SEPPA, Apr 18: In a tragic road accident, one person died on the spot and many other
sustained injuries today when an Assam registered Mahindra Pick Up van carrying more
than 10 passengers fell into deep gorge at Yaniso stream between Kapu Dada and Attanrang
Singhi village in Seppa-Pipu road, informed police. The vehicle was on its way to
Pipu from Seppa when the accident took place around 10.30 am.
The body was identified as that of vehicle driver Madang Dafri (38). Injured persons
were immediately rushed to the district hospital Seppa, SP added. Among the injured
six persons are stated to be critical who later airlifted to Itanagar. DC Sandeep
Kumar Singh immediately called up the Secretary Civil Aviation and requested the
air sortie on medical emergency for critical injured persons.
APPDSU reiterates demands
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: The All Papum Pare District Student's Union (APPDSU) had urged
state government to fulfill all the major demands of the people of this district
place by them due to which the railway project was brought in after locals parted
away with land and received meager compensation from railway authorities. “It may
be noted that in a meeting held on 21-08-2008 under the chairmanship of Present CM
who was then PWD and UD minister, a written resolution was passed in which strict
ILP checking monitoring, Rail-cum- road bridge over Dikrong River, job opportunities
to local etc were promised by the state government and railway. But surprisingly,
railways have started running with passenger trains since few days back and it is
seems that 400-700 passengers at a time are coming down at Naharlagun railways station.
Whether these passengers are coming after obtaining proper ILP is a question which
we ponder,” stated APPDSU in a release. Union also urged state government to adhere
to its resolution of 2008 by strictly implementing ILP system, construct rail-cum
Road Bridge over Dikrong River and provide job opportunities to the locals for C-D
groups as promised.
Polling teams move out for re-polling amid tight security
AALO, Apr 18: The magistrates, polling personnel and security teams have started
their movement from DEO office, Aalo today to conduct fresh poll at 1-Tabasora, 2-Nikte,
3-Dasi and 4-Yigikaum polling stations on Aprl 19.
Two magistrates, one section of CRPF and 15 civil police and IRBn have been deployed
in each polling station for peaceful, free and fair re-polling. Elaborate briefings
on collection of materials, checking of EVMs, arrangement of food and lodging were
given to all the polling teams prior to departure. DIPRO
Good Friday commemorated by ABA
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: Along with the whole world, the Jesus Christ’s crucifixion popularly
known as Good Friday was commemorated by Apatani Baptist Association (ABA) today.
The holy day was marked by skits of re-enacting the crucifixion of Christ, presentations
of praise and worship songs, intercessory prayers and powerful and challenging Bible
messages in various Baptist churches, reported Rev. Tage Donyi the Executive secretary
of ABA who heads 12 churches, two Fasting Centers under three pastorates and thousands
of Baptist believers.
Evangelist Koj Yabo speaking at the ABA Mission Compound Church IBC, urged the congregation
to fix their eyes on Cross and remember that Jesus Christ came to this world and
was crucified ‘to serve, not to be served’.
Earlier, the celebration was marked by a joint Lord’s Supper on the eve of Good Friday
yesterday at Immanuel Baptist Church remembering the Passover Meal.
Hundreds of Baptist believers from 12 Baptists Churches under ABA attended the Holy
Communion which was led by Pastor J. Rina, Area Supervisor from Mizoram Baptist Church
assisted by Pastor Tallo Apa, Pastor Tage Gyute, Pastor Michi Tari, Pastor Lalthathanga
Fanai and Vanlalnghaka Fegby.
“Beware of admission fraudsters”
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: Arunachal Students Union of Tamil Nadu (ASUT) has appealed to the
parents and students of Arunachal Pradesh willing to pursue higher education in Tamil
Nadu to be careful from fake and cheater educational institutes.
While assuring all help to Arunachalee students willing to pursue higher education
in Tamil Nadu, ASUT said that numerous students of Arunachal Pradesh were duped earlier
by fraudsters by assuring admission in reputed medical and engineering institutes.
The students union also suggested those patients, especially first-timer, who comes
to Tamil Nadu on medical ground, to contact ASUT in case of any emergency and other
Society condemns physical attack
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: All Sagalee Dopum Charitable Society (ASDCS) today strongly condemned
the alleged physical assault on one Nguri Kushal of Kimin recently by a group of
people in poll-related violence. The Society also claimed that main accused was junior
engineer in WRD posted at Nyapin in Kurung Kumey district. Further society claimed
that none of accused involved in the attack was arrested by the police so far.
