April 10


News Impact


Youth to the Edge


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 camp.

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 status.

Accompanied by Tourism Secretary Chombay and engineers, the young Parliamentary Secretary took stock of all the infrastructures of the Tourism department from Bhalukpong to Seppa.

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 of works.

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 agency.

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 Delhi recently.

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, Raj Bhavan)



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.


Mopin celebrations

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 the occasion.

Commercial vehicle association, members of capital complex and public also attended the programme.


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 domestic animals.

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.

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Older citizens need adequate attention

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

Dear Editor,

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 dispute.

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.






Chaotic Changlang

Dear Editor,

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 HQ.

GM and SDO (T) Miao has to take up matter immediately otherwise public has limited tolerance power.

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 relieved.

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!

Dear Editor

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 state.

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 with us.

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.


Ruma Nguri,




Act fast before it’s too late

Dear Editor,

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.


Yomjum Yomgam




Save our motherland  

Dear Editor,

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

Dear Editor,

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 eyebrow.

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.


T. Sono



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