KSC beats SFS College to lift 2nd Rebi Ado Memorial Football Trophy
AALO, Nov.11: Kabu Sports Club (KSC) beat SFS College by a narrow margin of 2-1 goals
to lift the coveted trophy along with cash prize in a brilliant final match of 2nd
Rebi Ado Memorial Football tourney held at General Football Ground on 10th November.
The two teams were tied goalless till the interval but SFS College took the lead
just after the start of the second half but KSC fought back to pump in two consecutive
goals to seal the fate of SFS College who could not even convert a penalty awarded
to them in the dying minutes of the play.
Addressing the closing ceremony, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju
said that obsession for football in this district is legendary and it has produced
many a stalwart in the game of football and it is good that the crave continues here.
“Some fund under MPLAD was placed for construction of galleries and other infrastructures
in the ground but unfortunately many of them along with documents have been set on
Responding to demand placed by DSA Secretary, Gego Doji pertaining to the stadium
and other infrastructures development in the ground, Rijiju assured to take up a
national level stadium at Aalo soon. The West Siang Deputy Commission cum Chairman
DSA Pige Ligu to expressed his happiness over the presence of the Central Minister
in such a crowd pulling sports extravaganza to share his views with people of West
Modi likely to visit Arunachal on Dec 2
Agartala, Nov 11: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make his first visit to the northeast
in November-end and will inaugurate the annual conference of state police chiefs
in Guwahati on November 29, an official said on Tuesday.
He is also likely to meet the chief ministers of all the eight northeastern states,
including Sikkim, in Guwahati on November 29, a top Tripura government official said.
"The prime minister is scheduled to visit Manipur on November 30, Nagaland and Tripura
on December 1 and Arunachal Pradesh on December 2. However, his itinerary is likely
to be slightly rescheduled," the official said on condition of anonymity. Courtesy:
Initial post-mortem report suggests Mizo boy died due to Asphyxia
PASIGHAT, Nov 11: Pasighat Police said “Mizo boy Lalmuankima Chawngthu’s post mortem
report suggests that he died due to asphyxia.”
“Initial report does not show any foul play in his death, However, the actual cause
of his death can be confirmed or ascertained only after the viscera analysis report
from Central Forensic Science Laboratory, Guwahati is out,” said OC N Riba. “We are
conducting thorough inquiry into the case and also considering all angles whether
it was an accidental, suicidal or homicidal death.”
“There is also every possibility of his falling down into the river from his bicycle
as the post mortem report established that Lalmuankima was drunk,” police said.
Lalmuankima was a BSc. (Agri) fourth semester student of College of Horticulture
& Forestry, Pasighat and his body was found at Komlighat, Siang on October 25.
Libang inspects reconstruction of Nubo bridge
YINGKIONG, Nov 11: Tuting Yingkiong MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary PWD, Alo Libang
accompanied by Bading Teng ZPM, Tani Taki EE PWD and public leaders inspected the
ongoing reconstruction site of Nubo Steel Suspension Bridge over the Siang River
today. The bridge is connecting the district headquarter Yingkiong left bank and
Jengging circle under Tuting subdivision on the right bank.
The bridge constructed earlier was washed away by the then Siang flash flood in 2001.
The Steel suspension bridge having a span of 218.5 metre, 8.5 metre breadth is being
reconstructed by the GPT Infra Project Ltd. Kolkata and started its work in the year
2005-06 with an estimated cost (Revised) Rs. 3278.34 lakhs financed by NABARD.
The Parliamentary Secretary Libang asked the constructing company to complete the
construction at the earliest possible time for making it possible to be commissioned
before the end of the current year 2014 as a New Year Gift 2015 to the people of
Upper Siang and others as well. The company Manager agreed to complete it within
the month of December positively. DIPRO
IGNOU observes National Education Day
ITANAGAR, Nov 11: Indira Gandhi National Open University, Regional Centre Itanagar
celebrated “National Education Day” today by organizing an inter-university debate
competition on the topic “Open and Distance Learning (ODL) system of education is
far more inferior to the conventional face to face mode of education”.
Sanjay Kumar Ranjan, a student of IGNOU was adjudged the best debator while Ceemona
Taku of Don-Bosco College, Itanagar (DBC) and Saurav Mitra of Rajiv Gandhi University
(RGU) were declared first and second runners up respectively.
The award of “Best Institution for the Motion” went to Don-Bosco College, Itanagar
while first and second runners up awards went to RGU and Dera Natung Govt. College,
The title for “Best Institution for Against the Motion” was awarded to IGNOU while
Dera Natung Govt. College and Rajiv Gandhi University bagged the first and second
runners-up award respectively.
Meet on Banking Ombudsman Scheme
ITANAGAR, Nov 11: The Banking Ombudsman for North Eastern Region in association with
SBI conducted a meet at Banquet Hall here yesterday to spread awareness about Banking
Ombudsman Scheme, 2006 in Arunachal Pradesh.
