2011

September -  25

News Highlights

 

Re-start APST service: Union

ITANAGAR, Sept 24: Lower Subansiri District Nyishi Students Union (LSDNSU) has urged the higher authorities of transport department to re-start bus service from Itanagar to Ziro via Raga for benefit of large number of general people including students, traders and patients.

In a release, the Union said that the common people, particularly students have been facing numerous problems due to non-availability of bus service. Moreover, it is difficult for poor students to  travel on Tata Sumo due to non-affordable fare.

The Union also appealed the state Govt to strictly  follow the modified transfer  and posting policy in the district.

 

Social service

ITANAGAR, Sep 24: Polo Colony Youth Welfare Committee conducted a social service to give a facelift to the Colony today.

The colony welfare committee with active participation of around two thousand people, including, teaching staff and students of Govt. Hr. Sec. School Polo Colony, Govt. staff, senior citizens, business community of the area, cleared litters, dustbins filled with garbage for months and drains during the day-long social service. An excavator and four tippers were pressed in the social service which was also participated by the department of urban development.

Bokar Basar, ADC capital region attended the cleanliness drive as chief guest in place of local MLA Techi Kaso, who could not turn up due to his pre-occupation, according to PCYWC release.

 

Association demands Bank

ITANAGAR, Sept 24: The Executive members of All Arunachal Registered Contractor Association, Upper Subansiri District Unit met Finance Minister Kalikho Pul at his official Bungalow today and appealed to the Minister for establishment of Rural Bank at Taliha.

Meanwhile, responding to the appealed, Pul assured the union for establishment of Bank at Taliha.

Arunachal Pradesh Rural Bank, Manager (personnel) B Deory also expressed his desire to open new branch office and informed that the Bank is in a position to establish Bank at Taliha soon, said a release.

The executive members further appealed to Home Minister Takar Marde, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Minister Tanga Byaling, MLA Punji Mara to pursue the matter with the state government and the concerned department for immediate establishment of Bank at Taliha and also expressed the hope that the Finance Minister would take up the matter as per the expectation of the people.

 

Forum demand verification of facts

ITANAGAR, Sep 24: All Capital Complex Tribal Citizen Rights Forum (ACCTCRF), Naharlagun has out rightly rejected the claimed of All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Forum president that he was attacked by a group of persons on Sept 19 for raising illegal appointment issue against a minister.  While urging the police to verify the facts and authenticate the claim of the AAPYF president, the forum questioned as to why a minister is defamed for no fault when 75 percent appointments of the state were made through illegal means.

 

Org support

ITANAGAR, Sep 24: All Itanagar Youth Welfare Association extended its support to Abo Tani Clans Youth Organization’s demand for handing over of NH52-A from Holonggi to Banderdewa to BRTF. It also appealed to the state government to handover the said road to BRTF.

 

Appointments

ITANAGAR, Sep 24: Nido Nada has been appointed as President of West Siang District Unit of Right to information Bureau under the banner of All Arunachal Contructor Welfare Association.

 

Org demand police action

ITANAGAR, Sep 24: Questioning the alleged dilly-dally tactics of the investigating agency in enquiry against the persons involved in  illegal appointments and corruption,  All Arunachal Pradesh RTI Activists Organisation (AAPRTIAO) has appealed  the Govt to issue directives to the  SIC vigilance for arresting parliamentary secretary, environment and forest Kumar Waii immediately for his alleged involvement in illegal appointments in tourism department.

It further demanded action against Koniang Waii, wife of Kumar Waii and Dungro Waii for allegedly threatening RTI activists on July 24 last. The organization accused the duo of trespassing and criminal intimidation.

The organization also reiterated its corruption charges against PWD and UD Minister Nabam Tuki. It alleged that the minister was involved in corruption by awarding work order to his relatives without following established norms and demanded his arrest.

It further sought support of the NGOs, student bodies and community based organizations in order to make the state free from corruption.

 

Foundation day

ITANAGAR, Sep 24: Aka-Miji Capital Complex Welfare Society, Itanagar is celebrating its 6th foundation day at Cafeteria, near IG Park here on September 25.

