ITANAGAR, Jan 12: Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Union (APSCU), Naharlagun,
conducted a series of training programme for women and youths on cooperative ideology,
principles and practice and a leadership development programme at Koronu, Kangkong
and Meka in Lower Dibang Vally district from January 8 to 10 last. The programme
involved 160 participants including women SHGs, Panchayat leaders, youths and students
as well as cooperators of the respective areas.
Development Officer, department of industry, DAO, Agriculture, branch manager, Apex
Bank, department officers, ARCS, Roing and faculty from APSCU were the resource persons
on the occasion.
The programme was sponsored under Cooperative Education Fund (CEF) of National Cooperative
Union of India (NCUI), New Delhi.
Boxing championship postponed
ITANAGAR, Jan 12: The first State Level Senior and Sub-Junior Men Boxing Championship
scheduled to be held at Khonsa, Tirap from January 17 to 20 has been rescheduled
from January 30 to February 1 next due to some unavoidable circumstance, informed
Tirap District Boxing Association (TDBA).
Arunachal to participate in Junior National and Inter-State Carrom Championship
ITANAGAR, Jan 12: All Arunachal Carrom Association (AACA) will participate in the
42nd Junior Nationals and Inter-State Carrom Championship to be held in Moradabad,
UP, from January 16 to 21, informed AACA in a release.
ACRYA observes foundation day
ITANAGAR, Jan 12: The 23rd Foundation Day of Arunachal Christian Revival Youth Association
(ACRYA) was celebrated with full gaiety and devotion today, which was attended by
around 1000 believers and delegates from various parts of Arunachal Pradesh at Christian
Revival Church, Chimpu.
The foundation day service was chaired by Evan. Tanya Daniel and Pastor David Koza
was the recourse person for the programme. The programme was attended by Tarh Kama,
President, APCRCC, Evan. Tai Ete, General Secy, APCRCC, Evan. Dr. Joram Dol renowned
preacher, Dr. David Pertin, Deputy Register, RGU and various other dignitaries and
Also to mark the occasion ACRYA executive team headed by its President, Domar Bomjen
and General Secy, Timothy Nima with all its district representatives of various Revival
youth council along with 250 youths visited the Donyi Polo Mission School for Hearing
and Visually Impaired, Chimpu near here.
ACRYA president commended good work being done by principal H Sharma and all his
staff members. He also encouraged all the youths present to come forward and contribute
for the development of the society.
Awareness prog held on food processing development
ITANAGAR, Jan 12: The North Eastern Regional Marketing Corporation Ltd, a government
of India enterprise in association with Directorate of Industries conducted an awareness
programe on food processing development sponsored by National Mission on Food Processing
on Saturday at Banquet Hall here.
Attending the programe as chief guest Chief Secretary Dr HK Paliwal stressed upon
importance of technical know-how for specific food processing business and suggested
to utilize the mission for sustainable activities.
Director Industries cum Mission Director Tamiya Tatak also spoke on the occasion.
More than 90 entrepreneurs attended the programe.
Awareness campaign by APBOCWWB at Ziro
ZIRO, Jan 12: Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board
(APB&OCWWB) conducted an ‘awareness-cum-spot registration’ of workers at Abotani
Hall, Ziro yesterday.
The awareness camp was attended by Tilling Sambyo, ZPM Niitii (Hong), Hage Tatu,
President, Youth Congress, Hage Ropo, President, district unit INTUC, Puri Logi,
president, district unit workers union and Takhe Khopi, secretary, workers union,
Lower Subansiri district attended the camp.
Attending the programme as resource persons, Tore Ete, Labour Officer, Ziro briefed
about the rules of the Welfare Board while Punyo Tana, Registering Officer, APB&OCWWB
spoke about benefits extended by the Board.
Playground, coach fundamental requirements for development of football: AIFF vice
ITANAGAR, Jan 12: Playground and coach are fundamental requirements for development
of football in India, said All India Football Federation (AIFF) vice president Larsing
Ming Sawyan. Ming was speaking as the guest of honour of the inaugural function of
the 13th Tadar Tang Memorial State Level Football Tournament (TTMSLFT) at Rajiv Gandhi
Stadium, Naharlagun yesterday.