It was attended by large number of public including bankers working in different
places of Arunachal Pradesh and students etc.
Secretary (Finance) Daulat Hawaldar while delivering his speech urged the public
to take advantage of the Scheme which is inexpensive and get their grievances resolved
The Banking Ombudsman for North East Region, Anand Prakash detailed about the functioning
of the “Banking Ombudsman Scheme,2006” in North East Region, lack of awareness about
the scheme among the general public and the steps taken by the Ombudsman Office to
create more awareness about the scheme.
An interaction session was held for public and bankers where the queries and doubts
raised by the bankers and public on Banking Ombudsman Scheme were cleared by the
Banking Ombudsman and Anil Kumar, Secretary to Office of Banking.
HC Miri, Chief Manager, State Bank of India, Itanagar was also present in the meeting.
Boy escapes from the clutches of kidnappers
ITANAGAR, Nov 11: A Arunachalee boy, Biki Suni miraculously escaped from the clutches
of kidnappers at midnight yesterday after he was picked up by a group of people between
Banderdewa to Harmoti at around 3.47 in the afternoon. Later the police team recovered
him from Parbotipur Christian Church at Harmoti and took him to Harmoti Police Outpost
Meanwhile, the All Palin Chambang Yangte Gangte & Tarak-Langdi Students’ Union (APCYGTSU)
meanwhile congratulating the Harmoti police team has appealed for the immediate arrest
of the culprits involved.
ITANAGAR, Nov 11: The All Kurung Kumey District Students’ Union (AKKDSU) has expressed
their sadness on the demise of social activist Taring Ranjeev who passed away on
Sunday at Heema Hospital here after prolonged illness.
His demise has caused irreparable damage to his family. We have also lost such a
responsible person which contributed lots of sacrifice through tireless works for
good cause of the society, it said in its message.
It further offered condolences to the bereaved family members and prayed for the
eternal peace of the departed soul.
Misappropriation of fund alleged
ITANAGAR, Nov 11: The Arunachal Pradesh RTI Forum for State Development has alleged
the state Water Resource Department of misappropriation of funds.
In its complaint letter submitted to the Chief Vigilance Commissioner and Chief Secretary
seeking enquiry into the matter, it claimed that the work pertaining to protection
and preservation of Archeological Park at Itafort Southern Gate is irregular as per
the funds allocated.
Arunachal student in Tamil Nadu hospitalized
ITANAGAR, Nov 11: Kaling Tayeng, an Arunachalee student studying in Tamil Nadu is
reportedly fighting for his life in a hospital in Salem after he met with an accident
in Salem city in Tamil Nadu on November six, informed Arunachal Students Union Tamil
ASUT president Kipa Peter, who rushed to Salem from Coimbatore on November 8 after
hearing the news of the incident, informed that Kaling was in a state of unconsciousness
and fighting for his life. He also informed that Kaling was beaten by some local
people in Salem due to some misunderstandings before he met with the accident.
Meanwhile, the ASUT president appealed to the Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister to
provide some facilities to the students studying outside the state to meet the medical
expenditure during such incidents and emergency.
He also urged the students to be careful while travelling to avoid such accidents.
Councilor alleges misappropriation of fund
ITANAGAR, Nov 11: Pasighat Municipal Council, Ward 12 councilor Kangge Moyong in
a letter to Deputy Commissioner East Siang District said that the Government has
allotted huge amount of fund for different developmental projects and for the welfare
of the public through Pasighat Municipal Council, East Siang District during this
financial year. But the allocated funds were not utilized properly in the works allotted.
The councilor appealed to the Deputy Commissioner to intervene and enquire into the
matter under what circumstances the said funds allotted by the Government were converted
and diverted to other purposes.
DVMC meeting on RD prog held
SEPPA, Nov 11: The District Vigilance and Monitoring Committee (DVMC) meeting on
RD programme held here at Kameng Hall Seppa yesterday.
DRDA PD K Nyodu highlighted the physical and financial achievement on RD programmes.
The BDOs of respective blocks also gave similar presentation.
CDPO Bana P Thungon presented physical and financial achievement under social welfare
DC cum CEO DRDA Sandeep Kumar Singh suggested for conduct of project-wise meeting
with various stakeholders on IWMP and directed PD, DRDA to ensure timely submission
of UC MPR etc. He also asked the BDO Seppa that the account for job card holders
be opened in any others banks. Talking about IAY, he suggested that the CGI sheets
should be distributed through the committee formed at various block level with proper
receipts from beneficiaries and display of logo fixing at prominent place having
photograph of beneficiaries. DC also directed the CDPOs to properly monitor the
distribution of SNP items through Anganwadi workers.
