AALO, Nov 21: A team of officers visited the place where Noel Williamson was buried
near Komsing village yesterday.
It was here that the Assistant Political Noel Williamson, Sadiya Frontier Administration
was murdered and laid to rest on 31st March, 1911.
The place which assumes historical significance is left unattended and graveyard
of the British Officer lie in solitude.
While interacting with the villagers of Komsing and seeing the pitiable conditions
of the memorial and its surrounding, the officers have decided to contribute voluntarily
in cash for renovation and beautification of the memorial to make it a historical
destination to attract more tourists.
Tajing Jonnam, EAC Pangin, Gamtum Padu, EAC Boleng, P K Sona, CO Kebang, Libang Perme,
ADTH Pangin, Totik Pertin ADI Pangin, Tapun Taki, DACO Aalo, Sangge Phuntso, AE (Elect)
Pangin, Porjum Boje and Laki Mibang social activist visited the site. DIPRO
‘Expedite investigation of Tasso Maji death case’
ITANAGAR, Nov 21: The Apatani Students’ Union has called upon the Capital police
to book the culprit/s involved in the death of late Tasso Maji who was found dead
under mysterious circumstances on November 15 last here and to award them stringent
In a release, it questioned the sincerity of the police in nabbing the culprit involved
and said it appears that the case, with no lead so far, will be forgotten with the
passage of time.
Non arrest of the culprit/s emboldens them and they roam about feeling remorseless
and with no fear of law. They would not hesitate to commit another crime and the
next victim may be you or your dear ones, it said seeking serious investigation in
to the case.
The union further urged the general public to cooperate in giving justice to late
DM issues order on opium
TEZU, Nov 21: In accordance with the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS)
Act, 1985, District Magistrate Dr. B.M.Mishra has issued an executive order prohibiting
cultivation of illicit poppy and consumption of opium and other drugs within Lohit
It is felt imperative to reiterate that consumption of Opium and drugs may motivate
and instigate the youth generation to involve in undesirable activities spoiling
the future lives of young generation and also health hazards to the society as a
whole, the order read. The Order prohibiting unlawful trade or occupation with a
view to maintain physical comfort of the communities/societies is also to remove
public nuisances, resentments etc in the district. DIPRO
MEA to conduct Passport Seva camp
Naharlagun, Nov 21: In order to expand the outreach passport services, regional passport
officer, Guwahati under the aegis of Ministry of External Affairs has decided to
conduct Passport Seva Camp in Itanagar on 29th and 30th November from 9.30am where
applicants from all the state will be allowed to participate.
The Regional Passport Officer has in a press release informed that only ordinary
passport applications will be accepted. Tatkal, Re-issue, PCC, Hold or Pending will
not be entertained, he clarified.
Date for release of appointment for Passport Seva Camp has been fixed from 25th and
26th November and the venue will be Arunachal Pradesh Civil Secretariat, New Building,
Block 3, Itanagar. Total appointment to be released for Passport Seva Camp on 25th
is 150 while on the 26th only 120 appointment will be released.
Applicants may visit website www.passportindia.gov.in for registration and has to
submit online fee, book appointment and come to the venue with original documents
and a set of Xerox copies of all documents and also two passport size photographs
with light background. DIPRO
Drug awareness prog at Hayuliang
ITANAGAR, Nov 21: A drug awareness programme was conducted in Anjaw on Nov 18 and
19 last. It was a part of the massive drug awareness campaign being initiated by
the SSA Rajya Mission, Itanagar.
Addressing the huge gathering on the occasion at the auditorium of GHSS Hayuliang,
school principal P Tayang called upon the students to inculcate clean habits and
convince their parents to lead a drug free life.
Key resource persons Dr. S.Tayang, SMO, District Hospital Hayuliang spoke at length
about health hazards associated with opium and other drugs. Citing example from his
personal life Dr. Tayang narrated how addicted parents overlooked requirements of
their children and their education causing irreparable loss to the society.
The other resource person H M Singh, ST, English (retired), GHSS Hayuliang highlighted
causes and social impact of drug menace in Mishmi society.
N.Siram SPO, SSA, Rajya Mission, spearheading the programme called upon the girls
to take active part in social reconstruction and help to create a drug free Arunachal.
Similar programmes on drug awareness programme were conducted at Walong and Kahoo,
the last civilian village of Indian Territory bordering China on 19th Nov’2014.
Large number of students, parents, SMCs, PRI members and Head teachers were present
on the occasion.
Awareness programme on disaster management
BOMDILA, Nov 21: A day long awareness programme on the precautionary measures for
cases of fire and earthquake was held at Nafra under West Kameng district the day
before by the District Disaster Management Office.
In her interaction with the people, the DDMO underscoring the importance of the precautionary
measures said that every possible measure should be taken to mitigate the losses,
She also dwelt on the DOs & DONTs in case of an earthquake and also on the role of
the Disaster Management Department.
Principal Govt HS School Nafra said that as the state comes under seismic Zone V
and as Nafra is vulnerable to fire accidents, every precautionary measure should
be taken to minimize and mitigate the probable losses.
