August 12

4 Parl. Secretaries inducted

ITANAGAR, Aug 11: Four members of the State Legislative Assembly were today sworn in as Parliamentary Secretaries in the Government in a simple ceremony here this afternoon taking the total to 22. They are Pani Taram of 21-Koloriang (ST), Passang Dorjee Sona of 33-Mechuka (ST), Nikh Kamin of 49-Bordumsa-Diyun and Tirong Aboh of 56-Khonsa West (ST). The Oath of Office and Secrecy were administered by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki. Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) President Padi Richo was also present on the occasion.


Results declared

ITANAGAR, Aug 11: Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) has declared the results of M.Phil/ Ph.D entrance tests of various departments held in June 2015. The result declared is subject to modification or correction if any error is detected subsequently.


Power supply affected at Tafragam

TEZU, Aug 11: Electricity supply in the areas adjoining Tafragam including VKV Tafragam will be disrupted temporarily following burst in header of Tafragam Hydel Station due to water pressure in conducting system for running turbine set. The hydel station is generating around 50 to 60 KW of power.

CGI roof and walls of power house building and panel boards including alternator, OPU etc. have been damaged under the impact of the burst and approximate cost of the damages has been assessed to be Rs. 45 lakhs.

It is worth mentioning here that about 4.5 km long penstock stretch and header was completely rusted and is lying in a deteriorated condition since its commissioning in 1984. DIPRO


Cong trying to project Naga peace pact negatively: Centre

Bhalukpong (AP), Aug 11: Union Minister State for Home Kiren Rijiju today said the peace agreement with NSCN(IM) is a positive step but slammed the Congress for misinterpreting it.

"Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi are misinterpreting the issue through chief ministers of three Congress-ruled states Assam, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh," Rijiju told reporters here.

They are doing this "to convert the noble issue into a negative note, thereby provoking another unwanted situation," he said.

The peace agreement with the NSCN(IM) by the Centre is a positive step towards turning the unstable North East region into a peaceful place, he said in response to reporters' queries on the sidelines of a function here for railway service in Arunachal Pradesh. PTI


Fishing, hunting prohibited

ITANAGAR, Aug 11: Concerned over declining fish stocks and rampant hunting of animals in Magi area in Likabali, the Eco Friendly Society and villagers of Magi village in a recent meeting unanimously resolved to put a blanket ban on fishing and hunting for three years from the current month within the jurisdiction of Magi. Violators would be imposed fines upto Rs.50,000 besides action as per Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

The Society has released 10,000 fingerlings in rivers of Siji, Siri, Sima, Loku and at Magi lake on August 8 and appointed 15 volunteers for strict vigilance and follow up action for conservation and preservation of wildlife.


Orgs demand for arresting culprits

ITANAGAR, Aug 11: Shi-Yomi Banggo unit of Adi Baane Kebang has demanded immediate arrest of the culprits involved in the alleged murder of Kali Bulo, assistant teacher at the Mechukha Govt Higher Secondary School, who was found murdered under mysterious circumstances in his quarter on August 5 last.

Shi-Yomi Banggo is known for maintaining peace where all sections of people leave peacefully since time immoral, said Shi-Yomi Banggo unit president Komi Rida and termed the alleged murder of the teacher as very unfortunate. There is no place for such criminal activities which bring bad name for the society, he added.

Meanwhile, disappointed with the lack of action in the late Kali Bulo death case, the All Topo Youth Association (ATYA) has given 15 days ultimatum to the police authorities.

Seeking ex-gratia for the family of the late teacher, the association has demanded a probe by SIT into the case.


Monpa movie ‘Lobjong’ premieres

ITANAGAR, Aug 11: Ending the long anticipation of movie lovers, the Monpa movie ‘Lobjong’ was finally premiered at Zomkhang hall yesterday.

Tourism, UD and Art & Culture Minister Pema Khandu joined by local MLA and Arunachal Pradesh State Pollution Control Board chairman, Tsering Tashi and Department of Karmik and Adhyatmik Affairs chairman Jambey Wangdi, formally released the movie.

A film by Sang Tashi Production, the focal point of the movie is the vitality of education and edification in life and existence.

