CHANGLANG, Oct 22: State Transport Services of Changlang district, Miao today introduced
a new deluxe bus service on Miao -Dibrugarh route. It is hoped the new bus service
will not only benefit the passengers on this route but also generate revenue. DIPRO
Ban AMSU, demand public
ITANAGAR, Oct 22: The public of Tezu Township have demanded complete ban on All Mishmi
Students Union (AMSU) with immediate effect.
“Since AMSU has distracted itself from its aim and objectives we cannot allow our
innocent children to join AMSU and involve in bloodshed,” a group of senior public
and panchayat leaders, in a signed statement to Lohit Deputy Commissioner said while
referring to the September 27 incident.
Derecognized AAI not eligible for any assistance from Govt
ITANAGAR, Oct 22: With de-recognition of Archery Association of India (AAI) by the
Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports for failing to conduct elections in accordance
with the National Sports Development Code despite of the direction of the Delhi High
Court in December last year, the association is no more eligible for financial assistance
under the scheme of assistance of National Sports Federations (NSFs) and other relevant
schemes of the ministry as well as other forms of support available from the government
to recognized NSFs.
This was informed in an official statement by state sports and youth affairs department.
Daporijo dwellers demand ban on gambling
ITANAGAR, Oct 22: Claiming that Dice game, a form of gambling, continued till October
16 even after expiry of the permitted period which was till October 10 in Daporijo,
the district headquarters of Upper Subansiri district, the residents of Polo Colony
Part II, Daporijo has requested the district administration not to give permit for
gambling on each and every festival other than 'Diwali' in future.
“Permission for playing dice or other forms of gambling in Durga Puja is given nowhere
in the state. But in Upper Subansiri, the district administration has granted permission
to play dice in the last Durga Puja for 12 days,” the colony secretary claimed in
Alleging that the issuing authority has illegally collected about Rs. 60,000 by granting
permit for 12 days from October five to 16, it wanted to know from the DC the purpose
of collecting the money and its utilization. It alleged that permission was first
given for six days and later, it was extended for another six days.
“Such gambling activities not only disturb the atmosphere of the area but also create
law and order problem,” the release said, and appealed to all senior citizens, students
unions, NGOs, market committees to fight against all forms of gambling in the district
to maintain peace and tranquility.
Audition for quiz competition held
ITANAGAR, Oct 22: Audition for Northeast India Wai-Wai Inter School Quiz Competition,
a television show of NE TV Guwahati, executed by Spectrum Events—a group of event
management—was held today at Royal International School Papu Nallah.
Former NESO secretary general Gumjum Haider attended the programme and encouraged
the participating students.
Haider advised them to develop the spirit of healthy competition as they are equally
competent and can compete with students from other developed countries.
Social service cum wildlife protection awareness prog
ITANAGAR, Oct 22: Aseries of mass social service cum forest and wildlife protection
awareness programme were conducted in and around Potin area near Yazali in Lower
Subansiri district on October 8, 9 and 19.
Organized by Potin Amchi Rub Welfare Committee (PARWA), the programme was attended
by the PRI leaders, GBs and intellectuals of the area.
On the last day, all the participants took pledge to protect and preserve forest
The association also decided to extend one-time financial help to its Class X and
XII toppers for their higher education as a token of encouragement.
Veteran Cup Football
E&K’s, OSC register wins
NAHARLAGUN, Oct 22: E&K’s defeated Legislative Assembly by solitary goal in the first
Veteran Cup Football Tournament at Rajiv Gandhi stadium here this afternoon.
The all important goal was scored by Tadar Joy in 31 minute.
In another match of the day, Officers Sports Club (OSC) defeated Ward No 25 Prem
Nyali Ete, Tali Miroh and Techi Tado scored a goal each for OCS in 4th, 15th and
20th minutes respectively. The goals for Ward No 25 were scored by Toko Tacho and
Heri Mania in the 35th and 40th minutes.
Today’s matches: E&K’s vs Arunachal United; and Kameng Veteran vs Siang United.
ATYO for realignment of TAH in Upper Subansiri
ITANAGAR, Oct 22: The All Tagin Youth Organization (ATYO) has requested the authority
concerned for immediate re-alignment of road plan of Trans Arunachal Highway (TAH)
so that it passes through Daporijo town.
In a letter to Upper Subansiri DC, ATYO said that as per the proposed alignment the
road does not touch Daporijo town as the road has been diverted to Dumporijo directly
from 1 km ahead of Daporijo town.
