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DA declares bandh illegal

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Declaring the 12-hour Capital Complex bandh called by Arunachal Law Students Union (ALSU) on August 21 illegal, the Capital Complex administration has clamped 144 CrPC in Capital Complex during the bandh hours.

“Any damage of private/public properties during the bandh period will be recovered from the bandh callers,” the DA said and requested the business community to cooperate with the authority to defy the bandh.


DRDA employees demand salary

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: The employees of DRDA, West Kameng district unit have appealed to the authority concerned to immediately release seven months pending salaries/ arrears of the employees and also to find a permanent solution for absorption of DRDA employees in the line department before August 31, 2013.

The employees, in a meeting today, unanimously decided to support the stir launched by its Tezu counterpart in protest against non-release of their monthly salary. It appealed to respective DRDAs of  Arunachal  Pradesh to stand united and fight for their cause.


NSUI conducts essay, drawing, painting competitions

ITANAGAR, Aug 20:  A total of 90 students participated in an inter-class essay, drawing/painting competitions conducted at Govt. Higher Secondary School, Itanagar yesterday by National Students’ Union of India, Papum Pare district  on the occasion of Sadbhavana Diwas. The Birth Anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi is observed as Sadbhavana Diwas.

Yani Hakum of Class XII (Sc) won the first prize in In the essay competition while Lokam Nannan and Suraj Das, both of Class XII (Hum) stood second and third respectively.

In the drawing/painting competition, Toni Lego of Class XI won the first prize and Karling Techi and Tarin Laying, both of Class XI came second and third respectively.


‘School without teacher’

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: A school without teachers can not be imagined. However, the Govt. ME School, Tajgi of Upper Yachuli under Lower Subansiri district don’t have a single teacher to teach the students, claimed an AAPSU team which visited the school recently.

According to them, no teacher has been posted in the school as yet despite repeated pleas by the local people and public leaders of the area.

The panchayat leaders of the areas urged the AAPSU team to take up the matter with the authority concerned for immediate posting of teachers in the school.

The AAPSU team strongly criticized the irresponsible attitude of the district administration, particularly education department, for not paying attention to the demands. AAPSU said that non-posting of teachers has affected the academic study of more than 100 students of the school.

The apex students’ body of the state has urged the higher authority of education department to look into the matter seriously for betterment of the students.


Arunachal team to be part of national team on visit to Costa Rica

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: The  team from Arunachal Pradesh State Medicinal Plants Board (APSMPB) will be part of the 11-member national team visiting the Latin American country Costa Rica from August 26 to 30 next.

Being organized under the South-South Cooperation component of a Global Environment facility-GoI, UNDP project entitled ‘Mainstreaming Conservation and Sustainable use of medicinal plant diversity in three Indian states’, the team from the state is comprised of APSMPB member secretary T Gapak, research officer Dr D Yongam and Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest Dr Ravindra Kumar.

Apart from Arunachal, Chattisgarh and Uttarakhand are also part of the mission.

During their stay in Costa Rica, the team will visit San Jose- its Capital city- and Limon.

The five day visit to the Latin American country is aimed at establishing possible linkages with the Government, academic institutions and Private Sectors for knowledge sharing in the area of conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, especially in the field of medical plants and associated traditional knowledge.


People of Kalaktang to stage dharna on Aug 22

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Consequent upon the failure of the education department to redress the problems being faced by the Government Higher Secondary School, Kalaktang in West Kameng district, a delegation led by the ZPM Tsering Sonam comprising the local PRI members, All Kalaktang Students’ Union, All West Kameng Students’ Union, Tsopa (Indigenious administrative circle council), executive members of Kalaktang and Kalaktang Employees Welfare Associate would stage a peaceful dharna in the premise of directorate of secondary education, Itanagar on August 22.

Earlier, ZPM Tsering Sonam on July 12 had submitted a memorandum to the director, secondary education seeking his personal intervention for immediate posting of subject teachers for chemistry, biology, geography and political science at Government Higher Secondary School, Kalaktang as without subject teachers, the students have been managing on their own for the past few years which has adversely affected their academic studies.

The director had assured of doing the needful within the first week of August but nothing has been materialized so far, it said.


Sagalee bandh on August 23

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: The All Sagalee Students Union (ASSU) has declared a 24 hours bandh call in its area on August 23.

The union on August 15 had submitted a 5-day ultimatum to ADC, Sagalee for immediate arrest of culprits involved in the death of Techi Juna, who succumbed to his injuries after a brutal attack on July 10 last. The ultimatum ends today.

We are calling the bandh as our first phase of agitation to meet up the demands, it said in a release.


COSAAP unit contributes for fire victims

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: The Confederation of Service Association of Arunachal Pradesh Nyapin Block contributed some amounts for relief and rehabilitation of the August 11 fire victims at Nyapin.

The CoSAAP unit handed over the collected amounts to the victims during the Independence Day celebration.


Staff demanded for Paya mini hydel project

ITANAGAR, Aug 20:  Claiming that Paya Mini Hydel was not working to its potential due to shortage of technical staff, Anchal Samity Member of Hiya Village in Kurung Kumey district demanded for immediate posting of staff for smooth functioning of the hydel project.


