It is unfortunate that the road to civilization has become a bone of contention.
Before the editor declines any more clarification regarding the mentioned road, I
want to clarify and share certain facts.
Firstly, I would humbly request the MLA to get his facts and figures right before
leveling any charges. The total sanctioned amount of Dari - Chambang Road measuring
40 km is 34.14 Lakhs of which NABARD granted 27.33 lakhs and the rest of 6.74 crores
was contributed in the form of PM Package/SPA ( as per the 80:20 Norm). It was not
41.05 Crores as naively alleged by the MLA. I would advise him get it ascertain
from the planning department & PWD too. But if indeed it is 41.05 crores as alleged
by the MLA he should explain where is that excess 6.91 crores and how it came!!
Secondly, in the mentioned road there was no undue intervention on my part as my
intention was to complete the road at the earliest. The work was purely distributed
based on merit by the department to the various contractors. These facts can be ascertained
by the engineers and other staff of the division as they continue to hold their post
at present also.
Thirdly, the fact that this is the only completed motorable road funded by NABARD
in the entire district since independence speaks volume of my sincerity and honesty
and my sense of obligation towards the development of the region and the actual work
done by the contractors.
Fourthly, by raising the mismanagement of fund without any evidence and based on
concocted figures, has questioned my integrity. As a pointer, during my tenure all
the MLA LAD fund and SPA was entirely used in infrastructural development and asset
creation in the area which can be verified from the concern department and general
public. I feel, I need not clarify any further.
My advice to the present MLA would be to concentrate on the issues in hand rather
than sniffing around and fueling vindictive allegation. If he may, could take a cue
from me. During my tenure I learned that the TALARIANG TO YANGTE ROAD sanctioned
in 2001 under NABARD (12 crore) was nowhere near completion although the fund was
completely exhausted. It included a critical bridge over river Panyi, which was nowhere
to be seen. As I felt the development was more important and the roads completion
a necessity, without politicizing and creating any fuss, on my tireless personal
insistence I got the revised sanction for the road and made the road motorable and
convinced the then Chief Engineer, western Zone (Tomi Ete) to accord an English bridge
from Pasighat over river Panyi ( for which I am thankful), which happened to be the
first in the region.
The Hon’ble MLA will know this as he himself inaugurated this bridge on 2009 before
election, as District Zilla Chairperson.
I would again request him to clear the payments of the deserving contractors against
the said road without any bias and restore peace in the area and instead of mud slinging
to concentrate on the schemes I have initiated and to complete it. And also to avoid
bizarre drills such as, the proposed PA to Chambang road sent during my tenure for
sanctioning, the incumbent MLA has resent it as proposed Chambang to PA. indeed a
bizarre and mind boggling logic.
If still unsatisfied I am open for scrutiny; let the concern department be there
and general public too for open and frank discussions.
Balo Raja (Ex-MLA)
18th Palin Chambang,
This APP personnel deserve award
We the people of Pangin-Boleng would like to congratulate the Arunachal Pradesh Police
department for having a brave soldier like Ct. Tanyup Tamuk of Pangin-Boleng I/C
special Branch. We are delighted to have him amidst us with his dashing zeal to undertake
any operation/duty entrusted to him. He is honest to his duty and the vigor to keep
the prestige of his department high is commendable for which the department deserves
His commendable service is departmentally awarded like turn out by the APP DIG,
East in 1999 and Commendation Certificate by AIGP APP twice for his valor.
There are many instances where he was found to be dutiful accomplishing the desired
results astonishingly in the assigned task. His last dreaded rescue operation against
a kidnapping case was appreciable and he deserves a National Bravery Award for his
act of bravery.
We believe that there are other courageous personnel in the police department who
also truly deserve awards. We earnestly urged the State Govt, particularly the police
department to present awards on historic day like Republic day and Independence Day
to encourage them.
We believe that the brave soldiers will never let down the expectations of the Govt.
and the people.
Media is our best messenger
This is apropos the news item “Journalists at receiving end…” (Dec 14) . I am deeply
shocked to know that two women journalists were physically assaulted and abused
by unknown person.
I appeal all organizations and unions of the state to cooperate with media. They
serve us, help us, give us. We only take from media and give none.
Without media, we can not express our opinion regarding development and highlight
corruption activities of the state. Media is our best friend as they help us informed
on any matter.
I appeal to state Govt to provide security for media persons who are devotedly working
for citizens, consider their demand seriously and arrest the accused as soon as possible.
Itanagar (on email)
All email and surface mails must be accompanied with contact numbers and full postal
address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.
What many do not know about the formation of a unit of Congress(I), which laid the
foundation of party politics in Arunachal Pradesh, is that the idea of such formation
was discussed at a meeting of Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee.
It was sometime in November/December, 1972 that P.K. Thongun, the then Chief Councilor
and Wangpha Lowang, Councilor of Pradesh Council were allowed to attend and participate
in the meeting of MPPC at Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee Office, Shillong.
General Yazi, All India Congress Committee, General Secretary was the representative
from Congress High-command. In the meeting, Thungon and Wangpha reported to Gen.
Yazi about a necessity of having a unit of Congress (I) opened in Arunachal Pradesh.
A year later, in February 1973, the former Prime Minister, P.V. Narashima Rao, then
General Secretary, ACCI visited Shillong. Thungon along with Wangpha Lowang and
C.C. Gohain, then nominated Member of Parliament visited Rao and extracted green
signal from him to open a unit of Congress (I).
First unit of Congress (I) was opened with C.C. Gohain and Wangpha Lowang as President
and General Secretary respectively of Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee. P.K.
Thungon was made as the Vice-President. At that point of time district and block
units could not be opened as the Capital of Arunachal Pradesh was still functioning
from Shillong. With the shifting of capital from Shillong to Itanagar, in 1974, a
General Meeting was held at Central School, Naharlagun. It was attended by delegates
from various districts and blocks from different parts of Arunachal Pradesh. Gora
Pertin was elected as the new President of Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee.
