NCP calls for demarcation of wildlife sanctuary land
ITANAGAR, Jun 26: Arunachal Pradesh unit of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) vice
president Tad Tana has urged the district administration to hold public meeting involving
the village heads, GPM’s, ASM’s, youths etc. before acquiring land for the enlarged
Wildlife Sanctuary for Itanagar Capital Project Area.
In a letter to the deputy commissioner, Yupia, the NPC leader said that though the
decision of the district administration to shift and enlarge the wild life sanctuary
is a welcome move, it might affect the poor villagers of Sagalee and Balijan area.
According to him, the affected people of the area have raised objection to demarcation
of the area/region for the purpose. According to the affected villagers, he said,
the authority did not conduct proper survey of the area and take views of the affected
people before acquisition of the land.
He urged the DC to review the demarcation of land made for the project in the greater
interest of the affected people as well as to avoid misunderstanding between the
administration and the public.
Rebia calls for separate recruitment boards
ITANAGAR, Jun 26: Pointing out that the Papum Pare district job quotas are mostly
availed by those living in the capital area, thereby depriving the rural aspirants,
Doimukh MLA Nabam Rebia today urged the GoAP for separate rural and capital recruitment
boards for all district level recruitments, including the ongoing police recruitment.
While the rural populace is mostly ignorant of the job opportunities, those living
in the capital get to know about job avenues first and avail the opportunities while
many of them also get scopes in their respective districts.
Informing that he would be moving the chief minister in this respect, Rebia reasoned
that separate recruitment boards would help protect the interest of the rural job
ITANAGAR, Jun 26: Dibang Adi Students' Union has suspended its proposed 2nd phase
of agitation scheduled on June 27-30 following an appeal from Adi Baane Kebang (ABK)
Distt Unit. They further informed that the DC, Lower Dibang Valley is out of station
for which they took the decision to suspend the agitation.
ITANAGAR, Jun 26: Continuous downpour for the last few days damaged a portion of
NH52-A at Karsingsa shrinking zone today.
Meanwhile, the Capital Complex District Magistrate B Basar in an order prohibited
movement of vehicles at Karsingsa slip zone till the restoration of the said portion
The capital DC in-charge also directed the police authority to restrict entry of
vehicles at Banderdewa check gate and divert the vehicular movement to Doimukh-Gumto
route. The DC further took up the matter with highway executive engineer. The highway
department also assured the DC for early restoration of the road link, according
to an official source.
Pisa Gunia passes away
Itanagar, Jun 26: Pisa Gunia, the sitting Zilla Chairperson of Kurung Kumey district
passed away this afternoon following ill-health.
The Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has expressed shock and grief at the sudden demise
In a message Tuki said Late Gunia will be remembered as one of the pioneering and
prominent personalities of the remote district for his contributions in the fields
of politics and social work.
“Despite hailing from one of the remotest parts Sarli, Late Gunia carved a niche
for himself in the social ladder and became one of the best known names of the district.
People of Kurung Kumey, particularly of Sarli, would miss his services,” Tuki added.
Meanwhile, Nyapin MLA Bamang Felix has also expressed profound grief after hearing
the demise of the Zilla Chairperson. In a separate message, he recalled Late Gunia
as an upright and down to earth person, who dedicated his lifetime for development
of his area and people.
“The sudden and untimely demise is a great loss for the district that will be felt
for a long long time,” Felix added.
Lower Subansiri Zila Parishad Chairperson Likha Tongum has also mourned the death
of Late Gunia. He said that in his death, the state has lost a good leader.
Flood continues unabated in Arunachal, Govt sounds red alert
Itanagar, Jun 26: State government today sounded red alert across Arunachal in view
of the devastating flood caused by torrential rains for last many days.
On the directives of the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, the Chief Secretary has issued
strictures to all administrative officers including deputy commissioners and police
in the districts to remain alert as well as assess the situation immediately and
submit their reports. Similar orders have also been dispatched to the Disaster Management
department to alert all the Relief and Rehabilitation officers in the districts.
The department has been asked to coordinate with the police and the medical department
to provide immediate relief and aid to the people of flood affected areas. While
the medical department has been directed to keep medicine, particularly first-aid
in sufficient stock, the Civil Supplies department has been asked to keep in stock
sufficient food grains, especially in vulnerable districts to meet any eventuality.
To meet the situation, as an immediate measure the Government has allotted Rs 10
lakhs to all the deputy commissioners and Rs 5 lakhs each to Additional Deputy Commissioners.
Disaster management and mitigation cells have been constituted in the districts to
monitor the situation and launch rescue and relief operations as and when needed.
Tuki has appealed the civil society organizations, student and youth bodies to voluntarily
help the administration in lending a helping hand to the unfortunate victims of nature’s
fury. He called upon the people, especially those residing in vulnerable areas, to
remain alert and adopt immediate preventive and safety measures. To those who are
residing in lowland areas, which are dangerously prone to inundation or landslides,
he urged them to shift to safer places.
PASIGHAT: Due to incessant rainfall for the last many days, the water volume of the
mighty Siang has increased unpredictably and flowing above the danger mark causing
disruption of road communications.
