December 21


News Impact




PWD minister inspects colony roads at Daporijo

DAPORIJO, Dec 20: PWD Minister Gojen Gadi along with the local MLA Daporijo Dikto Yekar, DC K Dulom, SP Anto Alphonse, AE PHED T Jeram and others inspected the colony roads and drainage system of Sigin, Polo, Pakam and Tigri colonies maintained by the Public Works and Urban Development departments and the Tadak Dulom suspension bridge here.

The Minister on the spot sanctioned Rs One Crore for the immediate maintenance and upkeep of township roads falling under the PWD. He also urged the department to expedite the tender process for the maintenance of the Tadak Dulom suspension bridge for which an amount of Rs One crore had been sanctioned under SPA.

He also inspected the ongoing CC road construction work from Post Office tri junction to M/S Tabom Kena's shop via Statistics office being implemented under Phase-I of infrastructure development scheme at Daporijo by the Urban Development department and interacted with the contractor. He advised the contractor to accelerate the pace of work so that the road can be completed within this working season.

The ongoing construction of 4kms of colony roads, being funded under NLCPR at an estimated cost of Rs. 5.24 Crores was also discussed and the Minister promised to take up the issue of release of funds under phase II of the project so that the roads within the township could be developed at the earliest. Gadi urged all concerned to ensure quality work so that the roads and infrastructures being developed can last for years. (DIPRO)


Dr. Begi gets Karmayogi award 2014

ITANAGAR, Dec 20: Former Director of Higher and Technical Education Dr. Joram Begi was awarded with Karmayogi award 2014 in a glittering ceremony here in the Constitution Club, New Delhi on Friday. The award was handed over by Smriti Irani, Union Minister, Human Resource Development, and Bhaiyaji Joshi, General Secretary of RSS. The award has been instituted by eminent NGO My Home India under its ONE India programme.

The award carries a cash amount of Rs 1 lakh and citation. The award was given to Dr Begi for his outstanding contribution in the field of education in Arunachal Pradesh. While conferring the award, Irani showered praises on Dr. Begi for his selfless dedication and relentless efforts to improve the quality of higher education in Arunachal Pradesh. She also hailed Dr. Begi's wife Joram Yajur for having stood by him all her life.


BASU to go ahead with phase-wise bandh call

ITANAGAR, Dec 20: The Basar Area Students' Union (BASU) has decided to go ahead with its proposed phase wise Lower Siang district bandh call in protest against the state government's dilly-dallying tactics in declaring Basar as the headquarters of the newly created district.

BASU in a reminder to Chief Minister requested for immediate Govt. Gazette notification declaring Basar as the headquarters of Lower Siang as per Cabinet approval of 7th August 2009 before January 26, 2015 and made it functional with immediate effect to fulfill commitment made by the Congress Govt. to the people of 29-Basar constituency on December 10, 2014.

BASU in its recent meeting had resolved to call series of phase wise Lower Siang bandh starting December 22 besides resolution to boycott any activities of few certain community based organizations.

The union called 24-hr Lower Siang bandh from 5 am on December 22 in the first phase and 48 hours Bandh from January 7 to 9, 2015 from 5 AM. The 3rd Phase 72 bandh will start from January 24 to 27 with Republic Day celebration boycott.


Richard Gere arrives at Tawang

TAWANG, DEC 20: Prominent Hollywood actor Richard Gere arrived here at Tawang today. He is in the town to attend a seminar on "Challenges facing the Himalayan region" being held at Kalawangpo Convention Hall on Dec 21. The seminar is being organized by the Department of Karmik & Adhyatmik Affairs (DoKA) in collaboration with the International Buddhist Confederation. Eminent Buddhist scholars from various countries along with local intellectuals will deliberate in the seminar.

Gere and his entourage landed at Lumla and were later escorted to Tawang via Mahabodhi Old Age Home Teli by MLA Lumla & Parliamentary Secretary (RWD) Jambey Tashi.

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju along with members of International Buddhist confederation (IBC) have also landed at Tawang.

Rijiju, Gere and the IBC members later visited the famous Tawang Monastery, Urgelling Gompa (Birth place of the VIth Dalai Lama) & Khinmey monastery. They also visited Manjushree Vidhyapeeth, an orphanage run by Lama Thupten Phuntsok and interacted with the children.