A girl child aged around six years had been charred to death and fourteen houses
grounded to ash in the inferno at Nafra a month back.
Personnel from Fire service department Bomdila dealt on the precautionary roles before,
during and after a fire accident followed by demonstration with the fire fighting
Pamphlets containing DOs & DONTs on fire and earthquake were distributed to the participants
besides display of awareness banners in the township.
In the interactive session that followed, the GBs and the PRI members of Nafra circle
opined that as the area is prone to natural calamities like fire and flash floods,
such training programmes should be imparted quarterly. DIPRO
Workshop on state disaster management plan
ITANAGAR, Nov 21: The two-day workshop on “State Disaster Management Plan and Incident
Response System’ was organized by the Department of Disaster Management under CBDRF,
GOI for all HODs, Nodal Officers & Alternate Nodal Officers for works departments,
Central & State Agencies and for Allied departments at ATI, Naharlagun on Nov 20
In her keynote address, Disaster Management Director Y W Ringu urged the participants
to be attentive in training which is very essential in updating the state disaster
management plan. The system of IRS, which if can be adopted, will reduce the impact
of disaster, Ringu added.
ATI director Pate Marik in his inaugural address stressed upon the need to educate
all concerned on Disaster Management subject. He also said that disaster are now
happening frequently especially in urban areas.
S. Deb, Scientific Officer, SRSAC gave power point presentation on the role of Remote
Sensing and GIS in Disaster Management.
Earlier, Tojo Karga, Commandant 1st AAPBN, Chimpu elaborated on the State Disaster
Response Force (SDRF), its establishment and different aspects of SDRF. Altogether
31 departments participated in the workshop, according to an official release.
National workshop on Indian Tribes
ITANAGAR, Nov 21: Department of Political Science, Rajiv Gandhi University, in collaboration
with Indian Council of Philosophical Research, is organizing a national workshop
on Indian Tribes and
Social Sciences on November 22-23.
Eminent personalities like Professor Mrinal Miri, Chairman, Indian Council of Philosophical
Research, and MP and Professor K K Mishra of University of Hyderabad and other scholars
from across the country are participating in the workshop, according to an official
Forum demands disciplinary action against EE
ITANAGAR, Nov 21: The Tali-Pipsorang Anti Corruption Forum has demanded disciplinary
action against the EE, PWD, Tawang Division who was earlier posted as EE, PWD, Tali
Division, Kurung Kumey district referring to the Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission
(APIC) judgment passed against him on October 20 last recommending initiating disciplinary
action as per rule.
In its representation submitted to the Chief Secretary, the forum alleged that the
officer failed to furnish information on Yangte-Tali and Chetam-Pipsorang roads when
Roing Winter Music Festival
Roing, Nov 21: Roing Winter Music Festival, an all star musical night, organised
by the Green Leaf Sound and Music Society (GLSAMS) of Roing was held at the Reko
town hall here today.
The secretary GLSAMS Daniel Boko said that the main intention behind organising the
musical night was to encourage the youth towards music and divert them from drugs
and alcohol abuse, which is also the main motto of the GLSAMS.
"There are so many talents hidden in the North-East, we want to try and bring those
talents out in the open so that we have more of the likes of Mary Kom", said Boko.
Member of GLSAMS and owner of the only music institute of the district, Strings School
of Music, Depim Linggi said that such events are important to provide a platform
to the music lovers, especially youth.
"The main reason for starting my music school was to at least play my part in fighting
the problem of drug abuse among the youth in our district. Providing them with a
hobby not only brings out the talent in them but also helps to divert their energy
from drug abuse to something fruitful", Linggi added.
The Soul of Phoenix, a Shillong based music band, Daniel and The Soul Rebel from
Itanagar and local bands, The Day Dreamers and Half Faded Moon and a band from Strings
School of Music, performed at the event. The guitar instructor of the Strings School
of Music, Nelly Lomi said that he is glad that such a platform has been provided
to showcase the talents of his students.
Music enthusiasts attended the event in great numbers. The organizers assured that
even if there was a very low turn up for the event, it would still not dampen their
energy and their plan to continue this event on a yearly basis.
Subansiri, Doimukh face-off in final
NAHARLAGUN, Nov 21: Subansiri United FC and FC Doimukh will lock horns in the finals
of the second Gora Tamer Memorial Football Tournament on Saturday.
PHED minister Takam Pario and Food and Civil Supplies, Legal Metrology and Consumer
Affairs parliamentary secretary Markio Tado will attend the closing day's event as
chief guest and guest of honour. The match will begin at 1.30 PM, informed the Arunachal
Pradesh Football Association.
SYT competition concludes
LIKABALI, Nov 21: The 39th Silli Youth Trophy Competition concluded here in West
Siang district on Thursday.
In the football competition, Seren defeated Apollo XI by 2-1 goals, while the overall
championship trophy was awarded to Jimago team. In the volleyball competition, Sibe
Sports Club defeated Jimago; in women’s football, Jimago beat RDMFT; in tug-of-war
Apollo XI beat Spark team in the men’s event, and Jimago beat Silli in the women’s
The competition, which had been inaugurated by PWD Commissioner Ganesh Koyu in the
presence of Likabali ZPM Mito Taipodia on November 14, saw the participation of women’s
rights activist Lomte Riba.
