October 03

Local artists should be encouraged: Sonam

ITANAGAR, Oct 2:  The Arunachal Pradesh Building and Others Construction Workers Welfare Board (APB&OCWWB) Chairman Jalley Sonam exhorted that local artists should be encouraged by everybody in their field.

Sonam was addressing at grand finale event of “Little Champ Singing Competition as a chief guest at Aalo in West Siang on September 29 last. Encouraging the participants, APB&OCWWB chairman said every people have inner talent, but it is an imperative to channelize it through proper medium.   He further lauded the organizer for giving opportunity for kids to excel their caliber in singing.  Later Sonam appealed to the parents to support their kids in achieving goal.

Meanwhile Jumken Lolen was declared winner of Little Champ Singing Competition 2013, Aalo. Lolen beat four others finalists. The result was declared based on the public vote.  Among others attended in the function were Takap Tagru Councillor Capital Complex Ward-3 and Colonel N. Singh 5th Mount Brigade Indian Army.


ANSU demands enquiry

ITANAGAR, Oct 2: Expressing shock and grief over tragic death of Bamang Nilo, chowkidar of Sangram PWD division due to electrocution, All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) has demanded the authority concerned to provide adequate compensation to the family of the deceased.

Blaming the concern authority for his untimely death, ANSU further demanded the Kurung Kumey district authority to conduct an inquiry into the death of Nilo.


Awareness campaign to promote faith

ITANAGAR, Oct 2: Mishmi Faith Promotion Society, Tafragam in collaboration with Arunachal Vikash Parishad, Tezu launched awareness campaign of Amik Matai-Jaw-Malo faith through house to house visit at Wakro, Tagragam and Tezu today.

The programme started with flag hoisting by Tasaso Yun and Khodelum Tayang, Chairman MFPS, Tafragam respectively.

The programme was attended by Amoso Khamblai, State Secretary, IFCS Arunachal Pradesh (East), Soblem Pul, President, AVP, Tezu, Sodyong Kri, General Secretary, Lohit Karate-Do Association and volunteers from the community.


60 more wardens to improve traffic management

ITANAGAR, Oct 2:  After observing  the performance of Itanagar traffic wardens which were deployed in 2011 on experimental basis, the second batch of 60  traffic wardens  was deployed today at various traffic strategic locations like Nyokum Lapang, P sector Tinali, Heema Hospital, Police Station, Legi Complex and TT Marg, Niti Vihar Itanagar to manage the traffic woes. This was informed by Chief Estate Officer cum ADM Talo Potom in a release today. The 3rd batch which is currently undergoing training at IG Park Itanagar will also  be deployed soon after completion of their training to boost the traffic management in the Capital Complex, release added.

Potom further divulged  that recruitment of wardens is purely on master roll basis. It said that during the period of duty the violator of traffic rules will be informed to officer in charge of nearest police station, release added.


FM service from AIR Itanagar begins

ITANAGAR, Oct 2: Local FM transmission of All India Radio (AIR), Itanagar formally began today at 7.30 pm with the launching of the new service by Regional Officer, Delhi, Central Board of Film Certification Raj Kumar at a simple but impressive function at the AIR premises this evening.

Head of Office of AIR Itanagar Rajesh Chandra and other officers and staff of the station were present on the occasion. The duration of the FM transmission is from 7.30 pm to 10 pm daily. The  local FM service includes regional news bulletins in Hindi and English from 7.45 pm, followed by local based discussion programmes, Radio on Demand (phone in request for Hindi film songs), Foot Tappers (Western music), Classic Hindi film songs. The service will be available on 103.1 MHz.


Villagers seek enquiry into compensation disbursement process

ITANAGAR, Oct 2: Reiterating alleged irregularity in the disbursement of compensation for land acquisition for construction of two lane highway from Nechipu to Hoj, the people of Rillo and Ngoleko village under Pakke Kessang block of East Kameng district has sought constitution of an independent enquiry committee to look into the matter.  “If not, please give direction for re-verification and re-assessment of affected land and properties of both villages under the supervision of one independent officer,” it added.

In a reminder letter addressed to the chief secretary, it said, “due to irregularity and illegality committed by the land acquisition officer, we are being deprived from the benefits of compensation for our life earning properties like bamboo garden and others horticulture gardens.”

Claiming that the officers are disbursing compensation to their kiths and kins, it said, the arbitrary and discriminatory assessment and disbursement of compensation amounts by concerned officer, particularly depriving of compensation amount to real owner of the affected land and properties is creating a tense situation.


Dol calls for unity and calmness

ITANAGAR, Oct 2: The first ever one-day fasting prayer meeting for the “unity, peace and deliverance of Bodo land” was organized by the National Prayer Movement at Bodafa Cultural Hall, Kokrajar on September 28.

Renowned international gospel preacher from Arunachal Pradesh Evan. Dr. Joram Dol, the founder president of Apostolos Bible College/Out- reach Mission Board members of Arunachal Pradesh Christian Revival Church Council, was the Guest  Speaker. In his speech, Dr. Dol emphasized on the key theme of the prayer meeting and appealed to all to maintain unity and tranquilly within the state.  

The meeting was attended by various political leaders, NGO representatives, Government officers and the pastors, missionaries and leaders of more than 100 churches.


DC reviews implementation of MDM

ITANAGAR, Oct 2: Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Marnya Ete has reviewed implementation of mid-day meal (MDM) scheme in the district in a meeting of district and block level officers of education department at Ziro on Sept 30.

Emphasizing on proper implementation of the scheme, the Deputy Commissioner asked all MDM functionaries for proper implementation of the scheme for which he will provide all possible help.

“No leniency would be shown to those teachers and officials who are found guilty of negligence of duty,” the DC cautioned and said that he will conduct regular checking of schools for ensuring proper implementation of the MDM scheme. Lower Subansiri Deputy Director of School Education Yumlam Tana was very much concerned about the shoddy way in which the scheme was implemented in the district and stressed on absolute clarity and honest implementation of MDM scheme in the district.

Participating in the discussion, the BEOs, DPCs, DIET faculty and BRCCs and CRCCs have opined for streamlining the implementation of MDM scheme in the district for smooth implementation.

Taba Nepa, BEO (MDM) highlighted the issues and problems in the implementation of the scheme through PowerPoint presentation.


9 days software training on E-Panchayat concludes

AALO, Oct 2: The 9 days Software Training on e-Panchayat to 18 Computer Assistants representing various subdivisions of the district concluded at DC’s Conference Hall here yesterday.

Attending the valedictory function, West Siang Deputy Commissioner M. K. Sahoo appreciated the trainers and trainees for successful completion of the training programme on e-Panchayat software and appealed them to share the knowledge and experience with fellow members for the larger interest of the people. Poor internet connectivity in the district came as an obstacle in their process of learning but he assured to take up the matter with BSNL authority to provide such connectivity in all the sub-divisions in near future. The training on e- panchayat will go as long way to enrich the knowledge and wisdom of the Computer Assistants to mitigate the growing needs in the field of software technology.

