GUWAHATI, Oct 20: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today called upon the
North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd (NEDFi) to plan out a NEDFi Haat
in Arunachal Pradesh which could not only promote the local made items but would
also boost tourism for the state in the lines of Delhi Haat.
While reviewing the activities undertaken by NEDFI in Arunachal Pradesh in a series
of meetings held with the NEDFi and New India Assurance Co. Ltd officials at Guwahati
this morning, Tuki called the public sector undertaking to identify entrepreneurs
based on local needs. He was of the view that though NEDFi had undertaken numerous
activities in the state, there had been very little publicity of their works. The
CM opined for organizing mass awareness programmes for sensitizing the common masses
on the benefits they could avail from NEDFi.
While responding to the request for a plot of land at Itanagar for NEDFi branch office,
Tuki assured to provide all possible assistance. He also assured to look into other
issues like single window clearance system with minimal documentation for industry
projects and development of skills of local youths on a positive note.
While interacting with the delegates of New India Assurance Co. Ltd, Tuki reiterated
that Chief Minister’s Universal Health Insurance scheme is one of the most ambitious
programmes of the state government which requires to be implemented in letter and
“I want to ensure that each and every household in Arunachal Pradesh is benefitted
from CM’s Universal Health Insurance Scheme” Tuki emphatically said. He requested
the insurance company to expedite the left out enrollment and ensure speedy issuance
of smart card to the beneficiaries. He however hinted for a monitoring committee
to overlook the performance of the programme.
The meeting was also attended by Parliamentary Secretary Education, IPR Bamang Felix,
Parliamentary Secretary Home etc. Likha Saya, APCC President Padi Richo, Planning
secretary Sonam Chombay, State Protocol Officer and Secretary IPR and Culture Dani
Sallu along with NEDFi officers and officers.
State’s first-ever ‘reconstructive surgery’ performed
RUKSIN, Oct 20: The first-ever “Reconstructive Surgery” of oral tumour in the state
was recently conducted in a private-run hospital at Ruksin, wherein half of the lower
jaw of an old-man was completely removed and replaced with Titanium Reconstruction
Plate and screws.
The 50 year-old patient from Geku in Upper Siang district had developed a large tumour
in his lower jaw and he was diagnosed with Ameloblastoma. He was successfully operated
upon by dental surgeon Dr Kayon Ratan.
The patient was confined to bed for a week and surviving with liquid food. The patient’s
health is improving after the operation, the doctor said adding that he would be
allowed to take normal food after few weeks.
Dr Kayon Ratan, who specialized in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, performed some
cases of rare and complicated oral surgeries last year.
Oral cancer surgery is yet to be introduced in the government hospitals in the state.
The doctors earlier referred such patients either to Guwahati or other places for
operation due to lack of facilities in local hospitals. But, surgical operation of
the complicated case has become available after the Dr. K Ratan started service in
his father’s private hospital set up near Ruksin Community Health Centre. His father
Dr Kabit Ratan, is also a popular doctor and treats poor patients on concessional
rate. The doctor duo has appealed to the government of Arunachal Pradesh to create
the post of ‘Maxillofacial Surgeon’ in the State Hospitals for the patients’ benefit.
Anthropology Dept. in colleges sought
ITANAGAR, Oct 20: The research scholars of Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) under the
aegis of Rajiv Gandhi University Research Scholars’ Forum (RGURSF) held a meeting
today to discuss various issues and problems faced by them. The meeting was attended
by the scholars of various departments of RGU and the coordinators who represented
the various departments of the university.
The meeting discussed about the urgent need for introduction of Anthropology in the
government colleges of the state as there are more than 35 tribal students, who have
qualified NET and SLET in the Anthropology. Moreover, the scholars or students, who
have done doctorate and qualified NET/SLET in Anthropology have no opportunity to
get recruited as teachers in the colleges due to non existence of Anthropology department
in the Govt. Colleges in the state which is a waste of human resources, the meeting
Meeting also discussed on problems related to research facilities in RGU like non-availability
of research laboratory, poor internet facility for research work, meager provisions
for free access to e-journal materials in RGU library and non-availability of research
rooms for the regular research scholars in their respective department.
