ITANAGAR, Dec 01: The cash reward of Rs 2 lakh announced by the Arunachal Pradesh
Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam
Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s
will be kept secret. The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006
Talom Rukbo remembered
ITANAGAR, Dec 01: The members of Itanagar Donyi-Polo Yelam Kebang celebrated the
74th birth anniversary of Golgi Bote Talom Rukbo at Golgi Bote Donyi-Polo Gangging,
Itanagar today. Besides prayer and speech, floral tribute was paid to portrait of
Rukbo on the occasion.
Amongst others, Subansiri Vibhag RSS Pracharak Dr. Sunil Mohanti attended the programme.
HDCS lauds police
ITANAGAR, Dec 01: Himalayan Development & Charitable Society (HDCS) has lauded Investigation
Officer SI KL Pertin and his team for apprehending two more persons in connection
with brutal attack on Koloriang CO Gyamar Amte yesterday.
The HDCS appealed to all to help and extend cooperation to the state police in performing
their duties while dealing with vital criminal cases, like assault, murder, attempt
to murder and domestic violence etc. It also requested the authorities concerned
to arrest the attackers of Associate Editor of Arunachal Times on November 23.
ITANAGAR, Dec 01: The BSNL broadband, landline and leased line customers have been
badly affected due to cable theft (2 number of 800 pair underground cables of 15
meters each) occurred at the roadside below civil secretariat. The cable theft got
exposed while leveling the trench for drainage construction by the contractors of
PWD Highways department yesterday morning, according to BSNL release. Cable line
at Bank Tinali has also been uncovered during the drain construction work, the BSNL
authority said and requested the PWD department and its contractors to construct
the drainage as early as possible wherever cables are uncovered. Informing that restoration
work is going on, BSNL SDOT Itanagar said and appealed the customers to bear with
Meanwhile, BSNL office, Itanagar informed that BSNL Land line telephone numbers of
Basar Telephone exchange have been changed from 222xxx to 226xxx w.e.f 29th Nov 2012
due to technical up gradation of Basar Telephone Exchange.
AYC conducts anti-drug awareness campaign
ITANAGAR, Dec 01: 23rd Taliha Assembly Youth Congress Committee conducted Anti-drug
awareness campaign at Taliha on November 27 last.
During the campaign, its president Sikop Nayam appealed to Fair Price Shop and shop
owners of Taliha Township to stop storing and selling of Pan Masala and Gutka containing
tobacco and nicotine.
He also appealed to the people of the constituency to avoid any kind of drug habit
which may cause health problem.
Meanwhile, 15th Sagalee Assembly Youth Congress Committee also conducted its I-card
distribution programme and later in a social service programme at CHC Sagalee the
volunteers clean the periphery of CHC Sagalee.
Atma Tawang conducts farmers’ training programme
TAWANG, Dec 01: A district level farmers’ training programme was conducted by ATMA
Tawang at Kitpi.
K B Kayastha, Agriculture Development Officer, Tawang (HQ) cum training in-charge
explained in details about the aims and objectives of the training programme. He
also spoke on different aspects of organic agriculture.
Participating in the training programme as resource person, Lakshmipriya Borah,
SMS ( PP), KVK, Tawang taught the farmers about Integrated Pest and Disease Management
in vegetables specially the application and usefulness of bio-pesticides. Field
functionaries from department of Agriculture and Horticulture of Kitpi circle
also imparted training to the farmers.
Bio-pesticides were distributed to the farmers after briefing them about its utility.
Farmers from Kitpi, Baighar, Peschenga, Jamghar, Shernup and Soma villages participated
in the training programme. Later in the interaction session, the farmers got their
doubts cleared related to cultivation of different crops.
Academic Scholarship distributed
ZIRO, Dec 01: Saint Claret College in collaboration with Single Step Foundation (SSF),
USA has distributed academic scholarship to 46 meritorious girl students on December
1. This is the fifth consecutive time that Saint Claret distributes scholarship in
collaboration with SSF, USA.
It is indeed a great help for the girl students of the college to pursue their higher
education. The scholarship was given away by Dr. Kuru Tama, Senior Medical Officer,
Lower Subansiri district on the occasion of the celebration of World AIDS day.
In his address he appreciated the college authorities for providing quality education
and encouraged the students to make use every opportunity that they get to prove
a point to the society. Dr. Tama exhorted the students to keep themselves away from
any kind of anti social elements and be a blessing to the society. Dr. Tama also
dealt in detail the causes and preventive measures of HIV positive.
ITANAGAR, Dec 01: Itanagar Market Welfare Association (AMWA) has prohibited selling
of housie ticket, calendar and illegal donation collection within the jurisdiction
of the committee with immediate effect. The violators of order will face invite action
as per law.
Bordumsa, Dec 01: Pre-recruitment rally organized by 8th Bihar Regiment stationed
at Bordumsa was inaugurated and flagged off today by Bordumsa ADC, Kento Riba.
Addressing a good number of aspiring recruits, ADC Bordumsa advised them to take
the rally seriously and to prepare themselves to serve their motherland.
Thanking Maj. Mithilesh, Company Commander 8th Bihar Regiment, ADC Bordumsa further
told the youths that they were fortunate enough to have a company of armed forces
stationed at their doorstep that was willing to help them prepare for the coming
tests for recruitments for not just the armed forces but also for private securities.
The rally which started today was attended by more than 50 young candidates and the
number is expected to swell in the coming days seeing the enthusiastic support of
the public who were cheering for all the participants as the rally begun. The pre-recruitment
rally will continue till 30 more days.
SBI donates water purifiers to Wakro schools
ITANAGAR, Dec 01: The Wakro branch of State Bank of India (SBI) donated 15 water
purifiers to various rural schools of Wakro under corporate social responsibility
While giving away the items to the schools at a simple function at the premises of
Anu Shiksha Seva Trust (ASSET), Times Now correspondent Arindam Das appreciated the
SBI for its noble gesture of reaching out to school children under its Corporate
Social Responsibility initiative.
Rangpu R Jugli, Manager Wakro SBI expressed the hope that the gift will help check
occurance of many water borne diseases, like typhoid, cholera, dysentery and malaria
among the school children.