Describing Arunachal Pradesh as sleeping football giant, Ming, who is also the Managing
Director of Shillong Lajong FC, said that more playgrounds, coaches, finding young
talents and exposure to players are the fundamentals for development of football
in our country. He assured Federation’s all help and support to Arunachal Pradesh
Football Association (APFA) for development of the sport. He also announced to conduct
‘C’ and ‘D’ grade referee course by AIFF for Arunachal Pradesh and facilitate one
month’s training for a team of 15-20 selected junior players from the state at Shillong
Informing that Federation International de Football Association (FIFA) has entrusted
India to host the U-17 World Cup in 2017 in which India will play for the first time
as host, Ming urged APFA to identify football talents under 14 years and groom them
so that they can vie for the national U-17 team for the mega event. Ming said that
Arunachal Pradesh can avail the service of former Shillong Lajong captain Gumpe Rime
from the state, who has joined as coach in prestigious Tata Football Academy.
In his speech, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki reiterated his Government’s commitment to
develop sports in the state. In all, 117 players—51 in police, six in Power, 11 in
Tax and Excise, 39 in SSA, three each in Education and UD, two in PWD, one each
in Hydropower and WRD--have been recruited by those government departments under
10 percent sports quota, he informed, adding that sanction had also been accorded
for construction of stadiums at Sagalee, Pasighat, Yupia, Ziro, Daporijo. He also
informed about the on-going CM’s Trophy for football and volleyball for both boys
and girls, which he believes, will go a long way in exposing hidden sports talents.
Tuki also increased the grant for holding the Tadar Tang Memorial Football Tournament
from Rs.12 to Rs.20 lakh.
Later, he declared the tournament open. Organizing Committee Chairman Bamang Tago
administered oath to the captains of all the participating players.
Lok Sabha member and Arunachal Pradesh Football Association president Takam Sanjoy,
Parliamentary Secretary Padi Richo, APMC president Yari Dulom, wife of Tadar Tang
and Tang Foundation Multipurpose Society chairperson Tadar Yadir and other senior
officials were present on the occasion.
Earlier, 800 troupe members presented colourful cultural items to enthrall the audience.
Lower Subansiri, Papum Pare, Lower Dibang Valley win
Lower Subansiri, Papum Pare and Lower Dibang Valley won their respective group matches
on the second day of the 13th Tadar Tang Memorial State Level Football Tournament
at RG Stadium, Naharlagun today.
Lower Subansiri defeated Tawang 2-1 while Papum Pare nailed Upper Subansiri 3-2 in
a keenly contested second match. Lower Dibang Valley downed East Siang 3-1 in the
third and final match of the day today afternoon.
Papum Pare took the lead 10 minutes into the match through goal from Tapan Bora.
Moge Lollen scored the second goal for Papum Pare in 36th minute to give his team
2-0 first half lead.
The second half started with chances at both ends and some brilliant saves by goalkeepers
of both the teams. Upper Subansiri played some fine football in that half creating
several scoring opportunities. Rayu Dagiam found the net in 67th minute to reduce
the margin to 1-2. But, Papum Pare’s Techi Takar again made it 3-1 through a wonderful
header in 70th minute. Taning Marging of Upper Subansiri scored in 79th minute to
further reduce the margin of defeat to 2-3.
Yesterday, Capital Complex trounced hapless West Siang 6-0 in a lopsided opening
match. All the goals were scored in the second half.
Today’s matches: West Siang vs Upper Siang (9 am); Kurung Kumey vs East Kameng (12.30
pm), East Siang vs Anjaw (2 pm).
PPA calls for ending ‘VIP culture’
ITANAGAR, Jan 12: Peoples Party of Arunachal (PPA) has questioned the misuse of public
space by VVIPs.
Drawing the attention of the public towards misuse of circuit house and the state
guest house by the ruling Congress Govt, Laeta Umbrey, the lone PPA MLA and the Chief
Ministerial Candidate of the Party stated that the misuse of public space and property
by the VIPs and VVIPs mostly from the ruling regime has crossed all tolerable limits.
