October 29

PR leaders demands CM to drop Taloh from ministry

ITANAGAR, Oct 28:  Armed with documents obtained through RTI, a group of Panchayat leaders in a representation to the Chief Minister on Thursday demanded to drop Industry Minister Tapang Taloh from council of minister alleging him of misusing MLA local area development (LAD) fund by giving work order to his kith and kins.

The PR leaders also alleged that Taloh had misappropriated a huge amount under NLCPR fund of Boleng PWD division during his tenure as deputy speaker.

Further, it alleged that a major chunk of amount went to M/S Donyi-Polo Enterprises and M/S T.T Enterprises, which, the PR leaders claimed, are owned by the minister’s kith and kins.

It further alleged that Taloh had influenced on mass transfer of government officials from the area, claiming that 76 government staff had been transferred so far from Pangin-Boleng area after his second term as local MLA from October 2009.


Misuse of MLA LAD fund, IAY alleged

ITANAGAR, Oct 28:  The Ramle Youth Welfare Association, in a release alleged that the MLA local area development (LAD) fund meant for Nari-Koyu constituency for social and civic development activities has been misused by the local MLA.

The association also alleged misuse of centrally sponsored schemes like MNREGA and IAY by extending benefits to undeserving and dead persons.


Capital bandh

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: Arunachal Pradesh Democratic Youth Association (APDYA) and Arunachal Pradesh Nyishi Youth Organization have jointly called their first phase 12-hr Capital Bandh on October 31 next.

They have been demanding for immediate removal of Education Minister Bosiram Siram and arrest of ex-education minister Tatar Kipa alleging their involvement in the illegal appointment of 68 employees in group B, C & D in the department of school education under secondary education, termination of the 68 employees and advertisement of the posts in the local dailies and immediate removal of director, secondary education, Tapang Taloh.


ASYA threatens to file PIL

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: Reiterating its earlier demand for handing over of the work pertaining to the jurisdiction of newly created Sagalee Electrical Division to Executive Engineer (E), Sagalee Electrical Division, the All Sagalee Youth Association (ASYA) has given ultimatum to the power secretary to fulfill the demand by October 31.

In its representation submitted, it threatened to initiate legal procedure such as PIL against the executive engineer (E) NED Nirjuli.


District level Science Congress

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: Govt. Higher Secondary School, Jairampur stood first in the district level (Changlang) Science Congress held at VKV, Jairampur today.

Teams from nine schools from the district participated in the event.

The program was inaugurated by Jairampur ADC Kento Riba and convened by DDSE, Changlang.


Training on handling of cash and account gets underway

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: A week-long in service Training Programe on handling of cash and account under 100 percent course fee sponsorship under DoPT government of India got underway at Administrative Training Institute Naharlagun here today.

Finance and Account Officer Directorate of Accounts and Treasury JK Bhattacharya inaugurated the programe.

As many as 29 officials of civil secretariat and head of departments who are directly handling cash and accounts are attending the training programe.


Lendo Ao Welfare Association celebrates foundation day

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: The Lendo Ao Welfare Association celebrated its 22nd foundation day on October 25 last.

Various sports, literature and cultural competitions were conducted as part of the celebration. On the occasion, the recently appointed assistant professor Eken Rumdo Lendo was felicitated.


December 31 to be observed as Donyi Polo day

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: With Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFSCAP) deciding to shift the Indigenous Faith Day celebration from December 31st to December 1st, The Donyi Polo Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (DPFCSAP) has decided to celebrate December 31st as Donyi Polo day.

Addressing media persons in a press conference today afternoon, president DPFSCAP, Bengia Augung said, “The recent decision made by IFSCAP has compelled us to form this Donyi-Polo based organization.”

He clarified that the association is not an alternative to IFSCAP but will function under it.

General Secretary DPFCSAP Taniyang Ningee and Member Jombo Ratan also spoke on the occasion.


APSLSA attends national para-legal members’ meet

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: A team from Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority (APSLSA) attended the one day National Para-Legal Members meet at New Delhi on October 26.

The meeting was addressed, among others, by Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam, Executive Chairman, National Legal Services Authority and attended by all the Executive Chairmen, State Legal Services Authority, Member Secretary, State Legal Services Authorities, Chairman of Best District Legal Services Authority and the Best Para legal volunteers from all the states.

The APSLSA team included its Executive Chairman H Roy, Judge, Gauhati High Court, Budi Habung,District & Session Judge,Yupia and Member Secretary, APSLSA, AK Singh, Chairman District Legal Services Authority, Bomdila cum Deputy Commissioner, Bomdila and Deepa Yoka, Advocate/Para legal volunteer, State Legal Services Authority.

