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CM & Education Minister visit the tragic fire accident site

High Power Committee to assess

the cause of the fire accident

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: A high level team led by Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu along with Education Minister Bosiram Siram and senior officers of the State Government today visited the site of tragic fire accident at Palin.

While interacting with the bereaved parents at Don Bosco School Palin, the CM expressed sorrow over the loss of the young children on whom the doting parents had pined such high hopes and dreams. “The catastrophe could have been averted had proper attention was paid to preventive safety measure in the ill-fated thatched hostel building especially during such a Dry season when the vulnerability of fire accidents is very high. It’s really appalling that so many children were accommodated in a small Hostel with just one entry door” the CM said.

Khandu informed that the State Government will constitute a High Power Committee to assess the cause of the Fire accident and action will be taken accordingly.

Responding to appealed made by parents for establishment of a memorial in the name of their children, Khandu assured that a Separate grievances redressal committee chaired by the Education Minister comprising of the local MP, all the local MLAs of Kurung kumey, DC, SP, ADC PR leaders, APPSU and ANSU will be constituted to sympathetically look into the demands.


He appealed the people not to resort to any kind of untoward steps as the Government is already taking necessary steps in the matter.

The Education Minister Bosiram also expressed his solidarity in their hour of extreme grief and conveyed his deep condolences to the bereaved parents.

He further said that preventive measures and Safety norms must be adhered by all to avoid such tragic accidents in future and informed that the proposed Education Policy of the State, which is being finalized soon, includes adequate provisions to regulate and monitor safety norms, both in the Government as well as private Schools & Colleges in the State.

The Chief Minister handed over Rs. 20 lacs to the Kurung kumey District administration for providing immediate financial assistance to the affected families.

MLAs Bamang Felix, Markio Tado, In charge Chief Secretary and Development Commissioner V. K. Dev, IGP Deepak Mishra, Secretary Planning Ankur Garg, Special Secretary Finance Amit Singla , Director Relief & Rehabilitation K. Kholie accompanied the Chief Minister.

Meanwhile, Governor JJ Singh, Legislative assembly speaker Wanglin Lowangdong, Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh, Arunachal Christian Forum (ACF), Peoples Party of Arunachal (PPA), All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU), All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA), Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC), All Kurung Kumey District Students’ Union, All Palin, Chambang, Yangte, Gangte and Tarak-Langdi Students’ Union also expressed shock over the recent Palin fire accident and  prayed for the eternal peace of the departed souls. They also conveyed their heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members and prayed almighty to bestowed enough strength the family members to bear the irreparable loss.


UAEA organizes protest rally, demands strict adherence to recruitment rules

Madhurjya Doley

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: Over 200 unemployed young engineers today marched towards CM Bangalow with placards and banners reading "Terrorism is not far away" "Motivate us to use pen, not gun" etc. to protest against alleged illegal appointments in various works departments and non adherence to Recruitment Rules by them.

The peaceful rally organized by Unemployed Arunachalee Engineers’ Association (UAEA) was first taken out through the main thoroughfare of the Itanagar township and then marched towards CM Bangalow shouting against the ruling Govt’s policies. Although the rallyists could not meet the CM due to his ‘tight’ schedule’ they were able to submit their 13-point memorandum highlighting their various grievances for quick redressal at CM’s office.

The memorandum, a copy of which was also made available to media, strongly demanded the state Govt. to follow SC verdict on appointments. According to the verdict, no person shall have the right to claim for regularization of services unless he/she is recruited through proper recruitment procedure. But in our state the same is not being followed, the memorandum said. Seven JEs deputed to UD department from PWD should immediately be sent back to its parental department and vacancies should be submitted to APPCS for direct recruitment, the memorandum said, adding that all Assistant Engineer posts in Hydro Power Department must be recruited through direct recruitment.

While alleging illegal appointments in departments like APEDA, Sports and Youth Affairs, APPHCL, it sought the intervention of the Govt. to check such appointments rampant in those departments. According to the memorandum the above mentioned departments have never conducted any interview in the last few years. Taking serious view over the reported ‘brokers’, who serve as conduit between the candidates and appointing authorities in ‘secret dealings’, the memorandum demanded checking of such practices and "guilty should be dealt with iron hand".

Other demands included implementation of MoU/MoA signed between state Govt and private/public sectors in letter and spirit, involvement of UAEA members in every review meeting of state, cent percent job reservation for APSTs in state government jobs, shifting of head offices of private/public sectors engaged in Arunachal Pradesh to Itanagar, notification of all sanctioned posts by the department concerned, conduction of JEs examination through APPSC, strict adherences to recruitment rules by all departments.

