ITANAGAR, Nov 26: Much to the delight of the citizens, East Kameng District Headquarter
Seppa finally got a broadband connection under BSNL.
A small formal inauguration program was held at the office of the deputy commissioner
by connecting broadband service which was attended by DC Sandeep Kumar Singh and
other officials. SDOT Tao Tana further informed that the connection was done via
multi-media satellite. BSNL source informed that all the offices will be soon connected.
Apart from the government offices, the private firms and office may also get connectivity,
the source added. Broadband connectivity was long-felt demand of the district since
the BSNL’s Cell One service started functioning. The district headquarter has only
lone cyber-café run by the private operator which is the lone internet accessing
source for the public, because the National Information Centre (NIC) which is attached
to DC office is mostly for official purpose.
The broadband connectivity came up to reality after rigorous persuasion by East Kameng
Social Welfare and Culture Organization (EKSWCO) with the help of Superintendent
Engineer BSNL Shillong, Mara Kocho. Broadband is most the reliable and high speed
Society condemns alleged murder of woman
ITANAGAR, Nov 26: Dumporijo Constituency Peoples’ Welfare Society (DCPWS) has strongly
condemned the reported murder of Lt. Yagm Marde w/o Lt. Taga Marde aged about 50
years at her native village Aya Marde village under Dumporijo administrative circle.
The news of such heinous crime has shaken the people of Dumporijo as it is the first
incident of such kind happened till date, it said.
Marde’s body was reportedly found on Nov 23 at Aya Marde with injury marks.
The society also appreciated the prompt act of Likabali police and Talo Rebi Officer
Incharge PS. Dumporijo for arresting the suspect Md. Kasim Ali, Md. Sukur Ali, and
Md. Salman Ali hailing from North Lakimphur Assam at Likabali Check gate on Nov 24
when they were trying to flee away to Assam.
The DCPWS strongly demand the concern authority to nab the rest of the suspect labourers
engaged at Aya Marde village and conduct thorough investigation into the case to
unearth the motive of committing such heinous crime. The DCPWS also appeal the trying
judicial not to entertain any bail petition of the accused. Rather stringent punishment
be given to all those involved in such heinous crime and justice be delivered to
the deceased family, they said.
Union lodges complaint against PDS distributor
ITANAGAR, Nov 26: The Jigo Yego Students Union and the people of Likabali under West
Siang district have lodged a complaint against the Public Distribution System (PDS)
distributor M. K Poddar, (M.E.S) of Dhemaji Assam for illegally selling PDS items
to open market.
In its complaint letter which was submitted to both Deputy Commissioner West Siang
and Superintendent of Police, the union and the people of the area claimed that distributor
M.K Poddar is allegedly selling PDS items which is meant for genuine card holders
to open market. It added that public is not getting essential commodities such as
kerosene, rice, wheat flour and sugar at Likabali. It went on to claim that the genuine
ration card holders get PDS items after 3-4 months, depriving them of allotted quotas.
It further alleged that in order to cover up illegal selling of PDS items at the
open market; the distributor frequently changes the ration cards with malicious attention
to erase evidence of previous records. The union demanded the district administration
to investigate the matter and distributor is booked under appropriate section of
When contacted DC West Siang Pige Ligu confirmed about the complaint letter and informed
that he has sought report from the Sub-Divisional Officer Likabali on the matter.
However, this daily was unable to contact Mr Poddar for his reaction on the allegation.
Law Day celebrated
ITANAGAR, Nov 26: Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority (APSLSA) in collaboration
with the Arunachal Law Academy (ALA) celebrated Law Day.
While highlighting the significance of the celebration, Dani Belo, OSD, APSLSA, said
the day marks the anniversary of drafting of the Constitution by the constituent
APSLSA Member Secretary Budi Habung spoke on the role of legal services authority.
Additional Advocate General Kardak Ete spoke on ‘rule of law and its relevance in
today’s scenario’ and traced the ancient history of evolution of law until the modern
An easy competition was organized among the colleges and university students to mark
The programme was attended among others by Uttam Deka, Principal, ALA, Rosy Taba,
programme coordinator; Nani Modi, project assistant; faculties and students of ALA.
