August 17

Presidential recognition for Tachang Sangyu

ITANAGAR, Aug 16: Amongst the many soldiers whose sacrifices and services were given due recognition during this year's Independence Day, one among them was Tachang Sangyu.

Hailing from Pabua village in East Kameng district, Sangyu joined the Indian Army in 2005. The thirty-year old is a sepoy in the 30 Rajput Regiment currently posted in Ranchi and was part of the army's Operation Rakshak.

Counter-insurgency operations by the Army, paramilitary, and police forces in Jammu and Kashmir are termed Operation Rakshak III. Operations Rakshak I and II were conducted by the army in Punjab during 1990-91. Initially the Army’s role in J&K was limited to curbing infiltration from the border, as in Punjab, while the insurgents were fought by the J&K Police, the CRPF, and the BSF. However, when the extent of Pakistan’s involvement became clear and it was realized that a proxy war was on, the Army stepped in to lead the fight.

Sangyu, along with 11 other soldiers of various ranks and regiments who were part of Operation Rakshak were awarded the President of India's Mention-in-Despatches this year.


Fresher’s orientation programme of NERIST NSS cell held

ITANAGAR, Aug 16: The NSS cell of NERIST organised the fresher’s orientation programme in its auditorium yesterday. This academic year, 220 students enrolled to NSS. The highlights of the orientation programme were motivational talks, student’s presentation and award distribution ceremony.

Speaking on the occasion, Director NERIST Prof. P. K. Das recalled his earlier days as a NSS volunteer. He emphasized that the present day youths need to play a critical role in enhancing the image of the nation. He called upon all the students to keep the campus and its surrounding neat and clean.

Dean, Students Affair, Prof. Binay Singh, spoke about the importance of voluntary blood donation. He urged all the students to donate blood during camps and whenever needed. He further stated that all the volunteers must be punctual and well disciplined.

Student Group leaders, Ajay Kumar Gupta, Priya Tiwari and Niraj Mishra made presentations on voluntary blood donation, Drug Abuse and activities of NSS cell of NERIST respectively.


Blood donation

GUWAHATI, Aug 16: Old Boys Association of Sainik School Goalpara (OBA SSG) in association with Dr B Barooah Cancer Institute organised a blood donation camp on the occasion of Independence Day on 15th August at the cancer hospital premises. OBA SSG has been organising blood donation camp on the occasion of Independence Day for last 11 years in different parts of the state and country. This year OBA SSG, Bangalore Chapter also organised a blood donation camp.


Felix visit Talo school

ITANAGAR, Aug 16: Parliamentary Secretary (Education) Bamang Felix visited Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Talo on Sunday and met with DDSE, Ziro and his staffs, executive members of Talo Literary and Cultural Society (TLCS) and Panchayat leaders. In the meeting, the Parliamentary Secretary encouraged the teachers while sharing their grievances and refreshed the importance, dedication and role of the teachers in the school and the society. He lauded the activities taken up by the TLCS by donating stationeries, Teaching Learning Materials and their involvement in development of the school. He also stressed on proper implementation of flagship scheme like SSA, RMSA and MDM.


Health camp organised

ITANAGAR, Aug 16: Vivekananda Kendra Arun Jyoti organised free medical camps in Changlang and Lohit districts recently.

A total of nine camps were organised in Kharsang, Miao, Bordumsa, Diyun and Mahadevpur circle. Two mobile medical units of Arun Jyoti simultaneously conducted these camps where 976 patients were examined and medicines were distributed.


Traditional dress weaving training

ITANAGAR, Aug 16: A 30 days training for local female weavers to develop their traditional dress weaving skills started at Tafragram today.

The weavers will be imparted training on weaving traditional dresses like Gale, Mishmi coat, etc  during the month-long training programme by Bapu Welfare Society. Around 15 girls are attending the training.


82 students enrolled under ISHAN-UDAY

ITANAGAR, Aug 16: A total of 82 students from Arunachal were enrolled in various disciplines of Dr. K N Modi University, Jaipur, Rajasthan on August 13 last. The students were admitted under ‘ISHAN –UDAY’ scholarship initiated by the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry, GoI.

The students were led by All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) President Byabang Joram along with Chairman Tarh Mabu, Assistant Secretary Education ANSU and Vice-Chairman Mary Yangfo, Assistant Art and Cultural Secretary.


Electronic version of “Enchanting Tawang” launched

TAWANG, Aug 16: Tourism, UD and Housing Minister Pema Khandu yesterday officially launched the e-book version of the recently published Coffee table book “Enchanting Tawang” in a simple ceremony in the DC's office complex.

The coffee table book is a detailed and comprehensive over-view of the Tawang district and its unique cultural heritage.

Expressing his happiness at the successful launch of the e-book, Pema hoped it will find a wide audience so that maximum number of tourists and visitors get an informative and accurate overview of Tawang.  

The basic aim of coming up with an e-book was to ensure a wider readership for the recently published book so that more and more people are able to get an authentic account of the rich and unique cultural heritage of the district, said, Deputy Commissioner Abhishek Dev. He stated that the e-book is available for sale at a price of Rs. 125 at various popular e-book portals like amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, i-booksstore.com, smashwords.com, scribd.com, oysterbooks.com. etc. DIPRO


Tawang district level doubles badminton championship concludes

TAWANG, Aug 16: Vipul and his partner Sashikant halted the dream run of Tawang MLA Tsering Tashi and Tenzin Monpa to clinch the men’s doubles title in the Tawang district level doubles badminton championship.

