Five persons buried alive at Karsingsa sinking zone
CM announces ex-gratia
ITANAGAR, Oct 01: At least five people were reportedly buried alive in an avalanche
of mud at Karsingsa Sinking Zone today. The incident occurred around 10.30 O’clock
when a group of people were crossing the block point, police said adding the victims
died on the spot.
They were identified as Tagru Tassa alias Mangsa (24-year-old male), Gichik Aka
(18-year-old female) from Kurung Kumey district, Kamgouthang Kipgen (29-year-old
male) and Letgoulal Kipgen(16 years) from Manipur and Ricky Dekam (8-year-old boy)
from Upper Subansiri district. Kamgouthang was working as teacher in King Bethlehem
School at Karsingsa.
The city police team led by SDPO Jumar Basar along with Banderdewa PS OC AK Pandey
rushed to the spot and retrieved the bodies with help of excavators. Later bodies
were taken to the state hospital Naharlagun for the post mortem, however on the request
of the victims’ relatives the bodies were handed over to them after getting magisterial
Karsingsa Anchal Samity Member Kipa Taniang squarely blamed the concern authority
for the incident alleging that due to sheer negligence of the department, people
lost their lives.
Pained over the unfortunate incident Chief Minister Nabam Tuki announced an ex-gratia
payment of Rs 1.5 lakh each to the kith and kins of the deceased as per relief norms.
Terming the incident as most unfortunate, Tuki conveyed his deep sense of condolences
to the bereaved family members. He had called a high level meeting which was attended
by Chief Secretary, Development Commissioner and Planning Secretary to take stock
of the situation.
Meanwhile, Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner Mige Kamki while expressing shock
over death of five persons in the incident, said that “ As per the report available,
the landslide occurred in the existing road in a box cutting near sinking-zone. The
new formation cutting in the diversion route is completed and surface development
is about to begin. So there is no human error directly or indirectly. The accident
is an unfortunate natural disaster due to landslide which can not be predicted.”
The DC further informed that a prohibitory order was issued vide order No.DM/ICC/01/2014,
dated 2nd July, 2014 prohibiting all traffic movement and closure of the road from
Nirjuli to Banderdewa via Karsingsa and all traffic including commuters were directed
to take Doimukh-Gumto-Harmuti route.
The DC once again appealed to all the commuters/ public to avoid Karsingsa road completely
until complete restoration of the road communication.
Meanwhile, Banderdewa Bazaar Welfare Committee has held the executing agency and
capital administration responsible for the tragic incident that claimed five innocent
“If there were signalmen or traffic police or police personnel to prevent pedestrians
from crossing the landslide prone area this tragic incident would have not happened,”
BBWC said in a release.
While condemning the alleged negligence on the part of the authority, the Bazaar
Committee demanded adequate compensation to the victims’ family members and an enquiry
into the incident.
Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party, Arunachal Pradesh expressed extreme shock
over the unexpected loss of human lives at infamous Karsingsa sinking zone.
Informing that after visiting the sinking zone in August last, BJP president Tai
Tagak had urged the State government for immediate construction of foot-path for
the commuters as per the survey carried out by the BRTF earlier and demanded time
bound restoration measures of the road, BJP blamed the Govt for the incident that
claimed five lives.
Start making blood relations by donating blood: CM
ITANAGAR, Oct 01: “We should start making blood relations by donating blood” asserted
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki while addressing a jam packed gathering at Banquet hall
today. He was speaking on the launch of month-long programme of National Voluntary
Blood Donation organized by Arunachal Pradesh AIDS Control Society and Department
of Health & family welfare.
“I believe in building blood relations by donating blood, this is what I said after
donating blood in Assam in the year 2013 which was widely applauded” said Tuki while
sharing his pleasant experience.
He appreciated the Vivekananda Yuva Shakti (YVS) for the yeomen service rendered
through donating bloods to the needy and assured that he would certainly donate blood
in their next camp. He further exhorted the VYS to conduct extensive campaign on
voluntary blood donations in the state so that more and more people join the noble
service of saving lives.
Chief Minister also pitched on donating vital human organs like liver, kidney and
eyes and hoped that someone in near future would initiate such service to mankind.
He revealed that he had already donated his eyes in an eye camp and has registered
for the same in Delhi.
Tuki while terming HIV/AIDS as alarming asked the department of health and family
welfare to create awareness on the dreaded virus. He opined for inclusion of a subject
in the school curriculum on HIV/ AIDS so that young students are educated on the
world’s most dreaded virus.
While briefing on CM’s Universal Health Insurance Scheme which covers the entire
population of the state, Tuki appealed all to take maximum benefit of the State Government
flagship programme. He categorically appealed the concerned departments to carry
out extensive publicity on the programme so that more and more people are sensitized
about the landmark scheme.