Chayangtajo ZPM Lama Bagang urged the PD DRDA for sharing information about implementation
of RD programmers for monitoring from the level of PRI members.
Ram Tajo, nominated members of DLV & MC also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO
Through your esteemed daily, I would like draw the kind attention of higher authorities
of J.N.V towards the lackadaisical attitude and functioning of the JNV, Goju (Bordumsa)
in Changlang District of Arunachal Pradesh.
It has been noticed that several times the school authorities are allowing the students
to proceed to their home without consulting/informing the parents. I am aware of
the facts that institution like Kendriya Vidyalaya, V.K.V and J.N.V does not have
more than 2/3 days holiday either be it Puja or Local holiday at a stretch in their
academic calendar, but the JNV authorities of the said school are in the habit of
permitting their students to stay away from the school beyond weeks and days together.
This encourages other student to follow suit, compelling the respective parents to
pick up their ward by travelling long distance and spending days together incurring
huge expenditure towards to and fro journey. However allowing a student to proceed
home on emergency cases like serious illness of the student or parent of the student
is an exceptional case but this also needs to be informed to the parent and they
should obtain prior permission from parents before allowing them to proceed on leave.
There has been instances of allowing students to take leave by issuing gate pass/permission
“with own risk” of the student that too without informing the parent/guardian either
by phone or other means of communication. This practice must be stopped to prevent
any unforeseen incidents. If any unfortunate incidents take place, the school authorities
cannot evade responsibilities and will have to answer to the civil societies at large.
In this context, I would like to raise a question to the said school authorities,
how they are issuing gate pass/permission “with own risk” of the student who propose
to proceed on leave without seeking permission from parents since all the guardian/parents
have kept their ward under the umbrella of school authority for better education.
Such act on the part of school authorities is against the faith and trust of the
Therefore, I request the higher authorities of the JNV to pass necessary instruction
in this regard against the said school to stop such practices.
A conscious & worried parent
Ready to donate land free of cost
I on behalf of the people of Sippi Sinyik Sangam Welfare Society (SSSWS) would
like to inform that, people of Sippi Village are ready to donate the required area
of land for the establishment of a polytechnic college at Ngudar (Sippi) free of
Further, I would like to inform through your esteemed daily that during the public
hearing for the assessment of compensation for Two Lanning of BRTF road from "0"
km to "20"km, the Deputy Commissioner of Upper Subansiri along with HoDs of various
department of the district have visited the offered site and they were satisfied
with the location and the geography of the site.
The said site is very suitable for establishment of a polytechnic college. It is
located 12 km from the Daporijo HQ. The site is endowed with the plethora of facilities
like fresh water supply, uninterrupted power supply, well connected telecommunication
network, existing all weather road, availability of raw materials etc. To add, the
site is located optimally at the confluence of three administrative blocks viz Sigin-I,
Giba and Chetam Circle and hence it would cater to the needs of the students of the
entire district who goes to other state to pursue various diploma courses thereby
spending huge money. This would help the economically weak student in acquiring professional
In this context, I appeal to the concern authority to acquire the offered land as
soon as possible and start the establishment process of polytechnic for the welfare
of the students of the entire district. I also request the minister of education
Govt, of Arunachal Pradesh to visit the site during your next education tour to Taksing-Nacho-Limeking
due later this year.
Tayom Mothu (Rocky)
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Differences over GST refuse to die
Differences between Centre and states over some key provisions of the Goods and Services
Tax remain, with the empowered committee insisting that threshold turnover for levying
GST be retained at Rs 10 lakh and petroleum be kept out of the purview of the new
tax regime. The empowered committee of state FMs, which met on Tuesday, however expressed
hope that the GST could be rolled out by April 1, 2016, notwithstanding the hitches.
Centre had recently written to empowered committee chairman Abdul Rahim Rather suggesting
that the threshold annual turnover for levying GST should be increased to Rs 25 lakh
from Rs 10 lakh.
The states had in August decided that the threshold be fixed at Rs 10 lakh and had
informed that to the Centre. Differences like this have been delaying the progress
of works towards the implementation of GST. The GST Constitutional Amendment Bill,
which was introduced in the Lok Sabha in 2011, had lapsed and the NDA government
will be required to come up with a fresh bill. The finance ministry is in the process
of preparing a Cabinet note on the GST Bill. States want that petroleum, alcohol
and tobacco should be kept out of the purview of GST. The states are yet to receive
the draft constitutional amendment bill from the Centre. Both centre and state will
need to find out a solution which is acceptable to both. Implementation of GST will
help in the revenue generation.
Rijiju calls for coordinated efforts to speed up project implementation
AALO, Nov 11: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju has exhorted
various agencies of state and central Govts to sort out any problem confronting
each other through mutual discussion in a coordinated manner.