ITANAGAR, Nov 26: A Book Fair was organized by VKV PTC Banderdewa in the school premises
today as part of Library Week celebration from December 19 to 26.
A large number of people thronged the fair and enlisted their names to subscribe
various magazines for their wards to encourage the reading habits of their children.
Lack of interest in book and decline in reading culture among students is a cause
of major concern as it affects the overall academic development of a children, said
principal of the school. This type of celebration encourages the students in developing
their reading habits, he felt.
Parents are also requested to donate some valuable books to the school library. They
are also motivated to subscribe some of the magazines for their children.
Cultural meet held
ITANAGAR, Nov 26: The All Arunachal Youth Star Artiste Association (AAYSAA) has
organised its 1st Cultural Meet at Naharlagun on Nov 21 last.
A host of dignitaries including Ward No 4 Councillor of Itanagar Municipal Council
Gora Talang and All Arunachal Hotel Resort Restaurant & Bar Association president
Tagru Ponung were present on the occasion.
While attending the celebration the officials of the Art & Culture department encouraged
the participants to preserve and promote their own tradition and culture for younger
generation. They also stressed on promotion of integrity and unity among the citizens.
Call for shifting of HQs
ITANAGAR, Nov 26: All Palin Chambang Yangte Gangte & Tarak-Langdi Students’ Union
(APCYGTSU) has called upon the state Govt for immediate shifting of proposed Kara
Dadi district headquarters along with all offices at 50 bedded hospital buildings
at Palin town under Kurung Kumey district for the time being for the convenience
of the local public.
In its representation to the Chief Ministers, the Union stated that 50 bedded hospital
building at Palin town is suitable for functioning of temporary district headquarters
till the infrastructures at the permanent site are developed.
Crime against NE people in Delhi on the rise
Delhi Police registered 232 FIRs till Nov 21
ITANAGAR, Nov 26: Delhi Police has registered 232 FIRs of different types of crimes
against people of North East living in Delhi so far this year, according to a report.
A total of 872 complaint calls have so far been received by Delhi Police of which
666 are crime related. Delhi Police had registered 74 FIRs in 2013.
As per information obtained from SPUWC-special Unit of Police for Women and Children,
Nanak Pura by Arunachal Students Union Delhi (ASUD), Delhi Police has received 167
complaints related to quarrel, 56 eve teasing, 32 tenant/landlord dispute, 27 theft,
22 racial discrimination through social media etc, 22 kidnapping/missing, 20 salary
dispute, 16 snatching, 15 anti obscene, 13 molestation, six rape and four attempt
to rape, four murder and one attempt to murder, 74 threatening, cheating, robbery,
burglary, harassment, domestic violence etc. and 187 others.
Over two lakh people from North East are currently living in Delhi and National Capital
Region (NCR) on different occupations. About 10,000 people from North East come to
Delhi and NCR every year for education, employment and various other purposes. But,
people from the region are often subjected to racism and racially-motivated attacks
in the country because they share closer ethnic ties with South East Asians.
While expressing grave concern over increasing incidents of crimes against people
from North East in Delhi, ASUD appealed to the parents and relatives of the students
living in Delhi to visit them atleast once in six month.
Govt to set up committee of MPs to monitor NE projects
NEW DELHI, Nov 26: With over 700 ongoing development projects getting delayed in
the northeast, government is contemplating setting up a committee of MPs to monitor
such schemes in the region.
Minister for Development of North Eastern Region, Jitendra Singh said in Lok Sabha
that a total of 555 ongoing projects under the Non Lapsable Central Pool of Resources
(NLCPR) and 153 schemes being carried out by the North Eastern Council (NEC) are
delayed due to reasons like procedural problems and hostile climates besides other
"Very soon we will be able to overcome the hurdle," he said during Question Hour.
The Minister said the government was keen to involve all the 39 MPs of the Northeast
for proper implementation of developments projects and as part of the initiative
a meeting of the Parliamentarians will be held next month.
On a suggestion of RP Sharma (BJP), Singh said government was contemplating setting
a up a committee to monitor all development projects in the region.
