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Planning department to use GPS, satellite images

ITANAGAR, Nov 9: The State Planning Department has made it mandatory for third party monitors to include geo-tagged photos in their monitoring reports for SPA and other infrastructure development projects in the State. This would basically mean that the latitude and longitude of the project site where each project photograph is taken, alongwith the time and date of taking the photograph would be stamped automatically on the photograph. The project location would also be indicated on satellite maps in the monitoring reports.

Hand-held digital cameras with in-built GPS technology are being used for this purpose. NEDFi, the third party monitors for several districts of the State have already submitted reports with geo-tagged photos of projects in their monitoring reports for SPA 2009-10.

Dwelling on its advantages, State Planning Secretary Ankur Garg mentioned that this move would help in checking duplication in the implementation of projects to a large extent. For each project site, two photographs would be taken – one before execution and one after execution of works. As the latitude and longitude data would be taken automatically from the satellite, the details of location cannot be fudged and one can have pictorial evidence of a project being implemented at a place. Earlier, it was possible that photos of different sites were shown before and after project implementation. But use of GPS technology would do away with this problem, he added.

Further, the Planning Department had received reports that some of the third party monitors were not actually visiting the spot before submitting reports. The time stamping of photos will help tackle this problem as well.

Arunachal Pradesh has become one of the first States in the country to introduce this initiative in project monitoring. It may be recalled that the introduction of third party monitoring, again one of the first in the country had brought rich dividends to the State in the form of much improved quality of implementation of projects.


Consumer awareness campaign at Tawang

ITANAGAR, Nov 9: A two day exhibition – cum - Consumer Awareness campaign organised by the Department of Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs was inaugurated by Kemo Lollen, Deputy Commissioner, Tawang District at Zomkhang Hall, Tawang on today.

Appreciating the department for organizing campaign for the benefit of people of Tawang , Lollen in his inaugural speech urged people to be careful while purchasing edible items. Since Tawang district forum has already been constituted for the consumers of the district, one can approach in case of any grievances. He appealed the Department to conduct similar campaign in all the schools and rural areas involving Panchayat members.

Taba Tabin, Inspector LM (HQ.) said that the campaign is first of its kind in Tawang district and asked people to derive maximum benefit from the exhibition-cum –awareness campaign and put them into practice in day to day transaction.

K. P. Tago, Asstant Controller LM (HQ) while highlighting the objectives of the campaign said that people of North East states including Arunachal Pradesh are lagging far behind compared to other states so far level of awareness as consumer is concerned because of which the department is taking up initiative to educate people pertaining to their rights and redressal as incorporated under the consumer protection Act. He also urged consumers not to depend only on the product advertisement given in TV rather they should use their knowledge while choosing products.

Commencement of the programme, a one minute silence was observed as mark of respect to Late Dr. Bhupen Hazarika who died on 5th November.

The exhibition was held in the form of demonstration covering various consumer interests.

More than 2500 persons including students, teachers, NGOs and public visited the campaign on the first day.

The demonstration/exhibition was given by 5 Officers of the department with the help of 16 senior students of GHS School, Tawang.


Loffa advises students to develop work culture

SEPPA, Nov. 9: The three-day college Day celebration of Govt. collage, Seppa began with the lighting of the Olympic torch by MLA Tani Loffa yesterday.

While congratulating the people for having a college, he extended thanks to the Late chief minister  Dorjee Khandu for establishment of college at Seppa, East Kameng.

He said that East Kameng is progressing on the right direction but what is required is to develop work culture particularly among the students. He also advised the participating teams to maintain the spirit of sports and showcase their talents.

Later, he kicked off the inaugural football match between Anne-Donyi and kra-Dadi House.

ZPM Boru Sangyu who was the Guest of Honour advised the students to introspect and work to achieve academic excellence.

Principal Robin Hissang advised the students to work hard for success in life.

There are 245 students in the college and they have been divided into three houses namely Ane-Donyi, Atto Polo and Kra-Dadi. (DIPRO)


Forum come forward to help bridge victims

ITANAGAR, Nov 9: The members of a group in the social networking site by the name of the East Kameng Officers Forum voluntarily donated towards medical expenses and rehabilitations of the victims of the hanging bridge incident at Seppa on October 29.

Many Samaritans outside the forum come forward to share their part of the solidarity by donation cash amounts.

To help the victims of the worst-ever incident at Seppa any willing member of the society can deposit their contribution in A/c No. 000 00010333875551 by net banking/cheque/draft.

The list of the donors are Hali Welly, Vijay Sonam, Tana Tage, Kali Gumro, Pritam Taffo, Ramu Welly, Bharat Sonam, Tasso Beyong,  Bimal Welly, Pai Dawe, Tana Natung, Ramjo Pordung, Tachi Taku, Chuku Mama, Tada Natung, Tadar Babin, Mara Kocho, Pradip Lingfa, Kada Tabu, Mayan Kino, Champa Tanga.  Another person who did not give out his/her name contributed some amount too.