The shutller duo from NHPC came from 0-1 set behind to win the title by 3-2 sets and avenged their league match defeat.

In the third place play-off, Dr. Rinchin Neema and Tashi Gyatso dumped Thutan Chota and Hrider Lungtan in straight sets.

The valedictory function was attended by Tourism, UD and Art and Culture Minister Pema Khandu, Tawang DC Abishek Dev, SP Anto Alphoso, Padmashree Lama Thupten Phuntsok, Panchayat leaders, HoDs and students. [Tawang Vigilance]


Birth centenary of Don Bosco celebrated

ITANAGAR, Aug 16: The Bicentenary of the birth of Don Bosco, the Saint of the Young, was celebrated at St. Mary’s Catholic Church here in which a large number of Catholic believers, Don Bosco Alumni, Don Bosco Cooperators and students of Don Bosco institutions of the Capital Complex participated.

Speaking on the occasion, Rt. Rev. John Thomas, Bishop of Itanagar, referred to Don Bosco as ‘a special saint of the Catholic Church who dedicated his life for young people and their well-being’.

The Bishop also expressed happiness over the fact that Catholic education was brought to the North East mainly through Don Bosco institutions. While congratulating the Salesians of Don Bosco for the yeomen services rendered especially in Arunachal Pradesh, he exhorted young people to take maximum advantage of the youth-oriented services for which the Salesians of Don Bosco are known the world over.

Jathi Pulu, the President of Don Bosco Alumni, Itanagar, while speaking during the cultural programme recalled the days of schooling he spent in Don Bosco institutions.

He exhorted the gathering of young people to mould their lives after Don Bosco who although very poor learnt every skill possible which earned him a living. He urged the youths to make full use of the skill development opportunities that the State provides as earning a living through honest work is that which makes a person really worthwhile and it makes them self-reliant.

Rev. Fr. Nestor Guria SDB, Provincial, Salesians of Don Bosco, Dimapur Province, Taw Tebin, President APCA and Rev. Fr. C. D. Mathai SDB, Parish Priest, Catholic Church, Itanagar also spoke on the occasion. Youths from various Salesian institutions of the Capital Complex and St. Mary’s choir presented cultural items. The day also saw the launching of a Shelter Home for children in the Capital Complex by the Salesians of Don Bosco.


Silver Jubillee football tourney

ITANAGAR, Aug 16: G11 thrashed tournament favourite SFS College 3-0 and entered in the final of the football tournament organised by Paktu Ete Bango Students Union as part of its Silver Jubillee celebration at Ete Bango Pobdi.

The second semifinal will be played between PAYA and POBDI tomorrow.

Sixteen teams from various areas of West Siang are participating in the tournament.


News Impact

No solution without sovereignty

& integration: says NSCN

DIMAPUR, Aug 16: NSCN (IM) General Secretary Th. Muivah said on Friday (Aug 14th) there can be “no solution whatsoever” without fulfilling the two core issues of “sovereignty” and “integration” of Naga inhabited areas.

“...Without integration there will be no solution whatsoever…don’t doubt, we are standing for integration at any cost,” the NSCN (IM) leader stated in his address as chief guest at the 69th Naga Independence Day celebration held at the NSCN (IM) council headquarters Hebron, in the outskirts of Dimapur, reports The Morung Express.

Muivah termed reports that the NSCN (IM) had given up on sovereignty and integration as propaganda by vested interests who are trying to manipulate the situation. “God knows how many times we have been talking about this (sovereignty and integration). Keeping the Nagas divided, can there be a solution? If this is not respected, then there can be no solution,” he said.

Muivah said the NSCN had made it clear to Government of India that if a solution is to be arrived at, then the latter has to honour the wishes of the Naga people and that India should not always try to please others (states or communities) at the expense of the Nagas.

He said even the Indian leaders have understood the position of the NSCN (IM) on integration and assured to “work out on that” despite practical difficulties.

On Wednesday last, Thuingaleng Muivah sought to allay apprehension on the signed ‘framework agreement’ and underlined “peaceful co-existence” between the Indian Union and Naga people as the core principle of the framework. The NSCN leader, addressing a civic reception organised by Naga Hoho from a bullet proof enclosure, said the NSCN (IM) entered into political talks only after India accepted these three points:  recognizing the uniqueness of Naga history that Nagas were never under India, that Nagas did not kill any Indian civilian in the course of the struggle for self determination and the universal principle that in democracy, sovereignty lies with the people. Muivah also said Nagas should forge friendly relations with their neighbours.

“We have a lot of problem with our neighbours, the Assamese, Arunachalees, the Meiteis and others. We are ready to understand them, not through physical confrontation but through mutual understanding, because that is the only way to solve the problem and co-exist as neighbours, he said. (Courtesy, The Morung Express)



Peace is paramount: Nabam Tuki

State celebrates 69th I-day

ITANAGAR, Aug 16: Pointing out that development is not possible without peace, the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki on Saturday said, “It is the duty of my government to ensure a peaceful atmosphere through effective law and order management while at the same time, taking the goals of development to all sections of the society” as Arunachal Pradesh celebrated the 69th Independence Day.

