May 19

ALSU urges CS to accommodate all ministers at CM’s colony

ITANAGAR, May 18: Arunachal Law Students’ Union (ALSU) has demanded the Chief Secretary to accommodate all the cabinet ministers at the Chief Minister’s colony at Nitivihar here.

ALSU, however, stated that the Parliamentary Secretaries and other MLAs should be accommodated as per the convenience and availability of bungalows at any suitable location.

In the meantime, the Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) has criticized some newly elected MLAs for occupying government bungalows without maintaining the formality and procedures and urged the Chief Secretary to intervene the matter.

ACS chairman Patey Tayum claimed that most of the ministers’ bungalows have already been occupied by some newly elected leaders.


Eye awareness prog held

ITANAGAR, May 18:  LT Eye Care, Itanagar organized an eye awareness programme to educate the people about some common eye diseases, causes of blindness and proper eye care practices here yesterday.

Addressing the participants in the programme, Dr. Lobsang Tsetim, consultant ophthalmologist of Ramakrishna Mission Hospital (RKMH) here informed how glaucoma, the 2nd leading causes of blindness in world, is creeping into common people in Arunachal.

Briefing the causes of blindness, he said that lack of awareness, negligence to consult with ophthalmologist and their suggestions are some of the main causes of widespread glaucoma.

He also stressed need of creating public awareness on glaucoma saying that it is (glaucoma) most common in older people.

Dr. Talum  Sorum, eye specialist, RKMH spoke on Dry Eye, which affects the quality of life while Dr Sorum highlighted through PowerPoint presentation the causes and treatment of dry eye.


Dabii rejects anti-incumbency claim

ITANAGAR, May 18: Veteran Congress leader and former Home Minister Tako Dabii has rejected the news item claiming that he lost the battle of ballots due to anti-incumbency.

Describing the news item as false and imaginary, Dabii said there was no any anti-incumbency or corruption charge against him. He alleged that ‘money factor’ has changed the situation leading to his defeat in the just concluded assembly election.

The news item filed by Press Trust of India (PTI) and published in today’s edition of this daily quoted Dabii as saying that “My defeat was mainly due to anti-incumbency and the people did not want me to continue for several terms. I gracefully accept the mandate of the people.”


APCC thanks electorates for giving mandate to Congress

ITANAGAR, May 18: The rank and file of Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) have thanked electorates of the state for giving clear mandate to the Indian National Congress in the assembly election.

The Party also thanked the voters of Eastern Parliamentary constituency for re-electing Ninong Ering as MP. The party will introspect the reasons that led to defeat of the party candidate in Western parliament constituency, an APCC release said.  


Mass prayer organized for TG Rinpoche

ITANAGAR, May 18: The monks, devotees and well wishers of twin towns of Itanagar and Naharlagun and adjoining areas performed mass prayer by lighting butter lamps and chanting "Om Mane Pedme Hung" since yesterday at Siddhartha Vihar (Gonpa) here for eternal peace of the departed soul of late Rev.TG Rinpoche as well as his early reincarnation.

Rev.TG Rinpoche, who passed away on May 16, was not only a religious guru but also a philanthropist and a kind hearted person.

The mass prayer was initiated by the staff of Karmik and Adhyatmik Affairs Department, Itanagar. Mass prayer will also be performed on Friday next by the devotees, informed former IPR Director Leki Phuntso.


APPDSU demands punishment

ITANAGAR, May 18: All Papum Pare District Students Union (APPDSU) has demanded for immediate arrest of all the accused involved in murder of Techi Oni of Rigo village, Sagalee. Claiming that remains of her body was recovered three months after she went missing, APPDSU informed that she was a class X student. The Union urged the district administration to punish all the accused involved in the murder of the young student.


PPA MLAs get rousing welcome

ITANAGAR, May 18: The rank and file of People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) headed by party president Nikh Kamin accorded rousing welcome to all its five elected MLAs at Banderdewa check gate today.

Showering flowers and garlands to all the legislators as well as those who contested on party tickets, party’s Secretary General Dr. Ashan Riddi stated that the people of the State have finally begun to realize the importance and relevance of regional party in the state. Despite hindrances, the party still managed to improve its tally from four in 2009 to five in 2014 Assembly elections and also performed well in both the parliamentary seats, Dr. Riddi added.

While expressing gratitude to the people of the state, particularly Dayun Bordumsa, Khonsa East, Khonsa West, Koloriang and Menchuka for their support and co-operation, party president Kamin lauded the entire team of dedicated State Election machineries for discharging their Constitutional obligation to the best of their ability.

The elected legislators of the party along with state executive body are meeting tomorrow at party office to decide the party’s strategy and future course of action, Kamin informed.


News Impact

Tuki sworn-in as Chief Minister

ITANAGAR, May 18:  Nabam Tuki was sworn-in as the eighth Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh for the second consecutive term.

Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma administered the oath of office and secrecy to Tuki in an impressive function held at Darbar Hall of Raj Bhavan here today evening.

