The Arunachal Times greets its esteemed readers, well-wishers and patrons on the
auspicious occasion of Durga Puja. October 13 and 14 being holidays, there will be
no issue of this daily on October 14 and 15.
BJP not to field candidate in Dambuk bypoll
ITANAGAR, Oct 12: Arunachal Pradesh BJP State Level Election Committee unanimously
decided not to field party candidate in the ensuing 42-Dambuk Assembly Constituency
bye election. This decision was taken by BJP state level election committee after
hours long threadbare discussions and analysis on the overall political situation
of the state in its meeting held at the party HQ here this evening. The meeting
presided over by party president Tai Tagak was also attended by the National General
Secretary Tapir Gao. The party furtehr decided to strengthen organization for the
forth coming parliamentary elections and gear up the party.
There were three applicants for the party ticket from within and outside the party
for Dambuk bye-election, the BJP said.
APSCW, APWWS condemn inappropriate behavior on girl students
ITANAGAR, Oct 12: Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) and Arunachal
Pradesh Women Welfare Society (APWWS) have vehemently condemned the alleged inappropriate
behavior on girl students at Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) on October 9.
This incident has once again proved the fact that Indian women and children are not
secure in public places and even at temple of learning, APSCW chairperson Gumri Ringu
said in a press statement.
Meanwhile, the APSCW chairman quoting sources from the university informed that RGU
has got its own sexual harassment redressal cell where the victim(s) of such incident
can lodge complaint for onward proceeding of the case.
Expressing serious concern over molestation of girl students of Rajiv Gandhi University
by their Professor recently, Galo Students' Union (GSU) has urged the authority concerned
to take stern action against the culprit for his shameful act as well defaming the
image of the highest learning institute of the state by committing such crime.
ATSU appeals Govt. to mitigate problems of Daporijo Degree College
ITANAGAR, Oct 12: A team of All Tagin Students’ Union (ATSU) headed by its president
visited Daporijo Degree College, Upper Subansiri recently and discussed with the
Principal about various problems faced by the students and staff of the college.
According to an ATSU release, the team’s discussion with the principal touched numerous
problems like shortage of teacher, insufficient infrastructure, lack of transportation
facility for students and staff, offering of limited number of departments (course)
As told by the principal, ATSU said, the college offers courses in English (Comp
& Elective), Political Science, History and Economics only.
The team also raised the issue of permanent site of the college at Jeram village.
ATSU appreciated the principal and his staff for running the college smoothly without
Meanwhile, ATSU appealed to the state government to look into the various problems
of the college and solve them at the earliest in the larger interest of the students.
It also appealed to all to support the college for its growth.
Tuki apprised of metro rail functioning
NEW DELHI, Oct 12: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today visited the Delhi Metro to get
a first-hand account of the functioning of the metro rail. At the Udyog Bhavan Metro
Station, Tuki was apprised by the officials of Delhi Metro about the different facilities
and functioning at the metro rail.
The Chief Minister lauded the officials for making Delhi Metro one of the most efficient
urban transportation systems of not only the country but in Asia.
The visit of the Chief Minister comes in the wake of his various discussions with
different agencies of the Government of India to develop a state of the art transportation
and connectivity system in the state to counter the challenges of travel within the
Later, he travelled from Udyog Bhavan Metro station to Race Course Metro station
to get a feel of travelling by metro.
Youth leadership development prog. begins today
ITANAGAR, Oct 12: The organizer has informed that it has almost completed preparation
to host the mega state level youth leadership development programme with theme ‘Vijay
Hi Vijay’ at VKV Nirjuli campus as part of Swami Vivekananda’s 150th birth anniversary.
Around 500 students/youths from various polytechnics, degree colleges, postgraduate
institutions from all over the state have registered to participate in the four days
program beginning tomorrow.
The programme aims to create awareness about national integration among youths, develop
their personality, leadership quality, positive attitude and build confidence, informed
the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda Celebration Committee of Arunachal
Prant, in a release.
ITANAGAR, Oct 12: BJP Kishan Morcha Unit urged the state government to cancel the
Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) signed with NEEPCO Ltd. for execution of 3,750MW Siang
Upper Stage-II Hydroelectric Project.
Describing the environmental, social and ecological consequences of mega dams, the
BJP Morcha said that the dam, if constructed, will totally submerge the entire fertile
land of Siang valley, the only place which produces good agriculture and horticulture.
“We, being the responsible members of the society cannot tolerate such injustice
to the farmers,” the morcha said, adding that the state’s power requirement can be
met through the various on going projects.
Border dispute leading to unsavoury incidents with
China: Salman Khurshid
On Board PM's Special Aircraft, Oct 12: Amid criticism over China issuing stapled
visas to two archers from Arunachal Pradesh, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid
today said "differing perceptions" on the border issue lead to such "unsavoury" incidents,
but they should not affect cooperation in other areas.
"We have developed with China a very specific understanding which is a two-track
process. There are some unresolved issues with China," Khurshid told reporters while
returning with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh from Indonesia.
"Essentially, the unresolved issue with China is the differing perception as far
as the boundary is concerned," he said.
