ITANAGAR, Apr 26: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has opened round-the-clock
helpline numbers to help people affected by the earthquake in Nepal.
Following are the helpline numbers launched by the MEA- +91 1123012113, +91 1123014104,
+91 11 2301 7905; Fax: +91 112301 8158; e-mail: email@example.com.
The helpline numbers to contact Indian Embassy in Kathmandu are: +977-985107021 and
HC stays execution of road work
ITANAGAR, Apr 26: Responding to a writ petition filed against the state government
and eight others by one Nyakar Rike, attorney holder of M/s ML Enterprises, Aalo,
the Itanagar Permanent Bench of Gauhati High Court (HC) has stayed the works of improvement
and construction of road from Pakam-Tiniali to Zirdin tri-Junction and Pakam II PMGSY
road to Tyemro area at Aalo.
The petitioner challenged the execution of the said work on the ground that the authority
did not float any tender notice (NIT) for the said work. Further, there was neither
any administrative approval nor expenditure sanction by the state government for
the said work.
The Court issued notice to the respondents, returnable within a week.
AAPSU memo to Education Minister
ITANAGAR, Apr 26: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union has called on the government
for introduction of Sociology, Public Administration and Mass Communication in the
Govt. Colleges of the state. Posting of Head-Master, Vice-Principal and Principal
in the far-flung and remote areas of the state is also on the demand list of the
An AAPSU team today met the Education minister Tapang Taloh and placed their demands.
The students also called for creation of posts and posting of teachers especially
in the remote and far-flung areas.
The other demands include appointments of Assistant Professors and Lecturers in Govt.
Degree and Polytechnic Colleges.
Govt. Degree College of Doimukh, Women’s College of Lekhi, Govt. Degree College of
Geku, Nyapin, Daporijo and Govt. Polytechnics of Dirang, Namsai, Roing and Laying
of Kra-Daadi district were established long ago but to our dismay these colleges
are still functioning without any regular Assistant Professors, Lecturers and Ministerial
staffs, the memorandum read. The team of AAPSU headed by its Spokesperson Tanya Agu
along with the Art & Culture AAPSU, Tadar Kaku, Member Secretary Federal Assembly
AAPSU Paktum Lombi, Joint Secretary AAPSU, Tabia Riang and Galo Students’ Union (GSU)
Spokesperson Marli Kamki met the Minister.
While appreciating the demands being placed by the students, Minister is reported
to have assured the delegation that Sociology will be introduced soon while other
subjects will be addressed in phase wise manner.
The minister further said that 17 Principals and Headmasters are scheduled to be
posted soon in far flung areas. In reply to the creation of teacher posts and transfer
and posting of school teachers, Minister informed that from coming academic session,
all the schools especially of interior areas will have the privilege of having teachers.
Seppa checks disaster preparedness
SEPPA, Apr 26: Addressing a workshop cum coordination meeting on disaster management
today at Seppa, East Kameng DC Sandeep Kumar Singh, said that there has been paradigm
shift in disaster management mechanism-“from the crisis management to risk management”.
He spoke about the Incidence Response System (IRS) and its structure and distributed
responsibility accordingly to the officials.
He informed the house about the preparation of District Disaster Management Plan
(DDMP). He further directed the DMO to keep available stock of medicines and DFCSO
to ensure availability of food stocks during the eventuality.
He directed the DSP to survey and analyse the vulnerable areas and advised to collect
the contact numbers of NDRF and other paramilitary forces.
Pooja Jain, ADC Seppa has suggested inclusion of employees from land management department
in the Incident Response System since they are well equipped and acquainted with
the area for better information of the geographical landscape of the district.
Bomto Kamdak, DSP, while informing about the availability of response forces in the
time of any eventuality, has requested for procurement of more equipments.
