KHONSA, Nov 25: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today allayed apprehensions over the supra-state
body for Nagas that may have serious implications on the territorial integrity of
Speaking as Chief Guest in the Chalo Loku celebrations at Khonsa today, Tuki made
it crystal clear that his government will oppose tooth and nail in case the Center
ever came up with the idea of a supra-state body for the Nagas.
He clarified that the state government has not received any communication from the
Center on any such move by the Union Home Ministry.
“With due respect to sentiments, I assure people that my government will not compromise
with the territorial integrity of the state nor spare even an inch of our land to
anybody,” he said.
But referring to the Union Home Minister’s clarification, Tuki expressed surprise
over news reports claiming the Center’s decision to go for a supra-state body for
Nagas and some sections seeking his stand on it.
He pointed that when there was no official communication received by the state government
over such a move and when Union Home Minister had himself denied any such move, there
was actually no reason for him to react.
Union Home minister P Chidambaram on November 19 had denied the report that the centre
was planning to offer a supra-state body as a solution to the peace talks with NSCN
(IM). He had clarified to Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh in a meeting at
North Block in New Delhi that the Home Ministry had no such arrangement for forming
the supra-state body for Nagas. (Media cell, CM)
National Weightlifting: Manipur emerge champion
Arunachal finish 2nd in Boys category
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: Manipur emerged champions in both Youth Boys and Girls category
at the 7th National Youth (Boys & Girls) Weightlifting Championships which concluded
here today. Arunachal Pradesh and Orissa were runners up in Boys and Girls category
Arunachal Pradesh finished the championship with 6 Gold, 7 Silver and 3 Bronze medals.
Madhya Pradesh topped the medal table in Youth Boys category with 5 Gold, 2 Silver
and 2 Bronze while West Bengal (WB) won highest medals (5-0-1) in Youth Girls category
The best lifter award in Boys category went to Neeraj Sharma of Delhi while the
award for Girls category went to Chandrika Tarafdar of WB. Neeraj also created national
record by lifting 130 kg in snatch, 154 kg in Clean & Jerk and 284 kg in Total Lift
in 77 kg category.
Most significantly, 17 new national records were created in the championships. Soram
Hitler Tagru of Arunachal Pradesh was the first to break an 8-year-old record by
lifting 101 kg in Snatch in 62 kg category. However, his record was too broken by
Achyutananda Sahoo of Orissa by lifting 102 kg on the same day. The other records
were created in 94 kg weight category in Snatch, Clean and Jerk and Total Lift.
However, the records created would be recognized by Indian Weightlifting Federation
(IWF) only after dope tests, said IWF general secretary Sahadev Yadav adding that
urine samples of all the athletes have been collected for it.
He, however, expressed, immense pleasure and satisfaction over the outstanding performance
of the athletes, which, according to him, were of international standards.
“I had never seen so many lifters performing so well in any national championships
before,” Yadav said.
Meanwhile, the technical committee comprised of several international referees (Rank-1)
and judges have highly praised the standard of the locally made weightlifting platform
which, according to them, matched with international standard.
It is worth mentioning here that the lifting Platform was made under the guidance
and direction of Arunachal Pradesh weightlifting team Coach Kumar Doka, also the
man behind the success of the Team Arunachal in the championship.
Student leaders visit eviction affected Sango village
“Eviction is violation of our right”
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: The members of All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU),
All Papum Poma Students Union (APPSU) and Tarasso Circle Youth Association today
visited Sango village where Assam officials carried out eviction drive two days ago.
The team was led by APPDSU General Secretary Teli Duli and vice president Nabam Tado.
The team met the victims and gathered information about the whole incident. They
distributed essential items like blankets and other household items to the affected
According to the victims, Assam forest officials along with Assam police, CRPF and
local citizens attacked them on November 22 morning at around 5 am when all of them
“They took away everything after destroying our houses. They say it is eviction
drive. But we are living inside Arunachal territory and border is around 9 km from
our village. So, this is violation of our right to live,” said Tok Yani, a villager
of Sango, whose house was also destroyed during the eviction. “The villagers are
living in absolute fear as the Assam officials, before leaving, have warned them
that they will come back again if they don’t leave the place,” they said.
“We demand immediate deployment of IRBn in the area. We have lost our properties
and our pride. It is painful to be driven out of your own home. We beg state government
to take note of our problem. We can’t live life like this. Both Assam and Arunachal
Governments should solve this boundary problem forever so that we can live in peace,”
said Yab Yakum, another village woman.
Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Civil Liberties Organization (APCLO) appealed to the
Government of Arunachal Pradesh to direct the Arunachal Standing Counsel Supreme
Court to file a contempt petition against the Assam Govt. for its alleged failure
to abide by the standing order of Supreme Court for the inter-state boundary issue.
It also appealed to the State Government to deploy para-military forces in all along
inter-state boundary in order to avoid such unnecessary harassment and to safeguard
the life and property of tribal people living in border areas.
While condemning the Assam Forest officials and Assam Police, CRPF for carrying out
the eviction drive at Sango and few other villages under Taraso circle without prior
notification, the Organization appealed to the State Government to announce compensation
to all the victims immediately.
Horticulture set to improve economic conditions: Sena
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: The newly appointed Minister for Horticulture Setong Sena held
an interactive meeting with the officers of the department just a day after assuming
the charge today.
