ITANAGAR, Mar 23: The Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW), Itanagar
has strongly condemned the rape of a student in Gune village, Pasighat. The APSCW
expressed its concern to the Superintendent of Police, Pasighat with an appeal to
the law enforcing agency to trace out the accused rapist at the earliest and book
him under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (2012). The APSCW further
appealed to the Govt. to provide compensation to the victim as per the Arunachal
Pradesh Victim Compensation Scheme 2011 and to expedite the investigation.
Meanwhile, a source said that alleged accused is absconding.
Happiness march organized to mark International day of happiness
ROING, Mar 23: More than 1500 people from different organizations, Govt departments
and institutions participated in the "Happiness march" organized by the police department
of Lower Dibang Valley district in order to commemorate the United Nations International
Day of Happiness here today. The United Nations had declared March 20 to be observed
as International Day of Happiness in 2012.
Rajya Sabha MP Mukut Mithi flagged off the march in front of Government Middle School
Roing and ended at the Multipurpose Hall. Later the participants were administered
the pledge of happiness and the pledge of happiness was also signed by each and every
participant on a bill board arranged by the organisers.
ASHAs trained on eye screening
ITANAGAR, Mar 23: One day training programme on eye screening for Accredited Social
Health Activists (ASHAs) was organized by Ramakrishna Mission Hospital, Itanagar,
in collaboration with Light for the World, Austria at the Seminar Hall of the hospital
(RKMH) here on Saturday.
The ASHAs were trained on the procedure of eye screening to identify with eye disorders.
In the first phase ASHA workers from Doimukh area were selected and trained. The
trained ASHA workers would then go and do house to house screening of all population
for eye diseases. Those having eye problems would then be evaluated by medical team
in Confirmatory Camps.
Those requiring glasses would be given glasses. Operable cases would be referred
to the base hospital for surgery free of cost.
A total of 5 ASHA facilitators and 37 ASHA workers participated in the training.
Dr. Lobsang Tsetim, Ophthalmologist, (RKMH), the resource person for the training
programme along with Dr. Talum Sorum and Dr. Hage Munya conducted the day-long training
covering topics such as “Anatomy of the eye, Common eye disorders, Eye safety for
The participants were elaborately briefed on the procedure of vision screening and
a session was dedicated to hands on training, in which the participants demonstrated
the screening process practically. The participants were provided with a kit containing
the essential materials required for Vision Screening.
Later, the participants were awarded training certificates by Dr. Lobsang.
Training on Panchayat Raj system
ITANAGAR, Mar 23: Block Level Foundation–cum-Functional Training Programme on Panchayati
Raj System and Decentralized Planning under Papum Pare district concluded at Sagalee
on March 21.
Attending inaugural session, Sagalee ADC Jalash Pertin encouraged the PRI leaders
to work with dedication as per the Panchayati Raj System Manual, 2001 and rural development
programme guidelines for the welfare of people at grassroots level.
The PRI leaders strongly demand for transfer of fund to Panchayats for planning and
implementation of schemes on the basis of need and priority in the village. They
also highlighted the various problems faced due to inadequate devolution of Power
to Panchayats by the State.
Nabam Kuku, Nabam Tandu and Nabam Bikram, Panchayat Technical Assistants (PTA) were
the master trainers with SIRD, Deputy Director LK Kabak of the four days intensive
programmes in which sessions on Panchayati Raj system with special emphasis on Gram
Sabha, and need and relevance of women reservations were held.
Member Secretary- cum-EAC A Regon and Techi Baba, PTA of Sagalee were the key persons.
8 laborers rescued
ITANAGAR, Mar 23: Eight BRTF laborers (CPLS), including five females, were rescued
from a vehicular accident near Tezu by personnel of HQ 48 BRTF camp recently.
Three critically injured persons were rushed to BRTF Hospital (712 MSS, GREF). One
of them was evacuated to Assam Medical Hospital, Dibrugarh for further treatment.
The accident occurred when the driver lost control over the vehicle in which they
were returning home after day’s work in the evening and it fell into a deep gorge
on Km 719 and Km 720 stretch of the Tezu- Demwe–Tohangam road.
On being informed of the accident, a team of BRTF rushed to the spot and rescued
Immediately after hearing the news of the accident, the Lohit DC and SP visited the
accident site and the injured persons in the hospital.
National rural drinking water and sanitation awareness programme concludes
KHONSA, Mar 23: A week long awareness campaign on the eve of National Rural Drinking
Water and Sanitation Awareness week concluded at Longding yesterday.
The campaign through IEC van and car rally visited all the blocks of both Tirap and
Longding districts and also conducted GP level awareness cum workshop at Sinu-Raho
Lazu block, Soha Namsang block, Chongkaw Wakka block, Konsa, Niausa and at Longding.
These Gram panchayats are being targeted for implementation of individual households
latrine and low cost solid liquid waste management under SBM(G).
The documentary video show, distribution of FTK, H2S strip bottles, IEC materials,
street show, display of various low cost portable sanitary toilet models etc are
the main event of the week long programme. DIPRO
AACS-ASU unhappy over maintenance work
ITANAGAR, Mar 23: Arunachal Anti-Corruption Sena- All Sagalee unit (AACS-ASU) has
expressed its unhappiness over the quality of maintenance work being carried out
at Sagalee, CHC.
Alleging that the contractor concerned is doing the maintenance work using name of
other person in the work order, AACS-ASU has demanded the ADC Sagalee to take appropriate
action against the person within a week.
In another release, the AACS-ASU has demanded the sub-contractors concerned of Trans-Arunachal
Highway at Sagalee to clear soils/mud being dumped in Pare and Pang rivers before
the rainy season.
Dumping of soils in the two rivers is not only polluting the water posing serious
health problems but also forcing the rivers to change their course in some points,
Expressing its strong resentment over absenteeism by few government officers posted
in Sagalee, including the BDO, Forest Range Officer, AE WRD and UPO, AACS-ASU urged
the higher authority to instruct those officers/officials to report for duties in
the respective office immediately.
It further urged the authority to implement "no work no pay" system against the irregular
Union celebrates water day
ITANAGAR, Mar 23: The members of All Arunachal Pradesh Public Health Engineering
and Water Supply Department Workers Union yesterday celebrated World Water Day at
its headquarter. As part of the celebration, the union has appealed to the citizens
of Capital to conserve water and not to misuse it.
