Arrest of Chinese spies in NE not cause of anxiety
Shillong, Jul 19: Chief of the Army Staff General VK Singh said that the arrest of
Chinese spies from Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland was not a cause for any alarm.
“Let us make sure that nothing goes wrong in our family so that nobody will fish
for trouble,” General Singh said.
General Singh was speaking to journalists after a courtesy visit to Meghalaya Governor
RS Mooshahary in Shillong today.
Recently, Indian Authorities in Lohit arrested one Chinese national Guan Liang who
is reported to be from Henan province.
In another incident, security forces in Nagaland picked up two suspected Chinese
nationals from a valley near the state’s border with Arunachal Pradesh. The two had
allegedly spent time in a Naga rebel camp and were headed towards the India-Myanmar
He said that the overall law and order situation in Arunachal Pradesh was peaceful
compared to other parts of the region.
General Singh said that the ground situation in the North East has improved by leaps
and bounds and now it was upto the State Governments of the region to handle the
On the issue of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), the Chief of the Army
Staff stressed that he was not against the repealing of the Act but reiterated that
the army needs some kind of a legal protection during counter insurgency operations
that will act as a shield in fighting the militants.
“We cannot have our own people (Army) get hauled up by the court of law when trying
to fight against well trained and armed militants,” he said.
AFSPA has been termed as draconian act by human rights groups as well as the civil
society especially of the North East.
Excitement mounts at Butterfly India Meet 2010
MIAO, July 19: Butterfly India Meet 2010 being held at Miao got off formally today.
The rain have not been able to dampen the spirit of the participants as they managed
to observe more than species of beautiful butterflies apart from several Dragon flies
in a short 2 hour trail in the outskirts of Namdapha National Park. The intense trails
in the core area of Park shall take place from tomorrow.
The organizers are as enthusiastic as the participants themselves.
“The results are overwhelming and we shall organize similar kind of meets in other
parts of Arunachal” said Arif Siddiqui, one of the organizers. Dr Ering Wildlife
sanctuary, Pasighat is in the radar of the organisers.
“We are expecting to see some rare species inside the core area of NNP” said Phupla
Singpho, Secy. SEACOW.
The event being organised by the Society for Environment Awareness and Conservation
of Wildlife (SEACOW) and Namchik Valley Society for Eco-Tourism and Wildlife Conservation
(NSEWC), is aimed at spreading awareness on wildlife conservation in this region.
Citizen journalism and new media
ITANAGAR, July 19: The two-day workshop on citizen journalism and new media hosted
by Centre for Cultural Research and Documentation, organized by Foundation for People
Empowerment and supported by Panos South Asia began at JNK Memorial Public School
On the opening day today, resource persons highlighted about citizen journalism,
its aspect and need in the present day context.
The practical session of the workshop will be held in the second day.
Students, Medias, NGO and government employees are taking part in the workshop.
CYC calls for compensation & job
ITANAGAR, July 19: Taking serious note of the July 15 incident wherein APST conductor
Tachi Nguso died under mysterious circumstances, the City Youth Congress (CYC), Naharlagun
demanded punishment to police personnel and compensation & suitable job to the bereaved
However, it resented over the demand of resignation of the Chief Minister and home
minister on moral ground. It said the incident has nothing to do with the CM and
HM. The state Govt already ordered magisterial enquiry and has initiated action against
the accused police personnel, it said.
“We all want the actual culprits should be punished in the court of law. By making
it an issue is not the solution and our main motto is that this type of activities
should not be repeated in near future and for that the steps should be taken by the
administration as per law so that it will be an example for all others,” the CYC
said in a release.
Artiste Forum demands 80 % reservations in DDK commission programmes
ITANAGAR, July 19: Arunachal Artistes Forum has demanded 80 % reservation of commission
programmes for Arunachal artistes in DDK Itanagar.
Addressing the media persons here today, Forum general secretary Kipa Bobniang informed
that around 900 indigenous artistes including singers, musicians, lyricists, cameramen
and producers are sitting idle as they are deprived of the commission programme for
last 25 years. He regretted that almost all the commission programmes are being
taken away by the outsiders with the involvement of some vested interest, thereby
depriving the local artistes. This kind of practice has totally demoralized and
discouraged the indigenous young and budding talents, he added. He further said
that first privilege to such commission programmes should be given to artistes of
the various communities of the state to produce visual programmes in order to promote,
preserve and protect indigenous culture and tradition.