Sensitization prog. for school teachers

CHANGLANG, Aug 20: District Health Society, Changlang organized one day sensitization programme for teachers under School Health Programme at DIET Auditorium here yesterday.

Attending the workshop, Dr. P Dutta, DMO, Changlang explained the importance of taking iron folic acid for improving the health of school going children. He also emphasized on the importance of deworming of students biannually.

Dr. Tope Yomcha, DRCHO, Changlang briefed on the present global, national and state scenario of anaemia and the importance of implementing WIFS programme through PowerPoint presentation. He also highlighted on deworming process and informed that adolescent girls will also be covered under this programme.

The meeting also attended by the DDSE, CDPO, DPMU staff and teachers from 12 schools under Changlang and Khimiyang block. DIPRO


DC inaugurates skill dev. training

ROING, Aug 20: Lower Dibang Valley Deputy Commissioner Shiv Kumar inaugurated a 10 days Skill Development Programme under BADP at District Industrial Centre here today.

In his inaugural speech, the Deputy Commissioner called upon the trainees to actively participate and take full benefit of the training programme. Encouraging the trainees, he assured to award the best trainer. He also informed that National Food Security Mission (NFSM) is going to be implemented in the district under which new ration cards will be issued to the BPL families.

Mama Miso, ZPM also spoke on the occasion.

Sipi Elapra, Zilla Chairperson, Rakesh Tacho, CO, A Pertin, ADTH  and PRI leaders were also present in the inaugural function.

In total 70 trainees are attending the training in tailoring, knitting and weaving.  DIPRO


LCWA felicitates meritorious students

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Liromoba Circle Welfare Association (LCWA) has felicitated all the meritorious students of Class X and XII of Liromoba circle in a function at Hr. Sec School, Liromoba on Augut 16.

Those class X students felicitated were, Rikky Romin (100%), Ayang Jilen (96%), Petum Romin (88%) and Class XII were Bomyir Jilen, 72.2% (Hum), Pujum Kambu, 68.2 % (Hum), Lukka Jilen 67.2 %  (Sc) (Class XII).

The programme was attended by PRI members, senior citizens and students.

Liromoba bandh passes off peacfully

Meanwhile, the 12-hrs Liromoba bandh on August 15 by LCWA to register protest against non-fulfillment of its 7-points demands, passed off peacefully.

LCWA has been demanding for immediate posting teachers at HSS Liromoba, maintenance of Ligo-mini micro hydel, improvement of BSNL service, posting of Medical Officer, proper implementation of mid-day meal scheme at GHSS Liromoba, regular government staff at Liromoba, maintenance of Tai bridge BRTF road to Bege village etc.

The association has threatened to launch the second phase of the agitation in the form of 24-hr Liromoba bandh in the last part of September, if the demands were not met.


Social service conducted

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: More than 300 people participated in a mass social service conducted at Govt. Secondary School, Mengio on August 16 last.

During the daylong social service, the school building was repaired, both the boys and girls hostels were cleaned and boundary fencings erected for both the teacher’s quarters and the hostels.

The social service was initiated by ASM, Sakiang Panchayat.


Skill upgradation training under BADP

DIRANG, Aug 20: The 60-days skill upgradation training in weaving under Border Area Development Programme (BADP) concluded at Oak Tassar Centre here today.

Assistant Director (Textiles & Handicrafts) Dorjee Phuntso, Assistant Director (Industries) Gyati Kacho, Principal Industrial Training Institute R.C Dutta, Chief Manager, SBI Lead Bank P.Romen Singh and Director for Rural Self-Employment Training Institute (West Kameng & Tawang) Bodhan Bhuyan advised the trainees to take up schemes based on cluster development. The officials also advised the weavers to keep the prices of their products moderate and emphasize more on production and better marketing strategy keeping in mind demands of the new market.

Another 15-days Training Programme in Design Development under Dirang Handloom Cluster began here today.  


Mass plantation prog

BOMDILA, Aug 20: A mass tree plantation programme was organized by the teachers and students of Pine Dale Public school, Kakaling here today.

The students along with teachers planted hundreds of saplings in and around the newly established religious centre, “Ridzen Choeling Lhakhang Society.



ITANAGAR, Aug 20: The Yamne Valley Council (YVC) has mourned the demise of Thogge Moyong, who died due to electrocution on August 15 .

Thogge Moyong was born in July 1984 at Adi Pasi Sibuk under Mariyang circle of Upper Siang district.

“His death is a great loss not only to his family but also entire society,” YVC said in a condolence message.

While conveying heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family members, it prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.

Meanwhile, the council has decided to fight against the power department for giving justice to the bereaved family. It urged the competent authorities to set up the judicial enquiry to unearth the truth behind the reason of electrocution.

The concern department should come forward on their own to give enough compensation to the bereaved family, it said.




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Gratitude to the helpful soul

Dear Editor,

I extend my heartfelt gratitude to the persons who have extended their helping hands at the time of grief, agony and need. I could not call up every one of them and personally thank them for their yeomen service and I apologize for it. While tear was rolling down from my cheek due to death of my younger brother Lt. Thogge Moyong by electrocution at Itanagar, during the time of grief, agony and need many people came forward to help me in bringing my younger brother to the hospital and they also assisted to take back the dead body to the native place.

