February  18

Villagers oppose cascade of dams in Lohit basin


HAWAI, Feb 17: Large dams proposed in Lohit basin is giving way to fear in the minds of people of Anjaw district. The affected villagers under the banner of People’s Forum for Project Affected Families (PFPAF) is opposed to cascade of dams being proposed in Lohit basin.  

In a meeting with the advisor to chief minister, Kalikho Pul here recently, PFPAP Chairman Bihenso Pul said local villagers are particularly concerned about the two projects -1200 MW Kalai II and 1250 MW Hutong II which is proposed near the villages that has maximum habitation and the affected villagers are strongly opposed to it.

The Lohit basin is proposed with 11 hydro power projects that include 1250 MW Hutong II, 99 MW Gimiliang, 96 MW Raigam, 98 MW Tidding I, 68 MW Tidding II, 1450 MW Kalai I, 1200 MW Kalai II, 1760 MW Demwe Lower, 21 MW Kamlang, 5 MW Rima and 1800 MW Demwe upper.

Demwe lower received the wildlife clearance by ministry of environment and forest on Tuesday despite opposition from members of the National Board of Wildlife (NBWL). Much of the projects in the Lohit basin were allotted to private developers during former Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu’s regime.

Determine to make their voice heard, PFPAF members also met Rajya Sabha MP Mukut Mithi in Tezu on Tuesday and conveyed the mandate of the people of Anjaw to demand cancellation of Hutong II and Kalai II projects. Mithi was on his way to Hawai for Tamladu celebration.

The organization also apprised the MP of the malpractices by Anjaw district administration regarding acquisition of land and the violation of norms and guidelines for Khupa (Hayuliang) – Hawai highway widening project.

Responding to the grievances, Mithi said state policy has adequate provisions for the land owners to be compensated adequately. He cited the case of Rupa in West Kameng where land owners were adequately compensated by the government for similar highway projects.

On hydro projects, Mithi said all concerns will be represented by him to appropriate authorities in the state and in the Centre.


Nyishi-Bodo accord signed to maintain peace & harmony

Dodum Yangfo

SEIJOSA, Feb 17: Dove, the symbol of peace, is all set to flutter in the boundary areas between Arunachal Pradesh and Assam that are home to two large ethnic tribes - Bodo and Nyishi - with the signing of the 2nd Nyishi-Bodo Accord here in East Kameng district on Thursday.    

The signing of the second accord – the first one was signed on April 11, 2002 – was preceded by a ‘core group discussion’ and a public meeting between members of the Nyishi Elite Society (NES), Bodo Sahitya Sabha (BSS), All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) and All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU) held earlier in the same day. Presided over by NES president Bengia Tolum, the meeting concluded with the bilateral resolution to bring tangible peace and harmony in the boundary areas.

An atmosphere of bonhomie and camaraderie was conspicuous throughout the process, indicating a major thaw in the cold vibes that had been generated after Bodo militant cadres served extortion notices to Nyishis living in the Seijosa and Dissing Passo areas.  Both sides Thursday condemned the atrocities being committed against Nyishi settlements along the Assam-Arunachal boundary, particularly in Bhalukpong, Seijosa and adjoining areas of West and East Kameng districts, and Balijan and adjoining areas in Papum Pare. While jointly appealing to antisocial elements to refrain from harassing commoners, the leaders of the participating groups requested the two state governments and the Government of India (GoI) to ensure foolproof security arrangements in the affected areas, and to initiate steps towards lasting solution to the issue. It was also decided that a Nyishi-Bodo Coordination Committee would be formed, with the NES and BSS presidents as its co-chairmen, to facilitate lasting peace among the residents of both tribes.

In addition, regional and local peace committees comprising members from both tribes would be formed to coordinate with the community level committee, which will organize unity rallies to build mutual trust, and organize cultural exchange programmes in Nyishi and Bodo areas of both states. The committee’s leaders are expected to meet the Chief Ministers of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam to apprise them of the ground realities in the context of initiating the process of peace process and development in the region.

BSS president Dr Kameswar Brahma reassured the Nyishis sharing boundary with Bodos of peace and security. He recalled the contributions of the Nyishis during the infamous Assam turmoil in the 1980’s and the Udalguri riot, and said the Nyishis were “asol bondhu (true friends)” of the Bodos.  