Grand finale of Miss Arunachal 2012-13 on Dec 5
ITANAGAR, Dec 01: The grand finale of Miss Arunachal-2012-13 organized by Arunachal
Guild for Cultural Integration (AGCI) will be held at Nikum Niya Ground, Nirjuli
on December 5 from 5:30 pm onwards.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and Tourism Minister Pema Khandu would attend the function.
The preliminary show of the beauty contest and group dance competition would be held
in the same venue on December 2 from 5.30 pm onwards.
BBK welcome eviction drive
ITANAGAR, Dec 01: Bogong Banggo Kebang (BBK) welcomed the recent eviction drive carried
out near GTC area by East Siang District Administration.
BBK General Secretary Tagom Padung, supporting the move of the district administration
said such movement from the district authority is the long felt demand of the Bogong
Banggo Kebang, adding that any person undermining the administration should be dealt
with strongly so that no one even dreams of shattering the set of rules governing
the society’s peace and tranquility.
He further said that the Government demonstration land at GTC and the vicinity of
the Gram Sevak Training hostels have also been encroached by few individuals and
constructed permanent structure which should be immediately brought down and exemplary
punishment should be initiated against such encroachers.
The rapid mushrooming of new structures and constructions of Pan Shops near the allotted
Government quarters and construction of semi permanent and permanent structures within
the allotted Government quarter should also be evicted and exemplary action and punishment
may be initiated against the erring government officials as per the prescribed set
of rules irrespective of their position and political mileage, said BBK.
The Bogong Banggo Kebang assured to extend possible help to District Administration
and expressed hope that the Administration will continue its endeavor to make Pasighat
an ideal town of Arunachal Pradesh.
Project affected people demand land compensation
ITANAGAR, Dec 01: The Lohit Valley Dam Affected Citizens Forum (LVDACF) has urged
the M/s Athena Energy Venture Pvt Ltd, New Delhi to disburse the land compensation
to the 1750 MW Demwe Lower project affected people in Anjaw district.
In a letter to the Chief Managing Director of the private power developer, the Forum
said that preliminary notification was issued for 572.26 hectare of community forest
land, out of which, 164.41 ha of land falls within the Anjaw district.
The Anjaw DC had directed the project component – M/s Anthena Demwe Power Ltd to
deposit the land compensation amounting to over Rs 15 crore in his account for further
disbursement to the land owners at the earliest, the Forum claimed. “Apparently
the project authorities have failed to deposit the required amount the DC’s account
till date, whereas the land owners of Lohit district had received their share of
land compensation during June 2012,” the Forum said.
Expressing resentment over the delay in payment of land compensation, the Forum
request the authorities to do the needful at the earliest.
BJP mourns death of former PM
ITANAGAR, Dec 01: The rank and file of the State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) condoled
the passing away of former Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral yesterday.
Gujral was India's 12th prime minister, whose tenure ran from April 1997 to March1998.
The party members and office bearers, in a condolence meeting presided over by state
president Dr. Tangor Tapak and State General Secretary Tai Tagak recalled the lifetime
contributions towards the nation by the of the late leader, who was known for his
pro-active role in maintaining healthy relations with the neighbouring countries.
They observed 2 minutes silence in honour of the departed leader and prayed for eternal
peace of the departed soul.
Gujral was born on December 4, 1919 in Jhelum on the bank of Jhelum River, now in
Gujral, in his illustrious political career, held many important portfolios in the
government. In 1975, he was Minister of Information and Broadcasting. He was also
India's Ambassador to then Soviet Union.
He quit the Congress in the mid 1980s and joined Janata Dal. He also was the Minister
of External Affairs in Prime Minister VP Singh's Cabinet. In 1992, he was nominated
to the Rajya Sabha. He again held the position of Minister of External Affairs in
H D Deve Gowda-led government.
Talo Baptist Church golden jubilee celebrated
ITANAGAR, Dec 01: The golden jubilee of the Talo Baptist Church, Lower Subansiri
district was celebrated in a befitting manner at Talo village recently. The Church
was established on Nov 28, 1962, which is also first Baptist Church established during
The celebration was declared by Rev Dr K Thanzauva, president of Baptist Church
of Mizoram (BCM) by unveiling a golden jubilee memorial stones on Nov 28. He also
released a dove symbolizing the message of peace.
Food and Civil Supply Minister K Mossang and Parliamentary secretary, agriculture,
Likha Saaya attended the celebration as chief guest and guest of honour on Nov 29
along with a host of dignitaries and believers.
A souvenir and a documentary film were also released to commemorate the historic
The pioneer of Talo Baptist Church, Late Toko Topu, late Nich Sakha, Late Nich Temi
and Toko Chilly and Toko Techi were felicitated for establishment of the Church.
Dr Thanzauva delivered the word of God to the congregation. Neelam Taram, Toko
Kath, Toko Chilly and Er Byabug Tugu, the chair of the celebration committee spoke
on the occasion. The congregation also prayed for wellbeing for Arunachal Pradesh.
Workshop on Earthquakes Resistance Building and Masonry
ITANAGAR, Dec 01: A two days Workshop for Architects and Engineers on the subject
of Earthquakes Resistance Building and Masonry was inaugurated today by Er. Taba
Tedir, Chief Engineer-cum-Director at the Conference Hall of Directorate of UD.
Around 40 members of Architects and Engineers across the state are participating
in the workshop.
Er. Tedir while inaugurating the workshop said that our state in located in Zone-V
of seismic activity which means that there will be huge loss of men and materials
if earthquake of higher intensity occurs in the region. He urged the participants
to educate the people about the importance of well-designed buildings constructed
with earthquake resistant features.
Initiating the technical session Dawa Tsering, Senior Architect, PWD explained the
role of architects and engineers. He also highlighted the importance of Building-by-Laws.
Taring Bosco, Lecturer, Rajiv Gandhi Polytechnic and Hillang Taju, M. Tech. (Geodesic),
NERIST highlighted about the earthquakes forces affects the buildings and the procedure
to adopt in building construction to reduce damages.
Deputy Director (UD) J. Basar and Disaster Management Department, Deputy Director
Christina Wanglat also spoke on the occasion.
