September 05

Janmashtami Greetings

ITANAGAR, Sept 04: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki have greeted the people of the State on the occasion of Sri Krishna Janmashtami. Governor and Tuki wished for peace, compassion, oneness and love to prevail in the state.


Villagers ban open defecation

Karda Natam

DAPORIJO, Sept 04: The villagers of Menga and Rading under Taliha Circle moving one step closer towards realising the objective of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA) have completely banned habitual open defecation in their villages. The decision was taken during an awareness programme organised by Department of PHE and WS under SBA.

The resource persons during the awareness programme explained in detail about the importance of maintaining good sanitary practice in order to protect themselves from many avoidable diseases.

The villagers were distributed sanitary items like hand wash, bucket, mug and water filter etc.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Komkar Dulom and Executive Engineer (PHED) Nyapung Konia appreciated the villagers for initiating such noble step and encouraged others to follow suit.


Stolen idol recovered

TAWANG, Sept 04: The idol of Jowa Thonga Dondup, which was stolen from Serteng Gompa of Socktsen village under Zemithang circle, was recovered from Guwahati by Lumla Police.

Lumla Police after registering an FIR filed by the ASM of Socksten village regarding theft of the idol, constituted a team and launched investigation under the close supervision of CI S Norbu, OC SB K Norbu and Deputy SP PN Thongdok.

The team led by SI A Mandal was stationed at Guwahati and finally succeeded in recovering the idol on Sept 2.

The idol is believed to be older than Tawang Monastery and Gorsam Stupa.  

Another special team has been constituted to apprehend the person involved in the crime. DIPRO


AAPSA-Sahodaya observes Teachers' Day

ITANAGAR, Sept 04: Former member of Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission Jathi Pulu called upon the teachers to discharge their duty as a member of noble profession with utmost sincerity and dedication.

Addressing more than 200 teachers from various private schools at the AAPSA-Sahodaya Teachers' Day celebration at Holy Cross School here today, Pulu, who also is the President of Don Bosco Alumni, Itanagar urged the teachers to inculcate discipline and moral values in their students.  He also advised the large number of students present on the occasion to respect their teachers, irrespective of their age.

Dr. VN Sharma, SLO, NSS, lauded the teachers for the yeomen services they render to the State.

"Teachers are the harbinger of all that are noble in the society," he said. Quoting from Rabindranath Tagore, Sharma exhorted the teachers to consider themselves the luckiest persons in the society.

All Arunachal Private School Association (AAPSA) President Techi James reiterated the commitment of all private schools of the State to quality education.

Sahodaya President Levi Katy called upon all members of AAPSA and Sahodaya to work united as unity of purpose and action alone strengthens any organisation. Best Teacher Awards were given to teacher representatives from all participating school.

Students from Holy Cross School, Eleazar English School, Itanagar, Donyi Polo Vidya Bhawan, Dawnlit Public School and JNK Public School presented a cultural extravaganza to the delight of all present.  

Earlier, the programme began with casual interaction and sharing among teachers followed by conferment of 'Best Teacher' awards.

A joint venture of All Arunachal Private Schools' Association and Sahodaya, which is a fraternity of CBSE-recognised schools, the programme was organised under the leadership of Principal, Holy Cross School, to honour the teachers of the private schools under AAPSA.


Meet on HTS claims

KOLORIANG, Sep 04: Kurung Kumey Deputy Commissioner Mamata Riba explained the process and procedures for submission of Hill Transport Subsidy (HTS) claims at a meeting in her office chamber here today.

She stressed on the role of circle level vigilance committee in connection with receipt and distribution of food grain and issue of necessary challans and certificates.

The wholesale nominee cum carriage contractors of both land route and head load requested the authority to increase rice allocation and timely payment of HTS bills.

The District Food and Civil Supplies Officer (DFCSO) Kalsang Lhendup was also present in the meeting. DIPRO


NNSPSU allege anomaly in recruitment

ITANAGR, Sep 04: The Nyapin Nyobia Sangram Phassang Students' Union (NNSPSU) has alleged that several posts of accountant under residential school, SSA Kurung Kumey were recruited without any notification on December 06, 2014 by the Education department in Kurung Kumey district.

