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ANYA demands booking ofarrested army men under NSA

ITANAGAR, Jul 19: The All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) has demanded for early termination, trial and booking of the four accused army men, involved in the burglary case for looting one Tana Karan of Doimukh, under National Security Act (NSA).

Nine persons including four army personnel from Likabali based 138 Medium Regiment (Indian Army) currently deployed in North Lakhimpur in Assam were arrested jointly by Banderdewa, Doimukh and Naharlagun Police along with 138th Bn CRPF jawans at Banderdewa check gate yesterday evening.

In a memorandum addressed to the governor today, it said, it is very unfortunate that Indian Army whom we trust have started looting publicly instead of performing their duties. After this incident, we can no longer trust them and our sense of security has completely vanished.


Bhalukpong Rape Case

Association demands speedy trial

ITANAGAR, Jul 19: Langdo-Rangmo-Welly-Wahge-Weyo Youth Association (LRWWWYA) has demanded that the Bhalukpong rape case should be tried in fast track court for early prosecution of the rapist.

Describing the incident of raping a three-year-old girl on July two at Bhalukpong as rarest of rare, LRWWWYA, in a letter to Chief Minister has appealed him to direct the Investigating Officer (IO) of the case to complete the investigation process within three months and file charge sheet.

LRWWWYA also appealed to the chief minister to transfer this case from Bomdila to Yupia as the present Additional Session & District Judge, Bomdila was allegedly not functioning properly.

While reiterating the demand for awarding capital punishment to the accused, LRWWWYA said that such heinous crimes are sure to follow unless a capital punishment is given to the offender of such heinous crime.

“Since the rapist has confessed his crime and police registered the case under section 450/366(A)/376(A) IPC there should not be delay in awarding penalty to the accused,” the letter said.


DMO warns unregistered nursing homes of tough action

AALO, Jul 19: The District Medical Officer West Siang district has decided to take tough action against unregistered Laboratory and Nursing Homes under Clinical Establishment (Registration & Regulation) Act 2010. The list of registered Laboratory and Nursing Home in West Siang are only 28 and others are practicing without registration.

The DMO alerted the public to avoid any kind of laboratory test and medical treatment from unregistered private Laboratory and Nursing homes. He appealed all the public of the district to inform him if such unregistered private Laboratories and Nursing Homes are running in their respective areas. DIPRO


AGSU congrats Tongam

ITANAGAR, Jul 19: All Galo Students’ Union (AGSU) has congratulated noted journalist and Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times Tongam Rina for being chosen for the prestigious media award, “Prize for the Freedom and Future for media 2013” instituted by Media Foundation, Leipzig, Germany.

“Her achievement is not only pride for Galo community it is a pride for the people of entire state,” AGSU said in a release and believed that her achievement will become source of inspiration for the upcoming generations.


Changlang Govt staff donates for U’khand victims

CHANGLANG, Jul 19: The Changlang District Administration has collected an amount of Rs. 29, 57, 623 only being one day salary contribution received from different departments of Changlang district to be deposited towards Chief Minister’s relief fund.

The fund has been raised on humanitarian ground, showing solidarity with the victims of natural calamities that occurred recently in Uttarakhand.

The Government employees of Changlang district generously donated for relief and reconstruction of flood ravaged state Uttarakhand. DIPRO


National Awardee felicitated

ITANAGAR, Jul 19: President of India Pranab Mukherjee has presented the National Youth Award for 2011-12 to Tilling Yam at a function at Rastrapati Bhavan, New Delhi on July 4 last.

Yam was conferred the prestigious award in recognition of her dedicated services towards youth development.

Yesterday, Tilling Pada Welfare Association (TPWA), Tilling Anu-Ami (TAA) and Tilling Nyahii (TN) felicitated Yam, in a function organized at Tilling village, Hong, for receiving the National Award.

“By winning the award, she has brought laurel not only to Tilling clan but also entire Arunachal Pradesh,” TPWA chairman Tilling Tak said.

Participating in the function, Niitii (Hong) ZPM Tilling Sambyo, suggested the youths, especially the young girls to follow the path of Yam to bring more laurel to the State.

A large number of well wishers, village elders, including Punyo Paya, ZPM Niichi (Hong) attended the function.


PCCF visits Pasighat

ITANAGAR, July 19: Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF) and Principal Secretary D V Negi yesterday visited Pasighat and interacted with the forest officers and staff of Central Circle.

During the interaction, the staff of Central Circle apprised him about various problems and grievances of the field staff, such as supplying of sub-standard uniform and paper belt instead of leather belt, meagre washing allowances, non-payment of uniform stitching charge and medical reimbursement bill and delay in DPC process etc.

They urged the PCCF to look into the matter and grant uniform allowance instead of uniform, enhancement of the existing washing allowances at par with CPC, amendment of existing rate of uniform stitching charge available with forest department at par with present market rate, to grant some fund for M.R bill and speed the DPC process.

Meanwhile, after careful hearing the PCCF reportedly assured to look into the few of their demands.


