ITANAGAR, Jan 30: All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) has called off its proposed 12
hours Capital bandh.The decision came this evening following a meeting of ANSU team
with Chief Minister Nabam Tuki at his office chamber. ANSU president Byabang Joram
who led the team informed that the union is calling off its proposed 12hrs bandh
on Feb 2 as the Chief Minister gave assurance to address its two points demand at
the earliest. ANSU is demanding the immediate execution of four-lane highway from
Itanagar to Banderdewa and scrapping of pre-paid (electric) meter project. On the
four-lane highway, the union claimed that government has assured to execute the project
at the earliest. The CM also disclosed that the Union Minister Road Transport and
Highway Nitin Gadkhri is coming on 10th February 2015 to take stock of the highways,
ANSU claimed. It further added that the CM has given assurance to drop the pre-paid
meter project temporarily until it is successfully installed in other parts of India.
The ANSU team has welcomed the Chief Minister’s assurances.
Release arrested women :ALSDSU
ITANAGAR, Jan 30: Stating that two women from Arunachal were arrested and beaten
up by the Assam Forest authorities on Jan 28, the All Lower Subansiri District Students
Union has called on the Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of
Police to urgently take appropriate remedial measures and release the women. The
ALSDSU added that the two women were picked up by the Assam Forest authorities when
they were working in their agricultural fields near the inter-state boundary. The
union also stated of resorting to democratic movement if the authorities failed to
release the women.
RGU results out
ITANAGAR, Jan 30: Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) has declared the results of Undergraduate
All Semester (BA/B.Sc./B.Com) and Special Annual (BA) Examinations 2014. The result
can be seen on university website: www.rgu.ac.in, according a RGU notification.
Meeting on food safety norms held
SEPPA, Jan 30: A food safety meeting on hygiene standards for street food vendors
and eateries was held in DC’s chamber here today. The meeting was attended by district
level steering committee members.
While stressing on the need to enforce food safety and hygienic standards, Deputy
Commissioner Sandeep Kumar Singh directed the DMO for physical examination of food
handlers in eateries and dhabas before issuance of certificate. He also directed
the DFC&SO to depute inspector for regular checking on adulteration and misbranding.
Keeping in view the necessary of Ante-Mortem and Post-Mortem examination of meats,
he asked the DVO to carry out mapping of slaughter houses and also identification
of legal or illegal selling of meats at Seppa markets. It is also to ensure that
the meat sellers comply with the guidelines and carry out the activities of meal
selling at designated locations, he added.
DMO, Dr. N Geiyi explained about the provisions of the food safety and standards
rules, 2011 and also penalties for non-compliance of the rules. DIPRO
Action plan prepared for smooth conduct of Panchayat bye-polls
SEPPA, Jan 30: A meeting for peaceful conducts of Panchayati Raj bye-election falling
vacant due to resignations or death of members held in DC office here today.
The meeting attended among others by Deputy SP Bomto Kamdak and administrative officers,
prepared an action plan for smooth conduct of the election.
Two minutes silence was observed in the memory of all those who gave their lives
for the cause of the country and also during freedom struggle on the occasion Martyrdom
Day in DC’s office premises. DIPRO
Departmental Promotion Committee sought
ITANAGAR, Jan 30: The All Arunachal Pradesh Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Assistant Teachers
Association has sought the Education Secretary for an earliest conduct of Departmental
Promotion Committee (DPC) for regularization of SSA Assistant Teachers. The association
said that after regularization of little number of teachers in years back, no DPC
was conducted since then. It also added that discontinuation of DPC will block the
ongoing regularization process.
Oath taking ceremony held
ITANAGAR, Jan 30: The lamp lighting and oath taking ceremony of BSc Nursing students
of North East Nursing College of Health and Science was held here this afternoon
at Vivek Vihar. The Secretary Rama Krishna Hospital Itanagar Swamiji Visbesanada
attended the function as Chief Guest and Deputy Director cum Registrar and Secretary
Arunachal Pradesh Nursing Council Naharlagun attended as guest of honour.
APLS team to take part in ASS
ITANAGAR, Jan 30: A ten-member delegation of Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS)
is going to attend 73rd biennial session of Assam Sahitya Sabha (ASS) which will
be held from February 1 to 4 at Kaliabor, Assam. The APLS team shall be led by its
president Y D Thongchi, Sahitya Akademy awardee and General Secretary Tokong Pertin.
Thongchi will interact with the child writers of Assam and give art of innovative
and creative writing during the interaction programme “Kuhi” on February 2, while
other delegates from the state shall participate in various programmes including
literary activities during the session. APLS and ASS are actively involved in socio-cultural-literary
activities aiming to rekindle and preserve the old-age brotherhood relation between
the two neighbouring states.