Efforts needed to arrest declining education standards: President
1st Convocation of NIT, Yupia
ITANAGAR, Nov 21: President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday sought concerted efforts to
arrest "declining standards" of education and said top institutions like IITs and
NITs must produce professionally competent personnel who can take an aspirational
India to greater heights.
Addressing the first Convocation of the National Institute of Technology in Yupia
today, he said there is a need to provide greater impetus to the ratings process
of educational institutions and develop competition among them.
"While we have a few reputed engineering institutions, it is also a fact that they
lag in international rankings. There is a need to provide greater impetus to the
"At the same time, there is a need to arrest declining standards in a vast number
of institutions. A sense of competition has to be developed amongst our higher level
institutions including NITs," he said at the event which was also attended by Arunachal
Governor Nirbhay Sharma and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.
He expressed happiness over the initiative to develop a national rankings system,
saying this will propel the educational institutions to do better.
Observing that renewed focus on inter-disciplinary approach in course curricula and
research was necessary to improve quality of higher education, Mukherjee said beyond
the academic domain, institutions including the NITs have a larger role to play in
the progress of the regions in which they are based.
"They have to establish connection with stakeholders, identify problems hindering
the development of the regions, and use their academic and research expertise to
find solutions," he said.
Mukherjee said there was a great responsibility on the engineering institutions,
most notably the IITs and NITs, to "produce socially conscious and professionally
Honorary Doctorate of Education was conferred on Pema Thinley, Vice Chancellor of
Royal University of Bhutan at the event.
Set up in 2010, NIT Arunachal Pradesh has 35 faculty members and 400 students enrolled
in programmes ranging from graduation to PhD levels; it offers mainstream engineering
disciplines as well as emerging subjects. PTI
Human resources biggest challenge: Governor
Itanagar, Nov 21: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma today said
that one of the biggest challenges the country faces is creating human resources
qualified to meet the needs of today’s dynamic world.
The crying need of the day is to harness the youth dividend, which the nation possesses
in abundance, he said while addressing the first convocation of the NIT at Yupia,
He said that the delivery of higher education in the institutes of the country cannot
be allowed to continue in a routine fashion any longer.
The administrators and academicians must introduce innovative changes in the institutions.
The governor emphasised that NIT has the responsibility to shape the students, ensuring
them to be amongst the best.
He said there was a need to produce engineers, who will create jobs rather than running
after jobs. Underscoring that knowledge and innovation strengthen progress and prosperity,
Sharma said that NIT and such like institutions have to also apply their scientific
temperament to take their innovations in these areas from labs to the field for practical
Tuki exhorts NIT graduates to help sustainable economic growth
Itanagar, Nov 21: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today exhorted the
engineering graduates of NIT here to deliver in a way that it facilitates sustainable
economic growth of both the state and the country.
"The first National Institute of Technology of the state is offering its first batch
of engineers in the service of the nation. And for the graduates of this prestigious
institute, who have received gold medals from the President of India, this would
be a day to cherish for life," he said.
"I am delighted that our state is gradually becoming a higher educational hub. The
addition of NIT Arunachal Pradesh - an institute of national importance to the existing
Central universities namely Rajiv Gandhi University and North-Eastern Regional Institute
of Science & Technology (NERIST) is exceptionally commendable for the prospective
and splendid growth of this state," Tuki said.
Expressing his happiness over the institute introducing four relevant programmes
for the state - Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Bio-Technology and Entrepreneurship,
Tuki said he had no doubt that once the institute shifts to its permanent site at
picturesque Jote village in the outskirts of Itanagar, it would have the scope to
introduce many more such contemporary and relevant programmes in the future. PTI
NE Students protest at Jantar Mantar against racism, demands justice and security
NEW DELHI, Nov 21: Following the gruesome death of young students from North-East,
on Wednesday and Thursday, North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS)
organized a protest at Jantar Mantar, where students representing each state of North-East
came under the banner of NEFIS and raised slogans to protest against racism, injustice
and insensitivity of Delhi Police and rampant barbaric attacks on North East youth
in the city.
The recent incidents are the brutal murder of a Zingran Kengo, age 33, a PhD scholar
from Mumbai's Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) of Manipur in New Delhi on
19th November, whose throat was slit open. Next day another appalling incident happened
in Bengaluru, where a man was assaulted, who was only guilty of not speaking the
regional language Kannada. Same day another girl was murdered cold blooded in Munirka,
Delhi. Later the delegates of NEFIS submitted a memorandum to the Ministry of Home
Affairs demanding that these racist attacks should get a thorough and swift investigation.
The culprits should be apprehended and immediate justice should be provided to the
victims. The state should also take firm measures to ensure that these incidents
are not repeated, added the memo.
