ITANAGAR, Apr 1: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has out rightly denounced
and condemned the objectionable remarks made by Union Minister Giriraj Singh on Congress
President Sonia Gandhi at Hajipur, Bihar on Tuesday.
Singh said that if former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had married a "Nigerian woman...
would the Congress have accepted her as its president?"
While terming the remarks as blatant and racist Tuki said that “Such remarks are
not only an insult to the pluralistic ethos of the country but also go a long way
in reflecting the gender and racial prejudices of a Union Minister who has taken
an oath of allegiance to the Constitution. The people of the country owe an immediate
apology from the Minister for violating his constitutional propriety”.
The Chief Minister lamented that invoking a past Prime Minister’s marital life just
to earn political points has taken the level of political discourse in the country
to a new low. He termed this as a very irresponsible act which has hurt the sentiments
of the millions of Congress workers across the country. (CMO, Media Cell)
Meanwhile, APCC President Padi Richo has vehemently condemned the racist comment
made by Union Minister Giriraj Singh on Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
In a statement, Richo questioned the BJP leadership of encouraging such habitual
offenders who have several records in the past of delivering loose and unethical
While demanding public apology from the Minister, the APCC President called upon
the Prime Minister and BJP Party President Amit Shah to take strict action against
“Such political leaders do not enjoy the liberty to stay as Union Minister who for
merely getting political mileage can go as low by delivering gender and racial attack
against the President of the country’s oldest National Party”, Richo assertively
Rain fails to dampen Itanagar book fair
ITANAGAR, Apr 1: Heavy downpour in the early hours kept away most of the book lovers
from visiting the Itanagar book fair in IG Park here today. However, business picked
up as usual in the half time as the rains receded and the added bonanza of a pleasant
weather kept the spirits buoyant. In overall, the stall keepers said they did a satisfactory
business in spite of the cloudy weather.
With the recently concluded board exams, a positive development was the increase
in the number of students thronging the fair. Apart from books, visitors also can
buy knick knacks from different stalls.
Tamiyo Taga, Leader of Opposition, AP Legislative Assembly who earlier visited the
fair said he really appreciated the National Book Trust of India for organizing this
event and hoped it would be made into an annual fair.
State govt is the real extortionist: union
ITANAGAR, Apr 1: The All Papum Pare District Students Union (APPDSU) while charging
state government as the real extortionist has also urged upon the various organizations
of the state to introspect over their way of functioning.
Union has taken positive view of the statement of Home Minister Tanga Byaling wherein
he termed unions as extortionists. In a press release issued, APPDSU stated that
home minister’s statement is an eye opener for those associations, unions, organization,
NGOs etc who are indulging in such illegal activities.
They appealed all such organizations to refrain from continuing such act.
However, APPDSU alleged that whenever any unions, associations or organizations raise
any important issues, it is state government who lures them to compromise through
“Home Minister has forgotten the role of state government in dealing with groups.
Fact is that govt. calls the leaders of union, organization, association etc to make
negotiations about the issues or demand placed by them. Sometimes they try to suppress
the issues or demands through some high profile businessman, high ranking officers
and through relationship or based on communal ground as well,” the APPDSU claimed.
Further union added, “Sometimes they black mail the union leaders warning about consequences
of raising issue and sometimes they black mail by citing about future scope.”
“When govt. appeals the organization to compromises about issue, they give it legal
term of negotiations. And if union or organizations are called for through discussion
of the issue they raised, the state govt. or officer gives illegal term of extortion.
When politicians or officers take bribe in open broad day light they give a legal
term as official expenditure. But when common public or an organization seeks contribution
from anybody else they term it as extortion. They can do whatever they wish and term
it legal but when common public do, they declare it as illegal. Is it justified to
term unions as an extortionist? We say state govt. is the extortionist," APPDSU added.
Meanwhile, Arunachal Youth Organisation has termed the statement of the Home Minister
as unfortunate. While calling on the Home Minister to apologize, they called on the
Home minister to substantiate his allegation.
BJP national executive meet at Bengaluru
ITANAGAR, Apr 1: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National Executive meeting is going
to be held at Bengaluru (Karnataka) from April 2 to 4. The party’s top brass from
across the country would attend the meeting, which would be addressed by Prime Minister,
Narendra Modi and BJP President, Amit Shah and others.
From Arunachal Pradesh, State BJP president Tai Tagak, Leader of Opposition Tamiyo
Taga (MLA), former MP & National Executive Member, Tapir Gao and MoS for Home Affairs,
Kiren Rijiju are attending in the National Executive.