Apart from providing funds under the scheme of NLCPR and NEC, funds are provided
for development schemes under capacity building and technical assistance and external
"13th Finance Commission has also recommended Grants-in-Aid for these states for
their specific needs," he said. PTI
Preserve nature’s bounty, harness
tourism potential: Governor
ITANAGAR, Nov 26: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma today
called upon the people of Lower Dibang Valley district to preserve nature’s bounty,
which they have inherited. Addressing the public meeting at Roing, he said that the
district has huge potential for tourism, adventure sports and eco related activities.
It has to be harnessed. The Governor also emphasized on promotion of handicrafts
and traditional knowledge of herbal medicines.
Noting that connectivity as the major challenge, the Governor advised the people
to act as a watchdog to ensure that the projects are implemented in time and quality
is maintained. For society to progress, it has to be bottom up. The local people
have to participate.
In his second leg of the two-day districts tour, the Governor urged the Goan Burahs
and elders of the society to wean away the youth from drugs and alcohol.
He said that youth are the engine of development, they have to be mentored and guided
to become a better citizen. The Governor appreciated the NGOs of the district and
women Self Help Groups for their social upliftment activities.
Speaking on the occasion, elected representatives of the district, Gum Tayeng, Parliamentary
Secretary Water Resource and Mutchu Mithi, Parliamentary Secretary Horticulture stressed
on better connectivity.
Later the Governor met the district heads of department and advised them to monitor
the projects for timely execution. He said wheel of development cannot be halted
due to procedural requirement. Work as a Team and get together. More dialogues are
required amongst the offices and agencies to facilitate the progress of projects
The Governor exhorted the officers to mentor brilliant students of the district.
He said such endeavour of the officers will create a momentum for better educational
environment in the district. He appreciated the initiative of the District administration
for the effort in drive against drugs and alcoholism amongst youth.
The Governor advised the power developers and construction companies in the district
to contribute towards the communities where they are executing their project under
social corporate responsibilities. He suggested them to provide necessary support
in heath and education sectors.
Shiv Kumar briefed the Governor on the developmental projects in the district. He
highlighted the potentials of the district and challenges.
Earlier yesterday, the governor addressed a public meeting at Anini. He urged upon
the people to be proud of their villages and land. He said that they are the sentinel
of the country and they should be proud of it. “Be rooted to your land, cultural
and traditions to preserve the age-old heritage of your tribe.” Government will ensure
that development reach to their doorsteps. If they are strong, whole of Arunachal
Pradesh and the country is secured.
The Governor informed that with ‘Frontier Road’ in the pipeline and District Connectivity
road under progress, development will touch every part of the district which is bestowed
with nature’s bounty.
Exhorting the people to not to depend solely on the Government, Governor urged the
people to help themselves in finding ways and means to address their challenges and
problems. The stressed on skill development and entrepenuership.
The Governor advised the people to avail benefit under Chief Minister’s Health Insurance
scheme and Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana. He also advised them on Swachchh Bharat
In his meeting with District Heads of Departments, the Governor advised them to ensure
that the policies and programmes of the government are implemented in true letter
and spirit. He gave emphasis on road connectivity, education and health sectors.
The Governor met the district officers, representatives from Government of India
organisations and power developers and discussed on the progress of projects and
programmes in the border district. The Deputy Commissioner of Dibang Valley Tamune
Miso briefed the Governor on the developmental projects and social indicators of
At Roing, the Governor laid the foundation Stone of the commencement of double laning
of 228 km Meka-Hunli-Anini Road. Border Road Organisation is executing the 16 km
The Governor also visited the construction sites of Meka-Bomjir Road under Navayuga
Enginering Ltd. Interacting with officials of the MoTRH and constructing agencies,
he exhorted them for timely completion of the project. (PRO to Governor)
CM lays foundation stones of Outdoor Stadium at Pasighat and Yupia
ITANAGAR, Nov 26: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today laid foundation stone of the much
awaited outdoor stadium at Pasighat general ground. He asked the Urban Development
and Housing Department, the implementing agency for early execution of the multi-crore
project and requested the local leaders to help the department for timely completion
of the construction works.
