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“Law of land will prevail”, Governor’s stern warning

KHONSA, Sept 2: Arunachal Governor, Gen JJ Singh today reviewed the security measure being adopted in Tirap district in the run-up to the Assembly Elections to be held on Oct13 this year.

While interacting with the high ranking civil, security and defence officials, the Governor said that law of the land will prevail and that those who defy it would be dealt with firmly.

He said that district administration and security forces must work in close coordination adding that developmental aspects must be taken care of and the youth should be engaged in meaningful ventures so that they do not go astray.

While lauding the civil administration and the security forces for their effort in creating conducive atmosphere for all round development, Gen Singh said those who have surrendered from various underground outfits should be properly rehabilitated and that their services be utilized in effectively countering insurgency activities in the district. The Governor was highly impressed by the presentations made on various facets of the district by the Deputy Commissioner and the Sector Commander, AR.  It may be mentioned here that the Governor had in the past served in many outposts of Tirap district as army officer and is well-versed with the problems of the locals.Tirap Deputy Commissioner, Ankur Garg in his presentation on administrative preparedness and security deployment plan for the forth coming Assembly Elections appraised the Governor on poll preparations made circle-wise and polling station wise.

He explained in details regarding distribution of polling stations, road connectivity and other features of the district. He said that successful conduct of last Panchayat and Lok Sabha Elections was the result of excellent coordination between the district administration and the security agencies operating in the district.

The Sector Commander of 25 Sector, Assam Rifles in his briefing threw light on the ground realities vis-à-vis activities of underground factions and steps being initiated by the Assam Rifles. He said that the porous border with Myanmar was facilitating the movement of ultras. He also enlightened the participants on various civic action programmes undertaken by the Assam Rifles for the welfare of the local people.

GOC, 2 Mount Div. Maj. Gen B.S. Sachhar, State Home Commissioner Tajom Taloh, Secretary to Governor P.S. Lokhande, senior officers of armed forces, Assam Rifles and CRPF security officers attended the all important meeting.

Earlier, the Governor accompanied by the First Lady and other dignitaries were accorded a warm reception on thier arrival at Khonsa helipad and was received by GOC, 2 Mount Div., Deputy Commissioner, and other officers. (PRO to Governor with inputs from DIPRO)


Solung celebrated across the state

ITANAGAR, Sept 2: Solung festival is being celebrated across the state with traditional gaiety and fun fare. We bring you reports compiled by District Information and Public Relation Officers from across the state on the celebrations.

ANINI: Solung festival was celebrated with enthusiasm and fan fare here yesterday.

Deputy Commissioner Tayor Jempen while taking part in the festivities said that the celebration of traditional festivals is like a mirror of a society through which one’s own identity is reflected.

He said that earlier it was confined to individual households, villages & community, but with the growth of education in the society, festival took its mass celebration form involving all communities in praying the nature deities for bumper harvesting, good health and prosperity.

Participating in the celebration, wife of Local MLA, A Keche extended her warm wishes to the people.

TEZU: The popular festival of Adi community, Solung was celebrated at Tezu with traditional gaiety and religious fervor by Adi and Galo community residing in and around Tezu Township at Forest Guest House yesterday.  

The Secretary Solung Festival Committee Augusti Jamoh outlined the significance of Solung festival and elaborated on its mythological aspects. The senior members of the community, Talo Jerang EAC, K Rina  DDSE and Teryor Poyom President SMFC also deliberated on the importance of celebrating the festival .

The Chief Patron of the festival Karikho Kri expressed his inability to attend the festival as member due to his pre-occupation. The Daylong programme included cultural display, folkdance and community feast.

SEPPA, Solung was celebrated with pomp and traditional gaiety. In a function here at the official residence of the SP Tumme Amo, the DC, Seppa Pige Ligu attended as the chief Guest.

SP informed Solung is celebrated for the prosperity of mankind, livestock and agricultural crops.

Besides, ponung  Er. Ama Paloh, presented the Solung Mythology. He narrated the three stages of evolution of World, Human race & creation of plants & animals on the earth. He also offered prayers to Kine-Naane,Doying-Bote & Dadii-Bote to evoke their choosiest blessings for all.

Tawang: Solung Festival was celebrated with great enthusiasm here at the premises of tourist Lodge.

The members of Adi community presented colorful dances which were followed by traditional ponung led by a special ponung miri invited from Mirem village of East Siang district.

