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December 22, 2014

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2nd State Level Veteran Cup Football Tournament

Arunachal United enter final

ITANAGAR, Dec 21: Arunachal United FC (AUFC) stormed into the final of the second State Level Veteran Cup Football Tournament-2014 beating Papa FC 2-0 in the first semifinal at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun today.

Both the teams started the match on an attacking note creating several scoring opportunities but failed to score until 7th minute when Taja Bonung's strong footer rested in the net to put Arunachal United ahead (1-0).

Papa FC went all out in search of the equalizer in the second half. With time running out, Papa FC was desperate for the equalizer but their moves were successfully thwarted by Arunachal United defenders. Fecha Lingfa doubled the score in 51st minute not only to seal Arunachal United’s victory but also to book the team's place in the final.

Defending champion Naharlagun United FC will lock horns with Siang Highlanders in the second semifinal tomorrow at 1:30 pm.

 

ABK appeals for safety of citizens

ITANAGAR, Dec 21: While expressing anguish and despair on the deterioration of law and order situation in the Capital Complex in light of the recent incident of criminal intimidation, threat, assault and attack on an officer of Raj Bhawan in particular and other denizens of Capital Complex in general, the Adi Baane Kebang (ABK) has vehemently condemned and appeals for security for all.

An officer of the Raj Bhavan was reportedly threatened by a land encroacher, as per the Police sources. If an officer of a protected place like Raj Bhawan is not safe to discharge govt duty, what can be said of others, asked ABK.

ABK has sent memorandums to the Governor and Chief Minister of the state which it said was positively responded with assurance of prompt justice.

ABK appealed to all governmental and nongovernmental organizations for concerted effort to uproot such evil practices of society to make Arunachal Pradesh a crime, corruption, fear, trauma, drug and nepotism free state as well as an ideal place to rejoice contented life in 2015.

 

Stick to roots: Kanubari MLA

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ITANAGAR, Dec 21: Noted journalist turned politician Gabriel Denwang Wangshu today called upon the filmmakers of the state to stick to their roots while making documentaries and films to showcase Arunachal Pradesh at its best to the world. "Arunachal's cultural identity could be the Unique Selling Proposition (USP) for films to capture global market," he said after inaugurating the Abo Shambo Film Production House near King Cup School, here this afternoon.

"Never compromise with your culture and tradition while making films. Films from Arunachal can compete easily in the world's film arena if the state's cultural heritage is best depicted in its originality,"he added. Lauding the proprietor duo Shambo Flago and Nabam Abo for their efforts to establish the production house despite several challenges, the legislator from Kanubari said that the state is yet to be projected to the entertainment world because of lack of proper exposure. "If such efforts were initiated 15 years back, the film industry in the state could have been in a different position today," he said and assured the filmmakers of the state of all possible help from his side.

In a note of caution, Wangsu asked them to remain alert from piracy and to work out a system to get rid of the menace which he said, had posed a serious challenge to the entertainment industry. A documentary 'Arunachal Jokes Vol I' was also screened on the occasion which was also attended by Arunachal Press Club President Chopa Cheda, Arunachal Electronic Media Association  (AEMA) president Taro Chatung, senior scribes Pradeep Kumar and Utpal Boruah among others.

 

ATSU condemns rape  attempt of 6-yr-old

ITANAGAR, Dec 21: The All Tagin Students' Union (ATSU) has condemned the incident wherein a person was arrested for trying to rape a six year old girl at Raj Niwas here on December 13 last.

It pricks all our heart to even imagine how anyone can think of such a shameful act on a mere 6 years old child, it said calling on everyone, irrespective of caste and creed, in joining hands in delivering capital and exemplary punishment to such criminals.

It further appealed the women commission and various NGOs to stand for the victim.

 

APSTGA approach MoS

ITANAGAR, Dec 21: The Arunachal Pradesh Small Tea Growers' Association president Tadak Gab approached Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, GoI, Kiren Rijiju with an appeal to get the small tea growers of the state to register with Tea Board of India (TBI).

