September 03

State transport service resumes

AALO, Sept 2: The State Transport Services in all routes of West Siang which came to a standstill for a day resumed after prompt assurance by the Govt to place fund and constant negotiations with proprietors of Yomgo Automobiles Services, Aalo and Geni Auto Agency, Likabali.

The two agencies have at last agreed to issue POL item to the State Transport Department on the condition that huge amount of pending bills are cleared.

The prompt action has given a sigh of relief to the passengers as the state Transport service is considered the most vital means of surface communication in terms of cheap fare, accommodation as well as carrying of goods, vegetables to market by the vegetable sellers. The service route not only connects capital and Silapathar but touches many interior villages of the district where the service is required most. DIPRO


Felix visit Yingkiong schools

YINGKIONG,  Sept 2: Parliamentary Secretary Education, Bamang Felix visited all the Govt Schools in Yingkiong to gain first-hand information and assess the ground reality on the condition of working of the schools.

Felix told the teaching community to shoulder the responsibility of their jobs with sincerity as the onus of future generation lies in their hands. He cautioned the teachers to abstain from lackadaisical attitude.

He also urged the senior citizens and intellectuals to adopt some of the Government schools for its betterment since Govt funds alone cannot sustain the institutions. Felix further appealed to the intellectuals to devote some of their times, teaching at the schools.

He was accompanied by local MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary (PWD) Alo Libang, DDSE Tanom Tapak, officers of Education department, ZPM Yingkiong Bading Teng among others. (DIPRO)


State level review workshop begins

ITANAGAR, Sept 2: Two-day state level HMIS & MCTS review workshop cum Training for Trainers (ToTs) on unstructured supplementary services data (USSD) and integrated RCH registered started at state training center, National Health Office, Naharlagun today.

Addressing the inaugural function, P N Thungon, Mission Director (NHM) highlighted the importance of timely collection, compilation and uploading of data record on HMIS portal. HMIS has it significance in terms of assessing the progress, he said adding that strengthening of HMIS is prerequisite for achieving objective and goals of National Health Mission.

Further, he added that though government of India is providing adequate man power and everyone is working hard to achieve the target, there is a gap due to lack of timely collection of accurate data and proper uploading which need to be plugged in. He urged the participants to take advantage of training so that they can impart training effectively up-to sub center level.

Resource person Dr Uma Chawla consultant (public Health) said priority should be given to surveillance, data collection reporting and analysis and uploading of the same on HMIS portal.   Informing that the data is being used in decision making by policy makers,  she urged to strengthen the HMIS.

 Earlier Additional Mission Director urged the participants to take advantage of the training.


Legal awareness workshop for young women

ITANAGAR, Sept 2: One-day legal awareness workshop for young women was organized by State NSS Cell, Director of Higher and Technical Education in association with Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development under union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports at Arunachal Law Academy, Lekhi yesterday.  Large number of faculty members and  students from various colleges and schools  attended the  workshop.

 Speaking on the occasion, Dr. V N Sharma, state liaison officer, highlighted the importance of the legal awareness among women and how it helps in the uplift of social status of women.

In his inaugural address, Yupia Session Judge Budi Habung  gave emphasis on the procedure for making complaint on crimes against women. Such legal awareness programmes are helpful to claim the special rights of the women, Habung said.   Resource persons of the workshop were Nani Mamung, Anupama Singh, Mopi Ete and Batotsi Kri dealt on the topics - constitutional and legal provisions for women,  sexual harassment at workplace, domestic violence with special reference to monetary relief, and sexual abuse with special reference to girl child under POCSO respectively. ALA Principal Dr G George also spoke on the occasion.


National seminar

ITANAGAR, Sept 2: A two-day national seminar on issues, challenges and development of North East India with special reference to Arunachal Pradesh at Rajiv Gandhi University on September 11 and 12..

Arunachal Pradesh Governor J.P Rajkhowa, who also is the Chief Rector of Rajiv Gandhi University, would attend the Inaugural programme of the seminar.


Contractors demand proper implementation of Act

ITANAGAR, Sept 2: All Arunachal Contractor’s Welfare Association (AACWA) has condemned the negligence on part of tendering authority of few works departments for not giving important information like required EMD for intending contractors while floating notice inviting tender.

Claiming violation of the Arunachal Pradesh District Based Entrepreneurs & Professional Act 2015 by an Executive Engineer of a certain work departments of Sagalee division by not mentioning the 1 percent EMD required for tribal contractors in the NIT, the AACWA suggested concern tendering authority of various works departments to get themselves updated with the latest govt. activities, notifications/orders etc.

The contractors’ association demanded implementation of the Act in letter and spirit.

