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February  - 06


6th Namdapha Eco Cultural Festival kicks off

CM appeals youths to come back to mainstream

MIAO, Feb 5: The 6th Namdapha Eco Cultural Festival kicked off on a colourful note at Miao today. The three-day long festivity is a hugely successful event as it attracts nature, cultural enthusiasts from all over the country and abroad.

The Chief Minister inaugurated the event today. Addressing the massive gathering, he categorically exhorted the misled youths of the district to join the mainland by giving away social evils like drug addiction, anti social activities.

Khandu disclosed about the rehabilitation packages for such youths and appealed them to avail the benefit.

The Chief Minister while appealing the local legislators to ensure that all projects are implemented in letter and spirit so that the fruits of development reach the needy said that “development funds are pouring in but proper and judicious execution of works is the need of hour”.

He urged the people to make good use of the fertile land and assured all possible assistance from the government’s end.             

Advocating for a hospitable approach to promote tourism, Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu today called upon the people to create a congenial atmosphere so that more and more tourist make Arunachal Pradesh their prime tourist destination.

“Apart from natural beauty, vibrant ethnic communities, rich bio-diversity, Arunachal Pradesh has ample scope to push forward eco-tourism and research works for the interested people worldwide”, Khandu advocated. Taking forward the mission of clean and green Arunachal, Khandu emphatically stressed for making the state plastic and tobacco free. He urged upon all section of the society to shoulder the responsibility to accomplish the effort.  

Highlighting numerous achievements since he took over the rein in 2007, Khandu said though developments are visible but the state has miles to go with the Centre willing to extend all possible help. The roads, air connectivity and infrastructure would put the state on fast track of development; he said terming hydropower which alone had yielded a handsome amount for the state exchequer as the backbone of the state.

The task is Herculean and the willing support of all sections is essential to achieve the goal, Khandu added.

“Hard work and accountability is the only mantra to ensure all round development of the state” asserted Khandu while mentioning about the third party monitoring being introduced in the planning process for transparency and accountability.

RWD Minister Kalikho Pul mesmerized by the beauty of Miao said “you have beautiful people, enchanting landscape and ample scope for promoting tourism”. He lauded the festival committee for encouraging such festivals where the outsiders could know and enjoy being in Arunachal Pradesh.

Reiterating present Government’s developmental initiatives and refuting all kinds of illogical and unfounded rumours, Pul said that the state is marching towards the phase of watershed development. Massive infrastructural development is already underway and many more are at offing.

Earlier, in his welcome address Local MLA Kamlung Mossang highlighted the importance of the festival. He briefed about the programmes being carried out during the three days long festival wherein all walk of the people from Changlang district and also from nearby Assam joyously take part in the extravagant event.

A souvenir and a festival calendar release were other highlights of the day.

Finance Minister Setong Sena, Parliamentary Secretary Tsewang Dhondhup, Phosum Khimhun, Legislators, Kamthok Lowang, Yumsem Matey, Punji Mara, among others were present on the occasion. (PRO to CM)


Parliamentary team to visit state

ITANAGAR, Feb 5: A twenty-member Parliamentary committee on welfare of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe will arrive here on a three-day visit to state Capital on Feb 6.

The Committee consists of 20 MPs and 7 officials of Lok Sabha secretariat.

The committee members will hold meeting with chief secretary and other state level senior Govt officers at CS’s conference hall on Feb 7.  

After the meeting,   the members will meet the representatives of the SC/ST Employees Welfare Association of NEEPCO. This would be followed by discussion with NEEPCO management authority and representatives of SC/ST from the project affected area.


RBI’S financial outreach camp

ITANAGAR, Feb 5: The Reserve Bank  India as Part of its Platinum Jubilee celebrations organized Financial Outreach Camps in various villages of the North Eastern State. Encourage by the response and the success of the Financial Outreach Camps, Reserve Bank of India has now launched the second phase of such camp in North East and is organizing a camp at Karsingsa  village in Arunachal Pradesh on February 12.

Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India Syamala Gopinat would be the Chief Guest.  The purpose of such camp is to bring awareness regarding banking facilities and make an attempt at making available such facilities to every adult citizen in the targeted areas and for bringing them under fold of mainstream Banking. To dissipate information on various facilities, schemes, stalls would be set up at the Camp by RBI, SBI, UCO Bank, APRCoop. Apex Bank, NEDFI, SIDBI, KVIC,NSIC, Agriculture/ Veterinary Department, State Forest Research Institute, Poma model Village etc.