Tirap district granted membership of ASKA

KHONSA, July 19: Tirap district has been granted membership of Arunachal Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Association for the year 2013 by the head office situated at Chimpu, Itanagar. The ASKA is affiliated with All India Shito-Ryu Karate–Do Federation. Somgang Lowang has been appointed as the branch instructor for Tirap district ASKA.

This will facilitate the young Karatekas of the district to hone their skills and help them participate in tournaments held every year all over the world. There are many trained young boys and girls in Tirap but for want of proper forum and platform they could not utilize their acquired skill gainfully.

When asked about the introduction of ASKA in Tirap the Instructor Somgang Lowang said that to begin with it would be meant for women and girls only adding that these vulnerable sections needed to be taught the nuances of self-defence. He also said that shortly ASKA for the boys would be introduced in the district. DIPRO


Kishori Diwas

ITANAGAR, July 19: The quarterly celebration of the Kishori Diwas for the Adolescent girls under the Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for the Empowerment of Adolescent girls (SABALA) is being organized at various Anganwadi centres under the Doimukh ICDS project from July 17 to Sept 26. Under the programme, the guidance and counselling sessions on various subjects and health check up are being held in collaboration with the line departments.

The sessions on Nutrition and Health Education, Family Welfare, Adolescents Reproductive Sexual Health (ARSH) and Child Care practices are being resourced by Dr. Tania Raju, M.O. (CHC, Doimukh), Nane Taga, SMS (Home Science), Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Nirjuli and Nabum Sekap, District Public Health Nurse with active participation from the PRIs also.


APB&OCWWB death benefit scheme

ROING, Jul 19: Lower Dibang Valley district unit AAPWU President Ita Mimi disbursed Rs 50,000 towards the death benefit scheme under the APB&OCWWB to Late Sanika Munda who died in an accident at Deo pani Hydel intak point on  June last year.

The cash was received by Sanika’s wife Jumna Munda.

The payment ceremony was made in a simple but impressive manner in the office camber of RO- cum- DLEO, Rokom Tayeng. AAPWU members including Vice President, Robin Pulu, and Labour & Employment staffs were present on the occasion.

DLEO R Tayeng advised Jumna Munda to open a new bank account and use the amount judiciously for the benefit of her children. He also calls all the private and public sector workers to get register themselves under APB&OCWWB to avail various benefits in the said board.

Meanwhile, Ita expressed gratitude to the Chairman APB&OCWWB and Labour & Employment Department for prompt delivery of services to victim family. DIPRO


Tali ZPM appeals for relief

ITANAGAR, Jul 19: Informing that the continuous rain for the past 2-3 months has badly affected the crops in Pipsorang and Tali circle, the Zilla Parishad Member Tali, Tatung Talin has appealed the state government and the concerned department to send assessment team to assess the extent of damage. It further urged to provide immediate relief to the affected families.


Social service conducted

ITANAGAR, Jul 19: The Lobi Wildlife Range Development and Protection Committee along with the officials and staff from Lobi Forest Range office conducted social service at Lobi Reserved Forest area today.

Jungle area was cleaned and a proper fencing was erected during the day-long social service.


DWS felicitates meritorious students

ITANAGAR, Jul 19: Dirchi Welfare Society felicitated meritorious students of its society who excelled in class X and XII CBSE examination for the academic session 2012-13 in a befitting manner at Aalo yesterday.

Advising the students on the occasion DTO Dr Karmar Dirchi encouraged the students to devote in their study to achieve bright future.

DWS President Jumbom Dirchi emphasized on the qualitative education to compete in today’s competitive world and also appealed to parents to guide their children in right direction.

DWS Vice president Dogo Dirchi highlighted the aim and objective of the programme.

On the occasion, Rikgum Dirchi, Tojo Dirchi, Marbi Dirchi and Bompe Dirchi were felicitated.


Rath yatra celebrated at Changlang

CHANGLANG, Jul 19: The 10 days Jagannath Yatra at Changlang ended successfully on July 18 which was organized by CRPF (149 Bn. ‘C’ Company) of Changlang under the supervision of Assistant Commandant Dhananjay Kr. Singh of the CRPF 149 Bn.

The local people of Changlang fully participated along with the CRPF Jawans in the Yatra. At the end Mahaprasad was distributed by Jawan among the guests and local people. Such type of religious festivals influences national integration and better co-ordination with force and civilian.  DIPRO


KVK training on fodder production

ITANAGAR, Jul 18: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Lower Dibang Valley organized a day-long training on scientific fodder production techniques for livestock farmers of the district at Imuli today.

The training was conducted considering the needs of cultivated fodders for feeding the livestock to improve their milk and meat production potential, a KVK release.

KVK Programme Coordinator Dr. TJ Ramesha encouraged the farmers towards scientific production of fodder crops.

Fodder varieties suitable for cultivation in the district were highlighted by the subject matter specialist in animal science. Demonstration on planting grassroots slips and stems were also organized on the occasion. A total of 14 farmers actively took part in the training.


‘Improve telecom system  within a week’

ITANAGAR, Jul 19: The All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) Kurung Kumey district unit has called for improving telecommunication system at Koloriang.

In an ultimatum submitted to the Kurung Kumey DC, while apprising that the government employees as well as the common public are facing lot of problems due to the non-functioning of telecommunication system at Koloraing, it said, people residing in the district headquarter are totally cut off from the entire world.