“The film is an intense clarion call for the youth to refrain from drugs menace, gambling and to emphasize on education”, Sang Tashi stated. “The nucleus of the movie is to inspire the school drop outs to rejoin education sectors”, he added.

The film is slated to be screened across the district commencing from Independence Day.

Earlier, a short biographic Monpa audio-visual on former Arunachal Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu titled 'The last journey' was also screened. (Tawang Vigilance)


AVP conducts traditional sports competitions

ITANAGAR, Aug 11: Arunachal Vikas Parishad (AVP) Yazali unit conducted traditional (tribal) sport competitions at general ground, Yazali Sunday to identify hidden sports talent.

A total of 161 students from various government schools of Pitapool and Yazali and VKV NEPCO participated along with youths from 42 nearby villages.

The selected sportspersons will be sent for district level sports competition at Ziro.


Chief Secretary’s intervention sought

ITANAGAR, Aug 11: Claiming that payment against the Pakke Kessang-Seijosa-Itakhola road upgradation work has not been released despite repeated reminders to the PWD Western Zone Chief Engineer, the 12th Pakke Kessang Anti-Corruption Association has in a representation to the Chief Secretary today sought his intervention in the matter.

The 70 Km long road upgradation work was taken up as per the orders of the Seppa PWD division EE, wherein local contractors engaged over 200 villagers of Pakke Kessang and Seijosa to execute the work but they are yet to receive payment from the concerned department, the association added and urged the CS to direct the department to release the pending payment soon.   


Week-long training on basic computer operation begins

ITANAGAR, Aug 11: In all twenty trainees including members of the registered Cooperative Society of Papum Pare district along with employees of Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Union are taking part in a week-long training on basic computer operation and its application which began at AP Cooperative training centre (APCTC) in Naharlagun here today.   

Addressing the trainees on the occasion, APCTC principal Techi Kaku and APCTC lecturer Nosar Ronya both highlighted the importance of computers and its applications in day to day life with emphasis on cooperative sector enterprise. Both further urged them to make the best use of the training and share the knowledge to other members of cooperative societies.

The training was conducted by the Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Union in collaboration with National Council of Cooperative Training, New Delhi.


Cleanliness drive at IGGC

ITANAGAR, Aug 11: Students and lecturers along with other staff of Indira Gandhi Government College conducted a cleanliness drive in the premises of the college as part of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in Tezu today.

During the drive held under the initiative of the college principal Dr. Tasi Taloh and vice-principal SC Pradhan, the volunteers cleaned the academic block, auditorium and approach road to the main entrance of the campus.


BS&G conducts basis course for commissioners

ITANAGAR, Aug 11: The Bharat Scouts and Guides (BS&G), Arunachal Pradesh State headquarters has organized  a  five days basic course for Commissioners  to upgrade the Scouting and Guiding activities in all the educational institutions of the state at Polo Colony from August 6 to 10. 25 principals and headmasters from Papum Pare, Upper Subansiri, West Siang, Lower Subansiri, Upper Subansiri and East Siang districts participated in the programme which was conducted by lead trainers R S Sekhawat and Dr. B D Sharma from Rajasthan.

Addressing the valedictory function, T Taloh, Director of Secondary Education cum State Chief Commissioner, (BSG) has congratulated the newly trained Head of the institutions as Commissioners (BSG). He also appealed them to motivate the school children to enroll in Scouting and Guiding which is the world’s largest voluntary non-political and educational organization.

Dr. T Padu, Director, Higher &Technical Education and Mallo Yam Gollo, Deputy Director of Secondary Education also attended the function.


MLA takes stock of school infrastructure

TEZU, Aug 11: Tezu-Sunpura MLA Dr Mohesh Chai today called upon the teachers of the Lohit district not to compromise with quality of education. Chai was interacting with the teachers during his visit to the eight schools in and around Tezu town to take stock of the school infrastructure development.

While giving a patient hearing to the grievances of school authorities, the MLA promised to take up the grievances at higher level and hoped that the Govt will look into the school problems on priority basis. He also assured to provide a computer set to the Government Secondary School Loiliang at the earliest.

Earlier, the school authorities, while pointing out various problems, requested the visiting MLA to take necessary steps for construction of school boundary walls and maintenance of dilapidated school buildings. The authorities of Government Secondary School Loiliang requested for a new Computer set for the school.

