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December  -  09


No fresh appointment until financial concurrence from centre: DRDA

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: 7th Governing Body meeting of DRDA, Lower Dibang Valley District resolved that the State Government should immediately intervene and consider release of salaries from state exchequer to DRDAs. During a meeting of the governing body held recently, it resolved not to accept any further approval for appointment in the DRDA from the Director Rural Development Department, Government of Arunachal Pradesh against any scheme until financial concurrence from the MoRD, GOI, New Delhi, to avoid further salary problem of the existing staff.

It also urged DC-CUM-CEO and DPC not to appoint staff on the direction of the State Government without financial concurrence in the department.

The meeting further resolved that Lower Dibang Valley District has been bifurcated from erstwhile Dibang Valley District way back in 2002. But the MoRD, New Delhi is still releasing the grants-in-aids under SGSY to DRDA, Dibang Valley District,  Anini which in turn releases a proportionate share to DRDA, Lower Dibang Valley District, Roing thereby causing a substantial delay in receipt of fund under the programme and meagre allocation. It urged the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, to take necessary steps to release the grants-in-aid under SGSY directly to DRDA, Lower Dibang Valley District and also suggested issue of instruction to DRDA to carry out fresh BPL Census.

It also suggests inclusion of the entire Zila Parishad member (ZPM) of the district as a member of the committee in order to ensure more transparency. During the meeting Annual Action Plan 2009-10 under various Rural Development Programmes was passed.


Lower Subansiri MLAs insists transparency in developmental works

Ziro, Dec 8: All the MLAs of Lower Subansiri district in a district coordination meeting with District head of Departments at Circuit house here today insisted for transparency in all the developmental activities of the district .

Parliamentary Secretary and Ziro MLA Padi Richo, said team spirit and transparency is the watch word for Development of the district and assured to be a member of the Team lower Subansiri under the captaincy of deputy Commissioner Sadhana Deori.

He also assured to give 10 to 25% share of any developmental scheme under his constituency from his MLA LAD fund , provided officers do good homework to obtain funds from the centre.

To make Ziro town more crime free and cleaner he advised the District Administration to make at least one round of police patrolling in the town preferably in the evening and ban on use of polythene and movement of stray animals in the town.

While discussing on work progress of Trans-Arunachal Highway, he advised the PWD and the District Administration to speed up the survey and land acquisition works so that the Trans-Arunachal Highway is completed on time. On old age pension scheme he suggested that the department should take out time to visit the villagers and select the genuine persons who has really attended the age criteria.

Raga MLA and Parliamentary Secretary (Cooperation) Nido Pavitra while throwing light on the activities of the Cooperation department, said it  need to be properly streamlined and activated to show its importance e to the people, the work on which he has already started. Informing that the state cabinet has already cleared to deposit all non-Treasury fund to Arunachal Pradesh state Co-operative Apex bank, sought the cooperation of the District Administration and other officers in depositing all the non-treasury funds in the State Cooperative Apex Bank and drawing of staff salary through it to fully revive the state Cooperative apex Bank.

APEDA Chairman and Yachuli MLA, Likha Saaya, told the officers that he would not play politics in developmental works of his constituency. He also advised the officers to let him know all the major developmental scheme of his constituency and sought to know and address if there is any problem with executing officers in executing their schemes.

Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner, Sadhana Deori in her introductory speech, said the district believes in team work and the team spirit has been the touch stone of success of the district. She assured the MLAs of best cooperation of the officers of the district in carrying out developmental activities of the district. (DIPRO)


Tawang reinforce friendly relation with Army

TAWANG, Dec 8: Tawang, one of the most happening places in the state is in a festive mood again with two days long Maitry Diwas - an annual celebration of cordial relation between the Army and the Civil Populace. The festival, organized for the 6th year in a row was inaugurated by the State Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu today in presence of Lt. General K T Parnaik, Core Commander 4 Corps, Maj General Sanjeev Anand GOC and host of Army brasses of the 5 Mountain Division.

