ITANAGAR, Dec 28: Demanding handing over of NH 52A to BRTF, Arunachal Pradesh Abo
Tani Clans Youth Organization today declared 12 hours capital bandh on January 3.
The organization said that earlier it had given a fifteen days ultimatum to State
Government particularly to PWD Minister Chowna Mein and Chief Engineer Bora Ete regarding
handing over of NH-52A Road to BRTF but the government did not take any step on the
issue till today.
It also demanded resignation of Mein and Ete from their respective posts for their
failure to address the demand of the organization.
ASM arrested in assault case
ITANAGAR, Dec 28: ASM Sangti Nim Dorjee was arrested on December 25 after he damaged
a vehicle belonging to an INC worker Leiki Tsering of Dirang village.
The police recovered the damaged vehicle and registered a case. However the ASM was
let off after few hours at the police lock op. The case against the ASM was registered
under section 324/341/323/34 IPC.
This was not Dorjee’s first brush with police. He has at least three cases slapped
against him under Dirang Police station in the last three years including an assault
of General Secretary of West Kameng DCC, according to police sources. All these cases
allegedly were registered for violence against Congress workers after the 2009 general
The Congress workers have questioned the administration as to why an ASM who has
a violent streak has not been taken to task as yet.
It questioned the inaction of OC PS Dirang BC Sharma and the administration of Dirang
headed by Habung Donyi, ADC Dirang.
They further warned the administration that it will no longer tolerate such inaction
and lackadaisical attitude in dealing with law and order situations in Dirang.
It further warned that if such activities are not controlled then they would be left
with no option but take legal recourse.
DA declares bandh as illegal
ITANAGAR, Dec 28: The Capital Complex deputy Commissioner has declared the proposed
bandh call on Dec 30 by Nyishi Youth Welfare Association (NYWA) as illegal. The Association
has called the bandh to press for “justice” in TOI/ Pradeep Thakur case.
Onit Panyang, Deputy Commissioner cum District Magistrate of Itanagar Capital Complex
while declaring the bandh call as illegal, directed the organization to call it
Such bandh calls cause untold misery and hardship to the suffering patients, students
and business community in particular and the public at large, the order said while
adding that as per the Supreme Court of India any bandh call by any political party,
organization or association or group or individual as unconstitutional and illegal.
PPA blasts Congress, says people will judge
ITANAGAR, Dec 28: A day after four MLAs of the People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA)
switched loyalty to ruling Congress, the PPA in a statement said that it is not surprised
at the move of the MLAs.
“Their merger was expected and the party in tracking about their merger game plan.
However, the Party decided not to take any action against them but let it to be judged
by the people as Party believes that the level of consciousness among the people
has increased considerably”.
It said that the MLAs have betrayed the party while stating that two MLAs were expelled
and other two showcaused. However, the Party had revoked the orders after an undertaking
by the MLAs that they would be loyal to the Party.
This kind of activity exposes their political dependency as they have no courage
to remain in opposition and regional political party.
It further said that the Congress has a track record of cheating and betraying the
people. The party said that betrayal of few mean minded people will not deter the
growth of the regional party in the State.
ACF condemns attack on Church leaders
Itanagar, Dec 28: The Arunachal Christian Forum (ACF) has condemned the attack on
the church leaders at Tissa on last December 26.
The church leaders who had come to help out the Ngissa Mission of Wakka circle in
Tirap district during the Christmas ministry were travelling towards Tinsukia in
a Bolero Camper belonging to the mission when they were allegedly attacked.
“On their way around 9.30 am as the vehicle was four kilometers away from the Tissa
town a group of armed people dressed in uniform came from the other side in a Tata
mobile. Suddenly the armed people began to shout at them and fired at the mission
jeep. Two bullets hit the top of the Jeep. The leaders narrowly escaped from any
causality” it said.
ACF has appealed to the perpetrators not to repeat such mindless acts. Christians
are peace loving people and an incident of this sort on a day after the birth of
Jesus, has hurt the sentiments of peace loving brethren, it said.
It asked the state government to take necessary steps to prevent any such incidents
in the future.
Borang wins heart at Imphal meet
ITANAGAR, Dec 28: Representing Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) in a poet’s
meet at Imphal, Kaling Borang, a versatile writer from Pasighat in East Siang district,
has on December 26 recited his self-composed poems – in Adi, Assamese, Bengali and
English languages – an extraordinary feat that fetched him a huge round of applause
from the audience, including several literary luminaries from North East region.