“Hundreds of Govt circuit houses and guest houses across the state are either lying
unutilized or are being ill utilized. The huge public money spent on renovation and
maintenance cost including water, electricity and human resources are simply proving
to be a burden on the tax payers, and it can best be seen as a symbol of VIP culture.
The large numbers of buildings, instead of being a revenue earning source of Govt,
are treated as private property of the so called legislators and their guests to
display their power and status. The frequent misuse of the space for throwing lavish
parties and entertainment venue and also a place for secret political discussions
are nothing but sheer violation of all norms of decency and misuse of public property”.
Citing an example from Pasighat, Laeta Umbrey stated that a huge five star studded
room constructed exclusively for UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi at Siang Guest House
during Pasighat Centenary celebration in 2011 is even today lying unused. Such a
ridiculous practice clearly reflects the heights of sycophancy and rampant waste
of public money. Umbrey further revealed that if PPA comes to power in 2014 Parliament
and Assembly elections, a comprehensive policy shall be drawn to see that public
spaces are judiciously and commercially used for maximum revenue augmentation as
well as in addressing the genuine problems of the Govt employees on duty.
ANSU-ANYA warn of repercussion
ITANAGAR, Jan 12: The members of All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) and All Nyishi
Youth Association (ANYA) on Friday visited Tarasso circle where Assam officials had
carried out eviction drive inside Arunachal territory. The team expressed strong
resentment against Assam government officials for harassing Arunachalee citizens.
The visiting team was led by ANSU General Secretary Arjun Panye and ANYA President
Bamang Taji respectively.
“The people of Tarasso are really fed up with repeated encroachment of their land
and illegal eviction carried out by Assam officials inside the Arunachal territory.
Henceforth, we will monitor the situation and if Assam continues to harass innocent
Arunachalees, we will take action accordingly,” stated Arjun Panye. He further added,
“People of Arunachal living in boundary areas whether it is in Papum Pare, Longding,
West Siang, East Siang or any other place has never encroached inside Assam territory.
Our people respect status quo declared by Supreme Court of India and are peacefully
living. However Assam never reciprocates our gesture and continues to harass Arunachalee
ANYA President Bamang Taji stated that ANSU and ANYA will stand together to protect
Tarasso area from further encroachment. He also added that repeated encroachment
inside Arunachal territory will not be tolerated anymore and it will have severe
AKA felicitates medal winning school karate team
ITANAGAR, Jan 12: Arunachal Karate Do Association (AKA) has felicitated the 59th
National School Games medal winning karate players, coach and manager of the state
in a simple but impressive function at Shotokan Karate Club, Headquarter Naharlagun
today afternoon. The school karate team bagged 14 medals--one Gold, six Silver and
seven Bronze in the prestigious event to finish runners up.
Sports Authority of Arunachal (SAA) vice chairman Likha Tara expressed immense pleasure
and happiness over the outstanding performance of the school karate team in the prestigious
“Winning 14 medals in their second participation in the highest school level competition
in the country is a great achievement for the karate players of the state,” Tara,
who also is AKA president, said. He gave full credit for the success to the coaches
Arunachal, for the first time, took part in karate in the 58th National School Games
last year and won three bronze medals.
Tara advised the players to practice regularly and hard to improve their level of
performance. Highlighting the state government’s various sports policies, including
10 percent job reservation for the meritorious sportspersons in three state govt.
departments, namely Police, Forest and Sports and Youth Affairs, he asked them to
avail the opportunity by excelling in their chosen sport.
Earlier, Tara presented bouquets to the medal winning players.
AKA general secretary L Marik also congratulated the medal winning players, their
coach and manger for bringing laurel to the state by perforimg exceptionally well
and finishing second in the prestigious event.
While informing that the government has sanctioned Rs. two crore for conducting various
sports activity like training, coaching etc. to prepare the state team for National
School Games, he urged the authority concerned to utilize the amount judiciously
for the benefit of the students/sportspersons.
In his speech, Dr. Marli Ete said that discipline, determination and dedication were
the keys to success and asked the players to maintain the same.
Tagiu Tachu and Tagri Raju were the Team Manager and Team Coach respectively. Tachu
is serving as BRCC at Tali in Kurung Kumey district while Raju is servicing as constable
in Tax and Excise Department, Naharlagun.