On the first day, a meeting of the state BJP Presidents, General Secretaries (Orgn)
and State Prabharies with the Central Office bearers will be held. This would be
followed by National Executive meeting on April 03-04, according to party release.
7 lakh signatures collected for inclusion of karate in Tokyo 2020
ITANAGAR, Apr 1: During the 34th National High School Karate Championships, Japan,
one Rita Usami has collected 700 000 signatures to support the inclusion of karate
in 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Antonio Espinos, Chairman of World Karate Federation, thanked all for the support
for “Karate in Tokyo 2020? campaign, informed Karate Association of India Vice President
It is pertinent to mention here that karate is widely played throughout Arunachal
Pradesh and is one of the most popular sports in the state.
ABK WW demands early arrest of alleged rapist
PASIGHAT, Apr 1: Adi Bane Kebang Women Wing (ABK WW), East Siang unit in a memorandum
to the Deputy Commissioner has appealed for early arrest of Batem Gao, who allegedly
raped a class X student.
While denouncing such act as most heinous and reprehensible, ABK WW has sought for
most stringent punishment to the offender.
A team of ABK WW unit met the girl and her family last evening at Gune Village and
gave assurance to extend all possible help from ABK WW in getting justice. They also
appealed to the district administration to extend some financial assistance to the
victim under the provision of the state government for such victims.
Meanwhile, SP East Siang Superintendent of Police D. Arya informed that police has
launched manhunt to arrest the absconding alleged accused.
Land dispute cases disposed
ITANAGAR, Apr 1: Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner Mige Kamki, has disposed of
two long-pending major land dispute cases in an Open Darbar here today.
The land dispute case between the Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary,
Nirjuli versus Tallar Tagru and others Under Section 12 of the AP Public Premises
(Eviction of un-authorized Occupants) Act; and the second case between one Hari Taro
versus State of Arunachal Pradesh, in which a large number of stakeholders, including
IRBn, Police under Home Department, UD and Housing Department, Govt. of Arunachal
Pradesh and villagers were claimants, have been settled by the Deputy Commissioner
in an open Darbar today, informed EAC Habung Lampung in an official release.
Encroachment of school land causes concern
ITANAGAR, Apr 1: A meeting was held to discuss various issues and problems of Govt.
Hr. Sec. School, Doimukh today. The meeting, which was held under the chairmanship
of School Management Committee Chairman Tana Rekhi Tara, took serious note of the
encroachment of school land. The meeting also discussed on the need to maintenance
of teachers’ quarters and rules and regulations for the coming academic session 2015-16.
ZPM Tana Yayo, Vice Chairman (SMC), has assured to take up the issues with the appropriate
Principal of the school Nyagi Riba was appreciated by all for conducting the meeting
well before for the coming academic session to address these problems.
Doimukh ASM, the teachers and SMC members were present in the meeting.
ITANAGAR, Apr 1: The proprietor of M/s TR Enterprises, Aalo termed the allegation
leveled against him and his enterprises as false and fabricated saying that the allegations
were made out of frustration by some people with vested interests.
Clarifying the news item that appeared in this daily and sections of local dailies
on Wednesday that his firm was a black-listed one, the proprietor of the firm stated
that his name appeared in the PDS scam because he was a carriage contractor of the
same. There are more than 200 individuals and enterprises alleged in PDS scam, but
none of them has been blacklisted by any competent court or any state department
till date, he claimed.
He further clarified that his firm was not awarded Mid Day Meal (MDM) carriage/supply
works during the by-poll of the 27th Liromoba Assembly constituency when election
code of conduct was in force. His enterprise was approved for carriage/distribution
works on February 23, 2015 after the declaration of the by-poll election result by
the District Administration on merit, the proprietor claimed.
In reply to the question made by the complainants that "how could the DC or district
food and civil supplies officer issues experience certificate to a blacklisted firm
with a terrible record" the proprietor of the firm said that he did not seek for
any experience certificate in the department in which he does not work with or the
department cannot issue experience certificate to those enterprises to which they
never award any works.
Magistrate issues detention order
TEZU, Apr 1: Lohit District Magistrate has issued detention order to one Ruplal Shahani
yesterday under the Arunachal Pradesh Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 2014.
Based on facts and evidences provided by District Police, the District Magistrate
Dr. BM Mishra has issued the order to prevent further involvement of Shahani in any
kinds of unlawful activities.
