ITANAGAR, Feb 19: The budget session of the sixth legislative assembly will commence
from 5th March and end on 13th. The Governor of Arunachal has issued notification
summoning the legislative assembly to meet for the budget session.
APSTS announces free service
ITANAGAR, Feb 19: Good news for commuters as Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Service
has announced that all bus rides within Capital Complex will be for free on Feb 20
as a gift to the people on 29th statehood day. An official source said that Chief
Minister Nabam Tuki had proposed the idea so that people are able to take part in
Around 30 buses have been pressed into service which will shuttle from Banderdewa,
Doimukh, Nirjuli, Naharlagun, Chimpu, Jote, Jullang and Yupia to Itanagar from early
morning onwards, said General Manager APSTS Abu Tayeng.
Chakka bandh called off
ITANAGAR, Feb 19: The All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF)
has called off its proposed 12 hours Chakka bandh on February 20 following assurance
to take up its 15-point charter of demands with the Chief Minister on February 24
for discussion. AAPPTF in a release today informed that it has decided to call off
the bandh following assurance of Parliamentary Secretary Home Likha Saaya, Parliamentary
Secretary Civil Supply Markio Tado and DIGP Nabam Gungte and Capital DC to take up
its charter of demands with the CM in a meeting held this evening.
The demands of the Federation include creation of manpower in traffic department,
allotment of sufficient fund for traffic awareness campaign, permanent allotment
of parking place in all the districts headquarters and provision of transport subsidy
loan scheme to unemployed youths.
Indefinite bandh suspended
ITANAGAR, Feb 19: The ongoing indefinite bandh launched by the JYSU, RBSU, LYA under
the banner of District Demand Joint Action Committee (DDJAC) of Likabali and Nari
Koyu (ST) Assembly constituencies on Lower Siang headquarters issue has been temporarily
suspended on certain terms and conditions until second week of April.
The decision was taken after a joint meeting of Government representatives and DDJAC,
youth organizations and elites of the two constituencies that the committee constituted
by the state government on Lower Siang Issue headquarters submits its report to the
state govt. at the earliest in favour of the ‘genuine’ demand of the people of Likabali
and Nari-Koyu (ST) Assembly constituencies.
It was also decided in the meeting that Likabali MLA Jomde Kena will constantly keep
pursuing with the state govt. for early submission of the report by the committee.
The meeting, however, resolved that rigorous democratic movement would be re-launched
by the people of the two constituencies in case the government fails to fulfill the
Basar ADC E Ete, who represented the government, chaired the meeting which was held
in the office chamber of the Likabali SDO today.
Nyamar Karbak takes oath as MLA
ITANAGAR, Feb 19: The newly elected MLA from Liromoba Assembly constituency Nyamar
Karbak took oath today as the member of State Legislative Assembly in presence of
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, several Ministers and MLA’s, high ranking officers and
well wishers. Speaker State Legislative Assembly Nabam Rebia administered the oath
of office and secrecy at the Nokmey Namati Hall of the Assembly secretariat, Naharlagun.
Karbak won the Liromoba by-poll held on 13 February on a Congress ticket.
It may be mentioned here that the by-poll of the Liromoba Assembly constituency was
necessitated following the demise of the then sitting MLA Jarbom Gamlin on November
30. In the by-poll, Karbak defeated his nearest rival candidate Bai Gadi of BJP by
a margin of 119 votes. DIPR
Irregularities in selection process alleged
ITANAGAR, Feb 19: Alleging serious irregularities in selection of dealership against
agriculture inputs supply under NFSM/CMMP schemes, the All Arunachal Agriculture
Horticulture Input Suppliers Registered Dealership Association (AAAHISRDA) has appealed
to the finance commissioner to pass a directive for immediate stoppage of payment
regarding selection of beneficiaries taking place in various district agriculture
offices as well as at the director office. It also appealed for re-tendering/reselection
process at the directorate level to ensure that registered firm holders get a fair
chance to participate.
"The NIT from registered dealers/firms were not even published in any of the newspapers,"
it claimed adding that two - three firms were selected by means of "pick and choose"
without any transparency.
Run for Clean Arunachal Campaign organised
KOLORIANG, Feb 19: As part of 29th Statehood Day Celebration, the Kurung-Kumey District
Administration in collaboration with PHED, Sub-Division-Koloriang organized “Run
for Clean Arunachal Campaign” at Koloriang today.
Hundreds of people from all walks of life took part in the race. The race was flagged
off by Upper Koloriang, ZPM, Chello Tagar at Tayang village and later culminated
at General Ground Koloriang.
Meanwhile, administrating the Swachhta Abhiyan Pledge to all the participants, Kurung-Kumey
District, Deputy Commissioner, Mamta Riba emphasized on the need for upholding the
commitment made in the Swachhta Pledge. While stressing on the importance of hygienic
and cleanliness, the Deputy Commissioner, appealed each and every citizen of Koloriang
to extend their helping-hand in making the district clean that will further contribute
towards making our country clean.
