August 20


Awareness camp on drug abuse

ITANAGAR, Aug 19: National Service Scheme (NSS) Unit of College of Horticulture and Forestry, Central Agricultural University, Pasighat organized an awareness lecture on Alcohol and Drugs Abuse and their harmful effects.

Attending the programme as resource persons, Dr. LC Darung, Psychiatrist, General Hospital, Pasighat dwelt in length about different types of drugs, alcohol and psychotropic substances and their ill effects on human bodies.

Dr. Darung said that drugs abuse is a social evil which not only destroys vitals of the society but also ruins a family and user’s personal life.

Dr AK Pandey, Dean exhorted the students not to indulge in such bad habits for the welfare of the society as well as their future life.

The main objective of organizing the camp was to create awareness among the students about ill effects of drug abuse since the youths between age brackets of 16 to 21 years are very prone to addiction to alcohol and drugs, said NSS Programme Officer Krishna S. Tomar.

An on-the-spot painting competition was also conducted on the theme of Alcohol and Drugs Abuse in which around 20 students participated.

Dr. T S Mehra also spoke on the occasion.

Besides the NSS volunteers all UG and PG students and Dr. R. C. Shakywar were present in the program.


Raksha Bandhan greetings

ITANAGAR, Aug 19: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has extended his warm greetings on the auspicious occasion of Raksha Bandhan. “Raksha Bandhan epitomizes the unconditional love between brothers and sisters and also means a 'bond of protection'” Tuki stated in his message.

The Chief Minister wished that the occasion would rejuvenate the sacred feeling of brotherhood and flourish love, care and affection among the sentient being.


DHTE clarifies

ITANAGAR, Aug 19: Responding to a news item published in various local dailies regarding denial of admission to the students of Arunachal Pradesh, who were nominated for degree engineering courses, the Directorate of Higher and Technical Education (DHTE), GoAP, in a release, clarified that the Department (DHTE) does not fix the last date for admission against the seats allotted by the Government of India.

It informed that the last date of admission for the session 2012-13 has been fixed as August 30, 2013 by the ministry of Human Resources Development, GoI.


Sadbhavana greetings

Itanagar, Aug 19: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has extended his sincere greetings on the occasion of Sadbhavana Diwas.  Sadbhavana diwas which is celebrated every year on August 20 commemorates the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi.

“The word Sadbhavana means good feelings. This day is celebrated throughout India to promote communal harmony, peace, national integrity, love and affection among people of India beyond the feeling of caste, color or creed” Tuki stated in his message.

He called upon the people to uphold the age-old bond of love, tranquility, unity and communal harmony for peaceful co-existence of different ethnic communities of Arunachal Pradesh.


Review meeting of CDPOs held


DAPORIJO, Aug 19: Review meeting of CDPOs and officials of Upper Subansiri district was conducted in presence of joint Director, Women and Child Development, GoAP  here yesterday.

The meeting was convened in order to know the present status of the project and other scheme carried out by the department of Women and Child Development and to take stock of the  problems  faced by the workers especially, Anganwadi workers during the implementation of activities.

The members present in the meeting highlighted their  problems in performing their duty without staff quarters. Shortage of adequate staff and vehicle for the department is also hindering the project  work.

CDPOs (Child Development Project Officers) of Siyum Circle and Baririjo Circle highlighted the need for inclusion of both the circle either under SABLA scheme or Kishori Shakti Yojana for the adolescent girl.

Meanwhile, joint Director Women and Child Development T P Loyi visited Angwadi centers and interacted with the workers. During the visit she said that angaawadi workers are the main grass root workers. She further urged the CDPOs to organize village health and nutrition day in regular interval  and keep close coordination with the department especially to health and education department.


Tezu DRDA staff registers protest

ITANAGAR, Aug 19: Following the decision of the All India DRDA Employees’ Welfare Association, the  DRDA employees under the banner of Lohit district unit of DRDA employees association wore black badges during office hours today in protest against the non-fulfillment of their demands by the Union Ministry of Rural Development. The DRDA staff are demanding to bring all the DRDAs under direct control of MoRD, Govt of India and immediate releae of fund under DRDA administration as per actual requirement of DRDAs.

K Nalo, president of All Indi DRDA Employees Welfare Association, DRDA Lohit district unit informed that the  protest will continue till August 24. He further said the  DRDA staff, Tezu have not been paid their monthly salaries since January last. He requested both state and  central Govts for early release of salaries.


Seppa-Sagalee road maintenance sought

ITANAGAR, Aug 19:  Drawing the government attention towards the deplorable Pakke-Kessang-Sagalee road, Pakke-Kessang Zilla Parishad Member Tado Gollo today sought early maintenance of the said road which regards as life line of the area. ZPM claimed that due to unattended road people are facing transportation problem. He also claimed that in spite being funded by the government for maintenance; no maintenance had taken place so far. It is said that if the authority properly maintain Seppa- Sagalee road, it would bring huge relief in transportation and communication.


