June 02


News Impact


Arunachal boxers shine in National Championship

ITANAGAR, Jun 01: Former National champions Sunday Natung and Neitinhoi Chiru lived upto the expectations as Arunachalee pugilists shone in the rings with two gold, one silver and one Bronze  in the 7th Sub-Junior National Boxing Championship held in Kolkata from May 27 to 31.

While Sunday won the gold in  C-7  weight category Chiru bagged the gold in and  B-7 weight category. Shila Devi and Yadum Baja won a Silver and Bronze medal each in A-10 and B-10 weight category respectively.

The team was trained by SAI coach Rupak Raj Duarah and he was assisted Arunachal Boxing Association coach by Paul Natung.


Gora Tamar Memorial Football Tournament

ITANAGAR, Jun 01: The first ever Gora Tamar Memorial Football Tournament-2012, a state level club football championship, would begin at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun from June 26.

The organizing committee Gora Makik Sporting Club has kept handsome cash prizes for the winners, runners up, fairplay team and also individual prizes for the best player, best goalkeeper and highest scorer.


Mingkhi Talom wins AITA championships

ITANAGAR, Jun 01: Teenage Tennis sensation of Arunachal Pradesh Mingkhi Talom, who has not yet attained the age of 14 ears, won the U-16 Doubles and Singles  titles in the Tennis Championship series organized by All India Tennis Association (AITA) at Guwahati, informed All Adi Students Union.


Sonam to attend Japan Intl. Labour Foundation Day

DELHI, Jun 01: Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) Arunachal Pradesh state Branch Working President and Joint Convenor of INTUC North East States Jalley Sonam is leaving for Tokyo, Japan on June 3  to  represent India in the ‘Japan International Labour Foundation Day’ which commences on June 4. The event will be continued up to June 15 and participated by labour leaders from all the countries. During the programme, a session on the topic, “Exchange of Views on Labour Situation” will be  organized with an objective to deepen mutual understandings among the participants’ countries. Sonam will submit a report on labour situation in the country, major challenges encountered by the labours and measures to be taken to mitigate their problems.

 He will also be attending series of programmes like lecture on ‘the Role and Themes of the Japanese Labour Movement’ and will visit the office of Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, JTUC-RENGO (Japanese Trade Union Confederation) and Japan Productivity Centre during his stay in Tokyo.

Sonam, in a communiqué said he will give focus on the implementation of the labour laws and labour movement in  India in general and Arunachal Pradesh  in particular.


Speeding vehicle hits girl student, her uncle


TEZU, Jun 01: An 18-year-old girl of government higher secondary school, Tezu and her uncle were hit by a high speed Bolero at 11.45 am Monday, as they rode in their Bajaj Pulsar bike towards main market. The girl, identified as Govinlu Chikro had serious head injury and her both legs was badly hit. Her uncle, Chohelum Chikro also suffered injuries.

Both the victims who were rushed to district hospital were later referred to Guwahati Medical College and Hospital in Assam for treatment.

The vehicle that hit the bike reportedly had the Commandant, 186 Bn, CRPF travelling in it. Police have recovered the ill fated bike and the star insignia that broke away from the Bolero from the accident site.

Soon after the victims were admitted to local hospital, CRPF officials paid a visit to the district hospital.

An FIR has been lodged against the offender.


World Environment Day

ITANAGAR, Jun 01: Arunachal Pradesh State Pollution Control Board (APSPCB) in collaboration with Environment and Forests department will organize a cleanliness drive from Ganga Market to I G Park on the occasion of the World Environment Awareness Day on June 5.  Large number of Govt officials from various departments and NGOs are expected to participate in the cleanliness drive which will be flagged off by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki at Ganga Market.


HC quashes Ete’s election

ITANAGAR, Jun 01: The Guwahati High Court (HC) has quashed the election of the 30-Aalo West Assembly Constituency MLA Gadam Ete. The court of Justice IA Ansari pronounced the judgement today after hearing the arguments and examining the material evidences called by the court.

The MLA Ete, who is currently the Parliamentary Secretary Home, said that he would appeal against the verdict.

Duter Padu, who contested against Ete as All India Trinamool Congress candidate in 2009 election from Aalo West constituency had gone to court seeking justice as she believed that election results were not fair as more than 60 postal ballots were tempered with. She had in her petition stated that 65 postal ballot papers had mysteriously disappeared from Aalo post office, which resurfaced at the time of counting of votes.

Earlier, the Supreme Court had dismissed two appeals made by Ete praying that the apex court dismiss two election petitions filed by Duter Padu challenging his election as MLA. PTI


‘Improve BSNL service’

ITANAGAR, Jun 01: Alleging that telephone service in Dumporijo was not upto mark, the Dumporijo Gusar and Baririjo Collegian Forum appealed to the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), the service provider, to improve tele-service by rectifying all technical faults and engaging sufficient man power within a week.