Construction of a well-equipped outdoor stadium at century-old Pasighat town is a
long pending demand of the local people. Inordinate delay in execution of the project
was causing a great deal of dissatisfaction among the people.
The state government under Sports & Youth Affairs sanctioned an amount of Rs 2.5
crore out of the total estimated project cost of Rs 40.90 crore for “Construction
of Outdoor stadium at Pasi-ghat” during early January this year.
Addressing a public gathering at the general ground, the chief minister said the
stadium would be equipped with all modern facilities for conducting state and national
level sport events. He hoped construction of the outdoor stadium will cater to the
needs of budding sportsperson and help in physical and mental development of the
He said that his government has formulated a comprehensive policy for development
of sport sector in the state.
Tuki also reiterated his government’s earlier announcement for awarding cash incentives
of Rs 25 lakhs to those players who qualify for Olympics, Rs 75 lakh and Rs One crore
respectively to those who win silver and gold medal in Olympics. He also informed
the gathering about 10 percent job reservation for meritorious sportspersons in some
He said that more than 300 youths have been recruited in government departments and
200 sportsmen will be recruited in the next years.
While referring to the policy of Students’ Talent Award, Tuki stated that the policy
for awarding laptop to meritorious students has been modified and the government
is planning to give laptop to every student who pass out matriculation (class X).
He gave emphasis on introduction of e-teaching and learning in government run schools
and said that steps are being initiated providing e-teaching training for school
teachers through internet.
“We have a proposal to start e-teaching in the schools of Itanagar and Pasighat as
model learning. I have instructed the education minister to take necessary steps
for early development of e-teaching system in our state”, the chief minister said.
Addressing the young school children, Tuki suggested them to obey their teachers.
He also urged the teaching community to discharge their duty with utmost sincerity
and dedication. He said that teachers’ role is vital in moulding a child’s future.
Expressing his optimism of a ‘Smart City’ at Pasighat, Tuki urged the local people
to work in united for overall development of the area.
Responding to a memorandum submitted by Pasighat Municipal Council, the chief minister
assured to provide all required facilities in phase-wise manner for effective functioning
of the municipality. He suggested the local leaders to approach the authority in
written form regarding their needs and problems, according to a report filed by our
Meanwhile, YUPIA DIPRO reported that Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has also laid the
foundation stone of construction of outdoor stadium at general ground here today.
While addressing the people on the occasion, Tuki described the outdoor stadium as
a dream project with a mission to promote and improve the games and sports activities
in the state. He called upon the executing department Urban Development and Housing
to award the construction works to well experienced contractors. Stressing on the
need of completion of the project within stipulated time, Tuki also called for maintaining
quality and construction of stadium at par with national and international level
Terming sports as a very big industry he said that with the changing time concept
of sports are also changing and it not only gives entertainment to masses but also
creates avenues for self employment among youths and likewise in Arunachal also it
will bring tangible changes in employment and development among youths of the state.
Assembly Speaker cum local legislator Nabam Rebia, while expressing his happiness
for fulfilling long cherished demand of an outdoor stadium at Yupia which will cater
to needs of youths of both rural and urban youths in sports activities, envisaged
on making Yupia District headquarter as one of model towns in state with all modern
facilities in days to come.
Calling for completion of the project on time he stated that stadium should be a
unique one and there should not be any compromise on quality of works.
The said outdoor stadium will have seating capacity of 15000 and it will be constructed
in an area of 28060 sqm.
The CM was accompanied by APCC President Padi Richo, Health and Family Welfare Minister
Kalikho Pul, Parliamentary Secretaries Likha Saaya, Karya Bagang, Tapuk Taku, Techi
Kaso and legislator Rajesh Tacho. A host of Govt officers including UD Secretary
Kapa Kholie, IPR, Art and Culture Secretary Dani Sulu, Capital DC Mige Kamki, Papum
Pare DC Tai Kaye, Director Housing Taba Tedir, public leaders, GBs attended the programme
which was organized by Urban Development and Housing, Itanagar in coordination with
HIV tests conducted for Arunachal
jail inmates and officials
ITANAGAR, Nov 26: Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society today conducted HIV
tests of 118 inmates of the Papum Pare district jail here, IGP (Prisons) Satyendra
Garg said. Garg, at whose initiative the project was launched, was the first to undergo
the HIV testing.