House gutted in fire
ITANAGAR, Dec 01: A devastating fire accident has turned a residence of one teacher,
Chow Latanam Manhout into ashes leaving the hapless owner of the house with naught
at Namsai on November 28, said Tai Khampti Singphow Council (TKSC) in a release today.
The public who went for rescue operation were only became mere spectators as the
fire was beyond their control, the Council said adding that the Fire Department
also failed to response due to the breakdown and off-road of the Fire Brigade Tanker.
Informing that the public of Namsai have been demanding for the up-gradation of Namsai
and Chongkham Police Stations to tackle law and order and well-equipped Fire Station
at Namsai to prevent frequent fire accidents in Namsai township the Council blamed
the Govt for its alleged failure to provide basic needs and essential service to
the public. It appealed the government to act promptly to the demands of the people
of the area.
It further said that the education scenario has been declining gradually. As a result
the students hailing from lower belt of Lohit have shown below performance level
in various colleges and universities. There is no subject teacher in most of the
schools of this belt and the Govt. Higher Secondary School Namsai is still lacking
Chemistry subject teacher at the end of the academic session, the Council said.
This is a matter of great concern for the people of this area as the young generations
are incapable of being at par with the fellow pupil belonging to other districts
or states. Our young generations are being carried away by misguided ideology and
they indulge in habit of drugs and opium addiction, the Council said.
The Council appealed the Govt act promptly for the solution to the grievances of
139 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
Lowangdong urges MLAs to lead from the front in fighting HIV/AIDS
NAHARLAGUN, Dec 01: Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Speaker and President
of Arunachal Pradesh Legislators’ forum on HIV/ AIDS, Wanglin Lowangdong, has appealed
the members of state legislative Assembly, Panchayat leaders, Government officers,
the media and the youth of the state to pledge to make Arunachal Pradesh an AIDS
free state by being an agents of awareness, empathy and behavioral change to fight
against HIV/AIDS and to take the concern of the people living with HIV to a greater
heights. He was addressing Members of Legislative Assembly, senior officers and students
of various colleges and universities of the state during the one Day advocacy meeting
of Arunachal Pradesh Legislators’ Forum on HIV/AIDS to mark the World AIDS Day-2012
with the theme “Getting to Zero”, Zero New HIV infections, Zero Discrimination and
Zero AIDS-related Deaths”, here today at Nokmey Namati Hall, of Assembly Secretariat.
On the endeavors and objectives of the forum he said, the forum is uniquely placed
with its distinctive composition of concerned legislators who have resolved to act
constructively to fight against AIDS epidemic in the state. Cutting across party
lines, it is mandated to play a major role in advising and influencing the actions
of the state executive and the legislature in response to one of the most serious
health issues threatening the society. The legislators should lead from the front
in checking the spread of the disease and encourage and support people with HIV/AIDS
to live a fulfilling and long life, for which they need to be aware of the disease,
its causes and means of transmission. The forum would also support any government
policy or enactment of law to control the HIV/AIDS, he said.
Since there is no definite vaccine or medicine to cure HIV/AIDS patients, it can
only be prevented by creating mass awareness on the disease in various modes of communications,
there is need of having a political agenda through debates and questions in the house
of the Assembly and through Ministerial meetings. There is also need to organize
regular public or private meetings with Ministers of the state government and key
civil functionaries to include awareness programmes of HIV/AIDS into the existing
programmes of state government departments, the Speaker felt. The significance of
observing the Day is to bring together people from around the world and to raise
awareness about HIV/AIDS and demonstrate international solidarity in the face of
the pandemic. It is an opportunity for public and private partners to spread awareness
about the status of the disease and encourage progress in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment
and care in high prevalence countries and around the world.
We need to create an conducive environment for HIV infected persons so that they
could disclose their disease and further help the Health agencies on creating awareness
on the disease among the masses. HIV related stigma and discrimination severely hamper
efforts to effectively fight HIV/AIDS epidemic. Fear of discrimination often prevents
people from seeking treatment for AIDS or from admitting their HIV status publicly.
People with or suspected of having HIV are turned away from health care services
and employment, or refused entry to a foreign country. Cases of affected persons
being ostracized by their nieghbours and from schools and community is also a fact.
Denial goes hand in hand with discrimination, with many people continuing to deny
that HIV exists in their communities. Today, HIV/AIDS threatens the welfare and wellbeing
of people throughout the world.
To overcame the stigma and discrimination and to change the peoples’ attitude to
AIDS and people with HIV/AIDS, education is needed for the common people and to those
with HIV/AIDS so that they are able to challenge the discrimination, stigma and denial
that they encounter. No Policy or law can alone combat HIV/AIDS related discrimination.
It will continue to exist so long as societies as a whole have a poor understanding
of HIV/AIDS and the pain and suffering caused by negative attitudes and discriminatory
practices. The fear and prejudice that lie at the core of the HIV/AIDS related discrimination
need to be tackled at the community and national levels. A more enabling environment
needs to be created to increase the visibility of people with HIV/AIDS as a normal
part of any society.
The presence of treatment can make this task easier, where there is the opportunity
to live a fulfilling and long life with HIV, to disclose their status, and to seek
care if necessary. The task is confront the fear-based message and biased social
attitudes, in order to reduce the discrimination and stigma of people living with
Expressing grave concern over the spreading of the disease engulfing the state capital
and spreading to other districts, he felt that there is immediate need to check the
leakage of the disease into the state.
Appreciating the role of Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS control Society, in checking
the spread of HIV/AIDS in the state, he said, we should not be complacent with the
diminishing infection rate but should work harder to ensure that the state is free
from the disease.
In his key note address, National AIDS Control Organisation, Regional Communication
Officer, Phungreiso Varu pointed out that the adult HIV prevalence in Arunachal Pradesh
has continued its steady decline as well from 0.18%in 2002 to 0.05% in 2006 yet in
2009 it has increased to 0.16% showing rising trends in adult HIV prevalence in
last four years. He said, there is need for a policy framework that encourages involvement
of local self governments to address and response to HIV/AIDS; be it related to stigma,
discrimination or any other grievances of persons with affected by HIV.