It is learnt that late Tomo Riba was not in favour of opening of the unit of Congress
(I) as he was actively influenced by regional ideology propagated by regional leaders
in some North eastern states, particularly that of Captain Williamson Sangma, the
then Chief Minister of Meghalaya. All Parties Hill Leaders Conference, which was
formed by hill leaders of North East India in order to counter ‘Assamese hegemony’,
was extremely popular during those days. Immediate cause of the formation of APHLC
was the Official Language Bill of 1960, making Assamese as official language of the
state of Assam, which then included Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Mizoram.
In 1975, Pradesh Council was converted into Provisional Legislative Assembly with
Council of Ministers. There were two potential candidates for the post of Chief Minister-
Chief Councilor, P. K. Thungon and Tomo Riba, Councilor. Chief Minister’s candidature
was decided through informal secret voting by the members of Pradesh Council. P.K.
Thungon was elected as the Chief Minister and Tomo Riba became Minister (Agriculture).
There were three other ministers: Sobeng Tayeng, Wangpha Lowang and Tadar Tang.
P.K. Thungon, after becoming the Chief Minister, is said to have visited various
places of Arunachal Pradesh to open districts and block units of Congress (I). Kameng
District Congress Committee was the first DCC, according to Thungon, who along with
Wangpha Lowang had gone to Bombdila immediately after formation of PCC at Naharlagun.
Quite surprisingly, a month after Janata Party came to power at the Centre, the Pradesh
Congress Committee met in a session in Itanagar on April 1977 and extended its cooperation
in ‘all matters of constructive development’ of the Union Territory with the party.
In May, 1977 almost entire members of Congress (I) joined the Janata Party. As a
result, ‘Congress leaders’ contested the first Legislative assembly election in 1978
as Janata Party Candidates. Gora Pertin became Arunachal Pradesh Janata Party Chief.
There was only one Congress (I) candidate in 1978 election- Tasso Grayu from Ziro
Assembly Constituency (now Ziro-Hapoli). Our records speak that Grayu is the only
political leader in the state who has been remaining loyal to the Congress party
throughout his political career. His loyalty needs recognition and is worth emulating.
We are made to understand that Thungon-led Congress government changed political
coat and joined Janata Party with ‘specific instruction’ from the President of Congress
(I), Indira Gandhi. Indira knew that she was coming back to power and wanted P.K.
Thungon to be with Janata Party for time being so that he does not face the harassment
of the Central government. This version of Thungon seems not very convincing.
The first popularly elected Legislative Assembly, replacing the Provisional Legislative
Assembly constituted on August 1975, was constituted after February, 1978 Assembly
election. Janata Party government, under the Chief Ministership of P.K. Thungon was
formed. Tadar Tang, Sobeng Tayeng, Gegong Apang and Nokmey Namati were included in
his Council of Ministers.
The first Legislative Assembly did not last long. The second Legislative Assembly
election had to be called within two years of the first one because of political
instability in the Union Territory. The second Legislative Assembly election, which
was held in 1980, saw the resurrection of Congress (I). Once Congress leaders, who
turned into Janata Party leaders, returned back to Congress (I) and contested in
Congress (I) tickets. The results of the second Assembly election show that the PPA
and Congress-I emerged absolutely balanced with 13 seats each. The Congress (I) could
form the government with the help of some defectors from PPA. Gegong Apang became
the Chief Minister. Since then, the winning graph of Congress (I) remained steady
except on two occasions when Arunachal Congress and BJP came to the power for a brief
period of time.
The love and respect for Nehru-Gandhi family has been one of the factors responsible
for close and affectionate association of the tribal people of Arunachal Pradesh
with ‘Hand’, the election symbol of Congress (I). Pt. Nehru’s five principles for
tribal development were primarily designed for the development of the people of NEFA.
The grant of the status of Union territory and statehood to Arunachal Pradesh was
considered as a gift from Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi respectively. The old generation
people still identify themselves with the party (Congress - I) that they consider
However, the future of party politics, including that of Congress (I), in Arunachal
Pradesh is extremely dark. It is hard to find political leaders who campaign in the
name of party, and even harder to find voters voting for a political party. Let us
not talk about ideology. What we see today is the politics of clan, community and
Organizational structure of Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee, apparently, looks
fantastic. But a visit to the Rajiv Bhavan for any kind of information is an experience
for a researcher. Nobody knows or is willing to talk even about the history of the
great Indian National Congress in the state. No record of any sort is made available
for academic interpretation. The Seva Dal Office in Naharlagun looks no different
from any slum colony in Calcutta or Bombay because of repeated Melas in its premises.
This made us to wonder: Is Arunachal Pradesh so devoid of human resources?
May we suggest the President, AICC to create a Research Cell especially for Arunachal
Pradesh! Otherwise, the party would be in very bad shape in the days of competitive
This article is based on personal interview with P.K. Thungon, former Chief Minister
of Arunachal Pradesh. The authors can be contacted at email@example.com.
Former MP writes PM on Chinese visa issue
ITANAGAR, Dec 15: Former MP Kiren Rijiju has appealed the Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh to raise issue of denying visa to Arunachal Pradesh officials by Chinese embassy.
In a letter to Prime Minister, the former MP said ‘as you are aware that officials
and diplomatic passport holders from Arunachal Pradesh are denied visa by the Chinese
Embassy causing lots of anger and protest in Arunachal Pradesh’.
On the eve of the visit of Chinese premier Wen Jiabo to India, Rijiju feels that
it is proper opportunity to raise the issue and push for amendments in Chinese Policy.
While appreciating confidence building dialogue of both the countries including the
talks on boundary disputes, the former MP said although the people of Arunachal
Pradesh do not think that the state is a disputed territory but due to Chinese position
India is talking on boundary issues including Mc Mohan Line in Arunachal Pradesh.
China is increasingly becoming the hub of global economy and the major international
activities and events are taking place in China, but due to rejection of visas, the
officials from Arunachal are denied from attending and taking parts in those vital
international events, he said.
