MHA directs Assam Govt. to stop encroachment at Tarasso
ITANAGAR, Apr 23: While taking serious note of encroachment activities being carried
out by Assam authority at Tarasso inside Arunachal territory, the union ministry
of home affairs yesterday wrote to the Chief Secretary of Assam to immediately stop
construction work and called for maintaining status quo. Ajay Kanoujia, director,
North East, ministry of home affairs in his letter wrote, “It is requested to kindly
sort out the issue in consultation with the govt. of Arunachal Pradeesh. A report
in the matter may be kindly sent to home ministry at the earliest.”
Earlier principal secretary, home, govt. of Arunachal Pradesh had written to union
home ministry informing them about illegal activities carried out inside Arunachal
territory at Tarasso by Assam authorities and urging for direction to stop the work.
The letter drew the attention of the ministry on the reported sanction of an amount
of Rs 19 lakh by the Assam government for erection of forest protection camps in
The letter also appealed for a team of MHA be sent to the Tarasso area to ascertain
the ground realities. The boundary clash at Tarasso had claimed 12 lives in the month
of January. Despite the volatile situation, Assam authorities few days back started
work to construct forest camp inside Arunachal territory which has further worsened
Tourism Dept signs MoU with Indian Railways
ITANAGAR, Apr 23: In order to boost tourism sector in Arunachal Pradesh, a Memorandum
of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Department of Tourism, Govt of Arunachal
Pradesh and Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd. (IRCTCL)
The MoU was signed by Dr. Joram Beda, Secretary Tourism and John Lepcha, regional
manager, IRCTC Ltd today in the Directorate of Tourism office in a modest ceremony.
Taru Talo Director Tourism, Tage Buda, Deputy Director Tourism and other senior officers
of IRCTCL were present during signing of the MoU.
After signing of the MoU, the team of officials visited the newly constructed and
now operational railway station at Yupia to explore the feasibility of opening tourism
facilitating centre in the railway station premises.
IRCTC has decided to tie up with the Govt of Arunachal Pradesh to provide value added
Tour Packages Services and booking facilities in an Arunachal Pradesh.
‘The Crossing Bridges’ wins Rajat Kamal Award
ITANAGAR, Apr 23: The Crossing Bridges, feature film in Sherdukpen language was
awarded the prestigious Rajat Kamal award for direction in the 61st National Film
The award comprising Rs 1 lakh each for the producer and director was announced on
April 16 last.
Film's director and script writer Sange Dorjee Thongdok and producer TNT Films Production
have been invited to receive the honour from President of India Pranab Mukharje at
a function at New Delhi on May 3 next, according to a letter received from Directorate
of Film Festivals, Government of India.
The first ever film in Arunachalee language to receive nation award it was chosen
under 'Best feature film in the language specified other than Schedule-VIII of the
The one hour and forty four minutes film in Sherdukpen language tells about a story
of a young man working with a multi-national company in Mumbai loses his job due
to financial meltdown and returns home but fails to get placement again to be ultimately
returning to his roots to lead the life like any Arunachalee in any remote and inaccessible
part of this Himalayan state.
Overwhelmed at the news of Rajat Kamal Award won by The Crossing Bridges, Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki today congratulated its director-script writer Sange Dorjee Thongdok,
saying this is tips of the iceberg and the film world could expect many breakthroughs
in times to come.
"That is why the state government has decided to encourage and promote state's budding
filmmakers to be part of the global film industry that could ensure name, fame and
money", Tuki said in a statement from New Delhi.
IPR secretary Dani Salu, has also congratulated the director and producer for showcasing
as to how Arunachalees maintain their rich culture and tradition despite leading
a very strenuous hard life. Salu is likely to accompany Thongdok for receiving the
Thongdok, who graduated from Kolkata-based Satyajit Ray Film Institute in 2008, made
the best use of his calibre by venturing into new arena and succeeded in his maiden
attempt, Salu said and wished him success in all his future attempts.
Thongdok should be emulated by the budding filmmakers, who are being promoted by
the state government through its various steps including organising Film Festival
for the second consecutive year and proposed a Film Development Corporation. DIPR
Fire devours 32 houses at Wakka
ITANAGAR, Apr 23: A devastating fire gutted 32 dwelling houses and six ware houses
at Wakka village in Longding Monday.
Fortunately, there was no report of any loss of life. Most of the villagers were
out working in the field when the fire broke out at around 11 am, informed Wakka
ZPM Matpho Kolong.
An electric short circuit is suspected to be the cause of the fire but the actual
cause and the total loss suffered due to the incident were yet to be ascertained.
The fire was brought to control after more than four hours of joint efforts by public,
Assam Rifles and fire brigade from Khonsa, which reached the spot at 3 pm.
The fire also caused partial damage to many houses and killed several domestic animals.
