November 16

Arunachal Football League

BTFC, TNSC split points

ITANAGAR, Nov 15: Bamang Taji Football Club (BTFC) played out a 1-1 draw with Tugung Neri Sporting Club (TNSC) to split points in the ongoing Arunachal Football League 2013 at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium Naharlagun today.

Captain Rocky Ramching gave BTFC 1-0 first half lead by scoring in 13th minute.

TNSC coach Fecha Lingfa made couple of changes in the second half and made all out effort to find the equalizer. They finally scored in 67th minutes through striker Drai Gobinso to level the score 1-1.

With this draw, BTFC moved to top of the league table with 7 points (from two wins, one draw and one loss) followed by Todo United with six points from three matches (2 win, 1 loss).

Todo United FC will be up against Capital Complex SC tomorrow.


First Noa-Dehing T20 Crickettourney at Innao from Dec 5

INNAO, Nov 15: Innao Cricket Association is organizing the 1st Noa-Dehing T20 Cricket tourney at Innao under Diyun Circle in Changlang district from December 5 next.

The winning team will fetch home a trophy and cash prize of Rs. 25, 000 while runners up will get Rs. 10, 000 besides. Individual prizes of Rs. 2000 each will be given to highest run scorer, wicket taker and man of the series.


Panchayat leaders oppose illegal enrollment

ITANAGAR, Nov 15: The Panchayat leaders of 3-Chayang Tajo Anchal Samiti have strongly opposed the enrollment of electors from other domiciles in the electoral rolls of Chayang Tajo.

It was reported that hundreds of non-APST and individuals from other districts were making all efforts to register their names in electoral rolls during the summery revision of electoral rolls at Chayang Tajo recently. But, their ill attempts have been prevented through timely intervention of the PR leaders.

While opposing such kind of unhealthy practices, the PR leaders have also made it clear that they were not against those non-APSTs, who are residing in the region on various reasons and purposes, like government service, business and labour, possessing valid documents.

While urging the East Kameng Deputy Commissioner to keep strict eye on such illegal activities, the PR members also appealed to the local leaders to refrain from indulging in such alleged unhealthy practices.


Departmental seminar

ITANAGAR, Nov 15: Department of Political Science, DNGC conducted its annual seminar yesterday.

Coordinator of the seminar, Kago Gambo, Assistant Professor in the department gave an overview of the thoughts of Plato, the great Greek philosopher, and pointed out that Plato envisaged an Ideal State as a remedy to face his time and its prevailing circumstances by prescribing rigorous education and training to the fittest and idealized selfless would-be administrator called Philosopher-Kings in his own (Plato's) language.

In the seminar, papers were presented by the BA 2nd year (Honors) students. Notable amongst them were the papers presented by Sange Chotup Bapu, Vijay Gyadi, Teresa Kino, Kali Yomcha and Omu Goiba.

Chairing the seminar, HoD, Dr R B Tripathy while giving supplements to the various speakers opined that every philosopher tries to give solution to the political issues the time faces.

Dr. Aruna Gyati, Assistant Professor of the Department highlighting the importance of the seminar said that it was an important academic part of higher education and is a learning experience for the students particularly offering a practice opportunity for future research activities and added that such seminar benefits everyone.

Dr. Bijoy Raji, Assistant Professor of the same Department gave a vivid overview on the political thought of Karl Marx especially on final creation of stateless society.


Poachers kill female elephant

ITANAGAR, Nov 15: The carcass of a female elephant with its trunk sawed off was found from a jungle between Mebo-Dhola Road and Siang River near Namsing village in Mebo Sub-Division of Arunachal Pradesh, officials said.

Poachers killed the elephant and sawed off its trunk, they said. The member of Daying Ering Wildlife Foundation Eco-Development Society (DEWFEDS) saw the carcass and informed the Pasighat divisional forest officer (DFO) Tabang Jamoh about the death of the elephant in the area.

Forest officials found the carcass with bullet hole on the forehead, sources said.

The elephant with approximate age of 35 years was killed nearly a week ago, sources said, adding that an FIR has been lodged at Mebo police outpost.

This is the second incident of elephant killing in three months in the district. Another female elephant was found killed in the same forest range near the same village on August 14.


Governor greets people on National Press Day

ITANAGAR, Nov 15: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma has conveyed warm greetings to the media fraternity of Arunachal Pradesh and also the people of the state on the occasion of National Press Day tomorrow.

In a message here, Sharma expressed his hope that the occasion would strengthen the commitment of the people towards freedom of press and right to freedom of speech and expression.