The DPDO Panchayat Moki Loyi  expressed happiness over the successful completion of the nine days long training programme.

Anirvan Das and Gaurab Joyti Phukan who imparted the training also expressed their satisfaction over the way the trainees have shown their zeal and enthusiasm to take up the training and assured all support if and when sought for.

The trainees also shared their experiences and assured to make best use of the software training in their respective places. Certificates were also given away to all the trainees by the Deputy Commissioner in the valedictory function. DIPRO


GWS assures to reconstruct Ato Paktu Liine

ITANAGAR, Oct 2: Galo Welfare Society (GWS) in a release said, it would reconstruct and rededicate the Ato Paktu Liine (Ato Paktu Memorial Pillar) which was destroyed in the wee hours of January 11 after the murder of Goto Yudik on January 10 at Aalo. GWS gave this assurance during a meeting at Aalo on September 26 attended by the president and senior members of All Ato Paktu Ao Welfare Society (AAPAWS) and members of Paktu Ao Youth Welfare Association (PAYWA) at Aalo.

The GWS also assured to give a clean chit to the AAPAWS after organizing a Galo Baane Keba Neutral Judgment. The GWS also assured to dedicate a memory stone pillar to late Goto Yudik at Dumporijo, who lost his life on Galo Foundation Day at Aalo on January 10, 2013.

GWS appealed to the Paktus to forget the unfortunate incident as nightmare and come forward for better future and further strengthening the Galo society.


APRVTA seeks separate account

ITANAGAR, Oct 2: The Arunachal Pradesh Resource and Volunteers Teachers’ Association (APRVTA) has sought permission for opening separate account for IE’D intervention SSA for smooth functioning.

Meanwhile, apprising their roles in the education scenario, it sought assistance of education commission in carrying out their activities.


AAPLU writes to Power secretary

ITANAGAR, Oct 2: Alleging that Executive Engineer, Naharlagun Electrical Division denied its request for furnishing detail of its casual/WC employees, the All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union (AAPLU) has sought intervention of the secretary, Power into the matter.

In a complaint letter submitted to the secretary, power, it also claimed that he also lodged FIR against two of the executive members of AAPLU Capital Complex unit.

Saying that the EE should be transferred for his involvement, it warned of democratic movement against power secretary if the transfer process is not done within a month’s time.


Relief distributed

ITANAGAR, Oct 2: Tubo Welfare Society chairman Tani Apang distributed relief materials, such utensils and other household items to the flood affected families of Gosang Village under Jengging circle on Sunday.

Heavy flash flood on September 6 had damaged the houses of Mimang Nangkar, Galong Burang and Bedang Burang and threatened many other houses of Gosang village.


Appeal for implementation of APFR Act

ITANAGAR, Oct 2: Reiterating its earlier demand, Janajati Suraksha Manch (JSM) has appealed to the State Government to give executive directives for immediate implementation of Arunachal Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act.1978 granted by Constitution to protect the indigenous tribal people of the state from the alleged onslaught by outside religious groups.

JSM urged the state government to give necessary directives to the respective deputy Commissioner to register the conversion of indigenous people to other minority faiths/religions. Direction should also be given to All India Christian Council, state unit to get registration of the members of various denominations to work out and identify the genuine beneficiaries for the Minority Schemes in Arunachal Pradesh.


Syndicate Bank opens 28 new branches on a single day

ITANAGAR, Oct 2: The Syndicate Bank expanded its branch network on Sept 29 to 3,044 by opening 28 branches, including one in Pudukottai district, Tamil Nadu, which was inaugurated by Finance Minister P Chidambaram in presence of Sudhir Kumar Jain, Chairman and Managing Director and T K Srivastava, executive director of the  bank.  

The minister also gave loan sanction letters to borrowers under various schemes of the bank including 25 MSMEs for Rs 1 crore and 25 housing loan for Rs 5 crore.

The Syndicate Bank is known for its agricultural and rural development activities and assisting the farmers community by extending credit facility for crop and agri allied activities and also promoting self employment by training the youth through RUDSETI.


Workshop for teachers

ITANAGAR, Oct 2: The State Council of Educational Research and Training here conducted workshops on Development of Graded Reader in EVS I & II along with teaching modules on EVS for primary stage and Development of training modules for approach to teaching languages (English and Hindi) at primary and upper primary stage yesterday.

Attending its inaugural session, State Project Director, SSA Rajya Mission, R K Mishra advised the participants to dedicate themselves for the future of the students.

Teaching, according to him was incomplete without the learning of the students which has to be ensured by the teachers in every class that he/she takes. To explain his point, he cited many examples from Hindi films and Sanskrit couplets which were appreciated by all.

Resource persons of the workshops are retired HoD, department of language, NCERT, New Delhi Professor Ram Janam Sharma, NERIE, Shillong, Professor S C Roy and Associate Professor, RGU, Rono Hills, Doimukh, Dr Harish Sharma.


ACS submits memo to MsDP director

ITANAGAR, Oct 2: Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) in a memorandum to  director of MsDP and PP under the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs, New Delhi, appealed him to look into some important aspects/system and guidelines  before implementation of the multi-sectoral development programme (MsDP) under the union ministry of  minority affairs.

In a two-point memorandum to the director, the  ACS,  while pointing out five-characteristics which require for implementation of the MsDP, said  that “only high profile persons are taking advantage of MsDP schemes and identified communities are not getting benefits as specified groups.”  Referring the guidelines of the MsDP, the ACS said the  programme is meant for the welfare of the  minority  people  and development of a particularly specified area.

However, the Society appealed the  director of MsDP and PP to give proper directives to state Govt  so that the programme is  implemented in the state as per guidelines and system. It further said that the ACS   should be authorized to monitor the implementation of scheme  as the  “team ACS can identify the area where this MsDP scheme is supposed to be implemented.”


Wildlife Week celebration begins

ITANAGAR, Oct 2: The Wildlife Week (from October 1 to 7) celebration by Kamlang Wildlife Sanctuary Division, Wakro with theme “Save Wildlife and Save Our Future” began yesterday.

The week long celebration in schools and villages located in fringe area of the sanctuary kicked off at Kamjang Govt. School yesterday by planting fruit bearing  and avenue trees, and organizing spot drawing by school children and awareness meeting.

DFO Koj Tassar and RFO B S Deori explained in details about the purpose of celebration and importance of wildlife for survival of human being. They advised the children and teaching staff to take care of the planted tree, which not only will give fruits, shade, and fresh air and add beauty to the school campus, but also will serve as home to many birds and animals.

Prizes to the first three winners of the drawing competition on “Save Hornbill and Hoolock Gibon,” two important species of Kamlang Wildlife Sanctuary, were distributed by the SMC Chairperson.


NSCN-K cadre nabbed in Changlang

CHANGLANG, Oct  2: In a major breakthrough, Changlang Police arrested an accused namely Samnan Jugli @ Kala Saheb, an NSCN (K) cadre in the rank of S.S 2nd Lieutenant yesterday night.