Bowled over by his poetic talents and creative writings along with fluency in all
four languages, besides Mishing and Hindi, the gathering was all praise for Borang.
He was one of the 15 participants, out of which eight of them Sahitya Akademi awardees,
and the lone from Arunachal Pradesh at the poet’s meet, organized as part of 20th
Imphal Book Fair, currently in progress from Dec 24 to Jan 2 next. This was informed
by APLS president Y D Thongchi.
The Book Fair is organized by the Deptt of Art & Culture, govt of Manipur in collaboration
with National Book Trust, New Delhi and Raja Rammohan Roy Library Foundation, Kolkata.
Army operation in Jorhat
ITANAGAR, Dec 28: Based on initial information forwarded by the Police, Army authorities
have confirmed launch of an Intelligence based operation in Jorhat on the night of
20/21 Dec 2011. The intelligence was credible but the operation did not go as per
norms. Army authorities accepted responsibility for the same and have initiated an
internal inquiry to pin point responsibility.
Jorhat police are in close coordination with Army authorities in Jorhat and Dimapur.
All assistance is being provided to facilitate the police inquiry.
ITANAGAR, Dec 28: Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh appealed
to the Nyishi Youth Welfare Association to postpone the proposed bandh call on December
It said that the bandh call will jeopardize the Indigenous faith day celebration
and its preparations.
Union appeals to protestors
ITANAGAR, Dec 28: All Arunachal Pradesh Border Students' Union (AAPBSU) highlighting
the grievances of the three Siang districts of Arunachal Pradesh due to economic
blockade by Hydro Power protestors in North Lakhimpur district of Assam, appealed
to the protestors to end the movement in NH52 to help maintain the age old relationship
between Assam and Arunachal.
It further appealed to them to discuss the matter with the concern Power developer
and with the Govt of Arunachal Pradesh and central government for amicable solution.
It further appealed to the concern authority to immediately solve the matter and
look into the grievances of the protesters.
IFCSAP’s Geter Ingo dies
ITANAGAR, Dec 28: Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP)
general secretary (women wing) Geter Ingo died at Kamba yesterday.
She was presently working as a Senior Teacher at Government Higher Secondary school,
The members of the society described her sudden demise as a great loss to the people
of Arunachal Pradesh.
Hirik Hiru Students’ Union, Kamba has also mourned the untimely demise of Ingu.
Meanwhile, officers and employees of Arunachal Pradesh Rural Bank expressed their
deep shock at the untimely demise of APRB, Sagalee Branch Office Assistant Arun Kumar
Phukan, who died on December 26 at Naharlagun.
Late Phukan joined APRB in 1990 and served the bank in different branches as office
assistant and cashier cum clerk.
He is survived by his wife, a son and daughter.
Defy the bandh: ANSU, NES
ITANAGAR, Dec 28: Nyishi Elite Society and All Nyishi Students’ Union (NES-ANSU)
called upon the civil society to defy the proposed 24 hours capital bandh on Friday
called by the self proclaimed Nyishi Youth Welfare Association (NYWA) and urged upon
the members of Nyishi community to oversee that normal life is not affected at all
cost. They further appealed to the law enforcing authorities to deal with iron fist
on the self proclaimed leaders of such anti-social and anti-state miscreants.
“The Nyishi Elite Society is perturbed over the repeated bandh calls by self proclaimed
organizations affixing the name of Nyishi which the community does not ascribe to,
thereby, taking the state capital to ransom. The latest instance is the 24 hours
capital bandh of an organization called Nyishi Youth Welfare Association (NYWA),
the ‘brain child of the previous Government’ on December 30 amidst hectic time of
New Year Celebration’2012.
The said organization is suddenly inventing an issue out of thin air after a deep
slumber of 8 months on the infamous ToI/Deccan Chronicle issue with an agenda to
sabotage the sentimental movement of the Nyishi community with a blend of political
vendetta, NES said.
“For the last 8 months, the issue is spearheaded by the Nyishi Elite Society (NES)
and All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU). We reiterate that neither the community has
authorised any other organization to take up the issue nor NES-ANSU has abandoned
the issue and shall continue to fight till a logical end to the impasse is achieved.”
Meanwhile, All Nyishi Youth Organization alleged that Nyishi Youth Welfare Association
(NYWA) is diluting the infamous ToI issue.
