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Training for CHVs/ASHAs in Namsai

ITANAGAR, Sep 18: Seva Kendra Arunachal East organised two days training for Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) and ASHAs on Sept 15-16 under Intensified Malaria Control Project II (IMCP II) at Namsai. Doctors from Namsai CHC imparted the training with different equipment and methods.

Seva Kendra Arunachal East is working through Caritas India; Guwahati for the Intensified Malaria Control Project II sponsored by Global Fund Aid for Malaria & Tuberculosis in 104 villages at Changlang, Tirap, Lohit, and Lower Dibang Valley.


‘Post teachers’

ITANAGAR, Sep 18: All Nyapin Sangram Phassang Youth Welfare Association (ANSPYWA) appealed to the Director of School Education (DSE) to post the required number of teachers at Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Nyapin.

The school has fallen shortage of teachers in various subjects, including principal, ANSPYWA said in a release and urged the authority to post a Senior Teachers each in Political Science and Geography, Junior Teachers in English and Social Science and a Commerce teacher.

The association informed that a memorandum was submitted to the DSE earlier but no action regarding posting of teachers has been initiated yet due to which the students are facing lots of problem in their studies.



ITANAGAR, Sep 18: The Upper Subansiri Nyishi Collegians Coordination Committee has been constituted with Gepu Don as chairman and Kaka Murtem as vice-chairman.


Union supports

ITANAGAR, Sep 18: Arunachal Below Poverty Peoples Union (ABPPU) has strongly supported the agitation spearheaded by Nyishi Elite Society (NES) and All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) to press the Government to compel ToI reporter Pradeep Thakur to reveal the source of his report as well as tender apology before the Nyishi people for his unfounded remark.

It criticized Nyishi Welfare Association (NWA) for not supporting ANSU’s 3rd phase of capital bandh and recently organized Nyisihi Dignity Rally by both NES and ANSU on the issue.


Union condemns

ITANAGAR, Sep 18: All Papum Poma Students Union (APPSU) has vehemently condemned the attack on two central executive members of All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU) by some miscreants at Sagalee general ground on September 12 last and demanded the authority to arrest the culprits immediately.

It also supported APPDSU’s demand for suspension of   Investigating officer Sagalee PS for failing to control the law and order problems.


Survey and integration camp

ITANAGAR, Sep 18:  All Tagin Students Union (ATSU) has decided to conduct its 1st phase of border survey programme and integration camp from Sept 19 to 25 in West Siang district which will be followed by celebration of Si-Donyi festival at Mechuka. The motto of the camp is to promote peaceful co- existence of the community.

The 2nd phase of survey will be conducted in Taksing circle of Upper Subansiri district from Oct 10 to 20.


Forum comes to Welly’s defense

ITANAGAR, Sep 18:  Pakke Kessang Youth Forum (PPYF) has demanded various organizations, including All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Forum and All Papum Pare Youth Forum, to substantiate their allegations leveled against Health and Family Welfare Minister Atum Welly within a week failing which the Forum has resolved to take ‘traditional way of action’ against them.

Describing the repeated demand for removal of the Minister for his alleged involvement in illegal appointment as politically motivated and an attempt to malign his image, PPYF appealed all those to wait till the court verdict. Since the matter is sub judice, their repeated demand for removal of Welly is an undue interference in the functioning of the investigating agencies and the authorities concerned, the Forum said.

While raising question over their silence on over 2000 illegal appointments, the Forum criticized organisations for making Welly a soft target.


News Impact

Quake jolts North East, Nepal; 18 dead

NEW DELI, Sep 18: A strong earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale shook Northeast India, Nepal and Bangladesh on Sunday evening, causing loss of lives and widespread damage to property. The earthquake, with epicentre at the Sikkim-Nepal border, was also felt in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Delhi.

Seven people have been killed in Sikkim and five people are reported dead in Nepal. Two persons were reportedly killed in Nalanda and Darbhanga districts of Bihar, out of which one died in a stampede following the tremors. Four persons were also reported dead in Kalimpong, Jalpaiguri and Siliguri in West Bengal. Officials say that at least 33 people are reported to have been injured.