“We have no dearth of resources if it comes to herbal medicines” Tuki emphatically
said. He called for a holistic approach to identify these medicines which can even
cure the most dreaded diseases. He hinted for an expert team to study on herbal medicines
found in Arunachal Pradesh and ways and means to extract it for world use.
He later assured for compulsory blood banks in all district headquarters.
Speaking on the occasion, Health & Family Welfare Minister Kalikho Pul appreciated
the voluntary blood donors and said that no service is greater than saving lives
by donating blood.
Applauding Ramesh Jake who is the chairman of Vivekanada Yuva Shakti, an organization
which conducts voluntary blood donations and have till date donated 800 units of
blood to the needy saving equal numbers of human lives, Pul donated a Motor Cycle
as an encouragement to the great human being.
He revealed that the state government has attached topmost priority to health sector
and is instituting blood banks along with blood bank technicians for all the district
headquarters in phased manner.
The minister emphasized for adopting a systematic approach towards all government
programmes and requested the executing agencies to ensure that that the fruits of
benefit are being reaped by the genuine beneficiaries. He further extended his gratitude
to CM for releasing the pending salaries of APSACs employees.
Later VYS Chairman Ramesh Jake and advisor and a noted social activist A Taloh gave
motivating speeches in the house to a roaring applause. They called for voluntary
donation of blood which can save millions of lives in daily basis. They collectively
appealed the society to burry differences and build a strong and vibrant Arunachal
and bright India.
Major attraction of the programme was felicitation of the blood donors by the chief
minister and minister health and family welfare. Among others, APSAC Project Director
and Dr. Nabum Budh spoke on the occasion.
Govt. notification evokes mixed reactions
ITANAGAR, Oct 01: The government of Arunachal in a gazette notification issued in
January this year had fixed minimum educational qualification of graduation/bachelor
degree from a recognized university for considering appointment to group-B and group-A
posts/services either by direct recruitment or on promotion with immediate effect.
Even though some of the departments have implemented it but most have not. The inordinate
delay in implementation is causing heart burn to many govt. officials.
It is believed that this decision of government has riled those employees who are
on the verge of promotion courtesy seniority in service though they don’t have requisite
educational qualification. The order has sharply divided the govt. employees and
it is believed that huge internal lobby is going to revoke the order.
“Present government headed by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki took a bold decision by fixing
the basic educational qualification. This is a powerful step towards brighter Arunachal.
We are hopeful that government will not buckle under pressure from any group/individual
and kids and kins of powerful people. They should ensure implementation of Gazette
notification at the earliest,” shared one govt. official. He went on to add, “The
tag of the “land of Kushi-Kushi" given to Arunachal decades ago should not be applied
in today's technologically advanced society. State government should no way consider
the demand for withdrawal of order passed by them just few months back. Let "Darwin's
theory of Survival of the fittest" be applied and those unable to adapt the changing
environment should be routed out.”
Arunachal Carnival to enthrall Guwahatians
GUWAHATI, Oct 01: The stage is all set for final show down of Arunachal Carnival
2014, a festival celebrating oneness among Arunachalis at Guwahati. Jointly organized
by Guwahati Arunachal Students’ Union (GASU) and Northeast Today, the three-day
festival is starting from Oct 3.
The objectives of the festival is to bring unity and integrity among the Arunachali
students studying in Assam under Pan Arunachal campaign. It would also showcase
rich culture and promote traditional values of distinct ethnic tribes of Arunachal
beside creating awareness among students to imbibe sense of responsibility to preserve
their culture, this was informed by chief organizer Amit Singh who is also Editor
in Chief at Northeast Today.
The major attraction of the cultural extravagant would be, films festival (screening
of films focusing rural Arunachal), food festival containing delicacies of various
tribes, photo exhibition of rich culture and tourist hot spots, and fashion show,
added Amit. In each of category, any student can take part to showcase his or her
talent, it’s like open to all competition, he further said. During the photo exhibition
the photos captured by photographers like Kshitiz, Tenzin, and the youngest photographer
Lobsang Nima (13 years old) photography will be showcasing.
Apart from ethnic cultural shows, bands from Arunachal, Assam and others parts of
India will also enthrall the Guwahatians during Carnival. Bands like Concept, Rhythm
East, Cross fields, Soul of phoenix, Octet Independent Voices etc and Indian Idol
finalist Amit Paul and Sonam Baba Warklung a Delhi based international performer
are all set to perform. Sources said that the Guwahati Police are on their toe
in deploying extra-security forces in and around Shradhanjali Kanan, Zoo Road Guwahati,
the venue of Arunachal Carnival as the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren
Rijiju is inaugurating the festival.
