ITANAGAR, Apr 07: A 28 year-old girl of Kalaktang in West Kameng district was allegedly
murdered in Bongaigaon recently.
Late Tashi Zomba Kharma was allegedly murdered by one SSB washerman Sandeep Medhi.
She was the only daughter of Karma Tsering Kharma of village Dengzi, PO & PS Kalaktang.
According to Kalaktang Monpa Welfare Society, the deceased was in a loving relationship
with Medhi for the past few years when he was posted at Kalaktang circle. Late Tashi
Zomba Kharma left Kalaktang on March 20 last without informing her parents to meet
Medhi at Bongaigaon, his new posting place. After some days of her departure from
Kalaktang her parents and relatives tried to trace her but in vain. Her cell phone
was found switched off, the Society informed. After filing a missing report at the
local police station, they came to know from Kalaktang police station that an unidentified
dead body had been recovered by the local police in Bongaigaon on March 23 and the
body was cremated 72 hours after its finding. The parents and relatives went to North
Bongaigaon Police Station on April 5 and identified Late Tashi Zomba Kharma by seeing
A case no.247/2015 U/S 302/201 IPC has reportedly been registered at North Bongaigaon
police Station in this regard.
The denizens of Kalaktang strongly condemned the alleged murder of Tashi Zomba Kharma.
Under the banner of Kalaktang Monpa Welfare Society around 1000 people organized
a peaceful rally at Kalaktang today in protest against the alleged murder of the
girl. They demanded that prompt action should be taken against the culprit involved
The protest rally was followed by a candle march in which the participants prayed
to God for eternal peace of the departed soul.
ANYA submits memo to Rijiju, hopes for development
ITANAGAR, Apr 07: Apart from unveiling the Longte celebration, Union Minister of
State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju has participated in the 'oath taking-cum-interaction
programme of the ANYA Kurung Kumey unit at Koloriang yesterday, informed the ANYA
in a release today.
While appreciating Rijiju for participating in the interaction programme, ANYA hoped
that the assurance given by the Union Minister to look into the various developmental
issues in the district in general and the district headquarter Koloriang in particular
will become a reality soon. ANYA also lauded former Minister Kahfa Bengia who is
also the president of PPA for encouraging the youths for a better and greater society
through positive works.
Meanwhile, ANYA president Biri Kakum visited the Higher Secondary School, KGBV and
VKV at Koloriang and interacted with the school in-charge. He requested school authorities
to serve the society with dedication.
ANYA also appealed the state Govt and the authorities concerned to nab the culprits
involved in the murder of a 10 year old student Tani Tana of Govt Middle School,
ESS-Sector Itanagar. ANYA Kurung Kumey district Unit also submitted a four-point
memorandum to the Union Minister for immediate establishment of a Fire Station at
Koloriang, setting up of Jawahar Navodaya Vidhyalaya (JNV) in KurungKumey district,
opening up of Border Trade Route with Tibet (China) from Sarli-Damin International
Borders and for necessary fund provisions for construction of ANYA office building
within Koloriang township.
Awareness campaign on forest and wild life held
ITANAGAR, Apr 07: One day awareness campaign on conservation of wildlife and forest
fire was conducted by All Arunachal Pradesh Entrepreneurship Development Association
(AAPEDA) and All Sangdupota Circle Youths Association (ASCYA) at government Secondary
School Jote recently.
On the occasion, State Forest Research Institute (SFRI) scientists, Dr. Kara Taj
and Dr. Kenjum Bagra advised the villagers to fight against forest fire and killing
of wild life in their respective jurisdiction.
All Arunachal Pradesh Entrepreneurship Development Association (AAPEDA) Chairman
cum President All Sangdupota Circle Youths Association (ASCYA) Nabam Regum also suggested
the local people to cooperate with the department and the persons engaged in social
works for the welfare of the Society.
He also advised the people to preserve flora and fauna of the area.
The programme was attended by PI, GBs, Panchayat leaders of Sangdupota Circle.
APPDSU threatens to intensify agitation
ITANAGAR, Apr 07: Sticking to its demands for resignation of Education Minister Tapang
Taloh to facilitate free and fair investigation into his alleged corruption charge,
All Papum Pare District Students' Union (APPDSU) has threatened to intensify agitation
by launching a series of democratic movement if its demand was not met.
Taking on Arunachal Pradesh Seva Dal (APCSD) Chief Organizer's yesterday's press
statement that APPDSU's demand was unconstitutional and politically motivated, the
students union sought a clarification from the Seva Dal chief organizer on the comment
he made and its basis.
"If Seva Dal has any proof to support its comment then make it public," APPDSU said.
"The statement issued by the APCSD chief Organizer is nothing but an abrupt attempt
to protect their party leader from corruption charge and earn political mileage,"
The Students' Union also demanded the state government to handover 10% commission
demand case against the Minister and his associates to SIT for speedy and fair investigation.
