October 31

Power supply restricted

ITANAGAR, Oct 30: The department of Power today informed that in view of the onset of low hydro season in the North East region, load restriction order has given to various districts for a secured and stable grid operation in the state.

Following load restriction, power supply to consumer in the state may affect in form of load shedding that would be imposed by local distribution agencies, according to a  release.


APPSCE mains exam result to be

out by December

ITANAGAR, Oct 30: The delay in declaration of result for the mains examination conducted by Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) is worrying the aspirants. The mains exam was conducted in the month of July after much controversy and acrimony. Altogether 477 civil service aspirants have appeared for the 39 circle officer and 12 deputy superintendent of police (Dsp) post. Though the aspirants are worried about delay, the commission on their part termed the whole process as normal.

"The whole evaluation process is quite lengthy.  The papers are being evaluated twice and if there is discrepancy, it goes to the third evaluator. We are following strict procedures so that best people get selected for the prestigious service," said an official of commission. Further he added that by 1st week of December they are expecting to complete the evaluation process and declare the result immediately after that.


Pario reviews activities of Disaster Management dept

ITANAGAR, Oct 30:  Disaster Management Minister Takam Pario has urged the Disaster Management officers to follow the norms and the guidelines issued by the Government from time to time.

Pario was addressing a review meeting of the activities of the Directorate of Disaster Management on Thursday.

He added that in case of any disaster, immediate effective, quick response, relief assistance and delivery to the affected people should be the first priority.

Addl. Secretary cum Director Disaster Management Y.W Ringu gave an overview briefing the activities of the department starting with the hazards and challenges faced and preparedness made by the state in view of the limited resources and manpower also the organizational setup.

Deputy Director, M. Tayeng, Deputy Director, C. Wanglat, Assistant Director, N. Tsering and DMO (Hq) E. Tallang also briefed the Minister on the functioning of various branches.


Alleged accused in DDSE assault case arrested

ITANAGAR, Oct 30: City Police has arrested Tabu Guha, the alleged accused in DDSE assault case, and remanded Guha to seven days police custody, informed SP (Capital) Devender Arya.

A case was already registered u/s 341/332 IPC at Itanagar Police Station against the alleged accused.

The investigation of the case is almost complete and charge sheet will be submitted soon, the SP added.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal Chief Organizer has suspended Tabu Guha from the post of state organizing secretary for his unsatisfactory performance and bringing bad name to Indian National Congress with immediate effect.

He will remain under suspension till he comes out clean from the case registered against him in Itanagar Police Station, the APCSD chief said in the suspension order.


World Thrift Day observed

ITANAGAR, Oct 30: A public awareness programme was organized by the Department of Small Savings, Tezu to mark the World Thrift Day at Lohitpur village, which was attended by the villagers, postal officials, small savings agents, GBs and PRI members.

Speaking on the occasion, Tezu DDMO, Damchin Norbu stressed the need for a practical approach towards bringing every section of household and society into savings net to enjoy financial security. He urged all the villagers to take advantage of services offered by the Post offices at their doorsteps by opening an account with the Post office and become partners in state building process.

Department of Small Savings Field Publicity Officer, Jotho Yun also elaborated at length about the various small savings schemes offered by the GoI through a wide network of post-offices across the country. Highlighting the achievements of Small Savings department, he informed that 100 percent of net collection under Small Savings is returned to the state by the GoI for development of the state. During the financial year 2014-15, the government of Arunachal Pradesh has received 79.15 crores as soft long-term loan against small savings collections, he added.

Postmaster Mukhya Dak Ghar, Ujjal Deb informed the villagers about various post office savings schemes and advised them to put in their hard earned money into Post office savings schemes because the schemes are structured in such a way that they cater to the need of different segments of the society.

While cautioning the gathering about the unscrupulous and bogus finance companies and chit funds, PA (TR), Jogin Tamai advised the villagers not to be deceived by the tall claims made by such bogus companies offering higher returns in a very short period of time.


Farmers attend community sensitization prog.

ITANAGAR, Oct 30:  In all, 36 farmers and farm women attended a Krishi Vigyan Kendra Lower Dibang Valley organized community sensitization programme under Mera  Gaon Mera  Gaurav at Jia village today.

Senior Scientist & Head, Dr.TJ Ramesha briefed participants about the Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav scheme and urged farming community to cooperate with KVK for effective implementation of the said programme in village.

During the programme, Home Science Subject Matter Specialist (SMS) emphasized the need to take up lucrative enterprises like preparation of value added products from surplus farm produce for sustainable livelihood of farm women while, Plant Protection SMS informed the participants about mushroom production technology employing an effective ICT Tool (audio-visual aids) and also provided technical inputs on preventive measures to be adopted to avoid diseases outbreak in various crops.

Further, Horticulture SMS informed the participants about scientific cultivation of fruits and vegetables which would ensure higher production and economic ret urns for sustainable livelihood of the farmers.

A practical demonstration on raising of nursery bed for vegetable crops under backyard system was also conducted. Later, high yielding varieties of vegetable seeds and quality planting materials were also distributed to the participants.


Teacher training on mental health promotion

ITANAGAR, Oct 30: A day-long training for teachers of Papum Pare district on mental health promotion using life skill approach in the schools was held today at the conference hall of the Directorate of Health Services, Naharlagun.

Senior Psychiatrist, Arunachal State Hospital cum State Program Officer (Mental health), Dr. Haniya Payee, stated that in a country where there is a scarcity of trained mental health professional, it is pragmatic to involve and work with departments which have greater access to the targeted population and resources to implement the activity. The department of school education and the department of human resource development are such departments which have access to the children through school teachers in their formative years, he added.

Dr. H. Payee also dealt with common mental health conditions of the children and youth.

Jt. Director (Retd.) Dr. B.V.S Murthy exhorted the participants to make full use of the training and implement the knowledge gained in their day to day interaction with the students.

Dr. L. Jampa, State Epidemiologist and resource person dealt with behaviour change communication and its impact on the student community.


Selling of land  to outsiders banned

ITANAGAR, Oct 30: Selling of land to outsiders has been banned within the jurisdiction of Ganga and Chimi villages. This was decided in a meeting held under the XIth Bath Ganga Anchal Samity segment on October 27  in presence of all the PRI leaders, GBs and village elders.


Shopkeepers asked  to renew trading licence with IMC

ITANAGAR, Oct 30: The Itanagar Municipal Council (IMC) has called upon the all the traders/shopkeepers within its jurisdiction to get their trading licence renewed with IMC by November 15 next.  

