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Sigin Bridge collapse following heavy rain

Daporijo, Aug 12: The Sigin steel bridge over the Sigin River connecting Daporijo to Ziro collapsed today at about 7 a.m. following incessant rain since last night. The bridge collapsed when a loaded truck bearing the registration number AS 01BC 5981 was plying over it. It snapped into two and fell into the rising waters along with the truck, which overturned in it. The driver and the handle man of the truck sustained only minor injuries and are reportedly safe. The District Administration under DC i/c Gejum Ete (ADC) stated that the Govt. and Deputy Commissioner have been informed about it and that the diversion Tadak Dulom Bridge is being made pliable for light motor vehicles so that the road and people living on the other bank are not cut off from the town.

The BRTF has assured the District Administration to restore the bridge within 15 days stating that the exact cause of the collapse is not known and can be ascertained only after dismantling the bridge and its thorough examination. (DIPRO)


Darko SC and Rising BFC to battle it out  1st semifinal of Abotani Cup

ITANAGAR, Aug 12: Model Village Football Club (MVFC) and Bamang Taji Football Club (BTFC) are in the Semifinal defeating Sood Sports Club (SSC) and Hina Nabam Football Club (HNFC) respectively  in the ongoing 3rd Abo Tani cup 09 at RG Stadium, Naharlagun today.

MVFC defeated its rival by 4-0.

Loi Kena scored two goals, Tai Bharat and Birandra Rai scored one goal each for MVFC.

In the second match Toko Poliam and Rocky Ramching scored one each for BTFC, while Biku Bapu of HNFC scored a goal in the 55 minutes.

Meanwhile, AAPSU President Takam Tatung and General Secretary ANSU Likha Nilly Tabo would attend the 1st semifinal match as chief guest and guest of honour respectively at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun at 2.30 PM on Aug 13.


Arunachal to pursue Centre on Autonomous Council: Khandu

ATNS with inputs from UNI

Itanagar, Aug 12:  Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu today assured to pursue the matter related to creation of two Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) in the state covering Tirap-Changlang and Tawang-West Kameng.

Mr Khandu’s assurance came after five legislators from Tirap and Changlang district raised a special mention in the Assembly this morning regarding creation of ADC with special reference to its present political, social and economic status.

The Chief Minister while acknowledging the problems of these two districts said that the state government would soon approach the Centre to bring Tirap-Changlang and Tawang-West Kameng under the Sixth Schedule.

Referring to the insurgency problem of the two districts, Mr Khandu commented that the Centre should initiate peace process with the outside insurgent groups active in the districts.

Earlier, MLA Wanglin Lowangdong on behalf of the MLAs apprised the Chief Minister of the problems confronting both the districts and said that with creation of ADC socio-economic development of the people would be fast and will help the government in proper administration.

It is pertinent to mention here that the state Assembly on two earlier occasions had passed resolutions on creation of two ADCs namely Mon Autonomous District Council (comprising Tawang and West Kameng districts) and Patkai Autonomous District Council for Tirap and Changlang districts.

Meanwhile, The thirteenth session of the Fourth Legislative assembly came to an end today. As the state prepares for election due in October this year, the Session ended on a quite note.

After the business was over, the members posed for group photo, perhaps to keep alive the memories. After five years of taking part in sessions, the members know that a new dawn awaits them with elections due in October this year. The new Legislative Assembly would see new and not so new faces.

Setong Sena, the mild mannered Speaker while officiating the thirteenth session of the Fourth Legislative assembly today thanked the members for their cooperation. He said that smooth conduct of the assembly was possible because of the cooperation extended by the members and officers and officials of the Assembly Secretariat. He expressed the hope that members that formed the next Legislative Assembly would continue the tradition with new hope and vision and work harder. Sena informed that 32 bills were passed while 15 private members resolutions were adopted.

