December 03

Ering visits Bordumsa

BORDUMSA, Dec 2: Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs, Ninong Ering visited Bordumsa today  and met the officers, panchayat leaders, public leaders of the area including local MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary IT & Finance CC Singpho. He took stalk of the development projects undertaken at Bordumsa and Diyun area. He also visited the Shapang Yang Pong festival ground cum Singpho Heritage Centre, where he had sanctioned Rs 10 lakhs for construction of gallery and another Rs 15 lakhs for construction of a community hall in the centre. He inspected the works in the site and found the progress to be satisfactory. The union minister assured further assistance also. He also visited the under-construction community health centre building, the girls hostel building constructed under MSDP at GHSS Bordumsa. He also informed that the various schemes proposed for the area are under active consideration and are in the pipeline of sanction process.

He also announced that a 200 crore project named NERCOMP will be launched by the  minister for DONER Pawan Singh Ghatowar and the CM Nabam Tuki  within this month at Changlang.


Bandh call proposed on Dec 4

ITANAGAR, Dec 02: The Arunachal Pradesh Democratic Youth Association (APDYA), Arunachal Pradesh People Volunteer Youth Forum (APPVYF) and Arunachal Pradesh Cleans Corruption Youth Federation (APCCF) have proposed for a 12 hours Capital bandh on December 4 next.

The organizations have demanded immediate termination of 68 employees in group B, C & D in the department of school education claiming illegal appointment and publish advertisement for fresh recruitment for the said posts and immediate removal of education minister Bosiram Siram and director school education Tapang Taloh claiming their involvement in the illegal appointment.


PPA demands public apology from state govt.

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: The People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) sought public apology from ruling Congress Govt. in the state for its alleged misuse of political power for selfish political gains during President Pranab Mukherjee’s recent visit.

The party claimed that the state government has misused its power by erecting party (INC) flags on both sides of NH-52A on eve of President’s visit on November 29 and 30.

“This unfortunate act simply displays the desperation and brazen use of political power for selfish political gains,” PPA president Nikh Kamin said in a release.

Expressing disappointment over the act, Kamin demanded the state government to tender unconditional apology before the people of Arunachal Pradesh for ‘disgracing’ the dignity and sanctity of the Constitutional Head.

“The state Congress functionaries seem to have failed to distinguish between the visit of the head of the state and that of their own party observer. This kind of ignorance on the part of the PCC might have embarrassed the President on his historic visit to the state as the President of India,” Kamin added.


APCSOA members call on CM

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: The executive members of Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service Officers’ Association (APCSOA) and the APCS officers representing various APCSOA districts units called on Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in his bungalow today and placed their various demands and issues like transfer and posting policy, early tabling of the Bagra Committee report, manhandling of APCS Officers during the last Panchayat Raj elections, vehicle soft loan, etc.

The APCSOA hailed the state government for approving three posts of Additional Secretaries and another three posts of Joint Secretaries to the senior grade APCS Officers. They also lauded the CM for approving 75% financial grant to APCS officers for procurement of vehicles with provision of one contingency driver.

During the meeting, the CM advised the officers to discharge duty and live upto the people’s expectation. He informed that a state wide skill development and training programme will be launched for educated unemployed and rural youths. Despite fund constraint, Tuki said, the Government has considered some of the genuine demands of the association. He appealed to the officers to reciprocate the same by performing their duties with sincerity and commitment.

Responding to APCSOA’s concern over posting of Rural Development Department cadre officers as Block Development Officers (BDOs) against CD Blocks earmarked for APCS officers (vide standing Notification No.CD-71/2007(E) Dated the 15th December 2007), the CM expressed his ignorance regarding the matter and assured to look into it.


KAWS demands justice for Bater Koyu

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: The Koyu Ao Welfare Society (KAWS) has demanded exemplary punishment to the accused involvement in the brutal attack on one IRBN trainee Bater Koyu at Battalion Training Centre, Dergaon on November 26 who later succumbed to his injuries.

In its letter to the DGP (E), seeking justice for late Koyu, it urged for fair and speedy trial under criminal court and to award death penalty as per the provision of IPC.

No monster should be allowed to take shelter in any society, it said.

It further questioned the credibility of the authorities of the Battalion training centre, Dergaon for their lackadaisical attitude and careless management which led to the incident.


Org calls for re-assessment of TAH affected properties

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: The All Arunachal Pradesh Government Departmental Labour’s Union, Pakke-Kessang and Passa Valley Circle, President Swami Techi has called for re-assessment of properties in Pakke-Kessang Area in East Kameng district that have been affected by the Trans Arunachal Highway for payment of compensation.

In a release, claiming that some officials involved in the misappropriation of fund meant for the project harassed local people sought their suspension.

Asserting that the affected land owners were assured of being provided with compensation within 20 days in a meeting held at Pakke-Kessang and at Rilloh village between landowners and public with ADC, LRSO, PRI Leaders of Pakke-Kessang Block Representatives on October 19 last, it expressed dismay that more than a month have passed with no compensation provision.

It further warned of going to the court if the demand is not met.


State govt fails to maintain law & order, says association

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: Drawing attention of the recent brutal attack on a teenage boy, Jonti Lomdak, at Daporijo on November 23 who succumbed to his injuries two days later, The Bini Youth Association in a release said, murder after murder shows that the state government has failed to maintain law and order situation.

It appealed the Upper Subansiri district administration, particularly the SP to arrest the remaining absconding culprits immediately to restore peace in the district.

All the accused must be trialed in a fast track court and the punishment should be the harshest of all. Every verdict of the trial of the case be made public, it suggested.