Jt.Director, Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society, Dr. Riken Rina, through
a PowerPoint presentation brought to fore the alarming data of 202 HIV/AIDS cases
in the state with Papum Pare leading with 116 cases. Age wise, highest positive cases
are recorded in the age group of 20 to 29 years with 113 positive cases while males
with 137 are ahead of females with 65 positive cases (see table). So far the disease
has claimed 15 lives in the state, he added.
He further informed that to effectively contain the disease, the APSACS has taken
various steps, including setting up of 27 integrated Counseling and Testing Centers
(ICTC), 8 Prevention of Transmission from Parent to Child Centre (PTPCC), 17 Sexually
Transmitted Infection Clinic (STIC), 5 Blood Banks, one Anti-retrovial Therapy Centre(ARTC),
four Link Anti-Retrovial Therapy Centre(Link ARTC),21 Targeted Intervention project
(TIP), and one community care Centre(CCC) forming 20 red ribbon clubs, forming of
various committees at various levels, Inter-sectorial collaborations with various
government departments as part of mainstreaming and IEC Activities through mass
Media, Posters, Hoardings etc.
MLA Dr. Tangor Tapak, Director of Health Service Dr. Kartik Nishing, also shared
their views and suggestions in checking the disease from spreading further, while
Deputy Speaker of Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly and Vice President of Arunachal
Pradesh Legislators’ forum on HIV/AIDS presented the vote thanks. DIPR
According to sources altogether 209143 number of people have been tested in the state
and 202 HIV positive cases recorded till 30th September, 2012.
Axis Bank security guards flee away with Rs 17 lakh
ITANAGAR, Dec 01: Two employees of Security Intelligence Service (SIS) India Limited,
an outsourced agency entrusted with the job of depositing cash at ATM of Axis Bank
here, today fled with an amount of Rs 17 lakh while they were on their way to deposit
the cash at the bank’s ATMs located at Naharlagun.
Tagru Tassang, the cash custodian and Tagru Takap the driver, fled in a motorcycle
from Bank Tinali here at around 11.30 AM, Capital Superintendent of Police P Surinder
Kumar informed in a release.
Tagru Tatup, elder brother of Tagru Takap and owner of the car, has been detained
for interrogation. He also works as a security guard in the same bank. Another cash
custodian Biswajit Bharali has also been arrested.
A case has been registered at Itanagar Police station and a manhunt launched to nab
It is the second incident of bank loot within a month after armed gunmen robbed an
amount of Rs 4.5 lakh from the Ganga branch of Rural Bank on November 8.
Police, however, arrested the prime accused Lokam Tagio from Chimpu near here on
November 25 and seized a pistol and three rounds of ammuntion from his possession.
During October last year, miscreants looted an amount of Rs 22 lakh from the Axis
Bank ATM at Naharlagun when the security agency was depositing the cash.
Police arrested all the accused within six months and recovered the amount partially.
Tuki exhorts Lumla people to thwart negative forces, showers bounties
LUMLA, Dec 01: Impressed with the prevailing peace and spirit of development, Chief
Minister Nabam Tuki exhorted the people of Tawang district, Lumla assembly constituency
in particular to maintain its glory by thwarting all negative forces.
Describing former chief minister, late Dorjee Khandu as messiah of the masses known
for his spirit for all round development, Tuki announced that he was committed to
fulfil all his unfulfilled dreams to the thunderous applause of the masses.
The CM, accompanied with Rajya Sabha member and APCC president Mukut Mithi, Lok Sabha
member Takam Sanjoy and DRC K N Damo arrived from New Delhi and arrived on his maiden
trip here in an IAF chopper.
Showering bounties in response to number of memorandum submitted by various sections,
Tuki said the people of the district are strong Congress supporters who were, are
and would remain always Congress.
Congress-led UPA-II government led by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson
Sonia Gandhi has been implementing various flagship schemes, like Bharat Nirman to
ensure the fruits of development reach every village of the country. “I am confident
Congress will sweep all future elections including unopposed election of local MLA
Tashi to give further momentum to already impressive development recorded during
the last three years,” Tuki exhorted the massive gathering, who with patience remained
unmoved for two hours before the over four hour meeting.
After announcing Rs 4 crore corpus fund for Tawang Monastery and Rs 1 core for starting
retention work of the landslide hit areas and Rs 20 lakh for protection of landslide
area of Manju Shree School at Tawang as promised earlier, the CM said Lumla being
the number one constituency state’s development should begin from here before committing
to upgrade Zemithang CO HQs to an EAC HQs and creation of new CO HQs at Shola Lhatsey
to serve over 6,500 population for which he directed the DC and ADC to send the recommendations
immediately, Rs 1.5 crore from SPA for a multi-purpose auditorium, Rs 1.5 crore in
a phased manner from SPA for completing the ongoing Dolma Lhakhang Guru Padma Sambhava
project, Rs 2 crore for building ADC staff quarters.
The CM said at the request of Tourism Tourism & RWD Minister Pema Khandu and local
MLA he has made correction in the cabinet decision for regularization of services
of 36 Bhoti teachers in the scale of pay of Rs 9,300-34,800 as advertised. Moreover,
he assured to take up with Education Minister for upgradation of Zemithang ME school
to secondary level, introduction of science stream in Lumla Govt HS school and posting
of adequate teachers in the Lumla GHSS or else recruit local qualified candidates
to serve as teachers.
Accepting the suffering of the people for want of an LPG agency and a petrol depot,
the CM assured to move the GoI for setting up the essential services at the earliest
besides completion of Lumla-Tashigang road. However, without opposing the demand
for Autonomous District Council for Tawang and West Kameng districts, he said it
needed introspection though it was in the Centre’s court. He announced enhancement
of honorarium of GB and HGB from Rs 250 and Rs 350 to Rs 500 and Rs 600 respectively,
two red coats for winter and summer, two units of free electricity. He assured that
the DCs during December 18-19 meeting would be instructed to grant as much facilities
they could to the GBs, the first representative of the President of India at the
He also directed the DC to send names of persons with disability to avail Rs 1,000
pension announced by them besides various other schemes of the GoAP.
Pointing out that the area has huge potential for horticulture, agriculture, tourism
and hydropower development, the CM exhorted the youth to come forward to become willing
partners of development.
