Citizens should exercise restrain: Pul
Helipad, steel bridge inaugurated
ITANAGAR, Aug 23: The Assam Arunachal boundary is an issue to be taken at Government
level and people of both sides should not strain its age-old relationship on petty
issues, said Finance, Tax & Excise Minister Kalikho Pul while inaugurating a helipad
at Sunpura after successful test landing there yesterday. The area borders Assam.
He also declared open 15 meters Span steel bridge connecting New and Old Hatiduba
on the occasion.
Expressing his satisfaction over construction of road connecting Tezu – Sunpura ,
he insisted on proper execution of road from Jeko to 19 Mile for which Rs 40,00,000/-
has been earmarked . The reservation of forest has been a past mistake and de-reservation
is now a lengthy process. The Tribal right on forest land will rescue our tribal
people to claim their individual and community land and people can seek redressal
from the concern department, he added. He was addressing a huge gathering at Sunpura.
He spelt out in detail about the management of revised and arrear Pay of the government
servant under Sixth CPC. The problems of Doctors, Nurses, Teachers and Police who
are working round the clock in providing essential services are his priority area
and they should keep-up their reputation. The government is taking a policy to regularize
the teachers serving under SSA.
Appreciating the VKVians who turn-up for reception with band braving the inclement
weather, the Minister gave away Rs. 50,000/- to meet up their contingency expenses
and directed the work department to prepare a detail estimate on fencing works as
desired by the Principal of VKV Sunpura . The hydropower projects taken up on Lohit
River will be great source of revenue for the state and wave of apprehension by few
people is not backed by any logic, he said. Replying to the public memorandum submitted
by Sunpura ZPM , he assured to look into it on priority basis .
The former representative of Tezu-Sunpura Karikho Kri said that enormous effort has
been put on road, infrastructure development of Medical , Education and Circle Office.
His main focus in future will be shifted on irrigation system as the area has a vast
fertile land with rich productivity. The monsoon this time has been quite harsh on
farmers resulting in crop losses, he said and urged the minister to declare as “Drought
Area” during this year.
The 2004 flood that wrecked Sunpura to isolation and outbreak of epidemic has prompted
him to conceive the idea of a landing ground there for emergency evacuation and flow
of relief materials, he said.
An independent MLA cannot bring development to such an extend unless he works as
a team with other senior ministers of Lohit, Anajaw and the state Chief Minister,
Kri added. (DIPRO)
ASUD takes up reservation with Centre
ITANAGAR, Aug 23: Arunachal Student Union Delhi met Union Cabinet Minister for Social
Justice and Empowerment Mukul Wasnik and APCC President and Minster for P.W.D and
U.D Nabum Tuki at Arunachal House in New Delhi, regarding the reduction of reservation
of S.T from existing 7.5% to 1% in Education Sector by the Delhi govt. The Union
informed that Wasnik assured to solve the problem at the earliest while Tuki promised
to take up the matter with concerned people.
Speaking on the occasion Lokam Anand President and Tali Gongo General secretary A.S.U.D
condemned the decision taken up by the Delhi Govt. and requested the ministers to
look into the matter and highlight the Importance of reservation for the North East
students and Arunachal in particular.
Meanwhile ASUD is organising Freshers-Meet on Aug 29 at Arunachal House.
Suspension Bridge over Poma River inaugurated
ITANAGAR, Aug 23: MLA N. Pinch has inaugurated a Rod-Wire Suspension Bridge on the
river Poma linking Tarasso and Bassernillo at Ramghat. The bridge is 150 meters in
length and 3 meters in breadth on August 22 last
With the bridge having been commissioned, the people of Tarasso and Bassernillo
have heaved a sigh of relief. The bridge is a great boom to the people of either
side of river particularly in the rainy days when the river is high spate.
On the occasions Pinch was accompanied by EAC Balijan, AE PWD Sub-Division Balijan,
AE WRD, GB’s, Panchayat Leaders besides people of the villages said a release issued
by the Office of the MLA.
CHC Deomali delivers service
ITANAGAR, Aug 23: Deomali CHC, Tirap would have twelve Doctors including part-time
Specialists, a Dentist and five Medical Officers. It’s expected that by the end of
1st week of September the CHC would be fully functional, however, VHAI has started
providing services from Aug 1 itself much to the relief of the people of the area.