Conservation and sustainable use of medicinal and aromatic plants

ITANAGAR, Feb 5: An inception meeting for Review of Forest management policies of Arunachal Pradesh to promote and support the conservation and sustainable use of medicinal and aromatic under the GEF-UNDP-GOI funded project on medicinal plants sector was conducted yesterday at PCCF Conference Hall, Itanagar.

T. Gapak, Nodal Officer of the prog informed that meeting intend to review laws and policies which affect medicinal plant sector in Arunachal Pradesh.

“This sector is affected by forest laws, land laws and a host of guidelines and procedures followed by the department of Environment & Forests. The project is premised on the fact that medicinal plants sector in Arunachal Pradesh cannot be streamlined and organized until the laws and policies affecting the sector are reviewed for incorporating requisite changes,” stated Gapak. While chairing the meeting PCCF impressed upon the need for evolving a suitable legal mechanism for the sustainable use of medicinal plants of the state considering all aspects.

A detailed project profile on the GEF-UDNP-GOI funded project on medicinal plants sector was presented by Hanspriya S. Bhardwaj, Project Coordinator through a power point presentation.

She elaborated the details of the project including physical and financial targets. She enumerated the Globally Significant Medicinal Plants (GSMP) in Arunachal Pradesh which is proposed to be protected by establishment of medicinal plant cultivation areas.

G. N. Sinha, APCCF (WP&C) gave detailed account of land laws, forest laws, biodiversity laws, forest policy and other statutory instruments which are impacting the medicinal and aromatic plants sector  in Arunachal Pradesh.


Parliamentary team on Japan tour

ITANAGAR, Feb 5:  A five-member Parliamentary delegation including Arunachal MP Takam Sanjoy has left New Delhi today for nine-day tour to Japan.  The other members of the team  include MPs Priya Dutt, R V Mohite Patil, Shruti Choudhury and Tarun Vijay and three officials.

During its tour to Japan, the Parliamentary team will visit  Tokyo Stock Exchange, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Disaster Prevention Centre, Minato Incineration Plant and Japan Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and also call on Yukio Hatoyama, former PM, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Makiko Kikuta and many other dignitaries.

The tour programme under the theme “Enhancing Indo-Japan relations: Visit to Japan by Indian Parliamentary” is jointly sponsored by the Confederation of Indian Industry and Sasakawa Peace Foundation.


TRICHO meet held

ITANAGAR,  Feb 5: The Tirap Changlang Human-Right Organization (TRICHO)  in its emergency meeting held here recently constituted a ad-hoc executive committee  with  Komral Longphi, as president, Sumpha Wangpan and Tekat Dada as vice presidents and Terong Abom (Tirap ZMP) as general secretary.

Following the  reported violation of Human Rights in Naga inhabited area of Arunachal Pradesh, the meeting attended by  ASMs, ZPMs, public leaders from Tirap, Longding and Changlang unanimously decided to convene a general body meeting with participation of all elected members from the affected districts, elite members, student union leaders and Govt employees on Feb 28 at Itanagar.

The committee also resolved to launch its web-site and discuss about the Patkai Autonomous Council.


Guests at Republic day

ITANAGAR, Feb 5: With the objective to cultivate the spirit of oneness and to enhance the exposure of schedule tribes citizens, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs invited tribal guests to witnesses the Republic Day parade and celebration, 2011 at New Delhi. This year, apart from representatives of 22 states, two guests and liaison officer from Arunachal participated in the grand celebration at New Delhi.

Moji Bagra from West Siang and Sorsomi Degio from East Kameng along with escort and liaison officer Khoda Tapa, CDPO, ICDS Project, Seijosa, represented the  state at the week long Republic Day Celebration at New Delhi.

During their stayed they met Pratibha Devi Patil, President of India, Md. Hamid Ansari, Vice President of India and A.K. Anthony, Defence Minister and Chairman of Commission for Schedules Tribe of India Kantilal Bhuria.

