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RGUSU threatens bandh even as exams approach while NCP blames govt

NCP to file RTI

ITANAGAR, Apr 28: Just few days away from Semester exams for  MA/M.Sc/M.Com/M.Tech/MBA & B.Ed which will begin from May 3, and hundreds of careers at stake, students of the Rajiv Gandhi University led by its Students Union has threatened that they would launch 12 hours campus bandh April 30 in protest of VC’s return and violation of University rules by hiring large number of police force from outside.

Allegedly 50 police personnel consisting of IRBn and APPBn entered into the campus without prior notice and broke open the lock of the Vice Chancellor’s Office which was closed by the agitating RGUSU team.

The students are demanding removal of the VC for allegedly violating University rules. The RGUSU while condemning the move of the state government machinery in strongest terms stated that the “Police entry is not permissible in the University campus and university has the enough security personnel of its own and intellectual bodies to think how to carry out democratic means of protest to  redress its long pending grievances. Hiring of police forces from outside by Professor Belliappa has further encouraged the already tensed RGUSU

team to agitate”, it said. The RGUSU President Tayuk Sonam further accused the State Government and High Power

Committee constituted earlier for inaction and bias which lead to present state of affairs. He further added that “Professor Belliappa’s coming in the Campus has agitated the students and teaching fraternity once again and state government shall bear the entire responsibility if any unwanted law and order problem arise in coming days”.

On the other hand, expressing anguish and resentment over the ongoing problems at Rajiv Gandhi University, NCP Arunachal, Vice President Tad Tana blamed the state Govt. for its failure to bring in an amicable solution. He said that state government should not only maintain law and order but it should go step ahead by going deep into the root causes of  the problem and tackle it accordingly. The allegations of the students body on present Vice Chancellor Professor K C Belliappa and consequent and repeated creation of anarchy, chaos and lawlessness in the campus has not only hurt the sentiments of the entire students and teaching community of the state, but more importantly it has sent a negative image of the state across the country, he added. He informed that “NCP Arunachal as a true alternative to present sleeping regime has decided to file an RTI to unearth the allegations of corruptions, nepotism and financial mismanagement by University Authorities headed by Professor Belliappa. “If found guilty of committing gross irregularities by the VC Professor Belliappa, the NCP shall press tooth and nail for his removal and if found otherwise, the party shall urge one and all involved in the whole mess not to drag on the matter further and let peace and tranquility, a prerequisite for academic excellence prevail once again in the University Campus” he added.



AIMSU calls for permanent solution

ROING, Apr 28: The All Idu Mishmi Students Union, in a release today has called for a

permanent solution to the shortages of essential medicines in the District Hospital of  Anini. The union has warned of initiating series of agitation in Roing and Anini, if the  govt fail to provide a permanent relief, informed Unit Umbrey, President AIMSU.

“The district hospital doesn’t even have medicine like paracetamol, informed D Tayu, Vice President of AIMSU. “Because of non availability of essential drugs and medicines, the patients in the district hospital are being referred to a primary health centre in Etalin, that is equipped with all essential medicines and run by an NGO”.

Due to the incessant rains since last one month and road blockade for about a month,

people of Anini have been facing shortages of all essential items, like daily food ration, medicines and other essential goods.

The union calling the immediate attention of the govt to the crisis, informed that, as shortages of essential items were rising, the essential commodities were being sold at higher rates, making people to bear the exorbitant price.


Leh-the destiny


ITANAGAR, Apr 28: Leh-the destiny, a Monpa feature film produced by KREMCO productions and N & N & Co would be premiered at Siddhartha Hall on April 30. Starring Namgey Tresing, Pema Yankey and Khoncho Dondup, the film is directed by D K Thungon while the script is by Pema Khan.


Kaying circle cries for power supply

ITANAGAR, Apr  28: The Zilla Parishad Member (ZPM) of Kaying circle in West Siang district, Tasan Tamir has urged the state Govt to take steps for early supply of electricity in Kaying town at the earliest.