Chief Minister sought constructive suggestions from the citizens in preparing a vision to face multiple challenges.

Addressing a mammoth gathering after taking salute of an impressive march past at Indira Gandhi Park here, Tuki listed the challenges as poverty, illiteracy, diseases, unemployment and social problems.

“Arunachal is one of the first states in India to take steps to evolve Vision 2030 aimed at setting clear goals with introspection to set the future planning. We have to work together if we are to develop and develop first. Hard work, unity and sincerity are the ingredients for success,” Tuki said.

Terming the August 4 Pawan Hans chopper crash that killed Tirap DC Kamlesh Joshi, a 2009 IAS officer, pilots M S Brar and Rajeev Hoskote, as a trying time for the state, Tuki conveyed his deepest condolence to the bereaved families.

The chief minister also highlighted the achievements of his government in various sectors including project proposals which are in the pipeline.

State government announced the state awards for distinguished services – five gold medals including posthumous ones, 10 silver medals and 13 commendation certificates.  IAS officer Late Kamlesh Joshi, Head Gaon Bura Morshing village, Netan Dorjee Bapu, Don Bosco Youth Centre’s Father Cyriac, Chief Engineer Central Zone, Kuru Sera, and Archer Genung Takseng are state  Gold Awardees. CM’s State Shram Awards were announced for Chet Bahadur Chetry, W/C Mason, APPWD, Rigam Taller, Casual Labour and Power Dept, Montu Sarkar, W/C Carpenter, APPWD. PTI



Rajkhowa felicitates achievers from across the state

ITANAGAR, Aug 16: Commemorating the 69th Independence Day, an “At Home” function was organised at Raj Bhavan, Itanagar on Saturday where Governor of Arunachal Pradesh J P Rajkhowa honoured people from different fields, who have shown exemplary commitment and zeal towards their chosen fields, contributing towards the growth of the State. Achievers and promising  people from various fields including  progressive farmers, artists, filmmakers, educationists, conservationists, sportspersons, GBs, media persons, mountaineers, social workers, textiles & handloom experts and craftsman were felicitated on the occasion.

In his brief address, the Governor conveyed that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has shown keen interest in the development of the State and had suggested the need to recognise and honour committed people to acknowledge their contribution to the progress and prosperity of the State.

Congratulating the invitees, he lauded their contribution towards the progress and prosperity of the State.  Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, Speaker of the Legislative Nabam Rebia, Chief Secretary  Ramesh Negi, State Chief Information Commissioner Y.D. Thongchi, Chairman APPSC, Dr. Ligu Tacho, DGP Nithianandam, Chairperson APSCW Mitali Tingkhatra were among those who attended the “ At Home” function.

On the occasion, the Governor also gave away certificates of appreciation award to the officials and staff of Raj Bhawan. (PRO, Raj Bhavan)



I-day celebrations

ITANAGAR, Aug 16: The Independence Day was celebrated across the state on Saturday.  

BOMDILA: West Kameng Deputy Commissioner AK Singh after unfurling the national flag at Buddha stadium, Bomdila, impressed upon quality education, healthcare facilities for all, gainful employment through skill development, cleanliness, road connectivity, power generation, safe drinking water and toilet facilities, a secured governance and administration, communal harmony and protection of environment among others.

DC Singh called upon the people to be equal partners in the developmental activities of the area and maintain peace and tranquility which are pre-requisite for development of any society.

The major attractions of the day were the ceremonial parade consisting of 20 contingents, PT display, Band display and Naga dance by 5-Mtn Division, traditional and patriotic dances, games and sports etc.

The finals of the Independence cup football tournament at Buddha stadium was keenly contested match where Sajolang FC clinched the winner’s trophy along with a cash award of Rs 30,000 defeating Sartang FC by 2-0.

ANINI: Independence Day was observed at Anini, Dibang Valley along with the rest of the country with great enthusiasm. The function was attended by Rajesh Tacho, Minister (Health & Family Welfare) and Singe Mili, ZPC, Dibang Valley District among others.

Names of twelve newly appointed Gaon Buras were announced while twelve people were recognised for their dedicated services.

SEPPA: The 69th Independence Day was celebrated at Seppa and other sub-divisional and circle Hqs. of East Kameng District with the rest of the country. Attending the day at Seppa, Tapuk Taku Parliamentary Secretary Tax & Excise who unfurled the national flag while addressing the huge gathering spoke about initiatives and achievements by the Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh including universal health insurance, low cost generic drug stores in all district hospitals with provision for procurement of medicines, VIDYA Scheme for girls Child, CM’s Global Education Programme among others.

BANDERDEWA: CO Office Banderdewa also celebrated 69th Independence Day with great enthusiasm with a Circle Volley Ball competition and literary competition which the Karsingsa Panchayat won.  

The event was celebrated at Doimukh HS School as well.

TEZU: The national flag was unfurled by Dr. Mohesh Chai, MLA of Tezu-Sunpura constituency amidst huge gathering. Deputy Commissioner Tamiyo Tatak, SP Ved Prakash Surya, HoDs, other Government officials and staff were present during the ceremony. PRI members, Gaon Burahs, students also witnessed the ceremonial celebration at Jubilee Ground.

