May 30 2015


Connect rural Arunachal too, says CM as he advocates satellite model for connectivity

NEW DELHI, May 29: Although several telecom operators are active in Arunachal Pradesh, they are mainly concentrated in urban areas, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said, adding that rural areas with difficult terrain are yet to be connected with modern communications network.

He was speaking at a workshop with states on Bharatnet – the National Fibre Optics Network (NFON) organized by Department of Telecommunications under Union Ministry of Communications and IT at New Delhi today.

Tuki shared that it is very difficult to reach out to the people in mountainous areas of the state especially the areas adjoining the vast international border of the state. The introduction of Satellite connectivity would serve the dual purpose of catering to civilian as well military needs in this strategic state, he said while appealing the centre to introduce the Satellite model for boosting communications and digital connectivity in Arunachal Pradesh and other hill states of the North Eastern Region.

Admitting that laying optical fibre networks in these areas is an uphill task, the Centre should therefore opt for a Satellite model of communications for the benefit of the people living in these areas, he said.

He also mentioned that while the focus has been primarily on physical connectivity in Arunachal Pradesh and the region, a new paradigm shift is required to boost digital connectivity which is a faster mode to connect people and will go a long way in integrating the North East with mainland India much faster.

Union Minister of Communications and IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad while taking note of the CM’s appeal appreciated the idea of the proposed alternative model and assured to look into the same.

The Chief Minister also expressed his concern on the recent move to delink several E-governance schemes by the Centre. He said that at a time when the primary focus of his Government is to streamline Government services through E-Governance projects, the delinking of ongoing schemes would adversely impact the development of the State.

Tuki also mentioned that many outsiders are posted under operators like BSNL and often it is observed that these officers (both technical and non-technical) hardly operate from within the state as they find the posting a difficult one. In view of this, he requested the Ministry of Telecommunications and IT to train local youth and employ them in various jobs in the sector.



I don’t eat beef; media ‘twisted’

my statement: Rijiju

New Delhi, May 29: Amidst a row over ban on beef, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju today said his statement on people's food habit was "twisted" by the media and strongly denied that he eats beef.

The controversy was sparked in the backdrop of remarks by Rijiju's ministerial colleague Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi that those who want to eat beef should go to Pakistan.

Rijiju said while visiting Mizoram recently that he had to encounter a question at a press conference in Aizawl whether all Mizos and other people of Northeastern region who eat beef have to go to Pakistan.

"To calm down the situation, I had the responsibility as a Union Minister whereby I gave a hypothetical example of myself that I am from Arunachal Pradesh and if I have a particular food habit, no one can stop.

"It was totally uncalled for to make that hypothetical example as headline thereby making it sound as if I consume beef in real life and challenge the other communities to stop me. Even if nobody in my family consumes beef, it is our choice," he said in a statement here.

Rijiju said as a Union Minister it was an obligation on his part to maintain the spirit of the Constitution but the news report made it sound like he had made a combative statement sounding like throwing a challenge.

"It has created an unnecessary controversy. I am contemplating to issue a legal notice to the concerned newspaper for making the wrong news headline which resulted in conveying a wrong message to readers. The news headline was completely out of context and wholly twisted the meaning," he said.



Tezu gets clean drinking water facility


TEZU, May 29: PHE and WS Minister Takam Pario inaugurated a water treatment plant at Shivajinagar today. The water treatment plant with capacity of 5 MLD (millions litres per day) will provide clean drinking water to more than sixty thousand people.

Highlighting the importance of clean drinking water to health and maintaining high degree of sanitation practice, the Minister informed that the Department of PHE & WS under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan provides assistance for individual household latrines and other sanitation facilities for the poor. He suggested the district authorities to prevent deforestation and protect the catchment area.

He appealed for coordination and understanding between public and district authorities for rapid development of the district.

The Minister also presented umbrellas and rain coats to the Gaon Burah during the programme.

Parliamentary Secretary Kumsi Sidisow advised the people of Tezu to work as a team and assured all possible help and assistance to the people for all development.

Tezu MLA Dr. Mohesh Chai said the WTP will cater to the safe and clean drinking water needs of the people. He, however, informed the minister that there is still scarcity of safe drinking water in various villages adjoining Tezu. He requested the minister for allocation of additional funds for providing clean water supply to nearby villages.