Meanwhile, UAEA president Yumlam Aam told this reporter that they have taken up the issue not only for the 1000+ unemployed engineers of the state but also for those youths who are running from pillar to post to land a job. "This movement would continue till our demands are met. We seek cooperation from every section of the society which would motivate us to fight for our legitimate demands", Aam said.

He further informed that the association would stage peaceful dharna on the statehood day celebration on February 20 in case the Govt fails to redress their grievances.

Another frustrated unemployed engineer opined that the Govt should create posts of AEs and JEs under Trans-Arunachal Highway project.

Meanwhile, Capital Youth Organization (CYO) while extending whole-hearted support to the initiative taken by UAEA, urged the government to redress its grievances at the earliest and create more vacancies in order to give a chance to the young engineers to serve their motherland.


State education dept gear up for better Adm

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: The state education department under its Minister Bosiram Siram strikes hard to vitalize better organization, development, control and management in the state.

The minister’s concept to ensure efficient and convenient educational administration in the schools has been visualized.

The education department with an aim for the planned development of the educational institution, health educational practices maintenance and improvement in the standards of the educational institution and better organization, discipline and control to provide harmonious mental and physical facilities to the students for the scientific and secular outlook through the education, has been committed to enforce the Arunachal Pradesh Education Act-2010, which is shortly going to take its practical shape.

Meanwhile, for better administrative convenience, monitoring and management four senior officers of the education department have been given additional  responsibility with Bodong Yirang Jt, DSE as over all supervision and administration of Tawang, West Kameng and East Kameng District, Hage Tatung Jt. DSE for Lower Subansiri, Kurung Kumey, Papum Pare and Upper Subansiri Districts, K Panggam Jt.DSE for Lohit, Anjaw, Tirap and Changlang District and Tapi Gao DDSE for East Siang, West Siang, Upper Siang, Dibang Valley and Lower Dibang Valley District respectively.


Sanction highway, Airport projects,

PPA urges Centre

ITANAGAR, Feb 12:  While lauding the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) on Road Sector for endorsing 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),  Peoples' Party of Arunachal has appealed to the concerned Ministries for immediately sanctioning of other proposals under SARDP-NE, four laning Highways and Green Airport and other packages announced by the Prime Minister.


Take personal initiative for early sanctioning of urban projects, Tuki urges Selja

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: State PWD and Urban Development Minister Nabam Tuki has urged upon the  Union Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Tourism Kumari Selja to take personal initiative for early sanctioning of the projects  as a special case for providing benefit to the local needy urban poor.

For balanced and equal benefit to the local poor people living in the urban centers of the state, the state Govt has submitted 16 projects to the ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and tourism. The total cost of the 16 projects amounting to Rs. 185.824 crores.

PWD and UD Minister in a letter to  Selja said that Arunachal Pradesh is lagging behind of housing infrastructure and other urban poverty alleviation projects in comparison to other states of India.  This is largely due to lard geographical area, scattered population and resource crunch, Tuki added.

In regard to sanction of projects under 10 per cent lumpsum provision for the north east region including Sikkim by the union urban and poverty alleviation ministry, the letter said “for making the programme a successful to north east  and Arunachal Pradesh in particular your ministry has sanctioned 7 projects with an estimated cost of Rs 46.38 crores, which are under various stage of implementation and shall complete within the anticipated target.”

The projects which have been submitted to union housing and urban poverty alleviation ministry  for sanction included, construction of Shopping Complex and Hostel for Unemployed Women’s at Changlang Town, slum improvement/ Upgradation of Houses for Urban Poor at Khonsa, construction of shopping Complex and Hostel for Unemployed Women’s at Ziro Town, slum improvement/ Upgradation of Houses of Urban Poor at Deomali, construction of shopping Complex and Hostel for Unemployed Women’s  at Dirang Town,Housing for low income group (LIG) at Yupia (Phase-I), Urban EWS housing at Hawai, construction of residential building for economically backward people of Jung, Tawang Township, working women hostel, shopping complex & community toilet at Hawai and construction of hostel for unemployed women and old age destitute children home, community toilet at Seppa and projects for construction of shopping Complex and Hostel for Unemployed Women’s at Jairampur Town,  Pasighat Town, Bomdila Town, Roing Town, Yingkiong Town, Anini Town.