The Forum alleged that telephone service in the area remains defunct most of the day and night for which users are facing communication bottleneck.


MLA resents rough driving

ITANAGAR, June 01: A Tata Mobile vehicle bearing registration number AR 01D 5265 rammed through an iron gate and slammed into the dining hall of the bungalow of BJP MLA Tamiyo Taga at around 9.15 pm last night.

Meanwhile, expressing shock over the incident, Taga said that “I could not  understand  how the vehicle trespassed into my bungalow as there is no any highway and other link road near the bungalow”.

He urged the concerned authority to arrest the driver of the vehicle and also appealed to the people to drive their vehicle carefully. The VIP Colony or area is no more a safe place due to ever-increasing dwellers near VIP Bunglows in the state capital, he said.


AAPMTWU meeting held

ITANAGAR, June 01: All Arunachal Pradesh Motor Transport Workers’ Union (AAPMTWU) conducted a meeting with Tata Mobile Drivers at Nirjuli on May 29.  AAPMTWU, Vice President Nani Hania and Secretary General Tadung Yangfo briefed about the activities of the union and appealed to the drivers to maintain traffic rules and keep all the necessary vehicles documents.


Unruly parking causes traffic problem


RUKSIN, Jun 01: Parking of passenger vehicles at ‘No parking zone’ near Ruksin check gate has created problems. The authority is allegedly not taking any initiative to stop the illegal act despite of repeated appeal.

It is observed that regular parking of Tata-Magic and other heavy passenger vehicles at ‘No Parking Zone’ of highway is creating problem for other vehicles and pedestrians.

The locals have said that unruly parking may cause major accident at Ruksin gate any time, but the policemen at Ruksin gate are turning a blind eye towards the serious violation of the rule. The administration must bear the responsibility if there any accident occurs, they said.

The 'Ruksin Area Youth Front' has given reminder to the sub-divisional administration for regulating vehicular movement at Ruksin township.


ZPM demands new highway committee

ITANAGAR, Jun 01: Kaying Anchal Samity ZPM in West Siang district has demanded the State Govt to  constitute a new committee  to re-conduct  the survey  for construction of Kaying-Tato double lane highway project. The ZPM Tasan Tamir alleged that the present highway committee has failed to maintain transparency in project survey work and compensation package. The ZPM also urged the BRO higher authority to transfer the concern BRO officer posted at Tumbin alleging his inefficiency in survey work and preparation of compensation package.


AMEUF reacts

ITANAGAR, Jun 01: All Mengio Educated Unemployed Forum (AMEUF) today said that road maintenance work from Sakiang to Old Mengio was carried out properly and there was no misuse of Rs 2 crore TFC fund sanctioned for the road project.

Reacting to the recent allegation of public leaders and Gaon Burahs (GBs) of Old Mengio and Kulung about misappropriation of TFC fund, the  AMEUF in a release today said that  the Forum conducted a spot verification of project work and found the department concerned executed the work properly. Describing the allegations baseless and unfounded, the Forum further said such allegation was made due to communication gap and misunderstanding within the panchayat leaders.


Complaint lodged

ITANAGAR, Jun 01: Adi Students’ Union (AdiSU) has lodged a complaint of misbehavior by East Siang Superintendent of Police (SP) with Deputy Inspector General of Police (East).

AdiSU, in its letter to the DIGP (East) alleged that the SP had misbehaved and abused the AdiSU members during the Chief Minister’s visit to Pasighat. The AdiSU members, who were engaged to receive the CM by ABK during his arrival a Siang Guest House were allegedly detained and abused by the SP, the letter said and demanded the DIGP to transfer the SP from his present place of posting immediately. AdiSU also sought a public apology from the SP for his alleged mis-behavior.

AAPPTF district unit demands parking place

ITANAGAR, Jun 01: A delegation of All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF), East Siang district unit led by AAPPTF state President Takar Goi and Secretary General Dobing Sonam met the Deputy Commissioner at his office recently. In a two-point memorandum submitted to the DC, the team  appealed him to earmark a permanent parking place for commercial vehicles at Gumin Nagar, Pasighat.

It also  said that the hood of commercial vehicle particularly Tata Magic and Auto rickshaw should be painted with yellow color. The DC assured to look into the matter for better traffic management.


Bandh passes off peacefully

ITANAGAR, Jun 01: The 12 hours Bharat bandh was observed peacefully with the support of public leaders, ordinary citizens and businesspersons in East Kameng  district yesterday, said the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha district unit in a release today. The nation-wide bandh  was observed demanding roll back in petrol price hike. The BJYM district unit has called on central leaders to continue the fight against the  hike in patrol price.

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B’desh PM expresses resolve to work together with India

Tuki meets Sheikh Hasina

DHAKA, Jun 01: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina voiced her strong resolve to work together with India for mutual development of the two countries through full cooperation to tap the potential of both the countries for mutual benefit in this globalized world.