The critical situations are reported from various corners of the district. Pasighat-Ledum-Tene-Koyu,
Pasighat-Mebo-Dhola, Pasighat-Mariyang and Pasighat-Pangin roads have been blocked
at several places.
Minister Education Bosiram Siram, who is also local MLA rushed to Komlighat to take
stock of the situation.
The Minister inquired about various precautionary measures being undertaken by the
District Administration for safety and security of human lives and properties and
further directed the concerned authorities to provide all basic amenities to the
affected people living near the river banks and its adjoining areas. However the
minister admitted that situation is grim and further asked the DC to put all efforts
to secure life and properties of the citizens on priority. He informed that the CM
has been made aware of the situation and sought for immediate financial assistance
from the government as welfare and disaster relief packages.
Siram also added for flood protection of Siang and Sibokorong rivers’ banks, the
state government has taken the issue very seriously with the central government and
expected to receive necessary funds for the purpose.
While updating the minister, the Deputy Commissioner R K Mishra informed that all
the govt agencies have been alerted and necessary directives have been given to
the concerned officers to keep ready for future course of action with man and machineries
to tackle any tough situation.
The Circle Officer Kebang, Sanjay Taram informed that six govt. quarters, three private
houses and channel of Yembung Hydel have been washed away. The report further added,
MICs, rice-fields and orange orchards have are badly damaged in the devastating flood,
ROING: Paglam Village under Dambuk Sub-Division is in danger of inundation by Dottung
river, due to incessant rainfall for the last few days. The river water that has
flooded Govt. Secondary School, Paglam on June 24 last compelling it to close down
temporarily. Many granaries of the farmers were flooded and the villagers have been
advised by the administration to shift to Keba – Tinali near CO Office for the time
being on safety measures where the location is comparatively at higher level till
the water level subsides, according to an official message received from Eving Yirang,
incharge SDO Dambuk.
He requested DC and Director Civil Aviation, Supply and Transport for ration Sorties
to Dambuk to cater the immediate need of the denizen, as well as to shift stranded
patients and students.
In the meantime, the Flood Protection work carried out by the local people in joint
venture with GREF, M/s SOMA Company, M/s SINGLA Company and Crusher Units on Self-Help
basis at Sine River, Dambuk was also washed away on the night of June 24 last and
as a result the river is posing as a danger to Dambuk SDO Headquarter including Remi
and other adjoining villages, informed SDO Dambuk.
The Ferry Services at Amarpur Ghat in Assam, the only route connecting people of
Dambuk Sub-Division with the district headquarter, Roing, is also temporarily suspended
since June 22.
Due to sudden increase in water volume, Deopani river flowing just 1 km north of
Roing township has diverted its course from its original course towards the East
Bank posing as danger to nearby residents settled near the river bank.
With the diversion of the river water, the temporary Bailey bridge over the river
is cut off from traffic and thereby cutting the link road connecting Kebali and other
adjoining Villages, Hunli Sub-Division, Desali Circle and Anini with Roing, the district
headquarter of Lower Dibang Valley District. In these couple of day’s continuous
downpour, the recently restored power channel of Deopani Micro-Hydel, Roing was again
washed away and the intake point was silted with sand gravels, informed O Apum, AE
She further informed that, “it is the third time in this season; previously the channel
was washed away on April 23 and May 23 last”.
She further adds, “it has become difficult for the department to carry out restoration
work without financial assistance from the govt. as there are already pending liabilities
of the previous restoration works”.
Er S Pertin, EE (PHED) informed that the department is anyhow supplying drinking
water to the Roing township and its adjoining villages by tapping the water from
seasonal sources and once the rain stops, these sources may get dry within one or
two weeks of sunny days thereby creating water crisis in the township. However, efforts
will be made to restore the channel on favourable weather, he added. DIPRO
BORDUMSA: The water level of Noa Dehing river is rising gradually since this afternoon
and flood water submerged large area of Bijoypur I, II & III. The local administration
has sought the help of Army personnel in rescuing the marooned villagers, but the
personnel could not take up rescue operation due to turbulent flood water.
Unabated bank erosion is continuing at Diyun circle along the Noa-Dehing river. If
the rainfall continues for some more days at upper catchment, then the magnitude
of devastation will be enormous, flood water will engulf Dapkhu, Megantong, Kherempani,
Wagon, Borkhet, Wakhetna, Dirakpathar villages under Bordumsa circle, official sources
However, a official team of WRD is constantly monitoring the situation and has apprised
the local MLA C C Singpho of the situation and the MLA requested Chief Minister to
provide helicopter for rescue operation. Local administration has set up relief camp
with medical facilities, sources said.
At Chowkham, flood water of Kamlang breached its bank near Kamlang Nagar at two places;
consequently Bereng river is flooding Chowkham areas while flood water of Mora Kamlang
river had breached its bank at Sibrimuk and is flooding Alubari area. The resident
of MLA Chow Tewa Mein, is still marooned by Sibri river. The administration and panchayat
leaders are monitoring the flood situation.