Rijiju takes part in Chingdang festival
BOMDILA, Oct 20: Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju had participated in
the Chingdang Festival of Sajolang tribe on Oct 15 during his three days visit to
Nafra circle from Oct 14 to 16 last. Rijiju also attended various local programmes
during his visit to Nafra.
In his address the Rijiju said that he would take care of NE region with special
emphasis on border development in Arunachal Pradesh.
Phurpa Tsering, Parliamentary Secretary, HPD and Kumsi Sidisow, Parliamentary Secretary,
PHED also were present and spoke on the occasion.
Mega dance by womenfolk of Sajolang tribe and special Yak dance from Namshu were
other attractions of the celebration.
On Oct 16, Rijiju visited his native village Nakhu, JNV School, Nafra and Gompa at
Upper Dzang, Nafra circle. He was accompanied by Raghvendra Singh, Additional Secretary
(Films), Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, New Delhi and other high-ranking
AAPETA district unit submits memo
to education minister
ITANAGAR, Oct 20: The All Arunachal Pradesh Elementary Teachers Association (AAPETA),
Upper Subansiri district unit submitted a three-point memorandum to Education Minister
Tapang Taloh during his recent visit to the district urging him to post sufficient
teachers in various schools in the district to improve the educational scenario.
AAPETA in its memorandum informed the Education Minister about the acute shortage
of teachers in various schools in the district which has adversely affected the academics
of the students.
The Association also appealed for restoration of 50 percent promotional avenue from
A/T ‘A’ to J/T for those who posses requisite qualification.
Further, the AAPETA unit appealed for immediate release of pending D/A arrears of
in-service teachers and other staff.
Meanwhile, the AAPETA unit informed that the Education Minister has assured to look
into the demands raised by it.
All Upper Subansiri District Student Union (AUSDSU) while welcoming the transfer
and posting policy of the government, also appealed to the Education Minister to
post sufficient teachers in schools of the district and other districts where there
is acute shortage of teachers, like Kurung Kumey and East Kameng districts.
First sitting of budget committee held
ITANAGAR, Oct 20: The first sitting of the budget committee of sixth state legislative
assembly was held in the Nokmey Namati Hall, Legislative Assembly Secretariat, Naharlagun
The committee after examining in depth the budget proposal prepared by the Legislative
Assembly Secretariat recommended the Revised Estimate of 2014-15 for an amount of
Rs 34.91 crores and Budget Estimate of 2015-16 for an amount of Rs 29.04 crores respectively.
Rang Frah Government College week concluded
CHANGLANG, Oct 20: The road connectivity between Changlang town and college campus
would be improved by the end of this year said Parliamentary Secretary, Trade and
Commerce, Geology and Mining Phusum Khimhun while attending the valedictory function
of 19th Annual College Week Celebration 2014 of Rang Frah Government College Changlang
He further clarified that construction of various infrastructure at the permanent
site of the college will be carried at a rapid pace and by March 2015 the accommodation
problems will be solved to a great extent.
While advising the students to devote their time in their studies, Khimhun added
that the college week is also a right platform for the students to showcase their
Nampong MLA Laisam Simai also advised the student community to hone their hidden
talents and to discharge their duty with honesty and determination. He further exhorted
the student community to shoulder great responsibilities to bring positive change
in the society. He also raised concern on the menace of drugs and narcotics which
is posing a great threat to the future of the youths in Chnaglang District.
Earlier, Dr. K Megu, Principal of the College, Jemkhum Mossang, General Secretary
of student’s union also spoke on the occasion.
Later, Khimhun and Simai distributed prizes to the winners of various games and sports,
cultural and literary competitions.
2nd Gora Tamar Memorial Football Tournament from Nov 9
ITANAGAR, Oct 20: The 2nd Gora Tamar Memorial Football Tournament will be held at
Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun from November 9, informed Arunachal Pradesh Football
Association, the organizer of the tournament.
