RANCHI (Jharkhand), Feb 13: The Karatekas of Arunachal Pradesh created history by
winning three medals on the opening day of the 34th National Games here today.
Likha Rajen, Chunnu Sangno and Tarh Tapak won a Bronze medal each in their respective
weight categories in Sheikh Bhikhari Indoor Stadium here. While Rajen won his medal
in Men’s Kumite (below 67 kg) Chunnu and Tapak bagged their medals in Women’s Kumite
(below 61 kg) and Men’s Kumite (below 75 kg).
In Lawn Bowl, the Arunachal Men’s Triple team beat West Bengal 24-12 in the first
game and lost to Jharkhand 13-24 in the second game played at RK Anand Greens here.
They will play against Meghalaya tomorrow. A win against the team will ensure Arunachal
Pradesh atleast a Bronze in the event.
In Pairs (Doubles), the Men’s team beat West Bengal 16-13 and lost to Rajasthan 13-16
in league level matches here. The competition of the Women’s team were going on when
this report was being prepared. Meanwhile Arunachal Olympic Association President
Padi Richo, who is presently camping here (Ranchi) to encourage the Arunachal team,
congratulated all the medal winning players for their brilliant performance in such
prestigious event. He appealed to the State Government for cash awards to all the
medal winning player for bringing laurel to the state.
It is pertaining to mention here that the State Government had announced to give
cash award of Rs. 10 lakh, Rs 5 lakh and Rs. 2 lakh to Gold, Silver and Bronze medalist
of National Games and internationally recognized games.
Coach Deben Sharma, however, was disappointed by the performance of his boys. He
said that the players could not perform upto their potential today. Had they performed
upto their mark Arunachal could have won at least two gold medals today. He, however,
hoped that his boys and girls will not disappoint the people of Arunachal and win
atleast a Gold tomorrow.
Four Karatekas, including first National Games medalist Debia Yakap, international
players Nobin Jamoh, Yomken Noshi, and Gold medalist in All India Karate Championship
(2007 & 2008) Rei Yadi will vie for the top honour against tops players of the country
Changlang district Night Cricket T20 begins
JAIRAMPUR, Feb 13: The most awaited sporting event the Changlang District Night Cricket
T20 Tournament - 2011 was declared open by the Parliamentary Secretary Phusum Khimhum
in presence of Finance Minister Setong Sena here at a glittering ceremony today.
Applauding the efforts of the District Youth Congress President James Jugli and his
team, Sena said that it’s wonderful that finally the youths of the districts are
shouldering their responsibilities on their own. It is for the first time that such
mega sporting event has been organized in the district, he added.
Khimhum, the chief guest of the programme said this magnificent event justifies that
if the youth’s works collectively as a team they can do wonders with their energy
Further he appealed the youths to come forward and take initiatives on their own
for the betterment of the society and development of the state.
Youth Congress must continue organizing such events so that the youths taking the
erroneous path can be barred, he added.
Earlier, the guest of honor Junpo Jugli Zilla Parishad Chairperson said that it is
the beginning of a new era for the youths of the district and also appealed the youths
to participate in every kind of competitive events in the future.
Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress General Secretary and I/c Tirap and Changlang Likha
Benjamin lauded DYC president James Jugli and his team for organizing such impressive
Meanwhile, APYC general secretary Marpin Basar appealed all the youths of the district
to join youth Congress as it is considered as the best platform for the upliftment
of the society along with the development of the area and the villages.
Previously, in his welcome speech, DYC president James Jugli, thanked Sena for the
support. Without his support such mega tournament would not have been accomplished,
he said. It is worth mentioning here that this tournament is being organized without
any govt. funding but from the local resources.
Besides other dignitaries, Changlang DC Opak Gao, SP Tumme Ammo, ADC M Roy, DYC
general secretary Passeng Kenglang, Ex ZP Chairperson Izmir Tikhak, Public leader
Aboo Kimsing, Limatan Jugli were also present during the opening ceremony.
Later in the stunning opening match Jairampur B team defeated Ko Hon Tai team by
51 runs. Raj Tamang who scored 89 runs was declared man of the match and received
a cheque of Rs. 5000.00.
