Rijiju denies incursion by China's PLA in Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Oct 28: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju today denied
any incursion by China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) in Taksing area of Arunachal
Pradesh in recent times. "It is a natural phenomenon as troops from both the sides
usually trespass into each other's territory by mistake as there is no definite demarcation
of the border. Even Chinese Army sometime claim incursion by Indian Army," Rijiju
told media persons at Raj Bhawan helipad here before his departure to New Delhi.
When his attention was drawn to the alleged incursion at Taksing area in Upper Subansiri
district about three months ago, Rijiju said that troops from both the countries
accidentally trespass into each other's territories during routine patrolling. "Patrolling
teams from both the countries trespass into each other territories and sometime confrontations
are reported... Incursion along the border takes place only where there is no permanent
structure. Since there is no boundary demarcation, such type of ingress will continue.
Our troupes are being instructed to be more vigilant and not to allow Chinese to
cross our periphery," he said. Rijiju, however, conceded that Arunachal Pradesh
had lost a portion of land to China earlier because of less patrolling but hastened
to claim "We have not conceded any inch of our territory to China after NDA came
to power at the Centre." He said ITBP had recently arrested three persons of Tibetan
origin from Limeking area of Upper Subansiri district.
Their interrogation was on to unearth the truth but language barrier had become an
impediment. "I had a meeting with the DG and IG of ITBP this morning and directed
them to get the identity and motive of the three persons," he added.
Asked to comment Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki told newsmen that the
incursion by PLA was not officially reported to him. "Since the issue is a subject
of the External Affairs ministry the state government has no say over it," he quipped.
State tribal affairs ministers’ conference
Arunachal will see repeat of Kargil, warns Minister
NEW DELHI, Oct 28: An Arunachal Pradesh minister on Tuesday warned of a "Kargil-like"
situation in the border state as he spoke of a lack of development forcing locals
to migrate away from far-flung areas and giving China an opportunity to venture deeper
inside Indian territory.
Kalikho Pul, the state's minister of health and tribal affairs, painted a grim picture
of the state's territory bordering China and claimed that the Centre's population-based
funding was to blame for the lack of development in the thinly-populated state. "What
happened in Kargil will happen in Arunachal," he said, referring to the intrusion
by Pakistani forces into the Ladakh region in 1999. "People living in border areas
are migrating to urban places as they have no facilities. These places are getting
empty, due to which China is coming inside," Pul said here at a conference of tribal
ministers from the various states and Union Territories.
China disputes Indian sovereignty over large parts of the state.
Finding fault with the Union government's funding based on a state's population,
he said that the states are told by the Centre to control their birth rate, but funding
is more for states with bigger population.
"It cannot go on like this. What we are supposed to do... You speak here about seven,
eight-lane roads, metro trains and what not, but our people do not even have tracks
for walking. There is no drinking water, nothing," he told an audience comprising,
among others, the Union minister for Tribal Affairs, Jual Oram.
The Centre, he said, should give special preference to the northeastern states.
Oram assured the participants of the Centre's full support in the development of
tribal regions and tribals, adding that they should send proposals to the Centre
and it would lend them its full support.
Oram also gave the gathering an overview of the various developmental projects undertaken
by the Union government.
The ministry will launch a body catering to tribals who have moved to urban centres
in search of livelihood, a ministry official said. PTI
Pul seeks special dispensation
ITANAGAR, Oct 28: Arunachal Pradesh being hundred percent tribal state deserves priority
consideration, state’s Tribal Affairs Minister Kalikho Pul said and pleaded for reviewing
population criteria to release enhanced grants on need basis.
Addressing the consultation meeting of state tribal affairs ministers for evolving
a comprehensive strategy to empower the tribal people and ensure their welfare, convened
by Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram at New Delhi today, Pul said the sensitive
border state deserves special dispensation for development funding by considering
socio-economic development parameters, resource constraints, difficult geographical
terrains, strategic location, high cost of construction and lack of communication
facilities etc. Many of the administrative circles in the border areas are yet to
be connected by road, he said to justify his claim, according to official source
The state government committed to development of tribal people has created social
justice, empowerment and tribal affairs department during 2012-13 for giving focused
attention, which is handicapped due to non-availability of adequate man power for
effective monitoring and implementation of various development schemes under the
“I would request the MoTA to consider proposals for creation of minimum supporting
staff under central funding for setting up of the Integrated Tribal Development Agency
(ITDA) in each district as per GoI guidelines which prescribes those development
blocks where ST population is higher than 50% must have ITDAs,” he said.
