Arunachal remembers Bhupen Hazarika
ITANAGAR, Sept 8: Arunachal Pradesh joined the rest of the world in celebrating the
87th birthday of legendry singer Bhupen Hazarika (1926–2011), who had broken all
borders to prove music is borderless.
Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society president Y D Thongchi and general secretary Tokong
Pertin recalled that though multi-lingual and multi-faceted, singer Bhupenda was
a globetrotter but he admitted in his autobiography of being nurtured by Adi mothers
who breast fed him. His songs lucidly explained the unparalleled natural beauty of
rivers, hills, tribes and festivals of Arunachal Pradesh.
“Though Bhupenda’s song would continue to reverberate for times to come, we pray
for his departed soul to rest in eternal peace,” said APLS in its message.
MCs empowered for garbage management
ITANAGAR, Sept 8: Taking note of the prevailing confusion among the public under
municipal area over collection of garbage and solid waste management, the state Govt
today clarified that the subject is under the domain of Itanagar Municipal Council
(IMC) and Pasighat Municipal Council (PMC) to keep the towns neat and clean, hygienic
“The subject of sanitation conservancy, municipal solid waste and garbage management
along with all assets and man power has been transferred to Itanagar and Pasighat
Municipal Councils respectively as per Govt. Order No.MUN/Estt-04/2012-13 dated 8th
August, 2013, and subsequent Orders, No.DUD/Estt-591/2013-14/7579-90 dated 4th Dec,
2013,” said an official release.
Non-payment may hamper revenue target
TEZU, Sept 8: The Department of Public Health Engineering & Water Supply (PHE&WS)
is in an odd position to achieve the revenue target fixed by the Government in Tezu
division due to default in payment of water bills by various employees and government
establishments- both state and central.
In this regard Deputy Commissioner Tamiyo Tatak has issued a circular informing the
district Heads of Offices, other office branches of both state and central establishments
in Tezu, Sunpura and Wakro for early clearance of their respective pending bills
to avoid further action by the appropriate authority which may include penalty and
service disconnection against non-payment of their respective water supply bills.
The default institutions include schools, hostels, and offices etc. DIPRO
Drug peddlers nabbed
CHANGLANG, Sept 8: Changlang Police yet again apprehended two drug peddlers - a 20
years old girl and her companion a 19 years old boy at Nampahi-II village under Miao
Police station, Changlang district on Sept 7.
Acting swiftly on a tip off, a police team led by OC Miao Police station Inspector
Lod Tari and members of Women Welfare Association, Miao apprehended the peddler and
recovered 10 gms of contraband brown sugar from her possession. Both the peddlers
have been taken into custody for further interrogation and a criminal case under
NDPS Act has been registered against them. DIPRO
DC cautions against fraudsters
KHONSA, Sept 8: Following the recent complaint received against Reliant (India) Nirman
Ltd headed by one Ratan K. Dey and one Nirmal Karmakar for operating ponzi schemes
in Tirap and Longding districts, Tirap DC Ravi Jha has cautioned the people to desist
from indulging in such fraudulent schemes.
Stating that often agents of such ponzi scheme rackets try to rope in as many investors
as possible under illegal multilevel marketing schemes run with the sole purpose
of attracting the gullible public by promising high returns, the DC further asked
people to report to the district administration if unscrupulous advertisers or promoters
were found anywhere in the district. (DIPRO)
Awareness campaign on harmful weed conducted
PASIGHAT, Sept 8: All India Coordinated Research Project- Weed Management, Pasighat
Centre of the College of Horticulture and Forestry, Central Agricultural University
along with agriculture and horticulture students organised Parthenium awareness campaign
on August 29 and Sept 8.
During the campaign, Dr Dinesh Sah, Principle investigator and Assistant Professor,
Department of Natural Resource Management stressed the importance of eradicating
Parthenium weed. He also explained about the harmful effects of weed on human being
and environment and demonstrated the mechanical and chemical methods to control Parthenium.
Krishna Singh Tomar, SWO of the college suggested the students to remove the wild
growth of Parthenium from surroundings of hostels. Faculty members of the college
were present at the demonstration site.
Parthenium hysterophorus is an alien weed introduced in India during 1960s. It causes
menace in agricultural field, non cropped area, health, environment and biodiversity.
Training of trainers on IPV, PV
ZIRO, Sept 8: Training for the medical officers of General Hospital, various PHCs
and CHCs and supporting staff of DPMU of Lower Subansiri district on Inactivated
Poliovirus Vaccine (IPV) and Pentavalent Vaccine (PV) was held at the Conference
Hall of General Hospital, Ziro recently.
District Medical Officer, Dr. Moli Riba introduced the objectives of the workshop
and exhorted all the medical officer in-charges to actively participate in the training
for optimal implementation of the IPV and PV which will be totally new to the district
and is likely to be implemented from October next. He expressed the hope that the
training will capacitate the participants to impart trainings to the technical staff
at the grassroots level.
The trainers Dr. Tage Taka SMO (WHO) Itanagar and Dr. Tana dealt in details on IPV
and PV during the technical training.
The technical training also comprised of the global and national updates on Polio
and its end game strategy, introduction to IPV, PV, revised NIS, cold chain management
and open vial policy, revised MCP cards, tracking bag, reporting system of IPV and
pentavalent in Health Management Information System and ways and means of conducting
training to the vaccinators and mobiliser. DIPRO
Eye Donation Fortnight observed
TEZU, Sept 8: The 30th National Eye Donation Fortnight was observed with a series
of programme in Lohit district from Aug 26 to Sept 8.
Essay writing competition on the topic ‘Eye donation and its advantages’ amongst
the students of Government Secondary School, Teluliang, radio talks on nobilities
of Eye Donation by ophthalmologist of District Hospital, Tezu were some of the highlights
of the fortnight observation.
During the awareness meeting at Government Secondary School, Teluliang, Tezu SDO
Gautam Hazarika informed the gathering that cornea or eyes can be donated after death.
“By donating our eyes after death we can help someone to regain his/her vision to
see this beautiful world.”
