June 03

Changlang Police arrests six drug peddlers

ITANAGAR, Jun 2: Changlang Police has arrested six drug peddlers in three different cases in the last one week. Two drug peddlers namely Takchin Atua and Nganwang Kamhua were arrested by Bordumsa police on 30th May. Brown Sugar weighing 11.2 gms was recovered from the peddlers. On their disclosure, one more drug peddler namely Dumsannong Lai was arrested from Bordumsa village along with 5 gms of brown sugar. In another case Jairampur police along with Assam Rifles arrested two lady drug peddlers of New Khamdu village under Jairampur Police Station on 27th May. Eight packets of cloth smeared with opium weighing 1.90 kg were recovered from their possession. They were carrying the opium in a polythene bag covered with green vegetable leaves in an autorickshaw.  

Bordumsa police also arrested one drug peddler named Ramesh Deori, a resident of Tinsukia Assam on 30th May. Police recovered Brown Sugar weighing 10 gms from his possession. Regular criminal cases have been registered for aforesaid arrests and further investigation is going on.


Extortionist sentenced to 5 year RI

ITANAGAR, Jun 02: The Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Capital Complex, Yupia convicted Bake Kepo of Rouwa village, Parsi Parlo, Kurung Kumey district Under Section 387 IPC and sentenced him to five years rigorous imprisonment (RI) for trying to extort money from a businessman claiming himself to be a member of National Liberation Council of Taniland (NLCT).

The court further imposed fine of Rs. 10,000 on him failing which he will have to undergo simple imprisonment for another two months, informed Capital Complex SP.  The accused was arrested on December 8, 2014 in Itanagar PS case no 272 under section 387 IPC.

Before that Naharlagun Police registered a case (no. 204/2014) under Section 387 IPC after receiving an FIR and endorsed the case to Sub-Inspector Techi Nega for investigation.

According to the SP, one Pawan Kumar Jain had informed Naharlagun Police that an unknown person served him an extortion notice demanding Rs.10 lakh. He, however, negotiated with them (extortionist) to accept Rs.80,000 through the phone number given in the extortion note. In the meantime, police laid a trap and succeeded to arrest him, the SP said and added that the SIM card number given on the extortion note was also recovered from his possession along with a handset.


Indian Army contributes books to school and library

ITANAGAR, Jun 2: The 12 Assam Regiment of Indian Army contributed few books for the children of Wakro area. The books were given to the Principal of Apna Vidya Bhavan.

The armymen interacted with rural school children and encouraged them to do well in life by sincerely pursuing their education with commitment and determination.

Lt Col Nishant Kumar Pathak, second in Command of the Army unit also presented books to the Apne Library which was received by Apne library volunteers.

They also met students from remote rural areas, who excelled in Class XII, 2015 examination conducted by CBSE and motivated them to do better in life.


Labour  awareness prog held

Karda Natam

DAPORIJO, Jun 2: A one-day interaction cum labourers awareness programme was organized by All Arunachal Pradesh Government Departmental Labours Union (AAPGDLU) district unit here on May 28 last. Altogether hundred labours were present in the awareness programme.

Speaking on the occasion AAPGDLU district unit president Tanam Maki called upon the labours to avail the benefits being provided by the Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board. He also urged them to sincerely discharge their duty.

Ankit Dutta, Commanding Officerm 77 BRTF also exhorted the labours to work with sincerity. He informed that a labour above 50 years is not eligible to work  under their organisation. The programme was organized with the support of Commanding officer, 77BRTF.


Workshop on Sattriya Nritya inaugurated

ITANANAGAR, Jun 2: Prominent singer, lyricist, chairman of the Co-operative Union, Bengia Hemanta inaugurated a twenty days workshop on ‘Sattriya Nritya’, ‘Khul Vadan’ and ‘Borgeet’ at Kristi Kendra, Naharlagun today. The workshop is being jointly organised by the Sattriya Kendra of Guwahati Sangeet Natak Academi and Kristi Kendra Music Academy, Naharlagun.

Speaking on the occasion, Bengia Hemanta has appealed one and all to participate in the workshop.

In his address, J. Siram, Joint Director, Art & Culture, has appealed to the Sangeet Natak Academi to take initiative for systematic study of folk song and dance of various tribes of Arunachal Pradesh.

