December -  03



Christian Book Festival at Nirjuli

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: Christian Book Festival 2011 was inaugurated by Rev. Kara Tayo, Pastor of Town Baptist Church Nirjuli at Nyikum Nyia Hall, Nirjuli on December 1.

The festival is organized by Beautiful Books, Chennai which has been organizing it all over the country and now in the North-East. A variety of Bibles, books, Christmas decoration items, Bible commentaries, gift items are on display. The book festival will continue till Sunday evening. After Nirjuli, the festival will be organized at Ziro from Dec 7-10 and Pasighat from Dec 9-10.


Minister takes stock of STS

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: Minister for transport and corporation Jarkar Gamlin today visited  various establishments of state transport services (STS) in capital complex to take stock of working facilities. He was accompanied by secretary transport B Siram during the visit.

During his visit to general manager’s office, STS General manager CN Longphai expressed the hope that under the stewardship of Gamlin, STS will scale new heights in days to come.  Gamlin also visited central workshop, Karsingsa and inspected the infrastructure. Later while interacting with officers of the department, he hoped that everybody will work together for betterment of the department.


The urn reaches Changlang

CHANGLANG, Dec 2: Hundreds of admirers turned out to pay homage to late Dr. Bhupen Hazarika in Changlang town.

The urn containing the ashes was brought from State Museum, Itanagar to Changlang. It was kept at District Museum, Changlang. The ashes of music maestro was kept open for public to pay homage to the departed soul today at DIET auditorium Changlang.

Parliamentary Secretary T Taiju and deputy commissioner Opak Gao, govt officials, students, PRI members and people from all walks of life paid floral tributes and also held a prayer meet.

Later, in the afternoon, the urn was carried to the immersion site with solemn procession.

The ashes of Hazarika was immersed at Tirap river by T Taiju and Opak Gao amidst huge gathering. (DIPRO)


Poju Mimag centennial celebration

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: Governor JJ Singh and Lok Sabha MP Ninnong Ering would attend the inaugural and valedictory function of the Poju Mimag Centenary Celebration 2011 on 9 and 10 December next at Kebang (Dengki).

The main attraction of the celebration will be light demonstration on traditional war tactics and its warfare display, traditional bamboo rafting, traditional war dances and other dances, informed Poju Mimag Celebration Committee (PMCC) chairman Taduram Darang.

 Earlier, West Siang district ADC Kangki Darang who is also the secretary resource mobilization of the committee released the celebration’s theme song named ‘Paator Gumin’  composed and sung by noted singer Delong Padung in a simple function last Sunday.


Proper utilization of SPA fund demanded

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: Save Arunachal Youth Association (SAYA) demanded the State Government to ensure proper utilization of Special Plan Assistance (SPA) fund by maintaining central guidelines of inviting tender notice for every sanctioned work.

Some departments are allegedly going to conduct close-door and limited tenders against some projects under SPA fund in various assembly constituency, which are illegal, it said and urged the authority to stop such corrupt practices for proper and judicious utilization of fund.

Payment against any sanctioned work which were executed without following the norms and tender notice should not be released, it said.

Any irregularity in SPA fund utilization would compel us to go for democratic movement, it added.


Healing crusade

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: A gospel healing crusade of all Christian community of various denominations of Chayang Tajo under the banner of Divine Word Ministry, Itanagar was held at Chayang Tajo from November 27 to 29.

Thousands of believers of Christ attended the programme and prayed for peace and prosperity to humankind.

Arunachal Congress Working Committee  member secretary LK Yangfo and former NSUI president Kafa Bagang also attended the programme.

Meanwhile, Sangram Town Baptist Church in a release informed that the 3rd annual range fellowship of Sangram range was conducted from  November 25 to 27 last. About 900 believers attended the programme, it said. Home Mission in-charge (NBCC) Tamchi Kelum delivered the words of God.


Through the PR and GB

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: 13th Gumto Panchayat Segment in a meeting today has decided that sale of immovable property including land within the village jurisdiction shall be first placed in the panchayat and Goan Bura institution by the concern land owner/property owner for disposal.

Further, hunting fishing, and unauthorised clearance of jungle within Gumto village jurisdiction is completely banned. However annual community based hunting and fishing of Gumto village are permissible only after a meeting resolution.


Sports meet

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: The 1st inter-middle school level sports competition was held at govt middle school Page Nalo. The Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya Siyum emerged as overall champion.

Further it was decided that KGBV Siyum run by Orphan Trust Society will host next year’s meet.


Foundation day

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: The 1st foundation day of Ha Welfare Society was celebrated at Parong Langi under Pip-Sorang circle on November 19.