While exhorting the officers for dedicated work, the minister said that the horticulture
sector in the state have tremendous potential for development of quality human resource
as horticulture can tremendously improve economic conditions of rural people and
unemployed youth in a very honourable manner. He said that ours is highly energetic
and ambitious tribal society and thus the officers of the department have high
responsibility in showing the people, especially youth, the dignified way of getting
economically well-off and to have better life, instead of drifting away towards anti-social
Acknowledging the huge potentiality of horticulture in the state, he said that the
sector needs a systematic development right from developing source of technical know-how
and high quality planting materials through research and development to proper marketing
of the surplus produces for greater benefits of farmers in the state. To accomplish
this, he underscores the need of strengthening the department in terms of enhanced
manpower, amenities and infrastructures which will be given a major priority and
asked the department to prepared detail project reports to be pursued with state
and central government.
He also urged the officers to work united and result oriented and also to have maximum
coordination with other institutes like ICAR, CAU and line departments on regular
basis through coordination meetings.
All the branch officers appraised the new minister about the various ongoing programmes
and future requirement.
Earlier, the Director Horticulture J Ratan, while welcoming the minister, highlighted
about the department and various other issues to be taken up on priority.
BJYM upset with govt inaction in granting permission
TAKSING, Nov 25: Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) expressed its strong resentment
over the inaction by the state government in granting administrative permission for
Indo-China border study team to reach Gora Camp and Asha Pela areas.
It said that the government restricted the team at Taksing and did not allow them
to go beyond.
It said that it is unbecoming and unfortunate that Arunachalees themselves are not
allowed in the border areas. The BJYM said that it had applied for the necessary
permission from the state administration but the decision it took was not communicated
either to the concerned district administration or agencies which it termed as discouraging.
It further said that decision of the state govt not to allow the team to visit the
area was partisan and petty.
The state BJYM team held a public meeting at Takshing today where the people welcomed
the efforts of carrying out the Indo-China border study programme. The meeting discussed
about the need of proper border management with the basic minimum civic and other
infrastructures besides special and proper inputs by the government with various
development packages, health and education facilities.
They also demanded the state government to plan such activities through the NCC and
Scout of the schools and colleges to let the younger generation know firsthand about
the state of border areas. They said mere press statements in Itanagar and Delhi
would not give any sense of solace and succor to the people in the border areas.
NE Writers’ Forum
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: Finance, Planning and PWD Minister Chowna Mein and Governor JJ
Singh have consented to attend as chief guest of the inaugural and valedictory function
while DGP Kanwaljit Deol and RGU Vice Chancellor Prof. David R. Syiemlieh as guest
of honor of the NE Writers’ Forum (NEWF) at Banquet Hall here on November 27 and
28 respectively. A group of 25 authors from different North East states will hold
the two-day literary sessions here celebrating the spirit of the NE as well creativity.
Along with poetry and prose reading sessions well known research scholars, like
Arup Kumar Dutta, NEWF president and author of The Brahmaputra (tracing the course
of the Tsangpo-Brahmaputra), Mitra Phukan, author of A Monsoon of Music (launched
recently by Zubaan-Penguin), Dhruba Hazarika - short story writer and novelist, Raghu
Leishangtham poet from Manipur, Prof. BC Baral, Pro-VC of the English & Foreign
Language University, Shillong along with Arunachal writers YD Thongchi, Bani Danggen
and Prof. Tamo Mibang will address questions on what it means to a writer to be a
writer - now that we know or have found the path - what is it like walking the path
- in the panel discussion: ‘The writer and the World.’
The best part is the enthusiasm of participants who want to come to Arunachal. Despite
the travails of long journeys delegates were keen enough to holding the event in
Pasighat by crossing the Brahmaputra from Dibrugarh. However, Itanagar was finally
selected as the venue in consideration of its easier access and being the capital-
its cosmopolitan aspect.
The response of everyone here with intimation of Matrix-2011 has been overwhelmingly
supportive. Like the dictionary meaning of the word this is a bonding of the imagination
for a world without boundaries.
In the film The Matrix there is a line that Morpheus (Lawrence Fishburne) tells Neo
(Keanu Reeves): ‘Sooner or later you’re going to find out that there’s a difference
between knowing the path and walking the path.’
The line was impressed NEWF vice president Mamang Dai and scripted the journey of
Matrix-2003, when the Forum responded to an idea and descended on Itanagar to talk
about literature and honor the Arunachal’s literary giant, late Lummer Dai and James
Dokhuma of Mizoram.
The NE Writers’ Forum (NEWF) was formed in 1997 comprising writers from the seven
NE states. The primary aim of the Forum is to promote creative writing and encourage
translation of various regional language books into English to promote the diversity,
complexity, richness and poignancy of the region through literature beyond borders.
People often ask ‘What is NE literature about? What is the contemporary literary
scenario?’ This is what MATRIX 2011 is about.
Tuki sanction funds as Chalo Loku gifts
KHONSA, Nov 25: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today announced funds for the Namsang-Khela
and KBJ roads and assured to sanction the amount soon. Much to the delight of the
people, he further said that Rs 30 cr have already been approved by the Centre for
Hukanjuri-Khonsa which will be sanctioned soon.
Tuki, while attending the 42nd Chalo Loku festival of the Noctes here this morning,
also said that survey on Trans-Arunachal-Highway has started and construction of
the ambitious road would begin shortly. He also assured provision of more funds for
Khonsa township roads besides assuring the people that the water supply project for
the district headquarters would be taken up soon.
