December 27


News Impact




Khyoda Brothers and Dabang

FC enter semis

ITANAGAR, Dec 26: Khyoda Brothers and Dabang FC entered into the semifinal of 3rd Christmas Premier League Seven Tigers Football Tournament organized by E-Sector Indira Gandhi Park Youth Association.

In the first quarterfinal match, Khyoda Brothers defeated Dorchester 2-0. Deepak Poudel and Khyoda Talin scored one goal each for Khyoda Brothers.

In the second quarterfinal, Dabang FC beat Young Generation FC 2-0. Both the goal was scored by Kamson Rikeng.

Satam Kame FC will take on Syame FC and Bhondu FC will clash with Blood FC tomorrow in other two quarterfinals.


HC directive to Govt on RTI Act

ITANAGAR, Dec 26: Following a High Court directive, the Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh has reduced the fees for information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act from Rs. 10 per page (A4 size) to Rs.2 by re-amending the RTI rules vide Govt. of AP Notification No.AR-47/2014 dated 13th November, 2014. The Gauhati High Court, Itanagar Permanent Bench, Naharlagun while hearing a PIL filed by one Pali Nabam challenging the high fee charged for obtaining information under RTI in the state, has directed the state government to reduce the fee from Rs 10 per copy to Rs.2.


NSCN (IM) linkmen arrested

Changlang, Dec 26: Two NSCN-IM linkmen were arrested in Changlang Police Station yesterday on being produced by 14 Assam Rifles. They were arrested with Rs 15000 cash which was collected by them to handover to NSCN-IM. One accused Chanron Mossang is GB of Phinbiro-2 village.  In another case, Bordumsa PS caught one truck carrying coal illegally. Till now three persons have been arrested in this case. Involved coal truck has been seized. Further investigations of both cases are under process.


INC Foundation Day

ITANAGAR, Dec 26: The 129th Foundation Day of the Indian National Congress will be celebrated at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan from 9 am on December 28, 2014. Chief Minister Nabam Tuki will be the chief guest of the function which will be attended by ministers, parliamentary secretaries and MLAs, APCC office bearers, frontal wing and senior members of Congress will attend the function, according to APCC President Padi Richo.


Xmas gifts for students

ITANAGAR, Dec 26: The Christmas Celebration Committee of Town Baptist Church, Chandranagar visited Donyi-Polo Mission School for Hearing and Visually Impaired on the eve of Christmas celebration on December 24 and presented few sports items to the students of the school as Christmas gift.

The gift items were handed over to the Principal of the school by Jamru Ruja, Chairman of the committee in presence of Speaker Wirl Thaw Mu, Bro. Vikash Richo, organizing secretary, other committee members and church elders.


Meeting reviews District Disaster Management Plan

Daporijo, Dec 26: A Coordination Meeting to review the District Disaster Management Plan for Upper Subansiri district was held in the Office of the Deputy Commissioner in the presence of Heads of Departments on Dec 24th. The meeting considered the various types of disasters that can occur in the area and discussed ways and means for better preparedness and to minimize loss of life and property.

Calling the flash flood that occurred in the area on 22nd August 2014 an eye opener for the people of the place, the Deputy Commissioner stressed that all should be prepared for any kind of disaster to occur and so make necessary plans to deal with the consequences. The DC also advised all present to know their role and responsibility, as specified in the plan, and immediately swing into action during the time of need.

District Disaster Management Officer, Lobsang gave a presentation of the District Disaster Management plan and made a request to all to work together by pooling in information of the resources available so that a comprehensive plan can be made, which could be put in action immediately during a disaster. DIPRO, Daporijo


Good Governance day at NERIST

ITANAGAR, Dec 26: A programme was organized in NERIST to mark the  90th birthday of Atal Behari Vajpayee, former Prime Minister of India as "Good Governance Day" and 153rd birthday of Late Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, founder of Banaras Hindu University, on Dec 25.

Vajpayee's contributions to encourage primary education and female literacy, Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna, Telecom and creating special economic zone, Pokharan Nuclear Test, Foreign Policy initiatives, Transparency and National Security related Legislation, Golden Quadrilateral (East-West and North-South corridors) and creating a huge employment opportunities among  different strata of the society were discussed in the meeting. It was also resolved that NERIST will strive its best to make all its activities as transparent as possible leading to good governance.

The house remembered the contributions of Late Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya towards promotion of higher education and social reforms.

Among others, Director, NERIST Prof. P.K. Das attended the programme.  


AAPWU conducts tour

ITANAGAR, Dec 26: The All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union (AAPWU) conducted tour programmes to the eastern Arunachal from 13th December to 19th December.  They visited Namsai, Miao, Jairampur, Changlang, Tezu, Roing and Nari-Koyu. During the visit, general workers expressed gratitude to the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and his council of ministers for enhancement of labour wages.

