Itanagar, Feb 11: A 10-year-old boy was charred to death when a massive fire broke
out at a Lama’s quarter within the premises of the famous Gaden Namgyal Lhatse (Tawang
Monastery) in Tawang district this evening.
The fire apparently was caused by short circuit at the quarters near the Eastern
gate of the Monastery.
The fire which broke out at around 4.30 pm completely gutted the Lama Phurpa Tashi’s
quarter, Tawang SP SN Mosobi told The Arunachal Times over telephone.
Police, SSB, district administration, local citizens and Lamas of the monastery swung
into action and rescued four young Lamas including one head Lama from the inferno.
However, the deceased Khow, a novice who hailed from Kharteng village under Lumla
circle could not be saved as the fire was massive which was later doused by the rescuers.
However, no damage was caused to the famous Tawang Monastery, the SP said adding
that investigation was on to ascertain the cause of the fire.
The rescuers also partially dismantled a nearby quarter to avoid further spread of
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki expressed shock over the incident and directed
the district administration to extend all possible assistance and immediate relief
to the fire victims.
While condoling the death of the youth, Tuki also announced to pay adequate ex-gratia
after receipt of the report from the district. He asked the district authorities
to assess the damages caused by the inferno and submit detailed report to the state
Tourism Minister Pema Khandu who represents the district and was present during the
incident made spot visit and met the victims and granted immediate relief of Rs.1.5
lakh from his side. He also asked the district administration to assess the losses
and grant relief.
Former Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin today mourned the demise of 10 year old novice,
who was killed in the fire accident.
While expressing his deepest condolences to his parents as well as to the fraternity
of the illustrious monastery, Gamlin said that the untimely demise of the young monk
was truly heart wrenching. "Yet I pray for the community to find the strength to
live through this difficult time. The Tawang monastery is one of the prides of our
state and the thought of pain coming to this heritage is indeed saddening. We must
collectively do our best to assuage the pain and the damage that this unfortunate
event has brought on". Gamlin further said that accidents do happen, but what is
important is that we learn from them and take on whatever measures are required to
ensure they never happen again. He appealed to the district administration to assess
in detail the fire hazard of the heritage site and take up necessary initiatives
for prevention of such mishaps.
Miscreants on rampage in Seppa
SEPPA, Feb 11: In a shocking incident, East Kameng Chamber of Commerce& Industry
(EKCCI) office was reportedly ransacked by unidentified miscreants here on Friday
late evening, damaging office articles, furniture including all important documents.
EKCCI president Raju Gyadi said that incident happened around 10.30 PM, when a group
of unidentified youths came in Tata Mobile and attacked the office.
Gyadi also informed that many articles such as utensils and other essentials commodities
costing two lakhs were also looted. He said that the reason for targeting the EKCCI
office is shrouded in mystery and yet to be ascertained.
Gyadi further claimed that when the incident was reported to police station Seppa,
the phone was out of order and there was no instant reaction from police.
EKCCI president also blamed the district electrical power department for their inability
to supply uninterrupted power which according to him gave undue advantages to miscreants
to flee the scene after damaging the office.
Protesting against the incident, EKCCI members staged peace rally in Seppa town today
and served 5 days ultimatum to police department and district administration to nab
whoever is responsible for the ransacking.
EKCCI said failing to meet its demand, the authority would have to face rigorous
Meanwhile All East Kameng Students Union (AEKSU) condemned the incident and demanded
the authority to nab the culprits immediately. AEKSU also stated that stern action
should be taken against defaulters.
However when this daily contacted police station Seppa, it failed to provide any
details and suggested that we get in touch with the SP instead. However, despite
tries, the SP could not be contacted.
CM announces PWD SE circle, assures Polytechnic College at Yachuli
YACHULI, Feb 11: A mesmerizing Sub-divisional headquarters in Lower Subansiri district,
Yachuli is all set to get the long awaited PWD Superintendent Engineer Civil circle.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today approved the demand in principle at Yachuli amidst
Tuki made the announcement while responding to a memorandum submitted by Parliamentary
Secretary, Agriculture and the local representative, Likha Saaya during his maiden
visit to Yachuli.
Yachuli is gifted with serene beauty and known as the centre of the Nyishi culture.
