October 03

Zilla Parishads created for new districts

ITANAGAR, Oct 02: The Zilla Parishads for the newly created districts of Kra Daadi, Siang and Namsai have been constituted as per the Arunachal Pradesh Panchayati Raj Act 1997, informed Director of Panchayati Raj in a release. Accordingly, the Commissioner (RD & PR) shall determine the number of offices of Chairpersons of Zilla Parishads and seats to be reserved for women by draw of lots.


ANSU for cancellation of holiday interview

ITANAGAR, Oct 2: The All Nyishi Students' Union (ANSU) has demanded for cancellation of the walk-in interviews conducted today by the Directorate of Secondary Education.  

In a release, ANSU expressed surprise that the interviews were conducted on a national holiday. ANSU stated that the walk in interview were held to recruit candidates for PGT -Chemistry (5 posts), PGT-Mathematics (5 posts), PGT Biology (2 posts), PGT-Physics (7 posts), TGT-Biology (7 posts), TGT-Mathematics (7 posts), TGT Accountancy (4 posts) and TGT Business Administration (4 posts).

Further, it added that the posts were not advertised in the local newspapers. Stating that the current interview was being conducted without maintaining Recruitment Rules, ANSU demanded for following proper procedure of recruitment process. The recruitment for the post of the teachers should be done through written tests.


Wanted bank robber nabbed

ITANAGAR, Oct 02: Acting on a tip off, a habitual criminal Hiba Siku of Hiba I village, Sangram, Kurung Kumey was nabbed by a Capital police team consisting of SP Dipankar Mishra, SDPO Itanagar T.Henyir, SIs K.Tao and P.Taku under the direction of SP Capital Devendra Arya.

Hiba Siku was nabbed by the police team early morning today from Itanagar with huge number of fake passbooks of Nana Marketing and Financial Service Private Ltd, G-Extension, Naharlagun and other documents.

SP Capital release stated that Hiba Siku is a professional bank robber and involved in number of cases.

He was avoiding police arrest since last one year and is the younger brother of Hiba Tajuk, a notorious criminal, stated Capital police.


Wildlife Week celebrated

ITANAGAR, Oct 02: The Wildlife Week 2015 celebration commenced today in different schools and villages located in the fringe areas of Kamlang Wildlife Sanctuary division. A release from DFO Kamlang Wildlife Sanctuary division stated that United Halai Welfare Association, Wakro, an NGO in collaboration with Kamlang Wildlife Sanctuary division will be celebrating the Week from Oct 2 to 8.  

The celebration was kicked off  by cleaning of a school compound and planting of trees with the theme "Save Forest and Save Wildlife" followed by drawing competition and awareness meeting at Kathan Village School, which was participated by the students, teachers, PRI members, GBs, villagers and Govt employees.

In the meeting, DFO Koj Tassar and RFO K Dechen highlighted about the importance of wildlife for maintaining ecological balance. The DFO requested the NGO members and villagers to cooperate with forest officials in preservation and protection of rich fauna and flora of the Sanctuary and its fringe areas.

United Halai Welfare Association, chairman Hamikso Halai while assuring to cooperate with the department requested the villagers to stop hunting and fishing especially during breeding and lactating season. The GBs, PRI members and village elders also spoke in the meeting and assured to help and cooperate with the forest department in protecting the wildlife and its habitat.


BJP conducts workshop

ITANAGAR, Oct 02: BJP workshop was conducted at Palin in Kra Daadi district on September 29 and 30 last, jointly organized by 18th Palin and 20th Tali BJP units.  

More than 150 delegates from the two blocks attended the programme.


Fishing, hunting ban

ITANAGAR, Oct 02:  In a bid to protect its natural resources and wild life, the people of Potin have put blanket ban on fishing using explosive and hazardous chemical, hunting and sawing of timbers. The prohibitory order of the village came after a meeting headed by ASM Lishi Baka on Thursday. The village further informed that violators would be penalized under the Wild Life Protection Act 1972.


Itanagar Biological Park observes Wildlife Week

ITANAGAR, Oct 02: A social service was conducted today at Biological Park, Itanagar marking the beginning of the week-long celebration of the 61st Wildlife Week coinciding with Gandhi Jayanti.

The approach road to the Biological Park which was lying in bad condition since last many years was renovated. The road was widened to double lane from single with sand and gravels including drainage throughout the length of the road, free of cost. The work was possible due to generous donations by well-wishers.

The social service was widely participated by the public leaders, panchayat leaders of nearby areas and executive members of Biological Park Geykar Sinyi Development Committee, apart from Zoo staff headed by Director, Biological Park, Joram Dopum.


Nyari Welly birth anniversary celebrated

SEPPA, Oct 02: The birth anniversary of the first woman MLA of Arunachal Pradesh, Late Nyari Welly was celebrated at the Nyedar Namlo, Seppa today. The Women Welfare Organization (WWO), East Kameng unit organised the programme which was attended by the governmental Head of Departments, members from the district NGOs and school students.

Talking about women empowerment, Seppa ADC Pooja Jain said that women have performed outstanding role in every field of activity and urged everyone to draw inspiration from the women achievers.

She lauded the contributions of the WWO and asked them to keep doing such good work.

WWO general secretary P. Sonam Natung spoke on the topic ‘healthy Adolescence for Healthy Society’. East Kameng ZPC Meyuk Cheda and WWO member Meena Sonam Wai also spoke on the occasion.

Earlier, Pooja Jain along with HoDs and WWO members paid floral tributes to the portrait of Nyari Welly.

