Irked by road accident, ASM files FIR
ITANAGAR, Dec 1: An FIR has been filed with Officer-In-Charge, Police Station Banderdewa,
following an accident at Karsingsa Block Point on Tuesday.
ASM, 75th Karsingsa Panchayat, Taniang Kipa, in the report states that the accident
has occurred due to incomplete work of the culvert on the highway. The car fell
into a hole and if it is not filled up soon, the area will be an accident prone zone,
he further said calling for immediate repair.
He states that construction work for Culvert was awarded to one M/S Balaji Enterprise
and work was supposed to be completed by 1st quarter of 2015. He further sought
inquiry into the delay in construction of the culvert.
There is no signboard/signal near the damaged road to warn the passer by; he added
alleging negligence on the part of the PWD Highway and contractors.
Governor stuck inside lift, pulls up power dept
ITANAGAR, Dec 1: Arunachal Pradesh Governor JP Rajkhowa was left stuck suffocating
inside the Raj Bhavan lift because of power failure on Monday. It took at least three
minutes for the emergency power to be back while the Constitutional head of the state
was stuck inside the lift.
“The Governor was stuck for dreaded period of three minutes without light and fan
inside the lift leading to suffocation. It was only after frantic calls by the personal
security officer accompanying him that the power supply was restored following which
he could come out,” read a press release issued by Raj Bhavan on Tuesday.
Governor Rajkhowa has now pulled up the state power department for the erratic power
supply as he asked it to take immediate steps to improve the power supply across
If the Constitutional head of the state is subjected to such state of affairs, one
can imagine what will happen to the other citizens, the governor is reported to have
He expressed the hope that the Power Department will be cautious with the facilities
and leave no stone unturned to remove the deficiencies in power supply system on
urgency basis and improve the power supply to the general public also.
After the Tourism and PWD, power is the latest department to face the ire of the
Sports and literary meet for CWSN
SEPPA, Dec 1: The district level games and sports, cultural and literary meet for
children with special needs (CWSN) was organized here yesterday.
Around 150 CWSN students from various schools of eight blocks of the district participated
The competition was inaugurated by DDSE Kata Rangmo. DIPRO
Make Arunachal a computer
literacy state: Governor
ITANAGAR, Dec 1: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, J P Rajkhowa today called upon the
people to make Arunachal Pradesh a hundred percent computer literacy state and India
a fully computer literate nation.
Conveying his greetings to the people of the state on the occasion of World Computer
Literacy Day, Governor urged upon the people to understand the true need of computer
education and support their children, youths as well as all regardless of age to
pursue computer education.
Exhorting the people to join in Digital India Mission, the Governor expressed hope
that the observation of the Day will motivate the students and youth of the state
to take up computer education and various training modules to enhancing their skill
in computer application and computer hardware, which, besides making them computer
savvy, would improve their employability and also facilitate in transforming India
into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. (PRO to Governor)
Shiitake mushroom cultivated
ITANAGAR, Dec 1: The ICAR Arunachal Pradesh Centre, Basar has been able to cultivate
Shiitake mushroom (Lentinula edodes) as part of an experiment conducted in the natural
climatic conditions of Basar recently.
The Shiitake mushroom has a wide market for direct consumption and is also known
to contain important bioactive compounds that are important to the pharmacological,
food and cosmetology industries. The pure culture of Lentinula edodes was procured
from ICAR, Barapani.
ATSU condemns joint statements by district students’ unions
ITANAGAR, Dec 1: The All Tutsa Students Union (ATSU) has condemned the statements
made jointly by the district student unions of Tirap Changlang and Longding on November
29 last wherein they asked all their representatives camping in Delhi to return to
the state saying that their absence is hampering development activities of the three
Calling their move unjustified, the ATSU in a release said that the students’ unions
instead should have apprised the Chief Minister of the partiality in distribution
of the DoTCL fund in the districts.
The fund should be equally distributed within all the MLAs, it said.
Saying that the statement was one sided without knowing the reality, it claimed that
the MLAs are in constant touch with the people of their constituencies.
No development is being hampered in Khonsa East Assembly constituency and our MLA
is constantly in touch with the people and HoDs of the district, it further added.
Outreach health camp at Mago and Thingbu
TAWANG, Dec 1: A free outreach medical camp was conducted at the far-flung Mago and
Thingbu by Community Health Centre Jang on Nov 28 and 29.
The villagers of the last Indian villages, including a large number of children,
were examined for various health related problems.
