Chinese seeks political asylum
TEZU, May 25: Guan Liang, a Chinese nationality, who is, at present, under Tezu Police
custody has sought political asylum from the Indian government.
The 28 years old Chinese does not want to go back to China fearing he will be persecuted
for e-mailing about the killings by the Chinese government and violation of Human
Rights to the Shangai state government.
He claimed to have flashed through internet to re-open the case of Lin Zhao, who
was killed by the Chinese government way back in 1960.
He informed this reporter that he was working in a French Restaurant in Beijing as
a waiter when he sent that allegedly objectionable mail to the Sanghai state Government.
The sleuths managed to come to know about him and his intentions and were after him
On being asked by journalist whether he is Chinese spy, he said, “I came to India
because everybody knows that India is a democratic country and respect rights of
citizens. I want to work for political freedom of China based in India.”
The most surprising aspect is that Chinese speaks fluent English punctuated with
American accent and knows little bit of Hindi too.
Deputy Superintendent of police, Lohit, Manik Gogoi told, “He understands Hindi and
knows about local eatable items like Samosa as well. There is every chance that he
can be there spy”
Tomorrow the Chinese will be taken Kibitho area. The Police have located some of
the places supposedly crossed by him during journey to India. Remaining places is
yet to be ascertained.”
The credit for apprehending Chinese goes to one Mishmi boy Bisip Billai, whose alertness
helped officials to arrest him on May 18. “At Degaru Gath I saw commotion as people
converged on one corner and were talking to a person. I went there too and saw a
man with mongoloid feature but bit different from Arunachalees. Soon I started talking
him and that’s how I helped police to nab him,” Bisip said.
Meanwhile AAPSU president, Takam Tatung has expressed serious concerned over arrest
of alleged Chinese spy in Tezu. “Intrusion of Chinese man easily into Arunachal border
shows how porous our border is. Taking note of this incident, union home ministry
should come up with proper plan to safeguard our international boundary”, he added.
CM calls for united effort to take the state to a new height
Kalaktang gets ADC Hq
ITANAGAR May 25: Kalaktang, a small town situated along the strategic international
border with Bhutan and Assam in West Kameng district gets Additional Headquarter
status today as the Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu formally inaugurated it amongst
host of dignitaries.
It may be mentioned here that Kalaktang circle headquarter is one of the oldest headquarter
of the district. It was a long felt demand of the people for an independent ADC headquarters
and with their demand coming to reality today has really created a festive mood in
In his inaugural address the Chief Minister called for unison effort from all corners
to take the state into new heights. “We need to become a team- a team Arunachal to
overcome the developmental bottleneck which has been hampering the state adversely”,
Khandu emphatically said.
Informing about new education policy, Khandu said that no representation would be
entertained in case of teachers transfer and posting. In order to boost up the morale
of the teachers dedicatedly working in remote areas and in harsh conditions would
be provided special incentives, he disclosed.
Taking serious note of the plea made by the locals over the rampant destruction of
reserve forest and encroachment made by people of neighbouring state, Khandu said
he would take up the matter with his Assam counterpart and would also appraise the
case to Union Home Minister.
Later responding to the public memorandum, Khandu assured to look after their demands
after discussion with the local MLA. Speaking on the occasion, Minister Power (Elect)
Jarbom Gamlin appealed the gathering to give due importance to education and health
for ensuring a healthy and progressive society. Under developed Kalaktang need educated
people to bring it to the developmental track, Gamlin said.
RWD Minister Kalikho Pul while narrating the achievements of the present government
disclosed that under the constant persuasion of Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, the
centre has relaxed the population criteria in spheres of Arunachal Pradesh under
PMGSY schemes and has also increased the length of bridges from the earlier 25 mtrs
to 50 mtrs. He further revealed that all villages will be connected by surface communication
under the scheme and the state is ensuring all possible means to implement the programme
in the expeditious manner.
Pul later inspected an ongoing PMGSY road from Degzi to Shikaridanga during the day.
Local MLA T Norbu and West Kameng DC Rinchin Tashi also spoke on the occasion.