At Mebo, the Mebo to Pasighat surface road communication has been cut off following
washed away of Siku bridge abutment in a flood on Siku river. Meanwhile, Mebo ADC
Oti Dai, Mebo block NCP president Todol Pertin, Monggu Banggo ZPM Tokram Yirang,
other public leaders and officers visited all the vulnerable areas like Sigar, Kiyit,
Ngopok and Borguli villages to ascertain the damage caused by flood water.
In Upper Siang district, Tuting sub-division remains cut off from the rest of the
state due to flash flood triggered by heavy downpour for last few days, according
to sources. Sinying River at Tuting has caused extensive damages to road, bridges
and WRD’s anti-erosion project. The flash flood was caused due to torrential rainfall
as well as breakage of anti-erosion protection work constructed on the left bank
of Sinying River to protect the Gompa at Tuting. Water supply lines are reported
snapped while Sipo and Sikut Hydel have been extensively damaged plunging the area
in complete darkness.
Capital gets dedicated eye care centre
ITANAGAR, Jun 26: A dedicated Eye Care Centre, first of its kind, run by NGO Arun
Dristi, was inaugurated yesterday by Itanagar MLA Techi Kaso, at Zero Point here.
Kaso, after inspecting the facilities at the centre, congratulated and lauded the
Arun Dristi team for opening such a dedicated centre for Eye Care in the state.
He expressed satisfaction on the facilities and emphasized on the need to reach the
community in far flung area and providing low cost and affordable services for the
rural folks, while pledging to support the cause for blindness reduction in days
Earlier in a power point presentation, Dr. Taba Khanna outlined salient features
of Arun Dristi and dwelt on length on the services to be provided by Arun Dristi
Eye Care Centre. He said that the centre will run on 'No profit no loss' basis and
will provide services like daily OPD including free consultation every Thursday,
Computerised Vision Testing, cosmetic eye care, state of art cataract surgeries
like Phaco, MICS and latest trend of Multifocal intraocular lens implantation. In
addition, Arun Dristi will continue its Community Outreach Programme for under served
people of the state and school screening programmes.
KBJ Road handed over to BRO
ITANAGAR, Jun 26: The much-maligned and talked-about Khonsa-Bogapani-Joypur road
has been finally handed over to the famed road construction organization Border Road
Organization (BRO) recently thanks to the persistent effort of the elected leaders
of Tirap, GoAP and 117 Infantry Brigade.
Though the road stretch from Hukanjuri to Khonsa spanning 30 KM has been finalized,
some minor hiccups remain on the road portion from Hukanjuri to Tinsukia in Assam.
However, hectic parleys are on to hammer out the differences.
It is needless to mention here that this KBJ road is the life-line of Tirap and newly
created Longding district. However, as of now the condition of the road is deplorable,
to say the least. The Public Works Departments of both Assam and Arunachal had been
trying their best to improve the said road but without much success. It was once
taken up under NEC and other various schemes but to the great chagrin of the people
the condition of the road has never improved. The biggest problem of the KBJ road
is that the major chunk of the road falls in Assam due to which the progress of work
has been painfully slow. Many say that KBJ road is the graveyard of many vehicles
thanks to the fish pond-like water-logged areas and protruding sharp boulders here
and there. A number of fashionable and latest model cars have met their waterloo
in this wretched road.
But the news of KBJ road being handed over to the BRO has come like a breathe of
fresh air and the people’s joy knows no bounds. They feel that the BRO is the most
efficient organization to take care of the troublesome KBJ road by making it an all-weather
road. People are looking forward to that day when they would reach Deomali about
38 KM in an hour. Now it takes 3 tedious hours to reach there. The work on this road
will be carried out by 103 road construction Coy (GREF) under 752 BRTF. (DIPRO)
NIMAS should benefit the indigenous people: Phurpa
DIRANG, Jun 26: The 100 crore mega National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied
Sports (NIMAS) should benefit the indigenous local people and Arunachal Pradesh as
they have donated huge tracts of cultivable land in anticipation of some tangible
benefit to them, said Parliamentary Secretary Science & Technology and local MLA
Phurpa Tsering here today during the review meeting of NIMAS.
On sidelines of the project proposed to be taken up directly by the Ministry of Defence,
Phurpa said that it should, instead be taken up by Govt. of A.P, for its better and
more pragmatic execution. ‘Money should be placed to state Govt for execution of
NIMAS project as it can better understand the local situations and problems and implement
the project in a more better and logical manner while also generating revenue to
the state exchequer’, he advocated.
The MLA further appealed the visiting Sports & Youth Affairs (SYA) secretary and
the West Kameng Deputy Commissioner to plead their counterpart higher ups in Delhi
for implementation of the same by the state Govt. in interest of the state.
Earlier, explaining background of NIMAS, state S&YA secretary Gamli Padu informed
that the only institute of its kind in the country announced by the Prime Minister
in 2003 had now been sanctioned Rs 81 crore in the first phase for civil works on
basis of the estimate proposed by state PWD. He further informed that an area of
49.50 acres had been acquired for the project and a committee comprising the Union
Defence Minister as chairman, state Chief Minister as vice-chairman and the local
MLA as member had been proposed to be constituted to supervise the project.