All District Heads of office and Prominent Public leaders of the district were present on the occasion

The festival was organized by Mopin/Solung Festival celebration Committee Tawang.

SAGALEE: At Sagalee also the Solung festival was celebrated on September 01. Government Officers, Staff, public and panchayat leaders took active participation in the celebration.

In the evening Cultural programme was also organized to befit the celebration.

AALO: Amjad Tak, IAS DC humbly appealed one and all to celebrate the festival in true spirit.

Chairperson Zilla Parishad Jarsa Gamlin called on all to revive and celebrate it in a big way from coming year and march ahead towards progress without forgetting ones identity.

Secretary APPSC Huzar Lollen, who has been sincerely attending Solung Festival every year at Aalo said that since from the beginning of human civilization, festival has been the integral part of the human life. Festival is for good harvest, prosperity while the other aspects are to forget the differences, he said.

We must do some exercise and redesign the festival so that past glory can be revived, he added.

Tahung Zerang readout the Solung mythology.

The main attractions of the day were cultural programmes. (DIPROs)


APYC meet Cong leaders

ITANAGAR, Sept 2: The Arunachal Youth Congress Delegation has requested for Party Tickets for the coming Assembly Elections in the State with a view to spearhead the vision of Rahul Gandhi with regards to empowering the Youths of India and also to carry forward the message of “Youth for Peace & Development”. The positive response received to the request of the Youth Delegation will usher a new change and zeal to the Youth of Arunachal Pradesh, a message from the APYC read. The delegation met Rahul Gandhi, General Secretary AICC (in-charge) Youth Congress, Shivraj Patil, former Union Home Minister and CWC Member AICC, Oscar Fernandes, Chairman, Central Election Committee, AICC,  V. Narayan Swami, Gen. Secy AICC (In-charge) Arunachal Pradesh, Ramesh Chennitala, Former General Secretary (In-charge) Arunachal Pradesh AICC and President Kerela Pradesh Congress Committee,  Jitender Singh, M.P and  Secretary AICC (in-charge) Youth Congress and Ashok Tanwar, M.P and President Indian Youth Congress at New Delhi today to apprise them of the role of the Arunachal Youth Congress and their abilities to contest and win the coming Assembly elections.

The delegation informed that they have received very positive response from National leaders who encouraged them to continue their good works for the speedy development of the state and nation as a whole. The National leaders have also promised to do whatever possible for the Youths of Arunachal Pradesh.

They have also apprised them of the political scenario with regards to the coming Assembly Elections in the State.


Tour operators question AP govt policy on Swine Flu

ITANAGAR, Sept 2:  Arunachal Pradesh Tour Operators Association (APTOA) has reacted to the dual policy of the state government on travelers coming to the state after the Swin Flu hit the country.

If the Health Department and the Tourism Department are seriously thinking of safeguarding the local citizens from Swine Flu disease then they should impose the eight days outside the State stay order and compulsory medical check up of all the travelers coming into Arunachal Pradesh from the mainland India as the danger of H1N1 virus is not from the foreign tourists but from the Indians coming from swine flu infected areas within and outside the country.

Govt of Arunachal Pradesh should immediately lift foreigner’s 8 days outside stay order as they are the safest visitors who under go three tier medical checks before entering Arunachal Pradesh.

To quote a latest news clipping as on 1st Sept 2009 – Germany has a confirmed 15878 Swine Flu patients, no death, Switzerland 1014 patients, no death, like wise Portugal 2244, no death, Norway 1023 cases, no death, Italy 1800 cases, no death, Greece has 1839 patients, 1 death,. Now coming to India, the latest figure states 3987 swine flu cases detected 105 deaths.  From the above statistics one can deduce that the danger of Swine Flu disease is not from foreign tourists but from the mainland Indian travelers and visitors, the Association stated.

A delegation led by its Chairman Tsering Wange and the President John Panya met the Commissioner Health and Family Welfare, Govt of Arunacha Pradesh to appraise him the Swine Flu and the state government policy which has hit the Tourism Industry in the state.

The Health & Family Welfare Department, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh had issued a circular dated 20th June 2009 stating that foreigners and Indians coming from abroad will not be issued entry permit unless they have already been in India for at least eight days prior to their request for the permit. While foreigners are made to wait for minimum eight days before they are allowed to enter Arunachal Pradesh there is no restriction for Indian travelers whether they are coming from Pune, Mumbai or Delhi.

