December -  10



FSZ students excel

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: Seven students from Frontier School Ziro (FSZ) who secured 95% and above marks in AISSE 2010 examination have been recently awarded with Certificate of Merit by CBSE Delhi, according to a school release. Twelve out of 39 students, who appeared in the exams from the school scored above 90 per cent marks.


CM inaugurates indoor stadium & Apex Bank branch

Naharlagun, Dec 9:  Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, during his maiden visit to  Ziro after assuming office, inaugurated an indoor stadium at Subansiri stadium and the new branch of Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Apex Bank Limited at Hapoli town yesterday, reports DIPRO, Ziro.

The chief minister was accompanied by Congress Working Committee, Member and incharge Arunachal Pradesh, Dhaniram Shandil, CWC, General Secretary, Sanjay Bopana, Parliamentary Secretaries Padi Richo, Nido Pavitro and Likha Saaya, the report added.


AAPYO’s ultimatum to Govt

Itanagar, Dec 9: All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Organization (AAPYO), in a letter to chief minister, has given 5 day to either stop the on-going construction of the Convention Hall at Indira Gandhi Park here or shift it to another place within Capital Complex.

AAPYO, which has been opposing the construction of the hall at IG Park to preserve the only recreational park in Itanagar for common people, further threatened to stage dharna in front of CM’s bungalow in case the authority fails to respond to the demand.


Give incentive to Talar: AOA

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: Lauding the outstanding performance of Laa Talar in the 25th National Sub-Junior Badminton Championship, the Arunachal Olympic Association (AOA) has urged the State Government to give incentive to the upcoming shuttler as a token of encouragement.

Talar won the Boys U-15 title defeating Ansal Yadav of Uttar Pradesh 21-18 and 21-16 in straight sets at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium New Delhi yesterday.

Talar is leaving for Malayasia on December 12 to participate in the World Badminton Championship series.

Meanwhile, AOA Secretary General G Doke and MP Takam Sanjoy hoped that Talar would bring more laurels to the state by winning medals in his upcoming tour.


HGBs, GBs meet held

ROING, Dec 9: A general body meeting of head gaon burahs (HGBs) and gaon burahs (GBs) of Roing and Meka Banggo was held at Jia Musup recently.

The meeting after a threadbare discussion on ‘Adi Yeyon Kitab’, the bye-laws, it was decided to amend/modify certain points of the bye-laws of Adi Kebang System, already published under the leadership of Bassu Perme, president, Adi Cultural & Literary Society.

The meeting also resolved to form new Banggos namely, Dambuk and Bizari Banggo. The new executive bodies of Meka and Roing Banggos were also formed for three years term.

The general secretary, ABK Lower Dibang Valley Unit, 4 HGBs and 33 GBs of the two Banggos including Banggo Secretaries of Adi villages attended the meeting.


Kisan Mela at Balijan

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Papum Pare in collaboration with agri – allied departments is a organizing a Kisan Mela at Balijan from December 15 to 16.

Demonstration on latest technologies, farmers-scientists-Bankers meet, painting competition by school children would be organized during the two-day programme.

Exhibition cum sales on agricultural and allied products by various farmers’ groups would also be held. The organizers would also award best farmers in different agricultural sectors.

The mela organized under the sponsorship of NABARD, Agriculture Technology Management Agency and other line deptts would also facilitate the farmers and scientists to share their knowledge with each other.


Gram Sabha campaign

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: The State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD) has entrusted Dadi Hamgio Charitable Society, an Itanagar based NGO, to conduct Gram Sabha Campaign covering 42 Gram Panchayat under 14 anchal blocks in Upper Subansiri district.


Inter-VKV Science Exhibition

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: “Maha Bhaskara Shastra Vijnan Pradarshani”, an inter-VKV Science Exhibition, would be held at VKV Chimpu, Itanagar from December 17 to 19 next.

Students from fifty-two VKVs, including Assam, Nagaland and host Arunachal Pradesh, will exhibit their scientific skills and innovative models in the exhibition.


Union welcomes ‘historic’ occasion

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: Koloriang Damin Parsi-Parlo and Sarli Students Union expressed joy over opening of motorable road upto Parsi-Parlo circle.

In a release, the union described the recent visit of Kurung Kumey DC Rajeev Takuk to Parsi-Parlo in vehicle as historic occasion.

While appreciating the role of Koloriang MLA Lokam Tassar in this regard, the union also appreciated Kurung Kumey deputy commissioner for visiting the interior areas of the district to get first hand knowledge on various developmental activities.


Sonia birthday

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: The members of Arunachal Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee(APMCC) along with rank and file of district Mahila Congress Committee, Block Congress Committee, City Mahila Congress Committee, NSUI and Pradesh Congress Committee office bearers today celebrated the 67th birth anniversary of AICC president Sonia Gandhi at Rajiv Bhawan here.

