ITANAGAR, Nov 24: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma and Chief
Minister Nabam Tuki have extended sincere greetings to the people of the state, particularly
to the Nocte community, on the auspicious occasion of Chalo Loku Festival. He expressed
his hope that the festival of the Nocte community will usher-in peace, harmony and
prosperity for all.
In his message, the Governor wished that the community leaders and youth continue
to preserve it for generations to come. Governor offered prayers to almighty Rang
for peace and socio-economic wellbeing of all on the auspicious occasion.
In his message, Tuki hoped the celebration would strengthen the emotional integration
and foster the feelings of brotherhood and mutual understanding amongst the people
of the state besides bringing prosperity, happiness and tranquility in the society.
He appealed the elite elders to guide the young to preserve and showcase the rich
tradition and culture of community.
Pawar to lay foundation stone of College of Agriculture at Pasighat
PASIGHAT, Nov 24: Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar will lay the foundation
stone of College of Agriculture (Under agriculture University, Imphal) at GTC, near
JN College, Pasighat on November 26.
He would also inaugurate a “Kishan Mela” at Horticulture College Complex, Pasighat
on the same day.
Severe malaria, jaundice outbreak in Longding
KHONSA, Nov 24: Spread of malaria and jaundice in epidemic form has been reported
in many villages of upper Wancho belt of Longding district. According to DIPRO reports,
the diseases have reportedly claimed many lives so far.
Local MLA Thangwang Wangam said that the situation was alarming as new cases are
being reported everyday. Though all the health workers have been pressed into service
there was no respite from the diseases, he informed, and appealed to the state government
to send more medicines to contain the diseases from further spreading. He is camping
at Longding and closely monitoring the situation. DIPRO
Protest rally to demand justice for Bomjen
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: Continuing its fight to put behind bars all the culprits involved
in the brutal murder of Bomjen Gapak, the family members and relatives are organizing
a protest rally here on November 26.
Bomjen was gruesomely murdered by a group of youths on the intervening night of May
26-27 at Legi Complex here. So far, only one alleged accused has been arrested in
connection with the murder case, who has reportedly admitted his involvement in the
Calling upon everyone to join in the protest rally, father of the deceased Tabom
Gapak said, “I would like to appeal all the well wishers, intellectuals, NGOs and
student organizations to participate in the protest rally and make this movement
a strong one. Let us ensure that such incidents do not occur again.”
Meanwhile, Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) has demanded immediate arrest of all the
remaining accused in Bomjen Gapak murder case.
While appreciating the Itanagar police for cracking the case within very short period,
the ACS also demanded exemplary punishment of the culprits.
Food crisis looms large at Seppa
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: The fear of an impending food crisis loomed large at Seppa in
East Kameng due to delay in posting of a depot in-charge at FSD Seppa, informed All
East Kameng Fair Price Shop Welfare Association, in a release today.
According to the release, the BPL and AAY beneficiaries were the worse affected as
they can not afford to buy ration from private shops.
The association also alleged non receipt of their monthly quota of iodized salts
for public distribution. It appealed to the authority concerned to look into the
Social service held
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: All East Kameng Capital Complex Students’ Welfare Association (AEKCCSWA)
organized a social service to clean the Dera Natung Government College Itanagar premises
here. The members filled up potholes and repaired damaged road from the college gate
to Tai Bida Boys and Nyari Welly Girls Hostel. Hundreds of students took part in
the social service.
Assault on JE condemned
ITANAGAR, Nov 23: Arunachal Pradesh Junior Engineers Welfare Association (APJEWA)
has strongly condemned the physical attack on one of its members Dony Mugli, JE (C)
PWD at Nacho on November 13 last and demanded immediate arrest of the assaulters.
According to APJEWA, the case was reported to Police Station, Nacho but no arrest
has been made so far. The AJEWA’s district unit also submitted a memorandum to the
DC and SP of Upper Subansiri demanding immediate arrest of the culprits; but they
did not take any initiative to arrest the assaulters, the release alleged.
According to the association, the JE was brutally assaulted when he refused to prepare
bill without work order.