It’s other demands are regular power and water supply at Koloriang.

Insisting on early redressal of its demand, the association gave a week’s time for fulfillment of its demand failing which it warned of calling 12 hour Koloriang bandh.


Orgs resolve to conduct  dev. awareness campaign

ITANAGAR, Jul 19: The Upper Siang Youth Forum (USYF), Siang Peoples’ Welfare Society (SPWS) and Abor Hills Peoples’ Forum (AHPF) in a joint meeting held here today resolved to conduct an extensive development awareness campaign in Siang belt to improve coordination among the people of Siang belt, the companies engaged in various projects and the state government.

In a release, it further appealed the companies undertaking Trans-Arunachal Highway project in Siang belt to complete the work within the stipulated time.


ALSU reacts

ITANAGAR, Jul 19: Arunachal Law Students Union (ALSU) has sharply reacted to the statement given by one Sangha Tagik District Zilla Chairperson Kurung Kumey District on July 19, in which he termed the allegation leveled against RD Department by ALSU as baseless.

The union has termed  the statement as his  personal view with self vested interest. The union cautions any individual to refrain from involving in such ‘meaningless activities’ and added that ‘we are not opposing APPRCC Press Conference but we are opposing the statement given by Tagik only’.

Regarding codification of customary Law and separation of judiciary from Executive, the union said that it had served several memorandum, representation and ultimatum to government but there is no any positive response from government till today.  Apart from these, the union had also organized several symposium and seminar regarding separation of judiciary from executive, codification of customary Law in recent past.

The union said that though the union has no intention to target any individual, it is against the appointment of Joint Director (Agri & allied) under Rural Development Department which was made illegally by violating the recruitment rules and other procedures. The union claimed that it has already found and collected all relevant documents through the RTI.


AAPPHE&WSDWU demands creation of posts

ITANAGAR, Jul 19: The All Arunachal Pradesh Public Health Engineering & Water Supply Department Workers Union (AAPPHE & WSDWU) has demanded for creation of 2170 posts of workers under PHE department and to pass it in the next assembly session 2013-2014 on top priority.

In a representation addressed to the chief minister, it also demanded for maintenance of roster in the appointment process according to the 80:20 ratio between APST & non-APST and maintain central service rules reflected in the FR11 & FR13 under seniority list on the basis of 80:20 percent, appointment of departmental worker in the same designation and to promote according to the eligibility of qualifications of candidates/employees from time to time and implementation of golden handshake policy under voluntary retirement scheme for old age employees who have contributed for the welfare of the department.

The union further warned of launching democratic movement if the demands are not fulfilled by the next assembly session.


World Population Day observed

TEZU, Jul 19: World Population Day was observed at Tezu by conducting mass rally in Tezu Township under the theme “Small Family- Overall Development” by the student of government higher secondary school, Tezu today.

The rally conducted under the National Rural Health Mission, Tezu was flagged off by Lohit Deputy Commissioner R.K. Sharma.

The rally was also participated by District Medical Officer Dr. N. Ninu, DRCHO Dr. Nani Rika, Medical Superintendent, Medical/Programme officers of DMO, DRCHO and District Hospital. DIPRO


Org demands independent HM

ITANAGAR, Jul 19: The Arunachal Abo Tani Clans Youth Organization (APATCYO) demanded the state government to appointment independent home minister to tackle law and order problem in the state. Organization also opined that Right to Education (RTE) Act 2005 should be effectively implemented in the schools. It also said that home department office should be shifted to suitable place, with strict prohibition of common people’s entry. It further said that the state assembly should be telecast live.


Union pleads for electricity

ITANAGAR, Jul 19: The All Pakke-Kessang Pijeriang Dissing-Passo Seijosa Student’s Union today claimed that its entire area, such as Pakke-Kessang, Seijosa and Dissing Passo is reeling under darkness due to non-functioning of 30KW Mini Hydel at Pakke-Kessang.  

In a release the union said that due to lack of electricity the government staffs, students and common people are facing plethora of problems, thereby unable to function properly. It also said that Seijosa ADC headquarter is also facing erratic power supply. Union further claimed that despite the repeated pleas to solve the problems, the concerned department and local MLA did not pay heed  to the grievances.


AAPRTA opposes new rule for release of stipend

ITANAGAR, Jul 19: Opposing to the new rule set for the release of stipend, the All Arunachal Pradesh Remote Teachers Association (AAPRTA) has demanded for relaxation for the same and to reintroduce the old rule.

In a letter addressed to the education minister, it said, according to the new rule for the release of stipend for the students this year, opening of bank account and also filled up form (hard copy) to be uploaded in the website has been made mandatory for every student, but it will not be possible for schools located in the remote areas.

Its other demands are immediate release of ration money for the last four years, follow up and introduction of the RTE and related to all the materials and office expenditure money to run the school smoothly, release of the loading/carrying charges of books and other head load items for the school and creation of UDC and LDC posts in all the secondary and higher secondary schools.