Joint operation for illegal timber cutting conducted

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: The members of Arunachal Green Environment Mission (AGEM), Balijan Circle Youth Association and forest officials of Balijan circle conducted a joint operation against illegal timber cutting and illegal hunters recently.

In a release informing of the same, AGEM claimed that the team seized and destroyed in large quantity many items used for felling trees.

It claimed that six persons were arrested by the police for illegal timber cutting.

Meanwhile the association has requested the higher authority to post adequate number of forest officials at RFO Dublaghar.


NESO to apprise central leaders of its demand

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: Reiterating non fulfillment of its 10 point charter of demand by the GoI, the North East Students’ Organization (NESO) has decided to go to New Delhi on December 10 next to apprise the central leaders about the demands.

It has also decided that the General Council Meeting cum Youth Cultural Exchange Programme which was supposed to be held from November 5 to 9  has been postponed for January next year.


People of Dari seek compensation for polluted river

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: Claiming that Hydro Power department has polluted Ego river by releasing muddy and diesel diluted water, the Custodian of Land and Property of West Siang has called on the state government for a compensation of Rs 50 lacks for the people of Dari village saying that the river helps them earn that much from the Lipum (fish home).

Otherwise, people of the area are going to starve for want of money for sustenance and upbringing of their children.


LBYF restricts sale of land under its jurisdiction

ITANAGAR, Dec 2:  The Lora-Belo Youth forums (LBYF) has restricted sale and purchase of land within Lora-bello- buka saying that if need be, the concerned GBs and GPM and villagers are to be informed.

This was decided during a meeting held at Govt. Primary School, Lora on November 30 last.

Other resolutions taken in the meeting were village link road to be widened 3meter each from the centre point of present link roads, hunting, fishing and cutting of trees banned in the area with imposition of Rs 5000 and three year imprisonment for the violators among others.


Training of trainer on ITP

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: A five day state level training of trainer (ToT) programme in Intensive Training Programme (ITP) began today at ATI, Naharlagun.

The programme is being conducted under 100 percent course fee sponsorship of DoPT, GoI with the faculty support from Assam Administrative Staff College, Guwahati who deputed a master trainer Deba Prasad Mishra, ACS, Joint Director (Training), AASC, Guwahati as the main resource person.

As many as 25 officers including few representatives from PRI bodies representing five pilot districts, namely Papum Pare, Lower Subansiri, Upper Subansiri, Kurung Kumey and West Siang are participating in the programme.

The programme will conclude on December 6 next.


Society asks for termination of assaulter of Dr Perme

ITANAGAR, Dec 02: The Perme-Kenning Welfare Society has appealed the state government for re-arrest of the sub–ordinate staff involved in the assault of Dr Rajen Perme, Deputy Director of Regional Sheep Breeding Farm (RSBF) at Shangti in West Kameng district in the month of October.

In its letter to the chief secretary, it claimed that the culprit was arrested and released on the same night itself.

Also asking for terminating him from the job, it said, it would ensure that people can still have faith on enforcers of law.


Mass social service held

PASIGHAT, Dec 2: A mass social service was organized under active guidance of Councilor wards No.03 Maklek Yomso December 1 and 2 at Forest Colony area, Pasighat.

The main aim of the social service was for the clearance of all sub-ways within the Microwave Tower/Forest Colony etc which was illegally occupied by the residents.

The clearance of all Sub-ways within the colony has deterred free movements of Ambulance during medical emergency and free movement of fire brigade during any kind of fire accidents.

The ward councilor along with his ward committee received tough resistance to from some of the residents during the clearance drive; however, it was resolved amicably.

The ward Councilor Yomso urged all to extend their valuable cooperation in the process of beautification of Pasighat Township.


472 patients benefited from free health camp

ZIRO, Dec 2: As many as 472 patients got benefited from free health cum awareness camp organized by Yolio Polang Society (YPS) in collaboration with District Health Society (DHS) held here at Govt Hr. Sec. School, Hija today.

In his inaugural speech, local MLA cum parliamentary secretary Padi Richo while suggesting people to get benefits from the camp disclosed that the cancer hospital meant for the State will be opened here at Ziro for which process is going on and paper works likely to get cleared within 2 years. If this proposal is materialized, people of the State will get the benefits, he added.

Later, subject specialist and experts gave speech on immunization, TB, malaria and HIV & AIDS.

As per record, there were 204 Eye patients, 73 dental, 49 gynecological patients, 43 children, 68 medicines and 36 surgical patients. In all there were 110 laboratory test and 33 immunizations.

Later, Hija ACP Nada Tatung who coordinated YPS and DHS right from the beginning has appreciated doctors and paramedical staffs of district hospital Ziro and Old Ziro CHC for rendering tireless service given to people and also assured to cooperate them in near future.  (By Yachang Tacho)


World Disabled day

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: Various activities like literary, cultural and games and  sports are being organized  by SSA Rajya Mission, Itanagar under the head of inclusive education on the eve of World Disabled Day at   Science Centre, I.G Park,  here today. A group of six students from each district of the state have taken part in the  activities.

In his inaugural speech, State Project Director R K Mishra advised all the participants including  I. E  coordinator, escorts  that  they should properly guide and teach the students in a friendly atmosphere. He also mentioned the film like -- Taare Zameen Par and appreciated the  role of  Amir Khan as a teacher. Mishra  especially emphasized on the need of special care for  the disabled child ( Child with special need) and on how to handle themselves inside the  class as well as outside to treat themselves equal to the able  students. He said that nowadays no one is weak; everybody is capable to compete in every field.