Earlier Department of Tourism, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh also issued  a circular dated 7th May 2009 stating that no PAP will be issued to foreign tourist coming from Swine Flu affected countries. Because of these official circulars and orders, many foreign tourists had to change the itinerary at the last moment incurring huge expenses while others had to cancel the whole programme of visiting Arunachal Pradesh.  Nowhere in India have such anti tourism circulars been issued in the name of containing Swine flu.

APTOA Chairman stated that foreigners plan their holidays several months in advance. They are medically checked in their country and a declaration is made that they are free from Swine Flu. They are again checked at International airport for symptoms of H1N1 virus when they first land in India.


Women can bring changes: Anupama Singh

ITANAGAR, Sept 2: Any society or a State excels because of contribution from its women, said State First Lady Anupam Singh, while interacting with Anganwadi workers, NGOs and Self Help Groups at Khonsa today. Woman’s role in the society is of utmost importance as she is main member in the family who provides food, inculcates culture, ethics and value system to the other members of the family especially the children. And if these values are healthy in all respect, the future generation will be healthy, she said.

Women have huge responsibilities towards our wards and to the society. For a better tomorrow, we have to be humane and systematic in our approach.   If we are little more organized, we can be quite a strength that can bring changes in the society from good to better, Singh asserted.  She appreciated the woodcrafts, artifacts and other handicrafts and handloom products of the district for its high standard.

Interacting with the craft masters, weavers and artisans, Singh, while extending her willingness to enhance their inborn talents said, if required we can invite designers from outside so that we can make our produce more marketable in the metros and other parts of the country and aboard.

She further informed that organizers of Delhi Haat are more than happy to provide five to seven stalls. Further advising on marketing, Singh asked them to prepare a catalogue of all the items with photographs, exact dimension along with the pricelist. We may then upload it in the Internet for increasing our marketing areas, she added.

Large numbers of women, including ICDS Deputy Director A. Lowangcha, Circle Officers Anu Bamin and Mitali Namchoom were present during the meeting.

The members from the NGOs, while assuring to their best to her suggestions, expressed gratitude to the Raj Bhavan initiatives because of which they participated in Arun Mela and received lots of appreciations from all, especially from the President of India during her visit to the State.  (PRO to Governor)


Hemu thanks union water resource ministry  

ITANAGAR, Sept 2: The 12 Pakke Kessang MLA Techi Hemu who called on Minister of State for Water Resource Vincent H Pala in New Delhi recently, has expressed gratefulness for including the scheme of anti erosion works in the Pakke River to protect Seijosa Township under Flood Management Programme (FMP) during the 11th five year plan and recommending a release of Rs 559 lakhs as the first installment to the start the project. According to a mail, the MLA also apprised Pala about the future impact of the project and how it will benefit the people of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and particularly Seijosa town.

He also elaborated on project’s contribution in the management of Brahmaputra River, further accumulation of soil and silt in the river bed while also stating that it will prove boon for stopping soil erosion and landslides etc.

MLA further informed that the MoS for Water Resource has assured to sanction such projects in future also to help Arunachal Pradesh and Assam to protect life and property of people living near the river banks.


Phacomulsification- the safe way to cataract surgery

Ramakrishna Mission hospital, in yet another endeavor to provide qualitative services to the needy people, has started phacoemulsification services in the department of ophthalmology. Phacoemulsification surgery is the gold standard in the management of cataract. Swami Vishwatmananda, Secretary Ramakrishna Mission Hospital, Itanagar said that with its advent the ophthalmology department has become at par with any good eye hospital of the country in the management of cataract. The eye surgeon is well trained in this procedure and it would provide quick and safe recovery of cataract patients and the charges would be nominal he said. The phacoemulsification machine installed is the popular CATARHEX SWISSTECH from Oertli Instruments, Switzerland. CataRhex SwissTech machine is smaller, lighter, and easier to move than other systems on the market. The CataRhex SwissTech state-of-the-art surgical console offers all of the functions necessary for anterior segment surgery.

A normal crystalline lens that has become cloudy is called a cataract. When the lens of the eye becomes cloudy or opaque, light is unable to pass through the lens and vision dims or blurs. Cataract formation is usually a part of the eye's aging process. Cataracts also can occur anytime because of injury, exposure to toxins, or diseases such as diabetes. Congenital cataracts are caused by genetic defects or developmental problems, or exposure to some contagious diseases during pregnancy. People who smoke are at a higher risk for cataracts. Increased exposure to sunlight without eye protection may also be a cause. When symptoms worsen to the point that everyday activities become problematic, surgery becomes necessary. Good vision is restored to millions of patients with cataract through cataract extraction with intraocular lens implantation. There is conventional extra capsular cataract extraction wherein the size of incision is about 10 mm and the incision is sutured. There is also a low cost, suture less, small incision, cataract surgery where opaque lens is removed through a wound size about 6 mm size but phacoemulsification procedure is the most advanced cataract removal technique.

