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Organizations demands handover of capital road to BRTF

ITANAGAR, Aug 3: All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF) led by its president Kipa Tuglo said that the Federation along with two other organizations submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister at his office today.

They appealed to the state government to handover NH-52 from Bandardewa to Holongi as well as capital road maintenance to Border Road Task Force (BRTF) within August 2011.

They  further demanded for necessary action against UD and PWD Minister for alleged failure to undertake road renovation works in the state capital.

Meanwhile, in a separate release Arunachal Pradesh Colleges’ Forum also expressed their resentment over the poor road condition and drainage system within the state capital under Urban Development and Public Work Department.

It also appealed to the government to handover the work and maintenance of capital road to BRTF immediately.


Proper medical service in Gusar area sought

ITANAGAR, Aug 3: Diso-Katu Youth Club (DKYC), a Gusar based NGO, has requested  the district medical officer, Upper Subansiri district to  look into the health problems being faced by the  people of Gusar due to lack of medical infrastructure like doctors, paramedical staff, medicine and ambulance.

DKYC in a release today said that though primary health centre, including a NRHM centre were established at Seji and Bui village, the centres have no doctors and subordinate staff.

At least 10/20 people die of diarrheas, malaria, dysentery and tuberculosis particularly in summer season  every year due to non-availability of proper medical facilities in the area, the Club claimed and requested the authorities to look into the matter.


Federation reshufflesits executive body

ITANAGAR, Aug 3: All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF) in an emergency meeting held at Naharlagun on July 2 has reshuffled its executive members with Takar Goi, Tadar Raja and Dobing Sonam as its Chairman, working president and General Secretary with Kamku Pardung and Kipa Niba as its vice presidents respectively.


Follow fixed price on PDS items: Union

ITANAGAR, Aug 3: All Pipu Chayang Tajo Gawe Purang Sawa Students’ Union has appealed to the authorities concerned to issue proper direction to the fair price license holders of Chayang Tajo constituency to maintain appropriate fixed rates while selling the PDS items.

The villagers are not capable to buy ration items at higher rates, the union said and appealed to the East Kameng DSO to look into the matter seriously.



ITANAGAR, Aug 3:  S Maga Tal, general secretary of NYC  in a letter to NYC,  Arunachal Pradesh unit president  has resigned from the post on personal ground.



ITANAGAR, Aug 3: Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh expressed deep sorrow on the demise of Rinchin Chojom Thongchi who died yesterday at Itanagar.

The IFCSAP members prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and extended its condolence message to the bereaved family members.


EADYM to conduct district tour

ITANAGAR: Eastern Arunachal Democratic Youth Movement has decided to start it’s eight district tour  --Yuva Ekta Yatra -- from first week of August to September in order to spread the message of universal brotherhood, peace and tranquility, social justice and equality, socio-political and economic development.

The EADYM urged the district office bearers to cooperate during the tour.


Union appeals for dresscode in institutions

ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Indigenous Tribes’ Union (APITU) has appealed to the education minister to bring an Act making it mandatory to wear traditional uniform in  all schools including semi-Govts and private schools in the state.

In a memorandum, the Union  appealed to the minister to impose decent dress code in all institutions  to maintain indigenous spirit for the preservation of tradition and culture of the state.


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Training of Agri census  held

ITANAGAR, Aug 3:  A training programme on Agriculture Census 2010-11 was conducted at office of Lower Subansiri District  agricultural officer  at Ziro.

Presiding over the programme, Dani Yubbe, District Agriculture officer, Lower Subansiri district, highlighted the importance of the Agri census. He said the objectives of the agriculture census are  to describe agriculture structure and related characteristic of agriculture by providing statistical data on operational holding, including land utilization, agriculture machinery and implement use of fertilizer etc. He further said that others objectives of the  census  are to provide benchmark data needed for formulating new agriculture development programmes and for evaluation  of their progress.