The Chief Minister also assured to open a Polytechnic College at Yachuli under PPP
“In order to ensure quality education, my government is extensively taking up PPP
model in education sector so that many technical and medical colleges can come up
in the state providing higher and technical education to locals within the state,”
Tuki said. The Chief Minister also expressed serious concern over the burgeoning
unemployment problem gripping the state, which in fact is misleading the youths to
take up unfair means for livelihood. He urged the youths to channelize their knowledge
in creating self employment avenues and assured the government’s encouragement through
subsidies and bank loans.
Responding to a memorandum submitted by Gaon Buras, who turned out in huge numbers
with their various grievances, the Chief Minister assured to provide free electricity,
water and telephone connections to them to begin with.
Tuki called upon the people to gear up for massive influx of tourists given the picturesque
beauty of Yachuli and Yazali area. He, however, urged the people to develop their
attitude towards tourists coming from outside the state and cooperate with the government
in promoting the area as a major tourist hub.
Referring to the PPP policy adopted by his government recently, the Chief Minister
assured accelerated development in the sectors like tourism, education and sports
infrastructure and cultural activities.
Also citing the major administrative reforms taken up by his government, the Chief
Minister said every developmental projects being implemented in the state would be
“Through one of the major administrative reforms - e-governance – people would get
all the details of programmes and projects of the government with just one click
of the mouse,” he explained.
Also addressing the mammoth gathering, Lok Sabha MP Takam Sanjoy asserted on quality
leadership amongst the masses. He said a leader should evolve from within and have
the quality to change the flow of thought of the people in the proper direction.
Sanjoy particularly emphasized on ‘showing the way’ by the sixty elected representatives
of the state.
“If the sixty elected representatives work together with a singular vision of development
and welfare of the state, then only the 20 million people of the state would prosper
and get electoral justice,” he said.
The MP further asserted in maintaining the indigenous names of places of the state,
especially those which have lost their original meaning due to difficulties in expressing
the right pronunciations in the written form. On the developmental front, he emphasized
on judicious and timely completion of all flag-ship programmes of the government.
Health Minister Atum Welly, in his address, advised for planning before execution
of any infrastructure and development projects.
Parliamentary Secretary Likha Saaya extended gratitude on behalf of the people of
his constituency to the Chief Minister for addressing the genuine grievances of the
area. He assured judicious utilization of all development funds under his jurisdiction
and called on the people to extend cooperation to the government.
Earlier, the Chief Minister laid a series of foundation stones for developmental
projects in the area. These include ‘improvement and augmentation of water supply’
at Yachuli under NLCPR, construction of road from Yachuli to Gerukamukh under CRF,
50 bedded hospital at Pistana under NEC and one each mini-stadium at Yazali and Yachuli
Among others Higher & Technical Education Director Dr Joram Begi also spoke on the
TPCP submits memo to Governor, CM
ITANAGAR, Feb 11: A team of the Tirap People's Committee for Peace (TPCP) led by
its chairman Gulley Sumnyan along with the 5 other members submitted a memorandum
to Arunachal Pradesh Governor on February 6 .
The TPCP team also met Chief Secretary on February 8 and discussed about the problems
faced the people of Tirap district. This was followed by meeting with Gadam Ete,
Parliamentary Secy, Home Affairs and Bamang Tago, Pol. Secy to CM on February 9.
The team appraised them about the various problems faced by the common public of
Tirap district. On the same day evening, the team had a meeting with Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki and submitted the memorandum as well as discussed about the problems being
faced by the Tirap people. The Committee informed that the CM appreciated their hard
work and sincere effort for the welfare of Tirapians and assured to extend all the
helps needed. Quoting the CM as saying, the team further informed that there will
be a 100 per cent recruitment from Tirap and Changlang in the ongoing police recruitment.
The CM also promised to render immediate relief to the victims of 8th January incident
which occurred at Chasa village.
The three-point memorandum of the TPCP included demand for a surrender package including
employment opportunities and financial package for rehabilitation of the surrender
militants, relief for the victims of insurgency related violence and due recognition
to the TPCP.
Information campaign on Bharat Nirman ends
RUKSIN, Feb 11: The 3-day Public Information Campaign on Bharat Nirman with a day-long
special awareness publicity programmes ended at Ruksin general ground in East Siang
Addressing the concluding function, AE Hibu Bama highlighted the aims of the Rajiv
Gandhi Grameen Vidytikaran Yojana (RGGVY) and electrification of all the villages
and habitation as per revised definition and electricity connection to Below Poverty
Line (BPL) households with single light point free of cost.