Emphasizing the need to honour local sentiments, West Kameng Deputy Commissioner
Rinchin Tashi said that the project would not only benefit West Kameng District but
the state as a whole. He also informed that final notification for implementation
of NIMAS had been issued by the Govt. and the Department of S&YA had been made the
nodal agency to execute the same. On the need of temporary accommodation to house
the executing nucleaus staffs of NIMAS, the DC informed that suitable vacant Govt.
buildings of Dirang would be identified and made available for the purpose.
SYA Director D.K Dinglow said that public participation and cooperation of the local
people was necessary for smooth and speedy execution of NIMAS. ‘Local people should
be taken into confidence and made to feel that NIMAS is their project rather than
people coming from Delhi to execute the same’, he pointed out.
The review meeting was attended among others by commandants of Dirang based SSB,
ITBP, various Govt. officials and senior public leaders of Dirang. The visiting SYA
team was also taken a tour of the NIMAS land acquired atop the beautiful Mithong
International Day against Drug Abuse and illicit Trafficking observed
ITANAGAR, Jun 26: Along with rest of the world Arunachal Pradesh observed International
Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking by creating public awareness against
drugs, especially to save our young generation from its evil effects.
At Pasighat, the day was observed with active participation of school children. A
procession was taken out in the main thoroughfare of the township carrying anti-drug
banners and placards.
Addressing the gathering Dr. M Perme, DMO said that the day is observed to sensitize
the people about ill effects of drug abuse and illicit trafficking. Drug addiction
causes immense human distress and the illegal production and distribution of drugs
have spawned crime and violence worldwide.
Drug abuse has led to a detrimental impact on the society said Dr.Perme. It has led
to large increases in crime rate. Addicts resort to commit crime to pay for their
drugs. The drugs remove inhibitions and impair judgment, egging them to commit offences.
Apart from effecting the financial stability, addiction increases conflicts and causes
untold emotional pain for every member of the family, The DMO said and appealed all
to avoid drugs and also create awareness amongst their friends and relatives. He
also appealed to one and all in the society to lend their cooperation to eradicate
the dreaded menace.
The DMO informed that to face the menace in national and international level, India
has taken several measures. The Narcotics and psychotropic substance Act 1985 with
stringent provision is in practice. Comprehensive strategy involving specific programs
to bring about overall reduction in use of drug has been evolved by various government
agencies, NGOs and further supplemented by measures like education, counseling, treatment
rehabilitation programs, he added.
At Changlang, the 4th (Manipur) Bn of Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ 25 Sector,
Assam Rifles observed the day by organizing various events to spread awareness about
drug abuse amongst the public and children.
A mass awareness run was organised and leaflets on drugs abuse were distributed among
Flagging off the run, Changlang DC Opak Gao appreciated the efforts made by the 4th
Assam Rifles and Headquarters 25 Sector Assam Rifles in bringing mass awareness about
drug abuse, especially amongst the youth and children of the district. While expressing
his concern over the growing drugs menace, he appealed Army to engage them in constructive
More than 1200 students from various schools of Changlang district and a number of
general public and govt employees participated in the programme.
At Tezu, the Disrict AIDS Prevention & Control Unit, Lohit conducted IEC activities
with awareness on drug abuse and HIV/AIDS on the International Day Against Drug Abuse
and Illicit Trafficking today at Govt. Sec.School, Tezu.
Over 450 students, all DAPCU staff of Lohit and teaching staff from Govt.Sec. School,
Tezu attended the programme.
Dr.J. Ado DPO, DAPCU highlighting the evil effects of drug abuse stated that despite
continued and increased efforts by the international community, the world drug problems
continue to pose a serious threat to public health, the safety and wellbeing of humanity,
particularly the young people. He also stated that drug abuse is also associated
with increased risk of committing criminal offences, domestic violence, rapes, burglaries,
assaults, motor vehicle accident etc. He advised the youths to abstain from such
risky behavior as Lohit district is also more prone to opium addiction.
M.Rina, Headmaster of the school also spoke on the occasion.
Tuki visits Tehri project, says fear unfounded
Itanagar, Jun 26: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki visited the Tehri Hydro Power Project
of Tehri Hydro Development Corporation Ltd in Uttarakhand yesterday. The Chief Minister
was part of a delegation comprising Union Minister of State for Water Resources Vincent
Pala, Member of Central Water Commission S Kakran and Yingkiong MLA Alo Libang.
The Chief Minister upon his arrival held a high level meeting with the officials
of Tehri Hydro Development Corporation Ltd where D.V Singh, Director (Technical)
gave a detailed presentation on the history, commissioning, technical aspects, Rehabilitation
& Resettlement Policies and multipurpose benefits of the Project. The Chief Minister
discussed in detail the various components of the Tehri Project with special emphasis
on power generation and transmission, flood modulation, water distribution and irrigation
systems, resettlement scenario among others. He was also briefed about the studies
and concerns of the evolutionary stages of the project.
Later in the day, the Chief Minister visited the different units of the Complex including
the Dam and spillways, reservoir and a state-of-art underground power station.