He also requested the field level Enumerators to be sincere, dedicated in their  census duties and to convince the farmers of selected 20 per cent  village sample for full co-operation for furnishing the data accurately.

Tasso Buttung, ADO, Raga and Tako That, ADO, Yachuli imparted the training in details and interacted with the Enumerators regarding the field level problems, according to an official release.


Northeast records 38 percent deficit rainfall

Agartala/Guwahati, Aug 3: The Northeastern region, excluding Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh, has recorded deficit rainfall in the monsoon season and this may hit agricultural production, officials said on Wednesday.

Arunachal Pradesh has got 10 percent less rains.

"Since June 1, the Northeast has suffered a 38 percent shortfall compared to the normal rainfall," an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official told IANS. "Soon after the onset of monsoon in the first week of June, some parts of the northeast witnessed normal rainfall but subsequently the precipitation reversed," he said.

According to IMD's centre in Guwahati, the deficit rainfall in the northeast is minimum in Arunachal Pradesh, where the shortfall recorded is 10 percent. In contrast, the deficit is a record 51 percent in Manipur.

Meghalaya has recorded 49 percent deficit rainfall followed by Nagaland (40 percent), Mizoram (35 percent), Tripura (30 percent) and Assam (28 percent).

"The sea surface temperature in the Bay of Bengal is very low. If this remains 27 percent and more, depression and other favourable conditions create monsoon rains," IMD director Dilip Saha told IANS in Agartala. He said: "The moistures are not adequate in the region, resulting in scarcity of rainfall in the mountainous states."

The fall in rainfall has hit agriculture.

"Excess rainfall, coupled with floods, have damaged crops in some parts of the Northeast including Assam while deficit rainfall would affect crops including 'Boro rice'," an Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) official said in Agartala.

In the Northeast, there are three meteorological sub-divisions.

According to IMD's official records, the rainfall in the region was short by 25 percent last year.


FCI urged to solve storage problem in Lower Subansiri district

ITANAGAR, Aug 3: All Lower Subansiri District Fair Price Shop Dealers Welfare Association (ALSDFPSDWA) has demanded the FCI authority to construct separate FCI godowns for Lower Subansiri district and Kurung Kumey district respectively. The  Association said the present storage capacity of  Ziro FCI godown is 6500 quintals whereas  11,549 quintal of items including wheat/levy sugar are being allotted every month for both Kurung Kumey and Lower Subansiri district which resulted in shortage of PDS items due to inadequate storage capacity at FCI/FSD at Ziro.

Despite timely submission of cost of allotted quota to the FCI by carriage contractors there has been lapses in supply of PDS items  on the part of FCI due to inadequate storage capacity and such lapses creates confusion in  grass root level, the Association said.

Claiming the that Union Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister had assured to release fund for the construction of proposed 12 FCI godowns in Arunachal Pradesh under the initiation of FCI consultative committee members of Arunachal Pradesh, the Association appealed the authorities to solve the storage problems of PDS items in Lower Subansiri district  in order to avoid undue criticism from consumers.

Meanwhile, the Association appealed to authorities to supply superior quality PDS item in the district.


Miss beauty winners visit charity home

ITANAGAR, Aug 03: Miss beautiful smile sub title holder Kesaya Molo, Miss Talent sub title holder Oyin Mibang and Bombi Basar top eight in the recently concluded Miss Beauty of Arunachal -2011 visited Charity of Missionary Mother Terrasa Home.

They gave Huggies, sweets and rice for physically and mentally challenged children of the charity home.

Meanwhile, the organizing committee president Talla Joram praised the contestants for their novel work and advised them to continue such activities in near future.

She further said that despite claimed from many societies, NGOs and government to work on such sector but their output is very less in this sector.


8th Indepencence Cup Football tourney

Political will needed to solve boundary problem: Tatung

LIKABALI, Aug  3: The 8th Independence Cup Football Tournament began with All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) president Takam Tatung kicking off the tournament at Chidu-Chigo Ground here yesterday.

