Consumer awareness campaign held at New Palin

ITANAGAR, Dec 3: With a view to sensitize the people about consumer rights, a day-long consumer awareness campaign was organized at Nyokum Hall of New Palin in Kurung Kumey district on Nov 28 last by the officials of Department of Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs, Ziro, Lower Subansiri district. During the program, consumer related items like packaged commodities, weights and measures, LPG cylinder, posters, banners, booklets and pamphlets were displayed and distributed for consumer awareness.
Debia Tana, Inspector, LM&CA, Ziro while presiding over the program, appealed all traders to keep in mind that everybody is consumer in one way or other, so all have to build up trust and confidence amongst the traders and consumers. Later, he demonstrated on how common consumer can be saved or protected from deceiving or unfair trade practices or unscrupulous traders and from exploitation.
Hage Tabin, District Consumer Protection Officer cum Assistant Controller, LM&CA, Ziro explained about the consumer rights under the provisions of the Consumer Protection Act 1986. He appealed all the participants and common consumers in general to be aware that every consumer has rights with do’s and don’ts. Giving a brief report of consumer cases decided under the president of District Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum, Ziro, he appealed all to support and cooperate to foster the consumer protection movement to protect and promote the interest of common consumers. Consumers have to be aware about the quality and potency of products or services for which they are paying. Further he stressed consumers to be more responsible in exercising their rights as a consumer.
S Lowang, ADC Pania, who attended program as the chief guest, called upon all to know their consumer rights as per the Consumer Protection Act 1986. She suggested the Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs being the nodal department to implement the amended Acts and Rules for cause of common consumers. She requested the concern department to conduct surprise inspection to control the unfair trade practices by some unscrupulous traders, also in transaction of goods and services. Besides that, she appealed traders to abide by the provisions of Acts and Rules being enforced by the department concern to protect the consumers so that common people have their consumer rights and avail their natural justice being the ultimate consumer.
Rido Mina, ZPM of Palin, the guest of honour, in her speech appealed all consumers as well as trading communities to cooperate with the department concerned so that market could exercise the fair business and the common consumers can enjoy their rights.
Among others, Gem Sinaki, chairman of New Palin Bazar Welfare Committee, A K Saxena, i/c principal of Govt Hr Sec School Palin, and Dolang Ada, ASM also spoke on the occasion.

Lohit gears up for Buddha Relics Exposition

TEZU, Dec 3: As the scheduled arrival of Exposition of Buddha Relics is nearing fast, the Lohit district in general and Namsai sub-division in particular is gearing up for a grand reception and organization of the Relics. Almost all the ground works are finished and final arrangements being done. The Buddha Relics are scheduled to arrive on Dec 4 at Golden Pagoda, Tengapani (Namsai).
In this connection, Minister of Finance, Planning and PWD, Chowna Mein had a final review and coordination meeting with the police and administrative officers and others, including Panchayat leaders, village representatives, senior citizens, and representative from National Museum, at the Golden Pagoda premises on Dec 2. Parliamentary Secretary C T Mein and IPR Director C M Longphong were also present.
Chowna Mein said that for Khampti and Singphos of this area, the Relics are the most sacred one. With the arrival of Relics we all share a common sentiment that the Lord Buddha himself is arriving in Namsai to shower His blessings on us, and therefore from the day of its arrival (4th Dec) till 13th Dec – the day of its departure the entire week is being considered as a Holy Week by the people of this area, he said.
The Buddha Relics which will land in Namsai on 4th December will be brought in full State Honour and preparations are also in full swing in accordance with its cultural and religious values. Not only the district administration and Namsai sub-division but every household is getting ready for the grand reception of the Relics.
Thousands of devotees are likely to visit this part of the State to have a darshan (glimpse) of the holy remains of Kapilavastu. On 6th Dec, the Relics will be open to public viewing; 7th has been fixed for Chongkham and Wakro circles; 8th for Lathao and Namsai; 9th for Tezu, Sunpura, Piyong and Mahadevpur; 10th for Tirap, Changlang and Longding; 11th for Assam; and 12th Dec will be open to all from 8am to 4pm. (DIPRO)

