November 16


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VKV shines at Governor’s Quiz competition

ITANAGAR, Nov 15: Amarjeet Singh and Deep Jyoti Sapkota of VKV Nirjuli bagged the first position in the State Level Governor’s GK Quiz Competition 2014 held at Govt Hr Sec School here today.

Yigam Haider and Pema Noksol of VKV Roing came second while Vijay Sinha and Sumeeta Singpho of GHSS Changlang came third. The first position holders were awarded with running trophy along with cash prizes and merit certificates while the second and third position holders were awarded with merit certificates and cash prizes.


State level painting competition on energy conservation

ITANAGAR, Nov 15: The State level painting competition on ‘Energy Conservation’ was organized by Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Govt. of India, Ministry of Power in association with APEDA, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh and NHPC Arunachal Pradesh unit at Banquet Hall here today.

This competition is a part of national awareness campaign launched by Bureau of Energy Efficiency and Ministry of Power (Government of India) in order to encourage and develop the spirit of energy conservation among children, informed Executive Director, NHPC Arunachal Pradesh unit. He also said the winner of the competition will be awarded by the President of India at Vigyan Bhawan.

Over 11000 students took part in the competition throughout the country, he said.


A bid to make BJP the largest political party in world

ITANAGAR, Nov 15: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has launched the online membership drive in a bid to make the party as the largest political party in the world, said Party’s national general secretary and Member of Parliament from Assam Ramen Deka.

Addressing the state’s party functionaries, cadres and workers at a day-long workshop on membership drive here today, Deka exhorted them to gear up for new enrollment drive to achieve the party’s mission.

State BJP president Tai Tagak called upon the party leaders and workers to work wholeheartedly for the ongoing membership drive to further strengthen the party organization. He also outlined road map for the party organization across the State.

Vice president cum Pradesh Sadasyata Pramukh Techi Necha, general secretary Dominic Tadar also spoke on the occasion.

Prashant Arora, General Secretary (In-charge Organizational), BJP Arunachal Pradesh also attended the meeting, beside party leaders and workers of the state.


Training to improve online service

ITANAGAR, Nov 15: The 2nd phase of training for on C-FRO, C-Form and S-Form Modules under the Immigration, Visa, Foreigners Registration & Tracking (IVFRT) Mission Mode Project was conducted in collaboration with NIC, Itanagar at PHQ here today. The main objectives of the training was to facilitate better monitoring mechanism of online service to foreigners visiting the State, staying in hotels and their subsequent visit to tourist spots, hospital, educational institutions etc.

Moreover, the tracking of the foreigners in the State by virtue of guided modules of MHA, Foreign Division stressed for delivering better service through use of online system rather than manually.

The training was attended by 50 Police officers.


Mahila Marathon

ITANAGAR, Nov 15:  Arunachal Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee is organizing a marathon race on theme “Jaago Nari, Dauro Nari” on the occasion of 96th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister late Indira Gandhi on November 19.

The marathon race will start from KV-II Chimpu ground and culminate at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, Itanagar. The winner will get Rs, 50,000 while the second and third place finishers will be given Rs 30000 and Rs 20,000 respectively.


Swachh Bharat Abhiyan conducted

TEZU, Nov 15: Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was conducted at various establishments at Tezu today.

The residents of SE Complex, Tezu participated in a cleanliness drive conducted by the Superintending PWD, Tezu.

Deputy Commissioner Dr. B.M.Mishra also participated among other officials in the drive.

Earlier, as part of the Abhiyan, all the government offices and institutions and market area were cleaned wherein school children, government officials and public cleaned their surroundings and compounds.

At Rupa, the Abhiyan was conducted marking the Children’s Day – the 125th birth anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on yesterday.  

School children, teachers and villagers actively participated in the Abhiyan.

Former minister RK Khrimey addressed the gathering at the Govt Higher Secondary School Rupa for maintaining cleanliness by following ideals of Gandhiji. Khrimey himself took initiative and led the social service in the school, SDO, DFO, PHED and S.E. RWD offices, stated a release.

