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Kiren opens new chapter of betrayal in Arunachal: BJP

A.T. News Service

Itanagar, Aug 25: Describing the joining of former BJP firebrand leader Kiren Rijiju to the Congress yesterday as a new chapter of betrayal in Arunachal politics, BJP’s North East organizational in-charge Chandrasekhar Rao  asserted that such political development would not demoralize the party workers at all.

Though such development in Arunachal politics is not new, but BJP has never imagined that a leader of Rijiju’s stature would betray the party which had nurtured his political career in a meaningful way, Rao said while addressing the media persons today.

We never thought Rijiju  would emerge such  a big gambler setting an example in politics; No one would betray in such a way, Rao said and alleged that Rijiju’s main intention is to gain ‘power, finance and fame’ which was not possible for him while in saffron party.

Discarding the Congress’ claim that 99% of BJP swing in the state ends with the joining of Rijiju to Congress,  Rao said, ''people still repose faith on the BJP and they will give a befitting reply in the coming election. People still remember what Rijiju had said in last Parliamentary election and they will prove whether Rijiju’s credibility will increase or decrease by  joining the Congress.

Desertion of Rijiju will not affect the party’s poll prospect in any way since the people of the state had already extended their moral support in last parliamentary election and party cadres and workers are fully prepared for electoral battle in the Assembly election with renewed zeal.

Announcing that the party would  come out with the second list of poll candidate within a few days, he said it would  field candidates in 40 seats and extend support to independent candidates in remaining 20 during Assembly elections. Several election committees had already been constituted  to give a befitting fight  in the state poll, he added.

When asked whether the party had been marginalised both in national and state levels with the desertion of various top ranking leaders including Rijiju, Rao said, Rijiju’s resignation has no link with national party scenario, and such development would not create any impact in the party at any level.


Apang welcomes Kiren’s joining

ITANAGAR, Aug 25:  Former Chief Minister Gegong Apang has welcomed the joining of Kiren Rijiju into the Congress party.

‘I hope with the joining of Rijiju to the Congress fold, the party will be strengthened manifold and more so when the assembly elections are just around the corner. Kiren’s leadership quality and political acumen are well known and I hope that he will provide the same leadership to the young brigade of the party’ said that veteran Congress leader.

The Congress party aspires to have young political leaders like Rijiju and his joining has brought into the Congress party his wide and rich experiences of the organization capability which the Congress party can reap the benefit to the fullest, he added.

The former chief minister thanked the AICC chief Sonia Gandhi and General Secretary AICC Rahul Gandhi for whose persuasive efforts have made it possible the joining of Rijiju to the INC fold.


ATSU calls off dharna to “avert confrontation”

ITANAGAR, Aug 25: Arunachal Tribal Students' Union (ATSU) informed that it has called off the proposed peaceful dharna to avert any confrontation with the state arm forces.

ATSU does not have any personal enmities with ministers Newlai Tinkatara and C.C Singhpo, it said  while adding that “we are spear heading the movement to save Arunachal Pradesh from activities carried out for their their vested interest”

The declaration of our peaceful dharna as illegal by DC has curtailed and murdered the democratic essence; the Union said adding that the order is nothing but to protect the two Ministers who committed crime against the state by giving an undertaking to the extremists.


SFRI’s bamboo housing workshop

ITANAGAR, Aug 25: A three days long training workshop on bamboo based community buildings and a large span structure is in progress at State Forest Research Institute, Itanagar from August 24- 26.

The training workshop is being organized by Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre, Guwahati in association with Building Materials and Technology Promotion Council (BMTPC) and SFRI, Itanagar.

Executive Director of BMTPC Dr. S K Agarwal through a PowerPoint presentation highlighted the suitability of bamboo for use as building material in place of woods, bricks and cement and highlighted about the importance of Bamboo houses in earth quake prone areas.

Director, SFRI G. N. Sinha said that in the time of globally prevalent economic meltdown and stock falling down, the construction industry is not able to cope with the situation; therefore it is looking forward for alternative solutions so as to provide housing at an affordable price which are sustainable and in harmony with nature. The application of bamboo as a substitute has been proved very widely but the technology is required to reach common people, he added.

He further said that more use of bamboo in construction industry will also save our precious forests and thereby helping in reducing green house gases.

Secretary, PHE Tomi Ete highlighted the importance of bamboo as a construction material. He stated that bamboo has already been proved to be possessing superior construction properties like tensile strength, torsion strength and durability.

He further said that CBTC, BMTPC and SFRI have to play the vital role in disseminating the idea of bamboo technology in construction industry to the common people.

General Manager, CBTC Nipen Deka highlighted the importance of bamboo as a construction material in global market. He informed that large span bamboo structures are increasingly being developed by Japan, China and countries in South-East Asia and many countries in the Europe are also replacing steel and concrete components in building constructions from bamboo, he added.