Master plan for Capital Region: The city development plan for Itanagar region has been prepared under JNNURM scheme for various infrastructure development of urban area, said PWD & UD minister Nabam Tuki while replying to a question raised by MLA Ngurang Pinch. He said the scheme regarding diversion of road,  alternative roads and flyovers has already been incorporated in the city development plan adding that the department of Town Planning has notified various hierarchies of roads for regulating the width of the roads.

He added that various infrastructure developmental schemes have been submitted to the GOI under JNNURM for the approval and the master plan of Itanagar capital region and building bye-laws would be implemented strictly.

Zero hour: Minister RWD Chowna Mein while taking part in a Zero Hour discussion said that there is no scope for regularisation of administrative employees under National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. While responding to a Zero Hour discussion on regularization of service of staff under NREGA raised by MLA Nyato Rigia, Minister said that jobs would lasts as long as the Act continues as its is fully central government funded work. He said that state government has no other option then to follow the central guidelines.

Rigia while demanding regularization of 104 administrative employees of Upper Subansiri district called on the government to look for a mechanism to accommodate the employees on a regular basis. He expressed concern at the uncertainties of the employees once the scheme is completed.

Daklo Nidak suggested that employees of NREGA be merged with PRIs department while adding that salary be disbursed on time.

Bill: The house also passed the Arunachal Pradesh Public Libraries Bill 2009.

Colleges infrastructure: MLA Wanglin Lowangdong today press upon the state government to develop and sanction appropriate fund for completion of the college infrastructure at Khela, the permanent site for Wangcha Rajkumar Government College at Tirap district.

The MLA opinioned that the state government was not serious in establishing the college in the selected permanent site though deed of agreement has been signed between the administration and the villagers who had donated the land measuring 200 acres in 1997 and which subsequently has been developed with a girls’ hostel, administrative block and some class rooms.

Lowangdong said that its time for the concerned department to stop finding fault with the site and sanction appropriate fund so that public money is not wasted in constructing infrastructure at the temporary location at Deomali.

The education minister Tater Kipa informed the house that Rs 30 crore is required for completion of the college infrastructure at Khela and the state government cannot take the initiative due to paucity of funds.

He informed that Rs 50 lakhs was spent during this current year for construction of girls’ hostel at Deomali as students were facing acute shortage in accommodation. The government had to take the step to meet the urgent requirement, Kipa further added.

He further assured that as and when the fund position improves the government would provide the necessary fund for infrastructure development in the permanent college site.

Kipa also informed that state government has already approach DoNER ministry for Rs 2 crores each for infrastructural development in all colleges of Arunachal Pradesh under NLCPR.

Water Supply: Responding to a question of MLA Kipa Babu on Nyorch Project, PHED minister Lambo Tayeng said that people in Naharlagun township are facing problem as the scheme was supposed to feed 80,000 population by 2019 but the population has exceeded beyond estimated to 71,000 plus in 2009 itself.

He further said that the department is contemplating to bring out a compressive action plan for equitable distribution of water supply.

Tayeng further clarified that though Poma drinking water project is complete while the centre is yet to release Rs 46.77 lakhs as the department could not prepare the final bill and submit the utilization certificate.

MLA Bosiram Siram taking part in the discussion called for a specific master plan to deal with shortage of drinking water in all district headquarters, townships and villages.

Road: PWD and UD minister Nabam Tuki while responding to a question by MLA Kipa Babu on reconstruction and repair of damaged roads in Naharlagun and Itanagar informed that Rs 100 lakhs under CRF for 2008-2009 has been allocated for Naharlagun township.

Tuki also informed that Rs 20 lakhs has been released during the last fiscal year 2008-2009 against ordinary repair and maintenance of NH52A from Banderdewa to Hollongi.

Third party monitor: Replying to the question raised by the MLA J K Panggeng, chief minister Dorjee Khandu said that the planning department has temporarily parked only 0.5 % of the project cost of each SPA scheme sanctioned during 2008-09 till finalization of the third party monitor.

