Forum writes to PM, seeks CBI enquiry
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: Arunachal Justice Forum in a representation to the Prime Minister
of India has alleged that under the current Chief Minister, Arunachal has suffered
Citing several examples, the organization sought the attention of the Prime Minister
on alleged cases of corruption and demanded institution of CBI inquiry against Chief
Minister Nabam Tuki.
It demanded CBI inquiry into numerous cases allegedly against the Chief Minister
as well as Tuki’s resignation for impartial CBI enquiry.
It also demanded CBI enquiry against Padi Richo, President APCC for alleged misappropriation
of public funds with fraudulent activities worth Rs. 28 crore in computer aided learning.
It also sought appointment of state Lokayukta as soon as possible among others.
PMC ward bye-poll notified
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: State Election Commission (SEC) has notified the bye-election for
Ward No five of Pasighat Municipality yesterday. Polling will be held on December
16 and counting of votes will take place on Dec 19. (The polling date was wrongly
printed as Dec 12 in place of Dec 16 in previous issue of this daily.)
DC inspects damaged mini hydels
TEZU, Nov 18: Deputy Commissioner Tamiyo Tatak inspected the Mini Hydro Schemes of
Duranallah and Tafragam, Tezu today which are damaged in various locations. The damages
were caused in the last monsoon season.
Executive Engineer Hydro Power (Electro & Mechanical) Jumbom Geyi has informed that
immediate restoration of the damage is necessary for undisrupted power supply in
and around Tezu township and its adjoining areas. The MHS Duranallah has a capacity
of 300KW and MHS Tafragam-250 KW, provides power supply to Loiliang and Tafragam
In addition, the two MHS also provide power supply in District Medical, VKV School
Tezu, VKV Tafragam.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner has asked the Executive Engineer to submit a report
and assured to render every possible help and assistance for its immediate restoration.
‘Make the workers aware of benefits”: Karbak
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: The Parliamentary Secretary-cum-chairman, APB&OCWWB, Nyamar Karbak
urged the trade union leaders to make the workers at grassroots level aware of the
various benefits extended to them by the Board.
Addressing a meeting of all the trade union presidents and secretaries of various
departments at Board office today, Karbak appreciated trade union leaders for their
co-operation in delivering benefits to workers. He informed that the Board is organizing
a mega health camp cum awareness programme at Raj Bhawan and Governor JP Rajkowa
has consented to attend the function.
Forum appeals DC to reconsider Itanagar-Hollongi road closure notification
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: The Vth Lower Balijan Indigenous People Forum strongly opposed
the notification issued by the Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner to close down
the Itanagar-Hollongi road for one month for undertaking construction works, including
earth cutting, of the 4-lane road.
While urging the DC for reconsideration of the decision, the Forum in a representation
to the Deputy Commissioner stated that the Hollongi-Itanagar road serves is the lifeline
for the people of Lower Balijan and closure of the road will bring hardship to the
people of the area, who frequently use the road.
Digital class room and English language lab inaugurated at SFS College
AALO Nov.18: Digital Class Room and English Language Laboratory was inaugurated at
SFS College Aalo by Rt. Rev. Dr. John Thomas, Bishop of Itanagar on his official
tour to the college recently in presence of Rev. Fr. Augustine Manager, Fr. Vipin
George Principal, Sr. Anne vice principal, Sr. Belsy COE, staffs and students.
It is a part of SFS College’s constant effort to introduce technology in teaching
learning process of the college.
It would give access to the students the latest development in various disciplines
and the English language lab would enable the students to learn the English language.
Cashless Mini Perc surgery on 7-yr-old boy
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: The doctors at Samaritan Hormin Hospital have successfully performed
Mini Perc (Mini PCNL) surgery, a very complicated form of surgery on a 7-year-old
boy under the Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Universal Health Insurance Scheme
(APCMUHIS) without any cost incurred.
The patient who belongs to a very poor background, and hails from a very remote area
of Arunachal Pradesh, with no monetary support for medical treatment was referred
to Guwahati, said a hospital press statement.
This boy have underwent several treatments over a period of 2 years for Kidney stone
with hydronephosis under various doctors in Tezpur, Assam and in state capital from
where he was referred outside the state for surgical intervention.
On Nov 13, the boy’s family members upon hearing the facilities for such surgical
procedure being available at the Hormin Hospital, immediately got admitted under
Vodafone in Changlang
CHANGLANG, Nov 18: Changlang North MLA Tesam Pongte launched Vodafone service in
Changlang district headquarters in presence of Changlang Deputy Commissioner Wayong
Khimhun. Inaugurating the Mini-store, he hoped that with the launch of Vodafone,
the problems of communication bottleneck of the district headquarters will be solved.
He urged the company to provide good quality services and maintain consistency.