I being the elder brother of my beloved younger brother late Thogge Moyong,  heartedly extend my heartfelt gratitude to all of them. Especially I really thank members of ABK, Adisu team and AAPSU Convener Tadar Kakum who came forward to help me in the time of need.

Still I am crying for my beloved younger brother Lt. Thogge Moyong as it was a dream for him to become a good citizen. Though he might have gone to the heavenly abode but we, father, mother, sister and brother, of Lt. Thogge Moyong would pray for his eternal peace and justice for his dead soul.

Tani Moyong

Elder Brother

of Lt. Thogge Moyong



Water crisis in Itanagar

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to draw the kind attention of authority towards shortage of water supply faced by resident of Lower C Sector Colony of Itanagar. We all know that water is the basic needs for all living from small to giant creatures. Without water we feel as if we are living in desert and people of C Sector are facing similar situation for the last one month. This makes very difficult for us to stay at home during hot and sunny days. Earlier there was water supply for at least half an hour with very low pressure in a day. However these days water supply has got worse as we get hardly one bucket during the day. This creates problem for students especially those hailing from big families.  As students we need to take bath every day before school hours. Now we are confused whether one bucket of water should be used for cooking purpose or to take bath? I behalf of lower C Sector colony would like to appeal the concern authorities to look into the matter and fix this problem.


Koj Yammung and Yagar

Lower C sector, Itangar



Right to know

Dear Editor,

As a consumer it is our right to know about any product before we purchase: quality, quantity, standard and price of the goods. Our ignorance and lack of self- awareness could give the sellers a way out to make easy money by cheating the customers. Perhaps, to my understanding this could be one among the reasons why the shopkeepers in capital complex charged high rates for every item even beyond the MRP. Last week at Akash Deep market when I ask the shopkeeper for a plastic table cover, to my surprise! The price of single plastic table cover was Rs. 180 (one eighty). Initially I ask the shopkeeper to reduce the price. I was sure the seller is fixing higher price. But when the shopkeeper was not willing to reduce the price I ask him to pack two table cover at Rs. 180 each. But under a condition that I need the genuine bill receipt with his signature. The shopkeeper was not ready to issue the bill receipt. Instead he began saying “sir thora mila ke lijiye”. I kept on insisting him to give me the receipt. Finally, when I ask him why he was charging more than the actual price, he replied ‘yaha toh sab dam ise chalta hai’.

Through this small incident I would like to request all the citizen of our state to be self-aware before buying anything. Ask the related information about the product and always seek bill with detail information. Let us become a conscious customer. Let us not fool ourselves by paying whatever the seller asks. Seeking detail information doesn’t mean we are arguing with someone. It is the right of every consumer to know about the product before purchasing. No doubt, there are customers (particularly rich people) who are ready to pay whatever the amount asks for. Such people might feel inferior to stand in front of shopkeeper and seek related information. But they should remember that their purchasing capacity should not be a reason of suffering for other customer who are less capable and in real need.


Pangngam Wangnaw




Unjustified bandh call

Dear Editor,

Through the esteemed column of your daily I would like to highlight  few point on surprising demand of ALSU for your kind publication in the next issues.

ALSU is making headlines these days by demanding for cancellation of appointment of Joint Director (Agri & Allied) in Rural Development Department, even to the extent of calling 12 hr capital bandh call which has become a trend in Arunachal Pradesh hampering the daily life of common people. Whereas, the department had already clarified that, the matter is subjudice and pending in the Honble High Court and hence the fate of the officer for continuation in the RD department or cancellation of the order shall depend upon the outcome of the verdict of the Hon’ble Court.

Had it been any other organization than things could be other way but being a Law Student, they should atleast know that when matter is subjudice neither Govt. nor any organization can draw any conclusion and pass any statement on the subject, unless they have lost faith in Hon'ble court.

If ALSU are really concerned about the illegalities there are many issues in the state which needs their attention rather than taking up individual vested interest and sub judice matter of Joint Director (agri and allied) . Once again I would like to paraphrase that the matter is subjudice and let Hon’ble High Court decide the fate of the incumbent.

Lastly , it is my humble request to press club that do not publish such an issues in the headlines of news daily because the news reader wants to read the news items of state importance rather than individual issues.


Dohu Tat (Kagung)




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Hoping for the best

The government of Arunachal Pradesh today launched national food security ordinance with much fanfare. This marks an important day in the history of Arunachal and there is hope among poor citizen that this scheme will immensely benefit them. As per the provisions of the Ordinance, a person belonging to priority households would be entitled to receive 5 kg of food grains per person per month at subsidised price. Supply of rice is to be made available to the eligible persons at the subsidised rate of Rs 3 per Kg and wheat for Rs 2 per Kg.

However even the most optimistic citizen have their own apprehension regarding implementation of the said scheme at ground level. The infamous PDS scam has badly shattered the hope of thousands of poor citizen of  the state. The Public Distribution System like national food security ordinance was started especially to cater to the need of poor. However gross anomalies were found in the implementation of PDS scheme by contractors in the state leading to filing of public interest litigation in the high court. The govt of Arunachal Pradesh had constituted a special investigation team to probe the matter and court battle is still going on. One can only hope that national food security ordinance does not see such days in the future.