According to the directive of the Ministry of Environment and Forest, New Delhi, the Tea Board would issue registration to the growers only after they obtain clarification ensuring that the proposed area of tea cultivation does not violate Forest Conservation Act, 1980, or Supreme Court order 1996. The Apex court's verdict appeared after the Writ Petition © 202/1995 filed against massive deforestation in Tirap and Changlang districts. The MoEF directive made it clear that for Arunachal Pradesh, mere NOC issued by the state government is not sufficient and the forest clearance from MoEF is mandatory. As a result, progressive growers who have obtained LPC from state government again have to take forest clearance from MoEF, New Delhi, for registration with TBI.

"Tea growers have failed to get such certificate and they are unable to get the New Planting subsidy from TBI," appraised the president.

The MoS meanwhile assured to look into the matter.

 

AAPLU celebrates 2nd foundation day

ITANAGAR, Dec 21: The All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union (AAPLU) celebrated its second foundation day with enthusiasm at Nyikum Niya Hall, Nirjuli today.

Attending the foundation day celebration, Parliamentary Secretary (UD, Housing, Town Planning and Land Management) Techi Kaso termed the labour community as the backbone of the state, who extend their support in all the development activities both directly and indirectly. While urging them to maintain the hard work with honesty, Kaso assured them to extend all possible support and help for their children's education for a better future.

While stressing on land encroachment problem, especially in government quarters, Kaso informed that no one will be spared whether they are bureaucrats, officer or peon and government will soon initiate action against the defaulters.

Speaking on the occasion, Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Tai Kaye appreciated the AAPLU for its endeavor for the upliftment of labour community of the state. He urged the union to bring all the labours community both from government to private even to farmers under one umbrella for their welfare.

Stating that the dignity of labour must be honored, he urged them to be disciplined, organized, hardworking and honest.

Earlier, a four-point memorandum was submitted to Kaso by the APPLU President Dana Tadu in which the union sought land at Nirjuli to build AAPLU office, establishment of labour colony and allotment of land for labour barrack in all the districts, implementation of revised wages rate of labour force, and a labour stand at Naharlagun and Itanagar.

Various cultural programme were also organized to mark the day.

 

Contractors association opposes re-fixing of date

ITANAGAR, Dec 21: The Mengio Circle Contractor Association (MCCA) has lodged complaint with the Executive Engineer, Sagalee PWD Division against the extension of time for receipt of tender papers for the works of construction of Steel Girder Bridge over River Panior on Sagalee-Sakiang road under RIDF-XIX and appealed for retention of the last date fixed earlier for receipt of tender papers.

In its letter to the EE, the MCCA claimed that the tendering authority had fixed 4.30 pm of December 19, 2014 as the last date for receipt of tender papers for the above mentioned work. Accordingly, the intended bidders have submitted their papers. However, the office of the EE had suddenly issued a corrigendum extending the last date for receipt of tender papers for the work without any valid reason, the MCCA claimed.

It alleged that "the corrigendum regarding extension of the last date for receipt of tender paper is nothing but a conspiracy to accommodate and fix some bidders who failed to oblige with the original advertisement wherein the last date for receipt of application was fixed on 19.12.2014."

It questioned as to why the last date for receipt of tender papers for another work “Construction of Community Health Centre at Sagalee (Ph-1) under SPA” has not been extended. which was notified in the same order.

 

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Correction

A mistake cropped up due to typing error in 7th line of the first paragraph of the news item under heading "BJP flays former PPA……." which was published on Sunday's issue of this daily. The sentence should be read as "The State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today flayed Peoples' Party of Arunachal (PPA) legislators, who have merged with the Indian National Congress on Friday.

