November 20

GSU reiterates school uniform demand

ITANAGAR, Nov 19: Galo Students Union (GSU) has called on the Deputy Commissioner, West Siang  to immediately stop further dispatch of school uniforms to various schools of West Siang district. Earlier, the GSU members had said that uniforms are of small sizes with a very low quality. Now that the uniforms have been dispatched despite our repeated appeals, we are receiving numerous complaints from the students as well as the parents, it said.

Despite repeated submission of representations not to dispatch the school uniforms without properly verifying the size as well as quality, the DDSE has dispatched the school uniforms to most of the schools under the district, the students said. It also called for recall of all the unfit uniforms which had been dispatched earlier by the office of DDSE, Aalo as well as stoppage of payment to the uniform supplier till the issue is sorted out.

The union appealed to the Deputy Commissioner to personally intervene and address the concerns raised by the GSU.


Tuki likely to attend Nitish oath

PATNA, Nov 19: In a bid to showcase the Bihar victory on a large scale, six CMs of Congress ruled states including Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister  Nabam Tuki would attend the swearing-in  ceremony of new Bihar government at Gandhi Maidan here on Friday. Other CMs of Congress ruled states who would attend the ceremony include Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah, Assam CM Tarun Gogoi, Sikkim CM P K Chamling, Manipur CM O Ibobi Singh.  Apart from the  six CMs,   the official guest list has names of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, her Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal and UP CM Akhilesh Yadav.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi accepted the invitation of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar but will not be able to make it to the event due to prior engagements. The PM has decided to depute Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu to represent the Union Government at the ceremony on Friday. PTI


Tribunal orders fresh poll

ITANAGAR, Nov 19: The Arunachal Pradesh Panchayat Election Tribunal has ordered the authorities to conduct fresh ZPM election under 9-Gusar Anchal Samity segment in Upper Subansiri district.

Hearing the case PR (ET) No 09/2013 filed by petitioner Puto Bui of Dumporijo, Justice H N Sarma (retd) of Election Tribunal  in its judgment and order issued on  Nov 16 found that the nomination  paper of the petitioner was illegally rejected by the Returning Officer on certain non-existent ground.

The petitioner was deprived from contesting ZPM election from Gusar Anchal segment and his valuable democratic right has been deprived, the Tribunal observed. “Accordingly the election and results thereof in respect of Gusar Anchal segment is set aside and the election petition is allowed.”

The Tribunal directed the official respondents to accept the nomination of the petitioner as an independent candidate on the choice of the symbol and to hold fresh election within a period of 30 days from the date of the order.  Bui in his petition challenged the legality and validity of election of ZPM from 9-Gusar Anchal Block under Dumporijo constituency during May, 2013.


Be partners in progress: Siram

PASIGHAT, Nov 19: Nabam Tuki led government is always supportive of the development and progress of Arunachal Pradesh, claimed Advisor to Chief Minister, Bosiram Siram while addressing the PRIs, councilors and senior citizens in a development meeting held at Pasighat today.

Siram further called upon one and all to be partners in progress to take the state to newer heights.

Informing on the Skill Development programme of the state government, Siram urged upon the youths to come up for training with state support for jobs in the private sectors. He said that government is trying to reach out to the people spread over the vast geographical area of the state through various schemes under social security and social inclusion programme.

Among others, ZPC Kaling Dai, PMC Chief Councillor Denong Tamuk, ZPMs and many senior citizens also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO


National Integration Day observed

ITANAGAR, Nov 19: The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) observed National Integration Day at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan here today.

During the Day, which is observed to mark the 98th Birth Anniversary of late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, PCC office bearers, frontal organization, councillors of IMCs, DCCs, CCCs, BCCs and party workers paid rich floral tributes to the portrait of the late leader on the occasion.

APCC Vice President (Hq & Admn) TC Tok  recalled late Indira Gandhi as a leader who took up one radical step and followed boldly upon another for national peace and communal harmony.   APCC General Secretary Rajen  Nani  also termed  her as the  champion of  secular ideas and  said  that she  will  always be remembered  for  her  iron determination, bold initiatives  and  supreme  sacrifices for the unity and integrity of the  nation.

APPC vice president Tadar Yedir also spoke on the occasion.


Tayeng visits fire victims, provides assistance

ROING, Nov 19: Gum Tayeng, Parliamentary Secretary for WRD and local MLA of 42-Dambuk Assembly Constituency met fire victims at Jia-I village wherein three houses were completely burnt down by fire on November 12 last.

She interacted with the family members of the fire victims and provided financial assistance and CGI Sheets to each family to facilitate re-construction of their houses. While visiting the sites, she advised the villagers to maintain some minimum distance between the houses and plant trees in the vicinity.

She was accompanied by General Secretary of ABK district unit Abu Saring, Anchal Chairperson of 3-Meka Anchal Block Tibul Tayeng, ASM of Jia-I Oimang Modi, and ASM of Jia-III Mamin Pertin. (DIPRO)


Review meeting on MNGRES

ITANAGAR, Nov 19:  A meeting was convened under the chairmanship of Tirap DC-cum-District Programme Coordinator, Ravi Jha to review the implementation of  Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) in Tirap district, which was attended by APDC District Project Director, Dahey Sangno, BDOs, Programme officers and other block level functionaries at Khonsa today.  