District Legal Services Authority, Bomdila was recommended for the best District Legal Services Authority and Deepa Yoka, Advocate for the Best Para-Legal Volunteer of the Authority.


Gambling banned in Papum Pare

YUPIA, Oct 28: Papum Pare District Administration today issued an order banning all kinds of gambling, including dice, striker etc. in public places during this Diwali under Arunachal Pradesh Public Gambling (Prohibition) Act, 2012.

“Any kind of gambling, including playing of dice, striker etc. in public places is an punishable offence under the said Act,” the order said.

It also directed all administrative officers not to issue dice/striker permit during this diwali as practiced earlier, and take all preventive measures to ensure that any type of gambling does not take place in their administrative jurisdiction, the order added. DIPRO


Awareness cum animal health camp held at Mechukha

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: A one-day awareness-cum-animal health camp was organized at Mechukha and Dechinthang village by Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), Basar in collaboration with Onge Welfare Society, Mechukha on October 26 last.

The camp was attended by progressive farmers from different villages of Mechukha. Free medicines and kits were distributed to the participants.

During the day-long programme different kinds of animal diseases were discussed and their preventive measures were demonstrated to the participants.

Dr Doni Jini (scientist), Dr Tolan Kumar Borah, livestock manager, ICAR, Basar was the resource persons.


People of Parsi Parlo submits memorandum to Mein

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: Kurung Kumey district Zilla Parishad Chairperson Sangha Tagik on behalf of the people of Parsi Parlo circle submitted a memorandum to the PWD, Finance and Planning Minister Chowna Mein during his recent visit to inaugurate the ADC headquarter and a Bailey bridge at Patuk.

The demands in the memorandum included declaration of Patuk as an independent ADC HQ, creation of PWD, PHED, WRD and power sub divisions at Patuk, flood control at Parsi Parlo, road from Koloriang bridge point to Damin via Parsi-Parlo (Phase (II) under RIDF scheme of NABARD, approach road from Parsi-Parlo town to Helipad ground and early payment of the pending bills of the road constructions from coloring bridge point to Parsi Parlo (Part I) under REDF- XV NABARD.

The ZPC in a release claimed that the minister has assured to look into the demands within this financial year.


National award to YJ Lego

ITANAGAR, Oct 28:  Yanung Jamoh Lego, DAO, Anini has been recently conferred with “Paramparika Vaidya Rathna” national award in recognition of her exemplary health services to the people of her district in particular and the state in general by Institute of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine Foundation for Revitalisation of Local health Tradition, Bangalore on the occasion of National Folk Healer Convention from October 21-23.

This is the second time she has been honoured with national award.  Earlier. She was with “Sristi Samman” award in 2008 by Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions at Gujrat University, Ahmedabad, sponsored by Innovation Foundation of India.

She initiated the work on treatment of people with herbs since 1996. She took initiative to create public awareness on the use of herbs for better health in various melas, like Kissan Mela, Siang Darshan at Yingkiong and Pasighat and Brahmaputra mela at Tezu by organizing various training cum demonstration programmes on medicinal plants and their uses.


Training on WIFS kicks off at Khonsa

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: Training on Weekly Iron Folic Acid Supplementation programme under NRHM was today inaugurated by Tirap Deputy Commissioner Kamlesh Joshi at Community Hall Khonsa.

Speaking on the occasion, the DC said that the WIFS is an important tool to fight against the iron deficiency anemia of adolescents in the country. He categorically stated that it was meaningless to born a child who will have impaired physical growth and poor cognitive development due to iron deficiency anemia. He requested all the trainees to work sincerely in discharging their assigned duties in implementing WIFS and also instructed the DMO to furnish the work plan of the programme and ensure participation of all the trainees.

Dr. Amping Perme SPO gave a briefedabout adolescent health and its importance.

Earlier, Dr. K Perme, DMO highlighted the aims and objective of the WIFS.

H.Bangsia, DD (ICDS), Dr.N Borang, DRCHO proposed also attended.


PR leaders appeal to expedite Basar rape and murder case trial

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: The Panchayati Raj leaders and women representatives of Daring and Basar circles of West Saing district, in a joint representation, have urged the Chairperson of Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) to influence upon the authority concerned for expediting the trial of Basar rape and murder accused.  

They urged the chairperson to ensure that the accused is not granted bail under any circumstances and the culprits are convicted accordingly. It also requested the APSCW to visit the village to know the ground reality of incident.

