December 10

Interactive information session on US visas

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: Officials from the US Consulate General, Kolkata will be visiting the state capital tomorrow (December 10)  to provide information on US visa procedures.

The visiting Consular team will host public information sessions on the requirements to apply for US visas.  The sessions to be held at National Institute of Technology (NIT), Yupia at 11.15 am will cover non-immigrant tourist, business, student, and exchange visitor visas.  Attendees will learn who is eligible for nonimmigrant visas to the United States and receive information about application procedures.


APPSU demands action against encroachment

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: All Papum Poma Students Union (APPSU) has condemned the reported encroachment of Arunachal territory by Assam people under Tarasso circle in Papum Pare district.

Alleging that the state Govt has failed to check the illegal encroachment, the Union, however, demands immediate evacuation of encroachers from the  area and provide sufficient police personnel  till normalcy returns.


Training on rodent management

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: More than 30 farmers participated in a day-long training programme on rodent management held at Jajing Tapo village of Mengio circle on December 5 last.

A detailed presentation on rodent control and various stages of rodent control measures were demonstrated in the programme.

Zinc phosphide and Truble gum were distributed free of us to the participants.

Sponsored by project director, Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA), Yupia, the training was coordinated by ADO Mengio.


APB&OCWWB conducts awareness camp

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: In a bid to create awareness among the workers on how to avail various benefits under Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board (APB&OCWWB), a one-day awareness camp-cum-spot registration camp was conducted by the Board at Bhalukpong yesterday.

The day-long programme was attended by AAPWU leaders, district labour officer and registering officer besides APB&OCWWB officials. As part of the programme, the members distributed school kits to the children of registered workers.


Hunting and fishing banned in Tassar village

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: The Sree Abu Welfare Society has prohibited hunting and fishing in Tassar village under Palin circle of Kurung Kumey district.

In a memorandum to the ADC Pania, it also banned collection of raw materials within the area falling under new PMGSY road.

If anyone found violating the rules of hunting and fishing a sum of Rs 50,000 will be imposed and the violators are liable to get punish under Wildlife Act, it added.


FCI godown in Kurung Kumey demanded

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: The All Kurung Kumey District Youth Organization has called for setting up of FCI godown in the district.

The road connectivity of the district is in good shape as far as the transportation of food supply is concerned. So why not Kurung Kumey have its own FCI godown?, it said urging the DC and DSO to look into the matter.


ASPYYWA calls on local MLA

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: The All Shahrijo, Pobo and Yitor Youth Welfare Association (ASPYYWA) has reminded local MLA cum parliamentary secretary health & family welfare and food & civil supply of his commitment during his visit to the area for the construction of two steel bridges enroute Yitor and Pobo village in Upper Subansiri district.

In a memorandum submitted to the parliamentary secretary, it also reminded about opening of a primary school at Yitor village, construction of road upto Silo-Rijo from Yitor village under the ongoing BRTF road project between Mite to Jigi and construction of CC footpath from Silo-Rijo to Yitor and asked to allocate fund under SPA or TFC or FDR or MLA LAD in the upcoming financial session.

It also demanded for construction of its youth office at Pobo village.


Society urges not to grant bail to the accused

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: The Ramle Banggo Welfare Society has called for not granting bail to the one of the accused in Samuel Koyu murder case who has reportedly moved the high court for bail.

In a release, it felt that granting of bail to the accused will amount to hurting the sentiment of the deceased’s family.

The accused person is one of the most wanted criminal in Assam, it said.

In its release, it also urged upon the concerned authority to accord sanction for early construction of kitchen in the boys hostel of Govt. Higher Secondary School, Telam, saying that the boys hostel do not have a proper kitchen for the last one year.


IMC councilor feels left out

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: The Itanagar Municipal Council (IMC), Councilor, ward no. 2, Tatung Tania has expressed disappointment that the state government has left out IMC from the decision of setting up of flats for senior government officers here.

In a release, he said, the project falls under the jurisdiction of Itanagar Municipality ward no.2. and as a grass root level leader of the area, any kind of development work/project may be consulted to me as the elected representative of ward no.2.

Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh has a tendency of avoiding and taking guidance of the local body while undertaking such project and there has always been some vested interest and corruption involved with such big project, he alleged.

The concern department is advised to inform the local body leader while implementing such schemes, he further added in the release.


ABBK held

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: The Adi Baptist Bane Kebang (ABBK) was held at Mission Centre, Midland, Roing, in Lower Dibang Valley district on December 5 last with participation of leaders from Upper Siang, East Siang and Lower Dibang Valley.

Regional Secretary, ABBK, Rev Dana Pertin urged all the participants to reorganize and make the Kebang stronger.


Advent Christmas Celebrated

ITANAGAR, Dec 09: Apatani Baptist Association Youth Department (ABAYD) celebrated its annual Advent Christmas with the theme “Come let us adore him” at Immanuel Baptist Church on December 7.

Attending the celebration as Speaker, Arunachal Christian Forum (ACF) president Toko Teki spoke in details about forgiveness saying that finding forgiveness for someone who deeply hurt you may be hard to do. But we must learn to forgive just as Jesus forgave us. He also appealed to the Christian brethren to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ to promote communal harmony.