The chairman while interacting with the BDOs/POs pointed out that some of the works selected by the Gram Sabhas were not specific about the locations of the proposed works.  He also stressed on the necessity for timely completion of labour budgets, update of MIS and maintenance of proper records.

Assuring all possible technical and logistic support at DRDA level, the District Project Director, urged the BDOs and POs to capture realistic works demand on timely basis on MIS. He stated that since the MGNREGS is a demand-driven scheme, it would a great disservice to the poor people of the district if flow fund is hampered just because of non-reflection of work demands on the MIS.  Sangno also pointed out that some blocks do not give due importance to the quality of photographs of three stages of works and standard sign boards at the worksites.

It was later decided in the meeting to activate the gram panchayat level payment committees to ensure transparency and convenience to the villagers.


Relief donated to fire victims

ITANAGAR, Nov 19: East Kameng Christian Forum (EKCF) has donated blankets, utensils and other articles to the fire victim near Circuit House Seppa where two SPT buildings were gutted down in a fire accident that broke out on November 16 last. A team of EKCF visited the site and assessed the losses.


Govt Women’s College celebrates annual day

ITANAGAR, Nov 19: Govt Women’s college, Lekhi is celebrating its first annual College day with the theme ‘There is no force equal to a woman determined to rise’.

Speaking during its inaugural session today, Education and WRD Minister Tapang Taloh said that a student's life is a golden life but it should be enjoyed responsibly by optimum utilization of time. He described college day celebration as an opportunity for students to showcase their talents and abilities.

Expressing his government's commitment for women empowerment, he encouraged and exhorted students not to lose hope and talked of women achievers to inspire them. “A Malala should be born from this institution,” he urged.

Director, Higher and Technical Education Dr. Tejum Padu expressed happiness that a college for women has been finally established in the state.

"If a woman is educated, a generation is educated", said Padu emphasizing on the importance of educating women.

Various cultural programmes were performed on the occasion.

Later, a memorandum was submitted by the college union to the minister.


APMCC meets Sonia

ITANAGAR, Nov 19: The Arunachal Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee (APMCC) has appraised Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi that all is well in the state and that there is no leadership crisis.

The 21 rebel Congress MLAs from the state are currently in New Delhi in an attempt to try and convince the party high command to oust Chief Minister Nabam Tuki. However, as per reports the rebel legislators have not been able to gain an audience with party heads. Today, APMCC called on Congress president Sonia Gandhi to reaffirm their support for Tuki.

APMCC president Kamla Linggi, vice-presidents Modi Mai, Nabam Yakum and general secretary Sang Droima called on Sonia Gandhi and appraised her about the current political situation in the state.

They informed her that the rank and file of the Congress family is with Nabam Tuki. After a patient hearing, the Congress chief thanked them for expressing their unity.


Inter Taraso champion trophy 2015 starts

ITANAGAR, Nov 19: The Taraso Circle inter championship trophy cum literary & culture awareness camp commences today.

Papum Pare Zilla Parishad chairperson, Nabam Aka inaugurated the four day event being organised by Taraso Circle Youth Association (TCYA).

Various sporting events and cultural programmes marked the day.

Speaking on the occasion, ZPC Nabam Aka said that there is no way without education and competition. This programme will encourage our youths of Taraso circle to join cultural, educational and educational events at the district and state level.

She announced one class room each for Bormai Residential and Dariabill residential school of the circle and sanctioned fund for arranging social service for school at Daryabill.

ASM Chairperson Taraso, Pane Takang, ASM Bormai, Ngurang Tatung, TCYA President Tacha John also spoke on the occasion. Headmaster Secondary School, Nabam Chang, former Pradesh Councillor Nabam Rungki, GBs, public and students of various schools of the circle were present in the function.


First lady teacher remembered

ITANAGAR, Nov 19: As a tribute to the first lady teacher of the state Lt. Telosai Mele, Denning Society on her first death anniversary today instituted a prize for the girls excelling academically in Lohit district in the academic session of 2014-15 in class x and XII.

Awards were given for class X to Shabnam Tamai of VKV Sunpura; while Asula Ngadong of Class XII, Commerce of GHSS Tezu, Diyalu Rangmang Class XII Science, JNV Mahadevpur and Rajemsi Chiba Class XII  Humanity of GHSS Tezu too received the prize for excelling in their respective class. The topper of the Denning College for Teacher Education (B.Ed) Sailu Bellai also received the prize.

 The prizes were given away by the Deputy Commissioner, Lohit T. Tatak.

While giving away the prizes to the awardees Tatak appreciated the gesture of the Denning Society and the family members in their effort to pay tribute to first lady teacher by encouraging girls to excel in their education.

