August 26

Moying VC lift 2nd Tamulang Taloh Memorial Volleyball Running Trophy

ITANAGAR, Aug 25: Moying Volleyball Club beat Dongin 25-21, 25-21 to become champion in the 2nd Tamulang Taloh Memorial Volleyball Running Trophy -2013 at Solung-Mopin ground here today. Amit Pertin of Moying VC was chosen player of the final match while Obuk Tali was declared player of the tournament.

Earlier, Moying Volleyball Club defeated ABK-VI 25-15, 19-25, 25-21 to enter the final. Dongin VC reached final defeating Secretary-VI 25-20, 25-23. Amit Pertin of Moying and Tanyi Bodung of Dongin VC were declared players of the two semifinals, informed Kadum Apang, Sports Secretary of SFCCI-2013.


Workers’ Board awareness campaign reaches Mechukha

ITANAGAR, Aug 25: Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board (APB&OCWWB) Chairman Jalley Sonam along with his official team visited Mechukha in West Siang district on August 23 last as part of its ongoing statewide awareness campaign and distributed school kits to the children of registered workers in presence public, PRI leaders and teaching at Community Hall.

While addressing the gathering, Sonam advised the workers to enroll and register their names to avail various benefits of the Board. He also lauded the state government under Chief Minister Nabum Tuki for enhancing all the benefits of the Board.  District Labour Officer Lee Ete also highlighted the benefits of Board and encouraged the workers to come forward to register their names and assured to extend all kind of possible help from his end.


Panchayat leader seeks justice

SEPPA, Aug 25: Gram Chairperson of 64-Hari Nablam GPC, Pipu Block, East Kameng, Gama Rigam has questioned the Department of Child development project of Pipu Circle regarding the non-payment of the remaining (Second) installment of the completed Anganwadi Building at Rigam Village, East Kameng.

Rigam lamented that the concerned department has been showing constant fluctuation when asked about the remaining payment since a year; the work being completed on May 5, 2012, last.

The Gram chairperson has appealed the concerned department to look into the matter earnestly, thereby helping the poor villagers to avail the remaining payment of the construction work at Pipu.


ATMA training for farmers

ITANAGAR, Aug 25: Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA), Lohit conducted a district level training for farmers at Emphum village yesterday.

Simanta Saikia, senior field officer, Spices Board, Itanagar imparted training on improved packaging and practices for commercial cultivation of King Chilly. He requested the farmers to take up this crop in large scale on commercial basis.

The subject matter specialists detailed about scientific cultivation of citrus, rice, including INM and IPM and demonstrated the methods of preparing pineapple squash.

Over 109 farmers from Emphum, Tissue, Mankao, Alubari, Napatia, Chongkham and Mabira attended the programme.


Training on Sustainable poultry farming conducted by KVK West Siang

ITANAGAR, Aug 25: A two days training on ‘sustainable poultry farming’ for 23 progressive farmers of Basar area was organized by KVK West Siang, ICAR Basar on August 23 and 24.

Dr. R Bhagawati, Joint Director, ICAR Centre Basar highlighted the importance of poultry farming and encouraged the participants to switch from traditional system of poultry farming to commercial mode.

Dr. Doni Jini Scientist, coordinator of the programme delivered lectures on economic benefit of poultry farming, its general management practices with emphasis on low cost housing and feeding practices in response to climate change situation.

Dr. Dagge Riba, SVO, Basar highlighted various schemes that farmers can be availed through formation of self help groups.

Dr. Tolan Borah, livestock manager, ICAR Basar highlighted various diseases in poultry, preventive and control measures.

Film shows on backyard poultry husbandry and practical demonstration were also conducted at the institute farm.


State BJP to go hi-tech

ITANAGAR, Aug 25: In pursuance of the recent national media cell workshop of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in New Delhi, the state media cell of the party in a meeting today unanimously decided to go hi-tech and open media centres at district and divisional levels.

The meeting chaired by Spokespersons of the party Techi Necha and attended by all party spokespersons, conveners and co-conveners of the media cell has also decided to lunch party web site and have computerized links of all the party offices for video conference to convey the party’s policies and programmes to every offices and state press and media timely.