Earlier Zonal Business Manager, Vodafone Arnab Banerjee assured of company’s best
services to the customers.
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: The All Arunachal Pradesh Saakshar Bharat Mission Employee Association
(AAPSBMEA) has submitted a memorandum to the Union Minister of Human Resource Development
and Union Minister of State for Home Affairs today, seeking early fulfillment of
its demands. The demands of the Association include; regularization of Saakshar
Bharat Mission (SBM) employees, release of pending honorarium as well as its enhancement,
immediate release of pending state share, establishment of Adult Education Center
at 1713 Gram Panchayats, supply of TLM, issue of computer set to each state, district
and block coordinators.
Khonsa boy wins Governor Quiz event
KHONSA, Nov 18: Ngamtu Atoa, a class -XI student of Government Higher Secondary School
won the state level Governor's GK quiz running trophy in a quiz competition held
at Naharlagun on Nov 15. He received a trophy and a cash award of Rs.5,000. Eleven
groups from various schools in the state participated in the quiz competition. Atoa
was the lone participant from Tirap district. He hails from Moktowa village in Dadam
area. Tirap Deputy Commissioner Ravi Jha while congratulating Atoa when the latter
called on him has decided to award him with some cash incentives. (DIPRO)
CM’s grant loin loom scheme
KHONSA, Nov 18: The Department of Textile and Handicrafts, Tirap district distributed
Acylic yarn under the Chief Minister’s Grant Loin Loom Scheme 2013-14 on Nov 16 to
the deserving handloom beneficiaries (weavers) of Tirap.
ZPC Tirap Chawang Lowang and ZPM Khela-Lamsa block Sontung Lowang Bangsia, while
addressing the beneficiaries advised them to avail such opportunities to the maximum
for their self sustenance rather than looking for government jobs. Both of them also
spoke on several government schemes which would benefit them.
The Assistant Director, Textile & Handicrafts, Khonsa, Chanyok Rajkumari in her keynote
address informed the weavers regarding the scheme and encouraged them to come forward
with assorted traditional based handloom products for promotion of handloom sector
in Tirap district.
Job Mela cum skill development awareness rally
NAMSAI, Nov 18: The Namsai district administration organized a meeting with PRI members
at DC’s office premises today in connection with conduct of job mela cum skill development
awareness and trainees selection rally.
Namsai Deputy Commissioner R K Sharma in his speech urged the Panchayat members
to ensure huge participation so that the unemployed youth and the school dropouts
can be skilled in different trade for earning their livelihood instead of seeking
Government jobs which is very limited.
ADI Namsai B R Dey asked the PRI members to ensure maximum participation from all
section of the society.
The aim of the meeting was to sensitize the PRI members about the Chief Minister
Flagship Programme on creation of skill and to create job opportunities for the unemployed
youth of the district.
AAPLU seeks posting of ROs
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: Claiming that several district headquarters such as Yinkoing, Anini,
Anjaw, Roing and Longding are facing problems due to non-posting of registration
officers, All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union (AAPLU) sought immediate posting of
registration officers (RO) at mentioned places.
In its representation to Arunachal Pradesh Building and Others Construction Workers
Welfare Board (APB&OCWWB) Chairman, AAPLU stated that posting of ROs would help the
workers to get the benefits of the schemes under the Board.
KVK Scientists visit remote villages
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: A team of KVK Anjaw scientists led by Senior Scientist-cum-Head
Dr. Manish Kanwat visited remote Suphliang, Chameliang, Metengliang and Barfu villages
of Anjaw district to apprise the farmers about the newly launched Soil Health Card
During the visit, the team inspected the farmers fields and informed them about Soil
Health Card which will provide crop-wise recommendation of nutrients and fertilizers
required for the individual farmers to enhance crop productivity. The team also collected
soil samples by making a grid of 10 ha area in selected villages with the objective
of creating awareness among the farmers about the soil fertility status and to promote
soil test based nutrient management through analyzing the strength and weakness of
Kena for proper marketing strategies for promotion of tourism
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: Transport, Cooperation & Civil Aviation Minister Jomde Kena stressed
the need of proper marketing strategies for promotion of tourism in the state. The
Minister said this while inaugurating a tourists’ resort near Likabali Check gate
Appreciating the owner of the resort Ibi Dirchi for her courage and entrepreneurship
skills, Kena encouraged the local youths to come forward and open more such resorts
and hotels for self employment.
Sub-Divisional Officer, Likabali, other head of department, prominent citizen, Panchayat
members of Likabali area attended the inaugural function.
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: A three days training on "Management Development" for senior and
middle level officers from various Heads of Offices commenced at Administrative Training
Institute (ATI), Naharlagun today.
The training is being conducted by a team of highly qualified professionals from
Integrated Business Information System and Solutions (IBISS), Kolkata who are expertise
in managements and human resource development.