Stressing the need of preventive measures against blindness and other diseases, he
asked the people to avail the facilities provided in the District Hospital for better
Explaining in detail about Eye Donation, Blindness and its causes and prevention,
Dr. A. Wailong said, the National Eye Donation Fortnight is a campaign which aims
to create mass public awareness and to pledge their eyes for donation after death.
Among others, Dr. S. Chai Pul and A. Kri, Head Master of GSS, Teluliang also spoke
on the occasion. DIPRO
BJP’s regional Maha Prashikshan Workshop organised
ITANAGAR, Sept 8: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Arunachal Pradesh has organised
a two-day regional “Pt. Deen Dayal Maha Prashikshan Abhiyan Workshop” at Hapoli in
Lower Subansiri district on Sept 6 and 7 last.
During the inaugural session, MLA Tage Taki asked the delegates to take maximum benefits
from the training and disseminate the knowledge gained from the workshop to the general
State BJP General Secretary and the State Training In-charge Adv. Dominic Tadar explained
the importance of the training for party workers. He also highlighted the history
and development of BJP.
International Literacy day celebrated
CHANGLANG, Sept 8: The 50th International Literacy day was celebrated in a befitting
manner in the district headquarters Changlang today.
The programme started with a procession taken out by the teachers and more than 600
students from various schools of Changlang town.
Later addressing a meeting cum cultural programme organised at DIET auditorium, Changlang
DAEO, Moli Tato explained the objective of International Literacy Day. Tato has also
citied various Govt schemes for eradication of illiteracy.
In his presidential address, DDSE Changlang, Hortum Loyi called upon the teachers
and students to work tirelessly to remove illiteracy from the society. He asked them
to be well disciplined and keep ready for any work assigned to them and to help the
Preraks and block coordinators who are engaged for eradication of illiteracy. DIPRO
Free counseling held
ITANAGAR, Sept 8: Four days free education counseling was conducted by Uddan Society
at Vivekanda Teaching Institute, Gohpur Tinali, Itanagar from September 4th to 7th.
As many as 70 students had attended the counseling from various schools in Capital
Complex, stated a release.
Plantation drive by students union
ITANAGAR, Sept 8: All East Kameng Students Union (AEKSU) organised a mass plantation
drive at Govt ME School, Khenewa, Tourist Lodge and CO's office, Khenewa HQ in collaboration
with the Department of Forest & Environment.
The student community and general public of Khenewa Township took active part in
the plantation and planted around 130 saplings.
The students’ union explained the importance of trees in providing a healthy and
pollution free environment and urged the people to save trees from felling them in
AVP conducts medical camps in flood affected areas
ITANAGAR, Sept 8: The workers of Arunachal Vikas Parishad (AVP) along with Dr. DK
Pathak, health in-charge rushed to the flood affected Lekang circle of Namsai district
and conducted free medical camps recently.
Altogether 227 patients from three villages were treated and given medicines by the
District AVP workers, workers from of Patanjali Yog Peeth extended their services
and helped the flood affected people in the relief camps.
Two more free health camps were also conducted in Dhemaji district by Dr Ramniwas
Mishra and AVP Mahila team of the district.
AVP sports competition at Tawang
ITANAGAR, Sept 8: Arunachal Vikas Parishad (AVP) conducted sports competitions at
Tawang on Sunday last wherein 162 students/youths from eight schools and nearby villages
Events including 100m, 200m, 1500m, 3000m and relay races, long jump, shot put etc
The winners will participate in state level competition to be held in Itanagar from
November 5 to 8.
Dagam village selected for SAGY workshop
DAPORIJO, Sept 8: Dagam village under Lable-IV Gram Panchayat of Taliha block, Upper
Subansiri has been named among the 35 participants from across the country to present
and showcase their best practices in the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) National
Level Workshop scheduled at Bhopal from September 21 to 24.
The selection of the village for the national level workshop has added another feather
to its already decorated cap.
The village has so far received three National Awards, namely, Nirmal Gram Purashkar
2011-12, Panchayat Shashaktikaran Puraskar 2012-13, Rashtriy Gaurav Gram Sabha Puraskar
The village is free from open defecation and there is toilet for each household,
school and there is an Anganwadi centre in the village. Pigsty for pigs and separate
places for hens and goats have been constructed for rearing them to avoid old and
unhygienic traditional systems of rearing domestic animals in houses.
The workshop would be attended by the Minister of Rural Development, GOI, Chief Minister
of Madhya Pradesh, and other dignitaries including Member of Parliaments, Central
Ministers, State Government, District Collectors and other organisation across India.
The selection was done through a rigorous selection process where nominations from
across the country were invited. After the nomination, on-field verification of the
nomination was done in two levels-first by the district official and another by the
representative of the Ministry of Rural Development, Govt of India.
Meanwhile, Upper Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Komkar Dulom has lauded the efforts
of the villagers and urged others to emulate Dagam Village. He further urged people
to come forward for making the vision of ‘Clean Upper Subansiri’ a success. DIPRO
AAPWU stage dharna
ITANAGAR, Sept 8: The Tawang and West Kameng units of All Arunachal Pradesh Worker’s
Union (AAPWU) staged a dharna demanding settlement of various issues faced by Group
C and D employees of various departments.
The sit-in dharna was part of the demonstrations staged at various regions of the
state on Monday.
The demands included clearance and immediate release of long-pending arrears, Minimum
Assurance Carrier Progression (MACP), Assured Career Progression (ACP) and imposement
of golden handshake policy of Auxillary Labour Corps (ALC).
Above 300 employees consisting of ALCs, WCs and casual employees participated in
the peaceful dharna led by AAPWU Tawang unit president Rinchin Phuntso at the parade
ground, Tawang. At Bomdila, over 700 workers staged dharna in front of the DC’s
State representative of AAPWU led by Changma Tajo, Secretary General (Hq) and Techi
Sakter, General Secretary (Western Zone) participated in the dharna.
AAPWU state unit will initiate future course of actions in case the state government
fails to fulfill the demands, informed PD Janchihpa, Zonal Secretary, East/West Kameng
and Tawang AAPWU.
Book fest held to mark International Literacy Day
ITANAGAR, Sept 8: A book fest was organised at the Newman School at Neotan village
in Changlang to mark the International Literacy Day today.
