ITANAGAR, Jan 11: The Bogong Banggo Peoples' Forum (BBPF), in a meeting at Pasighat
today unanimously resolved to donate the required land for establishment of AIIMS.
The BBPF in a release informed that it has already liaised with the land owners,
who are reportedly willing to donate 300 to 400 acres of land without seeking any
BBPF stated that Pasighat being a centrally located place in the state is one of
the most suitable places for establishment of such a prestigious institute. The meeting
also chalked out future plans and programmes and appointed a new committee for BBPF.
No alcohol during Reh
ROING, Jan 11: The Central Reh Celebration Committee (CRCC) 2015 has responded to
the appeal put up by the Enjalu Menda Women's Empowerment Forum (EMWEF), positively.
The EMWEF had earlier submitted a written appeal to the committee in an informal
meeting regarding putting a ban on selling of alcohol in stalls during the three
days Reh festival celebration. The CRCC had praised the forum's appeal when it was
put up, and has now agreed to the ban. "Although the committee will be serving a
limited amount of local alcohol to keep up the tradition, we assure that there will
be no stalls selling alcohol during the festival", said President IMCLS Inju Linggi.
Governor greet people on Sarok
ITANAGAR, Jan 11: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma greeted
the people of Arunachal Pradesh on the festive occasion of Sarok and hoped the celebration
will usher in prosperity, contentment and happiness in the society.
In his message, the Governor said Sarok Festival reflects the deep relationship between
human and nature. At the same time, it facilitates in carrying forward our age-old
customs and cultural heritage, the Governor said.
“On this festive occasion, I join my Aka (Hrusso) brethren in offering prayers to
almighty to bless each one of us with good fortune and health,” the message added.
East Siang intensifies ILP checking, 25 sent back
RUKSIN, Jan 11: East Siang district police following instruction of the higher authority
has intensified Inner Line Permit (ILP) checking at all entry points and caught a
large number of people from outside the state without valid ILPs.
Pasighat Police led by OC of Sille-Oyan Police Station SI M Bori today conducted
checking at Sille- Oyan portion and detained 25 persons for not possessing ILP.
Earlier, the police caught 45 passengers who tried to enter into the district without
possessing ILPs on January 4. Later, they were sent away from the district after
they were produced before the competent authority.
Police have set up check posts at Ruksin, Sille-Oyan and Two-Mile near Pasighat with
patrolling team to keep strict vigil on movement of suspected persons.
Villagers urged to avail benefits of CSS
ITANAGAR, Jan 11: Secretary (RD&PR) Tahang Taggu recently visited remote Kaying block
of West Siang district and advised the Panchayat Raj Institution (PRI) leaders, members
and public to create an atmosphere for successful implementation of all Centrally
Sponsored Schemes (CSS) in their area.
Addressing a public meeting during his visit, the Secretary urged the villagers to
take maximum benefits out of such welfare schemes. He advised the Government officials
to be honest and maintain transparency in discharging their assigned duties.
He also exhorted the PRI members to conduct social services for cleanliness at their
respective Gram Panchayats as a part of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
DRDA Project Director, West Siang, EAC and CO of Kaying accompanied the sectary during
BJP worried at law and order problem
ITANAGAR, Jan 11: East Kameng District Unit Bharatiya Janata Party led by its president
L K Yangfo called on Dy Superintendent of Police and ADC Chayangtajo to discuss law
and order problem in the district. The BJP district unit also demanded for night
patrolling at Seppa to contain law and order problem. It also raised the issue about
the irregular government staffs of the district. It also appealed to the district
authority to strictly maintain formalities while implementing various government
schemes in the district. Further the BJP district unit expressed concern over scarcity
of drinking water as well as power crisis at Seppa, a release added.
15-member team for 13th Junior National Wushu Championship
ITANAGAR, Jan 11: All Arunachal Pradesh Wushu Association (AAPWA) has selected a
15-member Team for the 13th Junior National Wushu Championship to be held at Rajnandgaon,
Chhattisgarh from Janaury 15 to 19.
The state will participate in both Sanshou (fight) and Taolu (demonstration) events.
The Team (Sanshou): Onilu Tega, Paya Taku, Minam Taron, Tai Mintu, Khoda Har, Kishen
4 more volunteers join indefinite hunger strike, Ujum Perying shifted to hospital
ITANAGAR, Jan 11: In an unprecedented development in the ongoing standoff between
APPSCCE aspirants and the state government, four more volunteered to sit in indefinite
hungers strike if the government fails to bring concrete solution to the issue by
Rajiv Gandhi University Political Science Professor, Dr. Nani Bath, All Arunachal
Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) General Secretary Biru Nasi, Arunachal Civil Society
(ACS) Chairman, Patey Tayum and Consultative Committee (CC) member Mepe Ete have
decided to continue the agitation till the demands of aspirants are fulfilled.