Army conducts free medical camp in Tirap
KHONSA, Dec 3: As a part of its “Operation Sadbhavana” project, the Army Garrison based at Khonsa conducted a medical camp at Khela village in Tirap district on Dec 2. During the day-long programme, Army doctors and paramedical staff along with medical officers from District Hospital, Khonsa conducted routine medical checkup along with free diagnosis and distributed free medicines, benefiting more than 500 people.
The event received an overwhelming response from Khela and its surrounding villages like Bunting, Lamsa and Wathin with altogether 513 patients attending the camp.
The district administration and the chief of Khela extended their gratitude for the noble gesture to the Army and requested to conduct such camp in future also. (DIPRO)
Indigenous Faith Day celebrated at Daporijo
DAPORIJO, Dec 3: The Indigenous Faith & Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh, Upper Subansiri district unit has observed the Indigenous Faith Day on Dec 1 at the Donyi-Polo festival ground. To mark the Day, a mass procession was taken out in the town, besides conducting several cultural and games & sports competitions. The celebration was graced by Toni Koyu (MD, APIDFC) as the chief guest and Takir Kurdu as guest of honour. The aims and objectives of the day’s celebration were highlighted by Puluk Lida (president, IFCSAP, Upper Subansiri Unit). In the cultural competitions, Subansiri Public School bagged the first prize and Vivekananda Public School emerged second. The day was also celebrated in all circles of Upper Subansiri district. (DIPRO)
VKV, Sher & VKV, Vivek Vihar win
district level science exhibition
ITANAGAR, Dec 3: The district level science exhibition of Papum Pare district was held today at BRC Hall, Doimukh under the chairmanship of T T Tara, Deputy Director of School Education, who encouraged the children to come up with innovative idea related with problem-solving under the parameter of scientific outlook with due importance to participate on such academic platforms.
There were 12 participating schools from different parts of the district out of which two have been adjudged as first & second. Tanu Bhai, as team leader along with 5 others from VKV, Sher bagged the 1st prize and Gokul R with 4 others from VKV, Vivek Vihar, Itanagar got the 2nd position.
The 1st and 2nd position holders of District Level Science Exhibition 2012-13 will represent in the State Level Science Exhibition scheduled to be held on Dec 17 & 18.
Earlier, the programme was started with the welcome address by Dr A K Mishra, coordinator, pedagogy, SSA District Mission. It concluded with the prize distribution and the vote of thanks by K Tamo, BEO (Academic), Yupia.

‘Provide basic health care service’
NAHARLAGUN, Dec 3: A group of Panchayat leaders led by Chayang Tajo ZPM Lama Bagang today submitted a memorandum to the Director, Health seeking basic healthcare service in the Chayang Tajo CHC in East Kameng district.
The people of Chayang Tajo are deprived of basic health facilities for years owing to unavailability of doctors, staff, medicines and infrastructure at the CHC, claimed the group. While Dr Kemba Padu had been posted as the CHC’s MO in April last, he has still not joined his duty there, the PR leaders said.
Urging the Director to locate the doctor and direct him to join his place of posting immediately, the PR leaders sought to know from the doctor himself the reason behind his absence.
Meanwhile, no reliever has been posted at the CHC following the transfer of Dr Nime Bodi, they said.
DC calls for expediting revenue drive
ROING, Dec 3: A meeting was convened at the office chamber of deputy commissioner, Lower Dibang Valley yesterday to discuss revenue drive under various departments in the district.
While calling for expediting the revenue drive, DC Shiv Kumar asked the departments to give a list of major defaulters, either public or private agencies.
Assistant Commissioner Sandeep Kr Singh informed that the heavy taxes are kept pending with some private firms and govt agencies saying it is a huge loss to the state exchequer.
Disclosing the dues (approx) of Mayudia Filling Station (Rs 74 lakh), Shantipur Filling Station (61 lakh) and OC GREF (93 lakh) in the last year, he informed that several notices were already served to them to clear the pending amount.
He also cleared the misconception among the general people that escalation in prices of some of the essential commodities in the district, especially perishable items like potato, onion, vegetables and fruits etc are not due to increase in tax as most of the edible items are tax exempted.
Jotin Linggi, AMDO informed about the royalty pending in some govt organization and private companies under the department of Mineral and Mining since July 2012 to June 2013 despite repeated reminders. Some of them are 62 RCC – Rs 2,33,24,476, 75 BRTF (1446 BCC) – Rs 1,50,000 (approx) 48 BRTF (1446 BCC) – 9,83,000 (app) and Indo Power Pvt Ltd – Rs 66,40, 743 (app). (DIPRO)
Contractors body calls for grievances redressal
ITANAGAR, Dec 3: The Contractors Welfare Committee, Arunachal Police Housing & Welfare Corporation Ltd has appealed the Director General of Police to appoint a regular and technically sound Managing Director of the Arunachal Police Housing & Welfare Corporation Ltd. The contractor’s body alleged that the utilization certificates were not furnished timely due to which remaining funds are delayed and APHWCL was not adhering to the CPWD manual. It stated that a cooperative MD of the APHWCL would be good for the smooth development for all the works of APHWCL.

