PMU &PIU appointees remain workless
ITANAGAR, Jan 31: Even as months have passed most of the expert appointees under
Project Management Unit (PMU) and Project Implementation Unit (PIU) for Jawaharlal
Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) in state are yet to be absorbed in
the job. It was in August 2009 that these experts were hired by urban development
department on contractual basis and since then these experts have not been engaged
in any work.
Most of these appointees were earlier working in various MNCs, NGOs, etc in other
states and had come back to serve their own state. The official reason cited for
not absorbing them in job is that salaries of these experts have not been given financial
concurrence. Now they are living a life of destitutes and emotionally drained to
cope with tag of being unemployed. In a press release issued these expert groups
from PMU and PIU informed that recently they had submitted memorandum to Urban Development
minister seeking his intervention and take appropriate measures in this regard.
For now they are pinning hope that soon government will act swiftly. These experts
cannot wait longer to get down to work towards building better future for Arunachal
Pradesh. UD secretary who is reportedly out of station could not be contacted despite
repeated attempt for his comment.
Greetings on Reh festival
ITANAGAR, Jan 31: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen (Retd) J J Singh extended greetings
to all th people of Arunachal Pradesh on the auspicious occasion of Reh.
In a message, the Governor hopes that the festival evokes the blessing of Almighty
and spreads the message of love, peace and communal harmony.
‘Festivals are the mirror of the cultural wealth of every community. They also serve
as reminders of the rich heritage and traditional practices. The rituals, which include
prayers and sacrifices are not only a medium to pay obeisance to our fore-fathers
but also spread a feeling of oneness and brotherhood amongst the people of the community
who gather together for the common celebrations of the festival’, the message said.
‘I would like to urge upon every member of the community to actively participate
and display the cohesive bonding. On this auspicious occasion, I offer my prayers
to Almighty to bless each one of us with his choicest blessing,’ the Governor said
in his message.
CYC discuss policy to strengthen party
ITANAGAR, Jan 31: City Youth Congress (NYC), Naharlagun conducted a meeting at Naharlagun
yesterday to chalk out plan and policy for strengthening the party.
In his address, Onipha Yangfu, in charge City Youth Congress Committee called upon
the office bearers to work unitedly to strengthen the party. All the office bearers
of City Youth Congress (CYC) also spoke about critical problems being faced by them
while discharging duty. The meeting was presided over the CYC president Giogi Ganga.
Meanwhile the CYC condemned the attack on Rajiv Gandhi University Vice Chancellor
Prof K C Belliappa and demanded the state govt to punish the persons involved in
the incident. CYC also requested its members to participate in the proposed city
clean drive within Itanagar Capital in February and congratulated Chief Minister
Dorjee Khandu and UD and PWD Minister Nabam Tuki for introducing city bus service
RGUSU team to conduct educational awareness tour
ITANAGAR, Jan 31: A 30-memberteam of the Rajiv Gandhi University Students’ Union
(RGUSU) will conduct an ‘Educational Awareness tour to all the RGU affiliated Govt
colleges of the state from February 10 next. The team will consist of 15 RGUSU executives
and 15 other RGU students. Education for Development of the state cum inspection
over infrastructural development and prerequisite of the institutions” will be the
motto of the awareness tour. This decision was taken in a RGUSU executive meeting
held on Jan 26 last.
A total of 8 Govt colleges, namely, Govt College, Bomdila, Dera Natung Govt College,
Itanagar, Wangcha Rajkumar Govt College, Deomali (Tirap), Indira Gandhi Govt College,
Tezu, Rangfrah Govt College, Changlang, Govt College, Yachuli, Jawaharlal Nehru
Govt College, Pasighat and Donyi-Polo Govt college, Kamki will be covered under
During the tour the team member will assess the infrastructural development and
requirement, besides bringing awareness to the college students on many grounds.
Later the team will submit a memorandum including the grievances of the colleges
to the Govt for solution within a time frame while forming a league, namely, Rajiv
Gandhi University Affiliated Govt College Representative League (RGUAGCRL) for well-being
of the colleges.
Meanwhile, the RGUSU extended its support to the APPSU statement, wherein its president
has urged the state Govt to review its decision to name the Hollock Gibbon as the
state animal instead of Mithun.
Opposing the clarification given by the wildlife official, the RGUSU said that any
act or law could be altered any time by the authority, it is never remain as permanent.
While appealing the APPSU to continue its endeavour to pursue the prominent issue,
the RGUSU observed that ‘if the Govt goes for people’s consensus, 90 per cent of
the tribal people would say yes because mithun is the only animal of our state which
can symbolizes Arunachal as state in mainstream India and the world as a whole’.
City bus service sans shelter irks commuters
By Taba Ajum
ITANAGAR, Jan 31: Though new modernize buses started plying on the road of capital
complex formally from Sunday, lack of proper bus shelters is causing unwanted trouble
to the commuters of Itanagar and Naharlagun.
In most of the stoppages, bus shelters no longer exist or if present are in bad condition.
During the day bus can be seen stopping at their own will as designated shelters
have mostly been encroached upon.
In Naharlagun town buses often stop nearby Takar Complex to pick up passengers, as
there are no proper bus shelters. Same can be said about area around Max Mart, where
too passengers often wait nearby road to avail bus service. Absence of bus shelter
in certain pockets of capital road side is creating confusion for the commuters.
“We are happy with this new bus service but till now am not sure about their stop
point. It would be great if government built proper bus shelter for the betterment
of daily travellers,” said one commuter waiting for bus near Naharlagun market.