Despite of chilling cold  a mammoth crowd assembled to participate in the celebration which showcased unparallel bond between the Defence forces and the civil population. Apart from the different cuisines presented by the Army, the people were more keen in the defence might which was displayed by the Army in the festival. This gave sufficient reasons to the people to repose their faith on ever vigilant sentinels of our motherland. The civil administration was not behind too. All the departments in the district came forward with their exhibition stalls to educate the people of different plan, policy and achievement of the government.

In his inaugural address Khandu said "the Maitry Diwas attracts special attention in this strategically located and sensitive border district of Tawang. The festival speaks in volumes of the brilliant relation existing between the Army, local administration and the civil population". The type of cordial relation and mutual helping gestures prevailing in Tawang is seen no where else in the country, the chief minister claimed.

 Highlighting the supreme sacrifice made by the Indian Army in this region, Khandu expressed his willingness to extend all possible helps to the Army. Construction of a public convenience both for use of civilians and Army at historic Jaswant Garh was among few of his commitment to the Army.  Appreciating the noble service rendered by the Army in the service of ailing humanity through free medical camps in remote villages, the chief minister suggested the Army units to adopt villages on regular basis for the sake of the continuity of medical care to the poor villagers.

Lamenting over poor road conditions in Tawang the chief minister requested the BRO to adopt corrective measures in order to boost tourism in the area.

In his address Lt. General Parnaik expressed his happiness over the help being extended by the locals to the Army in border areas. "We need to dream of a self reliant, self sufficient and dignified Arunachal for which we need to join hands" the Lt. General emphatically said.

 Lumla MLA Jambey Tashi in his welcome address briefed the gathering about the significance of the festival. Tawang MLA Tsewang Dhondhup believed that such event would showcase the rich culture of the district and fine relation between Army and the civil society.

The local youths under the aegis of YUVA Arunachal with its Secretary General Tsetan Chombay had their share of participation in coordinating the entire event.

Extravagant cultural displays by school children, Army, traditional cultural troupes from various villages in the district were other highlights of the day. (PRO to CM)


DC treks to Vijaynagar

Changlang, Nov 8: Changlang Deputy Commissioner Dr S B Deepak Kumar created a history by traveling a distance of 157 Km on foot along MV Road from Vijaynagar to Miao. He was on his 7 days maiden official visit to the remotest circle of the district. Along with him accompanied EAC Miao Gautam Hazarika, AFD Namdapha National Park P Tangha, Medical Officer, Changlang Dr M Ngemu, AE (PWD), Miao Er K Pangam,  CRC, Diyun P Kanmai ASM Gehrigaon Ms. Bandan Rai.  The journey was started on 1st December.  

Dr Kumar while addressing the public of Vijoynagar circle in meeting held in different villages assured for all possible help from the district administration. While speaking on the re-opening of MV Road he informed that the matter is being taken up with the wild Life Authority and hoped for the positive result.

Taking the optimum utility of the tour, Dr Kumar visited the Micro-Hydel construction site to take stock of the work  under SPA near Gehrigoan. He also visited Government Secondary school Vijanagar, Government Middle School, Gandhigram and Pry school Ramnagar to witness the academic performance.

During his tour, public Meetings were held at Vijaynagar, Ghandhigram, Ramnagar, Nibodi, Suchoti, Ngwasakhe villages were the public missed no chance to express their grievances. Villagers in all the villages raised  problems faced by them during day to day life. They all wanted re-opening of MV Road on the top priority. (DIPRO)


APPSC makes room for all  

Itanagar, Dec 8: More than 1700 aspirants of Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service can take a sigh of relief as the Public Service Commission has decided to give them a chance to appear in the prestigious exams which is scheduled next month in various centres spread across the state.  The candidates who met the representatives of Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission today with their grievances thanked the Secretary and Chairman of the Commission for giving them an opportunity to appear in the exams. Most of them were rejected because of non attestation of pass port sizes photos. Meanwhile some 50 aspirants have been debarred from sitting in the exams.


Additional charges for ministers

NAHARLAGAN, Dec 8: In addition to the portfolios presently held by them, the ministers in Dorjee Khandu ministry would also oversee other department as well. Atum Welly have been assigned Department of Civil Aviation with Gadam Ette as its Parliamentary Secretary, Chowna Mein would look after department of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary with C.T Mein as its Parliamentary Secretary.