Rev Tage Donyi, Executive Secretary, Apatani Baptist Association (ABA), Pastor Tallo Apa, Mission Secretary, ABA, Nending Ommo, president, ABA and youths of ABA attended the celebration.

Colourful and rhythmic dances and melodious solos and choir singings enthralled the congregation.


Seminar on personality development held

ITANAGAR, Dec 09: Ramakrishna Mission Hospital, Itanagar and Vivekananda Study Circle (VSC), Naharlagun jointly organized a seminar on personality development for the school students with the theme “Shape your Personality” at Good Shepherd Public School auditorium today.

The resource persons for the seminar Prof. Sumita Roy, Chairperson BOS, Department of English, Director, Osmania University Centre for International Programmes, Advanced Centre for American Studies and Canadian Studies, Osmania University, Hyderabad dwelt on topics like Indian traditional values, self discipline, self-confidence, time management, overcoming anger to name a few.

Rev. Swami Vedvidyananda from RK Mission Hospital, Itanagar and Chandrima Roy, Railway Advisor, Indian High Commission, Bangladesh, Dhaka was also present on the occasion.

The programme was organized as part of the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda and also attended by students and teachers of Oju Mission School.


Pre-Christmas celebrated

ITANAGAR, Dec 09:  The All Lutheran Churches of Arunachal Pradesh cum Foundation Ceremony of Trinity Prayer Center had celebrated pre-Christmas at Niya Colony Banderdewa in a befitting manner on Sunday. Attending the occasion Parliamentary Secretary for Planning Nabam Rebia laid foundation stone of Trinity Prayer Centre. He further called upon the gathering to be true believer of Jesus Christ. Hundreds of believers were present during the celebration.


News Impact

Experts call for holistic river basin management


ITANAGAR, Dec 9: Hydrological experts from Arunachal Pradesh and Assam today advocated a holistic and integrated river basin plan and management of water resources between both the states to mitigate recurring flood and erosion problem.

Majority of the participants in a day-long workshop on “Integrated river basin management for mitigation of flood and disasters in inter-state rivers of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam: Perspective in the context of climate change”, have suggested a joint effort to get rid of the burgeoning problem haunting both the states since long.

While Arunachal loss an estimated 668.28 million tons of agriculturally useful topsoil annually due to erosion, the loss in neighbouring Assam amounts to 4,25,900 hectares in the past 66 years (1954-2010), the experts revealed.

Moreover, the experts felt that China’s intervention in the upper reaches of the Brahmaputra River by constructing dams was a major cause of concern for both the states.

“Brahmaputra is most susceptible to reduction of flow thereby threatening food security to around 26 million people,” commented Partha J Das of Assam-based NGO Aaranyak.

Flood and erosion problems in the river catchments of Assam and Arunachal need to be considered in the disaster risk mitigation framework at catchment level and treated as part of a larger integrated river basin management plan, Das said.

“Assam and Arunachal should start collaborative initiatives to study the water induced hazards from the basin management perspectives, prepare basin level plans and start concrete and appropriate actions and interventions for basin level management of rivers through an inter-state cooperation mechanism as well as integrated mitigation of flood and erosion problem,” he added.

“Erosion in Arunachal creates flood problem for Assam because of sediment deposition on Brahmaputra river bed,” L Angu, chief engineer of Arunachal’s Water Resource Department (WRD), said.

He suggested undertaking flood plain zoning and a paradigm shift in flood management between both the states.

“The need of the hour is for an integrated river basin management approach which is environmentally conducive with appropriate institutional mechanism properly fused with the traditional culture of the region,” Angu pointed out.

Arunachal Pradesh WRD secretary G Ete suggested proper flood forecasting and flood warning mechanism along with relief and rehabilitation package to mitigate flood problem in the region.

Ete rued that despite the existence of Brahmaputra Board in Assam, it failed to live up to expectations.

Referring to the Chinese intervention on the Brahmaputra, Ete disclosed that the matter had already been referred to the union Water Resources ministry for taking up at the right platform.

"In order to tackle the flood problem in Assam, Arunachal should construct storage dams in all major rivers," Ete added.

Stating that China's pressure has increased with 50 per cent of the Brahmaputra basin falling in that country, professor Chandan Mahanta from IIT Guwahati stressed on the need for evolving an integrated mechanism for mutual benefits of both Arunachal and Assam.

Arunachal's Land Management secretary Belatee Pertin while calling for a holistic approach for mitigation of flood and erosion problem in both the states, urged both the state governments to shed political difference and to sit together for a solution.

"We need to ponder on the crux of the problem and to find out a solution through sharing of knowledge, expertise and rational government policy between Assam and Arunachal backed by strong political will," Pertin suggested.

On China's move to build several dams over Brahmaputra, Pertin blamed the Centre for its lackadaisical attitude on the issue and opposed big dams in the state saying that such dams could have catastrophic affect.

