Indigenous Faith Day celebrated
Seppa, Dec 31: Along with the rest of the state, Indigenous Faith Day was celebrated here by East Kameng District unit of Nyidar Namlo today at Abo Tani Manch in the presence of West Seppa MLA Tani Loffa as chief guest and East Kameng Deputy Commissioner Tope Bam as Guest of Honour, Parliamentary Secretary for Forest and Environment, Kumar Waii, Chayang Tajo MLA Karya Bagang, government officers and others.
    Suggesting the people to maintain health and hygiene, Loffa said one should not require pastor and priest if they lead neat and clean life. Unhygienic way of life is the cause of every problem of human beings, he said. Nevertheless he advocated following one’s own tradition and culture as most of the people, especially in Asia, follow the indigenous faith and culture.
    DC Tope Bam informed that though the day is being celebrated across the state in different ways and is known by different names among the various tribes the objectives are the same.
    Parliamentary Secy Kumar Waii suggested that the people should follow with dedication whatever religion they follow. MLA Karya Bagang and engineer Pai Dawe also spoke on the occasion.
    Loffa and Waii announced Rs 5 lakhs each for the completion of the under construction Nyidar Namlo building.
    Cultural programme and commendation programme were the other highlights of the day.
    Besides government officers and PR leaders, well-wishers and the followers of Nyidar Namlo were present on the occasion. DIPRO

 District level coordination meeting held
Seppa, Dec 28: Law and order problem, township beautification and construction of the Seppa-Chayang Tajo road were the points of discussion during the district level coordination meeting chaired by East Kameng Deputy Commissioner Tope Bam in the presence of all the MLAs of the district, HoDs, PR leaders and representative of Gammon India Ltd at Kameng Hall here today.

    Highlighting the aims and objective of the meeting, Bam asked the police department led by the SP to inform the house about the steps taken by the department so far in connection with the incident involving the Gammon India staffers, and to present an overview of the functioning and requirement of the police department. On the performance of government officers, the DC said despite serving orders repeatedly, the officers have not mended their ways of absenteeism, and warned of strong action against absentee officers.  He also expressed dismay over the performance of the officers, saying the people in far-flung areas have a negative impression of the government officials.  
Some of the officers remain absent from their posting places but at the same time their whereabouts are not known even in the capital, which confuses the higher authority too, he said.  The mere pretext of unavailability of accommodation will not be tolerated, Bam warned.  He also asked the concerned officers to make mandatory the presence of their subordinate staffs at their posting places so that they know the real problems of the places for further information to the higher authority.  
On the law and order problem, SP Kime Aya informed that seven criminals involved in the attempted kidnapping of Gammon India officials have been nabbed so far.  He informed that the strength of the police department in the entire district is less than its actual requirement. When asked about the transfer of police personnel he informed that while 84 personnel have been given transfer orders 20 have been released. In this regard the house requested the state government to hasten the process of transfer-posting in order to revamp the security enforcement in the district.
    Regarding the Seppa-C/Tajo road, the house was of the opinion that since the project involves a huge amount of money and is susceptible to manhandling, a security should be provided to the company. But taking into account the shortage of police personnel in the police department, the house asked Gammon India project manager SK Nath to place issue of security requirement with the district administration for further recommendation to higher authority. It was also resolved that since the company has provision for security arrangement, the fund may be placed to the government for security arrangement.
    The PWD Superintendent Engineer informed that initially the cost of the entire project was Rs 90.57 crores and the work was handed over to Gammon India Ltd at the cost of Rs 87.5 crores. Out of this Rs 33 crores have been released so far by the NEC, of which the department has released Rs 27.4 crores to Gammon India Ltd. The SC further informed that the date of commencement of the work was 6 January, 2009, and the date of completion is December, 2012. In this connection, Parliamentary Secretary (E&F) Kumar Waii advised the department to form a technical committee to assess the work progress and expenditure.
    Gammon India project manager SK Nath informed that in order to complete the project in time, the company has to work in both shifts - day and night - but working night shift is not possible now because of security reasons. He requested the district administration to provide adequate security to the company for smooth progress of the work.
Regarding the forest department, the house observed that illegal timber activities are quite rampant in Pakke Kessang circle, and said a check gate should be constructed and an officer posted there immediately. The DFO was asked to arrange an interim check post to check timber offences, and the house also requested the Parliamentary Secy to deploy forest officers and officials under P/Kessang at vulnerable points to prevent forest offences.
    The house also discussed the activities and schemes taken up in all other departments.
    The PWD and RWD SEs, HoDs of various departments, the DRDA PD, PR leaders and other government officers participated in the marathon meeting. DIPRO  

Meeting for sports events held
Seppa, Dec 23: A meeting with all the administrative officers was held under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Tope Bam in connection with the conduct of games and sports activities in all the administrative headquarters of East Kameng district.
    District Sports Officer Karbia Dodum while highlighting the aims and objectives of the meeting, disclosed the fund break-up for the district headquarters, independent ADC and various administrative headquarters as Rs 2 lakhs, Rs 1 lakh, Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000 respectively. After threadbare discussion the house resolved to conduct the event during January so that the finals of all the events coincide with the Republic day celebration.
    Bam while appreciating the government’s keen interest in promoting games and sports in the state requested all the administrative officers to implement the same effectively.
    Meanwhile, taking an initiative in the education sector, the DC called up all the new recruitees of SSA to his chamber yesterday and asked them to discharge their duties sincerely. He urged the teachers to create better academic environment in the district to impart quality education at the elementary level to the new generation in the district.
He advised the teachers to be punctual, hardworking and sincere in discharging their duties. He also said that teachers command more respect from the society than other government officials and as such the people hope that the teachers would be responsible for shaping the young generation to face the challenges in the 21st century. He asked those teachers who are pursuing higher studies to get prior permission from the competent authority to sit for examination.
He, however, warned of stern action against those found indulging in absenteeism and job sharing under the CCs rules. DIPRO   

Dabi takes stock of Seijosa situation
SEIJOSA, Dec 15: Home Minister Tako Dabi visited Seijosa subdivision of East Kameng district this afternoon to take stock of the internal security here, especially after the 8th November incident at Naomara.
Immediately after arriving at ten minutes after noon, Dabi inspected the infrastructure of the 3rd IRBn HQ at Monai, then visited the Seijosa police station, where he interacted with the OC, the SDPO and jawans to learn about the functioning and facilities of the police station.
Later, he interacted with the public and government officials at PWD Inspection Bungalow, where after hearing out the people’s grievances, he informed that he has talked with Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi about the law and order problem faced by the people on both sides of the boundary. Mutual understanding and cooperation among people of both sides are needed to maintain peace and tranquility along the boundary, Dabi said.

