ITANAGAR, Feb 18: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt General (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma in
an order has prorogued the third session of the Sixth Legislative Assembly at the
conclusion of its sitting on January 30 last.
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma and
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki have conveyed their warm greetings on the auspicious occasion
of Losar to the people of state for a happy and prosperous year ahead.
The Governor expressed hope that the New Year festival of the Buddhist community
will usher-in peace and prosperity in the State. May the festivity also bring tranquility
and contentment in the society, the Governor said in his message.
Losar is the most significant festival of the Buddhist Community of Western Arunachal
Pradesh. The festival marks the Monpa New Year and is celebrated with great splendor
In a message this evening, the Chief Minister prayed that everything evil and unpleasant
may be thwarted away in the New Year by the blessings of Lord Buddha.
“May this Losar and New Year of the Monpas be filled with happiness and prosperity,”
While making offerings to Lord Buddha, the Chief Minister wished ‘Tashi Delek’ to
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: All India Radio, Itanagar will broadcast a live phone-in-programme
"Hello Doctor" on its Arun FM (103.1 MHZ) Channel on February 21.
Gynecologist Dr. Bombei Tayeng Toko of Arunachal State Hospital will respond to the
listeners’ queries on Women and Child Care.
Listeners may call (tele: 0360-2292239) from 8 to 8.30 pm, according to an AIR, Itanagar
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: Pastor Toko Kapa, who was an energetic and dedicated Christian
leader of the state, died after a prolonged illness at his Hoj-Harahappa residence
yesterday. Born to Toko Taha and Toko Paka of Korli village, under Pistana circle,
Lower Subansiri district, the 36-year-old Kapa was the Assistant Pastor of the APCRCC
Prayer Centre, Hoj-Harahappa since 2001 till date. He was also as pastor of CRC Karsingsa
from 1999 to 2001, informed Arunachal Pradesh Christian Revival Church Council (APCRCC)
in a release.
“He was a licensed evangelist under the APCRCC and in his premature death is a great
loss for the APCRCC in particular and Christian community of the state in general,”
APCRCC said in a condolence message. He is survived by his wife, three daughters
and two sons.
Khimyang gets Sports Club
CHANGLANG, Feb 18: Changlang Deputy Commissioner Chanchal Yadav today declared the
Khimyang Sports Club open at the Circle headquarter Khimyang in presence of SP Vijay
Dedicated to the people as well as the government employees the club was made operational
with facilities of table tennis, carrom and badminton. She also distributed equipments
for outdoor games like football and volleyball.
The club was put in place as a recreational center so that the youths of this drug
affected circle utilize their leisure time in right purpose. She urged all and sundry
to develop sense of ownership and protect the club as well as its equipments so that
it benefits maximum youth of the circle.
Khimyang EAC in-charge Bamin Tarang appealed the youth and govt. employees to make
best use of the Club.
Among others who accompanied the Deputy Commissioner were Mingtu Ngemu, Social Worker,
D Khandu, Incharge DSO (Sports) and H C Boruah, Assistant Curator. DIPRO
YINGKIONG, Feb 18: A house was completely gutted and three others partially damaged
in a devastating fire at Pugging village in the early morning of 11th February.
The District Disaster Management Officer Tsangpa Tashi and Starlie Jamoh EAC (Magistrate)
rushed to the spot and provided Rs.3000 to the fire victims as an immediate relief
from the District Administration. Both the officers also assessed the properties
damaged for onward submission to the govt. DIPRO
Statehood day volleyball competition
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: A volleyball competition for both men and women began at Yomcha
organized by Yomcha administration as part of the Statehood day celebration.
Altogether 14 women and 16 men’s teams are participating in the tournament.
The final matches will be played on Statehood Day, informed Yomcha ADC Kego Jilen.
Sketch map of schools demanded
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: The All East Kameng Students’ Union (AEKSU) in a memorandum has
urged the East Kameng Deputy Commissioner to instruct the authority concerned to
prepare/draw a sketch map of all the schools in the district with proper demarcation
of their boundaries within a month or two.
The students union raised the demand in view of the alleged rampant encroachment
of school lands in the district. Further, many of the schools in the district are
devoid of proper boundary which is encouraging encroachment, said the memorandum.