Moromi Sonam, DDMO, Seppa presented the total estimate of pecuniary losses due to
damages in 2014-15. She stressed on the need for a comprehensive plan in tackling
Donyi Sago Popwr Party overall champion in Mopin Cultural competition
ITANAGAR, Apr 26: The six-time champion Donyi Sago Popwr party of Itanagar was adjudged
the overall champion in the recently concluded Mopin Festival 2015 cultural competition
at Mopin-Solung ground here,
Cultural completion is organized every year during Mopin festival celebration as
one of the many steps to preserve Galo culture with special emphasis on Galo language.
Nyamron Hacheng wins Miss Moh-Mol 2015 title
ITANAGAR, Apr 26: Nyamron Hacheng of Kharsang won the Miss Mol 2015 beauty contest
held in Jairampur during Moh Mol festival.
Mariam Longri and Priscella Latem, both from Kharsang, were adjudged the first and
second runners up respectively.
The sub-title of Miss Beautiful Smile went to Ntamron Hacheng. Chakmily Ngemu and
Mariam Longri walked away with Miss Photogenic and Miss Perfect titles.
MLA Laisam Simai handed over the keys of a Scooty to the winner.
Impose financial emergency
ITANAGAR, Apr 26: Arunachal RTI Activist Forum has urged the Governor of Arunachal
Pradesh to recommend imposition of Financial Emergency in the state.
While blaming the state government for the poor financial status, Arunachal RTI Activist
Forum demanded the government to come up with clear public statement. Meanwhile,
Arunachal RTI Activist Forum has further demanded Chief Minister to come up white
paper on the financial position of the state
It called for dissolution of the state legislative assembly since the present Nabam
Tuki led government is unable to recover from current financial stuation.
While the government maintains that financial position is not bad, on the other hand,
the Reserve Bank of India has issued order for stoppage of payment to state government.
ASUC appeals Arunachalee students in Chandigarh to behave
ITANAGAR, Apr 26: Informing that the car damage incident involving Arunachalee students
in Chandigarh has been solved successfully, the Arunachal Students Union Chandigarh
(ASUC) has appealed to the students of the state studying in Chandigarh to devote
themselves to their study only.
According to ASUC, few Arunachalee students under the influence of alcohol hit the
car of a local resident in Chandigarh without any reason on April 18 last not only
causing damage to it but also bringing bad name to Arunachal. However, the case has
been solved within a week because of the intervention of the students union, according
to an ASUC release.
ASUC cautioned the students to refrain from such activities to stay safe away. It
also appealed to the parents and guardians to take proper care of their wards since
this kind of activity by their children will not prove good in future for all of
MGNREGA performance reviewed
SEPPA, Apr 26: DC East Kameng, Sandeep Kumar Singh reviewed the performance of MGNREGA
in the district during a meeting here.
BDOs of different blocks briefed on physical and financial achievement under MGNREGA
in their respective blocks during 2014-15.
In total, 143 projects have been undertaken and generated more than 93000 man days
during 2014-15. Out of 143 projects undertaken, 42 projects have been completed and
101 are in ongoing stage.
Chayang Tajo block has generated more number of man days while, Seijosa block recorded
Appreciating the progress made during 2014-15, Sandeep Kumar Singh has requested
the BDOs to maintain vigilance during inclusion and deletion of job card holders,
avoid duplicity of works, to disburse wages only after verification of muster roll,
and maintain complete transparency.
Further, he sought details on net connectivity status from BDOs of their establishments
by 15th May and requested them to complete the MIS data entry as soon as possible.
Centre assures help to Arunachal
Tuki meets Jaitley
ITANAGAR, Apr 26: The Union Finance Minister while responding to the concerns raised
by the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh on difficulty being faced by the State
in cash management is reported to have assured to consider the request of the State
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that Arunachal Pradesh being a strategic and sensitive
border State of India will always receive preferential and immediate consideration
by the Union Government.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki had called on the Union Finance Minister on 26th April
and apprised him of the difficulty being faced by the State in cash management during
initial transition of implementation of 14th Finance Commission due to non-release
of central share of Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) in the month of April.