MLA Dr. Chai also asked the Department to follow the standard treatment methods regularly.

The project of ‘water supply at Tezu Township’ was sanctioned by Government of India under Non Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) during October 2010, informed Lohit Deputy Commissioner Dr. BM Mishra. The project was prepared during 2009 on the basis of 2001 Census for a population of 17838 for 15 years, he informed. Chief Engineer L. Kri highlighted the salient features of the Water Treatment Plant. He said that the water treatment plant will enhance the department revenue. DIPRO



Tayeng calls for judicious use of limited water resources


ITANAGAR, May 29: Parliamentary Secretary for Water Resource Department Gum Tayeng along with Chief Engineer Likar Angu and SSW T. Lego and PRI leaders visited Ziro Lower Subansiri district on Thursday to take stock development activities in the department.

In her whirlwind developmental tour in the district, the Parliamentary Secretary inspected irrigation and CAD project near Yapom Putu at Yazali. Inspecting the project sites, Tayeng stressed on judicious use of limited water resources and directed the department to initiate innovative technology for maximum irrigation.  

The local PRI leaders and farmers have appealed to Parliamentary Secretary for an augmentation, renovation and extension of existing irrigation projects and demanded for sanction of the projects. Responding the public verbal representation, she asked the Chief Engineer of the department to consider the public grievances. During her tour she also interacted with officers and suggested them to cooperate with PRI members for carrying out the developmental activities, a release added.



Natung assures development projects to villagers


ITANAGAR, May 29: With an objective to take stock of needy developmental sectors in his constituency, Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism cum local MLA Mama Natung had visited Neking and Silla village under Bana Sub-Division of 11th Seppa West Assembly Constituency on Wednesday.  

Responding to the representation of the villagers at Silla Village, Natung assured fund for construction of Bridge over Kade stream, electrification and drinking water facility at the village. He also asserted that dilapidated Government primary school will be renovated at earliest. He also inaugurated the community hall of the village.  The Parliamentary Secretary inspected the ongoing works of the Primary School at Neking. Addressing the gathering, Natung stated that the road project from Hari Bridge to Neking will be initiated soon. He further assured to take up on electricity and drinking water supply issue of the village.

During the village developmental tour, Natung was accompanied by CO, DDSE, BDO, CDPO and panchayat members. The local MLA interacted with the Panchayat leaders and Goan Burahs of both villages to know their problems and grievances.



Stop blame game, ensure sound financial position: ANYA

ITANAGAR, May 29: The All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) today urged both  the ruling Congress party and opposition BJP to stop blame game and cheap politics and take necessary steps for healthy financial position of the state.

ANYA president Biri Kakum in a release claimed that the people of the state are in a state of confusion as both BJP and Congress allege each other over the financial crises.

While condemning the blame game and cheap politics, the ANYA appealed to all the political parties to find out ways and means to bail out Arunachal from the present situation if the state is really facing financial crisis.

ANYA also appealed to the MoS for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju to intervene  and convince the Centre to bail out the  state from unhealthy situation.



BJP’s  ‘Jankalyan Parv’ launched at Mahadevpur

ITANAGAR, May 29: Union Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs (Independent charge) Sarbananda Sonowal launched the Jankalyan Parv for Eastern Arunachal Pradesh at Mahadevpur in Namsai yesterday.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Sonowal highlighted the achievements, various developmental programme and policies of the BJP Government’s at the Centre during its first year. The minister said that BJP has the highest number of eleven MLAs in Arunachal Pradesh and credit for this goes to hardworking party workers and leaders.

Saying that Centre has always had a soft corner towards Arunachal Pradesh, he called upon the people to take full advantage of the development programmes. He also said Centre is giving special focus on the state, particularly due to its strategic geographical location that shares international borders with China, Myanmar and Bhutan.

Arunachal Pradesh is a beautiful state with tremendous potential of natural resources to become an economic power in the country especially in hydro-power and tourism sectors, he said.

Earlier, the State President Tai Tagak highlighted “common people-centric policies and programmes” initiated during the first year of the BJP Govt. at the Centre. The party president also explained the purpose of the “Jankalyan Parv Abhiyan” of the party from May 26 to 31, 2015 across the country and told the party cadres and leaders to reach out to nook and corner of the states and generate awareness on the activities, development policies and programmes of the central government so that people of the state can avail the benefits.