The state Govt for 2014-15 has submitted 16 infrastructure proposals amounting to
Rs.2658.32 lakh (under capital asset), five proposals against ongoing EMRS Bana and
Lumla for Rs.205.92 lakh (under recurring grants), 41 proposals amounting to Rs.
8996.47 lakh under education sector for construction of girls and boys hostels which
should be considered on priority.
The local people inhabiting along international border of Bhutan, China and Myanmar
have started migrating towards urban areas because of non-existence of minimum infrastructure
facilities there. Therefore, the state Govt would submit fresh proposals on social
and livelihood sectors soon, he added. Pul was accompanied by Tribal Affairs Commissioner
Gabriel sworn in as Kanubari MLA
ITANAGAR, October 28: The newly elected MLA from 58-Kanubari (ST) Assembly constituency,
Gabriel Denwang Wangsu was sworn-in today as the member of State Legislative Assembly.
Wangsu won the Kanubari by-poll held on October 15 on a Congress ticket.
Speaker State Legislative Assembly, Nabam Rebia, administered the oath of office
and secrecy at the Nokmey Namati Hall of the Assembly secretariat, Naharlagun.
It may be mentioned here that the by-poll of the Kanubari Assembly constituency was
necessitated following the demise of the then sitting MLA Newlai Tingkhatra on May
In the by-poll, Wangsu defeated his nearest rival candidate Rongnai Maham of BJP
by a margin of 885 votes.
Born on June 22, 1972, Wangsu was the founder editor of the local daily, The Dawnlit
Post, before he decided to enter into mainstream politics.
An Assam Sahitya Sabha’s Harihar Choudhury Awardee, he is proficient in six languages
including his mother tongue.
He has travelled widely to Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand, United States, England and
Married to Purabi Taikam Wangsu, they are blessed with two sons and two daughters.
The former editor has also directed and produced many documentaries, such as The
Stilwell Road (2000), Namdapha- a true wilderness (2003), Paa of the past(2006),
The King was a rebel (2007), Triumph over Tisa (2007), Road of the East (2008) and
Across the river Noa-Dihing (2007) among others.
Among the many programmes that he had attended as a journalist, Wangsu was the lone
representative from North East India at the seminar on Economic Globalization and
Environmental Sustainability organized by the World Bank in Goa in 1997. He was also
selected for working under EDI of WB in Karachi, Pakistan. He also attended a month
long International Leadership Programme (Broadcast media) in the US in 2006.
Energy Conservation training held
TEZU, Oct 28: Arunachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency (APEDA), Tezu division
conducted a one-day training programme on Energy Conservation, Energy Conservation
Building Code (ECBC) and Standard & Labelling for the Government employees and panchayat
leaders at Tezu today.
While inaugurating the training programme, Lohit District Deputy Commissioner Dr.
BM Mishra said “we all should learn and do the common practices of energy conservation
at home and offices. Judicious use of energy is one of the measures by which our
natural resources could be saved from complete depletion. We all including the officers
being the first target group should have the first hand ideas about energy saving
and spread the same message to others to follow.”
He also advised the panchayat members including the ZPM Tezu to spread the energy
conservation message to the villagers.
The Lohit SP Ved Prakash Surya said that our non-renewable sources of energy like
coal, petrol, diesel etc are diminishing rapidly for which we should adopt energy
conservation activities in our day to day lives.
He also urged to use the renewable energy devices like solar lamps etc. He further
said that due to rampant use of natural resources, there is threat to our earth due
global warming and rise in the earth’s temperature and if energy conservation activities
are not taken up, there would be big catastrophe in the future. He also urged the
participants to spread the message of energy conservation to the children and youngsters.
The Tezu ZPM, Haweli Kri urged the panchayat leaders to do the energy conservation
practices at the village level and spread the message of energy conservation. She
also urged the department to conduct such programme at the village level.