While reviewing the matter related to issuance of trading licence and renewal, the Empowered Standing Committee of IMC in its meeting held under the chairmanship of IMC Chief Councillor Kipa Kaku at Naharlagung today resolved that renewal or fresh trading licence within its jurisdiction  shall be issued only by IMC as per subject delegated to the municipality by the state Govt.  Informing that trading licences issued from other agencies will not be accepted within the IMC jurisdiction, the IMC further said that it would be initiating checking of trading licences from November 16 next.

It was also decided that all the hoardings without the IMC issue number will be evicted.


AVP sports meet

ITANAGAR, Oct 30: Seventy-eight athletes will represent Lower Subansiri in the state level sports meet of Arunachal Vikas Parishad (AVP) to be held at Doimukh under Papum Pare district from November 5 to 8.

The district team comprising both boys and girls were selected based on their performance in the district level competition held at Ziro on October 24.

A total of 119 boys and girls participted in the competition.

The district level sports meet was organized by Lower Subansiri unit of AVP.

AVP's district level sports competition for Upper Siang was also conducted at Yingkiong from October 27 to 29 by the AVP's Upper Siang district unit, informed DIPRO, Yingkiong.

85 players out of 107 (36 female and 71 male) were selected for the State competition.

Adi Bane Kebang (ABK)'s Upper Siang district unit president Gemin Jiji, and PD of Yingkiong Henggo Basar attended the opening and closing ceremonies respectively.


VIIth AHSCS conference conducted

ITANAGAR, Oct 30: The VIIth general conference of the All Hrusso (Aka) Socio-Cultural Society, the apex CBO of the Hrusso (Aka) tribe was held at Thrizino from Oct 23 to 25.

Various resolutions were adopted in the field of education and culture in the conference which include use of Aka script and traditional dresses to be worn by the students once a week in all the schools of Aka-dominated areas.

Contributors to the society in various fields of activities were also felicitated with commendation certificates in the conference, stated a release.


Workshop on finalization of curricular materials for the D.EI.Ed course

ITANAGAR, Oct 30: A 3-day workshop on finalisation of curricular materials for the D.EI.Ed course of DIETs in Arunachal Pradesh was conducted in the seminar hall of the State Council of Educational Research & Training (SCERT) here from October 26 to 28.

The need for development of curricular materials in all the foundation and pedagogical areas has been urgently felt by both the teacher educators and student teachers of DIETS in the state in view of the present revised D.EI.Ed curriculum being implemented in all the 11 DIETs/DRCs of the state since 2013-14 academic session.

Since Justice Verma Commission Report on Teacher Education-2012 had strongly recommended for development curricular materials for different types of teacher education courses in the language of the students and teachers, the SCERT Itanagar, as per MHRD guidelines has taken up the task of developing and finalising the curricular materials for the D.EI.Ed Course of DIETs in workshop for the benefits of the student teachers in the state.

The workshop was the second of its kind for development of such curricular materials in the state by the SCERT which was attended by 16 participants consisting of teacher educators of RGU, the SCERT & DIETs in the state. The workshop was co-ordinated by the SCERT, Vice Principal, and GC Baral.


Workshop on USSD

YUPIA, Oct 30: A workshop on Integrated RCH Register and Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) cum review on HMIS and MCTS report was organised by the Papum Pare District Health Society Yupia at ZPC Conference Hall, Yupia on Oct 28 and 29.

DRCHO, Dr. Jomnya Ado, DPM Mikjum Zirdo, and DDM, Tame Kachi conducted the workshop and the training programme with review report presentation. DRCHO, Yupia gave BSNL SIM cards to ANM/GNM for USSD service programme and also gave integrated registers to those functional facilities.

Earlier, the workshop was inaugurated  by Papum Pare DMO Dr. S. Ronya in presence of Medical Officers inicharge of various health centres, nurses and all the data managers. DIPRO


NSS volunteers conducts social service

ITANAGAR, Oct 30:  Over 100 NSS volunteers of Group-B NSS JNC unit J N College Pasighat cleaned up the college campus as part of its 'Clean Campus Green Campus' mission today.

During the cleanliness drive, the volunteers under the guidance of Principal J N College Pasighat, Tayek Talom along with NSS Programme officers, Dr. Temin Payum, Dr. Kento Kadu and Ing Perme cleaned up lower campus lecturer's quarter colony, Transit lodge colony and nearby campus school.  


NBCC pastors and leaders seminar concludes

ITANAGAR, Oct 30:  A three-day NBCC pastors/ leaders seminar jointly organized by the Nyishi Baptist Church Council (NBCC) and Haggai Institute Alumni Association Arunachal Pradesh (HIAAAP) at NBCC Mission compound concluded here on Thursday.

Renowned national and international speakers including, Dr. Rajkumar, D Sudhir, Sam Rufus and Rev. Halli Likha spoke on themes like, Serving God with Peace and Joy, How to serve God using key resources, Challenges in Communicating the Gospel and Conflict Management in the family, respectively.

NBCC workers and members of HIAAAP from various districts of the state also attended the seminar.


DAO organizes training on Bee-Keeping

PASIGHAT, Oct 30: A day-long training on Bee-keeping (Apiculture) was organized for the extension functionaries under Rasthriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) by District Agriculture Officer at the GTC Samity Hall here today.

In her inaugural speech, DAO YJ Lego emphasized on coordinated work between the field functionaries and the farmers for overall development of agriculture in the district. She also stressed on the need for competitive work culture and asked the field functionaries to put forward their innovative ideas.

Asst. Prof. (Entomology), College of Horticulture & Forestry, Pasighat, Dr. MM Kumawat and Agriculture Development Officer, M Kakki were the resource persons of the training programme, which was attended by 6 ADOs and 20 AFAs of the district. (DIPRO)


Health workers trained on newly introduced vaccine

ZIRO, Oct 30:  In all, 55 health workers, 124 ASHAS, 16 ASHA facilitators, 133 AWWs and 77 other medical officials were trained during a series of workshops conducted on newly introduced inactivated Poliovirus and Pentavalent vaccines in Lower Subansiri district, which concluded here on Oct 27 last.

The workshops were conducted at the CHCs and PHCs of Ziro, Raga, Yachuli, Yazali, Talo, Poru, Pistana, Deed, Boasimla and Dollungmukh.

DFWO Dr. Derin Likar, MO Dr. Tana Tath and DDM Nani Yam were the resource persons of the training. (DIPRO)


Governor, CM greet people on Rashtriya Ekta Diwas

ITANAGAR, Oct 30: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa has extended his warm greetings to the people of the state and country as a whole on the special occasion of Rashtriya Ekta Diwas, which commemorates the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. He expressed hope that the special occasion will promote the spirit of unity and integrity amongst the people of the state and country.

