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February - 17


People’s involvement must for

success of projects: Governor

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: The railway project should help in the local economy, said Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh, while interacting with railway officials at Harmuti Railway Station today. The local populace must feel that it is their project. Involvement of people is must for success of any project, he added.

Commenting of the model of Narharlagun Railway Station, Gen Singh stressed on use of cane and bamboo items in its furnishing. It should have ethnic flavor. It will indirectly help in involvement of local people and give impetus in their socio-economic development, he pointed.

Governor calling for cooperation from neigbouring state of Assam said, with 20 to 30 thousand crores worth projects are coming up in Arunachal Pradesh but as downstream effect, one third of the amount will go to Assam economy. Therefore, there is need that Assam also sees it as its own and help in early implementation of railway project. Moreover, it is important for national security. But, he hopeed, with direct monitoring of the Prime Minister’s Office and Third Party Monitoring, it will be implemented properly and in time.

Gen Singh, who have been travelling a lot in the Northeastern Frontier Railways during his twelve years of his service life said, it is the lifeline and we need to maintain it properly.


Interacting with the Railway officials, the Governor abreast himself on the details of the board gauge project from Rangiya to Murkongselek, which he feels will have direct impact on the economy of the people of Arunachal Pradesh. He also enquired on the basic facilities, ticketing and other amenities in the stations along the track.

While making rounds the Station, Governor asked the Rangiya Railway Divisional manager for upgrading and proper maintenance the Harmuti Station. The rest rooms, bathrooms and place should be clean and hygienic. Adequate fund should be provided for it, as it will be important junction in two years.

Chief Engineer B.K. Tirkey, Northeastern Frontier Railway, Maligaon briefed the Governor on the status of work of Harmuti-Itanagar new board gauge line project. He informed that the first phase of the project will be completed by 2012. Citing slow pace of land acquisition in Assam portion and interstate land dispute, Chief Engineer requested the Governor for his good office in expediting the work. Already 1.3 km of work in the railway land has been completed and 4 km in Arunachal Pradesh is going to be completed very soon.

Later, along with First Lady Anupama Singh and Secretary to Governor Ankur Garg, Gen Singh avail the ride from Harmuti to Gogamukh to see for himself the basic facilities and other provisions provided to the passengers. PRO to Governor


Home minister alleged of misusing official position

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) state unit General Secretary Kenyir Ringu has alleged Home Minister Tako Dabi of misusing his official position to intimidate people of Nari-Koyu constituency in order to “consolidate his dictatorial command”. The allegation came after the arrest of a junior engineer on a complaint filed by the PSO to the Minister for allegedly ‘restraining’ the people of Rote Village not to attend a public meeting to be addressed by Dabi  during an official visit at Koyu on January 19 last.

Taking serious note of the arrest of a law abiding officer, Ringu alleged this is a new low in the history of Arunachal’s politics.

It has been further alleged that during a victory rally on January 22 at Korang, Dabi delivered venomous speech threatening all his opponents to send  them behind bars of Lakhimpur and Dhemaji in Assam. He is also accused of making mockery of traditional judiciary system by showing disrespect to Gaon Buras and threatening to withdraw appointment of 7 Gaon Buras.

In a press release issued Mrs Ringu lamented the fact that people of Nari-Koyu assembly constituency have to live under the terror unleashed by the same person who is responsible for protecting citizen of this state. She asserted that such kind of behavior amounts to disrespect of our democracy. Being home minister he should care for every citizen of state irrespective of race and religion, added Mrs Ringu.


Workshop on police-media relations

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: A three days workshop on “Police Media Relation in the Present Context” was held at the North Eastern Police Academy(NEPA),  Unsaw (Shillong), Meghalaya recently.  

2 SPs from Arunachal including Seppa SP Tumme Amo were among the 14 senior police officers from various North Eastern states who took part in the workshop. Around 20 Dy SP’s undergoing one year basic training at NEPA also participated in it. Amo made a presentation on the topic “A symbiotic sustenance of police and media”.

Keynote address was delivered by  S. Kakoti, DGP, Meghalaya. This was  followed by discussion on “Media Assistance to Police Work” and “Media Relation in Crisis Situation” on the 1st day.