Itanagar witness massive protest as one die involving PCR van
ITANAGAR Feb 18: The death of schoolboy Biki Somi in a road accident, involving his
bike and a PCR Van of the City Police at Itanagar, early this morning sparked massive
protest. As per the report he died on the spot due to the impact of the accident.
Traffic around Ganga market was halted for nearly five hours after protestors tried
to bury the dead body at the accident site.
The family members of deceased alleged that he died after his bike was hit by PCR
van around 2 AM in the morning. A pillion rider, identified as Sagar Mibang, is reportedly
battling for his life in a city hospital.
Late Somi, a class XII student of Govt. Secondary School, Itanagar hailed from Boasimla
under Lower Subansiri district while Mibang is from Pasighat.
As soon as the news of the accident spread, an angry mob started gathering at National
Highway near Akashdeep market where the accident took place. By 9 AM, situation went
out of control and mob started digging up the national highway. They also burnt down
the PCR van, bike of an IRBn jawan and partially damaged a fire tender vehicle. Exposing
weakness of Capital Administration, the mob virtually had a field day and national
highway was blocked for around 5 hours. Situation was later brought under control
with the mediation initiated by community based organizations.
Meanwhile, the victim’s family has questioned the slow response of police.
“After the accident, Police did not take the boys to the hospital. In fact eye witnesses
said that Police were trying to flee from the scene. We don’t expect such callousness
from the Police,” said one of the relatives. Police on their part has negated such
allegation and claimed that injured were taken to hospital by them. They also added
that bike was over speeding and had hit the parked PCR van.
To pacify the agitators and the family members, senior Police Officer Nabam Gungte
along with DC Capital Mige Kamki held parleys with the representatives of family
Agreeing to the demand of the victim’s family, police has immediately suspended the
driver of ill-fated PCR van and has put him behind bars. State government has agreed
to make ex-gratia payment to the victim’s family and they will also bear the cost
of the medical treatment of the injured Sagar Mibang. Government will also consider
the demand for providing group D post to one of the family members of the victim.
Authorities have expressed willingness to give respectful burial place to the victim
at Nirjuli, where there is a government designated burial ground. On the other hand,
if family member wants to take the body to the home-town Boasimla, authorities agreed
to bear the cost of transportation.
While talking to this daily senior police officer, Nabam Gungte who was personally
involved in negotiation with the protestors informed that an FIR has been lodged
at Itanagar PS. He also assured that after the investigation if anyone is found guilty,
they will be punished as per the law.
Representatives of Nyishi Elite Society (NES) led by Tarh Tabin, General Secretary,
All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) headed by its President Biri Kakum, All Nyishi
Students’ Union (ANSU) under General Secretary Gollo Nyania and AGS Tugbom Ligu,
Itanagar Market Welfare Association (IMA) headed by president Yumlam Achung and members
of the victim’s family comprising the brothers-in-law BC Tok (former ZPM) and Khyoda
Raja and the paternal uncle of Biki Tacho were part of the delegation that held discussion
over the concerns raised by the victim’s family.
Meanwhile, All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union president Kamta Lapung condemned
the police personnel for rash driving and demanded immediate arrest of all those
involved. While respecting the sentiment of the agitators, he however, did not approve
of the blocking of the highway.
CM inspects preparation works for Statehood Day celebration
NAHARLAGUN, Feb 18: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki along with his Cabinet colleagues and
APCC President Padi Richo inspected the preparation works being carried out at IG
Park to accord welcome to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will be arriving here
on February 20 to attend the 29th Statehood Day celebration.
Besides flagging off the Naharlagun-New Delhi AC Express train service the Prime
Minister will inaugurate the three-day Festival of Arunachal starting February 20
and two other projects--the Itanagar Water Supply Project and Comprehensive Power
Transmission Line. DIPR
Strong rural economy need of the hour: CT Mein
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: Stressing the need to improve rural economy, Parliamentary Secretary
for Environment & Forests Chow Tewa Mein said that our society and the nation will
achieve a state of balanced development only when rural economy improves.
Attending the meet at Tillai, the Parliamentary Secretary said there are many ways
in which rural people can improve their economic conditions by choosing the path
of self employment. Local resources should be managed for economic sustenance of
the rural masses. Bamboo can contribute immensely in bringing prosperity to rural
Arunachal, he added. He, however, cautioned against over exploitation of natural
resources without replenishing back.