The workshop, organised by Aaranyak and Arunachal Citizen Rights, was supported by New Delhi based India Water Partnership and Nepal based International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development. PTI




I was instigated to defame the image of a daily: AAPYF president

Allegation totally baseless: Akung Welly

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Dec 9:  In a shocking revelation All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Forum (AAPYF) President Tadar Attu today claimed that Health & Family Welfare Minister Atum Welly and his associate Sanjeev Tana were behind the defamatory allegations leveled by him against Chopa Cheda, Editor cum Publisher of The Arunachal Pioneer on 24th October 2013 which was submitted to the deputy commissioner Capital Complex Itanagar demanding for closing down of the said publication.

AAPYF President disclosed this at a press conference held today at Press Club here while apologizing Cheda through confessional statement that he admitted before Judicial Magistrate Second Class Itanagar Capital Complex.  He further claimed that the minister has offered work order amounting Rs 30 lakhs  under National Rural Health Mission (NHRM) as reward for this assignment.

“Whatever I did to initiate the complaint was as per the instigation made by Atum Welly for which he committed me to provide a sum of Rs 30 Lakhs under NHRM,” claims Attu.

He also alleged that entire memorandum copy was not drafted by himself rather by one Sanjeev Tana. Attu further admitted that he was misled and misused by minister and his worker for their personal benefits.

Condemning the incident former AAPSU leader Hawa Bagang who accompanied Tadar Attu at press conference said that allegation against Cheda was purely a character assassination of The Arunachal Pioneer with ulterior motive to  malign Cheda’s  reputation. He appealed to all ministers of Arunachal not to misuse and misguide the youths of the state for their personal interest.

The Arunachal Pioneer Editor cum Publisher Chopa Cheda who is also president of Arunachal Press Club (APC) in a written statement expressed his shock saying that he was being victimized with the false allegation. He further said that shameful allegation has not only tarnished his individual reputation but collectively faded the image of his entire staffs and credibility of the publication. He also expressed apprehension that false allegation will create negative impact on readers and he added that readers may point finger at media if such kind of baseless allegation continues.

Meanwhile, reacting to the allegation leveled, Akung Welly, the son of health minister in a written statement claims that it is totally baseless allegation and politically motivated one. He informed that at present his father is at his home constituency because of which he is clarifying on his behalf. “Every time my father heads to his assembly constituency for campaigning such allegation crops up from nowhere. The person leveling allegation very well knows that he will be busy touring interior area and therefore will not be able to clarify it. This is really fishy,” stated Akung. He went on to add, “My father had never tried to tarnish image of Chopa Cheda, editor cum publisher of Arunachal Pioneer. Please give us clear proof of his involvement, how and which way he tried to defame him? How can people trust just by listening to one sided story narrated by Tadar Attu?” He also added that if one go by the claim of Tadar that everything was done after he was offered incentive by my father, similarly who knows Attu might be leveling allegation against my father for money.



Miscreants burn down documents on electoral roll revision

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: In a shocking incident the document related to electoral roll revision of Kurung Kumey was burnt down by miscreants at Hawa Camp near Kimin town. As per the report, the vehicle carrying documents was on its way to Itanagar from Koloriang. At Hawa Camp around 1 PM in the afternoon a group of miscreant intercepted the vehicle and allegedly burnt down the documents.

Reportedly some police personnel had accompanied the vehicle but they were outnumbered by miscreants.

An FIR has been lodged at Kimin police station and matter is reportedly under the investigation. Meanwhile a government officer of Kurung Kumey has expressed shock over the incident. “After so much difficulty we managed to complete the electoral revision. It was traumatizing experience for the entire officer involved in the electoral revision exercise. We don’t want to go through same phase. We request Election Commission to hold revision exercise in Itanagar under the supervision of Election Commission member. We don’t want to go back,” stated an officer who did not wished to be named.



Newly recruited TOIs urged to work with dedication

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: Tourism Minister Pema Khandu today exhorted the newly appointed tourist information officers (TIOs) to work dedicatedly with the knowledge they are gaining from the training programme. He was addressing the inaugural function of the first phase of 3-days orientation training programme for the newly appointed (TIOs) at Conference Hall of Directorate of Tourism here.  

Despite pressures from various quarters, the Department had decided to recruit the Tourism Officers through competitive examination with a view to induct talented and deserving youths to promote tourism to a higher level, he said.  Pema hoped that they (TIOs) will meet the expectation of the department of a dedicated, devoted and sincere officer.

P D Sona, Parliamentary Secretary (Tourism), hoped that being new graduates, the young officers will infuse new ideas into the department and expected that they would provide necessary feedbacks to the department so that the authorities can take decision for the enhanced performance of the department in the overall interest of tourism promotion in Arunachal Pradesh.

The Secretary Tourism, Sonam Chombay while expressing happiness on the induction of new brand of young and dynamic officers, explained that the Department, with advice of Minister (Tourism) and Parliamentary Secretary (Tourism) had decided to ensure proper training to young officers before putting them in job.

Earlier,  Tourism director Taru Talo highlighted the series of training programme chalked out for the newly appointed TIOs.

