India should do more to maintain peace in border areas: China
BEIJING, Oct 30: China's military on Friday expressed concern over India's plan to
construct 54 new border posts in Arunachal Pradesh, saying India should not complicate
the situation and do more to maintain peace as it is a "disputed area".
"We have noticed relevant report. Dispute still exists in the eastern part of China-India
border," Defence ministry spokesman Yang Yujin told a media briefing here when asked
a question on the plans announced by the home ministry to build 54 new border posts
along the Arunachal Pradesh border.
"We urge the Indian side to do more to maintain peace and stability in the area and
not do things that may complicate the situation," he said.
Asked why China is wary of India's development of infrastructure along the border
when it has carried out extensive development on its side, Yang said, "I think that
the roads you are talking about are in the eastern part of the China-India border
which is still a disputed area."
"China's position on the dispute in this area is clear and consistent," he said.
China claims Arunachal Pradesh as southern Tibet. "It is an important consensus reached
by the two sides to maintain peace and stability along the Line of Actual Control
and both sides should do more towards converging direction rather than contrary,"
Indian government last week announced setting up of 54 new border outposts and a
Rs 175 crore package for beefing up the infrastructure along the border in Arunachal
Yang's comments on the border posts and the road network along the Arunachal Pradesh
border was in line with the views expressed by the Chinese foreign ministry earlier
Reacting to the border posts plan, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying
had earlier said that "pending the final settlement of the boundary question, we
hope that the Indian side could refrain from taking any action that may complicate
or exaggerate the question".
Chinese foreign ministry has also reacted earlier on the plans announced by minister
of state for home, Kiren Rijiju, to construct a road network along the international
boundary from Mago-Thingbu in Tawang to Vijaynagar in Changlang district of Arunachal
Pradesh to match China's infrastructure development.
"There is a dispute about the east part of the China-India border. Before final settlement
is reached we hope that India will not take any action that may further complicate
the situation," spokesman Hong Lei said on October 15.
Yang said today that the agreements like setting up hotlines between the two militaries
and improving communications between the command posts reached during this month's
meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination (WMCC) in New
Delhi put very important and positive inputs into bilateral relations and can help
to deal with the border issues in a timely manner. PTI
Central project for improvement of power transmission system
Rijiju for participation of state power dept in project implementation
ITANAGAR, Oct 30: True to its commitment for development of North Eastern states,
the Centre had sanctioned a comprehensive scheme amounting to Rs. 4754.20 crores
for strengthening of transmission and distribution system in Arunachal Pradesh and
Sikkim. The scheme has been prepared by Central Electricity Authority (CEA) in consultation
with Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. for laying EHT transmission capacity, in
addition of HT transmission capacity and augmentation of existing capacity.
Consequent upon the approval of the CCEA the Govt. of India has approved this ambitious
scheme for intra-State transmission/sub-transmission and distribution system.
An amount of Rs. 4754.20 crores has sanctioned to accomplish this project. Out of
this Rs.3199.45 crores is earmarked for the Project to be implemented in Arunachal
Meanwhile, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju convened a meeting
with officials of Ministry of Power, Govt. of India and Power Grid Corporation of
India Ltd. today to discuss the process of implementation of the project.
In order to ensure local capacity building and timely completion of the project,
Rijiju has emphasized that there should be an active participation of Arunachal Pradesh
Govt in coordination with Union Ministry of Power and Power Grid Corporation of India
Ltd., the consultant for the project.
Accordingly, this project should be implemented by the Department of Power, Govt.
of Arunachal Pradesh. This will also ensure smooth transfer of the assets on commissioning
of the project, according to an official release.
Arunachal reaches final stage in Republic Day tableau selection
NEW DELHI, Oct 30: If things go smoothly in the final selection meeting on November
12, Arunachal Pradesh would be showcasing its cultural heritage for the second time
in a row at the Republic Day tableau parade at Rajpath in New Delhi.
The Ministry of Defence in its earlier meeting held at the DRDO Bhawan in September
last, had selected the Igu Dance of Idu Mishmi Tribe out of the four themes that
the Arunachal Pradesh government had submitted. The other three themes were Adventure
Sports, Parashuram Kund and Malinithan.
