April 08

Kalaktang girl allegedly murdered

ITANAGAR, Apr 07: A 28 year-old girl of Kalaktang in West Kameng district was allegedly murdered in Bongaigaon recently.

Late Tashi Zomba Kharma was allegedly murdered by one SSB washerman Sandeep Medhi. She was the only daughter of Karma Tsering Kharma of village Dengzi, PO & PS Kalaktang.

According to Kalaktang Monpa Welfare Society, the deceased was in a loving relationship with Medhi for the past few years when he was posted at Kalaktang circle. Late Tashi Zomba Kharma left Kalaktang on March 20 last without informing her parents to meet Medhi at Bongaigaon, his new posting place. After some days of her departure from Kalaktang her parents and relatives tried to trace her but in vain. Her cell phone was found switched off, the Society informed.  After filing a missing report at the local police station, they came to know from Kalaktang police station that an unidentified dead body had been recovered by the local police in Bongaigaon on March 23 and the body was cremated 72 hours after its finding. The parents and relatives went to North Bongaigaon Police Station on April 5 and identified Late Tashi Zomba Kharma by seeing a photograph.

A case no.247/2015 U/S 302/201 IPC has reportedly been registered at North Bongaigaon police Station in this regard.

The denizens of Kalaktang strongly condemned the alleged murder of Tashi Zomba Kharma. Under the banner of Kalaktang Monpa Welfare Society around 1000 people organized a peaceful rally at Kalaktang today in protest against the alleged murder of the girl. They demanded that prompt action should be taken against the culprit involved in it.

The protest rally was followed by a candle march in which the participants prayed to God for eternal peace of the departed soul.


ANYA submits memo to Rijiju, hopes for development

ITANAGAR, Apr 07: Apart from unveiling the Longte celebration, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju has participated in the 'oath taking-cum-interaction programme of the ANYA Kurung Kumey unit at Koloriang yesterday, informed the ANYA in a release today.

While appreciating Rijiju for participating in the interaction programme, ANYA hoped that the assurance given by the Union Minister to look into the various developmental issues in the district in general and the district headquarter Koloriang in particular will become a reality soon. ANYA also lauded former Minister Kahfa Bengia who is also the president of PPA for encouraging the youths for a better and greater society through positive works.

Meanwhile, ANYA president Biri Kakum visited the Higher Secondary School, KGBV and VKV at Koloriang and interacted with the school in-charge. He requested school authorities to serve the society with dedication.

ANYA also appealed the state Govt and the authorities concerned to nab the culprits involved in the murder of a 10 year old student Tani Tana of Govt Middle School, ESS-Sector Itanagar. ANYA Kurung Kumey district Unit also submitted a four-point memorandum to the Union Minister for immediate establishment of a Fire Station at Koloriang, setting up of Jawahar Navodaya Vidhyalaya (JNV) in KurungKumey district, opening up of Border Trade Route with Tibet (China) from Sarli-Damin International Borders and for necessary fund provisions for construction of ANYA office building within Koloriang township.


Awareness campaign on forest and wild life held

ITANAGAR, Apr 07:  One day awareness campaign on conservation of wildlife and forest fire was conducted by All Arunachal Pradesh Entrepreneurship Development Association (AAPEDA) and All Sangdupota Circle Youths Association (ASCYA) at government Secondary School Jote recently.  

On the occasion, State Forest Research Institute (SFRI) scientists, Dr. Kara Taj and Dr. Kenjum Bagra advised the villagers to fight against forest fire and killing of wild life in their respective jurisdiction.

All Arunachal Pradesh Entrepreneurship Development Association (AAPEDA) Chairman cum President All Sangdupota Circle Youths Association (ASCYA) Nabam Regum also suggested the local people to cooperate with the department and the persons engaged in social works for the welfare of the Society.

He also advised the people to preserve flora and fauna of the area.

The programme was attended by PI, GBs, Panchayat leaders of Sangdupota Circle.


APPDSU threatens to intensify agitation

ITANAGAR, Apr 07: Sticking to its demands for resignation of Education Minister Tapang Taloh to facilitate free and fair investigation into his alleged corruption charge, All Papum Pare District Students' Union (APPDSU) has threatened to intensify agitation by launching a series of democratic movement if its demand was not met.

Taking on Arunachal Pradesh Seva Dal (APCSD) Chief Organizer's yesterday's press statement that APPDSU's demand was unconstitutional and politically motivated, the students union sought a clarification from the Seva Dal chief organizer on the comment he made and its basis.

"If Seva Dal has any proof to support its comment then make it public," APPDSU said.

"The statement issued by the APCSD chief Organizer is nothing but an abrupt attempt to protect their party leader from corruption charge and earn political mileage," said APPDSU.

The Students' Union also demanded the state government to handover 10% commission demand case against the Minister and his associates to SIT for speedy and fair investigation.


