December 03

Greetings on International Day

of Persons with Disabilities

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki extended warm greetings to differently abled persons on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

He hoped that the celebration of the Day will increase awareness and understanding of disability issues and trends, and mobilise mass support for empowering the differently abled persons to cope with the various aspects in their life and face the challenges with hopes and confidence.

In his message, the Governor said that as per Census 2011, in India there were 2.68 crore persons with disabilities, which is 2.21% of the Population. In Arunachal Pradesh the number stands at 26,734, which is pretty high, considering its population. He added that people should remember that all of them have some weakness or disability in some forms and as such they should treat their disabled brethren with sympathy and on equal footing.

Self-confidence and optimism are the cornerstones that lead to achievement. The hardest thing to overcome is not a physical disability, but the mental condition which induces disability; therefore, it is a matter of perception.  The society and social attitudes play an important role in determining the participation of disabled people in social and economic life, even within their own families. He called upon each and every section of the society to focus on providing sustainable livelihood prospects and independent living opportunities for the people who are differently abled. He expressed confidence that as embedded in the culture and traditions, the people will rise to the need of their brethren.

On this momentous day, let us celebrate the abilities of differently abled persons, the Governor appealed.

Assuring his wholehearted support and love to these special people, the Chief Minister reaffirmed his commitment to look into their well beings in the form of pensions, financial assistance, support for their studies, job quota etc.


Businessmen rescued

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: In a major breakthrough City Police in collaboration with the members of Itanagar Market Welfare Association (IMWA) has successfully rescued one trader within few hour of his kidnapping on Tuesday night. Two accused Bamang Kaha and Tadar Bai both aged around 24 has been arrested from the Jully area for accomplishing the crime. An FIR 290/15 U/S 364(a) 34 IPC has been registered in this regard. Accused Bamang Kaha was also allegedly involved in Yazali bank robbery case. The kidnappers allegedly demanded three lakhs from the businessmen, police added.

“Police and members of IMWA swung into action as soon as information on kidnapping of one Itanagar based trader from his rented house was received on Tuesday evening. Instantly naka’s were set off in various strategic locations in & around the capital complex,” informed SDPO Itanagar Techi Henyir. Within few hours, kidnappers were traced-out with the assistance from IMWA members and victims have been rescued, she added. Rescue operation was successful due to prompt action and cooperation from President IMWA Yumlam Achung and his team, SDPO informed and further appealed all the business community to feel free to share information related to any anti-social activities for prompt action and to avoid such incident in future.

“As soon as we got the information that a trader has been kidnapped by unidentified people with Assam registration car from his rented house, we informed the police and also IMWA team swung into different location to trace the kidnappers,” said President IMWA Yumlam Achung. ‘Fortunately, while on our way to trace the kidnappers in isolated area of nearby Delhi Public School, Jully, we napped the two accused on the spot while they were torturing the victim for ransom.

While condemning such anti social activities, Achung also appealed all the business community to be cooperative with police to avoid such incident and also stressed on the installation of CCTV cameras. ‘Capital is for every people it will only flourish if we maintain peaceful environment’ he added.


State Angawadi workers awarded

NEW DELHI, Dec 2: Three Anganwadi workers of the state namely; Taba Yayo from Ziro in Lower Subansiri, Yaba Lombi and Yanga Eshi from Tirbin in West Siang were awarded in recognition for  their exceptional achievement for the years 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 respectively, during a Ministry of Women and Child Development organized function held in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Apart from the successful delivery of six services provided under Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), the trio has also been actively involved with convergence programs of health department including, pulse polio,  community mobilization for construction of low cost toilets, formation of self help groups for the empowerment of women and awareness generation on health and hygiene issues.

The award comprises a cash prize of Rs. 25,000 and a citation, informed an official release.


Rupa Lamps pays penalty for violation of L&M Act

BOMDILA, Dec 2: The Rupa LAMPS has been penalized for violation of provisions under Legal Metrology Act and Rules. The penalized amount of Rs.10,000 was paid to the office of the Legal Metrology today morning by its manager.

The Department of Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs, West Kameng on November 26, booked the Rupa Lamps and Dirang LAMPS for violation of Legal Metrology Act, 2009, under Section 24/33. These traders were found using unverified weights and measures.

It is pertaining to mention here that the Managing Director of Rupa LAMPS, charged the department stating that the inspection team of the Legal Metrology Department without finding out the factual matters made a press release casting aspersion on the goodwill and reputation of Rupa LAMPS which is uncalled for.   

Meanwhile, the Assistant Controller, LM&CA cautioned Rupa LAMPS to approach the competent authority before defaming and condemning the department which works for the interest of the consumers. DIPRO


Job mela at Seppa

SEPPA, Dec 2: A Job Mela Cum-Skill Development rally under CM’s Skill Development cum Employment Generation programme was held at general ground Seppa today. Many aspiring youths attending the job mela to select particular trade for training imparted by various vocational training providers.