NEDWS conduct Finance literacy counseling camp
ITANAGAR, Mar 23: The North East Development Welfare Society (NEDWS) in collaboration
with Arunachal Pradesh Co-operative Apex Bank Seppa branch organized a week-long
camp on “Finance Literacy Counseling” at Seppa recently. The camp was sponsored by
NABARD regional office Itanagar.
Speaking on the occasion, C Mara, Seppa Apex Bank branch manager highlighted the
benefit under PMJDY scheme. He also spoke on the sanctioned loan under his branch
for horticulture, orange garden scheme at Mobua village and recovery of it.
NEDWS chairman Tabom Boje in his speech explained the developmental activities of
the Society for welfare of the people of the state. Around 100 persons were benefitted
by the programme which was also attended by PRI members.
Losar Carnival 2015 at Rupa
ITANAGAR, Mar 23: The first Losar Carnival was observed in Rupa, West Kameng district
in a grand and colourful manner from March 16 at Usu Gyaptong Stadium.
The major events of the carnival were display of local handlooms and textiles by
the department of Handloom and Textiles, exhibition of products of fruit processing
unit of Rupa LAMPS, display of antiquities of Tukpen Village Council and household
items of Sherdukpen tribe by Women’s Welfare Association, Rupa.
The famous Yak dancers of Rupa, folk dances, opera by Aji-lamu, indigenous games
& sports, and local food festival were the added attractions of the carnival.
This festival was inaugurated by Minister of Health and Family Welfare Rajesh Tacho.
The closing day of the carnival was attended RWD Minister Kumar Waii and PCC general
secretary B. Nukh.
This event was organized jointly by Women’s Welfare Association and All Megeji Welfare
Association, Rupa with the assistance of 5 Mountain Division and other State Govt.
departments and the Tukpen Village Council.
NE youth meet at Chandigarh
ITANAGAR, Mar 23: Don Bosco Alumni Itanagar organized a meeting of North East youths
of Chandigarh at Don Bosco Navjeevan as a preliminary effort to bring them together.
Adi Khindaria, founder Chairman of Kare Partners, a US-based company providing health
care facilities at Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab, gave an input
on qualities that Comapnies look in candidates while seeking employment. He spoke
of three key elements - good English language skills, work ethics and determination-
that lead to success in employment. Adi also expressed willingness to associate with
Don Bosco activities for youth.
Liz Ross, Chief Operating Officer of Kare Partners spoke on the importance of English
language and how she learnt English at US at the age of 22 years through hard work
“This year we are celebrating the bicentenary of the birth of Don Bosco and we want
to reach out to the NE youths in Delhi, Chandigarh and Bangalore in a variety of
youth empowerment services, said Mepung Tadar Bage while assuring the youth leaders
of all assistance from the side of Don Bosco Alumni.
Fr. M C George, Director, Bosco Net, New Delhi and Fr. Sebastian, Director Don Bosco,
Navjeevan Chandigarh also spoke on the occasion.
In the business session, the participants requested Don Bosco to be a nodal centre
for Northeasterners at Chandigarh and organize social awareness programmes, computer
and spoken English classes for them.
The programme, an initiative of Don Bosco Alumni Itanagar and DBYC Itanagar was attended
by 35 youth leaders of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Sikkim and Bhutan. A
similar meeting was also held at Don Bosco, Okhla on Saturday.
District Disaster Management meeting held
TEZU, Mar 23: A flood preparatory meeting of District Executive Members of District
Disaster Management Authority, Lohit District was held at Deputy Commissioner Office
Giving detail preparatory instructions to all the executive agencies, the Deputy
Commissioner Dr. BM Mishra asked the District Disaster Management Officer to maintain
a proper data of information enlisting resources like man power and machineries of
the various agencies and departments for chalking out a proper pre-plan strategy
for flood measure.
The DDMO was asked to activate the District Disaster Management Cell 24/7 to carry
out rescue and relief operations in the quickest possible time during flood and other
The Chairman suggested all the departments to remain prepared and vigilant for any
exigency due to natural calamity in the district. They were also asked to prepare
a practical and pro-active disaster management contingency plan at the earliest.
Later, the Deputy Commissioner and District Medical Officer Dr. Karik Basar highlighted
on various harmful effects of DDT on nature. The DC advised the DMO to explore other
eco-friendly sprays instead of DDT.
The DC who visited the flood vulnerable areas and landscapes in Tezunala, Deningnala
and in and around Tezu township area asked the concern departments to speed up restoration
works immediately to save the land from further damage.
The members approved and accorded sanction of relief amount for various agricultural
damages, house damages and other immediate flood restoration works. DIPRO
Student union leader arrested for goondaism
ITANAGAR, Mar 23: In yet another incident of how student union leaders are increasingly
behaving like goons, one Kallo Banor, General Secretary of All Raga Area Student
Union (ARASU) was arrested on 22nd March by Yazali police for forcefully taking away
liquor and molesting the lady owner of a wine shop.
As per the report, Banor, claiming himself to be the president of ARASU along with
a group of people tried to collect wine from M/s YY wine shop at Potin under Yachuli
circle without paying money. When the owner Taba Yeni resisted their harassment,
the group molested her using abusive languages.
All the miscreants have been arrested based on the report filed by the victim. Also
it is reported that the accused is a habitual offender. On the same day Banor along
with his friends didn't pay the bills for food at a hotel and for petrol at Yazali
Meanwhile Tebw Welfare Society and family members of the victim have hailed Yazali
Police for arresting Banor at the earliest. The society expressed hope that the other
offenders will also be arrested and brought to book at the earliest.
AMSU writes to DC Papum Pare
ITANAGAR, Mar 23: The All Mengio Students Union (AMSU) has written to Papum Pare
Deputy Commissioner claiming that appointment for various posts vacant under Silsango
administrative circle office has been made by violating norms.
The union claimed that as per the advertisement published in local dailies, it was
clearly mentioned that vacant posts will be allotted to the local people based on
circle quota. Also the concern authorities had assured the land donors of giving
employment to their family members for donating huge amount of land to establish
the circle headquarter at Silsango, stated a release.