Most of the newly-elected Congress MLAs, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Mukut Mithi, AICC general secretary (in charge of Arunachal) Luzhino Faleiro and high ranking government officials were present in the ceremony.

Later talking to reporters after the swearing in ceremony, Tuki said that his government's priorities would be on youth development, improvement of road and telecommunication in the state and to execute all on-going projects on time.

"My government will focus more on the development of health and education sectors besides agriculture and its allied sectors and duty bound to provide jobs to the unemployed youths through various initiatives," he said.

Moreover, he said providing security to the people of the state and improvement in the law and order would be another focus area of the new government.

"To ensure security to the people the government will deploy 24x7 PCR vans in the state capital as well as in all district headquarters to control crime and criminals as promised in the party’s election manifesto," he said.

"Every elected government has fundamental right to work for people's welfare despite whatever party comes to power either at the Centre or in the state," he said when asked whether his government would expect special attention from the NDA government.

When asked on the present dismal financial position of the state, the chief minister disclosed that the present crisis was mainly due to inherited financial liabilities of the successive governments.

"We are trying to manage it properly," he added.

On induction of council of ministers, he said that the process would be completed within a day or two. PTI



Miscreants burn 29 houses at Tezu

ITANAGAR, May 18: At least 29 houses were set on fire at Tezu Kholla area of Tezu in Lohit district last night allegedly by some miscreants. There was no report of any loss of life.

The occupants  were mostly daily wage earners, rickshaw pullers and fishermen  from Bihar. Most of the houses were empty at the time of the incident as the occupants had already left for their native villages in Bihar after end of the election. Some of the occupants, who were sleeping in their houses on that fateful night, have somehow managed to escape from the inferno, according to a release.

The miscreants reportedly came on motorcycles and fled the spot after committing the crime.

Senior Congress leader Kalikho Pul rushed to the accident site from Anjaw and took stock of the situation.

Describing the incident as dastardly, Pul urged the Lohit Deputy Commissioner to investigate the matter immediately, arrest the perpetrators of the incident and punish them as per law so that such incident does not recur.

Pul appealed to the victims to cooperate with the district administration and police in the investigation so that the culprits can be brought to book at the earliest. He further assured the victims to provide relief and financial assistance from the government side.

The Deputy Commissioner has assured to take all necessary steps to ensure safety and security of life and properties of the citizens of the district and added that he will direct the police to be more vigilant and set up police pickets in all the vulnerable areas.



Pul wins by highest margin, Olom Panyang by lowest

ITANAGAR, May 18: Congress candidate of Hayuliang assembly constituency Kalikho Pul defeated Banim Kri of Bharatiya Janata Party by margin of 5570 votes, which is the highest victory margin recorded in the whole of state. Pul had achieved similar in 1999 and 2004 too. This is 5th consecutive term he has won the election from Hayuliang constituency. One of the senior most Congress leaders of state, Pul is considered to be favourite to get cabinet berth in Nabam Tuki led government.

A graduate from IGG College, Tezu, Pul who is credited for rapid development witnessed in interior Anjaw district has been a successful finance minister in the past. With financial condition of state in poor condition, many are hoping that he assumes finance ministry to solve the crisis. First time MLA from Tawang Tsering Tashi (Independent) and Kumsi Sidisow (Congress) from Thirizino-Buragaon who won for second time also recorded victory margin of above 5000. Olom Panyang of BJP who defeated sitting Congress MLA JK Pannggeng from Geku-Mariyang assembly constituency by margin of 9 votes recorded lowest margin of victory. Tamar Murtem, also of BJP won by slender margin of 21 votes from Raga assembly constituency. Likewise, this year many other MLAs won by very small margin.



‘Work is Worship’ for Florence Nightingale of Arunachal Pradesh


ITANAGAR, May 18: “Work is Worship and humanism is the essence of life to me”, said Florence Nightingale National Awardee Gyati Jailang (Duyu) at the felicitation programme organized by All Mudo-Gyati Welfare Society, Capital Complex at a hotel here today.

Awarded by President Pranab Mukherjee at New Delhi on 12th last for her meritorious 31 years in the field of Nursing, Jailing however said that the demanding nature of duty has had its toll on the family life. ‘The long and odd nature of duty at the Hospital particularly at the Operation Theatre tends to affect family life but my husband and children have been very encouraging and supportive in this matter’.

About the award, she informed that she had been asked by her superiors to fill up the form in 2002 and 2004 for the nomination process. ‘I had never been interested in the award and as such declined the requests. However, I could not say ‘no’ in the third time and hence filled up the nomination paper and god has been kind enough to bestow me the highest award in my chosen field’, she explained.

Husband of Jailang and a retired Govt. employee, Duyu Punu said that a lot of support and co-operation is needed from the family for a wife and a mother, who is also a nurse.

Earlier, AMGWS, CC Secretary Er. Gyati Dolley welcomed the guests and gave a brief description about AMGWS, CC and its various philanthropic activities.