Citing that free and responsible press was one of the pillars of democracy, Sharma appealed to every citizen of the state to pledge to ensure that the fundamental principles of freedom of speech, opinion and expression are reinforced. He wished that the special occasion motivate the media fraternity to maintain highest standards of professionalism and strive towards constructive journalism.  PRO to Raj Bhawan


ANYA unit for permanent solution to boundary problem

ITANAGAR, Nov 15: While welcoming the Local Boundary Commission’s on going inspection of Arunachal-Assam boundary, the All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) Papum Pare district unit hoped the Commission will settle the vexed boundary disputes between the two states once and for all.


Sitting of Public Accounts rescheduled

ITANAGAR, Nov 15: The ninth sitting of Committee on Public Accounts of fifth legislative assembly of Arunachal Pradesh scheduled on November 27 has been rescheduled on December 7 on account of President of India Pranab Mukherjee’s  proposed visit to Arunachal.


NCP to field candidate for Western Parl. Constituency

ITANAGAR, Nov 15: The State Working Committee meeting of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) here today has decided to field candidate from Arunachal West Parliamentary Constituency in the forthcoming election. However, name of the candidate will be announced only after Central Working Committee meeting of the party in New Delhi on November 20 next, informed State NCP release in a release.

The meeting also discussed organizational and other issues related to the party and asked the district presidents to constitute block committees before the ensuing Parliamentary election.


ADAYO reacts on Koloriang situation

ITANAGAR, Nov 15: Reacting to the tussle over electoral roll revision at Koloriang, All Damin Area Youth Organization (ADAYO) said, electoral roll is not for any particular political party, it is the right of voters to elect eligible persons of the area.

Saying that the sudden elation of voters list will create law and order problem in the area, the organization criticized the state government/ Chief Election Commissioner for their silence over the silence.

The Organization urged the authority concerned to enquire the matter and arrest the situation before it goes out of control.


Free medical camp

ITANAGAR, Nov 15: More than 300 people attended a daylong free medical cum HIV Aids Awareness Programme at Navodaya Vidyalaya, Meg Dong organized by All Nyishi Students’ Union- Upper Subansiri unit (ANSU-USU) on November 10 last. It was conducted in collaboration with District Hospital, Daporijo.

ZPM Chikom Block attended the programme as chief guest.


Dec 1 declared holiday

NAHARLAGUN, Nov 15:  Government of Arunachal Pradesh has declared December one, 2013 as Gazzetted holiday on account of Indigenous faith Day instead of December 31, 2013. DIPRO


‘Empower DBA’

ITANAGAR, Nov 15: All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union president Kamta Lapung today advocated physical assessment of all disputed boundary areas by the directorate of border affairs (DBA). Moreover, the DBA should be given enough manpower, financial autonomy and the required wherewithal for doing the job with sincerity, he said.

A mechanism is the need of the hour to facilitate a lasting and amicable solution to the contentious boundary dispute, Lapung said in a statement.


News Impact

Salt prices soar high on scarcityrumours, Govt. denies shortage

ITANAGAR, Nov 15: Believe it or not, salt is being sold at an exorbitant price of Rs.50 to 100 per kg in Capital Complex amid rumours of an acute shortage of the essential ingredient of food.

About 1100 quintals of salt were sold during the day in Capital Complex according to wholesalers Arunachal Trading Corporation and Matri Bhandar against an average sale of 200 quintals in five months.

The state government has rebutted the rumours.

“There is no truth in reports that the state is facing shortage of common salt,” said Food and Civil Supplies Minister Kamlung Mosang, adding that the state had a stock of 23,000 quintals of salt with the public distribution system zonal nominees, which could meet requirements for the next few months.

Mosang instructed all DCs to carry out surprise checks to contain the artificial crisis and to ensure monitoring of market rates as per provisions of relevant law in force.

"The deputy commissioners have been asked to place indent to the respective zonal nominees immediately as per the monthly allocation for onward distribution to the consumers," he said in a statement.

It is purely a rumour, he said and appealed to people not to panic over rumours of salt crisis which he said was created by petty traders to earn easy money by exploiting the situation.

Meanwhile, suspecting that the move could be with a political angle or for fun’s sake, Arunachal Chamber of Commerce & Industries (ACCI) (ACCI) president Techi Lala, general secretary Tarh Nachung, joint secretary Rajesh Rinwa and councillors Kipa Takum and Tame Kunia got in touch with manufacturers in Gujarat and wholesalers in Guwahati, who laughed at the ‘crisis’ and said they had enough stock. Convinced at the ploy of people with vested interests, the ACCI team organized retail sale of about 200 quintals of salt @ Rs 10 per kg below MRP of Rs 12. Moreover, Lala and Nachung supported by ADM Talo Potom and ACCI chief adviser Pradeep Kumar through public address system spread mass awareness about the make belief crisis created by some vested interest.

Lala cautioned the traders that anyone selling salt above the MRP or resorting to hoarding or black marketing to create forceful crisis would be booked under the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) as the GoAP is alive to the situation and has taken precautionary measures to defuse the situation. The ACCI with the help of administration would launch patrolling and anyone found guilty would not be spared, Lala warned.

