December 02


News Impact



Medical team visit Vijaynagar

CHANGLANG, Dec 1: A medical team led by DRCHO, Changlang Dr T Yomcha visited Vijoynagar circle to organise medical camps and collect first-hand information and data from the villages on November 29 last.

During their 12 days visit, the team carried out medical camps at Aditi, Nibodi, Yachijolo, Yachele, Sichoto, Miputo and Ramnagar villages.

All together 437 general patients and 15 ANC beneficiaries availed the services and 210 children were given OPV and 16 infants received BCG vaccines. The medicines were provided free of cost by the District Health Society, Changlang. The team also organised social service as part of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan at PHC Vijoynagar in which medical staff, PRI members, members of Bazaar committee and residents of Vijaynagar and Dawodi village participated.

Apart from health awareness camps and RCH outreach camps, 14 ASHAs of Vijoynagar circle along with 2 DAIs (TBA) were trained on 6th and 7th Module for 5 days at PHC Vijoynagar during their visit. DIPRO


Eucharistic procession by the faithful

ITANAGAR, Dec 1: Thousands of Catholic faithful yesterday took out the annual Eucharistic procession reaffirming their faith on Jesus Christ.

The march led by Bishop of Itanagar started from Cathedral Itanagar to Bank Tinali and back and conducted prayer services. They prayed for each other, peace and harmony of the world. Addressing the gathering, Dr. John Thomas, Bishop of Itanagar said “‘True love is selfless. It does not expect anything in return.” He called upon the believers to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Rev. Fr. Augustine of St. Patrick Seminary spoke about the holy presence of Jesus in the Bread and Jesus Christ as the bread of life.

Believers from, St. Mary’s Parish Itanagar, Sacred heart Parish Naharlagun, infant Jesus’ parish Doimukh, Holy trinity Parish Banderdewa and Divine Mercy Parish Chimpu attended the procession.

This is one of the oldest practices of the Catholic Church.

The caravan of the Cross, umbrellas, flags, placards and choir vans were led by Taw Tebin, president of APCA and Nabam Pekhi, Secretary general of APCA and Taring Beki Bosco, former chairman of the Cathedral management committee.


SCC celebrates pre-Christmas

ZIRO, Dec 1: Saint Claret College (SCC), Ziro celebrated ‘Pre-Christmas’ last Saturday, with Dr. V. N. Sharma, State Liaison Officer, NSS.

The event was celebrated earlier than the actual date because of the early start of the University examinations.

Speaking at the occasion, NSS State Liaison Officer, Dr. VN Sharma urged the students to make the best use of the given opportunities and to have a positive attitude towards academics as well as life in general.

During the function, the College Calendar and “Lingua Franca,” the newsletter of the Department of English was released. Dr. Sharma also awarded certificates and medals to the winners of the various events of Resonance ’14, the College Week, Departmental Seminars, and those who successfully completed the Certificate Courses in Tourism Management and Communicative English offered by the Departments of Geography and English respectively.


DPYK Pasighat celebrates birth anniversary of Talom Rukbo

From a correspondent

PASIGHAT, Dec 01: The Donyi-Polo Yelam Kebang (DPYK), Pasighat today celebrated the 79th birth anniversary of Golgi Bote Talom Rukbo by paying floral tributes at his tomb at Mirku here while marking the Indigenous Faith Day. All the believers and followers of Donyi-Poloism including Lt. Rukbo’s close associates thronged the graveyard and offered prayers and floral tribute to the great man who founded Donyi-Poloism.

Speaking on the occasion, Rerin Yirang, friend of Lt. Rukbo recalled his association with Rukbo and days they spent together as students at Sadia, Assam at a missionary school.

While Kaling Borang one of Lt. Rukbo’s close associate cum founder secretary of Donyi-Poloism and in-charge Assam branch presently, recalled Lt. Rukbo as a perfect man, who always had the zeal to do things on time.

On the occasion he also dedicated a poem on Adi ‘Silobong Supakbong’ which means today and now itself, which had the substances of Lt. Rukbo’s life of good and time bound works.