Igu Dance or Priest Dance is a traditional dance of the Idu Mishmi tribe of Arunachal
Pradesh that is performed to appease the spirits.
The Igus perform these ritualistic pujas on several occasions for the well being
of the family and the community.
The selection of the tableaus for the republic day parade is a rigorous process,
which involves various stages of elimination.
An expert committee is appointed to choose the tableaus from all the states and to
suggest various modifications and changes to the selected states. These suggestions
are concerned with the music, the model and the overall theme itself.
Only four states from the Northeast are now in the fray – Arunachal Pradesh, Assam,
Manipur and Sikkim. The meeting on October 28 required all the selected states to
present a miniature 3D model of the theme.
The Department of Information and Public Relation, Arunachal Pradesh is responsible
for all the work related to the tableau. The procedure starts from April, with the
selection of ideas for themes being the foremost stage. D. Bhattacharjee, Art Expert,
IPR along with Hage Habung, Exhibition Assistant and Roto Tadi, Exhibition Artist
is leading the Arunachal tableau team. While Bhattacharjee is also looking over the
music composition and the design, the work of model and fabrication has been handed
over to Adland Publicity.
The Republic Day Tableau Parade 2014, earlier this year, had seen Arunachal Pradesh
showing Aji Lhamu Dance of the Monpa and Sherdukpen tribe. (OSD, IPR, New Delhi)
Let us pledge to uphold the spirit of unity: Governor
ITANAGAR, Oct 30: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma
has extended warm greetings to the people of the state on the occasion of Rashtriya
Ekta Diwas, which commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
The Governor expressed his hope that the National Unity Day celebration will further
strengthen the spirit of oneness, peace and amity in the State and Nation.
In his message to the people, the Governor said that Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, an
ardent patriot, a distinguished administrator and one of the great social leaders
of India is the epitome of unity.
He was instrumental in integration of over 500 princely States into the Indian Union
at the time of Indian Independence. It was his persistence and strong commitment
that in spite of diverse cultural attributes, the country adorns and enjoys exceptional
characteristics of Unity in Diversity. The Governor wished that every Indian re-affirms
to the inherent strength and resilience of the nation to withstand the actual and
potential threats to the unity, integrity and security of the country.
On the occasion, the Governor appealed to the people of the State and Country, youth
in particular to love and respect fellow Indians as their own brothers and sisters.
He exhorted all to pledge to uphold the spirit of unity and fraternity amongst the
people as a tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
Resolve to contribute towards peace and prosperity: Tuki
ITANAGAR, Oct 30: Paying rich tributes to the first woman Prime Minister of India,
Indira Gandhi on her 30th death anniversary, which is observed as Rashtriya Sankalp
Diwas, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki appealed the people of Arunachal Pradesh to reaffirm
and resolve to work and contribute towards peace, prosperity and development of the
state and the nation.
“The real tribute to the great visionary leader would be to shun violence in all
forms and imbibe upon ourselves peaceful co-existence, profess universal brotherhood
and promise for all round development of the society without disturbing the fragile
social fabric”, Tuki stated.
He called upon the people to resolve all matters relating to caste, creed, region,
religion or language through constitutional means without resorting to violence.
The Chief Minister also extended greetings on the occasion of Rashtriya Ekta Diwas,
which commemorates the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Tuki expressed
hope that this day would foster the spirit of togetherness, unity, peace and tranquility
in the State and Nation.
Major effort to boost e-enablement of PRIs
ITANAGAR, Oct 30: In an effort towards enabling Arunachal Pradesh to be hundred percent
e-PRI compliant, a two-day ‘State Level Workshop cum Orientation Programme on Panchayat
Enterprise Suite (PES) Applications under RGPSA’ started here at SIRD Conference
Hall today. The PES has been developed by NIC New Delhi and Ministry of Panchayati
Raj Government of India (MoPR) flagship programme known as Rajiv Gandhi Panchayati
Raj Sashaktikaran Abhiyan (RGPSA).
Initially two days state level workshop is being conducted for DPDOs and ZPCs to
acquaint them on e-PRI applications and to update them on latest developments regarding
support for PRIs in Arunachal Pradesh from MoPR.