The eldest daughter of the late teacher, Maya Linggi, currently serving as additional director, Lok Sabha Secretariat, New Delhi recalled the life and times of her mother. Former colleague of late teacher RK Tiwari and former student Hage Bibijan too spoke on the occasion.


80 youths selected in Job Mela at Pangin

ITANAGAR, Nov 19: The maiden Job Mela cum selection rally at Siang district headquarters Pangin was conducted by the District Industries Centre, Siang district on Nov 19.

DC Siang, Dr. N Lego and ZPC Siang, Opung Jerang attended the training. The DC and the ZPC lauded the Job Mela for providing job opportunities to the unemployed youth and called for awareness among the youth and avail such facility.

Assistant Director of Industries, Pangin, Totik Pertin briefed about the Job Mela and the selection procedure and the benefits provided by the state government.

A total of 80 youth were selected in the Job Mela for training by the VTPs.


NCP condemns incident

ITANAGAR, Nov 19: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) state unit has condemned the opposition party for allegedly using and motivating a female as a political instrument to displace Nabam Rebia from the post of Speaker of Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly.

In a release, NCP unit stated that this is nothing but character assassination in political arena and society. Opposition party should refrain from nefarious political activities and the whole incident is uncalled for, it added.

The party has urged the police department to investigate into the case to dig out the truth and give justice.


AKDDSU submits memo to education minister

ITANAGAR, Nov 19: The All Kra-Daadi District Students’ Union (AKDDSU) has demanded for posting of a regular principal at Govt Higher Secondary School, Palin saying that the DDSE is holding the additional charge as the Principal of the school. It submitted a memorandum to the Education Minister in this regard.

The union has also called for immediate posting of subject teachers in the school as well as connmencement of academic session of the Model College


AGYO disowns press statement

ITANAGAR, Nov 19: The All Galo Youth Organization (AGYO) has reacted to a news report with the headline “Come to state or resign: Orgs to rebel MLAs” saying that it is not party to it. A news report was published on the edition of November 18 wherein All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Forum (AAPYF), Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Organization (APSO) and AGYO had come down against the rebel MLAs.

AGYO was never consulted, nor it gave any approval for such press statement, it claimed in a release.


Unannounced raid at hotels and restaurants

AALO NOV 19: Unannounced raid was carried out at hotels and restaurants in Aalo Township on Wednesday led by Liyi Bagra, EAC Town Magistrate with the official of District Civil Supply Department where more than 30 domestic use gas cylinders were seized.

Defaulters were booked under appropriate section of law for black marketing of gas cylinders and use of domestic gas cylinders in their hotels and restaurants for business purposes. More such raids will be conducted in the coming days. DIPRO


Illegal structure demolished

ITANAGAR, Nov 19: On receiving a complaint from the office of Botanical Survey of India, Senki Park, the Chief Estate Officer cum Additional District Magistrate along with the police personnel and public premises protection force rushed to the campus and demolished many gardens and public toilets constructed illegally found within its premises including compound wall and a RCC septic tank.


VKV students excel

TEZU, Nov 19:  Sanghamitra  Phukan  of  VKV  Tafragam  and  Aido  Lego  of  VKV  Sunpura  secured first and  second  position  respectively in the District Level Science Exhibition conducted at BRC Training Building here today. Students from various schools of the district participated in the programme which was organized by Tezu BEO in charge Joseph Pertin on behalf of DDSE Lohit. (DIPRO)



ITANAGAR, Nov 19: Chief Minister has expressed deep sense of sorrow and shock over the sudden demise of Late D Ngemu, who was a LDC in the state government service. Ngemu had met with an accident during election duty at Kurung Kumey in 2014 and was referred to GNRC Guwahati. He could not recuperate from the injury and after more than a year, he succumbed to injuries at a Guwhati Hospital. The CM remembered Ngemu for his sincerity and devotion towards his duties.




BJP state unit has brought to our notice that there is no Joint Action Committee (JAC) constituted by the party and the party has nothing to do with it. The party has constituted a Sub-Committee under the banner of Jan Andolan Committee headed by Tame Phassang.

The name of Taloko Darang of Komsing village, who was felicitated by media fraternity for his pioneering role in horticulture, was wrongly mentioned as Takong Darang in the lead news published in this daily on Nov 18 last.  The inadvertent errors are regretted.




News Impact


School girl killed in Sootea, agitated mob targets Arunachal bound vehicles

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Nov19: Agitated mob in Sootea along National Highway 52 under Sonitpur District in Assam today targeted Arunachal registered vehicles, after a school girl identified as Sultana Parbin, a 13-year-old daughter of Md. Abdul Kadir died after being hit by speeding Scorpio bearing registration number AR01H-1367 near a Girls High School around 9:30 am.

The girl died on the spot after being hit by Scorpio, Biswanath Charali SP informed. SP further added that vehicle belonged to a Deputy Director of Horticulture. The driver and vehicle were later detained by Assam police at Jamugrihat Police Station.  A case was registered with Sootea police station (case number 209/15 U/S 279/304(A)/427 IPC).

The incident fueled public anger, as many vehicles coming from Bomdila, Guwahati and Seppa were reportedly attacked and pelted stone by students and the public.

