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Society demands thorough investigation

ITANAGAR, Mar 17: Tadar Abu Charitable Society has requested concern authorities to properly investigate into the mysterious death of one Tadar Lala. Late Lala, a 15 year old boy was found dead at railway over bridge, Doimukh on Sunday. The Society alleged that the dead body bore injury marks and in all probability he was attacked by some unknown miscreants leading to his death.

Meanwhile, the Arunachal Law Students’ Union (ALSU) strongly condemned the mysterious death of the 15 year old school going boy. ALSU called for transparent and prompt investigation so that the culprit(s) involved in the heinous crime are booked immediately. ALSU also conveyed deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family.

The union also condemned the ineffectiveness of concerned authority in handling the law and order problems in the state.


Road widening works in full swing

ITANAGAR, Mar 17: Work on widening the stretch of Digaru-Tezu-Demwe road is going on in full swing under strict supervision and monitoring of Border Roads Organization (BRO).

The road being widened into double lane under PM’s package connects Hawai, the district headquarters of Anjaw.

“BRO is leaving no stone unturned to complete the two-lane works at the earliest,” said Col. C Rajashekar, Commander 48 BRTF (GREF).

The road being executed by Guwahati based Bharatiya Infra Projects Ltd. is designed for a speed of 80 Km/ph for ruling and 65 Km/ph for absolute minimum.

Progress made in the last six months for the stretch of the road from Digaru to Tezu and Tezu to Demwe has been reported 54.33 percent 28.98 percent respectively.

The road is expected to complete by December 2015.

Preparation of DPR for two-lane highway from Demwe to Bramhakund is under progress and the work will likely to start during 2015-16, according to a BRTF release.


NHPC donates medicines

ROING, Mar17: The Power Developer for Dibang Multi-Purpose Project, NHPC Ltd Roing, under its CSR-SD Programme handed over medicines and diagnostic kits to the District Medical Officer here  yesterday for distribution among the PHCs and CHCs of the district.

Dr. L Hanner, Asstt. Chief Medical Officer along with S R Gupta, Dy. Manager (PR) of NHPC Ltd., Roing handed over the medicines to Dr D. Wange, DMO Roing in the premises of the District Hospital.


Public demands bank at Parbuk

ITANAGAR, Mar 17: Anchal Samity Member of Parbuk-Bolik, Joseph Pertin, on behalf of the PRI members and general public of Parbuk, Mobang, Kangkong and Bolung has appealed to the Chairman of Arunachal Pradesh Rural Bank (APRB), Naharlagun to open a bank branch at Parbuk village to cater to the banking needs of people of the area.

The people of these villages without having a bank in their area have to travel around 20kms to reach Roing town to get their financial transactions and other bank works done, the ASM said in its representation.

Opening an APRB branch at centrally located Parbuk village will not only cater to the banking needs of the villagers, government employees and businessmen but also save their valuable time, the ASM said in its representation.


Financial Literacy Counseling Camp held

ITANAGAR, Mar 17: North East Development Welfare Society in collaboration with Arunachal Pradesh Cooperative Apex Bank, Seppa conducted a Financial Literacy Counseling Camp at Mobua village, East Kameng District recently.

During the camp, the resource persons detailed on book keeping for Self Help Group and Farmers Club.

NEDWS Chairman Tabom Boje and APEX Bank Seppa Branch Manager C Mara visited the Orange orchard at Seppa.

Mara informed that, said Orange orchard was earlier financed by Cooperative Apex Bank Seppa in 2006. This year the farm owner of the Orange garden has earned Rupees two lakhs from the garden.

Earlier, North East Development Welfare Society has also organized Financial Literacy Counseling Camp at Dumporijo.

Attending the camp, Upper Subansiri District Deputy Commissioner, Komkar Dulom advised the villagers for development of Horticulture and Agriculture gardens in the district.

NEDWS Chairman, Boje stressed on formation of Self Help Group and also emphasized on taking up Horti & Agri, Dairy farming, Piggery, Poultry, Fishery and large Cardamom, Pineapple and Orange gardens.


ABK continues anti-opium drive


PASIGHAT, Mar 17: The women activists of Adi Baane Kebang (ABK), which has been taking up cudgels against opium cultivation in Siang belt reached to remote Komsing village on Sunday and destroyed large area of poppy cultivation.