The programme aims at sensitizing the senior officers in identifying leadership traits,
effective management plans, on the essence of team building to inculcate the feeling
of family in the organization and creative and effective decision making skills.
YW Ringu, Addl. Secretary and Director Disaster Management Department inaugurated
ATI Director Pate Marik, Dy. Director Priscilla Tayeng and Asst. Director Nani Khambo
also attended the opening ceremony and spoke.
Educational tour for girl students
PASIGHAT, Nov 18: Thirty girl students from various Upper Primary Residential Schools
of East Siang left for North East Educational (exposure) tour on Nov-15 last escorted
by the Gender Coordinator Obit Jomrang Jamoh under Sarva Siksha Abhiyan.
Gender coordinator Jamoh opined that “such tour will help in personality and confidence
building of the students. An educational tour offers an opportunity for rich experience
and is a tremendous way to facilitate learning”. DIPRO
Kurung Kumey Taekwondo team for Mini Olympics
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: All Kurung Kumey District Taekwondo Association has announced the
district taekwondo team for the ensuing Mini Olympic Games scheduled to be held here
from December 2.
The players were selected after a selection trial conducted at Sangey Lhaden Sports
Academy, Chimpu on November 14 and 15.
The team: (Men): Ranjit Biswakarma (U-48kg), Taba Tamon (U-51kg), Tai Tari (U-55kg),
Bengia Takap (U-59kg), Kano Kon (U-63kg), Joy Chandra Bormon (U-68kg), Lungkung Radhe
(U-73kg), Durga Biswakarma (above 73kg); (Women): Achun Sangha (U-44kg), Nabam Menia
(-47kg), Rikpi Nyodo (U-51kg), Dorik Gamo (U-55kg), Kabak Oni (above 55kg).
Poomsae event: Nisso Atuli (single woman), Rajit Biswakarma (single man), Bengia
Ramu and Chera Chnughu (pair).
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: Papum Pare District Badminton Association will conduct selection
trials on November 21 and 22 at Raj Bhawan Badminton court to select players for
the ensuing Mini Olympic Games scheduled from December 2.
The selection trials will be held for men and women Singles, Doubles (open) and mixed
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: Papum Pare Amateur Boxing Association will conduct selection trial
at SLSA, Chimpu on November 21 to select boxers for the Mini Olympic Games.
The selection trials will be held in the weight categories of 46kg. 48kg, 50kg, 52kg,
54kg, 57kg, 60kg, 63kg, 66kg, 70+kg (men) and 48kg, 50kg, 52kg, 54kg, 57kg, 60+kg,
Amnu Wangcha Memorial Badminton Tourney begins at Longding
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: The first Amnu Wangcha Memorial Inter-departmental Badminton Tournament
exclusively for the officers and officials of various government departments of Longding
began at New Indoor Stadium Longding on November 16.
The tournament was formally inaugurated by Deputy Commissioner. Tope Bam in presence
of DMO Dr. Taka Zirdo, officers and officials.
Abo Monwangham, Organising Secretary explained the importance of organizing such
events in an insurgency afflicted district like Longding with no proper place to
spend leisure time or take part in recreational activities.
Lamgan Wangsu, Convenor gave a briefed account of Late Amnu Wangcha, who was the
queen of Senua Village.
A souvenir-cum-biography of Late Amnu Wangcha was also released to mark the occasion.
The inaugural function ended with an exhibition match.
Sharma qualifies as WKF Kumite Coach
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: Shihan S. Deben Sharma, the Technical Director of Arunachal Karate
Do Association, has qualified as the World Karate Federation (WKF) Kumite Coach.
The announcement was made during the 9th WKF World Karate Championship held in Jakarta,
Indonesia from November 12 to 15.
Sharma is the first karate Coach from entire North East to become WKF certified Kumite
Meanwhile, Shihan Likha Tara, President, Arunachal Karate-Do Association (AKA) and
all the members of AKA congratulated Sharma for his tremendous achievement.
Tukum loses in pre-quarterfinal
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: Laa Tukum’s dream run in the Boys U-15 Singles and Doubles in the
29th Sub-Junior National Badminton Championship 2015 ended today.
Tukum went down fighting to Sarla of Uttar Pradesh 21-19, 15-21, 21-19 sets in pre-quarterfinal
in U-15 Boys Single at Vishakapat-nam today.
The pair of Tukum and Akash Yadav also lost to K Prasanth and M Tharun of Telangana
21-18, 18-21, 21-23 sets, informed Arunachal State Badminton Association.