BJP conducts social service to mark Swachch Bharat Abhiyan
ITANAGAR, Oct 01: The rank and file of state BJP, including its president Tai Tagak
joined the cleanliness drive under SWACHCH BHARAT ABHIYAN – SWASTHA BHARAT ABHIYAN
at Kimin on September 30 organized by the party’s Doimukh Mandal Committee.
The surroundings of Kimin PHC and market areas were cleaned during the day-long social
service and garbage collected was disposed.
Senior leaders Vijay Sonam, former Zilla Parishad Chairperson Tana Hali and former
APCC Secretary Teli Maj also actively participated in the social service, besides
the local people.
Later, the BJP president was apprised about the inconveniences caused to the villagers
due to the existence of firing range of 10th BN ITPB in the premises of Durpa-I Village
in Kimin, obstacles and restrictions besides insecurity for the village women due
to this by the aggrieved villagers of Durpa-I village.
Later, the State BJP president visited the spot and said that the grievance of the
villagers has guts and the intervention of the state government is necessary for
the well being of the villagers. It was also given known to the state President that
Govt. Higher Secondary School, Kimin established in 1961 and most part of Durpa-I
village (oldest village in Kimin) fall within the proposed land allotted for this
According BJP the villagers are ready to provide alternate site at Lora village for
the firing range which is also hardly seven Km from Kimin. The State Govt. needs
to re-think at least for the safety, security and harmonious living atmosphere for
the villagers, the party said in the release.
Social service by education, PWD depts.
ITANAGAR, Oct 01: The Department of Education, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh today organized
a day-long social service to clean the office premises of four directorates under
The social service was conducted under the banner of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean
The Secretary (Education) R K Mishra led the social service with ‘cent percent’ participation
of all the employees of four directorates.
While lauding the active participation of all the employees especially the women
employees, the Secretary (Education) advised to maintain cleanliness in all aspects.
Every good thing of the nation has to be started from Arunachal Pradesh being the
first state to receive the sun rays at first.
Initially, the cleanliness drive was started in the Education Department six months
before the launch of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan with the initiative of the Secretary (Education).
While addressing the gathering Dr. Joram Begi, Director, Higher & Technical Education
emphasized importance of cleanliness especially education department and requested
for voluntary participation in Swachch Bharat Abhiyan.
The officers and officials of Capital Division-A, PWD, Itanagar today observed the
‘Swachch Bharat Abhiyan’ by cleaning up the office premises and its surrounding areas.
They were also assigned the responsibilities to be implemented during the month long
national sanitation campaign.
A similar cleanliness drive was also organized at Dollungmukh PHC under ‘Swach Bharat
Abhiyan’ on September 29-30.
Make Gandhiji’s dream of ‘Clean India’ a reality: Governor
ITANAGAR, Oct 01: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma
has extended warm greetings to the people of the state on the occasion of Gandhi
Jayanti and expressed hope that the occasion will guide all towards Gandhiji’s path
of truth, non-violence and cleanliness.
In his message, the Governor said that Mahatma Gandhi dedicated his life for freedom
of our country and strengthening communal harmony. At the same time, he also advocated
for cleanliness and good habits. In pursuance of his ideas, Government of India is
launching ‘Mission Swachchh Bharat’ on this occasion to create a ‘Clean India’ of
The Governor has appealed to the people of the State for their active participation
in the Swachchh Bharat Abhiyan. He urged upon the people to devote at least two-hours
every week towards cleanliness.
In his address to the people, the Governor said the Government of India is launching
the ‘Swachchh Bharat Abhiyan’ on the birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation,
Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhiji considered cleanliness next to Godliness and called sanitation
more important than political freedom. Even now, it is high time that we become conscious
of our responsibilities and put in concerted effort to make our houses, colonies,
towns and cities clean, hygienic and sanitized. If we don't do it now, it will never
The Governor said that it is the vision of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to have
a five-year programme to make the country clean. The goal is to achieve a Swachchh
Bharat by 2nd October 2019, as a fitting tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth
anniversary. My Government is fully committed to accomplish this mission, he added.
Underscoring the participation of all sections of society, NGOs and Government bodies
in the programe, the Governor said that it is vital for this mission to succeed.
Involvement of the youth is particularly important. On the occasion, the Governor
conveyed his appreciation to the local newspapers, cable television and Radio agencies
for highlighting and focusing on the issue of cleanliness from time to time.
Over 1.50 lakhs beneficiaries enrolled under CM’s Universal Health Insurance Scheme
ITANAGAR, Oct 1: The Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister’s Universal Health Insurance
Scheme has been activated vide Government order No. APCMUHIS-01/2014 dated 16th September
2014. Informing this official of the director of health service said possession of
biometric embedded smart card is prerequisite to avail the benefit of this scheme.
