December 25


News Impact




APPSC suspends four officials

ITANAGAR, Dec 24: In a surprising move, the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) has suspended four of its officials suspecting their involvement in the alleged leakage of general studies question paper-II of the APPSCE (Main) 2014.

The four suspended officials are the Joint Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Private Secretary and PA to Joint Secretary.

In its official statement, the commission informed that it has initiated process for disciplinary proceedings against the suspended officials and that chargesheets will be issued shortly.

Meanwhile, the government has assured the commission to provide officers so that the APPSCC examination can be conducted at the earliest, the statement further added.


No sale of IMFL in East Siang

PASIGHAT, Dec 24: Following a call from the Adi Bane Kebang's Women Wing East Siang Unit, the Wine Shop Owners Association has agreed to temporarily close their wine shops from Dec 25 2014 to Jan 5 2015. This follows a recent meeting between the liquor shop owners and ABK which was also attended by the DC East Siang.

The Wine Shop Owners Association led by its President Tabit Gao and Secretary Mingge Tasung took the decision as a mark of respect to the effort of ABK WW which been fighting to eradicate drugs, IMFL and other illicit substance menace from the district for quite some time now.


Eatables distributed to patients by MVBC

SEPPA, Dec 24: The members of Model Village Baptish Church (MVBC) Seppa visited the District Hospital and distributed fruits and sweets to the indoor patients on the eve of Christmas.

The MVBC members were led by its chief advisor Adi Gyadi and Pastor, Kama Phassang and the distribution was made in presence of DMO and other doctors of the hospital. The members also wished for early recovery of the admitted patients. DIPRO


Bishop laments violence

ITANAGAR, Dec 24: The Bishop of Itanagar, Rev. Dr. John Thomas while wishing the people of Arunachal Pradesh the peace and joy of Christmas has lamented that the celebration is marred by unhealthy political standoff in the Parliament on the very question of religious freedom.  

"This holy season is also marked by unparalleled brutality on innocent children in Peshawar.  Countless number of hapless people have lost their lives to religious fanaticism in various parts of the world. This may give the impression that religion is doing a disservice to the world", the Bishop added.

Instead of succumbing to such negative thoughts, people should take up the challenge to make our religious beliefs into an instrument of peace by following the teachings of great religious teachers like Jesus, he said.


Escaped UTP re-arrested

ITANAGAR, Dec 24: One of three under-trial prisoners (UTP), who managed to escape from the judicial custody of Chongkham, was re-arrested by Chongkham Police from Tamil Nadu on December 19 last, informed Inspector Thomas Pertin, OC of Chongkham Police Out Post.

Inspector Pertin along with Ct. SK Singh of Chongkham Police Out Post, following tip off, went to Veerapandi of Trippur district, Tamil Nadu on December 14 and conducted raids with help of Veerapandi Police at several places and succeeded to arrest the UTP, namely Chittiso Chakma.

The entire operation was supervised by SP Lohit Superintendent of Police  Ved Prakash Surya, Pertin informed.


Assam orgs call 12-hr bandh


RUKSIN, Dec 23: The All Assam Adivasi Students Union and All Assam Tea-tribe Students Union have called 12-hour Assam Bandh on December 26 next, to register their protest against massacre of Adivasis on Tuesday in Bodo Territorial Area District in Assam by NDFB (S) terrorists.


PRIs distributes relief materials to Sine fire victims

PASIGHAT, Dec 24: The PRI leaders of Bogong I and II led by Anchal Samity Member Chairperson Oni Tamuk along with ASM Rengging Durga Paron, ASM Tigra Okom Jamoh and ASM Mirbuk Nalo Ering distributed rice and also extended financial help to Sine fire victim.

More than 34 houses were completely gutted down in Sine recently.


AUSDCWA office inaugurated

DAPORIJO, Dec 23: MLA cum Chairman APEDA, Dikto Yekar inaugurated the office building of the All Upper Subansiri District Contractors Welfare Association (AUSDCWA) in presence of a huge gathering at U.D shopping complex, Daporijo on Dec 22.