The class X, XII toppers and APJEE qualifiers from East Kameng were felicitated during the occasion.

Nyari Welly was a social activist before she was elected as an MLA in 1980. She was an MLA till 1988. She was born on 2nd Oct 1945 at Veo village of East Kameng and passed away on 21st Aug 1988. DIPRO


Police crack child trafficking case

ITANAGAR, Oct 02: A team of Itanagar women police station led by the SI N. Angu and ASI A.N Biki under the supervision of OC Inspector C.N Bui has arrested the persons involved in child trafficking, Lokam Welfare Society (LWS) who lodged a complaint against child trafficking said..     

According to LWS complaint lodged at the women police station, one Lokam Tagi of Tarla village under Damin circle in Kurung Kumey district was allegedly forced to sell his 7 years old daughter to one Gangte Tado of Leel village under Sangram circle at a cost of Rs. 30,000 only as 'lent money.' One Gangte Taniang, younger brother of Gangte Tado also compelled Lokam Tagi to sell his daughter and forcefully took away the minor girl from Lobi, Itanagar to Leel village on Sept 3. Later, they had allegedly sold the girl  to a third party of Leel village,  the Society  said in its complaint letter.

Meanwhile, LWS lauded the prompt action of the police team and appealed the law enforcing authority  to award punishment to the accused persons as per law.


Tezu to host 14th Tang Memorial Football Tournament

ITANAGAR, Oct 02: The 14th Tadar Tang Memorial State Level Football Tournament will be conducted at Tezu, Lohit from October 31, informed Arunachal Pradesh Football Association.


Khunnu FC, Bazaar FC enter semis

ITANAGAR, Oct 02: Khunnu FC entered into the semifinals defeating Pullung FC 3-1 in the second quarterfinal of the first Thansen Wangchadong Memorial Football Tournament at Nehru Stadium, Khonsa today.

Tuwang Hutto scored two goals and Methak Ketok one for the winning team while Bomwang Lowang scored the only goal for the defeated team.

Bazaar FC won the first quarterfinal against Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Khonsa by 3-1 goals yesterday. Deomali FC will play against Hunkan FC in the third quarterfinal at 2.30 pm tomorrow.


Mega Arunachal Tribe Festival concludes

ITANAGAR, Oct 02: A two day Mega Arunachal Tribe Festival 2015 was celebrated at Shillong from Sept 26,  organised by Arunachal Students' Union Shillong (ASUS) with the theme "Standing united to expose and preserve our culture worldwide".

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju who attended the programme on the inaugural day encouraged the students to maintain the spirit of brotherhood and respect one's culture. He also promised to provide an ambulance for the students and needy Arunachalee patients who come to NEIGRIHMS Hospital for treatment.

Minister Health and Family Welfare, Govt of Meghalaya, A.L Hek lauded the presentation of colourful culture.

ASUS President Ngurang Nana stated that the motto of organising the festival was to preserve and expose the colourful culture of Arunachal and the Northeast.


News Impact

AAPSU to launch state-wide protest

ITANAGAR, Oct 02: Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) has decided to launch state-wide protest rally/ Dharnas on October 14 in protest against the Supreme Court Verdict to grant citizenship rights to Chakmas and Hajongs refugees.

The protest rally will be held at all the District Headquarters to send a "strong message to the centre that the refugees shall never be accepted by the people of Arunachal Pradesh".

The decision to this effect was taken in a meeting held on Friday in Itanagar under the chairmanship of its president Kamta Lapung which was attended by representatives of all the District Students Unions.

It was also decided that a legal team of AAPSU headed by Nabam Jallow as chairman and Marto Kato as Member Secretary shall file a review as well as curative petitions against the Supreme Court ruling. The team is leaving on Oct 3 for Delhi.

AAPSU  further said that a peaceful Dharna shall be organized at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi by the AAPSU to garner strong national public opinion and make the voices of the Arunachalees heard in New Delhi.

Meanwhile, AAPSU has appealed to the NGO's, Women's Organisations, Political Parties, Community based Students as well as welfare organizations and intellectuals of the State to come out openly and support the Union in its democratic fight in safeguarding the interest of the indigenous people of Arunachal Pradesh .



APCC hits back at Rijiju on refugee issue, says NDA responsible

ITANAGAR, Oct 02: While reacting to Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijiju's statement accusing Congress for the current refugee mess, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) while refuting the allegation  has said that Supreme Court verdicts on grant of citizenship to Chakma and Hajong refuges have came out during the BJP led NDA Govt at the Centre including one in 1996.    

Defending the agreement signed between former Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi and former Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, APCC said that it was to settle  displaced refugees but "not only in Arunachal Pradesh".

It further wanted to know if fellow Indians are not allowed to settle and acquire land and have to obtain ILP as per prevailing provisions, how the refugees are to be allowed into the state. We will not compromise on the laid down rules and regulations in the Panchsheel formula, APCC added.

It further said that being a son of a former Congress MLA and a former member of Congress himself, Rijiju should not speak ill about the party.



Rijiju know how to blame others: Karbak

APYC to organise beef party,

terms BJP anti-tribal, anti-NE

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Oct 02: The Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC) today launched counter attack on MoS Home Kiren Rijiju who had blamed Congress for the ongoing Chakma, Hajong refugee crisis in the state. Addressing press persons at Arunachal Press Club on Friday afternoon, APYC President Nyamar Karbak, who is also a Congress MLA, alleged that Rijiju always put the blame on others but shy away from the responsibilities.

