Kiren Rijiju joins Congress
ITANAGAR Aug 24: Kiren Rijiju, the firebrand politician who managed to put Arunachal
in the big picture today joined Congress from BJP.
With this new political development, Bharatiya Janata Party at the National and State
level have received a major jolt.
It is historic moment for me as I have taken a major political decision that I believe
will benefit the people of Arunachal Pradesh said former Lok Sabha MP today while
addressing media persons.
As Arunachalee I have a duty to serve the people of the state at maximum capacity
and after thorough retrospection I feel that Congress is the right platform said
Arunachal is a sensitive state which needs stability and this can be reached only
when likeminded leaders come under a common umbrella to serve the cause of the state,
One must also remember that the political scenario of the country has changed with
people giving clear mandate to the INC in the recent Lok Sabha polls.
I don’t see much role as a member of BJP to serve the people and the state at this
juncture, Rijiju said and added that through Congress he would be able to serve the
He also clarified that his joining the INC was unconditional and further crashed
all speculation by stating that he will not contest in the assembly polls due in
Once the election is over, we must work for the state as well as the nation’s interest,
When asked on the court case pending against Election Commission on booths capturing
and rigging during the last parliamentary election in his constituency (Arunachal
West), Rijiju said since the ‘political differences’ have been buried, he would soon
The former MP further commented that the PM package and the implementation of 6th
CPC in the state with government employees getting 15 months arrear is historic.
No other state in the northeast have received such attention from the Centre as Arunachal
Pradesh has under the able leadership of chief minister Dorjee Khandu and APCC president
Nabam Tuki, he added.
It is a 'home coming' for the young leader and his joining has strengthened the Congress
in the state as well as the country said Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC)
president Nabam Tuki at the press conference here today.
Nabam Tuki further informed that AICC chief and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi had
accepted Rijiju in the party’s fold.
There is no irony or surprise in politics said MP Takam Sanjoy while welcoming his
one time opposition.
With Rijiju’s joining the Congress, 99% of BJP swing in the state ends, Sanjoy said
and added that there is no room for any communal organization or party in Arunachal
We need stability and unity for Congress to grow in the state, the MP further said.
Welcoming Rijiju to the party’s fold, chief minister Dorjee Khandu said that it was
time for energetic leaders to join hands together and work for development of the
Khandu is confident that Congress would win in all the 60 assembly seats to form
the next state government.
Home Minister Jarbom Gamlin was also present in the press meet held at the chief
minister’s conference hall.
Bridge project foundation laid
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: PWD & UD Minister Nabam Tuki today laid the foundation stone of
an ambitious bridge project, construction of RCC bridge over river Pachin in between
Jullang and Chimpu, in presence of local MLA Kipa Babu at Richi village near Delhi
Public School, about 6 kms from the state capital.
Sanctioned under Central Roads Fund (CRF) during the current financial year 2009-10
with estimated cost of Rs 9.24 crore, the 120-meter-span RCC bridge will be executed
departmentally since it will require technical expertise, said PWD Capital Division-B
Executive Engineer Gamnya Padu, adding that sub soil investigation has already been
done and the report is awaited.
The bidding process for the bridge will be completed by September and construction
works will start from October-November next. If everything goes all right, it will
be constructed within a period of two years, said Er Padu while expressing his thankfulness
to the PWD & UD Minister and the MLA for their arduous efforts in getting sanction
of the bridge project, which was being tried for the past three years.
On its completion, the bridge will connect Naharlagun with Itanagar via Jullang (Jully)
and act like a bypass for NH-52A in between Itanagar and Naharlagun. It will also
serve the purpose of an alternative route to connect NH-52A from Naharlagun’s Papu
Nallah to Assam’s Gohpur via Chimpu, said Er Padu.
Amid huge applause, Capital Division SE Katung Wahge said with the coming of the
RCC bridge over Pachin river, one of long-pending demands of the local people to
connect Jullang with Chimpu has been fulfilled. Responding to a public memorandum
submitted to him by ZPM Taro Modi, the PWD & UD Minister disclosed that Rs 5 crore
and Rs crore could be given either from CRF or SPA/ACA funds for construction of
road from Itanagar to Gohpur to Jullang via Chimpu-I, Richi village and maintenance
of the road from Ganga Market to Papu Nallah via Jullang, respectively.