Addressing the function, Yekar exhorted the local contractors to work with honestly for the development of the district. Responding to a memorandum submitted by D. D. Raji, President AUSDCWA, he assured to place it in a cabinet meeting for early fulfilment of the charter of demands.

Among others All Arunachal Contractor's Welfare Association, president and general secretary, Takam Padu and Nabum Akin Hina also spoke in the function. DIPRO


Association complains against road

ITANAGAR, Dec 24: The All Silsango Circle Youth Association (ASCYA) has complained against the 50 kms carpeting work of the road from Sagalee to Pilla under NLCPR claiming that it is not as per norms and is yet to be completed. The association has written a letter to the executive engineer of the PWD division Sagalee in this regard.

ASCYA along with All Puyu Panchayat Youth Welfare Association has urged the department to enquire the matter to unearth the truth and has also requested to stop payments of the work.


EKSWCO writes to SP on law and order issues

ITANAGAR, Dec 24: In a letter to the SP, East Kameng Social Welfare and Cultural Organization (EKSWCO) has called for installation of CCTV Camera at important strategic locations. It said that installation of CCTV camera is highly necessary at Judicial Jail (adjacent of CRPF camp), Police Station, main market area and important office premises.

It also called for re-arrest of those prisoners who have escaped from the jail in recent times.  Terming it questionable, it said that such incidents should be checked. EKSWCO also condemned physical assault on businessman and extortion at Seppa Bazarline and physical attack on Tassang Taku, President, East Kameng Chamber of Commerce and Industry (EKCCI) on Dec 23. They demanded early arrest of the accused.

It further called for banning of driving practices at General Ground and Hr. Sec. School Bebo Colony Ground.


DDAC reminder to CM on dist HQs

ITANAGAR, Dec 24: The District Demand Action Committee (DDAC) on behalf of the public of Basar Assembly constituency has given final reminder to the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh to declare Basar as the headquarters of Lower Siang before January 26, 2015 as per the Cabinet approval of 7th August 2009 and made it functional with immediate effect.

"The people of the Constituency shall launch "historic political movements democratically" until the Government fulfill its own political commitment in toto made to the people of the Constituency on December 10, 2008," DDAC in a release said.

"If a separate district with "Lepa Rada or any other suitable nomenclature" as the name of the district with its "HQs at Basar" is created, notified and made functional at the earliest "simultaneously" along with the "Lower Siang District" as has been moved by the GWS on July 14, 2014 with the Govt. will only be acceptable, it said.

"This demand is in conformity with the suggestion of the GWS and Galo seniors adopted as the resolution in the "Joint Galo Consultative Meeting" on the same issue held in Itanagar on March 8, 2014, it said.

"But no response has been received from the end of the Government till date. Therefore, it is the sole responsibility of the GWS and Galo seniors to pursue and achieve the demand "at one go only" or else nothing is acceptable at any cost," the reminder said.

DDAC further clarified that the same is not on the top priority agenda of the DDAC and people of 29thBasar assembly constituency.


Consumers Day observed at Tezu

TEZU, Dec 24: The National Consumers Day was observed at Government Secondary School, Tezu today.

Emphasising on the awareness of consumers on Consumer Protection Act 1986, District Consumers Forum member, J Chai, appealed to all to lodge complaints before the District Forum if they suffer any loss while purchasing of goods or in hired services.

ACLM Tezu D. Ghosh, highlighted the various provisions of C P Act, 1986 and narrated various interesting consumer cases decided by the Forum. C.J.S Yadav, Junior Teacher of Government Secondary School, Tezu talked on the aims and objectives of the celebration of National Consumer Day to the students.

To mark the occasion, essay and quiz competitions were also organized simultaneously at the School between the students of Government Higher Secondary School Tezu and Government Secondary School Tezu. Booklets on information regarding Consumer Protection Act, 1986 were also distributed as part of the observance. DIPRO


Skill development programme on tourism

ITANAGAR, Dec 24: Altogether 30 students of travel and tourism management and Community college of Rajiv Gandhi Govt Polytechnic College here participated in a skill development training programme on adventure sports and tourism organized by Young Mission Adventure Club from December 19 to 23 last.

Aimed at generating self employment in tourism sector after completion of their respective courses, the five day event equipped the participants about various tourism related programmes.


