March 02


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Electrification of 478 villages under central scheme

ITANAGAR, Mar 1: 478 villages have been identified as on-grid villages for which Rs 199 crore has been sanctioned by the centre for electrification under Deen Dayal Upadhaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUJY). For the off-grid villages, the centre has sanctioned Rs 151 crores for electrification.

This was divulged during a review meeting attended by Chief Minister Pema Khandu, representatives of Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) and Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) on the ongoing DDUJY scheme being implemented in the state.

The Chief Minister sought information on the status of tender floated and pending works regarding the rural electrification work under the DDUJY scheme.

The villages where there is electricity, the agencies have been asked to provide 100% household electricity coverage.

For efficient implementation of electrification works, REC officials requested for a full-fledged office to be set up in Arunachal to monitor the ongoing works.

At present, almost 20 engineers are posted in each district to carry out the 100% electrification works in rural areas. Every week these officials make on spot surveys and report the status through a new app, GARV-II app to provide real-time data, informed the officials.

The Chief Minister requested the agencies to make judicious utilisation of the funds and urged them to carry out proper monitoring to check the quality of work. Also he requested them to tie up with local firms to carry out the work efficiently and to provide economic opportunities to local contractors.




Tuki lodges complaint against alleged deed agreement

ITANAGAR, Mar 1: Former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has lodged a complaint at the Itanagar Police Station on Wednesday against "false and fabricated deed" credited to him.  

There has been an allegation circulated on social networking sites that former CM sold the post of Chief Ministership of Arunachal Pradesh at the cost of Rs.60 crores by executing the deed on 15/07/2016.

The complaint is against "false and fabricated deed of 15.07-2016 wherein my name as well as the name of Pema Khandu,  CM  of Arunachal Pradesh and name of some legislatures of Arunachal Pradesh-Phurpha Tsering, Jambey Tashi, Nabam Rebia and Techi Kaso as witnesses to the deed have been uploaded in the social networking site".

The deed is false, fabricated and a handiwork to assassinate my political career and also to tarnish my image in the society at large, said the former Chief Minister.

"The contents of such false and fabricated documents have brought irreparable loss in my political career…has tarnished, defamed and maligned my name and has brought down my image and reputation in the eyes of public causing me irreparable loss and injury", he said.

The former Chief Minister has named-Bengia Augung and Tsering Norbu and a Noida based daily newspaper-The Quint in his complaint.

The former CM has asked the police to register a criminal case and thoroughly investigate the matter as well as book the culprits under the relevant provisions of law.

APCC president Padi Richo said that uploading of such false and fabricated document with baseless and unfounded allegations is an offence under the law and also the same amounts to an offence under cyber law, which needs to be thoroughly probed and enquired.

APCC has sought the arrest of culprits involved in such illegal activities.

Richo, Congress workers and representatives of the Congress frontal organizations accompanied Nabam Tuki to lodge the complaint at Itanagar Police Station.




Siang hit by 48 hours bandh

Maksam Tayeng

PASIGHAT, Mar 1: The Siang District HQ Welfare Committee (SDHQWC), Pangin which has been demanding for immediate establishment of infrastructures and construction of mini secretariat at Nyobo (Perang - Lampang), the new district HQ of Siang District launched a 48 hours Chakka bandh on Monday which paralyzed the normal life along Pasighat-Pangin Trans Arunachal Highway.

The protestors/bandh callers also damaged a JCB and a loaded truck on Monday night for defying the bandh.

The bandh was  supported by ABK, Siang Unit, ABK Women Wing and 18 villages under Nugong and Rotgong Banggo, informed Raja Padung, Spokesperson, SDHQWC. Padung also alleged that, present government led by Chief Minister Pema Khandu and Power Minister Tamiyo Taga is trying to re-notify the new district HQ.

General Secretary, SDHQWC-Pangin Tatok Panor said that, Nyobo (Perang-Lampang) was inaugurated as district HQ of Siang District on 24thNovember, 2014. It was also declared in the government gazette that Pangin would be the temporary headquarters of Siang district till infrastructures come up at Nyobo (Perang-Lampang), added Panor.

If government continues to deprive our legitimate demand, we will launch 7 days bandh in the next phase, added SDHQWC.

