December 13

Media orgs serve notice to APCC

ITANAGAR, Dec 12: Taking cognizance of the incident in which journalists were rebuked and alleged of being BJP party members by a Congress member while discharging their duties on the frontlines on Dec 12, the press fraternity of the state has taken a stern view and served a notice seeking clarification on the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee.

The press fraternity comprising of Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists, Arunachal Press Club and Arunachal Electronic Media Association vehemently condemns the incident.   

It is to be reminded that around the 2014 General Elections, the press fraternity had lodged a complaint with the State Chief Election Officer against APCC for trying to bribe the journalists present after a press conference/briefing at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, Itanagar.

The repeated undermining of the press by the Congress party is a serious threat to democracy, which the press fraternity believes is a thinly veiled attack on the freedom of expression - under Article 19 (2) of the Indian Constitution.             


Rs one cr realized in Lok Adalats

ITANAGAR, Dec 12:  A total of 208 cases were disposed of during the Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority organized National Lok Adalats in all district headquarters of state today. The amount involved in cases disposed totaled over Rs one crore.

The courts of Tezu District & Sessions Court, Nani Grayu, disposed of one money suit and one MACT cases, Basar Additional District & Sessions Judge, Jaweplu Chai -34 money suit cases amounting to Rs 451845, Pasighat Additional District & Sessions Judge, Ito Basar - one MACT and 27 money suits and Bomdila Additional District & Sessions judge, Yomge Ado disposed of five criminal cases.

The courts of Aalo, CJM, Tage Halley disposed of 14 criminal cases, Aalo CJM, Komjum Tasso -15 criminal cases, Roing CJM, Tadu Tamang - 15 cases, CJM Hirendra Kashyap and Yupia Judicial Magistrate First Class, Mary Kamsi disposed of 47 cases, Daporijo Judicial Magistrate, First Class Domo Padu -10 cases, Khonsa Judicial Magistrate, Damge Niri -9 cases and Yingkiong Judicial Magistrate, Habung Tangu -3 cases and Tawang Judicial Magistrate Tailang Laji disposed of 3 cases.

The Lok Adalats from January, 2015 till November, 2015 had already disposed of a total of 416 cases and award totaling Rs 1, 79, 13,037 were ordered, according to an official release.


Families of soldiers felicitated

ITANAGAR, Dec 12:  Chhappan Division Officer Commanding, Maj Gen Vikal Sahni felicitated the families of martyr soldiers and gallantry award winners at Likabali Military Station on Friday.

Earlier, a rally was held wherein over a thousand Ex-Servicemen (ESM), Veer Naris, widows and their family members from Dhemaji, North Lakhimpur of Assam and West, East and Upper Siang, Upper and Lower Subansiri, Papum Pare, Kurung Kumey, Kra Daadi took part.

The rally was aimed at making the ESM and Veer Naris aware about the welfare initiatives undertaken by the state government to resolve their grievances.

Addressing the ESM/Veer Naris, Maj Gen. Sahni acknowledged the sacrifices made by the defence veterans over the years towards nation building. He also interacted with the veterans and assured them of all possible assistance to address their pension-related and other grievances including resettlement, financial upliftment and healthcare.  

As part of the rally, a medical and dental checkup camp was also organized for the ESM and their names were also registered in the ESM grievances portal.

Representatives from Defence Pensions Office (PCDA Allahabad), Defence Placement Office, Ex-Servicemen Welfare Officer of the government of Assam, Defence Recruitment Office (ARO Jorhat), Gramin Vikas Bank, SBI and ECHS Polyclinic also attended the rally.


RCH camp benefits 100

[ Karyir Riba ]

ROING, Dec 12: Around a 100 villagers have benefitted from the Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) camp organised by District Health Society (DHS) Roing under its National Health Mission (NHM) at Chidu village here yesterday.

Antenatal care (ANC) services, specialised treatment, diagnostic services and free drugs were conducted by a team of doctors comprising Gynaecologist Dr Ista Pulu, Pediatrician Dr Nangkong Yirang, Ophthalmologist Dr C Tayang, DTO Dr S J Metapo, DSO Dr L C Deori, along with the Lab Technician, ANM's and other medical staff.