AMSU alleged that by violating norms and hurting the sentiments of land donors, the
said vacant posts are being allotted to unknown outsiders. Union has appealed to
the DC to cancel the appointment at the earliest and appoint candidates from the
people who had donated the land.
Corrupt practices of Congress destroying development: BJP
ITANAGAR, Mar 23: BJP Arunachal Pradesh alleged that the corrupt acts of the ruling
Congress Minister and MLAs of the State are destroying cohesive growth of all round
development of the State.
The Party, said that it will not remain silent spectator, if the ruling Congress
Govt fails to act fast. The party demanded the Sate Govt to immediately constitute
SIT for thorough investigation into the cases.
Party has expressed serious concern and shock over the reported involvement of the
Minister of Education in demanding commission from SPA funds. The illegal act of
the Minister indulging in corrupt practice has exposed their integrity and credibility
before the people of the State, the party said in a release.
The party further added that harbouring of the culprits who vandalized the office
of the SE RWD, Itanagar by a Congress MLA is quite unfortunate and the acts and deeds
are unethical and immoral.
Army conducts medical camp at old Lumla
TAWANG, Mar 23: Over 2000 people, including old, young and infants have benefited
from the free medical camp organized by 7th Maratha Light Infantry under the banner
of 'Operation Samaritan' at old Lumla yesterday. Medicines were also provided to
the needy patients, who availed the medical camp at their door step.
Lumla ZPM Lobsang Younten inaugurated the free health camp in presence of Commanding
officer Mohit Thapa, Lumla GB Kota Lama, and other dignitaries.(Tawang Vigilance)
Stringent punishment demanded
ITANAGAR, Mar 23: All Arunachal Contractor’s Welfare Association (AACWA) today demanded
stringent punishment to those involved in the APPSCCE question paper leak incident.
Due to the paper leak, the hard work of thousands of educated youths went in vain,
said AACWA general secretary Nabam Akin Hina. The association, however, appreciated
SIT team for arrest of the accused.
Meanwhile, the AACWA also demanded the state govt. to adopt inter-district transfer
and posting policy at govt. department with top to bottom approach. Posting of local
officers at own district affect the administrative work as it promotes favouritism,
particularly during election time which deprives many unemployed youths, the Association
Union demands cancellation of FA appointment order
ITANAGAR, Mar 23: All Arunachal Pradesh Government Department Labour Union, Lohit
District Unit in a letter to District Medical Officer, Tezu appealed for cancellation
of appointment of a female attendant against the vacant post of late P Gohain of
PHC New Mohong in department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Arunachal
The union said that the appointment of a contingency worker L Sonar in the post of
Female Attendant (vide order No. MEST-2006/42, date 09/02/2015) was made without
following the government norms and without constituting any board for appointment
of constituency staff which is mandatory.
The union threatened to launch movement against the department and demanded the DMO
to cancel the appointment order and conduct a fresh DPC within 14 days.
ATYO demands more fire tenders
ITANAGAR, Mar 23: All Tagin Youth Organization (ATYO) has demanded one fire tender
with fire fighters at Daporijo fire station.
Citing the example of Saturday’s devastating fire at Gandhi Market where more than
30 houses and shops were gutted, ATYO in a release said that the extent of the damage
could have been minimized had there been adequate fire tenders.
The youth organization urged the elected representatives of the district to impress
upon the authority concerned of Fire Department to provide one more fire tender at
Daporijo Fire Station.
Training on organic farming at morshing village
BOMDILA, Mar 23: A day long training for farmers on organic farming funded under
Border Area Development Programme (BADP) with the motto ‘’Lets’ produce healthy,
eat healthy and earn healthy” was conducted by the department of Agriculture West
Kameng district at Morshing Village under Kalaktang circle recently.
130 farmers from Dumkho, Morshing and Kalaktang participated in the training.
Speaking on the occasion, District Agriculture Officer, L Zimba, while briefing the
trainees about the training, said that the use of organic product for cultivation
of crop is now become necessary to minimize the health hazard due to indiscriminate
use of inorganic product and advised the participant to adopt organic means of cultivation.
ASM Morshing T T Bapu, stressed on the need to adopt organic cultivation and asked
the farmers to avail maximum benefit from the training so that they could adopt it
practically in the field.
In the technical session, Dr. N.D Singh, Programme Coordinator, KVK gave details
practices of organic cultivation. Tadar Gandhi, Field Sale Officer, Campson company
Pvt Ltd Bangalore demonstrated the various organic products.
Agricultural inputs like organic fertilizers, bio-fungicides, pesticides sprayers,
gloves, spectacles and plastic crate were distributed to the participants on the
Training prog on organic farming
PASIGHAT, Mar 23: An eight-day long training programme on “Organic Farming, Soil
Testing and Soil & Water Conservation for Sustainable Agriculture in North East India”
began at the College of Horticulture and Forestry here today. Altogether 25 members
are participating in the training for the officers from the line departments of the
GoAP including the SMSs of the Krishi Vigyan Kendras.
Various issues relating to the status of organic farming in NE states, the importance
of soil testing along with the various techniques of soil and water conservation
suitable for NE hill cultivated areas will be discussed during the training programme
which will be coordinated by Dr. P. Debnath, Associate Professor, Dr. S K Pattanaaik,
Assistant Professor (SS) and Dr. Dinesh Sah, Assistant Professor of the Department
of Natural Resource Management of the College of Horticulture and Forestry.
Earlier, in his inaugural address Dr. A K Pandey, the Dean of the College highlighted
the importance of the training programme in NEH region of India.
Four extortionists including Anthony Doke arrested from Lower Subansiri
ZIRO, Mar 23: In a major breakthrough, a team of Lower Subansiri District Police
arrested four extortionists from Hapoli and Yazali today.
The extortionists are identified as Dake Tai 20yrs, from Nampe, Sangram, Kurung Kumey,
Rimo Bodo 27 yrs from Bodo, Chayangtajo, East Kameng and Sime Killo, 28yrs from Killo,
Chayangtajo, East Kameng and Anthony Doke, the self proclaimed Commander of NSCT.
Sime Killo also holds the post of Social Service Secretary in Arunachal Anti-Corruption
Sena as per the papers recovered from him.
Two country-made 7.65mm pistols with 51 live rounds, 6 mobile phones and four extra
SIM cards were recovered from the possession of the extortionists.