During the three days long training workshop the resource persons R. K. Taj, Scientist, SFRI, Nipen Deka, General Manager, CBTC, Gedo Eshi, Assistant Director, Tourism, Nakul Malsom, Dy. Manager, CBTC, Anjal Goswami and P. K. Mandal of CBTC are imparting training on various aspects of making bamboo based community building and large span structures using bamboo, Bamboo as building materials, BMTPC’s initiatives and policies, bamboo in Arunachal Pradesh and their utility, potential of bamboo in tourism promotion, bamboo based community building and CBTC’s initiatives and treatment and preservation on bamboo. In the practical demonstration, harvesting and preservation techniques of bamboo, selection of bamboo for construction, different types of jointing systems, basic plinth preparation techniques and bamboo truss construction and joinery system would be demonstrated.

The participants included delegates from entrepreneurs, farmers, officials from various government departments and officials from SFRI.


Congress Youth Convention

ITANAGAR, Aug 25: Block Youth Convention, 27 Liromoba Assembly Constituency was organized at Yomcha today.

More than 1500 youths and 30 ASMs from Kamba, Darak, Yomcha and Liromoba attended the convention.

Speaking as Chief Guest on the occasion former Minister Lijum Ronya highlighted the reasons for his joining the Indian National Congress and also appreciated Home Minister Jarbom Gamlin for his commendable job to uplift the people of the area and the state.

He further said that under Gamlin, various developmental activities have taken place in the area.

The next convention will be held at Liromoba, Kamba and Darak. Meanwhile, MLA Gojen Gadi has consented to attend the Liromoba convention as Chief Guest on August 28.


Byaling calls for large scale tea and coffee cultivation

ITANAGAR, Aug 25: The Minister Industries Tanga Byaling has advocated for cultivation of tea in large scale to raise the state’s economy and called upon the people to take up tea and coffee cultivation. He said that the tea produces in the state are in high demand in the market outside state for its ethnic taste and flavour and called for promoting tea production for sustainable economic development of the state, besides generating revenue from its marketing.

Inaugurating the official website of the department of Industries in the Directorate office here today, Byaling stated that the Industrial sector in state would be developed in the next 5-6 yrs as major industries are likely to come up because of the wide ranging provisions and incentives provided in the new state Industrial Policy 2008 to attract private investments in the state. He said that the government has formulated the new Industrial policy to make it more investor-friendly and facilitate optimum utilization of the locally available raw materials by encouraging setting up of appropriate industrial units for value addition and promote industrial growth in the State.

Earlier, Subu Tabin, Joint Director Industries said that the website would facilitate the outside investors, policy makers and other information seekers about the state. The vast potentials of the state need to be exposed to bring about real development in the state and the website would be the medium of dissemination of information, he said and hoped that the industrial scenario in the state will be changed in the days to come.

The Website www.indarun.gov.in, developed and designed by NIC, Itanagar carries details on general information of the department, state industrial policies, subsidy matters, categories of industries like food processing, ITIs details besides contact details of department officers. (DIPR)


GUYWA questions appointmentsin Tourism Department

ITANAGAR, Aus 25: Graduate Unemployment Youth Welfare Association, Itanagar demands cancellation of “illegal appointment of five Tourism Information Officer (TIO) and Five District Tourism Officer (DTO) vide order No. TOU (Estt) 746/2008 dated 18 August 2009”.

It further demanded suspension of Director Tourism AK Singh while informing that this current financial year Singh has already appointed 15 Group C and D post, 5 TIOs, 2 DTOs and 5 Peons without following recruitment rule.

It appealed AAPSU, ANSU and AAPWU also to take necessary steps and demanded further an inquiry committee for immediate suspension of AK Singh from his post.

It further appealed the state government to look in to the matter and suggested that the 50% of the post should be recruited through APCS and another 50% through departmental interview.


Boli: shall we bet now?

Tongam Rina

The other day, there was a Notice by the Capital City Administration which was rather interesting on Boli, a type of gambling.  

“It is understood that the modus operandi of the game is that a group of women contributes equal sum of money in common pool and then the member who makes ‘boli’ of least amount of money to take home from this pool becomes lowest bidder for that day. That sum of money is given to her and balance amount is shared amongst the group equally. On subsequent meetings, the group members again contribute same sum of money each including previous bidders. Previous bidders are, however, not allowed to participate in bidding but they share balance money left after bidding”.

The game apparently is the latest favorite pass time of some sections of society.  Most players seem to be women who have taken it up on serious note. Boli or Betting is all about money and with money.  The pool differs with the lowest being in hundreds. There are no upward limits.  This fact can be gauged from the fact that on most days Automated Teller Machines are empty!

Now gamble is not something new in an idle society like ours. Some play cards, some caroms and snookers. All involves money. Some are legalized by the administration itself.

