ITANAGAR, Dec 6: The final of Arunachal Idol will be held on Dec 8 at IG Park. Altogether
five contestants; namely Anu Mra, Pokge Karbak, Kailukh Lukham, Bomto Taba and Tarh
Neroli will fight it out for the coveted winner’s trophy.
Darshan Raval, India's Raw Star and a versatile playback singer will grace the occasion
along with Dj Leenata from Ukraine.
Students decry sexual assault on school girl
ITANAGAR, Dec 6: All West Kameng Students’ Union (AWKSU) today strongly condemned
the alleged sexual assault on a minor school girl of Govt. Middle School, Jerigaon
by the headmaster in-charge of the school last month.
The victim is reportedly suffering from mental and physical trauma after the incident,
the students union informed, and demanded proper investigation, fair and speedy trial
against the alleged accused and early filing of charge-sheet. It also demanded the
police to book him under non-bailable section.
The Headmaster in-charge of the school Subash Chandra Mishra had allegedly harassed
the student sexually at Girls Hostel on November 11. But, the incident came to light
only after 16 days when the victim disclosed it before her family members on November
Union seeks DC intervention
to restore bridge
ITANAGAR, Dec 6: Siyum Nacho Limeking Taksing Students’ Union (SINALITASU) in its
representation to Deputy Commissioner Upper Subansiri has demanded early restoration
of Menga Bailey Bridge which collapsed on November 20.
The Union stated that the bridge is the lifeline of more than 50,000 populations
consisting of three administrative circles.
“After its collapse, neither restoration work has started nor work to divert the
road” the union resented.
Casting its apprehension that some element may be behind the collapse of the bridge,
it demanded for constitution of fact finding committee.
Meanwhile, in a separate representation, the union has written a complaint against
frequent and exorbitant hike of Tata Sumo fare from Daporijo to Siyum, Nacho and
Limeking. The students union stated that Tata Sumo owners charge very high fare
making it difficult for the common people to afford. It sought district administration’s
intervention to regulate the Tata Sumo fares.
Health dept directed not to
finalise selection process
ITANAGAR, Dec 6: The Itanagar Permanent Branch of Gauhati High Court has directed
the state health department not to finalise the selection process initiated for regularizing
the 150 posts of the 356 Multipurpose Workers (MPWs) in the department. The interim
order was passed on December 2 last.
The direction is the outcome of a writ petition filed by Malaria Eradication Employees
Association (MEEA) challenging re-issuance of the advertisement dated November 19
for regularizing the 150 posts seeking that the authorities must take into account
seniority of a candidate during the selection process.
The Association had also written to the Chief Minister seeking immediate cancellation
of the interview and that the appointments are done on seniority basis.
VKV, Nirjuli organises students’ talent show
ITANAGAR, Dec 6: To create an opportunity for the students to showcase their talents
and skills in various fields, the Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya (VKV), Nirjuli organised
a talent show yesterday.
Around 400 students performed classical dances as well skits and songs before their
parents and audience.
Unnikrishnan PM, Education Officer of VKV Arunachal Pradesh Trust said that such
programme provides the young students a good opportunity to show their latent talents,
skills and techniques in various fields. Moreover, participation of students in huge
number in the programme itself is an achievement for the school, he said.
EAC Mabi Taipodia Jini said the talent show would boost the morale of student to
expose hidden talent in them.
DFP organizes public sensitisation campaign
ITANAGAR, Dec 6: Directorate of Field Publicity (DFP), Tezu and Nampong units jointly
organised a special awareness programme on mother and child’s health and Mission
Indradhanush at Wakro under Lohit district yesterday.
Chief Medical Officer of Wakro PHC Dr. D Sonowal explained in details the importance
of maintaining good health by mother and pregnant women, and timely immunization
of newborn and pregnant women to avoid atleast seven vaccine preventable diseases
as well as healthy pregnancy.
Similar programmes were also organised at Bhekuliang of Lohit district and Kamlao
of Changlang district earlier.
The campaigns on selected theme are being organized in 201 districts throughout the
country, including seven districts of Arunachal Pradesh from July this year.
The aim of the campaign is to sensitize the public, particularly women about the
importance of maternal health, immunization, child/infants’ health, adolescent health,
family planning, HIV/AIDS etc, informed Department of Field Publicity.
