December 09

SEC to hold fresh poll

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: In compliance with the direction of  Panchayat Election Tribunal in case No. PR(ET)No.09/2013 dated 16.11.2015 and as per the provisions under APPR Act & Rules, State Election Commission (SEC) has decided to hold fresh election to fill the vacant seat of ZPM of 9-Gusar Anchal Samiti under Upper Subansiri district on December 28.

The scrutiny of nomination will be held on December 9 while the last date of withdrawal of candidature is December 12. The counting of votes will be done on December 30. DIPR


Renovation of Likabali veterinary dispensary, staff quarters demanded

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: Likabali Unemployed Youth Association (LUYA) appealed to the Likabali SDO to do the needful for early renovation of the staff quarters and building of Veterinary Dispensary in Likabali which are lying in very poor condition.

The association in a representation to the SDO stated that the authority despite repeated requests has not taken any initiative for renovation of the staff quarters and the dispensary buildings.

According to LUYA, the staff quarters and dispensary building have not been renovated since its establishment in 1992. The association also stressed the need for setting up a veterinary check gate at Likabali to prevent spread of animal diseases from out side the state.


Farmers trained in vermicomposting

TAWANG, Dec 8:  In all, 32 farmers and PRI members underwent skill development training on vermicomposting conducted under Border Area Development Programme at Kitpi here today.  

Addressing the farmers, both Kitpi BDO, Lobsang Chhoider and CO Tenzin Jambey advised the trainees to take advantage of the training and further asked them to adopt different methods of organic farming including vermi-composting.

Tawang ADO, K B Kayastha who was the resource person on the occasion explained the trainees regarding advantages of vermicompost and its production technology which is also a low cost source of income generation. Later, materials like HDPE vermibed and shed, earthworm, tools etc. were also distributed to all the trainees.


Female sterilization camp at Seppa

SEPPA, Dec 8: In all 240 women registered their names in a District Health Society conducted female sterilization camp conducted under family planning program of National Health Mission (NHM), of which 81 clients attended for sterilization at district hospital here on Monday.  

The camp was jointly inaugurated by 10th Papu Valley ZPM Mering Natung and 9th Papu Valley ZPM Yalum Cheri.  

During the inaugural function, DRCHO Dr. K Lapung briefed on objectives of the NHM like reducing Infant Mortality Rate (IMR), Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) and Fertility Rate (FR) and informed that the camp was organized to achieve objectives of reduced Fertility Rate. He further said that the department has been making every effort to achieve the objectives of various NHM programs  to reduce maternal death in the district and make it polio and measles free through proper implementation of Mission Indradhanush.

DMO Dr. C Lowang and Dr. K Gyadi also spoke on the occasion.  

The sterilization camp was conducted by a team of doctors and medical staff of ASH and RKMH led by gynecologist Dr. Bombei Tayeng.

All the operated patients were given free medicines, compensation money and free dropping facilities to their respective home. (DIPRO)


East Kameng gears up for

Kameng River Festival

SEPPA, Dec 8: East Kameng Deputy Commissioner, Sandeep Kumar Singh has stressed for creating awareness on sanitation and cleanliness at all colonies of Seppa town. The DC said this in a meeting at Kameng Hall Seppa today for the ensuing Kameng River Festival to be held from Jan 21 to 23.

The role and responsibilities for successful celebration of the festival was fixed during the meeting held with the Head of Departments and members of East Kameng Socio-Cultural Welfare Organisation.  

It was also decided to sensitise the local people about hospitality to the visitors, improvement and eviction at New Seppa road leading to the celebration venue.

The main attraction of the celebration would be Nyishi War Dance, traditional fishing, ride to Pappu Valley and Chayangtajo, Beach Volley Ball, River Rafting etc. Traditional fashion show, traditional houses and performance of renowned artists during a cultural night are some of the other attractions. DIPRO   


Fire fighting demonstration at NHPC Roing

ROING, Dec 8: A fire fighting demonstration programme was conducted today at the project office of the NHPC Dibang Multipurpose Project by its T&HRD department. The programme was organised keeping in mind the safety of the employees of the company.

Fire department Roing, Sub-Fire Officer, M.Tada along with his team, gave a demonstration while imparting awareness about the prevention of fire accidents in detail during the programme.