Panel discussions on “Policing in Insurgency Prone Areas vis-à-vis Media Scrutiny” and “Press/Media Trial: An encroachment on Police Work & Judiciary” was highlights of the 2nd day. The 3rd day began with the panel discussion on “VIP Security, Police Work during Public Meetings & Rallies, Bandh Calls, etc”.

Senior most police officers including A.K. Mathur, ADGP, Meghalaya  and R.R. Verma, Director, NEPA; senior most media persons like the Spl Correspondents from the Tribune & the Indian Express, the Ex-Editor, Dainik Assam  and senior most criminal lawyers like Y.M.Siddiqui were the resource persons of the workshop.

The workshop was very useful for both the Police & Media. It was very relevant in the present day due to the more active roles being played by the media  and expectations was high on the police to play more active roles in various fields.


Oriah festival celebrated

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: Oriah festival was celebrated with pomp and traditional fervor by the Wancho community in various places of the state today.

At Wakka, Education Minister Bosiram Siram extending his festival greetings to the people stressed on maintaining peace for overall development of people and urge them to promote and preserve own rich cultural heritage of the community.

He particularly advised the youth to play a vital role in building a strong community and describe the mass participation of people from all walks of life in the celebration as the sign of national integration.

He further urged the people to impart traditional folk songs and dances, customs and rituals to the younger generation in order to preserve and promote it.

Horticulture Minister Honchun Ngandam attended the programme as guest of honour DoTC chairman Yumsen Matey and MLA, Kamthok Lowang also attended the Wakka celebration.

At Longding, Finance Minister Setong Sena, who was the chief guest on the occasion appealed to the Wanchos to preserve, protect and promote their rich cultural legacies for the posterity. While describing the Wanchos as unique and traditionally rich, the Minister said that the state government is truly alive to the problems of the people adding that sincere efforts were on to create opportunities and avenues for the youth, in particular. He also said that formalities are being worked out to formally declare Longding as a separate district. The chief guest further said that the Wanchos are known for their valour, music and craftsmanship and exhorted them to keep up the spirit while embracing the modern development, particularly the modern education.

Parliamentary Secretary for Land Management Padi Richo speaking as guest of honour said that peace was a pre-requisite for development and asked the people to maintain peace. Parliamentary Secretary for Sports and Youth Affairs Wangki Lowang urged the people to guard their traditions to protect their identity.

Amongst other, local MLA Thangwang Wangham, ADC and HoDs attended the programme.

At Pongchau, RD Minister Takar Marde attended the festival as chief guest.

In all the above places, traditional cultural items and community feast marked the occasion.


Nagaland to play Mizoram in final

Tadar Eachu Memorial  Football Tournament

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: The final match of the Tadar Eachu Memorial Football Tournament 2010 will be held between Nagaland and Mizoram at NERIST playground on February 20 at 2.30 pm.

MLA Markio Tado will attend the closing ceremony as chief guest while AAPSU president Takam Tatung would be the guest of honour.

The tournament which began on February six last is being organized by NERIST Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Association in memory of Late Tadar Eachu, a first batch student of NERIST from Arunachal Pradesh.


Know your Army Mela

DIRANG, Feb 16: Army units of Baisakhi Garrison with joint cooperation from West Kameng district administration, local MLA, Indo- Tibetan Border Police and SSB would organize  a two-day exhibition  ‘Know Your Army’ at Dirang Stadium on 19 and 20 Feb next.

The event would acquaint the civil populace with military capabilities of the armed forces and help foster harmony and cooperation between the men in uniform and civilians. Showcase of modern military equipments and weaponry, cultural items from various parts of India including Bhangda, Lion, Monpa, Adivasi Dances and performance by Army band, Dog show by SSB, food and games stalls would be other special attractions. On the occasion, Army would also provide counseling and necessary guidance to young aspirants keen to join the armed forces.  

The event would be attended by prominent army and civil officials from twin districts of Tawang and West Kameng.


Eye camp inaugurated

ROING, Feb 16: Laeta Umbrey along with Chilliko Meto, Zilla Chairperson inaugurated Free Eye (Cataract) Camp here at District Hospital, Roing today.

