Beijing says no to Arunachal youth in India delegation
NEW DELHI, Apr 20: India-China diplomatic row is showing no signs of easing anytime
soon. Beijing has asked New Delhi not to send youth from Arunachal Pradesh in the
annual youth exchange delegation next month.
Youth Affairs Minister Jitendra Singh has replied to Beijing saying that the entire
exchange must be cancelled if it did not want youth from Arunachal Pradesh in the
According to a report in The Indian Express today, Jitendra Singh shot off a strongly
worded letter to External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, asking him to cancel
the trip unless China drops the condition.
“I believe these incremental steps by China to challenge India’s sovereignty over
Arunachal Pradesh and its other territories must be nipped in the bud, lest these
lead to bigger and more direct challenges,” wrote Singh, who is also Minister of
State for Defence.
According to Singh’s letter, the Chinese embassy conveyed to his Ministry that “no
youth from the state of Arunachal Pradesh be included in the youth delegation” after
which the matter was referred to the Ministry of External Affairs for advice and
The MEA, however, sent no response, a fact that has also been recorded by Singh in
his letter. The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports sent its first letter on March
12 stating that they had been “informed orally” by the Chinese side to avoid any
nomination from Arunachal Pradesh. The letter, therefore, sought “necessary direction”
on the subject. This was followed by another reminder on April 3.
While the MEA never got back with a firm direction, sources said, it withdrew the
political clearance given to the Minister and Secretary of Youth Affairs to head
the delegation on grounds that India was in “election mode” and it may not be the
right time to undertake a visit as bilateral issues may arise.
When his comments were sought, Singh said he never intended to travel as he was preoccupied
with electoral work and that even last year, he had sent a ministry official instead.
But he said he was outraged by China’s decision to exclude youth from Arunachal Pradesh.
“I think that is very serious. I find it disturbing and absolutely absurd. How can
China dictate whom we can include in our delegation and from where? That’s for us
to decide. I have taken it up with the External Affairs Minister and asked that the
delegation not be allowed to go if China insists on this condition,” Singh said.
Sissen village needs Govt attention: ACS
ITANAGAR, Apr 20: The little known Sissen village under Panging Assembly constituency
was in news recently as the villagers boycotted the re-polling too which was conducted
on April 19 last. No voter turned out to exercise franchise during re-polling.
It is not that the villagers had boycotted the election without reason. They have
been demanding infrastructure development of the area including road connectivity
To know the ground realities, a team of Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) headed by its
chairman Patey Tayum had visited the village recently.
Interacting with the aggrieved Sissen villagers, the ACS came to a conclusion that
the demands of the villagers are genuine and need to be looked into.
According to ACS, there is no road connectivity to the village in real sense. The
villagers are still living in a stone-age without infrastructure like road connectivity,
and proper health and education facilities. The Sissen village has a historical
significance too as many villagers laid their lives during the Anglo Abor war, the
In the name of road connectivity, there is a hanging bridge over river Siang which
serves as a life-line of Sissen villagers. Though the state Govt. had accorded priority
to health and education, there is no any health facility in the village. It seems
that elected leaders are not serious and not keen to take up development activities
in the village, the Society observed. Promises are galore but leaders have no time
to fulfill the promises, it added.
The labourious Sissen villagers have taken up horticulture and other self-employment
activities but that too remains a far cry without help from Government side.
Therefore, ACS appealed to the state Chief Minister, Chief Secretary, and all departments
concerned to give top priority on development of Sissen village and Nugo Banggo area
as whole as the people are crying for development.
56th APLS literary sitting held
ITANAGAR, Apr 20: The 56th literary sitting of Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society
(APLS) was held at the Conference Hall of J N State Museum here today instead of
usual second Sunday sitting of this month due to general election.
Chaired by its president Y D Thongchi, the session started with one minute silence
observed by its members to pay homage to literary stalwart Gabriel Garcia Marquez,
a Nobel laureate from South America who wrote in Spanish language and Khushwant Singh,
an Indian writer of his repute.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez died Thursday last. He was best known for his masterpiece
of magical realism, One Hundred Years of Solitude. The 1967 novel sold more than
30 million copies and he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.