At Itanagar, a sanitation cum cleanliness drive under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was carried by the residents of Wards no 18 under Itanagar Municipal Council (IMC) at Raj Bhawan colony, A-sector, Sangrik Putung and all its surrounding areas today. Volunteers cleaned piled up garbage and the choked drains.

Later, Councillor Gora Lotak urged everyone to throw garbage in the designated areas only. Violators will be imposed penalty of Rs 100 or complaint may also be lodged as per section 133 CrPC, he cautioned.

Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha Naharlagun and Nirjuli Mondal unit also conducted Swachh Bharat Abhiyan at Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun yesterday.


SBI branch with ATM facility demanded

ITANAGAR, Nov 15: The Galo Students' Union (GSU) has urged the State Bank of India (SBI) authority for establishment of its branch at Dumporijo with ATM facility.

In its memorandum to the Assistant General Manager of SBI, Itanagar said that Upper Subansiri is a vast district in terms of geographical, population etc. and with single SBl at the district headquarters Daporijo the public have been facing hardship in doing their banking businesses due to ever growing population.

“Moreover Dumporijo ADC administrative centre has large population with many government establishments and people of the constituency have been demanding for a SBl branch at Dumporijo since long.”

“SBI Daporijo is overcrowded with customers due to which some of the customers from distant places, like Maro and Baririjo administrative circles sometimes have to go back homes without doing their banking businesses. Government employees too find it hard to draw their monthly salary due to rush and crowd at SBl Daporijo,” it said.

GSU hoped establishment of a SBI branch at Dumporijo with ATM facility would benefit the people of the area to a large extent.


Legal awareness camp at SCC

Ziro, Nov15: A one-day legal awareness camp was held at Saint Claret College, Ziro, organised jointly by the State Legal Services Authority and Arunachal Law College, Itanagar.

Inaugurating the camp, District Sessions Judge and Secretary of the Legal Services Authority, Budi Habung, explained the Legal Services Authorities Act (1987), the functional role of Lok Adalat and highlighted the students on various legal provisions and assistance.

Director, Arunachal Law Academy (ALA) Easho Cherian emphasized the wise maxim “ignorance of the law is no excuse” and invited students to be equally informed of their legal rights as well as duties.

Uttam Dekka and Navin Sinha, Assistant Professors of ALA, detailed on various issues such as Narcotics Drugs Act, hierarchy of the court and the basic legal system, habeas corpus, bailable and non-bailable offences, land encroachment issues, and autonomy and authenticity of the judicial system.

‘Politico’ the newsletter of the Department of Political Science of SCC was released and the Claretine Honesty Shop was inaugurated on the occasion.

Claretine Honesty Shop is a student-centred unique and creative ethical innovation, aimed at affirming the honesty and integrity of the students.

The shop with various types of stationery goods for purchase, remains open on all working days with no shopkeeper to man it and with no security cameras rolling. Anyone who wants to buy any item available at the shop can simply walk in, look at the price chart, deposit the required amount in the cash box, and take the material, with no one watching except one’s own ethical self.

Inaugurating the shop, Budi Habung lauded the College for initiating such value-based, character-forming best practices for the good of the youth and the society.


RCH camp at Amji

KOLORIANG, Nov 15: A RCH outreach camp was conducted at remote Amji village yesterday by the District Health Society Kurung Kumey under the supervision of DRCHO Dr. Nani Tanyo and DPMU officials.

General health check-ups, laboratory tests like HB percent, malaria, ANC check-ups, immunization and RBSK activities were jointly carried out during the camp which benefitted more than 120 patients.

The camp was carried out by the team of doctors along with nurses and laboratory  technicians of CHC Palin, informed a release.


Students demand resumption of APST bus service

ITANAGAR, Nov 15:  Claiming that skyrocketting prices of essential commodities due to  discontinuation of APST bus service from Itanagar to Nyapin and Koloriang in Kurung Kumey district hit the common hard, the All Kurung Kumey District Students Union (AKKDSU) today requested the state transport department for early resumption of APST bus service from Itanagar to those places.