Braving harsh terrains, the team was spearheaded by Dr Rinchin Neema and Dr KV Meru
of Community Health Centre, Jang and Captain Deepen Rai, RMO 90 RCC Jang. After
2 days trek to Mago, the team diagnosed 107 patients and distributed free medicines
on Nov 28.
The next day, the team conducted a health camp at Thingbu wherein 98 underprivileged
villagers were examined and provided free medicines.
Dr Thutan Tashi, Senior Veterinary Officer also joined the camp and distributed
free medicines for the Yak and sheep.
Dr Rinchin Neema and Captain Deepen Rai delivered health talks emphasizing on
the essence of health, hygiene and common ailments prevalent in villages and its
prevention. They also lectured on the repercussions of a sedentary lifestyle coupled
with faulty dietary pattern.
The outreached health camp was supported by National Health Mission Tawang and Mukto
MLA Pema Khandu. (Tawang Vigilance)
Cricket tournament marks
ATASU foundation day
ITANAGAR, Dec 1: A cricket tournament commenced today marking the 34th foundation
day of All Tali Area Students Union at Sangay Lhaden Sports Academy ground here.
A total of seven teams representing Tali, Pipsorang and Palin circle are participating
in the tournament.
Speaking at the inaugural session, All Arunachal Hotel Resort and Restaurant Bar
Association, president, Tagru Ponung called upon the students union to take up games
and sports dedicatedly and excel in it. He informed the players of the state governments’
initiative of 10 percent job quota for outstanding sportspersons in various government
departments. Further, Ponung advised the ATASU to take up issues related to the
E&k’s face Siang Highlander
in Veteran Cup opener
ITANAGAR, Dec 1: E& K’s will face Siang Highlander in the opening match of the 3rd
State Level Veteran Cup Football Tournament at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun tomorrow.
Altogether, 10 teams are participating in the tournament.
The tournament is organized by Capital Complex Sporting Club (CCSC) in collaboration
with E&K’s under the aegis of Arunachal Pradesh Football Association (APFA), informed
the organizing committee.
ASKA team tours eastern district
ITANAGAR, Dec 1: A team of Arunachal Shito-Ryu Karate-do executive members along
with its president Dr. Marli Ette and general secretary Sensei Charu Tatung toured
all the eastern districts of Arunachal Pradesh recently after attending the district
level Karate-do tournament at Hayuliang, Anjaw.
The team visited Anjaw, Tirap, Changlang, Roing, Anini and Pasighat to create awareness
among youths towards games sports with special emphasis on karate as a way of living
and campaign against drug abuse amongst the youth due to idleness of young minds.
Motivated by this tour and their propagations, all the districts have decided to
participate in the state level Karate-do tournament championship on December 11 and
12 and Mini-Olympics.
CM calls for unified efforts to defeat
277 HIV positive cases detected so far in Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Dec 1: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today called upon all stakeholders, civil
societies, various NGOs and young people to join hands together to help defeat the
scourge of HIV/AIDS and stigma associated with the disease.
Expressing grave concern over the growing HIV positive cases in the state, Tuki urged
the health officers and mentors to evolve an effective and time-bound strategy to
prevent further spread of the disease in the state.
Tuki was addressing the World Aids Day celebration at Mopin-Solung Ground here this
morning organized by Arunachal Pradesh State Aids Control Society (APSACS).
As per data made available to this reporter, the number of HIV positive cases in
Arunachal Pradesh was 277 as on October 31, 2015. The figure in the previous year
was 259. The cases were detected from tests conducted among 3,14,000 persons. The
total population of the state is around 14 lakh.
Tuki said that shouting slogans, orchestral activities and routine celebration of
AIDS Day are not enough and might not yield desired results in creating mass awareness
on AIDS pandemic. According to him, information, education and tolerance hold the
keys for HIV/AIDS prevention.
“We human beings often make mistakes out of intolerance and emotion,” Tuki said,
and appealed everyone to control emotion.
The Chief Minister advocated for lessons on HIV/AIDS in schools right from primary
to secondary level. He said that an open, free and frank discussion at home among
family members and friends about the causes, preventive measures and socio-economic
consequences of HIV/AIDS can go a long way in preventing the disease.
He suggested the APSACs officials to make good use of social networking sites and
Short Message Services (SMS) through mobile phones to create public awareness on
HIV/AIDS and remind them of the scourge of the disease. He also urged all elected
representatives, public and PRI leaders to speak few about HIV/AIDS during their
speeches in any public meeting or any other programmes/functions.