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Day is not too far that we achieve 90 percent literacy rate: Siram

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ITANAGAR, Jul 19: Education Minister Bosiram Siram said that the day is not too far that Arunachal would achieve 90 percent literacy rate. The education minister said this while chairing the coordination meeting of education officers being organized by SSA Rajya Mission Itanagar at conference hall of State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD) today. The coordination meeting was held to chalk out the strategy and action plan to bring educational reformation and achieve its goal in pursuit of quality education before the starting of 2013-14 academic session.

The education minister however said that achieving literacy rate target is not only goal of the department rather  it has miles to go to bring educational reformation. While admitting that many centrally sponsored flagship programmes are not properly implemented in the schools, he urged the officers concerned to make sure it implemented properly. On the shortage of the text books in the government schools, the minister directed the school authority to ensure that students return text books after the examination.

He also expressed displeasure over the implementation of the mid-day-meal (MDM) in the state and stated that authority has to be cautious while distributing the MDM citing Bihar incident where dead snake and insects were found in MDM. Further Siram appealed to the officers particularly teachers to be sincere and dedicated in their job to bring changes in the education scenario.

Parliamentary Secretary Education J.K Panggeng said that to bring reformation in education sector, all stakeholders such as teachers, administrator and parents should be involved. He said that the education department alone cannot shoulder the responsibility for bringing quality education without support from other stakeholders.

Ramesh Negi Commissioner Finance and Education in his address emphasized on a role of teachers in shaping the students future. Negi said that teachers are leader as it can change the destiny of student, state and a country. He added that teacher must have embedded with missionary zeal, high morale and commitment.

Earlier deputy secretary education Subhash Chandra Debnath welcoming the participants highlighted the agendas of the coordination meeting to discuss the preparedness of Academic session 2013-14. Director School Education Tapang Talo, Director of Elementary Education Bodong Yirang and State Project Director SSA Rajya Mission PN Thungon and DDSEs from the various districts attended the coordination meeting.

Various issues such as collection of school fees, teacher deployment, single teacher schools, CM Talent Award for students of Class X and XII were thoroughly discussed during the meeting.



AdiSU resents poor infrastructure of JNC


PASIGHAT, Jul 19: A team of Adi Students’ Union (AdiSU) led by its president today visited Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat and taken stock of its present condition in terms of infrastructure and other developmental activities.

AdiSU sources said that JN College, the oldest institution of higher education in the state is running with myriad problems, such as weak infrastructure and acute shortage of teaching staff particularly in Science stream. It said that a number of lecturers have been transferred to various other colleges without reliever.

Resenting the pathetic condition of the boy’s hostel due to lack of proper maintenance, AdiSU functionaries demanded the authority to carry out maintenance work besides providing additional classrooms to accommodate growing number of students in the college.

The union leaders, during their visit, claimed to have observed encroachment of college land by some unscrupulous persons, taking advantage of lack of protective boundary wall around the college premise. The union has appealed to the encroachers to refrain from such illegal practices for the sake of development of the institution. Stating that encroachment always hampers developmental activities, the AdiSU cautioned the alleged encroachers of initiating legal action, if their humble plea is not responded.

It also appealed the officials of Higher Education department to take proper care of College in order to keep glory of the premier educational institution intact.



Community cum capacity building training

SEPPA, July 19: Two days Community cum Capacity Building for school Management Committee, PRI members, local area members and NGOs Seppa block organized by SSA, district mission began today at BRC office, Seppa.

On the inaugural day, Deputy Commissioner Tarin Dakpe stressed on the role of PRI members and their participation in such training for smooth running of the schools in their respective areas. He suggested DDSE to direct all teachers to submit monthly progress report to DDSE. Adding that surprise checking shall be made on regular basis in the schools.

DDSE in-charge Zaro Lingfa said that education is a fundamental right under RTE 2009 and therefore parents are equally responsible for providing proper to their children. He was optimistic to see that there are exchange of ideas, constructive discussion and suggestion and solution among the stake holders during the training.

ZPM Sangku Sangdo said that teachers should discharge their duties sincerely and provides skills and knowledge to their students for nation building. She appealed the teachers of her block not to let allow room for complaints.

The topics during the training shall be Community Mobilization, preparation of school development plan, various schemes under SSA grants, maintenance of books of account. DIPRO



Independence Cup Football Tournament begins

ITANAGAR, Jul 19: District level Independence Cup Football Tournament organized by began at Menchemchey Ground, Tawang today.

Inaugurating the tournament, Brigadier Ashok Singh, SM Garrison Commander Tawang, reiterated Army’s commitment to extend helping hands in organizing any kind of welfare activities for the benefit of the local people.

The Gyangkhar FC defeated 3 Assam Regiment 1-0 in the opening match.

A total of 16 teams from Tawang district are participating in the tournament Organized by Yuva Arunachal and District Sports Authority (DSA) with support from Indian Army and EWPCS.

The final will be played on August 15.

The objective of organizing the tournament is to encourage team spirit and imbibe a sense of healthy competition among the locals.

Zilla Chairperson Jambey Tsering, DCC President TseringTashi, army personnel and large number of football lovers attended the opening ceremony and enjoyed the inaugural match.