Democracy in schools !

ITANAGAR, Aug 25: Besides teaching school subjects Frontier School, Ziro provides democratic education to its students in practical life.

The school constituted a School Council consisting members from among SMC, teachers and students to help work better in a democratic set up.

The school formed a huge student body appointing ‘Head Boy’ and ‘Head Girl’ and their assistants in a colourful function yesterday.

The School Council is patronized by Liagi Miri, the Chairman of the school and convened by M B Bista, the Principal of the school.

Led by the Principal, all the appointed members of the body took oath in front of the patron to assure him that they will work to the best of their ability and help maintain reputation of the school throughout.

The Chairman encouraged them to work in team.

The Principal quoted that the body is formed to teach students the actual democratic set up and the working system of the democratic lndia.


APCF asks for recruitment of more lecturers and teachers

ITANAGAR, Aug 25: Consequent upon the news report of peace rally by the students of Rang-Frah Government College (RFGC), Changlang and Government Higher Secondary Schools, Changlang, Jairampur, Miao and Kharsang of Changlang district on Friday demanding adequate teachers, the Arunachal Pradesh Colleges Forum (APCF) has condemned the state government for depriving the students of their basic rights.  In a release, it questioned, why is it that the government cannot see the problem until and unless there’s some pressure from the student communities?

Many colleges of the state face shortage of subject lecturers- the reason why the students are not able to secure good marks and quality for further studies, it said while asking the students to be disciplined.

Urging the education minister to create job avenues for lecturers and teachers, it said that it would help many educated unemployed youths of the state.

APCF further warned of the democratic movement if the demands are not met immediately.


News Impact

‘Show maturity while dealing with the problems faced by NE people’

ITANAGAR, Aug 25: The Arunachal Press Club president Taba Ajum delivered a lecture on issues concerning North East State’s citizens residing in Delhi/NCR and the Role of Delhi police on ensuring their safety at PTS Wazirabad, Delhi yesterday. He was invited by Delhi police to deliver lecture to trainee jawans and officers to sensitize them about problems faced by NE people at Delhi and NCR. More than three hundred jawans along with  officers were present on the occasion.

Joint Commissioner of Delhi Police (Training) Robin Hibu, vice principal of Wazirabad PTS Apur Bitin were among others who were present on the occasion.

In his deliberation, Ajum stressed on the need for accepting NE people as fellow citizens by people of Delhi. “Because of Mongoloid feature NE people become subject to taunt and abuse on the street of Delhi. Often youngsters object to such humiliation and try to fight back. It leads to confrontation and that’s where role of police comes. However it is seen that Delhi police also instead of helping NE people humiliates them,” stated Ajum.

He added, “The mainland Indian has to accept the fact that NE citizens despite looking different are as much Indian like them. We also expressed dismay with rest of country when India loose cricket match with Pakistan. Infact we are natural barrier against countries like China, Myanmar and Bangladesh.” The trainee police jawans patiently listen to the passionate lecture.

“NE people are by nature very shy and take time to open up. Some of them are very poor in Hindi and are not able to express their feelings. Delhi police keep in mind these things while dealing with citizen hailing from NE region. I truly hope that all the police officials present here will from now tackle problem confronting NE citizens with much affection and maturity,” continued Ajum.

Jt Commissioner of police Robin Hibu spoke in details about various steps taken by Delhi police to deal with issues concerning NE citizens. “As part of effort we have selected representatives from all NE states and have trained them too. We intend to hold regular review meeting so that coordination between police and NE citizen are maintained properly. We have also posted police official hailing from NE region who are working under Delhi police in the area where large contingent of citizen from region are staying,” stated Robin Hibu. He continued, “Delhi police is taking every possible step to ensure safety and security of NE citizen.”