While expressing doubt over architectural guidance and quality of construction works for National Institute of Technology (NIT) at Jote under Papum Pare, AACWA urged the Governor to intervene and ensure that the construction works are carried out correctly.


Retention of EE PWD sought

ITANAGAR, Sept 02: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP),Tali Block Unit of Kra-Dadi district sought retention of Executive Engineer PWD Tali Division saying that criminal case has been filed against incumbent officer. NCP block unit further added that till the completion of investigation of the case, the Executive Engineer should not be transferred.

However, it also mentioned that Tali PWD sub-division required posting of regular Assistant Engineer.


Lecture on Plant Biodiversity

ITANAGAR, Sept 2: Prof. Magaus Liden of Upssala University, Sweden has delivered a lecture on “Plant Biodiversity in Arunachal Pradesh” at New Galaxy Academy, Nirjuli today. In his lecture the professor gave stressed on the preservation of endemic and rare species for their various uses and economic values.


Traffic movement restricted

ZIRO, Sept 2: Informing that two decking plates have come out from Bailey bridge at Possa under Yazali circle, the authority has restricted the movement of vehicles over the bailey bridge on Sept 3 and 4 for  its maintenance and renovation. DIPRO


Blood donation camp held

ITANAGAR, Sept 2: Arunachal Vivekananda Yuva Shakti in collaboration with Solung Festival Celebration Committee Itanagar-2015 organized a blood donation camp on the sideline of Solung festival celebration at Solung-Mopin Ground here today.

Many donors from the Adi community enthusiastically participated during the blood donation camp.

Themed with “Give the gift of life: Please Donate blood”, the technical support for the blood donation camp was given by the staffs of RK Mission Hospital, Itanagar.


Special summary revision

NAHARLAGUN, Sept 2: The Election Commission has rescheduled special summary revision of electoral rolls with effect from September 15 vide its letter No. 23/2015-ERS dated 19th August, 2015 due to incessant rain and bad weather conditions in the state.

The revised scheduled for special revision of the electoral rolls with reference to 1st January, 2016 as qualifying date with Draft publication of Electoral Rolls on 1st October, 2015, period for filling of claims and objections is from 1st October to 31st October, 2015.

The disposal of claims and objections is by 20th November, 2015 while the final publication of electoral rolls is on 11th January, 2016. DIPR


Random tests to check spurious drugs

ITANAGAR, Sept 2:  Chairing a meeting of the health department today to discuss the various issues to be placed before the State Development Council (SDC) Dr. B M Mishra, Secretary Health & Family Welfare delved into the issue of spurious drugs in the local market. He stressed that such practices put the life of citizen in danger and directed the concerned officials to carry out surprise collection of at least 500 random samples from the market for quality testing.

Major issues discussed included status of the existing infrastructure and manpower and budget estimate for the current financial year and new development activities to be projected in the State Development Council meeting to be held soon.

The meeting held in the Conference Hall of the Directorate of Health Services was attended by Dr. Moji Jini, DHS cum DME, Dr. H.Tabyo, DFW, P.N.Thungon, MD (NHM) and all senior officers of the health department.  

Dr. E. Rumi Jt. DHS ( P&D)  enumerated  various goals of the health department namely reduction of maternal mortality rate (MMR) to 1/1000 live birth, reduction of infant mortality rate ( IMR)  to 25/1000 live birth, reduction of Total Fertility rate(TFR) to 2.1, reduction of mortality and morbidity from Anaemia, Communicable/Non-Communicable Diseases, injuries etc. and to achieve 100% coverage of the population under Chief Minister’s Universal Health Insurance Scheme (APCMUHIS).


News Impact

Itanagar is the crime capital of Arunachal

Dibang Valley, Anjaw and Tawang most peaceful

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Sept 2: The Capital Complex overwhelmingly lead the crime graph while Dibang Valley is the most peaceful district in the state.  Of the total 2884 cases recorded by the Arunachal Pradesh Police between 1 Sept 2014 - 2 Sept 2015, Itanagar is way ahead with 686 cases with Tezu at 269 closely followed by Pasighat and Aalo with 263 and 255 cases respectively.

The relatively peaceful districts are Dibang Valley with 11 cases while Anjaw recorded 25. The tourist town of Tawang saw 40 cases making it on one of the lesser violent places to live in the state.

Of the 63 murder cases registered, Changlang leads the graph with 10 while with eight each, Papum Pare and Capital Complex closely follows. Anjaw has an impressive zero murder record during the period.

