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April  -  21


Crash survivors evacuated to Guwahati, Pawan Hans announce ex-gratia

Enquiry into chopper crash begins

TAWANG, Apr 20: Six of the survivors in yesterday’s tragic Pawan Hans  chopper crash at Tawang have been evacuated to Guwahati for further treatment by a special copter this morning.

Two of the seriously injured victims were taken to New Delhi by connecting flight directly from Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport by their relatives, while others were admitted in various hospitals at Guwahati.

Director General of Civil Aviation who air dashed this morning to Tawang has commenced an enquiry into the Pawan Hans crash. Deputy Director (Air Safety) Sant Kumar has been appointed as the enquiry officer.  A committee of enquiry under Air Craft Rules is being constituted by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Govt. of India.

Pawan Hans will be releasing a sum of Rs. One lakh each as ex-gratia for the deceased and Rs 50,000  for those injured.  Rs. 7.5 Lacs each would be available as insurance compensation for the deceased while cost of the treatment of the injured victims will be reimbursed by the insurer, New India Insurance Company.

The state government has been making all-out efforts to evacuate the burnt bodies of the crash victims after being identified by their relatives, who arrived at Tawang this morning. However, inclement weather with no visibility was creating impediments for the chopper to fly.  After a much wait the chopper taking the dead bodies could fly at around 3.45 pm from Tawang to Guwahati where their relatives were eagerly waiting to receive the bodies.  

The state government has extended all possible assistance to the relatives of the deceased and injured, who will be sent back tomorrow by another chopper. Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu is personally monitoring the evacuation operation. While consoling the relatives of the deceased Khandu said that the incident was very unfortunate. He expressed his sympathy and condolence to the bereaved family members while assuring all possible assistance from the state government’s end. Khandu also thanked the Mesco Chopter crew for extending their valuable cooperation in evacuating the injured victims as well as the dead bodies of the deceased. He was accompanied by State RWD Minister Kalikho Pul and Tourism Secretary Bandana Deori during the interaction.

Meanwhile, Abbot of Tawang Monastery along with other monks today offered prayer at the morgue for eternal peace of the departed souls.

People from all walks of life would assemble in the accident site tomorrow to light candles as a mark of respect to the deceased. PRO to CM


Condolences pour in

ITANAGAR, Apr 20: Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong expressed deep shock over the tragic and unfortunate accident of Pawan Hans Helicopter at Tawang yesterday.

He expressed his heartfelt condolences to the families of all passengers on board who were killed on the spot and prayed almighty God for eternal peace of the departed soul and bestowed enough strength to the bereaved family members to bear the irreparable loss.

Lowangdong further prayed for the speedy recovery of those passengers who were injured in the accident.

Civil Aviation Minister Atum Welly has deeply mourned the demise of 17 people in copter crash in Tawang yesterday and prayed for eternal peace of departed soul. He further informed that ministry of civil aviation, New Delhi has been requested by state government to conduct inquiry for fixing accountability on poor maintenance and also mandatory inspection of helicopter services as per DGCA guidelines.

All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) Arunachal Pradesh unit expressed shock over the unfortunate and tragic Pawan Hans Helicopter crash in Tawang and mourned the death of the passengers and its crew members.

The rank and file of the AITC unit expressed heartfelt condolence to the bereaved families and prayed for early recovered of the injured.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Citizens Right (ACR) has  said that the Director General of Civil Aviation department of flight safety should immediately enquire into the Pawan Hans helicopter crash and come out with the findings. If the mishap was caused due to technical snag, Pawan Hans authority should take the entire responsibility, the ACR said.

There has been many air crashes in the past. In one of such mishaps state education Minister Dera Natung lost his life but no report has been made public so far in this regard.  ACR also urged upon the service providers like Pawan Hans and others opt pilots having minimum free requisite experiences of flying mountainous hilly areas. It also urged the state government to ensure availability of fire tender at each helipad which is mandatory for public security and demanded formation an Independent Enquiry Committee  of its own headed by a retired  judge  to investigate into the incident.

