April 24

ANSU seeks relief for cyclone-hit

ITANAGAR, Apr 23: A team of All Nyishi Students' Union (ANSU) visited the cyclone-hit Puchi Geko circle of Upper Subansiri district and strongly urged the authority concerned for providing immediate relief to the affected people.

ANSU in a release informed that strong wind on April 20 blew away roofs of 96 dwelling houses besides damaging properties of the villagers. The students union also demanded the authority to provide relief to the cyclone affected villagers of Gangte circle of Kurung Kumey district.


One arrested

ITANAGAR, Apr 23: One person named Ta Lapung has been arrested by the police alongwith PCR Van and Magistrate led by Mokar Riba, Circle Officer, Itanagar for erecting unauthorized wall in the campus of existing government quarter in Vivek Vihar, Itanagar.

The Deputy Commissioner Itanagar Capital Complex Mige Kamki further informed that any person taking law in his own hand by defacing, encroaching upon or damaging public property including roads, drains, etc will be dealt with strictly as per law. DIPRO


RO issues prohibitory orders

TEZU, Apr 23: Wearing or use of caps/shawls etc. with the name of political party, party symbol or slogan by any candidate, person or worker of any political party within the premises of counting centre on May 16 (on Counting Day) at Tezu has been prohibited.  The prohibitory order was issued by Dr B M Mishra, Returning Officer for 2-Arunachal East Parliamentary Constituency, Tezu  as per the  directives of Election Commission of India. Violation of the order shall be liable for prosecution under relevant sections of law, the order read.

In another executive order, the Lohit district magistrate has prohibited the assemble of person(s) or youth(s) for unwanted activities like drinking and drug consumption, breaking of bottles, glasses, bike stunts, bike racing over the bridges of Tezu Kholla Bridge/ Dura Nalla Bridge/ Dush Nallah Bridge/ Digaru Bridge/ 28th Mile Bridge/ Botanical Garden/ Arun Vihar, other vacant public place(s), field(s), river side(s) etc. under Tezu Sadar Circle. This order has been issued in order to ensure safe movement of pedestrians and to check public nuisance of all kinds. Any violation of the order shall be liable for prosecution under Section 188 IPC, the order read. DIPRO


DASU demands arrest of culprits

ITANAGAR, Apr 23: Dibang Adi Students Union (DASU) has lodged a complaint of assault and attempt to murder against some miscreants with Lower Dibang Valley Deputy Commissioner today.

According to the complaint letter, DASU said, a group of miscreant led by one Toni Meto attacked Tembang Gamno, Samuel Lego and Kangge Gamno with lethal weapons inflicting grievous injury to them without any provocation at district hospital, Roing at 3.30 am when they were looking after a maternity patient.

DASU urged the DC to look into the matter seriously and bring all the culprits to book immediately and punish them as per law.

The victim trio has also lodged an FIR against the miscreants with Officer-in-Charge of Roing Police station today demanding immediate arrest of the culprits.


Godown gutted at Pakke-Kessang

ITANAGAR, Apr 23: In a massive fire accident reportedly broke out at Pakke-Kessang EAC headquarter on Tuesday, a government old godown has been burnt to ashes.

According to onlookers fire broke out around 11 am. However, the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. Sushee Infra Pvt Ltd employees and general public tried to douse the fire but it went uncontrolled and reduced the godown to ashes.

In a release, the 12th Pakke-Kessang Youth Forum appealed to the authority to ascertain the  cause of the fire mishap.


Six houses gutted

AALO, Apr 23: At least six OBT houses were completely gutted and huge properties are reported to be lost in a devastating fire that broke out around 6 pm at PI colony here on April 22 night.

The fire that continued for three hours was put off with the help of Army, BRTF personnel and civilians.

The army personnel from 19 Grenadier Bogdo rushed to the spot and carried the fire fighting equipments including water buckets manually to the fire accident site as the place was not accessible for the fire tender. Moreover, the fire which engulfed the thick jungles and bamboo grooves located at the accident site hindered rescue operation.