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Govt. orders SIT probe into APPSC paper leak

ITANAGAR, Dec 21: The State Cabinet, in its sitting chaired by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki on December 18, has ordered a probe by a special investigation team (SIT) into the question paper leakage incident of Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC).

The Cabinet has decided to issue a directive to state's Director General of Police to conduct an SIT probe to unravel the truth and submit the report to the state government for further action.

The Cabinet further opined that the APPSC may initiate appropriate action based on the magisterial enquiry report which has already been submitted.

The cabinet also approved for Constitution of Civil Service Board and implementation of Supreme Court's judgment regarding fixation of minimum tenure for Civil Service Officers.

In a bid to improve the education scenario especially in block levels, the state cabinet gave a positive nod for implementation of block level reforms in the Education administration of Director of Elementary education.

In a major decision, amendment of Section -130, Sub-Section -6 of the Arunachal Pradesh (Land Settlement and Records) Act, 2000 and Arunachal Pradesh (Land Settlement and Records) Rule, 2012 has been approved by the State Cabinet. Under the amended clause, the lease period for allotted Government land has been extended from the previous 30 years to 99 years for Defence (Army, Air force), central/state Para-military forces, all central government establishments and PSUs. The cabinet also approved amendment of Section 133, sub-section-1 of the same Act and rules and other miscellaneous points relating to land matters.

In a step to strengthen the traffic management and to check and control the increasing cases of traffic rules violators, state cabinet headed by CM approved for enhancement of penalties and delegation of power to head constables and above to compound the offences punishable under various sections of Motor vehicle Acts.

The cabinet also approved to confer powers to District Tourism Officers to issue Inner Line Permit only for tourists visiting the state.

 

 

Demands for early creation of Mon Autonomous Council surfaces

TAWANG, Dec 21: A meeting was held today at Tawang regarding Mon Autonomous Council (MAC) between Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, public leaders of Tawang and West Kameng districts today.

The representatives from both the districts called on the minister to take up with the centre for early creation of the MAC.

Rijiju while responding to the demand of the people ensured to work out an amiable way out to the demand.

The leaders said that though the creation of MAC had been passed by the state cabinet which was succeeded by a visit of a centre committee to look into the demand, there has not been any progress in the matter.

Minister UD and Tourism Pema Khandu read out a seven point memorandum which was presented to Rijiju by elected leaders of Tawang. DIPRO

 

 

Himalayan region will get special status from Centre: Kiren

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TAWANG, Dec 21: Stating that the Himalayan region has always been strategically important for the nation, Union MoS Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju informed that the centre is launching many big projects which are in conceptual stage and that the Himalayan region will get special status keeping in minds its strategic point of view.

The minister said this at the one day International Conference cum Workshop on Challenges facing the Himalayan Region (Education, Health and Culture) which was held here at Kala-wangpo Conference Hall.

He emphasized on the need to preserve the age old culture and traditions of the region in these changing times.   

Emphasizing on the fact that development of road connectivity in the border areas of the country is his priority, Rijiju said that "The development of a region or an area is impeded if there is no good connectivity".  

Further, mentioning the issue of unemployment in the region, he informed that he has already held discussions with the respective DGs of the central paramilitary forces for special relaxation provisions in recruitment policies for candidates belonging to the Northeast and Ladakh region.

Without knowledge, religion is incomplete. We need to have faith in our religion and it should be a medium to propagate development in our society. We need monasteries and Gompas, but along with it we need quality education and better medical facilities, he said. Speaking on the inclusion of Bhoti language in the VIIIth schedule of the constitution, which has been a long demand of the people of the district, Rijiju mentioned the guidelines for a language to be included in the schedule.

Prominent Hollywood actor and Chairman of the Gere Foundation, Richard Gere who is also the Global Envoy of the IBC expressed his views on the proper development of youths in the modern age.