Medicines were also provided to the needy patients, pregnant women, and children free of cost.

On-the-spot malaria detection testing was also conducted wherein three malaria p.f cases were detected. The affected patients were provided medicines free of cost.

Panchayat members, including local ASM Batuli Umbrey attended the programme.


Career counseling program

in Pasighat schools held


PASIGHAT, Dec 12: Career counseling sessions with an objective to guide the secondary students on competitive preparedness was conducted by Motion Education Pvt. Ltd (Kota), Guwahati in different secondary schools of Pasighat on Dec 11. A team of faculty members along with a coordinator taught the students on how they would prepare for various qualifying examination and others like IIT, JEE and AIR etc at IGJ Govt.HSS, D’-Ering HSS and VKV. The career counseling programme was sponsored by Motion Education. Pvt. Ltd. (Kota), a Rajasthan based educational trust.


NPF warns against political fighting

ITANAGAR, Dec 12: Nyishi People’s Forum (NPF) cautioned all political parties and various organizations  not to carry forward  political fightings or indulge in such activities under the banner of Nyishi community.

Reminding the death of a member of the community at IG Park during the uprising against the Jarbom Gamlin Government in October, 2011, the NPF warned everyone against repetition of such unpleasant incident.


BEO dies of illness

ITANAGAR, Dec 12: Roshan Dijo, a Block Education Officer (BEO), attached to DDSE office, West Kameng district died at a hospital in Shillong  due to illness on December 11. Late Dijo is survived by two sons and daughter.

Born at Rurang village  under Nefra circle on Dec 20, 1974, Late Dijo did his graduation from Rajiv Gandhi University and post graduation in Political Science from Delhi university. He joined the education department as teacher in 1997 and subsequently appointed as BEO in 2009. Meanwhile, Arunachal Block Education Officer Forum (ABEOF) deeply mourned the death of its executive member and BEO Roshan Dijo.


ZCC organised mass carol at Ziro

ZIRO, Dec 12: The 13th Joint Mass Carol procession was organised by the Ziro Christian Council (ZCC) on Dec 12 evening at Ziro.

Around 1500 Christians from different denominations participated in the annual event. The carol procession which started from Old Ziro culminated at Abotani Hall, Haopolyang.

Attending the function, Arunachal Baptist Church Council Itanagar, General Secretary, Rev. Mikin Perme addressed the gathering as the Speaker. Two video cassettes were also on the occasion.

Chairman, ZCC, Gyati Malli and Secretary, ZCC Dusu Tacho also spoke on the occasion.


Relief material distributed

ITANAGAR, Dec 12:  Relief materials like rice, blankets and utensils were distributed to one Samtu Simai of Jairampur, 16 Mile whose house was completely gutted in a devastating fire on the midnight of Dec 10, by the All Changlang District Students’ Union (ACDSU) today.

The ACDSU has further appealed to the authorities concerned to provide adequate compensation to the victim at the earliest.


Techi Killi-N L Togu win men’s

doubles (45+) title

ITANAGAR, Dec 12: Techi Killi and N L Togu won the Men’s Doubles (45 plus) title in the CM’s Sub-Veteran and Veteran State Open Badminton Championship at Raj Bhawan Badminton Stadium here today.

They defeated the pair of Karmo Riram and Nabam Tekhi in the final.  

As many as 32 matches were played on the second day of the championship today.

Taw Anya and Likha Moni Mein will play against each other in the Women’s Singles (35 plus) final while Laa Ribe would be up against Karmo Riram in Men’s Singles (45 plus) final.

Gechi Doke Lendo will play against N Sora in the Men’s Singles (50 plus) category and Tomar Angu and Taw Anya would play against the pair of Likha Moni Mein and A Buragohain in the Mixed Doubles final.

Dobin Doke Lendo and Gechi Doke Lendo beat the pair of Ege Ete and N Sora in straight 21-7, 21-13 set in Men Doubles (50 plus).


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Bill on refugee issue or will stall Assembly: AAPSU

ITANAGAR, Dec 12: Expressing apprehension over the uncaring attitude of the state government on the contentious Chakma-Hajong refugee issue, the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) on Saturday has threatened to stall the proceedings of the state Legislative Assembly unless a bill on the refugee imbroglio is tabled in the floor of the house.