Convening a coordination meeting related to major issues that require his intervention
with Army, BRTF, ITBP, Central Govt. employees and HoDs at DC’s conference here yesterday,
Rijiju said “All organs of the governments, state and central, should sort out any
problem confronting each other through mutual dialogue through coordination meetings
from time to time.”
Describing the West Siang as a model district in terms of election works or execution
of Border Area Development Programme, the Minister informed that efforts have been
made to get forest clearance easy to avoid delay in taking up big projects.
The Minister, however, said “fund under BADP can be increased but our performances
have not been up the mark to get more grants.” He also mentioned non-submission of
fund utilization certificates.
“There are growing cases of public litigation that halt the process of development”
Rijiju said and appealed the public to avoid such cases. He also asked the officers
to look into the genuine demands of the people to dissuade them from such practices.
Rijiju said though the Home ministry is busy with full of sensitive issues but problems
of the state will always be taken care of.
Informing that ambitious projects are being worked out to provide network connectivity,
roads, electricity, water and other essential services in the far-flung areas of
the country by 2019, the Minister asked all HoDs to submit their proposals at the
Initiating the discussion West Siang Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu disclosed his
two proposals of four-storied Integrated Housing with all amenities and an installation
of electrical crematorium.
Pumek Ronya, DLR&SO pointed out the problem of land compensation and acquisition
of land and suggested for land acquisition under Jhum Land regulation Act 1947 and
compensation payment on the basis of new land act to avoid delay in acquisition of
army and ITBP lands. He also suggested for establishment of separate branch of a
Defense Estate Office at Itanagar or Aalo Military Station to expedite the pending
land acquisition process all over the state. The GOC from the army, DIG from ITBP,
senior Officer from BRTF, DFO, DPO also spoke and pointed out their problems.
The Minister also disclosed that Yigi-Kaum Village in West Siang district has been
adopted as Adarsh Sansad Gaon and asked the Deputy Commissioner to take all HoDs
to the village to work out the facilities that exist there and the gaps to be filled
up soon. The village will be developed in a time bound manner to set example of an
ideal village for gradual adoption of some other villages in future. The Minister
also visited the District Hospital and distributed fruits to the patients. He assured
to provide a mortuary van, ambulance and Autoclave Machine immediately to the District
Earlier, the Minister witnessed the Donyi Polo Degree College week celebration and
exhorted the young generation of the district to inculcate the values of life through
higher learning for social reconstruction. He also assured to look into the genuine
needs of the college placed by the Principal Dr. Rejir Karlo. DIPRO
Kaso for early construction of bailey bridge over Pachin river
NAHARLAGUN, Nov 11: UD Parliamentary Secretary and Itanagar MLA Techi Kaso today
urged the PWD engineers to construct the proposed bailey bridge over Pachin river
soon to ease traffic congestion in Capital Complex.
The 60 metre bridge would provide an alternative road to Papum Pare district headquarter
Yupia and divert the traffic through the heliport road. A suspension foot bridge
facilitates pedestrians to cross the river now.
Naharlagun PWD division, EE Taniya Soki gave a detailed account of work progress
for the proposed bridge when Kaso along with councilor Tarh Nachung inspected the
“Complete the bridge soon as it would provide a great relief for officers, officials
and public who go to Yupia besides the ITBP personnel for to and fro movement from
their headquarters,” Kaso told Soki.
Kaso along with Nachung and a group of engineers earlier inspected the ongoing work
of colony roads in Nirjuli and lauded the PWD for the quality work. He asked the
engineers to complete the colony roads in a time bound manner.
The MLA also made a surprise visit to Nirjuli secondary school to plan the expansion
of building to accommodate the ever rising number of students which stands at around
However, he took serious note of the absence of four of the 15 teachers, who reportedly
were expected to arrive late for sports activities in preparation of Children’s Day.
Such excuse would not be tolerated during next visit, Kaso cautioned the morning
session in-charge teacher.
Lohit DC urges civil society, Govt staff to join hands in fight against opium menace
TEZU, Nov 11: Lohit Deputy Commissioner Dr. B M Mishra today appealed all civil society
and government staff and organizations to shoulder responsibilities in the fight
against opium menace in the district.
Expressing concern over the wide-scale cultivation of opium in the district, Dr.
B M Mishra has devised a plan to involve NGOs, government employees, PRI members,
GBs, public leaders, teachers and students, medical officers etc to generate awareness
among general populace through public meetings on social impacts and health hazards
of opium in the district.
“Educating the public about the laws that trade/cultivation of opium is a cognizable
and non-bailable offence can help prevent its cultivation to a great extent,” he
Addressing a coordination meeting at his chamber today on the growing menace of drug
abuse and illegal drug trade, the DC asked the forest department to inform any illegal
cultivation of opium in reserved forest land.
