Monigong gets road connectivity
ITANAGAR, Apr 13: The adage better late than never came true for the people of the
Monigong as after 15 long years, 75 Km long Tato-Monigong West Siang road has finally
been opened for light vehicles on March 25. The work had commenced in 1995.
Undermining the unlimited adversities like steep rocky stretches, difficult weather
conditions, resources constraints, absence of communication, medical facility, 44
BRTF men worked day and night to link the vital border road which bears very high
strategic importance besides being the life line for socio-economic development of
44 BRTF authorities further informed that some minor changes in alignment and new
strategy formed under guidance Brig Deepak Sharma, Chief Engineer, Project Arunank
and Padam Kumar, SE(C) Commander 44 BRTF, facilitated faster linking of Monigong
by road at least 1 year in advance from the expected date.
Padam Kumar, SE (Civ) FS and his team were felicitated by the residents when they
arrived in Monigong on 25 Mar.
Kumar assured that road will be soon declared fit for all type of vehicle and expressed
the hope that road would bring progress and prosperity to Monigong Circle.
DoNER hopeful of timely implementation of the schemes under NLCPR
Rs.668.62 Crores released for NE states
ITANAGAR, Apr 13: The Ministry of DoNER has released an estimated Rs.668.62 Crores
to North Eastern States for development projects in the region under the Non Lapsable
Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) in the Financial Year 2009-10. This disbursed amount
under NLCPR is higher than the allocations made in 2008-09, which was Rs.660.38 Crores.
During the FY 2009-10, the NLCPR Committee of the Ministry convened 12 meetings wherein
a total of 97 projects for the NE states have been sanctioned at an estimated cost
of Rs.834.99 crore. The Ministry has also retained 163 projects at an estimated cost
of Rs.1635.83 crore from the Priority List 2009-10.
The provisional budget allocation of NLCPR during 2010-11 is Rs.800 crore. The Ministry
has prepared a fool proof mechanism to avoid bunching of expenditure at the fag end
of the financial year.
In the light of decisions taken in the North East Chief Minister’s conference convened
by Union Minister of DoNER,.B.K Handique in Shillong last year, specific timelines
have been fixed for ensuring accountability on both State Governments and DoNER Ministry.
Handique is hopeful that the implementations of schemes under NLCPR during current
year would be faster, ensuring timely implementation of the schemes.
Accordingly, revised guidelines for NLCPR have been issued which includes that Projects
with only Rs 3.00 Crore and above shall only be proposed. States to propose priority
list by 30th November for the next Financial Year, DPRs are submitted by the State
Govt. within 2 months of its retention. Fund released from the Ministry must be transmitted
to the implementing agency Project authority by the State within 15 days and these
Funds be utilized within 12 months, Monitored by online Management of Information
System (MIS) for NLCPR.
* DPRs are submitted by the State Govt. within 2 months of its retention.
* Retention of Projects be completed by the Ministry of DONER within a month (ie.31st
* Submission of DPRs by the States within two months (i.e. 28th FEB.)
* Approval of the DPRs by the Technical wing within a month (i.e. 31st MARCH.)
* Placing of Commission/ concerned Ministry’s view to avoid duplicity a month (i.e.,
* Approval of Minister of DONER within 2 months from the date of receipt of complete
DPRs from the State (ie. 31st April).
* Any delay in completion of the Project beyond 6 months State is responsible for
* Cost escalation is allowed up to 10-15% only. In exceptional circumstances, it
is allowed up to 20%.
* Any cost escalation beyond 20% is required to be shared by the State & Centre @
* Project Duration shall not exceed 3-4 years.
* Funds are released in 40%: 40%: 20% ratio in 3 installments.
Tax and Excise dept. exceeds revenue target, gets new office
ITANAGAR, Apr 13: Tax and Excise department has already collected Rs. 132 crores
in 2009-10 against the target of Rs. 122 crores collected in 2008-09 and this may
even cross Rs. 140 crores when the final reconciled figures from all the treasuries
are received. This was informed by Secretary (Tax & Excise) Amit Singla during inauguration
of office Building of the Tax & Excise department named “Kar Bhawan” by Minister
Tax & Excise, RWD, Law Kalikho Pul.
Minister Pul in his address urged all concerned to increase revenue collection as
this will lead to greater plan allocation for the State and underscored the need
for working as a team. He further emphasized for greater transparency and requested
all concerned to share the problems faced in implementing the provisions of the law.
