June 06

20 successfully undergo de-addiction camp

CHANGLANG, June 5: As many as 20 drug addicts have successfully undergone the 15 days de-addiction camp at the District Hospital Changlang here organised by District Health Society in collaboration with the district administration.

Changlang Deputy Commissioner Chanchal Yadav lauded the participants for their bold decision and determination to overcome opium addiction through the de-addiction camp. She hoped they will become source of inspiration for those who are fighting to overcome addictions, that one can quit opium addiction through sheer determination and will power.

“Together we can completely eradicate drug abuse”, said the DC. She encouraged the de-addicted persons and the citizens of Changlang to provide information regarding opium cultivation and drugs trafficking in the district for which they will be rewarded suitably.

Earlier, Medical Superintendent Dr H Tangjang termed the de-addiction programme as most successful one so far. A police booth was set up at the medical premises to monitor the movement of addicts undergoing de-addiction camp round the clock which was vital for success of the programme.

District Agriculture Officer A Paggam encouraged de-addicted persons to opt for agriculture as an alternative to Opium/poppy cultivation. High yielding varieties of Paddy and Soya seeds were distributed among them.

The de-addicted persons shared their experiences and pledged not to use drugs again and expressed their willingness to come forward and co-operate the District Administration and Police in eradicating Opium menace. DIPRO


Association demand release of salary

ITANAGAR, June 5: The Arunachal Pradesh ATMA Association (APAA) has demanded early release of pending salary since January 2015. The association in a  letter to the state nodal officer, ATMA, has also called for release of its pending bonus from April to June last year. It stated of resorting to democratic movement if the demands were not fulfilled.


Anti-Malaria month launched in LDV

ROING, Jun 05: The Anti-Malaria month observation was launched in Lower Dibang Valley (LDV) by organising a mass social service in and around Roing town to create awareness among public the importance of keeping their surrounding clean and removing stagnant water to stop mosquito breeding.

Informing that the Government has set target to eradicate Malaria from the country by 2030, District Vector Borne Disease Control Programme Officer, Dr. Nangkong Yirang appealed all to keep their office premises and home clean. Notices were issued to all departments, bazaar committee and Panchayat Raj Institutions in this regard, he said.

Dr. Yirang also informed that various activities would be carried out during the month, including door to door campaign to create public awareness on malaria and its protective measures.

“We conduct malaria awareness campaign, rallies in villages and collect blood samples for malaria during the whole month. We can not make our state and country malaria free until and unless people are made sensitise about the disease, its causes and preventive measures, said Dr. Yirang.

The whole hospital team participated in jungle cutting and clearing of the hospital compound, along with DVBDCO Dr Yirang and DMO Dr Wange.

Besides staff of the health department, members of bazaar committee and business community joined the social service.


Art & Culture Week at Khonsa

ITANAGAR, June 5: The District Art & Culture Week was celebrated at Community Hall here yesterday organised by Department of Art and Culture in collaboration with the District Administration.

Speaking on the occasion, Tirap ADC Ngamjang Wangsu appealed to all to preserve, protect and promote the rich art and culture and tradition handed down by ancestors from a generation to another. He also appealed to all to join in the fight for opium free Tirap and Longding.

Among others, HoDs, DACO, Sira Meto, Public leaders  attended the celebration.  

Dance performance by cultural troupes from Nokte, Wancho, Tutsa, Lazu communities and a mega dance performed by members comprised of members from all tribes were main highlights of the celebration. DIPRO


Namsai DEC approves DPR

NAMSAI, June 5: The District Electricity Committee(DEC) meeting of Namsai district was held under the chairmanship  of Rajya Sabha MP cum DEC chairman  Mukut  Mithi at Tengapani yesterday. The prime objective of the meeting was to implement IPDS and DDUGJY in Namsai district.

After threadbare discussion and deliberation the DEC approved the DPR framed by the power department for implementation of Integrated Power Development (IPDS) and Deen Dayal  Upadhaya Gram Jyoti Yojana(DDUGJY) in Namsai district. Considering the topography of Namsai district and huge potentiality of seasonal cultivation including tea, rubber, oil palm etc.,  DEC also suggested for  construction of a separate feeder exclusively for power supply in Agriculture sector.