Terming the NYWA’s demands as politically motivated, the organization said that
the proposed 24 hrs bandh call given by NYWA is totally illogical.
The release further said that the central executive members of ANYO will not tolerate
bandh call in state capital by any anti Nyishi faction and association who are disturbing
the smooth functioning of government affairs.
It appealed to the entire Nyishi community to be united and fight against anti Nyishi
activities for larger interest of the Nyishi community.
New assignment for Dabii
ITANAGAR, Dec 28: Former minister and senior Congress leader Tako Dabii has been
appointed as general secretary of All India Rajiv Gandhi Vichar Manch International
(AIRGVMI) with immediate effect.
He will be in charge of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya,
Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh.
Presently he is advisor cum govt spokesperson with cabinet rank in Nabam Tuki government.
School infrastructure demanded
ITANAGAR, Dec 28: E-sector Indira Gandhi Park Forest Colony Welfare Committee appealed
to the concern authority to sanction funds for infrastructure development of Government
Primary School, IG Park.
The committee said that the school was inaugurated by local MLA in presence of DDSE
and SSA office bearers in July last but the school lacks infrastructure development
like compound wall, toilet etc. It further alleged that public are encroaching the
NSUI volleyball tourney
ITANAGAR, Dec 28: The National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) Papum Pare unit organized
an inter class volleyball tournament at Government Hr. Sec. School, Doimukh today
to mark 126th foundation day of NSUI.
UAEA staged dharna
ITANAGAR, Dec 28: Protesting against the government for its alleged failure to fulfill
their demands, hundreds of engineering graduates spearheaded by Unemployed Arunachalee
Engineers’ Association (UAEA) thronged at Raj Bhawan road here on Tuesday and staged
a sit in protest for the whole day.
They were demanding re-conduction of Assistant Engineer (civil) examination and resignation
of Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission’s chairman for allegedly tempering
with the examination process which was held recently.
Shouting slogans against APPSC, the association claimed there was no signature of
evaluator on answer sheets and 20 marks was left unchecked. It further expressed
its displeasure over the silence of All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union on the
vexed issue and appealed it to come forward to support them.
Arunachal wins 3 medals in Sr. National Weightlifting
ITANAGAR, Dec 28: Anita Devi of Arunachal Pradesh won 3 medals including a silver
and two bronze in National Senior Weightlifting Championship being held at Behrampur,
She won the silver in snatch, a bronze each in clean and jerk and in total lift in
+75 kg weight category. She lifted a total of 174 kg (76 +98), according to Indian
Weightlifting Association release.
Fulfill the assurances, Tuki tells power developers
ITANAGAR, Dec 28: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today sent a clear message to all power
developers working in the state to remain committed to their assurances given to
the state government and the people, particularly those affected by the projects.
Tuki said this during a meeting with NEEPCO Chief Managing Director (CMD) P C Pankaj
at his official residence and took up the issue of commitments made by the public
sector power developer of the region but are still unfulfilled or partially fulfilled.
The Chief Minister was very specific about the terms and conditions of the MoU with
NEEPCO in regard of assured employment to locals in the projects. It was informed
by the NEEPCO official that hundred percent of the Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ posts against
each project was reserved for local affected people.
Tuki, however, expressed doubt if the condition was being fulfilled in toto by the
Power Corporation and called for urgent recruitment of locals at least in the reserved
categories as mentioned in the MoU.
“We have been cooperating with the NEEPCO since it began its first project on the
Ranganadi at Yazali. As leaders we have given commitments to the people based on
assurances from NEEPCO authorities. If these are not fulfilled, we will have to face
the ire of the people,” Tuki cautioned. The Chief Minister also emphasized on the
role of power developers in welfare activities in project affected areas. These,
he said, will create goodwill for the project amongst the people and would have long
term effects benefiting both the project proponent and the affected people. In this
regard he suggested opening up of institutions like colleges, hospitals and other
welfare measures. Further, he suggested that security personnel for the projects
may be absorbed from local Home Guards instead of bringing them from Meghalaya as
is practiced at the moment.
Parliamentary Secretary for Planning Nabam Rebia, under whose Assembly constituency
the Pare Hydro Electric Project (PHEP) falls, also endorsed the Chief Minister’s
suggestions under the Corporate Social Responsibility of the power developer. He
even suggested NEEPCO to adopt the Doimukh CHC, which also caters to the employees
Rebia also took up the burning issue of downstream impact of the 405 MW Ranganadi
Hydro Electric Project of NEEPCO particularly on Hawa Camp and Lichi villages. Besides
citing the heavy siltation along the banks of Ranganadi that has taken a toll over
agricultural lands of the people of the said villages, Rebia also expressed concern
over the release of water from the storage dam at Yazali without warning by the NEEPCO
CMD Pankaj assured the Chief Minister and the Parliamentary Secretary that he would
look into the issues in detail as he had taken over the charge of NEEPCO very recently.
