March 18

AAI seeks 525 acre of land free of cost for Greenfield Airport
Governor seeks more airports for Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Mar 17: According to Airport Authority of India (AAI), Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh has to acquire and hand over 525 acre of land free of cost and free of all encumbrance, for the Greenfield Airport at Hollongi.
Further steps will be taken to prepare DPR and seek approval of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Public Investment Board (PIB), Niti Aayog, Cabinet Committee for Economic Affairs (CCEA) after this hurdle is over.
This was informed to Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa when he met the Union Minister for Civil Aviation P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju  in New Delhi on March 15 where they discussed on the overall civil aviation scenario of Arunachal Pradesh, including the Greenfield airport and financing of renovating twenty existing helipads in different parts of State.
The Minister expressed concern that Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh has not even informed the AAI of the acquisition cost of the 525 acres of land, as the AAI would need cost details for preparation of DPR, reports PRO, Raj Bhavan. The last letter was sent to Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh in September 2015. The Union Minister requested the Governor to ask the Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh to furnish land details and cost of 525 acre, without any further delay.
The Governor was further informed that Environment Impact Assessment would also have to completed, which itself will require about six to nine months due to the time-consuming statutory requirements.
In the meeting, the Governor also stressed on dual utilization of Advance Landing Grounds in Vijaynagar, Walong, Ziro, Aalo, Mechuka, Tuting and Pasighat with Civil Terminals. Reactivated ALGs in Ziro, Aalo and Walong do not have terminals for civilians. The ALGs, which had civil terminals earlier, have stopped functioning.
The Governor requested for three to four additional airports and to support helipads for the State. Such infrastructure will not only be useful at the time of crisis but also instill a sense of security amongst the people of the Frontier State, besides serving the defence needs, he emphasized.
The Union Minister assured the Governor to look into the issue positively, reports PRO.

Students in dilemma over University’s stance over backlog
Staff Reporter
ITANAGAR, Mar 17:  A section of B.Sc. and B.Com VIth semester students of Jawahar Lal Nehru College Pasighat and Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar have raised questions over their respective college’s decision to place them under no more chance category citing Rajiv Gandhi University rules.
The students claim that college authorities are unclear about the RGU’s ordinance regarding the newly introduced semester system in the undergraduate courses which states that a candidate shall be allowed a maximum of three consecutive chances to clear the backlog and that a student must pass all his or her semester examinations within six years i.e, within 12 continuous semesters.
According to the students, they have passed the Vth Semester but have been placed under no more chance category as they failed in the first semester backlog at two attempts (excluding the fresh attempt). They have been requesting the College authorities for giving them one more chance to appear in the exam by including their first attempt.
‘We are not asking the College authorities to give us an additional chance but only want them to include the first attempt per semester to fulfil the provisions as per the RGU’s ordinance’, said one of the students.
Giving three consecutive chances to clear the backlog does not fulfil the University’s ordinance because a student will have only 5 instead of 6 years term to complete their degrees which is unfair, said another student.
The students have also placed the issue before the RGU’s Vice Chancellor and Controller of Examinations and a board meeting was held on the issue on Mar 9 last wherein, they rejected the students’ plea asking for another attempt but only agreed to give them the option of revaluation. The University authorities further informed that those students who passed in the revaluation will be promoted to the next semester while those who failed cannot avail more chances.
The academic future of the students now hangs in balance with the University unyielding stance towards them. In the recently declared University results about 50 under graduate students of Dera Natung College have found their names placed in the no more chance list.
We are in dilemma now over our future as we will not be able to get our degrees as both our college and the University have given up on us, the students rued.   

CM pushes for early completion of Sissiri bridge
ITANAGAR, Mar 17: Chief Minister Kalikho Pul on Wednesday urged the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) to complete the RCC Bridge over river Sissiri that connects Roing to Pasighat via Aohali-Dambuk road at the earliest.
“The bridge is extremely important as it will connect rest of the eastern part of the state with the state capital via Pasighat,” he informed the BRO delegation who were led by Lt Gen Suresh Sharma, Director General, Border Road.
Pul noted that “there has been inordinate delay in completion of the bridge despite the expiry of earlier scheduled completion time.”
Calling it as his matter of concern, the chief minister requested the BRO officials to accord top priority for the completion of bridge at the earliest possible time.
“During summer, the entire Lower Dibang belt gets cutoff and also frequent bandhs in Assam adds to the communication woes,” Pul said and also requested the BRO to fastrack the work on approach road towards the bridge.
Meanwhile, the BRO officials informed that the work on the bridge including on approach road is likely to complete by next March.
They also informed that they would be conducting visit to the bridge site and would inform the state government on the status of the work.  