Citing that the acts of criminal violence against the people of North-Eastern community
are escalating in the country, it also called for preventive measures against racist
violence perpetrated on people of North-Eastern states. It demanded that all the
victims of racist violence or their nearest kin should be compensated at the earliest.
As the Indian state is responsible for upholding and protecting the rights of its
citizens, we demand that the issue of racism against North-Eastern community should
be seriously looked into, added the memo.
The NEFIS viewed that the cases of assault on a North East youth living in Delhi
is not one of its kind but part of a string of similar attacks and racial profiling
of migrant North East youth. NEFIS stated these incidents are not isolated incidents,
but are a snapshot of a problem which is increasingly becoming a serious concern.
Delayed and poorly construed police action is typical in such cases. The incident
is extremely disturbing and condemnable. We believe that such incidents are reflective
of a dangerous trend of racism and also growing vigilantism in the city that targets
vulnerable minority groups. The recent upsurge of such crimes is inspired by racism
directed against the North-Eastern community, the students said.
Women urged to take the cudgel against drug, alcohol abuse
NAMPHAI – I, Nov 21: Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society (APWWS) Miao Unit has
organized a day-long awareness programme on the need to fight against the menace
of drugs, alcohol and opium addiction and peddling in Miao Sub-Division here yesterday.
The programme was sponsored by Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women and National
Commission for Women.
In his inaugural address, Miao ZPM, Jowkhong Singpho said the drug addiction and
liquor, opium and drug peddling has gone out of proportion. He called upon the women
of the administrative sub-division to play an effective role in tackling the menace.
He lauded NCW and APSWC for backing APWWS on such issues which according to him has
eaten into the vitals of Singpho and Tangsa societies.
Resource person and CHC Miao MO Dr S Bhattacharjee while highlighting the ill effects
of liquor, opium and drug said that “addiction is a disease which is curable provided
there is a permanent de-addiction centre where those addicts willing to get fresh
lease of lives can be treated and rescued from the dreaded menace.” SDPO Miao, ASP
Mihin Gambo while disclosing the legal parameters to tackle the cases under NDPS
Act 1985 lauded the women organizations for taking such tough stance against the
menace leading to the arrest of many addicts and peddlers in the past. However, he
divulged that the police are bound to release those arrested on bail due to legal
compulsions and absence of treatment centers. Disclosing about NDPS Act he said that
it is one of the strongest acts that government has ever enacted. Any addicts or
peddlers found guilty of replicating the crime are liable for life imprisonment as
per provisions of NDPS Act.
At the same time any head of village failing to lodge complaints against drug addicts
and peddlers perpetrating the crime under their jurisdiction are also liable to legal
prosecution, SDPO said.
It is irony that medical complicacies involving the addicts compel the magistrates
to release them on bail after arrest by police, said Miao CO Namrata Bhatt while
assuring every possible administrative help to cleanse the prevailing social ill.
SEACOW General Secretary Phupla Singpho while sharing his experience said that it
was significantly indispensable to organize de-addiction camps on regular basis to
fight the social menace. Phupla Singpho who earlier organized several rounds of de-addiction
camps said, “Figuratively, Tangsas and Singphos are less in numbers and if we don’t
wake up from deep slumber now, it will be too late. He called upon the women folks
to rise up to the occasion and save the society from disintegration and doom.
Seva Kendra Co-ordinator Sister Pushpa encouraged the women groups to play an exemplary
role to bring a permanent halt to the ascending graph of liquor, opium and drug addiction
Absenteeism irks education minister
PASIGHAT, Nov 21: Education Minister Tapang Taloh along with DC Nidhi Srivastava,
DDSE and other officers of education department and councilors today conducted unannounced
visit to schools in and around Pasighat. During his visit, the minister checked attendance
register, deployment report of teachers, CCE registers etc and interacted with the
students. The Minister and DC interacted with the students. They inspected midday
meal preparations and cleanliness of school campuses and teaching methods of the
teachers during the day.
In many schools, the team noticed that teachers were available more than the sanctioned
posts. In some schools, teachers were absent without obtaining leave or put their
signatures in the attendance register showing the departure time as 2.30 pm, although
they had left the school just after one or two periods. The Minister was deeply concerned
about such act of the teachers and wondered how they would be able to mould and guide
the future of the nation when they themselves were resorting to such demeaning and
Expressing his dismay, the Education Minister stated that growing tendency of absenteeism
and unwanted attitudes among the teachers will create unfavorable atmosphere in imparting
quality education. The Minister was disappointed to see the state of affairs of teachers.
It is also reported that many teachers in the state were also staying at their own
places while engaging unauthorized persons to teach on his/her behalf, informed the
minister. Teachers were over flooded only in good places. They dishonor transfer
orders in the name of mid-session but they know many schools were waiting to start
their new seasons in interior places. Situation might be horrible if not checked,
opined the worried minister.
