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Health Mela

ITANAGAR, June 27: A Mega Health Mela 2011 will be organized by GeoEnpro Petroleum Limited, Kharsang Oil Field in collaboration with AMYAA (NGO) of Namphai-I, at Govt. Middle School Namphai-I, Miao on July 3.

The Health Mela will benefit the people from rural villages who do not have much excess to the basic health care system.  The Health Mela will facilitate availing specialized Doctors (Medicines, Gyane, Pediatrics, Ortho, E.N.T and Eye) to deal with various health problems faced by the people.


Training on sports activities

PASIGHAT, June 27: The Arunachal Vikash Parishad conducted three days training on sports activities recently at Pangin.

About 40 delegates from Upper Siang and host East Siang enthusiastically participated in the training program.

The Zonal Secretary AVP Sridan and Organizing Secretary Yogesh Upadhaya imparted the training to the participants as resource persons.

East Siang Unit AVP president Onyok Pertin and secretary Kaling Dai were present on the closing ceremony on June 23 last. The duo advised the trainees to preserve and promote the age-old cultural heritage, belief & faith to protect own identity. DIPRO


News Impact

36-hour Capital bandh begins

ITANAGAR, June 27: The 36-hour Capital Complex bandh called by the All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) in protest against the state Govt alleged failure to take proper action on reporter Pradeep Thakur for his derogatory statement against Nyishi community has began this morning.

Life came to a standstill with buses, taxis and autorickshaws keeping off the road. All the business establishments including financial institutions remain closed. No major incidents were reported during the bandh.

Earlier, the ANSU had observed 12-hour Capital bandh for non-compliance of its ultimatum given to the State Government demanding arrest of Pradeep Thakur on May 26.

The demands of the Union included arrest of Pradeep Thakur, revelation of the source of his report and unconditional apology.


HM calls for united move for peace and development

DAPORIJO, June 27: Stressing on the need to change the image of the district through improvement in the behavior and attitude of the students and the public towards outsiders and others, Home Minister Takar Marde gave the responsibility of setting a precedence and bringing about the desired change, to the student community of the district, during a Co-ordination Meeting held here to discuss the problems in the district and work-out solutions.

The student leaders were also entrusted with the task of rooting out the wrongdoers of the student community who were giving it a bad name through unlawful activities. He also enjoined them to be sincere in studies and act and behave like students as they were the future representatives of the district to the outside world. Marde promised to look into the matter of demand for a college in the district by the student community.

The Home Minister also made a request to the police to honour their motto and make an effort to create respect for the uniform amongst the civil society through confidence building measures. He called for consideration of inclusion of NCC cadets, in case of shortage of police personnel, to check unlawful and amoral activities in the area.

Marde stated that peace and progress would come only if factional behavior was done away with and called upon the public leaders and business community to work as a unit towards the development of the district.

The meeting provided a platform to the business community, student community, public leaders, PRI members and colony representatives to air their problems and suggest possible solutions to the administration and the police of the district. Issues like law and order, shortage of police personnel, improvement of roads and drainage system in the town, improvement of education sector etc were discussed.

DIGP A Shukla called for the introduction collective patrolling by the police and public as a confidence building measure and also so that the public could understand the duties and problems faced by the police personnel.

D C Abhayankar while appreciating the youth of the district said that they could go a long way if proper and positive direction was given to them.  In this regards, he revealed his plans of setting up Youth clubs, libraries, starting of skill development courses and career counseling workshops for the youth. He also added that action would be initiated on all the issues discussed so as not to give the public a cause for complain.

The Co-ordination Meeting was also addressed by MLA Tapen Siga, ZP Chairperson N. Nalo, SP A. Bitin and Y. Dulom ex Minister. DIPRO.


Villagers encouraged to take up

poultry farming

TEZU, June 27: Parliamentary Secretary Karikho Kri and Lohit ADC W Khimhum distributed Poultry Birds and Milk Processing Equipments under Rural Backyard Poultry Development Project and Intensive Dairy Development Programme (IDDP) among beneficiaries at Khoraliang village in a programme organized by  the department of animal husbandry and veterinary, Tezu, today.