The women activists with the help of local administration and GBs stepped in Komsing hills and destroyed about 4 hectares of poppy plants owned by one Tagom Taloh, a local villager. Reportedly, the joint team searched for opium cultivator Taloh but he was found absconding.

The woman activists led by Yalem Taga Burang later conducted an awareness meeting at Pangin Solung Ground and requested local PRI members and leading citizens to take strong action against the opium traders. The team also urged the village folk to join hand with ABK in its efforts to eradicate narcotic menace. She also appealed the local administration to take effective step against the opium cultivation in jungles.

The woman brigade also urged the engineers concerned for early repairing of worn-out Komsing hanging bridge over Siang river, which serves as lifeline for the villagers of Pangi, Sissen, Komsing, Kumku, Jorsing and Karo villages.


BJP demands CBI inquiry into nun gang rape case

ITANAGAR, Mar 17: The State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has demanded CBI inquiry into the nun gang rape case in Ranaghat under Nadia district in West Bengal.

Condemning the incident in its strongest term, the party in a release demanded that perpetrators of the crime must be brought to book and award them exemplary punishment.

The task has become much easier for police after appearance of the CCTV camera footage of the incident. But the criminals involved in the incident are still moving freely, the party said and demanded the West Bengal Government to arrest the culprits involved immediately instead of politicizing the whole episode.


NSS unit provides relief  materials to fire victims

AALO Mar 17: The National Service Scheme (NSS) Unit of St Francis De Sales College, Aalo visited Tadin village and distributed relief materials to fire accident affected families on recently.

During the visit the NSS unit in collaboration with college management, distributed mosquito nets, utensils, jugs, pieces of plates and glasses to the victims. DIPRO


NABARD workshops on Commodity Trading

ITANAGAR, Mar 17: A block level workshop on Commodity Trading for farmers was organized by NABARD Consultancy Services Pvt. Ltd. (NABCONS) in collaboration with “AMYAA”, a local non governmental organization (NGO) at Diyun and Rajanagar of Changlang district today.

Assistant Project Managers of NABARD Kamal Roy explained to the farmers about commodity trade its main objective which includes price discovery and better price realization to farmers for their produces.

The farmers were taught session on “producer’s organizations” wherein they were recommended to form Farmers Clubs to avail project supports from NABARD.

The participants got their all doubts on commodity trading cleared by the NABARD officials during an interactive session at close of the programme.

The workshop was attended by representatives from various SHGs, farmers, panchayat members and producers from farming background.


USTM hosts journos’ interaction

GUWAHATI, Mar 17: The University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya (USTM) organized an interactive session among journalists from different parts of India where the scribes discussed about different aspects of Northeast those are reflected in the metro dailies.

The session titled ‘Journalists’ interface: Northeast versus rest of India’ was organized on March 15 inside the campus of USTM.

Over 250 journalists from various parts of the country, who were in the city to participate in the 123 Working Committee Meeting of Indian Federation of Working Journalists (IFWJ) hosted by Assam Union of Working Journalists, joined in the discussion in presence of another 50 journalists from different parts of Assam and Northeast India.

The interactive session witnessed the discussion of various relevant issues pertaining to the region amongst the visiting journalists where the issue of ‘negligence in the national media about Northeast’ was highlighted.

Moreover the burning issues like insurgency, illegal foreigners, border conflicts etc were also discussed.

The IFWJ delegates led by its national president K. Vikram Rao and secretary general Parmanand Pandey assured that they would go back to their respective working places with the new understandings of the alienated region.


Workshop on examination  strategies for students held

ITANAGAR, Mar 17: The five days workshop on examination preparation strategies for the students of Indira Gandhi Govt. College, Tezu conducted by Vivekananda Kendra Arun Jyoti concluded today.

Sessions on various examination related topics and issues, such as concept of examination, concentration, memory power, importance of yoga for stress management, memory game etc were conducted by resource person Ashoke Atate, Nagar Sangathak, Vivekananda Kendra, Tezu in the workshop which was titled “Pariksha De Haste Haste”.

Earlier, Kruleso Ngadong, Nagar Pramukh, Tezu inaugurated the workshop.


ATI training

ITANAGAR, Mar 17: Two days training on inventory management for DMS/DHS store keeper of all the districts was held at Administrative Training Institute, Naharlagun organized by the State Health Society, Naharlagun.

