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34th National Games from February 12

Arunachalee team accorded rousing welcome at Ranchi

M. Doley

RANCHI, Feb 10:  Bouquets of marigold, roses and red ‘tika’ greeted the first batch of participants of the 34th National Games at Ranchi station, Jharkhand yesterday.


Indian Olympic Association President Suresh Kalmadi and officials of Organizing Committee rushed to Ranchi station to receive the teams from three northeastern states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Manipur which arrived here by Kamakhya-Ranchi Express at around 4.30 pm yesterday.

Arunachal will participate in six events viz. Archery, Boxing, Karate, Lawn Bowl, Shooting and Weightlifting. The team will open their Games campaign on February 13. The grand opening ceremony will be held on February 12.

“Arunachal should win at least seven gold medals-- two each in Karate and Boxing, one each in Weightlifting, Lawn Bowl and Shooting,” said Chef De Mission of the Arunachal contingent L Sokun Singh. He also hoped that few medals should also come from the Archery team.

Arunachal Olympic Association President Padi Richo, Parliamentary Secretary Sports & Youth Affairs Wangki Lowang, Sr. Vice President Taba Tedir, Secretary General Gechi Doke are arriving here tomorrow to boost up the morale of the team, he informed.

Teams from various states, including Kerala, Maharashtra, Karanataka, Delhi, Haryana, Sikkim, Jammu & Kashmir, Services have arrived and rest are likely to be here by tomorrow.


Cabinet approves compensation to States for loss related to CST

New Delhi, Feb 10: The Union Cabinet today approved a proposal for providing Central Sales Tax (CST) loss-related compensation to States for the loss incurred in FY 2010-11.

The Cabinet has also approved to make on-account payment of  compensation to the States, pending finalisation of the guidelines, for revenue loss incurred by the States in year 2010-11 because of  reduction in CST rate.

Meanwhile, the Union Cabinet also approved recapitalisation of Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) to improve their Capital to Risk Weighted Assets Ratio CRAR).

Under the guidelines, Rs 1,100 crore will be released as per provisions made by the Department of Expenditure in 2010-11 and 2011-12.

However, release of Government of India share will be contingent on proportionate release of State Government and Sponsor Bank share.

A capacity building fund with a corpus of Rs 100 crore will be set up by the Centre with NABARD for training and capacity building of the RRB staff in the institution of NABARD and other reputed institutions.

The functioning of the Fund will be periodically reviewed by the Centre. An Action Plan will be prepared by NABARD in this regard and sent to the Government for approval. Additional amount of Rs 700 crore as contingency fund will also be made available to meet the requirement of the weak RRBs, particularly those in the North Eastern and Eastern Region, the necessary provision will be made in the Budget as and when the need arises. UNI


Speaker mourns death of K Namchoom

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: Arunachal Pradesh Assembly Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong expressed profound grief and sorrow at the untimely demise of of Khalyana Namchoom, former Director of School Education.

In a condolence message, the Speaker said, late K Namchoom was an exceptionally able officer, great educationist and social worker. Her outstanding contributions for upliftment of downtrodden people of Arunachal Pradesh in the field of education will be remembered by all of us. It is painful to lose such a valued educationist and an able social worker,  Wanglin said. On behalf of the officers and officials of Legislative Assembly, and my own behalf I send our heartfelt condolences and sympathy to the bereaved family members and pray to Almighty God for eternal peace of the departed soul and for enough strength to the family in this hour of grief, the message read.

The officers and staff of Deputy Director of School Education, Changlang also deeply mourned the demise of late K.Namchoom.

The officials of the Department prayed to Almighty to eternal peace of her soul.


Engo Takar Model School observes Foundation Day

Education should be student-oriented: Siram

PASIGHAT, Feb 10: Education system should be student-oriented instead of teacher-oriented, said Education Minister Bosiram Siram while addressing the gathering at the 11th foundation day celebration of the Engo Takar Model School at Yapgo village on Feb 8. Highlighting on the new education policy, the chief guest of the programme, Siram said that state’s new education policy will bring good fruits in future.

Lauding the activities of the private schools, he also assured to extend all possible help to private schools in the state for academic progress. He gave away some amount in cash and a computer to the school authorities for developmental purposes.

Siram also inaugurated the newly constructed academic building of the school.