ABSU president Promod Bodo was also forthcoming, expressing regret at the atrocities committed by Bodo militants. Saying that the Bodos themselves are victims of the gun culture, he said the ABSU observes Anti-Terrorism Day on March 31 in honour of its former president who was murdered by Bodo militants for opposing militancy and gun culture.

On his part, Tolum said, “We (Nyishis and Bodos) are bound to live together, like shadow and being. No matter how fast one runs, one’s shadow always follows him. It is our duty to ensure that Bodos in Arunachal Pradesh live and work freely, and we must equally be justified in expecting reciprocal treatment from our Bodo brethren,” he added.

ANSU president Sikka Gapak spoke of the similarities between the two tribes, and said, “The resolution passed today should not be limited among the leaders of community organizations attending the summit but should percolate down to every member of both communities in letter and spirit.”

Earlier XII Pakke-Kessang Intellectual Forum (XII-PKKF) president Tayom Tok in his welcome speech chronicled the events and the purpose behind the summit, blaming ‘inappropriate developments’ for working against the interests of both tribes. Tok called for joint efforts from both sides to “march ahead, hand in hand, towards prosperity.”

In January this year, in a letter to the ANSU, the XII-PKYF had complained about repeated atrocities committed by Bodo militants against the people of Seijosa, Dissing Passo and Pakke Kessang since 1995. The ANSU, with support from its parent organization NES, persuaded the BSS and the ABSU to participate in the summit meeting.  

Chronology of events         

Some of the major incidents that created a rift between the two communities:

1) In 1995, a night bus was attacked and its passengers looted on the Bhalukpong-Balipara road;

2) November 1995. Bodo militants lob grenades and fire bullets at an Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Bus at Balijuri in Assam (near Seijosa), killing 8 passengers from Seijosa and Pakke Kessang;

3) December 25, 2000. Two persons were kidnapped from Seijosa and released in exchange of ransom;

4) In 2007, a PWD Assistant Engineer was kidnapped from his Seijosa residence. He was later released for ransom;

5) In March-April 2009, two separate firing incidents resulted in grievous injuries to two Nyishi innocents at Charduar in Assam;

6) In November 2010, 7 Hindi-speaking people were killed in broad daylight inside a Seijosa bound bus near the Seijosa check gate;

8) Incidents of unauthorized extraction of forest produce from inside Arunachal’s forests, and collection of tax along the Seijosa-Itakhola road by Bodo antisocial elements;

9) The APST discontinued plying its Seijosa-bound bus service after Bodo militants served extortion notice in November 2011.


Array of features to add colour to Festival of Arunachal

NAHARLAGUN, Feb 17:  Itanagar Capital Complex District Administration is back with ‘Festival of Arunachal’, commemorating completion of 25 years of Statehood of Arunachal Pradesh. The festival aims to showcase culinary, aesthetic variety, rich flora and fauna and cultural diversity of Arunachal to the world.

The festival will comprise of food village, cultural evenings, flower show & competition, indigenous games demonstration, departmental exhibitions, competitive events, etc. Other attractions includes Celebrity Nite, Rock Concert, Fashion Show, Petal Drop by IAF helicopter, Fly Past by Sukhois of Indian Air Force,Motorcycle Sports by Army, Cultural Programme by NEZCC cultural troupes, Army  and  Air Force bands, Martial Arts, ‘Army for Arunachal’, ‘Rang De Punjab’, by Army, events for students and fireworks.

Meanwhile, department of sports and youth affairs  has decided to organize Mini Half Marathon Race from RG Stadium Naharlagun to IG Park Itanagar on Feb 21 and Tug of war competition on February 22  to commemorate the celebration of Silver Jubilee of Statehood and the Festival of Arunachal. The  festival committee has proposed to award cash prize to the winners of the sports event.


Know Your Legendary Artistes

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: In continuation of our efforts to recognize the legendary artistes of Arunachal Pradesh, today we are bringing Dr Bengia Mala Kop and Rinchin Dorjee, two acclaimed artistes, to limelight. Dr Bengia Mala Kop rose to fame with Meri Dharam Meri Maa movie. She won hearts of many male fans with her role as ‘Yalam’, the heroine of the movie.