On creating employment avenues for the youths of the district, Tuki said that the
police recruitment rally for Tirap and Changlang districts would be conducted soon.
Extending his warm greetings to the people on the festive occasion, the Chief Minister
said that festivals foster love, happiness and sense of unity among the people.
He exhorted the people, especially, the youths to zealously guard their rich and
varied traditional culture and preserve it for posterity.
He emphatically told the huge gathering of festival revelers that if ‘we fail to
preserve, protect and propagate our culture, the coming generation will not forgive
us’. Speaking about his government’s priority areas, the Chief Minister said that
he would accord special attention to education, health and road connectivity adding
his government would be transparent and people-friendly. Tuki said that his government
was fully alive to the problems of Tirap- Changlang and steps have been initiated
at various levels to effectively address the pressing problems of the two districts.
“Arunachal Pradesh could be a tourists’ paradise,” he said adding that steps have
been taken to start tourism industry in a big way.
While replying to the memorandum submitted by the Chiefs’ council, the Chief Minister
sanctioned Rs. 1 crore for construction of Rangsom Hum.
State Legislative Assembly Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong, host of the celebration, and
WRD Minister N Tingkhatra, also spoke on the occasion and greeted the people. Also
present on the occasion were Parliamentary Secretary, DoTC, Yumsen Matey, local MLA
K Lowang, former ministers T L Rajkumar and T Aboh and several other dignitaries
Colourful folk dances by cultural troupes from 6 villages enthralled the huge gathering.
The Chief Minister also released an audio CD sponsored by Litphiang Self Help Group
of Wasathong village.
Earlier, Techo Aran, the president of the committee, in his welcome address, highlighted
the significance of the day.
As a part of Chalo Loku celebrations, a cultural nite-cum-fashion show was held at
Khonsa on the November 23. The Chalo Loku was also celebrated at Deomali. DIPRO
Pema chalks out RWD agenda with officers
ITANAGAR Nov 25: Pema Khandu, Minister RWD & Tourism has started rolling the developmental
wagon by convening an introductory meeting with RWD Officers and Staff at Chief Engineer,
RWD’s office this morning.
The Officers of RWD led by Commissioner RWD Tape Bagra, Chief Engineer T Welly, CEO
Kago Tabiyo and Director (SLUB) P.C. Srivastava accorded a warm welcome to the Minister
in his maiden visit to RWD Office. The officers and staff assembled in conference
hall where SE (HQ) RS Sharma, CE T Welly and CEO Kago Tabiyo briefed the Ministers
of the Department’s ongoing works, including PMGSY and PM’s package for connectivity
in border block through a power point presentation.
Pema Khandu, in his address said that he was grateful to the Chief Minister Nabum
Tuki for allocating him RWD Department, which apart from being the pioneer engineering
department is a key department for ensuring rural connectivity. He ensured his full
co-operation in taking the Department to greater heights. He said that he will be
reviewing the field works of the department very soon. While stressing on seer performance
of the department, more particularly from field level officers, he ensured all attention
to personal grievances of the officers and staff in the line of their duty.
Before his arrival at Itanagar yesterday, Pema Khandu was on tour to Tawang with
Secy DoNER Jayati Chandra and Advisor Planning Commission of India Brahmochoudry.
Later he joined CM at Bomdila on 23rd in latter’s two days long tour to West Kameng
Politicians and officials answerable to people of the state: Tuki
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: In his first meeting with top bureaucrats, technocrats and Head
of Departments this evening in a packed Banquet Hall here, the Chief Minister stressed
on team-work and said that politicians and officials are responsible and answerable
to the 13-lakh people of the state.
Nabam Tuki beckoned top officials of the state government to guide, suggest, advice
and cooperate with him to run a people-friendly government efficiently and effectively.
“Our main aim now should be to make our people happy and prosperous. We should strive
to make them smile throughout their life,” he said while prioritizing welfare of
the people at the top of his agenda.
Tuki, who is about to complete his first month as Chief Minister, however, expressed
concern over the work-culture of government departments and officials. He advised
the officials to change their attitude towards the common people who come to their
offices for various purposes and cited complaints of irregular attendance, rough
behavior with visitors, irresponsive nature to issues, etc.
“We are all servants of the people in true sense. Let’s change our attitude towards
them. Even if we cannot give anything to them, at least we give them good response
and respect,” he observed.
The Chief Minister also expressed concern over the rampant leakage of revenue that
is seriously impacting the state exchequer. He pointed without resources a government
cannot function, therefore suggested brainstorming to evolve remedial measures to
plug the leak-points. Another concern he expressed was the reported misuse of the
important RTI Act by vested interest persons in the state. He sought suggestions
from the top officials to check rampant misuse of the all-important people-friendly
Act of the central government. He also suggested tightening of the belt in the protocol
department and called for strict adherence to protocol guidelines and ethics.
Rubbishing talks of big, small, major or minor departments, Tuki said that no government
department is big or small. He gave equal importance to all the departments of the
government and said that even if one department, supposedly considered small, does
not function well, over-all governance of the state will falter.
In order to bring in efficiency in all departments and at all levels, he suggested
proper training to officials and employees on skill development.
“It is because of lack of skill and proper training, the output of our departments
are not qualitative,” Tuki observed.
Touching on the sensitive law and order issue in the backdrop of recent spate of
violence in the state, the Chief Minister urged all to give it top priority. He suggested
proper planning and implementations of means to properly guide the youth force besides
bringing those misguided back to mainstream.