Planning dept signs MoU with third party monitors
ITANAGAR, Mar 17: Arunachal Pradesh has signed  MoU with NEDFi and NABCONs of NABARD as third party monitors for physical/ field monitoring of the SPA projects of the State for the year 2013-14 and 2014-15.
239 SPA projects with a total project cost of Rs. 48,236.72 lakhs will be monitored by the NEDFi, in the Eastern Zone of Arunachal Pradesh from Longding to Upper Subansiri.
219 SPA projects with a total project cost of Rs. 49,435.00 lakhs will be monitored by the NABCONS of the NABARD in the Western Zone of the state from Tawang to Lower Subansiri District.
Secretary, Planning Dr. Joram Beda, Director, Project Planning and Monitoring Mokir Ori, and Joint Director, PPM P.Mishra, General Manager of NABARD, Itanagar branch H.S. Singh, General Manager, NEDFi Lemli Loyi and Manager Ankur Borah were present during the signing ceremony. Director, Project Planning & Monitoring, Ori appealed the TMPs to follow the Guideline of monitoring processes of three stages as envisaged by the Planning Department which includes before commencement of the projects, during progresses and after completion.

Heavy hailstorm hit Namsai district
NAMSAI, Mar 17: Heavy damages to dwelling houses, plantation crops, tea and rubber and vegetable gardens have been reported in various locations of Namsai district due to a hailstorm on Mar 16.
The hailstorm which occurred at around 2 pm had rendered huge damage to public and private properties including death of livestock due to uprooting and felling of trees. Power supply to Namsai from Assam has also been disrupted.
Meanwhile, Namsai DC, R K Sharma has informed that the actual loss of properties is being assessed by district administration.

Car plunges into deep gorge, three injured
Staff Reporter
ITANAGAR, Mar 17:  In a freak accident, a Hyundai Getz bearing registration No. AR 01C-2704 skidded off the road and plunged into deep gorge near Solid Waste Management Plant between Chimpu and Hollongi road, in Itanagar on Thursday.
Three persons identified as Bina Dodum (38) a school teacher from Seppa, driver Raju Rawat(28) and Makhiya Dodum(20) sustained grievous injury.
The victims have been rushed to RK Mission Hospital. Makhiya Dodum and Driver Raju Rawat are reported to be in critical condition.
Accident occurred around 5 PM when ill-fated vehicle coming from Seppa to Itanagar veered off the road due to over-speeding.  The vehicle plunged in sharp gorge nearly 150 meters from the highway.  
The rescue operation led by Capital Superintendent of Police Davendra Arya, accompanied by Dy SP TK Nath, SI S Hodong, SI N Nishant along with IRBN and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) personnel managed to pull out the injured after four hours long battle using rope.
Dog accompanying the passengers in the car is missing.

Preserve ancient knowledge:Pul
ITANAGAR, Pul 17: In view of the declining population of traditional priests in various tribal communities, Chief Minister Kalikho Pul called on the community cultural bodies to find ways to preserve ancient wisdom and knowledge.
“We have to preserve our culture and traditions for posterity, and it is through priests that we can carry forward it to our next generations,” said the Chief Minister while speaking to the representatives of the Indigenous Faith & Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) here on Thursday.
Expressing his concern over the loss of ancient knowledge and wisdom, Pul said “Preservation of culture is not only about protecting the tangible cultural assets; but it’s also about seeking a deeper connection with ourselves, while appreciating our own culture.”
“The priests are our cultural storehouse and it is through them we seek spiritual solace. They are our spiritual leader, they are our healers,” he said.
“It is in the chants of the priests, that we find mention of our cultural history and about our ancestors. So we have to find ways through which we can preserve our ancient cultural heritage,” added the CM.
The Chief Minister urged the cultural bodies to create programmes, device curriculum and suggest measures through which the knowledge and metaphysical wisdom of the priests can be documented and preserved.
In response, the IFSCAP representatives sought government’s active support in preservation of the institution of priests, without which they fear treasure of ancient knowledge, will be lost forever. They also suggested on having remunerations for priests as incentives.