It informed that a minor girl from Basar, who went missing from Dari Village on October 11, was found dead near Nyigam Village on October 13 by police. Police arrested four suspects in this connection for interrogation, they informed.


KKSU demands early completion of road work

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: Kargu Kardi Students’ Union (KKSU) appealed to the public and panchayat leaders of Darak to pressurize the executing agency/contractors concerned for early completion of the road from Darak to Kamba PMGSY road.

The students union claimed that the road portion between Darak to Kamba was lying in dilapidated condition even after 8-9 years from the tendering. It also alleged poor quality in construction of culverts.


KSC mourns Namchoom’s death

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: Khamti Singpho Council (KSC), the apex body of the Khamti and Singpho communities, has deeply mourned the demise of Chow Indrajit Nachoom.

“Namchoom was not only a prominent member of the society but also a great personality of the region. The void created by his death will be difficult to fill,” the society said in a condolence message.

“Beside a very simple and straightforward man with amiable nature, who had selflessly served the people with utmost sincerity and dedication, Namchoom was an icon of sports.”

He played Santosh Trophy in 1959 and further excelled in football and went on to represent India in Youth Asian Soccer Tournament held at Saigon, Vietnam in 1964 under his captaincy. He was always a part of active indoor and outdoor games and won many trophies to his credits, KSC informed..

While attending the last ritual ceremony of Namchoom on October 28, the Khamti Singpho Council consoled the members of the bereaved family and extended moral support and strength in this hour of grief and sorrow.

The Council prayed to almighty “Lord Buddha” to rest the departed soul in eternal peace in heavenly abode.

Meanwhile, the Council has unanimously decided to appeal the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh and the President of the Arunachal Football Association to install a statue of Late Indrajit Namchoom in an appropriate location at the state Capital and introduce a Running Football Trophy in his name as a symbol of inspiration for the upcoming younger generations.


Monitoring Committee on Collection of Highway Compensation holds meet

AALO Oct 28: A meeting of Monitoring Committee officially delegated to oversee the collection of 3.5% from the Highway compensation amount from the beneficiaries by the office bearers of PAPLOA (Project Affected Private Land Owners Association) was held under the chairmanship of Kamba Zilla Parishad Member, Gedo Kato at the residence of Yormi Kato, ASM on October 26 last.

The members present in the meeting touched to the root of the hue and cry arising out after disbursement of the compensation amount and resolved to reach to a logical conclusion after threadbare discussion among the gathering.

The Treasurer, PAPLOA submitted the list of 276 beneficiaries from whom 3.5% were collected amounting to 28, 57,463 . The Treasurer will hand over the said amount to Chairman Monitoring Committee on or before 10th Nov. 2013. The Chairman will conduct another meeting after receiving the said amount from the Treasurer of PAPlOA and start the repayment process to the affected beneficiaries. DIPRO


Social service conducted

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: A mass social service was conducted by Nyapin Nyobia Sangram Phassang Students’ Union (NNSPSU) in the campus of Govt. Hr Sec School, TT Govt College and Kipa Kache Memorial at Nyapin yesterday. Senior citizens of the area also participated in the social service.

Participating in the cleanliness drive, Nyapin ADC appreciated the work by the union and exhorted that they should work only for the welfare of the student community and should restrain themselves from any anti social activities.



News Impact

Govt. to establish Model College at Tirap & Longding

CHANGLANG, Oct 28: Education Minister Bosiram Siram today said that the State Government has decided to set up two new model colleges at Tirap and Longding districts.

“State Government has decided to set up two new Model Colleges at Tirap and Longding districts,” said the Education Minister while inaugurating the 18th College Week of Rang-Frah Govt. College here today. Siram said that the present government was putting more emphasis on education, particularly higher. He  assured that the present shortage of faculty members at RFGC, Changlang and other Govt colleges of the state will end with the appointment of 94 newly selected Assistant Professors.

He further informed that recruitment of school teachers both Junior and Senior will be conducted by the APPSC in order to improve the standard of education. The Minister also informed that stipend for the students has been increased.

Siram asked the students to whole-heartedly participate in extra-curricular activities, like cultural, literary, games and sports.

Earlier, Siram accompanied by Food and Civil Supplies Minister Kamlung Mossang, Agriculture and Horticulture, Animal Husbandry Minister Setong Sena, Parliamentary Secretary Phosum Khimhun visited the upcoming new campus site of the college and asked the Principal and the executing agency represented by Tadar Tarang, UPO, Changlang to complete the project as per the requirement of the college.