Addressing the students on the occasion, the school’s principal said that according
to 2011 census, the literacy rate in India is 74.04 percent, which is a 9.21 percent
increase from 2001 (64.83%). While most of the North Eastern states are on the top
of the list, Arunachal Pradesh is a bit above the bottom of the list with 66.95 percent
of literacy rate, which is even below the national average, he added. While stating
that Neotan is the only village in the state with cent percent literacy rate, he
exhorted the students to shoulder the responsibility of improving the literacy rate
in the state.
The school’s literary club head, Nepha Wangsa also urged the students to inculcate
the habit of reading and further hoped that such festivals will help motivate the
students to play an important role in the improvement of state’s literacy rate.
Landslide damages Pacha hydel project
ITANAGAR, Sept 08: Power Channel of Pacha Hydel (2x1500 kW) in East Kameng District
has been damaged by landslide due to heavy and prolonged rainfall.
Pura Tupe, Chief Engineer (Western Zone), DHPD who along with departmental officers
inspected the damaged hydel project on Sept 6 directed the field officers to restore
the project immediately.
ASM Anpum refutes allegation
ITANAGAR, Sept 8: Anchal Samity Member of Anpum, Monitong Mili today refuted that
allegations of few organisations and individuals made on social media and local dailies
claiming that relief materials are being mismanaged at the village level. Reacting
to the allegation, the ASM claimed that the relief materials provided by the state
government, local MLA and the MP are being distributed equally to each affected family
through Flood Relief Committee headed by ZPM Bimolson Perme. He added that the local
administration, the MLA and the MP are in constant touch with the affected people
and PRI members and closely monitoring the situation. Mili further retorted that
organisations and individuals should refrain from giving any cheap comment without
cross-checking and verifying at the ground level. He further added that whoever extends
help and contributes relief materials should not be on communal lines rather should
hand over the materials to the relief committee for judicious distribution.
ITANAGAR, Sept 8: The Confederation of Service Association of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP)
has retracted from its statement where it had said, ‘the employees in non technical
field and teachers are not through with service rule. The new rule is deprivation
of government employees knowing service rule.’
The CoSAAP executive members have not used the term technical and non technical and
did not express that teachers are ignorant of rules rather the term ministerial and
non-ministerial employees were used in the statement, its release said claiming the
terms to be an error.
The statement was used during a press conference on September 5 last.
Training for rural youths concludes
ITANAGAR, Sept 8: A three-week-long capacity building training organised by DBYC,
Itanagar in collaboration with Pilar Fathers for the rural youths of Manmao and Nampong
cirlces under BADP, concluded at Nampong today.
Addressing the valedictory function, Nampong SDO, K. Tikhak lauded the organisers
of the training for the youths of the area and advised the trainees to spread the
knowledge that they have gained through the training to others.
St. Xavier’s school’s principal Fr. Rex Fernandez also spoke on the occasion.
Taggu appointed Textiles & Handicraft Commissioner
NAHARLAGUN, Sept 8: State government has appointed Tahang Taggu as Commissioner,
Textiles & Handicraft with immediate effect.
Subsequently, Shurbir Singh has been relived from the charges of the Secretary, Textiles
& Handicrafts, according to a state government order. DIPR
Students Union reiterates demand
ITANAGAR, Sept 8: The students union of Dera Natung Govt College has reiterated its
demands to the Education Minister to introduce five more buses at DNGC Itanagar claiming
that current buses are not sufficient to transport students who are coming from Banderdewa,
Doimukh, Nirjuli and Naharlagun. The union also demanded for street light and high
mast lighting in the college campus, so that anti-social elements should not take
undue advantage in the College campus. It further sought for the separate road for
government Polytechnic College adding that IRBN personnel and Polytechnic college
students are using the same road.
Organisation seeks spot verification
ITANAGAR, Sept 8: In its representation to the Chief Engineer Power Department, All
Kurung Kumey District Youth Organisation has requested the authority to conduct early
spot verification of feasible area to set up 132 KV power sub-station at Rite Village
under Koloriang. The organisation stated that site should be indentified according
to power grid guidelines and should be selected by the board members, a release said.
AAC counters CoSAAP statement
ITANAGAR, Sept 8: Countering the CoSAAP statement on withdrawal of NOC for promotion
and to avail retirement, Arunachal Against Corruption (AAC) today strongly opposed
the statement and urged the Chief Secretary to uphold the standing order.
AAC in its letter addressed to the Chief Secretary claimed that Director Health Service,
Dr. Moji Jini has been promoted without obtaining NOC from competent authority. AAC
further claimed that the Vigilance Department had issued clearance certificate to
that effect of promotion of the officer however it was withdrawn by Vigilance Department
after completion of DPC proceedings, a release claimed.
Abotani Vidya Niketan celebrates Parent’s day
ITANAGAR, Sep 8: The 13th annual function cum parent’s day of Abotani Vidya Niketan,
Old Ziro was celebrated with great pomp and gaiety on Sept 5. Nending Chatung, Additional
Deputy Commissioner, Ziro and John Pada, Deputy SP Lower Subansiri attended the function.
Mananiya Uttam Ingaley, Vibhag Pracharak RSS, Guchi Tamar, President SMC, Abotani
Vidya Niketan GAA and Nani Tatu, Subansiri Vibhag Sanghachalak RSS attended the function
as special invitees.
A total of 233 parents beside other dignitaries attended the function. ADC Ziro exhorted
the parents not to pressurize their children for great results as all the children
are not equally gifted. He appreciated the school authorities for striving hard for
all round development of the students. Delivering his speech, DySP John Pada appealed
all the parents and guardians present to cooperate with teachers in moulding the
career of their children. He appealed the parents to assess the progress of their
ward frequently. Earlier the Principal of the School, Khawang Lowang highlighted
the activities conducted in the school throughout the year. The students presented
a colourful cultural programme comprising dances of various tribes.
Double crown for Rasing Football Club
ITANAGAR, Sept 8: Rasing Football Club bagged double crowns in Solung football tournament
in Siang district this year after it won both the football titles at Pangin and Boleng.