Modality for engagement of third party monitor for monitoring the projects or schemes funded under SPA are yet to be finalized, Khandu added.

Development scheme: Urban Development Minister Nabam Tuki informed that the criteria for determining the development scheme for the balanced infrastructure in urban centers is based on the recommendation of the governing body of the District Urban Development Agency (DUDA) as well as public demand. He said this while replying to the question raised by MLA Ngurang Pinch in the august house.

Chief Minister: The Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu expressed the hope that all member would make a come back to complete the unfinished tasks and take the state to new path of development.


Power supply to be disrupted

ITANAGAR, Aug 12: Power Supply would be affected from 07.30 hrs to 16.30 hrs on Aug 13. This has been necessitated because of installation of ERS on 132 KV Lilo circuit to sub-station at SMS Smelters Lekhi village from NLDT line. This was informed by Executive Engineer (E), Naharlagun Electrical Division Likha Taje.

The power supply to capital complex and its peripheral areas shall be affected during the period of shut down. Stand by power supply shall be maintained during the period by drawing supply from external grid sources through 132 KV Gohpur-Nirjuli feeder to be managed by SLDC at Itanagar.


Khandu comes clear on new district dispute

ITANAGAR, August 12: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu while clarifying the controversy over proposed district headquarter of the new district “Lower Siang” which was approved in principle by the state cabinet on August 7 last disclosed that the cabinet never proposed any particular place for the district headquarter.

The cabinet approved, in principle, the creation of a new district namely “Lower Siang District” and constitution of a High Power committee to examine the ground realities and recommend the District Headquarter as also the boundary of the new district, Khandu revealed. The new district will be comprised of Basar, Gensi, Kangku, Likabali Nari-Koyu etc. the chief minister added.

“Bandh calls will not give us the solution”, Khandu added and appealed to the agitating organisations to submit their say before the High Power Committee to be constituted shortly in order to help the committee to recommend the most suitable place for the district headquarter and the boundary of the new district. (PRO TO CM)



Arunachal sounds high alert on Swine Flu

ITANAGAR, Aug 12: Arunachal Pradesh Government has sounded high alert after the latest case of influenza A (H1N1) been detected in the neighbouring Meghalaya.

Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu assured all possible support and coordination from the state’s end to combat the contagious virus. He was discussing the matter with Union Defence Joint Secretary Ramachandru, who called on the chief minister this afternoon in his office chamber to chalk out plans and means to fight the dreaded virus.

Taking serious view of the alarming situation that is gradually engulfing the north eastern states also, Khandu emphasised for creating awareness on the contagious swine flu among the people of the state. He stressed for proper monitoring and timely health checkups for the people coming from out of the state so that the contagious virus which has already taken the form of epidemic does not engulf the state of Arunachal Pradesh.  “The disease is new and people are in panic. Fortunately, in Arunachal we have not come across any patient having symptoms of swine flu so far. However, the State Government would take necessary measures and put in place testing equipments, medicines, isolation ward etc to take care of swine flu afflicted patients, Khandu assertively said.

Khandu requested the visiting Joint Secretary to impress upon the centre to provide adequate diagnostic equipments for the state to detect the virus. He also highlighted the need to equip all the hospitals of the state with adequate medicines for combating the virus.

Ramachandru while informing the Chief Minister on the steps being initiated by the Union Government to contain the situation said that lab for detecting the virus has already been established at Dibrugarh and if any case of swine flu is detected then the medicine could be made available in just 24 hours. He appreciated the Chief Minister’s positive gesture to contain the spreading of virus and assured all help from the centre, reports PRO to CM.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Lobsang Jampa had accompanied the visiting guest during the meet.

Meanwhile, the Arunachal Pradesh unit Nationalist Youth Congress (NYC) strongly urged the state government particularly to the Health & Family Welfare Department to take necessary actions by severely scrutinizing, restricting and limiting the entry of outsider into the state.

