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8th General Conference of the AAPWU

Tuki calls for technical knowledge & specialization

DAPORIJO, Oct 30:  The 8th Annual General Conference of the All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union was held at Rijo Ground, Daporijo today. Representatives from all over the state are taking part in the conference.

Addressing the gathering, Minister PWD & UD Nabam Tuki said that technical knowledge and specialization was essential for better quality of work by workers. He advised the workers to gain technical knowledge from the ITIs set up all over the state, so that the state would not have to rely on outside resources for execution of major projects coming up in the state.

He also stated that the state government was sympathetic towards the conditions and cause of the workers and so had accepted their demands by recently increasing their salary, and introducing the Voluntary Retirement Scheme which has benefitted many workers. A request was made by him to all the workers to work hard so that the villages and the state develops goes forward. He assured the workers that the state government would look into their genuine demands and try to fulfill them.

Tuki further said that real work towards the development of the state is done by the workers of the state, therefore credit and respect for their work should be given to them.

Padi Richo Parliamentary Secretary, Labour and Employment & Land Management, urging the workers to work in a united way, informed them that it was imperative that the workers got themselves registered so that they could avail the benefits provided by the government.

Nido Pavitra Parliamentary Secretary Health and Family Welfare & Cooperation, MLA Tapen Siga, Labour Commissioner O. Darang, Jalley Sonam Chairman, APB&OCWWB, i/c DC G. Ete ADC, SP A. Bitin, OC CRPF and HODs were also present.

A meeting was also held in the Circuit House, Daporijo where Minister PWD & UD, Nabam Tuki met with the departmental heads of the district and interacted with them. He advised all the officers to work hard and serve the public of the area as all were answerable to the people. He also reviewed the progress of works underway in the PWD & UD departments in the district. (DIPRO)

Rehabilitations of affected citizens remain a concern

Union reiterates demands

ITANAGAR, Oct 30: Namsai Township is slowly limping back to normalcy. The town witnessed violent clashes on Oct 23 following a rally demanding Permanent Residential Certificate.

Meanwhile, according to sources,  some of the 300 people who had to leave their houses from nearby villages including Mohong have been temporarily accommodated at Urban Dev. Building. The full  rehabilitation is a cause of worry as many lost their houses.  

All section of people from various villages and organizations helped the victims with whatever resources available.

The ATKSSU (All Tai Khampti Singpho Students’ Union), TKDS (Tai Khampti Development Society), ANAYA (All Namsai Area Youth Association), TKS Council (Tai Khampti Singpho ) and the Women’ Welfare Associatio of Namsai took serious responsibility in handling the situation.

Minister (PHED) Chowna Mein, the MLA, Namsai, Nang Sati Mein came forward to lend helping hand to the affected people of Old Mohong, New Mohong and Silatoo  personally and promised all the possible help financially and physically for rehabilitation.

Chowna Mein, MP Ninong Ering, TKDS and Women’s Welfare Association and other individuals have donated money as relief for the affected people. The bazaar committee also came forward to help with open arms along with all the shopkeepers to donate whatever they could. The P.H.E.D, Electric, Forest, Medical also came forward to help.

Overwhelmed at the response from concerned citizens, the All Namsai Youth Association (ANAYA) said that it has been proved that humanity is still alive and will never vanish from the hearts of Arunachalees as it is a tradition and a tribal instinct.

Tai Khampti Development Society (TKDS) and ANAYA has called upon state government to immediately ban Lohit and Changlang Development Forum (LCDF) for instigating violence against local tribal’s on October 23rd at Namsai town during pro-PRC rally organized by non-APST. In seperate press statement it stated that for long both non-APST and APST citizen have been living peacefully in Lohit and Changlang districts but few vested interests with political motives are dividing these people.

 Coming down heavily on leaders of LCDF, Tai Khampti Development Society has urged state government to arrest its president and general secretary for thier anti-Arunachal act. These leaders should be arrested so that long friendly relation between APST and non-APST is restored in the Namsai area, its added.

Further society has urged fellow Arunachalees to support people of Namsai in this hour of crisis. TKDS has appreciated All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union Students union (AAPSU) for their relentless fight to safeguard interest of Arunachal. If AAPSU had not intervened, then non-APST could have gotten PRC in Lohit and Changlang districts, Society added.


Health sector a priority: Dorjee Khandu

NE Annual Conference ends at Tawang

TAWANG, Oct 30: The two days 23rd Annual Conference of North East Branch of Association of Otolaryngologist of India (NEBAOI) concluded here successfully today. Around 200 ENT doctors and resource persons from North East  and other states including New Delhi thronged to the conference with an objective to sensitize the ENT and its related diseases.

Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu while addressing the inaugural function of the conference yesterday said that health sector has always been a priority of his Government.