“Considering the situation, we had to detain Arunachal registered vehicles at BiswanathCharali Police Station to avert untoward incident and safety of the passengers, SP added.

Many Tata Sumos plying from Itanagar had to return. Sources informed that as many as fifty Arunachal registered vehicles were stranded at Biswanath Charali and Choibari after the incident.

“My vehicle has been damaged by the mob, while I was crossing Sootia” said Tango Sonam, a government employee who was coming from Bomdila to Itanagar.

Later, the stranded vehicles were escorted out safely by Assam police assisted by Papum Pare SP PN Khrimey who rushed to spot after being informed about the incident.  The police source informed that the situation is now back to normal after the arrest of Scorpio driver.



BDO under scanner for MGNREGA funds misappropriation, PRI leaders demand action

ITANAGAR, Nov 19: The Panchayat members of 9- Papu Valley and 13- Pakke-Kessang CD Block today demanded the Principal Secretary (Vigilance) and Rural Development Department including the police authority to initiate action against then BDO Pakke-Kessang cum Programe Officer of MGNREGA Kipa Taro for allegedly misappropriating funds amounting to Rs1,76,82,762 (Rupees one crore seventy six lakh eighty two thousand seven hundred sixty two) only.  Armed with compendium of documents which substantiates its claim, the PRI leaders alleged that the then BDO cum PO MGNREGA misappropriated the fund.

In its letter to Principal Secretary Vigilance, the PRI leaders headed by ZPM 9 Papu Valley (East) Mering Natung and Anchal Chairperson, 9 Papu Valley (East)Memak Tana claimed that after receiving the amount,  the BDO/PO fraudulently withdrew the money without knowledge and consent of concern Gram Panchayat.

The withdrawn amount which was supposed to be paid to the beneficiaries was transferred to his personal account and personally withdrawn to several account by showing bogus procurement materials without the consent of Chairperson of respective Gram Panchayats, PRI leaders further claimed.  The amount actually was to be deposited in the master account of  MGNREGA, to be jointly operated  by Programm Officer and an administrative/gazettes officer of block level, it added.

An enquiry Committee was constituted through ADC Seppa and the Deputy Commissioner has recommend to the Principal Secretary, Vigilance to initiate appropriate action against the BDO for misappropriation of MGNREGA fund.  

The PRI leaders expressed its resentment that despite the recommendation, no disciplinary action has been initiated by the Vigilance Department so far and rather the BDO was transferred to Namsai CD Block.

According to supporting document, a criminal complaint case was filed before the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Seppa and the Court had ordered and directed the O.C P.S Seppa to register a case and to submit the report.

Accordingly, it registered a case No. 113/2015 U/s 409/420/471/468/34 IPC.

Later the accused BDO moved anticipatory bail application before Gauhati High Court but same was rejected by the court.



RWD rejects BJP claims, says all norms followed

ITANAGAR, Nov 19: Chief Executive Officer ARRDA, RWD has denied that there was any partiality in the payment of PMGSY contractors or floating of norms.  The accusation made by BJP’s Joint Action Committee is incorrect, it said.  

“Payment was released after fulfilling all PMGSY norms to 56 contractors.  Naturally bills of many contractors could not be cleared and as alleged no partiality was done. In fact, massive exercise was carried out to verify the bills raised by the contractors by cross engaging the SEs and EEs/PIUs.  Accordingly payments were released as per performance of the contractors” said an official release.

ARRDA have pending liabilities of Rs. 275 crore in 145 road works as in during 1st week of November, 2015.  But fund released as 2nd installment by centre was Rs. 75.28 crore (Rs. 14.18 + Rs. 61.10 crore) only. The requirement of fund for 2015-16 is Rs. 1200 crore and allocation is only Rs. 275 crore against a work load of Rs. 1600 crore approx for which ARRDA has already placed an additional demand of Rs. 600 crore to the Ministry of Rural Developmet in the RE.  

It called for the contractors to bear with the department till the fund position improves.



Lady withdraws FIR against Rebia

ITANAGAR, Nov 19: In an interesting twist to the case involving Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Speaker Nabam Rebia, his alleged live-in partner, who filed an FIR against him for allegedly making false promise to marry her, today sought withdrawal of the FIR.

While talking to this daily, Officer in Charge of women police station CN Bui informed that the lady had come to the police station and submitted an application seeking withdrawal of FIR lodged by her on Nov 15 against Rebia.

“Once a case is lodged, the FIR cannot be withdrawn. She has right to seek withdrawal of FIR but on our part we will investigate the case,” informed OC Bui.

As per the copy of withdrawal letter which is available with this daily, the lady wrote, ““I had lodged an FIR against Nabam Rebia due to my mental frustration. In real, no such incident happened... The allegation was made only for petty things and due to misunderstanding that aroused in between us. I request your authority to allow me to withdraw my FIR copy. Moreover, I am not interested to pursue the matter further.”