In his message, the Governor said that Sardar Patel, popularly known as the Iron Man of India played a leading role in the Indian freedom struggle and became the first Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister of India. He is credited with achieving political integration of India. Sardar Patel, who took upon his shoulders the onerous task to unite over 500 princely states, and thereby united the whole of diverse India as one nation state.

On this momentous occasion, I join my fellow citizens of Arunachal Pradesh in paying our profound homage to the great patriot and statesman Sardar Patel. I wish that the efforts and ideals of Sardar Patel would continue to be a source of inspiration for all Indians and every one of us would make all efforts to make our country a stronger and prosperous Nation, the Governor added in his message.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has also greeted the people on the occasion of Rashtriya Ekta Diwas. He called upon all to be united and fight against the divisive forces to ensure a better society to live in.  


CM remembers Indira Gandhi on Rashtriya Sankalp Diwas

ITANAGAR, Oct 30: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has remembered the former Prime Minister of Indira Gandhi on her death anniversary on Oct 31.

The day is observed as the 'Rashtriya Sankalp Diwas', or the National Re-dedication Day.

Paying rich tributes to Indira Gandhi, Tuki urged the citizens to re-affirm and resolve to work and contribute towards peace, prosperity & development of the nation in their own little way possible. "The real tribute to the former Prime Minister would be to shun violence in all forms and imbibe upon ourselves peaceful co-existence, profess universal brotherhood and augur for the all round development of the society without disturbing the fragile social fabric", he added.

He called upon all to pledge for preserving and strengthening the freedom and integrity of the nation.


Drugs awareness camp at Dambuk


ROING, Oct 30: A drug awareness camp was organised by the Dibang Right Bank Idu-Mishmi Charitable Society (DRBICS) of Dambuk under the theme 'Say no to drugs', at the Dambuk Idu Rehko today. The main objective of the DRBICS in organising this camp, apart from creating awareness, was to appeal one and all to avoid any and all forms of drugs and save oneself from premature death due to addiction, depression, accidents, and all other harmful effects of drug abuse.

Speaking on the occasion, Dambuk ADC, Atul Tayeng appealed to the public to cooperate in eradicating the drug menace from the society. As resource persons Medical Officers explained in detail about the harmful effects of drugs.

Youth leader Jikom Linggi assured to cooperate with the law enforcing authority in dealing with the drug menace. Enjalu Menda Women's Empowerment Forum members were also participated in the camp.

GBs, ASM and PRI members of the area, who were also present at the programme, appreciated the DRBICS for organising the camp for the area. Students, villagers and other general public attended the programme in huge numbers.

On the occasion, the DRBICS expressed its interest to work with the Adi Bane Kebang Women Wing, and other like-minded bodies, for eradicating the drug menace once and for all from the society.


DLM&CA team conducts raid, detects 17 cases of irregularities

AALO, Oct 30:A total of 17 cases were detected for various irregularities in an unannounced raid conducted by Department of Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs in various business establishments in Aalo, Kamba and Kaying circles.

The raid done under the supervision of Jomba Kamgo Lobom detected selling pre-packaged items higher than MRP and use of non-verified weights and measures items in their business transactions.

All defaulters have been booked under appropriate section of law and forwarded to Govt. for approval for compounding fines on request by the offenders. The state legal cell has given approval of three cases and fourteen cases are yet to obtain compounding fines from the Govt, stated an official release. DIPRO


AAPPLU calls for setting up of state social security board

ITANAGAR, Oct 30: Saying that the labour force of the state has been deprived of many social security schemes due to non-formation of State Social Security Board (SSSB), the All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union (AAPLU) has called for immediate setting up of the board for the benefit of labour force.

All the other states have their boards set up which implement various social security schemes of the labour force of the unorganized sectors in their respective states, it said in its representation served to the chief minister.


'Retain BRO as road  construction agency'

ITANAGAR, Oct 30: The people of Mebo and Dambuk sub-division have expressed their resentment that the construction work of Pasighat-Bomjir NH-52 road is being entrusted to state PWD. People of the area under the banner of Pasighat-Bomjir NH-52 Bachao Committee have written to the chief minister to retain BRO as its executing agency.

"We felt that the long-felt dream of an all weather road was finally going to be true but the sudden entrustment of portion of NH-52 to state PWD has hit the people,"  the Committee  said in its letter.

What good is an entity if it is incompetent and the only thing it does is drain out money owing to high administrative cost, is the general question that the people have started asking the incompetency, the inaptness, the seriousness and the department that is plagued with corruption has been seen by the people over the last few decades .The department has never been able to stand by the confidence of the public and as such the people are quite apprehensive about the round the year connectivity of NH-52," the letter further added.


Maintain high standards of sportsmanship : DC

ZIRO, Oct 30: Lower Subansiri deputy commissioner Kanki Darang advised the district team to maintain high standards of sportsmanship during the Tadar Tang Memorial State Level Football Tournament.

The 14th edition of the tournament will be held at Tezu, Lohit district for the first time from November 2 to 12. Seventeen teams from different districts of the state have confirmed their participation this year. The Lower Subansiri team left for the tournament today.

Flagging off the team, Darang stressed on maintaining sportsman spirit throughout d the tournament and said that winning is not as important as participating with enthusiasm and discipline.

He later wished the team success.

The ceremony was attended by ADC Yachuli AC Baruah, PD DRDA Ziro Toko Audio, CO Yazali Likha Radh, DSO Ziro Ajong Sitek, EE RWD Ziro Toko Ottu, Yachuli BCCI president Bengia Tadam and ZPM cum president of District Olympic Association Nani Takha.

Aside from the players, the contingent constitutes of manager Toko Bak and coach Taying Juna. The program was presided over by Toko Soni, AE power cum District Olympic Association secretary.

Meanwhile, it was informed that the Kurung Kumey district football team will be leaving for Tezu tomorrow to participate in the 14th Tadar Tang Memorial State Level Football Tournament beginning on November 2.


NE Badminton Championship: Arunachalee players dominate day-3

ITANAGAR, Oct 30: Arunachal Pradesh dominated the day-3 of the North East Zonal Inter-state Badminton Championship at Imphal, Manipur with players from the state entering into semifinals in six events.

Laa Talar entered into both Men's and Boys Singles semifinals while his younger sister Laa Yajum reached the Women and Girls singles semifinals.

Yajum pairing with Pinky Karki also entered into the Girls Double semifinal.

Akshay Raito and Taring Yania also entered into Mixed Double semifinal, informed Arunachal State Badminton Association.