The first phase of 3-days orientation training programme, being organised to introduce newly recruited TIOs on various subjects dealt with in the department, will be followed by 10- days training on public relation, communication skill strategies, marketing, integrated quality management, tourist behaviour concept etc. at "Indian Institute of Travel & Tourism Management" (IITTM), Noida from  Dec 20 to 29. Finally, they will be undergoing training on various office procedures, establishment matters, financial matters, Inter personal tourism matters, work culture etc at Administrative Training Institute (ATI), Naharlagun.

The function was attended by all the officers of Tourism Department, besides the newly appointed Tourist Information Officers.



Consumer Awareness campaign held

YUPIA, Dec 9: A day-long Consumer Awareness Campaign was conducted at ZPC Conference Hall, Yupia today.

The Programme was organized by the Department of Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs, Papum Pare District Unit.

Addressing the meeting, Zilla Parishad Member Tana Puna Tara called for proper implementation of Consumer Acts. He suggested that the Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs being the Nodal Department to implement the amended Acts and Rules for cause of common consumers must also conduct surprise inspection to control the unfair trade practices by some unscrupulous traders in transaction of goods and services.

He further appealed the traders to abide by the provisions of Acts and Rules which are being enforced by the Department concern which protect the consumers so that common people can have their consumer rights. He further suggested one and all to acquire more knowledge about rights and duties of consumer and also know about their responsibilities with Dos and Donts to avail natural justice through the provisions.

He requested the Department of Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh to ensure food grain distribution point especially FCI outlet Godown to deliver the food grains and levy sugar through proper weigh before delivery to FPS retailer outlet for the ultimate consumer.

He expressed his satisfaction to the Legal Department of Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs, Papum Pare District Unit for organizing such awareness campaign programme on consumer rights and duties.

District Medical Officer Dr.S. Ronya in his speech appealed all consumers as well as trading communities to cooperate with the department of Legal Metrology and Consumers affairs so that there is consumer friendly atmosphere in the market. He also appreciated the department for conducting such consumer awareness campaign in Papum Pare District and advised the Panchayat and Gaon Buras to share their information gathered through the programme on consumer awareness at their local level so that more and more people can be made aware of their rights as consumer.

Additional Deputy Commissioner B.J. Duia stressed on maintaining self awareness and alertness on rights and duties as a consumer to know and protect oneself from any kind of malpractices by the service providers. He called upon the PRI members and GBs to play proactive role in proper checking and streamlining the mechanism of market control system in their respective jurisdiction with the help of Legal Metrology and Consumers Affairs department and district administration.

Resource Person of the day Supriyo Chakraborty explained about the consumer rights under the provisions of Consumer Protection Act 1986. He said that every consumer has right with dos and don’ts and their responsibility as a consumer. He made brief report of consumer cases decided under the President of District Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum, State Commission and National Commission. He appealed every citizen to support and cooperate to foster the consumer protection movement to protect and promote the interest of Common consumers.

Consumers have to be aware about the quality and potency of products or services for which they are paying for. Further, he stressed consumers to be more responsible in exercising those rights as a consumer.

ASM Chairperson Techi Kaha and Arunachal Pradesh Gaon Bura Welfare Association President Gaon Bura Nabam Epo also spoke on the occasion and appreciated the Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs Department, Ziro for organizing such awareness campaign programme at Yupia. Both appealed the department to continue to organize such awareness programme at block levels which will be more beneficial for the ignorant consumers at grass root level.

Earlier, Taba Tabin, Inspector LM&CA, Itanagar expressed that the consumer awareness campaign will prove beneficial for all the participants including officers, staffs, Panchayat leaders, Bazar Welfare Committee, traders and public of the Yupia. He also requested all the traders to keep in mind that every person is consumer in one way or other way, and as service provider they must make effort to build up trust and confidence among its consumers.

Later he demonstrated how common consumer can be saved or protected from deceiving through unfair trade practices by unscrupulous traders on LPG cylinder, MRPs, packaged commodities, consumer rights etc.

Inspector, LM&CA, Naharlagun Likha Yach Debia also demonstrated how to identify the unscrupulous traders with weights and measures from deceiving tactics through packaged commodities in the market area.

In a brief interactive session, common issues pertaining to goods and services transaction within the area were discussed and explained by the LM& CA officers.

During the daylong programme consumer related item like banners, booklets and pamphlets were displayed distributed for consumer awareness. DIPRO



Comprehensive youth policy the need of the hour: PPA

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: Advancement of a nation is measured in term of its youth power, said PPA president Nikh Kamin. Addressing the youth wing of the party in Naharlagun Party office, Kamin blamed the ruling Congress for, what it said, the multifarious problems faced by the present day youths of the state.

“Even after four decades of continuous rule, the myopic leadership in the State failed to enact a holistic policy on youth taking into consideration their emotional psychological, economic, social and cultural needs, the Party said adding if the regional party comes to power in 2014 Parliament and Assembly election, the Party shall ensure enactment of a pragmatic and visionary policy for youth with emphasis on health education and economic empowerment.

Addressing the youth Laeta Umbrey the PPA legislator stated that at present, the youth power is wrongly channelized to take up arms and resorting to unwanted activities.