A SPT building gutted down at Sooth village

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Dec 20: A SPT building owned by one advocate Tayo Hero was reportedly gutted down when a devastating fire broke out today at Sooth village near Naharlagun. The fire broke around 9 AM today. The source of accident is yet to be ascertained, however it is believed that a short circuit might have triggered it. The owner informed this daily that by the time fire brigade arrived at spot, the entire building was engulfed by the ravaging fire. Sources informed that the police had attempted hard to douse the fire but failed to save the valuable belongings of the owner from reducing to ashes.


HVYA conducts career counseling, social service

ITANAGAR, Dec 20: Hali Valey Youths Association (HVYA) during its two days convention conducted career counseling and de-addiction campaign, created public awareness on maintaining proper health and sanitation practices and developing civic sense at Siet recently.

The villagers were also encouraged to take up horticulture activities for economic sustainability and improve their livelihood.

A medical camp was also conducted on the sideline of the convention by Arunachal Vikas Parishad led by Dr. Pathak and needy patients were provided life saving drugs.

Two log bridges over Hali river connecting Thalla village were constructed on the second day of the social service. They also repaired one bridge in between Siet and Yallang Village.

Apart from that, the association also renovated the IV School, Siet building and PMGSY roads from Quibang to Mangung with the help of the concern department and villagers.

The inaugural function was attended by Dr. Tojum Ete, Circle Officer; Manchal and K. Borang, Assistant Engineer, PHE, Hayuliang Sub-Division, PRI members, GBs and general public of the valley.

Addressing the meeting, Dr. Ete assured to extend full support for all round development of the valley while Borang highlighted on the status of health and sanitation practices in various districts.

Resource person drawn from various departments and fields conducted educational and career counseling.


Namuk Govt. Sec. School conducts cleanliness drive

ITANAGAR, Dec 20: The Govt. Secondary School, Namuk conducted a cleanliness drive in the school campus under the initiative of Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board Chairman Nyamar Karbak yesterday.

Karbak also provided few funds from his side for renovation of the school building, fencing and two sets of computer to the school as committed during his last visit to the school during August this year.

Karbak expressed appreciated the Headmaster of the School to take such a good initiative and urged all Principals and Headmasters of the constituency to adopt the same policy to maintain their own school.  Tree Plantation was also part of the day.

The school established in 1981 has been running without required infrastructure such as proper toilets, drinking water facility, electrification, IT materials and boundary wall etc, the school headmaster informed in a release.

West Siang Deputy Director of School Education Tomi Doke and SE Borang, CO, i/c ADC Kamba were also present and spoke on the occasion.


Land ownership deadlock over PMGSY road construction settled

AALO, Dec 20: The long pending Bogne - Kerang-I PMGSY road which was lying disturbed due to land ownership problem was settled amicably on December 17 through initiative taken Dr. Taking Gammi SVO, in-charge Extra Assistant Commissioner. He explained the executive order given by the Deputy Commissioner, the distance of ten metres within the middle of village as per alignment carried out by the  concerned department was executed in the presence of EAC, Kaying, Police team, executing department and executive members of Kerang Welfare Society with their bye-laws, residential owners and public etc. The meeting on awareness and importance on development of community land as per executive order of DC was also discussed at Kerang Dere. DIPRO


ICDWA calls for proper health facility in the state

ITANAGAR, Dec 20: The Itanagar City Development Welfare Association (ICDWA) has appealed for facilitating all equipments, machineries related to health and immediate setting up of infrastructure development of intensive care unit (ICU) at State Hospital, Naharlagun.

In this regard, the association has submitted a representation to the Governor.


School observe two minute silence for the victims of Peshawar school attack

ITANAGAR, Dec 20: The principal, teaching staff and students of Govt Hr Sec School Naharlagun (Kankarnalah) observed two minute silence on December 18 at 11am in its school premises as condolence to the Army school children of Peshawar, Pakistan, who lost their lives in a brutal attack on December 16 last.

Prayers were offered for peace of the departed soul in heaven and to strengthen their family members to bear the shock and pain caused due to the irreparable loss.