46 leave for undergoing beauty training

ITANAGAR, Apr 07: Forty-six youths, who were selected under CM's skill development programme, left today for Hyderabad and Dwaraka to undergo seven months training on Spa & Wellness and Beauty Sector.

The training in Spa & Wellness will be held at O2 Spa, Hyderabad while training on Beauty Sector will be held in VLCC at Dwarka.

A brief sending off programme of the trainees was held at Udyog Sadan here today wherein Subu Tabin, Director, Skill Development and Employment Generation along with K. Sarma, Deputy Director, Er. Kabom Nada, Bioler Inspector/State Coordinator, J. Riba, Assistant Director (Skill Dev) and representative of O2 Spa and VLCC briefed the youths about the training programme and other precautionary measures to be taken by them for their own safety and security during their stay in Hyderabad and Dwaraka. The briefing was important on the fact that 99 percent of the youths are going out of the state for the first time, informed the Subu Tabin in a release.

Both the VTP- O2 Spa and VLCC will impart training in both theory and practical on soft skill like spoken English, communication skill, internet browsing etc. Trade certificates will be provided to successful trainees by National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT), New Delhi.

State Govt. has signed MoA with both the training providers for imparting training and to ensure minimum of 70 per cent placement at minimum monthly salary of Rs.10, 000 immediately after successful completion of the training.


RSS training camp

Karda Natam

DAPORIJO, Apr 07: The week-long Rastriya Swamsevak Sangh (RSS) Initial Training Camp concluded with a valedictory function at Sippi here today.

Various youth development programmes, including personality and leadership quality development, yoga sessions, patriotic song competitions etc were conducted among the participating youths numbering more than 60.

I have learnt many things from the training. It has taught us how to maintain discipline, respect others and live a disease and stress free life, opined one of the participants.

The valedictory function was attended by Rocky Mothu, ZPM Sigin-I, who briefed the ideology and principles of RSS and highlighted the service of RSS to the nation.


ASUT reiterates demand for guest house at Vellore

ITANAGAR, Apr 07: The Arunachal Student's Union of Tamil Nadu (ASUT) has reiterated its demand for construction of Arunachal Guest House at Tamil Nadu. A team of ASUT had already visited Christian Medical College Hospital Vellore, Tamil Nadu and found that the boundary of the allotted plot of land has been constructed by the Health and Family Welfare Department of the Arunachal Pradesh Govt. The plot is situated at Samhadan Nagar which is 3km away from CMC hospital, Vellore.

The union resented that Arunachal guest houses in Dibrugarh and Guwahati have been constructed but till now the Arunachal guest house at Vellore remains as a dream.

Meanwhile, ASUT lead by its president Kipa Peter donated blood to a Arunachalee kidney failure patient at Kovai Medical Centre hospital at Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. It is worth mentioning here that the Union is always extending helping hand to the Arunachalee patients who are undergoing treatment in various hospitals in Tamil Nadu. .


NES condemns arrest of BSNL officials

ITANAGAR, Apr 07: Nyishi Elite Society (NES) has vehemently condemned the arrest of two BSNL officials by the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), Seppa in a billing dispute on March 27.

NES in a release informed that "as per record, the CJM himself was consumer, complainant and judge in the instant case."  

"It is unbecoming on the part of the CJM to try his own case himself. He should have approached the Consumer Court for redressal of grievance, if any," the release said.

"It is a fit case for the High Court to take cognizance suo-moto of the case," NES said, and demanded to relieve the CJM from such a huge responsibility which requires a high degree of maturity, sensibility, integrity and experience.  

"Such arbitrary action of a Judicial Magistrate disgraces the institution of the third pillar of democracy for which the erring judge deserves to be removed from the judicial services," the release added.


AASATA demands SSA salary

ITANAGAR, Apr 07: All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers' Association (CEC) in a letter to the Chief Minister has appealed him to initiate necessary steps for disbursement of January to March SSA Teachers salary before April 15 next.

The AASSATA said that until and unless the members of the association initiate step to get their salary, the file movement for release of SSA teacher's monthly salary remain unattended and such attitude of concerned authority demoralizes the SSA teachers of the state.

The association further said that it would launch a dharna if the government fails to disburse the SSA teacher's salary within the stipulated time.


Unions back ANSU bandh

ITANAGAR, Apr 07: All Dollungmukh Area Students' Union (ADASU) has supported the All Nyishi Stundets Union' (ANSU)'s ongoing movement against installation of prepaid electricity metering system in Capital complex and its proposed second phase 24-hr capital bandh.

It also flayed the comment made by the Home Minister against students unions and organizations terming them as extortionist.

Installation of pre-paid meter is not a solution to electricity theft rather it would cause hardships to poor and daily wage earners," the students union opined.


Mopin celebrated at Nari

ITANAGAR, Apr 07: Mopin was celebrated with traditional fervour at Nari under East Siang district.