Those passengers coming from outside should be screened suitably in all entry point, NYC said and added that individuals coming inside Arunachal Pradesh must carry a certificate stating that they are free from Influenza AH1N1 so that swine flu virus does not spread in the state.

Government must pass a rule to strictly take measures against swine flu viruses. The swine flu deaths have been on the rise across the country and are escalating. Unless the entry points are properly checked, the precaution measures of the state government are meaningless NYC added.


Fauji Mela enthrals Kibitho

KIBITHU, Aug 12: A Cultural meet in the form of a Fauji Mela was organized by the 20th Battalion The SIKH Regiment, 82 Mountain Brigade at Kibithu on Aug 8 as a part of weeklong Independence Day Celebration Programme.

The aim of the mela was to foster inter personal relation between Army, Civilians of the  area, Govt officials and the civil population at large as also to know each other’s cultural treasures.

The mela was inaugurated by Colonel K.S. Dhadwal, Commanding officer, 20 Sikh regiment Kibithoo.The mela was a huge attraction for the local population with various food stalls, game stalls and a medical stall providing a mix of entertainment and medical awareness. It also had a colourful cultural programme of famous `Bhangra’ Dance of Punjab by Army troops and culminated with the famous `Mishmi’ Dance by the local cultural troupe which enthralled the audience & left everybody spell bound.  

The varied array of activities and cultural performances made people aware of unity of India.  It also bolstered the image of Army among the local populace.  More of  such Melas are being planned in future and it is hoped that the civil-military cooperation and interaction will bring a new dawn of inter-action and brother hood in the East of The North East.  


Public hearing on environmental clearance of Lower Dimwe HE project held

ITANAGAR, Aug 12: The much awaited Public Hearing on environmental clearance of Lower Dimwe Hydro – Electric Project concluded peacefully at Parsuram Kund Kund Mela Ground on Aug11last. The Hearing process conducted by Arunachal Pradesh Pollution Control Board and  was attended at large by prominent Public leaders , Panchayat Bodies, GBs Villagers of all affected villages.

The twenty four speakers including former Minister, Prominent Public leaders Panchayat leaders, APPSU, AMSU, NGOS, Tai Khampti Singpho council and students Union expressed their desires and opinion on the occasion. Though almost all speakers did not oppose the construction of dam at Lohit River, they insisted on employment, contractors’ benefits, civic amenities and more attractive packages to the affected people. The inclusion of few left out villages, compensation to dwellers in downstream of the project,

Tabling of detail environmental assessment report and wide publicity on important issues relating to dam construction were vociferously raised by several speakers.

The Athena authority assured to start an information cell relating to their project in their office at Tezu.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chongkham MLA C.T. Mein said that Hydro Power Projects can only enrich the state’s coffer to bring development to this state. The state cannot get sufficient fund from the centre as it can not bear the state share as envisaged in central funding pattern. Our people should give up their apprehension about the bad impact of big dams and allow power developers to tap natural resources for our benefit, he said.

In his key note address Member Secretary APSPCB R.K. Deori Itanagar disclosed that public hearing before start of a project is necessitated do away public resentments on big projects on behalf of government of India so that affected people speak out their heart about projects.

The representative of Athena Dimwe Power Pvt Limited Gagan Agarwal, D. Prasad and other briefed in detail about the 1750 MW projects through power point presentation. The compensation packages worked upfront on socio-economic, demographic set and all facilities to be extended to local population in general and affected people in particular were spelt out by the power developer.

Presiding over the function, the Lohit Deputy Commissioner, Kaling Tayeng said that administration is simply a mediator between people and the company to see that their endeavor  go to a meaningful end. Replying to grievances about exclusion of names of few affected people, he said that door is not yet closed to take up the genuine cases adding that will and aspirations of indigenous people will always be accommodated.

The Tezu EAC T. Jerang who is playing a Coordinating role on behalf of district administration is preparing another Public hearing at Paya Machima Community hall at Anjaw district tomorrow.