AAPAWS foundation day observed

AALO, Dec 20: The 7th Foundation Day of All Ato Paktu Ao Welfare Society was observed in a befitting way at Aalo today. Floral tribute was given to Ato Paku at Paktu Liin with Opo Hika and Mingi Tonam Ogi. A mass procession was taken from Paktu Liiin to Paktu Heritage Centre where the newly constructed office of the AAPAWS was inaugurated by Togum Lollen, one of the most senior members of the community.

Speaking on the occasion, president Kento Ete, ex-Minister, Secretary Mito Lollen, Doi Ado ex-Minister and senior members of AAPAWS urged the community members to maintain the rich legacies of Atu Paktu. Earlier, the clan members conducted two days social service. DIPRO


Santa Clause Marathon Race

ITANAGAR, Dec 20: The Guardian Angel School conducted Santa Clause Marathon Race today as part of X-Mas celebration to spread the message of universal peace and harmony.

The race was flagged off by Parliamentary Secretary Techi Kasso at 9 am at RK Junction and concluded at the school premises at Bank Tinali here. A total of 100 students costumed as Santas participated in the race.

Traumatised PPA says, departure of MLAs not the end of the party

ITANAGAR, Dec 20:  Peoples' Party of Arunachal has said that it is passing through a yet another great traumatic phase.

"The departure of party legislators from the party should not be seen as the end of the era of regional party in the state. If this tribal state has to see better days ahead, the onus lies only in a party with regional character and sentiments, commented Kamen Ringu, Chairman, CWC, PPA.

The party which had gone to the Assembly Election promising strict implementation of Anti Defection Law in the State is found to be abusing the same law by joining another party which it had condemned to be steeped in deep corruption" he said.

Working towards economic independence of state with a sincere effort for grant of Article 371A status to the state shall be our prime agenda, besides working towards peaceful solution of interstate boundary, ILP and refugee issues. At this hour of crisis, the party seeks support from all corners in our appeal to condemn such nasty betrayals", said Kahfa Bengia, Interim President, PPA.

"I fail to understand how this unfortunate defection of our legislators into INC Party is going to help a Govt. which is already reeling under severe financial crisis. However, I wish their joining the Tuki Government shall add quality to the Government instead of just quantity", added Ringu.



BJP flays former PPA legislators, demand justice to APPSC aspirants

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Dec 20: The Arunachal Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today flayed Peoples' Party of Arunachal (PPA) legislators who have merged with the Indian National Council on Friday.

In a press conference held at Press Club today, BJP National General Secretary Tapir Gao termed the merger as 'deceiving" the people of Arunachal Pradesh, adding that legislators promised of stable regional party but betrayed at the end.  

The BJP National General Secretary further said such practice in the state should be highly condemned by all sections of the society. Highlighting the double standard shown by the legislators, Gao stated that any political party should maintain its party ideology and principles to serve the state and the nation.

Meanwhile, sharpening its attack on the state government over APPSCCE question paper leakage issue, the state BJP demanded justice for the aspirants adding that an IAS officer be appointed as permanent member in the Commission for effective functioning.

"The Commission determines the future of many youths of the state and nation, however Congress government is taking it lightly" the BJP claimed.

It further disclosed that BJP will take up the matter at the floor of the Assembly in coming session and that the Leader of Opposition has already been appraised to raise the issue.

The BJP state President Tai Tagak in his address alleged that the state government has made deliberate attempt to sabotage the BJP rally at Lumla by cancelling the helicopter service. Tagak informed media persons that as a part mass membership drive under Maha Abhiyan campaign at Lumla, he and National General Secretary Tapir Gao were supposed to travel by chopper when the flight was cancelled. The state BJP President further added that the Congress government's attempts to stop them from going to the event turned futile.


Gamlin brother joins BJP

At the sideline of press conference, Jarpum Gamlin, the younger brother of former Chief Minister Late Jarbom Gamlin who died on Nov 30 joined the state BJP.  Jarpum who is a former president of Arunachal Pradesh Club has been assigned as in charge of the state BJP media cell.

Though there is bound to be speculation at the timing of the Gamlin joining BJP, he clarified that his joining the party at this juncture should not be seen from prism of politics and that it was a purely personal preference.

The state BJP refused to comment whether they would field Jarpum from the Liromoba constituency in the upcoming bye election.  