Inaugurating the programme Tahang Taggu, Secretary RD & PR lamented the poor presence
of ZPCs and DPDOs despite all appropriate pre-programme arrangements made by SIRD
Arunachal Pradesh. He mentioned that such arrangements involve considerable expenditure
and time, which are eventually wasted because of poor presence of targeted members.
He directed the ZPCs to be present in their districts to a maximum extent and involve
Gram Sabhas as initial point of decision making within PRIs. He exhorted officers
and all concerned to concentrate on completing targets in reference to finalised
plans and corresponding decisions, instead of engaging into petty politics and litigation.
He directed that all efforts must be directed to provide maximum benefits to the
needy as that is the primary mandate of Department of PR and Department of RD. He
called upon all ZPCs, DPDOs, Department of PR and SIRDA to converge all resources
to make the present term of PRIs as a model that may be emulated by PRIs in forthcoming
Nyabin Ete, Director SIRDA, Likha Kiran Kabak Dy. Director cum State Nodal Officer
RGPSA also spoke on the occasion. Dr. Rakesh Srivastava who is also coordinating
the conduct of these programmes presented the present status of e-PRI and the challenges
in making the State fully capable to be online and continue to update required details
under relevant e-PRI applications.
Vikas Shakya from NIC New Delhi gave a brief perspective of present PR system and
evolution of e-PRI. He also outlined the e-PRI suite applications and presented a
Kemo Lollen, Director PR expressed dissatisfaction over absence of certain ZPCs and
DPDOs. He also emphasized on the importance of the proposed training for PTAs, which
is a paradigm shift from conventional training conducted by SIRDA as these programmes
shall involve direct hands on training. He also dwelt on important initiatives of
state Govt. for strengthening PRIs in Arunachal Pradesh. He called upon all concerned
to update all functioning of PRIs on PES being mandatory, which shall enable greater
transparency and accountability, besides enabling State to be able to claim additional
The first batch of hands on training for PTAs for Tawang, West Kameng, East Kameng,
Longding, and Anjaw district(s) shall commence on 3rd November 2014, according to
an official release.
Community mental health awareness camp conducted
ITANAGAR, Oct 30: A team of mental health doctors led by Dr. Haniya Payee, senior
neuro-psychiatrist, Arunachal State Hospital cum state programme officer (mental
health) conducted community mental health awareness cum outreach treatment camp at
“Hara Hapa Christian Prayer Centre” today. Altogether 34 neuropsychiatric cases were
examined and free medicines distributed.
While offering free counseling, Dr. Payee said the understanding of mental illness
is of paramount importance because it is when someone lacks the ability to manage
day to day events or control behavior.
“Mental illness is just like any physical illness. But the society believes otherwise
with various myths associated with mental illness. People think mentally ill patients
are violent, mental illness is caused by bad parenting, mentally ill peoples are
not intelligent etc. whereas the fact is that most of mentally ill individuals are
the victims of violence and many mentally ill patients have average or above average
He further said awareness, education etc. on the subject will help in combating the
stigma related to mental illness and help people to come forward for seeking medical
Dr. Payee also lauded the yeoman service rendered by Rev. Pastor Nabam Sango and
the staffs of the prayer centre to the homeless and abandoned mentally ill persons
and encouraged everyone to follow the example.
AAHRRBA meet highlights problems
ITANAGAR, Oct 30: The one day 1st ever meeting cum general conference of All Arunachal
Hotel, Resort, Restaurant and Bars association (AAHRRBA) was held at Ziro Valley
Resort on 27th of this month. Delegates of various hoteliers from across the state
took part in the one day conference cum meeting. The conference was held to promote
unity and integrity among the hoteliers. Hoteliers discussed in length about various
problems plaguing the hotel industry and took some important decisions in this regard.
Among others, the members discussed in length about the problems created by the student
unions for the hotel industry in the state. Further, the members resolved to take
up for changing the time set for closing of bars, demand incentives from govt. of
Arunachal, carry out membership drive and absorb local hotel management students.