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National Food Security Ordinance launched in Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: “A country cannot progress with half of its citizens going hungry every other day. Ensuring a bowl of rice to the hungry stomach could be the best scheme ever introduced in the country which would serve as a panacea to many ills of our nation,” said Chief Minister Nabam Tuki while launching the National Food Security Ordinance (NFSO) 2013 commemorating the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi here today.

As per the provisions of the Ordinance, a person belonging to priority households would be entitled to receive 5 kg of food grains per person per month at subsidized price.

Supply of rice is to be made available to the eligible persons at the subsidized rate of Rs 3 per kg and wheat for Rs 2 per kg.

Chief Minister Tuki said that the Centre had earmarked 66.3 per cent of rural and 51.55 per cent of urban population in the state to be covered under this ambitious scheme of the UPA Government.

“A total of 8.71 lakh people, including 7.9 lakh rural population and 1.62 lakh urban population will be covered, recording an increase of almost 70 per cent of beneficiaries in comparison to 3,92,843 population under Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) earlier purchasing rice under BPL and AAY scheme,” he said.

The population of 2011 census has been taken as the basis to calculate the percentage of coverage under priority household.

The eligible beneficiaries will be all AAY and BPL households, all MNREGA job card holders, all workers registered under AP Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board (APBOCWWB), Arunachal Pradesh contingency employees, labours working in public or private sector having family income of less than Rs 1 lakh per annum from all sources, families having income less than Rs 1 lakh per annum from all sources, widows of defence, paramilitary, police employees, who have died in operations and registered hawkers/vendors.

The Food Security Ordinance will reach to every nook and corner of Arunachal Pradesh in the next two months paving way for one of the biggest achievement of the UPA government in the Centre and INC government in the state, Tuki said.

He called upon the officers of the state to ensure proper and judicious implementation of this scheme with cent percent success rate.

The UPA Government has adopted the National Food Security Ordinance, which will ensure that no citizen goes hungry for want of food.


Arunachalee students denied admission in Maharashtra

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: An air of uncertainty is looming over the students nominated for Degree Engineering course as the last date of admission fixed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) is August 30, and according to All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), the last date is August 15.

This is as per the schedule laid down by the Supreme Court in its final Judgment dated 13th December, 2012 in CA-9048 of 2012. No student should be admitted under any quota in any institution after the last date.

And to the dismay of the many students from the state selected for admission in various technical colleges in Maharashtra this year, they have been given rejection letters from the directorate of higher and technical education for seeking admission after August 15.

“We had no idea about the verdict of the Supreme Court regarding the last date for admission. And if it had been the case, MHRD should have let us know, or atleast the directorate of higher and technical education (DHTE), about the change in the schedule. We are in a fix now,” said Tap Tapuk, father of a girl seeking admission in one of the universities in Maharashtra.

“However, the college authorities have told us that the admission can be done if the students can bring in recommendation from the MHRD for seeking admission,” he said.

“Or else there is no other way,” told the disappointed father.

Meanwhile, according to an official source, DTHE has been written letter to the MHRD apprising of the situation.

Meanwhile, the Arunachal Students Union Mumbai has informed that both the Lok Sabha MPs of the state has assured of apprising the situation to the MHRD and solve the problem at the earliest.

In a release, it further questioned the state directorate of higher and technical education for keeping the students as well as their parents in dark.

It is their irresponsible behavior which has led to the problem. The students and the parents have been harassed with much incomplete information. They should contact their counterparts and clear the air of uncertainty and miscommunication, it said.

Also questioning on the dispatch of stipend for the students studying in Maharashtra, it said that many students are not getting their stipend despite of the fact that the stipend were released almost two months back.

It is time that the directorate of technical education gets itself a new set of officers, it further added.


Students allege atrocity by CPRF personnel


ROING, Aug 20: Five students were allegedly beaten by CRPF personnel on the night of August 18 when they were strolling near Eze River enjoying the breeze. The Eze river bank is a popular spot for residents wanting to cool off themselves from summer heat.

According to the victim’s FIR filed against the police personnel on Monday, “at around 9.30 pm, a group of CRPF personnel led by Superintendent of Police BK Singh beat up the students with lathis and rifle butt without any preliminary inquiry.”

Reportedly all the victims have sustained injuries and bruises. Two of the victims are reportedly said to be bed ridden due to police beating. After the beating, all the five students were taken to Roing police station. Before being taken to police station, the victims alleged that they were verbally abused and mocked on way. The victims in their complaint letter have said they are law abiding citizens and were unfortunate victim of police brutality. A strong protest against the incident was lodged by Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary (IMCLS) Vice President Rajkumar Linggi and All Idu Mishmi Students Union (AIMSU) President Lokha Elapra who met SP Singh at his office the next day.

Singh denied the physical assault on student and said the students were taken to police station where they were let off after questioning. “If there is any report of police excess, we are ready to look into it and conduct inquiry.”