During interactions with the teachers and students, he emphasized the need of maintaining
discipline and punctuality in schools. He urged the teaching community to discharge
duties effectively and sincerely with a motto to shape the future of the students
and told the children to send name of good and bad teachers directly through SMS
Taloh directed DC and DDSE to take stern action against the erring teachers who were
showing lackadaisical attitude towards their duties at the cost of the future of
the students. The Minister also visited newly constructed Sikshak Sadan and DDSE
office buildings and took stock of developments. DIPRO
‘Trans Arunachal Highway will become a reality’
AAPSU team calls on CE of union road transport ministry
NEW DELHI, Nov 21: A team of All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) headed
by its President Kamta Lapung and Spokesperson Tanya Agu today met Sunil Kumar Verma,
Chief Engineer, Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, at New Delhi to discuss
on the Trans Arunachal Highway(TAH) projects in Arunachal Pradesh.
While apprising the Chief Engineer about the problems being faced by the people of
Arunachal because of the pathetic road condition in the state, Lapung said “Although
it has been many years since the tender work for road construction under the TAH
was won by various firms, but most of them have not started work as yet in spite
of signing the MoU and MoAs. This is despite the fact that the completion time for
the same is about to get over.”
The AAPSU delegation urged the Chief Engineer to pass necessary order to all the
firms (tender winners) to start their respective projects without further delay.
Lapung also requested him to ensure that the successful bidders, after getting the
mobilization fund, does not evade from the execution of their respective works as
few instances in the past has shown. Tanya Agu also called for speedy implementation
of all the ongoing road projects with quality as per guidelines as the road communication
is the backbone for all other development activities in strategically sensitive border
state like Arunachal. He further said that the Trans-Arunachal Highway should not
remain as a distant dream.
While assuring to look into the matter at the earliest, the Chief Engineer ensured
that under his supervision, the dream of having a Trans Arunachal Highway will become
a reality. He would be arriving in the state on December 2 to gather first hand information
of all the ongoing projects.
AAPSU also appealed to the people of Arunachal Pradesh to cooperate and not to politicize
the developmental activities like Trans Arunachal Highway.
2nd edition of Panyor River Festival kicks off
YAZALI, Nov 21: Picturesque Yazali Town is in festive mode with the colorful start
of the 2nd edition of Panyor River Festival at the bank of Panyor River.
Notwithstanding the popular trend, the organisers this time invited apex bodies of
Tani clans instead of political figures to declare the festival open.
The inaugural function was a fulfilled programmes of songs and dance performed by
various cultural troops enthralling the visitors that lasted for more than four hours.
Keeping in mind that Arunachal has huge potential in adventure sports, the organizer
this year too arranged various adventure sports like paragliding, River rafting,
flying fox, trap shooting and angling etc besides various food and exhibition stalls.
The festival is organised by the Arunachal Adventure Association backed by Unicorn
as the creative head and the denizens of Yazali town.
The festival despite its significance is yet to be declared by the state government
as a calendar event.
The representatives’ present expressed immense satisfaction over the idea of calling
all the Abotani descendants under one platform, with the aim to develop tourism in
state. Speaking on the inaugural occasion, Adi Bane Kebang, president, Kangir Jamoh,
while mentioning tourism as the fastest growing industry in the world said that,
Yazali valley has the potential to be the tourist hub and that it need to be given
assistance. He appealed the organisers to continue to bring the descendants of Abo
Tani together and work in unison for a prosperous state in the long run.
Tapi Tai, President Apatani Cultural and Literary Society, exhorted the crowd to
promote indigenous cultural activities and show hospitality to the visitors in order
to increase the flow of visitors.
Tabu Paktum, president Tagin Cultural Society, said "we need to form a consultative
body to discuss social issues prevailing in our respective areas and have common
alphabets for a common language." Commenting on tourism, he said that we are not
doing enough to boost the tourism potential in the state which calls for redress
not forgetting the perennial lack of infrastructures in the state.
Emi Rumi, president Galo Welfare Society, said that at individual level everyone
should encourage their people to participate in festival like this. Rest of the zones
in the state have comparatively achieved good tourism boost however, the central
zone still need to catch up with the rest, he said while suggesting that representatives
of apex bodies in unison should create awareness among the masses.
NES president, Bengia Tolum applauding the heads of all the community based organisations
for gracing the inaugural of the festival, exuded hope that the motive of the festival
percolates down to the people at every basin of the central zone and beyond.
Expressing his happiness over the huge turnout of the visitors on the first day,
festival director, Chuku Mama thanked all the visitors who have come from far flung
areas. He promised hospitality to the visitors during the next five days of the festival.
No comprise with quality education: Taloh
PASIGHAT, Nov 21: “Quality education will determine the future of state and being
the captain of the department I cannot compromise with quality”, said Education Minister
Tapang Taloh while elaborating government’s zero tolerance policy in education sector
Addressing the teaching community at IGJ Hr. Secondary School auditorium yesterday
evening, Minister, while giving a defensive statement regarding recent reshuffle
of teachers across the state, reiterated that surplus teachers would be withdrawn
to equip all schools with sufficient numbers of teachers in the state. “High Court’s
stay order may give temporarily relief to the transferees but it hampers career of
thousands of student. As permanent members of the department, they should realize
their role and responsibilities and work with more dedication to take the society
forward with proper reformation,” suggested the minister.
