New APFA president Sanjoy pledges to promote sports
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: Sports sector in Arunachal Pradesh today got a major boost with
the selection of MP Takam Sanjoy as the new president of Arunachal Pradesh Football
Association (APFA), who has vowed to work for overall development games and sports
sector in the State.
Ensuring a full-fledged State football team along with training facilities for the
players and their exposure would be one of his top most priority agendas, Sanjoy,
who succeeded Jarbom Gamlin as APFA president, said in the Annual General Body Meeting
(AGM) of APFA here this evening. He called upon the representatives of all the district
football associations and functionaries of various sports associations invited on
the occasion to make extra efforts to promote games and sports in the state. He said
that a concerted effort by all could make things different.
Sport is not yet a viable option in India as a career. However, Sanjoy advocated
professionalism among sportspersons in order to improve standard of sports in our
country. The MP said that he was hurt by the way in which the Indian football team
was grounded by Japan in the on-going Asian Games. India lost 0-5 to Japan in the
Lauding the State Government’s 5% job reservation policy for meritorious sportspersons
in state Govt departments, the MP appealed everyone to inculcate a feeling in young
minds that they will not be left alone or go astray if he/she chooses sports as an
Lamenting the lack sports infrastructure, the new APFA president said that he would
make good use of his office to pursue the matter with the authorities concerned for
infrastructure development. He said that the demand for construction of a multi-purpose
indoor stadium in Itanagar would be taken up afresh on priority basis with DoNER
as well as the State Government. He sought cooperation from all in this regard. Sanjoy
announced Rs.5 Lakh from his MPLAD fund for renovation of Rajiv Gandhi Stadium and
also stressed the need for expansion of the Stadium to maintain the minimum standard.
Arunachal Weightlifting Association president Techi Abraham, Arunachal Wushu Association
president Toko Teki, Arunachal Taekwondo Association president Kipa Kaha also spoke
in the meeting.
Earlier, APFA secretary G Doke highlighted the various achievements of his association
with limited resources. He thanked the State Government, AOA and all the district
bodies for their support and cooperation in conducting various tournaments successfully.
He hoped that Sanjoy’s unanimous selection as president of APFA would go a long in
developing games and sports sector in the state.
The AGM was attended by representatives from all the district football associations
Meanwhile, APFA has convened its next general body meeting on November 27.
Marde invited in Intl conference on climate change
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: RD and PR Minister Takar Marde has been invited to participate
in the Conference of Parties (CoP) of the United Nation Framework Convention on climate
change in Mexico starting from November 24.
He was invited to deliver lecture on a particular agenda - “Bringing focus on agriculture
and forest with particular reference to Arunachal Pradesh in climate change negotiations,
enhancing farmers and women’s stake in climate change finance and international
tribunal on environmental and climate justice.”
Byaling calls for all out efforts to eradicate malaria
DAPORIJO, Nov 18: ‘No work, no pay’, warned Health & Family Welfare Minister Tanga
Byaling to the malaria staff of Upper Subansiri district while addressing the Malaria
Surveillance Workers’ Review Meeting held today at the Rijo Conference Hall, Daporijo.
Among others, MLAs Punji Mara and Tapen Siga, DC A. Abhayankar, DMO Dr. D. Bagra,
DRCHO Dr. N. Geyi and DVBDCPO T. Tayeng were also present in the meeting.
Byaling further said “unless we consider malaria a deadly disease and an enemy of
the society we will be unable to fight it”. He called upon one and all to work hard
towards controlling and eradicating the disease. He emphasized on the need for proper
maintenance of records regarding malaria in the district and timely supply of RD
Kits and malaria medicines to all the sub centers. Byaling also said that there is
a need to post an MPI in each medical sub-centre to facilitate proper and timely
collection of blood samples, result collection and medicine distribution to the patients.
Informing that there were 66 Medical Institutions (District Hospital-1, CHC- 4, PHC-11,
Sub centers- 37 with 13 to be added) in the district serving to the needs of 55346
people (according to 2001 census), Byaling said that the health scenario here should
be at par with the other districts of the state. He also expressed his hopes of making
the District Hospital, Daporijo a model hospital with all facilities provided.
MLAs Mara and Siga advised all to work hard. DC Abhayankar too warned that strict
action would be taken against those not doing their duty properly. He further said
that there should be no loss of life due to negligence of the staff. The Field staff
can also play a vital role as resource persons regarding eradication and control
of malaria in the district, he added.