Earlier, Raju Das, Director In-Charge, Sattriya Kendra Guwahati of Sangeet Natak Academi highlighted the details of Sattriya Nritya tradition.

Sattriya Nritya is among one of the eight Indian classical dances and it is a living life style dance form recognised by Sangeet Natak Academi in the year 2000. This is one of the great initiatives taken by Sangeet Natak Academi, New Delhi to conduct such workshop for the first time in Arunachal Pradesh. More than 120 participants attended in the inaugural day.


Wholesale Weekly Tuesday Market opens

NAHARLAGUN, Jun 02: Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner, who is also the Chairman of APMC has approved the wholesale weekly Tuesday Market at Gohpur, Itanagar for vegetables, fruits, meat etc from June 2.

While approving the weekly market, the DC said the market will help regulate the high prices of perishable goods, like vegetables, fruits, meat etc, informed a press release from ADO Marketing, Capital Complex. DIPRO


Village development plan under SAGY adopted

ITANAGAR, Jun 2: The village development plan comprising 53 areas of works for Mayu-II Gram Panchayat Segment adopted by MP (Rajya Sabha) under Sansaad Adarsh Gram Yojana was today approved by the Nodal Officer cum DC Lower Dibang Valley. Member of Rajya Sabha Mukut Mithi, PRI Leaders and public attended the meeting held at DC’s Office chamber today.

MP Mukut Mithi while chairing over the meeting has requested the HoDs and heads of various Private Companies/PSUs working in the district to help and to incorporate the area of works (identified by the adopted village committee) in their existing schemes to make this Gram Panchayat Segment into an Adarsh one. He further said that the works should be implemented in a balanced way so that both the villages under Mayu-II Gram Panchayat Segment are covered equally.  

Shiv Kumar, DC cum Nodal Officer, SAGY informed that there is no separate funding under SAGY and said that all the 53 area of works has to be covered from the existing schemes of the various working/line departments or under CSR. He urged all the heads of the line department and private sectors undertakings to cooperate. Sipi Elapra Linggi, ZPC, Raja Linggi, Anchal Chairperson Roing, PRI Leaders of Mayu-II Gram Panchayat Segment, HoDs and heads of various Private Companies/PSUs also attended the meeting.


APCC celebrates birth anniversary of Dr. Ambedkar

ITANAGAR, Jun 2: The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) today celebrated the 125th birth anniversary of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar at the Rajiv Gandhi Bhavan here.

Meanwhile, APCC president Padi Richo has constituted a committee under the chairmanship of Minister of WRD, Mines and Minerals, Food and Civil Supplies Kamlung Mossang to organise district level essay competition in every district on life of Dr. Ambedkar to mark the celebration. The winners from the district level competition will qualify to enter in the state level competition.


‘Saka Dawa’ ritual concludes

ITANAGAR, Jun 2: The fifteen days rituals of Buddhist Saka Dawa organised by the Itanagar Buddhist Cultural Society (IBCS) concluded with offerings of Tsok at Thupten Gatselling Monastery here today.

In this month Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death all occur. Hence this is a very special month in the Buddhist culture and tradition.


EPFO office upgraded

New Delhi, Jun 2: Retirement fund body EPFO today said it has upgraded its district offices and services centres in Gangtok, Imphal, Aizwal, Itanagar and Dimapur to special state offices.

"With this EPFO has taken the first step toward knocking at the doorsteps of its members in the North Eastern states," the Labour Ministry said in a release today.

Employees Provident Fund Organisation's (EPFO) special state office will be headed by an Assistant P F Commissioner level officer and would have an Enforcement Officer and other supporting staff, the release said.

The special state offices would focus on special work like compliance monitoring, grievance handling, claims scanning and forwarding.

"This shall be of great assistance and convenience to the EPF members belonging to the states of Sikkim, Manipur, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland for availing EPF related services," it added.


ARMSATA writes to mission director

ITANAGAR, Jun 2: Arunachal Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha  Abhiyan Teacher's Association (ARMSATA) in  a two-point memorandum to State Mission Director, RMSA Rajya Mission requested him  to take necessary steps for regularization of the services of  RMSA supporting staff and enhancement of their salaries.

 The Association also demanded immediate release of salaries of RMSA staffs. It said that the teaching and non-teaching staff under RMSA has not been provided salaries since January 2015.