Meanwhile, ACR mourned the death in chopper mishap and extended heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members.

Arunachal Pradesh Tour Operators Association (APTOA) also deeply mourned the death  in Tawang mishap.  Association chairman Tsering Wange informed that they lost one of the pioneer tour operators Rakesh Baruah from Guwahati in the tragic incident. Association extended heartfelt sympathy to the family members of the deceased and injured and  also prayed that such tragedy do not occur again.

NSUI, AP unit also expressing shock over the tragic accident, prayed for the eternal peace of the departed souls who were died in the Tawang accident yesterday.


Media team from Mizoram visits Ranganadi project

NAHARLAGUN, Apr 20: A 10-member team of journalists from Mizoram representing leading newspapers of Mizoram visited Ranganadi Hydro Electric Plant yesterday to see hydro-power development projects undertaken by NEEPCO in Arunachal Pradesh.

The team led by David L. Thangliana, Deputy Director of Mizoram IPR Department was warmly received by NEEPCO authorities at Pare Power Station at Hoj and Yazali where project officers briefed them about details of power station and dam.

The 405 MW Ranganadi Hydel Project commissioned in January 2002 is the major run of the river project in the north-east that provides power requirement to various states of the region.

While welcoming the journalists, J Chaudhary, Deputy Project Manager, said that hydro-electric projects which are eco-friendly and beneficial particularly to the local community can also transform the socio-economic condition of the people. Besides providing employment opportunities to the locals, such projects help locals in education and other social sectors apart from facilitating business opportunities to local communities.

Mohanlal Kumhar, Sr Manager, Pare Power Station, explained to the visitors about basic features and working plant of the project. After visiting different sections of the station, a power point presentation on the project was also given by engineers of the power station.

Team leader David L. Thangliana, said that people of Mizoram are eagerly awaiting the completion of the NEEPCO projects under construction to boost power capacity. He informed the purpose of the journalists’  visit  to the project was to know the role of the plant in socio-economic transformation of a state. The officers expressed hope that  the journalists would carry the positive message back to their state where a few NEEPCO projects are coming up.

Before leaving for Guwahati today, officers of the state Information Department led by Lekhi Phuntso, DIPR, also called on them and appealed them to visit the state again in future.

Deputy Director David L. Thangliana appreciated the warm reception and hospitality shown by the IPR Department to the members during their two-day visit to the state capital. He also appealed the department to organize a press party visit to Mizoram at the earliest in order to facilitate exchanging of idea and information among press communities of the two states. DIPR


GB training concludes

Ziro, Apr 20: The training of Gaon Burahs and Buris of Lower Subansiri District with special focus on customary laws conducted by Lower Subansiri Legal Service Authority in collaboration with Arunachal Pradesh Legal Service Authority concluded today.

The resource person of the day District Statistical Officer Nani Sambyo highlighted on role of customary law in Indian judicial system, Advocate Tage Halley focussed on powers and functions of village authorities, Advocate Habung Tangu and Pura Dolo spoke on criminal proceeding by village council as per Assam Frontiers (Administration of Justice) Regulation 1945.

Meanwhile, Red coats and honorarium were distributed to GBs on the occasion.  Earlier, on the second day, Guahati high court Chief Justice Madan B Lokur highlighted on the importance of BG institution and advised the GBs to solve the cases amicably while delivering judgment. DIPRO


Nyishi Day celebrated

ITANAGAR, Apr 20: The Nyishi Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm at Seppa on April 19. The programme started with the hoisting of the Nyishi Day flag by Vijay Sonam, General Secretary of the Nyishi Elite Society amidst mammoth gathering of people  at Seppa General ground. Thousands of people irrespective of their religion and political affiliations thronged to the ground in spite of heavy shower in the early morning to participate in the celebration. The Nyishi Day Flag Song sang by the Nyedar Namlo Cultural troupe reverberate the township. One of the spectacular performances was the Rikham Pada  with participation of  around 400 girls and women. Chagam Dollo, the Secretary incharge of NES, East Kameng district thrilled the gathering with his humorous welcome address. Sonam,  the Chief Guest of the programme, highlighted the significance of the Nyishi day. Later, he delivered the message of Bengia Tolum, President Nyishi Elite Society.