Crime against women stands at sixth in the overall crime graph belying the popular notion that state is relatively safer for women than rest of the country.  Itanagar has not been kind to its women as it saw 51 cases of violence against women followed by Pasighat at 23 of the total 192 cases registered in the state.  There have been 74 cases of rape in the state with 22 in  Itanagar and 11 in Aalo.

Assault against public servants accounts for 48 cases with Itanagar and Aalo standing at 14 and 8 cases respectively.

163 cases of kidnapping have been registered in the state with Itanagar way ahead of others at 69 while Tezu saw 22 cases. Highest numbers of cases are registered against theft at 496 followed by burglary at 238 in the state.



We will not allow compromise on territorial integrity: AAPSU

ITANAGAR, Sept 2:   The AAPSU president Kamta Lapung said that the Union is not against the Naga Peace deal, however, it will not let the state government compromise its territorial integrity to fulfil the aspirations of  Naga people.

Addressing media persons at the Press club here today Lapung said  that the Union has met CM Nabam Tuki and he has agreed to hold an all party meeting on Sept 10 next regarding the issue. He further informed that he along with AAPSU General Secretary will also visit New Delhi and submit a memorandum to both the Prime Minister and Union Home Ministry.

He also appealed to the state government to deploy additional forces at the three insurgency affected districts of Tirap, Changlang and Longding to ensure safety of the people’s lives and properties which, are otherwise under constant threat and endangerment.  

AAPSU is always ready to initiate talks with the Union government and the NSCN (IM) to bring a solution to the contentious issue, he said.

However, the state cannot adopt the policy of appeasing the NSCN (IM) by giving away land against the will of the people, said Lapung and further urged the state government to send a team of all party members to the centre soon.     

While objecting to the NSCN (IM) general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah’s statement in which he has said that the NSCN (IM) will not compromise their demand of sovereignty and territorial integrity of all Naga inhabited areas including some parts of Arunachal Pradesh, AAPSU General Secretary Biru Nasi said that the Union strongly objects to any move by the central government to appease the factions at the cost of the general interest of the state.  He further appealed for making the content of the recent peace agreement between the centre and the NSCN (IM) public in the interest of the state.



LPG distribution in central Arunachal to improve

Chief Secretary appeals govt. officers to give up subsidy

ITANAGAR, Sept 2: Finally some good news for the harassed consumers as the shortage of LPG cylinders in central Arunachal Pradesh, particularly Itanagar Capital Complex, would improve soon.

This has resulted after a meeting with IOCL officials at a high level review meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi in his office today.

There has been immense scarcity of cylinders as Kimin plant could supply only 100 trucks against monthly requirement of 259 trucks.

Kimin caters to the requirement of seven districts of central Arunachal Pradesh including Capital Complex and two adjoining districts of Assam.  

The Chief Secretary directed the Civil Supplies Department to monitor the position till September end and hold a meeting on October 1 to review the position after an assurance from Guwahati-based IOCL Chief Area Manager Saurav Chaliha to improve the supply within 15 days. Negi suggested expansion of supply network by granting license as a relief to IOCL. Chaliha said that he has already started rescue supply from two Guwahati-based bottling plants daily.

When Commissioner Indra Mallo pointed out that the supply was inadequate, Chaliha assured to improve the position soon.

 To check the discrepancies in the IOCL agencies data on LPG card holders with their central data, particularly in Capital Complex, Negi suggested for a thorough scrutiny. He gave the example of computerization of ration card holders which had resulted in elimination of 25,000 bogus cards in state capital alone.

The department officers opined that the possibility of bogus LPG card holders cannot be ruled out for which the IOCL should make a strict scrutiny of records of its agencies as direct benefit transfer are given through the card holders’ bank accounts.

The Chief Secretary called for an awareness campaign involving the masses before strict enforcement of visible actions to bring the guilty to book.

Responding to the appeal to surrender monthly LPG subsidy, the Chief Secretary called on the group A and B officers of state to surrender their subsidy so that poor section of society may benefit.

 N/Lakhimpur LPG sales officer Lila Rajkhowa and Kimin bottling plant manager S P Krimey, Food & Civil supplies department officers Tojir Kadu, Feroz Modi & Amit Bengia attended the meeting as well.

 Bengia suggested that petrol depots, license holders of IOCL could be made retail outlets for the convenience of the consumers and informed that supply of 5 kg and 2 kg cylinders would be introduced in the state soon.



Monigong cut off, Kurung Kumey power snapped

Lohit water receding

ITANAGAR, Sept 2: Lohit which has seen a trail of devastation following massive floods is limping back to normalcy with water level of Lohit and its tributaries receding and flowing below bank level, as per input from Water Resources department.