APMCC president Yari Dulom and City Mahila Congress president Mai Modi led the members in praying for well being of the AICC president.


VKV exhibition

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: The school level science exhibition was held at VKV Itanagar from December one to three. Out of 182 models displayed, 10 were selected for the final.

The judges for the three day event were Dr N Rao of SFRI, faculties of RGU including Suresh Kumar, Lisa Lomdak and Jumyir Basar.

The selected students will represent the school in the inter-state “Mahabhaskara Shastra Vigyan Pradarshani,” an inter-VKV science exhibition to be organized by VKV, Chimpu from December 16 to 19.

About 364 students participated in the exhibition.


APCF appeals to defer bandh

ITANAGAR, Dec 9:  Arunachal Pradesh College Forum (APCF) today appealed to the Nyishi Youth Welafer Association to defer its 12 hours capital bandh on Monday next saying that it would hamper the ongoing semester examination of master degree courses and house test of various colleges.


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Governor unveils Memorial in recognition of martyrs

Centenary celebration of Anglo-Abor wars

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd.) JJ Singh laid the foundation stone for a war memorial to honour the martyrs of the Anglo-Abor wars at Rebing Camp, 70 km from Pasighat in East Siang district today. The Governor with Minister for Industry, Textile and Handicrafts Tapang Taloh laid wreath at the proposed site, which is near the British Inspection Bungalow that was damaged in 2000 flash flood.

Later, participating in the centenary celebration of Poju Mimak, the 4th and last Anglo-Abor war of 1911-12 at Dengki, near Kebang village, 75 km from Pasighat, the Governor said that the war memorial, for which he laid the foundation, will be the symbol of the martyrs, their commitment and sacrifice of those who live in hearts of the people forever.  

Speaking from the very place which was the headquarters of the Abor Expedition forces, the Governor said that the war memorial will instill a sense of national pride not only amongst members of the community and also in the youth and help them develop pride and respect for the martyrs.  “Through such monuments, we also pay homage to the moral courage, fortitude and resilience of the people of the area who overcame the intense damage suffered during the 4th Anglo-Adi war to become one of the most progressive regions of our state today,” he added.

He expressed his optimism that the important occasion, which aims at honouring the past to inspire the future, will definitely facilitate the future generations and visitors to the State in knowing the valour, courage and bravery of the great sons of the soil.

The Governor lauded the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and local MLA and Minister Taloh for their partaking in the centenary celebration and also in the development of the area.

The Governor, who was very impressed by the huge orange orchards in the area and the scenic beauty of the Siang basin, said that the river basin is the paradise for tourism.

The Siang basin has huge potential for tourism, especially for adventure and eco tourism. Events like this provide a window or exposure to the potentials of the region for the world to see. River Siang not only has hydro power potential but it could be transformed into an ideal spot for adventure sports, the Governor opined.

According to world class rafters, it is one of the best white water rifting in the world. The State government is contemplating to develop tourism in this part of the State in the right perspective so that it would become a major hub for tourism activities.

The Governor said that Arunachal Pradesh is a gifted land with rich biodiversity. One of the global biodiversity hotspots, it is home to a fascinating array of wildlife. New species of flora and fauna are still being discovered every now and then in this pristine ecosystem, which offers a wide range of tangible as well as intangible benefits. He urged upon one and all to ensure that pristine environment is maintained.

Speaking on the occasion, local MLA and Minister Taloh expressed his gratitude to the Governor for participating in the celebration. Taking the opportunity, the minister highlighted on the State Government’s initiative in development of tourism sector and road communication in the area.

Earlier, in his welcome address, Kanki Darang, ADC, member of the celebration committee said that the centenary celebration is being organized to commemorate and pay homage to the forefathers who had made their supreme sacrifice not only during Poju Mimak 1911 but also in other three Anglo-Abor wars. He added that it is felt the sacrifices made by forefathers are no less important than the sacrifice made by others during the Indian Freedom struggle. Darang further said that the other aim of the celebration is to rekindle a sense of patriotism among the younger generation of Arunachal Pradesh as well as to promote tourism in the Siang valley.

Poju Mimak Centenary Celebration Committee Chairman Er. Taduram Darang gave insight of the Anglo-Abor wars and its consequences.

Highlights of the celebration were the demonstration of discharge of stone chutes as practiced during the war by the warriors, photo exhibition of the Anglo-Abor war, exhibitions of ornaments of the community, Tapu or the War dance and mega dance on the theme song of the centenary celebration.