All the HoDs of the district also participated in the programme. DIPRO
23 ILP violators detained at Sille-Oyan PS
RUKSIN, Feb 19: Silley-Oyan Police led by SI M Bori, Officer-in-Charge today caught
23 persons without Inner Line Permit (ILP) during a checking at National Higjway-52,
The persons were detained when they were trying to enter into Arunachal territory
without possessing ILP or other valid documents, police said.
The ILP violators were produced before the court for further action.
A case under section-3 of Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulations, 1873 has been registered
at Sille-Oyan PS against the violators.
Sille-Oyan police last month caught as many as 45 passengers, who were trying to
enter into the district without possessing valid permit.
The police have set up check posts at Ruksin, Sille and 2-mile portion on the highway
and deputed patrolling team to check illegal entry of persons from outside the state.
Hailstorm lashes Riga
ITANAGAR, Feb, 19: A severe hailstorm lashed Riga block, Pangin and its surrounding
areas this evening, causing sharp fall in mercury. The hailstorm, accompanied by
strong winds and heavy shower, forced people to rush indoors and reduced visibility
Vehicles were forced to move at a snail's pace with headlights on while people rushed
indoors to save themselves from the storm.
The tribal areas and other higher hills received another spell of moderate snowfall.
Hailstorm with gusty wind hit different parts of the district making them briefly
resemble colder times with snow-splattered road and covered some parts completely
However, there were no reports of any loss of life from any part of the area.
DDSE visits schools at Lazu
KHONSA, Feb 19: DDSE Tirap made a surprise visit to schools in the border block of
Lazu and visited primary and middle schools of Kheti, Sanliam, Kolam and Tutnyu.
During interaction with the SMC, they appealed to the DDSE to post teachers and provide
furniture and electricity in schools. Meanwhile, DDSE assured to place the problems
with the state education department and the administration for immediate redressal.
Indian army conducts free medical camp at Tuting
YINGKIONG, Feb 19: Indian Army Unit located at Tuting of Upper Siang District conducted
a free medical check-up camp at Tuting on Feb 16 and 17.
The Army doctors from Tuting along with support staff conducted medical check-ups
to needy patients throughout the day. They also gave lectures on nutrition and other
health care tips to the public.
Meanwhile, the villagers urged the Army personnel to conduct such health camps in
Apart from this health camp, the Indian army is providing free medical facilities
to the local population in its Army campus at Tuting on daily basis.
It is worth mentioning that Tuting sub-division is one of the most remote areas of
Arunachal Pradesh. The road communication network in the area is still underdeveloped
and this has prevented necessary facilities like health care from reaching the local
residents. Although there is a Primary Health Centre at Tuting, but this centre is
not in a position to cater the needs of entire sub-division, specially the remote
Anand wins Zurich Classical after easy draw with Karjakin
ZURICH, Feb 19: Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand played out an easy draw
with Sergey Karjakin of Russia in the fifth and final round to win the Classical
section of Zurich Chess Classic on Thursday.
Awarded two points for a victory and one for a draw under new rules in place in the
event, Anand tallied seven points, winning two and drawing three games, in the six-player
round-robin. It also meant a much-needed recovery in ELO points after losing heavily
in the preceding Grenke Classic tournament.
Hikaru Nakamura of the United States finished a clear second, a full point behind
Anand after settling for a draw with Levon Aronian of Armenia. The third game of
the fifth and final round in the Classical format was also drawn between Russian
Vladimir Kramnik and Fabiano Caruana of Italy.
Kramnik finished third, having drawn all his five games while Aronian, Caruana and
Karjakin were tied fourth on four points each.
The battle now shifts to the rapid chess format where all players play once more
against each other in the same day.
There are five more rounds remaining to decide the overall winner but in rapid chess
each win will be worth only one point and a draw will just earn half a point.
This effectively means the trio of Aronian, Caruana and Karjakin are out of title
contention barring a huge turnaround in fortunes.
Kurung Kumey retain women’s football trophy
ITANAGAR, Feb 19: Kurung Kumey women football team retained Chief Minister's Trophy
defeating Papum Pare 2-0 in the final at Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy (SLSA) complex,
Chimpu, here today.
Bengia Nani and Langda Mina scored one goal in both halves for the winning team.
The final match was kicked off by Tabia Chobin, Principal, Sangay Lhaden Sports Academy,
in presence of D.K. Dinglow, Director, Sports & Youth Affairs and other officers
and official of Dept. of Sports & Youth Affairs.
Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma and Chief Minister Nabam
Tuki will attend the final match of men's football to be played between Lower Subansiri
and Capital Complex tomorrow at 2 pm at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun.
BYA calls for justice
ITANAGAR, Feb 19: The Biki Youth Association (BYA) today alleged late Biki Somi died
after being hit by police PCR van. Association in a press release issued on behalf
of the family members, gave detail information about how things unfolded on 18th
February morning. They alleged that due to reckless and irresponsible driving of
PCR Van driver the bike in which late Somi and injured Sagar Mibang was traveling
collided with the PCR van.