Khandu while extending his gratitude to the doctors for conducting free medical checkups during the conference which benefitted the locals at large, he said ENT related diseases have been posing a great threat to the world today. He believed that the scientific deliberation during the conference would be beneficial in improving the Otolaryngology science in the world. He also expected new modes and means of treatments for the ENT related cases.

He further appreciated the team for creating awareness and sensitizing the rural masses on various kinds of diseases and its precautionary measures. The conference shall provide a platform for furtherance of one’s knowledge in the arena of newer concepts and developments in surgical techniques, he emphatically said.

In his address as guest of honour, DC D Kamduk emphasized the need of holding such conferences. He opined that such scientific conference will undoubtedly give boost to the battle of human against diseases. He also lauded the visiting doctors for conducting free medical checkups and small surgeries and hope that they would continue with their efforts for the betterment of human being.

Other highlights of the day were release of souvenir and a book on Otolaryngology. Among others, CM’s Advisors Tame Phassang, Lobsang Phunstok, Professors and Docotrs were present in the meeting. PRO to CM/Source.


Ering visits Rani village, unhappy at bad road conditions

PASIGHAT, Oct 30: During his East Siang district tour, Lok Sabha MP Ninong Ering visited the Rani village, 9 km away from district headquarters to take stock of the development activities yesterday.

Among others, EEs of PWD and PHED, RWD AE, State Seva Dal Organizing Secretary Oyin Yomso accompanied the MP during his visit.

While addressing the villagers in a public meeting the MP appealed the gathering to join hands with single agenda of development only.  Stressing on the need of improvement in education sector, maintenance of  health and hygiene, MP also emphasized on brotherhood and harmony which is the key factor in accelerating the pace of development.

MP however, expressed dissatisfaction over the bad road condition and informed that he is putting the best efforts for immediate restoration of the Ruksin-Pasighat and the township roads which are expected to be completed soon.

Ering sanctioned Rs 15 lakh for construction of Dere (Community Hall), suspension bridge over a nearby stream and other village level developments and assured extra financial assistance in near future too. DIPRO  


VKV Itanagar walks away with top prizes

ITANAGAR, Oct 30: Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya (VKV), Itanagar secured the first position in the district level (Papum Pare) National Children’s Science Congress held at Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Naharlagun today. The second and third positions were won by VKV, Vivek Vihar and Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Itanagar respectively.

AK Das, HoD of Botany of Rajiv Gandhi University, who inaugurated the programme as chief guest, was highly impressed by the presentation of the young children and inspired them to have more and more conversation with teachers in the process of learning apart from their normal studies. He said that, during the gurukul tradition in the past a full and perfect learner was built by a ‘Guru’ observing him 24 hours for more than 20 years whereas in the present system of education the time of student-teachers association is limited to few hours only.

T.T. Tara, Papum Pare DDSE, expressed his satisfaction over the presentation of the students and encouraged them to show the same spirit in future too. He, however, said he desired to see more schools taking part in such competitions.



First position: VKV, Itanagar

Mst. Tadar Sahi (group leader), Tasso Koniya, Hibu Nampi, Debatree Das Gupta.

Second position: VKV, Vivek Vihar

Ms Hage Tunya (group leader), Tadar Yadar, Parvati B, Tasso Rohnya, Tage Yami.

Third position: GHSS, Naharlagun

Mst Hinkam Dada (group leader), Mast Kaling Perme, Kennedy Rina, Talin Riba.


Farmers training prog covers various topics on bio-diesel

ITANAGAR, Oct 30: The on-going five-day Farmers’ Training Programme on ‘Bio-diesel and its Economic Benefits’  which began at Mechanical Engineering department of North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST) from Oct 27 has covered a series of  topics on the subject.

While T. Patel of Agriculture Engineering department delivered introductory lecture on bio-diesel, topic on Jatropha was covered by Debabrata Maji, Mechanical Engineering deptt, Jatropha Oil production by Prof. M. Muralidhar, Mechanical Engeering department, ‘Bio-diesel: Economic Benefits’ by Dr. B. D. Nayak, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.

While Prof R M Pant spoke on the topic ‘Bio-diesel:Marketing Aspects’, proprietor of Smriti Herbs and Bio-fuels, Hojai, Nagaon, Assam Hemant Gupta talk on plantation, seedling and harvesting of jatropha. Apart from this, the training programme included demonstration of bio-diesel plant, boiler, oil expeller and plantation of jatropha and preparation of biodiesel.

NERIST Director Prof. J. Choubey would attend the valedictory function as the chief guest tomorrow.


Centre should compensate Arunachal: Tuki

Itanagar, Oct 30: The Centre should compensate Arunachal Pradesh with special allocation against the loss suffered after denial of an Asian Development Bank (ADB) loan, PWD and UD Minister Nabam Tuki said, while addressing the North East Urban INFRACON-10 at Guwahati yesterday.

Tuki said though other North Eastern states availed ADB loans with the approval of the Centre, the proposal of Arunachal Pradesh government was rejected because of China’s objection, sources said.

