Explore sustainable income generation sources: CM
Chillipam Gompa inaugurated
ITANAGAR, Dec 26: Situated atop the hill at Chillipam village-15 Kms away from Rupa,
the majestic Sang-Ngag Choekar Dargyeling Monastery, more commonly known as Chillipam
Gompa, was inaugurated and consecrated today. Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee
Khandu participated in the ceremony as chief guest during his short tour to West
He was accompanied by Chairman Pollution Control Board T Norbu, MLAs Phurpa Tsering,
Kumsi Sidisow, Former MP Kiren Rijiju, Secretary Planning Ankur Garg and West Kameng,
DC and SP during the programme.
While addressing the gathering which included some foreign nationals also, Khandu
lauded the Zangdokparli Foundation led by Ven. Dungse Rigdzin Dorje Rinpoche for
establishing the monastery amid serene surroundings.
The monastery, he said will surely attract a large number of pilgrims as well as
tourists from far and wide.
While taking forward his mission towards preservation of wildlife, Khandu appealed
the local people to abstain from hunting practices. He viewed that since the nature
is mingled and dependent to each other, the human being should shun killing of animals
and also put on efforts to regenerate the lost forest.
“Supreme Court’s ban on timber operation in the state in 1996 should be welcomed
and taken as a challenge”, Khandu emphatically said and added further that sustainable
income generation source needs to be explored through horticulture, medicinal plants
and non forest based products like cane and bamboos.
Taking opportunity of the gathering, the chief minister appealed for mass education
on dreaded and infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS, Swine flu etc. which is already
treated as pandemic round the globe.
He also opined that the monastic institutions should uphold the essence of Buddha’s
Sangha and abstain themselves from politicking.
Speaking as guest of honour MLA T Norbu extended his gratitude to all the well wishers
and supporters who had generously contributed for establishing the monastery. He
urged upon the people of the area to maintain the monastery as a precious asset in
times to come and to accord all possible assistance to its inmates. (PRO to CM)
Kri for both revenue generation and better connectivity
ITANAGAR, Dec 26: ‘There is scope for improvement in our transportation system by
evolving a collective mechanism to generate revenue for the state and facilitate
better connectivity in the service sector’, said Karikho Kri Parliamentary Secretary
Transport while inspecting transport stations of Tezu & addressing a meeting with
transport department official at Namsai today.
Government is pumping in huge amount of fund annually to maintain the transportation
system but increasing liabilities is a cause of concern for us to take-up important
issues in almost all districts of the state, he said.
Requesting the departmental officials to come-up with more dedication to check revenue
leakages, ensure comfort and safety of passengers with timely bus service to
gain confidence of the people Kri stress on monthly statement on revenue earning
and expenditure against each vehicle.
Pointing out his thrust area, he said that a proposal for dividing the service sector
into four zones is being contemplated. The four likely zones at Itanagar, Tezpur,
Tinsukia and Likhabali/Silapathar will constantly monitor and keep vigil on transportation
services of their respective feeder districts through a senior officer of the department
in each zone . The transport department officials are permanent and their combine
effort and will can only transform the system , Kri added. Speaking on the occasion
Namsai ADC Shri R. K Sharma pointed out that problem of encroachment and theft cases
can not be contained with out security fencing and other protection measures by the
Due to limited police force and lack of enforcement staffs with district transport
office and state transport department, all irregular ply of vehicle can not be checked
and urged both the department to put combine effort in this direction . Of late more
comfortable and luxurious private passenger vehicles are coming up and government
buses are not in a position to catch-up such comfort and amenities and this is the
area where effort is needed , he said.
Earlier, welcoming the gathering , the Station Superintendent Namsai K L Saikia pointed
out various problems like roof leakages, fencing works, shortage of mechanics, provision
of 60 seater bus, shortage staff strength, water scarcity & logging, toilet facilities
at market bus counter.. He also disclosed that Namsai station is working with in
the revenue target set by the government. The ASS Namsai T Taggu also spoke on the
Vajpayee’s birthday celebrated
ITANAGAR, Dec 26: Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) Arunachal Pradesh celebrated the 85th
anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee in an impressive function
at its state headquarters yesterday.