He informed that the decision of rationalization had come across over several layers
of screening committees. First, the issue was debated and accepted in the state legislative
assembly by MLAs. Secondly, it was passed by the cabinet to streamline the dismal
education scenario and in third layer, ZPMs, senior citizens and various NGOs in
a joint coordination meeting held on June 20 last had suggested for strict implementation.
Moreover, the Education and Chief Secretaries in Project Approval Board (PAB) meeting
held on May 23 last gave undertaking jointly to fulfill the norms of rationalization
framed by the Union Ministry of HRD, New Delhi so that no school would be left out
without posting of teachers and central financial supports not hampered.
For East Siang district in particular, Taloh asserted that before taking the decision,
a consultative meeting was convened which was attended by officers of the department
and ZPMs. Unfortunately teachers of the district opposed the move. They should have
thought about the welfare of thousands of our children who were waiting for a long
for teachers in their respective schools, located in remote areas or in the other
districts like Upper Subansiri, Anjaw, East Kameng, Kurung Kumey, Tirap, Changlang
etc. However, overwhelming response and support have been received so far across
the state and being the minister of the department he would do his best to honor
the responsibility entrusted upon him by the people to bring radical change in the
society and lessen students’ sufferings. Rationalization generated hope among the
citizens of state and he would do right thing in right time to achieve the success,
The present government is working for welfare of the teachers and under his leadership,
officers are working restlessly to promote all category teachers based on their
qualities and performance reports, disclosed the minister before concluding his hour-long
Retired educationist turned politician and Nari-Koyu MLA Kento Rina sharing his views
said teachers are like beacons of light, who guide the children in the formative
years of their life. The step taken by education minister is appreciable and should
be supported by one and all.
Earlier, the East Siang Deputy Commissioner Nidhi Srivastava in her deliberation
stated that fight for rights were always good but teachers need to realize their
responsibilities and work with more dedication.
The meeting was attended by Ruchika Katyal IAS (Probationer), ZPC Kaling Dai, Chief
Councillor (PMC) Denong Tamuk, DDSE Tani Talom, DDs of School and Elementary Education,
ATA State President Tarh Yaku, councilors, ZPMs, principals, headmasters and teachers.
CM’s Health Insurance meet at Ruksin
RUKSIN, Nov 21: With a view to make the rural people aware on the provisions of Chief
Minister’s Universal Health Insurance Scheme, the Health Department East Siang with
Ruksin administration conducted a meeting at Ruksin Kebang Hall today.
Addressing the meet as resource person, District Medical Officer (DMO) Dr D Bagra
spoke about the benefits to be availed from the insurance scheme and urged the local
people to benefit from the scheme. He informed that earlier RSVY and Swastya Nidhi
schemes are included in the provision of the new schemes.
While explaining the objectives of the schemes, Dr Bagra said the Insurance Policy
covers expenses upto Rs 2 lakh against treatment of all diseases, ailments and surgical
operation besides accidental cases of the family through a single ‘Smart Card’. The
state government has empanelled all District Hospitals, Community Health Centre (CHC)
and Primary Health Centres besides some well equipped private run hospitals in the
state and outside the state for the needy to avail the benefits. Informing on achievements
of the district health department, the DMO said that out of the total 16,754 targeted
beneficiary families, as many as 12,400 families have been brought under the scheme
and around 4000 families have been issued Smart Card.
The DMO stated that the delay by the ‘partner company’ entrusted for photograph and
enrolment activities was holding-up in issuing the Smart Cards to the remaining families.
He also highlighted the some faults in the procedure such as unclear photograph of
the holders, wrongful entry of beneficiary name and missing of residential address,
which might create problem in identification and verification of the beneficiaries
Attending the meeting, Pasighat-West MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary Industries,
Tatung Jamoh exhorted all the doctors, PRI members and Gaon Burahs to extend co-operation
for successful enrolment of beneficiaries under the scheme. He suggested them to
organize massive awareness campaign among the rural people so that every eligible
family should be covered under the scheme.
MLA Jamoh informed that an amount of Rs. 10 crore (first instalment) has been released
for the health insurance scheme while it is planning to allocate more funds within
the next four years. He said that medical reimbursement meant for the government
employees was curtailed after the CM’s health insurance has come into effect. Observing
the improved health care facilities available in two private-run hospitals of Ruksin,
the MLA suggested the local leaders to submit proposal for inclusion of two private
hospitals - Divjani Diagnostic & Nursing Home and Dr Ratan Diagnostic & Nursing Home
in the empanelled list for public convenience.
Among others, Ruksin SDO T Pada, Dr T Taga, CHC MO, Dr K Jonnom, Dr Kabit Ratan and
local PRI members attended the meeting.
Meet on Arunachal Trans-Highway in Seppa
Seppa, Nov 21: East Kameng DC Sandeep Kumar Singh have issued directives and fixed
datelines for clearance of compensation issues on Arunachal Trans-Highway road from
Bana to Khodasso in a meeting held at DCs chamber, Seppa yesterday.