In the news item published in this daily on Oct 30 under the headlines  'BJP's JAC serves 10 days ultimatum to Governor, threatens stir',  the name of the DDSE  was wrongly printed as Gamken Padu. It should have been Marken Kadu and not Gamken Padu.  The error is regretted.


News Impact


Arunachal Governor asks PM to

reconsider decision on airport

NEW DELHI, Oct 30: Arunachal Pradesh Governor J P Rajkhowa has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reconsider the decision to set up a green field airport in the state in view of the "high cost" saying upgradation of an airport in nearby Assam would be economically more viable.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, the Governor said the greenfield airport at Hollongi would cost about Rs 1,150 crore of which land compensation would be about Rs 500 crore.

Rajkhowa said in view of the "high cost", public leaders like Tamiyo Taga, leader of opposition in the Arunachal Pradesh Assembly, some students organisations and social activists met him recently and suggested that instead of a new airport at Hollongi, existing Lilabari airport, adjacent to Lakhimpur district in Assam, should be upgraded at a much lower cost as no land acquisition would be needed.

"Besides, the general people want better roads as the existing PWD roads in the twin cities of Itanagar and Naharlagun as also the National Highways are in terrible and dangerous shape due to lack of any maintenance. Your urgent intervention is solicited in public interest," he wrote in the letter.

When contacted, Taga told PTI over phone that many of the people in Arunachal Pradesh think that the airport at Hollongi would not come up anytime soon due to the high cost.

"How long the people of Arunachal Pradesh would suffer.

That is why I have suggested that Lilabari airport in Assam should be upgraded," Taga said.

Sources said, as per the plan, the proposed greenfield airport project at Hollongi in the Papum Pare district of Arunachal Pradesh, will be built by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) over an area of 320 hectares.

When completed, the airport will be able to accommodate narrow-body jets like the Airbus A321 in the first phase.

It will facilitate direct flights from Arunachal Pradesh to rest of the country. The project will also include a five-star hotel and convention centre.

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has recently urged the Centre to fast-track the process of setting up a greenfield airport near Itanagar to facilitate direct flights to the rest of the country.

Tuki also had a detailed meeting with Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju in September and requested him to do the needful for getting all clearance for the project to construct the greenfield airport at Hollongi, near capital Itanagar. PTI



AAPSU terms Governor anti-Arunachalee,

demands his recall

ITANAGAR, Oct 30: All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) has taken strong exception to a media report that the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa had written to the Prime Minister suggesting him to upgrade the existing Airport at Lilabari, North Lakhimpur, Assam, instead of constructing Greenfield Airport in Arunachal Pradesh.

The Governor's suggestion of scrapping the Greenfield Airport, which was published in a national daily today, has come as a shock to the people of Arunachal Pradesh, who have been eagerly waiting for the establishment of the first Greenfield Airport in the state for more than one and half decade, AAPSU said in a release.

AAPSU felt that this is a gross misuse of Constitutional Office.

Union while condemning this act said, "This is a betrayal by the Governor and an effort by him to thwart the collective aspirations of the people of this strategic frontier state - which is the only North Eastern State without an Airport of its own."

AAPSU is fully aware of the fact that the Centre has been consistent in its position for the past many years to enhance connectivity to the NE Region in general and Arunachal Pradesh in particular. It was also reported in the recent past that the Centre had assured the State Government of clearing the Greenfield Airport and that the project is awaiting its final stage of clearance from the Ministry of Environment, Government of India, said AAPSU.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Greenfield Airport was declared as part of PM's Package of January 31, 2008 and the Centre is obligated by its commitment to execute this project at some point of time.

"The Greenfield Airport would considerably enhance the economic landscape of the State and would give an opportunity for full exploitation of the potentials of the state. But we are baffled by the position taken by the Governor which is totally contradictory to the stand of the Government of India, which he represents as the gubernatorial head of the state," stated AAPSU.

Further AAPSU also expressed surprise over the statement of Leader of Opposition Tamiyo Taga who reportedly suggested for reconsideration of the Greenfield Airport on the grounds that the people of Arunachal Pradesh cannot wait any longer.

Expressing doubt over his integrity towards the state and its people, AAPSU said that he is mis-representing the collective voice of the people of the state, who want an Airport of their own in their own territory. "In view of the existing land boundary issue with Assam, we were always worried about role of person from Assam as Governor of Arunachal. With this latest action Governor has proved our doubt into reality. Governor Rajkhowa is not only acting as an agent of Assam but also gradually moving towards blocking the development journey of the tribal populace of Arunachal Pradesh," AAPSU added.

While it is imperative for any Governor to remain a faithful Constitutional watchdog, the action of the present incumbent has compelled AAPSU to surmise that his attitude is grossly anti-development and more importantly anti-tribal and thoroughly guided by a covert intention to benefit the state of Assam. How can Rajkhowa justify his act of recommending the scrapping of a project which would give new lease of life to the socio-economic fabric of Arunachal Pradesh, AAPSU questioned.

It is now crystal clear that the Governor is working at the behest of vested interests and is taking an agenda based approach to block overall development in state, the AAPSU release said and declared to take the issue democratically to the highest levels both at State and national and demand the recalling of the Governor.

"Only the recalling of the Governor would ensure justice to the development aspirations of the people of the state," AAPSU said and vowed to remain committed to its demand for the establishment of the Greenfield Airport at any cost in the state.



Scarce resource needs to be

utilized judiciously: Tuki

RONO HILLS, Oct 30: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today observed that the government spending of scarce resource needs to be a judicious mix, with primary focus on the social sector - health and education and Physical Infrastructure - roads, rail and airways and emphasized on innovation in government spending on delivery of public services.

Speaking at the 17th Annual Conference of the North Eastern Economic Association (NEEA) at Rajiv Gandhi University here, the Chief Minister informed that accordingly the state government has aligned government spending on the philosophy - Innovative Government Expenditure.

To prove his point he cited the popular and innovative Universal Health Insurance Scheme.

"We felt that expenditure on the health sector needs to be enhanced but the benefits of such expenditure must be qualitative. The challenge was that quality couldn't be ensured with the existing health infrastructure. Therefore to provide immediate and quality health care to each and every citizen of the State, we came up with the scheme - first of its kind in India, with a cover of Rs 3 Lakhs per annum with as many as 60 hospitals across India empanelled," Tuki said.

He informed that the government introduced a Health Cess by increasing Excise and VAT on alcohol and VAT on tobacco products to finance the benevolent health security scheme. Further, low cost generic drug stores in all district hospitals in convergence with the Govt of India's Jan Aushadhi Scheme have been started from this year besides procuring machineries and equipment for all the 5 General Hospitals and 12 district Hospitals in the state to strengthen the health delivery system.