This tournament is open to all and can be participated by all registered or unregistered
clubs or teams. The selection of players for the state football team for the ensuing
North East Games to be held in Itanagar this year would be on the basis of their
performance in this tournament, APFA assistant general secretary Kipa Ajay said.
APFA requested all interested teams and clubs to confirm their participation before
Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Football Players Association has discouraged participation
of registered players in unrecognized tournaments and championships.
SMILE conducts awareness prog on social issues
ITANAGAR, Oct 20: Indo Global Social Service Society (SMILE), Itanagar organized
an awareness cum sensitization programme on various social issues and problems like
domestic violence, early marriage etc. at Govt. Primary School Puroik Colony yesterday.
Attending the programme, Kani Nada Maling, legal advisor of Arunachal Pradesh State
Commission for Women, gave an overview of Domestic Violence Act 2005. Informing that
domestic violence against women can be in many forms like verbal, sexual, economic/financial
and physical abuses, she educated the participants, mostly from Puroik community
on the legal provisions under the Act for their protection.
She also highlighted on the adverse effects of early or child marriage. She informed
the youths and parents on the occasion that the minimum age to get married as per
law are 18years for girls and 21 years for boys.
The programme was attended by the youths and elders from Puroik Colony and Papunallah.
Fund for smooth functioning of school sought
ITANAGAR, Oct 20: The All Silsango Circle Youth Association under Papum Pare district
has sought funds for immediate restoration for smooth functioning of the schools
in its area. In a representation to the Chief Minister, the association claimed that
every school in the area is deprived of basic facilities like toilets, teacher quarters,
class rooms and furnitures etc. It also demanded funds to run the health sub-centers
in the circle. Claiming that the general public is facing problems due to non-posting
of a Circle Officer, the association requested the Chief Minister to post a CO for
14th Senior National Women’s Boxing Championship
Chanu & Khakhalary win Bronze medals
ITANAGAR, Oct 20: H.Tonibala Chanu and Anjima Khakhalary of Arunachal Amateur Boxing
Association have won a Bronze medal each in their respective weight category (51
kg and 57 kg) in the 14th Senior National Women’s Boxing Championship held at Rajpur,
Chhattisgarh from October 11 to 16. 2014, informed the Department of Sports and Youth
Affairs in a release.
IFCSAP team visits Tirap, inaugurates prayer centres
ITANAGAR, Oct 20: A team of Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh
(IFCSAP) led by vice president Gichik Taaza toured Tirap district recently and inaugurated
two newly constructed Prayer Centres (Yangsomhom) at Longliang village on October
18 and another at Sinnyu village under Laju circle the next day.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Taaza called upon the public for revival
of indigenous faiths and culture of Tirap district and stressed the need for protection,
preservation and promotion of aged-old traditions.
General secretary Bai Taba suggested the people to maintain the Yangsomhom as a holy
place and advised them to follow their own faiths and belief at the Yangsomhom.
L. Khimun from Rangfra Faith Promotion Society (RFPS) suggested the public the detailed
philosophy of Ranfgra Faith and culture of Tirap, Longding and Changlang communities
and thought, practice and belief system of Rangfraism.
The management of new prayer centres were initiated by the local indigenous public
of concern village and supported by IFCSAP and RFPS.
‘Give preference to locals’
ITANAGAR, Oct 20: The Gumto Youth Welfare Association (GYWA) today urged the district
administration to give preference and job reservation to local people in its the
group C and D such as UDC, LDC, Peon and Chowkidar as the vacant posts had been
published in the local dailies for recruitment against Gumto circle. In a letter
written to the Deputy Commissioner Papum Pare, the association claimed that local
people had donated their cultivable lands for the establishment of the circle headquarter
and the appointing authority should consider the local people for the vacant post.
GYWA added that it would strongly oppose and object placement of non-local applicants
in the mentioned posts.