Selection trail for NE Badminton C’ship

ITANAGAR, Aug 19: The Arunachal State Badminton Association (ASBA) is going to conduct trail camp for under-19 and Open Category for both boys and girls on August 30 and 31 for selecting players for the ensuing North East Zonal Inter State Badminton Championship, 2013.

The North East Zonal Inter State Badminton Championship, 2013 will be held in Itanagar from October 23 to 26 next.


Donation to school

AALO, Aug 19: Donyi Polo College, Kamki Principal Dr. Rejir Karlo has donated 7 black boards and West Siang DDSE Tomi Doke a revolving chair to newly upgraded Nomuk Secondary School recently. Meanwhile, the Headmaster of the school Pokde Yomgam has expressed gratitude to the donor duo and others, who have extended helping hands to the school. DIPRO


‘Bharat Excellence Award’ for T Talom

ITANAGAR, Aug 19: Tayek Talom, the Principal of JN College, Pasighat has been conferred with ‘Bharat Excellence Award’ by the ‘Friendship Forum’ in recognition of his outstanding and extraordinary achievements in his chosen field of activity and services rendered to promote greater friendship and India-International Cooperation”.

The award was presented to him by by Dr. GVG Krishnamurthy, former Chief Election Commissioner of India.

The award comprises a Gold Medal, Citation and Certificate of Excellence.


Societies condole members’ death

ITANAGAR, Aug 19: Tadar Abu Charitable Society deeply mourned untimely death of Tadar Mema wife of Tadar Tachung BEO Sarli Block in Kurung Kumey district. Late Mema died on August 16 last at her residence Karsingsa.  She is survived by husband, two sons and one daughter.

Meanwhile Akom Welfare Society condoled the death of  Tali Niji who expired on 18 August  last at Niji Village in Daporijo Upper Subansiri district after  prolonged disease.





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PHC sub centre running without  proper  infrastructure

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, may I draw the attention of the authority concerned towards the non-availability of infrastructure at Gate PHC Sub-Centre under Payum circle of West Siang district. The Sub-Centre was established way back in the year 2000 and still the centre is in need of proper infrastructure to function. Centre lacks proper staff quarter and water connectivity etc. Due to non-availability of govt, infrastructure, it is very difficult for the staff posted to do their duties efficiently and dedicatedly. They cannot stay longer than 3-4 days in a month which creates very difficult situation as the patient who needs treatment does not get proper medical treatment even for the minor ailments and other accident related injuries.

Therefore, concerned authority is requested to look into the matter and do the needful by constructing at least some units of bachelor barrack for the staff so that they can stay longer time at the village.


Tumbe Yao

Member, VLDC Gate


Vijaynagar is a neglected paradise

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed paper, I would like to let the public, NGOs, Student bodies and higher government administrative officers of Arunachal Pradesh know the following facts that are happening in Daodi Circle (Vijoynagar Circle) of Changlang District.

1. There is a Circle Officer but his presence is never felt as most of time officer stays at Miao. Not at all his administrations are delivered in the Circle. What the higher officers are doing? We don't know!

2. No Officer in-Charge of Police and Doctor is provided in the Circle. When the worse things take place then only they arrives. This is how government treats people of the circle.

3. Only few (LDC) clerks including a Yobin citizen stay in the circle office and they deliver every administrative service. We appreciate him a lot.

4. Very less teacher are posted in the Circle. Example: In Higher Secondary School, only one regular teacher and two SSA teachers are there. In Middle School, only two SSA teachers from local are there! There are no teachers in Sidiku and Daodi Primary Schools.

Almost all the government servants are not willing to be posted in the circle citing remoteness with no proper communications of road in the circle.

Therefore, we are feeling very upset against government for neglecting our circle. Moreover government is reluctant to fill up local graduate youths to the vacancies in the Circle.


Barak Ngwazah



Lack of educational institution hurting our students

Dear Editor,

We must not conceive that situation of recent racial attack on our students at Dehradun was overdid issue.  The response from the director of mentioned institution was ambiguous. Without any cause, why students will try to get away from the hostel campus? Instead of asking student to stay calm, the priority to take prompt action is required from the higher authorities. The education department should get details of all such incident of racial attacks on Arunachalee students studying outside and should accordingly respond. Perhaps, lack of educational institutions in our state might is the cause of suffering for our students.  


Pakli Lombi



Pasighat post office not functioning properly

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of concerned authority towards worsening service provided by staffs of the Pasighat Post Office. Day by day we the public of Pasighat are facing lots of problem because of irregular services provided by them especially during evening session.

As per my opinion Post Office or Postal service is mainly for the needy common people. Even I have met Postmaster in this regards but she often misbehaves with me and her response was not good at all. And she replied that their evening duty starts from 2 pm and ends by 3 pm. But I have visited the said post office on many occasions around 2:30 pm but not a single staffs were present there. They are negligent towards their duty.


Pitor Takoh

Upper Banskota, Pasighat

East Siang District



Why we are treated differently?

