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10 children charred to

death in hostel inferno

Ojing Tayeng

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: At least 10 children were charred to death and six received grievous injuries in a tragic fire accident which broke out at a private run hostel at Palin at around 9.30 pm last night. Four are still missing till filing of this report.

The seriously injured, including the hostel warden/ owner Biri Nyari, have been air-lifted to Itanagar today morning and they were battling for their life at RK Mission Hospital and Heema Hospital here. One of the severely injured 8-year-old Yora Tao of KG-I, who somehow managed to crawl out of the blaze, has been admitted at RK Mission Hospital at around 2.30 pm this evening. Another 8-year-old girl Biri Yakam is undergoing treatment at Heema Hospital, Itanagar.

The number of casualty may rise as there were 62 boarders in total. However, the exact number of students present during the accident could not be ascertained. Many of the students escaped the inferno before it engulf the hostel. The Parents and guardians of many children also rushed to the spot after hearing the incident and lifted their wards. The cause of the inferno is yet to be ascertained and the detail is awaited.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu expressed shock over the tragic incident and prayed to almighty for the eternal peace of the departed souls. He also conveyed his condolence to the bereaved family members to bear the irreparable loss.

Education Minister Bosiram Siram, who just arrived here from Delhi, expressed shock at the fire mishap and conveyed his deep sense of condolence to the bereft family members.

He further taking serious note over the incident said ‘all the private schools, colleges and hostels of the state need to be regulated. They should follow certain rules and regulations framed by the state government to avoid unforeseen incidents and happenings’.

CM along with Education Minister is leaving for Palin tomorrow to take stock of the situation.

The Provincial of Salesians of Don Bosco, Dimapur Province, Rev. Fr. James Poonthuruthil, SDB also expressed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved parents and families of the school children who lost lives in the fire accident at Palin, run by private individuals. They are our school children and we share the sorrow of the parents and relatives, he added.

PWD and UD Minister Nabum Tuki, MP Takam Sanjay, State NCP President Ngurang Pinch also expressed shock over the incident.


SLSC approves schemes

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: State Level Sanctioning Committee (SLSC) meeting was held at the Directorate of Tourism yesterday.

In the meeting Schemes of Agriculture, Horticulture, AH & Veterinary, Fishery and Textile& Handicrafts (Sericulture) under CSS on Rashtriya Krishi Vikash Yojana(RKVY) were approved by the SLSC for implementation during 2009-10.

Agriculture Secretary DS Pandit, through power point presentation highlighted the need for enhancement of food production besides raising the farm income by implementation of the innovative schemes under the flagship programme launched by the Government of India.

Chief Secretary Tabom Bam emphasized the need for a holistic approach while implementing the schemes and called for judicious and timely utilization of the funds so that quantifiable impact of the programmes may be visible.

Officials from Ministry of Agriculture and Planning Commission of India, advised for proper monitoring and timely submission of reports along with utilization certificates so that further financial releases can be made timely.

Amongst other Project coordinator(C-DAP) from National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD) NE centre, heads of Agriculture and allied departments of the state were also participated the meeting.


EGoM on road sector approves Highway Projects in NE

New Delhi, Feb 11: The Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) on Road Sector has endorsed the proposal of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways for the four Built Owned and Transfer (BOT) (Annuity) Projects of Arunachal package for consideration by Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure (CCI).

According to an official release issued here today, the decision was taken in its 3rd meeting held here yesterday.

The four Projects included two-laning of Trans Arunachal Highway from Nichipu to Hoj (311 km); two-laning of Trans Arunachal Highways from Potin to Pangin (407 km); Construction of a major bridge between Dhola and Sadiya in Assam along with connecting roads covering a total length of 25.8 km; and construction of five bridges across Debang valley system and a bridge at Alubarighat connecting roads covering about 31 km.

It will now be considered by CCI. The estimated total cost of these four projects is Rs 500 crores.

The Committee headed by Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee also endorsed the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways’ proposal for transferring of 22 roads of 1,119-km length from Phase-B to Phase-A of SARDP-NE and to add six additional State Roads to Phase A.

The EGoM also approved the implementation of these 28 roads under Phase-A at an estimated cost of Rs 6,866 crores.

It also approved adding one more road to Phase-B and to modify the scope of Phase-B to cover preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPR) for 35 roads of 3,723-km length.This endorsement was done subject to the condition that the total expenditure on SARDP-NE during the 11th Plan would be kept within the outlay approved by the Planning Commission for this purpose.