Road communication via Parsuram towards Tinsukia has been restored as well as ASEB power supply. But due to damages in power channel and other assets at Tafragam and Duranala MHS, emergency feeder line has been stopped as per a power department report.

Relief camps set up at Sunpura has been vacated today as the flood victims were sent back to their respective homes after thorough medical examination and advice, informed Damchin Norbu, DDRO, Lohit.

The interior Monigong Circle in West Siang is cut off from the rest of world since Aug 30 due to heavy landslides in different places on Tato- Monigong road.

Borung Nallah, Jereling and Pakinglingtok are worst hit with landslides and erosions due to incessant rains since the last one week.

Sang Khandu, EAC Monigong who is in touch with the BRTF authority disclosed that flow of men and materials are likely to be hampered for few more days as roads are heavily blocked in many places and will take time for clearance. The circle is badly hit in monsoon every year, reports DIPRO.

KOLORIANG:  Kurung Kumey District has remained in darkness since the past two days following damages to 33KV Power Sub Station in between Mani-Poiliang and Palin. The damages to electric line have been caused because of thunder storms accompanied by heavy rainfall and speedy winds.

The Assistant Engineer (Electrical) Koloriang Sub Division has informed that the restoration work is going on in full swing and it will take another two days to supply electricity in the District, reports DIPRO.  

LIKABALI: Due to heavy rainfall for the last four days, low laying areas of Jipu village under Likabali Sub-Division have been submerged.  Massive agricultural lands have been destroyed and many houses are under flood water creating panic and chaos, said ZPM, Likabali Mito Taipodia.

Meanwhile, ZPM along with Anchal Chairperson and Circle officer today visited the flood affected area and took stock of the situation and assessed the damages.



Dambuk: seasonal prisoner of Mother Nature

[ Amar Sangno ]

As our convoy stumbled upon boulders at riverbed of mad River Sisar, three giant Asian elephants embedded with frail mahouts appeared from nowhere. They were ready for a routine trip with the passengers across roaring Sisar.

We hefted our rucksacks, moment the elephants kneeled before us, beckoning us to climb on its bare spiky back.

Dambuk MLA Gum Tayeng (72) was leading the team; she was rushing to her home constituency left devastated by flood an affair repeated year after year.

Nature has been so unkind to Dambuk since its inception. With beginning of every monsoon season, this small sub-division often drives into six months of complete isolation.

Dibang River in east and Sisar in the west have turned into a geographical ‘Great Wall’ as all surface communication is snapped between early April to late October due to ravaging flood.

Incessant rain makes small streams like Sinekrong and Dotung monstrous; the swelling streams come with surge of debris and tumultuous flash flood during summer. The attrition of Mother Nature during rainy season makes Dambuk, the land of oranges and its circle headquarter Paglam, a seasonal prisoner of nature.

When the elephants started meandering and wading through muddy and sandy Sisar, clattering stones echoed, which was not necessarily music to the ears.

The elephant ride is only means of transportation to reach Dambuk during monsoon from western part curtailing the transportation of food items.

By monsoon, Sisar takes monster shape and spreads into five rivers across 2 kilometers in length.  

Our ride  across the Sisar River took almost two hours. The members of the team had to cling on rope with chafed palm, enduring pricking spiky hair of the mammal. The mammal rider charged Rs 200/ for each passenger and restricted the weight of belongings.

I saw neither fatigue nor fear on the face of the MLA but restlessness to meet her aggrieved people back home, who were waiting for her at that hour of disaster with hope.

On other side of Sisar were the PRIs members and ADC Atul Tayeng. Our cavalcade bumped through unpaved and ghostly road covered with hundreds of potholes, which had turned into ponds over night.

From Dambuk, she hurriedly visited Bomjir to take stock of flood situation. Next morning, along with 14 officials including this reporter, MLA set off on inflatable boat down the turbulent Dibang that veered off from its main course near Bomjir to assess the trail of devastation. The adventurous yet risky voyage was led by Nature Unlimited Member Anong Tayeng, also the captain of the mission and another boat was under the command of Circle Officer Dambuk Ibing Yirang. All members were given life jackets and the electronic gadgets including DSLR cameras safely deposited into waterproof bags, as it was continuously raining.

We reached Bizari around 10.30 AM, after close to two hours on the raft. After the arduous journey, it was a welcoming sight to see the villagers, who had lined up near the bank of river to meet their representative.  It was a relief to be served hot steaming tea with snacks.

Marooned villagers urged the local MLA to initiate permanent measures to protect massive erosion by Dibang River. The demand was to be repeated almost every village that we visited.

As we continue the voyage downward, the uprooted trees, fresh and green greeted us, with their thousands untold harrowing tales.