Dear Editor,

The celebration of 67th India’s Independence Day at Indra Gandhi Park Itanagar was very colorful. There was dance performance, parade by APP jawans and Vande Mataram performed by the young students were worth watching. We are proud to be an Indian that is the feelings of every Arunachalee. The song sung by the Artist of Art and Culture, “I Love My India,” pinches to the core of my hearth and reminds us about the Indians who sacrificed their life for the cause of  our Mother Land.

On the other hand, while witnessing the programme it strike in my mind that despite being so much patriotic we Arunachalee and other mongoloid race of NE are treated as 2nd class Indian citizen in the Indian mainland besides few places. We are tagged as Nepale and they even ask where Arunachal is? (Even highly qualified people ask these questions). They joke about our facial feature. They even forget that super power countries like China, Japan and etc are all home to people with Mongoloid looks.

Whenever I came across this sorts of circumstances, one question always strike on my mind, whether, we belongs to India or China? If we are Indians, then why we are not accepted by our fellow countrymen even after many decades of India’s Independence? And why Assam is taking away our land year by year?


Tayek Goi




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Large-scale sand mining ruin ecology

Large-scale illegal sand mining can deplete and pollute groundwater, ruin river bank ecology and alter the course of the river say scientists. "While the construction sector cannot do without sand, we have to understand that sand acts as a filter," says Saumitra Mukherjee, geology and remote sensing expert, School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University. He recommends that mining should be regulated and restricted only to areas with high concentration of sand.

The UP ground water department's data shows Noida's water table is going down at a rate of 70 cm per year, while in Greater Noida the rate is 20cm per year. Based on a study, the Jamia Millia University wrote to the Noida Authority in 2011 that the water level had receded from 10-19 feet when Noida was commissioned to 70-123 feet.

Sand mining has also affected the ecology of the river bed, which is home to many small organisms and plants. "Sand is an integral substance for river ecology. It has a structural functioning of maintaining boundaries. So large-scale extraction weakens the boundary and destabilizes life in a river... In Chambal and Ganges rivers, gharials and turtles need sand for basking and nesting sites," says Asghar Nawab, Project Coordinator (River Basin) Freshwater & Wetlands Programme, WWF. Officials said that it was the responsibility of the police and administration to stop illegal mining.





News Impact

‘GUIDE’ to nurture Govt schools

ITANAGAR, Aug 19: Department of Education has launched a new scheme titled GUIDE for nurturing the government schools. It is premised on the concept of mentoring. Mentoring a school is a benevolent task with far reaching implications. Mentoring as a concept has been in practice in the context of schools in some states successfully.

Learning from these experiences, the department is putting it in the form of “GUIDE” for the schools in the state. It works on the belief that every educated and well-informed individual needs to attach himself/herself with the present day school system.

As they say charity begins at home, the officers in the Department and in the Districts are expected to become the torchbearers of this strategy.

For a beginning, “GUIDE” intends to cover secondary and senior secondary schools in the State. Gradually, it will be extended to the elementary and primary schools in the State. “GUIDE” neither involves financial expenditure nor it intends to substitute the inspection mechanism of the school education system.

An officer will have a choice to select a school to become “GUIDE”. However, it is expected that in case of more takers for a particular school, the DC will be the decision maker.

It is also important that one school is mentored by only one officer throughout the academic session (despite of his/her transfer).

The department will first prepare the list of the schools already selected for “GUIDE” and will forward it to the district for assigning remaining schools.

The goal is to cover all 234 secondary and senior secondary schools. This initiative intends to assist the schools in understanding the classroom activities, identifying the bridgeable gaps, strategically targeting the students (according to their academic performances), and focusing on teacher’s role in designing his/her intervention for each student.

As every initiative needs to be judged on the basis of output and outcome, the department fixes a target of improving the examination performances above 75% for less than 60% achievers in 2012-13; above 90% for remaining; raising the numbers of 1st divisioners in class XII (at least one third of the class), and bringing some students in 90% above category; and finally, the department hopes to witness marked improvement in overall environment of the school.

This initiative expects flexibility in operation and implementation. Its broad outline, as suggested in the concept, provides sufficient scope to make “GUIDE” integral to our school improvement measures. DIPR


Strategy chalked out to defy bandh

ITANAGAR, Aug 19: Capital Deputy Commissioner Sanjay Goel held a meeting today in his office chamber in connection with the bandh called by the Arunachal Law Students Union(ALSU) on August 21 next.

The SP Capital Surender Kumar, SDO S Miji, Councilors and the representatives from Itanagar Market Welfare Association (IMWA), Bazaar Welfare Committee Naharlagun (BWC), Capital Complex Petrol Depot Association (CCPDA) etc attended the meeting and  assured all out support and cooperation from their side.

Informing that the bandh call has already been declared illegal, the DC assured that magistrates and police personnels would be deployed to prevent any law and order problem. He also informed that regular patrolling would be carried out.

He further asked the Councillors to work hand in hand with the District Administration so that both can jointly work together to get rid of the bandh menace. The DC further informed that if any shop remains closed on the bandh day, they would be dealt strictly as per law which may even include cancellation of their trading licence. Bamang Taping, Vigilance Secretary, IMWA also advocated for the same and informed that he will also carry out announcement of the same as well.