“We are all parents. We are equally responsible for misguidance of our youths. Its
time we wake up and guide our youths,” he said.
Earlier, Chief Secretary Tabom Bam, in his welcome address, assured full cooperation
to the new government under the leadership of Tuki on behalf of the officials and
employees of the state government.
The meeting was also attended by cabinet ministers Chowna Mein, N Tingkhatra and
Rajesh Tacho. (Media Cell, CM)
Brave youths miss chance due to administrative goof up
The brave youths who saved many lives after the Hanging bridge over Kameng River
in Seppa collapsed on Oct 29 were to be felicitated on the occasion of National Press
Day on 16 November last by Arunachal Press Club (APC) and Arunachal Pradesh Union
of Working Journalist (APUWJ). However the heroes who risked their own lives to save
others could not be felicitated because of bureaucratic hassles.
It may be added here that the Press fraternity of the state felicitated achievers
from all over the state to mark the Press day every year and it’s been a tradition
over the last few years.
Before going ahead with the felicitation, the district administration of East Kameng
was asked to officially confirm the great deed of the four youths namely Ashok Rang,
Bharat Rang, Takhyang Blange and Lohit Sangdo and recommend names of others too who
had come out to help the citizens in such trying times.
At the request of the press fraternity and to avoid goof up, a fax message on the
issue was sent to district administration by the department of IPR on 12 November
last, for official verification and confirmation before moving ahead with the felicitation
programe. Accordingly, DC East Kameng was also requested that names should reach
the IPR office by 14 November after due verification.
District Administration, however was not able to send recommendation on time compelling
APC, APUWJ to move ahead without felicitation of brave youths.
Interestingly, source close to Chief Minister Office revealed that the Chief Minister
himself was thrilled at the news that brave youths would be felicitated. It further
added that CMO received the names of the four youths but was waiting for official
confirmation. To everyone’s utter surprise the district administration was oblivious
about the letter.
When this daily contacted it on 17 November last, just day after National Press Day
to access the reason behind delay in sending the names, it feigned ignorance.
“I had no idea whether the office of the Director IPR had faxed a copy of letter
seeking official verification from district administration” said Hage Tadung ADC
Reacting against the delaying tactics of district administration, All Nyishi Students’
Union (ANSU) assistant general secretary Raja Dodum said, “It’s very unfortunate
to know that because of district administration’s apathy, brave youths have been
denied a chance to be felicitated”.
Gela Blange APPSU social service secretary while questioning the attitude of the
district administration said that it must promote and encourage brave youths so that
their act could become inspirational.
Questioning the administration’s failure to verify on time, John Hiffo, Convenor
of East Kameng Middle Zone Students Union (EKMZSU) who has been rigorously pursuing
the matter over the last week, said, “it’s shameful to say that district administration
has failed to provide lists of brave youths even after press fraternity wanted to
One of the four youths said that he was thrilled to know that his name was also
on the list only to be disappointed.
The common people really want to know the reasons why the administration was reluctant
to identify the heroes.
Education is a panacea to all ills: Gamlin
Silver Jubilee Celebration cum School up gradation
AALO, Nov 25: The Kombo Tarsu Mobuk people are celebrating the 25th year of existence
of its primary school which is up graded now as a middle school. The main function
of the week-long celebration from Nov 25 was graced by Jarkar Gamlin, Minister Transport
Addressing a big gathering, Gamlin said that education is a panacea to all ills that
plague our society and the primary school, beautifully located in the forest cover
away from all disturbances has produced many stalwarts and it has been upgraded to
Middle School to render continuous services to upcoming generations.
He further said that his area of responsibilities is not confined to his constituency
but entire state where his attentions are needed and appealed people of his constituency
to bear with the burden. Responding to public memorandum submitted on the occasion
pertaining to development of school playground, appointment of school chowkidar,
construction of teachers’ quarters and improvement of road leading to school, the
Minister assured to look into the problems.
Speaking as Guest of Honour, ZPM Liyir Lollen encouraged the teachers to keep up
all good precedents set in the past so that school grows into a model school in the
future. She urged students to follow the foot steps of alumni of the school.
The special Guest and Project Director state AIDS Control Board, Dr. Emi Rumi hailed
Kombo as the best and spacious place in the district for establishment any other
higher institutional establishments in the district. Expressing unhappiness at the
dwindling academic results and lack of competitiveness among the younger generation
among the galo tribe, he urged future generation to maintain healthy of the past.
Token Diyum, Organising secretary, Lige Diyum, HGB and others also spoke on the occasion.
The week-long celebration is marked by various cultural extravaganza, games and sports,
ponu display. The HoDs of the district and products of the school scattered in various
parts of the state were also present. DIPRO
Daporijo District Hospital set to get new facilities
Daporijo, Nov 25: Power and RD Minister Tanga Byaling today laid the foundation
stone of the new OPD, Operation Theatre (OT) and Casualty Building of District Hospital,
Daporijo, Upper Subansiri district at the district hospital complex here.
Speaking on the occasion, Byaling said that the hospital with good facilities and
latest equipments along with full manpower would be able to provide the best health
services to the people.
Stating that quality work and timely completion of projects go a long way in paving
path for future projects, Byaling requested the executing agency to maintain quality
of the work.
MLA Tapen Siga said that the extension/up gradation of the hospital was a good vision
saying that it would provide a better place and environment for the doctors, nurses
and other medical staff to work which in turn would improve the work culture.