Zeroing on the two themes adopted by NEEA for this year's conference - Labour and Health - the Chief Minister highlighted the various initiatives of the state government like those taken by the Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board for welfare of workers and ugradation of hospitals and health centers besides establishing nursing schools.

"I am very happy that the NEEA has taken up these two very vital issues for deliberation and discussion in its two-day 17th annual conference. I assure you, the state government is also alive to these two issues," he said.

The Chief Minister expressed gratitude to the Fourteenth Finance Commission for according importance to fiscal capacity, with indicators of cost, and revenue disabilities, and assigning a combined weight of 72.5 percent as against 57.5 percent assigned by the Thirteenth Finance Commission. Under the new devolution formula, share of Arunachal Pradesh in Central Taxes is much higher and the state government can put the resources to good use for economic development, he said.

Though a late starter, he expressed pride that Arunachal Pradesh is progressing at a very rapid pace and is going through a massive transition.

"In order to improve the economic sector and ensure employability of our youths, it is pertinent to boost Industry in the state. The government is paying special attention to this sector and has proposed to establish pilot project on Food Processing Industries under public sector," he said while informing that subsidies would be provided to unemployed engineers for setting up manufacturing units and small scale industries with support from the state-run APEX Bank.

Terming connectivity as a major factor for any economic activity, the Chief Minister highlighted various ongoing projects to improve it like the 1600 Km Trans Arunachal Highway, district headquarter roads and cement concrete township roads.

He expressed hope that the advanced landing grounds at Tezu, Mechukha, Pasighat, Ziro, and Vijaynagar would be completed by next year while works on the Greenfield airport at Hollongi would start soon.

Citing sufficient power generation as another important factor for economic growth of the state, the Chief Minister said the 110 MW Pare HEP and 600 MW Kameng HEP will be Commissioned by next year and the power needs of the state will be met from these.

He lauded the NEEA for organizing the conference here stating that at such times research discourses at the academic level to understand the emerging societal changes, its ramifications on other aspects such as political, economy, youth, etc becomes very important and necessary.

"Arunachal today poses before the academicians, intellectuals and especially the social scientists commendable challenge to understand the interplay of dynamics both within and without. At a policy level, premier institution like RGU has an inherent obligation and duty to act as a think tank, repository of information and wisdom which could more often than not shape policy formulation of the state. Therefore, I believe, constant and persistent engagement between academics and bureaucracy will augur well in the overall interest of the state," he said.

Two basic issues, the problems of labour market and health issues are the main themes of the conference.

Prof. Barbara Harris White from Oxford University (UK), an expert on Indian Society and Economy highlighted the problems of informal labour market.  

In his speech, Prof.Tamo Mibang, Vice-Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University pointed out different economic problems of North East India and exhorted the delegates to ponder over these issues, especially the unemployment and inadequacy of health facilities.  He hoped that the learned participants will find out the ways and means of improving health & solution of the problem of unemployment.  

Prof. Saundarjya Borbora, IIT Guwahati, spoke on governance and institutional reforms. He pointed out that in order to improve governance. There is a need to bring in the issue of Accountability, Transparency, information, Empowerment and inclusive development, he opined.

The inaugural function was also attended by former Vice Chancellor of RGU Prof Atul Sharma, Dr Indraneel Bhowmik, Tripura University and Secretary NEEA and delegates from various states of the region.



Sawin resigns from APFCL chairman post, accuses Tuki of non-responsive

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Oct 30:  Khonsa East MLA cum Chairman of Arunachal Pradesh Forest Corporation Limited (APFCL) Wanglam Sawin has today resigned from the post of APFCL chairman stating that his conscience does not allow him to continue, as he has failed to deliver to the aspiration of the Corporation and employees.  In his resignation letter addressed to Chief Minister, Sawin said, "I have apprised you about the problems faced by the corporation and the employees many a times in the past. But due to your non-responsive attitude and no financial grant for the Corporation from your end, the Corporation has not abled to pay three months salary of its employees"

He also claimed that day to day activities of the corporation have faced major setback. Sawin  added that instead of earning revenue, the corporation has run into debt and inspite of his efforts to bring back sick Corporation back on track could not suffice. Sawin who was caught on alleged forceful resignation episode, further nailed Chief Minister Nabam Tuki with allegation that Tuki's leadership has failed to live up the expectation of the people in all fronts.

When contacted, Sawin confirmed the resignation letter and accused the Chief Minister of non-responsive towards the welfare of the Corporation. Following the resignation of Tourism and UD Minister Pema Khandu from the cabinet, the Tuki led government witnessed resignation spree of Chairmen who are believed to be in rebelling team.



Vety Dept. denies outbreak of disease in livestock

ITANAGAR, Oct 30: The Director of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary, Dairy Development (AHV&DD) has denied any outbreak of disease in livestock in Pipsorang area of Kra Daadi district.

Director of AHV&DD Dr. Tadang Padung while responding promptly to a news item published in this daily said that a inquiry was made through AH & Veterinary Officer in-charge of Kra Daadi Dr. Bamang Raja and found no such disease outbreak in the reported area.

Padung regretted that some people with vested interest often give such false information which incurs heavy losses to the department in making arrangements of medicines, conveyance, and technical men power in emergent to rush to the area.

The department has encountered several such kind of false information in the recent past, especially from one or two particular districts,  he said and appealed to the public to inform to the nearest veernary dispensary or to the District Veterinary Office in case of any outbreak diseases in livestock.

A report on outbreak of diseases in livestock was published in this daily based on a press release issued by one Karsang Taniang, Block Congress Seva Dal Chief Organiser claiming that more than 100  mithuns and pigs have died of infectious disease in Pipsorang area.



State marching ahead under Tuki's

leadership: Siram

PASIGHAT, Oct 30: Former minister and Adviser to Chief Minister, Bosiram Siram said that the State has been marching ahead under the capable leadership Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.

Addressing a public meeting at Yagrung on Wednesday, Siram said that the state is in the safe custody of a visionary leader, who is going to change the face of Arunachal Pradesh with better governance and effective execution of schemes meant for the people.

Taking privilege, Siram urged the Union Government to retain the "special category" status state to all tribal and backward states and maintain the 90:10 funding pattern for all sponsored schemes as considered earlier by the successive UPA Governments.

The Central government should enhance adequate allocation of funds to this resource-less state to enhance the pace of development.