Later, the Chief Minister formally launched the Adolescence Education Programme (AEP)
in the state which is scheduled to start from the next academic session in the schools
of the state.
With the launch of AEP, the fight against HIV/AIDS in the state will be strengthened,
Sarita Yadav from UNESCO Delhi cluster highlighted the importance of observing World
AIDS Day and the significance of the Day’s theme-- “Getting to Zero, zero new HIV
infection, zero discrimination and zero AIDS related deaths.”
Besides creating mass public awareness on HIV AIDS, the Day also provides an opportunity
to pay tribute to those people who have been working tirelessly for prevention of
the disease throughout the world, she said.
Highlighting the social stigma associated with HIV/AIDS, the UNESCO official urged
everyone not to discriminate people living with HIV positive. She advised the school
children to stay healthy for a healthy nation and share information on the disease
with their friends and family members.
Executive Director of Center for Catalyzing Change Aparajita Gogoi spoke about the
importance of adolescence education.
Schools are the right and proper place and teachers are the best persons to teach
the adolescents, the most vulnerable age group, she said.
As per the recent survey conducted among the school children of the state, she said,
77 percent of them do not know about HIV AIDS while 61 percent do not understand
what sexual abuse is.
Speaking about the significance of World AIDS Day observation and the challenged
posed by HIV/AIDS, APSACS Project Director Riken Rina informed that at present around
35 million people throughout the world were infected by HIV/AIDS and India’s share
in it is 2.1 million. He said that HIV/AIDS cases in North East Region with 16 percent
people falling victim of the disease was in increasing trend and higher than the
In Arunachal Pradesh, the first HIV case was detected in 1989 and since then 21 persons
with HIV positive have died. Sixty-four out of the total 277 people with HIV positive
in the state are regularly taking Antiretroviral (ART) drugs and 25 have come over
ground, he informed.
The main modes/ways of HIV transmission are unsafe sexual behavior/ activity, multiple
use of infected syringe/needles, transfusion of infected blood and child born to
infected mother, the APSACS Project Director said.
Highlighting the APSACS’ various initiatives and activities undertaken by it in the
fight against the disease, Riken informed that there are 27 integrated counseling
and treatment centres, 18 STD clinics, 10 safe blood transfusion centres, 28 integrated
intervention programme/projects and 25 Red Ribbon Clubs in colleges across the state
to disseminate the HIV/AIDS messages.
Earlier, Parliamentary Secretary (H&FW) Karya Bagang said that the programme was
organized specially targeting the young people so that they can know, understand
and get proper knowledge about the disease.
Earlier, an HIV/AIDS awareness rally was taken out from Akashdeep complex wherein
around 1000 school children from 26 schools within capital complex and representatives
from various NGOs took part carrying placards with slogans on the prevention of HIV/AIDS.
Parliamentary Secretary Bamang Felix, Commissioner, Health Bolung Siram, Director
Health and Family Welfare Moji Jini, among others, were present on the occasion.
DIPR Adds: Arunachal Pradesh Legislator’s Forum organized an advocacy meeting to
mark the World’s AIDS day with the theme “focus, partner and achieve; an AIDS free
generation” at Nokmey Namati Hall, Naharlagun.
In his address, Speaker Nabam Rebia said the day provide an opportunity to all stakeholders
to raise mass awareness about HIV/AIDS.
He said that HIV-related stigma severely hamper the efforts to effectively fight
the HIV and AIDS. Fear of discrimination often prevents people from seeking treatment
for AIDS or from admitting their HIV status publicly, he said.
We need to create conducive environment for HIV infected persons so that they could
easily disclose their disease and help the health agencies on creating awareness
on the disease, he added.
All of us need to pledge to make Arunachal Pradesh an AIDS free state and for which
every individual, elected representative, Panchayat leaders, Government officers,
print and electronic media and even students need to educate the public ignorant
about the disease.
Dr. A Borang, Deputy Director, APSACS, imparted knowledge to the participants and
students through PowerPoint how HIV/AIDS is spread and not spread. He also answered
a volley of questions on different aspects of HIV/AIDS pandemic thrown by the participating
students and public during an interactive section.
The Doctor further advised the people living with HIV/AIDS not shy away from the
society and undergo regular treatment.
Earlier, the Speaker released a bulletin by Arunachal Pradesh AIDS Control Society
to mark the occasion.
At Tezu, the District AIDS Prevention & Control Unit (DAPCU), organised World AIDS
Day with the theme “Focus, Partner and Achieved: An AIDS free generation” in collaboration
with TIP Migrant, Tezu.