The EGoM, however, deferred the proposal of the Ministry for the Review of the National Highways Fee (Determination of Rates and Collection) Rules, 2008. It was decided that the proposal will be first considered by the Committee of Secretaries and then will be brought for consideration of the EGOM again.

The First meeting of the EGoM was held on December 7, 2009. The EGoM on Road sector has been set up by the Government to consider the financing plan for NHDP for 2010-11 onwards for further action, including such changes to the work plan as may become necessary.

The EGoM will also consider and take decision on all issues where there is no unanimity in committees at the level of officers and which do not require approval of the Cabinet/CCI. It comprises of Finance Minister, Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission. UNI


‘AG office to induct maximum locals’

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: Comptroller & Auditor General (CAG) Government of India Vinod Rai along with his team of officers called on Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu in his residential office here at Niti-Vihar today.

The meeting was basically aimed towards establishing a permanent Accountant General (AG) Office building here in the state capital which was recently carved out from the combine AG offices in Shillong.

Rai while apprising Khandu on the difficulties faced due to non existence of a permanent AG office building in the state said that a campus of around 5-6 acres of land is urgently required to establish a full fledged AG office building including residential quarters for the employees in around the capital city.

Promptly responding to the CAG’s request the chief minister immediately directed the Chief Engineer of the state PWD to identify a site for the purpose and arrange for a joint survey of the proposed site with CAG and PWD officers.

During the discussion the CAG disclosed that the AG office would induct maximum numbers of locals from the state in its office to uphold the close affinity with the state. Rai also suggested for inducting graduates from commerce, economics, statistics etc. in Public Sectors Undertakings of the state in order to augment the maintenance of accounts in the correct and proper manner in these PSUs. CAG offered to provide free of cost training to such inductees in the AGs office to expertise them in the subject.

“The state government should initiate steps to discard the defunct Public Sector Undertakings and ask regular submission of accounts of the functional PSUs in order to ascertain the exact financial position of those sectors”, said Rai while sharing his expertise opinion. He also requested the CM to intervene in convening regular meetings on various committees specially the public accounts committee of Arunachal Pradesh State Legislative Assembly.

Khandu expressed his whole hearted support for the establishment and running of the AGs office in the state capital and assured to act on to the valuable suggestions given by the CAG.

The meeting was also attended by Anupam Kulshrestha, Addl Dy. Comptroller & Auditor General, Saroj Punhani, Pr. Director (RS-II), C. Angrup Bodh, Accountant General, Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar, S. Alok, Pr. Director & Secretary to C&AG of India, Nawal Kishore, Dy. Accountant General (Admn), Itanagar, Tabom Bam, CS, Yeshi Tsering, Prnl. Sec  to CM, V.K. Dev, Commissioner Finance, Amit Singla, Special Secretary Finance and Ankur Garg, Secy Planning, PRO to CM.


Stay away from live power line

ITANAGAR, Feb 10:  The Electrical Sub-Stations of the villages/complex, namely, RGU complex (25 KVA), Niorch , Upia-II, Romu, Hara Happa, Lower Dobum villages, Karsingsa Complex, Tani, Romu  and Adi villages with associated HToH/LToH lines covered under Package  A/02 ofRajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) tender works shall be charged on February 13 at 10:30 a.m. Soon on charging the HToH/LToH line shall remain live, it is informed to general public not to touch the live line directly or indirectly for safety of life and property. The power department shall not be responsible for any untoward incidences as a result of violation of this press note.


Peaceful rally

ITANAGAR: Unemployed Arunachalee Engineer’s Association has decided to take out a peaceful rally starting from Indira Gandhi Park to Chief Minister’s bungalow on February 12.

The rally is being organized particularly to express grievances against alleged illegal appointments and deputations in various departments like Power, PWD, PHE, Hyrdo power, UD etc.  


Cleanliness drive to reach B’dewa

ITANAGAR: The ongoing cleanliness drive by Public Works Department (PWD), Naharlagun division will now reach upto Nirjuli, Banderdewa and sectors like Papu Nallah, Pachin colony, ‘A’ sector. The cleanliness drive which was earlier scheduled from January 27 to February nine has been extended to February 27 to cover those areas.


Conference on H &TE

ITANAGAR: Directorate of Higher and Technical Education is organizing 10th conference of Higher and Technical Education at Banquet Hall, Itanagar from February 17.

The conference will discuss on various topics related to higher and technical education, governor’s award to university toppers, APSCTE god medal to Polytechnic Exam toppers, outstanding college teachers award, felicitation to pioneers in higher education in the state.