Turning down the ZPM’s insistence for awarding contract works of the bridge project
to the locals since requires huge financial expenditure as well as technical expertise,
the minister said that being an adjacent part of the state capital, Jullang could
be provided with a ‘special quota’ to fetch its people the benefits of petty contract
Among others, PHE Secretary Tomi Ete, Congress leaders T C Tok & Likha Tongum, public
leader Techi Kasso and host of govt officials were present on the occasion.
Begi launches Don Bosco College Website
ITANAGAR Aug 24: Arunachal Pradesh Director of Higher and Technical Education Dr.
Joram Begi launched the website of Don Bosco College Itanagar (www.dbcitanagar.com)
today during a function held at the college.
Begi speaking on the occasion lauded the contribution of Don Bosco College to higher
education in the state.
He also enumerated that Don Bosco College, the first private institution of higher
education in the state has stood out as an institution of repute with coming in first
in academic as well as co-curricular activities.
He specially noted the fact that the students of the college have bagged all the
prizes last year in the State Level Essay Competition.
Government alone cannot provide higher education and higher education has to be public
private partnership, Begi further said.
He also distinguished between private institutions with profit motive and private
institutions which are purely service oriented. He had special praise for the missionary
institutions of Don Bosco College, Itanagar, St. Claret College, Ziro and St. Francis
of Sales College, Along for their committed effort to provide higher education and
has pushed the others to do better as well.
He further added that having a website of its own the college is being open to the
world. Thousands of people will access information about the institution through
the college website. He also underlined the importance of using technology in order
to enhance our achievements.
He congratulated the students of the college for their excellent academic performance
in the university holding top positions in the various departments in the University
He exhorted the students to continue to make use of the opportunities and facilities
to the fullest so as to benefit themselves and the society. He also recalled the
special bond he shares with the students of the institution.
Earlier welcoming the chief guest, the Principal Dr. Sebastian Karottupuram said
“Dr Joram Begi has been a leader in Higher Education in the state.”
He has been the founding principal of Dera Natung College, Registrar of Rajiv Gandhi
Univeristy and first Director of the department of Higher and Technical Education.
He further said, “Dr. Joram Begi is a man known for his punctuality, precision and
The students performed songs and dance to entertain the gathering and give a festive
atmosphere to the occasion.
Rural Drinking Water quality Monitoring &surveillance Programme gets underway
Pangin, Aug 24: The Second phase of the National Rural Drinking Water quality Monitoring
and surveillance Programme (NRDWQM & SP) in East Siang District started today at
Pangin. More than sixty participants, comprising of elected Panchayat members village
leaders, ASHAs, Angnawadi Workers and government staff of the area attended the block-level
sanitization meeting organized by future Generation Arunachal (FGA).
Speaking on the occasion, Bani Koyu, Horticultural Development Officer, Pangin said
that any program should go beyond words and lead to actions. He urged FGA to ensure
that the program does not stop after the sensitization meeting and the training program,
but to ensure that the water quality tests kits reach the villages in time and the
trainees actually carry out the tests themselves.
Er. Oling Taloh, Assistant Engineer (PHE & WS), Boleng described in detail about
the NRDWQM & SP and the need for monitoring the quality of drinking water. He assured
that the department will work hard to supply safe and wholesome water to the villages
in the area.
Various diseases caused by unsafe drinking water was explained by Dr. T. Gao, Senior
Medical Officer, Community Health Centre, Pangin. He said that water-borne diseases
like typhoid is still the major public health problem and hoped that monitoring the
water quality would help decrease the incidence.
Tai Gao, ASM appreciated the PHE & WS department and FGA for carrying out such program.
He said that far-flung areas like Pangin do not have the privilege of services of
other NGOs. He said he had worked with FGA last year when a team came for a survey.
Pura Aiya, Project Manager, FGA gave an overview of the works being carried out by
FGA in various parts of the state. The Program concluded with demostration of water
quality test kits led by Ojing Megu, Laboratory Assistant.