Workers also appealed to the state government to release ad-hoc bonus and timely release of the labour wages for all districts. AAPWU claim that at present the labourers are getting salaries very late, because of which they are facing lots of trouble. They also called for keeping seniority in mind while making permanent appointment. Union also alleged that Arunachal Pradesh Building and Other Construction Workers' Welfare Boards did not carry out awareness camp in eastern Arunachal due to which registered workers are not getting any benefit.


Winter Youth Sports Meet

KAMBA, Dec 26: "Youths are the builder of the nation and sports will keep you fit and healthy", said Nyamar Karbak, chairman Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Constructions Workers Welfare Board while inaugurating Winter Youth Sports Meet at Kambu under Kamba circle on Dec. 23.

He further informed that Congress government under the leadership of Nabam Tuki has given 10 percent job reservations to the meritorious sportspersons of the state. The state government has accorded sports as one of the priority sectors.

Senior leader Damli Niri urged the people to work towards the development of the area in unison and also requested the participants to keep the spirit of the sports.

Various sports like volley ball, football and swimming competition at Yango River and cultural competition are being held.


SC directive on college

ITANAGAR, Dec 26: The Supreme Court of India has stated that a representation for establishment of Model Degree College at Anini (Dibang Valley) may be made under central schemes. The Order while stipulating a date for representation further added that concern authorities will consider the application in accordance with law.

Meanwhile, Rezina Mihu, who is the petitioner as well as General Secretary of All Idu Mishmi Students Union has written to the Union Minister for Human Resource Development for establishment of a College at the earliest.

The petitioner stated that the state govt did not respect the central government's scheme for providing financial assistance to New Model College in Educationally Backward Districts and Arunachal Pradesh Colleges and Other Institutions of Higher Education (Establishment and Regulations) Act 2010.  It said that instead of a Standing Committee as required, the state govt constituted a "Touring Committee "which visited various sites before deciding on Jemi Notko, near Roing. He called for review of the state govt's decision as well establishment of a Model College in Dibang Valley.


AYA demands inclusion of civilian terminal

ITANAGAR, Dec 26: Apatani Youth Association (AYA) has called for a civilian terminal at ALG Ziro within the donated area. It said that additional land will not be spared for the civilian terminal. It further said that ALG, if constructed for military purpose will have no use for the civilian population while pitching its demand for use by civilians as well.

It said that ALG, Ziro will help to cater the travels needs of Lower Subansiri and Kurung Kumey districts and will help promote tourism in the area.

The present master plan for ALG Ziro has no provision for civilian terminal, AYA said.

As per the MOU signed between the Govt of AP and the Ministry of Defence, Govt of India dated June 9 2009, it was basically to cater travels needs of people of Arunachal Pradesh and transportation need of developmental activities in the area and for defence of the country.

AYA further added that the under a meeting convened by the Chief Secretary it was decided to re-survey with AAI and IAF to redesign the Master Plan since additional 10 acre for civilian terminal building was absent as per earlier plan.


ZPM write to DC

ITANAGAR, Dec 26: In a letter to the Deputy Commissioner, Lower Subansiri District, ZPM Diibo has called for implementation of government notification in which it was ordered that officers and staff working in the district including the Education Department were directed to place under the administration control of Zilla Parishad with immediate effect.

It said that Department of Education, in violation of Notification No.PR-2/2006 Dated Itanagar the 19th Feb, 2014 is conducting the interview for appointment of post of Hostel Warden, Accountant-Cum-Office-Assistant, Peon, Chowkidar, Head Cook, Assistant Cook under SSA Scheme without knowledge and approval of concerned Zilla Parishad Member. The ZPM said that DDSE may be directed to seek approval from concerned Zilla Parishad Member of the areas.


Teacher passes away

ITANAGAR, Dec 26: Mohd Latif Siddique, JT, expired on December 24 last due to cardiac arrest at State Hospital Naharlagun.

Late Siddique (56) was serving as JT at Poma Middle School near here. He is survived by his wife and five sons.


Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan

ITANAGAR, Dec 26: Under the initiative of international weightlifter Yukar Sibi, a cleanliness drive under Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan was carried out at Papu-Nallah, Naharlagun recently.

Chief Councilor Itanagar Municipality Higio Aruni, Deputy Chief Councilor Kipa Babu , Sanitation  in charge Tarh Nachung, shopkeepers, youths, women, children and ward members took part in the cleanliness drive.  

To continue the Swachch Bharat Abhiyan, Yukar has nominated nine people to organize the cleanliness drives.


