Illegal PDS rice laden trucks seized
ITANAGAR, Nov 30: Two trucks fully laden with PDS rice bags were intercepted and
caught by a Police patrol team led by SI Techi Rukh under the supervision of OC N.
Sora of Doimukh Police Station on Friday midnight at Doimukh.
Investigating Officer, SI Padi Payang informed that the trucks coming from Ziro were
travelling towards Itanagar and was suspected to be transporting the cargo illegally.
Accordingly, a case vide DMK PD u/s 406 IPC has been registered and investigations
launched. The forwarded seized items to the court of CJM Yupia were handed over to
DFCSO Yupia for safe custody as per the court order, added the police.
AASSATA seek release of salaries
ITANAGAR, Nov 30: The All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers Association, Central
Executive Committee has requested the Chief Secretary to intervene and direct the
concerned authority to release the salaries of the last four months (Aug-Nov).
In a memorandum to the CS cum Chairman SSA Rajya Mission, the AASSATA stated that
the concern authorities have failed to disburse the SSA salaries in time even after
the assurance made by the Chief Minister.
The memo added that until the teachers do not follow the salary file movement, the
salaries are not released which was an undue treatment to the teaching community
by the state government.
Stating that it was humiliating for the SSA teachers of the state, the association
urged for releasing the salaries before Christmas so that the SSA teachers will get
some solace from the mounting financial crunch.
Saaya seek stoppage to encroachment of govt land
ITANAGAR, Nov 30: Parliamentary Secretary Likha Saaya asked the local administration
to prevent and stop further encroachment of government land in Yachuli.
Interacting with the HoDs on the sideline of a meeting organized to chalk out plans
for smooth conduct of the ensuing Mega Rally of the state government, Saaya asked
ADC AC Boruah to immediately look into the matter and ensure that no further encroachment
of government land took place. “I want our future generations to live in a well planned
city,” he said.
Describing the Yachuli area an unexplored paradise in earth, Saaya also called upon
the HoDs and PRI leaders to make concerted efforts to bring it into limelight.
The Parliamentary Secretary today along with Deputy Commissioner Kanki Darang, ZPM
Joram Yania and members of the organizing committee visited the venue for the mega
rally and took stock of the preparations. DIPRO
Move towards an AIDS free generation: Governor
ITANAGAR, Nov 30: In a message on the eve of the World AIDS Day, Governor of Arunachal
Pradesh JP Rajkhowa expressed the hope Day would strengthen the resolve to make Arunachal
Pradesh, free of AIDS.
In his message to the people on the occasion, the Governor said that it is high time
that people should take more responsibilities to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS by spreading
the message of ‘Safe Sex’, avoid taking drugs, more particularly not using syringe
used by other persons. He appealed to the people of the State to join in the mission
to contain the further spread of HIV/AIDS. At the same time, he called for creating
more awareness and move towards an AIDS free generation.
The goal is ambitious, but achievable. Each of us has an important role to play.
Let us all play our individual and collective roles, the Governor appealed.
Power Grid donates ambulance to Koronu CHC
ITANAGAR, Nov 30: The Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL) based at Tezu has
donated an ambulance (Tata Sumo) to Community Health Centre (CHC), Koronu today.
Additional Deputy Commissioner of Lower Dibang Valley District MK Deori flagged off
the ambulance in presence of DMO Dr. W Wange, Circle Officer Olom Panggeng, PGC IL
Manager A Ghosh, Koronu ASM Chairperson Monti Linggi and other PRI members and public
of Koronu circle.
Meanwhile, the public of Koronu has expressed their relief and gratitude to PGCIL
for donating the ambulance.
AAPSU and AIMSU had approached the PGCIL for an ambulance for the CHC, informed DMO.
Job Mela at Tawang
TAWANG, Nov 30: A job mela under CM’s flagship programme for skill development and
employment generation was held at Monyul Sports Club here.
Altogether 200 candidates have registered for different trades under various VTPs.
Addressing the candidates, Tawang Deputy Commissioner Duly Kamduk advised them to
choose trades as per their aptitude and complete the training. He said that successful
candidates may be given preference in various jobs as they will be trained under
recognized and reputed institutions.
Tawang SP Anto Alphonse, DDSE Apel Tayeng attended the programme. DIPRO
ECDS urge authorities to check underage driving
ITANAGAR, Nov 30: The Education and Cultural Development Society (ECDS) has urged
the police and district administration to conduct regular checks to detect underage
youths driving two-wheelers and light motor vehicles, particularly in the urban areas
of the entire state.
In a release, ECDS stated that rash driving of vehicles by many under aged school
going children are cause of accidental deaths and the incidents are rising all over
the state. The district administration and police authorities should strictly check
during night hours as the festival season is approaching and many youths will drive
recklessly while taking the cars of their parents, even misusing government vehicles
of their parents, it added.
Further calling on the government to come up with new laws to curb underage driving,
the ECDS added that due to weak rules in Motor Vehicles Acts, the police and administration
cannot deal with the violators strictly.
AAPBWA urge govt to take remedial steps against torment in Assam
ITANAGAR, Nov 30: The All Arunachal Pradesh Border Welfare Association (AAPBWA) has
demanded the state government to take immediate remedial steps to check targeting
of innocent Arunachalees by people of Assam after incidents like Sootea happen. It
shows the negligence and weakness of the state government in protecting its people,
stated a release.
Further citing the recent Sootea incident when innocent people from the state were
harassed and targeted in Assam, the AAPBWA has requested the state government to
clear all the pending bills and compensation of Trans-Arunachal Highway so that the
companies enable to carry out the works again. The TAH works will to some extent
avoid unnecessary conflict with people of Assam and provide comfort to the people
of the state, added AAPBWA.