The DC also assured that he will ensure with the transport associations to keep their vehicle ply as usual. The SDO also requested the market associations to ensure that all shops remain open uniformly as few shops become an easy target. The SP briefed on the deployment of police personnel on the bandh day and provided his number for any emergency. All the organizations readily assured that they would cooperate with the District Administration. DIPRO


SOS meets on mega dam

ITANAGAR, Aug 19: A district level meeting was convened by Sons of the Soil (SOS), a peasant organization of Upper Siang district, at Yingkong General Ground on August 17 to oppose the 3750 MW Upper Siang stage – II Mega Dam to be built at Geku, Upper Siang by NEEPCO and NHPC in a joint venture, for which the Power Corporations had entered into an agreement (MoU) for constructing the same with the Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh on May 28, 2013.

The meeting was chaired by Gemin Jiji, President, Adi Baane Kebang (ABK), Upper Siang district unit and attended by representatives from Forum for Siang Dialogue (FSD), Siang Peoples’ Forum (SPF), Sirit-Siyom Dam Affected Peoples’Forum, Adi Students’ Union (AdiSU) and River Basin Friends (RBFs), members of Rinngo, Nigong, Rotgong, Mori, Beging, Magong Banggos of West Siang, East Siang and Upper Siang districts, Gaon Buras, Panchayat leaders and prominent Public leaders from Upper Siang district and the Panchayat leaders of Riga and Pangkang village of East Siang district.

Attending the meeting, Vijay Taram, Spokesperson of Forum for Siang Dialogue briefed about feasibility report prepared by NTPC for construction of the 3750 MW Upper Siang stage II dam and its impacts on the land and the Indigenous people.

Taram was aghast and surprised as to why in spite of repeated opposition of Dams by the Indigenous Adi people, the successive state Governments are planting so many mega dams to submerge all cultivable fertile lands in the Siang valley whereas the Government is not planning and planting even a single dam in the districts of Kurung Kumey, Tirap and Changlang, though these districts also have so many big rivers.

Interestingly, even if dams are planned on those rivers of the three districts, they are not going to impact any village or any cultivable lands, he opined.

“It seems that with 233 mega hydro power projects to come up in the state as per updated list and with state Government already accepting Rs 14,4281.53 crore only from the power developers as upfront fees, the present government has surpassed any other previous government in their push for hydro projects and inviting corporates indiscriminately to develop such projects,” Taram exclaimed.

The River Basin Friends while highlighting the merits and demerits of mega dams stated that “The latest data on the MoU for mega dams also tells that the present govt has agreed to or signed MoU for at least 96 projects within the shortest span of possible time and all these have been done with a complete lack of transparency and without any consultation with the local community”.

The Forum for Siang Dialogue also stated that, “the recent disaster in Uttrakhand and denial of forest clearance to Dibang Multipurpose Hydro Project seems to have cut no ice to the Arunachal Government. On one hand the Govt has stated that the Forests Rights Act is not relevant to Arunachal Pradesh on the other hand it is lobbying for forest clearance for several projects as if not knowing that the proposal for Forest Clearance cannot be accepted by the Ministry of Environment and forests until the Forest Rights Act is implemented in the project area and the Gram Sabhas or Traditional Village institutions give their consent in writing to diversion of forest land. On top of all things, the recent Supreme Court judgment directing the Uttrakhand Govt. and the Ministry of Environment and Forests to review all existing Hydro Power Projects in the state and not to accord any clearance to new projects till further orders should come as a warning bell to the Govt of Arunachal Pradesh.

Both the Zilla Parishad Members (ZPM) of Yingkong and Karko block also spoke on the occasion stressing that people cannot accept any development aggression by any governments and developments depriving and destroying the livelihood of the indigenous people cannot be welcomed at any cost, anywhere.

All the Head Gaon Buras and Panchayat leaders of all the to be affected villages and Banggos while vehemently opposing the move of the Govt to Dam the mighty aane Siang, suggested to form a Core Committee to take up the issue of the Upper Siang Stage I and stage II Mega Dams (to be the largest Dams in the country) to approach for review and scrapping of the project with the State Government and the Project proponent.


Lalu and Sambo finish 4th and 8th in China

ITANAGAR, Aug 19: Sambo Lapung and Lalu Taku representing India at 2nd Youth Asian Games at Nanjing, China finished fourth and eighth respectively in the prestigious event on August 17.

According to Indian Weightlifting Federation release, Sambo lifted a total 269 kg (Snatch 119 kg and Clean & Jerk 150 kg) to finish fourth in 69 kg category.

Taku lifted a total 235 kg (Snatch 102 kg and Clean & Jerk 133 kg) in 62 kg category.

Sambu and Lalu are among the 13 Indian lifters participating in the China event.

India has so far won a bronze in the Games. The winner was TBC Lalchhanhima. He won the bronze with a total lift of 228 kg (100 kg +128 kg) in 56 kg category.