Over 45% in Lohit & Namsai do not have toilets

ITANAGAR, Nov 19:  About 45.03% households in Lohit and Namsai districts do not have toilet as per 2011 census, said Namsai Assistant Engineer-cum-Nodal Officer of SBM, Pojom Padu while addressing a department of PHE & WS Namsai division organized meeting at Kaba panchayat on the occasion of World Toilet Day in Namsai on Thursday.

Highlighting on the importance of World Toilet Day, Padu pointed out that still over 45 percent of household in Lohit and Namsai districts do not have toilet and further explained the various reasons for disuse of toilets.

Junior Engineer KPA Khose exhorted the panchayat members to shoulder more responsibility and extend whole hearted support to the ongoing construction of 178 numbers of Individual Household Latrines (IHHLs) sanctioned under Swachh Bharat Mission (G) in the panchayat. Earlier, Consultant HRD Kaling Pao emphasized on the need to adopt hygienic habits which he said is the only way to prevent various type of diseases that are caused due to poor sanitation. He also urged all stakeholders to take the lead to make every Gram Panchayat Open Defecation Free. Consultant WS Dushamso Minin also elaborated the role and function of Village Water & Sanitation Committee (VWSC).

While stating that Village Water & Sanitation Committee is the apex body at gram panchayat level, Kaba Panchayat GB Ligam Bagra urged them to regularly monitor the sustainability of Nirmal status of the panchayat.  

The programme was attended by PRI leaders, VWSCs, ASHA Workers, Anganwadi Workers, school teachers, students and general public.



Tawang reels under acute power problem

ITANAGAR, Nov 19: Acute power supply crisis has heavily affected Tawang and the tourist town is reeling under darkness since last one month. Highlighting the adverse affects of the power cut in Tawang, The Humanity Group, a Tawang based NGO stated that the people of Tawang had to be content with only five to seven hours of power supply before, but now since last few weeks the town is receiving only two hours of power supply.  

The inadequate power supply has adversely affected the tourists coming to Tawang as the flow of tourist is increasing year after year. Basic amenities like lodging, transportation etc are provided by the locals to the tourists and the absence of power supply has affected both tourists and locals alike. Small businesses like cyber café, motor garage etc dependent on electricity have been rendered functionless. Even the ATMs are not working and charging a cell phone is out of question, added the release.

The public and villagers of the area have been waiting patiently to see the restoration of power but the situation has not improved. While, the bungalows of the VIPs and the VIP colonies have uninterrupted power supply, the schools and offices are reeling under the power cut, added the release. According to the NGO, Tawang has mini hydel projects with a total generating capacity of 18.4 MW and the 6.8 MW is required to fulfill the power demands of whole Tawang, but only 2.5 MW is being generated from all the hydel projects at present.

Further citing official apathy and bad execution of works, the Humanity Group stated that a 6 megawatt hydel station at Shakang–Chhu (Gongkhar Village) was completed and commissioned, but just after few weeks of operation, the hydel station failed due to poor construction and cheap machineries.



LDSU wants early construction of Kanubari-Longding TAH

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Nov 19: Deviating from its earlier stance against the sub-contract of Longding-Kanubari Trans-highway to any individual or contractor, the Londgding District Students Union (LDSU) has said that the Union is no longer opposing sub-contract, rather want the project be started as soon as possible. We are concerned about the quality of work and whoever may be the executing agency, the work quality should not be compromised, the Union said.

Demanding the state Govt to intervene and direct the construction agency to executive the highway road at the earliest without compromising with quality, LDSU President Manglem Wangsu today clarified before the media persons at the Press Club here that its objection raised earlier against sub-contract  work was based on the tender guidelines prescribed under the CPWD manual. Certain clauses of the National Highway Infrastructure Development Corporation guidelines clearly stated that contractor shall not offer sub-contract works in more than 70 percent of the total length of the project Highway, the  Union pointed out. However, it is no longer opposing sub-contract and reiterated that the work quality should not be compromised.

An Ahmadabad based Construction Company Montecarlo Construction Pvt Ltd, who is the executing agency of the highway, has reportedly awarded contract work to a local contractor under sub-head system. Earlier, LDSU strongly opposed the sub-contract claiming that it would degrade the quality of work.

The union further said that despite the tender process of the said project was completed in March 2015, the project work is halted due to delay in disbursement of compensation amount to land affected peoples. The LDSU urged the district administration, chief secretary and  the implementing agency to sort out the land compensation issue at  the earliest.

“ We want the land compensation issue be solved at the earliest so that project starts without much hindrance” added LDSU president.



Hostel for Nursing School as DME, T&R celebrates foundation day

NAHARLAGUN, Nov 19: The Directorate of Medical Education, Training &Research celebrated its 2nd Foundation day with inauguration of hostel for nursing students of Arunachal Nursing School and colorful cultural events.

Speaking on the occasion, Karya Bagang Parliamentary Secretary (Health) expressed happiness and satisfaction in witnessing the progress of the Directorate. She was impressed by the display of talents and knowledge by the first two batches of nursing school through poster, extempore speech and musical events. She advised the students to be a source of inspiration and be an example of women empowerment by imbibing the teaching and skills of nursing.