According to the advertisement published on September 11, 2014, the vacant posts for residential schools published were part time teachers, permanent teachers and wardens, but the accountant posts under the same were not published, it said. The union also claimed that the recruited candidates did not qualify the educational qualification criteria for the post of accountant as they were only Class XII pass.

The union has written a complaint letter to the Project Director SSA and sought his intervention into advertising the vacant posts of accountants in the newspaper within 15 days and conducting fresh exam. It has also demanded strict action against the authorities involved in the act.


Road blocked in Silsango circle

ITANAGAR, Sep 04: All Silsango Circle Youth Association has informed that the road to Nakar village via Pilla, Rugo, Nyopang, Arung, Silsango, Sarchgai, Mate, Kussuk and Moya Ambam under Mengio sub division has been blocked by landslide. Also stating that people of the area are facing lot of problems as they cannot travel out even for treatment, it called upon the concern authority to immediately release funds for restoring the damaged road.


Training on basic computer concludes

ITANAGAR, Sep 04: In all, 90 youths from Wakka and Pongchau circles of Longding district took part in a Department of Skill Development and Employment Generation sponsored capacity building training on basic computer under Border Area Development Programme which concluded at Don Bosco School, Longding on Thursday.

Addressing the valedictory function of the training, Major Neeraj Kumar Pandey of Rajput Battalion, Longding, exhorted the trainees to become self disciplined and work hard to achieve success in every field.

Fr. Jose Karippai of Don Bosco School also advised the youths to eschew violence and stay away from alcohol and drug addiction.

Rector of Don Bosco School Fr. Joseph Thottappally also spoke on the occasion.


RGU launches English certificate course

RGU, Sep 04: Rajiv Gandhi University's Department of English has launched a three month Certificate Course in Communicative English (CCCE) from the current session.

The course was formally inaugurated by Prof. Tamo Mibang, the Vice-Chancellor who had visualised the course to reach out to the people outside the regular curriculum of the University.

VC observed that though English is an international language but has remained for the elite class. So in order to fulfill the responsibility towards the society, the course has been introduced.

The Vice Chancellor also unveiled "My Space", the Wall Magazine of the Department.

The Registrar, Prof. Rachob Taba congratulated the department and the new entrants for expressing their interest in the course.

The Dean, Faculty of Languages, Prof. A.R. Parhi emphasised on the need of communicating the 'self' to the 'other' through the CCCE programme.

Speaking on the occasion the Deputy Registrar, Dr. David Pertin also expressed the importance of English as a global language which must come in handy for the budding talents of Arunachal Pradesh.


PMC website launched

PASIGHAT, Sep 04: Pasighat Municipal Council (PMC) goes global with the launching of its website by East Siang Deputy Commissioner Isha Khosla in a function held here today.

Expressing his happiness over the launching of the website MLA Kaling Moyong said that the citizens will now be able to assess the activities of the civic body and extend suggestion for improving the service delivery mechanism.

 "It was first step towards Smart City Mission" said DC Khosla said adding that the website would update the citizens on service delivery system of PMC. Later this afternoon, she also reviewed preparations of Smart City Mission with the Head of Offices. Municipal Executive Officer Deepak Shinde and Chief Councillor Denong Tamuk also spoke on the occasion.

Initiated by MEO Deepak Shinde, the web portal www.http://arunachaltp.nic.in/pmc has been designed and developed by the Department of Town Planning and ULBS, Itanagar with the help of National Informatics Center. The PMC also decided to keep e-payment provision in its website to facilitate the citizens to clear payment of water, electricity charges etc.

Among others, DIO Pasighat T. Devaraj Singh and all ward councillors were present on the occasion. DIPRO


Retain transferred teachers: APCYGTSU

ITANAGAR, Sep 04: Claiming that two teachers were transferred from Govt Higher Secondary School Palin without any relievers, All Palin Chambang Yangte Gangte & Tarak Langdi Students' Union (APCYGTCU) has sought suspension of their transfer orders.

In its letter to the Director School Education, it also demanded posting of PCB and Hindi teachers in the school.


ASM calls for creation of CO office

ITANAGAR, Sep 04: The Anchal Samiti Member of Tigdo Panchayat Tayum Akin has called for creating a CO headquarters at Yupia saying that going to Doimukh for petty official works like ST, PRC, birth certificate, ILP etc for the people of his Panchayat is troublesome.