BJP accuses the Govt of being partial
in PDS, PMGSY payment
Rebia caught in controversy
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: Loaded with allegations pertaining to clearance of Hill Transport
Subsidy (HTS) and Pradhan Mantri Grameen Sadak Yojna (PMGSY) bills, the state Bharatiya
Janata Party (BJP) Joint Action Committee (JAC) headed by its Chairman Tame Phassang
today fired fresh salvo against Nabam Tuki-led state government.
Addressing the media persons at Press Club today, Phassang alleged that Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki has segregated the PMGSY contractors and is selectively giving payment
to the contractors who are singing songs in his praises while sidelining those who
are against him.
Phassang also claimed that the bill amounting to Rs 23 crore had been cleared in
favour of Minister PHED and Disaster Management Takam Pario recently while at the
same time many contractors were sidelined.
JAC Chairman further claimed that Chief Minister has released Rs 35 crores under
Public Distribution System (PDS) HTS despite the matter being sub-judice in the court.
Phassang further alleged that clearing of HTS bills for few selective contractors
is with objective to abet horse-trading.
“Rs 61 crore is under process to be paid to the PDS contractors. I wonder how come
government is paying the contractors despite matter being under sub-judice” Phassang
He informed that to protests against Tuki led government’s policy of segregation
and misuse of power, JAC is staging mass peace rally which will start from Nirjuli
and end at Banquet Hall on November 23. He appealed to the people to support JAC
and its movement against the state government.
Alleging the government for being selective in payment, former Forest Corporation
Vice Chairman Jabring Venia accused the government of not being fair to many genuine
In his address former MLA Lokam Tassar, who is also Chairman, Joint Action Committee
Arunachal Pradesh (JACAP) demanded the police to book and arrest Arunachal Pradesh
Legislative Assembly Speaker Nabam Rebia, based on the alleged FIR filed by one lady
alleging Rebia for making false promise to marry her. While making available the
copies of press note and FIR copies purportedly filed by the lady, Tassar demanded
that Speaker must be booked and arrested for his immoral act and physically abusing
The lady had already made these allegations at a press conference in Guwahati recently.
This daily, however, could not contact the lady or the Speaker for their comments.
Niti Aayog to continue 90:10 funding pattern
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: Much to the delight of centre-dependent states for funds, particularly
Arunachal Pradesh, the Niti Aayog has decided to continue the 90:10 funding pattern
for eight Northeast states and three Himalayan states.
In its notification issued on October 28 last, the Union Ministry of Finance, Department
of Expenditure stated the funding pattern for the Northeast state and three Himalayan
states was decided based on the report of Sub-Group of Chief Ministers on rationalization
of Centrally Sponsored Schemes.
Major centrally sponsored schemes such as Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment
Guarantee Scheme, National Education Mission (including SSA, RMSA, RUSA, Teacher
Training and Adult Education), Mid Day Meal Program, National Health Mission (AYUSH,
Medical Education and RSBY/RSSY) and National Rural Drinking Water Programe etc.
will remain unchanged in funding pattern. It also said that for Pradhan Mantri Gram
Sadak Yojna, instruction will be issued separately.
It is worth mentioning here that Chief Minister’s sub group report on rationalization
of centrally sponsored scheme under the aegis of NITI Aayog which was constituted
on March 9 last had strongly recommended 90:10 sharing pattern in core schemes
for eight North East States. For optional schemes for North East, the sub-group recommended
80:20 Centre-state fund sharing pattern. Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki
is one of the members of the sub-group.
Engineering student dies in road mishap
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: In a tragic road accident, one engineering student identified
as Natung Singhi (24) died when his motor cycle (Bajaj Avenger bearing registration
number AR01H8636) met with an accident at Sood village on Yupia road around 9:30
PM on Tuesday, police said. According to police source, deceased and his brother
Disi Singhi who is undergoing IRBn cadre training were coming from Borum village
towards Itanagar when they met with an accident at Sood.
Late Natung Singhi succumbed to his injuries at Tomo Riba State Hospital Naharlagun,
Disi who sustained grievous injury was rushed to Heema Hospital here, police said.
A case was registered with Naharlagun Police Station (case no 257/15 U/S 304a/ 279
IPC) and the investigation is on.
Late Natung, son of Harku Singhi was pursuing Bachelor of Engineering in Guwahati.
He was from Attangrang Village under Seppa circle in East Kameng district. Meanwhile,
brother of the deceased student lodged an FIR alleging foul play. The FIR alleges
hit and run case leading to tragic death of Natung. The family also urged the police
authority to unearth the truth behind the accident.
All Singhi Welfare Association deeply condoled the premature death of the young student.
In its condolence message, association termed the death of Natung as irreparable
loss to the society and the family members.
BJP demands surrender of the state Govt
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: The state BJP has reiterated its demand that the ruling Congress
Government in the state should surrender paving way for new regime to take over.
