ITANAGAR, Feb 12: Sleepy Karsingsa village located along NH52 (A) today came to life with the visit of Reserve Bank of India deputy governor Shyamala Gopinath. The whole village turned up to welcome her with colourful cultural programmes. Despite minor hitches, programme turned out to be huge success story for the RBI’s outreach programme aimed at educating rural masses about banking sectors. The most intriguing part of the day was the interaction session between villagers and representatives of various banks. RBI deputy governor Shyamala Gopinath herself led the session and had open discussion with the villagers. Overwhelmed by love and adulation showered by villagers of Karsingsa she said, “I always knew Arunachal is a beautiful state but today I got know that people of this state are equally beautiful at heart.”
Discussing in details about RBI’s outreach programme she told, “RBI conducts such kind of programme in all North Eastern states so that every villages of the region has access in banking facilities. This year we have chosen Karsingsa village for this programme and hope it will benefit the villagers.”
Further she informed that till date 95% of household in North East region do not have access to banking facilities and they are working to change this trend.
Also a news which will bring cheers to every Arunachalee. The Deputy Governor informed the huge gathering that RBI will open its independent branch in Itanagar. “We are planning to open a RBI branch in Itanagar as soon as possible. Initially we will start with one department and later we will keep the option of expansion. But we will need state government’s help in this regard,” stated Shyamala Gopinath. She also assured look into the demands of giving preference to indigenous tribal while recruiting workforce RBI branch.
Also present during the day were representatives of different public sectors banks. Surekha Marandi, regional director, RBI, RG Garg, CGM, SBI, AK Srivatsava, chief manager, NABARD, B B Sangma banking ombudsman of North East, Swati Sharma, special secretary finance, government of Arunachal Pradesh, officials of Arunachal Pradesh Rural Bank, Apex Bank were present during the day.
Later in a ceremony six villagers of Karsingsa were given new SBI saving passbook. In his address SBI CGM RK Garg acknowledged the fact that customers in Arunachal is facing some problem but assured that they will look into all the problems in coming days.
RANCHI, Feb 12: The 34th National Games got off to a colourful start with Jharkhand Governor MOH Farook declaring the much awaited Games open in a packed stadium of about 35,000 audience here this afternoon.
Welcoming the sportspersons, officials invited dignitaries, Farrok said that it is a red letter day for the people of Jharkhand.
“It is the best opportunity for the sportspersons to show their talents”, Farrok said, and urged them to avail it. He said that infrastructure built here for the Games were among best in the country and it will be used for development of sports in the state.
The Governor later released the Games souvenir.
Chief Minister Arjun Munda appealed to the people of the country to forget about torrid build up to the Games, which missed deadline several times, singing the popular patriotic song “Chodo Kalki Batein Kalki Baat Purani, Nai Daur Mein Likhenge Milkar Nai Kahani, Hum Hindustani, Hum Hindustani.”
Indian Olympic Association president Suresh Kalmadi said that this Games got importance as Indian contingent for the ensuing Olympic Games would be selected on the basis of performance in this Games. He informed that over 10,000 sportspersons are participating the Games. He also asserted that the infrastructure provided here are among the best in the world.
Commonwealth games gold medalist archer Deepika Kumari lit the game’s lamp.
The first hour of the opening ceremony was all about march past by the sportspersons from 25 states and 8 union territories. Debia Yakap, the lone Arunachalee Bronze medalist in National Games was the flag bearer of the Arunachal team. Parliamentary Secretary and AOA president Padi Richo was also present on the occasion.
New Delhi, Feb 12: Alleging that the North Eastern states were executing a systematic loot of the exchequer, siphoning off funds worth crores of rupees for themselves and their family members, BJP today demanded probe by a central investigative agency against them.
Party president Nitin Gadkari today released two booklets 'Congress Governments Loot
of North East'and Hydro Power Scam, Arunachal -
The Congress has allowed its leaders and allies to loot in the 2G spectrum allocation, Commonwealth Games, IPL, but the kickbacks in the hydro power scam if worked out together in the North East, would be worth Rs 63,000 crore, the BJP president asserted.
Gadkari also alleged that Congress workers had manipulated the PDS in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and other states, causing a loss of Rs 3,000 crore to the exchequer. More than 50 per cent of the rice meant for BPL people was misappropriated.