It may be mentioned that FGA had carried out such sensitization workshops and village
level training in the four blocks of East Siang District. The remaining two blocks-
Pangin and Riga is planned to be carried out this year. The sensitization meetings
in the blocks will be followed by training sessions in the villages’ levels.
Rights of Prisoners
Changlang, Aug 24: A meeting under the chairmanship of Dr. S.B.Deepak Kumar, IAS,
Deputy Commissioner, Changlang was held today to sensitize the judicial officers
about the plight of the prisoners in overcrowded jails and to acquaint judicial officers
the rights of arrested persons under law as well as obligations which imposes upon
Magistrates for safeguarding the interest of such persons.
The meeting was attended by all ADCs, SDOs, EACs and COs of the district. The Deputy
Commissioner cum district Magistrate also took stock of the status of all UTP cells
from all concerned Administrative officers and discussed over probable solutions
to those problems.
The DC who is also the chairman of District legal service authority enjoined upon
all Administrative officers to regularly conduct Legal awareness campaign especially
with reference to implementation of NREGS urgently to ensure that constitutional
pledge is fulfilled in its letter and spirit, and equal justice is made available
to the poor and the downtrodden of the society. (DIPRO)
Women helps arrest drug peddlers in Changlang
Changlang, Aug 24: The Changlang district administration rewarded two women from
Balinong village of Kharsang circle under Changlang district, with cash amount of
Rs 2000/- each for their bravery.
The women namely Litdam Ronrang and Sulan Mossang were the two social activists who
came forward boldly to assist the local police leading to the arrest of two drug
peddlers along with 350 grams of opium. The women caught the peddlers red handed
near ITI Tinali, Balinong while traveling by bicycles. A regular case against the
culprits has been registered under NDPS Act at Kharsang Police Station.
The women social activists while showing their concern about the future of their
children, male counterpart and village as well informed the Deputy Commissioner that
as long as the peddlers are given free way in the village it will be under the grip
of Drugs addiction. The road leading to the village is kept under constant vigilance
and the suspected persons are checked which has led to reduction in drug consumption
in comparison to previous years. However it is still not known from where the addicted
persons got the drugs from, they informed.
The women group further requested for de-addiction camps in their village for some
determined persons who want to get rid of their drug addiction.
Earlier while appreciating such a courageous act the Deputy Commissioner promised
the women group for every possible help from the district administration. He lauded
the women group for the noble job they did and said that such an act is an example
for all other villages in Changlang District and state as a whole which faces
Pre Poll meeting
NAHARLAGUN, Aug 24: In view of the forthcoming Legislative Assembly election, the
Deputy Commissioner cum District Election Officer Bidol Tayeng convened an important
meeting here at Election office, Naharlagun today. The duties assigned to various
officers and staffs during last Parliamentary Poll were reviewed and other subsequent
poll related matters were also discussed for smooth conduct of election. While lauding
the support and cooperation given by all head of departments during last Parliamentary
Poll, Tayeng sought continued cooperation for successful conduct of election. All
Head of Departments of Papum Pare District Yupia and Administrative Officers attended
the meeting. (DIPRO)
NHPC constructing India's longest tunnel in Subansiri
Gerukamukh, Assam-Arunachal border, Aug 24: The National Hydro Electric Power Corporation
(NHPC) is constructing India's largest and longest tunnel for the 2000 MW Subansiri
Lower Hydel projects, claimed to be the largest such plant in the country.
''The tunnel work has almost been completed and only the supper structure is being
added,'' NHPC General Manager Om Prakash told a group of visiting journalists.
There will be eight gigantic tunnels, each with the size of a three storied building.
It will take the water from the dam site to the power house which will have eight
turbines, each having a generating capacity of 275 MW, he said.
''This is the biggest project of the country and anything about it is really big,''
said R K Chaudhury, the project's Chief Engineer.
The tunnels are so big that at least two fully loaded buses or trucks can cross at
full speed without any hindrance. More than 400 labourers are working round the clock
inside the tunnel to complete it in time as the tunnel is being supplied by oxygen.
