Governor Singh calls for addressing issues that create terrorism
ITANAGAR, Apr 11: The only way to address terrorism is to deal with issues that create
terrorism, to resolve them where possible and where that is not possible, to ensure
that there is an alternative to violence, said Arunachal Pradesh Governor, Gen J.J.
The Governor said this at Kurukshetra University, Harayana yesterday while delivering
a lecture on “Countering Terrorism and Insurgency: An Indian Approach”.
Advocating for adopting ‘Iron Fist and a Velvet Glove’ policy in the face of the
challenges posed by terrorism and insurgency, he said that there should be “no nonsense’
approach while tackling insurgents.
Gen Singh emphasized that there is an imperative need to evolve a comprehensive strategy
to strive towards ensuring an internal and external environment conducive for unhindered
progress. There is a need to address issues which have political, economic, ethnic
and religious dimensions in areas dominated by terrorism and insurgency. A multi-dimensional
and multi-pronged strategy at the national and state level has become imperative,
On the role of Indian Army in countering insurgency, the former Chief of Indian army
said that the Army’s role is to provide security to the population and a secure environment
for the administration to be able to provide good governance.
Lt. Gen. (Dr.) D.D.S. Sandhu, Vice Chancellor of the Kurukshetra University, while
welcoming Gen Singh, lauded his efforts as an Army Officer with forty years of illustrious
career and for playing a very vital role in the socio-economic development of Arunachal
Pradesh as its Constitutional head.
During his visit to the University, the Governor toured the university campus and
saw the museum, christened 'Darohar'.
Vice Chancellor Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Sandhu, has shown his willingness at the offer of
Students Exchange programme by Governor Singh. Governor had wanted that there be
exchange programe for students of Haryana and Arunachal.
It may be mentioned here that the Kurukshetra University, in Kurukshatra, Harayana
was established in 1956 as a unitary residential University. The foundation stone
of the University was laid by late Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India.
Starting with only the Department of Sanskrit, it has grown into a multi-faculty
University and is known as a premier centers for advanced study and research in the
region. PRO, Raj Bhawan
Students lambast Chakmas for indulging in violence
ITANAGAR, Apr 11: Students of the state have sharply reacted to the reported violence
by Chakmas at M-pen in Miao Subdivision. On April 9, scores were left injured when
Chakmas allegedly attacked a group of Singphos following eviction from their houses.
The All Tai Khampti Singpho Students Union and Adi Students Union have expressed
its solidarity with the AAPSU on Chakma refugee issue.
“The recent attack by the Chakma refugees on the land owners of Mpen village is provoking
and tantamount to throwing an open challenge to the entire Arunachal society. AAPSU
leadership should act tough on the issue and to hammer out the crisis in a given
time frame without delay”, AdiSU president Tapu Mibang said.
On the other hand, ATKSSU president Wangpa Tinki validating the claims of AAPSU on
Chakma imbroglio said that thing has gone out of control and their patience was wearing
out and called for early action.
He further alleged that they are not getting support from the administration and
the public themselves have to deal the Chakma problem on their own.
The ATKSSU, the student body of the affected area, demanded early arrest of the ‘mastermind’
who played role behind the attack on the unsuspecting and innocent Singpho community
members on April 9 last. Meanwhile, ATKSSU has decided to serve 15 days ultimatum
to the administration to arrest the culprits and to deport Chakma in their designated
Meanwhile, a case has been registered against 5 Chakmas at Miao police station after
Army recruitment rally draws massive response from Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Apr 11: Army Recruitment Rally which started from April 07 at Jorhat was
a place of attraction for the youth of Arunachal Pradesh. Nearly 2000 young boys
from hill state have already participated in the rally, of which 841 passed in 1.6
km run, and are now undergoing further physical and medical tests. Having seen an
encouraging response from the indigenous Arunachal youth to join army, the authorities
feel that hundreds of more young boys from schools and colleges are likely to participate
in the recruitment drive by the army which will continue till 21 April, followed
by the written test of medically and physically fit candidates on 25 April.