SDHDC's stand opposed

ITANAGAR, Dec 24: The PRI member and public leaders of Kaying and Payum circle of Siang district have opposed the stand of Siang District Headquarter Demand Committee of Kaying and Payum area.

In a release, it referred to the news report which claimed that government officials are being transferred from the area as punishment for opposing Pangin as the district headquarter is totally unfounded and wrong information.

Not a single government employee has been transferred from Siang district and also the transfer and posting of the government employee is the policy and programme of the state government. And the creation of new district and selection of its headquarter is not a crime, rather it is development of the area, it said.

There is no free land donated at Kaying and Payum to establish the Siang District Headquarter and the so called self style Siang District Headquarter Demand Committee of Kaying and Payum has no right to form a committee for Siang District Headquarter, it further added.


Saaya makes unannounced inspection of schools

ZIRO, Dec 24: In a bid to pass on the message to the teaching fraternity and the students that absenteeism would not be tolerated, Parliamentary Secretary and MLA Yachuli, Likha Saaya made an unannounced inspection of Deed, Meya and Kugi Tago Govt. Schools under Yachuli constituency.

Interacting with the teachers and the students, Saaya said that eighty percent of the rural students depend on govt. institutions for education therefore the teachers posted in govt schools have greater responsibilities. He advised the students to work hard at this stage to have a good future ahead.

Citing example of the successful cardamom and kiwi growers of the area, he exhorted the students to venture into agriculture and horticulture allied sectors after completion of their education and merely not depend on govt jobs. DIPRO


Workshop on econometrics conclude

ITANAGAR, Dec 24: A two week workshop on econometrics- practice and research (for faculty and researcher) organized by the Centre for Development Studies, Department of Economics, Rajiv Gandhi University concluded today at the Convention hall of the University.

Chairing the function, Vice Chancellor Tamo Mibang while appreciating the department for conducting the programme opined that such programmes are needed for researchers to make them more educated so that they can serve the society better.

Mibang viewed that there is a need to bring professors from foreign universities so that they can teach advance research techniques to our students. He called for interaction between Indian and international universities to improve quality of our teaching and research. He advised the researchers to take up various issues being faced by the society and to conduct serious research to find out the solution to these issues.

Professor Mibang earlier distributed certificates to the participants.

Chairman of the Centre of Development Studies Professor A. Mitra, incharge Department of Economics Professor NC Roy and registrar of the university also spoke in the function.

The programme had begun on December 15 last.


Rebia inaugurate new village

ITANAGAR, Dec 24: Legislative Assembly Speaker Nabum Rebia inaugurated the Nyia Namchang village segregated from Dobum village in a function organized by Nya Namchang Welfare Committee on December 20 last.

Most of the dwellers of the new village have migrated people from Bogoli village who suffered unaccounted harassment from Assam forest officials in the 1980s and 90s. They had been living in Karsingsa since then.

Responding to the 3-point memorandum submitted by the Committee, Rebia assured to fulfill all demands. He urged the committee to set up the village in a well-planned and eco-friendly manner by planting trees. Rebia also hinted at issuing of Land Possession Certificate (LPC) to genuine dwellers and will hold meeting with forest official in this regard very soon.

While taking serious note on the alleged encroachment at once earmarked for Greenfield airport site, he warned that anybody who try to grab land would not be spared and dealt sternly as per laws.  

Earlier, Banderdewa ZPM Kipa Uruni on behalf of Nya Namchang has pleaded the Speaker, who is also the local MLA, to sanction fund for infrastructure development of the village. The meeting was presided over by Danial Teli, a social worker of the area.

Earlier in the morning, Papum Pare DDSE Tana Tagu Tara inaugurated the school building constructed under SSA. He assured to extend all possible help in the development of the schools.

3 new cabinet ministers sworn in

Pul dropped

ITANAGAR, Dec 24: Three new cabinet ministers were sworn in today at Rajbhawan by Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma taking the number of minister in the Nabam Tuki led government to twelve. The new ministers include Anini MLA Rajesh Tacho, Borduria MLA Wanglin Lowangdong and Longding MLA Thanwang Wangham.