Dr. T Taku, Nodal officer (Training) exhorted the trainees to reap maximum benefit out of the training and clear all their doubts by participating in the training.

“It is the responsibility of the staff to maintain the register and store properly,” he said.

Responding to the queries of the participants, Dr. Taku informed that district warehouse under RCH has been made operational in all the districts as per feasibility. He advised all to maintain the stock ledger of issue and receipt voucher properly to maintain transparency. Further, he encouraged the participants to intimate the DMO about the quantity of medicines expired and propose for disposal of the medicines.

Resource Person of the training Narender Jagra, Consultant (UNICEF) highlighted the objectives, purpose and components of logistic system. He opined that due to lack of training, there is a gap because of which supply chain management is not properly implemented. He hoped that the training equipped the participants with better Inventory Management.


Union serves two months ultimatum

ITANAGAR, Mar 17: Block Students Union of Nyapin Nyobia Sangram Phassang in a letter to Directorate of School Education demanded immediate Renovation of Govt. Sec. School Leya, posting of teachers to Govt. Sec. School Leya and immediate demarcation of school boundary wall of Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Sangram.

The union served two months ultimatum to the authority to fulfil their three points of demand and threaten to launch phase wise bandh call in their jurisdiction.


Awareness camp

ITANAGAR, Mar 17: Women Welfare Society, Dumporijo has organised international women day cum awareness camp at Aki Nirin village under Dumporijo recently.

On the occasion, resource persons highlighted on Protection of child from sexual offence, Protection of women from domestic violence, Empowerment of women, Health and Hygienic, Agriculture /Horticulture and Education facilities provided to girls child.


Tackle crimes with strong hands: ACCI

ITANAGAR, Mar 17: While appreciating the Capital police for apprehending number of criminals, Arunachal Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) president Techi Lala and general secretary Tarh Nachung today said that the recent success though laudable but should not be a cause for complacency.

Stating that the state is posing for speedy development and peace is the first prerequisite for investment friendly atmosphere for investors, they said the police should maintain the same tempo and spirit to win the confidence of the investors as well the masses by tackling all form of crimes with a strong hand.


Arrest remaining accused

ITANAGAR, Mar 17: Mithun Farmers Club Lora Kimin has appealed the police officials of Lower Subansiri and North Lakhimpur districts to arrest the remaining accused involved in stealing Mithuns from Kimin area. On 10th March, one Pranab Kaman of Harmuty was arrested and some members of the gang of Mithun thieves were caught.


Don’t close the road, appeals labour union

ITANAGAR, Mar 17: The All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union Capital Complex Unit has written to Director NERIST requesting him not to close the approach road leading towards Nyokum colony.

The Union claimed that residents of Nyokum colony especially the labour force will face problems if the said stretch of road is closed. It also appealed the Director NERIST to provide a breadth of four metres approach road for the convenience of the people.


National Water and Sanitation Awareness Week launched

ITANAGAR, Mar 17: PHE & WS Minister Takam Pario today launched National Water and Sanitation Awareness Week at Poma village by flagging off the tableau bearing message on safe drinking water and sanitation.

The main objective of the programme is to disseminate message on use of sanitary toilet, use of safe drinking water and community participation in operation and maintenance of water supply system. The event was attended by the Commissioner PHE & WS, Chief Engineer EZ, WZ, D&P and Sanitation. The PRI members, villagers and school children of Poma village took active participation in the programme.


Workshop on Mission Indradhanush held

TEZU, Mar 17: District Workshop on Mission Indradhanush was organized at Deputy Commissioner office here today by the District Health Department, Tezu.

Mission Indradhanush aims to provide immunization to all the unvaccinated or partially vaccinated (drop outs and left outs) children by 2020.

Addressing the gathering, Deputy Commissioner Dr. B.M. Mishra advocated for systematic arrangements of the immunization programmes for intensive immunization in the district. Not a single child in the district should be left out, he said.

He assured all support to achieve 100 per cent immunization coverage in the district and assured to personally monitor Routine Immunization programmes.

Dr. Taga Taka highlighted on immunization programme at national and state level.

The Mission Indradhanush or Universal Immunization Programme provides life saving vaccines to protect against Measles, Polio, Hepatitis B, Diphtheria, Whooping Cough/Pertussis, Tetanus and Tuberculosis to the children.