A trial court on Monday sentenced all the five convicts to life imprisonment in the
2010 Dhaula Kuan gang rape-cum-abduction case of a call centre employee. Though,
late this decision comes as a big relief. The five men were held guilty of abducting
the woman, who hailed from the northeast, on November 24, 2010 and then gang-raping
her. The woman was walking home with a friend after her work shift ended. The abductors
took her to Mangolpuri, gang-raped her, and left her on an isolated road there. The
men were later arrested from Mewat in Haryana.
The incident had sent shockwaves among the BPO employees who often have to travel
back home during night time. Following the incident, Delhi Police ordered all BPOs
in Delhi and the National Capital Region to drop women employees at their home after
their shift ends. Though rape law has been strengthened in the country as an outcome
of Nirbhay incident, still such incidents are not coming down. Once considered to
be the safest place for woman Arunachal has been hit hard by series of rape incidents
in recent years. This year alone three cases of rape cum murder have been reported
from various parts of the state. Apart from ensuring strong punishment to the perpetrators
of such crime, the Arunachalee society as a whole should also introspect and look
where things are going wrong. Let us hope that verdict like that of Dhaula Kuan gang
rape-cum-abduction case will send strong message to the potential criminals.
----Readers Forum ----
Put us on the 'adharsh gaon' map
Through your esteemed daily, I on behalf of people of Debing Village would like to
fervently appeal Ninong Ering, Honorable Member of Parliament from 2-Arunachal East
Parliamentary Constituency to kindly select Debing village as model village under
a new scheme called Saansad Adharsh Gram Yojana(SAGY).
During the 1980s, Rayang, Debing, Depi, Detak, Name and Nari had lost their large
parts of agricultural lands to people of Assam due to land encroachments. But till
date we have not been compensated for the loss of lands from State Govt in particular
and Centre in general. In those days, there had been bitter conflicts between people
of Assam and Arunachal over lands as well as interstate boundary line. Those days,
in your capacity as the Circle Officer of Nari, you closely witnessed sufferings
and miseries of the people of the area. Since then most villagers of the area particularly
people of Debing village are rendering lives landless and sustaining lives with great
Even now people can't live up to normal living standards due to economic causes.
Hence, I on behalf of people of Debing village appeal to you to kindly do something
good by selecting Debing village as an 'adharsh gaon' for which we shall always remain
indebted to you.
Sum Nonang (Apum)
GPC, Debing Village
India should first clean up its own backyard
Indian "nationalism" and "patriotism" is presently at its jingoistic best! While
our spacecraft is roving the Mars orbit uplifting the country among the elite club
of nations, the proud Indians are also sternly asking the Pakistanis and Chinese
to behave or get ready for the consequences! Bangla-desh should also not be spared
as they are exporting terrorists to West Bengal!
Though we are presently living in best of times as far as nationalism is concerned,
our patriotic feelings should be confined only within the narrow sphere of spewing
venoms directed towards the alien nations! But if we come across one of our own countrymen
boasting of peculiar language/attire/physical features, we hold every democratic
right to treat him/her as alien and taunt, abuse or torture him/her both physically
as well as psychologically! So Arunachal Pradesh is definitely an integral part of
India, but an Arunachalee or a North-Easterner is definitely a "Chinese" and so needs
to be thrown out from India - right from Gurgaon to Bangalore!
Actually this country is the paternal property of true Indians only! Now, what is
the definition of a true Indian?
True Indian is he/she who speaks in classical languages of South India, in "Rajbhasa"
or at least zealously supports the claim of Hindi being the "national language",
rabidly shouts the slogan of 'My India is great'(again in Rashtrabhasa) completely
ignoring the hard fact of India's leading position in Global Slavery Index 2013;
immerses in the philistinism of Bollywood by discarding the indigenous cultures of
heterogeneous India; promptly protests against dishonour of symbols like national
anthem and tricolour, but preferring to look the other way when the real nation i.e
common Indians get trampled under the ills of poverty, hunger, malnutrition, illiteracy,
bonded labour, communalism, casteism, regionalism and atrocities of all possible
hues; flocks to the stadiums to root for the Dhonis and engages in the circus named
IPL; treats the overhyped money-monger cricketers as "God" and sweeps the scandals
of honour-killings, pogroms, corruption, witch-hunting, untouchability, child labour
under the carpet of IT Revolution and Moon/Mars mission! Moreover he/she should render
only Urdu-Punjabi-Gujarati-Holi-Dussehra-Bhajan-Ghazal-Biriyani-Dal Makhani-Dosha-Idli-Carnatic
music-Bhangra-Garba-Sherwani-Salwar kameez ie all things Northern and little bit
of Southern and Western Indian as "national", thereby rendering the traits and culture
of rest of the Indians as "provincial" or "laggard"! What an imperialistic mindset
prevailing in the country which continuously flaunts of being the "largest democracy"
in the world!