Tacho has been assigned Health and Family Welfare while Lowangdong gets Women and Child Development, Social Justice and Empowerment, Parliament Affairs and Department of Tirap, Changlang and Longding.

Wangham gets Civil Aviation, Science and Technology, Supply and Transport.

Surprisingly, Health and Family Welfare minister Kalikho Pul was dropped from the ministry. While no any official reason was cited for his dropping, the government sources indicated that Pul himself is to be blamed as he had reportedly tendered resignation twice in the last six month over minor differences. "Though part of government, he acted more like opposition leader," the source added.

Calculating his move carefully, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki played safe while expanding his cabinet. By giving cabinet berth to Rajesh Tacho, he ensured representation of Mishmi community remains in the cabinet even after dropping of Pul. On the other hand public of newly created Longding district have been strongly demanding for inclusion of one of their legislators as cabinet minister. Paying heed to their demand, the three time legislators from Longding Thanwang Wangham has been made cabinet minister, while sensitive Tirap district finds their representative in the form of former speaker Wanglin Lowangdong.

First lady of the State Jyotsna Sharma, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, State Cabinet Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries, members of State Legislative Assembly, senior State bureaucrats, members of Municipal council, public leaders, distinguished guests and invitees witnessed the function.

Meanwhile, when contacted Anjaw MLA Kalikho Pul refused to make any comment and stated that he had given his best to work for the people of state during his short tenure as health and family welfare minister. "It is for the people of Arunachal to judge us on the basis of our performance," the Pul said.



Garu rapist murderer gets lifer

AALO, Dec 24: In a landmark judgment, the convict of Garu rapist and murderer Bohuna Das has been sentenced to rigorous life imprisonment and fined Rs.5000 for default for the offence U/S 376 IPC, in default to undergo further simple life imprisonment for another one year. Both the sentence would run consecutively, stated the judgement. Additional Session Judge Basar, Jaweplu Chai pronounced the judgment on Tuesday.

The heinous rape and murder was committed at Garu under West Siang on Aug 29. A FIR was lodged and the case was registered on Aug 30, and the charge was framed on Dec 19. The hearing of the accused for sentence was held on Dec 22 with final judgment pronounced on Dec 23.

The Chief judicial Magistrate Aalo, Tage Halley took cognizance against the accused person on Nov 12 last and committed the case for trial in the session court. The accused was produced from Aalo judicial lock up at Basar Court on Dec 16 and was asked to manage his own defence counsel and given an opportunity to talk to his relative over mobile phone. As the accused expressed his inability to manage any defence counsel, Advocate Taji Tajom was provided as State Defence Counsel for the accused and T. Nima and M. Basar as public prosecutors pleaded for the State of A.P.  The court also considered the matter of compensation U/S 357A CrPC and as the convict is unable to afford even his own Defense Counsel, the matter has been referred to District legal Service Authority for deciding the matter of compensation to husband and children of the deceased under Arunachal Pradesh Victim Compensation Scheme 2011. The period of detention already in custody during the investigation and trial will be set off as per Section 428 and be counted towards the sentences. DIPRO



Guv, CM greets people on Christmas

ITANAGAR, Dec 24: The Governor and Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh have extended their Christmas greeting to the people of the state.

Governor Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma expressed the hope that the occasion of festivity will ushers in love and amity amongst the people. In his festival message, the Governor said that the auspicious occasion of Christmas; inspire all to lead lives of compassion, mercy and justice. The true spirit of Christmas kindles all to help those in need and give hope to those in despair. He wished that the occasion would instill the blessed spirit in every individual and community.

The Governor in his message added that the day is also being observed as Good Governance Day commemorating birth anniversary of one of India's educational stewards Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He expressed confidence that the day along with its auspiciousness will motivate all, particularly the government officials to live upto the expectation of the people.

The Chief Minister Nabam Tuki while wishing the people of the state said that "as for us in the Government, this is the time to reiterate our devotion and dedication to the welfare of our people. We have to continuously move on towards prosperity and that will be achieved only when every person, every family, every community and every religion of our state prosper".

As the country celebrates 'Good Governance Day' coinciding with Christmas, I appeal all in the government including employees of all categories as well as citizens to cooperate and make good governance a possibility, he added in a message.