Cleanliness drive

ITANAGAR, Dec 26: VKV, PTC, Banderdewa organized a clean drive programme in and around Balwadi premises in Dalikotta village as part of Samartha Bharat Parv.  

The programme was inaugurated by Tara Yaga, GB Dalikotto Village.  She appreciated the work carried out by VKV staff and students on Samartha Bharat Parv to fulfill the dreams of Swami Vivekananda to bring back the glorious past of India.

Parv is observed to commemorate the feat of Swami Vivekananda, the great patriotic monk of India who meditated on the rock at Kanyakumari on 25th, 26th and 27th December 1892 to find solutions to the condition of India and discovered the mission of his life.


AACS reiterates demand

ITANAGAR, Dec 26: The Arunachal Anti-Corruption Sena (AACS) has reiterated its demand for terminating officials involved in misappropriation of public money amounting to Rs 24.5 crore MIS scheme under department of Rural Development during 2010-11. It submitted a 15 days memorandum of ultimatum to the Chief Secretary in this regard failing which it warned of launching democratic movement.

Its other demands include arrest of the proprietor of M/S Boktak Consultancy alleging that he submitted fraud documents to get the Rs 24.5 crore work, white paper on early process/call of NIT of Rs 72.00 crores and 37.00 crores for payment against already executed work under Revised Estimate (RE) scheme to Chief Engineer (PWD) Western Zone and withdrawal of functioning, officiating, independent charge of executive engineer in various engineering departments by depriving seniority and violating the codal formalities.


Social service marks KDPSSU foundation day

ITANAGAR, Dec 26: A mass social service with the theme- 'Clean Koloriang Green Koloriang' was conducted to mark the 24th foundation day of Koloriang Damin Parsi-Parlo Sarli Students' Union (KDPSSU) on Dec 19 and 20 last at Koloriang.        

The social service was led by the executive members of KDPSSU with active participation from the students from four circles of Koloriang, Damin, Parsi-Parlo and Sarli, stated a release.

Later the foundation day celebration also included cultural display, literary activities and games & sports competitions among the students of the schools of the area to promote understanding, brotherhood and peaceful co-existence.


CC roads sans drainage

ITANAGAR, Dec 26: PWD minister Gojen Gadi recently inspected ongoing construction work of cement concrete road (CCR) from Eastern Side School (near Higher & Technical Education office) to Ministers' bungalow. At that time, Gadi had expressed satisfaction over quality of work. However, shockingly the ground situation gives different version. The road is being constructed without keeping provision for drainage system.

For a state like Arunachal which experiences long monsoon season, construction of proper drainage system is the most important aspect of road construction. Most of the capital road gets destroyed in monsoon season due to over-flooding of rain water.

Zemithang Valley erupts in protest against project

TAWANG, Dec 26: The peaceful villagers of Zemithang valley protested against the snail pace progress of the 3MW hydro project over Sumbachu nala here on Wednesday.

Carrying placards and chanting "We want action, not promises" and "Deliver or Surrender", the infuriated citizens staged a demonstration and dharna outside the Kolkatta based Nortech power project limited (NPPPL), the executing agency of the power project.

Led by PRI leaders and Pangchin Dingro Youth Welfare Association members, villagers of the Pagchin Dingro which consists of Shocktsen, Lumpo, Kharman, Kelengteng, Muchut and Zemithang villages staged the protest asking the NPPPL authorities to stay loyal to the agreement and immediately supply of power through generators to the entire Zemithang circle.

"The deadline ends today and the Project is nowhere near completion and the company ought to supply power to the circle through generators as per the agreement", Dudunghar Anchal Chairperson, Dorjee Gyetsan said, while producing the agreement papers before Tawang Vigilance, a socio-media group operational in the district.

"We will not sit in peace till the company abides by the terms of the agreement", he added, threatening to launch intensive demonstrations and protest rallies again. "The company began its work in the year 2005 and the project has seen less than 25 percentage progress", DPYWA president Tenzin Phuntsok said.

The NPPPL General Manager Arvind Rai and his Director had signed an agreement with the PRI leaders of the region on 24 June 2013 at the project site, that the company would complete the civic work within a year while the erection of the turbine and the generator would be completed by another 5 months (24 Dec 2014). The GM signed another agreement accepting the terms of the villagers to supply power to the entire Zemithang circle through generators until the completion of the project, in case the project remains uncompleted.

(Courtesy Lham Tsering, Chief Editor, Mon Tawang vigilance)




9 houses gutted in Aalo

Home destroyed in Roing

AALO, Dec 26: In yet another fire accident, nine houses were burnt down on Dec 25.

