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4th Arunachal Shito-Ryu Karate-Do championship concludes

PASIGHAT, Dec 13: The 4th Arunachal Shito-Ryu Karate championship concluded at the Pasighat Sports Complex on Dec-10 last.

Addressing the participants on the closing ceremony ZPC Kaling Dai said that  ‘Life is full of failures and successes’. When we play a game too, we may either win or lose but the main advantages of playing any sport is that it teaches us to cope with these failures and disappointments that come our way and to make renewed efforts to achieve success next time. After being defeated in a game repeatedly one begins to learn to fight better and yet accept the defeat gracefully, Dai added. He stressed on more enrollments and informed that there are special reservations in for sports person in government jobs.

Appreciating Vijoy Mize and Ajay Chetri President and Secretary of ESDKA respectively for organizing the state level championship successfully at Pasighat Dai hoped such efforts would inspire and encourage youngsters to join martial arts to be self-esteem, increasing fitness level.

Earlier, ZPM Okom Yosung advised the karatekas not to misuse their acquired skills and bully others. Adding the Parents and instructors should monitor the budding karatekas and guide them so that they can understand the importance of discipline and treat the martial arts with respect.

According to Organizing Chairman Denong Tamuk Chief Councilor, PMC, all together 200 participants of 11 teams of different districts of Arunachal Pradesh participated the tournament.

The Anjaw team secured the best position while Shito-Ryu Karate-Do, Chimpu, Itanagar was adjudged as runners up team.

In women team kumite champion, the HQ Shito-Ryu Karate Club, Chimpu, Itanagar bagged gold and host East Siang received silver medals. Nirjuli club was chosen as best discipline team and Yesenso Yun of Anjaw was declared as best instructor.

Many senior members and experts were also awarded on the occasion.

Reportedly, East Siang District won 2-Gold, 10-Silver and 18-Bronze medals and Anurudh Sahani, Ashok Sahani and Govind Thapa of East Siang were felicitated for their participations at international level during May, 2013.


2nd Nyari Welly Memorial State Level Women Football final today

ITANAGAR, Dec 13:  The Capital Complex will fight against Kurung Kumey tomorrow in the grand final of the 2nd Nyari Welly Memorial State Level Women Football tournament, 2013 being played at RG Stadium Naharlagun. Both the team have not lost any match till date, but tomorrow one team will be crowned the Champion.

The CCSC has slight edge over the KK girls as they have very good attacking options. Techi Amin (Jer.no 12) with 7 goals in three matches will be the player to look out for in the final. KK girls will have to pull up their socks to defend the CCSC counter attacks. CCSC also has likes of Rosni Ramching, with her pace and skill KK girls will surely have tough time in the final. CCSC have just conceded one goal so far in the tournament. Donning Jer.no 3 Tarak Mary of CCSC has so far defended her team with no nonsense football, KK attacks will have to beat Mary if they want their hand in the trophy.

Kurung Kumey on other hand has huge crowd support, which sometimes proof vital for the underdogs. KK’s Ha Rupa (jer.no 2) has been a rock solid defender so far in the tournament. KK attacks will be spearheaded by Bengia Mercy, the scorer of the semifinal and experienced Taw Anu.

Though CCSC will start as favorite with well organized team, KK girls with crowd support can proof to be the giant killer. So the final is evenly poised for both the team.

Higio Aruni, Chief Councilor IMC and Tadar Appa, Asst.Director, Sports and Youth Affair’s have consented to be the chief guest and guest of honor respectively for tomorrow’s grand final. The closing ceremony will start from 12.30 pm

Grand Final

Capital Complex Sc Vs Kurung Kumey, 1.30 Pm



Jiyo Aur Jine Do, Tagung Neri FC enter semi-final

ITANAGAR, Dec 13:  Jiyo Aur Jine Do and Tagung Neri entered semi-final in ongoing Christmas Premier League Football Tournament organized by Indira Gandhi Park Youth Association played at Indira Gandhi Park here.   Jiyo Aur Jine Do defeated Senki Park Youth Association by 5-1, with double brace from Biri Tame and Byabang Doley. In the second match Tagung Neri FC thrashed Taring FC with Sunil Neri solidarity goal 1-0 in a close contest match.


Lohit Karatekas shine at state level Karate-Do Championship

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: Lohit Karatekas excelled at the IVth State Level Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Championship’2013 held at D. Gumin Ground Pasighat  from Dec 7 to 9 by bagging 6 Gold, 4 Silver and 3 Bronze respectively. According to Lohit Karate-Do Association, Karatekas  who had clinched  the medals are - Bananso Towsik (Gold-Kumite;  Silver-Kata ), Mary Wangsa (Gold-Kumite), Miss. Yoisi Towsik (Gold-Kumite; Kata-Gold), Miss. Resamlu Bellai ( Gold-Kumite; Gold-Kata), Sonamso Gam (Silver-Kumite), Miss. Banilu Chikro (Silver- Kumite), Manchanso Khamblai (Silver-Kumite), Sobetso Kri (Bronze-Kumite) and Narinso Chonyo (Bronze-kumite; Bronze- Kata). Moreover, Resamlu Bellai Gold Medalist in both Kumite and Kata events has been adjudged as best female fighter of the tournament.