Making fervent appeal to the public to plant bamboos and trees in the forests before
extracting forest resources he opined that nature and forest will always help in
our economic growth if we manage our resources well and take adequate care for proper
Expressing his concern, Mein further felt that development of human resources in
our state is not up to the mark. We must all collectively work in this direction
to achieve the desired level of development, he said.
Mein also gave away free solar lights under the Sri Sri Rural Development Program
to all the families in Tillai.
The Parliamentary Secretary, who is also the MLA of the area conveyed gratitude to
Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji and the Art of Living, for reaching out to so many rural
families, by gifting solar lights to villages yet not electrified.
Koj Tassar, DFO, Kamlang Wildlife Sanctuary and Dakto Riba, EAC distributed solar
lights to villagers of Tahar and rural govt. school teachers.
ZPM Patam Rangmang lauded Deepak Sharma, Trustee, SSRDP and Rama Tewari for taking
up this service project for areas which needed help.
Jonali Yun, Chairperson Wakro Anchal Samiti and Ranepsi Chikro, ASM, appreciated
the Art of Living (AoL) saying, life in rural areas especially that of ladies who
have to cook in dark will be much easier with the lamp gifts reaching their doors.
The legislator accompanied by officials and public leaders later visited two rural
schools and gave away the annual awards to the students of one school.
Speaking on the occasion, he advised the students and school management to focus
on value based education.
Our youth is becoming less tolerant and there is a steep fall in morality. Educational
institutions must impart education with character building inputs to the budding
learners, he said.
Mein also contributed to the fund of a local NGO.
Mein also assured to attend to the demands made in the public memorandum which was
submitted jointly by GB Sodong Dellang and Kholaso Dellang.
Former Panchayat leaders Soto Thalai and Balijan Krisikro also spoke on the occasion.
Ali-Aye Ligang celebrated at Pasighat
Adi-Mising unification stressed on Ali-Aye Ligang
PASIGHAT, Feb’ 18: Several speakers on the occasion of Ali Aye Ligang celebration
here spoke at length about the importance of unification of Adi and Mising through
cultural exchange programme.
Ali- Aye-Ligang is an agriculture-based festival of the Misings celebrated on the
first Wednesday of ‘Fagun’ (between January and February) month every year. The literal
meaning of Ali- Aye-Ligang stands for first sowing of roots and fruits in which ‘Ali’
stands for seeds, ‘Aye’ for Fruits and ‘Ligang’ for sowing.
Attending the festival here today, East Siang ZPC Kaling Dai and PMC Chief Councilor
Denong Tamuk dwelt at length on the historical background and the relationship between
the Adis and the Misings. Tamuk said he would lead the next Ali-Aye Ligang festival
celebration in a befitting manner at Solung Ground.
Bogong-II ZPM and ABK’s East Siang unit president Okom Yosung said that this is just
a beginning. Ali-Aye Ligang, from now onwards, will be celebrated in Adi areas and
Solung of Adis will be celebrated at Mising areas like Jonai, Silapathar etc. Resolution
to this effect was passed during the Adi-Mising Kebang held at Namsing Village under
Mebo Sub-Division during October 2014, he informed.
Yosung, who is said to be one of the liberals in the movement for Adi-Mising unification
declared that the next year’s Ali-Aye Ligang will be celebrated with much pomp and
The Ali-Aye Ligang Festival is also being celebrated at Oyan, Namsing, Mer, Gadum
etc in East Siang
ZPM Mebo Oling Perme shared his personal experience and good bonding with the Mising
brethren and said that one of his brothers living at Itanagar was opposing the unification
of Adi-Mising but within few days his brother realized the importance of relationship
with the Misings when he was treated very well by the Mising brethren during a Assam
Echoing the same sentiment, DFO (Wl) Tashi Mize said that if Germany can reunite
then why not the Adis and Misings since they are people having same origin.
Local MLA’s wife Kenrik Moyong also spoke on the occasion and wished everyone a happy
Ali-Aye Ligang from her side and husband Kaling Moyong.
Councilor Ward 6 Makpak Peyang, ABK executive member Attum Ratan and public leader
Edison Taloh, among others, attended the festival.
The festival was organized by a committee headed by chairman Rajiv Doley and Adi-Mising
Kebang Secretary Kepang Nong Perme.
