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October 24

ATA decries attack on DDSE  

ITANAGAR, Oct 23: Arunachal Teachers' Association has condemned the physical assault on DDSE, Directorate of Secondary Education, Itanagar, Marken Kadu on Oct 23 morning at his office premises by one Tabu Guha.

The assaulter is stated to be the State Organising Secretary of Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal, in-charge of Kurung Kumey and East Kameng.

It called upon the Capital Administration and law enforcing authority to immediately arrest the culprit and award exemplary punishment.   

"The heinous attack on senior member of teaching community is shocking and highly condemnable. Such repeated act of physical assault on the teaching community of the state is a matter of serious concern, it said while adding that such kind of acts not only undermine the morale of the teachers but also raise concern over the law and order situation of the state".  

 

Halt recovery of penalties: Forum

ITANGAR, Oct 23: The Capital Complex Land Affected Peoples' Forum (CCLAPF) has appealed the Chief Estate Officer to halt the present recovery drive of penalties, till the final outcome of the case from the government level is received.

In a release, CCLAPF stated a representation in this regard was also submitted to the CEO. The CEO has advised the Forum to approach the state govt for proper redressal of their grievances.

The Forum stated that show-cause notices were being issued from the office of the CEO to large number of capital denizens for recovery of penalties recently.

 

SPF seeks realignment of road

ITANAGAR, Oct 23: Siang People's Forum (SPF) has called for realignment of several sections of the Pasighat-Pangin road on National Highway 13.

Writing to the executing agency, the SPF informed that a meeting of Panchayat members and public leaders from Siang and West Siang districts was held at Pangin on October 19 last to decide the possibility of realignment of the 0km to 28-km stretch of the Pasighat-Pangin road.

Urging for the realignment of the two stretches of roads- Sirki to Sirpo PWD camp and Dojeng Atkong to Sirpo Korong- the SPF in a release said that the changes will help to save cultivable land as well as shorten the road. Stating that the road can be realigned from Tebo Nyotung to Dura Korong instead, the SPF has also suggested an alternative route to realigning the Sirki to Sirpo PWD camp road. The entire road will be shortened by about 20 kms, it added.

 

AAPWU reiterates demand

ITANAGAR, Oct 23: Reiterating its demand, the All Arunachal Pradesh Workers' Union (AAPWU) has served 30 days ultimatum to the state government demanding release of MACP/ACP grade pay arrear and proper implementation of MACP arrears in favour of work charge employees, enhancement of workers benefits under APB&OCWWB, timely release of staff salaries of casual/contingency workers and release of Ad-Hoc bonus for the year 2009-10, reservation of 75 percent seat in category of group C & D post in favour of contingency/casual workers and regularization of ALCs among others

The organization said that if the demands are not met, they would resort to democratic movement to press for their demands which was given on October 19 last.

 

Personality development camp

ITANAGAR, Oct 23: A three days camp on personality development was organised at VKV Vivek Vihar from Oct 17 to 20.

Altogether 31 students from Classes VII, VIII and IX from schools in and around Itanagar Township took part in the camp.

Inaugurating the camp, Director-cum- Member Secretary of Soil & Water Conservation, RWD, Joram Puppa stressed that self-realization is the best thing in one's life. He also stressed the students to share the knowledge learnt in the camp with friends, brothers and sisters with full sincerity and devotion.

Principal VKV Vivek Vihar, Y. Pradeep speaking during the inaugural day stressed upon the five-fold development of personality;Physical, Mental, Emotional, Intellectual and Spiritual.

Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP), vice president Gichik Taaza attending the valedictory function advised the participants to apply their learning during the camp for the well-being of the society.

Jyoti Prakash Mishra, Deepika Nath, Gyati Rana, Putul Dutta, PC Dey and Subra Kant Bhattacharjee were the resource persons.

 

Health screening camp

NAHARLAGUN, Oct 23:  A two days health screening camp on non-communicable diseases was conducted by the officials of DHS under the supervision of Dr L Jampa.

The health camp was organized by NGO Standing Together to Empower People (STEP) in collaboration with Sarvajanin Durga Puja Celebration Committee of Shiv-Hanuman Mandir, D-Sector Naharlagun on October 20 and 21.  Altogether 103 people availed the service provided during the camp.

The 'know-your health' screening camp was organized with an aim to raise awareness about lifestyle diseases, like heart diseases, stroke, obesity etc and their preventive measures.