DMO Bagra said that in spite of a large number of malaria workers in the district,
there was a rise in the number of malaria cases as effective and efficient work was
not being done by the staff here. He also warned the malaria workers of stringent
action in case of irregularities in duty.
T. Tayeng explained the role and nature of duty of the malaria staff and requested
all to work together to control malaria menace in the district. He highlighted that
16 Malaria Awareness Camps were conducted in the district and 3164 Blood Slide Collection
was done till October 2010, out of which 729 Malaria PV cases and 241 Malaria PF
cases were detected. He further informed about the 8 malaria death cases registered
during the year in the district. 17265 numbers of households were sprayed with DDT
during the first and second round, he informed. 16 high risk areas have been identified
in the district under the DVBDCP, namely, Lilidong, Tapi-Luchi, Biakrijo, Taliha,
Maro, Aying-Moring, Sigin Colony, Polo Colony, Abotani Colony, Param, Pakam Colony,
Dumporijo, Dula and Baririjo.
DRCHO Geyi exhorted all to work hard to prove that malaria can be eradicated if proper
and right measures are taken. 122 malaria workers attended the meeting. DIPRO
State level seminar on FMD
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary is organizing a State
Level Seminar on the theme - “Foot and Mouth Disease in Livestock-Combat and Management”
at Hotel Donyi-Polo Ashok, Itanagar on November 22. Project Director, All India
Co-ordinated Research Project on FMD, Principal Scientist from Indian Veterinary
Research Institute, Mukteswar and Professor from College of Vety. Sc. AAU, Khanapara,
would attend the programme as resource person.
Meanwhile, Parliamentary Secretary (AHV&DD) C.T. Mein would attend the function Chief
Guest in the inaugural session.
Countdown for Rly line begins
PRS in all districts soon: Felix
From a Correspondent
GUWAHATI, Nov 18: The countdown to the completion of the Harmuti-Itanagar narrow
gauge railway line has begun with the clock ticking with every passing day.
Only 499 days are left for the completion, announced Northeastern Frontier Divisional
Railway Manager Monecha while addressing the divisional railway users’ consultative
committee (DRUCC) meeting at Rangiya today.
Responding to a query from DRUCC member and Arunachal Pradesh legislator Bamang Felix,
the DRM informed that the work on the conversion of the Rangiya-Murkong Selek line
to broad gauge is progressing satisfactorily. He added that he would visit Itanagar
soon to take stock of the project.
Once the project is over, Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal Pradesh, will be put
on the railway map of the country.
When Felix suggested that computerized passenger reservation system (PRS) should
be installed in all districts of the landlocked state for the convenience of the
passengers, the DRM assured to do the needful.
Bhalukpong gets Intermediate Panchayat Resource Centre
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: State Panchayat Raj director Bida Gadi has inaugurated the Intermediate
Panchayat Resource Centre (IMPRC) under Bhalukpong-Jamiri Anchal Samity at Bhalukpong
on Nov 16. Bhalukpong IMPRC is the first officially commissioned Panchayat Resource
Centre in the entire state, informed Gadi while addressing a public meeting organized
on the occasion at Bhalukpong Club.
While appreciating the Anchal Samity chairperson and PR members for their initiatives
for construction of the IMPRC building, the director exhorted them to educate themselves
with the proper knowledge about the PRIs and play their role accordingly.
The IMPRC will be centre of activities for the PR members, he informed and assured
that fund for infrastructure of the Centre will be sanctioned in phase-wise.
On behalf of the panchayat members, ZPM Gejay Jebisow requested the PR Director,
District Panchayat Development Officer and the member secretaries to guide the PR
members of Bhalukpong Jamiri Anchal Block so that they can exercise their power and
function for the welfare of the rural people.
B. Dihingia, ADC cum DPDO, West Kameng also highlighted the importance of Panchayati
Raj institution and role of the Panchayat Raj members in the overall development
of the rural areas.
Orgen Khaduju, Chairperson, Anchal Samity BHalukpong-Jamiri welcomed all the dignitaries.
All the PR members and member secretaries of panchayats, HODs and public were present
during the inaugural function.
IGNOU conducts workshop on Career Guidance and Counseling
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: A workshop on Career Guidance and Counseling was conducted at the
IGNOU Regional Centre Itanagar.
The CRPF Commandant Bhupendra Kumar in his inaugural address as the chief guest advised
the learners to work hard and not to choose their career to satisfy others. He further
enlightened the students that if they are really capable, they need not go after
the jobs rather the jobs will chase them.
