ITANAGAR, Mar 5: Indian Army has launched major offensive against the NSCN factions
Six additional companies have been deployed in the area, thus increasing the number
of security forces to double, official sources said.
All sensitive places in and around Khonsa town have been occupied by the security
forces led by the Assam Rifles.
According to official sources, offensive has gained momentum after the factional
NSCN (IM) and NSCN (K) have been indulged in a bloody factional fight in the Khonsa
Township to gain control of the area for the last many months.
Factional fights between the two have been going on since November last year which
has left atleast 15 dead. Both groups however have not come out in open to confirm
or deny the numbers of causality.
Sources say that more than 250 locals from Tirap are with NSCN (K) faction while
some 100 are with NSCN (IM).
A top leader of the NSCN (K), when contacted by this daily said that there can be
no peace in Tirap unless NSCN (IM) consisting mostly of Thangkuls from Manipur, leave
He further said that operation by Indian Army was not a new development.
50 hand-made local guns seized
from Lada circle
ITANAGAR, Mar 5: The Circle Officer of Lada in East Kameng district with the support
of the gaon burahs has seized nearly 50 hand-made local guns (pipe maibuk) from the
illegal possession of local villagers under Lada circle recently. The guns were deposited
in the judicial store, Seppa in presence of ADC Mige Kamki, EAC W Ramdaso, police
personnel and other officials on March 1.
These guns were exclusive used by the villagers in wanton killing of wild animals
and birds. Earlier, on Republic Day, the CO-cum executive magistrate Lada, Tajum
Ronya had issued prohibitory order against wanton killing of wild animals and birds
as well fishing by using explosive. He also urged the villagers to preserve natural
wealth and aquatic life in order to maintain ecological balance.
It is very unfortunate that several instances of unreported incidents had occurred
in the recent past under Lada circle leading to death of persons or serious injuries
during illegal hunting with local made guns, the CO said. He further informed that
few persons having good skill in making local guns, who sold guns at a cost ranging
from Rs 2000 to 5000 have been identified and an undertaking has been executed for
not making gun and selling it as it is an illegal and punishable act. Interestingly,
a gaon burah of most interior village Besai claimed possession of local made guns
as legal. Justifying his claim, he said as they are the inhabitant of the international
border area, they need to protect the soil from the external threat as well as from
the attack of wild beast which sometimes take life or damage the crops since they
are not provided gun license by the competent authorities.
It may be mentioned here that Lada circle established in 1980 is the most backward
administrative headquarter in East Kameng district. Due to lack of road connectivity,
one has to walk on foot for 2-4 days through hilly mountains and dense forests to
reach the circle headquarter and interior villages from district headquarter Seppa
In fact the people of Lada circle are very law abiding, peaceful, hard working and
have good hospitable nature, but yet they are struggling hard for survival living
far way from the race of socio-economic and political development. These people are
proud of preserving the rich culture and tradition of indigenous tribal people of
APCC, BJP mourn death of Arjun Singh
ITANAGAR, Mar 5: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee and Bharatiya Janata Party,
Arunachal Pradesh has mourned the death of former Union Minister and Congress stalwart
Recalling the contributions of Singh towards nation building, APCC spokesman Vishal
P Nabam in a condolence message said, his contribution towards uplift of oppressed
sections and struggle for promotion for equality and social justice will be remembered
for ever. With the death of Arjun Singh, an efficient administrator and astute
politician, the Congress party and the nation lost a great leader, he said. The
rank and file of the APCC expressed deep sense of condolence to bereaved family of
late Singh and prayed for his eternal peace.
With his demise Indian politics has lost a veteran who had competently discharged
numerous responsibilities in public life, and served his State, Madhya Pradesh and
the country, said a condolence message of the BJP.
The BJP in a condolence meeting today extended heartfelt condolences and sympathies
to the bereaved family.
Singh, who has had a long and chequered career in Madhya Pradesh as the Chief Minister
and as the Union Minister, died in New Delhi on Friday.