The guest of honour Onyok Pertin, DIPRO, in his address said that physical fitness and mental health also are also equally important for good future of the students. Among others, the founder-cum-chairman Obang Dai, Nyobo Talom ASM, Principal Lianmang and Y. Dai (VP) spoke on the occasion.

Traditional and modern song and dances were presented by the school children.  

Among others, large number of parents, students and school staff management committee members were present. DIPRO


Union demands arrest of ‘murderer’, threatens economic blockade

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: In a mysterious incident, a truck driver Dorjee Lama was found murdered in between Neelam and New Pania village under Pistana circle in Lower Subansiri  district on February 3 night. This was informed by the All Arunachal Pradesh Private Driver Union (AAPPDU).

When contacted Lower Subansiri Police informed that a murder case has been registered in this regard and investigation is going on to nab the culprits.

Meanwhile, the Union in a three-point memorandum addressed to home minister has demanded immediate arrest of the culprits involved in this gruesome  incident. It said the police personnel failed to trace out the culprits till date.  Failure to arrest the culprits on the part of the police administration will encourage miscreants to indulge in more such heinous crimes,  the memorandum said.

Claiming that the driver Late Lama was on government duty carrying a transformer of electrical department and was accompanied by a staff of the same department, the memorandum appealed for adequate financial assistance /regular job to the deceased family. The deceased was survived by three daughters who are still in adolescence stage, it said.  The union in its memorandum also demanded establishment of police outpost at Deed village, 50 km away from Hapoli to tackle law and order situation.

The union threatened to launch economic blockade against Lower Subansiri and Kurung Kumey districts in case of failure of the Govt to meet its demands.

Earlier, the members of the Union met family member of the deceased and the case investigating officer of Hapoli Police Station.


Workers Board lodges complaint against AAPGDLU

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: Arunachal Pradesh Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board Chairman Jalley Sonam lodged a complaint against All Arunachal Pradesh Government Departmental Labours Union (AAPGDLU) at Itanagar Police Station. The Chairman in its FIR claimed that the AAPGDLU president Gichik Tabe and General Secretary Kage Mara are misleading and cheating the poor labourer of the state by publishing the ‘benefits of labour’ like housing loan, tools advance, marriage assistance etc in their New Year calendar. Whereas their tall claims of benefits are actually implemented by the Arunachal Pradesh Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board, government of Arunachal Pradesh in order to provide social security and other welfare measures to the workers engaged in Building and other construction activities in the state. Sonam said that both the aforesaid persons have copied, published and circulated the contents of APB&OCWWB without permission of the competent authority due to which department has been facings lots of inconvenience.

He appealed the OC police station, Itanagar to investigate in detail about AAPGDLU and its functioning and also seize all the calendar of the aforesaid union at earliest and also to book them under relevant section(s) of the law.


Seijosa chalks out plan to celebrate statehood day

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: ADC headquarter, Seijosa has decided to celebrate the statehood day in a befitting manner, the decision was taken in a meeting held recently.

Meanwhile, the ADC T Pado appealed the people of the area to support and cooperate with the organizing team for successful conduct of the statehood day celebration.

Further, to befit the celebration besides cultural, games and sports events, the Ghora-Aabhe Society, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Pune, Arunachal Forest Department and Nature Conservation Foundation, Mysore are organizing a week-long wildlife conservation awareness programme in all the schools and villages from Darlung to Jolly under East Kameng District from February 13-20.

During the week long programme, games and sports and literary competitions, tree plantation, film show and social service will be conducted along with distribution of basket and dustbin to villagers.

Meanwhile, Divisional Forest Office, Pakke Wildlife Sanctuary Division will also organize a training workshop on the role and responsibility of Gaon Burah at Saijosa from February 18-19.

The workshop will be attended by GBs from Seijosa, Dissing Passo, Pakke Kessang, Bhalukpong and Singchung circles.


2nd phase of Census 2011 begins in East Siang

PASIGHAT, Feb 10: Starting the second phase of Census 2011, enumerators went to ‘Siang Sadan’ to collect information from the district’s first citizen yesterday in the presence of District Census Officer SC Debnath ADC and Addl. Census Officer K Nochi DSO (Stat). After his enumeration, the DC-cum-Principal Census Officer (PCO), Onit Panyang said House listing and Housing Census was successfully conducted last year between April and September. Stating it would determine the socio-economic health of the country in next decade, the PCO appealed everyone to take part in it as responsible citizen.