Meanwhile, Sensei Sodyong  Kri, General Secretary, Lohit Karate-Do Association congratulated all the medal winners and requested  them to maintain same tempo in future.


ACS to organize protest rally

ITANAGAR, Dec 13:  The Arunachal Civil Society(ACS) is going to organize a mass protest rally from Akash Deep market to CM Bungalow on 16th December morning to protest the prevailing lawlessness in the state capital. The ACS also plans to submit people’s memorandum to CM. Informing this ACS chairman Patey Tayum stated that today self style gundas are giving sleepless nights to innocent citizens of capital complex.

 “There have been reports of bank robbery, repeated attacks on press persons and media houses, harassment of shopkeepers. The culprit involved has not been given punishment and this has emboldened them,” stated ACS Chairman. He called on every section of people to come out and join the protest rally.


CM mourns death of Kipa Babu’s mother

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has condoled the sad and untimely demise of Late Kipa Menia, mother of Deputy Chief Councilor of Itanagar Municipal Council Kipa Babu, who expired yesterday after a tragic road accident near her residence at Pappu Nalah. She was 70 years old and is survived by one son and two daughters.

In his condolence message addressed to Kipa Babu, Tuki said “With a heavy heart, I came to learn about the sudden and sad demise of your beloved mother. I am aware, how painful it is to you to be deprived of the love and guidance of a mother and the futility of these words of condolences. But we should take solace in the eternal truth that the soul is immortal.”

While extending his solidarity with the family members, Tuki prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.

Meanwhile  Arunachal Chamber of Commerce & Industries (ACCI) expressed its deep shock at the passing away of Kipa Menia, mother of former ACCI president Kipa Babu.

AACI president Techi Lala and general secretary Tarh Nachung deeply mourned her death and conveyed their condolences to the bereaved family and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.


Run for unity

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: A run for unity and national integration will be organized  on the occasion of the Punya Tithi of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the Iron Man of the India,  on December 15, informed  chief organizer of the Run in a release. The Run will start  early in the morning from ‘O’ point Tinali  and end near R K Mission Hospital, Ganga. Students, youth and general public are expected to participate in the event.


Review meeting of textile & handicrafts dept held

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: Union Minister of Textile Dr K S Rao along with development commissioner, handloom and development commissioner handicrafts and member secretary, silk, is arriving in the state for a two days visit on December 14.

This was informed by the state minister for industries Tapang Taloh during a review meeting of the department of Industries held at its conference room here today.

While emphasizing on the need of improvement in terms of infrastructure, training and other facilities, he congratulated the department for getting Gold Medal in India International Trade Fair (IITF), New Delhi. It is worth mentioning that the department was awarded Bronze medal in IIFT, New Delhi last year.

Secretary, textile and handicrafts, Dr S S Ghonkrokta while hailing this year’s revenue collection urged upon the officers for improvement by bringing in more innovative ideas and marketing.

Director, textile and handicraft, Khoda Ruja, while highlighting the achievement of the department called on the officers to maintain the spirit.


Society urges tourism department to promote Paragliding

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: Arunachal Pradesh Society for Education and Development (APSED)has urged the state tourism department  to sponsor 20 youths from East Kameng to undergo basic course in Paragliding so that the most popular adventure sports can be taken up by these trained youths as their profession. The Society made this plea after successful recce for Paragliding at Seppa recently.

Giving details of the event,  it was informed that under the aegis of APSED and Arunachal Discover Paradise Tours, recce for Paragliding was successfully done at Seppa in October, 2013 where take off site/landing site and emergency  landing sites were identified by seasoned pilots Raju Rai and Santosh Rai from Sikkim Paragliding Adventure Sports Co-operative Society Limited. Thereafter test fly for two days was done on Oct 24  and 25. Now the APSED is pinning a hope on the Tourism Department, GoAP for sponsoring 20 youths from East Kameng to undergo basic course in Paragliding. (news: Vijay Sonam)


Jeko GHSS celebrates annual school day

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: The annual school day valedictory function of Govt Higher Secondary School, Jeko, under Lohit District concluded on 30th November. The day was marked with prize distribution and presenting of colorful cultural programme. Deputy Commissioner Lohit Rajiv Takuk along with ZPM Tezu attended the function. Others Govt Officers including Oling Lego, EAC, Tezu, Lod Tahkar, CO Sunpura and Bikso Tego, ZPM Sunpura along with public leaders attended the programme.

 The welcome address was given by Tatem Taloh, Principal Govt HSS Jeko. The website of the school was also launched on this occasion which was designed by Dewsoft Education Academy, Roing. There was cultural presentation and prizes were distributed to the students. DC Takuk in his addressed stated that, “It is great pleasure and memorial moment for him to get a chance to launch the school website.”


Training on Ecosan toilet conducted

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: A training program on Ecosan toilet was conducted from 9th to 11th December at PHED, office Itanagar for AE’s, JE’s, Consultants and Masons of PHE &WS Department. The workshop was attended by Tomi Ete (Secretary PHE & WS), T. Ketan, Chief Engineer (Sanitation), T.Basar, Chief Engineer (D&P), and State Co-coordinator (NBA). The main objective of the training program was to spread awareness about the concept of EcoSan toilet.