IGNOU Regional director, the host of the workshop, Dr. S. J. Neethirajan in his
address encouraged the students. It is not always true that only intelligent ones
are going to be successful, he said adding even average intelligence students with
zeal to learn new things and strong will to achieve his or her aim will definitely
outsmart the intelligent ones. Disciplined life and commitment to excel well are
the essential ingredients of success mantra, he said. He further added that students
have to mould up themselves to suit the future needs and cope up with the ever increasing
competition. They need to develop their skills and performance.
Dr. M. Q. Khan Associate Professor and Coordinator Free Coaching Center of Dera Natung
College threw light on UPSC, APCS examination and other career options for the learners.
Dr. V. N. Sharma Laison Officer, Directorate of Higher and Technical Education
highlighted about the various entrance examination conducted by the state and Centre.
Sukumal Deb Chief Executive Officer of KVIC shared career opportunities under KVIC
and Dr. Neethirajan solicited the learners to join new and promising course offered
by IGNOU. Apart from IGNOU learners, students from Royal International School have
also attended the programme. The workshop ended with the vote of thanks shared by
D. Suganthi Swarnalata.
College Day celebration ends
SEPPA, Nov 18: The First college day celebration of East Kameng College ended in
a grand manner with the valedictory function being attended by East Kameng SP, Kime
Aya as chief guest at the Auditorium of Govt. Hr. Sec School, Seppa on Nov 17.
The main attraction of the valedictory function was the fashion show and Ms and Mr
College contest. Anju Cheri and Kutung Jomoh were declared first Miss College and
Mr College respectively by the jury.
Chandni Sonam walked way with Ms First runner up title, while Raju Yangfo was declared
first runner up in Mr College contest by the jury. Now Anju Cheri and Kutung Jomoh
will represent the college in the next Unifest at Rajiv Gandhi University. The cultural
programme were also organized to mark the occasion. SP Kime Aya presented the certificates
and the mementos to all the winners in various disciplines. Atto Polo house was declared
the champion house for their over all performance during the four days program.
Earlier, addressing the gathering at valedictory function Kime Aya urged the students
to respect their teachers, elders and the seniors. Despite hundreds failure, the
man with good character and principle will always command respect in the society,
he said while stressing on the character building of the students. The SP also expressed
his hope that the students and the teachers shall maintain good relation for congenial
atmosphere in the college for the better education and the better society as well.
Smokes, Sips & Gossips
On a dulcet evening, in a certain pictur esque village of Changlang district, while
capturing the petite creatures with my Nikon D700, I saw a bevy of brooding boys
stepping inside a leaning bamboo thatched house. And it was about 30 minutes later
that their guffawing wobbled the ‘macro focus’ and snaffled my interest. Eager, I
mounted the wooden ladder that led me to this mirthful gang.
Inside, a young master was busy brewing the opium in a brass spoon on the traditional
hearth; the expert one was precisely slicing the banana leaves, the eldest was puffing
the last dose of his share, the youngest was sipping the acrid tea, the semi-skilled
was preparing the instant 2 minute noodles ‘maggi’ and the non-skilled bunch including
the financer were lazing nearby, playing games and shuffling songs in their cell
On query, they confided, it was their second round of smokes, sips and gossips. All
of them were teenagers; some were students and some school drop outs. They divulged
that due to inquisitiveness, idleness and non-existence of recreational activities,
they clandestinely assemble every evening for the euphoric session. Sadly, they smoke,
they revel and in quest of momentary elation, they embrace the curse of a lifetime
– opium addiction.
When I reprimanded, they retorted, ‘how can we restrict ourself when the entire village
is reveling the opium trance.’ Regrettably, in absence of parental guidance and societal
restriction, at a very tender age, these naïve kids are exposed to opium narcosis.
Isn’t it a buffoonery act from our part to anticipate academic excellence or domestic
bliss by offering them such annihilating atmosphere to grow up?
Further sharing their agony, they divulged, ‘the pleasant trance has trapped us and
the liberation chances are minimal’. They append woefully, ‘the scarcity of societal
support and rehabs has completely made the de-addiction concept futile. Moreover,
the fact is that without medical aid it is impossible to give up the habit because
the abstinence process is too excruciating. They further reveals, ‘the lone rehab
of the district is situated too far away and our parents being poor, for us rehabilitation
is just like a distant dream.’