At Boleng, the team lifted the Yane Mize Memorial Solung Trophy beating 8 PM Football
Club 1-0 in the final played on September 3.
At Pangin, it defeated Yeksi Football Club 2-0 on September 5 to win the Solung football
title. The tournament was conducted by District Football Association of the newly
Arunachalee boy makes it to Arsenal Football Club
ITANAGAR, Sept 08: Arunachal boy Moklan Namchoom made it to the prestigious Arsenal
Football Club of England.
Moklan, son of CT Namchoom of Lathao village, Namsai district after graduating from
St. Stephen's College, Delhi, did his two year BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sports from
Southgate & Barnet College and City of Westminster College, London.
He was than selected through a competitive interview at international level and was
enrolled in Arsenal Football Club as community coach. He then went through internship
training cum work at Singapore and Brisbane (Australia) and after completion of the
same is now working as full-fledged community coach at Arsenal Soccer School in Ho
Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Golden Jubilee celebration of Yazali GHHS
YAZALI, Sep 8: Celebrations of the Yazali Government Higher Secondary School Golden
Jubilee year kicked off yesterday with the games and sports competition here.
Celebration organising secretary, Baath Vicky Paar, who inaugurated the competition,
informed that a total of eight volleyball teams and ten football teams comprising
school alumni are participating in the events.
Besides cultural events, food and exhibition stalls have also been set up. The two-day
celebration will be held from September 24 to 25 next. Chief minister Nabam Tuki
is expected to attend the event on the final day.
Minor sexually assaulted at Geku
[ Appu Gapak ]
ITANAGAR, Sept 8: A six year old girl is reported to has been sexually assaulted
at a private School in Geku, Upper Siang.
The assaulter, identified as Vasudevan PN, teacher of Liitung Liimang Public School,
Geku was attacked by the town dwellers for the alleged offence yesterday.
The school was also ransacked by the agitated people and the school bus damaged.
In-charge SP Upper Siang, Doge Jini informed that the school had been closed for
Solung festival and it was the day for the boarders to return to the school. The
victim had expressed her reluctance to return to the school making the parents suspicious
of any untoward event. When coaxed by her parents, she disclosed the ordeal faced
at the hands of the teacher.
“After that the parents along with other town dwellers came to the school looking
for the accused at around two in the afternoon. Not finding the accused, the agitated
people ransacked the school building. The accused was later found and physically
assaulted,” informed the SP.
He informed that the accused is in a serious condition and has been referred to District
Hospital, Pasighat from District Hospital, Yingkiong today.
A case no.33/2015 under Section 376 of IPC RW Section 6 and 4 (Pocso Act) has been
registered against the accused.
The principal of the school has also been arrested for his attempt to shield the
Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society, Geku Unit has strongly condemned
the heinous crime and demanded capital punishment for the accused.
It also demanded immediate compensation to the victim.
Changlang march for justice for murdered college girl
[ Indrajit Tingwa ]
MIAO, Sept 8: The All Changlang District Students Union (ACDSU) today organised a
candlelight march simultaneously across the district in collaboration with other
civil society organisations to protest and condemn the heinous rape and murder of
Late Thuking Tikhak, a first year student of Margherita College.
At Miao, the Miao Sub-Division Youth Organisation organised the event along with
Miao Mothers Association, APWWS Miao Unit, APYC, students and Women Association of
T.R.Camp, Muklom Elite Society, Muklom Employees Welfare Association, Miao Taxi Union
and various SHGs.
About a thousand people participated in the march which started at 4 pm from the
General Ground. Prior to start of the march, a two minutes silence was observed in
memory of the college girl.
It may be mentioned that the girl from Kamba village in Margherita Sub-Division,
Assam was brutally raped and murdered by three labourers, supposedly, illegal immigrants
on August 30 when she was returning from college.
Nuruddin Laskar, Sirajuddin Laskar and Faizur Rehman were arrested by Ledo police
on August 31, but the voices demanding 'fast tracking' of the trial and ensuring
justice to the victim and her family has been growing ever since.
The participants in the candlelight march also carried placards which read 'flush
out illegal immigrants'. Adds Jairampur correspondent: The march began from Police
Check Post and culminated at GHSS school ground. Expressing their solidarity, more
than 1000 people from all walks of life participated in the march.
Prominent leaders of Jairampur subdivision, former ZPC Izmir Tikhak, former minister
Komoli Mossang, former ADC Wannot Tikhak, ASC Nobinkam Tikhak and student’s leaders
led the candle march procession.
MLA Laisam Simai said, “We will not sit idle until justice is delivered.” He thanked
all the students and social organisations of Margherita constituency for their staunch
support. “It was because of their support, the turtle pace investigation was hastened
by the local police leading to the arrest of the three culprits,” he added.
On August 31, various students’ organisations led by Assam Jatiyabadi Yuva Chatra
Parishad blocked the main Highway 32 at Ledo (Assam) in protest against police laxity
and their snail-pace investigation. Following the rally, Ledo police expedited the
investigation and apprehended three culprits on the evening of September 1. At the
time of filling this report, the two main culprits were still at large.
In the meantime, on September 2, more than 2000 students headed by Margherita Students
Union and NSUI (Margherita unit) sat on a dharna in front of the Sub-Divisional
Judicial Magistrate Court and Sub-Division Office (Civil) demanding speedy trial
of the accused at fast track court and capital punishment for the perpetrators of
Meanwhile, the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) Arunachal Pradesh unit today
condemned the rape and murder of a girl. The NSUI unit also urged the concern authorities
to award exemplary punishment to the culprits.
Expressing concern over the frequent incidents of rape in the state, the NSUI also
urged the state Govt to set up fast-track court to deal with the rape cases. It further
felt the need of stronger laws for protection of women folk in the society and advocated
for free counseling and legal aid to victims of rape.
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan,
Garbage and Our Dying Rivers
[ Tongam Rina ]
While launching the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, a national Clean India Campaign on Gandhi
Jayanti last year at Rajghat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was seen sweeping the
road. The image captured the imagination of millions, including Arunachal. For the
next few weeks, this daily was inundated with pictures of people, mostly VIPs with
brooms. Even Itanagar/Naharlagun, the twin towns of garbage, for a change, looked
a little less messy. But sadly, the euphoria did not last long. Soon, people got
tired of cleaning up or even posing for pictures.