Chairman of the society Ha Takia laid the foundation stone in presence of the senior members of society. Various social issues pertaining to the society was discussed during the celebration.


Ph.D for Saha

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: Utpal Kumar Saha, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, Bihpuria College, Lakhimpur has been awarded degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Mathematics by North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology, Nirjuli for his thesis entitled “Investigation in Mellin-Barnes Type Contour Integrals and Fractional Calculus”.

He conducted his research work under the guidance of Dr LK Arora, head of the Mathematics, department, NERIST.


Committee for creation of Pach-Pai

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: In a meeting held yesterday, the Demand Committee for creation of Pach-Pai circle headquarter bi-furcating the Upper Sangram has decided to continue its demand for creation of a new circle at Leel-Hiba.

The members of the committee urged the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to regularize the file which was initiated by previous Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin and also called upon the MLA Nyapin-Sangram to support the movement for creation of a circle consisting of five Panchayat segments.


Sangram without electricity

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: Kurung-Nyobia Youth Association (KNYA) appealed to the authority of power department to restore power supply at Sangram circle within 7 days.

It said that life had come to a standstill in Sangram area without electricity which got disrupted since first week of September last.


KMWS conference held

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: Kalaktang Monpa Welfare Society (KMWS), in its 2-day conference from November 12, discussed various issues relating to education and cultural problems of the block. The meeting also raised concern over delay in execution of hydel projects by some power developers.

Several members called upon the Monpa brethren to work collectively and whole-heartedly for all round development of the block.

An new central executive body was also constituted during the conference for smooth functioning of the Society.


Relief for fire victims of Chinkoi

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: A seven member team of Tirap Indigenous People’s Society (TIPS), Khonsa visited the fire damaged Chinkoi village under Dadam circle of Tirap district on November 28.

Necessary rations were distributed to the affected families. It is to be mentioned that a devastating fire completely gutted seven houses on the night of November 23. The team met the Raja and other elders of the village and assured them all possible help, if needed.


Medical Camps by VKAJ

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: Vivekananda Kendra Arun Jyoti recently conducted  medical camps in Tirap district in collaboration with Tirap Indigenous People’s Society (TIPS).

Camps were conducted at Chanu and Senua of Longding circle, Noksa of Khonsa circle and Pongkong and Barap of Lazu circle.

A total 424 patients were examined by the mobile medical team of VKAJ and  medicines were distributed free of cost. Dr.P.Mansaham of CHC, Longding contributed some medicines for the camps.

Health Service Forum of VKAJ conducted more than 50 medical camps in Tirap district during this year.  


Talent Search Exam

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: NCS Talent Search Exam Services, Itanagar would conduct a state level aptitude test in all district headquarers of Arunachal Pradesh on May 27, 2012.

The main purpose of the aptitude test is to identify talent, generate skill, develop competitive mind among candidates of all age group having minimum qualification of Class X examination pass. The test is being conducted under guidance of an ISO 9001-2008 certified educational company NCS Education Pvt. Ltd, Guwahati.


Quiz competition

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: Jiyo Aur Jine Do, a micro financing empowerment project in Itanagar, conducted its second quiz competition at Palin under Kurung Kumey district last month.

Biri Taking (Class X), Nichi Sabio (Class IX) and Charu Sulong(Class IX), all from JNV, Old Palin, won the first, second and third prizes respectively.


NSUI to gear up activities

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: While conveying the message of its proposed activities to AICC Secretary Girish Chondarkar and national National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) vice president Bharat Kumar, the state NSUI unit said that chief minister Nabam Tuki has assured his support and guidance to the students union in its every endeavour in the greater interest of the Congress party.


World AIDS day

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: World AIDS Day was observed by MM Charitable Trust involving students and teachers of Govt Hr. Sec. School, Daporijo and general public of the township yesterday.

The District Medical Officer of Daporijo Hospital gave some important tips about prevention and causes of HIV/AIDS through power-point presentation.

An essay writing competition on the key theme was also organized among the students of various schools within Daporijo.

A HIV/AIDS awareness rally was also organized at Kimin. The rally was organized by Mangbiak Youth Sports Club (MYSC) and sponsored by Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangthan (NYKS) Itanagar.


AAPTWA for permanent solution to inter-state boundary dispute

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: All Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Welfare Association (AAPTWA) urged the State Government for resolving the inter-state boundary disputes with Assam permanently for the welfare of people of the state, particularly those who are residing in border areas.


Army recruitment

ROING: The Indian Army is shortly establishing a Porter Coy, exclusively for the natives of Arunachal Pradesh. A recruitment drive will be conducted by the Army at Khonsa from December 5 to 12 next for a total of 600 vacancies available. The age limit for entry is 18-40 years.