Apart from departmental activities, various social mobilization activities like micro planning to target drop outs and left out groups, IEC displays, announcements, rallies, engaging influencers, mothers meetings, community meetings etc have been incorporated to ensure 100 per cent immunization. DIPRO


Workshop on Sabla organized

ITANAGAR, Mar 17: Urban ICDS Project, Itanagar conducted workshop on Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls (RGSEAG)-SABLA for Sakhi and Saheli/Adolescent Girls.

Officers from various line departments, including Dr. VN Sharma, State Liaison Officer, Dept. of H& T Education, Dr. Morik Bagra, MO, Itafort Dispensary, Dr Toko Papu, MO, RSBK(NRHM), Yupia, Tadar Mepung, former Vice Chairperson & Chairperson, CWC, ICC and T. Banerjee, DO, CFN, GoI, Itanagar Unit attended the workshop as resources persons and took classes on skill development, health and hygiene, women empowerment and food and nutrition. Earlier, inaugurating the workshop Nyapi Ringu, Deputy Director (ICDS) advised all the beneficiaries to avail the optimum of the scheme.

S.C Tok, CDPO highlighted the various provisions/components of the scheme and urged all Sakhies/Sahelies/Adolescent girls to be concentrate and reap benefit out of the classes.


News Impact

Tongam Rina wins ‘Indian of the Year’ in public service category

NEW DELHI, Mar 17:  Journalist Tongam Rina wins the CNN IBN Indian of the Year 2014  for public service. Rina received the award from Vice President Hamid Ansari in a glittering award giving ceremony on Tuesday evening at New Delhi. She is the Associate Editor of Arunachal Times.  Rina was shot at close range in front of her office gate around 6:15 pm on July 15, 2012.  

Recovered from her injuries, she continues her journalism of courage highlighting how hydro-dams and tribal fault lines are tearing Arunachal Pradesh apart. She is the only Indian journalist to have found a place in the list of  '100 Information Heroes' released by 'Reporters Without Borders.'

Earlier, she was honoured with the Laadli Media Award 2011-12 for Gender Sensitivity, Eastern Region in Kolkata. The award is instituted by the Population First, an NGO working on population and health issues supported by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). She received the honour under the Special Awards Category in which acclaimed Film maker Aparna Sen was one among the four winners.

This is the ninth edition of the CNN IBN IOTY awards which were introduced in 2006. The awards adhere to a robust procedure in selecting the awardees which is finalised by a Jury consisting of a select group of distinguished personalities.

The jury consists of Padma Vibhushan Soli Jehangir Sorabjee, Padma Bhushan Deepak S Parekh, Padma Shri Mohanlal Viswanathan Nair, Padma Shri Kiran Karnik and tennis ace Leander Paes.

Other nominees in the category were Azim Premji, Dr MR Rajagopal, Indian Army & NDRF, P Vijayan and Sulabh International Social Service Organisation.



Arunachal Spring Carnival begins

Tap nature’s bounty to promote tourism: Governor

PASIGHAT, Mar 17: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Nirbhay Sharma today said that naturally blessed Siang belt has immense potentials to attract domestic and international tourists. Inaugurating the first edition of Arunachal Spring Carnival at Sile Leging, four kilometres away from the district headquarter Pasighat, the Governor called for tapping the nature’s bounty to promote tourism in the state.

Advocating on creation of eco-friendly and indigenous tribal infrastructure, the Governor said that tourists are drawn to visit Arunachal Pradesh to get a feel of the tribal living and soak in nature’s bounty.

Greeting the people of Pasighat on the occasion, the Governor said “You are the pathfinders, you have the responsibility to set an example for the entire State that you are doing in many ways. This century-old town can become a model for others.”

Calling for sustained efforts for creating more visibility and awareness on Arunachal Tourism and to bring the State under World Tourism Map, he said “With festivals like this in different parts of the state, we can not only attract large number of tourist in the near future, but bring in investments in infrastructure sector to enhance connectivity, so vital for development.”  

Stating that Tourism has been recognized and accepted as one of the fastest growing sector of the global economy, he said “we must seize this great momentum.”

Pasighat and the Siang belt have commendable records, he said adding the Poju Mimak reflects the valour, courage and bravery of the great sons of our soil.