But the Campaign showed us that if we are sincere and come together for a cause,
perhaps there is a way.
More than ever, there is acute need of putting our acts together to keep Arunachal,
a state blessed in abundance by nature, free of toxic litters. Thankfully, there
are no big industries to pollute the state but non biodegradable bags, wrappers and
bottles remains our greatest challenge. You find them all over the state; lofty Sela
Pass, in the hills of nature's manicured Ziro and blessed Mechukha. Even our rivers
are not spared. We have been so reckless that we have turned our rivers into septic
tanks. The worse victims are perhaps Pachin in Nahalagun and mighty Kameng River
that flows by Seppa Township.
One can't sit by these Rivers without being afflicted by agonising stench, forget
about finding solace.
Rivers and streams, more so in Towns are clogged, because we don't have the reverence
for the precious nature's gift anymore. In Itanagar and Pasighat, the streams within
the township are unrecognisable. They just appear like extension of an open drain.
If not for ourselves, we owe it to our children that these rivers and streams, which
were the lifeline once, are not only cleaned up but allowed to flow free.
So, the recent call by Governor J P Rajkhowa on garbage problem as well as disposal
in the state has to be acted upon by the government agencies as well as common citizens.
There has to be concerted effort as well as shared responsibility so that we dont
have to step on and jostle with garbage. The twin town leads when it comes to dirt.
Itanagar Municipality has failed miserably in its responsibilities to collect and
dispose the garbage. There should not have been any excuse for funds, as we have
been fed since for so long, because it can raise funds, if it wants to.
The government agencies, perhaps the biggest culprits for not doing enough when it
comes to garbage collection as well as disposal need to retrospect. Municipal Solid
Waste Management Plant nearby the seat of the government has been lying defunct.
End result is dumping of waste along the highway leading to Hollongi, worse still
burning all kinds of waste, which is a health risk.
To start with, sorting out garbage is essential. Dry and wet or organic and non-biodegradable
waste needs separation for proper disposal. This can be achieved by involving households
Perhaps, the long term approach would be privatisation of collection as well as disposal,
because the government institutions have failed completely. Organisations like Ngunu
Ziro, an initiative of few citizens in Ziro, Green Pioneers, consisting of netizens
in Itanagar and Environmental Protection Society in Tawang have shown us the way
with their consistent effort to keep spaces free of litters.
Others than these organisations, perhaps it is time for few enterprising individuals
in the state to come forward to ease the problem of garbage. Many will be more than
willing to pay to ensure that garbage is collected and disposed off, the way it should
Check extortion: ACCI, BWC tell traders
10 days ultimatum to DA to book extortionist
ITANAGAR, Sept 8: Traders of the Capital Complex were warned of stern action if found
entertaining extortion demands and blackmailing by any organisation by the Arunachal
Chamber of Commerce & Industries (ACCI) and Naharlagun Bazar Welfare Committee (BWC)
in an extraordinary meeting here today.
Highlighting reasons that prompted shutters down, ACCI president Techi Lala, ACCI
general secretary Tarh Nachung, councilor Kipa Takum said that students’ and youth
bodies very often come with extortion demands for one reason or other which the traders
honour and in turn the rates of commodities rise to compensate the losses for the
consumers to bear. The traders always face security threat they said citing murders
of Gorakh Nath Gupta in Nirjuli and K P Chacko.
The non-tribal people would ultimately go away but the unsecured situation in the
market would persist, if bold measures are not taken now to nip the crimes in the
bud to ensure safety and security of traders for the growth of trade & commerce in
the state, councilor Takum emphatically said. The meeting unanimously decided to
open their shutters from tomorrow morning but served a 10-day ultimatum to the Capital
district administration and police to bring the extortionist to book or else they
would go for phase-wise market bandh beginning with 72-hours.
Meanwhile, when contacted, Naharlagun police sources informed that they have launched
investigation into the case and are hoping to make arrests soon in this regard.
ACCI Chief Adviser Pradeep Kumar called for taking initiative to open carrying &
forwarding (C&F) agencies of products & medicines in Arunachal Pradesh. The contribution
of traders through tax is huge but is not correctly accounted because of inability
of the tax & excise department to install online payment system and weighing machines
at entry gates, Kumar said and advocated steps to ensure that paid taxes go to state
State hails Jimjang Deru’s achievement
ITANAGAR, Sept 8: Arunachal Pradesh Governor J P Rajkhowa today expressed his hope
and confidence that sportspersons of the state will continue to bring laurels for
the State and Nation.
Conveying his best wishes to Jimjang Deru for winning the first Gold Medal for India
in the 5th Commonwealth Youth Games, Apia, Samoa, the Governor further said by their
outstanding performance, the sports persons of the state will inspire many more talented
youths to win laurels for the state in different fields.
Governor also applauded achievements of Arunachal Judokas Teli Jermin, Namdu Lapung
and Kamdo Boi in the Sub-Junior National Judo Championship at Vijayawada, Andhra
Pradesh and Laa Takum in the All India Sub Junior Ranking Badminton Championship
in Gulbarga, Karnataka.
It may be mentioned that the Governor honoured a number of sports personalities of
the State for their performance in national and international fields at the Independence
Day 2015 ‘At Home’ function held at Raj Bhawan. Expressing happiness that the new-found
enthusiasm in sportspersons of the state is giving results in medals and brining
laurels for the state in national and international levels, Chief Minister Nabam
Tuki today called upon all sportspersons of the state to aim for the highest. He
assured that the state government will always support and provide necessary assistance
to them to excel in their respective fields.
In a statement this evening from New Delhi, the Chief Minister showered praises on
young weightlifter Jimjang Deru, who added another feather to his cap by winning
a Gold in his weight category in the ongoing 5th Commonwealth Youth Games at Apia,
Samoa – the first Gold for India in the Championship.
“Young Deru has been showing exemplary consistency in his chosen field of sports.
The people of Arunachal Pradesh and the country are proud of him. He has opened up
the account for India in the prestigious Championship and I am sure other sportspersons
from the country would follow suit,” he said.