46 leave for undergoing beauty training
ITANAGAR, Apr 07: Forty-six youths, who were selected under CM's skill development
programme, left today for Hyderabad and Dwaraka to undergo seven months training
on Spa & Wellness and Beauty Sector.
The training in Spa & Wellness will be held at O2 Spa, Hyderabad while training on
Beauty Sector will be held in VLCC at Dwarka.
A brief sending off programme of the trainees was held at Udyog Sadan here today
wherein Subu Tabin, Director, Skill Development and Employment Generation along with
K. Sarma, Deputy Director, Er. Kabom Nada, Bioler Inspector/State Coordinator, J.
Riba, Assistant Director (Skill Dev) and representative of O2 Spa and VLCC briefed
the youths about the training programme and other precautionary measures to be taken
by them for their own safety and security during their stay in Hyderabad and Dwaraka.
The briefing was important on the fact that 99 percent of the youths are going out
of the state for the first time, informed the Subu Tabin in a release.
Both the VTP- O2 Spa and VLCC will impart training in both theory and practical on
soft skill like spoken English, communication skill, internet browsing etc. Trade
certificates will be provided to successful trainees by National Council for Vocational
Training (NCVT), New Delhi.
State Govt. has signed MoA with both the training providers for imparting training
and to ensure minimum of 70 per cent placement at minimum monthly salary of Rs.10,
000 immediately after successful completion of the training.
RSS training camp
DAPORIJO, Apr 07: The week-long Rastriya Swamsevak Sangh (RSS) Initial Training Camp
concluded with a valedictory function at Sippi here today.
Various youth development programmes, including personality and leadership quality
development, yoga sessions, patriotic song competitions etc were conducted among
the participating youths numbering more than 60.
I have learnt many things from the training. It has taught us how to maintain discipline,
respect others and live a disease and stress free life, opined one of the participants.
The valedictory function was attended by Rocky Mothu, ZPM Sigin-I, who briefed the
ideology and principles of RSS and highlighted the service of RSS to the nation.
ASUT reiterates demand for guest house at Vellore
ITANAGAR, Apr 07: The Arunachal Student's Union of Tamil Nadu (ASUT) has reiterated
its demand for construction of Arunachal Guest House at Tamil Nadu. A team of ASUT
had already visited Christian Medical College Hospital Vellore, Tamil Nadu and found
that the boundary of the allotted plot of land has been constructed by the Health
and Family Welfare Department of the Arunachal Pradesh Govt. The plot is situated
at Samhadan Nagar which is 3km away from CMC hospital, Vellore.
The union resented that Arunachal guest houses in Dibrugarh and Guwahati have been
constructed but till now the Arunachal guest house at Vellore remains as a dream.
Meanwhile, ASUT lead by its president Kipa Peter donated blood to a Arunachalee kidney
failure patient at Kovai Medical Centre hospital at Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. It is
worth mentioning here that the Union is always extending helping hand to the Arunachalee
patients who are undergoing treatment in various hospitals in Tamil Nadu. .
NES condemns arrest of BSNL officials
ITANAGAR, Apr 07: Nyishi Elite Society (NES) has vehemently condemned the arrest
of two BSNL officials by the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), Seppa in a billing
dispute on March 27.
NES in a release informed that "as per record, the CJM himself was consumer, complainant
and judge in the instant case."
"It is unbecoming on the part of the CJM to try his own case himself. He should have
approached the Consumer Court for redressal of grievance, if any," the release said.
"It is a fit case for the High Court to take cognizance suo-moto of the case," NES
said, and demanded to relieve the CJM from such a huge responsibility which requires
a high degree of maturity, sensibility, integrity and experience.
"Such arbitrary action of a Judicial Magistrate disgraces the institution of the
third pillar of democracy for which the erring judge deserves to be removed from
the judicial services," the release added.
AASATA demands SSA salary
ITANAGAR, Apr 07: All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers' Association (CEC)
in a letter to the Chief Minister has appealed him to initiate necessary steps for
disbursement of January to March SSA Teachers salary before April 15 next.
The AASSATA said that until and unless the members of the association initiate step
to get their salary, the file movement for release of SSA teacher's monthly salary
remain unattended and such attitude of concerned authority demoralizes the SSA teachers
of the state.
The association further said that it would launch a dharna if the government fails
to disburse the SSA teacher's salary within the stipulated time.
Unions back ANSU bandh
ITANAGAR, Apr 07: All Dollungmukh Area Students' Union (ADASU) has supported the
All Nyishi Stundets Union' (ANSU)'s ongoing movement against installation of prepaid
electricity metering system in Capital complex and its proposed second phase 24-hr
It also flayed the comment made by the Home Minister against students unions and
organizations terming them as extortionist.
Installation of pre-paid meter is not a solution to electricity theft rather it would
cause hardships to poor and daily wage earners," the students union opined.