The resource person K Mallick from National Productivity Council (NPC), Kolkata explained
various aspects of energy conservation, standard and labelling and energy conservation
building coded. He informed that our natural resources are rapidly depleting and
will last for few years, like Coal for 200 years, Natural Gas for 65yrs, Petroleum
Oil for 45 years. They have taken millions of years to form and once they are depleted,
we may not see them again, so there is no alternative and we must use the energy
judiciously for self and nation. He also explained the various aspects of Star Labelling
and conservation of energy in the commercials building.
Earlier, APEDA Deputy Director, Tezu division, Er. M Bam also urged the people to
judiciously use energy and informed that due to rapid urbanization, our energy demands
are increasing with limited resources. DIPRO
PHED conducts awareness camps on Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan
ITANAGAR, Oct 28: To mark the Swachch Bharat Abhiyan, the Public Health Engineering
and Water Supply (PHE& WS), Seppa division conducted a series of sensitization programmes
on Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA) highlighting the importance of consuming only safe
drinking water, proper health and sanitation practices and Village Water & Sanitation
Committee (VWSC) at Veo, Lumdang, Pakoti, 14th Mile, Rang and Fangche village recently.
Launching the awareness campaign, District Water and Sanitation Consultant Koro Liyak
explained the motto of Swachch Bharat Abhiyan, an initiative to make the country
garbage free by 2019 as a as a befitting tribute to Father of the Nation Mahatma
Gandhi on his 150th Birthday.
He also told that most of the diseases are caused by open defecation. He advised
the villagers to avail Govt. schemes of Individual Household Latrine (IHHL) for BPL
and APL families.
Assistant Engineer, Tung Sono elaborated about the importance of safe drinking water,
maintaining good health and sanitation practices and the role Village Water & Sanitation
committee (VWSC). He also appealed to the PRI members to cooperate with the department
for smooth implementation of various schemes and programmes at rural areas. He also
informed the gathering that the Department is going to handover all the completed
water supply schemes to VWSC members.
M. Riba, Executive Engineer PHE & WS Seppa Division spoke about various diseases
caused by unsafe drinking water and advised the villagers to boil water before consuming
it to keep some waterborne diseases at bay. He also attributed pigsty latrine and
open defecation as the major causes of diseases. Riba also asked the villagers to
avail the opportunity of IHHL.
At 14th Mile, ZPM Rajo Gyadi attended the awareness program as resource person.
The Department engineers asked the villagers to rear pigs in proper and hygienic
manner. They suggested the participants to construct low cost individual latrines
for which fund is provided by the government through PHE & WS Department.
The awareness meetings were actively participated by the PRI members, teachers, Anganwadi
workers, ASHAs and villagers.
Tea Board restricts application of chemicals
ITANAGAR, Oct 28: The Tea Board of India (TBI) has imposed stringent regulation on
pesticide application in Tea through Plant Protection Code (PPC) with effect from
January 1 next year. TBI will allow very few chemicals to be applied in Tea cultivation
for controlling pests and diseases as approved by the Central Insecticidal Board
(CIB) with fixed maximum residue limit in Tea against each chemical, informed Director
of Trade and Commerce Tokong Pertin in a release.
“If any approved chemical beyond MRL or any trace of banned chemical pesticide is
found in made tea, not only the produce would be disqualified to be sold in market,
but the producer could be prohibited to manufacture Tea,” the TBI regulation said.
This is a serious issue to be addressed by the tea growers of the state of Arunachal
Pradesh as tea manufacturing agencies would surely deny purchasing of green leaves
having chemical residue beyond MRL or containing banned chemicals, Pertin said.
The tea growers have to apply only CIB and TRA approved chemical pesticides in right
dilution at right time by maintaining adequate time gap of minimum seven days between
spraying and plucking to avoid the risk of having residue limit beyond MRL.
Pertin urged the tea growers of the state to follow the Integrated Pest Management
(IPM) practices developed and designed by Tocklai Tea Research Institute (TTRI),
TRA, Jorhat, Assam for the benefit of both the big agency houses and small tea growers.
Tea growers must have to avoid the application of chemical pesticides not recommended
by CIB and TRA, he said.