Namsai MLA Chau Zingnu Namchoom, Deputy Commissioner R.K.Sharma, ZPC and ZPMs of Namsai district, officers and officials from Power department and Power Grid were present in the meeting.


Thungon stresses on nutrition awareness

ITANAGAR, June 5: The basic knowledge and awareness on health and nutrition is the need of hour to keep oneself fit and healthy in this modern era, said Mission Director, NHM, P N Thungon today. He was addressing at the launching programme of the Continuous Nutrition Education (CNE) and Supplementary Nutrition Products at Naharlagun. The programme was launched by the Sunrise Enterprise, Naharlagun in collaboration with Sunrise Nutrition Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai.

Expressing happiness over the launching of first of its kind programme in Arunachal, Thungon, however, stressed on ISO certification from national or international affiliations and to bring it into positive aspiration of the people but not merely to gear up the popularity of products marketing.

Pamchui Vashi, Sr. Nutritionist of Sunrise Nutrition Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai delivered lecture on the theme  ‘Clinical Nutrition, Needs of the Hour’. It was followed by the launching of ten Nutritional Products ranging from Pediatric Nutrition to Geriatric Nutrition, Clinical Nutrition and Wellness Nutrition.

The doctors present in the function had also shared their experiences and advocated to make health nutrition products sustainable for long run benefits.


Fire victims provided relief materials

ITANAGAR, June 5: Bharatiya Janata Party National Council Member (of Arunachal West), Tame Phassang provided relief materials to all the seven families whose houses were gutted in a devastating fire at Naharlagun near Helipad on June 3.

Phassang personally visited the victims and distributed blankets, mosquito nets, utensils including buckets, mug etc to them. While expressing deep sympathy to the victims for the unfortunate incident, the BJP leader appealed to the state government to initiate relief and rehabilitation measures for the fire victims.

He also urged the department of power to use modern technology, if any, to prevent short-circuit caused fires which frequently occurs in Arunachal Pradesh.


Health camps under NMMU at Seppa

SEPPA, June 5: A total of 238 patients were offered free treatment by a team of doctors during a series of health check up and awareness camps organised by the District Health Society under NMMU at Rawa, Marjingla and Chagia/Sangbia villages under Khenewa circle in East Kameng district from May 29 to June 4.  Free laboratory tests were also conducted on 61 patients, while 20 children and 4 pregnant women were immunised during the camps.

The team of doctors led by Dr. K Lapung, DRCHO, comprised of Dr. T J Tara, Child Specialist, Dr. J Zongluju, Chest & TB specialist, Dr. Lito Ete, Medicine Specialist, Dr. Hage Tado, MO and supporting staff.

During the health awareness programmes, villagers were educated on various health related issues and provisions and facilities available under various health schemes. They were also made aware of the need of breast feeding, immunisation of children and pregnant women and family planning. The objectives of Mission Indradhanush were also highlighted during the camps.

At Chagia/Sangbia village, DC Sandeep Kumar Singh spoke on the benefits of health camps, immunisation and Chief Minister’s Health Insurance Scheme and deliberated on the important roles to be done by the ASHAs and Gaon Burahs at village level. He advised the villagers to maintain health and hygiene at personal level and to keep surroundings neat and clean. He appealed them to avail the benefits of CMHIS.

At Rawa village, ADC Seppa Pooja Jain highlighted about the Mission Indradhanush and requested the villagers to immunise the children and pregnant women. She advised the villagers to drink boiled water, do proper hand washing, construct toilet and to maintain hygienic life in order to prevent any water-borne diseases especially during monsoon season. Dr. N. Geiyi, DMO, also extended motivation support to the health camps.  DIPRO


News Impact

Tension flares up in Behali

Arunachalees set on fire by miscreants

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, June 5: A group of miscreants believed to be Adivasi youth allegedly attempted to set ablaze three people from Arunachal alive along with their Mahindra Bolero Car at Serelia village along NH 52 under Behali police station in Assam this morning. Victims were identified as Tadung Tachang(45), Chaling Natung(40) and Taa Tachang (12) all from Seppa in East Kameng district.