Out of the total collection Rs.1, 14,000.00 as on Nov 07, Rs.10,000.00 has been paid  to the father of Yadik Singhi, who is undergoing treatment at RK Mission Hospital, Itanagar.

The members of the EKOF expressed their gratitude to Tadar Babin and Chuku Mamma who joined the group in the mission.


State Level Open Chess Championship

ITANAGAR, Nov 9: The 3rd State Level Open Chess Championship began at Daporijo today.

MLA Tapen Siga inaugurated the championship in presence of deputy commissioner Ameya Abhyankar  and hosts of officers, players and chess lovers.

The inaugural session ended with a friendly game between Siga and Dobin Doke, president All Arunachal Pradesh Chess Association (AAPCA).

The first round of the championship started in the afternoon session. Of the 49 players 7 are International Rated players. The 2nd round will be held tomorrow.


Engineering student succumbs to injury

ITANAGAR, Nov 9: Neetin Rina, a third year B.E. (Civil) student studying at Aurangabad, Maharashtra passed away yesterday at Apollo Hospital, Delhi. He was in coma for three days. He along with his friend, Late Thungam Chadap had meet with an accident on Nov 4 at Aurangabad. He was also a 3rd year B.E. (Civil) student in an Engineering College at Aurangabad.

Hailing from Lipu village of Likabali, Neetin was born on 6th September 1989 and did his schooling from VKV Karsang and Kendra Vidyalaya, Itanagar.

Karko-Ao Welfare Association and Rina Welfare Society has expressed deep shock at the sudden demise of Neetin. The organizations in separate releases shared the pain of the family and friends and termed the death as a loss for the society.

North East Students Union of Aurangabad, Maharashtra (N.E.S.U.A.) has condoled the death of the youngsters. Late Thungam Chadap, a native of Tali in Kurung Kumey  was the official  Sports Representative of the Union

He was a loving, kind, helpful, a true friend and a good sportsmen and he will always stay in our hearts and will be remembered, said the association in a release.

All Tatung Welfare Society has thanked the N.E.S.U.A, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, MP Takam Sanjay, MLA Markio Tado and Principal of PES College Aurangabad for their help rendered to the family during the difficult times following the death of Late Chadap.  


Guru Nanak’s birthday

ITANAGAR, Nov 9: Along with rest of the world, 543rd Prakash Utsav of Shri Guru Nanak Devji would be organized at Gurudwara, Naharlagun on November 10.

The programme will start in the morning with ‘Bhog of Sadharan Path’ followed by ‘Kirtan and ‘Katha’.

Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd.) J.J. Singh has conveyed warm greetings and good wishes to all the people of Arunachal Pradesh on the auspicious occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti.

In his message, the Governor has expressed his hope that the occasion will help all to imbibe Guruji’s divine ideals of humanity, equality and brotherhood. General Singh also wished that the joyous occasion will inspire all to be better individuals and guide everyone on the path of social harmony and unity.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in his message said that “Guru Nanak Devji warned against hypocrisy and falsehood saying that these are pervasive in humanity and that religious actions can also be in vain. On this divine day let us all shun these vices and revive our lives with honesty and dignity”. “I convey my best wishes to my Sikh brethrens and hope that the occasion will pave way for one more platform to foster brotherhood, peace and harmony in Arunachal Pradesh”, the Chief Minister added.

Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee also extended its greetings to the Sikh community on the auspicious occasion.  

APCC hoped that the sacred occasion will bring peace, tranquility and communal harmony in the world.


VKV Kuporijo shines

Daporijo, Nov 9: The students of VKV, Kuporijo, Upper Subansiri  bagged the first position among all the North Eastern states in a competition on investigatory projects held to mark the Golden Jubilee celebration of Central Science and Industrial Research (1961-2011) throughout the country. The North Eastern Institute of Science and Technology (NEIST) Jorhat, Assam, invited investigatory projects on various topics from the school children of all the 8 states of North East.

A total of 81 projects were received by the NEIST Jorhat. The projects were scrutinized by a group of scientists and top three of each state was awarded. VKV Kuporijo secured all the three positions for Arunachal Pradesh. The group leaders for the teams securing the top three positions in the state were Jocelyn D. (CL X), Honiya Dakpe (CL X) and Tenod Raji Tamin (CL IX.)

From 24 project from all the 8 states, Jocelyn D. and her team were awarded the first position in North East for their project on Home Garden on 31st October 2011. (DIPRO)


National colloquium on lab to land initiative

ITANAGAR, Nov 9: Ministry of Rural Development Govt of India (MoRD) commenced the National Colloquium on its Lab to Land Initiative here at SIRD Assam’s Kahikuchi Campus at Guwahati today. The National Colloquium was inaugurated by Principal Secretary to Govt of Assam for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj where Niten Chandra, Joint Secretary MoRD presided. Commissioner for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Govt of Assam also attended the workshop. Besides the above, the workshop is being attended by Commissioners of RD and PR, Directors of SIRDs, coordinating faculty members from SIRDs, and even Bharat Nirman Volunteers from selected states.