Acting on a tip off from a source, the police team of Dy SP John Pada, SI T Messar,
SI Ige Lollen, OC PS with police personnel and IRBN jawans under the close supervision
of SP Tumme Amo arrested Tai, Bodo and Killo from the DC Office premises after four
days of vigilance.
While, the self claimed Commander of NSCT Anthony Doke was nabbed from Yazali at
2pm while fleeing to Itanagar.
A case vide ZPS c/no.29/15 u/s 384/188/120(b)/34/IPC r/w sec 25(1A) of Arms Act has
been registered and further investigation is in progress.
Meanwhile, SP Tume Amo informed that all the arrested extortionists were camping
at Ziro since March 19 and were involved in extorting money and work orders from
the government officials especially from the engineering departments. The arrested
persons are also wanted in theft, robbery and extortion cases registered in Itanagar
and Naharlagun police stations.
The SP appealed to the government officials to immediately report to police officials
in such cases and added that the numbers of all the police officials have already
been circulated to all the officers in the district. DIPRO
High level probe into girl’s death demanded
PASIGHAT, Mar 23: Mystery still surrounds the death of Bunu Rawat, a 23-year-old
girl of Pasighat Tin-mile area, who was found dead in a mysterious condition on
National Highway-52 on March 14 evening. According to report, victim Rawat went missing
while she was returning home from her work place at Sirki on that evening. Her lifeless
body was recovered at Gumin Nagar portion of the highway.
The local people suspect foul play behind her death and alleged police inaction in
Terming the incident as ‘cold blooded murder’, the people said the police failed
to make any headway in this case even after seven days of the incident.
Several hundreds of people, including women organizations, elected leaders, students
and civil society members of Pasighat today assembled at Two-mile Puja ground and
discussed about the mysterious death of Bunu Rawat.
Several speakers, including, Amor Chetry, Gemin Modi, Arjun Thapa, Komola Chetry
and others condemned the incident in their strongest term and urged the administration
to strictly deal with the case.
The protest meeting chaired by Municipal Councilor Kangge Moyong later adopted resolutions
to move the authority for a high level inquiry into the death case, demand adequate
compensation to the victim family and award exemplary punishment to the culprits
involved in the incident. The meeting also decided to continue mass movement against
the authority, if it fails to solve the case within a period of seven days.
The women bodies are also decided to organize a candle-lit march in and around Pasighat
township on Tuesday evening in protest against the heinous crime.
Another Councilor of Pasighat Municipality Makpang Peyang while alleging police inaction
appealed to the East Siang Deputy Commissioner to institute a magisterial inquiry
into the mysterious death.
On the other hand, Pasighat police denied any loophole in the investigation process.
The police, following investigation of case (No- 44/2015, U/S- 279/304-A IPC) so
far picked up five persons and started interrogation.
“We are trying our level best to find vital clues in the death case. But the statements
of the alleged accused are not helping us to further investigation. We are waiting
for the post-mortem report which is likely to provide vital clues,” said the investigating
Agitated ANSU declares 12 hrs Capital Bandh
DM declares bandh illegal
ITANAGAR, Mar 23: Irked with the state government alleged inactivity to address its
demand over the Pre-Paid Meter issue, All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) today declared
12 hours Capital bandh on 26 March 2015. This was informed by ANSU General Secretary
Nyanya Gollo along with its President Byabang Joram in a press conference held here
today. “As a mark of protest against the state government ANSU declares 12 hours
Capital Bandh on 26 March 2015”, said Gollo.
He further claimed that the government has betrayed the union with false promise
to stop the installation of pre-paid meter in Capital Complex. However, the union
made it clear that it has reconsidered one of its demands, the construction of the
four-lane from Itanagar to Banderdewa considering cooperation of the concerned department
and the ministry. Further ANSU added, on pre-paid meter issue, it would intensify
the democratic movement till the demand was met. ANSU sought cooperation from the
common people justifying that its bandh call is for the wellbeing of common people.
Earlier, ANSU had proposed bandh call on February 2nd 2015 but later called it off
following a meeting with Chief Nabam Tuki on January 30, 2015 last.
Meanwhile, the District Magistrate, Itanagar Capital Complex, under Section 144 CrPC
and provision of the Arunachal Pradesh un-lawful Activities (Prevention Act) 2014
has declared illegal the All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU)’s proposed 12-hrs Capital
Bandh on March 26 from 5 am to 5 pm. Further, any damage or destruction of public
or private properties would be recovered from the Bandh callers, if the proposed
bandh call is not called off, the order said.
Mechukha reels under darkness again
ITANAGAR, Mar 23: The denizens of Mechukha valley under West Siang district have
been reportedly reeling under darkness since past few weeks while locals alleged
that concerned authorities are not doing for restoring the power supply.
The picturesque valley, one of the hotspot tourist destinations in the state, is
without electricity for the last few weeks after water supply channel of Lhallung
Mini Hydel Station (2x250) kw developed cracks, informed an govt official from Mechukha.
The prevailing darkness due to breakdown of water supply system of mini hydel added
to the miseries of the people particularly the students who are appearing for their
Ironically, the Mini Hydel Station (2x250) kw at Lhallung village 15 kms off Mechukha
was inaugurated by Parliamentary Secretary Power Phurpha Tsering in November last
year during the Adventure at Mechukha festival.
“More than 20 days have passed since then, there is not a single effort by the concerned
officials to get the power supply restored,” a local complained.
“We are facing immense hardships in absence of electricity but the students are suffering
very badly. We are unable to charge our mobile phones while appliances like irons
are lying defunct,” said a teacher, adding that the CBSE exams are also underway
and the students suffer a lot.
The locals said that their repeated pleas to the concerned authorities to restore
electricity at the earliest seem to have fallen on deaf ears. They also accused
the department concerned of not maintaining the hydro power channel properly.
‘World cup cricket is currently going on but we have no option but to stick to radio
news for updates,” said a govt employee, adding in order to charge their mobile phones
or electric lamp from generator they have to pay Rupees 30 to 50.
The locals alleged that in the name of power supply only VIPs and few influential
people are currently receiving power from a different hydel located near Mechukha
town but common people and students are the worst sufferers as they don’t have any
alternative but to rely completely on other sources of light like candle etc.