Chief Secretary calls on the Governor
ITANAGAR, Mar 17: The new Chief Secretary of Arunachal Pradesh, Shakuntala Gamlin called on the Governor JP Rajkhowa at Raj Bhavan, Itanagar on Thursday.
They discussed on various issues of development and priority sectors in Arunachal Pradesh.  The Governor wished her a successful tenure in the State. Secretary to Governor, Dr. Joram Beda was also present in the meeting.

Paralympic Games end on a resounding note
ITANAGAR, Mar 17: The three days Paralympics Games organised by Arunachal Pradesh Paralympics Association (APPA) in collaboration with State Directorate of Sports and Capital Complex District Administration concluded on Thursday in an impressive valedictory function held at Sangay Lhaden Sports Academy ground, Chimpu.
The jovial atmosphere of the differently-abled school children and citizens were witnessed by Abraham K Techi, Commissioner (RTI) Likha Sampu, Deputy Director (SSA) along with Sandeep Kumar Singh, Deputy Commissioner (Capital) and Gechi Doke as special invitees, among others.
Earlier in the day, the valedictory session started off with a soothing welcome song from the recipient of scholarship for Ghazal and Folk Songs, Riee Koyu and Kipa Nikam, both student of Donyi-Polo School for the Hearing Impaired, before the guests took to the podium to share words of admiration and encouragement.
Accordingly, Abraham K Techi while exuding pride on being part of the first ever Paralympics held in the state appealed to the organising team of APPA to escape the temptation of commercialisation of the event and not allow any politician or political parties to misuse the platform of APPA.
Sampu impressed upon the differently abled students and citizens not to allow doubts and uncertainty to creep in and instead claim their rightful place in the society.   
Meanwhile, in between the speeches, songs and the dances, a race was also organised which was participated by all the differently-abled male contestants of the Paralympics, even as the organisers went about preparing for the prize distribution ceremony.  
Subsequently, in the prize distribution ceremony that ensued, Tabom Tatak ended up with the highest number of prizes under the boys & men category, while Liter Ori dominated the girls’ category. Kipa Kat stood out in the women’s open category while in volleyball, Kurung Kumey and Donyi-Polo School of Hearing Impaired came in first and second respectively.
In totality, the events’ awardees in order of merits includes, Liter Ori, Sindi Umpo and Bagjan Yanyang (100 metre race), Kipa Kat, Maming Kipa and Riniya Bayang (400 metre race); Yabom Bui, Liter Ori and Renya Nyicyor (Long Jump-Girls);  Kipa Kat, Riniya Bagang and Yape Pao (Long Jump- Women); Liter Ori, Sindi Umpo and Ome Tayeng  (Shot put-Girls);  Techi Talar, Anand Bagang and Phassang Tatap (100 metre Wheelchair race- Men); Tabom Tatak, Bharat Taruk and Rikto Koyu (100 metre race-Boys); Phassang Ajoy, Sangha Taruk and Loa Pore (100 metre race-Men open); Phassang Sodar, Tarh Tamar and Tabom Tatak (400 metre race-Men open); Loa Pore, Sangha Taruk  and Koning Dara (400 metre-50% disabled Men); Tagio Waii, Tame Nunghu  and Dapang Tawe (400 metre-70% disabled Men); Phassang Sodar, Tabom Tatak and Bharat Taruk (Long jump-Men); Phassang Sodar, Nabam Nima and Tabom Tatak (Shot put-Men open); Malo Tado, Nacam Nima and Tabom Tatak (Javelin throw- Boys); Nabam Nima, Tabom Tatak and Tajoy Baja (800 metre-Boys open); Tagam Siyum, Tami Nunghu and Kalik Perme (Chess-Men open); Tabom Tatak and Tagia Pagmir (Carrom-Men open) and Kalik Perme and Techi Talar (Arm wrestling-Men open).