The Arunachal Advisory Centre, Tea Research Association (TRA) is issuing quarterly
Advisory Bulletins for tea growers of Arunachal Pradesh on regular basis, and the
list of CIB and TRA approved chemical pesticides with doses and dilutions is attached
with each bulletin which is circulated by the Department of Trade & Commerce to the
tea growers in January, April, July and October.
Tea growers should follow the guidelines of TRA for controlling pests and diseases
as elaborated in the bulletins in addition to other cultural operations, Pertin suggested.
In conventional tea cultivation application of chemical pesticides for controlling
pests and diseases is an integral part of management practices. But tea is a consumable
product and unwanted residue of chemical pesticide in it creates serious health concern
for the consumer.
Moreover, indiscriminate application of chemical pesticides causes serious threat
to the balance of natural flora and fauna for which incidence of pest and disease
has increased day by day.
LDV takes steps to check sexual abuse of school children
ROING, Oct 28: The growing numbers of child abuse cases in the form of sexual harassment
in different parts of the country have shaken the humanity. The sexual harassment
of the school children across the country particularly the girl students has become
a major concern not only for the parents and the society but also for all the law
enforcing authorities and policy makers. Some cases of sexual abuses of the students
in few private run residential schools were also reported recently in our state too
which drew severe flak and evoked condemnation from all quarters of the society.
It was revealed that children between the age group of 4 to 12 years are most vulnerable
to sexual abuse.
The law enforcing authorities felt that these unwanted behaviour and activities are
happening due to lack of mechanism to check the behaviour of the school staff. In
spite of knowing that some of the teachers and staff as well as school van drivers
etc are committing unwanted acts with them, the students hesitate to disclose it
before the parents.
Though there are various Acts such as Protection of Children from Sexual Offences
Act 2012, Juvenile Justice Act to deal with such cases and other various advisories
being issued by the Central Govt, the common people are unaware of such Acts. Hence,
the Govt of India has issued directives to all the District Magistrates and District
Superintendents of Police to take steps in a coordinated way to check sexual harassment
to school children. Theses directives include organization of awareness programme
for staff and managements of schools, teachers and HoDs, etc. and children sensitization
programme by reputed NGOs and Govt agencies like Child Development Department to
get verified character and antecedents of newly recruited staff (a uniform methodology
for the verification of character and antecedents to be evolved by the Department
of Education as well as further supervision of behaviour), formation of committee
on prevailing sexual harassment cases if any, proper verification of identity of
all vehicles drivers and attendants in schools before their appointments, complaint
box in school where victim can drop their problems without signature.
In this regard, Lower Dibang Valley district administration has constituted a district
level committee with Superintendent of Police as its Nodal Officer. In a meeting
held recently at Roing, LDV Deputy Commissioner Shiv Kumar has instructed all principals
to get the characters of all employees and staffs verified from police and also made
it a mandatory to appoint at least one Nodal Officer preferably a lady teacher in
every school for looking after sexual abuse related problem. It was also resolved
to conduct awareness programme by liaising with reputed NGOs in the district and
to instruct SMCs to conduct enquiry on receipt of any such report. Principals were
also instructed to conduct interactive sessions with students which will also include
training sessions for all age group.
It was informed that some of the Govt and private residential schools of the district
have already appointed nodal officers after receiving the instruction from the Deputy
Director of School Education, Roing. DIPRO
ABK WW demands speedy investigation into mysterious death of Mizo boy
Pasighat, Oct 28: The East Siang unit of Women’s Wing of Adi Bane Kebang in solidarity
with the family members of Mizo boy Lalmuankima Chiawngthu, who was found dead on
the banks of Siang on Sunday morning, demanded prompt investigation to reveal the
cause of mysterious death. Lalmuankima was a student of College of Horticulture &
The ABK WW team, which has been fighting against drugs menace in the district, said
that, the incident has left everyone in a state of shock and ashamed the people of
oldest town in the state.
While sharing its pain and grief with the bereaved family and friends of the deceased,
the ABK unit urged authority concerned to speed up the investigation to unearth the
cause behind his death.
Meanwhile, Pasighat police informed that they are continuing investigation and will
interrogate the roommate of the deceased, who has reportedly gone to Mizoram along
with the body.