Hundreds in Tirap Run for Peace

ITANAGAR, Aug 12: The 1st Tirap Half Marathon – Run For Peace organized by the Tirap District Administration received over whelming response with more than 700 participants running for peace at Khonsa today. Vimla Mehra, DGP of Arunachal Pradesh flagged off the Half Marathon amidst a huge gathering.

Speaking on the occasion Mehra while appreciating the efforts of the District Administration, said that there was no dearth of sporting talents in Arunachal Pradesh and asked the youth to participate in such events like Tirap Marathon and showcase their latent talents. She appealed to the participants to maintain spirit of sportsmanship.

The programme was also attended by by Deepak Mishra, IGP, Robin Hibu, DIG(East), DC, and SP, Tirap, CO, 19 Assam Rifles, CO, 19 Kumaon Regiment and a host of distinguished guests.

During the function, one of the sharpest mind of India, Ranphoa Ngowa who holds the Limca Book of records and world record academy for solving the world’s largest commercial Jigsaw Challenge, mesmerized the guests with his amazing skill in Rubins Cube.

It may be added here that the 1st Tirap Half Marathon has been organized by Tirap District Administration with an aim to spreading the message of peace and also creating awareness amongst the youth the importance of sports. The Half Marathon with the theme ‘Run for Peace’ has significance for Tirap district which is battling with insurgency problem. The participants were grouped in 5 categories. In the professional group Arvind Singh from 2 mount div bagged the 1st prize of Rs. 10,000/- and certificate while Sukhvir Singh from 36 Bn CRPF got the 2nd place with cash award Rs. 5,000/- and certificate. Ramesh Joshi of 2 mount Div begged the 3rd prize of Rs. 3.000/- along with certificate. The winners in other groups including open men, students (girls), students (boys) and open women were also awarded cash prizes and certificates.

The popular Assamese and Bollywood singer Zubeen Garg performed at Nehru Stadium in the evening as a part of the Half Marathon programme and enthralled the huge gathering. The people from all walks of life have appreciated the District Administration for the noble venture describing it as meaningful and entertaining. (DIPRO)


ATA  mixed reaction on the cabinet decisions

ITANAGAR, Aug 12: Arunachal Teachers’ Association (ATA) thanked the state government for implementation of Part-B for teachers and Nurses as per 6th CPC, approval for filling up of 75% of the vacant posts of ATA (A) and 25% of the said post with candidate having DE Ed and B Ed,10% special duty allowance for teachers working in hard belt areas, recruitment of JT and ST through APPSC and transfer and posting policy of teachers to improved the education of the state. However, it expressed resentment over RR of DSE and 10% reservation for DAEO while alleging that there has been foul play by some vested interest officer in filing final draft proposal to be placed in the cabinet and superseded the approved matter as per proofs available, it claimed.  It appealed the Minister to reinforce and maintain his stand for the larger interest of the teaching community.

It further said that the 10% reservation of DAEO for promotion to principal was not at all a point submitted in the joint memorandum submitted by ATA, DAEO and AASSATA. This issue will debar the promotional scope and working spirit of Vice Principal and Head Master (VP and HM), it added and appealed to reconsider the cabinet decisions of August 7.


NCP demands ban on Bolee

ITANAGAR, Aug 12: The State NCP Unit Arunachal Pradesh urged the district administration and the state government to immediately impose judicial ban order on the alleged large scale money gambling (Bolee) among the women of the twin capital complex.

The party further alleged that gambling is being practiced by the certain high class state government officials’ wives in the capital complex. The alleged women are involved in deceptive method to induce the innocent and poor local women to participate in the gambling process.

NCP said that this rare gambling method has been adopted in the state capital to loot hard earned money with criminal intention and  to breach peace amongst families and society at large.