Kaying Town is reeling under the darkness for many years due to breakdown of two DG sets, Tamir informed.   He said despite repeated request from the district administration for restoration of power supply to the township, Govt failed to give any heed to the people’s grievances. Student community, patients in Kaying PHC are suffering most due to non-availability of power, he said.   

The implementation of the Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidhytikaran Yojana is going on in snail pace, the ZPM further said and added that  the promises of the authorities to provide

electricity to the area  within  March 2010  remains a  lip service.


Mossang calls for women empowerment

Bring awareness to expose hidden potentials of women: Sena

JAIRAMPUR, Apr 28: Arunachal Pradesh State Women Commission (APSWC) chairperson Komoli Mossang today called for empowerment of women to strengthen the society.  She was addressing the valedictory function of the three days long awareness camp/seminar on financial inclusion of progressive farmers, entrepreneurs and panchayat leaders at Govt Higher Secondary School, Jairampur.

Pointing out the pivotal role being played by the women in tribal society,  the chief guest Mossang  said that women is the index of  development of the society.

Any government that does not include policies for women’s upliftment  is not a welfare government, she said and stressed on mass participation of women in such awareness campaign to comprehend about their rights. Also addressing the participants, Finance Minister Setong Sena ideated the concept of establishing a women development centre within his constituency to elongate a platform for the women group to interact as well as to market the products of SHGs.

“We will constitute a monitoring cell which will be headed by deputy commissioner,

additional deputy commissioner, panchayat leaders and intellectual group to chalk out the pros and cons related to various issues regarding the women SHGs”, he added.

Earlier he said that the contribution of women folks for all round developments of a

society is essential. He added the women  of Tirap and Changlang districts do have the potential to contribute in various fields but lack of awareness has kept them behind the closed doors.

Advising the women group to set own goal for success, he said that the opportunities are distributed equally but we should know how to avail it.

Speaking on the opium addiction, he praised the efforts of women group of Bordumsa and advised the participants to carry out fight against this social evil together.

The seminar was organized by Changlang district administration and co-sponsored by NABARD.


Estimates committee take stock in Namsai

NAMSAI, Apr 28: 5th Estimate Committee comprising MLAs Alo Libang, Tapuk Taku and Yumsen Matey and  headed by Dr. T. Tapak, Chairman Estimate Committee visited Namsai today. During visit at Namsai the committee member interacted with Deputy Commissioner, Addl. Deputy Commissioner, District Medical Officer, Deputy Director School Education and Child Development Project Officer regarding various scheme being implemented in the area under SSA, NRHM, NMBS and others. The Committee also interacted with Anganwadi Workers and Helpers and ASHA workers. It also visited Secondary School, Middle School No. I & II at Namsai, Middle School and Anganwadi Centre at Adi Ningroo village and Secondary School at Manmow. The committee members visited Namsai Community Health Centre and Mannow Primary Health Centre and interacted with the Medical Officer and took firsthand knowledge about various problem faced by the Medical department.

Lohit Deputy Commissioner, Kaling Tayeng and Namsai Addl. Deputy Commissioner, R. K. Sharma also accompanied the team. The Committee left for Tezu in the afternoon.


Power crisis continues to hit Roing

ROING, Apr  28: The  residents of Roing township have been facing power crisis in every monsoon owing to breakdown of intake point of the Deopani hydel 750 KW-I and 500 KW-II Phases.

This year too the people of Roing town have been groping in darkness for the last many days due to damage in intake point of the hydels caused by heavy shower on Apr 21 last.  It seems that crisis will continue for another month.When enquired about reinstallation work, O Apum AE Hydro Power (civil) said that dearth of fund and shortage of labourer seriously hampered the restoration work.  Heavy deposition of sand at the intake point and blockage in the 2.9 Km channel would have to be cleared.  Therefore, restoration works may take a month’s time, informed the AE. The 33KV power supply from Assam through Alubari near Tezu also disrupted as the number of poles were washed out or seriously damaged in the recent flash flood.  The department has to find out permanent solution to the recurring problems with viable technology to avoid repeated collapse of the tapping point, retorted one of the citizens.  However, the PHE Department  came  out  with the alternative solutions to avoid drinking water crisis this time. The PHED drinking water supply in the township is also depended on the same channel. “We have tapped various small water sources to meet up the shortage and  to escape from the  monsoon fury” sources said.