Accompanied by DDSE M Linggi and Pill Thakur, Coordinator, Chai also visited the Duraling Anganwadi Centre. DIPRO


Skill Development training for youths begins

ITANAGAR, Aug 11: A 15 days skill development training on artificial flower making, pickle making and photography for the unemployed youths of Upper Subansiri, Lower Subansiri,  West Siang, East Siang, East Kameng, Kurung Kurmey and other districts of the state started at Jan Shikshan Sansthan(JSS), Naharlagun from yesterday. Around 28 beneficiaries are participating in the training programme.

Inaugurating the programme, JSS director Punyo Rina called upon the trainees to improve their occupational skill and gain technical knowledge to become self-employed. She further asked the trainees not to kill their precious time just waiting for a government job and give focus on their choicest field of activities to become a successful person. Rina also highlighted the role of JSS and its contribution towards development of society and its people.


Renovate JNC boys’ hostel building: AdiSU

ITANAGAR, Aug 11: Adi Students Union (ADiSU) has appealed to the State Govt to sanction adequate fund for renovation of dilapidated  boy’s hostel building of  J N College, Pasighat.

In a representation to  Education  Minister, the Union said the hostel building of the oldest college of the state is lying in  pathetic condition due to lack of maintenance.  Moreover, there is no sufficient infrastructure like furniture in the hostel and there is no proper electrification in the entire hostel building, the Union said and urged the Govt to provide sufficient furniture for  the  boys’ hostel besides proper electrification and erection of boundary fencing.   


Memo to PCCF

ITANAGAR, Aug 11: All Arunachal Pradesh Forest Guard/Forest Watcher/Mali Employees’ Association (AAPFGWMEA), in a memorandum to the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF), has requested for immediate ban on hunting, fishing and destruction of forest in the state particularly in the Capital region and plantation of tree saplings in all the important locations and around Capital. The Association had submitted the memorandum during a meeting with the PCCF at his office conference hall on Monday. It also sought permission from the PCCF for establishment of its office in the PCCF office compound and early preparation of promotion list to facilitate promotional avenues from the staff association.


Eagle Trophy: Capital Complex to go all out against Nyapin FC

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Aug 11: Capital Complex Sporting Club (CCSC) looking for their maiden Eagle Trophy title will meet 19th Nyapin Football Club in the first semifinal tomorrow.

Capital Complex, who never reached the final and made two times exit in the semifinals in earlier editions of the tournament, will go in for an all out offensive in tomorrow's match.

"We will go in for an all out offensive right from the beginning in tomorrow's match," said NIS trained coach of Capital Complex Kipa Bharat.

"Both offence and defence are equally important in any game. But you know best offence is a good defence," he said. When asked about the team's winning prospect, Bharat said, "We will try our level best to win the match and book a berth in the final."

The club has an average player age of 18 years.

Capital Complex is maintaining an unbeaten run in the tournament. The Club drew with Todo United in the opening match, beat Bamang Taji Football Club (3-2), Gora Makik SC (5-3) and Tarh Ku SC (2-1) in their way to semifinal.

On the other hand, 19th Nyapain FC coached by Ngurang Solung, PT teacher of Nyapin Hr Sec. School, is expected to put up a tough fight in tomorrow's match

The club drew with Arunachal Pradesh Police in their first match, lost 1-2 to Capital Complex in the second match and beat Nirjuli United FC and Domukh FC by equal 2-1 margin in their last two matches before reaching in the semifinal.

State's first class football referee Bogum Zirdo will referee both the semifinals and final match. The play will kick off at 2-30 pm.


Itanagar Solung Football: Donggin Yameng, Siang United win

ITANAGAR, Aug 11: Donggin Yameng FC and Siang United FC won their respective matches against Patang Pameng FC and Ngargo Yameng FC in the Itanagar Solung Football Tournament played at DNG College playground here today.

Donggin Yameng beat Patang Pameng by 2-1 goals scored in second half by Oling Pabin and Bhadur Taring.

Siang United beat Ngargo Yameng FC 4-0. The scorers were Kitan Patuk, Oni Apum and Nong Nangkar (two goal).

