Apang arrest slap on INC govt: NCP
ABK questions arrest procedure
ITANAGAR, Aug 25: Terming the arrest of former Chief Minister Gegong Apang by SIC
as a slap on the face of Congress led government, the Nationalist Congress Party
(NCP) has said that Congress led government in Arunachal should resign to smoothen
the ongoing investigation process of PDS scam without fear and favour.
Terming NCP as an alternate to corrupt INC Government in Arunachal, NCP state VP
Tad Tana in a statement termed the entire episode as “black hole and Mike Tyson slap”
on the face of the corrupt Cong-I led state govt.
For the common public who are still suffering for want of essential commodities such
as salt and rice in far flung area, it is late but welcome revelation by judiciary,
the party added.
Terming the revelation as a tip of the ice berg, the party Vice President appealed
the public, Journalist fraternity, intellectual forums, students and religious organizations,
NGO's and all relatively less corrupted legislatures and parties to stand united
and voice out to weed out the cancerous germ of corruption. Terming Cong. Govt. and
its leadership as root cause of all evils in the infant state of Arunachal Pradesh
; Tad urged the SIC to arrest all other 40 accused in the scam irrespective of their
position and the status. Unless this is done, everything would look to be politically
motivated move and would tarnish the image of the police department too, he added.
The party asserted that the ruling party is flooded with Harshad Mehtas and therefore
it is time for the public to realize the fact that our share of resources are siphoned
off at source and latter the same is used as their own hard earn money to create
an image of saviour and philanthropists. Unless this hard reality is realized by
one and all it would be time taking and painful for few radicals to bring revolutionary
changes in the system, he added.
Tad further expressed firm hope that in days to come many more such scams of even
bigger magnitude shall come to lime¬light - be that in procurement of Hydro Power
Turbines, procurement of supplementary Nutrition items and numerous expensive vehicles,
huge upfront and processing fee as well as off the record public control fee (PCF)
given per Mega Watt of Power to various Water Merchants by the private power company’s
and latest in misuse of fund under PM Package, RGVS, Border Village Illumination
Programme, SPA and series of illegal appointments in almost all Govt. Departments.
Meanwhile, Adi Bane Kebang (ABK) expressed its strong resentment on the procedure
in which former Chief Minister was arrested.
It however said that since arrest has been made government should provide adequate
security and also to instruct the concern authority to treat him humanely as per
his stature with required amnesties.
Further ABK appealed all the Adi Community not to panic as this will be tackled
by the ABK Executive members.
ABK is scheduled to convene a meeting of senior members of Adi Community along with
the district unit soon.
Meanwhile ABK District unit Presidents from Upper Siang, Lohit and Lower Dibang Valley
have also strongly condemned the manner in which arrest was made to a very senior
citizen of Adi Community who was also the Chief Minister of the State for more than
20 years. The ABK units also expressed apprehension of prejudiced handling of the
case by the concerned authority as the SIT head M S Chouhan was put on suspension
when Gegong Apang was the Chief Minister of the State.
On the other hand, All Adi Students Union (Itanagar) has strongly condemned the state
government for harassing former chief minister Gegong Apang. Union in a press statement
claimed former CM’s arrest smacks of political conspiracy and a pre-planned one.
It wanted to know if SIC has been constituted only for Gegong Apang while questioning
about other PDS accused.
Union has asked government to hand over the case to CBI for fair probe. SIC is not
competent authority to probe this case and few people at the helm of power is using
SIC to take out political vendetta, union claimed. It also questioned the SIC officer
“We can’t trust a man of his character to carry out such case of huge magnitude,”
union release added.
After Tirap, Assam impose economic blockade on Changlang
AAPSU questions ULFA involvement, NESO on peace mission
ITANAGAR, Aug 25: After Tirap, Changlang has become next district to be imposed with
economic blockade by Assam. This time it is pro-talks section of ULFA which has imposed
economic blockade against Arunachal.
In the meantime, the situation in Charaipung does not seem to subside thanks to uncalled
for and inciting statements made by Assam Ministers and false and fabricated news
churned out by Private TV channels.