In a letter addressed to General Manager Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Service, AKKDSU said that APST bus service to the district headquarters and Nyapin has been discontinued since last four months causing great hardship to the common people.


Training on tea and rubber cultivation held

ITANAGAR, Nov 15: A one-day awareness-cum-training on cultivation of Rubber and Tea crops under the Chief Minister’s Mission Mode Plantation Crop Programme was held at Yupia on Friday.   

Attending the programme, Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Tai Kaye called upon the participants to take full advantage of such trainings. The DC highlighted the various welfare schemes being launched by the state govt and suggested the implementing agency to disseminate the information to the grassroots level.

Earlier, Sumi Doye, FO, Rubber Board of India, explained in details about the cultivation of tea crops and its economic importance.


Children’s Day at Seppa

Seppa, Nov 15: The 125th birth anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru observed as Children’s day was celebrated across various schools of East Kameng district yesterday. East Kameng Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kumar Singh and DDSE Kata Rangmo joined with students and teachers during the celebration at various schools of Seppa town.

At Type–II Govt. Middle School, the DC while addressing the students and teachers highlighted the contribution of Nehru towards nation building. Talking about Bal Swachhta Abhiyaan, he appreciated the students for their participation in the cleanliness drive.

Singh handed over laptops under CM’s Talent Award to as many as 18 students of various schools of the district, who topped class X and XII examinations in 2011-2012. DIPRO


Meeting cum workshop on PCPNDT Act

ITANAGAR, Nov 15: A sensitization meeting cum workshop on Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Technique (PCPNDT) Act 1994 was held at District Hospital Khonsa today organized by District Health Society Tirap.

District Medical Officer Dr.K Perme highlighted on PCPNDT Act through PowerPoint. He requested all those registered under District Appropriate Authority (DAA) to display the registered certificate publicly and also to maintain the Form D, E, and F.

He also briefed on Clinical Establishment Act , 2010 and instructed all the clinical establishments of Tirap to get themselves registered with District Registering Authority Tirap at the earliest.

The meeting was attended by block medical officers, pharmacist and laboratory technicians both private and public.


Children’s day at Green Mount School

ITANAGAR, Nov 15: Children’s Day was celebrated at Green Mount School, Itanagar on Nov 14. In the celebration, for a change, the cultural activities were performed by teachers, and the school children were the audience. The teacher mostly from outside the state danced to the tune of local songs in typical Arunachal attire. A fashion show performed by the tiny tots was also organised.

Appreciating and encouraging the performance of the school, attending as the chief guest, ZPM Borum Panchayat, Techi Tolu Tara, reminded the vision of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. He called upon for continuing the Bal Swachata Abhiyan by maintaining cleanliness not only to oneself but also in the neighbourhood.


Youth camp

ITANAGAR, Nov 15: The 2nd Youth Camp of Christian Revival Church Dumporijo concluded at Dumporijo on today. The event was organized by Christian Youth Association, APCRC Sub-Council Upper Subansiri District.

Sports, literary and cultural competitions were organized during the Youth Camp which started on November 13.

Speaking on the concluding function, Aku Paksok, Organizer of the camp encouraged the youths to maintain the true meaning of Christianity by standing firm on God’s words.

Evan James Sikom, Youth Secretary APCRC Sub-Council Upper Subansiri District was Moderator of the Program while Evan Imo Doye, Indigenous Missionary, Nari-Koyu mission was the Speaker of the function who shared the words of God.

Youths from Maro, Dumporijo, Daporijo, Sigen-Bango, Muri-Mugli, Giba-Chetam, Taliha, Nacho and  Limeking missions under APCRC Sub-Council Upper Subansiri District participated in the event.

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89 defunct schools and 262 run by single teachers: Taloh

AALO, Nov 15: “There are 89 defunct schools, 262 schools run by single teachers while there are many schools which are flooded with teachers”, said Education Minister Tapang Taloh. He was speaking at the Children’s Day and Golden Jubilee Celebration of Govt Middle School, Ngomdir yesterday.

