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BRTF Jawans donates blood

ITANAGAR, Apr 11: Shouldering their social responsibility towards the civil society, HQ 756 BRTF (GREF), Damsite, Naharlagun organized a voluntary blood donation camp involving their officials and jawans.

Altogether, 32 units of blood were collected. There was enthusiastic participation from the BRTF personnel.

The technical support for the conduction of the camp was done under the guidance of Dr. Pekba Ringu, DD (SBTC) and Dr. P Sona, MD (Path), Medical Officer, Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun.  

Prior to the blood donation camp a Blood Donor Motivation Camp cum HIV/AIDS awareness programme was conducted for the personnel of the BRTF.

Dr. Nabam Budh, Deputy Director (BTS) and STI, APSACS enlightened the audience about HIV/AIDS and their preventive measures. He also explained the jawans about the benefit of use of condom to protect oneself from not only HIV/AIDS but also various sexually transmitted infections. He also dwelt on Reproductive Tract Infections (RTIs) and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI).

Dony Taying, AD (VBD), APSACS, as one of the resource persons of the programme spoke on voluntary blood donation and its importance. He also dispelled many myths and misconceptions associated to voluntary blood donation.

An interactive session on HIV/AIDS issue and voluntary blood donation was arranged where Dr.Nabam Budh and Dr.P Sona answered the queries of the BRTF jawans.

B.Ravi, Commandant, HQ 756 BRTF (GREF) GREF also spoke on the occasion called upon his jawans to voluntarily participate in such blood donation camp and imbibe the habit of blood donation which will not save human lives but also keep oneself healthy.


Disease and Pest management held

AALO, Apr 11: District Level Training on Disease and Pest management was conducted today at the community hall at Tai under Tirbin circle of West Siang District.

The training was sponsored by District Agriculture Officer West Siang under the aegis of Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA).

Altogether 250 farmers from various villages took part in the training programme.

Attending the training as Resource person, Agriculture Development Officer, Jumsen Bam highlighted on package of practice of banana cultivation in the area, while Block Technology Manager Mibi Gamlin imparted training on vermin compose and its importance to the trainees.

Agriculture Development Officer Basar, Tojo Bam, highlighted on cultivation of cabbage and also about various pests and disease management. DIPRO


New colony inaugurated at Seppa

SEPPA, Apr 11: A new colony "Pacha Myorang" was inaugurated by Parliamentary Secretary (Tax & Excise) Tapuk Taku, at Seppa yesterday.

Responding to a memorandum submitted by Pacha Myorang Colony Welfare Association regarding road connectivity and construction of bridge, the Parliamentary Secretary assured to extend all possible support for development of the colony.

Further, he urged the residents to join hands in the process of development and added that with the growing need of space due to increasing population the expansion of town is inevitable.

EKSWCO, AEKSU and public leaders have also assured to support in the developmental activities of the colony. DIPRO


Forum alleges RWD Minister misusing of power

ITANAGAR, Apr 11:  Alleging misusing of power and position in awarding the works under PMGSY, NEC, SPA etc in 8-Bameng Constituency under East Kameng district, the 8-Bameng Constituency People's Forum, in a representation to the Chief Minister, has demanded for dropping of Bameng MLA and RWD Minister Kumar Waii from the cabinet. The forum also demanded for an inquiry committee headed by a retired judge of high court or CBI to enquire the whole truth.


NERIST conducts social service

ITANAGAR, Apr 11: As a part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the surrounding of the Peepal tree at North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST), which was planted by then President of India Giani Zail Singh, was cleaned today.

The Peepal tree was planted by the former President of India while laying the foundation stone of the premier technical institution of North East on March 4, 1984. The monumental tree is standing tall and witnessing the growth of the institute over the last 30 years, according to a NERIST release.

The cleanliness drive was led by Director, NERIST, Prof. PK Das and participated by the faculty members, students and staff of the institute.


Cong protest rally against Land Acquisition Bill

ITANAGAR, Apr 11: City Congress Committee, Itanagar-Naharlagun has organized a massive protest rally today against Land Acquisition Bill of the BJP Government and the BJP's election manifesto during last Delhi Assembly election where people from North East were mentioned as immigrants.