Meanwhile, Governor JJ Singh has consented to attend the function as chief guest.


Tapi Mra gearing up to conquer

4th highest peak of the world

ITANAGAR, Feb 11:  Tapi Mra, first Arunachalee Everester has already reached Tanzania in African continent on Feb 10 in order to climb the fourth highest peak of the world, Mt. Kilimanjaro, which is the highest peak of African continent standing at 19,431 ft.

He is now in Moshi town of Tanzania which is nearest to the Mt. Kilimanjaro and expected to climb the peak on  Feb 15 or 16 of this month.

This is the fourth mountaineering expedition of Tapi Mra. The first one was Island peak expedition in Nepal on April 24, 2007, 2nd the Meera Peak Expedition, Nepal on  June 20, 2008 and the third one was the Mt. Everest Expedition which he climbed on May 21, 2009.

Now Mra is planning to climb the World’s seven highest peaks of all the seven continent provided he gets sponsorships. Mt. Kilimanjaro being one of the seven peaks, next one is Mt. Alaska in North America which is scheduled in June 2010. There after he will attempt Mt. Elbrus of Europe in the last week of September this year. And in next year he will attempt the rest of the peaks.

It is worth mentioning here that Chowna Mein, Minister PHED, Nabum Ribia, Parliamentary secretary (Industry), Bosiram Siram, Education Minister, R.T.Khunjuju Parliamentary secretary (Hydropower), Er. Kenjum Ete Chief Engineer(P&D) PWD and Hotel Blue Pine, Itanagar contributed through  Opey Foundation, Ziro for successful expedition.

Setong Sena Minister Finance, Er. Anong Perme Chief Engineer (Power) EZ, Tawang Tours and Travels, Mr. Sunil John, Arunachal Bhawan, New Delhi had also voluntarily come forward and contributed for the cause. Meanwhile, Taro Opey Foundation, Ziro extended sincere thanks to the contributors and appealed everyone to pray for the success of Tapi Mra.


Development projects discussed

MLAs hope for positive changes in Changlang

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: A discussion on the developmental projects that have to be taken up in the ensuing years to bring about positive changes in the district in general and the two constituencies, Changlang (S) and Changlang (N) in particular was held in a meeting convened by the Changlang Deputy Commissioner at Circuit House , Changlang yesterday.

Speaking on the occasion, Changlang (N) MLA and parliamentary secretary, IPR& Printing,  T. Taiju, emphasized on the fact that, “Changlang being the headquarter of the district is still behind the rest of the district in all aspects of development.”

Changlang (S) MLA  P. Khimhun, also parliamentary secretary (Geology and Mining) spoke at length about the various developmental activities that were taken up in the last years and the activities that are in the pipeline for the coming years. Both the MLAs also asked  the Head of Departments to put forward their departmental projects that were being taken up and queried about their problems too. Both the MLAs expressed their enthusiasm and willingness to bring about a positive change in their areas in the coming years and hoped that everyone work together for the better interest of the district and its people.

All the officials took part actively in discussing various problems pertaining to their departments.  DIPRO


Seminar on ‘opportunities in

food processing sector’ begins

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: To explore the food processing sector in Arunachal Pradesh, a two-day seminar cum workshop on ‘Opportunities in Food Processing Sector’ began here today.

Addressing the gathering, Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MOFPI) under secretary, R P Patel said that National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM) is a pioneering initiative of the MOFPI to create an integrated institute in the field of food technology and management. The NIFTEM will cater to the needs of various stakeholders like entrepreneurs, industrialists, exporters, policy makers, government and the existing institutions.

He said that the NIFTEM will develop a world-class managerial talents and entrepreneurs with advanced know-how in food sciences and technology and hoped that Arunachal Pradesh will go a long way in the food processing sector.

MLA and MOFPI eastern zone chairman, Likha Saaya emphasized on the need of the team work between the private and the government sectors to develop the proper food processing industries in the state.

He said that though the land is fertile but due to lack of proper marketing and networking system nothing could be materialized in spite of good agricultural and horticultural products and stressed that the Food Corporation and India (FCI), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Arunachal Chambers of Commerce, (ACCI) should come together to develop the better food processing industries in the state. He also suggested for encouraging the contractual farmers who can bring development and employment at the grass root level. He also said that the investors need proper guidelines to set up the food processing industry in the state.

Rajiv Gandhi University Vice-Chancellor in charge, Prof A Mitra spoke about the prospects of food processing industries in the state as it has several vegetables and fruits that have good marketing potential if promoted properly.