He also appealed the students and community leaders to help police to check rise of hooliganism in the town.

“Police have been receiving complaints of harassment to residents by bikers throwing stones, beer bottles on the houses during night hours,” Singh said.

However, students enraged by the incident are planning to put up protest rally on August 23. According to them, “Authorities are undermining our rights. Innocents cannot be beaten up in the name of checking drunken hooligans,” said Eshomi Linggi, President, District Students Union over phone.


CM holds video-conferencing with DCs

ITANAGAR, Aug 20:  Chief Minister Nabam Tuki this evening held his first ever video-conferencing with all Deputy Commissioners and called for effective implementation of flagship programmes of the state government besides tightening up the internal security apparatus in all the districts.

The video-conferencing is a novel initiative of the Government to facilitate regular live audience of the Chief Minister with the deputy commissioners not only to review all ongoing projects and schemes in the districts but also to take on-the-spot review of law and order situation from the local administrators. All the deputy commissioners were present live from their respective offices while the Chief Minister interacted with them in presence of the Chief Secretary, Development Commissioner, Commissioner to CM, Planning Secretary, Director Civil Supplies and host of legislators including Nido Pavitro, R T Khunjuju, Karikho Kri and Bamang Felix.

The Video-Conference was conducted by National Informatics Centre, Arunachal Pradesh State and District Units under the supervision of Video Conferencing division and Satcom Division, NIC Hqrs, New Delhi.

Addressing the deputy commissioners, Tuki stressed on the target of creating one lakh job opportunities in the 12th Five Year plan while asserting that this year the target is to create at least 25000 employment avenues in both private and public sectors including self-employment. He said that at least one person should be gainfully employed from each family and the onus was on the deputy commissioners to recommend the beneficiary.

Informing of the Job Mela scheduled to be held at I G Park, Itanagar, on 30 and 31 August next, Tuki urged the deputy commissioners to mobilize unemployed youths in their respective districts to participate in it.

He also informed that the state government had earlier on the day launched the ambitious National Food Security Ordinance 2013 in the state and called upon the deputy commissioners to implement it in letter and spirit for the benefit of the poor.

“It is an extremely important scheme particularly for our state as in many remote areas people do not get enough food supplies at subsidized rates. Therefore, implementation of the scheme in the state is to be done in a systematic and time bound manner,” Tuki advised.

While congratulating all for the stupendous revenue collection last year, the Chief Minister stressed on increasing it to double this year. Calling on the district administrators to contribute in revenue collection from their respective ends, he said that districts performing better in this field will be suitably rewarded by the state government.

Talking on the issue of land allotment, the Chief Minister called to ensure that land with state and central government departments be allotted to them with proper demarcation and compound wall. He also urged speedy processing of land acquisition for important projects like highways, district roads and defence purposes in a time bound manner.

The Chief Minister expressed concern over the recent cases of jailbreaks and cautioned against recurrence of such incidents. He also called for expediting trials of heinous crimes such as rapes and murders.

Other issues taken up by the Chief Minister with the deputy commissioners were construction of district and mini-secretariats and disaster preparedness in the districts.


AAPSU intervenes for sake of student community

ITANAGAR, Aug 20:  A team of All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) headed by its convenor Tadar Kakum and finance secretary Suraj Tayem today visited govt. higher secondary school, Polo colony, Naharlagun. In the process they managed to resolve the brewing problem between student community and school administration.

Resolving the differences, AAPSU convener Kakum urged student community to focus in their studies rather than indulging themselves in dharna culture as they are the future pillar of the state. AAPSU being the apex student's organization of the state has always been fighting for the cause of indigenous people in general and for students in particular, he said. AAPSU requested indigenous people of the state to repose faith on it.

On the occasion, Kakum also appealed to the various student leaders not to mislead students of higher secondary level as they have vast future ahead of them. AAPSU team, after visiting school premises promised to facilitate electric fans in all classrooms of the school.


Lt Gen Anil Ahuja takes over as new GOC of Gajraj Corps

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Lt Gen Anil Ahuja, AVSM, SM, VSM**, took over as the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Gajraj Corps of the Army from Lt Gen CA Krishnan, AVSM at a ceremony held here today.

Lt. Gen. Anil Ahuja is alumni of Higher Command Course and graduate of the premier National Defence College and prior to taking over the Command of the Gajraj Corps, he was the Additional Director General Military Operations at the Army Headquarters.  He has previously commanded a Sector of Rashtriya Rifles in Jammu & Kashmir and a Mountain Division in the North East.

He has the expertise and is well versed with the defence and security nuances of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. He has the distinction of having been awarded Ati Vishist Seva Medal, Sena Medal and Vishist Seva Medal and bar for distinguished military service of a very high order.

On the eve of taking over Command, he reiterated Army’s commitment to maintaining sanctity of our borders and contributing towards maintaining a secure internal environment.

Lt Gen Krishnan after a successful and fruitful tenure is now proceeding to Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Army) for his new assignment. He conveyed his appreciation and gratitude to the people and Governments of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh for their whole hearted support and cooperation during his tenure as the GOC of the Gajraj Corps.