Today, another public meeting was held at Khonsa under the aegis of Nocte Chiefs
Council. The meeting resolved to depute a delegation to Joypur in Assam to request
AASU and other organizations to lift the economic blockage imposed by Assam. Seeing
the fuel crisis, the 19th Assam Rifles has decided to give petrol and diesel to the
District Administration on loan basis.
Meanwhile, all Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) has taken exception to the
involvement of Assam based militant group in boundary issue. AAPSU has been requesting
AASU to immediately withdraw economic blockade imposed in Kanubari area following
boundary skirmishes on 14th of this month.
“With mediation by NESO, we were hoping that AASU would lift economic blockade
imposed at Kanubari. But with the involvement of militant group, this whole issue
has taken a new turn. It seems there is large plan behind this boundary skirmishes,”
said AAPSU president Takam Tatung.
He further questioned why central government is so silent on this entire issue.
“Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh represents Assam in Rajya Sabha. So,
Assam is his home state and we expect him to be pro-active in matters related to
North-East”, said Tatung. Further he urged all tribal Member of Parliament to support
Arunachalee people in this moment of crisis. “The tribal dominant Arunchal is suffering
now because of economic blockade. We appeal all the tribal MPs to come out and rescue
us from this crisis.”
AAPSU president has further requested state governor JJ Singh to intervene to bring
a solution to this crisis. “We appeal appeal our governor to immediately visit Tirap
district and take stock of situation. Human crisis is evolving there cause of economic
blockade and our governor has always been with people of Arunachal whenever a crisis
developed. Now, we are hoping on him to end this crisis,” said Tatung. He also asked
state government to learn something out of this whole crisis. “Our state government
should pursue central government to explore possibility of border trade with China,Myanmar
and Bhutan. We should develop ways to stop depending on Assam. Then only Assam will
start respecting sentiments of Arunachalee or else their big brother attitude will
continue to make life tough for Arunachalees,” said Tatung.
He further dismissed involvement of underground group in Tirap on border issue as
reported in Assam media. “Assam media is distorting facts and biased reporting is
AAPSU president urged all political leaders, social activists and ordinary citizens
of state to support people of Changlang and Tirap in this hour of crisis.
Meanwhile, Currently on a peace mission’ to the violence-hit areas in Tirap district
bordering two Upper Assam districts of Sivsagar and Dibrugarh, the North East Students’
Organization (NESO) secretary general Gumjum Haider made a fervent appeal to the
warring leaders of all the organizations of Assam to lift the ongoing economic blockade
against Arunachal, particularly Tirap, “on humanitarian ground”. Since its launch
on August 21, the blockade has already completed the fifth day today, disrupting
the flow of food and other essential commodities along three different routes linking
the eastern Arunachal district.
“Given the untold sufferings being faced by the Arunachal people following the indefinite
economic blockade called by you since last Saturday, I humbly appeal you to lift
the blockade soon on humanitarian ground,” said the NESO secretary general while
addressing a joint meeting of representatives of all 13 agitating organizations,
including All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and Assam Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad
(AJYCP), at Charaipung (as called in Assam and Russa, in Arunachal under Kanubari
circle) this evening.
Responding positively to the NESO plea and informing that they will sit together
to ponder over it, the AASTGA president, backed by an ASSU leader, said, “Since the
inter-state boundary matter has been pending with the Supreme Court, and we were
fully honouring the status quo along the border areas, the bunkers erected by Arunachal
Police here in our territory should be removed first and the Naga militants’ frequent
threatenings to our people be stopped immediately.”
Haider, who leading a three-member delegation is heading toward Joypur along Deomali-Khonsa
road bordering Dibrugarh to have similar peace talks with the agitating student leaders
of the district tonight, told the agitating organizations, “With the top brass of
AASU along other indigenous organizations of Assam are away in Delhi concerning the
NRC update matter, a joint meeting of AAPSU and AASU leaders will be held under the
supervision of NESO, at Charaipung before September 10 to have detailed discussion.”