Attending the festival East Siang District Deputy Commissioner, Nidhi Shrivastava called upon the people to preserve the cultural heritage by holding onto its inherent values and principles and adapting it to the ever changing civilization.

Mising Autonomous Council (MAC) Executive Councilor, Mullakanta Pegu highlighting the similarities of all tribal festivals, stressed on the unification of all the descendents of Abotani.

Local MLA Kento Rina while extending Mopin wishes exhorted the people to celebrate Mopin in true traditional zeal and ethos. He called upon the Mopin revelers to utilize the opportunity to seek the blessings of Mother Mopin for prosperity, abundance and wellbeing of all mankind.

Earlier Mopin Celebration Committee Nari, President Maryom Karlo narrated the origin and the mythology of Mopin and General Secretary Marpak Doye also spoke on the occasion.

Traditional cultural programmes, community feast etc. were the other highlights of the day. DIPRO

At Yomcha: Parliamentary Secretary, Hydro Power Development, Phurpa Tsering attended the Mopin festival celebration at Yomcha on April 5 last.

While responding to a memorandum on the occasion, he assured the restoration of Yomcha (1x30KW) MHS, which was lying defunct for many years. He directed the department officers to submit an estimate in this regard.

Later, he visited Liromoba MHS and directed the Department to generate power within a month. He also directed the department officers to terminate the contract if the contractor failed to deliver the require E&M equipments within one week of his visit as the EM contractor could not keep his earlier assurance to commission Liromoba MHS (2x1000 KW) by January last.

Tsering further assured power supply from Liromoba SHP to Yomcha sub division within two months.

He was accompanied by Chief Engineer (EM/Gen), Along Ketan, Superintending Engineer (Civil), Atek Miyu and other officers.


Deputy Commissioner visits Kepangla pass

YINGKIONG, Apr 07: Upper Siang Deputy Commissioner, Remo Kamki along with DPO Sangha Babung and ITBP forces visited Kepangla Pass located near Gelling under Tuting Sub-Division on April 3 last.

It is worth mentioning that, before 1962 Chinese war people from the Gelling area used to visit their relatives at Sirang village which is now under Chinese government but after the Chinese aggression, the movement of the people from this pass is restricted by government from both sides.

Earlier, the DC inspected the ITBP out post at Gelling, CO Office at Gelling and interacted with administrative officers, PR leaders and the local people. He also inspected the ongoing BADP schemes at various locations at Gelling, Bona, Tuting ADC Hq, Panggo, Migging, Janbo, Bomdo and Moying villages. The under construction Advance Landing Ground at Tuting town and under construction Steel Suspension bridge over Siang river and Hydro Power Project at Palsi village was also inspected. DIPRO


Mission Indradanush launched at Upper Siang District

YINGKIONG, Apr 07: Mission Indradanush was formally launched by Upper Siang District Deputy Commissioner, Remo Kamki today at District Hospital, Yingkiong. While inaugurating the programme, he assured support and cooperation for full coverage of the vaccination to the children and advised the Medical department for successful implementation of the Mission Indradanush.

DMO Dr. Kaling Dai also appealed all the officers and officials to work hard and achieve 100 percent coverage of immunization in both Urban/Rural areas in order to reduce infant and mother mortality rates in the district. DIPRO


Appeal for functioning of office at designated place

YINGKIONG, Apr 07: Stating that the PWD EE office Mariyang under Upper Siang was operating from Pasighat in East Siang, the All Katan Circle Students Union has appealed the Upper Siang Deputy Commissioner to give necessary directions to the PWD EE to function the office from Mariyang.

While highlighting the grievances of the local people due to functioning of the office from Pasighat, the Union further appealed the DC to take appropriate action to stop illegal quarrying at Parak area on the banks of Yamne River.

The union said that the rampant quarry at Parak area has led to massive soil erosion during monsoons.


APEDA projects in East Kameng inspected

SEPPA, Apr 07: Seppa APEDA, Project Officer, Tamo Singhi along with official staff made an extensive tour in East Kameng district to get first hand information on the various Mini-Micro Hydro Projects sanctioned against the district during 2009 -10 under PM package.

The team after inspection of the projects said that one project is lying idle as the damages occurred during the rainy season in 2014 could not be restored due to non availability of fund.

The team assured that the non-functional hydels would be made functional as soon as the fund against the maintenance work is available.

Further, Singhi informed that more than 20 villages have been illuminated by providing LED based solar street lamp under CSR programme.


CYO contributes relief materials

ITANAGAR, Apr 07: Arunachal Youth Organisation donated relief materials to the April 5 fire victims of Gungu village under Papum Pare District.

The AYO President appealed the local MLA and the district administration to immediately provide compensation to the fire victims.


