ITANAGAR, Jun 24: Even as the Mamata Banerjee led Government in West Bengal made
attempts to discredit the demand for Gorkhaland by a large section of society in
Darjeeling Hills, support from all quarters could be seen, with the Arunachal Pradesh
Gorkha Youth Welfare Association (APGYWA) organising a peaceful solidarity rally
on Saturday at Itanagar.
"We are carrying out this peaceful rally to express our support for creation of Gorkhaland",
said (APGYWA) President Shyam Ghatani during the rally.
Hundreds of Gorkha youths from across the state participated in the rally, which
started from I G Park Tennis Court and culminated at the Itanagar Gompa here.
The APGYWA President while condemning the statement reportedly made by Banerjee that
"Gorkhas are refugees", said that if the Gorkhas are refugees than why there is a
Gorkha regiment in the Indian Army, and why their language 'Nepali' is a scheduled
language in the Indian Constitution.
The demand for Gorkhaland, which had remained dormant for some time, erupted into
a full intensified demand recently following the West Bengal Government's announcement
to make Bengali language compulsory in schools.
Further, the East Kameng Gorkhas Welfare Society also organised a peace rally to
support Gorkhaland on Saturday, and paid homage to the martyrs who had scarified
their lives for the greater interest of the Gorkhas. The rally started from Seppa
General Ground to Police Station and ended at the general ground.
Various protest rallies and solidarity marches are being taken all across the country
and beyond in support of Gorkhaland. Several organisations in the North East and
those demanding small states have also shown their support for the Gorkhaland movement.
Mass rallies were taken out on June 22 last in various districts of Assam for the
same while a Tripura tribal party organised rallies in 29 places across the state
on Saturday to support the demand for a separate Gorkhaland state.
In the meantime, the indefinite shutdown in the Hills reached the 10th day on Saturday.
Himalayan black bear cub rescued
ITANAGAR, Jun 24: A Himalayan black bear cub was rescued in East Siang district of
Arunachal Pradesh and handed over to forest authorities for rehabilitation.
Oset Tasing from Boleng in the district rescued the cub from his agriculture field
on Thursday, forest officials said today.
Tasing brought the cub to her residence and after feeding it, she handed it over
to the Range Forest Officer of Boleng, the sources said.
The Himalayan Black Bear (Ursus thibetanus) is an endangered sub-species of the Asiatic
It is a medium-sized, sharp-clawed, black-coloured bear with a light brown muzzle
and a pale yellow crescent on the chest. (PTI)
General Hospital Ziro dedicated to Gyati Takka
ZIRO, Jun 24: The nomenclature of General Hospital, Ziro was formally changed as
Gyati Takka General Hospital in a function on Saturday.
"Gyati Takka was a legendary leader known for his truthfulness and simplicity during
his long political career from 70s to late 1990s," said local MLA and Parliamentary
(Food and Civil Supplies) Tage Taki, while unveiling his bust.
"It is a historic occasion for the people of the district to bestow such an honour
to the departed leader," Taki said, and thanked the state government for recognizing
the contribution of the great leader to the district during its formative stage.
Taking a brief tour of the hospital premises and later speaking at the Abotani Hall,
the local MLA assured to look into various needs of the hospital.
Commissioner (GA and DA) Hage Kojeen informed the gathering about "Chief Minister's
District Innovative and Challenge Fund" which was recently launched to meet the critical
public infrastructure gaps, including health, education or other social sectors.
Informing that hospitals without adequate diagnostic equipment, machinery and proper
buildings are eligible under this scheme, he advised the Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner
and the DMO to prepare a scheme for the hospital for onward submission within the
District Medical Officer, Dr Tage Kanno highlighted the various problems of the hospital,
such as shortage of power supply, need of an anaesthetist, radiologist etc.
Meanwhile, Gyati Kacho, son of Gyati Takka donated Rs 2 lakhs to the hospital for
purchase of urgent medical equipment. (DIPRO)
Selection of Pasighat under Smart Cities Mission to usher improved standard of life:
ITANAGAR, Jun 24: Arunachal Pradesh Governor, P B Acharya has expressed confidence
that with selection of Pasighat, the district headquarters of East Siang district
under Centre's Smart Cities Mission, a new benchmark for excellence will be laid
in standard of life, health care and educational facilities and basic infrastructure.