PC calls for speedy execution of projects in state
Khandu pleads for 8 more infrastructure development projects
ITANAGAR, Feb 13: Planning Commission (PC) member B K Chaturvedi and advisor (NE)
SN Brahma Chowdhury accompanied with principal secretary Dr H K Paliwal arrived here
on a three-day trip to assess the progress of various ongoing infrastructure projects
in the border areas of the state. Addressing a high level meeting held to review
the progress of the PM’s package and other central sponsored projects this afternoon
at CMs conference hall, Chaturvedi called for speedy and timely execution of the
projects. Terming the experience of coming to Arunachal Pradesh as coming to home,
Chaturvedi sought a proper plan and vision for the development of Arunachal Pradesh.
Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu pleaded the visiting member of Planning Commission for
sanctioning 8 major projects for addressing the infrastructural bottleneck of the
The proposal included 132 KV Trans-Arunachal Grid, Drinking Water facility in Border
blocks, Porter Tracks & Foot Suspension Bridges/Log bridges in border areas, ‘Connecting
22 unconnected Administrative Centers along the International Border’, expediting
construction of Greenfield Airport.
Khandu informed Chaturvedi that all centrally sponsored schemes including the flagship
programmes of Government of India are being judiciously implemented in the state.
“Third party monitoring, uploading of works execution in the government websites
are some of the examples that Arunachal Government is ensuring that no stone is left
unturned in order to give a facelift to the state in the developmental front”, Khandu
assertively said while expecting a commitment from the visiting dignitary towards
the pressing demand.
While assuring all possible steps to come up to the expectation of the Centre, Khandu
thanked the PC Deputy Chairman Dr Montek Singh Ahulwalia and the duo for their support.
He said the AOP of the state has taken a quantum jump from Rs 1132 crore in 2007-08
to Rs 2500 in 2010-11 because of the special consideration of the planning panel
for this under developed state.
Khandu said the support of the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson
Sonia Gandhi would help the state overcome its infrastructure bottleneck and join
the national main stream.
The huge hydropower potential once tapped would immensely contribute towards nation
building while enriching the state coffer and speed up state’s development, Khandu
The executing departments through PowerPoint presentation highlighted the progress
of various projects.
Earlier Development Commissioner VK Dev in his welcome address gave a brief on the
execution of various central schemes and judicious utilization of fund.
Among others all the commissioners, secretaries and Chief Engineers were present
in the meeting.
Earlier, both the PC member and advisor (NE) accompanied with Khandu inspected the
on going Rs 77.25 crore Itanagar drinking water supply project (Phase-II), Rs 130
crore secretariat building, Rs 60 crore assembly building, Rs 75 crore speaker’s
bungalow and MLAs’ apartments. PRO to CM.
Ahoms celebrate Me-dam-me-phi
ITANAGAR, Feb 13: The Ahom community living in Itanagar and Naharlagun celebrated
Me-dam-me-phi at Mahila Imdad Bhawan, Barapani, Naharlagun today. This festival is
celebrated every year in memory of departed ancestors of the community and to remember
their contributions to the society.
Speaking on the occasion, Arunachal Pradesh Building and Other Construction Workers’
Welfare Board, Chairman Jalley Sonam lauded the Ahoms living in state capital for
preserving their age-old culture and tradition.
He advised the younger generation to follow the footstep of their parents or forefathers
in order to preserve own identity and tradition and also suggested them to organize
Me-dam-me-phi in a grand way in near future. He further underscored the importance
of peaceful co-existence between the people of Assam and Arunachal. He said Assamese
community residing in the state should play a proactive role in the hours of need
in maintaining the age-old relations that has been maintained by the people of both
the neighbouring states.
Further strongly criticizing the trend of imposing huge amount as fine during accident
by some people, Sonam called upon all sections of the society to collectively wipe
out such trend and added that the imposition of fine in time of accident brings only
bad names to the society.
He donated some amount to the Me-dam-me-phi organizing committee and assured to extend
all possible help to them if such accident or incident comes in their way in near
On the occasion, besides performing of rituals, cultural programmes and lectures
by senior members of the Ahoms were also organized.
ITANAGAR, Feb 13: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh has extended heartiest
greetings and warm regards to all the people of Arunachal Pradesh on the auspicious
occasion of Shapawng Yawng Manau Poi.
In his festival message, Governor hoped that this expression of reverence and respect
to the great ancestor of our Singpho brethren, Shapawng Yawng appeases him and evoke
his blessings for well being of all human beings. May this festival of rituals and
dances further strengthen the bond of relationship in the society, Gen Singh wished.
Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu has also greeted the people of Arunachal Pradesh particularly
the Singpho community on the auspicious occasion of Shapawng Yawng Manau Poi festival.
In his festival message Khandu said “I am extremely happy to learn that the Singpho
community of Changlang District is celebrating their 27th SHAPAWNG YAWNG MANAU
POI Festival w.e.f 13th - 15th February at Bordumsa”.
“I deem it a great privilege to extend my hearty greetings to my beloved people of
Arunachal in general and to my Singpho brethrens in particular. Festivals indeed
strengthen the emotional integration and foster the feelings of brotherhood and mutual
understanding amongst our citizens” the message further added.
AAPSU appeals for early release of stipend
ITANAGAR, Feb 13: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) has appealed to the
state government to immediately release stipend of primary school students. While
other students have received their stipend, primary school students are yet to receive
their share of stipend which is causing lot of problem.
In a press statement AAPSU President Takam Tatung urged state government to release
stipends of primary school at the earliest. “Everybody knows that only poor student
studies in government school. And by not releasing stipend of these poor students
state government is committing a sin,” said AAPSU President Takam Tatung. He further
said student can use stipend money to buy books for themselves. “Most of the poor
students living at interior places can’t afford to buy even notebooks and pens. Majority
of them depend on stipend money to buy study materials and withholding their stipend
government is doing great disservice,” stated Tatung. He also asked state government
to release stipends of all the secondary level students of entire district of state.
AAPSU has threatened to launch state agitation if stipend money of all students
is not released in time.
Meanwhile AAPSU while expressing happiness over visit of planning commission member
BK Chaturvedi and his team to Arunachal has urged them to take stock of ground situation.
“Planning commission sends lot of money to state every year but there is no real
development in Arunachal. We request commission member BK Chaturvedi to interact
with ordinary public, NGOs to know whether central funds are being used properly
in Arunachal by state government,” stated AAPSU President Takam Tatung. Specially
urging team to visit government schools and colleges, Tatung said such visit will
help them to get real picture of poor education scenario of Arunachal.
APSCW felicitates Mamang Dai
ITANAGAR, Feb 13: Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) has felicitated
eminent poet, author and journalist Mamang Dai on her being chosen for prestigious
Addressing an impressive felicitation function organized at Banquet Hall here yesterday,
APSCW chairperson Komoli Mossang said, Dai shines as a beacon of women empowerment
in the state, not only for being nominated as one of the 128 recipients of the Padmashri
award announced on the eve of the Republic Day celebration, but also for her contribution
in materialization of the APSCW Rules 2004.
While recounting her association with Mamang Dai, Mossang said, the noted novelist
Dai had all the makings of a great presence in the world of literature, education
and creativity ever since her years in the Jawaharlal Nehru Collage, as a young student.
Delighted Mamang Dai, while sharing her thought said “I am a reclusive writer .....
but an award like Padmashri is a kind of endorsement by the Govt of India and it
makes me stop and look back and retrospect. While it puts a new responsibility on
me to represent my land, my people, my friends in a better, more meaningful and truest
way, I also hope it will create a space for literature, art, craft and for women
empowerment in the state.”
The first APSCW Vice- Chairperson Mepung Tader delivered the welcome address and
said that her (Dai’s) works are a “labor of love for our land, people and literature.”
Among others DGP, Kanwalijeet Deol, (IPS), renowned social worker and a winner of
Durgabhai Deshmekh Award for social work Bini Yanga, founder president and advisor
of Assam Arunachal Lekhika Samonnay Somaroh Minoti Riba, former Chairperson APSWB,
former Member APSCW and president APWWS, Gumri Ringu, former president Nyem Acham
and women activist Higio Aruni participated in the programme.
The august gathering joined voice to relive the achievement of Daying Ering, Omem
Moyong Deori and Lama Thupten Phuntsok who had won the Padmashree Award earlier.
A poem titled – “Such a mind have I seen” was dedicated to Padmashree Mamang Dai
by the APSCW to mark the occasion.
Assault on worker alleged, DC flays allegation as false and misleading
ITANAGAR, Feb 13: Alleging that the Kurung Deputy Commissioner has physically assaulted
one Bengia Roi, a worker of NBCC Ltd project at Koloriang on Feb 11, the proprietor
of Lokam Brother’s and Company, Lokam Nai said that such act of the DC should be
condemned by all section of the society.