First ever Tagiot Apang Memorial Football Tournament underway

JENGGING, Aug 19: The first ever late Tagiot Apang Memorial Football Tournament kicks off today here at Jengging General Ground amidst huge gathering where Karko Football Club (KFC) thrashed Ramsing Football Club (RFC) by 2-1.

Kalen Nobeng of KFC scored the first goal of the tournament in 20th minute, while, Dungge Apang of RFC equalize the game by a penalty shot in just 25th minute of the first half.

Meanwhile, Maklek Apang’s goal in last 85th minute contributed the winning team to make the game defeat.

Earlier, while kicking off the tournament, Jengging circle officer Toni Mitkong advised the players to maintain discipline and play games with sportsmanship spirit.

Describing late Tagiot as a good person and had no bad remarks even after his retirement from service, the young CO asked the organizing committee to conduct the tournament continues as a mark of respect to him.

Late Tagiot Apang was a retired government servant and renowned social worker of the area, who died on August 29 2002 at Jengging.

Altogether, eight teams are in fray for the coveted tournament which is being organized by the Jengging Solung Festival Committee and the final match will be played on next September 3rd coinciding with Solung Festival, informed Tubo Welfare Society chairman Tani Apang who is also the second son of late Tagiot.


GAS demands penalty, action against erring personnel

ITANAGAR, Aug 19: While referring to the Seijosa incident in which some 3rd Indian Reserve Battalion personnel were reportedly on a hunting trip in Monai area on August 9 which led to the death of an IRBn personnel, the Ghora Aabhe Society (GAS) today said that the IRBn personnel also killed an endangered hornbill on that day.

Informing that the Society has been successfully implementing the Hornbill Nest Adoption programme with the support of Divisional Forest Officer, Pakke Wildlife Sanctuary (Tiger Reserve) and local people, the GAS demanded the 3rd IRBn Commandant to pay penalty of Rs 30,000 only for killing of Hornbill by the personnel  as per resolutions adopted by local  people to protect the wild life.

Producing relevant papers which revealed that the hornbill was killed, the GAS  said that not only the Hornbill are being preserved, but employment opportunities are generated for local youths by engaging them under  the Hornbill Nest  Adoption programme. Therefore, the Society said, killing of Hornbill is an act against the sentiment of the local people.

The Society also demanded punishment to the IRBn personnel who were in hunting spree  for violating the Wildlife Protection Act -1972.


Local resents destruction of ecosystem in Poma area

ITANAGAR, Aug 19:  The residents of Poma village have expressed strong resentment over how visitors from capital complex are dirtying the pristine Poma River. Despite circulation of notice of banning fishing, hunting, picnicking and swimming activities the visitors have been found to be violating the norms. The visitors litter the river with plastic item, beer bottles and other non degradable items.

The Anchal Samiti Member (ASM) of Poma village, Techi Ana in a press release informed that visitors with no civic sense have made life miserable for the villagers. “We are not against visitors coming to our village. But people are destroying the ecology of the area. Waste products of picnic are being dumped in river itself. Some has been found to be using electric generator for fishing. Such acts are not welcomed in our area,” stated ASM Ana. Visitors have also been found to be creating nuisance after drinking binge on the river side.   The villagers have stated they had enough and from now onwards if any visitors violate the laid down norm, they will strongly deal with such elements.


DC inspects progress of Seppa-Chayangtajo road

SEPPA, Aug 19: East Kameng Deputy Commissioner Tarin Dakpe  along with Gammon India Ltd. Project in-charge P Borgohain and Zilla Parishad Chairperson Meyuk Cheda inspected Seppa-Chayangtajo Road on August 17. The Deputy Commissioner interacted with locals of Margingla at crushing site of Gammon India, which was lying defunct since last few months due to ownership issue of the quarry on the bank of Kameng River by two groups.

The DC stressed for early completion of the construction works of Seppa-Chayangtajo road funded by NEC.

He also urged the villagers of the area, namely Pakke, Margingla etc. to co-operate with the construction agency and extend all possible help for speedy completion of the works by the executing agency.

The ZP Chairperson also appealed to the inhabitants of the road side villages to extend their fullest co-operation to the construction agency for early completion of the road which will become life line for the people of Chayangtajo and Bameng area.

Taku visits District Hospital

Local MLA Tapuk Taku visited District Hospital, Seppa to take stock of the status of the hospital on August 17.

Taku while interacting with the doctors and medical staff assured all possible help from his side for acquiring the requirements of the hospital and fulfilling other demands.

He informed that Rs. 2 lakh for water supply and Rs 10 lakh for construction of mortuary building have already been allotted under SPA. Being the local MLA, he has a great responsibility for further development of the hospital, Taku said. He announced to install one High Mast Tower in district hospital premises.

Earlier, Dr. N Geiyi, DMO submitted a 9-Point memorandum, demanding procurement of new X-Ray machine, Hersey vehicle, construction of boundary walls etc. He also informed the MLA about various problems of the hospital and their successful efforts to contain spread of vector borne disease in the district in the last three years. DIPRO


Bondhu FC to meet United FC in final

ITANAGAR, Aug 19: The final of 7 Warriors 9th Independence Running Trophy Football Tournament will be played between Bondhu FC and Chimpu United FC at KV no 2 play ground here tomorrow at 3 pm.