ANSU demands immediate eviction of illegal Assam construction at Taraso
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) has demanded Arunachal Pradesh
Government to immediately evict all the Forest Protection Camps being set up by Assam
Forest Department within Taraso administrative circle of Papum Pare district.
An ANSU team headed by its president Byabang Joram and general secretary Nyanya Gollo
yesterday visited Taraso circle and found Assam Forest Department constructing one
Forest Protection Camp at Julang village area within Taraso circle. The ANSU team
along with the Taraso Circle Officer made a joint effort to halt the construction
activity through dialogue and discussion but their efforts went in vain as there
was no positive response from the Assam Forest officials, said ANSU in its memorandum
to Chief Secretary.
The construction work is being carried out by Assam forest officials with help of
police and paramilitary forces.
The student union also informed that the Sonitpur (Assam) Deputy Commissioner (vide
letter No. SPD/Forest/253/2011/12 dtd 11/02/2014) had submitted to the Government
of Assam the model plan and estimate for construction of four Forest Protection Camps
at Radhasu Point, Dikal Tinali, Chouldhowa Road Point and Naharjan under Behali Reserve
Forest and the proposal has already been granted by the Government of Assam (vide
order No. PLA 475/2010/127 dtd 25/02/2014) at an estimated cost of Rs.19 lakh per
camp. The project is being executed by Assam Forest Department under RFO Sonitpur
East Division, it claimed adding that all the four camps fall within Taraso administrative
The Arunachal-Assam boundary dispute is presently under the purview of the Supreme
Court as per the petition filed by Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh. In this regard, the
Supreme Court has constituted a 3-member local boundary commission (LBC) to look
into the ground reality. The LBC has already visited all the disputed areas. The
final report of the LBC is likely to be placed before the Supreme Court very soon.
Since the matter is under judgment of SC, the Assam Government by doing so has dishonored
the intervention of the Apex Court, ANSU said.
Apprehending recurrence of incident like Sango, where 15 people were killed by anti-social
elements, ANSU sought the state government’s immediate intervention to stop the illegal
construction before it goes beyond control.
The students’ union urged the CS to immediately shift IRBn camps to Arunachal-Assam
boundary points in order to closely watch and check rampant encroachment activity.
Earlier on April three, ANSU had apprised the office of the CS verbally about illegal
land encroachment activity carried out by the Assam forest officials at Taraso circle
and demanded the state government’s immediate intervention.
Unearth the truth behind death of poll official: ABK
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: Adi Bane Kebang (ABK) East Siang Unit in a letter to Deputy Commissioner,
East Siang district said that the reported mysterious death of a young teacher while
performing Government duty at Siine village under Boleng circle is very disturbing
and confusing. Such type of heinous crime if at all committed should be unearthed
and stringent and exemplary punishment should be awarded.
The ABK district unit appealed to the District Administration to immediately set
up a committee to look into the circumstances and take up this case on priority basis
which led to the loss of a human life. It also said that free and fair trial should
be initiated and the culprit should be booked on an early date so that the confusion
which is looming large is cleared at the very beginning as delay in action might
send some kind of wrong signal which might hamper the existing peaceful environment.
The ABK district unit assured to provide all cooperation to the District Administration
for unearthing the truth behind the mysterious death of a young official on Government
duty and this should be the first case of this kind where an innocent and an efficient
official has lost his life in poll related case. It also said that ABK, District
Unit on its own will also try to find out the actual cause which led to the loss
of a human life and will share any kind of information to the District Administration
so that the fact can be made known to everyone.
Body of missing official brought to Pasighat, magisterial enquiry underway
PASIGHAT, Apr 18: After identification by the family members, the body of late Mathew
Dabi (Assistant Teacher) has been brought to the General Hospital, Pasighat late
this evening. A pall of gloom has descended as the mortal remains of Dabi being brought
The East Siang DC and SP rushed to the Hospital and personally met the relatives
of Late Dabi. Conveying condolence to the bereaved family, the officers duo expressed
their deep shock and grief over the death. Due compensation will be given to the
bereaved family, informed the East Siang DC-cum-DEO.