Meanwhile, the central executive body of APJEWA, in an emergency meeting here today,
urged the Chief Secretary and Director General Police, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh,
to intervene the matter and direct the Upper Subansiri DCand SP to arrest the culprits
at the earliest failing which the APJEWA threatened to launch series of state wide
Arunachal is nation’s sentinel of the east: Tuki
Govt to set-up Martyrs’ Memorial in Itanagar
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: Arunachal Pradesh is the nation's “sentinel of the east”, and its
people are patriotic and “jealously guarding the territorial integrity of the country”,
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said today.
“Sitting on the lap of the Himalayas, we are the first to resist any force against
India. If any enemy eyes India through North East, Arunachal Pradesh will stand against
it first, like in the 1962 Sino-India war,” he told the valedictory programme of
the three-day 'Sarhad ko Swaranjali' organized by North East unit of Sansakar Bharati
at Indira Gandhi Park here.
Tuki announced that the Government would set-up a Martyrs’ Memorial in the state
capital Itanagar in memory of those soldiers killed while fighting the invading Chinese
army in 1962. He said Itanagar, which was established as the state capital after
1962, owes its respect to the Martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the sovereignty
of the country and territorial integrity of Arunachal Pradesh.
Tuki paid rich tributes to the martyrs of the 1962 war and acknowledged the exemplary
services rendered by the Indian soldiers along the international boundaries that
the state shares with neighboring countries. He remembered martyr Jaswant Singh Rawat,
hero of the Indo-China war, as a true son of the soil and said Arunachal Pradesh
as well as the whole country will always remain grateful for his ultimate sacrifice.
Felicitating wheel-chair bound Leela Devi, 94- year-old mother of martyr Jaswant
Singh, who came all the way from Dehradun to attend the programme as the Chief Guest,
Tuki expressed gratefulness on behalf of the people of the state.
“Your setting foot on the soil of Arunachal Pradesh has furthered the sanctity of
the land of the dawnlit-mountains, where your brave son laid down his life fighting
the enemy. I salute the mother, who sacrificed her beloved son for this land,” he
Citing his visits to remote army locations and forward-posts, the Chief Minister
acknowledged the hardships being faced by officers and soldiers of the Indian Army
in the line of duty. He reiterated his assurance that the state government and people
of Arunachal Pradesh will always support the soldiers whenever called for.
Heaping praises on Sanskar Bharati, he said patriotism of the people of North East,
particularly Arunachal Pradesh, is unfathomable and through this programme this will
be now acknowledged by the entire country.
“The need of the hour is to awaken the patriotism in us and reiterate our duties
towards our motherland. I appreciate the novel endeavour of the organizers,” he added.
Among those honoured on the occasion were Tagom Taki from Beging village in East
Siang district who served as SSB constable and died on March 30, 2002 during an attack
on Raghunath Mandir temple in Jammu, Kriti Chakra awardee Lance Naik Tape Yajo from
Aalo and jawan Pate Tasuk from Kurung Kumey, both of whom died in action along the
At least 100 veterans and families of martyrs of the 1962 Sino-India war hailing
from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Bihar, West Bengal and Assam
participated in the programme.
Also present during the programme were 1962 war-veteran Lt Gen (Retd) V M Patil,
actor Mukesh Khanna of Shaktiman-fame, Dabang-2 writer Dilip Shukla, renowned artistes
from across the country and others.
The programme was marked by colourful cultural programmes by participants from the
North Eastern states and school children and a soulful rendition of the ‘Ae Mere
Watan Ke Logon’ by Lata Mangeshkar. (With inputs from PTI)
Governor pays homage to martyrs
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: Terming martyrdom as the "ultimate" form of patriotism, Arunachal
Pradesh Governor Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma today said paying homage to such brave
sons was the "highest" form of worship.
“The nation can never repay them for their deeds. It is an act which is well beyond
the confines of religion and politics,” he said while felicitating the families of
martyrs at Raj Bhawan here, official sources said.
Leela Devi, mother of Late Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat, Maha Vir Chakra, Yape Yajo,
mother of Late NK Tape Yajo, Kriti Chakra, Pate Yayir, mother of Late Lance Naik
Pate Tasuk, Sena Medal, Tabit Tapak, relative of SSB Constable Late Tagom Taki along
with other family members were present on the occasion.