A state where common citizens endure
ITANAGAR, Aug 25: In the last few days way things are evolving in Arunachal, people
of this state, have been compelled to wonder whether Arunachal is heading towards
becoming a ‘failed state’. Already citizens on daily basis were battling against
problems like corruption, unemployment and never ending refugee issue. To make matter
worse, our neighboring state Assam has adopted new method of imposing economic blockade
against Arunachalee on every possible occasion. Ever since border skirmishes broke
out on 14th August at Russa villages under Tirap , Assam based organizations has
been using every means to punish Arunachalee citizens.
Even as situation in Tirap remains tensed, it is citizens of capital complex who
are bearing another kind of economic blockade. For last few days transporters have
refused to operate tankers carrying petrol and diesel into Arunachal after some local
boys beat up one truck driver inside IOC campus at Doimukh. Everyone condemns such
act and administration has to make sure that such acts are not repeated. But it is
ordinary citizens who are getting harassed because of the strike by transporters.
Most of the petroleum depot of capital has run out of the stock and those few depots
where petroleum products are still available, vehicles can be seen queuing whole
day. This has led to huge traffic jams where such depots are located. Many citizens
of capital who were struck in traffic jams for hours are angry with way authorities
dealt with whole situation.
“This is absolute terrorizing of citizens. If transporters have security issues,
they should pursue the case with state government. The strike has caused so much
of trouble to the citizens and public will only get angrier,” said T Tahin, a resident
of Naharlagun who too was caught in jam. He further warned government not to test
patience of ordinary citizens. “This strike has been going on for last 4 days. Why
has not government done anything to end it? For last 2 days life has been virtually
crippled with traffic jams and non-availability of petrol and diesel. The state government
should take notice of people’s pain and anger,” continued Tahin.
Many citizens have questioned the capability of present government to handle crisis.
“Today whenever our neighbouring state wants they impose economic blockade against
us. Anybody can declare bandh call in any parts of state for even minor reasons.
There is complete chaos everywhere. I feel we will become a failed state very soon,”
shared another citizen. The mood of entire citizen is that of anger and there is
strong feeling that government does not seem to care for ordinary citizens. “During
such kind of strike or blockade, it is poor citizens who are worst sufferer. Economic
blockade has made life difficult for Tirap people. Capital complex citizens too were
tortured by this strike. Why can’t our government tackle such case with deft,” expressed
an angry resident. Also in recent year, Refugees are slowly becoming masters in
places like Diyun and Tawang but government can’t do anything. “Tibetan refugees
are getting schedule tribe certificate and enjoying all facilities at places like
Tawang and Tuting. Chakma have become majority in parts of Changlang and Lohit district.
But government has not been able to take any concrete steps,” said a resident of
Itanagar. He further added, “Where are we heading from here? There is complete disarray
everywhere. Government need to take up urgent steps to make citizen feel secure.
Assamese community comes out against economic blockade
ITANAGAR, Aug 25: A group of Assamese government employees serving in Tirap District
met the leaders of AASU Unit, Joypur at Joypur today and discussed at length on the
prevailing situation because of the border dispute in Charaipung area bordering Kanubari
circle. In a letter addressed to the President of Joypur Unit of AASU, the Assamese
employees expressed that the local people of Khonsa and the Assamese populace are
staying in perfect harmony and that there is no bad blood or misunderstanding whatsoever.
The letter adds that the malicious and baseless campaign carried out by some private
news channels has no basis and devoid of any fact.
Meanwhile, Kristi-Kendra, Naharlagun, Arunachal Pradesh appealed to the All Assam
Student’s Union (AASU), Assam Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) and other
student organizations of Assam to consider lifting of economic blockade on humanitarian
ground and take all possible steps to diffuse prevailing tension along Assam-Arunachal
border. It further urged AASU to sit together with its Arunachal Pradesh counterpart
All Arunachal Pradesh Student’s Union (AAPSU) and North East Students Organization
on the economic blockade and discuss with common public for early and amicable solution.
"We feel that such economic blockade serves no purpose rather it will aggravate the
situation and create more misunderstandings between the people of the two sisterly
states. Instead of imposing economic blockade, student organizations should make
all out efforts to restore normalcy in the trouble-torn area and people to people
dialogue at all levels are the need of the hour," a Kristi-Kendra release said.