Borang also elaborated the meaning of Golgi Roksok, as many do not know the exact meaning of Golgi though this word is used before the name of Lt. Rukbo. According to him, Golgi Roksok are the names of some shrubs which don’t die easily despite it is uprooted and kept on stone without any contact with the earth, It gets revitalized on getting dew or slight rain water, he said,

DPYK President Tabi Jerang and Secretary Tagom Tasung also spoke and recalled Lt. Rukbo’s the contribution to the society.

A calendar was also released on the occasion.


Donyi Polo Day celebrated


DAPORIJO, Dec 1: Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Upper Subansiri District observed the Donyi Polo Day befittingly in every Donyi Namlo Centre at Upper Subansiri District here today.

Donyi Polo day was observed in Daporijo, Dumporijo, Leya, Rading Bagbi, Taliha, Sippi, Baririjo and Godak areas.

Various traditional cultural programme and games and sports competition were also organized on the occasion as a part of the festival.

A mass procession was also organized at Daporijo Township.

Attending the programme at Daporijo Namlo, Deputy Commissioner Upper Subansiri district, Komkar Dulom urged the believers to preserve the traditional attire and languages along with their belief. He also asked the believers to celebrate the occasion every year with various traditional activities in the programme.

All Arunachal Pradesh Pancahayat Raj Coordination Committee, President Sushil Nalo also urged the believers to promote communal harmony and peace in the society.


ASYF serves 15 days ultimatum

ITANAGAR, Dec 1: The All Sagalee Youth Federation (ASYF) has served 15 days ultimatum to the state government to fulfill their seven point charter of demands.

The federation alleged that despite series of memorandum followed by meeting with ADC Sagalee, no initiative has been processed to fulfill their demands. The seven point demand of ASYF include establishment of SBI branch, sub-treasury office, fire station, petrol pump and JNV/VKV school at Sagalee. Other demand includes activation of all the mobile towers and renovation of CHC Sagalee along with posting of adequate doctors and other para-medical staffs. ASYF warned that they will launch democratic movement if their demands are not met within the stipulated time.


1st Tasing Darang Veteran Football tourney begins

PASIGHAT, Dec 01: Siang XI beat GTC teams 2-0 in the opening match of the first Tasing Darang Memorial Veteran Football Tournament at general ground here today.

Tamat Gamoh put Siang XI ahead in 17th minutes before Vijay Tamuk doubled the score in 28th minutes.

The champion team will be awarded cash prizes of Rs.30,000 and the Runner up team will be given Rs.20,000.

There will be individual prizes for best player, highest scorer and best goalkeeper etc informed the match commissioner.

Altogether eight teams of senior footballers are participating in the tourney.

Ruksin SDO Ruksin Tapiam Pada, Er. Tasiram Pertin and many senior members of the society witnessed the opening mach. DIPRO


Study materials distributed to students

CHONGKHAM, Dec 01: The Class XI Humanity students of Govt. Higher Secondary School of Chongkham provided study materials to students of two primary schools of Empong and Chongkham here today. A total of 70 students from both the schools were provided with notebooks, geometry boxes, colour pencils etc.

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Arunachal mourns the demise of former CM Jarbom Gamlin

ITANAGAR, Dec 1: There has been overwhelming outpour of grief from all over the state at the untimely demise of former Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin. The former Chief Minister died Sunday evening at a hospital in Gurgaon after a brief illness. The entire shops and business establishments of Itanagar and Naharlagun downed their shutters as a mark of respect to the former CM.

Leading the state in mourning the death of the Late Gamlin, Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma has expressed shock and grief at the sudden demise of former Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin.

In a condolence letter to Sakuntala D Gamlin, wife of Late Jarbom Gamlin, the Governor said that in passing away of former Chief Minister, the State has lost a distinguished social activist, law luminary and dynamic leader.

In this hour of crisis, I join all the people of Arunachal Pradesh to pray to the Almighty to give you and members of the bereaved family enough strength and courage to bear the irreparable loss, the Governor said in his letter.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has also expressed shock and grief over the demise of his predecessor.

In a condolence message to the bereaved family members, Tuki said that late Jarbom Gamlin will always be remembered as one of the most learned and proficient political stalwarts ever produced by the state.