Sharing his experience, the governor said, “Having been a soldier and worn the uniform
for 40 years, I know that a soldier fights for his country irrespective of his religion,
caste and community. I am often asked as to why does a soldier (during war) walk
into a situation of certain death? What makes him do this act”?
“Having seen this from close quarters, I consider it to be a determination to achieve
the goal and defend the motherland. The man in him urges him to go on and on and
the nation must recognize it. We are indeed proud of our armed forces and men in
uniform who truly symbolise the spirit of secularism and patriotism,” he added. First
Lady of the State Jyotsna Sharma, Chief Secretary Dr. HK Paliwal, Development Commissioner
Ramesh Negi, Lt. Gen (Retd) V.M. Patil, Officiating Sub Maj, 11 Garhwal Regiment,
Naib Subedar Yespal, representing Garhwal Regiment to which Maha Vir Chakra Rifleman
Jaswant Singh Rawat belongs to, President, Ex-Servicemen Association (Arunachal Pradesh),
Hony Captain Lobsang Monpa, among other who were present on the occasion.
Hura Monu wins Mr. Arunachal title
By Staff Reporter
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: Hura Monu, 34, of Capital F Point Gym, won the first ever Mr Arunachal
Bodybuilding Competition (60 kg category) at the IMC building here on Saturday evening.
Tenzing Dhondup (from the same gym), Kabak Tanang (Victoria gym), Rup Boruah (Capital
gym) and Ravi Panikar and Sanjay Biswas (National gym) came second, third, fourth,
fifth and sixth respectively.
Lok Sabha member Takam Sanjay, who earlier declared the event open, in his address
said Arunachal is a young and undiscovered state in the fields of the games and sports.
“But lately, our boys and girls are making progress in games and sports, especially
weightlifting, badminton, archery and karate,” he said.
Making special mention of ace shuttler Laa Talar and his younger sibling Laa Takum
(who recently won the national sub-junior doubles title), Sanjoy said that the people
of the state are proud of them and that the government is behind them.
“Our state still needs to excel in football and cricket and the government has already
undertaken various steps in this direction,” he said. “Bodybuilding is completely
a new thing for the people of our state and I am hopeful that one day our boys are
going to excel in this field also.” Indian Body Building federation (IBBF) chairman
Karan while encouraging the state’s bodybuilders stressed on the need of quality
equipments for their training, and urged the GoAP to reduce the custom duties on
sports equipments as most such equipments are imported from other countries.
Saying that bodybuilding can transform a one’s personality, he cited the example
of A Bobby Singh of Manipur, who won the Mr World title three times, Mr Asia title
once, and Mr India title 11 times.
Bodybuilders from various gyms in the state as well Assam, Manipur, Tripura, Jharkhand,
Chhattisgarh and Sikkim took part in the competition.
The Mr Arunachal competition was organized alongside the 5th Mr Eastern India Bodybuilding
Competition (65 and 65+ categories).
Pradip Borah (Capital gym) and Mintu Hussain (National gym) stood first and second
in the 65 kg category, while Mamuson Ishaque Goney (Capital gym) and Nishu Konia
(Victoria gym) won the top two prizes in the 65+ category.
The spectators were also treated to a muscle-flexing presentation by A Bobby Singh
performing to the AR Rehman song ‘Jai Ho’.
The event was organised by the Arunachal Weightlifting Association led by its president
Abraham K Techi and the Arunachal Bodybuilding Association led by its secretary Daniel
Teli, and supported by TK Engineering Construction Pvt Ltd, Kirloskar dealer M/s
JH Powerline and Nigla Nissan Automobile Pvt Ltd in association with Growmore media
house and media partner the Arunachal Front.
President to attend RGU’s XIIth Convocation on Nov 30
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: Spirits are running quite high in the heart of the instituteof
highest learning in the state, with the Visitor of the University President Pranab
Mukherjee paying a maiden visit to the campus for its XIIth Convocation scheduled
on November 30. The President will also deliver the Convocation Address. The Convocation
is slated to be a landmark event in RGU’s history.
In addition to the President, the Chief Rector of the University Governor of Arunachal
Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd.) Nirbhay Sharma too will be present.