BSC lift Matmur Jomoh Football Trophy
Pasighat, Aug 25: Boggong Soccer Club (BSC) lifted the 3rd Matmur Jomoh Memorial
Football Tournament defeating Rengging Football Club 3-1 in a thrilling final at
General Ground here on Monday.
Kaling Dabi, BSC goal keeper, proved nemesis for the RFC players as the hefty yet
agile goal keeper deflected or collected all the RFC attempts on the day. Even the
well coordinated moves from seasoned mid-fielder Olom Darin and striker Matuni Padung,
who became the highest scorer with 9 goals, could not invade BSC fort.
However, in the first 15 minute of second half, Matuni Padung, after collecting a
well measured pass and edging past two BSC defenders netted the first goal for RFC.
However, RFC’s joy short-lived as Kangkiram Moyong’s superb header rested in the
net in 20 minute. Another goal from Ote Komut in the dying minute sealed victory
With this win, BSC owned the running trophy by winning all the editions of the Tournament.
Along with the trophy, the winner went away with a cash prize of Rs 30,000 and commendation
certificates while the runners up bagged a cash prize of Rs 20,000 and commendation
In individual category, the best player award went to Johny Darang of APP team, the
higher scorer to Matuni Padung of RFC and best goal keeper to Kaling Dabi.
Earlier, All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union president Takam Tatung, who was the
chief guest of the closing ceremony, remembered the historical contribution of Matmur
Jomoh and asked the State Government about the last days of the late freedom fighter.
"Late Matmur Jomoh was a great freedom fighter from our State but last days of his
life are mired in controversies. Some says he was sent to Andaman and Nicobar (Kala
Pani) while other says he was lodged in Calcutta prison. The State Government should
try to find out the truth and acknowledge his supreme sacrifice".
He encouraged the players to take up games and sports seriously and told them about
the 5 percent job reservation for sportsperson in various State Government departments.
The final match was witnessed by Nanom Jomoh, Advisor to CM, Biki Maad, Convenor
All Nyishi Students Union, Yade Tamuk ASM chairperson, Boggong.
The tournament was organized by Nino Welfare Society under the aegis of East Siang
District Football Association.
144 Cr PC imposed in East Siang
PASIGHAT, August 25: 144 Cr.PC has been imposed in entire East Siang after AdiSU
called a 24 hour bandh starting from Aug 26 to protest against the Lower Siang Hydro
Electric Project. The district administration has further declared the bandh illegal.
The Deputy Commissioner Onit Panyang along with SP Aloke Kumar convened a coordination
meeting today which was attended by Israel Perme GS AdiSU, Nong Tapak, Oyin Nonang,
members, Olik Komut, President, All East Siang District Student's Union, Ajay Darang,
President, Pangin-Boleng Student's Union, and local administrative officers.
In the meeting, the Deputy Commissioner appealed to the students leaders to call-off
the proposed 24 hours bandh.
Panyang appraised that the Secretary Power in a letter (No. PRS/W-1405/2006 dated
13/08/2010) has confirmed that the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh will have
a meeting tentatively on September 7 next at Itanagar on development of Lower Siang
Hydro Electric Project. All the Ministers and MLAs of three Siang districts are scheduled
to attend besides the representatives of AdiSU, project affected families and other
concern people having connection with the development of the said project. The DC
also appealed the students to respect the sentiments of Adi community who are preparing
to celebrate Solung.
He further added that such bandh interrupts ongoing progress causing destruction
to public properties, inconveniences to general public, particularly to the student
community and the patients.
Techi in CWG team
ITANAGAR, Aug 25: Indian Weightlifting Federation joint secretary Abraham K Techi
has been appointed as the National Technical Official for the Delhi Commonwealth
Techi, who is also adviser to CM and president of Arunachal Weightlifting Association,
represented India as manager of Indian weightlifting team at international events
on several occasions.
"His appointment as National Technical Official will boost the morale of sportspersons
and people associated with sports in Arunachal Pradesh in particular and North East
region in general," Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee said in a congratulatory
message. It hoped that Techi will discharge his assigned duty with utmost care and
PM, Sonia apprised of Tirap situation
ITANAGAR, Aug 25: The Arunachal Christian Forum (ACF) apprised the central leaders
of the grave situation prevailing in Arunachal Pradesh due to imposition of economic
blockade in parts of the state by certain organizations of Assam.
