ITANAGAR, Apr 22: Much to its delight, the Arunachal Pradesh State Transport (APST)
Service has successfully collected a whopping amount of Rs 16.20 crore revenue during
the 2013-14 fiscal year which is the highest so far, this was informed by General
Manager Abu Tayeng here today. The department has surpassed its earlier record of
revenue collection. During the 2012-13 financial year, the department had collected
Rs 15.40 crore.
The APST is one of the leading Govt agency/department in the state in generating
revenue and has been consistently contributing in the state exchequer since its inception.
Speaking to this daily General Manager divulged that factors leading to the successful
record revenue collection were timely availability of tyres, tubes, spares & POL
was one of the factors.
Appreciating the efforts of field officers contribution in revenue collection, Tayeng
also credited it to hard work & dedication of the officers and the field staffs.
It said that some stations have even exceeded the revenue target. If funds were
released by the Govt quarterly, the revenue generation would receive a fillip, he
The APST sources also disclosed that the district administrations (deputy commissioners)
and Police authorities (superintendents of police) in the district have outstanding
dues of Rs 1 crore & 18 lakh revenue as hiring charges of vehicles. The postal
department also owes Rs. 35 lakhs as carriage charges to the state transport. The
revenue could have been increased to more than 17 crore if the outstanding dues
are paid timely, sources added.
Currently the department is operating 196 vehicles across the state. However few
of them are off the road for maintenances.
It is said that if the number of buses are increased in a phased manner much more
revenue can be generated. The transport department requires 20 vehicles every year.
“More vehicles, more routes to operate and revenue will definitely increase” said
Last year the department has introduced sumo services from Roing to Anini and now
it is planning to introduce more service Roing – ITA, Aalo- Mechuka and Tawang- Tezpur.
Cyclone, hailstorm hit Rai Balo village
ITANAGAR, Apr 22: Cyclone and hailstorm hit Rai Balo village under Gangte circle
of Kurung Kumey district recently.
According to 31-Balo ASM Balo Sopin, the cyclone coupled with hailstorm, which lasted
for about an hour, blew away rooftops of as many as 36 houses and 20 granaries and
destroyed several agriculture and horticulture gardens.
Many domestic animals were also killed including 9 Mithuns. However, there was no
report of loss of life.
Meanwhile, the ASM appealed to district administration to provide sufficient relief
to the affected families.
FGA organizes training on food processing
ITANAGAR, Apr 22: Four Self Help Group members from Ziro and two staff from Future
Generations Arunachal (FGA)
underwent week-long training on food processing focusing on pickle making from April
15-21 at Bosco Integrated Development Center (BIDC), Tigdo/Yupia.
The training mainly focused on empowering the SHG members by building their capacity
in order to shaping the future.
The training program was arranged by FGA.
BJP urges EC for strict monitoring of counting process
ITANAGAR, Apr 22: The State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has demanded the Election
Commission of India to ensure that no forged and false postal ballot papers are counted
during counting of votes. The party further demanded proper surveillance and strict
monitoring of all the strong rooms in the state.
The party alleged that the ruling Congress party is making desperate attempt to forge
and manipulate postal ballot votes in favour of Congress candidates and resorting
to sabotage the counting process.
“It is shocking and surprising that one ruling Congress workers from 17-Hapoli (ST)
assembly constituency had collected postal ballot papers by producing forged I-Card
and the same was submitted in favour of the INC candidate of Ziro Hapoli constituency.
The culprit was arrested by Doimukh Police,” the party said.
This is a simple instance of its kind; many more such incidents of mal-practice have
been reported from entire state, it claimed.
The party also criticized the Election Commission for allegedly playing the rule
of a mute spectator to the happenings. It alleged that not a single complaint lodged
by the party has been responded by the Commission. The party doubted if the Commission
was committed to ensuring free and fair election to uphold the spirit of parliamentary
The party demanded the Election Commission of India to intervene the matter and order
necessary inquiry into the alleged bogus, forgery and manipulations in Postal Ballot
voting process and bring those culprits involved to book.