The decision of the four volunteers has ended the speculation that agitation will
die a natural death after Ujum Perying stops her hunger strike. It has also bolstered
the agitating aspirants and emboldened Ujum in her hunger strike. When asked by this
daily for his decision to join in the hunger strike, Professor Dr. Nani Bath replied,
“The government has the political power to correct the whole system. I would rather
die peacefully fighting corruption than be a mute spectator”.
Meanwhile, Ujum Perying who is on hunger strike against the Arunachal Pradesh Public
Service Commission (APPCS) over paper leakage issue has been shifted to RK Mission
Hospital this evening.
The 25 years old was taken to hospital after a medical team led by Dr. Bengia Abo
and Dr. Mahanto from the State Hospital Naharlagun examined her health.
According to the medical team, Ujum needs critical medical attention. Before leaving
for the hospital, Ujum maintained that she would continue her fast till Monday morning
(10 am) even in the hospital.
Earlier she had extended 24 hours more in fasting reacting to the state government
She further said, “We have been carrying out our agitation peacefully and after 72
hours, why not another 24 hrs more”.
“I require medical attention but will continue my strike at the hospital. I will
break my fast here tomorrow.” she firmly added.
Appealing to people to support their cause, Ujum said, “Come and support us if you
are concerned citizens of the state and the nation.”
She also encouraged her fellow aspirants not to be discouraged, “We must maintain
peace and exercise patience and have faith because I am hopeful that our demands
will be fulfilled”. Later she appreciated the district administration and the police
personnel for being cooperative throughout her fast.
Though the state government has partially agreed to the demands of aspirants, the
aspirants under the aegis of Consultative Committee decided to continue their hunger
strike until their whole demands are met.
Today in a show of solidarity, students of Exalt Foundation School, Itanagar took
part in the hunger strike for few hours.
Governor intervenes, State govt seeks AG’s opinion
In response to the agitating aspirants regarding their demand for the removal of
the Chairman and Members of the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC)
Examinations 2014, the Governor has advised the State Government to seek the opinion
of the Advocate General whether a Presidential Reference in the matter is made out
under the provisions of the Article 317 of the Constitution of India on the grounds
of misbehavior, according to an official statement. The State Government has sought
the opinion of the Advocate General on the matter with a request to provide the same
by Jan 18th of this month.
Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi met the representatives of the agitating aspirants of
the APPSC Examinations 2014 at his office today and discussed the actions being taken
by the State Government.
He clarified that the State Government is not constitutionally empowered to remove
the members of the APPSC including the Chairman. The Chief Secretary advised the
Secretary, APPSC to favourably re-conduct the written Mains examination and appealed
the representatives of the agitating aspirants to withdraw the strike to create an
atmosphere conducive for resolution of the impasse.
Centre will not cold store state’s proposals: Rijiju
BOMDILA, Jan 11: Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju has asserted that
the State would not find its projects and proposals languishing or cold stored at
“I believe that people and society are above one’s political affiliations and being
a public representative, I am duty bound to work for their welfare, development and
prosperity irrespective of their party and political affiliations,” Rijiju said during
his visit to Thrizino for the 43rd Nyetrii-Dow festival of the Hrussos (Akas).
“I will ensure that the state is well represented at Centre and its needs are taken
care of,” he said.
He assured to sanction Rs. 8 crores for construction of the long felt Nyetrii-Dow
building and development of the general ground on the condition that it is technically
fit and sound.
Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, Mama Natung said that the onus of preserving,
nurturing and propagating one’s age-old tradition and cultural heritage lies on the
younger generations. We lose our identity when our culture is lost, he opined.
Earlier, Parliamentary Secretary for PHED & WS, Kumsi Sidisow, the chief patron of
the festival cum local legislator urged Rijiju to facilitate inclusion of the 6-Thrizino-Buragaon
assembly segment under BADP in order to accelerate the development of the area, which
had for long remained unattended and under developed. DIPRO
RGU organizes Biodiversity & Livelihood lecture for students
ITANAGAR, Jan 11: The Biodiversity Conservation Lecture Series titled “Biodiversity
& Livelihood – Students’ Lecture Series of Mountain Section” was organised by Centre
with Potential for Excellence in Biodiversity, Rajiv Gandhi University, Rono Hills,
Doimukh in Higher Secondary School, Dirang West Kameng on Jan 9.