As India is reportedly taking up the issue of stapled visa to Kashmiris with the
Chinese premier, it is pertinent to raise the Arunachalee visa issue also, the former
MP said. While the talks on boundary issue is going on and may take long time, the
officials from Arunachal may be issued normal visas to have a better bond between
the two great nations, he observed.
He further said that the Look East Policy of Govt. of India can not be complete
unless border trade with China is established. It will be of great importance if
a de-facto border trade route is started with China through Arunachal in few historical
trade routes which remained closed since 1962, he said.
Arunachal Pradesh has become a prisoner of its frontiers. 85 percent of our international
boundary is with China and unless we get access with China through trade and people
to people contact Arunachal will remain a land beyond horizon, the former MP observed.
Byaling to inaugurate NE-AIPS conference
ITANAGAR, Dec 15: The Arunachal Pradesh Medical Council (APMC) in collaboration with
General Hospital, Naharlagun and state NRHM and Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control
Society (APSACS) will organise a two-day annual conference of the 7th North East
Chapter of Indian Association of Paediatric Surgeons (NE-IAPS) at Itanagar and Naharlagun
on Dec 18 and 19 respectively.
State Health and Family Welfare Minister Tanga Byaling will inaugurate the conference
at Banquet Hall on Dec 18. The first day programme will comprise of sessions on
CME and lectures by the guest resource person, while there will be live operation
session by Dr Ravi Ramadwar, a renowned paediatric laparoscopic surgeon from Mumbia
at General hospital on second day of the programme.
Large number of doctors including surgeons, paediatricians, gynaecologists and anaesthetists
from all districts including Capital Complex are expected to take part in the conference.
Arunachal lifters shine at international event
ITANAGAR, Dec 15: Lifters from Arunachal Pradesh have once again brought laurels
to the state by winning three international medals--two gold and a bronze-- in Malaysia.
Yukar Sibi, the 2008 Youth Commonwealth Games silver medalist, won a Gold each in
Commonwealth Youth Games and Continental Grand Prix in 62 kg category while Soram
Hitlar Tagru, another emerging lifter, won a bronze in boys 62 kg category in Commonwealth
Youth Games yesterday.
Yukar lifted a total of 259 kg (110 +150) in Men’s Junior category in Youth Commonwealth
Games and 268 kg (109+159+) in Continental Grand Prix held in Penang, Malaysia while
Tagru had an effort of 212 kg. Both Sibi and Tagru hail from Tali area of Kurung
Kumey district and they are presently training at Army Sports Institute, Pune.
Tagru, 14, was selected under “Catch them Young”, a talent scouting scheme initiated
by Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen. JJ Singh.
Meanwhile, Arunachal Olympic Association (AOA) and MP Takam Sanjay congratulated
the weightlifters duo for winning the most coveted medals.
Describing them as role models for the young generations, both AOA and Sanjoy said
that the lifters duo deserves congratulations from all sections of the society for
fetching international gold medals for the state as well as country.
Sanjoy, also president of Arunachal Pradesh Football Association, has been stressing
on promotion of games and sports in the state.
AOA, while expressing its gratitude to Arunachal Weightlifting Association president
Techi Abraham and Secretary Daniel Teli for their hardwork and dedication to produce
players of such calibre, thanked Army management group for conducting a talent search
across the state in January last and exposing them to international level competitions
which ulmitmately bore fruits.
Meanwhile, AOA thanked Home Minister Tako Dabi, Commissioner Home, DGP, DIGP (S)
and all other officers and officials of Police department for recruiting meritorious
sports persons in the Police department and hoped that other departments will follow
NERIST impasse ends
ITANAGAR, Dec 15: In the last few days premier technical institute of state North
East Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST) has going through turmoil
with factionalism developing among the employees. NERIST was virtually non-functioning
with section of employees staging agitation seeking fulfillment of their demands.
To end this deadlock today a consultative meeting was held at NERIST, guest house.
Members of All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU), North-East Students Organization
(NESO), All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU), Galo Students Union (GSU), Director NERIST,
United NERIST Employed Association and representatives of faculty members were present
during the meet. After long discussion, every member present resolved to end this
crisis and first step towards this will be calling off ongoing agitation by United
NERIST Employed Association from today.
Meeting also resolved that resignation letter submitted by present NERIST Director
shall be withdrawn and thereby this resignation letter stand revoked. Further everyone
present resolved that director and agitating employees organization will maintain
cordial relation so that atmosphere of NERIST campus is not polluted with internal
politics. To thrash fear of local contractual employees, it was decided that director
NERIST will ensure the continuity of contractual group C and D employee as required.
Director will also pursue demands of employees which include up gradation of hand
receipt to contingency and regularization of contractual appointees under grade C
and D during the next board of meeting. Meeting also authorized student bodies like
NESO, AAPSU and ANSU to pursue the demand of employees with chairman of BOM. Meanwhile
AAPSU President Takam Tatung has urged state government to take special care of NERIST.
“NERIST is considered to be one of the best technical institute of NE regions and
if our state government does not give special attention, then this pride of state
will also go way ward. We would request state government to keep a close eye on functioning
of NERIST for betterment of this institute,” said Takam Tatung. He also urged public
not to interfere in the functioning of NERIST. “People should understand that NERIST
is pride for us and it’s our duty to preserver this institute. NERIST offers best
chance to poor Arunachalees who can’t afford to study outside state to pursue their
dream of taking up technical degrees,” said Tatung.
No militant hideouts in Arunachal: Minister
GUWAHATI, Dec 15: Arunachal Pradesh Home minister Tako Dabi today claimed that there
were no militant hide-outs in Arunachal Pradesh.
Talking to reporters at Tezpur in northern Assam’s Sonitpur district, Dabi said,
''There is no question of militants taking shelter in Arunachal Pradesh. Our state
police and government are constantly on the vigil against the militants.''
He pointed that Arunachal police had arrested seven NDFB militants in the current
year and added that the state was taking help of paramilitary forces to tackle insurgents.
Dabi, visited Seijosa, where NDFB militants had shot dead passengers of a bus last
month, and reviewed the security arrangements. He said Assam and Arunachal Pradesh
governments have agreed for joint operations against militants and police forces
of both states, along with army and para-military forces, were carrying out these
operations. The Arunachal minister stressed on peaceful solution to the insurgency
problems of North East for the all round development of the region.