Meanwhile, Superintendent of Police added that Shahani was apprehended by the Tezu
Police at multiple occasions in past for receiving stolen properties consisting of
G.I. Pipes, PL Poles etc at his scrap dumps and after detention the cases of theft
of telephone posts with wire, electrical wire, house construction rods etc was trimmed
down to a great extent. DIPRO
IMC councilor demands construction school boundary
ITANAGAR, Apr 1: Expressing shock and grief over mysterious death of Tani Tana, a
student of Govt. ME School Itanagar, Councilor of Itanagar Municipality (Ward No
12) Yumlam Minu has appealed to the Itanagar Police to conduct a thorough inquiry
into the case to unearth the truth behind the death.
The body of Tana was found in a mysterious condition in the toilet of the school
The Councilor also appealed to the relatives and public to co-operate with police
in their investigation into the case.
Meanwhile, the Councilor has said that the school premise is becoming a safe haven
for criminal activities during the night hours due to absence of boundary wall and
She said, had requested in written to the education department in August, 2013, January
and July, 2014 to construct boundary wall with gate besides other infrastructure
in the school to avoid such incidents but to no avail.
She hoped the education department, this time, will take the matter seriously and
construct boundary wall with gate and provide other necessary infrastructure in the
Govt. ME School.
Student’s Union distributes relief materials to fire victims
AALO, Apr 1: The Kebo-Gambo Student’s Union distributed Buckets, Mugs and other
utensils to fire victims of Tumbin village yesterday.
Meanwhile, president of the Kebo-Gambo Welfare Society Dr Taking Gammi who visited
Tumbin village four times after fire accident also provided relief materials for
fire victims. He expressed his gratitude to General Administration, Adi Baane Kebang
and its frontal wings like Adi Baane Kebang Youth Wing and Adi Students Union (Adisu)
for their generous help to Tumbin fire victims.
APPDSU reiterates demand
ITANAGAR, Apr 1: While reacting to the clarification of Education Minister, the Papum
Pare District Students Union (APPDSU) today reiterated its demand for his resignation
for ‘free and fair investigation’.
Refuting the allegations, Education Minister Tapang Taloh had earlier termed all
allegations leveled against him as baseless, concocted and without an iota of truth.
Taloh had said that those who are indulging in corruption would ultimately face the
music sooner or later.
However, APPDSU in a release today said “ we nullify the statement and request him
to resign from the post ‘till he proves himself innocent.’
Meanwhile, APPDSU strongly condemned the move of police personnel and the district
administration to arrest the ANSU executive members on 28th March under Arunachal
Pradesh Unlawful Activities Prevention Act 2014. Terming the Unlawful activities
Act unjustified, the Union said “The Constitution of India has already enacted many
laws and provisions to prevent criminal or unlawful activities. “It is just a state
Govt's policy to suppress the voice of a common public, organisation, Union, NGOs,
Associations etc who raise voice against atrocities of the State Govt,” the Union
India to approach Bhutan for early clearance of Guwahati-Tawang connectivity
TAWANG, Apr 1: India may again approach Bhutan for an early clearance to a crucial
road passing through its territory that connects strategically important Tawang with
Guwahati as the neighbouring country has put on hold the project apparently due to
fear of antagonizing China.
If Bhutan allows construction of a 15-km road between Tashigang in its territory
with Lumla in Tawang in Arunachal, Guwahati will be connected with Tawang thereby
reducing 200 kilometres distance while the travel time will decrease by over six
Official sources said the Bhutan government has recently conveyed to India that "it
needs more time" to decide on the project connecting Lumla-Tashigang.
The sources said the issue was also raised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during
his trip to Bhutan-- the first foreign visit undertaken by him after becoming the
They said External Affairs Ministry Sushma Swaraj has been requested by political
representatives from Arunachal Pradesh to convince Bhutan about the benefits it will
bring to the economy of that country besides curtailing travel time between strategically
important Tawang and Guwahati.
The sources said one of the reasons behind the position taken by Bhutan could be
the fear of China as Beijing has been claiming Tawang and Arunachal Pradesh as its
"Only a patch of 15 kilometres of Lumla-Tashigang road has not been completed by
Bhutan. If this is completed, Tawang will have much better connectivity with Guwahati.
The travel time will reduce by six hours and travel distance will reduce by 200 kilometres,"
Arunachal Pradesh Tourism Minister Pema Khandu told PTI here.
The distance between strategically important Tawang to Guwahati, which is the hub
of resources in Northeast, is 600 kilometres and is covered after over 16 hours of
arduous road journey through Bhalukpong and Tezpur. The hilly road also includes
crossing of Sela Pass which is at an altitude of about 14,000 ft and is closed in
"The road through Lumla-Tashigang will be a much easier affair than crossing Sela
Pass. It will not only help Tawang residents to reach Guwahati but also help in reopening
the age old border trade between Bhutan and Tawang," Khandu said.