Of the 133 inmates of the jail, 118 including seven women underwent the test. The
testing programme was preceded by a counselling session for all jail officials and
inmates in the jail campus for creating awareness on HIV/AIDS and the relevance of
AIDS testing, Garg said.
Numerous queries from the participants were responded to by Arunachal Pradesh State
AIDS Control Society (APSACS) deputy director Tasor Pali. "Come out of the social
stigma against HIV/AIDS infected persons who are part of the society. Instead of
boycotting or rejecting, accepting them socially would do more good to them," Pali
said before Garg offered to be the first to be tested that evoked keen interest among
They queued up for the voluntary test conducted by a six-member team including technicians
If anyone was detected with HIV virus, it would be kept a secret and the person concerned
would counselled to go for treatment, said Deputy Director, Integrated Counselling
and Testing Centres (ICTC), Dr A Borang.
Of the total 13 lakh population, the APSACS has so far conducted HIV testing for
about 2.8 lakh population and 240 were detected HIV positive cases. PTI
West Kameng Indigenous Festival
ends on a happy note
BOMDILA, Nov 26: The West Kameng Indigenous Festival, which was organized with the
objectives of unifying the different tribes of West Kameng district and promoting
the district’s age-old culture and tradition, was concluded on a happy note. From
traditional sports and performances to delicious local cuisines, the festival had
plenty on offer for the visitors.
Attending the valedictory function, Tourism Parliamentary Secretary Mama Natung called
upon the people of district to preserve indigenous culture and tradition terming
that culture is our identity. He urged the youths to play a pro-active role in guarding
own culture from being extinct. Natung assured that the festival would be made a
part of state’s calendar events. The Tourism Parliamentary Secretary also disclosed
that the state government is initiating to adopt a policy for preserving the indigenous
In his address West Kameng Indigenous People’s Society (WKIPS) Chairman Bonny Sakrinsow
said that the festival was a step towards to promote and preserve our valuable culture
He further said that society has been working on preservation of rich culture and
traditional values, promoting communal harmony since its inception.
Besides colourful performances by cultural troupes of various ethnic tribes and fashion
show, the final day of the festival featured a felicitation programme of outstanding
achievers of the district. Among those who were felicitated were P.K. Thungon (the
first Chief Minister of the State), R.K. Khrimey (the first elected MP), Y.D. Thongchi
(the first APCS/IAS (nominated) and Sahitya Akademi Awardee), Deputy Speaker T.N.
Thongdok (the first Chief Engineer and the first to win the Rajat Kamal Award for
Best Feature Film for Languages in 2014), and Anshu Jamsenpa (the first woman to
scale Mount Everest).
Bridge construction without tender sought
RUKSIN, Nov 26: The Panchayat leaders and members of Bosing Banggo area under Pasighat-East
constituency have sought the PWD Commissioner’s intervention for execution of bridge
construction project departmentally without calling tender.
A team of PRI leaders led by Bosing-I ZPM Namuk Taloh yesterday submitted a representation
to the Commissioner stating that bridge construction over Poglek and Tolon rivers
that were entrusted to Pasighat division should be executed departmentally and no
tender should be invited for the work.
It may be mentioned that DoNER Ministry has sanctioned an amount of fund Rs 16.23
under Non-lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) project for “Construction of
PSC-girder RCC bridge over Poglek and Tolon rivers” at Yagrung portion along Pasighat-Ledum-Tene
The PRI members in their representation said that major bridge projects at Remi,
Mingo, Myone-korong and Tatsing rivers along Mebo-Dhola road were constructed departmentally
within stipulated time. They further claimed that many major projects in the district
which are being executed by various agencies/contractors are lying incomplete causing
concern among the local people.
The turbulent Poglek and Tolon rivers frequently change its course and breach the
road every year during monsoon causing hardship to users of the road.
Itanagar, Nov 26: International visitors have been impressed by the effort of local
Self Help Groups (SHGs) to improves their life through income generation activities
like piggery, handloom and in agri-horti allied sector.