It threatened to launch phase-wise democratic movement if the demand is not fulfilled
within two weeks.
2nd PLY Memorial Trophy from Nov 1
ITANAGAR, Oct 22: Apatani Women Sports Club (AWSC) will organize the second Inter-School
Girls Football and Volleyball Championships for Padi Lailyang Yaaku (PLY) Memorial
Trophy for secondary and higher secondary level students at Subansiri Stadium, Ziro,
Lower Subansiri District from November one to four.
AACWA reiterates demand
ITANAGAR, Oct 22: The All Arunachal Contractors’ Welfare Association (AACWA) has
reiterated its various demands before the state government for immediate fulfillment.
Expressing anguish over non-fulfillment of the demands despite repeated pleas, AACWA
in a release said that a memorandum was submitted to the chief minister on September
30 last giving 30 days to meet the demands.
“But the state government has not shown any positive response to our demands,” AACWA
The AACWA ultimatum expires on October 30.
AACWA has been demanding, among others, white paper on the State’s financial position,
adoption and relaxation of 1 percent earnest money deposit (EMD) for ST and local
contractors for any category of tender works, immediate introduction of electrical
wing enlistment/registration for contractors in Power Department, to stop the practice
of advance work system under SPA/TFC and other centrally sponsored scheme, stop unfair
deduction of 2 percent income tax from tribal contractors.
Workshop on English Language Learning held
Young friends of Arunachal exhibit love and dedication as they render remarkable
ITANAGAR, Oct 22: A Workshop on English Language Learning (WELL) was conducted for
rural Wakro school children by Niharika Rathore of Ajmer and Kaveri Dixit from Delhi
from October three to 18.
The school children, who were initially upset as they had to attend classes during
Durga Puja break, expressed great excitement saying that Niharika and Kaveri kept
them charmed and captivated since day one of their arrival at Wakro.
The WELL was conducted with lots of interactive discussions, role-play, games, debates
etc while the younger kids were enriched with audio-visuals.
Niharika and Kaveri concentrated on teaching Functional English both to the students
as well as the teachers.
The WELL is not conventional kind of teaching but was more of interactive sessions
with games, arts and crafts, music and visual aid, role play, story – telling.
Singing common songs, such as “mary had a little lamb” in kindergarten encouraged
students to attend to sounds in words. The focus on language games from nursery rhymes
or simple songs effectively taught kids to understand rhyming words breaking the
words down into separate sounds. Kids had fun deleting sounds while they were also
able to blend sounds etc.
For the adults the guest faculty concentrated on one-on-one conversations through
role-playing, group discussions and reviews of short stories, starting with simple
sentences, rhyming words, segmenting sentences into words. Concentration on phonics
helped them in understanding the relationship between spoken sound and written letters.
Balu Kri complimented the duo saying, it was worth attending the sessions during
our holidays. “It has helped us in acquiring better language skills. I am a more
confident child today,” declared a child, while many are requesting the guest faculty
members to devote more time in future.
A separate one hour WELL was conducted for the rural teachers to help them acquire
fluency in English every day during their stay at Wakro.
A participant rural teacher says, “My confidence level is improved so is my English
and the faculty members were really great and friendly.
Niharika and Kaveri appreciated the good behavior and sincerity of Arunachalee children.
They assured all that they would certainly try to devote more time in future in serving
the cause of education in Arunachal Pradesh.
The guest faculty team interacted with commander of the Army formation in the region.
The Commander explained in detail about the remote areas and while appreciating the
young leaders for their initiative suggested them to revisit and continue forward
on the effort started by them.
Dakto Riba, EAC, Wakro appreciated Niharika and Kaveri for taking out time for service
KK Rao, Principal DPS Duliajan appreciated the visiting team for the good work.
Pradeep Kumar Panday, principal of VKV, Tafrogam interacted with them and narrated
in details on, how, many residential schools were set up in Arunachal to cater to
the educational needs of children here by various NGOs with support from the government
braving hardships of all kinds.
Bharat Bhushan Sethi, CO 186 CRPF opined that a lot of self transformation and learning
can happen while one serves in these hilly areas.