Terming the celebration as a very important occasion for the party Karyakartas,
former state BJP president and senior party leader Kangir Jamoh said Vajpayee with
his true leadership would inspire the young generation and party workers to serve
State BJP General Secretary and Party Spokesman, Tai Tagak said that Vajpayee is
a leader by birth and by virtue. B.R. Wage, state BJP Vice president who presided
over the function emphasized on the need of possessing sound morale character and
patience with dedication
NCP delegation meets central party leaders
ITANAGAR, Dec 26: A 20-member delegation of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)
Arunachal Pradesh unit called on the party’s national general secretaries P A Sangma,
Tariq Anwar and president Sharad Pawar at New Delhi on the sideline of the NCP national
Stressing the need of rapid development and monitoring of the schemes being implemented
in Arunachal, the team requested the party national leaders to visit the state frequently.
The team also submitted a memorandum enlisting various demands in the greater interest
of the state, a party release said.
The release said, the team also requested the Union Civil Aviation Minister Praful
Patel to start construction of Greenfield airport, Karsingsa at the earliest. State
NCP leader Bamang Felix earlier informed that Patel in party’s national convention
held at Delhi from Dec 19 to 21 had already given his words to start construction
of the Karsingsa airport by March next year.
ITANAGAR, Dec 26: The Management, the Principal and staff of Donyi-Polo Mission School
for the Hearing Impaired congratulated to Tajum Soki, a student of Class IV of the
said school for receiving consolation prize in the National Level Painting Competition
on Energy Conservation under (National Campaign on Energy Conservation 2009 of Government
of India, Ministry of Power, New Delhi). The National Level Painting Competition
was organized in the NTPC Power Management Institute Complex, Noida on December 12
where state level winners from all 28 states and 7 union territories took part.
The award ceremony was held in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on the National Energy Conservation
Day (the December 14) and the prizes were given by the Minister of Power, Government
of India in presence of Secretary (Power) and the Director, Bureau of Energy Efficiency,
Government of India, New Delhi.
Soki, the 3" prize winner of Anunachal Pradesh State Level Painting Competition held
at ltanagar on November 17 grabs the consolation prize in the National Level which
carries Rs. 10,000.
Meanwhile, NHPC Ltd, the nodal officer along with staff also congratulated the School
Authorities and Tajum Soki on being success in the National Level Painting Competition.
Christmas celebrated with religious fervour
Khandu celebrates Christmas with students
ITANAGAR, Dec 26: Christmas was celebrated in various places of Arunachal Pradesh
with pomp and religious fervour yesterday.
Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu celebrated Christmas with flock of students at his official
residence at Niti-Vihar. Around 80 children from VKV Nirjuli had their day and were
seen busy sharing the festive mood with Khandu.
The Chief Minister interacted with the children of different age groups. Later they
were taken around the newly constructed CM bungalow and distributed sweets with added
flavour of merry making.
Thousands of faithful celebrated the pre-Christmas cum Christmas vigil mass with
much pomp and religious fervour in the Papu Nallah Catholic Church, Naharlagun on
Again on Dec 25 the main celebrant was the Rt.Rev.Bishop of Itanagar, John Thomas,
who conveyed his Christmas greetings and the relevance of the Christ teachings of
love for one and one and further called for the protection and preservation of the
pristine environment so as to contain the global warming as mandated by the His
Holiness the Benedict XVI. Other programs included cultural presentation from the
various sectors under the Naharlagun Parishes and which was followed by community
feast for the faithful and the believers.
Love takes centre stage at Christmas celebrations at Jully, Itanagar as the village
folks walked the ramp forgetting their age.
As part of the celebrations a beauty contest was held but the difference was that
the participants included women as young as 85 years. The women folk had a lesson
or two for the young that as they grow old they have learnt the message of Christmas
and have become young at heart.
“Love is the essence of religion” said Kapa Kholie, Director of RR & DM who was the
chief guest for the celebrations on Dec 25.
“Jesus came to teach us love and the entire teaching of Christianity is summarized
in love of God and love of people,” he said. “Learn to live in love with one another
and that should be the lesson that we take home from this celebration,” he further
The highlights of the celebrations included solemn Holy Eucharist, cultural programme
by the people of the village, community meal and various competitions which included
volleyball match, cultural items, singing and stage performances between the youth
and the elderly folks. The celebrations will, certainly be etched in the memory of
people as celebration marked by love and amity. PRO to CM/ Sources
Khunjuju inspects under construction office building
BOMDILA, Dec 26: R.T Khunjuju, Parliamentary secretary, Hydro Power Development has
inspected the under construction office building of the Superintending Engineer (SE),
hydro power at New Bomdila during his official tour to his home district on Dec
The construction work of the building is not up to the expectation due to fund constrain.
At present the office of SE DHPD is functioning in the division office.
While explaining the important of hydro power and its role in development of the
state, R.T Khunjuju urged the staff to strive to bring the state forefront in power
generation. He asked the department to accomplish the construction work with local
Is dam bane for Arunachal’s development ?