“Forest department will have to be attentive and provide information of cultivation
in deep forests. If the officer in-charge of a particular area fails to inform or
report of any illicit cultivation in that particular area, action will be taken against
the cultivator and responsibility shall be fixed on official as per law,” he said.
The DC also expressed his dismay on reports of involvement of some section of government
employees who are engaged in opium cultivation/trade, peddling and use of drugs in
various forms. If proven, such employees will be punished under certain sections
of law, he said.
Use of Radio as an awareness tool by broadcasting useful information regarding drugs
and substance abuse was highly recommended by the officials.
Inclusion of de-addiction chapters or de-addiction week in schools and colleges was
also brought by the members during the meeting.
Earlier, two mobile enforcement teams were constituted in the meeting which will
comprise of a Magistrate, an agriculture department official, Goan Burah/ PRI member,
Excise Official and Police Personnel to deal with drug peddlers and illicit opium
cultivation. OSD Narcotics Control Cell Aastha Lakshmi, SP V.P. Surya, SDO Judicial
Gautam Hazarika, ACF Gopin Padu and Superintendent Tax & Excise were present in the
A vertical chain of teams will function at circle and village level in various capacities-
monitoring, awareness, de-addiction and enforcement of NDPS Acts in the District.
The teams will also be responsible for destruction of illegal cultivation if any
in their area of jurisdiction. DIPRO
DHPD to revive sick hydels to make Arunachal self-reliant in power sector
From a Correspondent
AALO, Nov 11: ‘The Department of Hydro Power Development (DHPD), Govt of Arunachal
Pradesh, is determined and initiating major reforms to revive the sick, defunct,
small, mini and micro hydels to be self-reliant in power sector,’ said DHPD Parliamentary
Secretary Phurpa Tsering in course of his week-long tour and inspections of the various
hydel units of West Siang and Mechuka here recently.
‘The state exchequer has to annually pay huge revenue to neighbouring Assam for power
supply while our state is often termed as power house of the country. This is a
very unfortunate and contradictory situation and I believe till the time of achieving
that coveted tag we need to focus, revive and renovate those sick units and make
them run to their optimum level to generate power and meet aspirations of the people
while also earning revenue for the state instead of paying’, said Phurpa while adding
that detailed project reports of all key hydels of the said district were being sought
for the purpose.
Declaring that DHPD and the state govt. were serious in overhauling the present system
and bringing about attitudinal change of work culture to achieve the target, Phurpa
informed that DHPD will henceforth take up the cases of these sick and defunct hydels
in a phased-manner and appoint a senior nodal official to look after and monitor
either a single or few hydels and fix responsibilities for their smooth functioning.
‘Now, the 2 MW Liromoba and 6 MW Kambang H.E Projects would be looked after by newly
appointed Chief Engineer DHPD (E & M) Along Ketan, 500 KW Aalo Micro-Hydel by Aalo
Executive Engineer (Civil) Y. Ete while another two Micro Hydels of 2 MW Subbung
and 4.05 MW Angong Hydels would be monitored by senior Superintending Engineer Atek
Miyu. The ongoing litigation and counter litigation by the department and the private
player over non-functioning of Liromoba hydel was also defused by the visiting Parl.
Secy who directed for its early restoration. ‘The said hydel was supposed to be commissioned
way back in 1995-96 but has never seen the daylight till today. We request the state
govt. to make it functional by 2015 else we will sell it to the scrap dealers’, threatened
former Liromoba ZPM Jomjum Ligo and Anchal Samiti member Karjum Bole. Swamina International
Pvt. Ltd (SIPL) representative Joluk Minung manning the machines assured the visiting
team to make the machines functional within a few months.
On need of components by the department to achieve the target, the DHPD officials
said that funding during the past 3-4 years especially for maintenance of Transmission
and Distribution (T & D) was inadequate and there was need for effective T & D coupled
with Plan Load Pattern (P &D). It was also made explicit that besides the two wings
of the DHPD comprising the Civil and E & M branches, the Department of Power also
needed to be brought under the ambit and a comprehensive joint working strategy was
necessary to be hammered out for a concrete and effective remedial solution. ‘For
this to happen a decisive decision by the state govt. in the joint working pattern
of the two departments coupled with a change of mindset and work culture by the various
stakeholders is necessary to make a break from the past and delivering the goods.
We will further introspect and do the needful when we return to Itanagar’, explained
Meanwhile, while inaugurating the 500 KW micro-hydel at Mechuka, Phurpa also announced
that another 150 KW power would be added in addition to the installed capacity within
Among others, the inspection team comprised DHPD chief engineers Lipe Ete (Civil)
Eastern Zone, Along Ketan (E&M), Superintending Engineers Atek Miyu (Jengging Circle),
Moto Basar (P & D), T. Jerang (E&M) Eastern Circle and Executive Engineers Durik
Kamdum, Y Ete and Yimi Angu. The team visited H.E Projects of Dali, Pagi, Liromoba,
Kambang, Mechuka, Aalo, Yembung and the newly proposed at Dambuk.