Govt. to take action against absentee employees

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Taking strong exception to the Bandh Call by Arunachal Law Students Association on August 21, Chief Secretary Hari Krishna has today issued strict orders to all the Government employees of the state, particularly of the capital city to invariably attend the office without fail on August 21.

The Chief Secretary while condemning the Bandh Call and terming  it illegal, said that the  Government employees must discourage such bandh calls and the bandh callers in order to ensure that the administration and the development of the state is not hampered.

All employees of the State Government have been asked to compulsorily attend their duties failing which appropriate action would be initiated by the Government.


NCP urges chief minister, chief secretary to intervene

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Stating that there is already a Cabinet decision issued in 2012 wherein all DCs and ADCs have been instructed to regularize all unauthorized occupation by Govt. Department and private individuals for purpose of revenue augmentation, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Arunachal Pradesh unit in a release said that the sudden decision by another arm of the Govt., namely the Estate officials to evict the allotees on ‘pick and choose basis’ is extremely unfortunate and unbecoming of the so called people first Govt.

 “It is beyond doubt that the left arm of the Govt. does not know what the right arm is doing. While the land allotting authorities represented by the office of the Deputy Commissioner and Director of Land Records have issued land allotment papers after due verification and cross checking the another wing of the Govt. represented by Urban Development and Estate Officials are busy questioning the very policies and acts of the land allotting authorities by issuing eviction notices and dismantling structures,” said NCP state President Kahfa Bengia,in a release. He urged the Chief Minister, Parliamentary Secretary (Land Records) and the Chief Secretary to immediately intervene and stop the mess.  

Bengia urged the Govt. to book the officials responsible for violation of the already laid down Govt. directives for regularizing the unauthorized occupations and forcefully evicting and jailing few soft targets. According to Bengia, the worst encroachers are the Govt. departments which do not have land allotment orders and do not contribute a single penny to State exchequer whereas the so called encroachers do pay and are willing to pay annual land revenue.


SUWAAP appeals CM for proper surrender policy

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: The Surrendered Underground Welfare Association of Arunachal Pradesh (SUWAAP) has written to chief minister to accommodate all sections of youth, who were formerly active members in armed organizations and since then have now surrendered before the Government/Administration and Security agencies.

In a press release, the association, which is under process to register with Societies Registration Act as per provision has appealed to the government to have appropriate surrender policy to ensure that those surrendered youths are being taken proper care.

“It is a known fact that the Government of India has already implemented certain plans and policies for the surrendered youths to bring them into national mainstream but here in our case it is yet to be exercised,” the association stated.

In the memorandum they demanded that all the surrendered youth should be given preference in recruitment in defense/paramilitary forces subject to age bar and physical fitness and other basic criteria, some quota should be reserved for them in the recruitment for APP/APPBn/IRBn, they be employed as Industrial Security Force within the state and be recruited as Security Guards in the government undertaking banks or private banks, like SBI, Rural bank, Axis Bank, Punjab Bank, etc operating in the state. The association has urged the chief minister to consider above proposals in their future cabinet meeting.


KKSU’s educational tour begins

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Kargu Kardi Students’ Union (KKSU)’s five days educational cum health and hygiene awareness tour began at Govt. Sec. School Darak, West Siang yesterday amidst large gathering of students and public of Darak area.

The launching programme was chaired by advocate and former President of KKSU Marlo Romin and attended by Kiryi Potom, a Ph.D scholar and university students as resource persons. A literary competition and general interaction programme with the students and public were held on the occasion.

Later, a meeting was held between KKSU and the teaching staff of Sec. School Darak headed by the headmaster.

The union appealed to the school headmaster to ensure proper implementation of provisions under RTE Act, mid-day meal scheme, supply of school uniform under SSA and conduct of teacher-parent meeting.

T Panyang, headmaster has expressed strong resentment over teachers’ absenteeism.

Earlier, KKSU president and the general secretary highlighted the aims and objectives of the awareness tour and appealed to all sections of the society to cooperate with the teaching community.

The resource persons spoke in length about proper sanitation practice, health and hygiene, information technology and its negative impact and need of quality education etc.

They advised the young students to be attentive in their classes and work hard to achieve the desired goal in life. They also advised the teachers to live up to society’s expectation.

The KKSU team also visited Govt. Middle school Keak and held meeting with the teaching staff, PRI members, public and students of Keak area.

N Pandey, teacher, briefed about various problems of the school.

The KKSU team appreciated the 6th Bihar Regiment for the renovation of Keak School and requested the authority concerned to provide separate toilet for boys and girls in the school.

The KKSU team will tour Tirbin, Liromoba and Yomcha during its five day programme.      

Meanwhile, KKSU strongly supported the Liromoba Circle Welfare Association’s 7-point demands submitted to the Chief Secretary and demanded for early fulfilment of the same.

The programme is sponsored by Minba Raksap, ASM, Poyom-Raksap, Darak.


Byaling inaugurates sensitization-cum-training prog.

ZIRO, Aug 20: Rural Development and Panchayati Raj  Minister Tanga Byaling inaugurated the two-day sensitization-cum-training program on national flagship programs, like MGNREGA, IAY, RSBY and PMGSY for the newly elected Panchayat members of Lower Subansiri   district today at Abotani hall, Hapoli today.