Forum, which has submitted a three point memorandum to Director, DDK Itanagar today
also demanded 90 per cent reservation of in-house programme of the DDK for the tribal
artistes. Forum further demanded special privilege to senior and upcoming junior
artistes besides “B” high grade artistes in weekly and monthly programmes of the
DDK in order to promote folk song, modern song, folk lore of the tribal people.
Speaking on the occasion, advisor of the Forum and senior artiste Marto Kamdak said
DDK should provide opportunities to “B” and “B” high grade artiste of All India
Forum vice president Neelam Pope regretted that for last many years the AIR, Itanagar
have not conducted voice test for local artistes and appealed the AIR to continue
its voice audition.
Another advisor of the Forum and senior artiste Teli Dimin said that there should
be quality programme in DDK with the involvement of local artistes.
The Forum hoped that the DDK would consider genuine demands at the earliest in
order to promote the local talents and culture.
It was further informed that DDK assured to look into the demands and approach the
union I & B ministry as and when needed.
PR leaders call on CM to intervene
ITANAGAR, July 19: Anchal Samiti Members and ZPM of Dambuk Anchal Block in a letter
to chief minister said that WRC fields and Ginger field of Bizari, Anpum, Loklung,
KalingI-II, Keba, Bango and Paglam areas have been submerged due to flash flood.
The school compound at Paglam and Forest Camp at Loklung has also been badly affected
by the flash flood, the leaders informed.
They appealed to the CM to sanction an amount of Rs. 50 lakhs as an immediate relief
to control soil erosion in the area. They further said that anti-erosion project
be taken up by the nodal department to protect the lives and property of Dambuk-Paglam
areas. The letter further appealed to the CM to direct the concerned authority for
regular supply of PDS items under Dambuk Sub-Division.
Arunachal girl cracks degree
dual management programme
ITANAGAR, July 19: Junjun Padu has cracked the management dual degree course –PGPM
and MBA in one go from IMD, New Delhi.
Daughter of Joint Director Higher and Technical Education Dr Tejum Padu, after completion
of B.Tech in IT from PSG College of Technology Coimbatore, Junjun appeared for the
prestigious MAT Exams. An alumnus of VKV Jirdin and KV No-2.Itanagar Junjun Padu
has joined as HR Executive, Geo Enpro Petroleum Limited Kharsang in spite of getting
offers from other MNCs.
Vigilance and Monitoring Committee urges proper implementation of schemes
ITANAGAR, July 19: State Level Vigilance and Monitoring Committee Members for Rural
Development, Government of Arunachal Pradesh has held a meeting with Minister RD
Takar Marde and discussed about the proper implementation of National Rural Employment
Guarantee Act, Swarnjayanti Gram Swarojgar Yojna, Indra Awaas Yojana, Pradhan Mantri
Gram Sadak Yojana, DRDA Administration, Integrated Watershed Management Programme,
National Land Records Modernization Programme, Rural Sanitation Programme, Accelerated
Rural Water Supply Programme and National Social Assistance Programme.
The members stressed on proper and timely implementation of the schemes and judicious
utilization of fund as per the notified guidelines of the ministry of RD, Government
Marde stressed for proper vigilance and monitoring of the various schemes in the
state and suggested the members to work for the greater interest of the state.
“Deterioration of work culture & efficiency level in Arunachal”
ITANAGAR, July 19: There is a clear indication of downward deterioration of work
culture and efficiency level as well as lack of discipline compared to the period
up to early 90’s, lamented Director (Training), Pema Tshetan in his inaugural address
at the week-long training programme on “Conduct Rules” at Administrative Training
Institute (ATI), Naharlagun today.
As many as 24 officials are attending the training course.
While dwelling at length about the present working scenario of Govt. offices in
the state, Tshetan further pointed out that these negative symptoms of poor work
culture like lack of integrity, discipline and devotion to duty is prevalent mostly
among the local Arunachlee employees.
