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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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,
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
GWS conference held
ITANAGAR, Feb 19: Galo Welfare Society, Lohit Unit conducted its conference at Tezu
Altogether, 150 delegates from Mahadevpur, Namliang,Chongkam, Sunpura and Tezu attended
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.