December 02

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 the state.

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 said.

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 outspoken Governor.


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 in programme.

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 districts.

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 student community.


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.


News Impact


CM calls for unified efforts to defeat

HIV/AIDS scourge

277 HIV positive cases detected so far in Arunachal

Staff Reporter

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, he said.

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 national average.

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 areas.

Essay competition on the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS was also held at both the schools.  

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 news item.



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 Pradesh.

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 more children.

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 Centre.

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 programmes.

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 speakers.

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 unity within.”

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 3.

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 the department.

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 (Dec 2).



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 on compensations.

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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Service Commission

Dear Editor,

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.


Appeared candidate



We  stand by our statement

Dear Editor,

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

Dear Editor,

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 road ahead.

As philosopher Lao Tzu once said “a journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step”


Sorang Tashik




A clarification

Dear Editor,

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.


Narang Gumbo

Executive Engineer

Kurung Kumey Electrical Division