Appeal to CM for Riga ADC headquarter
ITANAGAR, Jan 30: The Riga Circle Development Forum has called on the Chief Minister
to upgrade Riga EAC headquarters to an independent ADC headquarter. Claiming that
the Riga circle is most backward area, thickly populated and topographically most
far off circle from the headquarters of the newly created Siang district, the Forum
called for considering the systematic up-gradation of Riga EAC headquarter to ADC
Health camp at Doimukh
ITANAGAR, Jan 30: A health camp and baby show in collaboration with Health Account
Scheme (HAS) and Non-Communicable Disease Cell was organised to mark the Republic
Day at Rono Ground Doimukh on Jan 26. The camp witnessed an overwhelming response
from the public where they received free screening test of RBS, BMI estimation and
BP measurement, informed a release. Maximum health benefits and free consultation
were given out to the Health Dairy holders under the HAS.
Prizes were given to the best babies for the healthy baby show which also witnessed
enthusiastic participation from the young parents. The medical exhibition stall was
adjudged the best stall during the Republic Day celebration.
CE (WZ) inspects hydel projects
ITANAGAR, Jan 30: Chief Engineer (Western Zone), Department of Hydro Power Development
Pura Tupe along with departmental engineers inspected all the ongoing hydro power
stations of East Kameng and West Kameng districts including Pacha hydel project in
East Kameng recently and directed field engineers to expedite the work by maintaining
ANSU seeks status reports on its demands
ITANAGAR, Jan 30: All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) has sought status report on its
charter of demands, including strict implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) system,
and the action taken on it by the state government.
Expressing strong resentment over non-fulfillment of its demands even after six months
from the placing of the demands and constitution of a high level committee during
June, 2014 with Secretary (political) as Chairman to look into the matters, ANSU
in a reminder to Chief Secretary demanded to make public the status report or action
taken on the demands without any further delay.
ANSU has been demanding the state government to formulate a permanent mechanism for
checking ILPs at various locations and train stations to prevent illegal entry of
persons from outside the state, exclusive reserved quota for the indigenous people
of Arunachal Pradesh in the employment sector under NF Railway, formulation of pro-local
public policy and job oriented guideline/ policy for absorbing people of Arunachal
Pradesh in Railway department, construction of Multipurpose Bridge at Dikrong River
between Doimukh and Tigdo by the Railway Department as assured by the State Govt.
before the public meeting held in January, 2008.
Coal mining in Changlang suspended
ITANAGAR, Jan 30: Coal mining at the Namchik-Namphuk coal block in Changlang district
of Arunachal Pradesh has been suspended since May 2012 after the directions of the
Centre following involvement of insurgent groups in the extraction process, the state
Assembly was informed today.
Responding to a question by senior BJP MLA Japu Deru, state geology and mining minister
Kamlung Mosang stated that coal extraction was started in March 2007 by the National
Mining Company Ltd of Tinsukia in Assam on the basis of a memorandum of agreement
(MoA) through an open tender for extraction of two lakh metric tonnes coal annually.
"Though 133.62 hectares of area was permitted, but extraction was done only in 39.04
hectares inside the reserve forest areas and a quantity of 10,73,00 MT in 62 months
before being suspended," Mosang said.
The company was awarded the contract for a period of five years, which was later
extended to another two years according to provisions of the MoA, he said.
During the period, the state earned a revenue of 18 crore, the minister told the
"I along with Chief Minister Nabam Tuki had approached the union Coal Ministry pleading
for permitting the state government to extract the balance 20 lakh MT coal as per
the MoA," he added.
The Centre had suspended mining operations in the coal field after reports of involvement
of both factions of the NSCN in illegal coal extraction. (PTI)
Spices Board meet
ITANAGAR, Jan 30: Spices Board, Itanagar conducted a “Regional Seminar on Large cardamom”
at Neelam, Lower Subansiri district yesterday.
More than hundred progressive large cardamom farmers, members of NGOs, farmers clubs,
panchayat representatives undertook the training and actively participated in the
While inaugurating the programme, ZPM Pistana Neelam Mangha requested the participants
to take the full advantage of the programme and the knowledge thus gathered to disseminate
among the farming community.
In the technical session, Jugal Das, Senior Field Officer, Spices Board, Itanagar
explained in details about site selection, planting material production, plantation
and pollination management, plant protection measures, harvest and post harvest practices
to be adopted for successful large cardamom cultivation along with various developmental
schemes of the Spices Board for Arunachal Pradesh.