The ASM gave a representation to the Papum Pare DC in this regard.


Seminar month at St Claret College ends

ZIRO, Sep 04: The seminar-month organised by the final year honours students of the Saint Claret College, Ziro concluded with the seminar on the topic "British Imperialism and its Impact on Northeast India"  here on Sept 2 last.

Earlier, the seminar started with the topic "Timelessness in T S Eliot" on August 14, which was chaired by Dr. Luhish Lushai of Don Bosco College.

Altogether five seminars including seminars on the topics, "Tourism in Arunachal Pradesh", "Inner Line Permit: Origin and Relevance," and "Agriculture in Northeast India"  were  conducted and  15 papers presented during the programme.


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Raj Bhavan takes note of garbage problem

Rajkhowa asks for garbage collection and disposal in Itanagar

ITANAGAR, Sept 04: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa has taken note of the problems related to garbage in the state capital.

Expressing concern with regard to garbage collection and disposal in Itanagar, the Governor called upon all stakeholders to shoulder responsibility to rise to the expectations of the people. Referring to the newspaper reports and photographs, he said that concerted efforts should be made by all stakeholders including Itanagar Municipal Council members, commercial establishment and industries.  

The Governor opined that every house and shop should contribute towards this campaign and legal framework must be put in place. He also suggested for levying fine on the violators, which he said is practiced in many countries renowned for cleanliness.  

He said this while reviewing the initiatives taken by different stakeholders for success of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA) at Raj Bhawan, here today.

Addressing the meeting attended by state government officials, and representatives from financial institutes, non-government organisations, commercial houses and entrepreneurs, the Governor exhorted the different stakeholders and private sector to contribute towards the campaign. He suggested them to adopt place or locality for the campaign or provide manpower and other resources for the success of the mission.

Governor said that Prime Minister has given special responsibility to financial institutions and central government agencies under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and there should be synergy amongst the banks, public enterprises, municipal councils and Urban Development department for creating a better and cleaner environment.

The Governor called upon the people to do their best to keep the city and town clean, and that the message must go to the districts. He wished that twenty best known personalities, including sportspersons, popular singers and actors, social workers be involved in the campaign as ambassadors. Suggesting for optimum utilisation of vehicles for garbage collection and revival of recycling plant near Itanagar, the Governor suggested that efforts be made for educating the people on segregating the biodegradable and non degradable wastes at the source. He also suggested for exploring alternative dumping grounds away from the roadside.

Pointing that many rivers and streams in the State, particularly in the state capital have been polluted due to dumping of waste and garbage directly into the water bodies, the Governor called for proper and strong action through sewage management procedure to save the aquatic lives of the State.

Taking part in the discussion, State Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi said that major stakeholders, including the Urban Local Bodies, Departments of Public Health Engineering Department, Education and Rural Development must be proactive. While stating that many cities have privatised the cleaning work, the Chief Secretary suggested for workshop involving all stakeholders.

Earlier, the Commissioner to Governor KJR Burman briefed on the twenty-point Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. He reminded that while launching the campaign, the Prime Minister had called upon the citizens of the country to make Swachh Bharat Abhiyan as mass movement and to contribute hundred hours a year towards cleanliness. PRO to Governor



Efforts on to reduce use of plastic bag

ZIRO, Sept 04: More than 400 reusable bags were handed over to the Bazaar Welfare Committee and Trade and Commerce Chamber, Hapoli by the Lower Subansiri District Administration.

An initiative by Kanki Darang, Deputy Commissioner, Lower Subansiri it envisions reduction of usage of plastic bags. These bags would be made available with the vegetable and raw meat vendors. A customer could use these bags and return it to the vendor during the next visit.

Darang requested the people to come forward to support and sponsor this venture. A little effort from every individual can make a massive difference, he said. He also directed the vendors to wear aprons, headwear, gloves and masks while on work.

The District Administration is relentlessly trying to reduce the usage of plastic in the plateau and keeping it clean. Notices have been served earlier, few shopkeepers penalized and random checking drives conducted.