Earlier, the Governor and his entourage including Secretary to Governor Ankur Garg along with East Siang Deputy Commissioner Talem Tapok and Superintendent of Police Pushpendra Kumar visited Goying Liidung, a huge monolith stone at Radha, place where the first Anglo-Abor war took place in 1858. It is said that on 26th March 1858, the stone was fired at by British forces led by Captain Lowther thinking that Adi warriors of Kebang village were hiding in the thick bushes. One can see the marks of shots fired at on the rock. The Governor also saw the giant jack fruit tree, near spot where the British troops rested. It is said that the personnel hung their rifles to the branches of small jack fruit tree, which is today a huge tree. PRO to Governor.


Massive fire incident at Daporijo claims one life

ITANAGAR, Dec 9:  Around 50 houses including properties were gutted in a massive fire which broke out at Airport Colony, Daporijo in the wee hours today.

A 14-year-old boy was burnt to death in the devastating fire accident.

As per the report, the boy Tani Lusy Tamin was sleeping when the fire engulfed the house.

His mother and two sisters have managed to escape the fire with much difficulty.

The mother of the late boy has been admitted at General Hospital, Daporijo with severe burn injuries for treatment.

The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, Daporijo police said.

Meanwhile Tagin Welfare Society (TWS) has strongly condemned the district authority as well as State Government for failing to provide sufficient fire tender at Daporijo township.

“Despite much hue and cry of public since last couple of years, the authorities have failed to provide proper road connectivity to every colony due to which the fire tender could not enter the whole area of the colony in the event of fire accident, TWS alleged.

The Society strongly demanded the Upper Subansiri Deputy Commissioner to immediately release ex-gratia money and relief materials to the fire victims. It also called for proper assessment of the properties lost in the fire incident.  

The society also appealed to the authorities to investigate the root cause of the frequent occurrence of fire accident at Upper Subansiri district.  Meanwhile, Tagin Welfare Society (TWS) has condoled the tragic demise of Tamin in the fire accident.

Meanwhile, the members of All Tagin Youth Organization today met ADC, Daporijo and demanded immediate relief to the victims for their quick rehabilitation.


Over 100 houses gutted at Hapoli

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: Over 100 houses were gutted in a devastating fire accident which broke at Paraline, Hapoli at around 11 pm this night.

However, there has been no reports of loss of life.

Two fire tenders were rushed to the spot and it took almost one and half hour to douse the fire.

The cause of the fire is yet be ascertained.

Meanwhile, Apatani Youth Association (AYA) has urged the State Government and local MLA to visit the spot and provide immediate relief to the victims. Details are awaited.


BJYM flays Govt for lack of interest in development of border roads

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ITANAGAR, Dec 9: Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), Arunachal Pradesh today strongly criticized the state and central government for neglecting to initiate developmental activities in Indo-China border areas of Arunachal Pradesh, particularly Taksing and Mechukha regions.

Speaking to this reporter, BJYM president Doni Nich said that at a time when the neighboring country China has built up road and defense infrastructure along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) its Indian counterpart is still lagging far behind the Dragons in terms of infrastructure development along the LAC.

He said that the thin deployment of armed forces within the strategically important areas and lack of proper communication and transportation systems are adding difficulties to Armed forces in properly manning the international border in Himalayan ranges of Arunachal Pradesh.

He urged the State as well as Central Government to initiate immediate step to expedite the road construction from Lemiking to Maja border via Tama Chung Chung and Limeking to western side of Maja border via Taksing.

The BJYM team during its Border Study tour recently observed that Centre’s special care to develop road infrastructure would go a long way in ensuring India’s defence preparedness to face any challenges from other side of the border.

State BJYM general secretary Taring Teri, vice president Tomi Haider and general secretary Ram Tajo while disclosing the motives of BJYM’s border study tour informed that BJYM Arunachal Pradesh unit has prepared a status report on Arunachal side of India’s International borders.

The BJYM while questioning the authority concerned for preventing it from visiting upto LAC despite prior information said that such prohibition to visit to the LAC within Indian territory on security region indicates poor security management. The BJYM executives members while highlighting the various problems faced by the people of Taksing said that though the Circle Officer’s Office was established at Taksing, the whole business of the office is being maintained by the CO himself and the lone peon. They blamed the state government for their plight. Further, the local people are living in the mercy of army posted there as there is no doctor or other para medical staff in PHC Taksing.

The education scenario was not better than that. The school uniforms, Mid Day meal are yet to reach Taksing. Most of the teachers posted there are reluctant to stay at Taksing for obvious reasons. The Indo Tibetan Border Police and Indian Army jawans distribute edible items to the students and also take classes,  the BJYM team told.

The Morcha also demanded the Government for reintroduction of air sortie of PDS items at Taksing area.

Meanwhile, the APBJYM president Doni Nich left for Guwahati this evening to submit the report of the Indo-China Border Study tour to the party high command at New Delhi.


