ITANAGAR, Oct 25: Model Panchayat Football defeated Jullang Panchayat football team
3-1 yesterday to win the first ever football tournament organized among seven panchayat
segments under Capital Complex.
Chief Councillor of Itanagar Municipality Higio Aruni and ZPM Techi Mecha distributed
prizes and certificates to the winner and runners up.
Techi Talar of Jullang Panchayat Football Team was adjudged as the “Best Player”.
Teams from all the seven panchayats, including Model Panchayat, Ganga-A Panchayat,
Jullang Panchayat, Borum Panchayat, and Nirjuli Panchayat, Chimpu Panchayat, Ganga-B
Panchayat and Lekhi Panchayat participated in the tournament.
BJP team returns to a warm reception
ITANAGAR, Oct 25: The state BJP team led by its president Tai Tagak, who returned
state capital from ‘Sarhad Ko Pranam Yatra’, was given a warm reception at Banderdewa
check gate today.
The State BJP team had left for Chaklagam, the last village of Anjaw bordering China,
on October 19 and paid homage to the martyrs of 1962 Indo-China at War Memorial at
The team comprised of State Vice President Katan Kambo, General Secretary Tadar Dominic,
Techi Necha, National Executive Member Wangman Lowangcha, Ramesh Kadaganchi, Mahila
President P Jamoh and Yuva Morcha President Dugh Saha, General Secretary Hinium
The team also visited Dong where the first Sunrise of the country can be witnessed.
ITANAGAR, Oct 25: The Department of Sports & Youth Affairs, Govt, of Arunachal Pradesh
will conduct the Block (Constituency Level), District and State level Football and
Volleyball Tournaments for Chief Minister’s Trophy for both Men and Women to hunt
talents at grassroots level.
A volleyball match will be played at Indira Gandhi Park here on November 2 at 2 pm
to mark the launching of the Football and Volleyball Tournaments for the Chief Minister’s
ASYA writes to secretary power
ITANAGAR, Oct 25: All Sagalee Youth Association (ASYA) has written to the secretary,
power, for handing over the work pertaining to the jurisdiction of newly created
Sagalee Electrical Division to Executive Engineer (E), Sagalee Electrical Division.
Memo to CS
KHONSA, Oct 25: The LDCs of Tirap district has submitted a memorandum to the Chief
Secretary during his recent visit to the district through Tirap Deputy Commissioner
urging for enhancement of their pay scale, regular promotion etc.
Union demands posting of COs
ITANAGAR, Oct 25: All Palin Chambang, Yangte, Gangte and Tarak Langdi Youth Welfare
Association appealed to the concern authority to post circle officers at four circles,
namely Chambang, Yangte, Gangte and Tarak Langdi. The Association claimed that due
to absence of officers in the said areas, people particularly students are facing
problem. It also demanded for posting of medical officer in the primary health centers
of the areas.
Badminton tourney at Seppa from Nov. 21
ITANAGAR, Oct 25: A badminton tournament is being organized under the banner of East
Kameng Officers’ Club at Seppa in East Kameng district from November 21 to 24.
The tournament will be held among the badminton clubs of greater Kameng, namely Tawang,
Lumla, Jang, Dirang, Chingchung, Bomdila, Balukpong and Seppa in four different categories--
Mixed Doubles, Open (Doubles and Singles), Veteran Doubles, Sub-veteran (Double).
The tournament is being sponsored Jointly by Parliamentary Secretary Kumar Waii,
MLAs Tapuk Taku and Tani Lofa.
A group of young elected representatives, including Jambey Tashi, Purpa Tsering,
Kumsi Sidisow, Tani Lofa, Tapuk Taku and Kumar Waii are expected to participate in
the tournament in veteran category.
AEKYF sports meet begins
ITANAGAR, Oct 25: The first ever sports meet organized by All East Kameng Youth Forum
(AEKYF) began at Seppa on October 22.
The opening ceremony was attended by NCP state unit vice president LK Yangfo, ASM
and chairman of All Pipu Gyawepurang Panchayat Welfare Association Radha Flago attended
The opening match was played between Jomoh FC and Sekong Abo in which the former
defeated the later by 1-0 goal.
Eight teams are participating in the tournament.
ICDS Cell organizes DLMC meeting
PASIGHAT, Oct 25: With a mission to strengthen the ICDS activities in East Siang,
a District Level Monitoring Committee (DLMC) meeting was held in the conference hall
East Siang Deputy Commissioner here today.
Presiding over the meeting, Deputy Commissioner Nidhi Srivastava underscored the
importance of the meeting and advised all to monitor all the ongoing schemes properly
for their proper and successful implementation. He sought the cooperation of the
Panchayat bodies for bettering monitoring.
The DC advised the DDSE and CDPOs to ensure quality of all food and edible items
before distributing to the children. She also instructed the DDSE to direct headmasters,
BRCs and CRCs to cooperate with the ICDS officials in their respective place of posting.
The meeting discussed on various issues, such as Special Juvenile Police Unit, Juvenile
Home, Shelter homes for children and women in difficult circumstances, immunization
on VHND, Referral services and health checkup, insurance for Anganwadi workers, Women’s
Hostel and Old age pension etc.
The meeting was convened by Deputy Director, ICDS Cell Ponung Ering Angu and attended
by HoDs of line departments like Police, DRCHO, DDSE, PD (DRDA), CDPOs and PRI members,
Anganwadi and social workers. DIPRO
Global IDD Prevention Day observed at Khonsa
ITANAGAR, Oct 25: A seminar was organized at District Hospital Khonsa today as a
part of the Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder Prevention Day observation.
Attending the seminar, District Medical Officer highlighted the objectives of observing
Global IDD Prevention day. He requested the medical officers and health workers to
conduct awareness campaign in their respective blocks on the advantage of consumption
of iodized salt.
Dr. P Rakshit, District Surveillance officer was the resource person.
Deletion of voters’ name alleged
ITANAGAR, Oct 25: Claiming that a total of 1200 electors’ names, including 114 from
Koryar village have been deleted from the voters’ list in Chambang area during special
summery revision this year without proper verification, the Chambang Gangte Taraklangdi
Intellectual Forum has requested the concern authority to look into the matter seriously.