People here are dependant on Guwahati which is the main source of good medical facilities
and rail connectivity in the North Eastern region. The costly helicopter service
is dependant on fickle weather which frequently changes and brings air traffic to
a halt. PTI
Arunachal State Hospital in deplorable condition
ITANAGAR, Apr 1: The pathetic condition of Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun,
is making life miserable for everyone including patients, hospital staff and visitors.
Poor sanitation, leaking wall and constant theft in the hospital wards are few of
the problems haunting the premier hospital of the state.
The wall of female ward which is located in the newly constructed building is cracking
already and due to it, rain water is pouring inside the ward.
“Female ward is flooded by rain water due to leakage in the wall and the ceiling.
During winter season, wind seeps through and makes life tough for everyone. This
is the condition of the new building which was constructed very recently,” shared
The hospital premise is flooded in rainy days due to lack of drainage system, thus
becoming the hub of spreading various diseases not only among the patients but employees
of the hospital.
That apart, there has been increase in the number of thefts inside the wards.
“Almost every week there is burglary in the wards. It is an open ward and there
are no guards. About a month back, a man lost Rs 1 lakh and a cell phone. Later,
he found his empty bag in the ward’s toilet,” shared a staff of the hospital.
On the other hand, even though the numbers of patients are increasing, the hospital
has failed to increase their manpower.
“We need more staff in sanitation department. As summer is approaching, if hospital
is not kept clean, the patient as well as hospital itself will be at risk.”
All departments seem hard-pressed with work due to lesser number of employees. One
examples are the over worked nurses.
“The ratio of the nurses and patients in a general ward is roughly 1 nurse per 6
patients. But in our hospital, it is 1 nurse for 20 patients or sometimes 1 for 10
patients. Nurses get stressed due to workload and no wonder people say govt. nurses
are rude,” said a staff of hospital.
The poor state of affairs of the premier hospital of Arunachal where patients come
from every nook and corner of state does not augur well. Health department has lot
to answer for.
Death of 10-yr-old boy triggers anger
ITANAGAR, Apr 1: The mysterious death of a 10-year-old boy master Tani Tana, son
of Tani Taji of Tungmar Village under police station Sangram in Kra Daadi district
(the PS jointly shared by two districts) has triggered anger among the people, as
the condemnations pour in from the various organisations. The body of Late Tana
was found reportedly from a toilet of Government Middle School ESS Sector Itanagar
Late Tani Tana was a student of Class-1 at Government ME School ESS Sector Itanagar;
he was staying with his relative. According to the police source, prima facie, it
appears to be a murder case. However, the post mortem report is yet to come and
matter is under investigation, the police added.
Leading from the front, All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) strongly condemned
the incident and urged the authority to nab the culprits at the earliest. AAPSU
also expressed concern over the growing crime rate in the state particularly in Capital
Outraged with the incident, All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) stated that home department
has to provide security to each individual in the state. ANSU also demanded the law
enforcing agency to arrest the culprit responsible for the death of ten years-old
Joining the condemnations, All Nyishi Youth Association (Capital Complex Unit),
All Tali Area Students’ Union, All Tali Pip Sorang Youth Welfare Association also
demanded the authority to trace the murderer and give exemplary punishment for heinous
Shocked by the incident, All Tatung Welfare Society sent a representation to the
Parliamentary Secretary Home seeking justice for the deceased boy. The organisations
also expressed heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family.
‘Take steps to avoid awkward incident’
ITANAGAR, Apr 1: Referring to the recent incident of arrest of two BSNL officials
in Seppa, the Joint Action Committee of Unions and Associations of BSNL Executives
and Non Executives requested the appropriate authority to take up necessary follow
up action so that such type of embarrassing incidents can be avoided.
The Joint Action Committee (JAC), in a press statement claimed that the incident
(of arrest of two officials) was a clear case of misuse of power by the CJM, Seppa
and violation of human rights.
His filing of a suomoto case against the BSNL officers indicates personal vengeance,
discrimination and victimization, the statement said.
“A dispute regarding outstanding dues on a telephone connection between a consumer
and a telecom service provider, which was to be settled at the District Consumer
Forum, was instead converted into a cheating case against the two innocent officers
of BSNL only to harass them as BSNL had refused to provide the broadband connection
unless the outstanding dues were cleared,” it said.