Mopin celebrated at Nari
ITANAGAR, Apr 07: Mopin was celebrated with traditional fervour at Nari under East
Attending the festival East Siang District Deputy Commissioner, Nidhi Shrivastava
called upon the people to preserve the cultural heritage by holding onto its inherent
values and principles and adapting it to the ever changing civilization.
Mising Autonomous Council (MAC) Executive Councilor, Mullakanta Pegu highlighting
the similarities of all tribal festivals, stressed on the unification of all the
descendents of Abotani.
Local MLA Kento Rina while extending Mopin wishes exhorted the people to celebrate
Mopin in true traditional zeal and ethos. He called upon the Mopin revelers to utilize
the opportunity to seek the blessings of Mother Mopin for prosperity, abundance and
wellbeing of all mankind.
Earlier Mopin Celebration Committee Nari, President Maryom Karlo narrated the origin
and the mythology of Mopin and General Secretary Marpak Doye also spoke on the occasion.
Traditional cultural programmes, community feast etc. were the other highlights of
the day. DIPRO
At Yomcha: Parliamentary Secretary, Hydro Power Development, Phurpa Tsering attended
the Mopin festival celebration at Yomcha on April 5 last.
While responding to a memorandum on the occasion, he assured the restoration of Yomcha
(1x30KW) MHS, which was lying defunct for many years. He directed the department
officers to submit an estimate in this regard.
Later, he visited Liromoba MHS and directed the Department to generate power within
a month. He also directed the department officers to terminate the contract if the
contractor failed to deliver the require E&M equipments within one week of his visit
as the EM contractor could not keep his earlier assurance to commission Liromoba
MHS (2x1000 KW) by January last.
Tsering further assured power supply from Liromoba SHP to Yomcha sub division within
He was accompanied by Chief Engineer (EM/Gen), Along Ketan, Superintending Engineer
(Civil), Atek Miyu and other officers.
Deputy Commissioner visits Kepangla pass
YINGKIONG, Apr 07: Upper Siang Deputy Commissioner, Remo Kamki along with DPO Sangha
Babung and ITBP forces visited Kepangla Pass located near Gelling under Tuting Sub-Division
on April 3 last.
It is worth mentioning that, before 1962 Chinese war people from the Gelling area
used to visit their relatives at Sirang village which is now under Chinese government
but after the Chinese aggression, the movement of the people from this pass is restricted
by government from both sides.
Earlier, the DC inspected the ITBP out post at Gelling, CO Office at Gelling and
interacted with administrative officers, PR leaders and the local people. He also
inspected the ongoing BADP schemes at various locations at Gelling, Bona, Tuting
ADC Hq, Panggo, Migging, Janbo, Bomdo and Moying villages. The under construction
Advance Landing Ground at Tuting town and under construction Steel Suspension bridge
over Siang river and Hydro Power Project at Palsi village was also inspected. DIPRO
Mission Indradanush launched at Upper Siang District
YINGKIONG, Apr 07: Mission Indradanush was formally launched by Upper Siang District
Deputy Commissioner, Remo Kamki today at District Hospital, Yingkiong. While inaugurating
the programme, he assured support and cooperation for full coverage of the vaccination
to the children and advised the Medical department for successful implementation
of the Mission Indradanush.
DMO Dr. Kaling Dai also appealed all the officers and officials to work hard and
achieve 100 percent coverage of immunization in both Urban/Rural areas in order to
reduce infant and mother mortality rates in the district. DIPRO
Appeal for functioning of office at designated place
YINGKIONG, Apr 07: Stating that the PWD EE office Mariyang under Upper Siang was
operating from Pasighat in East Siang, the All Katan Circle Students Union has appealed
the Upper Siang Deputy Commissioner to give necessary directions to the PWD EE to
function the office from Mariyang.
While highlighting the grievances of the local people due to functioning of the office
from Pasighat, the Union further appealed the DC to take appropriate action to stop
illegal quarrying at Parak area on the banks of Yamne River.
The union said that the rampant quarry at Parak area has led to massive soil erosion
APEDA projects in East Kameng inspected
SEPPA, Apr 07: Seppa APEDA, Project Officer, Tamo Singhi along with official staff
made an extensive tour in East Kameng district to get first hand information on the
various Mini-Micro Hydro Projects sanctioned against the district during 2009 -10
under PM package.
The team after inspection of the projects said that one project is lying idle as
the damages occurred during the rainy season in 2014 could not be restored due to
non availability of fund.
The team assured that the non-functional hydels would be made functional as soon
as the fund against the maintenance work is available.
Further, Singhi informed that more than 20 villages have been illuminated by providing
LED based solar street lamp under CSR programme.
CYO contributes relief materials
ITANAGAR, Apr 07: Arunachal Youth Organisation donated relief materials to the April
5 fire victims of Gungu village under Papum Pare District.
The AYO President appealed the local MLA and the district administration to immediately
provide compensation to the fire victims.