Dr. Kaya Lapung, Chairman EKSWCO in his address appealed to the community to maintain health and hygiene, while, Doni Dodum, Asstt. General Secretary of ANSU appealed to the gathering to take part in the Nyokum Yullo celebration in the same spirit.

Kata Rangmo, Chairman, East Kameng Unit of Nyishi Elite Society expressed his gratitude to all the MLAs, PRI members, members of various religious group, ANSU, AEKSU and other well wishers for their whole hearted support and appealed to all and sundry to maintain the  same spirit in future.   Cultural troupes from various circles, sectors, Nyedar Namlo and churches enthralled the spectators with their performances. Community feast was also served on the occasion.

A football match was organized in between EKSWCO and AEKSU team in which the EKSWCO defeated the latter by a solitary goal netted by Dr. Raja Dodum. This was followed by show of the film – “Meri Maa Mera Dharam’ in the general ground.

The 4th Nyishi Day  was also celebrated at Indigenous Festival Ground, Bhalukpong, West Kameng district with participation of large number of people from different communities.  Traditional dance performance by  the community members from Bomdila, Dirang, Rupa, Singchung and traditional sports like archery were  the main attraction of the celebration. Presidents of the Sajolang (Miji) Elite Society and the Galo Welfare Society of Bhalukpong, local Panchayat leaders of the area were also present on the occasion.

The Nyishi people of Lower Subansiri district  also celebrated the Nyishi Day at Dullungmukh to mark the re-amendment of the 6th Schedule of Indian Constitution to replace the word ‘Dafla’ to ‘Nyishi’.

Speaking on the occasion, NES (East) vice president Tarin Dakpe exhorted the people of the community to be vibrant, united and cooperative in all fronts of development activities taken up by the state government.

Dollungmukh ZPM and chairman of the celebration committee Nido Torh described the day as happiest and joyous moment for the people of Nyishi residing in Dollungmukh area.

The message of NES president Bengia Tolum was also read out on the occasion.

Former NES president Tapu Gapak, Lower Subansiri Zilla chairperson Likha Tongum, ZPMs Taha Chiji, Toko Puna, artiste and social activist Bengia Hemanta also spoke on the occasion, among others.

Papum Pare deputy commissioner Pige Ligu, former Yachuli ZPM Taba Topu, chief engineers and deputy manager of NHPC also attended the function.


Leadership meet on e-governance

ITANAGAR, Apr 20: The 3-day Leadership Meet on e-Governance for political leaders and senior government officers conducted by the Department of IT, Science & Technology, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh in coordination with National Institute of Smart Governance (NISG), Hyderabad under the capacity building scheme of National e-Governance Plan of DIT began at Indian School of Business, Hyderabad yesterday.

A team of legislators and Govt officers, including Parliamentary Secretaries Jomde Kena, Karikho Kri, MLAs Bamang Felix, Tani Loffa, Tapuk Taku, TD Sona, Ralom Borang, Yumsen Matey,  Director cum Member Secretary, IT & Sc. Tech. S. De. Sarkar, Director of School Education Tapang Taloh, Dy Director, IT, CD Mungyak, Deputy Director UD J Basar and other officials of the department of IT  are participating in the programme.

“e-Governance” is a process of reform in the way Governments work, share information and deliver services to its citizens and the businesses that they serve.

The National e-Governance Plan (NeGP), a national level initiative conceptualized and formulated by Department of Information & Technology, Govt of India is providing impetus to transformation of Government. The National e-Governance Plan (NeGP), takes a holistic view of e-Governance initiatives across the country, integrating them into a collective vision, a shared cause. The ultimate objective is to bring public services closer home to citizens. The meet is organized to sensitize the political and policy level officers for their support and commitment in taking e-Governance project forward for improving the Govt service delivery for the benefit of citizens at large. This Programme will also enable the participants to understand about State specific e-Governance initiatives, challenges and the possible strategy to move forward for meeting the exception of citizens.