The students’ lecture series – mountain section programme is initiated by Dr Hui
Tag, Deputy Coordinator of the CPEB-II and Assistant Professor, Department of Botany,
RGU which aims to create curiosity among the younger generation about economic, cultural
and ecological value of mountain biodiversity and its close link with human livelihood
This time, Dr. Tag has came up with two innovative and captivating lecture series
for the students, first, on Biodiversity & Livelihood, and second lecture which he
delivered was on Rural Botanical Garden for Health & Livelihood security which enthused
the packed auditorium with more than 400 hundred students including teaching staffs
for nearly two hours. His lecture was mainly focused on bioresource potential of
the mountain ecosystem of Eastern Himalaya, factual natural history and livelihood
alternatives for the local communities of West Kameng & Tawang District of Arunachal
The programme was attended by Additional Deputy Commissioner, Dirang, West Kameng
and other government officers, Scientists from Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Forest Officials,
Gaon Burahs of Dirang and teaching fraternity of Dirang Higher Secondary School.
ADC Dirang on his key note address has appreciated RGU exploration team for conducting
the lecture series on biodiversity urged the young students to preserve local biodiversity,
sacred land and fragile mountain ecosystem for environmental and livelihood security
by immolating the holistic conservation knowledge of traditional parents. He further
invited RGU team to explore more on local biodiversity of the two districts for future
energy and food security while closely working with the grassroot community.
The team, meanwhile conducting livelihood crop survey has sighted the pair of Siberian
Black Neck Crane at Sangte Valley near Dirang.
ANSU demands reasonable fare, four lane roads
ITANAGAR, Jan 11: Expressing concern over the reported high passenger fares despite
drop in fuel price, the All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) has appealed to the trekker
association of Capital Complex to charge reasonable fares from the passengers.
ANSU appealed to the Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner to regulate the fares of
trekkers plying within Capital Complex by adopting some methods for the welfare of
The Students’ community has been the worst sufferers of the high fares, the release
In another press release, ANSU demanded the State Government to start the four-lanning
of the road between Itanagar and Banderdewa within a week failing which the students
union will launch democratic movement in the form of series of Capital bandhs for
fulfilment of the demand within a week.
ANSU informed that it had submitted a single-point memorandum to the Chief Secretary
in December, 2014 to withdraw the ‘negative’ report submitted by UM Shambharkar,
Superintending Engineer and RO (MORT&H), Itanagar to the Chief Engineer (NER), Ministry
of Road Transport and Highways, New Delhi. But, unfortunately, no positive response
has been received from Chief Secretary till today despite submission of the memorandum,
the release said.
ANSU said that four-laning of the road is urgently required to ease the ever growing
IAS probationers get firsthand experience
CHANGLANG, Jan 11: Officers of 2014 batch of Indian Administrative Service (Probationary)
reached Changlang on a three days study tour.
In a meeting held today, the under training IAS officers were briefed about the district
by the Deputy Commissioner, Changlang, Chanchal Yadav.
Briefing on the places of tourism attractions, she highlighted the features of World
War-II Cemetery, Namdapha Tiger Reserve, Pangsau Pass. She also highlighted the ongoing
developmental activities in the district like Construction of Border Haat at Pangsau
Pass to enhance local trade between India and Myanmar, construction of Trans-Arunachal
Highway, Mini Secretariat at Changlang, Margherita-Changlang road, National Highway
Jairampur, Township CC road at Changlang headquarters as well. The officers were
also briefed upon on the problems of Insurgency, Drug & Opium addiction, Cross border
issue, refugees among others.
Superintendent of Police, Changlang, Vijay Kumar, IPS, briefed the officers on security
scenario in the district. He also explained about the different underground outfits
active in various parts of the district and their impact on overall development of
the area. He pointed out that poor infrastructure, inadequate facility for forensic
and forensic medicine, scarce communication and interception facilities as major
constraints in the department.
The Commandant 14 AR and Company Commander 149 CRPF briefed the visiting officers
on security operations being carried out in the district.
The officers will visit remote Khimyang and Khuchep in two groups to study the implementation
of centrally sponsored schemes in the area.
Creative war at 64th sitting of APLS
ITANAGAR, Jan 11: Creativity war by a local couple marked the 64th monthly literary
sitting and the first in 2015 of Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) at Jawaharlal
Nehru State Museum here today.
After Yabin Zirdo recited Appu (flower), in chaste Galo, reflecting the pangs of
flower, the greatest gift of nature to humanity, right from bud to till it perishes.