Speaking on the occasion, Kri said that this programme is an initiative of AH&V Deptt to encourage the villagers to take up poultry farming as an income generating activity as well as for consumption of eggs and poultry products.

Announcing the electrification of Khoraliang Hall by MLA LAD fund Kri sought the cooperation of all the heads of departments and other agencies for undertaking any developmental plans and programmes in the district. ADC W Khimhum asked the beneficiaries to fully utilize the schemes. District Veterinary Officer, Dr. Hano Tama informed about the sanctioning of centrally sponsored scheme RBPDP in Arunachal Pradesh which would be implemented in Lohit District with a project cost of Rs. 1.39 crore. The project was initiated from Lekang circle by Dr. Keshab Sarmah, SVO. This project has been formulated in a way to assist 6000 women BPL families of Lohit District to undertake backyard poultry units. The main objective of the project are to generate employment avenues, enhance meat and eggs production, make villages self reliant, alleviate protein deficiency and bio-seclusion of the state in the long run, he said.

Milk processing equipment is also a centrally sponsored scheme which is centrally procured by the department. The Government has sanctioned for free distribution of the equipments to four potential districts viz. East Kameng, Lower Dibang Valley, Papum Pare and Lohit for the year 2010-11. The objective is to assist 342 progressive dairy farmers to enhance their milk production, collection and processing activities. Lohit district has 192 beneficiaries. DIPRO


Arunachal’s Menu Tajo among 12-member lifters team for World Weightlifting C’ship

ITANAGAR, Jun 27: Arunachalee weightlifter Menu Tajo is among the 12 lifters representing India at 37th Men and 17th Women Junior World Weightlifting Championship beginning at Penang, Malaysia from June 28 to July 7 next organized by International Weightlifting Federation.

Menu will compete in Junior Women 48 kg category, Indian Weightlifting Federation Joint Secretary Techi Abraham told The Arunachal Times over telephone from Bangalore today.

The team led by Techi, who is also the president of Arunachal Weightlifting Association, is leaving India tonight for Malayasia.

The 17-member team comprises 12 lifters, four coaches and a referee, he said.


DC visits newly constructed SP office

ITANAGAR, June 27: While inspecting the newly constructed SP office complex with Papum Pare SP Nabam Gungte, DC Pige Ligu exhorted the line departments like PH and WS and Power  departments to expedite piped water supply and electrical connectivity to the new building enabling the office of the SP to be shifted to its new location at the earliest.

Ligu further suggested SP to earmark a vehicle parking lot within the complex.

Gungte said he is ready to shift to the new office building within a month’s time if the basic needs including necessary water and power are provided  at the earliest.

It may be recalled here that following the news report on dilapidated DC Bungalow at Yupia, local MLA Nabam Rebia had made a whirlwind visit to Yupia to take stock of the situation.

Ligu in a release informed that sincere efforts are being made to shift as many officials at Yupia headquarters at the earliest provided the line departments are committed to their part of the job. He further urged the Police Housing Department to expedite the completion of the SP office building at Yupia.


Arunachal Bhavan organize career counseling prog for Arunachalee students at Kolkata

ITANAGAR, June 27: A career counseling programme “Education interface”, was organized on June 24 at Arunachal Bhavan Kolkata under the initiative of the Additional Resident Commissioner Kolkata.

The main objectives of the counseling was to benefit students who come to West Bengal and neighboring states for getting admission to various educational institutes and for the children of Government servants serving under the Government of Arunachal Pradesh in Kolkata.

Addressing the students, Dr Sujit K Ghosh, Regional director IGNOU, Kolkata advised the students to utilize each and every movement in pursuit of career development. A simple graduation degree is not sufficient to face competition in this competitive era and as such specialization through alternative courses, as well as distance learning should be adopted, he added while briefing universities offering such courses.

Ranjini Datta , head of Department of Clinical Dietics, of KPC Medical College and Hospital, highlighted on career guidance in nutrition and diet control fields.