The destruction caused by the River was so enormous that it washed out paddy fields, agriculture and horticulture fields.

I am sure no government agencies would be able to account the exact loss of the properties.  After battling with powerful current of Dibang, infested with enormous logs, the team   reached Anpum, the worst affected village in the sub-division that was on brink of exodus. It was around 12:30 PM.

It was heartbreaking to see people, despair and helplessness written large on their face, as they huddled to appraise their local MLA at the government Inspection Bungalow. The ravaging river had threatened their existence and shifting to safe location was only option.

The MLA announced Rs 10 lakhs as immediate relief. The team left Anpum around 1:30 PM and continued to raft downward. The magnitude of destruction was visible in downstream villages of Bomjir, Anpum and Loglung.  

Lethargy and exhaustion took a toll on the members of team after covering 60 kilometers river route as we ended our voyage at Tara-Tamak ghat. The only member who seemed as energetic and fresh when we started the journey in the morning was the MLA.  At the end of the tiring journey, I was left wondering at the limitless energy of the 72 year old lady.



Village under threat due to lack of TAH drainage

Changlang, Sept 2: Seven individual households in Longlung village under Kantang Circle of Changlang have become vulnerable to landslide due to incessant torrential rain resulting to numerous cracks within the village covering an area of about 6000 square meter.

Changlang Deputy Commissioner Wayong Khimhun issued directions to a board of officers to ascertain the factual report.

It was reported that numerous small streams and waters percolating from the nearby hillock are flowing directly into the village area due to non-construction of proper drains along the under constructed Trans Arunachal Highway which passes thorough the village. The gradual sliding of large chunk of land has led to tilting of the houses. The tilting has been going on for the last four days and the effect can be seen in the jamming of the doorways every morning. The board of officers led by Circle Officer, Kantang Bamin Tarang sensitized the villagers to take precautionary measures to avoid any possible untoward incident. The affected villagers were advised to stay in a safe place during night. Further they were directed to channelize the water flowing in the area to the nearby drain so that it does not percolate down in to the soil.



SIT investigation demanded into girl’s death

ITANAGAR, Sept 2:  A recently formed Joint Interim Committee (JIC) of the All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) and All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) has today demanded constitution of a Special Investigation Team for conducting a free and fair investigation into the alleged suicide of a class VIII student in Daporijo on Aug 17 last.

Addressing media persons at the press club here today, ANSU President Byabang Joram said that the JIC has submitted a memorandum to both state CM and Home Minister seeking early constitution of a SIT into the case.

While alleging the police and district administration of not carrying out the investigation properly, Joram claimed that the JIC has prima facie evidence which they would hand over to the authorities once the SIT is constituted that could prove that the girl was murdered.

ANYA President Biri Kakum claimed that the Daporijo police department have registered the case under Section 306 of CrPC as abetment of suicide instead of Section 305, clearly overlooking the fact that the girl was a minor. He also alleged that post-mortem was conducted after 24 hrs which is against the guidelines of the CrPC.

While strongly objecting to the way the whole investigation was carried out, he further claimed that the police have not arrested all the accused involved and most of them have got off scot free.  

The JIC led by ANYA President Biri Kakum, ANSU General Secretary Nyanya Gollo, ANSU President Byabang Joram, ANSU Assistant General Secretary-cum-JIC Vice Chairman Tukbom Ligu have further decided to hold a candlelight peaceful march from Akashdeep to Tennis court of IG Park to seek justice for the victim.

The girl was found hanging under mysterious circumstances at her rented house in veterinary colony, Daporijo on Aug 17 last.



Partial response to nation-wide INTUC strike

ITANAGAR, Sept 2:  The nation-wide one-day strike called by several central trade unions evoked partial response in the state capital here today.

The offices of several central government departments, public sector undertakings like BSNL, government owned banks, the post office here and insurance companies remained closed for the day.

The SBI employees here, however, preferred not to participate in the strike but said they had supported it morally.

The Insurance company groups of Oriental Insurance, National Insurance, United India Insurance and New India Insurance gathered at Takar Complex, Naharlagun and showed their unity and solidarity with call for observing the strike. We whole-heartedly support the nation-wide strike call given for the cause of the employees, wage revision, anti labour policy and anti-trade union policies of the Central Govt etc, said Secretary of All India Insurance Employees Association Nabam Kama.

Business establishments and shops were open while private and few commercial vehicles, like tempo plied normally in the state capital.

The strike was called to protest against changes in labour laws and privatisation of PSUs.

