ROING, Apr 9: Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) Secretary Tomi Ete on his
three days visit to Roing took part in the ongoing “Youth to the Edge” adventure
programme as a boost to the organizer and participants.
He spent his last two days in the adventure camp with the students and organizers
since his visit on Thursday.
Thirty students from Lalit Narayan Mithila University, Darbhanga, Bihar including
five students from different colleges in North East are participating in the adventure
The pilot project ‘Youth to the Edge’ was flagged of by Union Minister for Development
of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Pawan Singh Ghatowar on March 1 at Tinsukia, Assam.
Tine Mena, first women Everester from North East and local host to the adventure
programme said, “We are so grateful and excited to have Ete with us. His participation
in the camp has renewed our enthusiasm and energy.”
Mena has been hosting the local adventure programme for past one month. Three batches
of college students have so far participated in the camp. The scheme is launched
by DoNER ministry to promote adventure activities in North Eastern region with the
motto ‘Adventure to the Paradise Unexplored’ to promote adventure activities in the
remote areas of North Eastern region.
The eight days programme for the current batch of students underwent various activities
like rappelling, jumering, rock climbing and cultural interaction with local people.
“We did what we never did before,” said Priya Jha, one of the participants as she
expressed her excitement after she rappelled down a 15 meter cliff. “I just closed
my eyes, prayed to god, and came rappelling down.”
SBF, AdiSu demand cancellation of proposed public hearing
ITANAGAR, Apr 9: Siang Bachao Federation (SBF) has demanded cancellation of the
proposed Public Hearing on hydro project at Jeying, Rottung and Gumin Kine in Siang
Valley from April 17 to 20.
The SBF in a release today said that the people were not taken into confidence and
they are still not aware of the advantage and disadvantage on hydro projects including
2700 MW Lower Siang. Moreover, Aalo Township which falls under submergence zone
has not been reflected in the cadastral survey, it said.
The university and college students who are considered as future of the state will
not able to participate in the proposed public hearing as the dates of the hearing
might clash with university examinations, the Federation said.
Apart from students, all the farmers and dam affected people will not able to take
part in it as they are now busy in agricultural activities. Moreover, April being
a rainy month, might create communication problem for the people who are supposed
to participate in such public hearing, the Federation added.
Meanwhile, Adi Students Union (AdiSU), the apex body of the Adi community said that
large number of college and university students and faculty members, who are originally
belong to dam affected area will be deprived of their right to participate in public
hearing as the dates of the proposed public hearing clash with the examination schedule.
The union demanded cancellation of proposed public hearing and threatens of launch
democratic protest in case of failure of the authority to pay heed to its demand.
Questioning over the selection of venues for public hearing at Jeying and Rottung
which are inaccessible for majority of poor villagers due to poor road communication,
the union further demanded that all the project related documents be made public
in local languages and English.
Sona on infrastructure inspection spree
SEPPA/BHALUKPONG, Apr 9: Parliamentary Secretary, Tourism, Pasang D Sona is on
a whirlwind tour to inspect the tourism infrastructure in the state and review its
Accompanied by Tourism Secretary Chombay and engineers, the young Parliamentary Secretary
took stock of all the infrastructures of the Tourism department from Bhalukpong to
The accompanying executive engineer and other engineers and the contractors briefed
the status of the upcoming tourist lodge on the banks of river Kameng in Bhalukpong,
which was conceptualized to target the anglers and rafters. The Parliamentary Secretary
urged upon the engineers and the contractors not to compromise with the quality
Tourism Secretary advised that the target date of completion must be adhered to and
there should be no delay in submission of utilization certificates to the funding
The team also inspected the wayside amenities en-route Seppa.
In East Kameng, the District Tourism Officer gave an overview of the assets of the
department while showing the tourist lodges in Bana, Wessing.
The team also explored the possibility of promoting mountain biking in this circuit.
Earlier, Sona inspected the Tourism assets in Tirbin, West Siang.
AEKSU demands action against officers
ITANAGAR, Apr 9: All East Kameng Students’ Union (AEKSU) has lodged a complaint
against the then Executive Engineer of PHED, Seppa alleging him of misuse of his
official power and involvement in misappropriation of fund under Rs 9.18 crore Water
Treatment Plant (WTP) at Seppa.
In an FIR lodged at Seppa Police Station, the Union said that the then PHED EE
made a wrong statement in “East Kameng Review”, a bi-annual magazine, Dtd. February
20, 2011 saying that the WTP project with capacity of 2.046 MLD, which started
in 2007, had almost been completed but yet to be commissioned. He further said
“the WTP is now providing drinking water to entire inhabitants of old Seppa.”