Meanwhile, Minister, Power, Industries, Textile & Handicraft & Co-operation Tamiyo Taga has refuted the allegation of SDHQWC and said that, government is nowhere involved in changing the district HQ. While clarifying his position, Taga informed this reporter that, as per Guwahati High Court state government has already submitted its report and an expert committee report to access the actual ground situation is still awaited. Until the report is submitted, no construction will take place either at Nyobo or Boleng, he said.  




Make ALG operational for civilian aircraft :AYA

ITANAGAR, Mar 1:  The Apatani Youth Association (AYA) has appealed to Chief Minister, Pema Khandu to initiate early steps to ensure that the Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) at Ziro is made operational for civilian aircraft soon.

A team of AYA members led by its President, Taku Chatung had on Wednesday, met Chief Minister, Pema Khandu and apprised him about various issues concerning the ALG at Ziro. The Association has vehemently opposed the use of Advanced Landing Ground exclusively for military and urged the GoAP to uphold the MoU which incorporated both civilian and military use of the ALG.

The association also sought immediate construction of drainage outside ALG Ziro, the absence of which, it claimed has been causing much problem for the people living in the vicinity of the ALG.

'We felt cheated by Indian Air Force, for they promised us to construct it a long back but did not  do so once the ALG was completed', it claimed.

The Chief Minister on his part assured to look into the issue at the earliest.




Road resurfacing work completed

ITANAGAR, Mar 1:  The resurfacing work of Tezu (TCP)-Lohitpur-Shivajinagar-Tezu was completed by the 48 Border Roads Task Force during financial year 2015-16 and improvement of the stretch of road from Km 15.440 to Km 23.962 has been completed during Feb this year.  

The 23.962 Km-long Tezu (TCP)-Lohitpur-Shivajinagar-Tezu, is an important GS road, which is a loop connecting TCP to residence of DC Lohit via Lohitpur and Shivajinagar, will play a major role from defence point of view as Brigade HQ is situated at Lohitpur, according to a BRTF release.




NSCN(K) cadre killed in encounter

KOHIMA, Mar 01: An NSCN(K) cadre was killed during an encounter with security forces on February 27 at Tirap district, said Defence Press Information Bureau.

The Khonsa battalion of Assam Rifles under DAO division laid a trap at 6.30 pm on February 27 following reports that a group of cadres of the outfit was carrying out extortion in Muktwa and Lyangche area.

On seeing the group, the security forces asked them to surrender; but the cadres challenged the army and opened fire.

The army retaliated in which one of the cadres was killed on the spot and the rest managed to flee into the nearby jungle, the press statement claimed.

A 7.65 mm Pistol with ammunition and IED was recovered from the slain cadre, who has been identified as Self Style Cpl Wahang Sumyen.

Army has launched massive search operations to nab other cadres.




GOS prepares vision document

ITANAGAR, Mar 1: Chief Minister Pema Khandu held a review meeting of the Group of Secretaries (GOS).  

Chief Minister had constituted the Group of Secretaries in six different themes-Good Governance, horticulture,  Tourism, Employment Generation and Skill Development, health and Education and Land.

The main objective was to make a vision document which was presented to the Chief Minister today.

He assured that all the suggestions made will be discussed by the government in detail and implemented as and where necessary.

Khandu said that a spate meeting would be held on  land management.

Meanwhile, a team of officials of Arunachal Pradesh Agriculture Marketing Board (APAMB) headed by its Chairman Ngurang Pinch were invited to the meeting as the Board has a major role to play in transforming Arunachal Pradesh into an Organic Hub and Fruit Bowl of India, said a message from CMO.

Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, Education Minister Honchun Ngandam and PHE&WS and IPR Minister Bamang Felix and Chief Secretary in-Charge Satya Gopal attended the meeting.




Arunachalee photographer wins award

ITANAGAR, Mar 1: Hali Welly from Arunachal has won the Best Fashion Photographer Award during the just concluded first edition of North East Style Awards held at Shilpagram, Guwahati. The award function initiated by The North East Style Magazine and powered by GEP-GEMS and News 18 is conceptualized to recognize the talent in the field of Fashion, Visual Art and Fine Arts from the Northeast region of India. Awardees in other genres were Kentholeno Kense from Nagaland for Female model and Piyush Sharma from Guwahati as Male model (Popular Choice), Opang Jamir from Nagaland and Shimrey Augustine from Manipur for Male Model of Year 2016-17.