Describing the present situation in Tirap district that arose after a boundary dispute
followed by economic blockade very ‘serious’, ACF in its separate memoranda submitted
to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and AICC chief Sonia Gandhi, said that thousands
of poor innocent people of the district have been facing great hardships due to acute
shortage of essential items. While urging the leaders duo to address the issue of
border dispute between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh and initiate confidence building
measures in the trouble-torn area to restore peace, ACF sought the Centre’s intervention
to end the crisis at the earliest.
While urging the leaders duo to address the issue of border dispute between Assam
and Arunachal Pradesh and initiate confidence building measures in the trouble-torn
area to restore peace, ACF sought the Centre’s intervention to end the crisis at
AATA to participate in Sub-Jr. National
Taekwondo C’ Ship
ITANAGAR, Aug 25: All Arunachal Taekwondo Association today announced a 28-member
team for the 28th Sub-Junior National Taekwondo Championship scheduled to be held
at Tarun Ram Phukan Indoor Stadium, Guwahati from August 28.
The team comprising 24 players and four officials (coaches and managers) would be
leaving here tomorrow for Guwahati, , according to a AATA release.
Meanwhile, AATA expressed gratitude to Parliamentary secretary Sports and Youth Affairs
and Member Secretary of Sports Authority of Arunachal for extending financial support
to the participating team.
MLA inaugurates office
ITANAGAR, Aug 25: MLA Techi Kaso inaugurated Arunachal chapter of Agel Head Office
today at P.K Commercial. Agel is a fruit supplements from US based Gel Taechnology
– Gelceuticas. He said that “Agel will usher in a new concept of health in Arunachal
Pradesh. The fruit supplement product from Agel will provide relief from tones of
medicinal intake and nourish the body and mind for better life”.
VKV Students felicitated
ITANAGAR, Aug 25: Vivekananda Kendra Arun Jyoti Lohit District unit felicitated students
who topped in the AISSE -2010 in the district.
The Additional Deputy Commissioner W. Khimhun gave away prizes and certificates thereby
facilitating the students.
The students facilitated were Sashank Pandey (9.8) Zenith Child School Namsai, Pooja
Nair (9.8) Govt. Hr. Sec. School Namsai, Manish Kumar Rai , (9.6) Govt. Hr. Sec.
School Tezu, Aditya Ranjan (9.4) Govt. Hr. Sec. School Mahadevpur, Pranjal Prasun
9.4) govt. Hr. Sec School , Namsai, Pooja Kumari (9.4) Chow Nanda Memorial School
Chongkham, Akash Singh, (9.4) Chow Nanda Memorial School Chongkham Aparna Drivedi
(9.4) Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Tezu, Jitul Khutiya Deori (9.4) Chow Naine Maio,
(9.4), Priyanka mansai (9.4)
Khetinjing Moungkhong (9.4), Genyir Ado (9.0) of JNV Mahadevpur.
The Principal Indira Gandhi Govt. College was also facilitated on the occasion. (DIPRO)
36Bn CRPF carries out plantation of saplings
ITANAGAR, Aug 25: The 36th Battalion of the Central Reserve police force (CRPF) which
is deployed in the state of Arunachal Pradesh have conducted a mass plantation programme
on Aug 25.
The event was formulated by the CRPF’s Wives Welfare Association ( CWWA ) in collaboration
with the Zee TV.
Besides the force members, their spouses and children staying with them at Khonsa
enthusiastically took part in the programme.
Commandant 36 BN, CRPF Sanand Kamal, inaugurated the function by planting a sapling.
While delivering his inaugural Speech Kamal stressed the need for shouldering responsibility
to preserve the environment.
Addressing the gathering, Dr. Abha Kamal emphasized for nourishing a friendly attitude
towards the environment and requested to eschew cutting down the trees blatantly
on the pretext of developmental and constructional activities. She praised the concerted
effort under taken by the president CWWA CRPF Soni Srivastava in conjunction with
the Zee TV for spreading environmental awareness by conducting a nation wide programme
for plantation of sapling. She acquainted the gathering the social activities carried
out by the CWWA like dissemination of Aids awareness, lending a helping hand to disabled
persons etc since its establishment in 1995.