The three day workshop shall conclude on Nov 11, and shall involve an exposure visit to Gumoria Village which is covered under Lab to Land initiative and regarded amongst the best performing location under the initiative. The exposure visit shall also include a visit to SIRD Growth Centre at Tetelia.  

Arunachal Pradesh is being represented in the National Workshop by Director SIRD, Nyabin Ete, Chagam Dolo, BDO Doimukh, Rakesh Srivastava, Assistant Director and Coordinator Lab to Land initiative and Hento Koyu, Computer Assistant from SIRD.

These workshops which are a periodical feature reviews the progress of Lab to Land initiative with the Heads of SIRDs from all over the country along with the respective District Magistrates, Deputy Commissioners and Block Development Officers of Lab to Land districts from all over the country. It also provides a platform for reviewing the progress at SIRDs and an interface with best performing states under Lab to Land.

MoRD is stressing on increasing the scope of the initiative by including additional blocks under the initiative. It provides support for training and related expenditure to respective SIRDs. The workshop has also stressed on streamlining training initiatives and strengthening institutional capacities of SIRDs and Extension Training Centres (ETCs) for ensuring better delivery of rural development programmes through capacity building interventions. MoRD has also developed a website exclusively for training known as www.ruraldiksha.nic.in. The updates from Lab to Land initiative including detailed profile of Bharat Nirman Volunteers and other training related information such as training calendars of respective SIRDs, faculty profiles,  are available at the website.


Jugli to sponsor 14 athletes

Tom Simai

JAIRAMPUR, Oct 9:  Changlang District Youth Congress, Former President James Jugli has consented to sponsor the 14 athletes who were selected during the Block Level Sports Meet on November 02 last to represent Jairampur Circle in the forthcoming District Level Sports Meet 2011 to be held at Miao from November 22 onwards.

Though the District Level Sports Meet 2011 is being conducted under the Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Abhiyan Scheme 2011, it doesn’t offer any allowances for travelling, training and other facilities required during the preparation period.

Coming from interior villages, all the 14 athletes with poor financial background almost quit the meet. Thanks to Jugli’s timely intervention, it has rejuvenated the dimming hopes as he has committed to provide the budget needed for travelling, training and sport goods.

He has already fulfilled the first installment of his commitment by handing over some funds to Jairampur Anchal Block Kridashree Jungkhim Hacheng here today.

Besides agreeing to sponsor, Jugli also appealed the masses to support the competing youths in whatever way they can so that they can accomplish their dream and contribute in the betterment of the society.  

In all, 05 females and 09 males within the age group of 18 from Old Khamdu, Tengmo, New Khamdu, Longman, Jairampur Town, Chamro, Hetlong, Kovin, Honkap and Taipong will compete in the various games and athletics event on November 22.


Total sanitation campaign in Lower Dibang Valley

ROING, Nov 9: Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) campaign is launched in Lower Dibang Valley district under District Water and Sanitation (WATSAN) Committee, Roing and Abralow Memorial Multipurpose Society (AMMS).

The campaign started on first week of November at New Abali and continued in Iduli village on Tuesday under the Koronu Community Development with assistance from Kera-aa Society (KAS) where large number of public, students, self help groups and teachers attended.

The awareness programme is the ongoing campaign which was inaugurated in September 2006 by former Dambuk MLA Roding Pertin.

Talking on the objective of the TSC campaign, PHED Executive Engineer S Pertin said: “Sanitation is not all about the solid wastes, but is also about adopting its proper disposal methods including well drainage system.”

Personal hygiene, according to him also included proper disposal of faeces since open defecation is one of the main sources of many diseases.

PHED Assistant Engineer O Yirang informing the villager on individual household latrine (IIHL) scheme said, “To attain full sanitation coverage with a totally open, defecation-free environment, the government has instituted in 2005 an award to be given to Panchayati Raj Institutions for proper implementation of IIHL scheme.”

“The Nirmal Gram Puruskar award carries a cash award starting from 50,000 to 500,000.”

Zilla Parishad Member Anjithe Menjo, Chief Guest of Abali campaign in his speech thanked the PHED department and its officials for imparting awareness on water, sanitation and various government schemes related to it. Local Anchal Samity Member Apudi Menjo also thanked the organizers and PHED for the awareness campaign.

In the ongoing campaign, water quality field test kits were also displayed by KAS Chairperson Napi Meto assisted lab technician of district hospital regarding handling of kits in the village.


Measles catch-up campaign

Ziro, Nov 9: The Lower Subansiri is conducting Measles Catch-up campaign as part of National immunization programme.

During the campaign all the children aged 9 months to below 10 years will be given measles vaccination regardless of their previous vaccination status or history of measles like illness.

