March 10


Legislative session returns University Bill, adopts resolution on equitable distribution of teachers

NAHARLAGUN, Mar 9: Kameng Professional and Technical University Bill moved by Education Minister could not be passed on Thursday as the members of the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly raised several questions.  The bill provides for establishment of the Kameng Professional and Technical University at Tippi, Bhalukpong in West Kameng district covering the western part of the state of Arunachal Pradesh.

The bill could not be passed as all the speakers while appreciating the setting up of the University for promotion of higher education in the state, expressed apprehension on the vast subjects offered and questioned over the credential of the private organization sponsoring the university, besides putting up various other factors.

Later, Chief Minister Pema Khandu, while considering the suggestions of the members, asked upon the  Education Minister to place the bill in amended form for discussion and passing on March 14 next.

Japu Deru, Wanglin Lowangdong, Pani Taram, Home Minister Kumar waii, Kento Rina, former CM Nabam Tuki, Tapang Taloh, Tage Taki, Takam Pario, Laisam Simai, Kaling Moyong and Nikh Kamin took part in the discussion on the bill.

The session, on the other hand, adopted a private member resolution on equitable distribution of teachers throughout the state.

The resolution was moved by Kanubari MLA Gabriel Denwang Wangsu.

Education Minister Honchun Ngandam said a policy to rationalise posting of teachers has been mooted by the government for equitable distribution of teachers throughout the state.

Ngandam urged the Chief Minister to support the creation of 1,500 teaching posts and cautioned members against political interference in transfer and posting of teachers.

The minister said the mindset of teachers serving under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) also needs to be changed.

Ngandam said the department was contemplating on installing toll free telephone lines in the villages to check teachers' absence through panchayats, village elders and NGOs.

While moving the resolution, Wangsu said "In 900 upper and primary schools of the state, only one teacher is imparting education in each school. Is it not enough to sound the alarm bell?"

He alleged that most teachers stayed in district headquarters or in the state capital with political blessings.

BJP member P D Sona suggested incentives to teachers posted at remote places, while state Agriculture minister Wangki Lowang suggested for drastic measures terming the situation as "alarming". (With inputs from PTI, DIPR)




LA discusses on protection of tribal languages

ITANAGAR, Mar 9: The state government has said that it is aware that endangered Arunachalee languages are likely to become extinct in near future because these languages are falling out of regular use with the new generation switching on to use other major languages at the cost of their mother tongue.

Realizing the problem, the Research Department has initiated a project entitled -"Linguistic Survey of Arunachal Pradesh" in the year 2015-16.

At least 34 languages of Arunachal Pradesh are identified as endangered as per a survey report of UNESCO. Out of these, four languages come under 'critically endangered', 17 languages come under 'definitely endangered' and 12 languages come under 'vulnerable', informed the Chief Minister, while responding to a question raised by Gabriel D Wangsu on protection of tribal languages.

The government said that the Research Department has been documenting the languages of Arunachal Pradesh since 1951. So far, 42 languages have been documented, covering most of the major/ minor tribes of Arunachal Pradesh.




More than 100 poppy plots destroyed

YINGKIONG, Mar 9: More than 100 plots of poppy plantation were destroyed at Mariyang Sub-division by a team led by the Upper Siang unit of ABK, Women Wing during the first week of March.

The ABK unit team was assisted by the District Administration and police as they destroyed 120 plots at Mariyang, Millang, Dalbing, Damro, Mopom, Dapir, Sibuk, Siko, Bine and Kolung.

EAC Tatling Pertin, CO Jacob Tabing, DSP T Tatak and OC Ange Miyu assisted the women to carry out the destruction of poppy plants.

ABK, Women Wing district unit led by its President Api Kombo and General Secretary Anjali Libang extended thanks to Gonong Pertin, EE WRD, DDAO & Mariyang Area Integrated Forum and Deputy Commissioner Remo Kamki for their support. (DIPRO)




132KV transmission line from Aalo to Pasighat to be charged

PASIGHAT, Mar 9: The Department of Power has decided to charge the 132 KV high tension transmission line from Aalo to Pasighat.

"The transmission line will be charged at rated voltage on March 10 or any day thereafter," informed the Executive Engineer (E) of Transmission Division No.III, Department of Power, Pasighat, in a release.