The rally was taken out from Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, Itanagar to Indira Gandhi Park here.

APCC president Padi Richo, party MLAs, including Techi Kaso, Dikto Yekar, Nyamar Karbak, IMC Chief Councilor Higio Aruni, NSUI National Secretary (in-charge Arunachal Pradesh) Kamrul Islam Choudhary, NSUI State Unit president Tanu Nima, all the office bearers of APCC and frontal organizations took part in the rally.


Free eye camp at Yingkiong

ITANAGAR, Apr 11: A 2-day free eye camp organized by Itanagar Mori-Rotgo Bango Welfare Society (IMRBWS) in collaboration with District Health Society, Upper Siang began at District Hospital Yingkiong today.

The eye camp is being conducted by eye specialists Dr Kaling Darang and Dr Kipa Tubing from Arunachal State Hospital along with a team of assistants.

Parliamentary Secretary Alo Libang, who inaugurated the eye camp, urged the public to avail the free services at their door step since there is no eye specialist in Upper Siang district. He highly praised the activities of the Itanagar Mori-Rotgo Bango Welfare Society (IMRBWS) for organizing the eye camp.


Paedophile targets minor again

ITANAGAR, Apr 11: The father of a 9-year-old girl in Nyigam (Paka) village under Basar Police Station has lodged an FIR with Basar Police against a paedophile for allegedly sexually assaulting her daughter.

Although the alleged crime was committed on March 8 last, the victim a class three student did not disclose about the incident due to fear, the father of the minor girl said in the FIR. However, she disclosed about the incident after 22 days of the incident, the father said.

The father appealed to the Basar Police to arrest the alleged accused under appropriate section(s) of the laws.


Land donors appeals for gainful engagement

ITANAGAR, Apr 11: The Polytechnic College Development Committee (PCDC) of Layang in Kurung Kumey, on behalf of the land donors, appealed to the state government and the education department to compensate them by appointing eligible candidates of the area in various posts and awarding land development and construction works of the institute to the land donors.


APSLSA conducts legal awareness prog for women groups

ITANAGAR, Apr 11: The Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority (APSLSA), Yupia today conducted a one-day legal awareness programme for the women groups of Forest Colony, Chandanagar and Itanagar with the active participation of nearly 50 members.

Addressing the participants, Yupia District & Sessions Judge, cum member secretary, APSLSA, Budi Habung made them aware of the role and function of legal services authorities besides facilities provided to the legal aid seekers. He also clarified doubts on various issues raised by the women participants,

While Dani Belo, OSD and under secretary law dwelt on the topic -"Arunachal Pradesh victim compensation scheme", Rosy Taba, project counsellor, Access to justice project, Arunachal Pradesh, made a presentation on the women related laws and more particularly in issues pertaining to domestic violence Act.

During the day, monthly Lok Adalat was also conducted by the courts of Additional District & Sessions Judge, Basar, Chief Judicial Magistrate, Yupia and judicial magistrate Khonsa. A total of 4, 9 and 3 cases were disposed by the said courts in the Lok Adalat respectively.


House, shops gutted down at Sigin-II

ITANAGAR, Apr 11: The dwelling house and shops were reportedly gutted down in a fire accident that broke out at Sigin-II in Daporijo Upper Subansiri district on April 7 last.  Property worth amount lakhs have been reportedly damaged during the fire accident. When contacted Upper Subansiri Superintendent of Police, Taru Gusar has confirmed the accident and informed that police personnel and fire brigade acted timely in containing the ravaging fire from spreading. Meanwhile, Sigin-II Youth Association appealed the district administration to provide the relief to the fire victims.


News Impact

Centre, State come under fire from AAPSU, NESO Demand for repealing AFSPA grows louder

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Apr 11: Outraged over the Centre's decision to extend Armed Force Special Power Act (AFSPA) in all districts of Arunachal Pradesh bordering Assam and enactment of Arunachal Pradesh Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (APUAPA) by the state government, All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) and North-East Students Organization (NESO) in a joint press strongly condemned both Centre and the state government.

Addressing the media persons at Press Club this afternoon, AAPSU President Kamta Lapung condemned the BJP government for imposing draconian law terming it as murder of democracy.  Lapung also castigated Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju for alleged insensitiveness of the dreaded law. "If anybody was victimized under AFSPA, Kiren will be held responsible" AAPSU President said. He also questioned the stand of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State Unit on AFSPA.  