Meanwhile, the alert district administration and police arrested nine traders – two from Naharlagun, three from Nirjuli and four from Itanagar - for selling salt at higher rates.

Meanwhile, a team of State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by President Tai Tagak conducted an on-the-spot verification of salt prices from Gohpur to Banderdewa today. The party claims to have found that salt is being sold at Rs.100 per kg at Gohpur, Rs 80 at Banderdewa and Nirjuli and Rs.50 at Naharlagun.

At Miao, Additional Deputy Commissioner Tayom Mara swung into action and personally visited every grocery shops in the township along with his official staff as soon as a couple of shop keepers started selling salt at Rs. 50 per kg.

He clarified before the confusing residents that it is just a rumour and there was no shortage of salt in the state as well as country. He warned the shopkeepers of stringent action if they try to manipulate the situation to their advantage. However, the public stocked their kitchens with salt bought in printed prices.



Slaughter house in Capital soon

NAHARLAGUN, Nov 15: Informing that central government was very keen to develop state’s industry sector, Industries Minister Tapang Taloh exhorted the local entrepreneurs to avail the Union Food Processing Mnisitry’s newly launched scheme being implemented by the Department of Industries for modernization of meat shops.

Addressing a workshop organized by Department of Industries in collaboration with National Meat & Poultry Processing Board (NMPPB) at Udyog Sadan, Naharlagun today, Taloh informed that the Centre is likely to sanction the state govt.’s proposal seeking Rs. 7.5 crore for setting up slaughter house (abattoir) in Capital Complex. He also said that the state government is likely to recommend projects under subsidy scheme for modernization of food processing units for Rs. 7 crore for Capital Complex and another 7.5 crore for the remaining 16 districts.

The state will request the central government to provide enhanced allocation keeping in view the special status of this state and significance of agriculture, the minister said. He also said that Itanagar Municipality Council can play a vital role in improving and streamlining the sanitation system of Capital Complex.

The workshop aimed at creating awareness among meat sellers and prospective entrepreneurs for practicing hygienic and sanitary handling of meat and poultry products for sale as well as to inform the participants of the process of availing the scheme. The scheme provides grant-in aid @ 75% subsidy for technical civil works and equipments subject to ceiling of Rs. 5 lakh.

Earlier, Chief Councillor Higio Aruni urged the meat seller to adopt hygienic and sanitary handling of meat. She informed that the Itanagar Municipality Council has adopted resolution to shift the slaughter houses along roadsides to suitable locations and make obtaining licence mandatory.

Secretary Industries, Dr. SS Ghonkrokta said that Arunachal Pradesh has taken a lead by organizing the workshop, the first of its kind in North East. He stressed on the significance of sanitation and hygiene  to avoid waterborne diseases like gastroenteritis.

Consultant of meat and poultry processing Board Dr. Patnaik spoke on Food Safety and Standard Act, 2006 and other guidelines for availing the scheme.

Consultant Amit Acharya also spoke on various aspects of setting up modern meat shop and its advantages.

The workshop was attended by Kipa Babu, Deputy Councillor, IMC, Tadik Tagru, Councillor (In-charge of Meat & Fish Vendors & Slaughter House.Tarak Taatik, Food Safety Officer and Subu Tabin, Additional Mission Director (NMFP) also spoke.DIPR



Relics of Lord Buddha arrives in Tawang

TAWANG, Nov 15: The sacred relics of Lord Buddha was received by the abbot, monks and nuns of Tawang Monastery in Arunachal Pradesh located along the Indo-China border in a religious ceremony with chanting of hymns and traditional sacred music here today.

The monastery, known as Galden Namgyal Lhaste (means celestial paradise in a clear night), one of the largest in Asia, was built by Merak Lama Lorde Gyatso in 1680-81 in Tawang-Chu Valley in accordance to the wishes of  the 5th Dalai Lama.

This Buddhist town wore a religious look as the locals in traditional attire lined up along both side of the road with bouquets, khadas, incense sticks and bowed down as the relics passed though the main thoroughfare in a motorcade. The prayers flags flapped with cold breeze blowing past the monastery located at an altitude of about 10,000 ft.

The relics from National Museum, New Delhi arrived Guwahati by air. Karmik & Adhyatmik (Chos-Rig) Affairs Chairman TG Rinpoche, who is spiritual leader of the state, Tourism Minister Pema Khandu, Civil Aviation Parliamentary Secretary Jambey Tashi (all from Tawang district), Arunachal Bhawan additional resident commissioner Jigme Choden, former minister Thupten Tempa and senior monks accompanied the relics, who were joined by planning & karmik and adhyatmik (Chos-Rig) affairs secretary Sonam Chombay at Guwahati before flying here.

Tawang legislator Tsewang Dhondup, monks, senior officers including DC Abhisek Dev, SP Arvind Arya received the relics at the helipad here.