This kind of unfortunate incident will not only lower the morale of the BSNL staff
but also discourage other employees to serve in the state since most of the BSNL
employees serving in Arunachal Pradesh are from different parts of the country, the
Meanwhile, the Joint Action Committee has expressed gratitude to the administration
and local groups of Seppa for their support in getting the two employees released
ANSU lambasts HM, dares him to make records public
ITANAGAR, Apr 1: Students leaders have accused the Home Minister of resorting to
cheap generalisation to misguide the general public. All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU)
was reacting to Home Minister Byaling’s statement that all Unions in the state are
Terming his statement “unwanted and immature” they asked the Home Minister to come
on record with the names of those involved in extortion.
ANSU said that the statement was disrespectful towards the unions and organisations
who have been working for the well-being of the people of the state.
The students further added that the Home Minister with dictatorial and immature nature
is not fit to hold such highly responsible and respectable post.
Unions are being formed in the state to counter the corrupt system, the Union added.
ANSU while furnishing a list further said that Law and order in the state is deteriorating
day by day under the inefficient leadership of Tanga Byaling, Home Minister.
They cited the example of 10-year-old school boy of Government Middle School, ESS
sector Itanagar who was found allegedly murdered, professional extortionist threatening
officers, two women of Dollugmukh being arrested by Assam police and forest officials,
alleged murder of Assistant Professor of Don Bosco college and forging of signature
of the Chief Minister.
Home Minister is busy issuing immature statement against unions and associations
instead of improving law and order problem of the state, it said.
It further questioned the statement of Byaling on Pre-Paid Energy Metering. The Home
minister had termed the ANSU opposition to the metering system as politically motivated.
It denied that students are not politically motivated while daring Tanga Byaling
to make all details public.
The scheme is anti-people; the union said while asking the Home Minister why he is
so keen on its implementation. The students are adamant that Byaling resigns unless
the pre-paid energy metering system is withdrawn.
Pinch pleads for special assistance to tap enormous agri potentials
ITANAGAR, Apr 1: Arunachal Pradesh Agriculture Marketing Board (APAMB) chairman N.
Pinch has appealed to the Central Govt to provide financial assistance to APAMB
in the form of corpus fund or special assistance.
During his six days visit to New Delhi recently, Pinch called on Union Agriculture
Minister Radha Mohan Singh, MoS for Home, Kiren Rijiju, members of Niti Aayog and
other officials of agriculture ministry and department of agriculture and cooperation
and requested them to extend financial assistance to tap enormous agriculture potentials
of the state.
Explaining in detailed about the aims and objectives of the formation of the APAMB
and its activities, Pinch , also an former MLA, in his representation to the Central
Govt said that the need of the hour is an effective marketing system. “Today
agriculture is more of a commercial aspect, progressive farmers are not after subsidies,
all they want is assured ‘ Market’, Pinch said while emphasizing on post-harvest
management such as scientific harvesting, controlled storage facilities, value addition,
processing and efficient supply chain management of their produce.
“A major boost in our agri and allied production is only possible, if we assure the
producers that their products will at least get assured market at viable profit,
if not the best price,’ he said adding that initiatives to provide marketing facilities
for agri produces will put Arunachal Pradesh in the national and international map
in agri and allied sectors.
Pointing out the 60-70 per cent population of state is the major agri stakeholders,
APAMB chairman further said that streamlining the agriculture marketing will directly
create meaningful employment and attract large number of unemployed youths in agri
Pinch also had a meeting with Dr. K I Meetai, Director, Institute of Cooperative
Management (ICM) at Guwahati, yesterday on collaborative approach.
Khonsa, Tawang APST stations cross revenue target
ITANAGAR, Apr 1: The Arunachal Pradesh State Transport (APST) is doing its best in
generating revenue. Beating all odds, the Khonsa APST Station of Tirap district has
reportedly achieved the 111 percent of revenue collection for the year 2014-15.
The Tawang State Transport Service Station has also reason to smile as it has successfully
collected an amount of Rs 34, 44818 (Thirty four lakhs, fourty four thousand eight
hundred eighteen rupees only) exceeding the target with 103 percent for the year
2014-15, informed Assistant Station Superintendent T. Taggu.
The whopping collection of revenue is due to induction of two more new buses provided
by Tourism Minister Pema Khandu from his MLA LAD fund, informed Taggu. “Without GM
Abu Tayeng’s guidance and support, the rare achievement could have not been possible,”
When contacted, APST General Manager Abu Tayeng expressed happiness over the achievement.
Appreciating Tourism Minister Pema Khandu for providing two new buses in Tawang
leading to generation of more revenue, Tayeng opined that all MLAs should extend
their helping hand to APST to reduce bottle-neck communication.