Adding another first to the list, the Convocation will also have the presence of
Arunachal Chief Minister Nabam Tuki who will be the guest of honour and also address
the august gathering. Air Marshall (Rtd.) Pranab Kumar Barbora, the Chancellor of
the University will preside over the function. This edition of the Convocation will
confer degrees for the last two academic sessions of 2011-12 and 2012-13. A total
of 1158 degree holders, out of the total of 6288 graduates in BA, B.Com, B.Sc.,BCA,
B.Ed., BALLB, LLB and BHMS and 831 post graduates comprising of MA, M.Com, M.Sc.,
MBA, M.Tech will be conferred degree certificates in person and in absentia during
the important academic event of the university. In addition to this, 70 M.Phil. degrees
and 49 PhDs will be conferred on this day.
A key part of the proceedings will be the award of the Chancellor’s Gold Medals to
Cristina Gammeng, M.Sc (Maths) and Taja Yaying, M.Sc (Maths) for being the University
postgraduate toppers in the two successive academic sessions. Sushant Saurabh Jha,
B.Sc (Physics) from Dera Natung Govt College and Botem Moyong, B.Sc (Maths) from
Jawaharlal Nehru College will be awarded the Vice-Chancellors gold medal for topping
the undergraduate courses. 63 individual toppers in each subject will also be awarded
The highlight of the event will be the solemn yet grand Convocation procession in
which, in addition to the dignitaries, members of the University Court, the Executive
Council, the Academic Council as well as the Deans of Faculties along with the Controller
of Examinations and Registrar will take part.
Vice-Chancellor Tamo Mibang, who is personally supervising the preparations, expressed
confidence that with detailed preparations being made by the various Committees,
the event will surely become yet another accomplishment for the University. “The
cooperation and support we are getting from the State government, the security agencies
and the State police is highly encouraging and appreciable…the Chief Minister himself
was here to oversee preparations. We are confident of the event being a grand success.”
He also informed that a dress rehearsal for the event is scheduled on 29 November
so that each person is able to understand his or her role in the function. “The convocation
being a very formal occasion, we have to ensure that everything is well worked out
in advance”, he said.
Preparations are underway on a war footing in the campus to ensure that this first
ever visit by the University’s Visitor is a memorable one.
Adopt modern scientific fish farming techniques: Sena
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Minister
Setong Sena urged the fish farming community of the state to adopt modern scientific
technologies to achieve the goal of self-sufficiency in fish production.
Attending the valedictory function of the just concluded maiden ‘Meen Mahotsav’ here,
Sena exhorted the farmers of the state to make best use of the tips and scientific
methods, which they have acquired during the Mahotsav, in the day to day management
of their fish farms and ponds to achieve the goal of self- sufficiency in fish production.
He impressed upon the farmers and the general public to protect widespread degradation
of aquatic ecosystems, destruction of fish breeding grounds and conserve fish biodiversity
in the natural open water to maintain fish stocking densities. He also advocated
for banning all forms of illegal fishing and appealed to all to refrain from fishing
during breeding season.
He also stressed the need for organizing such fish melas/ mahotsav in other districts
also for the benefit of fish farmers from far-flung areas.
Fisheries Minister Rajesh Tacho assured the farmers of all possible help and support
from the department and urged them to maintain coordination with the department.
The minister duo also distributed certificates and mementoes to all the participants
and participating organization. Over 300 fish farmers from all the 17 districts beside
other state and central organizations, entrepreneurs from within and outside the
state took part in the Mahotsav.
ASEAN, business leaders pledge support for growth of North East
DIBRUGARH, Nov 24: Representatives from Southeast Asian nations and business leaders
of the country have pledged to contribute substantially for the socio-economic growth
of the North East region at a two-day North East Business Summit here.
Dato Paduka Haji Sidek Ali, the High Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam and chairman
of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), New Delhi Committee, said
in his valedictory speech that only connectivity could bolster the trade and commerce
activities in the region by giving easy access to market, investments and tourism
potential of the region.
During the concluding session, Cambodia Secretary of State Tith Chantha called for
improving relationship by promoting particularly the tourism sector for mutual benefit
The Summit was organised under the aegis of the Union DoNER Ministry and Indian Chamber
of Commerce (ICC) at Dibrugarh University with the valedictory programme had the
theme “Building bridges with South East Asia”.