After the installation of the relics inside a well-protected glass chamber under CC TV cameras and round-the-clock security surveillance in front of the 27-feet tall Golden Buddha statue, Chombey, on behalf of the GoAP, lauded the officials of National Museum accompanying the relics. “At last Lord Buddha has arrived in leaving the people of Arunachal, Tawang in particular blessed.”     

These Kapilavastu relics (four out of 22 pieces of the relics), considered to be the most genuine relics of Lord Buddha, brought to the state for the first time at the initiative of Rev Rinpoche with the patronage of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, inking a history.

“The main objective behind bringing the sacred relics to the state is to spread peace, harmony and tranquility, and to inculcate the Buddha's teachings among the people,” Rev Rinpoche told this daily.

This would be a unique occasion for psychological integration between the peoples of this land-locked region with that of their mainland counterparts, Rev Rinpoche reasoned.

The relics would be kept at Tawang Monastery for exposition till November 23 for the devotees to pay their obeisance and the next day taken to Bomdila where they would be kept at Bomdila Monastery till December 2, and on December 4 the relics would be taken to Namsai.  It would be on exposition at Golden Pagoda in Tengapani at Namsai till December 12 before being taken to Dibrugarh in Assam the next day, and then back to New Delhi.

The devotees with thousand years’ old Buddhist tradition have conveyed their gratefulness to the GoI and GoAP for the lifetime opportunity which would also be availed by devotees from various parts of the world and neighbouring states to pay respect to Lord Buddha.



No rice stock in FCI depot; Govt. urged to do the needful

ITANAGAR, Nov 15: Kurung Kumey District Authority has requested the Director of Food and Civil Supplies, GoAP to do the needful to dispatch rice to FCI sub-depot, Ziro immediately.

Kurung Kumey is facing food crisis with no stock of rice in the sub-depot at Ziro of the Food Corporation of India.  “The PDS nominee cum carriage contractor of Kurung Kumey has already deposited the cost of rice for the month of November to FCI on November 5. But the FCI has not yet dispatched rice to Ziro depot for which the district is facing food crisis,” Kurung Kumey District Food and Civil Supplies Officer Nabam Tagum  on behalf of the Deputy Commissioner, said.

“We also approached FCI Area Manager, Banderdewa for dispatching rice to mitigate the crisis. But, the FCI Area Manager has refused to do so saying that ‘stock will move to Ziro’. But, the FCI authority has not yet issued any order for transportation of rice from Nagoan (Assam) to Ziro depot, the DFCSO informed.

Non-availability of rice in the sub-depot since October 20 last has created a visible food crisis in Kurung Kumey district, Tagum said.

The people of the district are solely dependent on public distribution system (PDS) rice.



Youth must be trained and ready to availopportunities of Look East Policy: Pertin

Week-long entrepreneurship workshop gets underway at RGU

NAHARLAGUN, Nov 15: “With the Centre’s thrust  on the Look East Policy and impending access to large markets of the ASEAN countries, we need to prepare ourselves and be in readiness to  avail the opportunities that this trade will throw open,” said Director Trade and Commerce Tokong Pertin here today. He was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of a week-long entrepreneurship development workshop on food processing organized by the Institute of Integrated Rural Development (IIRD), Shimla at the RGU’s Department of Mass Communication and sponsored by the National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM), Sonepat, Haryana.

Quoting Union Minister of State for Trade, Commerce and Industries EMS Natchippan, who in his recent visit to the State had said that Nampong and Arunachal will become the gateway to Southeast Asia, Pertin said that the proposed re-opening of the Stillwell Road is a precursor to greater trade in the region. The meeting scheduled with officials of the Myanmar government on November 27 and 28 later this month is going to open up great opportunities for trade through this historic road, of which 31 km lie in Arunachal, he said.

“This, along with the proposal to create an industrial cluster on food processing at Jairampur is a pointer to the great need to develop skills in this sector”.

Terming entrepreneurs as the drivers of economy and as job creators, he said that youth today need to “see the opportunities and build skills to benefit from this development”.

Emphasising on the importance of enterprise in the agro-horticulture sector he said, “We in Arunachal have a double advantage because we are fundamentally an agrarian society. We have a strong local tradition of agriculture, we understand our resources and we have the potential to trade in it in future, more so because of the organic nature of our produce.”

Resource Person and Trainer from IIRD Sunita Singh in her address said that the main thrust of the organization is to contribute in filling the development gaps.

“While contribution of agriculture to the nation’s GDP is the highest, its impact is not seen globally. That is where food processing and entrepreneurship in agro-horticulture becomes important”. She further said that while there has been tremendous economic growth, there has also been a lot of unemployment and it is important for entrepreneurs to find ways to create livelihoods.