Five Specialists including a surgical specialist, Pediatrician, Gynecologist, Ophthalmologist
and Medicine-Specialist have started providing services at the CHC. At present they
visit the CHC once in a week, which is likely to be enhanced in future.
Awareness programme on medicinal plants
ITANAGAR, Aug 23: Aakash Creations Development Society of India (ACDS) and Mehcha
Welfare Society, Yachuli with technical support from Regional Research Institute
(Ayurveda), Itanagar, organized one day awareness programme on Commercial Cultivation
of Medicinal Plants at Yachuli, Lower Subansiri district on August 17,
Inaugurating the workshop ZPM, Yachuli Toko Punna, urged members of the welfare association
to acquire the knowledge about the medicinal plants imparted by resource persons
coming from different organizations.
Executive Secretary, ACDS Arun J. Mulla appealed women groups of the village to come
forward for some constructive activities to improve the economic status of the villager.
Assistant Director, Regional Research Institute (Ayurveda) Itanagar Dr Ramashankar
and North Eastern Institute of Folk Medicine, Pasighat illustrated the importance
of medicinal plants cultivation for the economic development of this region. He emphasized
on the cultivation of few prioritized plants in the area rather than all medicinal
plants. Further he mentioned the suitability of three plants Embelia ribes, Acorus
calamus and Rubia cordifolia for the locality in initial stage and explained the
detail cultivation procedure and pharmaceutical value of these plants and assured
to provide seedlings for cultivation of medicinal plants.
North Eastern Institute of Folk Medicine (NEIFM), Pasighat Dr Sourabh Deb, explained
the importance of traditional medicine and different initiatives taking by NEIFM
for the development of the region.
There was a field visit arranged for participants accompanied by Dr Rama Shankar,
Dr Deb and Mulla for identifying those plants in field condition as well as for understanding
their adaptability in the climatic condition.
MECHA Welfare Society Secretary, Joram Boke, ACDS, project coordinator Jyotimas Isalery
and Joram Yajum also spoke on the occasion.
All together 75 women leaders took part in this programme.
A glaring human rights violation
ITANAGAR, Aug 22: An 11-year-old girl is being treated for shock in the Indian state
of Manipur after spending five days in police custody. Bidyarani Devi Salam was taken
from her home by security forces on the morning of 14 August.
"Amnesty International calls for an immediate investigation and action against the
policemen responsible for carrying out this shameful act," said Madhu Malhotra, Deputy
Director of Amnesty International's Asia Pacific Amnesty Programme.
Local human rights organizations have alleged that the police abducted the minor
girl to make her parents - who were suspected of helping local armed opposition groups
– give themselves up.
"A minor girl being targeted by armed forces to justify their action against armed
opposition groups is an unacceptable act and should not be tolerated under any circumstances,"
said Madhu Malhotra.
"It's high time that the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958, which gives immunity
to security and paramilitary forces in conflict with armed opposition groups, is
The police maintain that they had taken the girl for medical treatment after she
fainted during their visit to her house to search for her parents. However, the police
could not explain why she was not sent to a children's home or to a hospital for
Bidyarani Devi Salam was released and handed over to relatives on Thursday, after
police had arrested her parents under suspicion of helping the Manipur People's Liberation
On Thursday evening she was being treated at the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences
in Manipur. Doctors said it was too early for a diagnosis and that she was under
observation. Mala Lisam, the Manipur state coordinator of Childline, said child welfare
organizations are now deciding how to help her.
This is the second time in a month that Manipur has come under sharp focus for gross
violations of human rights. On 23 July, Manipur police and security forces shot dead
a 27-year-old unarmed former militant, Chungkam Sanjit, and a pregnant woman bystander
in the main market of Manipur.
Manipur chief minister, Ibobi Singh, has ordered a judicial inquiry into the 23 July
killings and suspended six policemen. However, the policemen are yet to be formally
charged with murder. A court has given the state government until 25 August to file
On 4 and 5 August, police detained seven human rights activists including three women
after they led peaceful protests to the state governor's residence, seeking the dismissal
of the policemen for the murders and the filing of formal charges against them.
"Instead of taking legal action against the security forces committing gross human
rights violations the state has chosen to punish local activists for peacefully raising
their voices to seek justice," said Madhu Malhotra. Manipur has witnessed recurrent
protests against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958, which gives immunity
to security and paramilitary forces in the conflict with armed militias.