ADI N DOKA informed that the left out interested youths can get registered  their names at ADI Office Seppa upto  Dec 15. DIPRO


Stop construction of Shiksha Bhawan:  AAPETA

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: The All Arunachal Pradesh Elementary Teachers’ Association (AAPETA) has in a letter to the state Chief Secretary today sought immediate halt of construction work of the Shiksha Bhawan being carried out at the campus of Government Middle School, Papu Nallah.

The Association said that instead of constructing the Shiksha Bhawan, the state government should first disburse the arrears of Assistant Teachers which amounts to Rs. 1,66,18,47,037 and is pending since 1998.

While claiming that the proposed site of the Shiksha Bhawan is inside the school campus and if constructed will hamper the school activity, the Association further suggested shifting it to other location.   


MLA urged to return

ITANAGAR, Dec 2:  The All Pakke Kessang Pijerang Dissing-Passo Seijosa Students’ Union (APPDSSU) has in a release today appealed to the MLA of 12th Pakke-Kessang in East Kameng to come back to the state claiming that  his absence has been hampering developmental activities in the area. Without the consultation and guidance of local representative many schemes and projects cannot be implemented in the area which is a great loss for the people, the Union said and urged the concerned MLA not to neglect their duty towards the people and ensure that they do not suffer due to the ongoing political crisis.


Nuku declared proclaimed offender

ITANAGAR, Nov 2:  Accused Charu Nuku of Kurung Kumey has been declared proclaimed offender by the Session Judge, West Sessions Division, Yupia in connection with Case No. SESS-211/11(Nlg PS-01/99), informed Capital, Itanagar SP Dipankar Mishra.

The accused is further required to appear at the Sessions Judge, West Sessions Division, Yupia to answer the said complaint on December 22.


Org blames contractor for road accident

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: Squarely blaming  the  contractor for poorly maintained and low quality of culvert at Karsingsa, which according it, is the cause of accident of a Maruti 800 car, the Banderdewa Circle Youth Organisation (BCYO) today lodged a complaint against the firm with Chief Secretary. In its complaint letter  the Organisation also condemned the Highway department for sheer negligence on its part. It also maintained that department should pay compensation to the victim.


Office shifted

ITANAGAR, Nov 2: The office of the Naharlagun Electrical Division, Department of Power, Nirjuli which had been functioning since creation of Naharlagun Electrical Division was shifted to a newly renovated building of Old DDSE office, Yupia on Nov 27 last for administrative convenience of rural areas of Papum Pare district, according to an official release.


Early release of MGNREGA funds sought

ITANAGAR, Nov 2:  In a representation to the state Chief Secretary, the All Arunachal Pradesh Panchayat Parishad general secretary Sangha Tagik has today appealed him to direct the state finance and budget department to release funds to the tune of Rs. 3094.69 lakhs under MGNREGA for the current fiscal at the earliest.

Tagik claimed that despite the funds being already sanctioned and credited in the state exchequer by the Ministry of Rural Development with an instruction to release the same within three days positively from the date of its receipt, the funds have yet to be released.  

Expressing concern over the inordinate delay in release of the said funds, Tagik said that it is imperative that funds are released to ensure proper implementation of projects under the scheme.


World Aids Day observed

AALO Dec 2: The World Aids Day with the “Focus, Partner and Achieved: an AIDS-free Generation” was observed at General Ground Kamba coinciding with closing ceremony of DCA T-20 Cricket Tournament on Dec 1.

Dr. Yatu Gee, Pathologist cum Manger ICDC, General Hospital Aalo disclosed that the department is taking the opportunity of the gathering of youths to spread the messages of HIV/AIDS and drug abuse to make  Arunachal Pradesh a drug free  state. She urged the youth force and student community to join hands together to fight against HIV/AIDS and growing problems of drugs among the youths. Takut Panor, Counsellor, ICTC, Jamker Riba, DEE and Kuru Yakang, L/T ICT also gave useful tips to the gathering. DIPRO


DC inaugurates Ziro blood bank

ZIRO, Dec 2:  Lower Subansiri DC Kanki Darang, DDSE Yumlam Tana and ADO Leegang Aniya were among the first three donors for the new blood bank of General Hospital, Ziro which was inaugurated by the DC on the occasion of World Aids Day here on Tuesday amidst the presence of DMO Dr. Moli Riba, Dr. Joram Khopey besides various HoDs, doctors and medical staffs.

The blood bank though, commissioned in 2007, was lying defunct due to lack of uninterrupted power supply.