“We will not allow the Assembly session to function normally till the government introduces a bill to oppose settlement of refugees in the state,” AAPSU President Kamta Lapung said in the statement.

The executive body of the union which met here on Friday, unanimously resolved to demand the government to introduce a bill in the Assembly on the settlement issue of the refugees.

Saying that the Chakma-Hajong imbroglio has taken the back seat following the infighting between the ruling Congress, Lapung said the issue has been posing threat to the future generation of the state.

“Our leaders have failed to address the contentious issue and are busy playing politics for their respected chairs. They talk about development but has miserably failed to understand that if we failed to find a lasting solution to the issue, there will be no Arunachal left to be governed,” Lapung emphatically said.

“We will be reduced to a minority and will be ruled by the Chakma-Hajong, which AAPSU will never let it happen,” he added.

The union also demanded the government not to allow permanent settlement to the refugees in the state, deletion of their names from the compensation list of the proposed Greenfield Airport project at Hollongi and immediate removal of the Chakma-Hajong refugees from the forest areas of the state which they have illegally occupied. Reiterating its demand for the recall of the Governor for his alleged anti-Arunachali stand since he joined the state, the union stated that the Governor had failed to meet the union over the Chakma-Hajong issue earlier during its rally which, showed his lack of interest on the issue.

Citing the airport issue involving the Governor’s controversial letter to the Prime Minister requesting him to drop the project and instead upgrade the Lilabari airport at Lakhimpur in neighbouring Assam, the AAPSU stated that the Governor’s clarification on the letter citing compensation issue was not at all justified.  

“If at all due to compensation issue, the airport should be shifted to Assam, then tomorrow the Governor might ask the Centre to shift the Trans Arunachal Highway (TAH) to Assam,” Lapung pointed out.

“We also have apprehensions regarding the boundary issue since the Governor had represented Assam as the Chief Secretary on many occasions. In order to maintain a peaceful co-existence between the two states, the Governor should be recalled at the earliest,” added Lapung.



Renovation of Capital roads within ten days

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Dec 12: The dwellers of Capital Complex will have to wait for another 10 more days for much awaited repairing cum re-carpeting of capital road to start. While talking to this daily, Chief Engineer PWD Highway (Western Zone) Bora Ete informed that contractor have not been able to gather all the required machineries to start the work.

"Two of the most important component, which is Bitumen Tank and Paver, are yet to arrive. As it is working season in the North East India, none of machines are available for hire. Therefore, despite his effort, the contractor was not able to manage it. However,  Executive Engineer, Capital Division and contractor informed me that required machines have been managed and it will reach Itanagar within 10 days," said CE.

Further he added, "As soon the Bitumen Tank and Paver arrive, the work will start. For now the black-topping will be concentrated in Itanagar, Naharlagun and Nirjuli. Out of 31.50 KM of Itanagar-Banderdewa stretch of national highway, we will carry out re-carpeting work in 17 KM stretch." He assured dwellers of capital that, PWD Highway will try their best to ensure that quality work is done.

"We do understand that patience is running out and people desperately want improvement of capital road. We are working hard and will try our best to stand up to the people's expectation," he added.



JACAP asks NES not to incite communal sentiment

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Dec 12:  Jumping into the bandwagon against Nyishi Elite Society (NES) for targeting the Governor, Joint Action Committee of Arunachal Pradesh (JACAP) Chairman Lokam Tassar today expressed shock at NES statement stating that Society is communalising the political movement to save the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.

Addressing the media persons at Press Club here, JACAP Chairman said that NES being registered NGO under Society Registration Act 1860, is not supposed to incite communal sentiment in a political movement. Condemning the society, Tassar termed the NES statement as ‘irresponsible and highly condemnable’ by all.

He added that Nyishi being the largest community in the state should lead the state in all front including peace, communal harmony and development.

Citing the Pradeep Thakur issue, former Koloriang MLA alleged that NES had already lowered the community’s image by inciting violence to topple late Jarbom Gamlin from the post of Chief Minister.

