October 05

Koloriang-Parsi Parlo road remains disrupted
KOLORIANG, Oct 4: The Koloriang-Parsi Parlo Road has remained cut off for last many days. The road, which is the lifeline for the people of Kumey belt (Damin, Parsi-Parlo and Pipsorang circles), has been disrupted due to cloud burst in the catchment region of Parsi and Parlo River in Kurung Kumey district in the intervening night of Sept 27 causing heavy landslides at several places of Koloriang and Parsi-Parlo and huge damages to private and public properties.
Many culverts and retaining walls have been washed away.
There were 76 major and minor block points on Koloriang-Parsiparlo road, out of which 19 block points have been cleared so far and 55 block points are yet to be cleared.
PWD officials under the supervision of Er. Byabang Togu, EE, Sangram Division and Er. Nangram Sima, AE, Koloriang Sub-Division are pressing all the available resources into service for early restoration of the said road. Due to technical defects, the lone JCB machine engaged in restoration work is off road now. The executing agency has submitted an estimate of Rs 100 Iakhs for complete restoration of the road.
Kurung Kumey Deputy Commissioner Kanki Darang along with other Govt officials inspected the progress of Koloriang-Parsi Parlo road restoration work on Tuesday.
People of this part of the district, particularly patients, women, aged and children are facing lot of hardships due to road blockage.  DIPRO

State to have its own composite textile park
ITANAGAR, Oct 4: Arunachal will soon have its own composite Textile Park. This composite textile park will have facilities for skill development, design and product upgradation and facilities for export of finished handicrafts. The union textile ministry will be deputing a group of experts shortly to assist the state government in preparation of the DPR immediately.
This was assured to CM Pema Khandu who called on Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani at her Udyog Bhawan office on Tuesday.
On the request of CM to assist the state government in exploring the usage of geo-textiles to mitigate and prevent frequent landslides on the slopes of state and national highways, Irani requested the state government to get the vulnerability mapping done and submit a proposal which she said will be sanctioned at a highly subsidised cost.
CM was accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary and Finance Commissioner during the meeting.

3 major bridges in Anjaw by Apr 2017
ITANAGAR, Oct 04: The construction of three major permanent steel bridges; Dau bridge on Hayuliang-Changiwinti road, Kramati bridge on Changwinti-Walong-Namati road and Yasong bridge on Changwinti-Walong-Namati road in border areas of Anjaw district are expected to complete next year.
The bridges are being constructed by 48 BRTF (P) Udayak in Border Roads Organization (BRO).
The launching of Super Structure of these Bridges have almost been completed except few minor works at Kramati and Yasong bridge and these bridge are planned to open for traffic in the first week of April 2017, Commander of 48 BRTF Col C Rajashekar stated in a release.
Once completed, these bridges will facilitate induction of ALS vehicles and guns of army to its bases at international borders besides providing life-line to the people living in those areas, said Col C Rajashekar.

Kena meets key officials in union health ministry
ITANAGAR, Oct 03: Health & Family Welfare Minister Jomde Kena met key officials of union ministry of Health and Family Welfare in New Delhi in the past one week and discussed with them on various issues related to health in the state.
The Health Minister met Jt. Secretary Health KL Sharma on October 3 and requested him for early setting up of Drug Testing Regulatory and Food Safety Laboratories System in the State to which Sharma assured his full support to sanction the required amount within the current month.
On being suggested by the Jt Secretary to recruit the minimum man power for it, Kena assured him to fulfill all the requirement as per the norms.
On the same day, the minister also visited the office of the Medical Council of India and met the President and Secretary Dr. Jayshree Mehta and Dr. Reena Nayyar respectively and requested them for one-time relaxation of criteria for recruitment of faculties for the upcoming Tomo Riba Institute of Health & Medical Sciences, Naharlagun.
Kena said that MCI has assured its full support for immediate start of the medical college.
Kena also called on Secretary Health & Family Welfare CK Mishra at his office chamber on October 4. He apprised the Secretary about the importance of early starting of the lone medical college at Naharlagun and one-time central assistance for strengthening General Hospitals Bomdila, Ziro, Aalo, Tezu and Khonsa. He also apprised Mishra of all pending issues of National Health Programmes, including NHM.
Kema sought the Secretary's intervention for early sending of personnel from Tertiary Care Cancer Centre Naharlagun to Baba Atomic Research Centre (BARC) Mumbai for early starting of the centre for the benefit of the poor patients.
Meanwhile, Mishra gave a patient hearing to all the grievances and issues raised by the minister and gave positive nod to help the state. He also agreed to visit Arunachal during November.
Kena was companied by Dr R Doye, Jt. DHS (DME), Dr. D. Bagra, OSD and Dr.R Dodum, NO, NUHM during the visits.