Sisang Yameng FC has been awarded a walk over win against Giidi Lepang FC, who failed to turn up for the match.

Tomorrow's Matches

1. Solung United FC vs Donyi Polo Gangging FC (2 pm)

2. President XI FC vs Abo Tani FC (4 pm)


News Impact

Bad weather mars recovery of bodies and wreckage

ITANAGAR, Aug 11: The agonising wait for families and friends of three on board the Dauphin VT-PHK Pawan Hans Helicopter continues for the seventh day today as the search teams are unable to reach the deep gorge where the main body of the chopper was sighted.

The young Tirap Deputy Commissioner Kamlesh Joshi and pilots Col (retired) MS Brar from Panchkula, Rajeev Hoskote from Mysore were on board the chopper.

A team from High Altitude Warfare School from Sonamarg has reached Khonsa today to assist in search operation, said Jasmeet Singh, SP Tirap today.

Indian Air Force efforts were marred by bad weather in the morning. Attempts are on to climb down to the deep gorge where main body of the chopper is sighted, a government report said. Due to inhospitable terrain, bad weather, nothing more could be found out today, said Dr B M Mishra, Secretary, Civil Aviation in a press statement.

Assam Rifles is reported to have cordoned off the crash site. The civilian search teams, who have been providing crucial clue to reach the crash site is reported to be barred from entering the crash site.

A source said that rescuers were sent back from the base camp which is eight hours walk from Pongkong, the nearest village.

The wreckage of the Dauphin VT-PHK Pawan Hans Helicopter that had gone missing on August 4 had been sighted between Pongkong and Longliang in Tirap on August 10 morning.



Rail connectivity to be extended upto Tawang: Rijiju

BOMDILA, Aug 11: Rail connectivity would be extended up to Tawang and beyond in the coming days and each and every village in the state would be connected by motorable roads irrespective of the existing population criteria, said Union Minister Kiren Rijiju after flagging off the new train service from Bhalukpong to Dekargaon at Bhalukpong station yesterday.

Rijiju said the train would be of great help to the people of the hill areas of West Kameng district and also part of East Kameng and Tawang districts.

He said it would also help security personnel travelling to the border areas with China and to carry essential goods to far-flung areas.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had earlier in the day flagged off the train by remote video link at New Delhi.

Addressing the huge gathering of people both from Assam and Arunachal, Kiren assured that the interest of the north-east people would be taken care of.

“No stone would be left unturned and every possible effort would be made to ensure welfare of the North-East states and its people,” he assured.

Assuring a series of developmental projects for the area which is the gateway to the three districts of the states West Kameng, East Kameng and Tawang, Kiren viewed that such projects would be a success, only if a conducive atmosphere is created and maintained.

“Peace is pre-requisite for any development and the society in general is responsible for it,” he said and exhorted the youths to desist themselves from anti-social activities and shun terrorism and join the mainstream of life as violence begets only violence and nothing else.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has sent a communication to the Ministry of Rural Development in this connection, he added. Earlier, MLA Japu Deru terming the event as historic and a memorable gift from the centre hoped that with this noble venture the connectivity issues so vexed in the area would be addressed. Besides easing the problems of the local populace and growth in business sector, the commutation issues of the people hailing from outside the state and those of the Para-Military and Military personnels would be served to a large extent, he summed.

Among others, the flagging-off ceremony was attended by Deputy Commissioner AK Singh, Chief Administrative Officer and Divisional Railway Manager of the NF Railways. DIPRO



An accord veiled in secrecy

[ Tongam Rina ]

The recent "peace accord" between the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) led by Isak Chishi Swu and Thuingaleng Muivah and Govt of India, termed historic by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been welcomed with caution. Details/clauses of the accord have not been made public as yet even after passage of a week so it is rather premature to comment but anything veiled in secrecy and intrigue never did anyone any good.

The first round of strong dissent has already been witnessed with Chief Ministers of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Manipur making it clear that they were not informed or consulted about the peace accord. Such conceited behaviour by the centre is sure to rub everyone the wrong way and sure it did.   Over the years, one of the main demands of NSCN (IM) is integration of all Naga-inhabited areas including those of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Manipur. The demand is deeply opposed by these three states. On the other hand, Nagaland Assembly has endorsed the integration of all Naga-inhabited areas under one administrative umbrella many times, the latest being on 27 July 2015.