The governments must start peace talks immediately as resolving the militancy problem
is crucial to development of the region,'' Dabi added. UNI
60th Death Anniversary of Iron Man of India observed
ITANAGAR, Dec 15: Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), Arunachal Unit as
part of 125 years of Indian National Congress observed the 60th death anniversary
of Sardar Vallabhai Patel at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, Itanagar today.
All the INTUC, AP Unit members, its frontal wings and APCC members attended the function.
Speaking on the occasion, Parliamentary Secretary Industries Nabam Rebia briefed
about the life and achievement of the Iron Man of India and appealed the gathering
to follow the ideologies and foot steps of Patel to maintain peace, tranquility and
communal harmony in the state and the country.
Resource person Dr. Apurva Ranjan of DN Government College, Itanagar also highlighted
about the life, achievement and ideologies of Patel.
INTUC, AP Unit Secretary General Jalley Sonam and executive member Kenkar Yomcha,
and APCC General Secretary T C Tok also spoke on the occasion. They appealed the
members of the Trade union to maintain unity and work hard for the all round development
of the state and the country.
Earlier, the gathering paid a floral tribute to the portrait on the Iron Man of India
and the INTUC, AP unit distributed pamphlet on the achievement of Patel.
Sardar Ballabhai Patel was born in October 31, 1875 in Nadiad in Gujarat and died
in December 15, 1950.
He successfully led Kheda Satyagraha and Bardoli revolt against British government.
He was elected as Congress President in 1931 session in Karachi and later became
Independent India’s first Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister.
He played a key role in political integration of India. Most importantly, there were
565 princely states in India at that time. Some of the Maharajas and Nawabs who ruled
over these states were sensible and patriotic. But most of them were drunk with wealth
and power. They were dreaming of becoming independent rulers once the British quit
India. They argued that the government of free India should treat them as equals.
Some of them went to the extent of planning to send their representatives to the
United Nation Organization. However, Patel invoke the patriotism of India’s monarchs,
asking them to join in the freedom of their nation and act as responsible rulers
who cared about the future of their people.
With great wisdom and political foresight, he consolidated the small kingdoms and
particularly tackled the Nizam of Hydrabad and the Nawab of Junagarh who initially
did not want to join India. Due to the achievement of these massive task without
much bloodshed, Sardar Patel got the title of "Iron Man".
Group of legislators conduct exposure visit
ITANAGAR, Dec 15: A group of legislators from all political parties of Arunachal
Pradesh led by PWD and UD Minister Nabam Tuki, who is also APCC president made
a tour of Japan, South Korea, Hongkong, Singapore and Thailand from Nov 26 and Dec
13. The exposure tour was intended to study the development of tourism infrastructure,
culture and tradition of various ethnic groups living in those countries. This was
a first time foreign visit undertaken by most of the legislators, according to a
There was no expenditure involved either from the state exchequer or was the tour
financed by any private businessman, company or organisation, the release said and
added that former MP Kiren Rijiju, coordinated the tour. The legislators and others
who had participated in the tour are—PWD and UD Minister Nabam Tuki, WRD & CA Minister
Atum Welly, Parliamentary Secretary (Cooperation & Health) Nido Pavitra, Parliamentary
Secretary (SW,W&CD) Newlai Tingkhatra, Parliamentary Secretary (IT) Jomde Kena, Parliamentary
Secretary (Hydro Power) R. T. Khunjuju, Parliamentary Secretary (Transport) Karikho
Kri, and MLAs Tapuk Taku, Tani Loffa, Er. Markio Tado, Dr Tangor Tapak, former MP
Kiren Rijuju, former minister Thupten Tempa.
During their exposure visit, the team observed the development of tourism infrastructure,
communications like -roadways, waterways, metro lines, train services, ropeways,
their planning and management of forest resources preservation, wildlife protection
and marine life and environment protection, preservation and promotion of ancient
cultural heritage of various ethnic groups thereby promoting culture tourism. During
the entire tour, all the delegates had gained first hand knowledge of the developed
nations of East and South East Asia and this will go a long way in the implementation
of the "Look East Policy" of the Govt. of India.
The group is of the opinion that such tours should be organised and sponsored by
the Govt. and NGOs for the people from various walks of life, the release said.
Dabi visits Seijosa, emphasizes on mutual understanding in boundary area
SEIJOSA, Dec 15: In order to take stock of the internal security of the Seijosa,
especially aftermath of 8th November incident at Naomara, state Home Minister Tako
Dabi today inspected 3rd IRBn HQ at Monai under Seijosa Sub-Division and the infrastructure
development of the IRBn HQ. He also visited Seijosa Police station and interacted
with the OC, SDPO and Jawans and enquired about the functioning of the PS and the
Later the Home Minister interacted with the public and the Govt. officials at PWD
inspection Bugalow. After hearing grievances of the public the minister informed
that he had a talked with the Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi about the law and
order problem faced by the people at both side of the border. He said that in order
to maintain peace and tranquility in the border a mutual understanding and cooperation
of the people of both side of the border are needed to diffuse tension which popped
up in the recent past.
As both the state is being headed by the same party, he expressed his hope that a
solution of the vexed boundary problem shall be come up through a talk between both
Condemning the incident of 8th November last as most dangerous and inhuman act,
Dabi informed that the Assam-Arunachal relation is very good at present but the only
problem is boundary dispute which he believed will be solved through the talked between
Regarding the development of the people sharing the boundary, he empathetically pointed
out that unless there is mutual understanding and cooperation between the people
along the boundary, the development of the area is not possible.
Coming onto the people, Dabi Said that our people must understand their responsibilities
irrespective of their position and status in the society adding that most of our
people are of lethargic nature and that they need to do away with their nature or
to mend their way in order to develop the state.
Ex-ZPM, Taram Nyare representing the local people placed the grievances of the people
of the Seijosa and apprised the minister about law and order situation in the area
especially after the 8th Nov incident that perpetrates and causes the fear psychosis
among the people especially the non-local.