Pointing out the scope of scheme under RGGVY as (REDF) Rural Electricity Distribution
Backbone, he disclosed that there is provision of 33/11KV Sub-Stations of adequate
capacity and lines in blocks, creation of village electrification infrastructure
(VEI) and Decentralized Distributed Generation (DDG) and supply in those rural areas
where grid connectivity is either not feasible or not cost effective.
He also highlighted parameters covered under RGGVY in East Siang district. He disclosed
that under the scheme there are four ongoing packages, electrification of 47 number
of un-electrified/de- electrified villages and 105 number of electrified villages,
BPL connection to 3108 numbers. He also said that the entire works under RGGVY in
East Siang district are on the way of completion.
Pasighat RWD TA C. Mukharjee described the work done under MGNREGA in the East Siang
district. He disclosed that the Rural Development department has covered 161 villages,
158 Panchyats and got registered 9858 number of Job Cards Holders. He also mentioned
that they are provided only 16 days jobs in an average in the East Siang district.
Earlier, M Doley, Deputy Director (M& C) PIB, Guwahati, explained the objectives
of Public Information Campaign. He called upon the masses to participate in the campaign
and learn about the government schemes for their benefit. He also requested people
come forward to avail the various schemes formulated by the Central Government for
During the public information campaign, the components of Bharat Nirman and other
flagship programmes were highlighted through lectures, booklets, photo/poster exhibition,
quiz and song and drama programmes. The exhibition on Bharat Nirman put up by the
DAVP and various departments of the district turned out to be big crowd-puller on
all the days.
DFP also organized various competition and public rallies. The three-day special
awareness campaign was organized by PIB and other sister media of I &B in active
cooperation with the East Siang district administration.
Symposium reiterates separation of Judiciary from Executive
ITANAGAR, Feb 11: A one-day symposium on “Separation of Judiciary from Executives”
was conducted at Dera Natung Govt College (DNGC) Auditorium here today. The symposium
was organised by the Arunachal Law Students Union (ALSU) in collaboration with DNGC.
Addressing the inaugural session of the symposium, Agriculture, Horticulture and
Animal Husbandry Minister Setong Sena disclosed that soon a bill for separation of
judiciary from executives will be placed in the cabinet. He also spoke in details
about importance of the codification of customary laws.
A host of dignitaries including Parliamentary Secretary, Legislative, Judicial, Science
and Technology, JK Panggeng, District and Session Court judge Nani Grayu, Supreme
Court advocate Bharat Kumar and DNGC Principal Tomar Ete took part in it.
Earlier, ALSU president Tadar Tarish stated that separation of judiciary from executive
is very necessary for the betterment of legal justice system in Arunachal.
This was followed by first technical session which was chaired by Dr R B Tripathy,
HOD, Political Science, DNGC.
While EAC Habung Lapung spoke about ‘interpretation of CrPC in the light of customary
law’, DIGP Robin Hibu delivered lecture on ‘Viability and role of police administration
in justice delivery in Arunachal Pradesh in the light of separation of judiciary
from executives’. Large number of other resource persons took part also delivered
lectures. Students also interacted with the resource persons by putting questions
to the speakers.
The second technical session was chaired by Supreme Court Advocate Bharat Kumar.
Most of the speakers of technical session including Y W Ringu, Dani Belo, Mukh Pertin,
Subu Taping and Tadar Tarish emphasized on the need for urgent separation of judiciary
from executives in Arunachal.
ALSU general secretary Romik Jagu also spoke on the occasion.
The non-separation makes it very easy for criminals to get away easily after committing
crime. The executives because of political pressures often tend to let criminals
Training for ‘Sakhi & Saheli’
ITANAGAR, Feb 11: Training course for ‘Sakhi and Saheli’ and vocational training
on candle making under RGSEAs-SABLA, a centrally sponsored scheme for empowerment
of adolescent girls (AGs) organized by Urban ICDS project, Itanagar got underway
Sakhis and Sahelis from various sectors within the ICDS Project are attending the
Resource persons from various line departments will be imparting training on their
respective sectors while vocational training on candle making would be imparted by
Bharat Scout & Guides, Arunachal Pradesh.
Inaugurating the programme, Nyapi Ringu, deputy director (I), Social Welfare, Women
and Child Development department, who is also the state nodal officer of the scheme,
advised the Sakhis and Sahelis/AGs to be very attentive during the training programme
and reap the benefits so that they could learn important and basic knowledge in various
fields for their future.