Dr. Nyage Geiyi receives Rastriya Gaurav Award
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DAPORIJO, Mar 17:  Upper Subansiri DMO, Dr.Nyage Geiyi, currently serving in district hospital Daporijo was awarded Rastriya Gaurav Award at a Seminar on Economic Growth and National Integration organized by India International Friendship Society at New Delhi on Mar 11 last.
The award was given away by former Governor of Tamil Nadu and Assam, Dr. Bhishma Narain Singh in recognition of his outstanding and selfless services towards medical science and the society as a whole.
Born at Karbak Geyi village in West Siang, Dr. Geiyi did his schooling from RK Mission School Aalo, later he was selected for Sainik School in Goalpara. He had completed his MBBS from Gwalior.

Paklu Taipodia at IBBF Miss India-2016
NAHARLAGUN, Mar 17:  Paklu Taipodia has became the first Arunachalee woman to take part in a body building event (IBBF Miss India-2016).
"The experience gained in three-day 9th senior National Body Building Championship and 4th Men's & Women's Physique Sports National Championship at Raigad in Maharashtra was highly educative," said Paklu, who won the 6th position in her category.
Women bodybuilders from Manipur, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Arunachal participated in the event. Paklu shared that Indian Body Builders Federation (IBBF) is pinning hope on Arunachal and Manipur bodybuilders to win laurels for India in the Miss and Mr Asia Bodybuilding Championship-2016 scheduled to be held in Bhutan next September.    Junior Mr India-2016 Nishu Konia secured 5th rank in his category. Arunachal Body Builders Association (ABBA) media adviser Pradeep Kumar who received the team, made an appeal to the GoAP for toeing its policy of giving importance to games and sports as weightlifters and bodybuilders are consistently winning laurels for the state.

Miss Arunachal Winter Pageant 2016
NAHARLAGUN, Mar 17: After a grand opening, Miss Arunachal Winter Pageant 2016, in its second round of mega auditions held on Thursday selected 15 contestants who would fight it out for the top spot in the grand finale on March 27 next.   
Judges for the competition Subi Taba and Happy Yaying selected the budding models based on their personality, physical attributes and answers given to the judges' questions.
Speaking on the sidelines of the auditions, organizing secretary, Singchang Miji informed that the top 15 would now be groomed by renowned choreographers from the Miss Mega North East team from March 20 next and would be accordingly prepared for the finals.
Singchang also informed that RWD Minister Kumar Waii and Dumporijo MLA Paknga Bage have consented to grace the finale of the beauty pageant.
Organized by the Arunachal Students Federation (ASF), the Miss Arunachal Winter Pageant 2016 looks to provide a platform to the budding models of the state to showcase their modeling talents by providing the winner a direct opportunity to participate in the Miss Mega North East 2016 which is held at Guwahati.

Ministry to further the cause of Yoga and Naturopathy
ITANAGAR, Mar 17: A two-day seminar on “Role of Yoga & Naturopathy in Prevention And Management of Diabetes and Cardiac Ailments” was organised by Indira Gandhi Technological And Medical Sciences University, Ziro  on March 14-15 at Abotani Hall, Ziro in association with Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy, Ministry of AYUSH, where in its Director Dr Ishwar Acharya, assured the University of full support in furthering the cause of Yoga and Naturopathy throughout the state and in establishing 100 bedded hospital in Ziro.
Deputy Commissioner Kemo Lollen  congratulated the University for creating a platform where eminent doctors from the field of Cardiology and Endocrinology, Research Scientists, Yog Gurus, Yoga and Naturopathy Experts from all over the country gathered to share and exchange their knowledge and experience which will benefit the people of the state.
On the occasion, the University honoured former DC Kanki Darang, with the “Gem of Environmental Causes” Award for his initiative of Greener and Cleaner Ziro
The two-day seminar witnessed representatives from PMO and DONER and doctors from top hospitals from across the country.

DCM Chowna Mein visits Namsai
NAMSAI, Mar 17: Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein undertook a three days visit to Namsai from Mar 14 to 16.
Addressing a public meeting at Namsai Club, Mein outlined the priorities of the government under the leadership of Chief Minister Kalikho Pul and sought cooperation from all to make the state a peaceful and developed placed to live in.
MLA Namsai Chow Zingnu Namchoom also addressed the gathering.
At Lekang, Chowna Mein was given a public reception at a meeting which was attended by government employees, PRI leaders, bazar committee and general public.
Mein and Namchoom also attended meeting with various NGOs at Golden Pagoda, Tengapani for the upcoming visit of members of World Tripitaka Foundation Thailand on Wednesday. The holy book Tripitaka will be transcript into Tai language during the visit. The team will visit Namsai district from April 12 to 15 next.