Seijosa-Dissing Passo ZPM, Maya Dolo while submitting the memorandum on behalf of
the people, asked for the establishment of A-class police station with adequate police
personnel, the construction of compound wall along the police Check gate, the placement
of fund for the construction of road from Seijosa to Dissing-passo, posting of forest
official and mineral guards, development of infrastructure for the Seijosa police
station and improvement of over all law and order in Seijosa township.
Earlier, Seijosa ADC, Kento Riba also apprised him of the law and order situation
in the Sub-division. D. Srivastava, DIG, Hq who accompanied the Home Minister,
SP, Kime Aya , 3rd-IRBn Commandant, T. Karaga, senior Congress leader Kameng Dolo,
the govt. officials and the PRI leaders were present in the meeting at PWD IB, Seijosa.
Mali urges BLOs to play crucial role in electoral enrolment
ANINI, Dec 15: The election roll observer Nani Mali, who is also joint secretary
industries, arrived at Anini and held meeting with the ERO, AERO and block level
officers (BLOs) and other election staff at district election office.
While addressing the electoral officers, Mali urged them all to work relentlessly
and said that the motto of everyone involved in the enrolment process should be
to educate and aware the villagers about their right to vote and motivate to get
enrolled themselves in electoral roll.
Bamin, Nime, EAC cum ERO gave brief deliberation on the status of revision process
in respect of the district. He also informed the gathering that only one person is
left to achieve cent percent EPIC coverage. Number of cases for addition, deletion
and transposition were also brought to the notice of all present.
Mali further said that BLOs have a crucial role to play in the whole process for
ensuring cent percent enrolment of voters in electoral roll. Addition and deletion
in E roll must be done with utmost care and concern, he said. BLOs are to co-ordinate
with Block Level Agent (BLAs) of all active political parties of the area to seek
assistance for identification and authentication of genuine cases.
Later interacting with the leaders of different political parties, Mali underscored
the importance of election roll in democracy and the role of all political parties
in the ensuing revision process. He requested all the leaders of different political
parties to act diligently in appropriate time to thwart any kind of untoward and
unwarranted complication which may arise during the time of election. He appealed
all party leaders to extend cooperation and assistance in bringing true voting populace
of the district.
Further, Mali asked the leaders to keep in constant touch with District Election
Office to acquaint themselves with latest election guidelines. DIPRO
Exposure visit on technology dev. promotion of horticulture
ITANAGAR, Dec 15: A ten days exposure visit of farmers on “Technical Know How and
promotion of Horticulture” to Himachal Pradesh was organized by KVK (Krishi Vigyan
Kendra) Dirang in West Kameng district from Nov 23 to Dec 8. The programme was
sponsored by NHB (National Horticulture Board) under Union Ministry of Agriculture,
Altogether 30 farmers participated in the exposure visit escorted by two KVK officials.
The main aim and objective of the exposure visit was to make the farmers aware of
the latest technology and scientific methods for cultivation of various fruits and
vegetables precisely for Himalayan belt.
Dr.Jagmohan Badyal, HoD (Horti),CSKHPKV, Palampur, Himachal Pradesh was very keen
on discussing and sharing about the latest technologies and scientific methods on
how to harvest and also on post harvest management of fruits relating to various
diseases and there remedies. He also emphasized on marketing as well as packaging
of the fruits specially Kiwi and Apple.
Dr N.K. Pandey, Agri Extention, Central Potato Research Institute, Shimla, Himachal
Pradesh, spoke over various methods for cultivation of potato in Himalayan belt.
He also made the farmers well aware about marketing, by means of accurate grading
and packaging, selection of suitable planting and packaging material to retain nutrient
quality and to reduce vegetable damages by adopting scientific methods.
Dr S.K.Gupta Programme Coordinator KVK Kandaghat , Solan, Himachal Pradesh, gave
information on budding of ornamental flowers and their commercialization. He also
gave knowledge on various fruit preservation through food processing. The farmers
expressed gratitude to the personnel of VKV for there role in making the tour a
Pappu Vikings thrashed Kameng Legions
SEPPA, Dec 15: Pappu Vikings thrashed the Kameng Legions by 7 wickets in a league
level match in Late Yaja Waii Memorial T20 Championship 2010-11 at Seppa ground today.
Batting first after winning the toss, Legions suffered early jolt as their opener
Raju Pegu was out for a duck in the very first over followed by skipper Kirba Sora
bowled by Muddu Muri. In-form batsman R.B Saha’s wicket was claimed by Hira Natung.
Aitty Singhi claimed three wickets conceding 8 runs including, the wicket of hard-hitting
player Mridul Dutta ( 12). He was caught by Prem Saha at long off. Jorjo Sono Yangfo
hit couple of boundaries before was run out by Vijay Rimo.
In reply, Papu Vikings eased past the target of 97 run with more than six overs to
spare. Banu Lollen and Muddu Muri put on 57 runs for the opening wicket. Lollen
scored 41 runs from 30 deliveries which included four sixes and three hits to the
The winning run came from Kaling Natung’s bat in 13.2 overs.
Tarin Mije bagged 3 wickets conceding 35 runs
Earlier in the morning, the lowly Passa Sumurais recorded their first victory in
the championship defeating Kiyan Ninjas by 39 run.
Passa Samurais set a target of 112 runs before the Ninjas in 20 overs to win after
they won the toss and chose to bat first. While chasing the target Ninjas were skittled
out for 79 runs in 15.5 overs.
The man of the match award went to Sanjay Sharma of Samurais for his 4 wicket haul.
FLD and field day organized by KVK, Tirap
ITANAGAR, Dec 15: Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Tirap has been regularly conducting Front
Line Demonstration (FLD) on oilseed and pulses as a part of mandatory extension activities.
Continuing its activities, KVK conducted a day-long field day programme on scientific
cultivation of French bean variety- Pusa parvaty at Bate colony, Deomali on Dec 14
in presence of extension functionaries of agriculture department, Deomali. Simanta
Kr. Kalita, SMS (Agronomy) discussed the details on cost of cultivation, benefit
and cost ratio of scientific cultivation of pusa parvaty variety among the farmers.