ITANAGAR, Dec. 26: At the time when government is going all out to turn Arunachal
Pradesh into a ‘dam state’ with coming up of many hydro projects, just few miles
drive from capital city Itanagar, Potin village, situated in Yazali circle, can be
best example of why dams can not be answer to the problems of this state. This 405
MW dam built over Ranganadi (Paner in local) river is one of the early hydropower
projects to have come up in the state with construction beginning in early 90s.
When this project started, it leads to displacement of nearby villages like Chun,
Rub and Poosa. As a result of displacement caused by construction of dam, villagers
of Chun were shifted to a new destination at Potin with the promise of better life
by North Eastern Electrical Power Corporation (NEEPCO) Pvt. Ltd., an agency which
constructed Ranganadi hydro project dam. But life has totally changed for the people
of this sleepy village located along Itanagar-Ziro road. Today they won’t hesitate
to tell that for them Ranganadi project has not brought any changes. “When this project
started our villagers were mostly uneducated and innocent. Our illiterate villagers
were promised better life by NEEPCO and so everybody supported project. But look
at the condition of our villages, can you see any development? ,” questioned Teyi
Tagin, a resident of Potin. He further added, “We strongly feel that agency responsible
for constructing this dam has betrayed us. They had promised to give employment to
affected villagers but you can go and check; only few handfuls of people from our
village have been given employment by NEEPCO.”
The policies of World Bank, the African Development Bank, and the Asian Development
Bank clearly state that, ‘‘The means of existence of those persons displaced by
constuction of dams must be sustained for a certain number of years to ensure that
their economic future is at least as good as that before the construction of the
dam.’ But villagers of Potin were neither provided proper means to sustain their
economy nor were given proper shelter to live. Most of the houses built as part of
displacement have since then decayed because of poor quality of construction. While
villagers were honest to acknowlegde that houses were constructed by private contractors,
they wondered how engineering giant like NEEPCO would never check the quality of
houses. ‘'Majority of houses that villagers got as part of displacement have been
destroyed as they were not fit to live and new houses have been built by them at
their own cost. NEEPCO could have atleast sent their engineers to check quality of
houses before villagers moved in, ‘’ said Lishi Baka, a gram panchayat member of
Apart from that there are issues of compensation, basic amenities and 24 hour power
supply promised initially, which angers the citizen of Potin. ‘‘24 hour un-interrupted
power supply is still a dream for us. Despite being the severest affected village
of Ranganadi project, we have got nothing in return. NEEPCO authority gave our elders
few bucks of money as compensation and being illeterate they were content with it.
Now when we realised magnitude of this project, we feel that our state government
and NEEPCO have fooled us like anything,’’ thundered a young resident, who did not
wish to be named.
This small village is a real time example of how developmental project can backfire
in a state like Arunachal Pradesh. Our state government can learn many lessons out
of this project, while in the meantime life will go as usual in this beautiful village.
Hospitality of Tawang people amaze Bhutanese film maker
TAWANG, Dec 26: “Hats off to the people of Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang in particular
for their hospitality as any outsider feel at home here,” said Bhutanese beauty Pema
Yangkey, who is here on a shooting spree for Indo-Bhutanese joint film venture.
Tawang known as the last Sangri-La on earth for its mesmerizing beauty has been drawing
tourists from far and wide as well as film makers.
“I came as a tourist two weeks ago but lost my heart to the people here during shooting
and will go back as their relative to come back again at the first opportunity”,
she said with her eyes sparkling with emotion.
The rare breathtaking scenes usually shot in foreign spots, like Switzerland, Mauritius
and Bangkok at a higher cost are cheaper in Tawang, said Namgey Tsering, the producer-cum-actor
of Leh, the next Indo-Bhutanese collaborative venture.
In fact, Tawang had drawn the attention of the Bollywood in 1997, thanks to the initiative
of former minister T L Rajkumar, who was instrumental in encouraging Rakesh Roshan
to select Tawang for their venture Koyla. Tawang’s maiden venture could not hit the
box office but was successful in showcasing the enthralling natural beauty of then
‘undiscovered land’ for the film makers of India.
Tsering’s team is working on their silver screen movie Leh – The Destiny - with 22-year-old
gorgeous Pema Yangkey in the lead female role.
Braving the freezing cold, they have been shooting at Shongatser and PT Tso lakes,
the township area besides Merak in Bhutan.
Yangkey, who combines brain with beauty, as she proved during her interaction, is
a noted Bhutanese actress with several movies to her credit, including box office
hits like Chorten Kora-II, Drinchan (Gratitude), Betrayal and Sem-Ge-Jurwa.