AAPSU President further appealed   State BJP to come out with spirit to support the people of Arunachal in demanding repealing of AFSPA from Arunachal Pradesh. "State BJP should come out with spirit and should join in protest against the draconian law" Lapung added.  Coming down heavily on Tuki led government for enacting APUAPA, AAPSU stated that both laws are similar in nature, as it infringes upon individual liberty.

"Arunachal Pradesh Unlawful Activities Prevention Act is similar to AFSPA" said AAPSU General Secretary Biru Nasi.  Nasi further the draconian laws will not only affect the unions and organisations but will also affect on common people.  

Ridiculing the state government over enactment of Arunachal Pradesh Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, Nasi said that the act should be rather termed as 'Arunachal Pradesh Anti-Government Activities Prevention Act' stating that Act has given no provision where the falsely charged victim legally act against the authority. Nasi flayed the state government for allegedly showing double standard over AFPSA as it had also enacted similar law (APUAPA) in the state. "If you oppose AFSPA, why did you enact APUAPA in Arunachal" AAPSU GS said while questioning the state government.  

He further stated that AAPSU will continue with its agitation demanding repealing of both the draconian laws. The union is organizing a protest rally on 15th April next, demanding repealing of laws from the state. Condemning the BJP led Government particularly MoS Kiren Rijiju for bringing up AFSPA in Arunachal, NESO Coordinator Pritam Bhai Sonam stated that the MoS has betrayed the people of Arunachal by rewarding such dreaded law. "Whom we trusted the most, has cursed us with AFSPA" Sonam added.  "AFSPA has been unnecessarily imposed in Arunachal to harass the common people" NESO Coordinator said.  Questioning the logic behind draconian law extension he said, "Can MoS Kiren name any banned organisation in Arunachal to justify the bringing up of AFSPA? Citing example over misuse of AFSPA, Sonam informed that one local man was shot dead in 2007 by the armed force near Gumto in Papum Pare district.  However, the police justified the killing that saying the victim was mistakenly shot, Sonam claimed.  

 AAPSU and NESO also lodged protest over Kiren Rijiju's statement wherein he said the centre is ready to withdraw if the state government effectively deals with insurgent. How come the state government deals effectively with insurgent without support from the centre" questioned the organisations.  "Instead of rescuing people in financial crisis, MoS Kiren is passing responsibility to the state government" it added.

AAPSU and NESO furthered condemned the Chinese government for repeatedly claiming over Arunachal Pradesh.   Chinese government is baselessly claiming Arunachal as its territory, AAPSU stated while strongly reacting the Chinese government. "We look similar doesn't mean that we are Chinese, we were never been part of China and Tibet, we are Indians" AAPSU reiterated.

Meanwhile, opposing the extension of the draconian law to as many as 12 districts, All Tagin Students' Union (ATSU) has appealed to the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs to take up the matter with the Centre for its immediate repeal.



AFSPA due to state Govt’s failure to curb militancy: BJP

PPA voice opposition, to hold rally

ITANAGAR, Apr 11: There is differing voices on imposition from the Armed Forces Special Powers Act in the state with  People's Party of Arunachal (PPA) resolving to stage a rally against imposition of the Act on 15th April, 2015 at Itanagar starting from Banderdewa to Chimpu. While the Arunachal Pradesh unit of BJP today said that the decision to impose AFSPA in 12 districts of the state was taken due to failure of the state government to curb militant activity which is on the rise in recent times.

PPA termed the imposition of the Act by the Ministry of Home Affairs in all districts of Arunachal bordering Assam as "dictatorial, against democracy and the very ethos of the quasi federal character of the Indian Constitution".

The People of the State along with all the right based Organizations condemn this Act and, the People's Party of Arunachal vows to leave no stone unturned in its fight against this wrongful imposition of the Act, said Chairman CWC PPA Kamen Ringu, in a Party meeting held on Imposition of AFSPA in Arunachal Pradesh. This is a deliberate insult to the most peace loving State, who are so patriotic in their thought and approach inspite of being culturally and ethnically so akin and close to the Tibetans and Chinese living across the MacMohan Line, added Ringu.