News Impact

Dreaded AFSPA in 12 districts of Arunachal

NEW DELHI, Apr 07: The controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) is reported to have been extended to 12 districts of Arunachal Pradesh for one year by the Centre citing a serious law and order situation along the border with Assam.

Earlier Tirap, Changlang and Longding, where Naga insurgents are active and the 20km belt along the state's borders with Assam was under the Act.

This time, the only districts that seems to have escaped the draconian law is Tawang, Upper Subansiri, Kurung Kumey, Kra Dadi, Dibang valley, Upper Siang and Anjaw.

The State government is yet to receive the notification from the centre, according to highly placed sources.

The Home Ministry order of March 27 cited the presence of numerous insurgent groups along the Assam-Arunachal border, an insurgent group NDFB(S) setting up its headquarters in Myanmar's Tago area and planning to smuggle arms through Arunachal and left-wing extremists trying to quietly infiltrate the state.

Dubbed as draconian, the law gives security forces extraordinary powers under AFSPA empowering them to shoot-to-kill suspects, arrest without a warrant and destroy any property likely to be used as shelters by insurgents. Apart from the army, central police forces and state police personnel gets the special powers.

Under the law, North-eastern states of Nagaland, Assam, Manipur and Jammu and Kashmir have witnessed extreme violence at the hands of Indian Army.

Meanwhile, the Home Ministry under the BJP government had rejected the Jeevan Reddy Commission Report which had recommended repeal of AFSPA in the North-East.



Anshu to make 2nd double accent of Mt. Everest

Rijiju flags off expedition

Staff  Reporter

ITANAGAR, Apr 07:  Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju today flagged off ace mountaineer Anshu Jamsenpa's expedition to climb Mount Everest for record fourth time where she will make her second double accent attempt during April-May.

Mother of two, Anshu holds the world record of climbing Mt. Everest twice in a span of 10 days. Presently, she holds the record of being the only Indian woman mountaineer to scale Mount Everest three times.

If this attempt is successful, she will become the first mountaineer in the world to make two double accents of the world's highest and most fearsome mountain peak to climb and will make direct entry in the "Guinness Book of World Record."

Anshu also created another mountaineering record by scaling three Himalayan peaks, namely Lobuche (6119 mt), Polkade (5896 mt) and Island (6189 mt) during May last year.

Before the flagging off ceremony, Rijiju stressed the need for identifying and developing mountain peaks of Arunachal Pradesh as mountaineering destinations and giving them names and identifying routes for expedition. In this regard, he said will soon convene a high level meeting with Survey General of India, Indian Mountaineering Institute and the Army. Referring to some countries in Africa and America where adventure sports like mountaineering has become good source of income, Rijiju advocated for tapping the huge adventure sports potentials to its fullest for prosperity of the state.

Rijiju said that any place in Arunachal Pradesh is a tourist spot. What we need is to develop infrastructure. We have miles to go to make adventure sports a medium of sustenance for the people, he said.

He advocated for opening up all mountain peaks right from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh for activities for economic development.

The union minister also indicated establishment of North East Institute of Mountaineering and Adventure Sports in Arunachal Pradesh.

Wishing Anshu all the best for her expedition, Rijiju said he will be eagerly waiting for the flagging in ceremony after she creates the world record.

First Everester from North East, Tapi Mra suggested for developing and popularizing Mount Kangto in East Kameng district, which, he said, was one of the most beautiful mountain peaks in the world. He also advocated for making Kra Dadi in Kurung Kumey district as a mountaineering destination.

Parliamentary Secretary (Tourism) Mama Natung, Secretary (Sports) Dani Salu, Political Adviser to Chief Minister Bamang Tago, officers of Tourism and Sports Departments were present on the occasion among others.



Dependent yet extravagant

[ Tongam Rina ]

Arunachal is a poor, dependent yet extravagant state so there is bound to be financial problems.  For quite some time now, the state has been dealing with staggering debt, cuts in welfare schemes, non payment of contractors and government employees on time. Clearly, the state and its people have no idea how to get out of the mess.  

The fact that utilisation certificates, the mantra for getting more funds from the centre have not been submitted on time speaks a lot about the financial management by the people at the helms of the affair.

All the schemes that are implemented in the state are centrally funded with little or zero contribution from the state. The people of the state are witness as to how these schemes are being implemented.

The government is yet to table the report of the Controller and Auditor General (CAG) at the floor of the house even though it was submitted to the government on March 9 during the shortened budget session of the Legislative Assembly.

If there is nothing to hide and if at all it is financial constraint as claimed and not mismanagement, the people of the state have the right to know what the report says.

As if whispers on precarious financial position of the state were not enough, the government have landed itself in a very embarrassing position after the former Finance Minister and seasoned politician Kalikho Pul was expelled from the Congress Party. One of the longest serving Finance Ministers, he is someone who knows the inside story. And according to him, all is not well.