Pranabjit Phukan SMS (Agril. Extension) discussed the role of modern agriculture
in upliftment of self help group of farmers in the programme.
It may be mentioned here that during this year front line demonstrations have been
conducted in different locations of Tirap district on rapeseed (var. TS 38) - 4.0
ha, sesamum (variety AST 1683)- 7.0 ha, blackgram (variety Pant U 19)- 1.0 ha and
French bean (variety - Pusa parvati) 2.0 ha involving a total of 39 direct beneficiaries.
World Human Rights Day celebrated
WAKRO, Dec 15: The World Human Rights Day was observed with devotion and festivity
in Wakro on the 10th December in the presence of Sri Sri Kulavadhuta Satpurananda.
Enlightening on understanding Human Rights the visiting Master said- “to ensure securing
Human Rights for all, it is important that everyone has a healthy body, healthy mind,
healthy energy, freedom of thought and healthy judgement. In the present times most
of us are living in Fear and Insecurity. We are afraid of the Terrorists, Price Rise,
Bureaucrats & Rules and we are also afraid of ourselves as we lack self confidence.
To follow the Dharma of Humanism is the way to ensure Human Rights to all. Humanism
is the greatest religion and to follow the Dharma of Humanism one must begin by stopping
the habit of finding faults with others and focus on ones self transformation and
growth. We must learn to see how even the most faulty person has many positives.
As we practice this, Problems will Dissolve and Disputes will be Resolved.”
Sri Sri Satpurananda also performed a Havan in the newly constructed Uma Girls’ Hostel
of KGBV Wakro. The Uma Girls’ Hostel has two dormitories, one the GEETA HOUSE named
in gratitude to the Army and AWWA and SYEDA HOUSE.
The Annual VINEETA Sports Meet was also organized. The Day was marked with a graceful
Traditional Mishmi Dance by KGBV girls, impressive Skit on selfless service with
a humane approach by the Apnes and the Community participated by presenting songs
and dances. Maj. Himanshu of the 26 MLI and O.S. Chandran, Asstt. Commissioner of
SB attended the function along with Guests from Tezu.
If beneficial, dams are good: Arunachal minister
Guwahati, Dec 15: Arunachal Pradesh Home Minister Tako Dabi today supported construction
of big dams if such projects could ensure development.
''If big dams can ensure economic development and create employment opportunities,
it is good,'' Dabi told reporters at Tezpur in northern Assam’s Sonitpur district.
He, however, refused to comment directly on the Lower Subansiri Hydro-electric project
along Assam-Arunacahl border.
''I have not read the expert committee report yet and it will be improper for me
to comment on it,'' he said.
The Lower Subansiri project, being implemented by the NHPC, has led to a major debate
in Assam, with civil society organisations, citing expert panel reports, claiming
that big dams in Arunachal could have catastrophic impact on downstream areas in
The Assam government has so far been maintaining that it will oppose any dam that
will adversely effect the state, while the Arunachal government is supporting the
dams, pointing that such constructions are made only after thorough scientific studies.
ITANAGAR, Dec 15: Expressing surprise that the district and sessions court (west)
judge issued an order restraining him from functioning as president of the All Nyishi
Youth Association (ANYA) ‘without either serving him a summon letter or a copy of
the order’, Taring Mama today accused the judge of releasing the order in ‘high secrecy’
which he said has created panic among the ANYA activists.
Saying that the judge’s order also coincided with the ANYA’s demand for ‘shifting
the Lower Subansiri district headquarters to Yachuli’, Mama alleged that the order
was ‘politically motivated’, and urged the judge to refrain from such act.
Disruption in tender process denounced
ITANAGAR, Dec 15: The Swtam Aajin Society (SAS), Talo in Lower Subansiri district
has condemned the unfortunate incident during submission of open tender documents
by registered firms and agencies for construction and formation cutting of the road
from Yachuli to Gerukamukh via Mai, Pochu, Pei on Monday.
In a release, the Society alleged that a group of people armed with lethal weapons
denied eligible contractors to participate in the tendering process. Whie condemning
the incident, the Society further alleged that some politically vested persons
were creating ‘divide and rule’ policy in the area. As per tender norms, every firms/agencies
has equal right to participate in the tender process, the Society said and appealed
to all to maintain peace and refrain from unwanted things. It further said that local
administration and MLA should take responsibility for such unfortunate incident.
Central team on Tawang visit
TAWANG, Dec 15: Chief Election Officer Arunachal Pradesh Yeshi Tsering along with
a Central Team is on a visit to Tawang. The central team included Satish Kumar and
Dr. Subodh Kumar.
The team was accompanied by Ankur Garg, Secy to Governor, DC Gamli Padu, SP S.N.
Mosobi, Heads of departments and district officials during their visit.
The dignitaries are scheduled to visit PTso Lake, Brandungchong Ani Gompa, Tawang
Monastery and War Memorial. DIPRO
Relax qualification, says AEKSU
ITANAGAR, Dec 15: All East Kameng Students’ Union (AEKSU), All West Kameng Students’
Union and All Tawang District Students’ Union in joint meeting appealed to the authroties
concerned to relax the minimum educational qualification for APST candidate for recruitment
of teachers under SSA which was published in local dailies on December 7 last.
It also urged Government to maintain transparency while conducting interview and
allot quota of posts in district wise failing which AEKSU threatened to launch democratice
First matriculate in undivided Tirap dies
ITANAGAR, Dec 15: Chathan Wangcha, wife of Late K.D. Menon expired in Aditya Hospital,
Dibrugarh on 12th Dec after a prolonged illness. Born on 29th June, 1940 at Longthan
(Laptang) village Late Chathan Wangcha was first Matriculate during undivided Tirap
District (NEFA) and was one of the Pioneers of encouraging girl education.
She later married with KD Memon, IFAS who was one of the towering administrators
in erstwhile NEFA. Late Chathan is survived by 3 sons and one daughter.