Secretary General, PPA Kaling Jerang, said that "while the Modi Govt, at the centre was being initially applauded for his agenda of ushering in an era of democratic decentralization through NITI Ayog with special care towards the development of North Eastern States, this unilateral imposition of an unlawful Act in the State proves the double standard political ideology of central Govt, towards NE States.

"It was not a unilateral decision of the Centre. Regular intelligence feedbacks have painted a dismal scenario of the prevailing law and order situation in the state," BJP state unit president Tai Tagak said here.  "Even Chief Minister Nabam Tuki recently pleaded with the union home ministry to deploy 2,000 additional para-military personnel to tackle insurgency in the state," he said.

Tagak said earlier AFSPA was imposed on an area of 20 km of each district bordering Assam.

However, after the December carnage by NDFB(S) in Assam, the Centre has launched Operation All-Out in Assam.

This has led to the militants sneaking into Arunachal Pradesh beyond the AFSPA area where operation by the security forces cannot be launched.

"In the recent review meeting of Unified Command structure in Guwahati the representatives from Arunachal Pradesh highlighted the grim situation in the state. There is no pro-active government in the state to control the law and order situation," he said.

On people's apprehension about extension of AFSPA to entire state, Tagak said it was not clamped on the entire state but to 12 districts which would be lifted when situation normalises.

"AFSPA is an evil necessity. Its imposition in 12 districts has exposed the state government's failure to curb insurgency. We do not want such a draconian law in our peaceful state but situation has compelled the Centre to take such a decision," he added.

"It is high time state government must rise to the situation," Leader of Opposition Tamiyo Taga said. "The state government is sleeping and extension of AFSPA is a result of bad governance in the state," he added. PTI



BJP demands probe in ‘financial mismanagement’ in Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Apr 11: BJP today demanded for formation of a high-power committee to investigate the alleged financial mismanagement by the Nabam Tuki-led Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh.

"Time and again we have been demanding the state government to bring out a white paper on the state's financial health and the recent revelation made by one of the senior Congress MLA about the financial mismanagement by the state government speaks volume on rampant corruption in the state," party's state unit chief Tai Tagak said. Former Finance Minister and senior Congress MLA Kalikho Pul, who was expelled from the party on charges of anti-party activities, recently in a press conference alleged financial embezzlement by the state government to the tune of Rs 299.32 crore of central fund against relief and rehabilitation schemes in the past four years.

"Corruption has become a cancerous disease in the state with no developmental activities for which the law and order situation has been deteriorating day by day," Tagak alleged and added that a large chunk of development fund had been siphoned off by the Congress government.

Referring to the sudden dissolution of the state assembly on February last year and recommending for simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the state, the BJP president said that the midnight exercise was done before six months of the expiry of the Assembly to hide the financial mismanagement.

"We are demanding for accountability in the financial management of the state and the government cannot run away from its responsibilities. The government has to come clear on the fund misappropriated before the people," Tagak added. PTI



Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Association meet

ITANAGAR, Apr 11: 'Catholic Church can bring together under one roof, every difference of every tribes and diversities.', said Dr. John Thomas, Bishop of Itanagar, while addressing a gathering of 150 delegates from entire Arunachal Pradesh on the occasion of introduction of One yearly Sunday, for the promotion of Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Association (APCA) activities.

'There is also no budgeting done from the Bishops house as there is no income. But the plans are made when money comes from the faithful. Everything in Bishops house runs on charity and contributions', said Bishop of Itanagar, when asked about budgeting and Catechist Salaries.

"Laws are fences for protection and nothing else. If the fence is broken, the invulnerability and danger for the insiders becomes inevitable. Likewise all laws are to be respected and not broken", he said while talking of Catholic rules.

Tok Buttum Secretary, North East All India Catholic Union (AICU) said that it was now time to give to the Church. Seven years ago, when Bishops were established, every faithful thought and expected to get from the Bishops. But the Church teaches otherwise; the Bishops and Priests of Parishes are run by the support of the faithful, he said.