DC A. Abhyankar also sated that the project was an ambitious and futuristic one which
would improve the health sector in the area.
DMO Dr.D. Bagra in his key note address informed the public about various activities
being undertaken for improvement of the hospital and the up gradation project undertaken
by M/s Kenge construction with an estimated cost of 10 crores in phase-one.
He also informed about opening of a GNM nursing school in the district hospital in
the near future. DIPRO
Scribe arrested in Dey murder case
Mumbai, Nov 25: A City journalist was arrested today by police in the sensational
murder case of senior Mid-day reporter J Dey following her alleged involvement in
telephonic conversation with underworld don Chhota Rajan.
Jigna Vora, attached with a leading English newspaper, was arresed early morning
from her residence in south-central Mumbai for allegedly providing information to
the don in connection with investigation in the Dey murder case.
Police believe that she allegedly had a nexus with the don.
She will be produced in the court later in the day for remand, sources said but declined
to divulge further details in the case. UNI
Dist Rural Sports Meet
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: The District Level Rural Sports Competition began at Hayuliang
general ground today.
Anjaw Zila chairperson B.K.Tega, who attended the opening ceremony as chief guest,
unfurled the game flag and declared the competition open.
ADC R.K Borthakur was the guest of honour of the function.
Organising committee chairperson C.S.Jeinow, DC Anjaw also addressed the gathering.
Anjaw District Sports Officer cum organizing secretary M Linggi said that the event
will provide an opportunity to many budding sportspersons to show their talents.
Malkham and band display were performed by the students of VKV Amliang. Various cultural
programmes were also performed by cultural troops from different places.
Sportspersons from all the four blocks of Anjaw viz. Manchal, Hayuliang-Goiliang,
Hawai-Walong and Chaglagam are participating in the Competition.
District level annual sports competition
ROING, Nov 25: The District Level Annual Sports Competition under Panchayat Yuva
Krida aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA), a centrally sponsored scheme organized by the Department
of Sports and Youth Affairs, Roing under the grant of Sports Authority of India (SAI)
began at General Play Ground here today.
Chiliko Meto, Zilla Chairperson while inaugurating the event exhorted the participants
to compete with the spirit of true sportmanship and discipline. Lauding the department
of Sports and Youth Affairs, he said that the PYKKA has provided a chance to search
hidden talent of sportsman right from the rural areas and urged the participant
to take full benefit by working hard with determination.
Citing example of local girl, Tine Mena, first woman everester from North East and
Ela Menjo, a local boy who represented National Team in a Karate Championship at
Colombo, he further said if one works hard with sincerity and determination, one
can reach the same feat like the duo in the field of sports as there is no dirt of
sportsman in the district. He also exhorted them to develop a sense of brotherhood
and affection with the fellow players during the competition.
Noni Molo, District Sports Officer informed that winners of the recently held Block
Level Competition from all six blocks of the district will compete with each other.
The winner of the District Level Competition will be sent for competition at state
level. While wishing all the teams to performed with their best, he also urged them
to play with utmost discipline.
The event will conclude on November 27 next.
Students carry out relief operation
TEZU, Nov 25: A relief operation for the fire victim was carried out at Tadumna village
of Chaglagam circle in Anjaw district by the newly elected executive members of the
All Mishmi Students Union (AMSU) of the Lohit and Anjaw districts.
The fire accident took place last week in the remote village where the victim Chili
Chiba’s house was completely reduced to ashes. Many other houses in the neighborhood
were also destroyed in the inferno.
The executive body led by AMSU President Sohalo Ngadong and Vice President Bachemso
Chiba reached the village on Monday after five hours of journey on foot.
They met the victims and expressed solidarity with the aggrieved family. They also
distributed kitchen utensils, 6 quintals of rice and 50 blankets to the fire victims.
About 17 members of the fire victim are now temporarily living in a makeshift camp
in the village.
AMSU President has appealed the district authorities to immediately provide relief
assistance and to adequately compensate the loss. The union thanked the Hayuliang
Bazaar Secretary Manyu for extending help and contribution to the fire victim.
TII to conduct seminar
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: Transparency International- India (TII) Arunachal Chapter Itanagar
would organize a seminar on good governance at Donyi-Polo Government College Kamki
West Siang District on 9th December next. Professors and civil society organizations
are expected to attend the seminar, a communiqué said.
Colony dev. meeting
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: The Upper Vivek Vihar Colony Welfare Society, in a meeting yesterday
discussed about various developmental issues and problems faced by the colony dwellers
and appealed to the authorities concerned to provide proper road connectivity, water
supply and electricity in the colony.
Concerns over PDS items scarcity
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: Expressing apprehension over the reported scarcity of public distribution
system (PDS) items in various FCI godowns across the state, Arunachal Pradesh Fair
Price Shop Dealers Welfare Association appealed to the state Chief Minister and Minister
Food and Civil Supplies to take suitable measures to assuage the current food crisis.
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: Arunachal Teachers Association (ATA) hoped that Education Minister
Bosiram Siram would fulfill the unfinished tasks of the education department initiated
during the reigns of Late Dorjee Khandu and Jarbom Gamlin. In a release ATA president
N.R Tam disclosed that the association would soon meet the Chief Minister to apprise
the grievances of the teachers for early redressal.
AEKDHWS to observe world disable day
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: All East Kameng District Handicapped Welfare Society (AEKDHWS)
would observe the world disable day on December 3 next at Seppa.