East Kameng women sensitized on Domestic Violence Act
ITANAGAR, Nov 11: Women folks from East Kameng were sensitized on various women friendly
laws and their rights to protect themselves from domestic violence in an awareness
programme at Seppa today.
Addressing the participants, Pipu Child Development Project Officer (CDPO) Lenzing
Tagi elaborated the various legal provisions under Protection of Women from Domestic
Violence Act 2005 and also the major causes of domestic violence in the district.
He asked the womenfolk to approach the Protection Officer or the service providers
in order to avail the legal provisions under the Act.
Dr. Dirang Pizi mentioned the role of doctors in the events of evidence collection
and in the process of treatment of victims of domestic violence. In this regard,
doctors’ response should be prompt, he said.
Representing the service providers, Yatek R. Riang, President Women Welfare Organization
(WWO) narrated the problems faced by the district in details.
According to her, early marriage and polygamy have been the main causes of domestic
violence, she called upon the womenfolk to come forward and report any kind of domestic
violence to the appropriate authority for initiating legal action against the violators.
She also stressed the need of women police station as well as shelter homes for the
victims of domestic violence. DDSE Kata Rangmo appealed to the civil society to shoulder
the responsibility to eradicate prevailing social evils. He expressed his strong
reservation on widespread misuse of technology like mobile phones by youths. He requested
parents to discourage providing cell phones and bikes to their school and college
going children. Instead, parents should open accounts in their children’s name and
deposit money for their higher education, he suggested.
Principal, Govt. College Seppa, Robin Hissang and member of EKSWCO whole heartedly
supported the initiative taken by WCD Department in implementation of PWDV Act in
the district. He advocated for exemplary punishment for the violators the Act to
eradicate social evils.
CDPO DK Thungon on behalf of DEO of East Kameng highlighted on Systematic Voters
Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) and asked all eligible voters to enroll
their names and also warned against forged documents.
In total 80 women, including members of Self Help Group, Anganwadi workers and helpers
and NGOs participated in the programme.
Bamboosa Library gets book gift from London
ITANAGAR, Nov 11: As a prelude to the National Book Week celebrations commencing
on November 2014, the readers at the Bamboosa Library, Tezu had a delightful surprise,
with the arrival of a magnificent book gift from far away London.
The books worth Rs. 20,000 contributed by IAHV Read Library Trust, London was formally
handed over to the Bamboosa Library by Sokhep Kri, State Editor, Arunachal Gazetteers,
Itanagar, and also, the Convenor, Lohit Youth Library Network, on Sunday. The function
was attended by many reader-activists and well wishers.
S. Mundayoor, Coordinator of Lohit Youth Libraries, remembered gratefully how unknown
well wishers in distance places are also contributing to promote the reading habits
of the youth of the Lohit region.
For instance, he said, Simon Smith, a teacher-educator from London, has been sending
books for learners and teachers every year. He also informed that the APNE Library
reader activists will be conducting a reading campaign as a part of the National
Book Week Celebrations, from November 14 in schools in Wakro circle.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Rajendra Babu, Asst. Professor Indira Gandhi Govt.
College Tezu reminded that the Bamboosa Library has emerged a unique institution
in the entire Lohit valley. He urged the readers to read daily and learn something
new every day.
Presenting the books, Sokhep Kri recalled how active library readers have progressed
in life. He complimented the reader activists for their various achievements and
pointed out that many youth magazines have been generously encouraging their creative
expression such as stories and paintings.
APNE Library, Wakro and Mini Library, Namgo had earlier received similar book gifts
from the London Trust in August 2014.
Arunachal students in Delhi participate in NE festival
ITANAAGAR, Nov 11: A team of Arunachal Students’ Union Delhi (ASUD) presented a cultural
show with theme “Celebrating diversity” showcasing the rich cultural heritage of
Arunachal Pradesh in the recently held 2nd North East Festival 2014 at Delhi which
was appreciated by all.
The organizing committee acknowledged and appreciated Jeli Kayi for his enchanting
and melodious performance.
Mina Toko, a PhD Scholar, opened a food stall named “Dawnlit Delicacy” providing
a platform to transgender community of Arunachal Pradesh. The theme of the novel
initiation was “Relish to Peace and Harmony” making the transgender as the ambassador
Member of Parliament Ninong Ering encouraged and appreciated all the participants
from Arunachal for their efforts for promoting Arunachal Pradesh at the national
The North East Festival 2014 with theme: “Connecting people, Celebrating life” organized
by Trend MMS in association with North East Community Delhi, Indira Gandhi National
Centre for Arts (IGNCA) ,Ministry of Doner (GoI) and Ministry of Home Affairs was
held from November 7 to 10 at New Delhi.