Setong Sena would look after Department of Geology & Mining with Phosum Khimhun as it Parliamentary Secretary, Information, Public Relations & Printing with Thinghap Taiju as it Parliamentary Secretary, Department of Trade & Commerce with Thangwang Wangham as its Parliamentary Secretary. Tanga Byaling has been assigned Department of Food & Civil Supply, Department of Consumer Affairs and Legal Metrology with Lokam Tasar as its Parliamentary Secretary and Department of Cooperation with Nido Pavitra as its Parliamentary Secretary

Jarbom Gamlin has been assigned Department of Tourism with Gojen Gadi as its Parliamentary Secretary. Kalikho Pul Department of Fisheries and the Department of Law, Legislative & Justice with J.K. Panggeng as its Parliamentary Secretary.


DNGC initiates damage control measures  

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: Dera Natung Government College is on damage control mode. After absurd violence last month, an action committee of consisting at least 10 senior students as members, irrespective of districts affiliation would be constituted to oversee functioning of the hostels. This committee shall coordinate and cooperate with hostel wardens and the principal in executing the rules and regulations of the hostel.

This was taken at a meeting of students, teachers and college administration which was held on Nov 30. It was decided that group clashes or groupism among the boarders of the hostel shall not be tolerated in any way. Individual quarrel shall be taken as an individual case and an appropriate action be taken by the college authorities in accordance to the rules and regulation of the hostel which shall be framed by the authority of the institution and be executed by the hostel warden and coordination committee.

If at all any untoward situation arises in the hostel, no organization or group shall interfere in any way, it further decided.

The authority of the college is the only authority to punish the violators of rules and regulations. The hostel wardens and the coordination committee shall cooperate with the authority in such a situation. No outside agency like students` union groups in the name of district or area shall interfere in any way in the event of any disciplinary being initiated against the wrong doers or a violator of rules and regulations. Under any circumstances, students (boarders) shall not be allowed to move out of the hostels in groups to participate in any disputes outside the college.


Melting pot called Arunachal

Tongam Rina

The shameful incident at Dera Natung Govt College last month shocked the people of state.  Most of us were left horrified that something like this could happen in a state where people are proud of diverse culture.

Many of us were too stunned to react.  How could one possibly explain that some boys did not agree on certain issues and the best thing to sort out the discord was to give it a communal colour and go on a rampage?

To complete the picture, people from outside the campus disguised as college students took active part. They were instrumental in damaging the hostel, bus and the library.  

How could something as ugly as this happen in a college in Capital Region? This is beyond understanding and no amount of logic justifies this kind of horrendous action.

Colleges have often been the battleground, more so during elections in Arunachal. Instead of teaching us a lesson or two on how to take our state forward, these institutions have often closed down for some time, because of communal undercurrents.

The fight for supremacy never led anyone anywhere and it will never lead to anything good either. The younger generation must understand this fact. Our trust in them to lead us to the next level should not be breached at any cost.  They need to be more responsible towards themselves and the state. Everything else comes later.

On the other hand, as teachers, parents and elders, did we fail our youngsters in any way. Are we really taking them in the right path? Are we capable of saying no to such acts and telling them that such rotten acts shall not be tolerated?  Are we capable of meting out punishments or show them the remedial steps?

As your truly search for answers, one thing comes to mind. Today we have organisations, that represents tribal groups or at least claim to be the spokesperson. Though these organisations assert to be representatives of tribes, yours truly is not really convinced about their ideology, barring few exceptions. Most of these organisations are either pushing their own agendas, which is not necessarily good for the collective good of the state or are used as launch pad to further careers in politics and other offices of profit. We choose to play along unmindful of their hidden agendas.

Instead of well-covered guise, these organisations should take a step forward and create platform that would enable youngsters to understand and appreciate the composite culture of the state.

Even as she write this, your truly is not discouraged. Of the three thousand odd students in DNGC, there was handful of them who tried to have their way.

There are more of them out there who celebrate their diversity and almost peaceful coexistence. They would continue to add more colour to Melting Pot called Arunachal.