NHPC Dibang Project, GM, K L Solanki while sharing his experiences regarding fire accidents, urged the officers and staff of DMP to take full advantage of the programme and sincerely learn the fire fighting techniques demonstrated.

A total number of 40 employees participated in the programme.


Fingerlings released in rivers of

Angu and Doyor villages

AALO, Dec 8: Fingerlings procured on self help basis were released in Hipu, Hiyik, Rele, Ipu and Ike rivers of Angu and Doyor villages.

The Committee formed by these two villages has banned fishing using electricity, nets, bleaching powders, bow and blast fishing etc in those rivers. Violators would be imposed fines upto Rs. 50,000 by the Village Committee.

The effort is being made to preserve and protect the dwindling fish species due to random fishing through various unconventional methods. DIPRO


Students appeal for construction of rostrum

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: The school Captain of GHSS, Itanagar on behalf of the students submitted a single-point memorandum to Parliamentary Secretary (Education) Bamang Felix appealing him for construction of a rostrum at the school playground.

Earlier, Felix inaugurated the 33rd Annual Games and Sports  Day-2015 of the school along with Director of Secondary Education B N Lendo, informed the school captain in a release.


Call for sacking CM and Speaker

ITANAGAR, Dec 8:  Organizations have given one week’s time for the ouster of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and Speaker Nabam Rebia.

In its representation to the Governor, Joint Action Committee led by former parliamentary secretary Lokam Tassar, Arunachal Tribal Union, Arunachal Pradesh United Youth Organization and Arunachal Students’ Federation have warned that it would launch series of agitations if the demand is not fulfilled within a week’s time.


Society calls for clearance of pending HTS bills

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: The Bomdila Large Sized Multipurpose Cooperative Society Limited has sought clearance of its long pending HTS bills saying that it is running the PDS on cash credit availed from the banks, govt. and others and there is huge liability to be paid to the banks, govt and others.

In a release saying that clearance of pending bills of Bomdila, Dirang and Rupa LAMPS to the tune of Rs 9.56 crores are given top priority, it reasoned that the people of West Kameng district are totally dependent upon PDS Rice.

It claimed that with the current situation, LAMPS are on the verge of extinction.


Students appeal for early release

of compensation to fire victims

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: United Students’ Federation of Aalo (USFA) and Pushi Banggo Students’ Union (PBSU) appealed to the Chief Minister to provide sufficient relief and compensation to all the fire victims of Doji Jeko village under West Siang district for their quick rehabilitation.

14 houses were reduced to ashes in a devastating fire accident that broke out on December four rendering many families homeless.

Lauding Parliamentary Secretary Techi Kaso for visiting the fire victims immediately after the accident and providing relief to the victims, both USFA and USFA appealed to the district administration to assess the properties lost or damaged and forward it to the competent authority for early compensation.

They appealed to all like-minded, NGOs and individuals to come forward and extend helping hands to the victims.

Alleging late arrival of fire brigade, the organizations strongly urged the authorities concerned to take corrective measures to ensure timely response and arrival of fire brigade along with fire tenders to avoid such major fire accidents in future.

They also appealed to the public to be more cautious while handling fire to avoid house fire in future.

They claimed that the extent of the damage could have been minimized had the fire tenders reached the accident site on time.

This is not the first time the fire tender had arrived late. It had failed to deliver satisfactory service in many fire accidents in and around Aalo Township in the past too, they said.


DDSE urged to direct absentee teacher to join duties

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: Expressing concern over the absenteeism of a JT of GHSS Sagalee, the All Sagalee Students’ Union (ASSU) has in a representation to the Papum Pare DDSE today appealed to him to direct the absentee teacher to join his duties at the earliest.  

The Union claimed that the said teacher has been transferred to Sagalee from GHSS Arunodaya, Itanagar but has since remained absent from his duties.


Yadi Riddi is Miss Upper Subansiri

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: 20-year-old Yadi Riddi was crowned Miss Upper Subansiri-2015 at Singik Hall, Daporijo on December 6 last. Riddi is pursuing bachelor in hotel management from New Delhi.

Linka Dugi, 17-year-old student of Class XII Arts in VKV Itanagar, and Yajum Murtem (18) a Class XII student of GHSS, Daporijo,  were adjudged first and second runners up respectively.

The beauty pageant was organized alongside an Aids awareness campaign conducted under the aegis of All Upper Subansiri Beauty Parlour Association in collaboration with Arunachal Pradesh State Aids Control Society, Daporijo Unit and Sigin-I Panchayat.