Among others, Parliamentary Secretary Planning, Tsewang Dhondhup, MLAs Phurpa Tsering
and Kumsi Sidisow, along with host of officers and public leaders were present. (PRO
AR scores major success in Khonsa against NSCN (IM), arrest six
KHONSA, May 25: 19 Assam Rifles and the Dist Police apprehended 3 hardcore cadres
of NSCN (IM) and four Over Ground Workers in a daring operation in Khonsa.
The apprehended cadres include Self Styled Sgt Maj Athot; the area commander of Khonsa.
On 24 May, the commando platoon assisted by a crack team of the Dist Police cordoned
the Khonsa basti on the outskirts of the town and searched the entire village after
it received information about the movement of the cadres.
The team managed to apprehend a Athot as he was fleeing the area on a motorcycle.
A pistol was recovered from him. Interrogation led to the second search of the basti
where two hardcore over ground workers were apprehended. They were actively involved
in harbouring and facilitating the cadres operating in the area. Further interrogation
led the team to two houses of Khonsa town where two more hardcore cadres were arrested
and a pistol each was recovered.
Based on the details gathered during the interrogation, one Roshanlal Meena, a local
businessman, was arrested on May 24. A major conduit for the cadres, confessed to
collecting taxes on behalf of NSCN (IM). OGW Hongchan Tesia, Jaiby Socia of Khonsa
village are others arrested.
A large number of mobile phones were recovered from those arrested which contained
phones numbers of the cadres operating in Tirap and bank accounts.
Home Minister Tako Dabi, has appreciated the role of the 19 Assam Rifles and the
Arunachal Police led by Col. Naveen, Commandant, 19 Assam Rifles and M. Tiwari, SSP,
APP, Khonsa for arrests. Minister strongly condemned their nefarious activities and
opined that forces will continue apprehending all those extortionists operating in
the guise of different ultras. He further warned the ultras to abstain from such
nefarious activities and urged upon the civil society to come forward to thwart the
evil design of these fake and self-styled groups.
ACR lauds MoEF on Lower Siang project, questions APSPCB and Hydropower Dept
ITANAGAR, May 25: Arunachal Citizen’s Right (ACR) lauded the recent directive by
the Ministry of Environment and Forests to the Arunachal Pradesh State Pollution
Control Board (APSPCB) to scrap the Public Hearing announced for the 2700 MW Lower
Siang Hydro Project and to direct the project proponent to submit a revised proposal
to the Ministry. The main reason for MoEF asking to scrap the public hearing was
that TOR for the previous generating capacity was around 2205 MW and not 2700MW as
Once TOR is approved with prior clearance, if the EIA and EMP is completed according
to the scope of the project, then only public hearing can be called. In the present
case, the developer changed the scope of the project from 2205 MW to 2700 MW and
therefore the TOR earlier approved stands cancelled. APSPCB worked at the behest
of the developer without checking the facts and not functioning as an independent
authority, ACR Chairman Bamang Tago said.
What can the people of the state expect when a responsible mechanism of the government
like the APSPCB, which is supposed to be responsible for the environmental aspect
of the state, gets indulge into such low profile activities amounting to bluffing
the very people whose welfare it claims to look after, he asked?
He further questioned the department of hydro power. Does their responsibility end
with the signing of the MOAs and getting upfront and processing money from the
developers, he said.
He further called for blacklisting JP associates for trying to cheat people with
CM is not scheduled to visit Pangin-Boleng
ITANAGAR, May 25: The Chief Minister’s office has denied that Dorjee Khandu is scheduled
to visit Pangin –Boleng on May 28 next. The chief minister’s secretariat is not
aware of any such tour programme of Chief Minister to Pangin – Boleng on May 28 as
appeared in the news item. The reason for CM’s tour to the area as claimed is unfounded
and grossly misleading, it added.
This clarification came after Adi Students Union had alleged that high profile team
led by the Chief Minister was planning to visit the area. The Union had questioned
the timing of the visit just prior to the public hearing on May 30 for Lower Siang
However, it has come to knowledge of this office that all the Adi legislators have
convened a meeting at Pangin – Boleng of East Siang District on the schedule date
wherein they shall be interacting with the local populace to which the CM’s Office
has got nothing to do, the clarification added.