He said that NES is deviating from its main objectives, saying that instead of taking up social and cultural and economic issues, the society is inclined more to politics which is absolutely a wrong precedence.

He further informed the media persons that JACAP will lodge FIR against the NES and its members for violating Central Service Rules and Society Registration Act 1860 pointing out that one third of NES members are government employees.

JACAP Vice Chairman Ngurang Taka also informed that they will write to Chief Secretary against NES for appropriate action. On the reported impeachment motion moved against the Deputy Speaker, JACAP claimed that it is planted by the Speaker so that it contradicts with his impeachment motion.



NES defers protest rally, questions Governor

ITANAGAR, Dec 12: The Nyishi Elite Society has decided to defer the proposed Protest Rally of Dec 14 citing the latest turn of events. The rally was proposed to press for recall of the incumbent Governor, J.P Rajkhowa by NES stating that the Governor was being partial to call the sixth sitting of the Legislative Assembly from Dec 16th to 18th and target Speaker Nabam Rebia for impeachment while uplifting the Deputy Speaker who too faces impeachment motion. No subsequent date for the rally was given by NES.

In a release, NES reiterated that it was a blatant lie by Governor JP Rajkhowa in saying that he was unaware of the impeachment motion against the Deputy Speaker, whereas, both the impeachment motions are under the scrutiny of the Secretary, Legislative Assembly.

Questioning the Governor, NES added that he advocated for three to four airports in Arunachal Pradesh, whereas, he has been a major hurdle for a single much needed airport at the state capital-Itanagar. NES has also questioned the Governor’s act of bypassing the precedence of legal consultations with his own Government machineries, the Department of Law, Advocate General and Legislative Assembly secretariat and rather, obtain assistance from legal experts outside the state. Is impeachment motion of a Speaker a private case of the Governor, queried the release.



NES criticized for tagging Governor as anti-Nyishi

ITANAGAR, Dec 12: Since the declaration of Anti-Nyishi tag for the Governor, the Nyishi Elite Society is facing criticism from various corners.

In a release, All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) has condemned the NES for involving in state politics, interfering in the business of Arunachal Pradesh State Legislative Assembly and for misguiding innocent Nyishi people for communalizing every petty issue for self-benefit.

It further appealed youths from Nyishi community and the general people not to join in the proposed protest rally on Dec 14 next and said that it would hold NES responsible if any untoward incident happens or any law and order problem arise out of the protest rally. It also appealed the NES executive members who are government employees to resign from their respective government service if they are really interested in joining state politics.

The Former ANSU Leaders said that NES and ANSU should not drag the entire Nyishi community in the political race.  In the state, many national as well as regional political parties have their own setups and adequate man power to safeguard their political interest. We do not approve of such haste move of the premier organization leading the Nyishi community towards wrong direction, it said in its release.

It also said that it would hold responsible the NES and ANSU if any untoward happens in their movement.

Save Arunachal Youth Organization (SAYA) in a release said that it is disappointed with the decision of NES saying that it has jumped blindly into the political issue which has resulted from internal conflict among the Congress legislators. It said NES should rather focus in building pan Arunachal identity to integrate, unit and instill feeling of brotherhood and oneness among the different communities of the state.

SAYA suggested that NES should desist itself from associating with the political race for the post of CM and Speaker which would neither benefit the Nyishi community nor it will do good for entire community of the state.

The All Arunachal Pradesh Non-Registration Contractors’ Association (AAPNRCA) in another statement said that the allegation leveled by NES against the Governor is an attempt to communalize the political movement and invite collateral damage for the Nyishi community.

It demanded the NES president should immediately resign from his post. It also asked the chief secretary to suspend the executive members of NES as most of them are state government employees and also to cancel its registration.

Meanwhile,  in a sensational turn of events after the Nyishi Elite Society (NES) came head on with the Governor and tagged him Anti-Nyishi, an FIR was lodged against members of community based organization with Itanagar police station today under section 153 (A) 153 (B), 122 & 124 of IPC.

The FIR has been lodged by one Yukar Tara against President Bengia Tolum, secretary general Tarh Tabin, vice president Katung Wahge, publicity secretary Bengia Amit and Secretary (protocol) Yumlam Kaha of NES.