Meanwhile, the district administration has worked the immediate relief of Rs. 4000 to each family of fire victims. The Indian army is also distributing food and other essential items to the victims. DIPRO


'Magistrates  are performing duty with sincerity'

ITANAGAR, Apr 23: The Polled Postal ballot box of 1-Arunachal West Parliamentary Constituency in respect of 13 - Itanagar (ST) Assembly Constituency was taken out today from the EVM Strong room at Siddhartha Hall, Itanagar under the strict vigil of the Deputy Commissioner-cum-RO Itanagar Mige Kamki, DC-cum-DEO Papumpare Ashok Kumar and N. Chatung, SDO Itanagar-cum-Strong Room in-charge amidst tight security and in the presence of the representatives of various political parties. After taking out the ballot box, the strong room was properly re-sealed and the ballot box was further dispatched to the RO 1- Arunachal West Parliamentary Constituency escorted by Hento Karga EAC cum Nodal Officer Postal Ballot of 13- Itanagar.

Later, the RO also informed that magistrates are already deployed at Siddhartha Hall and are rigorously performing their duty 24x7 with sincerity and dedication to ensure that there is no discrepancy in the election process. DIPRO


St.Thomas Residential School celebrates World Earth Day

ITANAGAR, Apr 23: St. Thomas Residential School, Damsite, Naharlagun observed World Earth Day to spread the message to the world that serious concern should be made within no time to make our life on earth safe.

Highlighting the importance of observing the day, school principal R Rejeesh said that children can also contribute tremendously in this regard. He proclaimed the children to do what is possible for them at least by planting trees, making parents aware of rain water harvesting, and to avoid the use of plastic etc. He also said that we should think about the future generations when we harm our mother earth.

A drawing competition was also conducted among the children, on the topic "Save Our Mother Earth" as a part of the day-long celebration.


DC holds development meeting with HoDs

SEPPA, Apr 23: Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kumar Singh had a maiden developmental meeting with HoDs in DCs chamber, Seppa yesterday.

Singh while interacting with the HoDs and enquiring them of the schemes and projects of their respective departments sought whole hearted support and co-operation for successful implementation. He urged them to carry out the schemes with utmost sincerity with proper follow-up action so as to provide services to the people while reminding the HoDs of the Govt. order. He said that HoDs should not leave the station (Seppa) without proper intimation to DC.

Meanwhile, DC congratulated the Govt. officers who have contributed their services for success of the ongoing election process. DIPRO


JPYWA prohibits fishing, hunting

ITANAGAR Apr 23: In a bid to protect wildlife and natural resources, Jote Panchayat Youth Welfare Association (JPYWA) has resolved to ban hunting, fishing and collecting forest resources like timber from its locality area. Violator would be penalized as per association resolution, a JPYWA release said.


News Impact

MHA directs Assam Govt. to stop encroachment at Tarasso

ITANAGAR, Apr 23: While taking serious note of encroachment activities being carried out by Assam authority at Tarasso inside Arunachal territory, the union ministry of home affairs yesterday wrote to the Chief Secretary of Assam to immediately stop construction work and called for maintaining status quo. Ajay Kanoujia, director, North East, ministry of home affairs in his letter wrote, “It is requested to kindly sort out the issue in consultation with the govt. of Arunachal Pradeesh. A report in the matter may be kindly sent to home ministry at the earliest.”

Earlier principal secretary, home, govt. of Arunachal Pradesh had written to union home ministry informing them about illegal activities carried out inside Arunachal territory at Tarasso by Assam authorities and urging for direction to stop the work. The letter drew the attention of the ministry on the reported sanction of an amount of Rs 19 lakh by the Assam government for erection of forest protection camps in the area.

The letter also appealed for a team of MHA be sent to the Tarasso area to ascertain the ground realities. The boundary clash at Tarasso had claimed 12 lives in the month of January. Despite the volatile situation, Assam authorities few days back started work to construct forest camp inside Arunachal territory which has further worsened the situation.



Tourism Dept signs MoU with Indian Railways

ITANAGAR, Apr 23: In order to boost tourism sector in Arunachal Pradesh, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Department of Tourism, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh and Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd. (IRCTCL)

The MoU was signed by Dr. Joram Beda, Secretary Tourism and John Lepcha, regional manager, IRCTC Ltd today in the Directorate of Tourism office in a modest ceremony. Taru Talo Director Tourism, Tage Buda, Deputy Director Tourism and other senior officers of IRCTCL were present during signing of the MoU.