Health related posters and banners were also displayed highlighting the risk factors of lifestyle diseases and to create awareness on dengue during the camp in the puja pandal.

 

Kebang Expert passes away

Pasighat, Oct 23: Veteran social activist and renowned Kebang expert of Bogong Banggo, Narmi Barling Yomso breathed his last on Oct 21 after prolonged illness at his residence at Sibo Village near Pasighat.

During his lifetime, he had the charismatic command and leadership in dispensing justice through Kebang and settlement of numerous social issues. He was instrumental in coordinating administration of law and order in the village. He was laid to rest on 22nd October. DIPRO

 

Farmer's conference cum

interactive meeting

Pasighat, Oct 23: Farmer's Conference cum Interactive Meeting was organised by the Department of Agriculture, East Siang to highlight the government policies/programmes towards the development of farmers, disseminate technical knowledge and gather knowledge on the existing/ongoing schemes.

The Deputy Commissioner Isha Khosla said that packaging and branding of local produce plays a pivotal role in marketing.

The DC also encouraged the farmers and Self Help Groups to grow ornamental flowers as there is a huge demand for it in the local as well as outside market. DIPRO

 

District level workshop for PRIs on SBM

AALO, Oct  23: The District Level Workshop on Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) and role of panchayat was organized by department of PHED for West Siang and Siang district recently.

West Siang ZPC Yaman Bagra stressed on proper coordination among PRIs and officers for its effective implementation.

ZPC Siang Opung Jerang too sought the cooperation of the PHED as newly created Siang will be launching the mission from West Siang only.

Chief Engineer, PHED Er. Tagom Ketan reiterated that the progamme is going on for more than sixty years without much breakthrough since its inception in the year 1954.  PRIs, Civil society, NGOs and public should come up with a sense of commitments and participatory approach to make this mission more meaningful, he said.

The resource person Er, Tomi Ete, former Secretary PHED shared his long years of association with the programme and exhorted the three tiers of Panchayat and NGOs to take the lead role to fulfill Gandhiji's vision of clean India.

Resource Person Jarjum Gamlin Ete called for environmental sanitation and productive investment on health and hygiene as well as construction of toilets in school for girl child, which is mandatory.

West Siang ADC Tamik Talom said that all flagship programme initiated by the Govt. of India has to be implemented and such workshop will help generate awareness among the PRIs. DIPRO

 

[email protected] countdown begins

Correspondent

MECHUKHA, Oct 23: As the countdown begins for much awaited adventure festival of state '[email protected]2015', the second round of coordination meeting regarding the festival was held at Mechukha today.

The three-day mega adventure event will be held November 7, 8 & 9 with various adventure and sports activities such as rappelling, mountain biking, trekking, paragliding, rafting etc.

While chairing the meeting ADC Mechukha Tungge Loya called for concerted efforts from each and everyone for smooth conduct of the festival.

Meanwhile, as part of the festival a training programme on Paragliding commenced at Mechukha today. The trainers from Namaste India Tour & Travels are imparting the training course.

 

DA takes stock of infrastructure development

SEPPA, Oct 24: East Kameng DC Sandeep Kumar Singh today held a review meeting with the UD & Housing Department in order to expedite various ongoing projects, particularly construction of school building of Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Bebo Colony and Bazarline, burial ground and road networks at Seppa town.

DC Singh gave emphasis on CC roads and directed the Deputy Director (UD) to submit a plan for the works to be carried out in the coming season. The construction should be as per prescribed norms and guidelines and there should not be any compromise with thickness and quality of works for its durability, he added.

Deputy Director (UD & Housing) T Tachang highlighted the current status of the four projects.  

A committee comprising the DC, DDSE and Deputy Director, DUDA will conduct physical verification of the works on school buildings at Bebo colony and Bazarline on every second Saturday and post second Saturday of every month.

The meeting fixed a timeframe for appointment of the engineer at the work site by contractors and also management of men power and procurement of required machineries by October 30, 2015. It was also decided that the contractors of the four projects should start work on November 1 without delay and payment would be made as per achievement. DIPRO

 

Health awareness camp

AALO, Oct 23: A health awareness campaign was conducted by Ubu Bango Students Union in all the villages under Ubu area.

Main focus was on Dengue as in recent past about 75 cases were detected in West siang District.

The camp was conducted at Nikte and adjoining villages and concluded at Yigikaum village.

Dr. K.Ori, DFWO and Pegam sora , AMO attended the programme as resource persons.