The enrolment of beneficiaries was started on 1st of July this year and distribution
of smartcard is almost complete in all the districts. Altogether 1, 61, 000 families
have been enrolled till date. The main objective of the scheme is to provide free
Medical and Surgical treatment (except Outdoor Patients facility) in Government and
private hospitals in cashless manner using the smartcard.
Patients admitted in any empanelled hospitals can avail medical and surgical procedures,
the cost of which will be deducted based on package rates agreed upon by the hospitals.
All Government hospitals in the state will be implementing the scheme including
some of the private hospitals outside of the state.
District Medical Officers have been designated as Nodal Officers of the respective
district for this scheme. Chief Medical Superintendent of Arunachal State Hospital,
Naharlagun and Joint Director Health Services (T&R), Pasighat are also implementing
agencies in addition to all DMOs. The details of diseases covered and package rates
for AP State Government Hospitals can be viewed in the website www.arunachalhealth.com.
For further query and information, contact the helpline number 18002090201.
Lt. General flags off joint Indo- Bangladesh WWR expedition
AALO, Oct 01: The much awaited joint Indo-Bangladesh White Water Rafting Expedition
was flagged off amidst cheer and enthusiasm by Lt. General, Bipin Rawat, GOC 3 corps
at Thumbin today.
Major General Sunil Kumar Srivastava, GOC 56 Division, Brigadier RS Gurraya, Commander
5 Mountain Brigade, Col G.S Chundawat, Commanding Officer 5 Mountain Brigade Bogdo
and host of army officers accompanied the General. The West Siang Deputy Commission
Pige Ligu, DFO Nyali Ete, Doi Ado, Ex-Minister, Tuter Nima Superintendent STS Aalo,
officers from Kaying circle, GBs, Ponung parties and Scouts and Guides from Kaying
H.S.School also witnessed the flag off ceremony.
Addressing the gathering, Lt General Rawat said that India has a similar cultural
heritage and age-old bond of friendship with Bangladesh and we are interdependent
with each other as we touch routes through Bangladesh to keep our linkage with North
eastern states. We cannot rise alone without taking together our neighbor to be on
the part of progress working hand in hand. We will look forward for such ventures,
be it water, surface communication or air to foster the bond of friendship to surge
ahead. We need to strengthen this relation and this historic event is a step towards
this direction. He expressed his gratitude to the civil administration for their
keen participation to make it a platform of army-civil camaraderie and complimented
the Commanding officer 19 Grenadier Bogdo and his team of officers for adding another
feather in their caps by dint of their hard works to make the event successful.
Representing the Bangladesh Army, Major Nazmur Sadat expressed his happiness over
the hospitality being accorded to them by the Indian army and civilian. The training
imparted to them by the Indian army on rafting will come quite handy for them to
take up future expeditions, he said. DIPRO
Buddhism is the essence and bridge between the Monpas: Pema
From a Correspondent
DIRANG, Oct 01:‘Buddhism is the essence and the bridge between the Monpas of Tawang
and West Kameng and we will soon have a common Buddhist festival for the two Districts’,
said Minister for Tourism and Urban Development Pema Khandu here today.
Pema was inaugurating and dedicating an annexure building adjacent to Lieyung Gonpa
in presence of Parliamentary Secretary (Hydro-Power Development) and Dirang MLA Phurpa
Tsering, UD Chief Engineer Taba Tedir, Dirang ADC D. Riba, HoD’s from Bomdila and
Dirang, monks and public leaders of Dirang.
Constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 1041.05 lakhs by Department of Urban Development,
the project named ‘Development of Heritage Area at Dirang’ comprised nine components
which include a guest house for visiting dignitaries and monks from outside, a hostel
for monks, meditation hall, two protection walls, a compound wall, a 370 metres stretch
of approach road, an open parking place and two local pattern RCC Gates.
Appreciating the UD Department and the local contractors for efficiently carrying
out the project in time, Pema said: ‘This is a work of charity and I am glad to see
such beautiful infrastructure coming up within a limited budget and timely. This
should set as an example for other construction agencies and departments to follow
suit in not compromising with the quality and timing of work’. He also agreed to
sanction another Rs 50 lakhs for a stupa after the next financial year and requested
the local legislator to make arrangements for furniture of the annexure gonpa.
Parl Secy (HPD) and local legislator Phurpa Tsering also appreciated the executing
agency and the efficient supervision by the monks for timely completion of the project.
Abbot of the monastery lovingly called ‘Khenbu’ in Monpa said that the annexure gonpa
was a long felt need of the monastery. ‘It had become difficult to accommodate the
growing number of monks and also the visiting Rinpochees from outside the state.