Congratulating the denizens of Pasighat, Acharya said that Pasighat, the centennial
town of the state and one of the foremost educational hubs of the erstwhile NEFA
deserved to be included in the list.
The Governor further expressed hope that the Smart City Mission will drive overall
economic growth and thereby improve quality of life of people by enabling local decentralization
for better local area development and harnessing green technology, especially technology
that leads to smart outcomes.
Specific area-based development will transform existing areas into better planned
ones, thereby improving liveability of the whole city. New areas will be suitably
developed around cities in order to accommodate the expanding population in urban
Application of Smart Solutions will enable cities to use technology, information
and data to improve infrastructure and services. Comprehensive development in this
way will improve standard of life by creating employment and enhancing income for
all, especially the poor and the disadvantaged, leading to inclusive cities. (PRO
Smart Classroom teaching introduced in Jairampur
JAIRAMPUR, Jun 24: Smart Classroom education has been introduced in three schools
of Jairampur Sub-division in Changlang district.
Parliamentary Secretary (LM & Consumer Affairs) Laisam Simai formally inaugurated
the K-Yan Smart classroom at Government Higher Secondary School, Nampong on Saturday
in presence of Jairampur ADC, PRI members, teachers and students.
The equipment for smart classrooms was procured from untied fund (2016-17) by the
local administration in consultation with the local MLA.
Simai urged the students to take full advantage of the system.
Reminding the students and teacher that days ahead are full of challenges and competitions,
he urged the teachers to equip the students with the required knowledge to enable
them to successfully compete in today's cut-throat competitive world. He also urged
the teachers to equip themselves with modern teaching methods.
He said discipline, hard work and positive attitude need to be developed among students
to achieve success in life.
Later in the day, ADC S S Choudhury and Jairampur ZPM Tusam also inaugurated K-YAN
smart classroom at Government Higher Secondary School, Jairampur and Kovin Secondary
Police warn public against mystery callers
PASIGHAT, Jun 24: The police of Pasighat Police Station warned the public not to
divulge confidential information of their bank accounts, such as PIN, card numbers
and OTP to any mystery callers.
Fraudsters introduce themselves as bank officer and ask the customers for PIN, card
numbers, OTP in the pretext of verification in order to get access to one's bank
account, said Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Anggit Taying.
He said that the police have received numerous complaints of people being duped through
fraudulent transactions in Pasighat.
"Banks never ask for confidential information, such as OTP, ATM and card numbers
etc from customers; and such calls can only be made by fraudsters," he said.
Expressing concern over growing traffic congestion at Pasighat town, Taying appealed
to all to obey traffic rules and also asked the traffic police to perform duties
One found dead in city hotel
ITANAGAR, Jun 24: One Papung Nayu (29) reportedly plunged to his death from the third
floor window of his room to the rooftop of the ground floor of Waii International
Hotel at Itanagar on Saturday morning.
The police informed that Nayu, a resident of Polo Colony in Naharlagun, had checked
into the hotel with three other friends for the past seven days.
The police also said that the body of Nayu was found by a hotel boy at around 7AM
on Saturday while cleaning the roof top of the ground floor.
The police also said that the three other people have been interrogated, who claimed
that they were drunk and went off to sleep. They also claimed that they found out
about the incident only after the body was discovered in the morning.
On signs of any foul play, the police informed that the Nayu had received a head
injury from the fall, but his body has been sent for post mortem, after which his
cause of death will be ascertained.
A case of unnatural death under section 174 CrPC has been registered in the Itanagar
Police Station in this regard which includes reasonable suspicion of some other person
committing an offence.
Laughter: the best medicine
Flights Of Fantasy
[ M Panging ]
Why are we so serious in life ? It seems that everyone is so busy with their lives
that there is no time to laugh! In govt jobs or in MNCs/PSUs any one laughing is
considered to be wasting time or displaying casual attitude. At work, one is supposed
to keep working with a grim face. An effective boss is stiff collared, not supposed
to smile and be stern always.