It has become a tendency amongst the local employees to take the Govt job for granted
as they consider their salary and other perks as secured, the director observed
and added that such tendency and attitude is due to in action or failure to take
action on the part of controlling authorities to enforce strict conduct and disciplinary
He said unless the Govt. take a strong notice of this poor work culture coupled with
lack of disciplinary action, the over all performance and work output may suffer
badly in the immediate future as numbers of good workers are dwindling down & offices
are generally functioning with the help of handful sincere and dedicate workers.
The Director (Training) strongly advised the local employees in particular to take
note of their responsibilities as it is on their soldier to run the Govt. offices
& deptt effectively. He reminded them that conduct and discipline as well as absolute
integrity and devotion to work are the two pillars of success for becoming an able
Earlier Deputy Director and Course Coordinator of the Programme T.Lodo pointed
out that ATI is constantly making efforts in raising the efficiency level of the
Govt. The guest resource person included senior officers and legal experts like
Chuku Appa, IPS, Sunil Mow, Advocate, Dani Belo, Law Officer, Minki Boje, Advocate,
T. Jamoh, Advocate and Pema Tshetan.
Meanwhile, a 2 week-long training programme on “Basics of Computer Application”
also began at ATI today. Altogether 30 officials are participating in the programme.
RTI Act: transparency and accountability
The RTI awards have entered its second year and it’s time to reminisce that our state’s
information commission was adjudged and honour as the best information commission
during the previous year. Though at a nascent stage, since the enactment of this
landmark act in 2005 with a view to bring in a culture of transparency and accountability
in the working of every public authority, it’s proving a potent weapon to curb the
menace of corruption rampant in the country in general and our state in particular.
Through this act, various scams have been exposed and several corrupt bureaucrats
and politicians have been brought to the dock for their impropriety. Conscious citizens
need to be well informed and the RTI Act has enabled them to seek information which
is a prerequisite for the smooth functioning of democracy.
But this quest for truth is abhorred by some people at the helm of affairs. The RTI
activists are often intimidated and obstacles are created to discourage them from
obtaining the correct information. Through the printing and electronic media, I got
to know that in Bihar and some other states, the activists are often implicated under
false criminal charges by the person who doesn’t want the facts to get exposed owing
to reasons best known to them. However the activists get acquitted by the judiciary
and they resumed their pursuit of seeking the truth thus sending the message that
The situation in our state is somewhat similar. It’s evident that through RTI, corruption
has been brought down to some extent. For instance, few cases has come to light in
which funds meant for some development schemes were earlier siphoned off by the authorities
concerned in nexus with some people with vested interest.
When they were brought under the scanner of RTI, the funds were ultimately utilized.
Many illegal appointments to undeserving candidates also got exposed and those candidates
are on the verge of termination. Consequently it would pave the way for other deserving
candidates there are numerous other cases in which this act created substantial impact.
Though such positive outcomes of the RTI are appreciated by the common citizens,
it irks some unscrupulous individuals who intimidate the activists. It’s unfortunate
to note that, under the intoxication of power, they often forget that this act has
been enacted by the parliament, which is the highest law making institution. So every
citizen has got the responsibility to honour it and the right to exercise it. Information
regarding sensitive issues are ought to be kept secret. For instance defence and
security matters foreign policy matters or anything that might affect communal harmony.
But is it right to keep information related to development a secret? What then is
the difference between the authoritarian British regime and our democracy? If somebody
is against the invoking of RTI, it’s a clear indication that something is wrong.
The opponents of RTI should realize that the activists are mavericks, who can’t be
subdued by intimidation. And their quest for truth will persist, despite the hurdles
on their path and the public is ought to support them. Considering the track record
of our SIC till date, it can be termed as a reliable and competent commission which
had once issued arrest warrant against an erring PIO for violating the commission’s
order. Consequently it has won the appreciation of the citizens desirous to collect
information through the RTI. Now that nominations are being invited for the RTI award
this year, May the best that had raised the bar of RTI win the awards. (The contributor
is an Activist based in Tezu. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Rath Yatra celebrated
ITANAGAR, July 19: The Bishnupriya Manipuri community residing in Capital Complex
has celebrated the famous Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath with religious fervor here
at Gohpur Tinali (Arunachal) yesterday.