Horizon Series Programme
ITANAGAR, May 25: Tukpen Village Council, Rupa, West Kameng District in collaboration
with Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Regional Office Guwahati is organizing
a 2 days “Horizon Series Programme” with its paneled Artist-Aji Lhamu Dance Troop
on May 27 and 28 at Rupa. Commissioner, Cultural Affairs, Yeshi Dorjee Thongchi,
will grace the occasion as Chief Guest and Prosanta Banerjee, Regional Officer, ICCR,
Guwahati will also attend the programme as representative of ICCR.
Allegations of booth capture in Thembang
ITANAGAR, May 25: There are reports of booth capture and rigging in Thembang segment
in West Kameng district during the PRI elections which was held on May 24.
In Rahung, Cherong, Pangma villages, there are reports of PPA workers obstructing
the voting process while in Namshu village votes were precast and voters were asked
to sign in their names in a register.
The Congress party has demanded re-poll in these areas and a complaint has been registered
with the returning officer.
The election in Thembang segment was held to elect a ZPM after the seat was vacated
by Phurpa Tsering who was elected to the Legislative Assembly on PPA ticket.
Rain damages road in Upper Siang
Yingkiong, May 25: Due to torrential and incessant rain in Upper Siang District,
the Yingkiong-Gette-Puging- Likor road has been extensively damaged and the road
communication has been completely cut off. Many portions of roads have been washed
away. The abutment (left) of Siking River was also completely damaged.
MLA Alo Libang with officers of PWD, Yingkiong inspected the damaged and blocked
areas on May 22 and. He instructed the PWD to work on war footing to restore the
road communication. (DIPRO)
Students apprise DA of problems faced by people of Khatan
TEZU, May 25: A delegation comprising the All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union, All
Mishmi Students Union (AMSU), All Tai Khampti Singpho Students Union and Lohit District
Students Union today met newly posted Lohit Deputy Commissioner R K Sharma and apprised
him on the fragile atmosphere prevalent in the remote Khatan village sandwiched between
Changlang and Lohit district administrations.
The students union apprised DC on the inter-district complicacy between Lohit and
Changlang district. Khatan village administratively comes under Lohit district and
the encroached land of the villagers is under the ambit of Changlang district administration.
The DC opined that the impasse` can be solved by a joint meeting with administrative
representatives from both the districts along with concerned public.
The student leaders also requested the DC to allot gun licenses to the public of
the Wakro circle for self protection to which Sharma informed that in a recent notification
the State government has halted issuing of gun licenses for three years. He, however,
said that the request of the public to acquire gun license can be put up under special
category though, understanding the sensitivity of the area.
Meanwhile, the AMSU president Ajan Pul has appealed members of the Mishmi community
not to engage any Chakma refugees in any form of employment. It threatened to take
stern action against the one who engages them in any form of work.
Climbers continue to hog limelight
Tene Mina set to scale Mount Shivaling
ITANAGAR, May 25: Climbers in the state have continued to hog the limelight in mountaineering
as women climber Tene Mina is all set to climb Mount Shivaling (6543 mts) at the
Garhwal Himalayas. She is one of the participating team members of the all India
combined mountaineering expedition 2010 which was flagged off yesterday by Col. Chouhan,
Secretary, Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF), New Delhi.
Mina, hailing from Lower Dibang Valley district, is the first from the state to
participate in such major mountaineering expedition under IMF.
Mina has been also named for the North East Mt. Everest Expedition 2011 under North
East Adventure Foundation, Guwahati.
The Mount Shivaling, popularly known as ‘Dream Mountain' is regarded as one of the
famous and most beautiful peaks in Himalayan range of mountains, mainly because of
its technical difficulties. Although Everest is the highest peak in the world, the
challenges of Shivaling are different from the former for which famous mountaineers
from all over the world still loving to challenge it.
The Mount Shivaling was successfully scaled by an Italian mountaineer in 1997 in
alpine style technique under the liaison officer of KR Meetei, then in-charge, adventure
cell of department of sports and youth affairs, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh.