Speaking during the event, DC Komkar Dulom exhorted the youths to help him make Daporijo ‘green Daporijo’ and also to make it a plastic free zone.

He also stressed on the importance of preserving wild life, a campaign spearheaded by Sigin-I ZPM Rocky Mothu. The youths were also urged not to follow the path of intoxication and drugs and to help him maintain law and order.

The contestants sashayed shown the aisle wearing the traditional attires created by young designer Gona Niji Yekar. SP Taru Gusar also attended the event.


Dengue awareness campaign held

YUPIA, Dec 8: The District Vector Borne Disease Control Society in collaboration with Itanagar Municipal Council (IMC) conducted Dengue awareness campaign in various wards and schools within the jurisdiction of the municipality.

The public were imparted knowledge about dengue fever, its signs and symptoms, preventive measures, diagnosis and treatment during the 20 days campaign conducted under the supervision of DMO Dr. S. Ronya.

Besides dengue, public were also sensitized about various other vector borne diseases, like Malaria and Japanese Encephalitis etc, which is becoming a threat to public health, especially in urban, semi urban areas.

Mosquito breeding site source reduction activities were also carried out during the campaign.

DVBDCPO, Papum Pare Dr. Tana Aruna, District Consultant VBD, Yupia Techi Pekhi Tara actively took part in the campaign. DIPRO


ASUD Todo FC enter semifinal

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: ASUD Todo FC stormed into the semifinal in 9th North East Tamchon Trophy defeating Senapati FC of Manipur by solitary goal in Ambedkar Stadium, New Delhi today.

The winning goal was scored by Dewashish Rai.

Chief Mister Nabam Tuki, former MP and Arunachal Pradesh Football Association president Takam Sanjoy and Minister Takam Pario also witnessed the match and encouraged the team.

ASUD Todo FC will meet last year’s runners up SSPP in the semifinal.



The designations of ADC N Chatung, Town Magistrate Mobia Tai, UPO Nabum Kak, Dy SP John Pada, AUPO Nanong Nengkar were mentioned wrongly in a news item under heading “Massive eviction drive carried out for road widening” published on December 8 issue of this daily.

The inadvertent mistake is deeply regretted.


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AAPSU, JACCHIN hold rally against settlement of Chakmas and Hajongs in Arunachal

Itanagar, Dec 8: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) along with the Joint Action Committee on Chakma-Hajong Issue Namsai (JACCHIN) today convened a people's referendum rally at Namsai against permanent settlement of Chakmas and Hajongs in the state.

A three-point memorandum was also submitted to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs through Namsai DC.

The rally adopted resolutions, which include no non-native group or individuals should be granted rights of permanent settlement in Arunachal Pradesh, the provisions of the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873 must be strictly adhered to and the Centre along with the state government must file a curative petition in the Supreme Court without delay against its decision to grant citizenship rights to the Chakmas and Hajongs.

A mass signature campaign to protest the September 17 Supreme Court verdict of granting citizenship to the Chakma and Hajong refugees was also conducted during the rally.

Addressing the rally, AAPSU president Kamta Lapung called for actively fighting for indigenous tribal rights.

He said it was time to act and not merely do the talking for the rights.

AAPSU general secretary Biru Nasi said if the Chakma and Hajong refugees were given citizenship, then at least one lakh persons would become part of the system and that would drastically marginalise the local indigenous populace.

He also pointed out that there were numerous communities in the state with a few thousand population, which need to be protected.

"If the government and the court do not consider this factor, then the local communities will be annihilated," Nasi said adding, the Centre did not file a review petition against the September 17 order and if it fails to file a curative petition, then that would only show that it was biased.

The AAPSU General Secretary termed the Inner Line Permit exemption for the Chakma and Hajong refugees as a medium to make them tribals in order to revoke the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873.

"The Supreme Court judgment did not consider the socio-economic and cultural factors. The apex court should take into account the aspirations of the Arunachalees," said member of AAPSU Core Committee on Chakma-Hajong refugee issue Prof Nani Bath.

Various organisations from different districts of the state participated in the rally which started from the Poi Pee Mau Ground and culminated at the Nimki field near DIG (Eastern Zone) office. PTI



Niglok IGC yet to see light of the day


RUKSIN, Dec 8: Expressing resentment over the slow-pace of development of the much hyped Industrial Growth Centre (IGC) at Niglok in East Siang district, the people of the area termed it as the state government’s negligence and lack of vision for industrial reform.