DC urged to demarcate hospital boundary

ITANAGAR, Jun 2: Kurung Kumey district unit of All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA), in a memorandum has demanded the Deputy Commissioner Kurung Kumey to immediately demarcate the boundary (land) of District Hospital, Koloriang and direct for proper functioning of the District Hospital.

ANYA alleged that land of the District Hospital Koloriang was being encroached by general public leaving no scope for future development.


DEC  meeting held

DAPORIJO, Jun 2: The District Electricity Committee (DEC) meeting of Upper Subansiri district was held here today. The  committee was  constituted as per directive of Union ministry of Power and the MPs, MLAs, ZPC, DC, SE(E) and EE’s of the concerned district are the  members of the committee.

In the meeting two central Govt’s flagship programmes, namely, Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) for system improvement, system strengthening and metering for the notified urban Daporijo town at a tentative estimated cost of Rs. 4222.39 Lacs and DDUGJY (Deen Dayal Grameen Jyoti Yojana) for rural electrification of 207 numbers of leftover villages in Upper Subansiri district at a tentative cost of Rs. 31387.61 lacs have been recommended for sanction. DIPRO


News Impact

Erring IRBn personnel dismissed from service

ITANAGAR, Jun 2: Nine erring IRBn personnel who were involved in the assault of the  town magistrate Liyi Bagra at Aalo on May 25 were dismissed from service by the authority by an order vide no PSGT/5th IRBN/BHQ/DE-19/15/3995. This was informed by the Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service Officers Association (APCSOA) in a release today.

The brutal attack on the town magistrate had invited lot of protests from all corners of the state especially from the Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service Officers Association (APCSOA) as it was not the first time that IRBn personnel had created ruckus in the form of insubordination and rebellion in the area of public duty, said APCSOA while acknowledging the prompt action of the authority by dismissing the services of the nine erring IRBn personnel.

IRBn has a history of creating public nuisance across the state, instead of being law abiding they had gone berserk and become the law breaker by giving much distress and trauma to the innocent public in the line of duty. They are habitually found violating the superior and subordinate relationship, APCSOA said adding that their training modules are completely objectionable as the teaching of insubordination is completely lacking amongst them.

Meanwhile, the APCSOA cautioned the Government that, if by any means those IRBns personnel are tried to be reinstated to the services by the authority, the Association shall continue with its protest. It urged the Government to detest from making mockery of itself.

Further the association has reiterated its demand for implementation of the Bagra committee report in toto.



Vegetable sellers stopped from

“occupying UD parking lot”

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jun 2: Hundreds of women who claimed to be roadside vegetable sellers today attempted to occupy the Urban Development and Housing Department Parking Lot building at Bank Tinali forcibly leading to a minor scuffle between them and police personnel. The women group was demanding to accommodate them in the Parking Lot.

The scuffle broke out when more than 300 women from Chimpu to Nyokum Lapang gathered at UD Parking Lot demanding the district administration to allow them use the building for daily vegetable selling. Group of road side vegetable sellers who were allegedly evicted by the district administration recently have been campaigning in the building demanding the authority to hand it over to them. The women were later evicted by the police personnel on the grounds that they were illegally occupying the government property. Lamenting that they have no other options for sustaining their family but to operate small business at roadsides, a female vendor questioned whether traffic is important than their only source of livelihood. She further claimed that they had submitted a representation to the district administration seeking to accommodate them.

While a case has been registered against unknown persons for criminal trespassing and damage to the property, the lady vendors are adamant to operate inside the building.

The Parking Lot was constructed by Urban Development and Housing Department of Capital Complex Division under JNNURM and is formally yet to be handed over to the department.



Beefing it up

[ Tongam Rina ]

Scores have died due to heat wave in the country and with rain belying Met department’s prediction, there seems to be no respite from heat in many parts of India including the national Capital.

Killer heat that has claimed more than 2000 has been relegated to the corner and talking point in media and corridors of power being beef, India’s latest and likely to be a very long obsession. The controversy on beef started at around the same time BJP came to power last year.  Though ban on cow slaughter have been in place in many states for so many  years, the debate has reached its feverish peak after the Hindu Nationalists, who sometimes seems forget that India is a secular country, came to power in the country.

In April this year, BJP president had to face the heat at Shillong when a beef party was organised to welcome him in protest against BJP’s move to impose ban on cow slaughter. The message was clear and loud; don’t tell us what to eat. But then in a country where 80% of the population regard cows as sacred, the voice of the 20% does not make much of a difference.