Speaking on the occasion, Blood bank in-charge Dr. Joram Khopey lauded the initiative of Dr. Praveen of Vitala International Institute of Ophthalmology, Bengaluru, who had raised the money for providing 15 KV solar panels for much-needed power supply for the blood bank.(DIPRO)


News Impact


AAPSU holds talks with CM, demands

separate dept on refugee issue

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki assured All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) that as long as he is at the helm of affairs, he will strive to protect the rights and interests of people of Arunachal Pradesh.

The chief minister said this during a meeting convened at his residential office yesterday to discuss the burning Chakma-Hajong issue with a team of AAPSU and its Core Committee on Refugee.

Responding to a memorandum submitted to him by AAPSU, Tuki agreed to create a nodal agency or a separate department for refugees or wished to explore if it could be clubbed together with Department of Border Affairs.

He also said that the process of granting citizenship rights to Chakma and Hajong refugees have not been discussed in state cabinet yet which is likely to be discussed in the next cabinet meeting.

Home Minister Tanga Byaling expressed his sadness over SC verdict on Chakma-Hajong refugees and its dismissals of review petition filed by the state government.

He, however, assured the AAPSU and people of Arunachal Pradesh that the State Government will give protection to the indigenous communities with its legal and customary laws available. He also said Arunachal Pradesh is a community land and, therefore, every stakeholder should understand the gravity of the sentiments.

Replying to legal parameters of the Supreme Court, Ranji Thomas, Advocate General of Arunachal Pradesh, said, though the review petition has been dismissed this is not the end of the road.

“We still have legal provisions available with us and expressed the hope that the apex court of the nation will deliver justice to the people of Arunachal Pradesh.

While appreciating AAPSU for its unflinching efforts on the vexed issue, he said, state’s first move will be to file curative petition in the Supreme Court where the matters will be heard by five judges of the court. He has also urged the Union Ministry of Home Affairs not to limit themselves in verbal assurances to the people of Arunachal Pradesh on the most sensitive issue of the state rather file curative petition in Supreme Court to prove that the Government of India is with the people of the state.

AAPSU president Kamta Lapung, expressed his strong resentment over the ‘unilateral’ verdict of the Supreme Court and wanted to know from the Advocate General of Arunachal Pradesh, Ranji Thomas, Principal Home Secretary, Dharmendra Sharma and other officials of State Government the reasons of dismissals of review petition filed in Supreme Court against the SC verdict of 17th September, 2015, directing Union of India and State of Arunachal Pradesh to confer citizenship rights to eligible Chakmas and Hajong refugees.

AAPSU memorandum demanded that there must be a separate Department or Nodal agencies for the refugees of State to serve as a link between state Government and civil societies/ organizations working for indigenous communities, to instruct officials concerned, including deputy commissioners of the affected district not to initiate the process of granting citizenship rights to Chakma and Hajongs since the matter is sub-judice, to evict the refugees groups who have encroached forest land and bring them back to their original demarcated settlement camps.

The AAPSU team led by its president included general secretary Biru Nasi, Core Committee on Refugee Issue chairman Gumjum Haider, Prof. Nani Bath, legal advisers Marto Kato and Nabam Jollow and other Core Committee and AAPSU executive members.

The meeting was attended, among others, by Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi, Political Secretary to Chief Minister, Bamang Tago, Secretary Home Joram Beda, and Secretary Law Onit Panyang.



CS calls for early construction of TAH

ITANAGAR, Dec 2:  Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi has emphasized the need of early development of highways in the state. He was reviewing the progress of Trans-Arunachal Highway (TAH) with the Managing Director NHIDCL and his team of officers in a meeting held recently.

The Chief Secretary  further assured state government’s full cooperation to the NHIDCL for early development of highways, informed Chief Engineer, PWD Highways Eastern Zone.

The meeting decided to shift utilities for making the road free from encumbrances to facilitate double-lane works and constitute a district level coordination board in all districts under the chairmanship of the respective Deputy Commissioners comprising members from EE/AE of PWD Highways, NHIDCL, Department of Power, Public Health Engineering Department and BSNL.  The NHIDCL has intimated that tendering and award of work will be advanced by one year from 2016-17 to 2015-16 for Anini- Meka Road (NH 313) (235 Km), Hawai- Hawa Camp Road (NH 113) (165 Km) and Joram – Koloriang Road (NH 713) (158 Km). The Rimi to Basar re-alignment of road in Akajan- Bame- Likabali Road (114 Km) will be finalised within the current financial year in consultation with Highway Eastern Zone, PWD.

Law and order issues in project sites were also discussed and it was decided that these issues will be tackled by the Deputy Commissioner and the SP of the concerned district.

The Deputy Commissioner, East Siang has been requested to nab the culprit(s) involved in the reported arson in the contractor’s camp at 0 km to 28 km of Pasighat- Pangin Road which is under NHIDCL.