Two persons arrested for illegal arms possession
ITANAGAR, Oct 04:   The City Police has arrested two alleged accused identified as Sukha Mangam and Memak Singhi for alleged possession of illegal arms and ammunition from a hotel in Itanagar on Sunday, informed the Capital police in a release.  The police further added that both accused from East Kameng were detained for possession of country made pistol of 7.65 caliber bearing number 76701 with four live ammunitions.
Initially, the accused claimed that they have license but when asked to produce before police, they failed to do so leading to their arrest.
The  accused were nabbed by PCR  team  consisting of Constable N. Riba, Tatin Dignium, I Umpey under the supervision of SP Capital coordinated by SDPO Techi Henyir.  Illegal arms possession case has been registered with Itanagar Police Station and the accused are under police remand and matter is under investigation, added the police.

CM speaks to Centre on IT, seeks special package
ITANAGAR, Oct 4: Chief Minister Pema Khandu called on Union Minister of IT and Electronics Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday to discuss on issues related to Information technology in the state.
Pema briefed the Union Minister that Arunachal Pradesh has also accorded top priority to e Governance and efforts are being made to realise this by making the entire State Civil Secretariat paperless in the days to come. He believed that with the help of information technology the state government would ensure transparency and accountability in Governance.
He however admitted the fact that the state has been lagging behind in terms of IT and Telecom infrastructure due to rugged and inaccessible terrain, low road density and such other reasons. Pema requested the IT and telecom ministry to support the state government to do a massive augmentation in the sector. Pema requested for a special package to augment Telecom Infrastructure, not only to improve services but to meet the need of connectivity required for GST implementation. CM also suggested for a policy to subsidize the bandwidth charges in Arunachal Pradesh which would act as an incentive for the private service providers and encourage them to invest in Arunachal Pradesh.
CM Khandu also pointed out that the Mission Mode projects such as eDistrict, Swan and State Data Centre are yet to take off due to host of reasons including limited participation in bids. He sought the Minister's personal intervention to fast track and operationalize these projects.
Citing that the present model of Common Service Centre (CSC) scheme and even the proposed CSC 2.0 is not viable in Arunachal Pradesh in the backdrop of less population, less transaction, unreliable connectivity and limited G2C services, CM appealed the Ministry to devise a special mechanism to make these CSCs viable.
CM further opined for an interim measure to resolve the connectivity issues by providing VSATs with solar power backup facilities.  These VSATs will be installed at 100 administrative centres. Wifi hotspot will be created using these VSATs for public access, he suggested while requesting the ministry to consider funding for atleast 100 VSATs.
He also requested to upscale and expand NIC and SEMT with more manpower for Arunachal Pradesh.
After giving a patient hearing, Union Minister assured the CM that Arunachal Pradesh would be accorded utmost priority. All out support would be extended to the state in IT and telecom sector.
He revealed that the Union Government contemplates to bring a revolution through CSC model. All schemes, programmes of central as well as state would be linked with CSC so that direct benefit is reaped by genuine beneficiaries.
Ravi Shankar Prasad assured CM that the Ministry will strengthen telecom and IT services in the state so that all the populace of the state reaps the benefits of Government.
CM was accompanied by Dy CM, Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary and Commissioner Finance.

Legal Literacy classes held for school students
ITANAGAR, Oct 4:  In a bid to popularize the legal services schemes and programme among the students, the Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority (APSLSA) alongwith students of Arunachal Law Academy (ALA), Lekhi on Tuesday conducted legal literacy classes for over 200 12th standard students of GHSS Doimukh.
The ALA had selected 45 final year law students for the said programme, who were later divided into various groups to take classes on various topics of law including,
POCSO, law of arrest and bail, sexual harassment, fundamental rights and Juvenile Justice Act.
Project Coordinator, DOJ, Rosy Taba also gave a talk on how to avail legal aid during the programme. A quiz competition was also organized for the students.