The project is being constructed with Rs 7500 crore and 30 per cent work had been
completed. The actual construction of the dam will begin this year as the American
engineering company, involved in the world’s biggest hydel project--the three gorge
dam of China--is being commissioned for the project.
The Rs 7500 crore 2000 MW Subansiri hydel project will not have any negative impact
on the people living in the downstream, assured the NHPC officials.
''There has been a lot of confusion and apprehension about the ecological toll the
hydel project will leave after completion in the greater Lakhimpur district. But
there is no scientific basis to that. There are also some misgivings about the expert
committee's interim report about the downstream impact but in fact that is also being
addressed,'' said Chief Environmentalist Vipin Kumar.
Subansiri Lower Hydel Project is the biggest undertaken in India so far and is a
run-of-river scheme on Subansiri. The estimated annual energy generation from the
project is 7421 mu in a 90 per cent dependable year.
Belying the apprehension about the environmentalists as well as protest groups, NHPC's
Chief Geologist N K Mathur informed that all mandatory precautions had been taken
and there was no chance of a possible dam break situation as well as dam induced
flooding during heavy monsoon. UNI
Website to be launched
ITANAGAR Aug 24: Industries Minister Tanga Byaling will launch the Arunachal Pradesh
Department of Industries website (www.indrun.gov.in) in the Directorate of Industries,
Udyog Sadan Itanagar on August 25.
Week long training on Good Governance gets underway
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: A Week-long Training Programme on “Good Governance” commenced in
Administrative Training Institute, Naharlagun from today for the Ministerial Staff
of various Heads of Departments and Arunachal Pradesh Secretariat Administration,
Itanagar/Naharlagun/Nirjuli. The training programme is being conducted under the
100% course fee sponsorship of Department of Personnel & Training, Govt. of India
New Delhi. As many as 34(thirty four) Official in the level of LDC/UDC/Asstt/Supdt
are attending the training.
The Director Training, Pema Tshetan while inaugurating the Training Programme pointed
out that “Human Resource Development has assumed a greater role in context with the
achievement of Good Governance in the present day and the Information Age of today
demands the need for competence in the Organization & its work force/employees with
the abilities to anticipate, adopt & respond to the fast changing environment.”
Director (Training) further called upon the employees to “live up to the expectation
of the government and in tune with the objective of “People First” policy as the
ultimate responsibility and duty in delivering the goods and services to the people
at large depend on Govt. functionaries.
Earlier the Deputy Director and Course Coordinator T Lodo, submitted a brief highlights
of the course content and informed that this training programme on “Good Governance”
will be the third consecutive in the area of Capacity Building and Awareness Generate
for Government Official/Officers.
Director Training Pema Tshetan, FAO Pratha Bhattarjeee, T.O.Naharlagun Norbu Lama,
ATI Deputy Director T.Lodo, DIO, (DC) City Office Naharlagun Sandeep Chakraborty;
Law Officer Dani Belo, VHAI’s Ajay Tripathi are the resource persons imparting the
DC calls for proper routing of application
ANINI, Aug 24:- Deputy Commissioner, Anini, Tayor Jampen stated that applications
for relief assistance sought by the individuals directly should be routed through
the circle level relief committee, vetted by the Dept of Agriculture to avoid duplicity
and errors in identification of the needy beneficiaries.
He was presiding over the recently held meeting of District Level Relief Committee
with an objective to streamline the relief assistances being given to the victims
of crop damage, fire accidents, FDR Schemes and damages caused to livestock & properties
due to natural calamities.
DC further said that the concerned circle level Relief Committee will ensure that
government guidelines are strictly observed while scrutinizing and forwarding the
cases to the District level, which must be vetted by the DAO & DHO respectively.
DRRO/FO (DM), Tana Tage, Anini has requested the member to offer their valuable views
and suggestions to improve the functioning of the committee in more effective way.
In order to make the functioning of the Committee effective and transparent in giving
relief assistances to different natural calamities, the Chairman cum Deputy Commissioner,
DLRC, Anini has enhanced the immediate relief grant to fire victims from the existing
Rs 2000/- to Rs 4000/- considering the escalating prices of essential commodities
in the market.