“His footsteps and the contributions made to West Siang district as MLA for consecutive terms, to the State as Chief Minister and Minister in various portfolios, and to the country as Member of the Lok Sabha during his long decades of political career will remain immortal. He will always have a special place in the hearts of every Arunachalee. His loss has ended an era of exemplary achievements made as a leader of the masses,” Tuki said.

“Arunachal Pradesh has lost an illustrious son,” said Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju.

In a condolence message Rijiju said, Jarbom Gamlin has left us but he will remain in our heart forever.

“He was always upright and honest in his duties as Chief Minister, Member of Parliament and President AAPSU. We will always cherish his contributions,” the minister added.

Capital Deputy Commissioner Mige Kamki also deeply mourned the death of former chief minister Gamlin. “It is great loss to the society and the state as a whole. The void created by his death can never be filled up”, Kamki added.

“End of an era,” said Health & Family Welfare Minister Kalikho Pul, in his condolence message, adding “I have lost a personal guide, friend and well-wisher. He had the uncanny knack to offer instant solution to any problem posed reflecting his high level of quick wit. While working as Finance Minister I found him a stickler of rules and learnt a lot”, said Pul.

People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) president and MLA Nikh Kamin, in a condolence message on behalf of the rank and file of the party stated that, “The state will always remember him for his upright quality, straight talk and invaluable contributions for all-round development of the people.”

“Like a candle he lit the society throughout his political career for the welfare of every section of the society and continued his endeavour till last breath which would remain an example for others to follow,” Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society president Y D Thongchi said in a message.     

 “The state has lost great Congress leader whose invaluable contributions will always be remembered, said APCC president Padi Richo. Rajya Sabha member Mukut Mithi and former MP Takam Sanjoy, recalled him as a charismatic leader whose achievements will remain milestone for the party.

State has lost a great leader, former minister Setong Sena, said in a message.

Arunachal Pradesh Women’s Welfare Society has extended its condolences to the bereaved family members of Late Gamlin. In a message, the Society said that it was saddened and shocked by the untimely death of able and dynamic leader of the state.

The Arunachal Press Club, Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists, the Arunachal Pradesh Electronic Media Association, termed him an upright leader, who spoke to the point and knew the value of time. With his passing away the state has lost a statesman, who always worked for the greater welfare of the people and state, said a joint statement by the press fraternity.

“He steered the Government in the hours of need when the state was reeling under shock wave due to tragic demise of the then Chief Minister, late Dorjee Khandu, said Nyishi Elite Society (NES) in a statement.

As a Minister of Power, he envisioned the hydro-power potential of the state in to action as the prime resources of the state by inking Memorandum of Understanding (M o U) with the private and public undertaking power giants of the country. We hope, as a befitting tribute to the great son of the soil, the state Government may take-up the matter in naming any mega-power project after his name,” the NES said.

“The premature death of former Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin is a moment of sorrow and agony not only for his family members but the entire Arunachal and the nation as a whole,” said the Galo Welfare Society (GWS). The Society will always remember the immense contributions made by Late Gamlin.

‘The Sun has set’, said All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) while mourning the death. Highlighting the activities and contributions of Late Gamlin, AAPSU said Gamlin had started his political innings as a student leader and was president of AAPSU from 1981 to 1983. “An able leader, amiable person, there was never anyone like him and never will be again, he was a true leader,” the AAPSU said adding that the void created by his untimely demise would not be filled up in the days to come.

Expressing deep shock at the death of former Chief Minister, the Confederation of Service Associations of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP) said Late Gamlin was a visionary and straightforward leader who always stood for the welfare of common masses even in the odd situations. Right from his school days till his last breath he served the state in various capacities for overall balance growth of all communities of the state. His selfless services rendered for the state will always be remembered, the CoSAAP said adding the vacuum created by his death will be very hard to fill in.

Former Chief Minister Gamlin was a man of integrity, an able and visionary political leader. He has contributed a lot for the development of the state right from his time as a student and political leader, said Adi Baane Kebang in a condolence message.

While mourning the death of former Chief Minister, The Arunachal Teachers’ Association (ATA) said “Arunachal Pradesh has lost a true son of the soil and a leader of masses who had served the people of the state with dedication and commitment. His contribution to the state in particular and nation in general will be remembered for ever, the association added.