A loyalist of the Gandhi family and considered a shrewd strategist, Singh (81) was
the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh between 1980 and 1985, and was made the Governor
of Punjab just a day after he took oath as Chief Minister for the second time in
Singh became Governor at the height of militancy, and helped a young Prime Minister
Rajiv Gandhi reach an accord with Akali Dal leader Sant Harchand Singh Longowal.
MLA inaugurates AAPGDLU office building
ITANAGAR, Mar 5: All Arunachal Pradesh Government Department Labours’ Union office
building was inaugurated by MLA Techi Kaso near IG Park, Itanagar today in presence
of Itanagar Market Welfare Association, President Bamang Taji.
Meanwhile, All Arunachal Pradesh Government Departmental Labour Union (AAPGDLU) highlighting
the workers grievances in a memorandum to Chief Minister said that 90% of workers
are working in various departments as casual for the last 20-30 years without any
promotion and regularization of their job and thereby facing hardship.
They appealed the Chief Minister for 50% job reservation of labourer as per the seniority
basis who has been serving the department continuously.
They also appealed for construction of RCC drain at AAPGDLU Complex labour colony
near IG Park, Itanagar and placed an estimate amount of Rs. one crore fund for construction
of labour colony cum extension of office building.
FIR against minister and APIC Chief for alleged role in illegal appointments
ITANAGAR, Mar 5: An FIR has been lodged against four persons, including a sitting
minister and a former Commissioner (Art and Culture) by Sango Lomte Foundation on
charges of hatching conspiracy to avail coveted Government jobs in the state.
A case has been lodged against WRD and Civil Aviation Minister Atum Welly, his son
and daughter, former Art and Culture Commissioner YD Thongchi, who is currently the
State Chief Information Commissioner, at Itanagar Police Station on charges of criminal
conspiracy in the appointment of Socio Cultural organiser and Inspector Tax and Excise
with fake education certificates, SLF said in a release.
The educational qualification certificates produced by Welly’s children, for jobs
in government department have been found to be fake which was revealed through RTI,
It demanded the Police to register criminal case against those persons for their
alleged involvement in criminal activities and they be booked under appropriate section
Rubbishing the clarification given by Deputy Commissioner (Legal), Tax and Excise
in response to a complaint lodged by a group of unemployed youth in 2010 regarding
illegal appointment in Tax and Excise department, SLF in another release said that
the appointment in question was made by the DC (Legal on the same day of submission
of application by the candidate, that too without fulfilling the minimum prescribed
norms. ‘Nobody will agree the manner in which the appointment was made on the pretext
of shortage of manpower’, it said.
On withdrawal of posts from APPSC and recruitment departmentally, SLF said that it
could only be done with due permission from Department of Personnel that too after
obtaining approval from the Governor. By withdrawing the posts from APPSC on the
pretext of shortage of man power and administrative exigencies, the DC (Legal) has
not only violated the established guidelines but also undermined the Government plan
and policy, SLF said.
Further, the DC (Legal) has appointed two more Tax and Excise Inspectors in addition
to the original four vacant posts without the approval of the department of O&M and
Government, SLF said while describing his unilateral act and misuse of power and
position in handling the entire episode.
It said that the officiating Inspectors have been regularized through DPC in contradiction
to office memorandum issued by Chief Secretary through Department of Personnel and
Administrative Reforms which says that appointments made on adhoc/officiating/contract
basis in case of exceptional and extreme administrative exigencies shall not be regularized,
and for regularization of their services they must go through regular procedure of
direct recruitment. But there has been no Government notification for withdrawal
of six posts of Inspectors (T&E) from APPSC by the department to conduct interview
departmentally, it added.
Widows demand fresh recruitment on compassionate ground
ITANAGAR, Mar 5: The policemen’s widows, sons and daughters under the banner of All
Arunachal Pradesh Widows’ Association staged hunger strike in front of Chief Minister’s
Bungalow today demanding immediate cancellation of interview for recruitment of widows,
appointment of all the widows of policemen on compassionate ground and removal of
quota system for widows.