Highlighting the present political situation in the state, the BJP in a press statement
claimed that the long political stalemate in the rebel-plagued government has brought
all developmental activities to a grinding halt.
“Boycotting of the CLP meeting convened on November 8 by the rebel MLAs and subsequent
postponement of the CLP meeting have exposed that the Govt. is no more existent,”
the party claimed.
Further, the long absence of the rebel MLAs from the state has totally paralyzed
the state, the party said.
The party also criticized the AICC for maintaining a stoic silence over the present
political rivalry within the Congress legislators in the state.
In the meantime, People’ Party of Arunachal (PPA) in a press statement said that
the Leader of the Opposition should immediately call upon the Governor of the state
to instruct the Chief Minister to prove his majority or step down owning moral responsibility.
“It is very unfortunate that the Tuki led Govt is heading the state in-spite of being
reduced to a complete minority,” PPA secretary general Kaling Jerang said.
NSUI contributes fund towards baby Archim’s treatment
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) has contributed Rs.53,250
to Archim Kri for her medical expense, who is currently undergoing treatment at a
hospital in New Delhi.
The fund was raised through a charity programme launched on Children’s Day on November
14 at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan here.
The six-year-old patient belongs to a very poor family and her parents were unable
to bear the cost of their daughters’ treatment at Institute of Liver & Biliary Science,
New Delhi which is estimated to cost Rs. 12 lakh, informed NSUI in a release.
The idea of the charity in aid of the patient was conceived by State NSUI vice president
Jotam Toko Hannan, Longding district NSUI president Puman Wangsu and state NSUI general
secretary Takar Rie.
The programme was inaugurated by Rajen Nani, general secretary, APCC , in-charge
NSUI and programme implementation in presence of office bearers of NSUI, APYC, Seva
Dal, Mahila Congress and APCC.
FIR on alleged fraudulent PDS payments
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: Maya Dolo, Proprietor of M/s Maya Dolo, PDS Wholesale Nominee-cum-carriage
Contractor in respect of Pakke-Kessang, East Kameng District has lodged a complaint
in the Itanagar Police Station alleging irregularities and discrepancies in the payment
of PDS Bills by the state government.
She alleges that Likha Maj who was empowered by her firm to perform and carry out
contract works raised PDS carriage bill of Rs. 35,05,93,650 (Rupees Thirty Five Crores
Five Lakhs Ninety Three Thousand Six Hundred Fifty) of which around Rs.10,51,78,095
was to be given to the firm. She further alleges that only Rs.3,50,59,365 (Rupees
Three Crores Fifty Lakh Fifty Nine Thousand Three Hundred Sixty Five) amounting to
ten percent as against 30% promised of the total cleared bill was given to her after
the govt cleared the bill on Sept 31, this year. Dolo said Maj did not make the payments
to her as the 60% of the total amounts were allegedly used to pay the political and
bureaucratic establishments. She said that UCO bank, where the alleged transactions
took place should be checked while adding the bank authorities should be directed
not to make any payment against the aforesaid cheques, if the payment has not yet
been made or if it has not been drawn by the recipients of the cheques.
This daily, however was unable to authenticate the allegations leveled in the FIR.
Orgs denounce abusive comments in social media
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: Nabam Welfare Society (NWS) and Nabam Youth Association (NYA) have
denounced the recent abusive and objectionable postings through social networking
sites by some individuals using fake IDs with an ill intension to bring division
among the people of Nabam clan.
They also objected to certain postings against Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and Speaker
Some anti-social people with vested interests are posting highly objectionable comments
on social networking sites with an ill intension to disturb the peace, unity and
harmony among the clan members, said Nabam Epo, NWS chairman in a Press conference
Every individual has the right to freedom of expression and opinion as granted by
the Constitution, but at the same time, the opinions or comments must not hurt the
sentiment and emotion of someone without any substance and established facts, said
While condemning the act by those individuals in strongest term, the NWS cautioned
them to refrain from such illegal activities. NWS and Nabam Youth Association (NYA)
will not tolerate any attempt by any individual or forces to divide and disturb the
peace, unity and age-old relationship among clan members, both the organization said,
and warned those individuals of serious action as per customary law.
“We strongly endorse disposal of any differences among the family members through
established system practiced by our forefathers since time immemorial,” the NWS chairman
said and, called upon those persons who are posting these comments using bogus IDs
to come over ground, if they had courage.
At the same time, both NWS and NYA urged the State Government as well as central
agencies to contain the growing mis-use of social media by strengthening the cyber
cell of the Police Department and deal with iron hand against those found misusing
social networking sites.
Transparency over ‘Impact Management Plan’ questioned
RUKSIN, Nov 18: The East Siang unit of All Arunachal Section Divisional NF Railway
Construction Loading & Unloading Shramik Union (AASDNFRCL&USU) has demanded early
execution of Murkongselek-Pasighat Broad Gauge (BG) railway project and expedite
the process for compensation to affected families.