MLA Bamang Felix and All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union President Takam Tatung would attend the day as chief guest and guest of honour.

 

Kidnapped youth found dead

ITANAGAR: The body of one Chau Sunanda Manpoong, who was kidnapped at gun point by unidentified miscreants from his residence at New Mohong village under Mahadevpur Police Station of Lohit district  has reportedly been found near the river side of Nao Dihing.

The body of the youth with multiple injury was recovered after a massive combing operation by police, army and villagers.

Manpoong left behind his wife, a son and daughter.

 

Disruption in water supply

ITANAGAR: The water supply of entire township will be affected following the break down of Senkhi View water treatment plant on Sept 24, informed PHE and Water Supply division, Itanagar in a release today.

The department is taking steps to mitigate the shortage of water supply by streamlining existing raw water sources and requested the consumers to bear with it for the inconvenience. It further informed that concerned department is also making all out efforts to procure new pump for the plant which may take two to three months.

 

14-yr-old found dead

ITANAGAR: The decomposed body of a 14-year-old girl from Gandhigram village, Vijoynagar, who went missing on September 15, has been found under a heap of stone half buried on September 20 last.

Achi Yethini, daughter of Akhi Khifuja and a class IX student of Government High School, Vijoynagar, was murdered, family sources claimed.  The body of the School girl was mutilated beyond recognition, they said adding that the girl was last seen with an army personnel serving in 16th Assam Rifles, who is presently on leave.

Post mortem of the body is yet not done for want of doctors.

Meanwhile, the parents, relatives and the Lisu community of Vijoynagar circle have demanded immediate arrest of the alleged murderer.

News Impact

They don’t hear, see or speak: Marde

ITANAGAR, Sep 24: An angry Home Minister Takar Marde today minced no words as he lashed out at Neiphio Rio and his Naga People’s Front (NPF) led government for trying to expand its base in two district of Changlang and Tirap.

Terming Naga Peoples Front opening its office in the state as a political conspiracy by the Rio government, the minister said that Arunachal will never accept the move by Nagaland govt which he said was using the insurgents to carry out its design.

He was addressing the members of the Legislative assembly as they met for the second day today.

He said that unlike Rio’s NPF, Asom Gana Parishad and People's Party of Arunachal, minded its business and did not stray into other states.

A visibly angry minister stopped short of accusing NPF as the cause of unrest in the area as he said that people of the two districts were living under perpetual fear because of the insurgents. They do not speak, hear or see because of constant fear, he said.

He said that youths of Tirap were being used as labourers by the insurgents while it spread terror among the people. They don’t even spare animals, he said as he shared about his visit to the district in July.

Demanding special package from the Centre for insurgency-hit Tirap and Changlang, he appealed the legislators representing the districts to work united and come forward to sort out the problem.

The Minister admitted that law and order situation in Tirap and Changlang have deteriorated because of the presence of the insurgents. He demanded that centre give adequate attention to the two districts and give a special package.

 

Quotes of the Day

 

•  Don’t tell me anything. Just ask the question: Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong to a member

•  Answer is not convincing: Ralom Borang responding to Chief Minister’s response on walk in interviews for govt jobs.

•  District creation is not a problem but infrastructure is: Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin  

•  A govt cant be too harsh to a resolution on education moved by one of the two ladies: Laeta Umbrey as he spoke in support of corpus fund for a VKV in Chayang Tajo moved by Karya Bagang.

•  Resolution withdraw karti hun, future me phir kabhi leke ayenge: Karya Bagang while withdrawing a private member’s resolution

•  Govt has the will power. We will do it: Chowna Mein while responding to a member on recognition of tribes.

 

Four Bills introduced on the second day

Fifth Legislative Assembly session

ITANAGAR, Sep 24: On the second day of the sixth session of the Fifth Legislative Assembly session today, four bills were introduced.  The bills are ‘The Arunachal Pradesh Public Records Bill, 2011, The Arunachal Pradesh Nursing Council Bill, 2011, The Arunachal Pradesh (Re-Organization of District) (Amendment) Bill,2011 and The Arunachal Pradesh Fiscal responsibility and Budget management (Amendment) Bill,2011.  