The Minister was asked about the recent incident of two archers from Arunachal who
were not allowed to board a flight to Guangzhou due to stapled Chinese visas and
whether these incidents would affect bilateral talks, especially ahead of Singh's
visit to China later this month.
Top officials of Archery Association of India expressed shock and anger over the
incident and sought immediate intervention of the government.
Mihu Maselo and Yumi Sorang -- both 14 years old -- were disallowed by China Southern
Airlines authorities from boarding a Guangzhou-bound flight at the IGI Airport, saying
they will not be allowed to enter China as they don't have affixed visa on their
"On the Line of Actual Control (LAC) as well as the boundary, we have differing perceptions.
These differing perceptions lead to some unsavoury and unacceptable events and incidents
as far as we are concerned," Khurshid said.
"At the same time, over the years we have come to an understanding that within the
areas that we don't have differences, India and China can continue to collaborate,
cooperate and move forward.
"As far as the difference of perception on the boundary is concerned, we continue
to handle them through the mechanism that we have put in place," he said.
"Some of these mechanisms deal with maintenance of peace and tranquillity at the
boundary and the LAC and some of those mechanisms look at the long-term perspective
of how we can move towards a final resolution of the border issue," Khurshid said.
"So, while this remains in process and in the pipeline, there are periodic incidents
that take place for which we have our own standard procedures in place and we respond
with those standard procedures," he said.
Khurshid, however, said he was not well informed about what exactly been done in
this particular case.
"But we certainly regret that two young archers could not go to China because of
this issue. This has happened before vis-a-vis visas given to residents of Arunachal
Pradesh and we have resolved those matters, sometimes through diplomatic means and
sometimes through just passage of time," he said. PTI
Partial respite to East Siang people as APDCL releases 3 MW power
PASIGHAT, Oct 12: Assam Power Distribution Company Ltd (APDCL), North Lakhimpur has
given partial respite to the people here by releasing 3 MW power on October 9 evening.
According to official sources, the APDCL has released the power allocation from central
sector to Arunachal through the 33/11 kv Jonai Sub-station to mitigate the power
shortage in East Siang district.
In an official release, Rokom Bado, Superintending Engineer (E), DoPAP informed that
considering capacity constraints of 132/33 kv Sub-station at Dhemaji, the Assam Electricity
Grid Corporation Ltd. (AEGCL) sanctioned 3 MW of power to be wheeled to Arunachal
Pradesh at 33 kv through Jonai Sub-station.
In this regard, an agreement was made between the government of Arunachal Pradesh
represented by the Superintending Engineer (E), Arunachal Pradesh Electrical Circle
No.II, Department of Power, Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam Power Distribution
Company Ltd. represented by the North Lakhimpur based Chief Executive Officer.
Meanwhile, local MLA and Education Minister Bosiram Siram hoped that after releasing
of Arunachal’s share of power from central sector, the people of Pasighat will get
uninterrupted power supply now onwards. This has come as a big respite to the citizens,
who spent a harrowing past due to severe power crisis.
Deputy Commissioner Nidhi Srivastava while informing about the district administration’s
efforts for restoration of power in Pasighat, hoped the department will work toward
ensuring smooth operation of all electricity networks in coming days. DIPRO
Proper scientific temperament is the hallmark of a progressive society: CM
NEW DELHI, Oct 12: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has stressed the need for developing
a proper scientific temperament among school level students of the state to enable
them to face the challenges of future.
Interacting with a delegation of school students from Arunachal Pradesh who were
in New Delhi to participate at the National Level Inspire Awards Exhibition organized
by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, Tuki congratulated
the students whose science models were selected for the exhibition after winning
successfully in the state level.
He observed that proper scientific temperament is the hallmark of a progressive society.
“In the 21st century you should concentrate in your studies to increase your knowledge,
ideas and learning to stay in pace with the rest of the world,” he advised the budding
Interacting with the students, the Chief Minister further added that the world has
become a global village due to the advances made by modern science and therefore
the present times have opened up a window of unlimited possibilities for the students.
Secretary Planning Sonam Chombay and Political Secretary to CM Bamang Tago were also
present in the interaction.
The delegation comprised of students Yarda Yayum, Tai Yethchey, Deepanki Dhar, Mekhya
Tajo, Kaushal Kumar Rai, teacher Satish Tewari and guardian Debajit Dhar.
We must convince PM to take up Visa issue with China: Rijiju
ITANAGAR, Oct 12: Visa controversy cannot be solved between State Govt and Archery
Association. It is China's policy to issue stapled Visa to the people from Arunachal
and the issue can be resolved at the summit level talks between two head of the govts
of India and China or through diplomatic level negotiation,” said former Member of
Parliament and Archery Association of India Vice President Kiren Rijiju today.
Saying that the CM blamed Archery Association which is not a Govt body, Rijiju further
said “the stapled visa issue is emotional to all of us as it relates to our status
and identity. We should not be divided on this issue at all.”
