Political in-fight weakening refugee issue: AAPSU
ITANAGAR, Oct 8: Condemning the present political infighting in the state, the All
Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) stated that it has weakened the ongoing
fight on the refugee issue.
In a release, AAPSU stated that the Chakma-Hajong refugee issue should have been
the paramount concern in the state considering the recent Supreme Court directive,
but party politics in the state has always undermined the issue.
The internal rift among the Legislative Assembly Members in the state is unfortunate
as the state government is in the process to file review petition against the SC
directive, added AAPSU.
In place of fighting the refugees, leaders of the state are busy for their individual
up-manship, it said while adding that it would be best if the political leaders of
the state avoid the blame game and come forward for the cause of the state.
Informing that AAPSU will be filing a petition in the Supreme Court, the release
stated that every political party should spearhead the issue voluntarily and help
each other to get justice.
Further, AAPSU stated that the “Joint High Power Committee (JHPC) which was constituted
by the government of India under the Ministry of Home Affairs in 2010 is still working
on data collection. The JHPC is supposed to submit its report after completion of
the work but the Supreme Court has issued the verdict for granting citizenship right
to the refugees prematurely. AAPSU was supposed to put fresh demands after the conclusion
of the JHPC but things did not materialise because of premature judgment”.
Meanwhile, the release informed that AAPSU is organising a massive dharna at Jantar
Mantar, New Delhi Oct 16. It appealed voluntary participation from all concerned
citizens of the state and organisations for the dharna.
ANYA reiterates demand
ITANAGAR, Oct 8: Reiterating its charter of demands, All Nyishi Youth Association
(ANYA) has urged the state government to immediately create two more new districts
Khamle and Pakke Kesang along with rollback of re-paid energy meter system, repeal
of Arunachal Pradesh District based Entrepreneurs and Professionals Act 2015.
Addressing the reporters at press club today, President ANYA Biri Kakum said creation
of Khamle and Pakke Kessang districts is the long pending demands of the people but
government of Arunachal has not given due interest yet.
While speaking on PPEM, Kakum alleged that state government has cheated both ANYA
and common public.
As per resolution taken on February last, government has assured to rollback the
PPEM but to our utter surprise, Department of power has installed pre-paid meter
in various location of capital complex, asserted President ANYA.
Meanwhile, he also demanded repeal of Arunachal Pradesh Unlawful Activities (Prevention)
Act, inclusion of Itanagar under Smart City mission, establishment of AIIMS in Itanagar
failing which union has threatened to call phase wise bandh in capital complex as
well as in all the Nyishi inhabited areas.
Sexual assaulters will be punished:HM
ITANAGAR, Oct 8: The Home Minister has said that the man accused of raping a 5 year
old girl will be punished. He said this while addressing the media persons in Itanagar
Meanwhile, the All Singhi Welfare Association (ASWA) has appealed to the people and
organisations not to make false statements in newspapers and in public before the
investigation on the recent rape case is completed. It may dilute the ongoing process
being carried out by the district administration and police, it added.
The ASWA in a meeting assured to support and cooperate with the district administration
for further investigation. It added that before establishment of sufficient evidence
against the accused, one should not judge the crime, which would mislead the society
as well as disturb the investigating process, added ASWA.
The release added that, the Seppa DSP has informed that the evidences will be sent
to a forensic lab in Guwahati which may take some days.
The All Pakke Kessang Pijeriang Dissing-Passo Students’ Union (APPDSSU) has demanded
exemplary punishment for the accused involved in the rape of a 5 year old girl at
Seppa and urged that he should not be granted bail.
It further appealed that no one should come forward to support the accused.
Regular director for NERIST sought
ITANAGAR, Oct 8: The Students’ Union of NERIST (SUN) has sought appointment of a
regular director for the institute.
In its letter to the Ministry of Human Resource Development, saying that the institute
is involved in appointing officers on deputation basis, asked for setting up of enquiry
committee to probe into alleged illegal promotions and appointments.
It also claimed that the academic level of the institute is going down day by day
as good faculty members are leaving the institute because of non- conducive atmosphere.
DC prohibits opium cultivation
ROING, Oct 8: Lower Dibang Valley district Deputy Commissioner Ravi Dhawan in a circular
has prohibited the cultivation of opium and ganja in the district. He has directed
all GBs to restrain individuals from illegal cultivation of opium and ganja. The
circular further informed that enforcement drives shall be vigorously conducted to
destroy any such illegal cultivation in the district and the guilty, if found, shall
be dealt with as per appropriate provisions of law.
In another order, the District Magistrate has directed all the owners of domestic
animals to confine their animals within a period of 15 days from the date of issue
of this order, failing which action shall be initiated under appropriate sections
Haphazard movement of domesticated animals in public places has become a cause of
motor vehicle accidents, contamination of water bodies and health hazards, the order
Villagers’ plea to CS for intervention in land allotments
ITANAGAR, Oct 8: Alleging that the community donated land for development of Daring
circle headquarter has been arbitrarily allotted to private individuals, the villagers
of Daring village have requested the Chief Secretary to intervene and take necessary
action against the erring officials.
In a complaint to the CS, the villagers stated that the then Daring Circle Officer
had made land allotments and approved them without any notification.
The villagers stated the development of the Circle headquarter should be kept as
priority as the land was donated for that purpose.
HC stays contract work on Bameng -Lada road
ITANAGAR, Oct 8: The Guahati High Court Itanagar Permanent bench on Tuesday gave
stay order on contract work of Bameng to Lada road under PMGSY of Rural Works Department
in East Kameng district. Earlier, M/s Nayak Infrastructure Private Limited was awarded
to execute the project.
The court in its ruling observed that the award of contract work has violated sub-clause
(b) of clause 5.8 which specifically prohibited the opening of single tender.
Raids against illegal use of LPG cylinders
ROING, Oct 8: Lower Dibang Valley District Administration has seized 32 LPG cylinders
and 11 LPG cards for illegal utilization of domestic cylinders for commercial purposes
during raids that have been conducted in hotels, restaurants in the Roing township
for the last several days.
In order to check illegal use of domestic LPG cylinders, such kinds of raid will
be carried out from time to time in future too, informed an administrative officer.