Meanwhile, the District Magistrate has informed that magisterial enquiry is underway
and a team of medical experts has been formed by the JDHS Dr. K. Lego to carry out
postmortem tomorrow morning to ascertain the cause of the death of Lt. Dabi. East
Siang SP further brought to light that police investigation is underway and viscera
sample would be sent for forensic investigations.
Reportedly, Lt. Dabi went missing since April-9 last while attending polling duty
at Siine village, under Boleng subdivision. DIPRO
GSU suspects foul play
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: Suspecting foul play in the death of Mathew Dabi, Galo Students’
Union (GSU), in a letter to state election commissioner, has demanded to set up a
judicial inquiry into the matter.
Dabi, who was engaged in poll duty at Siine village under Boleng circle, went missing
on April nine. His body was recovered by police from a gorge near the village yesterday.
Further, the GSU demanded the state election authority to take stringent action against
those responsible for assaulting DRDA PD (Seppa) Kego Jilen beside bearing the entire
medical, expenditure and adequate compensation to the injured.
Cong fires salvo at BJP, demands public apology
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) today took serious
exception to the statement of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Arunachal Pradesh
unit accusing ruling Congress of ‘Talibanising’ election process. While condemning
the allegation of ‘Talibanisation’, the APCC asked the BJP to tender a public apology
for ‘denigrating Arunachal Pradesh, one of the most peace-loving states in India.’
Strongly reacting to the BJP’s allegation, APCC vice president Tatar Kipa said “Thrizino-Buragaon
incidents, mostly instigated and provoked by the BJP workers in which vehicles of
the BJP and the INC were equally damaged, cannot be termed ‘Talibanisation’. There
were numerous reports of BJP workers indulging in unabated violence throughout the
state contrary to BJP state unit president Tai Tagak’s accusation only against the
APCC further alleged that BJP candidate assaulted voters in Model village, Naharlagun,
its workers attacked Congress workers repeatedly in East Kameng district besides
DRDA project director Kego Jielen in presence of the DEO at Seppa (undergoing treatment
now at Guwahati with grievous head injuries), many EVMs were damaged by them in different
assembly constituencies. BJP supported goons chased away INC polling agents from
Wanu and Ngamding booths under Kanubari circle in Tirap district before capturing
the booths for which a complaint was lodged with the DEO, among others, the APCC
Pointing out a series of incidents beginning from the ‘reported involvement of the
Talibans in Kargil War (May-July 1999), hijacking of Indian Airlines Flight 814 with
160-odd passengers from Nepal to Kandahar on December 24, 1999 for which three top
ranking Taliban terrorists were released to free the passengers, 2001 attack on the
Parliament during the BJP-led NDA regime, besides Godra carnage, deadly Moist attack
where senior Congress leader V C Shukla among 27 killed on May 25, 2013 in BJP-ruled
Chattishgarh,’ APCC questioned - were these not worse than Talibalisation? As the
destructive Taliban activities in India are recorded in history, is the BJP acting
under Talibans’ influence and trying to Talibanise in Arunachal Pradesh?, the APCC
“While acting and behaving themselves like Talibans the BJP leaders and workers have
the audacity to point an accusing finger at the ruling Congress. Therefore, the APCC
cautions the Arunachalees to beware of the divisive and hidden political agenda of
the Saffron brigade, which is adamant to pave the way for ‘Taliban rule’ in Arunachal
In its concluding remarks APCC said that the voters are wise enough to judge wrong
and right and their decisions to be made known on May 16 next would reflect their
rejection of the destructive polity of BJP.
Sisen sees election as an illusion
Election is the buzzword in India now; it’s in the air and rose in a crescendo, as
men, women, children and transgender are tuning in to political music and singing
paeans on their beloved leaders. Its scent pervades every nook and corner, from hustling-
bustling city lanes to dust-laden streets, stings every voter with toxic of happiness
and a hope for change.
The transformational change is perceptibly ubiquitous though short-lived, as the
abandoned walls are embellished with candidate posters, streets are illuminated with
party symbols and logos, rusty pillar and poles are refurbished giving new hope of
development sprouting beneath.