However  he appeals to the parents who are sending their ward to Delhi for further study to keep a tap on them. They should check whether their children are regularly attending classes and take update from college authorities. Sometimes by their own mistake NE students land themselves in trouble and this should be strictly avoided. Assistant Commissioner of Police PTS Wazirabad Jaiveer Singh who also spoke on the occasion stated that lecture by Ajum has opened up the eyes of all police official present on the occasion and assured that Delhi police will make more humane approach while dealing with NE people in the future.

The lecture was followed by question-answer round. The trainee officials threw question at Taba Ajum enquiring about North East which include information about recent Chinese incursion at Chaglagam in Anjawa district.



National media Centre inaugurated

PM cautions against calumny

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Aug 25: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Saturday inaugurated National Media Centre in central Delhi. The centre is well-equipped with modern infrastructure. Host of union ministers including Salman Khurshid, Ghulam Nabi Azad, V Narayanswamy also attended the opening ceremony. To mark the occasion Press Information Bureau (PIB) invited selected media house representatives from across India to witness the event.

The Arunachal Times was one of the few selected media houses which was invited for the occasion.

Speaking at the inauguration of the National Media Centre, the  Prime Minister  said, "A witch hunt is no substitute for investigative journalism. At the end of the day, credibility is media's currency", adding that the spirit of inquiry should not lead to calumny. The Prime Minister  also said the exponential growth in India's media sector began during the 1990s, and expressed confidence that the media would not be found wanting in efforts to consolidate India as an inclusive, progressive society.

He said the media was among the principal beneficiaries of the wave of economic reforms introduced in the country, and advancements like the internet, the telecom revolution, low-cost broadcasting and social media were inconceivable just two decades ago.

While speaking at the inauguration of the National Media Centre, Congress President Sonia Gandhi said that well-intentioned criticism of the policies of the government by the media was welcome, for the media played an important watchdog function. She also said there was need to highlight shortcomings in government policies, and the media needed to be "the government's enemy". "We welcome the watchdog role of the media," she said, adding that it had strengthened democracy. Sonia also said that at times media makes the political establishment 'uncomfortable'.

Union Minister of State Independent charge, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari also spoke on the occasion. The National Media Centre Located at 7-E, Raisina Road, is in proximity to Rashtrapati Bhawan, government offices, Vigyan Bhavan and Parliament House. The swanky National Media Centre will serve as the communication hub of the government. It is likely to house the Press Information Bureau (PIB) as well. The Centre has been constructed by the National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) at a cost of Rs 60 crore over a period of three years with a total covered area of 13,867 sqm. The plot size is 7787.46 sqm (1.95 acres). It has a press conference hall for 283 media persons, a briefing room for about 60 persons, 24 work stations for journalists, a library, media lounge and cafeteria. The press conference hall and media lounge are wi-fi enabled. Among the facilities provided at the centre are optic fibre Internet backbone with redundancy, mini data centre for application development and hosting webcast, including live webcast, Video feed to TV channels, IT facilities to media persons in work area and lounge, Internet telephony and AV Video Wall. The world Class media centre will have two basements, a ground floor and four floors above it.



Assam Police seeks Arunachal’s help in drive against drug abuse and illicit trafficking

Prafulla Kaman

RUKSIN, Aug 25: The Jonai administration in Assam bordering Ruksin and Nari sub-divisions has sought help from Arunachal Pradesh Police (APP) in conducting joint operations against drug peddlers and other anti-social elements operating their activities along the inter-state boundary here.

Talking to this correspondent, Jonai Sub-divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Parthavijay Dutta said that Assam police is taking a serious note on the growing drug abuse among the youths and taking steps to control the menace. He said that there had been a huge demand for drugs at Assam-Arunachal boundary as large section of the youths has fallen prey to drugs and substance abuse.

He sought co-operation from East Siang district administration to keep strict vigil on the movement of those anti-social elements at vulnerable points as well as conduct joint drive to make their operation more effective. Jonai police recently conducted an “interactive meeting” with the Ruksin administration, Adi Bane Kebang (women’s wing) and eminent citizens of the area to find an effective way to control the drugs menace.

“We are seeking cooperation of the police and eminent citizens of Arunachal to reverse this negative trend,” Dutta added.