East Kameng deputy commissioner Tope Bam and District Medical Officer T. Gongo have
consented to attend the occasion as chief guest and guest of honour respectively.
Awareness campaign held
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: In an attempt for a pollution free environment, Bongleng Village
Development Society (BVDS) of Tawang district conducted awareness campaign at government
middle school Bongleng on the theme “save forest and save wildlife” on Wednesday
last. The campaign was sponsored by divisional Forest Office Tawang.
Govt urged to provide security
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: Expressing concern over reported extortions, encroachment and deforestation
activities at border areas of Seijosa, the 12th Pakke Kessang Youth Forum (PKYF)
urged the State Government to deploy sufficient security forces at Seijosa ADC headquarters
to properly maintain the law and order problems.
The Forum while opposing all kind of bandh by various organizations appealed to the
Chief Minister to strongly deal against bandh sponsor as people are completely fed
up of this kind of culture.
Forum asks Forum to go to court
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: Condemning the demand made by All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Forum
(AAPYF) seeking Governor’s intervention to remove Atum Welly from Tuki led government
for his alleged involvement in illegal appointments, 12th Pakke- Kessang Youth Forum
today asked AAPYF to go to the court of law if it has enough evidence against minister,
rather than indulge in press release to tarnish Welly’s image.
The Forum further asked AAPYF to let the court take its own course of action since
the matter is pending with the court. It, however, said would support any noble
cause raised by AAPYF. Meanwhile East Kameng Civil Society threatened to file FIR
against any persons or association who are unnecessarily trying to malign image of
the minister without evidence.
Solve boundary issue: ANSU, ANYA
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) appealed to the Assam and Arunachal
governments to solve the boundary problem for once and all.
It further called on the Assam and Arunachal Pradesh to construct boundary walls
at all sensitive border areas to avoid eviction.
It further called on the govt of Arunachal Pradesh to come up with separate budget
for the borders areas development in coming financial year to develop the infrastructure
of borders areas . It further said that Borders areas development fund (BADF) should
be sanctioned every year for the speedy development of borders areas.
All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) condemned the alleged eviction drive reportedly
conducted by Borgang Forest Department of Assam at Taraso circle in Papumpare district.
Endorsing All Papumpare Students’ Union demand for returning the belongings to villagers
allegedly looted by Police during eviction, ANYA expressed its solidarity with APPDSU.
Parents’ cum Cultural Day
BORDUMSA, Nov’ 25: Don Bosco Galenja, Bordumsa celebrated Parents’ Day on Friday.
Kento Riba, ADC Bordumsa, who attended the occasion as chief guest, told the parents
to visit the school more often.
“You must come to the school to learn about your children from the concern authorities,”
the chief guest told the parents, who came for the celebrations.
Other guests included Captain Aswani Singh Rana of the 8 Garhwal Rifles, local leaders
and several members of the local administration.
The public leaders applauded Fr. Theophil SDB and Fr.Michael SDB for bringing the
Don Bosco institution to Bordumsa.
103 LPG cylinders seized
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: Two teams from general administration of Lower Subansiri district
seized 103 LPG cylinders from various hotels and restaurants at Hapoli and Old Ziro
They seized 67 cylinders from Hapoli and 36 from Old Ziro during the surprise checking
which was conducted simultaneously at both the places following artificial shortage
of refilled LPG cylinder in the district headquarters.
Seminar on capacity building
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: A daylong seminar on “Capacity Building on effective use consultancy
service” was held in the SIRD conference hall on Nov 24 with participation of senior
govt officials from different departments, PSUs, Banks and Khadi commission.
The programme was organized by North Eastern Industrial & Technical Consultancy Org
Ltd under the sponsorship of Consultancy Development Centre, an autonomous society
of Department of Scientific & Industrial Research, Ministry of Science & Technology,
Govt of India, New Delhi. The objective of the seminar was to build the capacity
of decision making officials on selection, appointment and monitoring of different
kind of consultants under the General Financial Rule 2005of Govt of India.
ASM chairperson replaced
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: Present ASM Chairperson of Palin Anchal Block Dugi Depung has been
replaced by Toku Manju, ASM of Yaglung, according to a release issued by Palin CO
cum Member Secretary, Palin Anchal Samity Block.
Quami Ekta Divas
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: All India Quami Ekta Committee (AIQEC) today observed Quami Ekta
Divas in a befitting manner. Speaking on the occasion as chief guest, Dr. T. Padu
Joint Director of Higher Education called upon the committee to work for the cause
of national integration.
Further Padu gave away prizes to the winners of the essay competition in which Nyamlop
Taiju won the first prize and Boria Sarah and Jyoti Eyum came second and third respectively.
Achievers and students felicitated
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: On its foundation day cum felicitation programe, Nyishi Students
Union Rajv Gandhi University (NSURGU) today felicitated Nangram Toglik for being
promoted to Assistant Registrar, Jimmy Camdir Tok and Chuku Taba for their appointment
as Assistant Professors, Dr. Nabam Naka Hina and Dr. Hui Tag for receiving PhD and
Likha Eicher and Taba Billow for clearing National Eligibility Test (NET) at Rono
Hills campus here. Meanwhile in another Foundation cum felicitation programe held
on 18 November last, Leyu Welfare Society of Upper Subansiri district felicitated
the CBSE/AISSE toppers of its clan. Among them Damru Jeram and Kampa Riku Nilling
of Science and Yajum Battak of humanity of Class XII and Yarak Kurdu, Debom Nilling
and Ajay Sikar of Class X were felicitated.