Apart from two small scale industries - a Mineral Water Bottling Plant and Tiles production factory set up in the IGC, the building for other units are lying abandoned in a dilapidated condition for the last several years due to the shortsighted policy for industrial development.

Set up at Niglok, 7 kms from Ruksin headquarter, the IGC, which once brought new hope among the entrepreneurs, is yet to see the light of the day even after 26 years of its commencement in 1988. The IGC designed with installation facilities of various production units including bamboo, tea and food processing, cold storage, machinery weaving is running without men and machines till date.

On the other hand, Vinayak Tea Company, a Kolkata based company has agreed with the State industries department for setting up of tea processing unit in the industrial complex, but the local people are yet to notice any development in this regard so far. The 1000 MT Capacity 3 storied Cold Storage project at Niglok IGC, which was commissioned during last part of 2010 has been lying defunct as there is no adequate power supply.

The local people are upset on the fact that many ministers, MLAs and top ranking Industries department officials have repeatedly visited the IGC from time to time and assured the local people that they would take the industry to a new height. Finally, local MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary for Industries (Independent), Tatung Jamoh has taken up the issue with the Chief Minister for taking strategic steps. But it remains to be seen how he is going to contribute for the development of the IGC.

Most of the buildings constructed inside the industrial complex are lying abandoned in dilapidated condition for the last several years while a larger portion of the Industrial Centre is lying unused, covered by undergrowth and thorny weeds. Moreover, erosion of industry land by Sille river and encroachment are adding to the problems of the industrial centre.

It is pertinent to mention that Chief Minister Nabam Tuki during July last year directed the Industries department officers to put efforts to operationalise Niglok IGC on an urgent basis. He suggested for opting solar power in order to meet the power crisis besides taking up the road repairing work connecting the Industrial Growth Centre on priority.

“We are eagerly looking forward for an outcome of the Chief Minister’s initiative for development of the IGC without further delay. Only time will tell how fruitful these ventures will be, if at all it takes off”, said a local.



Tuki Govt is stable, says Aboh

KHONSA, Dec 8: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki-led state government is absolutely stable and the rumour mills doing the round about the instability of the government will not hold water, said Civil Supplies and  DoTCL  Minister Tirong Aboh while interacting with the HoDs of Tirap district at the newly inaugurated circuit house  here today.

The Minister urged the HoDs to extend cooperation to the government for all round development and discharge their assigned duties with utmost devotion and unwavering sincerity. The Minister asked them to ensure that the development schemes in the district are implemented properly without compromising with the quality of work. He also asked the departments to prepare viable and need-based schemes.

While appreciating Chief Minister for his development initiatives, Aboh said that all the chiefs of the district should also be issued TV sets along with the GBs. The Minister further said that the proposed Vikas Rally on December 16 at Khonsa is  not a political rally but a fully government- sponsored programme to effectively disseminate information regarding the policies and programmes of the state government and also to pronounce the priority areas of the government.

The Minister earlier inaugurated a 3-storied Circuit House building built by the PWD under SPA at estimated cost of Rs 2 crore amidst a huge gathering.

Tirap Deputy Commissioner Ravi Jha in his address expressed happiness over the completion of the new circuit house building that would go a long way in mitigating the chronic accommodation problem at Khonsa. He also threw light on the main objective of the interactive meeting with the Minister and urged the HoDs to leave no stone unturned to make the proposed visit of the CM a grand success. The meeting was attended by Tirap SP Jasmeet Singh, ADC and all HoDs. Later accompanied by the DC, SP and others, the Minister inspected the Polytechnic Institute at Kheti which will be inaugurated by CM and the Nehru stadium where the Vikas Rally will be held. DIPRO



Orgs oppose bail plea by alleged accused

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: Aka-Miji Capital Complex Welfare Society (AMCCWS), Sajolang Elite Society (SES) and All Sajolang (Miji) Student’s Union (ASSU) have strongly opposed the bail plea of Sonam Nangey, who has allegedly been accused of rapping and physically assaulting a school girl at Naharlagun on November 18.

The three organizations, in a joint representation to the Chief Minister claimed that the alleged accused has applied for bail in the CJM Court, Yupia, Papum Pare and the bail petition is scheduled to be heard on December 9.