The casualty figures are expected to rise as reports from the smaller villages and towns of Sikkim pour in.

In Assam, one woman was injured in Dhubri district on Assam-Bengal border, buildings developed cracks in various parts of the state and electric poles fell. In Guwahati a  woman was reportedly injured when a wall of her house collapsed.

As buildings shook, people rushed out of their houses and took refuge in open places.

Seismologists consider India’s Northeast to be the sixth most earthquake-prone belt in the world.

The earthquake struck on Sunday at 6:10 PM. Aftershocks measuring 6.1 and 5.3 on the Richter Scale were also felt around Sikkim 20 minutes after the earthquake. There were also reports of landslides following the earthquake in areas around Sikkim and also Darjeeling. Two major landslides have been reported from Sikkim's capital, Gangtok cutting off the National Highway. Several buildings have also been damaged in Gangtok.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also spoke to the Sikkim Chief Minister and offered all help. The Prime Minister also directed Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth to call for an emergency meeting.

Two buildings collapsed in Katihar in Bihar. The NTPC power plant in Kahalgaon in Bihar has also been shut down because of the earthquake following which North Bihar was under power crisis. Mobile connectivity has also been affected in the quake-hit areas.

Severe damage is expected in areas of Nepal adjoining Sikkim. Parts of the wall of the British Embassy in Nepal have collapsed due to the earthquake in Sikkim.

Two Indian Air Force aircraft have been sent from Hindon to Bagdogra while one aircraft has been sent from Palam. One aircraft from Kolkata has left for Bagdogra with personnel of National Disaster Rescue Force along with all equipment. They will be taken from Bagdogra to Gangtok by road which is being facilitated by BSF and West Bengal Government.

The Indo-Tibetan Border Police has launched search and rescue operations in Pegong area of north Sikkim which has been "badly affected" with two ITBP buildings also collapsing after the state was rocked by the earthquake. The 9th NDRF battalion based in Bihta, Bihar has been requisitioned for relief work in Sikkim.


City Police arrest one in FCI SMS case

ITANAGAR, Sep 18: A day after All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union went to the media with a letter to Food Corporation of India sent from Regional Office of FCI based in Itanagar calling for shifting/closure  of the office on security reasons, the Itanagar police has said that it has solved the threatening case by arresting one Tadar Patung for sending threatening SMS to FCI regional office AGM.

The threatening SMS to G Karthikeyan, deputy general manager, FCI regional office, Itanagar, created panic among the officers and officials of the FCI office since the SMS sender claimed himself to be the area commander of NSCN (IM) Itanagar, said Capital SP in a release today.

Giving details of the incident, SP Apang Tamut said the incident happened when an unknown person has sent an SMS to Karthikeyan that he should not disturb the business of two contractors. If he failed to do so and informed the police he will be killed, the SP further informed.

“However, no complaint was received from the DGM or from any one from FCI regarding threat.  Instead a complaint was received from Bengia Bado, FCI contractor in favour of whom the threatening SMS was purported to have sent. Based on the complaint, a Case no 238/11 U/s 419/506 IPC R/W Sec 10 UPA Act has been registered at Itanagar Police Station, investigation was launched and accused arrested who confessed his guilt immediately”.

During interrogation, the accused, however, denied any connection with NSCN (IM), the SP said. The accused has done this only to create a rift between the FCI, contractors  as he was also contender in the tender for carriage of PDS items and his tender was rejected, the  SP further informed.

     FCI AGM reacts

Meanwhile,  the FCI regional office AGM G Karthikeyan, while reacting to the news item published in this daily regarding a letter reportedly written by seeking closure of the Regional Office here due to “security reason”, informed that in fact the FCI RO is doing the needful to firmly establish the foothold of the FCI in the state keeping in tune the aspiration of local people.

FCI regional office has entered into an agreement to hire office building and guest house for a period of 3 years and also undertaking the construction of food storage godowns at different location of Arunachal for which land have already been acquired, Karthikeyan said.