I am grateful to the Minister, local MLA and the Department for the project and pray
Lord Buddha to shower them immense blessings’, he said.
Former Dirang Zilla Parishad Member Dor Tsering narrated the construction chronology
of the gonpa.
Meanwhile, Pema Khandu appealed the Dirangpas and the people of West Kameng in making
the ‘Swachch Bharat Abhiyan’ a grand success in the twin districts of Tawang and
Road expansion to facilitate frequent movement of Army convoy demanded
DAPORIJO, Oct 01: Upper Subansiri ZPM Chairperson in a release informed that movement
of long army convoy in narrow hilly roads in the district has been creating great
problem to civilians to ride on the road.
“Frequent movement of army convoy laden with heavy machinery items has not only caused
considerable damage to the existing road but also creating problem to the civilian
motorists as they have to wait for hours during the movement of such army convoy,
the release said.
The ZPM chairperson advocated for double-lane road from Mebi Geko, Upper Subansiri
to NH 52 Gogamukh to avoid traffic congestion as well as save time. He appealed to
the Ministry of Defence to widen the existing road for the movement of military convoy
in Upper Subansiri District.
Citing recent complaint and controversial issue relating to compensation of army
land acquisition at Chetam Circle, he appealed to the authority concerned to take
the confidence of local public with Panchayat leaders of the area to provide land
ITANAGAR, Oct 01: Durga Puja fever gripped the Capital Complex and other parts of
Arunachal Pradesh as devotees celebrated Maha Saptami on Wednesday. Since early morning,
people have been thronging puja pandals where idols of the goddess and her four children
are being worshipped amid much community fanfare.
Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state unit, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee
(APCC) today extended sincere greetings to the people on the auspicious occasion
of Durga puja. The BJP hopes that the festival will bring joy in the soul and mind
of everyone and help them fight against all evils in the society.
The APCC prayed Maa Durga to shower blessings to one and all for good health, peace
At Aalo, Durga Puja is being celebrated at Aalo Club, Darka village, Old Market,
New Market, Shiv Mandir, Gumin Nagar, Kaying and other parts of the district with
great pomp and show. Large numbers of devotees are thronging the puja pandals to
seek blessing of Goddess Durga.
The Durga Puja Celebration Committee at Aalo Club is agog with hectic activities
for celebration of the Puja in grand manner as usual. The Durga puja is being celebrated
at Aalo Club since 1954, DIPRO adds.
AHiSU celebrates foundation day
From a Correspondent
ZIRO, Oct 01: The All Hija Students’ Union (AHiSU), Ziro has celebrated its 31st
foundation day in a colourful manner here at cultural Hall, Hija this evening.
Attending the foundation day, the village’s Zilla Parishad Member (ZPM) Dani Buker
said that celebration of such foundation is very important for students where their
hidden talents could be exposed through this platform.
Emphasizing on co-curriculum activities, he said that besides study, one should participate
in sports, culture and other activities which will blend ones’ life more interesting
besides having chances of becoming a star like Mary Kom, Sachin Tendulkar. At the
same time, it will help in keeping their mind and physique healthy. With these good
habits, they could also keep themselves away from alcohol and drug since desires
for bad things comes from idle mind. One should not try on such substances even for
once, he insisted.
To the jam packed gathering of students and parents of the village, ZPM disclosed
that the long pending demand for setting up of Community Heath Centre in village
has finally approved and sanctioned by the government which will start functioning
Attending the function, Taro Tallo, Secretary, Hija Artist & Literary Society called
on students to extend wholehearted support and cooperation on ‘Clean Ziro Green Ziro’
movement initiated by the Apatani Youth Association to make Ziro Valley an eco friendly
AHiSU president Kime Mikhii and Secretary Taku Tanii also spoke on the function.
As a part of the programme, colourful cultural items were presented. Later, the dignitaries
distributed the prizes to the winners of culture, sports and literary competition
Pagyawa model village inaugurated
SEPPA, Oct 01: Parliamentary Secretary Tax and Excise cum- East Seppa MLA Tapuk Taku
inaugurated the newly created Pagyawa Model Village under Seppa circle in the presence
of District Zila Prishad chairperson Meyuk Cheda and other host of dignitaries.
Responding to the memorandum submitted by the committee members Tapuk Taku assured
the villagers for immediate construction of bridge over Pagia river stream, early
implementation of drinking water supply and opening of residential school in the
Zila Prishad member Rajo Gyadi and DCC president Bru Sangyu also spoke on the occasion.
The ZPM of 8th Seppa Changku Sangdo and ZPM Bameng, Anchal Chairperson Seppa Tara
Singhi, and many others also attended the inaugural function.
The colorful cultural programme and games and sports were organized to mark the occasion.