Among others, ACCI president Techi Lala, NABARD general manager, Dr BG Mukhopadhyay spoke on the occasion. The MBA students and faculty members of North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology and Rajiv Gandhi University were also present.


Shapawng Yawng Manau Poi

NAMSAI, Feb  11: Singpho community living in Changlang district is going to celebrate the 26th ‘Shapawng Yawng Manau Poi’ at Bordumsa with four days long programme starting from Feb 13 to 16.

‘Shapawng Yawng Manau Poi’ is celebrated annually by Singpho to commemorate their great grand father Shapawng Yawng. Singphos believe that they are the descendent of Shapawng Yawng and to appease him for blessing for peace, prosperity and well being this ‘Shapawng Yawng Manau Poi’ is celebrated with ritual.

Celebration of 26th Shapawng Yawng Manau Poi is not only a festival of dance but it is platform to show unity, integrity and to preserve and revive own culture, tradition and heritage of Singpho Community living in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and even aboard. Many delegates from neighboring countries like Myanmar, Thailand and China also expected to join in celebration.

The 26th Shapawng Yawng Manau Poi – 2010 is being celebrated under leadership of C. C. Singpho, MLA Bordumsa. Chowna Mein, PHED Minister, Arunachal Pradesh will be the Chief Guest of the festival, according to a release.


Umbrey on whirlwind tour to Hunli-Desali circle


HUNLI, Feb 11: In order to reach out and percolate down his policies and programmes at the grass root level, Roing  MLA Laeta Umbrey have been in five days tour to Hunli-Desali circle of the Lower Dibang valley district. His tour started from  Feb 8 last.

In his first leg of visit at Apanli  and  New Alope, the MLA made close communication with Gam Burah, villagers, Panchayat Members and government staffs. While submitting a memorandum, Rao Dele Chairperson Anchal Samiti Hunli-Desali block appreciated the way MLA gets in touch with every villager by physically visiting to know their actual grievances and meet up the key issues of the respective villages. Dele prioritised Rehko temple, school, health, electricity and approach road in his memorandum. Atapo Dele Gam burah New Alope said the visit of MLA in our village has brought a sense of security in us and hoped that the visit would bring a trial of development in the village.

The MLA while speaking about the lack of basic infrastructures in the village committed to give priority in his five year of tenure. He appealed them to develop a better relationship with government officials and staffs to ensure development.

Your visit gave us lot, we are not in need of contract work, job or any favour for service but your care, visit and sympathy to us is enough, expressed one of the Gam burah  at Yumrah village. At New Brinli and Aloni the MLA intermingled with PRI members, Gam Burah and villagers and shared their emotion, grievances and other crucial issues desperately needed in the villages.

“Learn to respect others, share whatever you have; you will be blessed with bountiful”, said MLA while deliberating the concept of tourism prospects in the district.

Highlighting the major issues of infrastructures, Abuyu Saya ASM New Aloni 17 Km away from Hunli urged the MLA to look into the matter as preference. The ASM stressed setting up of primary school at New Aloni which covers Eyanli, Old Aloni, Pinli and New Pinli villages with other necessary infrastructures at the earliest. Adding with his series of commitment, the MLA assured positive approach towards the problem but told them to remind their needful to him every now and then owing to overload of memorandum being submitted by PRI members throughout his trip.

At the Adopowa village last of LDV border with Dibang Valley, Deo Mili ASM briefly narrated the sorry state of the villages. The MLA further consented to do the favour but at the same time he advised the PRI, officials and villagers to cooperate for all around development in the village.

Meeting at the circuit House Hunli with MLA, PRI reacted sharply to Officials for their absence in duty at Hunli sub-division.  Following regular absence from duty at Hunli especially the Head of the Department (HoDs), the PRI come down heavily to those officials that remains absent throughout the month. Rao Delle Chairperson Anchal Samiti Hunli-Desali Block expressed anguished over the way the officials adopted lackadaisical attitude towards Hunli people by staying at Roing. “Serious developmental works are getting hampered, the poor villagers failed to meet the officials concerned in need. Even 15 days in a month is enough for us but that too is beyond our expectation”, the Delle reacts. Abuyu Saya ASM, Longe Miso ASM Hunli, Tamune Miso SDO also spoke on the occasion.

“The sense of responsibility must imbibe by every official and delegate the work at their disposal for the larger interest of the public of this subdivision. Without your cooperation and support the dream of development could not be thought. The sympathy toward these poor villagers if given then you will be always in their hearth”, hoped Umbrey during his interaction with PRI and HoDs at Circuit House. He further exhorted them to communicate and discuss anytime related to the problem faced at their posting place to sought it out immediately.