The Constitution empowers the states to legislate the “prevention of slaughter and preservation of cattle”.  Arunachal, Kerala, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Lakshadweep are the only states that have no legislation on cow slaughter.

The latest to be caught in the beef controversy is Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju. Twisted or not, now the nation knows that beef is not something he will pick. It is rather unbecoming in a secular democratic country that one of the most powerful voices in the Modi govt has to give a clarification on his eating habits. This speaks a lot about the health and future of the secular values of this country.

Of all the things we value, we can only hope that we have the right and freedom to choose what we eat and how we dress and we don’t have to defend it.



Orgs hit the street again in protest against Govt., APYC reacts

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jun 2: Just a day after the new Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa was sworn in, Arunachal Youth Organisation (AYO) and Save Arunachal Youth Association (SAYA) today hit the street again protesting against the state government. Hundreds of people both youth and old joined the joint-protest march against Tuki led government alleging financial mismanagement leading to current crisis in the state.

Shouting slogans against Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and holding placard reads, “Hissab Doh Hissab Doh” the protestors started their march from Akasdeep and winded at Tennis Court IG Park.  

Squarely blaming the Chief Minister for responsible of the crisis, the organisations demanded Tuki’s resignation on moral ground. Drawing the Governor’s attention towards the crisis, it further demanded invocation of Governor’s discretionary power under article 370(H). It also demanded immediate investigation against mismanagement of central sponsored scheme (CSS) fund and imposition of President Rule in the state.  

Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC) reacted at the organisations terming the demand of Chief Minister’s resignation as illogical. In a statement, APYC General Secretary Loga Tallang termed the allegation leveled against the government by the organisations as baseless and politically motivated. APYC also flayed the state BJP legislators for lodging complaint against the government in the ministry level.

Condemning the move, the Congress youth wing termed it anti-development and anti-people movement and is highly condemnable from all walks of life. The BJP legislators owed an explanation to the people of Arunachal for throttling the development fund, APYC added. Expressing shock over the move APYC said, BJP legislators are equally responsible to guide the state government and people for the greater interest of the state. It also questioned the Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju’s silence over the current crisis.



Chakma students distance itself from underground organisation

New Delhi, Jun 2: Arunachal Pradesh Chakma Students’ Union (APCSU) has distanced itself from the activities of Arunachal Pradesh Deprived People Front, a Chakma underground organisation.

The APCSU clarified that Ranjan Kumar Chakma and Arunjit Chakma who have been arrested by police are not office bearers of the APCSU since the expiry of their tenure in October 2014. They stated that APCSU terminated the primary membership of the two persons on 31st May 2015 in Delhi.  

While condemning the formation of an armed group by some misguided Chakma youths, the APCSU stated that it “vehemently condemns violence, that too with arms by anyone and demands strict action against anybody who indulges in such criminal activities”.

Any grievance should be resolved through democratic and non-violent means as APCSU has been consistently practicing since its inception in the 1980s, stated Uttam Chakma, Acting President of APCSU.

Appealing to the authorities not to misunderstand the entire Chakma community, Union said that, “those arrested are neither representatives of the Chakma students nor of the community and whatever offence they have committed should not be viewed communally. Hence, only the offenders should be held responsible for their acts and dealt with as per law.”



Sports dept. handicapped by meager allocation of fund

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jun 2: Meagre allocation of fund, inadequate coaches and limited infrastructure are claimed to have been adversely affecting overall development of games and sports in Arunachal Pradesh.

Out of the 24 affiliated sports bodies in the state only few have been able to conduct their yearly events/championships regularly in the last couple of years either through self sponsorship or with little assistance from the sports department This has been disclosed by various sports bodies in a meeting convened by Sports Authority of Arunachal (SAA) Chairman Gora Makik at Naharlagun today. Representatives of many sports bodies also said that they have become demoralised by the apathy shown by the government in extending financial support.

On many occasions, we (presidents/secretaries) have to bear the travelling expense of players, they said.

The meeting chaired by SAA Chairman Makik and attended by presidents, general secretaries and representatives of 14 affiliated sports associations unanimously decided to formulate action plan to seek fund from the government to carry out sports activities smoothly.

