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February  - 20


Arunachal’s people upset over Ering’s slur on Ramdev

ITANAGAR, Feb 19:  Thousands of followers of Yog Guru Ramdev apparently got upset by the abusive words allegedly used by an MP against Ramdev at yoga camp organised at Higher secondary school ground, Pasighat early  morning today.

According to  sources,   the  MP Ninong Ering who was attending the yogo camp,  suddenly  stood up and allegedly used unparliamentarily and derogatory words  when the yoga guru was highlighting the corruption in the country.  Ramdev has been visiting Arunachal Pradesh since Feb 15 and asking people to fight against corruption.

“ The  unconstitutional,  rowdy act and the use of un-parliamentary words  by Ninong Ering, son of a legendary figure late Daying Ering,  to a selfless person is not appreciable. He has really ashamed the people of Pasighat in particular and Arunachal Pradesh in front of the world’, said  Vijay Taram of Pasigaht, one of the participants in the camp.

“There were thousands of people including men, women, children from far flung areas to get a glimpse of Baba and listen to his lessons, but everyone was enraged and hurt when a person used the dialogue of the colonial rulers against the Yog Guru.  The people  present there lost a chance for a lifetime to take full advantage of  the yoga camp  that is conducted by a pious Sadhu, who does not want anything in return for working 24 hours for mankind and our country, said Taram , who is also spokesperson of  the Forum for Siang Dialogue.

“The issue of corruption is a big national issue. Ram Dev Baba has done nothing wrong while speaking on corruption.  The conduct of the MP was unnecessary. Ering brought bad name to the entire Pasighat town as well as entire Arunachal Pradesh,’ said another participant Lorem Taloh, who is also a local NCP leader.

“The insult to Guruji was an insult to our own state. It has brought shame not only to Pasighat’s people but also the state. I don’t have any personal issues with the MP nor am I Baba’s bhakt. But this incident has really shocked me because I see what Baba Ramdev is doing is for our own good,” said one Agam Borang, a citizen of Pasighat.

Taking a dig at Congress M.P Ninong Ering for using filthy words against Yoga guru Swami Ramdev , BJP National Secretary Tapir Gao termed it as uncalled for by a politician of his status.

“Insulting a person like Swamiji is condemnable by all sections of the society, that too by a son of a famous politician of the state – Daying Ering, who is considered as the father of Arunachal”, Gao told a press conference here today.

He said the incident would send a wrong impression on the Congress Party when the district is celebrating 100 years of its existence, Gao added

The Peoples' Party of Arunachal  also expressed shock at derogatory remarks made on Ramdev by  an Parliamentarian.

Being representative of the people in the Parliament the MP should respect the democratic values of the country too. “Our democracy has granted us right to expression, criticism and dissent. The elected leaders need to be very tolerant and even receptive to any criticism, the PPA general Secretary  Ashan Riddi said. PPA also appealed to MP to make apology to Ramdev.

The members of Tassar Mangha Charitable Society strongly condemned the ‘insanity behaviour’ of Ering. The Society  said, the MP should  make apology to the citizens  of the country.


Ering apologizes, says yoga camp should be yoga oriented

When contacted, MP Ering admitted “my behavior was not good, that is very unfortunate”. In a written statement the MP further said that he met Baba and apologized for the incident. He also begged pardon to the Pasighatians if his act displeased them.

He further clarified that he did never use any vulgar and unparliamentarily word on the day.The MP suggested that Yoga Camp should be Yoga oriented and appealed Ramdevji not to mix politics with Yoga in such shivirs.

Giving  details of the unpleasant happening, the MP further clarified that he felt embarrassed when the Ramdev raised corruption and political issues in his address at the Yoga camp at Pasighat. “Such comments of Ramdev were unexpected and unacceptable by me in a Yoga Shivir where the people of Pasighat and adjacent public were attending the camp to learn Yoga. He claimed the conversation held with Guru Ramdev was simple and convincing and no one should twist it for political gain.

The MP Ering  further stated that he has full faith and regards in mind for the world’s best Yoga Guru Ramdevji for his clean image and noble efforts and being inspired he was attending the Shivir this morning.


BJP alleges rampant corruption in Arunachal, other NE states

ITANAGAR,  Feb 19:  The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has alleged that rampant corruption by the ruling Congress governments of the North East including Arunachal Pradesh has affected the development in the region.

National BJP General Secretary Tapir Gao told reporters this evening that 'corruption' in the North East has hampered the process of development.