The EE cautioned people not to make any attempts to climb towers or touch the conductors.

The department will not be responsible for any untoward incident due to interference with the towers or transmission line, the EE said, and appealed to all to keep themselves and their livestock away from the proximity of the 'Extra High Voltage' line from Aalo to Pasighat.

The transmission line to be charged will pass through Pakam, Eyi, Logum Jini, Biru, Tarak, Lokpung, Koreng, Pangin, Kebang area, Babuk, Rottung and Rengging.




Massive dharna at Jantar Mantar

NEW DELHI, Mar 9:   A massive dharna was held on Tuesday at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi by various groups -National Campaign for People's Right to Information, Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reforms, National Alliance of People's Movements Anti Corruption Team - Swaraj Abhiyaan.

A 3000-strong crowd came to protest against non-operationalisation of Lokpal law, non- operationalisation of whistle blowers protection law and attacks on free speech and dissenting voice, lack of transparency in political funding and lack of action on allegation in the dying declaration (Mere Vichaar) of former Arunachal Chief Minister Kalikho Pul.

Prominent personalities like Aruna Roy, Nikhil Dey, Prashant Bhushan, Yogendra Yadav and Medha Patkar joined the dharna. Dangwingsai Pul, wife of late CM Kalikho Pul, along with Chairman of Green Arunachal Foundation Takam Tatung also attended the dharna.

Earlier, while addressing the gathering, one of the top legal luminaries of the country and noted Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan expressed displeasure over the non-action into allegations made in Mere Vichaar.  





International Women’s Day celebrated across the state

ITANAGAR, Mar 9: Along with the rest of the world, International Women's Day (IWD) was celebrated with much enthusiasm in various districts of the state on Wednesday, with the theme "Be Bold for Change."

The Arunachal Pradesh Women's Welfare Society (APWWS) celebrated the International Women's Day with various programmes across the state.

Apart from Itanagar, various events were organized in Aalo, Dumporijo, Koloriang, Ziro, Miao ,Changlang,Yingkong, Mechuka, Kaying, Seijosa and Anini by APWWS branches and while its affiliated bodies; Women Welfare Society - Namsai, Enjalomenda Women Empowerment-Roing, Chandan Women Welfare Society-Longding districts also joined the International Women's Day celebration.

In Itanagar, women rights activists Jarjum Ete, Tadar Yadir and Lomte Ete Riba were honored by APWWS in recognition of their selfless service for gender equality in the state.

A seminar was also organized by the Arunachal Vivekananda Yuva Shakti-a blood donor organization on the occasion at Vivekananda Hall, Rama Krishna Hospital on Wednesday last. Issues related to the rights, status and dignity of women in Arunachal were discussed during the seminar which was attended by students from the department of Special Education, Social Work and Law of Himalayan University, Itanagar.

In Tirap, the IWD was celebrated under the aegis of Women Welfare Association, Khonsa town at Nehru Stadium, with huge participation of women from various parts of the district.  

Speaking on the occasion, Tirap ZPC Sontung Bangsia urged the women of the district to join hands with the government, particularly the district administration, to eradicate anti-social activities like drug abuse and poppy cultivation from the district.

DD (ICDS) Aryoma Lowangchha threw light on women empowerment and equal rights of women in every sphere of the society, and stressed for compulsory education to the girl child, adding that discrimination between women and men can be eradicated through compulsory girl education.  

Earlier, the programme started with a group dance presented by women group dancers from various communities.  This was followed by sports events, such as 100 metre race, tug-of-war and kabaddi between house wives and government women employees. Prizes were also distributed to winners of cultural and sports events.

The IWD was also celebrated at Thinsa village with great enthusiasm by a group of Nocte women.  

At Seppa, the PHE and WDS, in collaboration with Mothers' Group, Seppa  celebrated International Women's Day along with Swachh Shakti Saptah, which ended on Wednesday with an objective to recognize the contribution of women in shaping the society and simultaneously to stress on their role in Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

The programme started with a mass rally at Seppa, with participation of large number of men, women and children from different walks of life.  

EAC Dr Olik Taring exhorted women to empower themselves with education to become active partners in the developmental process of the society, while CDPO D K Thungon called on women to understand their rights and responsibilities and raise voice against any means of atrocities. He appreciated the support and cooperation extended by various NGOs and assured to extend all possible assistance to women in time of need.