"As you educate your kids, you give them a sense of pride in their culture, in their religion and who they are as human beings, that's the future you can develop for the country." Mentioning his longing to visit Tawang, Gere said, "I had a great fortune to travel across the world. I have seen some amazing things, amazing people and amazing cultures. You can be very proud of what you have here. Tawang is truly a hidden paradise and you live in a very special place".

He further mentioned that it doesn't matter whether a country is rich or poor; everyone's concern is the same -health, education and culture.

Addressing the conference, Minister UD, Tourism, Art & Culture, Pema Khandu, invited global attention to the Himalayan Region saying that it contributes substantially towards global ecological balance.

"Indian Government also needs to be seriously concerned about its Himalayas and Himalayan people as it constitute 16 percent of the country's geographical area", said Pema. He appealed all the participants for a proactive introspection into the depleting moral values, loss of culture, traditional art and professions etc to counter the challenges faced by the Himalayan belt in the present day. He further mentioned that Arunachal Pradesh being a young state, development was very late and slow. Hence there are many challenges to overcome and to walk shoulder to shoulder with the developing world.

A message from the Chief Minister Nabum Tuki was also read out.

Earlier, Chairman DoKA Jambey Wangdi and Secretary General of International Buddhist Confederation Lama Lobsang highlighted the major challenges faced by the people living in the Himalayan region in terms of education and health. They expressed serious concern on the cultural erosion being faced by all the communities in the Himalayan Region.

The conference which was conducted by the International Buddhist Confederation in association with the Department of Karmic & Adhyatmik Affairs (Chos-Rig) was inaugurated by Rijiju and eminent Hollywood actor Richard Gere with lighting of butter lamp amidst chanting of Mangalacharan by monks of Tawang monastery.  

International delegates from US, UK and Sri Lanka participated in the Conference. (DIPRO)

 

 

Work in unison for development of sport: Richo

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ITANAGAR, Dec 21: Arunachal Olympic Association (AOA) President Padi Richo today called upon the sports administrators and stakeholders to work as a unit to reactivate grassroots sports and school sports which will serve as nurseries for identification of young talents. He was addressing a meeting at a city hotel convened by AOA as desired by the Chief Minister to discuss various issues related to  development of sports in Arunachal Pradesh.

He informed the representatives of various parent sports bodies and stakeholders that the state government led by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has accorded sports as one of the most priority sectors and adopted many policies in the state's quest to develop sports for excellence and national glory.

Informing about the job reservation in few government departments for meritorious sportspersons, the AOA president urged all government departments to follow suit of these departments. He also requested all government departments to adopt one sport discipline each and spend five percent of the total contingency fund for sports.

The AOA held wide-ranging discussion with the stakeholders on many burning issues, such as lack of sports infrastructure, coaches, funding pattern to various associations to conduct and participate in regional, national, international level events, talent detection and identification methods etc. The suggestions and opinions gathered in the meeting will be put forward to the Chief Minister for further action.

Further, the meeting adopted several resolutions which included demand for establishment of Sports College, upgrading Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy to 12th standard, renovation of Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, construction of an Olympic Bhawan, inclusion of sports associations of respective districts in the selection committees for selection of students for admission in SLSA, preparation of annual calendar of sports and event by each and every sports association.

The meeting was attended by Political Secretary to Chief Minister Bamang Tago, Karate Association of India vice president Likha Tara, AOA secretary general G Doke, presidents and general secretaries of various state level sports associations.

 

 

Kurung Kumey could be a model district, says Governor

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Itanagar, Dec 21: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma today said that remote Kurung Kumey district with its sparse population could be a model district of the state provided the leaders and district administration lead by setting examples.

"The biggest challenge of the district is that the centre of gravity of administration and public leaders is not in the district. If the people want development in the district, the epicentre has to be in the district," the Governor said while addressing district heads and panchayat leaders in his day long visit to Koloriang, the district headquarters.

"The leaders and government departments have to put in a concerted effort to explore ways to address the challenges," Sharma said, according to a Raj Bhawan press release.