Late Gamlin was a man of principle with and outstanding leadership qualities. His contributions towards state will be remembered in days to come, said the Nyishi Nyem Acham while deeply mourning the death of the former Chief Minister.

Arunachal Chamber of Commerce & Industries described him a leader with the ability to influence mind whose various contributions would be examples for others to emulate.

The rank and file of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Arunachal Pradesh expressed shock over the demise of former Chief Minister Gamlin.

In a condolence message held at its party headquarters, the state BJP leaders including its Vice President Techi Necha remembered the contributions of former Chief Minister and described him as a visionary and prolific student leader who served AAPSU as its President from 1981-1983. The party MLAs Er.Tumke Bagra, Kento Rina, Dr. Mohesh Chai and Laisam Simai shared their experiences with the late leader.

Bharatiya Janata Yuba Morch, East Kameng district unit also deeply mourned the death of former Chief Minister.  Late Gamlin was one of the highly educated dedicated leaders of the state, it said.

While deeply mourning the death, Itanagar Municipal Council said Late Gamlin was truly a leader of the masses.

Late Gamlin was a grass-root level leader who always worked for the interest of common people of Arunachal Pradesh, said All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union (AAPWU).

The Itanagar Market Welfare Association (IMWA) has also expressed deep shock at the untimely demise of former Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin. Describing late Gamlin as most vibrant and capable leader of the state, the IMWA in a condolence message said the  achievement and contributions of the former Chief Minister since his student  life will be remembered by the  people for ever.

Meanwhile, all the business establishments under the banner of the IMWA observed shutter down to pay respect to the departed leader. The IMWA executive’s members also observed one-minute silence and prayed for eternal peace of the departed leader.

The death of former chief minister is an irreparable loss to the state and Indian National Congress. He will always be remembered by the people for his contributions, said Taki Taba, chairman Arunachal Pradesh Khadi and Village Industries Board and Chairman of AP Congress Seva Dal Board in a condolence message.

Late Gamlin performed a pioneering role in setting up of Gauhati High Court Permanent Bench in Arunachal Pradesh in his tenure as president of All Arunachal Pradesh Lawyers Association in the year 1955 to 1994, said advocate Tayom Son while mourning the death of  former Chief Minister. The Arunachal Law Students Union, the All Arunachal Pradesh Labours Union (AAPLU), Itanagar City Congress Committee, Salesians of Don Bosco Arunachal Pradesh and Don Bosco Alumni Arunachal Pradesh, All Banna, Brah, Tabio and Tayam Welfare Society, Naharlagun and Lendo Ao Welfare Association, Sajolang Elite Society, Lobom Welfare Society and Ramle Banggo Welfare Society (RBWS) also deeply mourned the death of former Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin.

The Kargu Kardi Students Union while condoling the death of its dear leader observed a two-minute silence at late Jarbom Gamlin’s official residence here today.

Kameng Dolo, MLA 12th Pakke-Kessang constituency, Principal Advisor to Chief Minister has express  deep shock and sadness  over the untimely demise of Former Chief Minister.

We have lost one of the most charismatic and popular leaders of not only the Congress party, but also of the whole State. He was among the very few dignified, sensible and charming politician we ever had, Dolo said in a report.

We will always remember Jarbom Gamlin’s great contribution towards the State who loved to work with the youths of State, the message added.

Education Minister Tapang Taloh, Loksabha MP Ninong Ering, Parliamentary Secretary (Industries) Tatung Jamoh, MLAs Kaling Moyong (Pasighat East) and Kento Rina (Nari-Koyu) and Ex-Minister Bosiram Siram expressed shock and grief at the sudden demise of the former Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin in Gurgaon.

Expressing profound sorrow in their condolence messages, the dignitaries said Late Gamlin made immense contribution towards the State and Nation in various capacities as an able MP, minister and CM and people would always remember him for his contributions and positive outlook to life.

Minister for Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Veterinary & Dairy Development Chowna Mein and his wife Nang Sati Mein, former Namsai MLA have mourned the demise of Gamlin.

“He was not just a colleague but a dear friend to us. His good natured humour and his straightforwardness even in tough situations made him a man like no other. He was also a proficient politician and a gentleman. In his demise, the people of Liromoba area have lost a good leader and a father figure and a void has been formed in the political arena of our state” said a message.