After having confirmed information of his movement in a 4-wheeler in the area of Nadipar in Changlang town,  a search operation was conducted under the leadership of S.P. Changlang, OC PS Changlang, Asstt. Commandant 149 CRPF and his team, local civil police and 4 AR and arrested Samnan Jugli who was wanted in connection with Changlang PS Case No.05/2013 under various section of IPC, Arms Act and UAP Act. A Police remand is being asked for further interrogation of said NSCN (K) cadre. His role in other cases is being investigated also.

The arrest of NSCN (K) cadre Samnan Jugli will be a big deterrent for the movement of underground elements in the Changlang district. DIPRO


JYSU objects inclusion of Arunachal villages in MAC

ITANAGAR, Oct 02: Jigo Yego Students’ Union (JYSU) has strongly objected to the inclusion of 12 villages of Arunachal Pradesh in the proposed Missing Autonomous Council (MAC),Assam which was published in an Assamese daily recently.

The Arunachal villages which are reportedly included in MAC are Dipa, Liche, Kuntor, Jipu, Sili, Germe, Rate, Torajan, Siloni, Durpia, Kangku and Barojan.

While condemning the act of inclusion of Arunachal village in MAC, JYSU sought the state government to intervene considering the sensitivity of the issue.


Sanitation Walk organized to mark Gandhi Jayanti at Lohit

ITANAGAR, Oct 2: On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti a sanitation Walk was conducted at Mahadevpur town of Lohit District by PHE & WS Department.

Led by H N Dubey, Extra Assistant Commissioner Mahadevpur, the Sanitation Walk started from General Field and passed through the Market line, Government colonies, Powerhouse, NH 52 and culminated at Govt Higher Secondary School, Mahadevpur. About 500 students of Govt. Higher Secondary School, Lal Bahadur Shastri Govt. Middle School, officers and staffs of various Government Departments and teachers, Panchayat leaders and general public participated in the Sanitation which was organized to give a boost to Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan in the District.

Addressing a huge gathering the EAC Mahadevpur gave a clarion call for a paradigm shift in the mindset of the people to inculcate the sense of cleanliness, environment sanitation and personal hygiene in all walks of life. He enlightened the gathering about the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and his special emphasis towards Sanitation and Hygiene.

The program was followed by social service in the office premises, bazaar and public places.


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Arunachal seeks fund to implement food law

ITANAGAR, Oct 2: Union Food Minister Prof. KV Thomas said that more than 50 % of the states are ready to implement the food law (National Food Security Act) by the end of the year as others prepare to roll it out.

Addressing the two-day conference of Food Ministers & Secretaries on Implementation of National Food Security Act (NFSA) 2013 in New Delhi yesterday, Thomas informed that a Committee of Secretaries will be set up to address the concerns of the states on issues such as framing criteria for identification of beneficiaries and sharing of financial burden among others, informed state Food and Civil Supply Minister Kamlung Mosang  in a release.

“One of the main issues was protecting existing allocation. Of 35 states, 18 states would be getting lower than the current allocation. We have assured them that it will be protected,” the Union Minister said while highlighting the concerns of the states.

Responding to the demands of the states to share the cost of transportation-handling and margin of ration shops dealers, Thomas said that the Centre has agreed to share the burden.

Addressing the meeting, Arunachal Pradesh Food and Civil Supplies Minister Kamlung Mosang emphasized that the inter-state transportation charges along with FPS dealers’ and margin of wholesalers’ should be paid directly to the State Govt. and the procedures of funding be modified for effective implementation of the food law (NFSA) in Arunachal Pradesh. At present, the transportation subsidy payments are being routed through FCI, he said.  

Explaining the need for enhancement of the food allocation to the state, he urged the Centre to increase the quantity of rice per person from 5 Kg to 8 Kg in Arunachal Pradesh.

Informing that the State Govt. is considering establishment of State Food Commission as provided under the Act, the minister requested the Centre to bear all the expenditures required to run the state food Commission in view of the poor financial condition of the State.

He also insisted that the State Government was not in a position to pay Food Security Allowance due to resource constraints. The necessary funds should be parked with the State in advance to pay the beneficiaries as and when required. Several States asked the Centre to bear 100% additional expenses on all accounts including transportation, handling, and commission to ration shop owners and setting up of consumer redressal mechanism. They also sought funds in advance for implementation of the law, the Minister informed.

The Minister said that every district will have a Grievance Redressal Officer to hear the grievances of the consumers.

“Presently, we have Vigilance Committees at State, District, Block/Circle and FPS levels. In order to make the functioning of the Vigilance Committees more effective, it is proposed to give incentives to the non-official members, mostly PRI members.

“Computerization of TPDS is in full progress to ensure transparent recording of transactions at all levels.  

HK Shalla, Secretary, F&CS and Amit Premi, Senior ICT consultant also attended the conference.

Out of 28 states and seven union territories, 22 food ministers were present in the meeting and the rest were represented by senior officials.



NHPC family appeals Assam Governor for safe release of Agarwal

ITANAGAR,  Oct 2:   NHPC’s CMD G Sai Prasad has appealed to the Governor of Assam JB Patnaik to use his good office for securing early and safe release of abducted General Manager of NHPC AK Agarwal.  Executive Director, Subansiri Lower Project of NHPC Rakesh called on the Governor and handed over the appeal from NHPC’s CMD.

Rakesh briefed the Governor about the recent developments following the abduction of Anil Kumar Agarwal.

It may be recalled that Agarwal has been abducted on September 21from 12 mile area near Bhalukpong bordering Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

Earlier in the day, Rakesh also met the Chief Secretary Jitesh Khosla and handed over to him an appeal from NHPC’s Officers Association seeking early and safe release of Agarwal.

Rakesh also briefed the Chief Secretary about the anxiousness of the entire NHPC family and the family of Agarwal.

The President of NHPC Officers’ Association, Dr. A K Tripathi has also sent an appeal on behalf of the entire NHPC family to the Power Minister of Assam and requested his intervention in setting free the abducted NHPC official.

Rakesh also called on the State Director General of Police  JN Choudhury and sought his constant intervention for the early and safe release of abducted NHPC official.

The whereabouts of Agarwal is still unknown even after 10 days of his abduction,.

Besides, the mother of the victim, several civil society organizations are also appealing to the abductors to set Agarwal free on humanitarian ground.



CM to flag off 1st batch ‘Job Mela’ trainees

ITANAGAR, Oct 2: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki will flag off the first batch of selected trainees of the recently held ‘Job Mela-cum-Skill Development Rally at I.G Park.

The event would be organized at the chief minister’s official bungalow on October 4 at 6.30 am.

The first batch comprising 150 unemployed youths from various regions of the state would be trained by Amazing Networks, Private Limited (Guwahati) in the trades of security guard and hospitality, IL&FS Institute (Shillong) in hospitality and B-ABLE, Jaklabanda (Assam) also in hospitality industry.

The Chief Minister also is likely to offer a few words of advice to the trainees and flag off the five buses which will take the trainees to their respective institutes.

Trainees would undergo training period ranging from 2 to 6 months.    