The day also saw two private members resolutions, which were subsequently withdrawn and a lively question hour including bungling up of list of business sheet, hurriedly put together leading to a  member asking a starred question scheduled later.

Indigenous tribal of Tirap and Changlang: MLA Laeta Umbrey while raising a question on recognition of indigenous tribes of Tirap and Changlang as Tangsa, Nocte, Wancho and Tutsa which are known as other Naga tribes said that enough efforts have not been put in by the state government on the issue. He said that given the current situation in these two districts, the government should have moved the centre rigorously for recognition of tribes in the districts.

The Social Welfare Minister Chowna Mein informed the house that government of Arunachal had submitted a proposal to the centre in 2000 for fresh notification of all tribes including the indigenous tribes of Tirap and Changlang. He said that no action has been taken by the centre in this regard. However, he said that the state government is committed and would approach the centre for fresh notifications.

Boundary Dispute: Home Minister Takar Marde while responding to a question from MLA Kumsi Sidisow, on the Assam-Arunachal Boundary Dispute said that confidence building measures are being taken up by both states to ease the problem along the boundary. The Minister said that after taking over the department, he had met the Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi who suggested that there should be meeting of administrators as well as MLAs for peace along the boundary.

Not impressed with the response of the Minister, Sidisow said that despite decision to maintain status quo till the Local Boundary Commission appointed by the Supreme Court comes up with its recommendations; Assam has its own definition of status quo which includes eviction and encroachment inside the Arunachal area.

Deopani Reserve Forest: Forest and Environment Minister, Setong Sena said that state government has already written to the centre to accord final approval for de-reservation of Deopani Reserved Forest. MLA Jomin Tayeng during the Zero Hour discussion had called for government’s early intervention for final clearance after the Supreme Court authorization for de-reservation of Deopani Reserve Forest. The MLA said that clearance of Forest area has been widely welcomed by the people and it shall open up better economic activities in the area especially in surface transport and grant of forest clearance for the trans-Arunachal highway.

Health: In a written response, the health minister said that additional posts of 112 medical officers and 100 Specialists posts is being initiated and file is under submission at Finance department for concurrence.

Appointments: The Chief Minister in a written response to a question by MLA Ralom Borang said that blanket ban will be imposed on adhoc/officiating appointments against direct recruitment quota. However he said that officiating appointment of regular govt servants on promotion exists under the Fundamental Rules.

Lottery: The Guwahati High Court has stayed the process of awarding distributorship of Lottery upto Oct 24. The state govt had invited Notice Inviting Tender on Aug 30 this year after it decided to restart the Lottery Draws of Arunachal Pradesh State Lottery.

Creation of new district: MLA Karya Bagang withdrew a private member’s resolution calling for creation of Upper East Kameng District with seven Administrative Centres of Chayangtajo, Bameng, Sawa, Khenewa, Lada, Pipu and Gyaweporiyang after the Chief Minister said that without proper infrastructure development, it was not viable to create new districts. He assured to give adequate support to administrative circles mentioned by the MLA.

 Corpus Fund: Karya Bagang who put another private member’s resolution calling for sanction of Rs. ten crores as corpus fund for establishment of a VKV school at Chayangtaja for girls later withdrew it.

Education Minister Boisiram Siram, while taking part at the discussion said that the area has a Kashturba Gandhi School for 100 girls and the capacity has not been filled for want of students.

 

A shocked state reacts to attack on Mra

ITANAGAR, Sep 24: Widespread condemnations are pouring in from all quarters against the attack on Everester Tapi Mra and his wife by miscreants in between Chimpu and Hollongi on September 22 last.

Expressing shock after hearing the news of attack on Mra, Arunachal Olympic Association (AOA) secretary general G Doke said: “We are shocked and saddened to learn that Mra and his wife were attacked and looted at gun point by some miscreants.”

Describing the attack on a person of Mra’s stature, who brought laurel to the state by becoming the first Arunachalee to climb Mount Everest peak, as a matter shame for the entire state, the AOA secretary general, on behalf of sports fraternity of the state, demanded the police to arrest the culprits immediately.