27th meeting of State Information Ministers Conference held

Ambika Soni calls for self-regulation by broadcasters

Naharlagun, Dec 8: Self-regulation by adhering to established ethics by broadcasters is the way forward in the changing information scenario, stated Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni on December 5 while inaugurating the 27th meeting of State Information Ministers Conference (SIMCON) in Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. She called upon all stakeholders to take collective steps to address changing information scenario in the country.

The Union Minister said “the information scenario is in a critical juncture” with fast changing IT technologies. Elaborating on various issues concerning her ministry such as Entertainment Tax, Press and Registration of Books, Piracy, finalization of the draft Broadcast Regulatory Body Bill, and Digitalization of cable TV, the minister urged all stakeholders and experts to join hands through dialogue, discussion, and consensus to arrive at a decision. According to her, the ministry has for the first time, invited experts and professionals to participate in the conference to find a constructive solution to the various issues confronting it.

Soni  said rather than imposing rules upon the media and entertainment community, her ministry is acting as a catalyst and enabler for facilitating change and expressed hope that good discussions will have good results. She informed entertainment tax has to be subsumed with Goods and Services Tax for which a consensus had been arrived at. She said the bill would be introduced in Parliament by April 2010. She further announced that appropriate working groups would be formed to look into the different issues and hoped that the entire exercise would be completed by March next year.

Besides Ministers of Information Department from various states and union Territories, prominent personalities of media and cinema industries and professionals also participated in the conference to discuss and express their views on related issues. Prominent film maker Yash Chopra, addressing the gathering, raised the issue of piracy in film and music industry and high entertainment tax. He urged the ministry to evolve suitable measures to combat the menace while actor and film maker Kamal Hassan, calling upon the government to make strong laws to fight piracy, appealed for recognition of film as a priority industry.

Information ministers including Fanja Khan of Maharastra, Laxmikant Sharma of Madhya Pradesh, Trivendra  Singh Rawat of Utarakhand, Rockybul Husain of Assam, Ashok Berwa of Rajasthan, Geeta Reddy of Andhra Pradesh, Ram Nath Takhur of Bihar, , Mangat Ram of Delhi, Parmindar Singh of Punjab, Prafulla Samal of Orissa, Thiru Parithi Ellamvazazuthi of Tamil Nadu, A. Nammassivayam of Puducherry and  S. Rathur of Himachal Pradesh also participated in the conference and apprised the gathering of various policies and steps being taken up by their departments in their respective states. Almost all of them agreed on lowering of entertainment tax, amendment of Press and Registration of Books Act, and strengthening of anti-piracy measures by setting up enforcement cell and launching of sensitization programmes. Except for some stakeholders such as Vikram Seth of Tata Sky, Ashok Manshukhani of Multi System Operators Alliance  and  Roop Sharma of Cable Operators Federation of India who advocated against rapid digitalization of cable sector, all agreed on switching over to digitalization from the existing analogue system for more efficient service.

Prominent media personalities including Alok Mehta of Nai Dunia, S.Vadharajan  of The Hindu, Mrs Mrinal Pandey also spoke on the occasion and underscored the importance of amending the archaic press and media related laws of  the country. Secretary of Information and Broadcasting Ministry  Raghu Menon, Addl Secretary Uday Kumar Verma, senior officers of both central and state Information departments also participated in the meeting.  A.B. Shukla, Secretary IPR and Leki Phuntso, DIPR and Obang Tayeng, DDIPR represented the state government in the conference.


Lower Dibang Valley ready to tap tourism industry

ROING, Dec 8: The first ever District Level Tourism Development Committee (DLTDC) meeting of Lower Dibang Valley District was held in office chamber of Deputy Commissioner of the district here today.

Y W Ringu, DC cum Chairman DLTDC of the district has called upon the tourism officials to gear up with the need of the hour as district has got vast tourism potentials. She also asked them to submit monthly report of domestic and foreign tourist visiting the district and take up new schemes under Rural and Eco tourism based on heritage, culture and nature for maximum inflow of tourist in the district.

