December 08

3 die, four injured as Scorpio falls into deep gorge

SEPPA, Dec 7: Three persons have died on the spot while four others suffered grievous injuries when the vehicle (Mahendra Scorpio) they were travelling in skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge near Yarpin junction in between Seppa and Lumdung on Sunday night.

The deceased were identified as Kala Natung (60), Yagam Natung, wife of Raling Natung and one-year-old Mepar Natung, daughter of Doga Natung, according to family sources.

Former minister Hari Natung is among those injured. Other three persons are Raling Natung, Rumila Natung and Chacho Ari. All of them have been air-lifted to Guwahati and admitted in GNRC for treatment, the sources said, adding that the condition of Chacho is stated to be critical.


CM deputes DRC to attend Chennai flood affected Arunachalees

NEW DELHI, Dec 7: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has deputed Kesang Ngurup Damo, Deputy Resident Commissioner, Arunachal Bhavan, New Delhi to immediately rush to Chennai to attend to the flood affected students, patients and other community members of Arunachal Pradesh presently residing in Chennai city.

Damo will assess the situation and co-ordinate with the Government of Tamil Nadu to provide required assistance and relief to the affected students and other members from Arunachal in Chennai.

The Chief Minister has assured to provide all possible help and support to the affected students pursuing different educational courses and patients undergoing treatment in various hospitals in Chennai.

Parents and relatives may contact Damo at his mobile number 09560559917 for any query.


Massive eviction drive carried out

for road widening

ZIRO, Dec 7: A massive eviction drive was carried out by Lower Subansiri district administration at Hilltop Colony to facilitate the widening of roads.

The improvement of major and minor roads undertaken both District Urban Development Agency (DUDA) and Public Works Department (PWD) is being carried out on a war footing in and around the Ziro Hapoli Township.

Town Magistrate ADC N Chatung, UPO, Mobia Tai, Deputy SP Nabum Kak and members of Hilltop People s Welfare Association were present during the eviction drive. DIPRO


Relief items continue to pour in for fire victims

AALO, Dec 7: Relief materials continue to flow in from various quarters to Doji Jeko fire victims, who are taking refuge in temporary sheds and tents braving winter chill.

Several people and many organizations are coming forward to help the fire victims in cash or kinds.

Gaken Ete, Secretary Science and Technology provided 13 quintals of rice and 13 blankets to the fire victims.

Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society Aalo Unit, Golden Jubilee Central Mopin Celebration Committee and many clan based organizations have also contributed immensely in cash or kind giving much respite to them, who were rendered homeless by the devastating fire.

An Assessment Team from district administration will be visiting the spot soon to assess the properties lost and damages in the fire for onward submission to the government. DIPRO


Cultural, sports event marks World Disabled Day

ITANAGAR, Dec 7: Various colorful cultural, sports and literary events were organized during a three-day-long World Disabled Day celebration which began at BRCC office at Palin, Kra Daadi district on Nov 26 last.   

In all 200 Child With Special Needs (CWSN) participated in the programme which was organized under the aegis of Kra Daadi unit of Inclusive Education Coordination SSA District Mission.

In his inaugural address, Kra Daadi DDSE-cum-DPO advised the participants to enroll their children in their respective village schools and suggested the teachers to make proper survey of all the blocks for inclusion of planning process for CWSN children.

Later, prizes were also distributed to winners of the various events by the headmistress of Jullong Residential School. Three children were also selected to participate in the state-level competition which is slated to begin on Dec 2 next. Among others, IE Coordinator Tam Taying, coordinators and resource persons also attended the programme.


Society opposed to shift of CO headquarters at Sawa

ITANAGAR, Dec 7: The Tungi Welfare Society is opposed to the shift of CO headquarters at Sawa.

In its representation submitted to the chief secretary, it claimed that the CO headquarters is being shifted on the ground of unsuitability and unfeasibility of the location.

The society said that the reason given for the shift is unjustified and termed the move as anti-development and a provoking act.

More than 100 private houses are settled in Sawa from different villages which substantiate the smooth functioning of the headquarters, their representation read.


ZPC Kra-Daadi visits cardamom gardens

ITANAGAR, Dec 7: A team, comprising of ZPC Kra-Daadi district Rido Meena, DHO Tobom Bam, HDO B Pertin and president of Farmer’s Club Gimi Sinaki visited several large cardamom gardens under Kra-Daadi district on December 5 last.

The ZPC and DHO interacted with farmers and found out that there is internal marketing also for the suckers and seedlings among the large cardamom orchard owners and new farmers as the department of horticulture is not able to cater to the needs of farmers due to limited scheme as almost all farmers are engaged in expansion of crop.

President of the farmer’s club revealed that this year’s turnover was Rs 5 crores and he further hoped that the turn over for the next year will be Rs 8- 10 crores.