Investors meet on food processing sector in Arunachal Pradesh

ITANAGAR, Apr 28: The Indian Chamber of Commerce with support of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India and Government of Arunachal Pradesh would organise an Investors’ Meet on May 1  at Golden Jubilee Banquet Hall, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh. Union Minister of Food Processing Industries Subodh Kant Sahay would be present at the Meet. The meet is expected to gather entrepreneurs from the North Eastern Region who are to explore the immense opportunities available at Arunachal Pradesh. The main focus of the meet will be to generate investor and stakeholder interest in the latent agri-potentials of the state of Arunachal Pradesh, promote the schemes of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries to popularize agri-food business in the region, highlight the innovative agri technologies and services developed in the North-Eastern States, while acting as a platform for farm sector players to explore opportunities for contract farming, sourcing, processing, value addition, distribution and marketing and identify profitable agricultural, horticulture, and agri-processing projects in the region with a special focus on Arunachal Pradesh.The Objectives of this Meet include awareness generation about programmes of the Ministry, demonstration of achievements of the Ministry, attracting Investors’ to invest in the food processing sector in the North East area, boosting the employment opportunities and also creating a new avenue for the new and upcoming entrepreneurs. The young generation would also be encouraged to take up projects in food processing sector for their livelihood. The industry associations of North East area, representatives of banks, financial institutions and other relevant government bodies will be present on the meet to have a one to one meeting with the Investors.  It will also be attended by officers of various Ministries and Departments of Government of India including and state government. The state government will also demonstrate various schemes and grants available for the promotion of industries.  


Papum Pare and East Kameng shines

ITANAGAR, Apr 28: The annual revenue report of District Transport Officer Papum Pare exceeded Rs 6.40 crore for the year 2009-2010. The annual revenue deposit for the year 2008-2009 was Rs 3.40 crore. DTO Papum Pare P. Sangyu while advocating for transport check gates said that annual revenue may go up to Rs 20 crore if gates are installed at the main entry points of the district. On the hand, the State Transport Services, Seppa has earned a revenue of Rs 49,54,229 during the last fiscal against the target of Rs 32,19,306 set by the state govt, recording a 154 percent success rate, according to an official release received here today.

Gyamar Tadap, the station superintendent of Seppa, said that the achievement has been possible only because of consistent and untiring efforts of all categories of its staff. He further said that these achievements could be made despite over-aged buses, shortage of manpower and difficult road conditions hitting hard the STS functioning in the district.


Fulbright Fellowship knocks the doors of Arunachalee students

Vijay Swami

Fulbright fellowship is known as one of the most prestigious fellowships in India as well as in United States. It is U.S. Government funded programme, established long back in 1946, soon after the World War-II, under the legislation introduced by former Senator J. William Fulbright. The programme is basically designed to promote mutual understanding between the people of U.S. and the people of other countries. The Indo-U.S. agreement on educational exchange, signed by former Prime Minister

Jawaharlal Nehru and U.S. ambassador Loy Henderson on February 2, 1950 in New Delhi, established the United States Educational Foundation in India (USEFI). The foundation was renamed as United States – India Educational Foundation (USIEF), awarding the Fulbright–Nehru Scholarships and Grants to India and U.S. Scholars under Scholar Exchange programme.  Now in its’ 60th year, the USIEF has awarded approximately 8350 Fulbright Fellowships to Indians and U.S. citizens. No doubt, it has immensely helped to bring the people of India and the United States closer through educational exchanges. Today it is one the largest academic and cultural exchange programmes in the world. Currently the programme operates in 155 countries. It is administered by binational Fulbright Commissions and Foundations in 50 countries and by U.S. Embassies in others. Since 1950, the Fulbright programme has sponsored Indians from all walks of life to gain greater understanding of U.S. society, culture and values and to foster a deeper appreciation of India amongst the American people. It provides an opportunity to scholars, students, teachers, educationists, professional, administrators and social activists to interact with world communities and helps in building professional development in their working field. So far as subjects are concerned, I say, ‘sky is the limit’.

