Protect Itanagar Gompa
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: Arunachal Indigenous Tribe’s Forum (AITF), conglomeration of all
apex Community based organisations of Arunachal Pradesh and Indigenous Faith & Cultural
Society of Arunachal (IFCSAP) has asked the state government to protect the land
surrounding the Buddhist Gompa near Siddartha Hall Itanagar.
It further asked the state govt to address and restore the sanctity of all religious
places in Arunachal Pradesh by protecting them from encroachment and other natural
We are far behind in quality education: VC
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: ‘Arunachal Pradesh has been steadily increasing its literacy rate.
But in terms of quality product, we are far behind,’ observed Rajiv Gandhi University
Vice Chancellor Prof. Tamo Mibang as he exhorted the students to ponder upon quality
There are many graduates who are loitering in the streets as the degree they acquired
does not fetch them proper jobs or occupations, the VC said and called for over all
personality development of students because that will have added advantage for them
to become successful in life. He was addressing students at Government College Doimukh
Referring to some incidences of violence and indiscipline in the colleges especially
during examinations, he asked the students to amend themselves as that will not only
harm one’s career but also bring bad name to the society. “One must have pride of
their own institution and always pay respect to their teachers that would ultimately
yield fruits for them.” Earlier, he released the maiden edition of Annual College
Magazine entitled – Odyssey and felicitated the first batch of the college. In his
address, College Principal Dr N.T. Rikam informed that the enrolments of students
in the college are increasing over the years and admission seekers are pouring in
from all parts of the state. But he lamented that the college has only five class
rooms which can hardly accommodate about 400 students. The manpower position especially
in major subjects like English, History, Education and Political Science are also
not in commensurate with the growing number of students in the college.
Daporijo Police commended for arrests
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: All Nyishi Students Union, Upper Subansiri Unit (ANSU-USU) and
Don Youth Club commended the Daporijo police for arresting the alleged accused in
Yapu Dong’s unnatural death case.
While demanding immediate apprehension of the remaining alleged accused, ANSU-USU
urged authorities concerned not to release those arrested in bail for fair and speedy
The ANSU-USU demanded exemplary punishment for the culprits involved in such heinous
crime under appropriate section of the law. It conveyed deep sense of condolence
to the family members of the deceased and prayed for eternal peace of the departed
Blood test for migrant labourers
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: Rapid blood test on 52 migrant labourers of Changlang district
was conducted under Targeted Intervention Programme, a project implemented by RK
Mossang Memorial Society, at Machum village, Nampong circle yesterday.
Siang Highlander, Donggin win in Solung Volleyball competition
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: Siang Highlander defeated Moying Raseng team in straight 25-23,
25-17 sets in today’s first Itanagar Solung Festival Volleyball competition here.
The second match was played between Donggin team and Siang United team in which the
former beat the latter by 25-21, 25-15 sets.
Siang Highlander will play against Siku Siang in tomorrow’s first match while Moying
Raseng will be up against Donggin team in the second match. The final will also be
APCMUHIS rated among top 12 health projects in the country
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister's Health Insurance Scheme (APCMUHIS)
has been rated among the top 12 health projects in India 2015 and awarded with 'Skoch
Order of Merit'.
“A jury of eminent experts and our secretariat has made this selection after going
through a large number of nominations and over 300 presentations,” a communiqué from
Dr Gursharan Dhanjal, Editor & CEO, 'Skoch Group informed.
This has added another feather in the cap of Tuki-led State Government.
The award will be presented during the 41st Skoch Summit to be held on September
22-23 at New Delhi.
The credit for the project goes to the state government headed by Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki and all officials led by former Secretary (Health) Indra Mallo, who played
a vital role in shaping this scheme into a successful project.
Dr. Nabam Peter had presented the project on behalf of the State Government.
Pinky finishes runners up in women and girls U-19 singles
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: Pinky Karki was runners up in both Women and Girls U-19 singles
in the just concluded 3rd Dorjee Khandu Memorial State Open Badminton Championship.
Pinky lost 9-21, 18-21 to Laa Yajum in the final of Women’s Single. She was again
defeated 21-19, 10-21, 13-21 by Yajum in the Girls U-19 Single event.
Pinky Karki pairing with Taring Yania beat the pair of Laa Yajum and Tania Yasap
21-12, 21-04 to win the women’s Double title.
Airtel launches 4G services in Tawang
TAWANG, Aug 24: Bharti Airtel Limited (Airtel) today announced the commercial launch
of its high speed 4G services (also called LTE) in Tawang.
Speaking on the occasion of launch, DC Tawang Duly Kamduk lauded the Airtel team
led by Dulen Kalita, Zonal Sales Manager for bringing 4G services to this part of
India. Further, he called on the service provider to connect uncovered areas like
Lumla and Zemithang.