Addressing the people, the MLA hoped that with the opening of Airport in Tezu, construction of Alubari Bridge, upgradation of District Hospital into Zonal General Hospital, completion of two-lane road with uninterrupted electricity and water supply, a new era of development will open in Tezu-Sunpura area. The Airport will be operational by January-February 2016 while the construction of Alubari Bridge over Lohit River will be over within December 2015, he informed.

He appealed every citizen of Lohit district to continue to live in peace and harmony with each other. He discouraged any kind of anti-social elements and activities which hampers the development of society and area.

Dr. Chai praised the education department, specially the Government Higher Secondary School Tezu and Indira Gandhi Government Tezu for their excellent results. Advocating for excellence in studies, the MLA said that an award of Rs. 1 Lakh will be awarded to the candidates clearing mains exam of Civil Services Exams.

He stated that all possible areas for development and improvement will be taken up by him at all possible cost.

The Tri-colour in Lohit House was unfurled by Deputy Commissioner Tamiyo Tatak while SDO Gautam Hazarika unfurled the Tri-colour at Deputy Commissioner’s Office. Similar programmes where organised at Wakro and Sunpura circles of Lohit district. DIPRO

YACHULI: The three circles of 16th Yachuli constituency Yazali, Yachuli and Pistana jointly celebrated the 69th Independence Day at the General ground, Yachuli. Student, public leaders, officials and goan buras and goan buris of all the three circles joined the celebration.

Parliamentary Secretary Home and Youth Affairs Likha Saaya exhorted each individual to pledge and contribute their bit for the socio-economic development of the state. Amidst thundering applause, he announced to conduct annual festival for organic tea and agri-allied products, sponsored from his MLAD, to encourage the progressive farmers of the area. As of today,

Yachuli is the highest producer of Kiwi and the second in Large Cardamom in the state, he informed and announce Rs. 5 lakhs each from MLAD for organic and tea farming and creating awareness for such farming and its implications on health. He felt the need to strictly monitor illegal hunting and deforestation to preserve the scenic beauty of Yachuli.

The celebration was marked with cultural programmes from school children and women groups. Horticulture department distributed agriculture equipments to progressive farmers. Newly appointed Goan Buras and Goan Buris were provided with the red coats and certificates.

ZIRO: MLA Ziro-Hapoli, Tage Taki unfurled the national flag on the occasion at the Hija ground today. Paying tributes to the selfless sacrifice of the leaders who struggled and sacrificed themselves for independence, he exhorted the denizens to follow their path and make Ziro a progressive, peaceful, secular and developed place free from all kinds of discrimination.

On the occasion, he briefed about the various developmental activities initiated in the district like improvement of the local road networks, facilitating the District Hospital with ultrasound and x-ray machines, Special Neonatal care unit, ambulance and construction of eye care wing, construction of mini secretariat, multilayered parking place, mini stadium, multi-storied shopping complex.

He also announced that Rs 16.5 crores has been approved under Urban Water Supply scheme to ensure sustained availability of potable water for whole of Ziro by tapping Pange stream so that other sources utilized for irrigation and drinking water in the villages are not compromised. Mahila Samman Award with a cash prize of Rs  20,000 instituted by Women and Child Development department was awarded to Tailyang Shanti, Chairperson, Achukuru Welfare society, Old Ziro.

Commendation certificates from the district administration were awarded to Yowa Topu, EAC, Tapun Messar, SI APP, Lobsang Genden Head Constable  APP, Wangdi Pissing, Constable 5th IRBN, Yachang Tacho, editor, The Subansiri and Babul Pegu.

Governor award for scouts and guides was awarded to Jayonto Raito and Dutu Yarang respectively, both from Govt. Secondary School, Hapoli. RGU subject toppers in the final BA examinations 2014-15, Nako Onya and Hibu Nassing were also awarded with certificates. Both are from St. Claret College, Ziro.

AALO: The 69th Independence Day was celebrated in a befitting manner at district headquarter and other administrative circle and subdivisions yesterday. Liromoba MLA and Chairman APB&OCWWB   Nyamar Karbak unfurled the ceremonial flag and took salute from 28 contingents. Karbak stressed on communal harmony to create a congenial society for all sections of people to thrive and prosper.

The weapon display by Indian Army and useful tips to army aspirants on the occasion gave a deep insight into the defence preparedness.

Kodukha: Minister Home, Power and NCRE Tanga Byaling celebrated the 69th Independence Day with the people of Kodukha and surrounding areas at the ADC headquarter of Kodukha in Upper Subansiri in the presence of ADC T. Siga, Officers and officials, PRI members, Gaon Buras and the public.

Addressing the public, Byaling stressed on the need to maintain peace and harmony in the area for development to happen. Byaling, stating that the public cannot rely on government service or contracts for their livelihood, informed them about the government’s encouragement of Agriculture, Horticulture and allied sectors through various state government schemes. He encouraged people to take up the cultivation of Large Cardamom in the area and its climate is suitable for its cultivation.

DAPORIJO: Independence day was celebrated in a grand manner with various colourful cultural programme representing various NGOs and schools here at BN Ground.