The incident occurred when three were enroute to Seijosa in East Kameng. Tachang was taking his son (Taa Tachang) to VKV Seijosa along with his brother-in-law Chaling Natung. Few more people from Arunachal were also assaulted and their vehicles were also damaged by the mob.

According to Tadung Tachang, a group of youth armed with sticks, road and dao forcibly intercepted them and tried to snatch the car key. When he resisted, the miscreants started banging the car with sticks, broke the windshield and set the car on fire while they were seated inside.

“Within seconds, the car was engulfed by fire, we managed to scramble out from the car and got burnt grievously”, disclosed the victim who was still in deep shock. Tachang and his son were reportedly saved by a motorcyclist from Assam who immediately drove them to Behali Police station and Chaling Natung also was lucky to get a lift by a man on a bicycle. Both Tadung and Chaling have received serious burn injury, however his son escaped unhurt. They were evacuated in a Scorpio going to Itanagar with police escort upto Gohpur as vehicles bearing Arunachal registration were targeted.  The victims were immediately shifted to RK Mission Hospital here and currently they are undergoing treatment.

“They intercepted and started attacking us suddenly without provocation; our vehicle was also badly damaged” informed SD Londa an advocate who was also coming from Seppa to Itanagar. His  friend Bagiram Rang reportedly sustained minor injuries.

Police sources from Behali informed The Arunachal Times that tension flared up following the deadbody of one Kolai Orang(33), a tea tribesman which was recovered yesterday evening from Boroi Tea Estate  near Behali Reserve Forest in Assam  bordering Dullung- Ramghat-Tarasso. The Assam police sources added that attack on Arunachalees and Arunachal registration vehicles was an retaliation for the dead. The angry mob imposed a massive blockade at Serelia village causing huge deadlock along the NH 52, police added. According to Investigating Officer, Behali Police Station, SI Loki Kolita, the deceased Kolai Orang had two bullet injuries on his head when his body was found and his two colleagues had lodged a complaint against unknown Arunachalees claiming they were fired upon by Arunachalee people resulting to the death.  

“According to a FIR, on June 3rd 2015 around 10 am, three advasi men went to the Reserve Forest Area, they were fired upon by unknown person believed to be an Arunachalee resulting to the death of Orang, the body was recovered on 4th June from the forest”, said the IO. However, people of Tarasso have totally ruled out any criminal act behind the incident.

Unconfirmed reports informed this daily that deceased Orang was mentally challenged man and wandered inside the forest day before yesterday and his death is being used to instigate and flare up tension between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

The state government has declared high alert in NH52 between Gohpur and Biswanath Charali in Assam due to today’s incident.  The government has advised the people to avoid travelling along the NH52 till the situation normalises. Many passengers coming from Guwahati, Tezpur, Seppa, Bomdila and Tawang were reportedly stranded for six hours, and later Arunachal registration vehicles were escorted safely from Behali and Borgang area.  

Similar tension had flared up after 10 people from Assam were killed near Tarasso a year ago (January 2014) and was followed by a massive economic blockade called by various Assam based organisations against Arunachal alleging people of Arunachal behind the killings.

Meanwhile, the  XII Pakke-Kessang Intellectual Forum vehemently condemned the barbaric act of a mob who attempted to lynch its members at Behali sub-Division today morning. Tadung Tachang, a prominent public figure from XII Pakke-Kessang, has sustained serious burn injuries in the mob attack, it stated.

The Forum  has appealed to the state government to take up the matter seriously with his counterpart to prevent recurrence of such incidents and to order a high level magisterial enquiry to find out the truth behind this whole incident  for punishment to the  accused.  The Forum also requested the state government to  provide compensation to the victims and bear whole expense for the medical treatment.

Further, Arunachal Law Students’ Union (ALSU) today strongly protested against the attempt to murder Arunachalee citizens travelling through the NH-52 between Behali-Borgang-Biswanath charali, Assam  today  without any reason.