The District Administrations have been directed to provide security to the contracting agencies in the site.

The State Government will take up with the Central Agencies for deployment of CISF personnel in the project sites for which the NHIDCL has agreed to bear the expenditure.

The MD, NHIDCL explained the modalities in the EPC Mode of Contract and informed that it is the best practice of contract management in the country,

The concern officers of the State Govt. also attended the meeting. DIPR



NES urges Central Govt. to file SLP against

SC verdict on refugee

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: Nyishi Elite Society (NES) has urged the central government to file a Special Leave Petition (SLP) against the Supreme Court’s verdict directing the Central as well as State Governments to grant citizenship rights to Chakma and Hajong refugees settled in Arunachal Pradesh.

Addressing the media persons at a Press Conference here today, NES President Bengia Tolum urged the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju to influence the Central Government in filing the SLP at the earliest.

“Rijiju being an MP from the state should play a proactive role on the burning issue of his own state and make good use of his position or influence to get the SLP filed. Otherwise, history would not forgive him,” said NES President.

The NES president criticized Rijiju for his alleged lukewarm response to state’s important issues and affairs, including the SC verdict on Chakma-Hajong issue.

NES also urged the state government to immediately file the Curative Petition against the SC judgment.

Tolum stated that the Society has no objection to granting citizenship rights to the refugees but will not spare an inch of land for them.

“Arunachal can not be made dumping ground,” the NES President said  and demanded that the refugees in Arunachal Pradesh must be re-settled elsewhere in the country outside Arunachal Pradesh.

He also urged the authorities concerned to delete the names of Chakma and Hojong refugees from the list prepared for compensation against lands acquired for the proposed Greenfield Airport at Hollongi, where they were settled temporarily.

“These are community lands and they do not deserve to be entitled for compensation,” he said.

He also advised the members of the community not to purchase lands from the refugees sheltered in Nyishi inhabited areas. Lands purchased from the refugees would be treated as community land, he declared.

While condemning Leader of Opposition Tamiyo Taga’s recent controversial comment made against Speaker Nabam Rebia, NES president suggested Taga to visit Taraso, understand the plight of those people and apologize before them.

“We are not convinced with the press statement given by Taga which is a half-hearted and mere expression of regret for his earlier reference of an FIR in Assam relating to border dispute during press conference,” Tolum said.

NES also condemned Taga for his alleged anti-Arunachalee, anti-development and pro-Assam press statements.

NES also rapped Taga on Airport issue.

“…He tried to explain but the Governor has repeatedly named him in the press and he never countered the same as a wrong statement from the Governor,” the NES President stated. “If he stands by his clarification on the airport issue, he must directly indict the Governor as liar,” NES demanded.

Meanwhile, NES in its recent executive body meeting has endorsed the stands of AAPSU, ACR, ANSU and the ultimatum served to the President of India by AITF demanding the recall of the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa by December 31.

NES also condemned the accident aftermath merciless attack on the innocent Arunachalees near Sootea on November 19 from 10 am onwards and urged the State Government to take up matter with its Assam counterpart in view of repetition of such ugly turn of events.



APLS urged to strengthen bond

through literary works

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: Noted Assamese writer and poet Jogen Taid today called upon the Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society  (APLS) to promote literati  and  compile tribal songs and writings in book form to enrich the literature of the state.

Stressing the need for translation works and publication of literary works of various tribes of the state in English, Hindi and Assamese, Taid said this would enrich Indian literature and help rest of Indians to know the richness of Arunachal Pradesh. He was addressing the writers and book lovers at the 9th foundation day celebration of the APLS at Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum today.

“If a language or literature of a tribe is lost, a civilisation will be lost”, he  emphatically said.  

Recalling his memorable days at Ziro with his father, who was serving in Arunachal Pradesh as a teacher,  Taid also  briefly highlighted the ceremonies and traditions of Apatani. Saying that Arunachal Pradesh has huge scope for language to flourish, he exhorted the writers to take bold steps in order to eradicate negative feelings among the people of both the neighbouring states through literature.

In her address, IMC Councillor Higio Aruni described the APLS as torchbearer for its pioneering role in guiding and encouraging upcoming writers. She said the crucial role being played by the APLS would not only instill a sense of responsibility among the young generation to bridge the knowledge gap through literary works but also protect our rich culture and history for posterity.

She also exhorted the budding talents  to write something inspiring for young generation about  culture and tradition  or  about  the need of maintaining cleanliness.  

In his presidential address APLS president Y D Thongchi, while highlighting the activities of the APLS said that creative writings and literary works for last few decades has brought Arunachal in literary sphare in the world. People of the state have started to understand the literature and its importance, he added.

Referring to some writers returning their awards protesting against alleged intolerance in the country, he said writers  should not become the victims of political gimmicks.  