Speaking on the occasion local MLA Dikto Yekar urged the youths to come forward and serve the society. He also appealed the civil society to keep the town clean. Legal Awareness programme was also organised by District Legal Authority to mark the day.

EPS Greenheads celebrated the Independence Day by paying tribute to the ones who laid down their lives while serving the nation. Tribute was paid to the former President APJ Abdul Kalam, Late Kamlesh Joshi, DC Tirap, Late MS Brar and Late Rajeev Hoskote who lost their lives in the recent chopper crash. Butter lamps were lit and prayers were offered by the monks of the Tawang Monastery. Further a plantation programme was carried out in the names of Late President APJ Abdul Kalam, former CM Late Dorjee Khandu, Late Kamlesh Joshi (IAS), Late MS Brar and Late Rajeev Hoskote.

PAKKE-KESSANG: Rain could not dampen the spirit of people from celebrating Independence Day at Pakke-Kessang. Local MLA cum Principal Advisor to Chief Minister Kameng Dolo after hoisting the national flag announced that the state government has approved in principle for upgradation of existing EAC Pakke-Kessang (HQ) to ADC independent (HQ) along with a PWD Division. He also announced that prestigious road from Itakhola via Seijosa to Pakke-Kessang has been sanctioned by NEC.

Later, he also honoured academic toppers and the GBs with Red Coats.

DAMBUK: Independence Day was celebrated at Dambuk in Lower Dibang valley District where the national flag was unfurled by Atul Tayeng, ADC Dambuk amidst a large gathering. In his Independence Day speech, he urged the people of the Sub-Division to maintain the spirit of communal harmony and to uphold positive work culture.

NEW DELHI: The office of Resident Commissioner, Arunachal Bhawan in New Delhi joined the nation in celebrating the 68th Independence Day. V Abrraham, Resident Commissioner hoisted the flag in the presence of all the officers and officials of Arunachal Bhawan. Abrraham, in his speech, stressed that freedom is priceless and therefore, we must value it. He said we must realize that this freedom has come at a very high price and it is our duty to uphold the fabric of the nation.

Deputy Resident Commissioners Sangit Dubey and Marto Bagra also spoke on the occasion. They urged everyone to work as a unit and to have better coordination between each other, for the greater good of the state and the nation.

Sajesh K, Computer Operator, of Arunachal Bhawan received a commendation certificate from Hon’ble Chief Minister.

A social service was conducted earlier on 14th August in which all the officers and officials cleaned the premises of Arunachal Bhawan.

The Bharatiya Janata Party, Arunachal Pradesh celebrated the day at Party Headquarters. Kenyir Ringu, State Vice President unfurled the flag. She urged upon all the party leaders and workers to avail the benefits of the freedom and work for the nation’s progress.

SAGALEE: The 69th Independence Day, 2015 was celebrated at Sagalee where Jalash Pertin, Additional Deputy Commissioner unfurled the national flag.

He appealed to the farmers to devote in Agri/Horti farming for sustainable living.

KHARSANG: The day was celebrated at Kharsang where TS Ronrang, Anchal Chairperson unfurled the flag.

At Jairampur, the day was celebrated with great pomp and splendour with a huge turnout of govt officers, officials, public and PRI leaders, and general public.

Tusham Longri, Zilla Parishad Member, Jairampur unfurled the ceremonial national tri colour and took the guard of honour from the parade contingents of AP police, NCC and students of various schools.

He appealed and urged all the youths and students to refrain from drugs and instead use their energy and strength in the development of the society.

Other highlights of the programme were cultural items, patriotic songs presented by the students of various schools, games and sports and exhibition volley ball match.

YUPIA: Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Tai Kaye unfurled the national flag at Yupia. Addressing the people, he said for maintenance of law and order and implementation of developmental activities from village to district level, the district administration is working in close coordination with all panchayat leaders and Govt functionaries.

KOLORIANG: People from all walks of life enthusiastically witnessed the ceremonial unfurling of National Flag at General Ground Koloriang.  Parliamentary Secretary (Agriculture) Pani Taram, re-affirming that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India, the newly inducted Parliamentary Secretary said that each and every citizen of the country must strive hard for nation building activities.

Taram requested all the PRI members of Kurung-Kumey District to assist the Government functionaries in proper implementation of various flagship programmes of State Government and Central Government, so that genuine and targeted sections of the society are benefitted.

Later in the day, Taram inaugurated an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) in the vicinity of State Bank of India Koloriang in presence of Mamata Riba, Deputy Commissioner, Isaac Pertin SP and others.  

In addition to celebration at district headquarter, the occasion was also celebrated at Parsi Parlo, where the national flag was unfurled by Sangha Tagik, ZPC of Kurung Kumey district and for the first time at Polosang, a newly created circle, where the national flag was unfurled by Pisa Yaja, Anchal Samiti Chairperson of Sarli Anchal Block, among others.

BASAR: ADC Basar Bekir Nyorak, unfurled the national flag amidst a huge gathering. At Tirbin, Minister PWD Gojen Gadi hoisted the tri-colour amidst a mammoth gathering. The meritorious students of Basar and Tirbin Circle   were felicitated on the occasion.

CHANGLANG: MLA Changlang North, Tesam Pongte, who unfurled national tri-colour urged the District Administration for proper coordination to ensure full implementation and accountability of all State and Central Govt. Schemes and lead the team of officers for better service towards the welfare and development.