Campaign against drugs
AALO, Oct 4:  Mothers' Vision, a local NGO in collaboration with women wing of Karka Welfare Society conducted anti-drug campaigns and cleanliness drives at Yomcha, Tirbin and Liromoba Higher Secondary Schools here recently.
During the campaign, the members of the NGO interacted with the students and teachers of the respective schools.  The NGO further said that it is upto the teachers to disseminate the message on ill effects of drug addiction and they should therefore focus on inculcating such values to the students.
The members of the NGO further appealed the district administration and DDSE to address issues like shortage of teachers in the various schools of far flung areas. It further sought immediate posting of senior teachers of both Science and Humanities streams at Liromoba, Tirbin and Yomcha Higher Secondary School. (DIPRO)

Inter-disciplinary approaches in higher education discussed
UGC-sponsored Workshop on Pedagogy
[ Prafulla Kaman ]
RUKSIN, Oct 4: A National Workshop on the theme- "Pedagogy and Performances in Higher Educational Institutions with special reference to Social Science and Humanities" was organized under the aegis of University Grant Commission (UGC) in Jonai Girls College (Assam) bordering here on October 1 and 2 last.
Attending the workshop as resource person, Assistant Professor of Management in Rajiv Gandhi University (Arunachal) Dr Arindum Chakravarty put emphasis on change of present education system for the institutes of higher education. He said that it was right time to organize workshop on education topics in the colleges and discuss various challenges faced by the teachers.
Prof Chakravarty, who later delivered a lecture on "Theory in classrooms and the interdisciplinary approach" in technical session, said that teacher's interference is necessary for development of the students. Defining inter-disciplinary teaching, which is different from multi-disciplinary teaching, Chakravarty said that it is not uniform across all teaching-learning situations. It may vary with level of education, competency of the instructor. Thus inter-disciplinary approach attempts to create holistic perspectives of the field of inquiry not to confuse or diffuse the objective of the core discipline.
Prof Chakravarty also spoke on inter-disciplinary approach at the primary and secondary level with reference to Iceberg theory. He said that inter-disciplinary approach should be confined to in-depth understanding of the primary discipline and its linkages with other branches of study. He further discussed inter-disciplinary approaches in higher education in terms of convergence, conjugation and correlation with variability of other disciplines.
Delivering on "Pedagogical approach in teaching learning process in higher educational institutions" Professor (Education) of Dibrugarh University, Dr Neeta Kalita Baruah said objective of higher education should aim at creation of good citizens, who can contribute to well-being of the society.
Discussing on teaching- learning strategies, she said the process should include inquiry base, reflective and multi-prospective thinking. Prof Neeta also briefed on role teachers and suggested them to act as counselor, assessor, leader and co-learner that learn alongside the students.
Another resource person, Prof Surajit Borkotokey (Mathematics) of Dibrugarh Unibversity discussed on the topic "Use of Information & Communication Technology and development of classrooms in higher educational institutions". The professor in his presentation elaborated on rationale of ITC uses in terms of social, vocational, catalytic and pedagogical aspects.
More than hundred participants including principals, professors, school teachers and college and university students of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh took part in different occasions of the 2-day national level workshop.

DA collecting information about late PI
PASIGHAT, Oct 4: East Siang district administration has started collection of records, information and evidences about late Public Interpreter (PI) Eda Moyong to declare him as martyr.
Moyong died while on duty at Tuting hill site in present Upper Siang district during Chinese aggression in 1962.
The East Siang Deputy Commissioner has assigned the task to Pasighat EAC T Padung.
The official has started ground level inquiry on Tuesday by interrogating few persons of his age group, who served contemporary to late Moyong during North East Frontier Agency (NEFA) rule and knew him personally.
The administration has already forwarded a letter to Upper Siang Deputy Commissioner for collecting report on late Moyong early this year, but the Upper Siang administration has not yet submitted any report.
It may be mentioned here that one of the late PI's grandsons Orik Moyong of Debing village in East Siang last year submitted a petition to East Siang Deputy Commissioner appealing for an initiative by the administration for due recognition of late Moyong by declaring him as martyr.
The petitioner also submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Pema Khandu during his recent visit to Pasighat and appealed him to take up the issue with the Central Government. He further moved the authority to grant pension to family of the late PI.
According to government report, Moyong served as PI during NEFA regime. He was deputed to lead a military troop deployed along Indo-China border on the eve of Chinese aggression. The NEFA administration, due to communication problem did not hand over the mortal remains of the Moyong to his family.