“Awards are being given to writers in recognition of their hard work and creative writings. We the writers should not be the victim of any political gimmick,” he said adding the writers are not popular as much as film star but they are doing their job silently through writing  for  a better society.

Earlier, APLS general secretary Tokong Pertin in his speech informed that the organization aims to promote the aged old brotherhood of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh through literature.

APLS is looking for more wide-ranging initiatives in order to promote and maintain brotherhood among the people of both the bordering states in long run, Pertin told that because of APLS and Assam Sahitya Sabha’s interventions many unfortunate incidents  in the past have been solved.

Writers Dr J Nath, retired principal of Government Rangfra College (Changlang), DNGC Associate Professor (Commerce) Dr Ashok Kumar Pandey and noted poet and author Ajanta Dutta, poet-cum-cartoonist Yumlam  Tana  and English associate professor of D K Girls’ College, Mirza and research scholar Meenakshi Bairagi & research scholar Debajit Sharma, state KVIB CEO Sukumar Deb were felicitated by the Society in recognition of their contributions towards literature in the state.

Dr Nath was felicitated as a prolific writer, biographer of Gegong Apang & translator of Kanyar Mulya in English.

Dr Pandey enriched Arunachal culture by his short stories and DD tele-film on burning issue to bring literary awareness, while Ajanta Dutta though Assamese but as a GoAP employee has proved to be a prolific, rebellious and bold creative novel, short stories  and poems writer during last three decades.

Later, Dr Nath released the novel ‘Love in Silence’ written by Sumnyak Sumnyan, while Taid released Yumlam Tana’s poetry collections ‘The Wind also sings’ & tiger’ before he explained its content. Aruni released Assamese poem ‘Tumi’ written by APLS member Inumoni Das Borah.



Quality road without people’s

support is merely a dream

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: The Public Works Department (PWD) has been constructing 32-KM Cement Concrete (CC) road in the capital complex. While at Naharlagun the construction is almost on the verge of finish, in Itanagar the pace is picking up and PWD is hoping to complete the project at the earliest. Under the PWD capital division-A, around 10-KM CC road work is currently going on.  The work has been divided into two phases -- 3.49-KM is being constructed in the first phase while in second phase 6.5 KM will be done.

Talking to this daily Tadar Bhupen, Assistant Engineer, PWD capital division-A, informed that 90% work has been completed in the first phase. “In the second phase till now we have constructed 2.5KM. We are sure about finishing the remaining work before March,” said Bhupen. He also added that drainage and paved shoulder work will start after the laying of CC road is finished.

“Right now we are working in the Mowb II to Paanchali stretch. After that we will start work in the Division IV to BSI stretch. In the said stretch of road currently widening and other work is going on,” informed Junior Engineer, Kipa Sera. Having learnt lesson from some of the mistakes committed in the initial days, the PWD along with contractors are now sincerely working towards constructing good CC roads.

However, it is the capital dwellers that are disturbing the ongoing construction work. “Even though the ‘road closed’ signboard has been prominently placed but people still try to use the road. Last night also one bike came inside the newly laid CC pavement and caused damage. The CC roads are being constructed for the betterment of people and if they don’t cooperate, we are helpless,” said a representative of construction agency.

“When concrete is new, at least for the next 24 hour no one should walk on it. The curing process almost takes 15 days and during this period no one should ride bike or drive vehicle. Despite our fervent appeal, some people do not listen. If curing process is not properly done, it will affect the longevity of the road,” said AE Tadar Bhupen. However he did acknowledge that barring few, most of the people are supporting the project. “In many sector residents themselves voluntarily came forward and gave space for widening of road. They have been very supportive. But due to the wrongdoing of few people, the work process sometimes gets affected. Once again we would like to appeal to the people to support us, as without the cooperation of public it will be extremely difficult to continue the work,” added AE Bhupen.

The people of capital should understand that unless they extend cooperation to PWD and contractors, the CC road project will not be successful. Also the government of India will not provide fund again for construction of CC road if the present project fails. Capital dwellers often complaint about poor road but when department is trying to improve the road condition instead of supporting, they are becoming stumbling block. They have a choice, either support PWD in the ongoing construction of CC road or just keep cribbing about the bad road?

Its time all section of people unite and strongly support the development projects, including ongoing CC road work.



Rebia inaugurates new village at Kakoi

KAKOI, Dec 2: Speaker of State Legislative Assembly cum MLA Nabam Rebia today inaugurated a new village called Keden in remote part of Kakoi Circle under Papum Pare district.

While addressing the gathering, Rebia advised the villagers to maintain local taste and design in their houses and also to plan the village in a very systematic manner.

He also instructed the DC to notify the village as soon as possible and initiate the process for appointment of Gaon Bura for the village. He further advised the villagers to choose the right person for the GB through common consensus.