Detailing the report, BJP Secretary and former BJP MP Kirit Somaiya said the hydropower MoUs signed by the NE governments in the region would surpass Rs 400,000 crore and most of them were given permission to build hydropower facilities to the companies least qualified for the project. Even in a small state like Nagaland, the level is alarming, while it is very high in the states of Meghalaya and Sikkim and high in Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur. The scale is moderate in the states of Tripura and Mizoram, he said.
If this was the state of things in Assam, a state the PM represented in Parliament, one would have to think about the level of corruption and governance under the UPA II in the country, he added.
A tour operating company which was operating in a slum had got permission to build a Rs 2,000 crore project. The irony was that this company did not even have enough people to show on the Company Board and as a result, even the peon was on the Board of Directors, Somaiya alleged.
The BJP had sought special courts and coordinated investigation by the National Investigation Agency, CBI and CVC to speed up the judiciary process and punish scamsters, he added. UNI
ITANAGAR, Feb 12: Koloriang Land Donor Committee in its meeting held at Koloriang today unanimously resolved to support the initiatives taken up by the Deputy Commissioner Kurung Kumey district against illegal encroachment of public land.
The meeting chaired by its president Nikja Tayo and attended by committee members and senior leaders appealed the local administration to maintain the terms and condition which was laid earlier in between the land donors and the government.
While appreciating the Kurung Kumey DC for prohibiting illegal encroachment of land donated by the public, the committee further decided to extend full support to the government for area development, peace and prosperity.
ITANAGAR, Feb 12: Underling the need to strengthening the All Arunachal Private Schools
Association ((AAPSA), Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Takar Marde has
called upon the association members to shoulder the responsibility in molding the
future of the students as good citizens. Marde was addressing the inaugural function
of the 5th general conference of the AAPSA here today. The AAPSA has great responsibility
of making sure that educational institutions do not treat the young like goods in
a grocery shop, he said. He further said that educational institutions are factories
for human resource development and they have the great responsibility in making today’s
young people as responsible citizens of the society in future. The minister also
called upon the teaching community to be single-
Earlier, speaking as guest of honour, Dr. Joram Begi said that the teacher-
Dr. Begi also expressed happiness at the fact that in 1953 Arunachal had just one school, Doimukh Primary School compared to the large number of educational institutions in the state at present.
Lauding the role of AAPSA, he called upon all private schools to enter into a healthy-
The 5th AAPSA General Conference was attended by principals from Itanagar, Naharlagun, Doimukh, Banderdewa, Aalo, Daporijo, Pasighat and Khonsa. Students from various member schools performed cultural items to the delight of the audience. In the business session, the members deliberated on the AAPSA 2011 Talent Search to be jointly hosted by Don Bosco School and Delhi Public School and also dealt with the possibility of having common question papers for classes VI to VIII.
The house, at the suggestion of Kevin, Principal, Donyi Polo Vidya Bhavan, agreed on having an Annual General Meeting of all members on 2nd April to elect new office bearers and to take decisions on important administrative and policy matters of AAPSA.
PASIGHAT, Feb 12: Pangin-
It is a boon for landlocked Arunachal Pradesh which would finally interlink eleven districts and would also be great help for Arunachalees since they need not have to always travel through Assam at various points. It was three decades pending dream and demands of people of the state and better communications would bring fast developments in the near future, added Taloh.
Later in a public meeting held under the chairmanship of EAC Pangin T. Borang at
the Solung Hall, Pangin, the Deputy Speaker said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had
made the announcement of the highway project during his visit to Arunachal Pradesh
on 31st January 2008 last and the plan is finally being successfully implemented
under the leadership of state Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu. Connecting eleven districts
the highway would be constructed covering 1656km length in the state. He informed
that the EPC mode 2nd package of TAH, Pangin-
The Director, SRK Construction Rama Krishna Reddy informed that ten numbers of L&T PC Excavator, three Graders, four Rollers and four Dozers are being used for timely completion.
The EAC Pangin T Borang, SE Boleng Er. T Taloh, EE Highway Er. Nani Robin, Ex-
ITANAGAR, Feb 12: Strongly condemning the unlawful acts against the believers of indigenous faiths system in Tirap and Changlang districts, the Indigenous Faith & Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) has urged the Centre and the State govt to intervene into the matter and uphold the right to religion, as enshrined in the Constitution.
Claiming that the secretary of Rangsomhum (Rangfraa temple) of Kothung village (under
Lazu) was kidnapped and beaten mercilessly by an NSCN-
Following the incident, the IFCSAP, a team of which led by general secretary Gichik Taaza visited Tirap and Changlang to watch over the people’s well being there, also appealed the elected representatives of both districts “to rise from their deep slumber” and ensure the security of Rangfraites and Rangsomhum in their respective constituencies.