“India needs to move forward quickly on some pending issues so that the two countries can work to implement various agreed decisions,” she said.

The Bangladesh premier made the remarks when a 16-member delegation from North East comprising Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Nabam Tuki and Chief Minister of Meghalaya Mukul Sangma met her at her official residence Gono Bhaban in the afternoon yesterday.

The PM also showed keen interest in procuring and importing power from Arunachal Pradesh, once the ongoing hydroelectric projects in the State are commissioned. In this connection, a central power grid, which will include Bangladesh officials, is proposed to be established to transmit electricity from Arunachal to Bangladesh. Officials from Bangladesh will be visiting the State shortly for the purpose.

Tuki had earlier invited investment from Bangladesh in tapping Arunachal’s vast natural resources and advantages in the areas of hydropower, agriculture, horticulture, minerals and forestry. Hasina on her part expressed eagerness to invest in the progressive State’s potentials in these sectors. She also strongly endorsed Tuki’s view of Arunachal as a potential business hub for all South East Asian countries. The PM expressed certainty that more tourists from her country would visit Arunachal Pradesh as Bangla people are fond of travelling and the State, with its immense natural potential, is the perfect destination for tourists. Even the high commissioner of India, Pankaj Sharan, impressed by the State’s ability to be tapped as a tourist and commercial destination, has assured to market Arunachal in Bangladesh, saying he would make Arunachal-related tourism brochures, posters, information, etc, freely available at his Dhaka office.

In this regard he has asked the GoAP to provide him with the required materials.

Tuki has been on a drive to promote Arunachal Pradesh as an unmatched destination for ecotourism, wildlife tourism, religious tourism, rural tourism and adventure tourism, ever since he took charge as the CM seven months back. This is the second time that he is promoting the State in the international arena, the first one being in Canada in March, where he had met with industry giants and government higher-ups. Going by the overwhelming response, the Canadian tour was as fruitful as the Bangladesh tour is turning out to be.    

The chief minister was accompanied by Trade and Commerce Minister Tapang Taloh, trade and commerce parliamentary secretary Phosum Khimhun, budding entrepreneur Khoda Apik, OSD to CM Hatobin Mai and trade and commerce deputy director S Modi during the visit.  Media Cell, CM



Govt dedicates road after Lummer Dai

Itanagar, Jun 01: The Arunachal Pradesh government today paid tribute to state’s literary doyen Lummer Dai by dedicating a road in his name near state hospital Naharlagun commemorating his 72nd birth anniversary.

Education Minister Bosiram Siram inaugurating the road commented that Dai, who was born in Siluk Village under East Siang district showed flair for creative writing since his childhood and wrote several novels in Assamese namely, Paharor hile hile, Prithivir Hahi, Upar Mahal and award winning novel Kanyar Mulya. Terming literature as the mirror of society, Siram asserted that society progresses with the growth of literary activities.

Lauding the initiatives and efforts of the Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) and Assam Sahitya Sabha (ASS), he said that the literary works and forums have helped in promoting mutual understanding, amity and brotherhood among society and people for a harmonious world.

Responding to a memorandum submitted by the ASS for reintroducing Assamese language as a third language in the state, Siram said that the state government would consider the proposal after thorough study.

"The government has constituted the State Council for Educational Research & Training (SCERT) with the objective to take independent decisions and policies in introducing and revamping curriculum suited to the needs of the state," he added.

Assam Sahitya Sabha president Rangbang Terang, speaking on the occasion said that the love for the beautiful land of Arunachal was opened to him through the works of Lummer Dai and hoped that more such writers would be produced from this state.

Nanni Dai, Editor of Echo of Arunachal and wife of Dai lauded the state government for recognizing the contribution of Dai in the field of literature.  Nanni Dai  termed the naming of the Lummer Dai road as a bearing of the fruit of the contribution  of her Late husband and expressed deep gratitude to the state Govt. led by Nabam Tuki  for recolonizing  his literary contributions.  

Golak Hazarika, who had donated  6 Bigha land in Bihupuria for the establishment of Lummer Dai Research Centre, also attended the programme.

Former Vice- President APLS, Tony Koyu  said that the state is proud to have given a son like Dai, who established his identity as an outstanding authors of N.E adding that his works have spread its wings in Assam and other states acting as a bridge between the people of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh for strengthening our cultural ties and fostering brotherhood and amity .

Director, IPR Leki Phuntso recalled the human  nature and able guidance of Late Dai, as the Director of the Department, under whom he had worked as a DIPRO.

President APLS and Chief Information Commissioner, Sahitya Akademi  Awardee, Y.D. Thongchi in his address said that Literary doyen Late Dai  is highly regarded and loved in Assam and on the occasion he suggested for creating a Trust in the name of Lummer Dai and urged the state govt. to support in providing grants in aid for the formation of the Trust.