ABCACYF demands for renovation of Banderdewa check gate
ITANAGAR, Oct 25: All Banderdewa Circle Anti-Corruption Youth Forum (ABCACYF) has
demanded renovation of Banderdewa check post.
In a letter to the Capital DC, it reasoned, the check post at Banderdewa needs to
be renovated in view of the public interest and smooth checking of ILP, vehicle registration
Its other demands included, speed breaker near check gate, separate and proper footpath
for pedestrians, construction of public toilets for both ladies and gents, parking
system for heavy-light vehicles, commercial, non commercials, installation of high
power tower light and installation of CCTV cameras inside and outside entry gate.
It also reiterated its earlier demand for fire service at Banderdewa.
KV No.1 wins district level Governor Quiz competition
ITANAGAR, Oct 25: Siddhart Goswami and Prachurya Gogoi both of class XI (Science),
KV No.1, Naharlagun were declared winner in the District Level Governor Quiz Competition
held at Govt. Hr Sec School, Naharlagun today.
Kr Swaswat Nayak of Class X and K Deepjyoti Sapkota of Class IX of VKV Nirjuli secured
the second position and Debia Ronya of Class XII (Science) and Pura Yaro of Class
XI (Science) of Govt. Hr Sec. School, Naharlagun won the third position.
Speaking on the occasion, Chairman of the quiz competition, T Tatan, highlighted
the importance of participating in such event and asked the students to be dedicated
towards their studies.
Consumer awareness campaign
DAPORIJO, Oct 25: The Department of Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs, Daporijo
organized a consumer awareness campaign at Taliha IB Campus today by displaying banners
and posters, erecting hoardings, distributing booklets and demonstrating consumer
Assistant Controller (LM & CA) Minte Siga, briefed the gathering on the Consumer
Protection Act and elaborated on the duties and rights of consumers at length.
Attending the programme, the Bazar Committee Secretary, Taliha and the president
of Consumer vigilance committee, Taliha also spoke on the occasion.
B. Dumro briefed the public regarding LPG cylinders. DIPRO
Ex-servicemen’s meet held
BOMDILA, Oct 25: The disaster management wing of West Kameng Deputy Commissioner’s
office held a meeting with the Ex-Servicemen in the district here today to discuss
and redress their grievances.
The meeting also enquired whether various welfare schemes/measures initiated by the
central government are reaching to the ex-servicemen or not.
All the 66 ex-servicemen attended in the meeting stressed, among others, on the need
to set-up a separate office for Zilla Sainik Board in West Kameng district covering
West Kameng, East Kameng and Tawang.
The meeting was presided over by the Bomdila ADC and attended by Tongchin, DDMO,
Captain Lobsang Monpa, president of ESMWAAP and widows of the ex-servicemen along
with their family members.
Seminar on revival of credit cooperative held
AALO, Oct. 25: A seminar on revival of credit cooperative societies through marketing
and microfinance was organized at the Conference Hall of ICAR, Basar yesetrday.
Kiron Kakoti, Member of Governing Council National Cooperative Union of India dwelt
on cooperative movement, need for training programme to cooperative members and sensitizing
the people on the benefits of cooperative sectors. He also assured to facilitate
vocational training programme at Basar with the resource persons from Gauhati soon
Eken Riba, former Minister was also present on the occasion and gave some useful
tips to the participants.
The technical session started with presentation of key issues of Credit Societies,
Apex Bank marketing of products, recovery of loans given by the lamps.
Managing Director of Aalo LAMPS, U Riba, AEO, Branch Manager Basar, SR Biawas, Senior
Faculty Member of APCTC Naharlagun attended as resource persons.
Altogether 70 participants from Bango LAMPS took attended the seminar. DIPRO
Namchoom’s last rites to be performed on Oct 28
ITANAGAR, Oct 25: The last rites of former minister Indrajit Namchoom, who passed
away yesterday, will be performed on October 28 at his native place Chewkham in Lohit
Dr Chow Anand Namchoom, son of the late minister and family have expressed their
heartfelt gratitude to the Governor Niribhay Sharma, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, Union
Minister of State for Ministry Affairs Nirong Ering, Rajya Sabha MP Mukut Mithi,
Lok Sabha MP Takam Sanjoy, Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong, Finance Minister Chowna Mein,
Education Minister Bosiram Siram,various NGOs, organizations, relatives and friends
for being with them in the hour of crisis.
“We specially thank the DRC and staff of Kolkata and Guwahati for extending all help
during the hour of grief and crisis,” he added.
Mein inaugurates ADC office at Patuk
ITANAGAR, Oct 25: Finance, Planning & PWD Minister Chowna Mein inaugurated the new
office building of ADC, Patuk in Kurung Kumey district.
Later, reponding to a memorandum submitted by Kurung Kumey ZPC Sangha Tagik, the
minister assured of looking into the demands.
DC Gejum Ete also spoke on the occasion.
The minister was accompanied by Parliamentary Secretary Lokam Tassar.
Construction of legislative assembly building stops
due to security concerns
ITANAGAR, Oct 25: The construction work of state legislative assembly building in
Itanagar has been temporarily halted due to break down of law and order at construction
In the last one month incidents of attack on labourers and looting of valuable construction
items have made life miserable for the construction agency. To make matter worse,
repeated complaints to higher authorities including capital police and PWD (executing
agency) has failed to evoke any response.
The situation is so worse that labourers have started to fled from construction site,
which has led to halt in construction activity. The deserted construction site is
now becoming meeting point for drug addict and criminals.
While talking to this daily Er. Vishnu Prasad, general manager of consortium (M/S
Reniya enterprises lead partner & M/S Lotus construction company technical partner),
which is constructing agency of state assembly building informed that fear has engulfed
“From 15th of this month onwards incident of robbery, assault on construction workers
has been going on. We submitted representation to Superiten-ding Engineer, Capital
Circle (PWD) and capital police informing about these incident. However no security
personnel have been deployed in the construction site,” said Er. Vishnu.