ACR chief stresses on voters awareness
Chennai, Feb 12: Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi today said the EC has recommended to the Centre to increase the election expenses of candidates contesting the Lok Sabha and the state Assembly polls.
In a brief chat with newspersons after addressing the 12th National Conference on Electoral and Political Reforms at the IIT, Madras, campus here, he said the EC had recommended hike in the election expenses of candiates contesting the Lok Sabha polls from the present Rs 25 lakh to Rs 40 lakh.
For those contesting the Assembly polls, the EC has recommended a hike up to Rs 16 lakh from the present Rs 10 lakh, he added.
Stating that ration cards would not be allowed as a proof of identity for voting during the polls, Quraishi said as an alternative any of the 13 identity proofs, recognised by the EC could be used as proof for voting.
On introducing 'voter's slip' system in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) to enable the voters to get an acknowledgement to whom a voter has voted, Quraishi said the EC was considering it. ''But it might not be possible to introduce it in the coming elections,'' he opined.
He said a committee constituted for this purpose had held a day-
Earlier, addressing the conference, Quraishi spoke on a wide range of issues pertaining to the polls and stressed the need for banning exit and opinion polls. ''Though the exit polls had already been banned, there is a need to ban opinion polls as they will confuse the voters,'' he added.
''When there can be paid news, opinion polls can also be paid favouring some political parties. Opinion polls should be banned as the voters will get confused,'' he added. UNI
ATNS adds: While sharing the Arunachal experience Bamang Tago, Chairperson, Arunachal
Citizens Rights and also state co-
ITANAGAR, Feb 12: The five-
Lower Subansiri DC Nila Mohanan in her inaugural address advised the participants to take serious interest in the training programme as the future of the Arunachal Pradesh is depend on tourism industry which, she said, is next to the hydroelectric power in term of potential.
Citing the example of Kerala tourism and other tourism developed state like Sikkim where the rural based tourism is implemented very effectively, she said Arunachal Pradesh can adopt the same tourism model. ‘Our state has vast scope for the promotion of tourism industry especially in the rural/village tourism”, she added. She further added that we need to promote rural /village (Home Stay) tourism in order to explore the each and every tribe's culture and identity which will ultimately help develop overall tourism sector in the state.
The resource persons Yomjum Yomgam, of the YMAC, capital-
The main objective of the training program is to promote the Ziro valley namely Hong,
Biri and Siibey village as eco-
Among others District Tourism Officer Tater Mize was present on the occasion.
ITANAGAR, Feb 12: As a part of the continuous monitoring and evaluation programme
of the FLDs on rabi pulses and oilseeds and potato during 2010-
While suggesting possible remedial measures for late blight of potato and aphid in rapeseed, the team encouraged Eka Basar to grow different crops with proper technical guidance to improve their economic status. The team members also assured them to render all the possible technical guidance, critical inputs and remedial measures under the programme from time to time.
ITANAGAR, Feb 12: The Gawahati Arunachal Students Association has appealed to the state Govt for immediate construction of the permanent guest house at the land allotted by the Assam Govt.
Pointing out the poor infrastructure facilities of the present Arunachal Bhawan located at Zoo Tinali, Narangi road, the Union said the Bhawan has no adequate accommodation facilities, parking place. While other states of the North East have been running their own guest houses successfully in Guwahati, on the other hand the Arunachal Pradesh Govt is still housing the Bhawan in a building that has been taken on lease, it said.
Though Assam Govt had allotted land for the construction of guest house during 1994, the Arunachal Pradesh Govt could not grasp the opportunities and due to careless on the part of the Govt the plot of land was occupied by the people, the union claimed. However, the Assam Govt reallotted the land in 2004 for the same purpose, it added. The union appealed the Arunachal Govt to think seriously for proper use of the allotted land and construction of a guest house for the convenient of the Arunachalee people at the earliest.
ITANAGAR, Feb 12: Namsai sub-
Approximately one thousand cattle from the sub division were benefited from the camp.
A team of two doctors and five veterinary dressers from 11 Mobile field Veterinary Hospital examined the domestic animals and cattle of the 14 villages of the sub division. Free medicines, checkup and vaccines were provided to the livestock to curb the diseases in domestic animals and a small awareness talk was also given on live stock rearing and core.