The vaccination starting from Nov 8 will continue for 3 weeks.  In 1st week the vaccination will be given at 127 identified school sites and during the next 2 weeks it will be given at 88 identified outreach sites.

In addition there will be 8 fixed sites at health facilities (District Hospital, Community Health Centres and Primary Health Centres) to vaccinate those who have been missed at school and outreach sites.

The estimated target of children for vaccination will be 17429 for which 53 vaccinators and 25 supervisors have been trained and 124 teachers, 403 ASHAs/ AWWs/ Volunteers have been sensitized.

The Deputy Commissioner, Ziro has appealed to all the PRI members, school authorities and outpost administrators for all possible support and to make the campaign a success by collective effort, reports i/c DIPR Ziro.

The month long Measles Catch Up Campaign for Upper Subansiri district took off on November 7 at the Blue Mount School, Daporijo, Upper Subansiri.

The Campaign was inaugurated by the Deputy Commissioner A. Abhyankar in the presence of Dr. D. Bagra (DMO), Dr. J. Mara (Med. Supt), Dr. T. Nayam (Pediatrician) and the students and teaching staff of Blue Mount School.

The DC asked the principals of all the Schools in the district to liaise with the medical dept. to achieve cent- percent vaccination of the students under the age group of 9 month to 10 years.

Abhyankar also assured all help from the administration’s side and looked forward for the successful completion of the Campaign in the district. He expressed his appreciation to the District Medical Officer, DRCHO and the Medical Dept. for adequate pre-campaign activities.

Dr. N.Geyi, DRCHO gave the details about the measles supplementary immunization activity launched in the states where the measles vaccine coverage is below 80%, of which Arunachal Pradesh is one of the states. He informed that in the month long campaign, total outreach session sites will be 193, 9 fixed sites and almost 183 School sites.


IFCSAP writes to AIR and DDK

ITANAGAR, Nov 9: Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP), in a memorandum has urged the Director, All India Radio (AIR), Itanagar to broadcast prayer songs of various indigenous prayer centres, like Meder Nello, Nyeder Namlo, Gangin, Kargu Gangii, Donyi Polo Namlo, Budhist Gompa, Rangshomhom, Nani-Intaya, Amit-Matai etc. beside increasing the present program slot to 24 hrs along with transmission capacity to cover the remote villages and remote areas.

It alleged that the present status and activities of the Kendra are below standard in terms of quality,  IFCSAP said and demanded the Station Director to do the needful to improve it.

It alleged that in morning program’s "Bhakti Geet" are related to western culture. But,  it is being broadcast as traditional songs thus giving misinformation to the people.

Further, the memorandum urged the Station Director to allot panel interviews of the members IFCSAP, and other sister organizations like Donyi-Polo Gangin, Meder Nello, Nyeder Namlo, Budhist Mandirs, Donyi-Polo Namlo, Rangshomhon, Nani-Intaya, Amit Matai etc. who are into socio-religious reformation activities and preserving and promoting the indigenous faith, philosophy, culture and traditions.

In another memorandum, IFCSAP urged the Director, DDK, Itanagar to either upgrade the Kendra’s transmission power to cover whole of Arunachal or to set up LPT station at every district.

Although DDK, Itanagar has been reportedly  upgraded from terrestrial transmission to satellite, its programs could not be received and watched all over the state and it is confined only to Itanagar and Naharlgun, IFCSAP said.

“Out of 16 districts only 2 districts viz. Pashigaht and Tezu are only telecasting the programmes but there was no any arrangement for other 14 districts, it said.

It also demanded to allot permanent time slot for indigenous folk lore, folk tales, and rhapsodies.


IDEA Conducts Anti- Measles Campaign & Free Vaccination Programme

Siyum, Nov 9:  With a view to protecting children from the dreaded impact of measles the Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association (IDEA) in collaboration with the Health department, Siyum, supported by KFB, Austria, conducted ‘Anti-Measles Campaign & Free Vaccination Programme in Siyum Circle on November 7.

The programme was inaugurated by the District Medical Officer Dr. Dubom Bagra in the presence of Taga Ekke Circle Officer, Siyum and various other dignitaries and the public of Siyum and near by villages.

The inaugural function was conducted in the premises of the Catholic Mission, Siyum and was organized by the Divine Mercy Health Centre, Siyum. The campaign started with the cultural programmes by the students of St. Vincent Pallotti School, Siyum. A Role Play on health and hygiene was performed by the voluntary health workers trained by the Divine Mercy Health Centre, Siyum. Dr. Dubom Bagra in his address made the gathering aware of the need to vaccinate the children and assured that it does not have any side effects. He also exhorted the parents to take their children to the nearest vaccination camps. The campaign was inaugurated by giving vaccines to five children. The campaign team is led by Dr.T. Dupit, MO, PHC Siyum and Dr. Susmitha of the Divine Mercy Health Centre, Siyum. The team has arranged several camps in different villages of Siyum Circle in the coming days. More than 200 children were given the vaccination in the first day of the camp held at St.Vincent Pallotti School, Siyum. The beneficiaries of the programme expressed their gratitude to IDEA for the help extended to them in the medical field.