While condemning the murder attempt and burning down of vehicles, ALSU said that today’s incident has occurred due to the negligence of Assam police on duty in handling the death case of an Assam citizen and the lack of preventive action on the part of the concerned administrative officer.

The ALSU demanded judicial inquiry into the incident, suspension of the erring Assam Police personnel and administrators and immediate arrest of all individuals  involved in today’s  incident.



Rain wreaks havoc in Capital Complex

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, June 5: Landslides and flash floods are being reported from several parts of the Capital complex due to the heavy rainfall in the last three days. The P-Sector area in Nirjuli is among the worst affected areas.

Parts of the area have got submerged under the mud and rain water. The locals alleged that reckless earth cutting in the hill side adjoining P-sector is causing the trouble.

“The P-sector drain got blocked due to earth cutting. Many times the local people complained to the local magistrate and even the local MLA about the reckless earth cutting in the hill area. But no one took it seriously and now the situation is turning to worse. This is complete failure of the authorities,” said Ringu Kuku, former AAPSU leader and resident of P-sector. He furhter added that, “The residents are living in fear. For the last few days no one sleeps at night.  If anything goes wrong, the local authorities will have to take blame for it.”

Reports also added that Senki and Pachin rivers are flowing above danger mark. The people living along these rivers and at low lying areas face serious danger. The heavy rains have also totally destroyed the Capital road. NH-52(A) as well as sector roads are in deplorable condition. The pitiable road condition is giving a horrid time to the motorists. Heavy traffic jam was witnessed across the Capital due to bad road condition coupled with rain water.



Minor girls sexually assaulted, assaulter absconding

YINGKIONG, June 5: A henious case of sexual assault of minor girls has surfaced under Geku circle in Upper Siang.

According to a report received, one Oku Taku of Sumsing village under Geku circle of Upper Siang district had repeatedly been sexually exploiting many minor girls aged 6-8 years, who are his nearest relatives.

Meanwhile, the Yingkiong Police has registered a case against the accused following a complaint lodged by the father of the one of the victims.  However, the accused is reportedly absconding and seeking anticipatory bail from the court.

The heinous crimes came to limelight only when the wife of the accused herself caught him red handed while attempting to rape a minor.

Meanwhile, the president and secretary of the WWS, Upper Siang Unit, have expressed solidarity with the victims and their relatives. They have urged the authorities to take stringent action against the accused immediately. They also appealed to the Court not to grant anticipatory bail to the accused person considering the seriousness of the case. “If anticipatory bail is granted, the accused may try to  influence the witnesses,” they said. DIPRO



World Environment Day observed

Arunachal Gov urges people to plant more trees

ITANAGAR, June 5: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Jyoti Prashad Rajkhowa today urged people of the state to plant more trees to preserve the pristine green environment of the state.

In his message to the people on the occasion of World Environment Day, the Governor said, to address the global warming issue and for a healthy climate, the people have to preserve the flora and fauna.

He emphasised on use of renewable energy resources like solar energy and biogas, a Raj Bhawan statement said.

Stating that 80 per cent of the geographical area of Arunachal Pradesh was under forest cover, Rajkhowa stressed that the state's environment and forest department have to create more awareness to maintain it and suggested preservation of the forest cover by planting trees.

On the occasion, the Governor along with his wife Rita Rajkhowa planted mango saplings in the Raj Bhawan compound, the statement added.

Participating in the World Environment Day Celebration at Banquet hall here, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki urged people to adopt “each one plant one” approach.

World Environment Day is the United Nation’s principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for environment.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Tuki said that this year’s theme ‘One World, One Environment’ should be taken up on a mission mode and resolve to make the world one big green family through all out effort in preserving and protecting forests.

Tuki emphasised the need to encourage community forest which is common practice in Arunachal Pradesh. He said the department should work out a plan to facilitate incentives to the villagers maintaining community forests.

Urging all to make collective efforts to increase the percentage of forest cover from the existing 82 percent to 90 or 100 percent, the Chief Minister informed that the state government has initiated promotion of tea and rubber cultivation, which has substantially decreased the traditional Jhum cultivation resulting in more green coverage.