Stating that hydropower scam is another 2G scam, Gao alleged Rs 4 lakh crore scam on various hydropower projects in Arunachal Pradesh alone as the Dorjee Khandu government have signed MoA with a number of power developers.

He added that the names of some firms is only on paper and is major 'loot' of public money by the Congress government.

Gao was part of a delegation led by BJP president Nitin Gadkari, who called on President Pratibha Devisingh Patil and submitted the party’s fact-finding committee report on the NE scams yesterday.

Gao, a former Lok Sabha MP, said the party had appointed a fact-finding committee to figure out the scams in the NE and, after a detailed work, field visit, interaction with experts and authorities came up with a booklet 'Loot of North East.' The team visited Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and other states of the region and in the report has estimated the total kickback to be more than Rs 63,000 crore in the region.

The BJP had demanded special courts to speed up the judiciary process and to punish the scamsters, special investigation system and speedy and coordinated investigation by NIA, CBI and other agencies, special audit of all these scams, time bound action plan by the government on the observations, strictures of courts, CAG and other investigative agencies, seizing the property of the scamsters and recovery of the public money and strong action against the ministers and officials found involved in the loot.  UNI


Governor inaugurates Itanagar Book festival

‘Books are best friend, keep touch with books’

ITANAGAR, Feb 19: Books are valuable for the whole generation, said Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh, while inaugurating the Itanagar Book Festival, here today. If we read, we gain knowledge and with it we can bring big changes. So let us pledge today to read at least one book in a year, he added.

Stating that book festival help in inculcating reading habits, Governor appreciated the National Book Trust of India for organizing the book festival. He urged upon to organizers organize more such festivals in the future in Itanagar and also in the districts for the benefit of the local people.

Underscoring the importance of writing, Gen Singh pointed that every living being are hidden authors and we just need to awaken the author in ourselves. It brings peace of mind and also helps in sharing our ideas. Calling upon the senior citizens to write about their experiences and views, he said, it will be very beneficial for the future generation. Informing that he has written his autobiography in Arunachal Pradesh, Gen Singh said, when I can do it, you all can do it too.  He also made reference of writings on Pasighat.

Exhorting all to write, Governor said, Arunachal Pradesh is an enchanting land with diverse culture and unique traditions. There is huge scope for writing, he added, while suggesting the people write on Gekar Sinyi, mythology, folk tales or the indigenous faith. Please share your knowledge with future generations and it can only be done through writing, he appealed.

Sahitya Academy Awardee Y.D. Thongchi, who also spoke on the occasion urged upon the people to keep touch with books. It is the best hobby, which increases knowledge and also takes care of health.

Padma Shree awardee Mamang Dai speaking on the occasion expressed her hope that it will be an annual feature in the future and congratulated the National Book Trust for taking up the challenging job. Exhorting people to visit the fair, she said books are the best friend anyone can have, who has a habit of reading.

Earlier in his welcome address, Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner Dr. SB Deepak Kumar said that the festival will go long was in inculcating reading habits, especially among the students. Itanagar Book Festival Project Head, Manas Ranjan Mahapatra also spoke on the occasion.

Later the Governor along with State First Lady Anupama Singh interacted with the organizers, publishers and other participants.

National Book Trust, India in collaboration with Department of Public Library, Government of Arunachal Pradesh is organizing the nine day festival. Seventy-five publishers are taking part in it. Special collection of books on Arunachal Pradesh and North East has been put in by Directorate of research, department of cultural affairs. PRO to Governor


DC conducts coordination meet with CDPOs

BOMDILA, Feb 19:  In order to revamp the grass root functioning of the ICDS in the district, Deputy Commissioner Rinchin Tashi convened a meeting with the Deputy Director and CDPOs here at Bomdila today.

The DC observed that the department concerned could play a vital role in uplifting the educational scenario of the district especially that of the female literacy rate by virtue of their close proximity with the people at the grass root level. He said there is a need to reach out to the people and the onus of its success lies on the pro-active role of the departmental officers and field workers.

Underscoring the importance of regular interactive meetings with the Anganwadi workers, DC Tashi opined that such motivational steps would, in the long run, result in better output and performances by the field workers in spite of their meager honorarium.

Block wise detail discussion on the various schemes implemented by the department were taken up along with some of the grievances like compromise in the building structures, absence of Anganwadi workers from their centers and the untimely and delayed allocation of salary etc. A matter of concern voiced in unison was that of the SNP items procured centrally, which at times are issued very late resulting in the expiry of the consumable period thereby rendering it unfit for human consumption.