According to the report, on 15th of this month few unidentified local youth came
to the site and carried out looting activity. They even physically assaulted labourers
due to which many of them fled. On 17th, another group of youth forcefully occupied
staff quarter by breaking down the locks. After that on 18th midnight wall of the
store was broken and important construction material was robbed.
However situation took serious turn on 23rd October when a group of unidentified
youth armed with sophisticated weapon and dao (traditional sword) entered labour
camp at 3 AM in the morning. At gun point, they took away cash from construction
workers and also looted construction equipment. One of workers received minor injury
when miscreants put dao on neck demanding money. All these incidents have badly shaken
construction workers and as night falls at assembly building site, the few remaining
workers start fearing worst.
Initially estimated to cost Rs 41.03 crore, the state assembly building is one of
the most prestigious infrastructure projects of state. The project is supposed to
complete in March 2014, however inordinate delay in payment to construction agency
along with hostile work atmosphere is delaying the project. Due to impediment, the
revised estimate of project has gone upto Rs 90 crore, which also has not been yet
approved by government of India.
“We are facing multiple problems at present. Besides dealing with security issues,
we are also having financial problem. State government has not released bill and
this is adding to our woes. We are spending daily around Rs 1 lac on labour payment
and other expenditure. We desperately want to finish the project on scheduled time,
but if this situation continues, it may not be possible,” said Er Vishnu Prasad general
manager of the constructing agency.
He also added that numerous VIPs visit construction site and push for timely completion
of the project, however, they never offer helping hand when it comes to addressing
the security issue of labourers. State assembly building along with civil secretariat
building is project of national importance. If these projects are not completed in
scheduled time, it may badly hurt the image of state. Its time state govt officials
wake up from deep slumber and create healthy atmosphere so that project can be completed
Meanwhile, local citizen should also play their part and be agent of development
instead of becoming bottleneck.
Centre approves construction of Itanagar bypass in principle
NEW DELHI, Oct 25: Union Minister for Urban Development Kamal Nath has approved in
principle to construct the Itanagar bypass on the request of Chief Minister Nabam
Tuki at a meeting in New Delhi today. He also assured the Chief Minister to extend
full support towards improving the urban infrastructure scenario in the state. Tuki
met the Union Minister to discuss various schemes of Arunachal Pradesh being implemented
under the Ministry of Urban Development (UD), Government of India.
While outlining the focus of the State Government in identifying and proposing relevant
schemes for consideration by the UD Ministry GOI, Tuki said that his Government has
focussed on developing state of the art sewerage, solid waste management and proper
drainage systems in the various notified urban areas of the state. They reviewed
the status of various ongoing and pending projects in the state in the presence of
senior officials of the Ministry of UD, GoI.
Later, in the day, the Chief Minister called on the Union Minister of Water Resources
Harish Rawat to discuss primarily the status of the Integrated Flood and Erosion
Management Programme (IFREM) project, which has been submitted to the Ministry. The
Union Minister informed that the same is being examined by the Central Water Commission
and would be expedited soon for sanction. Rawat instructed senior officials of the
Ministry to consider projects of his Ministry specially to cater to the forest areas
of Arunachal Pradesh. He mentioned that such projects would help in maintain as well
as enhancing the Green Cover of the state.
The Chief Minister was accompanied by Food and Civil Supplies Minister Kamlung Mossang
in both the meetings.
Conference on Tibet’s relation with Himalaya commences
RONO HILLS, Oct 25: A conference on topic ‘Tibet’s Relations with the Himalaya’ Part-lll
organized by the Foundation for Non-Violent Alternatives(FNVA) in collaboration
with the Dept. of Political Science, Rajiv Gandhi University started today in the
conference hall of RGU. The three days conference will conclude on October 27.
In the opening session, Dr. Nani Bath, Head of Department, Political Science, welcomed
all the participants and gave the introductory speech on the establishment of the
Prof. Siddiq Wahid, former Director, Institute of Kashmir Studies, University of
Kashmir, who also moderated the conference, gave keynote address on the main aspects
of the topic ‘Tibet’s relations with the Himalaya’.
In his opening remarks, Prof. Tamo Mibang, Vice Chancellor, RGU, termed Himalaya
as our sentinel and talked on length about the age-old cultural and trade relations
with Tibet. He also formerly declared the seminar opened.
Later, Sonam Joldan, made a PowerPoint presentation on his paper, ‘Tibet and Ladakh
Historical Relations: Some important sustaining factors which was followed by joint
presentation by Dr.Nani Bath and Man Norbu on their paper ‘Tibets Relation with
Tawang: A Factor for Chinese Claim and People’s Perception on it’.
The conference will witness various other intellectuals and scholars deliberating
on various issues relating to the topic.
FNVA was established in 2009 to promote a better understanding of regional dynamics
in the South Asian region, with special emphasis on the rising power of India and
China and their implications on the region as a whole, and to enhance the quality
of public discussion and offer viable analysis on critical issues in the region,
particularly those affecting Sino-Indian relations through the promotion of dialogues.
FNVA activities are grounded in the belief that every cultural religious tradition
has appropriate non-violent methods for positive political, economic, social change
both at national and international level. FNVA also develops peace education programmes.
(Input from Masscom dept RGU)
More delay feared in completion of bridge over river Sisiri
Roing, Oct 25: There is no sign of timely completion of bridge over river Sisiri
connecting Dambuk with Aohali in East Siang district. This was informed by Dambuk
Anchal Samity in a letter to Union Minister for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering during
his visit to Lower Dibang Valley on October 20.
The work on the 100 metre RCC Bridge by Border Road Task Force (BRTF) began in September
2009. Till date the work is still to go a long way and it seems that the project
is going to miss its deadline. In June last this year, Ering had visited Dambuk assuring
the people that the bridge will see its completion by March 2014.
However, the work on several pillars of the bridge is still far from being completed,
says Dambuk Anchal Chairperson Tokbom Saring demanding for early completion of the
People in Dambuk every year during monsoon season faces road communication problems
caused by flooding waters from Sisiri and Dibang River. Therefore, there has been
strong demand for early completion of bridge work over river Sisiri.