“His innumerable contributions to the society and the state of Arunachal Pradesh as a Minister, Member of Parliament, Chief Minister, student leader is worth mentioning. His departure has created a vacuum in his family as well as in the society and the state. We have lost one of the pioneers of the state. He will be always remembered by the people of the state and the nation as a whole, said Nationalist Congress Party state unit in its condolence message.

Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress president Nyamar Karbak expressing grief and sorrow said "the void created by the sudden demise of late Jarbom Gamlin cannot be filled. It is a great loss to the country in general and the state in particular. With vast knowledge and experience, he was an invaluable asset to the state, Karbak said. “The state has lost a great visionary leader,” APYC Spokesperson, Kipa Takum added.

The Panchayat members and Gaon Bura association of Nari Seren block in East Siang district also mourned the demise of former CM.

Nari Seren ZPM Kenyom Dabii in a message said that late Gamlin had immense contribution towards development of the state as well as the Galo society. He always dreamt of bringing an amicable solution to the boundary dispute of Assam and Arunachal. The state has lost a veteran leader in his death, he said in a message.

Arunachal Students Union Delhi (ASUD) while offering its deepest condolence to all the family members and the loved ones of  Jarbom Gamlin said that ASUD has lost a very important personality. Jarbom Gamlin was the founder of ASUD and he became the first president in 1978.

ASUD lost its first General Secretary, T.C Teli in the beginning of the year and now the president. Losing two important figures of ASUD consecutively has left us in shock and grief, it said. His inspiration and commitment for young leaders will be written in the pages of ASUD with Golden words.

Taro Opey Foundation, Ziro said that his demise has created a wide and deep vacuum in the political history of this State. His contribution, both as student and elected leader for the cause of this state will be remembered by all for the times to come, the message read.

His death is a great loss for the state and nation as a whole, said Arunachal Law Students Union in its message.

The Galo people residing in Upper Siang district also mourned the untimely demise of former Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin. In a condolence meeting  convened by the Galo Welfare Soceity (GWS) Upper Siang district unit, the  members  recalled the  contributions of  Gamlin.


Former CM Gamlin’s final journey

The mortal remains of former Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin is scheduled to arrive at Guwahti airport at around 8.30 AM on Dec 2. He shall be kept there till 11 AM for people to pay their last respects.

From there, the body will be flown to Naharlagun helipad at 12.00 noon where it will be kept for an hour for the people to pay their last respect before being flown to Aalo where he will be laid to rest, according to family sources. The date for the final rites will be made known soon which has already been declared a holiday by the state govt.


Sonia, Rahul pay homage to Late Gamlin

New Delhi: All India Congress Committee President Sonia Gandhi and  Vice President Rahul Gandhi, arrived at Arunachal House in the afternoon to pay their last respects to former Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin, who has been a veteran Congress leader from the state.

The body of MLA and former Chief Minister was brought in and kept at Arunachal House today for public homage.

Hundreds of mourners arrived to pay their last respect to the departed soul.

Union minister of state for home affairs, Kiren Rijiju and his wife, Members of Parliament from the state, Mukut Mithi, and Ninong Ering, offered their condolences and prayed for the departed soul.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki along with Tourism Minister Pema Khandu and Education Minister, Tapang Taloh, also paid homage and gave moral strength to the bereaved family.

Senior Congress leader and former minister Mani Shankar Aiyyar, first Chief Minister of state P.K.Thungon and bureaucrats were seen offering their condolences.



Tension over district headquarters simmers at Pangin-Boleng

ADC Boleng assaulted by mob

[ Amar Sangno ]

ITANAGAR, Dec 1: Tension is reportedly simmering at Pangin (an EAC headquarters in East Siang) which was recently declared as temporary headquarters of newly created Siang district, following the physical assault on Boleng ADC Taro Mize today. East Siang District SP who rushed to the spot informed this daily over the telephone that the incident had happened around 11:30 am today when ADC Boleng was trying to pacify agitated youths from Boleng.

SP further added around 30 youths physically charged Mize and inflicted head injury on him. Later, Mize was immediately rushed to Pasighat District Hospital. The ADC’s Bolero car was also damaged by the angry youths, said SP.

“No one is to yet to be arrested in this connection, however we are investigating the case” said SP. He also said that situation is under control with no report of further violence.