Dreaded AFSPA in 12 districts of Arunachal
NEW DELHI, Apr 07: The controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) is reported
to have been extended to 12 districts of Arunachal Pradesh for one year by the Centre
citing a serious law and order situation along the border with Assam.
Earlier Tirap, Changlang and Longding, where Naga insurgents are active and the 20km
belt along the state's borders with Assam was under the Act.
This time, the only districts that seems to have escaped the draconian law is Tawang,
Upper Subansiri, Kurung Kumey, Kra Dadi, Dibang valley, Upper Siang and Anjaw.
The State government is yet to receive the notification from the centre, according
to highly placed sources.
The Home Ministry order of March 27 cited the presence of numerous insurgent groups
along the Assam-Arunachal border, an insurgent group NDFB(S) setting up its headquarters
in Myanmar's Tago area and planning to smuggle arms through Arunachal and left-wing
extremists trying to quietly infiltrate the state.
Dubbed as draconian, the law gives security forces extraordinary powers under AFSPA
empowering them to shoot-to-kill suspects, arrest without a warrant and destroy any
property likely to be used as shelters by insurgents. Apart from the army, central
police forces and state police personnel gets the special powers.
Under the law, North-eastern states of Nagaland, Assam, Manipur and Jammu and Kashmir
have witnessed extreme violence at the hands of Indian Army.
Meanwhile, the Home Ministry under the BJP government had rejected the Jeevan Reddy
Commission Report which had recommended repeal of AFSPA in the North-East.
Anshu to make 2nd double accent of Mt. Everest
Rijiju flags off expedition
ITANAGAR, Apr 07: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju today flagged
off ace mountaineer Anshu Jamsenpa's expedition to climb Mount Everest for record
fourth time where she will make her second double accent attempt during April-May.
Mother of two, Anshu holds the world record of climbing Mt. Everest twice in a span
of 10 days. Presently, she holds the record of being the only Indian woman mountaineer
to scale Mount Everest three times.
If this attempt is successful, she will become the first mountaineer in the world
to make two double accents of the world's highest and most fearsome mountain peak
to climb and will make direct entry in the "Guinness Book of World Record."
Anshu also created another mountaineering record by scaling three Himalayan peaks,
namely Lobuche (6119 mt), Polkade (5896 mt) and Island (6189 mt) during May last
Before the flagging off ceremony, Rijiju stressed the need for identifying and developing
mountain peaks of Arunachal Pradesh as mountaineering destinations and giving them
names and identifying routes for expedition. In this regard, he said will soon convene
a high level meeting with Survey General of India, Indian Mountaineering Institute
and the Army. Referring to some countries in Africa and America where adventure sports
like mountaineering has become good source of income, Rijiju advocated for tapping
the huge adventure sports potentials to its fullest for prosperity of the state.
Rijiju said that any place in Arunachal Pradesh is a tourist spot. What we need is
to develop infrastructure. We have miles to go to make adventure sports a medium
of sustenance for the people, he said.
He advocated for opening up all mountain peaks right from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh
for activities for economic development.
The union minister also indicated establishment of North East Institute of Mountaineering
and Adventure Sports in Arunachal Pradesh.
Wishing Anshu all the best for her expedition, Rijiju said he will be eagerly waiting
for the flagging in ceremony after she creates the world record.
First Everester from North East, Tapi Mra suggested for developing and popularizing
Mount Kangto in East Kameng district, which, he said, was one of the most beautiful
mountain peaks in the world. He also advocated for making Kra Dadi in Kurung Kumey
district as a mountaineering destination.
Parliamentary Secretary (Tourism) Mama Natung, Secretary (Sports) Dani Salu, Political
Adviser to Chief Minister Bamang Tago, officers of Tourism and Sports Departments
were present on the occasion among others.
Dependent yet extravagant
[ Tongam Rina ]
Arunachal is a poor, dependent yet extravagant state so there is bound to be financial
problems. For quite some time now, the state has been dealing with staggering debt,
cuts in welfare schemes, non payment of contractors and government employees on time.
Clearly, the state and its people have no idea how to get out of the mess.
The fact that utilisation certificates, the mantra for getting more funds from the
centre have not been submitted on time speaks a lot about the financial management
by the people at the helms of the affair.
All the schemes that are implemented in the state are centrally funded with little
or zero contribution from the state. The people of the state are witness as to how
these schemes are being implemented.
The government is yet to table the report of the Controller and Auditor General (CAG)
at the floor of the house even though it was submitted to the government on March
9 during the shortened budget session of the Legislative Assembly.
If there is nothing to hide and if at all it is financial constraint as claimed and
not mismanagement, the people of the state have the right to know what the report
As if whispers on precarious financial position of the state were not enough, the
government have landed itself in a very embarrassing position after the former Finance
Minister and seasoned politician Kalikho Pul was expelled from the Congress Party.
One of the longest serving Finance Ministers, he is someone who knows the inside
story. And according to him, all is not well.