Orientation programme under PMKVY
KOLORIANG, Mar 17: A daylong orientation-cum- trainees registration drive programme under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) in collaboration with Border Area Development Programme was held on Thursday at Inspection Bungalow, Parsi Parlo, Kurung Kumey.
District Programme Coordinator in charge Kurung Kumey, Bamang Chai highlighted aims and objectives of the training to the youths who are school drop-outs and jobless. The youths were made aware of the various trades and its scope for being skillfully trained.
Training provider, Manghi Welfare Society, President Ngurang Tado also spoke at the orientation programme.
Youths of Damin and Parsi Parlo blocks attended the orientation programme. DIPRO

PS to be inducted
ITANAGAR, Mar 17: Parliamentary secretaries will be inducted on Friday afternoon. The Chief Minister Kalikho Pul will administer them the oath of office. Though the names have not been made known, the Parliamentary secretaries are likely to be drawn up from among the ruling PPA MLAs, even though the BJP has already stated that it is ready to join the government.
The Chief Minister is already under heavy pressure to accommodate MLAs in the ministry so it remains to be seen the composition of the Parliamentary secretaries.

Election for Deputy Speaker
ITANAGAR, Mar 17: March 22 next has been fixed as the date for holding election for the post of deputy speaker of the sixth legislative assembly.
Nomination for the same may be withdrawn by the candidates or the proposer not later than 1100 hours on March 21 next, an official statement from the office of Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly said.

GPM assaulted
ITANAGAR, Mar 17: Gram Panchayat Member (Karko Upper) Dutin Jongkey was allegedly physically assaulted by Zilla Parishad Member, VI- Jengging Anchal Block Bodak Jongkev. The GPM has lodged a complaint with the Yingkiong Police Station alleging physical assault.
Dutin Jongkey says that the incident happened on March 16 at the office chamber of the District Horticulture Officer who had convened the meeting with Panchayat leaders regarding implementation of a cardamom garden under BADP Scheme. He alleged that Bodak Jongkey assaulted him while they were in the midst of discussion.
The GPM has appealed for appropriate action from the police.

DM issues order
TEZU, Mar 17:  Lohit District Magistrate Tamiyo Tatak on Thursday passed an executive order to all the offices, institutions, commercial places, saw and rice mills, petrol pump, gas agencies etc. directing to install fire extinguisher in their respective places immediately as a preventive precautionary measure against fire accidents.
The DM has also directed the Town Magistrate, OC fire service Tezu and Assistant Town Planner to ensure the implementation of the order, informed an official release. (DIPRO)

Forum urges for reconsideration of OM
ITANAGAR, Mar 17:  Merely weeks after the state cabinet decision to stand by the Governor’s order to terminate out of turn promotion and officiating/functional appointment, Arunachal Vigilance Forum (AVF) on Thursday pleaded the governor to reconsider his office memorandum saying hundreds of teachers will be affected. In its release, the forum claimed that many officiating and functional appointment were made to run and manage various schools in the state which are on verge of closure. The total requirement of vice principals and head master is 236, however there are only 158 VP/HM under education department, Forum added.

Students objects to abduction
ITANAGAR, Mar 17: Arunachal Naga Students' Federation has condemned the abduction of two labour by NSCN-Unification from Longding last week.
The Federation termed it as immature and childlike attempt of the NSCN-U authority due to which the road construction works are in stagnant position.
We respect Naga freedom fighters but such act is totally unfit for the freedom fighters, the Federation said as it appealed the authority of NSCN-U to monitor its cadres from such encroachment beyond state boundary of Nagaland state. It is also appeal that such situation should not be created amongst the Nagas which may cause confusion.