Pema inspects under construction bridge at Jangda – Shyro
From a Correspondent
TAWANG, Nov 11: Tourism, UD, Art & Culture Minister, Pema Khandu today inspected
the under construction RCC bridge at Jangda – Shyro along with the Chief Engineer
(Western Zone), Jang ADC and Superintending Engineer of Rupa circle. The bridge sanctioned
under SPA connects Rho and Jangda village apart from several Regimental units of
the Indian Army.
The bridge apart from having strategic importance will also serve as the lifeline
for the villagers living along the borders.
The RCC Bridge is still under construction and owing to its rugged and harsh terrain,
a RCC work is expected to cause further delay the work for another long two years.
The Indian Army and the villagers on several occasions has approached the Minister
to change the scope of work from RCC to Bailey bridge so that the bridge can be completed
at the earliest and still serve the purpose of connectivity.
The Chief Engineer after inspecting and taking into consideration the difficult terrain
of the site and the urgency of the situation, proposed for a 70-R Bailey bridge.
After inspection and discussing the matter with the team of PWD engineers, Pema assured
that he would take up the matter with the Chief Minister and state planning to consider
the change of project from RCC to Bailey bridge.
Earlier in the morning, a meeting was convened by Pema at ADC office Jang to plan
his second tour of the constituency which is scheduled from November 15 to 24. Pema
last week completed his first part of tour in the most remote villages of the district
that lies along the Indo-China border.
The annual development tour that was instituted by his father and former Chief Minister
Late Dorjee Khandu aims at experiencing the hardship and hearing to the grievances
at first-hand faced by the people at grassroots level.
“Is Arunachal Pradesh in China” ?
ITANAGAR, Nov 11: “….We have never heard of Arunachal Pradesh...Is it in China?”-
The line is from one of the stories published in the book “Kéérook and Other Stories
from North East India” authored by Group Captain Mohonto Panging, Vayu Sena Medal
(Retired). The book was released by Air Marshal (retired) AK Gogoi at a function
held at Guwahati Press Club on November 8.
Kéérook and Other Stories from North East India is a collection of 10 fictional short
stories based on lives and livelihoods of the people living in the region. The stories
narrate tales about the unique way of life, customs and traditions of people of North
Three stories Indi-Chini Bhai Bhai, Odyssey to Thoubal and Exodus to the North East
are based on recent geo-political events related to people from North East India
vis-à-vis mainland India.
These are of special relevance due to the increase in racial indicents against the
people of North East by so called people from mainland cities. The stories in the
book will go a long way in helping and understanding the ethos of North East India.
It is a must read for a fine perspective on North East India.
Chennai based Notion Press is the publisher of the book.
The event was attended by many dignitaries including Doli Loyi, Commisioner Income
Tax, Subhash Das, Additional Chief Secretary, Govt of Assam, many retired officers
from the Defence services and alumni of Sainik School, Goalpara.
The following are some excerpts from one chapter of the book;
INDI-CHINI BHAI BHAI....
..........This biased classification of Chinky’ people in India based on appearances
led to some paradoxical but hilarious incidents. While returning after seeing off
a colleague at Pune railway station, Kabit Perme from Arunachal Pradesh was commented
upon by a localite:
Kabit stopped and replied ‘Pakistani...’
‘How can you call me a Pakistani...?’ the man thundered back.
‘How can you call me a Nepali...?’ Kabit replied.
‘You look like a Nepali...’ the man replied.
‘You also look like a Pakistani...’ Kabit stood his ground.
‘Don’t call me a Pakistani...’ the man charged.
‘You don’t call me a Nepali...I am an Indian...the same country as yours...’ Kabit
replied and walked off.
On one occasion, some main land officials casted aspersions on the citizenship of
Khotuo Chaya from Kohima and Noune Zhotso from Piphema in Nagaland applied for passports
at Bengaluru. After an inordinate delay, the regional passport officer called them
to the passport office.
‘Where were you born?’ the Passport Officer asked Khotuo and Noune.
‘Kohima’ Khotuo replied.
‘Piphema’ Noune replied.
‘Where were your parents born?’ the Passport Officer continued asking.
‘Both in Kohima’ Khotuo replied.
‘My father in Piphema and mother was born in Zakhama’ Noune replied.
‘Where are these places?’ the Passport Officer continued asking.
‘All these places are in Nagaland’ Khotuo replied for both of them. After a pause,
the passport officer asked ‘Are you citizens of India...?’
Khotuo and Noune were flabbergasted at the question asked by the passport officer.
Khotuo recovered and replied ‘Are you asking if we are citizens of India...?’
‘Yes...Are you citizens of India?’ the passport officer continued.