MP Parliamentary East, Ninong Ering has also conveyed his Christmas and New Year wishes. In a message, Ering wished that, may this joyful Christmas are filled with festivities and plenty of merry enjoyment. May your holiday be merry and bright as well Merry Christmas and Happy New Year that you and your family, the message added.

Brahma Kumaris Raja-Yoga Meditation-cum-Deaddiction Centre, Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya has also extended its greeting to the people of the state.



Admn act tough against ILP violators, weapons

ITANAGAR, Dec 24: In exercise of powers conferred under Section 133 Cr.PC and with relevant provisions of BEFR Act, District Magistrate, Itanagar Capital Complex Mige Kamki, Itanagar has prohibited harbouring of persons without valid Inner Line Permit in private residence and rented houses within the Itanagar Capital Complex with immediate effect.

Police and Magistrates shall carry out intensive Inner Line Permit checking and are also empowered to enter any houses, rooms, tents, camps or stop any vehicle to check presence of Inner Line Permit violators and apprehend such persons suspected of violating ILP provisions without warrant within Itanagar Capital Complex. Meanwhile, Capital District Magistrate in exercise of powers under Section 144 Cr. P.C has banned carrying of weapons like dao, knife, khukri etc and licensed firearms by any person(s) with them/ in their vehicles for a period of one week or until further orders in view of the prevailing Law & Order situation in the Capital Complex and also keeping in view the festive season. The orders were handed out today.



RKM spent Rs. 83.52 cr in central govt.-aided service projects in 4 years

ITANAGAR, Dec 24: Ramakrishna Mission (RKM) has spent Rs. 83.52 crore on various central-government-aided service projects from August 2010 to June 2014. It was disclosed in the 105th Annual General Meeting of the RKM held at Belur Math on Sunday last.

During the year, the Mission and Math undertook several relief and rehabilitation programmes in different parts of the country involving an expenditure of Rs. 10.86 crore benefiting 4.15 lakh people.

The Mission also provided scholarships to poor students, pecuniary help to old, sick and destitute etc. incurring an expenditure of Rs. 14.74 crore and benefitting about 28.59 lakh people.

Medical service was rendered to more than 83 lakh people through 15 hospitals, 111 dispensaries, 59 mobile medical units and 1255 medical camps with an expenditure of Rs. 166.71 crore.

UGI video endoscopy, phototherapy facilities were provided to its hospital in Itanagar.

Nearly 3.45 lakh students are currently studying in various educational institutions conducted by RKM. Rs. 276.56 crore was spent on educational work during the four year.

A number of rural and tribal development projects were also undertaken with a total expenditure of Rs. 52.45 crore benefiting about 30.73 lakh rural people, informed Swami Suhitananda, General Secretary.

Meanwhile, Samaj Sevak Shikshana Mandir (Saradapitha, Belur) was adjudged the third best Rural Self Employment Training Institute (RSETI) in India under Category-II by the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India.

Bharat Chamber of Commerce awarded BP Poddar Memorial Award to Lokasiksha Parishad of Narendrapur Ashrama for its contribution to environmental improvement.

The Ministry of Culture, Government of India held the closing ceremony of Swamiji's 150th birth anniversary celebration at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi, on 12 January 2014.



Awareness campaign in remote gram panchayats

LIKABALI, Dec 24:  PHE & WS Likabali Division conducted a two days   awareness campaign under Swachh Bharat Mission in two interior Gram Panchayats of Gensi Block beginning on Dec 22. Ringi-Paimore and Litemori-Taramori Gram Panchayats together consist of seven villages with more than 120 houses which lack proper toilet facilities and self hygiene practices.

The motto of the campaign was to create awareness among villagers about needs and importance of Individual Households Latrine, sanitation practices within villages, personal hygiene etc.

Marpi Kamsi (Consultant) informed the villagers about how water and sanitations are linked to our health. She advised people to take safe water for their daily uses and appealed them to adopt hygienic practices by which we can prevent lots of diseases caused by improper sanitation around us.

Keli Basar (Consultant) appealed PRIs to form Village Water and Sanitation Committee (VWSCs) in their respective Gram Panchayats and gave stress on opening of Joint Bank Account of VWSCs as soon as possible according to GOI's guidelines.