The Directorate of Medical Education, Training &Research was established on 18th November 2013 after trifurcation of the Directorate of Health Services into three Directorates. The Directorate is responsible for overseeing the activities related to Medical, Para-medical, Dental, Nursing and Pharmaceutical education by establishing Medical College and other institutions. It will also look after the administrations of Arunachal State Hospital, General Hospitals and other teaching hospitals; Tele-medicine and Bio-medical waste management in the State.

Since its inception, the Directorate has started 2 GNM Schools at Pasighat and Naharlagun with intake capacity of 30 students each per year, 2 ANM Schools at Tawang and Aalo.

Another 2 ANM Schools at Daporijo and Namsai will start from next Academic year. The work on up-gradation & strengthening of 300 bedded Arunachal State Hospital; Naharlagun is in full swing with 40% of its civil construction completed.

Activities in the pipeline for the Directorate are Establishment of B.SC Nursing College at Naharlagun being funded by Ministry of Petroleum &Natural Gas, GoI under Corporate Social Responsibility Scheme, Establishment of Arunachal State Medical College, Strengthening & Up-gradation of 5 General Hospitals at Bomdila, Ziro, Aalo, Tezu and Khonsa as well as establishment of Arun Medicity at Pachin.

On the occasion, three officers of the Directorate of Medical Education, Training &Research were felicitated for being recognized with various awards. The awards included Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award 2015 presented to Dr. Moji Jini, Director by President of India on 14th November 2015 for his exemplary services for welfare of children as the only pediatric surgeon of the State, Gold Medal of Association of Community Ophthalmologists of India (ACOIN) award 2014-15 to Dr. Reto Doye, Joint Director by Governor of Uttar Pradesh for his extra ordinary services in eye care on 31st October 2015 and State Silver Medal Award 2015 to Dr. Nabam Peter, Health Research Scientist for contributing towards success of Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister’s Universal Health Insurance Scheme announced on 15th August 2015.  

Commissioner (Health) Bolung Siram praised the officials for bringing laurels for the State and expressed appreciation for their dedication and sincerity. He exhorted them to be a role model for other departments. Informing that the health sector is the priority for the State Government, he said steps are being taken to frame transfer and posting policy as well as create more manpower for the department.



Strengthen communal harmony,

national integration: Governor

ITANAGAR, Nov 19: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa has conveyed his warm greetings to the people of the State on the occasion of ‘Qaumi Ekta Week’or National Integration Week which is observed every year all across the India from Nov 19-25.

The Governor expressed his hope that the weeklong celebration launched all over India by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India, will highlight the inherent strength and resilience of the Nation to withstand actual and potential threats to the eclectic and secular fabric of the country and nurture a spirit of communal harmony in its larger sense. He also believes that the occasion will provide an opportunity to people of the State to reaffirm age old traditions and faith in the values of tolerance, co-existence and brotherhood in a multi-cultural and multi-religious society.

The Governor has appealed to the people of the State to foster and reinforce the spirit of communal harmony, national integration and take pride in vibrant, composite culture and nationhood.

In the backdrop of recent terrorist attacks in Paris, the Governor advised the government offices and other organisations to celebrate the Weeklong Programme in a befitting manner so that the message of communal harmony and national integration reaches to every part of the State and society and all kinds of violence and acts of terrorism are thwarted. (PRO, Raj Bhavan)



Free surgery medical camp concludes:

47 operated upon

ITANAGAR, Nov 19: Altogether 47 patients suffering from various diseases were operated upon by the renowned surgeons from the USA and Maharashtra during the free medical camp held at District Hospital, Khonsa from Nov 16-19.

The people of Tirap district have appreciated the District Administration, Vivekananda Arun Jyoti and District Health Society for conducting the camp.

On Nov 18  Tirap Deputy Commissioner Ravi Jha visited the district hospital to oversee the arrangements.

Earlier, Tirap ZPC Chawang Lowang inaugurated the mega free surgical camp at the District Hospital, Khonsa amidst a large gathering on Nov 16 conducted by the Vivekananda Kendra Arunjyoti in collaboration with the Tirap district administration and District Health Society, Khonsa.

In his inaugural address Lowang while appreciating the organizers of the much-needed free surgical medical camp, said that it would immensely benefit the people of the district, especially the poor villagers who had never been exposed to specialized treatment and who could not afford to go outside the district for treatment.

He later donated 40 blankets for use during the camp and in the district hospital. ADC N. Wangsu in his address while describing the camp as the first of its kind in the district said that the district hospital, Khonsa was not well-equipped in terms of required infrastructures and OT facilities and thanked the Surgeons coming from India and abroad to conduct the free medical camp.

Revered Sivatmaprana Mataji from RK Sarada Mission School, Khonsa lauded the initiative of Vivekananda Kendra and hoped that the camp would serve the poor and the needy.

Participating in the deliberation the joint general secretary of Vivekananda Kendra, Kannyakumari Pravin Davokar highlighted the various philanthropic and humanitarian services rendered by the Kendra all over the country including Arunachal Pradesh.