Emulate the ideals of Mahatma
ITANAGAR, Oct 01: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has called upon every citizen of the
state to rededicate themselves to the ideals and values of Mahatma Gandhi and follow
it in their day to day lives to make Arunachal Pradesh, a happy and peaceful state.
In a message to the people on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, the Chief Minister
said, the relevance of the Gandhiji’s message of truth, non-violence, communal harmony
and tolerance is more important today than ever before for all of us living in a
society ridden with factions and intolerance. Tuki added, I take pride in the fact
that Gandhi Jayanti is being celebrated as International Day of non-violence all
over the world. This is a tribute by the world community to the Father of our Nation.
DHS staff bids farewell to retired health officers
ITANAGAR, Oct 01: The staff of Directorate of Health Services, Naharlagun bade emotional
farewell to Dr. JM Boje, Joint Director of Health Services and Dr. Bengia Tobin,
Deputy Director of Health Services (DDHS) on their retirement from service in a function
at Naharlagun yesterday.
Dr. Boje, who joined service in 1982 at Daporijo, served at Liromoba and Kaying before
he was promoted to the post of District Medical Officer (DMO) in 1991. He also served
as DDHS and handled the Family Welfare and Supply and Transport branch before being
promoted to Jt. DHS.
Dr. Bengia Tobin had joined service in 1985 and served at Balijan, Koloriang and
Tezu before being promoted as DMO in 1996 and promoted as DDHS in 2009.
Director of Health Services Dr. K. Nishing, Dr. Moji Jini, Dr. H. Tabyo, Dr. Emi
Rumi, Dr. Hage Tam were present on the occasion.
DRDA governing body meeting held
SEPPA, Oct 1: The 54th Governing Body meeting of DRDA held at Seppa yesterday. During
the meeting, all the BDOs presented the achievements on RD projects of their respective
blocks and placed proposals for additional fund.
Principle advisor to CM, Kameng Dolo suggested to implement the RD fund in a proper
manner and physical verification should be made by the monitoring teams to expedite
Parliamentary secretary, Tax and Excise Tapuk Taku suggested for timely holding of
review meetings between BDOs and ZPMs so that time bound schemes may not be delayed.
DC Sandeep Kumar Singh suggested all the BDOs to execute RD project works timely.
He also suggested the BDOs to present ground reality along with photographs in the
all RD project works. He directed all the BDOs to open Bank Accounts for all the
beneficiaries before October 15 and also directed BDOs to include NBA scheme in their
Later the house approved the proposal schemes for next financial year 2015-2016.
The meeting was attended by ADC, ZPC Meyuk Cheda, all the ZPMs, BDOs and HODs. DIPRO
ILP violators penalized
ZIRO, Oct 01: A rigorous ILP checking drive has been initiated by the District Administration
in the entire Lower Subansiri District. In Ziro- Hapoli Township 30 ILP defaulters
were penalized. These defaulters were found to be laborers whose documents were in
the possession of their local guardians.
In Yazali, 33 defaulters were penalized and two were deported due to non possession
of any kind of documents approved by the Government. Meanwhile, the officials directed
all the local guardians to validate and renew the documents of labourer within a
State level literary competition
ITANAGAR, Oct 01: The first ever state level ‘Mahatma Gandhi Inter-School Literary
Competition’ being organized by Education Development Organization Society (EDOS)
has got underway on Tuesday, said a release. Altogether 50 schools from various
districts of the state participated in the qualifying round; however, only best 10
were selected for the grand finale slated to be held on October 2.
The qualified schools are : JNV School & Gracious Academy, Seppa, Govt HSS, Doimukh,
Arya Academy Itanagar, Woodland Residential School, Ziro, Bluepine Residential English
School, Ziro, Govt HSS, Hiza, Govt HSS, Pessang, St.Joseph Mission School and Kayeng,
Govt HSS, Kamba.
Cry for road connectivity
ITANAGAR, Oct 01: The PRI leader of Poyom-Raksap Anchal Samiti Member has made a
fervent appealed to the State Govt for early steps to construct road from remote
Darak-Poyom-Benjiline to Boru Raksap village under West Siang district.
In a memorandum to the Chief Ministers, ASM Minba Raksap stated that due to lack
of road connectivity the area is lagging in developments from all front. The construction
of said road will not only improved connectivity and all-round development, but also
bring the region closer to the mainstream. ASM appeal the CM to take up the matter
on priority basis in this current financial year under CRF for the greater interest
of the people of area.
Free eye screening camp held
ITANAGAR, Oct 01: R K Mission Hospital Itanagar organized a “free eyes screening
camp” at Calvary English School Moinhappa Itanagar on September 30th last. Dr. Hage
Lyube along with his technical staffs led the team. Hundreds students and patients
were screened by the team. Further Dr. Hage Lyube advised the teaching staffs and
students to keep the school surrounding clean, a release added.