Pema, Waii  bats for model roads under PMGSY

ITANAGAR Dec 9: All weather and model roads figured as the prime agenda at the RWD officers meet here this morning.

“Our main aim is to provide the rural mass connectivity with good roads. For this I would call upon all my engineer brothers to put on all out effort and ensure judicious use of PMGSY funds”, said Minister RWD and Tourism Pema Khandu while chairing the departmental review meeting of RWD.

While reviewing the PMGSY projects underway in the state, Pema acknowledged the difficulties being felt by the engineers in early completion and proper maintenance of the roads due to vagaries of nature and other factors. However, he insisted the engineers that they should fully avail the peak working season and establish a good grading for the state under the parameters of PMGSY at national level despite difficult mountainous terrain of this Himalayan state.  

The executive engineers, PIUs and DPIUs gave status of completed and ongoing PMGSY road projects through power point presentation.

Parliamentary Secretary Kumar Waii insisted that the officer concerned should commit a deadline for project completion which shall have to be adhered to strictly.

Commissioner Tape Bagra asked for a team work by the department under the guidance of the Minister and Parliamentary Secretary and to ensure cent percent achievement of all road projects within the stipulated time frame.

The Chief Engineer also spoke in the meeting.

The CEO, ARRDA officially took stock of the status of PMGSY projects in the state.

Among others, Suptd. Engineers, Executive Engineers from all the 15 divisions besides other nodal officers from the department were present in the meeting.


Minister emphasizes on scientific exploration of mineral resources

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: Geology and Mining Minister Kamlung Mossang emphasized on sustainable and scientific exploration of mineral resources for development of mineral based industries in the state which in turn would enhance the economy of the state and generate local employment as well.

Initiating a review meeting on plan and programmes of his department in his office chamber today, the Minister instructed the directorate of geology and mining to develop suitable mechanism to check the revenue pilferage especially on minor minerals. To streamline and strengthen the department, especially on geo-technical and statutory side, he advised the department to frame suitable proposal in that regard.

Endorsing the views of the minister, Parliamentary Secretary (Geo & Mining) Gadam Ete, shared his ideas for improvement and strengthening the department so that it can be considered as one of the major revenue earning departments in the state. The existing minor mineral concession rules of the state needs amendment to contain the present challenges of scientific quarrying of minor minerals, he said. The Chairman of APMDTCL Techi Lama also spoke on the occasion and advised the officials of mineral development and trading corporation to work hard so as to make the corporation self reliant in all respect. He urged the directorate of geology & mining to extend all possible cooperation to the APMDTCL.

The senior officers of the department and officials of APMDTCL also attended the review meeting.


Ultimatum to Army on land acquisition payments


DIRANG, Dec 9: The Indian Army based at Senge under Dirang circle has been asked to clear the outstanding amounts due to local land donators or they will face revocation of the same acquired for defence purposes.

While briefing the pains and agonies of villagers of Mandala Phudung and Naga Jiji areas, Dirang Block Zilla Parishad Member Dor Tsering said that the Indian Army had ‘coerced and cajoled’ the innocent and naive local villagers to part with 850 acres of their land way back in 2009 to be used for defence purposes with offers of attractive compensations for the same. However, no payments were made for the past two years despite repeated assurances of early and hassle-free payments. Further, with active intervention and request of the district administration and the Army personnel, villagers were instead again made to donate another 500 acres last year for the same purpose.

“Now, when they seek their due payments, the Indian Army makes various lame excuses one of which was cited as ‘obtaining forest clearance’. I met the state chief conservator of forest G. N Roy at his Banderdewa office, who said the said land was a community land and did not fall under the reserved forest. In light of the development, when again on behalf of my people I spoke to Major Harshvardhan the Army representative at Senge, he said that the Army’s role was to defend the nation and not to acquire land or pay compensations”, explained the ZPM.

‘The land in question donated by the villagers is a community grazing ground and now they are forced to take their Yaks and other milch animals to higher grounds paying taxes to other villagers after forsaking their own to Army. Now, if the Indian Army do not pay their assured land compensations to these naive villagers by the end of March next year, the villagers are going to revoke donations of the said land and treat the NOC’s issued by the district administration as null and void’, threatened the ZPM.


EXIM Bank officials meet CS to explore export potential

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: A high level team from the Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank), Mumbai, headed by its Chairman-cum-Managing Director (CMD) T C A Ranganathan, General Manager David Sinate and Chief Manager V Fanai called on State Chief Secretary Incharge Tape Bagra today.

The main objective of the visit was to interact with key government officials and entrepreneurs, including members of Arunachal Chamber of Commerce and Industries and know about the state’s export potential as well as derive and modulate an effective export mechanism to suite the entrepreneurs of the state.