Responding to a memorandum submitted by villagers regarding  electrification and safe drinking water facilities, Rebia asked the Power Department and PHED to take all necessary steps required for providing electricity and drinking water supply in the village.  Rebia also assured the villagers to provide proper road connectivity sooner or later.

DC Tai Kaye asked the people to get themselves enrolled under the ongoing National Population Register (NPR), electoral summary revision and to take benefit of Chief Minister Universal Health Insurance Scheme. He also advised them to maintain peace and brotherhood among them.

Chairman IT and Science and Technology Bamang Mangha  and ZPM Kimin Tayi Tayu also spoke on the occasion.

The new village Keden is located in one of remotest part of Kakoi Circle under Papum Pare District. The village is set a perfect example of social harmony where different tribes co-exist peacefully.  

They have migrated from Bor Sutung village near Assam-Arunachal border.

DFO, DDSE, Executive Engineer PHED and WRD, SDO Kimin, CO Kakoi, other Officers, Panchayat members, GBs and villagers were present. DIPRO



Indigenous Faith Day celebration

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: Indigenous Faith Day was celebrated with religious fervor and traditional gaiety by the believers across Arunachal Pradesh yesterday.

At Seppa, the Day was celebrated at Nyedar Namlo, Seppa and Pampoli yesterday.

Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Commissoner, Sandeep Kumar Singh exhorted the people not to forget one’s own tradition  and  culture and also stressed on the need to educate their children about tradition and culture. He also appealed the people to have tolerance. Adding that where there is no tolerance, their can’t be peace.

EKSWCO Chairman Kya Safar Pao urged the people to keep Kameng River clean by not dumping the waste materials in the river.

Radha Devi, joint Secy, VKV trust said that god is one but with different names.

At  Gensi,  addressing the  participants in the Indigenous Day celebration, Transport,  Cooperation and Civil Aviation Minister Jomde Kena emphasised on preservation of culture and tradition of local people.

ZPM Kardo Nyicyor stressed on the need for modification of existing customary marriages system with changing of time and called upon every one to speak in own local dialects in the family and society to uphold the culture and identity of Galo people.

The Indigenous Faith Day was celebrated throughout the West Siang district in a befitting manner under the initiative of Donyi Polo Trust Committee, Aalo yesterday.

Speaking on the occasion, senior citizen Bode Lomi appealed  the followers of Donyi Polo faith to take pride in celebrating the day in nook and corner of the district to expose our aged-old culture and heritage. He insisted on preserving and promoting it through such celebration.

Takeing Jeme, representative from Nagaland Indigenous Faith Moment gave detail deliberation on efforts to maintain the ethnic cultures of north eastern states through such mutual discourse. Time has come for us to work in a cohesive manner to preserve and protect cultural erosions that are taking place, he said.  Doi Ado, President GJCMCC and Moge Ori, Vice President DPDTC dwelt at length on initiative taken by Donyi Polo Trust Committee to preserve rich tribal values. M. Ete, Women Secretary DPDTC and Domo Ado, Sectary DPDTC, also spoke on the occasion.

At Darak circle Moji Bagra, President Indigenous Faith Cultural Society and Henrik Basar, Secretary GJCMCC attended the occasion.

At Likabali,  participating in the celebration Tahum Taipodia, former advisor to Chief Minister, exhorted the believers to preserve their tradition and culture. At the same time, he called upon the gathering to do away with certain superstitious aspects of the faith which may prove hurdles to the growth of the faith on changing times.

Speaking on the occasion, Bogiram Boro, president, Assam Janjati Faith & Culture Protection Forum urged the gathering  to preserve their inherited faith and belief.

 At Tezu, Indigenous Faith Day was celebrated in a traditional way under the aegis of Lohit District unit of Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) at Amik Ringya Hall, yesterday.

The day-long celebration started with mass procession from Amik Ringya Hall which was led by the famous girl band party of Government Higher Secondary School Tezu. They were adorned in their Mishmi traditional dresses and have the distinction of participating at Republic Day celebration at New Delhi. All sections of the people belonging to different indigenous faiths and beliefs participated in the procession. Girls’ band party from VKV School Tafragam also participated.

Later  addressing the  believers, Lohit Deputy Commissioner Tamiyo Tatak urged  them to dedicate themselves more towards the preservation and promotion of indigenous faith and beliefs and to uphold the traditional and cultural identities of every tribe of Arunachal Pradesh.

Later in the day Gangging of Donyi Polo Yelam Kebang Tezu was inaugurated by ex-minister Nakul Chai in presence of Tamiyo Tatak and IFCSAP President Ambrelum Gamre  and others.

Our Daporijo correspondent adds: Indigenous Faith Day cum Donyi Polo day  was celebrated with various cultural programes organized at Sippi by Donyi polo Namlo committee.