While taking serious views on practices of receiving of payment at one go in receipt
of representative signatures, the Committee decided to pay relief amount payable
through Cheque to individual victims, where loss reported to be above 50 % percent
in pursuance to GoI, Ministry of Agriculture & Cooperation, New Delhi’s DO No. 30-6/2002
DM, Dtd 131-08-2002.
The Committee also decided that in case of fire accidents, the concerned administrative
officers at Circle level should ensure that immediate relief is provided expeditiously
within (7) days of occurrence of disaster from any source as admissible under government
The Committee also approved that as per existing norms, all the FDR schemes sanctioned
by the government will be jointly monitored by the Deputy Commissioner and District
Relief & Rehabilitation Officer, RR&DM in the district from time to time.
Head of the Department and Circle Officers among others attended the meeting. (DIPRO
Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Diwas
CHANGLANG, Aug 24: A rally was organized here at Changlang on the occasion of Rajiv
Gandhi Akshay Urja Diwas” with the theme “Walk for a cause” to create awareness to
save energy and use renewable energy among the general populace. All the heads of
offices, official staff, teachers, NCC, Scouts & Guides, other school children, general
public and shopkeepers enthusiastically took part in the rally despite of the heavy
down pour. The rally of about 3 kms started from the Changlang entry point via upper
bazaar and lower bazaar changlang to general ground Changlang. About 100 nos of T-Shirts
labeled with the inscription of RAJIV GANDHI AKSHAY URJA DIWAS’2009 were distributed
amongst the participants.
The Changlang Deputy Commissioner, Dr S B Deepak Kumar, IAS while appreciating the
sincere participation of all urged that it is the responsibility of every conscious
citizen to inculcate in their near and dear ones the need to save energy and concentrate
more towards the use of renewable energy. He further said that with right use, one
can save the total energy consumption up to 60% in their day to day life. He hoped
that the awareness rally would improve the nature of people of Changlang in particular
and Arunachal as a whole towards the use of energy thereby saving good percentage
Earlier a drawing competition on renewable energy based topics was conducted for
primary schools of Changlang Township. An essay competition among the senior students
of Schools from all over Changlang district was also organized in phase wise in the
respective schools, the best of which were evaluated on district level.
A science exhibition among the students of all the schools of Changlang district
and educational tour for minor students is also proposed to be organized by the district
Mass social service held
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: A mass social service was organized under the leadership of Techi
Lombu chairman, DTD&GF to renovate the 200 meter long road connecting to B-Sector
Doimukh with maintenance works like clearance of side drainage, debris on August
The maintenance and renovation of the road has been neglected for the last 7-8 years
owing to scarcity of fund in the PWD Department which leads to present deplorable
condition of all the sectoral road of Doimukh. People from all walks of life including
Govt. staffs, officers, public leaders of Doimukh town took part in the social service,
informed Doimukh Town Development and Grievances Forum in a release.
The co-operation and generosity extended by Tana Tachu, AE, PWD Sub-Division, Er.
Taba Tacho, JE, maintenance section in the social service shall always be remembered
by the public of Doimukh town, the Forum said. The Forum also expressed its gratefulness
to CO J. Bomjen for his co-operation and to Kara Gambo, ex-Anchal Samitv Chairperson
1-Borum Panchavat for his generous contribution during the social service.
While stressing the need of working in unison to evolve a new era of development,
the Forum appealed to the PWD, WRD, PHE, power department to cooperate with it for
greater interest of Doimukh town and its people.
Mithi to attend Solung celebration
Roing, Aug 24: MP Rajya Sabha Mukut Mithi and MLA Laeta Umbrey have consented to
attend the Solung festival Roing as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour at Giidi Notko,
Midland on September 1.
Meanwhile, PD DRDA T Tatak, Yashi Pertin and Tobing Lege have been selected as Chairman,
General Secretary and Secretary respectively.
Society withdraw complaint
ITANAGAR: Society for Development which had lodged a complaint with the Chief Minister
demanding vigilance enquiry against alleged irregularities in NRHM 2005-2007 period
withdrew its complaint. It informed that the Society was provided with wrong information
by individuals with vested interest to complaint against NRHM.