The Chief Minister also congratulated Teli Jermin, Namdu Lapung and Kamdo Boi who
won Gold and Bronzes respectively in their age categories in the Sub-Junior National
Judo Championship in Andhra Pradesh that concluded yesterday. He further congratulated
Laa Takum for winning a Bronze in the All India Sub Junior Ranking Badminton Championship
being held at Gulbarga, Karnataka.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister also hailed the Sports Authority of Arunachal, Sports
and Youth Affairs department, the Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy and various sports
associations for successfully guiding and nurturing young sportspersons of the state.
Arunachal Pradesh Weightlifting Association & Indian Weightlifting Federation vice
president, Abraham K Techi while congratulating Jimjang Deru for winning India’s
1st gold medal at 5th Commonwealth Youth Games said, it is just the beginning and
state weightlifters would come up to IWF expectations of meeting India’s aspirations
at global level.
All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union president Kamta Lapung said that the state’s
sports persons are proving their skills. The trio – Jimjang Deru, Laa Tukum and Teli
Jermin also deserve applause, he said.
Forum demands removal of Taloh and Ranjan
ITANAGAR, Sept 8: Arunachal Pradesh Colleges' Forum (APCF) has demanded that Education
Minister be dropped from the Tuki Ministry.
It further demanded that Dr. Apurva Ranjan, an Assistant Professor, alleged of corruption
be terminated from his job.
If the Chief Minister’s office fails to satisfy our demands on time, ACPF will launch
series of democratic movement against the State Government till our demands are met,
said a statement.
Claiming that despite submission of memorandum to the Chief Secretary demanding action
against the erring teacher, nothing has been done, it said while accusing the Education
Minister of protecting the officer by appointing him as PRO in his office. The forum
alleged Ranjan of siphoning funds at Tadar Tang College at Nyapin during his posting
there and claimed that he is currently availing benefits provided to him at DNGC
while, also serving as public relations officer to Education Minister Tapang Taloh.
The forum also demanded that Ranjan be dropped from his position as Taloh's PRO
and terminated from his position at the college within seven days failing which it
threatened to launch democratic movement.
Education Department has said that Dr. Apurva Ranjan, Assistant Professor has never
joined as PRO to the Minister Education.
His service as PRO has never been utilised by the Education Minister, according
to a release issued by Under Secretary, Education.
It further said that despite tall claims by the State Govt to give top priority to
education sector, most of the colleges in the State were lagging in basic amenities.
Expressing concern over the plight of government degree colleges and polytechnics
in the state due to lack of manpower and poor infrastructure, Forum has sought intervention
of Chief Minister’s intervention.
President, APCF, Techi Raman asserted that as per records at least 573 posts of both
teaching and nonteaching staff in 13 colleges of the state are yet to be filled.
He said that despite submission of memorandum to Education Minister for creation
of the posts and funds for infrastructure development no initiative has been made
UGC prog on Gender Issues and Women Rights
ITANAGAR, Sept 8: The two-day UGC sponsored workshop-cum-seminar on “Women Self Defence
and Awareness” and “Sensitization on Gender Issues and Women Rights”, organised by
the Women’s Cell of Dera Natung Government College ended this afternoon.
Speaking on laws related to the welfare of the women in the country, Senior Advocate
Pritam Taffo said that even though there are about 50 legislations related to the
rights and safety of women, not many are aware of it. He spoke on the need to make
use of legal provisions. He further said that there is acute need to appoint public
prosecutors for early disposal of cases.
Former President of Nyishi Nyem Acham, Higio Aruni underscored the need for laws
related to property rights for the women in the state. She further said that there
is need of legal awareness as well as gender sensitisation.
Municipal Councilor, Taba Yall Nabam underscored the need for education as well as
need of reservation for women in politicians to ensure better participation.
The Convener of the event Tumbom Riba Jomo while addressing the gathering said that
crimes against women were numbing. Concerted efforts from all sides were needed to
stop growing trend of crimes, she said.
Dr MQ Khan, who chaired the technical session, said that even though women in Arunachal
are better placed in terms of gender equality, it was not enough as women in the
state continue to be at the receiving end because of their gender.
AAPSU president urges students to strive for academic excellence
ITANAGAR, Sept 8: All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) President Kamta lapung
urged the Arunachalee students studying in Chandigarh to devote their time and energy
in study for academic excellence and bright future.
Interacting with the students during the fresher’s social meet organised by Arunachal
Students Union Chandigarh, at RA Farm hall, Chandigarh on Sept 6, Lapung urged the
students to focus on their study and labour hard to achieve the desired goal in life.
He assured to create emergency medical fund for the students studying in Chandigarh
as per the request made by them.
AAPSU Spokesperson, Tanya Agu urged the Arunachalee students in Chandigarh to support
and cooperate with each other at the time of need and emergency and promote unity
and integrity for the greater interest of the society. He also stressed on building
moral character and maintaining discipline by the students.
Karnel Singh, President Naya Gaon, Chandigarh also spoke in the programme.
Various cultural programmes and sports competitions were organised as the part of
Over 500 students from Arunachal Pradesh studying in different colleges and institutes
at Chandigarh attended the programme.
DC urges students to concentrate in study
WAKRO, Sept 8: Lohit Deputy Commissioner Tamiyo Tatak today called upon the student
community to pursue their academic career with devotion and cautioned them against
drug abuse and other bad habits. He was addressing at the students, teachers, panchayat
leaders, Govt officers and youth on the occasion of International Literacy Day at
Wakro. “Human life is beautiful and precious. One need to make the most out of the
life time to feel a sense of fulfillment,” he said.
Tatak also gave away the Beena Ghose Roy Award for academic excellence to Solina
Kambrai, who is the best performer among APST students in government secondary school
of Wakro. While lauding Solina for her performance, the DC exhorted the girl students
to excel in life through hard work and determination. He also guided the boys to
keep pace and improve their performance.
The DC also met the leaders of Cultural and Literary Society of Mishmi (CALSOM) in
the sidelines of the International Literacy Day celebration and assured the CALSOM
leaders that Govt will initiate all steps needed to check drug abuse to save the
future generation. The DC also visited the Primary Health Centre at Wakro.