It is also informed that army has planned to hold another rally at Along, District
West Siang from 18 to 20 April 2010. This rally is being held in addition to recruitment
rally already under progress at Army Recruiting Office, Jorhat. Candidates who feel
convenient to report at Jorhat can participate in the recruitment process at that
place. Others, for whom Along is more convenient can report at Along on the given
Interviewing many candidates revealed that they have come from different regions
of Arunachal Pradesh including many from the upper reaches of the state like Upper
Subansiri, Tawang, Dibang Valley and Upper Siang districts. Maximum response so far
has been received from Tirap, Lower Subansiri, West Siang, East Siang, Lohit, Changlang
and West Kameng districts, because of an extensive publicity done by the local administration
there, down to the GB level, said a Army release.
The Army has advised the candidates to make use of Majauli ghats (near Lakhimpur)
and Selapathar ghats (near Dibrugarh) to cross over Brahmputra, to reach Jorhat.
Since the pay and perks are quite good, for instance a sepoy will earn around Rs.
14000/- to 15000/- pm besides many other perks such as free medical, free rations,
accommodation, 60 days Annual Leave, 30 days Casual Leave etc, it is recommended
that qualified young boys who are class X and XII pass should come forward to participate
in the recruitment rally, said Director, Army recruitment Colonel Baljeet Singh.
ACR rues unwarranted poll expenditure
Chief Election Commissioner asks for power to deregister political parties
Bhopal, Apr 11: Chief Election Commissioner Navin Chawla said, “The EC should be
given power to de- register political parties especially those which do not even
contest elections.”. He said this at the sixth national conference on Electoral and
Political Reforms organized by Association for Democratic Reforms and National Election
Watch at Bhopal.
Chawla further expressed deep concern about increasing instances of paid news which
needed to be addressed urgently. The conference discussed the role of media in elections,
and the increased danger of the phenomenon of “paid news” in election campaigns.
While sharing the experiences of electoral practice of Arunachal Pradesh, Chairperson
Arunachal Citizens Rights (ACR) cum co-ordinator, Arunachal Election watch, Bamang
Tago informed that Arunachal Pradesh may be ranked highest in the country in terms
of poll expenditure. He said that to curb such practice, there is an urgent need
of voters’ awareness in the village level.
He further said that vote capturing, massive rigging and impersonation has been a
common practice particularly in rural areas in presence of the representative
of Election Commission of India like Presiding Officer, micro observer but field
duty officers never report such incident to the higher authorities. He said that
the very objective of free and fair election seems to be have failed.
There is also assistive interference of bureaucracy during the elections, he added.
He further spoke on the pernicious practice of the ‘Paid News’ resorted to by the
greedy managements leading to the subversion of democratic process of elections and
the freedom of the press during the elections.
Above all, money and muscle power has eaten into the vitals of Indian democracy to
such an extent that money alone elects leaders, he said. Money brings the ticket
to fight an election and as money buys the support to form a government, money earning
is the sole responsibility borne efficiently by the leaders during the five year
term, he said.
He further said that the efforts of Election Commission of India for electoral reforms
is much below desired level particularly to eliminate horse trading and money and
muscle power which are order of day.
Chawla released a book “Lok Sabha 2009 Election Watch: A compendium of state election
watch reports”. The book contains analysis on criminal and financial details of candidates
and winners of Lok Sabha 2009 Elections for all states and UT‘s of India.
Speaking on the importance of the political party reforms, Mr. Manickam Tagore, MP
INC said, “All political parties remain closed for new entrants, unless they have
some connections. This closed nature of the parties needs to be changed and the gates
should be opened to meritorious youth”.
On the importance of electoral reforms Kirit Somaiya, National Secretary BJP said,
“Electoral and political reforms are crucial for the progress of the country. Paid
news is a menace on which action should be quickly taken so that the spirit of democracy
is kept alive”.