"No compromise will be made in judicious utilization of the funds and every single penny approved for developmental projects will reach the beneficiary at the lowest level," he assured. Highlighting the various developmental initiatives of Tuki government and achievements of various departments, Siram said that new policies are being framed to develop skilled manpower.

He lauded the CM for his Universal Health Insurance Schemes, CM's Skill Development and Employment Generation Programme, CM's Agriculture Mechanization Programme, CM's Mission Mode project on tea and rubber, Vidya and CM's Girl Hygiene Schemes and other State Flagship Programmes which have already received accolades from various quarters and are genuinely benefiting the people.

Among others, ZPM Namuk Taloh, AS Chairman Oman Boko, Oyin Yomso and GBs were present and spoke on the occasion. DIPRO



ATA calls on Education Minister, reiterates demand

ITANAGAR, Oct 30: A team of Arunachal Teachers' Association (ATA) yesterday met Education Minister Tapang Taloh at his official residence and discussed about the demands placed by the ATA before the State Govt. regarding appointment of Director Elementary and Secondary Education and cancellation of TGT interview.

In an hour-long meeting with the minister, the ATA team apprised him about alleged disarray in both the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education due to vacant Directors posts.

ATA informed that present Director T. Taloh, who was holding dual charges of Director Elementary and Secondary Education, is retiring on October 31.

The ATA told the Minister that the highest establishment of human resource management and administration should not be left un-attended which could have adverse impact on the entire school education system.

While reiterating its demand, ATA urged the minister to immediately appoint senior most Joint Director to the post of both Director Elementary Education and Secondary Education separately so that the Directorate of School Education functions smoothly.

The minister was also apprised that the Arunachal teachers would not accept any cadre who does not belong to teaching community as optional to the vacant Director posts as this decision was resolved during its meeting with federal body members and education officers last month.

Clarifying on the demand for cancellation of TGT interview, the ATA team informed the Minister that ATA is not against conduct of interview for Primary Teacher (PRT). "We are seeking for temporary revocation of interview of Trained Graduate Teacher (TGT) till our demands are clarified," ATA said.

"As the department of Education is having two orders in the form of RR - 2013 (Gazette) and another in the form of Cabinet Decision 2009 (Executive order); RR notification of October 2013 for TGT which clearly states that 50 % of the vacant post are to be filled up through Direct Recruitment and 50 % by promotion amongst from serving Primary Teacher or AT's on the other hand Cabinet decision - 2009 while approving regularization of SSA TGT has reduced the ratio at 25 % for promotion from Primary Teacher to TGT, 25 % for regularization of SSA TGT and 50 % for Direct recruitment."

Saying that these orders are creating confusion in the Elementary Education department for promotion from PRT or AT to TGT or JT, ATA sought rectification of the cabinet decision. It demanded that 100% vacant post of Trained Graduate Teacher (TGT) must be distributed at the ratio of 50% for promotion from Primary Teacher or Assistant Teacher to Trained Graduate Teacher (TGT), 25% for regularization of SSA TGT and 25% for direct recruitment and incorporation of the same in the Recruitment Rules of TGT.



Horticulture dept reviews achievements

ITANAGAR, Oct 30: The Department of Horticulture in a meeting at Banquet Hall reviewed the progress and achievement made under various programmes implemented by the department.

The two-day meeting which concluded today also discussed various problems faced by the department while implementing developmental programmes.

All the DHOs and other officers from Districts and Headquarter attended the meeting.

Minister for Home, Horticulture etc., Tanga Byaling while addressing the officers exhorted them to dedicate themselves for the development of horticulture sector in the state as the state has huge potential in this sector. Speaking about the recent activities of the department, the minister said that a new direction and vision has to be put into effect with dedication instead of stereotype planning. Fund provided for the farmers should be used judisciously, he said.

Timely implementation of program and procurement of seeds and seedlings should be done in planting season, Byaling said.  He emphasized on imparting training to the field level staff for proper dissemination of new innovation and new techniques to the farmers. He also advised to adopt the cluster approach so that the objective of Horticulture can be achieved. He gave emphasis on proper administration and transparency of the department for betterment of farmers.

Parliamentary Secy. (Hort) Tatung Jamoh appreciated the work done in the District Level and requested to functionalize the training centres established in the districts. He also requested to encourage income generating programmes like Mushroom Production schemes for the farmers.

Kipa Niya, Chairman, Arunachal Pradesh Horticulture Marketing & Processing Board, informed about recent development made in marketing board and requested to initiate a wineary unit in Arunachal Pradesh to encourage the farmers.   

Hage Khoda, Comm. Horticulture, briefed about the schemes and problems of the department to the dignitaries. Further, he advised the officers to coordinate and cooperate among the officers for development of the department and implement the scheme and submission of UC on time. He stressed for proper evaluation and monitoring in the state and in districts. He also directed to adopt low volume high value crops and also take potentiality and feasibility into consideration while selecting schemes in the districts.

The Director of Horticulture, J. Ratan briefed about various achievements of the department.

Earlier, officers from the directorate, DHOs as well as district representative presented about various progress made in their respective district through power point presentation.



Performance of MI-II in Papum Pare reviewed

YUPIA Oct 30: Immunization performance/coverage in Papum Pare district in the first round of Mission Indradhanush (Ph-II) was reviewed in a district task force meeting at the conference of ZPC here today.

Chairing the meeting, DMO Dr. S. Ronya lauded the medical officers and their staffs for carrying out the immunization programme successfully in entire district and exhorted the Medical Officers to maintain same spirit in implementation of Phase-II immunization programme which is scheduled to start on November 7 in all parts of the district.

He also called upon the officers to share their problems and grievances encountered during the programme and assured that every possible support will be provided to them.

DRCHO Dr. K Ado expressed his happiness over successful implementation of 1st round of immunization MI Phase-II in a very befitting manner and urged the medical officers to move ahead to make the MI phase-II also successful. He advised the Medical Officers to ensure proper micro-planning at their own level and engage the ASHAs and Aganwadi for mobilization of beneficiaries at grassroots level.

Earlier, he presented an overview of performance of 1st Round of MI-phase-II programme in the district through PowerPoint.

Medical Officers in-charges of various CHCs, PHCs and SCs apprised the DMO about the problems faced by them during the immunization programme, such as lack of fund facility, transportations, POL and proper training of ASHAs and other link workers.

The Mission Indradhanush Phase-II covers the immunization of children between 0-2 years and pregnant women through targeted interventions. DIPRO



Centre considers CMs panel report on rationalisation of CSS

ITANAGAR, Oct 30: Finance Secretary, Government of India Ratan P Watal through a communiqué has informed that the report submitted by the Sub-Group of Chief Ministers on rationalisation of centrally sponsored schemes (CSS) constituted by NITI Aayog has been considered by Union Government.

With the consideration of report,  Chief Minister Nabam Tuki's projecting the state's genuine grievances to NITI Aayog has finally paid off.

Accordingly, the funding pattern of MGNREGA, National Social Assistance Programme, umbrella programmes for development of Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribes, differently abled persons, minorities, backward classes and other vulnerable groups will remain unchanged.

Meanwhile, with the sharing pattern of CSS being cleared now, the Chief Minister has instructed all the departments to rigorously pursue the line ministries to ensure release of budgeted fund in the above schemes.

Another significant development is that the core schemes which form part of the national development agenda will be shared between centre and the states in the ratio of 90:10 in respect of all the 8 north-eastern states and three hills states. It is a result of the persistent persuasion and strong argument submitted by Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister who was present in all the four meetings of the sub-group of CMs on rationalisation of centrally sponsored schemes constituted by NITI Aayog held at various locations that the Union Government agreed with the proposal while the other states will share 60:40 ratio of sharing pattern.

Programmes like Krishi Unnati Yojana, Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna, Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana, Rashtriya Pashudhan Vikas Yojana (livestock mission, veterinary services and dairy development), Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan (rural and urban), National Rural Drinking Water Program, National Health Mission, National Education Mission (including SSA, RMSA, RUSA, Teachers Training and Adult Education), ICDS, Mid Day Meal Program, housing for all (Rural and Urban), National Livelihood Mission (Rural and Urban), Forestry and wildlife, Urban rejuvenation (AMRUT) and Smart Cities Mission, modernisation of police forces and infrastructure facilities for judiciary shall be covered under the 90:10 sharing pattern between Centre and state for the Northeast states.

The decision of the union government further added that the schemes which had cent percent funding from the centre would continue to enjoy the same funding pattern while separate instructions would be issued for PMGSY. Additional funds for the current financial year for ICDS programme will be given at the supplementary stage. Those other schemes which have not be listed in above two categories will be deemed optional for the state governments and their fund sharing pattern will be 50:50 between the centre and the states while 80:20 for the eight north-eastern states and three Himalayan states for these schemes.

Schemes like National AIDS and STD Control Programme which are externally aided and implemented through special purpose vehicles and the voluntary sector, National skill initiatives/skill development mission under the umbrella of recently launched Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna, programmes with network externalities like national disease surveillance systems and the crime and criminal control network and to ensure economies of scale in the implementation of centrally sponsored schemes small programs like modernisation of land records, national service scheme, Yuva Krida and Khel Abhiyan, social security cards etc. have been restructured as central sector schemes as per the decision. (CM Media Cell)



BMM holds discussion on women and child related burning issues

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BORDUMSA, Oct 30:  A brainstorming discussion on women and child related issues including domestic violence, human trafficking, child abuse, drug trafficking and environmental awareness was held in a meeting organized by Bordumsa Mahila Mandal (BMM) at Singpho Heritage Centre, Bordumsa  yesterday.

Participating in the discussion on the topic human trafficking, a junior teacher K. Bo expressed concern over the menace of human trafficking, particularly children and women throughout the country. She  observed that  without ascertaining the identity of employers, poor parents often send their girls as maid and these girls are sold in brothels in exchange of lucrative amount. She further informed that human trafficking is also done for organs and begging industries.

Advocate  Jawra Maio speaking on laws to protect children from sexual offence educated the gathering about the provisions of POCSO Act.

Speaking on women and child health related problems, Dr. K. Mongchan advised the women folk to take fruits and nutritious foods containing proteins, vitamins and iron especially during pregnancy, lactating and breastfeeding period to stay fit and avoid fatal diseases. The doctor also gave tips to avoid breast cancer.

Terming women and children as most vulnerable sections subjected to trauma of domestic violence, headmaster M. Lego said anyone found guilty of committing such crime should be dealt sternly under the provision of Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act.

Advocate Moonmoon Nocte throwing light on child rights said since children cannot defend themselves they often fall prey to exploitations and other crimes. She said onus lies on the adults to intervene and prevent atrocity on children and ensure their due share of rights.  

Koing Samon Umbon, Vice Principal, Gidding said women as always should be in the forefront of promoting traditional cultures. Quoting the popular maxim "loss of culture is loss of identity," she appealed fellow women folk to live by example and encourage organic food habits to avoid diseases. She also urged women organizations to accelerate the pace of tirade against the menace of drugs and other psychotropic substances responsible for degrading societies and ruining families.  

Bordumsa Anchal Samiti Chairperson Sindunong Singpho suggested for initiating stringent steps for eradication of the evils like polygamy and drug abuses prevailing in society.

Earlier, BMM President Pisilu Singpho, while initiating the discussion, appealed to the  resource persons to place fruitful opinion and suggestion to  mitigate  various problems related to women and child.



Aboh reviews activities of Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs dept

ITANAGAR, Oct 30: Minister of Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs Tirong Aboh reviewed the activities of his department in a departmental meeting here today.

He appreciated the team efforts of the Department despite constraints, for implementation and enforcement of major Acts and Rules like Legal Metrology Act, 2009, Arunachal Pradesh Legal Metrology (Enforcement) Rules, 2011, Consumer Protection Act, 1986, Arunachal Pradesh State Consumer Protection Rules, 1987 and Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 1986 in the State. In consideration of the increased quantum of works dealt with by the Department for safeguarding interest of common consumers, particularly towards redressal of their grievances, he felt that there is urgent need to expand the existing assets of the Department, including man power, and suggested to initiate proposal to fill up every District HQs with enforcement staff. He was pained to know that the Department was having dearth of conveyance facilities both in HQs and districts, as the Assistant Controllers in the district are yet to be provided vehicle for their mobility.

Aboh stressed to intensify unannounced inspection and raids of all trading establishments within the Capital Complex in particular, and also in districts, in order to check malpractices by traders for protection of common consumers.

While participating in the deliberation, Nyamar Karbak, Parliamentary Secretary (LM&CA) viewed that the Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs Department is shouldering responsibility to regulate weights & measures used in commercial transactions, public health and human safety, maintain accuracy, purity and potency to protect and promote the interest of consumers across the State. He stressed on resource mobilization in order to ease financial burden of the State Govt. and advised the participating officers to maintain transparency in both revenue collection and deposit. He emphasized regular inspection of markets to contain rise in prices of commodities and to take punitive action against the defaulters under the provisions of law.

Earlier, Gamli Padu, Secretary (Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs), briefed about the activities of the Department including their future plans. He informed that basically the Legal Metrology is a welfare department committed to protect and promote interest of common consumers and redress their grievances through quasi-judicial forums established in the State. Further, he informed that the Department is also earning a considerable amount of revenue In terms of fees & fines, which is indeed, laudable. Gorik Dirchi, Controller (Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs) pointed out constraints being faced by the Department and suggested necessary remedial measures like creation of more posts including Itanagar Inspectorate and procurement of vehicles in phase manner for field officers. The meeting was attended by the enforcement officers of HQ and Papumpare District.

The meeting ended with a note from the Minister to adopt ZERO TOLERANCE against the defaulters of provisions of Legal Metrology Act and Rules, particularly those who are overcharging prices of commodities.



State Level Vendor Development Programme held

ITANAGAR, Oct 30: One day State Level Vendor Development Programme (SLVDP) was organized by Branch MSME development Institute, Ministry of MSME, Govt. of India, at a city hotel here today.

The objective of the programme is to provide a common platform to MSMEs, particularly on food processing, hospitality industries to know about the vendors' participation in procurement of goods by the central PSUs, Central Govt. departments.

The programme was inaugurated by Taru Talo, Director of Industries. While delivering the inaugural address, he emphasized of the need to ensure the customers satisfaction while marketing the products by the micro and small entrepreneurs.

SMEs should develop their confidence in marketing the  products and services to the valued customers  and should have always competitiveness in the mind. He also appreciated the efforts made by M/O MSME to create awareness amongst industrialists.  

C. Siedaiah AGM, BSNL has explained about their procurement policy and vendor registration system for MSEs while GM of Hotel Donyi Polo Ashok, Itanagar DK Gogai and Manager S.S. Kar encouraged the entrepreneurs to participate in their tenders and vendor  registration and to avail the facility of 20% procurement of total requirement under the Public Procurement Policy, 2012 for MSE's

G.S Podder, Asstt. Director (IMT)  have explained the objectives  of other schemes like Credit Guarantee Trust Fund for MSE's ,ISO:9000 & 14001, Bar coding and other various  schemes, which have provided the  tremendous growth as well as progress in terms of quality production, exports, innovation, product development & import substitution in the fields of MSME sectors .

C. Minj ,Asstt. Director (Elect) Br. MSME-DI, Itanagar  coordinated  the programme.



Capital DC seeks cooperation for biometric enrolment in schools

ITANAGAR, Oct 30: To ensure that the students of Capital Complex and Papum Pare District are all covered under the Biometric enrolment, a meeting was organised today at the Conference Hall of the Deputy Commissioner, Itanagar Capital Complex with the Principals, Headmasters and teachers of all the Government Primary, Middle, Secondary and Higher Secondary schools of Capital Complex and Papum Pare district.

During the meeting, it was informed that the Permanent Enrolment Centres (PECs) would be set up at schools turn wise till the students of all schools are enrolled under it.  Chairing the meeting, the Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner Mige Kamki asked all the participants to cooperate so that the process is carried out smoothly without any lacunae. He further asked them to be well prepared as when the PEC would be set up, different types of machineries would be needed and for that they are required to be well prepared themselves so as to create awareness among the students. DIPRO

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Don’t stoop to such low level

The Bihar election has once exposed the politicians and political parties. In their desperation to win the election they are indulging in all sorts of dirty tricks.  Caste, communal and regional politics is being openly played in the election. They are indulging in name calling and attacking each other below the belt. Yesterday BJP President Amit Shah brazens it out by stating that if BJP loses in Bihar, Pakistan will celebrate. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD Supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav have all taken potshots at each other.

The fight had gone to such a low level that finally today election commission of India had to intervene. Today commission clamped a ban on publication of two controversial advertisements of BJP in Bihar. In an advisory to Bihar Chief Electoral Officer, the Commission asked him to ensure that the two advertisements are not published in any newspaper or journal from Saturday onwards till the election process is over. One of the advertisements alleges that RJD supremo Lalu Prasad and JD (U) leader Nitish Kumar are snatching the plate of dalits by planning to transfer the quota meant for dalits to minorities. Another advertisement deals with vote bank politics. The advertisements have already been published prominently in Hindi dailies brought out from Patna. The Commission has also asked the state CEO to inform the Bihar BJP unit that such advertisements should not be published or broadcast . Political parties should refrain from using caste, community and religious identity to seek vote. By indulging in such communal politics they are destroying the social fabric of the nation.




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It can get better

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed daily, I on behalf of the Arunachal Unemployed Graduate Engineers Association (AUGEA) would like to appreciate public work department (PWD) for properly conducting junior engineer’s examination. First time I saw use of cellular jammer in the departmentally conducted examination in Arunachal Pradesh.  The mobile jammer is an instrument that is used to prevent cellular phones from receiving the signal from base station. This technology is an appropriate way to check the possibility of cheat during exam.

But it was regretful to see the seating arrangement of the examination. Two aspirants were made to sit together in a single bench. There are possibilities of candidates disturbing each others.  It is requested that in the future single seating arrangement should be made for free and fair examination. We also urge concerned authorities of working department to advertise the vacancy of direct recruitment quota available whether it may be for junior engineers (civil, electrical, mechanical & computer etc.) and Assistant Engineers (A.E) (civil, electrical, mechanical & computer etc.). Through RTI it has been revealed that many working department are having backlog for direct recruitment of assistant engineers (AE). At present all such vacancy has been occupied on officiating basis by JEs. Further we request chief secretary, parliamentary secretaries and ministers of all such concern departments to intervene in the matter. If they don’t heed towards the demand placed by us, we will take own course of action either through legal or by democratic means.


Fedung Dadda

General Secretary (AUGEA)

A-sector, Naharlagun



Let us stand united

Dear Editor,

I just want to say few words to express my feelings regarding the mindset of the Arunachalees. Just like any tribal society, we are very territorial, always trying to protect our land and culture and that is a good thing. But what is not good is that sometimes we cross limit and even fight among ourselves. In our state there are many tribes and each of them lay complete claim of their respective districts and treat other tribe as some kind of outsider. Each one claims their home town as theirs only and treats other tribes as inferior. For example in capital complex, local goons will easily bash up a person from other tribe and likewise in Pasighat their local goons will bully contractors from other tribes. This is happening everywhere and if it continues like this then we can forget about forging a  united Arunachal Pradesh. The day will not be far when all tribes will try to destroy each other. Our land and culture will be lost forever to outsiders (non-APST). Just remember indigenous culture, heritage, language, inter tribe summits, conferences etc are all useless if we don't really respect and love each other and stand united.


A. Tayeng, Roing





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