Mossang stressed the need for establishing more colleges in the state to cater to the need of growing number of students.

While emphasizing on the need of inclusive growth for the all round development of the state, he advised the youth to participate in this process with utmost sincerity and pursue their studies with dedication.

In his speech, Sena said that Changlang district is known for many things for different persons and advised the students to be sincere, and disciplined while pursuing their degrees. He also advised the students to look for other avenues of employment like agri-business, horticulture etc and said that Arunachal Pradesh has immense scope in these sectors. He further said that the whole world is moving towards the reverse trend and Arunachal Pradesh will become suppliers of all the organic products in future.

Khimhun emphasized the need of improving the quality of education and exhorted the students to strive for their bright future.

While quoting Swami Vivekananda, he advised them to inculcate positive things of life while pursuing their studies and said that the people of Changlang district specially the youths have to put extra efforts to compete with other parts of the world.

Principal of RFG College, Dr. K Megu presented a brief write-up containing a brief outline of Rang-Frah Govt. College since its establishment in 1996 which included, the student enrolment from 1996-97 to 2013-14, strength and weaknesses as well as opportunities and challenges of the institution.

The General Secretary of the College Students’ Union submitted a memoranda to Siram, Mossang and Khimhun.

PG Tago, Associate Professor and Secretary Staff Council of the college also spoke on the occasion.

The inaugural function was also attended by Chanchal Yadav, Deputy Commissioner, Vijay Kumar, Superintendent of Police, all the Heads of Department, govt officers, public leaders of Changlang.



Centre sanctions 3111 additional houses for Puroiks

NEW DELHI, Oct 28: Union Ministry of Rural Development has sanctioned 3111 additional houses for the Puroik community in Arunachal Pradesh. These include 780 houses in East Kameng, 331 in Papum Pare and 2000 houses in Kurung Kumey districts under the Indira Awaas Yojana for the financial year 2013-14. This is over and above the normal allocation for Arunachal Pradesh.

The information was conveyed to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki by Union RD Minister Jairam Ramesh during a meeting here today.

The development comes in the wake of constant efforts of the Chief Minister to increase the allocation for facilitating housing facilities to the backward communities of the state. The State Government under the leadership of Tuki has been initiating schemes for achieving social inclusion amongst the backward communities.

The Union Minister has also informed that the Empowered Committee meeting for the 57 road works under PMGSY will be convened on 5th November, 2013 for final consideration/sanction of these roads out of which 21 roads are in border areas, mostly on Indo China and Indo Bhutan border.

Tuki has also apprised the Union Minister about the third party monitoring which has been started for all RD schemes in the state. Also present in the meeting were General Secretary, AICC (In Charge Arunachal), Luizinho Faleiro and Resident Technical Adviser to CM K.C Dhimole.



Develop infrastructure along China border: BJP

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: Arunachal Pradesh unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has demanded for construction of all weather defence road from Bamlan village, Hayuliang to the last border post Chaklagam to properly guard the China border.

Addressing the press persons here today after returning from the party’s recent Sarhad  Ko Pranam Yatra to Anjaw to pay tributes to the martyrs of 1962 Indo-Sino war at Walong on October 22, State BJP president Tai Tagak claims to have found very poor defence infrastructure in all the sectors at remote border outpost at Chaklagam.

He informed that the road construction project under PMGSY at Chaklagam is still unfinished and there was no forward army base camp at Chaklagam. Tagak suggested for establishment of military forward camps at all vital areas and formulating a suitable mechanism for high level boundary patrolling. He also suggested for establishing health centres, schools and improvement of PDS items and power supply in the border area.

Tagak informed that health and education facilities were very poor while the Haila Pani Hydel project was lying defunct causing acute power crisis.

The party also claims to have observed lack of coordination among ITBP, Army and public leaders and only ITBP has been positioned with under-strength.

Tagak quoting local people sources said that more that 200 Chinese soldiers intruded 60 km inside Arunachal Pradesh near Plam-Plam area, just 30 km from Chaglagam, CO HQ on August 11.

The party also demanded that a war memorial of 1962 Sino-India war should be constructed at Itanagar in recognition of those brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives while defending the motherland.

India and China shares about 1080 km border in Arunachal Pradesh alone.

There is circle office, Middle School, Public Health Centre and Govt. Tourist lodge at Chaklagam. The last post is at Tashi Tara which about 94 km from Chaglagam.

Meanwhile, Tagak informed that the another objective of the party’s ‘Yatra’ was to collect iron/tools used by farmers to use in the construction of the statue of Iron Man of India Sardar  Vallabhai Patel at Gujarat, a dream project of Narendra Modi.