While felicitating Dr. Naosekpam Ajit Singh, Scientist (IIRD) and Moji Riba, Head (i/c), Asst Prof. Sunil Koijam who is the workshop Coordinator, called upon the trainees to take maximum advantage of the large body of experienced resource persons who would be conducting sessions during the workshop. We must see this as a window to increasing our skills and better enabling us to create sources of income, he added.

A large number of youth from the capital complex are taking part in the workshop, which has a focus on communication skills for business and enterprise.



Unions refute allegation of extortion


PASIGHAT, Nov 15: East Siang unit of Adi Students’ Union (ESAdiSU) has expressed serious concern over allegation of extortion against student unions and cautioned the unscrupulous section not to create such confusion among the people.

The ESAdiSU, in press communiqué clarified that no union leader has ever been involved in any extortion demand as alleged by the tuition masters in and around Pasighat town.

It said that an active unscrupulous racket is working behind the extortion bid, which is persuading teacher communities against the student leaders.

The local student leaders recently sat in a joint meeting and discussed the issue.

Vehemently condemning the immoral acts resorted by some unscrupulous people, the student leaders requested all sections to report the student leaders as soon as they receive such demand from individual or group.

The student unions also requested the tuition masters to continue their tuition at a nominal fee i.e. Rs. 500 to Rs 600 per month-per subject for the convenience of the students of  poor economic background.

Meanwhile, the AdiSU leaders have lodged complaint with Pasighat police station urging to nab the culprits involved in the extortion.



First batch of drug addicts undergoes de-addiction process

Pisi Zauing

MARGHERITA, Nov 15: The first batch of 5 hard core drug and opium addicts were picked by Miao Mothers Association from different villages of Miao Circle and admitted them at Rontix Hospital, Margherita on November 3. They are successfully undergoing de-addiction process of treatment including counseling under the supervision of expert doctors headed by Psychiatrics Dr. Bishwajeet Borthakur and Dr. MK Gogoi, MD. The members of MMA are regularly monitoring the process of treatment and are closely in touch with the patients. Dr. M.K Gogoi talking to this correspondent said as soon as the withdrawal symptom subsides till Nov 17, they can be released with a hope for a better tomorrow.

There is no denying the fact that Changlang and Lohit districts have largely been embellished by the menace of drug addiction and trafficking in the last few years. Various non-governmental, social and student organizations which include Singpho Development Society, Singpho Youth Organization, All Tai-Khampti Singpho Students Union and Mahila Mandal, Bordumsa organized de-addiction camps in the past where hundreds of addicts were forcefully admitted and treatment given. But the result has not been encouraging as the menace struck them again. That is the reason why MMA had to take the help of private hospital, MMA General Secretary Nang Yoi Kham said.  The first of its kind decision to tie-up with Rontix Hospital, Margherita was taken to ensure quality treatment under a team of expert doctors.

Dr. Bishwajeet Borthakur has the credit of giving new lease of lives to hundreds of hardcore drug addicts of Arunachal and Assam through detailed counseling and treatment.

MMA firmly believes that forceful de-addiction would not serve the purpose. The only way to get rid of the menace is through proper counseling so that the addicts changes their mindset and starts treating drugs as their biggest enemy and sole hindrance to success in life, she said.

Soon after the first batch gets new lease of lives, the next batch will be ferried to Rontix Hospital. All the costs of treatment are being borne by MMA despite constraint of funds.

A sum of Rs. 1 lakh was donated by Miao local MLA and Minister Kamlung Mossang for the cause. While thanking him for the positive gesticulation he displayed keeping in mind the welfare of his people, MMA expressed hope that the de-addiction process would continue uninterrupted till Miao Administrative Sub Division in particular and Lohit-Changlang districts in general would be freed from the dreaded menace.



Blood donation camp at DBC

ITANAGAR, Nov 15: Seventy-eight units of blood were collected in a blood donation camp organized by National Service Scheme (NSS) and Red Ribbon Society of Don Bosco College (DBC), Jollang in collaboration with RK Mission Hospital in the college premises here today. 39 units of blood were contributed by female donors.

The medical officers and technicians from RK Mission Hospital gave the technical support to the camp.

Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society Deputy Director (Blood Safety cell) Dr. Nabam Budh explained the basics of blood science through PowerPoint presentation and also cleared the myths and misconception related to voluntary blood donation.

Fr. Nicholas, Principal, Don Bosco College, Jollang, Swami Debu Maharaj, RK Mission Hospital, Dr. P Ringu, Deputy Director, State Blood Transfusion Council, Dr. P. Sona, Blood Bank Officer, Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun, Fr. Stanilaus, NSS Programme Coordinator, Sishivumso Chikro, NSS Officer,  Dr. Mechu Kare, Medical Officer, RK Mission Hospital , Itanagar and other teaching staffs of the college were present on the occasion.