Kipa Babu, Deputy Chief Councilor and Tagru Takap, Councillor of Ward No.3 will attend the final as chief guest and as guest of honor respectively.

Meanwhile, an exhibition match was played between the teams of Ward No.1 councilor Biri Tugdo  and Ward no.2 councilor Tatung Tania in which the former defeated the latter by 3-2 goals.


Medical camps by VKAJ

ITANAGAR, Aug 19: Vivekananda Kendra Arun Jyoti (VKAJ) conducted two Medical Camps in Lazu circle of Tirap district recently.

The medical camp at Barap on August 13 treated a total 128 patients from villages, namely Sinnu, Raho, Longliang, Langchen and Barap.

Another camp at Pongkong village the next day, a total of 69 patients were examined and medicines given free of cost to the patients.

Most of the patients were children and they were suffering from various water borne diseases like diarrhea, dysentery etc.

The medical team also distributed medicines to the BRO personnel at Pongkong, who are working day and nights to repair damaged roads.  

The team organized a health awareness meeting on the evening of August 13 at Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, Barap which was attended by 100 students.  


Computer training for ministerial staff inaugurated

ITANAGAR, Aug 19: A two-week computer training for the ministerial staff of all government departments working at Khonsa is being held at NIC, Khonsa beginning from August 18.

Inaugurating the training, Tirap Deputy Commissioner Kamlesh Joshi said that the type-writer machine had become obsolete adding that the staff should strive to update their knowledge with time. He said that computer knowledge was of paramount importance, especially for the ministerial staff and asked them to take the short-term training seriously adding that test would be conducted to evaluate their acquired computer knowledge.

The Deputy Commissioner asked the trainees to have work culture and ensure that they provided quality service to the people.

In his welcome address Denhang Bosai, DIPRO said that computer knowledge had become as essential as food and drink adding that all the ministerial staff should be necessarily computer literate. He further said that acquiring the basic computer knowledge was not difficult at all and it could be mastered easily provided the trainees took keen interest in learning the intricacies adding that he himself never went to any computer institute but learned by himself.

The training was jointly organized by the establishment branch of Deputy Commissioner’s office and NIC, Khonsa. The DIO Ajay Kumar Singh and other NIC staff members imparted the training effectively. More such trainings are on the anvil. The trainees thanked the DC and the DIO for the initiative. DIPRO


Review meeting of CDPOs held


DAPORIJO, Aug 19: Review meeting of CDPOs and officials of Upper Subansiri district was conducted in presence of joint Director, Women and Child Development, GoAP  here yesterday.

The meeting was convened in order to know the present status of the project and other scheme carried out by the department of Women and Child Development and to take stock of the  problems  faced by the workers especially, Anganwadi workers during the implementation of activities.

The members present in the meeting highlighted their  problems in performing their duty without staff quarters. Shortage of adequate staff and vehicle for the department is also hindering the project  work.

CDPOs (Child Development Project Officers) of Siyum Circle and Baririjo Circle highlighted the need for inclusion of both the circle either under SABLA scheme or Kishori Shakti Yojana for the adolescent girl.

Meanwhile, joint Director Women and Child Development T P Loyi visited Angwadi centers and interacted with the workers. During the visit she said that angaawadi workers are the main grass root workers. She further urged the CDPOs to organize village health and nutrition day in regular interval  and keep close coordination with the department especially to health and education department.


RAKSHA BANDHAN: A Festival of Religious Harmony & Social Cohesion

Its time each brother extends his vow to protect and to have pure

feelings towards all women just like he does for his own sisters.


Dr. Jayadeba Sahoo

The cycle of time keeps rotating but its memories remains. To freshen these memories, memorials are made, stories are written, birthdays are observed, in which self-respects, love, true feelings are imbibed. Unfortunately, a day comes when respects & love ceases and rituals remain. It would not be exaggeration to say that festivals now-a-days are being celebrated just continue the tradition. India is a spiritual oriented country. The number of festivals celebrated here is hardly comparable to festivals celebrated by other countries. Twelve months in a year is filled with thirteen big festivals. ‘Raksha Bandhan’ has a special importance among them.

The auspicious festival of ‘Raksha Bandhan’ had been reduced to an annual ritual hardly reflecting its true significance. Sisters apply a sacred red mark - ‘Tilak’ on the centre of the fore head of their brothers, tie Rakhi considered to be a sacred thread on their right wrist, besides offering them some sweets as token of their love & affection for them. The brothers in turn give them some gifts and money.

Now what is the esoteric meaning of this ritual?