Seeking 10 to 15 days to respond to the suggestions and issues raised, he promised
to fulfill the commitments made by his predecessors including shifting of the NEEPCO
executive office to Itanagar, adoption of the ITI Yupia and recruitment of locals
in all the three projects.
Also present in the meeting were NEEPCO Executive Director (Projects) D K Nath, Head
of Projects of PHEP and RHEP S Baruah and D Bhattacharjee respectively, Papum Pare
Zilla Chairperson Nabam Aka and others.
APSACS to launch Multi Media Campaign
NAHARLAGUN, Dec. 28: The meeting of the State Level Committee for the implementation
of Multimedia Campaign (MMC) has decided to launch district level campaign from January
The meeting also decided to organise district level shows in all the districts of
the state by involving bands like The Alien Gods and Symmetry Clan, and The Red Ribbon
Superstars. The districts in the state would be divided into three zones and the
three Rock Bands would perform in the allotted districts. For the state level competition,
the show shall be organized in the state capital, for which invitation for entry
shall be given in the newspapers.
The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Dr. Kartik Nyishing, Director Health
Services, Arunachal Pradesh here today.
In the grand finale, five bands would qualify after elimination round, for the final
competition. Elimination round would be conducted in the state capital among all
the eligible rock bands from the state.
For Interpersonal Communication activities through NSS volunteers in the state, a
drawing competition on HIV/AIDS would be conducted by NSS state liaisons officer
BK Sharma in all the colleges of the state. To work out on the piggy back activities
with major soccer tournament in the state a subcommittee was constituted.
The brief outline on the importance of the Multi Media Campaign was presented by
Dr. E. Rumi, project director, APSACS -cum- member secretary, State Level Committee
for the Multi Media Campaign.
The state plan for the implementation of the MMC was presented and approved by the
Dr. K. Nishing in his address expressed the hope that the Multi Media Campaign this
year would be very successful like previous year. Though a rock songs are difficult
to understand, it is an important medium to generate HIV/AIDS awareness message,
as it draw huge youth crowd in the show.
Tashor Pali, deputy director (IEC) APSACS gave a brief report on the decisions taken
by the MMC core committee in its previous sitting. He also outlined the point of
discussion to be taken up by the state committee for the successful implementation
of MMC in the state.
Sona inducted as Parliamentary Secretary
ITANAGAR, Dec 28: Congress legislator from Mechuka, Pasang Dorjee Sona was today
sworn in as Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki administered the oath of office and secrecy here this morning
in presence of a host of ministers, parliamentary secretaries and MLAs.
Accepting congratulatory messages from all present, Sona expressed gratitude to Chief
Minister Tuki and assured his cooperation to the government and the CLP leader.
He thanked the Chief Minister for recognizing the importance of an interior and backward
constituency like Mechuka.
“The Chief Minister has entrusted me with this onerous responsibility and I will
continue to work for development of my constituency, especially in the Tourism sector,
and the state in general. I also assure to work for my party, which has given me
this opportunity,” Sona said after the ceremony.
Schools of capital need new lease of life
ITANAGAR, Dec 28: The various government schools of capital need new lease of life
at the earliest. A visit to some of the government schools will tell you that despite
tall claim by education department still lot need to be done at the ground level.
The govt middle school, E-Sector (ESS), Itanagar is one such school which is crying
for urgent attention. Situated just adjacent to the office of Director of Higher
and Technical Education, the school lay in shambles. With window and wall of school
half destroyed, life has become tough for the students. “Because of broken windows
in winter chill wind makes life very difficult for us whereas in summer rain seeps
inside the class,” told one student.
It is shame on education department that though they are investing heavily for renovation
of the office of Director of Higher and Technical Education Department, they are
ignoring the poor condition of govt middle school. It seems department care more
for the comfort of their officers than for the poor students. This daily has recently
highlighted lethargic working culture of education department with reference on poor
condition of government middle school Bassarnallah, situated just few kilometres
from Itanagar. The department reacted with anger over report and claim that report
is exaggerated. But the pathetic condition of govt middle school located just adjacent
to the office of director of higher and technical education in true sense exposes
the lackadaisical attitude of education department.