The APST General Manager also credited the achievement to Station Superintendent
of Khonsa Terrien Ruttum and Assistant Station Superintendent T. Taggu and their
entire staff for tirelessly working despite lot of hurdles.
Tayeng added that the said officers have been consistently exceeding the revenue
target over the couple of years despite being untimely release of funds, thus their
success story inspire other stations to follow the path.
LPU felicitates Everester
Hard work, determination is only way to the top: Anshu
Itanagar, Apr 1: Arunachalee Mountaineer Anshu Jamsenpa said that hard work, determination
and focused target is the only way to the top whether it is mountaineering, adventure
sports or any other field.
She was speaking at felicitation progamme organised by Lovely Professional University
(LPU) by their Chancellor Ashok Mittal in a function held in Jalandhar last Wednesday.
She emphasized on Swacch Bharat Abhiyan and requested the University authorities
to keep clean not only the LPU campus but also the surrounding periphery areas. She
also stated that she is associated with breast cancer awareness programme, education
campaign and is also working for anti-discrimination and gender equality in association
with ReachOut Foundation.
Anshu congratulated Team Arunachal who defeated 27 other states and was declared
second position winner in ‘One-India’ competition. Anshu also interacted with 1500
plus students from North East region who jostled for space to take snaps with her.
LPU with more than 30,000 students and over 3,500 faculty members is India’s largest
University and the occasion was their annual mega fest ‘One-India’ with the theme
‘Maa Tuje Salaam’. Anshu was honoured to celebrate the theme and to inspire the youths,
women folk & other women around the world.
The programme opened with a procession comprising scores of tableaus & troupes representing
29 states of India. LPU ?students from each nook & corner of India and 30 ??countries
worked together to prove the celebration grand in form and aim.
LPU Chancellor Ashok Mittal thanked Anshu for accepting his invitation, joining the
mega celebration and motivating scores of youths and students from different corners
of the world.
Govt. Engg. College at Toru
ITANAGAR, Apr 1: The State Government’s persistent efforts to facilitate technical
education to the students of the state at their door step yielded result as Union
Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) has approved for establishing a Government
Engineering College at Toru under Papum Pare district.
Besides, the MHRD has sanctioned for upgrading Dera Natung Government College here
and Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat to Model Degree Colleges under Rashtriya Uchchatar
Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) for which first instalment grants have already been earmarked,
informed Education Minister Tapang Taloh.
Establishing a Government Engineering College in the state had been a long felt demand
of people and I am glad that our efforts bore fruits,” a visibly happy Taloh said
in a press release. He hoped the upcoming institute will cater the technical educational
needs of the students of all categories.
“Thousands of students from the state go out of the state every year for pursuing
higher and technical education which involves huge expenditure”, the Education Minister
said. He hoped the new Govt. Engineering College would not only facilitate the students
to get engineering degrees with meager financial involvement but also reduce economic
burdens of poor parents, Taloh added.
The foundation stone for the college will be laid by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki at
Toru on April 15, the release added.
MLA visits RCC road construction
PASIGHAT, Apr 1: Pasighat East MLA, Kaling Moyong on Monday visited the ongoing RCC
road construction and took stock of the work progress at Pasighat town. During his
visit he asked the engineers of Pasighat Public Work Division (PWD), the implementing
agency, to strictly monitor the works for quality construction.
There would be no compromise on quality works in RCC road construction, the MLA said
and requested all sections of local people to extend cooperation with the implementing
agency. Assuring that he would closely monitor all the ongoing projects in his constituency,
the MLA urged the municipality and panchayat leaders of the area to keep vigil on
the construction activities regularly.
The scheme for ‘Construction of RCC roads with drainage at Pasighat town’ under SPA
for the year 2013-14 was sanctioned in December, 2013.
According to PWD engineers, the approved estimated cost of the project is Rs 9. 39
crores, out of which, an amount of Rs 4 crore has been released, while the balance
fund is available with the higher ups of the PWD department.
DA, DDSE clarifies its stand on selection of firm
AALO, Apr 1: The West Siang District administration, DDSE and Board members while
clarifying a news item published in this daily today under the headline “Violation
of guidelines.....”, have denied violation of any guidelines while adding that the
entire process/scheme was carried out within the given guidelines.