Chief Patron of the association Kipa Tater informed that soon they will write to
the state government seeking open tendering of Arunachal Guest House in Delhi.
Month-long ATSU silver jubilee celebration ends
DAPORIJO, Oct 30: The month-long celebration of foundation day cum silver jubilee
of the All Tagin Students Union (ATSU) concluded with various colourful programmes
here at Rijo ground today.
Addressing the valedictory function, Daporijo MLA Dikto Yekar appreciated ATSU for
providing the best platform for the student community to expose their hidden talent.
He urged student community to participate in extra curricular activities like game
and sports, art and culture besides spiritual and intellectual activities for all-round
Appreciating the teaching community, especially, teachers who have come from different
parts of the country to contribute in education sectors in the state, he also advised
student community to keep away from bad habit like drug abuse and anti-social elements.
District Tourism Officer Dikchu Raji also appreciated ATSU for organizing such mega
programme and distributed prizes to the winners of various competitions. Cultural,
literary and sports competitions were organized with participation of students from
many schools during the month long silver jubilee celebration.
Yesterday, many meritorious and outstanding performers including teachers, police
personnel and students were felicitated in a function held at Rijo ground. Parliamentary
Secretary PR and RD Punji Mara and District Fishery Development Officer Taye Riamuk
attended the felicitation function. A Tagin audio album Ajiina was also released
during the felicitation function.
Earlier, ATSU President Raju Malling unveiled the ATSU foundation stone near airfield
Monpas should follow the ideals of Lt. Dorjee Khandu: Pema
From a Correspondent
DIRANG, Oct 30: ‘Historically throughout the ages, the Monpas of Tawang and West
Kameng Districts have always stood together as one through thick and thin and this
has been reiterated once again through the dedication of this Stupa in memory of
my late father and former chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh Dorjee Khandu’, said
Minister for Tourism, UD, Art & Culture Pema Khandu here today.
Speaking at the consecration and dedication of a Stupa also called ‘Chorten’ by locals
in memory of Lt. Dorjee Khandu at Senge, 25 kms away from Dirang town, Pema said,
‘The gift of truth is the biggest of all gifts’ and this beautiful Stupa constructed
by the people of Dirang led by local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary (Hydro Power
Development) Phurpa Tsering is a testimony of the love and affection by the people
of this district for my late father who had considered the entire Monpas as one irrespective
of their dwelling places and his absence has indeed created a huge void for us’,
On the progress of MON Autonomous Council issue, Pema said that the entire legislators
of Tawang and West Kameng had recently met Union MoS for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju
at Delhi who had assured of a report by the centre within a month. ‘I will forward
Kiren’s communication to all legislators of the twin districts as Kiren himself is
a member of this council and has a soft corner on the issue’, he informed.
Recollecting the unsavory incident at Bomdila during the last rites of Late T.G Rinpoche,
Pema said that the incident had been politicized by few individuals with vested interests
who had misguided few youth and orchestrated the mayhem. ‘These persons hiding under
the veil have now been identified and we will give a befitting reply when the right
time comes’, he said categorically.
Pema also stressed on preservation of Monpa culture and identity and appreciated
the good works of Department of Karmik and Adhyamik (DOKA) while also underscoring
the point that time now had dawned in the state for the youth to achieve greater
heights and glory unlike the earlier times.
Parliamentary Secretary (Hydro Power Development) and Dirang MLA Phurpa Tsering said
that the Stupa was a small token of love and affection from the people of Dirang
in memory Late Dorjee Khandu, who had been a ‘fatherly figure’ for the entire Monpa
belt. ‘I wish all the best of luck to the three siblings of Lt. Dorjee Khandu to
carry forward the legacy of his good works’, he said.
Explaining the underlying importance of the Stupa, Guru Tulku, Abbot of Tawang monastery
who also formally undertook the consecration ceremony explained that the Stupa or
Chorten was a symbol of Lord Buddha’s state of peaceful mind or Dharmakaya and it
enhanced the chances of re-birth of a person. ‘This Stupa has been in the making
for the past one year and executed masterly with its ornate craftsmanship and rich
artistic local designs by a local contractor Gyaltsen’, he informed. While appealing
the denizens of Senge to offer regular prayers during the auspicious Buddhist calendar
days and up keeping the Stupa, the abbot also said, ‘As seen in the Buddhist vision
at Gaya, the re-birth of Lt. Dorjee Khandu is assured and we are waiting for that
opportune time and the auspicious day’.