Lim Thuan Kuan, High Commissioner from Singapore stressed on the importance of knowing
how to implement projects.
Siaosavath Saveng-suka, Vice Minister of Industry and Commerce of Lao People’s Democratic
Republic (PDR) said that ASEAN master plans and dreams can be realised only when
there was direct link between India and Lao, Vietnam, Singapore and other South East
Asia via Myanmar and Thailand.
The Summit Chairman and Union DoNER Minister Paban Singh Ghatowar said that the central
government was working with the governments of Myanmar and Thailand for fast implementation
of the Trilateral Highway Project to improve connectivity so as to boost trade and
investments among the countries. Arunachal Pradesh Industries Minister Tapang Taloh
lauded the initiative undertaken by the Indian Chamber of Commerce and hoped that
the summit will help promot the brand entity of the NER and increase investment.
To witness the desired level of economic development of the region, concerted efforts
should be made by the state and Central Government, suggested Taloh.
The state of Arunachal Pradesh has sufficient power generation facility and is upgrading
its present infrastructure which is expected to create surplus power by 2015. He
said that infrastructure development is an issue of topmost priority for the State
Government. The Government has laid planes and proposals to develop the existing
infrastructure with an objective of enhancing trade and commerce with the South East
counties and ASEAN. Some of the projects include development of Greenfield Airports
and development of highways connecting the state with the neighbouring country. Since
agriculture sector has immense potential in the state, development of food processing
technologies and food parks are planned by the concerned Ministry.
He welcomed the industrialists to invest in these sectors and help in developing
the socio-economic condition thereat. The state Government has even undertaken the
Industrial Policy in 2008 with an aim of attracting big ticket investments through
offering a host of initiatives for investors. To tackle the issue of unemployment,
the Government has started working on training candidates through institutes which
includes subjects/courses on aviation, accounting and plumbering, he added. PTI
Thousands participate in Annual Eucharistic Procession
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: Leading the thousands of strong Catholic believers of Capital Complex
in a religious procession carrying the Holy Eucharist from St. Patrick’s Seminary,
Kankarnallah, Model Village, to Good Shepherd School, Papu Nallah, Dr. John Thomas,
Bishop of Itanagar exhorted the faithful to pray for leaders who are religious to
come out of their families who will not only be civil leaders but lead the society
in the fear of God which is a sound basis for good civic living.
The Annual Eucharistic Procession held this year at the conclusion of the Year of
Faith declared by Pope Benedict XVI at Rome last year this time was an invitation
to the Catholic Faithful to mould their lives on Christ the King of Peace.
“The Year of Faith as declared by the Holy Father is an invitation to you to lead
God-fearing lives, to mould your lives on Gospel values and to make every family
a ‘seminary’ where good citizens and God-fearing children will be nurtured” , said
the Bishop. John Thomas also exhorted the Catholic faithful to remind themselves
that in God alone lays the common brotherhood of all people and in God all are brothers
In the Morning Prayer led by Boa Tarin, a veteran Catholic leader, prayers were offered
for all civil and religious leaders and all engaged in the service of leadership
in the State of Arunachal Pradesh. Fr. Jacob, the Vicar General of the Diocese exhorted
the faithful at the beginning of the Holy Eucharist to participate devoutly in the
Eucharistic Procession and get blessings for oneself and one’s family.
The procession which took about two hours to culminate at the premises of Good Shepherd
School bracing the blazing sun and dusty roads, prayed for God’s blessings on all
and for peace, harmony and prosperity of Arunachal.
The annual Eucharistic Procession of the Catholic Church, coinciding with the feast
of Christ the Universal King was spectacular for the sheer number of faithful who
turned up and took devout participation. The procession also marked the conclusion
of the Year of Faith for the Catholics as announced by His Holiness Pope Benedict
XVI at Rome last year this time exhorting all Catholics to grow in faith and in the
Gospel values of holiness, love compassion and universal brotherhood.
The conclusion of the Year of Fatih was also celebrated with a Catechism Quiz competition,
Saturday last, at DBYC, Vivek Vihar, wherein seventy five youngsters from the ten
districts of the Diocese of Itanagar were grilled on doctrines of Catholic faith
by Sr. Penny Rose Chinir and her team in which Auxilium College Girl’s Hostel came
victorious and bagged the coveted rupees ten thousand cash prize and certificates.