WAKRO, Dec 28: The educational movement by Anu Shiksha Seva Trust (ASSET), an organization
inspired by H H Swami Anubhavananda Saraswati, received a major boost with Indraneel
Bhattacharjee, adviser to ASSET, offering to support the free education of an Apne.
Indraneel conveyed that it will be sponsored under service project of Nanda Gopal
Bhattacharjee Memorial Education Trust.
Late Nand Gopal Bhattacharjee, who stood for education of the under privileged is
well known in Assam and Arunachal for his spotless impeccable character, honesty,
integrity, commitment and philanthropy.
The Income Tax officer who was respectfully known as NG Bhattacharjee had relinquished
his secured government job nine years prior to his retirement to start social work
in helping poor and needy children. Many children and poor families were offered
assistance by late NG for receiving good education.
ASSET also informed Indraneel that late NG was deeply and closely associated with
ASSET since it was established in 2002.
Visiting the KGBV and the Apna Vidya Bhavan at Wakro during his visit to Anugrah
today, Indraneel lauded ASSET saying “These institutions have now reached a substantial
degree of maturity and have already achieved a lot in the sphere of spreading and
enhancing education in one of the remotest areas of India, Wakro and its vicinity.
The management has been exemplary in its efforts.” Neel added.
Further to the great delight of the Apnes, ASSET received generous contribution
from Arvind Gupta and Arun Lal of the ‘Just Be Happy’ fan club led by the smilingswami.
The duo contributed Rs 2 lakh to assist the ASSET service initiatives.
Wakro team thanked Arun Lal for the quick response and generous contribution to the
infrastructural need of ASSET for rendering quality education.
Anugrah also thanked Arvind Gupta for reaching out to the Arunachali children way
back in formative years of the AVB.
Joining the NGBME trust, Anand Ambekar from Nagpur also contributed for sponsoring
the free education of an Apne girl child. Anugrah also welcomed the encouraging contribution
of Chennai based well known social worker M S S Nambudari who sent his contribution
for sponsoring free education of an Arunachali child.
ITBP celebrates Christmas
ITANAGAR, Dec 28: The 10th Bn Indo Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP) celebrated
Christmas in a befitting manner at Kimin on December 25 last.
Attending the occasion, Commandant R.K Tomar appealed to the people to come forward
to celebrate holy occasion irrespective of religious differences.
Earlier Kendriya Vidyalaya 10th Bn ITBP had observed its 15th Annual Day recently.
Various cultural programmes and sport activities were held to mark the occasion.
Attending the celebration the Commandant Tomar praised the efforts put in by the
KV staff for all round development of the students studying in the Vidyalaya. He
also distributed prizes of the viyalaya, especially of CCA, games and sports held
throughout the year 2010-11.
DC orders magisterial probe on Namsai killings
ITANAGAR, Dec 28: Lohit deputy commissioner RK Sharma today ordered a magisterial
probe into the killing of three youths in a joint operation by the Army and APP on
December 25 late night at Namsai.
Namsai EAC-cum-executive magistrate S Sengupta would conduct the probe.
The probe has been ordered following claims and counter-claims on the identity of
the three youths identified as Dheeraj Duwara, Shibkumar Moran and Janak Moran who
hail from Makum in Assam’s Tinsukia district.
While security forces had termed them as ULFA terrorists on an extortion bid and
recovered a cache of arms recovered from their possession, the civil society in Upper
Assam rejected the claim and described them as innocent youths, sources said.
Police recruitment will wean away youth from going astray: SoPNIC
KHONSA, Dec 28: The Society for Promotion of Nocte Indigenous Culture (SoPNIC) has
lauded the initiative of the state government in implementing the MHA’s package for
recruitment of Police constables for unemployed youth of insurgency-hit Tirap and
In a press statement, the society appreciated the state government and MHA for the
much-needed step initiated by them for the cause of the restive youth of the two
Asked as to what was the general mood of the people after the official announcement
of the Police recruitment drive, the Secretary of SoPNIC, Denhang Bosai said without
mincing his words, “This is indeed, a God-send opportunity for the youth of Tirap-Changlang
and will go a long way in weaning away the youth from going astray. He added, “Please
remember, some non-state actors are also eyeing the able-bodied youth of the two
insurgency-infested districts, which is known to all and needs no elaborations.”