Disclosing its factual position and stand of FCI, the AGM informed that being a head of the FCI in Arunachal Pradesh, it is obligatory on his part to report the matter pertaining to operation/administration to his higher authorities, especially when important/ critical issues are concerned. He further clarified that while trying to implement some specific orders of zonal office after his joining office on June 22 last, he had come across some unpleasant instances with the local transport contractors which includes personal threatening and SMS etc and the same has been duly informed to FCI higher authorities, state administration and police authorities. With this background, an officer of GM rank from FCI HQ New Delhi had visited Itanagar on Sept 1 and reviewed the security scenario, said the AGM.

“Besides, we have met the CM personally and informed that the shifting of RO to any other place is not possible as the decision is lying with Govt of India and in no way, FCI can be closed citing security reason. If any security is required, the Arunachal Govt will provide security to take care of any difficulties/threats faced by the officers and staff and will safeguard FCI interests,”  Karthikeyan informed.

Putting all such ‘misgivings of closure of FCI regional office’ at rest, Karthikeyan sought cooperation of local society, administration and law enforcing agencies for smooth functioning of PDS of the state for which the FCI is meant for.


AITF appeal state govt, NES, ANSU

Itanagar, Sep 18: Arunachal Indigenous Tribes Forum (AITF) has appealed to the state government and Nyishi Elite Society and All Nyishi Students Union to find a solution to the prolonged imbroglio after the Times of India report.  

The Forum discussed the issue in two meetings held in Itanagar on Sept 10 and Sept 14  wherein all the representatives from the various community based organization of the State attended.

In pursuance to the decision taken in those meetings, the AITF have written a memorandum of appeal to NES, ANSU and also to the State Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh with an appeal to immediately resolve the current imbroglio across the table through direct discussion and reconciliation for the greater interests of all the tribes & communities living in the capital complex in particular and State in general. On Sept 15, the AITF Delegation Team also met Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin, and submitted a memorandum with an appeal to find any agreeable solution to both the parties to restore peace and tranquility in the State.


APCC defends Pema Khandu

ITANAGAR, Sep 18: The Arunachal Pradesh Congress committee strongly condemns the press statement given by the Arunachal Youth Volunteer Federation seeking for dropping of Minister WRD and Tourism Pema Khandu from the Ministry. The APCC argued that how a man who has been in the cabinet for little more than four months could be charged of corruption. Pema was inducted into the state cabinet in honour of the service given by his Late father Dorjee Khandu so the people of the state should give ample time to the young minister to perform his duty.

The APCC spokesman, Nabam Vivek further requested various associations/unions to refrain from personalization of issues while adding that these organizations should rather bring out the real problems of the people before the Government.


St. Mary’s catholic youth conduct social service

ITANAGAR, Sep 18: The catholic youth of St. Mary’s Parish Itanagar came out in big number to do social service after Holy Mass today. The road between JNK Public School and APPSC office had a huge pothole which created enormous difficulties for vehicles so the youth led by St. Mary’s Parish Council Secretary and APCU (Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Union) Secretary Taw Tebin along with elders of the church carried mud and pebbles to level the huge potholes.  

Tebin said that though it is the duty of the departments to carry out road repair works, however the public unable to bear the inconveniences decided to do something so that general public may benefit from our work.


Arunachalees at Intl. Teakwondo Championship

ITANAGAR, Sep 18:  Taekwondo Federation of India has selected Tana Suraj, Suraj Ali, Borik Pamo and Puduk Buchi from Arunachal Pradesh to represent India at 1st Mount Everest International Taekwondo Championship, 2011 to be held in Kathmandu, Nepal from September 22 to 24.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Taekwondo Association has urged the authority to extend financial assistance to the participating players.

Meanwhile,  Arunachal Pradesh Tenshikan Shotokan-Ryu Karate-do Association chief instructor cum vice president Tai Hipik will represent India at International Training cum Seminar to be held in Singapore from September 29 to October 2. He is leaving for Singapore on September 27.