Recently, a group of people from Future Generations/USA visited the Future Generations
Arunachal (FGA) program site as a part of workshop interaction with SHGs members
in Sille-Oyan and Mechuka.
They also interacted with medical staffs of Primary Health Center (PHC), Sille which
is managed by Future Generations Arunachal under public private partnership mode
of Government of Arunachal Pradesh.
Beside this, the rice cultivation practice and training imparted by FGA in 2009 at
Mechukha has also brought fruitful results. As such, SHG members of Mechukha are
increasing the size of the field and production every year, the release said.
Future Generations Arunachal under its belt has integrated the SHGs into federation
and taken up the initiative to promote the Self Help Groups through training and
Farmers draws attention on non-availability of fish seeds
ITANAGAR, Nov 26: Huzar Lollen, IAS, Commissioner (Fisheries) visited Sagalee on
Tuesday to inspect the fisheries activity in the area.
The progressive fish farmers of Sagalee area expressed their grievances to the Commissioner
regarding the non- availability of fish seeds. The Officers of the Fisheries Department
apprised the Commissioner that the months of May- July are the breeding season for
Indian major carps and exotic carps and fish seeds are usually distributed during
these months. When he was informed that seeds could not be distributed to the farmers
due to disrupted road communication during these months, he advised the District
Fisheries Development Officer, Yupia and Extension officer (Fisheries), CD Block,
Sagalee to make necessary arrangements for supply of advanced fingerlings to the
fish farmers once the road communication is restored, preferably during August and
September every year.
He also suggested to the Officers of the Fisheries Department to revive the transit
fish seed nursery at Sagalee and rear fish seeds to meet the demands of fish farmers.
He inspected the fish ponds of Nabam Taram at Nimte village, Techi Takia, Gaon Burah
and Tarah Eya of Sagalee. He was impressed to see the integrated fish farming, poultry
cum fish culture of Techi Takia.
Painting competition to create awareness on water conservation
NAHARLAGUN, Nov 26: The growing scarcity of water world over and India in particular
needs a clarion call to make people aware of the need for water conservation. For
this purpose Union Ministry of Water Resource, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation
is conducting nation-wide school level painting competition to create awareness among
As per the directive of the concerned Union Ministry, a state level painting competition
was organized by Central Ground Water Board (CGWB), state unit office at the conference
hall of Itanagar Municipal Council, Naharlagun today. This is the 5th state level
painting competition organized by CGWB and the theme of the completion is “Save a
drop, save the future.”
Out of the 50 students of class 6 to 8 standards selected by a committee of five
jury members for their best paintings in school level competitions, 44 students
took part in the state level competition.
The 1st prize winner in state level competition Soham Kondu (Class-VI, KV1 Naharlagun)
was awarded with cash prize of 10,000, 2nd prize winner Kumar Souvik Dey (Class VIII)
won Rs 8,000 and 3rd prize winner Priyanka Bhowmik (Class VII) got Rs 5,000. 10
consolation prize winners were awarded Rs 1000 each.
The winners of first, second and third prize from Arunachal Pradesh would be called
to take part in the National level painting competitions scheduled to be held at
New Delhi in December next.
Later addressing the prize distribution ceremony, R K Kalita, Scientist, CWGB gave
a brief account on how school level painting and state level painting completions
were organized. He requested the students to spread the massage of save water and
conserve water for our future.
Speaking on the occasion V N Pandey, Superintending Engineer, Water Resource (TW&GW
Divin) expressed the view that high rainfall of the state should be tapped through
rain water harvesting. Every drop of water should be saved and utilized for economic
development of the state.
WRD has implemented demonstrative structures in several schools, community halls,
hospitals and other public buildings with funding from the Central Ground Water Board
to create awareness amongst the people of the need to conserve water.
Addressing the gathering K Ramanand, Scientist, CGWB, North East Region, Guwahati
emphasized the need of water conservation in the hilly state of Arunachal Pradesh
due to changing nature of global climate.