With the centre tightening the purse strings, there is nothing much the cash strapped
state government can do other than manage with whatever funds comes from the centre
Perhaps, lessons will have to be learnt from the current mess and government have
to be more responsible financially. A large chunk of funds is utilised as salaries
and perks to the pampered state government employees and members of the legislative
assembly every month. Austerity measures shall have to be implemented strictly sooner
or later and it has to start with those running the state.
As expulsion of the ambitious senior Congress leader has been the talk of the town
and bombshells he has been dropping since then about the financial position of the
state, yours truly asked a senior Congress leader whether there indeed was possibility
of a formation of a new government in the state. "Someone has to be really brave
or very stupid to take over the reins at the moment because there is no money with
the state and the centre is very tight-fisted" he said.
Bravery or stupidity, in an event of change of guard, which is rather unlikely at
the moment, it's going to be the same people who will run the show so there is nothing
much to look forward to.
Assistant Prof. assaulted by student at DNGC
ITANAGAR, Apr 07: In yet another assault on the teaching community, Dr KK Rai, Assistant
Professor of Mathematics Dera Natung Govt. College Itanagar was severely assaulted
this evening near his quarter by his own student.
As reported, Dr. Rai was threatened of dire consequences in the examination hall
by one Ngurang Tati bearing RGU Roll No. 14A08311 when caught copying red-handed.
The student after threatening Dr. Rai went off from the examination hall and waited
outside for him near the college gate. The physical assault started when Dr. Rai
was proceeding to his quarter after submitting the answer scripts. The 45 year old
teacher was allegedly punched and kicked mercilessly. He was found in an unconscious
state with swollen head and bleeding mouth, and taken to RKM Hospital for medical
The college authorities have lodged a complaint against the accused at Itanagar police
station. Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh College Teachers' Association has strongly
condemned the incident in strongest possible words. "This is not just unfortunate
incident as such attacks on teachers have become regular phenomenon in DNG College.
The teachers in the college feel that performing examination duty is an open invitation
for physical assault and verbal abuse," APCTA stated in a release. Further they have
appealed to the competent authority to take stern action against the student to set
Power supply disruption in Siang districts
ITANAGAR, Apr 07: East Siang, Siang, Upper Siang and part of Lower Dibang Valley
districts would face unscheduled disruption of power supply due to ongoing construction/installation
of 132 KV S/C Transmission Line from Aalo to Pasighat.
The Electrical department informed that the conductor stringing and other allied
works are going on in full swing in the project "C/O 132 KV S/C Transmission Line
from Aalo to Pasighat" between Aalo and Pasighat.
The route of the said 132 KV line criss-crosses the existing Aalo-Pasighat 33 KV
line at many locations. Therefore, this has necessitated shutting down and even temporary
dismantling of the 33 KV line which feeds power to East Siang, Siang, Upper Siang
and part of Lower Dibang Valley District. So during the process of installation there
would be scheduled and unscheduled disruption of power supply in these Districts
and may continue upto June 2015. Further, the department appealed to the general
public to refrain from cutting down of trees, bamboos etc. in the proximity of the
under construction 132 KV line to avoid electrical hazards during test charging of
the line. They are also requested to keep their domesticated animals away from the
said 132 KV line for safety.
The department appealed all the esteemed electricity consumers of the above mentioned
districts to bear with the department for the inconveniences caused to them.
PPA demands CBI inquiry into alleged NDRF scandal
ITANAGAR, Apr 07: People's Party of Arunachal (PPA) has sought a timely intervention
and recommendation of the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh to get the alleged National
Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) scandal as claimed by former minister Kalikho Pul investigated
by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
"Since the scale of fiscal mismanagement is very high in the state as per the media
reports, the Governor should recommend to the Govt. of India for a full-fledged CBI
enquiry into the entire gamut of issues," said party president Kahfa Beniga in a
party meeting on fiscal mismanagement in the state.
"It is a matter of serious concern that the Govt. of Arunachal, who allocates and
disburses the fund received from the Govt. of India to various districts, comes out
with the vague reply that the information on NDRF Fund have to be collected from
the various districts!" he added.
Saying that the Governor Nagaland P.B. Acharya had instituted enquiry against the
Department of Irrigation, Govt. of Nagaland on receipt of serious charges of misappropriation,
the PPA president urged the Arunachal Governor to follow suit. He also demanded to
the Chief Minister stepping down owning moral responsibility for his alleged 'financial
mismanagement' until such inquiry is initiated.
Arunachal Festival of Speed begins
[ Amar Sangno ]
DIRANG, Apr 07: Every time the cars roared with clouds of dusts trailing, a thunderous
applause erupted from the hundreds of spectators assembled at the Lopon Stadium Dirang
during the "Auto Cross' round in the opening day of JK Tyre Arunachal Festival of
Speed 2015 here today.