“The mighty river Siang not only provides livelihood to the people but also a unique playground for water sports like Colorado. If properly tapped, these would open the floodgate of tourists to Arunachal, he believed. “We can also improve our tourism sector by taking care of few important factors, such as proper road and rail and air connectivity and accommodation facilities with clean and hygienic foods etc.  The day is not far, when we will have largest number of tourists, both domestic and international coming to Siang belt as favourite destination’, added the Governor.

The Governor appealed the youths to restrain from alcohol and drugs and to join hands in the state building process with missionary zeal making Arunachal an alcohol and drugs-free state. He appreciated the Women Wing of Adi Bane Kebang for taking the challenge seriously and working tirelessly to eradicate the menace.

Governor also handed over the trophies and cash awards to the winner and runners up teams of white water rafting ‘BAC Voyage’ and ‘Nature Unlimited’ respectively and also to the ‘Abor Community’ which secured third position in the rafting competition.

Tourism Minister Pema Khandu in his address said agriculture, horticulture, tourism and hydropower potentials of Siang belt should be explored through such carnival. He appealed the youths to avail optimum benefits of tourism being sponsored by the government to minimize unemployment problems in the state. Khandu appreciated the tourism department and the East Siang DC for conduct of the carnival in a befitting manner.

Welcoming the dignitaries and the gathering on the occasion, the local MLA Kaling Moyong claimed that East Siang in particular has vast scopes for eco-tourism, cultural, adventure, religious and rural tourism. The district is known for hospitality and people must maintain this magnificent tradition, he added.

Tourism Secretary Dr. J Beda and DC Nidhi Srivastava also spoke on the occasion.

Parliamentary Secretaries Muchu Mithi (Horti), Bamang Felix (Edn & IPR), Mama Natung (Tourism), MLAs Kento Rina, PD Sona, DIG L H Shanliana, CC (PMC) Denong Tamuk and several high-ranking government officials, officers of the Indian Army, media-persons and village folks were present on the occasion. DIPRO and other source.



Tuki condemns gang rape of Nun, destruction of Church

ITANAGAR, Mar 17: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has condemned the incident of gang-rape of a 72-year-old nun in Nadia district of West Bengal in strongest words. While terming the incident as barbaric and inhuman, Tuki questioned the mentality of those culprits outraging the modesty of a pious and religious soul who had sacrificed her entire life for the sake of humanity and in social service.

“The perpetrators of such heinous crime should be immediately nabbed and given exemplary punishment”, CM assertively said while extending his solidarity with the victim. He appealed the West Bengal Government to intensify the investigation and book the culprits at the earliest so that the people of this great country are able to restore their faith on the public administration and the police.

Meanwhile, Tuki expressed his deep sense of sorrow over the incident of Church demolition in Hisar under Haryana. In a statement, Tuki condemned the incident and requested the Government of Haryana to ensure communal harmony.

“We are citizens of a great country known for its religious pluralism. Such kind of incident of targeting a particular community is highly condemnable”, Tuki said. He requested the State Government and the Union Government to take strict actions against those involved in disturbing peaceful co-existence amongst different communities in the country.



BJP alleges govt. of ‘lackluster’ attitude to BSNL

ITANAGAR, Mar 17: Arunachal Pradesh unit of Bharatiya Janata Party today alleged that the ruling Congress government in the state has been maintaining a callous and lackluster attitude in extending cooperation to the BSNL authority in extension and improvement of BSNL network across the State.

Expresses grave concern over the poor mobile BSNL network across the state since it was introduced in 2004, party vice president Techi Necha called upon the State Govt. to expedite the improvement and extension of BSNL network across the state in a time-bound manner by providing enough support to the service provider.

“There is no BSNL network in practical in the remote districts bordering China, Myanmar and Bhutan and also various other districts. Both the state government and  the BSNL authority are maintaining stoic silence despite repeated demands made by the customers to improve service,” Necha said.

He urged the state government to extend full support and cooperation to the country’s largest mobile network service provider to bring more and more uncovered areas under its network coverage by securing their properties and equipments like optical fibre cables etc.



MMC rocks Ziro

ITANAGAR, Mar 17: The Multi Media Campaign with the theme ‘Understand AIDS End Discrimination’ to create awareness on HIV/AIDS reached Ziro on 15th March.

Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner in-charge Borthakur along with Tumme Amo, SSP, kicked off the Rock Concert at Abotani Hall, Ziro as a part of the multi-media campaign.