Sensei Tai Hipik, Charu Tatung and Upper Subansiri District Cricket Association
president Dosh Dasi also present on the occasion and presented bouquets to the medal
winning karatekas, coach and manager.
Power deptt. awaits Rain God’s intervention to improve power supply
A technician wrestles with conundrum that which point he should plug out or in while
following the instruction of the department’s load shedding chart at Power House
(33/11 KV), Chandranagar, Itanagar. Every technician including junior engineer on
duty are given clear instruction to “plug in and out” at each hour stoppage time
and that is how the department of Power has been managing the power supply at twin
town here over the past one month.
Perhaps the power supply in Itanagar this year is at its height of erratic, since
it is going by “fast come and fast gone” mode. The power supply left many ecstatic
New Year party goers fretting and fuming as many failed to strike on the New Year’s
midnight cake with knives when the clock struck 12. It has reduced noisy rock & pop
songs party to mere distorting mobile phone party and cut the high decibel spontaneous
sports commentary into inaudible audio, overlapped by roaring spectators. It often
breaks the rhythm of eloquent power point presenter and forces him/her to fumble
in the middle of deliberation.
“Cant’ believe our state capital is facing power crisis especially during this festive
season” said Sama Pinda an angry youth.
It has hit hard on business community, government and private offices, competitive
exam aspirants and the students. Thank god, most of the state capital’s buildings
do not have lifts or escalators else there would be many more stories to tell.
Ironically Arunachal Pradesh, the so called “the power house of North-East India”
which is supposed to provide uninterrupted power supply to each and every household
from urban to rural, has been reeling under darkness since early December 2013 and
is expected to continue till the Rain God’s intervenes. Forget about other parts
of the state, the power department is struggling to manage adequate line for Capital
only. As out of 24 hours, people here are getting only 13 hours power supply with
frequent interruption every hour.
When contacted by The Arunachal Times, the department source informed that due to
decrease of water flow level at NEEPCO’s Ranganadi Hydro Electric Project, Yazali,
the required amount of power supply is not reaching the capital. It further divulged
that until the water flow level increases at Ranganadi, there are less expectation
of improvement of current power crisis as Ranganadi hydro project is generating half
amount of power from the existing capacity of 405 megawatt. Moreover the water level
can be only increased after rainfall at upstream area of hydro power project, the
To end the power crisis, the state government could buy power from Power Grid; however
it would cost high amount and definitely burn the state exchequer, the department
Literally the state power department, particularly the Capital Complex, is awaiting
Rain God’s (Indra Dev) intervention to improve power supply and the people here have
to prepare for special ritual seeking Indra Dev to bless Yazali with heavy rainfall
or else it would have to see more darkness till the pre-monsoon comes.
First leg of IMCLS tour ends
ROING, Jan 12: With the slogan - ‘Cho! Zoji, Chiji, Ahruji, Keba Kera lyopu Gebane,’
meaning ‘Let’s work for our better tomorrow,’ the first leg of the Idu Mishmi Cultural
and Literary Society (IMCLS) tour to Mishmi (Idu) inhabited area was successfully
undertaken in Dibang Valley district from January 2 to 10.
The IMCLS tour was flagged off from Cheta Rehko in Roing by Jatan Pulu, former President
of IMCLS on January 2 in presence of large gathering that included student leaders
from All Idu Mishmi Students Union (AIMSU), women activists from Enjalu Menda Womens
Empowerment Forum (EMWEF), well wishers and executive members of IMCLS.
Earlier, Pulu offered prayers to almighty ‘Mashelo Zinu,’ the supreme deity of the
Mishmi people. He wished the team success in their mission and offered Kalita, a
traditionally used medicinal herb to all team members for good health.
According to Enju Linggi, President, IMCLS, the objective of the tour was an effort
to foster education and to study the socio-economic conditions of Mishmi (Idu) people,
and also to facilitate interaction between the people and the community apex body.
During the tour, IMCLS had discussion on education, health, economy, area specific
issues, women’s rights, institution of Igu (priests), and Mishmi (Idu) language meeting
experts, priests, professionals, public leaders, and community elders.