The training was provided by Society for Community Organization and Peoples Education (SCOPE) from Trichy, Tamil Nadu and FINISH from Lucknow, UP. The training program was coordinated by State Water and Sanitation Mission PHE & WS Deptt.

The Secretary PHE and WS in his speech stressed on the importance of ecological sanitation, which is a new concept suitable to Arunachal. The program was also addressed by Chief Engineer (D&P). The Masons were given an extensive practical training in construction of EcoSan toilet at Water Treatment Plant, Naharlagun.

The valedictory function ended with a note from the Chief Engineer (Sanitation) , expressing his gratitude to the resource persons and all the participants for the success of the training program.


DDSE inspects schools in Mengio block

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: To have firsthand information about school problems of remote area, the DDSE-cum-DPO, Papum Pare District alongwith BEO-cum-BRCC, Mengio inspected various schools in Mengio Block  from Dec 9 to 12. During the inspection, the problem faced at  school level have been discussed with SMC members, PRI leaders, Parents  and  teachers. The inspection team checked the quality construction of civil work which was sanctioned during 2012-13 and teacher  and  student attendance, implementation of MDM and other relevant records of schools were verified and necessary directives has been made to Head of the institutions for proper and smooth functioning of academic activity. At the same time model classes were also taken at some schools and interacted with students and teachers for improvement of quality teaching-learning process.      

It was found that, inspite of no proper accommodation, power supply, road  and  telecommunication and water supply,  teachers are dedicatedly performing their duties at the remote area like Mengio and schools are running smoothly, among them Girls Res. School, Pan is running well with full enrolment under the guidance of 3 teachers only.

In this regard the Govt. may initiate some steps for providing special incentives to encourage those teachers who are serving in remote areas of district in particular and state in general, according to an official release.


‘Resolve issues within society’

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: Karko Ao Welfare Association while clarifying press statement of clan members regarding genealogy issue appealed all members to resolve the matter within the society instead of going to press before taking any step till a consensus opinion of all members are taken in the next meeting.


‘Differences resolved’

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: All Arunachal Pradesh Workers’ Union (AAPWU) and Nari Elite Society in a joint meeting held at the circuit house, Nari PWD on Dec 11   resolved the differences  and agreed to work together amicably in the near future.

In a release today, AAPWU informed that both the parties agreed that the differences had arisen due to communication gap which could have been solved between themselves.

Both the parties further agreed that AAPWU (Nari unit) shall be taken into confidence whenever the cleanliness drives are to be conducted.

Meanwhile, while referring to the ‘mistakenly misprint of a word’ like “homeless”, AAPWU team has expressed disappointment saying that the issue had arisen due to ‘non-cooperation of the Nari Koyu ADC.”


APPDSU urged to defer dharna

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: The Nyishi Elite Society (NES) Papum Pare unit has appealed All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU) to defer its proposed dharna in front of Chief Secretary’s office in connection with land encroachment issue on December 16 next.


Union reiterates demand

ITANAGAR, Dec 13:  The All Yachuli Students’ Union of Lower Subansiri district reiterated its demand to the district administration for re-opening of Doimukh-Potin road for public convenience. The union expressed its resentment claiming that in spite of assurance given by the authority; the demands are not fulfilled yet.  It served 15 days ultimatum to the authority to readdress its demands.


KVK training prog for extension functionaries

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: A one-day training programme for extension personnel of District Agriculture Office (DAO) and District training office(DTO) was held  today at KVK office campus, Ziro. Resource persons from different disciplines of KVK viz. Subject Matter Specialists delivered lecture on respective subjects. Altogether 32 extension functionaries benefitted from the training. I P Tiwari, District Training Officer (FTC), Ziro also participated in  the said training programme.


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Panyor River festival starts amid fanfare

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YAZALI, Dec 13: Amidst huge fanfare and gathering, the first ever Panyor River Festival themed - Connecting Community for Celebration and Harmony, was declared open by Nyishi Elite Society (NES) president Bengia Tolum in a glittering function here in the bank of River Panyor today.

During the opening day of the three-day festival, people from the state and foreign tourists enjoyed river rafting, angling, trekking, paragliding, food festival and traditional sports. This festival should straightly pass on strong message to the NEEPCO power developer as they had named the 405 MW hydropower project of the Panyor River as Ranganadi Hydropower project, which is only known in plains of Assam, asserted NES president Bengia Tolum. He further exhorted the people to have hospitality to make tourist flourish in the area.

“We the Nyishi people have to learn more things especially on hospitality sector,” he said.

This event is the very beginning for the people though it is small event but you should also know that everything in this world is decided in a small room, he said.

Describing the Yazali a perfect tourist destination with pristine and turbulent Panyor River, Tolum said that the Nyishi’s are very lucky to have various rivers in their areas which connect with the whole world.

This river has been always the backbone of our community which links culture and heritage of the community, he said.

While praising the beauty of the Yazali belt, Tolum said, many Bollywood movies could have come up and shoot here if it was promoted earlier.

