ITANAGAR, Jul 13: The All Papum Poma Students' Union (APPSU) has drawn attention
of government towards pathetic road condition of Papum-Poma area. Specially, the
PWD road connecting Itanagar to Jote via Poma, is in dilapidated condition. The Union
claim that in the said stretch of road, after every one meter distance, big pot-holes
have formed with equivalent to pools and lakes.
They alleged that Itanagar-Jote road is even worse than that of quarry roads near
"Everyone is aware that popular tourist destination Ganga Lake, visited by thousands
of visitors is located in this area. Adding to it, National Institute of Technology
and Arunachal Law College is coming up at Jote. There are many other important government
and private institutions which is located in Jote-Poma area. Despite it, government
is turning blind eye and is least bothered about pathetic condition of road," stated
Union lamented the fact that despite being situated nearby capital, people of Papum
Poma are suffering because of poor road condition. Further APPSU has appealed to
the authority to keep open the recently constructed Balijan - Taraso road for the
benefit of common public. Union also urged the local MLA to understand and hear
the voice and cry of the common public and accordingly instruct the authority concerned
to take step for improvement of the condition of the said road in the greater interest
of the people.
AAPSU demands written exam
ITANAGAR, Jul 13: All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) in a letter to the
Managing Director (MD) of Apex Bank Ltd., Naharlagun has demanded the bank to conduct
written examination instead of viva voce scheduled on July 14 for appointment in
various posts in the bank.
The union also demanded the MD to strictly follow the existing recruitment rule (RR)
of the state failing which the union has threatened to launch democratic means of
protest against the bank.
Quiz competition marks conclusion of Vivekananda's 150th birth anniversary celebration
ITANAGAR, Jul 13: An inter-school quiz competition was conducted by Ramakrishna Mission
Hospital (RKMH) here and Vivekananda Study Circle, Naharlagun here yesterday which
also marked the conclusion of year-long celebration of Swami Vivekananda's 150th
Students from 12 schools participated in the quiz competition conducted for both
senior and junior groups. Essay writing, elocution and story writing competitions
were held for the students of various schools of Itanagar, Naharlagun, Nirjuli, etc.
during 2013. All the competitions were held on topics based on life and teachings
of Swami Vivekananda.
Swami Vishweshan-anda, Secretary, Ramakri-shna Mission Hospital here presented prizes
to all the winners of the competitions.
Training on Kishori Shakti Yojana
ROING, Jul 13: The ICDS Project conducted a block level orientation training programme
under Kishori Shakti Yojana Scheme here recently.
The objectives of the scheme are to improve the nutritional, health and development
status of adolescent girls. It also promotes awareness of health and family care,
and link them to opportunities for learning life skills, going back to school, help
them gain a better understanding of their social environment and take initiatives
to become productive members of the society, informed Nelo Umbrey, Child Development
Project Officer (CDPO).
Umbrey emphasized that as adolescent period is the most crucial phase, one should
be careful and parental proper supervision is very much important at this stage.
She informed that the ICDS department will be distributing Iron Folic Acid tablets
to the adolescent girls through AWWs.
Dr M Borang, Roing spoke on health, hygiene and nutritional importance during the
adolescent period. She informed the gathering on home remedies as use of aelovera,
Neem leaves, etc.
We did not leak the question papers: Teachers
AALO Jul 13: The four teachers from Govt. Primary School, Kamki have said that they
have been unnecessarily dragged into controversy of leaking term end D.EL. ED question
papers of IGNOU Study Centre, Kamki and claimed that they were never involved in
Clarifying the whole episode, they said, "We went to Aalo on being informed by the
Post Office authority that a parcel addressed to Govt. Primary School, Kamki was
lying undelivered there for many days. We collected the said parcel as it was clearly
addressed to the school and the sealed parcel was opened in presence of all the
teachers of the school. On opening, it was revealed that the bag actually belonged
to DIET, Kamki and we immediately tried to contact the lecturer concerned of the
DIET. But after getting no response from him the bag was handed over to a lecturer
of the DIET."