Taloh said that opening of schools depend on the popular public demand and the heaps of memoranda regarding problems of school everywhere speak volumes of the ground realities about the plight of the schools.

Reiterating his stand on the transfer and posting of teachers, Taloh said the rationalization of transfer and posting of teachers was initiated to do away with such disproportionate distribution of teachers. The exercise will be taken up afresh in the months of February-March next, he said. Education Minister may come and go but those who are permanent in the department should not avoid responsibility, he added.

Lauding the school for completion of 50 years, the Minister said that it was a moment for the villagers to rejoice. The Govt Middle School Ngomdir is celebrating its Golden Jubilee year coinciding with the Children’s Day from November 14  to 19.

While responding to a memorandum submitted by Kirbom Ngomdir, ZPM Aalo East on the occasion, the Minister assured to do whatever is possible from his side.

The minister also unveiled the Golden Jubilee Souvenir of the school and distributed mementos to teachers, architects, pioneers and 120 alumni of the school who are contributing immensely for the growth of the school and even constructed a well equipped Golden Jubilee Prayer Hall through voluntary contributions.

Late Sento Taba, the first teacher to serve the school, was felicitated posthumously.

Aalo East MLA Jarkar Gamlin and Aalo West MLA  Tumke Bagra, were among those who spoke on the occasion.

Later, at Kombo, the minister had a brief discussion with the public leaders and the school authority. The public of Kombo called for construction of boundary wall around 10 hectares of land donated to the school, 50 bedded hostel for boys and girls, multipurpose auditorium in the school etc. He also visited Tadin.

DDSE Aalo, Tomi Doke apprised the minister on the overall educational scenario of the schools in West Siang. The minister was accompanied by West Siang Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu, Deputy Directors of Elementary Education Itanagar, Obuk Panor and Talom Pabin and HoDs of the district. DIPRO



State BJP demands review of MoUs

ITANAGAR, Nov 15: Arunachal Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) vice president Sotai Kri has urged Union Minister of State for Energy Piyush Goyal to review MoUs signed by the state government to build dams and other hydro power projects across the state.

In his letter to Goyal, Kri alleged that Arunachal has signed more than 35000 MW of hydro projects without following procedures.

Kri added that MoUs of dams are scam larger than Coalgate.

Drawing the attention of the MoS for Energy towards the alleged unsuccessful mini hydel projects, he claimed that due to embezzlement and irregularities 75 percent of the mini hydel projects have failed to materialize.

He also demanded the Union Minister of State to recommend CBI investigating into the alleged scam. The BJP state vice president also said that there is a project on the opposite of Parshuram Kund which is a threat to the holy pilgrimage site.

He requested the Minister to review the project so that it could be shifted at least 5 kms away from the present site.



Governor urges media fraternity to give special focus on youths and women

ITANAGAR, Nov 15: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma has called upon the media fraternity of the state to give special focus on issues involving youths and women and to ensure that the happenings in the society are reflected correctly.

Greeting the media fraternity on the occasion of National Press Day, the Governor expressed the hope that the occasion will inspire them to maintain highest standards of professionalism and constructive journalism.

 “Media is the nerve of the society. It plays a vital role in dissemination of information to the masses based on facts and truth. Being proactive and partners in developmental programmes, media has been motivating people to work for a corruption free society and developed nation. It has safeguarded the freedom of speech and expression, which is the soul of democracy,” said the Governor in his message.  PRO to Governor



Young contractor dies in road accident

By Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Nov 15: Vijay Cheda, 27, a contractor, died in a tragic accident when his self-driven Mahindra SUV skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge at Hunli along the Anini-Roing road around 8 am today.

Vijay, younger brother of Arunachal Press Club president Chopa Cheda, is survived by his father, mother, four brothers and four sisters.

Vijay after inspecting the road for construction was reversing his vehicle when the accident occurred at Hunli, about 90 km away from Roing. His thrown out body was recovered around 30 metres below the spot but the vehicle went thousands of feet down beyond recovery, family sources said.

The mortal remains are being brought by road to Itanagar for the last rites tomorrow.