He sought proper cooperation between concern department and the PRI members for proper implementation of the National Flagship programs.

He informed the PRI members that the devolution of powers to the Panchayat Raj institutes will be done in phased manner.

 He appealed to all the authorities entrusted for the implementation of the flagship programs to be sincere and dedicated to the cause. Regarding implementation of National Food Security Mission Ordinance, he called upon the elected members to sincerely help the department concerned in selecting the right beneficiaries.

Speaking on the occasion Parliamentary Secretary (UD and Land management) Padi Richo emphasized on systematic implementation of all those flagship programs and maintaining transparency and spot inspection of schemes by the elected members  to ensure qualit and better implementation.

In his keynote address Secretary RD/PR BR Babu highlighted the aims and objectives of sensitization-cum-training programs.

Chief Engineer Takar Mara also spoke on the occasion.

The training will cover the role of panchayats in implementing NRLM, IAY, PMGSY , NRLM, NRHM and MGNERGA.

Director Panchayai Raj, Director SIRD, Director Rural Development, JT. Director RE and Hods of the district also attended the meeting. DIPRO


CM assures all help for success of army recruitment rally

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Col. M K Gupta from Army Recruitment Office, Jorhat, called on the state Chief Minister Nabam Tuki at his Niti Vihar Bungalow office today afternoon to invite him to flag off the Army recruitment rally of Arunachal youths at Aalo on September 2 next.   

The Colonel briefed the chief minister about the Army recruitment rallies being organized in the state from time to time while giving a specific reference to the recruitment rally being organized at Aalo on September 2 next.

“We are expecting a huge participation of local tribal youths, who have passed Class VIII and above from the state of Arunachal Pradesh in the rally,” Col. Gupta said. He informed Tuki that the whole process of the Army recruitment which starts on September 2 at Aalo will include medical examination, physical test with common entrance examination.

Separate dates have been allotted district wise to ensure smooth conduct of the recruitment rally. The 2nd September has been allotted to candidates from Lohit, Anjaw, Lower Dibang Valley, Upper Siang, West Siang and East Siang, 3rd September to Upper Subansiri, Lower Subansiri, Papumpare, Tawang, East Kameng, Kurung Kumey, while on 4th September candidates from Tirap, Longding and Changlang shall be entertained for the rally, Gupta informed.

While being asked about the eligibility for the rally by the CM, the Colonel revealed that those candidates who have attained the age of 17 and half years and not more than 21 years with education qualification of Class eight pass for tribals and class ten pass for non tribals will be eligible for the Recruitment Rally. Gupta also disclosed that the candidates should be unmarried with height of at least 160 cms, weight 48 Kgs and chest of 77 Cms with expansion upto five cms. Gupta further informed that the candidates need to bring along the original documents like PRC, birth certificate, Caste certificate, character certificate, unmarried certificate and educational qualification to the rally.

Colonel Gupta also highlighted on the attractive pay and perks being offered to soldiers which no other services provides.

A visibly happy Tuki advised the Army to conduct recruitment rallies in regular intervals and in every district headquarters in order to facilitate the local youths to join the India Army.

“Our youths are born patriot and physically fit for tough terrains like Arunachal Pradesh. They can be used for national defence in the border areas and I can assure that they will be second to none when it comes to defend the nation’s territorial integrity and freedom,” the Chief Minister asserted.

Tuki assured all possible support from the state government’s end to ensure that the Army recruitment rally at Aalo is participated by maximum youths from the state.  


Parl. Secy. urges ZPMs to act as torch-bearers

KHONSA, Aug 20: The newly elected ZPMs of Tirap district vowed to work for the welfare of the people of Tirap district at a get-together programme held at here on August 17.

While interacting with ZPC Chawang Lowang and the ZPMs, the Parliamentary Secretary for DoTCL Yumsem Matey advised them to work in close co-ordination with the elected leaders of the district and the village elders to ensure a balanced development in all spheres.

Earlier, the ZPC and the ZPMs were introduced to the huge gathering, who had come to attend the get-together programme hosted by the ZPC and ZPMs of the district.

It may be mentioned here that there are 7 ZPM segments in Tirap district. Two seats, namely Khele-Lamsa and Lazu were reserved for women candidates.

The famous musical band [Symphny Branch] from Dibrugarh entertained the huge gathering.

HoDs, public leaders and women representatives from NGOs and SHGs attended the programme. DIPRO


NIT organizes painting competition

ITANAGAR, Aug 20:  In a noble initiative to encourage and motivate the students, National Institute of Technology (NIT) Arunachal Pradesh has conducted a painting competition on theme “Future India in your Eye” to commemorate its foundation day on August 18.

Neha Tripathi, Anooshmita Das, Rishav Roshan and Sourav Kumar were awarded cash prizes for their best sketches.

Meanwhile, NSS unit of the institute under the guidance of Jorjo Jamoh, ASO organized a mass plantation and cleanliness drive in and around Yupia town.  

NIT AP Director Professor CT Bhunia also actively participated in the cleanliness drive along with students, faculty and the employees.