The organization trio appealed the CM to ensure that the alleged accused is not granted bail under any circumstances considering the nature of the crime.

The representation demanded early submission of the medical test report,  speedy trial and filing of charge-sheet against the alleged accused, against whom case has been registered at Women Police Station, Itanagar Under Section 376(1) / 323  POCSO Act 2012 on November 19.

They further demanded adequate compensation to the victim and her family members and exemplary punishment for the culprit as per law.



MIA family members seek ‘repatriation ceremony’ as Indian Govt keeps mum

[ Amar Sangno ]

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: Apparently, the cloud of ‘Chinese apprehension’ is hard to blow away from the Himalayan state of Arunachal Pradesh, no matter how much the Indian government presents the Nation as a valiant and fast growing super-power to the world. The stoic silence maintained over the US recovery Defense POW Accounting Agency (DPAA) team’s recent excavation in the treacherous hills of Damro under Mariyang ADC headquarter in Upper Siang district has once again testified the government’s weariness to confront its sturdy neighbour.

Highly placed sources informed this daily that the 13-member DPAA team headed by Capt. David Ritchie Gooch was instructed strictly before venturing into Arunachal Pradesh. The ‘rule of engagement’ included abstaining from interacting and speaking to the Indian media. The set of do’s and don’ts was given considering China’s repeated claims over Arunachal, terming it as a part of Southern Tibet.

“I think the Indian government wanted to avoid unnecessary spats, as permitting US Marine Corp Unit to Arunachal could miff Chinese.  Chinese always tends to raise disputes over Arunachal” opined a retired Army officer who doesn’t want to be named.

The long-felt mission to recover the mortal remains of US bomber B-24J’s crew members that went down while flying over the Hump during World War II, was done almost in a clandestine manner as no Indian Army officials accompanied the DPAA team to the crash site. The sources from US DPAA team revealed that mortal remains from the site have been left behind in India for joint US-India forensic review. It stated that once the joint forensic review report is prepared, the mortal remains will be flown back to Hawaii, USA and handed over to family members for final ritual. Many family members have died waiting to see the remains of their’ loved ones for over seven decades without having their wishes fulfilled.

Earlier, the successive UPA government had suspended the recovery mission of US dead crew members in Arunachal in 2009, reasoning that the territory was sensitive due to "strategic, internal political, ecological and anthropological reasons". However, in an assertive development, the Modi led NDA government recently allowed the US search operation team to resume its recovery mission while shrugging off the Chinese concerns.

The family members of Missing in Action (MIA) of US B-24J nicknamed as “Hot as Hell”, have also written a letter to director of DPAA, Lt. Gen. Michael Linington on December 5, 2015, demanding for a formal ceremony to be organized by the Indian side during handing over of the remains. They further felt that the Indian government owes at least a repatriation ceremony for these fallen heroes after the long denial and disrespect shown for over 70 years.

The Malaysian government had held a similar “repatriation ceremony” to honour the remains of American crew members recovered from its country on November 5, 2015 in Subang, Malaysia. The U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Malaysian Deputy Defense Minister Mohd Johari Baharum participated in the turnover ceremony.

In his letter to Director DPAA, Gary Zaetz, Nephew of USAAF 1st Lt. Irwin Zaetz, who is also the founder Chairman of “Families and Supporters of America’s Arunachal Missing in Action” informed that the family members of “Hot as Hell” sought assurance from the Indian Government to conduct a formal turn over ceremony in honour of  the crew members. Gary also sought that the ceremony should be opened to the media so that they tell the world about their long wait. He further wished that senior US Government and Indian Government officials would be in attendance. The copy of letter was also sent to Brig. Ashok Dhingra, the Defence and Military Attache at Indian Embassy in Washington.

Gary stated that ceremony is extremely important, as a sign of the Indian Government's commitment to making the termination of the moratorium permanent, public and sincere rather than just a token gesture. He added that failure to acknowledge the end of the moratorium will make them doubt the commitment of the Indian government.

This reporter sought comment from Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju who has been given additional charge of South-East Asia External Affairs. When contacted, Rijiju refused to comment on the issue saying that he cannot do so without consulting with the Defense Minister. It is not confirmed yet whether the repatriation ceremony will be held or not, as this daily unable to establish contact with Indian Army officials for comment.