At a time when services provided by BSNL are not reliable, private participation
is the need of the hour. Earlier in the day, the Airtel team visited and distributed
textbook, notebook and other school stationery at Manjushree Vidyapith orphanage.
Capacity building prog for emergency and fire services personnel
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: A week-long training programme on Capacity Building of Fire and
Emergency Services started at Don Bosco Youth Centre Auditorium here today. Deliberation
on fire prevention, disaster management, search and rescue operation, First Aid,
law and order management with practical demonstration will be part of the training.
Speaking in the inaugural function, Y. W. Ringu, Additional Secretary cum Director
of Disaster Management stated that this type of training enhances the ability to
identify the possibilities and weaknesses of individuals, organisations, society
or group to meet the development challenges. Since the time and the quantum of disasters
are unpredictable, the stakeholders have to prepare basic guidelines for effective
management in a planned manner to mitigate the life and property.
Kime Aya, Superintendent of Police, Fire and Emergency Services said that the Fire
and Emergency Services is the first responder in an emergency situation and advised
the participants to make best use of the training programme. Fr. Ceriac, Director
of the Youth Centre also spoke on the occasion.
State level workshop for District AVP units concludes
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: Arunachal Vikas Parishad (AVP) has organized a two-day workshop
for its District Level Committees on August 22 and 23 at Naharlagun. 49 office bearers
from 16 district committees and 20 from State Managing Committee participated.
Addressing the inaugural function, Swami Pradeeptanandaji Maharaj of R K Mission
lauded the activities of the AVP for the cause of the society. He suggested AVP
members to practice meditation to shape one’s personality in right manner and to
live a stress free life.
While addressing as resource person Shrikrishna Bhide, Zonal Organising Secretary
of NE Kalyan Ashram explained in details about the aim and objectives of the Ashram.
Role of District Committees and its activities in various dimensions also discussion
in the workshop.
The resource persons of the workshop included Taba Hare, Convener of Janjati Suraksha
Manch, Nabam Atum, Chairman Central Nyedar Namlo, Gichik Taaza, VP IFCSAP, Bai
Taba, Secy General IFCSAP, Jomniya Siram, VP AVP, Tajom Tassung, Shraddha Jagaran
Pramukh AVP, Sunil Mohanty Prant Pracharak RSS.
In the valedictory function Sandeep Kavishwar, Organising Secretary AVP appealed
the delegates to prepare for reaching out the unreached areas and communities within
the year 2016.
Pratik Potom in his presidential address placed five-point agenda of the AVP which
included proposal for reaching out at unreached 22 circles of the state.
RGU declares BA IDE results
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: The Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) has declared results of BA -
I, II & III year (Institute of Distance Education-IDE) examinations held during May/June
2015. The results are subject to modification or correction in the result sheets
and mark-sheets if any error is detected subsequently, stated a release.
Man drowns in Dibang
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: One Karam Lego of Dambuk drowned in Dibang River while looking
for his cattle today. His body was recovered from in between Needham Ghat and Bomjir
Village after a long search conducted by the local administration with help of public.
On getting the news of the drowning, the local administration along with police,
public and youth leaders immediately started the search and rescue operation using
the inflated rubber raft of ADC Dambuk. The body of Lego was located and recovered
from in between Needham Ghat and Bomjir Village after a long search operation,” informed
Dambuk ADC Atul Tayeng.
The bravery and courage shown by the rescue and search operation team in the turbulent
river was appreciated by all, he said.
MLA visits landslide-hit Kugging village
YINGKIONG, Aug 24: Local MLA Alo Libang accompanied by Tuting ADC and officers from
Yingkiong and Tuting visited landslide hit Kugging village and assured the villagers
to initiate appropriate measures to prevent or reduce landslides.
The MLA inspected the hillock located few meters above the village, where a major
landslide had occurred threatening the village.
Libang suggested the villagers not to abandon their village hastily. He advised them
to divert the MIC from the present direction to the other sides instead, which might
be the one of the major factors for erosion and landslide.
Libang and his team also inspected the ongoing construction works of Kodak Bridge
over Siang and asked the executing company to complete the construction as soon as
possible for the greater interest of the public. DIPRO
Papum Pare DC calls for comprehensive vision document
YUPIA, Aug 24: Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Tai Kaye today reiterated on preparation
of simple and comprehensive vision document-2030 including all the sectors in the
Presiding over a meeting of all heads of departments on preparation of draft Arunachal
Pradesh Vision Document-2030 in respect of Papum Pare district held at ZPC Conference
Hall here, Kaye said all officers and officials must maintain good understating and
cooperate with each other to prepare a vision document for the district.