He urged that field officers have regular meetings with Bazaar committees and Panchayat
leaders to eradicate misconception and spread awareness relating to tax so that more
revenue can be generated. Tapas Dutta, Assistant Commissioner (VAT) while reading
out the reforms undertaken by the department informed that the tax on heavy vehicles
has been reduced to 4% from 12.5%, implementation of e-payment within short time
through Online SBI, installation CCTV Online Surveillance and Electronic Weigh Bridge
to monitor check post activities online round the clock. Value Added Tax (VAT) on
Works Contract is being implemented and new optional scheme of 4% has been introduced.
The procedures of TDS have also been reformed and the notification to this effect
will be issued soon, the department is going to implement Mission Mode Project, a
computerization programme of the Tax department being developed by the NIC, Karnataka
and Arunachal Pradesh to facilitate the dealers with online facilities like e-registration,
e-return, e-refund etc. The department has also formed Enforcement teams for inspection
of dealers in different parts of State.
State look to Centre for tackling insurgency in Arunachal: Sanjoy
New Delhi, Apr 13: The people of Arunachal Pradesh have high expectations from the
Centre in successfully tackling the present situations in both Tirap and Changlang
districts as well as checking infiltration of ultras of neighbouring states to the
thick forest areas of Arunachal Pradesh.
Acknowledging that Home Minister P Chidambaram’s recent visit to Arunachal Pradesh
has reassured Centre’s commitment to the people of the state on security front, MP
Takam Sanjoy, in a letter to the Home Minister said that more initiative is needed
from the Centre to bring normalcy to both the insurgency infested districts.
Sanjoy also urged the Home Minister for deployment of para-military forces on the
right bank of Subansiri Lower Project to ensure security. He said that there is every
possibility of entering anti-social elements through the porous Dollungmukh bridge
to disturb the ongoing project works. He, however, said that the left bank was secured
enough with deployment of CRPF at Mohri camp and CISF at project site.
West Kameng gears up to welcome Head of Sakya sect of Mahayana Buddhism
BOMDILA, Apr 13: West Kameng is fully prepared with decorated streets, welcome gates,
prayer flags and lightened Monasteries for the visit of His Holiness the 41st Sakya
Thri-Dzin Ngawang Kunga Theg-chin Pelwar Thinley Samphel Wangyi-Gyalpo-The head of
Sakya sect of Mahayana Buddhism. He is considered to be one amongst the most learned
and spiritually advanced Buddhist practitioner of modern times. Being well versed
in Tantrik practice of Buddhism and his command over the English language he is well
known in the Western world too. He is reported to be on a 19-days tour during which
he will visit parts of West Kameng, Tawang, Itanagar and Tezu. From his majestic
monastery at Raipur, Dehradun, he is invited by the Buddhist community of West Kameng
district with the support of Gaden Rabgyaling Monastery, Bomdila for offering prayers,
rituals and initiating blessing along with teachings on Buddhism. He is scheduled
to stay 8- days in West Kameng district starting from 14th -21st April followed by
7-days stay at Tawang from 22nd-28th April. He will also visit the state capital
Itanagar for one day on 29th April before finally flying over to Tezu where he will
be performing Pujas and preachings from 30th-1st May.
The Deputy Head of G.R.L monastery ,Bomdila when asked about the visit of H.H, commented
that this being a historical occasion when a Sakya Pandita of such stature is visiting
the twin Himalayan district for the first time, thus people should come forward to
get blessings and preaching’s form the Great Master. (DIPRO)
Greets on Sangken, Vaisakhi and Bohag Bihu
ITANAGAR, Apr 13: Arunachal Pradesh Governor, Gen JJ Singh has greeted the people
of the state on Sangken and Vaisakhi and expressed his hope that these festivals,
which signal the dawn of the New Year, will usher peace and prosperity for all.
May these festivals inspire us to work for the unity, progress and well being of
all, message added.
Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu has also extended greetings to the people on Sanken,
Vaisakhi and Bohag Bihu. These festivals brings a sense of solidarity and unity among
the people and spread the message of peace and love, he added in his message.
Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee has wished the Assamese community in the state
on the occasion of Bohag Bihu. The party hopped that Bohag Bihu which marks the
beginning of New Year will usher in peace, progress and prosperity and spread the
message of communal harmony.
The party also wished all on Baisakhi.