“I have numerous plans and schemes for channelizing the youth energy and providing
them skill development to make them self-employed and self-reliant to contribute
towards nation building,” Tuki said spelling out the huge number of youths his government
has so far sponsored for training in tourism, hospitality and agriculture sectors
for creating one lakh employments in five years.
Cautioning the youth to refrain from negative activities like bandh culture and engage
themselves in productive works, the CM said, “My government is a people’s government
and take all conscientious steps for their development.” He however, directed the
district administration and police to tackle those resorting to lawlessness with
The CM earlier inaugurated the newly build office building of ADC and tourist lodge.
“Lumla’s development is impressive”, Mithi said, and assured that a team led by the
CM along with the three MPs would call on the Prime Minister and defence minister
to pursue expeditious completion of the much sought after Lumla-Tashigang road.
“I along with Khanduji, Thupten Tempa, T G Rinpoche had walked up to Belting a decade
ago to inspect the road which has been completed up to Belting, the last point along
Bhutan border. We would urge the GoI to take up with the Bhutan government to build
the incomplete portion of the road, if required by extending help,” Mithi assured.
Highlighting the political history of the state, Mithi, in response to the demand
for Autonomous Council for both districts, wondered why should there be demand to
go back politically. The desired development is the responsibility of the government
and no government ever neglected this district though the people are little different
because of Buddhism. But the GoAP has always worked for all round development of
the multi-ethnic state and such demand would create the feeling of disunity and same
demand would be raised from other districts too. We are one as a classless society,
Cautioning the masses against forces inimical to India’s development, the MP accused
the agitationists of taking support from China against hydropower development in
the state, particularly 2000 MW Subansiri Lower project, whose 80% work has been
Hydropower alone has the power to power state’s development as envisioned by late
Dorjee Khandu, Sanjoy said and assured that the state’s leaders functioning coherently
would make all efforts to extend the same support to this backward area.
“I’ve already sanctioned Rs 30 lakh under MPLAD for Lumla constituency besides Rs
15 lakh for a community hall for Gispu village, which had given him cent percent
Describing the day as historic for the presence of three top leaders of the state,
Pema Khandu lauded the Chief Minister and Mithi for ensuring and making all endeavours
to implement various schemes initiated by the late CM Dorjee Khandu to fulfil his
Hydropower has the power for a better tomorrow as 2% of the project earmarked for
local area development brings huge benefit to the local denizens besides enriching
the state coffer and generating employment avenues.
Blowing the bugle for 2014 assembly election, and having full faith under the dynamic
leadership of Soniaji, Rahulji and state leaders, the young minister announced that
Tawang district would always remain with Congress in all days to come. Appreciating
the massive development of Lumla constituency, Khandu urged Mithi and Tuki to endorse
candidature of Civil Aviation Parliamentary Secretary Jambey Tashi, who was elected
to unopposed in 2009.
Welcoming the visiting dignitaries, Tashi appreciated the CM for his numerous path-breaking
policies in the greater welfare of the state while undertaking extensive tour to
establish a direct link with the people of the state and including his maiden visit
The ruling Congress is not the only party capable of delivering in the country but
it ensures that the fruits of development percolate down to the ‘Last person’ as
was advised by Gandhiji to first Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Neheru. This is the
avowed policy of the Congress under the able leadership of UPA chairperson Sonia
Gandhi, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and the CM, he said to the thunderous applause
of the people.
Lumla, located in the tri-junction of Bhutan and China (Tibet), is a highly sensitive
area because of its strategic location from national security point where the defence
forces have been supplementing the GoAP in development and the border villagers serving
as true sentinels of the nation.
“We have miles to go to provide the much needed administrative and development support
to the denizens of this hilly region. We cannot escape our responsibility at a time
when IT has converted the whole world into a global village. People at the touch
of a mouse are finding the level of progress in any part of the globe to make a comparison
and point finger at the policy lapses to raise questions. They cannot be blamed,
but we as lawmakers have to accept it with all humility to learn to overcome our
lapses and serve as facilitators for the people to become willing partners of development,”
Tashi said seeking the trio’s support for speedy development.
The huge gathering is an indication that the local MLA is discharging his duties
honestly and with the people, said S&T Parliamentary Secretary Phurpa Tsering, adding
such committed leaders are need of Arunachal Pradesh.
Taking a dig at handful people for spreading misgiving among the masses about hydropower
development, Tsering cited the example of most backward Bichom area of West Kameng
district which in a decade has made the area developed and the inhabitants richest
in the district through liquid gold.
Khanduji’s desire for developing all parts of the state gaining ground under present
leadership, he said.
District Seva Dal chief organizer Lobsang Dawa, in his address, lauded the all the
leaders for accelerating development of the state, particularly of the district but
thanked the people of Lumla and Mukto constituencies for wholehearted support to
Earlier, ADC Mika Nyori, in his address, said the CM’s visit was fulfilment of long
cherished dream of the hospitable and hardworking people of Lumla, who have been
experiencing speedy development during the last few years.
Top ranking officers of the district led by DC in-charge Gombu Tsering and SN Mosovi,
panchayat leaders led by Tawang zilla parisahd chairperson Tsering Lhamu and GBs
attended the function which was punctuated by colourful cultural programmes by school
children and local troupes reflecting the rich ethnicity of the state, particularly
the district. (CMMC)
Youth urged to inculcate the spirit of tolerance
ITANAGAR, Dec 01: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh General (Retd) J J Singh today
inaugurated the 4th Talom Rukbo State Level Indigenous Youth Festival at Daporijo.
In his address, the Governor called upon the youth of Arunachal Pradesh build a society
that they all would always be proud of. He advised them to build a new, strong, prosperous,
disciplined and efficient India with the strength of the rich cultural heritage,
ethical and spiritual values embedded in the traditions and unconquerable spirit
and creativity in them.
The Governor said that the youth have a role to play in addressing social issues,
including eliminating evil social customs, contributing to India's economic development,
participating in its political life and living up to the high standards of India's
ideals and values. The Governor called upon the youth to protect the environment
and rooted to good age-old traditions.
General Singh exhorted the youth to inculcate in themselves a sense of discipline,
a spirit of tolerance, a quest for knowledge, a positive mind and respect for fellow
human beings to meet the future with confidence and fulfilling the dream of modern
India. He appealed them to aim high and approach life with sincerity and dedication.