In the meantime, a boy in his mid-20 interrupts informing that the rehab in Changlang
is a failed venture. His strong comment grabbed my attention and I inquired about
his source of information. Stating personal experience, he narrated his poignant
Few years back, I sold a plot of my ancestral land and joined the rehab in expectation
of a new beginning. Now I consider it as a mistake, I lost my land in anticipation
of miracle that was never to happen.
He continued. In just 15 days I was healed from the curse of 10 years. Discharged,
I came home with a renewed optimism to start afresh. Unfortunately, all the dreams
collapsed as my abstinence period lasted only for a month. Being idle, the relapse
was destined and the old habit hooked me again. Apparently, like me, for most, unemployment
has been the prime reason of addiction and then continuation.
Disclosing further, he said, since childhood we’re exposed to opium consumption.
When we’re young enough, as an alternative to medicine, it is fed and the euphoric
aftereffect let us continue the intake that ultimately grows into a lethal habit.
Being a part of tradition, the elders neither impede the callous session nor warn
about its detrimental impact in the future. In fact, their regular intervention would
have barred the elevation of opium abuse among the Tangsa youths and the situation
would not have magnified to this catastrophic level, he lamented with moist eyes.
It was an emotional statement. Touched, I was speechless for a longtime, pondering
about the mistake committed by the doyens of Tangsa community, the harmful impact
it’s having in the present and the darker sphere, the posterity will be compelled
to step in. (The writer can be reached at [email protected])
Need for improving health, education among minorities: Commission
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: National Commission for Minorities (Buddhist affairs) incharge
Spalzes Angmo has stressed the need for improving health and education among Buddhists,
who were the minorities in Arunachal Pradesh.
Spalzes, who is on a five-day tour to Arunachal Pradesh, had visited the Buddhist-dominated
districts of Tawang and West Kameng and interacted with the people, monks and officials
to know about the minority welfare activities in the region.
Talking to the mediapersons here this evening, Ms Spalzes said the government needed
to stress on health and education, especially among the women, to enhance their living
standard. She, however, was satisfied with the living standard of the people residing
in Tawang and Bomdila, which she felt showed they were leading a peaceful and contented
On her visit to Manjushree Vidyapeeth in Tawang, she found most of the orphan cheerful
and urged the government to support such orphanages which were rendering yeoman services.
Spalzes, who had traveled all the way from Tawang to Itanagar by road, felt the road
conditions were pretty bad and called for improving the road connectivity in the
She also met the state chief secretary, commissioner and secretary in connection
with welfare of minorities of the state and discussed on the Prime Minister's 15-point
programme. She also held interaction with the members of various minority communities
in the capital today.
She told the media that multi-sector development plans needed to be implemented,
adding the implementation was good in some sectors.
With the education among Buddhist women being low, the government must lay thrust
on education by opening more number of schools for the minorities.
''If women are educated, then the whole society gets educated,'' she added.
She further said nobody should live in fear and must feel secured as far as the minorities
are concerned. UNI
Minority Commission in Arunachal sought
Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Union (APCU) in a release today informed that
Spalzes Angmo, Member of National Commission for Minorities has interacted with
various religious leaders and workers at Resource centre Oju Mission Naharlagun today.
APCU publicity secretary TT Stephen further informed that a delegation of the Union
also participated in the interaction and submitted a memorandum to Angmo requesting
her to take immediate steps to set up the Statutory State level Minority Commission
in Arunachal Pradesh. The Union also informed the NCM member that a lump sum grant
of 5 crores has been promised to Christian schools this year by Chief Minister.
The APCU further informed that Rt. Rev. John Thomas, Bishop of Itanagar requested
Spalzes Angmo, asking for taking up the matters of setting up a Minority Commission
in Arunachal Pradesh. He explained about how he was unable to get a NOC for setting
up a Minority Education Institution in the state, because of absence of a Minority
Commission, the release said.
Responding to the Bishop’s query she said that National Minority Commission for Educational
institution is a separate commission specifically assigned for it.
Tok Buttum, president of APCU also stressed on the need of setting up the Minority
Commission in Arunachal Pradesh. He informed the commission member that there is
peaceful co-existence among Minority religious groups in state. Representatives from
various religious minority groups have taken part in the interaction, the release
UTCC crush NLCC
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: United Toru Cricket Club (UTCC) crushed Nirjuli Legends Cricket
Club (NLCC) by 72 runs while Gichik Abu Cricket Club defeated Kargu Kardi Cricket
Club by 13 run in group level matches in the ongoing U-19 Inter Club Ranking T20
Cricket Tournament played at Naharlagun Cricket ground today.