Expressing his satisfaction about the festival, Lower Subansiri Zilla Parishad Chairperson Hage Kobing, who also attended the opening day, said that such festival would open gate for tourism promotion and will help in boosting economy for the locals.

He also asked all to preserve and promote rich culture of the community and conserve natural eco-system for prosperity.

In his keynote address during the inaugural function, Yazali ZPM Taba Techi, who is also the organizing chairman of the festival informed that it is being organize to create awareness and educate the locals to conserve, protect and preserve the flora and fauna; and to promote adventure sports such as angling, rafting and trekking.

To promote rural tourism and eco-tourism in the locality and to blend the economic activities of the locals with the festival, we need to sensitize the local people on the significance of the tourism and its importance, he said.

The inflow of both domestic and foreign tourists in the state will boost the economy of the people through the sale of arts, crafts and handicrafts including culture, he said.

Later in the evening, noted drummer of the state Toko Teji performed along with Dancing Devils team of Itanagar and there was other cultural programme from various groups.

Yazali is a picturesque valley located at an altitude of 1500 metre above sea level and few hours’ drive from state capital Itanagar. The River Panyor flows into the valley popularly known as Ranganadi in plains and it has played a vital role in the socio-economic and cultural transition of Nyishi community since ages, the birth place of Rikam Pada is also here.

Panyor River Festival if annually organized and celebrated can boast the tourism of the area as the Yazali has lots to offer tourist if ready to explore the land. Angling, bird watching, trekking and rural tourism can be promoted in order to attract larger mass of tourist travelling to Ziro via Yazali.




Connectivity a must to reduce gap of development: CM

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today emphasised the role of Information Communication Technology in providing connectivity and access to citizens, communities and institutions.

"The entire north east region, including Sikkim, is confronting the challenge to build a robust network and connectivity to bridge development and communication divides," Tuki said while addressing the 4th eNorth East Award Summit 2013 here today.

Tuki said, the summit has come at a time when the national and international voice was loud and clear on how to develop, increase and sustain the growth curve of our economies and strengthen the social capital through rightful and need base deployment of information communication technology tools and applications, including the internet and mobile platforms.

Arunachal Pradesh and other north-eastern states, he said, were currently implementing various programme components of the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP), including setting up State Wide Area Networks (SWAN) and State Data Centre (SDC).

"While the efforts continued on these fronts in the midst of challenges and issues including terrain and Right of Way (RoW), the access factor cannot be overlooked,"he stressed.

He said, the role of the telecom and internet service providers has been extremely important and contributory.

"We all know the role played by BSNL in the region which is further assisted by private players in providing telecom and internet services through land route or wireless or mobile based services," he said.

Tuki advocated coordination among the NE states to learn from each other and share connectivity and access issues. He mooted setting up a “North East Connectivity Grid or North East Digital Inclusion Mission to address issues in connectivity and access with services to reach out to more than 30 million in the region.”  

Besides a panel of speakers from outside the state, Education Minister Bosiram Siram, IT Parliamentary Secretary CC Singpho and Chief Secretary Hari Krishna were present at the function.

According to reliable sources out of 32 finalists for this year’s eNorth East Award, nine winners have been declared as a best ICT practice projects. www.amazing arrunachal .com emerges as a winner in environment and tourism category. The Summit was organised by the information technology and communication department in association with the NE Development Foundation. PTI/Source



Minor girl allegedly raped at Yachuli

ITANAGAR, Dec 13:  A minor girl was raped on 11th of this month at Yachuli town under Lower Subansiri district. The victim is 7 years old; while the alleged rapist is believed to be 18 years old. The victim’s parents yesterday lodged an FIR at Yazali police station with the help of Joram Yajum, president Arunachal Pradesh Women’s Welfare Society, Yachuli branch and Circle Officer Yachuli Neelam Teji.

While talking to this daily officer in-charge of Yazali police station Inya Ete informed that culprit has been arrested and he has confessed to the crime.

“At the time of incident the girl was alone at home. They knew each other well and thereby taking advantage of situation he raped her. The doctors examined the victim and have confirmed that she was raped. At present the victim is undergoing treatment,” informed Inya Ete.

This is third rape incident to be reported from Yachuli area in the last couple of years.

In March this year a minor girl was allegedly raped by the owner of a School at Joram. In the year 2012 a class XI student was raped and murdered at Yazali town. The series of rape incident being reported from 16th Yachuli constituency area is matter of serious concern.


Tawang witnesses first snowfall of the season

TAWANG, Dec 13: Much to the delight of the domestic and foreign tourists and the local denizens, the Tawang district received the first snowfall of the season on Wednesday and Thursday last.

“It is considered a good omen to witness snow on or before Torgya, a three day local monastic festival celebrated in the world renowned Tawang monastery in the month of January,” Dasa, a local resident said.  The tourists and locals were found celebrating the first snowfall of the season in the streets and posing for snaps despite the spine chilling cold.



Pham Kho Sowai festival to get official recognition

ITANAGAR, Dec 13:  Much to the happiness of Bugun community residing in West Kameng district, the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has assured ‘official recognition’ to  Pham Kho Sowai festival. He, telephonically, directed the Chief Secretary to take immediate action for the notification, declaring every 10 September as holiday from next year.