They also attended Prime Minister’s NCC rally, where NCC cadets of Army, Navy and Airforce wings from India and abroad participated. They also attended the beating retreat and Raj Ghat Ceremony. Selected guests and liaison officer exchanged cultural richness of Arunachal with representatives of 22 other state of India and also discussed the problems and suitable solutions that could be taken to maintain the spirit of unity in diversity in the country.

The whole programme was organized by initiative from Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Govt. of India, New Delhi and Social Welfare, Women & Child Development Department, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh.


Good response to biodiversity awareness programme

ITANAGAR, Feb 5: Arunachal Pradesh Biodiversity Board (APBB) started its series of Biodiversity Awareness programme in Capital’s schools from Feb 2.

The first programme was organised at VKV Itanagar attended by more than 100 school children. The second programme was organised at Kendra Vidyalaya, Itanagar on Feb 4 participated by nearly 200 students. The awareness programmes are being conducted to make the school children acquainted with the Biodiversity and bio-resources of Arunachal Pradesh and to motivate them for the Biodiversity conservation activities.

In the programmes, Dr. Pradeep Chaudhry, Director SFRI cum Member Secretary, APBB, spoke on Intangible benefits of forests with special reference to urban forestry. His talk focused on the management of urban forestry in different cities of the world and its direct benefits in controlling air pollution and atmospheric temperature. Dr. A.N. Rao, Orchidologist, SFRI, spoke on the topic “Orchids: the forests jewels” unveiling the different types of orchids in Arunachal and its cultivation techniques.

C. Loma, DFO, Silviculture, delivered a talk on “A strategy to save Hornbill and the cultural identity of the Nyishi tribes of North East India”. His lecture focused on the techniques of artificial Hornbill beak preparation from fiber glass.

Dr. S.P. Singh, Ecologist, SFRI spoke on the topic “Conservation of Biodiversity in Arunachal Pradesh”. Dr. Kenjum Bagra, Research Officer, APBB presented the Biodiversity of Arunachal Pradesh eliciting the detail status of different floral and faunal species available in Arunachal Pradesh and its direct linkage with tribal culture.

Keeping in view the response of School authorities and the student, the Board decided to conduct more programmes in the coming days in different schools of the state.


Police to train girl students in martial arts

ITANAGAR, Feb 5: Renowned filmmaker and photo journalist of New Delhi Kunal Verma formally announced the Martial Arts training programme for the rural children of Wakro by the Arunachal Pradesh Police in an impressive function at Wakro yesterday.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Verma said, the Arunachal Pradesh Police headquarters is doing a great service by helping the children this way. He further said the training will benefit the children especially the girl child. It will not only boost the confidence level but will also surely develop the spirit of sportsmanship, discipline and camaraderie among the trainees, he added. He also lauded the prompt initiative of the  IPS officer Robin Hibu and the effort of the Lohit SP Isaac Pertin in this regard.

Earlier spiritual master Sri Sri Kulavadhuta Satpurananda had expressed concern over child abuse and the growing crime rate against women. He opined that training the girls in Martial Arts will help them face adversities in life with courage and confidence.

Trainer Toli Tacha of the 2nd IRBn expressed willingness to go an extra mile in helping and training the children. The program will benefit girls of the KGBV, the Apnes and sports enthusiasts of wakro.  SI G. Ronya and SI Sonar represented the PHQ of the APP and the district Police chief.

Children and people in Wakro were overwhelmed and delighted to interact with Kunal Verma.

It is worth mentioning here that the film and book on the 4th Conseil International du Sports Militaire (CISM) Military World Games 2007 were shot by Kunal. The CISM currently enjoys the membership of the Armed Forces of 127 member nations, of which 38 are European countries, 45 African, 26 Asian and countries from America. India joined the CISM in 1999. Apart from the histories of the three Services in India, Verma has also made films on the Indian Military Academy ( Making of a Warrior), the National Defence Academy ( The Standard Bearers) and the Kargil War. He is co author of the book Ocean to Sky: India from the Air and is currently working on books on the Himalayas and India's Northeastern region.

Wakro children were overwhelmed to hear filmmaker Krishna Kumar Candeth, former English Teacher of great repute with The Doon school say, “Its nice to see a school live, flower and flourish. This World is a small place but these bright children will make it BIG. Vineeta Jalan conveyed that the Surajmal Jalan Charity Trust, Jalannagar will sponsor the Gee Karate costumes for the Trainees.