The adrenaline rush among the crowd was added by the defending champion Gaurav Gill's
performance, who took the overall lead in three forms of road racing--Auto Cross,
Sprint and Hill Climb--competition with 89.51 second in the Auto Cross round. The
second edition of Arunachal Festival of Speed organized by Motorsports Club of Arunachal
in association with JK Tyre was flagged off today by West Kameng Deputy Commissioner,
MRF driver Gaurav Gill was trailed by Philippes Mathai, who finished second with
93.07 sec. and 91.01 sec. in both first and second laps. Rahul Kantraj finished at
third with 94.84 sec and 95.93 sec in both laps.
Local boy Phurpa Tsering could finish the day at 10th place while the youngest driver
Alex Bora of Dibrugarh, Assam with his Maruti Suzuki SX4 was at 8th place.
The champion would be decided basing on their performance in the whole three forms
of racings with three rounds each. The sprint will be held at Sangti village off
the Dirang town tomorrow.
Earlier, while highlighting the objectives of conducting the motor sports at Dirang,
Motor Sports Club of Arunachal President Lhakpa Tsering said that the festival of
speed has provided the people of Arunachal an opportunity to witness the driving
of thirty finest drivers of India.
Marter Lollen crowned Miss Mopin
ITANAGAR, Apr 07: The Mopin cultural Nite and Miss Mopin contest was organised as
part of the Mopin celebration here yesterday.
Miss Marter Lollen was crowned and declared the winner, while Miss Gede Noshi and
Miss Bani Bagra bagged the first and second runners up respectively. The panel of
judges included Henkar Rokom Bado, Tojo Karga, Dumo Lollen, Karpu Chisi and Dr Gojum
Karlo Karbak. All the three winners walked away with brand new scooty each and cash
prize of Rs 40,000, 20,000 and 10,000 respectively. Agri-Horti & Animal Husbandry
Minister Chowna Mein who was the chief guest of the programme gave away the prizes
to the winners. Altogether 12 contestants walked the ramp, out of which the judges
selected top five for final round.
Five sub-titles which include, Versatile in Galo language, Beautiful Skin, Miss Personality,
Beautiful Hair & Beautiful Smile were won by Gepu Noshi, Bani Bagra, Marpe Bagra,
Marken Basar and Donyir Doji. They were awarded with cash prize of Rs 10,000 each.
All the prizes were sponsored by Mr & Mrs Tumnya Karbak & Sons.
The MFCCI also felicitated three archers from the state namely, Genung Tekseng, Medal
winner of 36th Asian Games held at Bangkok, Maselo Mihu and Sorang Yumi for their
A traditional archery competition was also organized by MFCCI-2015. Parl. Secretary
for Home, S &YA, Likha Saaya the guest of honour and Penya Bagra, Secy. Sports MFCCI,
gave away the prizes to the winners of sports competition.
Earlier, addressing the gathering on the occasion, Mein urged upon the community
to continue their endeavour for promotion of culture through innovative ideas. Mein
also appreciated the MFCCI-2015 for keeping on the traditional ethics of Galos.
With the change of time, the Galos are changing themselves while preserving their
traditional values with more innovation. This itself speaks volumes about the Galo
society, said the Minister.
In his address Saaya appreciated the organizing committee headed by Nyamar Karbak,
MLA for their innovative ideas to preserve and promote the mother tongue through
ramp show. The younger generation will learn so many things related to tradition
and culture from such kind of shows, he said.
Among other, Ninong Ering, MP (Lok Shaba), Parl. Secy Transport, Jomde Kena, MLAs
PD Sona and Nyamar Karbak attended the show. Renowned local artist Gemo Dium and
Mojum Doye enthralled the audience with their mesmerizing songs.
Come clean on allegation of financial misappropriation: AACWA
ITANAGAR, Apr 07: The All Arunachal Contractor's Welfare Association (AACWA) has
dared the state govt. to come clean on the allegations leveled against state govt.
by NGOs and particularly by former finance minister Kalikho Pul for misappropriations
of state ex-chequer running into crores for the last three consecutive financial
The state govt. should come clean or resign from the govt. to pave way for President
Rule under state financial emergency or fresh democratic mandate be allowed to take
place, said AACWA in a release.
"If the state financial health is sound enough than the Govt should release and clear
contractors' pending bills of all the departments immediately and also release the
pending salaries of SSA, NRHM, RD etc to win the trust of the people," the release
"We as non-political organization are nothing to do with ongoing power game, however,
the two successive statements issued by the former longest serving finance and planning
minister which came out with in detail and standing position of state financial condition
for the last 10 years cannot be nullified and we as laymen and general public will
have to panic due to the present financial mess. Now, it is up to the state govt.
to restore their lost credibility on the issue or else have to face public ire,"
the AACWA said.
Stating that Govt clarifications on its various pending demands failed to convince
the organization, the AACWA said that it has decided to launch democratic agitation
in favour its demands.