After his two days of tour at Hunli circle, the MLA and team of PRI members including officials left for Desali yesterday for three days visit. DIPRO, Chiliko Meto Zilla Chairperson, Rao Delle Anchal Chairperson Hunli-Desali Block are other personnel accompanied in the entourage.


State First Lady stress on inculcating book reading habit

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: Today, call of the hour is to make book reading a child’s best companion, said, State First Lady Anupama Singh, while addressing in the valedictory function of the International Conference on Children’s Libraries-Building a Book Culture organised by Association of Writers and Illustrators for Children (AWIC), the Indian Section of the International Board on Books for young people (IBBY) at New Delhi recently.

State First Lady said, “I am sanguine that all, especially our guests from abroad have had invigorating and meaningful deliberations and have chiseled some new paths of delivering this elixir of life to our children and will continue to follow your cherished dream of reaching out with a book that are windows and books that are mirrors”.

The storytellers have enriched and enhanced all of our lives with their entertaining tales and lessons, she pointed. Singh, herself a patron of Children’s Libraries supported by Army Wives Welfare Association, (AWWA), outlined the long history of how book reading transformed the life of human society, and complimented the AWIC for supporting the youth in remote areas of India, like Arunachal Pradesh, and the Library activists and young volunteers who have come from distant nations. PRO to CM


Planning for Statehood Day celebration

ITANAGAR, Feb 11:  In order to celebrate the statehood day in a befitting manner, a meeting chaired by East  Kameng Deputy commissioner, Pige Ligu was held at Seppa today at  10.30 am. SP Tume Amo, HODs of various departments and public leaders too part in the meeting.

The meeting discussed various programmes to be included in the celebration and decided to organize mini marathon both for male and the female and cleanliness drive around the Seppa township.

SP Tumme Ammo opined that in order to make the programme more entertaining, the number of cultural items should be minimized in the celebration and same be replaced by some plays, drama and other indigenous programme with specific message to the people.

Meanwhile the house unanimously agreed upon cancellation of permanent scrape license and same be issued on need base. The house also decided to renovate the part of roads especially where traffic movement is difficult. DIPRO


New executives

ITANAGAR, Feb 11:  Techi Gamro, Tadar Akap and Biki Langre have been selected as president, vice president and general secretary of Nirjuli Contractors’ Welfare Association (NCWA) in its general body meeting held on Feb 8 last.


Lhaachchut festival celebrated

TANAGAR, Feb 11: Lhaachhut festival of Meyor community was celebrated with traditional fervour and gaiety recently  at Walong village in Anjaw district.

C. Jeinow, DC Anjaw District was the Chief Guest of the festival. A host of government officials from the district attended the celebration.

Lhhachhut is one of the most important festivals of the community who are residing in the Walong and Kibitho circle. Though it is celebrated every year by the people of the area at low key, for the first time it was celebrated at a large scale this year around at Walong. It is celebrated to appease the benevolent Protector for prosperity and well being of the people. The Meyor Welfare Association has decided to celebrate the festival on January 28 every year from now, said Meyor Welfare Association in a release.  


Compensate fire victims, appeals APDWA

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: Arunachal Pradesh Development Welfare Association (APDWA) has appealed to the Relief and Rehabilitation Department to compensate the fire victims of Seren village, who have lost their all belongings in a fire accident on January 3 last.

APDWA appreciated East Siang district administration for providing immediate relief of Rs 2000 to each of the victims,    and thanked citizens from Assam, particularly Kachari and Mishing who extended  help in time of need.

Teachers death mourned

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: Arunachal Teachers Association (ATA), West Siang unit along with officers and staff of DDSE of the district mourned premature deaths of Assistant Teachers (A) Karmo Bamey of Siji Primary School and Token Riba of Kabu Middle School. While the former died of cancer on January 28 the latter breathed his last on January 27.

ATA district unit executive members and staff of DDSE observed two minutes silence as a mark of respect to the late teachers duo and prayed to almighty for their eternal peace. They also conveyed deep sense of condolences to the bereft family members to bear the irreparable loss.


Tamladu festival

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: Augung Bengia General Secretary Indigenous Faith & Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh cum Jt. Secretary Nyishi Elite Socitey and Shri Dominso Tayang Head Priest of Mishmi will grace the Tamladu festival at Tezu as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour on 15th February next.