The ceremony among others was also attended by Parliamentary Secretary RWD Jambey
Tashi, Bomdila MLA Japu Deru, MLA Tawang Tsering Tashi, DOKA Chairman Jambey Wangdi,
Deputy Commissioners of Tawang and West Kameng, ADC Dirang, ZPC Tawang Jambey Tsering,
Brigadier Saini of Baisakhi Army Brigade, Chief Engineer Hydro-Power, HoD’s of West
Kameng and Dirang besides public of Dirang and Tawang.
AACWA reiterates demands
ITANAGAR, Oct 30: Lauding the state cabinet decision to get the unemployed youths,
including unemployed engineers registered with the Govt as local contractors, All
Arunachal Contractors Welfare Association (AACWA) has reiterated that the state Govt
should adopt the policy of one per cent EMD for tribal contractors and split the
projects involving huge amount into packages so that the local contractors can participate
in execution of project works.
Stating that only registration of contractors will not solve the unemployment problems,
AACWA said many registered contractors remain without work since the projects works
are divided among some of the legislatures and politicians and officers. AACWA further
alleged that sometimes local contractors are not getting works as many of the works
are executed in advance and tender floats later.
AACWA also requested the concerned executing agencies to strictly monitor the quality
of highway renovation works. The Association further reiterated its demand that the
authorities lower down the price of High Security Registration Plates (HSRP).
ITANAGAR, Oct 30: A group of Panchayat leaders have urged the authority concerned
to shift the old ADC office of Seijosa to newly constructed building at A2 block
at Seijosa. PRI leaders said that Rs 174.60 lakhs had been sanctioned by the state
government for the establishment of new ADC building and other infrastructures, and
after completion the building was handed over to ADC Seijosa by the constructing
agency on 14th July 2014. They expressed resentment over the alleged delay in shifting
the old office to newly constructed one. The PRI leaders also claimed that some groups
with vested interests are allegedly trying to shift the office at Monai-Seijosa.
Cabinet approves upgradation of Doimukh to SDO Hq
ITANAGAR, Oct 30: The state cabinet, besides the people-friendly decisions as stated
yesterday, further approved the upgradation of the Doimukh EAC headquarter to SDO
headquarter. This was one of the long pending demands of the people of Doimukh assembly
constituency in particular and Papum Pare district in general. The necessity for
the upgradation was felt due to the importance of Doimukh as a nerve-center of the
community residing in the region since years. Also, the Doimukh administrative center
being one of the sensitive areas along the Assam-Arunachal boundary, the need was
further accepted by the State Government.
A notification in this regard has been initiated, Govt Spokesperson Bamang Felix
stated in a release.
Road restoration soon
ROING, Oct 30: The road connectivity between Roing and Dambuk would be restored and
motor-able within 15 days informed Navayuga Engineering Ltd, Manager Indu Linggi
to Parliamentary Secretary, WRD Gum Tayeng while she was inspecting the Roing-Dambuk
Road construction site today.
She was accompanied by ZPC Sipi Elapara, Maman Ratan, Anchal chairperson and public
Legal metrology conducts
SEPPA, Oct 30: The Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs Department staff led by Tasso
Gurro, inspectors (LM&CA) along with police conducted surprise inspection of shops
at Seppa and seized packaged commodities items like hardware parts, cold drinks and
turmeric powder etc due to non-declaration of MRP, expired goods and use of additional
stickers in the packaged commodities items yesterday.
The surprise inspection and seizure of items were carried out under the order of
East Kameng DC, Sandeep Kr.Singh. DIPRO
Chhath Puja at Changlang
CHANGLANG, Oct 30: Chhath Puja was celebrated at Changlang today. MLA, Tesam Pongte,
who attended the programme also prayed for good health and prosperity of all people
in the district and the world.
While extending his greetings to the devotees he assured smooth and peaceful celebration
of the puja and safety of the devotees in the district headquarter.