Salary for the Porter/Housekeeper is Rs 9184 per month and Head Porter is Rs 9521 per month with benefits of free accommodation, ration, clothing and medical treatment facilities.


Students seeks RR

ITANAGAR: Wancho Students Union (WSU) has appealed to the concern authorities of IRBn and APP to conduct recruitment rally at Longding, the head-quarter of newly created Longding district. Union informed that Longding town has enough sources to conduct successful recruitment rally.


NES must clarify ToI issue: ANYC

ITANAGAR: All Nyishi Youth Council (ANYC) has criticized Nyishi Elite Society (NES) for maintaining silence over infamous Pradeep Thakur issue ever since Nabam Tuki took over as the Chief Minister of the state.

It questioned NES, which spearheaded the movement to reveal the source of the infamous news item, whether a demand for immediate resolution of the issue was placed before the Tuki Government.

“Has the NES abandoned the so called dignity movement over Pradeep Thakur issue? If so, then why and on what justification,” ANYC in its letter to NES president Bengia Tolum questioned and demanded a clarification on the issue.

While demanding for a logical conclusion of the issue, it also urged the NES president to inform the people of the community about its present status.


News Impact

A unique Interview

Dear Editor,

On Nov 28, I appeared a very unique interview at around 10.30 am not faced hitherto. I went to appear an interview for the post of Research Officer (Scientist-B), Project Tiger, Namdapha National Park, Miao. The interview was conducted in the official chamber of the Chief Secretary. The interview board was headed by the Chief Secretary as the Chairman and other members being Commissioner, RD  and the Additional PCCF (Administrative & Vigilance).

The very aura was something unusually different. Out of the six shortlisted candidates, two candidates failed to turn up. And among the remaining four candidates, the most experienced one got pruned at the eleventh hour citing age as the reason, though he passed through the scrutiny committee's watchful eyes. The remaining three candidates who were found to be ok in all aspects & respect had to face the interview. After some time, out of the three candidates came my chance to rush to grave.

The interview seemed to be Ok. Many questions in the form of bouncers were thrown at by some board members. Overall it was O.k.

But, I simply fail to understand as to why one of the board members did not ask me a single question throughout the interview session.

I am not conversant with telepathic conversation of questions and answers nor does the normal interview procedure allow it. The only sentence uttered by him was," No need to ask question, Its Ok".

Absolutely shocked I was. Never in my Life, had I ever faced such a unique interview. I am really skeptical about the fairness of the interview, though result is yet to be declared.

Like others I too have been appearing many interviews for long. But if my memory doesn't fail, every interview I appeared, the entire board members had posed questions to every candidate. They award marks individually on various aspects such as clarity of knowledge, analytical ability, personality etc. Based on this, tabulation is done for the final selection of the candidate.

But what to do when one of the board members do not pose a single question?  Will the candidate not lose marks for no fault of his? Does the member have right to award marks without posing any question? Would this not be unfair to some candidates and opportunity for others? Was the interview simply an eyewash? Simply face reading and awarding marks is un-heard of or un-called for. It would be like head counting Tigers sitting in office room rather than making an actual field investigation to get the factual details.

I really fail to comprehend as to why such step motherly attitude was applied in the interview held on 28th November for the post of Research Officer, Project Tiger, Namdapha National Park.


Roll No. 6



Where only thugs and back entries prosper

Dear Editor,

Regarding the recent problem of Higher Secondary School, Aalo, I would like to add that one Organisation has given 7 days ultimatum to the management of a school in Aalo for giving transfer certificate to one student who was involved in vandalism of school room and threatened to launch a democratic movement if the student is not admitted back.

Now my question is: What is democratic about protest rally, gherao etc? Today, in Arunachal nobody has any respect for law. Judiciary is a part of democracy and when a matter is sub judiced, one must wait and respect the outcome otherwise it will lead to anarchy which is what is exactly happening in Arunachal.

Whenever a school management or any authority takes disciplinary action, this invariably leads to so called democratic agitation. What about the autonomy of these institutions? That the erring students are fully supported by their parents whereas they should have been role models; it is a sad commentary on the plight of the society we are living in. It is high time that we as individuals as well as society as a whole must introspect and set our priority right. Without discipline and sincerity,  nobody has achieved anything until and unless you are in Arunachal where only thugs and back entries prosper and merit has no recognition.




(on email)



Central forces and Arunachal-Assam boundary

Dear Editor,

It appears that Assam is under the wrong impression that China Border is Assam-Arunachal Border. May be this is the reason why a parallel BSF like border force has been created. It has stationed its military with heavy weaponry pointing towards the poor villagers of Arunachal, waiting for orders to evict, terrorize, destroy the paddy fields, bull doze the school buildings, lay boulders or dig bunkers over village roads.