Welly apart from being an ace photographer from the state also serves as Deputy Director in the department of Urban Development, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh.




Protest against attacks on RSS

ITANAGAR, Mar 1: Hundreds of people subscribing to nationalistic ideology belonging to Bharatiya Janata Party and Rashtriya Swayemsevak Sangh participated in a peaceful protest march organized under the aegis of the Arunachal Jagaran Manch against the killings of several social and political workers in Kerala from IG Park to Rajbhawan here on Wednesday.

Arunachal Jagran Manch (AJM) led by its coordinators Padmeshwari Jamoh  and Tamchi Kame submitted a memorandum to the President of India Pranab Mukherjee through the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, PB Archarya. However, due to absence of the Governor, the memorandum was received by his Secretary.

Speaking to reporters, a leading voice of AJM and former MLA Tapen Siga opined  that the  protest  is against  the recurring assaults, gruesome murders of RSS-BJP workers  as well as  attacks on their homes by the workers of  Communist Party of India(Marxist) all over the state of Kerala.

'The violence by CPM in Kerala has a long and painful history, at least 51 social workers have been killed in last 18 months under CPM government in Kerala,' he said.

'It is the paramount duty of the state to provide safety and security to the people of the state without discrimination but CPM government in Kerala has failed to do so which has compelled us to seek the intervention of the President of India,' stated the former MLA.

AJM, in its memorandum asserted that houses of various RSS and BJP workers at Kanjikode of Palakkad District, Kerala were attacked and set on fire. Even women belonging to Scheduled and OBC communities were not spared and killed in politically motivated attacks by CPM arsonists.

Reportedly, in several districts including East Siang, Tirap and Lohit, various civil society organization's with nationalist outlook submitted similar memorandum to the President of India though the office of district collectors.

At Roing, the RSS and BJP workers of Lower Dibang Valley district condemned the incidents in their strongest term and said that it was politically motivated one.

Blaming CPM (I) for the gruesome attack, they submitted a memorandum to the President of India through the Lower Dibang Valley Deputy Commissioner, appealing the President to take immediate action to stop the violence and establish peace in the state. They also mentioned that request have been made to Kerala Government to take necessary steps to announce rehabilitation package and compensation to the family members of the victims and also for those injured in the incident.

At Pasighat, the Arunachal Vikas Manch of Pasighat unit organized a peaceful protest march from High Region to Deputy Commissioner Office.

Later, a team led by youth activists Vikas Rava and Daniel Mibang submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner. More than 100 members from every section of the society, including youth, senior citizens and women participated in the protest march.

At Aalo, RSS unit of Aalo under the banner of Nagarik Manch Aalo strongly condemned the attack on RSS and BJP workers in Kerela and expressed solidarity with the family of victims.




Advocacy on minimum standards of clinical establishment  

ITANAGAR, Mar 1: One day advocacy meeting on Minimum Standards of Clinical Establishments and Reorientation Training of CEA staff was held in Naharlagun on Feb 27.

The aim of the meeting was to impart knowledge about Minimum Standards of all categories of Clinical Establishments (CEs) to all DMOs cum DRAs, State & District Coordinators, DEOs and Stakeholders. Every district has to implement the Minimum Standards in every CEs. There was reorientation training on registration of CEA staff as well during the same day.

Director Health Services Dr.Moji Jini emphasized about the implementation of the Minimum Standards of CEs to ensure the quality of health care services in the Clinical Establishments. He also stressed upon the transparency of the activities of the CEA staff during inspection and registration of CEs.

DDHS (PH) cum SNO, APSC, CEA Dr.T.Lollen, stressed upon the maintenance of records of Clinical Establishments which has to be submitted quarterly to District Registering Authority (DRA) of the concern district.

Ex.DHS & MD of BTM Hospital Naharlagun Dr K.Nishing also spoke in the meeting.




Assembly Standing Committees constituted

ITANAGAR, Mar 1: State Legislative Assembly Speaker constituted 12 Assembly Standing Committees for a period of one year with effect from Feb 28 last.