Normally, the Fulbright Fellowships are announced in April-May every year in different disciplines and seek the application by June. From regional level selections, the scholars are shortlisted for National level interviews  The selected scholars then move to respective affiliating universities and institutions starting from October.  I am one of the fortunate enough to get Fulbright Fellowship under Indo-American Environment Leadership Programme in 2005. I was attached to “Project Learning Tree” programme of American Forest Foundation to understand community initiatives in addressing the core issues of environment. The fellowship provided me an opportunity to share my ideas with scholars, schools teachers, community leaders, university professors of Washington DC, Atlanta, Chicago, New Mexico and Boston. The fellowship has definitely provided me a new insight and better understanding of the environmental issues, take them effectively to the students and through students to the community. According to me, Fulbright Fellowship is a grand and huge fellowship. The fellowship has soft considerations for the scholarly applicants belonging to unrepresented area, underprivileged sections of society, if the projects are unique in nature. I feel Arunachal has no dearth of learned and scholarly people, only the thing is they do not get right information at right time.

Programmes such as today’s “Opportunities and scope of higher education through fellowships” with a direct deliberation from U.S. Educational Advise Services, are definitely opening the new doors to the students community of Arunachal. Come on students, grab the opportunity!

(The writer is a Fulbright Fellow-2005 and presently a Project Director, Research Institute of World’s ancient Traditions Cultures & Heritage,(RIWATCH) Roing Arunachal Pradesh)


Inner peace for harmonious and peaceful society: HH Sakya Trizin

ITANAGAR, Apr 28: His Holiness,the Sakya Trizin, head of the Sakya Order of Tibetan Buddhism, today while delivering discourse  to  a large gathering on Basic Teachings of Buddhism here at Vivekananda Hall, RKM Hospital has underlined the need for developing our Spiritual  side through traditional  spiritual beliefs for attaining inner peace as an individual and for a harmonious and peaceful society/world. Calling for linking Scientific and Technological progress with Spiritual progress said that man in spite of all outer material progress cannot achieve true happiness and peace if the spiritual progress is neglected. Some Nations which earlier neglected and discouraged this aspect has now begun to realize adding that Modern Society in order to progress in the right direction needs Spirituality.

His Holiness stressed that the essence of every major religion in world is to help and guide mankind to the right path.

Dwelling on the teachings of Buddhism and its immense relevance in todays modern world, His Holines said that the teachings of Buddha is to help relieve our sufferings, give comfort and relief for inner peace and happiness while stating that according to Buddhism the cause of human sufferings is not because of outside forces but it lies in our own emotions and negative outlook.The Buddha nature is in every human being adding that everyone has the potential to become a truly enlightened, His Holiness said.

In Buddhism , the Path of Dharma guide  us to shun and eliminate negative emotions which are the main cause of our sufferings and therefore Desire, Anger, Ignorance, Jealousy and Pride need  be avoided and eliminated by taking refuge in Buddha Dharma Sangha, His Holiness said. Further, Buddhism says that all our sufferings are created by our own Action (Karma).

The Discourse organized by the Itanagar Budhhist Cultural Society (IBCS) was attended by various prominent   personalities from various walks of life including representatives from Art of Living, Swamijis of RKM Hospital and members of the Buddhist Community in Itanagar.



ITANAGAR, Apr 28: Sankoli Sonam, an alumnus of NERIST Civil Engineering department has been selected in  the prestigious Indian Engineering Services . IES examination was conducted by the UPSC.

A bright student since his childhood, Sonam had topped in APCS Assistant Engineer Examination-2008. He is presently working as UPO in UD department. Hope, the achievement of Sonam will encourage the younger generation of the state to scale greater heights.