In her speech, Tasso Yollu, HDO, Department of Horticulture, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh
stressed on the need for proper maintenance of plantation and scientific method of
Neelam Tegi, a farmer representative of the area expressed gratitude to Spices Board,
Itanagar for the seminar and requested to conduct more such programmes in the future.
The day-long event came to an end with a field visit.
Football friendly between CM XI and Guv XI
ITANAGAR, Jan 30: A friendly football match between Chief Minister XI and Governor
XI will be played at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun tomorrow at 3 pm.
SEPPA, Jan 30: The district level Chief Minister's Trophy on Football and Volleyball
tournaments of East Kameng began at General Ground here today.
All the winning teams of five constituency level competitions of the district are
participating in the tournament.
Attending the inaugural function, East Kameng Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kumar Singh
advised the budding players to play the game with sportsman spirit and follow the
rules and regulations. Later, he declared the tournament open. District Sports Officer
Karbia Dodum said that winning and losing is part and parcel of any sport. Hence,
participation is more important than just winning, he said, and advised the players
to maintain sportsman spirit throughout the tournament.
The inaugural football match (men) was played between 8th Bameng Assembly Constituency
and 10th Seppa Assembly constituency team in which the former won the match by 2-0
The competition is organized by Department of Sports & Youth Affairs in collaboration
with Dist. Administration. DIPRO
ITANAGAR, Jan 30: Department of Skill Development & Employment Generation has sponsored
41 youths for undergoing skill development training in Automotive and Information
and Communication Technology sectors under Skill Development Initiative (SDI) Scheme
at JIS Institute of Skill Development, Patipukur, Kolkata.
ITANAGAR, Jan 30: The Arunachal Agriculture Horticulture Clinic Showroom Holder Welfare
Association has expressed its sadness on the demise of former Minister Setong Sena.
The association conveyed it’s condolences to the family members and offered prayers
for the departed.
The name of one of the two women, who had been reportedly arrested by Assam officials
at Dollungmukh and published in this daily on January 29 was wrongly mentioned as
Bini Yaka in place of Bini Yujum. The inadvertent error is regretted.
Parties spar over submission of Utilization Certificates
ITANAGAR, Jan 30: The Opposition BJP in Arunachal Pradesh today castigated the state
government for making inordinate delays in submitting utilization certificates (UCs)
against various central schemes, which resulted delay in fund flow from the Centre.
Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly, Tamiyo Taga raising a Special Mention
in the house claimed the state government received funds under various schemes during
2013-14, but could not utilize it and diverted them.
He said the government during the period received Rs 320 crore under the Prime Minister
Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), but only Rs 80 crore was paid to the contractors.
"Non-submission of UCs has created an impression of Arunachal as a non-performing
state, which resulted in delay of funds from the Centre against important projects,"
Stating that development works should not be politicized, the BJP leader said his
party was ready to extend all help to the government, and a team in August last year
met Union ministers and submitted memorandums seeking funds.
Responding to Taga, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said submission of UCs was a continuous
process and normally become due after 12-18 months from the date of release of funds.
"The question of delays in submission of UCs against funds released under 2014-15
does not arise and for the funds released during 2013-14, most are released by the
Centre in the third and fourth quarters of the financial year and due to imposition
of Model Code of Conduct during the general elections, actual utilisation of funds
got delayed," Tuki said.
However, he said, the state government had been regularly submitting the UCs and
making efforts to submit the balance UCs.
Earlier during Question Hour, responding to a similar question raised by BJP member
Tage Taki, the Chief Minister said the problem in the state was known to all with
hardly a few months of working season due to prolonged monsoon in the state.
"The tendering process takes time, while delay can also be attributed to litigation
in some projects," he said adding.
When Taki pointed out that there was no annual operating plan in the state for the
last two years, Tuki said, "This year's work has started on the basis of AOP, but
the fund flow from the Centre has been delayed."
Quotes of the day
Ø Is bill ko support nehi karega toh public danda marega - Japu Deru.
Ø Purana Zamana main baksis ke tra kaam deta tha officers log - Japu Deru
Ø Some people are demanding new technology and others are agitating against implementation
of new technology - Chief Minister
Ø “Govt. fund is for spending and not for keeping at state exchequer” - Tamiyo Taga.
Ø “Itanagar and Pasighat are overcrowded with central institutes. Why are the other
parts of the state being neglected by government?”
- Tumke Bagra
Nido Tania’s first death anniversary observed
ITANAGAR, Jan 30: Youths and students of Itanagar observed the first death anniversary
of Nido Tania under the aegis of All Nyishi Student’s Union (ANSU) today evening.