He also explained to the Union Finance Minister that due to change of funding pattern
and non-finalisation of CSS policy, the “Special Category States” are adversely affected
in their cash management till the funding pattern is approved by the Union Cabinet.
Rational exercise is being undertaken by NITI Aayog and it will take some time to
have clarity in the matter. Till the time clarity is achieved, the States should
be assisted by the Centre by way of extending ‘Ways and Means Advance” (WMA) facilities
as well as advance drawal of State Share of Central Taxes to tide over the situation,
the Chief Minister said.
Chief Minister also urged upon the Union Finance Minister to release immediately
the first installment of all central schemes fully funded by the centre.
Malaria PF cases increase in LDV.
[ Karyir Riba ]
Roing, Apr 26: Speaking at the sidelines of the World Malaria Day at Roing on April
25, DVBDCO Dr N.Yirang informed that although the number of the total malaria cases
is decreasing in the district, the malaria pf (plasmodium falcifarum) cases are increasing
which, he said, is a matter of great concern for the department as this may lead
to outbreak of an epidemic in the district.
All possible efforts are being put forward to control the further increase in the
number of pf cases, he said.
He appealed to the general public and other departments to be a partner in fight
against the killer disease for a malaria free world".
Meanwhile, the day was observed here yesterday by conducting a rally in the township
area, which was organised by the Seva Kendra and DVBDCP, with support from Caritas
India and GFTM, under the theme "Invest in Future, Defeat Malaria", in order to create
awareness about prevention and control of the disease amongst the general public.
The rally saw participation of students and their teachers, NGOs from Caritas India,
Officers and staff from the health department headed by DMO Dr.D.Wange, and also
from the general public.
An essay and drawing competition was also organised for children at the Kendra Vidyalaya
School Roing, to mark the occasion.
CM offers condolence to earthquake victims,calls for state-wide disaster preparedness
ITANAGAR, Apr 26: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has expressed shock and grief over the
deadly and devastating earthquake in Nepal and North India, including West Bengal
and North East region that killed thousands and left lakhs injured on Saturday.
In a press statement today, Tuki extended heartfelt condolences to the families of
those who lost their lives in the tragic disaster and prayed for speedy recovery
of those injured on behalf of the people of Arunachal Pradesh. He wished for a successful
rescue and relief operation in the affected areas.
“People of Arunachal extend their solidarity with the people of Nepal at this difficult
time with whom we have a long and strong social bonding,” Tuki added.
The Chief Minister also made a fervent appeal to the people of Arunachal Pradesh
to take a cue from the disaster and take extensive preventive measures. He called
for extensive sensitization and awareness programmes on preparedness at district,
block and village levels.
In a directive to the Disaster Management department as well as district administrations,
the Chief Minister suggested public meetings, awareness programmes, publicity through
media, etc to educate the masses on dos and don’ts during such nature’s fury. He
emphasized that preventive measures be given utmost priority.
“We must also ensure that standard building norms are followed in all construction
works and avoid construction of multi storied buildings. People residing in slope
and loose soil areas need to be shifted to safer places to avert any casualties during
such occurrence,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Disaster Management department has viewed the Saturday catastrophe
seriously and prepared a plan to educate the people across the state on tackling
such eventualities in a scientific manner.
Farewell to retiring doctors
ITANAGAR, Apr 26: The officers and staff of the Directorate of Health Services bade
farewell to Dr. Gyati Tatu, Dr. Bollapragada Venkata Surya Narayana Murthy and Dr.
Satyajit Kakoty, who retired on superannuation.
It was a rare treat for the officers and staff of the Directorate, when the three
superannuating doctors shared their experiences in a function organized by the directorate
For Dr. Gyati Tatu, who joined as MO in District Hospital, Along on October 5, 1982,
it was his sense of duty and dedication that kept him moving from one place to another
despite being afflicted with multiple health problems. After serving as MO at Changlang
and DMO in Anini, Pasighat, Khonsa, Seppa and Daporijo, he was promoted to DDHS (S&T),
then DDHS (P&D), and then Additional DHS and finally as Director Family Welfare.