‘Sir, all our documents have been submitted to you. These include our birth certificates,
schooling certificates, college certificates, tribe certificate etc. We belong to
Nagaland. Nagaland is a full fledged State of the Indian Union. How can you have
doubts on our citizenship...?’ Khotuo was almost shouting.
‘That’s all okay...please submitting an affidavit declaring that you are citizens
of India...!’ the passport officer was relentless.
‘Sir, What is the proof of your citizenship?...How do you prove that you are an Indian
citizen and we are not? You mean to say that you are more Indian than us...just because
we belong to north east India!...we are not going to give you affidavits to prove
our Indianness...if you do not issue our passports on this ground, we will resort
to other legal means...!’ Khotuo replied........
.......During the NCC Republic Day Camp held at Delhi Dorothy Lyngdoh, Tombisena
Devi and Asen Jamir along with few more girl cadets from the north east contingent
went through a harrowing experience at India Gate. The girl cadets were strolling
near India Gate when a group of men started following them.
‘Hey Chinky...hello Chinky...’ one of the men shouted at them.
The girls ignored the group of men.
‘Mera naam ching ching chu, ching ching chu...’ one of the men sang aloud.
The girls ignored the group of men and walked away.
‘Sayonara, sayonara...hey ching ching chu...’ the men kept following them.
The girls ignored the comments and walked away increasing their pace.
‘Mera joota hai Japani, yeh patlung chinesetani...’ the men continued their teasing.
Dorothy could not take it anymore.
She turned around and shouted ‘Bhaiya, hum bhi hindustani...please leave us alone’
‘Wah wah...ching ching chu hindi bola...kya chikni maal hain...’ the men continued
‘Chikni Chinky...Chikni Chinky...Chikni Chinky...’ the men shouted at them.
The girls faced them and Dorothy replied ‘Please bhaiya, we are also Indians...we
are not foreigners...please leave us alone’.
Tombisena said angrily ‘Kyun hame tang kar rehen hon, Aap logoke ma, behen nahin
On hearing this, the men got angry and started hurling abuses at the girl cadets.
They started to surround the girls and started approaching menacingly. With no choice,
the girls started shouting ‘Bachao, bachao, bachao...’
Luckily for the girl cadets, some more cadets from other mainland contingents were
present in the same area. The cadets from other mainland contingents recognized them
as fellow cadets and rescued them before the group of men could touch them.
Shocked and traumatized the girl cadets returned back to their camp.
Kholie Taniang from Arunachal Pradesh studied in an engineering college at Baroda.
During his first year at the college, he realized that most of the students in the
college had not heard about Arunachal Pradesh at all. During the ragging sessions
when the senior cadets asked him which place he belonged to, the typical conversation
would be ‘Where are you from?’
‘I hail from Arunachal Pradesh’ Kholie would reply.
‘Arunachal Pradesh...Where is Arunachal Pradesh?’
‘Arunachal Pradesh is located north of Assam’ Kholie would reply.
‘We have never heard of Arunachal Pradesh...Is it in China?’
‘No...Arunachal Pradesh is bordering China...but it is in India...it is a State of
India’ Kholie would reply.
Unable to pronounce his name, many students and teachers called him variety of names.
His names included ‘Kalia’, ‘Koolie’ and ‘Khali - after the famous WWF wrestler’.
Finally they settled to call him simply ‘Tanny’.
Many seniors and colleagues made fun of his appearance, eating habits and lack of
proficiency in Hindi. In fact when his roommate discovered that he ate pork, beef
and types of insects, he immediately asked for a change of room. For a few months
Kholie was the only student staying alone in a room in the entire batch as most students
refused to share his room! Due to his eating choices many students called him ‘Jungalee’
and ‘Adivasi’! However, by the time Kholie graduated from the engineering college,
he was accepted as a genuine member of the batch with these mundane differences set
aside. Many of his mainland batch mates turned out to be lifelong friends on whom
he could rely for almost anything.
State badminton team leaves for Guwahati
ITANAGAR, Nov 11: A 21-member State badminton team, including three officials, will
be leaving tomorrow for the North East Zone Inter State Badminton Championship-2014
beginning in Guwahati on November 13.
Arunachal Pradesh junior boys team won the championship for Narang Cup last year
while the junior girls team finished runners up to win the Shafi Qureshi Cup.
State’s top shuttler Laa Talar won the both U-19 and junior boys singles titles of
the championship last year.
Talar has just undergone a month-long intensive badminton coaching at Indonesia.
He will return to India tonight and lead the State team in the championship, informed
Arunachal State Badminton Association (ASBA) Secretary Bamang Tago.
Tago said he was hopeful of retaining the championship title.
“We have got some very good players in our team. They need to focus on playing to
their potential without worrying about the result. Hopefully, we can retain the title,”
Tago, who will be accompanying the team, said.