Report has revealed that more than 500 youths, including school-going children of Pasighat, Ruksin and Jonai have fallen prey to drug addiction. Consumption of hooch, narcotics such as opium and ganja (Bhang) and psychotropic substances, like brown sugar and heroin by the teenager and consequent rise in anti-social activities are causing grave concern among the parents of the state boundary area.

Responding the plea made by Assam police, the Adi Baane Kebang (women wing) members here have launched regular operation against unauthorized selling of tobacco and narcotics in the local shops in both town and rural areas.

The women wing of ABK recently picked four persons for illegal possession and selling of narcotics substances, who were later sent to Ruksin police for legal action.

The president of Ruksin Area Youth Front Tadi Jonnom has advocated for joint-patrolling and regular exchange of information by the police personnel of both the states to check the illegal activities. He feels that the government agencies and civil societies, including students union, woman societies should realize the gravity of the situation and fight jointly to eradicate the menace.



Youth urged to take up rubber plantation


DAPORIJO, Aug 25: A meeting was convened at circuit house Dumporijo to create awareness among people about the importance of rubber cultivation and its scopes in the state.

Addressing the meeting, Ojin Ajay, an expert of rubber cultivation, encouraged the farmers, especially unemployed youth to take up rubber tree plantation in large scale for economic benefit. He informed that the climate in North East, including Arunachal Pradesh is unique for rubber cultivation for which the Rubber Board of India (RBI) is planning to make the region a hub of rubber production. Rubber plantation will not only benefit one economically but also help expand the green cover, he added.  K Dutta, field officer Ruksin encouraged the gathering to start rubber plantation in the Upper Subansiri district while citing the example of states like Kartaka and Tripura, where the rubber is produced in large scale.

Local panchayat leaders and youths attended the meeting which was chaired by Jopen Marde, president of district unit Rubber Growers.

Meanwhile, the public here welcomed the noble idea and expressed their willingness to start rubber plantation soon.



Renovate Itanagar-Poma-Jote road’

ITANAGAR, Aug 25: Terming Itanagar-Poma-Jote Road as one of the important roads of the state, Poma ASM Techi Ana today asked the state government for immediate renovation of the said road which is in pathetic condition since last many months.

Earlier, it took only 15-20 minutes to travel from Poma to Itanagar. But nowadays, it takes more than an hour while negotiating with the same road due to dilapidated condition, rued Ana.

Terming the road as a tourist important road, the ASM further informed that the road connects the famous Ganga Lake (Gekar Sinyi), Itanagar Water Treatment Plant, Poma Bamboo Processing Centre and upcoming institutes such as National Institute of Technology, Arunachal Law College etc.

“Many national and international tourists gradually visit this area as there is also an adventure camp cum tourist lodge at Jote, which was the initiative of then Governor General (Rtd) JJ Singh. But, due to bad road condition they express their agony on the matter”, she informed.

Meanwhile, the young ASM appeals the people not to fish and come for picnicking in Poma River nearby the village as decided by the villagers to make clean environment and maintain ecological balance.

“Tourism is an important part of our area. We want to promote the tourists in our area while making clean environment and without damaging the ecology system”, Ana said.



Residents see no light as Seppa reels under darkness

Amar Sangno

ITANAGAR, Aug 25: The power crisis has reportedly hit hard the residents of Seppa township, the East Kameng district headquarter, in the last lap of summer season as the town reels under darkness over the last one week following the technical snag occurred in Pacha Hydel, the lone power source which runs under hydro power department. It is said residents see no light for the last one week; the worst affected areas in the town are Type-I colony and New Seppa. Left with no alternate, the residents rely on candle as source of light thus candle is selling like hot-cake in the town.

Sources from Seppa informed that technical snag had occurred on 18th August last, and it is believed that alternator got defect due to the poor filtration of the hydel.  However the matter was never officially disclosed, rather kept in secret. Adding worst to woes, the technical staffs are out of the station and there is no technician at hydel who could repair the defective alternator.

