber stamp" President or dancing to the tune of the incumbent Government, Pranab Mukherjee did not hesitate to call the spade the spade. Thus repeatedly had Mukherjee warned the nation and the concerned authorities about the menace and fatal consequences of communalism and intolerance. As a true democrat, he had always advocated for equality of all citizens and entitled respect to the culture and sentiments of all religious group of this secular multi-religious nation whenever innocents got murdered in the name of 'Gau Mata'. Mukherjee's appeal to ensure freedom of thought and expression by exercising minds without fear was nothing but a protest against the cold-blooded murder of rationalists like M.M.Kalburgi and Govind Pansare who dare to swim against the "nationalist mainstream".

By advising that Constitution is not merely about administration and economic growth; Mukherjee had conveyed the message that all rhetoric of "hard work" and "reforms" like demonetisation or GST would count little unless the lives, livelihood and Constitutional rights of all citizens of this heterogeneous democratic country are not adequately protected. What a conscientious and enlightened personality possessing a sensitive heart full of humanity and pathos!

India is indeed proud and fortunate to have had such a conscientious President at its head who was acting as the Conscience of the nation. In this dark age of supreme intolerance and barbaric throttling of voices which dare to differ with the seats of power, Pranab Mukherjee remains one of the rarest of rare beacon of light in our wretched society.

Though it is sad that his illustrious tenure has come to an end; but all true Indians will continue to get inspired by his sanity and noble thoughts. But definitely we will also miss him and his presence full of grace. Hats off to you Sir!

And Ram Nath Kovind has indeed some big shoes to fill! Wish that he can live up to the legacy of Pranab Mukherjee.


Kajal Chatterjee,





One month without power

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, we would like to highlight the sufferings that we are facing for the past one month. We might be the common people but we will make our voice heard.

Last June 29 our village transformer was damaged during heavy downpour. Since then we have been living without electricity while this Govt. talks about schemes and development.

We do not know whom to blame for this delay and where to go. We hope that our MLA from Doimukh constituency is aware of the situation and our votes were casted for nothing.

The department has been tackling our demands by saying that the transformer was coming from Guwahati but does it take one month? The mother who has to nurse their infants is worried for their children's health; the sons and daughter are worried for their old father and old mother's health. People living far away cannot make call to their family as their batteries are dead. School children are suffering as the hot weather is unbearable distracting them from their studies. School children have to read under kerosene lamp or very dim led light to do their homework. Business are being hampered and most of all the hot unbearable weather.

We hope that with this letter at-least now the concern authorities; be it bureaucrats or elected bodies will wake up to the situation and start synchronizing in harmony and work to solve the situation as soon as possible.


Annoyed villagers,

Hawacamp (Upper Cher),





Saving lives

Dear Editor,

Human blood is an essential component of human life which is universally recognized as the most precious element that sustains life and there are no substitutes to blood as yet. Availability of safe blood and blood products is a critical aspect in improving health care. A blood transfusion saves thousands of lives each year, but adequate and safe blood supply is a demanding challenge in developing states especially in Arunachal Pradesh.

In a place where most of the people are selfish, self-centered, where crime rates are increasing at massive pace but even in these environment, there are few people who are doing philanthropic contribution towards the society in various disciplines.

And from them, I have personally seen and have experienced voluntary blood donation by Arunachal Vivekananda Yuva Shakti, a voluntary blood donor organization under the chairmanship of Ramesh Jeke(Marbam).

They say you wouldn’t know the value until you face it.  I feel this saying is absolutely true because the situation has also been faced by me when the need of blood aroused to one of my family members.  

Doctors couldn’t do anything but to wait for blood. That very moment made me realize the importance of blood and voluntary blood donation.

We had no hope until Ramesh Jeke(Marbam) and his team members came forward. They came from nowhere and helped us in obtaining blood which led to successful operation. They did it voluntarily without receiving anything monetarily or even in kinds.

I couldn’t believe that AVYS are donating blood voluntarily because I haven’t seen any NGOs or societies performing such kind of humanitarian act in our state and that too by our local youth who are in colleges.

I was even more surprised to know that they do not charge any money, not even for their taxi fare or for refreshment and serve all 24/7 continuously. What they wanted in return was just our blessing so that they can help as many people as possible and also they suggested us to help others just like they did for us.

After listening to their philosophy, my way of thinking towards the society has changed a lot.

It is not only me who have brought changes in my thoughts but there are also many people who have changed their thinking towards the society by listening to Ramesh’s and his team’s speeches at hospitals.

The team AVYS does their work in a unique and positive way.

It is my humble request to everyone to kindly donate blood voluntarily because your unit of blood will save a life and bring happiness to a family.


Likha Rido,








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