Dr. Moily to attend

Vikas Rally

NEW DELHI, Oct 28: Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dr. M Veerappa Moily will attend the Vikas Rally to be organized at Itanagar on November 16 next to highlight and introspect on the development achievements of the Congress Government in the state. The Rally will also mark the commemoration of two years of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in office. He had assumed office of the Chief Minister on November 1, 2011.

Dr. Moily will also lay the foundation of a Nursing College at Itanagar. The Nursing College would be established as part of the CSR activities of the PSUs under the Union Petroleum Ministry.

Luizinho Faleiro, Ex CM Goa, CWC Member and General Secretary AICC, JD Selam, Union Minister of State for Finance, Ranee Narah, Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs, Raj Babbar, MP and Spokesperson AICC will be among the host of dignitaries to attend the rally.

Senior officials from Planning Commission, North Eastern Council, Union Ministries and PSUs are also expected to participate in the Rally in addition to various dignitaries of the State Government.

Earlier, in a meeting with Dr. Moily at New Delhi today Chief Minister Nabam Tuki urged the Union Minister to provide increased allocations of petrol pumps and gas connections in the remote areas of the state.

While mentioning that the thrust on development projects covering major sectors like Hydropower, Roads etc has increase the fuel demands even in remote areas of the state and this has necessitated the increased allocation.

Dr. Moily assured Tuki that he would look into the matter and push for some allocations at the earliest.



No misuse of fund, clarifies PWD

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: While reacting to the news item about allegation of misuse of fund meant for legislative assembly project, the Executive Engineer (EE) Capital Division-A, PWD, Itanagar in a press release today clarified that slow progress of work is entirely due to sheer negligence of contractor in mobilizing adequate resources for expediting the work, despite release of payment in time.

“The project was entrusted to PWD in July, 2007 by the Legislative Assembly Secretariat and the work was awarded to the contractor, after the finalization of site on 03/04/2009 and the site was formally taken over by the contractor on 25/08/2009 with a project duration of 24months and the building was supposed to be completed by 24/08/2011. But from the day one, the contractor has miserably failed to mobilize adequate resources and machineries to expedite the progress of the work at site,” stated the EE.

Further he added, “Various clauses of the contract was not adhered too, instead the Technical Partner of the project M/s P Bhaskar Reddy, Secundarabad, Andhra Pradesh has recuse/withdrawn from the project as Technical Partner, which compelled the department to refer the matter to the government headed by then Chief Minister, late Dorjee Khandu, for rescind of the contract on 23/03/2010.”

“The state Government in turn took the matter to cabinet and decided that the same contractor shall execute the work with the original terms and conditions of the contract by appointing a new technical partner. Thereafter, a new technical partner called      M/s Lotus Construction Company, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh was roped in and was made the new technical partner.  The progress made thereafter was also not satisfactorily and the payment was made as per the progress achieved at site. Besides this, the consultancy payment of 140.00 Lacs and 683.73 lacs were made for the procurement of steel and cement for the project, he clarified.

The EE further clarified that only 2762.59 lakh has been released by legislative assembly secretariat till date.

“The alleged reason of non release of payment is an excuse to cover up own misdeeds in the project. The claimed pending bill of 6.98 crore is imaginary and arbitrarily in nature which holds no ground for consideration of payment. As such, the claim of the contractor is misguiding. Therefore, there is no question of misuse of the fund meant for the Assembly building construction as alleged by the contractor,” continued the EE.



Administration cracks whip on erring traders

PASIGHAT, Oct 28: East Siang Deputy Commissioner Nidhi Srivastava along with ADC Rajesh Panyang, officers of Legal Metrology and task-force committee comprising HoDs on Sunday cracked the whip on erring traders in the main market of Pasighat including vegetable, fish and meat market areas.

On getting a whiff of the wrong practices, the raid was conducted by the administration. The team of officers observed that many traders were indulging in malpractices to cheat the consumers.

According to Legal Metrology sources, many traders, including local rice and vegetable seller were violating weights and measures rules and some of them were delivering the consumers less weight than that of specified quantity.

The chairman of the task-force SDO (Jud) T Pada and Assistant Controller (LM&CA) KP Tago inspected many weighing machines and cautioned to initiate stern action against the traders, who violated rules.

According to Legal Metrology sources, many vegetable sellers were using unverified weights and instruments and local rice sellers use tina/pua system which is actually very less than 15 Kgs. At meat market raw fleshes were selling without certifying by veterinary officers.