No violation of ceasefire agreement will be tolerated: Rijiju
Itanagar, Apr 07: Sending out a strong message to the insurgent groups active in
the North East, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju today said
that no violation of ceasefire agreement would be tolerated by the Centre.
"If any group violates ceasefire agreement, action will be taken against them. No
group can operate outside the ceasefire operation area," Rijiju said while responding
to media questions on suspected NSCN ambush on an army convoy at Tirap district on
April 2 last, killing three jawans.
He said, the NSCN factions could not operate in the territory of Arunachal Pradesh
which was against the ceasefire agreement.
"The group involved in the Tirap ambush went to Myanmar and the MHA is chalking out
strategies to counter such incidents," he said.
"If they continue to violate ceasefire agreement, there will be repercussion from
our side too," he said adding, action would be taken against those involved in the
Responding to a question on peace talk with the insurgent outfits of the region,
Rijiju emphatically said that no talks were possible until the groups gave up violence
"They will have to surrender with arms and come to the negotiation table. We will
provide suitable rehabilitation package for them and initiate dialogues," he said.
He said there would be no talks any more in the political level for which the government
had appointed interlocutors to initiate talks with the groups of the region.
"We have already directed the interlocutors to expedite the talk process for a permanent
solution to bring peace into the region," he added.
North East India Fashion Week in Itanagar
ITANAGAR, Apr 07: Emphasizing on the importance of promoting weavers across the state
by introducing their outputs to the fashion world, the North East India Fashion Week
- Itanagar Edition, will be held at Dree Ground from April 10 to 12.
Bollywood actress and model Tanushree Dutta, Mr. Universe 2009 Mahadev Deka, actress
Rajni Basumatary, among others, will walk the ramp of this illustrious fashion extravaganza.
Announcing the Itanagar edition of North East India Fashion Week, noted fashion designer
and CEO of ARL, Yana Ngoba said, "The North East India Fashion Week's main objective
is to promote and support weavers, designers and craftsman of the region, and to
empower women of Northeast by providing them a networking opportunity and by facilitating
buyers for their products."
At least 30 designers from Northeast and other designers of national repute are expected
to present their creations during the three day event. Ten models from the state
and other national and international models will walk the ramp showcasing indigenous
The Itanagar edition of the fashion week will witness a workshop for weavers along
with the fashion shows where networking opportunities for weavers with design houses,
silk promoters and retailers to market their produce will be facilitated.
"Our tribal attire is rich in terms of weaves, colours and patterns. North East India
Fashion Week will be a platform for dreams to take flight. A platform where participating
designers can showcase their creativity, innovations, individuality and can seek
value for their commercial line in the presence of buyers from both the regional
and the national market", said Yana.
North East India Fashion Week's mission is to hold more such industry developing
initiatives. The show aims to endorse and encourage designers to grow and showcase
their work regionally and nationally.
TT Memorial Badminton championship begins at Ruksin
RUKSIN, Apr 07: The first ever "Double Badminton championship Trophy, 2015," organized
by Industrial Growth Centre Youth Association (IGCYA), Ngorlung began at Ruksin General
Inaugurating the championship, Director of Secondary Education, Tapang Taloh said
games and sports are essential part of life and playing sports is a great way of
keeping oneself physically and mentally fit. Suggesting the organisers to keep same
zeal and spirit to organize the trophy regularly, Taloh suggested the budding players
to play the game with true sportsman spirit and maintain strict discipline to become
a good player. He also advised them to make career out of sports as there are job
reservation for good sportspersons in various Govt. departments.
The main objective of the tournament is to identify hidden local sports talents and
encourage them to play badminton, said Organizing Committee President, Orik Panggeng.
Besides the champion's trophy the event carries cash award of Rs. 25,000 for the
winner and Rs.15,000 for the runners up team. Rs 5,000 will be awarded to the fair
play team, informed the organisers.
As many as 20 players and teams from different parts of Arunachal and Assam are participating
in the tournament.
The championship is sponsored by one Tatong Taki and his family members in memory
of their late father Takong Taki, former Head Gaon Burah of Linka village under Ruksin
In the last few days newspapers of state are filled with corruption issues raised
by various unions, politicians and political parties. Allegation of corruption to
the tune of crores of rupees has deeply damaged the reputation of state. Already
Arunachal has acquired the bad reputation for being highly corrupted and these new
revelations will further hurt the image of state. While everyone is talking about
high level corruption, no one seems to care about the corruption at grass root level.
Today local dailies carried a news item about how office of District Transport Office,
Changlang siphoned off the fine amount collected for violation of motor vehicle rules.
DTO office charged fine of Rs 9000 to a truck owner for violation of rule but only
Rs 1000 was deposited in the treasury office. This is a classic example of how corruption
is deep rooted in Arunachal. There is a need to start the fight against corruption
at grass-root. Government of Arunachal had promised to constitute Lokayukta at the
earliest but till now nothing has moved in that direction. Government has to give
more power to the people in order to arm them to fight against the corruption. Early
constitution of Lokayukta will be a step in this regard.