The main activities carried out during such campaign were, rallies, feedback collections,
group discussions, photo exhibitions, film shows, free medical check-up etc.
Quiz competitions was also organised during the programme and winners was awarded
Clarification sought from Taga
ITANAGAR, Dec 6: The 35th Pangin-Boleng Students’ Union has sought clarification
from Rumgong MLA and leader of opposition Tamiyo Taga for being absent during the
inaugural ceremony to celebrate the creation of Siang district.
In a release, it termed his absence during the event as immature, being the representative
of the district.
44 years later, a martyr remembered
[ Une Pertin ]
ITANAGAR, Dec 6: Forty four years after he laid down his life for the nation, during
the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war to liberate Bangladesh, Late Sepoy Mihin Bagang finally
got his due recognition today.
Though belated, Capital Complex Tajang Welfare Association (CCTWA) organized an
event in his memory in Itanagar.
In December 1971, when the Indo-Pakistan war broke out, Mihin was posted in the western
theatre under operation “Cactus Lilly” in Chamb sector of Jammu & Kashmir as an infantry
solider. He operated the Light Machine Gun (LMG).
But on the fateful day of 6th December 1971, his garrison was bombarded heavily by
the enemies and in the ensuing aftermath, the 24 year old soldier lost his life,
making the supreme sacrifice in service of the nation. Unfortunately, Mihin’s mortal
remains were never found.
In a poignant tale, his sister Mihin Yabo Tage recounted how local seers and mediums
had to be employed to give his soul proper rest.
Born to Late Mihin Lalin and Late Mihin Raja on 15th October 1947 at Tajang village,
Lower Subansiri district, Mihin had joined the 5th Assam Regiment as a Sepoy on 15th
Perhaps in a sad reminder of how we treat our “real heroes”, his name was conspicuous
by the lack of recognition he received in his own state as well as from the community
Chairman CCTWA Tage Tatung informed that Major Gen. Kr. VS Lalotra (Retd), who is
the consultant of the proposed Arunachal Martyrs Memorial, in Indira Gandhi Park
Itanagar has already responded positively for Mihin’s name to be included in the
MLA Tage Taki has assured to push forward the proposal for inclusion of his name
in AMM with the Governor and the Chief Secretary. He also informed that he would
take up the matter with the centre.
In a bid to rectify the long overlook, the CCTWA organised today’s gathering to pay
tribute to the soldier as it appealed the government to gather all relevant documents
for preservation in the state museum.
Tatung requested the government to initiate payment of all due pensions to the family
of Late Mihin and also provide a service on compassionate grounds to next of his
Though forgotten in his own state, the brave soldier’s name was engraved in roll
of honour at Chamb. The Chief of Army Staff also issued an honorary badge as well
as a certificate in 1999 honouring the soldier.
AdiSU appeals Assam orgs to pressurise Centre for re-assessment of Demwe project
ITANAGAR, Dec 6: Adi Students’ Union (AdiSU) today appealed to the various Assam
based organisations, including All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), Takam Mising Porin
Kebang (TMPK), Krisak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) to pressurise the central government
for re-conduction of survey to assess the downstream impacts of 1750 MW Demwe Lower
Hydroelectric Project on Lohit River.
The appeal was made by AdiSU at the 14th general conference of Takam Mising Porin
Kebang (TMPK) held in Dhakuakhana, Lakhimpur today before AASU Adviser Samujjal Kumar
Bhattacharya, its president, representatives of powerful Krisak Mukti Sangram Samitee
and various community based organizations of the state.
AdiSu general secretary Buteng Tayeng, who led the team, said that conduction of
a resurvey of the project was very necessary to know the impacts of the dam at downstream
as many villages—both Assam and Arunachal Pradesh—are located at downstream besides
the Dibru-Saikhawa Wildlife Sanctuary, he said.
The AdiSU leader also appealed to the people of both the two states to maintain a
healthy relationship regardless of their language, cultural and geographical differences.
Highlighting the various problems faced by the students of Arunachal Pradesh studying
in Assam and people while travelling through the state, Tayeng appealed to the All
Assam Students’ Union and (AASU) and TMPK to extend their helping hands whenever
“Assam and Arunachal are two faces of a same coin,” the AdiSU leader said, and hoped
for a better and healthier relationship among the people of the two sisterly states.