Anil Madhav Dave, MP, BJP strongly appealed that, “Vidhan sabha and Lok sabha elections
should be held jointly so that constant elections don’t become hindrance to development”.
On the second day, Representatives of Congress and BJP discussed issues like inner
party democracy and funding transparency, on the concluding day of the sixth national
conference on Electoral and Political Reforms organized by Association for Democratic
Reforms and National Election Watch. Vinay Sahasrbuddhe, Member of BJP Executive
Council said that political parties should also subject some regulation and be asked
to furnish annual reports of activities and accounts. He also added that politicians
should undergo professional training to become effective legislators. K.K.Mishra,
Congress spokesperson from Madhya Pradesh, expressed concern about the increased
role of money power and criminals in elections.
The conference concluded with resolutions demanding no criminal candidates, an option
for “none of the above” on the voting machine and political party reforms.
Tutsas celebrate Pongtu
KHONSA, Apr 11: Tutsas of Changlang and Tirap district celebrated Pongtu Festival
today. Lok Sabha MP Ninnong Ering, Finance Minister Setong Sena and Education Minister
Bosiram Siram who participated at Pongtu festival celebrated at Khonsa today extended
their greetings to the people. Speaking as chief guest on the occasion, Ering said
that all festivals in the North East are related to nature adding that it was imperative
for the people to protect the environment. He said that many of the promises made
during last assembly elections were fulfilled by Dorjee Khandu Government and asked
the people to cooperate with the state government. He assured to provide funds for
construction of Pongtu Paang (Dormitory) at Khonsa. While participating in the festival,
Finance Minister Sena passionately exhorted the Tutsas to protect and promote their
rich traditions and asked people to pay maximum emphases on education adding that
only education could guide the onward march of any society.
Education Minister Siram in his speech said that festivals had been handed down to
the people by their ancestors and must be preserved for the posterity. He said that
society without culture is not worthy of being called a society and asked the people
to zealously guard their culture. He further said that education bill has been enacted
and passed by the assembly to guide the functioning of the education department.
Local MLA Kamthok Lowang and Dr. Narayan Singh Rao, Director,IME also spoke on the
occasion. A book on the Tutsa tribe of North-east India authored by Dr. Narayan Singh
Rao was released by the chief guest on the occasion. Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong,
DOTC Chairman Yumsen Matey,DC, SP and HODs attended the festival. Folk dances modern
dances and community feast marked the day-long celebration. (DIPRO)
Taro Boje passes away
ITANAGAR, Apr 11: Taro Boje, a Christian leader died yesterday at his residence at
Jeko Sunpura, Lohit. He is survived by his wife, 5 sons and 3 daughters.
Born in 1930 and he served in Assam Rifles for about 14 years. Later he was arrested
and imprisoned in 1968 for 40 days at Aalo for preaching Christian faith.
Meanwhile, Galo Baptist Christian Fellowship members of Naharlagun condoled the demise
of Boje and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.
It also extended heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members and prayed
almighty to give strength to all the family members.
Reading room for aspirants
ITANAGAR, Apr 11: Galo Welfare Society would open up its reading room in SB Estate,
C-Sector, Itanagar, for the use of the APPSC Mains examination candidates every day
with effect from April 13.
The GWS also agreed to provide basic minimal financial assistances to the needy candidates
who have qualified for the examinations. Galo lady candidates married into other
tribes or ladies from other tribes married to into Galo tribe are also entitled to
the available limited supports and resources.
APP Bn Lifts the NJMYF Volleyball Cup
NAMPONG, Apr 11: The APP Bn Jairampur lifted the first Volley Ball tournament organized
by the Nampong-Jairampur-Manmao Youth Forum. Held at General ground at Nampong, in
the thrilling final match Bn smashed its opponent Khamkhai Village by 3-0.
Speaking on the occasion, chief guest N.M Das, SDO Nampong exhorted the youth to
concentrate more on sport for physical fitness while adding that time have come to
take sports as a profession.