Joining chorus with its national team, Arunachal Pradesh Unit of Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) today observed massive strike here. The workers of central organisations such as BSNL, banks and hydro-power abstained from the office as a mark of protest.

The INTUC unit demanded the government for immediate measures to contain price rise through universalization of public distribution system and banning of speculative trade in commodity market. Their demands include containing unemployment through concrete measure for employment generation, strict enforcement of all basic labour laws without any exception or exemption and stringent punitive measures for violation of labour laws, universal social security cover for all workers and minimum wages of not less than Rs 15000 per month with provision of indexation.



Solung celebrated at Bomdila, Aalo, Pasighat

BOMDILA, Sept 2: The Solung festival of the Adis was celebrated at Bomdila by the Mopin-Solung Celebration Committee in a grand manner on Sept 1.

Deputy Commissioner AK Singh and Superintendent of Police Dr A Koan attended the program along with the Commanding Officer 28 Madras.

Solung was celebrated with much fanfare and traditional gaiety at Gumin Kiin, Aalo on Sept 1 last.

Greeting the people on the auspicious occasion, West Siang Zilla Parishad Chairperson Yaman Bagra said that age old culture emits rich values that give us a distinct identity.  

Retired APCS officer, Taho Mize appealed the youth and future generation to shoulder more responsibility.

The President Solung Gidi, Tapun Taga and General Secretary Tapun Taki said festival should be taken as platform to bind all strata of people besides showcasing the rich folklores, attires, music and other insights into our culture.

PASIGHAT: Adis of Sibo-Siang and Siying on Monday celebrated Solung festival with traditional gaiety and religious fervor.

Attending the celebration at Sibo-Siang, Pasighat East MLA Kaling Moyong called upon the community to promote their culture and heritage even as they face new challenges. He maintained that culture is the root of identity of a community, so it must be preserved at all costs.

Moyong lamented that popularity of native language is declining. “We must also make constant efforts to preserve and promote our mother tongue”, he said.

Responding to local villagers plea for electrification, drinking water project in the village besides granting fund for construction of community hall, MLA Moyong assured to solve all problems in a phase wise manner after due consultation with the engineers of concern departments.

Adviser to CM, Bosiram Siram, attended the Solung celebration at Siying Gangging at GTC.

Despite the onslaught of globalization and modernity, Adis are capable and competent to preserve and promote the rich cultural heritage, asserted Siram. He said that festivals and traditional cultures were best gift of the forefathers, which should be protected and preserved.

Addressing the occasion, ABK general secretary (HQ), Tabung Ering put emphasize on compulsory education among the growing youths and opined that education is the key to personality development and as well as all-round development of the societies.

Adi song and folk dances particularly the age-old ponung were the main attraction of the festive celebrations. (DIPROs)



Congress a sinking ship: BJP

Cong trying to derail development process of Modi govt: Deka

ITANAGAR, Sept 2: The act of the Congress MPs stalling the monsoon session of the Parliament was nothing but a well planned conspiracy of the party bigwigs (INC) to derail the development process of Prime Minister Narendra Modi led Government at the Center, said Assam MP and BJP National Secretary Ramen Deka.

The party organized yet another protest rally at Miao of Changlang district against the Congress MPs’ alleged unbecoming act.

Deka, who  is also the Central Party in-charge, highlighted the Congress’ misrule and governance for more than 50 years since independence.

“The Congress party ruined the country and virtually did nothing for Arunachal Pradesh during its long period in power,” said Deka.

Saying that the HC order for a CBI inquiry against the Chief Minister of the state is a serious matter, Deka opined that Tuki should have resigned by now.

The Congress Government in the state must give accounts of every penny it has spent in the last 40 years and answer mis-management of state coffer, he said.

The meeting was also addressed by Samchum Ngemu, National Council Member, Wanglong Rajkumar, Tirap Regional President, Ngilang Tangha, District President, Chomjom Headly, senior leader and Ramesh Kadaganchi, Secretary Organization.



Shoulder the responsibility to take

AP forward: Lowangdong

Month-long training ends

ITANAGAR, Sep 2:  The valedictory function of the one-month Skills for Employability Training sponsored by the Department of Social Justice, Empowerment and Tribal Affairs concluded today at Don Bosco Youth Centre. Speaking on the occasion minister for Social Justice, Empowerment and Tribal Affairs Wanglin Lowangdong called upon the trainees to shoulder the responsibility of taking Arunachal Pradesh forward.  The Minister also exhorted forty-six-strong trainees completing the course to be disciplined in life and be good to themselves and others.