Born on 1st August 1964 at Chulyu village under Yazali circle of Lower Subansiri, she is a doctor by profession and is currently working as senior gynaecologist with Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun.

  Rinchen Dorjee, the former APPSC Chairman is one of renowned artistes of Monpa  community. Born on 25th August 1959 he began his career at AIR Tawang by participating in various programmes like talk show and plays.    

The play titled "EVILS OF SMUGGLING" broadcasted in the year 1975 during emergency period was taken to Delhi for competition in all India level. He recorded traditional Monpa songs for Radio programme. He also participated in various programmes representing Monpa tribe in AIR Itanagar and DDK Itanagar. He composed and released first Monpa Audio Cassette composed in the year 1995. His famous works include Trinsang Karpo, Monyul and Yang Si, all of them Monpa audio cassette.


No deviation from PMGSY norms: Pema

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: RWD and Tourism Minister Pema Khandu inspected various PMGSY roads in Tirap and Longding during his two days tour to the districts on February 15 and 16.

Emphasizing on improvement of work quality and timely completion of roads, Pema cautioned the field engineers not to deviate from the standard guidelines and norms of PMGSY.

“We need to put in extra efforts as PMGSY roads are targeted to provide connectivity to the rural population living in remote locations” said Pema to the engineers on site. He however was satisfied with works in Longding area and appreciated the officers for their hard work despite remoteness.  

On his arrival at Pongchou on February 16, Pema Khandu inaugurated the newly constructed tourist lodge there. Later he attended “Oriah” festival celebration.

Addressing the huge gathering, Pema greeted them on the joyous occasion of Oriah. Being deeply impressed with colourful cultural function presented on the occasion, Pema asserted that the well preserved rich culture and tradition will definitely act as prime component for boosting cultural tourism in the area.

“Tourism department is actively working on opening of new tourist circuits in Tirap, Longding and Changlang districts and I will personally see that Pongchou is included in one of these circuits” assured Pema. He further added that the State Government under leadership of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki is making consistent efforts to bring all round development in every nook and corner of the state.  He was accompanied by local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary Horticulture Honchun Ngandam.

Earlier, he attended pre-Oriah celebrations at Longding town along with MP Ninong Ering, local MLA cum Parliamentary secretary IPR  T Wangham, ADC Longding and Commanding Officer 14 Rajput Regiment.

Incidentally, Pema Khandu was the first ever Cabinet Minister to visit Longding district after its creation.


Plans afoot to start Daporijo Degree college

DAPORIJO, Feb 17: Power and RD Minister Tanga Byaling, State Planning Board Deputy Chairman Takar Marde, MLA Tapen Siga, DC Ameya Abhyankar, SP Apur Bitin, heads of the department of Upper Subansiri district, PRI members, public leaders and student leaders  in a meeting held here yesterday expressed happiness over the fulfillment of the long felt need for an institute of higher education in the district which would not only benefit the student community but could also be seen as a sign of future development to follow in the district.  The meeting was convened by the Upper Subansiri district administration to discuss regarding setting up of a Government Degree College at Daporijo.

 A lot of people also expressed willingness in donating land for setting up of a college which would help in developing the human resource of the area.

Addressing the meeting, Byaling said that there was an urgent need for setting up and starting a college here as hundreds of student from the district are studying outside and facing hardships. He added that the aim of all should be of encouraging educational future of the students of the district.

Takar Marde and Tapen Siga also spoke on the occasion. They expressed their opinion that the location of the college should be ideal so that a good environment can be created for the students to grow and develop.

DC Abhyankar said that setting up of the college would not only benefit the student community of the area but would also develop the area economically. He also cautioned the people that any land  for the college should be gifted freely and without any encumbrances and conditions.

The team today inspected the possible sites within Daporijo for setting up of the college on a temporary basis and after a meeting it was unanimously decided that the college would begin functioning from the coming academic session 2012-2013. DIRPO


CM inaugurates Museum cum Research Centre

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: In an impressive function Chief Minister Nabam Tuki inaugurated “Tai-Khampti- Singpho Museum cum Research Centre” at Chowkham  under Lohit district on 15th of this month. He also released a souvenir on the occasion.