The maiden and historic ‘Job Mela-cum-Skill Development Rally’ was organized by the Deptt. of Industries with much fanfare from last August 30th to 1 st of September at I.G Park with inauguration by Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt.Gen (Retd.) Nirbhay Sharma in presence of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, host of Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries, MLA’s, senior Govt.officials  and representatives of the VTP’s.

27 VTP’s from across the country had attended the rally and offered counseling to unemployed youths of the state. Of the almost 15,000 candidates that attended the three-day rally from the length and breadth of the state, 9000 were finally selected by the VTP’s to undergo skill development trainings in almost 30 trades.

After compilation of the selection process, a follow-up action was initiated by the Department of Industries which detailed officers to visit the actual sites of the VTP’s spread all over India. The officers visited and inspected the VTP’s including their infrastructures-classrooms, faculty, laboratories, workshops, training and hostel facilities, safety measures, track records and placement records of the VTP’s. The seven teams deputed for the purpose returned back to Itanagar after which a detailed review meeting was held at the Directorate of Industries. In the meeting, recommended VTP’s were empanelled and MoU between the state Govt. and the VTP’s are being also signed.

The second batch of trainees to Delhi and other parts of the country are likely to leave by 15th October next.

If the mission proves to be a success, besides solving the chronic unemployment problem, our youths would also be skilled in various chosen trades of theirs which would come handy in self-employment generation.

Credit for initiating this historic and maiden event would go to  Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, who had been taking keen personal interests to make the mission successful and worthwhile.  Also, the officials of Department of Industries led by Director Industries had toiled hard and even forgo their holidays and work 24x7 to ensure success of the mission.



Record 148 units of blood collected at PTC voluntary blood donation camp

ITANAGAR, Oct 2: A record 148 units of blood were collected in the voluntary blood donation camp organized at Police Training Centre (PTC), Banderdewa to mark the month-long observation of National Voluntary Blood Donation Day, Gandhi Jayanthi and 150th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.

Addressing the staff and trainees of PTC, Principal T Ringu explained in details about importance of voluntary blood donation and reminded that such kind of blood donation camp should be taken as a part of training curriculum. He asked them to develop the habit of blood donation which is beneficial not only for others but also good for the donors.

Later, he appreciated the medical team from Blood Bank, Arunachal State Hospital, RK Mission Hospital, Dr. Rigia from Health Centre, Banderdewa for smooth conduct of the blood donation camp. He also thanked the volunteers from Vivekananda Yuva Shakti and Sri Ramesh Jeke, President, Vivekananda Yuva Shakti at whose initiative such a big blood donation camp was possible. Dr. Nabam Budh sensitised the trainees on blood donation and also spoke on mode of transmission of HIV/AIDS and how to protect oneself from the disease.

Also present on the occasion were Dy. Principal, PTC, TN Satyam, Principal, VKV, Banderdewa and others.

Although 148 units of blood were collected due to shortage of blood bags, it was a record collection as no camp has so far been able to collect such a huge amount of blood,

Altogether 400 volunteers turned up to donate blood.

The blood collected will be shared between Blood Bank Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun and RK Mission Hospital, Itanagar for free distribution to needy patients, informed  Dr. N Budh, Deputy Director (Blood Safety), APSACS.



Private doctor performs first ‘oral cancer’ surgery in state


RUKSIN, Oct 2: Barely three weeks after successful performance of the first ‘Maxillofacial Surgery’ in a private-run hospital at Ruksin, a team of surgeon led by Dr Kayon Ratan today successfully conducted an ‘Oral Cancer’ surgery at Ratan Diagnostic & Nursing Home here. This is the first reported case of oral cancer surgery in the stat, who is practicing in the private hospital owned by his father.

Dr Ratan had earlier performed 'Maxillofacial Surgery’ during second week of last month, wherein he operated fracture of right Parasymphysis of mandible (Lower jaw) of a 60-year-old man and repaired the bone join introducing Titanium plates and screws.

One Shimol Libang, 45, of Ngorlung village near here after being diagnosed with oral cancer, was successfully operated upon by the team of surgeon led by Dr. Ratan.

Her cancer is suspected to be caused by regular consumption of tobacco in the form of paan masala.

She is confined to hospital bed under intensive medical care. Doctors say, oral cancers are seen more frequently in patients, who consume paan masala regularly. Early diagnosis and prompt treatment is paramount for successful heeling.

The doctors in the state earlier used to refer such complicated cases either to Guwahati in Assam or other state for performing surgical operation due to lack of facilities in the local hospitals.

Dr Ratan, who has specialized in ‘Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery', suggested the community people to abstain from using tobacco and tobacco products, which cause cancer. He also appealed to the Arunachal Pradesh Government to create the post in the State Hospitals for the patients’ convenience.

Being a believer in Christ, he treats poor and patients on concessional rate and even gives free treatment to the helpless one.



Gandhiji remembered on his 144th birth anniversary

ITANAGAR, Oct 2: Along with the rest of the nation, Arunachal Pradesh today remembered Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his 144th birth anniversary with Congress leaders paying floral tributes at his portrait at Rajiv Gandhi Congress Bhawan here today.  Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Mukut Mithi, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki,  former Chief Minister Gegong Apang, ministers, parliamentary secretaries, MLAs, PCC officers, among others, attended the programme and paid homage to Father of the Nation.

Artistes from Nrityangan Music Academy of Itanagar presented Gandhi Bhajan. Later,  the Congress leaders led by  PCC president and Chief Minister  paid floral tribute to statue of Mahatma Gandhi at MG Park, Niti Vihar.

 ROING: Along with rest of the country, Lower Dibang Valley District also celebrated Gandhi Jayanti today. The day was marked by Prabhatperry by the students and teachers of various schools in and around the Roing township that ultimately culminated in the Gandhi Park, Roing. Deputy Commissioner, Shiv Kumar, along with others paid homage and garlanded the statue of the Father of Nation in presence of administrative officers, HoDs, teachers and students at Gandhi Park near Roing Market.

At Anini, Gandhi Jayanti  was  celebrated with prayer meetings, commemorative ceremonies in different colleges, Schools, local government institutions and socio-political institutions.

Gandhi Jayanti celebrated at Nari

Ruksin correspondent adds: With the rest of the country the 144th Gandhiji’s birth anniversary was celebrated at Nari ADC headquarter with massive participation of the government officers, educational institutions and general public pledging to follow the ideals and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi.

The programme which started with Sarba Dharma Prarthana (Singing of all religious prayer) by the school students, was flowed followed by speeches from the teachers and students, officers and leaders.

Addressing the occasion, Nari-Koyu MLA Tako Dabii greeted the people and highlighted the contributions made by Gandhiji towards the country. He urged the people follow the Gandhiji'’s vision on ‘freedom’ and ‘education’ in terms of survival of the human beings with tolerance and peaceful coexistence. He also urged the parents and teacher communities to build the budding students as human resource for the sake of the country’s future.