40th NEPA batch ready to serve the Nation

Outstanding performance by Arunachalee probationers

Service of NE officers goes beyond their normal law and order duties: Kiren

ITANAGAR, Dec 20: The 40th batch of the North Eastern Police Academy (NEPA) consisting of 169 trainees including 5 Women Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) and 28 Women Cadet Sub-Inspectors (SI) Probationers took oath on Saturday during the passing out parade after 48 weeks of rigorous training.

Amongst these 169 trainees in the rank of DySP and Sub Inspector, 107 are from Arunachal Pradesh, 30 from Nagaland, 15 from Sikkim, 8 from Assam (Home Guards), 5 from Mizoram and 2 each from the States of Manipur and Meghalaya. The total strength of DySP probationers are 20.

The 40th batch basic course started w.e.f. 30th January 2014.  

SI Amum Panyang from Arunachal was declared the All Round Best Cadet among while Rukulu Tunyi of Nagaland has been declared the best among the Dy.SP.

Amum Panyang won seven individual trophies while Techi Vijay, Kapseng Techi, Michi Yanya, P Nobin Jomoh also made it to the list of winners for their outstanding performance during the course of the training.

 D R Doley Barman, IPS, Director NEPA administered the oath while Union Minister (Home) Kiren Rijiju reviewed the Parade.  

Addressing the officers,  Kiren Rijiju said that "The duties assigned to police officers of NE states goes beyond their normal law and order duties and include dealing with insurgency and cross border crimes,"  Challenges like terrorism, insurgency and left-wing extremism persistently threaten to disrupt the development and progress of the nation.

"The challenges that our country is facing on its march towards achieving its rightful place in the comity of nations are complex and manifold," Rijiju said.

The minister also announced a grant of Rs 2 crore for North Eastern Police Academy's (NEPA) welfare and foreign training component.

Rijiju said the Centre will sanction a welfare grant of Rs 1 crore to NEPA for financial year 2014-15 and provision of Rs 1 crore is made for foreign training component from next financial year 2015-16.

He expressed confidence that the training imparted by the NEPA will prepare the police officers to face any such challenges in the future.

"I hope that these trainees who are passing out today will not only strengthen the police force but also contribute greatly towards a more secure nation," the minister added.

The minister, however, said that policing has become a very complex activity in today's liberal, democratic society adding it requires great sensitivity, intellect, strength of character, courage and above all a very real desire to serve the communities.

In its traditional role of ensuring safety of people besides effective law and order, he said, "The police force, in fact, acts as a catalyst for economic growth of our country."

Stating that NEPA has emerged as the premier training institute for police officers of NE states, he said, "I am happy to know that on the advice of the home secretary, a committee under the chairmanship of the Director of National Police Academy, Hyderabad, has worked out a plan to develop NEPA into a centre of 'excellence'."

Union minister of state for Home Kiren Rijiju also assured to take up the other pending issues in the Ministry in order to strengthen and upgrade the academy.

Earlier, in her speech, NEPA Director Doley Barman informed that out of the total 169 trainees belonging to the 40th Batch Course, a forty-eight weeks training programme, five are women DSPs (probationers) and 28 Cadet Sub-Inspectors coming from the eight North Eastern states.

"With many months of gruelling training, the trainees who are passing out today are professionally skilled officers. They have the knowledge and they have the competence," she said.



Lt. Gen Sarath Chand calls on Governor, CM

ITANAGAR, Dec 20: General Officer Commanding (GOC) 4 Corps, Tezpur Lt. Gen Sarath Chand made a courtesy call to Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma at Raj Bhavan here today.

During their meeting, the GOC and the Governor discussed on various issues related to armed forces in the State. The Corps Commander briefed the Governor on the activities of Army in Arunachal Pradesh.

The Governor emphasized on the civil-military coordination and cooperation in the State.

Lt. General Sarath Chand also called on the state Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in his Niti Vihar office this morning.  

During an hour long meeting, various issues pertaining to security, civic actions, land acquisition for Army etc. were discussed. The Lt. General requested the state government to expedite the land acquisition process by giving special dispensation to the Army in national interest.

"The Army shall take up plantation in identified areas to compensate the forest land taken over by them" informed the Lt General.

While assuring all possible assistance, the Chief Minister informed the visiting general that he has already issued strict directions to all the deputy commissioners, particularly to the land management department to expedite the land acquisition process for Army and Para-military forces.