Pongte declared to provide cash incentives to the students of his constituency who clears APPSC/ UPSC prelims for their preparation in mains and modern scientific farming methods to the progressive farmers.

KHONSA: The 69th Independence Day was celebrated all over Tirap district with various programmes. At Khonsa, the celebration was a low-key affair against the backdrop of the tragic chopper crash in which former Tirap DC Kamlesh Joshi and two pilots were killed. The WCD, DoTCL minister Wanglin Lowangdong unfurled the tricolour.

The construction of the District Secretariat Building at Khonsa with the concept of bringing all departments in the district under one umbrella in the service of the public is under progress and is likely to be completed in a couple of years, he said. The first phase of the Polytechnic Institute at Kheti, in the district is almost completed which will be the first step towards providing technical education to the youths of Tirap and neighbouring districts, he added. The permanent building for Kendrya Vidyalaya at Khonsa is under progress which will be another milestone in the field of imparting quality education.

The road between upper and lower Tutsa belt and road to Myanmar border are also under construction which will eventually facilitate the people from interior villages in a big way, he said.

The Minister further appealed the youths to take advantage of livelihood schemes being implemented under NERCORMP. He appealed to the youths to eschew violence and shun vices like alcoholism and drug abuse. (DIPRO)

At LAZU: The day was also celebrated at Lazu EAC headquarters bordering Myanmar in which Parliamentary Secretary and local MLA Tirong Aboh hoisted the national flag amidst a mammoth gathering. He also recalled the contribution of former Tirap DC late Kamlesh Joshi, who he said was a young and energetic IAS officer, who was always willingly supporting the efforts of the public representatives.

At DEOMALI: Local MLA Wangki Lowang ceremonially unfurled the national flag amidst a huge gathering. In his speech Lowang highlighted the development initiatives of the state government and urged the people to cooperate with the government to implement the government schemes successfully. The final match of the Independence Day trophy football match was also played marking the occasion. (DIPRO)

MECHUKHA: Pomp and gaiety marked the 69th Independence Day celebrations at picturesque Mechukha valley on Saturday. An impressive parade and colourful traditional programmes marked the occasion at general ground. The tri-colour was unfurled by Parliamentary Secretary for Animal Husbandry & Dairy Development and Civil Aviation Pasang Dorjee Sona who is also the local representative of area. In his speech, Sona highlighted the importance of Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister’s Universal Health Insurance Scheme as he exhorted the public to avail it. He also called upon the people to show their hospitalities towards the visitors.  Meanwhile, the Indian army organized a weapon exhibition, showcasing state-of-art military equipment to mark the 69th Independence Day. A large number of students and civilians participated in the exhibition “Know Your Army” at the general ground.

DIRANG: Unfurling the national tri-colour at Dirang General Ground on the eve of 69 th Independence Day, local legislator and Parliamentary Secretary Department of Hydro-Power Development Phurpa Tsering read out the various achievements and visions of the Nabam Tuki led state government.

While extending gratefulness to state Govt. on behalf of the twin-districts of Tawang and West Kameng for allocating Rs 13 crore to Department of Karmik Adhyamik (DoKA), Phurpa informed that of this amount Rs 2 crore had been earmarked for construction of a ‘Yatri Niwas’ at Bodh Gaya for the visiting Buddhist pilgrims from the state at this holy site.

Once again showcasing his soft corner and generosity to Sharda Mission School, Phurpa announced Rs 7.5 lakhs from his MLALAD for infrastructure development of the school. Encouraging and motivating the children to take up their studies seriously and to excel in competitive examinations, Phurpa felicitated Miss Leiki Pema, daughter of local pharmacist Phurpa, who had qualified this year’s JEE and secured an MBBS seat. Among others, Dirang ADC D. Riba, govt. employees, officers from army and para-military forces, large number of public and school children attended the day-long function.

RUKSIN: Unfurling the tri-colour at Ruksin general ground, ZPM Tonggeng Panyang stressed on united efforts for successful implementation of the development schemes.

Parliamentary Secretary for Industry and Skill Development, Tatung Jamoh hoisted the national flag at Sille-Oyan. Addressing the mammoth gathering at Sille Govt. HSS play ground, Jamoh spoke about fund allocation in various sectors. He also reiterated various developmental initiatives taken by him in Pasighat West constituency.

The 69th Independence Day was also celebrated at Nyapin ADC headquarters, Govt Hr Sec School, Good Shepherd Public School Naharlagun, Govt Middle Schools D-sector Itanagar and also at the office of All Arunachal Pradesh Government Departmental Labours’ Union (AAPGDLU).

Meanwhile, the Independence Day was also celebrated with fun, fervour and in a sense of patriotism in the lawns of Green Mount School.  Higio Aruni, the Secretary of the School hoisted the flag and in her speech, she stressed on the need to work hard to maintain the unity and solidarity of the nation. A cleanliness drive was organised in Ward 11, of which Aruni is also the councillor. The students along with the residents of Ward 11 participated in the social service.



Keep Mechukha crime free: Sona

MECHUKHA, Aug 16: Local MLA-cum-Parliamentary Secretary for Animal Husbandry & Dairy Development and Civil Aviation Pasang Dorjee Sona today called for concerted efforts by the police, administration, civil society, students and the traders to make picturesque Mechukha valley crime free.