Devotees from Kimin, Doimukh, Naharlagun and Itanagar thronged the festival venue
with great enthusiasm, offered puja to the Lord Jagannath and took part in Mangala
Arati and Jagannath Arati. They also celebrated ‘Jaydev’, a devotional song & dance
Meanwhile, the community unanimously formed an organization christened as Bishnupriya
Manipuri Welfare Society, Capital Complex for wellbeing of the community members
with Rakhal Mishra as president, Shashi Kumar Sinha vice president and Haridas Sinha
as general secretary.
ITANAGAR, July 19: Jote Panchayat Youth Welfare Association (JPYWA) has raised objections
against declaration of Jote as Industrial Area by the State Government without fulfilling
some certain demands.
Claiming that the land survey carried out earlier was ‘unauthentic,’ the association
demanded for a second joint survey involving all the land donors, JPYWA and the executing
department to solve land disputes among donors as it involves huge 301 acres of village
The association also raised doubt over the project whether it would be beneficial
to the local people or not.
However, the association demanded signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU)
in proper manner between the state Govt/company and JPYWA , on behalf of land donors
and local people.
Medical camp at remote Ningguing
ITANAGAR, July 19: Continuing with its efforts to ameliorate the problems of the
locals, the Mahar unit of the Army stationed at Tuting, under the aegis of Spear
Head Division, organised a free two day Medical Camp and AIDS awareness capsule for
the residents of Ningguing Circle, one of the remote areas of the Upper Siang District
in Arunachal Pradesh.
The camp was organised in close collaboration with the local administration which
chipped in to extend the service of three female nursing staff.
About 100 availed the benefits of the camp. The free camp catered for emergency services
and dispensary facilities apart from routine medical checkup.
Capt P K Pandey, Medical Officer, mentioned that majority of the cases were weather
related with large number of locals suffering from skin and respiratory ailments.
While most cases were treated locally and given free medication, serious cases had
to be referred to the nearest hospital at Yingkiong where services of specialists
The medical officer of the unit also educated the local population on AIDS awareness.
The event was largely applauded by the local people and demanded organising of more
such camps in the future.
Religious leaders’ plea to deputy commissioner
ITANAGAR, July 19: The members of various religious temples within Upper Subansiri
district, in an emergency meeting, have appealed to the deputy commissioner to demarcate
the required land for Daporijo airport so that temples of various religions could
The meeting was convened following issues regarding operationalization of the Daporijo
airport and order of eviction identified by Airport Authority.
The meeting resolved that extension of the airstrip may be carried out from the opposite
side of the existing temple yards and necessary assessment be made for the loss caused
to the temples, including Gurudwara, Mosque, Church, Shiv Mandir, Namghar for realization
PASIGHAT, July 19: Bhanu Jayanti, 197th birth anniversary of the legendary Nepali
poet Bhanu Bhakta Acharya was celebrated at Solung Hall, Pasighat yesterday last
which was organized by Nepali Sanskriti Parishad (NSP), Pasighat.
A prominent social worker Gandhi Darin and Girin Tamuli, a teacher by profession
were the Chief Guest and Guest of Honour respectively.
Speaking fluent in Nepali, the Chief Guest said that Acharya is remembered for his
great contributions to Nepali literature. He appreciated the Nepalese for organizing
the celebration at Pasighat and stressed on the need of co-existence of different
cultures in today’s modern world.
The Guest of Honour, Tamuli paid his tribute to the Pioneer poet. He said Nepalese
are making progress all over the world and such creative force can be chanelized
through the literary forum/organizations.
The State President Nepali Sanskriti Sanghrakshan Samitee, Itanagar, Bishnu Bhandari
attended as a special guest on the occasion. He exhorted the Nepali community to
respect their own culture, language and rich traditions. While highlighting the contributions
of Bhanu Bhakta to enrich the Nepali Literature, he asked the gathering to imbibe
in life the values taught by the great poet.