The six-member 12 committees headed by a chairman each are; Rules Committee, General Purposes Committee and Business Advisory Committee headed by Speaker TN Thongdok; Privilege Committee and Budget Committee headed by Deputy Speaker; Library Committee headed by MLA Kento Rina; Subordinate Legislation headed by  MLA Rajesh Tacho; Government Assurance Committee headed by Tumke Bagra; Committee on Petition headed by MLA Tamar Murtem; House Committee headed by MLA Japu Deru; Committee on Absence of members from the sitting of the House headed by MLA Tanga Byaling; Committee on Welfare of other Backward Classes headed by MLA Tapang Taloh, according to an official release.




Procure quality products: Principal Secretary

ITANAGAR, Mar 1: The Principal Secretary to Government of Arunachal Pradesh has directed all the state government departments to ensure purchase of only quality products in all government procurements.

Presiding over the meeting of the State Level Committee on Standardization and Quality Control Systems here recently, the Principal Secretary suggested the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) authorities to impart training to the state government officials for better implementation of quality control and standardization activities in the State.

He urged the BIS to prepare a booklet on various quality control orders and circulate it to the departments, besides arranging mass awareness programmes, particularly for the jewelers in co-ordination with the nodal department.

The State Level Committee on Standardization and Quality Control Systems is basically an advisory body that suggests ways and means for better implementation of quality control and standardization activities in the State.

The Dy. Director General, BIS, Kolkata in his inaugural address briefed about the activities and services rendered by Bureau of Indian Standards and the need for standardization and consumption of quality products.

Senior government officers of the state participated in the meeting, which was organized by the Department of Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs in collaboration with Bureau of Indian Standards, Guwahati.




PPA Youth Council members join BJP

ITANAGAR, Mar 01:  Shifting of loyalty from one party to another by members of various political parties continues in the state.

In latest development, as many as 126 members of PPA Youth Council have joined in BJP, claimed state BJP in a release.

Prominent among them were President of PPA Youth Council Ringu Gautam, general secretaries Kaling Lasa, Kabak Doll and Gamshi Bengia, the release said.




Peaceful dharna

ITANAGAR, Mar 1:  The Lower Siang District Bandh Call Committee has decided to stage a peaceful dharna on March 4 next, at Tennis Court of Indira Gandhi Park, to protest against non-posting of DC and SP at Likabali for early establishment of Lower Siang district.

The committee, which has been demanding early establishment of Lower Siang district, has expressed resentment over the alleged non-fulfillment of its demands by the GoAP.  




EKSWCO anguished at defamation of Seppa based school

ITANAGAR, Mar 1: The East Kameng Social Welfare and Cultural Organisation (EKSWCO) has expressed anguish over misuse of social media like Facebook and Whatsapp to defame a Seppa based school. In a release EKSWCO stated that a photograph of Teenage Dream Mission School, Seppa has been allegedly photoshopped by some miscreants as Porn Star Dream Mission School Seppa which has been shared in various social media forums.

"The EKSWCO and the owner of school felt insulted and hurt by the malicious act. The school is one of the reputed private schools in East Kameng District imparting education to poor and needy children of the district as well as children from Kampu Hollen Orphanage and Puroik community, informed EKSWCO.

EKSWCO has warned to take both legal and social action in this regard.




Mutchu distributes dustbins to Mayu GP

[ Karyir Riba ]

ROING, Mar 1: Eighteen dustbins were distributed to Adarsh (model) Mayu GP by local MLA Mutchu Mithi at a simple programme organized at Kera Ati Rehko here on Tuesday.

The dustbins were sponsored by Navayuga under its Corporate Social Responsibility programme and installed at different locations under Mayu GP.

Addressing the gathering, Mutchu assured scheme for construction of internal road at Kera Ati village. He also informed that necessary instruction has been given to the concern department to provide electricity to new settlements in the village.

The GP was adopted by Rajya Sabha Memebr Mukut Mithi under the SAGY in 2014.

Mayu GP is one of the most successfully implemented Aadarsh Villages under Saansad Aadarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) in Arunachal Pradesh, informed Charge Officer DPO Marto Dirchi.