KVK Anjaw conducts training on oyster mushroom cultivation
ITANAGAR, Oct 8: A daylong training programme on Oyster Mushroom production technology
was organised by KVK, Anjaw at Paya on Oct 7. More than 40 farm women and rural youth
attended the training.
Prasanta Mahanta, Farm Manager briefed the gathering about the importance of the
training and also highlighted the role of Krishi Vigyan Kendra in Agriculture and
Subject Matter Specialist (Plant Protection) Senpon Ngomle coordinated the training.
He acquainted the participants on various aspects of mushroom cultivation and urged
the participants to start cultivating mushroom on commercial scale.
Deciding to take up mushroom cultivation during the coming season, farmers B. Halai
and S. Tulang appreciated the training provided.
Sanitation awareness rally
ITANAGAR, Oct 8: A rally to create awareness on sanitation and cleanliness was organized
by the department of PHE&WS, Ziro division as part of the month-long sanitation campaign
being held nation-wide.
Over 300 students from various schools along with their teachers, PRI members and
representatives from various NGOs took part in the rally holding placards and banners
displaying messages on sanitation and cleanliness. The rally started from TPD ME
School and passed through five villages--Bamin, Michi, Mudang-Tage, Duta and Hija--before
its culmination at Dree ground.
The departmental officials through public announcement (PA) system suggested people
to replace their old traditional style of toilets with more hygienic type and assured
necessary assistance from the department for it.
Later, addressing the gathering at Dree ground, Apatani Youth Association (AYA) president
Taku Chatung, who flagged off the rally along with Hija ZPM Dani Buker, said that
the rally will greatly impact the minds of people and encourage them to maintain
good sanitation practices and also help achieve the goal of ‘clean and green’ Ziro
He also disclosed that the “Clean Kiile River” programme taken up by AYA will be
started in November this year and appealed all to participate in cleaning the lone
river of the Ziro Valley.
The organizing department distributed water testing kits to all the participating
schools which were handed over by ZPM Dani Buker.
ATSU demands fair investigation
DAPORIJO, Oct 8: All Tagin Students’ Union (ATSU) demanded Police to conduct thorough
and fair investigation into the minor girl rape case of Aalo on September 23.
Expressing dissatisfaction over the manner in which the investigation is being conducted
by Aalo Police, ATSU demanded legal action against the mother of the alleged rapist
too as she was alleged to be one of the accomplices that led to the rape.
As per the description given by the victim, ATSU claimed, the gun which was used
by the rapist during the incident did not match with the one (air gun) which was
seized by the police.
Wildlife week celebrated
ITANAGAR, Oct 8: Wildlife week was celebrated in the school premise of Wild Life
and Green Sisters Society, Papu Nalah near Naharlagun on October 6 last. During the
celebration, the students were taught about utility and beauty of nature and how
to preserve endangered animals.
Tirap DEC recommends 22 FDR schemes
KHONSA, Oct 8: The District Executive Committee (DEC) of Tirap has recommended 22
Flood Damage Repair (FDR) schemes for submission to the government. The recommendation
was made based on Board verification reports in a meeting of the DEC held here yesterday.
Tirap Deputy Commissioner Ravi Jha, who presided over the meeting, expressed concern
over the extensive damages caused to public and private properties, including standing
crops, roads and buildings etc. during the last monsoon.
He asked the District Agriculture Officer (DAO) to resubmit the damage reports of
four villages and also directed all other departments to prepare authentic and error-free
reports pertaining to their departments regarding losses and damages due to natural
calamities in Tirap district.
The DC also asked the administrative officers from different circles to immediately
submit reports on natural calamities, especially on house damage due to fire, flood
and landslide. He further asked the EE, PWD to prepare an estimate for early restoration
of the footpath from DC office to the District Hospital. DIPRO
Free computer course
PASIGHAT, Oct 8: East Siang unit of All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union (AAPLU) has
tied up with “Third Eye Computer Education” to provide free of cost computer training
to unprivileged youths.
Local MLA Kaling Moyong inaugurated the first batch training at Mirmir Tiniali here
today and appreciated the efforts of AAPLU. He emphasised on conducting such trainings
to make the unemployed youths computer literate which will provide them better employment
According to coordinator cum Institute Incharge Meen Sonar, 25 students will be attending
the six months training.
The MLA assured to convince the district administration to allot a separate plot
of land for establishment of the union’s office.
He also assured the executive members of APPLU that he would convince his colleague
MLAs to adopt a policy to impart free computer training for the unprivileged youths
in other parts of the state.
Zonal Chairman, APPLU Tabiram Moyong highlighted the computer course contents. DIPRO
Bazar FC to meet Khunnu FC in final
ITANAGAR, Oct 8: Bazar FC will face Khunnu FC in the final of the first Thansen Wangchadong
Memorial Football Tournament on October 10.
Khunnu FC entered into final beating Lapnam FC 2-1 in a keenly contested match which
was witnessed by 94-year-old Senphak Lowangcha, mother of former Home Minister Wanglat
Bazar FC beat Deomali FC 3-1 in the first semifinal yesterday.
City police bust major criminal gang, arrest nine
ITANAGAR, Oct 8: Capital Police have busted a major criminal gang, thereby, preventing
an imminent bank robbery from taking place.
Nine criminals have been arrested in this regard. The arrested persons are Aftab
Sheikh, Bamang Rokpu, Tamchi Ponung, Hiba Tajuk, Tamchi Natung, Bamang John, Bake
Takar, Hiba Siku and Hiba Changriang.
SP Itanagar Devender Arya made this revelation today during a press conference at
The group had allegedly planned to loot bank and had conducted reccee in and around
Capital Complex, Papum Pare and Lower Subansiri districts.
However, due to the swift and prompt action by police, the same has been averted
and entire gang arrested.
Giving details of the case SP informed, “Acting on an input that few notorious criminals
were planning a bank robbery, a team was formed. SDPO ltanagar Techi Hanyir and SDPO
Naharlagun, Jummar Basar along with SI Techi Nega and SI Karbom Tao were immediately
tasked with verification of known criminals and their associates. This was followed
by intense collection of intelligence,” shared SP Arya. “First, breakthrough came
when a source informed about involvement of a criminal named Aftab Sheikh. He is
a known bike lifter. Acting on this information, a search team was immediately detailed
to verify all known addresses and hideouts. However he was not found at any places.