The celebration was also attended by Deputy Commissioner, Changlang Chanchal Yadav
and SP, Changlang Vijay Kumar and other government officials. DIPRO
Blood donation camp at DBC
The NSS unit of the Don Bosco College, Jollang organized the 3rd annual blood donation
camp of the college at R K Mission Hospital on Thursday. A total of 107 units of
blood were donated by the DBC family. The camp was organized in collaboration with
R.K. Mission Hospital, APSACS, Blood Bank Medical Officer, Naharlagun, DDHS (SBTC),
DHS and Arunachal Vivekananda Yuva Shakti (NGO, Blood Donor Organisation).
World thrift day celebrated
ITANAGAR, Oct 30: The Directorate of Small Savings, Naharlagun celebrated World Thrift
Speaking on the occasion, Director of Postal Services DN Sharma while saying that
small schemes offer save investment avenues for the people ensured and all possible
help to small savings agents for depositing their collection money in the post office.
FAO, Directorate of Audit and Pension, Taniyang Tatung spoke on the objective of
World Thrift Day.
Lecturer, Economics, NERIST, VD Nayak talked about the importance of savings.
Villagers of Silsango calls for de-notification of Reserve Forest status
ITANAGAR, Oct 30: The villagers of Arung/Silsango villager under Silsango circle
has called for de-notification of Arung Community Reserve Forest.
In its signed representation submitted to the Chief Secretary, while saying that
the land has been inherited to them from their forefathers since time immemorial,
the villagers alleged that the government is illegally contemplating to acquire the
land without due process.
The people of Silsango/Arung village are dependent on the land mainly for agricultural
purpooses; WRC field, jhum cultivation, fruit garden, bamboo garden, Mithun breeding
farm and for cane cultivation, they wrote in the letter and claimed that the government
gave no prior notification for public hearing for claims and objections and is now
not heeding to their repeated complaints.
Chimpu road snapped
ITANAGAR, Oct 30: Road to Directorate Sports & Youth Affairs Chimpu Itanagar has
reportedly been washed away due to incessant rain. It is badly affecting the vehicular
movement as the portion of road was swept away. This was informed by ASM I-Bat Chimpu
Panchayat Bamang Anand today. ASM requested the department to restore the road at
APCC lauds cabinet decisions
ITANAGAR, Oct 30: The ruling Congress today lauded the state Cabinet for its people-centric
Among others, the cabinet move to facilitate contractor registration for unemployed
local youth, particularly qualified engineers, honouring the plea of the Congress
recently, would go a long way in solving unemployment problem and give them a sense
of involvement in state building, said Padi Richo, President, Arunachal Pradesh Congress
Committee (APCC) in a release today.
The decision to hike wages of labourers and contingency/causal workers would boost
their morale while reducing the cascading impact of inflation on their daily life,
The decisions of the state government are proof of its commitment to greater welfare
of all sections of the society, the APCC added.
Welcoming the state cabinet decision to enhance the wages of working class of the
government departments including casual and contingency employees, the Indian National
Trade Union Congress (INTUC) Arunachal unit has termed the move as historic and fulfillment
of people’s aspirations.
Stating that the concern raised by the working community of the state was genuine
and overdue since long, INTUC secretary general Kenkar Yomcha said, “Such people
friendly decision of the government will encourage in creating work culture with
new spirit and zeal across the state.” “The entire work force will escalate their
contribution with commitment in return to the govt’s welfare decision,” Yomcha added.
Awareness campaign on TDS
YINGKIONG, Oct 30: Upper Siang District Deputy Commissioner, Dr. Tariq Thomas has
directed all DDOs of the district for mandatory and correct Tax deduction to increase
the revenue of the state.
He was addressing at a workshop cum awareness campaign on Tax Deduction at Source
(TDS), conducted by the Department of Tax & Excise Yingkiong today. Earlier, Yame
Tatin Supdt. (Tax & Excise) appealed the defaulter DDOs to rectify their mistakes
by maintaining the rules of APGTD at earliest so that mistakes are not repeated in
DDOs present also briefed about Tax deduction deposited to the government. DIPRO