Addressing the meeting Makik assured all sports bodies/associations to extend all possible financial assistance to conduct their sports activities regularly at state and district level as well. He sought their support and cooperation to further strengthen SAA.

Makik, who has been assigned for five years as chairman of SAA instead of usual two-year term, said will try his level best for promotion and development of sports in Arunachal Pradesh.

According to SAA Member Secretary Tadar Appa, the state government has allocated/sanctioned Rs.1.15 crore for this fiscal which also includes employees’ salary of over Rs.40 lakh. The department is also burdened with financial liabilities as it was unable to pay pending bills of various sports associations, coaches and managers due to meager allocation of fund to the department.

Appa hoped the state government under the leadership of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, who has accorded top priority to sports, will understand the difficulties being faced by the sports department and provide them with adequate fund.

While admitting the need of coaches, Appa said that the (sports) department is not against appointment of coaches, but Government will have to provide fund. He advocated for appointing atleast one coach against each event in each district.

Earlier, Arunachal Karate Do Association (AKA) President Likha Tara, Table Tennis Arunachal Secretary Passang Dingla, Arunachal Wushu Association President Toko Teki highlighted the various grievances of their respective association.

While TTA Secretary Passang Dingla appealed for appointing coach and hall/court for table tennis Wushu president Teki urged sports department for appointing Wushu coach.  

The meeting was attended by Sports and Youth Affairs Assistant Director Ramesh Linggi, Arunachal Olympic Association Secretary General Geshi Doke, presidents/secretaries/representatives of Archery, Badminton, Judo, Karate, Football, Athletics, Carrom, Taekwondo, Chess, Wushu, Swimming, Boxing, Weightlifting and Tablle Tennis Associations.



APCC office bearers call on Governor

ITANAGAR, Jun 2: A delegation of Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) office bearers led by its president, Padi Richo has called on the new Governor J P Rajkhowa at Raj Bhavan today.

While welcoming the Governor, the delegation apprised him about the economic, social, cultural and political aspects of the state.

Speaking on the occasion, Richo said that the appointment of  Rajkhowa as Governor will promote better relationship between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh apart from having a healthy and better understanding in various issues in the coming days.

Meanwhile, the Governor said that Arunachal is a peaceful state unlike the other states of the NE. He stressed on maintaining peace for the progress of the state, according to an APCC release.



Assam DGP Dilip Bora receives 4th Lummer Dai Award

ITANAGAR, Jun 2: The 76th birth anniversary of Lummer Dai was observed in a befitting manner yesterday at Pasighat Solung Hall. A series of programmes were held marking the day. The event was organised by Pasighat Sakha Sahitya Sabha (PSSS) under the guidance of Assam Sahitya Sabha (ASS). The members of ABK (WW) extended their help to make the event successful.

Noted writer and President of the Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) YD Thongchi attended the event. Litterateur and Director General of Assam Police (Civil Defense and Home Guard), Dilip Bora received the 4th Lummer Dai Literary Award in the function.

Describing Lummer Dai as a father figure and guiding force, Thongchi said that Dai would always remain immortal through his creations. He relentlessly worked for promotion of mutual understanding and harmony of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. His role as a literary icon and bridge between people of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam is unparalleled. Among other prominent personalities, Dr. Dhrubojyoti Bora, Paramananda Rajbongshi, Sharadi Saikia, Bodong Yirang, Kaling Borang and CC (PMC) Denong Tamuk also spoke and pitched for bringing ‘Pen Culture’ in the state.

A literary session on life and works of late Dai was also organised. Later in the evening, a cultural programme was organised which was inaugurated by well-known singer Ajit Bordoloi who is also the present Deputy Commissioner of neighbouring Dhemaji district.

The days’ event began with offering of floral tributes at the portrait of late Lummer Dai. Distinguished persons present included Dr. Dhrubojyoti Bora and Paramananda Rajbongshi, President and General Secretary of Assam Sahitya Sabha, internationally acclaimed dancer and Director of Adult Education (Asom) Sharadi Saikia, internationally acclaimed filmmaker Monju Bora, ABK General Secretary and Director Elementary Education Bodong Yirang, retired IAS officer and noted writer Oshong Ering, well-known poet Kaling Borang, Girin Tamuli and a host of writers from Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.