---- Readers Forum ----
A cursed road
During a recent visit to Kokila, the border area of Papum Pare dist, I found that
our government has been neglecting this locality in every means starting with the
I found that the ‘0-Point’ Kokila (Assam) and Kokila (Arunachal Pradesh) is marked
by road which is a miracle in itself. Assam portion has been blessed with PMGSY Road
with black toping, Arunachal side has been cursed with dust in sunny days and mud
in rainy days.
Now I would like an authentic answer without blame games from the government, whether
border areas are a matter of concern to them? How many more such cases are there?
Who is responsible for it- the government, the Head Office, under whom projects are
implemented, Engineer, contractor or the common public?
Why was PMGSY Road not implemented in this area or if it was why the authenticity
of completion of the road was not verified? I may be raising the question lately
because I just got to know about it, but is it necessary that implementation of a
project in any field needs to be asked or agitated for?
A concerned citizen
Harming ourselves indiscriminately
Human polity are being practised in such a way that ruling class & privileged exploit
and monopolise resources of the nation by depriving the political opponents, weaker
sections. Extreme inequalities in the ownership & enjoyment of national resources
is one of the biggest reasons for the great turmoil in human societies around the
world today and it equally affect the nature in untold ways. But why should it merit
practising of such exploitative and divisive practices at the cost of peace, harmony
and progress and which affect detrimentally and universally? After all, every individual
is a fellow citizen of a nation & member of mankind who aspire for a progressive
& peaceful life for one self and his beloved succeeding generations. For powerful
& riches there is no guarantee that one may not lay beaten at an air crash, terrorist
attack, road accident, cardiac arrest, cancer, diabetes, etc. And when, the eventualities
will have happened, all material aggrandisement will surely be forgone to export
somewhere out of this world but the disorderliness concretely inherited by the upcoming
generations. While poor and weaker sections have been falling prey to epidemics,
poverty, hopelessness & suicides, life gifts onetime opportunity to every soul to
make tremendous contribution to our society, our world, our green planet and who
knows, even to the greater cosmos towards harmonious progress for today and ensuing
future. Polity as the tool for conduct of human societies has the greatest potential
for self reformation within the system and reformation in the societies. Especially
in our country, the forefathers gifted a constitution with all encompassing and all
accommodating values and provisions with noble vision for collective empowerment
and excelling. State policies, programmes, etc need to be tuned to the very fundamental
and noble objectives and vision which forms the very basis for existence of Bharat,
India. Equally, all around the world, the states have the greatest responsibility
to make contribution towards making this world, the planet more safer & harmonious
for persistence of lives of mankind & other entities. What is the achievement and
nobility of that power and development which results in the millions & millions of
souls falling victim to bullets, starvation, epidemics, etc all around for generations
and ages? Also there are human aggravated natural catastrophes that boomerangs and
wreck havoc upon the mankind itself. Practices of such power and approaches of such
development models earnestly need some deep rethinking and reassessment. The humanity,
the whole world should be alarmed and awakened towards reformative actions, if a
fellow human dies of bullet, succumbed to hunger & thirst, fallen prey to an epidemic,
lay beaten in an unnatural accident, etc because none wish to die but desire for
a joyful long life. And because no family, ever want to become a bereaved but live
long and happy with their loved ones. The nature, the creation, the creator has blessed
us with bountiful of endowments for harmonious living and enjoyment but its us, the
human, who is harming ourselves indiscriminately. And it is an onus upon us to collectively
reform these detrimental paths towards brighter and better tomorrow for ourselves
and the succeeding generations.
A virus called corruption
As terrorism recognizes no boundaries, similarly corruption recognizes no boundaries,
tribes, society etc. It will proliferate to every corner of the society and sate.
APPDSU organized a rally against Education Minister Tapang Taloh, we should not assume
that they are against the minister but against the undeletable virus i.e. Corruption.
Today the virus is in Papum Pare colleges; tomorrow it will be in other districts
colleges and schools. Instead of criticizing corruption from your room in social
networks like Facebook, take a step and protest against it. We are the anti-virus
against the virus corruption, as no legislation can eliminate it. It’s you and me
who can bring the change.
As regularly observed in your daily, there is raising demand for Non-APST teachers
in various schools in our state. I am not being racist, but it’s a matter of great
concern. Do they think that our education system could not produce educated, qualified,
honest and hard working personnel? Many of our students pursue B. ed and crack NET
examinations in hope of getting employed in schools and colleges, but the current
trend is crushing their morale.
These demands are also in other sectors too. Unemployment is hovering over our youths
and there is demand and import of Non-APSTs. What would we graduates and post graduates
expect from our people if they does not accept us and believes us as incompetent,
and prefers outsiders. Are they not responsible for growing numbers of unemployment?
One day they have to answer us.
Yab Nikum Kaih
RGU, Rono Hills
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