In a memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister, the Association alleged that the
recently conducted interview for appointment of widows was illegal as the recruitment
norms under compassionate ground was same as fresh recruitment policy of police personnel.
How could a mother of two or three children go through such harsh recruitment like
a normal candidate, they questioned.
The agitators claimed that the recruitment for the Group C and Group-D category
posts are being conducted on competitive merit basis including education qualification,
physical and other recruitment tests which is difficult for the widows to compete
Opposing the interview, they demanded fresh recruitment for all widows on compassionate
ground and said that the appointment should be made within 6 months or 1 year from
the death of policemen.
Expressing resentment over quota system, memorandum further said if the department
is selecting the widow candidates under 5 per cent reserved quota, this quota system
should have been implemented since 1996. All the candidates of the first batch recruitment
were appointed on compassionate ground without scrutiny. But this time many candidatures
on compassionate ground have been rejected, they claimed.
While talking to this reporter, one of the executive members of the association Tutu
Paron said, “Most of us have come from far away places with a hope to make our life
better. Some of us have sold our valuable properties to face the interview. Some
have spent all of their money which they have been saving after lots of hard work.
But the outcome is disappointing to all of us.” “It’s been more than 15 days staying
here and now we don’t feel good to return empty handed in front of our children”.
From 2006, we have been waiting for this recruitment on compassionate ground but
after reaching here our hope have been broken into pieces.” said P. Sawin, one of
Training on to address neonatal mortality rate
ITANAGAR Mar 5: The Arunachal Pradesh Medical Council under the aegis of National
Rural Health Mission, Arunachal Pradesh started 2nd Phase of 2 day training on Navjaat
Shishu Suraksha Karyakram (Basic Newborn Care and Resuscitation) for medical practitioners
today. Doctors from places such as CHC Koloriang, Palin, PHC Damin, Yangte, Nyapin
etc of Kurung Kumey District; CHC Geku, D.H Yingkiong, PHC Katan of Upper Siang
District; State General Hospital, Naharlagun and private practitioners of capital
complex undergoing training.
The Navjaat Shishu Suraksha Karyakram (NSSK) training programme is being launched
by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India to address neonatal mortality
rate. Neonatal mortality world over is around 37% of all under 5 mortality whereas
in India this is around 50% of all under 5 death, which means that the problem of
under 5 deaths by neonatal causes in disproportionately high in India. Therefore,
the objective of the training is to have persons trained in basic newborn care and
resuscitation available at every delivery which in turn prevent a significant number
of newborn deaths and ensure newborn survival.
Dr. Moji Jini in his address quoted the moto of the Arunachal Pradesh Medical Council
“The duty of practitioners to the people is to render professional service and he/
she must possess appropriate knowledge and skills in modern system of medicine and
surgery which must be continuously improved and must discharge his/her duty within
the guiding principles of profession conduct, Etiquette and Ethics”. Therefore, all
medical practitioners should always update their knowledge to provide their services
to patient; and service without requisite knowledge is unthinkable.
Dr. R. Doye requested all to percolate their knowledge and skills to paramedical
staffs in their respective health unit. Dr. T Kaki, emphasizes on the importance
of continuing medical education programme (CME) for the doctors and requested all
to attend CME whenever such opportunities come up.
Dr. Hibu Tagyung Sr. Paediatrician, Dr. Toko Bombei Tayeng, Gynaecologist and Dr.
Koj Jarbo, Anaesthesiologist of General Hospital Naharlagun are the resource persons
of the two day training.
Social service conducted
ITANAGAR, Mar 5: The people of H-sector, Itanagar headed by H Sector Welfare Committee
chairman Loma Changrang and general secretary Er Kengo Bam have conducted a social
service near Arunodaya School and type V line at Vivek Vihar area today. Such social
service not only make the particular area clean and hygienic, it also generate a
sense of responsibility among the local populace towards a healthy and disease free
environment, a press statement read.
Meanwhile, the Committee appealed various working departments like PWD, UD, PHED,
and power department to extend all possible help to the local people in their endeavour
to maintain health and hygiene.