Mechukha, as one of the most important and tourist attraction places in State needs
sufficient power supply but due to frequent disruption of power supply, it added.
On the other hand to aggravate the situation the BSNL mobile service also got disrupted
for the past many days.
Meanwhile, the locals have appealed the concerned authorities to immediately restore
the power for the greater interest of the people of Mechukha.
42 AR donates study materials to village schools
From a Correspondent
NAMPHAI-II, Mar 23: Continuing its people friendly initiative under Military Civic
Action Project, the 42 Assam Rifles (AR) based at Miao donated study materials and
teaching aid to government schools of Songking-I and Phangyak villages, 15 kms from
Miao township on March 18.
The 42 AR Commandant, Colonel Gurpratap Singh and Major Ankur Sharma handed over
white boards along with sufficient sets of marker pens and exercise books to headmasters
of both the schools in a simple but impressive function.
Speaking on the occasion, the Commandant called upon the students to concentrate
in their studies to become worthy citizens. The Colonel also advised the school going
children to respect their teachers and exercise discipline which according to him
is the foremost ingredient to success of any individual. “Only through dedication
and hard work you can cherish your social obligation and dreams,” he said.
Headmaster of Phangyak Government Middle School Ongla Singpho expressed gratefulness
to 42 AR for the positive gesture. Students performed Singpho and Tangsa dances and
songs in honour of the AR officers.
On the other hand, a free medical camp was conducted at Injan Village in Kharsang
area. Hundreds of villagers from neighboring Panchun, New Lisan and other villages
under Kharsang circle availed free medicines and thorough checkups by doctors. Various
cases of ailments were referred to hospitals at Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and others for
better health care services.
While extending gratitude to the AR officers, the gaon burahs requested both Gurpratap
Singh and Ankur Sharma to conduct more such free medical camps during summer.
The Singpho Development Society and Federation of Singpho Youths also congratulated
AR establishment under 25 Sector, Lekhapani for helping out schools and villagers
by bringing expert doctors and free medicines to their doorsteps.
Seminar to chalk out logical solution on Indo-China border issue
ITANAGAR, Mar 23: The Centre for Eastern and North-Eastern Regional Studies Kolkata
(CENERS-K) in collaboration with Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) and Maulana Abul Kalam
Azad Institute for Asian Studies (Kolkata) is organizing a two days seminar on “Voice
from Arunachal Pradesh-India China Border Problems and Related Arunachal Folklore”
on 25th and 26th March at Rajiv Gandhi University here.
Former Indian Army Chief of Staff and Minister of State for External Affairs Vijay
Kumar Singh will be giving key note address on opening day of the seminar. Chief
Minister Nabam Tuki and RGU Vice Chancellor Prof Tamo Mibang will also address on
opening session of the seminar. Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt. Gen Nirbay Sharma
will address the valedictory function.
Announcing the seminar dates, Lt General Rtd. J R Mukherjee informed the media persons
that objective of organizing seminar is to document the folklore of Mc-Mahon line
and to suggest the ideas to the government so that it works on to have a logical
and permanent solution to the border dispute.
Lt General Mukherjee also said that the Chinese are claiming Arunachal encompassing
about 9000 Square Kilometers most of which lies in the north of the river Brahmaputra
and Lohit, and the Chinese stated that it is backed by historical evidence. He also
added that the seminar is proposed to be directed at identifying the actual dispute,
the sensitiveness of both sides and historical realities and folklore related to
the actual boundaries.
Major General (Rtd) Arun Roye referring to China in his address said, “We have a
tough neighbour, If India shows her weakness, the neighbour will take advantage”.
Major Gen Roye who served in the Indian Army and Assam Rifles in different capacities
particularly in North-East further added that seminar is an attempt to provide platform
where all border related disputes can be discussed and talked on. “We will talk on
logical and permanent solution to border dispute with China in the seminar, so that
no more skirmishes in the border happen” added Gen Roye.
The seminar is being conducted ahead of the meet between National Security Adviser
Ajit Doval with his Chinese counterpart in New Delhi. Seminar Coordinator Dr. Jumyir
Basar who is also Associate Professor RGU and Karuna Sen Secretary (CENERS-K) were
also present in the press conference.
EK DC takes stock of dev. projects
SEPPA, Mar 23: The East Kameng Deputy Commisisoner Sandeep Kumar Singh has conducted
three days tour recently to Chayangtajo sub-division to assess the problems of the
people and also to get first hand information on the status of all completed and
ongoing developmental projects.
He attended series of public meetings during his visits and interacted with students,
contractors and engineers of PMGSY roads, staff of CHC and sub-centers and officers
of executing agencies on all completed and ongoing projects.
Addressing the PRIs, GBs and officials of Sawa Circle in a meeting at Para-Holing
point on March 19, DC said that road connectivity in the area should be the first
priority of the people to improve rural economies. DC informed that the 2 KM Bodo
road shall be taken up under Sawa PMGSY road as per original DPR but cautioned the
people not to claim compensation of land. He further urged the people to cooperate
with the executing agency for completion of Seppa to Chayangtajo road in time.
The DC further suggested the people to lodge complaints in case of absence of teachers
and health workers and assured take action against the absentees.
Responding to the demand of a HGB on decentralization of powers, he assured to work
out the modalities to solve the cases at their level.
At Chayangtajo on the next day, he directed the govt. staff to stay at Chayangtajo
and work with sincerity and dedication. He advised the people especially the youth
to take up agriculture and allied activities in a big way for sustainable income
and self reliance.
Taking about PMGSY roads, he asked the contractors to maintain quality of works.
DRDA PD, K. Nyodu briefed about IAY, IWMP & MNREGA and urged the beneficiaries to
open bank accounts as the transactions shall be done through bank account. He cautioned
the people not to sell the CGI sheets provided under IAY meant for construction of
The DC while interacting with students of Divine Word School, Nari Camp & KGBV Chayangtajo
advised them to concentrate in their study and to keep away from early marriage.
He also advised them to develops skills in traditional arts and crafts and other
co-curricular activities and also advised them to preserves own language and culture
keeping pace with the modernization.