Now, if indeed this particular demand is included in the clause that is being worked out between the centre and NSCN-IM, there is going to be heavy repercussions. If the centre and NSCN (IM) is really keen on lasting peace, the states that are bound to be affected in one way or the other must be made partners, forgetting political affiliations.  Unlikely but not impossible.

The Naga movement itself have not been devoid of contradictions and bloody factional fights with everyone wanting to play the lead role but with little or no success.

The fierce turf war between NSCN-IM and the NSCN-K led by S S Khaplang since their acrimonious split in 1988 has been deadly. More than anyone, the centre should know from its experiences that despite ceasefire with these two leading factions in 1997 and 2001 respectively, the factions have continued to indulge in inter-factional killings. And the fact that Khaplang abrogated the ceasefire this March cannot be ignored. Though reported to be ailing, he continues to have strong support base in Nagaland, Arunachal and Myanmar and the group is not going to stay quiet given its recent violent activities in Arunachal, Nagaland and Manipur.

The people of Tirap, Changlang and Longding have seen the turf war up and close and continue to suffer, caught between the warring groups as well as the Indian Army. The coming days are not going to be any easier for the people of these three districts, even if they are not willing to be party to any of the factions.

Under such circumstances, Centre which seems to be in extreme hurry should not forget to listen to all concerned. If it has to be fair to the struggling yet divided Nagas, it must be fair to the unarmed but struggling other people too.




HPDCAPL-WAPCOS sign MoU to develop hydropower

ITANAGAR, Aug 11: Hydropower Development Corporation of Arunachal Pradesh Limited (HDPCAL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with WAPCOS Ltd, New Delhi to develop more sustainable power in the state.

HPDCAPL Managing Director Toku Onuj and Chairman cum Managing Director WAPCOS Ltd R K Gupta have exchanged the signed copies of the MoU.

Gupta assured the department that WAPCOS will explore and is committed to support the department in self sustained Hydropower Development in the state.

Toku Onuj assured to extend all support to the team of WAPCOS.

WAPCOS being a Central Government Organization under Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, is a Mini Ratna-I PSU, has been providing consultancy services to state and central government agencies in all facets of hydropower and infrastructure development not only in India but more than 40 countries abroad.

With its expertise in Hydro Power and Infrastructure Sector, the state will be benefitted in infrastructure development and assured power supply in every corner of the state.

Anupam Mishra, Chief General Manager along with AK Gahlot, Chief Engineer shouldered the responsibility for successful implementation of small to big hydropower projects in the state.  Uday Roman, Regional Manager (North East) and Ms. Arpan Arora, Executive Corporate Relations will coordinate the activities and explore all possibilities to support the state not only in Hydropower but in town planning, buildings, roads, hospitals, dispensaries, educational institute, tourism, flood protection, drinking water supply, sanitation and all other infrastructure development in Arunachal.



Terminate MoU with Pawan Hans: AAPSU

ITANAGAR, Aug 11: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) has submitted a representation to the Chief Minister demanding immediate termination of the MoU signed with Pawan Hans Ltd.

“The Pawan Hans Helicopter Limited has become synonymous with flying coffin in our state”, AAPSU said in its representation. Referring to earlier chopper crashes in the state, AAPSU said Late Dera Natung, the then education minister along with Late Sangey Laden, Secretary Education was killed in a Pawan Hans crash near Sessa in West Kameng in 2001, in 2011, 17 passengers died in a crash at Tawang and again in April 2011, former Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu lost his life in a copter crash. “These incidents should have been enough to awaken the state government from deep slumber, but to our utter surprise, the so called ‘flying coffin’ is still flying and killing people in our state,” the AAPSU rued. The recent incident of chopper crash with Kamlesh Kumar Joshi, Tirap Deputy Commissioner has again exposed the inefficiency of the company, the representation said adding the incident indicates that the choppers used in our state are not fit to fly in hilly terrain.



When will the Govt. act on erring private schools?