The Assam state has been found to be using the central forces, the best way. It is known to all that Central forces are given to assist in law and order problem of state and not for its expansion and protection of its self drawn territorial boundaries.

If the Indian Union remains as mute spectator to such state boundary policies of Assam, then the people of Arunachal will be compelled to think that the Indian Union is also of the same opinion.

Where is the authority of the center when it cannot correct the disturbing border policies of one state over a new and weak state?

If the center is handicapped in these matters than at least a bill may be passed for creation of body for state border demarcation based on actual ground situation and not based on the maps once prepared by Assamese bureaucrats posted during early periods of Arunachal without proper survey, thus giving rise to never ending dispute.


A citizen (on email)



Founder members not responsible for ABC’s business

Dear Editor,

The Arunachal Bullet Club was founded in 2007 by a 5-members Royal Enfield Riders with Vijay Sonam and Pige Ligu as President & General Secretary of the club. The other members were Capt. A. Tangu, Nayen Kaye and Likha Topu. Within one year the members increased to 35. The club conducted several servicing camps at Naharlagun in collaboration with Shahila Exposition, Guwahati and organised ride to Pangsau pass commemorating the Pangsau pass festival and also to Bumla, the last border outpost as a mark of protest to the repeated claim of China over Arunachal Pradesh.

With the formation of the club, the sell record of Royal Enfield at Guwahati showroom increased. Then at the request of the ABC, the RE company in India had agreed to award an interested entrepreneur to open a showroom either at Itanagar or Naharlagun. The showroom is coming up shortly at Naharlagun.

The main objective of formation of the club was to explore the places of tourist interest in the state at our own expenses and market it to the outside world by organising expedition to various destinations within the state so that the domestic and foreign tourists know about the land and the people of the state.

It was believed that those who ride Royal Enfield (Bullet) is self dependent besides having good moral character and also that he or she can spare some amounts from his pocket for the rides which is a sort of voluntary contributions towards building the state’s tourism map.

Of late, it is learnt that the club members are indulging in seeking sponsorship from various govt and non-govt institutions in and outside the state in the name of ABC. Some of the club members of other state have also complained about mismanagement and dishonest act. In view of the stated fact, the founder members of the ABC has decided to abstain itself from any of the activities of the Arunachal Bullet Club henceforth and also withdraw from the membership with immediate effect.

The founder members of the Arunachal Bullet Club should not be held responsible for any omission or commission other than the ride to Pangsau Pass and Bumla Pass.


Vijay Sonam

Founder President, ABC

Pige Ligu

Founder Gen Secy, ABC, (on email)



Some things has to be earned

Dear Editor,

Respect, prestige and money have one thing in common for sure, it has to be earned but path we choose may differ. Whenever we discuss about development in Arunachal Pradesh like it or not we cannot ignore the fact “corruption” and “misuse of fund”. In monetary terms every individual development has its own story to tell, but unfortunately in our state most of the stories are too similar and interestingly familiar and predictable. Corruption cannot be rooted out right away but at least it can be lessened. Don’t be so dependent on this false income, have some dignity of labour. Anything earned through hardship and dedication can never be a victim of finger points. Citizens of Arunachal Pradesh we do readily agree how open minded we are. A mind to accept and practice new ideology is all we need to fight back corruption and to see our state flourishing in years to come.


Rabin Kuru

RGU, (on email)





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Not too transparent  


According to the latest survey by Transparency International, India's corruption index received a blow after its ranking slipped eight places from 87th to 95th among 183 nations.

India ranks lower than China (75th) on the new list but higher than Pakistan (134th). Nepal at 154th is the lowest ranking South Asian nation.

New Zealand is top and Somalia bottom of the list.

Against the backdrop of alleged irregularities in the recently held Commonwealth Games, India’s perceived corruption levels have gone up, with a corresponding worsening of its world ranking.

Worse, there has also been a decline in India’s integrity score to 3.3 in 2010, from 3.4 in 2008 and 2009, and 3.5 in 2007. These figures are on a scale of zero to 10 with the former being perceived as highly corrupt and 10 indicating low levels of corruption.

The 2010 CPI draws on 13 source surveys from ten independent institutions including the World Bank, Freedom House Foundation and the Global Competitiveness Report, among others. These sources, which provide a ranking of countries and measure some aspects of corruption, range between January 2009 and September 2010.

The report has come even as activists led by Anna Hazare have been pushing the government for passing of Jan Lok Pal bill that will have the power to investigate corruption charges against the prime minister, senior judges and MPs, among others.