It wishes not to die when plucked by flower lovers or being sucked by bees but to
continue to spread fragrance always, her husband, child specialist Dr. T Zirdo presented
three self-composed poems– Hasoo ya roun (A tribute to 2014), A cry amidst happing
& Mennamem menkok kato (which speaks expressing what one feels and narrates reminiscing
his childhood days besides being critical of the negative changes in today’s world).
It looked like both were fighting an intellectual war through their creativity to
the applause of the gathering including APLS president Y D Thongchi.
Journalist turned instant poet Pradeep Kumar recited Chairaiviti chairiviti to explain
the gospel truth jindagi ka aant hai jivan ka nahi (Life ends but not the soul) followed
by Rindo Pertin, Class-VII, who reviewed the much publicised You can win by management
guru Shiv Khera to send a louder message – winners don’t do different things, they
do things differently – proving to be a young book critic. Two young members came
out with their self-creations – story by Aryamaan Das Bora, class-VI and poem New
Year eve by Baji Andrew Ringu, class-V.
The call for reviving the glory of humanity – Kahaan gaya insaan – lamenting over
the loss of human values with a craze for conquering the universe by DNGC Hindi Prof
Dr A K Pandey, touched the core of everyone’s hearts and made them ask where had
they gone wrong. Rise from the ruins of negativity, it is not too late, he appealed
before stirring wish for humanity and creativity to flourish in 2015.
Writer R K Koley pitched in with ‘Sab dekho’ in Bengali, Inumani Das Bora with ‘Ekhan
alikhita chiti prashtuti parba’ in Assamese and Une Pertin with short poem in English
‘The talking sparrow’.
Thongchi, on behalf of the members, congratulated Tridipta Trishna, a student of
VKV, Chimpu, for her academic excellence in Class-XII. She was conferred the Eknath
Ranade award for securing 96.2% in humanities, highest in North Eastern region.
Terming her as a role model for students, Thongchi also appreciated her parents –
Raman Bora and Inumani Das Bora, both members of APLS.
Thongchi and APLS general secretary Tokong Pertin led the members in welcoming new
member, B M Bhattacharya, an AIR staff, Itanagar, who is a poet, story writer and
president of Dibrugarh Kavi Sammelan, to the APLS family.
Arunachal govt. should take cue from their Gujarat counterpart
The vibrant Gujarat summit which started today is attracting massive amount of interest
from across the world. US secretary of state John Kerry, UN secretary general Ban
Ki-moon and World Bank head Jim Yong Kim were in attendance along with Prime Minister
Narendra Modi at the summit. Wooing global investors, Modi promised to make India
the "easiest" destination to do business with a stable tax regime and a predictable,
transparent and fair policy environment.
About 50 top global CEOs and 30 leading diplomats are also attending the summit.
In a major boost to the summit, Reliance Industries today announced Rs 1 lakh cr
investment in 12-18 months in Gujarat. The vibrant Gujarat summit started by Prime
Minister Modi during his tenure as Chief Minister has manage to continuously attract
massive business to the state thereby fueling growth. Recently West Bengal government
also held similar kind of business summit and it was declared a big hit. The government
of Arunachal should contemplate organizing such kind of business summit to attract
global business communities. However, first of all they should create a healthy atmosphere
to draw business houses to the state. Government of Arunachal should learn something
from vibrant Gujarat summit.
---- Readers Forum ----
Neglected people of the foot-hills
Although it appears much repeated, we can't help but keep writing and reminding the
govt. till realization of our dream for the cause of our people for whom we have
taken up the cudgels jointly.
The government declaration of the Lower Siang District HQ at Likabali (temporary)
and Sikirima (permanent) is getting too delayed although the demand for the
said district took roots in 1994 and creation of Lower Siang got materialized l8
years later in 2012 along with Longding District. Lucky that Longding saw its DC,
SP and HODs get posted early, much to the relief and satisfaction of its people.
Even two more new districts, Namsai & Kra-Dadi, that were not in the offing at the
time the proposal for creation of Lower Siang was in progress, have been created
recently with their HQs at Namsai & Pakke-Kessang, respectively without much controversy,
fulfilling their demand for common interest. But it is very unfortunate that our
government is leaning too much on the political and biased reports of some persons
to take a decision in case of the Lower Siang District HQ. A sensible man can understand
that the long pursued demand of the people of the remote Kangku, Likabali and Nari-Koyu
is truly rational, genuine and justified on account of the following striking points
(all of which were reported in earlier press releases).
Basar to Aalo, the road distance is 50 Km only. Whereas, it is 245 KM from the remote
parts of Kangku Circle to Aalo and more than 150 Km from remote parts of Likabali
Circle to Aalo, and, as such, the economically poor people of the two circles can't
afford to visit Aalo, in their life time, even for their important official works.
