ITANAGAR, Feb 14: Tirap continues to burn as the Naga ultras prolonged battle to
take control of the district is intensifying by the day.
One cadre of NSCN (K) is reported dead after a gunfight yesterday in Khonsa village,
just outskirts of the district headquarters. The cadre killed is reported to be from
Longphong village under Longding circle.
There are unconfirmed reports that two members of the NSCN (IM) were also killed
after exchange of bullets.
Ramakrishna Sarada Mission School for girls, Khonsa is near the village and according
to a Govt official; the intensity of the crossfire was such that splinters were seen
just outside the school compound.
Today, the ultras went a step further and forced the whole market area to shut down
and government establishment to close its offices.
The district administration denies that ultras have overrun the township.
The administration, which has been very ineffective in handling the crisis of the
district, is slated to meet on Tuesday to chalk out ways to tackle the problem.
After yesterday’s gun battle, the Arunachal Pradesh Police and Security forces conducted
a combing operation but it seems to have had a little impact to boast morale of the
people as parallel administration being run by the Naga Ultras appears more effective.
Since November, the groups have come out in open despite the presence of Assam Rifles,
CRPF and APP.
Khonsa is an important area for both factions of NSCN as they indulge in heavy extortion
in the area. Command over the area means greater financial rewards for the factions
who have been blatantly indulged in drug peddling and day light extortion.
The violence since Jan 15, in which members from both factions were killed as they
engaged in bloody fight to take control of Khonsa town, has escalated.
On the other hand, the state government seems to have literally closed it’s eyes
to the problems confronting the district, as it is yet to come up with any tangible
policy to counter terrorism in the district.
Last month, Nefa Indigenous Human Rights Organistion, Human Rights and Law Network,
Arunachal Pradesh and Arunachal Citizens Rights met the Forum for Naga Reconciliation
(FNR), which is working to bring reconciliation among all Naga rebel groups appealed
to intervene in the ongoing inter-factional clashes between rival factions of NSCN
in Arunachal Pradesh.
With government unable to control the spiralling violence and security forces choosing
to look the other way, it seems unlikely that woes of the people of the district
would end anytime soon.
Arunachal win a bronze on day 2,assured of 2 medals in Lawn Bowl
34 National Games
RANCHI (Jharkhand), Feb 14: Arunachal Pradesh added one more Bronze medals to its
kitty on the second day of the 34th National Games here today. Debia Yakap won the
fourth medal for the state in Women's Kumite ( below 68 kg). Yomken Noshi, Rei Yadi
and Pacha Nobin Jamoh went down fighting to their respective higher opponents in
the very first round.
Meanwhile, Arunachal assured themselves of atleast two medals in Lawn Bowl as their
Men’s and Women’s team made it to the semifinals in Triple and Pair (Doubles) events
at RK Anand Lawn Bowl ground. However, the Women’s pair of Bima Borah and Parismita
Gogoi had to content with the Bronze as they went down to Jharkhand in a keenly
contested match this evening. The Men’s Tripple team comprising Birendra Kumar Singh,
Kamaleswar Kalita and Pranab Singh tamed lowly Meghalaya 36-13 in quarter final
and advanced to the semifinals. They will take on formidable Assam tomorrow to book
a berth in the final.
Byaling urges Centre to enhance rice quota for state
ITANAGAR, Feb 14: A conference of Food, Public Distribution and Consumer Affairs
Ministers and Secretaries of North East and Eastern States held at Kolkota today.
Participating in the conference Arunachal Pradesh Food and Civil Supplies Minister
Tanga Byaling appealed the government of India to enhance the allotment of Rice from
5005 MT to 8911 MT and for augmentation of storage capacity by constructing additional
Godowns for PDS items in the state.
The minister said that a regular FCI general manager should be posted at Itanagar
or the DGM should be conferred with more power to act independently. Especial allocation
of rice for the state to be specified with pick up points and the FCI should ensure
that specific Wagon are earmarked for smooth transportation of food grains in Arunachal
Pradesh, he said. He, however, appreciated the Union Minister of State, Food, Public
Distribution and Consumer Affairs Prof. K V Thomas for conducting such meeting of
public importance on Zonal basis and expressed his gratitude to the union minister
of state for emphasizing to introduce special package for north eastern states.