The camp drew overwhelming response from public and villagers.(DIPRO)

 

Bosco Basketball tournament

ITANAGAR, Oct 23: Bosco Clippers emerged champions in the boys' category defeating Bosco Titans by 7 points in the annual Bosco Basketball Tournament which concluded on October 21.

Girls Re-United defeated Auxilium Stars in a hard fought match by a slender 1 point margin in the final to win the title.  This year, the tournament featured seven teams in the Boys category and three teams in the Girls category.

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Home Ministry to meet on Chakma-Hajong issue

ITANAGAR, Oct 23:  The Union Ministry of Home Affairs will hold a meeting shortly to get an acceptable outcome on Chakma and Hajong refugee issue in Arunachal Pradesh, informed All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU).

Responding to a memorandum submitted by AAPSU yesterday demanding deportation of Chakma and Hajong refugees from the state, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh told a joint delegation of AAPSU and Core Committee on Refugee issue that the Home Ministry will hold a meeting within 10-15 days in order to get an acceptable outcome for the indigenous people of the state.

The union minister also assured the delegation that AAPSU representatives will be called, if situation demands, the release said.

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, who was also present in the meeting, said that the central government is also conscious on the issue and taking serious note of the recent SC verdict granting citizenship to the Chakma and Hajong refugees in the Arunachal.

During their course of discussion on the burning issue, AAPSU president Kamta Lapung apprised the Union Home Minister about AAPSU's decades-long movement against the settlement of Chakmas and Hajongs. He lamented that the Centre has not shown any interest on the vexed issue of the state in the last five decades.

AAPSU general secretary Biru Nasi said that the people of the state are not less patriotic than people of rest of the country. “We are ready to die for the country but will never accept annihilation from our own land by imposing refugees on us,” Biru said.

Putting forward his opinion, the Chairman of the Core-Committee Gumjum Haider stated that the verdict of Supreme Court is not at all acceptable to the people of Arunachal Pradesh. If Arunachal is an integral part of India then why the Government of India, the Supreme Court, the Election Commission of India and the NHRC are supporting foreign refugees against its own people, he questioned. The meeting was also attended by J.P.N. Singh, Director NE-1 Ministry of Home Affairs.  

Meanwhile, AAPSU urged the MP from Arunachal East constituency Ninong Ering to come out with a concrete statement on this contentious issue as he represents the constituency where 95% of illegal refugees are settled. The apex students' body also questioned MP (Rajya Sabha) Mukut Mithi the reason behind his silence over the issue.

The non-seriousness of both the parliamentarians has made us question their patriotism towards Arunachal Pradesh, the AAPSU release added.

 

 

Rajkhowa tells Assam, Arunachal

to overcome boundary strains

ITANAGAR, Oct 23:  Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa appealed to the people and the State governments of Assam and Arunachal to overcome the strains due to tension in boundary areas and maintain peace and harmony through cultural activities.

He said this while attending 'Sampriti', a cultural presentation of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam at Raj Bhawan, here on Friday evening.

Governor expressed hope that the event will not only promote the cultural assets of the both the States but also revive the rich cultural heritage as well as strengthening the amity between the age-old neighbours.

Underscoring that cultural exchange will provide more understanding of each other's culture, values and traditions, which will in turn cement good relationship; the Governor suggested that next programme must be in Assam so that artists of Arunachal Pradesh can showcase their rich cultural heritage. He also stressed that such event must be also organised in border areas.

The Governor expressed the hope that statue of cultural icon of North East Region, Late Bhupen Hazarika, who strengthened the age-old relation between the people of the Assam and Arunachal will be installed very soon as committed by the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.  Stating that with 26 major tribes and 110 sub-tribes Arunachal Pradesh can be the biggest contributor of cultural variety and unity in diversity, the Governor called for more Regional Centres of the ICCR in the region with one in Itanagar to begin with.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki lauded the Regional Office of ICCR and Raj Bhawan for organising the event, which is first of its kind. He said that Inter-state Cultural event helps in cultural integration and at the same time provide exposure to the artists. He added that talented youth will immensely benefit from it. He called for cultural exchange programme in the districts and interior places of the State.

Later, the Governor, First Lady of the State Rita Rajkhowa and Chief Minister felicitated artists and officials for the presentation.