IFCSAP mourns death of its convenor

ITANAGAR, Nov 9: Indigenous Faith and Culture Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) deeply mourned the sudden demise of Rotom Kamgo, state convenor of IFCSAP on November 5 in a tragic road accident near Silapathar, Assam along with Tadam Taki and Driver Pradeep Biswakarma.

He also served the society as assistant general secretary in the last tenure.

Born in 1961, Kamgo did his schooling from Kamba Govt. School and Sainik School, Rewa, Madhya Pradesh.

A true social worker Kamgo was presently holding the post of RSS state secretary, state member, Arunachal Shiksa Vikas Samiti, Secretary Lingalaya Mandir, Itanagar, Secretary Logum Jinny Society. He also served as Secretary, Arunachal Charitable Task and Secretary Rastriya Jagran Manch.

A team of IFCSAP led by its General Secretary Gichik Taaza attended the last rite of late Kemgo at Nomuk Village, Khamba circle, West Siang and paid homage alongwith other sister organization.

IFCSAP also condoled the demise of Tadam Taki, a dedicated social worker.

IFCSAP also paid homage to the late Dr. Bhupen Hazarika.

“Contribution of Dr. Hazarika in documentation and promotion of tribal culture and tradition is immense,  IFCSAP said and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.

Donyi Polo Yelam Kebang Chimpu Ganging also condoled the death of Tadam Taki and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.

Reports are also pouring in from various indigenous prayer centres  where homages were paid to the social workers and prayers organized for peace of the departed souls.


AYAYWA sports, literary and cultural meet held

ITANAGAR, Nov 9: All Yangte Area Youth Welfare Association (AYAYWA) conducted its 3rd Yangte Valley Winter Trophy cum Literary and Cultural Meet at Government Secondary School, Yangte recently.

The closing ceremony was attended by ADC, Pania Chukhu Takar as chief guest.

Choba Youth and Yaba Little Join Found Association won the Yangte Valley Winter football and Volleyball trophies respectively. Lingdum Ruth bagged the first prize in quiz competition.

The association also felicitated class XII and X toppers of Yangte area on the occasion.


JNC cleanliness drive

ITANAGAR, Nov 9: Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat, the   Premier higher educational institute of the state carried out a one day social service today. The programme was led by T Talom, Principal and T Payum, Programme officer, National Service Scheme.  

On the day cleanliness drive was carried out at Upper campus of the Institution in which Faculty members and Students turned up in large number.


ANYA condoles death

ITANAGAR, Nov 9: All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) condoled the death of Tatung Chadap, who died in Mumbai on November 3 last.

Describing his death a great loss particularly to the Nyishi community, ANYA prayed to almighty for eternal peace of the departed soul. It also expressed gratitude to North East Students’ Union Mumbai for extending all help during the difficult time.

Meanwhile ANYA appealed to the West Kameng deputy commissioner and local MLA Khumsi Sidisow to investigate the root cause of the recent incident at Govt college, Bomdila.


Students’ bodies back ALSU

ITANAGAR, Nov 9: Students’ Union of Dera Natung Govt College and Kurung Kumey Collegian Co-ordination Committee extended support to Arunachal Law Students’ Union (ALSU)’s phase wise survey to assess the magnitude of Govt. land encroachment problem in the twin capital city and appealed all to support the cause.

All Arunachal Commerce Students’ Association has also supported Arunachal Law Students’ Union for conducting land encroachment survey within capital complex.

It appealed to ALSU to conduct such survey in entire state and also urged the state government to take appropriate step to prevent government land encroachment.


DNGC week cultural nite

ITANAGAR, Nov 9: Jalley Sonam, chairman, Arunachal Pradesh Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board and All Nyishi Students’ Union vice president Tagru Tame would attend the “cultural nite” of 32nd Annual College Week of Dera natung Govt College as chief guest and guest of honour respectively.


BBK and BBYK conference held

ITANAGAR, Nov 9: The annual conference of Boggong Banggo Kebang (BBK) and Bogong Banggo Youth Kebang (BBYK) was held at Sibo village on November 7 and 8 last.

During the conference, Oyem Dai and Tagom Padung have been selected as President and Secretary General of BBK and Maglek Yomso and Tagon Tasung as President and Secretary General of BBYK respectively.


Advisory meeting held

DAPORIJO, Nov 9: Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Maro, Upper Subansiri held its first Scientific Advisory Committee meeting in the district yesterday.

The meeting was conducted to review and discuss the annual action plan of KVK, Maro among others.


Random formation of Orgs opposed

ITANAGAR, Nov 9: All Lingdum Lingko Youth Welfare Association (ALLYWA) has appealed to every Nyishi to form no more organizations within Nyishi community and also not to use the name of the community for personal benefit.