Disapproving the statement of the EE, the Union said that the said WTP is yet to
take complete shape. Alleging total violation of DPR and misuse of fund, the Union
said that PHED Seppa had produced a complete picture of the WTP and distribution
of water through tank. But in reality, maximum works of the plant are incomplete
and whatever works done are now laying in deplorable condition.
The Union further alleged that the PHED Seppa is now supplying contaminated water
without proper treatment and without commissioning of the Plant. It demanded that
the all the erring officers allegedly involved in WTP scandal be booked immediately
under Anti Corruption Act.
The AEKSU further claimed that the enquiry committee constituted by the administration
had visited the WTP project on April 3 for spot verification.
It is worth mentioning here that following the complaint lodged by the AEKSU, the
district administration had constituted an enquiry committee to investigate into
the alleged failure in executing Rs 9.18 crore WTP and its factual position at Seppa.
PPA criticizes Tawang DA
Society backs anti-power movement
ITANAGAR, Apr 9: Peoples Party of Arunachal (PPA), appealed to the Tawang district
administration not to suppress the popular voice and democratic movement of the people
of Tawang against mega dams.
Writing a letter for the intervention of the His Holiness, the Dalai Lama to stop
the anti-dam movement and using term nefarious for democratic movement is unethical,
PPA said in a release.
“Dalai Lama has no role in taking decision how to use the natural resources in Arunachal
Pradesh. People of Tawang should be allowed to decide whether mega dams should be
built or not in their land.”
District Administra-tion’s warning “to resort to preventive actions to contain the
alarming situation” itself is undemocratic, the release said adding that as long
as the people’s movements are democratic and it does not violates law, they should
be allowed to raise issues.
Meanwhile, Bongleng Village Development Society (BVDS) supported the movement of
Save Mon Committee (SMC) opposing coming up of power projects in Tawang.
BVDS said that construction of so many projects would convert the religious township
into a house of tunnel.
It urged the authority concerned to treat the voices of people and take up alternatives
for the betterment of the local people instead of destroying the beautiful landscape,
virgin flora and fauna by proposing so many projects.
First Lady exhorts girls to make a mark in life
ITANAGAR, Apr 9: We have to learn the importance of love, values of education and
hard work,” said State’s First Lady, Anupama Singh while addressing the girl students
of Sakshi -- Centre for Information, Education & Communication, Jasola Gaon, New
With these values, you can control your own destiny, she said.
Exhorting the girls to stand up for what they believe in, she advised them not to
be trapped by dogma, which, she pointed out, is living with the results of other
people’s thinking. She asked the girls not to let the noise of others’ opinions drown
out their own inner voice and to have the courage to follow their heart and intuition.
The First Lady shared inspiring personal examples motivating the students to complete
their studies. She also asked the girls student to stay grounded and close to their
cultures. She advised them remain rooted to the culture of love and respect. At the
same time we must stand against some evil practices in the society, like dowry. If
we do not, then who will do this for us, she emphasized.
Singh also appealed to the parents and guardians to take care of the children stating
that the children are our future and they depend entirely on the support and love
they receive from us. Our children are vulnerable. And their needs and concerns require
our particular attention. A former teacher herself, she also dwelt in length on the
importance of the teaching community.
Singh gave away prizes to the winners of the Sakshi Girls Education Project.
Sakshi girls and teachers presented an entertaining and informative performance including
group songs on moral values and importance of Girls' Education.
Sakshi President, Dr. Mridula Tandon spoke on the importance of a girl’s education
noting that educated mothers were twice as likely to have a healthy child. (PRO,
APFA announces probables for Santosh Trophy
ITANAGAR, Apr 9: Arunachal Pradesh Football Association (APFA) announced 27 probables
for the 66th Santosh Trophy National Football Championship to be held at Cuttack,
Odisha from May 11 to 25.
APFA is conducting a coaching cum selection trial for the probables under the guidance
of NIS trained coach Kipa Bharat at RG Stadium, Naharlagun from April 16.
The list of probables:
Tar Rajkumar, Nyammar Loyi, Gungte Chapi, Kaya Sangno, Taying Antony, Techi Takar,
Tamchi Tassung, Habung Takar, Gichik Taming, Tamak Taja, Pura Byai, Janu Soki, Gangte
Rovi, Pani Raju, Page Tashi, Ligang Bungo, Mebom Taku, Tage Pillya, Mihin Pullo,
Biki Dipu, Pema Dazemojin, Techi Tassar (Tuka), Tangam Telli, Taju Linggi, Toko Polliam,
Rocky Ramching, Ganga Rimu, Ngurang Abing.