And there lies no doubt to the fact that the North-East India remains the greatest
victim of such imperialistic mindset because of their Mongoloid features and "sin"
of speaking in languages not affiliated to Sanskrit or Dravidian stock. Also supreme
indifference and ignorance towards the region have worsened the situation. Why will
the "nationalists" from "mainland" care to regard or know about the stalwarts like
Dr.Bhupen Hazarika, Jahnu Barua, Mamoni Raisom Goswami, Ratan Thyiam, Guru Bipin
Singh, M.C.Mary Kom, the Iron Lady Irom Sharmila or the silent worker named Manik
Sarkar! Aren't they the know-all brigade (actually frogs in the well) too engrossed
with the Bollywood singers and directors, Shobha De, Habib Tanvir, Birju Maharaj,
Sania Mirza, Ramdevs and Hazares, Narendra Modis and Nitish Kumars (I do not harbour
any disrespect towards Habib Tanvir or Birju Maharaj, my only point remains that
the partial society offers limelight only to the North Indians and few lucky ones
from West or South)! As far as ignorance is concerned, I can't blame the rest of
the Indians if they remain unaware of greats like Prince Tikendrajit Singh, U Tirot
Sing or Rani Gaidinliu. After all the school text books have not taught them about
the great revolutionaries from the North-East; the syllabus suggest that only the
North Indians like Rani of Jhansi, Bhagat Singh or Jawaharlal Nehru had fought against
the British imperialists! But hadn't the "enlightened" brigade gone through their
geography books in school which shed light on different states of India and their
capitals? Or have the "progressive" lot absolutely forgotten about it? How can the
persons, claiming themselves to be "educated", afford to question the exact location
of Arunachal Pradesh or ask whether Nagaland is part of the Indian state or not?
Thus it would not be unfair to suggest that there lies something wrong with the Indian
education system which might be capable of helping the students to churn out glamorous
careers, but fails to broaden their general knowledge and vision. And less said about
imparting moral education the better, else we would not have witnessed such imperialistic
and racist attitude prevailing in the society.
It is high time school text books, which form the foundation of the society, enlighten
the students about historical and cultural aspects of the whole country including
the North-East instead of focusing on certain regions only. Stress on moral education
should be an urgent priority which will teach the future of the nation to rise above
petty barriers of language, caste, religion and country and accord supreme importance
to humanity as a whole. And just like the civilized countries of the West; acts of
discrimination, physical abuse and passing lewd comments on the basis of one's linguistic,
religious or any other divisive credential should not be tolerated a bit and the
offenders need to be awarded exemplary punishment.
Unless our own North-Eastern brothers and sisters are accorded adequate dignity,
honour and protection in their very own country; India holds absolutely no moral
right to accuse Australians as "racist" whenever any stray attack against any Indian
gets perpetrated Down Under. Before acting as the self-appointed "conscience" of
the world, India should at first clean up its own backyard.
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to express my grave concern regarding crimes
being committed at frequent intervals. It feels really sad to see the rising crimes
in our state. What is more awful and surprising to know is the fact that crimes are
being committed frequently?
Here, in particular, I like to make a mention of the recent murder and rape case
at Ziro. I applaud the police personnel of Ziro for their job done promptly.
It is not a peculiar fact that we encounter conflicts in some way or other in our
daily walks of life. What matters is how we deal with such situations.
It is high time that we respond to the call of duty for humanity. We should thrive
for a civilised society and harbour for love and peace for all.
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