Addressing a coordination meeting on the law and order situation held at Mechukha today at the backdrop of recent murder incident of an assistant teacher of Govt Higher Secondary School, Mechukha, Sona said that the crime, law and order problems would find no place in the society if the civil society develop a sense of responsibility. “Criminal doesn’t represent any community, tribe or religion. They are anti-social. We vehemently condemn the inhuman act and the criminal should be apprehended as soon as possible and given exemplary punishment,” said Sona, while taking serious note of the alleged murder incident.

He appealed the public to be an ear and eye for the police and administration and help them in the investigation. However, he requested everyone to refrain from giving communal colour to the incident.

Further he requested the administration and police to expedite the investigation and arrest the culprits.

The meeting was attended by the representatives of PRI leaders, traders besides administration and police.



Todo United lift Eagle Trophy

[ M Doley ]

ITANAGAR, Aug 16: The 10-men Capital Complex Sporting Club (CCSC) suffered an agonizing 0-3 defeat to Todo United FC in the final of the 6th Eagle Trophy Football Tournament at RG Stadium Naharlagun yesterday.

Capital Complex players who fought neck and neck with their opponent throughout the match, failed when it mattered.

Both the teams started the match on high note and attacked each other’s citadels to try to take the early lead. The teams were level 0-0 at halftime. However, Todo United were in a slight advantageous position after the match referee red-carded one rival player in the first half.

Todo United got the breakthrough in 57th minute, when defender Sailesh Sarkar scored with a short-range ferocious free kick that kissed the goal bar before resting in the net. The second goal for the team was scored by Debasis Rai taking the chance of a goal mouth melee followed by a beautifully executed third by Sumit Gurung. The goalkeeper stared at Gurung as he lobbed the ball into the net from the right corner.

Debasish Rai of Todo United was declared Best Player and Karli Ngomdir of Capital Compex became highest scorer of the tournament with five goals in his kitty.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and APCC President Padi Richo gave away cash prizes of Rs.2 Lakhs to the winning team along with trophy and Rs. 1 Lakh to the runners up team with trophy.



Move to include villages opposed

[ Karda Natam ]

DAPORIJO, Aug 16: Public in Upper Subansiri district have expressed their strong opposition to the reported move for inclusion of a number of villages of the district in the proposed Kamle district.

Recently the villagers of Ligu, Liruk, Niji, Kaat Rijo, Don, Hangkar, Yitor, Pobo including the HGB, GBs, PRI members, senior citizens and intellectuals in a meeting strongly condemned the move and submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner demanding not to include their villages in the proposed Kamle district. The meeting further decided to meet the Chief Minister to discuss the issue and express their strong opposition to the proposed move.

The aggrieved public said that the move for inclusion of their villages in the new district have been taken without their consent.

“We have never been informed and called for public opinion for the creation of Kamle district, then how come it is possible for any authority or individual group to decide our jurisdiction of administration without our consent”, a senior citizen said.  They also informed that, they have an easy access to Upper Subansiri district administration in terms of communication, medical facility, schools, marketing facility and administrative convenience. Their villages are hardly 2-3 kms away from main town Daporijo as compared to Raga, which is expected to be the headquarters of the proposed new district.

This move is nothing but a politically motivated one, opined another public.

The villagers have threatened to launch democratic movement if their demand was not met.



TCS appeal for ex-gratia to family of Kali Bulo

Police still clueless in teacher death case: ATSU

[ Karda Natam ]

DAPORIJO, Aug 16: Tagin Cultural Society (TCS) led by its vice president Dr. Tara Nayam submitted a memorandum to Home Minister Tanga Byaling appealing for grant of ex gratia payment to the family of Kali Bulo, who was allegedly murdered in Mechukha in the first week of this month.

Meanwhile, a team of All Tagin Students Union (ATSU), who visited Mechukha to know progress of the police investigation, informed that police is still clueless in the death case even after two weeks of the incident.

The ATSU team met the West Siang Deputy Commissioner, Chief Judicial Magistrate and submitted memorandum demanding immediate arrest of the culprit(s) involved in the crime and exemplary punishment for them. The police must apprehend those, who committed the heinous crime within a stipulated time. Otherwise, we will be compelled to launch democratic movement, threatened ATSU. It also demanded to get the case investigated by SIT.

The ATSU team also met Mechukha MLA and urged to rename the Govt. Hr. Sec. School auditorium after Kali Bulo.



IRE FC win Naba Ita Pulu Memorial Football 2015 trophy

[ Karyir Riba ]

ROING, Aug 16: IRE FC lifted the prestigious Naba Ita Pulu Memorial Football Tournament 2015 trophy defeating defending champions Koronu FC 2-0 here today.

The continuous downpour could not dampen the spirit of soccer fans of the town as they thronged the playground to witness the final match.

Andoko Meto and Moto Pulu scored one goal each for the winning team in the first half itself.

Ihu Mili and Meta Mili, both from IRE FC, were adjudged as the best player and best Goal keeper. Satish Melo of Cheta FC became highest scorers with 11 goals in his credit. The most Disciplined Team award went to Tezu FC.