The massive involvement of youth in drugs, alcoholism and other anti-social activities like gambling, extortion, rape, burglary etc have taken a very serious proportion. The huge unemployment problems with few jobs in Government sector being fixed for fortunate few, the ever widening generation gap between the old value system and the new, the cultural lag especially amongst the rural youth are some vital concerns before every thinking  Arunachalees. The large scale migration of youth from rural to urban areas of their district and State Capitals in search of better living and job prospects have almost created a desert like situation in the villages with only children and aged population. The shrinking of opportunities and Government supply and contract works with all major works already fixed through MoU/MoA routes. The near total absence of industries and factories to absorb the  educated youth force, the sealing of the traditional border trade routes via China for security reason have further deprived the Arunachalee youths to shine in mercantile activities, the Party said.

What is needed at the moment is comprehensive policy package with inputs drawn from the successful experiences of some advanced countries and some advanced states of India. The setting up of State Youth Commission that will deal with the problems of the youth and make annual recommendations to the State Government will go long way in true realization of the Youth power in the state. The Regional Party if comes to the power, shall ensure creation of tribe wise and District wise data bank reflecting clearly the Economic and educational Status of the Youths and ensure at least 10 per cent of the state’s annual budget for the welfare of the youth. The Party also proposed to set up a separate deptartment for youth affairs by bifurcating the existing Dept. of sports and Youth affairs and grant adequate man power and resources to give the maximum output.



BJP teams leave for U/Siang, E/Kameng on 4th leg of visit

ITANAGAR, Dec 09: The state BJP team led by party’s national general secretary Tapir Gao and state president Tai Tagak left for Upper Siang on fourth leg of the team’s ‘Sarhad Ko Pranam Yatra.

The team will visit international border with China in the districts and pay homage to martyrs, who laid down their lives while defending the mother land during the Indo-China war.

During the tour the party will hold various programmes at Tuting, Gelling, Yinkiong and a public meeting at Maryang on December 16.

The team will also collect iron tools for the statue of unity.

Another BJP team led by National Executive Member Kiren Rijiju and State General Secretary BR Wage and State Vice President Tayek Goi has also left for East Kameng district to gear up party activities in the district. The team will visit Seppa, Bameng, Chayangtajo, Pakke Kessang and Seijosa and address the party cadres and workers. Simultaneously, the team will collect iron tools for the ‘Status of Unity.’



Nyari Welly Memorial State level Women Football Tournament

CCSC, KK enter semis

ITANAGAR, Dec 09: Papum Pare defeated Lower Subansiri by solitary goal on the third day of the 2nd Nyari Welly Memorial State level Women Football Tournament 2013 at R G Stadium, Naharlagun today.

The all important goal for Papum Pare came in 34th minute through Tana Nimey which ultimately turned out to be the match winner. Papum Pare lost 1-2 to Kurung Kumey in their first match yesterday.

In another match of the day, Capital Complex SC drubbed East Kameng by 4-0 goal.

The scorers were Rosni Ramching (11th min, via penalty kick), Techi Amin (14th and 59th min) and Damnya Ropuk (68th min).

Though Kurung Kumey lost the match the team has qualified for semifinal along with Capital Complex with better goal difference.

Today’s match:

Lower Subansiri vs Kurung Kamey, 2 pm




School taekwondo team leaves for Chhattisgarh

ITANAGAR, Dec 09: Arunachal Pradesh (U-17 boys and girls) school taekwondo team left here today for Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh to participate in the 59th National School Taekwondo Games to be held there from December 13 to 17.

The team will be led by Tara Tagin, A/T, Govt. Upper Primary School, Nyorch, who is also general secretary of Arunachal Taekwondo Association as Manager cum Coach (Boys) and Bini Chukam, Govt. Secondary School, Balek as Coach (Girls). The team is sponsored by the Directorate of School Education, GoAP.

Arunachal Taekwondo Association president Kipa Kaha and Sports Programmer of the Directorate of School Education L. Sokun Singh wished the team good luck.

The team (Girls) : Goda Ana, Govt. Middle School, Naharlagun, Bidhya Yosung, KGBV, East Siang, Bamang Ama, SLSA, Itanagar, Keni Ete, GHSS, Polo Colony, Naharlagun, Yalak Taki, KGBV, East Siang, Pagbom Ngomdir, SLSA, Itanagar, Anju Lama, Govt. PUS Dego, Nyalin Basar, VKV, Jirdin, Nyapi Ingo, RKM School, Aalo.

Boys: Tarba Tamong, GME School, Puroik Colony, Dawa Lama, Democrat Bakins Res. School, Pasighat, Abhiseh Bhatt, KV No. 2, Itanagar, Ranjit Biswakarma, Indira Academy, Naharlagun, Satnam Singh Dhillon, GHSS, Naharlagun, Aman Shah, GNMHSS, Aalo.




Tadar Taniang Govt College, Nyapin celebrates 1st annual college day

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: Tadar Taniang Government College, Nyapin celebrated its 1st Annual College Day at Nyapin recently.

Addressing the college week celebration, ZPC Chairperson Sangha Tagik advised the students to give utmost priority to their studies besides their participation in co-curricular activities.

ZPM Gyamar Deriang in her speech, stressed upon the need of a value-based education.