Earlier in his address, Sankar Prasad Kakoti Bora, Regional Director, ICCR said that Indian Council for Cultural Relations, an autonomous body under Ministry of External Affairs engages in cultural diplomacy. It has Centres in 26 countries, in addition to 16 Regional Centres involve in cultural exchange programme and scholarship.

Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi and other invitees were present amongst others on the occasion.

The event was organised by the Guwahati Regional Office of Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Ministry of External Affairs in collaboration with the Directorate of Art and Culture, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh. (PRO, Raj Bhavan)

 

 

BJP demands resignation of Tuki Govt

ITANAGAR, Oct 23: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has stepped up its attack against the Nabam Tuki-led ruling Congress Government in the state demanding stepping down of the government.

The Tuki Govt. should immediately step down as it does not enjoy the majority, claimed the party in a release.

The state BJP challenged the Chief Minister to either prove majority of the government in the floor of the Assembly or resign.

"The political crisis created by the Congress Party has damaged the developmental activities to a great extent and the state will not be able to make up the losses," the party said.

"We also condemn the AICC for being a mute spectator to the ongoing political restlessness among the Congress MLAs and tacitly allowing the crisis to continue against the interest of the people," the party said.

A delegation of the party will shortly be leaving for New Delhi to appraise the party high command about the current political situation in the state, the party added.

 

 

4 houses gutted at Dumporijo, 3 in Pasighat

ITANAGAR, Oct 23: Four houses were burnt down in a massive fire that broke out at Dumporijo under Upper Subansiri district on Wednesday morning.

The Galo Students Union (GSU) informed that the dwelling houses of Dal Hali, Yaba Haji, Tanya Doyom and Tonya Marde were completely gutted and no household items could be rescued.

A team of Galo Students' Union visited the fire accident victims and coordinated the relief efforts along with USGSU volunteers, stated the release.

Meanwhile, another house was also reduced to ashes at Baririjo on early Wednesday.

The GSU has appealed the Upper Subansiri district administration and the state govt. to immediately provide relief to the victims and has also reiterated its demand for a full-fledged fire station at Dumporijo at the earliest. At Pasighat, three kachha houses owned by Tajing Taki were devastated in a fire that broke out at transport colony (Sawmill area) on Thursday.

According to report, the fire broke out from the kitchen and engulfed two adjoining houses within no time. Household properties, including cloths, food items, important documents and machineries etc were completely bunt down in the fire. The fire tenders reportedly arrived late and failed to douse the fire.

Adviser to Chief Minister Bosiram Siram accompanied by East Siang Deputy Commissioner Isha Khosla, DDMO G Tsumo, ZPC Kaling Dai, Chief Councillor of PMC Denong Tamuk and other elected leaders of the area visited the spot and took stock of the situation on Saturday.

Hundreds of local people have come forward to help the victim family and they were seen busy in construction of new dwelling house.

Victim Tajing Taki is the general secretary of Adi Baane Kebang (ABK), East Siang unit and ZPM of Rebo Pergin block of the newly created Siang district.

 

 

Bhoti language training for in-service

teachers of Tawang begins

Need to preserve Bhoti script and Buddhist

culture: Guru Rimpoche

Tawang Vigilance

TAWANG, Oct 23: The 8 days Bhoti Language training for in-service Bhoti teachers commenced at the training hall of Department of Karmik and Adhyatmik Affairs (DoKAA) here on October 20.

Reverend Guru Tulku Rimpoche, Abbot of Tawang Monastery, who attended the inaugural function, emphasized on the fact that the very existence of a society lies in its cultural values.

"Monpa community is interlinked to Tibetan culture and religion and we should strive hard, socially and culturally, for the preservation of Bhoti script and Buddhist culture, he said.

Dr. Rikya Lhavoe Rimpoche, Deputy Director of Art and Culture Kesang Dhondup, Tawang Zilla Chairperson Jambey Tsering and Tawang DDSE Apel Tayeng also spoke on the occasion.

DoKAA Chairman Jambey Wangdi called on everyone to gain optimum utilization from the training.

"Learning Bhoti merely to earn bread and butter is being disrespectful to the rich and ancient language. On the contrary, one should imbibe it with a motto to propagate, preserve and cater it", he said.

Earlier, both Guru Tulku Rimpoche and Dr. Rikya Lhavoe Rimpoche offered butter lamps in front of the lord of wisdom, Manjushree, amidst recitation of Mangalacharan by the trainees.

50 Multi Indian Language Teachers, SSA Bhoti teachers and State Bhoti teachers will be imparted training convened by Department of Karmik and Adhyatmik Affairs (DoKAA), government of Arunachal Pradesh.