In many of our houses we rarely laugh or joke. When we meet in gatherings in villages
or towns also we hardly joke or laugh. We are so serious that even husband and wife
do not walk together. Husband walks ahead with the wife following behind by few paces!
Similarly in offices also, we are too serious for any laughter or jokes. We are too
serious in our towns, villages, families, offices, schools.
In our tribal society there are too many Kebangs/Kebaa/Mels going on in our villages
and towns. Kebangs/Kebaa/Mels are conducted for resolving property disputes, land
disputes, marital disputes, petty crimes, violence etc. Another new addition to this
list of disputes is defamation cases. It is estimated that there are hundreds of
Kebangs/ Kebaa/ Mels going on per day in our villages and towns! In many cases, even
when the disputes are being tried in judicial courts, Kebangs/Kebaa/Mels are held
for the same. Despite so many Kebangs/ Kebaa/ Mels the peace index in society seems
to be going down!
The rare jokes are at the cost of another person, tribe or organization. We do not
have the ability to laugh at ourselves (Remember Sardarji jokes). If anyone pulls
a pun on us individually, our tribe or our political party or our organization, we
take it too seriously and are ready for another Kebang/Kebaa/Mel! Reaction to many
disputes are typically ‘Kaat Dunga’ or ‘Maar Dunga’ or ‘Dao Dekha Hai…?’
Due to our seriousness in life, stress levels are increasing, leading to lifestyle
diseases like high Blood Pressure, Hypertension, Diabetes etc. Due to high stress
levels, most of us are always short tempered, irritable and argumentative. We are
always in a rush, always overspeeding and overtaking; we want to arrive last and
jump the line. We are irritable, rude and start the day shouting at each other!
As per many studies, laughter has many benefits. Laughter relaxes the body, boosts
immunity, combats depression, relieves pain and may help us live longer. Laughter
triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins
promote an overall sense of well-being and relieve pain. Considering the positive
effects of laughter, many Laughter Clubs are operating in many cities and towns.
Shows like ‘Comedy Nights with Kapil Sharma’ and ‘The Great Indian Laughter Challenge’
are gaining popularity across the country.
Is being too serious in life making us rich or bringing about development overnight?
At least being little bit Bindass and amusing can make our mundane lives easier to
live, make us healthier leading to a more peaceful and healthier society. Let’s start
the day with a Laughter Pill in the morning! Can we look forward to an Arunachal
Laughter Challenge? (The writer is a retired Group Captain of the Indian Air Force)
Purchase own helicopter, ACS asks state govt
ITANAGAR, Jun 24: The Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) has appealed to the state government
to purchase new 28 and 8-seater helicopters.
In a representation to the Chief Minister, the ACS said that instead of hiring private
helicopter, the state government needs a helicopter of its own for the benefit of
citizens as well as the government.
Saying that the government is losing huge revenue while hiring private helicopter
on lease or hire basis, the ACS claimed that people are also feeling unsafe while
travelling by air in "old or second-hand" Pawan Hans or Skyone helicopters.
It requested the Chief Minister to take up the matter with the Union Civil Aviation
Ministry for purchase of own helicopter to save revenue as well as benefit of the
Rebia inspects dilapidated Doimukh PS
DOIMUKH, Jun 24: Urban Development, Land Management, Law and Justice Minister, Nabam
Rebia inspected the dilapidated Doimukh Police Station on Saturday.
During inspection, Rebia observed that water logging poses a serious problem for
the police station, and accordingly directed DC Tai Kaye to acquire the PWD building
rented by the Postal Department.
Rebia also directed the UPO to speed up the drainage construction around the police
station, and said that the Doimukh Police Station should be a model police station.
Deputy SP, Neelam Nega, UPO and the Doimukh Circle Officer also accompanied the Minister.
Students receive study material
NAMSAI, Jun 24: The Sarbajanin Durga Puja Committee (SDPC), Namsai donated study
material and other essentials to 70 school children from economically poor backgrounds,
which were distributed by Planning Parliamentary Secretary Chow Zingnu Namchoom in
a small function.