"He is a central minister and BJP is in power at centre. He has all the resources his disposal but still blames Congress. It is because of BJP's religious appeasement politics, Chakma-Hajongs are being considered for citizenship. Congress has always protected rights of indigenous tribe and therefore had always opposed granting of citizenship. In fact if successive Congress governments of Arunachal had not taken tough stand on this issue, Chakma-Hajong might have gotten citizenship long time ago," said Karbak.

He also alleged BJP and Rijiju of playing politics over smart city issue. "I am not against Pasighat getting smart city project. But if we closely study we can see that most of the state capitals have been awarded smart city project but why not Itanagar? Even congested cities like Aizwal and unorganized capital like Agartala whose scope of expansion is very minimum, has been included under this project. Politics is being played over smart city issue", he said.

Further, he wanted to know what Rijiju is doing for natural calamity hit Arunachal.

"We want to know what Rijiju is doing in this regard. Just blaming others won't work. The people of Arunachal are wise enough and knows who is doing actual work," said Karbak.  APYC also accused BJP of being anti-North East, anti tribe and anti-minorities. "BJP is only catering to majority Hindu community. Their policy is against Christians and Donyi Polo, which are religious minority groups. They want to clean Ganga as it is mark of Hindu symbol and is pumping in huge amount of money. Why not clean Brahmaputra or say Yomgo river of Aalo. BJP governments are banning beef and people are being killed for eating beef. But in our tribal area, beef is the most preferred meat. BJP is completely disrespecting India's constitution. Today carrying a bag of beef is more dangerous than carrying RDX," added Karbak.

He also stated that if ever BJP dares to start beef politics in tribal region of North East including in Arunachal, the Congress will give a strong reply. Karbak also declared that APYC will soon organize beef party in Itanagar as a mark of protest against BJP's beef politics.



Indian, Chinese troops hold meet

on Arunachal border

ITANAGAR, Oct 02: A ceremonial Border Personnel Meeting (BPM) between India and China was held near Bumla in Tawang on the occasion of Chinese National Day, weeks after a face-off between the two along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh.

The Indian delegation was led by Brigadier D S Kushwah, Commander of Tawang Brigade while Colonel Tang Fu Cheng, Commander of Tsona Dzong Garrison represented the Chinese delegation, a defence communique informed here today.

The meeting was marked by unfurling the national flags of India and China, followed by ceremonial address by both the delegation leaders. Thereafter a function showcasing vibrant cultures took place, the statement said.

The proceedings reflected feelings of bonhomie and commitment towards enhancing the existing cordial relations and maintaining peace along the LAC.

A similar exchange of pleasantries between the two countries was yesterday held at the Chinese Border Personnel Meeting huts at Chushul and Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) in eastern Ladakh to mark the 67 Anniversary of Chinese National Day.

The BPM, on the occasion of Chinese National Day on October 1, is conducted every year by Chinese troops with great enthusiasm, the communique said. PTI




Congress is a united house: APYC

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Oct 02: The Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC) today termed rumour of Congress MLAs indulging in dissident activities as untrue. The youth brigade of Congress claimed that state government under the leadership of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki is doing a good job and there is no reason for party MLAs to act against him.

"We are unaware of dissident activities but even if there is problem, it will be sorted out within Congress family. The transition from Planning Commission to Niti Ayog is having its effect in Arunachal too. Despite all the problems, Tuki has done quite well in terms of governance and bringing out new innovative policies.

Best example is the adoption of sports policy which will immensely benefit sportspersons of the state in long term. The government is healthy and will continue to serve the people of state," said APYC President cum Liromoba MLA Nyamar Karbak.

"Government is paying serious attention and hopefully situation will improve in coming months, he said while acknowledging that condition of road has worsened and that it needed attention.  

However, he was quick to add that "just because road is bad and colonies are full of garbage, people should not blame Chief Minister." "Every citizen of state will have to make their contribution for the betterment of Arunachal. Just writing in social networking sites about poor road and bad system will not change the state. Citizen should first ask themselves few hard questions. They will have to help government as without their cooperation, the government alone won't be able to carry out developmental activities," said Karbak as he appealed the people of state to contribute their bit for the growth of Arunachal.



Mudra scheme launched in Arunachal

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Oct 02: The Mudra scheme was launched today in the state capital.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju jointly launched the scheme.

On the occasion few beneficiaries were distributed with sanctioned letter of loan under Mudra scheme. Representatives of state Bank of India and other nationalized banks were part of the programme.

In the whole state, 1000 people have been given loan under this scheme and in capital alone more than 300 people have taken benefit of the scheme. Under the aegis of Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojana, there are three schemes namely 'Shishu', 'Kishor' and 'Tarun'.

Shishu: covers loans upto 50,000, Kishor: covers loans above 50,000 and upto 5 lakh and lastly Tarun: covers loans above 5 lakh and upto 10 lakh.

Within the framework and overall objective of development and growth of Shishu, Kishor and Tarun Units, the products being offered by MUDRA at the rollout stage have been designed to meet requirements of different sectors / business activities as well as business / entrepreneur segments. Speaking on the occasion, MoS Home Kiren urged banks and state government to put up joint effort to ensure that the scheme is successfully implemented.

Rijiju urged beneficiaries to properly use the money as he informed that government of India has taken big risk by starting this loan scheme.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki appealed banks to open branches especially in interior areas to ensure that people living in rural areas get maximum benefit. He informed that people from interior often meet him and complains about lack of banking facilities in their villages. Tuki further called upon banks to merge Mudra scheme with chief minister's skill development scheme for better result. He also emphasized that for better implementation of the scheme the beneficiaries will have to be properly educated and trained.