Meanwhile, the sports and youth affairs department has appealed to state government,
non-governmental organizations and well wishers to contribute Mina for making her
dreams come true.
Do they have to mandate to speak for us?
In response to the news item, "Differing stands on Lower Siang Project", published
in your esteemed daily on May 24, we would like to express our views on the issue.
First of all may we ask the so called few selected senior citizens of Pasighat, NGOs,
PR members, do they have the mandate of representing the Dam affected people of Adi
belt area mainly of East and West Siang districts? Did they have any discussion with
the Dam affected people before giving green signal to the Jaypee Power Developer
Company to go ahead with survey or investigation works? The so called speakers of
the selected few added that it was not the right time to claim compensation, relief
and rehabilitation before the real construction gets under way. So, may we ask the
few senior citizens of Pasighat what is the right time for claiming compensation,
relief and rehabilitation? As per our knowledge, before any construction works begins,
it is mandatory that the effected people should be taken into confidence and any
agreement regarding claim of compensation, relief and rehabilitation has to be made
before any construction work begins. Also when the proposed Public Hearing of the
said Dam has no mandatory clearance from the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF),
Govt. of India, why the Arunachal Pradesh State Pollution Control Board and the Jaypee
Power Developer Group is going ahead with the proposed Public Hearing? Also, why
the Jaypee Power Developer has failed to give clear Environmental Impact Assessment
and Environmental Management Plan as demanded by the Dam effected people.
Therefore, we request the Arunachal Pradesh State Pollution Control Board and the
Jaypee Power Developer to postpone the proposed Public Hearing and get the clear
mandate from the Dam effected people and from the Ministry of Environment and Forest
before going ahead with any survey or construction work. Also it is our ardent request
to the people of Adi Belt not to mislead the innocent villagers because just for
the sake of development, nobody has the right to snatch away bread and butter of
the thousands of innocent villagers.
It is our request to our brethren, let us keep aside all our political ambitions
but to find out an amicable solution so that no one suffers and no one's land is
K. Mangkeng, Naharlagun, (on email)
Dibang Porject could be our savior!
From time immemorial Arunachal Pradesh has been one of the states in nation having
plethora of natural assets. It happened to be a state of forests and hills. Mighty
rivers flowing through various parts of the state reminds us of the scope of being
the UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply) for the whole Nation. Available hydro potential
of more than 50,000 MW differentiates this state from the others. There are about
20 Major tribes with a number of Sub-Tribes in Arunachal Pradesh. In-spite of having
various tribes, the population density of the state is lowest in the country. It
is due to the geographical structure of the whole state. Socioeconomic status of
most of the societies is lagging behind. Lack of infrastructure and industries prohibits
the development of the indigenous communities of the state.
Young generation is not getting adequate higher education due to unavailability of
capable institutions in the state. We are not getting opportunities to work as there
is very little industry in our own land. Land of this state is either part of Wild
Life or Reserve forests and unclassified state forest. USF land is the only land
which is owned by the natives of the state. Our people desperately need uplift of
their socio-economic status. Basic requirement of a human being comprises not only
of food, cloth and shelter but also we need to have better education and health services
and job opportunities which can contribute in our sustainable development.
The only ray of hope of the development arises from the hydropower availability in
the districts and state, which further should be harnessed in order to bring prosperity
in our land. Dibang Multipurpose Project 3000 MW may prove to be boon for the indigenous
community of our place. Education, Health & Infrastructure development is waiting
for us next door. We are facing scarcity of opportunities at our place.
Looking at the environmental aspect of this project will clarify many other doubts
arising in our minds. Compensatory afforestation shall be done in twice the area
required by the project, which signifies that due importance is given to the conservation
of biodiversity. Land used for the developmental activities will fetch maximum benefit
for our people. They shall be compensated as per the State R&R Policy 2008, which
comes to be 1.75 lakhs per hectare. Moreover many other benefits are also likely
to be given to our people if this project comes. Students are the one who will be
getting maximum benefit of this project as this project shall construct schools and
higher education centers at our doorstep.
Above all we the people of this land will get employment for our livelihood which
will enhance our socio-economic status. It will open avenues for students like me.