APPDSU complains against alleged
encroachment of land at Ita Fort
ITANAGAR, Dec 3: Lodging its complaints against ADM cum CEO Talo Potom on the alleged land encroachment at the Ita Fort archaeological site with the concerned authorities, the All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU) has called for immediate cancellation of the land allotment order. The complaints have been made to Chief Secretary, Commissioner Home and Vigilance, Secretary Political Department, Secretary General Administration, Secretary Land Management, Secretary Research, DC Capital Complex, SP Capital Complex and OC Itanagar.
The APPDSU also called for suspension of the ADM cum CEO for indulging in illegal activities, and initiation of criminal proceedings against him. Also calling for eviction of the ‘illegal’ structures erected by Potom in the vicinity of the protected monument area without any official permission, APPDSU requested for restoration of the Ita Fort boundary to its original shape as per the original map.
Further, stating that the people have lost all faith on Potom as he is an encroacher himself, the union called for constituting a committee under the chairmanship of an officer not below the rank of a Joint Secretary as Chief Estate Officer in place of Potom to continue the eviction drive in the Capital Complex.

DA declares bandh ‘illegal’
ITANAGAR: Taking a serious note of the 12 hours capital bandh called on Dec 4 by Arunachal Pradesh Democratic Youth Association, Arunachal Pradesh People Volunteer Youth Forum and Arunachal Pradesh Cleans Corruption Youth Federation, the District Administration, Capital Complex today declared the bandh call as illegal.
The DA also issued prohibitory orders under section 144 CrPC directing the bandh callers to abstain from any act that may affect life, liberty and safety or security of common citizens or that may disrupt public peace and tranquility in the capital region.
Besides directing the police to take all security measures to ensure safety of life and property of citizens, the administration also sought cooperation from the traders’ apex body ACCI, all market welfare committees, operators of all modes of public transport, petrol depots association, banking community to defy the bandh call, and appealed all to carry out their routine business as usual so that the normal life of common man is not disrupted.
MoS reviews
development scenario
TEZU: Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs, Ninong Ering today visited Tezu with Lohit DC Rajeev Takuk, HoDs, officials, Panchayat and public leaders according him a warm reception at the Circuit House here.
He reviewed the overall development scenario in the district with the DC, District Planning Commissioner and other departmental heads.
Meanwhile, the Minister donated a hearse van to the District Hospital, Tezu procured under his MPLAD fund. The van keys were handed over to Lohit DMO K Basar in presence of the DC and other officers and public leaders. (DIPRO)
Appeal for bandh deferral
ITANAGAR: Podi-Barbi Festival Celebration Committee, Itanagar (PBFCCI) has fervently appealed the executive members of APDYA, APPVYF and APCCYF to defer their proposed 12 hours Capital Complex bandh call on Dec 4 keeping in view the ongoing preparation for Podi-Barbi Festival-2013 celebrations, slated for Dec 4 and 5 next at Mopin-Solung ground, Itanagar.
The Committee appealed the organizations not to hurt the social sentiment and respect the sanctity of the festival, so that it (the bandh) doesn’t hamper and dampen the festive mood of the Adi community.
The dawn-to-dusk bandh was declared by the trio organizations as first phase of their agitation in support of their four-point charter of demands to the govt.

Call for conserving natural resources

ITANAGAR, Dec 3: Expressing serious concern on rampant earth cutting in and around Capital Complex, Capital DC Sanjay Goel asked the people to stop rigorous earth cutting to mitigate the man made disasters.
He was addressing a jam packed gathering during the one day training and awareness programme on forest fire, deforestation, soil and water conservation within the vicinity of Capital Complex, organized by the State Forest Research Institute (SFRI) and supported by State CAMPA here at Lor Pota village today.
Stating that the climate change and global warming are burning issues threatening the present environment, he appealed all to conserve natural resources in order to beautify the Capital Complex and maintain ecological balance.
“Because of rampant earth cutting and jhum cultivation, land erosion has been witnessed every year and various rivers are drying up. So, we have to conserve both soil and forest to save it from further destruction,” he said.
He further appealed them to cooperate the administration and Forest department in checking illegal hunting and selling of wildlife meat in the market.
“Quick information sharing is necessary to stop such illegal activities. Be courageous and have self discipline in conserving the natural resources for the upcoming generation of the state,” the DC added.
Stressing the need for making proper strategy before implementing infrastructur projects in the capital, he said that because of its unplanned nature Itanagar is not upto the mark for a capital.
“Itanagar is one of the highly vulnerable zones in connection to climate change and the future consequences cannot be ignored,” said

SFRI scientist R K Taj, in his keynote address.