“I am the PA holder of the project (infrastructure development of Koloriang township)
and Roi is working under the project”, Nai said while adding that the DC assaulted
him (Roi) without any reason when he was at work site which led him to admit in hospital.
A FIR has been lodged in Koloriang police station in this connection, he added.
When contacted, Kurung Kumey DC termed the alleged assault incident as false and
The DC clarified that on Feb 11, one Bengia Roi was bulldozing government land near
the new DC office Koloriang by wielding a .22 rifle. On getting the information,
he along with a magistrate and a police person rushed to the spot and arrested Roi
and put him behind the bar. Later, Police recovered and seized a .22 rifle magazine
containing live cartridges. A case has been registered against Roi under section
188 IPC, he further informed.
Giving details of the initiatives of the administration, the DC further clarified
that all the land donors of the new district headquarters are complying with the
magisterial order prohibiting unplanned construction and earth cutting to ensure
systematic town planning and checking encroachment and illegal construction in Koloriang.
The district administration is getting full support from all quarters in its initiatives.
However, a handful of people are violating the executive order and undertaking construction
by violating the order, thereby disturbing the town planning, the DC asserted.
A violator of the executive order is now trying to give a new twist to the incident
by making false allegation against the DC and misleading the story, he added.
21st APLS sitting ends with inspiring literary discourse
ITANAGAR, Feb 13: Creative literature is the only vehicle to adjoin the hearts of
people irrespective of caste, creed, community and religion. It is true in global
perspective also. In connotation with this perception and ideal, Arunachal Pradesh
Literary Society (APLS) led by Y D Thongchi, president and an academy awardee and
Padmashree Mamang Dai, general secretary has been extending literary forum to the
budding writers. Today, the monthly literary sitting of the APLS, the 21st in a series,
was held at J.N. State Museum conference hall.
Presided over by Tokong Pertin, Director Border Affairs, associate professor, department
of Hindi, RGU, Jamuna Binny, recited a self composed poem on Tsunami “Khooni Tsunami
Leheren” which portrays the tragic consequences of Tsunami.
R N Koley recited his self composed poem named “Hirdai Bhag Korte Debna” revealing
the literature is cementing factor.
Professor Binny has displayed the national Hindi magazines where her poems were recently
published. She conveyed her gratitude that all this poems are as an outcome of inspiration
Later an enchanting discussion is happened on development of writing skill particularly
creative writings. Among others, Rajeev Takuk, Director Border Affairs, Dr Pekba
Ringu, Senior Medical Officer, Bompi Riba, Associate Prof. English Deptt. RGU, Takhe
Kani, an eminent writer, Y S Wallington, Asstt. Curator take part in the literary
Elaborate legislation on poll reforms by year end: Moily
Tago advocates for Electoral and Political Research Institute
Chennai, Feb 13: A comprehensive draft bill on regulation of political parties has
been formulated under the guidance and supervision of Justice Ventkatachaliah. The
need for this bill and its contents was broadly discussed and endorsed by the participants
of the 7th National Conference from across the country including the members of various
political parties, Civil Societies and Election Commission of India. The leaders
of political parties present in the conference were T.K.S Elangovan (DMK) Dr. Maitrenyan
(AIADMK), D.Raja (CPI), Mr. Gnanadesikan (INC), Madhavan kutty (CPIM) and R. Velu
Recognizing the emerging threat of govt’s money power in election processes, the
two days 7th National Conference on Electoral Reform which concluded today endorsed
the recommendations made by National Election Watch (NEW) and Association for Democratic
Reforms (ADR) on electoral and political reforms. It was also resolved that all civil
societies/NGOs participated in the conference will remain committed to work in a
non-partisan, ethical and transparent manner.