20 complete Rafting training
ITANAGAR, Apr 9: One month river rafting program organized by the East Kameng district
administration in association with Sikkim Association of Adventure Tour Operator
(SAATO) successfully ended today. Certificates for completion of successful river
rafting program were given to the 20 trainees who were a part of the program.
Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism PD Sona and Secretary Tourism Sonam Chombay graced
the valedictory function.
In his address Sona appreciated the district administration for organizing such event
as it helps the promotion of tourism in the area. He said there is no dearth of beauty
in East Kameng district and with proper guidance; tourism can reach its zenith in
the region which will not only bring employment in the area but also bring Seppa
in limelight for the right reasons.
Secretary Tourism, Chombay further extended his support and promised to organize
an advance river rafting course for the trainees. He said, people of Seppa can help
tourism to grow by ensuring that proper hygiene and hospitality is maintained in
the region which will encourage people to visit Seppa. He hoped that with due course
of the time other such kind of programs can be initiated in the other the districts
of Arunachal Pradesh
P.K. Dhong advisor of SAATO mentioned that Arunachal Pradesh has lot of potential
for tourism and thanked the people of Seppa and the government of Arunachal Pradesh
for their hospitality.
Tezu DH requires Govt attention
ITANAGAR, Apr 9: All Tayang Welfare Association, Tezu in a letter to Secretary, Health
and Family Welfare Association expressed resentment over non-posting of requisite
number of doctors and non-supply adequate medicines at District Hospital Tezu.
The ATWA in a release said that there is no MD in the hospital since 1999, and the
post of surgeon and gynecologist are also lying vacant since 2002 and 2011 respectively.
The central and state governments have given priority on health and family welfare.
But district hospital Tezu is deprived of all facilities, it said. Even for minor
health test, the poor patients are compelled to visit private dispensary. Sometimes
homeopathic and Ayurvedic doctors are engaged in district hospital Tezu during emergency
cases, the release said. Further, due to non-availability of specialized treatment,
people are forced to go to Assam and other states for treatment which is unbearable
for the poor patients.
The government has spent crores of rupees on construction of hospital boundary wall
but priority was not given on equipments, doctors and medicines, it said.
The Association appealed to the Secretary to look into the matter and post surgeon,
MD and Gynecologist and provide primary medical equipments with medicines at District
Hospital Tezu within a month.
SP seeks help from citizens
ITANAGAR, Apr 9: Capital police has sought the assistance of citizen in regards to
attack on law student Haku Tatak.
In a release SP Capital Hibu Tamang while seeking cooperation of the general public
appealed for sharing information about the crime and criminals by directly contacting
him over his mobile No.9436040006 at any point of time. He also added that name and
address of the informer will be kept secret and will be suitably rewarded too. On
7th of this month at around 01.10 AM, Tatak was mercilessly beaten by unknown miscreant
while he was on his way to Naharlagun. Seeing him lying unconscious nearby road,
three citizens of capital complex, namely, Hari Punung, Rigio Takar and Rigio Take
acted as Good Samaritans and took him to RK Mission hospital. Meanwhile the trio
informed capital police and later Itanagar Police registered a case vide case No.78/12
U/S 325/34 IPC and launched investigation but no clue could be found till now. Meanwhile
condition of Tatak is still serious and he is currently admitted at GNRC, Guwahati.
APMCC takes part in AIMCC meet
ITANAGAR, Apr 9: Arunachal Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee (APMCC) president Yari
Dulom represented Arunachal Pradesh in the All India Mahila Congress office bearers
and State Mahila Congress presidents’ meeting held at New Delhi recently.
Various issues related to Mahila Congress in states, including half-yearly action
plan and other strategies to be taken up in states were discussed in the meeting.
Painting workshop at Pasighat
ITANAGAR, Apr 9: The five days painting workshop organized by Sanskar Bharati Pasighat
unit at Donyi Polo Vidya Niketan Pasighat ended yesterday.
Twenty-five students from various schools of Pashighat were given basic training
on painting by prominent artist Arvinder Kumar of Jammu, who is presently working
as senior Art teacher at Kendriya Vidyalaya Pashighat.