A film maker-cum-actor, Tsering has worked in several Monpa music videos and as a
supporting actor in Changnan, the first commercial movie produced from Tawang.
AoL to conduct YLTP
ITANAGAR, Dec 26: The Art of Living (AoL) Arunachal Pradesh will conduct the first
phase of 7-day residential Youth Leadership Training Programme (YLTP) at its Ashram
Itanagar on Jaunary 4 next.
Designed by His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, YLTP is a unique training programme
aimed at creating physically strong, mentally alert and morally responsible individuals
who are ready to cross all their comfort zones and become role models for others.
CE PWD chief guest
ITANAGAR, Dec 26: Bora Ete, chief engineer, PWD (highways) and All Arunachal Pradesh
Students’ Union (AAPSU) general secretary Tujum Poyom have consented to attend the
4th general conference cum election of West Siang District Students’ Union on January
15 as chief guest and guest of honour respectively.
Natl. consumers day observed
ITANAGAR, Dec 26: The Global Human Rights Organization (GHRO) observed the National
Consumers Day on December 24 at Govt. Hr Sec. School, Likabali.
The theme of the observation being “Be financially literate: save your investments”,
GHRO chairman Goken Bam appealed to the students, youths and intellectuals, panchayat
leaders and women’s society to bring mass awareness on consumers rights under Consumers
Protection Act, 1986. He urged the business community to refrain from selling expired
items and unfair trade practices. While briefing about salient features of Consumers
Protection Act, Bam assured to organize more consumer protection awareness activities
preferably in rural areas in West Kameng in particular and the state in general.
He also assured all help to innocent villagers, who fall prey of such unfair trade
On the occasion, GHRO members distributed pamphlets on consumers awareness literature
issued by department of legal metrology and consumers affairs to participants, shopkeepers,
public in the market/public places.
The teachers, students, business community, representative of Bazar Welfare Committee
were present on the occasion.
Arunachal to participate in NE Chess tourney
ITANAGAR, Dec 26: All Arunachal Pradesh Chess Association (AAPCA) has announced a
17-member Chess squad for the 3rd North East FIDE rated chess tournament beginning
at Agartala, Tripura from January four next. The team comprising of 15 players and
two officials would be leaving here on January one for Agartala, according to an
Hina Nabam Mavan (1862), Bharat Lingi (1868), Santosh Giri (1986), Raluk Dui (1714),
Kalam Megu (1826), Dobin Doke, Gapur Dupit, Yommar Nyori, Nabam Chada, Gem Taje,
Hage Lasa Nado, Mikbom Doke, Tamchi Kache, Domin Lollen, Tapi Shah. Officials: BP
Lahan, Coach, Yibi Doke, Manager.
Congress to celebrate 124th year of existence
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) will celebrate the 124th year
of existence of the Indian National Congress (INC) in a befitting manner at Rajiv
Gandhi Bhawan, Itanagar on Dec 28 last.
Floral tributes to the statues of Mahatma Gandhi at Bank Tinali, Indira Gandhi at
I G Park and Rajiv Gandhi at Congress Bhawan, Itanagar, and distribution of fruits
to the patients of the R K Mission Hospital, Itanagar and General Hospital, Naharlagun
are the main highlights of the programme.
Strict action against illegal money collectors
ITANAGAR: Taking serious note of the reported money collection by some young boys
in the name of students’ organizations from various shopkeepers in Itanagar and Naharlagun,
the district magistrate Itanagar Capital Complex has directed the Papum Pare police
to look into the matter and take strict actions against those found involved in such
Free counseling prog
ITANAGAR: National Youth Project (NYP), Arunachal Pradesh will organize a one-day
counseling programme on study abroad at NYP conference hall, Itanagar on Dec 30.General
manager, NABARD Dr B G Mukhopadhay will conduct the programme as resource person.
ITANAGAR: Pachin Catholic Church Naharlagun has submitted a two-point memorandum
to the local MLA Techi Kaso on the urgent need of the construction of retaining
wall and security fencing around church complex. The MLA assured to construct the
same next year, according to a release.
ANYA unit gets support
ITANAGAR: Endorsing the demand of the All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA), Papum
Pare unit, for CBI enquiry into the alleged irregularities in payment of compensation
to the railway project affected people, the ANYA, Capital Complex unit (ANYACCU)
has urged the state Govt and authorities concerned to fulfill its demand within January
21. It threatened joint movement by ANYA district unit and Capital Complex if their
demand is not fulfilled within the fixed period of time.