Bugun, a community that predominantly resides in Singchung, Bichom, Tenga and Wangho areas of West Kameng annually celebrates Pham Kho Sowai festival which is related to harvesting of crops.  

The decision was taken when a 70-members delegate led by APEDA chairman cum Thrizino-Buragaon MLA Kumsi Sidisow called on the chief minister on Thursday evening at CM’s conference hall.  The delegation consisted of the PRI leaders of Sinchung Block, Jamiri-Bhalukpong Block and Thrizino Block along with the CBO leaders of Hrusso (Aka) and Bugun communities, GBs, Elites and Student Unions of both the communities.

The CM also sanctioned fund for construction of ADC building at Sinchung (phase II) besides immediate posting of a regular CO at Kameng Bari/Doimara.

Responding to a memorandum, Tuki consented to attend the Nyethrii-Dow festival of the Hrusso (Aka) on 15 January, 2014 at Buragaon as the chief guest wherein he would also lay the foundation stone for newly announced EAC headquarters.

Expressing serious concern over the shortage of teachers at Palizi, Buragaon, Sachida, Lichini and Sakrin village, the CM directed the education minister Bosiram Siram who was also present in the meeting to create teacher post and employ the educated local youths to meet the grievances.

The delegates while expressing their satisfaction over the developmental works by Tuki led state government have assured their full support in the developmental endeavours of the govt.



NGOs welcome arrest of Parliamentary Secretary

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: The 21-Koloriang People's Forum has hailed State Government for prompt action by arresting Parliamentary Secretary for Tax and Excise Lokam Tassar for his alleged conspiracy and involvement in burning and destroying of the electoral-roll papers of entire Kurung-Kumey District on 9th December last near Hawa Camp.

In a press release the Forum stated that arrest has been made after identification of the MLA's involvement in the incident by the govt Official and the Police personnel on duty and subsequently established by police enquiry. Such crimes against the state should be condemned by all thinking and civilized societies. Promptness in arrest of the accused instils a refreshed faith not only in the law of the land but also in the law enforcing forces in the state. Further they requested the police to show similar promptness and arrest all those miscreants who were involved along with the MLA in the burning of the Documents.

The 21-Koloriang People's Forum also appeal to all concerned not to intervene in the investigation and allow the law to take its own course of action. “It is to be acknowledged that the government Officials toiled day and night for months in preparation of the revised e-roll of the District. Burning and destroying the result of their hard work in the form of final data of the revised rolls by the MLA and his workers shows his disrespect and disregard of democracy and rules of law and is beyond just condemnation. Therefore, we request the Judiciary, law enforcing agencies and the Election Commission to deal strictly with the accused as per norms so that no such action is repeated by anyone from any part of the society ever again in the future,” they continued.  Meanwhile the 21- Koloriang Indigenous People Movement has hailed SP Papum Pare for arresting Parliamentary secretary Tax and Excise, for his alleged role in burning down of e-roll summary revision documents of entire Kurung Kumey district. Further they have called upon MLA to resign on moral ground from membership of legislative assembly.



Nari PR leaders accused of theft, one arrested


RUKSIN, Dec 13: A couple of Panchayat leader of Lupo Adi Taku village under Nari-Koyu constituency are accused for siphoning off materials for road construction under NREGA scheme, while another business linkman has been arrested by police in connection with the case.

According to report, the Anchal Somity Member (ASM) of Lumpo-Adi Tako panchayat Tatum Kaye and Gram chairperson of the panchayat, Minya Bomjen had stolen construction materials meant for NREGA road construction on December 7 last. The duo leaders handed the stolen materials to one Jahir Khan, a local businessman to sell it at an Assam based hardware shop.

But, the materials were later seized by Assam police, who handed over the stolen materials to Nari police for follow up action. Later a group of leading villagers lodged a joint complaint with Nari Police Station accusing businessman Jahir Khan and the duo panchayat leaders.

According to police, the seized materials include Plastic bucket (5 nos), Tarpolin, (5 nos), Spade (50 nos), Shovel (40 nos), Pick Axe (40 nos), Plastic Tagari (40 nos) Big Hammar (50 nos) and few other iron made apparatus.

Nari police, following investigation of the case (No- 12/ 2013, U/S- 380/34 IPC) arrested one Jahir Khan on the next day. But police was incapable to arrest accused Tatum Kaye and Minya Bomjen as they were found absconding. Police informed that arrested Khan has confessed his offence and his business link with the accused panchayat leaders.

Police further informed that the duo accused panchayat leaders have got interim bail from Pasighat Additional District & Session Court. But they are yet to produce their bail bond before the Investigating Officer. The court has ordered the trio accused for hearing on December 16 next, police said.

Meanwhile, the villagers of Lumpo Adi Tako have submitted petition before the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Nari demanding his initiative to terminate/ discharge the accused ASM and the Gram Chairperson from their respective post. They also requested the political leaders not to interfere with the case that such tainted leader should be properly punished under relevant act and laws.