They said that the applications submitted by four firms were thoroughly verified
by the DDSE and basing on the merit of documents submitted by applicants, Toi Romin
of Liromoba Multipurpose Cooperative Society Ltd. Liromoba was recommended and approved
by the Deputy Commissioner on February 23. Hence, the allegation of conducting the
process during the Liromoba bye -poll election as stated in the release is baseless
Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner also constituted a board of officers on March
26 to look into the complaints of some of the applicants that surfaced after selection
of the firm. The Board thoroughly examined all files and documents of each applicant
and again the board selected Toi Romin of Liromoba Multipurpose Cooperative Society
Ltd. Liromoba on the strength of documents submitted by him.
Further, the allegation that the DA and DDSE has awarded the contract to a black
listed firm involved in 100 crore PDS scam does not hold any logic as no Govt.
order or notification on black list firm is known or received by the concerned district
Mopin cultural events enters 3rd night
ITANAGAR, Apr 1: ‘Kaben Kabnam’ and solo songs competitions were some of the main
event conducted on the third night of the Mopin Cultural events being held at Mopin-Solung
Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner Mige Kamki, who attended the programme, called
for promotion and preservation of traditional culture of the community through such
While appreciating the Galos for maintaining their rich culture through stage performance,
Superintendent of Police (Capital Complex) Seju P.Kuruvilla urged for continuation
of such endeavors to keep alive ones own culture and tradition.
All the participants impressed upon the audience with their performance.
Henkar Rokom Bado, Mari Angu and Dr James Mitum Boje were the judges for the competition.
Planning Dept. bids farewell to
C L Tungkhang
ITANAGAR, Apr 1: The Planning department has bid farewell to C L Tungkhang, Adviser
(Planning) in a function held in the department’s conference hall here yesterday.
The meeting was attended by all the officers and officials of planning department
Graduating from the Govt. College, Itanagar, he started his career as U.D.C in the
State Civil Secretariat and joined as a Research Assistant in the Planning Department
in 1983. Thereafter, he had served the department in various capacities as SRA, Research
Officer, District Planning Officer/Deputy Director and Joint Director.
He was promoted and appointed as the first Director (State Plan) on Sept 3, 2007
and retired from government service on superannuation on Sept 30, 2014. Thereafter,
he served the Department as Adviser till March, 2015.
During his illustrious career in Govt. service, Tungkhang set an example of punctuality,
sincerity, hard work and dedication to service which was also acknowledged by the
Planning fraternity in the function.
The State Government had awarded him with gold medal in recognition of his contributions
The statement of home minister Tanga Byaling terming unions and associations as extortionists
has deeply divided the people of state. The statement has generated lot of buzz.
Throughout the day there was heavy discussion in social networking sites as well
in public about the veracity of statement. While some believes that he has spoken
a truth which no one ever dared to do so, others found fault saying that Byaling
is a dictator and therefore do not like to be questioned by the pressure groups.
Whatever may be the truth but statement has opened up a Pandora box. The bitter feud
between pressure groups and home minister is opening up many dirty secret which public
never knew. Home Minister yesterday alleged that pressure groups raises some issues
and then expect either the Chief Minister or concern minister to invite them for
the talk. He indirectly alleged them of seeking favour. While hitting back, the pressure
groups alleged that whenever they raise any important issues, it is the state government
who lures them to compromise through various means. Going by the statement of two
warring sides, there is no doubt that both the parties are at fault and they have
no morale right to question each other. Infact they should do soul searching and
take corrective measures. Unless they correct themselves, public will not trust either
pressure or the government authorities. It will be interesting to see how far this
morality war between home minister and pressure groups drags on.
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Bandhs and its many reasons
Any subject or issue as a whole has many aspects. I partly agree with the statement
of Mr. Nabam Rebia, speaker of AP legislative assembly, that Bandh culture in AP
is not good for common people and outside investors. But, the truth is that bandh
callers do not foolishly call bandhs. They first request their elected leaders to
address genuine problems created by politicians and bureaucrats which cause majority
of the common people of AP to suffer. When the politicians and bureaucrats fail to
provide solutions to such serious problems, bandhs are called by them instead of
suffering daily. Thank God, that aggrieved citizens of AP have not started using
guns and bombs like some other states of India and other countries. If a study is
made to analyze the bandhs in AP, it can be observed that most of them are for genuine
problems faced by people of AP. In AP, ruling party, opposition party and bureaucrats
have created most of the problems. People are suffering from lack of proper roads,
electricity, hospitals, schools, colleges, transportation, telecommunication etc.
