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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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,
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
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
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
They have a freezer charge too!
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
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.
Chandranagar, (on email).
Fate may be hostile at times
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
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
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
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.
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