It is commonly believed that a sister ties “Rakhi” round the brothers’ wrist so as to bind him in an obligation and renew his pledge to support and protect her in time of need. This could not really be the object of this ceremony. There are several reasons for this. It is worth considering that if a sister ties Rakhi with the object of getting the brothers protection at the time of distress, then a fully grown-up and strongly built sister tying Rakhi to a brother of tender age is meaningless. Moreover, before marriage it is the legitimate duty of parents to protect the girl and after marriage of sister, her protection becomes the responsibility of her husband. Again it is meaningless in tying Rakhi to a brother who is leaving so far away and sister knows that he cannot reach and give her any help or physical protection in time. It is thus obvious that the significance of this festival is different from what is said to be.

Further, from times immemorial, until a few decades ago, it was customary practice for the family priests to tie Rakhi and apply “Tilak” to each and every person of the family. The priest also tied the sacred thread to the doors, windows of the’ house and newly purchased household. A Tilak like sacred mark was also put on those items. The scriptural story says that when Indrani and Yumuna tied rakhi to their brothers- Indra and Yamaraj respectively, it had brought Indra and Yamaraj a memorable victory” over demons or devils.

Raksha Bandhan is also variously known as ‘Vish-torak’ (destroyer of Venomousness or vice- eliminating) Parva (festival), “Pap- Nashak” (destroyer of sin) and Punya- Pradaayak (bestower of boons) Parva.

Again “Raksha Bandhan “ is celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu calendar month of Shravana (August) when on each Monday of it devotees travel long distances to pour water on the ‘Shivalinga’ -the stone image of Incorporeal God - Supreme Being of light after which comes Raksha Bandhan. The above details suggest a wider and deeper socio-spiritual significance, linked with Shiva-Papakateswar (Redeemer of Sins)-God. These expressive or symbolic names indicate to the unmatched bond of vice less and pure love between a brother and sister reminding all thereby to maintain vice less virtuous life.

In reality, a ‘Rakhi’ or sacred thread tied around the right wrist signify the promise of Purity in thought, word and deed. The sacred mark “Tilak “ applied to the centre of forehead, the seat of third eye (Soul) is sign of soul consciousness and sweetening the mouth is symptomatic congratulation in advance for having virtuous nature when purity is part of life.Raksha Bandhan” is about the boundaries and code of conduct that promotes internal transformation & progressive inculcation of soul-consciousness and positive qualities. Eventually there is complete perfection symbolised by the full moon.In this transition period of world cycle, in exchange of our promise to bring purity and honesty into all aspec/s of our life, God- the Supreme Protector (Rakshak) promises to protect us - souls from evils.

Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (BKWSU)- an Institute of Universal Peace & Culture celebrates ‘Raksha Bandhan’ with this connotation as revealed by lncorporeal Being of Light (Jyotirlingam) Supreme Soul God-the world Benefactor Shiva) by descending onto the corporeal medium of Prajapita Brahma (the founding father of BKWSU) at this time of complete degeneration of values.

Brahma Kumaris and Kumars (the spiritual children of Prajapita Brahma) as non- violent spiritual ambassadors carries and conveys to all brother souls this divine message of achieving victory over vices i.e. lust, anger, greed attachment and ego - the real enemy of mankind by - strict observance of continence through soul consciousness considering all fellow beings as brother souls under the Fatherhood of the Universal God incorporeal. This makes the mankind as a one family with feelings of universal brotherhood. So the Brahma Kumaris Sisters ties Rakhi to all irrespective of religion, race and gender (both the males and females thus) thus protecting themselves from their evil eyes and also making them undertake a promise to remain under the canopy of God the Supreme Father-the Supreme Protector and appeal one and all to donate not in gross, kind and cash but from one’s inner pocket (soul) those five great vices and negative addictions that lie hidden there in -considered presumably as treasures at present- as mere trash once and for all. Raksha Bhandan is thus symbolic of this promise made by us to remain pure in return for which God promises us protection for ever. This will usher in a Golden Aged “Value Based Better Society” of third millennium and we can inherit it with this Spiritual empowerment. This is the clarion call of Brahma Kumaris Institution on eve of Raksha Bandhan- the bondage of protection, A Festival of Universal Brotherhood & Social Cohesion.

Raksha means protection – God is the one and only Supreme protector of souls and this is a festival to re-establish our relationship with this Supreme Protector. The one who establishes this relationship with God always feels secure in life. Raksha Bhandan is a very big festival of the pure bondage between the Supreme Soul and his creations - the Souls.

In conclusion, the main aspect of the festival of Raksha Bandhan is therefore connected with the sacred vow of purity and a pledge to obtain and impart divine knowledge and attributes. Its origin is the confluence age and the purpose is the purification of all souls and transformation of the world. It is important to protect your elevated conscience or divine intellect by not coming under the influence of anger, greed, arrogance, lust and attachment. When “need” turns into “greed”, believe it or not, you are on the highway to hell.

To lie, cheat, deceive or steal are sinful acts and are opposite to the elevated godly directions. To pledge a life of purity and live a life of sin is to commit spiritual suicide. You may deceive others and may be yourself, but you cannot fool the Omniscient Supreme Judge - God. The wages of sin accumulate hundredfold if you are knowledgeable compared to that of being ignorant of the consequences.