Porject affected people threatens indefinite agitation
ITANAGAR, Apr 13: Subansiri Lower Power Project Implementation Committee (SULPIC)
has given a 72 hours bandh which started from April 12 after its nine point demands
put forwarded to NHPC were not met.
The Committee on behalf of local project affected people of Dollungmukh circle had
given seven days ultimatum to NHPC authority to fulfill its charter of demands.
The second phase of bandh is slated for April 25-29. If the NHPC fails to meet the
demands by then, the Committee would launch an indefinite agitation.
Demands of the project affected peoples are immediate shifting of Law College and
conference hall to Dollungmukh, recruitment of Groups "C" and "D" posts from project
affected people, shifting of all project related offices from Gerukamukh to Dollungmukh,
opening of 50 bedded hospital at Dollungmukh, intra-village road via circle office
Hqs Paro-NH52 and other amenities and facilities indicated in Article 8.17 of the
state Govt policy and implementation of Polution Control Policy.
SULPIC has been approaching NHPC authority since 2000 for redressal of their grievances;
but all of the demands have been simply brushed aside by NHPC even after signing
of MoAs with state govt., SULPIC said.
Begi visits proposed site for Degree College and RIWATCH
ROING, Apr 13. Director of Higher & Technical Education Joram Begi today visited
the proposed site for the establishment of a Degree College at Simari village at
the outskirt of Roing.
“The proposed site earmarked for the upcoming degree college is highly congenial.
Approximately 50 acres of land is required to build academic building, staff quarter
and other necessary infrastructures”, Begi who paid a spot visit with a team of officials
from his directorate revealed.
While appreciating the land providers for the College, Begi urged upon the MLA to
get the ground work cleared for the early establishment of the college.
The Govt of India recently announced establishment of 10 Degree College in Arunachal
Pradesh and Roing is proposed for establishment of the one of the College. Dr Begi
visited the RIWATCH Campus as well.
The main objective was to access the progress and chalk out a road map for future
action plan of RIWATCH. The team visited the RIWATCH campus, inspected the land development
and fencing work.
During his visit, he also interacted with Executive Members of RIWATCH Committee
and the land donor Dature Miuli.
RIWATCH Executive Director, Vijay Swami informed that the committee has set a target
to complete a Library of 10,000 books, two research cottages, office block and starting
language development and Himalayan Herbs & Ethnic Medicine by November 2010.
He was accompanied by Deputy Commissioner, Y. W. Ringu, Superintendent of Police
Tojo Kagra, SDO (Planning) T. Pabin, Dy. Director Higher Education, Alik Jongkey
& Sanjay Bengia.
Bohag Bihu -- a conglomeration of cultural entities
Bohag (Spring) is not only a season, nor just +a month; it is the lifeline of Assamese
culture, inspiration of social life.
Rongali Bihu also known as Bohag Bihu is a time to forget all our sorrows & pain
and step out to celebrate this occasion with traditional gaiety, which makes it the
dearest, joyous and the loveliest of all.
Rongali Bihu as the name suggests is a celebration of colour and joy, which spread
the message of social & communal harmony, unity, love, peace & tranquility.
Bohag, which marks the beginning of an agricultural season is the festival of merriment
comprises of Bihu dance accompanied by lusty beats of dhol (drum), melodious sound
of Pepa (instrument made of Buffalo Horn), Bahi (flute), GaganalToka (bamboo instruments),
Hutuli (clay instrument) and other indigenous instruments, while Bihu Songs sang
by all age groups woven around the themes of love and yearning often having distinct
erotic overtones. During this season, we hear the melodious sound of Kuli-Keteki
(cuckoo) singing on the branch of tree, fragrance of Kopouphool (orchid) with wearing
of new green leaves into the barren branches of trees and shrubs, which blossom in
their zest for life making the world look like a heaven/dreamland.
The Bihu dances performed by youths characterized by brisk stepping, flinging and
flipping of hands and swaying of hips with whirl of rhythm and song represent youthful
passion. Even old, men, women and children did not lag behind and throw off their
cares to join the dancers in a wonderful whirl of rhythm and song.
Rongali Bihu not only marks the advent of the Assamese New Year, but also the beginning
of the harvesting season. The festival is not only a time for music, dance and amorous
dalliances, but also for taking part in the conjoining of the temporal and timeless.