The local villagers suspect that the panchayts leaders in active connivance with the officials in the department are siphoning off such working materials and selling it in the black market. They have demanded the higher ups of the panchayat authority to have a thorough investigation on the matter.



HPC to plug revenue leakages

ITANAGAR Dec 13: After inking highest revenue earning amounting to Rs 894 crore in 2012-13, an increase of 32% over 2011-12, the state Cabinet has decided to plug revenue leakage in various government departments to generate additional revenue.

The Cabinet in its meeting on December 11 last under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki discussed in length on revenue leakage from various departments like tax and excise, forest, mines & minerals and many other departments. Encouraged by first four months’ collection of Rs 400 crore this fiscal, it approved constitution of a High Power Committee (HPC) to achieve the goal of higher revenue earning.

After a threadbare discussion it was decided that the HPC would be headed by Principal Secretary Home, while commissioners and secretaries of all revenue earning departments concerned, deputy commissioners and superintendent of police of the district concerned would be its members.

The HPC has been empowered to conduct surprise inspection at various vital points, check gates and entry points where revenue collection activities are undertaken and monitor the conduct of the officials posted there. Any official found guilty would be taken to task on the spot as per law. The HPC shall time to time report back to the government on the action.

Taking serious exception to the repeated violation of status quo signed between the Arunachal Pradesh and Assam governments as well the directive of the Supreme Court to maintain it, the Cabinet directed the Chief Secretary and Principal Secretary Home to take up the contentious mater with their Assam counterparts to ensure peace and tranquility along the inter-state boundary areas. All attempts should be made to amicable settlement of the issue, the directive added.

The cabinet further approved to take up the proposal for creation of Mon Autonomous Council for Tawang and West Kameng districts and Patkai Autonomous Council for Changlang, Tirap and Longding Districts with Government of India as per the resolution taken by the Legislative Assembly. A high level delegation headed by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki is likely to visit Delhi soon to meet central ministers on the issue, according a press statement issued by Govt spokesman Nabam Rebia.



Training for 2nd batch of Hunar Se Rojgar Tak concludes

ITANAGAR, Dec 13:  As an initiative to create employable skills amongst the unemployed youth for those belonging to economical weaker strata of the society the Department of Tourism has successfully completed the 2nd batch of training 100 youths under Hunar Se Rojgar Tak ( HSRT) a scheme under Ministry of Tourism Govt. of India. The training provided was related to hospitality trades namely Food production, Food & Beverages Service, Housekeeping, Bakery and Passeteries.

 Besides these due emphasis was given on improving their attitudes and behavior in order to enhance their market acceptability. The course content has been designed by national council of Hotel Management & Catering Technology and were conducted by clustering 4/5 best hotels in the state capital and the trainers was the faculties of Tourism & Hotel management, RGGP and ITDC run Hotel Donyi Polo Ashoka etc.

The master trainer S.Kar of HSRT informed that the graduate unemployed youth in Hotel management are impacting the training along with the faculties of HMCT, RGGP.

The service of the trainers under Hunar Se Rojgar Tak has been engaged during the visit of his President of India at Itanagar during Nov. 2013. They have been also been engaged in various official function of the state. Furthermore, to enhance the skill in their respective trade tie up with reputed hotels has also been arranged for the trainees.

The placement opportunities will be facilitate by the Department of tourism by inviting reputed hotels in the state. Altogether 200 youths has been trained so far under this initiative.  In the passing out ceremony at Hotel Donyi Polo Ashoka, Taru Talo Director Tourism while welcoming the gathering has congratulate the trainees on their successful completion of the training programme .

Giving away the completion certificate, Secretary Tourism Sonam Chombay exhorted the youths to be sincere and responsible towards their duty with utmost dedication trade. He emphasized on self employment opportunities through this venture. He expressed his satisfaction about the conduct of the training under the able guidance of his subordinate Bengia Manna Sonam, Nodal officer (HSR), S. Kar and the support rendered by Rajiv Gandhi Government Polytechnic, Itanagar.



Electoral documents burning down case

AKKDSU demands probe, punishment to culprits

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: The All Kurung Kumey District Students’ Union (AKKDSU) has demanded exemplary punishment to the people involved in the burning down of electoral summary revision documents of entire Kurung Kumey district at Hawa Camp, near Kimin recently.

In a release while saying that, according to the FIR, Koloriang MLA cum parliamentary secretary tax and excise is said to be involved in the case, but he denies of his involvement in the case, it demanded for immediate probe into the case to identify the actual culprits.

We also condemn the Kurung Kumey district administration for deploying less number of police personnel and investigating staff on duty. We doubt as the incident could have been politically motivated and could be a conspiracy, it held.

Meanwhile it warned the authorities concerned not to manipulate the hearing process of the electoral revision and appealed for proper scrutiny and not to enroll non-APST voters in the electoral roll.

And we would like to appeal not to entertain any individual political gains, while the innocent public suffer, it added in the release.



PR leader calls for early forest clearance for approach road

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: The Dambuk Anchal Samity chairperson has appealed to the  state forest department to take up the issue of forest clearance for early construction of  approach road to the under-construction bridge over Sisiri river.