Highlighting about the objectives and importance of Swachh Bharat Mission and role of women in making the mission successful, AE (PHE&WSD) Tung Sono appealed to everyone, especially women to come forward to promote Swachh Bharat activities in their respective households and locality to achieve the Open Defecation Free (ODF) target within 2019 and for a clean Arunachal.

WWO President Veena Waii Sonam spoke about gender equality, disadvantages of polygamy, child marriages and dowry, domestic violence, reservation, rules and rights of women available under various Acts and Regulations, and women's roles and contributions in the society and towards hygiene and sanitation.

Representatives of Mothers' Group collectively called upon all women to champion the cause for women empowerment.

As part of the Swachh Shakti Saptah, an awareness programme was conducted earlier on Monday at Veo village by the department in association with Mothers' Group. Various ways and means of living healthy and hygienic life were demonstrated in the programme. IHHL and cleanliness status of the village was also assessed by the visiting team to declare it an ODF village. Sanitary kits were also distributed to the villagers in the programme.

At Aalo, the APWWS, West Siang unit celebrated International Women's Day and Swachh Shakti Saptah in collaboration with the PHED at Gumin Kiin on Wednesday.

Speaking on the occasion, Kamba Additional Deputy Commissioner Swetika Sachan said that mothers should give proper guidance and direction to the girl child to curve a niche for themselves in different professions so that they too could stand on their own feet. She also expressed her willingness to give counseling to few selected girls for preparation of UPSC and state Public Commission examinations on holidays.

Aalo DVO Dr Pagi Kamki Basar, social activist Horsen Ete, President APWWS Marbom Riba Bagra, Vice President Roge Ado Ete and General Secretary Hoksum Ori, and former ZPC Gumli Lollen also spoke on the occasion.

PHED Engineer Geli Noshi also gave a deliberation on Swachh Sankti Saptah and role of women in creating awareness on sanitation, cleanliness health and hygiene.

On the occasion Lomte Ete Riba was awarded the prestigious Donyi Mumi Award 2017 in recognition of her dedicated services for women and social causes since 1976. Dongam Ado Bagra, one of the most dedicated women workers in West Siang was also felicitated. In the evening, 40 women members gathered witnessed the live telecast of Virtual Vision Pradharsani Swachh Shakti 2017 at the DC's conference hall.

At Miao, the APWWS, Miao unit, along with Seva Kendra celebrated International Women's Day at the Community Hall, supported by Swachh Bharat Mission as the day also marked the end of Swachh Shakti Saptah.

Speaking on the occasion, APWWS Miao unit Advisor Pinna Kitnal Singpho outlined the importance of the celebration, while General Secretary Nitu Singpho presented the achievements of the society and the activities undertaken in the previous year.

In a message, Geology and Mining Minister Kamlung Mossang extended his wishes on the occasion of International Women's Day. 'Let it be an occasion to strengthen, reflect and act to make our area a beautiful a place to live in where all sections have equal opportunities', the message read.

Changlang ZPC Jowkhong Singpho in his address lauded the efforts of APWWS Miao unit in particular and women in general for their commendable job. He said that women possess the healing touch which cannot be found anywhere.

Appreciating the activities of APWWS Miao Unit, ADC Tage Rumi assured to extend support in future endeavours of the organisation.

APWWS Miao unit President Nangpa Mossang, Sister Mary of Seva Kendra and PHED Miao JE J Choudhury also spoke on the occasion. Government officials, the Assam Rifles, CRPF personnel and a large number of women participated in the programme.  Meritorious students of class X and XII in the last academic session were also felicitated on the occasion, reports Indrajit Tingwa.




Assam wants stalled Subansiri project completed

Guwahati, Mar 9: Assam assembly on Thursday unanimously asked the government to complete the stalled 2,000 MW Subansiri Lower hydro power project soon by taking people and agitating groups of the state into confidence.

"The project should be completed soon for the development of Assam. So talk to the people of Assam and the groups (protesting against it) and take them into confidence," Assam Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami said.

The entire house favoured completion of the NHPC project soon after the issue was raised by BJP MLA Debananda Hazarika.

"It is good that all members are unanimous. This is an important issue and has public interest involved in it. The matter should be solved immediately. Without power industrialisation is not possible. I hope the government will take the matter forward from here," Goswami said.