Earlier, in the morning floral tribute was paid at Punyasthal, the Samadhi of Late Lummer Dai. PTI with inputs from DIPR



Tawang Ropeways project: A waste of public money

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Jun 01: The first ever passenger Ropeways of Arunachal constructed at Tawang town is remaining unused till date, though the project was completed two years ago. Touted as one of the major tourist attractions of the state, the ropeway is also supposed to connect Tawang Monastery with Gyangyong Ani Gonpa.

Former President APJ Abdul Kalam laid down the foundation stone for the Rs 330.89 lacs DoNER Ropeways project on October 14, 2002. The state Govt pumped in 10 per cent matching share and the Public Works Department (PWD) was the implementing agency. The actual works began on February 27, 2007 and the project was completed on September 20, 2010. The Kolkata based Damodar Ropeways and Construction Limited executed the work. The total length of ropeway is 1184 metre and duration between two terminals is approximately 8 minutes. The cabin has capacity to carry eight persons at a time.

Now, the completed project is running into trouble, as no agencies are willing to operate it. According to the source, Damodar Ropeways has backed off from the project citing very high operational cost. In order to make it functional, some local youths were given training to operate it. However, that planning also did not materialize.

When contacted, Tawang Deputy Commissioner Kemo Lollen said the ropeways could not be operationalized at this moment due to various reasons. “The cost of maintenance is quite high. Adding to it, we need 24/7 power back-up to operate it. For the place like Tawang, it is virtually impossible to have such kind of power back up,” said DC Lollen. Further, he added, “We also have some apprehension from the security point of view. The height of ropeway is too high. Keeping all these points in mind, we are not operationalizing the ropeways at this juncture.”

It is appalling to see this Ropeways remain unutilized despite a hefty amount was spent for implementation of the project. The same money could have been spent for better purpose like construction of medicals or schools at interior parts of Tawang. The big question is who is going to take responsibilities for this failed project? District administration, PWD and local MLA Tsewang Dhundup has lot of questions to answer in this regard.



Tender cane shoots seized from Miao weekly bazaar

MIAO, Jun 01: The Forest Guards of Namdapha National Park (Project Tiger) in the presence of Magistrates, EAC-in-Charge S. Roy, CO Tshering Chedon and NNP Range Officer Lichi Karlo in a surprise raid seized a huge hoard of tender cane shoots from Miao Friday Weekly Bazaar this morning.

Looking at the indiscriminate collection of tender shoots resulting in near extinct of cane species from the jungles of Miao, the local administration and Namdapha National Park (Project Tiger) last year banned its sale in the markets of Miao Sub – Division. But despite the ban, the sale continued unabated. The complete disregard to the executive order prompted the local administration and NNP authority to initiate harsh action against the perpetrators. The seizure of large amount of tender cane shoots on Friday would greatly help in preserving the much essential canes.

Talking to this correspondent, EAC-in-Charge S.Roy informed that during seizure, the persons selling the banned species were properly identified and their particulars recorded. They will be arrested and penalty will be imposed in case they are found guilty of selling banned items again.

CO Tshering Chedon took strong exception to reports of local people selling chickens in unreasonable prices. I have been told that the locals do not allow their chickens to be weighed, she informed. The Singpho Development Society has welcomed the action and said it would be a stepping stone to preservation of the wild species. The SDS opines that the sale can be put to a permanent halt only through regular checking in every bazaar of Miao Sub-division.



Anti-Malaria Month begins

ITANAGAR, Jun  01: Along with rest of the country and state the “Anti- Malaria Month” observation began in East Siang  with MLA  Ralom Borang inaugurating the ‘Multi Stakeholder Campaign” at Namsing PHC today.

The current month is being observed as Anti-Malaria Month by East Siang District Vector Borne Disease Control Program (ES-DVBDCP) in collaboration with Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI).

In his speech, Borang advised the public to extend their full support to medical department to make East Siang a Malaria free zone. Public were urged to allow Indoor Residual Spray of DDT, use of  long lasting insecticide treated Net and take  complete dose of medicine to prevent the community from Malaria.

He also distributed LLIN in Namsing, Mer and Gadum villages on the occasion.

During the occasion Dr. M. Perme, the District Medical Officer focused on the basics of malaria.

Chaitan Kumar, Project Officer, VHAI highlighted the importance of Behavior Change  Communication (BCC ) and requested all stake-holders to participate in  the forthcoming activities of anti-Malaria month.

During the occasion T. P. Tara DVBD Consultant, L. Tayeng, CHO East Siang, T. Yirang, ZPM, and other PRI representatives were present in the inaugural function.

Anti-Malaria month observation also began in Lower Dibang Valley district to create public awareness about the causes of Malaria disease.

The observation begins with Source Reduction Activity in the form of social service that was conducted widely in all the respective office premises, educational institutions, Bazaar area in different localities of Roing township this morning under the supervision of a team headed by Additional Deputy Commissioner incharge, W. Tikhak, as Chairman.