XVII State Level Karate-do C'ship in Nov

ITANAGAR, Sep 18: Arunachal Karate-do Association (AKA), in its meeting yesterday, decided to conduct the XVII State Level Karate-do Championship’2011 at Sangay Lhaden Sports Complex, Chimpu on 26 and 27 November. An organizing committee headed by AKA president Sensei Likha Tara as Chairman was also constituted in the meeting.

Meanwhile, a 14-member karate team from Arunachal Pradesh left here today for Madhya Pradesh to participate in the All India Inter-Sports Authority of India Karate-do competition beginning at Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh from September 23 to 25.

The event is sponsored by Sport Authority of India regional center Guwahati, Assam.

The team:  Senior Boys:  Kofa Raje (– 55 Kg), Nikam Sono (– 61 Kg), Runa Dada (– 68 Kg) Tage Saa (– 78 Kg), P. Nobin Jomoh (+ 78 Kg)  Women Senior: Rei Yadi (– 53 Kg), Junior Boy: Takiang Bagang (– 55kg), Janam Dodum (– 61 Kg), Dongro Dodum (– 68 Kg), Vijay Techi (– 76 Kg),  Junior Girl: Padi Ripa (– 48 Kg), Boy U-13: Samuel Dolo, Boy Cadet :Nokbo Wangsu (– 57 Kg):  Girl Cadet : Goda Asha (– 47 Kg).


Former Legislators seek govt intervention

ITANAGAR, Sept 18: The Former Legislatures Association (FLA) Arunachal Pradesh while endorsing the AAPSU statement strongly condemned proposed immediate shifting/closure of FCI Regional Office Itanagar.

While appreciating the prompt action of the state police, the Former Legislature’s Association urge upon the state govt to take up the matter with govt of India because the recent proposal for shifting/closer of FCI Regional office Itanagar on security reasons had sent wrong signal to the govt of India.

The Former Legislatures Association appealled to the people of the state to stay isolated from any sort of evil thoughts which may be destructive for peace and development of the state and its people.


Local self government in Arunachal Pradesh

ITANAGAR, Sep 18: A one-day seminar on the topic “The local self government in Arunachal Pradesh with special reference to the traditional village councils and the traditional village authority, the Gaon Burahs” was conducted recently by Political Science department of D. N. Government College with the active participation of the B.A.-III (Hons.) & B.A.-II (Hons.) students of Political Science.

In his keynote address, Kago Gambo, the coordinator of the Seminar stated that the institution of Gaon Burahs which was very strong during NEFA days has been declining day by day because of various factors. As pointed out by him one of the several factors responsible for it was the lack of awareness and training amongst the Gaon Burahs themselves and their Arunachalee brethren about the statutory powers and responsibilities endowed to the time-tested institution of the Gaon Burahs by the Assam Frontier (Administration of Justice) Regulation, 1945. He said that the institution of Gaon Burahs requires revisit from stakeholders to make it an effective and efficacious institution in the light of the changing times and circumstances.

Vice Principal of the college, S Khandu dwelt upon the significance of village council system justifying it as the only institution to give us our identity.

“What we are today, it is because of our tradition,” he said and advised students to have first hand experience to gather more knowledge and understanding on it.

Chairman of the seminar, Dr. R.B. Triparthy, HoD, Department of Political Science, synthesized the spirits of the papers and called upon the participants to understand the legacy of such traditions. As custodians, we must honestly transform the values of these age-old councils to the younger generation. The onslaught of modernization on traditional culture and belief  make us realize that the tradition of village councils have great capacity to absorb shocks, dissent and protests. Let us preserve the beauty of such tradition, he said.

Dr. Aruna Gyati highlighted the ethics of Buliang system.

Several papers on traditional village council system of the Nyishis by Tao Aba,  paper on the role, powers and functions of the Gaon Burahs in the state--its relevance’ by Hanuman Longdam, an analytical paper on ‘the institution of Gaon Burahs--the change and continuity’ by Zoom Gongo and a paper on ‘Kebang system of the Adis’ prepared jointly prepared by while Tasi Taggu and Arun Nopi were presented during the seminar. All of the papers were prepared by BA-III (H) students of the Department of Political Science under the guidance and supervision of the Departmental faculties especially Kago Gambo, Dr. Aruna Gyati and Dr. Putoli Langkam.