Kerosene lanterns replaced with Solar

lamps in  district hospital

ROING, Dec 8: Deputy Commissioner Lower Dibang Valley Ravi Dhavan today handed over 20 solar lamps to the nursing staff of District Hospital, Roing.

The DC was on a visit to the District Hospital, Roing to take stock of its developments and functioning. Satisfied with the team spirit displayed by the doctors and nursing staff, DC Dhavan was surprised to see the Hospital still using Kerosene lanterns in wards, nursing staff room and even in the delivery room.

The solar lamps offered by RIWATCH - an NGO, has replaced all the Kerosene lanterns being used since 1960 when the then Advisor to Governor of Assam, N. K. Rustom had inaugurated the hospital. The programme “Access to Energy” launched by RIWATCH aims to reach out to the unreached in the district and all the units of essential services. The DC lauded the initiative that has phased out kerosene lanterns with clean energy lamps.

Accompanied by Hospital Superintendent, Dr. Ista Pulu and DMO, Dr. D Wange, DC Dhavan visited the upcoming infrastructure like the Eye Unit, maternity unit, blood bank unit and OPD etc. Appreciating the new initiatives in the hospital, Dhavan assured all possible assistance to provide effective health services to the people of the region.



NEDFI to take up comprehensive study

on skill development in Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: The North Eastern Development and Finance Corporation Ltd (NEDFi) will be taking up a comprehensive study on various issues of skill development in the state soon. A meeting was held between the state government officers and representatives of NEDFi in the Conference Hall of the Planning Department here yesterday to chalk out the modalities in this regard including the Terms of Reference (ToR).

The Chairman and Managing Director, NEDFi informed that a Comprehensive study on skill development encompassing all the North Eastern states is being presently undertaken by the Advisory and Consultancy Division of NEDFi under its Techno Economic Development Fund. The NEDFi has completed the study in Sikkim and has decided to undertake the study in Arunachal Pradesh, he added.

Stating that the study will focus on the existing skill development scenario in the state and will suggest strategies of skilling the employable population, the CMD, NEDFi sought the active support and assistance in carrying out the study in Arunachal.

Secretary, Skill Development urged that the study should bring out specific recommendations for the government to implement rather than generic solutions. He further suggested that the 4000 youths, who are already beneficiaries of the state skill initiative, will form a good source of primary data for the study.

Commissioner Agriculture/Horticulture, Commissioner Education and Commissioner Fisheries also put forward suggestions on the issue pertaining to their departments. Secretary and Director of the Skill Development & Employment Generation Department being the nodal department put forward the views of the department and requested conducting the study in a realistic manner with more input of primary data based on a large sample while, Secretary, Planning emphasized on identifying psychology linked vocation and employable skills.

Earlier, chairing the meeting Principal Secretary Finance informed that skill development is high priority agenda of the state government and it is committed to provide all necessary assistance to the unemployed youth for channelizing their talent and energy for constructive activities. While assuring the NEDFi officials of all support from the state government, he further requested NEDFi to come up with a report which is practical and feasible taking into account the past experiences of government policies and programmes on skill development.



Need for providing efficient citizen-friendly service through e-Governance stressed

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: ATI Director (Training), Pate Marik emphasized on the need for use of information technology to provide effective, efficient and citizen-friendly service through e-Governance system to the people of the state. He was addressing the trainees of a day-long sensitization workshop on Innovative/Best Practices in E-Governance Initiative, conducted under the aegis of Capacity Building Programmes of Mission Mode projects of GoAP and GoI at ATI, Naharlagun on Monday.

Organized by the Centre for Innovations in Public Systems (CIPS), Hyderabad in association with ATI, the workshop was aimed at facilitating the creation of the requisite platform for the entire senior and middle level departmental official to partake in a deeper dialogue and for showcasing the best practices and solutions, address issues and challenges, appraisals on various e-Governance initiatives and way to accelerate e-Governance adoption in the state.

Common Service Centre Northeast Regional head, Enosh Kumar, State Informatics Officer from NIC Itanagar, Jyotish Roy, IEC Manager from Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) Assam, Mithun Chakraborty and Tax & Excise Department Itanagar Assistant Commissioner, Tapas Dutta were the resource persons during the programme which was attended by over 45 representatives of various departments including, HoDs and AHoDs.