While admitting the need to have industries, he however said that both industrialization and environment protection should go hand in hand.

The Chief Minister expressed concern over garbage and solid waste management. He pointed out that despite machineries in place – the capital cities of Itanagar and Naharlagun have become dumping grounds for garbage and solid waste. He advised the Municipal Council and Urban Development Department to vigorously pursue for containing waste generation by segregation at source and reuse or recycle it so that the solid waste or the garbage is effectively managed.

“Instead of shifting responsibilities, we must all individually take the onus of keeping our town and colonies clean,” he said.

Parliamentary Secretary for Forest & Environment, Chow Tewa Mein appealed all to protect and preserve the environment as it is part of the state’s rich heritage.

“World Environment Day is celebrated every year on June 5 to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet Earth. Today is the opportunity for everyone to realize the responsibility to care for the Earth and to become agents of change”, he said.

Mein urged all to pledge to preserve the environment and understand that it’s an obligation of every individual to participate in the noble exercise of preservation of environment. He also appealed all to plant at least one tree not necessary everyday but on certain special occasions like on birthday, anniversary, etc.

Earlier, the Chief Minister accompanied by Parliamentary Secretary (F&E), Chief Secretary and PCCF & Chairman AP State Pollution Control Board Dr Shashi Kumar released the Annual Report of the AP State Pollution Control Board.

The World Environment Day was also celebrated in other parts of the state in befitting manner.

The function organised by Arunachal Pradesh State Pollution Control Board in collaboration with Department of Environment & Forest was attended by MLAs Laisam Simai and Tesam Pongte along with PCCF, all DCs, SPs, DMOs, DFOs, DUDAs from various districts, members from Environment Safety Society (NGO based in Namsai) and HoDs.



PIL against Govt. for misuse of central funds

ITANAGAR, Jun 05: A PIL has been filed in the Gauhati High Court against the Arunachal Pradesh government alleging gross misuse of central funds.

Justice Rumi Kumari Phukon of the Itanagar permanent bench on June 1 admitted for hearing the PIL filed by social activist Tana Naya from Seppa in East Kameng district.

The petitioner alleged involvement of the state government in the diversion of funds meant for developmental work from 2011 to 2015. "Certain documents including communications exchanged between the state government and RBI have been appended in the PIL which were obtained through RTI, in support of the contentions so raised by the petitioner regarding misuse of central grants and huge diversion of funds by the state government," the judge said.

The respondents in the PIL include, state Chief Secretary, Special Secretary (Finance), Development Commissioner (Finance), Finance Secretary and Disaster Management Director. PTI



FSSAI asks Nestle India to recall all 9 noodle varieties

Traders asked to comply with recall order in state

ITANAGAR, June 5: The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has directed the Nestle India Ltd.,  manufacturer of Maggi instant noodles with tastemaker to recall all 9 variants of noodles with immediate effect.

Meanwhile, Food Safety Commissioner, Directorate of Health Services, GoAP has directed all distributors, wholesellers and retailers of the said nine Maggi variants in Arunachal Pradesh to comply with the said recall orders of the FSSAI.

Further, consumers are also advised not to consume the said Maggi Noodles (9 variants) till further communication from the FSSAI.



Cabinet approves admission criteria for Govt colleges

ITANAGAR, June 5: In a major policy decision, the state cabinet headed by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in a cabinet meeting on June 3 last approved for framing of necessary admission criteria for the Government colleges of Arunachal Pradesh.  

At present the state has 14 Government colleges to cater to the higher education needs of the students.

In order to improve the standard of higher education scenario, the Cabinet has decided for catchment area-wise distribution of seats for college admission in view of semester system in Under Graduate level set by Rajiv Gandhi University. One of the main ideas for introduction of catchment area for admission in the colleges is to provide higher education at the doorsteps of needy and poor students, said  Government Spokesperson Bamang Felix in a press statement.

Cabinet approved for admission criteria for 14 Government colleges of the state based on the feeder school performances drawing a minimum cut off marks in Class XII results in respective subjects. The criteria shall be based on minimum percentage required for admission into under graduate courses set as per the rules of Rajiv Gandhi University or cut off marks set by the department for particular college. The cut off mark for open quota has been set to instill competition amongst the students and also to maintain Pan Arunachal atmosphere in the higher education sector.  