In-Charge DPO, DAPCU, Tezu Ali Taloh briefly described the modes of transmission
of HIV virus from an infected person to another and its preventive measures. He also
spoke on misconception and discrimination regarding HIV/AIDS among the general population.
The programme concluded with distribution of IEC materials, counseling and HIV/AIDS
screening test. Around 150 persons have undergone HIV/AIDS testing.
At Khonsa, the World AIDS Day was observed at District Hospital today.
Addressing a large gathering, Tirap Deputy Commissioner Ravi Jha opined that every
individual should go for an HIV/AIDS testing without any fear and hesitation. HIV/AIDS
has posed great challenge not only to the medical fraternity but also to the entire
human race, he said and urged the DMO and the Programme Officer (HIV/AIDS) to conduct
awareness programme for the students.
DMO Dr. N Lowang threw light on the significance of the World HIV/AIDS Day and appealed
to the participants to spread the message to their friends and family members.
Dr. Roto Robo, Specialist, informed that there were two HIV positive persons in Tirap
district who are undergoing treatment.
Earlier, Dr. P Rakshit, SMO and Programme Officer (HIV/AIDS) highlighted the background
and the importance of celebration of World HIV/AIDS Day all over the world.
The reports of World AIDS Day celebration are also pouring in from various parts
of the state.
The MM Charitable Trust has organized various HIV/AIDS awareness programmes in Daporijo
and Likabali Town to mark the Day. The students of Blue Mount School at Daporijo
and New Life Mission School at Likabali took out awareness rallies in their respective
Essay competition on the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS was also held at both the
The ICTC officials and the staff of the Trust explained the various routes of HIV
virus transmission and myths associated with the disease. They appealed to the public
not to discriminate people having the disease.
The district health officials, PRI members, NGO representatives and other stakeholders
were present on the occasion.
World’s Aids Day was also celebrated at Ngopok village along with Indigenous Faith
and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh.
Pasighat DMO Dr. M Perme narrated the Dos and Don’ts for HIV/AIDS and the different
ways of spreading HIV. He encouraged the young generation not to involve in any kind
of activities which may ruin their future life.
Thousands of people attended the programme along with the DMO teams from Pasighat.
Delay in restoration due to opposition from locals: BRO
ITANAGAR, Dec 1: BRO has said that there is opposition by the local population to
provide access through their land for temporary diversion of bridge over Menga Nallah
in Upper Subansiri.
Chief Engineer, Project Arunank, HK Pokhariyal said that local populace are not
ready to provide access through their land for making temporary diversion and a bridge
over Menga Nallah delaying the restoration works of the damaged bridge.
BRO further said that news regarding collapse of Menga Bridge on road Daporijo-Taliha
was misleading and wrongly interpreted.
The Bailey Bridge collapsed due to hitting of one girder of the bridge by over-speeding
and over-loaded dumper of TK Engg Company and not due to any negligence in maintenance
of bridge on part of BRO as reported, said the Chief Engineer in a response to the
news item which was published on Nov 22 edition of this daily.
The 200 feet Double Double Re-inforced Bailey Bridge (DDRBB) was in operation since
past nearly sixteen years. The bridge was regularly maintained by this organisation
and no such incident had happened in past, the organization said while refuting the
AAPSU calls for retaining NHPC’s RO office in Itanagar
ITANAGAR, Dec 1: All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) is opposed to the
conversion of NHPC Ltd’s regional office into Liaison office and shifting of executive
director (ED), regional office (RO), Itanagar to Guwahati.
In its memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki calling for reconsidering
the decision, it expressed disappointment that the move will deprive many people
who are dependent upon the office for employment.
‘There are about 52 contingency labours employed in RO, Itanagar and with the shift
of ED to Guwahati, their source of income will be deprived. Also the provision of
contract works, like R&M of offices, guest houses, field hostels for officers and
supervisors are going to be closed and most importantly the corporate social responsibility
works of RO Itanagar will discontinue. All benefits and facilities enjoyed by the
people of the state will be enjoyed by local of Guwahati which is uncalled for,’
it’s memorandum to the CM read. Also expressing the inability of the people from
the state to go to Guwahati for the works related to the project, the Union reiterated
the assurance given by the union minister of state for power, coal, new and renewal
energy Piyush Goyal on 1st August last year that the office of executive director,
NHPC regional office at Itanagar will be retained.