Laeta Umbrey, MLA Roing participating in the meeting as a representative of Registered Tour Operator of the district has called for developing proper strategy to attract more domestic and foreign tourist in the district. Citing that the shortage of proper accommodation and sub standard lodging facilities available for the tourist are the main drawbacks that deter tourist inflow in the district. As the tour operators of the district solely depend on the govt. for tourist accommodation, he requested the authority concern to make the defunct Tourist Lodge at Sally Lake, 3km from Roing functional and also to improve the condition of Coffee House and Forest IB at Mayudia for tourist lodge. He also called upon the tourism officials to conduct tourism awareness campaign in the district so that the common masses, tourist guide, hoteliers and taxi driver become friendly and cordial in dealing with the tourist. Saying that it is the memory and behavior of the local people that the tourists carry back with them, Umbrey called for showing more hospitality to the visitors which in turn will benefit us economically as tourism is the fastest growing industry in the world with maximum employment generation, he said.

Er M K Debariyal, EE (WRD) informed the house that a Tourist Complex at Baro Golai, at around 69km from Roing near Mayudia Pass are under construction with a Multipurpose Hall and Four Cottages. Staging Hut along with Meseum at Yapgo village, Dambuk and Tourist Lodge at Jia village near Hot Spring are also under construction.

Er Subath Pertin, EE (PHED) has suggested for provision of Rain Water Harvesting System in the building meant for tourist.

Earlier, K. Pertin, District Tourism Officer cum Member Secretary, DLTDC highlighting the main aims and objectives of the meeting has informed that 33 persons of Foreign Tourist visited the district in the month of November 2009 and every month around 1000 domestic tourist visit the district.

It is also to mention here that the Lower Dibang Valley district has got vast tourism potential. Apart from scenic beauty of snow clad mountains along with rivers, there is vast scope for adventure tourism like angling, river rafting and mountaineering besides visit to Heritage Sites like Bhismak Nagar and Abhor-British War Memorial at Yapgo Village, Dambuk and a warm dipping during chilling winter in the much talk about Hot Spring at Jia Village, 13 km from Roing. (DIPRO)

Not exactly a matter of Khusi Khusi



Dear Editor,

This is in apropos to the view expressed by Miss Vanessa Borang , regarding her views on the rejected candidates, which in her view shouldn't be entertained by the APPSC.

Here I would like to grasp the attention of the genuine readers of your daily column that one shouldn't be too harsh without in-depth knowledge about what is actually happening. The 1735 graduate candidates has been disqualified for mere reason that the passport size photo were not self-attested . Here I want readers and people to know two important facts :¬

If one genuinely go through the instruction provided with the OMR Form, one will realize that there is no specific and proper direction that the Pass port size Photo that we paste in the Form should be self attested. The Column 16 of the OMR Form and Instruction says “paste recent Pass Photo 4 cm x 5 cm".

If one carefully go through advertisement published in Arunachal times , one will realize that the commission is asking 2 self attested extra Photos which should be included with the OMR Form. So, here also there was no specific direction for self attestation.

Here in response to  Borang's divine view that " Silly Mistakes From Graduate and Educated Person", I would like to request her to give a brief thought that how come 1735 graduate could commit such silly mistakes. Here I also would like to request the scrutiny and screening committee that if they had meant to be so strict, they should also go through the instruction and advertisement genuinely. And if possible request the commission to make proper and specific instruction for the same. We have also seen that the district code which is given in the Advertisement and OMR form are different.

So, Why Miss Vanessa is overlooking the commission's error. I agree that " no individual has the right to the challenge the integrity of the commission and impose their decisions for their own benefits. But at the same time I want her to be aware of the fact that every individual has the right to demand for the redressal of grievances. Talking about the character of Arunachal Pradesh she proudly says " it’s been confirmed that Arunachal is a land of “kushi kushi"

Wow! Here I am sad to say that she reinforced the saying that " Arunachal Pradesh is a land of kushi marji", where every citizen expresses their view through the esteemed  media without proper knowledge.

She says this is "the mother of all exams" which every graduate citizen look up to. Then she must be aware that the disqualified or the rejected, as she says, 1735 candidates are frustrated and desperate because their rights to sit in “the mother of all the exams” have been curtailed for no mistakes of theirs. So in such situation, instead of healing the wound of her brothers and sisters, she’s spiting salt on their raw wound, which is very sad.