Stating that DBYC Itanagar is only one of its kinds in the state for rendering such a variety of services, Lowangdong appreciated its services and its counterpart at Khonsa and advised the youth to exploit the expertise of DBYC for their greater well-being.  An evidently happy Lowangdong also appreciated the State Government for taking note of the youth empowerment activities of DBYC.  The Minister also congratulated Taw Tebin, Director and Yumlam Kaha, Deputy Director, Department of Social Justice Empowerment and Tribal Affairs for initiating the Skills for Employability Training.  A Comprehensive Training Manuel to be used for the training was also released by the Minister at the occasion.

Addressing the gathering Jathi Pulu, former member of Arunachal Public Service Commission and presently, President of  Don Bosco Alumni, Itanagar, exhorted the young people present to be good human beings in the first place and added that this is the first and basic skill in life and the essence of all religion.  

Dr. V. N. Sharma, SLO, NSS, while speaking to the trainees said that they need to consider themselves fortunate to get such kind of facilities and a training sponsored by the government.

Earlier, while welcoming the guests, Fr. Mathai, SDB, Parish Priest, reiterated the fact that the Salesians of Don Bosco are here to fulfill the mission of Don Bosco which is making every young person an honest human being and a better citizen.  Fr. Mathai also expressed happiness over the confidence that the Government has placed on the Salesians and always being very proactive.  

While sharing experience, two of the trainees, Dai Mary and Tadar Yadik greatly appreciated the training and expressed the view that the training has helped them in reading, writing and speaking English well, to gain self-confidence, maintain personal hygiene and healthy habits and to be able to make use of the computer.  The Valedictory Function marked the end of a month-long residential training in Skills for Employability which consisted of English Fluency, Personality Development & Personal Grooming and Basic Computer operation.  Meantime DBYC is gearing to receive the next batch of trainees on 10th September, sponsored by the same department.



Dubi Rike Ete Memorial Football Tournament

Tadin, Jumi combat FC Bene complete semis line up

AALO Sept 2: Jumi combats FC Bene and Tadin completed the semifinal line up at the Dubi Rike Ete Memorial Football Tournament after they outclassed their respective opponents Darka and Kombo Pomte FC in the third and fourth semifinals yesterday here yesterday.

Baken Ete scored two goals while Toni Ragyor, Joken Padu, Karli Ngomdir, Nyali Ete and Golom Ete scored a goal each for Jumi Combats FC Bene to complete the drubbing of Darka team (7-0).

Tadin trounced Kombo Pomte FC 5-1 in the 4th quarterfinals.

Kaling Tatin and Tonya Basar scored two goals each for Tadin, and the consolation goal for Kombo Pomte was scored by Nyamur Beta.

Tadin meets Pakam today and Kabu locks horn with Jumi Combats FC Bene tomorrow in the semi final matches. DIPRO



Omo retains Pakde Uli half marathon title

[ Karda Natam ]

DUMPORIJO, Sept 2: Mudong Omo retained the Pakde Uli State Level Half Marathon title. Soma Pao from Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy and Tai Natam from Daporijo finished second and third in the race organized at Dumporjo today. Aadu Mili from Anini and Hiru  Rilo from Dumporijo won the fourth and fifth positions respectively.

The first three position winners were awarded case prizes of Rs 70,000, Rs 35,000 and Rs.15,000 respectively along with trophies. Cash prizes of Rs.10,000 each was given to fourth and fifth position holders.

Consolation prizes of Rs.1000 each was given to 6th to 15th place finishers and the rest were given certificates of participation.

MLA and chief patron of the event Paknga Bage, who witnessed the race, urged the youth to take up sports seriously and maintain sportsmanship spirit and discipline for success. Highlighting the achievements of various sportspersons from the district in various sports disciplines, including adventure sports like mountaineering, Paknga encouraged sportsmen and women of the district to take up sports professionally and make career out of it.

Dumporijo ADC Otem Jamoh, SP Taru Gusar also attended the race and appreciated the relatives and family members of Lt. Uli for organizing committee the event to promote sports activities.

Labour officer Jumni Ligu briefed about the social contribution and life of lt. Pakde Uli, who was one of the torchbearers of Segi Gusar Circle of Dumporijo and Upper Subansiri district as whole.

Altogether 42 athletes from across the state participated in the race.


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Important directives

In recent year Government of Arunachal has faced lot of flak for failing to submit utilization certificate (UC) on time. Opposition parties as well as civil society bodies alleged that due to non-submission of UC on time many of the centrally sponsored schemes (CSS) are not properly implemented. As state government does not submit UC timely, the central government also does not release CSS fund on time. Such situation badly affects the progress of work. Also some projects get stuck when state government fails to release its matching share. These two issues has become major stumbling block in the implementation of CSS schemes.