This illegal deceptive method of gambling is an act of criminal conspiracy to loot the public property and money in broad day light. Many innocent and poor women have become victims of this gamble, it said.

The modus-operandi of the gambling is peculiar and new to this tribal state of Arunachal Pradesh, NCP said and added that it is dangerously harming innocent tribal women.

NCP terming this gamble as un-sanctioned, un-authorized and illegal without paying any revenue to the state government urged the district administration and the state government to immediately intervene and book the ring leaders/collectors of the gambling Bollee as per law.


AVP and RKM jointly organizes medical camp

ITANAGAR, Aug 12: Itanagar Mahila Samiti of Arunachal Vikas Parishad and RamaKrishna Hospital, Itanagar jointly organized medical camp at Jote Village in Papumpare District today. 146 patients have been treated and provided medicines by Dr. Deyi, Dr. Namchoom and Dr. Nabagopal Chanda. The Medical Team was lead by Techi Gubin, Higio Aruni, Swamiji R.K Mission and Yamek Taggu.

Arunachal Vikas Parishad organizes about 50 camps during the year in the remote villages. It also provides medicines through Village Health Workers. Around 30,000 patients are benefited round the year through this medical project.

AVP also organized medical camps in Kurung Kumey, Lower Subansiri District Sinag and Upper Subansiri District last week. Patients  from  Nyapin, Bogne, Nikja, Menga, Koloriang, Rading and Tabarijo villages were treated


“Chandrayan: promises and concerns”

Changlang, Aug 11: A District level science seminar was held here at Changlang today, on the topic ‘Chandrayan: promises and concerns.’

The total number of 9 students from various school of Changlang districts took part in the seminar.

Taba Zirdo from VKV Jairampur stood at first position whereas Renseng Langching of Government Higher Secondary School, Kharsang and Hem Bahadur Chetry of Government Higher Secondary School, Bordumsa stood 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Changlang Deputy Commissioner Dr S B Deepak Kumar called on the teachers to help and give proper guidance to brilliant students with scientific attitude. He advised the students to work hard and be sincere in their studies for they are the future of nation. Dr Kumar while stressing discipline as part and parcel of the institution warned the students against the use of any kind of tobacco product in the school and promised to visit the schools for surprise checking. While giving his best wishes to the participants he advised them to concentrate on their presentation, language and on the main subject concerned.

Earlier DDSE Changlang T Morang called upon the students to give their  best to be a member of such project some day. He further said nothing is impossible in today’s modern era of science and technology. The only thing a students need is determination, honesty, hard work, he added. (DIPRO)


Reconsider decision for construction of head tank at religious ground

ITANAGAR, Aug 12: Dani-Piilo Ground Development Committee, Lower Subansiri District in a letter to chief secretary highlighted the land encroachment problems of Dani-Piilo Ground, Hapoli and said that the construction works of over head tank at DP Ground is  severely affecting the ground and the religious activities of the people.

Appealing the Chief Secretary to intervene in to the matter, the committee appealed the concerned authority to reconsider the government permission for construction of over head tank at DP Ground, Hapoli immediately to mitigate the public out cry.




Roding Pertin resigns

ITANAGAR: Independent MLA Roding Pertin has resigned as an MLA representing Dambuk constituency. In a statement he said that he would join Congress as he had experienced lot of shortcoming as an Independent MLA. He said that before he was elected as an Independent MLA, he was with Congress and decided to come back to the party fold endorsing full faith in the leadership of Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and APCC president Nabum Tuki.


Special SLBC meeting on drought

ITANAGAR: NABARD has requested RBI to hold a special SLBC meeting to discuss the drought situation in the state and to work out a contingency plan for providing credit and non- credit inputs to the farmers in collaboration with the Banks and State Government Agency.

NABARD has also written to the State Government for increasing the irrigation coverage through Rural Infrastructure Development Fund of NABARD to tide over the drought situation.