Hearing the news of Chathan’s death Arunachal Assembly Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong,
DC, Tirap, Chiefs from various villages including Borduria, Namsang, Khela, Kheti,
Dadam and leaders from Tirap paid their last respect to Late Chathan and prayed to
Almighty Rang for peace of the departed soul. Khonsa Bazar remained closed on 13th
Dec as a mark of respect to departed soul.
ITANAGAR, Dec 15: A one-day awareness cum orientation programme on RCH and HIV/ AIDS
was conducted by MM Charitable Trust at Dullane primary school, Basarnalo yesterday.
The programme was attended by the chairman, project coordinator of MMCT, ASHAs and
Gram Chairperson of Basarnalo.
Joint patrolling to save wildlife
ITANAGAR, Dec 15: Coinciding with the World Mountaineering Day, Natural Care and
Disaster Management Society, Ziro, the Village Bio-diversity Conservation Committee
and the Divisional Forest Office, Ziro conducted a joint patrolling at Hong Village
Forest to save the wild animal on Dec 12.
The Society in a release today said that in spite of repeated prohibition order by
the Lower Subansiri district administration and awareness campaign to save forest
and wildlife, the hunting dose not stop. On the other hand the wild animals including
endangered species are decreasing day by day due to expansion of development activities,
the Society said.
The Society decided that the patrolling will not be confined to the Hong Village
Forest only but it will be conducted to entire Apatani valley by the 15 Villages
Biodiversity Conservation Committee throughout the year and offenders will be handed
over to the forest department for action as per relevant laws.
Campaign on voter’s day celebration
ITANAGAR, Dec 15: Multimedia campaign in connection with national voter’s day celebration
was launched today at Yingkiong by Pawan Kumar Sain, deputy commissioner cum DEO
Upper Siang district. Various EROs and BLOs attended the programme.
In his address DC urged BLOs to work sincerely so that all the eligible voters are
enrolled. Further he informed that main aim of celebrating national voter’s day is
to increase enrolment among youths and thereby empowering them to be part of development.
ITANAGAR, Dec 15: Executive body of Dibang Adi Students Union(DASU) has condemned
the attack of DDSE’s residence by some miscreants. We would not tolerate such attacks
on genuine and respected Adi officers of Lower Dibang Valley District, the union
said and demanded immediate arrest of the attackers.
Expert Committee rejects Lower SiangProject EIA, public hearings postponed
ITANAGAR, Dec 15: The public hearings for the 2700 MW Lower Siang Project has been
postponed till further orders after the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) at its meeting
held on Dec 11 did not accept the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) prepared
by Water and Power Consultancy Services (WAPCOS) under the aegis of the Union Ministry
of Water Resources. EAC directed that EIA report be prepared as per Terms of Reference
The Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) had granted ToR on Aug 3 for conduction
of EIA studies, categorically stating that there be comprehensive study covering
three seasons’ (base line data) for downstream impact up to Brahmaputra River confluence.
In a clear case of violation of TOR, WAPCOS, the consultant roped in by Jaypee Arunachal
Power Limited completed the three seasons study in four months!
In spite of glaring mistakes in the EIA and violation of TOR, Arunachal Pradesh State
Pollution Control Board (APSPCB) announced the dates for public hearings on Nov 15
for three Siang districts.
This is not the first time the Board has been at the receiving ends.
In May 21, the Ministry of Environment and Forests had directed the APSPCB to scrap
the public hearing (May 31) announced for the project for violations and had asked
the project developer to submit a revised proposal to the Ministry for a project
of 2700 MW. The project proponent, clearly undermining the Environmental Impact Assessment
and Environmental Management Plan, under EIA Notification 2006 for an installed capacity
of 2025 MW jumped to 2700 MW.
Even before the ToR in August, the Expert Appraisal Committee for River Valley and
Hydro Electric Projects in July 17 had directed Jaypee to include many critical studies
in the Environmental Impact Assessment which had been absent in earlier studies.
The Lower Siang Project with dam site near Bodak, according to preliminary studies,
would displace 32 villages covering Mebo, Rebo, Pangin, Katan,Boleng, Riga, Along
and Jomlo-Mobuk circles spread across three Siang district due to the various components
like dam, colony, camp areas, submergence.
Press fraternity on agitation mode, announces dharna and boycott of govt news
ITANAGAR, Dec 15: Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ) and Arunachal
Press Club (APC) in a joint meeting today unanimously decided that series of democratic
protests would be launched from tomorrow (Dec 16) onwards in view of continuous attack
on press fraternity in the state and for non-action of state machineries in nabbing
and punishing the culprits involved.
This decision was taken after two journalists working with The Sentinel Arunachal
was assaulted on Dec 13.
The culprit is yet to be nabbed.
Disclosing its modus operandi in a release both the organisations said that Press
fraternity shall stage ‘dharna’ at Capital Complex DC’s office and Naharlagun Police
Station tomorrow; and beginning from tomorrow till the third day, part of all newspapers
in the state shall be blacked-out, if accused is not arrested.
Taking strong exception to the continuous attack and slow process of investigation,
all media houses in the state shall boycott all government press release and all
government sponsored event of whatsoever scale and in whatsoever form from tomorrow.
From fourth day onwards, all journalists shall resort to indefinite ‘pen-down’ which
shall mean that no local newspaper shall hit the news-stands in the state.
Organisations condemns assault on journalists, demands action
ITANAGAR, Dec 15: Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) and Arunachal
Pradesh Women’s Welfare Society (APWWS) have condemned the assault on women journalists
Appu Gapak and Nyapi Bomjen by unknown miscreants on Sunday last. Both the organisations
demanded the State Govt to take action against perpetrators of attack on mediapersons.
Recalling the similar attack on two other lady journalists on Feb 18, 2008, the APSCW
in a release today reiterated that physical assault on journalists on duty is an
indication of negative projection of security status of women in a society where
women are otherwise held in high regard.