Resource persons from best IT industries and institutions such as IIM, Ahmedabad, DIT, GOI, Infosys and NeGP will attend the meet, deliver lecture and share experiences on the key issue.


SHG solidarity day organized at Longding

KHONSA, Apr 20: The 7th Self Help Group Solidarity Day was observed at Cultural Hall, Longding with the theme “Nurturing our strength, enhancing our hope”. The event was organized by Self Help Group members of Longding and Khonsa subdivisions promoted by ANMA Integrated Development Association (AIDA).

Heads of Departments, SHGs, Community Development Committees (CDCs), Community Based trainers (CBTs), Community Health Workers (CHWS) and public participated the day.

Speaking on the occasion as chief guest, Longding ADC Mr. N. Wangsu, said that “It is very difficult to get government job so we need to be self-reliant and encourage educated youth to join hands with the NGOs for the development of the state, particularly Tirap district”, said Wangsu.

He further added that, “I know that villagers find difficulty in meeting the requirements of different departments in accessing facilities. But now they can easily do it with the guidance of AIDA”.

He appreciated the effort of the SHG members ushering in development in their families and villages through group activities and advised the members to do better in future and also appreciated AIDA for choosing to work in Tirap district.

Guest of Honour, Longding ZPM Y. Lukham encouraged the SHGs to take up different activities like poultry, piggery, Horti and Agriculture as income generating activities (IGAs) and also urged the SHG to bring in change in society. She further recalling the status of women in the society before the intervention by AIDA in the region said, “Earlier women were not allowed to sit on the chair during a public meeting; they could not share food with men. But now women have come a long way. They engage themselves in meetings, group activities, trainings, etc.”

Project manager AIDA Pfokho John, earlier shared about the various activities being carried out in Tirap district, people’s response and the challenges in the field. Fr. Bimal Lakra the executive director of AIDA extended his gratitude to caritas Denmark for the financial support and the people of the region for welcoming AIDA to work along with them. He shared on the activities of AIDA in Northeast.

The highlights of the day included exhibition cum Sale of SHG members’ products, panel discussion, and sessions by various government departments and cultural programme.

The exhibition cum sale of products by SHG members was inaugurated by Y. Lukham. The exhibition was co-sponsored by State Micro Finance Vision and NABARD, Itanagar. 17 groups participated in the exhibition with products such as handicrafts, vegetables, pickles, candles, artificial flowers, local rice, fruits, honey, etc.

The organizing committee expressed gratitude to various departments like CRPF, PWD, Rajput Rifles, NABARD, State Micro Finance Vision and Don Bosco Centres for the financial and material support which contributed to making the programme a grand success. DIPRO


Foundation for Rural Haat

ITANAGAR, Apr 20: NABARD general manager B G Mukhopadhaya today laid the foundation stone for construction of Rural Haat at Nirjuli in presence of EAC, Naharlagun Tago Tara, AP State Co-op Apex Bank, Managing Director Thongdok, Krishi Vigyan Kendra Programme Corrdinator Dr Taba Hali, Horticulture Officer Joram Bath and Nirjuli Market Welfare Committee members and others.

Speaking on the occasion BG Mukhopadhaya said that the market shed will benefit rural farmers of Sagalee and nearby capital complex for selling of Agri-Horti Product.

He appreciated ASM, Nirjuli Teli Bani for leasing land for establishment of market shed.


Mopin celebrated at Bhalukpong

BHALUKPONG, Apr 20: Mopin Festival of Galo tribe was celebrated with great pomp and show at Indigenous Festival Ground at Bhalukpong, West Kameng  on April 15.

Chiter Yomcha, one the most famous and able priests of Galo Society was the official Nyibo (priest) of the celebration. During the festival, folk dances of different communities of Arunachal Pradesh were showcased.

Yumsen Matey, MLA  and Chairman, DoTC, attended   the celebration as the chief guest while Nedo Neelam, DFO, Khellong Division and Domin Karbak, an eminent singer and social worker of Galo society  from  Kamba were the guest of honour and special guest respectively.