Sources close to the hydro power and electrical department informed  this Daily over the telephone that NEEPCO power source which supplied from Kupi in West Kameng for Seppa town was also disrupted due to bad weather. Disclosing the reasons for insufficient power supply, he further said  that though 1 megawatt is allotted to Seppa, hardly 200-300 kilowatt could able to reach at Seppa.

The power crisis not only affects the common people rather it hit hard on government offices, business community and the educational institutions. The departments who have their own power source generation (like generator) could only manage to run somehow.

There was a report of public anger at the department allegedly for not restoring power. On Saturday it is said a group of furious public gheraoed the power department office, demanding explanation from the authority and staffs for not giving power supply to their respective colonies.

“We see no light since last one week, and we don’t know exactly whether authority is restoring it or not” said Ajay Singhi a resident angrily.

Meanwhile this daily could not able to establish communication with the district authority to get information about ground reality.



West Kameng TDC plans to formulate tourism master plan

Bomdila, Aug 25: The members of West Kameng District Level Tourism Development Committee (DLTDC) headed by Deputy Commissioner AK Singh and accompanied by Everester duo Anshu Jamsenpa and Nima Lama visited the proposed site for integrated tourism development yesterday.

The DLTDC members trekked from Bomdila by-pass to the Sera Village Hill Top located at an altitude of 9200 ft which commands a panoramic view of the valley all around.

Earlier, the DLDTC meeting was held in the DC Chamber on August last wherein it was finalized to undertake one integrated tourism project instead of going for several smaller piecemeal  projects in the district.

It was also finalized in the meeting to engage a reputed tourism consultant to prepare a realistic and a viable 10 years tourism master plan for tourism development in West Kameng District.

In the DLTDC meeting ZPM Miali Sangchoju also reiterated for inclusion of Rupa-Kalaktang-Morshing-Mandalaphudung-Nagajiji-Dirang-Nafra in the new tourist circuit of the district.

In a separate meeting chaired by Deputy Commissioner on Wednesday, the Organizing Committee Members dwelt at length about the ‘Arunachal Bird Festival’ to be held in the Eaglenest Sanctuary on February 2, 3 and 4, 2014.

Birders and birding enthusiasts from different corners of India and abroad are expected to flock to Eaglenest sanctuary which is located  around  30 km away from Bomdila. Three campsites in the sanctuary -  the Lama Camp (2,200 m), Sunderview (2470 m) and Bompu (1940 m) are expected to be fully packed during the birding fest.

Sponsored by Arunachal Tourism, the initiative is likely to become an annual feature in Eaglenest's calendar, and will raise awareness about responsible and ecologically sustainable tourism, as well as the conservation of flora and fauna in Eaglenest, stated Tsering Wange President AMASA.

A dedicated website www.arunachalbirdfestival.org was launched on the same day by State Tourism Awardee Indi Glow, Chairman of Bugun Welfare Society.



AAPSU takes part in GSU’s school tour prog

KAMKI, Aug 25: Proving that education holds panacea to all ills confronting the tribal society of Arunachal Pradesh, a team of the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) joined the school chale (kaju school inlaju) campaign launched by Galo Students’ Union at Donyi Polo School here on Saturday.

“There is no alternative to education. Education is the only asset which can help one to have a secured career and lead a meaningful life,” AAPSU president Kamta Lapung said.

Pointing out that AAPSU has been committed to the greater interest of Arunachal, Lapung clarified misgivings being spread about the permanent residential certificate (PRC) and Chakma-Hajong refugee issues, saying none should believe rumours.

On behalf of AAPSU, Lapung donated a 30 inch LCD TV for the students’ common room of the college and assured to move the department regarding posting of lecturers and construction of an auditorium, the second being promised by the education minister.  

Terming leadership in every youth as a god quality, former NESO secretary general Gumjum Haider said that the leadership should aim at flying the college flag high to achieve academic excellence with all enrolled students working in a concerted manner.  

Parents have equal responsibility in guiding their children to take the right path in life while the later have to reciprocate it through commitment in studies instead of wasting time, said AAPSU finance secretary Suraj Tayam.