Kameng River Festival in Jan

SEPPA, Dec 7: To chalk out strategies for Kameng River Festival celebration scheduled from January 21  to 23, 2016, a meeting was held at Kameng Hall here yesterday.

Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kumar Singh presented the draft plan through Power Point for celebration of the festival.

EASCWO Chairman Kya Safar Pao also presented plan and proposal for the celebration. He stressed on repair and maintenance of roads and bridges within the township. Pao suggested training for the volunteers to assist the police in maintaining law and order.

Parliamentary Secretary (Tourism) Mama Natung suggested constructing traditional house of five tribes of East Kameng with complete traditional touch and looking. He urged the district administration to issue an order for maintaining cleanliness to all the dwellers right from Bana to Seppa.

He said that the main objective of the festival is to showcase the untapped tourism potentials of the district, local cuisines, handicrafts, culture etc.

Parliamentary Secretary (Tax & Excise & Power) Tapuk Taku stressed on publicity of the festival in a larger way through all publicity networks.

There will be instant issuance of ILP at Bhalukpung check gate, the meeting decides. DIPRO


Youths take part in Job Mela

NIRJULI, Dec 7: A large number of youths of Papum Pare district got their names registered in various trades offered by Vocational Training Providers (VTPs) during a Job-Mela-cum-Skill Development rally which was held at Nikum Niya Hall here on Saturday. The rally was attended by a total of 16 VTPs from all over India.

Highlighting the importance of Job-Mela, Papum Pare DC Tai Kaye advised the unemployed youths to avail the opportunity to train themselves in reputed training institutes and get job placement in different parts of India and abroad. Yupia Deputy Director of Industries D T Aka further informed that those interested candidates who could not attend in the rally can also get their names registered at DDI office Yupia up to Dec 30 next.

DDI SK Sharma, ADI, J Rebia and officials from DIC attended the rally. (DIPRO)


Farmers appraised about soil

testing, conservation

YINGKIONG, Dec 7: Progressive farmers and PRI members of Geku and its adjoining villages were apprised about soil testing, conservation and its utility during a programme organized at the office of District Agriculture Office here on Saturday to mark World Soil Health Day.

During the programme, Geku KVK SMS Kato Tayeng, Bodak Jongkey advised the officers and staff to consult and seek suggestion from the PRI members before implementing government schemes and projects in rural areas.

Among others, ADC, Tapik Pertin, Jengging ZPM, Bodak Jongkey, ADO Ameng Nangkar and DAO incharge Menya Etei were also present on the occasion.

A similar programme was also organized by the department of agriculture at New Mohong village. Addressing the farmers on the occasion, Namsai DAO P Khoisia informed them about the various measures to be adopted by every individual to improve the soil health. SDAO B Biswas dwelt at length on the importance of soil health and its management while, Mahadevpur ADO DK Bora spoke about the importance of owning a soil health card. Soil health cards were distributed to the farmers on the occasion. (DIPRO)


Legal awareness camp held

SEPPA, Dec 7: A legal awareness camp was organized at Nyedar Namlo on the occasion of Nyishi Nyem Acham (NNA) foundation day here on Saturday.

Seppa CJM, Tageng Padoh was the resource person of the camp, in which all NGOs working on women and child related activities attended.

Similar camp was also organized at Kameng Hall wherein State Women Commission Chairperson, Mitali Tingkatra interacted with the HoDs and various NGOs of the district.

During the programme, advocate Biman Sonam explained the participants about the provisions under Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005 and issues like child abuse, maintenance etc. He  said that hearing of such cases should be done within 3 days and disposed off within 60 days, while Assistant Professor, Jusosi Tassar briefed on customary practices and Indian legal system including polygamy & polyandry, marriage registration, Indian Succession Act, victim compensation scheme etc.

NNA President, Nelam Mariam Khoda also spoke on the occasion. (DIPRO)


Survey conducted

ITANAGAR, Dec 7: BCC president of 23-Taliha Nyato Dukom along with his team conducted door to door campaign on census and survey of unemployed youths under CM’s Employment Generation Programme and also highlighted the importance of other CM’s flagship programme from November 19 to December 3 last in the 23rd Taliha assembly constituency.


Karbak assures to build bridge over Yomgo

ITANAGAR, Dec 7: Liromoba MLA Nyamar Karbak inaugurated the Rebu Bridge at Kamba in presence of ADC Kamba Niken Lollen, CO cum BDO Sara Borang and PRI leader Gedo Kato and many others. The bridge was constructed by PWD Kamba under SPA fund 2014-15.  The said bridge connects Government College Kamba. The bridge also benefits the villages of Kambu village.

Addressing the public on the sideline of inauguration programme, local MLA informed that he had already initiated for the construction of Arch Bridge over Yomgo river under NLCPR and Chief Minister has prioritized it. The bridge over Yomgo river would facilitate Kambu village with motorable road which said to be long-felt demand of the village.