“We the general public has lots of expectation from Capital Police and believes that
they will ensure our safety and security. But unfortunately this incident occurred
due to mistake of the patrolling Police Van. To add to our woes, the police team
flew from the scene. In normal circumstances police are supposed to rescue and evacuate
the victim and take injured person to hospital. However in this case even after repeated
request by injured Sagar Mibang to take them to hospital, the police team didn’t
pay any heed. Driver of the PCR Van K. Perme should be proclaimed responsible for
the cause of death,” the association stated in a release. Further they added, “Fortunately
a group of local ladies all vegetable sellers who were readying for the next day’s
activity caught them at the spot. The eye witnesses have solely held the patrolling
team responsible for causing the accident leading to the death of our beloved and
capable brother.” Association added that victims were evacuated to hospital by officer
in charge of Itanagar Police Station T Bage.
They also clarified that whatever happened during the later part of the day was out
of emotion and due to deep resentment over inhuman attitude of police team. “We had
no intention to harm anyone. We protested so that such incident should not be repeated
in future and no one should die tragically like our brother Somi had to. If the driver
of the PCR Van is strongly punished for his mistake, it will send strong message
and may be lives of other people will be saved,” the association continued. BYA added
that situation was brought under control due to the guidance of NES, ANSU, ANYA,
IMWA, District Administration, relatives and well wishers. However, they made it
clear that government has not fulfilled whatever they had promised. “We will wait
patiently and if government does not fulfill the promises, we will take our own course
of action,” they added.
Expectations high as state all set to welcome Prime Minister Modi
[ Taba Ajum ]
ITANAGAR, Feb 19: Itanagar is all decked up to receive the Prime Minister Narendra
Modi on the occasion of 29th Statehood Celebrations. The Prime Minister, who will
be the Chief Guest of the statehood day celebrations, is scheduled to arrive at 10
AM and spend at least two hours at IG Park.
He is expected to flag off the Arunachal-Delhi Rajdhani Express Train, a 36 hours
journey from Naharlagun to the Capital.
Modi has earlier on visited Arunachal last year during general election and addressed
rallies at Pasighat and IG Park, Itanagar. During both the rallies, while appealing
for vote, Modi promised to fast track the development of the state.
During a rally at Pasighat, Modi had said “Arunachal can be the world’s environment
capital. It is no less than Switzerland.” He had also stated that Herbal, Horticulture
and Handicrafts can give lot of opportunities to the local people.
As the state anxiously awaits the Modi visit, people of Arunachal have massive expectations
from him. This daily spoke to people from various sections of the society and asked
them about their expectations from PM Modi. “His visit should not be meant for political
propaganda only. I wish he interacts with common people to hear their grievances.
Also, he should look into the ways of governance and emphasize on corruption free
government,” shared Ajit Tajo Sonam, a resident of Itanagar.
There are many who are concerned about the misuse of central funds and want PM Modi
to initiate action in this front.
“His visit itself is a message that he is concerned about the people of this state.
Hope he stresses on the need to properly use central fund and stop it’s misuse,”
said Tobom Dai from Pasighat. “Prime Minister’s Office should have a link office
in Itanagar to oversee the implementation of central schemes. This will stop the
misuse of central funds,” shared Dr Nani Bath, who teaches at Rajiv Gandhi University.
He also wants PM to start the process of imposition of income tax in the state. “Funds
allocated by the Government of India are being spent with impunity, without any accountability
and transparency. This adds to corruption and acceptance of corruption as a 'social
fact'. One of the ways is to scrap or modify the Section10 (26) of the Income Tax
Act, 1961, which provides exemption to income accruing or arising to a member of
Scheduled Tribe,” continued Dr Bath.
Some sections of the people expect PM Modi to announce big development packages for
the state. “First of all strengthening of power transmission and distribution system
in Arunachal, for which he is going to lay the foundation stone, should be awarded
to state government and not to the Power Grid Corporation. We are hopeful that he
will announce more packages for the financially starved state like ours,” said Taku
Chatung from Hapoli town.
There are others who want PM to respect tribal’s right over forest and river. “We
expect special care from PM. It mean’s people’s right to land, river and forest be
retained with scope of sustainable development,” shared Dr Rasto Mena from Roing.
PM Modi had tried to make connection between Arunachal and his home state Gujarat
during the election rally at Pasighat by saying “first rays of the Sun bless this
land. Arunachal Pradesh wakes up first and then the rest of India rises. The final
rays of the sun set in Gujarat. ” Indeed people of Arunachal are hopeful that he
will take this connection to next level and work for the faster development of the
Gary Zaetz, founder and chairman of Families and Supporters of America’s Arunachal
MIAs, says, I am a citizen of the US, but I have a family connection to Arunachal:
my uncle was killed in Arunachal during World War II, and my hope is that the Government
of India will abandon its terribly hurtful policy of withholding permission for my
uncle's remains and the remains of 400 other American airmen, from being recovered
from their crash sites throughout the mountains of Arunachal.