Meanwhile, the DC visited the market area and formally announced the “Clean and Green
Wakro” campaign spearheaded by social leader Chinmay Panth. Under the programme,
Wakro has been divided into six sectors and awareness campaign on cleanliness has
already begun. The circle administration has constituted a core committee headed
by Chinmay to monitor the progress of the campaign. Plantation drive has been started
with the Deputy Commissioner, planting a sapling near the statue of Mahatma Gandhi
in the market area.
Awareness prog on forest and wildlife held
MLA voices against forest loss, stone extraction
BOMDILA, Sept 8: In yet another endeavour to educate and create awareness on the
need for preservation and conservation of forest and wildlife in the district, a
daylong awareness programme was conducted here today by the Bomdila forest division
in collaboration with the NGO Green Saviour.
Addressing the programme, MLA Japu Deru voicing against mindless cutting of forest,
earth and extraction of stones said that not only the administration and the department
of Forest, but the NGOs, PRI and public leaders, Gaon Buras, officers and the educated
youths have a vital role to play in preserving forest and wildlife in the area. He
impressed on dissemination of information and asked the department to reach out to
the people in the villages too so that afforestation works could be taken up on a
Deputy Commissioner AK Singh advocated for proper and hygienic disposal of wastes
to minimize man-made disasters and to put an end to the practice of hunting and fishing.
He attributed rise in human population and the reckless destruction of forest and
the animal habitats as major reasons for environmental concerns and called upon all
the stakeholders to address the issue jointly.
Divisional Forest Officer Tasso Sira presented a paper on ‘Forest and Environmental
education.’ Tackling of environment concern requires personal commitment on the part
of every individual, he added.
The technical session saw presentations by C Murli Krishan, research scholar, NERIST,
on ‘Benefits of Wildlife and Wildlife Protection Act, ‘Community participation for
forest conservation’ by V K Jawal, DFO Bhalukpong and ‘Sacred groves and its protection’
by Lobsang Tsering Tashi, research scholar, NERIST. Thupten Jamba, an Assistant Professor
from Government College Bomdila briefed on the ‘Environmental Concerns of India’.
The technical session was followed by the interactive session mostly attended by
the HoDs, NGOs, Gaon Buras, PRI and public leaders and the forest officials of the
Earlier, the programme began with the cross-country race themed ‘Run to save forests’
in the morning which was flagged-off by the local legislator Japu Deru and Superintendent
of Police Dr. A Koan. DIPRO
Personal health is best way to
improve community health: DC
[ Karyir Riba ]
ROING, Sept 8: Personal health is the best way to improve community health, said
Nodal Officer (SAGY) cum Lower Dibang Valley Deputy Commissioner Ravi Dhavan.
Addressing the villagers of the adopted Kera-aa Ati Aadarsh village under Mayu-II
Gram Panchayat, the Deputy Commissioner emphasised for good health and sanitation
practices by all to improve community health. He informed that the process for installation
of street lights in the village is on which will help prevent anti-social activities.
He also visited the adopted model village Kera-aa Ati after taking part in an avenue
plantation along local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary Mutchu Mithi organised in
the village under SAGY (Saansad Aadarsh Gram Yojana).
MLA Mutchu hailed the mass participation of the villagers in the development activities.
Since activities under the SAGY will start in full-swing from now onwards quality
development can only be assured with the full and active cooperation of the villagers,
He said priority will be given to the proposal of the village committee for a CC
road in the village. Observing the narrow road of the village, he advised the villagers
to spare a little land for widening it.
The Kera-aa Ati Welfare Committee urged the villagers to focus on overall development
through this programme.
"We should take the full advantage of the SAGY programme and try our level best to
make the village a true model village. To achieve this goal, we should also give
equal focus on maintaining good personal hygiene, making ourselves self reliant with
judicial and efficient use of resources available, said the Committee.
Charge Officer of SAGY DPO M Dirchi, ASM Mayu-II Misa Linggi and ASCO RWD Ahmed also
participated in the programme.
NPCI hosts e-payment literacy workshop
ITANAGAR, Sept 8: National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), the umbrella organisation
for all retail payment system in the country organised ‘e-Payments Literacy Workshop’
at Naharlagun on the occasion of World Literacy Day.
Participants were familiarised with customs of ATMs and its numerous features like
cash withdrawal, balance enquiry, mini statement enquiry etc. Consumer redressal
advices and other precautionary tips on PIN change and fund transfer were demonstrated.
Security tips like mobile number registration, seeding Aadhaar with bank and LPG
subsidy process were also presented. Payment solutions through RuPay card at PoS,
e-commerce, ATMs channels were encouraged along with NPCI’s customer friendly fund
Akshay Kumar, Chairman, APRB released a ‘smart payments’ e-book manual that was presented
to banks across all locations by NPCI officials in presence of Ngurang Pinch, Chairman,
Arunachal Pradesh Agriculture Marketing Board, Likha Tara, Vice President, All India
Karate Association and Jagdish, AGM, Arunachal RO,NABARD.
The booklet contains 136 basic, relevant and easy to understand FAQs on ATM transactions,
RuPay Debit Cards, PoS Usage, e-commerce transactions, IMPS (Immediate Payment Service),
AEPS (Aadhaar Enabled Payment Service). The process and procedures through FAQs have
been divided into five sections based on combination of payment products and NPCI’s
services like NFS (National Financial Switch), Debit Card, IMPS, AEPS and APBS (Aadhaar
Payment Bridge System) which are meant to address the basic challenges faced by the
Ram Rastogi, Vice President and Head, IMPS, NPCI, said, “Digital and smart banking
systems will be accessible even in the most remote corner of our country; our initiative
is to tap consumers belonging to all sections of the society and elevate their banking
experience. Every citizen should be empowered with technologically-advanced banking
facilities and should be eventually brought under the umbrella of mainstream banking.
This workshop aimed at motivating all our stakeholders and consumers to optimally
utilise state of the art payment products that are designed to suit the customised
needs of customers from different strata of the society.”