“Being Nyishi we are really pained to see formation of numerous organizations every other day in the name of Nyishi,” ALLYWA said in a release and appealed to all politicians, businessmen and members of the society not to encourage such trend.

It further appealed to the Nyishi brethren to compete each other in various competitive examinations like AAPSCE, UPSC etc instead of running the rat race for forming associations.


DCWC claim

ITANAGAR, Nov 9: Donyo Colony Welfare Committee (DCWC), in a release informed that 7 culverts and 4 drinking water wells were constructed under SPA within the Colony during the two years tenure of local MLA Techi Kaso.

The colony welfare committee appealed to the MLA to carry forward development activities with same spirit.


Small Rural Entrepreneurs Venture

ITANAGAR, Nov 9: A Mushroom Spawn Production centre was inaugurated at Borum –I village today in the presence of Farmer Club members and AGM of Vijaya Bank.

The long felt need of mushroom spawn by the farmers particularly of Borum and Sood has been fulfilled  by establishing centre at Borum village with the support of Vijaya Bank Naharlagun Branch, said a press release.

Nabom Tago,  the leader of Borum Farmer Club while appreciating the encouragement by Vijaya Bank shared that small marginal farmers have always been considered non credit worthy by big banks.

He thanked B.Dutta BM Rural Bank and S.Barman BM Vijaya Bank for their initiative.


DASU forces offices to shut

ITANAGAR, Nov 9:  Dibang Adi Students Union (DASU) shut down all govt office today demanding arrest of those involved in the assault of DDSE in Roing.

The Union appealed to the concern authorities to trace out the alleged accused within Nov 16.

DASU further said it is distressed by frequent physical assault of govt servants.


Church dedication

ITANAGAR, Nov 9: Rev.Toko Loma would dedicate the newly built Church at Lugbia (Tami) under Pip Sorang Circle of Kurung Kumey district to the believers at function scheduled on December 11.

Among others, Evan. Nabam Taniang, general secretary, APCRCC sub-council Area-II, Kurung Kumey and former Hania ASM Tami Tapikg (Jigke) would also attend the function.


Donyi Polo Kargu Gamgi inaugurated

ITANAGAR, Nov 9: The Donyi Polo Kargu Gamgi (DPKG) was inaugurated at Daring, West Siang district by its chief priest Tobom Basar as chief guest on November 6 last.

In his speech, the chief guest emphasized on the need to preserve age-old indigenous faith, customs and traditions.

Hundreds of believers from all villages under Daring circle attended the function.



ITANAGAR, Nov 9: Taram Bagang has been selected as chairman of the newly formed Lobi Wild Life Sanctuary Development Committee in a meeting held here today.


Healing crusade

ITANAGAR, Nov 9: Area-II, Sub council is conducting healing crusade at Sarli, Kurung Kumey district from November 25-27.

Rev. Dari Gigik and Evangelist Dr. Joram Dol would attend the programme as speakers.



ITANAGAR, Nov 9: Arunachal Pradesh Teachers’ Association, West Siang District Unit deeply mourned the sudden demise of Tapang Tapak yesterday at Lorging.

Tapang was serving as a Junior Teacher at Lorging Middle School, West Siang District.

The members of the association prayed for the eternal peace of the departed as well as to give enough strength and courage to the bereaved family members to bear the irreparable loss.

Staff and students of Dera Natung Government College expressed grief and sorrow over premature demise of Apung Eru, BA final year student of the college.

The college fraternity conveyed its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.

Meanwhile, Kurung Kumey Collegian Co-ordination Committee also condoled the death of Apung Eru and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.

Romin Ao Welfare Society, villagers of Moya Ronya, Yasi-Khela and Dokoputu condoled the demise of Rejum Romin, the first gram panchayat member of Yasi-Khela Ronya village, who died at his residence after prolonged illness recently.

He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter. The society described his untimely demise as a great loss to the society.

All Kombo Welfare & Development Society, Aalo, has express shock  at the sudden and untimely demise of Rebi Ado. Her untimely death has caused irreparable loss to the society and people of Kombo, it said in a message. Paktu Ao Youth Welfare Association(PAYWA) Paktu area Peoples forum(PAPF) and  All Paktu Ao Welfare Association (APAWA) has also condoled the death of the death of Late Ado.


Journalist bereaved

ITANAGAR, Nov 9: Komoleswar Tamuli, 87, a retired Assam government official, father-in-law of journalist Paharita Tamuli died on Sunday last. He is survived by his wife, 2 sons including Prodip Kumar Tamuli, presently serving as AE in WRD, Arunachal govt, a daughter and 6 grandsons. Friends and well wishers have conveyed their deep sense of condolences to the bereaved family and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.


Singh to attend alumni meet

ITANAGAR: Governor JJ Singh has consented to be the chief guest at the alumni meet of Govt Hr. Sec. School Chayang Tajo on November 11.