The Chief Minister reiterated his stand for more recruitment of the local youths in Army as they are acclimatized with the hilly terrain of the state and well built to take up such jobs with their patriotic spirit. Chief Secretary, DGP, Commissioner to CM, Commissioner Land Management, Director Land Management and Senior Army Officers were present.



Murkongselek-Psg BG railway stalemate continues


RUKSIN, Dec 20: Adi Baane Kebang (ABK) is making all out efforts to break the impasse on the proposed Broad Gauge (extended) railway passing through East Siang and Dibang Valley districts.

The much-hyped broad gauge railway line is facing opposition from the locals as the project is likely to adversely affect the people in East Siang district. Some sections of people in East Siang district opposed the passing of the proposed railway line through the proposed (new) alignment and urged the railway authority to construct the BG railway line as per the survey conducted in 1968 or 1974.

The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) conducted a survey for construction of the BG track linking Murkongselek and Pasighat town during September 2011. The project engineer of the extended BG railway project during November last year informed that they would execute the work as per the new alignment. But the work, which was scheduled to be completed last year, has not yet started due to stiff opposition from some sections of the local people.  The people, who are opposing the railway, said that the proposed railway line is likely to affect hundreds of poor farmers of East Siang district. The latest survey for construction of the BG railway line carried out by NF Railway covers a large portion of horticulture gardens belonging to indigenous farmers of the district.

Another section, who voiced their opposition against the railway connectivity to Pasighat, cited various reasons like influx of illegal migrants, impact of Inner Line Pass (ILP) mechanism and probable change in the demographic pattern in the region.

The ABK has already conducted a 'consultative meeting' with the Railway Affected Land Owners' Committee (RALOC) of Pasighat and discussed the issue thoroughly. It finally constituted a committee to gather consensus of the stakeholders regarding construction of hydropower project and BG railway in Siang belt.

ABK sources said the committee led by the state's Hydropower Under Secretary, Tai Taggu is in action to collect public opinion from different places. The outcome is expected after February 15 next year, said the sources.

On the other hand, majority of the Government officers, elected leaders and elite society members of the district have supported the railway project and opined that railway is the cheapest means of transport and is vital for national security and industrial development of the local people.

According to them, export and import trading can be boost up through rail connectivity, while it will help in development of industries in the area.

The proposed railway project is an extension of Rangiya-Murkongselek (Assam) route under NFR, which has been suspended for an indefinite period due to the gauge conversion and extension works.



Experts visit declining Orange orchards at Toru circle

ITANAGAR, Dec 20: A group of experts comprising of scientists from ICAR Basar and state Horticulture department visited Orange orchards at Toru Circle to take stock of the declining orange production on Dec 19.   

The Group interacted with various progressive farmers of Laptap village and instructed them to take up immediate preventive measures to curtail the further spreading of citrus decline in adjacent areas. The also team visited various infected fields and collected samples from random locations, to further send them to regional research laboratory Barapani, Shillong for examining the exact cause of decline of orange orchard in those areas. The experts assured the farmers to come up with exact pathological cause of declining orange garden and a tangible management practice, once the report of laboratory study of collected samples reached them from Shillong in a week's time.

The ICAR scientists, Dr. Anup Chandra (Entomologist), Dr. Raghuveer Singh (Plant Pathologist), Dr. Theja Angami (Fruit Science) were accompanied by Kenbo Pago, Horticulture Development Officer Toru and Millo Tara, Horticulture Development Officer, Balijan under the instruction of Directorate of Horticulture, stated a official release.



Army Adventure Challenge Cup

SWC emerge winner

ITANAGAR, Dec 20: The Army Adventure Challenge Cup 2014 -15, a unique triathlon conducted by the Indian Army at Yingkiong in Upper Siang District from December 15, concluded today.

The 'Triathlon' comprised of Hill Cycling, Hill Running and White Water Rafting. The event was conducted over a period of six days and was witnessed by a large member of dignitaries, spirited local people and adventure enthusiasts. Cultural programs showcasing the customs and traditions of the people of Arunachal Pradesh were also organized.

The team from South Western Command of the Indian Army emerged winner after a fierce competition among the 12 participants followed closely by Central Command at second.