Lauding the efforts of entire medical team of District Hospital in successfully organizing such camp in the district for the last sixth years, Umbrey in his inaugural speech as Chief Guest said, “without a team spirit no matter what professional skill one may have, one can not succeed in conducting such philanthropic works of eye camp”. Assuring to all expenses he requested them to conduct such camp at Hunli sub-division for one day, if feasible for the benefit of poor people. Umbrey  has donated Rs 25,000 to the Eye Camp and another Rs 25,000 to the district hospital for maintaining cleanliness of the hospital as promised earlier.

Chilliko Meto, Zila Chairperson and the guest of honor of the programme appreciated the humanitarian works done by the District Health Society and exhorted them to continue the same spirit. He also assured moral and physical in organizing such camp in the district in future.

Lod Gambo, presiding over the programme as chairman said that such programme are really quite helpful to the poor people and requested the Medical Team to conduct such camp periodically either half yearly or annually.   

Dr Atlok Yirang, DMO informed that this is the sixth eye camp conducted by District Health Society at Roing after the bifurcation of the then combined Dibang Valley District and till date 317 cataract cases had been treated so far in the district. Apart from Cataract Operation, eye scanning for the school children from class 1-8 (at the age group of 6-14 years) have also been conducted and 7500 students have been treated so far, Dr Yirang added.

Dr K K Deb, Senior Eye Specialist cum State Programme Officer, National Programme for Control of Blindness (NPCB), Dr Ista Pulu, SMO cum Medical Superintendent of District Hospital also spoke on the occasion.

Along with Dr K K Deb, Dr Beauty Borang, Eye Specialist from Pasighat is conducting the eye operation. DIPRO


Implement building code, demands HRLN

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: Human Rights Law Network (HRLN), Arunachal chapter has appealed the Chief Secretary to take initiatives for formulation of safety norms as per the National Building Code 2005 and Bureau of Indian Standard guideline for prevention of fire in schools.

In a representation to the chief secretary, the HRLN said every children has right  to protect the rights of life and education guaranteed to all school children under Article 21 and 21A of the Constitution. It is fundamental right of each and every child to receive education free from fear of security and safety. The Act has to be implemented for safety measures by all government and private schools functioning in state as prescribed by National Building Code of India, 2005, the representation added.



ITANAGAR, Feb 16: Arunachal Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee (APMCC) observed two minute silence in memory of those students who lost their lives in the recent Palin fire mishap. It also extended its condolence to the bereaved families and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed souls.

Arunachal Tribal Students’ Union also conveyed their condolence to the bereaved families of the Palin fire incident and prayed for the early recovery of the injured students.

The union appealed the state government and the concerned department to formulate strict rules and guidelines for private schools to ensure safety of the children and appealed the public of the area to co-operate the enquiry team constituted by the state government.


Training on Food Processing under REDP

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: A month-long training on Food Processing under REDP sponsored by NABARD, Itanagar is going on successfully at Balinong Village, Miao circle of Changlang district.

The organizing agency Seva Kendra (NGO) is making every effort to make the trainees get maximum benefit out of the training.

Trainees, basically school drop-outs hailing from rural areas, have already learnt the art of making varieties of pickles from Agri-Horti products  and picked up the skill of making more than 8 types of various pickles.

In the coming days the trainees will get training on how to prepare squash, jam, mushrooming, pickle from vegetables and fruits etc. The other topics to be covered are on packaging, price fixing and marketing.


Malpractices by FPSs alleged

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: All Raga Area Students’ Union (ARASU), in a recent meeting, has demanded Fair Price Shop owners of Raga area to sell commodities at rates fixed by the Govt. for each item.

The union claimed that essential items are being sold at above normal prices in various FPSs in Raga areas. It demanded the govt. to check such malpractices by FPSs owners.

While taking serious note of the reported encroachment of school land, the union urged the Raga ADC to carry out an eviction drive at Raga Hr School premises to free the encroached land.

The union also cautioned the irregular teachers and other Govt. officials of Raga area to maintain their duties properly.

Meanwhile, the union urged the authourities concerned to constitute a fact finding committee to investigate the reported  incident which took place in the Govt. Hr. School premises recently. According to the union some miscreants have beaten the workers mercilessly and damaged the under-construction approach road to boys hostel while they were at work.