A prayer meeting was held and the candle light march started from Akashdeep and concluded
at ANSU office late in the evening.
Tania was a first year BA student in a private university in New Delhi who was attacked
by shopkeepers after an altercation over their remarks on his hair style on 29th
In January 11 2015, Nido Pavitra had moved the Delhi High Court challenging the trial
court’s order/decision to drop charges under the SC/ST Act against four persons accused
of killing his son. The father sought quashing of the Session Court’s order of September
25, 2014, holding that no charges could be framed against the accused under the relevant
provisions of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities)
Act, 1989. The High Court had later issued notices to the CBI and the accused and
asked them to file their replies within two weeks. The Court directed Tihar Jail
Superintendent to serve notice on one of the accused, Farman, who is at present in
judicial custody. Justice Manmohan Singh of the High Court posted the matter for
further hearing on April 22 after issuing notices. Other accused persons facing trial
in the case are Pawan, Sunder Singh and Sunny Uppal, while a few others are minors.
5 cornered fight for Liromoba
AALO, Jan 30: Five candidates remain in the fray after the expiry of last date of
withdrawal of candidatures for 27-Liromoba (ST) Assembly constituency bye-election.
The bye-election was necessitated following the death of former Chief Minister Jarbom
The name of contesting candidates are - Bai Gadi BJP, Nyamar Karbak INC, Johny Tali
IND, Lijum Ronya IND and Raksap Yomcha IND.
Meanwhile DEO Pige Ligu has convened a meeting with all the political parties yesterday
and explained Dos and Donots for peaceful conduct of bye election. He appealed all
the political parties and election agents to maintain outmost restrain while campaigning.
Violation of election code of conduct by any political parties or individual will
not be tolerated, he said.
Aldous Mowlang, Election Observer has advised the political parties and election
agents to maintain the spirit of democracy for free, fair and peaceful conduct of
election. All the candidates and election agents have assured to cooperate with
the DEO for smooth and peaceful conduct of bye election. M. Riba Superintendent of
Police also attended the meeting. DIPRO
Recruit Group-C posts at Anini :AIMSU
ITANAGAR, Jan 30: All Idu Mishmi Students Union (AIMSU), the apex student body of
Idu (Mishmi) community, on Friday made a fervent appeal to the state govt for immediate
conduction of written examination and interview for the Group-C posts of nine UDCs
and 7 LDCs at Anini General Administration.
In its representation to the Chief Minister, the Union said that during his official
visit to Anini on 13th-14th January 2013, the CM had announced for one time relaxation
under ‘Austerity measures’ for conduction of written examination and interview for
the Group-C posts of 9 (Nine) UDCs and 7 LDCs at Anini General Administration which
is lying vacant since bifurcation of Dibang Valley District on 16th December 2001.
However, despite its repeated reminders placed before the concerned authorities through
the Dibang Valley District Deputy Commissioner for the same no concrete steps have
been taken so far, it claimed.
Reportedly, in the year 2011, the then Deputy Commissioner, Anini had advertised
2 posts of UDC and 9 posts of LDC out of existing vacant 9 posts of UDC posts and
7 posts of LDC by allegedly inviting eligible APST candidates from other districts
to appear in the written examination.
Accordingly examination was held for both the categories of posts and successful
candidates of UDC were declared and appointment orders were issued. However, the
result of the LDC is yet to be declared.
Alleging that there was gross violation of govt notification (Govt. Order Vide No
DV/Estt-147/03-04/614-64) in the said recruitment process wherein the govt had categorically
empowered the DC of concerned district to appoint group-C post only to the candidates
belonging to that particular district, the Union urged upon the govt to cancel the
said examination and necessary direction be immediately issued to DC Anini for re-advertisement
of vacant 9 UDC post and 7 LDC post inviting only eligible APST candidates of Dibang
Inculcate a sense of discipline, spirit of tolerance: Governor
ITANAGAR, Jan 30: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma
today urged upon the students to prepare themselves for the responsibilities that
lie ahead. He said that to face the future with confidence and fulfilling the dream
of modern India, the students must inculcate in themselves a sense of discipline,
a spirit of tolerance, a quest for knowledge, a positive mind and respect for fellow
human beings. The Governor was addressing the students at the annual prize giving
ceremony in Ramakrishna Mission School, Narottam Nagar, Tirap district today.
The Governor pointed that discipline leads to respect for each other, which in turn
creates peace and harmony in the campus and in the society. It helps to grow as a
responsible and responsive citizen. He asked the students to be inquisitive.