Assuring to take up the matters in earnest, the DC informed that sanction for 53 new centers for the district @ 3 lacs per unit is in the offing. Every effort should be made to achieve the physical and financial target without compromising on its quality, he added.

Earlier in the morning, a mass social service was conducted at Bomdila and in its peripheral areas on the occassion of Statehood day celebration on 20th February and under its regular total sanitation campaign. DIPRO


Canadian philanthropist visits OWA

ITANAGAR, Feb 19: Ashid Bahl, Founder President of ‘FOR THE LOVE OF CHILDREN SOCIETY of ALBERTA CANADA’ from Alberta, Canada visited the Oju Welfare Mission along with former Minister Thupten Tempa, and other dignitaries.

The team appreciated the efforts of the association, interacted with the children and presented jackets to them. Bahl also donated USD 500 and hoped that the two organizations will collaborate in the future for the cause of underprivileged children.


DFP’s campaign on RD schemes concludes

DAPORIJO, Feb 19: Five days long special awareness campaign in Upper Subansiri District on Rural Development Schemes being conducted by Directorate of Field Publicity (DFP), Arunachal Region concluded today. On the last day of this special campaign, DFP organized an awareness programme on Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Grantee Act (MNREGA), total sanitation campaign (TSC) and National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) at Bora Rupuk village about 40 kms,  away from District Headquarter Daporijo.

Earlier such programmes were organized at Belo, Maro and Digbak villages of the district. The campaign was launched on Feb 15 during a workshop on MNREGA & TSC/NRDWP at Dumporijo. The campaign was conducted as per the directives of Union Ministry for Rural Development.  For this programme only Upper Subansiri District in Arunachal Pradesh was identified under the Backward Region Grant Fund (BRGF) Scheme.

During the programme, Rural Development schemes were discussed with ASMs, GPMs, HGBs, GBs, Teachers, Villagers and village level functionaries like ASHA, Anganwadi workers etc. Their feedback on these schemes was recorded. As a special components of the programmes quiz, song & dance competition were organized and prizes were distributed to the winners on the spot. Whole campaign was successfully conducted with the joint efforts of the DFP Units of Tezu, Pasighat, Ziro and Daporijo under the supervision of DFP, Regional Office, Itanagar, according to an official release.


District vigilance monitoring committee meeting of DRDA concludes

ANINI, Feb, 19: The 2nd Quarter District Vigilance Monitoring Committee meeting of DRDA, Dibang Valley was held yesterday.

Addressing the meeting, Deputy Commissioner Abu Tayeng called upon all the panchayat members, BDOs and DRDA to work as a team towards implementation of various centrally sponsored schemes.

DC said, “The schemes or estimates are to be framed on need basis and DRDA should ensure proper and quality work in implementation of every scheme so that very aim of poverty alleviation is achieved and worker section of the area is benefited”.

Earlier, the Project Director, DRDA highlighted physical and financial achievement of DRDA.

PD expressed his satisfaction and contentment on various schemes implemented and projects completed by the agency.

PD also highlighted various other developmental activities, projects and schemes being undertaken by the agency and sought co-operation from all the PR Leaders and villagers for ensuring effective implementation and quality work.

Achievement and implementation of other schemes like SGSY, IAY, IWWP and MGNREGA were also reviewed in the meeting. The meeting was attended by Zilla Parishad Chairperson, ZPMs, ASMs and HoDs besides the presence of DRDA officers and officials. The meeting was held under the chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner. DIPRO


Arunachal at National Games

3 pugilists enter QFs, medal tally upto 7

Jamshedpur (Jharkhand), Feb 19: Arunachalee pugilists opened their National Games Boxing campaign on a winning note as L Monita Devi, Prakesh Darjee and Tonibala Chanu beat their respective opponents and entered quarterfinals here today.

Monita Devi pounded Roshni Bhusal of Maghalaya 8- 3 while Prakesh Darjee defeated Ram Das Rajbhar of Chattishgarh 4-1 in Men’s 52 kg (Fly) weight category. Tonibala Chanu also entered the second round by defeating Deepika Tiwari of Bihar in 51 kg (Fly) weight category by RSC.

Min Bahadur Thapa, Jajhar Singh and Tilok will play their first bouts tomorrow.

Archers and weightlifters will open their campaign on February 21 and 22 .