There is no short cut to hard work and success, he said. The Governor stated that
the nation needs a variety of professionals and skilled workers for balanced and
all round progress. Therefore, the onus is on the youth of our country to prepare
themselves for the responsibilities that lie ahead and to look at the challenges
facing the nation.
Appreciating the members of Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh
(IFCSAP) for organizing the festival he expressed his confidence that it will help
in channelizing the energy and dynamism of Arunachalee youth and also go a long way
in preserving our treasured indigenous cultural heritage. He added that such festivals
provide opportunities and a platform for the youth to inculcate the indigenous values
and ethos. It makes them aware of the traditional beliefs, faiths and practices and
it is very natural that they develop mutual respect for each other.
The Governor appreciated IFCSAP for acting as the unifying force for sister organizations
such as Donyo Polo Gangging, Meder Nello, Kargu Gamgi, Dani Piilo Society, Rangfra
Faith Promotion Society, Buddhist Cultural Preservation Society, and other such indigenous
societies of Tai Khamti, Tangsa, Mishmi. He commended its members for dedicatedly
working to promote, preserve and patronize the indigenous faiths and culture of Arunachal
Pradesh. Joining the participants, he paid rich tributes to Late Gyampak Gumja, Late
Rutum Kamgo, Late Mokar Riba, Late Tage Dibo and Late Geter Ingo the former IFCSAP
As an appreciation, the Governor made personal cash contribution towards the festival.
Responding to a memorandum for financial assistance towards IFCSAP office at Daporijo,
the Governor assured to endorse it to the State Government.
Earlier, before starting his speech, the Governor led a two-minute silence to condole
the sad demise of former Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral.
In his address Guest of Honour Sahitya Akademi Awardee Mangalshingh Hazowary called
upon the youth to have faith in the God and respect others faiths and religious beliefs.
He dwelled in length on the high principles of religion. Hazowary asked the indigenous
youth to maintain work culture and advised them especially the students to judiciously
utilize their time.
Sahitya Akademi Awardee from Assam, Hazowary, who is the Advisor of All Assam Bathu
Union emphasized on peaceful co-existence of people of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
Chief Patron of the festival and State Power Minister Tanga Byaling urged upon the
youth to inculcate discipline and shoulder responsibilities to lead the society for
a better tomorrow. Byaling asked the youth to strive towards peaceful coexistence
through exchange of ideas of inherit culture and traditions.
Advising them against bandh culture and anti social activities, the minister pointed
that such undesirable activities create hindrance to development of the State. He
called upon the youth to avail pro-people programmes initiated by the State government
and participate in the developmental activities.
In his presidential address, IFCSAP President Y.D. Thongchi, Chief Information Commissioner
gave a brief background on the indigenous faith and cultural and on the activities
of Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh. He said, our forefathers
led a life free from outside interference and influence. Their life was regulated
by their faith and belief upon the various supernatural phenomena. These heterogeneous
faiths and believes have come to be known by different names amongst different tribes
like Donyi Poloism, Rangfraism, Ami-mataism, Intaism etc. Further stressing on the
importance of preservation of indigenous cultural heritage, Thongchi added that the
religion moulds owns thinking, behavior, belief, day to day life style that further
gives birth to culture. The culture is our treasure, our identity and our survival.
In his speech, he recalled the contributions made by Late Talom Rukbo and members
Festival Organizing Committee Chairman Larbin Nosi and IFCSAP Secretary Gichick Taaza
also addressed the mammoth gathering of the inaugural function.
In the inaugural function, the Governor released an audio cassette ‘Donyi Polo Aya
Nam’ produced by Gichik Taaza, while Guest of Honour Mangalshingh Hazowary released
a film CD titled ‘Angun Bedang’ produced by Donyi Polo Yelam Kebang, Pasighat and
directed by Delong Padung. Chief Patron of the festival and State Power Minister
Tanga Byaling released a documentary film titled ‘Donyi Polo Aya Jinam’ produced
and directed by Nyamo Dojeh. Special Guest of the inaugural function of the festival
Swati Sharma, Secretary Finance released a book, titled ‘The useful questions and
answers on Donyi Poloism’. She also released a comic book, titled The Story of Kamang
Charingfu and seven brothers’ by Vijay Batak on the occasion.
A mega dance was presented on the occasion which was participated by more 200 hundred
dancers from different tribes from different parts of the State. The 15-minute dance
was choreographed by Oti Yomso and costumes were designed by Deepti Apang. The lyricist
and playback singer Delong Padung compiled the song which has been sang in 11 different
The three-day festival is being organized by Indigenous Fath and Cultural Society
of Arunachal Pradesh. IFCSAP Secretary Gichick Taaza informed that more than two
thousand and five hundred participants from different parts of the State are attending
the festival. Seminars and interactive sessions of indigenous faith and culture,
indigenous games and sports competitions, mass procession, indigenous cultural shows
and innovation by priests are parts of the three-day cultural extravaganza. (PRO
ITANAGAR, Dec 01: The complaint lodged against the Namsai Lamps Ltd at Tezu police
station is quite baseless, said Lamps chairman while reacting to a news item published
in the front page of this daily on Nov 28 last.
While reacting to the press release published under the headlines “Complaint lodged
against Namsai Lamps Ltd ……..”, the Managing Director of the Namsai Lamps Ltd clarified
that 81 trucks carrying food grains to Tezu FCI depot from Tinsukia depot were stranded
at Parsuramkund for three to four days due to road blockade from Sept 19 to 28.