Taking serious note, the DC directed the legal metrology authority to take action against the violators. She appealed to the consumers to pay exact price as fixed by the administration or MRPs printed by the producers/companies, no matter where it is sold or served. They should ensure that essential goods selling at specified rates and quantities and follow the weights and measures rules to avoid penalty in future, she advised.

Later, the team visited the new fish-meat market in 2-Mile area where the present market will be shifted on November 1 next. DIPRO



DHS organizes health awareness camp at Pakoti

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: The District Health Society, East Kameng in collaboration with PHC Pakoti and PRI members of Pakoti and Mebua GPCs conducted a day-long health awareness camp at Pakoti village on October 26.  The Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaign covered vector borne diseases, including Malaria, Japanese Encephalitis and Dengue, and leprosy and Iodine Deficiency Disorder (IDD).

Dr. Kapu Sopin, MO in-charge of Pakoti PHC highlighted the aims and objectives of the awareness programme in the light of the various sicknesses endemic to the district, such as Malaria and its possible vulnerability to others such as Japanese Encephalitis and Dengue.

Elucidating on Hansen’s disease or Leprosy, Dr. Sopin talked about its prevalence and its signs and symptoms. He advocated for immediate consultation of doctors in the case of symptoms, like hypo-pigmentation, itch-less single or multiple patches with loss of sensation on limbs, face, trunk or body, as early detection aids complete cure.

Dr. Dirang Pizi, District Vector Borne Disease Control Programme Officer (DVBDCPO) clarified various misconceptions about Malaria. Colorfully tracing the history of the cure for Malaria by Ronald Ross in South Africa, he underlined that female anopheles mosquitoes, and not air, water or food caused Malaria. He went on to explain the strategies to be adopted for combating mosquitoes, both at the larval stage (such as chemically treating stagnant water bodies) and adult stage (such as large scale spray, repellents and mosquito nets).

Dr. Pizi similarly introduced the lesser known, but equally grave Dengue and Japanese Encephalitis to the village audience. Describing the symptoms of three diseases, he advised the gathering to seek medical attention without any delay in case of suspected illness.  

Dr. Khoda Tada while talking on Iodine Deficiency Disorders explained about the importance and role of iodine in growth and development of a person. He informed the public that iodine, found in rocks and seas, is naturally scarce in hilly regions due to surface run-off of water. This is compounded by the dietary habits in the Himalayan region (consumption of food items such as maize, bamboo shoot, finger millet), which leads to depletion of iodine from the body, thus leading to prevalence of the disorder in places like Arunachal Pradesh. The disorder, he explained, is manifested in spontaneous abortion of foetus, mental under-development, cretinism and goitre.

To combat IDD, he advocated the use of iodised salt and consumption of iodine-rich food, including dairy products. A demonstration to ascertain the presence of iodine in commercially available salt was carried out.

Dr. Nyagi Geiyi, District Medical officer, East Kameng appreciated the public and panchyat leaders for their active participation in the programme. He also lauded the medical team of PHC, Pakoti, which he declared as one of the better-run in the state.

He advised the public to identify land for the future expansion of medical infrastructure. Underlining the role of ASHAs, he exhorted the people to avail of schemes such as JananiSishuYojana for pregnant and expecting mothers.  

Later, he gave away the prizes to the winners of essay writing competition on ‘’Iodine Deficiency Disorder and its Prevention’’.

Takam Nicholas, CO Seppa, appreciated the medical team as well as the public of the Pakoti and surrounding areas for their initiatives and encouraging responses to the programme respectively.

He advised the gathering to put into practice the suggestions of the speakers.

Four hundred numbers of mosquito nets were distributed among the villagers and students.  

The logistics for the programme was managed by Rohit Bayang, ASM Pakoti and Mefe Tai, Gram Chairperson, Pakoti.

PRI leaders, Gaon Buras, ASHAs, teachers and students of Govt. Sec. School, Pakoti and Govt. Middle School, Mebua and general public attended the camp.



Pre-Si-Donyi celebrated in Shillong

Karda Natam

SHILLONG, Oct 28: Like previous years, Pre Si-Donyi festival was celebrated in a grand matter at Shillong attended by students from different tribes and communities from North East, including Arunachal Pradesh, studying in  Shillong.

Attending the festival as Chief Guest Tagin Cultural Society Secretary General Lardik Kare highlighted about the origin of festival which is celebrated every year in January for welfare and prosperity of the people. Rituals are performed to appease Si (Earth) and Donyi(Sun) Gods.