Emphasizing that excellence is the key, the Governor said that in today’s world,
mediocrity has no value. Strive to be excellent and best in whatever field you choose.
He advised the students not to be trapped by dogma and to follow own heart and intuition.
The Governor advised the students to have purpose in life. Quoting Prime Minister
Narendra Modi, he asked them never to dream of becoming something. He said that if
they wish to dream, dream of doing something. When we do something, we get satisfaction,
and get inspiration to do something new. If we only dream of becoming something,
and cannot fulfill the dream, then we only get disappointed. He exhorted them to
dream big to do something.
Pointing that Arunachal Pradesh is a gifted land with rich biodiversity, the Governor
advised the students to go extra mile to preserve the treasure flora and fauna.
Sharing his experiences as officer in the India Army, the Governor also advised the
students to join Armed forces and served the nation. He expressed confidence that
with motivation from Swamijis, learned teachers, guardians, public leaders and representatives,
many of them will join the Armed forces.
Remembering the Father of the Nation on his Martyrdom Day, the Governor urged upon
the students, teachers and people present to work towards cleanliness and take active
part in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. He said that every member of the society has equal
stake in this national movement and owe it to the future generations as well.
Addressing the teachers and guardians on the occasion, the Governor said that one
of the biggest challenges today is creating human resource qualified to meet the
needs of today’s dynamic world. Therefore, they must make the students ready for
avenues for employment, entrepreneurship and industry. It can be done by making research,
designing courses, relevant to the present requirement and promote entrepreneurship.
We need to prepare our human resource keeping in view the future requirement of our
State and the country. We have to realize that we need highly skilled individuals
for our industries and other sectors, he added.
The Governor commended the Ramakrishna Mission Order for the yeoman’s service in
health and education in the State. He said that Ramakrishna Mission School, Narottam
Nagar in the last forty-four years, has been a significant pillar in nation building.
It has not only been a mere school for academic excellence, but an institution, which
upholds and instills the values of discipline, selflessness, compassion, intellectual
curiosity and sense of fairness. He expressed his continued support to the institution
for better tomorrow of the State and the country.
Swami Balabhandrananda, Assistant Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math and
President of Management Committee Wangpha Lowang, former minister were present on
the occasion among others.
Earlier, a guard of honor presented to the Governor by platoon of Arunachal Pradesh
Women Police. (PRO)
Poppy cultivation destroyed in Upper Siang
YINGKIONG, Jan 30: Poppy cultivation is concentrated in Geku, Katan, Mopom and Mariyang
circles of Upper Siang district, not found in right bank of Siang river and upper
part of the district like Tuting, Gelling and Singa circles. The poppy entered in
Mariayng-Geku area with the advent of Britishers in this territory and since then
its cultivation has been prevalent as a traditional practice, especially as a little
source of financial income without knowing its harmful effects and negative impacts
However, there is a long story of attempt to stop and eliminate this opium menace.
It was during 1970’s Oshong Ering, the then Extra Assistant Commissioner, Mariyang
(now retired IAS) Pasighat accompanied by CRPF, PIs and ALCs made several attempts
and damaged large area of opium cultivation in Damro and Adi-Pasi area. But till
today after near about 40 years there is no drastic change and efforts to put an
end to opium cultivation.
It is a fact that there is Central Bureau of Narcotics Affairs at Guwahati for the
entire north-east region but this department in the district or state of Arunachal
Pradesh is physically and practically almost non-existence and obviously its functioning
in this aspect seems to be casual in nature. Moreover, no effective mechanism has
been initiated to tackle and control this menace till today. In such situation with
evolution of NGOs and social activists the district administrative along with the
police authority has been taking necessary step to stop this menace but for the District
Administration it seems to be extra and over burden with involvement of heavy expenses
without the constant help of Bureau of Narcotics department.
Nowadays, the Upper Siang Women Welfare Society, an NGO, has been struggling hard
to eliminate all forms of evils from the society and it has taken strong and bold
initiative to stop and control opium and ganja cultivation. The society led by Mekem
Nopi, President, Oma Pertin along with senior activists Dr. Gepeng Litin, Api Kombo,
Omiyang Boli, Olak Boli, Oyiti Sibo, Dr. Neyang Nitik and others with police personnel
Atan Taki SI, Amum Panyang (SI), T. Somyor SI with the help of District Administration
conducted Poppy cultivation damage operation in Sumsing area and destroyed 4 hectares
of opium cultivation at Bangkyak area on January 29. The smaller woman group organizations
like- Geku Women Welfare Society and Katan Women Welfare Society conducted the operation
from January 26 to 30 and damaged and destroyed the cultivation at Jeru, Sibum,
Pongging, Padu and Silli villages. The Women Society has started a good beginning.