CGWB had sanctioned an amount of 2.5 crore during the years 2007-2012 to WRD, GoAP
to implement a demonstrative project on Artificial Recharge to Ground water by Roof
Top Rain Water Harvesting in 6 districts namely - East Kameng, East Siang, West siang
Lower Dibang Valley, Papum Pare and Tawang. An impact assessment study was also carried
out and it has been found that the local population in the above mentioned districts
has immensely benefitted by these projects. T Ketan, Chief Engineer, PHE department
also spoke on the occasion. DIPR
AAPSU meets VC
ITANAGAR, Nov 26: A team of All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) headed
by its president Kamta Lapung met Rajiv Gandhi University Vice Chancellor Prof. Tamo
Mibang at his office today apropos of its memorandum submitted to Union Minister
for Human Resource Development Smriti Zubin Irani on November 19 at her office in
Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi.
The Vice-Chancellor after having a threadbare discussion with the delegates assured
that Electronic and Communication, Physical Education and Master in Social Works
(MSW) departments would be introduced in the post-graduate level from the next academic
session. He also assured the delegation that the authority will increase the intake
capacity of all the departments of RGU from the next academic session.
AAPSU spokesperson Tanya Agu urged the Vice Chancellor to introduce subjects like,
Public Administration and Sociology in both graduate and post-graduate levels as
these are the core subjects which are opted by majority of the aspiring candidates
of APPSC examination.
AAPSU president Kamta Lapung expressed gratitude on behalf of the students’ union
to the Vice-Chancellor for giving his assurance and commitment responding to the
request of the delegation.
ALSU opposes land compensation to Chakmas
ITANAGAR, Nov 26: Arunachal Law Students Union (ALSU) today opposed the inclusion
of Chakma refugees’ names in the land affected people list for the land compensation
of Greenfield Airport at Hallongi.
In a representation to the chief minister, ALSU demanded for immediate cancellation
and strike out the names of 156 refugees’ from the list.
The union claimed that the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India has approved
a sanction of Rs.645.72 crore for the construction of Greenfield Airport and Rs 153.46
crore for rehabilitation of 156 displaced Chakma families on 17th July 2014.
It also disclosed that the state government has decided to pay compensation to affected
landowners including Chakma refugees.
It expressed apprehension that the government and authority at helms of affairs may
misappropriate the amount in the name of land compensation. It added the affected
land in which Chakma refugees fall under was part of Dropong Reserved Forest which
was de-reserved by the government way back in 1978 for settlement of Chakma Refugees.
There is no need to pay land compensation to Chakma Refugees since they are going
to be rehabilitated at Kokila, ALSU stated.
Alleging that kits and kins of politicians and influential people in the state are
getting direct and indirect benefits from the land compensation, ALSU demanded for
striking out of 263 private individual names from the land affected owners lists.
ALSU President Tadar Tarish questioned the state government decision to pay compensation
to the affected people. Tarish claimed that half of the proposed site for Greenfield
Airport falls under Dropong Reserved Forest area which is purely the government land
and others occupied by the Chakma Refugees whom government has decided to rehabilitate
at Kokila. ALSU expressed concern that if the amount sanctioned for construction
of airport is used for compensation, the airport will be a reality.
The Delhi government recently has imposed ban on purchase of new official vehicles
until the old ones complete their required life cycles. It further stated that new
vehicles purchased should be of Rs 4.75 lakh or below in price.
When the government of a cash rich and economically self reliant area goes ahead
with such self imposed austerity measure, shouldn’t the government of a poor and
economically dependent state of Arunachal Pradesh follow suit ? Shouldn’t the extravaganza
T. Damik, Itanagar
Overloaded trucks on difficult terrains
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to ventilate some of the menace of overloading
in truck destined towards difficult terrain road.
A mechanism should be there in place to regulate goods loaded in trucks destined
for difficult terrain like West Siang (Silapather to Aalo). Those travelling by the
road might have experienced that many trucks overloaded with goods are found parked
about in the road almost blocking the road, as they are not able to move uphill with
such huge load.
The load being abnormally huge, the brake pedal become incompatible to control the
truck, especially while negotiating steep down road, as consequence it goes berserk,
costing lives and goods.