However it looks like finally government of Arunachal has learned some lesson and is working towards addressing these perennial problems. In a latest directive state government has asked all the departments to timely submit utilization certificates (UCs) against the funds released for various centrally sponsored schemes. On their part state government has recently released Rs 28.93 Crore as state share against various centrally sponsored schemes under Health and Education sectors. This includes Rs 2363.80 lakh under SSA, Rs 343.21 lakh under RMSA, Rs. 124 lakh under NRHM, Rs 42.75 lakh under RUSA and Rs 19.10 lakh under AYUSH. Government  of Arunachal has taken a major decision by deciding to release state matching share quite early. They will need to take more such innovative steps for the betterment of the state. Besides ensuring early release of state matching share and giving emphasis on timely submission of UC, the state government will have to ensure that centrally sponsored schemes are strictly implemented as per the guidelines. These initiatives will immensely benefit the people of Arunachal.




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Paddy field of a road

Dear Editor,

Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to highlight the scary moment that took place with one of the Capital Tempos.

I was travelling towards Naharlagun from Nirjuli on dated August 21 around 7:30 PM via our very own private transport - Tempo. The tempo driver seemed to be decent guy since he was driving gently.

Suddenly, the Tempo got stuck in the middle of the road and I thought it was an Earthquake but the very next second, I realised that it was not an Earthquake.  To my shock, the Tempo’s front wheel was out of its body. Thank god, no one was injured.  I guess, it’s all because of poor road.

I must add that there are no highways in the Capital but a paddy field in the middle of the town.

Itanagar Road was opened in the1980s. Now it’s 2015. 35 years has passed & we are still blaming nature. Are not our engineers trained to deal with natural calamity? Shillong has the highest rainfall with a similar topography as our own Arunachal Pradesh but then town has got heaven like roads.

Sometime, I wonder if our engineers are lacking behind in technical skills or engineers from other towns have learned extra ordinary skills.


Don Gao



An inspiring award

Dear Editor,

Through your daily publication, I would like to congratulate M/s Renu Beverages for being awarded with NEDFI AWARD-2015 at Guwahati for their outstanding business and their quality product known as “Orchid Drop”.

Such a prestigious award to an Arunachal based business enterprise will inspire many others who want to be an entrepreneur and planning to start their own ventures in the field of manufacturing, service sector, food processing or agriculture allied businesses.

I would also like to thanks both the financial institute namely Bank of India and North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd (NeDFI) for financially assisting Ms Renu Beverages. Lastly I would like to thanks again to the NeDFI for awarding prestigious award to M/s Renu beverages and also to Arunachal Chamber of Commerce & Industries (ACCI) who acknowledged the same which has inspired me and hope it has inspired many others.


Algi Nilling





Open letter to Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh

Dear Editor,

Through your esteem daily I write this letter to Hon’ble Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh.

Since  2013, I have been trying hard to get an appointment with you. I have tried all means. I have called up your assistants, PRI members and your supporters in order to meet you.  I have stood outside your bungalow but till today, I have not got the chance to meet you even though I belong to your home constituency of Sagalee. Through this letter, which is my last option, I would like to share my deep sorrow and problem. My five year old daughter has been fighting for her life since 2012.  I cannot afford the high amount for her treatment. Because of my inability to manage the resources, my daughter is leading a miserable life, made worse with each passing day.

Now the doctors of the state have advised me to go abroad without delay. Because of the high expenses, APCMHIS will not be enough to cover the total cost of treatment. So I am begging for help for the treatment of my daughter.

I look forward to your response.


Gollo Tango





Conduct JE Exam (PWD) through APPSC

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed daily, I wish to draw the attention of the concern department to let the JE exam PWD be conducted by APPSC since we have no more faith in departmentally conducted exams in the state.

It is a known fact that departmentally conducted exams hardly gives chance to the hard working deserving candidates.

I request CM, Chief Secretary and the civil societies and various other organisations to look into the matter and of all departmentally conducted exams as well.  Corruption in the state can only be reduced by recruiting the right deserving candidate.


A concerned aspirant




Triumph of human spirit

Dear Editor,

Early morning it was inspiring to read in dailies about Raghavendra Peri, a 28-year-old visually-challenged Hyderabadi ,who despite his handicap completed the 21K half marathon. It shows his remarkable fighting spirit when it comes to dealing with his disability. Completion of the half marathon shows that though he is blind, he had a vision & it was definitely a celebration and triumph of human spirit. Only society’s perception and mindset about differently-abled people needs to change.

We need to welcome them to join mainstream with more ramps and wheelchairs & Braille facility at public places and public transport.


T S Karthik, Chennai





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