There is corruption in every ministry and department. People of AP are in pain and
misery because of such high level of open corruption. People are in pain because
of illogical land bill, pre-paid electric meters, non-implementation of Lokayukta
etc. Outside investors are not willing to invest mainly not because of bandhs, but
mainly because there is no proper tendering system and even if works are granted
concerned ministers and departments demand huge commissions. Many of the projects
in AP have remained uncompleted for decades because the investors have no money to
pay for the huge commissions demanded by politicians and bureaucrats. Such pain and
suffering created by politicians and bureaucrats are more subtle, invisible, lethal
and devastating and cannot be compared with the pain of 12 or 24 hours bandh. In
the history there have been times when bandhs were called by some organizations to
get money from ministers. GoAP should be able to differentiate such bandh callers
and act accordingly. If GoAP fails to differentiate genuine and fake bandhs, they
might act like how Delhi government acted during Nirbaya rape incident, where people
had peacefully protested for a genuine problem, but Delhi govt. used force in which
a policeman died and many suffered injuries. But, recent bandhs were for very genuine
issues like APSSC paper leakage, and pre-paid electric meter. In reality, there are
many more issues in AP which need to be peacefully protested, but our people are
still sleeping and destroying the future of their children. If the GoAP is really
interested in stopping bandhs, they must create a platform where politicians, bureaucrats
and people can discuss problems and arrive at solutions like how Modi did in Gujrat.
Laws should be made to create such platform. Playing blame game is never the solution.
So, through this esteemed news paper, I would like to request our elected leaders
to stop blame game and also I would like to ask student unions, intellectuals, elite
societies, NGOs, media persons, professors and common people to demand for platforms
where they can have such debate and discussions.
Delhi University, Delhi
Between rhetoric and action
There is abundant money in Delhi and that there is no shortage to fund! Yes! This
is the most loved and the most often repeated quote of any Indian leader visiting
Arunachal Pradesh. Prime Minister, Union Minister of the past as well as present
don’t forget to repeat it every now and then with pompousness. But what is really
happening when it comes to real actions besides the rhetoric is a real mystery. The
Union Government is about to roll out 7th CPC to its employees in a year or so whereas
the state government employees are yet to see full implementation of the 6th CPC.
The state is supposed to be the model employer and not to exploit weaknesses of its
employees as envisaged in the law of the land. But, here employees in the key departments
like Health, Education, Rural Development, General Administration, etc employed on
contractual & casual basis for years and decades and even kept unpaid for months
together. Government contractors & suppliers are reportedly not paid their due bills
for years on. Businesses and investment are nose-diving all around. Besides, the
crucial areas like Health, Education and Rural Development are facing a severe beating
and the common people of the state are reeling under economic turmoil.
It is obvious that, progress of the nation will never be achieved with rhetoric alone
without concrete actions.
If there is abundance of fund in Indian Delhi then why Indian Arunachal Pradesh is
being silently watched to sink towards financial and economic nadir? Besides, the
thundering speeches, 13 Lakh citizens here deserve real economic uplift and progress.
And that will be a part of noble service to this motherland.
Check unfair means
Through the esteem columns of your reputed daily, I want to put down my concern regarding
the ever growing unfair means adopted in the CBSE and entrance exams held in our
state. During the recent CBSE exams, it has been seen that many students brought
notes and books inside exam halls and copy from it without any hesitation. The worst
part is that some teachers supply notes to their students. We are highly discouraged
by such practice. Such things happen in almost all the centres in Itanagar, especially
in private institutions.
We request the Education Department to issue strict directions to all the schools
to avoid such practices and monitor by deploying more superintendents. The teachers
from the same should not be engaged for duty. There is apprehension that rampant
unfair means shall be adopted in the state Entrance exams also by some students and
teachers to gain publicity for their institutions.
The Education Department should take note of it and take necessary measures to check
such practices immediately or else the deserving students shall be deprived of their
talent and their hard works.
Minister Education is also requested to take necessary action before exams like -
JEE (Main) on 4.4.15, APJEE on 30 May, AIPMT on 3rd May so that the quality of education
improves in our state.
Class XII (Sc) student
Need for fire station
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to bring to your knowledge that Dumporijo
town of Upper Subansiri district desperately needs a fire station at the earliest.
It is pertinent to note that Dumporijo is one of the oldest town of Upper Subansiri
district with more than 2000 populations. Unfortunately, due to slow pace of development
and negligence by the govt. the town is lagging far behind other regions.
Due to non-existence of permanent fire station at Dumporijo, huge amounts of properties
have been destroyed by the fire in the recent years. The nearest fire station is
at Daporijo which is around 16 kms away and fire brigades always reach the emergency
spot after all the things has been reduced to ashes.
I appeal the govt and department concerned to shift their focus towards the forgotten
town of Dumporijo and set up a fire station at the earliest.
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