Further adding to the delay is the work on approach road from Dambuk and Aohali towards
the bridge site, which is yet to start. As per sources, the work is being held up
due to non issuance of necessary clearances from Ministry of Environment and Forests
To tide over the communication crisis temporarily, the Dambuk Anchal Samity suggested
for a temporary bailey bridge over river Sisiri. This will provide relief to commuters’
at least during winters so that they are not forced to pay taxes for crossing the
bridge built by private parties.
Incredible Arunachal and its glitches
The recently concluded second International Tourism Mart at Tawang organized by the
Ministry of Tourism government of India to promote tourism sector of Northeast region
particularly Arunachal Pradesh was indeed a redemption for the “ land of hidden paradise”
(Arunachal Pradesh)’s tourism sector in marketing its potentials across the globe.
As Tourism Parliamentary Secretary PD Sona clearly mentioned that Arunachal Pradesh
cannot be regarded as hidden paradise any more rather it is one of most sought after
tourist destination in the world, he proudly proclaimed it while appealing Bollywood
actor Vivek Oberoi to be part of tourism promotion of the state during Tawang Festival
Curtain Raiser Programme.
Needless to say about the mystic beauty of Tawang and Arunachal, as ours is the land
of snow clad mountains, perennial waterfalls, cascading streams, lush green valleys,
colourful festivals, exotic flowers and unique arts and craft and rich culture and
heritage etc. In our own eulogy we would unhesitatingly conclude “the beauty of Arunachal
beckons tourists”, as the life in its all vivacity leapt out at every foreign and
Moreover, the beauty of our land casts spellbound over every tourist (foreign and
domestic) who happen to land, many screamed out their heart with joyfulness after
having glimpse of Tawang and its wall like surrounding mountains. As an Australian
delegate Madeliene Doherty exclaimed! “Wow this place is simply amazing; I am feeling
like I am on top of the world”. Doherty further disclosed that hassle-free and unpolluted
atmosphere of Tawang unlike other Indian cities is the one she loves the most. Adding
flavour to its natural beauty, the warm welcoming and hospitality nature of our people
was equally applauded by every foreign tourist. “Wherever I go I found smiling and
welcoming people, it’s pretty amazing to see such people out here,” said Florence
Dominique a French tour operator.
As matter of fact, the Centre had gone extra miles in terms of focusing tourism promotion
by ushering its commitment to bring developments at par with other parts of country
towards the people of the region. Perhaps with this “committed to its people” attitude,
the sobriquet of “unattended garden” will be expunged from region’s dictionary.
However with the epilogue of ITM Tawang, wild excitement and blinking eagerness of
foreign tourists have meekly receded. And mood of jovial and ecstasy had occupied
by discontentment over the poor infrastructures and bottle -neck communication.
“No matter how potentially you are in tourism but unless there is uninterrupted communication
and proper establishment of basic infrastructure development, the prospect of tourism
is hard to achieve,” opined Michiko Wakita a Japanese travel adviser, who sent first
Japanese tourists to Arunachal Pradesh way back in 1995.
Wakita went on to narrate that once she met with an accident where she got hurt
in her back bone, but saddest thing was there was no proper X-ray centre to examine
her wound. According to her some foreign tourist especially Japanese are health conscious
tourist. Unless there is proper health centers concerning to foreign tourists, I
think any foreign tourist would reluctant to come, she added.
Apart from poor infrastructure and communication bottleneck, the foreign tourists
were displeased over the poor hotel management and internet services at strategically
important town like Tawang. “Hotels here only serve Indian and western food but we
expect local and traditional one,” said Magnus Magnusson, a photographer from Sweden.
“Rather than trying to imitate western culture, people here should concentrate more
on local and traditional way of life, which is why we are here,” exclaimed Magnus.
A Burmese tour operator also complained about poor telecommunication and internet
service. “I am surprised! Communication and internet services are so poor here, how
can one work in such situation? I have been trying to communicate with my relatives
back home for the past couple of days, but I could not,’ rued Hla Aye, a Burmese
tour operator. As the state tourism department has been hobbling through to achieve
its goal, the bottle neck communication and poor management of infrastructures are
the technical glitches which apparently remain as pain in its neck. In fact more
areas are needed to be taken care of, apart from the promotional spree in the national
and international arena.
Nonetheless the Trans-Arunachal Highway project could egg new ray of hope to mitigate
the bottle neck-communication. Let’s see how it can preen and caress, “The Last Shangrila
on the earth”.
Talent Search 2013 kicks off in a colourful note
ITANAGAR, Oct 25: Talent Search 2013 organized by All Arunachal Private Schools Association
(AAPSA) and Sahodaya, Itanagar was inaugurated by Lok Sabha Member Takam Sanjoy in
presence of Deputy Speaker Jomde Kena and MLA Khamtok Lowang at Don Bosco Higher
Secondary School, Jollang today.
Talent Search, the 5th of its kind, an initiative of AAPSA provides a healthy platform
for the students of the private schools of the State to showcase their talents and
get enriched through healthy competition. Speaking on the occasion, Sanjoy exhorted
the students to keep pace with the changing world and said, “I am a jack of all trades
and master of none. However, today it is not enough to know a lot of things somewhat;
one should really be a master. Talent Search is a platform for students to really
excel in the talents they have.”
Sanjoy lamented the present day tendency among students to overrule the teachers
and said, “We need to get back to the roots of education and give teachers, principals
and heads of institutions their rightful place of honour and respect.”
The MP also called upon the students to take it to heart to learn English as well
as Hindi seriously and be effective leaders of India which has its uniqueness arising
from the presence of various races, languages and cultures.
He congratulated AAPSA and Sahodaya for the taking such a noble initiative.
Lowang exhorted the students to work hard to succeed in life.
“In these days of competition, it is not enough to succeed, but one must succeed
well. “Earlier it was enough to be in top ten, now probably you have to be in the
top five”, said Khamtok.
He also called upon parents to take the responsibility of parenting with seriousness
Kena called upon the teachers to be real idols to their students and be like Dr.
S Radhakrishnan, a luminary in the galaxy of teachers.
The Deputy Speaker also lamented some of the recent unfortunate incidents in certain
educational institutions that have marred the image of the teaching community.