Apang pleads PM for removal of lacunae in Statehood Act
ITANAGAR, Feb 19: Former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Gegong Apang today appealed
to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take appropriate action for removal of all the
existing lacunae in the Statehood Act.
On the eve of arrival of PM Narendra Modi to attend the Statehood Day celebration,
Apang hoped that the BJP Govt at the Centre, particularly the Prime Minister Narendra
Modi will surely address the existing lacunae in the Statehood Day Act in right
“In the past many assurances were given by the Congress Govt at the Centre to consider
the matter. Many lacunae in the Statehood Act have not been addressed till date
despite many representations submitted by the state,” the former Chief Minister said.
Citing the Nagaland Statehood Act, Apang said that there are many provisions in Nagaland
Statehood Act which have not been extended to our state particularly in the matter
of ownership over land and its resources. “If not more, the Centre should at least
consider bringing Arunachal at par with Nagaland which will really boost up the morale
of the people of the state, Apang said.
The Governor has been bestowed with the special power unlike other north eastern
states which undermine the loyal citizen of the country living in the strategically
sensitive part of the country, he said.
Pointing out the long journey of Arunachal Pradesh towards the path of development
since attainment of statehood in the year 1987, the former Chief Minister said that
still a lot is desired to be done in the field of education, health, infrastructure,
surface connectivity and improvement of rural economy for the people living in far
flung area of the state.
“There is rise in law and order problem and also a growing sense of consciousness
among the people that there is lack of transparency in utilization of fund sanctioned
by the central government,” Apang said. He emphasized the need to undertake the people
oriented and eco-friendly projects to make Arunachal Pradesh one of the best performing
states. In this regard the role of law makers, bureaucrats, members of PRI, student/youth
organizations, farmers, NGOs are of paramount importance, Apang added.
Saying that the celebration of statehood should not be a mere ritual, Apang called
for introspection over the achievement and weaknesses that have impeded our efforts.
Former Chief Minister also conveyed heartfelt greetings to all the people of our
state on the occasion of 29th anniversary of Statehood Day.
Health services information to be displayed in local languages: DC
PASIGHAT, Feb 19: Information regarding services available in health centers, machinery
available for the redressal of grievances, brief overview regarding the admission
of patients and doctors on duty must also be displayed in local languages for conveniences
of the public, suggested Deputy Commissioner East Siang District Nidhi Srivastava
while addressing the members in the District Quality Assurance Committee meeting
at Pasighat yesterday.
She said that, our ultimate aim is to deliver the highest standard healthcare services
to the people with available resources and manpower.
The DC informed the house that the Union Government is introducing quality assurance
program for accessing and improving the quality of services in health sector. In
a bid to identify gaps in the healthcare institution-level and fulfil quality assurance
parameters, the state government has set in motion the process to form quality assurance
committees in government hospitals and health centers under National Health Mission
She appreciated the medical fraternity for maintaining cleanliness and prompt services
being rendered by them to the society and gave various tips for betterment. She also
said that we must maintain the tradition of providing quality services to each and
every citizen who visits the hospital.
Earlier, Member Secretary Dr. T. Gao (DRCHO) presented the aims and objectives of
the mission through power point presentation. During the open house discussions,
Dr. Bagra and Dr. T. Gao cleared various doubts raised by the doctors and members.
They urged the Medical Superintendent Dr. YR Darang to deliver better services to
patients including enhancing the accountability of health practitioners and resource
efficiency, identifying, and minimizing medical errors. DIPRO
Arunachal receives ‘Krishi Karman Commendation Award’ for 3rd consecutive year
ITANAGAR, Feb 19: Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave away “Krishi Karman Commendation
Award” for 2013-14 to Arunachal Pradesh in overall food grain production category.
Hage Khoda, Commissioner, Hage Kano, Director and Agriculture Advisor A K Purkayastha
received the award on behalf of the state agriculture minister in a function held
at Suratgarh, Rajasthan today. The PM also launched an ambitious scheme on “Soil
Health Card” distribution to all farm families in the country.
The award is given to the better performing states of India in overall food grain,
pulses, oilseeds, rice, wheat and coarse cereals production during 2013-14.
The PM complemented Arunachal for qualifying for the award consecutively for three
Arunachal has been adjudged as first amongst the commendation award category for
its achievement in overall food grain production as compared to previous year. The
award consists of a citation and cash award of Rupees One Crore. Earlier, the state
had received the same award with citation and cash award of rupees twenty-five lakhs
during 2011-12 & 2012-13.
It is quite encouraging that the production and productivity of food grains like
rice and coarse cereals has been in increasing trend as is evident from the fact
that the overall food grain production in the state had reached a level of 3.89 lakh
MT during 2013-14 as compared to 3.62 lakh MT during 2011-12 and anticipated to reach
a level of 4.10 lakh MT during 2014-15 depending on the weather condition.