PCCF participates in 64th Vanmahotsav at Nari

PASIGHAT, Jul 19: As a part of Vanmahotsav celebrations, the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCF), DV Negi today launched a plantation drive in Nari and planted hundred saplings. Negi was along with Deputy Commissioner Nidhi Srivastava, AK Viswal (CCF), N Kumar (DFO Territorial), DFO Wild Life T Mize, host of local officers and leaders, PRI members and students to mark the 64th Van-Mahotsav.

Later the PCF Negi while attending an awareness campaign-cum-meeting, held in the Nari ADC’s conference hall, informed that it was initiated by the local MLA Tako Dabii with the objective of securing people’s participation in afforestation activity. He said Vanmahotsava is celebrated as a festival of forest and in India it was started as a crusade to save mother earth. He highlighted the role of elite society in maintaining ecological balance and the need for creating awareness among masses in this regard. Negi lauded the administration and forest department for taking up plantations under tremendous pressure of increasing population and rapid urbanization. We have a very significant role to play in view of the environment threats that the world is facing today like climate change and global warming and appealed the officers and common people to work in coordination, to make the mission successful for a better future.

Earlier, the East Siang DC, Nidhi Srivastava while giving “each one should plant one” mantra hoped that every citizen will join and participate enthusiastically in the Mahotsav.

Advocating on preservation of forest wealth the DC said such celebration spreads awareness amongst people about the harm caused by the cutting down of trees. At the same time she admitted that upcoming constructions or future developments cannot be stopped for larger interest of the people.

It is possible to preserve trees on project sites if the right measures are taken during the planning stage. An expert can help you to decide which trees can be saved and can work with the builder to protect the trees throughout each construction phase, Srivastava opined.

The Chief Conservator of Forest A K Biswal shared his vast experiences and brifed about vanmahotsav.

The DFO (T) N Kumar in his address trees is very important to us in many ways and we cannot think of our existence without trees. Trees convert a great deal of our food deficiency by providing fruits and vitamins and supply timber for various uses. They also prevent soil erosion and many kinds of medicines are prepared from leaves, roots and barks of trees and above all, they help us to keep ecological balance supplying oxygen. To preserve our environment we must plant more and more trees, Kumar further added. Few school students also presented speeches on importance of plantation on the occasion. DIPRO



PRI leaders meet BSNL GM, resents lack of telecom facility

ITANAGAR, Jul 19: The people of Chayang Tajo circle under East Kameng district have expressed strong resentment over lack of tele-communication facility and demanded the BSNL authority to extend its services to the circle by immediately activating the mobile towers at Domdila and Chayang Tajo.

Even though two mobile towers, one at Domdila and another at Chayang Tajo were erected few years back the local people are yet to avail the service due to delay in activation of the towers, said Lama Bagang, ZPM and Ronmir Yangfo, Block-Chairperson, who along with other panchayat members met BSNL GM here today, said. They said that General Manager of BSNL has assured them to look into the matter.

The PRI members have also expressed concern over delay in construction of Seppa to Chayang Tajo road by Gammon India, a private company. The members after conducting a detailed inspection of the road project, has decided to take necessary steps to expedite the ongoing road work without comprising with its quality, keeping in mind the importance of road.

Meanwhile, ZPM Lama, on behalf of entire Chayang Tajo Circle has lauded the efforts of SP Nabam Gungte and his team and ITBP personnel in nabbing the culprits involved in recent looting case and vehemently condemned the involvement of Army men in the incident.



Lack of teacher, infrastructure hamperacademic activities at GHSS Muri Mugli


DAPORIJO, Jul 19: Arunachal Vigilance Forum Upper Subansiri unit demanded the higher authority of education department to provide necessary infrastructure and post sufficient teachers at Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Muri Mugli.

The Forum which visited the school recently, claims to have found that the infrastructure of the school was in pathetic condition. The school is bearing a pitiable look due to lack of attention from the Government, the Forum said.

Further, acute shortage of subject teachers has severely hampered the academic activities in the school, the release said adding that there was no teacher in the school to teach Mathematics, English and Hindi in higher classes besides clerical staff.

It also demanded the authority to demarcate the school boundary to avoid any dispute in future.

As told by the school authority, the higher authority of education department, despite repeated pleas, has not taken any initiative to improve the education scenario of the school by posting sufficient teachers and providing necessary infrastructure, the Forum informed. It further informed that, no senior teacher has been posted in the school since it was upgraded to higher secondary level.

The school building and teachers quarters were in urgent need for maintenance; the Forum said and demanded the authority to address the problems of the school at the earliest.

The Forum also visited community health centre and took stock of the healthcare facilities.



AGSU meet adopts several resolutions

ITANAGAR, Jul 19: All Galo Students’ Union (AGSU) in a review meeting here yesterday unanimously decided to take up with the competent authority the matter of renovation of Aalo-Likabali BRTF road.

Despite assurance, the BRTF authority did not expedite the renovation work of the Aalo-Likabali road, which is lying in deplorable condition for the last 5-6 years for lack of maintenance, AGSU lamented in a release.