While expressing his happiness over the team’s interest on the matter,  Chief Secretary Incharge Bagra informed the team about state’s export potential and said that the state produces quality Apple, Kiwi, Oranges, Ginger, Tea and Medicinal Plants. He said that, the Department (Trade and Commerce) has arranged one-to-one interactive session with members of Arunachal Chamber of Commerce & Industries and prospective exporters, entrepreneurs and farmers.

Tokong Pertin, Director, Trade and Commerce while participating in the discussion informed the visiting team that the state government has prepared an export feasibility products involving the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade and the Department. He further mentioned that though our agri-horti produces are cent per cent organic in nature, farmers are being deprived of their due remuneration due to absence of organic product certification agencies. However, the department has tied up with leading organic product certification agencies to create awareness and conduct workshop for the farmers and entrepreneurs, he said.

A workshop-cum-training in this line is tentatively scheduled in the beginning of the coming year, Pertin informed.

T C A Ranganathan, CMD, Exim Bank informed that they have entrepreneurs and exporters friendly various schemes and other assistance which can be of great help to the entrepreneurs and exporters of Arunachal Pradesh as the state has ample opportunity for export of various organic agri-horti based products and medicinal plants.


AAPSU places demand before govt

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) today submitted a memorandum to the Education Department placing certain demands.

The main demands of AAPSU included release of all the pending stipend of the students, enhancement of stipend amount, renovation of all the defunct hostels and release of salaries for SSA teachers on monthly basis. AAPSU also called for speeding up the process for regularization of the SSA teachers. The Union claimed that it had earlier placed the demands in front of education department but response has been lukewarm.

AAPSU has given 20 days ultimatum to the State Government as a whole and education department in particular to look into their demands. They threatened to go for series of bandh calls if their demands were not met.


IT Association cries for salary & accessories

ITANAGAR, Dec 9:  All Arunachal Pradesh IT Consultant Association (AAPITCA) today appealed to the chief minister of the state to reddress their grievances at the earliest.  

Drawing CM’s attention towards its woes, IT consultants claimed that all the 256 consultants who are currently working in various parts have not received their salaries since last seven months. The association urged the CM to release salary immediately.

It claimed that Association’s problems have not been looked into despite submission of several representations to the Education Minister.


Opposition to award of work without norms

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: The Panchayat leaders, public, student organizations and land affected people of RHEP, Yazali under the banner of RHEP Affected People’s Forum expressed shock over awarding of works amounting upto Rs 3.17 crore without following proper procedure by the NEEPCO authorities.

In a release, they claimed that NIT for construction of permanent A-type and B type quarters (PA-4) at Yazali, permanent office building at Yazali and extension of VKV Yazali was floated by HOP NK Mao. But violating the standard norm, the NIT was not published in any local and national dailies.  They claimed HOP Mao awarded work to few of his close accomplishes for financial benefits. The land affected people of Pitapool and Yazali segment have demanded for floating fresh tender by cancelling the earlier NIT.

Claiming that the actual land affected people have been pushed behind, the Forum warned that there could be serious law and order problem if fresh tender is not called at the earliest.


Tali MLA tours home constituency

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: Tali MLA Markio Tado on November 30 inaugurated the construction of wire rope suspension bridge over Solu River. The bridge will connect Tali administrative circle with major villages like Tungmar, Gimba and Guchi.

Tado, who marched on foot for 7 days to reach his constituency, said that the bridge will serve as the life line for the villagers of those areas. He also inaugurated the Govt. Primary School Tungmar constructed under SSA scheme on the same day and interacted with the teachers and the students.

The MLA reached Guchi on December 3 and inaugurated the Health Sub-Centre and Govt. Middle School Guchi.

Addressing the public on both the occasions, the MLA urged them to protect the public properties for their own benefit.


Early construction of guest house demanded

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: All Arunachal Students Union of Tamil Nadu (ASUT) appealed to the authority concerned of the State Government to complete the construction of Arunachal Guest House in Chennai (Vellore) immediately.

People from Arunachal Pradesh, who come to the metro city on medical ground, especially those from poor economic background, have to face great accommodation problem. If the construction of the Guest House is completed, it would solve the accommodation problem to a great extent since the hotel cost in Chennai is very high, the association said. A team of ASUT, which met the Health and Family & Welfare minister on Friday at his office to pursue the matter, also urged the Chief Minister to complete all the official formalities for early construction of the guest house.


Union draws govt attention

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: All Lower Subansiri District Students Union, in a representation, drew the Chief Minister’s attention towards poor condition of government run schools in the district.

Though various schools of the district have been upgraded either to secondary or higher secondary level, the necessary infrastructure have not been provided yet, the memorandum said.