With the centre tightening the purse strings, there is nothing much the cash strapped state government can do other than manage with whatever funds comes from the centre and borrowings.

Perhaps, lessons will have to be learnt from the current mess and government have to be more responsible financially. A large chunk of funds is utilised as salaries and perks to the pampered state government employees and members of the legislative assembly every month. Austerity measures shall have to be implemented strictly sooner or later and it has to start with those running the state.

As expulsion of the ambitious senior Congress leader has been the talk of the town and bombshells he has been dropping since then about the financial position of the state, yours truly asked a senior Congress leader whether there indeed was possibility of a formation of a new government in the state. "Someone has to be really brave or very stupid to take over the reins at the moment because there is no money with the state and the centre is very tight-fisted" he said.

Bravery or stupidity, in an event of change of guard, which is rather unlikely at the moment, it's going to be the same people who will run the show so there is nothing much to look forward to.




Assistant Prof. assaulted by student at DNGC

ITANAGAR, Apr 07: In yet another assault on the teaching community, Dr KK Rai, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Dera Natung Govt. College Itanagar was severely assaulted this evening near his quarter by his own student.

As reported, Dr. Rai was threatened of dire consequences in the examination hall by one Ngurang Tati bearing RGU Roll No. 14A08311 when caught copying red-handed. The student after threatening Dr. Rai went off from the examination hall and waited outside for him near the college gate. The physical assault started when Dr. Rai was proceeding to his quarter after submitting the answer scripts. The 45 year old teacher was allegedly punched and kicked mercilessly. He was found in an unconscious state with swollen head and bleeding mouth, and taken to RKM Hospital for medical treatment.

The college authorities have lodged a complaint against the accused at Itanagar police station. Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh College Teachers' Association has strongly condemned the incident in strongest possible words. "This is not just unfortunate incident as such attacks on teachers have become regular phenomenon in DNG College. The teachers in the college feel that performing examination duty is an open invitation for physical assault and verbal abuse," APCTA stated in a release. Further they have appealed to the competent authority to take stern action against the student to set an example.



Power supply disruption in Siang districts

ITANAGAR, Apr 07: East Siang, Siang, Upper Siang and part of Lower Dibang Valley districts would face unscheduled disruption of power supply due to ongoing construction/installation of 132 KV S/C Transmission Line from Aalo to Pasighat.

The Electrical department informed that the conductor stringing and other allied works are going on in full swing in the project "C/O 132 KV S/C Transmission Line from Aalo to Pasighat" between Aalo and Pasighat.

The route of the said 132 KV line criss-crosses the existing Aalo-Pasighat 33 KV line at many locations. Therefore, this has necessitated shutting down and even temporary dismantling of the 33 KV line which feeds power to East Siang, Siang, Upper Siang and part of Lower Dibang Valley District. So during the process of installation there would be scheduled and unscheduled disruption of power supply in these Districts and may continue upto June 2015. Further, the department appealed to the general public to refrain from cutting down of trees, bamboos etc. in the proximity of the under construction 132 KV line to avoid electrical hazards during test charging of the line. They are also requested to keep their domesticated animals away from the said 132 KV line for safety.

The department appealed all the esteemed electricity consumers of the above mentioned districts to bear with the department for the inconveniences caused to them.



PPA demands CBI inquiry into alleged NDRF scandal

ITANAGAR, Apr 07: People's Party of Arunachal (PPA) has sought a timely intervention and recommendation of the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh to get the alleged National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) scandal as claimed by former minister Kalikho Pul investigated by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

"Since the scale of fiscal mismanagement is very high in the state as per the media reports, the Governor should recommend to the Govt. of India for a full-fledged CBI enquiry into the entire gamut of issues," said party president Kahfa Beniga in a party meeting on fiscal mismanagement in the state.

"It is a matter of serious concern that the Govt. of Arunachal, who allocates and disburses the fund received from the Govt. of India to various districts, comes out with the vague reply that the information on NDRF Fund have to be collected from the various districts!" he added.

Saying that the Governor Nagaland P.B. Acharya had instituted enquiry against the Department of Irrigation, Govt. of Nagaland on receipt of serious charges of misappropriation, the PPA president urged the Arunachal Governor to follow suit. He also demanded to the Chief Minister stepping down owning moral responsibility for his alleged 'financial mismanagement' until such inquiry is initiated.



Arunachal Festival of Speed begins

[ Amar Sangno ]

DIRANG, Apr 07: Every time the cars roared with clouds of dusts trailing, a thunderous applause erupted from the hundreds of spectators assembled at the Lopon Stadium Dirang during the "Auto Cross' round in the opening day of JK Tyre Arunachal Festival of Speed 2015 here today.