The winners walked away cash prize of Rs 50,000 with the coveted trophy while the runners up team was given cash prize of Rs. 25000 with a trophy.

Rajya Sabha Member Mukut Mithi, MLA Dr Mohesh Chai, local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary (Horticulture) Mutchu Mithi, Lower Dibang Valley Deputy Commissioner Shiv Kumar, HoDs of various departments and Panchayat members witnessed the final match.

The tournament was organised by the District Football Association and the District Olympic Association, in collaboration with the District Sports Department.


---- Editorial ----


Ray of hope

In what could be termed as an important step against bandh culture, the Gauhati High Court has issued order to Arunachal government based on the petition filed by an Arunachalee citizen. Court has specifically asked the state government to submit report on how many registered and unregistered organizations are there in the state, how many political parties are there in the state which calls bandh and lastly how many bandhs were called during the last three years and how much economic loss has been caused to the state on account of such bandh calls. The court has directed government of Arunachal to submit the report by 24th of this month.

Arunachal has suffered a lot due to bandh culture. As per government estimate which was made public in the year 2012, state had witnessed bandh in 173 days in the period between 2001 and 2012. At least 4,168 hours have been affected by bandh calls in different parts of the state since 2001. By now these figures must have changed for sure as Arunachal has witnessed more bandh in the last three years. Even though number of bandh call has reduced considerably in the last one year but government has not been able to completely wipe out this anti-development bandh culture. It is seen that even though district administration declares bandh illegal, they never take tough action against the bandh callers. Such weak response emboldens the bandh callers due to which bandh culture continues to thrive in the state. But with High Court getting serious and passing order to the state government, one hope that some tough judgment will be issued against bandh culture in days to come.




---- Readers Forum ----


Hydro power and organisations

Dear Editor,

The economics of backwardness and states of under development of North-East region is owing to virtual absence of industrial infrastructure, compelling the region to depend on centre. Except Assam, every districts of the state fall under the category of 'No Industry district' by all India standards. People are fighting over petty things, getting envious of other's success and keeping other down, there is no cooperating spirit and Organisations/Unions are belligerent against developmental activities to gain popularity.

The 2000-MW project in the Subansiri river, situated at Gerukamukh on the Assam-Arunachal border, the largest in the country and being executed by the NHPC, has run into rough weather after the work for the project came to a halt in December, 2011 on agitation by different organisations, including the KMSS, All Assam Students' Union, Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad and Takam Mising Porin Kebang. The project is incurring a daily loss of Rs 10 crore after anti-dam activists of Assam raised safety-related issues.

Quoting a study of Roger Bilham, a professor of geological sciences at the University of Colorado, US, Akhil said any segment of the Himalayas could generate a great earthquake. The population of India in the foothills has increased by 10 times since the 1905 Kangra earthquake, which killed 19,500 people. Bilham has predicted that at present some 50 million people will be at risk from any big earthquake in the Himalayas.

China has announced that it has completed a major hydropower dam on the Brahmaputra, called Yarlung Zangbo (local name for Brahmaputra), in Tibet having a total installed capacity of 5,100 MW which is positioned over 3300 metre above sea level. In addition to this the Government of the People's Republic of China has approved another three major hydro project on the main stream of Brahmaputra river.

At this juncture, my question is to Gogoi and other agitating organisations, concerning their apprehension on the China's Brahmaputra Hydropower Project over the segment of the Himalayas.  


Taw Teri,

RGU, Rono Hill



Support the cause

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to express my view on selecting Pasighat as Model City. Pasighat must have been selected as Model City after properly going through laid down criterion. And we must not rule out that Twin capital Itanagar and Naharlagun of Arunachal Pradesh, were not considered for the purpose. Definitely twin capital must have been first choice for the Model City but may be due to lack of mandatory things, it was not selected like in the case of other towns and headquarters of our state. Every Arunachalee must feel proud of and support such developmental activities for the betterment of our state.


Kangge Pertin




Misplaced facts

Dear Editor,

This is regarding the news article which appeared on Aug. 12th under the caption " AAPSU team meet CS, takes up refugee issue".

First of all, I appreciate the AAPSU team for taking up the refugee issue for the betterment of the future in our state. For this spirit must not end at any cost.

But I felt strong resentment at the immature allegation meted out to one particular tribe: the Yobins.

We are not that foolish to allow anyone to cross into our area! We have a small land to live in! And I wonder if "Yobin" is the only tribe residing in the border areas.

It hurts a lot when the leaders who are our brothers and sisters of the state are indiscriminately hurling resentful things against a particular tribe. It is not wise to discriminate against a particular tribe without having full knowledge of the real facts.

The AAPSU team have narrow knowledge of the matters as they do not seem to know who is a settler and who the indigenous tribe of Vijoynagar circle are.

The team do not seem the know the difference between Yobin and Lisu.

And the team do not seem to know that we possess family dossier.


Barak Ngwazah





That was not necessary

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to draw your attention regarding ANSU team's take on Smart City.

Smart city project is not something you demand but given to a place surveyed completely which happens to meet all the criteria given by union ministry of urban development. Moreover, it's awful because rather than being appreciative that at least a place called Pasighat in Arunachal barely qualifies for the smart city project, ANSU is making this hue and cry. The press statement was unnecessary.


Raj Darung





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