Four SPT type-II quarters, three belonging to general administration, one to medical department, five katcha houses, one car and a motorcycle has been gutted.

The fire brigade that rushed to the spot on intimation took time to extinguish the devastating fire it could not gain access to the area because of congestion. However no loss of life and serious casualty has so far been reported and the cause of fire is said to be from an electric short circuit.

Such incident of fire accidents have been rampant in the district where there are katcha houses and this despite repeated direction of the administration not to construct kutcha houses in the thickly populated colonies where Govt. quarters are located and  fire safety awareness launched in various sectors, colonies and villages.

Meanwhile, in a gruesome fire incident at Roing, the house of former Literary Secretary IMCLS (Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society), and BRCC Hunli block Hindu Meme, has been completely destroyed. The incident occurred at around 2:30 am this morning. The cause of the fire was reported to be the unmanned local fireplace. No casualties have been reported. The fire brigade managed to put out the fire, however, none of the properties could be saved. The family vehicle has also been damaged in the incident.

One of the neighbours informed that the Roing CRPF has donated tents for temporary shelter. Meanwhile help in cash and kind is being provided by the town's people.




Tribal Taste’- tribal cuisine in the heart of Indian Capital

[ Amar Sangno ]

Sipping a steaming cup of green tea in the chilly afternoon at Dilli Haat in New-Delhi, an English tourist's (name not known) attention was struck with signboard that read, 'Tribal Taste, Tourism of Arunachal Pradesh, in bold yellow. Though, the signboard provided no first hand information on the menu, English man's curiosity was drawn by the word, "Tribal Taste".

As he strolled down and jostled through dining tables, he sought a copy of flyer from Ashok (a waiter). At first instant, the blonde man was baffled by illuminating X-Mass tree planted at the front door and the Christmas star, dangling over the head. His bewilderment deepened the moment he found the list of food unusual to him on the menu, which prompted him to explore more.

When he tried Arunachal Special Thali served with steamed rice in a bamboo-tube, and roasted Mithun meat with bamboo shoots, he exclaimed, "Wow..!!Delicious..!! The taste is very unique, I love it".

Dilli Haat managed by Tourism Department of NCT Delhi is an open-air food plaza and is a hub of varieties of Indian handicrafts.

'Tribal Taste, an Arunachal Food Stall (Restaurant) just next to Goa Haat at Stall no.22 near Gate no. 2 in Dilli Haat has literally become, "the exploration zone of tribal cuisine" for foreign and Indian foodies. Merely three months old, the newly opened food stall is trying to create Arunachali identity in the heart of New-Delhi by selling brand 'Arunachal cuisine'. And much to everyone's delight, Arunachal Pradesh is the only state which has two food stalls within Dilli Haat, as none other state enjoys the privilege.  

Unlike other Haats in the bustling premise, Tribal Taste has a cozy room for privacy-seekers. With red and black combination interiors; it is already a cool spot for young-couples who are hunting for safer place to have a chat over cups of tea.

Arunachal Special Thali is served at Rs 430 making every customer from the Northeast region feel at home. Customers are seen drooling over steamed rice in bamboo tube served with roasted pork ribs, tribal herbs like Hanyor(onyor), Rarr(Rarii), Potoh(tahpin) which have distinct flavors  and scent and have the potential to heighten  your appetite.

"Whenever I miss my mom's cooked food, I come here as it makes me feel like I am in my home" said a ravenous youth as he enjoyed roasted pork ribs dipped in bamboo shoot.

Food stall owner Epie Jamoh believes that "Tribal Taste" will promote Arunachal's varied cuisines in the heart of Indian Capital.

"I want to prove that Arunachal has rich cuisines which have the potential to compete with other dishes. It will also liberate stereotypical notion of mainland people towards Northeast, associating us with Thukpa, Momo and Chowmein." she added. The continental foods such as Thukpa, Momo and Chow-Chow are being served at reasonable rate attracting more Chinese food lovers, and the owner with a mongoloid face is an icing on the cake.

The stall is currently offering 'Christmas offer' giving discounted rate on the menu. Culinary bonanza has already done the magic on the visitors as food lovers are buzzing around the stall.

For finicky eaters, particularly vegetarians there is no need to have a pincer attack! Tribal Taste is not non-vegetarians alone; rather it has numbers of vegetarian items as well like momo, thupka and other continental dishes. So it would be an utter injustice to walk away without checking out the menu.



TAH construction starts at West Siang

ITANAGAR, Dec 26: In what may be seen as dream come true for the people of Arunachal Pradesh, the Concessionaire today started earth cutting of Trans-Arunachal Highway at Darka village area of Darka to Nigmoi diversion in presence of Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu, villagers, GBs and PRI leaders, officers hailing from Darka village and Land owners of Darka village who agreed to the request of DC to allow the contractor to execute Trans-Arunachal Highway construction even before payment of compensation.