After signing of the MoU, the team of officials visited the newly constructed and now operational railway station at Yupia to explore the feasibility of opening tourism facilitating centre in the railway station premises.

IRCTC has decided to tie up with the Govt of Arunachal Pradesh to provide value added Tour Packages Services and booking facilities in an Arunachal Pradesh.



The Crossing Bridges’ wins Rajat Kamal Award

ITANAGAR, Apr 23:  The Crossing Bridges, feature film in Sherdukpen language was awarded the prestigious Rajat Kamal award for direction in the 61st National Film Award- 2013.

The award comprising Rs 1 lakh each for the producer and director was announced on April 16 last.

Film's director and script writer Sange Dorjee Thongdok and producer TNT Films Production have been invited to receive the honour from President of India Pranab Mukharje at a function at New Delhi on May 3 next, according to a letter received from Directorate of Film Festivals, Government of India.

The first ever film in Arunachalee language to receive nation award it was chosen under 'Best feature film in the language specified other than Schedule-VIII of the Constitution'.

The one hour and forty four minutes film in Sherdukpen language tells about a story of a young man working with a multi-national company in Mumbai loses his job due to financial meltdown and returns home but fails to get placement again to be ultimately returning to his roots to lead the life like any Arunachalee in any remote and inaccessible part of this Himalayan state.

Overwhelmed at the news of Rajat Kamal Award won by The Crossing Bridges, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today congratulated its director-script writer Sange Dorjee Thongdok, saying this is tips of the iceberg and the film world could expect many breakthroughs in times to come.

"That is why the state government has decided to encourage and promote state's budding filmmakers to be part of the global film industry that could ensure name, fame and money", Tuki said in a statement from New Delhi.     

IPR secretary Dani Salu, has also congratulated the director and producer for showcasing as to how Arunachalees maintain their rich culture and tradition despite leading a very strenuous hard life. Salu is likely to accompany Thongdok for receiving the award.  

Thongdok, who graduated from Kolkata-based Satyajit Ray Film Institute in 2008, made the best use of his calibre by venturing into new arena and succeeded in his maiden attempt, Salu said and wished him success in all his future attempts.

Thongdok should be emulated by the budding filmmakers, who are being promoted by the state government through its various steps including organising Film Festival for the second consecutive year and proposed a Film Development Corporation. DIPR



Fire devours 32 houses at Wakka

ITANAGAR, Apr 23: A devastating fire gutted 32 dwelling houses and six ware houses at Wakka village in Longding Monday.

Fortunately, there was no report of any loss of life. Most of the villagers were out working in the field when the fire broke out at around 11 am, informed Wakka ZPM Matpho Kolong.

An electric short circuit is suspected to be the cause of the fire but the actual cause and the total loss suffered due to the incident were yet to be ascertained.

The fire was brought to control after more than four hours of joint efforts by public, Assam Rifles and fire brigade from Khonsa, which reached the spot at 3 pm.

The fire also caused partial damage to many houses and killed several domestic animals.

Meanwhile, the District Administration has swung into the action and distributed immediate relief to the victims.

The Chief of Wakka has directed the villagers to contribute for quick rehabilitation of the victims while the chief of Nginu village have asked the villagers of Nginu and Ngissa contribute materials required for reconstruction of house of the victims.

Meanwhile, Wakka ZPM along with Panchayat leaders have visited the victims and distributed immediate relief.

A team of Longding Students' Union headed by President Manlem Wangsu also met the victims. While distributing some relief items to them, he appealed to all to contribute generously for the victims.

The Chandan Women Welfare Society of Wakka appealed to all public, officials, youths, NGOs, well wishers to help and contribute for the affected people in this hour of need.



Governor visits Poma Bamboo Processing Centre

ITANAGAR, April 23: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma visited Bamboo Processing Centre, a Raj Bhawan Initiative at Poma Village near here today. Accompanied by the First Lady of the State, Jyotsna Sharma, Governor visited different sections of the centre, including exhibition stall and charcoal kiln installed at processing unit.

Interacting with the officials, artisans and Gaon Burahs, Governor emphasized on revamping the centre by improving the existing asset. He advised them to take it up as proper commercial venture, while expressing his hope that the centre will go a long way in augmentation of socio-economy of the rural community.