Lt Gen Bipin Rawat, AVSM, YSM, SM, VSM, GOC Spear Corps, felicitated the winning team and praised the adventurous spirit shown by all participants.

The Army promotes such events not only to foster the spirit of adventure but also to build a better relationship with the people of the state and to boost tourism thus contributing towards the economic development of this region.  The Army worked in close co-operation with the district administration under Dr Tariq Thomas, Deputy Commissioner who extended full support in making this event a success.



NE students demand repeal of AFSPA, debate in Lok Sabha

ITANAGAR, Dec 20: Students from North-East and activists from North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS) demonstrated today at Jantar Mantar, Delhi, against the continued enforcement of the draconian legislation, Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).

The activists spoke of the unconstitutional nature of the legislation and how it was being used to suppress the democratic aspirations of people across the country. At the protest, NEFIS representative, Chinglen Khumukcham, argued that the legislation's enforcement across various states in the country and the unwillingness of successive governments to initiate a debate on the floor of the house on the question of AFSPA's enforcement,  was indicative of the fact that in reality the Indian state readily uses a large section of its armed forces to suppress the voice of its own citizens rather than foreign infiltrators.

As the protest persisted, a delegation went to submit a memorandum at the Office of the Speaker (Lok Sabha), demanding an immediate debate on the Armed Forces Special Powers Act before the close of the winter session, i.e. 22 December.



Plan afoot to make Yigi Kaum village as Sansad Aadarsh gaon

AALO, Dec 20: Elaborate arrangement has been made to start the baseline survey and entry point activities to make Yigi Kaum village as the Sansad Aadarsh Gaon under the Central Govt scheme. The strategy was chalked out in a meeting held at DC office here yesterday.

Speaking on the occasion, West Siang Deputy Commissioner, Pige Ligu, who presided over the meeting, appealed to the PRIs, GBs and people of the village to work with coordinated effort to make the programme a success. He said "though no fund has been earmarked to start the initial activities so far but we should start the preliminary works whatever is possible from our side."

The topography, social mapping, demarcation of village boundary, existing resources in the village and critical gaps to be filled up should immediately be worked out through joint survey by the line departments of the district, he said while asking the Project Director to fix a date for the survey works. The DC also assured to take up the road renovation from Pobdi to Yigi Kaum with the EE RWD.

Participating in the discussion, Yaman Bagra ZPC West Siang said that land ownership claims have become the obstacles in the implementation and submission of Utilization Certificates to the Govt. and such issues should not surface in making of an Adarsh village. She also said that Five Year Perspective Plan drawn by the department should be consulted with the PRIs at different levels. The Nodal Officer and Project Director, Dege Ete said that a Technical Team of the department will be deputed soon to carry out baseline survey of the village. The EE PWD, Er. Dumar Bagra stressed on starting the initial works that does not involve money and people of the village has to show their commitments and set example of living standards of an Aadarsh village.

ZPM Ubu Yomgi Ori disclosed that the village is all set to work in motion with the Govt. agencies and started the social mobilization, Village Development Plan, cleanliness drive and plantation around the village. The PRIs and villagers are fully committed to take up the task and even sale of alcohol, tobacco and smoking items have been banned by the Village Development Committee. DIPRO



Papa FC to meet Arunachal United in first semifinal today

ITANAGAR, Dec 20: Papa FC came back from a goal down to draw with E &Ks FC in the last league match of the 2ND State Level Veteran Cup Football Tournament at Rajiv Stadium Naharlagun today.

Needing all three points to stay in the tournament E &Ks FC came up more strongly and midfield game was dominated with some swift moves by their midfielder Lige Lollen.

E & Ks shot into lead in 19th minute into the play with goal from Tam Lebu.

Second half started with positive note as Papa FC equalized in 47th minutes through a well taken header by their winger Nabam Tamar.

Papa FC needing a draw to enter semifinal did not sit back and went all out for the winner.

E&Ks FC shocked by the equalizer and needing to win the game sent their super sub Toko Pacho (Bulbul) replacing his elder brother Toko Tatung who almost scored in 60th minutes, which would have sent his team in semis.

Last five minutes show some desperate attempts by the E &Ks players, but time ran out of their hands and even their super sub could not save the match as it ended in 1-1 draw.

In tomorrow's 1st semi-final, underdog Papa FC will take on Arunachal United FC at 1.30 pm.

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