Earlier in the function, the guests, staff and students were welcomed by Fr. Philip
SDB., the Principal of the Host School, Don Bosco, Jullong, Itanagar.
J. Henry David, President, Sahodaya and Michi Paku, SP, who is also the President
of Don Bosco Alumni Association were present at the Inaugural Function.
In the coming two days, about a thousand students from the various private schools
under AAPSA will compete with each other in a healthy manner to discover their talents
and to enrich themselves.
AAPSA and Sahodaya have kept the theme of Talent Search as ‘Together to Excel’ to
stress upon the paramount importance they give for Unity, Collaboration and Togetherness
in the work of education which produces excellence.
Illegal sand and boulder mining continue in East Siang
RUKSIN, Oct 25: Despite ban on mining of sand in river beds across the country by
the National Green Tribunal (NGT), this illegal activity is being carried out in
Arunachal Pradesh without any hesitation.
Sand mining and boulder excavation have many devastating traits. It destroys the
river beds, changes the course of the river, causes flood as well as erodes the banks.
As such the ban on sand mining has generally been welcomed by all.
Disobeying the ban on sand mining, the trade is flourishing in parts of East Siang,
especially in Debing area under Ruksin sub-division albeit illegally. Although a
ban on sand mining was in place after the Supreme Court order, as stated by local
people, the implementation had run into some problems.
The Debing area, beside the Rajakhana in its downstream, has been very badly affected
by the amount of sand mining carried out by some vested businessmen of the area.
Some villagers confirmed that the exercise was being carried out by taking the consent
of the whole village, yet the affects by the changing water flow is discounted.
While visiting river sites of Rayang and Debing area today, this correspondent saw
rude and unscientific extraction of boulders, gravels and sandy materials from the
riverbed. The Yeglong, Rayang, Jonekorong and Debing rivers are gradually changing
its course towards the left bank. It is going to erode the left bank to make out
space for its new course.
Indiscriminate extraction of boulders and sand gravel from Debing river bed is forcing
the river to change its course which may pose great threat to the people living at
downstream in near future.
The river is changing its course towards its right side which is affecting a large
portion of fertile land under Ruksin circle, eroded the Beat Out Post (BOP) of Arunachal
Police Battalion last summer.
The local villagers have expressed serious concern over unscientific quarrying rampant
in the river bed for the last several years which has resulted in change of course
of the river. Though the matter was brought to the notice of the authority concerned
there had been no action to prevent the illegal activities.
Kaling Moyong, an Anchal Samity Member of Debing village said their people have been
trying to control the sand mining trade, which going on unabated for a long time.
But, some unscrupulous businessmen are habitually running the trade in the names
of some leading persons of the area. Moyong doesn’t know whether royalty against
the minerals collection goes to forest of mining department or not.
Same situation is noticed at Raneghat portion of Sinag river and other hilly rivers
of Mebo sub-division. Unscientific extraction of boulder and sand gravel from the
river beds is leading to change river course, which is posing great threat to the
people living at downstream.
Public cry foul over highway alignment and planning
DAPORIJO, Oct 25: A mass public meeting was held at Rijo ground under the banner
of Tagin Cultural Society (TCS) to discuss about the planning and alignment of Tran-Arunachal
Highway (TAH) and burial cum cremation ground here.
The meeting attended by senior citizens, panchayat leaders, social activists and
representatives from various associations, local market welfare committees, NGOs,
colonies etc. has vehemently opposed the proposed alignment and planning of the TAH
which does not touch Daporijo town. According to them the highway has been diverted
to Dumporijo from one kilometer ahead of the Daporijo town.
Addressing the meeting, TCS President Tabu Paktung said that Tagin is one of the
major tribes of Arunachal Pradesh predominantly inhabiting Upper Subansiri district
besides some other parts of the state. Being one of the most backward tribes of the
country, the people of Tagin deserves the sympathy of the government in general and
district administration and other development departments of the district in particular
in the matter of implementation and execution of welfare measures being taken up
by the central and state governments to uplift and provide basic minimum services
to border rural people so as to enable them to participate and avail such benefits.
The construction of Trans-Arunachal Highway is one such scheme of the government
of India through PM Packages to provide connectivity to all district headquarters
of the state with two lane road.
“Unfortunately, we have come to know that this economically important and ambitious
two lane road is bypassing the Tagin area thereby depriving a major tribe of the
state. The proposed alignment plan has reportedly been not allowed to enter the Daporijo
town instead it has been diverted to Dumporijo directly from a point one kilometer
short of reaching Daporijo. This act of deprivation of Tagin will defeat the very
purpose of the policy and objectives envisaged by the Government of India while conceiving
the idea of providing road network facility to all,” he opined.
The meeting unanimously decided to appeal to the authority concerned to modify the
alignment of the road (TAH) so that it touches Daporijo town. The meeting further
decided to launch democratic movement if the demand was not met.
SSC organizes awareness prog on energy conservation
ITANAGAR, Oct 25: Sitam Sicho Society (SSC) organized awareness programme on energy
conservation and use of renewable energy at Govt. Degree College, Yachuli yesterday.
Attending the programme as chief guest Yachuli Additional Deputy Commissioner Yowa
Topu highly appreciated the initiative taken by BEE, APEDA and Sitam Sicho Society
and advised the participating students to practice the energy conservation methods
imparted by resource persons.
Principal of the college Dr. Hage Lasa also attended the programme.
The resource persons were Deputy Director, APEDA, Yachuli Division Bengia Tadap and
Project Officer, APEDA, Koloriang Hina Ajan Nabam. The programme was coordinated
by Dr. Upen Techi Tara, Assistant Professor.
An interactive session was also held between the students and resource persons to
Around 250 students of college attended the day-long programme.
A similar programme was also organized at Frontier School, Hapoli today where Lower
Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Marnya Ete and DMO Dr. Moli Riba attended.
The DC advised the participating students to practice simple energy saving tips in
their home, school etc by switching off the light as and when not in use and opt
for renewable energy as an option.