Komsi Sidisow, MLA Thrizino-Buragaon being the Chief Patron of Mopin Celebration Committee, 2011 expressed his thankfulness  to  the Chief Guest and other guests for their  participation and making the event a grand success.   

Yumsen Matey expressed his happiness for being a part of the celebration of the festival and he was impressed by cultural harmony shown through colourful folk dances performed by different tribes like Aka, Miji, Sarok Aka, Nyishi and Galo during the festival.  


Forum condoles death of its former advisor

ITANAGAR, Apr 20: Dutta Peoples’ Forum  Capital Complex (DPFCC) expressed deep shock at the untimely demise of its former Advisor, Koj Hangu  who died on  April 14 last.

While recalling his contribution, the Forum stated that during his tenure as advisor, he had taken lot of initiative for development of Dutta people living in and around Capital Complex in particular and Dutta village as a whole.

He was founder Member of Dutta Welfare Association, Naharlagun/ Itanagar  and also served as President of the Association during the time of demise. He was among the few individuals who could successfully complete training under All India Congress Seva Dal in early 90s and in 1999 and was appointed as Chief Instructor of the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal.

Late Hangu was strong minded, straightforward and above all a good human being highly respected by each and every member of the Forum. His death is an irreparable loss for the Dutta people and the Forum in particular. The Forum conveyed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.

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AAPSU always fight for benefit of poor students

Dear Editor,

This is in response to “Open Letter to President AAPSU” published in today’s edition of your esteem daily. First of all thanks a lot to writer who calls himself as ‘Poor student’ for supporting AAPSU stand on issues like NPF entry into Arunachal, Chinese claim over Arunachal and Chakma-Hajong refugee problem. I want to tell my friend ‘poor student’ that yours truly AAPSU president also belongs from an ordinary family and equally shares sentiment of all poor students of Arunachal Pradesh. Coming to your complaint about AAPSU under my leadership not doing enough against illegal appointment, let me share few things with you. A year ago AAPSU had raised the issue of illegal appointment quite seriously with the state government. As the moment got steamed, all the illegally appointed people along with their families came to my house. Along with family they brought their household items and told me that as their job is at risk because of AAPSU movement, they will stay in my house. I, being the President of AAPSU, have to feed their family. They further said that they will blame me if they loose job and that I have to take care of their family henceforth. Majority of the illegally appointed persons were Arunachalee tribal and secondly they all belong to ordinary family. They all seem to have paid huge money to get those jobs. In that situation, we had no choice but to leave the movement. After all end of the day all of them are tribal’s and there children who are students are also member of AAPSU. How could we take away their livelihood?

It’s wrong to say that AAPSU will loose credential if we do not raise voice against illegal appointment. I, as President, may make mistake but one should not question the credibility of AAPSU, an apex organization of students. In the absence of any major effective opposition party in state, AAPSU has been and will  always raise voice against wrong doing of government at every level and people of Arunachal should give some credit to AAPSU for it. Most of the AAPSU members also come from ordinary family and we understand the pain of poor students of Arunachal. That is the reason why AAPSU always fight for the student’s stipend. Many poor students living in interior areas who are not able to complete their regular study because of poverty are still getting job after obtaining degree through national open exam. We understand their problems and therefore never urged government to make strict guidelines while recruiting in many government departments. Today there are 80:20 ratio in government job in favour of tribal people and to large extent our past AAPSU members should be credited for this achievement.

As per our knowledge most of the illegal appointment seems to be done in and around assembly elections. If Arunachalee citizens themselves take money or seek job from politicians during election, then how can we stop corruption and illegal appointments. Our people go to any large extent to get government job including paying heavy bribe. Many sell their land to get job. Instead if our students study hard and get job through merit, we may be able to end this corrupt practise of illegal appointment to certain extent. The best example is Sarah Enung Borang who cracked APPSC exam despite coming from an ordinary family. Though she was working as peon and without support of parents, she got selected because of sheer hard work.