Karbak assurance came after he led the official team including Himanshu Pathak, Director of Maifare Engineering Ltd, a Kolkata based private company, to visit the proposed site and conducted prelim survey on the feasibility of construction. Karbak further maintained that he will ensure to materialize the construction of Arch bridge during his tenure, however, he sought cooperation from the people in implementation of the project.





I. In the news report with the headline ‘Health dept directed not to finalize selection process’ published in  this daily on Dec 7, it was wrongly mentioned that the writ petition was filed by Malaria Eradication Employees Association (MEEA). It should have been 14 Multi-purpose workers who had filed the writ petition.

II. In the news report under the headline “Union seeks DC intervention to restore bridge” three administrative circles have been wrongly mentioned. It should be read as five administrative circles instead of three. The inadvertent errors are regretted.


News Impact


Papum Pare DA warns against disruption

in TAH construction

Eviction drive at Hoj village conducted

ITANAGAR, Dec 7: The Papum Pare district administration today carried out eviction drive at Hoj village to clear the way for construction of Trans-Arunachal highway road. Two SPT and one MIBT house were evicted during the day. The owner of said property had already collected compensation way back in 2011 but refused to vacate the plot. Despite several order issued by PWD (Highway) urging them to vacate, the owner stubbornly resisted and created trouble.

The 53 KM Papu-Yupia-Potin stretch of TAH is almost on the verge of finish and construction agency was facing trouble in few stretches where residents even after claiming compensation were refusing to shift out. However with today’s eviction, the Papum Pare district administration has cleared all obstacles from the said stretch of TAH. Further district administration has warned that they will take strong action against those people who create unnecessary hurdle in the construction of TAH. “Government is constructing road for the benefit of people. Therefore it is duty of every citizen to support TAH project. We will not tolerate any kind of anti-development activities within the jurisdiction of Papum Pare district. No one will be allowed to disturb ongoing TAH work,” warned an official. Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) Ibom Tao, DLRSO Techi Hitlar, Executive Engineer PWD (Highway) Doimukh division Binny Pelen, Officer in Charge Doimukh PS N Sora, officials of TK engineering and special task force jawans were part of the eviction drive team.



DoTCL minister refutes allegations against

CM on TCL districts fund

ITANAGAR, Dec 7: DoTCL Minister Tirong Aboh today strongly refuted allegations levelled by MLAs from Tirap, Changlang and Longding (TCL) districts currently camping in New Delhi on non-release of fund meant for these districts by the present Government led by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.

The sincere commitment of Nabam Tuki can be reflected in the recent budget wherein the allocation of DoTCL fund has been increased from Rs 25 Cr to Rs 40 Cr. In respect of the Rs 12 Cr budgeted for DoTCL being allegedly retained by the CM is totally false as the said project was to be funded under RIDF as announced in the budget, he said.

However, on the request of the MLAs from the region as it was discussed in the State Development Council meeting, the project is being funded from the state plan on receipt of feasible project proposals from the three districts. Adequate budgetary provision is kept for the same, the minister said.

Aboh further said that all total Rs. 44305.09 Lakhs has been released for these three districts under NEC, NLCPR, SPA and RIDF apart from the normal DoTCL funding and non plan funding during RE stages.

No previous government had ever gone for extensive planning and transparent funding than the present government headed by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki. The development activities and the funding pattern are in the public domain and can be visited by anyone in the web portal of the state planning department. Therefore, neglecting these three districts under the leadership of present CM is misleading and is an attempt to shift the responsibility of vested interest law makers of the districts,  the minister added.

Merely accusing the state government for accusation sake and to garner cheap publicity is nothing but a deliberate attempt to misguide the innocent local people of Tirap, Changlang and Longding, the minister said.



Miscreants create hurdles in road works’

ITANAGAR, Dec 7: Obstruction in road construction works by anti-social elements has hampered smooth progress of Sangbia-Paffa road works, informed the Attorney Holder of M/s Peno Enterprises.

According to the Attorney Holder, some miscreants are obstructing in construction of the road under PMGSY by not allowing movement of men and machineries by putting obstacles on the path. The miscreants often harass and manhandle the labourers and other staff engaged in the road construction works besides destroying labourers’ camps and damaging construction materials which forced the construction agency/company to temporarily halt the work, the attorney holder informed in a release.

The work was resumed on December 13. But, the miscreants have again started their illegal activities forcing us to stop the work which is incurring a daily loss of Rs. two lakh, he claimed.  The Attorney holder alleged that in spite of repeated appeals, the authority concerned has not paid any heed to solve the problem.

He appealed to the authorities concerned to look into the matter seriously.



Forest officers assaulted in Anini

ITANAGAR, Dec 7: Two people have been alleged of assaulting and torturing forest officers at Anini in Dibang Valley district.