Meanwhile, the District Administration has swung into the action and distributed
immediate relief to the victims.
The Chief of Wakka has directed the villagers to contribute for quick rehabilitation
of the victims while the chief of Nginu village have asked the villagers of Nginu
and Ngissa contribute materials required for reconstruction of house of the victims.
Meanwhile, Wakka ZPM along with Panchayat leaders have visited the victims and distributed
A team of Longding Students' Union headed by President Manlem Wangsu also met the
victims. While distributing some relief items to them, he appealed to all to contribute
generously for the victims.
The Chandan Women Welfare Society of Wakka appealed to all public, officials, youths,
NGOs, well wishers to help and contribute for the affected people in this hour of
Governor visits Poma Bamboo Processing Centre
ITANAGAR, April 23: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma
visited Bamboo Processing Centre, a Raj Bhawan Initiative at Poma Village near here
today. Accompanied by the First Lady of the State, Jyotsna Sharma, Governor visited
different sections of the centre, including exhibition stall and charcoal kiln installed
at processing unit.
Interacting with the officials, artisans and Gaon Burahs, Governor emphasized on
revamping the centre by improving the existing asset. He advised them to take it
up as proper commercial venture, while expressing his hope that the centre will go
a long way in augmentation of socio-economy of the rural community.
Governor said that production of any produce including horticulture products, handloom
and handicrafts are available in Arunachal Pradesh but marketing is a challenge.
He asked the officials to explore marketing options and avenues. Governor said that
focus must be to ensure that whatever the people, especially rural communities produced
must be marketed. It can be done, only if the people stress on creating whatever
can be marketed for economical viability.
Referring to railway connection, Governor encouraged the people for bulk production
as the transportation cost will be reduced to large extend.
Millo Tago, Managing Director, Arunachal Pradesh Forest Corporation Ltd. briefed
the Governor on the present status of Centre, which was inaugurated by the then Governor,
Gen (Retd) JJ Singh on 18th August 2009. The centre was created by the State Government
and handed over to the Village Development Society to run it. The Chairperson of
Poma Village Development Society Techi Ana, who is also the Poma Anchal Samiti Member,
also apprised the Governor on the centre. She suggested for transforming the centre
into a full-fledged training centre.
Earlier, on their arrival to the village, the Governor and First Lady of the State
were accorded a traditional reception led by Techi Ana and Goan Burahs.
General Managers of Arunachal Pradesh Forest Corporation Ltd. Gumtum Rime and T.
Riba, officials from Industries and Textiles & Handicraft, and Upper Balijan Zila
Parishad Member Golo Takam were present along with villagers of Poma Jotte areas
during the visit. PRO to Governor.
Poll official’s mysterious death gets no headway
PASIGHAT, Apr 23: More than two weeks have passed but police are yet to make any
headway in the death case of polling official Mathew Dabi.
The police, after registering a case (U/D Case No- 14/ 2014), launched investigation
but yet to find a lead in the mysterious death case.
Dabi, a native of Namey village under Nari circle in East Siang was deputed as polling
officer at Siine village polling station under 35- Pangin Assembly constituency.
His decomposed body was recovered from a gorge near Siine village by police on April
17 after he went missing on April nine.
East Siang Superintendent of Police, Devender Arya informed that besides a magisterial
inquiry, investigation is being conducted by a team of police led by a DSP rank officer
in to the unnatural death case. Statements of the co-polling officials and presiding
officer have been taken by the investigating officer, he said.
Moreover, the local police and GBs have been assigned to conduct further inquiry
at their levels to unearth the truth behind the incident.
"Police during inquest found no major external or stab injury on the deceased's body.
The actual cause of death can be ascertained only after the biopsy and forensic laboratory
report are received. We have sent 11 viscera samples for forensic examination which
will take at least three months," said the SP.
According to police, Dabi was attending polling duty under alcoholic intoxication
and he had an altercation with the presiding officers and polling agents before leaving
the polling booth. Police had received a missing complaint from his family on the
next day and started search operation in the area.
But, the deceased's family, in now way, is ready to believe the police statement.
They claim it is an intentional murder influenced by political conspiracy.
Referring to some circumstantial evidences and reports from the local villagers at
Boleng, the family men claimed that miscreants might have kidnapped and took him
away to fulfill their ill intention.
Meanwhile, the people of Nari including the members of Galo Student Union, Ramle
Banggo Welfare Society, Ramle Banggo Adi Peoples Forum have demanded the district
administration to institute a high level inquiry into the mysterious death case.
They further demanded the authority to grant compensation as per legitimate rule
and to assure job for the deceased's wife.