Therefore, my kind appeal to the responsible citizen is that before making such provocative views, one must go deep into the matters.


Mepe Ete,

A sector, Itanagar






Dear Editor,

This is response to Vanessa Borang’s letter regarding disqualification of candidates.  We had strictly followed the instruction leaflets and OMR sheet issued by authority concern.  We did it strictly as per the direction.

In information brochure leaflet it was not mentioned about items No. 16 & 17 which corresponded to Photos and Signature. There is no question of "Common sense to be adopted" it was direct technical mistake of authority for which we are seeking "Reconsideration theory". Today, the APPSC authority has accepted and considered our cases.

We would request the writer not to write on the reader’s forum without proper justification. Use of word "Khusi-Khusi" was not suitable in this context. It can also create certain negative attitude among the younger generation who comes from good environment.

On Behalf of 1736 Candidates.


Pattey Tayum

Kabuk Lego




Let people be priority in People first govt!


Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed daily, I wish to draw the kind attention about reckless driving of commercial vehicles plying in and around capital complex, at the same time the department concern responsible for traffic system and urban development in connection with raising fatal road accident.

It is very painful and deep concern to read in front pages of every local daily about the road accident and loss of lives due to accidents in every single day. Whom to blame for such incident? Such a big interrogation mark arises in every citizen.  

In terms of area, population and traffic density, Itanagar is  not a  small city when we compares to other, but  when we compare  in  average road accident and loss of lives due to accident, the graph  shows next to Assam amongst NE states and it is rapidly ascending every year. This whole episode what everyone witnessed is due to negligence of reckless driving of commercial vehicles, VIP vehicles with red beacon driven by their kin and kids, two wheeler without helmet and at the same time due to lack of proper basic infrastructures like road widening, parking place, pedestal footpath,  zebra crossing at junction, proper traffic signal, bye-pass road for movement of heavy goods vehicles like other city. One will witness these all infrastructures and traffic system in a small city like Gangtok, despite having low population, lower traffic volume and traffic density, systematic town planning, Why we are still lagging behind from such basic amenities despite  getting various central funds.

It is good to hear that our Government is a people’s first government without any basic facilities towards safety measures to its people. They must wake up and entrust the department concern to act prompt rather giving tall promises to avoid such incident further which lead to untimed loss of innocent lives.

Yours etc,

Taw Teri




Central Govt. Dept. need to clean up its act


Dear Editor,

I want to highlight gross injustices being meted out to the people of Arunachal constantly by the Central Departments operating in the State such as BSNL, Doordarshan, All India Radio, CPWD, GREF, BRO etc.

Case in Hand: The All India Radio: Civil Construction Wing has invited approved and eligible contractors for a construction work in a press tender notice that appeared in cross section of local dailies on December 6, 2009. However, herein it was mentioned that the form could be obtained from O/o the Executive Engineer (Civil), Prasar Bharati, Civil Construction Wing, All India Radio, Tarun Nagar, Bylane-I, Guwahati-5. What could be the reason for selecting Guwahati? Is Arunachal incapable of carrying out tender process? Isn't it a torture? People of Arunachal are being compelled to take the trouble of going down to Guwahati and other faraway places to obtain a form of tender. The authority concerned can easily issue the form here in its State's office but it has become a sort of their habit to make simple thing complicated.

This is not only the case with the AIR alone. There are many Central Departments, which troubles the people of Arunachal by hosting tender proceedings in faraway places and complicates everything.

Hence, I fervently request the Governor, Chief Minister, Chief Secretary and Contractor Associations to press all the authorities concerned of all the Central Departments operating in the State to carry out all the tender proceedings in the Arunachal Pradesh only. This will not only ensure transparency and smooth conduct of the entire proceedings but will also assuage the problem of the people here.


Soma Yangfo

Polo Colony,   





Wishes for Arunachal


Dear Editor,

My birthplace is Daporijo and my father worked at D.Cs office for decades.

Today while surfing internet I found Arunachal Times. Whole day i recalled my childhood days Arunachal and finally managed to control my sentiments by writing this letter.