Elsewhere in the remote Sisen village, a small hamlet under Nugong Bango (block)
of 35th Pangin-Boleng (ST)Assembly Constituency in East Siang district, election
is no longer a platform of formal decision-making process for choosing a good leader
for better governance rather it has become a catwalk of politicians and polling officials.
For them election is an “illusion of development” which does not exist in reality.
Boycotting the simultaneous polling on April 9 last, Sisen from nowhere at least
caught the national attention, as their unique way of protest over poor development
in the village has sparked off debate. It has also broadened the perception of political
pundits and egging new ideas into sniffing journalists of the national and local
Indeed, boycott is a symbolic protest and their slogan “No road No vote” was an “acrimonious
pill” which the villagers have been waiting for since many decade to spit it out
right at their political leaders and the election commission’s face. They have sent
a clear message to the authority particularly those who are at helm of affair that
the villagers will no longer be a part of choosing leadership and government formation
process, wherein they get nothing in return.
Their demand is genuine and simple for basic facilities such as road connectivity,
better school buildings, uninterrupted electricity and hygienic drinking water supply
which every modern citizen of a country aspires for.
The angst is over hollow-promises and false hopes given by their local representatives,
be it former MLAs Tanyong Tatak, Tapang Taloh or MPs Tapir Gao and Ninong Ering,
ahead of every election. “Every year political leaders come and give false promises
of development but after election situation remains the same,” said Karunath Pazing,
a social activist who is spearheading the boycott.
The candidates are die- trying at hustings to convince and persuade the voters (villagers)
with pledges of development and new hopes of growth, but the candidates themselves
know how true they are to their words.
Literally Sisen becomes battle ground of “blame game” as the political parties and
leaders are astutely passing the buck. The BJP state unit termed the boycott of polling
as a slap to democracy and alleged that ruling Congress has failed to fulfill people’s
aspirations. In the process, the saffron party has forgotten that former MP of East
Parliamentary Constituency was from BJP who could have at least raised the demand.
When contacted local MLA Tapang Taloh claimed that he has done enough for the area
in the developmental front and alleged that the boycott was politically motivated.
“Boycott was politically motivated led by Pazing who is a BJP sympathizer, so he
is instigating the innocent villagers,” charged Taloh.
Meanwhile, Pazing has refuted the allegation and clarified that he has no political
affiliation to any party.
In fact the reason for boycotting the poll is obvious that people apparently do not
want ‘political patting’ any more nor lips service from the authority, rather need
practical development in the village. The boycott itself is reflective in nature,
it does not show loyalty to any parties; be it the ruling Congress and the principal
opposition BJP or alternate party PPA. It is said abortive attempts were made by
the political parties to win back the villagers with huge cache of money but Sisen
does not budge.
Interestingly fuelling the turn of events, the district election officer (DEO) registered
FIR against the agitators under section of 186/187 of IPC (obstructing public servant
in discharge of public functions), declaring the protesters as defaulters.
The DEO’s move of filing FIR though not for boycotting the poll was akin to Gujarat
Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s attempt to pass law seeking compulsory voting way
back in the fag end of December 2009. According to Modi’s proposal, those who abstain
from voting would be declared as defaulter. Thanks to then Governor Kamla Beniwal
who sent back the bill on the ground that the legislation violates the Constitution
and she objected to punishment clause for those choosing not to vote. Imagine! What
would happen to our Bollywood actors and cricketers who normally evade voting, if
the act passed?
Sources in Pasighat informed that district authority is taking every possible step
to pacify the agitated villagers to persuade them into polling booth. Even it went
on to claim that the villagers have agreed to cast vote. However according to our
sources they are still stand firm on their decision but agreed to allow the polling
team to come at village.
If voting is a constitutional right, isn’t it moral responsibility of the state government
and local representative to redress the needs of its own people?
With its new way of protest, the neglected village has already broke the Arunachal’s
election jinx (vote for cash in election) and hooked up the media and authority’s
attention, now all eyes are on re-polling team how they able to persuade them to
decide their own fate.
JCB India takes pride in fulfilling dreams of young Indians!
ITANAGAR, Apr 18: Skilled manpower and knowledge are key factors for the economic
& social growth of any country. India is the second largest English-speaking nation
with a strong base of middle class consumers, our biggest strength is that we are
a young nation in a developing economy and we need to use this opportunity. A young
country means having more innovative minds, if skilled properly. To convert the growing
challenges into opportunities, India needs talented, trained, certified and skilled
manpower. However, only 2% of the total workforce in India has undergone skills training
at present. The infrastructure sector too faces a huge shortage of skilled manpower.