All together, 212 enumerators, 39 supervisors and 04 master-trainers in the district have been entrusted for smooth conduct of census 2011.

They will cover 02 urban/town (Boleng & Pasighat) and 151 villages. As a part of awareness campaign, there will be essay competition amongst the school children and achievers will be awarded during the Statehood

Day celebration. The IPR department would conduct Radio-Talk in local dialect for wide publicity through local AIR broadcasting system. DIPRO


AMYAA stall steal the limelight

ITANAGAR, Feb 10:  The Exhibition cum sale stall of the AMYAA, a Miao-based NGO, in the recently concluded Namdapha Eco-Cultural Festival stole the limelight. The demand for all wood carved products such as kitchen utensils, ecorative articles and articles made for office use was so much that  the  NGO achieved its 100 per cent sale target within the second day of the  festival. The AMYAA (NGO) runs Training cum Production Centre of Handicrafts (wood carving) at Namphai-I, Miao. The centre focuses on preservation and promotion of local culture and tradition through the production of cultural and traditional articles which are made purely of high quality wood such as Teak, Gamari etc. The centre’s Craft masters are well trained and experienced.

The achievements in the Festival encouraged the AMYAA. In fact, it is observed that handicraft such as wood carving can open up a scope for entrepreneurship and generate employment opportunities.

At present the organization is imparting 42 days training at its Centre on wood carving for rural artisans, youth and farmers with the support of NABARD RO, Itanagar.  So far, the organization has not received any scheme or support for setting up the centre from any Government Department or Agencies.


It’s time for higher authority to step in

Dear Editor,

As a concerned citizen, dilemma creeps into my mind - days back, when the presidentship of INTUC state unit was handed over to one Nilly Likha Tabo by its national president one A. Krishnamurthy. As a common, educated citizen I was very much delighted to learn about it, since Tabo is a very experienced, learned, energetic person, who is very much capable of showing the path to development to the common people. History itself speaks about this man - As a General Secretary of All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) he had contributed so much of good and appreciable works to the students community as a whole.

However, as a regular reader of your esteemed daily, it is in my knowledge that the so called members of INTUC, other than our honourable parliamentary secretary Padi Richo, still claims that Richo is the president of the said congress. No doubt he is a capable person. But, why doesn’t he (Richo) come in front and claims his stand of president if he is still the President as Tabo did? This attitude of Richo creates confusion among the common people-like us and this automatically shows better edge to Tabo in the matter of the Presidentship as per the view of the common people.

How can there be two presidents for a single organization? Why doesn’t higher authority clarify this?

Without any ill feelings, nepotism and favouritism for any of the above mentioned persons; these are some questions which arise in my mind as a common learned person.

Lastly, I make my humble appeal to the state government, members of Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) to take the initiative towards a good solution to the problem faced by INTUC state unit. As without proper president, governing body, an organization is like “a house without pillar”. Ultimately, we, the common people, will be the one to suffer.


L. Jamin




Disturbing trend

Dear Editor,

One of the reasons for lack of development of our Changlang distict is that most of the head offices of every department are in the headquarter - Changlang and the irony is that the  officers of all the head offices rarely attend their respective office. When we visit head offices of PWD, RWD, PHED, we find the executives mostly stay out of town and rarely visit their offices.  Even the Deputy commissioner’s office remains defunct if DC  is out of town and offices like ARCs totally remain closed. This trend of not attending offices by officers is very disturbing and it increases public grievances because to visit Changlang town from far flung places like Miao, Jairumpur, Manmow, Bordumsa is very difficult.  Rarely we  can find lodging facility in Changlang and the unfriendly curves of Changlang-Margherita road with its big potholes makes the journey to Changlang more difficult. We want our previous Deputy commissioner Deepak Kumar to be back in Changlang atleast on whose regime our offices were running smoothly and  our Changlang district were on the track of development. But now  I think we are going back from where we have started.