The Commission urged the state Govt expedite the enquiry process to punish the accused
immediately. Arunachal Pradesh has always been known for its respect for the Fourth
Pillar of democracy and an immediate enquiry into the incident will uphold that respect,
the APSCW chairperson Komoli Mossang said.
Expressing concern over the repeated threat to the fourth pillar of democracy by
unscrupulous persons, Arunachal Pradesh Women’s Welfare Society said such attack
will not only send a wrong message to the outside the state, but will also discourage
the media in its relentless contribution to make an informed society in the state.
The society appealed the state Govt, particularly the law enforcing agencies to nab
the accused involved in assault of media persons and also provide security to media
fraternity so that they perform their duty fearlessly for development of the state.
Finance Minister Setong Sena, who is also the Minister in-charge of IPR and Printing,
today said ‘he is saddened by the news of assault on two lady journalists on Dec
“Journalists are important means of expression of people’s voice – it’s known to
the world. Media plays a pivotal role in a state like Arunachal Pradesh…. citizens
must cooperate and respect the freedom of expression as laid down in our Constitution”,
He appealed to all citizens to acknowledge the role of media and respect the people’s
voice through media for a positive democracy in our society Arunachal Pradesh Congress
Committee also vehemently condemned the physical assault on two lady journalists.
The APPCC appealed state Govt to nab the culprits and take strong action against
them as per law.
The media is the voice of the people and play vital role in state, the Committee
said while adding that “we should not compromise with such unethical act which will
damage the image of the state and its people in outer world”.
All Nyishi Students Union has condemned the assault on Sentinel Arunachal newspaper’s
two women journalist Appu Gapak and Nyapi Bomjen. In press statement ANSU President
Niglar Veo while condemning the assault urged people of Arunachal to start respecting
media persons and let them work freely. Galo Students Union has also denounced the
physical assault on journalist and asked administration to take strong action against
Arunachal Public Motor Transport Federation (APMTF) also condemned the assault on
female journalists. The media is the main strength of the democratic set up of a
nation, the federation said urged the upon the state Govt, particularly city police
to arrest the main attacker of journalist immediately.
While condemning assault on women journalists, Dibang Adi Students Union also requested
the Govt. for immediate action and give exemplary punishment to those persons who
involved in the assault so that such incidents do not happen again in future.
Symmetry Clan is the Red Ribbon Superstar !
APSACS Multimedia Campaign on HIV/AIDS
ITANAGAR, Dec 15: Symmetry Clan won the Red Ribbon Superstar contest, the Multimedia
Campaign on HIV/AIDS, organised by the Arunachal Pradesh AIDS Control held this evening
at IG Park. The band with electrifying Marbom Maro as the vocalist, Sebong Sena on
lead Guitar and Pappu Dolo on Bass Guitar, Hage Laji on keyboards and Koutam Lami
on drums enthralled the five thousand plus youngsters with their original composition
They took away home Rs 60000. As a brand ambassador of APSACS, they would take part
in the roads shows slated for 20 blocks across the state.
Church of Blood, a death metal band representing Tirap with Musobi on vocals, Kipa
Prema as the backing vocals, Tana Doni on rhythm guitar and Tayum kamo on Bass Guiter
and Paras Rana on Drums and Puna Nobin on keyboard won the second place. Margin of
Error, a band from Seppa with Vicky Tamang on vocals, Nanu Thapa on lead guitar
and Kameng Yangfo on Rhythm guitar and Nishan Sherpa on Bass Guitar and Tassam Gollo
on drums won the third place with original score Wake up. The second and third spot
winners took away Rs.40000 and Rs.30000 with trophies respectively.
The contest started with Daporijo Cultural Society singing an original Hindi number
on HIV/AIDS after which Siang Star of Aalo followed on with another Hindi number.
Black Church from East Siang,Volte Face of Changlang, Tormentors from Lohit, Da Methods
from West Kameng were other participants. Tormentors, with Palin Kabak as the lead
vocalist was one of the crowd favourites.
The successful Multimedia Campaign on HIV/AIDS, organised by the Arunachal Pradesh
AIDS Control Society kicked off at Daporijo on Nov 10 amidst much fanfare.
The MMC aimed at capitalising on the popularity of local entertainment avenues among
youth like music concerts and sports, in its first phase organised the musical competition
among the local bands of the state covering nine HIV high prevalent districts of
The MMC which shall come to conclusion in Feb next year will also witness State Level
Soccer tournament and Road Shows in twenty blocks of Arunachal Pradesh.
APSACS was supported by the Directorate of Higher & Technical Education, Department
of IPR, Department of Art & Culture, Department of Sports & Youth Affairs, Arunachal
Pradesh Union of Working Journalist, Arunachal Press Club, DDK, Itanagar, AIR, Itanagar
and District Administrations.
Finance Minister, Setong Sena who stood in for Chief Minister at the grand finale
called on the youths to ensure that Arunachal is a healthy state and advised the
youths to give up addiction to drugs and unsafe behaviour.
Addressing the crowd on the occasion, Minister Health & Family Welfare Tanga Byaling
said that efforts must be put in by all to ensure that HIV AIDs do not spread. He
termed the youths as ambassador of the state and called on them to shoulder the responsibility
to spread the awareness on HIV AIDS.
PD (APSACS) Emi Rumi, who managed to connect well with the youngsters with his vibrant
imitations of death metal genre also called on the youths to take it upon themselves
to spread the message on HIV AIDS so that there is no further spread. Deputy Director
IEC Tashor Pali, one of the men behind the show also echoed the same. He termed the
event a success with massive participation of youths at all the nine destinations.
The event was managed by Pheonix Rising at all the nine locations.
Parliamentary secretary for Health and Family Welfare, Nido Pavitra, Health Secretary
Kaling Tayeng, Daporijo MLA Tapen Siga, Additional DHS Dr. Nishing, Deputy Director
Dr Riken Rina were present on the occasion.
The event also show the a lottery draw sponsored by Techi Lala of Arunachal Chamber
of Commerce and Industries, Bamang Taji of Itanagar Market Welfare Association and
Takam Tatung of All Arunchal Pradesh Students Union.