Merit list shall be prepared for catchment area and open quota system would be prepared separately for admission.

Vacant seats of both catchment area and open quota shall be filled up vice-versa if eligible applicants are available. Preference would be given to fresh passed students of Class XII. Under the catchment area, those students passing Class XII from the notified districts who are domicile/Schedule Tribe of the area or transfer of parents if employed in Government Sectors shall be accommodated.

The cabinet also approved Arunachal Pradesh Education Amendment Bill 2015 to be tabled in the ensuing budget session.



Maintain cleanliness or  pay penalty: AIMSU


ROING, June 5: Even after the two days of the week’s deadline given by the All Idu Mishmi Students Union for installation of dustbins in front of shops in order to maintain the much needed cleanliness in the main market area, none of the shopkeepers paid heed to the instruction of the  student body.

"We had reduced the criterion of one shop-one dustbin to one dustbin for three shops. But the shopkeepers have failed to obey the request. So we have to personally visit shops and put up dustbins and asked the shopkeepers to pay the cost of the buckets to the concern shop from where it was purchased", informed AIMSU general secretary Eha Mili.

Reportedly, although all other vegetable/meat/fish vendors were also made to install dustbins, the local ladies who also regularly sell locally produced vegetables have clearly rejected the idea. "Giving relaxation to our local ladies, we had requested them to at least install two dustbins for around 30 vendors but they have clearly disagreed to doing that too. As locals, they should have been more concerned about keeping the town clean", said Mili. "Strict action will be taken against these women if they do not comply with soon", he added.

The AIMSU team later visited the Deputy Director DUDA who has agreed to their demand of sending out the department's garbage truck twice a day for garbage collection. Meanwhile, the AIMSU has  strictly asked the shopkeepers and vegetable/meat/fish vendors to dispose off garbage properly or face penalty.



PRI leaders resent their non-involvement in selection of beneficiaries

ITANAGAR, June 5: A group of Panchayat leaders of Kimin III Anchal Samity have expressed their strong resentment over non-involvement of grassroots leaders in the process of selecting beneficiaries under various schemes at district level for the last two years.

They claimed that selection of beneficiaries under various departments of Papum Pare are directly made through constitution of Board at district level every year thus depriving the grassroots leaders the right to identify the deserving beneficiaries at Gram Sabha level.

The beneficiaries for rubber plantation, tea cultivation and RKVY under Agriculture department are directly selected by the HoDs and ZPMs through the Board at district level. Tools and implements were issued to many beneficiaries without knowledge of the grassroots leaders, they claimed.

Piggery, poultry, dairy, goat units under RKVY were distributed last year by ZPMs through district board without knowledge of GPMs and ASMs, they alleged. Further, beneficiaries under Horticulture, Fisheries, and Sericulture Departments have been selected at district level through constitution of Board comprising ZPMs and fe line department officers since last two years, they alleged. In case of Textile and Handicraft (Industries) department, PMRY beneficiaries have been selected by a Board consisting of DD Industries, ZPMs and DC as Chairman since last year.

This clearly shows that grassroots leaders of Papum Pare are deprived from participation in identifying the actual beneficiary of government schemes in gross violation of power and functions devaluated to Gram Panchayats and Anchal Samities under Arunachal Pradesh Panchayat Raj Act 1997.

The Panchayat leaders urged the Papum Pare Zilla Parishad Chairperson to immediately correct the process of selecting beneficiary as per devolution of power on 29 subjects so that transparency is maintained in the process of selecting beneficiaries.

They further urged the ZPC to empower the grassroots Panchayat leaders to finalise the beneficiary selection by placing it at Block level with immediate effect failing which they threatened to adopt democratic means of protest.



World Environment Day celebrated

ITANAGAR, June 5: World Environment Day was celebrated throughout the state with a call to the public to care for the environment.