Workshop on 'City Sanitation Action Plan’ held

PASIGHAT, Nov 15: A workshop on 'City Sanitation Action Plan’ (CSAP) was held in the DC’s conference hall yesterday under the chairmanship of Denong Tamuk, Chief Councilor of Pasighat Municipality. It was attended by the Municipal Executive Officer Nidhi Srivastava, members of City Sanitation Task Force (CSTF) and others.

Addressing the meeting, Tamuk, who is also Chairman of CSTF informed the that the City Sanitation Plan (CSP) is aimed at developing and maintaining a clean, safe and pleasant physical environment to promote social, economic and physical well-being of all sections of the population. He apprised that the workshop was conducted in collaboration with IC&T, New Delhi, under National Urban Sanitation Policy (NUSP) 2008.

Terming IC&T as eye opener, he said efforts are underway to make the town totally sanitized, healthy and livable for urban people providing hygienic, sustainable and affordable sanitation facilities. In the early stages of sanitation campaigns, the toilets were constructed without going in depth to the full environmental impact of the different technology options. In some parts of the town, toilet wastewaters are directly disposed-off into the drains causing environmental hazard. Now we need a sustainable, eco-friendly sanitation strategy which is possible after an open discussions and transparent evaluation so that some of the real issues facing by PMC could be overcome.

Introspection, corrections and suggestions from all corners including governmental agencies at the central, state and district levels would be taken into consideration for faster development of Pasighat Township, added Tamuk.

Earlier, Municipal Executive Officer (MEO)-cum-DC Nidhi Srivastava briefed the participants about the initial process of the CSAP as initiated by the state government. She further informed that as per the direction of Supreme Court of India, a clean and hygiene environment is fundamental rights to live; therefore it is the mandatory to provide safe sanitation to all citizen. She believes that development depends on developed mindset of the people and it cannot be imposed. We must emphasize on change of mindset of the people for effective implementation of sanitation plan, she said. People need to be educated through effective awareness mechanism so that they could understand the benefits and importance of it. Srivastava explained how a developed sanitation plan helps in improving the health of town dwellers. Technological options need to be explored considering the local climate, topography, culture, cost and operation and maintenance, she opined. Before concluding her speech the MEO advised the consultants to explain the project in detail and to highlight successful case studies so that the idea is communicated to the participants in true spirit.

General Manager Deepa Tripathy and, Dy. General Manager Satish Kumar along with Dr. Krishna Pal, Consultant of (IC&T) deliberately explained the project through lecturers and power-point presentations on the occasion. DIPRO



Children’s Day celebrated

ITANAGAR, Nov 15: Reports of Children’s Day celebration are still pouring in from various parts of the state.

Attending the celebration at Bijari Secondary School, Lower Dibang Valley district yesterday, Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering paid floral tribute to the portrait of Chacha Nehru on his birthday and gave the message of secularism, unity and national integrity.

While inspecting the school building, which is lying in a dilapidated condition, Ering assured to take up the matter with the Chief Minister and Education Minister soon for renovation of the school building.

Later, he interacted with the local people to take stock of developmental activities of the area. To arrest road erosion near Sisar and Sikang rivers, the union minister assured to take up the matter with the PWD and WRD ministers at state level and also with the DoNER ministry to get financial supports and help.

Later, in a letter of appreciation to the East Siang district administration for organizing Blood Donation Camp at Pasighat on the occasion of Children’s Day, Ering said donating blood is the wonderful feeling derived from giving something vital to someone who needs it.

He was accompanied by Seva Dal State Organizing Secretary Oyin Yomso and Member of Railway Telecom Advisory Board Nangku Tayeng.

At Pasighat, Children’s Day also celebrated with great splendor and grandeur. Students from various schools participated in numerous activities like rally, painting/drawing competitions, drama to pay tribute to the country’s first prime minister Pandit Nehru.

Earlier in the morning, the students of secondary and higher secondary schools took out a rally from Siang Guest House to JN College. Deputy Commissioner Nidhi Srivastava led the students and others in paying tributes to Pandit Nehru.

Mock drill on disaster management, drama on blood donation awareness by “Tel-Cream” group of Mebo, painting-drawing competition organized by the East Siang Legal Services Authority and a voluntary Blood Donation Camp at lower campus of JNC were the main highlights of the celebration.

Blood Bank Officer Dr. G Jongkey and pathologist Dr. Kaling Jerang informed that a total of 63 units of blood were collected. Female donors contributed 17 units.

At Tawang, a block level rally to create awareness about the importance of water and sanitation was organized by PHE & WS sub-division, Jang in collaboration with students and teaching staff of Govt. ME School,Yuthembu (Jang) to mark the Children’s Day.

The rally was flagged-off by Leki Gambo, Chairman, Jang LAMPS and Pema Dorjee, CO Jang.

A team of Arunachal Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee led by Yari Dulom attended the Children’s Day celebration at Govt. ME School, Borum Village at Yupia and interacted with the students and staff of the school.