According to FIR lodged with Anini Police Station by DFO Mori Riba, one Handi Molo of Kaji village entered his official residence carrying dao on December 3 at around 2 pm seeking information on certain schemes.

‘… My repeated request to come to office during working hours to get the information was undermined. He kept on threatening instead,’ the FIR read. The assaulter has been alleged of entering the official residence of the DFO two times earlier in the month of April and September this year with the same intension.

In an another incident, the Range Forest Officer of Anini Social Forestry Range Babul Chaitom was physically assaulted with dao and his government quarter ransacked allegedly by Bande Milli and Handi Molo on the night of December 3 last. In the attack, the left arm and wrist of the RFO was injured.

‘…Bande Milli forcibly demanded Rs 10 lakhs and forcibly took one leaf off of my SBI cheque book and forced me to sign on it. He also threatened me of dire consequences in the near future. He tortured me physically and mentally till 3:45 am of the other day, December 4, says the RFO in his FIR lodged with the Anini PS.



IMFL poses great threat to youth

[ Denhang Bosai ]

It will not be out of context to say that drinking is synonymous with the very existence of the many ethnic entities of the pre-dominantly tribal state Arunachal Pradesh and is a part of their culture. However, in the past the various tribes residing in the beautiful state of Arunachal Pradesh used to indulge in taking carbohydrate-rich noging or apong or marowa or chhang or O or kala apong or khaam or joo. These fermented drinks prepared from rice and millet not having too much alcohol contents, in fact, supplemented the other food items consumed routinely by the ever hard working tribals of the state. Their strenuous work and difficult life in the torturous terrains demanded the measured intake of rice beer.  It is needless to say that the tribals in the past were responsible drinkers because the social norms and mores were pretty strong those days unlike today. The chiefs, GBs and the elderly persons who were known for their oratory skills realized their onerous onus and took drinks in a right measure. They were taken in great esteem by their fellow villagers and neighbouring villagers. So, they knew their importance and their responsibilities towards their societies.  We must remember that the tribals believe in oral tradition having no written code whatsoever. Everything including folk songs, folk tales and chanting of the tribal priests is communicated or passed to one another from mouth to mouth. So, in the past, they understood the great importance of being in complete sense not to falter while discharging their assigned societal duties. This is probably what made them disciplined and responsible drinkers.

Unfortunately, after Arunachal Pradesh was declared a wet state, thousands of IMFL outlets sprang up in the state. Today, things have come to such a pass that one would get an IMFL shop at every step in the capital Itanagar and all the district headquarters including in the small towns. Little wonder then, the number of habitual drinkers had also burgeoned by leaps and bounds. Sadly, even the elderly villagers who used to relish locally brewed rice beer have started preferring this potentially harmful IMFL because it is readily available and also because it gives them intoxication faster. However, the greatest harm or threat this IMFL poses to is the youth of the state. No party, picnic, celebration or even a simple get-together is incomplete without drinks and getting inebriated. I have visited many festivals, food festivals and what have you and what I saw there was painfully appalling and deeply concerning. Everywhere I saw the young people indulging in heavy drinking. Recently there was a musical programme in a small town in the state. I saw most of the young people including young school girls getting drunk.  This is a serious issue that parents, teachers, NGOs, intelligentsia and the religious institutions have to collectively address sooner than later. This rampant use of drinks or alcohol in every occasion and under the smallest pretext is dragging the youth into the whirlpool of unfathomable self-destruction. If the trend is not checked and allowed to merrily go on then rest assured, the future of the state is bleak. How can one’s future be safe and secure when the youth on whose shoulders  the future lies indulges in a terrible vice like alcoholism? It will be an unpardonable crime on our part if we pretend that all is well with our youth. Unchecked alcoholism among our youth today is a reality and we must accept this truth and help our young people come out of this dark abyss. I have helplessly seen many precious lives being lost due to alcoholism. People should not and must not be hypocrites. They should not run away from the truth. The women’s groups can play an important role in checking the unchecked rise of alcoholism like the famous MEIRA-PAIBI groups in all the villages of Manipur. The women’s wing of the Adi Bane Kebang is also contributing its bit in checking alcoholism. In Tirap district the women’s groups of Borduria village impose fine on people who sell liquor in their shops. Such activities can act as a deterrent against growth of alcoholism.     

Interestingly, a small place like Khonsa has about 24 IMFL outlets whereas there are hardly two bookstalls. So, we can imagine where the youths are heading for. Leave alone the authorized IMFL shops, one finds liquor being openly sold in ghumtis, tea stalls, roadside dhabas etc all over Arunachal Pradesh. The most frightening aspect is that the long distance bus drivers, truck drivers and individuals driving their cars, enter the roadside dhabas to have a few drinks thereby endangering their own lives and that of others. These habitual irresponsible drinkers must realize that these whiskies, brandies, rums etc are basically made for the people living in the colder European countries. They don’t suit the people living in a comparatively humid and hot country like India.