The IMCLS under its literary department led by Chief Editor Yirem Linggi also carried
out extensive survey seeking suggestions and views on codification of customary laws.
As per the IMCLS statement, this term they intend to codify its community customary
laws to override inconsistencies in traditional justice mechanism.
The team was accompanied by experts like Razzeko Dele, Assistant Professor, IGGC
College, Tezu, Rajen Miwu, IGGC, Tezu and Dr Mite Lingi, President, Idu Mishmi Government
Employee Association (IMGEA).
Dele spoke on the importance of education and urged all the legislators and parliamentarians
from the community to give priority on education and health sector. Miwu regretted
that performance of students from Mishmi community in schools and colleges were declining
and felt the need for community elders to shoulder responsibilities. Dr Lingi spoke
on the importance of politics as means through which people can negotiate benefits
The IMCLS team also visited all government run schools in Dibang Valley district.
The team visited government middle schools in Etalin, Mipi, Alinye, Anelih and Arzoo
including the pre-primary school in Malinye. The tour members also visited Anini
government higher secondary school and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya in Anini.
During visit to schools, IMCLS General Secretary Rajiv Mihu and IMCLS Women Wing
President Lomi Linggi had interaction with school students.
During the interaction, they imparted lessons to school children on different study
techniques including speaking on the importance of maintaining hygiene. The IMCLS
team led by President Linggi also had interaction with school teaching staffs and
noted their grievances.
The tour programme to Dibang Valley district is part of IMCLS phase wise visit to
all Mishmi (Idu) inhabited areas in Arunachal Pradesh. The second leg of visit will
be in Dambuk constituency followed by visit to Hunli-Desali sub-division of Lower
Dibang Valley district.
The future tour programme also includes visit to Aohali in East Siang, Singa in Upper
Siang and Tezu in Lohit district. The 8-day tour was supported by Rajesh Tacho, Urban
Development Minister, Mutchu Mithi, Managing Director (MD), MM Hyundai, Er Ginko
Lingi, Superintendent Engineer (Power), Tezu and Etalin Hydroelectric Power Company
Ltd and Dibang Multipurpose Project Ltd.
Workshop held on Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan
ROING, Jan 12: The PHE & WS Department, Roing Division conducted a day- long block
level workshop on “Management of Rural Drinking Water Supply and Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan
(NBA)--Role of Panchayati Raj Institutions” at Hunli on January 10 last.
On the occasion, S Pertin, EE, PHE &WS Division, Roing briefed about the guidelines,
salient features and components of the programmes being implemented under NRDWP and
NBA through Power-Point presentation. He informed the gathering that as per guideline
Management of Rural Drinking Water Supply created under NRDWP lies in two shoulders.
The department will be responsible for bulk transfer of drinking water to village
and the operational and maintenance water supply systems from intake to door step
of the village or WTP will be responsible of PHED. The operation and maintenance
of water supply within village will be the responsibility of the PRIs. The village
Water and Sanitation Committee-sub-committee of PRIs shall take over the Intra-village
water supply of their respective GP, he informed.
He also presented the linkage between poor sanitation and health through PowerPoint
Mure Linggi, AE, highlighted the role of PRIs pertaining to operational manual of
Village and Sanitation Committee (VWSC) issued by the Government of Arunachal Pradesh.
He informed that as per guide manual the VWSC has been authorised to the budgeting,
planning of intra village water supply, fix water tariff, connection etc. through
Gram Sabha. Opening of VWSC bank account in SBI is mandatory for deposition of money
related to Water and Sanitation which may be received either from private or government
aid but opening of bank account without taken over of water supply schemes of their
respective GP shall not be confirmed the guideline.
Mama Miso, ZPM, Hunli-Desali block informed the gathering that water and sanitation
are basic need for human survival. Therefore collective effort should be inculcate
among PRI leaders/all stakeholders so that the water supply and sanitation assets
be maintained properly. He also emphatically said that PHE & WS Department has devolve
power and function with financial power to PRI in the field of Water and Sanitation.
He requested PRI leaders/VWSC members to accept the responsibilities assigned to
them without hesitation. At the meantime, he requests the department to have proper
maintenance of water supply before handing over to PRI.