DDOs asked to ensure deduction of tax at source
ROING, Feb 18: Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Shiv Kumar has directed the DDOs
to comply with the government order for realizing TDS as per Arunachal Pradesh Goods
Tax (APGT) Act 2005.
Deputy Commissioner Shiv Kumar, who chaired the workshop on Tax Deduction at Source
(TDS) conducted by the Department of Tax and Excise, Roing at the Anchal Samiti Hall
here today, advised the DDOs to ensure deduction of tax at source before issuing
the final bill to the contractors or suppliers as well as to ensure that no firm
without registration under APGT Act 2005 be awarded any contractual work.
In case of work already awarded to such firms, the DDOs were directed to inform the
contractors to register his/her firm under the said Act before release of his/her
payment. The DDOs were further directed to obtain a Tax Deduction Account Number
(TAN) from the Tax and Excise Department by applying online at the Government website
for the purpose, while surrendering the TAN issued manually by the Superintendent
of Tax & Excise.
While Inspector of Tax & Excise Yawa Son explained the objectives of the workshop
the details regarding deduction of tax (TDS) by the DDOs on any contract work or
supply work as per Arunachal Pradesh Goods Tax Act 2005 was given by Superintendent
of Tax & Excise Kabom Zirdo, through a power point presentation.
SP Roing also spoke about TDS on Income Tax.
Later, doubts and queries of the attendees were clarified by Zirdo and other officials
of the Tax and Excise Department.
Reportedly, 100 percent attendance from all the departments of the district made
the workshop a success.
Farmers urged to cultivate spices
KANUBARI, Feb 18: Ways to boost spices cultivation in Arunachal Pradesh and turn
Kanubari into a spice hub were discussed during a meeting between Spices Board of
India (SBoI) member Dr Hatobin Mai, officials, panchayat leaders, farmers and others
in the presence of local MLA Gabriel D Wangsu at the ADC office here in Longding
Addressing the participants, Dr Mai appealed to the farmers and panchayat members
to encourage cultivation of cardamom, ginger etc. in the area, “so that the farmers
can uplift their economy.”
Highlighting the financial assistance that the SBoI is making available, Dr Mai said
that the Centre is providing a 30% subsidy, while the GoAP is providing a 20% subsidy,
to help farmers cultivate spice crops. He urged the farmers to utilize their land
to cultivate spices, adding that the SBoI would provide assistance in the form of
technical help, training, and other activities under the board’s benefit programme.
Responding to the farmers’ grievance that they face problems in availing of benefits
from the board, Dr Mai informed that the SBoI will soon set up offices in every district
of the state, and the farmers can approach these offices directly.
Hard working main mantra for all-round development: Rebia
YUPIA, Feb 18: Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Speaker Nabam Rebia called
upon the Govt employees and general public to be hard working for all-round development
of remote area in Papum Pare district. The Speaker was addressing the general public,
Govt officials and GBs during his whirlwind tour to the villages from Habia to Tapiaso
in Papum Pare district to take stock of development activities on February 16 and
Papum Pare is rich with flora and fauna where varieties of birds, animals and fishes
are found, Rebia said and urged upon the people to protect and preserve the rich
heritage. He exhorted the people to avoid indiscriminate hunting and fishing and
to maintain eco-friendly co-existence with the nature. During interaction, the Speaker
assured the public to fulfill their needs and aspiration.
In the recent past Rebia trekked Bomchi Bomte, another remote village under Kimin
Sub Division bordering Lower Subansiri district. He was accompanied, among others,
by Ngurang Pinch, Chairman Agricultural Product Marketing Board, Tai Kaye, DC, Nabam
Rana, Ex ZPC, Papum Pare. DIPRO
Research scholars on indefinite protest
ITANAGAR, Feb 18: Extending its solidarity with Research Scholars of India (RSI)’s
nationwide indefinite protest movement on the issue of fellowship hike for research
scholars, the Rajiv Gandhi University Research Scholars’ Forum (RGURSF) today organized
a peaceful protest in the university campus.
About 100 scholars both M. Phil and PhD from different disciplines like, zoology,
political science, history, hindi, education etc and Secretary, (Education), AAPSU
joined the protest movement.