SP Devendra Arya said that they are waiting for the call record details and post
mortem report to proceed further.
‘Protect and preserve flora and fauna’
ITANAGAR, Oct 28: The Eco-Friendly Society Magi Likabali has appealed to one and
all to protect and conserve wildlife and biodiversity of Magi and Likabali area in
particular and the state in general.
Rampant hunting of wildlife for meat and commercial purpose, and fishing in Siji
Siu, Hinte, Sima Rivers are still going on unabated leading to over exploitation
of wildlife despite the society’s efforts for protection and conservation of Magi
Lake and its peripheral area bestowed with many common and rare wild-life species
like Deer, Hornbill, Red Kingfisher, Stag, Bear, Elephant etc, the Society said in
The society appealed to all the senior citizens, youths of the area and inhabitants
of Siji and Kane village and people of Likabali Sub-Division to join in protecting
and preserving flora and fauna of the area.
The society will be compelled to initiate legal action under relevant laws against
those found indulging in such illegal activity besides imposing penalty the release
Villagers conduct cleanliness drive
ITANAGAR, Oct 28: The youths and students of New Bunting village influenced by the
Swachch Bharat Abhiyan called upon the villagers for cleanliness drive in the vicinity
of the village.
The youths and villagers cleared the surroundings and strongly appealed to the villagers
to make private piggeries.
The cleanliness campaign was initiated by the senior students of the village, who
highly motivated the youth and villagers for clean environment and participated in
a large numbers.
Addressing the gathering the panchayat leaders appreciated the youth for their enthusiasm,
as well as the government for such motivating campaign.
Meeting on garbage management held
ITANAGAR, Oct 28: A meeting was held under the chairmanship of former IPR Director
Leki Phuntso at state guest house, Naharlagun on October 25 to discuss garbage, sanitation
problems and other issues relating to Municipal Ward No 22.
The meeting after a threadbare discussion resolved that the Bazar Committee should
not collect monthly civil charge from the shops within Ward No 22.
For management of garbage, the meeting appealed to the residents of the Ward to voluntarily
organize cleanliness drive atleast twice a month to keep their Ward neat and clean.
T. Jerang, Administrative Officer, IMC admitted that IMC has been unable to collect
and dispose garbage due to non-availability of fund and vehicles. He requested the
general public to support the civic charge.
Dr. L. Jampa State Epidemiologist said that garbage creates heaven for mosquitoes
to multiply their population thus spreading diseases like Malaria, JE etc. The unhygienic
condition also causes various water borne diseases like Typhoid, diarrhea etc, he
Tarh Pacho, Councilor, Ward No. 22, opined for one dumping point from the six existing
for easy collection of garbage.
Takum Tatak, JE, PHED has expressed concern over the impending environment pollution
due to lack of proper garbage management.
Chukhu Tacho, Assistant Engineer, PWD said that lack of proper drainage system and
increase in population have been the other major causes of increasing waste materials.
Free health camp at Mother’s Home
ITANAGAR, Oct 28: NHPC Itanagar team lead by its Executive Director, Ronel Kumar
conducted a free health camp at Mother's Home, Lekhi village, Naharlagun yesterday.
The medical team headed by Dr. N Nalo provided necessary medicines free of cost and
assured to visit the home twice a week as follow up health check up of the inmates.
Kumar also assured to provide wheel chairs, hearing aids and necessary medical stationeries
to the inmates of the home.
NSC rally organized at Rumgong block
AALO Oct 28: In continuation to the National Sanitation Campaign by the District
Water and Sanitation Mission, a rally was organized at Rumgong Block recently.
While flagging off the rally, ZPM Tanam Taggu, appealed the officers and educated
youths of his block to encourage their families for construction and use of toilet
and discourage open defecation. He also appealed the participating students to share
the message of sanitation to their parents and asked them to keep their toilet, school
and hostel compound clean.
PHE&WS, AE Pojom Padu, said the people of the area and the PRI members of the block
are not placing their demands for toilet construction even after series of awareness
campaigns in the area. He expressed his concern over not using toilet after receiving
intensive amount from the implementing agency. DIPRO
Fire accident awareness camp
PASIGHAT, Oct 28: Department of Disaster Management, Pasighat organized an awareness
campaign at Panchayat conference hall, Pasighat today.