Calls to preserve cultural heritage
ITANAGAR, Oct 01: The Department of Art and Culture, Anjaw organized the district
art and culture day to preserve, promote and protect the rich cultural heritage of
Mishmi tribes at Hawai on September 29.
Traditional dresses like, Gulkhana, Bangshal, Daal, Lapo, shawl and coat, rare traditional
ornaments, local utensil like Khyuk, Changu, Khru, Pati, Dara, cane and bamboo handicrafts,
religious items, traditional weapons like bow, cross bow, spear, sword, shield and
local made gun (Sinshul) etc were displayed on the occasion.
Inaugurating the day-long programme, APCC’s Human Rights Cell chairman Mayeso Pul
expressed concern about the fading of traditional culture and asked the younger generation
to preserve their traditional dresses, which they had inherited from their forefathers.
Anjaw Deputy Commissioner Duly Kamduk highly praised the beauty of Mishmi costumes
which need more exposure. He appealed to the youths to discourage some evil practices
prevailing in Mishmi society like child marriage.
Swachch Bharat Abhiyan
YINGKIONG, Oct 1: Along with the rest part of the country Upper Siang District Administration
has taken active initiative for implementation of Swachch Bharat Abhiyan programme
in Upper Siang District.
Accordingly social services were conducted at respective offices and institutions
and Yingkiong township today.
The District Administration headed by in-charge Deputy Commissioner cum ADC Gepak
Poyom supervised the activity in entire township.
Along with district headquarter, the Jengging & Geku, Tuting/Mariyang Sub-Division
are also observing Swachch Bharat Abhiyan at the respective location.
At Tezu, as part of “Swachch Bharat Abhiyan”, a mass social service was conducted
at all Government office and residences, market-shops and private residential premises
here today. All the head of offices and departments, its staff, public, shopkeepers
and students participated in the cleanliness drive under the supervision of Deputy
The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was formally launched on September 26 last and a vehicle
dedicated to Clean and Safe Tezu was also flagged off by MLA Dr. Mohesh Chai and
Tezu Deputy Commissioner Dr. B.M.Mishra earlier on September 29. The MLA also administered
Cleanliness Oath on the day. DIPRO
ALSTAHLAPF threatens democratic movement
ITANAGAR, Oct 01: The All Lower Subansiri Trans-Arunachal High Way Land Affected
People’s Forum (ALSTAHLAPF) in a representation to chief Minister has demanded immediate
release of compensation to the highway land affected people.
The district administration had constituted a team to assess the land and properties
affected by TAH at ground level. The team has successfully completed the assessment
on August 7 and submitted the same to the government. But, the state government has
failed to come out with clear cut policy regarding payment of compensation to the
land affected and displaced peoples of the district,” the representation said. It
requested the government to bring out a clear cut policy for payment of compensation
on the line of Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation & Resettlement made other part of
the state like Nechipu to Hoj.
The representation further demanded immediate cancellation of Gram Sabha Resolution
of 2012. ALSTAHLAPF claimed that there was no such any Gram Sabha meeting was held
in the areas like Yachuli, Ziro and Raga.
The ALSTAHLAPF gave the state government 10 days to fulfill the two demands failing
which the forum will be compelled to launch democratic movement in the form of 12-Hr
Lower Subansiri bandh Call on October 13.
---- Editorial ----
As temperature rises, species move to higher altitudes
Rising temperatures are believed to forcing huge untold number of species to move
their homes north-ward or climb to higher altitudes, says an alarming study. Global
warming and changing rainfall patterns have resulted in shifts or extensions in species'
range in every terrain, region and ecosystem in India, the findings showed. The
study which appeared in journal Economic and Political Weekly noted that as the globe
warms, species are moving away from rising temperatures to places with temperatures
more suited to them.
The most well-known example of species creeping higher could be the case of apples
in Himachal Pradesh. With fewer days of freezing weather at 1,500 metres, apples
are now flourishing only at altitudes of 2,200-3,000 metres, the report read. In
Arunachal too the rise in temperature is causing serious geographical and climatic
changes. However citizens along with state government do not seem to have learned
any lessons. Rampant de-forestation and illegal earth cutting across the state has
caused massive demographic changes. Urgent measures should be taken by government
to control such illegal act.
----Readers Forum ----
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I wish that The Arunachal Times, while editing the news items shall take care to
publish the full forms of project names instead of using the abbreviated forms.