It would be foolhardy to ask the government to ban IMFL because it is one of the main revenue earners for the state in the absence of any industry worth its name. The only remedy is that the denizens have to be responsible drinkers and should know when to say enough. Thanks to over consumption of IMFL, alcohol-related ailments and death are on the rise in the state. The authorities should also be more vigilant to check the mushroom growth of unauthorized sale of IMFL in ghumties, tea stalls and roadside dhabas in the state. Here, the role of the parents and Teachers is of paramount importance. As elders we can’t afford to quietly watch our tomorrow being destroyed by alcoholism right in front of our eyes. The posterity and history will not forgive us if we cannot save our children from this malady. Every one of us must contribute to defeat this malaise and save our children from imminent ruins and doom.

The December-January is a time for many celebrations and parties. Let’s caution our young people to be responsible when they drink, drive and handle their lives in their own interest and in the interest of their state whose future depends on them. (The writer is DIPRO, Tirap and can be reached at denhangbosai@yahoo.co.in)



Aisu Panyang crowned ‘Little Miss Arunachal’

[ By Une Pertin ]

ITANAGAR, Dec 7: Aisu Panyang was crowned Little Miss Arunachal (LMA) at  Nyikum Niya ground Nirjuli yesterday. Yangchen Lhamu T Khunjuju and Dampi Ligu bagged the first runners up and second runners up positions respectively in the contest.

Braving winter chill, 26 little angels vied for the coveted crown in the first ever Little Miss Arunachal contest organised by Arunachal Helping Hand Charitable Society (AHHCS) and Arunachal Children Welfare Society (ACWS.

The winner walked away with a cash prize of Rs one lakh and numbers of gift presented by Nutrition Sunrise Ltd and Panasonic.

The first and the second runners up bagged a cash prize of Rs 50,000 and Rs 30,000 respectively. There were many innovative subtitles, like Little Miss Rapunzel won by Kentiliya Pertin, Little Miss Congeniality by Hiba Meyu, Little Miss Whizkid by Pennie Ete which focused on different aspects of personality development.

Kymseleen Kholie, who is a former Nanhi Pari contestant and has acted in the popular Bollywood movie Aisa Yeh Jahaan, crowned the proud winner.

Winner Panyang, a 13-year-old student of JNK Public School, Itanagar, got a direct gold ticket entry into the semifinal of the Little Miss India contest to be held in Bhubaneshwar.

She said that she was elated with the win and hoped that she would do Arunachal proud in the upcoming contest.

Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Minister Phurpa Tsering hoped that every child get such a platform and shared that as a father of three girls himself; he wished that the girl child is trained and empowered since childhood to face the world with confidence.

He also said that the women in western Arunachal are accorded a high status and if this positive characteristic was adopted by everyone, the state would surely flourish further.

Organising Chairperson Ninok Shin Tarh lamented that while today’s youngsters are very talented, they do not have proper means to channelize them and stressed that “mere education is not enough to succeed in life”.

 Secretary of Little Miss India franchise Malay Mahapatra who is on a maiden visit to the state, said that little girls will get a platform to showcase their talents through these platforms and expressed confidence that the event will grow to be a huge one in the coming days.



Orange Festival for Adventure and

Music : Dambuk all set to go

DAMBUK, Dec 7: The preparation for the 2nd edition of Orange Festival for Adventure and Music is in full swing at Dambuk - the land of juicy oranges. The four days festival from Dec 15 to 18, one of the calendar event of the state government, will be flagged off by the Chief Minister, NabamTuki on Dec 15 amidst the orange orchards at Akoko Village under Dambuk. It is one of its kinds of Adventure cum Music Festival in the country.

The Orange Festival though it began with a small note last January, this time it is returning with lots of music and tons of adventure sports to blow one’s mind. The Bungee Jumping measuring around 120 ft height from the ground level at Dibang River bridge will be the first of its kind in the North East Region. The Offroading championship by JK Tyres Orange 4x4 is probably offering the highest paid offroading championship in the country with competition in the Quad Category (Polaris) in which about 40 participants from across the country are expected to take part so far. Some of the best competitors of the country like Gerari Offroaders from Chandigarh, Boda Off-roaders from Bangalore and various teams from North East are participating in the 4x4 offroading championship.

Apart from these, many adventure sports like Ziplining, All Terrain Vehicle Rides, River Rafting and Angling at Dibang River, Forest Paint Balling and many more are awaiting this season to get your adrenaline racing.