ATASU plea for teachers and facilities
ITANAGAR, Nov 30: Stating that there were no subject teachers posted in Govt Secondary
School Tali, the All Tali Area Students Union has urged the Director School Education
to post subject teachers at the school.
In a memorandum submitted to Director School Education, ATASU requested for posting
atleast a single teacher for all subjects and particularly for Mathematics and Science.
Further, in a separate memorandum to the Director of Elementary Education, the ATASU
has appealed for proper implementation of RTE and various other centrally sponsored
student welfare schemes such as Mid-day Meal, textbook, school uniforms etc. in schools
of Tali area. The facilities have not been provided in the schools of Tali circle
for 6 years, it added.
23rd NERIST Society meeting held
ITANAGAR, Nov 30: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa chaired the 23rd
North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST) Society Meeting
at Nirjuli on Monday.
The Governor, who is the President, NERIST Society urged all the NE State representatives
to thrive for better and quality education of the Institute for growth and prosperity
of NE States.
During the meeting, it was observed that NERIST and other institutions like RGU and
NIT should be involved in monitoring road, building.
The house further noted the academic and infrastructural development of the institute
and urged upon that in future, updated physical and financial position may be placed
for knowledge of the members of the Society. The Institute was urged to start Science
in Under Graduate level to cater the great need of NER.
Prof. P.K. Das, Director NERIST while presenting a report on NERIST, highlighted
on the future projects and challenges of the Institute. Institute is planning for
improvement of old Hostel and modernisation of library facility as well as better
laboratory facilities and research works.
NERIST is facing encroachment of land and the only hope is the state government in
getting rid of encroachment, he said.
KVK Basar distributes vegetable seeds to farmers
ITANAGAR, Nov 30: Seeing the growing interests among the villagers in winter crops,
especially vegetables, the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Basar distributed vegetable
seeds to farmers of seven villages under Basar, West Siang district.
Winter vegetable seeds, like cabbage, cauliflower, knol-khol, broccoli, tomato, coriander,
palak, turnip, true potato seeds, radish, mustard and peas were distributed to the
farmers of Gori-1, Gori-2, Gori-3, Soi, Regi, Pagi and Disi within Basar area.
During a field visit, the team of Subject Matter Specialists (SMSs) from the KVK
explained to the farmers about disease and insect pest management in the field crops.
The team also inspected the functioning of customized hiring centre (CHC) of NICRA-TDC
project at Regi. A scientific group discussion was also held at CHC by the team of
experts for controlling of insect-pest and diseases in crops that were observed during
their field visit.
The team also selected fields and sites for setting up of low cost Poly houses and
‘jalkund’ for round-the–year production of trouble free vegetable production.
Training on organic cultivation of Spices
PASIGHAT, Nov 30: With a view to promote spice cultivation activities in the state,
Pasighat field office of Spice Board run by the central government, recently organized
training for the farmers at College of Horticulture & Forestry (CHF) here with participation
of 50 farmers from different parts of Siang and East Siang districts.
Inaugurating the day-long programme, Dr B R Phukan of CHF said that fertile hill
slopes and foothills of Siang valley is feasible for spice cultivation as he urged
the farmers to adopt scientific way of spice cultivation and gain practical knowledge
on its post harvest management practices with value addition technologies.
Dr S D Warade, who explained on cultivation of Lakadong Turmaric and Ginger, imparted
training on preparation of land seed bed and nursery, seed treatment and application
of organic manures and water management.
Dr R C Skyawar in his presentation emphasized on production technology of Large Cardamom,
irrigation management and the use of bio control agents, while Dr Toge Riba discussed
on insect pest and disease management besides post harvesting methods with the practical
Speaking the occasion, Field Officer of Spice Board, Rajamanickam R urged the farmers
to adopt scientific way in the cultivation of spices to ensure high rate yielding.
He laid stress on formation of ‘Spices Producer Society’ for large scale cultivation
Seminar on usage of agro textiles suitable for Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Nov 30: A one-day seminar on usage of agro textiles suitable for Arunachal
Pradesh and its advantages was organized by Synthetic & Art Silk Mills’ Research
Association (SASMIRA), Mumbai in collaboration with Department of Horticulture, Roing
and Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Lower Dibang Valley today.
SASMIRA has been entrusted with the responsibility to accomplish the scheme goals
with the help of State Govt. and other Horticulture / Agriculture associated agencies.
Creating awareness about the agro textiles is one of the foremost goals of the scheme
which is to be achieved through seminar and workshop programs.
Dr. TJ. Ramesha, Senior Scientists & Head, KVK, Lower Dibang Valley emphasized the
need of modern techniques in horticulture and agriculture production.
Unemployed engineers demand placement of vacant posts to APPSC
ITANAGAR, Nov 30: All Arunachal Pradesh Unemployed Engineers’ Association (AAPUEA),
in a memorandum addressed to Chief Secretary (CS) demanded to put a full stop in
appointments to the posts of Junior Engineer and Assistant Engineer on officiating,
deputation and Adhoc basis under Arunachal Pradesh Municipal Corporation Department.
The Association claimed that the department concerned is in a process to fill up
the posts of Assistant Engineer on deputation/officiating and ad-hoc basis which
Apprehending the method of ‘pick and choose’ in such recruitment process, the association
demanded that the posts be placed at the office of the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service
Let the APPSC conduct the examination for recruitment of the AE posts under the department,
the association said in its memorandum, and demanded to float re-advertisement against
the posts through the Commission.
It threatened to launch democratic means of protests if the demand is not fulfilled.