Earlier, Minister of State for Power Pallab Lochan Das said the state government is interested in speaking to all groups opposed to the project to move ahead with consensus.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who holds the power portfolio, will take the initiative in this regard.

"Almost 56 per cent work in the NHPC's Subansiri project is complete. The expert committee formed after the protests against it suggested many recommendations, including redesigning of the dam. NHPC has accepted all the recommendations," he added.

Das said industries want to come to Assam but are asking for dedicated power lines, which is difficult at this stage as the state is power deficient.

The Subansiri Lower Hydro Electric Project is the biggest hydro-electric project undertaken in India so far and is a run-of-river scheme on Subansiri.

Construction work of the ambitious project at Gerukamukh on Subansiri river along Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border has been stalled since December 2011 after protests by locals and groups fearing safety and downstream impact.

Although many organisations are opposing it, the protests were primarily led by Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti. A number of protests and rallies were also held by All Assam Students Union and Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chhatra Parishad.

The Centre had allocated Rs 11,000 crore on December 2010 for construction of the dam.

Initially, the project cost was estimated to be around Rs 6,285 crore and was scheduled to be commissioned in December 2012. (PTI)




BJP questions check gates


ROING, Mar 9: The BJP Lower Dibang Valley district unit, headed by its state Kisan Morcha VP Dature Miuli, submitted a memorandum to the Roing Deputy Commissioner on Monday, regarding public grievances faced at various check points of the district.

Claiming corruption and bribery, the party unit demanded that action should be taken against erring personnel posted at these checkpoints.

In the memorandum, the party said that there was a lack of proper understanding of local factors and relevant exigencies were not looked into while establishing the check post at Koronu village. It claimed that such barricades in the middle of the village are causing inconvenience to the villagers and transporters in the form of unnecessary checks and also allegedly giving rise to bribery.

The party said that the police personnel posted at the barricade allegedly charged entry fee from vehicles plying in the route without any valid reasons. 'The scene is same in all the checkpoints of Shantipur, Meka, Koronu', the party claimed, while adding that the very intent and purpose of setting up of such legal barricades is being defeated because of wrong practices of the personnel posted and also the wrong choice of place.

It also demanded that the Koronu checkpoint be shifted to Balijan area, which is reportedly a sensitive area and requires a police post.

Further, the party also mentioned that the district is being crowded by people without valid ILP documents because of the corruption in the Roing-Shantipur check post, giving rise to criminal activities, which if left unaddressed, may mature into massive problems.

The party requested the DC to take necessary steps on the matter for public safety and tranquility.




Lohit checks flood preparedness

TEZU, Mar 9: Lohit Deputy Commissioner Danish Ashraf, who is also the chairman of the District Disaster Management called a meeting on pre-monsoon flood preparedness on Thursday.

The main objective of conducting the meeting was to check coordination among various agencies during disaster. The DC emphasized more on preparedness as flood is a regular phenomenon in the district. He also lauded the assistance rendered by the BRO, ITBP, ARMY and other central agencies during disaster, and gave specific instructions to all the heads of the department to remain in station during monsoon season.

Further, the DC advised the Water Resources Department to carry out preventive flood measures as approved in the last DEC meeting.

Essential services and public utility services needs to be maintained at any cost during disaster situation, he said while the Medical and Civil Supply departments were suggested to keep sufficient stock of medicines and food grains.

The DC advised the Power Department to shift those electric HT lines which are erected within school building, public places, and children's park.

He also asked the departments to submit status report by April 15, 2017.

SP Lohit Isaac Pertin recommended more sophisticated and latest SAR equipments for relief and rescue operation.

The DC and SP advised BRO officials to explore possibility of constructing speed breakers in accident prone areas within Tezu Town and its adjoining villages for public safety.

Among others, the meeting was also attended by departmental heads of WRD, PWD, PHED, POWER, Civil Supply, Medical, Disaster Management, Fire Service, Outpost Administrative Officers and representatives from BRO.




APYC launches 'Maa Tujhe Salaam' prog

ITANAGAR, Mar 9: While celebrating the International Women's Day, Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC) launched "Maa Tujhe Salaam" programme on the theme of "Young Women convention" to commemorate the year-long birth centenary celebration of Iron Lady and former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi at Pasighat on Wednesday.