The adrenaline rush among the crowd was added by the defending champion Gaurav Gill's performance, who took the overall lead in three forms of road racing--Auto Cross, Sprint and Hill Climb--competition with 89.51 second in the Auto Cross round. The second edition of Arunachal Festival of Speed organized by Motorsports Club of Arunachal in association with JK Tyre was flagged off today by West Kameng Deputy Commissioner, AK Singh.

MRF driver Gaurav Gill was trailed by Philippes Mathai, who finished second with 93.07 sec. and 91.01 sec. in both first and second laps. Rahul Kantraj finished at third with 94.84 sec and 95.93 sec in both laps.

Local boy Phurpa Tsering could finish the day at 10th place while the youngest driver Alex Bora of Dibrugarh, Assam with his Maruti Suzuki SX4 was at 8th place.

The champion would be decided basing on their performance in the whole three forms of racings with three rounds each. The sprint will be held at Sangti village off the Dirang town tomorrow.

Earlier, while highlighting the objectives of conducting the motor sports at Dirang, Motor Sports Club of Arunachal President Lhakpa Tsering said that the festival of speed has provided the people of Arunachal an opportunity to witness the driving of thirty finest drivers of India.



Marter Lollen crowned Miss Mopin

ITANAGAR, Apr 07: The Mopin cultural Nite and Miss Mopin contest was organised as part of the Mopin celebration here yesterday.

Miss Marter Lollen was crowned and declared the winner, while Miss Gede Noshi and Miss Bani Bagra bagged the first and second runners up respectively. The panel of judges included Henkar Rokom Bado, Tojo Karga, Dumo Lollen, Karpu Chisi and Dr Gojum Karlo Karbak. All the three winners walked away with brand new scooty each and cash prize of Rs 40,000, 20,000 and 10,000 respectively. Agri-Horti & Animal Husbandry Minister Chowna Mein who was the chief guest of the programme gave away the prizes to the winners. Altogether 12 contestants walked the ramp, out of which the judges selected top five for final round.

Five sub-titles which include, Versatile in Galo language, Beautiful Skin, Miss Personality, Beautiful Hair & Beautiful Smile were won by Gepu Noshi, Bani Bagra, Marpe Bagra, Marken Basar and Donyir Doji. They were awarded with cash prize of Rs 10,000 each. All the prizes were sponsored by Mr & Mrs Tumnya Karbak & Sons.

The MFCCI also felicitated three archers from the state namely, Genung Tekseng, Medal winner of 36th Asian Games held at Bangkok, Maselo Mihu and Sorang Yumi for their outstanding performance.

A traditional archery competition was also organized by MFCCI-2015. Parl. Secretary for Home, S &YA, Likha Saaya the guest of honour and Penya Bagra, Secy. Sports MFCCI, gave away the prizes to the winners of sports competition.

Earlier, addressing the gathering on the occasion, Mein urged upon the community to continue their endeavour for promotion of culture through innovative ideas. Mein also appreciated the MFCCI-2015 for keeping on the traditional ethics of Galos.

With the change of time, the Galos are changing themselves while preserving their traditional values with more innovation. This itself speaks volumes about the Galo society, said the Minister.

In his address Saaya appreciated the organizing committee headed by Nyamar Karbak, MLA for their innovative ideas to preserve and promote the mother tongue through ramp show. The younger generation will learn so many things related to tradition and culture from such kind of shows, he said.

Among other, Ninong Ering, MP (Lok Shaba), Parl. Secy Transport, Jomde Kena, MLAs PD Sona and Nyamar Karbak attended the show. Renowned local artist Gemo Dium and Mojum Doye enthralled the audience with their mesmerizing songs.



Come clean on allegation of financial misappropriation: AACWA

ITANAGAR, Apr 07: The All Arunachal Contractor's Welfare Association (AACWA) has dared the state govt. to come clean on the allegations leveled against state govt. by NGOs and particularly by former finance minister Kalikho Pul for misappropriations of state ex-chequer running into crores for the last three consecutive financial years.

The state govt. should come clean or resign from the govt. to pave way for President Rule under state financial emergency or fresh democratic mandate be allowed to take place, said AACWA in a release.  

"If the state financial health is sound enough than the Govt should release and clear contractors' pending bills of all the departments immediately and also release the pending salaries of SSA, NRHM, RD etc to win the trust of the people," the release said.

"We as non-political organization are nothing to do with ongoing power game, however, the two successive statements issued by the former longest serving finance and planning minister which came out with in detail and standing position of state financial condition for the last 10 years cannot be nullified and we as laymen and general public will have to panic due to the present financial mess. Now, it is up to the state govt. to restore their lost credibility on the issue or else have to face public ire," the AACWA said.

Stating that Govt clarifications on its various pending demands failed to convince the organization, the AACWA said that it has decided to launch democratic agitation in favour its demands.



No violation of ceasefire agreement will be tolerated: Rijiju

Itanagar, Apr 07: Sending out a strong message to the insurgent groups active in the North East, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju today said that no violation of ceasefire agreement would be tolerated by the Centre.