The Secretary further said that the problem faced by the two districts was peculiar
and that it cannot be equated with the problems being faced by other districts of
the state. It may be mentioned here that scores of innocent lives have been lost
in insurgency-related incidents over the years for which there has been no compensation
from any quarters. So, this Police recruitment drive will act as a succour for the
people and enable the youth to engage themselves gainfully.
Altogether 679 constables from Tirap and 669 from Changlang including women constables
will be recruited. The candidates in the age group of 17 to 26 years who had passed
Class-VIII are eligible for the 3 stages of tests including physical, written and
viva-voce. All the formalities vis-à-vis the much-hyped recruitment rally will start
from 1st week of January to the 1st week of February. Needless to mention that there
is great excitements among the youth and they are preparing hard for the interview.
The interview will be conducted by a competent board headed by Tirap SP. An aspiring
candidate was however, apprehensive about the interview saying that it may not be
fair adding that during the last Police recruitment all the rules and laid down norms
were flaunted at will and that those who had paid money were selected.
Another senior citizen who sounded optimistic said, “The present Tirap SP, Vikramjit
Singh under whose chairmanship the interview will be conducted is a man of unquestionable
honesty and impeccable integrity. So, let us hope the entire process of recruitment
will be absolutely fair.”
BJP demands white paper from Govt on TOI ssue
Itanagar, Dec. 28: Criticising the State Government for maintaining a stoic silence
over TOI/Pradeep Thakur issue, the state unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Arunachal
Pradesh today demanded a white paper from the State Chief Minister Nabam Tuki on
The present state government and the party in power need to act promptly to unearth
the persons involved and resolve the issue rather than keeping stoic silence. It
(government) can not escape from the responsibility to deliver justice to the aggrieved
community, BJP said in a release.
While taking strong exception to the frequent bandh calls given by various organizations
on the issue which harasses poor and daily wage earners in particular, the party
suggested the state government to solve the issue amicably by having regular sittings
with various aggrieved groups and community members.
Further, the state government should not overlook the serious issues like ban on
national daily “Times of India” in the local markets because of the ToI/ (Pradeep
Thakur) issue as well as shutting down of Sentinel Arunachal, the party said.
The BJP also criticized the state government for maintaining silent over the economic
blockades in Lakhimpur against NHPC dam resulting in a halt in supply of fuel and
essential commodities in three Siang valley districts of Arunachal Pradesh. The party
called upon the state Government to take up the matter immediately with its Assam
counterpart to end the blockade. It also sought Centre’s intervention in the matter.
Uncertainty looms over Subansiri Lower HE project
Uncertainty looms large over 2000 MW Lower Subansiri Hydro Electric Project at Gerukhamukh
at Assam Arunachal border as an strong anti-dam lobby headed by Assam Students’-AASU,
Takam Mising Porin Kebang (TMPK) and Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) are on an
indefinite agitation against the dam which is hindering progress of the ongoing works.
The ongoing blockade against the Subansiri Lower project by the protesting organizations
at Lakhimpur has reportedly halted the ongoing works of the project.
The protesting organizations have been blocking movement of vehicles carrying construction
materials and fuel to the project site at Gerukamukh and thereby sending strong message
to the authority to stop the dam construction. They have alleged the National Hydroelectric
Power Corporation (NHPC) of failing to act on the recommendation of an expert panel
that pointed out perils of ongoing 2000 MW Lower Subansiri HE Project.
Alleging indifferent attitude of both Assam and Arunachal state governments, the
anti-dam alliance has repeatedly claimed that the ongoing dam construction at Gerukhamukh
is devoid of technical assessment on the impact on the downstream areas. The protesting
groups are of the opinion that districts on the banks of Brahmaputra in Assam would
be the worst sufferers and have stoutly called for scrapping of the project.
It may be recalled that the KMSS on October 20 this year served a five-day ultimatum
to Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to pressurize the Centre to halt all ongoing
as well as proposed mega dam projects in Arunachal rivers.
Criticizing the Centre’s crucial roles over the big dam issue, they warned to launch
a vigorous movement against big dams. They had also stated that they would take up
a programme like economic blockade against Arunachal Pradesh.
On the contrary, the NHPC authority in the same month, rudely sounded that the agitational
activities resorted by the Assam organizations would not hamper progress of the project
execution. Sources from NHPC revealed that as of today, more than fifty per cent
of the overall construction work of the Hydroelectric Project is complete. The dam
of the project is roughly about 33 per cent complete, while 95 per cent construction
of its head race tunnel is complete. Sources further maintained that 71 per cent
construction of the surge tunnel of the project has also been completed.