He condemned the 8 November incident, terming it “dangerous and inhuman,” but expressed hope that since both the states are headed by the same party a solution to the vexed boundary issue would be arrived at through dialogue.
On the issue of development, Dabi urged the Coming onto the people, Dabi, “Our people must understand their responsibilities, irrespective of their positions and status in society. Most of our people are of lethargic nature; they must do away with this nature in order to develop the state.”
Former ZPM Taram Nyare placed the grievances of the people of Seijosa and apprised the minister of the law and order situation in the area and of the fear psychosis caused by the 8 November incident.
Seijosa-Dissing Passo ZPM Maya Dolo submitted a memorandum on behalf of the people, requesting for establishment of an A-class police station with adequate police personnel, construction of compound wall around the police check gate, placing fund for the construction of road from Seijosa to Dissing-Passo, posting of forest official and mineral guards, development of the police station’s infrastructure and improvement of the overall law and order in Seijosa.
 Earlier, Seijosa ADC Kento Riba apprised Dabi of the law and order situation in the subdivision.
Security arrangement was beefed up as East Kameng SP Kime Aya and IRBn commandant Tojo Karaga left no stone unturned in arranging security with the cooperation from their Sonitpur (Assam) counterparts. Police and IRBn personnel were deputed along the road from Nagmandir to Seijosa since 5 in the morning. A sniffer dog was arranged in order to foil any possible ploy by suspected militants.
    DIG (HQ) D Srivastava, who accompanied the Home Minister, senior Congress leader Kameng Dolo, government officials and other PRI leaders were also present at the meeting. DIPRO, Seppa

 Lt Yaza Waii Memorial Cricket Tournament inaugurated
Seppa, Dec 08:  The inaugural ceremony of Lt Yaza Waii Memorial T20 Championship was graced by East Kameng Deputy Commissioner Tope Bam here today at the Seppa general ground. The tournament, being touted as the first of its kind in its magnitude and popularity, got off amidst much fanfare with band parties from Itanagar and Tezpur and local cultural troupes enthralling the spectators with their performances.
    Addressing the players and the crowd, Bam congratulated the organizing committee for organizing the tournament with new vigor and creative ideas. He lauded the tournament’s chief patron Kumar Waii for naming the championship in memory of his late mother, Yaza Waii, and said that the tournament would not only give a platform to budding talents but also instill the sense of love and respect. He said that the tournament symbolizes Waii’s the love and respect towards his late mother. One should learn a lesson from Waii for his respect for his mother, Bam added.  Besides, we should respect women as without them the world would not be here toady, he said, adding that such programmes would definitely help uplift the status of the women in the society. He appealed to the players to maintain sportsmanship spirit and not to create any nuisance which may lead to law and order problem in the district. He also appealed to the people to come forward and support such events.
    Waii while encouraging the players to take full advantage of the tournament informed that the tournament is not only to remember his mother but to create a platform for crickets lovers to hone their skills in cricket and other sports. Through this tournament the ground has been decorated and the coming of Indian Idol finalist Amit Paul to the district is another important event, he informed. Waii announced Rs 5 lakhs cash prize for the next edition of the championship next year.
    While delivering the welcome speech, Championship Commissioner Dahey Sangno explained about the names of the teams which have been kept after the names of the rivers and tributaries of  the district and suffixing names like gladiators, pirate, Ninjas, highlanders, Samurais, Bombers, Killers, etc, after the rivers’ names. Earlier, Championship Chairman and DRDA Project Director Kego Essi while welcoming the Chief Guest and other dignitaries, players and the spectators, informed that the tournament is the first of its kind in the state in terms of cash prize involved and the fame it carries.
    SP Kime Aya, former APPSU speaker Norbu Sonam and state CAMPA member Tungri Effa, who were the special invitees, along with government officials, well-wishers, PRI leaders and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
    In the opening match, played between defending champion Gorkha Eleven and Pachuk Bomber, the latter edged past the former by 3 wickets with 1.5 balls to spare. After winning the toss, the defending champion’s captain Vijay Tamang put their batsman to bat first and piled up a modest total of 115 runs on the scoreboard in the allotted 20 overs with nine wickets down giving 116 runs target for the Pachuk Bombers. Its opening pair of Ashok Chetry and Prem Rai got off to decent starts with Chetry making a valuable contribution of 29 runs. However, the their tail-enders, excepting Suresh Rai who made 22 runs, could not endure the pace attack of the Pachuk Bombers with their opening bowler Sohail Hassain (hired player), though he could not bag a wicket, maintained strict line and length and did not concede too many runs. Cricket veteran and senior player Lelung Sonam added more salt to the wounds of opposition when he made the important wickets who were almost set at the crease walk back to the pavilion before they could do damage. He took a wicket, conceding only 13 runs. Dadang Tana and Toko Robin bagged two wickets each after conceding only 20 runs and 27 runs respectively.
    In reply the top order batsman of the Pachuk Bombers were not up to the mark but opener Dadang Tana sent the first ball toward extra cover for four and went on hammering the opposition pace attack. But the run rate in the beginning was low as their wickets kept on tumbling at the other end, till veteran batsman Lelung Sonam come to their rescue. Lelung, who came as a tail-ender, made a  quick 36 off 20 balls. Kaley Cheda and Sachin Techi made valuable contribution of 7 and 10 runs respectively. The match was sealed when Captain Kariling Sonam, who was giving good company to Lelung Sonam, in run chasing at the end while trying to push the  ball towards mid-off put the ball in the air for a while but no fielder nearby could make up to that one, ultimately letting the ball land safely on the ground. The Gorkhas pace attacked tried a lot to contain the batsmen in reaching the target but could not penetrate the formidable batting line up of Pachuk Bombers. Vishnu Chetry claimed 3 wickets by conceding 24 runs while captain Vijay Tamang bagged two wickets after conceding 16 runs. DIPRO

E/Kameng College Day celebration a landmark: MLA
Seppa, Nov 14:  The first College Day celebration of East Kameng College will remain one of the important and the landmark days in the history of East Kameng district, MLA Tapuk Taku said while inaugurating the event at its temporary establishment in the GHSS premises as Chief Guest today.

    While addressing the students and faculty members of the college, Tapuk said as this is the first College Day celebration of the district’s first college, the day would be remembered as an important one. Advising students to refrain from unimportant activities like unionism and groupism, Tapuk said that as the people outside the district have a pre-notion of East Kameng being a cruel, illiterate and backward district, the students should try to disprove the notion by coming out with flying colours in the annual examination coming ahead.
Regarding the permanent site for the college, Tapuk informed that execution of the work for the construction of the permanent structure depends on government funding and planning, which he said requires time. However, he assured that he would look into the matter very seriously for the early materialization of the execution of work. He also assured all possible help from his side in future.
    Speaking guest of honour, PWD Executive Engineer Taniya Soki informed that being an engineer involved in the construction of the permanent structure, he had had an apprehension about the college making its initial footsteps, but that the celebration today has made him happy with the college running well. Soki also informed that he had a misconception about the district with a bad reputation, but after coming to the district he said he has found that the ground reality is something different from what he had heard about the district outside. 
While asking the students to maintain sportsman spirit, Soki said that winning and losing are of not much importance but participation is.
    College Principal in-charge, Robi Hissang while welcoming everyone, said that as this was the first College Day celebration of the first and only college, everyone present was part of the historic day.  Referring to Newton’s third law of motion, Hissang said every activity has its own result, and one will get results as per their activities in life, adding that this day which of celebration was the result of collective effort and persuasion.
    Football, volleyball and cricket competitions were the other highlights of the day. In football, Kara Dadi House defeated Ane Doni House by 8-1 goals while in volleyball Atto Polo House defeated Kara Dadi House. In cricket, Atto Polo House defeated Ane Doni House by 90 runs.
    The college’s students’ union chief coordinator Rillang Chege while delivering the vote of thanks also thanked Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, former Education Minister Tatar Kipa, Higher and Technical Education Director Dr Joram Begi, the MLAs of the district, the ANSU and the AEKSU for the establishment of the college.
    Besides DIET Principal PK Chakarborty, who also spoke on the occasion, Holy Family School Chairman faculty members and students of both the college and the Seppa GHSS Were present on the day. DIPRO