"Hence, we have nothing to do with any leakage or missing of question papers," they
said, and urged not to drag them into controversy and accuse them of leaking question
paper without any investigation. DIPRO
DoNER minister softens stand on Subansiri dam
GUWAHATI, Jul 13: A day after he advocated resumption of work of the stalled Subansiri
Lower Hydro- power Project, Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region
(DoNER) Vijay Kumar Singh today said construction should resume after consultation
"Nothing will be done without consulting people. That is the Bhartiya Janata Party
(BJP) stand and we stand by that," Singh said on the sidelines of IIT-Guwahati convocation
He was responding to a query about protests since this morning in front of his accommodation
on account of his statement yesterday supporting construction of the dam.
Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti members held demonstration since 5 am today and later
a delegation met Singh to apprise him of the reasons behind their opposition to the
Singh had yesterday said most of the protests against the project were "unjustified"
and were driven by "propaganda".
"We have problems of power in Assam. We are aware of the protests of Subansiri project
-- some are justified, majority are not justified... Why should there be any problem?"
he had said at the National Cold Chain Summit here yesterday.
"I know who these protesters are. I know the groups and their propaganda very well.
So our only job is to convince them that the dam is safe and beneficial for Assam,"
he had said.
When reminded that BJP had opposed the construction of Subansiri dam before the Lok
Sabha elections, Singh had said, "I am not aware of BJP's stand. I do not know what
BJP's stand was. Subansiri project is also not a big dam."
According to the minister, people have not been told about the benefits of the project
and that is why it was languishing for the last two years with a fear of down stream
impact. Urging to "shed some of our inhibitions", he had said it was going to be
helpful and provide power to Assam as the 15 per cent power that will be free, could
be distributed between Arunachal and Assam.
Singh's latest comment comes within days of Power Minister Piyush Goyal assuring
the people that "no construction will be undertaken till the matter is sorted out".
On July 5, Goyal met Assam BJP chief and Union Minister for Skill Development, Entrepreneurship,
Youth Affairs and Sports Sarbanda Sonowal to discuss and solve the issue.
The construction work of the ambitious 2,000 MW project at Gerukamukh in Assam-Arunachal
Pradesh border on Subansiri river has been stalled for over two years after protests
by locals and many groups fearing safety and downstream impact.
Subansiri Lower HE Project is the biggest hydroelectric project undertaken in India
so far and is a run of river scheme on river Subansiri.
The project is located at Lower Subansiri in Arunachal Pradesh, near North Lakhimpur
on the border of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
The cost of the project was initially estimated to be around Rs 6,285 crore and it
was scheduled to be commissioned in December 2012. PTI
CM holds pre budget consultations with RWD, PHED, PWD
ITANAGAR, Jul 13: As a build-up to budget finalization and presentation in the forthcoming
State Legislative Assembly, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki is on a roller-coaster of review
meetings to ensure inclusive development in the state. He convened three different
review meetings with Rural Works Department (RWD), Public Health Engineering Department
(PHED) and Public Works Department (PWD) here Saturday that extended late into the
While terming PMGSY a boon for the state, the CM stressed on timely completion of
all PMGSY projects by strictly adhering to the guidelines.
Earlier, CEO, ARRDA through a PowerPoint presentation informed that out of 1541 habitations
in the state only 530 are eligible for PMGSY. While 157 eligible habitations have
already been covered under 100 Days Programme by Govt. of India, the DPRs of balance
eligible habitations of 373 is being targeted to be submitted by December 2014. This
will enable the State Govt. to pursue with the Center for relaxation of qualifying
criteria to facilitate connectivity to 1011 ineligible habitations.
The department of PHE highlighted its proposal submitted to the Planning Commission
for drinking water facility to border areas under PM's package covering 479 remote
villages and 50 rural administrative townships.
Tomo Basar, CE (D&P) PHED, informed of another proposal submitted to Ministry of
Finance for drinking water to 70 semi urban administrative headquarters with drainage
facility under JICA and requested the CM to pursue with the Centre.
On the subject of revenue collection on water tariff, Tuki advised the Department
to examine the feasibility and propose for entrusting the responsibility of revenue
collection to urban local bodies.
PHE & WSD Minister Takam Pario requested the CM to allow inclusion of more water
supply scheme of urban townships under the programmes of Ministry of UD, priority
of which are finalized by the UD Department in the state.