At Oyan village near Ruksin in East Siang district, a mass tree plantation programme was organised at Vivekananda Kendriya Vidyalaya campus to mark the day. Joining the plantation, Range Officer of Ruksin forest range, Y Potom urged the people to develop greenery to save the Mother Earth from environmental degradation. He suggested the students to take care of the planted saplings for their survival.

He informed that the forest department is planning to conduct a series of plantation programmes at different places. Students, teachers, local villagers and forest department staff participated in the tree plantation.

State Resource Centre, Naharlagun celebrated the day at Govt. Hr. Sec. School Telam under Nari Block in collaboration with Jan Shikhan Sansthan.

Environmental problems and challenges that the world is facing today like pollution, global warming, solid waste management, de-forestation were discussed with a resolve to take action to plant more trees and conserve our forest to overcome these problems.

The forest department officials of Nari Block highlighted the importance of conserving forest to protect and save our environment.

Panchayat Members and learners of Adult Education Centers attended the function.

At Sagalee, more than 1000 splaings were planted at various locations in the township through mass participation of government officials of all ranks, Panchayat members, Gaon Buras/ Buris, public leaders, members of Women Welfare Society, Sagalee, Bazar Committee, Sagalee Anti corruption Sena, Town Baptist Church, students to mark the occasion. In spite of heavy rainfall, more than 200 enthusiastic volunteers from all walks of life attended the celebration.

The National Service Scheme (NSS) unit of College of Horticulture and Forestry (CHF), Pasighat celebrated the day with theme “Seven billion dreams, one planet, consume with care”.

Dr AK Pandey, Dean of CHF, Pasighat stressed said that the NSS volunteers can play a crucial role in creating public awareness on environmental issues and problems.  

Dr AR Singh, a former Professor of CS Azad University of Agriculture and Technology, Kanpur emphasised on judicious use of natural resources to meet the future requirement of global population.  

Dr NC Pandey appreciated the NSS unit for sensitising young generation about environment related issues by celebrating the day.  

Earlier, NSS Programme Officer Krishna Singh Tomar spoke on the Day’s theme and encouraged the NSS volunteers to plant one sapling each and ensure its growth.

Earlier in the morning, the NSS volunteers, faculty and staff members of the college planted saplings in the college campus.  

The members of the National Students Union of India (NSUI), Arunachal Pradesh along with the students and faculties of the NERIST organised a tree plantation programme in NERIST compound to mark the World Environment Day today. The tree saplings were provided by the social forestry department, Itanagar. Later the members participating in the programme took pledge to save the environment with the slogan ‘'Start Today Save Tomorrow”.


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Wrong message

Few days ago hundreds of women claiming themselves to be road side vegetable vendors barged into newly constructed parking lot of urban development department at Bank Tinali, Itanagar and tried to occupy it. Even though administration managed to push out majority of them, some are still occupying the space just outside of parking lot and selling vegetables. The women group claims that recently capital administration evicted their shop from road side and therefore they were forced to take this step. However, no amount of justification can cover up their illegal act.

Their action has been strongly condemned by civil society bodies. Councillor of Bank Tinali area even wrote to DC capital to oppose the illegal occupants. Itanagar is struggling to create space for the vehicle parking. The Bank Tinali Parking Lot constructed by Urban Development and Housing Department of Capital Complex Division under JNNURM will help to ease the parking problem. This will lead to less congestion on the road. The capital administration should take strong action against those women for illegally occupying the parking lot. Such kind of mobo-cracy does not augur well for the future of Arunachal. The incident will send wrong message to the society. Soon others might follow them and start occupying every other government buildings.





---- Readers Forum ----


Give and ask

Dear Editor,

A protest rally staged by Save Arunachal Youth Association and Arunachal Youth Organisation on 2nd June 2015 against the state government and calling on the CM to resign from his post on moral ground for financial mismanagement is totally illogical and fully motivated by political parties and some vested interest people.

The slogan “hisaab doh, hisaab doh”, should have been “Agey doh, Agey doh” as Narendra Modi government has already completed his one year tenure but not a single penny has been sanctioned under centrally sponsored scheme, NEC, NLCPR, DONER in financial year 2014-15.