DC directs officers to be at stations
Seppa, Nov 10: Taking serious note of the absenteeem among government officials and their subordinate staffs from their respective posting places, East Kameng Deputy Commissioner Tope Bam has passed an order directing such officials to stay at their respective posting places.
    The order (No DC/MISC/20100) says that despite the series of orders issued earlier government officials remain absent from offices for most of the time. The HoDs are somehow complying with the order by attending some of the meetings but are not ensuring that their subordinate staffs stay at their posting places, which is a serious violation of the government’s cabinet decision. It also says that due to the absence of officials, the developmental activities are adversely affected.  
    The officials are getting a negative image in the public opinion in the district, it added.
    In view of the above the DC Bam directed all the HoDs to ensure the presence of their officials at their posting places, else their salaries would be held up by the DC, following the policy of ‘No work, No pay’. The DC further said that he would not consider any officer reported absence from duty on the pretext of shortage of accommodation at the working place, saying the HoDs are responsible for arranging accommodation for the staffs. 
The HoDs found failing to ensure stationing of their staffs would be viewed seriously and appropriate action would be initiated against them, he said. DIPRO

Awareness prog on Legal Service Day held
Seppa, Nov 09:  Along with the rest of the nation Legal Awareness Day  was organized by the District Legal Service Authority, Seppa, at Kameng Hall under the chairmanship of ADC Mige Kamki today.
    The programme, which discussed various legal matters, was quite beneficial for the public and  those governemnt officials who do not have a clue about the legal system, with the likes of Advocate Pritam Taffo (Sonam), Tabo Gyadi, RC Tok, Anil Rebe and Sunday Lingfa as resources persons dwelling on issues like free legal advice, free legal aid and other legal matters such as FIR and the maximum duration for which the police can remand an accused in custody.
    Advocate Sonam (Taffo) briefed on the important aspects of the legal system and informed that an accused is to be produced before the court within 24 hours for trial.  It is illegal to remand an accused in police custody for more than 24 hours. But this sort of problem is due to lack of awareness on the part of both people and the police about the legal technicalities, he said. He  suggested that in order to help people understand about the legal system, awareness programmes should be held on a regular basis by establishing a help line. He viewed that an advocate may be tied up with an NGO in order to spread awareness on a wider level. When requested by a member of the public to create some alternative for better pursuation of matters in the court, Taffo said he and his advocate collegues would try to create a helpline for the people of the district to provide all kinds of legal assistance.
ADC Kamki appealed to the group of young advocates to create awareness among the people, especially in the rural areas, about free legal advice and aid from advocates. For this financial assistance can be sought from the government. The  GBs should be taught well about legal rights so that they could solve problems pertaining to various civil and criminal cases in the villages.  He also emphasized on proper drafting of FIRs in order to get better justice from the court. Because of defective drafting of legal letters the enforcement of law is not as per the real magnitude of the cases that results in poor initiative on the part of police and the magistrate. Free legal advice and aid are required from legal experts or advocates. He opined that such programme would benefit laymen in understanding the law and their rights.
    The public present in the programme were enthusiastic but expressed resentment over the absence of police personnel in the programme. They said some of the police personnel are not fully aware of the law and the programme would have been much fruitfull had police personnel also been involved in it. One expressed his concern over police atrocities in the district and pleaded with the district administration to initiate appropriate steps to improve the functioning of the police personnel. 
    Earlier, judicial EAC W Ramdasow while highlighting the aims and objectives of the programme informed that the Legal Service Authority Act was passed in 1989 but was implemented in the state only in 1998. He said one must be aware about legal advice and the aid but in order to avail this right one has to approach the appropriate authority.
    With this the people of the district are likely to get a legal helpline, with NGO Sango Lamte Foundation volunteering to provide a chamber for a lawyer.
    Besides the magistrate and the advocates, the general public and representative of NGOs also spoke during the programme. DIPRO

 Chin-Dang brings multi-pronged blessing to Lada
 Chopper Service Soon  
Lada, Oct 15:  Making Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu’s promise to provide chopper service to Lada a reality, Parliamentary Secretary for Forest and Environment, Kumar Waii today made it clear that the people of Lada will get the chopper service within a month or two. Waii announced this in the presence of Minister for PWD and UD, Nabam Tuki, Parliamentary Secy for Civil Aviation, Gadam Ete, MLA, 11-West Seppa, Tani Loffa and East Kameng Deputy Commissioner Tope Bam as Chief Guest, Special Guest and Guest of Honour respectively in the closing ceremony of Chin-Dang festival at Lada.
    Chin-Dang festival, which was revived after 7 years brought multi-pronged blessings to the people with many developmental schemes announced during the festival besides meeting its longstanding demand for chopper service, which is likely to be started within a month or two. The two most important benefits announced on the day were the air sortie and the road connectivity to Lada. Both of these were earlier announced by the Chief Minister during his visit to the hamlet last year.
    Meanwhile, the festival ended in a tradition note with the members of Sajalong community thronging the area and seeming to be delighted in having Tuki as the Chief Guest of the closing ceremony, who, living up to the people’s expectation, announced to provide fund for road connectivity within the township under CRF Scheme in the next AOP. He advocated proper town planning before starting work. He said this while responding to a memorandum submitted by the organizing committee, the youth group and the PRI leader while also showing positive sign for the other demands like road connectivity and air Sortie. He promised that he would talk with the CM for early materialization of the helicopter service and the road project under NLCPR. He also promised that he would provide fund for the development of the existing helipad with a rostrum which also would be taken up in the next AOP.
While stressing on communication bottleneck, Tuki said that a government has to have a separate policy for the border areas.  He announced fund for the suspension bridge over Pachuk river to be taken up under NLCPR and the mule and porter tracks under the PM’s package and also advocated establishing a C-class police beat at Lada in case a helicopter service is provided.
    On Chin-Dang celebration, Tuki said that loss of culture is loss of identity. He said that ours is a state were unity prevails amides diversity but people must in their own ways preserve their culture. He said, “We are like different flowers of the same garden. The way we celebrate our festivals has some nuances from each other but the purpose we celebrate is the same, i.e., for bumper harvest of crops and development of mankind. Thus, those who try to ruin religions and festivals should be treated with iron hand by every member of the community.
    Deputy Commisioner Tope Bam, who was present as Guest of Honour, also had similar opinion as that of Tuki and said everyone must preserve their kala kristi (culture and tradition) as loss of culture is loss of identity. One must preserve it in order to let it pass to the next generation by celebrating the festival every year for which he is ready to extend all possible help from the district administration through his link officer, he said.
While sharing his views on the development of the area, Bam said that every fund provided should be utilized judiciously. Remarking on the air dropping of the PDS items, Bam said he was informed by the Lada CO that at least forty percent of the rice dropped are damaged, and said that he along with the leader would raise the matter at the government level. He also asked the GBs to act as custodians of the people, especially in the absence of police in the area, and appealed to them to not do things that go against the government since they are the agents of the government in the village level. However, he warned of stern action against those GBs found acting against the government.
    Bam also informed that the Indian Army is planning to base its firing range at Lada for which he appealed to the people to cooperate in every possible way.
    Parliamentary Secy Gadam Ete said that there are many places in the state where frequent transportation of the food items are not easy and Lada is one among them. The government should consider the matter as top priority and he being
in charge of civil aviation would try to get the things materialized at the earliest.
    West Seppa MLA Tani Loffa advocated that Chin-Dang should be celebrated on a wider level so that it gets recognition. He also appealed to the people to cooperate with the leader for all-round development of the area.
    Besides APCC General Secy Honipa Yangfo and DCCI President Leling Linfa, seniors and intellectuals of the area like Anuk Liyak and Fesham Sekong were present on the occasion. From the government officers, DRDA PD Keggo Essi, the PHED and PWD EEs, administrative officers, other HoDs and people from other tribes besides the Sajalong community were present on the colourful occasion. DIPRO