Don Bosco School, Ziro and Mary Immaculate Parish, Ziro bagged the second and third
prizes. Taba Yall Nabam, Member Itanagar Municipal Council and Taw Tebin, Executive
Secretary, Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Association graced the occasion as Chief Guest
and Guest of Honour respectively. The Chief Guest Yall called upon the participants
to know their faith and to live lives based on the universal values of Love, Compassion
and Forgiveness as taught by Jesus Christ.
Special prayers were offered for the Governor, the Chief Minister and his Cabinet
colleagues and leaders of various religions and all elected representatives of Arunachal
and all leaders.
The Eucharistic Procession which showcased the unity of all tribes under the banner
of Christ the Universal King, ably organized by Catholic Church, Naharlagun and St.
Patrick’s Seminary has sent out the clarion call to all to base their lives on God
who orders all human activities in right perspective.
APFA completes a busy, fruitful year
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: There are several footballers in the streets and corners of Arunachal
Pradesh; some who have been recognised, while others are waiting to be discovered.
People often speak of the abundance of football players the state has. But they also
question the position of the state team in terms of national representation and also
how players are not provided with better facilities.
This is where the Arunachal Pradesh Football Association (APFA) comes into play.
The association under the guidance of APFA president Takam Sanjoy, secretary general
G Doke and with the active support of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki who himself is a
football enthusiast, have been working to improve the football scene in the state.
Tuki was in fact instrumental in inking a MoU with UK-based Reading Football Club,
which will see two football coaches from the academy coming to the state to scout
Besides organising local football tournaments, the association has taken the state
team to the national level and instilled self confidence among the players, encouraging
them to do better in future tournaments; highlighted by the Arunachal team’s participation
in the Santosh Trophy held at Kerela in February earlier this year, followed by a
visit to Shillong in March for the Dr T Ao Memorial Football Tournament.
This year also saw the boys’ under-16 team represent the state at the B C Roy National
Football Championship at Jharkhand, while the boys’ under-14 team participated in
the National Football Championships held in Odisha.
Besides preparing teams for zonal and national football tournaments, the APFA organised
several local tournaments like the XII Tadar Tang Memorial State Level Football Tournament
(TTMSLFT) held at Pasighat earlier this year and the IV Eagle Trophy State Level
Football Tournament held at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Naharlagun.
Other local tournaments witnessed this year include the 1st Inter District Level
Football Tournament, the 2nd Gogio Taya Memorial State Level Football Tournament,
and the 1st Veteran State Level Football Tournament, which allowed former players
to showcase their skills to the younger generation of footballers.
Key contributions were also made by former footballer and Councillor Kipa Takum who
was the organising chairman of the 2nd Arunachal League Football Tournament, which
was held under the aegis of the APFA. The league competition was a landmark one in
many ways. League champions Todo United FC were the biggest beneficiary of the competition
as they would now be trying to make a mark at the national football landscape, hoping
to make it to the second division of the Indian League which begins in April next
Additionally, four clubs which registered with the APFA before the league began will
now receive grants-in-aids from the government, thanks much due to the efforts of
officials from the association such as assistant general secretary Kipa Ajay.
The AGS informed that teams and players have to register themselves with the APFA
to be deemed recognised to participate in competitions organised by the association.
Hoping to keep a check on unscrupulous tournaments, Ajay says “organisers who do
not seek permission from the association to hold tournaments will not be recognised
and APFA teams and players will not be allowed to participate in such competitions.
Also, the APFA cannot take the risk for unruly incidents that occur in such competitions”.
The APFA believes in fair participation and have been encouraging female players
to enter into the field of sports as well. The association has created an all-girls
team, who recently participated in the under-14 National Football Championships held
at Odisha. To further support the fairer sex in their endeavours, the association
will also organise the 2nd Nyari Welly Memorial State Level Women Football Tournament
which will take place by the end of the year.