Dearth of bus shelters in twin town of Itanagar and Naharlagun adds to the misery
of commuters especially during monsoon season. When heavy rain lashes capital complex
most of commuters often have to take refugee under tree or building nearby road.
“During rainy days waiting for bus or tracker is quite a herculean task. In the absence
of bus shelter commuters face so much of trouble,” told another daily commuters.
Even though introducing of new bus service is welcomed, it is hoped that town planner
could also dwell into the lack of proper shelter in the capital complex.
Lohit Youth library team to represent Arunachal in Intl conference on children’s
ITANAGAR, Jan 31: The VT-AWIC Youth Library Network, Lohit will be representing Arunachal
in the International Conference on Children’s Libraries at Delhi from Feb 4-6. The
Conference is being organized by the Association of Writers & Illustrators for Children
(AWIC), New Delhi, which helped start the first Children’s Libraries in Arunachal
Pradesh in May 2007.
It will be inaugurated by former President Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam.
The Lohit team consists of 12 young readers – 7 girls and 5 boys – from Bamboosa
Library Tezu, Apne Library Wakro and the Chongkham Libraries. The 8 Arunachalee children
in the group are on a trip outside their area for the first time. They will be giving
a 15 mts presentation in the Conference on “Reading promotion Campaign in rural Lohit.”
A number of Librarians, renowned authors, publishers and library activists from different
countries such as USA, Canada, Japan, Indonesia, and Mongolia are attending the Conference.
The Conference would thus be an excellent opportunity for the library activists from
Arunachal to meet renowned writers and experts and to get valuable exposure in many
It is worth mentioning here that entire stay arrangements of the Lohit team at Delhi
have been arranged by Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen. (Retd) J.J. Singh, while the
trip of the team has been sponsored by Minister Chowna Mein, MLA Tezu Karikho Kri
and MLA Roing Laeta Umbrey. DC Lohit Kaling Tayeng has provided logistic support
for all travel arrangements. The local host to the team is Prashant Lokhande, IAS,
former Secy to the Governor and currently posted at New Delhi.
Don bosco alumni celebrates the feast of DB
ITANAGAR, Jan 31: The Don Bosco Alumni Association in collaboration with the Don
Bosco College and Don Bosco School Jully celebrated the Feast of St. Don Bosco
the founding father of the Salesians of Don Bosco spread out all over the world
in 132 countries primarily working for young people.
The Programme was a platform to interact with the Don Bosco Alumni and present students
of the college and the school. The meeting had an intensive interaction and deliberation
about the teachings of Don Bosco Institution and its road map to further carry forth
the great works towards the education in this tribal state.
Michi Paku president of the Don Bosco Alumni Association of Arunachal Pradesh, welcomed
the members during the cultural programme. He said “Don Bosco the was born in Italy
in 1815, the same time when Napoleon Bonaparte was deported to St. Helena Island,
away from this world. Unlike Napoleon, Don Bosco’s method of conquering the world
was not with weapons of destruction but by love, kindness and patience. He is known
as the Apostle of Youth. The DB institutions work for the deprived youths of the
world and raise them up for the progress of society.”
Speaking on the occasion the MLA Bamang Felix, who is also one of the Executive members
of the Don Bosco Alumni Association, expressed his gratitude towards the education
he received from the Don Bosco school . In an emotionally charged speech, Felix said
“I am today what I am mainly due to the Don Bosco education I have received and I
am proud to be a Bosconian.” He also shared his hostel life experiences and gave
exemplary instances of how Don Bosco education has changed his life. He concluded
with a note of assurance saying that he will always be there for the Bosconians.
He called on the students to avail the maximum opportunities at the Don Bosco institution.
The members of the Alumni Mepung Tadar Bage Vice chairperson Arunachal Pradesh State
Commission for Women, Nani Jose Tamang, Assistant Registrar RGU, Dr.Tok Rinyia, Associate
professor RGU, Fr. K. O. Sebastian, Principal Don Bosco Jully, Fr. A.D. Jose Parish
Priest, Itanagar, Fr. Cyprian Administrator, Don Bosco School Jully and Fr. Cyriac
Director Don Bosco Youth Center also spoke on the occasion. The College students
and school children performed dances, skits and songs during the day long programme.
The programme also comprised of a friendly match between the Don Bosco alumni and
the present pupils of Don Bosco School and College Jully.
The Don Bosco Alumi also visited the Central Jail at July and had a brief interaction
with the inmates and distributed fruits for them. Fr. Cyriac spoke on the inculcation
of positive self in ones life in spite of punishment received for the wrong action
taken in their lives. He expressed that one should never give up hope in one’s life
and look forward to a changed person contributing to the society. The get-together,
the first of its kind, was a fitting tribute to Don Bosco, the Friend of Youth on
Nyishi Nyokum Yullo
ITANAGAR, Jan 31: RD and Panchayati Minister Takar Marde and Parliamentary Secretary
Cooperation Nido Pavitra have consented to attend the Nyishi Nyokum Yullo Festival
celebration as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour at Boasimla on February 26.
ITANAGAR, Jan 31: The 4th Joydam festival will be celebrated from February 11-12
at Mahadevpur, Lohit District.
PHE and WS Minister Chowna Mein, Parliamentary Secretary Handloom and Handicraft
C C Singpho, Parliamentary Secretary for Transport Karikho Kri and MLA Sati Mein
have consented to attend the festival as Chief Guest, Guest of Honour and special