Low intensity cyclone hits Seijosa
Seppa, Oct 06:  A low intensity cyclone accompanied by heavy rain and thunder hit Siejosa township last evening. However, no human or livestock casualties were reported.  
    Seijosa ADC Kento Riba informed that the cyclone, which occurred around 5.45 pm, lasted for 10-20 minutes and left many establishments of the town in a higgledy-piggledy manner. Residential and non-residential establishments, including commercial and government offices, have been badly affected due to the falling and uprooting of trees. It also left trails of destruction in the adjoining areas of the town, particularly the residential, non-residential structures, MIBT building having CGI sheets, which were uprooted and blown away during the cyclone. Though the intensity was not so high the force it came with was such that it uprooted the trees standing on either side of the PSI NEC road from Siejosa to the check gate to VKV Siejosa and completely disrupted vehicular movement since 7 pm, only to be restored today at 11 am with the help of senior citizens and available government employees under the active supervision of the Seijosa PWD AE. The office building of the ADC has been partially damaged due to falling of a few branches of peepal tree. He further informed that the catastrophe came when the entire staff of the ADC office was still working in the late hour, but fortunately it went without injuring anybody. The community hall of Seijosa also got partially damaged due to falling of a tree. The houses of Hoffe Tachang and Nigla Nabum also have been partially damaged due to uprooting and falling of trees on the roofs.  Electricity, water supply, road connectivity and telecommunication facilities were badly affected.  But the restoration of electricity seemed remote and may likely take weeks together.
    After personally assessing the situation the ADC directed all the affected individuals to submit their loss assessment to his office for further verification and appropriate action. DIPRO

Estimate Committee visits E/Kameng
Seppa, Oct 03:  The visit of the Estimate Committee of the Legislative Assembly to East Kameng district would benefit the people manifold as most of the government funded schemes like SSA, old age pension and NRHM, besides many others, were thoroughly enquired about by the visiting team whose members visited various establishments in Seppa township on October 2 last.
    The committee, led by Dr Tangor Tapak as its chairman and Alo Libang, T Matey, Bengia Chappo and Tapuk Taku as members, along with T Pertin, Sanjay Dey and M Mansai, inspected the NRHM building in Pakoti PHC and enquired about the number of health workers and the medicines available at the PHC. 
    Dr Tapak suggested that equipments should be procured based on need, and advocated timely conducting of immunization programmes to eradicate diseases like Polio, Hepatitis-B and other health related problems.
    They also visited Sebibo middle school and interacted with the beneficiaries of old-age pension. Later, they made short visits to other schools, like the SSA school in Nyari Welly Model Village, Pacha middle school, Type-II secondary school. The team also visited the water treatment plant in Kakukao and interacted with the officials of the executing agency.
While visiting the district hospital here, Dr Tangor Tapak urged the DMO to submit utilization certificate to get another scheme. He also advised them to take initiative for ensuring proper electricity supply to the hospital.
    Earlier, the team visited the Pacha micro hydel and asked the engineers there about the condition of the hydel.
    The committee was accompanied by DRDA Project Director Kego Essi, the ICDS deputy director, the DMO, the DRCHO and the CDPO. DIPRO

37 more students test Hepatitis-B +ve
Seppa, Sept 28: Thirty seven out of 702 students tested Hepatitis-B positive during serological tests conducted by the District Health Society as under RCH-II in various schools here on September 22 and 27 last.
The doctors conducting the programme said the situation is alarming, and advised those who tested positive to get treated at the earliest and to receive vaccination as a preventive measure.
    RTI/STI in-charge Dr K Shoping said the state government should immediately take preventive measures to contain further spread of Hepatitis-B in the district. Hepatitis-B is caused by a virus which may also lead to liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver, and immediate intervention of the government is required to stop its spread, Dr Shoping, who, along with DRCHO Dr K Lapung and dental specialist Dr T Tagia conducted the programmes at the schools.
    During the programme, the doctors explained about various diseases to the students, with Dr Shoping dwelling at length on modes and causes of HIV/AIDS and the finer nuances of HIV and AIDS. Informing that jaundice is very often a symptom of Hepatitis-B, he said Hepatitis-B is more dangerous than jaundice.
Dr Tagia informed the students about the ill effects of using tobacco and tobacco products, and gave advice on oral and dental care.
    Quiz competitions were organized by the medical team at all the schools it visited. The programme was a huge success with students, teachers and NCC cadets participating in it. DIPRO

Advocacy meeting, school health programme held 
Seppa, Sept 22:  As many as ten students out of 179 of the Government Higher Secondary School here tested Hepatitis-B positive during serological tests carried out under RCH-II at the school by the East Kameng District Health Society today.
The programme, which aims to educate school children about various killer diseases like HIV/AIDS, RTI/STI, Hepatitis-B and oral and dental hygienic problems through information and communication, was attended by more than 200 students, teachers and staffers of the district hospital.
    The programme was led by DRCHO Dr Kaya Lapung who while addressing the students said education does not necessarily mean having bookish knowledge, and awareness about health and hygienic and killer disease and their causes would help students not only in their academics but also in life.
    Dr K Shoping dwelt at length on Hepatitis-B, RTI/STI and HIV/AIDS. He informed that Hepatitis-B is one of the common diseases widely prevalent in the state and that Seppa is where people are more susceptible to it because of lack of awareness and food habits. Transmitted in the same way as RTI/STI, it is also dangerous and communicable like AIDS.  It can be controlled in the initial stage by taking care of food habits but complete cure from the disease is not possible and it ultimately converts into cancer if it is not controlled in time. Dr Shoping opined that as the magnitude and the gravity of the danger due to Hepatitis-B is not less than HIV/AIDS, the government should take immediate and necessary steps to control the further spread of the killer disease.
    Dr T Tagia while informing the students about oral and dental hygiene said that 40 percent of health related problems are due to dental problem which is very common in the district. Most of the dental related problems are caused by the wide use of the tobacco and smoking. Women are more susceptible to diseases, he said, and advised every pregnant woman get dental check ups at regular intervals to avert miscarriage.
    Apart from this, a quiz competition was hosted in which the students of Class XII bagged the first prize while the second prize went jointly to the students of Class X and XII. DIPRO

Seppa gets ATM facility
SEPPA, Aug 03: “The installation of the Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) is an important development in the banking system of East Kameng district and would be of immense benefit to its people,” MLA Tapuk Taku said after inaugurating the ATM kiosk at SBI complex here today in the presence of the DC, SP, ADC, HoDs, SBI officials and customers.