The government has approved a draft of the law which allows citizens to approach the ombudsman with complaints against federal ministers and bureaucrats, who are protected under India's present anti-corruption laws. But it remains to be seen what the scene would be as the parliamentarian have been unable to even sit down for a day to discuss issues.


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Security, Police modernization, Airport, PDS high on state’s agenda

Tuki meets central leaders

New Delhi,  Dec 2: While calling on Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki briefed him about the present law and order scenario of the state particularly in context of Tirap and Changlang districts. He further emphasized on the need of upgradation of Police infrastructure in the state besides recruitment of additional personnel for the state Civil Police.

Chidambaram, on his part assured the chief minister and his team to provide all possible assistance to the state.

During the meeting with Union Defence Minister A K Antony, the chief minister categorically expressed his displeasure over the sluggish attitude of Border Roads Organisation in improving the vital and strategically important border roads in the state causing untold miseries to the people of the state and the defence forces.

In response, Antony assured of placing sufficient men, materials and tools for expeditious completion of road works underway in Arunachal Pradesh.

 “The Green field Airport at Itanagar, a bold project under the PM’s Mega Economic Package for Arunachal Pradesh sustained an unanticipated sojourn for the last few months shattering the high expectations of the denizens,” expressed the chief minister while appealing the Union Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi to expedite the project in the larger interest of the people of the state.

He also appealed that till the time the Itanagar Airport comes up, the civil aviation ministry may schedule regular flights from Lilabari to Guwahati and New Delhi as an alternative convenience for the people of the state. Ravi agreed on a positive note.

Tuki, while meeting the DoNER Minister urged to support all DoNER sponsored projects in the state with special request to provide gaps in allocation of fund for the State Civil Secretariat and Assembly Buildings under construction. Professor K V Thomas, Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution assured to streamline the Public distribution System in the state, augment the storage capacity of food grains through construction of FCI godowns within the state and to ensure delivery of food grains to the identified remote localities through heli lifting. Proff. Thomas assured this when the chief minister Nabam Tuki and his team met the former with the requests.

 The Chief Minister was accompanied by Pema Khandu, Minister Tourism & RWD, MPs from the state Mukut Mithi, Takam Sanjoy, Ninong Ering, Principal Advisor to Chief Minister and Parliamentary Secretary PWD T N Thongdok, Chief Secretary Tabom Bam, Principal Secretary to CM Yeshi Tsering, Resident Principal Advisor to CM Dr. Avinash Kumar, PRC S Bedi and Secretary Planning Ankur Garg.


BJP advices govt to tackle PDS crisis

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: The Bharatiya Janata Party Arunachal Pradesh expressed serious concern over the inaction by the state government in addressing the deadlock over the PDS items resulting in empty FCI depots across the state since September.

 It said that people are facing acute shortage of PDS commodities in the rural areas.

It further said that despite much hyped report about streamlining of PDS items, people in the state are facing serious crisis due to faulty PDS as food items have not reached the state since September. It demanded an explanation from the Minister of Civil Supply on the status of PDS items at FCI base depots.  

The party was further reluctant to accept the government explanation on shortages of PDS items in the state. Earlier the govt had admitted that the state was facing scarcity in PDs items due to broadening of a railway lines and due to a pending court case.

 The more serious concern for the state government is the recent assessment report in the Ministry of DoNER where Arunachal Pradesh is listed as one of the  defaulter state for non implementation of various development projects.

The Ministry’s observation is that even though the state has made much noise in the form of publicity yet the ground performance is far from the target because of delay in execution of the projects in Arunachal Pradesh due to political instability, lack of cohesion in approach and corruptions.


Singh discusses security scenario with Defence minister

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd.) J.J. Singh met the Union Minister of State (Defence) MM Pallam Raju at New Delhi yesterday.

In the meeting, they discussed on overall security scenario of the State and other developmental projects coming up in the State under the ministry of defence.

The Governor called for expediting the projects on road communication and subsidiary airports.

The Governor also took up the matter related to Arunachal Scouts, Sainik School and National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (NIMAS).

It may be recalled that the Defence MoS visited Itanagar last year.


Sonam calls for better coordination of INTUC central leaders

ITANAGAR, Dec 2:  Attending the 230th Central Working Committee of Indian National Trade Union Congress on Wednesday at Puducherry, Arunachal Pradesh State Unit, INTUC working president Jalley Sonam called on the INTUC central leaders to coordinate with each other while sharing ideas for the development of the workers activities at national as well as state level.

He opined that without coordination among leaders, INTUC cannot achieve its goal. He appealed every worker across the nation to remain united to shape trade union movement. He further advocated for people to people contact in order to maintain communal harmony among the workers.  He further called for cordial relationship among workers and better understanding among working section. Sonam said that under chief ministership of Nabam Tuki, the working class of state is secured.