“The people here are pure at heart and their minds are still much faultless,” he
Vineeta Jalan, corporate leader based in Jalannagar, Dibrugarh appreciated the young
leaders and expressed that in modern times it’s hard to find happy faces among the
“It is greatly encouraging and reassuring to see these two young girls happy in serving
with smiling graceful faces. Such efforts by spirited youth will help build a vibrant
society,” she added. Deepa Singh lauded the young girls for having the urge to serve
with dedication and sincerity.
“If more young people render with such spirit a lot of good will happen all around,”
The Sartang tribe of Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Oct 22: Not many Arunachalee people are aware that a tribe known as Sartang
exists in the state. Populated around 3000 in number, Sartang people reside in Jerigaon
and Khoina village under Nafra circle and also at Salari village under Dirang circle.
Their dialect is one of the Kho-Bwa languages which is quite similar to Sherdukpen
(50–60% lexical similarity).
Like any other group, Sartang’s has also managed to make adjustment with prevailing
surroundings. A section of population those living near to Monpa tribe follows Buddhism
and celebrates Losar festival while other group living closure to Sajolang (Miji)
believes in traditional tribal practice like sacrifice of animal. The main festival
of Sartang is Thongchodu which is celebrated in the month of October/November. Sartang
has been categorized under minor tribe category and efforts are being made to preserve
their unique culture. Majority of Sartang’s living at West Kameng district are extremely
hard working and mostly depends on agriculture for sustainability. Many educated
youth hailing from the community are now fighting hard to create niche for themselves.
“For long there has been lot of confusion regarding our identity. People of Arunachal
hardly know about us. Some of them think that we are Monpa and others presume us
to be Sajolang(Miji). However with concerted effort of elders from our community
in recent years we are slowly managing to create separate identity for ourselves,”
shared a Sartang youth from Jerigaon village.
DC, DDSE disburse honorarium to CCHs
ZIRO, Oct 22: The first ever awareness – cum – disbursement of honorarium to Cooks-cum-Helpers
(CCH) of Ziro-I Block was held at L B School, Hapoli today.
Attending the programme, Lower Subansiri deputy commissioner Marnya Ete briefed about
the importance of Mid-Day Meal (MDM) in schools, a flagship programme of Govt. of
Suggesting the CCHs to maintain cleanliness and hygiene while cooking meal for the
children, he asked them to contact DDSE or its staff directly in case of any problem,
confusion and non- receipt of their honorarium. He assured to initiate action against
misuse of honorarium by any officers.
The DC also assured to deposit their honorarium in the account of the concern School
Managing Committee (SMC) for more convenience.
Lower Subansiri DDSE Yumlam Tana asked the CCHs to express their grievances without
any hesitation. For more accountability and transparency, he suggested headmaster
in-charge of concern schools to maintain the records of receipt of CCH honorarium.
Earlier, an open interactive session among the CCHs and sub-ordinate officers of
DDSE was held in which they shared their opinion and suggestions for smooth and timely
disbursement of honorarium.
Later, the DC disbursed the honorarium of Rs. 3,600 each to the CCHs for third phase
The disbursement programme was also witnessed by Hija ZPM Dani Buker, district unit
Arunachal Teachers’ Association’s Secretary Padi Payang, headmaster s ov of various
SCCZ hosts ‘Food and Fun’ Fest
ITANAGAR, Oct 22: Saint Claret College Ziro (SCCZ) hosted a food and Fun festival
Introduced for the first time in the College, the festival saw a variety of delicious
dishes from various tribes as well as states in the North East India as well as South
India. Besides the delicacies, several stalls hosted fun-filled games to the excitement
of the students.
The event was organized in connection with the Claretian Universal Mission Day, a
day set aside in all charitable and social service centers of the Claretian Missionaries
all over the world, to celebrate with the people whom they minister and to share
with them the details of the various charitable services undertaken by them.
The funds raised through the Fest are donated to charity.
A 90-minute cultural extravaganza preceded the Gastronomia, in which students showcased
their talents, teachers felicitated the Claretians, and Fr. Allwyn Mendoz, Vice Principal,
shared about six specific Claretian ministries in five different parts of the world—ministry
to the leprosy-affected in Bangalore, to the drug-affected people in Columbia, interreligious
ministry among Christians and Moslems in the Philippines, health care through alternative
therapies in Uganda, to the immigrants in Italy, and to the people caught up in the
poverty and drug-stricken US-Mexican border.