Thereafter, search team zeroed on his wife who was interrogated and she disclosed
about a new number Aftab was using to call her. She also informed that one Bamang
Rokpu had called him after which he disappeared.
On 27th September morning, Aftab disappeared and kept on evading police,” informed
SP. Further he added, “The search for Bamang Rokpu was conducted at all the known
places. He was hiding himself along with his car. A raid was planned in Senki-View
area on the information that his car was sighted in that area. The raid was successful
and Bamang Rokpu along with Tamchi Ponung and Tamchi Natung were detained on 1st
October. They were partying there. All the three were interrogated and they revealed
the entire plan. As per their statement, the whole conspiracy was hatched by one
Hiba Tajuk, a known and dreaded bank dacoit. He also disclosed the involvement of
Bamang John, who was Hiba Tajuk's accomplice in various other robbery cases. Also
involved was Bake Takar, who has been involved in three earlier robberies with arms.”
Based on the information collected from trio, capital police conducted raids in the
area around Nyokum-Lapang.
“Close associates Hiba Siku and Hiba Changriang was arrested from Nyokum Lapang.
Hiba Siku was wanted in many cases of robberies and was evading police arrest for
the last one year. Siku is an engineering graduate and was also running a fake financial
institution. ASP Dipankar Mishra along with SI P Taku played a key role in this
regard,” said SP Arya.
On the basis of information gathered, police raids were carried out in the forest
areas around Kakoi and inter-state boundary in Kimin Circle under Papum Pare district.
Raids were however not successful as Phassang Tapin, a resident of Kakoi allegedly
helped them in escaping. He was subsequently arrested and interrogated by the police.
On the other hand, SI T.Habung and his team laid a trap to arrest Aftab Sheikh and
were successful in arresting him.
On 5th of this month, police received input that Hiba Tajuk is hiding at Yazali.
“As soon as we got this information, OC Itanagar T Bage swung into action and contacted
Yazali PS. Immediately, a team of Yazali police led by SI Inya Ete arrested Tajuk
and that’s how the case was solved,” stated SP.
The police also seized huge cache of lethal Arms and Ammunitions, mobile phones,
many SIM cards, tools to break open locks and the vehicles being used by the gang.
State police gearing up to tackle cyber crime
ITANAGAR, Oct 8: In a news which will be not please Facebook and Twitter users with
fake names, the state police is finally putting all out efforts to fight against
the growing cyber crime. Informing this, SP Capital Devender Arya, who has compiled
a booklet on cyber crime which was released today by Home Minister Tanga Byaling
stated that police has achieved some success in this regard.
“Police have received many complaints of people using fake Facebook ids to tarnish
image and hurt sentiment of others. We have managed to crack some cases. Remaining
cases are in various stages and hopefully it will all be solved in days to come.
It might take some time but we are certain about cracking all such cases,” said SP
Further he added, “We are regularly sending sub-inspectors to various centres to
get training on cyber crime. Recently DSP rank officers have also been sent for training.
With such effort, we are hoping to develop strong force to fight cyber crime.”
The booklet released on the occasion contained various information regarding how
to tackle cyber crimes.
Citizens’ duty to share law and order upkeep: Byaling
ITANAGAR, Oct 8: Home Minister Tanga Byaling today said it is duty of every Arunachalee
to ensure that law and order situation continues to improve in the state. Byaling
said this while addressing the media persons at Police Headquarter.
“Every Arunachalee born in this state will one day die here only. We have no other
home but only Arunachal. If we all don’t come together to make Arunachal a better
place to live, who else will do? We all have to join hand together and work for the
better future of state,” said Byaling.
Home Minister also claimed that law and order situation in Arunachal is much better
compared to other states.
“If we compare with other NE states, our state is very peaceful. Our police force
is also doing very good job. But it is only few misguided youths who form various
unions, associations and thus create law and order problem by calling bandh call,
holding rallies etc,” said HM.
He went on to add, “When these children breaks law, we are left with no choice but
to take action as per law. But honestly, it does not give us any happiness to either
lathicharge or put them behind bar. I appeal these youths to think for future and
don’t become obstacle in the path of development.”
Byaling also called upon civil society bodies, intellectuals, senior citizens to
come forward and help police in maintaining law and order. “Police alone will not
be able to take care of every little thing. The role of citizens is very important.
Criminals should be treated as criminals and should not be attached to any group.
Just because a criminal is related to someone, they should not help such person.
What is the guarantee that such criminals will again not commit crime in the future,”
Home Minister felicitated the team of Itanagar police who were involved in busting
of dacoit gang and also the team of women police station who recently rescued a minor
girl who was sold by her own father.
DGP S Nithianandam, IGP N Payeng, AIGP Taba Tusar along with senior police officials
was present on the occasion.
Himalayan legislators call for mountain specific policies, continuation of border
IVth Sustainable Mountain Development Summit
ITANAGAR, Oct 8: Himalayan Legislators have called for mountain specific policies
and programmes and continuation of various schemes and projects meant for border
The call came today during Indian Himalayan Legislator’s meet at the conference hall
of the department of tourism as part of the ongoing 4th edition of Sustainable Mountain
Development Summit, Itanagar.
A legislator from Jammu and Kashmir, Punchok Tashi talking about consequences of
climate changes informed about how villages are being shifted.
“Policies which are being made in New Delhi do not take into account the various
hardships that mountainous states have to face. With different topography, the needs
of our states are different. What can we do if we are cut off for almost 6 months
in a year,” he said making his point.
He stressed on involving more local populace during crisis.
Another legislator from Uttarakhand AP Maikhuri, who is also the Deputy Speaker,
pointing out that places which were termed safe are no longer safe because of the
climate change, called for concerted effort to combat global warming.
“We provide oxygen, pure water supply to the world. But in return, we get nothing,”
he said focusing on why government should grant green bonus to the Himalayan state.
He also stressed on why government of India need to continue various schemes and
projects meant for border areas saying that people are leaving border areas to shift
“The villages in the border areas need to be taken care of,” he said.