[ Karda Natam ]

DAPORIJO, Aug 11: Education is now becoming a way of minting money in the country and Arunachal Pradesh is not exceptional. The virus of commercialisation of education has allegedly entered through the private schools that have mushroomed in every nook and corner of the state and has become a cause of serious concern.

Upper Subansiri is one such district where numerous private schools can be witnessed doing lucrative business. Most of these schools are not following the norms of running private schools in the state. These schools are devoid of basic facilities like separate bathroom, toilet for boys and girls, emergency exit doors, fire extinguishers, emergency exit doors, playground for physical education, library, laboratory and so on.

These schools are minting money from the parents but do not provide the basic facilities, including nutritious and hygienic food to the hostel boarders.

The parents and guardians of many students, whose wards live in hostels, also complained of poor hostel management. Many minor boarding students of a school were reportedly ill due to malnutrition. One of the suffering students alleged that they are served only rice, dal and potato as their meal throughout the year.

Further, there are many schools in Upper Subansiri which are not recognized by the state govt. or CBSE. Recently, 13 such unrecognised schools in the district have been identified.

The parents and guardians often fall prey to false promises of management or owners of such school and get their wards enrolled in those schools.

The management or owners of those schools lure the parents and guardians to provide their wards with the best education. It is also doubtful whether the teachers they engage are qualified ones.  It was revealed after investigation that many teachers presently serving in many private schools in Upper Subansiri are undergraduates. These teachers teach students of Class X and XI. Now a layman can easily gauge the quality of education being imparted to the students in those schools.

Isn’t it the duty of the Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh to look into this serious matter?

Time has come to tighten the noose on those private schools before it is too late.



MLA calls for up-gradation of Mechukha PS

ITANAGAR, Aug 11: Mechukha MLA Pasang Dorjee Sona today urged upon the state Govt particularly the Home department to initiate immediate steps for upgrading the existing Mechukha Police Station with adequate infrastructure and manpower.

Citing the criminal activities including the alleged murder of an assistant teacher of Govt Higher Secondary School, Mechukha in recent past, Sona said the lone Police Station in the entire sub-division needs immediate up-gradation. Due to lack of proper infrastructure and inadequate manpower the police personnel deployed in Mechukha Police Station face lots of difficulties and hardships in tackling law and order problems of such a vast area, the MLA said.

He further said that the sub-division police completely depend on the district headquarters for all kind of supports and backups, adding in order to maintain the law and order and provide better administration the need of the hour is to upgrade the existing police station with adequate manpower equipped with modern technologies.  Sona disclosed that he has raised this issue with Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and Director General of Police on Monday and they assured him that the Govt would look into the matter.”

Meanwhile, taking serious note of the recent alleged murder of Kali Bulo, an assistant teacher of Govt Higher Secondary School, Mechukha, who was found dead under mysterious circumstances in his quarter on August 5 last morning, the MLA called upon the law enforcing authorities not to leave any stone unturned to arrest the culprits involved in the murder incident.

However, he appealed the civil societies and students to maintain peace and not to take law in their hands. “Irrespective of any caste, community, tribe, religion or region the criminal is criminal and deserves punishment as per law of the land,” he added.



Anshu at TED conference

ITANAGAR, Aug 11: Ace mountaineer of the state Anshu Jamsenpa attended the prestigious TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conference in Mumbai on Friday, where she talked about her journey from the remote border town of Arunachal Pradesh to the top of the world besides her struggles, challenges, future plans and potentials of adventure tourism in North East India.

Her audio visual presentation followed by power-packed motivational speech was very well received by the audience in the jam packed hall of Jai Hind College.

Another 600 plus audience watched her live on the big screen in the adjacent auditorium who could not be accommodated in the main hall.

Her talk revolved around TED Conference theme ‘ideas worth spreading’. She stated that she had earlier given motivational speeches to Indian Armed Forces and the Territorial Army Units besides schools, colleges, universities, NGOs and social organizations. Further she stated that this is her first presence in the TED Show and she is happy that it went off well.

According to TED's current Curator Chris Anderson about a million people watch TED Talks online each day. To date, the TED talks have received over 1000 million page views which is really amazing.