Highlighting the advantages of the phacoemulsification procedure Dr Lobsang Tsetim, ophthalmologist; said that it is more predictable and usually performed with a minimum of discomfort and inconvenience. And in most cases it is a day care procedure where the patient returns home hours after the surgery. It is performed through a very small incision, approximately 3mm or less on the side of the cornea. A probe delivers ultrasonic vibrations to fragment and remove the cataract. A foldable intraocular lens is then inserted through the same incision. The small incision is generally self-sealing, requiring no stitches, which allows for faster, safer healing and speeds your return to normal activity.


Check wastage of water

ITANAGAR, Sept 02: Barapani Youth Welfare Association (BYWS) concerned over the water crisis in the area appealed the PHE Department to check leakage and unnecessary flow of water in the area.


Social services

ITANAGAR, Sept 02: Panchayat leaders, Self Help Group and public of Rubdi Panchayat organized a social service cum health awareness programme recently.

Speaking on the occasion as Chief Guest Zonal Malaria Officer, Western Zone Dr. Kipa Tuglik highlighted about the causes of Malaria and its prevention.

While responding to a memorandum submitted by ASM Rubdi Panchayat Taba Khoda, Tuglik assured to pursue with the concerned authorities for establishment of health sub-centre at Rudhi Panchayat.

On the occasion DDSE, Lower Subansiri District Malo Yam inaugurated a school building and assured to post two teachers for the newly inaugurated school and extend possible help in availing infrastructure in near future.

She further appreciated the public for conducting social service and advised the students to maintain discipline and devote in education.

DMO Dr. S Kakoti, ZPM Taba Chiji also spoke on the occasion.

GBs, Business communities, Servicemen and students also took part in the whole programme.



Formal launching of EDUSAT

ITANAGAR: EDUSAT Network in Arunachal Pradesh will be formally launched on Sept 5 at HUB Station, Rajiv Gandhi University. Gover Gen (Retd) J J Singh. Seniors engineers from ISRO including Vikram Desai, BM Darjee will attend the programme.

In Arunachal Pradesh, EDUSAt programme started in 2008-09 with the main Hub station located at RGU under the aegis of Directorate of Higher and technical Education, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh. There are 50 SITs functioning in various institutions of the state.


APEX Bank recovery drive

ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Apex Bank Employees Association (APSCBEA) has started its door to door recovery drive programme from Nirjuly Branch today.

The drive will continue till September 13 covering all branches of Bank in the state capital.

It appealed the borrowers to extend cooperation and repay their dues and help the bank for its proper functioning.


Bandh suspended

ITANAGAR: Arunachal Tribal Students Union has suspended its 12 hours capital bandh on Sept 4 because of what it termed as “frequent intimidation and threats” by the ministers involved.


Teachers call for exemption from duty

ITANAGAR: Lower Subansiri Unit of All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teacher’s Association in a letter to the Deputy Commissioner has called for exemption of election duty for SSA teacher.





(Readers’ Forum)




My intention is to raise voice for developments


My intentions are not to belittle anyone, neither do I have any “vested interest” as claimed by ZPM of 52 Changlang South in a letter under the headline “No one should attempt to belittle others”.

It was to convey my message to higher authorities of the facts prevailing in Changlang South.

The ZPM claims a long list of development, in ten years time an up gradation of a CO HQs to EAC HQ is inevitable especially in this era, where everything is going ahead super fast but we in Changlang South are not even in the pace of a snail. Anyway getting back to the EAC headquarter in Khimiyong, (it is for the higher authorities to find out the truth), it is a namesake EAC HQ because there are hardly any official present in their offices. The officers stay in Changlang town, who would blame them, with the kind of road connectivity from Changlang town to Khimiyong.

The ZPM also bragged about the hydropower 150kw Chikong mini micro hydel project, which he claims is scheduled to be commissioned within few months, but it is taking ages and at the rate things are going on in Changlang South I have no hope that the higher authorities  would react to this letter and something happens.