Sonam is the first Northeasterner who has been invited for deliberation at INTUC Central Working Committee meeting so far. The meeting was chaired by Dr. G Sanjeeva Reddy All India INTUC president cum MP Raj Sabha.


AAPSU takes up the cause of NIT

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) today visited National Institute of Technology (NIT), situated in Yupia to take stock of the situation.

AAPSU President Takam Tatung was accompanied by AAPSU AGS Luni Yangfo during the visit.

They interacted with students and director of institute professor CT Bhunia. The students submitted list of problems to AAPSU President Tatung and urged the apex student body of state to take up their cause with union minister of human resource and development. The main problem which is affecting the students is erratic electricity supply, lack of proper bed, tables, rooms and drinking water facilities, non availability of bathroom and toilet for dormitory facilities for outdoor sports and recreation, wi-fi connection, lack of transportation and faculties, high rate for mess, non establishment of laboratories and library. The students informed that the facilities which they are getting here are  of very low standard and authorities should not use excuse of that of being new NIT.

On his part NIT Director, Bhunia accepted the fact that NIT is facing many problems and assured AAPSU team that he is working day and night to help them.

He also told that he himself is yet to get accommodation inside NIT campus and is living in guest house at NERIST. “This is temporary site and we are urging APPWD to expedite the process of work at permanent site in Jote,” told Prof Bhunia.

Tatung while expressing shock at the poor condition of NIT urged all the 3 MPs of the state to take up the matter with HRD ministry at New Delhi so that some problems of students can be taken care at the earliest.

“We appeal state government to provide accommodation to Prof Bhunia at Yupia as early as possible so that he can work closely for students’ welfare. Further concern department should expedite work at Jote. It is matter of prestige for our state. Therefore AAPSU appeals state government to provide additional fund to NIT,” demanded Takam Tatung.

Further Tatung spoke to chief secretary and education secretary in this regard and drew their attention towards poor condition of the NIT.

Education minister Bosiram Siram has been requested by AAPSU to visit NIT to understand the problem of students.


Young minds rock at YES+ workshop

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: Over 50 youth of Arunachal Pradesh took part at the YES+ (Youth Empowerment Skills Plus) workshop conducted by the Art of Living. The six-day programme, which was held in Itanagar from November 22, equipped the young minds with techniques and confidence to face the challenges of life. A team of experienced faculty of the Art of Living comprising Amit Rakshit, Anil Bahl, Ganga Jerang and Devdutta Barman conducted the workshop.  “It was an awesome experience. The techniques that were taught were simple, yet powerful. Just in five days, I am feeling more alert and refreshed,” said Watli Wangjen, who is doing her graduation from D N College.

“The course has helped me increase my confidence level. I can focus on my studies more as my mind doesn’t wander too much now. Sudarshan Kriya and Surya Namaskar  helped me in keeping my energy levels higher than ever before. My concentration level has improved tremendously and now I can study much better,” testifies Royir Ado, who is doing her engineer in Bangalore.

“The experience was very soothing. I learnt that I can control my heart and my mind through Sudarshan Kriya,” says Priya Doyom, an engineering graduate. “The course exposed us to many profound knowledge through power games and processes. The course was really fun-filled and enjoyable,” she adds.

“I was always very confused and was unable to take any decision. The YES+ course has given me so much clarity of mind that now I feel I will be able to take decisions of my  life,” says Ejum Basar.

YES!+ is a mix of wisdom from the ancient and the contemporary. It is a smooth blend of yoga, pranayama, breathing techniques and meditation, fused with contemporary intellectual exchanges, music and games.


Solid waste management in Itanagar

Itanagar, Dec 2: ENVIRON, an NGO largely working on solid waste management in NE region, after successful completion of earlier project sponsored by NABARD have started an awareness project on solid waste management from July 1, 2011 under “eejp small grant project” to generate awareness and to develop the concept of utilization of solid waste and also to develop behavioral change to stop “use and throw practice” along with the introduction of health and hygiene practices specially among the students of Itanagar.

ENVIRON organized 4 awareness generation cum training programmes in four different schools and 8 in different community level and distributed 20 litterbins along with 8 sets of hygiene kits bearing nail cutter and magnifying glass in schools and also distributed 25 “Well Ring” among the community to establish backyard composting and Vermicomposting within a small space and formed “Hygiene Club” both in schools and at community level.

ENVIRON have organized community level awareness cum training programme within the college campus of Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar and at Papu Nallah and at C Sector, Naharlagun for promotion of backyard composting and making of plastic garland from different plastic wrappers or packets and making of pillow/cushion from available plastic waste in the households .