RGURSF Chairman Tayuk Sonam read out the prepared memorandum before it was submitted
to MHRD, Govt. of India through the Vice Chancellor of the University at the administrative
Some of the demands of the Forum include immediate implementation of revised research
fellowship, uniformity in the fellowship hike.
The protestors threatened to go for indefinite hunger strike if their demands were
not met by the authority concerned at the earliest.
Later, RGURSF submitted the memorandum to the Ministry of Human Recourse (MHRD),
Govt. of India through the Vice Chancellor, RGU.
Swine flu deaths have soared to 663 across the country while number of people affected
by it breached the 10,000 mark as the virus spread to new places like Nagaland. The
figures show that there is no let-up in the impact of the virus as it claimed 39
more lives between February 16-17. Central government figures show that 10025 people
have suffered from H1N1 virus so far this year, a new high in recent years. Rajasthan,
Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh are the worst-hit states with 183, 155 and 90 deaths reported
from there respectively. In Punjab, the toll has risen to 24 while in neighbouring
Haryana, the total number of deaths is 17.
Nagaland reported its first confirmed case today with a woman testing positive for
the flu. This news should worry the officials of health department. Eastern Arunachal
shares boundary with Nagaland and there is every possibility of virus spreading to
the state. The question that lingers in the mind of every Arunachalee is whether
health department is ready to tackle in case swine flu breaks out in the state. There
is a saying which goes like this ‘prevention is better than cure’. Its time health
department official pulls up shocks and get ready to face any eventuality. First
and foremost they need to give awareness to the citizens about this disease.
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Improve BSNL network
I would like to draw the kind attention of the concerned authorities, public leaders,
students union and NGOs towards irregular of BSNL Network at Taliha circle. The BSNL
Tower was installed six years back but it has remained silent just like a statue
erected. I think the tower was erected for decoration and not for use.
People are deprived from speaking to their loved ones because of lack of network.
Students specially who are living in capital of Arunachal Pradesh for their education
are facing lot of problem and are unable to convey even a single word to their parent
on urgent matters.
I request the concerned authorities to pay attention towards this problem in order
to ensure proper maintenance of BSNL network at the earliest possible.
For the sake of poor students
Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to drop a few words over
the stipend trauma. As a matter of fact, other colleges have already been given the
stipend but we are yet to receive the amount.
So I sincerely request the concerned authority to kindly take a look and release
stipend as soon as possible for the sake of the poor students.
Arunachal Community College,
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to request the APPSC to declare the result
of Research Assistant held in December as soon as possible. This has become ritual
for all the Departments to take more than 3 or 4 months to declare results. Right
time will led to the right place.
Therefore, I urge APPSC to declare the result at the earliest possible time.
A commendable job
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to share good service rendered by Fire
Department. It was yesterday when a fire broke out in our four stories Building in
Abotany colony due to short circuit. One of my colleagues came shouting “fire –fire”
and alerted everybody.
I also reached the place on 2nd floor where flames were coming out dangerously from
burning electric box. It was a very frightening scene. There was total chaos due
to gathering of people from all around. They were shouting to call electric department/
police etc. to douse the fire. Some people came for help immediately and threw sand
on the fire which controlled it to some extent.
Meanwhile, failing to understand in the chaos what to do, I dialled 100 from my mobile
but number was busy. I then hurriedly called 101 and to my utter surprise some body
picked the phone and asked me what happened. In the noise, I told him about the fire
in the building and gave the address.
Within no time; fire brigade was at my building and took charge. They first disconnected
the electric line and then with the use of fire extinguisher and water, doused the
fire. Then after noting my name and address, they humbly returned.
Being outsider and living in Itanagar since last seven years, I had not much confidence
on the local utility services and system. This incident however proved me wrong.
The Fire service was prompt and thoroughly professional. All the members of the team
were very humble, sincere and knew their work very well.
I thank the fire department from the bottom of my heart for saving my building from
the devastating fire.
Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to state that there are
numbers of candidate who are pursuing their study outside Arunachal Pradesh and their
academic examination will run up to till last of June and there are many who want
to study further and the admission of various universities and institutions are usually
held during the month of July and August. It is my humble request to the Secretary,
APPSC to conduct the APPSC (mains) examination after the month of August, so that
we don’t have to choose between our career and opportunity as we already lost more
than one year. Rest, I leave it to your knowledge and wisdom.
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