    He appealed to the SBI authority to create awareness among the people on operating the ATM, as many customers do not have any idea about the basics of the machine. Accompanying the MLA, ADC Mige Kamki was the first customer to operate the ATM machine.
    While appreciating the SBI authority and Seppa BDO for their initiatives in giving shape to the project, DC Tope Bam said such development is a gift of modern technology and would help reduce  rush and time consumption at the bank. Speaking on the occasion, the SP assured full time security of the ATM.
SBI branch manager Raju Mandal informed that customers can now avail internet and mobile banking facility which has also been introduced at the Seppa branch. He expressed thankfulness to the district administration, the PRI and Seppa BDO for their active initiative in bringing such an asset.  
Further, he informed that an amount of Rs 40,000 only can be withdrawn using an ATM card in a day.
    It is pertinent to inform that the step to construct an ATM kiosk here was initiated by former DC Pige Ligu during 2009 with the BDO as the construction agency. The building has been constructed with an estimated cost of Rs 1,56,000 from the Panchayat fund. The remaining work, such as installation of the machine, was done by the SBI branch. DIPRO, Seppa

 July 26, 2010: a landmark day
July 26, 2010 will remain a landmark day in the history of East Kameng district, for it was on this day that the admission process to the district’s first college began at the interim office set up at one of the old buildings of the Government Higher Secondary School here, thanks to the initiatives of the ANSU, the AEKSU and the NES in getting colleges established in two Nyishi-dominated districts - East Kameng and Kurung Kumey. 
    The decision to start the college was made after the All East Kameng Students’ Union (AEKSU)’s ultimatum to the district administration for the opening of the college at this moment. But is it the right to time to have a college here? A college without the required infrastructure? Definitely a daunting  task, but for the young faculty led by its principal in-charge Robin Hissang, the task would perhaps not be as hard as one assumes - especially because Hissang has taken on the responsibility.
I still remember his bold and gutsy answer when he was asked by the East Kameng DC regarding the preparedness of the college and its faculty members during the coordination meeting with AEKSU members on July 24. He said, “Yes sir, everything is okay and we shall be starting our admission process from July 26.” This was a fitting reply to the furious student leaders who were already tensed up because of the government’s decision to not reopen the boys’ hostel at any cost, at least in this session.
At present the college has five faculty members, one each for Political Science, Hindi, Economics and English, and student strength of more than 150 - not so bad a beginning, one must admit.
    The admission process had to be started at old building despite there being a structure meant for the college. This is because the hostel was renovated with an estimate amount of Rs 1 crore under the RWD but lack of maintenance and a night guard the college building is not in a position to be made use of.
This reporter had visited the site along with DC Tope Bam and DPO Vijay Sonam a few weeks back, and found that the buildings are not in a shape for a college. All the electrification wires and gadgets have been stolen, and some of the windowpanes were found broken. Even jungles and trees as tall as the building itself have not been cleared.
    However, despite all odds, Hissang, an associate professor of political science, exuded confidence that the college would run smoothly in the days to come and bring some changes in the district. When asked about the contribution and benefits the college will give, Hissang said it would bring change in the socio-economy of the district, broaden the mental outlook of the people and thereby bring about a political revolution in the district. Regarding education he said, “Without college, no knowledge.”
    In the beginning only 10-15 students had turned up for admission, but were sent back as their documents were not enough for admission. On the second day 20 students were enrolled in the college register. Though this number is small, one may not call it a bad beginning as even if the time and the situation to start a college in the district may not be conducive, the college had to be started at some point of time. Why not today?

East Kameng College’s admission from Monday
Seppa, July 24: The admission to East Kameng Government College here will begin next Monday. This was revealed by the college’s Principal in-charge Robin Hissang in a meeting called by the District Administration in response to the proposed bandh call by the All East Kameng Students’ Union’s (AEKSU) on the 29th of this month. But the matter of reopening of the boys’ hostel was not agreed upon by all present.
    In response to the AEKSU’s eight-point demand, the house discussed the overall matter but the reopening of the boys’ hostel, which was the centre of discussion, was not agreed upon.
    After a long discussion on the issues being raised by the students’ union the house present unanimously resolved that a committee would be formed for further discussion on the AEKSU’s demands and other activities pertaining to the development of the district. The house observed that since all the existing structure of the boys’ hostel, which have been renovated, would be used for the college, the reopening of the hostel is not conducive in the present situation. The house resolved that opening of the boys’ hostel may be considered after shifting of the college to its permanent place in Wessang, and even then terms and conditions would be formulated it is reopened. The house also resolved to appeal to the AEKSU to call off its proposed bandh as the issue could be addressed through discussions.
    Besides matters like early completion of the work on Hari bridge, which is under construction for many years by Tama Fabrication was also discussed. The members requested the DC to pursue Tama Fabrication for its early completion. The cancellation of transfer of DUDA EPO Tarr Hacha, Posting of subject teachers in various Schools of the district, proper demarcation of the GHSS boundary, cancellation of the land allotment in  public places like Abo Tani Manch, the general ground and other important places and the problem of JNV were discussed at length.
    ADC Mige Kamki, EAC W Ramdasow, Chayang Tajo CO Dahey Sangno and other government officials, representatives from villages that have problems with reopening the boys’ hostel, the ZPM, public leaders,  representative from the market welfare association, the chamber of commerce and senior citizens were present in the meeting. DIPRO

Teachers advised to duty with purpose
SEPPA, July 17: “Teachers should not do their duties only to get salary in the last and the first days of the month but rather discharge their duties with purpose,” stressed East Kameng Deputy Commissiner Tope Bam. He said this during his visits to the Government Higher Secondary Schools in Pampoli and Bana today. 
    “Teaching is a challenging profession, a responsibility of nation building, so you should devote your time in discharging your duties sincerely to justify the unique status you hold in the society,” Bam said. While reminding the teachers of the importance of school level education, he said it is the right time to groom the foundation of students so as to make them capable enough to compete in competitions. “Unless the basic things are instilled in the mind of the students at the school level, the very purpose of you being a teacher is of no use,” he further pointed out.
    Advising teachers to adopt conventional methods in imparting education, Bam said the days of imparting education through torture and instilling fear psychosis are gone and that teachers should use the method of convincing through love and affection to provide quality education.
 He further pointed out that teachers from outside the state might be facing problems with regard to accommodation, water supply and other basic amenities, but despite this they should go ahead so that their service gets recognition from the society and they are remembered by the people after they are gone from the place.
    Encouraging SSA teachers not to be discouraged by the status of their jobs and the salaries they are getting, Bam informed that the government has considered the demand of the teachers and assured to regularize SSA teachers phase-wise.  
    However, the DC advised the teachers to not compromise with the quality of education. He also warned of stern action against absentee teachers. He further asked them to bring to the notice of the DC and the DDSE problems faced by them, and assured cooperation from the administration.
    The DC later visited Ekalavya Model Residential School (EMRS) in Bana, where he expressed satisfaction over the school’s management and cleanliness. He informed that EMRS is one among seven Ekalavya Schools in the whole North East.  He also expressed satisfaction over the School being managed by the VKV organization and said that schools like VKV, RKM and Don Bosco are the state’s torchbearers in the field of education.
    Bam also inspected the tourist lodge at Wessang and Bana and asked the executing agency to expedite the work and release the fund as per the percentage of the work completion of the EAC quarters and the PHC in Bana.
    The DC was accompanied by Bana EAC W Ramdasow, DTO T Sonam, officials from the education department and public leaders. DIPRO, Seppa

Cleanliness drive conducted at dist hospital
SEPPA, July 16:  A daylong cleanliness drive was conducted by the East Kameng Capital Complex Students’ Welfare Association in the premises of the district hospital here on 15th July last.
As many as fifty students of the association participated and cleaned up the waste accumulated around the hospital over the last many months.
    The programme was organized under the guidance of Senior Medical Officer Dr N Gogoi other staff.
    East Kameng Deputy Commissioner Tope Bam visited the hospital during the day and encouraged the students to keep up the spirit. He said such activities would be a good example for others to follow.     While soliciting other organizations in the district to come forward for such a noble cause, Bam appealed to the people to make proper use of the district’s lone hospital. Expressing concern over the security of the employees of the hospital, Bam assured all help from the district administration. As an encouragement, he donated Rs 1000 from his own pocket to the students for light refreshment.