Training on Vermicompost production technology

ITANAGAR, Sep 18: Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Lohit conducted a training programme on “Vermicompost production technology” for farmers of Alubari village on Sept 14-15.

30 farmers were present in the training including the members of some SHGs of Alubari village.

In the first day Dr. P. K. Mallick, Programme Coordinator, KVK Lohit gave a brief description about the activities of the KVK. He discussed about the importance of organic manures including Vermicom posting for increasing productivity.

Debasish Borah, SMS (Agronomy) thoroughly discussed about the concept of organic manures particularly vermicompost, its importance, materials required, cost of production. He also discussed about the detailed procedure of vermicompost production and utilization of available crop residue and bio waste for productive purpose. In the second day practical demonstration was arranged and the farmers took active part in the practical session. Discussion on farmers’ problems were also done.


RGGP greets new students

ITANGAR, Sep 18: Rajiv Gandhi Govt-Polytechnic fraternity organized an impressive but simple freshers meet at its auditorium yesterday in order to welcome all the new students to the institution.

Welcoming the new stundets, polytechnic principal A K Tripathy, in his address informed the new entrants regarding rules, regulations, performance and achievements of this heritage Institution. He advised the freshers to integrate into the system of the polytechnic as soon as possible to get the best results out of it. The Principal also thanked all the faculties, staffs and senior students for their successful endeavour in making the polytechnic campus academic friendly and ragging free.

Head of the department of  AUE & Civil, Suresh Kumar while welcoming the new students, stressed the need of maintaining discipline  and decorum in student life.  

Students’ proctor M Libang advised students to be sincere and punctual in their academic life. Outgoing GS, L Jill & present GS, G Laling welcomed all the first year students and also appreciated the authority for speedy infrastructural and welfare activities undertaken in recent times for the benefit of the students and institution.



Vitamin A deficiency


Giving vitamin A supplements to children under the age of five in developing countries could save 600,000 lives a year, researchers claim. Writing in the British Medical Journal, UK and Pakistani experts assessed 43 studies involving 200,000 children, and found deaths were cut by 24 per cent if children were given the vitamin. They say taking it would also cut rates of measles and diarrhoea.

The body needs vitamin A for the visual and immune systems to work properly. It is found in foods including cheese, eggs, liver and oily fish.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that, around the world, 190 million children under the age of five may have a vitamin A deficiency. But despite widespread efforts, supplementation programmes do not reach all the children who could benefit. Capsules are now distributed twice a year in at least 60 countries, with average annual coverage rates nearing 80 per cent.

However, researchers who carried out this work say the effectiveness of vitamin A is so well-established that policy-makers should provide supplements to all children at risk.

They found vitamin A supplements reduced child mortality by 24 per cent  in low- and middle-income countries. Considering the estimated 190m children who are vitamin A deficient, reducing deaths by 24 per cent would save more than 600,000 lives each year.


They have a freezer charge too!

Dear Editor,

I once again appeal to the concern Consumer forums or any other authority about the unusual and illicit pricing of products in the capital market in particular and Arunachal Pradesh in general. I have tried a lot to understand the system of pricing in Capital Complex or say entire Itanagar Market, but failed to do so.

Forget about the MRP(s) or Government fixed rates, therefore I would like to refer the letter written by Marrie Basar published on Sept 16 titled "Prices beyond the prescribed limit". It is not only the problem of Basar's but  entire Arunachal and the Capital is the worst. For example, 2 litre Pepsi has an MRP of Rs 63 but is sold at Rs 70.  When I asked one shop keeper the reason for the inflated price, he smilingly replied Freezer Charge! Now tell me who gave them this authority to go beyond the prescribed limit?

This is neither sale tax or any other local tax, this is open looting of our hard-earned money! This is only a jist that I am giving, if I have to list out each and every Item and the shop lists, the Forum will not be sufficient.

Now it is the responsibility of the concern consumers' department and the consumers.

Just start questioning about the extra charges and stop paying such extra money to such dacoits. And if you see any one questioning about the same, jump into it and double the voice of our rights.

Once again I sincerely request to the concern authority to look into the matter and do the needful as earliest. And my dear consumer friends help me do what is right.


Byabang Ganga,

Chandranagar, (on email).



Fate may be hostile at times

Dear Editor,

It is a shock for entire nation when it heard the news of death of Ayazuddin, son of Mohd Mohammad Azharuddin's and his nephew Ajmal-ur-Rahman. No word can ever console the bereaved parents. Ayazuddin has been a budding cricketer. So, this is a loss for the country too.

But, the saddest part of this incident is the love and affection that was shown through a bike which is used in international rallies and used by avid and experienced bikers. Every child is dear to parent. So, when showering them with love sometimes people cross their limits. On the other side, if we see from parents point of view no parent would ever expect that their child would ever face fatal situations. But, fate may be hostile at times. At the same time,  will it not be far better if they allow their children to earn what they desire at a mature age and become self made?


Priyanka Chakrabarty ,

Guwahati , (on email)



Engineers and avenues

Dear Editor,

Engg No. 555’s commentary, “When we will have to stand in Ganga Market” of 17th Sep 2011, was a humorous take on a vexed issue. It is ironical that there is so much unemployment among engineering fraternity whereas there is allegedly no candidate for teachers in Science subjects. Obviously we seem to have messed up with our priorities as individuals and society as a whole.

The reason behind starting Engineering wing by scores of departments has nothing to do with Engineering or in the interest of works. Everything has to do with management of fund. Before starting the Engineering wing some of these departments used to engage unconnected departments for construction of buildings. For example they would engage PHED or RWD to construct buildings. Having said that, the lapse on the part of the designated department which ought to rightly take up these works can’t be overemphasized.

These irregularities seem to have been aggravated by absence of a powerful authority. The concerned ministers held sway in these matters. The present incumbent should bring order to this chaos. If at all necessary, these Engineering wings can be improved upon as per CPWD regulation. It would certainly result in more employment avenue. The administration’s decision to introduce engagement of graduate and diploma holders as apprentice in works department is a good beginning in this direction.

Meanwhile, if the young Engineers are really serious about their profession they should look for avenues outside of state Govt. departments. Welcome on board if they are comfortable with unionism and politiking in the name of qualification, category, designation, work et al.


John,  (on email).



Give them a chance too

Dear Editor,

I would like to request the Education Department to allow those students who are rejected on the ground of non-submission of mark sheets & certificates of B.Ed till the written exam. They can be nullified if they do not produce the same even at the time of viva-voce, because S/T exams come once in a blue moon so no doubt everybody would like to appear the exam. Actually the Education Minister himself said earlier that S/T will be conducted by the APCS. APCS and UPSC give provisions to appearing candidates. Therefore, I think that they should reconsider the matter once again.


Desperate rejected candidate

(on email)



Their timing

Dear Editor,

Two weeks back I visited one of the magistrate office at Itanagar, I entered the main office gate by about 10 AM.  Luckily I could see few men in khakee at the canteen. Suddenly I realized that I was the first man to come to office. I saw one lady holding bunch of files coming towards my side. She was one of the circle officers who was once posted to the same office. We both went to one of the office to collect a form I was looking for. The clerk was not there, when asked I was told he will come after 10 AM. I asked my friend what was the timing for govt employee here. 10 AM-4 PM!  I waited for another 90 minutes and so, but the clerk was yet to turn up. I asked my friend why these govt employees conduct themselves in such a manner.  Is this the reason the state have lots of problems? May thats the reason why Itanagar is in such a pathetic shape including road communication, social life and security. My friend said "Chill yaar. yaha to boss se lekar niche tak apna boss hai

Too many cook spoils the food.


TC Tayum






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