P.K Lombi, State Project Officer (I.E ) welcomed all the participants and gave vote of  thanks. The prizes of the various activities will be distributed on  Dec 3  on the occasion of world Disable day.


News Impact

RGU bags 6th CM’s Running Debate Trophy

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: The Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU), Rono Hills became the winner of the 6th Chief Minister’s Running Trophy Debate while Dera Natung Government College (DNGC), Itanagar bagged the runner’s up trophy at Banquet Hall here today.

Mapi Taipodia of RGU was adjudged the best speaker, while Likha Pantom of DNGC was given the trophy for the second best speaker. Along with the trophies, the winners were given certificates, cash awards and mementos. Further, the Ngarsi Thorio memorial award consisting of cash amounts were given to the best speaker and the second best speaker.

The motion of the debate was, ‘The media has failed to serve the interest of the public’.

While stating that, constructive criticism is always good, Chairperson, State Finance Commission, Fantry Mein Jaiswal, a judge in the debate, advised the participants to come prepared with better research next time. Addressing the press and media fraternity, the former IRS personnel, pointed out that lacunae in reporting existed and need was to plug those holes. She called for reaching out to every district of the state with reporting on serious issues and to be in touch with the current times.   

Attending as the second judge in the debate, former Echo of Arunachal Associate Editor and APCS officer, Dahey Sangno, suggested important tips and nuances for a good debate to the participants. Among others, Speaker of the debate, RGU Associate Professor, Dr. Nani Bath also gave in his remarks and observations. The general comments session evoked enthusiastic participation from both press and media persons and students attending the function.

Debaters, two each from Rajiv Gandhi University, Dera Natung Government College and Arunachal Law Academy enthusiastically put in their points and countered each other to an indecisive end.

Earlier, making the opening remarks, Executive Director, CCRD, Moji Riba, informed that the debate could not be held on the Nov 16 - the National Press Day due to paucity of time. The yearly debate for college and university students which started since 2008 is organised by the Arunachal Press Club, Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists in collaboration with Centre for Cultural Research and Documentation marking the National Press Day celebrations.

A two minutes silence was observed at the end of the function as a mark of respect and in remembrance of senior journalist V. Ravindran who passed away on Nov 26.



Construction of Greenfield airport

HC-formed panel visits Karsingsa

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: The Gauhati High Court constituted committee to study technical feasibility for construction of a Greenfield airport in Itanagar today visited Karsingsa site. The committee members trekked around the area to get first hand information of ground reality. The team headed by Justice Retd AC Upadhyay landed in Naharlagun this afternoon and straightway went to Karsingsa. The other team members include Anil Kumar Jain, director of aerodrome, Saranjit Singh, director of land reforms, Govt of India, JP Singh, director of North East and Home affairs, Govt of  India and Shilpa Shinde, Home Secretary Govt of Arunachal Pradesh.

 Earlier on their way from Guwahati, the team conducted aerial survey of both Karsingsa and Hollongi sites.  The court in its judgment passed on August 30 this year had ordered formation of the committee after hearing a PIL filed challenging the proposal to shift the project from Karsingsa to Hollongi.

The team will visit proposed airport site at Hollongi tomorrow morning. Papum Pare deputy commissioner Pige Ligu, LRSO Techi Hitler and police officials accompanied the committee during the visit.



ALGs of Arunachal to be made functional soon’

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: Chief of Air Staff designate Air Marshall Arup Raha assured that Indian Air Force will work hard to make all ALGs functional at the earliest to improve the air connectivity of the State. Air Marshal Raha gave this assurance when he called on called Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma at Raj Bhawan today.

Air Marshal Raha had visited Pasighat and Walong before coming to Itanagar and is scheduled to inspect other ALGs too during his tour to Arunachal Pradesh.

The Governor appreciated the Indian Air Force, especially the Eastern Air Command for their commendable humanitarian services rendered during the time of emergencies and in responding to the needs of the people in interior isolated habitats of Arunachal Pradesh.

Governor stressed on early implementation of the projects so that basic food materials reach the people in the interior and non-accessible locations.  Governor assured support to ensure that the works are completed in time.

Air Marshall R.K. Sharma, AOC-in-C, Eastern Air Command, Air Marshall H.B. Rajaram, Air Officer Administration, IAF and Brig S. Tiwari, CCE (NEP) were present in the meeting. PRO to Raj Bhawan



Two more ‘admission fraudsters’ arrested

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: Yet in another achievement the Itanagar Police arrested one Jose Thomas and his associate Kiran James from Kerala recently for cheating to the tune of Rs.60.00 lakh for getting MBBS admission to the complainant’s daughter in a reputed Medical College in Kerala. With this arrest  Itanagar Police has worked out the MBBS admission fraud case reported by one T. K. Tabin of Niti Vihar, informed Capital  SP Seju P. Kuruvilla in a release today.

Earlier Police had registered a case at Itanagar P. S. (No.243/13 u/s 120(B)/420 IPC) against Jose Thomas of Kerala for cheating to the tune of Rs.60.00 lakh on MBBS admission for the complainant’s daughter in a reputed Medical College in Kerala, the release added.

 The Investigating Officer SI. Neeraj Nishant under the active guidance of Officer-Incharge inspector Tabi Bage and SDPO Itanagar Jummar Bassar cracked the case and succeeded in arresting Jose Thomas, 35, of Anakkal,  district Kottayam, Kerala on Nov 28 last and his associate Kiran James, 24,  of Ollur, District - Thrissur, Kerala on Nov 29 from Kerala.