Attending the believers, Dikto Yekar, MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary Science and Technology appealed them to promote unity and preserve tradition and culture. Respect all faiths in the world for the peace in the society, Yekar said.

There may be many unwanted social elements to disturb communal harmony but we should be aware of their malafide intension in the name of religion. However, he added that every one should shoulder their responsibility towards the family, society, state and nation beside their religious matter.

Roing correspondent adds:  More than 900 people of all walks of life took part in the rally with banners and placards  to mark the Indigenous Faith Day celebration at Roing yesterday.   The rally which was organized by the Arunachal Vikas Parishad District Unit), under the banner of Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh  (IFCSAP) of Lower Dibang Valley unit started from the General ground and culminated at the VKV Auditorium.

Speaking on the occasion, President, AVP Khindiko Mega said,"We should not get carried away in modernisation, but should preserve, protect and promote the indigenous belief and culture. The soul of a society lies in its culture, tradition and indigenous values.”

GS IFCSAP Rajkumar Keche in his speech said, "Whatever religion one may follow, he should always stay rooted to his tradition, culture and language. Local traditional ornaments, attires, values, etc should all be protected, preserved and promoted".

Resource person of the programme,  Boloram Phangcho who is also the President of Lokhimon Sangh of Karbi Anglong in Assam, spoke in detail about importance of the Indigenous faith.

ASC Raja Linggi while appreciating the secularism of the country said, "It is most important to be proud of one's culture and tradition and even more important to respect each other's culture and tradition". He also stressed on not only preserving our culture and tradition, but to also protect and preserve our wildlife, forests and other natural resources. "If our natural resources become extinct, our culture and tradition will too", he said.  The recent resolution passed by the Adi Bane Kebang to restrict hunting during the hunting festival of the Adis is really commendable", added Linggi.



Lohit DA decides to set up speed-breakers

on highway within Tezu

TEZU, Dec 2: Lohit District Administration has identified 10 spots along the National Highway-13 for setting up speed breakers to avoid accidents.

The accident prone spots identified for setting up speed breakers are TC Point, D. Baba Mandir, District Hospital, Deputy Commissioner’s Office Tezu, Lohit House, and Circuit House, Tezu.

It was decided in a consultative meeting on erection and construction of speed breakers on the National Highway convened by the District Administration and attended by BRTF, BIPL officials at DC’s Conference Hall here today.

EAC Midiaying Pertin, who chaired the meeting, said that the decision to install speed breakers was taken in view of the rising cases of road accidents on the highway and public demands.

As reported by the OC Police Sation Tezu, 13 cases of roads accidents have been registered in the last few days involving five death cases and

The district administration is aware of the fact that there is no provision of speed breakers on National Highways but the norms/rules can be relaxed for public safety, he said.

The EAC and other present in the meeting also expressed concern over lack of road safety knowledge and traffic rules among the motorists, public, particularly young people.

The meeting also suggested that an executive order be issued for regulation of the speed of vehicle in Tezu Township for avoiding rash driving and overtaking of motor vehicles, the main causes of accidents.

The OC BRTF and representative of BIPL agreed for erection of speed breakers and rumbles at link roads.

Since there is no provision for speed breakers on National Highway, the OC BRTF has assured the district administration that the matter will be discussed and taken up with higher authorities for final approval.

Former Minister Khapreso Krong, District Heads of Departments, Panchayat leaders, representatives of Bazaar Committee, CALSOM, AMSU, Mishmi Women Welfare Association, and District Police were present during the consultative meeting. DIPRO



Kamlesh Joshi memorial Badminton Tourney held

KHONSA, Dec 2: The badminton tournament organized in memory of former Tirap Deputy Commissioner Kamlesh Joshi, who died in a tragic helicopter accident, ended here yesterday.

Dr. Khogen Socia, who won the men’s singles and men’s open doubles titles along with his partner Paham Aboh, was declared overall champion.

Dr. Socia defeated Nali Medo in the final in two straight sets to win the men’s single title.

Dr. Socia pairing with Paham Aboh beat the duo of Dahey Sangno and Chamthak Ralongham to win the men’s open doubles title.

Boby Wangsa defeated Mary Gangkak to win the women’s single title.

The pair of Anya Gangsa and Chonyok Ngongnya beat the pair of Sumcha Mesia and Winyok Mesia to win the women’s open double title.

Dr. Foren Aran and Nali Medo won the Men’s (officers) Doubles title defeating Dr. Khogen Socia and Damge Niri.

The tournament organized by Tirap District Administration and the Department of District Disaster Management from November 27 at Khonsa Officer’s Club saw participation of around 150 players from all over the district.

The tournament also aimed at creating public awareness on natural and man-made calamities/disaster.

The Deputy Commissioner Ravi Jha who was the main force and inspiration behind the successful conduct of the tournament.