Citing the example of Raga Higher Secondary School, which was upgraded in year 2002 with introduction of science stream, the union claimed that no proper infrastructure has been provided to the school till date thereby hampering the academic studies of the students. Further, the classes of science stream in the school are yet not started,” the memorandum claimed.

The same condition was prevailing in other schools such as the Govt. Higher Secondary school Tallo, Govt. Higher Secondary school Hija and Govt. Higher Secondary school Boasimla, it claimed.

Though all these schools have been upgraded to higher secondary level, the necessary infrastructure have not been provided yet, the memorandum added.

Other schools which need urgent attention, include Govt. secondary school Pitapool, Govt. Secondary school Hong and Govt. Secondary school Hari.

The Union sought the chief minister’s urgent intervention in solving the problems.


Apex Bank extends financial help to unemployed youths

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF), Lower Subansiri District unit organized an awareness programme at Hapoli yesterday.

Attending programme, Arunachal Pradesh State Co-operative Apex Bank, Naharlagun Managing Director Tsering Thongdok highlighted the various benefits provided by the bank and informed that the AAPPTF unemployed members can get the benefit from the bank as per the memorandum of undertaking signed in between the bank and AAPPTF.

He further informed that the bank has already sanctioned 20 vehicles to unemployed youths of various districts after getting recommendation from AAPPTF.

Apex Bank Assistant Manager Tashi Wangdi also assured to cooperate and help AAPPTF in bank related matters.

The AAPPTF Secretary General Sonam appreciated the officers of the Apex Bank for extending financial help to unemployed youth of the state. He strongly urged its members to extend all possible help to the Apex Bank for its steady growth and expansion in the state.

Earlier, a delegation of All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF) Lower Subansiri District Unit led by AAPPTF Secretary General Dobing Sonam met Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, Dr. Dhaniram Sandhil Arunachal In-Charge member of CWC, Sanjay Bapana, Secretary Incharge North East, Parliamentary Secretaries Nido Pavitra, Padi Richo and Likha Saaya at Hapoli yesterday.

The AAPPTF Secretary Sonam apprised the chief minister of its various grievances relating to the federation.

Meanwhile, the chief minister has assured to look into the grievances, AAPPTF claimed.


Govt, ANSU clarification on TOI issue, Orgs threaten to intensify agitation

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: The State Government under Chief Minister Nabam Tuki is aware of the concern of the Nyishi community over the pending emotional issue triggered by inflammatory reports published in Times of India and Deccan Chronicle, two leading national dailies in May this year, said a release from CM’s media cell.

The two similar reports, showing the Nyishi community in poor light, had invited wide-spread condemnation from all communities of the state, while the Nyishis under the umbrella of Nyishi Elite Society (NES) and All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) had launched an agitation against the reports and the persons behind their publications.

In order to reach a consensus and evolve a permanent and satisfactory solution to the impasse, the Tuki government had a series of meeting with representatives of the aggrieved community.

The first meeting in this regard was held on November 25 with NES, which was followed by another meeting with ANSU on November 29. The third and latest meeting was held on December 6 at CM’s Conference Hall jointly with representatives of NES and ANSU. The meeting was also attended by senior members of the community and Nyishi elected representatives, it informed.

“The Government, therefore, has expressed pain that few sections of the society has proposed bandh call in the capital against the so-called inaction on part of the government in this regard.”

“It has been a hectic first month of the Government under Chief Minister Nabam Tuki. Despite nitty-gritty of official formalities in getting settled down, a Herculean task for that matter, the new Government, with all sincerity, has pursued the matter while being very much alive to it. The three sittings with NES-ANSU have been satisfactory and is paving the way for a permanent solution to the matter soon. The Government, therefore, appeals all sections of the society to bear with it and the NES-ANSU combine and maintain calm so that a congenial atmosphere is created to resolve the impasse as soon as possible,”  the release said.

All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) appealed to one and all to let the ToI and Deccan Chronicle issue be dealt with by ANSU and NES as has been mandated by the general body meeting carried out at Nyikum Niya Hall.

“It is unfortunate and surprising to see that some organizations are suddenly taking interest and coming out with their own versions of justice to ToI and Deccan Chronicles issue and to this effect they have called a 12 hours Capital Complex bandh on December 12, ANSU said in a release.

While appealing not to create their own version of the issue since the issue is highly sensitive and sentimental, ANSU urged the bandh organizer to call off their strike for the benefit of every Nyish as the issue is still being pursued by ANSU and NES.

“ANSU-NES movement against TOI/ PT and Deccan chronicles’ ‘damaging comment’ and our perusal for justice is still on and shall continue till justice is achieved. In fact to this effect, we had a meeting with Chief Minister Nabam Tuki pertaining to TOI and Deccan Chronicles issue where the CM showed personal interest and informed us that action in this regard has already been initiated,” the release added.