The core concern of Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Association (APCA) is to alleviate the suffering people in times of natural calamities, to fight injustice and uplift the downtrodden and the poor people of the state and to uphold and promote secularism in the state of Arunachal Pradesh', said Pekhi Nabum, Secretary General APCA, as he highlighted the ongoing activities of the Catholic Association.

Dominic Tadar, the president Itanagar APCA unit upheld the Bishops of Arunachal Pradesh and thanked them for keeping a Sunday aside for APCA as he called upon the faithful to lead an exemplary life of a Catholic.

Jati Pulu, Tana Hali, Nabam Vishal, Yumlam Kaha also spoke on the occasion.

Meeting started with the introduction of delegates from Miao and Itanagar dioceses and invocation prayer led by Rt. Rev. Dr. John Thomas Bishop of Itanagar as Taw Tebin President APCA took them through the aims and objectives of the meeting, according to a press statement by TT Stephen, Secretary Publicity APCA.



ABK urges author to give public apology and recall the book

ITANAGAR, Apr 11: The Adi Baane Kebang (ABK) has expressed displeasure over various errors containing in the book "Administrative Development in Arunachal Pradesh, since 1873 (The Inner Line Regulation Act)" authored by Basanta Kumar Singh,  Head of Department, Political Science (Post-Graduate Section), Haflong Government College.

The ABK said that the said book which was circulated through the recently held Book Fair at IG Park contained various errors regarding the Adi community.

Under Chapter 1-A profile of the Tribes of Arunachal Pradesh, at page 17/18 and 49, the author have given a brief profile of the Adi tribe wherein the author have stated "There are three main groups in Adi society Gallong, Padam and Minyong". Whereas the Gallong (wrongly spelled) does not come under the ambit of Adi Society and they are constitutionally recognised as a separate tribe.

Further, the author has stated that the Padams and Minyongs are also sub-divided into sub-tribes, which is absolutely false information. The spelling of the bachelor`s dormitories is also misspelled as Mosup which is pronounced and spelled as Musup.

At page 14 of the book, the photograph of "Taapu" war dance of Adi's is also wrongly presented in the Sulung tribe article. This is also a wrong presentation.

At page 34, while describing the important festivals celebrated by the different tribes, the author has mentioned Mopin festival of Galo tribes as festival of Adi's in Sl. No 12.

It is worth mentioning that, the Adi Baane Kebang [ABK], based on gazette notification had decided not to mention the name of different sub-tribes after the word Adi. The entire people shall be known and written only as "Adi". Accordingly, the Govt of Arunachal Pradesh had instructed all concerned for issuance of ST or other certificates by mentioning only the word "Adi". But in the said book the author has repeatedly made attempt to distinguish/divide the Adi`s which is viewed seriously.

The error depiction/description in the book has totally given a different image of the Adis which is an insult to the Adi community. Further the information provided in the book is not based on recent developments, the author has failed to update himself in this regard.

Taking the matter as very serious, the Adi Baane Kebang urged the author to give written apology through print media within a period of 30 days. The ABK also urged the author to immediately recall the book titled "Administrative Development in Arunachal Pradesh, since 1873 [ The Inner Line Regulation Act ]" and suggested to re-print the book after necessary corrections.



Tutsa community celebrates Pongtu Kuh today

CHANGLANG, Apr 11: "Festivals are a unifying factor in the society which brings family members, relatives, friends and everyone together" said Minister for RWD Kumar Waii while attending Pongtu Kuh, an agricultural festival of Tutsa Community at Changlang today. The minister emphasised on preservation of rich and age old culture which is the true identity of every tribe.

Waii assured developments in road communication sector in the district and appealed the local populace to co-operate with the department in implementing the developmental activities.

Earlier, he unfurled the festival flag to mark the commencement of the celebration amidst mammoth gathering and later he along with the visiting dignitaries offered prayer to Almighty 'Rangkhothak,' who is believed to be divine Goddess both benevolence and malevolence, for bumper harvest, prosperity and protection against natural calamities, like famine, flood, etc.

Parliamentary Secretary for Horticulture, Mutchu Mithi praised the rich culture of Tutsa community and appreciated the love and respect they show towards other communities.  

He emphasised on cultivation of large cardamom for sustainable income and giving due priority and importance to quality and compulsory education to the children adding that education is must for overall development of the community.