East Kameng reviews law and order
SEPPA, Apr 22: The East Kameng District Administration has reviewed the law and order
situation in Seppa township and the district as a whole in a review meeting held
Besides Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kumar Singh, Superintendent of Police, all administrative
officers from headquarters and outpost, town magistrates, OC, CRPF and OC, PS, Seppa
attended the meeting.
While explaining the purpose of convening such meeting, the DC said that the meeting
was to review the law and order situation and particularly the prevailing situation
within the jurisdiction of Bameng, Chayangtajo and Seijosa.
He enquired Seijosa ADC about the forest fire occurred recently at Seijosa and also
boundary situation at Nomora, Digalmukh etc. He instructed the OC, PS Seppa to register
a case under Sec. 107 CrPC against those persons who had allegedly involved in poll
violence including destruction of EVMs and complete the investigation soon.
Talking about the encroachment of Govt. land, he said that no new structures should
come up within notified area other than land already allotted to individuals and
directed the departments to pursue the allotment of their office premises or land
under their occupation as soon as possible.
Further, he instructed the tax and excise superintendent for strict monitoring of
liquor by conducting surprise checking.
Seijosa ADC T R Tapu informed that forest fire broke out recently at Seijosa for
which every effort were made to put an end having instructed the forest ranger officer
to laised with IRBN stationed at Seijosa if necessary. He also informed that forest
fire was prevented and the boundary situation is normal at present. DIPRO
Armies of India, China discuss implementation of border pacts
New Delhi, Apr 22: Against the backdrop of incidents of incursions by Chinese troops
along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), armies of Indiaand China today discussed
the implementation of border pacts to maintain peace and tranquility along the international
The Chinese delegation was led by People's Liberation Army's Deputy Chief of General
Staff (Operations) Lt Gen Qi Jianguo, while the Indian side was led by Director General
Military Operations (DGMO) Lt Gen P R Kumar and Vice Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Dalbir
"The two sides exchanged views on various issues of mutual interest such as maintenance
of peace and tranquility along the LAC and enhancing mutual cooperation and understanding
between the armies. Measures for implementation of existing bilateral agreements
were also discussed," an Army release said here.
The talks between the two DGMO-level officials come after the two sides signed the
Border Defence Cooperation Agreement in October last year to avoid any flare-up between
The two sides agreed on holding the fourth round of joint exercise in November this
year in India.
The Chinese side also confirmed the visit of its Defence Minister Gen Chang Wanquan
to India later this year.
Army officials said the talks were held in a "warm and cordial atmosphere and both
sides agreed on the need to enhance bilateral engagements".
After the talks, the PLA delegation also called on the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee
and the Chief of Army Staff General Bikram Singh and the Defence Secretary.
In the last few years, the incidents of incursion by the Chinese troops have increased
and several face-offs between the troops of the two countries have taken place including
the Depsang valley incident last year where Chinese troops left the Indian territory
after almost three weeks. PTI
West Siang chalks out disaster
AALO, Apr 22: With the onset of monsoon, elaborate disaster management plan has been
chalked out in a meeting held under the chairmanship of M K Sahoo at DC’s conference
hall yesterday. The Superintendent of Police Rajesh Kumar and all HoDs attended the
meeting to discuss strategy as a part of preparedness for natural disaster that is
likely in this monsoon.
Chairing the meet, the Deputy Commissioner stressed on awareness on fire accident,
plantation drive in the erosion prone areas to maintain stability and asked all key
departments to prepare their contingency plan by 1st of May.
Resource mapping and inventory of all equipments, manpower and vehicles to be used
in crisis situation is quite essential. As communication hold key to all problems,
he asked DDMO to write to Chief Engineer BRO and PWD Department to look into the
pathetic road condition in the BRO and township roads in the district and activate
satellite phone in the sub-divisions. He also asked the departments of PHED and Urban
Development to look into clearance of garbage dumped inside the drain.