With huge crores of rupees allocated under the DoTC fund to cover entire Changlang South, but only one 5 lakh worth ambulance provided for a population of 7,000. The medicine supply will be worth few lakhs. Therefore, I would like to ask, where is the rest of the money ?

How can the ZPM boast about the road connectivity development. The deplorable condition of Changlang town to Khimiyong road brought running bus service to complete halt 8 years back, which is the main road in Changlang South, imagine the plight of interiors.

He claims that massive rains in 2007 worsened the road condition. In spite of repeated pleas  to the state govt. no action was taken. What is the reason?

Almost every place in Arunachal faces massive rains year after year during the monsoons and has faced major destruction by nature’s fury. However, the weather changes and autumn comes with winter and spring and  in most of the places restoration and maintenance work take place but in Changlang South the monsoon remained from 2007 to 2009 and I am afraid it will stay on, if no investigation work and action comes from higher authorities.

Like he stated in his letter for the “welfare of poor villagers,” they actually were not poor but they were made poor. In these poor villagers’ names crores are being funded but alas nothing has reached them. Moreover, they are becoming poorer and poorer by the day.

Again my intentions are not to belittle anyone, I have no personal grudge against anybody. My only intention is to voice the feelings and views of the youth and students of 52 Changlang South constituency for all round development and most of all the road.


Timpu Ngemu

General Secretary

All Changlang District Students’ Union




We need visionary leader


Through your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the kind attention of all the Citizens of 33-Mechukha Assembly Constituency that the time has come to choose and elect a secular and dynamic leader for the all round development of this forgotten region. The region has witnessed the most destructive forces either natural or man made since independence. The earthquake of 1950, the Indo-china war of 1962 and the political battle since 1978. The earthquake and the war have ended long back but still we are witnessing the never ending battle of politics. And once again the battle has been announced by the chief Election Commissioner of India i,e on 13th October 2009.

Ours area has seen two political leaders - Tadik Chije (Election Won-1978, 1984,1999 & 2004) and  P W Sona ( Election won-1980,1990 & 1995). During the tenures of both the leader our area have seen nothing but witnessed the division of society.  Due to this division our area never witnessed a political satisfaction nor  any collective development could be done.

Hence, now the time has come to discard the age old practices. We need a leader of secular thoughts who will really work for the better future of our region. We need a leader who really thinks for the future generations, who can give security to the budding talents of our region. We need a leader who really cares for the people irrespective of caste and religion. Choose and elect a leader who will stand for the unity. Let's elect a secular leader who will bring back the unity in diversity.


Er. R Samyor

Ganga, Itanagar.






Don’t take swine flu lightly


Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would to share my view regarding the preventive measures to be taken against Swine Flu in Arunachal Pradesh.

 With the death of another swine flue infected patient in Delhi, the total toll due to the influenza A (H1N1) virus has increased to 101, the toll may increase further while writing this letter. The Union Ministry has also recommended to take preventive homeopathy medicine, ARSENICUM ALBUM 30.

 Since, Arunachal is very near to the Swine Flu infected states -- Assam and Meghalaya, I urge the people to take outmost care before its too late.


Ruma Nguri

Junior Engr

Power Grid, RHQ Shillong



Revoke appointment


We the deprived B. Pharma Graduate Union of Arunachal vehemently oppose this appointment of a Drug Inspector vide Govt. order No.Mest-2007/16/pt-331, Dated 26th Aug 2009 with total violation of  the recruitment rules (RR).

The health and family welfare Deptt. had formerly convinced us that the recruitment  in the same post would be made purely through APPSC advertisement but  action speaks otherwise. The  department  had grossly violated all RR norms pertaining to appointment of Drug Inspector by defying Guwahati High Court office memorandum notification WPc No.337 (AP) of 2008 Of Apex Court Order in (2007) 13 SCC 300.

Therefore, we request the concerned authority (Director of Health Service) to cancel or revoke  the appointment order which  was politically patronized,  or else we will be compelled to approach the  High Court for  non-compliance of court notification, gross violation of Recruitment rules and also demanding  recruitment to the post through APPSC and  punishment to the wrong doers.


Joram Tubin, Mob II,

Tao Vijay,  Vivek Vihar

Tallo Jamoh, Niti Vihar

Nabom Siddar, C-Sector,  Itanagar

Lod Salla, Seijosa, East Kameng

Taba Tissum, ESS-Sector, Itanagar

Techi Yath, Polo Colony, Naharlagun

Tai Niku, D-Sector, Naharlagun

Kuru Yaming,Mob-I, Itanagar

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