The project was expected to be completed in 2014, but continuous movement and frequent
blockade are hindering its progress, the sources said.
Aalo bandh deferred, Union urges authorities to expedite Tamar Yorpen case
ITANAGAR, Dec 28: The 12 hours Aalo bandh jointly called by Galo Students Union
(GSU) and West Siang District Students Union (WSDSU) on Thursday in protest against
All Kombo Welfare and Development Society’s demand to arrest GSU president has been
The decision was taken after a meeting held at Aalo today which was attended by representatives
from GSU, WSDSU and members from civil societies.
This was informed by Galo Students Union president Gokar Basar here this afternoon.
He disclosed that the bandh has been temporarily suspended for the greater interest
of the society taking into consideration the festive season.
However, the GSU president reiterated the union’s stand on Tamar Yorpen case. It
said that fight for his justice will remain unwavering. Basar further urged the district
administration and police department to expedite Tamar Yorpen case to deliver justice
to the aggrieved family. Appealing to the people of the district not to interfere
in Yorpen case, he said “Let’s law take its own course of action”.
A pompous clarification
This is in response to the two news items “Education Department need a New Year Resolution”
by Taba Ajum published on Dec 23 and “DDSE expresses surprise at Basarnallo School
Report” published today in your esteem daily. Being a resident of Basarnallo village,
I would like to express my view regarding the condition of govt middle school. Like
other villagers, even I was quite happy to see poor condition of school being highlighted
in a prestigious newspaper like The Arunachal Times. The school really needs urgent
attention from concern department and it is sad to see DDSE coming out with pompous
clarification regarding infrastructure of school, though ground reality is quite
Just constructing one or two building for the sake of show off does not help the
cause of students. The real problems are not being addressed properly. This school
located few km away from capital has every potential to be developed into model school.
In fact I would like to appeal education department to develop Basarnallah govt middle
into a model school as soon as possible.
Instead of thanking media persons for highlighting the problems of school, education
department is sounding very arrogant. I want to ask officials of education department
and concern minister, whether they visit government school of state to take stock
of situation? We appreciate education minister for revamping his ailing department
but there are many more reforms needed. We also hope that Arunachal media will focus
more on education department.
General Secretary, ANSU
Reschedule enumeration dates
I want to draw the notice of the govt. and the officers who are entrusted with SECC
enumeration in the state especially in Changlang district, that the enumeration was
to begin on 1st of Nov/2011. Many teachers are being engaged as supervisors and enumerators
from different schools across the state. Since then they are instructed not to take
leave. Most of them saved 8-12 days casual leaves which are their dues. What will
happen to all those staffs? Will the govt. compensate for those days in 2012?
We know that the Election, National population census and Socio Economic Census are
national duties which we ought to take as challenge and perform. But till today there
is no correspondence in this regard as when to start the enumeration in Namtok Circle,
Changlang. When PD office is contacted on mobile they say that they will contact
us later. Now the problem is that as the FA-3/4 and SA-2 examinations are drawing
nearer, teachers appointed as supervisors and enumerators are reluctant to perform
the SECC duty and it is also quite genuine that all those teachers are appointed
from Middle/ Sec/ Hr, Sec Schools. So it is my sincere request that either cancel
all the appointments of teachers on SECC duty or reschedule the date of enumeration
from 20th April/12 and thereby crediting 30 days E/Leaves to all the engaged teachers.
Nomni Pertin, A/T
Supervisor (Appointed) SECC Namtok
Even common people need water!
Hope my grievance will reach to the competent authority.
Since the last 3 weeks, we the people of D sector Itanagar have not tasted or seen
a single drop of water from PHED pipe line nor the concern department has arranged
a single drop of water by tanker whereas the water from VIP line is flooding and
damaging the highways and roads! The lakeside attitude of the department has compelled
me to vomit my anger through this esteemed daily. Every day I see water tanker running
up and down in the highway but this tanker nowhere reach D-sector instead they are
busy in quenching the thirst of VIPs. Do VIP only has right to drink water? I just
want to know how soon D-sector will get water from PHED?
A thirsty consumer!
Truth be told, I am indeed a huge fan of DC, Capital, Onit Panyang. And I wish to
praise his executive order which prohibits entry of heavy trucks in peak hours of
Itanagar. The young generation is observing, and I am grateful.