Likha Tatam, Secretary, Sitam Sicho Society expressed gratitude to Bureau of Energy
Efficiency and Arunachal Pradesh Energy development Agency for giving an opportunity
to be associated in this noble initiative and appealed to the participating students
to practice energy conservation methods and also to propagate the same to their friends,
families, relatives etc to conserve energy by using renewable energy as much as possible
because fossil fuels are estimated to be exhausted within this century.
The Secretary, Sitam Sicho Society strongly urged Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh to give
more emphasize on renewable energy which is abundantly available in nature by enacting
Renewable Energy Policy in the State of Arunachal for sustainable development.
The students of Padi Lailyang Memorial School, Ziro and Frontier School, Hapoli participated
in the programme and also they interacted with the resource persons.
The programme was coordinated by MB Bista, Principal, Frontier School. Resource persons
were Bengia Tadap, Deputy Director, APEDA and Hina Ajan Nabam, Project Officer, APEDA.
NBCC has a poor track record in Arunachal: AACWA
ITANAGAR, Oct 25: Claiming that National Building Construction Company (NBCC) has
a poor track record in Arunachal Pradesh, All Arunachal Contractors’ Welfare Association
(AACWA) has strongly opposed the state government’s proposal to involve the construction
company in the recently announced Rs. 819 Crores package under Ministry of Rural
NBCC has a poor track record in the state and the construction company has fled the
state leaving many projects undertaken by it unfinished, the AACWA claimed.
Advocating for shouldering the task to state RWD, the AACWA stated that the state
RWD department with enough men power, machineries and technical expertise has been
successfully implementing the PMGSY road and bridge schemes in the state.
Saying that non-technical departments, like education, tourism, Sports and Youth
Affairs and Arunachal Pradesh Police and Housing Welfare Corporation etc. have their
own engineering wing thereby undertaking various projects by itself which it said
is incurring heavy loss to the state exchequer, AACWA suggested the state government
to direct the entire non-technical department to deposit various schemes to work
department for successful implementation.
Demanding the IT Director to give technical relaxation to local IT and outside firms,
it said that the criteria given in the tender notice will be very difficult for even
global IT players to fulfill. “And also the Earnest Money Deposit (EMD) should be
relaxed to 1% as per CPWD Manual,” it said.
Further, it requested the Director IT to postpone the tender process for another
one month so that the intending contractors could manage/ prepare all requisite qualifications
as sought by the department.
Follow ideals of Vivekananda : Paliwal
KHONSA, Oct 25: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Secretary HK Paliwal appealed to all to follow
the ideals and teachings of Swami Vivekananda, the greatest son of India.
Attending the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda at Ramakrishna Sarada
Mission School here, Paliwal said that today the greatest call of the nation was
character building. He further told the huge gathering that India was at the threshold
of becoming the most powerful country but expressed apprehension that it might take
a little longer for that to materialize given the present scenario in the country.
In her keynote address, the General Secretary of Sri Sarada Math and Ramakrishna
Sarada Mission most revered Pravrajika Amalaprana Mataji mesmerized the audience
with her learned talks.
She highlighted the tremendous contributions made by Swami Vivekananda towards humanity
and described Swamiji as an ocean of love and a great reformer.
She also released a book titled ‘Jyotir Gamaya’ to mark the occasion and lit lamps
to signal the inauguration of the 3-day-long programme.
The former Member of NEC and a friend and well-wisher of RKSM School, Khonsa PP Srivastav
said that Swamiji wanted India to be the most powerful country in all spheres and
charted out a logical way to achieve the goal. He also said that Swamiji advocated
to imbibe all the good virtues in other cultures of the world and received loud applause
from the students for his interesting anecdotes and stories.
Earlier, the Vice President of the managing committee Pravrajika Atandraprana gave
an overview of the commemorative programme and asked all to participate with great
In the afternoon session the Speaker of Arunachal Pradesh Wanglin Lowangdong in his
thought-provoking deliberation said that Swamiji united the whole country and revolutionized
India with his fiery talks and practical message.
Lowangdong said that Vivekanda built a bridge between the Oriental and the Occidental
worlds and worked towards spread of education.
Dr. TGK Murthy, former Director, ISRO said that Swamiji awakened the entire nation
from the slough of despondency and credited Swamiji for popularizing the Indian philosophy
and her rich spirituality in the whole world.
The Secretary of RK Sarada Mission, Indore Pravrajika Amitaprana held the entire
audience spell-bound with her narration of short stories.
Dr. Sweta Pegu, HoD of English, Guwahati University eloquently spoke on the subject
‘man making education in the modern context’ and liberally quoted a number of Swamiji’s
The day-long programme was marked by classical dance by the world famous Kathak dancer
Rijuta Som and her partner. A cultural programme was also staged by the students,
past students and the various tribes of the state.
The programme was attended by Tirap Deputy Commissioner Kamlesh Kumar Joshi, SP Vikramjit
Singh, Ofiicers of 1st AR, CRPF, 117Infantry Brigade, BRTF, HoDs, Monastic sisters
of various centers in India and public.
On the same day the Chief Secretary interacted with the HoDs at the DC’s conference
He asked the HoDs to work with a missionary zeal and urged the development departments
to effect extension work in the villages. He further asked the executing agencies
to monitor the schemes methodically and said that he would visit the district again
to assess the progress of the schemes. DIPRO
IMC ready to fight HIV/AIDS
ITANAGAR, Oct 25: Chief Councillor of Itanagar Municipality Higio Aruni has assured
all possible help from her side and Itanagar Municipal Council in fight against HIV/AIDS
in the state capital.
Attending a one day advocacy and sensitisation programme on HIV/AIDS for the counsellors
of Itanagar Municipal at Naharlagun today, the chief councillor sought help from
all the stake holders to control the epidemic. She also expressed serious concern
over the rising trend of HIV cases in the state capital which has gone upto 124 out
total 213 reported in the state.
APSACS Project Director Dr. S Kakoty in his keynote address urged all the municipal
counsellors in the state capital to include HIV awareness programme in all their
public speech so that people become aware of HIV.