AAPSU has further called for creation of NHPC’s subsidiary in Itanagar headed by
managing director and for improving public relations with the local people for smooth
functioning of the projects.
Arunachal celebrates Indigenous Faith Day
Document cultural heritage, traditions and faiths: Guv
ITANAGAR, Dec 1: The Indigenous Faith Day was celebrated today with much devotion
and traditional fervour by the believers across the state.
Addressing a huge gathering at Nyikum Niya Ground, Nirjuli today, Governor of Arunachal
Pradesh, JP Rajkhowa called on the people of the state to shoulder responsibility
in preserving the heritage handed down by their forefathers. He advised for documentation
of the cultural heritage, traditions and faiths of indigenous people of Arunachal
Paying rich tributes to Late Talom Rukbo, pioneer of indigenous faith movement in
the state for his initiatives in preservation of the indigenous culture, the Governor
also felicitated those associated with the IFCSAP movement in the programme.
The Governor said that the indigenous faiths and beliefs followed in the state are
very scientific as celestial bodies, the Sun and Moon have been worshiped since time
immemorial. If there is no faith, then there will be no culture. To save any culture,
the people have to preserve in their faith. It is part and parcel of cultural identity,
which must be protected. At the same time, he said that superstitious beliefs attached
to faiths must be eradicated.
The Governor also exhorted the people to maintain the peaceful coexistence of various
faiths and beliefs for progress and prosperity of the state. He said that the principle
of secularism enshrined in various articles of Indian Constitution, needs to be uphold
by all means. Youth and elites of the society must raise their voices in cases of
biasness in employment and other benefits based on religion, which is against the
spirit of Indian Constitution.
The Governor, impressed by the mega dance presented by five hundred school children,
suggested that IFCSAP must put in an effort for Guinness Book of Records involving
Saying that youth are the future, who have to shoulder the responsibility to carry
forward the cultural heritage and traditions, he called upon the youth to actively
participate in such important cultural events in future.
Speaking on the occasion, the First Lady of the State Rita Rajkhowa urged upon the
people to respect each others’ faith and belief for peaceful coexistence.
Vice Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi University, Prof. Tamo Mibang in his speech emphasised
that there must be respect for indigenous people’s way of life, culture and traditions.
Calling for strengthening the cultural heritage, Mibnag commended the IFCSAP for
their endeavour. He informed that lots of research works on cultural heritage of
the state by scholars from all over the country and world have been carried out and
it has been found very rich.
All India Organising Secretary, Akhil Bharatiya Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram Somaya Julu,
IFCSAP (Hq) Vice President, Gichik Tazaa and IFCSAP Secretary General, Bai Taba also
spoke on the occasion.
IFCSAP organizes Indigenous Faith Day throughout the state on Dec 1 every year, which
is also the birthday of Late Talom Rukbo, one of the pioneers of Indigenous Faith
and Cultural Movement of Arunachal Pradesh, informed Tazaa.
IFCSAP (Hq) Vice President also submitted a memorandum to the Governor on the occasion,
which included land for office building of IFCSAP and Indigenous Cultural Heritage
Earlier, the Governor released the IFCSAP calendar, while the First Lady of the State
released an audio CD of the Mega dance, which is sung in 16 different tribal dialect
of Arunachal Pradesh.
Among others, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Hospital, Itanagar, Swami Vishweshananda,
Art and Culture, Director, RD Thungon, Social Justice, Empowerment & Tribal Affairs,
Director, Taw Tebin, former Chief Information Commissioner of Arunachal Pradesh and
Sahitya Academy awardee Y.D Thongchi, Member Central Advisory Board of Education,
Dr. Joram Begi, former Presidents of IFCSAP, Dr. Tai Nyori, Taba Hare, Nabam Atum
and a large number of indigenous faith believers attended the celebration.
A large number of cultural troupes from various tribes of the State presented traditional
dances on the occasion. Five hundred students from seven schools of Capital Complex
presented a mega dance, which was choreographed by Tai Riza and Toyang Komut. Delong
Padung gave the concept, lyrics and voice for the Dance.