Similarly, the remote villages of Kangku and Likabli circles are at a road-distance
of 195 km and more than l0O km, respectively from Basar. So, it too will not help
the poor villagers in any way if Basar is made the HQ of Lower Siang.
Apart from occasional border skirmishes, the harassment meted out to the people by
way of encroachment of large stretch of cultivated land of the people of the foot-hills
region (from Kangku in West Siang upto Nari in East Siang) by the people of Assam
under the protection of their administration with police forces is a long known reality.
On our side, we are simply kept neglected and allowed to fend for ourselves with
no similar protective measures extended to safeguard our ancestral land by our administration
that is sitting at the remote Aalo which finds it difficult to supervise and depute
police forces during the time of emergent needs. The various problems cropping up
from sharing of common boundary with Assam gives the foot-hills region a unique geographical
position demanding special attention from our government. The ground reality now
is that due to this development that has taken place in areas along ihe inter-state
boundary, the original map of Arunachal Pradesh has got distorted about which the
government is well aware of but is unable to take any fruitful action to prevent
further attempts of encroachment of more land in future. The fear of threat from
insurgency from across the State boundary is equally a matter of concern for the
inhabitants of the foot-hills belt.
The socio-economic condition of the average people residing in and around Aalo followed
by that of Basar Sub-Division is better than that of Likabali Sub-Division, a fact
pointing to the absence of adequate govt. attention towards all-round development
of the foot-hills region of West Siang District. The geographical proximity of Basar
Sub-Division to Aalo seems to have benefited the people of the said sub-division
much more than those of Likabali/Kangku areas.
The district HQ, Aalo is gifted with the essential educational facilities in terms
of well equipped schools with experienced teachers and coaching centres and the like
needed to groom and produce potential students with remarkable academic track records
that qualify for admission to higher technical colleges, and also some degree colleges
for those who prefer to study in their own home town. This is probably the reason
that the large majority of Galo bureaucrats, officers and academicians posted in
various government departments and colleges are born and brought up in and around
Aalo followed by those in and around Basar. Likabali and Kangku being remotely located,
have a negligible number of such elite groups. For the budding school children of
Likabali and Kangku circles with poor economic background, the absence of such educational
facilities has discouraged them from going any further in their academic pursuit.
A bachelor degree remains a distant dream for most of them. Thus, majority stays
back to be a school drop-out and so is un-employed for life.
Who is/are responsible for it? Certainly, the absence of fore-sightedness and lack
of the needed conscious reasoning and retrospective assessment by our successive
leaders and bureaucrats and, to a certain extent, the lack of the sense of empathy
in our fellow Galos inhabiting in more advantageous parts of the district are the
factors responsible for.
Our leaders have disowned us by remaining blind to the sufferings of the foot-hills
denizens. We are lagging much behind in all aspects and will remain so till our dream
The Galo brethren of Nari-Koyu, too, have their own tale to tell. They had been,
for long, emotionally longing for a home to bond and co-habit with their fellow community
members which is genuine and natural. They enthusiastically joined and actively participated
in our efforts for creation of Lower Siang and, thus, they are intrinsically an inseparable
part of our movement to the last.
Going by the foregoing points, it is not difficult for one to understand that the
demand made by the DDAC of Basar is irrational and unjustified. Can our so-called
'the people friendly government' comprised of mature and responsible leaders relax
in peace by disfavoring and depriving the genuine claimants of Lower Siang? Are we
the much aggrieved and less privileged citizens residing in West Siang's foot-hills
region destined to live a life of misery for generations to follow? Are our government
and the brethren of Basar Constituency encouraging occurrence of more episodes of
land encroachment of our State by some people of Assam?
We the long neglected people of the foot-hills regions of Lower Siang appeal to our
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and his sensible cabinet ministers to fulfil our demand
without any more delay based on the above mentioned genuine reasons, with Likabali
as the temporary and Sikirima as the permanent HQ of the Lower Siang District, and
for this act of sympathy and consideration we will remain ever grateful to him and
DiP- Ego Welfare Society
Set up SBI at Mariyang
Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of
concerned authorities regarding establishment of a bank.
Mariyang is one of the oldest towns in Arunachal Pradesh. It was established in 1951.
64 years have passed without bank. Nearest SBI is at Yingkiong which is 52 km away
and another is SBI Pasighat which is 87 km apart. People of this areas are facing
lots of problems regarding banking especially in summer seasons. Now the people are
seeking the establishment of State Bank at Mariyang as early as possible. It will
bring new hope for the people of Maryang and its nearby villages.
All email and surface mails must be accompanied with contact numbers and full postal
address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.