While addressing the gathering, the ZPC Kaling Dai appealed the people to take adequate
preventive measures and to spread awareness on fire safety measures in the society.
He urged the people to be cautious while lighting candle, incense sticks and fire
crackers, and also suggested for frequent checking of household electrical wiring
system. He further appealed the people to intensify traditional “Lamkang” system
to prevent accidents.
Earlier, in her keynote address, DDMO Ganden Tsomu highlighted on general fire safety
precautions, role of Disaster Management Department.
Later, the gathering decided to stop construction of additional kaccha rooms in government
quarters and also decided to approach concerned department to provide more fire tenders
in Pasighat. The meeting was attended by PRI members of Bogong, Bosing and Mebo blocks.
Earlier, they took out a rally from Siang Guest House to Panchayat office holding
placards and slogans. DIPRO
EKCC&I calls for early renovation of deplorable Seppa to Bana road
ITANAGAR, Oct 28: Drawing attention to the deplorable road condition between Seppa
and Bana in East Kameng district, the East Kameng Chamber of Commerce and Industry
(EKCC&I) has called upon the concern authority for repairing of the road immediately.
In a release, it said, the road is being used by more than 200 to 300 vehicles every
day. If the road is not maintained, the day wouldn’t be far when instead of travelling
by vehicle, people will have to walk.
It further suggested that the state government place a proper allocation of funds
for the maintenance of the road.
ASYF calls for action against illegal earth cutting
ITANAGAR, Oct 28: Alleging illegal earth cutting along the PWD road from Khunglo
village to Pith Nallah near Sagalee in Papum Pare district has caused serious damage
to the drainage system and the road, the All Sagalee Youth Federation (ASYF) has
called for prompt action against the wrong doers.
In a complaint to the SP Papum Pare, the ASYF stated that some people from Charling
village/Pith village had carried out the illegal earth cutting on the road without
any approval from the concern authority.
It is a serious cognizable offence under section 3 of the Prevention of Damage to
Public Property Act, 1984. If the earth cutting is not stopped, the road will be
washed completely away during the next monsoons, it added.
Social service conducted
ITANAGAR, Oct 28: A mass social service was organized at Lower Tigdo village on October
24 last. During the day-long social service which was organized under the leadership
of Lower Tigdo Village Committee Taring Ruja, the potholes on the road from Govt
Middle School Tigdo to Lower Tigdo were filled with sand and gravels.
DNGC college week concludes
ITANAGAR, Oct 28: The 35th Annual college week of Dera Natung Govt College here concluded
on October 24 last. Jal House was declared the winner of the four-day event.
Speaking on the occasion, Changlang North MLA Tesam Pongte advised the students to
take up academic career as well as extracurricular activities like games and sports,
cultural and literary activities simultaneously as part of their education.
KSY awareness camp for adolescent girls
ITANAGAR, Oct 28: A day-long health awareness and training programme under Kishori
Shakti Yonjna (KSY), was organized for adolescent girls and school dropouts at Pachi
village, Pipu,East Kameng yesterday.
Child Development Project Officer, Bana, DK Thungon spoke on the participants about
Domestic Violence Act, 2005, child trafficking and many other ill practices and issues
prevailing in the society. He distributed pamphlets containing information on the
supporting legal structure in the district such as protection officer and service
provider for Domestic Violence Act.
Medical Officer Dr. K Sopin explained on life-cycle and various stages of a girl
child’s physiological as well as psychological development. He emphasized on proper
sex education for adolescents in order to avoid early pregnancy which is highly prevalent
in the district.
Assistant Professor of Seppa Government College, Pema Yangchin explained the importance
of girl education, women empowerment and about Right to Education.
Inspiring the adolescent girls, MS Bagang, Assistant Professor and first women post
graduate degree holder from East Kameng, highlighted on the various community and
district specific problems faced by the womenfolk.
Later, the participants were trained on preparing Gulab Jamun, Momo, Aloo Chop, Pakoda,
Noodles, Namkeen etc.
Pipu CDPO Lenzing Tagi assured to organize more such programmes in future.