Earlier, while participating debate on the topic “ANTI-CORRUPTION” , Bamang Tago,
Chairperson of Arunachal Citizen’s Rights (ACR) said that although there exist inner-democracy
in political party with every right to discuss their internal matter but recommendation
of more than one candidate for party ticket to Delhi is also a root cause of the
Tago also said that there is need for establishment of Electoral and Political
Research Institute in the country in tune with Defence Research Institute of India,
Indian Institute of Public administration, Centre for policy research etc founded
by UGC. He also suggested for designated Fast Tract Court for the electoral related
Tago also informed that NEW and ADR is facilitating a regional consultation on electoral
reforms at Guwahati on 18th February next. Source
UNI adds from Bangalore: A draft legislation on comprehensive amendments to the election
law will be ready in the next three to four months and the Bill is likely to come
up before Parliament during the Winter Session, Law Minister M Veerappa Moily today
Talking to newsmen on the sidelines of the regional consultation on electoral reforms,
Moily said while some of the proposals reforming the electoral process of the country
need Constitutional amendment, some would require amendments to the Respresentation
of People's Act.
A few changes could also be made through modifications in rules and procedures, he
Reila- annual festival of RGGP ends
Itanagar, Feb 13: The fou- day Recreation, Information, Entertainment, and Literary
Activity (REILA) of Rajiv Gandhi Government Polytechnic, ended with colorful
programs here on Feb 12. The closing ceremony started with opening remarks
by Er. A.K. Tripathy, the principal of the Polytechnic. He extended his congratulations
to the program Co-ordinator Chukhu Mam (Proctor), Co-Coordinator M. Libang , Student
Co-ordinator Jill Likha, REILA Co-ordination committee, faculties, staff and students
for the grand success of the annual function. He also appreciated the discipline,
decorum and strict timing maintained by the guests and the polytechnic
The Chief guest of the evening P.K. Behera, Director, KVIC has categorically
underscored the need of such type of recreational programme for technical
students and assured to extend all help for collaborative activities with
The Guest of honour of the function, Hari Biswas, Chairman, National Youth Project
(NYP) has informed the student, regarding various activities of NYP and
advised students to be the part of this program in a big way to take Arunachal
to a new dimension.
The program ended with address by Chukhu Mama, the proctor of RGGP embedded
with a enchanting fusion fashion show by students, comprising traditional
and contemporary rounds.
APCU to organize leadership training programme
ITANAGAR, Feb 13: The 2nd executive body meeting of the Arunachal Pradesh Catholic
Union (APCU) was held under the chairmanship of its president Tok Buttum here on
Feb 8. Among others, the meeting was attended by two bishops, priests, nuns, political
leaders, bureaucrats, entrepreneurs, academicians, social workers.
After marathon discussion on the need of leadership in the society in general and
Catholic community in particular, enhancement of remuneration for catechist and discussion
on laity and clergy relationship the meeting resolved to organize leadership training
in cooperation with the Bishops for the laity leaders to cope with the challenges
faced by the Catholic Church in particular and the society as a whole.
The union also discussed on the question of forceful discussion. It resolved to
oppose the terminology of "forceful conversion". APCU believes that no logic or philosophy
can make any person to convert. Conversion is usually done by the spirit through
the love and services of fellow human being, it observed.
High yielding varieties of apple introduced in West Kameng
ITANAGAR, Feb 13: KVK West Kameng under the aegis of National Horticulture Board
(NHB) Gurgaon, Haryana planted 280 numbers of high yielding varieties of apple Golden
Spur, Silver Spur, Well Spur, Oregon Spur, Bright N Early, Red Chief and Top Red
at Zimthung village under Dirang Block as mother trees for further multiplication
and higher profitability for apple growers in the district.
The mother trees were planted at farmers’ field under the supervision of Sr. Deputy
Director, Dr. R. K Sharma and Dr. Jagmohan Badiyal of NHB Gurgaon and College of
Horticulture and Forestry, Solan, A.Pratap, SMS(Agronomy) KVK, accompanied the resource
Earlier, a short term training programme on pruning of Apple was conducted at Morshing
Village on February 10 last.
On the occasion, Dr. N.D Singh, Programme Coordinator highlighted the commercial
importance of quality planting materials and its proper management measures in the
Altogether, 60 farmers from Morshing, Shergaon, Sanglem and Domkho participated in
the training programme in addition to Gaon Burahs, ASMs and other officials.
The farmers and other members present on the occasion were appealed the Kendra to
conduct similar kind of programmes for the apple growers from time to time in the
locality. They also demanded the department officials to provide them with high yielding
varieties of apple for higher profitability and return on their investments.
Workshop for students
ITANAGAR, Feb 13: Vivekanda Kendra Arun Jyoti conducted a workshop "Pariksha De Haste
Haste programme” at Govt. College Bomdila on February 10-12.