KGBV an asset of the district: Umbrey


HUNLI, Feb 12: In continuation to his second day of visit at Hunli circle, Laeta Umbrey MLA paid his maiden visit at the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) Hunli in which he was given a rousing welcome by the management committee, teaching staffs and student.

The MLA made an inspection of the entire campus and fascinated with the performance and the quality that the institutes is able to maintain particularly the underprivileged tribal girl child despite its remoteness.

In his inspiring and short speech, MLA advised the student to avail the optimum benefit given by the government and keep up the standard in competitive in life. He called upon them to be comfortable while  speaking mother tongue. “The English and Hindi should be spoken but not at the cost of one’s mother tongue, the student being purely dominated with Idu Mishmi community, speaking Idu within you could pave an opportunity to safeguard and promote the threat of dying language”, he hopes.

He also urges the PRI member to uphold better understanding and support with the management committee in order to ensure smooth functioning of KGBV. Moreover he exhorts the PRI to extend helping hand for the greater welfare of girl child which he terms the KGBV an asset of the district.  

While showing a sense of generosity, the MLA announced the sum of Rs 50,000 for immediate fooding, a pair of Godrej Almirah and also ensured to facilitate concrete steps within the campus and to renovate the PRI’s decaying building handed over to KGBV.  

Komini Meto GS Abralow Memorial Multi-Purpose Society (AMMS) in his speech highlighted the problem being posed by the school and reminiscent the short history of KGBV since 2006. He also anticipated that the PRI members of the Hunli-Desali Block, officials and senior citizens of the circle to extend moral support for the better cause of girl education in such far-flung pocket. He further disclosed the upgradation to class 10 standards under Rashtriya Madhayamik Shiksa Abhiyan (RMSA) from existing eight standards.


Maintain balance between

materialism & spirituality’

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: The local Rajyoga center of Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya (PBKIVV) celebrated the auspicious festival of  Maha Shiv Ratri on Feb 12 with a day long programme at Itanagar, Naharlagun, Nirjuli and Banderdewa.

On this occasion, an Inter Faith Congregation was organized in which Wanglin Lowangdong, Speaker, Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly graced as Chief Guest at local branch of Raja Yoga Centre, Bank Tinali, Itanagar.

Lauding activities of Brahma Kumaris in promoting religious harmony & social cohesion Wanglin Lowandong, said that peace, love and happiness were original nature of human beings who were wrongly searching them outside. These positive qualities could be sustained in life if some balance was struck between materialism and spirituality which the Brahma Kumaris were always teaching and this Festival was designed to convey the same to the public.

He appealed one and all to pledge to discard negative traits such as anger, greed, ego, lust, etc. and lead a life filled with love, compassion, respect, humility, cooperation, responsibility, divinity by empowering our self through process of Supreme Communion (Raja Yoga Meditation) as taught here.

BK (Dr.) Jayadeba Sahoo, Faculty,  Brahma Kumaris & Associate Professor, Dept. of Education, Rajiv Gandhi University; and a Senior exponent of Brahma Kumaris, while welcoming all explained SHIVA as The Universal Name of God Incorporeal.

All present prayed to almighty for the eternal peace of the departed souls who were charred to death and enough strength who received grievous injuries in a tragic fire accident at Palin. He also conveyed his condolence to the bereaved family members of those school children to bear the irreparable loss.

Brahma Kumari Junu, Center-in-Charge said Shiva Jayanti is the remembrance day of birth extraordinary of Incorporeal God father Shiva.

Bro. Chafung Wangsu, Incharge, VKIC, APC emphasized  the universal concept of GOD as divine light citing from writing of Swami Vivekananda and called upon unity among all religions which is need of the hour.

He spoke about the need of spreading peace and strengthening moral values through such programmes of universal brotherhood, religious harmony & Social Cohesion among human beings / souls as brothers & sisters being the children of one supreme Almighty Father “GOD”- the incorporeal Being of Light what Brahma Kumaris organisation has been doing and gave good wishes to all. Among others Kanwarjit Singh, Superintendent Engineer, WR, Dr. Ligu Tacho, member APPSC; W.T. Bosai, Gen. Secy. (Admn), District Congress Committee, Tirap graced the celebration.


Govt lauded for enhancing DA

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: The Confederation of Service Associations of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP) expressed gratitude to the Dorjee Khandu government for releasing 5 per cent pending dearness allowances for Govt employees in spite of state's poor financial position.