    However, Dr Gogoi expressed anguish over the gross negligence of the people towards the rules and regulations set for the smooth functioning of the hospital. As an example, he informed that though only two attendants are allowed for a patient the number of attendants always exceeds the limit, making unnecessary nuisance and disturbing the peaceful and congenial atmosphere required in the hospital. 
    This was evident from the colourful patches of Tiranga and gutkha spit on the walls of the hospital. It is also reported that the recently concluded FIFA World Cup has influenced the people so much that they have applied their heading tactics on the ceiling of the hospital building and broke as much as they could.    
    The water supply and acute shortage of sanitary assistanta are other problems facing the district hospital, Dr Gogoi further informed. He said that due to shortage of drinking water, the staffers have to carry water from far-off places to clean the campus, but is still not enough to manage the hospital in a hygienic way. Besides, the hospital lacks sufficient number of doctors. He informed that the hospital has only seven sanitary assistants out of which two are on leave and the rest are engaged in duty but are not sufficient for cleaning up such a huge campus.  DIPRO, Seppa

District level MSDP meeting held
Seppa, June 30:  The district level meeting on Multi-Sectoral Development Plan (MSDP) for minority concentrated East Kameng district was held under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Tope Bam at Kameng Hall today in the presence of all the elected representatives.
    The meeting was held to chalk out the plan for the judicious use of the fund allotted to the district under the MSDP scheme for development of the minority concentrated district.
    In his PowerPoint presentation, District Planning Officer Vijay Sonam informed that the scheme commissioned under the Union Ministry of Minority is aims at improving the socio-economic parameters of basic amenities for better quality of life of the people and reducing imbalances in the MCDs and speed up development during the 11th Five Year Plan. The programme is one among the PM’s 15-point programme which will be implemented as multi-sectoral development for minority concentrated districts.
 Omeo Kumar Das from Institute of Social Change and Development, Guwahati, was assigned to carry out the survey for four states of the NE - Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Manipur. In Arunachal, East Kameng, Lower Subansiri, Changlang, Tirap, Tawang, West Kameng and Papum Pare are have been selected for the scheme.
    All the MLAs, including WRD Minister Atum Welly and Parliamentary Secretary Kumar Waii, agreed to propose the scheme through the line department and distribute works in the entire district. It was also resolved that fund granted under the scheme would be used based on need, particularly in sectors like education, health, water supply, sanitation, work participation and housing, etc, but strictly according to the guidelines of the programme. 
    The DC asked all the line departments to prepare the concept paper within a week. DIPRO

Review meet emphasizes law and order
Seppa, June 29: The law and order problem and the steps to contain it held centre-stage during discussions in the district coordination meeting of all the MLAs, the DC and HoDs at Kameng Hall here  today.
    Keeping in view the security of the residents,  especially the government officials and the business community, the house resolved to give top priority to improving law and order as the district’s development cannot be possible unless a peaceful atmosphere prevails.
To this end, all the elected representatives decided to turn down approaches to bail out criminals, whosoever they may be. 
    The issue of power supply came up for discussion next, with the representatives urging the power department to improve electricity supply in the township immediately, while departments causing obstacles in the construction of the strong water drainage system were asked to cooperate with the executing agency by shifting electric poles, water pipe connections, telephone lines, etc.
    The education scenario, the health department, construction of mortuary, dumping ground, maintenance of Bana and Hari bridges were also discussed at length, as also the lacunae in the supply of PDS items, kerosene, petrol and LPG cylinders.
    WRD Minister Atum Welly informed that he has talked with the home minister for posting of additional force to contain the law and order situation in the district. He also asked all HoDs to prepare AOPs based on need after proper consultation with PRI leaders and representatives of all the constituencies as the PRI leaders and the MLAs know more than others about the problems of their areas.      
    Forest and Environment Parliamentary Secretary Kumar Waii stressed on immediate redressal of law and order problem and advocated stern action against those trying to create such problems. He also urged the minister and his MLA colleagues to turn down bail pleas from criminals.
    West Seppa MLA Tani Loffa suggested that the SP write to his higher authority for the posting of  additional force in the district. He also asked Gammon India Ltd to widen the road by another two metres from the existing width of the road.
    Chayang Tajo MLA Karya Bagang urged Gammon India and GMR companies to clarify the status of the Seppa-Chayang Tajo road. In the education sector, she stressed on job termination of  absentee teachers, saying the lives and careers so many students are the hands of teachers. She also pressed for the establishment of a PWD division in Chayang Tajo.
    Town MLA Tapuk Taku asked the PWD EE to prepare the DPR for the construction of the remaining length of the township road, and assured that he along with his MLA collegues would pursue the CM for the fund.
    The HoDs submitted detailed reports of the schemes under progress and those to be taken up. DIPRO

PYKKA meeting held
SEPPA, June 23: A daylong meeting on implementation of Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA) was held at Kameng Hall here under the chairmanship of East Kameng Deputy Commissioner Tope Bam today.           
        While addressing the members at the meeting, Bam urged the concerned members to implement the scheme as per the guidelines, so that the quality of work is maintained while constructing the play field. He added that the implementation of the scheme in the district should be an example for others to follow. He asked officers of Bameng and Chayang Tajo to conduct the baseline survey.
While highlighting the aim and objectives of the scheme, District Sports Officer Karbia Dodum informed that the scheme aims to provide basic sport infrastructure and equipments at the Panchayat level and to encourage games and sports in rural areas through annual competitions at the block and district levels. Being launched under the Union Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs during 2007-08, the scheme would be initially sponsored 100 percent free for five years and thereafter the state government has to look after the scheme on its own. 
He also informed that the flagship programme lays special emphasis on broad basing sports through the grassroots level sports activities and on promoting excellence in sports at the block, district, state and national levels.
    ZP Chairperson-cum-Chairman of the district level executive committee on PYKKA implementation, Sipi Bagang, urges all present to maintain transparency and execute the work as per the guide lines of the government rather than at the behest of leaders for better promotion of sports and sportspersons in the district.
    Some of the PR leaders present in the meeting asked about the ZPM in the scheme. Besides, the administrative officers, PR leaders and HoDs of various departments attended the meeting. DIPRO

Wreckage of US aircraft, human bones found in Lowllum mountain
Jabu Lapung
Seppa, June 20:  The wreckage of a US aircraft believed to have crashed during Second World War, along with four pieces of human bones has been discovered in Lowllum mountain in Chayang Tajo subdivision of East Kameng on 7th June last.
    Four pieces of metal leaflets, cut out of the aircraft’s body and one bullet measuring about 10 cms were brought to the office chamber of the Deputy Commissioner here last Friday by one Tani Bagang  from Kesse Bagang, the village nearest to the place of the crash. He was accompanied by one Chapo Yangfo, who is an advocate by profession.