It may be mentioned that compensation assessment of the said stretch has already been carried out by the concerned govt approved committee. After traditional invocation by local priest, the DC opened the execution.  

DC personally expressed his gratefulness to Pogam Padu and his son Er Gamnya Padu (Executive Engineer, PWD) for the enormous sacrifice they have made by allowing the contractor to carry out earth cutting through their rubber estate and also allowing the Concessionaire to use the approach road through their vast stretch of the rubber estate beyond Right of Way. Appreciating the good gesture of the villagers, the DC assured all cooperation to the villagers for any good cause adding that Darka village known as the village with the highest number of officers in the district has opened up the eyes of the people. DC hoped that TK Engineering & Consortium will live upto their expectation and give them a good highway.

DC Ligu has been personally monitoring and supervising the progress of the Trans-Arunachal Highway since he took over the charge of the DC of West Siang District. DC appreciated the AE-in-charge Gemar Padu for his relentless and dedicated service in his constant guidance to see this day happen by coordinating with District Administration, concessionaire, DFO, DLRSO and all other stakeholders.

The Executive Director of Potin-Pangin Highway Ltd Md Syed Gyesuddin who was also present on the occasion assured the Deputy Commissioner and the villagers that the executing agency M/S TK Engineering and Consortium will deploy latest equipments and machineries to construct the best quality highway and complete the construction in four in stipulated time.(DIPRO)



State celebrate Christmas

ITANAGAR, Dec 26: Along with the rest of the world, Christmas was celebrated all across the state.

Christian Revival Church (CRC) in Police Training Centre at Banderdewa, a church under APCRCC (Arunachal Pradesh Christian Revival Church Council) has joined the rest of the world in celebrating the Christmas Day with all pomp, gaiety and spirituality. The two day long celebrations witnessed literary, sports, artistic programmes, praise and worship, biblical discourses, merry-making and feasting.

Attending the celebrations as speaker Dr. David Pertin, Deputy Registrar of Rajiv Gandhi University in his speech called for self introspections and play one's part to spread the true essence of Christmas to the society by becoming ambassadors of love, joy, peace and hope.

Municipal Councilor of IMC ward No. 30 Tai Tasung attending the celebrations advocated that churches are playing its positive part in bringing good changes in the society. He encouraged the gathering to learn values and ethics of life from the church and spread it to one's home, colony and society.

At Christian Revival Church, ESS sector here, its women wing organized a two day celebration from December 24 to 25.

Founder president of Apostolos Bible College Dr Joram Dol attended the programme as guest speaker. Brothers L Jamik and GB Thapa were the service leaders.

More than 100 numbers of gifts and blankets were distributed to the poor, widows, orphans and helpless people.

In the Church at Museum Colony here, the celebration was followed by various cultural programme, sports, literary competition and prize distribution.

Christmas was also celebrated with great enthusiasm at CRC Sibey, Hapoli, Lower Subansiri with a four-day programme by organizing various literary, sports, artistic and religious activities like prayers, discourse etc.

Christmas Speaker exhorted the gathering to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ of love and care for one another.

Christmas was also celebrated at Eyi village with festive fervour on December 24 and 25.

Rev. Dr. Nyakdo Tassar explained the God's message of peace, love and goodwill to human being and appealed to the Christian brethren to play their uniting role.

Brothers Gamnya Naso and Horsen Ete highlighted the significance of the religion in the society and the role played by it in social reformation and economic development.

Members of the Christian Revival Church, Chimpu here celebrated Christmas Eve with great fanfare on Wednesday.

Themed 'Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord (Luke2:11)', the evening started with praise and worship by members of the Christian Youth Endeavour. It also featured dancing and singing competitions. Speakers including Evangelist Michi David dwelt on verses from the Bible and the true meaning of Christmas.  

Lamenting the trend of drinking during Christmas, said Evangelist Michi David, "We should remember God on this day, instead of getting drunk and wasting time on loud merrymaking."

Our Ruksin Correspondence adds:

Christmas was celebrated at different churches of East Siang district yesterday with great fanfare and religious fervour.

Congregational prayer, discourse on various topics of Holy Bible and cultural programmes were the main highlights of the celebration.

Attending celebration at Rayang Baptist Church, Pasighat West MLA, called upon the people, particularly followers of Christ to make a self promise on the holy occasion to get rid of inner evils and chose the way of God for betterment of the society. The MLA, who also visited other churches in the area, stressed on building character and moral development of youths and requested the religious leaders to guide them on right path.