The District Administration headed by the Deputy Commissioner Remo Kamki appreciated
the commendable services done by Women Welfare Society activists and the police team.
Three bills passed by state legislative assembly
ITANAGAR, Jan 30: The Arunachal legislative assembly today passed three bills namely
The Arunachal Pradesh Panchayat Raj (Amendment) Bill 2015, The Societies Registration
(Extension to Arunachal Pradesh) (Amendment) bill 2015 and The Arunachal Pradesh
District Based Entrepreneurs and professionals (Incentive, development and promotional)
Bill 2015. Another bill, the Global University Arunachal Pradesh Bill 2015 was referred
to select committee after discussion at the floor of the assembly.
The members of house whole heartedly supported The Arunachal Pradesh District Based
Entrepreneurs and Professionals (Incentive, development and promotional) Bill 2015.
This bill was presented at the floor of Assembly by PWD minister Gojen Gadi and is
believed to be strongly backed by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.
Under this bill, the government will provide equal opportunities to district based
entrepreneurs and professionals in various developmental and welfare oriented projects
initiated by the government. This bill takes forward the government’s policy of decentralizing
the developmental activities and ensures greater participation of people from all
corners of the state. Supporting the bill, Congress MLA PD Sona stated that if properly
implemented, this bill will help to prevent exodus of people from border areas. “If
they get employment opportunities right at their door-step it will stop them from
migrating to urban areas. Local people will massively benefit from this move of the
state government,” stated Sona.
BJP MLA Japu Deru termed this bill as historic and believed that this bill gives
justice to every Arunachalee. Leader of the opposition Tamiyo Taga also strongly
supported the bill and congratulated Nabam Tuki lead government for bringing this
bill. “For many years I have been advocating for such move. Hopefully with the passing
of this bill, every Arunachalee will get equal opportunities,” said Taga.
AAPSU federal assembly held, opposes prepaid metering system
ITANAGAR, Jan 30: The 25th Federal Assembly of All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union
(AAPSU) which concluded at Tawang on January 23, discussed various educational and
other issues of state interest and demanded repealing of some sections/clauses of
Un-Lawful Activities Act passed by the state government in the recent assembly session.
It was resolved in the assembly that either Govt. Law College Jote or Green Airfield,
Hollongi should be named after former AAPSU president and Chief Minister late Jarbom
AAPSU also strongly opposed the installation of pre-paid and AMR meter system in
the state capital in particular and the state as a whole.
The seven-point charters of demands of the union were also discussed and reviewed
in the Assembly.
Refugee and boundary issues, including state, national and international, pending
issues of the union of 2013-2014 and educational issues pertaining to school boundary,
uniform, furniture, books, teachers and stipend etc. were also discussed in threadbare
in the assembly.
Earlier, the Assembly paid homage to former AAPSU leaders/martyrs Kipa Kache, Khyoda
Dolu, Onyok Moyong, Jarbam Gamlin, and Takam Sharmila Gora and observed one minute
silence in their respect.
The AAPSU Federal Assembly Joint Session was addressed by NESO Coordinator Pritam
The Federal Assembly session was presided over by Speaker Federal Assembly Darasingh
PPA opposes privatization of Education sector
ITANAGAR, Jan 30: The PPA, the lone regional political party of the state has vehemently
criticized the ‘mindless privatization of university’ in the state.
Addressing the meeting convened to discuss introduction of “the Global University
Arunachal Pradesh Bill, 2015” in the assembly, PPA president Kahfa Bengia said the
state is young and is still in the stage of making. To introduce private universities
at this juncture is to open the floodgates of commercialization of education sector,
The party said commoditization of education may lead to the excessive emphasis on
skill, employment and corporate oriented education at the cost of basic sciences
and the vast pool of traditional knowledge.
“In USA and UK drive for efficiency and profits are categorically powerful among
the private higher education providers. But in developing countries like India, only
profit factor drives these institutes and efficiency is poorly neglected. Private
institutes have their focus on quantity but not in quality. This is an issue that
needs to be discussed and debated at length involving academicians, student bodies
and other civil organizations. Privatization of Universities should be opted in a
phased manner, if at all required.” The state has no dearth of students unions and
it is painful to see these organizations keeping mum on issues directly related to
the interest of the students’ carrier,” added Kaling Jerang, Secretary General, PPA.
AdiSU blames ‘ill-equipped’ fire station for school fire
ITANAGAR, Jan 30: Adi Students Union (AdiSU) has blamed the ‘ill-equipped’ fire station
and negligence of the fire brigade for the recent devastation of the Government Gandhi
Secondary School Pasighat recently.