ADC, Tatdo Borang while congratulating the Principal, staff and students of the college for the grand celebration, appealed the people to extend support to the college administration.

Earlier, Dr. Gindu Borang, Principal of the college emphasized upon the urgent need to shift the college to a permanent site for its all round development.

Taming Kiokam, Secretary, Students’ Council also spoke on the occasion and submitted a memorandum to the ZPC.

Amongst other ZPM Kipa Yasap also attended the function.

Later, The ZPC, ADC and ZPM distributed prizes to the respective winners of various literary, cultural and games and sports event held during the college week celebration.



DC makes a trip to interior Lipin

PASIGHAT, Dec 9: East Siang District Deputy Commissioner In-charge Rajesh Panyang visited remote Lipin village under Kora circle yesterday.

Panyang during his tour to inspected various developmental schemes that have been approved or routed through his office.

While addressing a village level development meeting on the occasion, Panyang expressed his happiness for the successful implementation of all the government schemes in the interior village in spite of all odds. He exhorted the officials to work with sincerity and dedication and stressed that villagers should always remain loyal to the government and show honour and regards to the government official and GBs so that there can be mutual understanding that will ultimately lead to the path of development at all fronts.

The DC incharge advised the villagers to spread message of unity and brotherhood and further advised to adopt modern method of cultivation for bumper harvesting which ensures economic growth and prosperity. People should refrain from hunting and fishing to protect wildlife and forest wealth. They should maintain proper health and hygiene to make a disease-free society and parents should send their children to school regularly and educate properly, he opined.

He handed over sports kits to the children to promote sports activities and personality development on the day.

Responding to a memorandum regarding issue of 100 Pieces of CGI sheets for village community hall, immediate posting of additional teacher and construction of teacher’s quarter, Panyang assured to take up the issues with the appropriate authorities soon.

HGB Kardak Riba and ASM Yangam Riba presented a brief report on developments of the area.

Government officials, leaders, GBs, Anganwadi and ASHA workers were also present on the occasion.

While returning to Pasighat, Panyang who is also DPDO took stock of ongoing constructions of cultural ground and Panchayat Ghar at Kora and expressed satisfaction over the developments. DIPRO



Candlelight peace rally

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: The All Arunachal Pradesh Workers’ Union (AAPWU), 12th Pakke-Kessang Unit organised a candle light peace rally yesterday at Seijosa as a mark of tribute and for peace to the departed souls who were killed in militant attack at Balijuri and Boimara in 1995 and 2010 respectively.

The  peace rally started from Darlong Secondary school  and culminated at Upper Seijosa Rostrum was participated by all section of people besides the school children including the  students from VKV.  All the participants  prayed for the  peace  of the departed souls who lost their lives in both the  incidents, according to a release issued by AAPWU 12th Pakke-Kessang unit.

In November 19, 1995, the Bodo militants reportedly lobbed grenades and fire bullets at an Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Bus at Balijuri in Assam (near Seijosa), killing 8 passengers from Seijosa and Pakke Kessang and  again in November 6, 2010 at Boimara 7 people were killed in broad daylight.



Delhi connections of Arunachal’s future: AAP and PPA

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: The spectacular victory of the Aam Admi Party (AAP) in the Delhi Assembly polls is a seminal development in the history of Indian democracy. AAP may not have garnered a majority to form a government of its own or emerge as the single largest party, but its performance, and its importance, needs to be analysed in the context of some crucial issues: corruption within, and resorted to by mainstream political parties and the hatred for the same by common people, observed Laeta Umbrey, MLA and Chief Ministerial Candidate, PPA 2014 Assembly Elections.  

He further said that while the defeat of the Congress will certainly give the feudal and corrupt party the delayed doses of humbleness, the success of the BJP is a mixed result of NaMo effect and anti-incumbency.

That the AAP offered the Delhi electorates a choice between voting a ‘lesser evil’ and a new party built upon the credibility of a tested leader and their promise of clean governance is the most important message. That established political parties like Congress and BJP could not stop AAP is a clear indication that common people are tired of the politics and governance offered by these parties. Such a spectacular performance in the very first election it fought is nothing less than a revolution, Umbrey said.

The delighted PPA chief ministerial candidate said that the Peoples’ Party of Arunachal (PPA) receives the news of AAP’s victory with a glad heart. “It will give immense support to the renewed PPA in its crusade against corrupt practices - both ethical and legal, within their party and in their governance, of the national parties. It will encourage the common people to be aware, raise their voice, and vote courageously, where it is available, for parties who promise clean governance. The political culture in Arunachal is to join hands with established political parties, like Congress and BJP. The AAP victory is a message in loud and clear terms that common people need not necessarily vote so called national parties, but explore the nest possible avenue to elect and put up a clean government.”

The PPA renews it’s relation with the aspiration of the common people; offers a promise of a clean corruption free government; to make judicious use of our natural resources (hydropower and mining especially); make Arunachal the powerhouse of games and sports in NE and in India while keeping the regional ethos of Arunachal intact, at this auspicious hour of Indian democracy, Umbrey said in a statement.