During the month, many activities under Behavioral Change Communication (BCC)/Information Education and Communication (IEC) followed by Monitoring and Evaluation will be taken up by the department of Health Services. Under BCC/IEC activities, medical teams of various PHCs/CHCs will visit villages in their respective jurisdiction to conduct outreach Malaria camp, Mass Blood Slide collection, spot diagnosis and prompt treatment to positive cases will be done.

Video/slide shows through public meeting, exhibition and demonstration through poster, banner and stickers will also be carried out to mobilize and create awareness among the masses. District Vector Borne Disease Control Officer, District Vector Borne Disease Consultant, Malaria Technical Supervisor or Medical Officer incharge of respective PHCs/CHCs will supervise all the programmes as a part of monitoring and evaluation activities.

Dr S J Mitapo, Medical Superintendent of the District Hospital, Roing informed that almost all the plain places of the district near Arunachal-Assam Border viz., Anpum, Paglam, Bizari, Bismaknagar, Rukmo, Iduli, Abali, Koronu, Kangkong, Parbuk, Bolung, Jia and Meka falls under high risk malaria zone and efforts will be taken to conduct anti-malaria campaign successfully in these areas.  

In the mean time, District Administration while giving top priority to the health and hygiene issued a circular to all the heads of offices of the district headquarter to keep their office and its premises neat and clean by organizing social service on 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month. DIPRO



Demand to retain power supply from Rina Hydel project


RUKSIN, Jun 01: Apprehending severe power crisis in view of the power department’s proposal to draw power from Rina Hydel project to Pasighat town, the people of West-Pasighat area urged authority for retention of present power supply system in greater Ruksin area.

It may be mentioned that the power department, following consumers’ movement against erratic power supply in Pasighat town has decided to manage some additional power from Rina Hydel project and has declared for its early commissioning. As such, construction of 33 KV line from Koyu to Pasighat is reportedly completed.

The villagers of Ruksin area have expressed apprehention that if the power generated by Rina Hydel is drawn to Pasighat, there might be severe power crisis in their area. They warned the power department not to hamper the present power supply system under any circumstances. According to the people, the authority should generate additional power in Rina Hydel before drawing energy to Pasighat.

It is worth mentioning that the entire Ruksin subdivision including Bilat and Sille-Oyan circles are energized by a Rina Hydel based 11 Kv line, which enters at Ruksin power station with an intensity of 200 Kw power. The line also distributes electric power in rural areas of Bilat and Mirem and Mikong villages.

The senior citizens of the area including the Gaon burahs, Panchayat leaders and party leaders which met on Thursday at Bilat to discuss the power supply matter unanimously decided to move the power department not to extend any project without generating extra power in Rina Hydel project.

On the other hand, officials of Pasighat electrical subdivision have denied any power shortage in Ruksin area. It has taken step to generate additional power in Rina Hydel, which would be drawn to Pasighat station.

Located at 5 km away from Koyu in Nari sub-division, Rina Hydel project with two turbines has capacity to generate 2 MW power. But, it is presently generating only 700 KW as one of the two turbines is lying defunct for long.



DC holds meet  to discuss power scenario

Pasighat, Jun 01: The newly appointed deputy commissioner of East Siang R.K. Mishra  held a meeting with officers of Highway Division, Power, and Hydro Power departments today to discuss the present power scenario at Pasighat.

Expressing dismay at the present power scenario, MP Ninong Ering, who was also present in the meeting,  appealed to the concerned departments to put in dedicated efforts to bring out a mechanism to improve it. He also urged them to explore other avenues if available. He assured to provide all possible help in arrangement of funds. The MP said that he is ready to spare funds from his MP LAD fund if needed. He also informed that the Govt. is planning to enhance the power allocation which will be of great help.

Details of the power available, the activities undertaken by the departments, limitations of the department etc. were discussed in threadbare.

R.K. Mishra said that electricity is an essential part of  life. So it should be taken seriously and planning should be there to improve it. He instructed the Highway division to be cautious while felling trees  to ensure minimum power disruption. Also the local administration officers has to be involved for effective implementation and restoration works.

The DC  was also very concerned over non-generation power in Rina Microhydel as per its potential and wanted to ascertain the cause behind it. He said that he will visit the microhydels and the transmission lines with the concerned officers to have first hand information. He instructed the EE (Power) to place  and depute teams  for the transmission lines and their responsibilities to be fixed. The DC informed that he is planning to set up a control room in the district headquarters for effective restoration works  and other local problems. DIPRO



Official team takes part in workshop on CRS

ITANAGAR, Jun 01:  A study team of officials and non-governmental organizations led by Mamata Riba, Director of Art and Culture, attended a workshop on “Possibilities and Challenges in Launching and Running Community Radio Service (CRS)” at the headquarters of Radio Mattoli functioning at Manathavady in Kerla on May 30.