Urging all officers to expedite the work, the DC said that other districts had already
submitted their vision document plan but Papum Pare is lagging behind despite being
nearer to the state capital. “We must give more emphasis on road connectivity to
remote villages, power supply, livelihood activities, education, social sectors,”
he said, and asked the all heads of department to prepare report as parameters laid
down in Arunachal Pradesh Vision 2030.
After an elaborate discussion on various implications for preparations of vision
document, the meeting set Aug 31 as the last date for submission of reports to the
district administration by all HoDs.
Earlier, DPO M. Karga briefed the house about the aims and objectives of the meeting
and requested the all HoDs to cooperate and submit the report in due time.
SP P N Khrimey, EAC J Padung, ZPM, Anchal chairpersons and all HoDs attended the
Dept. urged to depute SSA teachers as coordinators
ITANAGAR, Aug 24: The All Arunachal Pradesh Contractual Employees’ Association (AAPCEA)
has in a representation to the Chief Secretary today appealed him to direct the education
department to depute only experienced SSA teachers as coordinators under the SSA
instead of regular teachers.
While urging the education department to follow the central guidelines as practised
in most of the central sponsored schemes like NRHM, APSACS, Swach Bharat Abhiyan
and others while appointing coordinators at state, district and cluster levels, the
association said there is already shortage of regular teachers in the state and appointing
them as coordinators will further put much burden on the SSA teachers.
Court issues productionwarrant against Thungon
New Delhi, Aug 24: A Delhi court has issued production warrant against former union
minister P K Thungon, who is in jail in a graft case, for his alleged role in a scam
relating to allotment of government shops here during 1993-94.
Special CBI Judge Sanjeev Aggarwal issued warrant against Thungon, also a former
Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, for September 14 after the court was informed
that he was not present in the hearing as he was lodged at Rohini Jail here.
"Regarding accused P K Thungon, it is stated that he is in judicial custody and at
present he is lodged at Rohini Jail in another corruption case. Issue production
warrant against accused P K Thungon for the next date of hearing," the court said.
The court fixed the matter on September 14 for recording of statement of accused
persons under section 313 of the CrPC as prosecution evidence in the case is complete.
Thungon was awarded a four-and-a-half year jail term in a 1998 graft case relating
to misappropriation of central funds in July this year.
Thungon, who was Minister of State for Urban Affairs and Employment at the time of
alleged offence, has been facing trial in this case along with then Urban Affairs
and Employment Minister Sheila Kaul, three private persons.
Meanwhile, the court also received death verification report of Sheila Kaul that
she has died on June 13 this year, following which it abated proceedings against
Accused Balodi had also died earlier and proceedings were abated. PTI
Women renovate village road
PASIGHAT, Aug 24: The women folk of the Siang belt are in the limelight for past
few years for their exemplary services like eradication of drug menace from the society.
Now a group of women from Pasighat Municipal area came out with spades and shovels
in the street to repair a road without seeking help from others.
Over 100 women including elderly women of Jarku (Siang bank) village under Pasighat
Municipal area (Ward No-8) have rendered physical labour to repair the Jarku portion
of Jarku-Siang road. It took a week’s time, but the women did not give up and finally
renovated the damaged road and restored the road link today. They took the challenge
after the civic body failed to repair the road despite repeated pleas. However, local
MLA Kaling Moyong has extended some financial help for filling up the damaged road
portions with sand-gravel.
The road from Lower Banskata to Jarku (Siang bank) is a busy urban road linking entire
Jarku area located on right bank of Siang River with Pasighat market. The third wave
of monsoon badly damaged many portions of the road in between Sanggoghat Tiniali
and Jarku Middle School causing untold miseries to the local residents.
The road, which is the lifeline of about 500 families, connects entire riverine areas
with the important pockets of the township. But the urban development authority is
not putting special attention towards improvement of the road.
“The PMC authority reportedly pressed as many as 29 municipal sanitary staffs into
the service providing machines to clear water logging in the township and fill up
low lying areas during July this year, but it has ignored our village which falls
under Ward No-8”, said Rebika Megu.
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Stop child labour
Child labour which is quite rampant in the state has become matter of grave concern.
The Child Line, Itanagar in collaboration with Itanagar police yesterday rescued
an underage girl from Itanagar who was kept as domestic helper. She was allegedly
ill treated by her employer and had received multiple injury. In recent year such
kind of report about the ill treatment of domestic helpers has been received from
various parts of state. Unfortunately most of the incidents are not reported to police
Arunachalee tribal society has always prided itself for being welcoming towards
the guests. Thousands of domestic helpers working across the state are like guests
who are serving the people of state. Therefore, it is the duty of the people of Arunachal
to treat these people with humane. Police along with district administrations also
need to gear up to tackle this important issue. In many incident related to child
labour, police and district administration has been found wanting. They will need
to involve local NGOs to fight against this menace. At the moment, Child Line Itanagar
is doing commendable job. Government should also extend helping hand to them and
take the fight against child labour to the next stage.