The Governor would also meet the parents of the victims and injured persons in Seppa bridge collapse incident, MLA Karya Bagang said in a release, said.


Chakka bandh suspended  temporarily

ITANAGAR: The proposed ‘indefinite chakka bandh’ by All Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Employees’ Welfare Association (APSTEWA), has been suspended temporarily after STS General Manager has assured to take up the matter with Government in a joint meeting today.

The Association had threatened indefinite Chakka bandh to press for arrest of the culprits involved in Department’s bus burning case.

The meeting was attended by GM, Addl GM, AGM (Vig.), station superintendent and assistant superintendent.


APJEWA condemns arson in capital

ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Junior Engineers’ Welfare Association (APJEWA) has vehemently condemned the arson at PWD office here recently  and demanded the administration to apprehend the culprits involved in the incident immediately.

It also urged the authorities concerned to do the needful to retrieve and reconstruct the lost documents so that the government servants benefits during superannuation.


Ooo la la on air

ITANAGAR: Radio Ooo La La, Itanagar centre has resumed its broadcasting from November 6 six last and listeners can tune into frequency on 91.9 FM everyday from 8 am to 8 pm. Radio Ooo la la here was temporarily shut down for a couple of months due to technical problem, Positive Radio Pvt Ltd said in a release.


SAI selection trail

ITANAGAR: Sports Authority of India is organizing selection trials for the age group of 12-14 years for boys and girls in Karate discipline for induction in SAI, SAG Naharlagun on November 28 at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun.


Annual sports competition held

ITANAGAR, Nov 9: District Olympic Association, Kurung Kumey District organized a two days annual sports competition under Panchayat Yuva Krida aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA) at Sangram on November 6-7 last.



The name of Kuru Ado, who breathed her last on November four, was inadvertently published as Kuru Tarang, in a news item on Nov 9 edition. Kuru Tarang is the husband of Kuru Ado. The mistake is regretted.  (Editor)


News Impact



Put your heads together to avoid another accident

Dear Editor,

When I go back to Seppa from Itanagar, my heart sinks because my newly purchased car from my hard earned savings is reduced to bundle of junk due to ongoing road widening at Bhalukpong which seems never ending and seems improving in all negative aspects. Hopping, bumping, eating dust and negotiating the bullying Army convoy when I reach Seppa nothing feels better, the road seems narrower and potholes becomes broader as soon as I reach East Kameng. When I reach Bana Bridge I look up in the Sky and beg to god “please let me cross the bridge safely for this last time". Immediately after crossing, my greed increases and I pray let it keep intact for next time too.

After going through the ordeal when I reach home and try to relax with a cup of tea, with every sip I swallow a  mouthful of crunchy dust all credit to PWD which is taking up the Seppa Township Road widening. God knows when will it complete or will it at all.  My old Seppa was better; no proper drain, road narrower but no dust/ mud either. Most of the people are complaining of dust and related allergies at Seppa. Children’s as well as adults are developing acute respiratory problems. Conjunctivitis & other eye diseases are widespread. Gammon India which started road construction from the end of Seppa town ship has crossed Pakoti (distance of 8-9 Km) while PWD has not budged an inch except for losing a precious life along with an excavator.

After all this, I put forward a suggestion to Executive  Engineer (PWD) that please arrange for sprinkling of water at your dusty road until work completes at least twice a day. Please dont make excuses of fund problem, vehicle shortage.

For Bana Bridge, I request BRTF to please put up horizontal bars to avoid crossing of heavy vehicle or one unfortunate day we will be reading a newspaper headline " x numbers die, y numbers injured andz numbers missing".  Plus, it will cut off Seppa from rest of world.  And 5 MLAs of district please put your unused brains together to hammer out a concrete bridge at Bana before it’s too late. And people of Seppa, please stop electing bunch of useless representatives again and again.


Ramesh Jamo

Itanagar, (on email).



Let there be justice

Dear Editor,

We the family and relatives of Yethini Yobin seek to express our appreciation and gratitude to the entire fellow inhabitants of Vijoynagar for sharing our grief and struggles in and through the outrageous tragedy inflicted on us by Tashi Sherpa of Daragaon Village of Vijoynagar.

The overwhelming support and unity, struggles and toils, selfless and fearless support in the demand for justice has never had precedence in the history of Vijoynagar. And this humbles us.

The body of young Yethini Yobin lay buried under a pile of rock for from Sept 15- 22 morning. And from Sept 22nd to the late evening of Sept 26th the body was kept on the open ground, in a wooden coffin, letting to rot further for want of Police Officer, a doctor, and a Circler Officer.  This means; she was found after 7 days and buried after 15 days!  

As the rotting body continued to lay exposed to the elements, the sorrow turned into anger, and anger into rage! Spontaneously and unanimously, the people of Vijoynagar rallied and demanded the surrender of Tashi Sherpa from Assam Rifle camp of Vijoynagar, the people gathered and demanded justice.