Earlier Science and Technology Chairman, Gabriel D Wangsu, while extending festival greetings to all, appealed the young generations to learn and take interest in the customs and traditions of their tribe and dwelt on importance and necessities of preserving vibrant and rich cultural heritage and traditions.

Chairman Bamboo Mission, Zignu Namchoom, MLA Mahesh Chai and MLA Laisam Simai also attended the festival.

The colourful traditional dances from various Tutsa inhabited areas, cultural show, local Tutsa cuisines etc. were the main attractions of the festival.

Earlier on the other day MLA Laisam Simai unveiled the newly erected statue of Wangnia Pongte, former Minister, near Bank Tinali here amidst hundreds of participants. DIPRO

At KHONSA: Attending the Pongtu Kuh, PWD Minister Gojen Gadi extended his Pongtu Kuh greetings to the people at Khonsa and suggested the organisers to celebrate the festival at Itanagar also.

The PWD minister has announced Rs.50 lakh from his department for creation of infrastructures in Khonsa circuit house and expressing displeasure over the deplorable road condition in and around Khonsa, he assured to look into the matter on priority for its renovation and also assured extension of Khonsa township roads by 4 km with black topping.

Talking about the KBJ road, Gadi said that the road from Tinsukia to Khonsa had been declared National Highway adding that the said road would henceforth be taken over by the Highway department.

Tirap Deputy Commissioner while throwing light on the Pongtu Kuh hoped that the festival would usher in peace and prosperity. He apprised the PWD minister on the deplorable roads in the district and urged him to address the problem of the roads and the over aged government buildings on priority.

Minister for DoTCL, WCD etc., Wanglin Lowangdong advised the Tutsa community to preserve their rich traditions for the posterity and added that the leaders from Tirap were leaving no stone unturned to usher in unprecedented development and sought the wiling cooperation of the people.

Local MLA Wanglam Sawin who was the host of the Pongtu Kuh celebrations highlighted the significance of Pongtu Kuh.

On the occasion, the PWD minister laid the foundation stone for construction of Rs.25 crore district mini secretariat project at Khonsa amidst a huge gathering.

The cultural troop presented Pongtu-Kuh dances and other modern dances on the occasion which was also attended by MLA Tirong Aboh, former MLA Kamthok Lowang, SP, CO 1st AR, SE (PWD) Jairampur, PRIs leaders and HoDs. DIPRO


Honour views of State Govt before imposing AFSPA: ACR

ITANAGAR, Apr 11: While welcoming the gesture of Union Minister of Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju for responding to the grievances of the state Govt and some organizations, Arunachal Citizens Rights (ACR) today called upon the Union Home Ministry to respect the federal character of our Constitution and consult and honour the views of the State Government before imposing such a draconian and controversial legislation like Armed Forces Special Powers' Act (AFSPA). The ACR urged both  the Union Home Ministry and Government of India to be fair and transparent in laying down any intelligence report or related information before the people of  the state behind the imposition of this draconian law in districts like East and West Kameng, Lower Subansiri and Papum Pare, West and East Siang, and Lohit and Lower Dibang Valley.

The statement of the Union Minister has unfortunately failed to answer the questions raised by the State Govt and the organizations and satisfy the apprehensions raised by the people of Arunachal Pradesh, the ACR said.

Rijiju in his statement had said that "Declaration of the districts bordering Assam, in Arunachal Pradesh, as disturbed has been made with the sole purpose of enabling the Forces to chase and arrest these terrorists and insurgents irrespective of the distance they cover in Arunachal Pradesh for a limited period till these violent Assam based groups are neutralised. Reading anything about this measure beyond this is improper and unfortunate."

However, ACR, while pointing out the failure of the Armed forces, said that AFSPA was first imposed in three districts of Tirap, Changlang and Longding in 1991 to deal with the insurgents. But the situation implies utter failure on the part of the armed forces even when they are armed with such a draconian law for last 25 years. The AFSPA has also not been revoked in these districts, ACR said.

How can then the Minister justify the extension of the AFSPA to 12 districts of Arunachal Pradesh when imposing AFSPA thereafter within 20 kms of the area bordering Assam did not yield any result in all these years?, ACR questioned. The Minister himself admitted that "Security Forces have been finding it increasingly difficult to act against them, even if they know their whereabouts."