Delivering the keynote address, Dr Thomas Joseph Therakam, founder Station Director of Radio Matolli, the first CRS in Kerala which completed 4 years of popular existence, called upon the delegates from Arunachal Pradesh to look at not only the starting of CRS projects but also its sustainability.

“What sustained us was the potential of radio stations to bring about a change in the life of people, enhancing the peoples’  image and for making known the voice of the voiceless,” shared Dr Father Therakam, who is also the vice president of the  Community Radio  Association of India (CRAI), Southern Region.

Riba lauded the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Arunachal Pradesh govt, Cultural Affairs  department, especially secretary Indra Mallo Jain, Commonwealth Educational Media Centre Asia, especially  Director Dr  R Sreedhar and Station Director Radio Mattoli, Father Thomas J.Therakam and others for  facilitating successful  conduct of the workshop for NGOs and Govt officials.for creating social awareness through Community Radios.

This programme was a follow up of the North East Regional Workshop on Community Radio Service held in Itanagar in March under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre Asia, (CEMCA) and the Directorate of Art  and  Culture, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh.



Lower Divang Valley DCC felicitates mazdoors

ITANAGAR, Jun 01: The Lower Dibang Valley District Congress Committee (LDVDCC) has felicitated mazdoors (labourers) and traders of Roing town in recognition of their contributions towards the development of the society. A large number of labourers and traders were felicitated with mementos and shawl in a felicitation function organized in commemoration of ‘Labour Day’ at Cheta Reckho, Roing on May 31.

While responding to a memorandum submitted by All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union (AAPWU) Lower Dibang Valley district during felicitation function, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president and Rajya Sabha MP Mukut Mithi assured to grant an Ambulance for the labourers and fund for erecting Roing AAPWU office security fencing from his MPLAD fund. Mithi also highlighted the significance of the labours day.

Addressing the gathering, Karikho Kri, parliamentary secretary, PHE and Water Supply, assured to provide one water tanker for Roing town and sanction fund for five drilling machines for proper utilization of ground water in Roing town.

Presiding the over the function, Lower Dibang Valley DCC president Roding Pertin assured all possible help for welfare of labourers in the district. ZP chairperson Chiliko Meto, Lower Dibang Valley AAPWU unit president Ita Mimi also spoke on the occasion. Among others, APCC secretary in-charge Lower Dibang Valley district Soni Degio and  Congress workers and leaders  of  party frontal wings in the district took part in the function.



Students construct class rooms

ITANAGAR, Jun 01: All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU) in collaboration with All Papum Poma Students’ Union (APPSU) constructed three additional classrooms for the Govt. Middle School Lengndung under Sangdupota circle yesterday. The social service was undertaken responding to a request made by the teacher-in charge and VEC chairman of the school in view of inadequate classrooms in the school since it was upgraded to Middle school in 2007.

The teachers, VEC chairman of school, GBs  and general publics actively participated in the social service.

APPDSU, meanwhile, urged the Deputy Commissioner cum District Project Director and  Deputy Director of School Education (DDSE) to post sufficient teachers in the school as per the guidelines of SSA  from this academic session  for smooth functioning. Presently, the school is run by three teachers.

It also urged the competent authorities of education department to post adequate teaching and non- teaching staffs such as UDC, LDC, peon, and chowkidars in all the Middle, Secondary and Higher Secondary Schools of Papum Pare District claiming that most of the schools, particularly in remote areas, are running without the required teachers and other staff which has hampered academic studies of students and smooth functioning of schools. It appealed to the state government to take serious note of the demands of the students unions for the betterment of students.



RTI activist lodges FIR against officers

ITANAGAR, Jun 01: A RTI activist lodged a FIR against RWD Executive, Assistant and Junior Engineers, Pasighat division at Police Station, Pasighat alleging them of miss-appropriation of fund under ACA scheme for development of Ayeng and Kiyit villages under Mebo circle.

According to RTI report, the activist said, RWD completed construction of  17 culverts under ACA scheme at Kiyit and Ayeng villages. But in practice there is no any single culvert constructed at Kiyit and Ayeng  villages. Further, the department released maximum bills amount against the two fictitious contractors under the scheme, the activist said.

The activist has also lodged a FIR against Mebo Block Development Officer at the same police station for alleged gross misuse of MLA LAD fund.  The RTI report reflected construction of two ANM quarters and a labour room at Namsing PHC by BDO. But in reality only renovation and maintenance works were carried out at ANM quarters and labour room,  the RTI activist said adding that existing ANM quarters and labour room were constructed by PWD few years back.

It further said that BDO has misused the sanctioned amount for procurement of CGI sheets for 30 beneficiaries. The RTI activist said that  the BDO misused the scheme for construction of link road at Motum village and  the scheme for construction of Agam to Kongkul link road.

Further, without any visible work done by the contractor, the concerned authority has also released bills against construction of Siluk Gangging fencing wall, it said. The said fencing wall was constructed earlier under another scheme, the FIR said.