Apart from organizing plantation at 36 BN headquarter, Khonsa all of its companies
deployed at various places of Arunachal Pradesh have also undertaken a similar job
ITANAGAR, Aug 25: Adi community residing in Capital Complex is all set to celebrate
Solung Festival in a grand manner at Solung Mopin Ground here.
Various cultural programmes are being organized by Itanagar Solung Festival Celebration
Committee as part of the celebration from August 29 to September two.
Assam’s popular Mishing singer Toru Lota Kutum will enthrall the revelers at a musical
nite on August 31 at the festival ground.
Local MLA Techi Kaso, who has consented to be the chief guest of the festival on
September One, would release an Adi film titled Yaken Ke Binyat’ by Delong Padung
and an Adi audio cassette produced by A Jongkey.
A Ponung party from Ledum village of East Siang district will also perform during
Further, Adi Bane Kebang will felicitate Class X and XII toppers of last examination
of Adi community on the occasion.
ITANAGAR, Aug 25: A cleanliness drive was organized at Doimukh market area by NSS
unit of Doimukh GHSS School along with Doimukh Students Union, All Papum Pare District
Students Union and Market Welfare Committee, Doimukh today.
They disposed of garbage dumped in the market areas and also cleared the gutters
(road side channel). They expressed gratitude to the ZPM and panchayat leaders for
extending all necessary help in the social service.
BCC meet held
ITANAGAR, Aug 25: The first meeting of the newly elected body of Liromoba BCC held
on August 23 stressed for further strengthening the Congress party at grassroot level.
BCC president Yami Tamuk exhorted the party cadres to maintain unity and integrity
in order to carry forward the ideologies of Congress party. He also praised Minister
Jarbom Gamlin and his initiatives for all round development of the area.
The meeting was attended, among others, by all the newly elected BCC office bearers,
panchayat leaders and veteran party leaders of the area.
KSU president resigns
ITANAGAR, Aug 25: Karga Students’ Union (KSU) president Sijum Rilo has resigned from
his post, claimed a signed statement.
ITANAGAR, Aug 25: Borum Panchayat Youth Welfare Association (BPYWA) has selected
Taba Thomas as president and Taw Peter Tara as general secretary for three years.
Meanwhile, All Tali Area Students’ Union (ATASU) in a meeting constituted a 4-member
advisory board headed by Tagru Tame as chief advisor.
ITANAGAR, Aug 25: Senki Valley Colony Welfare Committee (SVCWC) has elected new executive
body with Tagru Tago, Toko Doni and Likha Shakty as chairman, vice-chairman and general
Orgs decries bad road conditions
ITANAGAR: All Aruna-chal Pradesh Transport Federation (APPTF) Tawang Branch and All
Tawang District Students’ Union (ATDSU) has decried the bad road conditions in Tawang.
It said despite being strategically located, the roads in the district have not been
given enough attention.
It called on the centre and state government to look into the matter and take up
with the Border Road Organization (BRO).
It said that even though the state government is giving enough money for the development
but it has failed to keep a tab on BRO’s works on Tezpur-Tawang road.
DC cautions bumper housie organizers
ITANAGAR: The Deputy Commissioner cum District Magistrate, Itanagar Capital Complex
cautioned those people involved in organizing Bumper Housie games to refrain from
such unlawful activities
"In contravention to govt order, some people are regularly organizing Bumper Housie
games in Capital Complex causing a breach of public peace and tranquility," the
DC observed. ‘Violators would be booked under appropriate section law.’ it added.
ABK appreciatesANSU gesture
ITANAGAR: Adi Bane Kebang (ABK) has welcomed the decision taken by the ANSU to defer
the proposed bandh call from 30th August to 6th September in view of ensuing Solung
Festival in compliance with formal request made by the Kebang.
It said that good gesture extended by ANSU shall go a long way in cementing the communal
harmony in the state. But at the same time ABK expressed its resentment over the
State Legislative Assembly’s silence over the request made by ABK to postpone the
coming Assembly Session scheduled on 3rd September 2010 in view of Solung Celebration
all over the state.