Sources said that the youths destroyed the pandal which was erected for victory celebration of Education Minister Tapang Taloh and thanksgiving for the new district in which newly appointed DC G. Lego was supposed to visit.  

Later Lego had to cancel the trip, sources said.

The youths were protesting over the state government’s notification declaring Pangin as temporary headquarters of Siang District on 24th November 2014, claiming that Boleng was supposed to be declared district headquarter, source added.

Even before the dust had settled down after declaring Pangin as temporary district headquarter of Siang district, the newly created district caught itself in the whirlpool of controversies and violence.

The notification on district headquarters has escalated the tension among the people, as the people of Boleng are vociferously opposing Pangin to be a district headquarters claiming that Boleng has better feasible factors than Pangin while the people of former are also claiming the same. Pangin is around 70 kilometers and Boleng 85 kilometers off Pasighat.

Initially it said that Siang District Creation Demand was started with four circles but later five more circles were joined including Rumgong circle of West Siang.



Reinforce in the minds of younger generation values of indigenous faiths and culture: Pongte

CHANGLANG, Dec 1: Changlang (North) MLA Tesam Pongte called upon the senior citizens to reinforce in the minds of younger generation the value of age-old culture, traditions and indigenous faiths and beliefs.

Addressing a gathering on the occasion of Indigenous Faith Day celebration at Changlang organized by Changlang unit of Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh today, the MLA called upon elderly persons of the society to encourage the young generation to carry forward and inherit the age-old indigenous faith, culture, and traditions.

“It is the duty and moral responsibility of the young generation to carry forward the rich culture and traditions,” he said. Showing his grave concern over the deteriorating indigenous dialects, he urged the parents to use local dialect during interaction with children at home.

Changlang ZPC explained the necessity of protection, preservation and promotion of indigenous faiths, culture and traditions.

SDO, N Wangjen said that once we lose our culture it will be difficult to revive it. He appealed to all to maintain the culture which has been practicing since time immemorial.

NERCORMP Project Manager said that observing the day only will not serve the purpose unless we take a pledge and come forward to preserve the rich culture. He suggested for introducing traditional dresses in schools once a week and local prayer song in the morning assembly.

Earlier, IFCSAP district unit president NK Longchang highlighted the significance of the day and said the day is celebrated to encourage and remind indigenous people to preserve their own culture, rituals and faith so that it is not lost.

Dr K  Yomcha, DRCHO, Thangngam Tangha, Secretary IFCSAP, District Unit, Dangjung Salnang Mungrey, Dr. Jungdang Salnang Mungrey also spoke stressing the need for preservation of indigenous faith and culture.

Earlier, a procession was taken out by the members of IFCSAP, Changlang in the township area starting from Nehru Point to DIET auditorium covering 14 AR camp, Officers’ Colony and Higher Secondary School, Gate with slogans “Loss of culture is loss of Identity”, “Long live Indigenous Faith” etc. DIPRO



World AIDS Day observed

ITANAGAR, Dec 1: Arunachal Pradesh observed World AIDS Day today along with rest of the world to create awareness about the causes, symptoms and preventive measures of HIV/AIDS.

A mass rally was organized in the main thoroughfare of Naharlagun Town by Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society (APSACS) for raising awareness on HIV/AIDS among people today morning.

Students from Polo Colony, Govt. Hr. Secondary School, Axis International, Gyan Ganga, Naharlagun and Oju Mission School took part in the rally which was flagged off by APSACS Project Director, Dr. Riken Rina. They held placards with slogans and banners to spread awareness on HIV/AIDS. They carried placards reading “Today is World AIDS Day”, “Stop AIDS. Keep the promise”, “Say no to drugs”, “Stay away from HIV, not from the person living HIV”.

Later, addressing a meeting at Oju Welfare Association, APSACS Deputy Director (IEC) Tashor Pali explained on how HIV is transmitted and how the virus survives. Explaining the aim and objective of observing the World AIDS Day, Dr. Pali asked people not to discriminate people living with HIV.

Later, an interactive session with the school students was conducted where various questions related to HIV/AIDs were answered by Pali.

The Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun observed world AIDS day in the seminar hall of the hospital. Dr RD Khrimey, Chief Medical Superintendent of Arunachal State Hospital inaugurated the function which was also participated by members of Capital Youth Organization (CYO). On the occasion, a power point presentation was made by Dr K Ete, Deputy medical superintendent. The programme was attended among others by Dr Mope Riba of state referral laboratory.

General Secretary of Arunachal Network of Positive People Yumrin Nokpa while addressing the participants asked everyone to remain safe from HIV. “HIV can happen to anyone. Therefore, people living with HIV should not be discriminated,” he suggested.

An awareness programme  cum seminar with theme “Sexually transmitted diseases with emphasis on HIV/AIDS” was organized at Dirang by ICAR – NRC on Yak, Dirang to mark the World AIDS Day today.

Posters and leaflets both in English and Hindi providing general information on HIV AIDS were distributed in West Kameng and Tawang districts.

The programme was chaired by Dr. S. M. Deb, Director, ICAR-NRC on Yak and Sunil Kandpal, 2nd I.C. ITBP, Dirang as chief guest.

The resource persons, Dr. AK Bera, Senior Scientist, Dr. Juwar Doley, Scientist and Dr. SK Singh, Senior Medical Officer of Community Health Centre, Dirang elaborated on causes, diagnosis and therapeutic approaches of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases associated with HIV/AIDS.

Dr. S.M. Deb, Director, ICAR-NRC on Yak emphasized on creating mass awareness on HIV, its preventive measures and acceptance of people with HIV positive by society.

Sunil Kandpal, 2nd IC. ITBP, Dirang briefed on global and Indian scenario on morbidity and mortality due to HIV/AIDS and emphasized on the importance of creating more awareness programme against HIV-AIDS.  

More than 100 participants, including head of the departments from different government departments of Dirang attended the programme which was organized in collaboration with 4th Battalion, Indo Tibetan Border Police, Dirang.

The Gymkhana of NERIST under the aegis of APSACS, observed the World AIDS day.

Nabam Teyi, Chairman Gymkhana, NERIST emphasized on the role of youths in the HIV AIDS awareness campaigns. He stated that NERIST as an educational institute having students from all the eight north eastern states has a great role to play in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Deputy Registrar of RGU Dr. David Pertin, who is also the Chairman of the RGU Officers’ Club, explained the importance and role of voluntary blood donation in eradication of HIV AIDS.

Dr. RP Bhattcharjee, Registrar of NERIST highlighted the global HIV AIDS menace and stated that being aware about HIV is the best way of prevention.

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Adios Jarbom Gamlin

 Dear Editor,

“It is now time to depart.... for me to die, for you to live. But which of us is going to a better state is unknown to everyone but God” Socrates.

I have seen Jarbom Gamlin from a very close quarter. Through school and college days; he was a friend to Bakin, Tomo, Dagmo and many senior to him. His enigmatic smile will haunt forever. His love for life and fun will live forever. He lived his life like candle in the wind, never having to say sorry for what he believed.

 I can feel the pain and sorrows his wives, children, close family members, friends and supporters are mourning with tears. But there is sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief...and unspeakable love. And as Antoine said, “He, who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.” So apt and fair to you Jarbom! Adios! Jarbom recedes but leaves behind bright seashells on the sand, the sun goes down, but gentle warmth still lingers on the land of the rising sun. The music stops, and yet it echoes on in sweet refrains.... For every joy that passes, something beautiful remains.

Thank you Jarbom for serving our people of Arunachal Pradesh; Life is truly short and you served well. Rest in peace.


L Wanglat,

Former Home

& Finance Minister,



Woes of a border town

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of the concerned authorities to look into the pitiable condition of the residents of Bhalukpong due to absence of basic amenities.

Bhalukpong is a fast growing town where the population is increasing day by day because of migration from other districts and border areas. These people are constructing planned/unplanned permanent/temporary houses day and night without obtaining land allotment orders from concern authority. They migrate here, construct dwelling houses and claim to be local but they are enjoying Govt facilities at their native place as well also facilities meant for Bhalukpong’s local residents. No land allotment orders have been issued to actual local residents to obtain bank loans for constructing houses on the pretext that the land is under reserve Forest but land allotments have been issued to influential public leaders of other districts who are constructing houses with Bank loans. Day to day tourist traffic to and through Bhalukpong including picnickers from both Assam & Arunachal is increasing tremendously but the area has no basic amenities.