People’s voice on the 29th Statehood Day Celebration
[ Ojing Tayeng ]
ITANAGAR, Feb 19: We asked some of our readers through personal interviews and social
media networks to share their thoughts as we celebrate the 29th statehood day on
Feb 20. Most of the respondents felt that the state need to do more to discourage
corruption, increase opportunities for young people, improve infrastructure and forge
better inter tribal relations.
Dipten Ratan, says “I hope to see an Arunachal where we love enough to be able to
forgive each other’s mistakes; where every clan, every community is happy to take
a backseat so that other can go ahead; where justice rolls on like a river, righteousness
like a never failing stream”.
Madhuparna Bhattacharjee Sharma, a college teacher says “let the vibrant youth channelize
to the extent that the small but beautiful state forges ahead with meaningful goals
set without imitating others. May compassion, sincerity and conscience grow from
within through an indigenous mode of social engineering” she adds.
K. Megu, RGU student suggests that Arunachal festival should be taken to other districts
headquarter of the state on rotation basis.
BT Borang, “we celebrate statehood day every year but still some are unaware about
the importance of statehood day in remote areas. So I think the state government
need to initiate some step to promote various local vernacular newspapers of the
state as these newspapers are only source of information to local tribal.
T Mize, a govt officer feels that preservation and protection of natural resources
and promotion of eco tourism should be taken up on priority basis by the state government.
Gemin Modi, an unemployed graduate thinks that development activities are in slow
progress in the state except Trans-Arunachal Highways works. Most of the schools
particularly in remote areas of East Siang face shortage of infrastructure which
needs immediate attention from education department.
Kaling Panyang, a graduate feels that the quality of works should be maintained in
the state as many works carried out are of low standard. The government need to take
up certain policies on drugs abuses particularly on Opium and Marijuana.
Arup Kumar Choudhury, a social worker said that “diversion of concentration from
certain fields is a call now for Arunachal Pradesh. Like the rising Sun, this state
Duyu Tabyo, a young film maker said “100 billion dollars worth of fortune cannot
make this state prosper as long as we look upon each other with hostility on the
lines of tribalism and communalism”.
Michi Laltlan Sanga Chawngthu, said that the state should focus on the potential
Arunachal have in the field of Sports. The potential of the youths needs to be channelized
through sports as much as we can. What we need now is a good indoor and outdoor stadium
and specially renovating the lone Stadium of Capital Complex with synthetic turf.
Nyicyor Biken, a student of Leeds Beckett University, England shares that “Instead
of fighting for power and tribe ,we need to focus on more entrepreneurship culture
where tourism, hospitality, sports , music, cultural and social development should
be priority. Let there be free open space for opportunity… better education system
and health facilities proper implementation of govt. funds and awareness of national
Yobins deserve ST status
ITANAGAR, Feb 19: Yobin Tribe Fundamental Rights Forum (YTFRF) has expressed strong
resentment over the refugee tag/label given on the Yobin community.
Claiming that authorized legal documents of Government of India states ‘Yobin’ as
a native tribe of Tirap district since 1940s, the Forum urged All Arunachal Pradesh
Students’ Union (AAPSU) and people of the state to stand for the cause of the Yobins.
Referring to Presidential Order published in “Gazette of India, Extra Ordinary, Part
II, Section 3, in October, 29, 1956, wherein it is claimed to be stated that “Yobin
Tribe avails APST under “SC & ST lists (Modification),” the Forum dismissed any questions
or doubts over Yobin’s tribal identity.
While recalling Yobin community’s long association with AAPSU and their contribution
since the union’s early days, the Forum in its release informed that former Chief
Minister and then AAPSU president Late Jarbom Gamlin had remarked that, “…people
of the state should not equate the Yobins with refugees as the former (Yobin) are
indigenous inhabitants of Vijaynagar area…”
The Forum also informed that former AAPSU president and MP Takam Sanjoy and present
AAPSU president Kamta Lapung too claimed to have publicly acknowledged the tribal
identity of the Yobins during their visit to Yobin village of Dawodi/Vijaynagar in
mid-March 2013. The Forum also claimed that the Joint-High Power Committee members
during their visit upheld Yobin’s cause in a public meeting held at IB compound,
It also informed that the Arunachal East MP had written to Ministry of Tribal Affairs,
GOI in favour of granting ST status to Yobins.
“… kindly intervene in this long pending demand of Yobin Tribe which is also supported
by the Cabinet & other public representatives of the State of Arunachal Pradesh is
genuine and well deserving of positive response from Govt. of India….”
“… Records reveal that the Yobins are living in Vijaynagar circle since forties of
the last century. They are purely Tribal people of Arunachal Pradesh living in Vijaynagar
Circle of Miao Sub-Division in Changlang District. The demand for inclusion of Yobin
or Lisu to Scheduled Tribe Status in Arunachal Pradesh is very much genuine and deserve
for early reorganization by the Government”, the Forum quoted the Miao ADC. (Ref.