Tashi Dhondup, OSD Arunachal Bhawan, Kolkata, enlightened the students on the pattern of the Arunachal Pradesh Civil Services Examination and also provided them tips on preparing for the civil service examinations. The Additional Resident Commissioner Kolkata, Mamata Riba, appreciated the efforts put in by all officers and staff of Arunachal Bhavan Kolkata led by the Deputy Resident Commissioner, Kolkata Bijoy Talukdar. She expressed hoped that the event will prove to be a small milestone for the students and their parents as well as personnel of the Arunachal Bhavan in terms of indicating a benchmark in respective levels of achievements.

Sanjay Thapa, Chairman of Sape Events & Media Pvt Ltd also spoke on the occasion.

As part of the event, targeted deliberation was also made on diet and nutrition issues of young students coping with change in food habits along with change in circumstances. Simultaneously section of the event was marked to provide information to the hospitality and catering management personnel of Arunachal Bhawan Kolkata.


Tezu observes Intl Day against

Drug Abuse

ITANAGAR, June 27: The District AIDS Prevention & Control Unit, Tezu observed the International Day Against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking of Drugs at Conference Hall of District Hospital Tezu yesterday.

Highlighting the significance of the day, DPO, DAPCU Dr. J. Ado said that by resolution in 1987, the General Assembly decided to observe 26 June as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse.

He also passed the message of “Drugs Destroy – Say No!!” and “Think Health – Not drugs” on the occasion.

Dr (Mrs) N Ninu , DMO Tezu advised all participants to be aware of drug-abuse and it’s impact on human body. She said that the day was the appropriate occasion to highlight the serious issue of Opium cultivation and consumption in Tirap district.

Dr. C M Thoumong SMO from New Mohong PHC also spoke on drug abuse and he stressed on revival of drug de-addiction centre in the district.

A quiz competition on drug abuse & HIV-AIDS was also organized among the youths to mark the day.

There were more than 150 participants in the event. Besides the medical staff of District Hospital Tezu and staffs from DMO’s establishment youth from religious organizations Christian Revival Church, Tezu took part in the competition.

Yanga Mara bagged the first prize while 2nd and 3rd prizes were won by Tanyia Raja and Yajum Mara.

All the prize winners were given certificate with cash awards by DPO, DAPCU.


Pope greets the people of Itanagar

ITANAGAR, June 27: ‘Pope Benedict XVI extended his greetings and blessings to the people of Itanagar when the Bishop of Itanagar Dr. John Thomas called on him recently. The Bishop just returned after a personal meeting with the Pope in Rome. He said that the Pope is aware that the Catholic Church in Itanagar is celebrating the Silver jubilee of its establishment at Nyokum Lapang.

All the Catholics Bishops are expected to make a personal visit to the Pope once every five years. This visit is called “Ad Limina” visit. This year all the Bishops of India will be taking turn to visit the Pope.

 Bishop John Thomas spoke about his visit to the Pope during a Holy Mass he celebrated at Nyokum Lapang on June 26. At this Mass he also conferred the sacrament of confirmation on 170 believers. After the Mass the new executive members of the Catholic Youth association of Nyokum Lapang took their oath of office. Markio Talu is the new President and M. Peter is the General Secretary. The Catholic Community also took the occasion to give a fitting farewell to Sr. Rita who is transferred to Aalo.


AR denies ill treatment

ITANAGAR, June 27: Assam Rifles today denied any ill treatment, harassment or humiliation to common people from anywhere.

Reacting to the alleged ill treatment against chief of Khela village on June 25 by AR personnel, the AR sources further clarified that no innocent individual has been picked up or interrogated by 19 Assam Rifles.

Stating that investigation by Assam Rifles has always been done keeping the common people in mind, the AR sources claimed T Lowang, chief of Khela village has been actively involved in providing information about SF and administrative support (including shelter and food) to NSCN (IM) cadres. It further claimed being a sympathizer of group, NSCN (IM) handed over some arms and ammunitions for safe custody to T Lowang and  the cache of arms and ammunition were buried by Lowang somewhere in village Khela.