For the Music Lovers, more than 20 best bands from across the country are taking part in this edition of Orange Festival for Adventure and Music. Some of the renowned artists are legendary American Singer-songwriter, Joseph Arthur, Grammy Award Nominee, Lama Tashi and Lou Majaw. Further, the cultural troupes from the four local communities of the district, Adi, Idu Mishmi, Galo and Mishings will add colour to the whole festival. Apart from the local tribes of the district, the organizing committee has conceptualized to involve Monpa cultural troupe in this edition.   

In addition to Adventure and Music, Indian Army will also participate and put up  stalls to display weapons with the theme ‘Know Your Army’ and to add more fun a replica of army training has been set up for trail running and Jungle Obstacles Course for public participation by the Indian Army.

The first woman Everester from the North East, Tine Mena who hails from Lower Dibang Valley District has been roped for live talks on mountaineering and she will also lead the hiking to the Orange Orchards and the nearby hills and the participants will get a certificate duly signed by her.

An Artist Village at Jagtum Notko is being built amidst the century old Jackfruit Trees in one of the oldest Adi village at Bomjir located some 13 kms from Dambuk. The Artist Village consists of some 19 local huts and some 20 tents for accommodation of artists and riders.

The local villagers are very enthusiastic about the festival and ready to offer home stay in the traditional houses for the guests (free of cost), which is another new concept introduced in the festival.

Besides all these, local dishes, exhibition stalls of local crafts and handlooms will be displayed in the festival ground.

The Orange Festival is being sponsored by the Department of Tourism, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh and supported by J K Tyres, Decathlon, Mountain Dew, MTV Indies, District Administration of Lower Dibang Valley District and the Indian Army. One can get the details of the Orange Festival at www.orangefestivaldambuk.com. DIPRO



NPR & biometric enrolment reviewed

SEPPA, Dec 7: A review meeting on progress of Nation Population Register (NPR) and biometric enrolment was held at Kameng Hall, Seppa today.

Chairing the meeting East Kameng DC, Sandeep Kumar Singh stressed on collective efforts from all the PRI members, charge officers and enumerators for complete coverage. He raised serious concerns for those circles where the biometric enrolment was very low. The DC stated that the beneficiaries oriented schemes such as NFSA, MGNERGA, PDS and other developmental schemes may be affected in future as the database will reflect lesser population. He urged the PRI members and officers to spread the message in their respective village to get themselves enrolled in NPR and biometric compulsorily.

ADC Bameng, T Messar suggested that the Aadhar Cards have to be collected by the person concern only or their parents or children.

DSO (ST) CA Loffa informed that the first round of biometric enrollment has been started in all administrative circles except Khenewa, Gwepurang and Sawa where the enrolment will start from this week onwards. She also stated that the coverage was good in Seijossa, Dissing Passo and Pakke Kessang circles but it has to be improved at Seppa, Bameng and Chayangtajo.

A methodology was devised to distribute the Aadhar Card through the concern charge officer. It was also planned to have a second round of biometric enrollment for Pijeriang, Bana, Richukrang and any other circle as recommended by the charge officers in the last two weeks of December. It was observed that some people are resisting from biometric enrolment for their children upto 12 years and also some have already got enrolled at other locations like Itanagar and Seppa. The meeting was attended by ZPMs, anchal chairpersons, colonies chairman and DDM officers.DIPRO



DC urges PR leaders to keep vigil

on development works

ROING, Dec 7: Deputy Commissioner of Lower Dibang Valley District, Ravi Dhawan has asked the PRI leaders to report the district administration in written, if any irregularities were found in the functioning of government institutions and programmes. The DC said this while visiting the remote Dambuk ADC headquarter on Dec 5.

During his interaction with the public leaders at PWD Inspection Bungalow, Dambuk,  Dhawan enquired about the availability of PDS Rice and functioning of Health Sub-Centres, schools, Mid-Day Meals and Anganwadi Centres under Dambuk Sub-Division.

The DC requested the PRI leaders of the area to regularly visit the schools, health sub-centres and anganwadi centres in the villages falling within their segment and to see that they are functioning regularly.

The DC visited the Community Health Centres, Kasturba Gandhi Girls School at Remi village, newly constructed SDO office building, NGO run 50 bedded Residential Hostel for Girls student and also inspected the Orange Festival Ground at Akoko Village and the Artist Camp at Bomjir Village where the preparation for the forthcoming Orange Festival is going on in full swing.

ADC Dambuk, Atul Tayeng, DDSE, Mijum Lego, WRD EE, Kago Robu, CO Dambuk, Eving Yirang, CO Roing, Rakesh Tacho accompanied the DC during the visit. DIPRO



Delong Padung receives Ustad Bismillah

Khan Yuva Puraskar

[ H K Roy ]

PASIGHAT, Dec 7: Renowned Arunachalee singer, lyricist and composer Delong Padung has been awarded the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar, 2013-14 at a glittering function at Rabindra Satabarshiki Bhawan hall, Agartala, Tripura today.

Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy presented the award to Padung in presence of Shekhar Sen, Chairman of Sangeet Natak Akademy.

The National Award sponsored by the Sangeet Natak Akademi has been awarded to Padung for his notable contribution in the field of Folk Music of Arunachal Pradesh.

The award comprises a memento, citation and cash awards of Rs.25,000.

Hailing from Rayang village in East Siang district, Padung performed folk music on several important occasions in and outside the state such as Arunachal Festival (2014), Srhad O Swaranjali (Itanagar, 2013), Pasighat Centenary (2011) and also bagged first position in Pratishruti a tele-competition for NE Doordarshan.

In 2014, he participated in Adi tribe documentary, sponsored by Vashali Trust, Mumbai. Besides sixteen local languages, Padung also sang Assamese and Mising songs. Recently, he was inducted as a member of the National Expert Committee for the fellowship scheme for folk traditional and indigenous art. Padung has established Karpung Karduk Akademi in his native village Rayang to promote traditional and Indigenous art.

In his brilliant career, Padung has received numerable awards that include State Award by Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, Commendation Certificate by the East Siang Deputy Commissioner and was honoured by Adi Bane Kebang for his meritorious service in the field of Culture and entertainment.

Padung, who holds Master Degree in History, also completed courses in Bachelors of  Education and Mass Communication and Journalism.



Veteran Cup Football-2015

Tata, Siang Highlanders win; Naharlagun United held by Arunachal United

ITANAGAR, Dec 7: Tata Company FC and Siang Highlanders won their respective league level matches against Kra-Daadi Veteran and Kurung Kumey Veterans in the 3rd State level Veteran Football Tournament 2015 at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium,  Naharlagun today.

Tata Company FC started off the match aggressively but failed to score until Tai Rocket scored the in 23rd minute taking the opportunity of goalmouth melee which ultimately turned out to be the match winner.

In the second match of the day, Siang Highlanders redeemed their yesterdays lost by defeating Kurung Kumey veteran 2-0.

Siang’s prolific striker Megu Jonkey opened the scoring in 9th minute before Binod Joshi added another goal in the 55th minute. The win also propelled Siang Highlanders into the semifinal.

The third and last match played between arch rivals Naharlagun United and Arunachal United ended in a draw.

Though AUFC already entered into the semi-final but didn’t take the game lightly and fielded strongest team. NUFC dominated the midfield game led by Koj Tatung donning jersey no. 10. NUFC still has a chance to advance into the knock-out round.

The league level matches will end tomorrow.

Today’s matches:

Papa XI vs Kurung Kumey -- 9 am

E& Ks vs Doimukh Veteran Warrior --11am

Kra-Daadi vs Emchi Veterans-- 1pm

Naharlagun United vs Tata Company FC -- 2.30 pm



‘Arunachal can produce Intl level  body builders’

ITANAGAR, Dec 7: The NE region, particularly Arunachal Pradesh has huge bodybuilding potentials, said general secretary of South East Asia Body Building & Fitness Federation & Indian Body Builders Federation (IBBF) Chetan M Pathare today.

“Manipur producing an international body builder and Arunachal would many within few years”, Pathare told media partner of 3rd edition of Mr. Arunachal Body Building Championship.

“Such events are precursor to developing national or international body builders,” he said to appreciate event president Abrham K Techi and secretary Issac Debbarma for their initiative to organize it to draw IBBF’s attention. “I am leading a team to oversee the conduct despite my very hectic schedule,” he added.

Indian Railways’ A Boby Singh, who brought glory to India by winning Mr. World-2015 title at Bangkok last month has confirmed his participation, Techi said, adding that Singh, 11 times Mr. India and three times Mr. World champion, would encourage the state participants.

While about 10 women sports physique competitors, 150 body builders including Master’s (40+ age) & aspirants of the event, are engaged in daily exercises in national gymnasium in Rajiv Gandhi Stadium complex here.

The event free for all is scheduled from December 11 next at Siddhartha Hall, Itanagar, Techi added.

It may be recalled here that the first edition in 2013 was launched at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here had concluded with Mamon Igony crowned as Mr. Arunachal while Lisu Konia winning the crown in second edition in 2014 and subsequently in Eastern India Body Building Championship at Imphal had won gold medal for unique body display in 70-kg category.

While in women’s section (open weight category in sports physique) and aerobic display would be the special attraction.

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Indo-Pak relation getting better

After a long thaw, finally the relation between India and Pakistan is moving ahead. The first contact was developed on November 30, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif held a brief meeting on the sidelines of a UN climate summit at Paris. Taking it forward, yesterday national security advisers of India and Pakistan discussed peace and security issues between the two countries during a meeting at Bangkok.