Calvary English School, Moinhappa also celebrated the Children’s Day with various programmes yesterday.

Our Ruksin correspondent adds: Children’s Day was also celebrated at Telam Hr Secondary School attended by government officers, PRI leaders, Gaon Burahs and local villagers.

Attending the celebration, Nari Koyu MLA Tako Dabii said celebration of Children’s Day carries a message of peace, harmony, integrity among the budding children.

Dabii suggested the young students to acquire as much knowledge as possible from different sources  by reading books and magazines, watching television and listening radios.

Stating that ‘Self discipline is the best discipline’, the MLA suggested the youngsters to maintain discipline in every walks of their lives.

Earlier, welcoming the participants, Vice Principal Toli Doye urged the students to follow the ideologies of Pandit Nehru and work hard to become worthy citizen of the country.

Principal of the school K Ratan briefed on importance of games and sports for physical and mental development of the young students.

Senior teacher RT Mishra highlighted throw light on Nehru’s ideologies and his contribution towards the nation.

Circle Officer of Seren K Darang, Koyu anchal chairperson Zirgi Kadu, Nari-Seren anchal chairperson Yalom Sora besides senior students of the school also spoke in the occasion.

At Oyan, Vivekananda Kendriya Vidyalaya (VKV) celebrated day by organizing Science Exhibition and various other programmes.

Range Forest Officer of Likabali, Ide Pottom urged the young students to work hard to achieve the desired goal in life. He also suggested them to follow Nehru’s ideologies and inculcate in the sense of patriotism.



DLVMC meeting of DRDA held

PASIGHAT, Nov 15: District Level Vigilance and Monitoring Committee meeting for Rural Development programs in East Siang was held yesterday under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Nidhi Srivastava, which was attended by the ZPC Kaling Dai, Anchal Chairpersons, officers of line departments, BDOs etc.

There are issues with challenges which can be overcome by tactful dealings and progressive mindset should be inculcated, said DC Srivastava. She wanted all the officers to physically verify all the schemes and submit the inspection reports. The PRI leaders of the area have to be taken along so that there is proper monitoring and collective responsibility.

Proper documentation and reporting will not only help maintaining the quality of works but will help in speeding of the schemes and maintain transparency. ZPC Kaling Dai appealed all the PRI leaders to keep abreast of all the schemes within their areas. They should cooperate and help in monitoring the schemes to the executing agencies. They should also ensure smooth completion of the projects. He was of the opinion that toilets in schools, especially for girl students are necessary. He urged the EE (PHED) to look for avenues for construction of toilet wherever needed. Appreciating all for their enthusiastic participation, the ZPC said that such meetings helps to assess the progress of works and also helps to make RD program successful.

Earlier, the Project Director Manik Bui while informing the house about the motive and importance of the meeting informed that total transparency is maintained. He also sought cooperation from PRI members. He elaborately informed about the fund provided and its distributions for various schemes.

He also presented the performance reports of the schemes taken up by DRDA.

EE (RWD) S Singh, DD (ICDS) Ponung Ering Angu, EE (PHED) O Padung presented performance reports for the year 2013-14 through power-point presentation. DIPRO

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Syllabus has no substantial deficiency

Dear Editor,

It is, indeed, highly intriguing why the University authorities are not clarifying their stand regarding the news item reported in your daily on 12th November 2013  and subsequently a letter to editor on 15th November 2013 regarding the syllabus for B.Com/B Sc English Compulsory paper under Semester Programme. Since the undersigned is a member of the BUGS of RGU for English Courses, it pricks my conscience to respond to these reports and allay the unwarranted fear of the students.

First of all, the syllabus has been designed by a competent board represented by two distinguished Professors of two outside Universities besides as many as Five Associate professors and a few Assistant Professors of Arunachal.  One of the Professors in the Board holds the position of Director of EFLU (Shillong Campus), equivalent to the Vice Chancellor of a University. The other Professor of English is from Tezpur Central University with enormous experience of teaching and research. The Associate Professors representing the affiliated colleges are equally qualified and possess long experience of teaching, more than two decades in different colleges of Arunachal Pradesh. They have taken into consideration all the aspects such as quantum of contents, standard of the prescribed components and the relevance of the same while designing the syllabus. Hence, the question of being a bulky syllabus as apprehended by the students and a few teachers does not arise at all. The semester system does not mean at all that the course contents of the previous syllabus need to be truncated to exactly half of the traditional syllabus. Then in that case, the paper has to be of 50 marks not I00 marks. If the question of non- completion of course arises, it is not due to bulky syllabus, rather due to the fewer number of classes allotted to compulsory English in Science and Commerce. The teacher raising voice against the syllabus must know how many classes they are in reality taking in B Sc and B Com English. As per the University norm, six classes a week ought to be allotted for every compulsory paper whereas we take merely two classes a week. That too, on most of the occasions, the particular class is not met because of bandh, holiday and other useless activities in the college. So who is to blame, syllabus or the system?