The visit of the Chief Minister to gain knowledge on a successful project is significant
as similar projects are coming up in Arunachal Pradesh. The Tehri Dam and Hydro Power
Project (1000 MW) is one of the highest in the world and the highest in India (earth
& rockfill dam of 260.5 m), which despite being situated in a highly seismic zone
is scientifically proved as the safest. It is a multipurpose project providing power
benefits to the Northern region, irrigation benefits to Uttar Pradesh and drinking
water benefits to National Capital Territory of Delhi. Due to regulated release from
the Tehri storage reservoir, the existing downstream hydro projects of Uttaranchal
are also benefiting by way of augmentation in generation (200 million units annually)
at no additional cost to.
“People having apprehensions over power projects in Arunachal should come and see
this project. Then they will realize how trivial and unnecessary their fears are,”
the Chief Minister observed.
What impressed the Chief Minister most, which he said should be a lesson to anti-dam
protagonists, was the systematic regulation of inflow and outflow of river water
from the Tehri Reservoir. During the monsoon period in Uttarakhand (21st June to
31st Oct) water inflow is heavy at about 590 cusecs, but only 406 cumecs is allowed
as outflow, thus preventing any kind of flood-like situation in the downstream. On
the other hand, in the winters (Nov to March) inflow becomes as less as only 60 cumecs.
However, due to the regulated reservoir, the outflow is maintained at about 184 cumecs.
“This is spectacular as the flow of water is almost uniformly maintained all through
the year. As such, there is no scope for floods in the downstream. People opposing
dams in Arunachal ought to understand this fact,” Tuki pointed.
Gora Tamar Memorial Football Tournament
GMSC-A beat NLFC 2-0 in opener
ITANAGAR, Jun 26: Gora Makik Sporting Club- ‘A’ (GMSC-A) scored a goal in each half
to beat Nyokum Lapang Football Club (NLFC) 2-0 in the opening match of the first
ever Gora Tamar Memorial State Level Football Tournament at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium,
Incessant rain could not dampen the spirit of players of either team as the match
started on a promising note with both the teams sharing equal opportunity and ball
possession in the first half. However, the slippery ground caused by torrential rain
over the past few days made it almost difficult for the players to play their natural
game. But it was the Gora Makik team getting on the scoreboard first via a goal mouth
melee few minutes into the match.
Gora Makik team seemed to have upper hand in the second half. The team could have
won the match atleast a margin of 3-0 goal had Loie Kena not missed a full scoring
opportunity in the second half. He failed to score as the ball got stuck in the mud
in the goal mouth. Though NLFC made several attempts to equalize the goal could not
score mainly due to poor finishing.
The second match of the day was due to play between 10 ITBP, Kimin and Tali Pip Sorang
Earlier, the match was kicked off by Member of Parliament Takam Sanjoy as chief guest
amidst huge gathering of soccer enthusiasts and participating teams.
In his brief speech, Sanjoy advised the participating teams to maintain strict discipline
and sportsman spirit during the tournament. He highly appreciated Gora family, specially
Gora Makik for providing the football players a platform to show their hidden talents
through this tournament. Sanjoy, who also is president of Arunachal Pradesh Football
Association (APFA), suggested the football players of the state to get registered
with Arunachal Pradesh Football Players’ Association (APFPA) under the aegis of APFA
for availing the benefits.
Palin MLA Takam Tagar (Pario) was also present on the occasion.
Women cultural troupe presented Rikam Pada dance on the occasion.
The sole objective of organizing the tournament is to produce quality players and
develop football in the state, Gora Makik said.
The organizing committee has kept a cash prize of Rs.1.50 Lakh for the winner, Rs.75,000
for the runners up and Rs.20,000 for the fair play team. Individual prizes of Rs.10,000
each would be given to Best Player, Best Goalkeeper and Highest scorer of the Championship.
Altogether, 25 teams are participating in the tournament.
Late Gora Tamar was Political Interpreter (PI) during NEFA period. He was also ASM
of Dari in Kurung Kumey district and Head Gaon Burah of Sangchang. The Dari primary
school (now secondary) was established under his initiative, family sources informed.
The Championship is being organized by Gora Makik Sporting Club.
Teams: Capital Complex Sporting Club PH., Gora Makik Sporting Club ‘A’, Gora Makik
Sporting Club ‘B’, Bamang Taji Football Club, Arunachal United Football Club, East
Kameng Football Club, Gyammar Welfare Society Nyapin, East Kameng Capital Complex
Football Club, Tayar Brother’s Football Club, Critical Football Club, Tali Pip-Sorang
Sports Club, NYWA Sports Club Nirjuli, 10 Indo Tibetan Border Police Kimin, Biri
Brothers Football Club, Game Zone United Football Club, Sagalee Sports Club, Emchi
Football Club, Nyokum Lapang Football Club, Zine Urbane Football Club, Banderdewa
Youth Sports Club, Barapani Football Club, Laa-Punglu Football Club, Ajin Football
Club, Karsingsa Football Club, Jiyo Aur Jine Do Football Club.