The talk between two national security advisers has somewhat brought down tempers on both side and have paved a way forward for improving the relation between two hostile neighbours. Today Pakistani official announced that external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj will arrive in Pakistan on Tuesday to attend a regional conference on Afghanistan. This is complete departure from earlier stand of the hawkish NDA government. Earlier BJP took stand that terror and talk will not go together. But after miserably failing in their Pakistan policy over the course of last one and half year, the NDA government seems to have realize that talks is the only way forward.  The relation between two neighbours completely broke down after NSA-level talks scheduled in New Delhi were cancelled in August this year. Hopefully visit of Sushma Swaraj will improve the relation between India and Pakistan, so that people living along international boundary can live peacefully.





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Unemployment and Hydropower development

Dear Editor,

Through Your Daily ,I want share my perception toward unemployment and hydropower development and how govt has failed to utilize this opportunity . Every year thousands of students graduate from different fields and numbers of unemployment increases day by day, and if calculated steps taken by Govt is not enough. It has failed to bring private companies and fail to sign up bright memorandum with PSUs . Due to non availability of Private companies and PSUs, numbers of unemployment has increased, whereas in other state most of people are engaged in Private companies and in PSUs, which obviously decrease the burden of govt.

 As per records, Arunachal has the highest hydroelectric power potential in the country. Currently, the state tops in the Mini and micro hydel project in India too. And several steps are being taken for setting up mega projects and some has already started but local people fail to get benefit from that.

If govt wants, maximum number of local people can be engaged in this field as a Engineers, clerk, accountants but sad to say that countable local people are there, which shows the lack of interest of Govt or perhaps they have better ideas for the Public.


Ragmin Ete, F-G sector



Keep up with the Zuckerbergs

Dear Editor,

Kudos to Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan for their pledge of giving 99 per cent of their Facebook shares currently worth more than $ 45 billion to charitable purposes to make a better world for their daughter's generation. This act is a mark departure from the general picture of shameless and endless greed of tycoons for more and more money.

To save the face of humanity, they have taken a leaf out of the book of Bill Gates who has already committed to give away at least 95 per cent of his wealth. This should be a lesson or two for those super haves who shamelessly show off their riches by spending an astronomical sum of money in marriage ceremonies, pujas and parties in the land which is still alarmingly lowly placed in Global Hunger Index as well as Human Development Index. These greedy creamy layers is so myopic that they do not want to bother about the environment they are making for their children. They do not even hesitate to cut off the very branch their children are supposed to sit on.

It is time for all of us to learn from Gates and Zuckerbergs and think about the ways in which we can contribute towards ushering in a pollution free, egalitarian and tolerant world. The need of the hour is to keep up with the Zuckerbergs instead of suicidal and callous way of keeping up with the Joneses.


Sujit De, Kolkata




Creator and the creation

Dear Editor,

The nameless Creator, the huge list of human Gods and the endless suffering of mankind.

The truth is that, there is a nameless supreme creator of the infinite Universe, the nameless God. A human is borne and created by the parents; likewise, all observable entities are borne or created by some source of origin. The Earth did not create the Sun or Moon or the Stars or the Cosmos and the reverse also doesn't seem to happen. But since every perceptible entity has a source of origin or the creator, the ultimate creator of the infinite cosmos or the creation is god. The system of the creation operates as per absolutely sophisticated set of rules.

A human is born nameless and come into this world just crying. Similarly, all the countless humbled souls lie deep in peace at the bosom of mother Earth empty hand in some absolute mystery and none was ever flown out of her to outer space. And there is absolute certainty that all the mortals ever walking on this land will traverse the same path.

God, the creator did not ever reveal any exclusive or specific name to any human, individual or group whatsoever of himself, and neither that will ever happen. The supreme creator is one and all the human and other entities in the Mother Nature, the cosmos belong to him with all sacredness. Futile and endless competition to give an artificial name or identity to God and reckless pursuit for superiority of some name; the consequential differences, divisions, intolerance, confrontations, wars & fighting among various human groups for some artificial identity has deeply entrenched in mankind  as the biggest sole reason of human sufferings and annihilation of billions of lives down the ages and even more gravely in the present world.

Today, as the Third World War looms large over the humanity because of widespread military confrontations all around the world, the godly super-intellectual mind to accept the truth of nameless God and global reconciliation and unification as belonging to common identity and purpose of existence can only restore happiness, prosperity and peace in the world. The Creation operates with the infinitely creative mind of God to continuously evolve towards higher degree of harmony of existence.

Similarly, a basic and fundamental change in the stream of thinking of the godly super-intelligent mind of this super-species called human can only bring revolutionary reformation towards the path of harmonious progress of mankind and the Mother Nature. The Creator has blessed the Nature with huge bounties for the humanity to sustain, share, support and prosper in absolute harmony.

New dimensions of thinking and living in godly human mind and the society with greatest degree of synchronisation with the super-intelligence of the creator will bring a new godly world full of love, happiness, prosperity, peace and progress.


Tagam Mibang,