Speaking on the occasion, the DC in-charge urged the youth to play pro-active role in preventing HIV in the state while adding that HIV can only be prevented by creating awareness.

DMO Ziro, Dr. Moli Riba in his address urged people not to remain complacent about the disease in the state.

Dy. Director, IEC, APSACS, Tashor Pali while stressing on the objectives of MMC said that the campaign is conducted through Rock Concert by taking into account that the music and sports are in the blood of the youth of the North Eastern states. Music attracts youth and provides an opportunity to reach youth as the MMC basically is for the youth, of the youth and by the youth. It targets the youth aged between 15 to 29 years as they are the most vulnerable age group as per as HIV is concerned.

General Secretary, ArNP+ Yumrik Nokpa in his speech said that “he was like one of them yesterday and they may become like him tomorrow, if proper precaution is not taken to prevent HIV.”

Blood Bank in charge Dr. Joram Khopey in his speech urged youth to take advantage of the campaign so that they can prevent themselves from HIV.

Royal Flush and DJ Bom entertained the young audience of the district while passing on the message of HIV/AIDS awareness. Later a quiz on the spot was organised where T-Shirts were given for every right answers, according to an official release.



North Eastern District Resources Plan Portal launched

YUPIA, Mar 17: Papum Pare District, Deputy Commissioner Tai Kaye launched the North Eastern District Resources Plan (NEDRP) Portal today in presence of the heads of the various line departments of Papum Pare District.

The DC requested all head of departments to make use of data from the portal on regular basis for the benefit of District. He also requested North East Space Applications Centre (NESAC) team to update the portal on regular interval and assured of full cooperation and support from district administration for its successful implementation. Moreover, he asked the line departments to contribute their relevant information to SRSAC/NESAC for updating into the portal.

Earlier, Liagi Tajo, Jt. Director (Science & Technology) briefed about the application of space technology in Arunachal Pradesh for planning developmental activities and the work carried out by State Remote Sensing Application Centre (SRSAC) over the years. A team of scientists lead by Dibyajyoti Chutia, Scientist-SE & Project Investigator, NEDRP, gave a brief highlight on NEDRP followed by detailed demonstration on the portal.  NEDRP is a unique programme, first of its kind, taken up by North Eastern Space Applications Centre, Department of Space, Govt. of India, Shillong in close collaboration with SRSACs of NE region. NEDRP is sponsored by the Ministry of DoNER/North Eastern Council with an objective to strengthen the e-Governance policy. The pilot project was successfully carried out for the state of Meghalaya and subsequently 25 selected districts of remaining states of NE region are covered under this programme.

Total five districts are selected for the state of Arunachal Pradesh of which Papum Pare District is the first district to be launched in collaboration with the State Remote Sensing Applications Centre (SRSAC), Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh. The main objective of this programme is to provide district resources atlas in the form of web-based Decision Support System (DSS) for micro-level/decentralized planning. The primary objective of this geo-portal is to showcase the potential of existing robust database already generated in SRSAC, Itanagar.  ZPM Tarasso Nabam Eka, all HoDs and staffs were present in the meeting. DIPRO



Law and order situation meeting held

ZIRO, Mar 17: A meeting of all head of departments of Lower Subansiri district chaired by the Deputy Commissioner was held to discuss the law and order situation in the district.

Deputy Commissioner Kanki Darang directed the Police department to intensify ILP checking at Yazali Check gate and install another check gate at Pai gate.

He suggested for intensifying of patrolling in Ziro- Hapoli Township and regular checking of hotels and resorts to detect any anti social elements and  appealed to all the public and the hoteliers to cooperate with the officials on duty.

He also directed the DTO (MV) and the police to check vehicular movement everyday at different locations in the district. The magistrate has also prohibited carrying of daos and pistols in the office compounds.

Meanwhile, a quick reaction team was constituted with a magistrate and police officials as members. DIPRO



World Consumer Rights Day observed

PASIGHAT, Mar 17: To mark the observation of World Consumer Rights Day, the department of Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs, East Siang district unit organized an awareness campaign at DIET Hall here yesterday.

Speaking on the occasion, K P Tago, Asstt. Controller, LM & CA said that world consumer rights day is being observed every year worldwide to promote the basic rights of consumers. The Consumers Protection Act, 1986, enacted in India for the protection of consumers, has given six rights to consumers which is to be exercised, he said.