Food and civil supplies Secretary K Kholie, Food and Civil Supply Director Sadhana
Deori, Deputy Resident Commissioner, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Kolkota, Bijoy Talukdar,
representatives of Food Corporation of India and Railways have also attended the
Civil Supplies Ministers and Secretaries of West Bengal, Orissa, Tripura, Meghalaya,
Manipur and Mizoram represented their respective state while Assam, Nagaland, Sikkim
and Andaman and Nicobar Island and union territories were represented by civil
Associations condemn assault on engineer, demand arrest of assaulter within 7 days
ITANAGAR, Feb 14: Arunachal Pradesh Engineering Service Association (APESA), Arunachal
Pradesh Public Works Department Engineers Association (APPEA), Arunachal Pradesh
Junior Engineers Welfare Association (APJEWA) and Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Junior
Engineers Service Association (APTJESA) have strongly condemned the physical assault
on K S Nair, junior engineer PWD allegedly by Takam Tagar. In a complaint letter
to the Chief Secretary, the associations said that Tagar has attacked Nair who was
on duty at site of ongoing construction of assembly building on 13th February without
any valid reason. Currently M/s Reniya Enterprise of which Takam Tagar is the proprietor
is undertaking construction of assembly building in Itanagar.
In this regard an FIR has been lodged against him in the Itanagar police station
but associations claimed that till now no arrest has been made by the authorities.
When contacted Itanagar police station confirmed that an FIR has been lodged in this
Taking serious exception of such dastardly act by an elected representative, the
conglomeration of engineer’s associations demanded immediate arrest of attacker for
obstructing the government officials from performing his government duties and also
causing grievous injuries.
The associations have given seven days ultimatum to the authorities to arrest the
attacker and also decided that no officials of department will perform government
duties at the assembly building construction site till the demand of association
is fulfilled and sought banning of M/s Reniya Enterprise from carrying out any kind
of work in state, failing which, the engineer fraternities have threatened to launch
democratic movement across the state on the expiry of the deadline given to the government.
NF Rly team inspects ongoing rail projects
ITANAGAR, Feb 14: Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu, S Kanojia, deputy CE,
NF railway, A K Sharma, EE NF Railway, Bengia Nighee, EAC Doimukh and Techi Hitlar,
LRSO today inspected construction site of BG railway line from Gumto to Naharlagun
to assess the work progress in ground level. During the visit railway authority
apprised DC of various problems faced by them from the affected land owners in execution
of their work. DC Papum Pare while assuring the railway officials to amicably sort
out the matter, directed EAC Doimukh to immediately serve eviction notices to the
affected land owners to vacate acquired plot within 20 days for which they have already
been paid compensation. He also warned that anybody trying to stop ongoing construction
of railway work will be dealt strictly as per the provision of law. He also requested
people to cooperate for smooth execution of rail project.
Week-long programme on stress management begins
ITANAGAR, Feb 14: A week-long training programme on "Stress Management" commenced
at Administrative Training Institute Naharlagun today for the Ministerial staff
of AP Secretariat/ HoDs of the Capital. As many as 25 staff members are attending
the training Programme which is being conducted in collaboration with Prajapitha
Brahmakumari Centre, Itanagar with Senior Raj Yoga teachers like Brahmakumari Kamala
invited from Tezpur/Guwahati Brahmakumari Centres including Brahmakumari Junu, Raj
Yoga Teacher, in-charge Brahmakumari Centre, Itanagar and Dr.Jayadev Sahoo, Head
of Department of Education, RGU, Doimukh and Coordinator of Brahmakumari Centre Itanagar.
While addressing the participants, Director (Training) Pema Tshetan said that all
of us have unlimited potentials to develop and grow and gain health and happiness
which are precious. However, our life made of stress of various kinds. In order to
remain happy and healthy, coping with stress and anxiety is an every day requirement
for normal human growth and happiness, he said. The Director (Trg.) encouraged the
participants to inculcate positive thinking and take their work in a holistic manner
rather than a burden.