 On interrogation it has been revealed that similar modus operandi has been used by the duo to cheat many persons of North Eastern states. They have been produced before the Court of CJM, Itanagar. Further interrogation is on,the release said.



APWWS organizes legal awareness prog

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: Arunachal Pradesh Women’s Welfare Society (APWWS) organized a state level legal awareness programme on “Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012” (POCSO) during its general conference at Naharlagun on November 30.

Attending the inaugural function, local MLA Techi Kaso appreciated APWWS for bringing awareness among womenfolk of the state about women’s and children’s legal rights. He exhorted the young women to come forward and work for the welfare of the weaker section of the society.

APWWS president Gumri Ringu hailed the state government for constituting State Commission for Protection of Child Rights. Resource person of the programme TP Loyi, Jt. Director Women & Child Development gave a detailed insight into the various provision of the latest Act through PowerPoint presentation. She also cleared the doubts of participants on the topic. APWWS Chief Advisor Tadar Yadir also spoke on the occasion.  

More than hundred members from Capital Complex attended the conference along with district and affiliated bodies from Koloriang, Aalo, Tezu Mishmi Welfare Society, Seijosa, Doimukh Nyem Acham, Dumporijo, Ziro, Taliha, Paying Women’s Welfare Society, Yachuli, Wakka, Sangram.

The daylong programme was sponsored by Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority (APSLSA) and MLA Capital Complex Techi Kaso.



CM clarifies on SUMA’s demands

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: A delegation of Students Union Movement of Arunachal Pradesh (SUMA) led by its president Biri Tabing and general secretary Unti Umbrey yesterday met Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in his office and submitted a four-point memorandum to genuinely address the impending issues for safeguarding the interest of indigenous people of the state.

During the meeting, the Chief Minister clarified that the objective of the Joint High Power Committee (JHPC) constituted by the state government on December 3, 2010 is to study the ground realities pertaining to issue of PRC to non-APSTs settled in various parts of the state. The Committee is authorized only to submit its recommendations to the Government after studying the issue in detail. In no way the JHPC is authorized to grant PRC to non-APSTs of Arunachal Pradesh, the chief minister said.

The final authority is the State Government to consider or not the report submitted by the JHPC, the CM said adding that the opposition to JHPC is based on misunderstanding of the role of the JHPC. He further assured the Union that the GoAP would not proceed ahead in hasty to grant PRC to non-APST as of now the JHPC is in temporarily suspended. The Chief Minister reiterated that minority development scheme is a central government project, which is for cumulative development and welfare of a region irrespective of the status of majority of the population. Also, an individual cannot enjoy the benefits of two schemes meant for scheduled tribes and minorities at the same time.  He, however, assured that a Committee will be constituted to get the details of the procedure of granting minority certificates to the people.

He clarified that the objective of the government in taking the benefits of minority schemes is in no way to divide the indigenous communities on communal lines but only to reap the benefits of development, when the central government is ready to provide funds under the scheme.

In view of the infringe with regard to The Arunachal Pradesh Freedom of Religion Bill ,1978 (As passed by the Assembly on 19th May,1978 and again on 6th October,1978 ), he ensured to constitute committee comprising members from legal background along with members from communities based apex body and inclusion of RGU Professor for averting the future complicacy.  

On land allotment to non-APSTs and their enrolment in voter list, the Chief Minister agreed to constitute a committee for in-depth study of the status of land allotments granted to non-APSTs in various parts of the state. He assured that after getting the report from the committee the Government will take appropriate action as per norms. He also expressed serious concern on allegation of reckless enrolment of non-APSTs in the voter list of the state and assured that appropriate remedial measures will be taken up by the government.

The Chief Minister clarified that the grant of citizenship rights to the Chakma Hajong refugees in Arunachal Pradesh was entirely in the domain of the Central Government. The State Government can only forward the sentiments of the local people and request the Central Government to consider sympathetically the concerns and sentiments of the local people. He assured that the issue will be raised by the Government at the highest possible level with the centre.

The Chief Minister also acknowledged all other issues raised by the organization and assured that all will be sorted out through steps as required at appropriate time. He requested the organization to cooperate with the Government so that all issues are resolved amicably within the democratic norms of the country. He said that the time and energy of the youths should be utilized in the right direction desisting from negative vibes and inculcating positive outlook towards governance and over-all development of the society.

SUMA president while expressing gratitude to the CM for his eagerness to genuinely undertake every issues within stipulated time for the welfare of indigenous people and appealed every indigenous people of the state to continue the moral support to the union for addressing the impending issues permanently in near future.

SUMA’s demands included immediate cancellation of Joint High Power Committee (JHPC) constituted on March one, 2013 by the state Govt. to consider issuance of Permanent Residential Certificate (PRC) to non-APST residing in the state, permanent solution to Chakma and Hajong refugee issue, Immediate withdrawal of implementation of MSDP scheme from Arunachal Pradesh, Immediate cancellation of issued minority certificate to Schedule Tribes of Arunachal Pradesh, Restrain the formation of Nagaland Peoples Front   (NPF), the regional political party of Nagaland in Arunachal Pradesh, among others.



Tacho inaugurates shopping Complex at Tawang

TAWANG, Dec 2: In a simple but impressive function here, a Shopping Complex under UD and Housing for unemployed  and poor women was today formally inaugurated by Minister UD, Housing, Town Planning & ULBs and Fisheries Rajesh Tacho in presence of Parliamentary Secretary,  Arts & Cultural Affairs Tsewang Dhondup, ZPMs, public leaders and  head of offices of the Tawang district.