BBWC reconstituted

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: Banderdewa Bazaar Welfare Committee (BBWC) has been reconstituted with Kipa Loram and Kipa Hipik as president and general secretary respectively for 2010-2013.

Joint patrolling

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: Tarasso Circle Youth Association (T.C.Y.A) with the help of forest officials of Balijan and IRBn personnel of Tarasso had conducted joint patrolling at Ramghat Reserve Forest Area under Tarasso circles on Feb 9. The association also urged the Govt to establish two forest check gates at Tarasso and Ramghat  and to deploy adequate forest personnel to protect the flora and fauna of the area.


DNGC students union lauds Capital admn

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: Dera Natung Govt College (DNGC) Students Union appreciated Capital Complex administration for initiating prompt action against college land grabbers.

The union claimed that an eviction drive within the college premises would likely to be carried out in the next few days. The union also drew attention of the authorities concerned to solve the encroachment menace permanently by constructing concrete wall around the college boundary. Otherwise, no sufficient land would be left there for future college expansion, it said.

Plea to DC

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: Hirik-Hiru Students’ Union in a letter to Deputy Commissioner, West Siang District highlighting the bad effect of chewing tobacco and other tobacco products, appealed the DC to ban selling of such hazardous products in the market in Kamba Circle.


Pacha Micro Hydel Project yet to see light


SEPPA, Feb 11: The 3 Mega Watt Pacha Micro Hydel in Seppa, East Kameng district is a relic in true sense and cannot be compared to some other prized possession.  

A whopping amount of Rs 6449.46 lakhs have been pumped into this mere 3 Mega Watt for the last 16 years, yet the service of this project is yet to see the light.

In the last 16 years, many projects bigger than this were taken up and commissioned in many different pockets of the country, the Pacha Micro Hydel Project is awaiting some honourables to do the pious job of red-ribbon cutting ceremony.“The much hyped Micro hydel project was sanctioned in the year 1994 for the estimate cost of Rs 471.88 lakhs including 3% contingencies and excluding the revised estimate cost of Rs 2988.79 lakhs where NABARD’s component was Rs 2237.44 lakhs and Rs 751.35 lakhs State’s share. Even with the total cost of Rs 6449.46 lakhs, it cannot supply electricity for a single bulb” rued Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress Secretary Loga Tallang, who is also local of Seppa Township.  

When the APCC secretary enquired about the delaying in the Commission of the said Hydel Project, the authority assured that it would be commissioned “very soon” and is in “final stage”.

However, Tallang complained that every year during meetings, the authority reiterates one line assurance: “We will commission it by next March”

“Many March have come and gone by; the project is always in final stage or very soon to be commissioned. Pretext after pretext… but there is no end to darkness of Seppa town’, he added.

People here have patiently waited for two decades for Pacha Micro Hydel Project to complete. There was no dearth of funds with more than require amounts pumping into it. What was lack was the concerted efforts from every quarter be it local MLA, pressure groups and above all the concern authority.


Maha Shiv Ratri today

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: The local Raja Yoga Centres of Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya will celebrate auspicious Maha Shiv Ratri,  at Itanagar, Naharlagun, Nirjuli and Banderdewa on Feb 12.

On the occasion, an inter-religious congregation on ‘Universal Concept of GOD- Basis of Religious Harmony’ is organized in local branch of Brahma Kumaris Raja-yoga center complex at Riba Mansion, Bank Tinali, near Best Bakers, Itanagar at 8.30 AM in which Wanglin Lowandong, Speaker, Legislative Assembly as Chief Guest and many dignitaries, religious heads including Fr. A D Jose as honoured guests will grace the celebration.

A Spiritual Get together Cum Discourse on “Maha Shiv Ratri is also being organized at the same venue  at 5 PM.

The Shiv Ratri Celebration will be followed by five-days free Holistic Health Raja Yoga Training Camp in the premises of Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Centres at Itanagar, Naharlagun, Nirjuli and Banderdewa w.e.f. Feb 13 to 17.


Road safety awareness

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: Police headquarter Road Safety cell lead by inspector KVG Pillai, ASI AU Ansari, T Sorang, Md. Sarfuddin and A Darang, G Gamlin conducted traffic safety awareness campaign at Holy Cross English School, Itanagar.

On the occasion the team elaborated on safety tips on road crossing, road sign and hand signal and also distributed pamphlets and other awareness items.

Altogether, 370 students and 15 teachers of the school attended the camp.

Meanwhile, the headmaster Gracia appreciated the PHQ for organizing road safety awareness camp.

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