Race for a Smarter City
[ Ranjit Sinha ]
Former President APJ Abdul Kalam had dreamt of a developed nation. To fulfill his
dream, the visionary leader and scientist had advocated for PURA (Provision of Urban
Amenities in Rural Areas) to reduce the rural and urban gap in terms of access to
basic needs like education, drinking and electricity supply, road infrastructure
and health care facilities.
Unlike Kalam’s PURA concept for a developed nation, the present NDA Govt is determined
to elevate the cities as ‘engine of growth’. According to think tank and policy makers,
almost half of India’s population are going to live in its cities by 2030 and rapid
urbanization with provision of latest technology will create abundant job opportunities
and thereby improvement in quality of life. With this in mind, the centre has come
with the concept of Smart Cities.
Pasighat is among 98 designated Smart Cities announced by the Urban Development Minister
Venkaiah Naidu in August end this year.
East Siang district administration, Pasighat Municipal Body and over 26000 people
of Pasighat have already accepted the challenge to witness the name of Pasighat in
the list of top 20 cities in Centre’s Smart City Mission.
When we dream of inclusive smart cities, particularly in Himalayan state like Arunachal
Pradesh, we cannot overlook the financial aspect.
The Centre kept aside an amount of Rs 1 lac crore with an aim to make 100 cities
of the country smarter. It is given to understand that each selected city would be
provided with an amount of Rs 1000 crore. Centre will release Rs 500 crore during
the period of five years beginning from the financial year 2015 for selected city
and each State Govt has to generate half of the total amount as matching share of
For Northeastern region, it is a big relief, as the states of this region are going
to enjoy the fund sharing pattern of 90:10 under the Smart city mission. If Pasighat
is selected in the first phase, out of Rs. 1000 crores, Arunachal Govt will have
to generate matching share of Rs 100 Cr for successful implementation of the smart
city project. We can only expect that resource crunch state like Arunachal will play
its role perfectly and release the matching share for successful smart city project.
Pasighat Municipal executive officer Deepak Shinde said “We are very much ahead in
one-line consultation on the smart city project, but we need good and unique proposals
according to the local needs under the guidelines of Smart City mission.”
He further informed that preparation for pragmatic Smart City Proposal is in final
stage and will be released within the next few days. There will be final round of
consultation before the plan/proposal is submitted to the Centre within December
The State Government has already appointed DDF Consultants Pvt. Ltd, a New Delhi
based agency to assist the PMC in preparing the Smart City Proposal for Pasighat.
As the date for submission of smart city proposals/plan to the Centre is nearing,
it is expected that the untiring efforts of the people of Pasighat and the PMC will
Knowledge without practical application
has no meaning: VC
ITANAGAR, Dec 6: Vice Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University Tamo Mibang opined that
knowledge that has no practical application is of no use.
Addressing the valedictory function of week-long workshop on Statistical Techniques
and their Application in Social Science Research organized by the Centre for Development
Studies, Department of Economics, Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) today, Prof. Tamo
Mibang urged the participants to apply the knowledge they have gained in colleges
and universities in their practical life.
Highlighting the vitality of Economics Department, the Vice Chancellor said that
the people of the Northeastern region need to build up themselves to reap the benefits
from Look East/Act East Policy.
There is need to identify potential benefits and costs of the policy for economic
benefits of people. The researchers must give appropriate inputs and suggestions
to the policy makers. Otherwise, the policies would not help, he opined. Prof Mibang
suggested the academicians to do research on distribution of income.
He also highlighted various problems being faced by the North Eastern States, like
ethnic conflicts, militancy, transport and communication which are posing as stumbling
blocks for development in the region.
We would not be able to develop at par with other States unless these problems are
resolved, he added.
Earlier, the Vice Chancellor distributed certificates to the participants.
Prof. A Mitra, Department of Economics, RGU and Prof. SK Nayak, Coordinator, CDS,
Department of Economics also spoke on the occasion, according to a release from the
Department of Economics, RGU.
APSLSA conducts legal literacy
class for school children
ITANAGAR, Dec 6: In its continuous efforts to make the students aware about various
Acts that protect the children’s rights, the Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Services
Authority organized a day-long legal literacy programme for the students of eight
to 11 standard of Donyi Polo Vidya Bhawan here on Saturday.