AIMC team in Itanagar
ITANAGAR: All India Mahila Congress (AIMC), President Dr. Prabha Thakur along with
AIMC, vice President Dr. Shobhana Shah and Secretary AIMC and in-charge Arunachal
Pradesh, Naznin Farooque is arriving in Itanagar on August 25.
Maintain approved rate
ITANAGAR: The Bazar Welfare Committee, Naharlagun appealed all the business community
of Naharlagun Township to maintain the approved rate of all commodities, which was
issued by DC Itanagar Capital Complex Padmini Singla.
Sena deserves appreciation
From the Eastern most corner of Arunachal Pradesh bordering Myanmar, I would like
to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to Setong Sena (the local MLA of
51 Nampong Jairampur Manmao Assembly Constituency) for his endeavour towards over
all development of Govt. Secondary School Manmao.
Since the day of my joining on Nov 06, 2008 after more than 7 years of service as
Headmaster at Govt. Hr. Sec. School Bomba of Tawang District and Vice Principal at
Govt. Sec. School Miao of Changlang District since 2001, I took initiave in revitalizing/streamlining
academic as well as other co-curricular activities of this school to the fullest
satisfaction of students, staff, administration and public.
Grievances of different nature were placed before local MLA and also Assembly Speaker
who promptly responded positively.
His positive response was reflected in the form of providing 100 number of best quality
plastic chairs of different colour after 14 days of my verbal demand, brought to
the school by truck.
Other contributions towards uplift of the institution include 29 number of Wooden
Cots made up of Hallock timber for Boys & Girls Hostel, immediate dismantling and
renovation of old building wall, Boys/Girls Hostel besides entire academic building.
He also provided school infrastructure and carried out may infrastructural development
works including earth cutting for ground expansion.
Further he assured to extend two more metres down land cutting of general/school
ground in next AOP, besides erection of permanent Fancing wall around School campus
which are awaited by us.
Hence, demanding for immediate supply of infrastructure is the sole responsibility
of school authority either through persuasion or through adopting resolution in VEC/School
Management Committee meeting comprising of local Administration as Chairman, some
influential and well to do public leaders etc. At the same time, if demand is fulfilled
positively by local elected representatives and leaders of the ruling party, another
responsibility goes to school authority to maintain school infrastructure.
With all these initiatives mentioned above the Manmao Sec. School in Changlang
could achieve best result of AISSE-Cl X this year in the district and this school
is no more in interior area as it is linked by daily state transport bus Service
from Manmao to Margherita of Assam Via Jairampur, Jagun and return on the same day.
Mobile phone is working sometimes by Assam line or Changlang line and recently new
BSNL Tower is installed alongwith landline S.T.D receiver which has started functioning
Govt. Sec. School Manmao
Laudable Development works
Through your esteem daily, we would like to extend our sincere thanks to Ngurang
Pinch, MLA 14-Doimukh Assembly Constituency. Recently, he brought lot of development
project at Bassernillo area under IVth Upper Balijan circle. He has inaugurated suspension
bridge over River Popum and Community Hall at Sangdopota which is long felt demand
of the Area. Finally its demand has fulfilled.
Being an independent MLA in the House he brought lots of development and economic
prosperity in the IVth Upper Balijan during his five years tenure. On August 21,
a mass public meeting was held at Bassernillo camp in presence of Panchayat leaders,
GBs, general public and MLA himself.
The people of the area extended their sincere thanks to him and expressed solitary
support to Ngurang Pinch for second time in the meeting which was attended around
500 peoples inspite the agitation called by ZPM IVth Upper Balijan. Panchayat leaders
and GB’s those who spoke in the meeting praised him for his good, transparent and
efficient leadership quality.
Ngurang Pinch also donated sum of Rs. 1 Lakhs only for maintenance of RLR from Bassernillo
Middle School to Lendung Middle School to conduct social service for which he deserves
We also extend our hearties thanks to Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu who has sanctioned
Rs. 25,00,000 financial assistance for construction of Community Hall.
IVth Upper Balijan
Tarak Ama, ASM
ASM Habia Tapiaso