APWWS hails Jamoh’s appointment

ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Women’s Welfare Society congratulated Nanom Jamoh on her appointment as advisor to the Chief Minister. While thanking the state government led by Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu for taking a historic decision, it said Jamoh’s appointment would usher in a new era of participation of women in decision making.


APFASA condemns attack

ITANAGAR: The Arunachal Pradesh Finance and Accounts Service Association (APFASA) condemns the physical attack on one of its member Finance & Accounts Officer (AFO) G Saha without any reason and provocation by three gallivanting youths near R K Mission Post office in the full view of shopkeepers and public.

Such boys who commit such crime under the influence of drugs and alcohol should be properly booked and sternly dealt with, the association said.

APFASA further urged the enforcing authority to beef-up more surveillance on such vulnerable points.

The citizens need to educate themselves to deal with such situations by either rescuing the victim or informing the nearest Police station or police out post immediately, the association said.






(Readers’ Forum)



Only genuine candidates should get chance


I being a grass root level Congress party worker would like to draw the attention of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) president towards the following fact.

There are two types of candidates, namely, seasonal leaders and ticket dependent leaders who seek party tickets during election times.

The seasonal leaders are persons who declare themselves as public leaders during election time.  They never visit public places during the time of natural calamities, epidemic and never take part in development activities for general public. They only appear during the time of election, seek party tickets and disturb the genuine public servants, who have been serving the people dedicatedly. These types of persons should not be issued the Congress party ticket as they will stand as main element for losing election.

The ticket dependent leaders have no grass root level supporters and they have no public recognition and self confident. They contest election if only get party ticket.  This type of leader generally   says, I will contest election if I get Congress party ticket. If party does not issue ticket, I will not contest. They depend only on party workers and other organizations. Recommendation of such candidate by state level party office bearers is also another cause of losing election by the party.  They recommend their kith and kins but not the candidates having winning prospect.

Therefore, I as genuine Congress party worker would like to appeal the AICC president to issue party tickets to genuine candidates with grass root level supporters for the 13-Itanagar Assembly constituency in particular and Arunachal Pradesh as a whole in the forthcoming Assembly election. It is also requested to send a team of central observers keeping aside all the state office bearers of APCC so that only the genuine candidates are selected for party tickets.


Vijay Bengia

Gram Panchayat chairperson

2-Nirjuli Panchayat

Itanagar Assembly constituency





Recognition to good works


Ever since Balo Raja became the elected member  of Legislative Assembly from 18th Palin-Chambang constituency, the people in general have become busier than before. There are remarkable developments in agriculture and horticulture sectors and rapid progress is seen in education and health sectors. Unlike in the past, there is more scope for farmers to sell their agriculture and horticulture products due to road connectivity.

There are three major roads –one, from Palin town via Dari Dado, Tahu, Kurayer to Chambang;  two, from Tamen through Dahil to Chambang and another road starts at Palin town through Yaglong, Pania, Rechtaring then to Chambang. These roads connect entire constituency into one big village. Yet there is another road that is in the halfway from Lot in Ziro-II via Namha Charbia to Chambang.

He has successfully sanctioned and established three main administrative blocks – ADC headquarters at Pania, CO headquarter at Tarak Langdi and sub-divisional Centre at Gangte. Another major achievement is the launching of the 50 bedded hospital at Jorung, 2 km from Palin town. In educational sector, Yangte and Old Palin middle schools have been upgraded to secondary standard.  During the five year tenure, he had done a lot for the entire people of this region. The Farmers’ Welfare Society of Palin area will keep on supporting such a person who has shown great concern for the general public.


T Mohan, Chairman

Farmers’ Welfare

Society, Palin



The news of switch in loyalty took us by surprise


The news clip appeared in Arunachal Times on August 12, regarding the withdrawal of support by the people of Namtok Circle of 53 Changlang North Assembly Constituency from Thinghap Taiju camp surprises every one.