Dr. J. Sahoo, Coordinator of Brahmakumari Centre, Itanagar presented a detail highlight
of the objective and the course content of the training programme. T. Lodo, Dy.
Director (trg.), Pate Marik Asstt. Director (Trg.) and Course Coordinator also spoke
in the occasion.
BJP demands time-bound and pro-active measures
ITANAGAR, Feb 14: Expressing concern over the unabated turf war between both factions
of NSCN in Tirap district, the Bharatiya Janata Party, Arunachal Pradesh has demanded
immediate and time bound pro-active measures to contain the situation in both Tirap
and Changlang districts.
Demanding rigorous approach with the Centre for effective monitoring on the cease-fire
agreement and for evolving a meaningful dialogue for solutions to the problems,
the party said that state government should prepare a special economic package for
the suffering people besides ensuring transparency and accountability in the department
of Tirap and Changlang (DoTC) so that benefits percolate down to the people. There
should be effective monitoring and evaluation measures in place, the party added.
It is very unfortunate that the state government prefers to keep stoic silence on
the Tirap-Changlang issue, the party claimed while adding that ‘It is high time
to understand the debt of the circumstance facing by our mothers, brothers and sisters
of these two disturbed districts.
Expressing concern over the inter-state boundary problem and proposed territory
of Nagalim, the party said that there is continuous flow of incidents in the Arunachal
Pradesh and Assam boundary areas and the matter is awaiting for amicable settlement.
It further said proposed greater Nagalim territory also included whole of Tirap,
Changlang, Upper Dibang Valley, Lower Dibang Valley, Anjaw and Lohit districts. The
map depicting the territory of greater Nagalim has been published in regional and
national media, which, the party said, is not a sudden development.
Manmao knocks out Kharsang in T20 tourney
JAIRAMPUR, Feb 14: The second match in the ongoing Changlang District Night T20 cricket
tournament was played between Kharsang and Manmao yesterday.
After winning the toss Manmao put Kharsang to bat first and they scored 115 runs
after losing 9 wickets in 20 overs.
Chasing comparatively a smaller score, Manmao lost its first wicket in very first
ball and four of the top batsmen returned back to pavilion in just 46 runs on board.
Crucial 28 runs scored at the end by Remwang ensured three wicket victory for Manmao
team in the last over . Remwang was declared Man of the Match.
AE died in a road accident
ITANAGAR, Feb 14: Etalin Sub-Division, Assistant Engineer M L Nath Laskar and WC
Driver Purna Bahadur Chetry died in a road accident at Roing-Anini BRTF Road on February
On the fateful day, the Government Vehicle on which they were traveling fell down
into deep gorge of about 300 feet from the road surface. The bodies of Lasker and
Chetry were located on 79 kms away from Anini yesterday. Late Laskar is survived
by his mother, wife and two children.
Meanwhile, Officers and staff of the Chief Engineer, Eastern Zone, PWD conducted
a condolence meeting at its office premises of today.
The Officers and staff expressed deep sorrow on the sudden demised of Laskar and
Chetry. They prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and extended its condolence
message to the bereaved family members.
The officers and Staff of Anini Division, PWD also mourned the sudden demised of
Laskar and Chetry, They conveyed their heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family
members and prayed to almighty God for eternal peace of the departed souls and bestow
courage upon the family members to bear the irreparable loss.
Outreach health camps benefit many
ROING, Feb 14: The five-day long outreach health camps conducted by a medical team
of District Hospital Roing under National Rural Health Mission in remote places at
Paglam, Anpum, Banggo, Bizari, Bomjir and Dambuk under Dambuk sub-division of Lower
Dibang Valley district came to an end on Feb 12 last.
The main motto behind organizing such Outreach Health Camps was to bring the medical
facilities to the door step of the people, informed Dr M Basar, DRCHO Roing.
During the camps, free check ups to women, children and disabled persons were conducted.
Also Advocacy meeting in schools on Reproductive Tract Infection/Sexually Transmitted
Infection to the students, Inter Personal Communication through Focal Group Discussion
on early breast feeding with emphasis on hospital delivery besides Reproductive &
Child Health Camps were held at various villages and schools.
Cultural Programmes were also conducted to illustrate the advantage of small family
through folk songs and play dramas.