Legal experts Budi Habung, District and Session Judge, Yupia, Hirendra Kashyap, Chief
Judicial Magistrate, Yupia, Batotsi Kri, lecturer, Arunachal Law Academy and Dani
Belo, Deputy Secretary (Law) and OSD, APSLSA made the students aware about various
Acts and laws, including Juvenile Laws, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences
Act that protect the rights of children and Drugs Laws. The experts also explained
in details about the consequences of drugs abuse.
A film ‘Apne Ajnabi’ on racial discrimination by APSLSA was also screened during
the programme. School Principal Levi E Katy said that such legal awareness programme
would help the children in their overall development and becoming responsible citizens.
Soil Health Cards distributed on Soil Day
ITANAGAR, Dec 6: Soil Health Cards were distributed to the farmers to mark the International
Soil Health Day programme across the state. World Soil Day is annually held on December
5 to highlight soil's importance on Earth and it is linked with the United Nations'
year of Soil.
The day was observed at Abotani Hall, Hapoli alongside Pre-Rabi Saamelan Exhibition
cum Farmers Fair on Technology demonstration organized by KVK, Lower Subansiri.
Attending the programme, ADC, Lower Subansiri, N Chatung lauded the activities of
SHG and KVK for organizing the function. He suggested the farmers to apply the new
technology and new concepts in their fields to increase.
A total of 14 SHGs and progressive farmers put up their stalls in the exhibition
and was judged by Hibu Tama and Umesh Mishra.
Diko Manipolyang Farmers Club was given the first prize followed by Apatani Farmers
Club and Hong Farmers Club respectively. Technical literatures were also distributed
to the farmers. The programme was attended by 558 registered farmers of different
farmers club and progressive farmers from different villages of Lower Subansiri district.
The day was organised in collaboration with District Agriculture Officer and Project
Meanwhile in Papum Pare, an awareness programme on healthy soil and importance of
soil health card was organised by KVK, Papum Pare at Jumi village under Kimin circle
to mark the World Soil Health Day on Dec 5.
Experts from KVK and Agriculture department spoke on the importance of soil testing
and soil health for qualitative and quantitative crop production.
Toria (TS-38) and Black Gram (IPU-243) seeds were distributed to the farmers.
In Upper Subansiri, the World Soil Health Day was observed by District Agriculture
Office and KVK Upper Subansiri at Kuporijo on Saturday.
Soil Health Cards were distributed to the farmers at the end of the fucntion.
At PASIGHAT, the World Soil Day was celebrated at Samity Hall, GTC by District Agriculture
office, Farmer's Training Centre and Gramin Training Centre.
District Agriculture Officer ADO, Principal GTC spoke on deforestation, bad agricultural
practices and pollution that cause soil degradation and erosion. Soil Health Cards
were distributed to the farmers. DIPRO
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Extend cooperation to TAH project
The inordinate delay in construction of Trans-Arunachal highway is a cause for concern.
The 2,400-km Trans-Arunachal Highway project was announced by then Prime Minister
Dr Manmohan Singh on 31st January, 2008 in Itanagar. The TAH declared as National
Highway 229 starting from Tawang to Mahadevpur will pass through Bomdila, Nechipu,
Seppa, Sagalee, Ziro, Daporijo, Along, Pasighat, Roing, Teju, Mahadevpur, Namchik,
Changlang, Khonsa and Kanubari. The project is running way behind the schedule and
completion date keeps on getting extended. Adverse weather condition, bottlenecks
in land acquisition and hostility from locals have badly affected the progress. According
to a survey conducted by government of Arunachal Pradesh, the TAH work is progressing
in snail pace in the western Arunachal.
In the eastern Arunachal situation is better and progress has been found satisfactorily.
The citizens of Western Arunachal along with political representatives will have
to seriously ponder over this prevailing situation. Keeping this in mind the recent
statement of Mama Natung, parliamentary secretary cum MLA Seppa West urging people
of his area to cooperate with executing agency of 311 Km Nechipu-Hoj Road under TAH
project is timely and will definitely have positive impact. In similar vein, East
Kameng Social Welfare and Cultural Organization (EKSWCO) Chairman Khya Safar Pao
also warned that his organization will not tolerate any individual who tries to obstruct
ongoing TAH work. The two prominent face of East Kameng district have sent out loud
and strong message. Its time every politicians and influential persons start talking
in same way and vigorously espouse for early completion of TAH work. Road is an important
component of the development of any society. If we have proper road, the condition
of state will change for sure. It is duty of every Arunachalees to whole-heartedly
support the ongoing Trans-Arunachal highway project for better future.