Banderdewa FC lifts Late Gyamar Tajik Football tournament trophy
YUPIA, Nov 30: Banderdewa FC beat Gyamar Gyanu FC by 1-0 goals to clinch the first
Late Gyamar Tajik Football tournament played today at Govt. Primary School, General
Earlier attending the final match, Speaker state Legislative Assembly and local MLA,
Nabam Rebia called on the playing teams to play with true sportsmanship and discipline.
Rebia also informed the footballers about the state government’s 10% reservation
quota for meritorious sportspersons in every Govt job to encourage sports in the
state. Further, urging the public to cooperate in smooth completion of the stadium
at Yupia, he disclosed that Rs.40 Lakhs has been sanctioned for construction of Mini
Sports stadium at Yupia to facilitate sports activities in the district.
Earlier, ZPM Doimukh, Tana Yayo also spoke in the function.
A total of 20 teams from various parts of the district participated in the tournament
which kicked off on Nov 15.
The football tournament was organised by Yupia Youth Welfare Association at Panchayat
level in memory of late Gyamar Tajik, who was an avid sports lover and had represented
undivided Lower Subansiri District in the State level sports in his early student
DC Tai Kaye, government officers, Panchayat leaders and local public were present
on the occasion. DIPRO
Football and volleyball clinic under BADP
KOLORIANG, Nov 30: A football and volleyball clinic commenced at Parsiparlo on Saturday
organized by Kurung Kumey district administration under Border Area Development Programme
The camp will help the youth of interior border circles to hone their football and
volleyball skills and talents.
Forty players are attending clinic under BADP’s sports programme supported by Planning
Department and sponsored by Union Ministry of Home Affairs.
It may be mentioned here that Kurung Kumey won the Chief Mnister’s football (women),
volleyball (women) and football (men) tournaments in 2014-15.
Damin ZPM Lokam Pabi, who attended the opening ceremony, advised the players to take
full benefit of the sports clinic. DIPRO
Morale counseling programme held
ITANAGAR, Nov 30: Deepak Nabam Ministry in Christ conducted a morale counseling programme
at Donyi-Polo Hearing Impaired School, Itanagar on November 28 last.
Chairman of the ministry Deepak Nabam encouraged the students to take up challenges
to lead a successful life.
NYA questions Taga comment
ITANAGAR, Nov 30: Nabam Youth Association (NYA) vehemently condemned Leader of Opposition
Tamiyo Taga for his recent comment against Legislative Assembly Speaker Nabam Rebia.
“How can a responsible man holding the post of Leader of Opposition can make such
cheap comment before media against the Speaker accusing him of being involved in
the sensitive Taraso firing incident”, questioned NYA in a release.
He is neither an official of CBI nor Supreme Court Judge to declare the Speaker to
be involved in the incident, NYA stated and demanded Taga to withdraw his comment
and apologize before public for the same.
ITANAGAR, Nov 30: Likabali Unemployed Youth Association (LUYA) has drawn the attention
of the SDO towards deplorable condition of the road from Likabali to Ma- Malini Temple.
In its complaint letter to the SDO, the Association stated that stretch of the road
leading to Malini temple has been lying in a very bad condition for want of maintenance.
Besides maintenance of the road, the association also demanded the SDO to renovate
all the toilets in the temple premises which are lying in very bad condition giving
wrong message to the visitors.
Live concert by AAYSAA
ITANAGAR, Nov 30: All Arunachal Young Star Artiste Association (AAYSAA) organized
a live concert at Siddhartha Hall Itanagar on November 28 as part of its first Raising
Director of Arts & Culture R.D. Thongan, Deputy Director of Panchayat Raj Akom Gaat
Ligu, and IMC Councilor Gora Tallang attended the programme.
While appreciating AAYSAA for the programme, the Director of Art & Culture assured
to members of the association to extend all possible help departmentally in carrying
out their cultural activities in future.
TEZU, Nov 30: A massive cleanliness drive was conducted in the Indira Gandhi Govt
College campus with the theme- ‘Clean and healthy campus’ as part of NSS regular
activities on Nov 29.
Over 60 volunteers of the college NSS Unit, staff and teaching fraternity under the
guidance of NSS Programme Officers, Nongja Singpho and Ringu Ngupok, developed an
amusement cum play ground in the residential area for the campus children.
Further, a drug awareness session was also organised by the NSS team with the theme
‘Say No to Drugs’ in which Assistant Professor Razzeko Delley appealed the students
to refrain from all forms of drugs. He explained in detail about the harmful effects
of drugs in human body by a presentation and urged the students to reach into the
interior villages to create awareness in the society on ill effects of drugs/opium.
Implement ‘AP Freedom of Religions Act’: JSM
ITANAGAR, Nov 30: Janjati Suraksha Manch, Arunachal Pradesh unit demanded the state
government to implement the Arunachal Pradesh Freedom of Religions Act, 1978 in letter
The Act passed in the Assembly and signed by the President long ago for protection,
preservation and promotion of indigenous faith, culture and glorious tradition has
not been implemented in practical until today, lamented Taba Hare, Convenor of Arunachal
Pradesh unit of JSM in a press statement.
It is the duty of every secular government to protect and preserve the age-old culture
and traditions of its people for their identity, the JSM Convenor said and appealed
to the State Government to implement the Act without any further delay.
Orgs refute allegation
ITANAGAR, Nov 30: Three organizations, namely Tali Pipsorang Peoples’ Forum, Tali
Pipsorang Anti-Corruption Forum and Pipsorang Panchayat Coordination, and the Anchal
Chairperson of Tali panchayat have denied the allegation of embezzlement of fund
leveled against Huma Entreprise and Construction Pvt. Ltd. by All Tali Area Students’
Terming the allegation as false, baseless and politically motivated, the three organizations
and the Anchal Chairperson in a joint press statement asked the students’ union to
inspect various other projects and schemes where funds meant for these works have
been misappropriated without any physical achievements.