Following the 12 hours bandh declared by Nyishi Youth Welfare Association on 12 December next in their reaction against alleged failure of government to find logical solution on Pradeep Thakur’s ToI issue, All Nyishi Youth Welfare Association today appealed to the society to wait for till enquiry is completed. In a release, ANYA informed that the issue is under investigation after Tuki led government constituted a committee.  It further cautioned some organizations not to interfere the community’s internal affairs.  

Meanwhile, All Nyishi Youth Council (ANYC), All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Forum (AAPYF), Arunachal Pradesh Abo Tani Clans Youth Organization (APATCYO) and Arunachal Youth Democratic Forum (AYDF) in a joint press statement have threatened to intensify the phase-wise agitation against the government, if it fails to bring a logical solution to ToI and Deccan Chronicle issue.

Demanding that Pradeep Thakur and Manoj Anand should be brought to Itanagar to seek public apology before the community, the organizations said that if the present government fails to meet their demand, the 12 hours bandh would be followed by another 24 and  36 hours Capital Bandh.

Introduce Anthropology

Dear Editor,

I wish to draw the attention of the education department through your esteemed column concerning the value that the state education department is weighing with my academic discipline. A discipline whose contribution for understanding the humankind have been acknowledged all over the world. A discipline that promise to answers and help us learn ways to meet the present-day needs of people all over the world and plan how they might live in the future. A discipline which is taught at the forefront in a leading institutions like University of California, Chicago, Michigan, Oxford, Harvard, Cambridge, London School of Economics. A discipline whose genuine academic relevance and application ranges from research to the fields of bank development, community development, health, education, museum, forensic, to marketing.

Yes, I’m talking about a discipline call anthropology which has so far been sidelined from academic world in our state and thrown into pits, as still today we don’t have a department in any of the government colleges of our state including our lone university-RGU. Moreover, even after five years, our memorandum to CM for the establishment of anthropology department in government colleges remains pending and unanswered, even though the UGC already sanctioned for the same since the last four years.

Of course, recently there is an advertisement for anthropology assistant professor in our university which is quite welcoming but it quite saddening me to inform that out of 3 posts around 130 candidates has applied for the post. One can just imagine that since from the inception of anthropology course in AITS in 2001, leaving aside PhD students, there are around 25 students who have already cleared NET/ SLET Exams in anthropology and following current UGC norms, it would not be incorrect to claim that they are competent enough to teach anthropology at college or university level.

It is so strange that the discipline whose instrumental works laid down the policy formulation of our state is put into such a miserable state. Perhaps there’s no educated men in our state who don’t know anthropologists like Verrier Elwin, C. Von Furer-Haimendorf, Sachin Roy, P.C. Dutta, among others, whose influential works are still discussed and referred in the context of our state policy formulation.

There is no clear solution to these problems, other than introducing anthropology department in all the government colleges of our state as early as possible. If we ignore anthropology we ignore at our own peril.


Ratna Tayeng,




LPG and love marriages

Dear Editor,

My home town Daporijo has always been notorious for garbage, mosquitoes, bad road conditions etc. etc. The latest to make up to the notoriety list in Daporijo is the acute shortage of the supply of LPG. The LPG supply in Daporijo is really depressing. The gas agency books the gas card and takes the full payment one month in advance and the poor consumers have to wait for one full month before they can change the gas cylinders. The woes don't just end there. The exchange of the gas cylinders is also nothing less than a scene from a war movie. People line up from 2-3 pm in the afternoon to receive a gas cylinder, that would be issued the next day only after 9 am. The people are standing, eating and sleeping outside the gas godown, so that they can receive a gas cylinder in the morning. Sometimes, people sleep for 2-3 nights outside the gas godown in anticipation that the truck ferrying the LPG cylinders are on their way. What is more disturbing is the fact that since the elders/parents are not able to stay awake the whole night in front of the gas godown, school children (both boys and girls) are being sent to stand in line outside the gas godown, thereby affecting their studies. Rumor and jokes are rife that, since the school children have started camping outside the gas godown at nights, the rate of love marriage has jumped to the highest ever.

It is simply painful to think that the gas agency are taking the innocent people for a ride and to the further dismay of the public, the district administration is a mute spectator to the drama that revolves around the collection of a simple LPG cylinder. Even keeping at bay the district administration, it makes me wonder what are the various associations doing in order to help the innocent public, who have to go through and bear such pains for a gas cylinder. It is not a surprise that the public leaders/politicians are also bystanders; they don't indulge in things that don't benefit them. Here, in this situation, nobody will ever raise a voice as the people from the upper strata of the society are easily availing all the benefits without even moving a muscle. The worst sufferers are the common public who have to stand, sleep outside the godown and then again fight, so that they can cook their meal peacefully.