Rajesh Tacho while inaugurating the shopping complex stated that  it has been set up for unemployed and poor women adding that the complex would provide a source of livelihood for them along with safety and other basic facilities at low-price.

Lauding the Department of UD and H Tawang for quality implementation of the project despite the difficult climatic and geographical conditions, Rajesh disclosed that such shopping complex would be set up in every district of the state.

With huge applause from the gathering, he further opined that every district should instill quality implementation of projects/schemes similar to Tawang.  Underlining the importance of the Shopping Complex from tourism point of view, Tacho mentioned that the Complex can also be a hub for shopping for the tourists and visitors to Tawang.

It is worth mentioning here that the Shopping complex for unemployed and poor women, a triple storied RCC type building with a plinth area of 1520 sq.mtr, has space for 40 numbers of shops and 2 numbers of restaurants.  In a message, the UPO (UD & H) Tawang Sophia Lego informed that the Shopping Complex has been completed in a period of 26 Months and the total amount of the project is 511.79 Lakhs.

Earlier, extending his solidarity and sharing the pain with the bereaved family members of   Late Thupten Tsewang Lama, Superintendent of Police (SIT) who passed away at Bomdila on Saturday last, the Minister prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and also prayed to almighty to bestow strength to bear the irreparable loss.

Chief Engineer-cum Director UD & Housing Er. Taba Tedir, Assistant Commissioner Tawang Dr Tariq Thomas,  Zilla Parishad Chairperson Tawang Jambey Tsering, i/c Deputy Director DUDA Tawang Er. Kame Bengia besides all the head of offices of the district were present on the occasion. DIPRO incharge Tawang



War of wards over allegation of encroachment

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: The members of All Papum Pare District Students Union (APPDSU) along with Directorate of Research Officer B Das Asstt Director Research (Itafort monument in charge), P Koji Asstt. Technical Research and T. Rinku, Draughtsman of Director Research today visited Itafort Archaeological site which is one of the protected Archaeological Monument of Arunachal Pradesh. They claimed to have carried out physical verification of the monument site.

During the visit, the team claimed to have found that Talo Potom ADM cum CEO has violated the Notification issued by Govt. of A.P the Department of Political on 20th February 1976 vide no. Pol/PA/76 by excavating protected monument land within the vicinity of protected Monument Area without permission from the Deputy Secretary Political Department Govt Of Arunachal Pradesh. The union strongly urged the concern department to take appropriate action against the violator of the Notification issued by the department of Political Govt of Arunachal Pradesh 1976.

They also appealed to the directorate of research to take actual measurement of the Itafort monument area according to the original map of Itafort to prevent further encroachment of the Area. The APPDSU also called on Deputy Commissioner Capital Complex to cancel all the land allotment issued to any individuals within the periphery of Itafort monument area as per the Gov. Notification dated 20th Feb 1976, January 2000 and the Arunachal Pradesh Ancients Monument, Archaeological site and Remains Preservation Act 1990 irrespective of his or her protocol.

Meanwhile talking to this daily incumbent ADM Talo Potom thrashed all allegations and alleged that APPDSU member trespassed into his house without informing him. “I have lodged case against general secretary of APPDSU at Itanagar police station for trespassing into my house. This whole thing is being done to malign my image. In the year 2011 similar kind of allegation was lodged against me. At that time one person had submitted complain letter to Chief Minister alleging me of illegally encroaching Itafort land. The then CM had directed DC to verify the complaint. The report submitted by DC nowhere mentioned any kind of encroachment activities,” clarified ADM. He also added that his house is at a safe distance from Itafort and therefore it is wrong to allege him of illegal encroachment. “Rajbhawan and Legi building is also nearby Itafort but they have been given allotment. Then why only target me,” he continued.  



Indigenous Faith Day celebrated

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: Indigenous Faith Day was celebrated at Changlang with a call to protect, preserve and promote indigenous faiths and culture at Changlang yesterday.

The celebration began with a mass rally participated by more than 1000 indigenous people and a prayer to almighty Rangfra for the welfare of the human being.

Addressing the believers of indigenous faiths on the occasion, Thunbui Zeliang, General Secretary of Nagaland based Zeliangrong Haraka Association said that celebration of day will inspire the people to preserve and promote religious values and identity. The spiritual or the faith value systems of different communities are the source of guidance and inspiration, he said adding that indigenous faiths will continue to strengthen the bonds of our composite culture and beliefs.

He heaped praises on members of indigenous people and other indigenous societies for dedicating their time and energy to preserve and propagate the rich cultural heritage, which, if not taken care of, would disappear with time in a fast changing materialistic world.

He said that the Indigenous Day celebration will provide an opportunity to everyone to understand different indigenous faith and beliefs in a better way and motivate all for honest and positive engagement.

While highlighting the significance of the Indigenous Faith Day, IFCSAP (E) vice president N Changmi urged people to preserve their traditional culture and faiths for identity.

“The traditional wisdom of our elders, in every sphere, is very important in every walk of life. They guide and teach us on agriculture, horticulture and craftsmanship and we have to follow their foot steps,” he said. He expressed gratitude to those who have been working tirelessly for preservation of indigenous faith and culture as well as for peace and harmony in the society.

At Ziro, the believers of Danyi Piilo celebrated the Indigenous Faith Day at Danyi Piilo Ground and Abotani Hall, Hapoli.

Local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary Padi Richo and Lower Subansiri Zilla Chairperson Hage Kobing attended the programme as chief guest and guest of honour.

The keynote address was given by Mudang Elyu.