If they concerned about corruption, they should raise voice against those corrupt
officers, officials and public leaders who have misappropriated huge amount of fund
meant for development of the area, the press statement said without naming anyone.
This kind of false allegation against Huma Enterprise and Construction Pvt. Ltd.,
whose contribution to development of the area is immense, deserves condemnation from
all, the press statement said and asked ATASU to refrain from making such false allegation
which may send wrong message to the public.
ATDSU condemns its Longding counterpart
ITANAGAR, Nov 30: All Tirap District Students’ Union (ATDSU) condemned Longding District
Students’ Union (LDSU) for giving press statement involving the union (ATDSU) without
Rejecting the press staement of LDSU that developmental activities have been hampered
with the absence of the MLAs from their respective constituencies, ATDSU in a release
said that developmental activities and works get hampered when the Chief Minister
does ‘partiality’ in the distribution of fund such as deduction of Rs 1 crore each
from DOTCL. Even in some cases, the centrally sponsored scheme and projects have
also been held back, ATDSU claimed.
It called upon the LDSU to fight joiintly against the alleged partiality done in
funding against Tirap, Changlang and Longding district instead of levelling such
allegation against their MLAs.
The MLAs are in touch with the public of their respective constituencies in all development
related works,” ATDSU claimed.
The statement of the president of Longding District Students Union is one-sided and
for his personal benefit, it said.
“Student leaders must not get involved in political issues since they are just a
pressure group and should maintain neutrality, the release added.
Emphasise on micro, small and medium
run-of-the river power projects: Rajkhowa
13th Convocation of RGU held
ITANAGAR, Nov 30: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh J.P.Rajkhowa has said that even
though North East, especially Arunachal Pradesh has hydro-power generation potential,
however, there are downstream concerns as also possible threat due to earthquakes,
hence the emphasis should be on micro, small and medium run-of-the river projects.
“While mega dam projects are facing resistance due to ecological, environmental and
livelihood concerns of the people benefitting from the big rivers, impact assessment
studies are a little time consuming. As such a large number of micro, small and
medium run-of-the river projects could be conceived, planned and developed with much
less time, thereby improving the power scenario. RGU could play a role in this area
also and many of you, should be able to play your role as well”. He said this while
addressing the 13th convocation of the Rajiv Gandhi University at Rono Hills today.
Governor, who is also the chief Rector of the university said that “It is time for
all of us to join hands together and also to make individual efforts to conserve
and sustain the Gifts of Nature – the greeneries, rivers, streams, hills and mountains,
the flora & fauna, the overall biodiversity.
“Nature has given us everything for our sustenance -both physical and mental. Have
we given anything back in return? The answer is a ‘Big No.’ Let us ponder, do our
bit to conserve and sustain Nature; otherwise we will have to pay a heavy price due
to erratic climate change including Global Warming” he said. He further called for
survey, mapping, available quantity, plan for exploitation of the minerals in Arunachal
Pradesh, keeping in mind the need to conserve for the posterity are lacking. He said
RGU has a key role to play in these areas.
The Governor further said that there is ample scope for conducting innovative research
in diverse areas in North East India and that there should be inter-disciplinary
research on natural resource management and environmental impact assessment of various
The departments of the University can conduct useful research on challenges to the
hill economy, conflict between traditional and modern institutions as well as opportunities
of border trade and how to integrate the North East economy with the Indian and global
economy, keeping in mind the Act East Policy of the Central Government, he added.
He further hoped that RGU would take up appropriate research projects to document
the culture, traditions, customs, faiths, expertise in handlooms, handicrafts, exquisite
designs, language / dialects, costumes, folk lores, food delicacies of all the tribes
of Arunachal Pradesh, as very little documentation and research have been done in
The same is true of other North Eastern States and as such, RGU scholars and researchers
have an important role to play, for conservation of the cultural heritage of tribal,
Addressing the event, Chancellor of RGU Air Marshal (Retd) Pranab Kumar Barbora asked
the students to be proud of one’s cultural features as he suggested them to go beyond
their comfort zones by working in different parts of the country.
Vice Chancellor Prof Tamo Mibang reiterated that who are getting degrees today deserve
Chancellor’s Gold medalist and gold medalist in M.Sc mathematics 2013-14 Monkhum
Khilak, shared his wonderful experience on receiving the prestigious award and said
that “ sincerity and hard work is the key to success.
Monkhum who hails from Kharshang, Changlang district did his schooling and graduation
from government schools and college.
Out of 72 gold medal recipients, there were 37 undergraduates, 35 post graduates,
16 PhD and 26 M.Phil respectively.
First lady of the state Rita Rajkhowa, Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi and Director NERIST
were among those who attended the event along with parents of the students.
Taga denies statement on Tarasso firing incident
ITANAGAR, Nov 30: The leader of opposition Tamiyo Taga has denied making any statement
regarding Tarasso Firing incident and relating it to the Legislative Assembly Speaker
Speaking to media persons at Press Club this afternoon, Taga clarified that he had
only expressed concern over the sanctity of the Speaker’s post by saying that there
are three FIR’s lodged against him, of which one is in Assam.
“If the FIR lodged in Assam is related to border related issue, I take back my statement.
I regret mentioning that FIR,” he said.
Taga was served seven days ultimatum by All Papum Pare District Students’ Union
(APPDSU) to withdraw the statement and to publicly apologize for making the statement.
BJP Vice president Techi Necha however called the move by APPDSU unfortunate.