Legislator Meghalaya Kenedy C Khyriem while sharing how Cherapunji, which till sometime
back was considered to be receiving the heaviest rainfall in the world, has lost
to its nearby Mawsynram because of global warming wanted to know what GoI was doing
to fight global warming and how legislators can help in achieving the much required
MLA from Nagaland Mmhonlumo Kikon who is also the parliamentary secretary for labour
and employment suggested that a concrete proposal be included so that it can be discussed.
He also urged that countries like Bhutan and Nepal also be included in such summits
so that their perspective can be taken into account.
Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Speaker Nabam Rebia delivering the keynote
address emphasized on how the mountain states and their sensitive ecosystems are
extremely vulnerable to climate change impacts.
President and general secretary of GLOBE India MPs Bhubaneshwar Kalita and PD Rai
both urged that the legislators need to help state government in coming up with an
action plan to help deal with climate change.
Shilpa Chohan of Indian Environment Law Offices made a presentation on climate change
adaptation: role and relevance of international climate negotiations for Himalayan
states and stressed on promoting organic farming. She emphasized on the proactive
role of legislators to combat climate change so that inputs can be given for better
Ravi Kishan of Climate Action Network South Asia made a presentation on Global Climate
Change Debate: Indian Perspective. He warned that if the country fails to meet 2020-Emission,
the cost of adaptation will increase and the available technologies will not be sufficient
to tackle the climate change.
“The action has to be taken now. Or else it would be too late,” he said.
Scientist Dr RS Rawal spoke on Himalaya: features, facts and future under changing
Lok Sabha MP Arunachal East Ninong Ering, PHED Minister Takam Pario, Parliamentary
Secretaries Nikh Kamin, Gum Tayeng, Mama Natung, Karya Bagang, Pani Taram and MLA
Nyamar Karbak also attended the programme among others.
UNDP ready to partner with mountain states
ITANAGAR, Oct 8: UNDP Resident Coordinator, India Yuri Afanasiev has said that it
is ready to extend help to the 11 mountain states as he asked the states to provide
their views and inputs regarding strategic issues, sectoral priorities and key capacity
He said this while addressing the Chief Secretaries’ Conclave held at the sidelines
of the IVth Sustainable Mountain Development Summit, at UD conference hall here today.
Afanasiev urged the states to work as joint collaborators with the UNDP by arriving
on a common agenda for better development of the mountain states.
He said that the UNDP cannot become a major fund provider for the states, it can
only act as a collaborator who needs the active support of the states in developing
rural livelihood, he added.
Highlighting the importance of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), the
UN Resident Coordinator further urged the mountain states to roll out risk analysis
and trace loses of funds.
He emphasised on priority issues like disaster prevention and risk assessment with
all the mountain states while adding that every time there is a disaster of any kind,
the development activities of the mountain states are thrown 10 years back.
Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi said that issues like nutrition, proper marketing of
resources besides, integration in agriculture, fishery and veterinary policy should
Underscoring the need for special allocation to harness state’s forest resources,
the Chief Secretary also called for developing the inherent talents of the locals
with support of programmes like NERCORMP and NABARD etc. He also highlighted the
need for strict implemention of Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM)
Act, to ensure transparency in fiscal operation of the government and that funds
are judiciously used for people’s welfare.
While highlighting the key issues affecting the proper implementation of funds in
the North East and Himalayan states, UNDP Consultant, DR. NC Saxena suggested setting
up a cell with the Chief Secretaries of the 8 North East and 3 Himalayan states to
improve the capacity of department to design, formulate proposals and implement policies
and programmes including speedy clearance of large projects.
Expressing concern over the present poor state of the planning, Prof. Manoj Pant
of the Centre for International, School of International Studies, JNU New Delhi,
Trade and Development called for reinventing of the department.
Integrated Mountain Initiative, Programme Director, Mridula Paul and Integrated
Mountain Initiative Vice-President Alemtemshi Jamir also spoke on the occasion.
Safeguard tribal rights over the land, river and forest
ITANAGAR, Oct 8: In a joint representation submitted to the Chairman, Parliamentary
Committee on Govt Assurance on Hydropower, Husain Dalwai, MP, Rajya Sabha who were
on a study tour to the state capital, project affected people of four Siang Districts
of Arunachal Pradesh in a joint representation has called for safeguarding the tribal
rights over the land, river and forest.
They said this in the backdrop of proposed hydroelectric projects over the mighty
Siang, Siyom (Yomgo) rivers and its tributaries in Siang Valley.
44 large and small Dams are proposed to be constructed in the Valley.
MoU/MoA has been already executed with various power developers by the state government
without any consultation or consent with affected peoples of the proposed projects,
the memorandum read as it expressed its opposition to the dams.
Power policies adopted by the Govt of Arunachal Pradesh needs to be reviewed as
there are no clear cut guidelines for Relief & Rehabilitation.
They also called for review of MoU/MoA as there are lots of discrepancies before
obtaining the Environmental & forest Clearance.
It further stated that EIA reports have been prepared without verifying the facts
ignoring basic indigenous rights.
Ministry of Environment and Forest should not grant Forest and Environmental Clearance
unless the concerns of the people are addressed, the representation said.
Dalwai is reported to have assured that the necessary recommendation shall be made
to safeguard the rights of indigenous tribes of Siang basin.
Nyiko Bachao Forum, Siang Peoples Forum, Siang Bachao Federation, Forum for Siang
Dialogue, Mebo Bachao Committee, Siang Indigenous Farmers Forum, Dam Affected Peoples
Forum & Dam Affected Peoples Forum of Siyom & Sirit Banggo gave the joint memorandum
to the Committee chairman.
Involvement of young generation essential for wildlife conservation
Wildlife week celebration ends
ITANAGAR, Oct 8: The 61st Wildlife Week celebration came to an end today with a program
with young people at the office of Principal Chief Conservator of Forest.
Speaking at the event, PCCF and principal secretary E & F Dr Shasi Kumar informed
that one of the main objectives for celebrating the Wildlife Week was to bring awareness
on importance of wildlife among the younger generation, which he hoped was achieved
from the competitions where several schools participated. He also highlighted the
role of children and students in conservation of biodiversity and urged them to carry
forward the message to the people of the state of the need to conserve forest and
Appreciating the tribal culture, where both human and wildlife co-exist in harmony,
Dr Kumar stressed on continuing the tribal culture for the benefit of both. He added
that the importance of wildlife which tribal society has known since ages should
be passed down to the younger generation.