So, let us all irrespective of different religious faith, celebrate this ‘Raksha Bandhan’ and empower our self through process of Supreme Communion (Raja Yoga ) with Him to inculcate His Supreme Commands of Universal Values to establish a “Value Based Happy Society of Culture of Peace & Non Violence ” – our most cherished desire. The understanding of this eternal truth will usher in religious harmony & world peace. Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University has been engaged in this task for last 76years since its inception in 1936-37.

On this auspicious occasion of ‘Raksha Bandhan’, let us take a moment for deep spiritual introspection and free ourselves from the bondage of greed, the lust for power and a slave of promiscuity and make God your eternal companion for true peace, happiness and prosperity.

Hearty Greetings to one and all on the occasion of this festival of Purity-’Raksha Bandhan’. (The writer is Faculty, Brahma Kumaris & Professor & Head, Dept. of Education, Rajiv Gandhi University)


State to host AICU meet in Dec

ITANAGAR, Aug 19: Paying heed to the request of the Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Association (APCA) president Tok Buttum and general secretary Taw Tebin, the All India Catholic Union (AICU) has decided to conduct its next working committee meeting at Arunachal Pradesh in December 2013.  This important decision was taken at the Kolkata session of the AICU Working Committee Meeting (WCM) and Annual General Meeting (AGM) which was conducted from August 15  to 18.

AICU unit presidents and general secretaries of all the states  took part in the  meeting. The delegates from Arunachal Pradesh included Taw Tebin, Taring Mama and TT Stephen led by Tok Buttum.

The meeting discussed the problems faced by Church in India and Catholic Church in particular and the laities participation in the Catholic Church.  In the same session the AICU resolved to continue to fight against the atrocity against women and children and injustice caused to the Dalits and the other down-trodden irrespective of any caste, creed and religion.

In the concluding session the president AICU, Eugene Gonsalves announced that  the tenure of Tok Buttum and Taw Tebin has been extended for another term in the office in the AICU WCM and TT Stephen has been nominated in the editorial Board of the Vishal Jagruti, a National Magazine published from Goa.

Earlier  the WCM  and  Annual General Meeting (AGM) was inaugurated by Rt. Rev. Dr. Abraham, the Arch Bishop of Arch Diocese of Nagpur and Rt. Rev. Dr. Thomas D’souza, Arch Bishop of Metropolitan Arch Diocese of Kolkata in the presence of Dr. John Dayal, member of national integration council and former member of National Minority Commission, Lovina Khan, member of national minority commission, Govt. of India and Prof. Maria Fernandez, Vice Chairperson West Bengal State Commission for Minorities.


Mass social service and tree plantation prog

KHONSA, Aug 19: A tree plantation programme and social service was organized by the School Managing and Development Committee of GHSS, Khonsa in collaboration with Forest Department in the school premises on the eve of Independence Day celebration.

Participating in the programme, School Managing and Development Committee Chiarman Tirong Aboh urged students to maintain the existing greeneries by planting more trees adding that human greed was responsible for the nature’s fury the people face often. He cited the example of the devastation caused in Uttarakhand recently where many precious lives were lost and properties worth crores destroyed in an unprecedented flood. He asked the participants to love nature and take proper care of nature adding that man’s too much interference with the Nature is causing irreparable loss and creating environmental hazards everywhere.

Principal Manphai Hosai in his speech appealed to all not to indulge in wanton destruction of the lush green forests and the rich wildlife in the district. He asked the participants to plant trees to replenish the depleting forest cover.

Vice Principal of Government Higher Secondary School, Khonsa TS Bist requested the participants to extend full co-operation to the Forest department to make the Arunachal a green state.

Students from Govt. higher Secondary School, Khonsa, Teaching staff and all the members of School Managing & Development Committee enthusiastically participated in the mass tree plantation. Hundred of saplings were planted on the occasion at the premises and surrounding of the Govt. H.S. School, Khonsa. DIPRO


District level planning committee meeting held

KHONSA, Aug 19: The first district level planning committee meeting for finalization of Annual Action Plan under Border Area Development Programme for Pongchau and Wakka Border Blocks was held on August 16 at Longding under the Chaimanship of Longding Deputy Commissioner Repo Ronya.

Addressing the meeting, the DC asked the members to throw light on projects sanctioned during 2012-2013 to enable the members review the status of the progress done so far and asked the executing agencies not to compromise with the quality and technical specifications of the work.

The Deputy Commissioner also urged the members to take up community-base schemes and create tangible assets instead of concentrating on individual-base schemes.  

Earlier, Parliamentary Secretary Honchun Ngandam asked the members to accord more emphasis revenue-generating schemes like tea, rubber, cardamom, poultry, dairy and other horticulture schemes which would improve the rural economy. He said that jhum cultivation should be done away with by adopting other more viable alternative income generating activities.

All the HoDs and PR leaders actively participated in the deliberation.

Longding SP, Longding ZPC, Zilla Parishad members, Anchal Chairperson, representative of Assam Rifles and HoDs attended the all important meeting.  DIPRO

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