Meanwhile, Arunachal won a silver medal in Lawn Bowl in Women’s ‘Four’ event yesterday. With this haul, Arunachal’s medal tally at National Games has gone upto seven.


Denizens of Dibang valley extents best wishes to Mena

ANINI, Feb 19: Deputy Commissioner Abu Tayeng handed over a cheque of Rs 2.5 lac as a token of love and encouragement to juvenile mountaineer Tine Mena in a small ceremony held in D.C chamber yesterday.

The amount so presented as financial support was collected from government officers and public as voluntary contribution for the young enthusiastic lone mountaineer from the district under the initiative of the Deputy Commissioner.

On the occasion, Tayeng appreciated her courage and quest to conquer Mt. Everest and added that her success will not only bring laurel to District but it will be a matter of pride and honour for every denizens’ of the district in particular and state as whole.

The DC along with all officers prayed for her good health, safety and success in her attempt to climb the Everest.

Meanwhile, Mena extended her gratitude to Abu Tayeng for his personal care, concern and pain taken in collecting the financial assistance for her endeavor in scaling the Mt. Everest. She also appreciated all officers, public, fans and well wishers for their support rendered.

She assured to keep up the expectation of everyone and seeks love and prayer from every fellow citizens of the state in her endeavour to make the state proud by scaling the Mt.Everest. DIPRO


YMCA conducts trekking expedition

ITANAGAR, Feb 19: Young Mission Adventure Club (YMAC) conducted Eco-Tourism Trekking Expedition at Talley Valley Wild life Sanctuary Ziro, Lower Subansiri district from February 15 to 17 last under the guidance of Secretary cum chief instructor of the YMAC Yomjum Yomgam.

Altogether, 18 students from Travel Tourism & management (TTM), Rajiv Gandhi Govt. Polytechnic, Itanagar, 10 local youths and members from Talley Valley wild life sanctuary took part in the trekking expedition.

The aim of the trekking is to explore adventure tourism & wild life tourism in the valley and to conserve the environment for the sustainable tourism development in the valley, so that unemployment youths can generate self employment and income through conducting Eco-tourism, Wild life tourism and Adventure tourism for both Domestic and International Tourists.

waste management and cleanliness in and around the Talley valley and Pange, theory class on eco-tourism, Adventure tourism, Tourists guide and Porter training etc were imparted to the during the expedition.


Arunachal Pradesh chosen best state in small state category

ITANAGAR, Feb 19: Sheer determination and sincere efforts of the state government in bringing the state into developmental track seems to be recognized by various quarters. In a communiqué from CNN IBN and IBN7 a premier electronic News Channel, the land of dawn lit mountains Arunachal Pradesh has been chosen as the best state in small state category.

Jury headed by Ex RBI Governor Bimal Jalan, Members Bakul Dholakia, T S R Subramaniam and Dr. A K Mitra unanimously chose Arunachal Pradesh as the best state in the small state category.  

Extending his gratitude to the News Channel Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu has welcomed the award and said that the state would continue to put its effort in making it one of the best states in the country. He further revealed that a senior Cabinet Minister would be receiving the award on behalf of the State Government.

The award ceremony is being held at Durbar Hall, Taj Palace, New Delhi on 23rd February next and His Excellency Hamid Ansari, the Vice President of India will be gracing the function as Chief Guest.  

The prestigious IBN7 Diamond State Awards, a path breaking editorial initiative of the IBN18 Network in partnership with the Outlook group was introduced in 2008. The initiative took a greater height in 2009 making the awards an institution of impeccable credibility to salute the states of India that have excelled in human and social development. PRO to CM


Arunachal is crown of the country: Ramdev

PASIGHAT, Feb 19: The Yog Rishi Swami Ramdevji arrived Pasighat on Feb 18 evening, taught Yoga at the IGJHSS playground amidst huge gatherings of Pasighat this mornig. While addressing the public Swamiji said that his motto is to make the nation disease-free with the help of Yoga and Ayurveda.

The Yogo Guru said Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India and Arunachal is the crown of our great nation and Tawang is the Kohinoor diamond.

Ramdevji while appealing all to have a healthy body and mind, stressed on nationalism and mankind and further stated that Yoga is the ultimate solution of all diseases.

Expressing his special attachment for the people of Arunachal Pradesh, he said Arunachalees are very peace loving, religious and dedicated towards nation building.

Despite pinching cool weather, huge crowd gathered at the ground to have glimpse of Baba Ramdevji and his Yoga. DIPRO.