3rd Kharsang Football Tourney begins
ITANAGAR, Jun 26: The 3rd Kharsang Football Trophy Tournament 2012 organised by Kharsang
Sports Committee and Kharsang Circle Unemployed Youth Association under the sponsorship
of GeoEnpro Petroleum Ltd, Kharsang began at Govt. Hr. Sec. School playground, Kharsang
The inaugural match was played between Nolang Club Balinong and Kuttom Sporting in
which the former defeated the latter.
Inaugurating the tournament, Environment and Forest Parliamentary Secretary CT Mein
encouraged the youths to play games and sports for mental and physical development.
If taken seriously, sports can not only bring personal glory to sportspersons but
also earn livelihood for them, he said. He said that sports have now become an industry
where there are lots of scopes for employment generation.
Minister for Geology and Mining, Food and Civil Supply etc. K Mossang also appealed
to the youths to take up games and sports seriously besides their formal education.
He urged them to refrain from taking drugs and alcohol etc which not only ruin lives
but also bring miseries to a family. The Minister expressed gratitude to GeoEnpro
Petroleum Ltd. for sponsoring the tournament.
Changlang ZPC J Jugli gave more importance on organizing such games and sports activities
to channelize youth energies in right perspective and make the state proud of their
Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress (East Parl. Constituency) president James Jugli
stressed the need to expose hidden sports talents of the district while Kharsang
Unemployed Youth Association president Sanjay Kimsing urged the youths to avail the
opportunity to show their talents.
Altogether 24 teams from every circle of Changlang district are participating in
Drug menace engulfs capital region
ITANAGAR, Jun 26: Nations across the world are observing International Day against
Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on June 26. Every year, this day is observed to
raise awareness about drug abuse and illicit trafficking.
In Arunachal, drug problem is often associated with districts like Lohit, Tirap
and Changlang where people use Opium during social gathering as tradition.
Most people often ignore the drug menace which has gripped the Capital Complex.
Today large numbers of young citizens of the Capital region are falling prey to
Some of the major reasons attributed to this sudden rise in drug use are: lack of
awareness among youths about its consequences, easy availability of various type
of drugs in the market and peer pressure etc.
Most often it is seen that family members of drug addict have to go through severe
trauma. This journalist met a young lady whose husband is a drug addict and is currently
undergoing rehabilitation in somewhere in South India.
Her husband has been fighting drug addiction for the last 10 years. Numerous visits
to various rehab centres of the country have not yielded any result yet.
“I took him to almost all the rehab centres of country. Every time he would promise
me and children that he will stop using it. But just few days after coming back from
rehab, he will start taking drugs all over. I have almost given up,” she told.
While trying to stop her husband from using drug, she herself has explored into drug
world and gathered some fascinating information about how drug peddlers works in
“Most of the drug peddlers of Capital are themselves addict. You will find peddlers
in Itanagar, Naharlagun and Banderdewa. The peddlers of the Capital Complex get
drug supply from their counterpart based at Banderdewa on the Assam side,” she informed.
Further she added, “Majority of drugs which come to the state Capital find their
way from Dimapur. From Dimapur it is routed through Assam and then finally reach
here. The second drug supply route is via Tirap and Changlang. Large numbers of
people are involved in this racket.”
When contacted Superintendent of Police Capital Complex, Hibu Tamang, stated that
they are keeping tab on drug users and whenever police get any information about
drug peddlers, they will make arrest.
Among the drug users of the Capital Complex, brown sugar is the most popular. It
has overtaken older form of drug like SP, Nitro-10 Tablet, Codine syrup, etc. A small
packet of adulterated brown sugar cost around rupees 4,000 in the market. The drug
users comprises of students, businessmen and even government officers. The most saddening
part is that majority of drug users are teenagers and it includes both boys and girls.
The drug menace is posing a serious threat to the social fabric of our society. Along
with corruption and unemployment, it is one of the most serious problems which will
have devastating effect on young generation.
ITANAGAR, Jun 26: The state-wide 24 hours bandh called by All Arunachal Pradesh Border
Students Union (AAPBSU) in protest against non-fulfillment of demands evoked mixed
response throughout Papum Pare district.
The bandh, which began early morning today did not create any impact in Kimin, Balijan,
Sagalee, and Doimukh area and the normal life goes as usual, informed the Papum
Pare district administration. The band remains peaceful and there was no report
of any untoward incidents so far.
In capital region, the market and business establishments remained open for two
hours up to 12 noon. Though the private passengers vehicles off the road, state
transport buses, few numbers of two wheelers and Tata Sumo vehicles are seen plying
on the capital road.
Both the offices of the Capital and Papum Pare DCs remained open as usual. However,
there was thin attendance in other Govt offices, informed administrative sources.
AAPBSU called the bandh in protest against the Govt’s alleged failure to respond
to its 10-point charter of demands which include immediate establishment of 4th IRBn
training centre cum Headquarters at Radhaso under Taraso Circle, free of cost land
possession certificate to the people residing along boundary area and construction
of permanent police check posts under various circles near the boundary areas.
The Papum Pare district administration did not see any justification of the bandh
call saying the Govt. had sanctioned police outposts at Gumto, Tarasso and Kakoi
and infrastructure in these police outposts is being developed. Moreover the one
platoon Police force has been stationed at Tarasso to defuse any untoward incident.