So, let’s use our natural resources judiciously in order to bring prosperity to our
Lower Dibang Valley
Why is Arunachal silent on Bardekar’s abduction?
The Arunachal-Assam boundary problem is probably the oldest and major problem that
we are facing with since inception of statehood.
Whenever any confrontation in boundary areas occurs, voices start pouring in newspapers
from various sections of the society in the form of condemnation on the state government
policy and few suggestions to state government to bring about solution. The issue
goes to cold water as and when normalcy prevails there. We forget next day leaving
the victims to live in fear psychosis and on the mercy of the state government.
I don't think the state government with its little or no attitude in the matter,
has any formulated agenda to solve the problems. There is also Assam-Meghalaya boundary
problems but has been in better control with active cooperation from both sides.
In recent Langpin boundary entangles in Assam-Meghalaya boundaries, the Meghalaya
Home Minister and Assam Health Minister made immediate joint spot visit followed
by Meghalaya Chief Minister along with opposition leaders and govt. officials. Governments’
officials also conduct routine visits in the boundaries and initiatives are in process
to solve the problems. Reportedly, 16 such areas have been brought under problematic
area and a formula with some "give & take" basis has been under active consideration
by both the Assam and Meghalaya Governments to avoid any further confrontation
in boundary areas. This is due to attitudes and commitment of both the governments
to provide security to their people and create atmosphere conducive to live in peace.
I do not think our state government can come up with any such ideas. Cannot we take
lesson from others?
The recent kidnapping of an IFS officer, Vilash Bardekar from Kamengbari Forest in
Doimari area of West Kameng district is very unfortunate. Surprisingly, no voice
of concerns has come up on the issue from any quarter. Is it because, the IFS officer
is an outsider and we do not see any direct benefit from his butterflies survey activities?
Is it not the state governments' duty to provide adequate security to visiting officials
or at least the government could brief him about the "security concerns in movement
in the NDFB dominated boundary area"? Alternatively, the State Government may not
have knowledge, which boundaries areas fall in insurgency-dominated area along with
Assam border or has no administrative rule on what to do with IFS personnel visiting
our state on research works. Such lackadaisical attitudes and functioning of the
state government sends wrong impression to outside visitors, tourists and companies
to come to our state which may have adverse impact on our economic in long run.
When we should expect better administration from the State Government?
D Sector, Naharlagun
37 girl students conferred Pratiba Khoj award
ITANAGAR, Mar 25: Altogether 37 girl students were conferred Pratiba Khoj award at
Aalo in West Siang today.
Deputy Commissioner Amjad Tak has given away cash award of Rs 5000 each to the awardees
selected from among the total of 60 meritorious girl students.
The award is instituted to encourage the girl students to excel in their future
academic career too, Tak said while congratulating all the award winners, teachers
The DC appealed the teachers and parents to pay more attention to the girl students.
He also exhorted the students to be sincere in studies and bring name and fame to
District SSA coordinator T Rida said the main objective of the programme is to encourage
the girl students from class VI to VII who secured high marks in their school examinations.
10-day SSA Teachers’ Training gets underway
Aalo, May 25: The 10-day SSA Teachers’ Training got underway yesterday at Aalo Club.
West Siang Deputy Commissioner Amjad Tak, while addressing the trainees said that
the role of SSA is of paramount importance in a resource crunch state like Arunachal
Pradesh. It is they, who should do a justice to Right to education, he added.
He urged the teachers to serve with missionary Zeal and make SSA, a success.
He cautioned that Administrative officers will submit duty report of teachers in
their jurisdictions and any one found to be failing in discharge of duties in teaching
and learning process of children will not be tolerated. He also informed that dedicated
SSA teachers would be recommended and brought to the knowledge of the Govt. He also
urged that training standard should be at par with the training imparted at Delhi
and would like to see that power point presentation were put in place during the
training, reports DIPRO.
DDSE N.Potom, said training is required as the teacher had a lot of responsibility
on their shoulder not only to teach the children but even to guide the illiterates
in the right path. He called on the teachers that let SSA be carried out with missionary
Zeal with utmost sincerity so that objective of compulsory education of children
upto 14 years be implemented in true spirit.