Pointing out that India has been avoiding stapled visa issue with China at all levels
of talks in recent times,” Rijiju strongly advocated that Prime Minister must be
persuaded to raise this issue with his Chinese counterpart.
The former MP and AAI vice president was reacting to the remarks of the chief minister
Nabam Tuki. Tuki yesterday said “the Archery Association of India (AAI) should have
taken earlier precautions to ensure that regular visas were granted to the two Arunachalee
players. He said the State Government was not informed in advance about the grant
of stapled visas which could have been avoided if the AAI and the state association
had been alert about such a possibility.”
However, the AAI vice president said “the Advisers and officials of the Chief Minister's
Office should have briefed the Chief Minister properly on serious matters like Foreign
Policy and Visa policy of another country before making press statement. It is good
that the CM met the two young Archers from Arunachal Pradesh at Delhi Arunachal Bhavan.
I'm sure Nabam Tuki will not make demeaning statement without wrong guidance.” Rijiju
further said that he has been silently doing his best for Archers from Arunachal
Pradesh and North East as a whole to get best of training and best possible opportunity
to play for India. Recently these two young Arunachalees brought laurels for India
from Mongolia, he added.
The AAI vice president further said that last National Indian Round Archery Championship
held at Naharlagun was conducted purely through Archery Association of Arunachal's
self managed resources and State Govt didn't contribute a penny despite request.
Even Archery Association of Arunachal has submitted a proposal to state Govt to support
Compound Round National Championship at Itanagar but the file is pending with State
Govt for more than two years now!, he claimed.
Counselling prog for civil service aspirants
ITANAGAR, Oct 12: An interaction cum counselling programme for civil service aspirants
of Yachuli Assembly Constituency, who have cleared their APPSCCE Prelims-2013 at
Science Centre, Indira Gandhi Park was organized here today.
Attending the programme, MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary (Agriculture) Likha Saaya
appreciated the hard work of all the 18 aspirants from the Ziro-II area and awarded
them with cash incentives as a token of encouragement. He advised them to work hard
to achieve their ultimate goal of clearing the Main Examination.
The MLA, however, expressed disappointment over the uninspiring turnout of participants
saying “unlike political gatherings, attendance is always low at such educational
gatherings. I was expecting more participants along with their guardians in today’s
Director of Higher and Technical Education Dr Joram Begi encouraged the candidates
to study hard and gather as much information as possible from all sources to prepare
themselves for the Main examination. Under Secretary (Education) Likha Teji, Circle
Officer Itanagar Bengia Yakar and Circle Officer Doimukh Dr Dana Una also shared
their experiences as resource persons on how they had prepared for the examinations.
All of them collectively opined that there was no short-cut to success. They advised
them to keep their minds cool and focus only on their goal to achieve success.
The programme co-ordinators were Talam Har Neelam and Likha Jamin.
State Judo team announced
ITANAGAR, Oct 12: Arunachal Judo Association (AJA) has selected 25 judokas for the
National Youth and Junior Judo Championships-2013-14 for Boys & Girls to be held
at Harivans Tana Bhagat Indoor Stadium, Ranchi, Jharkhand from November 10 to 14.
The selected judokas will undergo training at Multipurpose Indoor Hall of Sangay
Lhaden Sports Academy (SLSA), Chimpu here from tomorrow as a preparation for the
forthcoming championship. Coach Yum Pangkhu will impart training while Tagru Magong
will be the team Manager during the coaching camp, according to an AJA release.
Forest offices running without infrastructure, vehicle
RUKSIN, Oct 12: The Forest Range (Territorial) office at Nari ADC headquarters and
forest beat offices at New Seren, Telam, Dekapam and Depi are running without office
building, inspection vehicles and other necessary infrastructure for years, which
is creating immense problem for the officers and staff in discharging their duties.
According to the local people, illegal activities like poaching, fishing, and indiscriminate
collection of timber and other forest wealth are going on unabated in the forest
areas under Nari RO for the last some months. The locals alleged that the illicit
traders and hunter are having a field day in Nari-Seren and Ramle Banggo areas, but
the divisional forest office at Pasighat is quite silent over the issue.
Report from Nari-Koyu reveals that illegal intrusion in the forest areas, collection
of timber and other forest wealth area going on unabated, which is creating concern
among the PRI members of Nari-Seren and Ramle Banggo area. According to them, the
forest officers are failing to check the illegal activities as the department has
no men and machinery to mitigate the situation.
The public leaders of Kora circle during December last year moved East Siang Deputy
Commissioner and the local MLA to impose ban on collection of forest resources and
hunting in the forest area falling under Nari-Koyu constituency. They also urged
the authority to take step for seizure of guns, which are used in poaching of wild
lives, but their plea had failed to yield any positive outcome.
Recently, Nari-Seren ZPM, Kenyom Dabii, in a memorandum submitted to the state’s
Principal Chief Conservator of Forest(PCCF) urged him to facilitate the forest department
officials with manpower and inspection vehicles in order to check the illegal activities
reigning in the reserve forest. He also demanded construction of office building
and staff quarters at Range office at Nari HQ and other four Forest Beat Offices.