D Singpho




It is simply inconceivable

Dear Editor,

The recent assault by some miscreants on the Assistant Professor Atege Linggi on February 6 seems to be ruthless and truly barbaric. It is simply inconceivable to perceive why a professor was manhandled by those against whom he had no personal grudge or hardly he knew. I personally feel, although those culprits might have been granted bail, penalty should have been strongly imposed to teach them the consequences of their deed. The sad incident simply depicts that we still haven't understood to mutually coexist in multi-ethnic state like ours as to say for that matter. Our barbarism has got really a long way to go to see positive changes.


Tilu Linggi

Gokhale Nagar, Pune





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News Impact

Nyokum Yullo

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: Assembly Deputy Speaker Tapang Taloh and RWD Superintending Engineer Kago Tabio have consented to grace the Nyokum Yullo celebration as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour respectively at community General Ground, Parang on Feb 26. The celebration will begin from Feb 21.

Meanwhile, The preparation for the Nyokum Yullo celebration is in full swing at Toru.

The festival will be held from February 23-26, during the four-day celebration various games and sports events and cultural items including Mr and Miss Nyokum will be organized.


Road safety awareness camp

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: Traffic safety awareness campaign was organized at government middle school Chimpu, Itanagar by PHQ, Road Safety Cell today.

On the occasion, safety tips on how to cross road, how to board and travel in vehicles, significance of road signs, hand signal demonstration were given to the students besides, distribution of pamphlets and other awareness items.

Altogether 167 students and 15 teaching staff of the school attended the programme.


School fraternity extend financial help to fire victims

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: The teachers and students of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Tezu led by Principal Muraleedharan. T collected a sum of Rs. 25,000 only  from amongst the teachers, staffs and students of the school and distributed to 4 victims of Rockland fire accident at  Tezu.  Five houses were gutted in a fire mishap that broke out on Feb 1. Incidentally one of the gutted houses belonged to a student of K.V, Tezu. The generous gesture of humanity shown by the school fraternity was appreciated.  DIPRO


BJYM’s plea to Govt

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: Bharatiya Janata Party Yuva Morcha (BJYM), Arunachal Pradesh has urged the state Govt  and  hydro power developers to ensure proper rehabilitation and adequate compensation to the affected people before implementation of the hydro projects in the state.

Emphasizing on harnessing hydro potentials in the state, the BJYM president  Doni Nich, however, said  Govt must ensure  that common people should not suffer while implementing development projects in the state. It further  urged upon the state Govt to give top priority on ecotourism.



ITANAGAR, Feb 10: All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation, Tawang District Unit president David Sangtam has resigned from his post.

Meanwhile, Lobsang Chodup and Dondup Tsering have been appointed as president and general secretary respectively of AAPPTF, Tawang District Unit.


Union satisfied

ITANAGAR, Feb 10: The Kargu Kardi Students Union (KKSU) today said that it was satisfied with the ongoing work of the officials of RWD Aalo and the misunderstanding between the department and union regarding this particular road link scheme has also  been sorted out amicably.

Earlier, in a press statement published in this daily on Jan 12, the Union  had alleged misutilization of fund sanctioned for construction of Rural Link Road (RLR) from Poyo to New Barurakshap.

As per the facts and figure furnished by the concerned department the sanctioned amount of Rs. 21.04 lakhs from the PM’s Package and Rs. 18.22 Lakhs from State AOP for RLR from Poyom to New Boru-Rakshap village under RWD Division Aalo has been fairly used, the union said while adding that the department has also assured completion of ongoing works within March next.  The  Union is satisfied with the work being implemented by the officials of RWD Aalo, it added.


BSNL cable restoration work on

ITANAGAR:  The landline service of the BSNL has been affected following the damage of underground telephone cable due to drainage and retaining wall construction work at Chandranagar, Vivak Vihar, Raj Bhawan complex and various other parts of the Itanagar city  including Chimpu, informed  BSNL sources. However, the cable repairing work is going on in full swing, the sources said.


Palin fire victims remembered

ITANAGAR: A condolence meeting was held today in remembrance of   February 10th 2010 fire victim of Palin Don Bosco School. It was on this day last year when tragedy struck Palin town leading to death of 10 children due to fire incident in holy angel hostel of Don Bosco School.

ADC Pania, circle officer Palin, teaching fraternity, general public and students of Don Bosco came together to remember those lost souls.  They prayed for eternal peace of departed souls on this occasion of first death anniversary.

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