ITANAGAR, Nov 25: The regular service of APSTS bus will continue from Bana to Tezpur
& Itanagar (night service) as per earlier schedule. A bus is linking up on transshipment
to the block point at Bana from Seppa twice a day. The APST bus service was interrupted
due to barricade fitted at Bana bridge point by GREF to avoid crossing heavy vehicle,
said Seppa station superintendent (STS) N. Songthing.
NCP angry at Pawar assault
ITANAGAR: The NCP Arunachal Pradesh State Unit while reacting to the assault on
Union Minister for Agriculture Sharad Pawar called on UPA chief Sonia Gandhi to
take action. It further suggested that in case of failure by the UPA to act, NCP
should withdraw from the UPA. The NCP of Arunachal Pradesh State unit further called
for CBI enquiry over the motive. It further said that NCP cannot be held responsible
for price hike.
Fire at GHSS Koloriang
Koloriang: At least 12 rooms of boys’ hostel of government higher secondary school
Koloriang in Kurung Kumey district were reportedly gutted down, when a fire broke
out on Thursday late night. Confirming the incident Koloriang Police Station officer
in charge SI N. Norbu informed this daily over the phone here this evening that fire
broke out around 2.00 am from a hostel room.
The OC further informed that the reason of fire is still to be ascertained. He added
that according to preliminary investigation belongings of students including documents
were completely reduced to ashes. “Investigation is on and very soon we will come
up with report,” the OC said.
Meanwhile All Kurung Kumey District Students Union and Kurung Kumey Collegian Coordination
Committee Dera Natung Government College appealed to the state government to provide
immediate relief to the victims of the inferno and allocate fund to construct new
Arunachal Pradesh Rural Development Department Employee's Association and All India
DRDA Employee's Association, Arunachal Pradesh Unit condemn the wild allegation leveled
against Minister Tanga Byaling in the Reader's Forum of the Arunachal Times on Nov
25 under the heading Spare us.
Associations clarify that the staffing structure; post-wise eligibility criteria,
recruitment procedures and other personnel policies of DRDAs are prescribed by Govt
of India, in which the Minister (RD) cannot have an influence anyway. Secondly, the
on-going salary crisis in DRDAs is due to the State Govt's continuous ignorance of
its liability towards sharing the salary fund in tune to the laid down guidelines
and not due to the fault of any individual, including Byaling or other former Minister
As far as the popularity of Byaling among of the employees of RD Department/DRDAs
is concerned, the Associations welcome the letter writer to take a vote without any
fear to check the reality.
The Associations further urge the writer not take up the issue of RD/DRDA employees.
General Secretary (APRDDEA)
( Tassar Daba ),
President, State Unit (AIDRDASWA)
LPG crisis in Tezu
I would to draw the attention of the concern authority towards the terrible crises
of LPG at Tezu and the manifold sufferings the public and students has to endure
due to it.
People of Tezu are facing acute shortage of LPG since last many months. Even after
we are issued a coupon, we have to wait for at least one to two months to get our
cylinder refilled. Many are bound to refill it after paying Rs.700 in nearby small
towns of Assam. Recently I came to know from a reliable source that the cylinders
are being sold in black market at the rate of Rs. 1400 per cylinder.
The Manpoong Gas Agency, the lone agency in the Headquarter is not giving service
people desrves. The entire populations of Tezu are victimized due to this, not to
mention the many college students coming from distant places and staying at rented
Local Administration was made aware of it long before but they have remained just
a mute spectator, thus encouraging the atrocities on the people by the suppliers.
The local MLA has also so far taken no steps whatsoever to address the need of the
people regarding this matter. The problem faced by the people have not yet come to
the notice of the Administration.
I request Parliamentary Secretary PHED and MLA Karikho Kri to look into the matter
and attend to the need of Tezu area.
Tangkheso Tamai, GPM, Tezu Circle Lohit District, (A.P)
We urge Education Minister to release enhanced salary of SSA teachers and arrear
of 6 months that was announced during Gamlin reign and bring lots more development
in education department.
Long leave DC and SP
The administration of Daporijo town is not showing any interest towards the people.
Moreover, law and order is deteriorating. The citizen are left to themselves at the
mercy of god. DC office is only meant for getting routine licence/certificate. Police
Station is only meant for receiving complaint letter but no action. Administration
and policing is at its lowest ebb in the history of Upper Subansiri. Both the DC
and SP are competing with each other in taking long leave. Common people are compelled
to cough out their hard earned money by the various organisation specially the student
union. The Housie and Dice are rampant in various quarter/colony. Student union is
allowed to call a bandh on petty issue. Our DC and SP are busy taking leave. No action
against govt quarter encroachment since both are on leave!
Vivek , Daporijo
Don’t confine sittings to Itanagar
Through your daily I would like to appeal the Arunachal Literary Society to organise
their sittings in other parts of the state too, not just in Itanagar. There are talents
unexplored in many parts. Organising seminars and literary sittings in other parts,
at least in district HQ would help others who can't make out time for Itanagar sittings.
Confining the sittings in only Itanagar would turn the literary sittings to gatherings
of coteries and cliques.
Further appeal is, please bestow awards and recognitions on personalities who contributes
or contributed to the growth of art and culture mostly and not to any xyz person,
no matter how rich or influential he/she was/is politically.