Wancho delegation to meet Nitin Gadkari, alleges scam in road construction

[ Rupesh Dutta ]

New Delhi, Oct 02: Alleging scam in the road constructions of Arunachal Pradesh, a delegation of the Wancho community of the state will meet the Union Road, Transport and Highway minister Nitin Gadkari, demanding the cancellation of tender being allotted to a Gujarat based company.

The community has alleged that the Gujarat based construction company named Monte Carlo was given the tender to construct the Longding-Kanubari Trans highway early this year. However, instead of executing the work themselves, it has sub-contracted the work to a local company named Nabum Tulon, months before the work was to be started.

The Longding district of Aruncahal Pradesh, is considered to be one of the most underdeveloped district in the state with no proper road connections. The tender for the 47.12 km highway from Kanubari to Longding was given early this year.

"We want real development in Longding as we have suffered for long. If Monte Carlo company is unable to execute the construction of the Kanubari-Longding highway then why did it participate in the tendering process? Why is it handing over the work now to a local company close to the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki. We will meet the Highway minister Nitin Gadkari on Oct 7th," stated Nokchai Boham, head of wancho people's community.

The community has also expressed disappointment that many projects under PMGSY being executed by the contractors from outside the district have deprived the opportunity of the local contractors and also that the quality of the work are often compromised.

An Arunachal official source said that, "The Arunachal Government has only a role in the land acquisition. As the tender was given by the central Government's PSU, so it is for them to deal with it."

Following the issue, the Wancho People's Committee in Friday prevented the survey team of Nabm Tulon company, who had arrived in Longding to start the planning of highway construction.

However, speaking over issue A.K. Srivastava, executive engineer of Monte Carlo said: "Since I joined this company, the work was given on sub-contract to Nabam Tulon for the construction of the highway. Whatever the norm is, as of now, the work will be carried on by the Nabam Tulon company only."

The National Highway Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (NHIDCL), who is the nodal agency of the highway work to seriously, refuted to comment on the issue after the issue being taken upto them.

Panjam Wangsa, another senior member of the Wancho community said :"Our point is very clear that if Monte Carlo is not able to execute the construction of the Kanubari-Longding highway then union Transport ministry should start the re-tendering process."

The community has also warned to hold a massive protest both in Arunachal Pradesh and New Delhi, if their demands are not met.

ATNS adds: Infuriated by the decision of the company to involve second party in road construction, the people of Longding district in its second meeting held under the chairmanship of Kanubari block Anchal chairperson Ngamnoi Tingkhaham  recently unanimously  opposed the company's decision  and  urged them to execute the work by itself.  

"In no way the people are going to accept the company's decision to hand over the work to second party," the meeting resolved.

Earlier,   people in a general public held in August last vehemently opposed sub contract of Kanubari- Longding road.



Cleanliness drives mark Gandhi Jayanti

ITANAGAR, Oct 02: Arunachal Pradesh celebrated the birthday of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi by organizing mass cleanliness and sanitation drives throughout the state as part of Swachh Bharat Mission.

The motto Swachh Bharat is to provide sanitation facilities to every family, including toilets, solid and liquid waste disposal systems, village cleanliness and safe drinking water supply.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Swachh Bharat Mission on the occasion of Gandhiji's birthday last year and called for achieving it by 2019 as a befitting tribute to Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary, who always dreamt of a Clean India.

Responding to the call, cleanliness drives, sanitation rallies were organized throughout the state today as part of the month-long Swachh Bharat Mission being organized nation-wide from September 25.

Social services were carried out in all sectors and wards by Itanagar Municipal Council (IMC) under the supervision of Chief Municipal Executive Officer Habung Lampung.

Lampung requested capital dwellers to keep their township clean by not littering. He advised them not to use polythene bags while throwing garbage and asked every hotelier to properly dispose off their waste materials.

At Pasighat, MLA Kaling Moyong appealed to the people to maintain cleanliness in township which can reduce the sources of malaria, dengue and other infectious diseases.

Paying floral tributes to the Mahatma Gandhi on his birth anniversary along with Deputy Commissioner Isha Khosla, PMC Chief Denong Tamuk, former Minister Dr. Tangor Tapak, host leaders, officers, business community and students at Gandhi Chowk,  Moyong and DC Khosla flagged of "Sehaj" launched by Pasighat Municipal Council. The main objective of Sehaj is to collect the waste from the doorsteps and to avoid dumping of waste on roadside as well dustbins for long duration of time.

The National Service Scheme (NSS) Unit of College of Horticulture and Forestry, Central Agricultural University, Pasighat celebrated Gandhi Jayanti by organizing a mass cleanliness drive.  

Marking one year of the flagship Swacch Bharat Mission, the Department of Urban Development has launched Intensive Cleanliness Campaign at its office premises on the eve of Gandhi Jayanti this morning.

The officers and staff of the department headed by UD, Housing & ULBs Commissioner Bilatee Pertin and Director UD Taba Tedir have cleaned the surrounding of the office premises.

At Tezu, around 650 government employees actively took part in a cleanliness drive. Bazaar committee members and public also participated in the cleanliness drive.

Superintendent of Police Ved Prakash Surya and SDO Gautam Hazarika garlanded with flowers to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Gandhi Chowk.

The people of Upper Siang conducted a mass sanitation, rally and Social service at Yingkiong Township to mark Gandhi Jayanti.

Alo Libang, Parliamentary Secretary (PWD) flagged of the mass rally at general ground aimed at generating public awareness on the importance of maintaining high degree of health and sanitation practices as well as keeping their surrounding clean.