In short, the people of Vijoynagar has woken up to the reality that there is no security, no governance, no dignity of human life afforded by the State in Vijoynagar. There was desperation and gloom.

This indignant public outcry against violation and murder of a young girl student was not just a crowd psychology. It came from the heart of every woman who had a heart. It came from the heart of every person who could feel the pain. It was a cry for dignity. It was a cry for justice.

We trust the Investigating Officers will unearth the mysterious motive behind this murder of a defenceless school girl and assist in the attainment of justice.

We are thankful that Home Minister T. Marde, finally could come to Vijoynagar on the 26/09/2011, and personally saw the victim.

The public of Vijoynagar are counting on the words when he promised  that he will personally see that adequate justice will be delivered to the people.

The Mahila Sangathan did not shake hands with the HM, but promised to shake hands when he fulfill his promise of securing justice for the people of Vijoynagar.

We appeal to every fellow citizen, especially to Women organizations to stand with us. This crime is against humanity, against women, and against Student.

We also appeal to the Governor of AP to have a look at the condition in which the security of women students have become a grave concern at the far-fetched Vijoynagar.

We are also hoping that the student bodies will continue to show us support and we also welcome  the effectual support of our elected leaders at Itanagar and at home.

Now the ball is in the court of the Investigating Officers. It will of their repute how the case comes out.

We have already lost a daughter and a sister to a rapist and murderer!  Now our wish and concern is that this kind of thing does not visit your home.

Let there be justice!


Avia Ngwazah




Our limits have already been tested

Dear Editor,

It is really surprising that the formation of new cabinet is taking such a long time. The infighting of congress legislators has already taken away six precious months in which so many works have been pending. Everyday I scour the paper  in anticipation that the new cabinet will be declared but fail. Our new C.M is bound to render service to the people of the state and that too quickly. But the delay here in assigning portfolios is annoying. I doubt that the infighting is not over yet. The cold war amongst the legislators is still on. But this trend and the delay are unhealthy for the development of our state. Our limits have already been tested. I would like to remind all the legislators that the people are not bound to them but they are bound to the people. After such mayhem when things are settling down it is their duty to leave aside all rivalry and come on a consensus for a healthy governance. We had expected that with the swearing in of new C.M things will settle down and the new ministry will be formed immediately but alas we are still waiting for our ministers. So many works are pending in every department and the ultimate sufferers are the public.

I am writing this in good faith expecting our new ministers soon and in hope that they will immediately start work for the welfare of the people. It is generally seen that new ministers take months to properly settle down in their office but I expect that our to be ministers will immediately get to work as soon as they assume office. Hoping for the best and wishing a speedy recovery to our state.


Tuter Rupuk,

Daporijo, (on email)



An appeal to Hon’ble CM

Dear Editor,

Dr. Bhupen Hazarika is no more. Assam as well as whole North East deeply mourns at the death of the great son of this region.

The govt  of Arunachal Pradesh has shown great respect to the cultural icon, who created an emotional bond between the people of the Land of Rising Sun and Assam, by declaring one day state mourning.

We can never forget Dr. Bhupen Hazarika’s outstanding contribution towards Tribal Welfare and uplift of Tribal Culture through film and his soulful music.

In this context i appeal to Chief Minster Nabam Tuki to set up a Statue at any public place at Itanagar as a mark of respect to the national hero.


Arvind Sarmah

Itanagar,  (on email).





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Power and climate change


The Himalayan region in South Asia along with the highest mountains in the Andes in South America is two of the best hot spots for large scale solar energy production.

According to a study it can power China and India and help mitigate climate change.

So far, hot and sunny regions, such as North Africa have been hailed as the best for large-scale solar energy production.

But a study has found that key areas for solar energy production through photovoltaic panels are in the coldest regions in the world, including Antarctica.

These areas have a lot of sunshine — and therefore a high amount of solar irradiation — and low temperatures help improve solar panel performance.

Just four per cent of the area with the highest potential in the Himalayas, or around 120,000 square kilometres, could power the entirety of China, based on 2007 electricity consumption data, the study says.

It could also provide electricity to India, as well as contribute to the mitigation of climate change by reducing CO2 emissions in the two growing economies.

But although the potential is there, the study admitted that the costs of producing solar energy on a large scale in these areas may still be too high, due to practical limitations.

On the other hand, floods, droughts, typhoons and other weather extremes across the globe are impacts of climate which cost billions of dollars to world’s economies, confirms a climate report.

Freakish weather disasters — from the sudden snowstorm in the US to the record floods in Thailand — are striking more often. And global warming is likely to spawn more similar weather extremes at a huge cost, says a draft summary of an international climate report.

Studies also have predicted more intense monsoons with climate change. Warmer air can hold more water and puts more energy into weather systems, changing the dynamics of storms and where and how they hit.

With such findings, it is time for the world community to put together the resources for a safer future.