Among others, senior teacher PD Bhadawalla, Nari ADC T Mibang, BDO Omem Dai and head officials of PWD, RWD, Veterinary, Forest and other departments and students also spoke on the occasion.



Tribute paid to first  lady MLA of state

ITANAGAR, Oct 2:  The East Kameng Social Welfare and Cultural Organization and Women Welfare Organization along with student representatives from All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) and East Kameng Middle Zone Students Union (EKMZSU) observed the 68th birth anniversary of late Nyari Welly the first lady elected MLA of state and mother of Health and Family Welfare Minister Atum Welly today amidst thousands of people who thronged to pay floral tribute at Nyokum Lapang Seppa. Paying floral tribute to first lady elected MLA Deputy Commissioner Tarin Dakpe ridiculed the violence means of achieving objectives and suggested the people to follow the foot prints of Lt. Nyari Welly. Dakpe further cautioned the people on rise of clanism in the district which seriously undermines the law and order.  SP B.K Mishra advocated for recognition of woman contribution in society, saying that one has to change the thinking and perceptions on woman folk. WWO general secretary Punam Beyong Doka highlighted activities and life of Late Nyari Welly.

Minister Atum Welly, local MLA Tapuk Taku, EKSWCO Chairman Dr. Tachi Taku,  former Minister Hari Natung along with WWO Chairperson Yatak Rimo Riang and students leaders also  paid floral tribute to first lady elected MLA by placing wreath on her memory.  

Coincidently, late lady MLA was also born on 2nd Oct 1945 at Beyong Village. The 2nd October is celebrated as Gandhi Jayanti all over the country.  She was elected as MLA from Seppa constituency in year of 1980 to 1988. She died on 21st August 1988.

Earlier a marathon race was organized for both man, woman and girls category with theme “runs for women empowerment” as mark of respect to late lady MLA.  Later Devi Dada was adjudged as winner, while Lungne Tayem and Metik Rapung secured 2nd and 3rd position respectively in Girls category.   Sapna Pao Mangam, Choley Tallo and Sangte Sangdo were declared as first, second and in 3rd position in Woman category and Longmak Taniang Dada were declared as Nyari Welly Ideal Woman of the year 2013 and she was presented a citation, a memento and bouquet.



Social Service organized across Arunachal to mark Gandhi Jayanti

ITANAGAR, Oct 2: This year Gandhi Jayanti was celebrated with mass social service and sanitation drive throughout Arunachal Pradesh today. Organizations, colony welfare committees and Itanagar Muncipal ward councillors armed with broom sticks, dao and spade came out and participated in mass social service in sectors, colonies of the Capital Complex.

 Mass Social Service cum Sanitation Drive  was organized in all 30 Wards of Itanagar Municipal Council  with participation of ward councilors today to mark the birth anniversary of father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi. Large number of senior citizens, Govt staff, members of market committees, students and general public came out on the street to take part in mass social service in all the 30 IMC wards. The littered sector roads were cleaned, drains unclogged, dustbins cleaned, grasses cleared off among many other works. Everyone under the active supervision of respective Ward Councillors and their ward members participated with zeal and enthusiasm. The shops remained closed  in the morning as shop keepers too joined in the drive.

On the occasion IMC Chief Councillor Higio Aruni visited the wards and appreciated the mass participation in social service. “This kind of social service should be held every once in a while, she  said urged everyone to maintain the basic civic sense to make Itanagar a clean and green city. She appreciated the initiative of State Government led by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for formulating such worth full strategy.

Bokar Basar, even before his joining as new Chief Municipal Executive Officer of IMC accompanied with Tarh Nachung, Member Empowered Standing Committee and also in-charge of sanitation of IMC visited the wards of Naharlagun and encouraged the participants. He assured that such programmes would be continued in future for keeping the town clean and green. Also Likha Suraj, Municipal Secretary of the IMC visited the wards at Itanagar and encouraged the participants, according to an official release.

At G-Extension, Damsite, Councilor Tame Kunia, (Ward No.28)  as well as all civic citizens, students participated in the Social Service by cleaning the waterlogged, drainages, repairing of sectoral roads.

Under Ward No. 7 of IMC the mass social service was organised under the leadership of Ngurang Yache (Empowered Standing Committee Member). The Programme was attended by all the Ward Committee Members of Division-IV, Senki Park, Senki View and Lobi.

At Chimpu, ward councilor Biri Tugdo led the social service team and at Gohpur ward councilor Tatung Tania and  members of  All Gohpur Youth Association and Gohpur Area Youth Forum renovated APMC market shed at Gohpur during the social service.  

Mass social service and sanitation drive was also organized under IMC ward No 16 under  the supervision of councillor Kaniar Gida.

To commemorate the  144th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and  109th birth anniversary of Lal Bahadur Shastri  a ‘shramdan’ was organized  by ward no 5  councillor Taba Yall Nabam along with ward members and general citizen. The social service started from R K Mission Hospital and concluded at Vivek Bihar market near DNG College.  

Paying tribute to father of Nation on his birth anniversary, ward councillors Techi Rupa of Ward no. 20 Barapani Naharlagun, and Tai Tasung of Ward no 30 Banderdewa  conducted social service in their respective area.

The City Peoples Party of Arunachal (PPA) also  conducted cleanliness drive at government higher secondary school Arunodaya Itanagar along with Principal, other teaching staff and students to mark the day.  

Joining the entire people at Capital Complex, Itanagar Buddhist Cultural Society also conducted cleanliness drive around Thuptan Ga-Tseling Monastery.

The members of Arunachal West Youth Association (AWYA) also volunteered themselves to clean the premise of Arunachal State Hospital Naharlagun today as mark of respect to Bapuji.

At Nirjuli, the Market Welfare Committee organized clean drive which was supervised by councilor Tarh Nachung.

At Anini, as a part of nationwide celebration of Gandhi Jayanti, a mass social service was conducted at district headquarters  and far flung circles of the district especially in schools, hospital and office premises etc. The cleanliness programme witnessed mass participation of  all the Govt. servants and public. A major plantation programme was also conducted at the premises of Govt. Hr. secondary School, Anini wherein more than 500 saplings were planted by participants including Govt officers and officials, students and teachers.

At Ziro District Hospital a mass social service cum cleanliness drive was conducted at the District Hospital Ziro by General Medical Colony Welfare Association (GMCWA), along with Green Ziro Society GZS, Ziro Hapoli Youth Association (ZHYA) and Medical Line Self Help Group (MLSH) yesterday on the eve of Gandhi Jayanti. The social service not only covered the medical compound but also nearby area cleanings. It was participated by general public and traders. Along with social service an awareness campaign for clean and Green Ziro was also conducted. Further the organizations discussed various problems and conditions with the Hospital staffs regarding medical problems along with security topics.

Koloriang: Gandhi Jayanti, the birth day of Mahatma Gandhi was celebrated in Koloriang. A social service was organized by the district administration to clear the town to mark the occasion. The Govt officers, officials, shopkeepers and public participated in it. The deputy commissioner Gejum Ete spoke about the life and contribution of  Father of Nation.