G.Ete (consultant), explained the Individual Household Latrines (IHHL) and the recommended models for construction of School and Anganwadi. He also informed people that Govt. has enhance the price for construction of IHHL, and so people should construct latrines as per the recommended model so that it can be used in proper manner.

During the two days programme Er. Kenjum Nyori, J.E PHED Gensi, consultants and seven other members interacted with more than 130 people during Inter-Personal Communication.



Arunachal United lift Veteran Cup

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Dec 24: Arunachal United FC (AUFC) came from behind to defeat Siang Highlanders 3-1 and won the second state level Veteran Cup Football Championship at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here today.

Both the teams started the match on attacking note creating several scoring opportunities but failed to score until the end of first half.

After a barren first half, Siang Highlanders found the breakthrough in 50th minute when Okit Palung netted the ball taking the chance of a goalmouth melee.

Stung by the goal, Arunachal United started to mount pressure on rival's territory, and in the process, a free kick was awarded in favour of Arunachal United in 54th minute. Kage Dodum did not miss the kick taken from just outside the penalty box (1-1).

Taja Bonung doubled the score 10 minutes later before he sealed the victory by scoring another in 74th minute.

Bonung became the highest scorer of the tournament with 12 goals in his kitty.

Duyu Aago of Siang Highlanders was declared 'Best Player' while Jumdo Lollen of Arunachal United was chosen as the 'Best Goalkeeper'. Kalom Pait was adjudged "most motivational player". Fair play trophy went to Papa FC.

Trophies with cash awards to the winning and runners up team were given away by Sports and Youth Affairs Parliamentary Secretary Likha Saaya.

"The youth, who have the power to change the face of the world, could put Arunchal Pradesh on the global sports map, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said.

While watching the final match between Siang Highlanders and AUFC, he said that Arunachalee youth have proved their mettle after the Todo United Football Club defeated Mohan Bagan by 4-1 in the quarterfinals of the North East India Cup Football-2014 tournament held at North Lakhimpur recently to ink history.

This is enough to prove the potential of youth, the CM said while appreciating the organisers of the event to promote soccer.

Sports would get the much desired thrust under the leadership of Saaya, he said, adding "Our youth would carve more history for the peaceful state". He wished them success to make Arunachal healthy, wealthy and prosperous.

Advocating that "Sports makes one physically and mentally fit and one overcomes many problems with good health", Home Minister Tanga Byaling advised the youth to make sports a regular habit instead of wasting time for unproductive purpose.

Arunchal Pradesh is marching ahead in soccer, said Arunchal Pradesh Football Association president Takam Sanjoy, adding that the state team getting second position in the just concluded National Level North East Sports Competition (NLNESC)-2014 is a conclusive proof.

Fisheries Parliamentary Secretary Karya Bagang and APCC president Padi Richo, among a host of guests, were among the viewers.

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---- Editorial ----


Ethnic killing at Assam

Ethnic violence has once again gripped our neighbouring state Assam. 65 adivasis have lost their life following the violence unleashed by NDFB(S) faction.  Police said the killings started around 5 pm on Tuesday at Maitalubasti in Sonitpur district in northern Assam, bordering Arunachal Pradesh and Bhutan. Militant killed advisasis suspecting them of helping the security forces. Today two Bodos were killed by adivasis in retaliatory killing. The adivasis have also torched a Bodo village in Kokrajhar district.

Earlier today, three more adivasis protesting against attack by Bodo militants were killed in police firing. There is growing fear that this may turn into full blown ethnic clash between Bodos and adivasis. Government of India and govt. of Assam should take control of the situation, before it gets too late. The government of Arunachal on their part also needs to properly study the situation and take necessary steps to ensure safety of Arunachalee citizens. National Highway 15 which was blocked by the advisasi protestors near Dhekiajuli in Sonitpur today is an important road for the Arunachalee citizens. Those travelling to Kameng belt and Guwahati mostly use this highway. Therefore government should issue advisories to ensure that no citizen of Arunachal get entangle in the violence.