Hundreds of women from different walks of life participated, where a documentary on the life of Indira Gandhi was also screened.

Addressing the gathering, Lok Sabha MP Ninong Ering highlighted about the contributions of Indira Gandhi for development of the nation and particularly Arunachal Pradesh, while IYC Secretary Sarifa Rehman appealed to every women to follow the ideology of Indira Gandhi.

APYC President Jikke Tako, Vice President Zirgi Kadu and East Siang DYC President Tonong Jamon also spoke on the occasion.

Earlier, the APYC in its executive meeting decided to organize a similar "Maa Tujhe Salam" programme with a different theme in every district to mark the year-long birth centenary celebration of Indira Gandhi.




SHGs in Arunachal: challenges and prospects

[ By Koyem Ratan and Nyatum Doke ]

Rural areas in India confront the issues of poverty, health, gender disparity etc and Arunachal Pradesh is not an exception. In this regard, a strong group effort is needed, and SHGs can play a pivotal role in uplifting the rural areas in Arunachal Pradesh.

SHGs stand for Self Help Groups. The name itself makes it conspicuous that it is a group formed by individuals to help each other.

The basic concept of SHGs lies in 'unity is strength' i.e. group effort can address the problems better than the individual. In other words, Self-Help Group is a small voluntary association of poor people, preferably from the same socio-economic back drop. The micro-credit given to them makes them enterprising; it can be all women's group, all men's group or even a mixed group. However, it has been the experience that women's groups perform better in all the important activities of SHGs (Anuppalle, R. Reddy 'Self-Help Groups In India - A Catalyst For Women Economic Empowerment And Poverty Eradication'33RD). SHGs in some parts of India like Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu etc have miraculous achievements in addressing various societal problems.

Arunachal being one of the strategically important and a relatively backward state needs SHG revolution. There are around 4500 SHGs and the savings amount of Self Help Groups with banks in Arunachal Pradesh was Rs 256 lakhs as on 31 March, 2015. It accounted for 1.97 percent of the total savings amount of SHGs with banks in North Eastern Region (data.gov).

But, the first ever SHG meet-cum-mela held at Central Rekho, Cheta Village, Roing gives a contradicting picture as it was revealed that the SHGs are active, enthusiastic and have lots of potentialities in the beginning, but it slowly dies down as it progresses and ultimately many SHGs become defunct. It may be due to lack of systematic follow up from the government departments/ agencies/ NGOs or due to lack of consistency among the group members.

In absence of proper knowledge, both on the part of the people and the authorities they remain dormant- restricting themselves to small lending and borrowings amongst members. So, SHGs in Arunachal are still in a nascent stage. As Jairam Ramesh writes in a letter to Arunachal CM, 'although demand for credit in the rural is quite high in Arunachal Pradesh the performance under bank linkage has an ample scope for improvement' (Jairam Ramesh to Nabum Tuki, D.O. No. J-11060/34/2013-RL).

Also there are underlying problem like issues of Geographical and topographical difficulties which creates spacio-temporal hardship. In addition to these is the mentality of making quick money and the skeptical attitude because of the improper implementation of the earlier programmes related to SHGs. Also, the typical definition of 'Poor and Poverty' becomes a misnomer in the society where everyone has a considerable landholding with abundant natural resources.

However, delving deep, we find that there is a great scope for SHG led development as Arunachal Pradesh has a societal system of which 'self help' is the basis. Despite the influence of globalisation, the existence of social solidarity is pertinently visible always in various social occasions. Also, in comparison to other parts of the country, gender bias is less in Arunachal Pradesh- women are relatively empowered and self sufficient. Most importantly, Arunachal is endowed with immense natural resources and beauty which can provide various alternative livelihood opportunities that can be taken up by the SHGs.

The idea of CS Reddy (CEO, APMAS) is pertinent that the women's self help movement may be used as an important strategy for achieving financial inclusion, which will contribute to inclusive growth and generating social capital in order to address larger issues like poverty eradication and women empowerment

As Saikia Bedabrat and Partho Patwari (in 'Self Help Group Movement in Arunachal Pradesh) observed that "in Arunachal's economy, newly grown up institution, namely Self Help Group (SHG) has proved as credible institution for financial inclusion and novel solution for channeling the credit to the rural masses".  In addition, SHG federation can also act as an alternative channel for service delivery of government programs by promoting leadership qualities among their members.