Talking about the theme of the celebration “Healthy Diets”, he said that most of the food items we found in market today are adulterated in some or other way for which we need to be careful. Citing example of metanil yellow (for varnishing the wooden furniture) which is also being used for colouring sweets, he said this colour which is considered as highly carcinogenic is popularly known as ‘sweet colour’ by the sweet makers. As our health is what we eat, one should be careful in selection of food items, he suggested.

While narrating some of the local problems in the state, he said that irresponsible attitude of consumers who do not show slightest resistance towards fraudulent practices in market like use of tola in gold trade, selling of rice in volume with oil container (tina system), over pricing, adulteration of food etc, encourage the ill practices. Therefore, he said, consumer movement is gaining momentum in the state.

O. Tabing, Principal DIET, Pasighat while appreciating Legal Metrology team for presenting various consumer interest topics along with practical demonstrations, appealed people to fight against unscrupulous trade practices which not only make hard earn money go to waste but also harass consumers.

While discouraging ‘tina system’, as it is not a proper instrument for use in selling of rice, he asked participants to use the knowledge that was learnt from the camp so that they are not cheated any more in making purchase of day to day requirements. He also desired that such awareness campaign is conducted periodically at his institution.

After two-hour long demonstration on consumer products related to standardization marks, accuracy of weights and measures, misleading advertisements in mass media etc, Lupha Sikhet, Inspector Legal Metrology & CA appealed participants not to compromise on quality and safety  of products or services.

After completion of demonstration, an open to all quiz competition was organized in which 11 participants received prizes.



World consumer day observed in Yachuli

YACHULI, Mar 17: Consumer Awareness Campaign under the theme “Consumer & traders; fostering and strengthening trust” was organized at the office of ADC Yachuli recently by the Department of Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs, Ziro.

The ADC appealed to all the general consumers to avail Rights provided in the Consumer Protection Act 1986 and assured to depute a Circle Officer or an executive magistrate to inspect and check the unscrupulous business practices.

Zilla Parishad Member Joram Yania, appealed every citizen to support and cooperate to foster the consumer protection movement to protect and promote the interest of common consumers and stressed that as consumers we have to be more responsible in exercising our rights. She appealed to the Department of Food & Civil Supplies to instruct every Fair Price Shop owner to authenticate the weights and measure from the Department of Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs for ascertaining accuracy of weights in every transaction of essential commodities.

She resented the selling of Rice in bags at F.P.Shops without weighing through verified weights and measures. She was appalled as to why these Fair Price shop including wholesale nominees are allowed to run their business without complying with the mandatory possession of Certified Weights and Measures in their premises. She requested the officer of the Department of Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs to organize more such programme in various areas, schools and colleges.

LM&CA District Consumer Protection Officer incharge Debia Tana demonstrated how common consumer can be saved from deception or unfair trade practices by unscrupulous traders. DIPRO



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---- Readers Forum ----


Need for sensitive public discourse

Dear Editor,

The article "An Eye for an Eye" published on March 11, 2015 and its criticism by Sh. Santosh Kaur from New Delhi published on March 14, 2015 edition are prime examples of insensitive public discourse.

Firstly, it is wrong to call the Dimapur lynching episode as 'racial attacks' or 'reverse racism'. It was manifestation of public anger towards the alleged crime of rape which has only grown at an alarming rate both in the Region and in the Country. Public lynching of criminals is, sadly, a regular feature in India including the North Eastern States. Public anger is manifestation of outburst of public displeasure and frustration against State’s failure in ensuring public safety and maintaining law and order.  Instead of discussing the case of alleged rape, our entire attention has only been about the lynching. Further, the Article gave the discourse a wrong direction by imputing that such public outcry and anger was inevitable since 'outsiders' outnumbered the native tribes in business, trade etc. causing unemployment among the local youths and thus causing socio-cultural tension.

Understandably, people like Santosh Kaur see 'racial' overtone in the article. However, it is immature and insensitive to play the game of "tu tu main main" over a pressing issue like racial discrimination in India. No form of racism is 'worse' than the other. We can recall that the people of North East India never resorted to violence as a response to numerous cases of racial discrimination faced by them in other parts of India including deaths and rapes. Yes, anger and criticism of the system has been at its highest decibels and rightly so. People from other parts of India rather attack people from the North East Region even for acts committed by militants/insurgents and worse, even on the basis of rumour (remember killings of Rohingyas in Myanmar (remember the mass exodus of North Eastern people from various parts of the Country?).