Dr. Rabindra Kumar, PCCF (WL&BD) and CWLW briefed about the importance and significance
of celebrating the wildlife week and various activities taken up by the Department
during the celebration from October 2.
A couple of students also spoke on the occasion. The function was attended by school
children, their parents and teachers which was coordinated by Joram Dopum, deputy
wildlife warden, Itanagar.
The event also saw distribution of prizes to the winners of an essay competition
held recently on the topic ‘Wildlife and its Importance’ and Drawing competition
on the topic ‘Any wild animal or bird of Arunachal” held at Biological Park.
Moji Bogo (Class IX) of VKV, Itanagar was adjudged as the winner of the essay competition
while Toyum Ngomdir (Class X) of KV No. 1, Naharlagun and Syed Tariful Islam (Class
IX) of VKV Itanagar were adjudged as the second and third prize winner respectively
under senior category. Rubu Nampi (Class VIII) of VKV Vivek Vihar, Ashly Ann Shibu
(Class VIII) of KV no 2, Itanagar and Jirbi Karlo (Class VIII) of VKV Vivek Vihar
were adjudged as first, second and third prize winners of essay competition under
junior category. Aryan Chetia (Class V) of VKV Chimpu, Sanchali Deb (Class IV) of
VKV Vivek Vihar, and Siba Sikom (Class II) were adjudged as first, second and third
prize winners of drawing and painting competition.
India, China hold border talks to avoid stand-offs
BEIJING, Oct 8: Indian and Chinese officials have held talks in Beijing to review
measures to avoid stand-offs between their troops along the disputed border amid
allegations by the PLA that removal of a surveillance hut by Indian soldiers last
month was a violation of consensus to maintain peace.
The Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs
(WMCC) consisting of officials from the foreign ministries and militaries of both
countries met recently to review its functioning.
The mechanism has become a crucial avenue since 2013 for both sides to address tensions
arising from stand-offs between the two militaries aggressively patrolling the areas
claimed by both sides.
While Indian officials declined to comment on the talks, Chinese Foreign Ministry
spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing here today "we hope that through
these consultations we can work out how to better safeguard the peace and tranquility
in the border areas and implement the consensus reached by our leaders".
Since the 2013 face off at Depsang in Ladakh during which Chinese troops pitched
tents ahead of the crucial visit of Premier Li Keqiang to India, few more such stand
offs have taken place in Ladakh region.
A similar face off took place at Chumar in Ladakh during President Xi Jinping's visit
to India in 2014. It was resolved after several weeks of talks.
The WMCC talks are also being held ahead of the annual anti-terrorism exercises between
the two militaries in China's Kunming city from 11 to 24 October in which 144 troops
from both sides will take part.
In the last round of WMCC talks held in New Delhi last year, both sides reached consensus
on several additional confidence building measures and agreed to implement them at
The measures include regular interaction between the army headquarters and field
commands of the two sides, opening of additional border personnel meeting points
and more telecommunication linkages between forward posts of the two sides at mutually
Since then, the two sides held sectoral commanders meetings at different places and
exchanged greetings during their respective national days.PTI
2nd State Boxing Championship begins today
ITANAGAR, Oct 8: The second state level boxing championship will be held at RG Stadium,
Naharlagun from October 9.
Over 200 pugilists from 12 districts and Boxing Capital Complex are participating
in the championship. The participating districts are Kurung Kumey, Lower Subansiri,
Upper Subansiri, Kra Daadi, West Siang, Tirap, Changlang, Longding, East Kameng,
West Kameng, Dibang Valley, Papum Pare.
Officials from Army Boys Company of Gorkha Training Centre, Shillong will be here
on boxing talent hunt during the championship and observe the performance of the
boxers. Selected players will be admitted in GTC, Shillong and groom them.
Currently, there are three boxers in GTC from Arunachal Pradesh namely Kogam Potom,
Hongrang Kongkang and Ghanshyam Chettry.
Sports Authority of Arunachal Chairman Gora Makik will inaugurate the tournament
on October 9 along with Arunachal Weightlifting Association President Abraham K Techi,
according to organizing committee.
CM’s Sub-Veteran and Veteran
Badminton Championship re-scheduled
ITANAGAR, Oct 08: The Arunachal State Badminton Association (ASBA) has decided to
organize the second edition of the Chief Minister’s Sub-Veteran and Veteran State
Badminton Championship 2015 from December 11 to 13 next which was supposedly to be
conducted from November 6 to 8.
The decision was taken following revision of Badminton Association of India's (BAI)
calendar and busy schedule and engagement of the state players with the Zonal Badminton
Championship, said ASBA Secretary Bamang Tago.
Organizing Committee Chairman Kalyan Dutta informed that the event this time is being
organized by the state players so that they can gain experience in order to conduct
major tournaments in the future.
He further urged everyone to perform their part with full dedication and sincerity.
Organizing Secretary Penya Bagra informed that the championship would be held for
players of age 35 years, 40 years, 45 years and 50 years and above in singles, doubles
and mixed doubles.
ATA favours appointment on seniority basis
ITANAGAR, Oct 8: Arunachal Teachers’ Association (ATA) favoured filling up the vacant
post of Director of Elementary Education and soon-to-be vacant post of Director of
Secondary Education from amongst the senior most Joint Directors of Elementary Education,
Secondary Education and Principal SCERT.
ATA adopted the resolution in a meeting taking into account the long experiences
and expertise of these senior officers in the field of education, according to an
In its release, ATA stated that these senior officers are quite eligible for their
legitimate promotion to the posts of Directors since they have been enjoying the
grade pay of Rs7, 600 since the implementation of the 6th CPC as there is no separate
grade pay for the post of Principals, DDSEs and the Joint Directors.
ATA also vehemently opposed the reported move of the present incumbent Director of
Secondary Education (DSE) for extension of his service period. “Such practice of
availing service extension would adversely affect the morale of the junior officers
which may lead to curtailment of promotional avenues of immediate successors who
are next on waiting for the same post,” stated ATA in the release.
ATA said it has submitted a memorandum to the Education Minister urging him to consider
the demands of the teachers in the greater interest of the state.