In order to bring change we must bring in substantial inputs of a kind that the rural poor want but cannot get. For this, it is important to find out what they do know and have. It is only then that schemes can be devised that can give right inputs in right quantities. Lastly but not the least, proper endeavour must me made toward 'convergence' of National Rural Livelihood Mission with different line departments so that the process may become a holistic one. (The writers are working as CC, NRLM &PMRDF and District Nodal Officer, Livelihood respectively)





Meet of parents of Divyangjan

ITANAGAR, Mar 9: The regional meet of parents of Divyangjan on March 10 and 11 at Naharlagun will explore various requirements of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (PWIDDs) of the state for placing before the state and central authorities.

The Arunachal Pradesh Parents Association for Disabled (APPAD), which is hosting the meet, in a release, alleged that the attention of the government towards the PWIDDs remains more or less urban centric.

"To attend to the needs of PWIDDs is still far from reality," the APPAD alleged.




Aalo Forest Festival

ITANAGAR, Mar 9: Dubbed as the confluence of art, culture and nature, the Aalo Forest Festival will be held at Kombo Village, Aalo from March 11 to 12. Organized by the state government, Department of Environment and Forest and Aalo Forest Division, the theme of the festival is 'Harmony, Co-existence with Nature'.

Tree plantation, wild life film festival, birth watching and photo walk, river rafting, brain storming on environment and its conservation, and discussions on responsible tourism and eco tourism, along with a musical night are the highlights of the two-day festival.




Certificate course on cinema

ITANAGAR, Mar 9: The Film and Television Institute, Arunachal Pradesh, an extended campus of the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata will offer a 10 week Certificate Program, 'A short trip to Cinema' from its temporary campus at Vivek Vihar, Itanagar. The course will start from May 15, where various aspects of film making will be taught to the target group of 10+2 appearing or pass students of the north-east region.





Empowerment of rural women


DAPORIJO, Mar 9:  With the objective to create awareness on empowerment of rural women, a training programe was organized by ICDS Daporijo block on Wednesday, where 50 participants from different colonies participated.  

The training programme comprised of debate and discussion on the importance of education for women, encouragement of horticulture and agriculture, including mushroom cultivation especially for rural women. A demonstration on mushroom cultivation was also shown to the participants.  

CDPO Lijum Doye Bui briefed about the importance of training and its objective to the trainees. She also encouraged the women to avail the opportunity to learn the process of mushroom cultivation and train themselves to earn their livelihood.

ICDS Deputy Director Jaya Jawal Singh also spoke about the importance of education to women in the society and asked every woman to come forward to serve the society.




Officials of DHE & RUSA visit DN College

ITANAGAR, Mar 9:  Officials of the Directorate of Higher and Technical Education on Thursday visited Dera Natung Government College to assess the progress of ongoing projects being implemented under Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) programme.

Under RUSA, various projects are being carried out in DN College like upgrade of Commerce department block, construction of academic block, separate toilets for boys and girls, Students Information Centre and renovation of classrooms.

Visiting officials included Executive Engineer Gyamar Karo, Architect Mojum Bam, Junior Engineer Toko Isaac of the Engineering Wing of Education Department and Deputy State Project Director, RUSA State Mission, Minto Ete.  

Interacting with Principal Kumar Tok and RUSA Institutional Coordinator Tao Abo, the visiting officials requested them to visit the site frequently to ensure transparency in the execution of the project and maintenance of quality. Certain modifications in the buildings were directed by the engineers on the spot, while the progress and quality of the works were found to be satisfactory by the inspecting team.




Awareness campaign

JENGGING, Mar 9: An awareness campaign on "RMNCH+A" and "Mission Indradhanush" was organized by the Directorate of Field Publicity, Aalo and Ziro units of Arunachal Pradesh at Jengging Community Hall in Upper Siang district on Tuesday.  

The programme started with a rally and health camp, in which more than 30 children up to the age of one year were examined.

Speaking as resource person in the campaign on Mother & Child Health, MO in-charge Dr G Bitin appealed to the pregnant women to enroll themselves for antenatal checkup in the health center. He also advised the women to avoid early conceiving in future and keep a reasonable gap between two children, for the sake of the mother's health.

