Khandu allocates portfolios to ministers
Dabi gets home, Siram education, Byaling health
ITANAGAR, Nov 06: After days of speculation, the Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu has
allocated the portfolios to his cabinet colleagues today.
While Nabam Tuki retained the ministry of PWD and Urban Development, Jarbom Gamlin
was allocated the portfolios of Parliamentary Affairs, Power (Electrical) besides
being the Govt spokesperson. Tako Dabi,who was the WRD and PR minister in his earlier
term, has been given the home ministry.
Former Speaker Setong Sena was allocated the ministry of finance and lottery, while
the RWD, tax and excise ministries were entrusted to Kalikho Pul.
Bosiram Siram was given the much talked ministry of education, while Chowna Mein
became the minister of PHED. Former Industries minister Tanga Byaling was allocated
the health ministry, while the charge of WRD ministry was given to Atum Welly.
Rural Development and Panchayat ministries were allocated to former Deputy Speaker
Takar Marde. Hongchun Ngandam got the horticulture ministry.
Dorjee Khandu who took oath alone as chief minister on Oct 25 last would look
after the departments which are not allocated to other ministers. The Chief Minister
had expanded his ministry on Nov 2 last without portfolios.
Wanglin Lowangdong and Tapang Taloh were elected Speaker and Deputy Speaker on Nov
The new faces of the Khandu-led Govt are former Speaker Setong Sena, former Deputy
Speaker Takar Marde, Bosiram Siram and Hongchum Ngandam.
It may be mentioned here that the election for the 5th Legislative Assembly was held
on Oct 13 last results of which was declared on Oct 22.
Bandh passes of peacefully
ITANAGAR, Nov.6: Dawn to dusk capital bandh called by All Arunachal Pradesh Students
Union (AAPSU) and Arunachal Law Student Union (ALSU) passed off peacefully barring
few isolated incidents. The bandh was called in protest against ‘government’s failure’
to nab the culprit(s) involved in Seppa incident, in which an IRBn jawan Tago Taga
was allegedly shot dead by ITBP personnel on 17th of this month. Though government
has ordered judicial inquiry into the incident but till now no arrest has been made
in this regard. Though city police claimed bandh went off peacefully, there were
few incidents which caused some concern to authority. “Other than few minor incidents,
bandh was quite peaceful. There were no any major incidents,” informed Superintendent
of Police Hibu Tamang.
An act of violence was committed at Doimukh, when supporters of bandh barged into
the NEEPCO office and damaged items like computer, air condition, furniture etc.
“We support such kind of democratic action but incidence of violent act is not justifiable.
NEEPCO has greatly contributed to development of state and we have to respect that,”
said Extra Assistant Commissioner of Doimukh, Nighee Bengia. Though such kind of
bandh is always called for noble cause but there is no denying that general public
Meanwhile, a senior journalist informed that his vehicle and a scooter of another
journalist were partially damaged while they were on duty by the bandh activists
at Naharlagun. Expressing resentment over such act of violence, the journalists,
however, informed that the activists regretted the incident later saying it was unintentional.
This reporter himself visited street of twin town of Itanagar and Naharlagun and
spoke to many public whether bandh is the only way of demanding justice. “I think
our government has got habit of getting into act only when student body issues band
call. I truly support this strike as it is for noble cause,” said a teenage boy who
named himself as only Tama. There are also people who had seen how strikes can damage
development of state. Rupesh Dutt, IIT Kharagpur student who was on vacation to Itanagar
told, “I belong to state of West Bengal where strikes are quite common and I honestly
admit our state’s economy has been badly hit by it. I would advise our brothers here
to look for other way of protest.” In the last few years in many states across the
country bandh call are gradually being replaced by other way of protesting like candle
vigil, dharna, hunger strike etc. The people of this state are also expecting that
our student body may emulate similar style of protest as strike often creates trouble
for innocent public. “May be with more awareness among public, we definitely will
see such kind of moment in the near future,” said Gumjum Haider former AAPSU leader
and secretary general of the North East Student Organization.
The lackluster attitude of state government and fear among students body that ITBP
personnel responsible for killing may escape forced the students’ bodies to go for
one-day strike. The response this bandh evoked has made them feel gratified towards
public for supporting their initiative. The AAPSU leadership extends its heartfelt
thanks to the public of the twin capital for supporting today’s capital Bandh call
and reiterated that until and unless the state government punishes the killer of
Late Tako Tagak the union will go ahead with its agitation.
“We thank people of entire capital complex for their co-operation in today’s bandh
and hope they will always support our noble endeavor,” told P.L Murtem, president
ALSU, speaking on behalf of the student body. He went on to add, “We have three point
demands that is immediate arrest of ‘killer ITBP jawan’, Suspension of SP Seppa
and constitution of a constitutional body to prove the entire incident.” He also
warned that if government did not respond to their demand, they will take up another
series of democratic means to meet their demand.
NABARD supports REDP at Palin
ITANAGAR, Nov 06: National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) in
its endeavor to expand its outreach to the rural areas of Arunachal Pradesh through
promotional and developmental programmes has sanctioned a one-month Rural Entrepreneurship
Development Programme (REDP) on tailoring to Community Learning and Doing Centre
(CLDC), a local NGO, at Palin in Kurung Kumey District.