CoSAAP calls for speedy probe into death of poll official
ITANAGAR, Apr 23: A delegation of Confederation of Service Associations of Arunachal
Pradesh (CoSAAP) today called on chief secretary cum principal secretary (home) Dharmendra
Sharma at his office and requested him to personally monitor the mysterious death
case of Mathew Dabi, a teacher who died recently while on poll duty. A native of
Namey village under Nari circle, the 43-year-old junior teacher Dabi was deputed
as polling officer at Siine village polling station under Boleng circle of Pangin
Assembly constituency. Police recovered his body from a deep gorge near Siine village
on April 17, eight days after he had gone missing on the polling day on April nine.
CoSAAP expressed its strong resentment over delay in recovering the body of late
Mathew and termed it as cold-blooded murder. The CoSAAP urged the state Govt and
East Siang district administration to unearth the truth behind the mysterious death
of Dabi at the earliest.
While appreciating the constitution of magisterial enquiry into the case, the Association
urged the CS to personally monitor the case to find out the reason behind the death
at the earliest and to punish wrong doers if any. It threatened to launch non-cooperation
on counting day if the Govt fails to take any tangible action before May 16.
Meanwhile, the CS informed the delegation that action has already been initiated
by constituting an enquiry committee to unearth the truth behind the death. The post-mortem
report is awaited from the forensic laboratory, Guwahati which may take few days
time, the CS reportedly said and requested all concerned to cooperate the investigating
team in this regard.
Upper Siang administration holds meet on town cleanliness, law & order
YINGKIONG Apr 23: The Deputy Commissioner of Upper Siang District Dr. Tariq Thomas
and Tage Habung SP held interactive session with the Yingkiong Bazaar Committee members,
Executive Members of All Upper Siang District Women Welfare Society yesterday at
Conference Hall of the Deputy Commissioner.
The purpose of the meeting was on cleanliness drive of the Yingkiong township in
general and Upper /Lower/Meat Market in particular. The second point was concerning
law and order and security of the shopkeepers in particular.
The Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police informed the members that miscreants
and buglers have frequently looted goods from different shops on different occasions
in midnight hours and shopkeepers have been facing constant pressure from students
unions and organizations demanding unauthorized donations.
The Deputy Commissioner informed that he has strictly prohibited all forms of unauthorized
donations. Dr. Thomas asked all shopkeepers, shop owners to cooperatively to resist
those who attempt to collect donations from them and further instructed the shopkeepers
to open and close- the shops in fixed time to avoid unwanted incident.
The members of meeting unanimously resolved to conduct social service on every Saturday
from May next.
The DC further informed that duo DC and SP always do support the cause of the welfare
of the people and added that both can be contacted by telephone whenever and wherever
Adong Pertin EAC(Dev), Olom Apang UPO attending the meeting also suggested few points
on cleanliness, beautification of Yingkiong township and safe and security of the
ITANAGAR, Apr 23: A team of All Nyishi Students' Union (ANSU) visited the cyclone-hit
Puchi Geko circle of Upper Subansiri district and strongly urged the authority concerned
for providing immediate relief to the affected people.
ANSU in a release informed that strong wind on April 20 blew away roofs of 96 dwelling
houses besides damaging properties of the villagers. The students union also demanded
the authority to provide relief to the cyclone affected villagers of Gangte circle
of Kurung Kumey district.
ITANAGAR, Apr 23: One person named Ta Lapung has been arrested by the police alongwith
PCR Van and Magistrate led by Mokar Riba, Circle Officer, Itanagar for erecting unauthorized
wall in the campus of existing government quarter in Vivek Vihar, Itanagar.
The Deputy Commissioner Itanagar Capital Complex Mige Kamki further informed that
any person taking law in his own hand by defacing, encroaching upon or damaging public
property including roads, drains, etc will be dealt with strictly as per law. DIPRO
RO issues prohibitory orders
TEZU, Apr 23: Wearing or use of caps/shawls etc. with the name of political party,
party symbol or slogan by any candidate, person or worker of any political party
within the premises of counting centre on May 16 (on Counting Day) at Tezu has been
prohibited. The prohibitory order was issued by Dr B M Mishra, Returning Officer
for 2-Arunachal East Parliamentary Constituency, Tezu as per the directives of
Election Commission of India. Violation of the order shall be liable for prosecution
under relevant sections of law, the order read.