Earlier, the President NSP Pasighat Er. A.K. Rana said identity of a community can
only be preserved by strictly adhering to one’s culture, language and traditions
and modernization can be accepted without discarding own rich culture. (DIPRO)
Govt employees for the welfare of state: Sharma
ITANAGAR, July 19: All categories of govt. employees are meant for the welfare of
the state and expected to excel in their assigned parameters, said Lohit DC R.K.
Sharma while gracing the Annual Day of All Lohit District Drivers Welfare Association
as chief guest at Officers Club yesterday.
All govt vehicles manned by regular and contingency drivers are not insured and outmost
safety measures should be taken while driving, he said. The DC suggested that a corpus
fund to mitigate emergency needs of drivers and their families should be started.
Responding to earmarking of land for office establishments, the DC assure to look
into the matter through Land Records Department.
EAC transport G.K. Paul Choudhury exhorted the drivers to keep up their level of
their performances to ensure safety and longevity of vehicles.
Chief collector M. Melo, T. Mega General Secretary and Vice President C. Tayang spoke
also spoke at the occasion. President ALDDWA, L.Krisikro was felicitated by the drivers
for his contributions as President of the association.
SDP on can and Bamboohandicraft begins
ITANAGAR, July 19: A month-long 30 days skill development programme (SDP) on cane
and bamboo handicraft began at Sangram on July 14 last.
The chief guest of the inauguration function, Bidol Tayeng, Deputy Commissioner Kurung
Kumey district has sought cooperation of NGOs in coordinated manner in development
activities in the district. Appreciating the activities of the Rural Development
& Heritage Society, he stressed on proper utilization of loan under PMEGP and repayment
Earlier, during the programme, Tamchi Niania, chairman of the Society submitted
the half yearly progress report to the DC for the SHG Institution project and Farmers
Clubs formed and sponsored by the NABARD, regional Office Itanagar. He also submitted
a memorandum pointing out problems in various sectors in the district. The chairman
further said that modification on Jhum cultivation and also reform in agriculture
and horticulture sector are to the main objectives of the society in Kurung Kumey
ITANAGAR: All Arunachal Pradesh Workers’ Union extended its support to the All Arunachal
Pradesh State Transport Welfare Association’s 12 hrs Chakka Bandh and Tools down
strike within capital complex on July 20.
The Association has called for a Chakka Bandh in protest against the death of Late
Jumchi (Tachi) Nguso who died on July 15 under mysterious circumstances.
Ziro/Hapoli bandh on Jul 27
ITANAGAR, July 19: 32 KM NLCPR Contractors Association, Ziro has called 12 hour Ziro/Hapoli
Bandh on July 27 in protest against non-payment of pending bills. It was decided
in a meeting of the association held on July 18.
The meeting further demanded that no fresh work would be taken up by Ziro PWD division
under NLCPR until and unless remaining pending bills are cleared.
Teacher’s death condoled
ITANAGAR, July 19: Diso-Katu Youth Club (DKYC) condoled the death of its chief advisor
and Assistant Teacher Bijoy Bulo.
Bulo died on July 11 last at his residence at Daporijo. He was serving as AT at Govt.
Town Middle School, Daporijo. He was also the former president of ATA’s Upper Subansiri
Number of posts concealed: ARPA
ITANAGAR, July 19: Arunachal Registered Pharmacists Association (ARPA) while responding
to an advertisement issued by Director of Health Services, Arunachal Pradesh, Naharlagun
on July 17 last, alleged that some of the posts for Pharmacists have been concealed
by the authority concerned.
The association strongly condemned the act of the authority for “misusing their post
and power” and demanded that there be re-advertisement with clear number of posts
mentioned. It further said that there be conduct fair recruitment process.
Contractual staff demands regularization
ITANAGAR, July 19: All Arunachal Pradesh AIDS Counselor/Lab Technician Association
has appealed the state Govt to absorb the contractual staff working under APSACS.
In a representation to Chief Minister and Health Minister, the Association said
that most of the employees (counselor/lab technicians) working under the AIDS Control
Society for last ten years have already crossed 35 year of age and have no chance
to sit in competitive exams. Therefore, it appealed the Govt to consider their cases
on humanitarian ground.