 

 

Consumer court finds deficiency in insurance service

ITANAGAR, Oct 23: While delivering judgment on a complaint (No. AP/CP-38/2014) lodged by Chandrani Ete of Itanagar, the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, Arunachal Pradesh on Sept 21 passed an order directing the respondents (Birla Sun Life Insurance Company Limited branch manager, Itanagar and five others) to pay a sum of Rs. 25,000 to the complainant towards the mental harassment and agony which the complainant had to suffer since 2010.

"The aforesaid amount of balance premium of Rs. 30 lakhs minus the admissible amount as per Regulation 7 shall carry interest @ 9 per cent per annum from the date of this order. We also award a sum of Rs. 25,000 as cost to be paid to the complainant by the Insurance Company," the judgment said adding that the amount so directed shall be paid within a period of two months.

The two-member Commission observed that the complainant has been able to make out a case that there was deficiency in service on the part of the Insurance Company.

"After discontinuation of the policy, the respondents are bound to return the complainant the admissible amount from the premium of Rs. 30 lakhs as per provision of Clause 7 of the Insurance Regulatory and Development (Treatment of Discontinued Link Insurance) Regulation, 2010".

In its complaint, Ete claimed that respondents no 5 and 6 had fraudulently convinced her to open one-time fixed deposit life insurance policy of Rs 30 lakh on August 30, 2010 under the Birla Sun Life Insurance Company Limited.  But she came to know later that it was yearly premium policy and she was deceived to undertake the said policy as one-time fixed deposit policy.

 

 

Preventive Vigilance as a Tool of Good Governance

[ Prof. P. P. Dabral ]

Corruption can be described as "use of public office for private gain" In politics; corruption impedes democracy and the rule of law. In social sphere, corruption discourages people to work together for the common good. Corruption aggravates social inequality and widens gap between the rich and poor. Poverty and lack of basic needs result in jealousy, hatred and insecurity among people. Indifferent attitude developed by frustration and helplessness among the public result in a week social society. Good governance, strong enforcement, preventive tools and public awareness are the areas in which action can be taken to reduce corruption.

Some of the anti-corruption laws that are in force under which public servants can be penalized, are Indian Penal Code,1860, Prevention of Corruption Act,1988, Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Act,1988, Prevention of Money Laundering Act,2002

Other specific measured initiated by the Republic of India to curb corruption are, Central Vigilance Commission Act,2003, Right to information Act, 2005, Proposed Lok Pal Bill,2011, Public Interest Disclosure and Protection of Informers (PIDPI) Resolution & Whistle Blowers Policy.

The word Vigilance bodes everyone to be alert. One wonders how to be alert in day-day working. One line answer to the question is one remains alert towards the organizational interest. It is generally seen that personal engaged in purchase, finance and construction in a organization should only be worried about correct actions and decisions. In fact every employee of the organization has to be vigilant in their activities. Vigilance is an important tool in the hands of the organization's administration by plugging seepage resources. Thus vigilance acts as a profit centre for the organization. There are three types of vigilance work -- preventative vigilance, punitive vigilance and surveillance and detection.

While "surveillance" and "punitive action" for commission of misconduct and other malpractices is certainly important, the "preventive measure" to be taken by the organization are comparatively more important as these are likely to reduce the number of vigilance cases considerably.

Eight Steps of Preventive Vigilance

# Realise that cumbersome procedures are the main sources of corruption. More the blocks, grater the corruption. Identify these blocks in rules, regulation, procedures and systems to locate the avenues for corruption.

# Modify/eliminate these blocks and simplify procedures, codify them in manuals to remove discretionary decision making.

# Identify "Green Pastures' in the organisation drive out the 'Fat Cows' grazing three for too long.

# Weed out parasites.

# Prepare and agreed list of personnel with reputation for lack of integrity. In co-operation with  CBI/ACB, keep them under surveillance and pay greater attention to the scrutiny of their annual property of returns.

# Visit 'pressure points' frequently to ensure that public are not harassed by dishonest employees.

# Insist on regular and surprise inspections by departmental heads and audit teams and study their inspection reports to locate instances of Mal-feasance and mis- feasance.