Earlier, in her address DMO Dr. N. Lowang said that the free medical camp was a God-send opportunity for the people of the district and thanked Minister Tirong Aboh and Deputy Commissioner Ravi Jha for their constant guidance and support for the success of the camp.

She was full of praise for Vivekananda Kendra Arunjyoti for identifying Tirap district for the free medical camp. The DMO also threw light on the present status, scopes and challenges of the lone district hospital, Khonsa adding that the hospital left a lot to be desired in terms of facilities and posting of staff, especially Specialists.

Some Nurses from Assam are also participating in the camp to assist the Surgeons.  The medicines for free distribution to the needy patients are being donated by the Numaligargh Refinery, Assam. (DIPRO)



Awareness programme on Dengue held

ITANAGAR, Nov 19: An awareness programme to sensitize people on the causes, prevention, control and cure for Dengue was organised by the Itanagar Municipal Council (IMC) in collaboration with the District Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, Yupia at Chandranagar today.

Addressing the programme, the DC Capital Complex, Mige Kamki informed that stagnant water even in discarded containers and bottles acts as the breeding ground for Dengue mosquito and asked everyone to keep their surroundings clean and dry. He also urged the people to break the plastic bottles completely before throwing them into dust bins to ensure that there is no possibility of reuse.

Informing that the administration had already banned use of plastic, and yet it was very much in use, DC Kamki further appealed everyone to dispose plastic bottles by burning or rendering it unfit for reuse. He also informed that the Capital administration had already carried out an eviction drive earlier to remove construction materials, woods, bamboos and other materials lying along the RoW of the National Highway, adding further that the Capital administration would very soon carry out the next drive. He also lauded the IMC for the effort from their side.

IMC Chief Councillor, Kipa Kaku informed that the IMC is trying its best for proper garbage management system in the Capital Complex. She further appealed the public to cooperate with the IMC and to throw garbage at designated places. She also asked the people to become watchdogs and inform if they found any one littering. We could also impose certain fine on the defaulters, this way public would be aware and think twice before littering, said the Chief Councillor.   

Highlighting the importance of the awareness programme, DMO Yupia, S Ronya informed that among the North Eastern states, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam has the most number of Dengue cases and further emphasized on the need to keep the surroundings clean and maintain proper disposal of garbage.

Later in the technical session, Dr. Tana Aruna Likha, District VBDCP Officer informed that the Dengue fever is a most common mosquito borne viral disease caused by infection with a virus transmitted by the Aedes mosquito. There is no drug or vaccine against Dengue infection but timely diagnosis and treatment on the basis of symptoms can cure the patients. Delay in treatment of Dengue cases may lead to complications and in some cases to death.

Earlier, CMEO Habung Lampung informed that it is an effort towards making the Capital Complex Dengue free. He further asked everyone to pass on the information that they learnt today to others.DIPRO  



Techi Kaso bereaved, CM mourns

ITANAGAR, Nov 19: Nonagenarian Techi Meka, mother of UD Parliamentary Secretary & local MLA Techi Kaso  left for her heavenly abode while in sleep at the residence of her son, Techi Gamro here on the intervening night of Wednesday-Thursday.

She was 95, and is survived by her three sons, two daughters, 18 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Relatives, neighbours and well-wishers made a beeline while many near and dear ones were in tears while Kaso himself was inconsolable.

Speaker Nabam Rebia, APCCI general secretary Tarh Nachung, host of officers, PRI leaders & traders arrived early morning to join the family in mourning.

“I was with her on Wednesday and she told me that her time was ripe to go and wished us all to live in peace while marching forward for progress,” Kaso said.

“My father Techi Hita passed away on 02.07.02 and she nurtured us with great care and love”, Kaso said, adding that “I contested three elections with her blessings. She would be waiting to receive me on my return after victory. I have become broke in this mortal world with my mother gone,” Kaso continued.

The mortal remains, taken in a procession to Kaso’s village Borum, near here, would be kept for the people to pay their last respects. The last rites would be performed there traditionally on Friday noon, Kaso informed.

She witnessed the WW-II and 1962 Chinese aggression too.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has expressed condolences on the demise of Techi Meka.

In a condolence message, Tuki stated, “I know this would be the most trying times for you and family members. I hope my humble words of consolation would ease the grief even if a little. In this moment of grief, I on behalf of my family members extend our solidarity with you and share your pain inflicted by the greatest and saddest truth of life”. “I pray Almighty God to bestow you and your family with the strength to bear the loss. May her soul rest in peace in heavenly abode” the message further read.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee has conveyed its condolences on the demise of Techi Meka, the mother of Itanagar MLA and Parliamentary Secretary for UD, Housing etc, Techi Kaso, at Borum village on Nov 18.

In a release, APCC has offered prayers for eternal peace of the departed soul and to bestow strength to the bereaved family members to bear the loss. Further, Nirjuli Market Welfare Committee has deeply mourned the demise of Techi Meka. The NMWC members downed their shutters till 12 noon today as a mark of respect for the departed soul.        