Colonel HS Chouhan Commanding Officer 26 ML inaugurated the camp amidst large number of villagers. Speaking on the occasion, Col HS Chouhan said that Army understands the problems being faced by locals. He further said in order to mitigate the problems of the people of interior villagers, the army has been launching various projects under Operation Sadbhavana.
The civil administration and gaon burahs praised the works done by the Army and said
that it would further strengthen the relations between Army and the civil population.
He also appealed them to co-
ITANAGAR, Feb12: INTUC Pradesh Branch Secretary General cum All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union (AAPWU) general secretary Changma Tajo extended support to Jalley Sonam, Chairman, Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board for his bold and courageous initiative in lodging complaint against All Arunachal Pradesh Government Departmental Labour Union (AAPGDLU) President and General Secretary for ‘misleading and cheating’ the poor labourers of the state.
Tajo has called upon the workers of the state not to be carried away or dubbed by such vested unions or leaders.
A true leader should always work selfishly and tirelessly towards the downtrodden workers/labourers of the state. It has become like fashion or trend in Arunachal Pradesh to form association(s)/unions for ones selfish ends, he opined.
Tajo also appealed the police and administrations to punish such union leaders as per the relevant law and also urged them to check mushrooming of unions and associations in and around the capital complex. He further urged the registrar of Society/unions to verify the credentials of NGOs properly before getting them registered.
ITANAGAR, Feb 12: Shampo Lapung of SAG won gold medal in the 3rd national level rural sports tournament held recently at Aurangabad in Maharashtra.
The Arunachal sports team including the sportspersons from Sangay Lhaden Sports Academy
and SAG Naharlagun bagged two silvers and four bronze medals, apart from the gold
in the four-
The team was also adjudged 1st position in March-
The team was led by Yum Pankhu and Zarzokima as coach and Ana Bagang as team manager.
While judo players of SLSA won six medals, the lone gold medal in weightlifting was snatched by SAG player Lapung.
ITANAGAR, Feb 12: All Arunachal Pradesh Government Departmental Labours Union in a memorandum to Chief Minister said that the APB&OCWWB labour benefits were announced by labour commissioner on May 1 last year and the same benefits has been focussed by publishing in New Year calendar for the welfare of the working class.
It further said that the APB&OCWWB chairman is misusing the power and function of the board and also made false promises to labourers like honorary loan, medical advance, marriage assistance, and housing allowances.
It demanded the CM to change or drop the board chairman within 15 days and threaten to launch a dharna if their demand is not fulfilled.
Meanwhile, MLA Techi Kaso and IMWA President Bamang Taji would attend as chief guest and guest of honour in the inaugural function of AAPGDLU office at Itanagar on March 5.
YINGKIONG, Feb 12: The Upper Siang district level sports meet concluded here today.
Addressing the concluding function, DC Pawan Kr. Sain said that the Govt. has provided a platform to the talented sportspersons of the district to showcase their talents. They should avail the opportunity and develop themselves as good and successful sportsman, he added.
The winners of this meet will participate in state level meet for further training
and skill development. He also informed that the Govt. has introduced PYKKA programme
for promotion sports from the grass-
Earlier Ajong Sitek, ASO informed that sports competitions had been conducted in circle levels during last couple of months and the best sportspersons were selected for participating in district level sports meet. DIPRO
ITANAGAR, Feb 12: The Mopin festival was celebrated with pomp and gaiety at the premises of Arunachal Bhawan, Cleve Colony, Shillong, in Meghalaya on Feb 10.
Speaking as the chief guest on the occasion NESO Secretary General, Gumjum Haider stressed on having a common festivals of Arunachal Pradesh in all the major cities according to suitable dates that does not affect the students’ studies and promote communal harmony from outside.
He said, Arunachal being multi tribes state, if all the 26 major tribes start celebrating its own festival separately outside our state then there will be at least 2 festivals every months, thereby heavily affecting the studies of every students.
Speaking as the Guest of Honour, Vice President of the Khasi Students Union (KSU,) Daniel Khyriem, said KSU being member organisation of NESO, assures all possible help to the Arunachalee students, studying in Shillong in any circumstances.
Former Karnataka state football team Captain and Shilong Lajong Football Club (SLFC) Captain, Gumpe Rime, attended the occasion as Special Guest. Other dignitaries including former Chief Secretary of Arunachal Pradesh Yusuf Ali, Additional Resident Commisioner Kemo Lollen, Dy. RC Onam Lego, Khasi Students Union`s President Samuel Jyrwa, Captain Gumdak Rime of Arunachal Scouts Regiment attended the Mopin. AAPSU and ALSU executive members and large number of students were also present on the occasion.