----Readers Forum ----


A fairy tale

Dear Editor,

This is in response to a letter by Chairman DDAC BASAR published on 17th December in which it was written that on 10th December 2008, MLA Likabali a/c was holding the post of deputy speaker. May I correct his memory through your esteemed daily that at that time he was just simple MLA and I was there in Gensi. He was sworn in as Deputy Speaker in the year 2011. Also, I would like to remind Mr. Chairman that during 2008 when Late CM visited Basar, people never mentioned Lower Siang. They asked for Lapa-Rada district and Basar as their HQ. Therefore, they cannot claim that Lower Siang was mentioned in their memorandum. They cannot befool people of Arunachal by writing such fairy tales story. We are grown up and we all have records and documents.

Why intellectual peoples of Basar refused to accept the Central Agriculture University which was offered to them in the year 2005. Time and again they proved that they do not want general development but for self development.

Hence, I urge Mr. Chairman not to come up with such concocted and manipulated articles in valuable Reader’s Forum which is read & used by all Arunachalee.


Kenmar Gibi





MLA needs to donate their LAD fund

Dear Editor,

The State government is unable to secure fund from DoNER Ministry for completion of State Legislative Building and MLA apartments being constructed by PWD and Urban Department respectively. This has resulted due to defective preparation of DPR which on revision has gone three to four times higher when compared to the original sanctioned DPR. There is no provision for revision in the Ministry and now time has come for each and every MLA to contribute from their MLALAD fund for early completion of both State Legislative Building and MLA Apartment. Also it is seen that MLA’s are residing here and there.  Some have not been able to manage government quarters forcing them to stay in rented rooms. Even if 60MLA’s contribute Rs. 30.00lakh each from LAD fund annually, it becomes Rs. 18.00Crore which is enough for carrying out a year’s work. By doing this, their accommodation facility and temple of democracy will be completed before the next term; otherwise they may lose their opportunity to stay at MLA apartment as well as temple of democracy.


K. Padu





Dragging on

Dear Editor,

It seems the district headquarter issue of Lower Siang district may not be resolved in this 21st Century as some vested interest group who have money, power and strong political monopoly are manipulating the genuine demands into a controversial issue for their personal gains. The demand for district headquarters at foothill area was made after thorough discussion with all the political leaders, intellectual people & public long back when the necessity was felt. It may be mentioned here that with the initiative of Galo Welfare Society (GWS) a joint meeting of District Demand Joint Action Committee was held on 8/3/2014 at Itanagar where MLA of Basar constituency Gojen Gadi & Gojum Basar, DDJAC chairman-Basar had admitted the fact that proposed district headquarter at foothill area was genuine and extended their full support both verbally and in writing. Going back to the history, the demand for Lower Siang with its headquarter at foothill area was made in the year 1994, much before the demand at Basar in the year 2008. Though former CM Dorjee Khandu had assured to upgrade ADC HQ to DC HQ, , the issue should not be viewed from political perspective only instead the issue should be examined and determined based on other reasonable parameters too such as inter-state boundary dispute, administrative convenience, easy accessibility & preferences of the general public which cannot be ignored. It is very unfortunate that despite being well aware of the issues concerning above, some vested interest groups are withdrawing their support in executing the process of establishing the district headquarter at foothill area.

The bandh being called by DDJAC-Basar and Basar Area Student Union may not be justified as their own people will suffer in all aspects without any fruitful outcome. The Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh appears to be either least concern in resolving the issue or not bold enough to take the issue to a tangible conclusion.

Therefore, it is my sincere appeal to all the people of proposed Lower Siang District and Govt. of Arunachal to come forward and lend their support in making Likabali as temporary headquarter and Siki Rima as Permanent Headquarter for overall development and prosperity. Let us not make it a distant dream but a real dream come true.


Nguge Taipodia

Anchal Samity Member,

Bali-Nilok Village,





Re-conduct exams

Dear Editor

Through your daily esteem, I would like to put forward some observation on the APPSCE drama. How would the public believe that preliminary exam was held without any leakage as it has already been indicated that main exam was sold out to some unknown candidates. The tenure of the present Commission should be cancelled and exam should be re-conducted.


Ragmin Ete, Itanagar






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