Indian Weightlifting Federation vice president Abraham K Techi, who also paid his last respect to the departed lady, here in a condolence message said that the loss is irreparable and the stat has lost a living legend.



Jambey inaugurates PWD office

in Lumla, seeks quality work

TAWANG, Nov 19: Parliamentary secretary for RWD and Lumla MLA Jambey Tashi today inaugurated the office of the Executive Engineer, PWD, at Lumla. Executed by PWD Lumla, the double storied building is constructed with a total investment of Rs 100 Lakh under SPA.

Emphasizing on the need of superior work quality during implementation of projects, he directed the EE and administrative officers to supervise the projects and urged Lumla ZPM to inspect the quality of projects personally.  “The Government sanctions projects and infrastructures for the development of a region and it remains the supreme liability of the contractors and stakeholders to maintain the quality of work”, he said.

Further, expressing concern over govt. land encroachment in the region, he directed the administrative officers to adopt zero tolerance policy and put tabs on illegal encroachments at the earliest.

“This achievement is the result of the untiring service and vision of Lumla MLA, determination of the concerned department, leaders and the consensus of the local people”, said Lumla ADC Mika Nyori.

“Lumla constituency is witnessing blitzkrieg cultural, social and economic development under the leadership of Jambey Tashi” he further added, calling on the administrative officers and the denizens to be on their toes to assist the local MLA in his endevour to transform Lumla into a model headquarter.

Lumla CO Tashi Dondup, Zemithang CO Khoda Lasa, EE, PWD Lumla  SP Srivastava, APCC Vice president Jhowa Tsering, Lumla ZPM Lobsang Yonten, former Dudunghar-Zemithang ZPM Sang Norbu, HoDs and panchayat leaders also attended the inaugural function. (Tawang Vigilance)

---- Editorial ----


ISIS threat should be taken seriously

The Islamic state group which created mayhem by killing 130 people at Paris is fast emerging as a global threat. India which has been victim of terrorism since many decades will have to be more careful about the ISIS threat. As per the report in national media nearly 150 Indians are on the radar of intelligence agencies for actively following Islamic State propaganda and engaging on social media with pro-IS elements. A majority of those under surveillance are from the southern states.

 Also six Indian recruits are believed to have got killed in IS territory in the last one year. All these are not a good signal for India.  Even though home minister Rajnath Singh recently claimed that country is ready to take ISIS head on but security expert believes that India will have to take more steps to thwart any potential future threat. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been emphasizing on the need to cut financial route to neutralize the terrorist organizations. It looks like government is seriously working towards it. According to the latest report by global anti-financial terror body, Financial Action Task Force,  India has frozen assets worth more than 2 crore rupees.  As part of India's initiative against suspect funds and those related to terrorism, the country has frozen assets to the tune of 3 lakh Euros belonging to 37 entities till August 15th this year. Government of India should be appreciated for tightening the belt against terror funding. Also India should extend cooperation with west and Arab world to fight the ISIS threat. More intelligence sharing should be done.




---- Readers Forum ----


Reduce air pollution

Dear Editor'

This is regarding level of air pollution which seems to be growing more in big towns and cities.

Recently, I traveled to Itanagar where I could detect the most dangerous level of air pollution due to various reasons.

We know that polluted air affects our respiratory system and all types of fatal diseases are invited by it. Animals, birds and humans of all age group die due to pollution.

As a concern human being, I want to find simple ways to reduce the quantum of air pollution. Our govt is initiating needful step to reduce its quantum by carrying out mass awareness about it.

However, I do not think govt alone would be able to reduce the dangerous level of air pollution so it is high time for common people to plant green saplings to refresh and reduce the air pollution. If we are dedicated and determined to stop pollution, we can live in peace and liberated from air pollution.

To plant green saplings is simple and its job is noble.


Tajum Ekke




Work for the interest of the community

Dear Editor,

We have been closely observing that the political forces and anti-social elements are utilizing the members of our own community in targeting the political and social figures as well as the officers of the community who are rendering yeoman service to the community selflessly and the state as a whole. This meticulous plan to generate infighting within the community is unpleasant and not digestible. Morality and politics is at the lowest ebb at this juncture in the political history of Arunachal Pradesh.

Economically poor, politically frustrated coupled with power hunger, mentally weak and unsound, unpatriotic, immoral socially out casted and disgruntled handful members of the community are the easy prey of such divisive forces active at its peak now.

The Nyishi Community vehemently condemns the lesser known organization of Arunachal Justice Forum (AJP) who during its Dharna at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi, has used our traditional dress of our community. No individual is allowed to misuse the traditional dress of any community or tribe.

It is therefore also warned that individual member of the so called justice forum refrain from such malafide intention for achieving their selfish political ends.

Therefore, enough is enough, we warn such forces to refrain themselves as we have tolerated to the upper limit of patience and urge upon them to come back to our social fold in the best interest of the community.


Tadar Nyokum

Deputy Central Chief Organizer

Sama Yangfo

Central Chief Organizer

NES - Volunteer Cell

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