The meeting was attended by the administrative officers, DLRSO, AEKSU, EKSWCO, Seba
Youth Association and the representatives of construction agencies.
DC Sandeep Kumar Singh informed them of the progress of the construction of Trans-Arunachal
Highway in East Kameng District, construction of Seba bridge by SIPL (Susee Infrastructure
Private Ltd) and hurdles faced by the construction company at different locations
in East Kameng District.
DC had directed DLRSO to conduct a joint meeting where ever compensation issues still
remain unsolved with concerned circle officers, construction agencies, local leaders
and GBS to examine the genuine claims and also to issue notice for false complaints.
He fixed a dateline for clearance of issues from Bana to Seppa by 30th Nov and Rilloh
to Khodasso by 8th Dec.
He also fixed datelines for shifting of Poles, Water pipes by Power and PHED from
Seppa to Pakro by 5th of Dec’2014. The people of Meena Pahar and Lumdung village,
who have already availed compensation should vacate their houses, he added.
DC asked the construction agencies to work out reasonable areas as dumping ground
in consultation with concerned CO and local leaders as Seppa to Pakke Kassang is
an agricultural corridor.
After hearing the complaints from Seba Youth Association regarding construction of
Seba Bridge, he directed the SIPL to construct and make it motorable for four wheelers
by 31st March.
Seba Bridge over Papu River collapsed during March this year due to transportation
of heavy equipments and machineries by Susee infrastructure private ltd, the construction
agency. He suggested them to prepare route map for transportation of heavy equipments
and also transport heavy equipments using the long road through Palin.
DC informed that the fund for maintenance of road from Zero Point to Seppa have been
received for which he directed the SIPL to complete the repairs/ maintenance works
with at least metallic cover on the road by 31st Dec’2014.
EKSWCO Chairman Sapar Pao said road is must for the development of the district for
which he assured full-support and co-operation on any issues relating to Trans –
SP Apang Tamuk informed that the security provisions and requirements for construction
agencies have been recommended to the Govt. for consideration.
EX-Minister Hari Natung also spoke on the occasion.
Arunachal gets first audio Bible
Shyjan C. Job
ITANAGAR, Nov 21: Don Bosco School Doimukh teachers and students prepared the very
first audio Bible comprising of the entire New Testament in Nyishi language of Arunachal
Salesian Bishop George Palliparambi of Miao diocese in Arunachal Pradesh released
the DVD and Pen Drive version of the audio Bible in a colourful ceremony held at
Don Bosco Doimukh, on Nov 15.
Capital Complex Itanagar Deputy Commissioner Mige Kamki received the first copy.
This initiative is part of the on-going celebration of the bicentenary of the birth
of Don Bosco scheduled to end on 16 August 2015.
“As printed books are not common in Nyishi language and people find it difficult
to read we hit upon an audio format which will help people to hear the Word of God
in their language,” says Salesian Fr. Madathiparambil Josekutty Thomas who came up
with the project.
With the blessing and guidance of Doimukh Parish priest Salesian Fr. Thuruthiyil
Sebastian, a six member team read the entire New Testament aided by the technical
assistance from various quarters.
“Production of this kind audio Bible is first of its kind in any of the tribal languages
in North East India,” claims initiator of the project Fr Madathiparambil who worked
in the region for number of years.
He added, “it is fitting that during this bicentenary year, the Gospel reverberates
in the ears of the people among whom the sons of Don Bosco popularized the Gospel
in their own tongues.”
Several dignitaries and a huge gathering of over one thousand people attended the
event which is a matter of pride not only to the Nyishi Christian community but also
to the young and vibrant church of Arunachal Pradesh.
The updated Nyishi New Testament (printed version) was released a month ago with
the help of Fiat Mission, a Catholic lay movement dedicated to the spread of the
Word of God.
The DVD is entitled "Aogeda ge yale" (Heavenly Echo or Call).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Australia is considered to be another
success in the line of his successful visit to Japan and USA. Going by the frenzied
display at Madison Square Garden during his visit to America and now in the Allphones
Arena in Sydney, no doubt he has emerged as rock star among the Indian diaspora.
During the current visit to Australia that saw him attend two multilateral summits,
he has also emerged as a global leader, whose words count enough for a pre-cleared
G20 summit communiqué to be changed! Modi has thus ensured that India is firmly back
on the global stage.
Having raised unprecedented expectations not only among NRIs but also amongst his
peers in G20, Modi surely realizes that it will require a Herculean effort to meet
these sky-high expectations. He must believe that he is up to it. Indians are excited
but also apprehensive. We have a history of high hopes repeatedly dashed to the ground
circa 1962, 1975, 1989, 1996, 2004 and most recently in 2009. Another crash from
current highs could have far worse consequences simply because aspirations, expectations
and hopes have never been as high. Modi has raised the stakes enormously. He has
been selling dreams to the millions of Indians. For these dreams to realize he has
to start taking some tough decision, so that economy is revitalized. It is now time
to devote far more resources and effort to building a case for reforms in the public
domain. Sooner he start work in this regard, more it will be better.