The Union met the Commandant of 44 BRTF Aalo on June last where it was informed that the said road was being maintained by 761 BRTF, Camp at Upper Siang, the release informed.

The union also decided to urge West Siang Deputy Commissioner to issue an administrative order for immediate rectification of word ‘Along’ to Aalo in all government establishments with immediate effect in compliance with Government notification.

The meeting further decided to urge the state government, not to hold any kind of public hearing before Mass Referendum Rally to be organized at Aalo in middle of October to draw a public consensus over the proposed hydro-power projects in Siyom and Yomgo basin.

Meanwhile, AGSU vehemently condemned the vandalism in office of Directorate Youths and Sports.

“Such kind of vandalism deserves strong condemnations from all sections of the society,” AGSU said, and demanded the authority to bring the culprits to book and award them exemplary punishment.



BJP, BJYM mourn death of district party leader

ITANAGAR, Jul 19: The Bharatiya Janata Party, Arunachal Pradesh today mourned the sad demise of East Kameng BJP General Secretary Doni Kocho, who died here on July 17 evening. He is survived by wife, 2 sons and 02 daughters.

Despite all odds, Late Kocho has been in opposition party for last 20 years which is a rare case in Arunachal Pradesh where shifting of loyalty is a common thing, the Party said. Late Kocho was a dedicated and determined party functionary,  said BJP state president Tai Tagak while recalling  the contribution of the party leader. State General Secretary (Orgn & Admn), B.R. Wage, State General secretary, Dominic Tadar  and state BJYM Vice President Ram Tajo also highlighted his life time sacrifices and contributions for well being of the people and the party.

The rank and file of the Party observed 2 minutes silence and prayed for eternal peace of  late Kocho. The party also conveyed deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family and also prayed almighty God to give enough strength to bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Yuva Morcha state unit has also mourned the demise of Doni Kocho. Late Doni Kocho was the ex-president of BJYM and general secretary of BJP East Kameng unit.

In its condolence message, it said, he was a fulltime worker of BJP of  his district and earned healthy rapport with the various communities of the district.

His demise is a great loss and would always be remembered, it stated.

Offering condolences to the bereaved family members, it further prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.



Govt will take all steps to ensure rebound of economy: PM

New Delhi, Jul 19: Admitting the economy was going through a difficult period, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday assured the industry that government will leave no stone unturned to ensure a rebound.

Singh attributed the rupee decline to widening Current Account Deficit (CAD) and global factors and hoped that the steps taken by the Reserve Bank to arrest fall of domestic currency would be reversed with the easing of speculative pressure.

As regards the economy, he said though basic fundamentals are sound and stable, the growth rate in the current financial year was likely to be lower than 6.5 percent estimated at the time of presentation of the Budget in February.

"We will leave no stone unturned to ensure that the economy rebounds. I appeal to each one of you not to be overcome by negative sentiment," Singh said while addressing the annual meeting of industry body Assocham.

"Let me begin by stating upfront that we, like most other countries, are going through a difficult period... It (industry) is looking to the government to bring the economy back to a higher growth path. This is a legitimate expectation and is also upper most in our mind," he said.

The Prime Minister assured the industry the government will remain pro-active in ensuring economic rebound.

"When things are going well, government should interfere as little as possible. When things go badly, as they seem to be at present, it is the responsibility of the government to become pro-active," Singh said.

Noting that the most immediate cause of worry is the recent volatility in foreign exchange markets, Singh said, much of this was due to global markets reacting to the likelihood of a withdrawal of quantitative easing by the US Federal Reserve.

"Large volumes of funds were withdrawn from emerging markets and there was a depreciation in many emerging market countries... We too experienced a sharp depreciation in the rupee. In our case, it was perhaps exacerbated by the fact that our Current Account Deficit (CAD) had expanded to 4.7 percent of GDP in 2012-13," he said.

The government, Singh said, was committed to bringing the CAD under control by addressing both the demand side and the supply side of the problem, especially to contain demand for gold and petroleum products.

"Gold imports declined sharply in June, and I hope they will stay at normal levels from now on," he added.

On petroleum sector, he said, rupee depreciation has to some extent neutralise the calibrated steps to reduce under- recoveries of the oil marketing companies.

However, he added, "our policy of adjusting prices to progressively eliminate under recovery remains".

On the supply side, he hoped, depreciation of rupee would give push to export efforts and added, the government has been trying to remove the constraints in export of iron and other ores which saw a considerable decline over the last one year.

"Looking ahead, the rupee depreciation will help Indian industry to compete effectively with other countries, both in export markets and against their imports in our markets," Singh said.

Talking about the Reserve Bank's recent initiatives to arrest rupee decline, Singh said, these steps were not meant to signal increase in long term interest rates.

"They are designed to contain speculative pressure on the currency. Once these short term pressures have been contained, as I expect they will be, the RBI can even consider reversing these pressures," he said.

Singh further said that the government is on way to conclude a free trade pact with the European Union and hoped that industry would take advantage of the agreement to increase its competitiveness.

India has already signed free trade agreements with Korea, ASEAN and others.

On CAD, Prime Minister said, the government and RBI will use all policy instruments available - fiscal, monetary and supply side interventions -- to reduce it.