As for the other retiring officer, Dr. Bollapragada Venkata Surya Narayana Murthy,
it was the beauty and simplicity of the people which made him stay for more than
33 years in Arunachal. He joined on September 19, 1980 at Mahadevpur Health Unit
as Junior Medical Officer. Thereafter from 1984 to 86, he was posted in rotation
in the Health units of Piyong (6 months), New mahongy (3 months), Manchal and Hayuliang
PHC(6 months). He was sent by the then DMO, Tezu to these Health Units to open and
make them functional. He visited most of these places on foot and occasionally by
Says Murthy, “For Manchal, I first went in a truck from Tezu to Hayuliang. Then I
had to walk on foot for two days (officially four days trek) with halt at Yatang
to reach Manchal.” He recalled that, “There was only one peon in the Health unit
at that time and I was the first doctor to go there.” Incidentally, no doctor has
ever gone there after him. The present hanging bridge of Manchal owes its existence
to Murthy’s efforts. He had written the application for its construction.
In case of Dr. Satyajit Kakoty, it was the love of the local people which made him
stay at Gelling Health Unit, a far away interior place of East Siang from May 1981
to December 1986, incidentally his first place of posting as MO.
In addition to this duty, he also covered Tuting and Singa on foot.
“Once I walked on foot up to Yingkiong,” revealed Dr. Kakoty to the stunned audience.
Interestingly, the then ADC, Bharat Baruah once had to forcefully send Dr. Kakoty
back home for vacation when the latter deferred his programme of visiting home for
years at a row for the sake of looking after sick patients.
His next posting came in 1987 at Kimin courtesy the kindness of the then Chief Minister,
Gegong Apang. He explains this with a fond smile, “Apang Sir would always see me
in the Chabua Airport waiting for a sortie helicopter to go back to Gelling (the
only mode of transport in those days) whenever he landed at the airport. So, when
he saw me waiting at the airport year after year, he took pity on me and transferred
me to a softer place (Kimin)”.
Later, he served as Medical Superintendent, DMO, DDHS (S&T), DDHS (GA) in various
places like Ziro, Kurung Kumey, Bomdila and Naharlagan from 1991 to July 2013. His
final promotion came as PD, APSACS.
“There was a sense of dedication and sincerity amongst the earlier doctors which
is so hard to find now a days,” said Dr. Moji Jini, Director Medical Education while
expressing his appreciation for their yeoman services. Other officers and staff present
in the meeting also spoke highly about their selfless contribution to the Medical
department in particular and the State in general.
Dr. K.Nishing, DHS, Dr. T.Kampu, DDHS (P&D), Dr.N. Peter, HRS were present among
Earthquake and Itanagar: Are we prepared enough
[ Peyom Jini ]
The very unfortunate Nepal Earthquake has claimed thousands of lives in recent times.
Apart from praying for the departed souls and sending NDRF task force for rescue
operations, shouldn’t we the people of Arunachal Pradesh and North-East as a whole
learn an invaluable lesson from this?
Our state lies in the most earthquake-prone Zone-V of the earthquake zonation map
of the country. The following data has been derived from National Institute of Disaster
Management catalogue, which gives us the clear figure about the highly devastating
earthquakes that have occurred in and around Arunachal Pradesh since 1869.
The fact sheet is a clear indicator that Arunachal Pradesh has experienced some of
the most severe earthquakes in the past with magnitude as high as 8.7 on Richter
The 1950 earthquake reportedly claimed around 2000 lives in Assam and Tibet where
many more must have been left unreported and the actual figure of casualties in Arunachal
Pradesh (then a part of Assam) still remaining obscure. Another assumption for the
low casualty rate was that due to rural building techniques and lack of urbanization,
many lives were saved of building collapses, electrocution, fire etc.