The listing of the Apatani Cultural landscape in the World Heritage Site has put Ziro on the world map. The people of the plateau will have to decide what memories people carry back with them after visiting Ziro, he added.

EAC Mokar Riba, Secretary Bazaar Welfare Committee Mihin Doilyang and Chairman Chamber of Trade and Commerce Narang Dolley and Secretary Talyang Sambyo were present on the occasion. (DIPRO)



Governor for knowledge and value-based education

CM acknowledge hardwork of teachers

ITANAGAR, Sep 04: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa in a message to the teaching community of the State on the eve of Teachers' Day, which commemorates the birth anniversary of former President Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan expressed hope that the occasion will inspire them to rededicate themselves towards imparting knowledge and value-based education, essential for nation building.

In his message on the occasion, the Governor said that education is the key to success in life, and teachers are the ones who can inspire hopes, ignite the healthy learning habits in the young minds, arouse imagination and innovation, and instill love for learning in order to be knowledgeable and wise.

The Governor appealed to the teachers to inculcate knowledge, ethical values, hard work, punctuality and discipline amongst the student community and also to be their role models.

The Governor emphasised on restoration of respect for the teachers in the society. He said that the children can be good citizens and contribute towards the nation, provided teachers play their role with utmost dedication and sincerity at all the stages of education.

At the same time, he commended those committed teachers, who, in spite of encountering many hardships are imparting education to the young children in far-flung corners of the State. Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in a message commended those teachers, especially those serving in interior and rural places without basic facilities facing innumerable hardships, "for silently contributing in man-making and state building".

He said that teachers' contributions cannot be measured in physical terms but future of an individual and entire country depends upon them. The Chief Minister called upon the students to recognise the services rendered by their teachers and give them their due in the form of love and respect. Expressing concern over the dwindling relationship between teachers and students in the modern world, he appealed the younger generation to uphold the tradition of guru-shishya parampara and respect their teachers no matter what as teachers are the ones who shape their future.

Meanwhile, Tuki also appealed the teachers to be sincere in their duties and uphold the sanctity of the world's most noble profession.



Strategy chalked out to eradicate opium menace in Tirap

KHONSA, Sept 04: The Tirap district administration has chalked out strategy to eradicate opium menace in the district. In a coordination meeting held here at DC's conference hall today, it was decided that every department should contribute 10 per cent of its funds to carry out anti-opium activities and District Planning Body would work out plans for allocation of fixed fund to fight opium menace.

After a threadbare discussion, the house resolved to constitute village level team in each village involving Chief GB, GPC, teachers, a representative from NERCOMP, district administration and police for mapping of areas under illicit opium cultivation. The team shall collect the data including names of the cultivators and the areas under cultivation and send the feedbacks to the DC within three days.  Accordingly the administration will forward the data collected to the government for taking further necessary actions.

Informing that orders under Section 144 will be issued asking the villagers not to cultivate opium, the DC also urged all the Chiefs, GBs and public leaders to convene village level awareness meeting against opium and to pass resolution not to cultivate opium.

Earlier, in the meeting, Tirap Deputy Commissioner has emphasised the need for proper mapping of opium cultivation in Lazu area so that plans could be made to deal with the issue effectively.

The public leaders, Chiefs, PRI leaders present in the meeting informed the DC that series of meeting were also conducted in the last couple of years but no tangible solution could be arrived at. They stressed on providing alternative means to the people to give up opium cultivation. They also stressed for de-addiction of the addicts by establishing rehabilitation centres.

While sharing his experience in destruction of standing opium crop during last three years, the Assistant Superintendent of Police informed that opium cultivation is mainly concentrated in Lazu area and the reason for cultivation was for self-consumption and commercial purpose. Earlier cultivation was done by the villagers near the road side but they shifted to inaccessible areas after operations against opium cultivation were carried out by the CBN, he further informed.

Informing that due to lack of awareness and absence of alternative source of income, the villagers took to opium cultivation, he suggested involvement of NGOs and religious institutions to create awareness among the people. DIPRO



AAPSU, LDSU oppose sub-head, call for quality work

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Sept 04: Claiming that Monte Carlo, an Ahmedabad based construction company, which is supposed to execute C/o Longding-Kanubari (47.215 kms) double lane road under Trans-Arunachal Highway is in the process to award the project to petty contractors under sub-head system, All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) and Longding District Students Union (LDSU) today strongly opposed the alleged move.