While the Government has put an impetus on skills training, a lot of work needs to
be done to ensure India’s young population is trained and skilled. As the infrastructure
sector sees growth, the construction equipment will also pick up thus, generating
employment for skilled manpower. According to experts, by 2020, the construction
equipment industry will need an estimated one lakh trained operators and three lakh
JCB India continues to play an instrumental part in training young people as operators,
thus creating livelihood for many. JCB along with its dealer network has set up 12
fully functional Operational Training Centers across India (Ballabgarh, Chhindwara,
Jamshedpur, Madurai, Patna, Kathmandu, Jalandhar, Pune, Raipur, Silchar, Kendrapara
and Kharagpur) and have trained over 20000 young men as operators till date.
“When I got the opportunity to join the JCB operator training program, it was like
a dream come true. This course has definitely changed my life – JCB has given me
professional success and personal harmony. My JCB has helped my children get better
education. What more can I ask for!” said Mr. Balnath Tupe from Maharashtra.
The course developed by JCB India is primarily customized for the trainees according
to their needs and requirements. The course module is simple in nature; it includes
class room training on machine operation & maintenance, features etc. along with
practical hands-on training. Apart from focusing on the quality and productivity
aspects, the trainer also emphasizes on the safety aspect of operating the machine.
“JCB India is extremely proud of its Operator Training programmes. These programs
are run on a not-for-profit basis and a nominal fee is charged to cover up the operational
expenses. Through these programmes, the scope to bring employment to the youth of
India is immense.” said Mr. Vipin Sondhi, MD & CEO, JCB India. “A 'chhotu' is a helper
who cleans the machine and aspires to be an operator one day. We train thousands
of such 'Chhotus' across India. Their aspirations take them to even higher levels
as many of them are today machine owners.”
Through your esteemed daily I would like to share that Assam forest department has
been planting seedling inside Arunachal territory at Dollungmukh which is again violation
of the order of Hon'ble Supreme Court of India to maintain status-quo till any judgement
is reached in regards to boundary row. I being one of the affected citizens of Dollungmukh,
would like to urge govt. of Arunachal and all the student unions to kindly look into
the matter and take urgent steps for permanent settlement of boundary row between
Assam and Arunachal.
Former vice president ALSU
Every Govt. employee should be treated equally
This is in response to the news item published in today’s edition of your daily under
the headline ‘Govt. approves time bound promotion to MOs and specialist doctor’.
It is noteworthy step.
But I would like to draw the attention of the government and babus of the state that
there are departments like statistics where people are sincerely serving state government
but they have no time bound promotions, inspite of their low salary. The statistic
department termed as backbone of the planning department by many, has no such regards
in real sense. Officials have been sincerely delivering their duty for the last 25
years and yet no sign of promotion anywhere. The officials go to superannuation without
any promotion in their lifetime. Where is the incentive to work hard here? The government
should provide equal opportunities to all it’s official and officers in equal term.
Everybody should get time bound promotion irrespective of the department they belong
All email and surface mails must be accompanied with contact numbers and full postal
address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.
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Forest fire major cause of concern
Every year, forest fire around capital complex causes massive loss of forest cover.
Once known for greenery, the beauty of capital complex has taken severe beating in
recent time and major cause is attributed to forest fire incidents. The hills surrounding
capital complex looks pale in absence of forest. As per the record available with
forest department maximum number of forest fire incident around capital is caused
due to human negligence. Many a time fires lit nearby house or garden goes on to
cause major damage.
On April 15 night forest fire in the adjoining area of Dariya Hills and right bank
across Sanki River lead to colossal loss of forest cover. The environment and forest
department took serious note of incident and held emergency meeting to chalk out
immediate plan to control the fire. As a result joint team of field executive staff
was formed and directed to rush to the spots and take measures to contain the situation.
The patrolling team was also put into service with necessary instructions both for
controlling the forest fire and apprehending the offenders involved in causing such
incidences in and around the capital complex. The steps initiated by environment
and forest department are appreciable. However it should be implemented in true sense
and should not remain as media hype.