Deputy Commissioner Remo Kamki appealed one and all to respond positively to the call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi so as to fulfill Mahatma Gandhi's clean India dream.

The District Administration organized social services at various public places in Yingkiong Township on September 30 and October one.

Sanitation campaigns under Swachh Bharat Mission are also being organized in various villages, government establishments in the district since September 29.

DIPRO O Pertin flagged off the campaign at Gossang village on September 29 organized by PHE&WS department.

Besides cleanliness drive demonstration and educative programme on hand-washing techniques and importance of washing hands before taking food were conducted by the officials of the Department.

Similar programme were also organized at Jengging GHSS, CHC, RSA gate, PWD Circuit House, Moying, Bomdo, Janbo Longkong and multipurpose community Hall, Yingkiong. The drive will continue till October 10.

The PHE & WS division Namsai conducted a block level workshop on management of water supply and sanitation and role of PRIs at Malangkung Panchayat under Namsai block.

Tayum Tok, Executive Engineer (PHE&WS), Namsai and Member Secretary of District Swachh Bharat Mission (G) for Lohit and Namsai, said that practicing proper hand wash before meal and after defecation can keep many diseases at bay. He requested the village water & sanitation committee (VWSC) to pass a strong resolution to stop open defecation.

Responding to Tok's appeal, Rajen Tayeng, the Gaon Burah of Melangkung Panchayat assured that he will work towards open defecation free panchayat.

At Dulom village in Upper Subansiri, Gandhi Jayanti was celebrated by organizing awareness campaign on cleanliness and hygiene wherein Deputy Commissioner Komkar Dulom, SP Taru Gusar, APWC member Duma Yekar, PRI members, Gaon Buras and local public were present.

DC Komkar Dulom advised the villagers to actively take up and meet the target set under Swachh Bharat Mission and spread awareness so that all the villages in the district become open defecation free. EE N. Konia explained on Swachh Bharat Mission (G) its various provisions and encouraged all to give up the practice of open defecation still prevalent in rural areas.

At Yupia, a mass social service was conducted by all the officers and staffs of the DC's office and other departments to mark the Gandhi Jayanti and Swach Bharat Abhiyan.

Personnel from 31 ITBP based at Yupia also took part in the cleanliness drive.

At Roing Gandhi Jayanti was celebrated with various programmes.

A Swachh Rally was organized by the Govt. officers, officials, teachers and students from various schools around Roing Township.

A mass social service was also conducted in the Roing Township including market areas by the district administration wherein govt. officers and officials, teachers, students and business community actively participated.

At Changlang, the District Administration organized a massive cleanliness drive at the district headquarter to mark the auspicious occasion of Gandhi Jayanti. The Local MLA Tesam Pongte, Deputy Commissioner and Superintendant of police, Changlang led the cleanliness drive.

The people from all walks of life, distributed in 18 different sectors in Changlang town, enthusiastically started cleaning their respective allotted sectors.

The CRPF teams distributed in three different sectors were adjudged best performing teams while Govt. Hr Sec School, Chg Team and Power House Colony team were adjudged first and second runners up teams in the cleanliness drive. The Teams will be rewarded with cash prizes.

Later, the MLA, DC and SP, Changlang along with all the HODs, teachers and students from various schools of Changlang Township area gathered at DIET, Changlang and paid floral tribute to the statue of the Father of Nation.

Cleanliness drive was also organized at Jairampur ADC headquarters today.

Gandhi Jayanti was observed at Khonsa with various programmes.

A cleanliness drive was carried out by the district administration in collaboration with all the government departments, public, bazaar committee and NGOs in and around the Khonsa Township.

Tirap Deputy Commissioner Ravi Jha supervised the social service carried out at different locations of the Township. The DC, however, lamented the lesser participation of local people from the Township and nearby villages and hoped that next time they too would join in large numbers. All the schools in the Khonsa Township conducted various befitting programmes to mark Gandhi Jayanti.

Later, Tirap Deputy Commissioner launched the new-look Tirap district Portal in presence of SP, Tirap, ADC, Civil Judge and HoDs in the DC's conference hall.

At Ziro,  Haopolyang (Hapoli) township area and colonies/sectors were cleaned by the members Haopolyang Residents Right Forum (HRRF) along with Hapoli Market Traders Association (HMTA).

The Assembly Youth Congress (AYC) of 17th Ziro-Hapoli Assembly Constitution also organized a social service at general hospital Ziro to mark the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi.

As part of programme, AYC donated dustbins to the hospital and also planted numbers of saplings within the hospital premises.

At Ruksin, the students of and teachers of Govt. Upper Primary School, Oyan conducted social service and cleaned the Oyan daily market and Tinali and the village roads.

The staff of Arunachal Pradesh Rural Bank, Sille branch also joined the cleaning programme which was supervised by teacher Jitendra Pait, in-charge of social service wing of the school.

Joining rest of the people of the country, the Women Wing of All Arunachal Pradesh Gorkha Youth Welfare Association (AAPGYWA) led by its President, Sabitry Subbha and AAPGYWA unit of Dera Natung Government College, conducted cleanliness drives at Raj Bhawan area and Itanagar Police Station area at Bank Tinali, today.

Sponsored by Gora Lotak, Councillor of ward no. 18, the Gorkha organisations with a motto of 'Clean & Hygiene Arunachal', took to the cleanliness drive with active participation from the community members along with the members of Ward.

The PHE & WS Division Yupia conducted Swacchta Abhiyan at Balijan town. Chukhu Takar, ADC Balijan exhorted the gathering to respond to the call of Prime Minister Modi for a clean India and contribute in making clean and healthy India by 2nd October 2019.