Bigam Pertin, Itanagar
Shall we forget?
This message is for concerned authority of Education Department, that Under Lt. Dorjee
Khandu chief minister ship, it was announced that class X and XII students will be
awarded Laptop and cash as a mark of encouragement in their studies for acquiring
1st class and above percentage. All those students who got the required percentage
had submitted all necessary documents since last 6 months. Till now there is no response
from Arunachal Government. I would like to know from the concerned authority that
shall we hope that we will be awarded or shall we forget about this? Please tell
An extreme injustice
I would like to express my deep resentment over extreme injustice meted out to the
contractual MPWS of NVBDCP. The salary of these government employees have not been
disbursed in the last 4-5 months. This is, in a sense, the clear signal of the government’s
failure to manage the salary of even the less salaried employees. For this drawbacks
either the finance ministry is to be blamed on or the health ministry.
This makes it clear that the majority of MPWs are either unaware of the power of
RTI act, which should be used to prevent such type of irresponsible actions by the
concerned authority, or not united enough to voice against injustices.
I would like to appeal the state government to look into the matter and also I would
like to urge my fellow MPWs of the state to unite and strongly fight against any
kind of injustice.
Itanagar (on email)
Colony of a certain linguistic group
This is in response to Duge Soki's letter titled "Let's spare the languages"( 24
Rightly has he stated that languages are merely medium of communication and ideally
there should be no "war" revolving it. It is high time the Government of the Union
as well as that of all states and common people recognise the fact that just like
the equality of all mothers in this universe, all languages are also equal --- not
a bit inferior or superior to each other. Thus the authorities should accord equal
respect, dignity and importance to all languages and all individuals should also
be tolerant towards other languages. But the problem arises only when certain powers
or imperialist forces try to throttle the languages of others and impose a particular
language upon all. The Ramakrishna Mission has never directed its students to religiously
adopt Bengali, but Hindi-zealots have not only barbarically eradicated Bengali from
different sectors of West Bengal, they often force the Bengali employees in the
Centralised sector of the state to perform their official work in the language of
Bihar and Uttar Pradesh ie Hindi. They express audacity enough to declare their language
as "Rajbhasa", thereby relegating all other languages and its speakers to the status
of "Praja"! Ramakrisna Mission has never preached the supremeness of Bengali, but
our North Indian brothers are of the opinion that one and only learning of Hindi
will enable all to appreciate the essence of India! This means that those who are
ignorant in Hindi are in dark about national affairs!
This letter-writer knows very well that all languages are equal but certain fanatic
elements do lack even this basic knowledge. So it remains my duty to religiously
protest against Hindi-imposition and while performing my mission, if the likes of
Duge Soki portray me as an "anti-Hindi crusader", I will gladly and humbly accept
their certificate! Better be a crusader than a "nationalist" who spinelessly succumbs
to the philistine policy of transforming the heterogenous India into the colony of
a certain linguistic group.
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.
The Lok Pal
Lok Sabha has passed Lokpal bill yesterday amidst high drama. The ailing campaigner
Anna Hazare who was on a fast has termed it as toothless while the Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh termed the passage of the bill as special moment.
Hazare's main complaint is that the bill proposes keeping CBI, out of the purview
of the ombudsman.
The nine-member Lokpal committee, which will include the ombudsman , will not have
its own investigative agency, a major demand of anti-corruption activists like Hazare
and many opposition parties.
The government has also kept outside the ombudsman's remit a citizen's charter for
the timely investigation of public grievances against the government.
Instead, it has tabled a separate citizen's charter bill in parliament which makes
it mandatory for every government ministry and department to act within 30 days on
public complaints about services.
The online registration for Jail Bharo has crossed one lakh volunteers but this number
has not translated into crowds at the protest venues as supporters failed to turn
Meanwhile the government prepares for a tough battle in the Rajya Sabha over the
Lokpal Bill as the government is a minority in the House with just 104 MPs of UPA.
The government has to navigate a smoother journey for the Lokpal Bill in the Rajya
Sabha. Its best calculation is thus to bank on parties like the SP, RJD and BSP to
do what they did in the Lok Sabha - not vote. If the Shiv Sena and possibly the Trinamool
also abstain, it would bring the strength of the House down by 37 to 206. And the
halfway mark to 103. The UPA's Bill would in that case scrape through by a whisker
in a vote.