Altogether, 671 patients besides 32 disabled persons and 62 women were examined,
informed Dr Basar. He further informed that such camps were earlier organized at
Bolung and Hunli area and would soon cover Bismaknagar, Iduli, Koronu and other uncovered
pockets of the district. The department is planning to make it an annual programme,
he further informed.
Anita Payeng, ZPM Dambuk Block at Anpum and Tuppik Saring, Anchal Chairperson at
Dambuk extended cooperation to the medical team and lauded the efforts of the District
Hospital for organizing such camps which greatly benefits the people of such remote
The medical team consists of Dr Atlok Yirang, DMO, Dr M. Basar, DRCHO, Dr Ista Pulu,
Senior Gynecologist, Dr S J Mitapo, DTO, Dr M Linggi, Sr. Dental Surgeon, Dilip Deb,
DMEIO, Roing. The team of assisted by MOs and para medical staff of Anpum PHC and
Dambuk CHC. DIPRO
Road Safety awareness camp
ITANAGAR, Feb 14: Road Safety Cell, PHQ, Itanagar under the guidance of SP Traffic
Apang Tamut and Inspector KVG Pillai conducted road safety awareness programme at
Vivekananda Central School, Vivek Vihar, Itanagar today.
The team advised the participants to wear helmet while driving two-wheeler and obey
traffic rules and also urged the participants to convey the message to general public
and friends. Later, through a power point presentation, the team highlighted safety
tips on how to cross road, how to walk on road, how to board and travel in vehicles,
road signs and also analysis on road accident statistics of Arunachal Pradesh.
Besides these they also demonstrated Hand signal and distributed pamphlets and other
awareness items during the progaramme.
Altogether, 204 students and 18 teaching staff of the school attended the programme.
Meanwhile, the Principal of the institution lauded the PHQ team for conducting informative
awareness programme and urged them to conduct such awareness camp in the school in
Skill development programme for Govt staff
ANINI, Feb 14: Four days training on skill development for Govt employees concluded
here today. The main subjects for the training programme were skill development,
file maintenance and hospitality management for group-D staffs of district administration.
EAC Bopai Puroik while addressing the trainees urged upon them to derive maximum
benefit from the training programmes.
Highlighting the role and responsibility of the group D employees, he said group
D staffs are the main caretaker of all the documents and files of the office. The
EAC further said that the training programme will not only enhance their efficiency
and knowledge but also open promotional avenues for them.
While sharing their experiences as resource persons the senior most officials of
the respective department in the district said hard work, sincerity and punctuality
are the key factors for successful life. Training on basic computer knowledge was
also imparted to the trainees.
Participating in the concluding day of the training programme, EAC Bamin Nime urged
the trainees to work with renewed zeal. DIPRO
Deptt. apologizes for calendar error
ITANAGAR, Feb 14: The Department of Tourism has perceived the resentment expressed
by the Nyishi Elite Society (NES) on the wrong portrayal of the Nyishi couple in
the Centenary Calendar as a matter of grave concern. While acknowledging that there
has been a serious error in the depiction and titling of the photograph, the Department
extends its sincerest apologies to the entire Nyishi community and the NES for the
same. It deeply regrets that the sentiments of the tribe have been hurt by this and
would like to assure the community that such an omission will not occur in the future.
The department has already intimated steps to correct the mistake and has issued
express directions to the Centre for Cultural Research and Documentation (CCRD) who
had produced the calendar on behalf of the Department to take immediate measures
to rectify the error on priority and re-print the page.
Free operation camp
ITANAGAR, Feb 14: The Free Operation Camp conducted by Vivekananda Kendra Arun Jyoti
at General Hospital,Pasighat concluded successfully on Feb 12. More then 100 patients
from East Siang,West Siang,Upper Siang, Lower Dibang Valley and Anjaw districts were
benefited from the camp conducted by a team of 10 NRI doctors led by Dr. Gangadhar
Maddiwar and renowned gastro enterologist from USA Dr.Vinayak Kulkarni.