Malaria workers on dharna

ITANAGAR, Apr 28:  Malaria Eradication Employees Association today staged a dharna in front of Directorate of Health Services demanding recruitment on a permanent basis as Multipurpose Workers.

The Association said that government should accommodate 59 candidates who were working in the department instead of going for fresh interview.

Of the total 232 candidates appointed during 2007, 173 had been appointed on a regular basis during 2008-2009 while leaving out 59 with a government assurance that priority would be given to them.

However the government came out with a fresh interview notification earlier this month. Unless the department cancels the fresh interview notification, the Union has further decided protest by holding indefinite dharna and hunger strike.


DWA approves resolutions

ITANAGAR, Apr 28: Diibo Welfare Association in its 3rd general meeting held at Ziro on April 24 approved the resolutions adopted in its 2nd general meeting held earlier. Govt officials, public leaders, panchayat leaders, HGBs, GBs, student leaders and general public of Diibo attended the meeting.

One of its resolutions has strictly prohibited Mida hosting party from presenting anything like scarf/ Moflar etc, to any of the Mabo-Inchii party, except the items/particulars mentioned in the original Mida law. Resolutions which brought some other modification in Mida law and the resolutions on the Hiijang/Niipo Aping (Birthday) party were also approved in the meeting. These will come into force from  May 1 and violators will be  imposed hefty fine, said  the  Association in a release.


Ziro gets second ATM

Ziro, Apr 28: With  the inauguration of an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) of State Bank of  India, at Old Ziro, seven Kms from here by Loca MLA and Parliamentary Secretary for Land Management and  Labour, Padi Richo, today, the twin town of Ziro- Hapoli, the District Heqdquarters of Lower Subansiri District got its second ATM.

While thanking the SBI authorities for installing  the ATM, Richo said, it has fulfilled one of the two long pending demands of the  area and appealed them to  fulfill the second demand by opening   a  SBI branch  at Old Ziro for the convenience of the people particularly the business community.

The MLA , while advising the locals to take full advantage of the ATM asked them to take proper care of it as their own property .He also advised  the  Old Ziro Bazar welfare committee to  employ a chowkider for  the security of the ATM and to guide the locals in operating  in the initial period. The SBI Regional Manager, Jiban Kumar Sarkar, who also attended the opening ceremony, while explaining the procedural  difficulties in opening a branch there at the moment assured to open one  within two to three years time. Lower Subansiri DC Sadhana Deori , said the rush in the Ziro SBI branch and ATM and the problems of both customers and the officials of SBI will be minimized to a great extent  with opening of that ATM. The area really deserves it, she added. Lower Subansiri SP Mari Riba, Ziro SBI Branch manager, S.Kaikhanthang, were also present among others in the inaugural function.


Yupia to house NIT

ITANAGAR, Apr 28: National Institute of Technology will start from this July from Yupia, the district headquarters of Papum Pare. According to Department of Higher and Technical Education, this is a purely temporary arrangement till the government decides on the permanent site for the Institute. The students will be drawn from among those who qualify the All Indian Engineering Entrance exams candidates while the faculty would be from Durgapur National Institute of Technology. In recent times, the state has witnessed tug of war between organizations demanding setting up of NIT as some groups want it to be set up at Dedziling in West Kameng while other groups want it at Jote in Papum Pare.  However the department is yet to take a final call. On the other hand, East Kameng Social Welfare and Cultural Welfare Association stated that a high level team from centre had visited the site at Dedzling and had declared the site feasible for establishment of Institute. It further appealed all to refrain from any activities that may hamper early establishment of NIT.


Papum Pare maul Changlang; East Siang win crucial match

Tadar Tang Memorial Football Tournament

Madhurjya Doley

ITANAGAR, Apr 28: Taba Rakesh scored four goals in the second half as host Papum Pare blanked Changlang 8-0 in a lopsided match of the 9th Tadar Tang Memorial State Level Football Tournament at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun today.