Electricity and clearance of trees obstructing lines, buffer stocks of ration commodities,
medicines for epidemics and mock drill involving various categories of various groups
are essential to keep ourselves in readiness. He asked all HODs to appoint Nodal
Officer’s department wise to keep in contact all the time and the Control Room at
DDMO office should be started soon and manned by staffs on roaster
The DDMO Nima Dorjee and members of the District Disaster Management Committee also
gave their useful suggestions. DIPRO
NHPC organizes election awareness camp
ITANAGAR, Apr 22: Pursuant to the directives of Election Commission of India, Subansiri
Lower Hydro-electric Project under its Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable
Development scheme undertook Electoral Awareness Program at Guwahati in collaboration
with district administration of Kamrup (Rural). This initiative has been taken up
by NHPC for voters’ education, especially the youth from rural background about the
importance of exercising their voting rights.
As part of the initiative, NHPC and the district administration Kamrup (Rural), distributed
one lakh copies of pamphlets in different blocks of Kamrup (Rural) appealing to the
voters to cast their votes.
A brief description regarding voting right of every citizen and an appeal to exercise
voting right was made through the pamphlets. Also as a part of the same awareness
drive, officers of the Project distributed 1000 T-shirts mostly amongst youth and
students at Guwahati University, Cotton College and Guwahati Medical College and
While distributing T-Shirts with the slogan “My Vote My Voice”, appeal was made to
the young voters to exercise their democratic rights to vote.
It is also to mention here that NHPC Subansiri Lower Project had undertaken similar
voter awareness initiative in the districts of Dhemaji and North Lakhimpur.
RSS camp inaugurated
ITANAGAR, Apr 22: The annual officer's training camp (OTC) of RSS was formally inaugurated
by Director of Higher and Technical Education Dr. Joram Begi at Abotani Vidya Niketan,
Pachin Colony, Naharlagun today.
Participants from all Arunachal Pradesh, including Meghalaya and Assam assembled
here for this 20 days camp.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Begi stressed on the role of RSS for nation building
through discipline and patriotism which is need of the hour. Highlighting the need
for the protection of indigenous faith and culture, Dr. Begi explained how Mayan
civilization in Guatemala fell.
Dr. Techi Upen Tara, Lecturer, Government College Yachuli and divisional secretary
of RSS, spoke on the role of RSS in national rebuilding.
Present on the occasion were Tai Tagak, state BJP president, Agung Bengia, president
Donyi-Polo Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh, Gyamar Diriang, ZPM,
Nyapin, Nido Sakter, State Secretary, RSS, Tadar Kama, President Arunachal Siksha
Vikas Samiti, Nabam Ruja of Camp Organizing Committee.
ITANAGAR, Apr 22: The Councillor of ward no. 24 Lishi Yapu has expressed serious
concern over failure of government to control jhum cultivation around capital complex.
Citing example of the unfortunate death of one Tam Kadu, GMP of Potte village who
died in a fire accident while clearing his jhum field, Yapu stated that jhum cultivation
posed threat to human life.
While expressing sadness over incident, she appealed to citizen of capital and also
nearby areas to take alternative way of cultivation in the state in consultation
with the concerned department. Further she called upon state government to take
note of forest fire around capital complex caused due to jhum cultivation and urged
govt. to take drastic measures in this regard.
Family members of Late Dabi meet DC
ITANAGAR, Apr 22: The wife, children and father of Late Mathew Dabi, who died recently
while on poll duty, met the Deputy Commissioner, Nidhi Srivastav and SP, East Siang
yesterday to give a first hand account of their grievances. The officers assured
to do all that is possible from their end including prompt investigation of the case.
A native of Namey village under Nari circle, the 43-year-old junior teacher Dabi
was deputed as polling officer at Siine village polling station under Boleng circle
of 35- Pangin Assembly constituency. Police recovered his body from a deep gorge
near Siine village on April 17, eight days after he had gone missing on the polling
day on April nine.
Meanwhile, the Nari Welfare Society has called on the ECI to compensate the family
of Late Mathew Dabi at the earliest. It further demanded that investigation unearth
the truth at the earliest.