ASSET strongly feels that the genuine friendship of a leader like Kunal Verma will immensely and certainly benefit Arunachal and the Northeast region. Principal Seema Arandhara of the AVB, Program Coordinator Sarita Theen, teachers and staffs with the ASSET  and general public appreciated Verma for his work and interest in Northeastern region. KGBV girls performed Mishmi traditional Tangong and the Apnes made the day with songs, skits and drama.


For a united Arunachal but

Dear Editor,

The members of  Tator Clan, who have been residing in Upper Subansiri District since time immemorial and had identified themselves as ‘Tagin’, a constitutionally recognized major Tribe of Arunachal Pradesh.

But some confusion has arisen about our clan due to wrongful statement given by someone during recently concluded Galo Baanv Kvba. The people of the Tator Clan whleo-heartedly welcomed the V111 Galo Baanv Kvba at Dumporijo and infact, tried to extend all possible help to the local organizing committee, as we believe that our state can really progress and peace be maintained only if all the Tribes of our state does believe in peaceful coexistence, co-operation and above all respect and regard each other's thoughts and sentiment.

But during conclave it was really shocking and painful for us when it was informed that one ‘Tanio Nguki’ was allowed to address the gathering, wherein, he declared himself to be a ‘Galo’, without the knowledge, consent and opinion of the members of the entire clan.

As a matter of fact, any person bearing the ‘Nguki’ title is the natural member of the Tator Clan, based on the genealogy count according to the practice prevailed in the Tagin Tribe. Furthermore, when the entire Tator Clan identifies itself with Tagin Tribe, how come a single person try to disturb our social fabric, by declaring himself to be a ‘Galo’? Is there any hidden motive behind his statement?  or is he trying to express his frustration and anger, in case, any of our co-clan members had aggrieved him at any part of his life and whether entire clan had failed to redress it.

Further, we are not against the ‘Galo’ community, but this matter is about the image of our clan and the disturbances that may be cropped up in the social fabric of our clan, due to the sentiments of a single person.

As a matter of fact, the members of the local organizing committee, whose wisdom and knowledge is beyond doubt, should have restrained Tanio Nguki from addressing the gathering, thereby explicitly symbolizing that they do really stand for peace, progress and ;prosperity.

So, to be precise, when it is clear that the entire Tator Clan comes under the Tagin Tribe, then there is no question beyond doubt, that the statement of a single person with malafied intention should not be accepted as true. In fact, his statement/pronouncement was baseless. Therefore, the entire Tator clan has decided that his statement should be taken back.

Further, I strongly feel that better sense should prevail and Galo community should not take our views to be targeted against them, as the Galo Community is bestowed with many intellectual people serving the State under various capacities. Our views need to be ventilated as because the statement of Tanio Nguki has really disturbed the sentiment of the entire Tator clan, therefore for the better existence of the clan we need to express our views in public.

Finally, we stand for a strong and united Arunachal and we hope that our views do not hurt any particular clan Tribe as this is not our intention.


Pejee Uli,


Tator Ko Welfare Society.



An individual’s decision  

Dear Editor,

I’m more or less convince with K Tapok’s letter in which he has rightly pointed out the tendency of fleeting loyalty of politicians, in fact it’s common. At least in our state. In such matters, any reasonable citizen especially those having the quality of being a perceptive political observer must be able to put up with. Most of us have the habit of being too much judgmental towards anybody that we personally don’t know but have heard about, I strongly believe such criteria don’t qualify us to point fingers on others, especially for the facts that are personal. When an individual is not pleased or call it not interested in a party to any further extent, or have no vital role to play, then it’s up to that individual to make a decision on or to accept a transition which should just be tacit.

With reference to my points, I just want to put a little emphasis that anonymous person in making a correct dissemination of his/her opinion has somewhere gone way beyond in pointing out faults. Such irresponsible and derogatory comment made against T Taki, who is one of the senior most leaders of Pangin Boleng constituency is not only fatuous but also carries no substantial meaning; thus, any misleading claims involving a public figure damaging his reputation could confirm libel.

In fact, I see it nothing more than squabbling. It would have been much better if he/she could have divulged information about ongoing projects that are not being implemented properly and all those public money that is being looted.


Haku Tatak

Itanagar, (on email).