AAPYO team visits Taraso circle

ITANAGAR, Dec 9:  Reacting on the recent encroachment by Assam counterpart at Taraso circle, Papumpare, All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Organization headed by its President Biri Joy visited Taraso headquarter today to get firsthand information on the grievances of the he villagers and regarding recent encroachment issue.

During the visit, AAPYO team interacted with local denizens, PRI members, youths on repeated disturbances by Assam counterparts on boundary issues. In its interaction  Gaon Burah, Taraso, Nabam Rongkchi  informed that despite Supreme Court order  and visit of Local Boundery Committee  constituted by  Supreme Court on November 12 last  the Assam counterpart has tried to encroach the  portion of land, which is  not acceptable by the peace loving  people like us. He also claimed that the circle is shortage of adequate Forest offices and Police personnel to evade any law and order problems during any emergency.

Beside such amenities, the poor road condition is also a key problem, for the denizens as the people have to cross Assam to reach the village which some time create fear-psychosis amongst the denizens due to increasing anti-social elements added  Rongkchi.

State government should take some serious resolution to solve the repeated boundary issues with Assam, we have already appraised our grievances to the concerned authority but no development has been seen so far beside assurance, said ASM, Taraso, Sardar Techi Tara. The recent disturbance is a whistle for the state government, its is the right time to make proper decision for the welfare of the people of the area, added Tara.

Meanwhile,  AAPYO team also visited Forest Office, Police station and Office of the Circle Officer,Taraso. It its utter surprise AAPYO team claimed to have found that there is no proper office  for Forest and security personnel, only 22 Police personnel with one ASI has been deputed in the area.  Such few numbers  of   security personnel with   insufficient  basic amenities is a  serious  concern  during any mayhem on  border or other law and order problems, said President, AAPYO Biri Joy, while  urging for immediate posting of adequate security personnel and Forest personnel in the circle.

He also urged the  state government to bring out immediate resolution   to the  boundary issue for the welfare of the villagers, while  appealing for renovation of  roads of Circle head-quarter, Taraso  which is in a dilapidated  condition  since may years and also improvement   in  electricity  and telephone facilities .

Tense situation is prevailing in Tarasso after hundreds of people from Assam were found camping inside the Rajgar Ali under Balijan in Papum Pare district sinc last few days.  Among other, AAPYO General Secretary Hamu Taja, Vice-President, G Talar, IPR secretary, R Pabho, Education Secretary, Taraso Circle  Youth Association , Nabam Taling accompanied the team.



Free health camp

TAWANG, Dec 9: The Community Health Center (CHC) of Jang in collaboration with the India Army, 40 Mtn Bde conducted a free health camp with a noble idea to cater basic medical facilities at the doorstep of the far flung villages like Thingbu and other neighbouring villages. The village located about 13,000 feet above sea level and 50 kms away from the district headquarter is amongst one of the remotest villages which has been made accessible recently by road under PMGSY scheme.

Free medicines for common ailments along with warm clothes and caps to protect the villagers from the below sub-zero temperature were distributed to about 180 people. Taking the opportunity, people from as far as Mago, the village bordering Indo-China also avail the benefit.

The Medical Officer (MO) Rinchin Nima in presence of ADC Jang Dilip Chutia; ADC Tawang Dr. Tariq Thomas and CO Thingbu Pemten spoke at length on health and hygiene. Both the ADCs in appreciation, requested organizing of such health camps once in 3 months in other inaccessible areas of Tawang district.

Assistant Engineer RWD Tawang, Gatling who was on a routine site inspection also attended the medical camp. [Contributed by Nima Khenrab]



Arunachal Indie-Rock band nominated for VIMA award

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: The Arunachal Pradesh based Indie-Rock band “Yesterdrive” has been nominated for Voice International Music Award (VIMA), Singapore recently for their Indie song ‘Hold on’. The award ceremony will be held after closing of voting for the coveted award till December 12. The voting will be done by online till December 12 and 30% of the marks for the prize will be obtained through voting and 70% by global judges including media, music experts, celebrities and music enthusiasts from all over the globe.

The voting can be done through only Twitter and Facebook by login into www.joota.com.

The five members band ‘Yesterdrive’ was formed on October 2013. The front man (vocalist) of the band is Molie Lollen, who successfully sang the song ‘Hold on’. Lollen (Vocalist/Guiterist) also sung the famous song ‘Kama Kama” of Monopoly Syndrome earlier.

Haggai Rongmei, the lead guitarist/vocal, Liem Ngadong, bassist, Sachin Sahi, drummer and Kabir Jamatia, manager are other members of the band respectively.

Along with ‘Yesterdrive’, more than 25 other bands of the World are in fray for the award in Best Rock Song category.

“We appeal all the people of Arunachal Pradesh to vote for us. So, that we can bring pride for the state of Arunachal as well as for the nation”, said the band members.



Enrolment of bogus voters alleged

ITANAGAR, Dec 9: A public leader in a letter to Chief Electoral Officer, Itanagar  said that the Special Summary Revision of Photo E/Roll for the ensuing assembly election was held at Pangin on two different occasions on  November 6 and 15.