In Daporijo, the day was celebrated at the Donyi-Polo Festival ground with various
Addressing the gathering, Upper Subansiri Deputy Commissioner, Komkar Dulom, said
that we have to accept all communities and religions amongst us and stay together
in peace and harmony and be ready to accept the good around us and work for the good
of all. “We are all created different and unique, so should celebrate it instead
of fighting amongst each other and bringing out the differences as all religions
ultimately preach the well being of mankind, peace and harmony”, Dulom added. ZPM
Baja Yukpo, Principal GHSS Daporijo, T. Ramsing, social leader Sunil Kitkaru, IF&CS
Daporijo, president, Puluk Lida and Secretary, IF&CS, Daporijo, Dikchu Raji also
spoke on the occasion stressing on the importance of indigenous faith in preserving
our culture and identity. There might be many who will try to mislead the people
but we have to stay strong and be firm in our faith, was the message given by the
Archery competition, tug of war and cultural dance competitions were also organised
on the occasion. DIPRO
At Deomali in Tirap district, the day was marked with a rally across the town giving
out the message for preserving indigenous faith. Around 300 people from all walks
of life participated in the rally led AVP Tirap district unit.
Later addressing a public meeting, Zonal Organising secretary of Kalyan Ashram, Shrikrishna
Bhide said, “diversity is our specialty and one should try to find out the innermost
Former Minister Wangpha Lowang, BJP leader, Wanglong Rajkumar, ZPM Deomali Ngelang
Songthing, Panchayat leaders, officers, students and local public attended the function.
At Basar, the day was celebrated at Central Kargu Gamgi, Basar with participation
of around 1500 people from the neighbouring villages of Basar town.
Traditional folk dances and folk songs were performed by the students of VKV Basar,
Upper Primary School Gori and Nyobom. Priest Migo Bam narrated the struggles of Abo
Tani and how Donyi Polo belief originated.
At Namsai, the indigenous faith day was celebrated with a mass procession across
Namsai town attended by around 900 participants by various indigenous faith believers
consisting of senior citizens, public and youth in traditional dress.
Later in a function, Namsai DC, R K Sharma hoisted the flag followed by Donyi Polo
Yelam Kabang priest, Bodong Ratan lighting the lamp. Tape Bagra (IAS retd.) and DC
R.K Sharma spoke in the function.
Ex-minister Thungon moves HC against conviction
NEW DELHI, Dec 1: Former Union minister P K Thungon, convicted and jailed for four-and-a-half
years in a graft case, today moved the Delhi High Court against the trial court order
holding him guilty.
A bench of Justice Indermeet Kaur posted the matter for further hearing on December
68-year-old Thungon, also former chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh, was held guilty
by the trial court on July 21 in a case pertaining to misappropriation of Rs 2 crore
funds released by the Centre for public welfare of Nagaland.
The case was lodged by CBI in 1998 against Thungon and others and he was convicted
and sentenced under IPC and relevant provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act.
Besides Thungon, the trial court had also awarded three- and-a-half years of jail
term to Tali A O and C Sangit while the fourth convict Mahesh Maheshwari was given
two-and-a-half years jail term in the case.
Maheshwari was held guilty for offences under sections 120-B read with 419, 468 and
471 of IPC.
The court had also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on Thungon, saying that due to misappropriation
of money by politicians and bureaucrats, "poor people of Nagaland were cheated".
CBI, in its charge sheet had said that pursuance to the proposal of Nagaland government,
the then Planning Commission had sanctioned an amount of Rs 2 crore in 1994 for renovation
and upgrade of minor irrigation projects for the state and the money was to be released
in two installments of Rs 1 crore each. PTI
Teachers are nation builders: Tuki
ITANAGAR, Dec 1: Teachers are the builders of the country as well as the state’s
future and they should fulfill their onerous responsibility with sincerity and dedication,
said Chief Minister Nabam Tuki after laying the foundation stone of the Shikshak
Bhavan at Government Upper Primary School, Papunallah in presence of Education Minister
Tapang Taloh, Parliamentary Secretary for Education Bamang Felix, Parliamentary Secretary
for Health Karya Bagang, office bearers of Arunachal Teachers’ Association (ATA),
departmental officials and others today.
The three-storied building when completed will cater to about 15000 teachers working
in the state for overnight stays at subsidized rates. It is the second Shikshak Bhavan
of the state. The other one is coming up at Pasighat.
While urging the teachers, students and officials of the Arunachal Teachers’ Association
to maintain the asset with sincerity, the CM further said the state government is
aware of the hardships being faced by the teachers serving in various parts of the
state and is committed to provide them with all basic facilities. This Shikshak
Bhavan would ease the accommodation trouble being faced by our teachers visiting
the state capital for various purposes, he said and assured sufficient funds for
its completion in phased manner.
While assuring that the state government is doing its best for release of grants
from the Central Government so that salaries can be paid to SSA teachers on time,
the Chief Minister appealed all to bear with the government as all central government
schemes are dependent on timely release of funds from the center.