"Ideally we should bring the CAD down to 2.5 percent of GDP. It is not possible to do this in one year, but I expect that the current account deficit in 2013-14 will be much lower than the 4.7 percent level recorded last year. It will decline further next year," Singh said.

Speaking about the economy, Singh said: "We have had one bad year. I assure you we will get out of it," adding that the fundamentals are sound and stable and medium prospects remain optimistic.

The Prime Minister further said that the government would stick to the fiscal consolidation road map and restrict the deficit to the target of 4.8 percent of the GDP in the current financial year.

Listing the reforms initiatives and measures taken to boost infrastructure, Singh said, the impact of these would become manifest in the second half of the current financial year.

"We also need to take steps that will revive the momentum of investment," he said.

Referring to power sector woes, Singh said, the government has resolved the problem of coal shortage and fuel supply agreements are being signed to ensure that all plants that are commissioned by 2015 have adequate supplies of coal.

The Prime Minister further said projects that have been held up for lack of regulatory approvals are being expedited. He also said a separate cell has been set up to identify big ticket projects and to see how they can be helped through various hurdles.

Singh further said infrastructure is absolutely critical for India's medium term growth prospects and the government was monitoring progress in this area on a quarterly basis.

Taking a dig at political critics, Singh said they focus on the experience of one bad year.

"This makes for good television but it is a very distorted picture," he said, adding, the average growth rate in the 8 years of the UPA from 2004-05 to 2012-13 was 8.2 percent as against 5.7 percent in the previous eight years.

Talking about poverty reduction, the Prime Minister said that the percentage of population below the poverty line declined at 0.75 percent per year before 2004-05.

It has fallen more than 2 percent per year between 2004-05 and 2011-12, he added.  PTI

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Teen pregnancy rob childhood

United Nations highlighted the issue of adolescent pregnancy, and calling on Governments to take measures to enable girls to make responsible life choices and realize their potential.

About 16 million girls under age 18 give birth each year, according to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), which noted that another 3.2 million undergo unsafe abortions. The vast majority 90 per cent of the pregnant adolescents in the developing world are married. But for far too many of these girls, pregnancy has little to do with informed choice, said the agency.

UNFPA pointed out that adolescent pregnancy is a health issue, the youngest mothers face a heightened risk of maternal complications, death and disability, including obstetric fistula. Their children face higher risks as well. It is also an issue of human rights, adolescent pregnancy often means an abrupt end of childhood, a curtailed education and lost opportunities.

"This sensitive topic demands global attention,"  said secretary General  Ban Ki Moon. To address the problems associated with adolescent pregnancy, Ban stressed the need to get girls into primary school and enable them to receive a good education through their adolescence.


Unchecked Chakma-Hajong settlements, a ticking bomb over Arunachal Pradesh

Dear Editor,

Was India formed for the people of India or for the people of Bangladesh? Was Arunachal Pradesh formed to evict its very own people and replace them with Chakmas and Hajongs? What has happened to the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act December 18, 2006?  It appears like some politically motivated devious force is interested in populating Arunachal Pradesh more with Chakmas and Hajongs, steadily engulfing the local tribes that the Constitution of India declares to be protected. One wonders what force is behind this chronic refugee pain that has been inflicted on the back of the indigenous tribes of Arunachal for over three decades now.  The Chakma-Hajong refugee bomb has been ticking over Arunachal Pradesh ever since what is described “a casual decision” was taken on April 10, 1969 by the then Governor of Assam. Evidently, it was a decision taken back then without any consideration of the legal protection of the indigenous tribal people, their traditions, customs and identity. Consequently, Chakma-Hajong refugees have been “temporarily” settled in Arunachal for over three decades now. It has injected a simmering discontentment among original indigenous tribal people of the region whose land has been taken to accommodate Bangladeshi refugees, violating the time-honored norms, principles and legal provisions. The fast growth of Chakma-Hajong refugee population has been posing a grave demographic threat with serious socio-economic and political implications and consequences. The question any right minded person would ask here is, who or what force stands to gain the most by causing demographic imbalances of such proportions in Arunachal Pradesh? No matter who they are, it is evident that they neither hold India’s interest dear nor that of the indigenous people of Arunachal. Any wonder, the issue that has been distressing the tribal people, State Governments, Central Governments and Human Rights Organizations for so long still continues to burn with added fury every single passing day. Clearly, the Bangladeshi settlers will outnumber the local population and they will soon be reduced to a minority in their own land if the State Government and Central Government do not take prompt and effective measures in consultation with the local people. The Chakma-Hajong refugee chronic problem needs to be resolved at the earliest for integrity, unity, peace and prosperity of the region. The decision makers have to answer one primary question “should we as a nation and State hold the interests and rights of our own citizens our first priority or that of Bangladeshi settlers who keep pouring into Indian Territory unchecked?”