The first day of Bohag Bihu is observed as Goru (Cow) Bihu, when cows and buffaloes
are bathed in rivers, lakes and ponds, tied with new ropes and worshipped as per
Manuh Bihu, the second part of Bohag Bihu (also the first day in Assamese New year
calendar) is an occasion of fun, frolic, joy and merry-making, when Mother Nature
radiates in her new found beauty and glory. The younger ones take blessings from
their elders and loved one with gamucha (a traditional Assamese towel) and also make
delicious dishes like til pitha, tel pitha, ghila pitha, narikal & til laru etc.
and treat their relatives, friends and guests. The all women affair is known as Zeng
Bihu in which the maidens gather in an open area, plant a leafless branch, sing and
dance around it to welcome Bohag. On the joyous occasion, the women folk decorate
themselves with Jetuka (mehandi) in their hands, muga & pator mekhela chadar (traditional
dresses) and traditional ornaments like gamkharu, maduli, junbiri etc.
Deprived people of Monigong-Pidi need basic amenities
It is extremely sad to state that the inhabitants of Monigong-Pidi circles under
the Mechuka sub-division in West Siang district are deprived of basic fundamental
right for more than a decade.
The right to live (fundamental Rights under Article 21 of the Constitution of India)
does not mean just person’s existence. Article 21 assures the right to live with
human dignity, free from exploitation. But for the people of these two circles, the
Right is meaningless.
There are no doctors, staffs and medicines in the government hospital and health
centers and proper road connectivity in Monigong-Pidi areas.
They make their way to District Hospital Aalo, in case of immediate medical attention
and have to run for 200 kilometers, 65 kilometers on foot march and remaining kilometers
by Sumo from Tato/Lungte village. Sometimes the patient dies on the way to District
Therefore, it is my fervent appeal that the authorities look into this sad state
of affairs and post doctors and staffs and ensure availability of medicines for the
Government Hospital and health centers of Monigong-Pidi Circles to mitigate the hardship
being faced by the poor people of the area.
All Bokar Students Union
Do something as you decide
We appreciate the move of the Education Minister and the Govt as a whole for their
move to regularize the services of SSA teachers. But the process will seemingly take
time and till regularization of the services of this category of teachers, the Govt
should take some step to enhance the salary.
The dedicated SSA teachers have to do a lot of paper works including mandatory countersign
from panchayat leader on their performance to receive the salary amount. Sometimes,
this salary is also being delayed due to non-availability of Panchayat leaders. After
getting the hard-earned meagre salary the SSA teachers have to face tough time to
survive and run their families in these days of price rise of essential commodities.
Considering dedicated service of SSA teachers and increasing prices of essential
commodities, the Govt should take step to increase the salary of the SSA teachers.
Ronnie Gao and
SSA (A/T) teachers
Include in 2010 census
The three villages, namely, Saagia, Kulongha and Karmang in Palin circle are apparently
not included for Census 2010. These three villages are still being counted with Rayung
village whereas they are separate villages. Therefore, I, on behalf of the Village
Development Committee, Rayung Village, do request the authorities concerned to take
Chairman, Village Development Committee,
A separate rule for VIP cavalcades?
It is often seen that the VIPs of our State such as Chief Minister, Home Minister
and Governor enjoys long cavalcade of police escorts.
You will always find them driving rashly and at top speed as if the whole world is
tumbling down and that there is no tomorrow.
The escorts are often seen cursing at people in order to make safe passage for their
‘Boss’. Sometime they become physical and assault the driver or vehicle owner at
their wish and whims. There are many instances of escorts breaking the car glass
but it never goes reported. Reason is obvious.
Believe me these police escorts are the one who break all traffic rules. Are they
setting trend for other vehicle owner to follow them?
Now the pertinent question is: Is the road only for the VIPs? Is traffic rules meant
only for the common public? Who empowers these escorts to rule the road? Are the
Bosses responsible for breaking all rules?
It is high time that these escorts mend their ways or a bigger tragedy may fall sooner
Soma Yangfo (on E-mail)
Look who is talking
After reading the comment made by one Rajendu B Chakma under the heading "coverage
on Mpen issue is biased and one sided"; I would like to know on which basis he is
claiming that the information were biased. The people of Arunachal have never been
happy with the migration of Chakma refugees in our state and has never been willing
to share an inch of its land.