AUSDSU oppose illegal construction
ITANAGAR, Feb 12: Members of All Upper Subansiri District Students Union (AUSDSU) recently visited PWD garage store in Dumporijo town and stopped illegal construction of building there. While condemning such illegal encroachment of Govt properties, the union urged authorities to carry out investigation in this regard. Further union took strong exception to erring BSNL network at Daporijo town and sought concerned authorities intervention in this regard.
ITANAGAR, Feb 12: The rank and file of Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) condoled the death of Khalyana Namchoom, former School Education Director. K Namchoom died in a Dibrugarh Nursing home on Feb 7 evening after a brief illness.
Expressing deep sorrow on her death, IFSCAP president Y D Thongchi described her as a great educationist under whom many poor and down trodden were led to social and economic salvation. Her contribution in education and in the activities of indigenous faith and culture will be source of inspiration for the younger generation, he said.
Meanwhile, the IFCSAP also condoled the death of Kipa Hache, (Father of Ex-
Tawang BJP unit constituted
ITANAGAR, Feb 12: Commemorating the 43th death anniversary of the party ideologue Pt. Deendayal Upadhaya, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Arunachal Pradesh has constituted its Tawang district unit with Sirpu Lama, president, Lama Yeshi and Rinchin Phuntso, vice presidents, Mindu Gyatso and Yeshi as general secretaries. The Day was observed as Samarpan Diwas by the office bearers of BJP Tawang district unit in presence of senior party leaders and a host of party workers.
The party leaders, office bearers and workers paid rich tribute to Upadhaya in BJP headquarters and its district units respectively on the occasion of the Samarpan Diwas.
Deendayal was born on 25 September 1916 in a modest family in a village near Mathura.
Having come under the spell of the RSS, which he joined in 1937, he decided to devote
his entire life to the Sangh as a pracharak. He built the solid foundation of a
party. He was murdered while travelling in a night-
Committee todonate land
ITANAGAR, Feb 12: All Ha Bangoo Youth Welfare Association (AHBYWA) along with public of 12 ASM segment of Ha Bangoo under Pipsorang circle of Kurung Kumey has unanimously decided to donate land at Reemi to construct school. Further association have banned illegal fishing at Silu river within the jurisdiction of Ha Bangoo.
ATDSU’s education tour
ITANAGAR, Feb 12: The 3rd education tour of the All Tawang District Students Union (ATDSU) concluded at Lumla today.
During the tour, ATDSU team covered almost all schools in remote villages of the district and collected various information regarding the condition of the schools and poor villagers. The union decided to submit its tour report to state Govt including chief minister, education minister, local leaders and high level officers of the education department for necessary action.
ITANAGAR, Feb 12: East Kameng District Congress Committee mourned the untimely demise of West Seppa BCC vice president and GPM Bolaram Rangmo, who died at GNRC, Guwahati on February 9 last after prolong illness.
The members of the committee prayed almighty for the eternal peace of the departed soul.
The Ramle Bango Welfare Society (RBWS) deeply mourned the sudden demise of Gejum Riba, former executive member of RBWS, who died at GNRC Guwahati on Feb 10.
Late Riba hails from Lumpo village under Nari circle of East Siang district. The society prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and extended its heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family.
ITANAGAR, Feb 12: Scrutinization cum hearing process for forthcoming ANSU election ended today. The scrutinization of candidates and voters list was carried out by chief election commissioner Takam Tatung and his team in the premises of ANSU office Itanagar.
This whole process was carried in large scale so that no fake students can take part in the election of ANSU. Out of 51 candidates, 9 have been declared winner unopposed. With the end of hearing process today, chief election commissioner declared that henceforth no complaint will be entertained as everybody was given enough time to present their grievances.
ITANAGAR: The Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) will hold its monthly session under the chairmanship of its president Y D Thongchi at State Museum here at 10 am Sunday. Besides the members, few young and budding writers are expected to participate in the session.
Physical assault on student leader condemned
ITANAGAR: The executive members of Dera Natung Government College Students’ Union condemned the physical assault on its General Secretary Tanya Agu at ESS sector, Itanagar on Feb 9 last. The union claimed that Agu was assaulted by the miscreants without any fault and valid reason at around 11 pm on that fateful day.
An FIR has been lodged at Itanagar Police Station in this regard, the union informed while demanding the authority to immediately arrest all the culprits involved in the shameful act.
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