“No M/ESTT/PF/TM/14 Dated Miao, the 20th November, 2014”).
In 2000, AAPSU president Nabam Jallow assured the Yobin community that any misunderstanding
about the Yobin’s legal standing will be erased from AAPSU agenda, the forum informed
in the release.
The Forum also claimed that fellow local tribes, including the Singpho and Tangsa
communities too vouched for granting ST status to Yobins.
Train to Eastern Himalayas : A Sun-rise journey begins
[ D.C.Borah ]
On April 7, 2014, the sun rose at Itanagar exactly at 5:34 AM. But most people around
the newly built railway station at Naharlagun, just 10 kms east of the Arunachal
Pradesh capital city had woken much earlier. It was going to be a historic day –
the first passenger train would chug into the beautiful state cradled in the eastern
Himalayas a few hours later. And, Itanagar has also become the second state capital
in the Northeast – after Guwahati – to figure in the broad gauge railway map of India.
It was not just a historic moment for the Land of the Dawnlit Mountains, as Arunachal
Pradesh is generally referred to. It was also a great moment for Indian Railways,
as the world’s largest railway network also embraced into it the colourful people
– the Adis, Nyishis, Apatanis, Galos, Mishmis, Tagins, Monpas, Sherdukpens, Tangsas,
Khamtis, Singphos, Noctes, Wanchos and so on – who live in the enchanting mountains
here. No doubt people flocked in large numbers to Naharlagun not just to see the
first train, but also to touch and feel it, and keep that wonderful feeling in their
Taking the railways to Arunachal Pradesh, a state that shares strategic international
boundaries with three neighbouring countries – China, Bhutan and Myanmar – has been
a very significant development. And, though Arunachal Pradesh had nominally found
a place in the great Indian railway map earlier when a metre gauge line had reached
Bhalukpong, exactly 1.26 kms inside the state about 20 years ago, connecting the
state capital is what was so long most important. This was first achieved when the
first test-run of an engine was successfully carried out on January 15, 2014 from
Harmuti in Assam to Naharlagun, a 21.75 km railway project, work on which had begun
in October 2008. Though the foundation stone of the project was laid by then Prime
Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on January 31, 2008, actual work was delayed due to change
of alignment and challenges like removing high-tension power lines and obtaining
forest clearance etc.
The project that connected the Arunachal Pradesh capital with a 21.75 km line from
Harmuti on the Rangiya-Murkongselek section in northern Assam, has been sanctioned
at a cost of Rs 407.98 crores. But that cash component apart, it also has an immeasurable
investment of the love and affection of 13.48 lakh beautiful people whose music and
dance, be they of the war dances or those performed during festivals and rituals,
have added new rhythms to the clickety-clack of a railway train chugging in or out
Though Naharlagun is located at only about 300 metres above sea level, taking the
railway track up there was not as easy as it looks. Surveys and DPRs apart, the entire
project involved construction of 46 minor and 11 major bridges, all across unbelievably
unpredictable rivers small and big that simply run down the mountains, many a times
refusing to understand what human beings are doing with nature. The Harmuti-Naharlagun
section also has 14 roads-under-bridges and of course two stations, these being Gumto
People in Arunachal Pradesh in fact have been longing for a railway link for so many
decades. Connectivity has remained a big dream, with the natural beauty and rich
bio-diversity of the state waiting to be explored. Once known as North East Frontier
Agency (NEFA), this area became a Union Territory in 1972, and finally a full-fledged
state in 1987.
While the first survey for a metre gauge railway line was conducted during 1996-97
in line with Indian Railway’s vision of providing railway connectivity to all state
capitals of the Northeastern region, the state government’s approval for the same
was received in 2006. Later on, the alignment had to be changed in 2010 on the request
of the state government and finally it was taken up as a broad gauge project from
Harmuti to Naharlagun (9 km in Assam + 12.75 km in Arunachal Pradesh = 21.75 km).
With the government of Arunachal Pradesh giving its consent to terminate the proposed
railway line at Naharlagun in March 2010, construction of the broad gauge line began
The railway line that takes off from Harmuti railway station on the Rangiya-Murkongselek
main line, traverses nine kms in Lakhimpur district in Assam before entering Lower
Subansiri district in Arunachal Pradesh, and runs along the left bank of the Dikrong
river for about six kms up to Doimukh where it crosses the river. The remaining 6.75
km is in Papum Pare district.
For those interested in technical details, all bridges in this section have been
built for loading standard of 25-MT and has a speed potential of 100 km per hour.
For linking Naharlagun to the Indian Railways network, the railways had to also convert
the old 451-km Rangiya-Murkongselek metre gauge into broad guage, one line whose
importance will further increase once the Bogibeel rail-cum-road bridge across the
Brahmaputra is complete. Needless to say, it will also cater to the need of defense
for expeditious and through movement of troops to the frontier areas. In addition,
it holds the promise of bringing a lot of development and prosperity to Arunachal
Pradesh by way of tourism and industrialization.