Namchoom appreciated the SDPC for the initiative of the NGO and assured his assistance
in similar programmes. He also called on parents to see that the study materials
are properly utilized and that their wards are kept away from drug abuse and other
Among others, the programme was also attended by Namsai ADC, ZPC, government officials
and various other district organisation representatives.
Central Dree Football: AHSA-A takes third place
12 senior Dree football players felicitated
ZIRO, Jun 24: The All Hija Sports Association-A (AHSA-A) defeated Hari Sports Club
(HSC) 3-1 in the third place decider match of the Golden Jubilee Dree Football Tournament
played at Government Higher Secondary School Ziro playground on Saturday.
AHSA-A and HSC lost their semi-final matches against Diibo Sports Club and Sojang
Lapang Sports Club respectively.
Nada Tamo, Pura Byai and Kago Lampung scored in the 20th, 31st and 52nd minutes for
the winning team, while the consolation goal for HSC was scored by Landi Millo in
Local MLA Tage Taki handed over the third place trophy to winner AHSA-A, along with
a cheque bearing Rs 15,000.
In all, 12 senior players from various Apatani villages, who played in Dree Football
Tournament during the 60s and 70s, have also been felicitated. Mementos inscribing
Dree Golden Jubilee were handed over to them by the local MLA.
The grand finale of the Golden Jubilee Dree Football Tournament will be played between
Sojang Lapang Sports Club and Diibo Sports Club on Monday.
National Goal Keeping Coach and Head of Youth Development of Shillong Lajong Football
Club, Gumpe Rime is expected to attend and witness the final match.
9 Warrior Football Tournament kicks off
ITANAGAR, Jun 24: The 2nd 9 Warrior Football Tournament was kicked off by Kurung
Kumey Deputy Commissioner, Kanki Darang and Lower Koloriang Anchal Chairperson Bengia
Tapo at Koloriang General Ground on Saturday.
In total, 10 teams of Kurung Kumey district are participating in the tournament.
The teams are Yumlam ACF, Bura United, Koloriang One, Chera Brothers, New Bazar,
Ane Yapak, Sangram FC, Yangte Football Club, Friendship FC and Kurung United, informed
the organizer, Koloriang Sports Club.
LBEF felicitates toppers of AISSE & AISSCE
PASIGHAT, Jun 24: The Legong Banggo Employees Forum (LBEF) conducted its second felicitation
programme at Bilat Higher Secondary School on Saturday and awarded 27 meritorious
Among best performing higher secondary schools, GHSS Bilat was adjudged as the best
school by the Forum for its pass percent average of 67.6 percent this year. Last
year, the same school's principal was suspended for poor results.
The Forum also donated four white boards to the school.
DC East Kameng, Rajeev Takuk, who is also Chairman of LBEF spoke about the aims and
objectives of the felicitation programme and categorically said that proper education
facilities are necessary to bring improved changes in the region.
Parliamentary Secretary, Tatung Jamoh and Director Elementary Education, Tapi Gao
also laid emphasis on promoting education to bring self reliance and progress in
Legong Banggo areas.
The officials also appealed to the teaching community to comply with the government
order of rationalizing of posting of teachers, citing that many schools in interior
areas are suffering due to shortage of teachers.
MLA Jamoh and DEE Gao also inspected the school infrastructure of GHSS Bilat and
found several classes under pitiable conditions.
RARI conducts medical camp
NAHARLAGUN, Jun 24: The Regional Ayurvedic Research Institute (RARI), Itanagar conducted
a free health check and awareness camp at Government Secondary School, Pachin, Naharlagun
A team of ayurvedic doctors from RARI examined the patients and distributed medicines
to needy patients for free.
They asked the school staff, students and general people to maintain good health
and hygienic practices and keep their surrounding neat and clean.
In total, 159 patients have availed the benefit of the medical camp. Fifteen out
of the total patients investigated were found anaemic (less than 9.0 gm%).
The camp was inaugurated by Papum Pare DMO Dr. Tasso Kampu.
The institute has also adopted 10 villages and colonies in Papum Pare district under
Swasthya Rakshan Programme linked to Swachha Bharat Mission.