ITANAGAR, Dec 3: Expressing serious concern on rampant earth cutting in and around Capital Complex, Capital DC Sanjay Goel asked the people to stop rigorous earth cutting to mitigate the man made disasters.
He was addressing a jam packed gathering during the one day training and awareness programme on forest fire, deforestation, soil and water conservation within the vicinity of Capital Complex, organized by the State Forest Research Institute (SFRI) and supported by State CAMPA here at Lor Pota village today.
Stating that the climate change and global warming are burning issues threatening the present environment, he appealed all to conserve natural resources in order to beautify the Capital Complex and maintain ecological balance.
“Because of rampant earth cutting and jhum cultivation, land erosion has been witnessed every year and various rivers are drying up. So, we have to conserve both soil and forest to save it from further destruction,” he said.
He further appealed them to cooperate the administration and Forest department in checking illegal hunting and selling of wildlife meat in the market.
“Quick information sharing is necessary to stop such illegal activities. Be courageous and have self discipline in conserving the natural resources for the upcoming generation of the state,” the DC added.
Stressing the need for making proper strategy before implementing infrastructur projects in the capital, he said that because of its unplanned nature Itanagar is not upto the mark for a capital.
“Itanagar is one of the highly vulnerable zones in connection to climate change and the future consequences cannot be ignored,” said SFRI scientist R K Taj, in his keynote address.

So, it would be indeed great for all if the young generation bring laurels to the state and not defame it in anyway, said Tago.
The Annual School Week celebrations serve the much-needed platform to showcase the hidden talents of students in diverse fields. No doubt, academic activities have their own parameters but extra curricular activities hit upon your mental and physical competence. In simple words, it can be said that curriculum nurtures your mind, whereas extra-curricular activities nourish your physical, spiritual and emotional dynamisms. We cannot make water-tight compartment for these academic and extra-academic activities. The inherent talent and leadership quality that you explicit, need to be given finishing touch in such celebrations. Only bookish knowledge cannot take you to the zenith of success. Therefore, you must ensure that your artistic talent also comes at the surface level, he said.
Terming Arunachal Pradesh as ‘Power House’ of oxygen, the scientist asked people to refrain from making forest fire and jhumming cultivation to maintain greenery in the state.
Speaking as resource person, Itanagar Biological Park (Zoo) curator Raya Flago called for stopping wanton killing of wild animal and birds to maintain ecological balance and promote tourism through these. “Wanton killing of wildlife would decrease animal population and many people will loss livelihood that depends on this industry,” he opined.
Describing the botanical garden as a state asset, he appealed the people living near the zoo to help in conserving it from destruction and illegal encroachment.
Social activist and entrepreneur Sama Dodum stated that complaint has been made on various occasions regarding illegal hunting and land encroachment to Governor and PCCF, but nothing has been done due to reported administration weakness.
While sharing her experience on massive extinction of crows and monkeys in various villages, Bath-Ganga ZPM Techi Mecha apprised the DC of visiting the villages to educate the people.
Journalist Gandhi Darang spoke on various water harvesting techniques, water pollution and its mitigation measures.
Earlier, the DC along with his IAS colleague B M Mishra distributed artificial hornbill beaks made up of fibre to the GBs and senior members of the village in order to discourage hunting of hornbill.
PRI members, GBs and people from Lor Pota and Bat villages attended the day-long awareness camp.

Call for channelizing youth energy in right direction

ITANAGAR, Dec 3: Youth (adolescence) is the most energetic and prime period in a man’s life. At this stage, the youths prepare themselves to face all the challenges of life. The bubbling energy, enthusiasm, innovative ideas and iron will-power is hallmark of a youth. Therefore, it is necessary to channelize youth energy in the right direction not for the sake of your own but for the entire mankind. This is so because if your energy is drained out in the wrong channel, it causes irreparable loss to the society, said Political Secretary to Chief Minister, Bamang Tago while addressing the students of Govt Higher Secondary School, Itanagar on the occasion of its 31st Annual School Week cerebration here today as the chief guest.
You are the backbone of the nation and so the future of India and Arunachal as well depends on you. You should play a role model for the society in such a way that gives you glory and satisfaction altogether.
Unfortunately, our youth, sometimes, divert their energy other than the main track. Vested interests may make you a scapegoat but there needs a caution on your part against such nefarious designs. I believe in respecting everybody, especially those who are involved in process of making education a universality.

Speaking on the occasion as guest of honour, All Papum Pare District Students’ Union president Teli Dui called upon the students to be disciplined and hardworking to excel in life.
Earlier, the school principal D Kato delivered the welcome speech, while school captain Takam Mangha extended vote of thanks to the dignitaries.
For the convenience of events organizers, the participating students have been divided into four houses, which were named after Gandhi, Nehru, Subhash and Tagore.

 

 

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