I would appeal all my students’ friends to believe in hard work and also they should discourage their parents from paying bribe for their job. AAPSU had always stood for poor students of Arunachal and will continue to do so. In few years to come I may no longer be President of AAPSU but institution will always continue to strive for the benefit of student communities of Arunachal. Through this column AAPSU once again would like to urge state government to implement proper industrial policy so that all the tribal students of state get job. We also urge our student friends to open up their mind and look for job avenues across the world. If Arunchalee citizens work with reputed companies in countries like USA, UK and Australia it will only benefit the state.


Takam Tatung,

President AAPSU



Chopper crash and safety measures

Dear Editor,

The most recent chopper crash in Tawang where 17 people reported to have been killed has created a deep shock wave across the country. This is not the first time that such incidents have taken place. As read in the media, the crash was due to technical snag. No matter what more other reasons could be, the civil aviation department should step up the measures to ensure safety of the passengers. Such incidents if not taken seriously by the concerned authority, the tourism and revenue earning for the civil aviations may be hampered. I express my deep condolence to all the bereaved families who lost their near and dear ones and pray for peace for the departed soul.


Jumli Rina


On email



Think about safety measures

Dear Editor,

This is regarding “Airport and safety measures by Dr Samson Borang. We all welcome the airport with our traditional Tapu and Ponung dance, but it would really be wise  decision if the airport is  constructed far away from the Pasighat town to minimize the exposure to noise pollution and as a precaution against any unfortunate crash landing.

IGJ Govt higher secondary School, Paglek  school, Horticulture college, Jarku school and General Hospital Pasighat etc are not even half a KM away from the ongoing airport costruciton. School children, collegians and patients will have the maximum exposure to all sorts of pollution and probable   disaster. We should remember that prevention is better than cure.


Concern citizen



Expectation and performance

Dear Editor,

Appreciating the “Open letter to the president of AAPSU” ( On April 20) , I too would continue with the same lines. As our state don’t have any strong political opposition party we appreciate your work of taking up the issues like of NPF, Ranganadi hydro project and many more to be mentioned.

As an apex student body of the state it would better if you focus on the issues of students of state, here I am not saying that you have not done you have. The news of illegal appointments must have surprised every fellow students of the state. They too must have expected you to come out with strong voice for the students’ welfare but your silence in the issue has made us to think. In recent infamous MMS scandal too the victims were students, we have read many cases of murder of students within capital but we never hear the news of meeting held with the concerned authority for safety of students. In recently released census data our states was placed just above Bihar in terms of literacy. One reason may be because maximum population of state is still in rural areas. Those students of rural areas studying govt. schools don’t get enough assistance in both teaching faculty and other basic needs. Consequently they are unable to clear even the CBSE.

I appeal every student based unions to first bring out issues of the student welfare.




On e-mail



Service rules, superannuation age and corruption

Dear Editor,

Of late, it has been seen that many readers have ventilated their views concerning enhancement of superannuation age of state government employees as urged by COSAAP and other Employees Associations.

It is known that the Government of Arunachal Pradesh has been following the Central Government Service Rule and all succeeding Central Pay Packages are in ditto implemented in our state by the state Government. In addition, the fact remains that our State Government had been the first in the entire North East region to implement the Central 6th Pay package to the hardworking state government employees. Having said so, it is to be realized that COSAAP should not have been urging the Government to enhance the superannuation age, because it is already a part and parcel of the Central Government Service Rule and therefore, by all means it should have been implemented for all the State Government employees as it is the legitimate right of the employees as per Service Rules.

Secondly, it would be apt to mention here that raising the service age limit is directly related to rising of life expectancy in the country. It is desired that the valued readers may kindly go through the Census Report’ 2011 and ventilate their constructive views in this regard.

Time has changed now and we have catapulted in a very modern world with a very high-tech communications system and it has made this very big wide world into a small place. Likewise, our state has been fused in this phase of modernization. Our local dailies have gone e-paper and in just a click away, the world gets to see the scenario of our place. There is an adage that ‘your views are the reflection of your mindset’, it is indeed true. So whatsoever we write it should at least have some logical inclination, keeping the relevant rules in mind.