As an Arunachali, I strongly feel that there is not even a nano chance of Chakmas
doing right things in our State. We don’t need others land and no one can take our
Moji Padu, Nirjuli
Let the money be equally distributed
The BRTF(116 RCC) is building an new road from Brahmakund point to Tidding bridge(approx
18km) on the way to Tezu-Hayuliang road as some area of the existing road fall
in sinking zone area. The new proposed road area fall under community forest land
and basically the Tayang, Takaliang and Pu clan of Mishmi society is the land owner
since times immemorial.
Recently the user agency had paid an amount of Rs.2.18 crore as financial compensation
for land acquisition of the proposed new road to the District administration, Tezu
and the said amount was to be disburse uniformly to all the beneficiaries of the
landowner as per Govt. of A.P norm.
The D.A, Tezu had unauthorizedly handed over the cheque of Rs.2.18 crore to few
individual, who later en-cashed that amount and which was disbursed secretly at
the sweet will of the disbursing person without uniformity.
Why did the D.A handed Rs.2.18 crore cheque to few person for disbursement as no
one had authorized? Why transparency was not maintained in the process? Any financial
compensation to the beneficiaries has to be disburse by a board of officers after
maintaining all codal formalities.
Subsequently an application was lodge regarding non receipt of the financial compensation
to DC, Tezu by the aggrieved people and RTI was also filed regarding the issue
on 13/3/10.but till today no visible action had been initiated and the D.A, Tezu
had not responded to the RTI.
The Govt of A.P is requested to enquire into this matter, find out the truth and
Rs.2.18 crore be recovered and equitably be redistributed among all the beneficiaries.
The most lively and entertaining aspect of Bohag Bihu is Huchori, which is a group
presentation of Bihu song and dance in accompaniment of musical instrument and went
house to house to perform bihu and give their blessings to the household. The Bihu
festival is a conglomeration of various cultural entities having their own traditional
nuances and significance.
Spring has a definite charm of its own and the people of the North East region and
the rest of the country celebrate it in their own distinctive styles. In Arunachal
Pradesh, the different indigenous tribes celebrate the springtime festival with traditional
gaiety and fanfare for prosperity and welfare & all round development of human beings.
Spring really turns our soul’s cheerful and bright, ends with an appealing smile
in every face.
Gone are the days of shivering cold, the frost and the dew, which drops to the ground,
giving way to Spring - the queen of the year, seeing whom our hearts fill up with
joy and enthusiasm.
Dr. Bhupen Hazarika in his song “Bohag Mathu Ed Ritu Nohoi, Nohoi Bohag Mah, Asomiya
Kristir e Ayuh Rekha, Gana Jibonor e Hah” rightly described that spring is not only
a season, nor just a month; it is the lifeline of Assamese culture, inspiration of
Wishing one & all on the joyous & auspicious occasion of Rangali Bihu.
APPDSU demands posting of DDSE
Itanagar, Apr 13: All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU) has demanded the
department concerned to post a DDSE for Papum Pare District. The district has been
facing much inconvenience in functioning of school administration for want of DDSE
since the transfer of the present incumbent, said APPDSU in a release.
The union also pointed out that most of the staff in DDSE office in Papum Pare district
are teachers. At least 80 teachers are working in DDSE office, including ADEOs, BRCs
and CRCs, who are actually assigned for teaching jobs. The union demanded for cropping
the size of staff and sending those teacher-officials to various schools in the district
that are falling short of teachers.
NYO demands resignation of CM
ITANAGAR, Apr 13: Nyishi Youth Organisation has demanded the resignation of the
Chief Minister for plunging the state to an “economic crisis” and uneven division
of resources in the state. It said that if the funds were allocated evenly in all
the regions of the state, entire state would have benefited. It said that if the
government continues to mete out step motherly treatment, Organization would come
forward with a democratic “movement”.
Circle Complex Examination
PASIGHAT, Apr 13: Kajing Bori (C-V), Anjali Sharma (C-VI) students of GNA Middle
School, Oyan and Dinoram Pait of Government Middle School, Oyan were adjudged best
in the Sille-Oyan Circle Complex Examination held at government Middle School, Oyan
recently in which many primary and middle schools students from government and private
PR leader calls for flood protection work
ITANAGAR, Apr 13: Expressing concern over the damages of wet rice cultivation field
and habitation being caused by the flood from Sisir River during rainy season, Dambuk
Anchal Samity chairperson said that Sisiri would become the sorrow of Dambuk if flood
protection work is not carried out immediately.