Meanwhile, the gauge conversion work of the 34.47-km Balipara-Bhalukpong stretch,
a branch line of the Rangiya-Murkongselek section has been also completed and a diesel
locomotive has already made a successful trial run in October 2014. With this, one
more district of Arunachal Pradesh – West Kameng – has found place in the great Indian
Railway network. Passing through a thick forest area, it traverses only about 1.26
kms inside Arunachal Pradesh territory, but it means volumes in terms of economic
activity, especially because goods will now reach the doorstep of western Arunachal
at a much less cost.
February 20, 2015 on the other hand will remain written in golden letters in the
history of India, when Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will formally dedicate the
Arunachal Pradesh railway link to the nation, thereby opening a new chapter of surface
communication in the strategically located state. It will also be an occasion when
the Prime Minister will flag off a weekly AC Express train(22411/22412) connecting
Naharlagun with New Delhi.
Swachh Vidyalaya Abhiyan under CSR meeting
Yupia Feb 19: A coordination meeting to discuss the implementation of Swachh Vidyalaya
Abhiyan under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) was held at Yupia today.
During the meeting, Deputy Commissioner Tai Kaye while discussing the various parameters
of implementation of project in the district under CSR programme said that it should
be implemented in transparent manner and with the consent of local people.
Responding to the dissatisfaction expressed by Zilla Parishad Members on project
implementation he said that it is quite arbitrary on the part of PSUs for signing
MoU with SMC (School Management Committee) without informing DA and Panchayat leaders
and reiterated on maintaining proper communication and understanding with district
administration and panchayat members while implementation of any projects in the
He further said, it is a national campaign programme to provide toilets in every
school to facilitate a better, clean and hygienic environment and it is our collective
responsibility to support construction of toilets in the identified schools. He suggested
the PSUs to identify schools lying in remotest areas.
DDSE TT Tara also stressed on proper coordination among the PSUs and district administration
in successful implementation and requested the PSUs to construct the toilets with
proper water supply and electricity. In Papum Pare, NHPC in their CSR initiative
launched to construct toilets in 63 schools, SJVN in 84 and NEEPCO in 10 schools.
Meanwhile, Officers of PSUs apprised the DC about the status and progress of their
works on the project and said that main aim is to provide and achieve total sanitation
and hygienic environment for every child in all schools.
ZPMs from Mengio, Doimukh, Banderdewa, Borum, Leporiang and Tarasso also spoke on
the occasion. DIPRO
Archers, boxers accorded rousing welcome
ITANAGAR, Feb 19: The National Games gold medal winning archers, their coach and
boxers of Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy, Chimpu, who participated in the highly competitive
event, arrived in the state capital today morning from Kerala to a rousing welcome
by the sports fraternity of the state.
Arunachal Olympic Association (AOA) Secretary General Gechi Doke, Arunachal Karate
Association president Likha Tara, general secretary L. Marik, Arunachal Archery Association
Secretary Tadar Appa, Joint Secretary O.B. Meitei, among others were present to receive
the team at Akash Deep, Ganga.
They congratulated the team and offered bouquets for their brilliant performance
in the Games in a brief reception ceremony held in the morning.
Four archers from SLSA, namely Sorang Yumi, Genung Tekseng, Maselo Mihu and Netan
Drema Khrimey representing state in the National Games won gold medal in Olympic
Sorang Yumi won one silver medal in individual event.
Genung, Yumi and Maselo also participated in the 2015-Tata National Ranking Archery
Tournament (1st Stage) at Hyderabad, from February 15 to 17.
Genung has been selected to represent India in the first Asian Archery Cup scheduled
to be held at Bangkok from March 16-22.
She is the lone Archers from North East to represent India in the event. Genung Tekseng
is currently training at Sangay Lhaden Sport Academy under Coach Kh. Ekashini Devi.
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to place my dismay over the faulty/defective
question paper of Geography (Theory) of the ongoing AISSCE(INTERNAL) CL-XI EXAM 2015
The paper consisted of 10 pages excluding outline map of world and India for question
Nos 19 and 20 respectively printed opposite sides. What ridiculed the teachers and
the taught is that:
(1) In question No. 19 (world map), it was asked to identify with the help of the
map legend and was supposed to write the correct name on the dotted line for features
shown as A,B,C,D and E. But interestingly the map bore no such alphabet nor dotted
line other than the equator and the international date line.
(2) For India map in question No. 20(iv), Mawsynram was spelled as Mousynram. The
name of any place, word or thing should be correctly spelled else it would not be
wrong to write “Shutter de” for “Saturday”.