“It is unfortunate to know that the voices are being suppressed. Democratic principle
is nowhere to be seen these days,” he said.
He further wanted to know why the Green field airport project is being delayed.
“When all the formalities were done with the Karsingsa site, when three of the previous
CMs had already given their approval, why was the project shifted to Hollongi which
is clearly a Chakma-Hajong Refugee area? All the technical feasibilities were ignored”,
Tributes paid Jarbom Gamlin
AALO, Nov. 30: A large number of relatives, friends and well-wishers from across
the state and outside congregated at Yeggo residence of former Chief Minister Late
Jarbom Gamlin to pay tributes to him on his first death anniversary today.
Born in Aalo to Sokjar Gamlin and Gamde Ete Gamlin on 16th April 1961, Gamlin rose
to become the Chief Minister of the state between April 30-Oct 31, 2011. An alumnus
of Sainik School Goalpara and St. Stephen’s College, Campus Law Centre, Gamlin was
President of All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU), the apex body of the students
union in the state, during the height of 'anti foreigners movement'. He was a member
of the 13th Lok Sabha and in 2004, was elected to the 4th Arunachal Pradesh Legislative
Assembly, representing Liromoba constituency.
A two minute silence was observed by the gathering as a mark of respect to the departed
Many had tears in their eyes as a short film on the life of Late Gamlin from his
Sainik School days to the post of Chief Minister with his favorite song “Phagunorey
Pasuwa Baa” in his ailing days was screened. Friends, well wishers and family members
shared their fond memories of late Gamlin and termed him as one of the towering personalities
of Arunachal Pradesh, reports DIPRO.
The AAPSU team also paid its floral tribute to its former president Lt. Jarbom Gamlin
on his first death anniversary at his Aalo residence today.
One toilet for 1608 students, Felix assures help
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ITANAGAR, Nov 30: Parliamentary Secretary Education Bamang Felix made an unannounced
visit to Govt Higher Secondary Aronadaya Itanagar today to access the functioning
of the school and to also know the problems of the teachers being faced in the school.
The school has strength of 58 teachers and as many as 1608 students. The school has
only one toilet for students with no sanitation facility for girls. The girls are
compelled to use toilets meant for teachers, informed one of the senior teacher.
Felix taking note of the issues urged the DDSE Capital Mallo Yam Gollo to look into
the matter urgently and take necessary steps in this regard. He also informed that
an amount of Rs 5 lacs will be released under maintenance head from the Department
of Education for early completion of the construction of toilets for students and
teachers in the school.
Earlier, Felix checked the attendance register of teachers where 16 teachers were
found either on leave or absent. He asked the school authority to properly monitor
and maintain the school attendance record. He insisted on timely submission of Surprise
Inspection Report (SIR) including those success stories of teachers to his office
for initiating further action.
Addressing the teachers, Felix stressed upon zero tolerance towards teachers’ absenteeism
and advised the teachers to dedicate themselves for the betterment of the students.
An effective teacher understands that teaching involves wearing multiple hats to
ensure that the school day runs smoothly and all students receive quality education,
During the brief interaction, the Principal of school Hage Taker highlighted on problems
being faced by the school. He made an appeal to visiting Parliamentary Secretary
to appoint night chowkidar cum peon for safeguarding and protecting the school property
and LDC and UDC for smooth functioning of the school administrative work.
Adhere to cabinet decision on DPC:
ITANGAR, Nov 30: The Arunachal Pradesh Panchayati Raj Coordination Committee (APPRCC)
has appealed to the state government today for early issue of notification in respect
of Zilla Parishad Chairpersons as chairperson of the District Planning Committee
(DPC) in accordance with earlier state cabinet decision on 8 Aug 2013.
Addressing media persons at the Press Club here, APPRCC Chairman, Tana Puna Tara
said that the Committee has also submitted a six point memorandum to the Chief Minister
demanding immediate issuance of gazette notification of ZPCs as chairperson/chairman
of the District Planning Committee (DPC), devolution of powers to the PRI leaders,
budgetary support on central assistance funds under 14th Finance Commission, creation
of Zilla Parishad Vice Chairperson (ZPVC) which will be constitutionally provisioned
at par with other state with all necessary facilities, enhancement of honorarium
of PRI leaders and introduction of ZPM LAD fund.
He said that the CM has announced to release budgetary support of Rs. 44 crores as
first installment to the three-tier Panchyati Raj Institution and gave assurance
to look into their demands. The CM has however, said that the demands to let ZPCs
hold the post of chairperson/chairman of the DPC and introduction of ZPM LAD fund
would be addressed only after proper amendment in the state cabinet, he informed.
APPRCC Convener, Taba Techi also said that despite the government of India’s notification
regarding devolution of powers vide No. PR-106/7 (PT-A) (B) dated Feb19, 2014 in
accordance with Art-243-G of the constitution of India along with direction to pass
an executive order making it mandatory to transfer funds, functions and functionaries
to all line departments with 25 subjects through three-tier Panchayat Local Bodies,
the state government is yet to implement the same.
Demanding allocation of adequate central fund to Panchayat bodies, Techi further
informed that the existing honorariums of ZPC, ZPM, ASC, ASM, GPC and GPM are very
less in comparison to the PRI leaders of other states and sought early enhancement
of their honorariums in accordance with the 14th Finance Commission along with grant
of annual budgetary support on regulatory basis.
While expressing concern over the non-implementation of the recommendations of the
state’s 2nd Finance Commission under which the honorariums of ZPCs were fixed at
Rs.15,000, Anchal Chairperson at 10,000 and Gram Chairperson at 6,500 per month,
while the honorariums of members of Zilla Parishad, Anchal and Gram were fixed
at Rs. 8,500, 3000 and 1000 per month respectively, Techi urged the CM to further
enhance the honorariums of ZPCs to Rs. 20,000 per month as per the directives of
the 14th Finance Commission.