In a representation to the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF), ASM chairperson Tokbom Saring informed that the construction work of a spill over bridge over Sisiri river has been started by M/s Singla & Company under the supervision and control of the GREF during 2009 and work is in progress. But,  Saring said, the construction of the approach road  to  both points of the bridge has not been started yet.

Claiming that the District Administration and Divisional level forest office have already recommended the matter to PCCF office for further recommendation to the Government of India for forest clearance/no objection certificate, the panchayat leader said issue of NOC will benefit the  local people.

It is worth mentioning here that Dambuk Sub-Division which is inhabited by the Adis, Idu, Mishing and Galo communities with approximate population of 15000 is bounded by both the Dibang River in the East and Sisiri river in the West under Lower Dibang Valley District. Road link  is a must to connect this isolated place and people with the outside world.



2 day Poi Pee Mau festival commencing on Dec 19

Chow Bilaseng Namchoom

Namsai, December 13: The final countdown to Poi Pee Mau 2108, a blazon of Tai Community, celebrating their antique cultural heritage which was forgotten with the advent of the contemporary civilization is all set to begin with colorful note from December 19 next. The Poi Pee Mau fiesta in accord with the traditional lunar calendar of the Tai people is 2108 years of celebration.

This year, the annual Poi Pee Mau fiesta will be celebrated at Namsai in the heart of Land of Golden Pagodas which is the most popular tourist destination in Lohit district due to its wealth of natural beauty, culture and history, and above all the mouth-watering food. For the tourist, the festival is sure to enthrall as this celebration will offer fast flowing rivers, evergreen forest of Patkai Range and for trekking in and around villages of Chongkham at the backdrop of Golden Pagodas and to get lost in enchanting nature besides ethnic tribal groups with unique customs and clothing and people famous for their courtesy and hospitality.

This New Year festival is celebrated by the Tai people to showcase their rich culture and tradition to the world. Several events, including cultural extravaganza, traditional sports, food festival, fashion show and musical night will mark the two-day Poi Pee Mau celebration.



Awareness programme on fire mishap

NIRJULI, Dec 13: With an endeavor to create awareness amongst the students, Vivekananda Private Hostel, Nirjuli in collaboration with Fire Station, Naharlagun organized fire awareness program at its hostel premises today.

During the awareness program a team of  officials from Fire and Emergency Service Department, Naharlagun headed by its Officer-Incharge, Fire Station, Naharlagun, BC Borah ,SFO, Naharlagun, PC Roy along with other constables demonstrated mock drill on various fire precaution and prevention measure. The Team also elucidated   the students on use of First Aid during any emergency.

While briefing the students on fire awareness to avoid any incident at home or at any other places,BC Borah informed that to douse  the fire we have to use different  extinguishers  for different type of fire, like foam for electricity, water for normal fire and Dry Chemical Powder (DCP) for  petrol or other flammable liquid. He also urged the students to be cautious about fire and electricity to avoid any incident.

Demonstrating mock drill on first aid to any needy person during any emergency or disaster, FSO, PC Roy urged the students to use every possible thing like shirt, sack or robs to make stretcher during emergency. “Most important  this is we should keep calm during any natural or manmade disaster evading creating confusion or nervousness,” added Roy.

 Roy also urged the denizens to pave way for the fire tenders during duty hour. Due to increasing traffic most of the time fire team failed to reach the spot on time, he added.

Extending its gratitude to the team of fire and emergency Service, Naharlagun for organizing such important awareness program, Administrative Incharge, Vivekananda Private Hostel, Nirjuli, Ajay Kapoor asserted that due to such program students will now more cautious about any disaster and fire incident.


‘Make RMNCH+A a grand success in Arunachal’

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: A one day workshop on “Call to Action for Child Survival and Development consultation in Arunachal Pradesh for acceleration of RMNCH+A” was held  today at Administrative Training Institute, Naharlagun to orient the district officials of the 7 high Priority districts (HPD) by National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), AP in collaboration with RRC-NE & UNICEF, Delhi. The resource persons for the workshop are Dr. Sudha Balakrishnan, Health Specialist, UNICEF, Dr. Karanveer, Nutrition Specialist, UNICEF, Bhaswat Kumar Das, RC HMIS and Dr J Rout, Consultant PH from RRC NE. The HPDs include East Kameng, Lower Subansiri, Upper Subansiri, Kurung Kumey, Upper Siang, Lohit & Changlang.

The Mission Director, NRHM calls upon all the district official to take the responsibility as a leader to make the RMNCH+A intervention successful so that quality service delivery for the mother & child may be a reality in Arunachal Pradesh. He also requested all the district officials to strengthen the supportive supervision mechanism.

While addressing the gathering,  Dr Sudha Health Specialist, UNICEF informed that through RMNCH+A every mother & child will be taken care of and the districts will receive an additional support with 30% more allocation than the non HPDs. Dr. Karanveer Singh, Nutrition Specialist, UNICEF while addressing the gathering explained that RMNCH +A is a continuum of care approach to be provided to the pregnant women, newborn, child and adolescents and dwelt on the importance of coordination with various departments and stakeholder.

The Jt DHS, (FW) also requested all to improve the health status of the selected districts, the UNICEF & RRC-NE will collaborate with NRHM for providing technical support in planning and implementation.