If the Civil Societies and the Student’s Union really do care for the future of state, then why not it is fight against corruption and illegal appointments, why they are fighting against something that is genuine like the demands of COSAAP to enhance the superannuation age, which is as per the rule of the land.


A Concerned Citizen




An opportunity to neglected district

Dear Editor,

I would like to appreciate the district administration of Upper Subansiri for making a start in the much needed harvesting of the resources of the district by being able to organize the Subansiri Youth Festival at Daporijo. This is indeed a golden opportunity for the people of my district to show to the rest of the state that Daporijo is not a wasted place. The organizing of a mega event like the Subansiri youth Festival is a herculean task, which needs taking care of the minute details and a very synchronized planning to become a success. My district is known for all the bad reasons- the mosquitoes, the worst road conditions, the garbage and for the barbarism. The Subansiri Festival is an opportunity for us, where we can set the records right by setting an example that we can surely do something nice.

I would also like to say that it could have been better if AUSDSU reconsiders its decision to boycott the event.  We are all very sympathetic towards the victims of the MMS Scandal, the whole state is with them and the recent rally held at Itanagar, where people from all walks of life came to their support is a proof enough, that we care for victims of the police atrocities. The AUSDSU should really reconsider its decision to boycott the event. This event is not a result of an impulse; it is a brain- child of a very rigorous, intense and meticulous planning that had started a year ago. This is a start, which we should all support and take part in. Further, this event will produce the best opportunity for the student communities, who are always in a dilemma about their future. Many parties are attending from Delhi and other places, who want to offer career guidance to the students and the student community will surely benefit from this experience and in the event of such a boycott, the outsiders will be surely apprehensive of participating in the event. So, is the decision of the AUSDSU to boycott the event is really in the best interest of the student communities? Further this event will give an opportunity to some local designers, who will be showcasing their talent in the world of fashion designing.

 So, my very sincere request to the leadership of the AUSDSU is to give an opportunity to our neglected district to make a statement of its own, in fact participate and make sure that no untoward incident happen and make a grand success of the event. Lets all come together to show the rest of the state that our district has also got some tourist potential and there are things apart from all the bad reasons that can define our district- Upper Subansiri.


Duge Soki,


On email



Innocent people paying price

Dear Editor,

I begin to have serious doubts if our pilots, aircraft engineers, doctors, surgeons can be trusted with our lives. A recent study has revealed that only 3.5 % of graduates have required skills to be employed in their field. Mediocrity is evident in all areas. Degrees, Diplomas, Licenses are doled out for money to ineligible candidates. Even a pass class student with minimum marks can become surgeon, or specialist by buying a seat in medical college from management quota with guarantee of clear passage till final examination. This is an open secret. Reservation is also playing its role. There is an aviation/aircraft training institute in a village-like place called Dindori at Nasik without any infrastructure or trained faculty. One can imagine what kind of maintenance such engineers can do to aircrafts and helicopters. Innocent people are paying the price in the form of their lives.


Pagge Rime


On e-mail






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News Impact

AISU demands early release of HTS bills

ITANAGAR, Apr 20: Arunachal Indigenous Students’ Union (AISU) has demanded the state Government to immediately release the pending Hill Transport Subsidy (HTS) bills to the contractors as per court orders.

It criticized the state Advocate General for allegedly misleading the Government and opposing the payment of outstanding HTS bills to the contractors.


Cooperate with  traffic police: NSUI

ITANAGAR, Apr 20: National Students’ Union of India, Arunachal Pradesh Unit highlighting about the poor road and traffic facility in twin capital city said that the present road can hardly accommodate two vehicles at single crossing which cause several mishaps.

The union urged the state government to introduce one way road from Bank Tinali to ANSU Office Itanagar and appealed to the Transport Department to restrict movement of heavy vehicle during day time in the twin capital city.

It further urged the state government to construct commercial parking lot in  Naharlagun/Itanagar and appealed to the people to obey traffic rules and cooperate with the traffic police.


KVK's farm school

DAPORIJO, Apr 20: The Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Upper Subansiri district organized a Farm School at Bararupok under the sponsorship of ATMA, Daporijo.