Kimin:  All the Govt. offices and Bazar Welfare Committee of Kimin yesterday jointly organized a social service to clean the Kimin Township to mark the Gandhi Jayanti. All Govt. office premises were also cleaned by their respective staff during the day-long social service.

The social service was conducted under the guidance of Kimin EAC and Anchal Chairperson.

At Roing,  a Mass Social Service in and around the Roing township was conducted  yesterday on the eve of the Gandhi Jayanti. The Social Service was conducted at office premises, educational institutions, residential areas and market place under the supervision of district administration for two hours in the morning.



Immediate restoration of power supply at Seppa demanded

ITANAGAR, Oct 2: A team of All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) headed by its Information and Publicity Secretary cum chairman of the ensuing All East Kameng Students’ Union (AEKSU) conference Lota Singhi today met the authority of hydro power development department at Seppa and demanded immediate restoration of power supply in Seppa.

Expressing strong resentment over the failure of the authority to restore power supply in Seppa despite repeated pleas by various associations, organizations and public, the team threatened to launch democratic movement, if electricity is not restored at the earliest.

Seppa, the headquarters of East Kameng district has been reeling under severe power crisis since last two months which has brought day-to-day life of the common people to a complete halt, Lota said in a release today.

The AAPSU Information and Publicity Secretary and cum chairman of the ensuing AEKSU conference also said that non-restoration of power supply will affect smooth conduct of the the ensuing DSU election this month.

During the course of discussion, it was informed by the authority of the hydro power development department that the department has engaged experts from PM Infra Pvt Ltd., a Bhubaneswar based company for immediate restoration of the defected mechanical parts of the Pacha hydel project and the team of experts is working day and night for its early restoration.

While highlighting some of the problems that compelled to shut down the project, they also informed the team about shortages of fund for maintenance works.

The hydro power project has stopped generating power after it developed serious mechanical problems two months ago creating acute power shortage in entire East Kameng district.

Expressing deep regret over the prevailing situation, EM incharge DB Shukla sought cooperation from public to bear with the inconvenience caused to them.

AAPSU appealed to the district administration for close monitoring of the ongoing maintenance works of the Pacha hydel project for its early functioning in the larger interest of the people of the district.



Orientation Prog on Self-employment concludes

ITANAGAR, Oct 2: The two-day orientation programme on ‘Self Employment: Group and Individual Enterprise’ organized by the branch office of the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) at IGNOU regional centre, Naharlagun concluded yesterday.

The programme sponsored by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation was attended by the newly elected members of the Itanagar Municipal Council, officials from the Urban Development Department, Textiles and Handicraft Department, and other development organizations working for urban livelihood development.

The programme was organized in the light of the newly formulated National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM) which emphasizes on promotion of individual as well as group based enterprises for livelihood promotion among the urban poor.

Inaugurating the programme, the Chief Councilor of the Itanagar Municipal Council Higio Aruni lauded the efforts of IIE and Union Ministry of HUPA for organizing the orientation programme and said that it would help build the capacity of the participants for proper implementation of the flagship programme for the benefit of the urban poor.

The Chief Councilor said that the councilors are new and the training would help them in addressing urban poverty in a better way.

Dr. Daniel Joseph Kuba, Regional Director, IGNOU highlighted the importance of promoting self-employment in urban areas through vocational as well as professional job-oriented trainings and courses. Dr. Kuba also said that empowerment of self-help groups can result in sustainable livelihoods among the urban poor.

Expressing her views, Taba Yall Nabam, Councilor and Member, Empowered Standing Committee, IMC urged for greater empowerment and decentralization of the IMC.

It may be mentioned that NULM will be implemented by the Municipal Council during the 12th Five Year Plan.



Professional skills development training for PHC staff

ITANAGAR, Oct 2: Altogether 70 medical and paramedical staff participated in a three-day Professional Skills Development Training for the PHC staffs of Karuna Trust at the conference Hall of RK Mission Hospital here from Sept 26.

Aimed at imparting skill development training on the Maternal & Child Health program as well as on the recent update on different health issues including National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), the Training program was supported by Macarthur Foundation, USA.

Speaking during its inaugural session, Additional Mission Director, NRHM M Habung Lampung, appealed all the staff to be the best in rendering their services for the health improvement of rural Arunachal. He also urged the PHC staff to continue their spirit of hard work and also to remember the overall target of NRHM to improve the vital health indicators of the state.

Evaluation of health indicators in all 10 PHCs by analyzing the critical health indicators, Coordinator, Karuna Trust, Anup Sarmah took the technical session with the innovative approaches of Karuna Trust.

Consultant HMIS & MCTS, NRHM, Haiwan Wangsu took  detailed session of Heath Management Information Systems, Mother & Child Tracking System and its importance at PHC and sub-Centre level.

Dr Raja Dodum, Nodal Officer National Urban Health Mission (NUHM), Dr Tana Takum, Consultant WHO Itanagar, Dr Manoj Boruah, Dist Epidemiologist, Govt of Assam and Dr Bijit Kr Gogoi, Consultant UNICEF Assam also took important session on their concern field of expertise.

State advisory board member of Karuna Trust, Nagesh Kr Singh, interacted with all the PHC staff and appealed them to work hard for the upliftment of rural health.

Karuna Trust Coordinators S R Goswami and Mousumi Gogoi were also present during the training program.



Workshop on water sanitation and health

ZIRO, Oct 2: “Moral responsibility is the key ingredient for the successful implementation of total sanitation campaign, relaunched as Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan,” said Hage Kobin, Zilla Chairperson while attending the workshop on water sanitation and health at Abotani Hall, Hapoli yesterday.

The  workshop on “water sanitation and health, emphasizing on the construction of Individual Household Latrines (IHHL) and water quality- role of PRI members” was organized by the District Water and Sanitation Committee in collaboration with the PHE and WS, department.

Addressing the hall packed with PRI members from all the three blocks viz Ziro-I, Ziro-II and Raga he advocated a social mobilization campaign and a door-to-door awareness campaign regarding good sanitation and safe drinking water. “What you learn today should be disseminated to the villagers of your segments,” he added while exhorting the PRI members to utilize this opportunity to learn more about good hygiene practices. He also sought the cooperation of all the departments and PRI members to accelerate development activities in the district.

Deputy Commissioner, Marnya Ete appreciated the huge participation and expressed hope that the responsibility entrusted to the elected members for creating awareness regarding sanitation and hygiene will be boosted with this workshop. He also assured to rectify the lacunae within the implementing departments and invited the members to resolve their differences and assist the District Administration for smooth implementation of various schemes.

Er. Taba Teni, SE, PHE and WS dealt in detail the role and responsibilities of the PRI members in implementing various schemes. “PHE and its client departments alone cannot do the works entrusted; participation and cooperation from all the PRI members is required,” he said and appealed the members to get involved by mobilizing and guiding the public. He exhorted them to be proactive and assist the department in the baseline surveys and data collections.

Er. A.N Singh, State Coordinator, PHE & WS dealt in detail regarding NBA and reiterated the need for a behavioral change for the successful implementation of the schemes.