Governor said that production of any produce including horticulture products, handloom and handicrafts are available in Arunachal Pradesh but marketing is a challenge. He asked the officials to explore marketing options and avenues.  Governor said that focus must be to ensure that whatever the people, especially rural communities produced must be marketed. It can be done, only if the people stress on creating whatever can be marketed for economical viability.    

Referring to railway connection, Governor encouraged the people for bulk production as the transportation cost will be reduced to large extend.    

Millo Tago, Managing Director, Arunachal Pradesh Forest Corporation Ltd. briefed the Governor on the present status of Centre, which was inaugurated by the then Governor, Gen (Retd) JJ Singh on 18th August 2009. The centre was created by the State Government and handed over to the Village Development Society to run it. The Chairperson of Poma Village Development Society Techi Ana, who is also the Poma Anchal Samiti Member, also apprised the Governor on the centre. She suggested for transforming the centre into a full-fledged training centre.

Earlier, on their arrival to the village, the Governor and First Lady of the State were accorded a traditional reception led by Techi Ana and Goan Burahs.

General Managers of Arunachal Pradesh Forest Corporation Ltd. Gumtum Rime and T. Riba, officials from Industries and Textiles & Handicraft, and Upper Balijan Zila Parishad Member Golo Takam were present along with villagers of Poma Jotte areas during the visit. PRO to Governor.



Poll official’s mysterious death gets no headway


PASIGHAT, Apr 23: More than two weeks have passed but police are yet to make any headway in the death case of polling official Mathew Dabi.

The police, after registering a case (U/D Case No- 14/ 2014), launched investigation but yet to find a lead in the mysterious death case.

Dabi, a native of Namey village under Nari circle in East Siang was deputed as polling officer at Siine village polling station under 35- Pangin Assembly constituency. His decomposed body was recovered from a gorge near Siine village by police on April 17 after he went missing on April nine.

East Siang Superintendent of Police, Devender Arya informed that besides a magisterial inquiry, investigation is being conducted by a team of police led by a DSP rank officer in to the unnatural death case. Statements of the co-polling officials and presiding officer have been taken by the investigating officer, he said.

Moreover, the local police and GBs have been assigned to conduct further inquiry at their levels to unearth the truth behind the incident.

"Police during inquest found no major external or stab injury on the deceased's body. The actual cause of death can be ascertained only after the biopsy and forensic laboratory report are received. We have sent 11 viscera samples for forensic examination which will take at least three months," said the SP.

According to police, Dabi was attending polling duty under alcoholic intoxication and he had an altercation with the presiding officers and polling agents before leaving the polling booth. Police had received a missing complaint from his family on the next day and started search operation in the area.

But, the deceased's family, in now way, is ready to believe the police statement. They claim it is an intentional murder influenced by political conspiracy.

Referring to some circumstantial evidences and reports from the local villagers at Boleng, the family men claimed that miscreants might have kidnapped and took him away to fulfill their ill intention.

Meanwhile, the people of Nari including the members of Galo Student Union, Ramle Banggo Welfare Society, Ramle Banggo Adi Peoples Forum have demanded the district administration to institute a high level inquiry into the mysterious death case. They further demanded the authority to grant compensation as per legitimate rule and to assure job for the deceased's wife.



CoSAAP calls for speedy  probe into death of poll official

ITANAGAR, Apr 23: A  delegation of Confederation of Service Associations of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP) today called on chief secretary cum principal secretary (home) Dharmendra Sharma at his office  and requested him to personally monitor the mysterious death case of Mathew Dabi, a teacher who died recently while on poll duty. A native of Namey village under Nari circle, the 43-year-old junior teacher Dabi was deputed as polling officer at Siine village polling station under Boleng circle of  Pangin Assembly constituency. Police recovered his body from a deep gorge near Siine village on April 17, eight days after he had gone missing on the polling day on April nine.

CoSAAP expressed its strong resentment over delay in recovering the body of late Mathew and   termed it as cold-blooded murder. The CoSAAP urged the state Govt and East Siang district administration to unearth the truth behind the mysterious death of Dabi at the earliest.

While appreciating the constitution of magisterial enquiry into the case, the Association urged the CS to personally monitor the case to find out the reason behind the death at the earliest and to punish wrong doers if any. It threatened to launch non-cooperation on counting day if the Govt fails to take any tangible action before May 16.