Speaking on the occasion as chief guest, Tatung asked the players to maintain sportsmanship spirit and said that the youth should take up games and sports with professional approach. Informing that with the implementation of 5 % job reservation for the meritorious sportsperson in the State govt demartments, Tatung, also a former international karate player, encouraged that the future of the sportsperson are not bleak as it used to be some years ago.

Citing that Likabali is situated in a boundary area, Tatung urged the organisers to involve teams from Assam also in such competition which would foster a feeling of bonhomie and belongingness.

Specifying the constant boundary row in Assam and Arunachal, he informed the huge crowd that AAPSU is deeply concerned with the unhealthy scenario and are putting its all efforts to solve the crisis in close tandem with the respective governments.

“If there is strong political will from Assam and Arunachal, the boundary problem could be solved at the earliest and once for all as because Congress reigns in these two States as well as in the Centre.

Guest of Honour Pakmik Taipodia while lauding the efforts of the organisers in organising such competition said that such events not only provide a platform to show young talents but also instill discipline in them.

The inaugural match was played between Jimago Football Club and  Liru in which the former defeated the latter 3-0. Yadak Riram scored one goal and Bahon Taipodia scored two in the second half.

Altogether 14 teams are participating in the tournament including Alupara Football Club from neighbouring Assam and ITBP, Kimin, according to the organisers.

Galo Students Union (GSU) General Secretary Pakmik Taipodia attended the inaugural functions as guest of honour while AAPSU Federal Assembly Secretary Duyu Nama and Likabali ZPM Komde Nyodu were the special invitees.


APPDSU oppose bandh culture only in capital region

ITANAGAR, Aug 3: All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU) has opposed the bandh culture under Papum Pare district being observed by various organizations.

If the organizations are state level and the issues are also state based then why band calls in Papum Pare and capital region only ? the APPDSU questioned. “APPDSU really supports their issuers and demand but it compel us to speak out why bandh call in Papum Pare, not in whole state?   the union added.

APPDSU requested all the state based organziations to pick the state based issues and focus it before the common people of the state and not only in Papum Pare district. They also request the business community and general public not to support such type of bandh call in near future. If the issues are state based, burden should be share by the people of entire state, not  by the people of Papum Pare only, the union said.


ITBP lift Tiger 7 Soccer Trophy

ITANAGAR, Aug 3: Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) Force team of Kimin won the Second State Level Tiger 7 Soccer Tournament defeating Gora Makik Sporting Club-B by solitary in the final at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium Nahar-lagun today.

Sheraph Bhutia scored the all important goal.

The winners were awarded cash prize of Rs.95,000 along with trophy while the runners up team was given Rs.45,000 with trophy.

Dari Sports Club was adjudged the best disciplined team and Tamuk Taja of Capital Complex Sports Club-B was declared ‘best player’.

The prizes were distributed by Jalley Sonam, Chairman, Arunachal Building and Other Construction Welfare Board as chief guest.

Meanwhile, organizing committee secretary Tai Roket appealed to the State Government, especially sports department, to promote the game in the state considering the growing popularity of the game all over the world.

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Towards a greener lifestyle


Architects of the voluntary Heritage Foundation (HF) are building weather-resilient eco-friendly homes for flood victims in Sindh province in Pakistan. Use of local workforce to construct these inexpensive houses has created jobs, revived the local economy and encouraged people to adopt a greener lifestyle.

The 2010 monsoon floods had submerged a fifth of Pakistan and left 2,000 people dead.

The vision behind the Heritage Foundation initiative is the use of local materials and a workforce backed by students from schools of architecture and engineering.

Established in 1984 by Yasmeen Lari - incidentally Pakistan’s first woman architect - the HF basically documents historic buildings and works for their conservation, but came forward to help with post-disaster reconstruction.