Attending the concluding day function, both Gichik Taaza, General Secretary Indigenous
Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh and Agusti Jamoh, DACO of East Siang
district asked the participants to continue their learning with hard work and dedication.
Taaza also asked Sanskar Bharati to organize classical music and dance workshop in
near future for the benefit of local artists as well as guide them perform folk Dance
and songs of Arunachal Pradesh in classical way.
The main attraction of the events were heart touching classical and patriotic songs
presented by the students and others.
NSUI foundation day
ITANAGAR, Apr 9: The National Students Union of India (NSUI) Arunachal unit today
observed its 41st foundation day at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, Itanagar. Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki who is also president of Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee graced the
occasion. In his address Tuki urged the students present to concentrate more on self
employment generation schemes. Further he called on the executive members of NSUI
to strengthen the union at district, university and college level.
State Unit NSUI President Kirbe Dulom spoke about aim and objective of the NSUI.
BC Tok, general secretary APCC also spoke on the occasion. The programme was attended
by the office bearer of APCC, Youth Congress, Mahila Congress, Seva Dal, NSUI and
Rahul Gandhi Youth Brigades.
ITANAGAR, Apr 9: Mopin celebration concluded at Yingkiong on April 7 with Riga at
the official residence of President cum Pingii Neri Dr. Kejom Padu.
The festival was participated by both Adi and Galo community residing at Yingkiong
Local MLA Alo Libang, ZPM chairperson Danggoli Libang and deputy commissioner Liyon
Borang attended the sacrificial day (Yugii Alo). DIPRO
KVK training for farmers
ITANAGAR, Apr 9: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Tawang conducted a training programme
on “Advance techniques for vegetables and cereals crop cultivation” at Surabhi village
of Tawang yesterday.
Inaugurating the training programme by Dr. A. N. Tripathi, Programme Co-ordinator,
KVK, Tawang gave emphasis on adoption of advance technique for cultivation of any
crops with scientific methods. Lecture on vegetable nursery management and scientific
methodology for nursery raising, “Scientific method of maize cultivation and importance
of baby corn” were also delivered by subject matter specialists for the benefit
of participating farmers.
Altogether, 28 farmers attended the training programme.
BM Automobiles opens
ITANAGAR, Apr 9: M/s BM Automobiles, a Bajaj three wheelers commercial vehicle agency,
was inaugurated by Urban Development, Housing, Town Planning and Fisheries Minister
Rajesh Tacho in a small function held at Chandra Nagar here today.
He urged the gathering to help each other in time of need and solve any kind of controversy
and misunderstanding through peace and mutual understanding.
Meanwhile, proprietor Roding Pertin informed that Sub-dealers and service centers
would be set up in various districts of the state.
BM Automobiles Manager Bom Moyong and State Bank of India official also spoke on
Commercial vehicle association, members of capital complex and public also attended
Longte festival begins
KOLORIANG, Apr 9: The celebration of Longte festival began at various villages of
Kurung Kumey district on April 7.
The festival is celebrated for bumper harvest and good health for both people and
Former minister Kahfa Bengia attended the festival at Chello-Riya village while the
celebration at Nikia-Taipai village was attended by deputy commissioner Rajiv Takuk.
The festival at Tayang village was attended by Lokam today. DIPRO.
P Radhakrishnan takes charge
ITANAGAR, Apr 9: Dr P Radhakrishnan, General Manager joined NABARD as Officer-In-Charge
of Arunachal Pradesh RO today. He possesses B.Sc (Ag), MSc & Ph.D qualification
from Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi. He has 27 years of
experience in various departments of NABARD Regional Offices in the country.
On the first day of taking charge as OIC, he took stock of the various programmes
being implemented in the State by NABARD and interacted with the staffs and officials.
He had also interaction with some of the partner NGOs of NABARD in the state and
state Govt. officials. He emphasized on team work and proper co-ordination amongst
the various stakeholders to take forward the developmental and promotional schemes
implemented for benefit of the people of Arunachal.
According to WHO, in the middle of the last century there were 14 million people
in the world aged 80 years or older. However, by 2050, there will be almost 400 million
people in this age group – with 100 million of them in China alone. Within the next
five years, for the first time in history, the population of people aged 65 and older
will outnumber children under the age of five.
Earlier this week, WHO's Director-General, Margaret Chan, emphasised that measures
to improve the quality of life of ageing populations need not be expensive, and encouraged
governments to implement affordable and practical policies that can significantly
help their citizens grow old in a healthy manner.