The post of Director of Elementary Education is lying vacant after the retirement
of Bodong Yirang on August 31 while Director of Secondary Education Tapang Taloh
is retiring on October 31 this year, informed ATA.
DA holds coordination meeting to thwart sexual assaults in schools
YINGKIONG, Oct 8: Taking serous note of sexually assault case of minor girl at Geku
last month, Upper Siang district administration has conducted a coordination meeting
of owners/principals of private and residential schools including KGB/JNV/ Kendra
Vidhyalay in the district here today. The main objective of the meeting was to inculcate
awareness among the teachers and school management committees in order to prevent
recurrence of such sexual abuse in future.
Presiding over the meeting, Deputy Commissioner Remo Kamki while stressing on maintaining
strict discipline, asked the teachers to impart quality education to the students.
He suggested Principals to engage female wardens for girls’ hostel and separate dining
hall for boys and girls.
The Deputy Commissioner also asked the DDSE to depute officers of education department
to inspect all the schools and conduct coordination meeting with the principals and
teachers at least twice in a year.
Kamki further called upon the school Principals to ensure participation of their
schools in government programmes like Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and anti-drug awareness
UN representatives meet Tuki
ITANAGAR, Oct 8: A UN delegation led by UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident
Representative of India, Dr. Yuri Afanasiev called on Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki at his official residence today as part of the visit to the state to participate
in the fourth edition of the annual Sustainable Mountain Development Summit that
brings together representatives from twelve mountain states to discuss common issues
and developmental challenges.
The area of discussion common to the mountain states ranged from forest conservation
to agriculture and allied sector and included suggestions on alternate source of
funding on viable schemes and programmes in the state.
The UN team appreciated the state for maintaining its rich forest resource and said
that it has been contributing immensely in containing the alarming global warming.
Afanasiev shared that the UN delegation was participating in the Summit to listen
to the concerns of the mountain states and to explore how a regional approach could
address common concerns. The team referred to a specific regional programme on Medicinal
Plant Conservation that is producing interesting results
CM Tuki, while assuring to provide all possible help and support, divulged upon
the steps initiated by his government in the direction. He also pointed out that
there is a huge community participation in protection and preservation of forest
in the state led by common citizens that provides ownership of the forests and environment
by the people –a sure measure of sustainable management in which the women play an
Being a late starter in the process of development, the state needs lot of support
from various quarters to catch up with other developed states, Tuki emphatically
said. He further revealed on growing culture of opium cultivation in certain parts
of eastern Arunachal and pointed to the need to create alternative sources of income
for the farmers that would not only provide enhanced resources but also wean away
the farmers from destructive farming
The UN team included Dr. Jaco Cilliers, Country Director UNDP, Dr. NC Saxena, Senior
Advisor, UNDP India and Radhika Kaul Batra, UN Coordination Advisor; and Ruchi Pant,
Programme Officer, UNDP. From the state, Education Minister TapangTaloh, Advocate
General Ranji Thomas and Political Secretary to CM BamangTago were present.
Huge quantities of illegal alcohol confiscated
ROING, Oct 8: Huge quantities of illegally manufactured local alcohol was confiscated
in a raid conducted by the Adi Bane Kebang Women Wing (ABKWW) Lower Dibang Valley
district at Shantipur Dakkin Line area here yesterday. The raid was assisted by CO
Kamin Darang and OC Singh and was conducted following repeated complaints against
the illegal sale of alcohol in the area.
Huge quantities of IMFL and Roksi (local alcohol) were seized from around 20 houses.
ABKWW general secretary Oseng Apum Yirang lauded the prompt action taken by DC Roing
Ravi Dhavan in favour of raid. It has been brought to our notice that even after
numerous raids in this area, the residents are adamant to go against the law. We
hope that the DA and the police department conduct regular raids and impose rule
of law in this area, she said.
While informing that the Roksi is prepared under unhygienic conditions using extremely
dirty and poisonous substances, she said that such illegal alcohol is not only harming
the younger generation but also killing them.
ABKWW president Tinam Tayeng Lego informed that most of the customers of the area
were found to be youths. "It was very sad for us to see mostly young boys were drinking
this poisonous substance", she said.
"According to the OC incharge of Shantipur, only 8 police personnel are posted and
so it is difficult to curb the menace. Once the raid is over, they start it again",
Gadi takes stock of roads and bridges in capital
ITANAGAR, Oct 8: PWD Minister Gojen Gadi today inspected the ongoing road and bridge
works in various sectors and colonies within capital complex.
He visited the ongoing CC pavement road from RK Mission tri-junction to Capital Division-B
at Senki Park along with Chief Engineer, PWD (WZ) Katung Wage and other departmental
engineers and verified the recently completed 1 km CC road of Chandanagar. He also
took stock of the ongoing RCC bridge construction at E Sector-Niti Vihar road via
Abo-Tani colony and instructed the department concerned to complete the bridge soon.
He allocated Rs 80 lakhs to complete the work immediately so as to minimize the traffic
congestion on the national highway.
Later, Gadi and the team of officials also visited the proposed bypass road from
‘0’ Point Tinali to Pach-Ali and verified the damaged culverts and landslides during
the last torrential rain snapping the road.
He suggested the accompanying departmental officials/engineers to start restoration
work immediately. He assured to provide fund for procurement of materials so that
the work could be completed very soon.
4th Himalayan photography competition exhibit at SMDS-IV
Chow Bilaseng Namchoom
ITANAGAR, Oct 8: The Sustainable Mountain Development Summit-IV (SMDS-IV) at Banquet
Hall Itanagar is hosting its 4th Himalayan photography competition exhibit till Oct
9. The photo exhibition was inaugurated by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in presence
of host of delegates from 11 Himalayan Mountain states where he also gave away certificates
and cash awards to the winners of the photo competition at Banquet Hall, Itanagar
A total of 94 photos on the themes of Natural Disaster, Water & Forest and Mountain
Agriculture are being exhibited where eight rare photos from the archives of Directorate
of Information & Public Relations along with 18 photos from Sustainable Development
Forum Arunachal Pradesh (SDFA) and two from Arunachal Press Club (APC) are being
exhibited at the venue of SMDS-IV.