Meanwhile, the CS informed the delegation that action has already been initiated by constituting an enquiry committee to unearth the truth behind the death. The post-mortem report is awaited from the forensic laboratory, Guwahati which may take few days time, the CS reportedly said and requested all concerned to cooperate the investigating team  in this regard.   



Upper Siang administration holds meet on town cleanliness, law & order

YINGKIONG Apr 23: The Deputy Commissioner of Upper Siang District Dr. Tariq Thomas and Tage Habung SP held interactive session with the Yingkiong Bazaar Committee members, Executive Members of All Upper Siang District Women Welfare Society yesterday at Conference Hall of the Deputy Commissioner.

The purpose of the meeting was on cleanliness drive of the Yingkiong township in general and Upper /Lower/Meat Market in particular. The second point was concerning law and order and security of the shopkeepers in particular.

The Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police informed the members that miscreants and buglers have frequently looted goods from different shops on different occasions in midnight hours and shopkeepers have been facing constant pressure from students unions and organizations demanding unauthorized donations.

The Deputy Commissioner informed that he has strictly prohibited all forms of unauthorized donations. Dr. Thomas asked all shopkeepers, shop owners to cooperatively to resist those who attempt to collect donations from them and further instructed the shopkeepers to open and close- the shops in fixed time to avoid unwanted incident.

The members of meeting unanimously resolved to conduct social service on every Saturday from May next.

The DC further informed that duo DC and SP always do support the cause of the welfare of the people and added that both can be contacted by telephone whenever and wherever emergency arises.

Adong Pertin EAC(Dev), Olom Apang UPO attending the meeting also suggested few points on cleanliness, beautification of Yingkiong township and safe and security of the shopkeepers. DIPRO



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APST inspiring other govt. departments  

Most of the revenue earning departments of Arunachal has been repeatedly failing to generate enough money, forcing state government to totally depend on central fund to carry out developmental activities. Departments like tourism, horticulture, environment and forest, tax & excise which is all considered to be potential revenue generation organs of state has not been able to achieve the desired target. In the midst of all this, the news about Arunachal Pradesh State Transport (APST) Service collecting a whopping amount of Rs 16.20 crore revenue during the 2013-14 fiscal year, will sure bring smile to the face of every citizen of this state.

It is dream of every Arunachalee to be self sufficient in every field so that we don’t have to depend on Delhi government to initiate any developmental activities. APST has surpassed its earlier record of revenue collection. During the 2012-13 financial years, they had collected Rs 15.40 crore. The present team led by its General Manager Abu Tayeng deserves appreciation for such achievement. Huge chunk of Arunachalee citizen especially those living in interior area still depend on APST for transportation. It is for the interest of these Arunachalees that APST should continue running bus services and churn out revenue too. In true sense they have become an example for every govt. department to emulate.

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Govt. officials are lazy

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to highlight the problems faced by common man due to absenteeism and laziness of the officials and staffs of various department in East Siang district. I had submitted a form to get ST certificate and my friend had applied for permit from Forest department Pasighat on March-03-2014.The staffs of the concerned office directed me to come after one week i.e. on 10-03-14.

As directed I went back on 10th March (Monday), again the staff told me,"abhi saab nai he,ek safta ke baad kabar karo". Since then I have travelled from Mebo to Pasighat more than dozen times resulting in the loss of my precious time and hard earned money. Hoping to get my work done before general election, I again went to forest office on 05-04-14, to my utter dismay again the officials directed me to come after election vote cast is over. And now after the election is over they are directing me to come after the results are out. I would like to ask is there a rule that no official works be continued before election results are out. If yes, it’s okay, if no then I urge the deputy commissioner East Siang district to take strong action against those erring officials.



Mebo village



Let us keep our capital clean and green

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed daily I would like to appeal the state forest department and district magistrate to take precaution before it is too late. Now a day we the general public of  twin capital always see smoke in sky instead of clean clouds. Due to devastating forest fire around the surrounding of capital, those who resides near forest also live in fear that any time this devastating fire can swallow their resident and make them homeless. Forest fire is also deeply affecting wild animal. Everyday lots of flora and fauna are getting damaged. We on behalf of entire youth of twin capital request entire people of capital to stop deforestation and keep our capital green. Strict action should be taken against those people who burn forest for cultivation.


Bengia  Nachung


Capital Youth






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