    The script on the metal leaflet reads: ‘S-195T6, BLACKHAWK dated 7-26-1943’ implies that the aircraft belonged to the USA and might have crashed during WW II. This was confirmed by one Claiton Kuhles, a US citizen working in a research organization and a specialist in a fact finding team on aircraft wreckage, through an email to Chapo Yangfo.
    However, nothing definite could be ascertained about the date on which the plane crashed and the country it belonged to.  The whereabouts of the wreckage can be ascertained only after spot verification of the wreckage by experts.
    For further information on the finding, one can log onto: or or contact:  9402221661.

East Kameng gets first computer training institute
Seppa, June 19: In a major boost to the IT development of the district, the first computer training institute in East Kameng was inaugurated by Deputy Commissioner Tope Bam in a glittering function at the DUDA building here today.  The government authorized institute, Microsoftech, is being run by Naharlagun-based NGO Sango Lomte Foundation (SLF).

    After inaugurating the institute, the DC said that as the world is growing fast in the IT sector, the district should not be lagging behind in this sector and avail the opportunity provided by the institute. Apart from students, government officers, public leaders and the business community may learn at the institute, the DC said. He appealed to SLF Chairman Pai Gyadi to keep a specific time for training as it is not possible for government officials to learn computer in the class during office hours. He also asked the SLF to charge reasonable fees so that every section of the people can learn computer. He further appealed to all the officers, public leaders, well wishers and business tycoons to support such noble cause in the future while also appealing to the people to provide hospitality to the faculty members of the institute.
    Earlier, Gyadi informed that as many as 40-60 students have been trained from the institute since its commission a few months back. He also informed that the foundation has set up such institute in seven places in the capital complex at Ganga market, Vivek Vihar, Itanagar, G Extension, Polo Colony, Kankar Nallah, Naharlagun, Nirjuli and Doimukh, from where many people have been recruited into government jobs with the certificates obtained from the institute. 
    District Planning Officer Vijay Sonam, the District Statistic Officer, Pipu ZPM Meyo Cheda and a host of government officials and public were present at the function. DIPRO

School management committee meeting held
SEPPA, June 18:  The school management committee (SMC) meeting of Government Higher Secondary School here was held under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Tope Bam at his office chamber on 17th June.
    In the meeting it was decided that only the existing students and the students of the feather schools will be given admission in the school for the current academic year, and activities like construction of school buildings, teachers’ quarters, RCC walls etc, will be prepared and executed with prior knowledge of the school authority and members of the SMC. All expenditure involving huge amount will be incurred from the pupils’ fund which should be agreed upon by the SMC after getting the project sanctioned with proper estimate from the technical expert.
    However, for projects involving huge amounts, the principal will seek the approval of and sanction from the DC to ensure judicious use of pupils’ fund. Further, the house resolved that no government or private vehicle will be allowed to ply through the school campus, especially during the class hours, except if they are engaged by the school authority.
    Taking serious exception to student politics being played in the school by students, the house decided that the school captain will be selected from among the meritorious students who have self discipline and leadership quality. In no case will the request from the students for election of school captain be entertained. The house also decided not to reopen the boys’ hostel. DIPRO

DC inspects work sites
SEPPA, Jun 12:  Hardly a week after assuming office, East Kameng Deputy Commissioner Tope Bam entered into the affairs of the district by inspecting the ongoing developmental works in various pockets of the district today.

Accompanied by Circle Officer (MV&Est) Liken Koyu, UD & Housing/DUDA Deputy Director Kame Bengia and Urban Programme officer Vijay Azad Tajo, Bam inspected the colonies and the drainage and widening work being carried out on the town’s approach road. He visited colonies such as Boso Colony and Type-II Colony and urged the residents to cooperate with the executing agency by voluntarily dismantling structures obstructing the right of way. He also visited the construction sites of the hospital building, houses in New Seppa, the urban complex and the supermarket, all of which are under the DUDA. 
The drainage construction and widening work is also being executed under the supervision of UD & Housing/DUDA officials who are ensuring that the contractors do not deviate from the guidelines. The department and the magistrate are making all-out efforts to have structures (most of them private properties) on the right of way dismantled. While many such structures in the town have been dismantled, more such dismantling will be carried out once the timeframe given to the owners of such structures is over. DIPRO, Seppa

Bam advocates hard work,discline
Seppa, June 10: East Kameng Deputy Commissioner Tope Bam advised students to be disciplined and hard working to achieve success during the 13th foundation day celebration of the All Bameng, Khenewa and Lada Students’ Union (ABKLSU) in Bameng today.

“In this competitive world no can go ahead in life without hard work and discipline,” Bam, who was the chief guest, said. He said students should be experts in all areas as being educated does not mean one will be absorbed in a government job. “If one is educated enough he/she can do all kinds of work.
    Informing that this is not his first visit to the district, Bam, who had served here as an EAC during 1992-93. 
In response to a memorandum submitted by the students, the DC assured that he would send a land officer to the circle during October-November for the demarcation of Bameng township.  
    All East Kameng Students’ Union president Tukfi Riang, who was the guest of honour, appealed to people to cooperate with the students and the officers in developmental activities.
    Bameng EAC Kego Essi spoke about the problems being faced by the people of Bameng, especially with regard to the supply of PDS items, but appealed the people to not get infuriated when essential items are not available as the lacuna is not only in the FPS owner, a large portion of the responsibility is of the carriage contractors who are responsible for transporting PDS items to their designated places. DIPRO

Subi Taba crowned Miss East Kameng 2010
Seppa, May 23: Subi Taba was crowned the 7th Miss East Kameng after a neck-to-neck contest organized by Friends Welfare Society in collaboration with Kameng Club at Seppa Auditorium here last night.

    Subi, daughter of Assistant Professor Dr Rachap Taba, Education Department, RGU, is doing her BSc at the School of Agricultural Science and Rural Development (SASRD) of Nagaland University.
    When asked about her feeling on being crowned, Subi replied that she felt extremely happy and overwhelmed for being chosen as Miss East Kameng.
    “It’s a great privilege and honour to me. Every girl child has equal opportunity and the right to enjoy their liberty, but we should not forget our cultural and traditional values,” an elated Subi said. 
    Mepung Liyak and Pooja Tallong were adjudged first and second runner-up respectively. The titles of Miss Beautiful Smile and Best Costume also went to Mepung.   
    As many as 12 contestants had participated in the contest, out of which five – Meme Sonam, Pooja Tallong, Mepung Liyak, Subi Taba and Popi Rangmo - were shortlisted for the Top Five round.
    Earlier, Pooja was adjudged Miss Beautiful Smile while Gargi Taku was crowned Miss Catwalk. In the male section David (Sankar) Sonam was declared Model of the Night.
    The special presentations by Jelly Keyi, Kamal Mandal and Nissan, besides the local dance troupe enthralled the audience.
    Addressing the event, Chief Guest, ADC Mige Kamki said that the winners of the contest should not forget their moral obligation to preserve their culture and tradition. Earlier, organizing committee chairman Pebo Gyadi wished good luck to all the contestants and General Secretary Jeeko Wai Sonam thanked the patronages, judges, contestants, the local band and the audience for making the event grand success. DIPRO

Taku inspects work site
Seppa, May 24:  Town MLA Tapuk Taku today inspected the progress of work for the beautification of Seppa town. The work on drainage system of the whole town under the District Rural Development Agency (DUDA) and township road widening under the PWD are on in full swing.
    After inspecting the work site, Taku appreciated the departments over the work progress. He also directed the officer concerned to utilize the fund in a proper way so that no fund is placed for the same work in future. He appealed to the people of the district to cooperate with the department for smooth completion of the work.