The Jengging CDPO in her deliberation stressed on nutritious value to the child and urged the participants to take proper care of their wards aged between 10 to 19 years.

Jengging ZPM, Bodak Jongkey, who was the chief guest of the programme, stressed on the vital role of the mother in nurturing a child. He also appreciated the role of the DFP for organizing the awareness campaign in such an interior place.

The programme was organised in close coordination with the district administration, Health Department, Women & Child Development, Education Department and PRI members.




National integration tour

KHONSA, Mar 9: A national integration tour for 24 students of 10 government schools in Tirap was flagged off by Tirap Deputy Commissioner Ravi Jha and Commander of 117 Mountain Brigade Brigadier Sanjay Ghosh, on Thursday.

The students, accompanied by three teachers, will be visiting various historical places of importance in Delhi, Agra and Lucknow during their tour from March 11 to 20.

The students will also interact with President Pranab Mukherjee, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju and Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat, during their stay in Delhi. The tour is organized by the 117 Mountain Brigade. (DIPRO)




Training held on Horti-Agri & Animal Husbandry

Yomcha, Mar 9:  Over 100 farmers from about 15 farmers' club of Yomcha Circle attended a Horti-Agri & Animal Husbandry training, organized by the Young Mission Adventure Club, a local NGO of Yomcha, West Siang district on Friday last.  

Sponsored by NABARD Regional Office, Itanagar, the training aimed at imparting scientific use of modern technology and equipments to farmers to help increase their farm productivity. Yomcha Additional Deputy Commissioner, Rujum Raksap urged farmers to avail maximum benefit from the training and put into practice new technology in agriculture, horticulture and animal husbandry to improve their living standards.   

Later, veterinary medicines and vegetable seeds were also distributed to farmers.

Scientists Dr Doni Jini and Theja Angami were the resource persons.




Student seeks revocation of rustication order

ITANAGAR, Mar 9:  In a letter to the Vice Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University, one Isaac Ejing, a BA 6th semester student of Jawahar Lal Nehru College, Pasighat, who is also general secretary JawaharLal Nehru College Students' Union on Thursday, appealed to the VC to revoke his rustication order.

The said student was rusticated earlier on March 1, following the college staff council's decision for making allegations against two lecturers of the college and posting the same on social media.

Terming the decision as too harsh which could ruin his career, the student claimed that the college issued his rustication order without hearing his part and preliminary verification against the alleged misconduct of both the college teachers.




ALSYA threatens second phase bandh call

ZIRO, Mar 9: The All Lower Subansiri Youth Association (ALSYA) has threatened to launch second phase of 24-hour district bandh from March 15, 5am unless its demands are fulfilled.

Earlier, the ALYSA called 12-hr Lower Subansiri bandh on February 28. It has been demanding early construction of road from Potin to Bopi under TAH by immediately completing the land acquisition process, to stop payment of bills to contractor(s) unless the renovation/ maintenance of road from Potin to Bopi was done as per DPR using good quality materials.

Meanwhile, informing that some unrecognized organizations are obstructing smooth progress of maintenance work of road from Potin to Ziro, the All Lower Subansiri District Students' Union (ALSDSU) has appealed to the Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner to look into the matter seriously and take appropriate action against those organization(s).

In a complaint letter to the Deputy Commissioner, the ALSDSU informed that some individual construction firms taking up the work are reportedly facing problems from some unrecognized organizations, thereby causing undue delay in maintenance works.

The Union urged the Deputy Commissioner to regularly deploy monitoring team to ensure smooth progress of the work as per Detailed Project Report (DPR).




KVK training

Changlang, Mar 9: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Changlang conducted a training and awareness programme for farmers on 'Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers Right Act, 2001' on March 9.

Scientists from Agriculture Regional Research Station, AAU, Lakhimpur attended the programme as resource persons, and detailed the farmers about protection and registration of plant varieties, farmers' rights, copyright, trademark, industrial design, geographical indication, patent etc.

In total, 117 farmers from different villages of Changlang district attended the programme.




GB Tagi Taloh passes away

[ Maksam Tayeng ]

PANGIN/PASIGHAT, Mar 9: A renowned social worker of undivided Siang district and Gaon Burah of Yemsing village under Pangin circle, Tagi Taloh passed away on March 9.