Pointing that the district has huge potential for horticultural and tourism activities, the Governor advised the people to harness it.

He said that government can only facilitate, it is the people, who has to undertake. Acknowledging the infrastructural and communication deficits in the district, particularly road and air communication, health and education, Sharma emphasised on proper implementation of project, monitoring and utilisation of allocated fund.

"The local people have to be made stakeholders of the projects for making it a successful one," he said.

At the same time, he said that strength of the tribal people is to think for the whole community and this spirit needs to be rejuvenated.

Emphasising on providing basic amenities to the people in border areas, the governor suggested availing health and other facilities of armed forces stationed in remote areas by co-locating and pulling of resources together of the department.

He also advised for taking up education and health projects under Public Private Partnership mode.

Commenting on success of sports stars of the state in the recently concluded 28th National Level North East Sports championship at Itanagar, the Governor said that the youth has the potential to excel in any field provided they are given proper guidance.

He urged upon the public leaders and government officials to mentor some youth and facilitate them in joining armed forces.

State PHED Minister Takam Pario expressed gratitude to the Governor for his visit to share the pain and challenges of the people of the district. He said the visit of the state's head would provide impetus to the developmental process and streamlining it.

Apprising the Governor of various challenges in the district particularly road connectivity, Parliamentary Secretary Bamang Felix said that people of the district migrate to Itanagar and other places due to lack of road communication, health and education facilities.

He also expressed reservation on the implementation of work by Border Road Organisation, the release added.

 

 

AAPSU opposes ULFA-I chief's statement on LSHP

ITANAGAR, Dec 21: All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) has strongly opposed the statement made by United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent (ULFA-I) chief Paresh Baruah threatening to launch armed protest against the Centre if it goes ahead with 2000 MW Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Project (LSHP) at Gerukamukh.

Describing the intervention and remark made by the ULFA-I chief, who is not a bonafide citizen of this state, as uncalled for, AAPSU said it was baffled by the statement issued by Baruah, which was carried as a news item on December 13 issue of 'Eastern Chronicle' published from Guwahati.

"The scatterbrained and immoral remark made by Baruah is uncalled for. The students union has always supported the cause for development in the state and it will continue to oppose any individual or organization trying to hinder the developmental activities in the state," stated AAPSU in a release.  

 "We are still to see the dawning of development in the state due to unavailability of resources for generation of revenue in the state. Moreover, we are also being opposed by our neighboring country China regarding construction of dam in the state. But we would like to make it clear to the individual concerned and those opposing it to refrain themselves from interfering into our internal matter. We would like to assure the government and the denizens of the state that we are for the cause of development of our state and we would continue our endeavor to support our people and our government's initiatives of any developmental activities in the state," the release said.

The apex student body of the state also questioned the Assam and Central Governments' integrity and for being mute spectators over the unpopular remarks and threatening issued by its banned outfit ULFA-I chief Paresh Baruah.

"We seek a concede of Assam and Central Government over the vexed issue as our people have been suffering a lot in the recent past through no fault of their," the release added..

 

 

Senses Spa and Saloon brings quality services

wpa5a143aa.png ITANAGAR, Dec 21: Confused about Christmas and New Year Gifts for your loved ones and yourself? "Senses Spa and Saloon", for men and woman, set to open on Dec 23 could be your answer.

Set aesthetically in Tadar Tang Complex in A-sector, Naharlagun, Senses Spa and Saloon offers wide range of services including steam, sauna and Jacuzzi facilities, foot reflexology, Swedish, Deep Tissue massages and aromatherapy and hot stone massage. There are varieties of facial and hair care to choose from. The abundance of facilities can be gauged from fact that there are more than 20 varieties of facial to choose from for women, while there are 33 facilities for men!

"Senses Spa and Saloon" is co-owned by young entrepreneurs Tadar Jimpy and Indira Taba Angu. It took them more than three years to make the idea take shape. The hard work and planning behind the facility actually shows as the "Senses Spa and Saloon" can be compared to some of the best in the country.