The Capital Complex district magistrate also prohibited the bandh and various organizations
including ANSU opposed it.
In East Siang district, though the central govt. institutions like Post office, Banks
were closed, the offices of the state govt. remained open with full attendance. Shops
in market areas found partially open and no untoward incident has been reported during
the bandh, reports DIPRO
Resurrection of Public Health Cadre – The need of the hour
Public health systems in India have weakened since the 1950s, when the central government
decided to amalgamate the medical and public health services and to focus heavily
on single-issue public health programs. The amalgamation was intended to improve
coordination between various components of health services, but with passage of time
inadvertently marginalized public health services. The focus on single-issue programmes
sought to concentrate resources on some important diseases and public health concerns
- but this detracted from maintaining strong integrated public health systems which
could proactively deliver a range of preventive health services to reduce people’s
exposure to disease, including implementing health and sanitary regulations to protect
Over time, most state health departments have come to focus their public health work
largely on implementing the single-issue programs, which include programs to control
specific diseases, disease surveillance, family planning, and maternal and child
health. They de-prioritized their public health systems, and their administrative
and workforce capacity for delivering broader public health services eroded at both
the managerial and grassroots levels. This has resulted in an unnecessarily high
toll of morbidity for people of all ages and socio-economic strata, and elevated
child mortality. Health resources are deployed to treat people who should never have
been exposed to disease in the first place.
Situation is not different in state of Arunachal Pradesh either. The panacea for
the problem would be to revive public health system with a separate Public Health
Cadre with the desirable key ingredients of the system, which are (1) a separate
Directorate of Public Health, with (2) its own budget, (3) legislative underpinning
for its work, (4) a professional public health cadre managing a team of non-medical
specialists and lower-grade staff working solely on public health which would conduct
long-term planning and state health policy-making to avert outbreaks, manage endemic
diseases, prevent the resurgence of diseases after they have been controlled, manage
disasters and emergencies, and support local bodies to protect public health in both
rural and urban areas.
Moreover, making it happen seems so imperative and appealing when Central Government
has also decided to support the State deciding to create separate Public Health Cadre
with an additional 15 per cent of total outlay for NRHM for the purpose, as the mandarin
of Health & Family Welfare Ministry of Central Government has also realised that
Public Health Cadre is vital to run health programmes on the ground and states which
don't have one will be given extra funds if they introduce such a cadre.
So the dawn for the resurrection of Public Health Cadre in the state of Arunachal
Pradesh has emerged. The success of the model shall depend on the better administration
and accountability of health service delivery system. If implemented effectively,
the model would be able to protect the people’s health more cost-effectively while
also helping to develop the basic health infrastructure. By doing so, the State would
follow what the developed world has been doing for over 125 years, to protect its
people from exposure to disease and facilitate overall economic growth.
Dr Tana Natung,
Medical Officer, CHC Doimukh,
Private University at Ziro
This is my initial, may be knee-jerk, reaction to the proposed establishment of a
private university at Ziro, by World Institution Building Programme. The news has
put me in the state of confusion, as I am not sure whether to congratulate the people
of Ziro Valley and thank the government of Arunachal Pradesh or to be pessimistic
about the mushrooming of private educational institutions in India.
Private parties have made a big headway in the field of education in India. Many
have succeeded exceptionally well. We may remind ourselves that there are many universities
which exist for the sake of providing degrees without imparting any educational value.
This may the reason that the Supreme Court of India declared establishment of 112
universities in the state of Chattisgarh as illegal. It is to be seen which categories
of the universities the proposed university will fall. Hopefully, it is for the educational
good of Arunachal Pradesh.
What makes me slightly sceptical is the fact that the university in question promises
almost every degree under the sun: Information Technology- Imaging Technology; Hotel
Management- Hospital Management; nursing, radiology, technology, medicines, etc.
Such promise is being made with a meager amount of Rs 3 crores as endowment fund.
The mentors of Nalanda International University believe that an amount of 500 million
US dollar is not sufficient enough to start many courses (it is starting with social
Rajiv Gandhi University is struggling to manage traditional courses with some innovative
programmes. Its monthly salary component is Rs. 1.5 crores.
If I could recollect correctly, the then Advocate General of Arunachal Pradesh, Mr.
Nilay Dutta had recommended that “a far more indept analysis of the MOU as well
as the courses offered by the NGO are made by the experts in the State Government”.
My simple question to the Government of Arunachal Pradesh- Did the experts examine
the MOU and the courses proposed? If yes, who were the experts involved? Why did
the present Chief Minister showed much urgency when his predecessors did not give
green signal? Why should any political leader pursue so vigorously for a lesser-
known NGO? A political leader of Ziro, vide his memo No. PS/LM-10/2010-11 to the
Chief Minister, dated 24th June, 2010 had strongly argued in favour of the establishment
of the said university.
It is either the Governor or the Chief Minister of the state, who becomes the Chancellor
of any university within the state, atleast by convention. In this case, as per newspaper
report, Mr P R Trivedi himself is the Chancellor.
It is learnt that Global Open University, another university of the same group, offers
many degrees through distance mode. Many of our students have obtained M Phil degree.