A total of 146 adolescent girls from Pipu and Gyawepurang circle attended the programme.
AVP talent hunt
ITANAGAR, Oct 28: Arunachal Vikash Parishad. Upper Subansiri unit conducted a youth
talent hunt programme in the fields of art, culture and sports at Daporijo yesterday.
Addressing the youths on the occasion, both Sigin-1 ZPM Tayum Motu and Indigenous
Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh district unit president Puluk Lida,
exhorted the youths to preserve, protect and promote the indigenous faith and culture
and traditional sports like archery.
“While prayer leads us nearer to God, patriotic songs inculcate the sense of patriotism,
oneness, belongingness among the youths,” they opined.
Altogether, 65 selected youths from various circles in the district, participated
in the talent hunt where archery, local prayers and patriotic song competitions were
APSPCB holds board meeting
ITANAGAR, Oct 28: The XIIth board meeting of Arunachal Pradesh State Pollution Control
Board (APSPCB) was held in the conference hall, Paryavaran Bhawan, Papu Hill, Naharlagun
today. The meeting was presided over by PCCF & Principal Secretary (Environment &
Forests) cum Chairman, APSPCB, Omkar Singh.
Besides discussing the budget proposal, audit of accounts, the board members stressed
on the need to create awareness within the state and the frequent monitoring of Air
Quality, Water Quality, Inventorization of Polluting sources, Quantification of Hazardous
Wastes, Bio-medical Wastes, E-Wastes for generating a baseline data. The board members
were of the view that efforts should be made to organise seminars and workshops frequently
by the Board.
The members also emphasized that all types of industries listed under Schedule-VIII
of Arunachal Pradesh Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Rules 2000 that are
operating without the consent of State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) are required
to obtain consent under relevant acts and rules. Failure to comply by such defaulters
shall be penalised under relevant sections. They further added that, registration
of polluting sources and units helps in generation of correct information and help
to develop mitigation measures for preservation of the environment for the future.
The issue of Armed Forces Special Power Act, 1958 has been brought to limelight in
the state following a consultative meeting held yesterday by North East Student Organization
and All Arunachal Pradesh Student Organization to solicit the people’s opinion. As
an outcome of the meeting, it was revealed that this draconian law is applicable
in Arunachal too within the radius of 20 KM from Assam boundary. Many Arunachalees
were not aware of this, as it is generally assumed that AFSPA is only in place at
so called disturbed districts like Tirap, Changlang and Longding.
Many incidents of armed personnel carrying out extra-judicial killing of innocent
lives in the state using AFSPA as ‘shield’ has not been properly reported in the
media. People of Tirap, Changlang and Longding have been suffering due to this draconian
law. Very recently the ministry of home affairs extended AFSPA for another six month
in the state. People of Arunachal should know these facts and take up cudgel to seek
repelling of this inhuman act. This act came into existence in the year 1958 and
since then it has not been removed by the union government. At the time of implementation,
govt. of India had promised that it will be for temporary. They have cheated on us
and it’s time the whole NE people together stand up and fight for the immediate repelling
of this racist law.
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Plight of the Pidi circle
Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of
concern authorities and the political leaders of the region towards the pathetic
condition of the Suspension Bridge over a river under Pidi Circle of Mechukha sub-division,
West Siang District.
The said bridge is about 40 years old and is the only means that connect Pidi village,
Headquarter of Circle Office, with the rest of the world. Ironically, the condition
of the lone bridge is so bad that even the denizens of the area fear to step on it.
The concern authorities and the political leaders seem to take their eyes off this
It got capsized due to rusting on the wires and the trees on which these wires are
wrapped are about to up-root. Its miserable condition shows that no initiative to
renovate it has been carried out for a quite long time from Govt.’s side. The problems
being faced by the Govt. staffs posted here are inexplicable.
The criss-cross tying of bamboo robes on the bridge indicate the perpetual effort
of the local people to prevent it from falling. But the question is to what extend
could this suspension bridge be saved by local maintenance? The worse sufferers are
those who have to come across the bridge to collect rice on their back and thence
to their home via this fatal bridge.
The condition of the suspension bridge is extremely bad. It may collapse at any time.