Among others, former DGP of Andhra Pradesh, MV Krishna Rao (Retd), Project Research Associate of CIPS Hyderabad Avik Chakraborty and Assistant Director ATI Naharalgun Nani Khambo also spoke on the occasion.



Bollywood ready to shoot “Rangoon” in January

[ HK Roy ]

PASIGHAT, Dec 8: Renowned Bollywood filmmaker Vishal Bharadwaj is all set to shoot his upcoming film “Rangoon” in East Siang and Siang districts.

Saif Ali Khan, Sahid Kapoor and Kangana Ranaut will play the lead roles in the film besides two acclaimed stars from London. The film is being produced and directed by Sajid Nadiadwala and Bharadwaj based on World War II where some Indian soldiers fought for the British Army against Subhash Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army in Rangoon, Myanmar.

On July 28 last, Bharadwaj along with entourage of six members visited couples of places to identify locations for shooting.

“Komsing bridge, Kebang, Bodak, Partung etc have been chosen as locations for shooting,” told Associate Producer of the film Vikas Mehta, who is currently on a tour to Pasighat along with coordinator Sunil Tiwari, in an exclusive interview here today.

The shooting of the film will start from second week of January, Mehta informed.

East Siang Deputy Commissioner Isha Khosla and District Tourism Officer Nui Talong are extending all possible help and cooperation.

Meanwhile, the DC has assured Mehta that her administration will ensure safety, security and comfortable stay of the entire Bollywood team during their stay in the district for shooting. Adequate security personnel will also be deployed for traffic and crowd control.



Veteran Cup Football: Semifinal lineup completes

ITANAGAR, Dec 8: Defending Champion Arunachal United will be up against last year’s runner up Siang Highlanders in the first semifinal while Naharlagun United will lock horns with Kurung Kumey Veterans in the second semifinal of the 3rd State Level Veteran Football Tournament 2015 to be played at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium Naharlagun on December 10.

In a crucial last match of the day, Naharlagun United FC defeated Tata Company FC by solitary goal to book semi-final berth.

The all important goal was scored by Koj Tatung in 6th minute receiving a perfect cross from Kipa Takum.

Needing only a draw to progress into the semifinal, Tata Company FC went all out for the equalizer but rock solid defense by NUFC’s Takam Tallum, Kipa Bharat and Byabang Lok foiled all TCFC attacks.

In the first match of the day, Kurung Kumey Veteran beat Papa XI 2-0 to top the Group ‘B’ and enter semifinals.

Tamchi Shyam and Tassar Lucky scored one goal each for the winning team in 34th and 46th minutes respectively.

The second match was played between Doimukh Veteran Warriors and E &Ks which ended in 2-2 draw. Both the teams crashed out of the tournament. This is third time host E&Ks crashed out of the tournament at league stage.

Kra – Daadi Veteran defeated Emchi Veteran 5-2 in the third match.

Kra – Daadi’s Takam Tayam put his team ahead by scoring in 4th minute before Khyoda Harming added another goal in 13th minute. Hari Tacho scored three goals in 17th, 24th and 48th minutes.

Likha Tani and Nabam Vikram scored a goal each for Emchi Veteran in 38th and 50th minute respectively.

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Congress is in self destructive mood

The Congress party today blocked functioning of the both houses of parliament. Alleging that BJP is indulging in vendetta politics by trying to drag Gandhi family into national herald issue, Congress protested inside parliament and disrupted functioning. Earlier today a trial Court in Delhi directed Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and other alleged accused to appear in person on 19th of this month. Sonia and Rahul's pleas challenging summons issued to them in the case by the trial court was dismissed by the Delhi High Court yesterday. The summons were issued on a criminal complaint lodged by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy for alleged cheating and misappropriation of funds in acquiring ownership of now-defunct daily National Herald.

While BJP categorically stated that it has no role to play in the case the Congress is refusing to believe them and have upped the ante against BJP. It is too early to say whether BJP is indulging in political vendetta by using Dr Swamy. Just because the case has been filed by party leader Subramanian Swamy, the Congress should not start blaming the ruling government. Also it makes no sense to block the functioning of parliament over a court case. If indeed Congress is sure that their leaders Sonia and Rahul Gandhi has not done anything wrong they have nothing to fear. They should fight it out at court and prove their innocence. Disrupting the functioning of parliament and thereby harming the chances of clearing important bill like GST, the Congress is only damaging the image of party.