ENVIRON is promoting paper bags to introduce in the market of Itanagar.

ENVIRON have also organized awareness and training programmes among the Rag-pickers community in Naharlagun for non-biodegradable solid waste management.


Siram distributes relief to fire victims

PASIGHAT, Dec 2: Education Minister Bosiram Siram today visited the victims of a fire accident near Solung ground.

Siram accompanied by  DC Talem Tapok, field officer (RR& DM) and local leaders on Friday took stock of the damages of November 12 incident, where two katcha houses, which accommodated thirteen families, were gutted down in the blaze.

Siram, who is also local MLA expressed grief over the widespread damages. He called for necessary precautions to prevent such incident in future to protect our hard earned properties and lives.

The minister distributed cash assistance to the families including a special relief grant to Tayum Tamuk who lost maximum properties in the devastating fire accident.

He advised the public to cooperate the fire brigade personnel on duty to save more and more properties and stressed on widening of colony roads and improvement of drainage facilities.

Earlier, the DC expressing his dismay said he had cautioned the people time and again about the possibility of such accident. He, however termed it unfortunate saying that all happened due to carelessness and ignorance which could have been avoided. DIPRO


Den of illicit liquor and narcotics


RUKSIN, Dec 2: Debing village and nearby areas under Ruksin circle in East Siang district is acquiring notoriety of becoming a den for selling illicit liquor, drugs and narcotics.

Gambling and consumption of narcotics and psychotropic substances by the youths are rampant in the village, located 10 km from here.

A large section of the young generation including school-going children of the village and the adjoining Rajakhana area of Assam have fallen into the trap, which is continuing under the very nose of the Ruksin civil and police administration.

The Women Welfare Association (WWA) of Debing has expressed strong concern over the alarming situation and blamed the police and excise department for ignoring the problems. The association recently submitted complaint petition before the East Siang Deputy Commissioner and demanded that situation be restrained soon.

“It is really unfortunate that the local PRI leaders are silent over the matter despite the fact that they have been observing the detrimental practices for long. Our children are forwarding to a bleak future under the grip of the hooch, narcotics and psychotropic substances, which are available in the local shops” said Omty Siram, secretary of WWA, while talking to this correspondent.

“More than 50 farmers of the area are cultivating opium, in lieu of economic gain which is affecting the society. Moreover, local-made liquor (known as Roksi) is being supplied in huge quantity from bordering Assam areas which is encouraging rise in anti social elements in the border area”, opined a leader of Debing village.

The petition signed by as many as ten members of WWS further stated that despite imposing some restriction in the villages by local body headed by Gaonburah, traders are continuing the notorious practices without hesitation.

The association also submitted another petition to the Ruksin SDO (Civil), seeking his initiative to control the menace growing in the village.

Ruksin SDO (C) Yelin Tayeng today informed that the administration has dealt with the complaint received from the women.

“We are initiating raid with a joint team of police, excise and magistrate in Debing area soon. But it is out of our power to control the tobacco products as it has been permitted to sell with statutory warning on health hazard,” said the SDO.


Sensitization programme on RTI Act 2005

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: A  three days sensitization programme on “Right to information Act,2005” was conducted for ministerial staff entrusted with the work of RTI in their respective departments of Lohit district from November 28.

The awareness programme was approved and sponsored by the Department of Personnel & Training, Training Division, Govt. of India. This Training is part of the on-going training intervention programme of both the Govt of India and Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh towards sensitizing the Govt functionaries at all level on RTI Act 2005.

In the three days training cum sensitization programme on RTI, the resource persons imparted training on various topics pertaining to RTI Act. Practical class, interactive sessions and filling up of questionnaires were also held during the course. Feedbacks of  the trainees highlighted that the training had been of utmost importance and necessary as many of the ministerial staff had revealed lack of adequate knowledge and had been in the shadow of doubts which had been cleared in the programme.

Earlier on November 28, while inaugurating the training programme, session judge, Tezu, B. Habung briefed the participants on the importance of RTI Act,2005 and urged the participants to take advantage of the opportunity to know and learn about RTI.

Course Director of the programme, G.K Paul Choudhury, EAC (Jud) while attending the valedictory function on November 30 advised the participants to practically implement the knowledge they have learnt during the course of training in their offices for dealing with RTI cases. DIPRO.


Counseling classes for entry into civil services

Changlang, Dec 2: Special counseling classes for entry into civil services were arranged by Rang-Frah Government College, Changlang under UGC programme for the benefit of both the college students and others.

Around 100  aspirants of civil services got benefitted from the week-long classes.  