State has rich Birdlife but ebbing population
[ Dr. Daniel Mize ]
Being one of the wildlife rich States, Arunachal Pradesh also joins the Nation in celebrating the 62nd Wildlife Week of India to reaffirm the commitments to conserve the rich wildlife. Observation of the wildlife week in Arunachal is quite relevant as state is the richest terrestrial biodiversity in general and wildlife in particular. The rich wildlife is best manifested by birdlife diversity in the state.  Birds are magnificent & most beautiful creatures of nature. They are biped, feathered and homoeothermic  organisms with forelimbs which are modified into specialized organ for flying called ‘wings’. Taxonomically, bird includes Archaeopteryx, modern birds, their most recent common ancestor and its entire descendant. Birds evolved from small carnivorous dinosaur group maniraptoran theropods during late Jurassic period of Mesozoic era, nearly 150 million years ago. Discovery of fossil Archaeopteryx    lithographica- ‘the ancient winged creatures of the stone’ at Bavaria in Germany in 1861 corroborated the reptile ancestry of birds.  
At the moment, birds are the most diversified group among the vertebrates with around 13,000 species which colonised air, land and water as birds are perfectly adapted to fly, walk and swim.  
According to Leepage, 2016, there are 879 species of birds in Arunachal Pradesh that makes the state, the second highest (75 percent) avian diversity state in India. The score could increase in future as there are instances of new discovery in the recent past, e.g., Bugun Liocichla was discovered in Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary in 2006.  Himalayan thrush, earlier a cryptic species was identified as new species  in 2016.
According to IUCN Red data list, 2016, 43 species out of 879 birds, fall under threatened categories- Critically Endangered (CR), Endangered (EN), & Vulnerable (V). 10 species, viz., Baer’s Pochard, White- bellied Heron, Bengal Florican, Bugun Liocichla, Slendered –billed Vulture, White-rumped vulture, Long –billed Vulture, Forest Owlet, Pink headed Duck, Red Headed Vulture, are listed in Critically Endangered (CR) category, which population size is estimated to be fewer than 250 mature individuals over the globe and 50% extinction probability in 10 years or 3 generations, if trend continues. 7 species, viz., Yellow Bunting, Saker Falcon, Greter Adjutant, Mansked Finfoot White –winged Duck, Black Bellied Tern and Green Peafowl are listed in Endangered (EN) category, which population is estimated to be fewer than 2500 mature individuals over the globe and 20% extinction probability in 20 years or 5 generations. 26 species, viz, Black necked Crane, Beautiful Nuthatch, Chestnut –breasted Patridge, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Wood snipe, Snowy throated Babbler, Blyth’s Tragopan, Yellow Weaver, Jerdon’s Babbler, Greater spotted Eagle, Black breasted Parrotbill, Rufous -necked Hornbill, Pallas-fish Eagle, White throated Bushchat,  Slender-billed Babbler, Marsh, Babbler, Tawny-breasted Wren Babbler, Indian Spotted Eagle, Indian Skimmer, Sarus Crane, Dalmatian Pelican, Pale-capped Pigeon, Lesser Adjutant, Rusty throated Wren Babbler, Scalater’s Monal and Great-slaty  Woodpecker are listed in Vulnerable (VU) category, with a population size estimated to be fewer than 10,000 mature individuals over the globe and 10% extinction probability in 100 years. These edge species are continuously on decline, if something is not done, then, these species may extinct locally from the state.
Many of the birds are visitors and some are endemic to the state. Birds like Ruddy Shelduck, Common Merganser, Baer’s Pochard, Red-crested Pochard, Common Pochard, Tufted Duck, Common Teal etc. are common wintering species. They arrive in October to avoid harsh environment in higher latitudes usually northern region and make our winter a blissful moment by their melodious songs and calls, then they depart in March for their breeding ground. Birds like Bugun Liocichla (CR), Mask Babbler, Snowy-throated Babbler, Pink-headed Duck (CR) etc., are endemic to Arunachal Pradesh. These are unique gift of nature to people of Arunachal, as these birds are not found anywhere in the world, we are the pride custodian of these birds.
Undoubtedly, Arunachal Pradesh is a paradise of birds in India. However, there is a big challenge before us to conserve the bird biodiversity in the state vis-a-vis habitat destruction, habitat deterioration, habitat fragmentation and overexploitation which are gradually intensified with growing population. Among these threats, over exploitation is the gravest of the threats in the state. Over exploitation is mainly due to many tradition and culture which thrive on birdlife resources that leads to over harvest of the resources. Particularly, hunting of birds for festivals, decoration of traditional attire, ritual etc., become more rampant under the  buzzing slogan of local tribal people- ‘Loss of culture is loss of identity’ and concurrent with sophisticated weapons in scene.      
Under the conundrum, conservation becomes difficult in the state. We need to re-contemplate over the conservation strategies for wildlife in the state. There is need of efficient policies and programmes to conserve wildlife through education, research and citizen Science programme. Firstly, promotion of Wildlife Science education in the state is a must that will produce manpower with expertise, who can prioritize and carry out research based sustainable conservation action. Secondly, educating the mass about importance of wildlife with promotion of non consumptive value based activities like wildlife ecotourism; wildlife festival, bird watching; waterfowl count etc. Thirdly, mass should be motivated to involve in conservation, primarily by influencing the community based organisation which hold a messianic image over the concerned community and lastly, small research grants; fellowship; awards with grants etc., should be provided by the government  to promote and support  scientist, Institute, NGO etc., working in the field.
On the 62nd wildlife week occasion, let us pledge to recommit ourselves to conserve wildlife for our better future. Let us take pledge to harness wildlife sustain-ably to save wildlife and save mankind, reverberating the slogan, ‘Sustainable harness save wildlife, save mankind’.  (Dr. Daniel Mize is Assistant Professor of Department of Zoology, Rajiv Gandhi University, Rono Hills.)

Mr. Arunachal Mega Model contest
ITANAGAR, Oct 04: The first ever Mr. Arunachal Mega Model contest will be held under the aegis of Aries Corps Talent Management at Itanagar on November 19.
The winner of the contest will walk away with lots of exciting prizes, like cash money, a free trip and tour of 4 days and 4 nights to Thailand, including hotel accommodation, shopping allowance, tour and visit to be sponsored by Flyguru.in and Drukair (Royal Bhutan Airlines).
The first and second runner up of the contest will also get a paid trip to Bhutan.  
The winner will be a spokesperson for the youth of today on "healthy lifestyles, HIV & AIDS campaign, drugs free campaign etc.
Grooming Guru & Mentor Opang Jamir, former Mr. Earth India (2011) and Mr. International India (2012), will be conducting grooming session on personality development, soft skills, communication skills, stage presentation and etiquette etc. for the candidates from November 8 to 13.
The registration and fill up of forms has been started at Aries Corps cafe "0" Point Itanagar.

3rd Neelam Tarin Memorial Men's Volleyball tourney begins
ITANAGAR, Oct 04: Arunachal Pradesh Beach Volleyball Association (APBVBA) would like to submit before your esteem daily for publication of today Inaugural function of 3rd Neelam Tarin Memorial 2-a-side Men's Volleyball tournament began at Nirjuli Nikum Niya Ground on Tuesday.
Eleven teams from various districts are participating in tournament.
Sport Authority of Arunachal Ramesh Lenggi, and Chairman of Arunachal Justice Forum Nabam Tagam attended the inaugural ceremony besides Secretary of Arunachal Football Association Kipa Ajay.
Presidents/secretaries of various state level sports bodies also attended it.