Governor’s office memo, not discussed: CoSAAP
ITANAGAR, Mar 17: The Confederation of Service Associations of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP) has claimed that office memorandum by the state administration wrongly mentioned that during the recent interaction meeting held by Governor with CoSAAP, the matter pertaining to officiating, functional and out of turn promotion was discussed.  
In a clarification CoSAAP stated that above issue was not at all discussed.  Further, the discussions focused on vexed issues of CoSAAP like implementation of FR 56 pertaining to retirement age in govt. job, withdrawal of No objection Certificate system in matters of promotion and retirement, grant of transport allowance as per 6thCPC recommendation, grant of Children Education Allowance and to extend other facilities like LTC, Medical Attendance Rules etc. The association expected that there should be no more misunderstanding, confusions and misconceptions amongst the state govt employees.

Forum against eviction
ITANAGAR, Mar 17: The members of Capital Complex Land Affected People’s Forum (CCLAPF) on Wednesday meet Chief Minister Kalikho Pul and deputy chief minister Kameng Dolo to apprise them about eviction orders being issued to few individuals by the Deputy Commissioner, Itanagar Capital Complex.  CCLAPF claims that eviction order has been issued despite clear cut directives from the Govt. constituted committee to maintain status quo to all concerned.
Forum informed that after hearing their plea, Deputy Chief Minister Kameng Dolo instructed the DC Capital Complex to exercise restraint till the government takes final decision. Chief Minister had also assured to look into the matter appropriately, they added. The members of CCLAP also called on DC capital. After apprising the new DC in detailed chronological order about the present land occupation and allotment imbroglio of the capital complex, the Forum expressed its serious resentment for the unilateral eviction orders of the capital administration. Forum requested the DC to exercise maximum restraint till the issue is amicably resolved by the government.   

AAPLU unit  seeks early release of enhanced salary
ITANAGAR, Mar 17: The Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union (AAPLU) Capital Complex unit has demanded early release of enhanced salary of contingency labourers.
In its memorandum submitted to the chief minister, it also requested for the release of pending arrears of the contingency labourers since 2014.

TWS pitches for appointment
ITANAGAR, Mar 17: The Tagin WelFare Society (TWS) has requested that the brother of late teacher Kali Bulo be appointed in his place on compassionate ground. Late Bulo, an AT ‘A’ with Govt Higher Secondary School, Mechukha, was found dead under mysterious circumstances in his quarter on the morning of August 5, 2015.
In its letter to the chief secretary while claiming that the late teacher was the lone bread earner in the family, the society pitched for Tanu Bulo, brother of the late teacher, who is also his nominee saying he has the requisite qualification to be appointed to the post.

Assn. objects to discontinuance of engineering wings
ITANAGAR, Mar 16: The All Arunachal Pradesh Unemployed Engineers’ Association (AAPUEA) has today said that discontinuance of engineering wings in the state will deprive a large number of unemployed engineers of a chance to get themselves employed in departments like education, sports, Panchayat, tourism, rural department, forest etc.     
Stating that the unemployed engineers are competent enough to handle bigger projects, the Association further urged the GoAP to create more CE and SE posts and recruit more unemployed engineers.

Orientation programme on tOPV to bOPV
CHANGLANG, Mar 17: An orientation programme for the members District Task Force for Immunization on switching from tOPV to bOPV and Mission Indradhanush Phase-III was organised by the District Health Society at Changlang today.
Chairing the programme, Changlang Deputy Commissioner, Wayong Khimhun expressed zero tolerance towards any kind of lackadaisical attitude. Referring to the poor statistics in the performance report, he appealed the health workers to take their duties as a privilege and perform the duties honestly. He suggested them to ensure submission of correct report besides discharging their responsibilities effectively.
Sensitizing the members of DTFI, DRCHO Dr Tope Yomcha informed that the tOPV which is currently in use in routine immunization and polio campaigns, contained polio vaccines protecting poliovirus of type 1, 2 and 3 but type-2 poliovirus has been eradicated and now bOPV protecting poliovirus type-1 and 3 will be used in all the routine immunization and polio campaigns. He further informed that shift from tOPV to bOPV is a globally coordinated process.
Briefing on the responsibilities of the concerned MOs, he urged them all to update weekly tOPV stock in the Cold Chain point on the web portal and ensure that ANMs return all tOPV after session before the switch. He asked them to remove all tOPV from cold chain, pack carefully, mark as waste and return to the district hospital for disposal as per guidelines with video recording during the switch adding that it contains dangerous live virus. He cautioned them to ensure no tOPV exists in any facility center after the switch. Every facility center should be certified as tOPV free by the concerned Medical Officer, he added.  
DMO, Changlang Dr. Karrik Basar asked the concerned MOs to prepare quality Micro-Plan for Mission Indradhanush Phase-III as well as for Routine Immunization for effective result which will be launched shortly. Showing concern over low performance in MI-II, he cautioned appropriate action against non-performing officers.