“The Fire Station is hardly 300 meters away from the school but the fire fighters
with fire tender took 45 minutes to reach the spot after being informed about the
fire accident,” AdiSU alleged in a release. Moreover, the fire tender carried only
about 200 liters of water for which the brigade had to fill the tank thrice, it said.
AdiSU team also claimed to have found during its visit to the fire station today
morning that the 3000 liters capacity tanker was lying empty and the water tankers
are being used for domestic purpose.
AdiSU demanded the Deputy Commissioner to take prompt initiative by providing funds
from the government for renovation of the damaged school building, and employ night
watchman in every school in East Siang to avoid such incidents in future.
It further demanded the authorities concerned for early construction of toilets,
provide water supply facility at Government Gandhi Secondary School, Pasighat and
early completion of the unfinished school buildings under RMSA scheme.
The union also appealed to the authority concerned to take action against all the
land encroachers of GTC School, Pasighat.
Pasighat, Balijan and Tezu are being considered for AIIMS
ITANAGAR, Jan 30: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today informed the state assembly that
Pasighat, Balijan and Tezu is being considered as proposed site for establishing
the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) in the state. Responding to the
question raised by BJP MLA Tumke Bagra, whether Basar or Aalo will get AIIMS, Tuki
stated these three locations were selected keeping in mind the air connectivity these
places will have in the future.
“ALGs of Pasighat and Tezu are upgraded and green field airport is coming up at Hollongi
near Balijan. High quality institutes like AIIMS needed air connectivity as experts
keep visiting for various research related work,” said Tuki. However he added that
Basar will definitely be considered in future for setting up central institute as
it is a centrally located town and is one of the most beautiful parts of state.
Tuki also told the house that from next year onwards catchment area admission system
will be stopped and colleges of Arunachal will take admission purely on merit basis.
“This will not only help in integration of young Arunachalees but also respect their
hard work and talent,” Tuki added.
New SAA chairman promises to work for development of sports sector
ITANAGAR, Jan 30: Newly appointed Sports Authority of Arunachal (SAA) Chairman Gora
Makik said he will work selflessly for all round development of sports sector in
Makik, who assumed office today, sought cooperation of his staff, all the registered/affiliated
sports associations/bodies and stakeholders to take the sports sector to a new height.
We need to make concerted efforts to bring about a change in state's sports, he said.
He also assured to find out the problems at grassroots level that are hindering development
of sports in the state and apprised the chief minister about those problems for necessary
actions. He also assured to make full use of the available resources to carry out
the task smoothly. Later, the chairman interacted with the officers of Dept. of Sports
& Youth Affairs and all the officers, coaches and staff SAA. Member Secretary, SAA
Tadar Appa assured his full cooperation to the newly appointed chairman in his endeavor.
NE youths have potential to excel in sports: DIG
PASIGHAT, Jan 30: "Youths of North East have potential to excel in sports," stated
the Central Range Dy. Inspector General of Police L H Shanliana while attending the
closing ceremony of the 2nd District Level Chief Minister Trophy, played in the Pasighat
Sports Complex here today.
In his message to the youths, the DIG said such activities offer us a change from
monotony of daily life but help youths in character building, providing energy and
strength. One can develop and maintain a healthy body by participating in games and
sports and keeping their values in life, children are taught some sorts of games
in the very early stage in schools. Sports bring rich dividends to sportsmen and
our NER youths have great potential to offer career opportunities so they should
take them very seriously from the very early age of life, further added the DIG.
He gave away trophies and cash prizes, medals, and certificates to winners (Men and
Women) of football and volleyball on the occasion while the veteran sportsperson
Tamat Gamoh handed over trophies to the runners up (Men and Women).
In the final women football 38-Pasighat won 1-0 by defeating 37-Pasighat. Daina Tatak
was declared best player. In men's football, 38-Pasighat won the final match 2-0
by beating 35-Pangin-Boleng. Best Player: Mitin Tayeng.
In women Volleyball, 38-Pasighat defeated 37-Pasighat and won the final match. Best
Player: Amoni Diru. In Men's football 36-Nari-Koyu won the final match beating 37-Pasighat.
Best Player: Yimo Tacha
Each Winning team (Men & Women) of football and volleyball received trophies along
with cash prizes of Rs.50,000, Runners-up teams were given Rs.25,000 and certificates.