DC alongwith ADC Chayangtajo Ashok Tajo, former MLA Tamey Yangfo, senior leaders
Tara Bagang and others visited sites of PMGSY roads of Saws, Krema Pao, Phassang
Nyopin, Sangchu, Yangfo, Rebe and Kessay Bagang. He also inspected the ongoing 2x100
KW Micro hydel and APEDA mini hydro projects at Jayang Bagang. DIPRO
World Tuberculosis Day
World Tuberculosis Day, observed on 24th of March every year is a worldwide event
that aims to raise public awareness of tuberculosis (TB) and the efforts made to
prevent and treat this disease. World TB Day commemorates the day, when in 1882 Dr.
Robert Koch astounded the scientific community by announcing that he had discovered
the cause of tuberculosis, the TB bacillus, and mycobacterium tuberculosis. His discovery
about TB had opened the door to the people to get diagnosed and be cured of tuberculosis.
But TB today remains an epidemic in most of the countries in the world, causing the
deaths of nearly one and a half million people each year, mostly in the developing
countries like ours and therefore is called the “killer TB”.
TB is an airborne diseases caused by mycobacterium Tuberculosis which generally affects
the lungs (Pulmonary TB) but can also affect other parts of the body (Extra pulmonary
TB). The symptoms may include cough for 2 weeks or more, coughing with blood, fever,
night sweats, fatigue, lack of appetite, weight loss etc. The disease can be prevented
by keeping the patient in a properly ventilated room, maintain proper hygiene, nutritious
food, always use a handkerchief while coughing or sneezing, do not spit carelessly
and most importantly complete the full course of treatment as recommended by the
physician. People should know that TB is completely curable by DOTS treatment which
are administered to the patients by all the government hospitals and RNTCP approved
Every year the World TB Day is observed with a theme and a slogan. The theme for
2015 is “Reach, Treat, Cure Everyone”. It aims at reaching out to those patients
who are missed or are unreached by the system and to provide them universal access
to quality diagnosis and treatment with quality assured drugs made available free
World TB Day is one of the eight official global health campaigns marked by the World
Health Organization (WHO). Continuing its efforts in eliminating TB the World Health
Assembly, convened annually by WHO at the UN Palais des Nations in Geneva passed
a resolution on May 2014 approving full support the new post – 2015 Global TB Strategy
(END TB STRATEGY) with its ambitious targets. The strategy aims to end the global
TB epidemic, with targets to reduce TB deaths by 95% and to cut new TB cases by 90%
between 2015 and 2035 and to ensure that no family is burdened with catastrophic
expenses due to TB.
Although we have made good progress in the recent years and the world is on track
to meet the Millennium Development Goals of reversing the spread of TB by 2015 and
yet it is not enough as the figures in 2013 tells that, 9 million people fell ill
with TB and 1.5 million died. Today increasing drug resistant strains of germs are
being encountered, these strains are much harder to treat and require more toxic
and costly drugs to be administered for a long period of time. Hence the situation
calls for us to participate in the efforts of the Government institutions like RNTCP
and other partners by availing the services offered by them and share a hand in eliminating
and spreading the knowledge on TB. Continued progress in the fight against TB relies
on collaboration among patients, medical providers and public health workers.
The world in which we live today is very different from the world in which Dr. Robert
Kooch lived, yet TB is still here with us. With renewed efforts we can eliminate
the scourge of TB and confine it to the history book as failure is not an option.
Seminar calls for coordinated efforts for social harmony in NE
Disseminate the message of Rani Gaidinliu: Karya Bagang
ITANAGAR, Mar 23: A one-day seminar on Role of Women of Arunachal Pradesh as ambassadors
of harmony in North East called for coordinated efforts by the women of North East
for strengthening the social and cultural harmony in the region. The seminar was
organized by Matri Bharati, the Mothers Council attached to Abotani Vidya Niketan,
Pachin at a city hotel, Naharlagun on Sunday last as a part of the year-long celebrations
of the birth centenary of Padma Bhushan Rani Gaidinliu, the great freedom fighter
and social reformer from North East.
Attending the seminar, Karya Bagang, Parliamentary Secretary (WCD) said that Rani
Maa Gaidinliu is indeed an icon of North East, but less known and least recognized.
Lauding the organizer of the seminar, she said that further efforts should be made
to disseminate the message of Rani Maa to the block and village level so as to inspire
our children especially the girls to rise above all odds and achieve their cherished
goals. “If women are educated, it will facilitate better contribution of women towards
society more effectively,” she said.
Referring to early marriage and dependency attitude of girls as key factors hindering
the progress of women, she called upon the womenfolk to overcome these hindrances
and march forward to success.
Feeling proud for being the fourth woman legislator from East Kameng district which
has the lowest female literacy rate, Karya Bagang reiterated that she will strive
her best to raise the status and standard of women in Arunachal Pradesh.
In her key note address Dr Joram Aniya Tana, Asstt. Professor at Govt Women’s College,
Lekhi and state President of ABVP panoramically narrated the conditions of women
over ages across the various regions of the country. She stated that the achievements
of Rani Maa Gaidinliu even at her tender ages are an example for the social dignity
and approval enjoyed by our foremothers.
Dr Nabam Nakha Hina, Associate Professor cum HoD (Pol Science), RGU who presented
his paper on issues and challenges in the North East illustrated the scores of factors
ranging from lack of basic infrastructure to demographic change in the region and
said that the womenfolk can do much to change the situation.
Bina Talla Joram, UMC at ATI Naharlagun in her paper on the ‘Social Traits of the
women of Arunachal Pradesh’ provided the audience with a pictorial illustration of
the social and cultural traits ranging from simplicity in life to virility.
Joykant Sharma, Asstt Professor (retd) and President of Vidya Bharati (North East)
said that social empowerment and economic empowerment of women are the prerequisites
of political empowerment. Sharma stated that the issues and problems faced by women
are the issues and problems of the society as a whole and not of women alone.
Eminent doctor and renowned social worker Nirmali Taba who chaired the function said
that the women of Arunachal Pradesh enjoy more freedom and higher status compared
to their counterparts in other parts of the country and stated that they can smoothly
spearhead the efforts for better harmony in the North East.
Lamenting upon the poor attention given to education, especially girls’ education,
the convener of the seminar Tarh Yaku, President, Arunachal Teachers Association,
said that more emphasis and better attention to girls’ education alone can do a lot
in establishing harmony in society.
Secretary of Matri Bharati of Abotani Vidya Niketan Pachin, Kipa Adak also spoke
on the occasion.