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Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, the Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) student union (RGUSU) would like to circulate the information to all the citizens particularly to the entire fraternity of RGU that the security system has been tightened, particularity, in the entrance gate in order to stop illegal trespass and to maintain the sacrosanct environment of institution.

The following measures have been taken to strengthening the security system.

1. Strict checking of outsiders and vehicles entering campus has been implemented since last few months.

2. The vehicle pass card  are provided to all the vehicles of students, faculty members,  staffs and the administrative officers of RGU for proper identification, which is to be  pasted in their vehicles and they need to show/produce it while passing through the gate.

3. The gate shall remain closed after 10.00 PM and no outsiders shall be allowed to enter the   campus.  Any members of RGU leaving campus after 10.00 PM need to register their  names in the security register. Those who come after 10.00 PM will be strictly checked and may be asked to produce their identity card, irrespective of their position and status.

4. All the members of RGU and outsiders should cooperate with the security system and  security personnel. If anybody irrespective of their position and status misbehave or  torture the security personnel during the duty, it will be taken seriously.

5. The RGU bus service is for bonafide members of the University. The bus shall be  checked strictly while leaving and returning to campus. All the passengers of the bus must comply with the checking norms and produce identity card whenever asked by the security personnel.

6. If anyone is found to possess illegal items like liquor and other intoxicated items during checking in the gate, severe action shall be taken against the particular  person.

7. The security personnel of RGU under the guidance of chief security officer  Techi Badal is doing good job for the protection of properties as well as to  maintain decorum of the University. Therefore we the Rajiv   Gandhi University Students Union (RGUSU) humbly appeal to the concern citizens to  cooperate and abide with security norms for the betterment of the university cam pus.


Nabam Akin

President (RGUSU)




Implement Allahabad high court order in Arunachal

Dear Editor,

In August this year following a petition filed by one Umesh Kumar Singh, the honourable Allahabad High Court ordered all the government servants, elected representatives, members of judiciary and any other persons who get any benefit or salary from the state exchequer or public fund to send their children to schools run by the state education board. Justice Sudhir Agarwal, passing the historic judgment ruled that an amount equal to the school fees should be deposited by the officials and elected representatives to the state exchequer, for every child going to a private school which is not maintained by the state government.

This order of the Allahabad High Court is very relevant for the state like Arunachal Pradesh where most of the Govt. run schools are paralyzed or remains defunct due to the non-attention of the Govt. as well as the public representatives. As all the Govt. employees, public representatives, business tycoons send their children to the private schools paying lakhs of rupees, they do not bother about the schools run under the government where the students of poor family are studying.

One of the most obvious reasons for the poor quality of education in our state is the poor attention of the govt., public representatives, parents and teachers towards the government schools. Due to the poor attention of political leaders, govt. officers, high profile businessmen, etc. the quality of govt. schools are becoming bad to worst day by day. Because these sections of the society always send their children to highly paid private schools and therefore they do not care about the govt. schools. In govt. schools, student hailing from poor family background are studying though quality may not be as good as private schools.

Therefore, considering all these facts, if the state govt. follows order of Allahabad High Court, the system of education will improve and the quality education will be imparted even in govt. schools. If this system is introduced in our state also, the public representatives, govt. officers, business tycoons will start sending their children to the govt. run schools, and thereby the conditions of school will improve to a great extent. Then, in coming days, for sure the gap between rich and poor in the field of education will be minimized up to some extent.


Mamin Nalo Poba

Upper Subansiri District




Encouraging gambling in the name of Mini Mela

Dear editor,

Through the column of your esteemed daily I would like to draw the kind attention of the concern authorities regarding the playing of dice in the name of Mini Mela. I have seen different types of Mela's since childhood but from the beginning of this year a unique type of Mela is being organized in the capital complex, which lasts more than two months. This Mini Mela has nothing to do with usual Mela as one cannot find any eateries, entertainment activities, shops and games. It only focuses in playing of dice. I thought that Mela refers to 'shows and exhibitions' but I didn't know that playing dice is also major part of mela according to them.

Last but not the least I would like to ask the authorities who gives them the permission to organize gambling? And who gives them such ideas of playing dice in the name of mini mela. I request them not to indulge in such kind of practice as we all are well aware that playing dice is banned within the jurisdiction of capital complex.


Tana P Tagru