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Financial support for housing project

The Indian government recently signed Loan and Project Agreements for World Bank assistance of about US $100 million for a low income housing finance project. The agreement was signed between the National Housing Bank (NHB) and the World Bank recently.

The objective of the project is to provide access to sustainable housing finance for low income households, to purchase, build or upgrade their dwellings. The project will have three components; which will include financial support for sustainable and affordable housing to enable the NHB to refinance low income housing loans. The loan money will also be used for capacity building of the National Housing Bank (NHB), Qualified Intermediary Institutions, and Qualified Primary Lending Institutions (QPLIs). The project is also looking at creating incentives for lenders to focus on lower income households through a net all-in reduction of the lenders' cost of funds.

The World Bank and the government of India have initiated the project to help India in reaching and creating a higher proportion of lower income households while maintaining quality standards. The project expects to develop prudent lending standards to serve the more vulnerable, lower income households, expand the coverage of credit bureaus to include informal income borrowers and also pilot new policies and products to overcome the challenges of dwelling informality.

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Dear Editor,

We the students of Changlang district extended our heartiest thanks for your kindness and support for publishing out the rallies done by our students to highlight the grievances facing by the students of the districts lone college Rang-Frah Government College (RFGC) and various schools for years mainly due to the negligence of district politicians and state government.

We hope and pray that the districts politicians and state government will do hear the cry of its children and the future of the district and state.

Thus, I on behalf of the students of Changlang district once again thank you.


Anthony Jugli

Kharsang, Dist. Changlang,

Arunachal Pradesh



Abysmal APPSC website

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to request the Government of Arunachal to at least update and maintain the official website of the APPSC i.e., appsc.gov.in The official website still shows the past 2 years  update and notification bearing the candidates name and result as latest. Blinking NEW,” it’s a total shame for all of us that our Public Service commission body is unable to notify the latest events and failed to provide even a lone solved or unsolved previous Exam papers regarding any quainter posts held under APPSC.

It reads following at the home page of AAPSC website.

The Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) is a Constitutional body constituted with effect from 1st April 1988 under Article-315 of the Constitution of India vide Notification OM-15/88 dated 29th March 1988. The Commission advice the Government of Arunachal Pradesh on all matters relating to state civil services and publish notifications.

Where is the Notification and updates you are talking about? The day has gone when people standing in long queue to get glimpse of forms and previous sample papers.

Please facilitate us by providing syllabus for every upcoming competitive exams and APPSC at the beginning of seasons, that we can benignly get it from website.

To be honest and Uncoil, following are the latest information you can avail from AAPSC website:-

NEW “List of Accepted candidates APPSCCE (preliminary) examination-2011”  NEW “Recruitment for the post of Range Forest Officer-30/09/2011”  ETC,  ETC.

I was utterly infatuated of getting some info. From the prestigious website but I felt hysterical depression after knowing the incapability of APPSC website. Though I’m doomed.






Colony without telephone connection

Dear Editor,

Most readers of your esteemed daily would not believe if I say  there is a colony in capital complex  without telephone connectivity. Yes, there is one -  Pachin colony, in Naharlagun with over five thousand souls has a Secondary School, a Medical sub centre, good  electricity connection, Water Supply (though very irregular) and a Fair weather road  but precariously lacks the easiest and cheapest of all facilities the telephone connectivity.

Thanks to availability of number of mobile service network (with their erratic services) which takes the place of telephone connectivity  for the daily communication needs of the residents. But it certainly is of no use when it comes to accessing or working on internet. The colony also lacks National Informatics Centre (NIC) connection. One has to run over three Kms  to the nearest cyber café in the main Naharlagun Market and if the need is during night hours there is no help but to wait for the cyber café to open, the next day. The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limit (BSNL) which boasts of Connecting India has miserably failed to connect the residents of Pachin Colony in the heart of the Itanagar Capital Complex for last  many years.

Hope, this letter would be an eye opener for the BSNL authorities and others to connect the neglected colony with rest of the country.


Tadar Taha

A  resident of

Pachin Colony,