Union president, Daniel Pada, in a press statement alleged that authority concerned
is delaying the land compensation process even after cadastral survey and public
hearing (1st phase) were completed few months back. He said that the affected families
have expressed their unhappiness over delay in payment of compensation against their
cropland acquisitioned for the proposed BG railway.
The Shramik (labor) union in a meeting held at Ruksin IB today reviewed the terms
and conditions of standing rules for compensation against lands acquisitioned and
other properties lost. Referring state government notification regarding ‘Right to
Fair Compensation and Transparency Act, 2013’, the union demanded the authority for
fixation of land value based on multiplicity factors. Raising question over “transparency”
in the Social Impact Assessment of the proposed railway project, the labour union
said that the affected people are not aware about the ‘Impact Management Plan’ formulated
by the NF railway authority.
Later, the meeting resolved to move the state’s Chief Minister and higher ups of
the NF Railway authority and place demands for early compensation and people friendly
Impact Management Plan.
It is pertaining to mention that the ‘expert committee’ for verification of impact
assessment study report on Murkongselek-Pasighat Broad Gauge (BG) railway during
October this year examined Social Impact Assessment Study (SIAS) report prepared
by a board constituted by East Siang district administration and accepted as they
found the report suitable. The committee later suggested the NF Railway officials
to submit 'Impact Management Plan' clearly describing its strategic plan & policy
for mitigation of the loss and damages with the problems faced by the affected farmers
of the project site.
Burden of Road Traffic Accidents in
[ Mina Toko ]
World Health Organisation (WHO) records that every day over 3,400 people die on the
world's roads and tens of millions of people are injured or disabled. Injuries and
deaths due to road traffic accidents (RTAs) leaves huge burden on health and development
and expected to be fifth leading cause of death by 2030 worldwide.
Statistic record of Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH, GoI) shows that
India has one of the highest numbers of RTAs globally. India faces five lakhs road
accidents every year. About three lakhs persons are crippled and 1.5 lakh lose their
lives annually in five lakh road accidents.
Considering the increasing burden of RTAs worldwide, it is very important to estimate
the magnitude of the burden of RTAs in Arunachal Pradesh as a state but there is
scarcity of information and studies to estimate the various levels of severity in
Nevertheless, in some related studies it is identified that the land of dawn-lit
mountains and home of orchids bear large burden of RTAs. In Arunachal Pradesh, Capital
City (369) witnessed highest number of person killed and injured of RTAs followed
by West Kameng District (364), Lohit (278), West Siang (209) and East Siang (179).
According to the Road Safety Cell-Police Headquarter, Itanagar (RSC-PHQ) data, which
classifies the cause of RTAs are: (i) 48 % of drivers are at fault/ driving errors
(eg. over speed, use of mobile phone, diversion, quarrel, anxiety, sleeplessness,
poor eyesight, driving by minors/ inexperienced, over taking at curves, overloaded
passengers, direction error etc), (ii) 23% of accidents occur under the influence
of alcohol, (iii) 15 % due to no signage & undulating road, vehicle defects are responsible
for 13% of road accidents, (iv)7% of victims are at fault and (v) 10% of accidents
occurs due to other reasons.
Road traffic accidents are increasing in most of the districts of Arunachal Pradesh.
For instance, in the year 2010, RSC-PHQ recorded total number of 293 (fatal & non
fatal) RTAs in Capital city and 308 cases in 2013. And the reasons for increase in
RTAs are: (a) driving license are obtained easily, (b) lack of traffic education/
less traffic sensitive, (c) lack of awareness on hilly driving, (d) over speeding,
(e) high consumption of alcohol, (f) lack of training to drivers, (g) traffic congestion
(h) vulnerable and accident prone vehicles such as Motor cycles, Auto rickshaw, Trekker,
Sumo running extremely liberated in the different routes of the state killing and
injuring highest number of people in compare to other vehicles and (h) lack of police
action due to shortage of manpower and logistics for which Arunachal Pradesh receives
lowest of the lowest budget allocation as compare to other states in India. There
is average penalties amounting Rs. 100/- and conviction by court is less than 1%
in RTAs cases. In other word, the road traffic safety rules and regulations are slackly
enforced. The existing data also highlights that with all the unvoiced and unseen
blockage there has been continuous effort made and initiatives undertaken to prevent
and reduce the burden of RTAs by RSC,PHQ and other concerned offices and organizations.