Tuki promises one lakh job by 2017
Itanagar, Nov 30: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki reiterated his commitment to provide
one lakh job by 2017, one each in every family of the state and thirty thousand in
the current financial year.
He said this in Dirang while dedicating Tata Motors collaborated Automobile Workshop
and Mechanic trade under Industrial Training Institute, Dirang for skill development
training to the unemployed youths of the state. He also inaugurated a Job Mela cum
skill development awareness and selection rally here today.
Addressing an enthusiast gathering of youths, elders, Panchayat Leaders, Gaon Buras,
students and general public, Tuki informed that Skill Development and Employment
generation programme has been taken up by the state government on holistic manner.
Tuki further said that state government has earmarked 150 Crores for skill development
activities in various sectors in the current year’s budget. Financial assistance
to unemployed engineers is being provided to the tune of Rs. 20 Lakhs through State
cooperative Apex Bank to set up small scale industries while skilled youths having
certificates will get assistance upto Rs. 10 lakhs as soft loan, he disclosed. He
appealed youths to make good use of the benefits provided by the state government.
With 70 trainees presently undergoing training in various trades, ITI Dirang has
been upgraded to centre of excellence and is poised to become model ITI of the state.
Two more trades were also included viz. Tourist guide and wireman in addition to
the already existing five trades in the institute on the day.
“We need not have to boast about our success stories as this particular programme
has been recognised by many including Government of India and other well developed
states and have approached us to emulate our programme in their states”, Tuki said
while citing few examples and awards been received by the state government for this
He further informed that Skill development programme and Job Mela organised time
to time by the state government has been very successful as it had illuminated thousands
of lives who are now gainfully employed or self employed in various parts of the
country and abroad.
While responding to various memorandum, CM assured to take up the township road via
Zimthung village to Namthung project under SIDF and Township road to Rama Krishna
Sharada Mission Khaso under RIDF. CM agreed to create a new CD block for Thembang
administrative headquarter in next cabinet while for maintenance and preservation
of World Heritage Site, Thembang, Rs. 2 Crore was announced.
Earlier, speaking on the occasion, Minister Hydro Power, Veterinary and the local
MLA Phurpa Tsering lauded CM for his initiatives for the welfare of the state and
He further informed that the Jandorong Hydel of 1 MW at Dirang has been commissioned.
Consultant of Tata Motors S P Joshi expressed willingness to stretch their activities
in skill development sector in the state. He stated that the Tata Motors would be
happy to be associated with the Arunachal Pradesh Government in its initiatives.
As many as 13 Vocational Training Providers were present to recruit local youths
for skill development trainings in their enterprises.
Other highlight included distribution of TV sets to GBs by CM under CM’s Rural Information
Among others, Parliamentary Secretaries Tapuk Taku and Kumsi Sidisow, Chairman DOKA
Jambey Wangdi, Chairman Hydro Power Development Tungri Effa, DC and district officers
were present on the occasion. (Media Cell, CMO)
AKDDSU seeks action against Director RD
ITANAGAR, Nov 30: Reiterating its demand for cancelling the appointments of six contingency
staffs under DRDA Kra Daadi claiming that it was done illegally, the All Kra Daadi
District Students Union (AKDDSU) today demanded that the Chief Secretary take action
against the Director, Rural Development department holding him responsible. They
have given a memorandum to the CS.
Addressing media persons, union’s president Gora Rikam claiming that the appointments
were made on the recommendation of the local MLA, said “The appointments were made
on October 1 when the office was not even established.”
Also drawing the attention towards the defunct 50 bedded district hospital at Palin,
the union demanded that the state government post all the required manpower at the
hospital. As of now, medical facility in Palin is only running through a community
health service. “There has been no initiation from the state government so far. The
9 crore building has been lying defunct since 2007,” Rikam lamented.
Further saying that the district headquarters Jamin has no infrastructure for any
of the HoDs of the district, he said that all the offices and also the officials
are functioning from rented accommodations.
“Even the DC is functioning from the chamber of CO and stays in a rented place. Why
the state government has to spend so much when it is already facing financial constraint,”
He suggested that the HoDs can make use of the defunct 50 bedded hospital.
“All the HoDs can function from the defunct 50 bedded hospital at Palin. Why to waste
the building and public money,” he said.
Consultation on Adolescence Education Programme
Empower and motivate school students towards healthy behavior: Felix
NAHARLAGUN, Nov 30: The State level Stakeholders Consultation on Strengthening Adolescence
Education Programme (AEP) , organized jointly by the Department of Education, GoAP
and UNESCO, New Delhi and NGO ,Centre for Catalyzing Change was held today at Conference
Hall of SCERT, Itanagar.
Underlining the urgent need for engaging the vulnerable adolescent age group of
students of Arunachal Pradesh, under the initiative of Adolescence Education programme,
Parliamentary Secretary Education, IPR & Printing, Bamang Felix has said awareness
is absolutely needed for motivating and empowering school students towards healthy
behavior, HIV/AIDS, adolescence health and other life skills.
Stressing on youth power to transform the world and to create awareness on HIV/AIDS,
he called upon all to work with missionery zeal to make Arunachal Pradesh – a no
HIV state of the country.
He called upon the department of education to make a pledge to make our schools and
colleges “ No AIDs” campus.
Earlier, Sarita Jadav, representing UNESCO, New Delhi, in her address said that
the new initiative has taking shape, which is a vision of the state government.