John Gamno, a religious leader of Rayang also explained the teachings of Christ on the occasion.

Reports of Christmas celebration have also been received from Pasighat, Nari and Mebo circles.



Consumers sensitized on their rights on National Consumer Day

ITANAGAR, Dec 26: Department of Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs celebrated the National Consumer Day 2014 by conducting mass consumer awareness and publicity campaigns in and around the Capital Complex at Naharlagun on Wednesday.

Besides displaying posters, banners and distribution of leaflets among public, the department organized mass publicity campaign on consumer rights, education, help and advice highlighting the salient features and provisions of Consumer Protection Acts and Rules, Legal Metrology Laws safeguarding the interest and rights of consumer through electronic and print media.

Group discussions and meeting involving students, women, Panchayat leaders and common public were also organized.

Further, the department has been organizing consumer awareness campaigns at all the district headquarters which have been able to draw huge public response.

At Deed, consumer related items like package commodities, weights and measures, LPG cylinder, posters, banners, booklets and pamphlets were displayed and distributed for consumer awareness.

Consumer related cases disposed off in the District Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum, Lower Subansiri were also informed to the gathering on the occasion.

In his keynote address, Debia Tana, Inspector LM&CA, Ziro briefed about the importance of observing National Consumer Day. He appealed to all traders to keep in mind that everyone is consumer in one way or other and build trust and confidence with each other. Later, he demonstrated how common consumer can be saved from unfair trade practices and protected them from it.

Highlighting the various provisions for consumers under the Consumer Protection Act 1986, he appealed to all the participants and common consumers in general to remain alert and aware of their rights.

Toko Tei, ASM Deed, JT Radh, Chairman of Deed Bazar Welfare Committee, Dr. Jumdo Ezing, the i/c Deed Neelam Primary Health Centre,  Debia Teji, Chairman, Radhpu Multipurpose Cooprative Society Deed were also present on the occasion.



Biometric Enrolment is under progress in Lower Dibang

ROING, Dec 26: The Second Phase of National Population Register (NPR), i.e., the Biometric Enrolment (BME) is under progress in Lower Dibang Valley District. The work started with the BME photography and enrolment of Shiv Kumar, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Lower Dibang Valley District on December 18 last.

The BME for the residents of Roing Township and nearby hamlets is going on in the District Statistic Office, Roing. A Private Enterprise, M/s Nevearh Technology, Kolkata has been entrusted by the govt. to collect the biometric data by holding NPR Camps in various localities for Lower Dibang Valley and Dibang Valley Districts.

The First Phase of NPR i.e. collection of biographic details of all the Usual Residents of the Country was undertaken during the first phase of Census 2011 i.e., during the House listing and Housing Census Operation.

It was informed that the enrolment under NPR is mandatory for all usual residents (citizens as well as non-citizens) to register in the National Population Register (NPR) under the Citizenship Act, 1955. Due to remoteness of the state, lack of basic infrastructure like surface road communication, un-interrupted power supply, BME has become a daunting task because of which this exercise has been taken up on a Mission Mode by the govt.

To enable every usual resident of the country to register/enroll themselves under NPR, BME Camps would be held in every locality for collection of biometric data of all residents who are of age 5 years and above. It was informed that all usual residents are required to attend the NPR Camps, even if their biometrics have been captured under Aadhaar. Such persons already enrolled with Aadhaar are required to bring their Aadhaar letter/enrolment slip to the NPR camps.

For persons not so far enrolled under Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), Aadhaar will be generated through NPR. It is also proposed to issue Resident Identity (smart) Cards bearing the Aadhaar number under the NPR. Hence, Registration in NPR is a right as well as a duty of every resident of the country. DIPRO



Talom Rukbo Memorial Football Tournament kicks off

Siang Soccer Club defeat PTC Gangging Football Club 2-0 in inaugural match

NAHARLAGUN, Dec 26: Siang Soccer Club (SSC) defeated PTC Gangging Football Club 2-0 in the opening match of First Late Talom Rukbo Memorial Football Tournament played at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun today afternoon. Donyi Polo Yelam Kebang, Naharlagun is organizing the tournament.

Taja Bonung put Siang Soccer Club ahead by scoring in 35th minute. Tagam Tatak scored another goal for the team in 80th minute.

Sumit Pangging of PTC GFC was awarded yellow card by the referee in the second half of the match.

Earlier, while attending the opening ceremony, senior citizen Angkom Paron exhorted the players to maintain sportsman spirit and play the game in a friendly manner.

He appealed all to enjoy the tournament and help the organizing committee to make the tournament a grand success.

Social worker Talem Melong requested the players to play with true sportsmanship and advised the organising committee to continue the tournament in coming days to keep the name of Late Talom Rukbo alive.  