Shortage of  teacher

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: All Mengio Students’ Union (AMSU) highlighting the shortage of teacher in the Mengio circle appealed the concerned authority to appoint the SSA waiting list candidates to fill up the vacant post immediately.


Intl. womens’ day

ITANAGAR: Union Minister of State for Textile Panabaka Lakshmi and All India Mahila Congress President Prabha Thakur have consented to attend as chief guest and guest of honour in the international womens’ day celebration organized by Arunachal Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee on March 8.


‘Arrest assaulters of engineer’  

ITANAGAR: The Arunachal Pradesh Engineering Service Association (APESA), a constituent of India Engineers’ Federation (INDEF) has sought intervention of the Chief Secretary to get the culprits arrested who had reportedly assaulted RWD executive engineer R Choudhury at his residence on Feb 13 evening.

In a letter to the Chief Secretary, the Association rued that even after the three days of the incidence  the culprits have not been apprehended. The culprits should be booked at the earliest in order to restore normalcy and boost the morale of all the engineering officers and officials in particular and the employees in general, it said.


ATU lauds capital admn.

ITANAGAR: Praising capital complex deputy commissioner for her efforts and initiative for making twin capital city of Itanagar and Naharlagun a neat & clean and planned city, Arunachal Tribal Union (ATU) has urged the DC to take up the issue of road widening, introduction of metro rails between Itanagar and Naharlagun in the next cabinet meeting.

While taking serious note of the rate race among people to grab Govt. land which is rampant in the capital city, ATU said that administration should not bow down in front of corrupt leaders and muscle power while carrying out works of public interest. It appealed to all the public leaders and bureaucrats to work selflessly in the greater interest of the state. It also urged the forest department to do the needful to conserve our flora and fauna.


Deploy adequate police personnel in

Upper Siang police stations

ITANAGAR:  The Siyum ZPM Tamar Ekke has demanded deployment of adequate police personnel in various police stations in Upper Subansiri district claiming these are running without required number of police personnel.

In a statement, the ZPM claimed that some of the stations are functioning with only one or two constable headed by either  a sub inspector or ASI, resulting in a lot of problem in discharging their duties.

Even the Siyum Police station, newly set up in the interior village is functioning without single police officer, he added.


Nyokum Yullo

BOMDILA, Feb 16: The Nyokum, main festival of the Nyishis, will be celebrated at Bomdila the district HQ of West Kameng district  from  Feb 24 to 26 in a befitting manner.

The main events of the festival celebration shall include the tradition as well as modern dance display, Buya dance, sacrifice of mithun and community feast on Feb 26. As usual, the festival would be auspicated by Heads of Department, officers and  officials, panchayat and public leaders besides the community people.

Meanwhile, R. T. Khunjuju, Parliamentary Secretary, Hydro Power Development, and Swati Sharma, Deputy Commissioner, West Kameng District, Bomdila have kindly consented to grace the occasion as the Chief Guest and Guest of Honour respectively.

For the final show-down of the celebration, a festival celebration Committee with Er.Taba Teni, EE (PHED), P. B. Kabnang, LO and Kama Yangfo as Chief Patron, Chairmen and General Secretary respectively has been constituted. Nyokum festival is also being celebrated at Birpur, Bhalukpong, Dirang & Rupa in West Kameng district on Feb 26.


2 houses gutted, relief sought

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: East Kameng Middle Zone Students Union has appealed the authorities concerned to provide necessary relief and compensation to the fire victims who have lost all their properties reportedly in a fire incident at the Lachung Yangje village in  East Kameng district.

At least two houses and four kitchens were gutted in a devastating fire that broke out around 12 pm on Feb 12 last, the Union  said  and claimed that house owners lost  properties  worth lakhs of rupees. The union further claimed that fire broke out from a kitchen  of a old woman.


Road safety awareness campaign

ITANAGAR, Feb 16: PHQ, Road safety cell conducted traffic awareness campaign at Takar Memorial School, Naharalagun today.

Altogether, 97 students and 7 teaching staff of the school along with 22 parents attended the campaign.

On the day the team highlighted on traffic safety and also distributed pamphlets and other awareness items. They also demonstrated hand signal and road signs.

Meanwhile, the school authority thanked the team for organizing the campaign.

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