They have already handed over 104 homes in two villages in Sindh, all built with bamboo, lime  and mud. Not only can these be made speedily, they are cost-effective at Pakistani Rs 55,000 (647 US dollars) and have a low carbon footprint.

Many in the village say the deluge has come as a boon for them. The use of local material and workforce has resulted in economic regeneration.



Are we going to retire without promotion?

Dear Editor,

I would like to draw the attention of general people, higher authority and Govt towards helpless  condition of Arunachal Pradesh battalion (AAPBn). AAPBn was established and appointment were done from the year 1988 and till to date only few of them had promoted and less are even not getting a single chance to attend the promotion cadre course, due to non availability of head constable post because of only non existing AAPBn strength i.e. AAPBn personnel had already served more than 18-23 years as same rank and some of them will be retired shortly. I am not against IRBn but as everyone knows that  it was established and appointed since 1997 and most of them got promoted, sometimes we have to perform duty together under their command  who is  actually more than 10 years junior thus ultimately our morality is getting down.

For kind information Arunachal Govt. have two AAPBn but in fact none of them have proper strength of it since 1988. But, IRBn has up to 4th battalion in short period of time. AAPBn have 439 Jawans of it strength presently posted at HQ Chimpu. Out of them two company have been deployed at security (PSO to VIP) duty and both Capital police station and about 262 Jawans are performing field duties like 35-40 house guard, VIPs Escort, Law & order, out-post office duty and also other personnel duty like house keeper /garden watcher etc. So, due to more duties in short strength, if someone have to avail leave, there were no jawan to replace him, as usual he have to submit sick report or other ways to take leave.

As a result the commanding officer held up his or her payment instead of knowing the fact and praying to the higher authority to increase strength and look after the problems of lower level.  Our authority (Commandant) never tried to know the actual fact/problems and only wanted the works/duties to be done from us. He never talks to these higher authorities except pressuring lower ranks. Seeing all these injustice I want to raise a few questions to authority/ state Govt. that why recruiting of AAPBn personnel have been closed? Why we have been treated like a step son? Will we be retiring in the same rank without promotion?


Nabam Techi




We are waiting to see better days after HM visit

Dear Editor,

Nocte Students’ Union (NSU) welcomes the three-day visit of Home Minister Takar Marde to Tirap district to assess the ground reality. The Minister touches the interior pockets of Tirap like Panchau, Wakka and Lazu to take first hand information of troubled torn area. The union is very happy and congratulates the Minister for his visit to Tirap district.

The Union is hoping to witness significant changes in prevailing situation to good and healthy atmosphere in the district. The Home Minister visit will greatly improve the situation in Tirap.  The Student Union hopes the Minister might seen the real backwardness of society and  think about what precaution measure  should be taken to uplift these people living below poverty line ?  The Union believes Home Minister will surely brief his experience to Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh and request him to take up the development scheme for these backward people.

The Union is very much eager to watch out the situation in Tirap and Changlang after the marathon visit of Home Minster. The commitment of Home Minister has brought great relief to the civilian of Tirap district. The civilian are very much interested to see the commitment of Home Minister to be achieved in ground reality.

The first and foremost requirement of this district is road infrastructure, which is assumed to the life line of society. And the road condition in Tirap is very horrible.  But road  communication remains never cut off from any other parts of the district or state except this season in Pongkong due to bad condition of the road. So the road needs immediate attention of state government before it takes ugly shape. The the Union also called upon RWD Minister to check the road which comes under PMGSY project. The road under PMGSY project is damaged in the name of development. The good road is required for the security point of view in this disturb district.

Nocte Students’ Union also called upon the six  MLA’s of Tirap  to make their presence felt when situated demands in the district and interact  with the people.  The leaders are made by the voters so they need to reciprocate. The future and development of Tirap is in the hand of MLA’s . They need to channelize the development and proper implementation of schemes for the all round development.