SMRF, orgs seek postponement of Tawang Festival
ITANAGAR, Oct 4: The Save Mon Region Federation (SMRF), 302 Action Committee, All Arunachal Anti Corruption Society and All Tawang Youth Association have appealed to the state Govt to postpone the Tawang Festival scheduled to be held  from Oct 21 as a  mark of respect to former Chief Minister Late Kalikho Pul, police officer Late Bomto Kamdak who died in the line of duty  in Seppa and other  people who died in May two Tawang firing incident and  natural  calamities in Tawang and other districts in recent past.
In a representation to the Chief Minister on Tuesday, the Orgs said that in the past also the festival was organized disrespecting the people's sentiment on demise of former Tourism Minister  Late Rev. Tsona  Gontse Rinpoche.
Tawang Festival  neither  benefits the tourism  sector  nor  does local public in terms of income, they said  while alleging that Govt vehicles, infrastructure and funds are being misused in the name of organizing the festival.
Raising question on use of fund in the festival, the  Federation said that most of the  festival works are done with the help of Govt departments and army personnel. Moreover, the people are forced to suffer as the Govt officials are being engaged in festival celebration, it added.

DM promulgates series of prohibitory orders
AALO, Oct 04: West Siang District Magistrate (DM) in an executive order banned gambling activities, including dice, sale of individual calendar, lottery ticket etc. within the jurisdiction of West Siang.
The DM has also banned  putting up of hoardings, banners, pamphlets etc. on government property in the township area by private individuals, organization, schools, colleges, tutorials, Govt. Department and non-governmental establishments in any form in entire  West Siang district without obtaining permission from the competent authority.
"Anyone found violating the order will be liable to be booked and tried in accordance with the provisions of the law," the order said.
The Deputy Director UD & Housing, LM and administrative officers have been directed to identify specific locations within their respective jurisdictions for putting up of such posters, banners, hoardings etc.
The Superintendent of Police and Town Magistrate are instructed to ensure enforcement of the order in letter and spirit. All the administrative officers are also directed to enforce the order within their respective jurisdiction. DIPRO

NSD conducts acting workshop
MIAO, Oct 4:  A three-day acting workshop was conducted at Newman School Neotan in Changlang by the Theatre in Education wing of the National School of Drama, Ministry of Culture, GoI here recently to promote and discover local acting talents.
Arpona Bora, chief organizer for the acting workshops in Northeast India, who inaugurated the event said that there is no dearth of talents in Northeast India.
'This workshop will not only discover talents from this part of our country but also to help young students consider acting as vocation,' she added.
Dorjee Wangdi, a local acting school graduate from Bomdila, West Kameng was also present during the workshop as resource person.
Wangdi, who has completed his Masters in Theater in Education at National School of Drama, Tripura, goes around to remote corners of Northeast India to inspire and motivate young students.
While lauding the organizers for conducting such workshops, the school's Principal, Fr. Felix said such workshops will go a long way in shaping the future of young students.

Cleanliness drive conducted
ITANAGAR, Oct 4: A cleanliness drive was conducted by the Department of Special Education, Himalayan University, Itanagar at its premises at Chimpu, here on Tuesday as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan.
During the programme themed 'Swachh Campus, Swachh City then, Swachh Bharat - Cleanliness Starts from You', course co-ordinator-cum-HoD in-charge, Anuj Srivastava and faculty members Pushvinder and Kishan Singh took oath with Special Education students for Clean India campaign.
Faculty members and students of the department of law also attended the programme.

Association threatens
ITANAGAR, Oct 4: Reiterating on its claim that the ongoing road project of NH-229 to Gumte is being compromised, the Gumte Youth Welfare Association has warned of launching democratic movement if its demand is not fulfilled by October 31st next.
In its ultimatum to the executive engineer, PWD, Pakke-Kessang Division, the association expressed disappointment that the concern authorities have turned a blind eye to the issue despite of various representations submitted to them.
The association has been demanding issuing notice to the proprietor of the construction agency M/S Mesnia Enterprise, not releasing remaining payments till cross checking and ground visit and reconstruction of the culverts and embankment claiming they have not been constructed according to the DPR.