At present I am working at Raipur in a private international school, as an Administrative Officer, and I will be glad to do something for A.P.

I would really look forward to some feedback.


Tapan Chakroborty

c/o BCBA

34, new medical complex


(On e-mail)


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MWS organizes Handloom weaving training

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: Manghi Welfare Society (MWS) is organizing 42 days Handloom Weaving Training under Rural entrepreneurship development programme in collaboration with National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development at Sangram, Kurung Kumey District from December 2-January 12.

The inaugural function was attended by Branch Managar State Bank of India, Koloriang, Pradeep Das and APO, DRDA Bengia Raja as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour and also attended by officials from APSCAB, Self help groups and farmer’s club of the district.

Speaking on the occasion, Das said that handloom is the most valuable source for individual, SHGs and NGOs and informed that any self help group can avail revolving fund from SBI or DRDA after lapse of six months from the date of opening account in the bank.

Raja highlighted the importance of keeping record of self help groups and also highlighted procedure of applying SGSY Scheme.

Meanwhile, MWS President Ngurang Tado appealed the concerned authority to provide SGSY  scheme to the dedicated self help groups.

During the training period, 5 SHGs, 11 individuals and a farmer club have opened account under SBI Branch Koloriang.


Christmas celebrations

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: Catholic Churches of Sagalee Parish are celebrating joint Christmas at Don Bosco School, Sagalee from December 22-25.

Meanwhile, ten members committee has been constituted with Taba Tam and Nabam Loma Hina as Oragnising Chairman and secretary respectively.

Father Kulandal Swami and Rev CC Jose would attend as speakers in the three days programme.

Besides, various religious activities, games and sports, cultural and literary activities will also be organized.


ACCI mourn death of trader

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: The Arunachal Chamber of Commerce & Industries (ACCI) president Lala Techi, general secretary Tarh Nachung and chief advisor BK Ghosh Dastidar have expressed their  shock at the death of Jagjit Prasad Jain, an octogenarian trader, who had arrived Kimin in 1950.

Jain died today at Samarpit Hospital, North Lakhimpur, where he was admitted on Saturday last. The last rites will be performed by the locals and business community at Kimin on Wednesday.

He was 85 and is survived by his two sons, daughter in-laws and grandchildren.

“His contributions and sacrifices for the Arunachalees during those hard days will always be remembered, the ACCI office bearers, particularly Dastidar, who worked closely with him to supply essentials to the Subansiri belt, said,  while conveying their deepest sense of condolences, and praying for the eternal peace of the departed soul.


PEWA Conference cum felicitation

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: MP Takam Sanjy and MLA Takam Tagar would attend Palin Employees’ Welfare Association’s 2nd general conference cum felicitation programme of AISSSE/AISSCE toppers of Palin area as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour. It is being held  from Jan 8-11.


Export Potential Survey Marketing & Strategies of Arunachal Pradesh

ITANAGAR,  Dec 8: The Department of Trade and Commerce, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh in collaboration with the Department of Economics, Rajiv Gandhi University will conduct a consultative workshop on "Export Potential Survey Marketing & Strategies of Arunachal Pradesh" on December 10 in the Conference Hall, Udyog Sadan here.

The workshop would be presided over by Commissioner, Trade and Commerce, M. Pertin. All stakeholders and link departments are expected to participate in the workshop.

The proposed workshop will highlight on current status of output of different goods and services in Arunachal Pradesh and their marketable surplus, possibility of expansion of output, problems of marketing, especially when surplus is small in areas lacking connectivity, possible solution of marketing problems, development of market information cell in different chambers of trade and commerce, Govt. office, especially in the Directorate of Trade and Commerce, strengthening contract enforcement mechanism and establishment of quality assurance cell and testing facilities.


NNA foundation day

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: Nyishi Nyem Acham (NNA) celebrated its 3rd foundation day at Nyikum Niya Hall, Nirubjuli in a befitting manner recently.

Speaking on the occasion, NNA President Higio Aruni highlighting the objectives of the Acham said that the NNA has been working in the field of socio-economic, health and hygiene, educational sector and to eradicate social taboos and evils of the society since its inception.