GWS demands thorough inquiry into poll official’s death
ITANAGAR, Apr 22: While expressing shock and grief over unfortunate and mysterious
death of polling official Mathew Dabi, the Galo Welfare Society (GWS) has urged the
Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh and the Election Commission to unearth the truth and circumstances
that led to his death.
“If an unnatural death is proved then stringent punishment must be awarded to the
culprits so that this kind of incident does not recur,” GWS stated in a release.
The Society appealed to both the State Government and Election Commission of India
for providing relief to the victim's family as per norms and guidelines since Dabi
has lost his life while discharging election duty.
Ering to seek relief from Centre for fire victims
ITANAGAR, Apr 22: Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering, in a
release, informed that he will request the Union Home Minister and AICC President
Sonia Gandhi for providing more relief to the fire victims of Wakka.
“I am very sad to learn that 30 houses were gutted and a lot of people have lost
their properties in the fire at Wakka recently,” said Ering.
“I pray that God will be with the affected families during this difficult time and
grant them fortitude to bear their losses,” he added.
Councilor urges for water refill points at each ward
ITANAGAR, Apr 22: Claiming that a devastating fire at about 1:30 pm yesterday gutted
down five residences and various plantation included Bamboo plantation, PHE store
cum enquiry office and a piggery farm at horticulture downside under ward no. 2,
Councilor, Itanagar Municipal Council, Tatung Tania has urged for setting up separate
water refill points at each ward for proper functioning of the fire tenders during
To refill the requirement, the fire tenders have to go back to the main source which
takes up much time, said Tania in a release.
AAPWU urges DA for early arrest of the miscreant
ITANAGAR, Apr 22: Claiming that the women wing president of All Arunachal Pradesh
Workers Union (AAPWU) Miao Block Bidya Pertin (Borah) succumbed to her injuries today
at about 1am after she was hit by an unknown biker on April 11 last, AAPWU has urged
upon Changlang district administration for early arrest of the person responsible
and for awarding him exemplary punishment as per law.
It further offered condolence to the bereaved family members of late Pertin and prayed
for the eternal peace of the departed soul.
Gumkum Gumpa festival celebrated
ITANAGAR, Apr 22: The Puroik Community under Chayang Tajo Sub Division of East Kameng
district celebrated Gumkum Gumpa festival with much pomp and gaiety from April 12
to 15 last.
Various cultural, sports and literary competitions were organized to mark the occasion.
Addressing the people on the concluding day, ASM Chayang Tajo Ronmir Yangfo urged
upon the community to live with unity and to work hard for uplifting the society.
Yangfo later distributed prizes to the winners of various events.
Good Friday celebrated
ITANAGAR, Apr 22: The Christian Church-cum-Pray centre Nirjuli organized a Good Friday
celebration with a fasting, prayer and hymn for world peace on Friday. Speaking on
occasion Bro. T.C Jeena, president, Arunachal Pradesh Christian Church Council (APCCC)
shared the words on the life of Jesus Christ. He also appealed to fellow believers
to abstain from indulging in wrong practices.
Unchecked hike in Sumo fare causes hardship to the poor & needy
DAPORIJO, Apr 22: A fare hike on every special occasion by daily Tata Sumo service
providers from Daporijo to Itanagar has become a regular practice.
Recently, they had exorbitantly hiked the Sumo fare from Rs.700 to Rs.1500 during
election period. However, the fare was again brought down to Rs.750 from Rs.1500
after All Tagin Students’ Union intervened the matter.
The fare was illegally and unauthorizedly increased by the Sumo counters, said Raju
Malling, president, All Tagin Students’ Union. He cautioned them to refrain from
such illegal practice. Otherwise the union will lodge complaint with the administration
This kind of sudden and unchecked hike in Sumo fare mostly cause hardship to the
poor and students community, he said.
ATSU also appealed to district administration to fix a reasonable and acceptable
fare for Sumo service between Daporijo and Itanagar and take necessary legal action
against those who indulge in such illegal practice.