In his address, Thongchi briefed the literary contributions on both the renowned
Further Thongchi extended gratefulness to NEEPCO authority for awarding Rs.one lakh
each to Tagang Taki, East Siang district and Zongsam Wangsom, Changlang district
for their contributions in literary pursuits under corporate social responsibility
(CSR) scheme. The award is being given with the recommendation of the APLS for the
year 2014. The NEEPCO award (in cheque) will ceremonially be conferred on both the
awardees in APLS annual conference likely to be held in June next.
An usual literary sitting was switched on with a creative story entitled “Kindness
towards Animals as to human” by a student member Aryaman Das Bora followed by another
literary piece “Memorable Day in my life” by another student Rindo Pertin.
Dr. Tapak Zirdo, who is author of a poetry book entitled “ Mvii-momii ( silent thinking)”
a collection of fifty five poems in Galo language published recently on the day
of Mopin festival, recited two poems in Galo language along with English version
“MUU Galuk” and “ LVKON go ENk Maanvm” which are mingled with poetic expression.
Before the end of the session two more poems were presented by Inumoni Das Bora
“Ichha” in Assamese and R. N Koley “BPL” in Bengali which were widely appreciated
by the members present. Among others, its general secretary Tokong Pertin and Senior
Journalist Ranjit Sinha were also present.
Women’s Savings Day celebrated at Tezu
ITANAGAR, Apr 20: Along with rest of the country, the Department of Small Savings,
Lohit district celebrated the Women’s Savings day on April 15 at Lohitpur, Tezu.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Field Publicity Officer Jotho Yun highlighted
the aims and objectives and importance of Women’s Savings Day celebration.
While informing the gathering about various savings schemes offered by Government
of India through Post Offices across the country, he stressed the need of a practical
approach in bringing every household into savings network. He urged the MPKBY/SAS
agents to equip themselves with the latest rules and regulation of small savings
to enable them to work in the field more conveniently.
Jogin Tamai, Political Asstt. (TR) cautioned against unscrupulous and bogus financial
companies, and stressed the need of creating public awareness about various Post
Office savings schemes. He also informed the gathering about few bogus financial
companies like Red Cherry, Jeevan Suraksha,Tower Infotech etc., and how they swindled
hard earned money of the people. He urged the womenfolk to develop savings habit
to secure their future. If necessary, he said, would conduct door-to-door intensive
campaign in villages to encourage the villagers on small savings.
Mithilesh Sah, SAS agent, KB Oli, Group Leader (PRSS) also spoke on the occasion.
RBES suspects foul play in death of polling official
ITANAGAR, Apr 20: Suspecting foul play in the death of polling official Mathew Dabi,
Ramie Banggo Elite Society (RBES) has demanded the authority concerned for unearthing
the truth behind his mysterious death by investigating the matter immediately.
Claiming that circumstantial evidences suggest possibility of a cold-blooded murder,
RBES in a release alleged that no polling officials, including the presiding officer
of the polling station, did not feel it necessary to file an FIR at the nearest police
station after Dabi had gone missing . The society demanded proper interrogation of
all the co-polling officials to unearth the truth behind Dabi’s death.
While expressing dismay over delay in declaring the post mortem report, the Society
threatened to launch democratic movement if the authority fails to deliver justice
to the victim at the earliest.
RBES also appealed to the Election Commission to grant ex-gratia to the kith and
kin of the deceased as per Commission’s norms and guidelines beside providing a Govt.
job to his wife on compensionate ground.
While conveying heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family of Dabi, RBES prayed
for eternal peace of the departed soul.
Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Elementary Teachers Association (APETA) has expressed
shock over mysterious death of Dabi and prayed for eternal peace of the departed
While echoing the same sentiment and demands, APETA condemned the state election
authority for alleged poor security arrangement in the polling station and threatened
not to cooperate and participate in election process in future.
ITANAGAR , Apr 20: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has congratulated ace shuttler Laa Talar
who reached upto quarter-finals in the recently concluded World Junior Badminton
Championship-2014, representing India at Malaysia. Talar called on Tuki at his official
residence today. Tuki while congratulating the young talent exhorted him to practice
hard and prepare for the ensuing Olympics to be held in 2016.