The association has planned ahead for next year and is organising the under-16 Dera
Natung Memorial State Level Football Tournament at Nari in East Siang district and
the XIII edition of the prestigious Tadar Tang Memorial Tournament to be held at
Rajiv Gandhi Stadium Naharlagun. The last date for registration for TTMSLFT is December
While putting in efforts to nurture and showcase the talent present in Arunachal,
the APFA has announced that the state will be represented by the Arunachal football
team in the Santosh Trophy scheduled to be held in February next year in Mizoram,
and the Arunachal Women’s team will participate in the National Football Championships
which is set to be held in January next year.
However, there are also concerns as the lone stadium in the state capital, Rajiv
Gandhi Stadium, is still not at a level to host high profile zonal and national level
competitions. During the 11th edition of the Tadar Tang Memorial Tournament in 2012,
the chief minister had announced a sum of Rs two crores for the maintenance of the
stadium which still hasn’t materialised. It’s an amount that will only help the APFA
develop the game further in the state. For the sake of the state, citizens can only
pray it happens soon.
NHPC’s Subansiri project cost may go to Rs 12k cr
New Delhi, Nov 24: The total cost of state-owned NHPC's Subansiri Lower Project in
Arunachal Pradesh is likely to be around Rs 12,000 crore, nearly double than envisaged
initially, following delays on account of various hindrances.
The country's largest hydro power producer, NHPC is executing the 2,000-MW Subansiri
lower hydel plant.The original cost of the project was Rs 6,285 crore.
"Local issues, contractual issues, geological surprises, delay in decision making
and poor risk-taking assessment have impacted the progress on the Subansiri project,
which is now likely to cost nearly Rs 12,000 crore," a senior company official told
The project has been stalled since December 2011, after the local people raised issues
related to its safety and downstream impact.
"Assam also wanted to increase its total share of power from the project," the official
said, adding that the state was earlier granted 208 MW of electricity from the hydel
station which has now increased to 300 MW. Besides, the state is expected to get
25 MW or more free power from the plant which is likely to resume construction work
The project, earlier expected to be fully commissioned by December 2012, is now likely
to be operational by December 2017.
"We are hopeful that the construction work on the project would start again from
December next month," the official said.
According to sources, the Power Ministry had a meeting with the state government
earlier this month and achieved some breakthrough on the issues.
Once commissioned, Subansiri (250x8) will be India's biggest hydroelectric project.
The estimated annual energy generation from the project is 7,421 million units.
NHPC generates 5,702 MW electricity from 17 hydel stations in the country. As many
as seven power stations with total capacity of 4,095 MW are under construction. PTI
Lower Dibang Valley Road woes of East Kameng district
Through your esteemed daily I would like to draw the attention of concern authority
towards the worsening condition of the Nechipu (Zero Point) to Seppa road passing
through Khuphy, Ramda, Palizi, Bana, Pompoli, Wessang and then Seppa. The 99 KM long
Nechipu-Seppa road is turning into worse state due to landslides and lack of maintenance.
Though the road is in terrible condition so far no proper action of any kind has
been taken up to address the problems. Nechipu-Seppa road is the only road which
connects East Kameng district and its Sub-Divisions, Circles and villages of the
district with other districts of the state like West Kameng and Assam too. Daily
around 500 to 600 vehicles including Govt., private, business/ commercial duties
and tourist purposes ply but they are facing severe trouble while driving over the
road, which affects the health of the people. The daily essential commodities are
being supplied through this road and due to pathetic condition of the road, vehicles
get mechanical defects and ultimately people of the East Kameng have to face the
This is a serious economic and communication hindrance to the people of East Kameng.
As it is the lone life-line of East Kameng district, why our five MLAs of district
don’t care about the poor road condition whenever they drive through this road? Besides
that there are numbers of East Kameng based, NGOs, other social organizations and
so on, but I don’t find their voice for the cause of own district interest. This
is the time for all the organizations, students’ unions to raise the matter to draw
the attention of the concerned authorities towards the problems, but I guess they
don’t care about the district’s problems. Citizens are busy with their livelihood;
as such they don’t have time to spare for the social cause.
Furthermore, large numbers of leader’s of students unions like AAPSU and ANSU belongs
to East Kameng District but it seems they too have turned deaf, dumb and blind or
might have forgot the burning problems of their own district.
Seeing all these basic problems of the district I would like to draw the attention
of concerned authority to kindly pay heed towards the above stated plight for the
greater interest of the East Kameng’s overall development as there is no alternate
road to Seppa other than this.