Goche Dele, ASM and Longe Miso and other also spoke in the occasion.
In the technical session, training on handling of FTK and T & P items of Drinking
Water Supply, Planning, monitoring and management training was imparted to PRI leaders
and grass root level workers of Hunli Panchayat block by Er C Taktak, JE & Kamin
Perme, and Laboratory Assistant.
A set of FTK was handed over to VWSC of every Gram panchayat through C Miso, ASC,
Hunli-Desali block. While handing FTK to VWSC, PHE officials urged them to submit
test report of water source atleast thrice a year which needs to up loaded in net
for monitoring by GOI.
The Workshop was chaired by Mama Miso, Zila parishad Member, Hunli-Desali block and
attended by PRI leaders, ASHA, Anganwadi Workers, Teachers and other Participating
Earlier, similar workshop and training was also conducted for Dambuk-Paglam block
at Dambuk on January 6 last under the chairmanship of CO-Cum-BDO Dambuk Iving Yirang.
Arunachal celebrates National Youth Day
ITANAGAR, Jan 12: The BJP Yuva Morcha Arunachal Pradesh today held Yuva Sammelan
on National Youth Day commemorating the 150th birthday of Swami Vivekananda at Hotel
The Sammelan started with inaugural session followed by technical session. In the
afternoon session “Parivarthan Abhiyan” was kicked off from Diomukh.
The inaugural session started with lightening of lamp by State President Tai Tagak.
Dugh Saha, President BJP Yuva Morcha Arunachal Pradesh in his keynotes address called
upon the youths of state to work hard to bring tangible changes in the state and
country in field of education, health and hygiene. Dr. Techi Upen Tara, Assistant
Professor, who was resource person for the day spoke about life of Swami Vivekananda
and role of youth in shaping.
State BJP President Tai Tagak called upon the State Yuva Morcha cadres and the youth
workers of party to take inspiration from ideals and thoughts of the Swami Vivekananda.
Party Spokesperson Techi also spoke on the occasion.
The Swami Vivekananda’s 150th Birthday was celebrated as National Youth Day today
at VKV, PTC, Banderdewa premises. The programme started with the warm welcome of
the guests by the band troop of the school following the ‘Puspanjali‘to Swami Vivekananda.
A cluster of cultural items were presented by the student groups of the school. Among
the dignitaries present include Nabam Rebia Parliamentary Secretary (Planning),
Hage Lalling, Vice-Principal, PTC, Banderdewa, Tasso Sira, DFO, Banderdewa Forest
Division and Tai Tasung , Municipal Councilor , Word No- 30, Banderdewa.
While addressing the audience, Parliamentary Secretary NabamRebia dignified the contribution
of VKVs in the field of education by building character as well as creating discipline
among the students of Arunachal Pradesh.
Street show performed for HIV/AIDS awareness
ITANAGAR, Jan 12: Neeti Society Ziro (NSZ) in collaboration with Arunachal Pradesh
State AIDS Control Society (APSACS) in an innovative way organized HIV/AIDS awareness
programme through Street Show covering about 20 km on January 11 last. A team of
25 artists in full traditional attire came out with innovative models concerned to
HIV/AIDS and joined the Phen procession of Subu Sha’s murung festival which attracted
thousands of people in every village. In the Phen procession, thousands of people
of all age took part covering entire village of Apatani plateau.
The models they used for display like condom, syringe etc were inscribed with phrases
like ‘use condom’, ‘never use syringe twice’ etc. They also displayed negative impact
of having multiple sex partners through which HIV/AIDS spreads easily. The volunteers
who participated with the team carried placards with different messages like ‘Know
the AIDS for No AIDS’, ‘Open your eyes before AIDS closes them’, ‘ABC – Abstain,
Be faithful and Condomise’, ‘Knowledge is best prevention, from the HIV infection’,
‘Condoms are cheaper than AIDS’ and ‘Avoid multiple sex partners’ etc. They also
pasted posters at prominent places in all the villages and distributed pamphlets
to waiting spectators.