TEDx Curator & Co-Organizer Dhruv Agarwal stated that TED Conference is a platform where the brightest minds — scientists, designers, inventors, politicians and sportspersons share their ideas. Here the change makers and the thought leaders selected from different parts of the world deliver their insights. He also stated that Anshu’s video will go live on TEDx website and youtube soon.

The Mumbai edition brought together some of the India’s most fascinating thinkers and doers like Shardul Bajikar, Maj Gen KVS Lalotra (Retd),  Padma Shri Sucheta Dalal, Sailendra Singh and Anshu Jamsenpa in the same platform.  First lady IPS officer Kiren Bedi, Noble Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi, Diplomat turned politician Shashi Tharoor, His Holiness The Karmapa were some of the imminent Indian speakers at the earlier TED Shows.

Bill Clinton, Jane Fonda, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Julian Assange, Sarah Jones, David Cameron, Al Gore, Kevin Rudd, Bill Ford and several others were speakers in the past TED Shows which itself speaks about the quality, grandeur and the importance of the TED Conference.



Take responsibility to make Tezu town neat and clean: DC

TEZU, Aug 11: The Lohit district Urban Development Agency has organised a sensitization meeting on Swach Bharat Abhiyan for the Govt officers and officials and civil societies at DC’s conference hall here today.

Presiding over the meeting, Lohit Deputy Commissioner Tamyo Tatak, while highlighting the importance of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, said that everyone including Govt officials and civil society organisations have to take the responsibility to make Tezu town cleaner and more suitable for human inhabitation in terms of cleanliness and hygiene.

Giving a clarion call to make the Tezu town polythene free, the DC  said restriction is being imposed on the meat selling other than the designated area or location. “Steps will be taken for beautification and cleanliness of the Town, he added. He also appealed one and all to take up cleanliness drive at their houses and surroundings for maintaining clean environment as it will lead to good health.

Meanwhile, Tezu town has been divided into 14 sectors giving responsibility to an officer in each sector who will supervise the cleanliness drive. In the Bazaar areas the social service will be supervised by the Bazaar Committee. The DUDA will be assisted by other departments in lifting the garbage. All the Government offices, institutions and private residences will engage in the cleanliness drive on August 14.

All heads of Govt offices including administrative officers and Bazaar Committee members were present in the meeting. DIPRO



Helmet, motor parts are to be sold within MRP

PASIGHAT, Aug 11: On receipt of complaints that some of the shopkeepers in East Siang district are selling motor parts, helmet etc at exorbitant price, a team of Legal Metrology Officers has recently inspected some of the trading premises and interacted with the traders.

During the inspection, dealers were found displaying bikers helmet without the packing cover on it. “Though they claimed to be selling the products with the wrappers, there is every possibility the consumers are deceived as the MRP is printed only on the packing cover. And, since helmet, motor parts etc are packaged commodities; they are to be sold within Maximum Retail Price (MRP) as printed on the cover/wrapper. Selling of the products without the manufacture’s label or smudging off the MRP amounts to violation of provisions of Legal Metrology (packaged Commodities) Rule, 2011 and are liable to prosecution,’ ACLM K. P.Tago informed the traders during interaction.

Department of Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs is giving due stress on consumer complaints and take prompt action so as to redress at the earliest but unfortunately, in East Siang District we have received only two complaints in last two years on legal metrology subject, disclosed Lupha Sikhet, ILM. The Legal Metrology department has vide its circular issued today directed all the shopkeepers of East Siang District dealing with motor parts, helmet etc to sell the products with the packing cover/wrapper wherein MRP and other information are given, else, it warned of initiating befitting action as per provisions of Legal Metrology Act, 2009.



Forest cover declines in 12 states and UTs

New Delhi, Aug 11: The forest cover of 12 states and Union Territories has declined by over 1200 sq kms due to a variety of reasons including encroachment and mining, Lok Sabha was informed today.

Replying to a question, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said as per India State of Forest Report 2013, the total forest cover in the country is 697,898 sq km, which is 21.23 per cent of the total geographical area of the country.

"There is a net increase of 5871 sq km in the forest cover of the country as compared with India State of Forest Report 2011," he said.