Students condemned murder of student
ITANAGAR, Mar 5: The Students’ Union of Dera Natung Government College (DNGC) vehemently
condemned the murder of BA final year student of the college Chukam Khimhun at Indira
Gandhi Park on February 21.
Such kind of barbaric and inhumane act deserves condemnation from every section of
the society, the Students Union said in a release, and demanded the authority to
bring the culprit to book without any further delay and punish as per law.
It also expressed serious concern over deteriorating law and order problem in Capital
Complex and demanded the administration to take all necessary security measures to
safeguard the life and property of the capital dwellers.
ITANAGAR, Mar 5: The Students, teachers & management of Saint Thomas School, Emchi,
Doimukh mourned the demise of T.Taloh , Principal of GHHS , Doimukh.
In a message the school community has prayed for the eternal peace of the departed
soul and prayed for his family to the Almighty God to overcome the difficulties and
sorrows in their life.
ITANAGAR, Mar 5: Manghi Welfare Society under the sponsorship of NABARD conducted
an awareness orientation programme for the development of farmers club in Sangram
circle on March 1 last.
Altogether 95 members including members from nine farmers club attended the programme.
On the occasion, District Horticulture Officer YP Singh emphasized on practicing
of multi-crop farming and also encouraged the farmers to engage in horticulture activities.
ASM Hiba Tanak and Assistant Teacher Biri Rajaram highlighted on sanitation programme
and role of farmers club in upliftment of the individuals and the society as a whole.
New ALSU team elected
ITANAGAR Mar 5: Tadar Tarish, Temi Pabo and Romik Jagu have been elected as president,
vice-president and general secretary of All Arunachal Law Students Union (ALSU) in
the recently concluded 4th general conference cum election of ALSU held at Nyikum
Niya Hall Nirjuli.
The oath taking ceremony of newly elected team of ALSU will take place on 7th of
March in Itanagar. However ALSU election was marred with minor incident of clashes
among students. On the day voting took place, one person claiming to be law student
forcibly tried to take part in voting process. However election commission members
stopped him from voting on finding his documents to be fake. After this person took
out a traditional dao which was hidden in his jacket and created ruckus in the election
process. On being chased by volunteers he runs away from the scene.
In this regard an FIR was lodged at Nirjuli police station and yesterday the accused
surrendered at the same police station.
Disclosing this, chief election commissioner of ALSU Chera Tamak informed that because
of strict scrutiny, many fake students were filtered. “850 students including conference
and election committees were enrolled for election. After scrutiny, only 419 were
found to be genuine students eligible to vote. Election were held for only six post
and remaining were elected unopposed,” told Chera Tamak.
Meanwhile in an unsavory incident, after the election result was declared Bito Gara,
one of the contesting candidates for general secretary was physically assaulted by
unknown persons near the venue of election. Informing this general secretary of
Galo Students Union Pakmik Taipodia has urged concern authorities to immediately
arrest the unknown assaulter.
ITANAGAR: Responding to the demands of All Arunachal Pradesh Workers’ Union (AAPWU)
regarding cancellation of group C and D illegal appointments made during 2009-10
in WRD department, the Chief Engineer assured to verify the facts and sought a month’s
time to look into the alleged illegal appointments, the Union said in a release.
It hoped that CE WRD, Itanagar will look into their demands soon after the March
AAYA says no to punishment posting and corruption
ITANAGAR: All Arun-achal Youth Association (AAYA) vowed to fight against all forms
of corruptions including misuse of public money by public leaders, officers and to
check absenteeism of teachers and other Government staff in Kurung Kumey district.
Due to frequent transfer and posting of Government staff, the attendance of officers
and officials in various Government establishments in Kurung Kumey is very low, AAYA
observed in a meeting here today.
It demanded the authority to stop punishment transfer/posting in the district for
the sake of development. AAYA also decided to monitor implementation of centrally
sponsored scheme and supply of PDS items in Kurung Kumey district.
Earlier, AAYA reconstituted its executive committee with Tamchi Taha and Tai Kaha
as its new president and general secretary respectively.