The team covered about 20 km on foot touching 13 villages i.e Tajang, Reru, Kalung,
Hari, Biirii, Niichi (Hong), Niitii (Hong), Mudang-Tage, Tadu, Dutta, Hija, Nenchalyang
and Old Ziro. Appreciating the effectiveness of show which can easily be understood
even by illiterate people, Tilling Chobing of Hong village asked NSZ team to perform
the show in every phen procession so as to bring more awareness about dreaded HIV/AIDS.
“This could be one of the most effective street shows ever performed where thousands
of people witnessed the act and learnt many things about HIV/AIDS. Similar type of
sensitization programme should be performed every year during this festival season”,
said Nada Tatung, ACP Hija. The idea was conceived by NSZ secretary Yachang Tacho
and supported by APSACS.
The consistent barbaric act of demolishing houses and making our citizens homeless
by the Assam government is raising many questions in my mind.
Are we an enemy? Are we inferior to them? Are we not in our own motherland? Is this
not against the honorabe Supreme court’s order of forming a committee to look into
the border issue and maintaining status quo till final outcome is arrived?.
The 'constitution of India' empowers both centre and all the state with equal powers
and none is inferior to the other. How can a neighbouring state bully against its
own counterpart?. This reminds me of what Germany did to Poland and other countries
during Second World War. Also what Iraq did to Kuwait?
It can have serious repercussions in the minds of the people between the two states
leading to violent and most destructive outcomes. The tough stance taken by our local
MLA is a very welcome gesture and justified. We need to stand by the people of Tarasso
and all the people facing similar wraths.
Let us remind our neighbour that, a person can change its neighbour, but a state
or a country cannot. The matter needs serious introspections into the border issue
and bringing this menace to a permanent solution. I humbly pray to our honorable
Governor along with the state government to intervene into this matter at an earliest,
before it takes its violent face.
This is with reference to the killing of two civilians and badly injuring another
during the cross firing between NSCN (IM) and security forces at Tirap on 2nd January
2014. It is a mean act. Why innocent civilians are made human shields and then butchered
in the name of cross firing and encounters? Whose bullets hit and killed the civilians
– was it that of the security forces or militants? I am in a dilemma. Whom our security
forces are providing security to - themselves or civilians?
Let not the power and freedom assigned to security forces be abused. Ironically,
two civilians killed, one injured and two militants killed, one arrested. Hisaab
lag Bag Barabar? This time, on the dead bodies of innocent civilians, the courage,
valour and selfless services of our Security Forces will be imprinted and on the
other hand, the militants or terrorists as usual will keep on writing their history
and achievements with the blood of innocent civilians. Shun violence and make endeavour
to live in peace and harmony.
Vice - President
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Increase budget allocation for defence ministry
According to report despite government cutting down budgetary allocation for this
year, defence ministry in this fiscal till December 31, has been able to spend over
82 per cent of its budget for modernization. They have continued to procure and upgrade
military assets, which has seen a whopping Rs 3.25 lakh crore (around $55 billion)
being spent over the last five years. The ministry has already spent 82 per cent
of the capital acquisition budget of around Rs 80,000 crore and is slated to fully
utilize its allocation.
The procurements included 10 C-17 heavy lift and 12 C-130J transport aircraft, 12
P-8I anti-submarine warfare planes, Akula-II class nuclear submarine (on lease) and
Su-30MKI aircraft. Besides, money was spent on developing the indigenous LCA Tejas
for the IAF and to upgrade 51 Mirage-2000 combat planes. A number of procurements
are in the pipeline while some are in their final stages and expected to materialize
in the coming months. Those include deals for 22 Apache combat choppers, 15 Chinook
heavy lift helicopters and the 126 Rafale combat aircraft. Defence ministry is also
in advanced negotiations for a fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) programme
with Russia, on which it is expected to spend around Rs 1.5 lakh crore in the next
10-15 years. The army is also raising special mountain brigade keeping in mind the
Chinese threat. The defence ministry needs more fund for modernization of armed forces.
The two hostile neighbours Pakistan and China continues to pose threat. Both these
countries have massive defence budget, but, off late Indian govt. government has
cut down the budget giving jittery to security forces. The budget allocation for
defence ministry should be increased to ensure that armed forces are well prepared
for any eventuality.