In the subsequent sentences/paras the shorten/abbreviated forms be used to avoid
repeated use of full forms as well as to save space. Now a day abbreviated forms
of project names/organisations are used profusely in print media which is quite normal
but in the beginning it is advisable always to give the full terms to understand
NERIST students are suffering
It comes as a shock to me that an institute like NERIST has to go through such a
difficult phase of time. Personally, I was impressed by NERIST’s excellence in imparting
quality education the products of which go ahead and serve in various capacities
across the country.
However, the present situation of indefinite strike by NERIST Employees’ Association
(NEA) in NERIST is causing harm to the prestigious institute, especially the students.
Parents have high expectations from their sons and daughters studying in NERIST.
Many of the students’ parents have to manage the fees of their children by taking
loans. Seeing such problematic atmosphere, what would the parents expect? Though,
I’m not from technical background but it pains to see that the students out there
are suffering due to the ongoing agitation. It’s a fundamental right of the students
to have their educational institution run uninterrupted. An institute like NERIST
should be kept from political propagandas. Whatever or whosoever is responsible for
the present crisis deserves condemnation from every section of the society.
I hope the voice raised by Student Union of NERIST (SUN) has reached various student
orgs. It is in such distressful time of students that apex student unions like AAPSU
must come forward and help eradicate stumbling blocks.
Further, I urge the concerned minister to look into the NEA matter and put immediate
stop to its indefinite strike so that the institute is brought back to normal state
as has been demanded by the NERIST students.
Kameng Valley progressive
Good roads are the symbol and lifeline of progress
With due respect, through your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention
of the department concerned and the state govt. to the bad and unmaintained condition
of roads that connects the various places of our state.
Good roads have been one of the prime concerns of the various civilizations and empires
that the world has witnessed. It is of course due to the fact that good roads leads
to progress and development of a state or a country in every department say it political,
social, cultural, economical etc. We can say that good roads are the symbol and lifeline
Hence, I would like to appeal the concern department and the state govt. to look
into the matter, so that our state starts its journey for becoming an ideal state
of our nation.
It pains to see the shine fading away
Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of
the people of Arunachal Pradesh and express my disappointment over suppression of
my freedom of expression and a threatening call that I got last night from some unknown
person asking me to refrain from publishing my views.
First of all I would like to refer to an article of mine which got published in some
of the local newspapers, dated 26/09/2014, of Arunachal Pradesh.
In the article I had expressed my concern over the NERIST crisis brought about by
the indefinite strike of NERIST Employees’ Association (NEA). I’m an alumnus of NERIST
and having had been a member of SUN executive bodies, I too am well aware of the
issues of NEA. Seeing the unbecoming condition of the present NERIST, once were I
studied, I had expressed my concern and shared my point of view regarding the NEA
matter. And I still adhere to the facts that I know of and refuse to be suppressed
in what I feel rightful to express. As per my best knowledge, I remember that our
Director left no stone unturned in fulfilling the valid demands kept by NEA, and
the remaining issues were beyond the power of the Director to resolve at institute
level. As such, demand for the removal of the Director is unfounded and totally out
of question! Thus, NEA is unreasonably pursuing the matter to the extent of indefinite
strike, only to hamper the students’ curriculum and paralyze the institute’s function.
Over the past years, NERIST has suffered enough for want of a regular Director. Removal
of the present one will entail the same agony. I spent 7 years of my life in NERIST
with great joy and happy stay. There was a feeling of fraternity amongst all the
NE states and we all lived in cultural harmony. It’s a sad state of affairs that
NERIST at present is subjected to experience heavy setbacks afflicted upon by NEA
strikes. NERIST as a whole is prestigious for all the northeastern states and we
take pride in having made it through the NEE exams. It pains to see the shine fading
Is it so wrong to express our concern over the plight of NERIST? Have we no right
to share our view points? Should one be warned from taking the right side? Are the
appeals made by students for undisturbed education unjustified? I never expected
that I would be threatened for saying what I felt right to. First I received an SMS
saying my points were incorrect and that I must keep away from writing like that.
Later, through voice call, he went on to ask if I still had dues left to be cleared
in NERIST with a tone of warning sort, that I might suffer a loss. The caller didn’t
reveal his identity which shows how afraid he is to be busted and therefore how wrong
is the organization he is defending.
If NEA is righteous in its stand, why does it not prove itself through proper channel
instead of resorting to destructive means of strikes and making threat calls? Now
I’m pretty much sure how mislead are NERIST employees in the name of so called NEA.
I once again appeal to the authorities concerned to strict-check the legitimacy of
the NEA issue and bring an end to the crisis that NERIST is facing once and for all.
I also appeal to the people of Arunachal Pradesh, various NGOs, and Student unions,
to intervene and save NERIST before it succumbs to the demagoguery of few persons
with vested interest.
H. Kato Shikhu, Nagaland
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