News Impact

Nyokum Yullo

ITANAGAR, Feb 19: Urban Development and Housing, Secretary Kapa Kholie and Deputy Commissioner, Capital Complex SB Deepak Kumar has consented to attend the Nyokum Yullo celebration at Nirjuli as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour on February 26.

While, Parliamentary Secretary for Industries Nabam Rebia will inaugurate the exhibition stall and galleries at Nyokum ground, Nirjuli on February 24. Further, the games and sports and cultural events will be start from February 21.

RWD, EE Er Toko Ottu inaugurated the Talo village Nyokum Yullo football and volley ball competition at Talo today.

Altogether, 11 football teams and nine volley ball teams (women and men) are participating the competition.


NEEPCO’s contribution

ITANAGAR, Feb 19: Ranganadi Hydro Electric Plant, NEEPCO Ltd. is Co-Sponsoring the traditional Games and Sports events in the Mega Nyokum-Yollo Festival celebrations, Yazali.

As part of their contribution, the Project authority of RHEP, Yazali handed over Rs. One lakh to NyokumYullo celebration committee, Yazali.

Besides this, RHEP, NEEPCO LTD. has been undertaking a number of welfare works including Co-Sponsoring the Lower Subansiri district football team in the State level tournament for the past few years.


Film Leh released

ITANAGAR, Feb 19: Monpa feature film ‘Leh” was screened on the reopening ceremony of the national cinema hall, Naharlagun amidst huge gathering today.

The hall was remained defunct for the last 8 years and with an objective to create a platform for the local producers, the hall has been reopened.

Speaking on the occasion as chief guest Arunachal Artiste Forum Chairman, Nabam Isser appreciated the organizer for their noble deed to reopen the defunct cinema hall and urged them to carry forward the tempo so that local producers of State could get platform to showcase their products.


Society support Forum

ITANAGAR, Feb 19: Rei Employment Welfare Society has extended support to the demand made by Gangte Circle Intellectual Forum against alleged threatening to BRCC by a MDM rice carriage contractor on February 6 last.

The REWS further appealed the concerned authority for cancellation of license of carriage contractor.


GWS conference held

ITANAGAR, Feb 19: Galo Welfare Society, Lohit Unit conducted its conference at Tezu recently.

Altogether, 150 delegates from Mahadevpur, Namliang,Chongkam, Sunpura and Tezu attended the conference.

Meanwhile, T.T. Hai, Nyai Lollen and Nyali Ete have been selected as President, Vice President and General Secretary of the GWS, Lohit unit.


Miscreants damage Govt. vehicle

ITANAGAR, Feb 19: Unknown miscreants vandalized the parked government vehicle (Scorpio) AR-01B-8775 of R D Lewi, Deputy Director, Capital Complex, UD and Housing Division, in front of Hotel Kosing at around 1pm here  today.  The incident took place, when Lewi along with Er Tayer Tache went inside the hotel after attending duty at IG Park relating the statehood day arrangement. Later Lew found the window panes  of the car were completely damaged by miscreants.

Lew lodged an  FIR at Itanagar Police station in this connection and urged the police department to investigate and punish the culprit as per the law.


Ahluwalia arrives, visits Poma

ITANAGAR, Feb 19: Chief Guest of Silver Jubilee celebration of Statehood Day, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Chairman, Planning Commission arrived here today. Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu along with his colleagues and senior bureaucrats received him at the Raj Bhavan helipad.

Immediately after arriving at the State capital, the Deputy Chairman and State Governor Gen. J J Singh visited Poma area, which is well-known for its tourism potentials and many other model initiatives of the State Government and the Raj Bhavan.

To have first hand knowledge of the people and the area, Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission also visited a local house and interacted with the villagers. PRO to  Governor



ITANAGAR, Feb  19:  The officers and staff of Deputy Commissioner’s office, West Kameng district in a condolence meeting held at  DC office premises on Feb 17 deeply mourned the sad and premature death of Sange Wangchu Monpa, Driver, DIPRO, who expired on Feb 16  on his way to Tezpur for medical treatment.

The meeting observed two minutes silence, prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and  conveyed deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family members.  DIPRO

All Dirang Monpa Welfare Society deeply mourned the sudden demise of its women wing, general secretary Sonam Lhamhu today. Lhamu was a dedicated and hard working member of the society.

The members of the society prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.



The name Tarh Atung was wrongly mentioned as ‘Tarh Tatung’ in a news item published on Feb. 19 issue of this daily. Error is regretted.

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