Quarterly meeting on health issues at Tawang
TAWANG, Mar 17: The third quarterly review meeting on various health issues of Tawang district was held on Thursday.
Chairing the meeting, Tawang DC, Duly Kamduk emphasised on the need of creating awareness amongst the public especially the villagers by conducting regular meetings including the local administrative officers, line department Education, ICDS, PHE, GBs and PRI members. He reiterated on the importance of mobilising ASHAS and Anganwadi workers in creating awareness on health issues.
Performance report of the entire district for the year 2015-16 was presented during the meeting.
Problems like lack of awareness regarding safe sex, superstitions, local quacks etc were discussed in the meeting.
DMO Tawang informed that switch from tOPV to bOPV would be done on April 25 and all tOPV stocks would be replaced and destroyed. He also informed that opening of Adolescent Friendly Clinic at District Hospital is in the pipeline.  DIPRO

Health Camp at Daporijo
ITANAGAR, Mar 17: A health camp was organised by L.T. Eye care, Itanagar in collaboration with Ramakrishna Mission Hospital, Itanagar at Daporijo from Mar 10 to 12.
More than 500 people were treated for eye ailments by Dr. T. Sorum while ENT Specialist Dr. Hano Ramesh treated more than 100 patients. Around 50 people were identified with Cataract and 45 patients were operated on.





Where is promise of corruption free government ?

In recent days central government has come under lot of flak for allowing businessman Vijay Mallya to flee from India. Mallya is alleged to have defaulted loan to the tune of Rs 9000 crore and many banks have declared him willful defaulters. He fled to London on 2nd March and was believed to be present in parliament on 1st March. Interestingly a consortium of banks led by state bank of approached the court to seek orders restraining him from going abroad only on March 9. This was done after ensuring that Mallya is allowed to leave country. Many have questioned why banks and CBI delayed in approaching the court seeking restraining order. Government should investigate this aspect of Mallya episode.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley tried his best to defend government by declaring on Thursday that every penny that is due from Vijay Mallya to state-run banks will be recovered. Speaking at a media conclave in New Delhi, Mr. Jaitley said the Vijay Mallya case is pending in court and every government agency is going to take strong action wherever he has violated the law. This is the second major corruption case which has embarrassed the Modi government. Last year controversy surrounding absconding former IPL chairman Lalit Modi and his close relation with Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj has got government into trouble. Lalit Modi had also fled India under controversial circumstances. BJP came to power at centre with promise of zero tolerance against corruption. Therefore by allowing Mallya to flee from India, they have given bad impression about their promise. People of India are closely watching their each move.






Readers’ Forum



End of High Command Culture in Arunachal?

Dear Editor,

Finally the bell has rung for the political leadership of our State to get back to their roots. The decision of the majority of our legislators under the leadership of Kalikho Pul to form a Regional Govt., though a bit late, but is a move in the right direction. The people of Arunachal especially the Educated Sections were longing for this moment. The historic step taken by Pul camp and backed by BJP Legislators and two independent Legislators and later joined by Legislators from Tuki camp will always be written in golden letters in the political history of Arunachal Pradesh.

The bold step of the legislators not only signaled the end of High Command Culture but more importantly restored the extreme sense of self pride and dignity of the tribals. The visionary step of our leaders had ushered in an era of new hopes and aspirations, and if the tempo shown by Pul in last couples of weeks continues unabated for the remaining period of two and half years, Arunachal could go far ahead of Sikkim, Nagaland, West Bengal, UP, Orissa and Tamil Nadu where the National parties hardly have any presence.