District wise strict Motor Vehicle (MV) checking and Several numbers of awareness
camp, workshop and training programme were conducted to impart traffic education
to different institutions, people of different age group, and drivers of different
However, still there is rise in RTAs. RTAs are more prone in crowded and uphill districts
of Arunachal Pradesh. There is a need to implement all the RTAs initiatives and Prevention
activities firmly and effectively and create obligatory mass awareness on traffic
education to make the denizens of the state traffic sensitive and to reduce the increasing
burden of RTAs. It is also very important to implement the existing traffic safety
rules and regulations in more systematic manner and concrete action need to be taken
against traffic violators. Otherwise, it is to contemplate on the basis of existing
studies that the increasing burden of RTAs in Arunachal Pradesh may be a leading
contributor to cause of death, injuries and disability leaving social impact (grief,
pain, suffering) and creating a major unresolved public health issue for the state
when there is inadequate public health infrastructures in Arunachal Pradesh. (Mina
Toko , M.Phil in Public Health ,JNU, New Delhi. email id: [email protected])
APHPM&PB to establish cold
storage, collection centres
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: Arunachal Pradesh Horticultural Produce Marketing & Processing
Board (APHPM&PB) has decided to establish a multipurpose cold storage of 1000 MT
capacity along with collection centres within the periphery of Capital Complex and
some other selected areas of the state. The decision was taken in the Board’s meeting
held under the chairmanship of its Chairman Kipa Niya in Naharlagun today.
The meeting also resolved to extend transportation subsidy to boost up the morale
of the farmers. In this regard, the meeting decided to seek Rs.50 crore to 100 crore
from the State Govt. as one time corpus fund under APHPM&PB for creation of required
marketing infrastructure/facilities for the horticultural produces of the State.
Addressing the meeting APHPM&PB Chairman Niya stressed the need of cold storage,
collection centre, packaging units etc for marketing of horticulture produces. He
said that the Board was unable to market the huge horticultural produces due to lack
of necessary infrastructures as horticulture procures are highly perishable.
The Board has been proposing to take up key projects like collection centre, cold
storage, packaging units etc. but the non receipt of corpus fund from the State Govt.
inspite of repeated requests made the Board totally handicapped, Niya said.
“Without financial support from the State Govt. it is impossible for the Board to
take up such important projects,” he said.
Hage Khoda, Vice Chairman, APHPM&PB cum Commissioner Horticulture opined that the
Board needs corpus fund amounting to Rs.50 crore to 100 crore to create the necessary
infrastructure within the Capital Complex and other parts of the State.
T. Tamut, Joint Director of Agriculture and RD Thungon, Joint Registrar Cooperative
Society-cum-Member, APHPM&PB also supported the views of the Commissioner horticulture
by speaking in the same line. They felt that marketing sector in the horticulture
department is one of important sources of employment generation.
Tage Tatung, Managing Director, APHPM&PB highlighted the progress, achievement and
problem being faced by the Board.
Dego Ronya, Horticulture Marketing Officer suggested for formulating proper marketing
strategies since marketing sector is one of the most important parts of the Department.
Job Mela helps in building careers of youths: ZPC
PASIGHAT, Nov 18: Job Mela will help in building careers of many youths, said East
Siang ZPC Kaling Dai while inaugurating the 3rd Job Mela in the DIC office complex
here today. Altogether 460 candidates were selected by 10 VTPs for training during
the job mela.
Addressing the aspiring youths, Dai said it was one of the best flagship programs
of the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki led state Govt to provide better life and job security
to the unemployed youths. This has to be taken seriously by the youths with missionary
zeal to equip them to face the challenges of life, he said.
So far, more than thirty three thousand youths have been absorbed in private sectors,
he said adding Chief Minister Tuki is personally taking interest keeping track of
all the development.
Dy Director (Skill Development) K. Sharma informed about the modalities of selection
and placement in jobs. Hard works and dedication are the key to success, he said
adding candidates should select the trade of their choice and should be committed.
Mahtsam Jamoh, DDI informed that the selected candidates will be sent to various
VTPs and all expenditures like journey, food and lodging will be borne by the government.
ADTH M Pertin and EO M Megu also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO
ICSI workshop exhibits new approach in education process
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: International Chamber for Service Industry (ICSI) with support
of the Education department has organized a special workshop cum training on motivation
talks and career choice for all undergraduate and graduate students of the state
at Vivekananda Hall here yesterday.
Addressing the gathering as resource person on the theme “Enlightening Minds to Unleash
Power Within”, Director General of ICSI, Dr. Gulshan Sharma gave a new dimension
in imparting education which should be stimulating towards extracting talent of every
child. He called upon the students to improve their personality and communication,
computer and life management skills through concept of “Finishing School” under RUSA.
Education should be directly linked with the employment and entrepreneurship of
the students, he added. Sharma also emphasized on empowering teachers through latest
information technology and exposure visit.