Lummer Dai was born on 1st June 1940 at Siluk village in Mebo Sub-Division of East Siang District, and has many literary milestones to his credit. He breathed his last on 5th April 2002 after attaining superannuation as the Director of Information & Public Relations and Printing, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh in 1998. Since his student days, he used to write in magazines and newspapers in Assam highlighting folk culture and stories of people of Arunachal. Prominent among his published works are ‘Udayachalar Sadhu’ published by Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1959, ‘Paharar Shile Shile’ (1960), ‘Prithivir Hanhi’ (1962-63), which was published by Assam Publication Board. These were followed by ‘Mon Aru Mon’ in 1965 and ‘Koinar Mulya’ in 1975-76 and ‘Upar Mahal’, his last novel, in 2003. Apart from these, he wrote a collection of short stories called ‘Eti Tapat Smriti’, numerous articles, and some poems at different periods of his literary life.



World Clubfoot Day

[ Dojum Mara ]

Clubfoot is the most common birth deformity of the foot bones and joints in newborns affecting over 50,000 children in India every year, one child in every 10 minutes is born with clubfoot. One in every five hundred live birth is affected with clubfoot around the world. In Arunachal Pradesh around 600 children are born with clubfoot annually. It has grave physical and social consequences. With clubbed foot, a normal infant is born with stiff in-turned foot that cannot be turned to a normal position unless corrected. It is indeed a sad account that many lives are ruined and dreams unfulfilled beyond all ethnic boundaries cutting across all socio-economic classes. The cause of clubfoot is not exactly known, but it is most likely a genetic disorder and not caused by anything. The chances of having a second child with a clubfoot are approximately 1 in 30. However, the well-treated clubfoot causes no handicap and the individual is fully able to live a normal active life.

The world celebrates  the 3rd June every year as World Clubfoot Day in commemoration of the birth  day of Dr. Ignacio Ponseti, the developer of the Ponseti Method to treat clubfoot. The method is nearly 100 percent effective for the treatment of clubfoot and is considered the gold standard treatment, leading to a normal productive life.

The Ponseti International Association (PIA) is the global leader in training and educating healthcare providers on the treatment for congenital clubfoot. PIA in partnership with WHO and organization like Cure International are furthering the global initiative of clubfoot through education, training and research to help hundreds of thousands children walk around the world. The goal of this celebration is to raise awareness about clubfoot disability and its prevention, using the Ponseti method which is a low-cost, non-surgical treatment that includes gentle manipulation of the feet followed by the application of plaster casts and temporary bracing.

In India the objective of this celebration is to bring about the message of prevalence of clubfoot in  the country and the availability of free treatment with Ponseti method in Government Medical Colleges and public hospitals.

To address the problem in India,  the Cure International India in partnership with the respective state government is working with 23 states at present. In the North East region there are ten Cure Clubfoot Clinics, out of which one clinic was  established in the State Hospital Naharlagun in 2012  under the guidance of Dr. Tabu Muri, orthopaedic Sergeon.  

At present over 17,000 children are enrolled in the clinics of Cure International India in the country.

The theme of' the celebration this year is "A World Free of Clubfoot Deformity". The celebration of this day calls  every one to spread awareness, share the pictures and stories of their clubfoot journey to their neighborhoods.

Indeed the significance of applying simple tools like spread a word, talk about clubfoot, sharing pictures, stories and awareness about clubfoot and Ponseti method to the next person around us and through medium like social media can bring about a meaningful transformation in the lives of those who may otherwise lead a life with disability. Certainly it reverberate us of what Theodore Roosevelt once said "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." ( The writer is a coordinator,  CURE International India, State Hospital, Naharlagun)



A ray of hope for rejected SSC PET candidates

Gyati Kacho

DIRANG, Jun 2: Taking cognizance of the serious anomalies committed in the recruitment process of the Staff Selection Commission’s Physical Endurance Test (PET) for recruitment of constables in Central Armed Police Force, Assam Rifles, SSB, NIA and other allied para-military services as highlighted in the Arunachal Times and various other newspapers on 26th of May last, SSB Deputy Inspector General L.K Gohain from Sector Hqrs Tezpur today came up at 30th SSB Battalion Dirang where the interview was held to conduct a probe into the matter.

The exercise is an outcome of the Union MoS Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju understanding the gravity of the matter and writing a letter to the Director General CRPF to set up an enquiry committee to conduct a thorough probe into the various allegations. The Director General CRPF had thus set up this one-man enquiry committee to unravel the truth of the matter.