Among others, Tadar Yedir, Taba Yal (councillors IMC), ASVS president Tadar Kama
and secretary Nabam Ruja, hundreds of women especially mothers from all sectors of
Naharlagun and Itanagar attended the seminar.
Water and Sanitation Week
ITANAGAR, Mar 23: The PHE & WS division of Seppa conducted series of awareness programme
on safe drinking water, proper health and sanitation practices, importance of Village
Water and Sanitation Committee at Pampoli, Kadewa, 18th Mile and Marzingla recently
as part of the National Sanitation Week.
The training programme was actively participated by PRI members, teachers, Anganwadi
workers, ASHAs and general public.
Koro Liyak, District Consultant (Water and Sanitaion) briefed the motto of launching
sanitation week and the importance of maintaining good personal health hygiene.
Informing that most of the diseases are caused by open defecation system and drinking
contaminated drinking, he urged the gathering to construct IHHL and use safe drinking
water only to keep many water borne diseases at bay.
Hokap Lamnio, Doni Sonam and Papi Kipa, Block Coordinators, appealed to the gathering
to adopt low cost toilet funded by the GOI.
Dili Rimo, Pingjang Lora, ASM Pampoli and Lora also spoke and suggested the villagers
to keep their surrounding clean by not allowing domestic animals like pig to roam
in public places openly.
At Namsai: A district level workshop was organized on culmination of the week-long
National Rural Water and Sanitation Campaign coinciding with World Water Day by PHE
& WS division Namsai yesterday.
Lohit ZPM Chairperson Kyaseng Munglang gave emphasis on full and whole-hearted participation
of Panchayat members in such workshop to implement national flagship programme in
more cohesive way at the panchayat level.
He said that Village Water & Sanitation Committee is the apex body at gram panchayat
level and they should regularly monitor the sustainability of Nirmal gram panchayats
and other Gram Panchayats in the districts of Lohit and Namsai.
While lauding the efforts of PHE & WS Division, Namsai in implementation of various
components of Swachh Bharat Mission he appreciated the team spirit of PHE staff led
by Executive Engineer Tayum Tok cum Member Secretary District Water & Sanitation
Committee and wished them more success.
Earlier, Executive Engineer Tayum Tok elaborated on Swachh Bharat Mission through
Delving on the occasion of world water day, he highlighted the importance of celebration
of the day and advocated that water is most precious gift to all living beings and
there is an ardent need to conserve water from contamination and pollution of water
The panchayat members, Village Water and Sanitation Committee, Anganwadi workers,
ASHAs, officers and officials of the department took part in the workshop.
Training on Mithun husbandry organized
Community Mithun conservation centre at Ompuli sanctioned
ITANAGAR, Mar 23: Arunachal community Mithun & Yak Conservation (ACMYC) Mission Team
organized a two-day technology outreach programme on Mithun husbandry for the farmers
of Ompuli under Toru circle, Papum Pare district on March 20 and 21. Altogether 95
Mithun owners of different villages, namely, Tamang, Pepso, Sangri, Khunglo and Depo
under Ompuli area benefited from the programme.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. T Heli (Mission Director, ACMYC) appreciated the pro-active
role of the villagers, particularly for earmarking a permanent common community forest
area for the mithun rearing in the locality which is an eye opener for other mithun
farmers of the state. He informed that GoAP has launched Arunachal Community Mithun
and Yak conservation mission for the effective conservation and sustainable management
of these two pride animals of the state to be manned by only few selected officers
of the department of A.H & Vetty on a mission mode. He further said that the state
Govt has already sanctioned a community Mithun Conservation project at Ompuli under
TFC Programme during the current year.
The community Mithun conservation centre at Ompuli has been designed for maintenance
up to 3 three years in order to develop a model for Mithun conservation at community
level which could be exemplary for other pockets of Mithun rearing districts of the
state, he said. Sustainability of any project lies in 2 dimensions that is developing
a sense of belongingness and follow up programmes, he said while requesting for participatory
approach of all the beneficiaries.
Ompuli area is conducive for the Mithun rearing and villagers have already identified
a common community forest area in the vicinity of their villages measuring 1037 Hectares
with the surveyed boundary of 13.5 Km for their Mithun rearing in the locality, informed
Gollo Tukia, ASM, Ompuli. He further said Mithun rearing is a livelihood option for
the villagers of the area and they had been waiting for the financial and technical
supports form of higher authorities.
Nabam Tanya, chief co-ordinator, Ompuli, requested the panchayat leaders of the area
for constitution of a local committee for the successful implementation of the community
mithun conservation project. He further requested all the Gaon Buras and the public
for co-operation for the successful implementation of the project.
Dr. Tagi Nabam Hina, V.O, Sagalee, stressed the need for the prevention of the foot
& mouth disease in Mithun through vaccination and requested to cooperate with the
department by collecting the mithuns at the earmarked vaccination spot and vaccinate
all the mithuns in order to eradicate FM disease from the area.
Dr. Tachi Taku, (member of ACMYC and Dy. Director Plan, advocated for corpus funds
generation among the mithun owners for the sustainability of the community mithun
conservation project. He further suggested that corpus fund could be generated through
membership drives, mithun birth registration and fees from sales of the mithuns.
Without corpus fund the sustainability of any project is questionable, he further
The programme concluded with the site visit to the proposed community mithun conservation
It seems the arrest of officials made in the APPSCCE mains paper leakage case is
just eyewash carried out by the SIT to shield the main conspirators. According to
the SIT findings led by SP Amit Sharma, the alleged official has issued the question
paper to an aspirant following a convention of the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service
Commission to provide old question papers to aspirants as sample papers. This, on
part of the alleged official is only misfeasance which cannot be construed as a criminal
offence. He had directed for issuing of old question papers only following an established
convention. In all probability, he might have not had the slightest inkling that
the same old question paper would be used by the commission for the ensuing exam.
The arrest of other officials also raises questions as to why they were arrested.
The grave concern here is the usage of the old question paper that has been lying
in the Commission’s Computer Desktop and Shelf for close to four long years.
Was it a deliberate attempt by the commission members, who are the actual authorities,
to have access to the question papers long before the exam was conducted?