# Carry out surprise vigilance inspections in association with supervisory technical staff.

The award of Government contracts through public auction/public tender is to ensure transparency in the public procurement. CVC has recommended various steps to increase transparency in public procurement by leveraging of technology and advocates adoption of e-procurement for goods, works and service, e-payments and e-receipts. E-procurement represents a cost-effective, efficient and transparent solution. E-procurement signifies a web-based process that enables enterprises and government departments to manage their purchase online, across the entire requisitions to payment cycle. A comprehensive e-procurement system includes three components: information and registration, e-purchasing and e-tendering. The opportunity to conduct online transactions with the government simplifies regulatory processes. This will lead increase in efficiency, reduction in process time, cost reduction and increase in competitiveness and more. The Government of India approved the National e- Governance plan in 2006 of which e-procurement is an integral component of this plan.

Therefore, by following various steps of Preventive Vigilance one may check corruption in the organisation.  Ultimately, this will lead good governance in the organisation.  (Prof. P. P. Dabral is Chief Vigilance Officer, NERIST, Nirjuli)

 

 

Indo-Myanmar soccer friendly match

Correspondent

NAMPONG, Oct 23: With an objective to strengthen the social, cultural and economical ties, a friendly international soccer match was organised by Nampong Border Trade and Business Association (NBTBA) and was played between Pangsau Pass Town XI (Myanmar) and Nampong Town XI (India) here at Nampong General Ground today afternoon.

Nampong MLA Laisam Simai lauded the football diplomacy initiated by NBTBA and hoped that it would strengthen the bilateral ties between India and Myanmar. Welcoming the Myanmarese players, Simai expressed that more such international matches with Myanmar should be played.

"Soccer is a universal sports and I'm thankful that the youths from both side of the border have chosen sports to strengthen the relation between the two nations," Simai said.   

Pangsau Pass (Myanmar) General Administration, Chairman, Baman who spoke through an interpreter expressed hope stating that this maiden match in days to come will help reinforce the bilateral ties between both the countries. The chairman was accompanied by Pangsau Pass (Myanmar) PWD in-Charge Kuku Nai.

Jairampur ADC Kento Riba expressed hope that the relations will improve and applauded all involved in making the game a success.

"As cricket is an alien game on the other side of the border, they opted football when we offered them to choose one of the sports for a friendly feud," shared NBTBA President Samthai Mossang. He also added that sports will only strengthen the friendship between the two nations which is already connected culturally.

ZPM Rima Putok, Rumikam Tikhak, ZPM Jairampur Tusam Longri, ZPM Nampong R Morang, ZPM Manmao, 42nd Assam Rifles Major CJ Ranadey, SDO K Tikhak and various HoDs also enjoyed the football match.

The match was won by the Myanmar side with a huge margin of 5-1 goals.

 

 

Radiance 2015: Celebrating diversity

ITANAGAR, Oct 23: The Newman Educational Society (NES), the educational wing of the Diocese of Miao organized Radiance 2015, an inter-school cultural festival, at Savio School, Kanubari, Longding District  from Oct 19-22.

There were 23 schools this year participated in the event, held at the newly built hall of St. John's Church, Kanubari.

Speaking on the occasion, Bishop George Pallipparambil, Bishop of Miao and the President of NES, exhorted the students to have deep love for their culture and environment.

" In the context of all the deforestation happening all around, I appeal to you to be more caring for the nature and promoters of green. We must all stop hunting and plant more trees to maintain the balance of ecology", he stressed.

Congratulating the organizers, Fr. Thomas Erambil, Secretary NES and his team, he asked the students to make Radiance an event to celebrate and respect the diverse culture of Arunachal Pradesh.

The Holy Rosary School Changlang emerged as the overall champion of Radiance 2015. The host school, St. Savio, Kanubari and Krick and Bourry Memorial School, Tezu, secured the second and third position respectively.

 

 

Walong landing ground ready for operations

New Delhi, Oct 23: The Advanced Landing Ground at Walong in Arunachal Pradesh was inaugurated on Friday by Air Marshal C Hari Kumar, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Air Command, Indian Air Force. Walong ALG was operational during 1962 Chinese aggression.

Thereafter, it remained abandoned for a long time till it was decided in 2013 to reconstruct the ALG to make it fully air operational, defence sources said.

The project was very closely monitored by the Chief Engineer, Northeastern Projects and Works Department at Headquarters Eastern Air Command resulting in its completion in a record time of 21 months.

The strategic location of Walong ALG will be a launching pad for Air operations and also facilitate the administration in the management of border areas, the sources said.