“You have already made us proud and we want you to achieve newer heights and bag
Olympic medals,” Tuki emphatically said.
Talar in return thanked the CM and the state government for all the support extended
to him and assured to do his best to bring more laurels for the state and the nation.
Talar was accompanied by his parents and family members besides other well wishers.
Fire Service Week observed
ITANAGAR, Apr 20: The Fire and Emergency Services of fire station here observed the
Fire Service Week from April 14 to 20.
Several fire awareness programmes, including mock drills of rescue operation, first
aid and demonstration of portable fire extinguishers were organized at various places
within the Capital Complex to mark the Fire Service Week.
Easter Sunday celebrated
ITANAGAR, Apr 20: The Easter Sunday was celebrated by all the Baptist Churches under
Apatani Baptist Association (ABA), Ziro, commemorating the resurrection of Jesus
“In his great mercy, god has given us new birth into living hope through the resurrection
of Jesus Christ from the dead,” Area Supervisor of ABA Pastor J. Lalrinawma said
quoting from Bible at Immanuel Baptist Church.
Baptist believers organized dry fasting and prayer in their respective Churches from
Saturday evening to prepare themselves for the day. The day was marked by Sun Rise
Service at the dawn break at their respective churches.
Later, Sunday School students celebrated the day by singing and dancing. Special
Easter Services were also organized in all the Churches.
VKAJ conducts personality development camps
ITANAGAR, Apr 20: Vivekananda Kendra Arun Jyoti (VKAJ) here conducted a series of
non residential personality development camps for the students of Class IV to X of
Capital Complex at VKV, Chimpu, Police Colony, Vivek Vihar, VKV, Nirjuli and NERIST
from April 11 to 20.
A total of 150 students attended the camps conducted by the members and activists
Various sessions were held to inculcate in students the sense of patriotism, importance
of self discipline, cultural values, social service etc.
VKAJ is also conducting a residential personality development camp here from tomorrow
in which a group of selected students will participate.
NERIST badminton stadium re-openes
ITANAGAR, Apr 20: NERIST badminton stadium was re-opened by Air Marshal (Retd.) Pranab
Kumar Barbora, Chairman (Board of Management), NERIST on April 18.
In his brief speech, the Chairman stated that the Indoor Stadium should only be used
by the students and the employees of NERIST and no outsiders will be allowed to play
in the stadium. A notification in this regard has also been issued by the NERIST
authority effective immediately.
Dr. Dipankar Pal, Director (NERIST), Dr. PR. Alapati, Dean (Student Affairs), Dr.
Tado Karlo, Chief Warden (Hostel), Dr. LB Singha, Additional Chief Warden (Hostel),
faculties and students of the institute were present during the programme.
EVMs sealed, locked in strong room
SEPPA, Apr 20: All the EVMs used in re-polling at eight polling stations in East
Kameng district were sealed and locked in strong room at GHSS Auditorium here in
presence of candidates of all political parties and their election agents today.
All the polled EVMs of East Kameng meant for 1-Arunachal West Parliamentary constituency
were also properly packed in box to dispatch them to RO, West Parliamentary Seat,
Aalo, West Siang. DIPRO
Nysihi Day celebrated
ITANAGAR, Apr 20: The 7th Nyishi Day was celebrated at Ligu General Ground, Daporijo
in Upper Subansiri district yesterday.
Addressing the gathering after unfurling the Nyishi Elite Society (NES) flag at Nyishi
Dapo Pillar, All Nyishi Students Union Assistant General Secretary Tukbom Ligu explained
the importance of the day for the people of Nyishi community. He recalled the pioneers
from the community, who worked relentlessly for the unification of the Nyishi community.
Hundreds of enthusiastic community members dressed in their best traditional attires
and people from other tribes also attended the day-long programme.
Farewell Meet held at NERIST
ITANAGAR, Apr 20: A general farewell function was organized in NERIST by the pre-final
year student to say goodbye to out-going students of the institute yesterday.
NERIST Director Dr. Dipankar Pal, Dean (Students’ Affair) Prof. PR Alapati, faculty
members and students from all the states of North East and other parts of India studying
in NERIST attended the programme and gave emotional farewell to the outgoing students.
Department wise competition was organized as part of the program and prizes were
distributed to the winners.