Bharat Scouts and Guides vocational training
ITANAGAR, July 19: A 15 days state level vocational training course organized by
Bharat Scouts and Guides got underway yesterday at state training center, Polo colony,
During the training, various trades like fine arts, handicraft, Chalk and Crayon
making, Computer training, Yoga and First Aids and band and music training will be
imparted to the trainees.
Altogether, 75 participants including staff are participating in the training programme.
ITANAGAR, July 19: All Arunachal Pradesh Abo Tani Clan Youth Association was formed
in a recent meeting at ESS sector here to protect and safeguard the interest of Abo
Tani clan. Tapo Margang and Bedi Gadi were appointed president and general secretary
of the association.
Meanwhile, Byabang Durga, Byabang Laya and Byabang Sonia (Ekung) have been appointed
president, vice president and general secretary of the newly formed Byabang Youth
Seva Dal appointment
ITANAGAR, July 19: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal chief organizer has approved
the appointment of Minnung Perme as chairman of East Siang District Congress Seva
Dal effective immediately.
ITANAGAR, July 19: District and Session Judge, West Division,Nani Grayu, Yupia has
been appointed as Member Secretary, Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority
with immediate effect.
ITANAGAR, July 19: ZPM Upper Balijan appealed to all the heads and staff of various
government departments to report to their respective posting places. The leader said
that people of the area are suffering because of absentee officers.
ITANAGAR, July 19: Arunachal Educated Youths’ Organisation today alleged that walk
in interview conducted on July 6 last for selection of beneficiaries under PMEGP
in Upper Subansiri district was not fair. Demanding fresh interview, the organization
said the poor and needy people should be taken into consideration while selecting
the candidates for PMEGP loan.
ITANAGAR, July 19: President, All India Organization of Chemist and Druggist JS Shinde
and MLA Techi Kaso would attend the Arunachal Pradesh Chemists and Druggist Association
annual meet at State Guest House, Naharlagun on July 21 as Chief Guest and Guest
of Honour respectively.
NSUI executive meet
ITANAGAR, July 19: A team of state NSUI led by its president Kafa Bagang took
part in the two-day all India NSUI national executive meeting held at New Delhi
on July 16 and 17. The meeting held under the initiative of AICC general secretary
and NSUI incharge Rahul Gandhi discussed the state and national level programme
under the NSUI. The other member of Arunachal delegates included Padi Abin, NSUI
VP, Taba Chomi, GS, Kirbe Dulom and Mery Lombi, national delegate girls wing.
Among others, Meenakshi Natranjan, MP, AICC secretary and incharge NSUI also took
part in the meeting.
Spurt in criminal activity
ITANAGAR, July 19: Expressing concern over spurt in criminal activities in recent
times in Upper Subansiri district where innocent people are victimised, All Tagin
Youth Organization has appealed to the political leaders and bureaucrats of the district
to contain the situation by initiating appropriate measures. It also demanded for
deployment of police patrolling at Daporijo township.
ITANAGAR, July 19: Doimukh Citizen Right Forum and Doimukh Students’ Union, in a
meeting, have constituted a Committee, namely "Land Encroachment Committee" to check
land encroachment within Doimukh township. Tama Nagu, Ngurang Nana and Nabam Natung
have been appointed president, vice president and general secretary of the committee
APWWS land encroached
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Women’s Welfare has alleged that a plot of land allotted
to it in Chimpu has been encroached upon by few individuals. A Kutcha house has been
built by the encroachers at the APPWS land.
Meanwhile, the society has lodged a written complaint with the administration for
immediate eviction of the encroachers.
The plot of land was allotted to the Society in 2001 for establishing a multipurpose
training centre cum hostel.
ALSU calls for scrapping appointments
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Law Students Union (ALSU) has joined the demands of the All Arunachal
Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) and called for immediate cancellation of illegal appointments
under Civil Aviation department and action against erring officer.
Meanwhile, expressing resentment over the hike in room rents in Arunachal Bhawan
and Arunachal House, Delhi, the union demanded roll back in room tariff.
The ALSU also appealed the authority of Arunachal Law Academy to facilitate the students’
payment of admission fees in two installments. It said students from weaker family
and rural background are unable to pay whole of fees at a time.