The programme will support 20 persons selected from school drop-outs,
women and educated unemployed youth from Palin area. Representatives and officials
of district level like BDO, Extension Officer (Industries), Extension Officer (Credit)
and banks will be involved at various stages of implementation of the programme.
CLDC will provide escort services to the trainees for setting up units by liaisoning
with banks, government departments and other agencies. NABARD will encourage similar
programmes for income and employment generation in other districts also.
Livestock Insurance scheme at Nari
PASIGHAT, Nov 6: After Mebo a day-long centrally sponsored awareness camp on “Livestock
Insurance Scheme” was conducted at Nari by the AH & Vety department on Nov 6 last.
While conveying his thanks to the veterinary department, the ADC Nari T.S. Mibang
said, “The Livestock Insurance Scheme” has been formulated with the twin objective
of providing protection mechanism to the farmers and cattle owners against any eventual
loss of their animals due to death and to demonstrate the benefit of the insurance
of livestock to the people and popularize it with the ultimate goal of attaining
qualitative improvement in livestock and their products.
Dr. N Taloh (Sr. Vety Officer) explained the importance and procedure of the scheme
and further appraised that, under the scheme crossbred and high yielding cattle and
buffaloes are being insured and the premium of the insurance is subsidized to the
tune of 50%.
The DVO Dr. Emo Lego appealed the farmers to avail the benefit of the scheme while
the AO (New India Assurance) J. Dasgupta discoursed guidelines of the insurance policy.
NESO criticizes Centre for neglecting Arunachal
Itanagar, Nov 6: The North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) yesterday castigated
New Delhi for showing a 'casual attitude' towards Arunachal Pradesh and alleged that
the Centre had failed to develop the state, which was being claimed by China as its
While condemning the Chinese claim over Arunachal, the apex students’ body of the
North Eastern states has expressed its solidarity with All Arunachal Pradesh Students’
Union (AAPSU) leadership who has been protesting against China's claim in the national
NESO Secretary General Gumjum Haider said the AAPSU wanted to stage a protest at
the Chinese Embassy on Nov 4, but were not allowed and instead many students were
detained by the police. '' We condemn such ploy of the Centre to scuttle our democratic
rights,'' he added.
The AAPSU leadership wanted to meet the Prime Minister and other central leaders
to discuss the issue, but neither the PM nor any national leaders gave any appointments
to the AAPSU leaders,
Gumjum lamented saying, ''we feel neglected because of such attitude of central
leaders.'' Referring to China’s claim, the NESO leader said Arunachal was never a
part of China or Tibet and in that case a part of India also. He, however, said that
representatives of Arunachal should be invited to take part in the dialogue being
initiated with China on border issue.
“Arunachal is still one of the most backward and neglected states of India. When
China can build a world class railway track using permafrost technology starting
from Ghihatse to Lhasa at a staggering height of 16,200 feet above sea level, then
in Arunachal why can't we have a single railway line till now,'' he asked.
'' Arunachal is the only state where we do not have any sports infrastructure though
there is no dearth of sports talents. The largest state of the region is living without
a single airport and the local issues are not given any attention by the national
media,'' he lamented. UNI
AAPSU’s ‘mission opinion’
ITANAGAR, Nov 06: A five-member delegation led by the AAPSU Takam Tatung is staying
back at the national capital to elicit national opinion against the Chinese claim
over Arunachal Pradesh.
Under its programme ‘Mission opinion” the union leaders today called on L.K Advani,
the leader of the opposition and apprised him about the deep agony and anguishes
over the Chinese repeated claim on Arunachal Pradesh. They also briefed him about
the abject under development of the state which, according to them, is one of the
main reasons for such unnecessary controversies.
While giving a patient hearing, Advani assured the AAPSU delegation that he would
take up necessary steps regarding the sensitive issue in the interest of the Nation
inside or outside the Parliament. AAPSU would also meet senior leaders of various
political parties of the country to morph up opinion, an union release said.
Karbak campaigns in Assam
ITANAGAR, Nov 06: All India Youth Congress General Secretary and North East incharge
Nyamar Karbak along with Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma, Assam Youth
Congress President Pijush Hazirika and Chief Co-ordinator of AAKS Jayanta Malla
Borwa has campaigned for by-election in Dhekiajuli legislative Assembly Constituency
in Assam and appealed people to vote for Congress.
Folk Dance Festival from Nov 9
ITANAGAR: The First Lady of Arunachal Pradesh Anupama Singh would inaugurate the
Folk Dance Festival-2009 at Art and Culture complex, Naharlagun on Nov 9 next.
The Sangeet Natak Academi, New Delhi and department of Art and Culture, Govt of Arunachal
Pradesh are jointly organizing this four-day festival beginning from Nov 9 in
order to preserve, promote and protect traditional folk dance and folk songs of the
people of the tribal state. 400 artistes from various districts of the state will
be performing their traditional folk dances, according to a department release.
K D Singh expresses gratefulness
ITANAGAR: State election commissioner KD Singh Friday extended his gratefulness to
everyone including Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, senior minister Jarbom Gamlin, MLA
Nabam Rebia, senior bureaucrats and cops for their sympathy and support at the time
of his deepest grief. Singh lost his octogenarian mother, Savitri Devi on Wednesday.
Her mortal remains were consigned to flames in Laluk crematorium Thursday in presence
of a host of Singh’s friends and well wishers.