PS seeks Multipurpose Cultural building for  dept
ITANAGAR, Oct 4: Parliamentary secretary Art & Culture Dikto Yekar has written to the chief secretary for handing over of the Multipurpose Cultural building, Naharlagun to Arts and Culture department. The move comes after the PS was approached by Arunachal Artistes Forum (AAF) seeking ouster of IMC from the building.
The Multipurpose Cultural Building had been built under Central Sponsored scheme for the department of Art and Culture however it was given to the Itanagar Municipal Council in 2013 for setting up of its office on temporary basis.

Training for ANMs and GNMs concludes
ITANAGAR, Oct 4:  The induction training for a total of 96 ANMs and 97 GNMs organized by State Health Society to impart training to newly recruited ANMs and GNMs of National Health Mission, concluded at the training hall of National Health Mission office here on Monday.
Addressing the trainees, Mission Director, PN Thungon advised them to develop willingness to learn and improve to ensure the health and wellness of the patients.
Additional MD, Habung Lampung also urged the participants to develop a sense of empathy and to establish a good rapport to gain the trust of patients.
Nodal Officer (Training), Dr. T Taku also spoke on the occasion.
Nodal Officer (NHM), Dr. Padung, Senior Gynecologist, Dr. Bombay along with Gynecologists, Dr. G Doke and Dr. Millo Bakang of Tomo Riba State Hospital and Nodal officer  (RBSK/RKSK) and (MCH) were also present as resource persons.

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Police modernization is need of the hour

Home Minister Kumar Waii has made good start by initiating action against the erring policemen who were found neglecting duty. At the same time he also rewarded those performing their duty sincerely. This step by Home Minister (HM) should send out strong message. Waii has taken up home ministry at a time when state is going through a difficult period. Incidents like that of killing of deputy SP at Chyangtajo have demoralized the police force. Also till date police have failed to apprehend Tagyung Yangfo, the person who killed late DySP Bomto Kamdak. Waii and his deputy Pani Taram, the parliamentary secretary for home will have to first give confidence to the police forces by boosting their morale.

They will have to ensure that there is no political interference and police department is allowed to act freely as per the law. The police also need to immediately arrest killer of late Kamdak and give justice to the family. Arunachal has lost a bright son of soil and his sacrifice should not go waste. Also the state government should press ahead with plan for police modernization. This is due for quite a long. With changing scenario police faces new challenges. Today state police not only have to deal with underground groups like NSCN, etc but also trigger happy criminals like Tagyung Yangfo. Police should be given proper training to conduct operation in densely populated areas where increasingly criminals are starting to take shelter. The state government should coordinate with minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju so that police modernization process is speed up.









Readers’ Forum





War is not a solution

Dear Editor,

Warfare can never ever solve serious problems brewing between neighbouring countries.

Since example is always better than precept, I would prefer to  cite few cases:

•   India and Pakistan: - The recent  attack by the terrorists from Pakistan in the hill station of Uri in Kashmir followed by the ongoing tensions and war-like situation between the two countries is a result of the old serious battles such as those of 1947, 1965, 1971 and Kargil War in 1999.

•   Israel and Palestine: - The most burning example  of bombing and gun fights is between these two regions. This is also a continuation of the older fights between these neighbours.

And now the example what people should do to solve major problems --- Referendum.

•  Britain and Scotland: - Scotland had opposed to remain a part of Britain and desired to be an independent country. No wars; no bombing; no gunfights! A simple Referendum was held to decide whether Scotland would remain in Britain or not. Though supporters of independent Scotland had emerged the minority and were unsuccessful in achieving their goal, they didn’t make any bad relations with Britain and continued to remain a part of it. That should be the exact way to solve problems between countries or regions.

So, put down your AK47, put down your Grenade today and maintain a non – violent and dignified way of life --- a key to the end of battles as well as the key to the economical, social and agricultural prosperity in the country.