There will be no field for cultivation and Dambuk will face bleak future if the
flood protection work does not begin at the right time, the Anchal chairperson
Tuppik Saring said and appealed the local MLA take up the matter seriously.
DIET must play a role to improve quality of education: Quasim
ITANAGAR, Apr 13: Under Secretary (Teacher Education) Ministry of Human Resource
Development (MHRD) A K Quasim during an interaction with the faculty members and
students of DIET, Pasighat said that The DIETs have to play very important role in
implementation of Right to Education Act. The scheme of teacher education is going
to be revised and DIET will be the most important component in teacher education
to improve the quality of education in the state, he said. He assured to resolve
the problems being faced by DIET at the earliest.
Quasim is in the state for assessment of Teacher Education in the state.
He was accompanied by Director of School Education, Arunachal Pradesh T. Taloh, DDSE
(TE) M. Nyori during his visit.
Taloh said that DIET can play a vital role in increasing the number of trained teachers
in the state as number of untrained teachers in the state is about 76% at present.
He asked the trainee teachers to devote their maximum time in attending the classes
to be a real teacher as a quality teacher only can provide quality education.
While addressing the gathering, Dr. Buk Lego, Principal, DIET, highlighted various
activities undertaken by DIET, Pasighat since its inception. He also focused on various
problems and constraints faced by DIET like non availability of Class-rooms, Library
room and Science Laboratory.
Nyori, urged the lecturers to devote their maximum time in conducting various
kinds of activities like Action research, field visits/Monitoring & Supervision of
Schools to improve the quality of education in the district in particular and in
the state in general. He categorically emphasized that DIET should be the hub of
AAPWU appeals for payment of cess on time
ITANAGAR, Apr 13: All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union (AAPWU) has appealed the Labour
and Employment Department which is responsible for the enforcement of Building and
Other Construction Workers Weflare Cess Act 1996 to recover the pending Cess and
requested the state and Central Govts departments and undertakings to clear outstanding
cess immediately for the welfare of the construction workers.
The union said that under Cess Act all the employers in building and other construction
activities in Arunachal Pradesh are duty bound to pay cess to the Construction Workers
Welfare Board at the rate of 1% of cost of construction incurred by them.
AAPWU also appealed the Daporijo PWD executive engineer to clear the payment of
cess which was reportedly been kept pending for last three years.
Northeast is no dumping ground
By Nending Ommo
The Central Government has time and again asserted that Northeast India is an integral
part of India and that government accords highest priority to the development of
Northeast. In his latest visit to the state, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressed
his confidence that the Northeastern states would emerge as one of the best regions
of the country. All said and done, why double standard demeanour and step motherly
treatment to the region?
The news hitting the national headlines about transferring of tainted Justice P D
Dinakaran to Sikkim High Court is a fiery issue amongst the legal fraternity. For
who do not know who he is, Justice Paul Diwakar Dinakaran was Chief Justice of Karnataka
High Court till last week.
The 59-year-old Dinakaran was among five judges recommended to the government by
the Supreme Court collegiums of judges, which is like a politburo, for a promotion
to the Supreme Court last year. Allegations of corruption and the illegal acquisition
of land by Dinakaran and his family in Tamil Nadu led to the recommendation to be
cancelled. He was accused of “possessing wealth disproportionate to known sources
of income, unlawfully securing five housing board plots in the name of his wife and
two daughters, entering into benami transactions, and acquiring and possessing agricultural
holdings beyond ceiling limit”.
While the inquiry against him was being carried on and though he was not performing
judicial functions but administrative works only since last December, the collegiums
asked Dinanakran to go on a long vacation so that another judge Madan B Lokur could
take over as Acting Chief Justice since an Acting Chief Justice can only assume charge
only if the Chief Justice proceeds on leave. But Dinakaran apparently refused to
comply. In helplessness and in haste the collegiums sent to the Centre for approval
of the President to transfer him to Sikkim High Court as its Chief Justice. The move
was seen as punishment.
In December, the Rajya Sabha admitted a motion backed by members of different political
parties to impeach Dinakaran. If he is found guilty, he can be impeached by the Parliament.
Before transferring him to Sikkim HC, there were rumours that Justice Dinakaran was
to be transferred to Gauhati High Court. These rumours sparked protests, with Assam’s
lawyer body taking to the streets in opposition to his transfer. This is not the
first time a transfer to the Gauhati High Court was met with protest. A similar situation
arose when three Judges of the Karnataka High Court, Justices V. Gopala Gowda, N.S.