The MoM awards went to Nabam Nigam of United Cricket Club and Kamal Deka of Gichik
Abu Cricket Club.
1. Dari Lokam Cricket Club vs Popum Poma Cricket Club at 8 am
2. Poyupaga Cricket Club vs Deccan Cricket Club at 12.30 pm.
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: The Kurung Kumey district RMSA Mission conducted a training programme
on Data Capture Format (DCF) for the principals, vice-principals, headmasters of
various Hr. Sec. and Secondary schools of Kurung Kumey district on Nov 17.
Gyamar Shi, District Programme Coordinator, RMSA imparted training on DCF as well
as formation of School Management Committee at the school level under the framework
of RMSA guidelines.
The DDSE cum District Mission Officer, RMSA, S T Zara also spoke on the importance
of the training and proper implementation of RMSA scheme in the school level, according
to an official release.
Association demands timely construction of road
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: All Chayang Tajo Youth Welfare Association appealed the DC and
MLAs of Bameng, Ch/Tajo and East Seppa constituencies to take step for early construction
of Seppa to Chayang Tajo road. The Association also demanded deployment of adequate
security forces in the area for security of the personnel engaged in road construction.
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: Subansiri Upper Project Submerge Area People’s Forum (SUPSAPF)
was formed in a recent meeting with Adham Debom, Tajum Nasi and Sikap Nayam as president,
vice president and general secretary respectively.
Another association, namely, All Upper Subansiri District Youth Association (AUSDYA)
was also formed. Satum Duchok and Takar Soki were appointed as president and general
secretary of the Association.
Dr Joram A Tana awarded
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: Dr Joram Aniya Tana, assistant professor (Hindi) currently teaching
at Dera Natung Goverment College (DNGC) has been awarded with Visitha Akadami Award
by Punjab Kala Sahitya Academic in a ceremony held on 13th November at Jalandar town.
This rare honour was bestowed on Dr Aniya for her contribution in the field of art
and literature in state and outside too.
Relief to fire victims sought
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: ASM of Rai Raiga Anchal segment appealed the state government
to provide relief to the November 2 fire victims of Raiga village, Kurung Kumey district
immediately. The ASM informed that seven houses were gutted in the fire incident.
National Integration Camp
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: Nehru Yuva Kendra Itanagar, is organizing a week-long National
Integration Camp (NIC) with the theme “Cultural Unity our Strength” at Youth Hostel,
Naharlagun from November 21 to 27.
Altogether, 200 youths from the state and Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar,
and Assam NYK centres are expected to participate in the camp.
Rally, cultural programme, Yago and lectures on various topics related to national
integration will be organized during the week-long programme.
Police action lauded
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: All Arunachal Pradesh Workers’ Union, Upper Subansiri Unit appreciated
Daporijo Police Station OC R K Deori and his team for their prompt action against
the culprit who has allegedly manhandled AAPWU, USU President and involved in extortion
of money in Daporijo township on Nov 10.
AJYSU calls for postponement of recruitment
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: All Jigo-Yigo Students Union (AJYSU) has urged state government
to defer the proposed recruitment for police head constable claiming that it coincides
with college exams. AJYSU has asked authorities to conduct recruitment in last week
of December for benefit of college students.
Death of police personnel condoled
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: Society for Tribal Affairs and Reformation has condoled the death
of three policemen in a bus accident at near Tato village. Society has appealed to
the state government to properly compensate the family member of deceased police
personnel and offer government jobs to their next kin.
Assn. demands increase in PDS quota
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: All Kurung Kumey District Fair Price Shop and SKO Welfare Association
conducted its 3rd executive committee meeting at Nyapin recently.
In the meeting the house discussed the problems being faced by the FPSs. The house
also appealed the state government to increase the monthly allocation of PDS commodities
in the district and establish a separate FCI depot immediately.
Tour to assess development
SEPPA, Nov 18: East Kameng district DC Tope Bam accompanied by all the HoDs including
superintendent of police would undertake a tour to Pakke-Kessang on Nov 29 next.
During their visit, the team will visit all the Govt. establishments, offices followed
by a public meeting with the PR leaders, the general public and the GBs. The official
team headed by DC would also hold a mobile office to do paper works on ST certificate,
PRC and the renewal of gun license for the benefit of local people during the tour.