The ASM of Mayu-II, Gram Panchayat Members and members of Kera Ati Welfare Committee and the villagers were present on the occasion.




Pregnant women urged to avail benefit under PMSMA

ITANAGAR, Mar 1: Senior Medical Officer of the East Kameng District Hospital, Dr S K Suman has called upon the pregnant women to enroll their names in health centers to avail the facilities provided under Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan (PMSMA), a new central Govt scheme launched on June 9, 2016 with the objective of boosting the health care facilities for the pregnant women, especially the poor. He was addressing the gathering at the special awareness campaign on "RMNCH + A and  Mission Indradhanush" organized by Directorate of Field Publicity, Seppa Unit at Pabua village,  in the district on  Tuesday.  

While disseminating the basic information about mother and child health and Mission Indradhanush, Dr Suman also stressed on compulsory antenatal check up of the pregnant women. He advised the participating pregnant women to go for family planning. Dr Suman and his medical staff also gave a demonstration on proper hand washing.

Another resource person Chello Renew Yangfo, who is also ICDS Supervisor, Seppa, explained about the importance of food and nutrition for adolescent and pregnant women and advised one  and all to be careful  while feeding the child and choosing proper food items of nutritious value. She also asked the pregnant women to visit hospital for medical check up before and after delivery and also to maintain balance diet during pregnancy period.

Speaking on the occasion Pabua village Anchal Samity Member, Natung Sangyu  lauded both Directorate of Field Publicity and health department in the district for organizing such educative and informative awareness programme in their village. He further requested all the participants to disseminate information about the health schemes launched by the Govt for the benefit of pregnant women.

Other speakers included headmaster Abing Hissang  and Rama Kamsa of DFP, Seppa unit.

This was followed by Healthy baby Show cum health camp, quiz competition, culture programme by the local artists and distribution of prizes to the winners. During the health camp more than 40 children  between the age group 0 to 1 year were checked up.

 Before the awareness campaign cum public meeting, a public rally was organized with participation of students, teachers,  Anganwadi workers,  ASHAs, GBs and general public.




DC takes measures to make Pasighat a better place to live in

PASIGHAT, Mar 1: East Siang Deputy Commissioner Tamiyo Tatak has initiated several measures to make Pasighat a better place to live in.

The Deputy Commissioner, who convened a meeting to review law and order situation and various other issues related to the district, said that the administration has issued several executive orders imposing blanket ban on fishing by non-conventional methods, restricting use of air gun, tree felling within East Siang.

Tatak also informed that the district administration has issued executive order asking the owners to restrict their domestic animals from roaming freely in market places and on the highway.

Pasighat being the oldest town of the state should set example in transforming the city into a cleanest and healthy place to live in, the DC said.

Explaining the far reaching impacts of destruction of forests and wildlife on the eco system, Tatak appealed to the people to take equal responsibility in preserving the flora, fauna, and natural resources.

The DC directed the officers to intensify monitoring and to take appropriate actions against the violators. DIPRO




WASE gets recognition

[ Maksam Tayeng ]

PASIGHAT, Mar 1:  Women Against Social Evils (WASE) which was formed to fight against atrocities against women, child abuse, drug and IMFL menace has been recognized by the Golden Jubilee Nyokum Yulo Celebration Committee-2017 at Joram, Lower Subansiri district on Feb 23 for their outstanding social works.

WASE President, Omem Ering and General Secretary, Joya Tasung Moyong said that WASE will never give up on the fight against drug, IMFL and other social evils of our society.




182nd birth anniversary of Sri Ramakrishna observed

AALO, Mar 1: Hundreds of devotees and students observed the 182nd birthday of Sri Ramakrishna at Ramakrishna Mission here on Feb 28 last.

On the occasion, prayers, Vedic chanting and devotional songs were performed by the Sadhus and Brahmacharis of the Mission along with staff and students. RK Mission Secretary, Srimat Swami Purnajnanananda also spoke in detail about the life and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna. (DIPRO)




Smart City essay and paining

competition results announced

ITANAGAR, Mar 01: The results of painting and essay competitions conducted among the students on topic "Smart City - Itanagar" were announced.