Addressing media persons in a joint press conference at Press Club here today, LDSU President Manlem Wangsu claimed that Monte Carlo, the executing agency of Longding-Kanubari double lane road under SARDP-NE of Trans-Arunachal Highway is trying to execute the project through sub-contractors. While condemning the move of the agency, LDSU President said that allowing the project to petty contractors will not only degrade the work quality but also violate the laid down norms. Wangsu added, "We want quality work, we will not allow the company to award the work to sub-contractors". He also urged the company to surrender the project if they are unable to execute so that re-tender process can be initiated.

AAPSU Spokesperson Tanya Agu who representing the apex students union strongly condemned the company's alleged delaying tactics to start the project. Terming that the sub-head system degrades the work quality, Agu said that AAPSU will appraise the Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways (MoRTH) to ensure that the project be executed by Monte Carlo.

This daily was unable to contact with the officials of Monte Carlo Pvt Limited for comments.

AAPSU and LDSU also urged the education department to adopt 'zero tolerance policy' in transfer and posting of teachers claiming that many teachers had been transferred from Longding without relievers leaving the district short of teachers. "If the teachers are refraining from attending their duties in their respective posting places, what would be the future of our state", said Agu while questioning the teachers who took retention against transfer to Longding district.



13 karatekas from state for C'wealth C'ship

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Sept 04: Karate Association of India (KAI) has selected 13 players from Arunachal Pradesh, highest among the North East States, to represent the country at 8th Commonwealth Karate Championship to be held in New Delhi from September 18.

They have been selected on the basis of their performance in the National Karate Championship-2015 conducted by KAI at New Delhi in May this year.

Apart from it, 18 players in sub-junior category from the state will attend the qualification trial for the Commonwealth Championship. The qualified players will be allowed to take part in the Championship in the newly introduced sub-junior category.

The selected players (men) are Nabam Radhe, Mojum Dodum, Kamku Tallo, Yorjum Sera, Raja Yangfo, Tade Bayer, Biplob Devnath, Sinne Mikhu, P Nobin Jomoh,; (women) Niamun Mara, Minam Tekseng, Yoisi Tausik, Johny Mangkhiya. All of them will take part in Kumite (fight). Nobin Jamoh has been selected on the basis of his medal winning performance in the previous Commonwealth Championship in Canada.

KAI has also appointed Arunachal Karate Association Technical director Shihan S Deben Sharma and General Secretary Sensei L Marik as the coaches of the Indian team.

Sharma, who is currently serving in the Sports Department as Karate coach, was recently awarded Black Belt 6 DAN in Japan. He also is a World karate Federation (WKF) accredited coach.

Marik, Grade-A judge and Black Belt 5 DAN awarded by WKF, is currently serving as Sub Inspector in the Police Department. He is one of few karate officials working tirelessly under the guidance of AKA President Likha Tara for promotion and development of the sport in the state since last 28 years.



AAPBSU serves 30 days ultimatum

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Sept 04: All Arunachal Pradesh Border Students' Union (AAPBSU) today served a 30-day ultimatum to the state govt to fulfill their demands which include immediate raising of 3rd batch of AAPBn to secure the lives and properties of the people living in  Arunachal-Assam inter-state border areas and creation of separate Border Affairs Minister to oversee the border related issues.

Addressing media-persons at press club here today, AAPBSU president, Atung Tana said, "AAPBSU will be compelled to resort to democratic movement if the govt fails to fulfill the demands within the stipulated time". Tana claimed that despite repeated pleas and submission of representations, the state government is not paying any heed towards their demand. AAPBSU resented the alleged apathy of the state government to tackle the border related issues. He added that the present APPBn is insufficient to man the inter-state border areas as it has to confront with law and order problems.

"The need of the hour is immediate creation of the third batch of AAPBn to curb law and order problems in border areas. And it is the duty of the state govt to ensure security and safety of each and every individual," he added.

In March 2011, the then Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu sought a proposal for creation of two additional battalions to guard the inter-state border in the foothill areas from Balemu to Jonai. Pursuing the matter, AIGP (Adm) GK Chetia had reminded the Deputy Secretary (Home) for creation of 977 posts in its letter written in April 2012, the union added.