Party leaders, workers and delegates from eight districts, namely Dibang Valley, Lower Dibang Valley, Anjaw, Lohit, Changlang, Tirap, Longding and Namsai attended the programme, stated a BJP release.



Parl. Secy. inspects renovation works of Rupa MHP


ITANAGAR, May 29: Parliamentary Secretary (DHPD) Phurpa Tsering inspected the renovation works of 200 Kw Rupa micro hydel project (MHP), and 100 Kw Jigaon micro hydel project which is at the last stage of completion.

Rupa micro hydel project was commissioned in the year 1997. Power generation from the hydel project was stopped for renovation of E&M equipment. The Jigaon micro hydel project is yet to be commissioned due to some minor technical problem.

The Parliamentary Secretary instructed the department to complete the renovation works of Rupa hydel project within a month. He also asked the department to ensure commissioning of the Jigaon micro hydel project within a month by rectifying the technical problems.

The Parliamentary Secretary was accompanied during his visit by departmental engineers and senior public leaders of Rupa and Dirang.



Farmers urged to adopt modern technology in agriculture


YINGKIONG, May 29: Upper Siang district Deputy Commissioner Remo Kamki has called upon the farmers to adopt modern technology to enhance rural economy.

Interacting with the PRI members and farmers during his one-day visit to farmer’s field of Simong village where pulse crops have been taken up by the Agriculture department for cultivation under National Food Security Mission (NFSM) 2014-15, the DC said that the farmers and unemployed youths should take up agriculture as their livelihood seriously as there is limited scope for contract works  and  government jobs for self-employment.  

He asked the agriculture and allied departments to cooperate with the farmers for successful implementation of Centrally sponsored schemes. He also suggested the PRI members to discourage opium cultivation  and  give more emphasis on Agri. and allied sectors to enhance rural economy.

DAO Ote Darin, in his speech, highlighted the advantage of double cropping. He advised the farmers to be hard working, self reliant and to adopt new technology for more crop production.  

Yingkiong Anchal Block ZPM, Bading Teng sought the help from the district administration for organizing capacity building training of the farming community and  also requested agriculture and allied departments to include scheme proposals for exposure visit of farmers.

The resource person and Geku KVK SMS, Mudang Tana delivered lecture on pulse crops production and stressed on  use of organic manure.

Among others, T Taggu, DVO, K Chissi, DFDO, G Tayeng, ADTH and L Ering, DHO also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO


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Rubber board chalks out action plan

ITANAGAR, May 29: Arunachal Pradesh State Rubber Board (APSRB) has chalked out a five-year action plan in its board meeting held here today. The action plan included the proposals for block/cluster rubber plantation programmes, rubber training institutes and land for rubber nursery.

After thorough discussion, the members present in the meeting also decided to survey suitable land for implementation of master plan for large scale rubber  cultivation in the state.

Earlier, presiding over the meeting APSRB chairman Likha Maj called upon the Board members to work hard for overall development of the State Rubber Board and to promote rubber cultivation in the state.

Trade and Commerce Commissioner Hage Batt, Trade and Commerce Director Tokong Pertin, Deputy Director S. Modi, Assistant Director Toko Togur who are the managing director, general manager, deputy general manager and assistant general manager respectively of the APSRB and honorary technical advisor of the board PC Goswami attended the board meeting.


No salary deduction

ITANAGAR, May 29: Responding to the representations by All Arunachal Pradesh Government Employees Welfare Association and All Arunachal Pradesh Elementary Teachers Association for revoking CoSAAP’s decision to deduct one day salary of the government employees for Nepal earthquake victims, the state government has clarified that there is no such government order for deducting the salary.


AIR phone-in-prog

ITANAGAR, May 29: All India Radio, Itanagar will broadcast a live phone-in-programme titled "Hello Doctor" on its Arun FM (103.1 MHZ) channel on May 30. Senior surgical specialist, Dr. Mari Basar, programme officer of  State Cancer Control Programme, will reply to the listener's queries on the topic " Cancer".  Dr Basar was trained in cancer surgery in Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. Listeners may call to the doctor from 8.00 PM to 8.30 PM on phone number 0360-2292239 during the programme.  


ACS to organize protest rally in Delhi

ITANAGAR, May 29: Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) will organise a protest rally to remind the central government of the charter of demands placed by it last year, which includes stapled visa issued by China to the people of Arunachal Pradesh in New Delhi from Arunachal Bhawan to Chinese Embassy on June 6 next.

Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) staged a sit in dharna at the national capital against the stapled visa issue followed by submission of MoU to PM Narendra Modi and Sushma Swaraj, Union Minister of External Affairs in 2014. But the government has not yet responded to its demand, stated an ACS release.


APYC hits back, lambasts BJP

ITANAGAR, May 29: A day after the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) criticised the Congress Party and state government for allegedly involving in mudslinging after the DoNER ministry’s order for inquiry into the alleged embezzlement of fund under NEC and Non-Lapsable Central Resource Pool to the tune of Rs. 900 crore, the Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC) today fired back accusing the BJP of indulging in cheap politics only to gain its political mileage and make its presence felt.

Reacting to the press statement of BJYM, the APYC, while condemning the allegation of mudslinging, said that Congress party does not believe in cheap politics and distorted propaganda to mislead the people.

While reiterating its stand, the APYC demanded that the BJP come out with the names of the particular projects, schemes, contractors and executing agencies that allegedly misappropriated and siphoned off central funds. The Congress Party and the State Govt are ready to welcome any investigating agency like SIC, SIT, CBI if such projects are identified, the Youth Congress added.

Baseless allegations are condemnable, the APYC said adding that such allegations will discourage the morale of government officers and other agencies who have been working tirelessly for the state.

The APYC also appealed to all political parties in the state to stop indulging in misleading politics and making baseless allegations against the Govt. and  stand together as citizens of the state for the welfare of the people.

“The BJP must understand that all the ongoing projects were sanctioned during the UPA Govt’s tenure, but some of these projects have been brought to a standstill due to non-release of funds despite submission of utilisation certificates,” the APYC claimed.

The APYC further informed that the Youth Congress of all the Northeastern states will organise ‘Delhi Chalo Andolan’ soon to highlight the grievances of the region.


APCSD condemns BJP MLAs move

ITANAGAR, May 29: The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal (APCSD) today vehemently condemned the act of BJP MLAs of the state for lodging complaint against state Govt which resulted in enquiry order by the DoNER ministry into alleged misappropriation of NLCPR and NEC funded projects in the state.

DoNER Ministry has clearly indicated that funds for any kind of ongoing project will not be released further till the probe completes, the APCSD claimed adding the decision will bring a major part of developmental activities to a grinding halt in the state and will negatively impact the lives of its inhabitants.

Lashing out at BJP legislators, the APCSD further said the legislators had lodged the complaint with the intension to halt the development of the state hoping that such tactics of the NDA Govt will destabilise the state Govt.  

Informing that the Seva Dal will reach out to the people to make them aware of the misdeeds of the state BJP and their ulterior motives to grab power, it appealed the people of the state to continue their support to development programmes of the state Govt.


Hindi not compulsory in SRC College

ITANAGAR, May 29: Hindi will not be a compulsory subject in Sri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) under Delhi University from now onwards for those students who read Hindi subject only up to class 8.

Hindi was a compulsory subject for students of SRC College until now no matter whether he or she read the subject upto class eight or 10 due to mis-understanding of the DU rule by the college authority.

Hindi is not a compulsory subject in Delhi University for those students who read Hindi upto class eight only.

In March, the North East Students’ Human Rights Organization (NESHRO)’s took up the matter with SRC College and finally the Delhi University has solved the problem.

All the students, who got back papers in Hindi, were allowed to write in English in the recent semester examination, according to NESHRO release.


Attack condemned

ITANAGAR, May 29: The Kurung Kumey district unit of Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service Officer's Association (APCSOA) today condemned the assault on L. Bagra, EAC cum Town Magistrate at Aalo by a group of IRBn personnel recently.

Stating that such incidents demoralise the Govt staffs who are serving the state even in difficult situation, the Association unit urged the concerned authority to award exemplary punishment to the culprits involved in the attack.


Social Service Conducted

ITANAGAR, May 29: All Gohpur Youth Association Ward No.2 has conducted a social service along with business community of daily market at Gohpur Tinali Itanagar on Wednesday last. In a release the association claimed that ‘Tuesday daily market will be opening soon on 2nd June 2015.



The news item on consultative meeting on vision document held in Bomdila was for West Kameng district but not West Siang as published on May 28 issue. The mistake due to oversight is regretted.