Attending the programme as the Resource Person, Dr. L Jampa, State Epidemiologist,
through PowerPoint presentation highlighted the origin of HIV and present scenario
of HIV at state, national and global level. He also highlighted the routes of HIV/AIDS
transmission and its prevention. He asked people to do away with the myths and misconception
APSACS Deputy Director (IEC) Tashor Pali stressed the roles and responsibility a
counsellor can play in HIV/AIDS prevention. Being Public leader, counselors can motivate
people to remain safe and also organize awareness campaign involving volunteers,
“Municipality body can also incorporate HIV/AIDS topic in all public rallies and
meeting at the same time also sensitize their staff under Municipalities on HIV/AIDS.
They can also incorporate HIV/AIDS actvity in ongoing schemes/Programs by including
IEC activity on HIV/AIDS in house publications,” he added.
Earlier, on the occasion, Yumrin Nokpka, Generel Secretary of Arunachal Network of
Positive also shared his experience of living a positive life. He urged everyone
not to discriminate people living with HIV while expressing his commitment to work
for the cause of HIV prevention.
“There should not another Yumrin Nokpa in the state while urging everyone to remain
safe,” he added.
Annual School Week of Ziro Valley School concludes
ZIRO, Oct 25: The annual school week celebration of Ziro Valley School (ZIVAS) concluded
successfully today with distribution of prizes to champion and runner-up houses in
its school premises.
Attending the concluding function, Lower Subansiri DDSE Yumlam Tana suggested students
and the teaching staffs to be punctual and to maintain discipline in school as well
as in personal life.
Mentioning the saying “time is fleeting and life is short”, he asked students not
to lose their onetime opportunity of study to achieve their goal and to take full
advantage of good learning in the school.
Major Sandeep Singh Commanding Officer of 85 RCC GREF, while suggesting students
and teaching staff for maintaining discipline assured to extend support to ZIVAS
in the field like medical aids for the healthy development of school.
Attending the function as special invitee Padi Grayu, Chairman, Private School Association
of Ziro also spoke on the occasion. Among other Dr. Hage Taker, SMO, Chiging Tangun,
Dist Planning & OOSC Coordinator and Bei Tal, Gender Coordinator attended the closing
Later, the dignitaries distributed prizes to the winners of sport, literary and culture
events of the school week.
Subansiri House and Siang House have been adjudged as the champion and runner-up.
Master Mihin Nabin and Miss Bamin Aku were declared as the best students of the year.
Rubu Tadii and Philips Raymond Hansen Chairman and Principal of ZIVAS delivered welcome
address and vote of thanks respectively. Later, in continuation of his visit to private
schools of district, DDSE inspected Ziro Valley School to see that the guidelines
and the norms are followed.
Training on e-Governance Project Lifecycle ends
ITANAGAR, Oct 25: The Department of Information Technology, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh,
in collaboration with National Institute of Smart Government organized a five days
specialized training program on “e-Governance Project Lifecycle” (eGLC) at a city
based hotel here from October 21 to 25for the middle level state officials.
Inaugurating the training program, IT Secretary Gaken Ete stressed on the importance
and value of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in today’s world.
Ete said that while the country is advancing tremendously in technology e-governance
has given Arunachal Pradesh an opportunity to march forward along with other developed
states. He said that IT has become essential as it bridges the gap between people
and the government departments.
The specialized training program is the first of its kind in Arunachal Pradesh and
is a part of series of training programmes under Capacity Building Scheme of National
e-Governance Plan (NeGP).
Sixteen participants from various departments of the state attended the program.
The training was imparted by senior empanelled speakers of NISG from Delhi.
Another five days training on ‘Project Management’ will be held during December next
under the same scheme.
3rd North East Zonal Inter-state Badminton Championships
Arunachal boys team wins Narang Cup
ITANAGAR, Oct 25: Arunachal Pradesh beat Assam in two straight sets to win the Narang
Cup for Junior Boys Team Championship in the 3rd North East Zonal Inter-state Badminton
Championships at Raj Bhawan Badminton stadium here today.
Laa Talar beat Rishab Sharma of Assam 21-13, 21-10 in the singles while Talar pairing
with Jokom Ribya beat the duo of Nitish Bora and Kasyab Neog 21-16,21-17 to settle
the match in their favour.
The host team, however, lost 0-2 to Assam in Junior Girls Team Championship for Safi
Assam’s Asmita Chalia beat Laa Yajum of Arunachal 21-12, 21-13 in singles and Ningshi
B. Hajarika and Bornali Konwar of Assam beat the pair of Pinki Karki and Taring Yania
21-19, 21-13 in doubles.
Talar also reached the Men’s and Boys’ singles semifinals in Open category today.
Men’s singles (quarterfinals):
W James Singh (Manipur) beat RK Manajit (Tripura); Joseph Sumi (Nagaland) beat Zarbokima
(Mizoram), LaaTalar Laa (Arunachal) beat Lal Muamawma (Mizoram), Ankur Sangpang (Nagaland)
beat RK Cinir (Manipur).
Men’s double: Quarterfinals:
H. Kishan/L Momo (Manipur) beat Dilip Gurung/Open Melo (Arunachal), M. Joseph/Labiaksanga
(Mizoram) beat Joseph Sumi/Raju (Nagaland), P Joshi/Freedy Lyndo (Meghalaya) beat
Tshering Pintsno/Tsnering Sam (Sikkim), Bahniman Bora/N. Sharma(Assam) beat Ambika
Sonam/Akshay Raito (Arunachal)
Through your esteemed daily, we would like to share our grievances regarding cremation
ground of polo colony Daporijo. As dwellers of this particular colony, we face lots
of problem like health problem because of cremation of dead body. It also causes
air pollution. Inspite of such serious problem, no one dare to raise a voice. Therefore,
we support demands of "All Tagin Students Union"(ATSU) and also appeal to concern
authority to shift the burial-cum -cremation ground to suitable place.