On the occasion, a memorandum was submitted to the chief guest for construction of a Multipurpose Cultural Hall at Danyi Piilo ground, Hapoli.

Various literary competitions were conducted to mark the occasion.



World AIDS Day observed in Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: The World AIDS Day was observed in various districts of Arunachal Pradesh in a befitting manner yesterday.

At Roing in Lower Dibang Valley district, the day started with an awareness rally by the students of Govt.  Middle School, Cheta along with teaching staffs, PRI leaders, public leaders and officers and officials of health department in the district. The slogan like “Awake Public, fight against AIDS” “Stop discrimination with HIV positive cases” “Get your blood tested for HIV” etc were sung during the rally. The rally was flagged off by Sipi Elapra Linggi, Zilla Parishad Chairperson of Lower Dibang Valley District.

While speaking on the occasion, the ZP Chairperson called upon one and all to be a party to the fight against HIV/AIDS. She also advised the students to restrain themselves from indulging in high risk behavior.

The District Medical Officer, Roing Dr. Allok Yirang while explaining the theme of this year World AIDS Day’2013 “Getting to Zero, Testing is Vital” stated that there are only 4 modes of transmission of HIV/AIDS that is Sexual contact, Unsafe blood transfusion, Intravenous drug use and Mother to child transmission. He also explained that it does not transmit through hand shaking, sharing of food, sharing of cloths, sharing of toilet and working together in a room. So, there is no reason to avoid HIV positive people, rather they should be given support by the individuals, relatives and society. He explained that discrimination lead to hiding of cases which lead to further transmission, so there should be zero discrimination. Awareness will lead to zero High risk behavior, zero infection. He further called for voluntary testing which is a must for youth, old, male and female alike. Negative result will help an individual to avoid high risk behavior. Positive result will help in taking early treatment with Anti Retroviral Therapy, he added. He further informed the gathering that voluntary testing centre is available at District Hospital, Roing free of cost and ART is available at District Hospital, Tezu, Lohit District and General Hospital, Naharlagun and advised to utilize the facilities provided by the government free of cost. Roing DIPRO

At Aalo, the World AIDS Day was observed in a befitting at the premises of District Hospital on December 1.

Addressing the Medical Staffs, members of Private Pharmacies and NGOs, Dr. Yatu Gee Kena Pathologist, ICTC Manager highlighted the objective behind celebrating the day and stressed on fighting the dreaded diseases with a sense of commitment and coordinated way.

The themes on HIV/AIDS like “Getting to Zero, Zero New HIV infection, Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS-related deaths a successful one” holds utmost relevance today as there is no effective treatment, no cure, no vaccine, for its protection. Awareness is the only treatment and she appealed all the members to spread the knowledge of HIV/AIDS to nook and corners of the district so that they all are dissuaded from high risk behavior.

The Medical Superintendent and in-charge Link ART, Dr. Linya Lollen also spoke elaborately on PEP and on significance of the day. Aalo DIPRO

East Siang Auto Driver’s Association also attended the awareness Programme on HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections and Intravenous Drug Use (IDU) organized as part of World AIDS Day observation at General Hospital, Pasighat yesterday.

In a departure from usual practice of processions on World AIDS Day on December 1, this time the General Hospital Pasighat ventured to involve High Risk Groups (HRG), like Auto drivers and Truck operators along with NGOs working in the field of HIV/AIDS.

In a day long programme, Resource persons, Dr G. Jonkey (Blood Bank Officer), Dr K. Lego (Dermatologist) and Dr LC Darung (Psychiatrist) spoke eloquently on HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted Infections and IDU.

Dr. Kabang Lego, Jt. Director Health Services and Head of the institution exhorted the participants and everybody else to imbibe whatever they have learned from the programmes into their own lives, so as to truly get to Zero, in terms of HIV/AIDS.



DLMC inspects Dalbing to Ruying WRC road

YINGKIONG, Dec 2: The District Level Monitoring Committee headed by Deputy Commissioner L. Borang and accompanied by S P Tage Habung inspected the newly constructed 3.8 km from Dalbing village to its Ruying WRC paddy field area constructed under SPA fund.

The committee found two narrow points on the road lacking standard norms and asked the contractor to widen the narrow points and complete some of the uncompleted culverts and drains. The committee also instructed some owners of personal assets like stone fence and godown and asked them to remove all the personal assets from the encroachment of the road.

Later a public meeting was held at dormitory of the village and concern Anchal Samiti Member submitted a memorandum to the visiting Deputy Commissioner. Responding to some of the demands the Deputy Commissioner Borang assured to look into the demand of a LAMKANG MUSUP. Regarding upgradation of Govt. Primary school to middle school, Borang informed that the same is likely to start from the next academic session. On demand of medicine freezer for medical sub center and posting of teachers, the Deputy Commissioner said he would discuss the matter with DMO and DDSE soon. In his advice to the villagers Borang asked villagers not to depend only on paddy cultivation but also to cultivate commercial cash crops like cardamom, Orange, ginger, kiwi, rubber, pineapple etc. which have more financial and commercial values.

Among others the officers who accompanied the DC were DIPRO O.Pertin, J. Diyum DPO, Talem Paron, Er. D. Sitek EE(WRD), DDSE, O. Gao SRA APO,DRDA, Tasi Messar AE(RWD) and Yahung Tekseng, public leader. DIPRO



Young women from Seijosa  shine at  Adivasi Sanskriti Sangam

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: A group of 22 young women from Seijosa in East Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh turned out to be the cynosure of all eyes at the four-day Adivasi Sanskriti Sangam, organised by Gandhi Smriti Darshan Samity at Gandhi Darshan, Raj Ghat, New Delhi that concluded on Sunday.