Lauding Sharma for his motivational talks and innovative idea in imparting education,
Marnya Ete, Secretary Education, hoped that the ICSI will conduct more such workshops
in all districts of the state for benefit of youths and to channelize youth energy
in positive direction.
Among others, Director, Secondary Education, Dy. Director Elementary Education,
OSD, Higher Education were present on the occasion.
ANSU observes 24th death anniversary of Tallang-Hira
ATSU wins volleyball competition
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: All Tali Students’ Union (ATSU) beat All Yachuli Students’ Union
(AYSU) in the final to win the Volleyball competition organized by All Nyishi Students’
Union (ANSU) to mark the 24th death anniversary of Tallang-Hira.
The final match was played coinciding with the death anniversary of Tallang-Hira
at ANSU office premises here today.
A total of 17 teams participated in the volleyball tournament which was started on
ANSU president Byabang Joram gave away prizes to winner and runners up teams. The
winning team was awarded cash prize of Rs 20,000 with trophy and the runners up team
was given Rs 10,000 with trophy.
Students from various corners of Nyishi inhabitant areas, members of Nyishi Elite
Society, including Tarh Tabin, General Secretary, Nido Savita, General Secretary,
Nyishi Nyem Acham, Techi Doni, Assistant General Secretary, AAPSU, former ANSU leaders,
parents and relatives of both Tallang and Hira attended the programme.
ITBP leads Army in Women’s Empowerment
AALO, Nov.18: The ITBP has already inducted combative lady officer in the Veterinary
Cadre of the Force, which is tasked for an extremely challenging role in providing
veterinary cover and maintaining logistic support at Border Out Posts situated at
altitudes ranging from 9000 to 19000 feet above mean sea level under inhospitable
Till date four lady officers have been commissioned as Assistant Commandants since
2011 onwards, and they have given a sterling account of professionalism, grit determination
in serving in these tough locations, commanding the AT troops in Border Guarding
(BG) units, that employ ponies/mules/yaks to keep the logistics alive to sustain
BOPs with supply of arms, ammunitions, rations and clothing. AT Ponies are also
used for long and short range patrols.
ITBP had taken a pragmatic decision in 2011 to commission Lady Veterinary Officers
in this strategic cadre after much thought.
All the lady VO of ITBP have been posted to border guarding units in high-altitude
terrain and their morale is so high that no one has requested for a plain/peace posting.
In fact they had been given choice and all women VOs opted for Border Units. ITBP
is the first Force of India to train lady VOs in the prestigious Young Officers-Dog
Handling and Management Course, that teaches them to deploy Explosive Detection,
Tracker, Infantry Patrol and Patrol Explosive Detection Dogs in Counter-Insurgency
and Anti-Sabotage Checks during internal security duties.
In addition to this, they are also performing duties of multi-role officers by taking
over additional command roles in unit like Adjutant, Quarter Master, Intelligence
The lady veterinary officers of ITBP are fully combatised and trained not only to
provide veterinary cover, but also trained in handling of sophisticated automatic
weapons, battle-craft, field craft, rock-climbing, man-material management, supply
chain logistics and command of the AT elements during peace and war. After successful
induction of women in the tough Vet Cadre, the DG ITBP has set in motion formalities
to induct 30% women in the General Duty Cadre of ITBP. DIPRO
Trainings on quality assurance standard and immunization
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: Three days Internal Assessor Training on National Quality Assurance
standard is being conducted at Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun from today. The
training, being organized by Arunachal State Health Society, aims to equip technical
knowledge of measurement system for quality Assurance and Assessment protocol.
Addressing the training MD (NHM) P N Thungon said that implementing the Swachh Bharat
Abhiyan in hospital will provide an opportunity to sensitize public towards cleanliness.
While exhorting the trainees to learn as much from the training, he further said
that all should ensure that assessment is done properly and meet the criterion set
for Kayakalp award. He emphasized on peer and self assessment to provide better health
Resources person Dr Nikhil Prakash, senior consultant health system resources center
giving overview of National Quality Assurance said quality is the core and most important
aspect of service being rendered at any health facility.
Consultant Dr Deepika highlighted on the measurement system for quality assurance
and assessment protocol.
Meanwhile, the second session of training on routine immunization for medical officers
of Arunachal Pradesh under IMR reduction program started at seminar hall of Directorate
of Health Services, Naharlagun today.
Dr Emi Rumi Jt.DHS (FW) while inaugurating the program exhorted the participants
from all districts of Arunachal Pradesh to sincerely undergo the training and clear
all confusions regarding routine immunization as they will be the key person as well
as best coordinator in the CHC/PHC for planning and implementation of immunization
to pregnant women and children of their respective areas. He also highlighted the
poor status of full immunization of the state while adding that role of medical officers
as well as communities are very vital for successful immunization process. OSD IMR
Dr TTaloh also spoke at the event.