Meanwhile, members of Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ), Arunachal Press Club (APC) and Gyadom Cheda Welfare Society have expressed deep shock at the tragic incident and termed the death a great loss not only for the family but the society. They prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.



Koloriang takes pledge to conserve wildlife

KOLORIANG, Nov 15: In view of the rampant destruction of forests leading to rapid decline in the population of various species of wildlife, the Department of Forests, Kurung Kumey district along with the Wildlife Protection Committee, Koloriang organized a public awareness campaign about the importance of protection and conservation of forests and wildlife here today. Speaking on the occasion, Koloriang MLA Pani Taram stressed the need for imposing a blanket ban on hunting and fishing using explosives, bleaching powder, generators and massive felling of trees for timber, jhum cultivation and firewood. He insisted on framing strict rules in every village of the area against these illegal practices and to follow these rules by taking strict actions against the violators. He suggested formation of village level wildlife protection committees under the Gaon Burahs and the Panchayat leaders who would monitor such activities and report to the District Administration for necessary action. He also appealed to all the Panchayat leaders and public to set aside their political differences and work towards a common cause for the betterment of the area.  

As a mark of an oath to abstain from hunting activities, three persons surrendered their firearms to the district administration. The Additional Deputy Commissioner while appreciating the gesture called upon the people to come forward and follow their footsteps and surrender their firearms as well.  He assured the people that the district administration would be stringent in taking actions against the guilty. He hoped that the public would cooperate with the administration by lodging complaints against those involved in such illegal activities.

Everester Tapi Mara also spoke on the occasion.

Terming wildlife as a huge assets for promoting tourism in the area, he requested all those attended the programme to spread more awareness in their respective villages.

Several resolutions were passed unanimously which included complete ban on any kind of hunting activities in the entire district, formation of village and circle level wildlife protection committees under respective administrative officers, taking up of strict actions against the defaulters and inclusion of awareness related talks in the curriculum of schools of the area.

The awareness campaign ended with the MLA administering an oath renouncing all hunting practices to everybody attending the function. A signature campaign was also carried out to create more awareness. DIPRO



Intensify night patrolling: DC

Seppa, Nov 15: East Kameng Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kr. Singh has directed the police to intensify night patrolling with proper route map and random checking of vehicles through nakas.

The directions were made in the review meeting held yesterday to take stock of the law and order situation in East Kameng district by the East Kameng district administration.

It was also decided to issue prohibitory orders within Seppa town restricting movement of minors or groups in midnight, gambling, and housie etc.

In the meeting convened at the DC’s chamber, various grievances were heard upon from the representatives present and possible solutions were discussed to tackle the complaints.

A representative of Gammon India Ltd, the agency for construction of Seppa-Chayangtajo road, informed that the construction activities stopped due to ownership problem at a place where stone crushers have been established. He sought immediate intervention of the administration to resolve the ownership issues to which the DC directed local administrative officers, GBS, PRI members and agency to conduct a joint meeting. On the complaint of physical assault to a truck driver at Bana by the Transport Association and representative of PDS carriage contractor, the DC directed the police to arrest the culprits with the assistance of local GBs at the earliest.

Susee Infrastructures Private Ltd PRO, Jeevan Taku said that there was no major law and order problem faced by the company till date but there was apprehension of problems in near future because of picnic donations, selling of calendars etc. He sought for security provision at Sede Camp to which DC had agreed to recommend to the state Govt. He also informed that blasting shall be carried out for construction of road during night time to which DC asked to submit specific time and details for prohibitory orders for movement of vehicle and public in restricted areas.

EKCCI president said that existence of numerous  unions and associations in East Kameng district have become a major cause of concern which often create law and order problem in the market areas. He sought for security and safety of the complainants as the offenders directly reach the complainant’s house. Most of the cases have gone unreported for fear of revenge, he added.

OC of Seppa Police Station Talang Jamoh while briefing the activities of police in dealing with law and order problems at Seppa town informed about the shortage of police officers and also about how public in groups gather at police station in the event of any arrest made by police disturbing the atmosphere of the Police Station.