Veerabhadraiah and Chandrashekaraiah, in focus during the Mysore sex scandal popularly
known as the ‘Roost’ sex scandal were rumoured to be transferred to Gauhati High
Ironically, instead of removing the tainted judge, the Centre is showing it’s helplessness
in disciplining the judge by transferring him to Sikkim as if it was Sikkim’s fault
in his corruption.
The $ 64,000 dollar question is, is the move justifiable? Punish him, why punish
Northeast. Is Northeast the modern Kaalaa Paani that tainted judges should be deported
here? Is Northeast seen as a punishment posting? Here I am not singling out Sikkim
nor the legal fraternity per se for the reason that if it can happen to Sikkim and
legal system, it can happen to any one of the North eastern states and in any department
and it can indeed very much happen to and in Arunachal. We are no dumping grounds,
let us be sentient and show our logical resistance for common good. (The contributor
is based at Pune and he can be reached through firstname.lastname@example.org)
Human rights defender’s training
ITANAGAR, Apr 13: Ten member delegates from human rights defenders of the state led
by Chairman Global Human Rights Organisation, advocate Goken Bam participated at
a training programme on Rights and responsibilities of human rights defenders organized
by People Watch and Prahar at Guwahati recently.
During the training Bam highlighted about the problems of human rights defenders
in the state and human violations and advocated for need to create awareness on human
rights protection, human rights education to sensitize the people of the state.
He further highlighted the need of early establishment of state human rights commission
in the state.
Meanwhile, the participants from all the north east state has decided to constitute
northeast human rights defenders alliance NE (HR) DA with its headquarter at Guwahati.
The GHRO also assured to organize human rights protection awareness programme, human
rights education in the state.
Work as a team: Paliwal
Yupia: Deputy Commissioner, Papum Pare Nandini Paliwal has called on her officers
to work as a team and deliver good services to the people. She said this during an
interaction with all Head of Departments of the district at DRDA conference Hall,
She called upon the officers to maintain work culture and ensure punctuality in
Calling for proper coordination among the officers, she assured to make her best
effort to address the problems and grievances being faced by the district.
DC has further asked Relief and Rehabilitation Departments to be in state of readiness
to cope with any situation this monsoon. She also expressed her desire to visit all
the circle headquarters of the district shortly.
Earlier all Head of Departments apprised the DC about their department and ongoing
works and project. (DIPRO)
Census training in Koloriang
ITANAGAR: Census operation started at Koloriang town on Tuesday with authorities
holding awareness meeting with PR members, enumerator and member supervisors.
The meeting was chaired by K.Dulom, ADC cum sub-division census officer of area.
In his address, he sought co-operation of all stake holders to make this census operation
a successful one.
Other guest present on the day was A.Regon, circle officer cum census officer Koloriang,
who advised supervisors and enumerator to consult with PR members if there is confusion
regarding any issue.
Next round of meeting would be held on April 22 to be presided over by the deputy
commissioner of district who is also principal census officer.
Preserve the rich culture of the Khamtis: Mein
NAMSAI: Need of the hour is to preserve the rich cultural heritage and language of
the Khamptis, Minister of PHED Chowna Mein while inaugurating the newly constructed
Community Hall at Kherem village in Lohit in the Buddhist Temple campus.
Since all the Khamptis profess Buddhism as religion and have Buddhist temples in
all the villages it has became imperative for all the Buddhist monks to initiate
steps for preservation and promotion of teaching of Lord Buddha in their respective
area, he added.
He appreciated various steps taken by Rev. Dhammakriti of Kherem Buddha Vihara for
taking initiative and maintaining the temple very effectively. He assured to donate
Rs. 3.00 lakhs for renovation of the Buddha Vihara.
Earlier Rev. Dhammakriti also spoke on the occasion.
ITANAGAR, Apr 13: Adi Fellowship of Town Baptist Church, Itanagar deeply mourned
the demise of Evangelist Taro Boje, who died on April 10 last at his residence in
He was ordained as Evangelist under Council of Baptist Churches of North East India
on May 1, 1968 at Panikhuwas, Assam by Rev. RK Marak.
ITANAGAR, Apr 13: Tapun Jeke and Dumsa Baki have been selected as President and General
Secretary of All Arunachal Pradesh (Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya) KGBV Teachers’