I appeal to all concern to look into the matter seriously before any untoward incident
We will overcome all odds
Paving the way for a great journey ahead, Minister, Health and Family Welfare, Govt
of Arunachal Pradesh, visited First Referral Unit (FRU) Ruksin on October 25 with
One of the most versatile and well versed Ministers in the entire state; he walked
along with Doctors and staffs, through the long corridors of the one and only functional
FRU in the entire State.
Arriving early, he walked through every rooms of the hospital. Mr Minister even had
a peep at the indoor toilet, a rare gem of an attitude found in high profile visitors.
He interacted with admitted patients (Surgery, Obstetrics and gynaecology, Medicine,
Orthopaedics etc) and enquired about the shortcomings of the hospital.
In the meantime he interacted with his officer and asked him to arm the establishment
with adequate manpower and basic emergency facilities so that the people of Ruksin
Subdivision and other adjoining Subdivisions viz, Nari, Likabali doesn’t suffer.
In his interactive speech he felt sorry for the dilapidated state of the unused
sophisticated machines in RDC, Ruksin and promised to take immediate remedial step.
He also apologised on behalf of his earlier counterparts for their mistakes, lack
of innovative moves, proper monitoring, and short-sightedness that led to these kinds
Mr. Minister appreciated the team of Doctors and staff posted at FRU Ruksin, for
their relentless service to the mankind that too with bare minimum facilities available
and urged them to continue their effort in bringing down IMR and MMR, malaria related
My appreciation goes out for Mr. Minister for having such detailed knowledge of the
Health structures and health Indicators of the nation and Arunachal Pradesh in particular.
It was like; he had all data in his finger tips. He was so well acquainted with medical
terminologies which otherwise are tongue twisters for the common man. In spite of
not having medical background, he was so well read that one would be taken aback
with his vast knowledge of medical sciences.
He strongly sent out the message, that to bring changes and improvement in any sector
one should have thorough knowledge about the system.
Mr. Minister, you are indeed a great personality to be with, and I am of the opinion
that, Arunachal Pradesh, Health and Family Welfare Ministry is going to be one of
the most appreciated ministries and armed with your views, we are sure to achieve
new heights in health sector.
With you on our side we are certain that we can overcome all odds.
Dr. Kadum Jonnom
Reform the institution
I had joined Delhi University with lots of hope to get good higher education and
then to return to Arunachal Pradesh to get some good job. This has been the aspiration
of my parents and I think it’s the aspiration of all the parents.
In the context of recent problem of APPSC mains paper-2014 leakage, my hopes are
almost shattered. I see my future and many other students’ future in darkness with
respect to jobs offered by the commission.
There has been no strong protest from student unions of AP, Chief Minister, opposition
party, NGOs, elite societies, civil societies etc except for this esteem paper to
reveal the leakage of the APPSC mains-2014 paper and some aspirant who approached
the Governor. The issue has not been of interest to anybody.
As an educated youth of AP, I would like to request our Chief Minister Nabam Tuki
to reform the commission and give hope to the thousands of educated youths of the
UPSC has established a fool proof procedure and mechanism to recruit best people
to administrate India.
My humble suggestion to the chief minister and the commission is to adopt the way
UPSC conducts its exams. Such adoption would not only help APPSC maintain a respectable
and clean stature but would also keep the hope of thousands of youths of AP alive
for all generations to come. When the hopes of educated youths die, the society will
turn into chaos.
Clean the mentality
Is cleaning the streets the be-all and end-all of the society? What is the use of
clean localities if we allow own fellow countrymen to get subjected to racial attacks;
treat particular languages, cultures, races and religions as “mainstream” rendering
the rest as “aliens”; India continues its leading position in Global Slavery Index
and the “nationalists” try to sweep the ills and scandals of acute poverty, hunger,
malnutrition, illiteracy, child as well as bonded labour, communalism, casteism,
regionalism, honour-killings and sexual atrocities under the glamorous and jingoistic
carpet of IT Revolution and Mars mission!
Indeed there lies everything wrong in our sense of cleanliness. A massive campaign
needs to be urgently launched urging all to clean their minds by getting rid of zealous
“nationalism”, divisive thoughts, bias and prejudices and philistine attitude towards
the women folk who have been rendered to mere “sex objects”.
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