    While lauding Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu for granting additional fund for the widening of the township road, Taku said the people of East Kameng should thank the CM for his generosity and support for all-round development of the district by honouring the combined request of all the MLAs of the district for providing a special package under the PWD for widening of township road.
    He also urged the district administration to cooperate with the executing agency in handling hindrances likely to be caused by the owners of the permanent structures.
    The work for the beautification of Seppa township is on in full swing and many permanent structures falling on the right of way were dismantled. This is being done irrespective of who the owners of the structures are. Besides this, a number of roadside trees were felled during the process.
    DPO Vijay Sonam, UPO (DUDA) Vijay Azad Tajo AND PWD AE Sunil Degio accompanied the MLA. DIPRO

Law and order, town beautification meeting held Road widening from 2nd April
Seppa, March 30: Much to the delight of the people of East Kameng district, the initiative for the beautification of Seppa will begin with the widening of the town’s road from 2nd April.
This was confirmed by East Kameng Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu in a coordination meeting with town MLA Tapuk Taku, SP Tumme Amo, ZP Chairperson Sipi Bagang and administrative officers at the DC office chamber today.   
    Informing about the status of preparation, Ligu said equipments and other necessaries for the purpose are ready. The initiating of road widening will be from ‘O’ Point – an event which will be witnessed by public leaders and officers on the D-Day.
The MLA urged the officera to cooperate with the executing agency in course of the beautification process.
Meanwhile, apprising the house about the current law and order situation in the district, Taku asked the SP to maintain strict vigil over the working pattern of their subordinates and personnel. He said since the district has enough able officers, all the professional criminals should be booked immediately to prevent the possibility of further criminal acts in the district. He suggested that the police start whole night patrolling in areas like Type-I Colony and New Seppa, where criminal acts are comparatively more than in other areas.
    In reply, the SP informed that CRPF jawans have been deputed for night patrolling from 9 pm till 6 am. He, too, opined that night duty is more important than day duty, and assured to keep the law and order situation intact in the district if provided enough strength of force since the department is running short of personnel.
The existing strength of police personnel in the department is still on the basis of the ratio fixed earlier but since the ratio of population is almost three times more than earlier time, the existing strength is not sufficient to tackle law and order problem in the present situation, Amo said and appealed to the MLA to raise the matter in the assembly. 
    It was also decided that a police beat will be established at two strategically points for easy and immediate access of the common people. Besides, the meeting resolved to take the electricity problem seriously. 
One of the important points discussed in the meeting was the massive slaughter of the Mithuns for commercial purpose. The house observed that prior permission should be obtained from the DC to sell/slaughter Mithun and that violators of the order would be booked under the relevant law.
    Town Magistrate Dahey Sangno presented the overview of the market rates of goods and the prices such goods are actually being sold at. He informed that despite serving orders repeatedly to sell goods at the fixed rates, they are being sold at rates higher than the one fixed by the district magistrate. Sangno said if the order is passed it would be strictly enforced to curb illegal activities. He also informed about the intricacies involved in the execution of the order and sought cooperation from all, especially the police department, to put a check on such activities.
    Bameng EAC Kego Essi also participated in the meeting. (DIPRO)

Indian Army to set up camp in Seppa
SEPPA, Mar 04: Not long from now the people of East Kameng District will feel the comfort of real security with the Indian Army planning to set up a camp in the district.
A meeting in this regard was organized today at the Deputy Commissioner’s to chalk out suitable steps for early materialization of the proposed camp.
    The meeting was organized mainly in response to a letter from the Indian Army to the DC, seeking allotment of 1100 acres of land in Seppa for the key location plan of the Infantry Brigade, the Artillery Regiment and allied unit/detachment. The letter also requested that a gazette notification regarding land identification be issued at the earliest.
The Army also has a proposal for a field firing range of about 17 km in Lada.
    In the meeting a committee comprising officials of the district administration and public leaders from the concerned area was constituted to decide on the rates for the plots to be acquisitioned. It was also resolved that a sub-committee would be formed for carrying out actual assessment of the land and other relevant work, such as compensation to the owners, and that compensation would be fixed as per the report of the committee set up in the meeting.
    Informing about the integrity of the district towards the nation, DC Pige Ligu told the Army representatives led by 59 Field Firing Col SP Tiwari that the people of the district are as patriotic as those in the mainland. He said the establishment of the Army base would benefit the people, give a facelift to the district in terms of security and boost the socio-economic area of the district.
    The DC assured that he would expedite the work for the early materialization of the noble venture.
    SP Tumme Ammo pointed out that perhaps East Kameng and Kurung Kumey are the only districts in the state where the Army does not have camps. 
District Planning Officer Vijay Sonam, Captain AN Reddy of the 59 Field Firing, other government officials and public leaders also participated in the meeting. DIPRO, Seppa

CBSE exam gets off amidst tight security
SEPPA, Mar 05: The CBSE examination being held at Government Higher Secondary School (GHSS) and Bazarline GHSS in Seppa began today amidst tight security.
In order to pre-empt any attempt at foul means during examination hours, the East Kameng District Magistrate has prohibited the movement of people within a 200 metre-radius of the examination centres under Cr PC 144.
No untoward incident was reported on the first day of examination. DIPRO, Seppa

Taku announces road to Hamba Pingda
SEPPA, Feb 01: East Seppa MLA Tapuk Taku announced road connectivity to Hamba Pingda village during his recent visit there.
    Accompanied by West Seppa MLA Tani Loffa and HoDs of the various departments, Taku visited Hamba Pingda village, where he assured the villagers that there would be road connectivity to the village, possibly before the end of his tenure as MLA.
Apart from road connectivity, Taku also assured the establishment of one Anganwadi center under the MSDP, which he informed has already been approved.
    Hamba Pingda is one of the remotest villages under East Seppa constituency and it takes almost three hours on foot to reach there from Pakoti.
     Loffa also announced to provide fund from his MLALAD for the construction of a school building.
    In continuation of his tour, Taku also visited Laimoya village, accompanied by the HoDs besides PR leaders and well-wishers of Laimoya GPC. Responding to the three-point memorandum for road connectivity to Nerewa via Laimoya and Serewa under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY), wire rope suspension bridge with steel plate at Lachang point over Pacha river and transfer of the GPC from Gyawe Purang Anchal Samiti to Seppa East Anchal Samiti, Taku directed the RWD Executive Engineer to prepare the DPR for the construction of the road from Pabua to the said villages.
Regarding the suspension bridge, Taku assured that a proposal would be sent, and at the same time directed the PWD Seppa division to prepare an estimate for the renovation of the present bridge.
Regarding the transfer of the GPC, he said he would pursue the matter at the government level.  
DRDA PD Keggo Essi, who led the HoDs  on behalf of the district administration, DPO Vijay Sonam, DSO Karbia Dodum, ZPM Brue Sangyu and PR leaders of the area accompanied the MLA.