Jhandi Munda or popularly known as dice is one such. At least for three days, during the festival of lights, stalls are put up and play is on nonstop. Administration makes some quick money, so does the organizers.  Some players do make money but most of them go back home empty handed.

Gambling is a personal choice, at least in this state. Given the fact that we don’t have much to do in our free time, we do indulge in certain stuff which is not necessarily productive.

Entertainment is something still alien and there are not many choices for average working class citizens.

It might not be for all but playing Cards is favorite pass time of many including government officers who make good use of it during weekends. Here too, money is not less. There is no limit. From Rs 10 to a lac!  

 Irrespective of the fact whether government legalizes gambling or not, gambling of all sorts cutting across all age group will continue to be there.

Administration hands out a notice at a particular type of gambling, it is about time it looks at the whole unorganized gambling sector. The racket is huge with many takers.


SSB distributes consumer durables at civic action prog.

Staff Reporter

DIRANG, Aug 25: In its renewed effort to foster better understanding and cooperation between para-military forces and civilians, the 34th battalion of Dirang Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) distributed consumer durable goods worth Rs 2.50 lakhs to local villagers and schools during its Civic Action Aids Programme organized here recently.

Durable goods including Colour Television sets with DTH, Generator Sets, School Bags and Uniforms besides other school accessories were distributed free of cost to villagers of Liphaku, Barchi, Balemu and Namthung schools.

Commandant Amit Kumar reiterated that besides guarding the borders, SSB had been committed towards extending all possible help to local population through its civic action programmes for the past two years. He also informed of the rotational changeover of the 34th battalion to Hindustan More in West Bengal and arrival of the 30th battalion in its place and urged for same cooperation to the incoming unit.Appreciating SSB for its kind act and active cooperation with district administration during periods of distress such as natural calamities, Dirang circle officer L.W Bapu assured that district administration would attend the BOP land issue on priority.

Local leaders, gaon buras, school students and teachers were present at the ceremony.


School girl physically assaulted

ITANAGAR, Aug 25: A 13 year old school girl of Government Middle School, Bokam under Palin in Kurung Kumey was allegedly raped by her teacher on July 31. A case has been registered against one Khoda Taram, an Assistant teacher under SSA currently working at Government Middle School Bokam under section 376 (2) (F) IPC on Aug 11.

The guardian of the victim said that despite all necessary evidence and documents no serious action have been taken till date by the authorities. The victim was allegedly physically assaulted when she was sleeping with the daughter of the teacher who is a school mate of hers.

The guardian called on the Arunachal Pradesh State Women Commission to initiate action against the alleged.


Scientific Advisory Committee meeting at Tawang

TAWANG, Aug 25: The Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Tawang had organized a Scientific Advisory Committee meeting at NEC office here on Aug 21 last under the chairmanship of Dr K P Ramesha, i/c Director NRC Yak, Dirang, reports DIPRO.

Addressing the meeting, Dr Ramesha asked the Krishi Vigyan Kendra to coordinate and use value-added technique to better the economic condition of the local farmers. He asked the HoDs of Agriculture, Horticulture and Pisciculture for value based proposals for the border area development, Central and state government undertaking schemes and programmes for the welfare of the rural populace.

The meeting participated by huge numbers of local farmers discussed on various schemes and policies relating to Agriculture, Horticulture and Pisciculture.

Meanwhile, in yet another programme, the Environment Protection Society Tawang with the help of the students of Government Hr. Secondary School here conducted a plantation programme on the day which was participated by Asst Commandant 4th ITBP, Tawang among others.

Saplings of different varieties were planted during the programme in an effort to make the town green to fight the global warning, the report adds.



AIR, Itanagar to launch Hindi & English news

ITANAGAR: The Regional News Unit of All India Radio, Itanagar is starting Hindi and English news bulletins from Aug 27. The Member (Personnel), Prasar Bharti, V.Shivakumar and Director General (News), All India Radio, Mohan Chandak will launch these bulletins in a function at Itanagar on Thursday. The Hindi bulletin will be broadcast at 7.45 PM daily and English bulletin at 7.50 PM daily. These bulletins will also be relayed by AIR, Tawang, Tezu, Pasighat and Ziro. At present All India Radio, Itanagar is broadcasting news bulletins in 11 local dialects.  


Awareness prog on NREGA

ITANAGAR:  Rural People Development Council, a partner NGO of SIRD is conducting an awareness campaign on National Rural Employment Guarantee Act in East Siang. The campaign is being conducted at the gram Panchayat level and program has already been conducted at CD Blocks of Nari Koyu, Pasighat and Mebo. The organization would further organize the campaign at CD Blocks of Panging and Kora.