In the FIR, it said that the tone of the NES office bearers is prejudicial to the national integration as it has threatened the constitutional head which amounts to insult.



APCC writes to President demanding removal of Governor

ITANAGAR, Dec 12: The conflict between Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) and Governor of the state JP Rajkhowa reached its height today with the party demanding recall of the Governor.

Narrating the Governor’s alleged anti-Arunachalee, anti-development and anti-Government stand, APCC President Padi Richo in a memorandum to President Pranab Mukherjee today requested him to recall Governor Rajkhowa and appoint a ‘suitable and eligible person’ in his place.

Ever since he took over as Governor of the state, he has been in media limelight for one reason or another, Richo said.

Giving details of the Governor’s alleged anti-Arunachalee and anti-Government activities in a chronological manner, the APCC president in his memorandum accused the Governor of misusing the Raj Bhawan as office of the BJP to dislodge the ruling Congress Government in the state.  He has been casting doubt on Nabam Tuki-led Government, its transparency and ability to function from the very first day of assuming office of the Governor which is evident from his various press statements published in local dailies.

“Unfortunately, the Governor’s criticism of the State Government provided an opportunity to opposition parties, like BJP and PPA to level allegations on the state government of ‘financial mismanagement’ and ‘corruption,’ the memorandum said.

Terming the early Assembly session and summoning of a special session of the assembly to facilitate ‘no confidence motion’ against the Speaker as unconstitutional, Richo alleged an unholy nexus between the Governor and opposition BJP.

He alleged that the Governor has grossly abused his constitutional position through excessive interference in the affairs of executives and interactions with media to defame the Congress Government from time to time.

The APCC President also informed the President Mukherjee about the Governor’s negative suggestions on the proposed Greenfield airport at Hollongi inviting storm of protests from all quarters, his alleged insensitive response towards sensitive Chakma and Hajong refugee issues, unconstitutional discharge of duties in political affairs and his alleged role in fuelling dissident activities.

Earlier in the morning, thousands of Congress Party workers, members and leaders marched towards the Raj Bhawan via Bank Tinali demanding immediate ouster of the Governor.

The protest rally started from APCC headquarters Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan here around 9-15 AM shouting slogans and carrying placards and banners demanding removal of the governor. The rally was stopped at Raj Bhawan Welcome Gate by the security personnel, wherein the APCC president and other leaders of the party vented out their anger and reservation against the Governor.

In his address, Richo said that the age-old peaceful co-existence between the people of Arunachal and Assam is at stake due to Rajkhowa. He demanded removal of the Governor even from entire North East and added that the rally was just beginning.

There will be no rest until the Governor is ousted, he said and indicated organizing similar protest rallies even at grassroots level to meet the demand.



AAPSU, GSU object to celebration of

‘Dhemiji Utsav’ in Arunachal land

ITANAGAR, Dec 12: All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) and Galo Students' Union (GSU) have strongly objected to ‘forceful’ celebration of ‘Dhemaji Utsav' 2016 within the territorial jurisdiction of Aunachal Pradesh and demanded the State Government to deploy police in the affected area and evict the festival organisers from the proposed festival venue.

Informing that the organizing committee of Dhemaji Utsav' is forcibly trying to celebrate the ‘Dhemaji Utsav’ from January 7 to 10 on the bank of Jiadhal (Dolok) River in the foothills of Kangku circle, AAPSU’s Communal Harmony & Border Affairs Secretary and GSU in a complaint letter to the Chief Secretary demanded not to allow celebration of ‘Utsav' within the territorial jurisdiction of Aunachal Pradesh and immediate eviction of the organising committee from Kangku.

Responding to a letter from both the students union, the West Siang Deputy Commissioner in November 23 last year  had written to the Chief Secretary informing about the same but nothing has been done to prevent the celebration of Dhemaji Utsav by Assam based organisations in the territory of Arunachal Pradesh, the letter to the Chief Secretary read.

When the boundary dispute between Arunachal Pradesh and Assam is still pending in the Supreme Court this kind of repeated act of aggression by Assam based organisations not only tantamount to the violation of the apex court's directive to maintain status quo but also a direct threat to the life and property of indigenous people of the state residing along the inter-state boundary, the letter added.

“The State Govt. will solely be responsible in case of breakdown of law and order in the area due to celebration of the ‘Utsav’ (festival) at Kangku,” cautioned both AAPSU and GSU.



Poi Pee Mau 2110 commences

[ Indrajit Tingwa ]

Nalung/Namsai, Dec 12: Poi Pee Mau 2110, the New Year celebrations of the Tai Khampti community in India commenced today at the festival ground in Nalung, near the Golden Pagoda of Namsai district.

The Poi Pee Mau festival is celebrated by the Tai people worldwide marking the advent of a new year as per their lunar calendar.    

The attraction of the first day of the three-day festival was the traditional boat race where teams competed in the initial rounds in wooden boats which are manually crafted. The boats are a unique feature in this part of North East India. The finals of the traditional boat race are to be held tomorrow afternoon.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, R.K.Sharma, Deputy Commissioner, Namsai who lauded the Tai Khamptis for striving towards sustaining its ethnic culture and heritage. He advocated for better publicity so as to generate more awareness amongst the youths regarding their rich cultural heritage and at the same time serve as a medium for promotion of tourism.    

A public meeting was convened yesterday on the eve of the festival by Tai Khampti Development Society (TKDS) in collaboration with the festival celebration committee where some important resolutions were passed as an initiative towards upholding the identity and culture of the Tai Khamti society.

The points covered broad range of issues and needs ranging from social, environmental and cultural aspects. One of the points put forth in the memorandum was the request for notifying the Poi Pee Mau festival as a public or district holiday. Some of the other points were requests for the District Administration to ban and check sale or transfer of land to non-indigenous persons of Namsai district and for periodical checks and verification for strict implementation of ILP under the provisions of BEFR 1873. The memorandum also sought complete ban on hunting wild animals in the whole district. It had also requested the DC Namsai to sanction five lakh rupees for creation of public utilities at the Nalung festival ground. While responding to the memorandum, DC Sharma assured to look into the demands as per relevant rules and regulations. He assured to sanction rupees five lakhs as requested in the memorandum for public utilities within the current fiscal.

The culture, cuisine and colourful Tai Khampti way of life is being showcased in the fest which concludes on December 14. Apart from the cultural displays, the delicious food is something to look out for in the fest.



Siang Highlanders win maiden Veteran Cup-2015 title

ITANAGAR, Dec 12: Siang Highlanders won their maiden 3rd Veteran Cup-2015 title defeating Naharlagun United Football Club (NUFC) by solitary goal at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun today.

The all important goal was scored by Binod Joshi in extra-time. Joshi was adjudged hero of the match.

Senior journalist Pradeep Kumar handed over the cup with Rs one lakh to the winners to the thunderous applause of the gathering.

NUFC was handed over the Runners Cup with Rs 50,000 by trader Sherif Nimasow.

Best goalkeeper Onom Sorah, highest scorer Dojum, player of the tournament Koj Tatung, fair play team Arunachal United Football Club and match referees - Kipa Achung, Topon Borah, Taba Nahan, Toko Poliam, Prolad Borah, Tabia Sunil, Tagio Raju, Tapor Maying, Hibu Kojing were felicitated on the occasion by the guest.

Earlier, Tourism Parliamentary Secretary Mama Natung, addressing the valedictory function said “success is not final and failure not the end until your vision wins,” adding that one only wins in a game, not two.

He exhorted state footballers to play with discipline as a disciplined game only impresses and entertains the viewers. The state players winning national and global laurels only prove their mettle and huge opportunities await good performers globally, he said while recalling the GoAP initiative to increase job reservation from 5% to 10% for sports persons to promote games and sports sector for the youth to have alluring careers.

Natung, a footballer who played in this stadium in 1989-90 & 1990-91, as guest of honour, announced that E&F & PH&WS Parliamentary Secretary Kumsi Sidisow would offer the prizes worth Rs 1.5 lakh.

Organising committee chairman Toko Tatung, in his address lauded all out support for making the event successful and appreciated Sports and Youth Affairs Parliamentary Secretary Likha Saaya for his assurance to extend GoAP financial assistance for the next edition.

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