After collecting statements from both the recruiting agency and the aggrieved parties, the DIG hinted that perhaps there might have been some official lapses in conduct of the said interview. ‘Conducting the race in an open track similar to cross-country race and making the candidates run in the afternoon instead of morning hour are some of the key issues’, he pointed out while informing that he would be submitting his report to the Ministry of Home Affairs for further necessary action.

Meanwhile, in case of re-conduct of the interview, candidates have pleaded the same to be conducted at Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy at Itanagar where all adequate facilities including a well laid-out running track was in place to conduct the same in a fair and transparent manner.



8000 adult males are regular users of tobacco related products in East Kameng

SEPPA, Jun 2: Around 8000 adult males are regular users of tobacco and other tobacco related products in East Kameng district. Out of them, 4000 are in critical level and will die if they don’t shun these harmful habits at the earliest. This was informed by District Programme Officer (NCD) cum Medical Superintendent, District Hospital, Seppa, Dr. K. Gyadi, while addressing the gathering on the occasion of the World No Tobacco Day observation here on May 31 last.

The World No Tobacco Day with the theme- Stop illicit trading of Tobacco use, was observed by non-communicable disease cell, Seppa under the National programme for prevention and control of cancer, diabetes, cardio-vascular disease and strokes (NPCDCS) at District Hospital, Seppa.

Explaining in detail about the hazardous effects of consumption of tobacco and tobacco related products, Dr. K. Gyadi requested the tobacco users to set an example by quitting tobacco consumption. He further informed that more than 7 to 8 lakh people (approximately) are dying annually in India due to consumption of tobacco and tobacco related products.

DMO Dr. N. Geiyi, while highlighting the aim and objective of observation of world no tobacco day, encouraged the gathering to discourage the use of tobacco and tobacco related products.

Among others, Dr. S K Suman, DANO, District Hospital and DRCHO Dr. K. Lapung also spoke on the occasion.

The function was attended among others by medical officers, other health staff and representatives from tax and excise department, Seppa. DIPRO

The day was also celebrated by the Upper Subansiri district Health Society with the support of Re-United Club, Dumporijo at Dumporijo. A rally was also taken out at Dumporijo town to bring awareness on bad effects of tobacco and tobacco related products.

Speaking on the occasion at Dumporijo general ground, Dr. D Saikia, Medical Officer in-charge CHC Dumporijo and Bikram Nasi, Programme Coordinator, NPCDCS, Daporijo dwelt at length about the ill effects of tobacco consumption and about illicit trade practices. Tobacco related short films were also screened at Market area to bring awareness against tobacco consumption.



Health Minister asks villagers to maintain cleanliness to prevent malaria

ITANAGAR, Jun 2: Health and Family Welfare Minister Rajesh Tacho suggested the villagers of Chiputa to keep their surrounding clean and remove stagnant water to reduce mosquitoes breeding to prevent malaria.

Launching the anti-malaria month at Chiputa PHC organized by District Vector Borne Disease Control Society, Papum Pare Yupia, the Health Minister educated the people about malaria, its causes and preventive measures. He exhorted the officers, officials and health workers to discharge their assigned duties sincerely to prevent the killer disease. LLIN distribution, Mass Blood slide collection, Radical Treatment, Blood Examination and infotainment on Malaria activities were done.

Long lasting insecticide treated nets (LLIN) were distributed among the villagers on the occasion. Mass blood samples were collected and tested for malaria and awareness programme conducted on prevention, protection and treatment etc.

Secretary Health, Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner, Director of Health Services, Jt. DHS, DMO, SP, Doimukh ZPM were present on the occasion.



Rescued baby deer, leopard cat under rehab at Zoo

ITANAGAR, Jun 2: A baby deer and a leopard cat were rescued by conscious animal lovers from Palin and Doimukh areas respectively.

While the fawn was saved from the clutches of wild dogs by one Byabang Sonia and his friends, namely Rajiv, Sibohang Subba, Mating John and Rido Arun, the leopard cat (Felis bengalensis) falling under Schedule-I of Wildlife Protection Act was rescued from human cruelty by Chuku Toku, a student from Doimukh area.

He rescued the endangered animal from the clutches of a group of people, who were chasing it and about to kill it. On being informed, Zoo authority rushed to Doimukh and brought the animal to the zoo.

The fawn was also handed over to zoo authorities by the rescuers.