---- Readers Forum ----
Let merit be the criteria
Through your esteemed daily, I would to express few points regarding selection of
Pasighat as Smart City.
High Power Committee which was constituted by the State Govt for selection of smart
city from the state has recommend Pasighat for the same on the basis of sheer merit
and nothing else as it fulfils all the pre-requisite criteria required for a place
to be eligible to consider under the scheme. That news brought smile on the face
of majority of people of Arunachali as one of its own town from the state may included
in the list of smart cities but ANSU is going in other way. They are raising objection
and giving ultimatum to the State Govt. against recommendation of Pasighat for smart
city which is absolutely unnecessary and uncalled for. Being capital of the state,
Itanagar is getting lion's share of central funds and all the major projects are
being implemented in Itanagar only. Even if Itanagar had been selected in place of
Pasighat, nobody would have raised any objection then why ANSU is having so such
No individual or union, whatsoever powerful they may be is greater than the elected
Govt. Therefore, I appeal State Govt Led by Nabam Tuki, Ministers, M.Ps, MLAs, Common
Public and others to support and keep the recommendation of High Power Committee
as it is and don't succumb to the pressure of any individual or group. Any deviation
from the right way may set wrong trend among the people in future.
So for once and for all merit must be the only criteria for selection of Smart city
rather than pressure tactics.
Walk hand in hand
Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to put forward few things
on Smart City selection.
On 21/08/15, news was carried by most of the print media of AP, where ANSU gave seven
days ultimatum to reconsider the decision recommending Pasighat for establishment
of smart city. It is nice that ANSU wants the capital city to be developed but Pasighat
is also a part of Arunachal Pradesh.
Just because it is the capital city, all the rights and privileges directly go to
I'm afraid centre government would roll back their decision because we are witnessing
so much drama over it.
Therefore, it is my earnest request to ANSU that let us walk hand in hand! This time
let Pasighat avail the opportunity, next phase it could be Itanagar or Changlang
or any other town of Arunachal Pradesh. Remember, united we stand & divided we fall.
Every part of state belongs to every citizen of the state
The issue of SMART CITY is becoming really smarter day by day. It will be a wise
and gentleman`s wisdom to allow certain official decisions to go as it is, suspicion,
distrust on the competency and accurateness of official matters will be detrimental
to smooth fabric in the society. Why cannot we see smart city coming up in any part
of the state? The state capital belongs to everyone and if the parameters given
for the smart city by the Government of India is not fulfilled by Itanagar than what
is the big deal? Let us leave the technicality of recommending any town for the Smart
city. But we have to think about peaceful social co-existence among the various tribes
in the state. I for one feel than ANSU should take the lead in peaceful coexistence
of all the tribes in the state.
As we all are living in the age of Fast communicate and Digital India, no place is
remote or no place is smarter than any other in real sense. The question of development
of basic amenities in Arunachal has become less technical and more a Mental/social
problem. We have many contractors who decide where the culvert/bridge should be placed
and how it should be constructed and if Engineers give their Technical input they
are challenged. Even the alignments of the roads are taken as per the whims and fancy
of the Netas/contractors.
Now, I being one of the humble member of Nyishi Community and also a Former General
Secretary of ANSU will request the present Team of ANSU leaders to reconsider the
smart city issue. Let us not cultivate mistrust among the communities. If at all
the smart city is done in Itanagar what specific benefit the Nyishi's will get? As
the capital of any state belongs to every citizen of that state and moreover as an
Arunachalee every part of state also belongs to every citizen of the state.
Arunachal, being low on population will not get number of smart cities in one go.
This golden opportunity should not be misused or misguided. I think it would be the
best if it is located at the twin cities of the Itanagar and Naharlagun.
Funds meant for smart city should be judiciously used as it is a panacea for city
development in Arunachal Pradesh. If any controversy arises for its location, I think
people's opinion from different parts of Arunachal Pradesh should be taken into consideration.
Let there be more towns
Arunachal Pradesh has a land area of 83,743 km square and geographically the twin
city is too far away from the other eastern districts. By building smart city in
Pasighat, eastern Arunachal will get benefited economically and socially. Like Assam,
we too must have some big major towns throughout the state, not concentrating only
in the capital region for overall development of Arunachal Pradesh.
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