From the 94 photos in the gallery, 72 photos were received as entries to the Photo
Competition which were divided into Senior and Student categories. Out of the 72
photographs, only 6 photos earned a prize ribbon. Winners in the senior category
are Kishon Tekseng, first place for his photo titled on theme “Natural Disaster”,
Minken Tassar, second place for “Mountain Agriculture” and Nabam Tadi and Dr. Marak
Pertin jointly shared the third place for their “Mountain Agriculture” & “Forest
& Water”. In the student category, Zena Pertin, bagged the first prize for her piece
titled “Life on high hills” and Taro Sia got the second place for her photo on “Natural
The judges for the photo competition were K.K.Chakraborty, Photography Officer in
DIPR, Sunil Koijam, HoD of Mass Communication, RGU, Hali Welly, President Arunachal
Photography Club and Moyir Riba from CCRD. Chow Bilaseng Namchoom was the organizer
of Photography Competition SMDS-IV. The photos for the competition were judged based
on creativity, how best picture captures the theme, quality and genuineness/authenticity
of the content.
The competitions goal was to showcase the best in mountain-themed photo essays-to
recognize the best stories told through a series of still images illustrating the
mountain related stories on the themes of Natural Disaster, Forest & Water and Mountain
Arunachal police doing commendable job: HM
Itanagar, Oct 8: Arunachal Pradesh Home Minister Tanga Byaling today said the law
and order situation in the state is comparatively better in comparison to other states
of North East.
"Though the crime figure (IPC cases) of 1884 cases in 2014 rose to 1980 till August
31 this year, the police in the state are doing exceptionally well to contain crimes
and criminals," he said at the police headquarters here.
The percentage of cases solved this year is 80 in comparison to 65.67 last year,
he told a press conference in which DGP S Nithiyandam, IGP (Law and Order) Navin
Payeng and other senior police officials were persent.
"Arunachal stands second to Tripura (in the North East region in crime cases," the
home minister said.
Terming bandh culture as a deterrent to development, he said efforts should be made
to curb the menace.
"People should realize that what they have been doing will have a direct bearing
on the future generation," he said adding, law and order is the duty of all, not
just of the police or the home minister who is a 'casual labourer'.
Byaling advocated promotion on the basis of performance and not on seniority as performers
may be deprived in that case, he said.
To a question, the DGP said the total number of registered Chakma-Hajong refugees
in the state is 51,507.
The Supreme Court in September directed the Centre and Arunachal Pradesh government
to grant citizenship within three months to Chakmas and Hajongs tribals who had migrated
from Bangladesh, saying they cannot be discriminated in any manner.
Referring to that order, IGP Payeng said if situation deteriorates the state would
seek central forces as the state has comparatively less police strength. PTI
‘Get your child immunized to avoid common and vaccine preventable diseases’
ITANAGAR, Oct 8: The second phase of Mission Indradhanush for immunization of children
of age 0-2 years against seven vaccine preventable diseases has been launched in
all the identified districts yesterday.
At Khonsa, Deputy Commissioner Ravi Jha and the DMO formally launched the immunization
programme in the district by administering polio vaccines (drops) to a child at Anganwadi
centre, ALC Colony. House to house vaccination programme was also carried out in
and around the colony by the nurses and health workers later in the day.
The district medical officer and officers and official of child development department
were present during the launching programme.
At Daporijo, the district headquarters of Upper Subansiri, the programme was launched
by Deputy Commissioner Komkar Dulom administering oral vaccine to a child at the
The DC hoped the district would achieve maximum immunization coverage with active
participation of all the stakeholders. He gave emphasis on good micro level planning
for successful implementation of the programme.
The aim of the programme is to fully immunize all the left-out and drop out children
and pregnant women, informed DRCHO Dr. G Hangkar, adding that the four-month-long
vaccination programme will be carried out seven days in a month starting on the 7th
day of each month.
The DMO Dr. R Tatan briefed on the necessity of carrying out the second phase of
the immunization programme.
Immunization programme was also launched in all the blocks and health facilities
and centres of Papum Pare district, Yupia.
Dr. J. Ado, DRCHO cum CEO, DHS, Yupia appealed to the parents and guidance to get
their child immunized in order to avoid most common and vaccine preventable diseases.
At Pasighat, Deputy Commissioner Isha Khosla launched the immunization programme
at Dony Polo Tea Estate, Sille-Oyan in presence of DMO Dr. Mandip Perme, Deputy Director
(ICDS) Ponung Ering Angu, DRCHO Dr. Tatok, Oyan CO O Gao and Panchayat leaders.
The Deputy Commissioner emphasized on the need to create mass awareness on health
schemes and programmes. She urged the parents to come forward without any hesitation
and get their child vaccinated. She urged the GBs to create awareness amongst the
villagers to remove misconceptions, if any, about vaccination. According to official
sources six children and one pregnant lady were immunized during the day.
The GBs, local people and workers of tea garden were present on the occasion.
Mission Indradhanush-II was also launched at Bordumsa.
Rijiju says illegal migration,trafficking pose threats to stability
NEW DELHI, Oct 8: Illegal migration, coupled with human trafficking, drugs, weapons
smuggling cartels and hawala trade, pose serious threat to stability of nations,
Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said today.
In his opening address to the first ministerial meeting of the head of migration
authorities of BRICS countries at Sochi in Russia, Rijiju said India is committed
against illegal migration and will continue to take all steps to curb the same.
Maintaining that India does not have contentious migration issues with BRICS partners,
Rijiju said this should facilitate freer travel of Indians to other BRICS countries
through liberalised visa regimes.
The Union Minister said all BRICS countries -- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South
Africa -- encounter serious problems related to illegal migration from the neighbouring
countries, along with issues related to human trafficking and smuggling.
The issue is associated with the expansion of number of people located outside the
legal framework, proliferation of organised crime, the growing corruption, child
abuse and other types of exploitation of human beings. "Not only this, human trafficking
rackets have increasingly been in league with drugs and weapons smuggling and creates
serious security breaches, along with illegal financial transfers in financing various
illegal activities including terrorism, the Minister of State for Home said.
Underlying the positive impacts of migration, Rijiju pointed out the pressure posed
by illegal migration on the labour market and social fabric.