Taking part in the review meeting of PWD department, Chief Minister said that a
proper road master plan at each district level should be prepared to
enable the Government to plan for giving road connectivity to each and
every village in a phased manner within available resources. Such a master
plan would check the likely duplicity of schemes at the stage of prioritisation
and selection process. All the stake-holders in road development like PWD,
RWD and BRO should work unitedly in preparing a comprehensive master plan,
The Chief Minister directed to list out those schemes which are targeted
to be completed by March 2015 so that the requisite amount of state
share for these could be earmarked in the AOP of 2014-15.
Expressing serious concern over the poor performance of contractors in
some of the projects and pending litigations in court, he directed the
PWD Minister to settle the issue with all the stake holders at the earliest.
Construction of cement concrete roads in the Capital and some of the district
headquarters is a major flagship programme taken up under SPA for a
planned development of township roads. The CM advocated for the use of
latest construction equipments and technology, as a properly constructed
CC road shall have a life period of 15 to 20 years, thereby reducing
the recurring maintenance costs.
He gave special emphasis on the urgency for improving the roads in the
capital complex including Naharlagun township.
Commissioner (PWD) informed that the tenders for the first phase of construction
of CC roads have been finalised and work shall start after end of rainy
season. Tenders for construction of District Secretariat buildings at Ziro,
Daporijo, Roing, Tezu and Khonsa are in various stages of process and
likely to be awarded by September 2014. The issue of non availability
of land at Daporijo was directed to be settled at an early date by
the DC, Upper Subansiri.
To mitigate the problem of traffic congestion in Itanagar and Naharlagun,
the feasibility of constructing bypass roads as a long term plan, was
needed to be explored immediately, the CM emphasised. Appreciating the
detail presentation made by the Department of the various feasible routes,
the CM advised to carry out detail survey of the different alternatives
at the ground level and submit the cost proposals. As one of the
short term measures, it was agreed in principle that the existing road
from SP office in Ganga to the road junction of NH52A and B Sector below
Raj Bhawan shall be improved to lessen the traffic flow on the main
thoroughfare in Itanagar.
Participating in the discussions, PWD Minister Gojen Gadi asserted that
improving the road network in the twin capital towns shall be the major
Ensure safety of all, IMCLS tells govt;
CALSOM, ATKSSU condemn attack
ITANAGAR, Jul 13: Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society (IMCLS) has appealed to
the state government to ensure safety of all in the state capital following the attack
on Unti Umbrey, a student leader from the community.
In a meeting at Roing today, IMCLS condemned the attack on Umbrey in its strongest
term and described the incident as unfortunate and shocking.
"We understand the differences within the students union that might have led to such
attack. But physical attack on any individual is never justifiable," said IMCLS,
and demanded for arrest of the culprits and necessary action as per the law. It further
appealed to the people not to post inflammatory remarks in social media over the
incident that might severely affect harmony of tribes in the state.
Also condemning the attack on Umbrey, Cultural and Literary Society of Mishmi (CALSOM)
in a release has termed the attack as barbaric and cowardly act.
"We are deeply hurt by the unfortunate incident and pledge all support through democratic
means for justice to Unti Umbrey," said CALSOM and offered its prayer to almighty
Amik Matai for speedy recovery of Umbrey.
All Tai Khampti Singpho Students Union of Arunachal Pradesh (ATKSSU) also vehemently
condemned the attack on Umbrey and termed the incident as barbaric.
The union appealed to the administration and police to bring the culprits involved
in the incident to book immediately and punish them as per law.
Bhanu Jayanti celebrated
MLA exhorts youths to devote time to study
PASIGHAT, Jul 13: MLA Kaling Moyong has exhorted the youths to devote their time
and energy to studies to make a vibrant and progressive society.
Attending the Bhanu Jayanti Utsav 2014 at Solung Ground here, Moyong informed that
many Nepali families have settled in Pasighat before independence and their contribution
towards the development of the area has been immense. They should not be treated
as outsiders, he said, and hoped the age-old peace and social harmony prevailing
here among various tribes will be maintained in future too.
He exhorted all to draw inspiration from Bhanu Bhakta Acharya and follow his principles
and ideologies for betterment of the society.
On crippling power situation, Moyong assured the people to take up the problem with
the Government. He also informed that he will try his level best for inclusion of
century-old Pasighat in the list of Smart Cities and sought co-operation and support
from the Chief Councilor and his team.