"If any group violates ceasefire agreement, action will be taken against them. No group can operate outside the ceasefire operation area," Rijiju said while responding to media questions on suspected NSCN ambush on an army convoy at Tirap district on April 2 last, killing three jawans.

He said, the NSCN factions could not operate in the territory of Arunachal Pradesh which was against the ceasefire agreement.

"The group involved in the Tirap ambush went to Myanmar and the MHA is chalking out strategies to counter such incidents," he said.

"If they continue to violate ceasefire agreement, there will be repercussion from our side too," he said adding, action would be taken against those involved in the Tirap ambush.

Responding to a question on peace talk with the insurgent outfits of the region, Rijiju emphatically said that no talks were possible until the groups gave up violence and surrender.

"They will have to surrender with arms and come to the negotiation table. We will provide suitable rehabilitation package for them and initiate dialogues," he said.

He said there would be no talks any more in the political level for which the government had appointed interlocutors to initiate talks with the groups of the region.

"We have already directed the interlocutors to expedite the talk process for a permanent solution to bring peace into the region," he added.



North East India Fashion Week in Itanagar

ITANAGAR, Apr 07: Emphasizing on the importance of promoting weavers across the state by introducing their outputs to the fashion world, the North East India Fashion Week - Itanagar Edition, will be held at Dree Ground from April 10 to 12.

Bollywood actress and model Tanushree Dutta, Mr. Universe 2009 Mahadev Deka, actress Rajni Basumatary, among others, will walk the ramp of this illustrious fashion extravaganza.

Announcing the Itanagar edition of North East India Fashion Week, noted fashion designer and CEO of ARL, Yana Ngoba said, "The North East India Fashion Week's main objective is to promote and support weavers, designers and craftsman of the region, and to empower women of Northeast by providing them a networking opportunity and by facilitating buyers for their products."

At least 30 designers from Northeast and other designers of national repute are expected to present their creations during the three day event. Ten models from the state and other national and international models will walk the ramp showcasing indigenous designs.

The Itanagar edition of the fashion week will witness a workshop for weavers along with the fashion shows where networking opportunities for weavers with design houses, silk promoters and retailers to market their produce will be facilitated.

"Our tribal attire is rich in terms of weaves, colours and patterns. North East India Fashion Week will be a platform for dreams to take flight. A platform where participating designers can showcase their creativity, innovations, individuality and can seek value for their commercial line in the presence of buyers from both the regional and the national market", said Yana.

North East India Fashion Week's mission is to hold more such industry developing initiatives. The show aims to endorse and encourage designers to grow and showcase their work regionally and nationally.



TT Memorial Badminton championship begins at Ruksin

Prafulla Kaman

RUKSIN, Apr 07: The first ever "Double Badminton championship Trophy, 2015," organized by Industrial Growth Centre Youth Association (IGCYA), Ngorlung began at Ruksin General Ground today.

Inaugurating the championship, Director of Secondary Education, Tapang Taloh said games and sports are essential part of life and playing sports is a great way of keeping oneself physically and mentally fit. Suggesting the organisers to keep same zeal and spirit to organize the trophy regularly, Taloh suggested the budding players to play the game with true sportsman spirit and maintain strict discipline to become a good player. He also advised them to make career out of sports as there are job reservation for good sportspersons in various Govt. departments.

The main objective of the tournament is to identify hidden local sports talents and encourage them to play badminton, said Organizing Committee President, Orik Panggeng.

Besides the champion's trophy the event carries cash award of Rs. 25,000 for the winner and Rs.15,000 for the runners up team. Rs 5,000 will be awarded to the fair play team, informed the organisers.

As many as 20 players and teams from different parts of Arunachal and Assam are participating in the tournament.

The championship is sponsored by one Tatong Taki and his family members in memory of their late father Takong Taki, former Head Gaon Burah of Linka village under Ruksin circle.



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Start fight from grass-root

In the last few days newspapers of state are filled with corruption issues raised by various unions, politicians and political parties. Allegation of corruption to the tune of crores of rupees has deeply damaged the reputation of state. Already Arunachal has acquired the bad reputation for being highly corrupted and these new revelations will further hurt the image of state. While everyone is talking about high level corruption, no one seems to care about the corruption at grass root level.

Today local dailies carried a news item about how office of District Transport Office, Changlang siphoned off the fine amount collected for violation of motor vehicle rules. DTO office charged fine of Rs 9000 to a truck owner for violation of rule but only Rs 1000 was deposited in the treasury office. This is a classic example of how corruption is deep rooted in Arunachal. There is a need to start the fight against corruption at grass-root. Government of Arunachal had promised to constitute Lokayukta at the earliest but till now nothing has moved in that direction. Government has to give more power to the people in order to arm them to fight against the corruption. Early constitution of Lokayukta will be a step in this regard.

