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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.