Avik  Chatterjee,






Criminal behaviour in children

Dear Editor,

Family is the basic component of a well structured society. If a family is built on principles of mutual understanding and trust and love among its members, it is sure to succeed for long. This has been the principle that was taught by the sages for ages and practiced in India and many other Asian countries. This microcosmic element of the society, the family, needs to be well built and preserved as it has the power to hamper the growth of any society and thereby the nation. With human being in the center of all actions and also the recipient of them, it is necessary to design and decide as to what sort of actions are to be performed and predict the repercussions they might subsequently cause. For the humanity, it is a transition period from what they have been to what they will be. Every generation brings a change with a flavor of modernity into its social system. But does modernity mean lawlessness or immorality dominating the show with violence its language and virtue.   We are a people almost modern and scientific in our temperament. But what about the unrest across the spectrum of life from individual to society to states to countries. Something seems to be drastically going wrong and that needs to be addressed with probable meticulousness.

I am not sure as to how many eyebrows were raised at the news report of an American boy who shot and killed his father and drove to an elementary school where he wounded two children and a teacher with a handgun before he was being tackled by the police. I am sure, it is not the first of such incidents that we come across. I can hear the sigh of relief of some people who shrug their shoulders saying it all happens in America. The situation in India is not better. We, being a country with values and virtues on practical human living, being preached and practiced for ages, are passing through an unpardonable insensitivity, which I feel a disaster in disguise. There is an utter callousness in us when it comes to our social responsibility to respond to such incidents. An attitude of ‘it doesn’t affect me’ can be read in every face. With the same laxity we approach a child, when we find him behave in a strange inapprehensive manner to his parents and others. What seems to be the most serious situation emerging is this carelessness.   

Over and over again there have been intellectual efforts to trace the factors that are contributing to the delinquency in children. Many factors can be attributed to be the causes of a child’s misbehavior. Starting from his physical stature to the mental make-up to the home atmosphere to that of the society and surroundings they can vary. It can also be of his mental defect to his supreme intelligence to his mental depression to his inferiority complex. It can again be of poverty to broken homes to lack of parental care. We cannot right off the possibility of schools and teachers playing the villain in the life of a child.

A child, when born to this world, is termed as a clean slate with no speck of dot on it; a transparent and innocent being with two little eyes looking at the world around. It is the family and the society around the child facilitating him with things. Especially in India, from a joint undivided family to a divided nuclear family our journey has been surprisingly alarming in nature; a journey that forced us to shed the principles of oneness with a larger perspective of coexistence, and contracting ourselves into the tortoise shell of ‘I, my wife and my children’.  With urbanization being rampant across the globe, parents with less time to look after their children are to face unexpected behavioral patterns of children. When no action taken in such situations, the child, with a volcano ready to erupt in him will grow picking up habits that can add to what we call the rebel in him. Starting from the day of marriage to the last breath, we expect a family to exist with all respect and care for its members. Disturbingly, the number of marital disputes pending in family courts and divorces declared everyday show that everything is not fine in India. With disputes and divorces piled up in courts in millions, one thing often remains unattended by everybody is the perilous life of the children. It does not surprise anyone when a child remains confused in a world where there is nobody to guide him to make a good choice. He remains still confused and unused between books and beer bottles and bombs and barricades. What seems to be an appropriate action to bring about positive changes among the children is to develop an attitude of gratitude in them ; gratitude to the creator and to the contributing elements around them, taking them along the ups and downs of the family with more inputs on values pertaining to a meaningful life.



Teacher, VKV Sher





Indian has to be cautious

Dear Editor,

India and China has agreedto jointly combat terror. The two Asian giant economies need to strongly support one another to fight against deadly terrorism that has been spreading across Asia with particular emphasis to South Asia, SE Asia and Central Asia. China needs to realize that positive engagement with India can not only benefit the giant populations of both countries; but benefit a vast section of Asia from getting out of the shackles of home grown terrorism exported primarily by the Terrorist Incorporation of Pakistan. China herself is facing the challenges of deadly terrorism in the Muslim dominated Xinjiang province; off course the atrocities conducted on the local, ethnic Uighur communities by the Chinese state cannot be under estimated as the contributing factor towards such rise of regional terrorism. However, in spite of the positive gesture of China in collaborating with India for countering terrorism, China cannot be viewed without prejudices towards India.

Hence the Indian government has to be cautious at every step while dealing with China in each endeavour due to the covert Sino-Pakistan evil nexus. China has been a perpetual enemy towards India and all her other neighbours in SE Asia and has to be always accepted with a grain of salt.


Saikat Kumar Basu