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A cursed road

Dear Editor,

During a recent visit to Kokila, the border area of Papum Pare dist, I found that our government has been neglecting this locality in every means starting with the utmost necessity-road.

I found that the ‘0-Point’ Kokila (Assam) and Kokila (Arunachal Pradesh) is marked by road which is a miracle in itself. Assam portion has been blessed with PMGSY Road with black toping, Arunachal side has been cursed with dust in sunny days and mud in rainy days.

Now I would like an authentic answer without blame games from the government, whether border areas are a matter of concern to them? How many more such cases are there? Who is responsible for it- the government, the Head Office, under whom projects are implemented, Engineer, contractor or the common public?

Why was PMGSY Road not implemented in this area or if it was why the authenticity of completion of the road was not verified? I may be raising the question lately because I just got to know about it, but is it necessary that implementation of a project in any field needs to be asked or agitated for?


A concerned citizen




Harming ourselves indiscriminately

Dear Editor,

Human polity are being practised in such a way that ruling class & privileged exploit and monopolise resources of the nation by depriving the political opponents, weaker sections. Extreme inequalities in the ownership & enjoyment of national resources is one of the biggest reasons for the great turmoil in human societies around the world today and it equally affect the nature in untold ways. But why should it merit practising of such exploitative and divisive practices at the cost of peace, harmony and progress and which affect detrimentally and universally? After all, every individual is a fellow citizen of a nation & member of mankind who aspire for a progressive & peaceful life for one self and his beloved succeeding generations. For powerful & riches there is no guarantee that one may not lay beaten at an air crash, terrorist attack, road accident, cardiac arrest, cancer, diabetes, etc. And when, the eventualities will have happened, all material aggrandisement will surely be forgone to export somewhere out of this world but the disorderliness concretely inherited by the upcoming generations. While poor and weaker sections have been falling prey to epidemics, poverty, hopelessness & suicides, life gifts onetime opportunity to every soul to make tremendous contribution to our society, our world, our green planet and who knows, even to the greater cosmos towards harmonious progress for today and ensuing future. Polity as the tool for conduct of human societies has the greatest potential for self reformation within the system and reformation in the societies. Especially in our country, the forefathers gifted a constitution with all encompassing and all accommodating values and provisions with noble vision for collective empowerment and excelling. State policies, programmes, etc need to be tuned to the very fundamental and noble objectives and vision which forms the very basis for existence of Bharat, India. Equally, all around the world, the states have the greatest responsibility to make contribution towards making this world, the planet more safer & harmonious for persistence of lives of mankind & other entities. What is the achievement and nobility of that power and development which results in the millions & millions of souls falling victim to bullets, starvation, epidemics, etc all around for generations and ages? Also there are human aggravated natural catastrophes that boomerangs and wreck havoc upon the mankind itself. Practices of such power and approaches of such development models earnestly need some deep rethinking and reassessment. The humanity, the whole world should be alarmed and awakened towards reformative actions, if a fellow human dies of bullet, succumbed to hunger & thirst, fallen prey to an epidemic, lay beaten in an unnatural accident, etc because none wish to die but desire for a joyful long life. And because no family, ever want to become a bereaved but live long and happy with their loved ones. The nature, the creation, the creator has blessed us with bountiful of endowments for harmonious living and enjoyment but its us, the human, who is harming ourselves indiscriminately. And it is an onus upon us to collectively reform these detrimental paths towards brighter and better tomorrow for ourselves and the succeeding generations.


Tagam Mibang





A virus called corruption

Dear Editor,

As terrorism recognizes no boundaries, similarly corruption recognizes no boundaries, tribes, society etc. It will proliferate to every corner of the society and sate. APPDSU organized a rally against Education Minister Tapang Taloh, we should not assume that they are against the minister but against the undeletable virus i.e. Corruption. Today the virus is in Papum Pare colleges; tomorrow it will be in other districts colleges and schools. Instead of criticizing corruption from your room in social networks like Facebook, take a step and protest against it. We are the anti-virus against the virus corruption, as no legislation can eliminate it. It’s you and me who can bring the change.


Nabam Kuyi




Preferential treatment

Dear Editor,

As regularly observed in your daily, there is raising demand for Non-APST teachers in various schools in our state. I am not being racist, but it’s a matter of great concern. Do they think that our education system could not produce educated, qualified, honest and hard working personnel? Many of our students pursue B. ed and crack NET examinations in hope of getting employed in schools and colleges, but the current trend is crushing their morale.

These demands are also in other sectors too. Unemployment is hovering over our youths and there is demand and import of Non-APSTs. What would we graduates and post graduates expect from our people if they does not accept us and believes us as incompetent, and prefers outsiders. Are they not responsible for growing numbers of unemployment? One day they have to answer us.


Yab Nikum Kaih

RGU, Rono Hills




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