Not only their attractive costumes and traditional dances, but their demonstration of traditional weaving and preparation of Arunachalee cuisines drew huge crowd at the national cultural festival’s exhibition stall.  The Arunachalee products were sold like hot cakes, National Youth Project (NYP), Arunachal Pradesh unit East Kameng district coordinator Sanjay Sinha, accompanying the team told over telephone.

Participants from 20 states attended the cultural festival, including the Arunachal team selected by the NYP during a skill development training conducted at the initiative of Health & Family Welfare Minister Atum Welly at Seijosa recently.

The special feature of the event included congregation of forest community living in distant forest and hills. More than 20 tribal teams showcased their rich cultural heritage and engaged in discussing issues affecting their lives in their own society. They interacted with tribal organizations, intellectuals, social workers and writers working for the cause of the tribals.

The event is an annual feature and every year the NYP sends a team to attend the national programme. The NYP had also organised such a state level programme at Nirjuli in October 2012.



DRDA governing body meeting held

TEZU, Dec 2: Organized by the Department of Rural Development Agency (DRDA), Tezu, a Governing Body meeting was held in the Conference Hall of Deputy Commissioner here on Nov 29 last. The meeting was chaired by the Lohit Zilla Parishad Chairperson C. K. Munlang.

Deputy Commissioner cum CEO DRDA, Project Director of DRDA, all the elected Panchayat leaders, Block Development Officers, HoDs and other allied department representatives were present in the meeting.

Munlang was optimistic about the outcome of the meeting and said that it will be fruitful for overall development of the area and benefit the Panchayat members who are participating in this kind of governing body meeting for the first time after the recent Panchayat election.

DC-cum-CEO Rajeev Takuk informed the house that minimum two governing meetings are held in a year, a Planning and Review. He hoped that in future such meeting in Lohit district will be held on regular basis.

Addressing the Panchayat members, the DC said that success of all flagship programmes under DRDA depends not only depends on the BDOs and officers but also on the efficiency and dedication of the Panchayat members. Therefore, you (Panchayat members) should also know your responsibilities and power functions, he added.

He also suggested the Panchayat members to develop and propose plans and schemes like cluster of minor of minor irrigation projects, poultry, floriculture, fisheries, rubber etc which could develop their localities. I will provide all possible help and assistance, he said.

The Project Director Tuly Gangkak, informed the house about the ongoing schemes of MGNREGA, IAY and SGSY.

He highlighted the Annual Action Plan and Labour Budget of MGNREGA for the financial year 2012-13 and 2013-14. Also, physical and financial performances of DRDA in the year 2012-13 were presented by him before the house.

BDOs of Tezu, Wakro, Chongkham, Namsai, and Lekang alos presented the physical and financial achievements of MGNREGA during the year 2012-13.

The House approved the Annual Action Plan cum Labour Budget of the year 2012-13 and 2014-15 respectively.   DIPRO



7th Healing crusade held at Maro

DAPORIJO, Dec 2: Upper Subansiri District Christian Revival Church Council Daporijo Arunachal Pradesh organized the 7th Healing Crusade at general ground Maro on Nov 29 to Dec 1.

Guest Speaker Dr. Joram Dol, an Evangelist, national and international healing minister cum Member of Arunachal Pradesh Christian Revival Church Council Outreach Mission has brought message “Be a good leader in the Church & Society and recognize who am I ? & should know own responsibilities.

Rev. Madde Kangu, Pastor Christian Prayer Centre Kamru cum Member of Arunachal Pradesh Christian Revival Church Council Outreach Mission sent a message that “Healing Crusade is meant to heal from sickness and satanic attitudes and is fighting with satan & evils.

Evan. Nopu Hai & Evan. Tade Ebo led services as Chairmen.

Takar Marde, Dumporijo MLA cum Deputy Chairman of State Planning Board said “accept good teaching to gain knowledge.”

Gumjum Haider, General Secretary and Spokesperson of PPA also spoke on the occasion.

Among others, Taru Sigia, ADC Dumporijo, Toli Basar DDI Daporijo, Minte Sigia Assistant Controller, Department of Legal Metrology Daporijo, Punchayat leaders, public leaders, Government staffs, various Christian leaders  and believers-CRC, Baptist  and BCI participated.



CCLAPF flays executive order

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: A meeting of the Central Executive Committee of Capital Complex Land Affected Peoples’ Forum (CCLAPF) along with the members of its ‘advisory board’ and ‘panel of advocates’ was held yesterday to discuss about the new executive order issued by the Vigilance Department concerning the government land encroachment cases by the government employees and its effect on promotions and retirement.

The meeting after a threadbare discussion observed that the fresh order issued by the Vigilance Department was “clumsy, devoid of clarity of thought and purpose, and was in a bad taste.”   The Forum informed that the Chief Minister on requested of the Forum, had clearly assured that the Order No. DAP/PEN/3/2001/561  Dtd. 17/06/2013 vide which a government employee was required to obtain NOC from concern DC and CEO for settling their retirement dues and for promotion in services would be revoked forthwith.

“But, contrary to the assurance and direction of the CM, the Vigilance Department, instead of simply revoking the aforesaid Order, has issued a fresh Order whereby although the government employees have been exempted from obtaining NOC from DC for promotion in services only, but has instead directed all the departments to obtain the clearance from Vigilance department about the encroachment cases of the incumbent(s) prior to promotion and put the same status before the DPC,” the CCLAPF release said.