He was 76, and is survived by his wife, two sons and as many daughters. He had been suffering from prolonged illness. However, his health deteriorated further on Thursday afternoon.

Taloh is the father of Pangin-Boleng MLA Tapang Taloh.

The Adi Students' Union (AdiSU), led by its IPR Secretary Kalen Tadeng deeply mourned the demise of Taloh. The members of the Union observed two minutes silence as a mark of respect to the departed soul at Giidii Notko, Pasighat this evening.

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Govt should reach out to opposition

The second part of the budget session of Parliament began on Thursday after a month-long recess. The session will continue till the 12th of next month. During the session, from the passage of the Finance Bill, 2017, the government is keen to pass the much-awaited legislations related to the Goods and Services Tax (GST). The passing of legislations related to the GST is very important as government of India is targeting to implement GST from July 1 onwards. Modi government is betting big on GST to speed up the Indian economy.

Stake is so high that Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself has called for a breakthrough regarding the implementation of the GST. For GST and other important bills to pass, it is important that parliament session runs without any trouble. However, considering the past experience, government will definitely be on tenterhooks. The first part of the budget session, which started on 31st of January, concluded on the 9th of last month following the presentation of the Union Budget and passage of motion of thanks to President's address to the joint sitting of both the Houses. The session was almost a wash out as opposition parties did not allowed the house to run by raising various issues. The hostility between ruling and opposition parties has increased in the last two year. The onus is on ruling party to try reach out to the opposition and engage them in dialogue so that both the houses of parliament run without trouble.








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Let Pema work

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to request all concern to kindly maintain a peaceful atmosphere so that the state of Arunachal Pradesh under the leadership of Pema Khandu could bring more and more development for the state. It is not fair to comment about his performance in such a short duration. One must get enough and ample time to perform to show once mettle.

I do believe that Chief Minister will work more sincerely and dedicatedly in the days to come to develop our state and take it to new heights.

I once again appeal the citizens of the state to support our present Chief Minister so that he may take the state forward. We are fed up wtih demands for his resignation.


Nibo Dada




Establish CBSE office

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed newspaper, I would like to draw the attention of the concerns authority regarding the establishment of regional CBSE office in Itanagar.

I would like to narrate about my experience while I was applying for  my class tenth pass certificate which I had lost.

It is really difficult to go all the way to Guwahati to apply for the lost documents, especially for those people who belongs to the poor family with financial problems and lack of knowledge about the location. Even after reaching Guwahati, we cannot finish our work in one day. We need to stay there for a week  just because of delay by officials.

I request the govt of Arunachal Pradesh and student organizations to work towards establishment of regional CBSE office in Itanagar.  


Tamchi Gablo




Lacking facilities in school

Dear Editor,

GHSS, Daring was established way back in 1947 as primary school just after the Indian independence. It is the place where personalities  like Moje Riba and Moji Riba; the freedom fighter and Tamrapatra awardee were born and brought up. It is place were Tomo Riba, the great philanthropist, former chief minister of state was brought up.

But it very sad to see that Daring GHSS which was upgraded to Higher Secondary in 2004, is in worse condition.

Till date, it has not yet been given full pledge HSS status which is a matter of great concern for people of one of the oldest circles. The school is in a dilapidated condition and is on the verge of collapse.

There is a acute shortage of teachers in HS level as no subject teachers has been posted in this school. It is surprising to see that there is no toilet for both boys and girls students in this school till today. The attention by the concern department, stake holders, PRI's is highly required for this lone GHSS of Daring circle.


A citizen




Give 100 to forestry graduates

Dear Editor,

Through the esteemed columns of your prestigious newspaper,I would like to draw the kind attention towards the recent advertisement of RFO posts and 50% reservation for the forestry students.

Forestry students have been struggling and demanding for reservation in state forest service since 2001 and fortunately state govt has approved our demand and has given us 50% reservation.

Now my questions to prestigious APPSC board and non-forestry students is that are there any guidelines in any others competitive exams likes UPSC,UGC in our country where it is specified that reservation category students can’t compete for unreserved or open seats?

So, we appeal to higher authorities and non-forestry students not to confine and stick to old norms and guidelines.

There is already 50% unreserved seats for RFO posts in which non-forestry students can compete with forestry students. I hope that our state govt will understand and ponder about giving 100% reservation in state forest service to forestry graduates.









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