On our part, we are releasing the state share for all central government schemes
in advance, he informed. Tuki further sought cooperation from teachers in streamlining
their transfers and postings, which he cited as one of the major issues pending with
Instead of complaining, I request the ATA to discuss amongst themselves and suggest
the government ways to streamline transfer and posting of teachers, he appealed.
On the issue of lack of subject teachers in government run schools, the Chief Minister
informed that the Government would be soon recruiting the required number of subject
teachers and equitably post them as and where needed.
Meanwhile, responding to a memorandum submitted by the Upper Primary school authorities,
the Chief Minister assured to place funds for construction of four units of toilets
separately for boys and girls.
Book review: Love in Silence
[ R.N. Koley ]
‘Love in Silence’ – a novel authored by Sumnyak Sumnyan has depicted a vivid picture
of education scenario of Arunachal Pradesh during 80’ of preceding century when Arunachal
Pradesh was in nascent stage in all spheres of development.
Story starts with portrayal of the innate feeling of teenage boy, Chetan, who is
the central figure of the story and his platonic love. The story spreads with interpersonal
relation with other subsidiary characters -- Suman, Lowang, Anjali, Eshi and Usha.
It is actually a story encircled with love triangle. The pages of the novel portrait
delicate literary touch to depict psychological perception, emotions, sublimed love
but free from any vulgarity.
The writer also succeeded to outline the spell-bound nature of this eastern most
part of the country with his powerful writings. Readers can find the glimpses of
life of then Arunachal Pradesh to rediscover their nostalgia. It is hoped that the
fiction will be admired by the numerous readers and also motivate others to pen down
their emotional upsurge in the form of literature.
The lucid language of the fiction is also an attraction of the book. The book published
by Purbanchal Prakash, Guwahati, will be released during the Foundation Day celebration
of Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) at J N Museum premises, Itanagar tomorrow
PPA favours Karsingsa site for airport project
ITANAGAR, Dec 1: The People’s Party of Arunachal Pradesh (PPA) president Kahfa Bengia
stated that the three parliamentarians of the state should take a bold initiative
afresh for early start of the Greenfield airport project in its original site at
Karsingsa near Banderdewa.
He said that the site proposed earlier for the project is supposed to be free from
any controversies relating to the viability of the project and related controversies
The party said that the Governor and the Leader of the Opposition, in fact, opened
the Pandora's Box on bad politics relating to sudden shifting of the project at Hollongi
that could involve huge amounts along with giving birth to serious controversies
on resettlement of Chakma refugees.
“It is a matter of grave concern as to why the Government of Arunachal has taken
such a decision that could put the image of the state into serious dispute. The resettlement
of the refugees along with compensation would amount to giving them (refugees) the
status of legitimate citizenship rights,” the party president opined.
The party was of the opinion that many organizations are allegedly trying to divert
the attention of the public towards irresponsible and controversial topics instead
of raising voices on issues that could be helpful in state building exercise.
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Ugly truth revealed
Former Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir Dr Farooq Abdullah recently created controversy
by stating that Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) will remain with Pakistan and Indian
administrated Kashmir will always remain with India. Many security analysts and political
parties have strongly criticized his statement. However one needs to rise above politics
and nationalistic jingoism to analyze his statement. At first instance, his statement
might hurt some sentiment but close scrutiny will tell different story.
Dr Abdullah has infact spoken an ugly truth which no one dares to do so. How much
India may try but the fact is that Pakistan will never ever return even inch of land
from PoK to India. Similarly India will never give up Kashmir even if, it may cost
them billions and billions of money. There is huge stake involved for both the countries.
Also both the countries are nuclear armed and therefore option of war is almost ruled
out. India may have edge over Pakistan in terms of conventional army but Pakistan
has always made it clear that their nuclear weapons are especially meant for India.
Therefore both India and Pakistan should accept the reality. Instead of dreaming
about annexing each other's land, the two countries should look beyond Kashmir and
start peace process. Being neighbours, India and Pakistan have no choice but to live
together. Instead of creating trouble for each other, they should talk and find ways
to peacefully live together as neighbours. Dr Abdullah must be praised for speaking
truth which no other Indian politicians ever dared.
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An Appeal to the Arunachal Pradesh Public
Through your esteemed column I would like to draw the kind attention of Members and
Secretary of Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission towards the extreme desire
and anguish of the candidates who have appeared interview for the post of Assistant
Professor in Economics for various colleges of Arunachal Pradesh on 30/09/14.