The activist appealed to the concerned authority to book the  wrong doers and demanded investigation  against the alleged corrupt officers.



KVK training on INM and IPM in rice

ITANAGAR, Jun 01: Lohit Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Momong, conducted two training programmes on “Integrated Nutrient Management of Rice” and “Integrated Pest Management of Rice” for the farmers of Chongkham, Gunanagar, Kherem, Alubari, Namliang, Momong in collaboration with Department of Agriculture Chongkham from May 28.

N Bori, ADO Chongkham discussed the problems and prospects of rice cultivation while Debasish Borah, SMS thoroughly discussed about the concept of INM, its importance for increasing production and sustainable development. Discussions were also held on types of manures and fertilizer, their judicious utilization in an integrated manner. The details of INM in rice was explained to the farmers.

Madhumita Sonowal Bora, SMS (Plant Protection) discussed about integrated pest management practices in rice. She thoroughly discussed about the commonly found pests of rice and their control measures.

A. K. Jha, AFA Chongkham also discussed about the common problems of the farmers.

Seeds of rice variety Ranjit were distributed to the farmers by ADO Chongkham.



Month-long hockey training camp concludes

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jun 01: With an objective to facilitate the state youths to participate in the national and international hockey events, the month-long hockey training camp initiated by Hockey Arunachal concluded at Sangey Laden Sports Academy Chimpu here this evening.

Altogether 20 youth from across the state took part in the training.  

Sports and Youths Affairs Director DK Dinglow, who was present in the concluding ceremony, assured all possible help from the department in promoting the hockey in the state.

Arunachal Hockey Chairman Gumjum Haider appealed to the state government to introduce hockey in school level to popularize the national game in every nook and corner of the state. He suggested the players to come up with determination and show their mettle in the sport before the country.  

Suraj Tayem, who was instrumental in organizing the training camp, suggested trainees to keep their fitness level high. Further Hockey Arunachal disclosed that the participant youths will be trained at Guwahati very shortly.



Tobacco control efforts

According to the Global Adult Tobacco Survey - 2009-2010, India has 12 crore tobacco users, which means every ninth Indian consumes tobacco. About 40 per cent of men worldwide smoke as compared with nearly 9 per cent of women. One person dies every six seconds due to tobacco. About 35 per cent of Indians over the age of 15 use tobacco. Over 10 lakh Indians die every year from tobacco-related diseases, according to the WHO 2012 Global Report on Mortality. Incidentally, India is not only the third largest producer of the tobacco substance but also its second largest consumer and fifth biggest exporter.

Direct medical costs of treating tobacco related diseases in India amount to 907 million dollars for smoked tobacco annually and 285 million dollars for smokeless tobacco, according to expert.  

Strengthening of Tobacco control Efforts through innovative Partnerships and Strategies is the first programme of its kind for curbing the use of tobacco in India. As a multi-component tobacco control project,  the programme incorporates all the measures recommended by World Health Organization in its strategy for effective country-level intervention for reducing tobacco demand.

Indeed, India played an active role in drafting the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and was among the first to ratify the treaty, which lists a range of guidelines designed to curb the use of tobacco. In 2007 India adopted a comprehensive National Tobacco Control Programme which now covers 42 districts in 21 states.

Despite all these efforts, a good number of people in India continue to suffer from and succumb to serious diseases related to the use of tobacco  and this is because of poor enforcement of and deficiencies in existing laws. Here, the Tobacco control Efforts through innovative Partnerships and Strategies could play crucial role by helping governments enforce the existing laws stringently and creating anti-tobacco awareness at the mass level.


Let there be fair chance for all



Dear Editor,

This is in response to  “ Open Letter to the Chief Minister” .

I would like to draw the attention of masses in general and unemployed competent doctors in particular regarding the regularisation of over 70 NRHM contractual doctors by violating the norms of their contract.

I appreciate the doctors especially those who are serving in the remote areas but then their profession demands that. If they are not willing to serve the people of the state then they should not join the profession. I completely disagree with the demand of the doctors for regularising their service simply on the ground that the service of their fellow NRHM doctors have been regularised.

The demand of APDA is very genuine. In fact, regularisation of all the contractual doctors should be cancelled and the entire vacant seats should be given to APPSC for fair selection. Further, the grievance of those doctors whose service haven’t been regularised cannot be solved by regularising them because though a wrong has been done by the authority, it cannot be rectified by committing another mistake.

Therefore, I earnestly request the APDA for demanding the cancellation of all the regularisation orders and those seats may be advertised through the APPSC for open and fair competition.


A Doctor




Dear Editor,

Regularisation of over 70 NRHM contractual doctors without conducting any written examination is not fair on the part of the health department, especially when it is clearly written in their contract that their service cannot be regularised.

My question to the authority is, when they have decided to appoint the doctors through APPSC then why they regularised the contractual service of NRHM doctors while violating the norms of contract, thereby prejudicing the unemployed competent doctors.