He said large scale immigration leads to the fear of erosion of local culture, ethnic
and religious unity of the receiving society.
"Sometimes these issues become highly emotive and threaten the basis fabric of society.
India has witnessed large scale illegal migration and its impact on socio-economic
and cultural fabric of the society," he said, according to an official release here.
Health sector getting healthier
Recently someone had posted on Facebook (which in fact is the most happening field
in communication medium at the moment) thanking the state government and particularly
the Chief Minister for the benevolent and never-thought-before scheme called the
Chief Minister’s Universal Health Insurance Scheme (APCMUHIS). In SMS-genre English,
the person shared how the scheme saved the life of a relative by availing free treatment,
who otherwise could not have afforded it owing to his poor family background. Like
him, hundreds and thousands of Arunachalees are availing the benefits of the scheme,
which may not be visible in general but is being realized gratefully by family and
The APCMUHIS was introduced during the year 2013-14. It has so far enrolled 86 percent
eligible households. It is a no-mean achievement that more than 6000 individuals
have successfully availed benefits from this scheme so far.
The benefits of the scheme are multi-pronged. While poor families are availing cash-free
treatment for various diseases in government empanelled hospitals across the country
through smart cards offered on enrolment, the burden on public exchequer has been
lessened to a large extent in terms of paying medical reimbursement claimed by government
employees. For information, all government employees (non-APST too) - except a few
belonging to the creamy layer - are eligible for the scheme.
As per official records, the premium paid last financial year for insurance coverage
was only Rs. 10 crore compared to the annual outflow of about Rs. 30 crore in the
form of medical reimbursement. This is a huge saving. The saved money can well be
utilized in other sectors such as education and infrastructure development.
Considering the immense benefit being provided to the people from this single social
welfare scheme; besides keeping in mind the savings it made to the exchequer, the
state government this year has increased the insurance cover from Rs. 2 lakhs to
Rs. 3 lakhs per household per annum. Compare it to the insurance cover being provided
by the Center under the newly launched Health Insurance Scheme which offers a cover
of only Rs 50000 per annum on payment of a premium of Rs 700-800 per year. APCMUHIS
must be the highest paying insurance scheme of the country. Add to it that the insurer
doesn’t have to pay anything – neither for enrolment nor the annual premium. The
government does it for the insurer.
It is appreciable that the recently formed State Development Council (SDC) in its
meeting has resolved to extend the reach of the scheme and cover under it all remaining
uncovered households. An amount of Rs. 30 crore has been placed for implementation
of the scheme this year, which is a quantum jump from last year’s Rs 10 crore.
The scheme has drawn the attention of many. It has been reported that several states,
especially of the North East, have sought the formula of the scheme from the state
government. As a proof of its success, APCMUHIS has been rated amongst the ‘Top 12
Health Projects in India’ for the year 2015. On September 24 the project was awarded
“Skoch Order of Merit” in a glittering ceremony at India Habitat Center, New Delhi.
Known for its independent and exceptional research, Skoch Award is also distinctive
in awardees selection approach. The Skoch Award is known to follow the most rigorous
process of selection and it is a no mean achievement for Arunachal to bag the award
for the unique health insurance scheme.
No doubt the insurance scheme is quite benevolent and a boon to the needy and poor,
but its proper implementation is a must. Time and again complaints have been reported
of alleged mis-utilization of the scheme, particularly by empanelled hospitals as
well as the beneficiaries themselves. Few hospitals have been accused of raising
inflated bills and charge it from the insurer’s account. In other words, if the insurer
has availed treatment of say about Rs 30000, the hospital would charge and bill for
about Rs 1 lakh. This is a gross manipulation – while the government would be unnecessarily
paying more, the insurer will lose precious extra from his insurance cover. A fool-proof
system has to be put in place to check such misdemeanors. On the other hand, few
unscrupulous beneficiaries are also taking extra benefits from the scheme by way
of getting each of their family members insured separately. If it is so, a family
of five members would be availing a benefit of insurance cover of Rs 15 lakhs per
annum. The decision of the government to consider EPIC and census records of citizens
for enrolment under the insurance scheme is probably a suitable solution to this
APCMUHIS apart, the state government also needs a pat on its back for some other
novel initiatives to boost the health sector. A new and a novel initiative is the
provision of low cost generic drug stores to be introduced in all district hospitals
of the state in convergence with the Center’s Jan Aushadi Scheme. Under this programme,
the people specially the poor can avail generic medicines at a cheaper price. Besides
this, according to health authorities, an amount of Rs. 10 crore has been allotted
for procurement of medicines and Rs. 2 crore for procurement of machineries and equipments
for the five General Hospitals and 12 District Hospitals of the state this year.
Further, in order that people get quality treatment, about 65 posts of Specialist
in various sections has been proposed to be filled up this year.
The academic session of GNM schools has already started at Naharlagun & Pasighat
while, that of Daporijo is to be started in the next academic session. Similarly,
ANM Schools are to be started at Tawang, Aalo and Namsai. This is going to add a
good numbers of medical personnel/staff to the various hospitals besides generating
employment avenues for those students wanting to join the medical profession.
With the curving out of new districts, more hospitals and health care centers are
required. As such, the government has opted for construction of six new District
Hospital Buildings (of 100 beds) at Doimukh, Longding, Namsai, Lower Siang, Siang,
and Kra-Daadi. The project is to be taken up in a phased manner, official sources
It has also been proposed that the Tertiary Cancer Centre at Naharlagun will be equipped
with a radiation cobalt therapy source which shall be procured from Atomic Energy
Regularity Board (AERB).
Another major initiative of the government that needs mention is the directive to
the Health department to collect data on places of postings of its employees and
rationalize their placement equitably in all the districts, preferably within one
month. In the recent SDC meetings it was made clear that all the CHCs and PHCs have
to be made functional with systematic transfer and posting of medical staff. This
is a welcome step, especially when it is everybody’s knowledge that several CHCs
and PHCs are lying defunct or somehow running without adequate staff and medicine.
All said and done, the real test, for the government lies ahead in making its projects
and initiatives a reality on the ground. If the words of mouth and words on papers
remain only where it originated, people will not give any credit to the government.
The onus, therefore, lies on the people at the helm of affairs.