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Alienated by Supreme Court of India
The recent rejection of Review petition by the Supreme Court has made us feel alienated
in or own land. Now we feel like we live in a country where, we, the native people
of Arunachal are being deprived of our own rights.
Until now, the constitutional and the fundamental rights were designed to protect
and safeguard the citizens of India but now I am a little bit concerned if these
rights were actually designed for us or for the refugees.
The recent Verdict given by the Supreme Court the Chakma and the Hajong issue is
the worst of the worst judgment in my opinion. How could the Supreme Court take such
a bold step without the consent of GoAP and the indigenous people of Arunachal Pradesh?
The SC didn’t even bother about the sentiments of its own people against the Refugees.
The Supreme Court should understand and accept that we as Indians have every right
to be informed and consulted before taking such important decisions. Without doing
so, the SC has shown total negligence and disrespect towards the people of Arunachal
The judgment is totally biased and a dictated one for me and my fellow Arunachalees
because we were kept in dark and not even asked once for our opinion.
Now who will take the responsibility if we happen to be the next Tripura ruled by
Aliens in our own land? Are we being trapped in a very big conspiracy to kick us
out of our own land?
A thought came into my mind that maybe all this time we are being taken as the real
Because by the Supreme Courts perspective, Chakma and Hajongs will be given the utmost
Whom should we trust now to deliver us justice? If the highest and the most powerful
house of all can make such big foul judgment leaving the Arunachalees beg and cry,
for we can do nothing but keep trying.
I am being very clear in my statement that, with the judgment delivered by the SC,
I totally feel like an alien in my own land, with the right to protect my homeland
taken away from me and left to be invaded.
If SC has such a soft corner for the refugees, then why don’t they shelter them in
Delhi or some other state, who are willing to give them citizenship and shelter.
Why force us to take the responsibility? Or do we have to be the dumping zone of
Steer clear of ‘catch 22’
Isn’t it the height of irresponsibility and dereliction that the rebelling Congress
legislators obstinately refusing to attend to their responsibilities for months together
ignoring the appeal of the people who voted them to power.
Its time they must come to term with the distinct reality.
In a system where majority matters, calculating the majority out of 47 Congress
MLAs, that too when the figure of the opposing faction is available in the equation,
the problem is of an elementary standard. So, it is simple reasoning why must the
present CLP leader should continue as he enjoys the support of the majority. Alleging
the leadership of blatant nepotism, financial mismanagement, poor governance or improper
fund allocation is nothing but washing dirty linen in public. Nor the public is too
naive to expect better governance from the unsatisfied faction. As far as the Congress
legislators in the State Assembly are concerned, the party still commands majority
unless the dissidents master enough courage to call it a day. In this scenario, pertinacious
demands for the CLP leader to step down seem more like egoistic hedonism of few dissident
and opposition leaders.
Even a political layman will advise the missing veteran leaders to steer clear of
the ‘catch 22’ situation they are pathetically in or resign.
One person is not responsible
This is in response to headline ‘Taga criticized’ that was carried in your daily
on Dec 5.
Personally, I am a big fan of Adi Baane Kebang for working for the cause of the Adi
Society. But unfortunately, this time I am against Adi Baane Kebang, Siang District
unit. Their condemnation of Leader of Opposition Tamiyo Taga is very unfortunate
and seems politically motivated. I want to ask ABK, Siang unit whether they tried
to know his reasons why he couldn’t make it on that day? Perhaps, he might have had
some urgent personal work. How did his absence on that day became a stumbling block
as development is not dependent on one individual but it is depended on all of us.
Did you ever try to understand how your cheap comments are going to malign ABK and
Adi community as whole?
Do not indulge in politically motivated activities. Because ABK is known for their
priceless and tireless works towards the good cause of Adi community but some individuals
comment may malign the hard earned reputation in one go.
Lastly one person cannot stop development if we all want it.