The case of central funds and existing roads

Dear editor,

From the order number DONER/NLP/112/2007 Dtd 11/01/2010, I had came to know that Govt. of India had accorded administrative and financial approval of Central Financial Assistance under Non Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) amounting to Rs. 769.05 lakhs for construction of Kimin-Ziro BRTF to Krishi Vighayn Kendra Yachuli (5.500 km) in Arunachal Pradesh. The proposed road scheme exist since last eight years ago and its funny how someone could take centrally sponsored scheme for already existing road scheme.

PWD department is carrying out the work by doing minor renovation of already existing road and finishing those portion left earlier. while after getting information that payment has been made to contractors for Rs. 266.85 lakhs, I filed a RTI application to implementing agency PWD Arunachal Pradesh for furnishing documents like copy of NIT, copy of contractors' list, copy of NLCPR guidelines, copy of sanction letter from the Govt. of India New Delhi, Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region and copy of LOC issued for the contractors payment. But concern authority did not furnish me the NIT copy and contractors list. This shows that implementing agency (PWD dept) has an intention to hijack such a centrally sponsored scheme and thereby dis-regarding all codal formalities laid by sanctioning authorities while executing the project. For publicly transparency there is an need of urgent intervention by sanctioning authorities for the sake of public interest and it is also highly requested that 2nd instalment of fund should not be issued till all formalities are followed as per guidelines.

Moreover, now the point of question is that whether the sanctioning authority had allowed (permitted) the department to implement the scheme without following public tender notice (NIT). If so, the authority is requested to provide such a copy to me for my satisfaction, otherwise, I shall be compelled to appeal before the Court of Law for hijacking of the scheme and violating the norms prescribed by the sanctioning authority.

In case, if the issue is devoid of such order, the department may immediately be ordered to stop the work and call for NIT and till such procedure is followed, no sanction of the second 2°d instalment of fund be release further. In this regard I have written to DONER Secretary, New Delhi and lodged strong protest against such illegal act.


Taba Rajen,


Yachuli Mandal, BJP.



Allegation without basis

Dear Editor,

The so called Chandranagar Welfare Committee with its self styled President, Bem Maching and few others have been repeatedly taking to the local print medias with malicious allegations against the Junior Engineer (E) of Chander Nagar Sub-Station and the Executive Engineer (E) of Capital Electrical Division, after the arrest of Maching for his criminal acts.  Since, the allegations were not true and did not deserve attention to respond, undersigned ignored them.

When the department did not react them, Maching filed an application seeking certain information under RTI Act-2005 on 7th January 2011.  The reply with informations, those could be disclosed were provided to the applicant vide No. CED/Maching/RTI/2010-11/7456, Dated 20th January 2011.

In the opinion of undersigned, as a PIO, some of the information sought fell under the purview of Section 8 of the RTI Act-2005, for which I am not under obligation to provide them.  Accordingly, the applicant was advised to file an appeal to the appellate authority, as per Section 19 of the RTI Act. 2005, if he desired so.  Now, it appears from the media publication on 2nd and 3rd February that, instead of filing appeal to appellate authority, Maching with his associates have gone to the media with wild and utterly false allegations on me and my Junior Engineer (E) by name, which directly proves that his intentions are malafide and allegations are false.  Therefore, since I have been named personally along with Loa Tagang, my Junior Engineer (E), here while requesting you all to check the accuracy of facts of allegations before publishing such subjects which defame and assassinate characters of someone with false accusation without any reason, I stand to make the points of allegation clear and put the facts straight for your earliest publication, so that general public know the actual fact:

There had been no such scheme sanctioned for Chander Nagar Sub-Station under SPA on 31st March 2010.  So, question does not arise for any misappropriation of fund which have never been allocated or sanctioned.

“Renovation of Protection System of Chander Nagar 33/11 kV Sub-Station, Itanagar” has been sanctioned for Rs. 59.70 Lacs under SPA during 2010-11 only, vide No. PWRS/WEZ/EST-68/2010, only on 7th September 2010.  Scope of the scheme is entirely technical items to be provided, replaced and repaired.  There is no any scope of any civil work like earth work, drainage or walls or such other items those could be done by a normal local contractor, which the Maching is alleging.  DPR copy was provided to the RTI applicant.  If he feels the copy to be false, he should cross-check the one available at sanctioning authority office.  Hence, the allegation of using JCBs and tippers against the scheme is as meaningless as that.  Further undersigned do not own any JCBs and Tippers.  As such, when the financial year is still to end, the allegation of Maching of misappropriation of fund is utterly false and devoid of an iota of truth.  