Tumbin Dakma (Tumba Dignium)
Poor are worst sufferer
It was truly heart touching to read the article of one Nini Ete published on 23rd
October under the headline “Otherside of bandh.” I would like to add few lines in
The people of Arunachal and the various organizations in particular seems to have
steeled their idea that bandh call is the only way to harass the government to concede
their demands. The leaders of the various organizations seem to lack apathy for the
common people who are in-fact the worst affected during the bandh call days. While
the government employees take the day off to rest at home and criticize the organization
over cup of tea, it is the daily wage earner like taxi driver and small business
owner who suffer most as they watch their meager saving sink a notch lower. It is
the poor people in need of medical service and student trying to catch their flight
or train on time who bear the brunt of the bandh call. It is reasonable enough to
assume that the decision for bandh date is tailored by the organization leaders to
suit their schedule. It would be very empathetic of them to also release statement
to allow movement of people in medical case and student catching their flight or
train. Such prior notice would not only instill confidence of safely in the mind
of the public but also win the heart of the public.
Let us end this letter with not just sympathy for case like Nini Ete but also make
the bandh call more bearable for the commoner.
A welcome step
Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like express gratitude to Chief
Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Nabam Tuki for being kind enough to introduce the concept
of “House Rent Allowance” (HRA) for the first time in Arunachal Pradesh for the state
government employees vide No. FIN/E-II/08/2013/445, Dtd.
01/10/2013. Let’s put up our hand for all those behind the scene people who were
directly or indirectly responsible for materializing this landmark order.
Although the central government and the central PSU employees were availing the above
facility since long time back, but it is for the first time that the Arunachal Pradesh
state government employees shall be enjoying the above facilities at par with their
central government counterparts. This act of magnanimity on the part of the state
government has proved that the present government under the leadership of Nabam Tuki
is indeed a people friendly government and that it is very much alive to the pain
and agonies of its people.
The fact that huge number of government employees are deprived of suitable government
quarters and hence are living in the rented accommodations in all over the districts
of the state in general, and the capital city of greater Itanagar in particular has
been gracefully accepted by the Chief Minister in the floor of the state Assembly
on 21/09/2013. Now, this act of sanctioning of HRA for the state government employees
is a befitting step towards mitigating the woes of its employees and it shall surely
provide some respite to the state government employees, who are otherwise shelling
out exorbitant amount of house/room rents every month from their hard earned monthly
With Dussehra, Eid and Diwali, October and November is the months of festivities;
and at this hour of spiritualities, celebrations, lights, colours and joy all around,
the government couldn’t have given better festival gift to its employees than the
sanctioning of HRA. I am sure the state government employees shall reciprocate this
noble gesture of the government positively by rededicating themselves to their duties
with more vigour for the larger interest of this state as a whole.
Rohit C Sharma,
Immediately submit fact finding report
Arunachal Against Corruption (AAC) calls upon the Deputy Commissioner, Kurung Kumey
to immediately submit fact finding report of misappropriation to the tune of Rupees
12.49 Cr under centrally sponsored scheme for construction of girls hostel at Palin
block under ministry of Tribal Affairs by Executive Engineer and Assistant Engineer,
Palin PWD Sub-Division.
The government of India under ministry of Tribal Affairs had sanctioned an amount
of Rs. 12,49,00,000.00 (Rupees Twelve crore forty nine lakhs) for the construction
of RCC double storey ST Girls Hostel for 40 boarders in 10 schools under Palin block
in Kurung Kumey district. The construction was carried out by PWD, Palin Sub-division
under Sangram PWD Division.
An amount of Rs. 6, 24, 50,000.00 (Rupees six crore twenty four lakhs fifty thousand)
was released vide order no. SWCD-324/2011(MoTA)Pt-V dated 20.03.2012 as 1st installment,
which has been fully withdrawn without doing any major work by executing agency which
is PWD, Palin Sub-division. In some schools instead of sanctioned construction of
RCC G+l building, SPT building unit have been built in complete violation and thereby
committing criminal breach of trust by public servant in falsification of bill and
In this regard, we the member of Arunachal Against Corruption (AAC) had complained
to the secretary, Department of Social Justice & Tribal Affairs, who had then ordered
vide no. SJTA/100/2013 dated 5th June 2013 to the Deputy Commissioner, Kurung Kumey
to submit the fact finding report within one month, subsequently reminder letter
and order no. SJTA/100/2013 dated 22nd August 2013 and 7th Sept. 2013 have not yielded
any report till now.
It's been more than four months since the enquiry report was ordered to the Deputy
Commissioner, Kurung Kumey for submission to the secretary, Social Justice & Tribal
Affairs. The long period deliberately given have been used for erection of some sub
standard structure in some schools. In this meantime we are subjected to intense
pressure of intimidation and lure of money to withdraw the complaint.
We therefore call upon the Deputy Commissioner, Kurung kumey to immediately submit
its facts finding report, lest, we would be compelled to launch vigorous democratic
movement and litigation in hon'ble high court.
B Tamchi Dollee
Arunachal Against Corruption (AAC)
Reality is different
Whatever issues come in news from every corner our state through your esteem readers’
forum should be highlighted in front page of your paper with more detail about the
topic, because most of the issues are of fact/truth faced by our citizen. For example,
education minister talk about quality education almost in every public gathering
but everybody knows about reality better than me. Many societies/organizations have
been raised many questions regarding our education system through readers forum.
Without infrastructure like Lab, Library, bench, desk, classroom, teacher, book so
on, how education minister can talk about quality education without these facilities,
you tell me can it be happen?
West Siang, Arunachal Pradesh
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Indo-China relation to get better
India and China have signed an agreement on border defense co-operation after a stand-off
between their armies in disputed territory earlier this year. The deal aims to improve
communication between the two armies. The agreement was signed during Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh's visit to Beijing. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the time of signing
agreement had expressed hope that it would help maintain border "peace, tranquility
The two countries disagree over the demarcation of several Himalayan border areas
and fought a brief war in 1962. Tensions still flare up from time to time. Both sides
are keen to ensure that the spat does not derail a general warming in relations.
This event is welcome news for people of Arunachal. The incident of incursion inside
Arunachal territory by Chinese army had given heartache to many citizens. The fear
of repeat of 1962 like situation does not augur well for our state. Arunachal need
to catch up with rest of the world in terms of development and therefore we have
to create congenial atmosphere to attract investment. It is hope that visit of Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh to Beijing will soothe the relation between two nation which
will directly have impact on state like ours which shares international boundary