Besides this, the ALG will also provide air support in responding to natural calamities, casualty evacuations, humanitarian assistance and supply of equipment and ration to troops posted in far flung areas. PTI

 

 

Rajnath ticks off Singh, Rijiju

for controversial remarks

NEW DELHI, Oct 23: Home Minister Rajnath Singh today ticked off Union Ministers V K Singh and Kiren Rijiju for their controversial statements and said they can't get away by saying that they were misinterpreted.

"We can't get away by saying that statements were misinterpreted or twisted. We need to be extra careful while putting forth our views," he told reporters here.

The Home Minister's snub came a day after External Affairs Minister V K Singh said that the Centre cannot be blamed if somebody throws a stone at a dog in connection with the killing of two Dalit children in Faridabad, which sparked outrage. Minister of State for Home Rijiju had also drawn flak on Wednesday after he said that he agreed with a former LG of Delhi who had once remarked that north Indians "take pride in and enjoy" breaking rules.

"I feel that as leaders of the ruling party, we must all be extra cautious while making any statement," the Home Minister said.

Rajnath Singh said Ministers and BJP leaders must ensure that their statements were reflected in proper perspective and no wrong message is communicated through them.

 Singh said his Ministerial colleagues -- V K Singh and Kiren Rijiju -- had already given clarification on their statement and matters should come to end. V K Singh's statement kicked up a huge political row when he tried to shield the government from blame in the Faridabad Dalit burning incident, saying the "government cannot be held responsible if somebody stones a dog".

The dog analogy provoked demands for his ouster by the opposition, which sought registration of a criminal case against him under the Scheduled Castes Prevention of Atrocities Act.

Later, he gave a clarification on his statement saying his remarks were misinterpreted. He asked the media not to twist words out of context.

Rijiju had stated that people of north India enjoy breaking the rules and by evening he was forced to apologise.

Rijiju gave a clarification on his statement saying it was not indicated at one section but was applicable to the entire society. PTI

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Development and intolerance

So far at least 36 writers including leading names like Nayantara Sahgal, Ashok Vajpeyi, Uday Prakash and K Veerabhadrappa had returned their Akademi awards and five writers stepped down from official positions of the literary body, protesting against "rising intolerance", killing of writers and rationalists besides incidents like Dadri lynching and ink attack on Sudheendra Kulkarni. The writers are of the view that secularism is under threat and there have been attempts to curb free speech.

Returning his award, playwright Atamjit Singh had said that "whatever is happening in the country is really painful", while playwright and theatre director Ajmer Singh Aulakh said: "Our freedom of independent thinking has been violated."

Strong protest "against religious and creative intolerance" in some parts of the country at last compelled the Sahitya Akademi to break its silence.

While condemning the killing of writers and incidents like Dadri lynching, the Adademi expressed solidarity with the writers and urged those authors who had returned awards conferred by it to take it back. It also appealed to those who have stepped down from various Akademi posts to take back their resignations. The Akademi also asked the state and Central governments to take immediate action to bring the culprits to book and ensure the security of writers now and in future.

We can not deny the fact that just few months before the installation of NDA Govt at Centre; intolerance against particular community and tribe were minimal.  But it is unfortunate that just over a year of the new Govt, unrest and intolerance have become main mantra in place of development. It seems the ruling Govt has failed to rein in the  radical  right groups which have been spreading a message of hatred  and unrest. Time has come for Modi Govt to give the Nation a right direction with a vision of prosperous and powerful India and not violence and hatred based on religious affiliations. India needs to look beyond the narrow path of religious or regional differences if it has to grow as a secular nation.

 

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An appeal

Dear Editor,

The Department of Animal Husbandry and Agriculture have not done any recruitment to the post of veterinary officers in the last 5 years.

Many of our veterinary unemployed colleagues are also going to be over aged.  Many of the agri- allied departments such as fishery, horticulture etc advertises for recruitment every now and then. But what chain has shackled our veterinary department that they cannot approve creation of a single post?

Whenever, we asks the department and ministry about this, they blame lack of fund. If there is no fund, than how are other departments recruiting?

Many of the districts in Arunachal Pradesh have only one veterinary officer with one or few staffs. There is a need to create more posts. They say Agriculture and livestock are the backbone of rural livelihood and its source of income but we donot see any innovative or implementation of new plan in our rural areas.