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A giant feat
This is in reference to the news report “Todo United Football Club team create history”
that appeared in your esteemed daily of 20th November 2014. The News has made all
football lovers in particular and the state in general, very Proud. Todo united football
club (TUFC) team truly deserve appreciation for being able to defeat the country’s
football giant Mohan Bagan Football Club, SAIL.
The Todo United FC is rather a new team but has been able to bring Arunachal Football
at par with top class football teams of the Nation. It’s pertinent to mention here,
that Todo United FC is a privately owned Arunachal Football Club with Dado Tallum
Takam as Chairman and Tarh Juna as Team Coach. Along with the players the team coach
and Chairman deserve a grand salute for having been able to raise the team through
the adversities of time and fund. The defeat of a football giant in the hand of an
Arunachalee Club is an eye-opener for the critics who have doubted the class of football
in Arunachal. The players of the team do not have any academic affiliation. They
are locally raised under the guidance of team Coach. This fact is encouraging for
other players and teams of the state as well.
The “Todo United FC’’ has entered Semi-final of North –East India Cup football Tournament-2014.
Whatsoever be its fate in this tournament, the team has already created history.
I don’t hesitate to bat for its recognition by the public and the government for
such gesture will do immense good for the future of Arunachal Football.
A few metres of NH52A also need Govt.'s attention
Through the column of your esteem daily, I would like to express my resentment over
the road construction and maintenance policy adopted by the Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh.
It’s very astonishing to see that the Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh under Congress party
repaired and constructed the road from Naharlagun to Yupia within few days after
hearing the visit of the Hon'ble President of India, Pranab Mukherjee but a small
bridge, better to call it culvert and few meter of eroded, in other word, deteriorated
portion of NH52A between ‘A’ sector and Kankarnala, Naharlagun has not been completed
since last 4 year.
Hence, I on behalf of people living in Capital Complex in particular and Arunachal
Pradesh as a whole, request our people first government kindly to complete the construction
of aforesaid under construction culvert and road in this winter so that people could
get a modest relief in the next rainy season.
N. Tado, ‘C’ Sector,
Paradigm shift in Tourism Sector
The move by the Government of Arunachal Pradesh to relax issuance process for Protected
Area Permit (PAP) is a progressive policy and has the potential to finally put Arunachal
Pradesh in the tourism map of India and the world.
The main reason that has discouraged tourist especially the foreign tourist from
visiting Arunachal Pradesh has been “lack of easy access”. Finally, the Government
has realised this and has decided to rectify.
As expected, the archetypal organisations/associations of Arunachal have come up
with their oppositions and criticisms. Debate is welcome and debate we shall.
The demand by the local tourist operators to route foreign tourists through them
is logic-defying. Is the demand not defeating the very soul and aim of the policy
change proposed by the Government? The demand will only create another layer of paper
works and red-tapism that this policy aims to do away with in order to ensure easier
access to Arunachal for tourists. One is left to wonder as to why is the demand limited
to “foreign tourists” only? May be the domestic tourists are less lucrative! Is
the demand to route issuance of Protected Area Permit only through local tour operators
legally tenable in the light of the freedom of trade, commerce and intercourse granted
under Part XIII of the Indian Constitution?
On the other hand, it is clear that once the inflow of tourists increases, the numbers
of tour operators is also bound to increase. This will give the Government an opportunity
to increase its revenue collection by way of regulatory and compensatory taxation
that can be imposed upon the tour operators for facilities that the Government will
provide including road networks. This is economically prudent and beneficial, and
legally tenable. This policy change will not only increase the income level of the
local tour operates which can also expand its business networks by collaborating
with tour operators from outside, but will also provide wider income earning opportunities
to the unorganised tertiary sectors that is indirectly associated with the tourism
sector. This is certainly in line with the Government’s slogan of ‘self-employment
and sustainable income generation as well as skill development avenues’. Any doubts?
Conducting smart business is the way forward in the era of globalisation and cutthroat
competition. Protectionism and monopolistic policy that the local tour operators
seek/demand is not only static in nature but regressive as well. It will only be
counterproductive for the tourism sector of the State in the long run. The tour operators
should rather focus on creating a tourist friendly culture and presenting a ‘feel
different’ environment to the visiting tourists, given the fact that the tourism
sector will only attain a higher growth trajectory after the introduction of easy
access policy and creation of new tourist circuits.
Firing range and a village
People of Durpa village as well students of Higher Secondary School Kimin would face
a lot of problems if the present firing range of the ITBP is established permanently.
If the firing range is established permanently, it will be dangerous to the life
and liberty of local villagers who use the area for collection of forest produces
and grazing of domestic animals.
The present firing range causes noise pollution which disturbs the villagers as well
as students of Govt. Higher Secondary School, Kimin as it is only 300 metres from
school as well as Durpa village. By law, there should be enough distance between
a firing range and civilian area.
The girl's hostel is also situated nearby the firing range which makes them feel
The present firing range area cover the entire area of Durpa due to which there
is not an inch of land left for extension of the village.
(Dura Village Welfare Committee)
Takam Epak, Secretary
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