Both the animals are under rehabilitation at Zoo.

Meanwhile, Zoo authorities, particularly Curator Raya Flago lauded the rescuers of the animals for responding to the call to save wildlife which will definitely send a very positive signal about wildlife conservation. While lauding the role of media in creating awareness on wildlife by publishing reports on animal rescue, he appealed to animal lovers to continue the noble work. This kind of little efforts will go a long way in the conservation of our rich but rapidly decreasing wildlife, he added.


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Anti-development attitude

If one goes by the recent trend, it looks like for the people of Arunachal earning compensation money is more than development of state. Various developmental projects including green field airport and section of trans-Arunachal highway has not taken off due to compensation issues. As per the report, in some projects compensation amount is much higher than the actual project cost.

In many areas as soon as highway project was announced by the government, the local citizen started constructing illegal structures along the highway to get higher compensation. Unfortunately local authorities have also totally failed to take strong action against the person involved in illegal activities. In yet another anti-development stand, a group called ltanagar to Jote Highway Land Affected Peoples’ Forum of Jote-Poma Area has demanded for immediate halt to survey and assessment work related to the said highway project. Recently state government had decided to construct state highway between Gohpur(Itanagar) and Jote village. It is unfortunate that instead of supporting developmental activities, the Arunachalee citizens are becoming stumbling block. With such mentality, the state will never progress and will continue to remain underdeveloped.





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Asking for more

Dear Editor,

This is with reference to 22 Point Memo submitted by CoSAAP and APCSOA published in Arunachal Times dated May 14th.

The demand is highly worthy and would bring tremendous benefits to the entire staffs of Arunachal Pradesh Government. However, there are lots of questions tormenting the mind of common public.

First, what the members of CoSAAP and AP Civil Service have given to this beautiful state? Is it bad road, maladministration, corruption, illegal appointments, looting taxes in every department?

Regarding extension of the retirement age to 60, I would like to ask why the central govt and our public would want corrupt officials to continue for longer period in the department.

Instead, bureaucrat and engineer’s superannuation age should be reduced to 55 years for greater benefit of the state.

They have also proposed for enhancing credit limit of Earned Leave upto 500 days, which get converted to equivalent salary during retirement. This is rubbish in terms of our state govt’s employees.

Anyone can verify by checking during official hours at any department, and in any district under govt. of Arunachal Pradesh and you will find absent or being insincere. For most of them, their duty itself is chutti (Holiday). Off course, the earned leave entitled would go unused. So, why put financial burden on Central Govt by adding on another 200 days (around 7 months)?   

We only demand for more and more but contribute nothing; produce nothing. We fail to acknowledge our wrong doings but, ask for lot many prizes for no achievement. If bureaucrat would have been uniformly stronger and engineers would have been uncompromising in their work ethics, we would not have seen this doomsday in Arunachal Pradesh.


Marie Jaame




Give them a chance too

Dear Editor,

Govt Higher Sec School Rumgong is one of the best schools in Arunachal Pradesh as it has a reputation of producing brilliant students.

Many of her products are serving Arunachal and its citizens in different categories as politicians, officers, bureaucrats while some are working in NGOs and MNCs etc.

But if you see this year’s CBSE results you won’t believe that this school has records of producing good students.

When I saw the results of class 10 and class 12, I was actually shocked. In class 10th, out of 35 students only 8 students were able to pass with very marginal marks and in class 12, out of 42 students, 19 students have passed, 13 failed while 10 have got compartmental.  There are lot of reasons behind the poor performance of students. When I enquired about it, most of students were saying that it is due to poor teaching as well as irregularities of subject teachers.

The syllabus could not be completed in an academic calendar year which has forced the student to do self study. Most students could not comprehend course books as a result, most students have failed.

Some teachers never turn up to the school throughout the year, some teachers teaches the students for 2 to 3 weeks and goes off on leave.

Therefore, I want to request the concern officers, authorities and students union to look into the matter seriously and take initiative so that our own brothers and sisters won’t be deprived of their rights in near future and that they have access to quality education and knowledge.


Nini Tapak

Hubli, Karnataka




Clear the dues

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed column, I would like to request the manager of Rosevalley Naharlagun branch to kindly clear our matured policies which are pending. I would also like to request my fellow mates who have invested in Rosevalley to look into the matter.


An Investor




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