The ACR claimed that on the contrary to his statement, the Union minister has blamed the Arunachal Pradesh Govt of being not effective in dealing with the terrorists when it is the army which has failed the people of Arunachal Pradesh for the last 25 years.

"The Minister, who is also the Member of Parliament from Arunachal Pradesh (West), has also failed to respond to the apprehensions of human rights violations of the armed forced in the aftermath of imposing AFSPA in other North Eastern States as documented by the Jeevan Reddy Commission and various other studies including that of the Institute of Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA), a Government of India Body," the ACR added.



JK Tyre Arunachal Festival of Speed sets the state buzzing

ITANAGAR, Apr 11: The picturesque Dirang valley in Arunachal Pradesh helmed by towering mountains and breath-taking vistas, straight out of picture postcard frames, was the setting of the JK Tyre Arunachal Festival of Speed.

This extreme one of a kind event which saw participation from enthusiasts from across the country was held from the April 7-9 April. This magnificent amphitheatre of nature and quaint lifestyle reverberated to the glorious sound of highly tuned rally cars driven by some of India's top drivers. This event also gave an opportunity to drivers from the North East region to showcase their talent as they rubbed shoulders with the best exponents of the dust sport in the country.

The USP of the JK Tyre Arunachal Festival of Speed organized by the Motorsports Club of Arunachal is that it combines three forms of road racing and rallying on a single platform. The participants competed in Auto Cross, Rally Sprint and Hill Climb.

On the first day, life in Dirang came to a standstill as all roads led to the Lopon Stadium which was the stage for the Auto Cross. The stadium was packed, and the drivers thrilled the crowd with high speed action in different classes including Quard- ATV category which was introduced for the first time this year.

The headline act of the event was the 2013 Asia Pacific Rally Champion, Gaurav Gill who was the star attraction of the show. Living up to his formidable reputation Gill behind the wheels of a rally prepared Volkswagen Polo dominated the Auto Cross, Rally Sprint and the 8km Hill Climb. Gill emerged as the overall winner with a total of 75 points.

Keeping in tune with the core philosophy of the JK Tyre Motorsport of unearthing and nurturing grassroots talent, the Arunachal Festival of Speed, brought to fore a number of local talent. However, the stand out performance came from 19-year-old Arindam Saikia. A native of Meghalaya, Saikia dominated the Quard class behind the wheels of his Polaris RZR 1000 by winning the Auto Cross Sprint and the Hill Climb.

After three days of high quality motorsports, the curtains came down on the JK Tyre Arunachal Festival of Speed with a rock concert and glittering prize distribution ceremony.



Itanagar team lifts TT Memorial Badminton Trophy

Prafulla Kaman

PASIGHAT, Apr 11: Praveen Chetry and Abhinash Sarma from Itanagar lifted the Takong Taki Memorial Double Badminton Championship Trophy, 2015, which concluded in the Officers Club here yesterday evening.

They beat the pair of Kaling Taki and Miken Kaye of East Siang by 3-2 sets in the final.

Chetry and Sarma entered into final defeating the pair of Kaling Dorung and Jumbo Gei of East Siang while Kaling Taki and Miken Kaye entered into the final defeating Kaying Rome and Gumjo Lollen of Sangey Laden Sports Academy, Chimpu, Itanagar.

The champion team was awarded cash prize of Rs. 25,000 along with the coveted trophy while the runners up team was given Rs. 15,000 along with a trophy. The team from Sangey Laden Sports Academy, Itanagar walked away with the 'fair play' prize.

As many as 20 players from different parts of Arunachal and neighbouring Assam took part in the tournament.

Eminent persons including Director of Secondary Education, Tapang Taloh, East Sang District Sports Officer, N Appa, Assistant Engineer (PHE) Kaling Paron and senior citizen (Mirem) Tator Taki besides members of late HGB's family (sponsors) and sports enthusiasts of Pasighat and Ruksin area attended the concluding programme.

The event was organized by Industrial Growth Centre Youth Association (IGCYA), Ruksin under the sponsorship of Tatong Taki and his family members in memory of their late father, who was also the Head Gaon Burah of Linka village under Ruksin circle.



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