Highlighting the lack of permanent office for Border Affairs department in the state capital, the union added that it is problematic for the public from the border areas to place their grievances to the govt. It demanded for creation of independent commissioner, secretary, joint director, deputy director and other ministerial staffs and establishment of Border Affairs Office at Itanagar for effective implementation of govt policies pertaining to border affairs in the state.

It also demanded the govt to execute BADP scheme under the guidance of Director of Border Affairs instead of the department of Planning, claiming that there was no proper implementation of BADP scheme under the Planning department.   

Referring to various other points in favour of their demands, the Union further appealed the state govt to utilise the AAPBn personnel to tackle law and order problems of border areas instead of using them for the security of officers, VIPs and in VVIP duties.

The union had launched two phases of bandh calls on January 29 and March 4 last against the alleged lackadaisical attitude of the state govt towards their demands.



Arunachal mourns Binny Yanga

ITANAGAR, Sep 04: Condolences messages kept pouring in from all sections of the society following the death of Binnya Yanga, Padmashree to share pain and grief with her family members.

Binny Yanga, who was lovingly called as 'Anne Maya' by all, was mother of all poor, orphans and destitute as she gave them lease of life by bringing them up and giving them shelter, said State Bharatiya Janata Party in its condolence message.

"She was a social worker par excellence and her philanthropic activities were widely recognised by all," the party said and termed her death a great loss for the country and the state in particular.

While expressing grief and sorrow over her death, Woman and Child Development, Social Justice and Empowerment etc. Minister Wanglin Lowangdong, said, "In his passing away we have lost a notable social worker, a pioneer, an imminent entrepreneur and a very good human being."

She will always be remembered by the people of the state for her immense contribution to the betterment of the society, said Lowangdong.

The Arunachal Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee (APMCC) has also expressed shock and grief at the sudden demise of Yanga.

"She was a great asset of our state and her philanthropic works will remain a source of inspiration for all of us in the days to come. She will remain in the hearts of people of the state for her selfless services rendered for betterment of the society," said the APMCC in its condolence message.

Conveying its deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family of Yanga, the Arunachal Indigenous Tribes' Forum (AITF) said the vacuum she left behind will be difficult to fill.

Meanwhile, AAPSU has also deeply mourned the sudden demise of Padmashree Binny Yanga who died at Guwahati on Wednesday. In a condolence message to her bereaved family members, AAPSU recalled Late Yanga for dedicating her life for underprivileged and downtrodden people. The union also added that contribution and supreme sacrifices made by Late Yanga would remain ever unparalleled.

Describing Yanga as Mother Teresa of Arunachal, All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) in its condolence message said that she has dedicated her entire life for the welfare of the oppressed people, orphan and destitute women of the state and served them until her last breath.

The vacuum created by her death and in the field she worked will be very difficult to fill. ANSU said and termed her death a great and irreparable for the state.

Women Welfare Organisation, East Kameng described her as an example of promoting values that are important to humanity.

The rank and file of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) state unit deeply mourned the death of Binny Yanga. Late Yanga worked for the weaker sections of the society in various capacities. The people of the state have lost one of the pioneer social workers in her death. She will be always remembered by the people of the state and the Nation as a whole for her dedicated service, the NCP said in a message.

Councillor of Ward 24, Lishi Yapu has also condoled the demise of Binny Yanga. "She was a stalwart in the field of social activism and had worked tirelessly for the downtrodden class and for empowerment of the women in our state. I use to regularly interact with her and seek her views on various important matters. I will miss her presence," said Yapu in a release.



Jairampur GHSS nears completion


JAIRAMPUR, Sep 04: The double-storey Government Higher Secondary School, Jairampur constructed by the DUDA under Multi Sectoral Development Programme (MSDP) is nearing completion. Established in 1953, GHSS Jairampur with its rotting timbers and corroding CGI sheets was desperate for renovation. Thanks to the persistent endeavour of MLA Laisam Simai, the deteriorating GHSS Jairampur got an entire new life.

The multi-crore double storey GHSS building when completed will be 'first-of-its-kind' Government School in the entire state.