“At that time we requested the depot in-charge of FCI/FSD Tezu, Area Manager of
FCI Banderdewa and Chow Zignoo Namchoom, member of FCI State Level Consultative
Committee vide letter No NMS/FCI-RO/Itanagar/12/2010-11/3305-07 Dt Namsai Sept 19
to allow to divert the loaded truck from Parsuramkund to Namsai to handover the stock
to the district wholesale nominee for onward distribution of rice to the ration card
holders as per their card entitlement at Namsai sub-division. Further, we stated
that we claimed our carriage bill only upto the diverted point i.e. Namsai, the Namsai
Lamps MD said. It further said that the FCI/FSD Tezu depot in-charge and member of
FCI state level consultative committee verbally allowed them to do it accordingly
to avoid any serious public repercussion. Moreover, the Lamps MD in his clarification
said, “Tezu depot in-charge informed us vide his letter No ESTT-I/FCI/TEZU/10-11/362-65
Dt Sept 19 that he is taking approval from G M ( R), FCI Itanagar and we can unload
the Namsai sub-division’s allotted quota of Rice for the September during the road
blockade. Accordingly, 4975.47 quintal of rice was unloaded at Namsai as per allotted
quota for Namsai sub-division and the stock was handed over to Namsai wholesale nominee
and carriage bills was also claimed only upto Namsai, the clarification said.
The Namsai Lamps MD further said “we have rather contributed to avoid food crisis
in Namsai sub-division during the flood situation when food grains from Tezu was
not possible for transportation due to road blockade.”
CCPDA reiterates demand for adequate security
ITANAGAR, Dec 1: The Capital Complex Petroleum Depots Association (CCPDA) has reiterated
its demand for deployment of adequate security personnel in all petrol pumps of Capital
Complex till the total normalcy returns.
In a letter addressed to the Capital Complex deputy commissioner, the Association
demanded four armed paramilitary personnel in each petrol pump and said that any
law and problems be prevented and tackled promptly by the concerned authorities.
While discussing the security scenario of all petrol pumps in the Capital Complex
in its emergency meeting held at Naharlagun yesterday, the Association further said
the administration should take responsibility for all kinds of loss if any incurred
due to any law and order problem.
It further demanded Special security attention to 2 petrol pumps at Nirjuli and 1
at Lekhi village.
Referring to its earlier letter addressed to the Capital administration on Nov 22
the Association said two armed personnel were provided in some of the outlets against
the previous request for 4 security personnel. Two petrol pumps at Nirjuli and one
pump at Lekhi Village do not have any armed security protection, the Association
claimed adding the three petrol pumps at Banderdewa too are devoid of any armed protection.
“The explosive and volatile nature of petroleum products which the petrol pumps stores
and deals with is not hidden from you. Therefore, we are extremely concerned about
the safety of the petrol pumps and the employees in it. Any man-made accidents can
cause serious damages to the lives and property in the petrol pumps,” the Association
“If the demands are not met, then we will not be responsible for closing the petrol
pumps without any prior permission foreseeing signs of law and order problem at
the petrol pumps as a precautionary measure,” the Association further added.
Gorkhas beat West Siang in Super Over
ITANAGAR, Dec 01: The Gorkhas beat West Siang Cricket Club (WSCC) by one wicket in
Super Over in a Super Eight match of the 3rd Yaja Waii Memorial T20 Cricket Championship
at General Ground, Seppa today.
The match was taken to Super Over after both the teams were level, WSCC on 112/9
and The Gorkhas making 112/9 in 20 over.
Janam Bodo, who took the wicket in the Super Over, was declared man of the match.
The MoM prize was sponsored by Bameng ASM Tame Tara.
Earlier, West Siang won the toss and elected to bat first.
Ram Thapa was the highest scorer of West Siang team. He hit five boundaries during
his 16 ball, 25 run knock. None of the batsmen reached double figures, except Tabom
Ngomle (2x4s), Marjo Riba (1x6, 1x4) and Karmo Riram (1x4), who scored 12, 13 and
10 runs respectively.
Purna Tamang took the wickets of Ram Thapa, Marjo Riba and Pagli Ete while Om chetry
claimed the wicket of Jobum Riram. Binod Ram and Bishnu Chetry also took two wickets
For the Gorkhas, opener Raj Hussain top scored with 36 runs (8x4s). Janam Bodo made
19 from 18 balls with help of one four and two sixes.
Ram Thapa, Marka Riba and Karmo Riram claimed two wickets each.
Papum Pare CA Vs Pare Rangers
Siang Riders Vs The Gorkhas
Arunachal observes World AIDS Day
ITANAGAR, Dec 01: Along with rest of the globe, World AIDS Day was observed across
the state today.
The focal theme of this year’s observation was ‘Getting to Zero - Zero new HIV infections,
zero discrimination and zero AIDS related deaths.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion of World Aids Day celebration at Tezu organized
by the District AIDS Prevention and Control Unit in collaboration with staff and
students of TCM Govt. School, Tezu and officers and staff of DMO office and District
Hospital Tezu, Lohit Deputy Commissioner (In-Charge) cum EAC (Jud.) G.K.Paul Chowdhary
advised the younger age groups to be extra cautious about HIV/AIDS since the district
is vulnerable to drugs abuse and anti-social elements. He advised the participants
to actively involve themselves in HIV/AIDS prevention activities in the district.
District Medical Officer Dr. N Ninu advised the participants to avoid pre-marital
sex and drugs and remain faithful to one’s sexual partner. She also advised the students,
specially the girls to educate themselves and study hard and also to refrain from
risky behavior before marriage to avoid getting infection of HIV/AIDS. She advised
to come forward and get tested for HIV at ICTC, District Hospital, Tezu.
In his welcome and keynote address, Dr. J Ado, DPO, DAPCU exhorted all to make concerted
effort to achieve Zero HIV new infections in the district. Speaking of the need to
create awareness on HIV/AIDS among masses to prevent the disease from further spreading,
he described the various modes of spread of the disease and its preventive measures.
The DPO urged the participants not to panic over the rumor doing round that an HIV/AIDS
infected person in the district is spreading HIV/AIDS virus, which is not true. The
said person is not infected with HIV/AIDS, she clarified.
SK Chowdhary, Headmaster of the School and Dr. PK Saikia Medical Superintendent also
spoke on the occasion.
Earlier, the DMO flagged of a mass HIV/AIDS awareness rally which was joined by over
To mark the Day, the doctors along with staff, health assistants, NGOs and ANM trainees
of General Hospital Pasighat took out a rally in the main thoroughfare of the township
with slogans and banners reading ‘Stop AIDS, keep the promise’etc.
The rally was flagged-off by the DC In-charge Nidhi Srivastava amid huge gathering
inside the hospital campus.