EKSWCO, chairman Sapar Pao urged the administration and police to deal lawlessness and crime with iron hand.

EKSWCO member Robin Hissang informed that a meeting of clan wise organizations would be convened by EKSWCO to create awareness among public about the importance of maintaining law and order for development.

The meeting was attended by administrative officers, police and CRPF personnel, representatives from various organisations, including EKSWCO, EKCCI, Bazaar committee, Susee Infrastructure Private Ltd, Gammon India Ltd, Transport Association and carriage contractors PDS. DIPRO



Eject, eject, eject....

Flights of fantasy

[ Mohonto Panging ]

It was my fourth solo sortie on the Hunter fighter aircraft. We were flying at a height of 20,000 feet positioning for some aerobatic manoeuvres. The sheer joy of flying was unmatched and only those privileged few could sense the joy and elation of solo flying in the sky. The absolute sense of freedom, separated from the earthly living, made possible a utopian dream to be fulfilled only by aviators. Your own fate and destiny now lay in your own skills of manoeuvring the ten ton machine in the sky.

All the dials indicated that the Hunter was behaving like the ‘fair lady’ she was supposed to be. It is then that I heard an unfamiliar sound and saw the dials winding down crazily. In a moment I realised that the engine of my aircraft was failing! I went into denial mode. How could an engine failure occur when everything was perfectly normal till now? But the dials kept winding down and I went into a state of shock. The numerous dials I was trained to read at a glance vanished right in front of my eyes and my brain was suddenly spinning around. Time seemed to have stopped with eternity setting in.

After a few eternal seconds, I snapped out of this state of shock and a serene calmness set in and I got into the task of tackling the emergency at hand. I put the Hunter in a glide towards base. I called out on the radio that I had an engine failure in the air. I attempted three re-starts in the air to revive the failed engine. But the engine did not start. I was descending below 15000 feet and was about 50 km from base. To add to my troubles, the fire warning light also came on.

I decided that it was time to leave the stricken aircraft and informed base on the radio that I would be carrying out an ejection. The thought of ejection reminded me of the ejection just six months earlier when the pilot lost his life as the parachute did not open in the air. Then I saw the twin towns of Kharagpur and Midnapur straight ahead in our path. I informed base that I would be turning right away from the twin towns and ejecting. By then we were at 9000 feet height.

I grasped the ejection handle above my head with both hands, straightened out my sitting posture and pulled the ejection handle. Time seemed to move in slow motion. Something was pushing me from below my seat. The rockets underneath the seat had fired and the myriad sequence of automatic ejection procedure in split seconds precision had been activated. I saw the glass canopy on top flying off and felt the rush of cold air hitting my body. I was being thrown out of the Hunter aircraft at a speed of 100 feet per second exposing my body to forces equivalent to 30 times the body weight. At this stage I blacked out and tumbled through the air.

When I regained my senses, I found myself floating in the air with the cool air breezing past my body. I looked up and saw the multi coloured canopy of the parachute. The parachute was swaying wildly as the wind was strong. I held the straps of the parachute tightly fearing the parachute would give way. I heard the distant noise of people shouting below me. I looked down and saw tiny specks of people running in my direction. I saw the black smoke from the debris of the crashed aircraft not far away. The wind was pushing me towards the aircraft crash site. The thought of the local people below harming me flashed through my mind. My survival instincts took over and I immediately made a plan to run away from the area after landing. At height, the surroundings appeared serene and beautiful. But as I fell towards earth and came closer to the ground, I found the earth rushing up to meet me. The thought of the fall fracturing my limbs flashed in my mind. And then there was no time. I banged into a muddy paddy field and fell on my back. After falling, I operated the quick release fitment to release the parachute. To my surprise the mud in the paddy field had cushioned my landing and my legs were intact. My plans of fleeing the area came to a grinding halt as I found myself surrounded by hundreds of local villagers. My survival instincts again took over.