While visiting the school building site recently, Simai said, "This is one government school that even the most elegant and affluent private schools of the state will envy".

The outstanding design of the school has already made it a strong contender to be one of the major landmarks of the region. Besides being an architectural marvel, the new school is loaded with eco-friendly features like rain water harvesting, solar energy, centralized waste management system and multi charging facility for mobile phones, which is a first for any government school.

Jairampur DUDA, Deputy Director, George Joseph elaborating about the integrated features said, "We've put two metal tanks with 3000 litres capacity each to store the rain water for treatment and it'll be enough to cater to the water needs of the school." About the solar energy, he said that all the lights will be powered by solar energy.

It must be mentioned here that besides, GHSS Jairampur, the other major buildings nearing completion are Rs. 2 crore WW-II Memorial Museum (Jairampur), Rs. 1 crore 52 lakhs three storeid border trade shopping complex (Nampong) and Rs. 73 lakhs Trade Development Office Building cum Guest House in between Nampong and Pangsau Pass.



Community mobilisation vital to bring changes in healthcare practice

ITANAGAR, Sept 04: Nodal Officer of National Health Mission Dr. D Padung exhorted the members of Mahila Aarogaya Samiti to act as focal community group in their area to generate community awareness on maternal, newborn, child health and nutrition. He was addressing the inauguration programme of the week-long batch wise training under National Urban Health Mission for the MAS members of Papum Pare at Administrative Training Institute Naharlagun today.

Dr. Padung, who also is one of the resource persons of the training, expressed happiness over enthusiastic participation of the MAS members in the training and encouraged them to take up their voluntary work for the welfare of the community.

Later, he explained the participants on basic principles of health systems in the state and multiple determinants of health.

Dr C. Lowang emphasised on community mobilisation to bring positive changes in healthcare practices in the society.

Nodal Officer (NHUM) Dr R. Dodum, DRCHO Papum Pare Jomnya Ado, MO Incharge S Taben and Dr Tania Raju, DANO were present in the training.



The Dying Trust

[ Tom Simai ]

Along with the transiting time, the PHCs and CHCs of Changlang district are also turning inglorious for pioneering the 'Referral Trend', whether one is suffering from minor or major ailment, medical officers are alleged of scribbling the referral instead of 'remedy' that too by simply throwing a cursory glance upon the patient(s).

In place of tending to the sick and needy, they find it easier to refer the patients to private hospitals somewhere in Assam where our poor villagers often get robbed by the insatiable white coats and their greedy staff. The referral trend might have lightened the local doctor's load but it has multiplied the poor patient's miseries, compelling them to live a borrowed life, forever.

It hurts to heed the painful anecdotes of the ailing locals which they experience during the course of their treatment at those expensive hospitals in nearby Assam. A majority of them claim of being mistreated, misbehaved and manipulated.

Apparently, it is the ramification of the referral trend that our rural folks are not only losing their faith on the PHCs and CHCs but also they are coerced to gravitate towards the primitive substitute - Quacks, encouraging superstition.

The dilemma here is that if they seek the expensive treatment as referred, they are certain of losing all their life savings including the agricultural plots - if they prefer the 'Quack service' they tend to save everything, except life.

In a backdrop, where even the affluent folks fear and despise the exorbitant medical bills, how do we expect the poorest of the poor to afford or appreciate it?

In majority of the cases, the rural populace that walks the excruciating miles and halt, believing that miracles occur only at the hospital's often return back with a broken heart and bruised hope carrying the same disease home.

For our ailing multitudes, sadly, CHC/PHC symbolizes as a centre of predicament. Whom should we blame for the diabolical status of our healthcare department - the State Government for constantly failing to improve the healthcare sector or the medical fraternity that has 'solid' excuses to incline more towards 'referral' than 'remedy' or the rural folks for believing in both the government and the medical fraternity to subside the ailments from their poverty ridden existence. (The Writer can be reached at simaitom@gmail.com)