Amnesty International and other human rights organizations have repeatedly demanded
the repeal of this legislation which went against India's international obligations
to protect human rights.
Spanish language and culture course at RGU
RONO HILLS, Aug 23: Hola,(Hello) Buenos tardes a todos! (Good afternoon to all),
¡ Cómo estais? (How are you doing?), Muy bien, gracias, ( I am very well, Thank you),
¿y tu? (How about you?) These Spanish words echoed at the Conference Hall of Rajiv
Gandhi University at the certificate awarding function held yesterday. They were
spoken by the 13 students who did a 60 hours course on Spanish Language and Culture.
This was the outcome of the MOU signed between Rajiv Gandhi University and the Universitat
Rovira I Virgili, Tarragona last year. Professor Marta-Beatriz Vizca?no Español was
successful in teaching students the basics of Spanish lingua (language), dance, Cocinar
(cuisine) and the rich culture of Spain.
Vice Chancellor RGU Prof. K.C.Belliappa gave away the certificates while Prof Marta
made a presentation on “Spanish Gypsy Life” with video clippings.
Society rally behind MLA
ITANAGAR, Aug 23: Poma Rillo Youth Welfare Society while reacting to allegation of
non performance leveled by the ZPM of Upper Balijan and Tarasso against MLA Ngurang
Pinch, said that development activities carried out by the MLA deserves appreciation.
It said that MLA fulfilled his pre election promise of road to Poma Village and a
bridge over Rello river have been constructed with his initiatives. It suggested
that leaders visit the area to take stock themselves.
ITANAGAR: Kenyir Ringu resigned from Indian National Congress to join Nationalist
Congress Party State. She was a State Executive Member of the INC. Ringu is a Member,
Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women.
ITANAGAR: Rs 3 lakhs was reportedly looted at gunpoint at Samarjan, Dhemaji from
one Mari Laye last night at 7:30 pm.
The incident happened when passenger was crossing the flood damaged portion of NH
52 on foot accompanied by two female relatives.
The delayed restoration work has increased the vulnerability of Arunachal passengers
to various forms of exploitation. Prime minister himself needs to intervene to put
in place an all highway for the region said Dr. Tado Karlo, chairman, of North East
Indigenous Human Rights Organisation.
2nd Tarung Pabin Memorial Solung tournament
ITANAGAR: 2nd Late Tarung Pabin Memorial Solung Tournament was kicked off by MLA
Omak Apang at Mirem, East Siang District on August 20 last. In the opening match
Rising Star Ralung beat Sibut Mabar 3-1. Altogether 18 teams are participating in
the week long tournament.
Speaking on the occasion Apang advised the players to maintain sportsmanship spirit
and assured to provide possible help to the Mirem Sports Association (MSA). He donated
a sum of Rs 25000 to the organizing committee.
Meanwhile, MSA President Obang Mize thanked MLA Omak Apang, official and others for
attending the opening ceremony.
AdiSU project 2nd phase Band
ITANAGAR: After a 12 hours bandh call on August 6 last at East Siang, Upper Siang,
West Siang, Lower Dibang Valley and Lohit Districts, the Adi Students’ Union (AdiSU)
has decided to call its second phase 48 hours bandh call on September 10 and 11.
AdiSU said that despite repeated appeals and protest, the state government has failed
to initiate any steps on their demands regarding Dam projects in Adi belt and review
of the MoAs, compensation to land donors of Joypur, New Jengthu and Samuguri in Namsai
sub-division, maintenance and renovation of Boys hostel of Jawarhar Lal Nehru College,
Pongte’s contribution cannot be undermined
We, the common mass of 53-Changlang (North) S/T Assembly Constituency are surprised
to see the allegations made against Wangnia Pongte on the ground of 'Development
Lacking throughout the constituency during his five years tenure as MLA.
The allegations made through the Reader's Column of Arunachal Times on 13"' & 14"'
of August 2009, wherein it has also been projected that, some people from the Tutsa
Community are breaking away from Pongte's camp, is not only a baseless but totally
false. The fact remains that the Tutsa community is whole heartedly supporting W
With the assembly elections knocking on the door, all the rival groups and parties
have become actively busy with raising false allegations and propaganda against the
We would further like to clarify the allegations made against Pongte of not doing
any developmental works in his constituency.