“My mother is Bengali” I instinctively blurted out in the little Bengali I knew, since the locals were all Bengalis. Thereafter a few villagers formed a human circle around me holding hands. I sat on the ground. There was no time to notice the gash on my chest with blood oozing out. The gash was caused by my flying overall zippers. Time seemed to have frozen and everything appeared to be moving very slowly. I waited on the ground for about 15 minutes. Due to Time Expansion, I felt that period as one hour. Soon we could hear the sound of the rescue helicopter. The rescue helicopter landed about 20 metres from me, kept its motors running and I immediately got into the chopper. Fearing some hostile action from the locals, the helicopter immediately got airborne.

After the helicopter landed at base, I was taken to the base hospital. In the hospital, many X-Rays were taken. A surgeon examined me from head to toe and found me okay. I was then wheeled into the officer’s ward and propped up on the bed. As the doctors and nurses left, the visitors started pouring in. They comprised of senior officers, my colleagues, my juniors and their families. Some came with flower bouquets, others with get well cards and eatables. My colleagues brought a birthday cake. All of them congratulated me for my new ‘Birthday’. A successful ejection was considered a new life for a pilot.

Those who could not make it in the afternoon visited me in the evening and night. I sat propped up on bed all through the afternoon, evening and night. The last visitor departed at ten in the night. The officer’s ward was suddenly quiet. After I was alone in the ward, the severity of the situation hit me. I shuddered thinking of what I had gone through in the day. I could have suffered multiple fractures, cuts and bruises or perhaps could have been dead. The tension in my body being exposed to about 30 ‘g’ was now creeping in. Till now I did not feel it in the din of all attention and affection showered on me throughout the day. I shuddered again with the thought that death had come so close. I had fallen from 9000 feet height to the ground under a parachute and got away safely without even a fracture. It was indeed a new birthday for me!  

(Group Captain Mohonto Panging is a retired Fighter Pilot and has flown over 3300 Hours on various fighter aircraft like Sukhoi-30MKI, Jaguar, Hunter, Mig-29, Sea Harrier etc. He has the distinction of being the only person from North East India to Command a Sukhoi-30 Squadron. He has also been decorated with the Presidential Award - Vayu Sena Medal.)



Rijiju apprised of Aalo Hospital issues

ITANAGAR, Nov 15: On the second leg of his West Siang tour, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju visited the District Hospital Aalo and took stock of the various problems of the hospital.

Aalo West MLA Tumke Bagra apprised him that the hospital which should have been a full-fledged general hospital by now is still facing myriads of problems including proper infrastructure and patient care.

Earlier, Bagra had submitted a ‘One Point Memorandum’ to Rijiju highlighting the deplorable condition of the existing hospital and exhorting him for restoration and bringing back the glory of the lone hospital of the district.

He informed that the foundation stone for the general hospital was laid by the then Governor of Assam, General S M Srinagesh (Retd) way back in 1959 in the name of Khan Bahadur Sayyid Sir Fazl Ali.  He said lacunae on the part of the authorities and their lackadaisical attitude has deprived thousands of poor patients, the much needed health care facilities.

Bagra impressed upon the visiting MoS Home that being the local MP from the area, he must do the needful and influence the authorities in the Central ministry to facilitate in restoring the Aalo District Hospital with all the modern facilities, to mitigate the medical problem faced by the people of the region.

He said that the hospital is in shambles from all angles, whether it was the infrastructure, patient care, cleanliness in and around the hospital and defunct machines.

“On an earlier occasion, Health Minister Kaliko Pul had assured to post a Gynaecologist in the hospital but the assurance is yet to be fulfilled. The hospital has been functioning without one for almost a year after the transfer of the lone Gynaecologist to Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun,” he informed Rijiju.

The absence of a gynaecologist, anaesthetics and a paediatrician is matter of grave concern, Bagra said and apprised the visiting MoS for Home that the hospital has been allowed to deteriorate to such an extent over the years due to continuous negligence on the part of the government and step motherly treatment meted out to it by the consecutive Congress Govt.

Along with Bagra, Along East MLA Jarkar Gamlin, the Deputy Commissioner, the DMO accompanied Rijiju during his visit to the hospital.