At Mechukha, a social service was organized by the local administration under the supervision of ADC Tungge Loya wherein Head of Departments, students of various schools, business community and ITBP personnel participated.

Cleanliness drive was also organized at Ganga village by PHE &WS department in collaboration with PRI members and student and teaching staffs of Govt. Hr. Sec. Schools, Ganga.

Cleanliness drive was carried out in presence of Parliamentary Sectary, PHE&WS, Kumsi Sidisow, Parliamentary Secretary (UD) Techi Kaso, departmental engineers, ZPM and the ASM Chairperson of Ganga.

Social services were also conducted by the youths of Ward No 4, Ward No 5, Banderdewa Bazaar Welfare Committee in their respective areas led by their Councilors and Bazaar Secretary/president, All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union at Nirjuli by cleaning drains, garbage and clearing roadside weeds, jungles etc.

The villagers of Jamkhar comprising 17 households situated above 7000 ft and about 19 km from Tawang Township conducted social service by cleaning the village roads and nallahs.

(With inputs from govt. press releases and our correspondents)



Follow Gandhi’s path of non-violence

for peace and prosperity: CM

ITANAGAR, Oct 02: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki called upon people of the state to follow Mahatma Gandhi's principle of non-violence for peace and prosperity.

Offering floral tribute to the statue of the Father of the Nation on his 146th birthday at MG Park, Niti Vihar here today, Tuki called for avoiding violence of any form and hatred of any degree for a peaceful and progressive society.

"Gandhiji's teachings on non-violence will always be relevant," Tuki said, and urged all particularly leaders to take a cue from the great soul, who practiced what he preached.

"Mahatma Gandhi not only preached love and non-violence but he practiced it. He must be the only one in the world who led a nation to freedom without ever picking up arms," Tuki pointed out.

At Rajiv Bhawan, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) celebrated Gandhi Jayanti as International Non-Violence Day along with birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri.

Chief Minister Tuki and APCC president Padi Richo led the senior party leaders, office bearers and workers of various frontal wings in paying floral tributes to the portraits of both Gandhiji and Shastri.

Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal also celebrated Gandhi Jayanti at Congress Seva Dal office, Indira Gandhi Bhawan Naharlagun. On the occasion, the Seva Dal leaders and cadres recalled Gandhiji's leadership and role in freedom struggle.

Gandhi Jayanti was also celebrated at GHSS, Doimukh, Govt. Middle School, D-Sector, Itanagar.

The teachers led their students in paying tributes to Gandhi.

Nyagi Riba Principal GHSS Doimukh and Taw Tebin, Teacher-In-Charge of Govt. Middle School, D-Sector threw light on life and contribution of Mahatma Gandhi in the freedom movement and his non-violence principles.

Both the schools organized social service to clean their school campuses.



APYC to organize Marathon event

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Oct 02: ITANAGAR, Oct 2: The Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress is going to organize second edition of Jaag Arunachal, Bhaag Arunachal' a marathon race on November 14 next.  The race would start from Rajiv Gandhi Stadium and end at IG Park.

Addressing the reporters at Arunachal Press Club today, MLA cum President APYC Nyamar Karbak informed that theme of the marathon is to maintain unity and communal harmony. He also claims that even though marathon is being organized by APYC, it is apolitical in colour and appealed every section of Arunachalees to join the mega event to send out strong message of communal harmony and healthy Arunachal.

The first edition saw participation of 4730 including 2080 female.

"We need more participants this year for which the registration form would be available in APYC office in state capital from October 10 to November 10 next," said Karbak. To encourage adult men & women, a different segment would be made for 45+(Men) and 30+(women) with cash prize of Rs 50,000, Rs 25,000 and Rs15,000 to the winners beside the regular open category.

Along with prize money of Rs 75,000 & 35,000 (open category) for the winner's, appreciation certificate would also be conferred to every participant, asserted President APYC while informing that a celebrity would be invited to flag off the race.



Must know about snakes

Few days back my sister sent me an image of a dead snake in WhatsApp, asking if the snake was venomous. I later confirmed that the snake was non-venomous and completely harmless (much to her regret for killing it).

This is common in every culture of the entire world where snakes are associated with devil/bad omen and are killed at the first sight. People all over the world, literate and illiterate, usually have a mentality that all snakes are poisonous and should be eliminated whenever one come across (our state however have taken it to a whole new level!). So I did some research and decided to write a small article so as to hopefully educate at least some people of the state through your esteem daily about snakes.


How to differentiate between venomous and non-venomous snakes?

It is rather difficult to differentiate a venomous snake from non-venomous ones. Most of the snakes we come across are non-venomous unlike our common belief. Only a few species of snakes like Cobras, Kraits, Sea snakes, Coral snakes and Vipers are venomous and may cause death if not treated. Even non-venomous snakes, if bitten, can cause local swelling, pain, bleeding and if not treated, may get infected. However no death has been reported from such snake bite in India. The given diagram will give a brief idea of differentiating venomous from non-venomous snakes (Source: internet).


Does bite mark provide any clue about the snake?

Since the venomous snakes have long modified teeth called "FANGS" to inject venom into the victim, the bite mark can be used to identify if the snake was venomous or not. In case of bite from a venomous snake, two bigger puncture marks of the fangs will be visible along with other smaller teeth marks. But in case of non-venomous snake bite, the mark of fang won't be present but regular sized teeth marks as shown in the diagram. (Source: internet).