Wildlife committee formed
ITANAGAR, Feb 14: Wild Life Committee has been formed at Seba village under East
Kameng district to safeguard the ancestral land of the area. In a meeting held today
which was attended by MLA Tani Loffa, ZPM Apang Welly, DC East Kameng and villagers
of the area, this committee was formed. Kaku Welly and Shew Natung were selected
as chairman and secretary of the committee. Committee will work towards encouraging
traditional practice of agriculture without harming ecological balance.
ITANAGAR, Feb 14: Arunachal Vikas Parishad conducted one-day awareness camp on “preservation
of Indigenous faith” at Itanagar yesterday.
On the occasion, resource persons Tanon Tatak, Nabum Yani and Tam Takia highlighted
on “the Role of women in the society”, “Teenage and Adolescence “ and “Empower of
Women in Arunachal Pradesh.”
ITANAGAR, Feb 14: MLA Takam Pario and Assistant Engineer Nangbia Lida would attend
as chief guest and guest of honour in the Nyokum Yullo Celebration at Chambang on
The celebration will begin from February 19.
Deputy Commissioner, Papum Pare district Pige Ligu and Taba Ayo would attend as chief
guest and guest of honour in the Nyokum Yullo celebration at Old Mengio on February
East Kameng AASSATA unit reshuffled
SEPPA, Feb, 14: In a meeting on February 12, the executive body of the All Arunachal
SSA Teachers Association, East Kameng unit has been reshuffled with Mohan Yangfo
as President and Yang Yangfo as General Secretary. The house present on the occasion
has exuded confidence on them and expected them to do their best in solving multifaceted
problems of the SSA teachers in the one of the most interior district of the State.
ITANAGAR, Feb 14: Lower Dibang Valley District Students’ Union (LDVDSU), General
Secretary Kabang Passang expressed surprised on the appointment of Okang Pertin and
Asoti Pulu as new president and general secretary of LDVDSU that appeared on local
dailies on February 10 last.
He informed that the general conference cum election of LDVDSU will be held from
February 24-26 under the chairmanship of Obang Pertin.
ITANAGAR, Feb 14: The principal and staff of the Govt. Higher Secondary School, Balijan
deeply mourned the untimely demised of former Director of School Education K Namchoom
and prayed to almighty god for the eternal peace of the departed soul.
Higher & Technical Education conference
ITANAGAR: Governor JJ Singh has consented to attend as chief guest in the XI Annual
Conference of Higher & Technical Education which will be held at Banquet Hall, Itanagar
on February 22 and 23.
Governor, CM greet people on Tam Ladu
ITANAGAR: Governor Gen J J Singh and Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu extended sincere
greetings to all the people of Arunachal Pradesh on the auspicious occasion of Tam
In his festival message, Governor said, I offer my prayers that the festivity continues
to help in preservation of the deeply rooted indigenous beliefs and cultural ethos
of the Mishmi brethren.
May our prayers evoke the blessings of Almighty and protect all of us from natural
calamities, Gen Singh wished.
In his message, Khandu said “Festivals remind us our faith towards the custom and
tradition that we have been practicing since time immemorial.” He appealed the elites
and elders to pass on the rich cultural ethos to the younger generation so that the
Khandu prayed almighty to bless every one with his choicest blessings so that the
people live in peace, prosperity and in good health.
Had the BJP’s state unit know the magnitude of kickbacks and corrupt practices involved
in so called much awaited good infrastructures such as CM’s Bungalow, Civil and Assembly
Secretariat, MLA’s Hostel etc, I am sure the party would not have showered heaps
of praises to CM (as carried in almost all state dailies recently). In contrast to
BJP central command’s demand for thorough review of all secret MOAs, review of Hydro
Power and Resettlement and Rehabilitation Policies of the Central and State governments,
particularly with reference to sensitive border state, crusade against corruption,
nepotism etc., the state BJP’s concern for Dorjee Khandu’s stability is most unfortunate.
After perusal of the news item, I am fully convinced that the party is fully being
controlled by extraneous forces. The misuse of Rs 24,000 crores PM package, massive
irregularities under SPA, BADP, NLCPR, PMGSY, NCF, NEC etc, without transparency,
Rs 1000 crore PDS scam, Rs 68 crore SGRY scam (two PILs already pending in Supreme
Cout & High Court), scam under education, health, social welfare, agriculture, horticulture,
mines and minerals and so on are simply not known to BJP Arunachal Pradesh.