Zilla Chairperson Kaling Dai highlighted the importance of literature as a vehicle
for preservation of culture. Culture is the binding force of the society without
which no one can maintain their identity, he said and highlighted the contribution
of Bhanu Bhakta in developing the culture and literature of Nepali society. He hailed
the Nepalese for their valor, simplicity and patriotism. He appealed for social harmony
and peaceful co- existence for development of the area.
Earlier, AK Rana, President, NSSP, Pasighat, Shantiram Banstola, President, Assam
Nepali Sahitya Sabha, Dhemaji, Suk Br. Rai NE Co ordinator, Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha,
Darjeeling and others dwelt in length about the life and works of Bhanu Bhakta Acharya.
They informed that he not only translated the Ramayana into Nepali but also developed
the Nepali language into the present form which united the Nepalese society and revolutionized
the Nepali literature. DIPRO
Stop hindrance in development works, appeals Krema Pao PMGSY Road Committee
ITANAGAR, Jul 13: Reacting to the allegation made by Sawa Road Committee, the Krema
Pao PMGSY road committee has termed it as baseless.
The Committee informed that the take up point was shifted to present location because
of the pressurization by them in public interest through signing of memorandum by
all the concern villagers, Panchayat members with the Contractors and later submitted
to department concerned. They further claimed that present location is the most appropriate
and feasible alignment to connect the beneficiary village with District HQ as well
as Sub Division HQ in shortest distance.
While applauding the effort of executing agency, the M/s Capital Enterprise, Itanagar
for earliest completion of formation cutting work much before the stipulated time,
committee exuded hope that remaining work will be completed soon.
"We congratulate the department for making deviation for better road connectivity.
We also condemn the disturbance of complainants which hampers the smooth progress
of work and request such people to stop creating hindrance in developmental works,"
Humanitarian crisis is emerging due to Hamas-Israel conflict. As per report thousands
of people are leaving their homes from Gaza town starting today after Israel warned
them to leave ahead of threatened attacks on rocket-launching sites, on the sixth
day of an offensive that Palestinian officials said has killed at least 160 people.
Militants in the Islamist-ruled Gaza Strip kept up rockets salvoes deep into the
Jewish state and the worst bout of Israel-Palestinian bloodshed in two years showed
no signs of abating despite mounting international pressure to cease fire.
Despite intensified Israeli military action — which included a commando raid overnight
in what was Israel's first reported ground action in Gaza during the current fighting
— militants continued to launch rocket after rocket across the border. A long-range
salvo on Sunday morning triggered air raid sirens at Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion International
Airport, which has not been hit in the hostilities and where flights have been operating
normally, and some city suburbs. No one has been killed by the more than 800 rockets
the Israeli military said has been fired since the offensive began. Hostilities along
Israel-Gaza frontier first intensified last month after Israeli forces arrested hundreds
of Hamas activists in the Israeli-occupied West Bank following the abduction there
of three Jewish teenagers who were later found killed. A Palestinian youth was then
killed in Jerusalem in a suspected Israeli revenge attack. International community
should intervene at the earliest before crisis deepens.
----Readers Forum ----
We can do it together
I don't see any merits in identifying ourselves asAdi, Apatani, Galo,Tagin , Nyishi,
Tangsa, Wancho, Singpho, Monpa etc.
It brings more and more differences among ourselves. Let's bring constitutional amendments
and bring all the tribes of Arunachal Pradesh under one umbrella.
Our ST certificate should be rewritten. Instead of the name of the tribe, only APST
or Arunachalees should be written. Because each time communal tensions arise in
the name of tribes in our state. We have witnessed many such situations in our state
and it may be repeated in future too.
We are vulnerable to communal tensions time and again because of tribal equations.
And also we should stop all tribe based organisations. This will be one step forward
to bring unity and brotherhood amongst next generation.
Be optimistic, we can do it if we really think of uniting all the tribes of our state.
Some NGOs or civil society may take up the matter if you like this.
We don’t belong to general category
Do the students union of Arunachal Pradesh know how difficult it is to get admitted
in Cotton College this year? Our schedule tribe certificates are not being accepted
by the college authorities.
Not only Arunachal Pradesh, the Schedule tribe certificates from other northeast
states are also not being accepted. We were ask to apply in the general category
but why should we? We don't belong to general category. They are giving more preference
to students from Assam.