He also assured that local administration will provide all possible support and environment
to encourage youths to creati a secure, peaceful and conducive society in the area
and exhorted locals to help administration in this endeavor.
The Gen Secy. of NJMYF Youngme Mossang expressed his satisfaction at the responses
of local youth of the area during the entire period of tournament.
Green-Clean University for Green- Clean Arunachal
ITANAGAR: Rajiv Gandhi University Students Union would organize a series of programmes
starting from April 14 to 17 within and outside the campus under the banner “Green-Clean
University for Green- Clean Arunachal and Bequest to Save Some One”.
A social service will be held at the General Hospital, April 14 while Blood Donation
cum HIV AIDS Awareness Camp will held at RGU Auditorium the next day.
A Social Service cum Tree Plantation at the campus is scheduled on April 17.
Union further urged the university authority to look in to the demands of 13 points
memorandum while calling for intimating the progress report to the union before another
series of democratic movements come up.
UAEA resent illegal recruitment in PWD
ITANAGAR: Unemployed Arunachalee Engineer’s Association (UAEA) has expressed strong
resentment over alleged illegal recruitment going in the PWD. In a press release
issued UAEA claimed that in PWD junior engineers (JE) under contractual basis are
being appointed on the basis of political recommendation.
UAEA termed such acts as a slap on the face of many unemployed youths of state. Association
has further asked authorities to conduct written examination to select JE under contract
basis in PWD.
UAEA were also shocked to learn that few people are occupying simultaneously posts
at same time in various department and requested authorities not to encourage such
Further intensifying their move against illegal appointment practice, UAEA demanded
that 3 AUPOs who were promoted from draftsman grade-II to AUPO in UD department should
be recalled immediately and all engineers on deputation should be sent back to their
respective parent department at the earliest.
UAEA also hope that with clearance given by ordinance and methodology department,
hydropower department will soon declare result of JE (civil) exam, which is long
Divine Mercy Feast Day
ZIRO, Apr 11: With the rest of the world, the Catholic of Ziro valley has also celebrated
the Divine Mercy Feast Day at Divine Mercy Church, Mudang Tage village here on today.
Parish Priests highlighted on brief history of Divine Mercy Feast day saying that
“the Divine Mercy Feast is a feast of Mercy. It is believed that St. Faustina Konwalska
who got a special revelation from Jesus himself that we should ask for Mercy from
God. The key revelation of St. Faustina was that God’s Mercy is infinite and unfailing.
The Divine Mercy message asks the faithful to implore God’s Mercy for the entire
world, to be merciful and forgiving towards others and to trust in God completely.
As a part of celebration, every colony had special novena prayers for nine days.
The feast of Divine Mercy is the day when the faithful conclude this novena. Large
numbers of believers gathered and prayed for mercy for the whole world.
ITANAGAR, Apr 11: Chairperson East Kameng Zila Parishad Sepi Bagang has refuted the
claims that Panchayat leaders and intellectual of 9th Chayang Tajo Constituency are
satisfied with the work of MLA Karya Bagang.
In a release, the PR leader has said getting praises and support from all PRI members
does not arise as the MLA belongs to All India Trinamool Congress party and majority
of the PRI members are from Congress. The ZPM also called upon the DCCI and BCCI
of the area to enquire who are the PRI members extending support to the MLA as claimed
through the media recently.
He further alleged the MLA of taking arbitrary decisions on awarding contract works
under BADP schemes in the constituency while adding that MLA and the executing department
flaunted the government norms by not taking the PR leaders into confidence of ZPMs,
particularly of Chayangtajo and Sawa.
ITANAGAR, Apr 11: On April 12, there will be a Hindustan classical vocal and violin
recital by Pandit Bidyut Kumar Mishra and his disciple Debojit Goswami at the Meditation
Hall of Art of Living Centre, Vivek Vihar at 6.30 PM.
ITANAGAR, Apr 11: Taba Annam has been appointed as vice president women wing, Nationalist
Students’ Congress state unit.