Though they have been appointed two months back but since their appointment itself is invalid, they can be terminated from their service any time. Further, their regularisation cannot be taken as ground for continuing their service.

Therefore, I request all the civil society to fight against such corrupt practices for the betterment of our society. Let all the vacant seats be filled up through APPSC for fair selection.


A concerned Citizen




Create veterinary officers posts

Dear Editor,

Arunachal Unemployed Veterinary Doctors' Association (AUVDA) would like to express grievances regarding increased unemployment problem being faced by the Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry (B.V.Sc. & A.H.) graduates in the state.

One of the reasons for unemployment is non-creation of posts of Veterinary Officer (VO) as per requirements.

It is learnt that since late 70's there is no creation of Veterinary Officer (VO) posts in the department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary..

Where does the lacunae originate; the department or the state Government?

All the VOs being recruited by the department against posts  because  of retirement, promotional, expiry and surrendered vacancies till date. It is also learnt from some reliable sources that there will be hardly one VO post  available annually for recruitment based on the retirement and promotion by the end of 2014 onwards.

Other departments of the state create various professional and technical posts to reduce the unemployment problems every year. The best example is the recent creation of 50 new sanctioned posts for recruitment of Medical Officers (Allopathy) in the department of Health and Family Welfare, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh. Though we undergo B.V.Sc. & A.H. degree course by competing with the fellow friends and spending all the hard earned money of our poor parents with a hope to get employed in the state govt but due to non creation of posts in the state veterinary departments, there is many fold increase in  unemployed B.V.Sc. & A. H. graduates every year along with increase in the numbers of B.V.Sc. & A.H. graduates who are in the verge of crossing upper age limit for Veterinary Officers examination as well as other state govt jobs.         '

It has also come to our notice that some of the posts of VO are occupied by persons with non-APST background having APST certificates. As such our APST rights are being enjoyed by persons with non-APST background. What will be the position of the bonafide APST citizens and future prospective for the younger generation?

Therefore, it is our appeal to the state Govt to create as many as required VO posts and as early as possible. We also appeal to the concern citizens of the state and organizations to voice their views on the issue of APST certificates issued to persons with non-APST background.


Arunachal Unemployed Veterinary Doctors' Association



Bank with Apex Bank

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to request the GoAP to facilitate the transaction of salaries of government servants of a few departments through the State Cooperative Apex Bank. Firstly, the Apex Bank is our own bank.

Secondly, government servants who are SBI customers have to take casual leave for every minor or major banking transaction, and many a time have to spare a full day standing in long queues. Further, putting the Apex Bank in this position would help promote the bank as ‘Apna Bank’.


Pebi Lombi




The promised reward

Dear Editor,

Some time back, the government of Arunachal Pradesh announced to reward the meritorious students of Arunachal Pradesh. As apparent to the citizenry, it is likely that the government has turned back from its promise.

If they wanted, the govt could have done it. But it is rather a renege.

Hence, the students should make some en masse efforts to have their rights through the proper channel.


Loitongbam Janjit Singh

New Delhi



Forms and fees

Dear Editor,

We understand that according to Right To Education Act, the admission   fees for Class-I upto Class- VIII is absolutely free. But during the last academic session i.e. 2011 to 2012 some of the Govt. Schools have been taken money for "Admission Form" instead of admission fees. Therefore, I request those school authorities to give  free admission to the students as per RTE Act this session.





Anand versus the “God”

Dear Editor,

This is in response to the news report "Anand wins World Chess Championship title for fifth time" (31 May).

Recent months have witnessed how the nation went gaga over a personal landmark of an individual which was ultimately achieved by wasting precious deliveries that not only "helped" the team to lose the match against the minnows Bangladesh, but also prevented India from emerging in the final of Asia Cup as well.

Inspite of such selfish act which actually assaulted the interest of the country, the shameless brigade continued to cry themselves hoarse by demanding Bharat Ratna for the "God"!

Next came the farce named IPL scandalised by allegations and/or facts of match-fixing, molestations, rave parties, ugly verbal fights and lewd dances of skimpily-clad girls.

And the greatest joke got delivered by the intellectually-bankrupt Kolkatans and Bengalis by madly celebrating the triumph of a team, almost bereft of local players, whose sole connection with the city is merely in its symbolic name of 'Kolkata' only!

As if the lunacy on the part of common public and Bengal media were not enough, even the "Paribartanwalas" who accuse the Left Front of rendering the coffers of West Bengal "empty", extravagantly squander millions of public money on the   filthy-rich cricketers  of a privately-owned franchisee!

In such an embarrassingly sorry state of sporting affairs, the news of Viswanathan Anand's achievement of winning the fifth World Title has indeed arrived as a draught of cool rain after a prolonged arid spell. Indeed is he the real Ratna of Bharat.


Kajal Chatterjee





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