In another executive order, the Lohit district magistrate has prohibited the assemble
of person(s) or youth(s) for unwanted activities like drinking and drug consumption,
breaking of bottles, glasses, bike stunts, bike racing over the bridges of Tezu Kholla
Bridge/ Dura Nalla Bridge/ Dush Nallah Bridge/ Digaru Bridge/ 28th Mile Bridge/ Botanical
Garden/ Arun Vihar, other vacant public place(s), field(s), river side(s) etc. under
Tezu Sadar Circle. This order has been issued in order to ensure safe movement of
pedestrians and to check public nuisance of all kinds. Any violation of the order
shall be liable for prosecution under Section 188 IPC, the order read. DIPRO
DASU demands arrest of culprits
ITANAGAR, Apr 23: Dibang Adi Students Union (DASU) has lodged a complaint of assault
and attempt to murder against some miscreants with Lower Dibang Valley Deputy Commissioner
According to the complaint letter, DASU said, a group of miscreant led by one Toni
Meto attacked Tembang Gamno, Samuel Lego and Kangge Gamno with lethal weapons inflicting
grievous injury to them without any provocation at district hospital, Roing at 3.30
am when they were looking after a maternity patient.
DASU urged the DC to look into the matter seriously and bring all the culprits to
book immediately and punish them as per law.
The victim trio has also lodged an FIR against the miscreants with Officer-in-Charge
of Roing Police station today demanding immediate arrest of the culprits.
Godown gutted at Pakke-Kessang
ITANAGAR, Apr 23: In a massive fire accident reportedly broke out at Pakke-Kessang
EAC headquarter on Tuesday, a government old godown has been burnt to ashes.
According to onlookers fire broke out around 11 am. However, the cause of the fire
is yet to be ascertained. Sushee Infra Pvt Ltd employees and general public tried
to douse the fire but it went uncontrolled and reduced the godown to ashes.
In a release, the 12th Pakke-Kessang Youth Forum appealed to the authority to ascertain
the cause of the fire mishap.
Six houses gutted
AALO, Apr 23: At least six OBT houses were completely gutted and huge properties
are reported to be lost in a devastating fire that broke out around 6 pm at PI colony
here on April 22 night.
The fire that continued for three hours was put off with the help of Army, BRTF personnel
The army personnel from 19 Grenadier Bogdo rushed to the spot and carried the fire
fighting equipments including water buckets manually to the fire accident site as
the place was not accessible for the fire tender. Moreover, the fire which engulfed
the thick jungles and bamboo grooves located at the accident site hindered rescue
Meanwhile, the district administration has worked the immediate relief of Rs. 4000
to each family of fire victims. The Indian army is also distributing food and other
essential items to the victims. DIPRO
'Magistrates are performing duty with sincerity'
ITANAGAR, Apr 23: The Polled Postal ballot box of 1-Arunachal West Parliamentary
Constituency in respect of 13 - Itanagar (ST) Assembly Constituency was taken out
today from the EVM Strong room at Siddhartha Hall, Itanagar under the strict vigil
of the Deputy Commissioner-cum-RO Itanagar Mige Kamki, DC-cum-DEO Papumpare Ashok
Kumar and N. Chatung, SDO Itanagar-cum-Strong Room in-charge amidst tight security
and in the presence of the representatives of various political parties. After taking
out the ballot box, the strong room was properly re-sealed and the ballot box was
further dispatched to the RO 1- Arunachal West Parliamentary Constituency escorted
by Hento Karga EAC cum Nodal Officer Postal Ballot of 13- Itanagar.
Later, the RO also informed that magistrates are already deployed at Siddhartha Hall
and are rigorously performing their duty 24x7 with sincerity and dedication to ensure
that there is no discrepancy in the election process. DIPRO
St.Thomas Residential School celebrates World Earth Day
ITANAGAR, Apr 23: St. Thomas Residential School, Damsite, Naharlagun observed World
Earth Day to spread the message to the world that serious concern should be made
within no time to make our life on earth safe.
Highlighting the importance of observing the day, school principal R Rejeesh said
that children can also contribute tremendously in this regard. He proclaimed the
children to do what is possible for them at least by planting trees, making parents
aware of rain water harvesting, and to avoid the use of plastic etc. He also said
that we should think about the future generations when we harm our mother earth.
A drawing competition was also conducted among the children, on the topic "Save Our
Mother Earth" as a part of the day-long celebration.
DC holds development meeting with HoDs
SEPPA, Apr 23: Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kumar Singh had a maiden developmental
meeting with HoDs in DCs chamber, Seppa yesterday.
Singh while interacting with the HoDs and enquiring them of the schemes and projects
of their respective departments sought whole hearted support and co-operation for
successful implementation. He urged them to carry out the schemes with utmost sincerity
with proper follow-up action so as to provide services to the people while reminding
the HoDs of the Govt. order. He said that HoDs should not leave the station (Seppa)
without proper intimation to DC.
Meanwhile, DC congratulated the Govt. officers who have contributed their services
for success of the ongoing election process. DIPRO
JPYWA prohibits fishing, hunting
ITANAGAR Apr 23: In a bid to protect wildlife and natural resources, Jote Panchayat
Youth Welfare Association (JPYWA) has resolved to ban hunting, fishing and collecting
forest resources like timber from its locality area. Violator would be penalized
as per association resolution, a JPYWA release said.