Huge stones kept all along the road are again a menace of overloaded truck, as these
trucks being unable to move upward with such huge load get stranded. The truckers
use stone to secure control of the truck and after they leave the spot, these stones
are kept scattered in the road.
These stones left behind by the truckers in the road become a danger to other vehicles
especially when two vehicles coming from opposite direction meet in such point as
they finds no place to make way for the other vehicle.
The road between Shilapatar to Aalo is narrow with no space for overtaking. Often
vehicle following after such overloaded truck has to move on a snail pace all along
It is therefore desirable to have a strong regulation to check overloading of trucks,
especially destined towards difficult and hilly terrain.
Health care and transfer
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to make a humble appeal to our Health Minister
Kaliko Pul to standardise the medical facility, infrastructures and most importantly,
take necessary steps to enhance the number of doctors in the state instead of seeking
mass transfer of doctors. The medical entrance examination has to be to be modified
so as to increase MBBS seat from existing 30 to at least upto 100 seats under government
of India. The cry for medical officer is in every corner of the state. Even in capital
areas there are no surplus medical officers. Still required numbers of doctors are
much less in the twin capital town as compared to the numbers of patients.
By taking consideration into all the activities undertaken by the minister, it is
praiseworthy. We expect the able minister to bring more improvement into the medical
scenario in the state but please avoid the process of mass transfer of doctors because
nowhere in the state there are surplus doctors.
Tirbin, West Siang
RSS, BJP relations and media
These days the RSS appears in news media in a wrong way or the other way around.
I being a sympathiser of the RSS got to know and learn the organization in this way.
The RSS or Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh is one of the largest voluntary organizations
in the world. The organization was founded in 1925 at Nagpur by Dr Keshav Hedgewar,
and their motto is man making, nation building. The RSS members are dedicated, disciplined,
clean imaged, open hearted people and sacrificing their whole life for the good cause
of the nation. Whereas, BJP was founded as Jan Sang in 1952 by Dr.Shyama Prasad Mukherjee,
who was then an intimate friend of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Because of ideological
differences between the two leaders, Jan Sang was born. Dr. Mukherjee persuaded some
of the RSS members to join in Jan Sang party, from there onwards the mentor student
relation of RSS and BJP began. So, even today that father son relation like bonding
between RSS and BJP exists. But RSS do not interfere in day to day politics of BJP.
Many a times RSS BJP relation is portrayed in a wrong way. This wrong perception
comes through media, selfish politician, pseudo secular and communist. If political
leader go to social reformer, cultural reformer for interaction, that’s a good sign.
Political leaders also go to RSS for their suggestion and discussion, that’s also
a good sign. In fact, the working of RSS and BJP are very different, some of the
BJP worker are members of RSS. If RSS members are competent, well matured, clean
imaged, not selfish and dedicating their whole life for the good cause of nation,
why they can’t be given the responsible post like CM/PM to run the government, for
the greater interest of society and the nation? Moreover, there should be no question
of tussle between RSS and BJP in the long run, since RSS is not a political party,
it is simply a voluntary organization whose members love to serve for the cause of
the country. Hence, I appeal all the citizens, members of society to learn more about
the RSS by interacting with its members, so that you could know the real face of
Dr. Siang Tamut
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Peace and development
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reminded the SAARC leaders that violence and peace
cannot go together. He called upon the member nations to combat terror and transnational
crimes together in order to ensure peace in South Asia region. He was addressing
the 18th SAARC summit in Kathmandu on Wednesday (Nov 26). On this day of November
26, 2008, terrorists killed as many as 166 people in Mumbai. Recalling the horror
of Mumbai terror attack Modi rightly said "we feel the endless pain of lost lives.
As neighbours, we should be available for each other in good and bad times."
It is not out of the perspective to mention here that when the PM was advocating
for peace in the South Asia region, an Assam based insurgent outfit reportedly prepared
a plan to carry out serial blasts and other subversive activities at Guwahati ahead
of Modi's scheduled visit to Assam.
There is no denying the fact that most of the tourists like to visit only some selected
places in North East due to wrong reason or wrong propaganda about the region.
A peaceful environment is not only necessary for development activities in North
East, it also requires for making this region a tourist hot spot and hub of educational
and research activities.