The magnitude of all the scams put together including off the record collection of
Rs. 3 to 9 lacs per megawatt for total installed capacity of whopping 60,000 megawatts
from various power developers shall simply outshine the so called the 2G Spectrum
scam committed at the National Level. The revival of the Apex Bank by mortgaging
future interest instead of going for CBI inquiry and strict recovery drive, PRC mess,
absolute anarchy in Tirap and Changlang, absolute regional and ethnic imbalance in
distribution of funds etc. are some major achievements of the Government. A glance
through CAG report 2009 shall convince the BJP (A.P.) as to how it should behave
as an alternative party to Congress.
The BJP also don’t seem to have correct knowledge as to how could other neighbouring
states like Assam and Manipur which got more budgetary allocation than the most sensitive
and most backward state like Arunachal Pradesh. The so called hike in wages of the
working class is also not in tandem with moral and legal provisions as well as the
sky rocketing price rise index of the market situation. While the Legislators have
increased their salary and other benefits by more than hundred percent, the poor
villagers in villages and the educated unemployed youths with no political backups
in towns and cities have no option but to curse the system. BJP choosing ignorant
of this fact and rather praising the CM for such unethical and undemocratic acts
all in the name of Public mandate is simply unacceptable even to hardcore Congressmen.
Is BJP therefore preparing grounds for merger into Dorjee led faction of the ruling
INC? The People of the state has right to know without resorting to provisions of
RTI Act 2005
Let CM fulfill his dreams
We the former City Congress Committee, Itanagar appreciate chief minister Dorjee
Khandu for his great achievements in carrying out the development works within a
short period of time under his leadership.
We can seen clearly the various development work executed in the capital and state
as a whole by Congress government under his leadership. The Civil Secretariat Building,
Legislative Assembly Building, MLA Hostel and Chief Minister's Bungalow at Itanagar
are some of the infrastructure work carried out under Dorjee Khandu’s leadership.
Other projects started during his tenure include railway connection from Harmoti
to Borum, RCC Drainage System, construction of road broadening & retaining wall in
various sectors roads in the capital Complex under centrally sponsored scheme, JNNURM
and Poma water supply project for Capital complex. Further he has provided corpus
fund to R.K Mission, V.K.V School and R.K. Mission Hospital, has enhanced salary
for govt. employee and revived Arunachal Pradesh Co-operative Apex Bank.
It has been seen that Govt. employees and the entire ordinary citizen are quite content
with developmental work carried out by present CM. Recently even opposition party
like BJP has praised the ability of CM to bring in more central fund for the development
We, the former City Congress Committee member whole heartily support the present
Chief Minister for his untiring work and the far-sighted vision to transform Arunachal
into a developed State. Moreover, the present CM is going for his political retirement
after the completion of his tenure as he had expressed earlier. Therefore without
any pressure or rift within the party, just for the sake of the CM chair, at this
crux time when the state is heading towards a mega-facelift, let the present CM continue
his remaining tenure to fulfill his undone dream works without any political pressure.
Lastly we, appeal to all the party legislators and party workers to work whole-heartily
in tandem with the CM in the greater interest for the overall development of the
State and welfare of the public.
Khyoda Tanik (Former President, CCC)
Ringu Gautam (Former President, NBCCC)
Bamang Tassu (Former Vice President, CCC)
Telling Gambo (Former General Secretary, CCC)
Re-conduct written interview
Through the Column of your esteemed daily I would like to draw the few lines towards
the recently conducted written examination for the post of UDC in the Dept. of PWD
at DNG- College Itanagar. I was also one of the candidates for the same and I was
at room no. 22. At the time of the examination, I noticed that most of the candidates,
almost 80% of them were using calculator, mobile phone, notes etc completely freely.
Even some of them were using some solved notes and books which they kept with them
in their writing tables. Although two-three invigilators were present at that room
but they did not intervened.
I questioned to the concerned department whether this post has been fixed or not?
If not then I on behalf of all the sincere and valuable candidates request to the
concerned Department to re-conduct the written Examination for the same with full
free and fair manner.
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