Nyishi Elite Society President Bengia Tollum appreciating the NNA for their  service toward the society suggested the NNA to form branch unit in all the Nyishi areas.

He assured all possible help to the NNA and urged them to continue their efforts for the welfare of the society.

Besides felicitation to MLA Karya Bagang and IFS John Mai, discussion on the codification of customary laws related to widow’s welfare, inheritance of property by widow or divorcee, polygamy and other issues were discussed in which Advocate, Gimi Tarak, Depuy Chairperson State Women Commission Tadar Mepung Wage and members from AWC also took part.


Death of officials condoled

Ziro, Dec 8: Officials of Lower Subansiri led by Deputy Commissioner Sadhana Deori in a condolence meeting at the DCs office Complex here today has placed on records their deepest sense of sorrow and grief on the demise of P. Saikia, HA, and HC Konwar,LDC , in a tragic road accident on Dec 6 last in between Kimin and Potin on Kimin-Ziro road.

The officials also extended their deepest condolences to the members of the bereaved families and prayed the god to give them strength to bear the irreparable loss and to grant eternal peace to the departed souls.

Late Saikia (01.3.1952 - 07.12.09) who joined as LDC in the undivided Subansiri district on 01.01.1973 was promoted to UDC on 22.7.1982 and as HA 04.2.02. He is survived by his wife and three daughters.

Late Konwar (06.5. 1970-06.12.09) joined as LDC on 18.6.1996 and is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters. (DIPRO)


Awareness camp on PMEGP

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: NN Charitable Society (NNCS), Sagalee in collaboration with District Industry Centre Yupia and KVIC, Itanagar will organize one day district level awareness camp on Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme at NNCS hall, Sagalee on December 12.

Besides various heads of the line department as resource persons, SHGs, Farmers’ Club un-employed youth, PRI leaders, Public, PMRY unit and PMEGP unit are expected to attend the programme.


NSUI, PP Unit thanked congress party

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: Newly Elected NSUI, Papum Pare District Unit President Teli Naga assured to work sincerely  for smooth functioning within the district.

Meanwhile, the unit thanked all the officials of the congress party as well as students community for their cooperation during the election.


DRDA review meeting

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: District Rural Development Agency, Anjaw review meeting was held at Hayuliang recently.

Project Director DRDA P Sora asked the various functionaries in the District to prepare all the groundwork within December for Implementation of MG-NREGA Programme.

Deputy Commissioner CS Jeinow urged the officials to gear up for successful implementation of the programme for the welfare of the people. He also elaborately explained about social audit, MIS, Job card and other issues and stressed on necessity of adhering to the guidelines and ensuring transparency in implementation of the programme.

Zilla Parishad, Chairperson B Tega expressed his satisfaction on the performance of District.


U-19 cricket team leaving for Chattishgarh today

ITANAGAR, Dec 08: The Arunachal Pradesh Under-19 cricket team will be leaving here for Chattishgarh tomorrow to participate in  BCCI organized tournament beginning there from December 12.

Arunachal Pradesh will play their first match against Sikkim on December 13 at Bhilai. They will be up against Bihar the next day.

Lokam Garga is the coach cum manager of the Chattishgarh bound team.


Karate assoc. formed

ITANAGAR, Dec 08: A martial art association, namely Anjaw Karate do Association was formed recently with Brendenso Yun, Bapan Bellai and Soluk Hakung as president, vice president and general secretary respectively.


RGU Convocation

ITANAGAR: The 11th convocation of Rajiv Gandhi University will be held in the 2nd week of February next.

During the convocation, Degree to Bachelor, Master, M.Phil and Ph.D Candidates who have qualified in their respective examination in the session 2008-09 shall be awarded.


FPS calls for intervention  

ZIRO: Ziro-I Fair Price Shop Association in a letter to the Deputy Commissioner has alleged that levy sugar whole sale nominee counters do not give chance to draw monthly allotted quota, as it remains open only for few days.

It further said that APL Rice quota is mixed with sand and stone, which the consumers rejects and month wheats is not supplied to all the Fair Price Shop. They further requested that an order be issued for circle wise quota every month as per quantity required and supply quality rice and wheat as per requirement.