Hage Yasum of Good Shepherd, Nahalragun bagged the first prize in the essay competition. Kiran Kumari of VKV, Nirjuli and Ruby Potom of DPS, Itanagar bagged the second and third positions respectively.

In painting competition, the first, second and third position winners were Souvik De of VKV, Itanagar, Nurang Martha of DPS, Itanagar and Kabak Raju of GHSS, Itanagar respectively.

There are also five consolation prizes each for the essay and painting competitions.

The prizes will be distributed to all the winners on March 3 at Itanagar Municipal Council Office, Near Rajiv Gandhi Stadium Naharlagun.




Nari Admin conducts training for GBs

PASIGHAT, Mar 01: Nari administration conducted one day Intensive training-cum-meeting for Gaon Buras (GB) on February 28, wherein 71 GBs from Nari, Koyu, New-Seren and Kora circle attended.

Nari ADC Bani Lego highlighted the historical background and evolution of Gaon Bura system and their role of GBs. The ADC urged the GBs to refrain from politics and other unlawful activities, and deliver impartial justice to the people.

Nari CO Marpe explained the various provisions under Assam Frontier (Administration of justice) Regulation, 1945 (Amendment), Act, 2005.

Kora and New Seren COs Marngam Kakki and Philips Tayeng also spoke on the occasion.

All administrative officers of the subdivision were present on the occasion. DIPRO




Director Riba retires

ITANAGAR, Mar 1:  Director of Women and Child Development Department RT Riba on Tuesday attained service superannuation. To mark the occasion, a programme was organized by the Arunachal Pradesh Child Development Project Officers' Welfare Association (APCDPOWA) at Golden Jubilee Banquet Hall, Itanagar.

Officers from various projects and headquarter came to bid her farewell.  She is the longest serving female Director of any department in the state with more than 10 years of service as Director of Women and Child Development Department, informed APCDPOWA.




Society urged to shun polygamy

ITANAGAR, Mar 1:  Former Tali ZPM, Tarang Tagru Taniu strongly discouraged the practice of polygamy and urged the members of the society to shun such evil practice during the third foundation day celebration of Taniu Khu Welfare Society (TKWS) held at Dree Ground, Papu Nallah on Tuesday last.

Earlier, TKWS President, Tatung Siki Taniu read out the  genealogy of  Atu Taniu and narrated its mythology while, General Secretary, Tagru Tame Taniu highlighted the evolution of the TKWS and appealed to all to maintain unity and discipline in the society.

Also present on the occasion were, Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress President, Jikke Tako Taniu and Assistant Director NVBDCP, Directorate of Health Services, Tatung Tayeng Taniu, who emphasized the need to maintain the spirit of brotherhood for overall development of the society.




Induction Training for MPW concludes

PASIGHAT, Mar 1: Three days Induction Training for newly appointed 42 Multi Purpose Workers (MPWs) of Upper Siang, Siang and East Siang districts concluded here on Wednesday.

DVBDCO Dr. T. Riso and DVBDCs Jummo Rina and Linjir Chisi imparted training as resource persons on vector borne diseases. DIPRO




DA bans carom

ITANAGAR, March 1: District administration has banned carom in Pasighat. Informing about the initiative of the district administration, Town Magistrate, John Modi said that non compliance of the order will invite legal action besides confiscation of the items.




Trader’s death mourned

NAHARLAGUN, Mar 01: The business community here downed their shutters on Wednesday at the initiative of Arunachal Chamber of Commerce & Industries  to mourn the sudden and untimely demise of prominent trader Ashok Chakraborty.

Chakraborty, who had suffered a severe heart stroke on Sunday last, was rushed to GNRC, Guwahati after being treated at Tomo Riba State Hospital here & RKM Hospital, Itanagar but passed away there around 11.20 am after serving the state for over 40 years.

Chakraborty, 65, who is survived by his wife, a daughter and a son, was most active member of Community Hall Dugra Puja Committee.

Expressing deep shock at the passing away of a well-known trader, ACCI president Techi Lala, general secretary Tarh Nachung and chief adviser Pradeep Kumar joined the mourning traders and prayed for his eternal peace.

His mortal remains have been taken to his native place Naharkatia in Dibrugarh district of Assam.