Papum Pare, who beat Capital Complex in their first match, was leading 1-0 in the first half. Toko Poliam struck the goal 32 minutes into the match. However, Papum Pare played a splendid second half to complete 8-0 drubbing of the team. Taba Rakesh found the net in 49, 51, 58 and 78th minutes while Tame Gungte and Poliam scored two goal each.

Papum Pare completed the group assignment with all win to top the group ‘A’ while Capital Complex came second. On the other hand, Changlang’s hope for making it to knock out stage has been almost finished. The team remained winless in two outings and conceded as many as 15 goals (7 goals against Capital Complex yesterday).

In another match played earlier, East Siang survived a late second half surge to pull out a 3-2 win over Upper Subansiri.

East Siang shot into lead 9 minutes into the match through Kangkiram Moyong. He added another goal in 15 minutes to give his team 2-0 lead in the first half. Upper Subansiri boys came back strongly in the second half and restored parity in 58th minutes demonstrating the fighting spirit. S Mara pumped in two successive goals in 48th and 58th minutes which not only restored parity but also boosted the morale of the players to press for a win. But, Upper Subansiri’s hope for registering their first win in the first outing was shattered again by Moyong. The East Siang striker struck in the 63 minutes to seal fate of Upper Subansiri (3-2). The goal also earned him his first hat-trick in the tournament.

Kurung Kumey will play Lower Dibang Valley in their last group match at 1.30 pm tomorrow and Lower Subansiri vs. Upper Subansiri match will be held at 3 pm.


3 new members inducted in state level Vigilance committee

ITANAGAR, Apr 28:  The Vigilance and Monitoring Cell of the Union Ministry of Rural Development has nominated NCP state unit vice president Karto Kaye, general secretary Daniel Teli and journalist Nima Sange as non-official members of the  Arunachal Pradesh Vigilance and Monitoring Committee under  rural development department.

It was also requested that state/district level vigilance and Monitoring Committees  meeting be held one in every quarter of the year and outcome of the meetings be sent to ministry concerned.

Meanwhile, both Kaye and Teli extended gratitude to Union Minister for Rural Development C P Joshi and Union Minister of State for Rural Development Agatha Sangma  for inducting them in the vigilance committee.  The members assured to deliver better service along with other members.



USIEF coordinator on 3-day tour to state

ITANAGAR: Sudarshan Saha, coordinator of Education Advising Services, United State India

Educational Foundation (USIEF), Kolkata is arriving in state Capital on a three-day visit to to Arunachal from April 29.

During his tour Saha will visit NERIST and Rajiv Gandhi University and interact with the scholars, academicians, and students  in order to facilitate their easy access to higher education in USA and Fulbright-Nehru fellowship  as a part of educational exchange programme.


Labour Day

ITANAGAR:  MLA cum chairman, cooperation, Punji Mara  and labour commissioner Ojing Darang have consented to attend  the International Labour Day  celebration at IG Park on May 1.


AYA to organize mass rally

ITANAGAR: Apatani Youth Association (AYA) has unanimously decided to organize a mass rally at Subansiri Stadium, Ziro on May 3 in protest against the brutal murder of Late Habung Chunya, GPM. Late Chunya was allegedly murdered   on the night of April 6 last. The decision was taken in an AYA executive body meeting held at Ziro today.  Representatives from NGOs, political parties,  panchayat leaders, gaon burahs and general public are expected to participate in the mass rally.

Meanwhile, AYA  vice president Bullo Tasser has been elevated to the post of its president


Appeal for relief to landslide victim

ITANAGAR: ASM Leel-1 Sangram, Kurung Kumey District appealed the state government to immediately release Ex-gratia and relief to the landslide victims of Leel village.

The ASM informed that one of the victims Gangte Yassing has died on April 26 at RK Mission, she was working as casual labour at Leel section under Sangram Electrical Division. She is survived by two daughters.

The April 24 land slide washed away a SPT building along with worth lakhs of properties and also seriously injured many villagers, release said.

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