Dumbstruck at the news, senior journalist Taro Chatung said that the state is no more a safe place to live. The miscreants have not even spared an Everester here, he said.

While condemning the shameful act, Chatung appealed to all misguided youths to give up such activity which disturbs peace, law and order of the State.

Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee also strongly condemned the attack on Mra and his family and urged the Home Department to increase the police patrolling in the various sectors of capital complex and Hollongi -Chimpu road.

“This kind of anti-social activities deserves condemnation from all quarters, Director of Sports and Youth Affairs DK Dinglow said while condemning the attack on Mra. He also urged the law enforcing authority to bring the culprits to book and punish as per law.

Youth Network Movement Arunachal (YNMA) has also criticized the attack on Mra. The culprits must be penalized for the shameful act and such act of   miscreants must not be tolerated in any case, it said while adding that the attack on one of the few icons is an embarrassment for the whole state.  It further said that it has become evident from the attack that the law and order situation is deteriorating.

Nyishi Welfare Association (NWA), All Upper Subansiri District Un-Employed Youth Forum, All Arunachal Youngstar United Federation and Arunachal Below Poverty Peoples’ Union have also condemned the attack on Everester.

 

AVYF withdraws FIR, apologizes to Pema

ITANAGAR, Sep 24: Arunachal Volunteer Youth Federation (AVYF) has withdrawn its FIR lodged at Itanagar PS and SIC for review of CBI case against Pema Khandu.

In a release today, AVYF president Yangbio Takik said “after a careful examination of the matter it has come to light that the CBI case No RC-8 (A)/2003 U/s 120 B, 420 IPC and Section 13 (2) read with 13 (1) (d) PC Act 1998 is a closed case and that AVYF has been grossly misguided on the issue by creating impression that WRD and Tourism minister Pema Khandu is involved in it.” Pema Khandu is not involved in any way in the case and the Federation is no more seeking dropping of Pema from ministerial post, the release said.

The Federation also apologized to Pema Khandu for defaming his image and to the public of Capital complex in general for the inconvenience caused during bandh call given on Sept 23.

 

Siang valley cut off again

Prafulla Kaman

RUKSIN, Sep 24: Flood in Gai Nadi due to heavy rains in upper reach of Arunachal Pradesh again breached a portion of National Highway-52 near Samarajan under Dhemaji district last night snapping road communication with three Siang Valley districts.

Earlier too, flood ravaged  parts of Arunachal Pradesh and a large area of Dhemaji district after surging water of Gai Nadi breached the same portion of the highway on August 14 last. The Border Road Organization had temporarily plugged the breached portion and restored road communication.

Meanwhile, Assam Government following a demand by Dhemaji District Students Union, has urged its Arunachal Pradesh counterpart to ascertain the cause of the repeated floods.

Sources from West Siang district administration said that it has received a formal letter from Dhemaji district authority to facilitate a visit by a team comprising representatives of Dhemaji district administrative official, Assam Water Resources Department (AWRD) technocrats and media persons to make an on-the-spot study of the ground situation. West Siang DC has asked the SDO Likabali to extend all help to the visiting team.

 

NWA calls for improvement of facilities

ITANAGAR, Sep 24: Nyishi Welfare Association (NWA) has submitted a three-point memorandum to Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin  and requested him to improve the infrastructure facilities  of  the newly established colleges at Seppa, Nyapin and  Yachuli.

In its three-point memorandum, the NWA further appealed the CM to take steps for infrastructure development of two newly created ADC HQs at Yachuli and Seijosa and for early construction of green field airport in Capital.

Meanwhile, the Association claimed that the CM assured to provide infrastructure for newly established colleges at Seppa in East Kameng, Nyapin in Kurung Kumey and Yachuli in Lower Subansiri district during 2009. The Association also appreciated the CM for taking up infrastructure development work for two newly created ADC HQ at Yachuli and Seijoja and for obtaining clearance for construction of green field airport at Banderdewa from the union ministry of civil aviation.