Best Players in both volleyball and football got Rs.5,000 and Rs.7,000 each. DIPRO
Lack of proper air connectivity has been a major cause of concern for the people
of state. Total dependency on roads for communication creates trouble especially
during monsoon season. The upgradation process of the Advance Landing Grounds (ALGs)
at Ziro, Pasighat, Aalo, Tuting, Mechuka, Vijaynagar and Walong is going on at snail
pace. Also there is no update about the progress of the proposed green field airport
Civil Aviation Minister A. Gajapathi Raju yesterday visited Tezu town to assess
the construction work of the ongoing Tezu airport work being undertaken by Airport
Authority of India at an estimated cost of about Rs 96.5 crore. Talking about benefits
of having an Airport, the union minister spoke about the "multiplier" effect it has
on the economy. Minister has hit the right note and naturally people of state are
now hopeful that under his guidance air connectivity will improve in Arunachal. Especially
civil aviation ministry should expedite green field airport project at the earliest
for the benefit of the people of state.
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It is extremely hard for me to believe that former Minister of Arunachal Setong Sena
has passed away. Sudden, untimely demise has really shocked everyone. His untimely
death is a great blow and a big loss for the whole state as we have lost a good and
As I heard the news of his death, it was one of the most bitter moments of my life.
From the very day, he became the representative as the MLA of 51-Nampong ST constituency
in 1994, till the last assembly election, he sincerely endeavoured for the wellbeing
of his people. He had been loyal to everyone. The state of development of our people
and place today is attributed to him. So, there is a profound saying “handsome is
he that handsome does’’.
I will not make the list of his developmental works, but it is visible that our people
and place witnessed remarkable changes in every spheres during his tenure. His sacrifice
and forward looking works for our peoples will always be remembered and treasured
for ever more. Moreover, his name and his deeds will always remain in our hearts.
We have nothing to give you back but I am sure your reward will be given in heavenly
abode. All I want to say is a big “Thank you’’ to him.
The claims of Siang District Headquarter Demand Committee (SDHDC) published on 28.01.2015
in Arunachal Times are misleading. The general public of Riga, Payum, Kaying, Jomlo
and Rebo Circles support Pangin as District Headquarter of Siang District. The ground
reality is that in a final sitting on 29th November’ 2014, representatives and general
public from Payum, Kaying, Jomlo, Rumgong, Kebang and Rebo-Perging circles unanimously
supported and recommended Pangin to be the headquarter of Siang District. 18 out
of 24 ASMs, 2 out of 3 (three) ZPMs from 32-Rumgong Assembly Constituency also gave
their consent for the establishment of the Headquarter of Siang District at Pangin.
Moreover, they said two committees to assess the feasibility of Pangin/ Boleng as
District Headquarter were local committees. These committees were not constituted
by the GA/ DA Department, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh. Hence, the recommendation of
these committees have no legal stand. Instead of creating unlawful anti-government
activities, it is better that Govt. Notification vide No. DAD-11/2001, dated Itanagar,
the 24th November 2014 be honoured.
Lower the fare
Through the column of your esteem daily, I would like to draw your attention regarding
the Sumo transportation fare from capital, Itanagar to the remote areas of state
like Sarli, Koloriang, Nyapin and Sangram in Kurung Kumey District which is becoming
an acute problem. The hardest hit is the common people who have limited income and
also students who belong to poor families but forced to study in Itanagar. The above
mentioned places are one the remotest areas in the state. There is less sources of
income so most of the people are living below poverty line. Therefore, they cannot
afford the high charges of Tata Sumo fare. So, it is appealed to the taxi and Tata
Sumo authorities to take necessary steps for the convenience of public because the
prices of petrol and diesel have fallen slightly.
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to appeal to the Department of Urban Development
and Housing to declare the result of walk in interview for various posts under National
Urban Livelihood Mission. As days are passing, our hope for fair selection is getting
doubtful. Already many candidates have been allowed to take part in the interview
though they do not possess required academic qualification and experience. Department
has clearly mention that three or five years experience is required for every post
but the irony is that even fresher’s who had just passed out were also allowed to
appear for interview. Such instances create doubt whether department is going to
select deserving candidate or interview was just an eye wash.
Schedule exam justly
As speculated, the prolonged APPSCCE (Mains) 2013-14 is due to be conducted in the
2nd week of May 2015. Herein, I would like to draw the attention of the prudent APPSC
through your esteemed daily that the final exams of M.A (both distance and regular)
of the Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) is also commencing in the month of May. It is
also learned that the final exam of L.L.B course is in the offing during the same
Therefore, it is my earnest request to the concerned authorities of APPSC on behalf
of all the aspirants who might face that anticipated coincidence, to kindly look
into these possibly coinciding exams and prepare the schedule accordingly so that
no one has to sacrifice between opportunity and career.
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