Specially invited resource persons from APSC cadre included Mihin Gambo, Dy SP (Crime), Changlang, Binti Mibang, CO, Changlang and Dr. Margam Kaki, CO, Changlang apart from other subject experts. The resource persons interacted with the aspirants and shared their experiences and accounts.    

 “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step”, asserted Mihin Gambo, Dy SP (Crime), Changlang quoting Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  

“You must be corruption free to make our society corruption free,” emphatically exhorted Binti Mibang, CO.

“Believe in yourself and work harder than others,” was the mantra given by Dr. Margam Kaki.

The programme was coordinated by convenor of UGC Nending Ommo, Assistant Professor.

He informed that more  such classes will be conducted after the winter break is over.  


West Kameng reviews national flagship programmes

BOMDILA, Dec 2: The month-long programme on community mobilization and review on the national flag-ship programmes, such as mid-day meal, implementation of continuous and comprehensive evaluation, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan, Rashtriya Madyamik Shiksha Abhiyaan and Right to Education Act 2009 was carried out extensively in the whole of the district.

The programme was organized in all the 5 blocks and the 12 circles of the district attended by the concerned administrative officers, Zilla Parishad Members, school management committee members, PRI members and the teacher in-charges of the respective areas.

Underscoring the importance of the national flag-ship programmes and the seriousness of the central and the state government to bring about a change in the educational scenario of the state, DDSE Marken Kadu sought the co-operation of all the stakeholders for an educated and elite society. We are responsible for the future of our young generations. Their future will depend on what we sow now and therefore it is our responsibility to take up the challenge with a holistic approach, he added.

Various problems and issues of academic interests were taken up during the month long campaign. The campaign ended on a positive note with an affirmation to make the district a role model for others to emulate. DIPRO


District level rural sports meet concludes

Aalo Dec 2: The district level rural games and sports meet concluded on November  30 last. Tirbin block which lifted the football trophy emerged as the overall champion of the three-day long sports meet.

Appreciating the enthusiasm shown by the participants, SE Electrical division Aalo Modam Jini, and EAC, Liromoba Hento Karga urged the young sportsmen to keep up the tempo and prepare themselves to show their sports talents at state and national level. Prizes and cash for all events were distributed on the occasion by the guests.

The DASO Aalo, Tumto Loyi gave a detailed briefing on preparedness for state level competition slated for December.

The regional coordinator Nehru Yuva Kendra, Olom Talom expressed his gratitude to one and all for making the event successful.


Bandh against illegal appointment called off

Bhalukpong, Dec 2: The 12 hours West Kameng District bandh today have been called off and has been deferred to 30 days deadline soon after the intervention of Dirang MLA Phurpa Tsering and Buragaon-Thrizino MLA Kumsi Sidisow.  

The All West Kameng Students’ Union (AWKSU) acting president Ajit Sidisow informed that they had resorted to 12 hours bandh against the appointment of one woman  belonging to other district as officiating peon in place of late Dorjee Khandu, peon, Govt Middle School, Sangti, Dirang under DDSE, Bomdila West Kameng; by violating all the official procedures.

AWKSU leader further informed that the MLA duo had requested the Union to call off their bandh with the assurance that they would personally take up the matter with the concern authority.

Meanwhile, AWKSU set January 2 as the deadline for the authority to ‘correct’ the ‘mistake’ or else it will resort to various forms of democratic movements.


MLA apprise CM of Seppa

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: Seppa town MLA Tapuk Taku called on Chief Minister Nabam Tuki at his official bungalow yesterday and apprised him about the problems confronting the people of East Kameng with the collapse of Hanging Bridge and maintenance of ailing Bridge at Bana.

The suspension bridge at Bazaarline which connects New Seppa and Seppa collapsed on October 29 which has prevented the denizens from these two areas to move easily. The BRO is repairing the Bana Bridge, lifeline for people of East Kameng district, owing to which heavy loaded vehicles which carry essential items such as LPGs, Diesel, Petrol etc are prohibited from plying over it.    

Taku informed that Chief Minister gave patient hearing to his request and assured to take up the matter on priority basis. Tuki also said to have assured Seppa MLA that the grievance as placed by him would be brought to the notice of DoNER ministry and concern Union Ministers for immediate redress.   

On being reminded by the Taku on the brave acts of people especially four identified youths who saved many lives during 29 October bridge collapse mishap, Tuki promised to acknowledge their acts in a befitting manner by felicitating them in the State as well as recommending their names for awards in national level.  

Meanwhile, Taku informed that the work on the collapsed bridge is about to begin on war footing manner for which DPR has been prepared and submitted to the concern authority for its early start.

Tuki had sanctioned Rs 1 crore for new suspension bridge when he visited Seppa a day after he was sworn-in as the chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh.