Bridge over Pachin
ITANAGAR, Dec 13: A bridge over Pachin might become a reality soon as the Ministry
of Development of North Eastern Region has written to the WAPCOS, to examine the
detailed project report of RCC Bridge over River Pachin connecting ISBT and Naharlagun
WAPCOS has been asked to furnish techno-economic comments/appraisal of the DPR to
the ministry for further action based on Arunachal Govt.’s detailed paper work for
Siram inspects water projects
PASIGHAT, Dec 13: Advisor to Chief Minister, Bosiram Siram accompanied by East Siang
ZPC, Kaling Dai, Pasighat Municipality, Chief Councilor, Denong Tamuk, Dy. Chief
Councilor, Kaling Darang, PRI leaders and engineers of PHED inspected the multi-crore
water project at High-Region, DST Colony, SS Mission, Lower Banskota, APP Colony
and Sawmill areas on Dec 12.
Siram appreciated engineers of PHED also for commissioning the project within stipulated
time and with quality of work. He urged the public to maintain unity, peace and to
extend support to the government so that more development works can take place.
PHED & WS, AE, Kaling Taki informed that the capacity of every over-head tank is
62,500 Ltrs. Construction of new tanks, drilling, installation of pump sets etc.
have been completed and laying of new pipes are in full swing to connect every house
in the areas mentioned. DIPRO
People's Convention for start of Kodum Circle
AALO, Dec 13: The people of Ubu Bango have requested the concerned authorities for
early functioning of Nikte Kodum administrative circle under West Siang.
The appeal was made during a convention of People's Convention of Ubu Bango comprising
Taba Sora, Dasi, Nikte, Yigikaum, Kunuyami and Humoli held at Nikte Kodum on Dec
In the public function attended by West Siang ADC, Tamik Talom, the plight of the
circle was spoken in detail. It was decided to apprise the state government on the
problems that confront the functioning of the circle.
Ex-MLA, Kito Sora, Ubu People's Convention, Chairman, Hoksum Ori and others spoke
in the meeting.
Nikte Kodum has been declared as an administrative circle yet till now no infrastructure
has been created to make it functional, although the people of the area have donated
land for its establishment. DIPRO
ITANAGAR, Dec 13: Anti-Corruption and Crime Control Committee Organisation Arunachal
Pradesh has made a fervent appeal not to communalise the current political scenario
in the state. In a press release, it stated that Arunachal is a very peaceful state
and self-interest groups cannot take the state on ransom. The organisation appealed
to the people to let the normal proceeding of Legislative Assembly take place. It
further called upon the community and clan based organisations to refrain from communalising
the political movement.
MLA calls for unity and discipline
RUKSIN, Dec 13: Pasighat-West MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary (Industries), Tatung
Jamoh has called for unity and cooperation for successful implementation of developmental
programmes in Pasighat-West Constituency.
Attending a programme organised by Ruksin Circle Christian Forum at Ruksin HSS playground
here this evening, Jamoh exhorted the local people to maintain peace and social harmony
among all sections of the community.
Union conducts outreach tour
ITANAGAR, Dec 13: The All Arunachal Pradesh Workers’ Union conducted district outreach
tour programe covering Anjaw, Changlang, Tezu, Khonsa, Namsai Roing and Daporijo
among others. During the outreach programe, the union interacted with the workers
and registered their grievances.
While interacting with the workers at districts, the union urged the workers to get
themselves registered in Arunachal Pradesh Building and Others Construction Workers
Welfare Board to avail benefits.
Anjaw DC and team visit KVK farm
ITANAGAR, Dec 13: Anjaw Deputy Commissioner N Ete accompanied by Hayullang ADC B
Towshlk, CO Dr. T Ete and team of senior executive officials of different line departments
visited the KVK Metangliang farm recently and inspected the ongoing farm activities.
The team inspected the vermicompost unit, poly-house and nursery units and the farm
blocks raising winter crops within the farm.
The farm was established in April this year covering an area of about 20 hectare
The Deputy Commissioner after the visit suggested the scientists of the KVK to develop
low-cost eco-friendly processing units at the farm for processing their own produces
to earn better profit. He said that though Anjaw district is known for cultivation
of Large Cardamom there is still no good drying and processing units
Appreciating the consistent efforts made by KVK staff for developing the farm up
to this level within few months, Ete sought their help to motivate the young and
unemployed youth to establish their own venture and start earning.
Dr. Manish Kanwat, Senior Scientist cum head of KVK Anjaw, subject matter specialists
and the farm manager were present.
SAI SAG emerge champion in 20th Sub-Jr., Cadet & Jr Karate Championship
ITANAGAR, Dec 13: The Sports Authority of India, Special Area Game Centre, Naharlagun
became overall champion in the 20th State Sub-Junior, Cadet and Junior Karate Do
Championship which concluded at Yupia yesterday. Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy and
Upper Subansiri finished second and third respectively.
Champion SAI bagged 19 medals (G-10, Sil-6, Br-3) while runners up SLSA bagged 15
medals (G-8, Sil-2, Br-5) and Upper Subansiri won 26 medals (G-7, Sil-9, Br-8).
The medals won by other districts: East Kameng- 24 (G-6, Sil-5. Br-13), Anjaw- 13
(G-4, Sil-2, Br-7), Kra Daadi- 9 (G-2 Sil-3, Br-4), Papum Pare- 11 (G-1, Sil-3, Br-7),
Upper Siang- 1 (G), West Siang- 5 (Sil-3, Br-2), Lower Subansiri – 5 (Sil-2, Br-3),
Tirap- 2 (Sil-1, Br-1), Lohit- 2 (Sil-1, Br-1), West Kameng-2 (Sil-1, Br-1), Capital
Complex- 3 (Br), Kurung Kumey- 3 (Br), Dibang Valley- 2 (Br), Changlang- 2 (Br),
Lower Dibang Valley-1 (Br).
Historic climate deal sealed
Le Bourget, Dec 13: A landmark climate change deal was clinched on Saturday with
the approval of India, China and the US, after days of tough negotiations here with
the legally-binding pact seeking to limit global warming to "well below" 2 degrees
Celsius and committing USD 100 billion a year from 2020 to help developing nations.
The target of well below 2 degrees Celsius and even more ambitious 1.5 degrees Celsius
was originally expected not to be to the liking of developing countries like India
and China who are major emitters on account of industrialisation but Environment
Minister Prakash Javadekar was effusive in his welcome of the 31-page document.
Amidst cheers and applause from delegates from 195 countries, the draft of the "historic"
deal was presented by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and French President
Francois Hollande appealed to the gathering to approve the accord.
The key elements are:
1. To keep global temperatures "well below" 2.0C (3.6F) and "endeavour to limit"
them even more, to 1.5C
2. To limit the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by human activity to the same
levels that trees, soil and oceans can absorb naturally, beginning at some point
between 2050 and 2100
3. To review each country's contribution to cutting emissions every five years so
they scale up to the challenge
4. For rich countries to help poorer nations by providing "climate finance" to adapt
to climate change and switch to renewable energy.
Dissidents formally project troubled Pul as CM contender
ITANAGAR, Dec 13: The dissident Congress group has finally come out in the open with
their intention as they declared Kalilkho Pul as its Chief Ministerial contender.
This was revealed by former parliamentary secretary Markio Tado in a press conference
Confident that current govt will be ousted to make way for Pul to take over as the
Chief Minister, he promised that financial problems will be solved in a year with
the formation of the new government.
On the other hand, Pul who has been leading the dissidents for months have landed
himself in trouble with law with two audio clips making the rounds.
A non bail-able case against Kalikho Pul, MLA from Anjaw district has been registered
in Itanagar Police Station following an FIR Lodged by Arunachal Pradesh Congress
Committee (APCC) Legal Cell on Dec 11.
Officer in Charge of Itanagar Police Station, T Bage has confirmed that case has
been registered against Pul.
APCC has alleged former minister Pul of acquiring funds to ‘entice’ INC MLAs to join
BJP to pave the way for him to become Chief Minister. APCC had alleged that Pul sought
financial help from Assam based business tycoon Romeo Neog to buy MLAs to revolt
against the present CM.
Meanwhile, a communally loaded statement purportedly made by Pul, has gone viral
on social media as well as instant messaging sites.
Pul supporters, however questions the authenticity of the four minute audio clip
while his opponents credit him with the statement.
This comes after Nyishi Elite Society drew flake from many quarters for alleging
that the Governor is against the community for moving the dates of the Legislative
Assembly Session from Jan to December to facilitate impeachment of the Speaker.
MLAs appeal not to communalise political issue
ITANAGAR, Dec 13: With the current political issue threatening to become a communal
one, two of the MLAs from the dissident Congress group have appealed that the issue
may not be taken communally.
Speaking to media persons at Press Club this afternoon, former minister Kumar Waii
justifying its move against the impeachment of the speaker said, “If we are not happy
or satisfied with the leadership, we have to act as per the provisions of the constitution.”
He expressed displeasure that instead of guiding the community, Nyishi Elite Society
(NES) is trying to give the issue a communal colour.
“We should have big heart, otherwise a time will come when people from other communities
will have no respect for our community,” he urged.
“If the move is being seen communally, why did not the people from the community
react when I was dropped from the ministry, he questioned.
He appealed ANSU to focus on issues related to students.
He also questioned AAPSU’s stand where they had threatened to stall the assembly
session if a bill on refugee issue is not introduced during the session.
“During assembly sessions, we make policies for state’s development. It should not
be disrupted. It should be supported instead. If you do not let the assembly function,
how will the state function,” he said.
Speaking on the same line, former parliamentary secretary Markio Tado also said that
the move by NES against governor was wrong.
“The governor being head of the constitution, his order should be honoured,” he said.
“The provision is there in the constitution. If displeasure is there among the legislators
with the speaker, they can impeach him. Floor motion has to be there. It is not that
it is being done out of the system. This is not a new process”, he reasoned.
He urged that the issue is not taken communally.
“Cultural co-existence has to be there otherwise it will harm the whole state. Later,
people from other communities should not be questioning us,” he said.
Also questioning the move of AAPSU, he said that the problem of Chakma-Hajong issue
arose because of the weak state government functionaries.
“If the CM and the Advocate General had attended the hearing, this would not have
happened. We need good leader,” Tado said.
Mini Olympics kicks off today
[ M Doley ]
ITANAGAR, Dec 13: The first ever Mini Olympic Games in Arunachal Pradesh is all set
to kick off at Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy playground, Chimpu near here on Monday.
The Mini Olympics—conceptualized and organized by Arunachal Olympic Association (AOA)—aims
to bring out sports talents hidden in young boys and girls, particularly of rural
areas. A long-felt demand of AOA, the Games saw the light of the day when Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki, who also holds the Sports Ministry, gave the go-ahead with the idea along
with allocation of Rs. 1 Crore for it.
Besides athletes from 17 districts, sportspersons from Police Sports Control Board
and Second Arunachal Scout Battalion, Bomdila are participating in the four-day mega
There will be a total of 14 sports disciplines for the Games which include Football,
Athletics, Weightlifting, Badminton, Boxing, Archery, Karate, Judo, Taekwondo, Wushu,
Table Tennis, Chess, Carrom and Arm Wrestling.
The sports competitions will be conducted in different venues within Capital Complex,
including Yupia and Doimukh.
All the Track & Field events, Judo, Wushu, Archery, Table Tennis and Boxing will
be conducted at SLSA Complex at Chimpu while Karate and Taekwondo would be conducted
at Yupia and Doimukh respectively. Weightlifting will be held at SAI, Naharlagun,
Football at RG Stadium, Naharlagun, Badminton at Raj Bhawan Badminton Stadium, Chess
at Siddharth Hall here, informed Organizing Committee.
Weightlifting will start from Tuesday. However, the audience will miss the presence
of lifters from the state currently training at Army Sports Institute, Pune.
In Chess, participation of Dupit brothers-- Tabu Dupit, state champion and former
champion Tachung Dupit—will add more glamour to the game of 64-square.
Moreover, events like archery, boxing, Judo and Karate with participation of national
and international medal winning players will be worth watching.
The registration of players for the Games was going on until filing of this report
and it is expected that the number of participants in the Games is likely to cross
the 1000 mark.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki will inaugurate the Games at the main venue SLSA playground,
Chimpu on Monday.
Resilient Arunachal and political crisis
[ Tongam Rina ]
They say in trying times, come out the real character of an individual and a society.
As the current political situation take a turn from ugly to dirty, people of the
state has been resilient, refusing to be divided on lines of tribal or communal affiliation.
We seem to have learnt very good lessons from the painful transition of political
power in 2011, where the state was literally divided on lines of communal affiliations.
One can only hope that we continue as a team Arunachal and draw our strength from
each other because it does not look like 60 elected representatives are really concerned
about the well being of the state. As of now, they have tried every trick in hand
to stay in power or grab power, never once going back to the people to ask what we
really wish for.
The Chief Minister and his team have been pretending all along that nothing is wrong,
whereas one can clearly read the writing on the wall. The dissident Congress has
been away in Delhi for a long time, strategising in the comforts of a five star
hotel, how to grab power. Laughable as we always complain that people sitting in
Delhi should not frame policies for us. How time changes! If at all this lot comes
to power, we know what to say when they complain against centre and it’s working.
On the other hand, the BJP, with 11 MLAs appears to be making the best out of Congress
in-fight. They certainly will have a big role to play to ensure power shift as they
are set to defy the democratic logic of number game. Unethical, one may cry but in
the dictionary of politicians, ethics never figured.
As the power politics reaches its peak, the Raj Bhavan has not been devoid of controversy
either. Governor J P Rajhowa could have handled the situation better by sticking
to his earlier decision of summoning the legislative assembly in January. By bringing
it forward a month in advance, he has done nothing great for the state but added
to the political chaos and confusion. Instead of giving time for a natural progression,
which people were anticipating, he has rather provoked a section of the people to
react. An experienced bureaucrat, he should have known better that this state is
different and needs careful and calculated handling. Though respected as a Governor,
because people of Arunachal respects position, Rajkhowa has been under scrutiny
the day he joined for the fact that he has been Chief Secretary of a state which
always have had issues because of boundary problem.
It remains to be seen what happens next in terms of power struggle but the fact remains
that politicians and Raj Bhavan could have handled the situation better.
Now, the onus is on the people how we handle the dirt that has been handed to us
by the politicians and Raj Bhavan. So far we have been extremely graceful and one
can only hope that we remain so. Let the power struggle remain confined to the Congress
and dissident Congress with their BJP ally and Raj Bhavan thrown in between.
As common citizens, it barely matters who comes to power or which party governs.
Politicians and their appointed agents have always taken us for a ride. But this
time around, it appears people of this state will not be pawn in the hands of the
politicians. That’s a hope and prayer, deeply emboldened by the reaction of the citizens
so far. One can only hope that it’s not a false hope.
Kena seeks financial support for FAME
ITANAGAR, Dec 13: Minister State Transport Jomde Kena sought financial and technical
support from the Centre for the pilot project to use Hybrid and Electrical vehicles
in Arunachal Pradesh to maintain the clean and pure environment.
The state transport minister said this to Union Minister for Heavy Industry Anant
Geete during a meeting of the state Transport Ministers on FAME (Faster Adoption
and Manufacturing of (Hybrid and Electrical vehicles) in New-Delhi on Friday.
Kena informed that Arunachal is covered by 80 percent of the forest and the state
is strived to keep the ecosystem of Arunachal Pradesh clean. He further informed
that pilot project proposal will be sent to Ministry of Heavy Industry for sanction
and implementation. The Union Minister assured Kena to clear off the proposal at
earliest for effective implementation of the scheme, a release added.
‘Gyotu Ajiñ’ - the bond of friendship revived
[ Yachang Tacho ]
ZIRO, Dec 13: At a time when there is talk of disharmony and intolerance , the
long forgotten customary practice of having friendship with people from other community
called ‘Gyotu Ajiñ’ that existed particularly among the people of Apatani and Nyishi
communities have been revived.
Taku Chatung of Hija village and Joram Lali of Joram village, Lower Subansiri district
tied their friendship knot in a ceremony organized in full traditional ritual.
The establishment of their ‘Gyotu Ajiñ’ is the outcome of September 20, 2015 Nyishi-Apatani
Summit organized by Tanw Supuñ Dukuñ (TSD) and Nyishi Elite Society (NES), wherein
revival of this customary practice was strongly recommended for further strengthening
the bond/relationship, communal harmony and peaceful coexistence. The ceremony was
held at the residence Taku Chatung, who is also the President of Apatani Youth Association
(AYA), in presence of Kago Duri and Joram Kamin as the ‘Potuñ’ (Guarantors), and
their relatives and well wishers including senior members of both the communities.
Since it was the first ‘Gyotu Ajiñ’ ceremony in modern days, Dr. Hage Lodor, President,
Tanw Supuñ Dukuñ, Secretary, Tapi Tai and other executive members were also present
Dr. Hage Lodor, President, TSD while congratulating both Chatung and Lali, wished
that their ‘Gyotu Ajiñ’ relationship will flourish through the ages. He also encouraged
people of both the communities to establish more such friendships to revive the age-old
tradition towards strengthening the relationship and maintaining peace and communal
harmony by reviving the ‘Manyañ’ system.
As per customary practice, invitee Gyotu Ajiñ has to offer a Mithun to the hosts.
This time Chatung hosted Lali and his team. Lali will invite Chatung to his residence
in due course of time and reciprocate.
According to elderly people, Chatung and Lali became the first to celebrate ‘Gyotu
Ajiñ’ ceremony after a gap of four decades. In other word, the role of ‘Gyotu Ajiñ’
is to act as ambassador of their respective village.
Through ‘Gyotu Ajiñ’, people of other community or distant relatives are brought
into very close relationship for common benefit and better understanding at individual
as well as community level.
“Both of us have entered into this ‘Gyotu Ajiñ’ bonding which will remain so for
generations to come, said Taku Chatung.
Commissioner visit health facilities
PASIGHAT, Dec 13: Commissioner of Health and Family Welfare Department, Bolung Siram
had a whirl-wind tour of interior and remote locations of Siang and East Siang districts
from Dec 7 to 12 last.
Siram inspected as many as 12 PHCs, 5 CHCs, 10Sub-Centers in Riga, Ugeng, Rebo Parging,
Suple, Boleng, Yemsing in Siang district and Takilalung, Yagrung, Remi, Mirem, Bilat,
Koyu, Rani, Sille, Ruksin, Nari, Old-Seren, Mebo, Borguli, Namsing, Mer, Gadum villages
and Pasighat General Hospital in East Siang district.
GBs and PRI members of Yemsing, Riga, Suple, Koyu, Old-Seren and Namsing villages
asked for posting of more doctors, nursing staffs and other facilities in the health
centres at their respective villages. At Mer and Gadum, villagers appealed for opening
a health sub-center at Gadum Tiniali with adequate staffs. At Mebo, the Commissioner
inaugurated an ASHA Help Desk and Rest Room. At every village, Siram emphasized on
early demarcation/notification of land donated to medical department by villagers
to avoid encroachment in future.
At General Hospital Pasighat, Siram took stock of the physical progress of buildings
of general hospital constructed under SPA/NHM 2010-14. He inspected Male & Female
wards along with other facilities during the visit.
JDHS (T&R) Dr. Kabang Lego and Medical Superintendent Dr. Yater Ringu Darang highlighted
various activities of the hospital. While interacting with Medical Officers and staff,
the Commissioner enquired about the registration of pregnant mothers for JSY and
hospital delivery and also about immunization of children. He advised all the MOs
and other paramedical staff to work sincerely so that no pregnant woman and infant
misses necessary services admissible to them, facilitating reduction of infant mortality
rate/maternal mortality rate. He also advised all to avail benefits under Chief Minister’s
Health Insurance Policy.
DMO Siang Dr. Komling Perme, East Siang DMO Mandip Perme and DRCHO Dr. Tatok Gao
accompanied the Commissioner during his visit to Siang and East Siang districts.
2nd CM’s Sub-Veteran and Veteran
Badminton Championships concludes
ITANAGAR, Dec 13: The second Chief Minister’s Sub-Veteran and Veteran State Open
Badminton Championship concluded at Raj Bhawan Badminton Stadium today with final
match between the pairs of Karmo Riram and KR Singh and Joram Silo and A Buragohain
in Men’s Double (40 plus).
The pair of Joram Silo and A Buragohain beat the duo of Riram and Singh in two straight
sets (21-18, 21-17) win the title.
In Women Doubles (35 plus) final, the pair of Likha Moni and Yane Kamsar beat Taw
Yania and Boni Yapu 14-21, 21-15, 21-14 in a hard fought match.
Taw Yania won the women’s singles title defeating Likha Moni by 2-1 sets (13-21,
In Men Singles (50 plus) final, N Sora beat Gechi Doke in three sets (22-20, 12-21,
Laa Ribe made a brilliant comeback after losing the first set to down Karmo Riram
in 2-1 sets (15-21, 21-13, 21-16) to win the Men’s Single (45 plus) title.
Dilip Gurung thrashed Tomar Ango 21-11, 21-14 in the Men’s Single (35 plus) final
while the pair of Tomar Ango and Taw Yania won the Mixed Doubles title defeating
Likha Moni and A Buragohain 21-17, 21-13.
Tomar Ango and Saji Baby won the Men’s Doubles (35 plus) title beating the pair of
Dilip Gurung and Mudo Ado in two straight 21-19, 21-14 sets.
Yesterday, the pair of Dobin Doke and Gechi Doke beat the pair of Ege Ete and E Sora
in Men’s Double (50 plus) and Techi Killi and N L defeated Karmo Riram and Nabam
Tekhi in straight sets of 21-09, 21-20 in the Men Doubles (45 plus) category respectively
to win the titles.
Arunachal State Badminton Association Secretary Bamang Tago said that though it was
a low-key affair due to busy badminton schedule in the state, the tournament offered
a chance to the winners of the veteran category to participate in the National Veterans
Championships scheduled to be held at Chennai from February 4 next year.
He also informed the gathering about the growing popularity of badminton in the state
among the youngsters and acknowledged the role of the veteran players in motivating
the young and budding players towards the sport.