Dr. Joram Khopey, Pathologist, General Hospital, Ziro presented a power point presentation on Sanitation and Health.

Er. T . Ketan , CE (Sanitation), PHE & WS briefed regarding the funding pattern of NBA and requested the PRI members to view this abhiyan as a social program. He also informed that such awareness programs will also be conducted in the block as well as the village levels.

In the interaction program that followed, the PRI members requested for a proper handing and taking over of the TCS schemes to avoid future complications.  DIPRO



Election meeting for Tirap and Longding held

KHONSA, Oct 2: A meeting on Special Summary revision on electoral roll was held at DC’s conference Hall here yesterday. The meeting presided by the DC cum DEO Kamlesh Joshi, was attended by the ERO’s/AERO’s of Tirap and Longding district, representatives of various political parties and the panchayat leaders.

K. Tikhak, ERO, HQ, while welcoming the participants briefed about the very purpose of the meeting and the instructions of the ECI regarding the summary revisions and the SVEEP programme.

Addressing the participants, Joshi requested all the participants, especially the EROs/AEROs to be sincere in the performing of the electoral related duties as all are functioning under the control of the ECI and any lapses on the part of the officers will be dealt as per the ECI rules and guidelines. He also emphasized on the SVEEP programme and informed the house that meeting of all the panchayat leaders has been fixed on Oct 3 at DEO’s conference hall as part of the SVEEP programme and also requested the ERO’s and AERO’s to take up similar type of activities in their respective areas. He also insisted to open facilitation counters at the colleges and the higher Secondary Schools for enrollment of the eligible students in the electoral roll. The other important points discussed were submission of weekly report on the receipt of various forms and also furnishing of the fortnightly report on the collection of the cell numbers and the e-mail IDs of the electors. He announced that incentives will be awarded to the best performing BLOs. Various doubts and questions raised by the political party leaders were clarified.

In a nutshell, the meeting was a very fruitful one as all the participants were made aware of the summary revision scheduled and the SVEEP programme and the ERO’s and AERO’s were provided with the latest instructions of the ECI for their necessary actions. DIPRO



APLAS condemns FIR against NPF Lower Subansiri president

ITANAGAR, Oct 2: The Arunachal Pradesh Legal Aid society (APLAS) has condemned the convenors of Students’ Union Movement of Arunachal (SUMA) and All Lower Subansiri Students’ Union and former president of All Raga Students Union for filing FIR against president of Naga People’s Front (NPF) Lower Subansiri unit Advocate Subu Kechi.

In a release while urging the trio to withdraw the complaint, it said, it is a fundamental right to associate or establish or introduce a party unless it is declared illegal. All over the country, it is a known fact that NPF is a regional political party working from Nagaland. It is of no harm if the party extends a political affinity to North East India or to the entire country.

Advocate Subu Kechi, a contested MP candidate and many other prominent figures of the state are duly appointed as its party workers. The FIR has put both law enforcing agency and individual concerned into unnecessary embarrassment. Student leaders are not expected to be so unintelligent to have filed a meaningless FIR. It is unfortunate that student powers are misutilized and mass body of student sitting unconcerned. Such act is likely to harm interstate harmony, it added.



Gear up activity to ensure win

ITANAGAR, Oct 2:  State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Tai Tagak has exhorted the party leaders and workers to gear up activities for ensuring victory of the party candidates in the ensuing Parliamentary election in 2014.

Addressing the district BJP executive body meeting at Pasighat on September 30 last, Tagak gave special emphasis on strengthening the party organization at grassroots level.

All primary workers and cadres must work hard brushing their personal differences aside to win elections. He exuded the confidence that BJP will dethrone Congress and capture power in New Delhi in the coming poll.

‘Our State has been neglected from mainstream politics despite being represented by three Congress MPs. Our leaders have been not been given cabinet berth since the day of Daying Ering till date. I can assure that an Arunachalee MP will get Cabinet berth, if the party comes to power at Centre,” Tagak said.

He also informed that party President Rajnath Singh and Narendra Modi are likely to visit the state, including Chaglagam where Chinese had made fresh intrusion into our territory.

Tagak urged each and every worker of the party to get ready and work sincerely to fulfill the Modi’s dream of Congress Mukt - Bharat Nirman".

State General Secretary, BR Waghe, National Council Member Wangman Lawangcha, State President Yuva Morcha Dugh Saha, State General Secretary, Mohila Morcha, Lishi Yapu, District BJP President, Lohit cum Convener, Eastern Parliamentary Constituency level Committee, Nuney Tayang, State General Secretary, Yuva Morcha, Hinium Tachu and the East Siang District BJP President, Daniel Mibang and district BJP units, morchas and mandal units of all the 5 mandal attended the meeting.

Mandal BJP President Tamat Jonnom of Pasighat (West) and Onyok Tamuk, President Pasighat Market Association also attended and captivated the gathering by their inspiring speech for further strengthening the party.



CCLAPF discusses future course of action

ITANAGAR, Oct 2: An extraordinary general body meeting of Capital Complex Land Affected Peoples’ Forum (CCLAPF) was held at Nikum Niya Hall, Nirjuli today to brief the members about the outcome of the meeting with the Chief Minister on September 29 as well as discuss the future course of action to be taken in regards to the present burning issue of mass eviction drive in the Capital Complex.

According to a release by CCLAPF, its Advisor Toko Anil briefed the meeting about the outcome of the meeting held between the Chief Minister and the joint team of AAPSU and CCLAPF. He informed that the Chief Minister has expressed his willingness to hammer out a lasting and acceptable solution which is beneficial to both the state government and the indigenous people of the state, the release said.

“However for this the report of the committee constituted by the government has to be allowed to be tabled, for which a time frame of two months has been given,” he said, and sought cooperation of the visiting delegates in this regard.

Anticipating a wise and logical decision by the government, the meeting resolved to defer peaceful dharna by two months, the release informed.

According to the release, AAPSU President Kamta Lapung, who was also present in the meeting, said that the union would oppose any decision of the government which is against the interest of the indigenous people of the state. Further, he informed that during the joint meeting of AAPSU and CCLAPF with the Chief Secretary, the latter had shown his interest only in partial lifting of the Order regarding obtaining of NOC of government employees for settling their retirement dues and for promotion in services, but not for land affected government officials, the release informed.

However, the joint delegation clarified that service rules and land encroachment cases should not be confused and mixed up. To this, the Chief Secretary agreed and stated that the said Order shall be revoked as soon as the Development Commissioner (Finance) joins back to duty from his leave, the release said.

Risso Kiagung, Art & Culture Secretary, AAPSU stated that the AAPSU supports the CCLAPF as the properties to be evicted are the properties of the indigenous people and demolishing it would be a loss for the state. He reiterated the AAPSU stand that it would not compromise on the issue of encroachment of RoW, schools, medical compounds, and other public utility centres, the release said.

Among others, Challing Yangfo, Asstt. IPR Secretary, AAPSU and Tasser Dawa, senior member of CCLAPF also spoke on the occasion.