Rastogi also said, “Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) have been playing a vital role in
financial inclusion. Now that they have technical infrastructure and access to various
payments systems through NPCI, all efforts need to be made to make their customers
aware of the facilities available. Financial Literacy for these customers has the
potential to bridge “India” with “Bharat”.
Cumulative sessions on the same lines have been envisioned to accelerate the Digital
India initiative to transform India into a less-cash economy and mark a positive
difference in the payments ecosystem. NPCI has been on the forefront to introduce
several safe, secure and simple means of payments for customers and has been actively
empowering its stakeholders. It is now willing to educate elementary banking fundamentals
to fresh entrants and encourage usage of electronic payments in everyday lives.
National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), which has been set up in 2009 as the
central infrastructure for various retail payment systems in India, was envisaged
by the Reserve Bank of India as the payment utility for all banks in the country.
During the last five years, the organisation has grown multifold from 2 million transactions
a day to 20 million transactions now. From a single service of switching of inter-bank
ATM transactions, the range of services have grown to Cheque Clearing, Immediate
Payments Service money transfer (24x7), Automated Clearing House, Electronic Benefit
Transfer and a domestic card payment network named ‘RuPay’ to provide an alternative
to international card schemes. Currently there are 190 plus Million RuPay cards in
In Arunachal Pradesh, the two target centres are Naharlagun and Pasighat. However,
the e-Payment Literacy Workshop in Pasighat centre could not be conducted due to
heavy downpour of rainfall followed by flood in our neighbouring state of Assam.
---- Editorial ----
Take cue from Indian Muslim
At a time when the whole world is facing problems due to the trouble created by Islamic
state terror group, the Indian Muslim community is showing way to the rest of world
by issuing fatwa against the IS. Over 1,050 Indian Islamic scholars and clerics have
issued fatwa against IS and described its acts and actions as against the basic tenets
of Islam.This is the first time that such a large number of religious leaders and
Imams have issued a joint fatwa against Islamic State - also known as Daesh - which
has unleashed a reign of terror in the Middle East, killing thousands of innocent
The decision of Indian Muslim to come out open and vocally oppose the activities
of Islamic State group should send strong message to the rest of the world. India
is the second most Muslim populated nation in the world. Therefore when Indian Muslim
comes out and denounces IS, sure Muslim community from other parts of world will
take note of it. Due to the atrocities unleashed by IS, thousands of people are
fleeing from Syria and Iraq where they have captured large parts of country. Hundreds
of refugees are dying while trying to reach Europe. The Muslim community will have
to confront IS and denounce them just like way the Indian Muslims have done. The
ideology followed by Islamic State group is against humanity.
---- Readers Forum ----
BSNL synonyms for weakest service
Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to express my annoyance over
weak broadband service being provided by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) telecom
in Capital Complex. BSNL boast of providing 3 Mb/sec. broadband services but in reality,
nothing is there as they claimed. Every year, BSNL talk about up-gradation of services
but every time their service degrades whether it is cellular calls or broadband service.
Even it is heard that BSNL employees prefer to use other private Cellular services
(Network) than BSNL. Since last few months, the speed of BSNL broadband has not been
above 0.3 kb/sec.
When I complained about the poor speed of broadband to the BSNL’s higher authority
stationed at Itanagar on 11th Aug.’ 2015, the official who attended my complaint,
assured me that the broadband speed will be increased in two days. But those two
days turned into a month and still I am hardly browsing internet at the speed of
0.01 to 0.3 kb/sec. And the most disheartening thing is that at the end of this month
too, I have to pay the fixed usage bill of not less than Rs. 1000.
Hence, once again I request BSNL of Arunachal Pradesh to provide better service to
its valued customers.
Is Arunachal ready for ADCs?
Over the years, the Govt of Arunachal Pradesh has repeatedly claimed to represent
the ‘long standing’ demand of the people of state. But it seems that it is yet another
piece of game played upon the innocence of the common people by those who are in
power. It is well known that the statehood for an immature Arunachal Pradesh was
demanded for petty boost of power, above the power given to the representatives in
union territories. Demand for the autonomous councils is yet another joystick for
power-capturing by a few vested politically indulgent individuals.
The district council imposes a stricture on the democratic institution in the name
of the protection of the customary norms, conferring the powerful individuals to
hold the offices of power. Studies have suggested that the Autonomous District Councils
(ADC) have failed to achieve their objectives led by immense corruption and curbing
of democratic institutions. The ADCs in the North Eastern states have fared far behind
the regions with grassroots democracy in place. If that is so, when corruption is
rampant in Arunachal, is it good to implement the ADC status?
Strategically, Patkai ADC represents population under “any Naga tribe” in Arunachal
Pradesh. When there is an ongoing immense debate on the issue of territorial integrity
of Arunachal on one hand and of Nagalim on other hand, the tackling needs immense
Question arises in mind if there is a larger game going on where a situation is created
so that these districts fall, at a later time, within the Naga zone as perceived
by NSCN (various). Mon region too represents a similar dilemma with the Chinese arguing
that the state falls under their territory. It is only clear that the separation
of a Buddhist prevalent region from the rest would jeopardize the Indian as well
as Arunachal’s argument of the integrated diversified whole of the state’s as well
as nation’s culture.
Particularly on this matter, which is of a grave instance, a larger debate is required
than political gimmicks within the legislature. It is time that a question is posed
to the Government that when the larger student body has argued against the formation
of the two ADCs, with resistances only from those holding offices bearing administrative
and political power, why is it that the implementation of the ADCs over these two
regions been reiterated several times without holding and in fact without supporting,
extensive academic debate on the issue.
Let us join colleges
Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to disclose my profound grievance
over the delay in conduction of Arunachal Pradesh Joint Entrance Exam counselling.
The medical seats are to be allotted by the Government of India but it is being
delayed so much that the selected candidates are running out of patience.
In fact it’s being told to us by our seniors those who are pursuing MBBS degree in
various medical collages that we are already late by one and half month.
Hence I would like to request the Directorate of Higher Education to pursue with
government of India to allocate the seats as soon as possible to avoid any inconvenience
during admission procedure.
Every day we have been going and enquiring since last two or three months. Perhaps
the receptionist at the Directorate Office may also get annoyed with us and we are
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