Nagaland, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Tripura, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Maharashtra and Andaman and Nicobar Islands have reported decline in forest cover due to encroachment, open cast mining, drying up of mangroves after tsumani and shifting cultivation practices. PTI


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Improve air & road connectivity

All of a sudden connectivity seems to be the buzz word in North East region. Rail connectivity in Arunachal Pradesh received major boost when Naharlagun-New Delhi AC train service was flagged off on 20th February this year by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This train has become quite popular among the masses and now majority of the people use this train to travel to national capital. In another landmark step towards enhancing rail connectivity in Arunachal Pradesh and the northern banks of Assam, railway minister Suresh Prabhu on Monday flagged off the Guwahati-Murkongselek Intercity Express and Dekargaon-Bhalukpong Passenger Service from New Delhi. Murkongselek station is located only few kilometres away from the Arunachal Pradesh border, while Bhalukpong is in West Kameng district.

The starting of two new train services has come as boon for the people of state. The government of India should give emphasis on improving road connectivity in north east region. Especially interstate road connectivity should be improved at the earliest. Also air connectivity needs urgent attention in Arunachal. Even though works under advance landing grounds are progressing in good pace, the green field airport at Hollongi is not picking pace. The project is getting delayed excessively much to the discomfort of the people of Arunachal. It is well known that during monsoon season most of the roads get destroyed. Many areas remains cut off for months. Therefore it becomes more important to improve the air connectivity.




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They earn at our costs

Dear Editor,

What N.Torun has written in your August 10 edition is 101% correct. Yes, it’s very true that the NIEMS institute which promises to provide Tourism, Hospitality and, Management courses in Jorhat is fake and I have personally faced and experienced the problems 3 years back. Here’s what happened.  After graduation I couldn’t find masters course in Tourism in RGU. So, peeping into the paper I found NIEMS advertised in the paper. The pressure of not getting admission anywhere paved my way to NEIMS. The following day I went to the agents in SC continental where I was told to pay a sum of 10,000/- as booking for seeking admission. I was told the amount will be refunded if I dont like the college within a week. When I reached NIEMS I could see that the infrastructure was not at all good, hostel facility was ridiculous. It’s all fictitious. How can a management college be so small with less students and poor staffs provide quality education? I could not see any bright side in the college. Then and there I decided to leave and asked for refund of fees.  All I was told was ‘’no refund once admitted “. I was begging the manager to refund the fees so that I could use it for getting admission in some other institute, because I know my family background is pathetic.

However, I couldn’t recover it and that day I had made the best decision by leaving the college. This is an appeal to all my Arunachalee brothers and sisters to be aware of such fake institutions.  If not, they will earn and we will weep.  I also request the media to research before giving misleading ads. I believe fake institutes like NEIMS will be looked into.


Boni Taka




Accord for all

Dear Editor,

Kudos to all the interlocutors who were engaged in these protracted talks with Nagas, which delivered a “Framework Agreement” on August


It has been just a week, but there is an intense concern voiced over the past few days by the CM’s of Arunachal, Assam and Manipur of not being consulted before the pact was signed. But the concerns seem just a fragment of stalemate situation in the Parliament, as Mr Tuki himself tweeted on August 05th that he welcomes the resolution of Naga political issue, which was later

deleted. And more over the Naga peace talks were started and intensified under the Congress government to which they have seen it more closely than the present government.

We must understand that the present framework agreement is just a “prelude” to the final accord and we hope that all the stakeholders will be taken into account till they reach final decision. So, it will be immature and futile to comment on this juncture. Although the silence over the content of the accord has created apprehension, which was always there. As one of the

primary demands of NSCN was geographical integration of all the Naga inhabited areas. But as PM stated that this accord is in keeping with “equality, respect, trust and confidence”.

We believe that his words will serve not only to the Nagas but all the neighbouring states as well.


Budhi Byai.

New Delhi



Dispense hundreds too

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the kind attention of Branch Manager of respective branches of State Bank of India in capital region, about the minimum withdrawal of SBI ATMs where denomination starts from Rs 500 note.

Students face great deal of difficulty because every SBI ATM dispenses denomination of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes only.

Most students have bank balance less than Rs 1000 and the withdrawal of Rs.500 every time we go the ATM is so unfair when it’s not required.

SBI may please start dispensing Rs.100 other than Rs 500-1000 in every ATM at the earliest.


Sang Khandu Thongdok




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