There is no proper potable water. During rainy days women wait near natural water sources hours together for a bucket full of potable water and in summer they depend on Kameng river for bathing and washing clothes. The network of water pipe remains a public show. Once in a blue moon whatever water comes in these pipes are accompanied by mud with rotten leaves and earth worms.

The colony/sector roads are in dilapidated condition which makes it difficult for vehicles to move and there is no one to look after for maintenance of these roads. There are several schools at Lower Bhalukpong but the approach roads of these schools and police station remains muddy and treacherous which makes it very difficult to pass for pedestrians as well as vehicles during working days. Children have to attend their classes wet and muddy. During rainy days this road becomes river. At Upper Bhalukpong the road to Electrical Colony, Kiola Basti, Helipad etc. are in dilapidated condition which needs early maintenance.

The frequent fluctuation in electricity supply has hit hard the school going children and business community who depends on electricity.

The Banking service is very poor at Bhalukpong through which hundreds and thousands of national/international tourists travel every day. There is only one SBI ATM Booth at Bhalukpong which remains defunct for days together. This is the only SBI for the whole Thrizino ADC jurisdiction where public from far flung area of the sub-division comes down covering more than 150 Kilometers for bank transaction but almost every day the ATM has the sign of "cash is not available" even on weekly market days. Besides, the ATM always shows the sign of "This ATM is temporarily out of service. Please visit other ATM" Unfortunately there is only one ATM at Bhalukpong. So people started calling it the poorest Branch of Bank. The small booth of ATM is always crowded by rifle toting army personnel with rucksacks which makes it impossible for civilian women and children to transact. These army people bring dozens of ATM cards with each of them and take hours together one after another. There is neither space for car parking place nor space for queue by the ATM booth.

As Tezpur is nearby, the staffs often go to Tezpur for marketing after attending one or two hours of office. As such it is difficult to discuss with the staff whenever required.

There is no mobile network for days/ months together as the BSLN staff does not bother/ know what has gone wrong. There is no postage stamp in the sub-post office for months together and the staffs of post office open the office at will. Sometimes there are no staffs after 11 or 12 noon in the post office.

Long journey vehicles need refilling. There is only one Petrol Pump run by Bomdila Cooperative Society at Bhalukpong which always remains stock nil most of the time. One can see Petrol and Diesel bottles in front of every shops of Assam for sell at boundary. Unfortunately, the workers of present Petrol Pump Management at Bhalukpong are mostly Assamese people. So there is doubtful nexus between staff and shop keepers of Assam. It would be better if it is given to private parties for management.

There is no waiting place for tourists at the check gate which remains always crowded. The state Highway passing through the market area is congested, dirty and crowded. The Govt should plan some attractive gate for reception with waiting room for international tourists as the saying goes "the first impression is last impression".

The people living in the market area need awareness and training on etiquette & cleanliness.


Sunil Khabisow

Upper Bhalukpong,

West Kameng





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High expectation from Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is on a 3 days tour to North East has visited state of Assam, Manipur, Nagaland and Tripura. His visit has given massive expectation to the people of region who are battling underdevelopment due to insurgency problem and years of neglect by successive central government. Today while joining Hornbill festival celebration at Nagaland Modi announced slew of soaps for the region. Focusing on improving connectivity to the northeast, Modi said the Centre would provide Rs 28,000 crore for laying new railway lines in the region and develop the "untapped" tourism potential of the area.

He also said that Centre has sanctioned Rs 5000 crore to provide 2G mobile coverage in this area for comprehensive telecom development plan of the northeast region. PM also announced scholarships for northeast students and said 10,000 students will be beneficiaries of the scheme. Modi also spoke about turning NE region as natural economic zone (NEZ). Naturally the expectation has risen considerably high following the visit of PM and his subsequent promise to bring sustainable development in the region. However people are also wary of such promises.  In the past promises has been broken due to which NE region are still lagging behind in the development index. Modi need to understand this and don't let our expectation die cruel death. Can we hope that acche din is indeed coming for the people of NE region? Perhaps only time will tell.