The scenario would have been different had it occurred in recent times. Apart from
the natural vulnerable setting, one of the most important yet neglected fact is that
urbanization has a greater role to determine whether a city becomes more or less
vulnerable. Itanagar and other urban centres have seen unprecedented and unregulated
growth since last many years. As such, the vulnerability of these cities increases
A study by famous geologist Trilochan Singh has found out that Itanagar Capital Complex
lies in a highly susceptible area marked by innumerable local Fault lines running
across under the city. Immature topography, unconsolidated nature of sediments, and
various geomorphic features make the Itanagar Capital complex geodynamically active.
Itanagar township is located on the uplifted quaternary fluviatile deposits which
characterizes the multitude of landslides experienced by the area.
Urbanization In Itanagar
Source: Planning for Disaster Mitigation in Itanagar by Author
The entire area of Arunachal Pradesh was treated as rural in 1961 census. In 1971
census, four districts and sub-divisional headquarters of Bomdila, Along, Tezu and
Pasighat were treated as towns. In 1981 census, Itanagar and Naharlagun were added
as census towns.
The growth rate of urban population in Itanagar was 158.2 % in 1991 and marginally
decreased to 111.6 % in 2001. Urban population growth rate in 2011 was 86.4 %.
The urban growth rate in Itanagar is still very high at 86.4%. As such, the vulnerability
naturally increases for the residing population. And to add to the vulnerability
is the growing unregulated buildings and dense urbanization, slum growths in hazardous
locations, development in steep slopes, lack of escape route, unplanned roads and
Can we say we are safe enough? Or are we sitting on a time-bomb that’s ticking away?
(The contributor of the article is Urban Planner/Team Leader of Itanagar Municipal
Preparations on for Tawang Festival 2015
TAWANG, Apr 26: Tourism Minister Pema Khandu today reviewed the detailed programme
of the ensuing Tawang Festival in a meeting with Festival Celebration Committee headed
by the Tawang Deputy Commissioner at Circuit House here.
He exhorted the Festival Organizing Committee to work hard for conduct of the mega
tourism festival with its usual grandeur.
Earlier, Pema visited the festival ground to take stock of the ongoing preparation
works and met the representatives of various agencies involved in conduct of the
He also visited the old market area of Tawang and reviewed the programme to be held
Tawang Festival, 2015 is scheduled to be inaugurated by Governor of Arunachal Pradesh
Lt. Gen. (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma on May 1.
Union Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar and Union MoS for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju
will attend the second day of the festival. The Chief of Army Staff and other top
brass of Army are likely to accompany the Union Defence Minister in the Festival.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki will attend the final day on May 3.
Bollywood Star Arjun Rampal will be arriving on April 30 to attend the festival.
‘The star being nostalgic of his younger days, expressed his desire to meet his college
friends from Arunachal during his three days stay in Tawang”, informed festival director
of Tawang Festival Tsetan Chombay Kee.
Arjun Rampal is likely to discuss with Pema various aspects to explore and promote
Arunachal tourism through Bollywood ventures in the state.
Bollywood playback singers Priya Patel and Anushka Manchanda will perform on the
second and third nights of the Festival respectively.
Besides, M-Sonic (Stars of India's got Talent), world renowned Tibetan Institute
of Performing Arts, super-hit Tibetan singer Phurbu T Namgyal from USA, popular folk
fusion singer Warklung Phuning Ding Katharpo from Haflong are slated to perform.
Singers and cultural troupes from the State will also have the opportunity to perform.
The Street Dance show is a novelty in Tawang Festival, 2015. Hundreds of dancers
will perform traditional folk dances in the streets of Old Market Tawang to the delight
of visiting tourists. Other attraction of the festival is the Arunachal Food Court,
exhibition and sale of handicrafts from the State, traditional games and sports and
Tawang Festival is a mega Tourism calendar event that is organized by the Department
of Tourism Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh at Tawang. The festival, every year attracts
hundreds of domestic and international tourists to experience the serene natural
beauty of Arunachal Pradesh, its diverse culture, mouth watering cuisine, unique
tribal folk songs, dances, art and artifacts.