We are desperately waiting for the result to get declared which is kept in sealed
cover in pursuance of interim order dated 14/7/2014 and 17/7/2014 in WP(c) No. 197(AP)/2014.
The source reveals that that the High Court, Naharlagun bench have already given
their verdict against the WP(C) No.433 (A.P)/2013 filed by two persons in November
2014 in their favour. But your party have filed against that judgement in Guwahati
high court. The online status of the case in Guwahati High Court shows that three
times hearing has been done where the respondents are not responding and they have
already submitted their surrender letter at your office in the month of May 2015.
Therefore, being an unemployed candidate, I would like to request you to kindly settle
the issue and put your efforts for the final disposal of the case as soon as possible.
This will not only help the selected candidates to get employed but will generate
employment opportunities through creation of new post which is being held up due
to the aforesaid case.
We stand by our statement
This is in response to the news item published under the title “ATDSU condemns its
Longding counterpart”. First of all we the presidents and GS from all the three districts
would like to clarify that it was a joint press conference done by all the three
district students’ bodies. No particular district students union alone is responsible
for the joint press conference as alleged.
Therefore, this is totally a baseless allegation put upon DSUs of Longding, Tirap
and Changlang by some vested interest people.
The press conference by the DSUs members of all the three districts of Tirap, Changlang
and Longding was done after proper and conscious decision being taken by the Presidents
and GS of the DSUs.
As we had said before, do not try to politicize the issue and play with the sentiments
of the common people of the three districts. Our motive behind the press conference
of calling upon the representatives to come back home is purely based on development
issue. Any member from the DSUs or other individual should not try to politicize
the genuine Issues raised by us.
Lastly we the presidents and GS of all the three districts would like to state that
our press conference was a genuine one with no political motive or vested interest.
We shall stand united and firm on what we had said during the press conference. We
once again appealed our representatives to come back home and cooperate in development
works of the districts.
Hapwang Lowang, President (ATDSU)
Mengpa Haisa, President CDSU)
Manlem Wangsu, President (LDSU)
Tourism potentials of Arunachal
The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. This is saying
by St Augustine, truly captures the spirit of travel and Arunachal Pradesh as a vibrant
State that may provide scores of reasons for travellers from across the states to
choose her as their destination.
Natural beauty, vast diversity in terms of unique identity, cultural and traditional
practice by the difference ethnic tribes are no less than any other tourism hot-spot
in country and have immense tourism potential.
As per the latest data available, tourism in India has shown a phenomenal growth
in the past decade contributing 6.8% to India’s GDP.
It has also serves as important employment generator and can be source of revenues
generation as well.
The major challenges regarding this sector are basic infrastructures, accommodation,
transportation and other measurement like safety of tourists and recreation and that
is where the role of various stakeholders, right from central and state government
to entrepreneurs and society as a whole comes into play.
The future of tourism in Arunachal Pradesh is certainly bright but we do have a long
As philosopher Lao Tzu once said “a journey of a thousand miles must begin with a
This letter is in response to allegation leveled against the Executive Engineer(E),
Kurung Kumey Electrical Division, Department of Power, Sangram by All Tali Area Student
Union regarding execution of RGGVY scheme in Tali Cirlce which was published on 27/11/2015
in various Daily News paper of the State.
The Executive Enginneer (E) in charge of the Electrical Division categorically denies
the allegation levelled by the All Tali Area Student Union.
lt is to clarify here that Department of Power has not released any payment to turnkey
contractor M/s Huma Enterprises & Consultant Pvt Limited ,Guwahati without executing
the work. The payments were strictly released as per the terms and conditions of
tender agreement and duly verified and inspected by the executing agency and third
party monitoring team of Central Government.
The work for execution of RGGVY scheme in Tali Circle was awarded to M/s Huma Enterprises
and Consultant Pvt. Ltd. Guwahati for an amount of f 12,11,20,677.00 (Rupess Twelve
Crore Eleven Lakh Twenty Thousand Six Hundered Seventy Seven) only on 30/05/2008
which was revised to 17,62,49,831.00(Rupess Seventeen Crore Sixty Two Lakh Forty
Nine Thousand Eight Hundred Thirty One) only. As on today Rs 15,57,58,528.00(Rupees
Fifteen Crore Fifty Seven lakh Fifty Eight Thousand
Five Hundred Twenty Eight) only was released to M/s Huma Enterprises & Consultant
Pvt. Limited, Guwahati.
Kurung Kumey Electrical Division