Therefore, I request the district administration, the various organisations and the elected leaders of upper subansiri to look into the matter. I fear someday someone might get killed over a mere LPG cylinder.


Duge Soki,




No payment no work

Dear Editor,

SSA teachers have been deprived of their payment and are working without the salaries since the last 2 months though their enhanced salaries and six months arrears have been announced already in the month of Aug.2011.

Now the contract teachers under SSA of Arunachal Pradesh shall not perform their regular duties with effect from 1st January 2012, if the Government fails to release the enhanced salary and 6 month arrear within this month.

Earlier the government had announced mandatory order for the teachers “No work no payment", today the teachers under SSA announces "No payment no work”. And shall not conduct annual examination this year.

But also the teachers community do hope that the present Govt will release the enhanced salaries and six month arrear very soon to meet the necessities of the crying teachers.


A SSA teacher



At the end of the day, we all are Indians

Dear Editor,

A lot of speculations have been made so far over  Ananth Kumar's opinion about our state, most specifically about the people inhabiting in the state. And, it was definitely not surprising to find the defiant expressions of our so called proud Arunachali brothers. Really, how dare could an outsider like Ananth Kumar make such harsh and malapropos ad-lib about the people here.

How dare he? And how dare could he do it in such a public forum that is meant for the people and by the people of Arunachal Pradesh. How dare he tickle the pride of Arunachal Pradesh!

I say, these could actually solicit after effects of the PT case. And still knowing these he dared to do this. Look at his nerves! Well, I still being a proud bearer of the name Arunachal Pradesh, proud of its illustrious culture and traditions and its love bound people, react to Ananth's remarks in a healthier optimism. I don't know why anybody would find it wrong to hear someone's opinion on affairs that is actually affecting him. And what wrong did he say when he mentioned the domineering nature prevalent in most parts of Arunachal? Well, I saw that happen, at many instances and situations!

And, when somebody like Ananth Kumar stands up against such atrocities, they are termed as anti-social elements. How sporty!!

In my view, our people should start reacting to such remarks with better understanding and disposition. I have no idea of how many of you do realize that for heights to achieve we need to encounter criticisms too. And criticisms that are truthful in nature has to be accepted with the best possible demeanor, so that those criticisms and condemnations are staked as ladders for our own further growth. I refrain from speaking very technical, the matter would deepen meaninglessly otherwise. I bow before Ananth Kumar's efforts to bring upon our notice, so as to make us realize, about the issues we share. And, lastly, please drop the references like 'outsiders', 'non-Indian', 'mainland Indians’,'North East Indians. At the end we all are Indians, right?


Mijong Ripuk,




Update Website

Dear Editor,

This is in regards to the Website management by APPSC. I would like to appeal to the APPSC that two weeks have passed since the ad notification but the same hasn't been uploaded in the website. I would like to request that please do upload the syllabuses as well.


An Aspirant





Dear Editor,

I would like to thank Panye Arjun for his kindness. A few days back, my vehicle hit his but to my utter surprise when he came out of the car, instead of being angry, he asked about my well being.

If you are reading this, please accept my thanks.


Ramanuj Mishra.




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Child rights


A report by a child rights organisation has come out with some disturbing details. Over eleven children go missing in India each hour and at least four of them are never found, reveals. Most of these children are driven into child labour and brothels.

The report by Bachpan Bachao Andolan covers 392 of India's 640 districts and is the first such comprehensive study on the subject and was compiled over two years from January 2008 to January 2010.

The report says 117,480 children went missing between January 2008 and January 2010 in 392 districts in 20 states and four UTs.

Based on the findings, the group estimates that the total number of children who go missing every year in India could be as high as 96,000.

This report comes at a time when the latest official estimates report around five million children economically active in the labour market. About 53% of the total number of children working in hazardous occupations is employed in the pan, bidi, and cigarette industry, in construction, and as domestic help. 72% recorded child workers are in agriculture and constitute almost 9% of all agricultural workers. Many girls are subject to hazards of physical and sexual abuse even at a young age of 10 or 12 years at work.

Campaigners say most of the missing children are from poor families and the biggest reason why many remain untraced is because of the apathy of the police and law enforcement agencies.

It is based on data from the government-controlled National Crime Record Bureau, the National Human Rights Commission, various child rights groups and information obtained under the Right to Information Act.

Campaigners say children are often abducted for ransom, before being made to beg or work as bonded labour. Many are sexually exploited. Sometimes, they are even used as child soldiers or combatants in armed conflicts.

The figures could be much higher than estimated as many cases go unreported. It is time, government take note of the problems and involves all agencies to figure out a mechanism to control such occurrences.