There is an urgent need of professionalism in these areas. It is also an appeal to the new agri-allied minister to do something for the unemployed doctor’s of Arunachal Pradesh or else the piling of unemployed veterinarians will continue and their trust towards the government for job opportunities will come to an end.

Yours

Tako Nonglam

Itanagar

 

 

Extend age limit

Dear Editor,

Through you, with reference to the advertisement published in your paper for the post of PRT and TGT on 9-10-2015, I would like to request the Directorate of Elementary Education, Arunachal Pradesh to extend the maximum age for the post of TGT from 28 years to 33 years.

As per the advertisement on the website of the Directorate regarding APTET, it is clearly mentioned that the maximum age for Paper II (Cl V- Cl VIII) is 33 years.

This is contradictory.  What about the candidtates who applied and qualified the exam thinking 33 years as the maximum age for TGT. The time spent and the hard work done by these candidates to qualify the exam would simply go in vain.

One more thing, the certificate/mark sheet of the APTET exam held on 18-2-2015 has not yet reached to us. It was supposed to be dispatched on 10-2-15.

I, therefore request extension of the age limit for the aforementioned post and also to dispatch the certificate/mark sheet at earliest convenience.

Yours,

Raj Tamang

Roing

 

 

Equal opportunity for all

Dear Editor,

This is regarding the demands of the Arunachal Teachers Association’s (ATA) three points memorandum to Chief Secretary on walk in interview for AT and TGT vide order No. EED.2/342/APT/2013 dated Itanagar, the 9th October 2015, published in your daily.

I am not against any association or organization, but it really hurts that the unemployed youth rarely get the chance to attend any interview after years of hard works. The unemployed youths began to feel pressurised not only by our family members but now also by various organizations.

Moreover, NDA led government as well as Arunachal Pradesh State Government us trying to resolve the unemployment problem in our states through numerous skill development programmes.

In my view, like all other development, the employment opportunities should also be sustainable. So that each person gets a chance to show their knowledge and skills to compete for any kind of job. Let the right person gets the right job.

In contrary, I would like to highlight that whatever the present post they are holding under SSA or otherwise, at least they are getting something in return through which they are able to sustain themselves and their families.

The unemployed youths still have to depend on their parents for monthly expenditure as many youths from district head quarters come and stay at Itanagar for better opportunities.

Therefore, I earnestly request all the Associations, kindly not to deny these opportunities which are rightfully ours.

Yours, 

An unemployed youth

 

 

Violence and festival

Dear Editor,

I would like to inform about the incident that took place at Hayuliang Durga Puja premises in the evening of 20th Oct. The Civil Administration passed an order that the stalls and gambling is stopped before 2130 Hrs to avoid any untoward incidents in the Puja.

But this order was opposed by some youths and consequently one youth was held by the Police for a few hours in their custody, who was released soon.

After the release of the youth, the public and students became violent and attempted to assault the Magistrate in-charge who was in the duty at the Puja pandal.

So, the magistrate ordered the police personnel to lathicharge which anguished the students and public resulting heavy stone pelting on the magistrate and the police personnel which led to heavy damage to the judicial custody building of Hayuliang and six vehicles including two of police, one belonging to the Magistrate and three public vehicles. Police had fired at least 30 to 40 rounds of bullets to disperse the mob but all in vain.

Though the undersigned has also appealed the Civil Administration, before commencement of Puja, not to allow the sales of liquor in the stalls but our request was not entertained by the administration.

The undersigned strongly condemn the incident and urged the both Public and Police to avoid such kind of incidents. This type of incidents should not be repeated in near future.

Yours,

Khuweso Tamai,

President,

All Hayuliang Valley Youth Association,

Hayuliang

 

 

Enhance Salaries

Dear Editor,

Through the columns your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of the concerned authority regarding salaries of Art, Work Experience and Physical Training teachers under SSA Mission who are paid just Rs 5000 only.

I am one of the part time teachers working as Art Teacher and I find the salary not in commensurate with the work we do.  Our work is not less than that of a normal teacher. But there is huge disparity in the wages. Today, even a casual labour is getting more paid than us. On what basis our salary is fixed Rs 5000 only, whereas we have required qualification of Class 10th pass with diploma in the concern field.  

How IS one able to discharge his/her duty at such a less amount of wages/salary? Other than the salary there is no way to eke out extra income because of our busy schedule. It is difficult to sustain ourselves ion in such less salary so I request the concern authority to rectify this at the earliest and enhance the salaries.

Yours,

A Deprived Employee

SSA Mission

 

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