A friendly visit by Dr. T Padu, Joint Director of Higher & Technical Education, Govt.
of Arunachal Pradesh, who addressed the students and spoke of his appreciation for
the College and its achievements, and Dr. VN Sharma, State Liaison Officer, State
NSS Cell, enriched the event and delighted the Claretine family.
Siram visits project sites
PASIGHAT, Oct 22: Education Minister Bosiram Siram accompanied by East Siang Deputy
Commissioner Nidhi Srivastava and host of officers and leaders yesterday inspected
various on-going projects in and around Pasighat.
While expressing his happiness over the smooth progresse of work, Siram asked the
executing agencies to complete their projects within stipulated time period to avoid
inconveniences to the concern departments.
At Gumin-Nagar, the constructing agency RWD informed that ‘Sikshak Sadan’ and ‘Bachelor
Barrack’ have been completed and construction of new DDSE building was in full swing.
While inspecting the works, the minister asked the RWD engineers to complete the
work within next month. He instructed the DDSE to allot the Bachelor Barrack immediately
to the entitled and deserving teachers and staff.
DDSE Tani Talom appealed to the visiting minister to provide adequate fund for construction
of security wall, approach road and electrification and and water suplly etc to make
the office building fully functional.
The minister also visited the Polytechnic College site, JNC complex and Donyi-Polo
Ganging, where he was informed by the Executive Engineer (PWD) that constructions
of Polytechnic College will be completed at end of this current financial year. The
Administrative Block at upper campus of JNC will be completed within January, 2014,
he said while informing that the college library under NLCPR has already been completed.
At Donyi-Polo Ganging, the visiting team was given warm reception by the Ganging
The EE (PWD) informed the minister that the construction of Multipurpose Literary-Cultural
Hall will need another 3-4 months’ time to complete. DIPRO
Border dispute not 'easy issue' to tackle: PM
Beijing, Oct 22: Asserting that the commitment of the Indian and Chinese leadership
to maintain peace on the frontiers is an important guarantor for progress, Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh has said the border dispute is not an "easy issue" to tackle
and will take time to resolve.
"This is not an easy issue and will take time to resolve," Singh, who arrived here
today on a three-day visit, told the Chinese media in a written interview.
"Boundary question between India and China is complex and sensitive. We have established
the Special Representatives (SRs) mechanism to find a political solution to the boundary
question," he said.
The two countries are expected to sign the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA)
to prevent Chinese incursions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) during Singh's
"In the meantime, both the governments of India and China are committed to maintaining
peace and tranquillity in the India-China border areas," Singh said.
"This is an important guarantor and a fundamental basis for further progress and
growth in our bilateral ties."
The leadership on both sides is united on this issue, he said as he emphasised the
need to maintain peace at the borders.
Singh will meet Chinese Premier Li Keqiang tomorrow after which the Border Defence
Cooperation Agreement (BDCA) will be signed.
However, there are indications that an agreement for liberalising visas for the Chinese
is unlikely to be signed by the two countries in a virtual tit-for-tat after China
issued stapled visas to two Indian archers from Arunachal Pradesh recently. PTI
CCI may soon take up Dibang Hydel Project for clearance
New Delhi, Oct 22: The Cabinet Committee on Investment (CCI) is expected to soon
take up state-owned NHPC's Dibang hydro-electric power project in Arunachal Pradesh
that has been long stuck due to delayed environment clearance.
The Power Ministry has sought CCI’s intervention on the issue and it is likely to
be taken up soon, sources said.
The 3,000 MW Dibang hydro project has been stalled for a long time in the absence
of environment and forest go-ahead.
CCI, headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, aims to fast-track major projects and
help boost investor sentiment.
"Dibang project will go to CCI. Power Ministry is also likely to seek CCI intervention
on numerous projects in the future based on the amount of investment involved. The
higher investment projects will be referred first," said a source.
The project was originally scheduled for commission by 2017 but delays in clearances
will push it back by a couple of years, sources said.
This delay will also lead to cost escalation but the amount could not be ascertained.
Power Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia had earlier said that as many as 94 hydro power
projects are languishing due to tardy progress at various levels in granting them
Once approved, they can generate 37,000 MW electricity.
Hydro power contributes 39,623 MW of the total 2,25,793 MW capacity in the country.
Sources further said that the ministry may also approach CCI for other hydel projects.
NHPC has an installation base of 5,702 MW from 17 hydropower stations on ownership
basis including projects taken up through joint ventures.