Snake bite first aid

The best and most effective instant action to take in case of snake bite is to follow the four points plan below:

1. Reassure the victim: Keep calm, fear and panic will only raise the pulse rate and blood pressure and move the venom into the system faster. Tell the patient that most of the snake bites are from non-venomous species.

2. Immobilize the bitten limb without compression: If the bite is on hand or arm place it in a sling bandage or use a piece of cloth to support the arm. In the case of a leg bite, keep it still on a cushion of cloth or straw.

3. Carry the patient to the hospital as fast as safely possible.

4. Note the following symptoms and tell the doctor:

a. Bleeding from the wound that does not seem to stop

b. Difficulty in breathing

c. Drooping eyelids

d. Progressive swelling

e. Drowsiness

f. Difficulty in breathing

g. Bleeding gums  


What not to do in case of snake bite

1. Tourniquets, or compression bandages do more harm than good and so are no longer recommended for snakebite first aid in India.

2. Do not waste time in local remedies, instead seek medical assistance. Time is a critical factor in snakebite cases.

3. Do not try "cut and suction" method; it may cause death due to profuse bleeding instead.


Facts and Fallacies about snakes

# Fallacy: Snakes drink milk.

" Fact: Snakes would avoid milk as it is not their natural food. Moreover snake's tongue is not meant for sucking purpose. A thirsty snake would however, drink such liquid.

# Fallacy: Some snakes carry jewel.

" Fact: It is impossible for snakes to carry jewel or stone on their head. It exists only in mythology.

# Fallacy: Snake chase people to attack.

" Fact: Snakes are afraid of human or any other large animals. Rather prefer to escape quickly when they sense human presence. However, when cornered, some snakes become aggressive and display threat.

# Fallacy: Snakes can remember one who hurt them.

" Fact: Snakes neither have the kind of intelligence to remember individuals nor they are revengeful animals. This can happen only in movies.

# Fallacy: Hurting one snake will invite another or more to take revenge.

" Fact: This is another movie induced fallacy. However, in some species (e.g., RhabdophisSpp.), killing and individual may rupture glands that secrete attractants (to opposite sex), resulting more snakes appear in the scene to investigate. This might be more common during mating season.

# Fallacy: Snake charmers are immune to cobra venom.

" Fact: Most snake charmers remove the fangs of the cobras and often destroy the venom glands by cruel surgery. Hence such cobra bites are dry and they are likely to be unaffected.

# Fallacy: Some snakes can fly.

" Fact: No snake can fly. However, flying snake (e.g. Ornate Flying Snake), by flattening the body can glide a short distance through air from higher to lower canopy.



Contrary to popular belief, most of the snakes are non-venomous. They are shy creatures and mean no harm to us unless threatened. They help us by keeping the population of rodents and insects in check. They bite only as self-defence when disturbed intentionally or by accident or while trying to handle it. Keep your surrounding clean so that snakes are not encouraged. Don't panic or run to kill it unless it actually poses a real threat to you or your loved ones, instead let them pass and live. After all, the earth belongs to them as well.

(References: 1. Snakes of India a field guide by Romulous Whitekar & Ashok Captain 2. Amphibians and reptiles of Northeast India a photographic guide by M. Firoz Ahmed, Abhijit Das & S.K. Dutta 3. Internet)


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Put more effort to make SBA successful

Exactly a year after Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Swachh Bharat Abhiyan on 2nd October 2014, the situation has not changed much in India. Despite pumping in huge amount of money, the desire effect cannot be seen on the street. Sadly a year after launch of the programme, the Indian cities continue to make headline for dirtiness and high level pollution. Slowly people are starting to question the effectiveness of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan(SBA).

According to a recent survey conducted by Central Public Works Department (CPWD), the government buildings in New Delhi scored very poorly when judged on availability of sanitation infrastructure, cleanliness and adequacy of dustbins in the buildings and premises. While Rashtrapati Bhawan and South Block, the seat of Prime Minister Office are lagging behind in Swacch Bharat Abhiyan rating, the Nirman Bhawan, seat of Urban Development Ministry, responsible for implementing 'Swachh Bharat' exercise in urban areas is way behind at 8th rank with 12 points only. Also the BJP-ruled municipal corporations in Delhi have miserably failed to properly implement the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan. Despite leading a high-octane campaign and making tall promises, the BJP-ruled MCD have failed to construct a single toilet as part of the massive cleanliness drive. The failure of MCD shows how SBA has remained just a photo ops event and hardly anyone take it seriously. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have to take more initiatives to ensure that his pet project does not fail. Also the people of India will have to play their part to make this programme a success. Only observing 2nd October as SBA day will not make India clean. They will have to inculcate civic sense within themselves and help to keep the nation neat and clean.





---- Readers Forum ----


Role of village institutions in conservation

Dear Editor,

The people of Arunachal Pradesh have been bestowed with natural treasure. However, growing developmental activities and increasing demand for land and natural resources is damaging forest cover with every passing day. It is widely known to all that the forest department of the state does not possess enough man power and infrastructure for effective control of various human activities that lead to destruction of nature. Other than a few pockets of notified Protected Areas (PA), most of the forest areas come under Un-classified State Forest (USF), which is under the control of the local communities and over which the forest department have little no or direct control. Given the limitations cited above, the only way to effectively check activities degrading natural eco-system is to involve local people in the process of conservation. It is a well-known fact that local institutions like village committees are more effective in checking such illegalities than the government departments.