On the other hand, there is a road which connects Seppa with Capital Complex, Itanagar,
by passing through Pijirang, Pakke-Kessang Circles of East Kameng and then Sagalee,
Toru Circles of Papum Pare to reach Itanagar but the said road is almost in defunct
state due to non-maintenance since BRTF left it in 2000-2001. And the State PWD department
has failed to keep up the road condition, despite huge sanctions of funds for the
Thus, the citizens of East Kameng are requested to wake up from their sleep and speak
up for better development, since our district has already attained 33 years of creation,
despites of that, we still don’t have proper communications and it is a great insult
for the people of East Kameng district.
The State Govt and five MLAs of East Kameng district are requested to keep up the
Seppa-Sagalee and Itanagar road vehicular-able mode for all weather road conditions
please. Please! please! please!
All East Kameng Youth Forum.
High expectation from PCCF
We the members of FOSAA (Forestry Student Association of Arunachal) through the column
of your esteemed daily would like to bring into light few important points discussed
with honourable PCCF-cum-secretary regarding the reservation of forestry graduates
in the various posts under the Department of Environment and Forest. To begin with
we were very much delighted with the positive attitude and humble behavior of respected
PCCF and would like to express our deep happiness and satisfaction over the verbal
assurance given by him to give reservation quotas for forestry graduates in the posts
of ACFs/ RFOs in state Environment and Forest Department in the days to come. He
further assured to keep atleast reservation Quotas for the B.Sc and M.Sc and PhD
forestry holders for forthcoming RFOs/ACFs recruitment. After years of battle for
the aforementioned reservation quotas, his words are like a ray of hope for the increasing
number of unemployed forestry graduates in the state who due to lack of scope in
the respective course are compelled to go for jobs in other departments which is
totally irrelevant to the kind of study they pursue in their four year degree course.
Moreover, the sooner implementation of his words would certainly encourage more and
more students from the upcoming generations to take up the course with more interest
President , FOSAA
Remove inequalities from society
Through the column of your esteemed daily I would like to say that economic development
needs to be social justice. Social justice means that economic and political power
should be equitably distributed in the state and there should be no concentration
of economic power in the hands of a few people and political leaders of the state.
With social justice people will have more incentive for economic growth in the state
and country as a whole. Our state is still facing economic crisis and it’s all because
of political hands. The central government has been pumping in crores of fund or
scheme every year to improve state’s economic development but state government misuses
the fund and scheme. The absence of social justice presents a serious problem in
the path of economic growth.
Development must therefore be conceived of as a multidimensional process involving
major changes in social structures, population attitudes, and state institutions,
as well as the acceleration of economic growth, the reduction of inequality and the
eradication of poverty.
So I would like to say that government should help to obtain social justice through
reduction in inequalities of income by progressive taxation of incomes, decentralization
of economic power, more expenditure on the weaker sections of the society, workers
participation in management, etc. This will bring institutional changes in the economy
and promote economic growth of the state.
Tana Rasso Tara
Asstt. Finance Secy.
All Papum Pare District Students ‘ Union
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Let there be proper investigation
The allegation of attempt to rape laced on Tehelka editor in chief Tarun Tejpal by
his female colleague has shocked the entire press fraternities of country. Tehelka
is one of most respected news magazine of country known for bringing out often controversial
but explosive news item. The sting operation carried out by its reporter posing as
arms dealers’ years ago had exposed the political-middlemen nexus in many high profile
arm deals. Tarun Tejpal is founder of Tehelka magazine and has been one of reason
why it garnered so much popularity in the last decade.
It is in this context that allegation leveled against him by his fellow colleague
is very serious in nature. One do not expect person like him who is role model for
many budding journalists to indulge in such shameful act. The incident happens at
a time when whole country is still yet to overcome the trauma of Nirbhaya gang rape
incident. Though Tejpal has apologized to the victim journalist and also ‘recusing’
himself from the post of editor in chief of Tehelka for six month, one wonder is
that really enough? He ought to be treated like any another criminal and Goa police,
where incident took place, should immediately start criminal proceeding against him.
Press Council of India should also step in and ensure that he does not return to
editorial board till proper investigation is done.