My second point of contention is that terming the prescribed play and the essays as irrelevant really shows the bankruptcy of the wisdom. How can one call a play by William Shakespeare irrelevant? I don’t have to justify the inclusion of Shakespeare as the profundity of his ideas and philosophy is still read and enjoyed world over, not in Arunachal alone. Furthermore, I have not heard any English teacher worth the name undermining the lucidity and literary fervor of Jawaharlal Nehru as a writer of English. The course also includes the well known story by SAKI. Can we really afford to compromise with the quality of the courses of a University only in the pretext of our weak students?  We the College teachers of Arunachal are one of the highest paid teachers in the entire country. We cannot shirk the responsibility of studying the texts even if it needs some rigor and teach the students as the syllabus demands. I have personally approached by a host of faculty members from across the state to include some texts instead of mere grammar and composition which was the stuff of the previous syllabus. Being an English teacher, one is supposed to know that studying literature also supplements the learning of language.

Despite all these, there is always a scope for review of anything and if constructive and meaningful suggestions are put forth with genuine intention, thing can be taken care of in future. But unfortunately it is understood that a particular teacher with vested interest misguides the students at the time of examination. I wish to assure the students that the syllabus has no substantial deficiency and they need not yield to the cunning trap of anybody and instead prepare for the examination that approaches soon.


Dr B L Behera

Associate professor of English

Dera Natung Govt College,




Don’t get fooled

Dear Editor,

It shocked me when I heard that people all over the state are purchasing salt @ Rs100-200 per kg. It is obvious that this shameful situation is created by the whole seller, retailer, etc for their benefit but the major role is played by the common people of the state. According to me a normal family usually consumes a packet of salt in month, but due to rumour the same families are purchasing 50 packets which encouraged the clever and selfish retailers to play their dirty game.

When I visited different places of capital in order to find the real situation I was surprised to find that no retailers have a single packet of salt for sale, at first I thought it may be true but when visited more places I was astonished by the cheap act of retailers, I mean they were hiding the large amount of salt packet in their respective store rooms. I was really angry by experiencing these shameful acts. But it shocked me worst when I found no administrator visiting the places.

When there is a strike in the state the administration actively plays their role. Even in cases like gambling during diwali they launched patrolling to stop this acts before it started but why our administrators is not acting efficiently in this shameful acts which is first of its kind in the state.

I want to request the administrator of our state to take it seriously as we know that "spark neglected burns the house." I also request them to find the culprits involved in it i.e., retailers, whole sellers, distributors etc and cancel their trading license since they do not deserve it and are threat for the state.

Lastly I want to request my fellow Arunachalee to become more alerts and think more logically and avoid this kind of situation by not spreading the panic unnecessarily.

As the marketing expert says "consumers are the king of the market". So don’t be fools, be smart.


Tara Babu

G-sector, Naharlagun




Artificial scarcity

Dear editor,

The artificial scarcity of salt is causing much annoyance. As per my logic, as long as Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Atlantic Ocean don’t dry up there can never be shortage of salt in India. I have no solution for current situation. But I have a way of punishment for those who are creating this artificial scarcity. The trick is, once the supply becomes normal do not purchase the salt with manufacturing date prior to the crisis days. There hoardings will go waste.


Kume Topu,




Prices of essential items are soaring

Dear Editor,

It’s very surprising that there is a salt crisis in capital complex. Price of packet of salt has been hiked from Rs.12 per kg to Rs.100 per kg. I went to Ganga Market and asked for common salt, the shopkeeper replied that there is salt crises and you can buy Rs.100 for per Kg. It is not only salt; the prices of all essential items are soaring these days. The ordinary citizen especially labour class is bearing brunt of this price hike.

I on behalf of citizen of capital complex request to the district administration and concern department to maintain the uniform price for all the essential food items in market.


Tai Ganga

H, Sector Itanagar







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Raise those issues which concerns student

The Adi Students’ Union (AdiSU), a community based students union has decided to launch movement to root out social evils like drug and alcohol addiction, domestic violence, reckless driving etc from every nook and corner of Adi belt. This move by AdiSU should be welcomed by every section of the society. Today, students unions are busy fiddling with politics and raising those issues which have no concern for very same student community whom they claim to be representing.

The young generation Arunachalees is going way wire in life, which is serious cause of concern. It’s an eyesore to see young students in school uniform loitering around market with piece of cigarette in their hand. Drug addiction has become major menace in the state. If this phenomenon is not stopped before it engulfs the major chunk of our youth population, future of this state will not be in the safe hand. Therefore instead of wasting time in petty politics, the students union should fight it out against various social evil that is threatening the existence of our youth.