Nokchop Khoiyang


Nocte Students’ Union



Let this fight against corruption bring a change in our society

Dear Editor,

Through the esteemed columns of your daily, I would like to make few clarifications regarding a press release issued by NES on August 1 cautioning Arunachal RTI Activists Forum (ARTIAF) to refrain from mudslinging.

Firstly, I would like to clarify that Arunachal RTI Activists Forum (ARTIAF) is neither a community based organization nor political organization. It is purely a pressure group in nature with members from all over the state fighting for the cause and welfare of the sufferers and victims of corruption. Our aim is to uproot corruption from the society.  

Any one can approach ARTIAF for help to sort out RTI problems and action against corrupt practices. Since Government is not taking any action against corruption, the ARTIAF with the support of conscious people and youths and intellectuals is compelled to resort to democratic movement, like bandh call, though unwantedly, to draw the attention of the government; and as expected, ARTIAF is receiving overwhelming support from all conscious citizens.

Nyishi Elite Society (NES), being a parent body, should interfere into such acts which have tarnished the image of Nyishi people in particular. NES should convince Atum Welly as a Nyishi Minister to resign from the post in order to prove his cleanliness against his alleged involvement in illegal appointment. Is not the allegation a shame for a Minister, who belongs to Nyishi community?  NES should enquire the matter thoroughly.

Why did NES not react to the criminal conspiracy hatched against RTI activist Payi Gyadi by planting grenade and pistol in his car and the release of the accused on bail? Is not it shameful for the Nyishi community? Is Payi Gyadi not belonged to Nyishi community? Is the appointment with fake documents by a father to his son and daughter misusing official position is justifiable?  

ARTIAF has been demanding termination of Y.D. Thongchi because he is the key suspect in the illegal appointment. We are also demanding the resignation of the Chief Minister on moral ground for his alleged violation of democratic procedure in electing a Chief Information Commissioner.

NES should not discourage RTI activists from its crusade against corruption. We are not against any particular Nyishi people. Rather, NES should be proud of the Nyishi youths for fighting corruption.

ARTIAF movement will not stop here just demanding resignations of those people. It is coming with bigger scams and issues and financial mismanagement very shortly.

I would like to clarify that the bandh call given by ARTIAF had never intended to harass anybody. Instead, I claim, it was a free and fare bandh supported by all. Let this fight against corruption bring a change in our society for our next generation.    

Lastly, I call upon NES and other such like-minded organisations to press the government to take action against Welly and other accomplices instead of condemning ARTIAF for its democratic movement.


Chopa Cheda





A source of inspiration for budding talents

Dear Editor,

Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the organizer of MISS ARUNACHAL -- 2011 for giving a platform to younger generation to show their hidden talents and also for free and fair judgment to search and select the talent amongst the best of the best.

I on behalf of my family members, relatives congratulate Miss Mege Duchok, daughter of Takam Duchok and Yapak Duchok under Taliha Circle of Upper Subansiri district, who has won the coveted title of MISS ARUNACHAL--2011 during a glittering function held at Nyikum Nyiha Hall Nirjuli on 31st July 2011. In fact, this achievement is first ever for entire Tagin Society as well as for Upper Subansiri District.

Therefore, I would like request to the President, Secretaries and all executive members of the Tache-Tagia Welfare Society to felicitate Miss Mege Duchok, who has won the prestigious award of MISS ARUNACHAL title-2011 and for bringing laurels for the Tache-Tagia clans as well as for entire Tagin Community for the first time.

It is regretted to learn that till date no such programme has been organized by the Tache-Tagia Welfare Society to encourage the youths. This is the right time; the society should come forward and organize a felicitation programme to encourage Miss Mege Duchok. I also appeal the Tagin Cultural Society as well as other social organizations of Upper Subansiri District to facilitate Miss Mege Duchok, which will be a source of inspiration and moral booster for other budding and hidden talents of the entire District.


Tai Duchok Pakba

G Sector, Itanagar









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