She reiterated the need for strengthening AEP in the state and was hopeful that the
initiative would get integrated and mainstreamed into the state curriculum. She
said that the program which covers issues including HIV/AIDs education is a commitment
of the state government towards the youth of the state.
BN Lendo, Director Secondary Education, in his address, added that the incorporation
of AEP in education curriculum, will help develop the character of students adding
that monitoring and frequent capacity building are key factors.
Earlier, presenting an overview of AEP, Dr. Aparajita Gogoi, Executive Director,
Centre for Catalyzing Change, spelt out strategies and stages of implementation and
integration of the program in the state.
AEP will address adolescent issues in addressing child marriage, mortality of young
mothers, health issues in terms of accessing health services and counseling. Already
three states of the country –Bihar ,Jharkhand and Delhi are implementing the scaled
The AEP will be launched tomorrow at Mopin Solung ground by the Chief Minister Nabam
Tuki after the flagging of the World AIDs Rally from Akashdeep.
Tirap district on the move: peace returns, pace of development accelerates
[ Denhang Bosai ]
Contrary to what outsiders think and talk about Tirap district, the district is blissfully
on the move forward in its way of unprecedented development and all round progress.
Thanks to the much-awaited and anticipated return of peace in the district, development
activities are going on in full swing uninterrupted and unperturbed unlike in the
past when insurgency-related incidents used to not only deterred the pace of development
but also used to demoralize the officers and officials working in the district. There
was a dark period in the district when the people used to virtually live with fear
psychosis and the district was in the news for all the wrong reasons. It was like
the hitherto Wild West where guns ruled the roost. There used to be frequent firings
in between the warring factions of the underground elements ostensibly over area
domination. Sounds of gun shots would reverberate through the verdant hills and silent
valleys thereby demoralizing the people and bringing the development activities to
a screeching halt.
But thanks to the efficient district administration under the young IAS officer Ravi
Jha, Tirap Deputy Commissioner and district Police headed by young IPS officer Jasmeet
Singh, Tirap Superintendent of Police, a semblance of peace has thankfully returned
which has facilitated the various government departments and the institutions to
function smoothly without a hitch. The security forces including various companies
of the Indian Army, Assam Rifles and the CRPF are also pitching in their services
to establish lasting peace and tranquility in the district.
In the meantime, Tirap people have heartily welcome the much-needed peace talk between
the GOI and the collective leadership of NSCN (IM) which has helped the district
in no small measure to enable it move ahead in the path of development and all round
Today, life seems to be all hunky-dory in the district and little wonder, we find
happy and smiling people go about their daily chores normally without fear and tension.
The youth are all raring to go and shine in their chosen fields. This is what peace
can do. Peace is indeed a pre-requisite for development of any place. Gone are the
days when Tirap district had the dubious distinction of being dubbed as a place of
three Ps for government employees; Punishment, Probation and Promotion. Today, all
are willing to come and work in Tirap district thanks to the much improved environs.
What the people need is to shake off their smallness, come out of their cocoon, do
away with their perpetual negative syndrome and be a part of the sweeping development
processes taking place in the state and also willingly accept the winds of change
blowing across the state. No place can develop and flourish in isolation.
A number of important projects are going on in Tirap district on a war footing like
CC road and Pavement construction in the Khonsa Township roads, District Secretariat
building and other people-friendly projects. The Polytechnic Institute buildings
at Kheti are completed and will be inaugurated soon. The work on the NH-315 between
Hukanjuri check gate and Khonsa will begin soon under the department of PWD Highway.
Apart from the development activities in all spheres including creation of infrastructures
in the district, human resource development has also taken a giant leap in Tirap
district. This year brilliant Ranphoa Ngowa hailing from Kheti village is not only
the lone Arunachal student who cracked the coveted UPSC Examination but also a few
other Noctes students qualified for the UPSC (Mains) which can be viewed as a silver-lining
in the otherwise dark clouds hovering over the Tirap skies thanks to the nagging
problem of insurgency. This year one brilliant student from the famous Ramakrishna
Sarada Mission School, Khonsa secured the second position in the All India Science
Exhibition held in Mumbai next only to Tamil Nadu. A number of young Nocte girls
from Tirap district are serving as Air Hostesses in various private and government-run
Airlines. Ms Luni Bangsia from Khonsa village who is an accomplished Bharat Natyam
dancer is teaching Bharat Natyam classical dance in Kalashetra, Chennai. The popular
Rapper K for Kekho from remote Lazu area won the Arunachal has got talent contest
and today he is the musical ambassador for the state.
So, against all odds and in spite of challenges galore, Tirap district is sailing
smoothly in the river of all round development and progress that can potentially
provide the district a pride of place in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. (The writer
is DIPRO, Tirap and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Rajkhowa, Tuki celebrate diversity of Arunachal
Indigenous Faith Day
ITANAGAR, Nov 30: In a message on the occasion of Indigenous Faith Day, Governor
of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa has said that Arunachal Pradesh is a cultural mosaic
owing to prevalence of different indigenous faiths and practices along with both
sects of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity and other religions. To preserve
the indigenous cultural heritage, the people of the State need to motivate indigenous
people to take pride in their own faith and culture, he said.
The Governor exhorted the people to reaffirm the commitment on building better relationships
and giving members of each faith the opportunity to better understand each other.
He said that it must be through sincere and genuine engagements of all religious
people with mutual respect, understanding and goodwill.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has also extended his best wishes to the people on occasion
of Indigenous Faith Day to be celebrated across the state under the aegis of Indigenous
Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) and its sister indigenous
organizations on Tuesday.
In a message here this evening, the Chief Minister said, “Despite our varied diversity,
we as Arunachalees are united and take pride in our indigenous cultural heritage.