The prizes to the winners in different categories were given away by Mina Pun, wife of Col. BB Pun, CO of 1st Assam Rifles, Tirap SP Jasmeet Singh, 2nd in Command 36 Bn CRPF and Niri wife of Dist Civil Judge Damge Niri amidst a huge gathering of sports lovers.

Earlier, two minuets silence was observed as a mark of respect to late Joshi.



Siang Highlanders defeat E&Ks in

Veteran Cup Football opener

ITANAGAR, Dec 2: Siang Highlander came from behind to defeat host E&Ks 5-3 in the opening match of the 3rd State Level Veteran Football Cup 2015 at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium Naharlagun today.

E&Ks shot into lead 20 minute into the match with goal scored by Parliamentary Secretary Likha Saaya through penalty kick. Stung by the goal, Siang Highlander increased the pace of attack and restored parity in 24th minute through goal from Captain Okit Paling. Siang Highlanders again scored in 27th and 29th minute through Megu Jonkey and Binod Joshi to make it 3-1. Tadar joy of E&Ks scored in 31st minute.

Siang Highlanders were leading E&Ks 3-2 at halftime.

Both the teams went all out in the second half however it was Megu Jonkey who scored again in 38th to give his team 4-2 lead. Toko Tatung (Prakash) who came as substitute after the lemon break reduced the margin to 4-3. E& Ks went all out to get the equalizing goal but missed many opportunities. Toko Pacho (Bulbul) missed three easy headers in the closing stage. Taking the advantage of the gaps in E &Ks defence Siang Highlanders scored their 5th goal in 70th min through Binod Joshi.

Parliamentary Secretary (Agriculture) Pani Taram attended the opening ceremony.

Defending champion Arunachal United will meet Kra-Dadi  in tomorrow’s first match while Naharlagun United will face Emchi Veteran in the second match. The third match will be played between Papa XI and Doimukh Veteran, informed the organizing committee.

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Start phase-wise withdrawal of AFPSA

The Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) which gives sweeping power to the military people has been thoroughly misused by the men in uniform over the year. AFSPA is currently imposed in J & K, Manipur, Nagaland and in parts of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. This draconian law instead of helping in resolving decade old insurgency problem has only further fueled more insurgency. Many consider this as colonial era law and have been demanding for scrapping of this act.  Manipuri lady Irom Sharmila is on hunger strike for the last 15 years demanding withdrawal of this act.

Unfortunately this act is extended every year without any discussion with people and state government. Central government and army almost take unilateral decision while implementing AFSPA. This has further aggravated the feeling of neglect in the region where this act is in place. There was lot of hope that BJP led government might withdraw this law. However to the utter disappointment of everyone today Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said in Rajya Sabha that till now government has not taken any decision to repeal the AFSPA as recommended by the Jeevan Reddy Committee Report. Mr. Rijiju informed that representations have been received from time to time from different quarters from Manipur for withdrawal of the Act. He said Jammu and Kashmir government has also demanded phased withdrawal of the Act from the state. In the North East region where insurgency has considerably came down in the last 10 years, the union government should start the process of withdrawing AFSPA. If they don’t want to totally repeal AFSPA, they should start in phase-wise. Especially in Arunachal Pradesh there is no point in continuing this act.





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Enlightenment insidea lightless elevator

Dear Editor,

This has reference to the news item “Governor stuck inside lift, pulls up power dept”.  It doesn’t take an Einstein to realize that not all is hunky-dory in Arunachal Pradesh’s power sector. Governor Rajkhowa has learned this the hard way by getting stuck inside a lift for 3 minutes. Now that the Governor has finally got the enlightenment inside a lightless elevator he should guide the state towards attainment of surplus power supply.

It will be interesting to know the views of the Governor on the pre-paid electric meter system which the government see as one of the chief measures to streamline the electricity supply system in Arunachal but opposed by some opposition parties and civil society organizations, and also the efforts put in by the Raj Bhawan to impress upon the central and Assam government and the civil societies in Assam to ensure completion of various hydropower projects in Arunachal which have been stalled due to bureaucratic incompetence of the central government and stiff opposition by the “downstream affected parties” in Assam. It is widely known that Arunachal has huge hydropower potential which if harnessed will resolve the problem of power shortages in the state. The governor may also like to put in use the lessons in power sector that he learned during his stint at the National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd (NTPC), New Delhi besides pulling up the power department of Arunachal Pradesh.

 The governor is well aware that if we want a place in the sun, we've got to put up with a few blisters. Along with the privileges that come with gubernatorial assignments in Arunachal Pradesh come the vagaries of power shortages. Until the situation resolves in the whole of state he has to instruct his staff at the Raj Bhawan to keep the power backups ready 24x7. With due respect and empathy.


Nang Mil