In the event of this political upheaval, the role played by J P Rajkhowa and Kiren Rijiju were extremely important. While Rajkhowa ensured maintaining the sanctity of constitutional provisions and struck to his stand i.e. the rule of the majority, Rijjiju on the other hand respected the people's mandate that had elected him to Parliament. His bold decision to extend unconditional outside support to PPA and consequent release of huge fund for infrastructure development will always be remembered by the people cutting across the party and ethnic lines.

With the end of high command culture Arunachal would be now in a position to frame its own vision plan and prevent the drain of wealth in the name of party donations. The long pending demand of putting Arunachal under Article 371A as was done to Nagaland has now got huge chance of materialization with Regional Govt. at Itanagar and an active BLP MP at the Centre. The deadly combination of the two coupled with the sensitive and strategic location of Arunachal has offered an altogether new dimension of growth, prosperity and peace. To cite an example, the routine battle of 'Kaun Banega Mukhiya Mantri' fought in five star Hotels and Farm Houses in National Capital spending thousands of Crores of Public money would be now a thing of the past. Also the culture of Kickbacks and commissions attached with every allocation in the name of Party Fund would now come to an end. The Bhavan and House in Delhi and at Guwahati would be now available to the needy students and patients.

Also the frequency of expensive travels undertaken by the leaders and officials to Delhi would be now reduced to bare minimum. However, the single most important and holistic benefit coming to the State and its People is that the Arunachaleese themselves will be at liberty to frame policy and programmes and make optimum use of their vast resources like Jungle, Jal and Jameen with least of intervention from Delhi.


Mizum Lollen



UPSC exam and financial help from state

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, Arunachalee UPSC Aspirants would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the  CM Kaliko Pul for enhancing incentive for clearing UPSC Civil Services Exam (CSE) Prelims & Mains both. In a year, in an average, only 3-4 aspirants from Arunachal qualify prelims conducted by UPSC. Huge financial need involved in the preparation for this exam keeps away many talented minds of our state especially those who are hailing from poor financial background from this prestigious exam. Recent increment in the incentive will certainly encourage many of them to prepare for All India Services. As a matter of fact, UPSC exam preparation is not a onetime affair rather it is a continuous process which demands rigorous & consistent hard work, dedication & perseverance. In most of the cases, aspirants spend 4-6 years to clear this exam and many aspirants give up after 2-3 failed attempts because of various reasons, financial constraint being one of the major reasons.

Therefore, if incentive is provided to every serious & hardworking aspirant for qualifying Prelims in every attempt instead of present system of one time assistance per candidate, would ensure continuous financial support and would be of immense help in realising their dreams of becoming Civil Servants.

Furthermore, presently those candidates who qualify Mains of Indian Forest Service (IFoS) exam are not eligible for the financial support provided by the GoAP which we feel is unjustified & demoralising because candidates for CSE & IFoS go through single Common Screening Test i.e. Prelims. And in the prelims, cut off marks for IFoS use to be around 20-30 marks more than cut off marks for CSE which means to qualify for IFoS an aspirant needs more hard work & inputs. Since the merger of CSE & IFoS for common prelims, only 0-2 candidates are qualifying for IFoS Mains. Therefore, if candidates qualifying IFoS Mains are brought under the ambit of this incentive, surely many talented youths will be motivated to try for IFoS.

As an Annual Conference of DH&TE is scheduled for 23rd March 2016, we request HCM & DH&TE to take our letter in a proper light and do the thoughtful considerations of the above mentioned points to help young talented minds of Arunachal Pradesh to clear prestigious All India Services like IAS, IPS and IFoS and to bring laurels to our state.


Arunachal UPSC Aspirants

New Delhi




Spare common citizens

Dear Editor,

I draw your kind attention to the bandh given by supporters of Congress Candidate Ghana Borgohain in North Lakhimpur constituency as a repercussion  to non issuance of party ticket for forthcoming election. This sudden bandh and subsequent chaotic situation created by his supporters has pushed families like ours who hail from the lowest strata of society to utter inconveniences and distress. This bandh has led to academic loss of school and college going students, office goers are compelled to abstain from their duties, and shopkeepers have to suffer economic losses.

I have an aunty and she had some complications today but could not be taken to her doctor for treatment.

It is entirely a party matter and has nothing to do with common people like us.

I appeal all the political parties to settle the annoyance of not getting party candidature within their respective party forums and spare common citizens like us.


Rajib Dutta

North Lakhimpur,



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