''It will relieve more than 51,000 regular state government employees from their financial overburden in the wake of recent hike in the prices of essential commodities,'' said N L Togu, CoSAAP president. However, the Confederation expected early release of 15 months pending arrears by the Govt as assured earlier.

The Arunachal Pradesh Secretariat Employees' Association (APSEA) also appreciated the chief minister for releasing the revised rates of DA.

The Arunachal Pradesh Government decided to enhance its employees' Dearness Allowance (DA) from existing 22 per cent to 27 per cent with effect from July one last year, according to an office memorandum, a copy of which was made available to the press.

The revised rates of DA will be applicable to regular state government employees only.  ''The additional installment of DA, payable under this order, shall be paid in cash to all Govt employees.''



ITANAGAR, Feb 12: Reacting to the news item appeared in this daily on Feb 12 under the headlines “Pacha Micro Hydel….”, the superintending Engineer (SE), Department of Hydro Power, Bomdila Civil circle, clarified that the 3 MW capacity Pacha Hydel was in fact put in to trial operation on June 2009. Thereafter, the Pacha hydel has been generating light and giving power to Seppa denizen with limited evacuation system except minor intermittent outages.

In a statement, the SE further clarified that the hydel is temporarily shut down from Feb 6 last for minor routine maintenance work and power from the Pacha Hydel will be available from Feb 15.

The district administration and power department counterpart has been intimated the schedule of the minor maintenance work in time by concerned sub-divisional officer, the statement said.

The Pacha MHS may not generate full capacity of 3 MW during dry season due to limited discharge at the source nallah but there is always one machine of 1.5 MW capacity available to serve electricity to the people of Seppa, the statement said, adding, however, the view ,  “…it can not supply electricity for a single bulb” is indigestible.


ACCI laments

NAHARLAGUN, Feb 12: The Arunachal Chamber of Commerce & Industries (ACCI) today urged the City deputy commissioner to consult with the ACCI before issuing permits to companies or individuals to hold expos and exhibitions.

While these events are organized to inform consumers regarding brand, quality and legal prices, such expo/exhibition is of no use to the common mass, leaving aside the fact that VAT misuse by stall owners and the organizing companies of the events would result in direct revenue loss for the state, it said in a representation.

The ACCI has always raised the big issues confronting the state – such as implementation of VAT, continuation of the PDS, removal of head load, reorganizing the PDS etc – with the Prime Minister, and yet the successive state governments have not felt it necessary to consult with the ACCI while taking decisions related to trade and commerce, it lamented.


Maji nominated for peace prize

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: Debabrata Maji of Mechanical Engineering Department of North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST), Nirjuli has been nominated for International Peace Prize by the United Cultural Convention. The Peace prize is meant to celebrate individuals who are contributing to the worldwide goal of harmony between peoples and nations. Congratulating to Maji for his nomination 2010 International Peace Prize J. M. Evans, General-in-Residence of United Cultural Convention, Raleigh, USA said that Maji’s success and dedication in the sphere of influence has been bestowal for this Award with mission of the convention including traits of dignity, perseverance, honour, knowledge, dignity, and culture.


Binny Yanga honoured

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: Binny Yanga, proprietor, Oju Craft Center has received the COSIA Entrepreneurship Award for North East region in North East India MSME meet 2010 held on Feb 11 at Guwahati. The Award was presented by Chamber of Small Industry Associations, Thane, Maharashtra. She was the only lady selected for this award from North East.


Nyokum Yullo

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: Nyokum Yullo would be celebrated at Old Mengio with pomp and gaiety on February 24. UD and PWD Minister Nabam Tuki has consented to be the chief guest of the celebration while Mengio ZPM Nabam Bate would be the guest of honour.

The Nyokum Yullo Celebration Committee Kimin 2010 decided to celebrate the ensuing Nyokum at Kimin in a befitting manner. O.T. Lepcha, Rajya Sabha PM  of Sikkim has consented to attend the occasion as chief Guest along with a Minister of Sikkim.


National conference

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: A four-member delegation led by All Arunachal Pradesh Govt. Drivers’ Association president Debia Tak left here for New Delhi to attend the 3rd National Conference of Drivers’ Federation beginning at Agra from tomorrow.


ITANAGAR, Feb 12: The executive body of AEKDPTF has been reconstituted/reshuffled with Jaro Doka, Rillange Chage and Solung Blayu as president, vice president and secretary general respectively, according to All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation release.

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