“Till today, the government had identified land occupants whose constructions are less than 4 mtr. from the government quarters as encroachers. But, on dated 13.09.2013, the government had reviewed and done away with the 4 mtr setback distance of government quarters vide No. LM-104/2010/1480   Dtd. 13.09.2013, and further instructed not to issue land allotment in government premises. In view of the withdrawal of the 4 mtr set back distance, all constructions inside government premises becomes an encroachment case now.”

“Therefore, the Forum requests the Chief Estate Officer, Capital Complex to conduct re-verification of all the sectors of the Capital Complex afresh as per the new Rules/guidelines,” the release added.

Earlier, CCLAPF chairman Takam Dari Sojik briefed the aims and objectives of the meeting.

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Victims of armed conflict need support

In a briefing paper released recently on the eve of the International Day of the Disappeared, the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) documents the experience of the wives of the disappeared in Nepal and calls for measures to address the poverty, social stigma, and legal limbo they continue to face in their day-to-day lives.

Little is known about the fate of over one thousand victims of enforced disappearance from Nepal's ten-year armed conflict, which ended in 2006.

The ICTJ paper, "Beyond Relief: Addressing the Rights and Needs of Nepal's Wives of the Disappeared," focuses attention on women in Nepal who were affected by the enforced disappearance of their husband, and the continued effects of this chilling crime.

The paper, based on interviews with over 450 wives of the disappeared across Nepal, highlights the precarious economic situation that often results from the loss of a husband, who is most often the family's sole breadwinner.

According to the report, the economic burden of supporting the family and children usually falls on the wife who is left behind. While a quarter of the women recalled not having enough before the disappearance, a staggering 70 percent reported not having enough after the crime.

A government-run relief program provides support to some victims of the conflict, including families of the disappeared. But its short-term, mainly financial benefits do not begin to address the complex and often long-term or permanent harms that result from an enforced disappearance.

For the majority of the women, their financial hardship is compounded by Nepali laws that do not recognize the "disappeared" as a legal category, despite a decade of violence that saw over a thousand go missing. Without declaring a husband dead, or without the cooperation of in-laws, a surviving wife cannot inherit land or other property. And without land, it is impossible to secure loans or mortgages or to otherwise achieve some level of economic independence.

Underlying their situation of chronic poverty and isolation is the desperate need to know what has happened to their husband. Despite commitments, the Nepali state has not taken steps to investigate the fate and whereabouts of the disappeared or try those suspected of committing the crime.

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And the wait continues

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to focus some of the problems of the candidates for the post of constables in the department of Tax and Excise. For the posts of constables the aforesaid department conducted written exam in September 2012, but still there is no any clue regarding the declaration of result. Other departments like police, education etc. can conduct exam and declare results in few days, then why Tax and Excise Department is taking so long?

Through this letter I want to ask the concerned department when they will declare result. Or have they filled these posts through backdoor appointments? How long we will have to wait for the written examination result? Whether they are going to provide us TA/DA for such delay? This type of delay in declaring results frustrates all the unemployed candidates.

Therefore it is our earnest appeal to Minister (Tax and Excise) to intervene in this matter and declare the written result at the earliest.







Diminishing stature of indigenous people

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to express my view in connection with illegal bogus voter’s issue which is matter of serious concern for the public, students and intellectual’s people of 12 -Pakke-Kessang. On Nov. 2012 All Pakke - Kessang Pejriang Dessing Passo Seijusa Student Union (APPDSSU) staged mass protest movement against the illegal bogus voters of 5(five) circle of our jurisdiction at administrative Head Quarter at Seijusa and it was found that more than five hundred illegal bogus voters has been entitled. As per my view such incident is happening due to less support and cooperation of intellectuals, public and senior citizen. Politicians are also taking advantage of the situation. It is also serious problem that in our area the value and status of indigenous people has been demolishing day by day. And many innocent youth have been used by people with monetary power and destroyed true spirit of democracy. I strongly appeal all intellectuals, senior citizen and entire students' community of our area to come together and root out social elements from our area, so that value and status of indigenous people remains intac.


Hina Nabam Bodha





Listen to us

Dear Editor,

Arunachal Pradesh Abo Tani Clans Youth Organization (APATCYO) has already submitted memorandum to State Govt, but still there is no any response from State Govt.  Once again we reiterate following demand to State Govt, to immediately fulfill our 5(five) point charter of demand as given below

1.     Electronic media for free and fair news coverage in the state

2.     State Assembly should be live telecast.

3.       RTE. Act.-2005 should be effectively implemented in the school

4.      Immediately appoint Independent Home Minister.

5.      DGP office Itanagar should be separated from PHQ to any other suitable place.

APATCYO’s five point charter of demand is long pending demands. It is hope that state govt will co-operate with us.  As we know that, electronic media is very important for the society. Without electronic media state is witnessing big corruption.

We want state assembly be live telecast because every citizens of Arunachal has right to know what matter is going to be discussed in state assembly. We demand immediate appoint of Independent Home Minister as our State Govt, is running without Home Minister? Without Home Ministers we are facing lots of corruption like rape, murder and kidnapping. So, immediately appoint Home Minister as soon as possible. Education sector is complete failure in the state. We need attention in education sector, because Education sector is main backbone of state development. Therefore proper implementation of RTE act is important.  We also condemn the Likabali rape incident and demand strict punishment for the accused. We feel sorry for the victim as well parents.


Kame Kipa





Was it a futile promise?

Dear Editor,

The Likabali minor rape incidents which shock the whole state lead to the pouring in of condemnation from every nook and corner of the state as it was the rarest of the rare case in it. Many associations, Unions, NGOs, Tribe, and Community came forward in support of the victim which shows humanism against such heinous crime.

For the early rehabilitation of the students a local committee was formed, which is suppose to provide every possible help to the victims. The Government has assured us to provide every possible assistance through local committee. As an early rehabilitation fund to the victims, our respected Chief Minister had announced to give Rs 10.00 lacks to victims. Hearing this, the disheartened parent’s atleast saw ray of hope, as they will not have to spend their hard earn money on their ward for admission in same class in other schools. But two months have passed; we have not got even a single rupee from any authority.  When we enquired the local committee about the compensation money they told that no such compensation amount has received by them from higher authorities or district authorities.  It is frustrating to ask about money every time but how can poor parents afford to admit their children in a school twice in a year.

As most of the parents are poor farmers, the rehabilitation amount assured by the Chief Minister value a lot to us. The local committee also assures us that admission to other school will be done on the payment of half of the actual admission fees but not such compensation was given to any victim.

Now, I would like to ask the Government, why it is taking so long time to dispense the rehabilitation fund announced by Chief Minister? OR our CM had made futile promise to victims by not actually sanctioning the said fund? Is local committee constituted working anymore or not?

It is request of the every parents that Government should provide the best possible help to each and every victim in true sense, so that every victim can return back to their normal life and able to build the strong nation as the saying goes ‘Students are the Builder of the Nation’.   


Mr. Doi Riram







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