It said that on November 6 only 12 members were accepted for enrolment in the morning session but the afternoon session was deferred to November 15 by E.R.O. Boleng after receiving a complaint. On November 15 only 66 new applicants appeared before the A.E.R.O. Pangin for hearing to enrol their names in the E/Roll. Out of 66 new applicants only 32 applicants were found eligible to be registered as voters as per the guidelines and norms of Electoral Registration.

Altogether, 44 applicants were found eligible to be registered as genuine electoral out of 78 those who appeared on the hearing day i.e. on November 6 and 15.

But to the utter surprise of the public total acceptance list was shown as 91, whereas total number of applicants appeared on both the day before the A.E.R.O. for enrolling themselves as electoral were much less than the final accep¬tance list issued by the A.E.R.O. Pangin, he alleged in his letter.  Further, some of the new applicants accepted by the officer were without any photo image and even some of them were not present on the concern day for hearing,  the letter said.

The leader appealed to the Chief Electoral Officer to immediately intervene into the matter and direct the concerned AERO Pangin to delete bogus applicants and also whose name were accepted without photo image on the hearing day.

Further, he appealed to the CEO to direct DERO, ERO, AERO of the concerned constituency to scrutinize the E/Roll and delete the bogus names/applicants included in the electoral roll of the constituency at earliest to maintain peace and tranquillity in the area.

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There is genuine anti-establishment wave

Just ahead of Lok Sabha polls, BJP yesterday handed a severe 4-0 drubbing to Congress in the assembly elections by scoring landslide victories in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, holding on to power in Chhattisgarh and close to forming a government in Delhi. The election results also saw fledging Aam Aadmi Party stunning major parties in Delhi where its chief Arvind Kejriwal emerged the giant killer by defeating three-time Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit with a huge margin.

The election results of four states have given massive lift to the opposition parties of Arunachal Pradesh. The Bharatiya Janata Party and regional player People's Party of Arunachal (PPA) while reacting to election results expressed hope that Congress will be voted out from Arunachal in days to come. The humiliating defeat of has sent shock waves to ruling Congress party. The Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Vice-President Rahul Gandhi has called for introspection following the defeat. It is hard to say whether there is anti-Congress wave in the country but definitely there seems to anti-establishment wave at present. There is a clear message for Congress party and sooner they learn the more better it will be for them.

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Can PPA deliver?

Dear Editor,

The declaration of Laeta Umbrey as the Chief Ministerial Candidate of PPA under whose leadership the party wants to fight the Lok Sabha and Assembly Elections is quite wise and timely move, but the million dollar question is can the party deliver? Does the party have a vision plan and the right team to penetrate into the hearts and mind of the people who are addicted to high command based political culture of Delhi. The PPA with almost no sound resource base like the Congress and BJP will have to find few regional minded financers to meet the bare election requirements. With merging of the TMC and NCP leaders into PPA the party certainly got a shot in its arm. The intense infighting within Congress I leaders for the top job and also the cold war within the two BJP MP candidates shall definitely help PPA to reap the benefits. Although the party has been deprived of its popular Mithun symbol by the election commission of India, the granting of maize as party symbol and exposure of the same in 2009 Assembly elections and excellent performance of maize in recently concluded Panchaiyati Raj Election are definitely confidence booster for the party. What is required for the party is intense touring of every circle exposing the wrong doings of the ruling party with emphasis on real power devolutions to the PRI leaders and councilors, gross financial mismanagement and unimaginable debt liabilities, the absolute Law and Order problems, illogic announcements and declaration of districts and circle Head quarters, massive unemployment and regional imbalances, unplanned and hasty mortgaging of ” State resources” to few capitalists and endless instances of corruptions and nepotism by people in power and so on. The party further needs to convince the people as to how the people of Sikkim and Nagaland have successfully done away with the Congress regime and how the regional model of development could bring more smiles and happiness. The initiative of PPA to root out political corruptions by filing a petition for disqualification of defected legislators will bring miracle and people might feel obliged to give its own regional party a change to rule for at least tenure. The making of the PPA’s constitution as defection proof, forging an alliance with more resourceful of a regional party neighbors like NPF, AGP and SDF without compromising its territorial rights and cultural identity, are moves in right direction. At the movement, the party is pressing all the right chords and given the continuous weakening of the UPA-ii at the centre and instance dislike of the 80% of the states religions minority towards Hindu fundamentalism and aggressive nationalism of Narendra Modi will certainly help swaying of the voters from INC Camp to the regional front. All said and done the revival of the Bakin, Tomo, and Oken Iego’s PPA of 70s and 80s is looking optimistic and inevitable with the majority of the educated youths and elites trying to find out its roots for better future.


Prof. T Nima

Tezpur University


Learn something from election results of four state

Dear Editor,

Even though more results are yet to come but due to the BJP’s massive win in four states, it has given big jolt to the Congress party. In addition, the  surprise performance of AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) in bringing down the Delhi’s three-time CM shows that when people speaks, dirty leaders have no place to stand. I think our corrupted leaders should learn some lessons that bad politics will lead them to nowhere. It will be interesting to see whether these results will be the point of ignition of common people’s power on refurbishing the democracy? Or will they will remain silent in front of dirty politicians who keeps on playing indecipherable political sounds.


Pakli Lombi








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