The slogan, “no taxation without representation”, still echoes across the world and continues to remind the democratic bedrock upon which democratic nations such as our own India are ideally built. Yet, the disdainful manner in which elected government handles issues such as Chakma refugees in Changlang turns the clock back to medieval feudal system. How can political decisions that affect the citizens of this country be taken without their consensus? How can a blue-eyed political mandarin club impose such unpopular decisions upon the very people that elect them to protect their interests? How does one justify the Joint High Power Committee set up to address refugee issues in Arunachal with not a single representative drawn from Changlang District, the most affected of all? While nobody denigrates the laudatory role of AAPSU and Takam Sanjoy (Chairman, JHPC), the Good Samaritans, play in this matter, the effort remains incomplete and ineffective without appropriate local participation and consensus. It can be compared to treating the patient without a proper diagnosis and consent of the patient.

Changlang is systematically been taken away from the hands of the aborigines, the citizens of India, and given away to Bangladeshi refugees who fled Chittagong Hill Tracts in the ‘70s. If back then it was the Central Government of the time that accommodated the refugees in our land taking advantage of our gentle, peaceful and accommodative nature, today our own State Government appears to repeat history.

One wonders why the five elected representatives from the region are not involved in this serious, ever growing social hazard. While on one hand we welcome the efforts of AAPSU and Chairman JHPC have jointly taken, on the other, I wish that the team should ideally have included one local denizen who is well versed with the ground realities. No lasting and effective solution to this problem can come without giving space and voice to a local indigenous person who understands the problems people in the region suffer from.


Lomhom Tangha,





Simple training is not enough

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to share my views on providing training to untrained teachers. I am really confused why the government is giving much emphasis on providing training to untrained teachers. There are many teachers who do not know "what to teach" (the subject which he/she is to teach) then where is the question of "How to teach" (training)? In the past many teachers had passed their class X (ten) exam through open school system and everybody knows that these exams are not passed by candidates themselves but by the agents inside or outside the exam halls. In this condition, can we expect that merely providing training would increase the knowledge of teacher on "what to teach?" I don't think so. Therefore, instead of wasting public money on providing training, let them undergo fresh course on the respective subjects. Conduct periodical test on subjects to update the knowledge of teachers. Don't politicize while appointing teachers. Appoint only those who have the knowledge of both 'what to teach' and 'How to teach'.

In simple words, I am not against the training. But for me prior to training, 'What to teach' is very important, without it quality education is not possible. It's because of lack of this knowledge among the teachers that quality education is deteriorating in our state. Lastly, I salute those teachers who have the knowledge of both. I do expect noble service from them  for betterment of  Arunachal.


Dagbom Chisi

BankTinali,  Itanagar



Deprived of my basic right

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed paper I would like to draw kind attention of concern authority that I have applied for allotment of a residential plot measuring approx. 400 Sqm. at F-Sector, Naharlagun way back in the year 2008-09. All necessary formalities as required by DC office Capital Complex had been fulfilled, right from visiting of committee, LRSO, SK , submission of affidavits etc. Moreover, my plot was personally visited by AD/DD of Land Management Department and endorsed for final issue of allotment orders from DC Office. Further, there is no case of any encroachment of private or public land in and around my applied plot.

I have visited 22 times or more for said allotment proposes at DC Office Naharlagun, 4 times at Chandranagar Office but all my visit by spending my hard earn money on petrol goes in vain. The person concern are sometimes not in table or sometime reply that “the file is still not finalized you may come again next week”.  

5 years have passed since I applied for allotment and completed all required formalities. I finally met the SK concern in his office chamber on 17th July, 2013 at around 11.30 am. I enquired, Sir, What about my land allotment order? SK replied that all formalities have been done but DC is reluctant to approve and sign it by saying it is not his duty.

As I have been deprived of having a genuine allotment order on right time, as laymen view, it also add no benefits to the state exchequer in land revenue point of view. Now, the question that comes to my mind is whether the State Govt. calculates land revenue from the date of submission of application or from the date of issue of final allotment order? If Govt. applies the former I for sure will withdraw my application and never apply for such allotment order. If the later policy applies then no matter I will accept. Therefore, neither the State Govt. nor any private party will dare to evacuate me from my plot even if I don’t have legal documents/allotment order etc. because, my applied plot is neither suitable for construction of big buildings/Office /Quarter or is suitable for any commercial purposes.

Therefore, concern minister Land may direct office of DC Capital Complex to expedite the matter for early issue of allotment order to genuine applicants.


S. Bagang




Liromoba schools need attention

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily we the parental body i.e. Liromoba Circle Capital Complex welfare society (LCCCWS) of Liromoba circle would like to focus on present imbroglio of educational system of our concerned area. Since up-gradation of Liromoba secondary school into Hr. sec. school, till today it lacks basic facilities. Other schools of our area are also plagued with various problems. It’s all happening due to the negligence of our concerned Panchayat members, political leaders and so on who are the main bearers of any development activities. Recently two assistant teacher (AT) was transferred- one from Govt.Hr. Sec. School Liromoba and another was of Bopu primary School, Liromoba by the order passed from the concerned higher authority of education department. However, it is fact that as per govt prescribed norms, the Govt. servant should stay within their posting place for the tenure of 3 year. So, we the parental body of the concerned area strongly appeal for the immediate posting of two AT teacher as a reliever for the well being of student fraternities of said institutions.


Bai Romin

President  (LCCCWS)