College authorities were asking us to submit schedule tribe certificate issued from
the Govt of Assam within half an hour. Seriously?
If they don't want us to get admitted in Cotton College they should have posted a
big poster in front of the college saying that students from other states are not
allowed in this college. The change in selection process this year have destroyed
the hopes of many students belonging to Schedule Tribes ( Hills).
I request the students unions of Arunachal Pradesh and other Northeast states to
look into this matter for a fruitful decision so that students does not face the
same difficulties like us in future.
I got cheated
I would like to share a very recent incident that I have gone through and I do not
want anyone of you should go through the same.
During my recent visit to Harmotty market, I met a man who asked me whether I need
a house maid. Since I had my doubts, I told him no but asked for his number. When
i asked for the number, he said he doesnot have a number and instead took mine.
After few days he started calling me and asked me to help the girl about whom he
was talking about at Harmoty . He said that the girl belonged to a very poor family
and the mother was on death bed and asked if I was willing to help the family by
keeping the girl with me in lieu of money. Since he kept calling, i decided to help.
He asked me to come to Laluk and do the formalities of payment and paper work as
needed and take the girl with me.
So, next day I started off to Laluk (assam), and found that man waiting for me. When
i asked for the girl, he told me that the girl was in a village 5-6 km away. When
we reached I found the girl’s family waiting for me. I cried inside when I saw them
as the mother and daughter looked very sickly and so thin.
After seeing their condition, there was not a single moment to doubt so we reached
to an agreement and payments were made.
As we were about to start for Naharlagun, the girl said that she had forgotten to
take something, so she went back to fetch it. Time passed but there was no sign
of her so I went in the house to check for her.
There was no one inside the house. Instead I found myself surrounded by bike riders,
threatening me to get out of the village or be man handled.
So with no other option left and my hard earned money gone, I had to return empty
handed, with a heavy heart remembering the tale of Little Red Riding Hood, where
the jackal disguising to be the grandmother attacked her.
Later I found that everything was pre-planned and they have cheated many more in
the same manner. May be they are planning for more.
It’s my advice to all – be careful and never trust anyone even if they make tempting
offers of maid servants.
Make educational qualification mandatory in politics
In connection with some readers' colliding/contradicting questions and arguments
in regards to cabinet minister being educated or not, that appeared in the Readers'
Forum of your esteemed daily, I a third party, would like to bring it forth to public
as what the politics and education are, but of course, with no intension to hurt
any one's feelings. It is only a personal view from an elderly citizen.
Politics is a social mechanism with which attempts are made to motivate, mobilize
and govern the masses of a common geographical enclosure. Politics is not free from
contradictions, controversies and implications in the forms of competitions and fighting
among factions belonging to different principles and ideologies. No power other than
education can meet and tackle or deal with the controversies and discrepancies of
Education, according to Joseph Adison, leads human souls to what is best, which no
enemy can alienate, no despotism can enslave. It is at home a friend, abroad an introduction,
in solitude a slave, in society an ornament. It chastens vice, guides virtue and
gives at once grace to genius.
A legislator or a minister is an ornament of his/her voters at home, and an introduction
of his constituency, state or country abroad. So, he/she needs to be adorned with
intellectual capabilities, which come from education alone!
Democracy, the most popular form of government in the modern world, provides equality
to all - equal rights, equal opportunities, but equality wants equality! Candidates
for a same post should be near to one another as educational qualification is concerned.
Otherwise equality will kill equality crippling democracy by the way.
So, it can be opined that educational qualification should be made mandatory in politics
also, though it may be allowed to vary according to chairs contested for.
Give us the stipend
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of the concerned
authority regarding the non-release of our pending stipend.
In May it was announced that students stipend have been sanctioned but we are yet
to get it.
Everyone is well aware of the economical and financial state of a student belonging
to the rural areas of Arunachal. For student of rural areas, the sum of money as
stipend means a lot and can't be neglected.
Every one of us is eagerly waiting for the stipend but now with the passage of time
the hope of getting the pending stipend seems to be doomed.
When will the stipend be released? The state claims to be on sound financial condition
so the situation seems to be ironical to me.
Let me add that my intention is neither to blame the authority nor to criticise anyone
else, but to simply get my pending stipend at the earliest.