While welcoming the MoU for upgradation of Arunachal State Hospital, the Association also appealed the state Govt to expedite the on-going construction of AP Civil secretariat; state legislative assembly and Naharlagun Multi-purpose Cultural Hall (Community Hall) before the first death anniversary of chief minister late Dorjee Khandu.

The Association further appealed the Chief Minister to introduce a scheme under the titled “Chief Minister’s Vikash Yojna”for unemployed educated youths of the state.

Pointing out such scheme launched in neighbouring Assam, the Association said,  that the unemployed educated youths should be provided minimum financial assistance of Rs 5 to 15 lakh under the scheme for self-employment venture as a step to solve the unemployment problems.

 

Union against illegal appointments

ITANAGAR, Sep 24: All West Kameng Students’ Union claimed that the union has submitted a memorandum to the government to look into the alleged illegal appointments in group C and D Post in West Kameng District particularly in education department. But till today the state government could not take any positive step regarding illegal appointment case of Yayum Ringu, it said.

The union further expressed displeasure over the slow progress of construction work of Boys hostel of government higher secondary school, Kalaktang undertaken by PWD Kalaktang Division of West Kameng District. It said that the even though the work was started four years back, it still remains incomplete while walls have developed cracks. The union demanded the state government and the concerned department to look into the matter.

 

Call for Mishmis to come under one platform

ROING, Sep 24: Vice President of Cultural and Literary Society of Mishmis (CALSOM) Hakresha Kri today appealed all the Mishmis to come under one platform and work for the revival of the All Mishmi Forum (AMF), the common organization among the three sub-tribes viz Digaru, Kaman and Idu.

 He said although Mishmis were one society, the political and territorial boundaries have impacted negatively on the integration of society.

Vice President Kri made this appeal for unification of all Mishmi tribes when he addressed a large gathering of Idu Mishmi people during their annual Kemeha Festival as the guest of honor, held at Denlo village.

The festival is celebrated every year on this day. ‘Ke-me-ha’ in Idu dialect means eating new rice. On this day offering is given to the spirits for good yield of harvest.

 The Vice President said the Mishmis will live to see its death if it does not expand and continue to fragment. “Expansion is life and contraction is death. Accordingly our society must evolve with the changes, modernize and stand united.” “We must start to learn from the mistakes of other society since the Mishmis are in such dismal state we are not in a position to learn from our own mistake,” said Kri.

 He said the Khamptis, once a progressive society of Arunachal is not able to catch up with the pace of changing times. He attributed this cause to widespread drug addiction in the Khampti society.   PHE Superintendent Engineer (SE) Lopolam Kri, chief guest of the Kemeha festival said Mishmis and opium has become so synonymous that if you search for ‘Mishmi’ in internet, the word ‘opium’ will also follow.

 The festival was attended by Lower Dibang Valley Zilla Chairperson Chiliko Meto, DDSE T Tatak, DFDO N Dabi, PHE officials and other visitors.

Traditionally in the Kemeha celebration, before the start of eating new rice, the initial offering is made to local deities. The newly harvested paddy is brought home, and a ritual of burning paddy follows which is an offering to the spirit.

The preparation for the Kemeha festival begins much earlier. The women in the community prepare rice beer and the men move out to jungle for hunting and trapping wild birds and animals.

 

DA beef up security against insurgents and Maoists

3000 MW Dibang Multi-purpose project

ROING, Sep 24: Dibang Valley district administration has beefed up security measures in the district in the wake of the reported penetration of insurgents and Maoist group from neighbouring Assam to disturb the hearing of the 3000 MW Dibang Multi-purpose project.

Intelligence inputs indicate that some insurgents and Maoist groups from Assam might have entered the district to disturb the public hearing process scheduled on October 24, disclosed Dibang Valley deputy commissioner Garima Gupta and SP Veenu Bansal in an emergency meeting yesterday.

ULFA and Maoist might have established links with local people with the agenda to provoke the locals against the power projects. This astonishing fact was revealed by persons arrested in connection with GREF, informed the SP.