During the workshop Yogasana and Pranayam were imparted to students. Through this
Yogasana and Pranayam they learnt how to face the examination with confidence and
without fear or ill health and also how to face the challenges of life.
The students of Govt. College Bomdila and the Govt. higher Secondary school Bomdila
attended the workshop.
ITANAGAR, Feb 13: Indian National Trades Union Congress, Upper Subansiri District
Unit welcomes the appointment of Jalley Sonam and Changma Tajo as INTUC state Unit
working president and secretary general respectively.
The union also appreciated AICC Secretary Rahul Gandhi, National INTUC President
G S Reddy and President INTUC State unit Padi Richo for appointing Sonam and Tajo.
Water quality testing kit sets distributes
ITANAGAR, Feb 13: Rural Development Society, Daporijo branch under the sponsorship
of communication and capacity development unit, Itanagar under PHE Department distributed
water quality testing kit sets to 42 Anchal Samiti members of Daporijo and Giba Anchal
block on February 9 and 10 last.
The RDSD branch Paktin Bagbi further informed that the next phase of kit sets distribution
would be held in other blocks of the district soon.
Narayanswamy to be chief guest
ITANAGAR, Feb 13: Union Minister of State for Planning and Parliamentary Affairs
and party's in-charge for Arunachal Pradesh V Narayanswamy and Chief Minister Dorjee
Khandu would attend the inaugural function of the Pasighat centenary celebration
as chief guest and guest of honour respectively on Feb 16.
Our state which lies on the north-eastern part of India is surrounded by many hills.
The land is blessed with amazing variety of flora and fauna. Within a short period
of time, the state of Arunachal Pradesh has produced many great personalities in
the field of sports, politics, art and culture etc. In spite of plenty of natural
resources with resourceful persons, our state is tagged as one of the corrupt states
in the country. Arunachal ranks in the top 5 corrupted states of the country. Now
it is said that our state is lagging behind in term of development because of corruption.
However, everyone still dreams of a developed state in all spheres. Such dreams can
be converted into reality if steps are being taken by all. I am sure, with full support
of the present generation, Arunachal will be a front runner in near future.
Kago Taping, Itanagar.
Make ANSU conference a students’ affair
The East Kameng district unit of Nyishi Elite Society (NES) feels that it is prudent
to hold the general conference cum election of All Nyishi Students’ Union at Seppa
from Feb 17 to 20. We at the NES district unit wish them all success and would like
to suggest the convenor and executive members of the union to maintain certain basic
parameters of activities during the conference.
As all of us are aware that certain vested interests and mischief-mongers are working
round the clock to dislodge the unity and integrity of the community, I would like
to affirm that the rumours that the ANSU conference cum election is backed by the
NES are malicious and unfounded. Since electing their leaders is the affairs of student
community, NES has nothing to do with the conference, apart from suggestions and
advices, whatsoever when situations demand. The senior and intellectual members of
the community are also expected to restrain and dissociate themselves from the activities
of the students to make the conference a students’ affair only. The elections of
the executive members of the Union are solely the affair of student community and
nothing else. Interference from any quarter must be stopped at the cost of the students’
In this context, I am of the opinion that the process of election and campaigning
may be carried with minimum possible use of money and materials, which speculates
to tarnish the free and fair election of the union. The logistic supports from the
sources whose intentions may be divisive and dissentious must be avoided for furtherance
of the best outcome. ANSU has the legacy of shouldering the responsibility of carrying
forward the social and emotional integrity of the society since inception. A lot
of achievements in the field of education and social awareness decorate the cap of
the ANSU. It has acted as catalyst to bind together the loose ends of the society
whenever situation demanded.
At this juncture, we expect, without any apprehension, a galaxy of budding social
activists moulded with mature outlooks and determinations out of the conference.
Hope, the conference brings forth the tradition of free and fair conduct of elections,
while maintaining its social implications intact.
NES, East Kameng District unit
Swami Vivekananda and our society
Swami Vivekananda was a man of exemplary character and virtue. Swamiji, commonly
viewed as a religious leader, had a direct impact on the Indian Renaissance whose
seed's were sown by the social reformer Raja Ram Mohan Roy.