T. Rida, District Co-ordinator, SSA informed that more than 400 SSA teachers were
participating in the training and appealed those to be attentive to impart quality
education to the childrens. SSA activities plus other intervention programmes are
going well and appreciable in West Siang.
Free eye camp conducted
ITANAGAR, May 25: Small Tea growers of Chaiduar, Ghopur, Assam in collaboration with
Ramakrishana Mission Hospital, Itanagar and General Hospital Naharlagun has organised
free screening eye camp at M.C.D. Higher Secondary School in Borangabari at Sontipur
district, Assam on May 22. Altogether 513 people registered for this camp. Out of
513 registered, 444 people including 32 male child and 14 female child were screened.
103 patients were advised surgery.
Ten members to participate in Umpire course
ITANAGAR, May 25: Arunachal Cricket Association has deputed ten members to attend
the Level-I Umpire course which will be held at Sikkim from May 26-29. The training
is conducted by Board of Control for Cricket in India.
Association extends support to DA
ITANAGAR, May 25: All East Kameng Contractors’ Welfare Association extended supports
to Administration and concerned department for executing road extension works and
drainage system within Seppa Township and also appreciated the Local MLA Tapuk Taku
for initiating the developmental activities.
Rodent Control Management prog
ITANAGAR, may 25: A one day training programme on "Rodent Control Management " was
conducted at Daporijo for Agriculture Development Officer and Agriculture Field Assistant
under the establishment of DAO Daporijo.
DAO Dusa Lida, in his keynote address asked all the officers and staff to work hard
for the development of agriculture sector. He requested the trainees to get maximum
knowledge from the training before Rodent becomes a menace.
The technical session was initiated by Yompe Ado ,ADO(HQ) along with Nani Yampi,
SMS(PP) and Nyape Bam, Farm Manager, KVK, Upper Subansiri. In the session integrated
management of Rodent pest was dealt at length.
AAPPTF’s move to check revenue loss
ITANAGAR, May 25: All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF) expressed
concern over the large scale hiring of commercial vehicles by Govt and semi-Govt
organisations, financial institutions, NGOs and private companies without valid
permit. The Federation in a release today claimed that more than 500 hired vehicles
are being plied without any valid permit from competent authority which is illegal.
The Federation appealed both Govt and private agencies, institutions and organisations
to ensure that such hired vehicles are registered under AAPPTF to check the revenue
loss of state Govt.
2nd NERIST convocation
ITANAGAR: Former President of India Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam would attend as Chief Guest
in the 2nd Annual Convocation of North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and
Technology (NERIST), Nirjuly on August 4 next.
Forum hails Education dept
ITANAGAR: The Arunachal School Education Vice Principals/Headmasters’ Forum has appreciated
the state govt and Education Minister Bosiram Siram on the recent state cabinet decision
to create 19 posts of principals/DDSEs and the promotion of 10 regular principals
and 14 officiating principals, based on seniority.
These decisions were taken during the state cabinet meeting on May 17 last.
The Forum expressed its gratitude to Siram for taking series of measures to improve
the workings of the Education sector.
ITANAGAR: Itanagar Buddha Purnima Celebration Committee 2010 is organising the 2554th
Buddha Jayanti at Sidharth Vihar and Theraveda Buddha Vihar, Itanagar on May 27.
On the occasion, religious procession from Theraveda Buddha Vihar to Siddhartha Vihar
Gonpa would be taken out along with Sacred chanting by Monks.
APDA welcome decision
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Doctors Association has thanked the department of Health
& Family welfare for notifying the syllabus for recruitment of Medical Officers.
The syllabus will help in recruitment of quality doctors through competitive examination
to be conducted by the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission, APDA said in
Depute veterinary teams
ITANAGAR, May 25: All Papu-Valley Youth Welfare Association appealed the concerned
department to depute veterinary teams to take stock of spread of disease in Papu-Valley
area, East Kameng District immediately.
Dree festival sports
ITANAGAR, May 25: Capital Complex Dree Festival Celebration Committee 2010 has decided
to organise Junior and Senior Football tournament, Traditional Wrestling, Tug of
War and Volley Ball competition at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun from June 12.