Highlighting about origin of Tagin tribes and their challenges, he said that though a later starter, Tagins have been able made tremendous progress in all fronts, including education, social, political, economics.

He appealed to the students to participate in festivals of others which provides a platform not only to exchange culture to know each other better but also foster unity and brotherhood among them.

He urged the student community to invite more people from different tribes in such occasions for better understanding of the society.

All Tagin Students’ Uion (ATSU) president Raju Malling, who attended the programme as a guest of honour appreciated the students for organizing the festival so smoothly to promote their culture and traditions outside the state.

He also urged the student to maintain unity and brotherhood among the fellow students.

Various cultural and sports competitions, such as ‘tug of war’, volleyball etc. were organized among the students (both boys and girls) of different colleges as part of the celebration. Later, prizes were distributed to the winners by the chief guest and guest of honour.

Other attractions of the celebration were cultural items presented by troupes from different tribes and community with their tradition attire.

Students from Tagin tribes presented their popular local traditional dance Konyiboker.

Later, a fashion show was organized showcasing the traditional costume of Tagins.

The meritorious students of different department were also felicitated on the occasion.

Earlier, the festival began with singing of “Gite Loda”of Si Donyi by the participating students.

Pamphlets containing the mythology of Si Donyi were distributed among the participants.

The celebration concluded with a community feast attended by more than 500 students in the premises of Arunachal Boys Hostel.



BDO office at Kora demanded


RUKSIN, Oct 28: The people of Koyu and Kora circles under Nari-Koyu constituency have demanded the rural development authority for establishment a full-fledged BDO office covering the two backward circles.

Koyu-Kora area located on a hilly terrain 45 km west of Pasighat has no direct road connectivity with Nari HQ due to which the people of the area have to travel a long distance of 130 km via Ruksin through NH 52 in Assam to reach Nari headquarters.

The local people feel the necessity of a separate and full-fledged Block Development officer for expediting implementation of various centrally sponsored schemes such as MGNREGA, IAY and SRSY besides other rural development projects.

Koyu EAC headquarters with more than 4,000 populations was established 20 years ago. Later on, another Circle Office was established at Korang. The area bereft of any small scale industry is blessed with sufficient agri-horti produce besides natural resources.

Newly elected Koyu ZPM, Takir Kakki, who is taking up the communication problems before the state government, said their demand for establishment of craft industry at Nari-Seren and Koyu-Kora area is still unheard by the authority concerned.

On the other hand, Nari-Seren ZPM Kenyom Dabii has been tirelessly moving different ministries for development of DIC craft centre, Veterinary Hospital, Development office for Agriculture and Horticulture, construction of medical quarters besides taking up other developmental issues.

Dabii recently submitted a memorandum to the Minister for Rural Development demanding establishment of a separate BDO office at Koyu-Kora area at the earliest. He also moved the state's Power Minister and sought sanction for electrification of the newly set up Tojo village under Seren circle besides creation of post of electric lineman for smooth power supply service.



NABARD organizes awareness prog on Commodity Future Market


TEZU, Oct 28: Heavy dependence on powerful trade cartels or the middlemen robs farmer of their real profit, especially in remote areas like Arunachal where poor road infrastructure and lack of proper storage facilities translates to high cost.

To do away with such losses, the concept of Commodity futures market was introduced to the local farmers of Lohit district during a 1-day awareness programme held for Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) and farmers in Mekailiang village today.

The awareness programme was organized by the NABARD consultancy services Pvt. Ltd. (NABCONS) in association with a local NGO Amik Matai Society (AMS), Tezu.

Generating awareness among the farmers and other stakeholders about the economic functions and benefits of the commodity futures market has been one of the major activities of the Forward Market Commission (FMC), informed Kamal Roy, Assistant General Manager, NABARD. The FMC is a body under the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India.

The main objective of the commodity market is to provide centralized market place where farmers can sell their commodities to those who wish to use them for manufacturing or consumption, and where producers and consumers can conveniently meet.

Apart from emphasizing the utility of the markets, the awareness programme also educated the participants on how to participate in the market, the precautions to be taken, and the use of information generated by the market in their decision making process.

According to a study by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), the growth of commodity futures markets in India has helped farmers dismantle powerful trading cartels in potato and mentha (mint) oil. It has also helped farmers take more broad-based decision on production, storage and marketing of farm produce, informed Roy.

In order to make the concept of commodity futures trading clearer to the farmers, a movie on “Kal Ki Soch” was shown to the participants.