There are numerous examples where villagers prohibit various activities like deforestation, fishing using dynamites and chemicals, hunting etc. in their respective village jurisdictions. The violators, if caught, are imposed with heavy fine as a punishment/deterrent. Most of such village institutions are being managed by the local villagers themselves without much support or recognition from the government, though local administration and forest department do play some role to guide and encourage such local bodies under their capacity when approached. Given the limitations of Forest Department and local Administration, they should utilize this immense potential of the local bodies and formulate policy to officially recognize such local institutions involving students, youths and elders of the villages, provide them with required fund, tools, incentives, training etc. A well planned system should be developed where there would be better and legal co-ordination among such village institutions, Forest Department and Local Administration for effective checking of environmental degradation.


Tai Dora

Pachin colony, Naharlagun




An unimaginable verdict

Dear Editor,

Through the columns of your reputed esteemed daily, I vehemently oppose any move to grant citizenship rights to Chakmas and Hajong refugees who were provided temporary shelters in districts like Namsai, Lohit and Changlang in Arunachal Pradesh.  

It is beyond imagination as to why the Supreme Court had passed a verdict directing the state govt to grant citizenship to Chakma-Hajong who migrated from Bangladesh during 1964-69.  How it is possible to grant citizenship to Bangladeshi refugees in the state where even the Indian citizens (nontribal) who have been staying here for decades as Govt. employees and wage earners are not entitled to obtain certain rights?  Everybody knows, Arunachal Pradesh is a protected tribal state and no outsiders can claim citizenship rights.

It seems some politicians and businessmen helped the refugees to get citizenship to enrich their vote banks and engage them as helpers in their business activities but they failed to realize the consequence that may befall upon the Arunachalee people due to APST status for nontribal or refugees.

Who will take the responsible if the rape, murder and extortion incidents increase manifold following the citizenship rights to such refugees?

We should move against citizenship rights to Chakma-Hajong refugees and should never compromise on such issue.


Tajum Ekke





Bank without manager and sufficient staff

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to bring it to the attention of SBI main branch, Itanagar. That SBI branch at Koloriang is still functioning without a regular Branch Manager and there is lack of working staff, due to which the SBI customers are facing lots of difficulties.

Because of the absence of a regular Branch Manager and insufficient working staff, many important transaction and schemes are not yet fully operational at SBI Koloriang. Many important transactions like sanctioning of financial loan and pension schemes are not yet fully functional.

A regular Branch Manager is needed for sanctioning of many national schemes like Vidya Schemes for girl child and old age pension schemes and other important financial dealing. And these days, it has become mandatory for availing government benefits like LPG subsidy, student’s stipend and MGNREGA only through personal bank account.

A consumer falling under the category of BPL and AAY need to obtain a bank account for opening a Blue Book (LPG Gas Card) which is a must. The Bank also needs reliever for those staff who recently got transferred.

 As we all know that in this 21st century banking and financial institutions plays a very vital role in an economic upliftment of an area. Like any other place, the presence of SBI bank at Koloriang has also made lots of difference; it has boosted the business community. And not to forget all the Government employees too are getting the benefit. Things have become convenient and easily accessible for financial dealing after the bank was established here at Koloriang. But unfortunately, due to absence of a regular Branch Manager and insufficient staff for prolonged period, it is giving hindrance in the day to day and many mandatory transactions.

  So, I request the authority concerned to kindly look into this matter seriously and depute a regular Branch Manager and sufficient numbers of clerical staff for smooth functioning of SBI bank at Koloriang.

It is my humble request, if possible try to introduce Kiosk banking system here at Koloriang branch, which also happened to be the district headquarter of Kurung Kumey.


Reekam Bengia,





No offence please

Dear Editor,

In the beginning, I would like to make it clear that I am not against technically qualified people. But I have reservation on their quality for employability. Often they boast about their degree but I am of the opinion that degree is just a means. Knowledge and intelligence is measured by the achievement in real field.

Here I would like to clear that the post of station superintendent is managerial and supervisory in nature. The basic work of station superintendent is man management, we do not really deal with engineering work, and we deal with conductors, drivers, mechanics and passengers who are human beings. We just run the buses that are purchased by the government and successfully it has been managed since inception.

Secondly, the department in fact does not prevent so called mechanical/automobile engineers from the job. Only thing is that they should be able to qualify APPSCCE and opt for the post of Station Superintendent. Simply crying for reservation over the post does not demonstrate their knowledge. I think department would definitely be pleased to have them provided they pass the combine competitive exam in which no degree is given priority.

Thirdly, please don’t try to say that arts graduates are only qualified for peon post only. Some post can equally be managed efficiently by any degree holder with their sheer intelligence. The anonymous writer might be unemployed engineer or somebody who don’t like present station superintendents posted in various district and would like to prove us inefficient.

But I would like to tell him/her that vehicles are repaired by mechanics and build/ designed by engineers. Automobile engineer should be looking for job in enterprises were vehicles are manufactured otherwise there wouldn’t be much difference between mechanics and engineers, so to say ITI holder and degree holder in automobile.

Our state Transport Service is not authorized to manufacture rather we are just authorized to run buses as per manual of the buses provided by company of bus.

Lastly, to manage a bus I don’t think automobile engineering degree is prerequisite because every private person is managing their private vehicle efficiently with the help of dealer and mechanics.

And for the better information of unemployed engineer, I would like to inform that there is Assistant Engineer (auto) and Executive Engineer (Auto) who are there to help the department in case any situation arises in which expert advice is required.  

Just proclaiming is not the solution. At least prove yourself that you are good engineer if not outstanding or genius. No offence.  It is just sharing idea.


Bojum Lusi Sorum,

Station superintendent,

State Transport Service, Tezu




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