The workshop was also attended by DMO, DRCHO and DPMs from 7 HPDs, Planning Department, WCD and officials of the Directorate of Health services and Mission Directorate.

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Income tax exemption benefit being misused

The State Cabinet headed by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki on December 11 in a landmark decision approved fixation of 40% royalty rate on timber and other forest produces in the state, revising the royalty rate after two years as per the cost inflation index over 2007. This would help enrich the coffer of the fund-crunch state facilitating taking up of more developmental activities.

This decision by state govt is a welcome one. For the state like ours which is so much dependent on central government for financial resources, there is need to find more ways to raise fund of its own. We can no longer depend only on central govt for financial assistance. Some sections of Arunachalees are clamouring for levying income tax on the citizens of state. In the northeast, STs in North Cachar Hills, Karbi Anglong, Bodoland Territorial Autonomous District in Assam, Jaintia Hills & Garo Hills in Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura are exempted from income tax. Many rich elites of state are misusing this benefit and are amassing immense wealth. The income tax exemption has made them behave irresponsible and indulge in rampant corruption. If people start paying income tax, it will bring sense of responsibilities towards public money and government assets. It’s time govt ponder seriously about this.

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Political conspiracy against MLA

Dear Editor,

On 12th December, 2013 early morning a historic shocking incident occurred when a team of police personals around 250 ambushed the official bungalow no.- 4 of Lokam Tassar, parliamentary Secy. Tax & excise cum MLA 21-koloriang Assembly Constituency around 3:00 AM without prior permission. The intention of the police personnel was to arrest the innocent and respected leader representing 21st Koloriang assembly constituency forgetting the dignity of a public leader.

We the people of 21st Koloriang constituency strongly denounce the arrest of such an honest public leader depending upon the baseless allegation made against him for his involvement in burning down documents of electoral roll revision at Hawa Camp near Kimin town. The news of alleged involvement of such a leader is very unfortunate and shocking, who is always been a motivational and active leader of this constituency. We raise  doubt into this entire arrest episode as it is politically tarnishing the image of an honest and free frank public leader.

We strongly condemned such politically motivated allegation and urge the authority to enquire into this matter and immediately release him from further police custody. We also want to raise concern over his way of arrest. 250 police personnel raiding his home in morning 3 am were quite shocking. The method of arresting him was harsh and he was treated like a terrorist, which he is not. Instead of wasting so much police to arrest a law maker, the Govt should use similar force to drive out NSCN from Tirap, Changlang and Longding which will save Arunachal. Also we would like to inform that the Kurung Kumey deputy commissioner Gejum Ete had called a meeting of all EROs, AEROs and panchayat leaders to brief them that the hike in electoral rolls after revision has to be limited to 4% while the total hike was 8,143 against total voters of about 42,000. During hearing on November 6 at Sarli the total voters enrolled were 1,300 against 290, which was rejected by the circle officer for which Local MLA was attacked and he had to escape to ITBP camp before lodging a case in the police station. On November 13 police resorted to discriminate firing by AK 47 rifles at his Koloriang residence and an FIR was lodged in this regard. However no action has been taken despite FIRs lodged, mass protest by the people and intimation given to Chief Minister.  Similarly on 13th November evening local MLA and DC Kurung Kumey was having official discussion at DC Chamber. Four people forcefully entered into DC chamber by breaking door and without permission. They abused DC and local MLA and also tried to physically assault. Because of the presence of PSO they were saved. A report was submitted to Chief Secretary and DGP regarding the serious incident by Kurung Kumey district administration. But till now no arrest has been made in this regard. The series of events shows that MLA Lokam Tassar is being framed by opposition leaders of 21st Koloriang constituency and therefore we appeal immediate release of local MLA from judicial custody.


Bengia Tagar,


21 Koloriang Native People’s Forum


Respect local businessmen

Dear Editor,

This is with reference to news item published in your daily dated 11/12/13 regarding six point charter of demand by All Arunachal Contractors Welfare Association ((AACWA). The demands include relaxation of emd from 2% to 1 % for tribal contractors, stop deduction of 1 percent income tax from tribal contractors, stop direct participation of company or manufacture for procurement of life saving medicines at director of health service and stop advance works system under SPA, TFC and other centrally sponsored schemes.

The All Arunachal Registered Contractors Association ((AARCA) has decided to collaborate with AACWA in this regard. The govt. should fulfill the demand put up by AACWA as failure will lead to depriving the right of registered tribal contractors of Arunachal Pradesh. Along with the points, we the AARCA has demanded many time to the govt. to maintain transparency while awarding work order under centrally sponsored schemes and to stop nepotism and other corrupt practices in awarding of contract/ supply works.

We further remind the govt. that though we the registered contractors are paying revenue to the govt. every year without fail, still many of our registered tribal contractors are deprived from avenues of any work year after year despite our sincere persuasion at various levels on different occasions. Therefore the govt. / various authorities are requested to provide work/ supply contracts to registered firms/ contractors of the state only.


Dohu Tat

Information &Publicity Secretary,

All Arunachal Registered Contractors Association






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