June 25


Support for Gorkhaland from Arunachal

Staff Reporter

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 Black Bear.

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 stipulated time.

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: Governor

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 areas.

 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 to Governor)




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 School.




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 sincerely.




One found dead in city hotel

Staff Reporter

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 people.




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 anti-social elements.

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 60th minute.

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 students.

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 on Saturday.

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 their doubts.




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. (DIPRO)




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)

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