Among Swamiji's many contributions some stand out more distinctly then others. To
begin with, his outspoken protest against the evils of a society steeped in tradition
broke a lot of barriers. He questioned the very roots of a lot of religious customs,
and taught about practicing religion through deeds and actions then mere talk.
Secondly, the founding of the Ramakrishna Mission as something more than agent of
religion but a vehicle to render service to the common people was another major contribution.
This organization is Swamiji's legacy to the world, something that stands for the
common masses and is ever present in the turning of the wheels of renaissance. Finally,
on a global scale, Swamiji built a bridge between Indian culture and western culture.
He presented India in a new light to the west as more than a land of magicians, and
mystique. He helped in the fusion of Indian philosophy and western science and technology
which shaped the environment for further progress.
Swamiji also emphasized the necessity of education. He stated emphatically that if
society is to be reformed, education is to reach every part of Indian society. He
said, "Education is the manifestation of the perfection already in man". Through
his scheme of education, he tried to uplift society irrespective of caste, creed,
nationality or time. Swamiji also believed greatly in the power of the youth. All
through his speeches he called for the youth of India to step forward and help him
rebuild India. His speeches, letters have been instrumental in shaping India. As
Rabindranath Tagore said to Roman Rolland "If you want know India, read Vivekananda".
It is high time for us to take Swamiji's mantle forward and give serious thought
to his philosophy and remember his call to everybody - `Arise, awake and stop not
till the goal is reached.'
Student, V.K.V, Itanagar.
We want national news
I read Arunachal Times daily for local news but for other national and international
news I have to depend on others. The world has become a village but it is surprising
to see that the major and latest national/international breaking news don’t get even
a clip on the front page.
Final assurance yet to be fulfilled
I, on behalf of All Job Contracts Employees Union (AJCEU), KaHEP NEEPCO, would like
to draw kind attention of NEEPCO authority and the state Govt. towards our demands
The Hydro Power Project under NEEPCO was started in the year 1999 after signing of
a MoU with a condition that the people living in the affected area will be benefited
from its project. Accordingly the project was allowed without any objection from
the affected area. The innocent people were convinced that there will be job opportunities
for unemployed youths, but till date not a single unemployed youth has been appointed
by the NEEPCO authority. Few unemployed were selected on contract basis with a meager
salary of Rs. 5000 only per month. Therefore the unemployed youths have raised their
demand for permanent absorption and regularization. The union had staged dharna and
agitation and submitted several representations to Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and
to the NEEPCO authority. In response to our demand, the CM had written a DO letter
Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde requesting him to lift the ban imposed
on the appointment of C & D grade job. But the CM’s letter had not been responded
due to the lackadaisical attitude on the part of NEEPCO officials.
The union is of the view that had the letter of CM been taken seriously the appointment
process would have started, but the concerned NEEPCO authorities did not apprised
the matter to union minister and the letter had been ignored.
On 22nd July, 2009 a round table meeting was held at Bhalukpong in which the NEEPCO
authority had given assurance to complete recruitment by March 31, 2011, but it seems
that the concerned authorities have forgotten and overlooked again and there is less
chance of recruitment as its process has not been started yet.
Thereafter, a meeting was conducted at Kimi (West Kameng) between head of project
(HoP) NEEPCO and the unemployed youths on Oct 31, 2010, in which NEEPCO authorities
had given last and final assurance for regularization of the youths selected on
contracts basis, otherwise the All Hrusso (Aka) Student Union (ARSU), All Hrusso
(Aka) Socio-Culture Society (ARSCS) and All Job Contracts Employees Union (AJCEU)
will launch second phase agitation against the NEEPCO from April 1 to 3, 2011 within
KaHEP NEEPCO project area.
There are lots of such Hydro Power projects to be installed in different parts of
Arunachal Pradesh and on the other hand Hydro Power developers are facing objections
from various corners. Under such situation, failure on the part of authorities to
fulfill the terms and conditions of the MoU will certainly send a wrong message in
other parts of the state. We request the state Govt to look into the matter and to
direct the NEEPCO authority that the assurance given by HOP be fulfilled.
Punish the assaulters
The assault on an assistant professor Atege Linggi by so called students’ leader
without any provocation has immensely hurt the sentiment of the Idu community.
We request the concern administration to take up this issue seriously and punish
the culprits according to the law. Our best wishes are always with Atege Linggi and
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