(3) Question No. 21-Open Text Material (OTM) captioned “Krakatau Volcano Fear of
East Indies” add the woes. The OTM occupied 90% space of the question paper for just
10 marks. To answer just two questions, the students has to spend half of the allotted
time leaving other theoretical question unattempted due to time constraints. For
an average teacher also, it would take some 45-50 minutes to understand the subject
matter of the given material (Passage).
If we recall the last year’s AISSCE exam., such flaws are recurrent. The question
setter and the printing agency should rue for their childish act and should repent
for their irresponsible mentality which results in low standard examination and result.
Gone are the days when every one believed that “XIth is heaven”. After getting through
the Xth, it was easy to pass XIth and had quality education. The case is reversed
now-a-days. “XIth is hell”. It is easy to pass Xth but most of the students become
the prey of XIth drops out owing to their insincerity and faulty marking scheme and
defective question papers. I am not wrong; it is the official imperfection of Arunachal
State Board and not that of CBSE.
Therefore, as a teacher, I would like to appeal all the parents and guardians to
think of the mislaid 5 marks for map work by asking examination controller of respective
district to award extra 5 marks in lieu of Q.No.19 because this 5 marks will definitely
decide your ward’s kismet. Also I would like to request the Director of School Education
to assign responsible and dedicated person to set question papers to get rid of such
recurrence in the days to come.
Boyem Jerang, J/T
D.Ering Memorial Govt.Hr.Sec.School, Pasighat
We are demanding what is genuinely ours
May I ask a question to the leaders of AAPSU, how many more years should we be deprived
of our Schedule Tribe Rights? Is it our fault that we accepted the government of
India into our land in 1961? Is it our fault that we helped Indian government to
demarcate the Indo-Burma border and accepted the Indian citizenship by offering our
land to be part of Indian Territory?
In the early part we were given all the facilities at par with other tribes of NEFA,
but after the full fledge statehood of Arunachal, the Yobins were without any reason
and in gross violation of the principle of natural justice were curtained with all
those facilities and rights and made refugee in their own land. Who is responsible
for this and for what reason?
The answer which we will never get. Some say it’s because of our religion, some say
it is a high level political game to chase us away and grasp our land. Whatever may
be the case; we are neither forfeiting our religion nor leaving our land at any cost.
Our Journey for demanding the dues that the government owes us began, and after so
many years of ups and downs, and so many studies conducted on the Yobin tribes and
constitution of high powered committee by the government of Arunachal to study the
case of the Yobins, and also voices by the people who are in media and groups who
intimately and genuinely studied the case and status of the Yobin (Lisu), the Government
of Arunachal Pradesh is finally paying back the dues to this marginalised people.
We have never demanded which is not ours, we have only demanded for restoration of
what was ours.
Treat us equal
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of the Arunachal
Pradesh govt especially education department on the issue of banning of private tuitions
practised by the govt. teachers. But unfortunately, I noticed that some govt servants
from a high profile doctor to a simple pipe fitter or an electrician or even driver
doing private job after doing their normal duty. Even many of the auto drivers of
twin city of Itanagar and Naharlagun are govt employees and private assistants are
running stenography (shorthand) centers then why only teachers are being banned from
private tuition? As we all know that doctors are being paid NPA which is an extra
allowance for not practicing private but then we find most of the doctors have their
own clinics. So what is wrong if a govt teacher takes tuition in the evening and
morning? So, I feel that govt putting a ban on teachers for taking private tuition
is not justifiable. Or else govt should pay Non Teaching Allowance to the govt teachers.
I appeal ATA team to look into the matter. If govt wants to ban private practices
on govt employees it should strictly prohibit all the govt employees from doing so.
In addition to support our teacher community, I would also like to mention that education
is the back bone of the society. So what is wrong on the part of a teacher if he/she
making extra effort in imparting education. We should appreciate learned teachers
who are working tirelessly in imparting quality education.
Are we papered to tackle Swine Flu?
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to raise some queries regarding swine-flu.
Watching and reading about the number of swine-flu deaths in India, I am really concerned
about our state's readiness to deal with the disease. As parents, we are even more
concerned about our children’s safety from these diseases. I hope and wish that our
health department is following this disease and are well equipped to control and
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Time for introspection
As state gears up to celebrate 29th statehood day, it’s time for us to introspect
and re-look at everything. In compare to rest of the country still we are way behind
in terms of development. Even though percentage of literacy rate has increased but
things are not improving. Instead of moving ahead, if one goes by the recent event
unfolding in the state, it looks like we are going back to our old days. These days
every clan is busy expanding their member. This is leading to formation of many clan
Several instances of land encroachment by clan based groups are being reported from
various parts of state in particularly from capital area. Today people are scared
to drive around capital complex due to fear of fine system. Even for minor collision
people are made to shell out huge amount of money as compensation. All these incidents
give bad name to the state and badly hurt the image. Also it is noticed that even
though citizens always seek development project but when government sanctions it
they fight among themselves and don’t allow the projects to be executed properly.
People of Arunachal will have to change their mindset if they want to compete with
rest of the country. If not, we will remain underdeveloped forever.