“On June 25 he was called for a formal interaction at Bn HQ, Khonsa.  When he was asked to give details about the cache of weapons which were handed over to him by NSCN (IM) for safe custody, he tried to show as if he was ignorant.  He was sent back and advised by investigating officer to refrain from helping people with criminal links,” AR said while adding that he is trying to make false allegations against the investigating officer and trying to divert the attention from the main issue.

Assam Rifles sources further said that AR has been working with dedication for restoration of peace, harmony and also wants development of Tirap.   


Story writing and photography contest

ITANAGAR, June 27: The Bamboosa Library, Tezu has decided to organize story writing and photography contest for Class VI –XII school students of Arunachal Pradesh on the occasion of the 5th Annual Day Celebrations of the VT-AWIC Youth Library Network, Lohit on July 15-16.

The topic of story writing for Youth Library readers and students is “Why I Need My Library….  or   “How a Library changed my life….”. Article should not contain more than 800 words and be e-mailed to [email protected] or sent by ordinary post/hand-delivery at the Bamboosa Library, near Old TB Hospital complex, Tezu-792001.

The Photography contest is open to all students  with the age group of 12 to 18 years. The theme of the photo shall be “Why I Need a Library….Or “The Joy of Reading! ”.  Photographs taken by the participants after June 26, are to be submitted at the online address: [email protected] Last Date for receipt of entries is July 9, 2011. For more details, the participants may contact Bamboosa Library Tezu.


Woes of Dambuk

Dear Editor

I, being a native of Remi, Dambuk, would like to express my views regarding Dambuk in the lines of adequately expressed views in the articles “Reversing trend of development” and “Never ending woes of Dambuk”.

Though one of the oldest administrative cricles, Dambuk is deprived of all modern day developments -- be it communication, health service, education or township development. Now, the vital question is why such condition still persists even today?

Politicians reason the communication problem mainly roadways for such miserable condition of township especially during summer time. OK agreed. So why not freeze the root cause first and then go for other developmental actions.

Since the two rivers -- Sissar in the west and Dibang/Sikang in the east -- are the main hurdle for connectivity, why not focus solely given on building bridge-RCC/Steel structure across them, when bridges were constructed over mighty Siang and Bramhaputra. As for taming Dibang, a bridge through Nizamghat via Chidu-Kebali to Roing seems more realistic than the planned 7 KM Bomjir bridge (That is my own personal view as an engineer). Is there any alternative solution for resolving the present crisis during summer?

Why do the higher authorities not introduce an effective administration with more power to SDO/ADC who can at least issue - ST, PRC, birth certificates and render other public interest services in Dambuk circle, if not throughout the year, at least during the summer times.

So, its high time the local MLA, public leaders and DASU, ADISU etc. work in unison to push forward a long lasting solution to the problems being faced by Dambuk.

Lastly, I request the intelligentsia of Dambuk working throughout the state and country in various capacities to offer valuable suggestions and extend their helping hand to student unions and politicians so that the problems of Dambuk be placed at appropriate level in state and nation. We can see Dambuk smile again with collective efforts of all.


L Modi, IOL, Digboi



Lets hope for brighter Arunachal

Dear editor

This is regarding the article “Insurgency in Arunachal Pradesh” (June 24). I as a common citizen of the state feels that the strong network reportedly set up by the insurgent group in our state should be dismantled as soon as possible, before it takes it own course. Our state has been a hub for unemployment for the last one decade and at such juncture the possibility of young minds opting for the outfit is high. I strongly feels that the task for eliminating all the factions in the western part of our state should be undertaken by the Indian army as they possess more capability and their intelligence networking is vast and strong, by saying this I don’t mean to undermine the police personnel of the state but for the sake of the security of the common people. Also the government’s officers and politicians, who keep funding them for their own benefit, should be questioned. It is also important for the people residing in the area affected by the insurgents to cooperate with the security departments in carrying out all major operations, if possible by putting their life at risk. Lets hope for a brighter Arunachal with everlasting peace.


Jarkop Doke

West Siang (On email)



This is not enough

Dear Editor,

It is a great honor for us that through internet we can get the time to time news and headlines about our state, but still I want to let you know that the details provided in the website is not enough for students like us who are studying outside the state.


Ravi Sasusow

West Kameng (On email)






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