All the local media, based in Itanagar, know well that during 2007, one of the 2x5 MVA, 33/11 kV Power Transformer went out of order, for which there had been acute shortage of power supply nearly for a month or so.  That said transformer had got burnt due to problems in the protection system of the Sub-Station.  Therefore, the stated SPA scheme has been sanctioned after lots of persuasion for putting in place the devices and equipments of those protection systems, which have since been done and the citizens of Itanagar Capital City is enjoying the service thereafter.

Regarding the construction of walls, it is made explicitly clear that the much required security fencing of the Sub-Station had been taken up after repeated attacks and assaults on the staffs of the Control Room as well damages to Govt. properties by hoodlums of the area, like Maching.  

Further, the stated wall is being taken up departmentally on the duly allotted plot of Sub-Station in place of existing chain-link fencing.  The land for Sub-Station was allotted way back in 1993 vide No. DC/LA-87/93; and the land had been well fenced with chain link fencings during the same year.

During that period, not a single public was residing nearby the Chander Nagar Sub-Station.  The entire area belonged to Industrial Estate adjacent to the Sub-Station land.  On the nearby vacant land, operational staffs of the Sub-Station had put up accommodation.  But later on, certain migrant people forced the staffs out of their plots for which those staffs accommodated inside the Sub-Station premises fencing at both sides of the main entrance.  The situation gave a really shabby look to the visitors of the Sub-Station for which undersigned after joining in the Capital Electrical Division relocated those staffs at the back side of Power House inside the Sub-Station premises, in order to create a hygienic entrance ambiance, by erecting a beautiful brick wall with floral provisions.  No any formal govt. scheme was ever there and till date for such job.  But, for the sake of safety and security to the operational staffs of the Sub-Station including giving a better look, the wall work got started with department staffs in June-July 2007.  Whereupon EAC, Itanagar passed an order Dated 19th July 2007 to undersigned stating certain complaint of some people that my department was not leaving provision for approach road to the allottees; and asked to appear with land allotment documents on 23rd July 2007.  The matter was attended and apprised by the concerned Assistant Engineer (E) vide No. CESD-II/E-13/2007-08/373-75, Dated 23rd July 207; (Copy enclosed as Annexure-VI).  Consequently, the site was jointly verified on 26th July 2007.  After the inspection, the EAC found no any wrong on the part of department and hence no any further order.  Content of the letter No. CESD-II/E-13/2008-09/394-96, Dated 12th August 2008 speaks clear, copy of which is enclosed as Annexure-VII.

Above facts clearly prove that the allegations of closing approach roads to Senki Colony and Division-IV is not only utterly false but maliciously fabricated.  Rather, the fact is that, department had, on humanitarian ground, left some portions of its allotted land at the Senkhi river side to allow public transportation to and from the Senkhi river quarry.

Now, as detailed above, despite absence of any scheme and fund, in order to provided safety and security includes beauty to the Sub-Station at the earliest, department started putting up permanent walls in place of existing chain link fencing, Maching started interfering and obstructing the department work on one pretext or the other and kept threatening the staffs and attempted to assault the Junior Engineer (E).  He also kept on misbehaving the officers of the department including undersigned more than one occasion.  Ultimately, in the intervening night of 13th and 14th December, Bem Maching brought down the half constructed wall, for which an FIR was lodged on 15th December 2010 to the Police Station leading to his arrest.

If Mr. Bem Maching and his associates do not apologies in the media for damaging the individual dignity of undersigned and my Junior Engineer with such false allegation in the media at the eyes of all the general public, that too repeatedly, we will be compelled to file defamation suit in the appropriate court of law.

And, I once more request the media to double-check before publishing such demeaning and defaming article on somebody without any supporting evidence just on the basis of any allegation put up by anybody against any one.


T.K. Tara,

Executive Engineer (E),

Capital Electrical Division.



Why are we being ignored?

Dear Editor,

I would like to draw the attention of Mission Director, National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) towards the state of disappointment among the Health Assistants under the programme.