AMS representative Ruzing Bellai talked on the role of NABARD and various developmental activities undertaken by the bank for the benefit of the farmers, SHG members and unemployed tribal youths in the agriculture and rural development sector.

He opined that the efficient functioning of the commodity futures market warrants active participation of physical market stakeholders.

This would enable it to serve as a meaningful and effective platform for price discovery and price risk management and provide significant economic inputs to the physical market players, especially farmers, to support their production and marketing relating decision making process.



Debate Competition on Environmental Awareness organized for Collegians

AALO, Oct, 28: A debate competition on environmental awareness for college students of Donyi Polo College Kamki and SFS Aalo was organized by the Gomar Foundation, an NGO, in collaboration with Aalo Forest Division, at SFS College Aalo. The debate competition was part of the week-long College Week celebration of SFS College which got off to colorful start today.

Altogether 12 students from both the colleges took part in the debate competition.

Attending the program, Nyali Ete, Divisional Forest Officer, Aalo said that Gomar Foundation is an NGO which keeps its focus and thrust in educational sector while launching series of activities ever since its inception to come out for the cause of society.

The environment in which we live today is at stake and healthy environment and healthy living cannot be thought of without generating awareness for a conducive living today. The global warming, natural calamities, dwindling of greeneries and drying of the natural sources of water are the offshoots of man made disasters which needs to be addressed in a focused manner, he said.

He exhorted the participants to share their wisdom and knowledge at their level so as to generate consciousness on this burning issue among the young generation adding what matter most is participation not the win or loss in the competition.

Outlining the importance of the debate, the Principal of the college said that the topic of debate assumes special significance on the present day context and expressed her satisfaction on sponsoring it as the first event of the week-long college week celebration.

Yapi Lollen from Jhony Rakyor from DPDC and Kenter Rina from SFS, Sister Lucy from SFS baged the first, second and third positions respectively in the competition. DIPRO



Blood donation camp cum motivational talk on Voluntary Blood Donation

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: Vivekananda Yuva Shakti in association with Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS control Society organized a blood donation cam cum motivational talk on voluntary blood donation at RK Mission Hospital, Itanagar today.

Dr. Joram Begi, Director of Higher & Technical Education, GoAP and also the Pranth Pramukh of VKV in Arunachal Pradesh attended the function as the chief guest and lauded noble and philanthropic efforts by the youth brigade of Vivekananda Yuva Shakti and encouraged them to carry forward the noble work.

Swami Chinmayananda , one of the senior most monk of RK Mission Math and who has been associated with the RK Mission in Arunachal Pradesh for the past 45 years, especially in the  field of education  as a special invitee spoke on the role of youth in nation building.

APSACS Deputy Director (Blood Safety) Dr. Nabam Budh sensitized the participants on voluntary blood donation through PowerPoint presentation.

Jeke Ramesh, Chairman, Vivekananda Yuva Shakti highlighted the various activities taken up by his organization to promote brotherhood and create communal harmony in the tribal society of Arunachal Pradesh.

Also present on the occasion were Swamijis from RK Mission Hospital,  Dr. Phasang Sona, MD (Path), Blood Bank officer, Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun, Dr. S Choudhary, Blood Bank Officer, RK Mission Hospital, Itanagar and Dony Taying, Consultan (VBD), APSACS.

A blood donation camp was held to mark the observation of the National Voluntary Blood Donation Day.



Tacho inaugurates new  circle office building

ANINI, Oct 28: Urban Development, Town Planning and Fisheries Minister Rajesh Tacho has inaugurated the new circle office building at Mipi constructed on October 26 in presence of Deputy Commissioner Tamune Miso, Circle Officer Nikita Panggam, PRI leaders, GBs and general public of the circle.

Later, addressing a public meeting, the Minister urged the PRI members to involve public in all developmental activities so that transparent, cordial and conducive working environment is maintained. He also urged public to extend cooperation to the Govt. officers and officials in all Govt. activities to ensure proper and coordinated functioning of Govt. machineries and also to ensure successful implementation of various Govt.’s flagship programmes, developmental projects and schemes in the district.

On the occasion, the Deputy Commissioner appealed every inhabitants of the circle to be responsible in safeguarding Govt. properties as their own. Further, dwelling in length about Govt.’s various ongoing Health and Hygiene programmes, the DC advocated for cleanliness in the village, individual households, office  surroundings as clean and tidy surroundings ensures safe and secure environment for every one of us  to lead a health living/life.

GB and PRI members also spoke on the occasion.

A public memorandum was also submitted to the Minister by Mipi ASM Enopi Mipi. DIPRO

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