Unless we are mature as a society and a nation to realize and fight such evils including racism, mob violence, crime against women etc. India will continue to struggle to find its rightful place in the world. And unless we are responsible as a citizen especially powerful and responsible professionals like journalist, and stop being insensitive in our public discourse, we will suffer in the hands of social miscreants because many of them are, intentionally or unintentionally, our own creation.


Sam Tage

IP University, Delhi




Unique working style of Ziro Post Office

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to draw the attention of Director postal service Arunachal Pradesh division towards unique working style of Ziro Post office.

One fine morning at around 10:15, a call came to my mobile from a landline number. From other side a person introduced himself to be the staff of Ziro post office. The staff told me that my parcel have arrived and asked me to pick up from post office.

I politely enquired to him that why do you not deliver to the address written in the parcel instead of asking the customer to come to the post office. At this he said that I have no motor vehicle so I can’t come. I replied that my address is less than 5 minutes foot walk from post office. After hearing my reply he gave me another excuse that he actually went to my address but could not locate my government quarter.

Then gradually his voice become louder and he revealed that this is way of functioning of Ziro post office, customer themselves pick up the parcel.

Thank God that my mobile number was written in the parcel at least I got the information of arrival of my parcel. But by chance if somebody forgets to write phone number in the parcel, then parcel would never reach to owner if such is working style of Indian post.

So far as I know Indian post deliver all the mail and parcel to the mailing address and the post man is not entitled to motor vehicle. And most importantly customers are not asked to pick up the mail and parcel from the post office.

After paying all the required tariff and charges, parcel should be delivered to the mailing address. If department is unable to ship the parcel up to mailing address, tariff should be charged unto post office only not unto delivery address








Dear Editor,

This is with reference to the news item entitled “ASU for indoor stadium at Subansiri Stadium” published in the March 16 edition of your daily. This is a confusing press release by the Apatani Students Union (ASU). They have appealed to the department to start construction of “indoor stadium” at the Subansiri Stadium. I think they must be referring to the football stadium, since no indoor stadium is under construction at Ziro at present. I am writing this to clarify because they have mentioned the meeting of 4th February, 2015 with me.

Actually, we had two rounds of coordination meeting with the Panchayat leaders, senior officers and NGO representatives to discuss about the site of the football stadium. The first meeting was on 27th January, 2015. During that meeting, I clearly explained that Biirii is available for the football stadium and the Subansiri Stadium should be left for a multipurpose stadium in the future. Since some members were against the idea of shifting, a second meeting was scheduled for February 4, 2015.

It was in the second meeting on 4th February, 2015 a committee to work on the site of the football stadium was constituted. The committee was asked to give a decision by February 20, 2015. Since the department did not hear anything from the committee by then, the works have been started in the Subansiri Stadium.

I want to make it clear that the alternate site for the football stadium was available at Biirii. But since some of our people were not interested in shifting the site, the works have already been started in the Subansiri Stadium. Therefore, I join our student body in their appeal not to interfere in the construction of the stadium. I also appeal to every concerned citizen, especially the members of ASU, to help me ensure that quality is maintained and that the football stadium is completed in time.


Tage Taki,

MLA, Ziro




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Keep up the good work

As the popular March ending approaches, the incident of extortion against government officials' rises. In recent days, Itanagar police have arrested many anti-social elements for extorting money from the government officials. Also, one person was arrested for trying to forge the signature of the Chief Minister in order to get the supply order. What is heartening to know is that finally govt. officials are coming out in open and filing police report against the extortionists.

Earlier it was noticed that government officials were very reluctant to file police report when anti-social elements issues extortion notices. Similarly business communities also use to maintain stoic silence and avoided police when criminals issued extortion notices. Such silence on their part use to encourage the anti-social groups to continue their heinous crime. Keeping this in mind, the capital police deserve appreciation for coming down heavily on the extortionists. However, they need to continue to keep vigil and ensure the safety and security of all the citizens of state capital. To attract more private investment to Arunachal, state government will have to create a healthy atmosphere. In this regard, state police will have to play an important role. Poor law and order scenario will dampen the spirit of the potential investors.  Hopefully capital police will continue the good work and make Itanagar a business friendly town.