There are well trained18 therapists, masseurs, hair and facial experts to help you beautify and relax.

So go get pampered with a rejuvenating facial and relaxing body scrub and massage.

 

 

Kameng Ecotourism-cum-River Festival concludes

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BHALUKPONG, Dec 21: The seven-day Kameng Ecotourism-cum-River Festival concluded here this afternoon with legislators of East Kameng, West Kameng and Tawang districts assuring to make it a calendar event, and to tap the region's tourism potential to its optimum.

RWD minister Kumar Waii, Tax & Excise parliamentary secretary Tapuk Taku, Tourism parliamentary secretary Mama Natung, and PHED parliamentary secretary Kumsi Sidisow were unanimous in declaring Bhalukpong - the gateway to East and West Kameng and Tawang - the epicentre of tourism in the three districts.

Lauding Bhalukpong for offering every aspect of adventure tourism, such as trekking, river crossing, white water rafting, suspension traverse, aero-sports, etc, the 12 legislators of the three districts said they will contribute Rs 2 lakhs each for the next edition of the festival to make it a better organised event. They were of the opinion that the festival has the capacity to pull domestic as well as foreign tourists to the region.  

Waii, Taku, Natung and Sidisow opined that unity among the denizens of Bhalukpong - mainly Aka, Miji, Nyishi, Monpa, and Sherdukpens - along with hospitality are the prerequisites for tourism activities to grow in the area. Unanimously stating that the region would witness fast economic growth if Bhalukpong's tourism potential is fully tapped, they advised the people to preserve the rich flora and fauna, and their age-old tradition and culture.

West Kameng deputy commissioner AK Singh, who was tourism director for four years, said the festival should be organised with long term benefits in mind and not be allowed to end abruptly after a few years of enthusiastic celebration.

The weeklong extravaganza was organised by the West Kameng Nature and Native Wildlife Protection Society. Its chairman Miali Sidisow said the next edition will see greater participation, especially that of foreign tourists.

White water rafting was the real crowd puller among the events of the festival. Domestic tourists, especially from neighbouring Assam, flocked the venue early in the morning to quench their adrenaline rush by riding the rapids of Kameng river from Elephant Camp point to the festival venue. Kameng Aqua Adventure Club Seppa chairman Niku Tara said the three boats used for rafting could not cater to the large number of adventure seekers despite making several trips.

 

 

Arunachalee Karatekas shine in KAI Championship

ITANAGAR, Dec 21: The karate players of Arunachal Pradesh once again shown class and supremacy by winning seven gold, nine silver and eight bronze medals in the National Open Karate-do Championship conducted by Karate Association of India (KAl) at Talkatora indoor stadium, Delhi from December 16 to 18.

While Minam Tekseng, Niaimun Mara and Goda Asha won one gold medal each in Kumite in girls’ cadet and junior categories respectively, Abab Sangdo, Mojum Dodum and Doni Yangfo clinched one gold medal each in kumite in cadet and junior boys categories respectively.

Goda Asha won her second gold medal in junior girls kata event.

Other medal winning players are Pate Yapa (Sil), Milleno Mamai (Sil), Bamang Yamu (1 Sil, 1 Br.), Yorjum Sera (Sil), Lilly Maying (1 Sil., 1 Br), Tadam Doyom (Sil), Dari Lokam (Sil), Samuel Dolo (Sil), Runa Dada (Sil), Chopa Talo (Br), Yaki Dignium (Br), Ligang Anky (Br), Rei Yadi (Br), Rego Geyi (Br), Sakti Lamgu (Br).

Arunachal Karate Do Association (AKA) Technical Director Sensei SD Sharma, Tadar Eba and Rakom Dugi were the Team coach, Assistant coach and Team Manager respectively, according to an AKA release.