This cultural mosaic has to be maintained, preserved and propagated at all costs
while keeping intact our unity in diversity”.
Hailing the day as an opportunity to reiterate and strengthen the bond with respective
indigenous roots, the Chief Minister called upon all to take pride in their distinct
identities and preserve these for posterity.
World AIDS Day: Time to re-energize campaign against AIDS
[ Tashor Pali ]
World AIDS Day is one of the important health campaigns officially marked by the
World Health Organization (WHO). World AIDS Day which was first conceived in August
1987 by James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter, two public information officers for the
Global Programme on AIDS at the World Health Organization in Geneva got the approval
of the world body in 1988 to observe December 1 as World AIDS Day every year.
The observation of World AIDS Day on December 1 all over the world provides us an
opportunity to re-group and re-energize our campaign against the disease and to extend
support in creating a conducive environment for the people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV).
It is said that any disease and illness not only affect the individuals in terms
of the physical or medicinal aspect alone but also psychologically, socially and
economically. The impact is more so in respect of HIV/AIDS because of the fact that
we do not have any vaccine or a definite cure for HIV/AIDS as on today. The expensive
nature of the treatment of opportunistic infections to AIDS, and the stigma and discrimination
attached to the disease make it even more challenging to address the issue of HIV/AIDS.
It is said that great difficulties call for greater response. Much have been done
and yet much more need to be done through implementation of sustainable policies
and programmes in the form of expanding and heightening awareness, advancing the
availability of service delivery system, increasing blood donation, widening the
coverage of high risk groups through targeted intervention programmes, among others.
But all these measures and responses cannot be the sole prerogative or duty of the
designated AIDS Control Society of the government. It calls for unified action through
mainstreaming of HIV/AIDS prevention on the part of the other organs and departments
of the state. It also requires united efforts of non-governmental organisations and
the involvement of the community and civil society. In a state such as ours, the
vulnerability to HIV/AIDS is of great concern as the state shares long boundaries
with high HIV prevalent neighboring states like Nagaland and Assam.
Keeping these into account the World AIDS Day campaign in Arunachal Pradesh would
focus on multi-media campaign involving local TV, radio, newspapers and magazines.
An advocacy meeting by Arunachal Pradesh State Legislative Forum under the leadership
of Speaker Nabam Rebia would be part of World AIDS Day campaign in Naharlagun. The
forum would also conduct various other activities to mark World AIDS Day as per its
own action plan.
A rally would be organized to mark the World AIDS Day in Itanagar tomorrow wherein
students of various Govt and schools and colleges of the capital complex will participate.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, Health Mnister Rajesh Tacho, Parliamentary Secretary
(H&FW) Karya Bagang will attened the programme and address the public.
Adolescence Education Programe for Arunachal Pradesh funded by UNESCO would be launched
on the occassion.
Apart from this various activities would be carried at the district level through
25 Red Ribbon Club established in the colleges and the District Medical Officers
by organising literary activities such as extempore, debate, essay, quiz competitions
on HIV/AIDS; sports activities such as football, volleyball, cricket competition
and other activities such as rally and walkathon of students to mark the day.
‘AAPSU for cause of students’ community’
ITANAGAR, Nov 30: All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union always stands for the cause
of the student community all over the state, reaffirmed AAPSU president Kamta Lapung.
Kamta, who along with former NESO secretary general Gumjum Haider and spokesperson
of Galo Students’ Union cum secretary of Border Affairs of AAPSU Marli Kamki visited
Baririjo and Maro circles under Upper Subansiri district yesterday, assured to pursue
vigorously the various problems of the students and schools of those areas with the
Education Minister for early redressal.
While visiting the Govt. Secondary School, Baririjo, the team claimed to have found
the school building and classrooms in very pathetic condition which needs immediate
repair. The school is reportedly not getting any Govt. aid since last many years
as told by the headmaster.
Later on the day, the team visited GHSS, Maro which was recently upgraded to higher
secondary school and interacted with the students and the teachers to know various
problems of the school, students and teaching staff. They told the visiting team
that there is urgent need for posting of subject teachers for Political Science,
Economics and Hindi. Further, the school has been facing numerous problems, like
theft, damage of school properties due to non posting of Chowkidar and lack of boundary
On being apprised of the lack of Computer facilities in the school and lack of proper
toilet facilities by the school captain, Lapung assured to provide a computer set
for the school.
The AAPSU president asked the students to give feedback to the union and apprise
them of the various problems faced by the schools and students of their respective
While asking the students’ to fully devote their time in studies, Gumjum Haider urged
the student’s to be hard working as only and only hard work is the mantra for success.
While urging the SMC members to be vigilant, Haider suggested them to regularly apprise
the local representative and the officials of the education department about the
problems faced by the school in their areas.
CSIR-NEIST calls for conservation
of medicinal plants
ITANAGAR, Nov 30: An awareness programme on conservation, cultivation and processing
of different medicinal and aromatic plants was conducted by CSIR-NEIST Itanagar branch
Dr. Budhen C Borah, senior Technical Officer of the NEIST branch elaborated the need
of conservation of different indigenous medicinal and aromatic plants available in
the state, their commercial cultivation for sustainable socio-economic development.
Dr. Borah emphasized on cultivation of improved variety of Bli-Arun stain of lemongrass
developed at NEIST branch. He also highlighted the potentiality of cultivation Bli-Arun
strain of lemongrass for rural development.
He also advised each and every participant to establish at least a small herbal medicinal
nursery of different medicinal and aromatic plants along with their kitchen garden
for conservation purpose.
Dr. Chandan Tamuly, Scientist In charge, NEIST branch assured the participants to
provide saplings of different medicinal and aromatic plants that are already available
in the NEIST nursery.