APCC observes Sadbhavana Diwas

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) observed the 69th Birth Anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi as Sadbhavana Diwas   at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan here today.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and other rank and file of the Congress party paid floral tribute to the decorated statue of Rajiv Gandhi on the occasion.

Addressing the gathering, Tuki recalled the contributions of Rajiv in the field of development of the country and said, “Rajivji stood for world peace and worked for the welfare of the society with determination.”

He exhorted the party cadres and workers to work for the welfare of the underprivileged and downtrodden. He also urged the youths to follow the footsteps of Rajivji, who was a visionary leader of the country, and draw inspiration from his life to work for the greater cause of the nation.

While talking of the newly launched food security ordinance, he called upon all the party workers to monitor the implementation the scheme in their respective areas.

Among others, vice president APCC Takar Marde, APMCC president Yari Dulom also spoke on the occasion.

DIPRO adds from Pasighat: Sadbhavana Diwas was also observed at Pasighat.

On the occasion, the staff of the Deputy Commissioner’s office took Sadbhavana pledge in presence of Deputy Commissioner Nidhi Srivastava.


Coordination meeting adopts several resolutions

KOLORIANG, Aug 20: A coordination meeting among the PRI members and staff of Damin circle was held at Damin under the chairmanship of Lokam Baba, Anchal Chairperson of Damin on August 16.

The meeting attended by ZPM Damin Lokam Pabi, all the PRI functionaries, Lokam Dominic, MO, Damin, Joram Robi, ADO and staff of Damin circle adopted several resolutions, which included, among others, streamlining of PDS, ban on fishing by using explosives, stern action against absentee Govt staff etc.

“Whole process of distribution of various items under PDS would be monitored by the circle officer, ZPM and Anchal Chairperson. However, respective ASM should ensure that their group gets the allotted quantity of rice regularly,” the meeting resolved.

While taking serious view of using explosives for fishing purpose, the meeting unanimously decided to impose hefty fine on violators.

“Regarding complaints lodged by the public that their private jungle land is being trespassed by other person for hunting purposes and collection of forest products, the meeting further decided to levy fine as per provisions under the codified customary laws 2004 of Kurung Kumey.

The meeting also decided to initiate appropriate action against absentee staff.

Considering the irregular food supply in the Damin circle, especially due to geographical hardship, it was decided that after fulfilling necessity of govt. employee and school hostels, the surplus food items will be distributed equally amongst the public. DIPRO


2nd Tamulang Taloh Memorial Volleyball Running Trophy Tournament begins

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Moying Volleyball Club beat Gangging Volleyball Club in the inaugural match of the 2nd Tamulang Taloh Memorial Volleyball Running Trophy at Solung-Mopin Ground here today.

Moying Volleyball Club beat Gangging Volleyball Club in two straight sets 25-10, 25-18. P Tali of the winning team was named player of the match.

The second match was held between ABK VI and Ngarbo Volleyball Club in which the former defeaed the latter by 2-1 sets (25-20, 19-25, 25-13).

Abuk Tali of ABK was chosen player of the match.

Earlier, Yupia RFO Tapu Pangu, while inaugurating the tournament, asked the participants to maintain discipline during the tournament and play the sports with true sportsmanship spirit.

The life history of late Taloh and his contributions towards Solung and Etor Festivals celebration were briefed by Oni Taloh, daughter-in-law of late Taloh.

SFCCI-2013 President Dr Asham Borang and General Secretary Hanggung Yaying also spoke on the occassion.

Altogether, eight teams are participating in the tournament and the final match will be played on August 27. The tournament is organized by the SFCCI-2013.


Akshay Urja Diwas observed

ITANAGAR, Aug 20: A slew of programmes including Prabhat Phery, cultural shows and advocacy on maximum use of renewable energy marked the Akshay Urja Diwas (Renewable Energy Day) here today to commemorate 69th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister late Rajiv Gandhi.

The Day is observed in a bid to promote new and renewable sources of energy for a better tomorrow. Use of these sources will help getting rid of the ill-effects of Global Warming and with India receiving more than 5000 Trillion Kwh of solar radiation annually this is more than our total annual requirement of the energy if we can tap.

As part of the programme organized by the APEDA (Arunachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency), the staff of APEDA and the students of Holy Cross and Guardian Angel schools took out a morning procession underlining the significance on the use of renewable energy sources.

Addressing the main function at Siddhartha Hall here, SK Saksena, Secretary Power & NRE called for making maximum use of renewable energy in our day to day life.

While remembering Rajiv Gandhi, the chief guest highlighted the contributions made by the former PM towards Science & Technology including his efforts in promoting renewable energy.

Dr Tejum Padu, Jt Director, Higher & Technical Education, in his speech, remembered his meeting with Rajiv Gandhi as a student in Delhi. The guest of honour emphasized on conserving energy, using renewable energy and keeping the surroundings clean by proper garbage disposal.

Later, the winners of various contests were distributed prizes by the chief guest and guest of honour.

Earlier, drawing and essay writing competitions were conducted as part of the Akshay Urja Diwas celebration.

The dance presentations by the students of Guardian Angel School and Holy Cross School, Itanagar were the added attraction of the day.


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