Organizing secretary of the tournament Tabom Saroh informed that the tournament has been organized to commemorate the death anniversary of Late Talom Rukbo, who pioneered the Donyi-Polo movement.

He hoped the tournament will provide a platform to the players to show their talents and foster unity and friendship among the youths.

PTC Gangging FC will meet Rising Star FC in the first match tomorrow at 12.30 pm while the second match will be played between SSC and Golgi Bote FC.

---- Editorial ----


Resolve issue peacefully

The Army on Friday vowed to intensify its operations in Assam in the aftermath of the massacre of tribals by Bodo militants, as authorities’ mulled coordinated action with armies of Bhutan and Myanmar to hunt them. Normal life in Assam was, meanwhile, affected by a 12-hour bandh called by several organizations including some tribal outfits in protest against the killing of the tribals by militants belonging to National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbijit) on Tuesday. 

It is unfortunate that media is adding fire to the fuel by trying to divide Adivasis and Bodos on ethnic line. This is a criminal act and should be dealt with iron hand. However people should not jump to the conclusion and start blaming whole Bodo community for the massacre. Large section of Bodos does not support the act of Songbijit faction. The Government of India should ensure that in the name of counter-insurgency operation, the security forces do not harass ordinary Bodos.  This will further alienate them. This problem should be delicately resolved or else situation will get worse in the future. Situation looks real bad for Assam at the moment.

----Readers Forum ----


Take action

Dear Editor,

Through your daily esteemed newspaper, All East Kameng Unemployment Engineer Association  strongly appeal to the  Dist Administration of Kurung Kumey dist to take action related to the assault on the three engineers who were reportedly assaulted in  the evening of Dec 17at Koloriang. Action should be taken so that such type of incident does not happen in future.

Yours ,

DS Taku(Dakam)

Vice President

All East Kameng Unemployment Engineer Association



The skyrocketing sump fares

Dear Editor,

Few years back when sumo service was introduced connecting all the districts with the capital, it was seen as a boon to the masses. Because fare was low and people could reach the particular place at a very short period. It almost replaced the state transport bus service. Gradually with the passes of time its fare increased. The one way sumo fare from Seppa to Itanagar started with very low price of 300 to 400 Rs, but today it has sky rocketing fare of 800 Rs just to cover the distance of 413 km.

If one inquires about the price rise, those sumo wala and so called sumo union will give a lame excuses of bad road, hike in petrol- diesel price.

It’s very unfortunate that no one is there to complain.

common man are being lured by the high speeding sumo which will take only 6 to 8 hours to reach the destination of only 413 km.

My concern and question is if they say that if price rise of fuel is the reason for fare rise then why they don’t decrease the sumo fare when fuel price has gone down very low. What is the reason behind the stagnation of sumo fare? And as always, no one bothers, because those jewel thieves will have their own Mahindra and Toyota vehicles.

Ardently requesting all the NGOs, students Union, intellectual groups and social giant EKSCWO to look into the matter to quell the grievances of the masses. A prayer from the Aam aadmi.


Moley Marxist Mangfi




Let our state remain a cent percent tribal state

Dear Editor,

It appears that IFCSAP's stand has been misconstrued by Arunanachal Christian Forum (ACF) as per the news item published under the title "ACF reacts to IFCSAP's stand" on 20/12/2014.

To my understanding, IFCSAP only meant that no person or community should be given double benefit(s) as all APST members are already enjoying various concessions/privileges under S/T rules.

If I m not mistaken, IFCSAP further opined that, those converts (only) who desire to avail the facilities meant for the minorities should be allowed to simply change their status  by surrendering their S/T certificates and get issued a document certifying them as members of minority community in order to facilitate them enjoy the benefits of minority schemes. They did not specify any categories of converts. It could be any other converts to any faith(s). I think IFCSAP has shown maturity by not suggesting for recovery of all the concessions availed in the name of scheduled tribes. After all, we all had the same faith before their conversion and our ancestral fore-father and father is same. They have accepted alien faith for many personal reasons.

But let me again remind about a line from a popular leader of yesteryears like Ram Manohar Lohia, that " Politics is a short term religion and religion is a long term politics". Let’s ponder over it as to what made him speak or think so.

However, during the Indigenous Faith Day Celebration at Nyikum Nyia Ground on first of December, 2014, the then Chief Guest, Speaker, Arunachal Legislative Assembly, too advocated and appealed the gathering not to oppose the minority based scheme i.e MsDP. I don't know whether a constitutional post holder of his stature can or can't campaign for or against any policy decisions of government publicly. But I think any programme need not be implemented without clarity as there exist too many confusions pertaining to this particular programme. Even who were the target group(s) was not clear and whether it was a scheme for community or was for individuals too was unclear. And  recently, talking to the visiting team of NCST from centre, our  Chief Minister has correctly reiterated that, "Arunachal is a cent percent Tribal State" .

