April 02

Tuki, APCC condemn racist remarks

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 comments.  

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 him.

“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 said.


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 various means.

“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 Likha Tara.

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 authority.

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 on Tuesday.

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 gate.

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 added.


News Impact

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 hours.

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 Prime Minister.

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 territory.

"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 rough weather.

"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


Taba Ajum

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 one patient.

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 on Tuesday.

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 Complex.  

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 boy.

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 crime.

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 statement added.

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 on bail.



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 extortionists.

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 sector.

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,” Taggu added.

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 and unfounded.

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 office. DIPRO



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 Ground here.

Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner Mige Kamki, who attended the programme, called for promotion and preservation of traditional culture of the community through such cultural activities.

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 (headquarter).

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 in 2009.




Copyright © 2008, The Arunachal Times Publications Pvt. Ltd., Siang House, Sector - E, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh - 791111, India

All rights reserved.


---- Editorial ----


Morality war

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.

---- Readers Forum ----


Bandhs and its many reasons

Dear Editor,

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.


Takam Tadar,

Delhi University, Delhi


Between rhetoric and action

Dear Editor,

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.


Tagam Mibang



Check unfair means

Dear Editor,

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.


An aggrieved

Class XII (Sc) student


Need for fire station

Dear Editor,

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.


Nyalen Hakom

Student, Dumporijo





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.