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Bad precedent

The top brass of the RSS, its various affiliates and the BJP today concluded three days deliberation on challenges facing the Narendra Modi government and steps required to tackle them. During the three day meet, union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Manohar Parrikar, Venkaiah Naidu, Anant Kumar besides party chief Amit Shah and some other ministers made key presentations before the RSS top brass.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat presided over the meeting which was attended by representatives of 15 Sangh associates, including Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Swadeshi Jagaran Manch and Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangathan. It’s a well known fact that RSS is the ideologue of BJP and many of the party leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi were once RSS cadre. However it is a matter of deep concern as instead of being answerable to the people of India, the BJP ministers are trying to satisfy Sangh Parivars by making presentation about achievements of their respective ministries. It is being portrayed as if Sangh Parivar represents the whole of India which is wrong. Even though RSS is considered as a social organization but likes of Vishwa Hindu Parishad is pure communal organization representing one particular community. It is unfortunate that ministers are interacting with such kind of organization. Also one of the topics of discussion during the met was supposedly growth of Muslim population in India. Citizens of India are battling many problems including poverty, bad governance and unemployment. The discussion should be held on these issues and not on growth of the population of one particular religious group. BJP government is setting a very bad precedent.





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Happy Teachers Day

Dear Editor,

If a country has to make notable progress in various arenas it needs well qualified, dedicated teachers, who can inspire ordinary students to dream extraordinary things. A good teacher is the one who makes students realise that exams and grades are temporary but only education is permanent & in fact life is the most difficult exam. Teachers are the most responsible and important people of society because their efforts affect the fate of entire world. The Government should take adequate measures to make the profession of teaching more attractive. Here's wishing all teachers Happy Teacher's Day.


TS Karthik




Provide basic facilities

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to convey my message to the MLA, Liromoba constituency, DDSE West Siang district, and Director Elementary Education, Government of Arunachal Pradesh.

Lower primary school, Poyom needs immediate attention.  Since the 80s, the school has remained same with no infrastructure development even though the intake is increasing day by day.  There is no teacher quarter, water connectivity, and proper boundary wall and toilet facilities. RTE, Act 2009 provides for free and compulsory educations to the children between the ages of six to fourteen years but department itself contradict the Act, without giving aforesaid facilities.

Basic formative education is provided during Primary schooling so they need all the facilities the government can give.

I request the concerned authority to take immediate action before it’s too late.


Dejar Poyom

VMC Member

Poyom Village



The nuisances of back door entrants

Dear Editor,

A large number of state govt employees, mostly non-tribal are retiring. These posts are slowly being filled by our local people.

There are lot of people who are proud of their jobs and are hard working. They value money and by dint of their hard work they got the jobs. But there are also group of employees, most of whom joined govt jobs via back door entry. They have no appreciation or respect for their jobs. They are here to just draw their salaries and are not inclined to improve their work culture. They do not make any effort to learn anything from their seniors or juniors.

Many clerical and supporting staffs, who are mostly back door entrants come to office just for a day; to collect their salary. They gossip and when they get bored they will play ladoo or sale their local product.

Currently, most famous is selling housie ticket to other staffs.  

Because of these backdoor entrants in govt departments, the state govt is wasting precious money and time and thousands of hardworking, sincere and deserving local people of our state are deprived of jobs. This group of staffs are like virus, slowly and gradually eating the govt departments.

We need to end the backdoor appointments in Govt departments. Otherwise, we will face very big problem in near future.

 All the experienced senior employees, whether tribal or non tribal will retire from their job in future. Therefore whole responsibility will be on upcoming generation to run the departments. So, I beg them to learn whatever is possible from their senior colleagues so that Govt Department do not suffer in near future.


Concerned Govt Employee





The roads

Dear Editor,

I travel daily to university and what I am about to tell you is what I see daily.

So tired of the reckless condition of the road, thinking of attending class makes me feel bored.

Its not the lecturers I do not like, but the pathetic condition of the road is almost killing my backbone and my bike.

I ride too slow leaving an hour before my class starts but the potholes filled with mud always makes me and my bike dance.

I turn my bike here and there skilfully but slipping here as I try to avoid the mud and the dirt ahead.

Many times I see people fall off their bikes; some elders, teenagers, some not so young or old.

We try to avoid the spilling water, the mud, the dirt and the rain, but somehow some fools always finds a way to irritate us again and again.

The sunshine gives us mouth full of dust,while the rain showers us with a whole lot of mud.

It would be better if we get a better conditioned road.

It’s not always the two wheelers who are at default


An Arunachalee




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