In his keynote address, SC. Tok, CDPO of the ICDS Project, outlined the course contents.
P.E Angu, DD (I), Distt. ICDS Cell, Papum Pare, N Lowang, DRCHO, Bordoloi, officer
i/c, Food & Nutrition Board of India, Itanagar unit were also present during the
inaugural session among others.
DDSE inspects schools in interior areas
ITANAGAR, Feb 11: The deputy director of school education (DDSE) cum DPO Papum Pare
along with BRCC, Sagalee and CRCC Leporiang inspected all the Government schools
of Leporiang circle on February 7 and 8 last to have first hand information about
functioning of academic activities of the schools as well as encourage the teachers
who are serving in interior places in the district.
During the course of interaction, the SSA teachers apprised the visiting team about
various problems and grievances faced by them which included non payment of salary
since November last year. They urged the visiting officers and officials to take
up their grievances with the higher authorities for early redressal. The DDSE explaining
the reasons for non release of their salary, asked the teachers to discharge their
duties sincerely. Action would be taken as per CCS Rule against those teachers, who
were found absent from their duties during the inspection, the DDSE said.
ASM’s death condoled
ITANAGAR, Feb 11: The Pacnhayat leaders of Parsi Parlo Anchal Block have condoled
the death of Dare Nai, ASM, Pagam panchayat segment. Dare breathed his last on February
9 after a prolonged illness.
He left behind his wife, a son and a daughter.
ITANAGAR, Feb 11: All Arunachal Pradesh Border Students Union (AAPBSU) has reacted
to the Govt statement which termed the yesterday’s bandh call as politically motivated.
Denying the charges of state Govt, the union said it was totally wrong to say that
the bandh call given by the union was politically motivated. The union said they
did not write anything against the state Govt, rather it had raised the problems
being faced by the people residing in border area through its 10-point demands.
We are not against the Govt, the union said while adding that every people has right
to live, raise their voice and work for the betterment of the state in a democratic
‘Take urgent steps for development of border areas’
ITANAGAR, Feb 11: All Arunachal Pradesh Border Affected Youth Organization (AAPBAYO)
has appealed to the concern authorities to take immediate measures for development
of inter-state boundary area including road infrastructure.
Drawing the attention of the local MLAs, public leaders and senior citizens towards
deteriorated condition of roads in boundary area, the organization said roads which
are passing through forest area along inter-state boundary such as Bhalukpong to
Seijosa, Seijosa to Nomorah, Nomorah to Tarasso and Tarasso to Balijan roads are
lying in dilapidated conditions. Moreover, unwanted activities in forest area along
the boundary have disrupted the normal life of people settled along the boundary
since time immemorial, the organization said.
The organization further said that the administration is unable to perform effectively
and bring in development in boundary areas due to lack of infrastructure, mainly
roads communication. Development of the state depends greatly on the development
of border areas, the organization said and called upon the authorities to take urgent
step for border area development.
ITANAGAR, Feb 11: All West Siang Border Student Union (AWSBSU) has demanded the state
Govt. for the creation of Lower Siang with district HQ at Likabali.
It said that Likabali is a sensitive area and people of border area are victims of
inter-state dispute. It further said that the areas lacks communication system and
It further appealed to the high power committee to look in the matter seriously and
demanded creation of district HQ at Likabali.
Provide relief to fire victims, appeals AAPSU
ITANAGAR, Feb 11: All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) appealed to the authority
concerned to provide relief to Biri Kago, whose house at ‘D’ sector, Polo Colony,
Naharlagun was gutted in a fire accident on February 6 at 7-30 pm. All belongings
of the fire victim, including properties worth lakhs were burnt into ashes in the
devastating fire accident.
Former student leader Kago is presently serving as sub divisional food and civil
NSS cell of NERIST organises blood donation camp
ITANAGAR, Feb 11: Forty-six units of blood were collected during a voluntary blood
donation camp organized by the NSS cell of NERIST in coordination with the Arunachal
Pradesh State AIDS Control Society in its health unit of NERIST today.
Around 50 volunteers turned up for the camp. Of the forty six units of blood, four
units were collected from girl donors.
Technical manpower and material resources were provided by the General Hospital,
NSS cell of NERIST has been regularly organising Blood Donation Camps and the institute
got an award for organising highest number of blood donation camp in 2011 from APSACS.