Tuki also called for a pragmatic plan to check the massive migration from rural areas to urban areas, which was the root cause of slums mushrooming in urban centers.

Appreciating various central schemes, like Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), Rajiv Awas Yojana, Basic Services for Urban Poor (BSUP), Integrated Housing Development Schemes for Small and Middle Towns (IHDSSMT), Tuki said that equitable development would be possible if the schemes were given based on needs, considering the geographical disadvantage instead of the population criteria. Claiming that the BSUP criteria of 10% grant by the banks, 15% by beneficiaries and 75% by the Centre was impractical as poor beneficiaries would not be able to pay their share, Tuki called for a review of the criteria.

Regretting that banks were urban centric despite the government’s call for financial inclusion of areas uncovered by them, Tuki urged bankers and financial institutions to set up branches in rural areas and consider genuine cases for grant of loans, the sources added.


ECI to check illegal use of money during elections

ITANAGAR, Oct 30: Election Commission of India (ECI) has taken several measures to check and curb illegal use of money during elections.

To curb incidence of such offence and ensure free and fair election, the Commission has issued instructions to the law enforcement agencies to form flying squads to keep watch over distribution of cash, liquor and other items in constituencies during election process and seize the said items.

“Instances are reported to the Commission and also in media that cash, liquor and several utility items are being used in a clandestine manner during the process of elections for bringing influence on the voters. Such distribution of cash, liquor and any other item for gratification of the voters is bribery and is punishable under IPC,” an ECI release said.

The Commission has also advised the intending candidates to open separate bank accounts for their election expenses and to make all election expenses through the said bank accounts.

“In order to maintain the purity of elections and in particular to bring transparency in the process of elections, it is advised that political parties avoid transactions in cash and should instruct their office bearers, officials and candidates not to carry huge cash during the process of elections,” the release added.

These preventive measures were taken during Commission’s meeting with all political parties in Patna on October four last in the backdrop of reported use of money power during the process of general election to the legislative assembly of Bihar.






ACH facing fund crisis

ITANAGAR, Oct 30: Arunachal Charity Home (ACH) which has been rendering dedicated service to the Arunachalee patients at Dibrugarh for last three years is now facing paucity of fund for last few months.

The ACH situated at Paltan Bazaar, Dibrugarh is running a 17- room home for the benefit of Arunachalee patients.

Moreover the philanthropic organization has been providing ambulance service particularly ferrying the dead body and guide the patients at Dibrugarh successfully. Now the Home being run with the contributions mostly from well-wishers and like minded people is at difficult position due  to lack of fund. While describing the plight of the charity home, the ACH chairman  Jobang Modi informed that out of it’s three ambulance, two of  them remain out of use due to lack of fund for maintenance. It is not possible to provide service to needy patients with only single ambulance during the time of need, he said.

Registered office of the ACH at Pasighat is yet to start in real sense due to lack of infrastructure, he rued. Modi and ACH secretary Obang Apum appealed one and all to extend cooperation at the hours of need.


Free health camp

ITANAGAR, Oct 30: A free Health Camp arranged by SEVA Bharat Tezu and supported by District AIDS Prevention & Control Unit Lohit on Oct 29 was held at Christian Revival Church, Tezu.

104 turned up for the screening of which 81 patients received treatment for various ailments. Majority of the patients had problems of Respiratory Tract Infections followed by Peptic ulcer syndromes and few conjunctivitis.

A Hepatitis 'B' and HIV/AIDS screening were conducted as a part of camp.

Free Health Camp was headed by T.Paktum Project Director Seva Bharat Tezu. The Medical team was headed by Dr.JAdo DPO, DAPCU collaboration with Bristol Meyers SQUIBB Dibrugarh.


Contractors decide

ITANAGAR, Oct 30: The East Siang unit of All Arunachal Pradesh Govt. Registered Contractor Association demanded various head of departments (HoD) of East Siang district to carry out works on tender basis.

The association, in its meeting held yesterday also resolved, among others, to collect information regarding construction works from various HoDs of East Siang, pressurize departments to inform about tender notice to the president and secretary.


PPA meet

ITANAGAR, Oct 30: People’s Party of Arunchal (PPA) will hold a meeting to discuss various party and election related issues and also to take stock of the instruction issued by Election Commission of India to curb use of money power during election at Naharlagun on November 2.


BSNL service

ITANAGAR: BSNL has launched mobile services on Oct 29 at Taliha and Sippi in Upper Subansiri and Chillipam in West Kameng.

It’s been commissioned under USO (Universal Service Obligation) project.


APLS Spl literary session

ITANAGAR: A special literary session of Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) is being held at the conference hall of JN State Museum here on Oct 31. The APLS session, 17th in its series, could not be hosted on its scheduled day – the second Sunday of this month due to unavoidable reasons. This has led to postponement of the 17th session, informed APLS member Tokong Pertin, also the Director of Trade & Commerce.

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