The celebration is symbolically a call to enhance social protection mechanism and
a symbol of solidarity and support towards the people living with HIV, stated Srivastava
during the observation. While advising the participants to renew the commitment to
fight against AIDS, she informed that along with the government, numerous social
welfare organization are constantly striving and taking initiatives on AIDS awareness
to reach both in urban and rural areas.
A seminar was also organized on the day at the hospital auditorium which was actively
participated by the doctors, NGOs and ANM trainees.
Dr. B Apum (MD), Senior Microbiologist presented a brief report on various developments
on AIDS control and preventive measures of the state through power-point presentation
on the focal theme “Getting to Zero”.
She informed that altogether 202 persons have been found AIDS positive while 132
persons are taking medical treatment so far in the state.
In his message, the DDHS Dr. Kabang Lego said there is no permanent cure for this
disease so far and prevention and compassion are the most reliable ways to deal with
this disease taking care of the people who are afflicted with HIV. Seeking public
supports, he said the infected patients also have the right to live with dignity
and we must cooperate and help them, Lego added.
The hospital provides free counseling on the HIV-AIDS but we certainly need to do
a lot in order to achieve our goal extending better services to the people especially
living in far flung and difficult-to-reach areas, said the Medical Superintendent
Dr. Onik Moyong.
Ramakrishna Mission Hospital (RKMH) here observed the World AIDS day by organizing
various awareness programs.
Shiela D Sono, Nursing tutor of the RKMH School of Nursing briefed on the significance
of World AIDS day followed by a presentation on HIV AIDS by Arvind Kumar and Onam
Yirang, Staff Nurses of RKM Hospital. The presentation dealt with the various aspects
of AIDS/HIV, its causes, prevention measures etc. An interaction time with the patents
and attendants was also held.
Later, a public function was held at the Vivekananda Hall, Ramakrishna Mission Hospital.
Dr. Talar Motu, Medicine Specialist and Dr. L R Choudhury, Counselor and Manager,
ICTC, Ramakrishna Mission Hospital addressed the gathering and highlighted on HIV
A question-answer session chaired by Dr. Choudhury was also held.
Around 100 participants attended the program which was organized by the TNAI (Trained
Nurses Association of India) with the support of the hospital authority.
The Little Rose School, Naharlagun organized a seminar cum workshop on the occasion
of World AIDS Day celebration. Senior Gynecologist of Arunachal State Hospital, Dr.
B Mala and Biochemist Dr. Kenyi Ete attended the program and gave vivid description
on the various aspects of HIV/AIDS. There was also a question-answer session during
which the panel of specialists answered a volley of questions related to health and
HIV/AIDS threw by the students.
An essay writing and drawing competition was also conducted among students as part
of the observation.
Microbiologist and in-charge SRL of ASH Dr. Mope Riba, Medical Officer (ART) Dr.
Moli Basar, principal, vice principal and other staff of the school and ASH attended
Meanwhile, Chief Medical Superintendent Dr. Moji Jini appreciated the students and
staff of the school for their active cooperation and successful conduction of the
The Composite Hospital and SHQ (Ita), Indo Tibetan Borders Police Force (ITBPF),
Khatting Hill, Itanagar celebrated the Worlds AIDS Day today.
Dr. Girish Chand, acting DIG (Medical) of the Composite Hospital inaugurated the
program and spoke on HIV/AIDS.
Tebet Tapak, Counselor Arunachal Pradesh State Aids Control Society, all the jawans
also spoke about HIV and AIDS.
A quiz contest was also organized to mark the occasion.
A film titled ‘Savdhaan’ was also screened on the occasion. All the officers, staff,
jawans and patients participated.
A mass drawing cum painting competition among students of Likabali, Dipa, Kangku
and Gensi was organized by Likabali Youth Volunteer Association on theme “How to
stop AIDS, its prevention and precaution” as part of World AIDS day Celebration at
Lipu Middle School, Likabali today.
Lige Riba (class VIII) of Govt Middle School, Lipu won the first prize while Prasanna
Pegu (Class XII) of Govt Hr. Sec. School, Likabali and Sunu Bosumatary (Class IX)
of Govt Sec. School, Dipa bagged the second and thirs prizes respectively.
Poor deprived from housing schemes, inquiry demanded
RUKSIN, Nov 01: The rural people of Ruksin and Mebo blocks under East Siang district
have pointed finger of suspicion towards utilization of government funds meant for
various housing schemes. They alleged that a huge chunk of money out of the released
fund has been misappropriated by the concerning officials with active connivance
of the local MLAs.
Allegations have claimed that the rural poor and destitute are deprived from benefits
of housing schemes under IAY and Rural Housing under Special Plan Assistance (SPA)
and housing under MLA’s Local Area Development fund etc. A Lion’s share of the money
meant for procurement of CGI sheets are being pocketed by the concerning Block Development
Officer (BDOs) and rural engineers through fake bills.
Information has revealed that hundreds of housing schemes in Mebo block have been
allotted to some rich and wealthy people depriving the poor and needy ones. Moreover,
hundreds of such houses funded under MLA’s LAD fund for the fiscal year 2010-11 were
not constructed at all. The local MLA, despite knowing the all facts, is maintaining
silence over the issue, which is causing a great deal of dissatisfaction among the
“Our grievances stem by knowing the fact that local MLA Ralom Borang is instigating
the government officials to misappropriate public money and thereby betraying the
local people. We are demanding the authority to institute a high level inquiry over
the alleged financial irregularities reining in Mebo block”, said visibly aggrieved
Lenjing Pertin, a public leader of Mebo town.
Pertin, who is also a Bharatiya Janata Party state council member, also raised allegation
of massive financial irregularity in the construction of Minor Irrigation Channel
and flood protection in Mebo Sub-division implemented under MLA's LAD fund in the
In a similar manner, the villagers of Ruksin block also pointed fingers at their
local MLA for his alleged partite role in allotment of housing schemes under IAY
and Rural housing under SPA fund. It is alleged that the West-Pasighat MLA has an
unholy intervention over selection of beneficiaries. As many as 33 houses under SPA
fund in the year 2010-11 are yet to be completed even after 10 months from the scheduled
time of completion i.e March this year.