Clear road blockade

ITANAGAR: All East Kameng District Students’ Union (AEKDSU) highlighting the public grievances appealed the state government and the concerned department to clear the road blockade from Seppa to Chayang-Tajo, Bameng and Pakke-Kessang immediately.


AC resignations

ITANAGAR: Vice President Arunachal Congress Nabom Nikia, General Secretary Arunachal, Longku Tania, Arunachal Congress working Committee members Tason Langkam and Dr K R Loskar, DAC East Kameng President Sama Sono Keyang, DAC President Upper Subansiri Gamto Nayam, General Secretary DAC Lohit District Somble So Dagu, President DAC Youth Front Lohit District Chomangho Drai, President, District AC Youth Front Lower Dibang Valley  Poknom Tayeng, President AC Lower Dibang Valley Karik Passing and Bamang Felix along with others have resigned from primary and active membership of Arunachal Congress.





(Readers’ Forum)





Your right choice a first step to development


Though Arunachal is called the Land of the Rising Sun but living standard of its people is deeply in gloom till now in comparison with its immediate neighbouring states.

Our elected leaders are busy either in shifting their party or resigning from the coveted posts like MLA instead of keeping their promise made to the general people at the time of election.

By looking all these, we can say, our elected representatives are neither visionary nor have principle of being leaders, rather they are obviously immature and opportunists.

As a citizen of the largest democratic country, I sincerely appeal all the voters of the young state to choose right and accountable leaders and elect them as their representatives in the ensuing assembly election instead of selling their precious votes which is not only a sign of corruption but also a kind of dreadful curse in the society.  Your right choice may make Arunachal politically powerful as well economically strong.


Kabak Tojum

Raga, Lower Subansiri district.





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Dream shattered


Politics in Arunachal is as fickle as fickle can be. Leaders are no exception. But of late, there is  a whiff of fresh air in Arunachal politics in the form of Kiren Rijiju.

Last parliamentary election showed how a leader with fresh ideas and great enthusiasm  could win over the youth and old alike. Notwithstanding of their political affiliation, many Anchal Samity Members, Zila Parishad Members and even MLAs supported  Rijiju, covertly or openly. It almost looked like a wave of change in people’s mentality. Even  though he was defeated, the public had high hopes of him. Especially in upcoming  assembly elections, they hoped and prayed for a change against the corrupt regime.

 Rijiju  shattered their dreams and aspirations. He just turned out to be yet  another opportunistic  public leader, without any integrity and character (the very public image he vehemently advertised and projected). One  thing that he will never achieve is the place of greatness in the galaxy of  Dying Ering, Tomo Riba and present Gegong Apang. He just missed this opportunity by shifting his allegiance like anybody else. He could have just persevered and swam against the tide in the sea of corrupt Congress regime like an alive and kicking Big Fish to realize the dream of Golden Arunachal which he so much emphasized in this parliamentary election. Alas! Some things never change in Arunachal politics! Let’s mourn the untimely  death of yet another  apparently promising and charismatic leader!


Kakoo Terron

Polo Colony

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Words laced with deceit


The BJP seems to be rotting so fast that its worms are crawling out. Now that his ship is sinking, Kiren Rijiju has jumped off and is clinging on to his once biggest foe, the Congress. He has hurriedly deserted his one and only party, which by his own claims made him who he is today.

He fought the just concluded parliamentary elections unsuccessfully, berating the programmes and policies of the Congress and in some cases even questioning the present leadership of the Congress in the state. Why, he left the very party that projected him as the Chief Ministerial candidate for the upcoming Assembly elections.

We are eagerly awaiting his next sound bite considering he was quite the darling of the media.

Oh! The indignation we the people must face at the words of such men. Words laced with deceit and masked with righteousness. But he, we’re sure, sleeps soundly.


Joseph Tabang






Vote for genuine candidate


Being an educated youth of Tali and Pipsorang circles, I do hereby appeal to all responsible citizens of the 20th Tali (ST) constituency, especially the collegians, university students, intellectuals and youths to support and elect the deserving candidate in the forthcoming Vidhan Sabha Election.

I also appeal all the responsible citizens not to cast their valuable votes to wrong leader who may create havoc in future.

Before exercising our valuable votes, we must think twices that, who is the best to represent the people. We should not cast our valuable votes without judging the right candidate because our single vote is so significant that it can change the development pace of the constituency. Whom you choose and elect should not be based on any political party affiliation rather  it  should be based on capability and other leadership quality of the candidate.        Therefore, it is right time to make a resolve to support and elect able leader who can do better for the development of the Tali and Pipsorang circles.


Lingdum Taha

Student, RGU




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I am quite pleased with your current website but it will be more appealing with more snaps and news about the current happenings in various districts of our state.

I would like to thank each member of this newspaper for their tremendous effort to keep us updated about our homeland. Its a great job from your side for the Arunachalis staying outside. Thumbs up to all of you.


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Assam Engineering College,

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