The company is constructing 7 projects aggregating to a total installed capacity
of 4,095 MW. It plans to add over 10,000 MW of hydropower capacity by the end of
XIII plan (year 2022). PTI
I would like to share my view through column of your esteemed daily regarding speeding
vehicles which causes maximum road accidents in twin capital city. Every day, we
hear about road accident causing deaths. The young bike riders and tempo along with
tracker drivers is the main culprit. All the accidents take place due to over speeding.
In recent year state capital has earned bad name for numerous horrifying road accidents.
Therefore I have few suggestions for concern authorities which may help in controlling
rash and reckless driving in twin city of Itanagar and Naharlagun. Traffic police
need to streamline their working system. Regular patrolling should be done to catch
rash drivers. Erring drivers should be booked and strictly punished. The speed limits
should be strictly enforced.
Traffic police should install speed detectors on the roads and those violating speed
limit should be punished. Police should crack down on motorists and driving licenses
of those violating for second time should be cancelled. Dilapidated roads must also
be repaired. All these measures will help to make road between Itanagar and Naharlagun
safe for motorists and pedestrians as well as.
Tem Tama Tarh
Vivek Vihar, Itanagar
When Guru turns villain
This is in response to the article by one Dr Kenjum Bagra where he has in details
described about way his HOD from RGU is punishing him for daring to stand up for
right cause. People like Prof HN Sharma, HOD, of Zoology department are the reason
why relation between student and teacher is getting worse in recent year. It’s astonishing
to read that despite being teacher who are like father figure Prof Sharma harbours
so much vindictive attitude. Teachers are usually big hearted and are always known
for forgiving students even if they commit any mistake. If we have teacher like Prof
Sharma teaching in lone university of state for sure our students will continue to
suffer. By developing vindictive attitude he is behaving like dictator.
He is curtailing rights of students to raise question against him. This is a dangerous
trend and there is every possibility that Prof Sharma may misuse his position. I
appeal RGU Vice-Chancellor Prof Tamo Mibang to look into the matter. No professor
should be allowed to harass students like this. The beautiful Guru-Shisya relation
should be remain intact.
Other side of bandh
Through your esteemed newspaper I would like to appeal various unions and associations
of state, please don’t go for bandh call to press for your demands. During recent
capital bandh call, I faced lot of problem. My mother was admitted in a hospital
at Itanagar and my younger sister was taking care of her. As it was bandh day, I
could not deliver food to them because traffic moment was not allowed.
We had bought some biscuits and other eatable items in advance keeping bandh in mind
bandh call. But my old mother wanted to eat homemade food and therefore she did not
eat biscuits. Because of it she faced lot of problem. My younger sister also starved
of hunger. I was staying in a relative’s house in Naharlagun and so could not deliver
food. We are poor people who come to Itanagar only for medical treatment. I felt
so bad thinking about condition of my sister and mother and went out to try finding
way. I saw some police and magistrate vehicles going around without much problem.
My experience tells me that during bandh call only poor like us suffers. I know my
letter won’t make any difference but it is my sincere appeal to students unions like
AAPSU, ANSU, GSU, AdiSu, SUMA and various other associations, unions please think
thrice for poor people before declaring any bandh call. I would rather suggest them
to gherao house of particular MLA, Minister or CM if your demands are not fulfilled.
Please spare poor who are already suffering so much in life
Nini Ete, West Siang
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PM embarks on China tour
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday left for China, on the second leg of his
tour after holding summit level talks in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Manmohan Singh was accorded a ceremonial send-off at the Vnukovo international airport.
In Beijing, Singh would hold restricted talks and delegation level talks with his
Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang on Wednesday and also attend a banquet hosted by Chinese
President Xi Jinping.
His visit comes in the wake of recent unsaviour incidents like issuing of stapled
visa by Chinese embassy authorities to young archers Mihu Maselo and Yumi Sorang
of Arunachal Pradesh and repeated Chinese incursion along LAC including the one at
Chaglagam, the last village on Indo-China border in Anjaw district. These incidents
have soured the relation between two Asian giants. For Arunachal, Singh’s visit does
not offer anything new. Though China lay claim over entire Arunachal, the people
of this state has always been loyal to New Delhi. Infact, off late demands for opening
of border for trade purposes are coming in from various quarter. The Arunachalee
citizen believes that instead of treating the state as natural barrier, New Delhi
should open up border and let people of two countries develop business relation.