He further informed that out of the six arrested in the district, two are Ulfa cadres trained in Myanmar and some arrested in Lohit were found to be members of a Maoist organization called Upper Assam Leading Committee of the Communist Party of India (Maoist).

Night patrolling by paramilitary forces has been intensified in the district, he said adding that security of the people and area would not be compromised.

Both the DC and SP appealed to the people to cooperate with the district administration by remaining vigilant and help police by informing about strangers and new face, if found, in their places.

They also cautioned to take extra care while employing laborers from outside the state and made it compulsory to obtain ILP and get their laborers verified by police as a safety measures. They forewarned the HoDs to be cautious while moving out from the district and keep their movement secrets as much as possible across the Assam-Arunachal Border.

In the mean time, Deputy Commissioner received a letter from the Secretary, Down Stream Pro-Dam Committee stating that the NHPC promises to bring all round development in the region and prosperity to every one either directly or indirectly and being a Central Government Organization it has the directive for undertaking social responsibility measures like CSR programmes in the vicinity of its projects. Besides HoDs, Assistant Commandant CRPF and OC BRTF, Roing were present in the meeting. DIPRO

 

DNGC celebrates NSS raising day

ITANAGAR, Sep 24: The NSS Units of Dera Natung Govt. College, Itanagar celebrated NSS Raising Day today by organizing social service and planting saplings in the college campus.

More than 70 NSS volunteers participated in the programme. The celebration was led by Programme Officers Joram Muthu and Dr. Tumter Lollen.

Later, Dr. Lollen highlighted the importance of the day and urged Volunteers to get ready to serve the society in any emergencies.

Taba Teni, RFO, I.G Park provided the saplings.

 

Taekwondo National Championship

ITANAGAR, Sept 24: The selected participants for the 29th Sub-Junior Taekwondo National Championship from All Arunachal Taekwondo Association left for Goa this evening to take part in the Championship which will be held at Goa from September 29 to October 1.

The team is lead by AATA General Secretary Tara Tagin along with Naksom Lowang and Dharmender Rawath as Coaches.

 

Union appeals teachers to stay at posting places

ITANAGAR, Sept 24: All Tali Area Students’ Union (ATASU) has appealed the authorities of education department to strictly monitor the performance of the SSA teachers of Pipsorang and Tali circles.

The ATASU alleged that SSA teachers of various schools of both the circles are neglecting their duty for many years. As a result, some schools of the circles remains defunct, it added. It further claimed that instead of performing their duties, some teachers are staying at Capital.

The union appealed all such absentee teachers to stay at their posting places  immediately and perform their duty.

 

Workers to launch indefinite strike

ITANAGAR, Sep 24: The district units of All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union of Lohit, Anjaw and Dibang Valley have decided to launch indefinite strike beginning from October 5 at Namsai in protest against alleged illegal appointments in category ‘D’ post in Hydro Power Department.  

AAPWU units alleged that the appointments were made by the Superintendent Engineer violating the existing norms.  

As per the rule, the Superintendent Engineer should constitute Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) and discuss the matter of appointment with the members of the DPC before making any appointments. But the SE did not call the DPC, and made the appointments at his own whim, they said.

“There are numerous employees in the hydro power department; some has been working in the department for several years. If such direct appointments continue it would be discriminatory and deprive the senior workers of the department,” AAPWU said and condemned such erratic and anomalous system of appointment by the officers.

A letter has been sent to the SE, hydro power, Namsai to quash the appointments of the four people within fourteen days, failing which the AAPWU would launch the strike.

 

GHSS, Naharlagun celebrates its NSS Foundation Day

ITANAGAR, Sept 24: Government Higher Secondary School, Naharlagun celebrated its NSS foundation Day at its school premises.

The chief guest of the day, Principal SIE Dr. BP Sinha advised the students to lead a disciplined life and be dedicated towards their study. He strongly advised the students to avoid indulging in evil activities and also highlighted on HIV/AIDS.

Principal of the school, T Tatan encouraged the students to take active part in such types of activities for their own benefits and also advised the students to be devoted in their studies.

On the occasion, Cultural programmes, tree plantation and literary competition were also conducted.

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