“We must not let money or lack of access to decide who stays fit and who gets frail
too soon,” Chan said in a roundtable discussion on the theme of the World Health
Day in Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday.
United Nations officials stressed the importance of providing adequate health services
to older citizens and called on countries to commit resources to help their ageing
populations lead a healthy and active life.
Civil society and the private sectors should play in important role to ensure that
people everywhere have the chance to grow older in good health.
Don’t just prostrate before HC
The act of vandalism at Malinithan by Assam Govt officials has once again raised
the question about the sincerity of Arunachal govt vis-a-vis Assam-Arunachal Boundary
As we all know that our state govt has always been subservient to its counterpart
but this incident was clearly planned and backed by Assam govt.
Assam would never have dared to act like this against Nagaland who fiercely guards
their territorial integrity.
It’s high time that our State govt start governing instead of prostrating before
the so called High Command.
Changlang town is in chaos as there is no electricity, mobile network and water supply
since the last two weeks.
At present Changlang telephone exchange is being maintained by the contingency staff
as there are no regular staffs.
Yes, entire telephone exchange is being run and managed by the one worker but he
is also on leave since the last two months.
The General Manager BSNL Itanagar has to answer to the public of Changlang District
GM and SDO (T) Miao has to take up matter immediately otherwise public has limited
Therefore, GM, BSNL, Itanagar is requested to look into the matter personally for
the larger interest of the people of Changlang.
Secondly there is no water supply due to drying up of main sources; everyone is seen
carrying water on their bikes and Tata mobiles.
Only after the intervention of the almighty who has poured heavy rains, has we been
Thirdly, power supply is another problem for the people of Changlang town. All personal
Invertors are out of order due to continuous break down of electricity supply.
The PHED and Power departments are trying their best to tackle the problems. However
more attention is needed.
Thank you for the support!
I would like to convey my heartiest thanks to all the volunteers for participating
and supporting the cleanliness drive which we conducted on 7th of April at Naharlagun.
I appreciate the noble thoughts of the younger generation and their concern for the
When I along with my friend Kobyum Zirdo started planning to carry out cleanliness
drive in capital complex months ago we did not anticipated that so many people will
come and join us.
I am really indebted to all volunteers who could spare their valuable time and be
I would also like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the officials of UD department
for providing us with all the required equipment and vehicles.
My special thanks to the team of EPS Tawang and Naharlagun Bazaar Welfare Committee
for all the support.
My regards goes to the Secretary PHED Tomi Ete for providing us with the much need
refreshment after a day’s hard work. Thanks to Jarjum Ete, President Galo Welfare
Society for supporting the young brigade.
Not to forget Bini Nyickyor for creating the event page in Facebook and Nguli Dalri
for creating awareness about the event through his write up in the newspapers.
Last but not least we extend gratitude to the media of capital for widely publicizing
our event. We do believe that capital citizen will contribute their bit to keep our
state capital clean.
Act fast before it’s too late
Mopin festival of the Galos is celebrated with lots of joy and pomp all over the
Arunachal Pradesh by the people of state.
But the people of the same community are facing most crucial situation & grief because
of destruction on April 5 at Likabali inflicted by the Assam authorities.
Enough is enough. How long will the people of Arunachal tolerate such types of situations?
Half of Likabali Town is already occupied illegally by the Assam police. If we do
not act fast, the entire town will be completely under the control of Assam Govt.
I strongly feel that State Govt. must send strong police force to the boundary affected
area and establish Police stations at the boundary area.
It should also immediately seek intervention of the centre and dialogue with Assam
Govt is also very necessary for peaceful and lasting solution to the boundary problem.
We are duty bound to protect out land and we have to protect it all costs.
Save our motherland
In Assam-Arunachal border areas, attack on Arunachalees by Assam Police and Assam
Government Officers are not new.
Our State Government has always turned a deaf ear to it as if waiting for complete
mutilation of our state.
I do not hail from foothill areas but my heart is pained.
I pray our state Government and public to fight together to save our mother land.
Pebi Lombi, Tirbin
Respond to the allegations
It is in response to the repeated allegations of nepotism and favoritism in the recruitment
process of various posts in premier Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU).
Authorities of RGU have been charged of serious misadventures and lack of clarification
on the part of concerned authorities is compelling general public to raise their
If the allegations were to be true, it would really be a very serious blow on the
morale of talented and honest unemployed youths of our state.
Without being judgmental, I appeal to the concerned recruitment board to clear the
smoke and restore the faith of the common mass. And if there had been some discrepancies,
correct it, before it gets too late.
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address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.