It needs to be mentioned that, all the major establishments such as Changlang RFG
Degree College, Officer’s Club, Judge's Building, Extension & Up-gradation of District
Hospital, Extension & Up-gradation of Circuit House at Changlang and many other important
establishments been implemented during Pongte’s tenure.
On road connectivity an amount of Rs 9 crores been sanctioned from PMGSY against
Changlang - Kuchep road and is under implementation, an amount of Rs 1 80 crores
for construction of road for Jongpho village has been sanctioned from PMGSY, another
3 (three) more roads are under construction for Jongrani to Nakang village. Nine
Mile Coffee to Relangkan Village and Phangtip to Waltom village have also been sanctioned
under DOTC and SPA fund. All these developmental activities on road connectivity
have been done during the tenure of W Pongte.
In regard to Construction Changlang - Margeritha road, we would like to mention that
the said road had been taken up under NEC Scheme during the tenure of T Taiju, the
then Minister for IFCD.
Crores of rupees was sanctioned for it’s implementation but nothing been done in
the field and thus crores of rupees been misused.
The government is not going to sanction any more fund against the said road till
it's life span is over despite repeated approach. However, the present MLA is initiating
for taking up the road under CRF for double line road.
As regards to renovation of township road of Changlang, it is to be mentioned that,
every year an amount of Rs.50 Lacs is being sanctioned either from SPA or MLA LAD.
Unfortunately, this year due to the sudden flash flood the roads of township have
been badly affected.
However, with the help of the chief minister Dorjee Khandu, measures have been taken
up for restoration of road connectivity throughout the township.
Some works are yet to be complete, for which an estimate for Rs.2 (two) crores has
been submitted with the government which is also under active consideration.
In regard to construction of Road from Changlang - Yankang- Khonsa, it is to be mentioned
that, the road had been taken up under Arunachal Trans Highway Scheme and are going
to be implemented soon.
All the above contributions by W Pongte cannot be ignored.
We appeal to the common people not to fall in the net of false propaganda and support
the genuine candidature of the sitting MLA to represent the people.
Vice president, Youth Congress Changlang district
Public leader, Kongsa village
Public leader, Kuthong village
ASM Phangtip, GPC
ASM, Yankang-Jongrom, GPC
Former GPM, Longpha village
Ten years after…
Since the creation of Changlang district, bifurcating Tirap in mid 80’s, Changlang
was divided into two constituencies – Changlang North and Changlang South.
Since its inception, Changlang South constituency (Khimiyong circle) was fortunate
to have had socio-economic development. Electricity, water supply, road communication
had reached every nook and corner, even to far end of villages adjacent to Burma.
Moreover the villagers had bus service from Changlang town to Khimiyong(36km).
However, during last 10 years, Changlang South (Khimiyong circle) has been facing
hell-like situation. Literally nothing was done, not even restoration or maintenance
of the existing infrastructure. The roads are in such depleted condition that they
are not in shape for plying buses. In cases of emergency, people are helpless. All
development activities are also being hampered due to dilapidated road condition.
There are no adequate rations supplies, proper medical facilities and no improvement
in education scenario.
In fact, the Govt has been allocating crores of rupees every year under DoTC, SPA,
BADP, MIC fund, besides MLA fund for development of Khimiyong circle and Tirap and
Changlang as a whole. However, during the ten years there is no sign of developmental
Therefore, we appeal chief minister to investigate into the matter through appropriate
Timpu Ngemu, GS
All Changlang District Students’ Union
Appeal to APPSC
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to appeal to APPSC to provide option for
applying advertised jobs online. This will help those professionals who are staying
outside Arunachal. I know many of students and professionals who don't have relatives
there at Itanagar. After verifying the applications online, the Commission can post
the required form to the candidates.
Moreover, it is sad to see that the APPSC website has not been updated since ages.
This is also true for almost all departments of Arunachal. In today's internet age,
we would expect the prestigious organizations like APPSC to have at least well updated
website with option to apply for jobs online.
Sr. Software Engineer
Abolish bad practices
Vidhan Sabha election is knocking at the door of Arunachal Pradesh. It has been
observed since long that the voters are demanding huge money from the particular
candidate in spite of their own choice. And sometimes they run after other candidates
for double money, that’s why the candidate/party workers have been resorting to administer
oath which is a bad practice.
I therefore request all the voters, candidates, party workers to abolish the bad
practices such as Oath in this ensuing election, let us exercise our fundamental
right in a peaceful manner.
Naharlagun "C" sector