Future of East Kameng
I would like to throw a light on future of East Kameng district.
Now a days the future of East Kameng is in danger due to presence of some selfish
and greedy local public leaders and mindless local officers who never ever think
of future of the district. All they want is only money, power and fame at any cost.
We are witnessing in our own district the dilapidated road condition, low literacy
rate, shortage of medical facilities, BSNL network problems, regular absence of officers
of various departments from their respective posting place, illegal government land
encroachment by government employee, collapse of hanging bridge over Kameng river.
I would like to know who is the more responsible for it. Who will be brave enough
to bear the responsibility and bring smiles on the face of thousands of the people
in one of the most backward district of Arunachal Pradesh? To me, firstly our own
local public need to change their negative mindset and start to think of the development
of their own district instead of being mute spectators.
Secondly state of affairs clearly reflects the incapable past and present MLAs and
their mismanagement. In fact I am personally discouraged in this regards. I do hope
elected leaders could take us to the new path of development.
Wake up from deep slumbers and raise a strong voice against corrupted politicians
and local officers who have failed to deliver.
Tang Dada (on email)
Hindi is not a deterrent
This is in response to the letter 'don't impose Hindi' by Diganta Sonowal in your
daily on Nov 23.
I appreciate his personal ideas for his Assam to take away Hindi from all Assamese
schools. How helpful it would be to all Assamese in future, it is for them to decide.
But as he took the reference and comparision of our Arunachal Pradesh, let me tell
him outright that Hindi is not swallowing our tribal languages at all. If he thinks
so, then its his wrong perception about us. Rather, Hindi is giving us an extra advantage
both at home state and in mainland. Our Arunachal is a home of 28 plus tribes and
sub-tribes whose languages differ from one another. Due to unavailability of a common
language for intra-tribal communications, we naturally opted for Hindi as medium
which is like a two hunt by single arrow. Speaking Hindi doesn't at all mean we have
buried our own native tribal languages. We do speak & do love it more than any other,
but at the same time we do also know the importance of Hindi at national level like
we cannot ignore the importance of English in international level.
Before making English & Hindi as medium in schools, Assamese was the medium. Literary
personalities of our state like present APLS Chairman Y D Thongchi and Lt. Lummer
Dai are some examples of those Assamese medium.
We are ever grateful to those visinary personalities of our state who brought English
and Hindi in our schools during 70s. Otherwise, we would also have been facing problems
in communication at markets, journeys & educational institutions etc like fellow
Assamese & Tamil brethren faces when they moves out in other state.
Arunachalese have clear advantage than our fellow North-Easterner at all front because
of English, Hindi and Assamese.
Today, American & Chinese are also keen on learning Hindi knowing its future importance.
Then why should we shy away being an Indian. The only thing is that, Hindi shouldn't
come at the cost of our native language.
If denouncing Hindi means a certificate to get separated from India, than it would
be something else!! So, I won't say, let Assamese be used only at Assam & Nagaland
like Diganta said of Hindi be at UP & Bihar. Even those people too speaks their own
native languages when they are with their own people. We must not forget that India
is a multi-linguistic country, only one could be made national language.
Mebo, (on email)
Equal chance to succeed
I would like to express my dismay over the letter published on Readers Forum' by
someone named David on Nov 22.
Present APPCS main syllabus is almost similar to UPSC, and its approach is as holistic
as UPSC syllabus.
In the present syllabus, commission has integrated or covered as many data as required
to make an efficient civil servant.
Regarding the pattern of CSAT, broadness of mind can be evaluated through present
pattern of selection mode, its not necessary for numerical abilities in a rooted
level for a civil servant whereas it has already envisaged aptitudes test in the
form of statistics.
CSAT pattern adversely hampers the Arts students who have no career option, indeed
this is the last resort of career for the Arts background.
Here both Arts and Science background students have equal chance to succeed.
Therefore, present syllabus is sufficient enough to select a good administrator and
we don't need any change.
All email and surface mails must be accompanied with contact numbers and full postal
address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.
Elimination of Violence Against Women
On December 17, 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November
as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The UN invited
governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities designated
to raise public awareness of the problem on this day as an international observance.
This date came from the brutal assassination in 1960 of the three Mirabel sisters
political activists in the Dominican Republic , on orders of Dominican dictator
Incidences of violence against women are not isolated or sporadic, but a daily occurrence
in almost every part of the world. Women are subjected to various forms of violence
in private and public domains even today which includes sexual assault.
From social and cultural norms to ineffective legal procedures, women are thwarted
at every turn as they attempt to complain against their abuse, seek punishment of
those responsible and improve their own circumstances. While the denial of justice
is a fundamental human rights violation, it is also key in perpetuating the cycle
of violence, as the perpetrators remain free to continue their abusive behaviour.
Regardless of whom they are complaining against, it is disturbingly common for women
victims to be subjected to further abuse and harassment for filing complaints. They
must also deal with social stigmas and obstacles. As a result, women tend to remain
silent regarding the violence against them.
The social stigma surrounding domestic violence is the biggest obstacle for women
to complain against it. Many cases show that police and other public officials urge
women to resolve the issue at home, rather than making a complaint to obtain legal
In order to ensure justice for victims, it is essential to provide them with protection
and counseling, as part of the remedies available.
The incidents of violence against women are directly related to the wider society’s
understanding of women and the level of respect they are accorded.