With this, I suppose the matter should be clear to all. It’s better to let our state remain a cent percent tribal state for  all times to come and keep saying ,"Jai Arunachal and Bharat Mata ki Jai".


Nido Sakter




Jurassic Postal services in Arunachal Pradesh

Dear Editor,

Coming so far from the day fire was invented, wheel followed by and we Indians with our identity intact as 'the' Bullock cart nation and more prominent and particularly as ‘Snake Charmers’, shedding and shoving it away now, I sit in my office at Pasighat and write to you with a purpose on the internet. I as any ‘Orunasli’ citizen is annoyed and mystified at the kind of service the Postal Department is providing to the people of the state and that’s why I thought to ventilate on the subject and offer some suggestions to the Director, Postal Service, Arunachal Pradesh. I write this letter to enlighten the Director, Postal Service, Arunachal Pradesh for going the reverse way towards the Jurassic era in this cyber age, where time is said to be counted and equated with money. That, in this age of supersonic communication modes, wherein the global economy is driven and dependent upon communication services only, we in the state of Arunachal Pradesh are faster than slowly, going back rather pushed back to the Jurassic era in the field and service of the Postal Services and this has made every thinking man in the state rather the whole world to muse and speculate their brains out.

The fact is that if anyone sends any letter through the Indian Postal Service from Chennai to Yingkiong, Tuting, Daporijo, Tawang or Palin, the letter reaches the bound place within Ten days. Conversely if a letter from Pasighat is sent to Yingkiong, which is only 180 kilometers on road distance, it takes exactly 47 days to reach Yingkiong. And if the letter is sent for Tuting from Pasighat, it takes exactly 78 days to reach Tuting (all these are the fastest delivered dates on record).

Now, where does the problem lie? While a letter from Chennai reaches Yingkiong within Ten days and a letter from Pasighat takes 47 days to reach Yingkiong and if one does not take note of this interesting phenomenon then I undoubtedly believe that he/she is not a normal thinking man. And as a normal thinking man, till the exhaustion of all my power to think on the issue, I ponder upon this lackadaisical attitude of the Postal service in our state for the last many months and after exhausting all the means and ways to facilitate the Department of Postal Service to work for a faster delivery of services, I have come up with this righteous, splendid and gracious suggestion to aid the Director Postal Service, Itanagar on behalf and for the welfare of the people of the state.

And my noble and humble suggestion is that, it would be in the fittest of all things, if the letters from Pasighat bound for Yingkiong and Tuting area are dispatched through someone ‘on foot’. Because, it only takes FIVE days as the maximum number of days to reach Yingkiong from Pasighat on foot and EIGHT days to Tuting, While the present mode of letters transported through Motor vehicles take two months time to reach Yingkiong from Pasighat.

By this dignified venture, the letters will be delivered at least in a record time of 5 days and will cut the costs of the department as well as people will be relieved and given a speedier service.

And to further be of assistance, I take this privilege to inform the Director Postal Service, A.P that hundreds of people are ready for the job if the benevolent, magnanimous, esteemed and munificent Director of Postal Services, Arunachal Pradesh wills to provide better and faster postal service by appointing the ‘Dakiyas on foot’ on a regular basis which in fact, will provide employment, reduce climate change and be a model for the entire world to emulate as the “Eco-Postal service on time” .

And I bet, no one can deduce a better and faster service than this but, with all my humbleness, I DARE YOU, Director, to come up with any better idea than researched and deduced by me.

Until then, we are at best in the Jurassic age in the field of Postal service till the letters are transported through Motor vehicles.


Vijay Taram

Consultant for ‘Time Management’,

Tebo village, Pasighat




Bumpy free ride in charismatic hilly terrain

Dear Editor,

It has been decades but I see that the progress of Arunachal is going in a negative trend. The tourism sector is said to be the one of the most environment friendly industry of the state but the condition out in the state is unwelcoming. I think that whoever in Arunachal is behind the making, repairing of the roads are of the thought that the tourist come in Arunachal for trekking so what’s the need of smooth ride, let’s give them a trail run for trekking. So the roads of the state have potholes, ditches and trenches to imitate the condition meant for trekking. So it’s my earnest request to all the concerned authority responsible to look and check the road status of the state so that more tourist and fellow Arunachalis arrives in Arunachal  and have a bumpy free ride in this beautiful, charismatic hilly terrain.


Alin S





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