Since April this year, weekly OPDs are running in five villages, where free medical
check up, haemoglobin and blood sugar tests, and consultation are being facilitated.
Orientation-cum-training of Para Legal Volunteers
YINGKIONG, Jun 24: In all, 65 Para Legal Volunteers (PLV) from Upper Siang and Siang
districts attended a District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), Upper Siang district
conducted day-long orientation-cum-training programme of PLVs at District Court Building,
Yingkiong on Saturday.
Addressing the participants on the occasion, DLSA Organising Secretary, Oson Mibang
advised the participants to remain active for creating awareness while Member Secretary,
DLSA (JMFC-cum-Civil Judge) Upper Siang, Mary Kamsi gave basic knowledge about the
role of PLVs under the Legal Service Authority Act, 1987 and Juvenile Justice Board.
She also spoke about the various Acts such as MV Act, POCSO Act, Maintenance, MV
Act, Arunachal Pradesh Victim Compensation Act and Juvenile Justice Board Act.
An interactive session was also held on the occasion, wherein the participants clarified
Awareness created among students on child labour, drug menace, POCSO Act, 2012
ZIRO, Jun 24: Awareness on topics like child labour, drug menace, Protection of
Children from Sexual Offence Act, 2012 and Child Welfare Committee and its functioning
were created among students of Government Secondary School, Hapoli on Saturday as
part of a daylong legal awareness campaign.
Organised by the District Legal Service Authority, the campaign was attended by advocates
Tanyang Tado, Hibu Usha and Pura Dollo as resource persons.
Also, Ziro PS OC, P Simi informed the school children about traffic rules and Motor
Vehicle Act. Later, an interactive session was also held wherein students clarified
their doubts on various laws for the children.
Paralegal volunteer Racho Mary, teachers and students of the school and court staffs
participated in the programme. (DIPRO)
Medal winners felicitated
YINGKIONG, Jun 24: Wadokai Karate Association, Upper Siang district, Yingkiong on
Friday last felicitated all the medal winners of 20th All India Wadokai Karate Championship
2017, at Talkatora Stadium, New Delhi on June 4 last.
Those felicitated, include Sen Miyu (Gold), Tupten Dorjee (Silver), Kadum Miyu (Silver),
Lizum Kamsi (Bronze), Okit Miyu (Bronze) and Karte Borang (Bronze).
The programme was conducted under the chairmanship of Yingkiong District Sports Officer,
Kamin Toko and was attended by District Sports Officer, Bading Teng, ZPM, Deputy
Superintendent of Police, District Tourism Officer and parents of the medal winners.
Mr & Miss Arunachal come September
ITANAGAR, Jun 24: The organizers of Mr Arunachal pageant contest, Aries Corps Event
Management Group, informed that they would be holding the event for both boys and
girls under the title 'Mr & Miss Arunachal' from this year onward.
Speaking during a press conference at Arunachal Press Club, the group's chief advisor
Tadu Dodum cleared that 'Miss Arunachal' beauty pageant contest which is held by
other organizers should not be confused with their event 'Mr & Miss Arunachal'.
He informed that 'Mr & Miss Arunachal' will be held in September 14, 2017 where the
district level pageant contest winners will get direct entry into the top 15 list.
Meeting on special drives to maximize enrolment of youths
ROING, Jun 24: A meeting-cum-training was held under the chairmanship of Lower Dibang
Valley Deputy Commissioner-cum-DEO, Deepak Shinde in connection with conduct of special
drives to maximize enrolment in the age group of 18-21 years on Saturday, which was
attended by various BLOs, supervisors and AEROs.
Speaking on the occasion, the DC directed all BLOs and Supervisors to ensure proper
conduct of special drives to enrol maximum number of young voters, verification of
dead voters in the electoral roll and 100 percent coverage of replacement of black
and white EPIC with new PVC EPIC.
The DEO has also urged all BLOs for proper verification of all relevant documents
and directed to conduct house to house visit during the period of special drive.
July 8 and 22 have been fixed as special camp days for new enrolment of voters between
18-21 years of age. (DIPRO)