Central government have to show their sanctioned order of the last one year under CSS and the slogan will become applicable. If not, it is baseless to raise the slogan “Hisaab doh, hisaab doh” as it is very misleading. We all know that our state is depended upon central government since the time of NEFA and the central government has stopped special package in 2014-15 which has led to financial crisis. We should not blame it to the state government.

Regarding the imposition of President rule in state, the protesters are not well acquainted with the rules and regulation of imposition of President rule in the state. There are certain criteria which have to be met first. The state government machinery has not failed so there is no question of imposition of President rule.


Kirbe Dulom

Gen Secy (APYC)




Hospital need urgent attention

Dear Editor,

Through the most celebrated columns of your daily, I would like to draw the attention of all concerned about the adversity & degrading medical facility of Rama Krishna Mission Hospital which according to me needs urgent attention.

Undoubtedly, RKMH has been providing immense help to the people of the state since its establishment in our state. However, my question is not about the workings of the hospital and its staff but the infrastructural destitution and degradation.

The garbage disposal and management is often not efficiently conducted which is not only the burden of municipal but the hospital authorities as well. As far as the male ward is concerned the management authority should give attention to the bathroom. Sanitation is often a very integral cause for various deadly diseases and if the hospital continues to ignore such quagmire then this is a major failure on the part of the hospital authority.

RKMH has been a solace for various patients over the year and years to come. But the above mentioned adversities are to be checked for continued efficiency of the hospital. I have personally experienced the predicament and hardship so I hope this will be an eye opener for the management and governing body of RKMH.


Robin Marbom





Maggi and children’s safety

Dear Editor, 

The presence of lead in dangerous proportion in Maggi noodles is making headlines everywhere and many state governments are testing maggi samples to ascertain the healthiness of maggi widely consumed especially by children.

In our state also maggi is consumed in large quantities. Many hostels serve maggi as breakfast.  If the lead and MSG are present in dangerous proportion as reported, it is a matter of great concern. But I’m surprised to see no reaction from the State Government. Does this mean we don’t care for our children?  I don’t think so. Atleast the Government should assure citizens about the truth. If allegations are true then maggi should be immediately banned by the Government. But looks like the concerned department is in sleep mode as usual.







Thanks for the reduced fare

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to thank Deputy Commissioner of East Kameng District Sandeep Kumar Singh for taking the efforts for reduction of Tata Sumo fare from Seppa to Itanagar.

When the news of reduction at a  rate of  Rs. 650 per passenger from Rs 800 for Seppa to Itanagar service was published in Arunachal Times on 22nd May, Tata Sumo Union of East Kameng had protested the move  but the  Deputy Commissioner stood his ground.  After one week, Tata Sumo Union finally accepted the rate fixed by Deputy Commissioner. So, I personally thank  Tata Sumo Union for accepting the rate fixed by Deputy Commissioner for the benefit of people of East Kameng. It has greatly benefitted students as well as poor people who travel from Seppa to Itanagar for medical and official purposes.

Further I request Deputy Commissioner to kindly direct APST to keep their busses neat and clean so that people can travel regularly without worry.


Tate Tayam,





Genuine vendors should not be deprived

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily we would like to request the Capital district administration and other authority concerned that  if the  administration is contemplating to allot parking lot  at Bank Tinali to the vegetable vendors, then, it should be allotted to real and genuine roadside/footpath vegetable vendors.   

We came to know that hundred of women who claimed themselves to be roadside/footpath vegetable sellers had tried to occupy the urban development parking lot building at Bank Tinali, Itanagar on June 2 last.  We would like to inform the Capital Complex district administration and other authority concerned  that  those women who  tried to occupy the  parking place claiming themselves as vegetable sellers are not actual roadside/footpath vegetable sellers. They were having their own shops and showrooms  and  some of them are the owners of shopping complex in  the capital complex.  Therefore, we request the  authorities not to deprive the genuine or actual roadside vegetable sellers if  the administration take any decision to allot the parking lot to vegetable vendors.

Yours etc

Sartam Punung, Kioda Amji, Dougda Yapik, Lindum Yamu, Tagru Yaruk, Dongda Yaic and Chera Yake






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