I would reserve my comment on the quality of such degrees but there are huge debates
in the academic circle. It has 30 schools (eg. School of Pollution Control) whereas
Jawaharlal Nehru University has around half a dozen
Land donors need special appreciation. Personally, I have not known land being donated
free of cost to an individual NGO in any part of the country. May be, they had the
idea that medical college within the university campus would benefit them. But alas!
the university is just putting ‘proposal’ to the Medical Council of India.
Will it be possible to start B.Tech. or M. Tech. programes from the next academic
session when even the necessary land development has not taken place? When will they
construct infrastructure and recruit faculty? Who will ensure that the university
runs within the paranmeters of UGC guidelines?
Rajiv Gandhi University,
Festival of bandhs
Every now and then there is a bandh call from our leaders or self proclaimed leaders.
For some its a day to go out fishing while some get busy in playing carrom and for
most students its cricket at highway. Each time someone write against it in this
daily placing the problems of traders, as they suffer the most.
Now it’s even worse there are groups of people who with their mighty looks yell all
to close all shops or else get beaten up, while drinking and driving their SUV in
bandh time claiming to be bandh callers and few minutes later another groups of mighty
people, also in there SUV, with hammer comes shouting to all, to open there shops
or else, they will break it open.
So I stand at my shop, thinking whether to open it or not. Both way I might get beaten
up. What do you think I should do ?
I am an Arunachalee, I have my own right in my own state, so sometimes I think I
shall stand with my loaded 12 bore to see who dares to open or close my shop.
Do you think its right? If not, will you my dear leaders feed my family? There are
many forms of opposing a government, say by dharnas, fasting or peace rally. If such
old person like Anna can fight Indian government by peaceful methods why can’t the
Anna did not use bandh call. Through peace and mass awareness, he got the attention
of the people of this country.
I even doubt whether the so called unions leaders are truly leading us for mass development
or as usual find bandh a shortcut way to get fame and wealth? If you are really
on a process for mass development why dont the leaders fast till death to get our
real overall development or against the injustice of government. If so I shall stand
there with you till we get it.
Like me many will arise for a fight in a peacefully methods. If your intention is
not for our welfare then please try not to disturb us in general by your bandh call.
An those opposing groups please station atleast 5 persons each in a shop if you want
us to open and if you can’t then you dont have the right to forcefully open because
its our shop. If we like it, we can open it. If not we can shutters down. There is
no any rule that we have to open it always.
Lastly we Arunachalee are sleeping, we will be sleeping and we shall sleep as each
five years, we are the one who will take sleeping pills from our local leader and
elect him and then sleep for five more years, which includes you, my union leaders.
The bridge that collapse even before inauguration
I would like to draw the attention of the RWD department as well as Upper Subansiri
district administration towards the problems faced by the people of Debom, Dera,
Giamuk Rijo and Rari Rijo villages due to collapse of steel suspension bridge on
The suspension bridge, which was washed away by flood water on June 22, is the lifeline
of the villagers. There is no alternate route for them to fetch ration items from
nearby towns. Therefore, I request the concern authority to restore the bridge at
In addition to that, I would like to highlight the history of the collapsed suspension
bridge for public knowledge. During the construction of the Rs 60 lakh bridge project
under the RWD division by a contractor, the local people and panchayat leaders of
four villages verbally requested the engineers of RWD Daporijo division to maintain
the appropriate height of the bridge over Subansiri river. But the officials did
not give attention to the suggestions of the villagers. The department also did not
maintain quality of work while constructing the bridge. As a result, the bridge,
which is yet to be inaugurated, collapsed just after the six months of the construction.
Therefore, I request the Subansiri district administration to constitute an enquiry
committee with involvement of members from each affected village to find out the
cause of bridge collapse and give stringent punishment to the engineers responsible
Sokpa Debom, Co-Convenor
Make Debom, Advisor, ATTAWS, Daporijo
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New mechanism for disaster warning systems
Twenty-one countries have agreed to develop a financial mechanism for the sustainability
of the Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia
(RIMES). The Member States and collaborating countries approved a plan of action
for sustaining the delivery of RIMES products and services that aim to increase scope
for dealing with natural calamities and extreme weather events.
RIMES, an intergovernmental institution, evolved with support from United Nations
Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific through efforts in the aftermath
of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami to build a regional system which would generate
and communicate early warning information, and enhance the capacity of countries
to deal with such hazards.
Most RIMES members look towards support in several aspects of actionable early warning.
In articulating the members needs and priorities in these areas, the RIMES Master
Plan has determined that implementation of the 5-year plan would require about US$
64 million in funding. So far, a total of 13 countries have signed cooperation agreements
with RIMES and another 17 others are in various stages of agreement consideration
The ESCAP Trust Fund for Tsunami, Disasters and Climate Preparedness, established
with a contribution of US$10 million from Thailand and US$ 2.5 million from Sweden
in 2006, supported the establishment of the RIMES through the Asia Disaster Preparedness
Centre. Additional support has been received from Bangladesh, Nepal, the Philippines
and Turkey. To date, the Fund has supported a total of six projects related to RIMES,
totaling US$6 million.