It has been the habitual tactics of Wangia Pongte, the sitting MLA to engage some hired youths to write against a genuine and a real leader like Taiju, an aspirant contender from the same Assembly constituency when assembly elections knocks at the door.

There are great resentments amongst the general public for lack of development during his last 5(five) years tenure in this entire constituency.

The road linking Pongte's Yankan village is in depleted condition making it difficult for vehicles to ply throughout the year. The Changlang-Margherita road, Changtang-Khuchep road, Namtok-Margherita road including Changlang District Headquarters township roads are also in a dilapidated condition.

The economic conditions of the public, except his few relatives of 53 Changlang (North) are in a pathetic condition. There is no reason why fresh workers should join Pongte.

Some join Pongte’s camp for personal benefit only. The people of Changlang are regretting their decision and stating that "Pongte ko vote deke galti kiya”.

The six signatories of 12/08/09 paper release are all original workers of Pongte and they were never the supporters of Taiju. The statements given by them are false and misleading.

The recommendation of Congress ticket appealed by the six signatories may not be considered as Pongte though Congress Party sitting MLA had used his key workers to campaigned in favour of Arunachal Congress candidate during the last 15 Lok Sabha Election which proves his anti-party  activities.

Rather there is appreciation that under former minister T Taiju initiative the Namtok Circle, government Secondary School,  Primary Health Centre besides others were established for the welfare of the people of Namtok circle. There is no question about people withdrawing support from him.

People of both Namtok and Yatdam Circles have expressed their aspiration to extend full support to Taiju in the ensuing assembly election.

We the following Panchayati Raj representatives including all public leaders strongly support Taiju. We will work hard to see that he wins this assembly election.

It is our earnest appeal to the Congress Party High Command to issue ticket to a winning candidate like Taiju from 53 Changlang North (ST) Assembly Constituency.        


Marina Kenglang

ZPM-53 Changlang North (ST) A/C

Nyanthing Taikam

ASM Hesseng-Kongsa GPC

Nomtak circle

Demkam Tailu

ASM Longran GPC

Namtok Circle

Khephap Longku

ASM Longpha-Kuthung GPC

Namtok circle

Lemtu Tachang

ASM Rangring Kan GPC         

Namtok Circle

Chakem Longri

Public Leader and Vice President Changlang BCC

Namtok Circle

Raisam Zongsam

Public Leader, Changlang

Khomton Ngotan

Public Leader, Yatdam Circle







Bad dream


Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to record my deepest sense of gratitude to one and all who-ever visited me and enquired my well being following injures sustained on  Aug 06 at around 8:15 pm while facing 3(three) unknown hooligans near RKM Post Office who pounced on me through unnecessary provocation.

I also condemn the attitude of the on-lookers who neither came to my rescue nor informed the police to tackle the situation on the spot.

I wish my physical injuries to heal soon. But it will take long to forget the mental bruise till I get used to be comfortable with discomforts around or forget the episode as a bad dream!!

           Yours etc.

Gautam Saha, Itanagar.





Swine Flu


The Gate way of North Eastern Region, Guwahati is quite comfortable to make a patient to wait for continuous seven hours to check up for H1N1, a pandemic virus, who was coming from Pune as appeared in several news media in the light of present turmoil of Swine Flu. The State Arunachal Pradesh is also in deep slumber to be vibrant with present scenario of the other parts of the country. They are not estimating, numbers of people coming to the state from the places which have been declared Epidemic area of Swine Flu. Such luke-warm response to declaration of WHO and the nation would cost heavy prices. The rule of social conduct to have perseverance is necessary in such situation. It is better to be Watch Dog in time than to be a curtsey Receptionist of any H1N1 virus infected patient.

It must be accepted that the ‘State’ does not identify itself with physical power for its own sake; it is power to protect and to impart the highest welfare of the humanity. The protection and precocious measures would be more fruitful than to initiate welfare plans and programs to cure H1N1 virus infected patient in the state.

Tanya Dabi


August - 13