The meeting further observed that despite the clear-cut assurance by the CM earlier, some senior bureaucrats of the state are manipulating the situation to harass the indigenous government employees.

The Forum has reiterated that land encroachment issue and the service matter should not be mixed up as both are governed by altogether different set of Act and Rules. The Forum urged the Vigilance department to review the Executive Order immediately and incorporate necessary corrections in it as per the direction of CM.

The Forum said that it had also discussed the matter with Confederation of Services Association of Aruanachal Pradesh (CoSAAP) which expressed its displeasure with the content of the Order.

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MAC was not initiated by late CM

Dear Editor,

This is in response to the letter published in readers forum column of your daily under the headline "MAC will set wrong precedent" on 28th November, 2013. In the said letter one brother Jaida Singhi, quoted very blindly that “MAC was initiated selfishly by Late Dorjee Khandu”, former Chief Minister of Arunachal. In this regard, I would like to draw the kind attention that initiation for the demand of Mon Autonomous Council (MAC) was done much before in the year 2003 and for your kind information, Late Shri Dorjee Khandu, became the Chief Minister for the first time in the year 2007. Then how can you say that it was initiated selfishly by late  Khandu.

Does the writer mean that any leader who supports the community’s effort to preserve their culture and tradition for the goodness of its people is selfish????

Moreover, it is well known that late Khandu was always praised by all sections of our lovely state, because of his kind hearted, dynamic and outstanding leadership. Therefore, I would like to appeal people not to blame or criticize any person blindly instead one should learn to respect our elders and prominent personalities, who contributed a lot for the welfare of our state.


Tashi Wangchu




It hurts to lose love one

Dear Editor,

Is rage of a moment enough reason to kill another person?? My question is still same but yet no appropriate answer is coming from the section of societies who still lives in illusion of might of Dao and tribe over humanity and live.

My tears were yet finding its place to dry up, when another sheer ostentation of brutality broke out in Daporijo Township where a teenage boy named Jonti Lomdak succumbed to death after he was badly beaten up by 3 boys. I am personally so furious and agitated with the recent developments.  

Gone are the days of (nyimak) plundering others territory, mass massacre and slavery. This is 21st century where our founding father has laid down some rules, regulations and laws in various form for their children to live in peace and tranquility. If abiding by these rules is so tough task for you then let yourself be in state of hibernation, at least don't bring your undesirable intention to break the harmony and peace of state.

My strong massage is in particular against those ’typical mindset', irrespective of caste, creed and sex, who is totally oblivious of aftermath effect of their deeds.

When a person dies he alone doesn’t leave this earth, he carries away with him all the aspirations of societies, his/her family and friends. Can anyone ever  compensate their losses?

There was a time when my narrow and ignorant mind used to allege particular tribes for the reason behind such developments. But soon my opinion changed when I found that it's not about particular tribe or clan who are involved in such activities, it’s the 'Typical mindset' of people which is root cause of such developments.

'Typical mindset' in my dictionary is ignorant and uncivilized mind accompanied by rebellious attributes that is prevalent in peoples attitude towards the existing law of state. Typical mindset encompasses all the aspect that is making a person  criminal by virtue of his unrealistic and undesirable attitude. It is not build in a day, it has its making from the day one when someone had committed first petty crime which went unnoticed thus emboldening him manifold, which in constant practice takes the form of 'habit' and when these 'habit' meets fragile circumstances it then takes the form of crime. Therefore many crimes that occurred in recent past is more of situational, which was embolden by frequent practices of petty crime that one does in daily life. So it is duty of elders to make sure that our young one refrain from such petty crime which may be as petty as stealing of 10 Rs from dad’s wallet to beating up another person for silly reason.

The same philosophy is applicable to Jonti lomdak murder case. Group of 3 to 4 odd boys who were lost in illusion of manhood and dadagiri gave effect to this incident. The culprits have been arrested and apprehension is that the culprits might be underage or they could manipulate their age to seek some consideration from the law. Utter irony is law breaker trying to seek safeguard from law in the name of juvenile justice.

My straightforward question to all Arunachalees is should we tolerate these criminals who is eligible enough to kill a person but not eligible enough to receive maximum punishment in the name of juvenile.


Terchi gapak





Let sanctity of RF be maintained

Dear Editor,

Readers forum section of your daily is really a place where we can know the people's voice no matter whether authorities respond or not. Only such letters which is related to public affair should be entertained. But here it has different story to tell, on a day a person writes about other person and the other day that person writes back replying his letter. It has become a medium to clear their personal grudges. If they are so interested in putting their personal matter in public then they must have heard about press conference and I suggest they should make use of it. Last but not the least let readers forum be page of people's voice.











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Judiciary be made strong

All of a sudden the paradise known as Arunachal Pradesh is fast turning into criminal’s nest. Day by day the reports of rape and murder are pouring in from various parts of state. Latest being murder of a young boy at Daporijo and that of teenage girl at Deomali. Early this year the brutal killing of one Bomjen Gapak in Itanagar during wee hour shocked everyone. Even before people could come to term with incident the news of serial rape in a private school at Likabali traumatized everyone.

It seems there is just no end and criminals are arbitrarily carrying on their heinous act without fear of law. One of the important factors because of which criminal activities has not been able to curtail down is lack of strong judiciary system. The streets of Itanagar are filled with murderers and dreaded criminals. It does not take much time for the criminals to get bail and be free even after committing the most brutal crimes. The government should take urgent steps to make judiciary more effective and vibrant. Opening of new police station and increasing the strength of police force will not bring down the crime rate. Unless judiciary system is made strong all other effort will not yield desired result.