Are the question papers for all exams conducted by APPSC so easily accessible that
the authorities concerned have ample time to look at the papers, read it, print it,
Xerox it and supply it to their kith and kin?
The revelation and arrests are only the tip of the iceberg. There is a deep rooted
conspiracy and scandal to this APPSCCE mains paper leakage fiasco which has been
going on uninterrupted perhaps for years. The scandal is not befitting to be handled
by investigating agencies like SIT who are mere state govt. instruments and the case
should be transferred to the CBI.
An open letter to Director RD
We, the following successful bidders would like to bring to your kind notice that
the Notice Inviting Tender issued by the Block Development Officer, Khenewa vide
No.CD/BDO/KWAO 1/02/03/2013-14 of dtd. 8/01/2015 for the SPA projects mentioned below
was published in the local dailies on 23/01/2015 (Friday).
1. C/o Multi Purpose building at CO HQ Khenewa
2. C/o school building with approach road at Tasam Meorang school.
3. C/o suspension bridge over Sama river with porter track & Log Bridge at Jomoh
to Wallong via Kawarang
The technical bids of the above mentioned projects were opened on 31st January, 2015
by the duly constituted Board Members. It was found that three firms had bid one
each for the above projects. In total, there were nine tender papers. The name of
the firms who participated in the tender are -
(a) M/s G.Y.T. Trading Centre (Package 1,2, and 3)
(b) M/s Zee Engineering & Construction (Package 1,2, and 3)
(c) M/s M.D. Earth Movers (Package 1,2, and 3)
On scrutiny of the technical bid, it was found that the tender papers of M/s Zee
Engineering & Construction and M/s M.D. Earth Movers were not in order. Therefore,
their technical bid was out rightly rejected. The technical bid of M/s G.Y.T. Trading
Centre was the only qualified firm in the technical bid for the 3 (three) packages).
Citing the reason of bad light, the opening of financial bid of the successful bidder,
i.e. M/s G.Y.T. Trading centre was postponed that day to next sitting of the board.
The board proceeding was duly recorded and the minutes of the board proceeding was
circulated to all bidders present.
Chairman of the Board and also CO Khenewa issued a circular on ^2/2/2015 directing
all board members to assemble at DRDA office, Seppa at 1400 hrs of 2/2/2015 to evaluate
the financial bids and to complete the tender process. A copy of the circular is
enclosed herewith at Annexure “B” for ready reference.
The board members met accordingly but our financial bid could not be opened due to
absence of APO (Tech), one of the board member,.
Since the tendering process was kept on cold storage, finding no option, we brought
the matter to the notice of the Deputy Commissioner on his return from the leave.
The Deputy Commissioner, Seppa vide Notice No. Jud-20/14-14 Dated 17/2/2015 directed
us to appear before Circle Officer (Judicial), Seppa on 18/2/2015 to execute a bond
with surety for a sum of Rs.l (One) lakh to maintain peace u/s 107 Cr.PC and to ensure
that no breach of peace or disturbance of public tranquillity is committed in connection
with tender process of SPA under Khenewa circle.
We felt that this is a rare case in tendering process but as a law abiding citizen
we execute the bond with the surety as directed as failure to execute the said bond
could result in abeyance of the tender process indefinitely.
After the intervention of the Deputy Commissioner Seppa, the financial bid of the
above mentioned SPA Projects were opened in presence of the successful bidders 18/2/2015.
At the very outset of opening of the financial bid, the chairman of the Board apprised
the members that Stay Order has been received from the Hon’ble High Court, Itanagar
Permanent bench against package No.l, namely “Construction of Suspension bridge over
Sama river with porter track and log bridge at Jomoh to Wallong via Kawarang. Based
on the court’s order the opening of the financial bid in respect of package no.l
was withheld till clearance from the court.
Thereafter the sealed box containing tender papers was opened in presence of the
successful bidders and the tender papers of M/s G.Y.T. Trading Centre for 2 (two)
projects, namely- (i) C/o school building with approach road at Tasam Morang (ii)
C/o multipurpose building at circle hq at Khenewa were handed over to the technical
persons of the board members for scrutiny and examination.
The board members examined the financial package of M/s G.Y.T. Trading Centre and
considering all facts and data available recommend the BDO Khenewa who is the executing
agency to forward the details of tender process to the higher authority for further
Surprisingly, the BDO Khenewa (Executing Agency) is holding up the case at his level
and not forwarding the case to the higher authority to till date. A copy of the board
proceeding of financial bid is enclosed for ready reference.
It is a fact that we have invested the earnest money and also the surety amount by
taking loan from the private party, we are neck deep in debt. There is no reason
why the tender process could be withheld without any reason. Further delay in tendering
process is likely to put us on trouble.
Through this memorandum, we appeal to you to intervene to resolve the issue within
10 (ten) days from the date of submission of this memorandum.
Meanwhile, necessary action should be taken against the BDO Khenewa for taking the
developmental projects in a casual manner. On account of his delay in completion
of tender process the working season is passing by.
We do hope that issue will be resolved at the earliest through the intervention of
Pitam Dolo (Bidder)
Raj Sono (Bidder)
M/s GYT, Trading Centre
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---- Editorial ----
BJP government at centre which came to power harping about its nationalistic stand
is once again caught in back foot. This evening Gen VK Singh, minister of state for
external affairs attended Pakistan Day celebrations at Pakistani high commission
in New Delhi. Several Kashmiri separatist leaders including pro-Pakistan hardliner
Syed Ali Shah Geelani and JKLF leader Yasin Malik attend the event. Later talking
to media persons Malik brazenly declared himself as non-Indian. He further stated
that Kashmir is a disputed region.
However serious question have been raised over the presence of MoS Gen VK Singh
at the event. By attending an event where large number of anti-India people gathered,
minister Singh has given legitimacy to their activities. He could have easily avoided
the meet. The event will be huge embarrassment to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and
BJP. Already party has been facing criticism for aligning with PDP in Kashmir. The
pro-Pakistan stand adopted by PDP is well documented. Also only last week J&K was
hit by two terrorist attacks on consecutive days. The first attack was carried out
by terrorists on a police station in Kathua and the next day an army camp was targeted
in Samba. The attacks were carried out by Pakistan-backed terrorists. Knowing these
facts very well, it is surprising how a union minister attended an event where anti-India
people came together?