Addressing as chief guest on the inaugural ceremony, Dusa Lida, District Agriculture Officer, Upper Subansiri district, appealed to the farmers to acknowledge the importance of agriculture and try to take maximum advantage from the technical classes. He advised them to purchase farm implements from the department of agriculture and avail the subsidiary benefits given to them by the government.

Tago Rilo, Agriculture Development Officer, Maro also spoke on the occasion and told the farmers to follow scientific technologies for efficient transition from subsistence to commercial farming.

The inaugural session was followed by technical session.  The farm school will continue till mid June 2011. Around 26 farmers of Bararupok village registered as students in the school.


Unions react

ITANAGAR, Apr 20: Four students unions of Papum Pare district, the All Papum Poma Students’ Union, All Kimin Students’ Union, Capital Students’ Union and All Mengio Students Union, in a joint press statement, strongly condemned the FIR lodged against the president of All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU) in connection with the case of construction of a mini stadium within the premises of GHSS, Sagalee and demanded immediate withdrawal of the same.

They also condemned the ‘immature’ and ‘provocative’ press statement made by some panchayat leaders of Sagalee constituency and its local MLA cum UD and PWD Minister. The students unions appealed to APPDSU to launch a series of democratic movements, if the matter is not solved amicably within a given period.



ITANAGAR, Apr 20: Techi Jyoti Tara has been appointed as President of All Arunachal Contractor Welfare Association, City Unit Itanagar Capital Complex for a period of three years.

Er Sunil Degio and Radu Degio have been selected as Chairman and General Secretary of newly formed Degio Welfare Society in its first clan conference held at Yangsey village, East Kameng District.


NCP leader passes away

ITANAGAR, Apr 20: Nationalist Congress Party, 38th Pasighat East (ST) Assembly Constituency expressed deep shock over the untimely demise of Taki-Lalung NCP President Tamyo Tabing, who died at his residence yesterday after prolonged illness.

Tamyo is survived by his wife, two sons and four daughters. He was a young and dynamic leader of Bosing Banggo area, his untimely demise is a great loss to the people of the area.

The rank and files of NCP, Pasighat East prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and extended its condolence to the bereaved family members.


Longte festival

ITANAGAR, April 20: Former Minister Tatar Kipa and BDO Tadar Tari would attend as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour in the Longte festival celebration at Dolo village, Nyapin circle. The three-day festival   will begin  on  April 24.


3 dead in road accident

KHONSA: Three  people were killed on the spot and many including the driver were seriously injured when 407 private truck laden with sand coming from Joypur skipped off the road near Borduria on April 18 last. Those killed have been identified as Hangpong Wangsam, contingency staff of PHED from old Laptang, Ms Phokhow and Ms Chohnop, worker of Pokkom School from Soha village.

The injured have been evacuated to AMC, Dibrugarh. People from Borduria rendered great services in retrieving the dead bodies from the accident site and evacuating the injured. Later police from Khonsa Police Station rushed to the site and verified the case.

Meanwhile, the relative of victims have extended their gratefulness to the people of Borduria and Public of Khonsa for their service. DIPRO


Restore electricity and drinking water supply

ITANAGAR: All Leel Youths Association appealed to the electrical department and PHE department, Sangram circle, Kurung Kumey District to restore electricity and drinking water supply at Leel-I village immediately.

It claimed that the villagers have been deprived of electricity and drinking water supply for the last six months.


May Day

ITNAGAR: Along with the rest of the world, All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union (AAPWU) will celebrate May Day (International Labours Day) at Mopin Solung Ground, Itanagar on 1st May. MLA Karya Bagang and renowned social worker Techi Nera will address the gathering as the chief guest and guest of honour respectively on the occasion.


Congress rally in Changlang

ITANAGAR: The block and district level rally of Congress party in Changlang district will be started at Miao on May nine.

Various achievements of UPA government at the Centre and Congress led Govt. in Arunachal Pradesh would be highlighted during the rally to be patronized by Finance Minister Setong Sena.