AMGWS, CC Chairman and Joint Director of Health Services Dr. G. Tatu gave a detailed explanation about the award and its relevance in the modern day world. He informed that Florence Nightingale Award is not only the nation’s highest but also recognized internationally as the highest award in the field of Nursing. ‘Nurses are the backbone of hospital and they perform Preventive, Curative, Promotive and Rehabilitation duties which are even above the duties of a doctor’, he explained, while adding that Arunachal Pradesh was lucky to have got two sisters selected for the prestigious award in a year.

A short entertainment programme and congratulation talks by elders and well-wishers of the awardee followed by lunch were other events of the programme.  



Sudarshan Kriya -- an alternate way to good health

From a Correspondent

ITANAGAR, May 18: There is a breath of good health spreading in Arunachal Pradesh. Thanks to the Art of Living’s unique breathing technique Sudarshan Kriya, many people are reporting a remarkable improvement in their health and overall wellness.  

 “I went to the Art of Living course hoping it will help me in my sleep problem. I was not able to sleep properly for last four years. It was taking a big toll on my life. Not only my health was deteriorating day by day, but also I was becoming very irritable and a nervous wreck. Even sleeping pills have stopped having any effect. But on the night I experienced the Sudarshaan  Kriya, I could sleep so deep that I almost forgot the sufferings of so many years! Next day, I went to office feeling so happy and fresh that everybody noticed it. It was the happiest day in my life. I felt a big burden was lifted off my head,” shares Kemjum Basar. “After regular practice for a few days, my health has become almost normal,” she adds.  

 “Before coming to Art of Living, my mind was always occupied with my health. I was almost depressed just thinking I am ill. All kind of treatments weren’t helping me much. But after learning the Sudarshan Kriya, not only has my health improved, but the constant thought of being ill has disappeared completely. And that feeling of being not unwell, is helping improve all my health parameters” says Anu Lama who did the Art of Living Course three months ago.

“And with this kind of experiences, more and more people in Arunachal Pradesh are turning to Art of Living as an alternate way to good health,”  says Art of Living Faculty Rajaque Rahman. “It’s very logical and scientific. According to the science of breath 80 to 90 percent of the toxins from the body are eliminated through the breath. But an average individual uses only 30 to 35 percent of his or her lung capacity. Because of this mismatch in capacity, toxins get accumulated in the body and it leads to disease,” he explains. “Just by harnessing the way we breathe, one can attain good health quite effortlessly,” he says.

Sudarshan Kriya is a rhythmic breathing technique designed by His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and it harnesses specific natural rhythms of the breath to harmonize the body, mind and emotions. It cleanses different layers of our existence of stress and past experiences. It eliminates stress, fatigue and negative emotions such as anger, frustration and depression, leaving the mind calm, focused and the body energized, completely relaxed.

“Breath is the main source of prana - the vital life-force energy. Prana is the very basis of health and well-being. When the prana is high, one feels healthy, alert and energetic. Sudarshan Kriya elevates the prana by flushing out toxins and accumulated stress,” he explains.

Independent medical research has demonstrated significant falls in cortisol levels, known as the ‘stress hormone’ among Sudarshan Kriya practitioners, suggesting that greater levels of both relaxation and resilience to stress. A study by All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, concluded that regular practice of the Sudarshan Kriya improves the blood cholesterol profile with significant drops in total cholesterol and LDL (harmful) cholesterol, as well as increases in HDL (beneficial) cholesterol.

In a study conducted by National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, the researchers found that the breathing techniques taught by the Art of Living were as effective as drugs in treating depression and the result came without any side-effects. After practicing the Sudarshan Kriya, brain wave patterns were found to stabilize and there was an increase in serum prolactin count.



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Development project should not be affected


Though Congress party was decimated in the rest of the country in Parliamentary elections, the grand old party of the country managed to come back to power in Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly elections. The Congress won 42 seats including 11 uncontested and is all set to form next government in the state. At Delhi, BJP is readying to form next government with Narendra Modi as new prime of India. BJP lead NDA won massive 335 seats including one from Arunachal.

The prospect of Congress government in Arunachal and BJP at Delhi looks interesting. This will test the central-state relation to the fullest. Large number of development projects announced by UPA government for Arunachal is still being implemented. If these projects are to be completed on time, the continuous central funding will be required. In this context, it is important that BJP government should continue to support developmental activities being undertaken in Arunachal without discriminating on party basis.

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Irregularity in distribution of gas cylinder

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to share the actual reason behind delay in delivery of domestic gas cylinder within capital complex. It is happening because majority of domestic gas are being diverted to commercial sector in various Hotels within capital, Government College Hostels including DNGC & RGPC,     Private Hostels etc. Remaining cylinders are all taken away by autocrats and bureaucrats.

The genuine consumers are being deprived. They receives refilled gas cylinder after a month of booking. Consumer’s right is being infringed but nobody seems to care. While applying for new gas connection only single cylinder is issued. This is injustice to consumers. Therefore I appeal to concerned authorities to kindly look into the matter very closely.


Goda Dinung


Forest Colony






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