As per the revised scheme, salaries of NRHM staffs were enhanced and are being paid accordingly, excluding the Health Assistants. According to ROP salaries of H/A’s has been enhanced to Rs. 12,000 per month from Rs. 5,500 with arrears. But we are lost somewhere in the process. Like any other staffs, we also discharges our duties sincerely, no matter, which parts of state. But we are being ignored.

May we assume this inequality and injustice as a signal that, we are no more needed by the department?


A. Dulom,

Siyum (on email).



Perverted few

Dear Editor,

This is in reference to one Dr. Kapang Ering’s letter dated January 31.

It is unfortunate that the doctor despite his qualification is yet to broaden the horizon of his  thinking in the line of social harmony and peaceful coexistence among Minyong & Galos. History tells that Minyongs and Galos are living together with love and peace since time immemorial in West and East Siang districts. If there are some differences it is only due to some handful of perverted and communal persons.  The common people of both communities never had a different vision. Our forefather never told us that this is Galo and that is Minyong land. We the officers or groups of both the community are always together not only in Mopin, Solung but also go hand in hand at time of in need.

It is surprising that the medical officer instead of bridging the society together is trying to create the communal colour in the name of the new District.

In any way, it may be his personal opinion only, definitely not by Adis and Galos. Adis and Galo are matured enough to judge such malign intention of the writer and such write up should not find any place in your esteemed column.


Concerned officer,

Aalo (on email).






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News Impact

Birth Centenary

ITANAGAR, Feb 5: Birth Centenary Year Celebration (2011-2012) of Yug Rishi Taponistha Pt. Shriram Sharma Acharya, the founder patron of All World Gayatri Parivar will be observed from Feb 6th – 8th in all Gayatri Shakti Peet & Pragya Santhan of Ziro, Nirjuli, Doimukh, Naharlagun and Itanagar. The occasion would be marked by Mass Kalash Yatri on Feb 6 at 9.am onward at Pare Bridge Point of Dikrong River, Doimukh, River Points at Ziro Plateau.


Union oppose work

ITANAGAR, Feb 5: All Papum Poma Students Union has opposed the carrying out of formation cutting work of first phase (Kampo-Tapioso) stretch of road under proposed Itanagar to Seijosa road connection.  Under the first phase formation cutting work of 30 kilometer amounting to rupees 40.16 crore will be carried out under NLCPR in this financial year by PWD.

Union called up on concerned authority to issue tender so that quality of work is not compromised.


Youth camp

ITANAGAR, Feb 5: The Inter-Collegiate Prayer Fellowship will organize a four-day Youth Camp at C R C, Itanagar from Feb 10.  The camp aims to bring awareness about drug-addiction and career guidance, sex and early marriage, fashion trend and growing bike culture.


Education tour

ITANAGAR: All Tawang District Students’ Union is on its third education tour. The ten days tour started from Feb 1. The Union has already covered seven schools of Jang-Mukto circle and it would cover about 12  untouched schools of Kharseneng,Lumla and zemithang circle.

The Union is undertaking the tour with an aim to make Tawang 100 percent literate district. The main emphasis is on importance of education and  Bhoti language. The Union is distributing free uniforms, notebooks, pen & pencils, maps, globes, Chart papers and sports items to the needy schools.


Boori Boot

ITANAGAR: Boori Boot Yullo is being celebrated on Feb 6.

Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh and Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu have extended festival greetings and best wishes to all the people of Arunachal Pradesh on the auspicious occasion.

In their festival messages, Governor and the Chief Minister expressed the hope that the festival will further strengthen the spirit of unity and reinforce the splendid cultural fabric of the society.


Youths oppose Army plans

ITANAGAR: Youths of Mosi, Soki and Doni of Upper Subansiri district have opposed allocation of land to army under Mosi village at Chetam circle without prior information.  

In a press release, the youths stated that farm land is being given to army without getting clearance from department of agriculture, horticulture and forest department. They have sought the intervention of the concerned authorities in this regard.


Free coaching

ITANAGAR: The Career Counseling Cell of Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar is going to conduct free coaching on optional subjects for APCS and UPSC civil service aspirants in the library of the DNG College from Feb 7.

Besides graduates in any discipline, final year students of BA/BSc and B Com are eligible to attend the coaching, informed course coordinator Dr M Q Khan.

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