The programme was held at the conference Hall of Pali Vidyapith in presence of huge gathering. Among others who attended the programme include Finance and Planning Minister and local MLA Chowna Mein, Parliamentary Secretaries C.C. Singpho, T Norbu Thongdok, MLA Nang Sati Mein, Director of Research, Tage Tada accompanied by a team of officers, Lohit Deputy Commissioner RK Sharma and Venerable Vimalanand Bhikku, Secretary Pali Vidayapith.

Chief Minister expressed his happiness after seeing the Museum and artefacts displayed in scientific method facilitating natural light besides artificial light as per modern museum guidelines. Tuki conveyed appreciation after knowing that this community museum is the only museum constructed and arranged scientifically in Arunachal Pradesh under technical guidance, supervision of the Department of Research as a nodal department of the project.

The farsighted efforts of Minister Chowna Mein, venerable Vimalanand Bhikku, YD Thongchi, the then Commissioner, Department of Cultural Affairs,  Director of Research in specific and  officers of the Research Department in general is reflected in the project. They worked together as team towards this dream project in preserving the tradition and culture of Tai Khampti and Singpho communities.

Out of 441 specimens 300 rare artefacts including manuscripts are on display in the museum. Museum is located in the complex of Pali Vidayapith, Chowkham. The building was designed by architect Dawa Tsering, Senior Architect, P.W.D, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh.


Irregularity alleged in awarding contract works for mining and marketing coal

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Former Minister and Akhil Bharatiya Adivasi Vikas Parishad Joint  Secretary  Talo Mugli alleged that the contract works for mining and marketing of coal in the state was awarded to Tinsukia (Assam) based National Mining Company Private Limited (NMCL) by  the Arunachal Pradesh Mineral Development and Trading Corporation (APMDTC) in connivance with then ministry of mines in 2006 by manipulating the terms and agreements.

The contract which was awarded in April 2006 will expire in April 2012, but a provision of extending the contract work upto 12 month was added in the clause, which is illegal and against the law, Mugli said.

He alleged that the managing director of the said NMCL had played the key role in the manipulation of the contract, clauses and irregularities in environment safety and wildlife protection.

The company was also accused of manipulating coal prices of different grades to make hefty profit. “NMCL is selling coal at around Rs.4000 to Rs.8,000 a tonne for different grades of coals against rate fixed by APMDTC which range from Rs. 1100 to Rs 1470 for different grades,” Mugli claimed and appealed to the state government to invite tender for mining coal  in Arunachal Pradesh.


3rd phase of capacity building training prog

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: The Department of Tourism, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh has conducted its 3rd phase of Training programme on Capacity building training programmes for women SHG’s, PRIs, NGOs and educated unemployed women under Gender Budgeting on February 16 and 17.  With this 3rd phase training programme in all the districts of Arunachal Pradesh has been covered.

The main objective of the training programme was to promote Home stay, Rural tourism and Eco-Tourism with the participation of local community by using the available local resources. Resource persons from RGGP, SIRD and other organizations  imparted training to the participants..

In the inaugural programme  Radhilu Chai, Vice-chairperson, Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women, called upon the women to actively involve themselves in promoting tourism in the state.

The Director of Tourism A.K Singh in his address requested the participants to take the training seriously. Meanwhile, the co-coordinator of the programme Bengia Manna Sonam requested the participants to attend the training sincerely and disseminate the knowledge to their respective home district for mass awareness on benefit of tourism.

Amongst the 75 trainees, 25 participants will be leaving for for Sikkim for practical training and exposure on Home stay, Eco tourism and Rural Tourism.

Meanwhile, in the valedictory programme the outgoing Principal Secretary Tourism G.N Sinha  and the new Secretary Tourism Chombay Sonam gave away the certificates to the participants. G.N Sinha said that he is very happy to see that the trainees are very enthusiastic about tourism. Sinha called upon  the participants  to tap the abundant resources of the state.

Meanwhile the incoming Secretary (Tourism) assured his support for such training.


ITBP celebrating its golden jubilee

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) which was raised on Oct 24, 1962, is celebrating its Golden Jubilee Year. To commemorate this historic occasion a special long range relay patrol has been launched. This patrol will cover a distance of more than 3488km along the Indo-China border traversing the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu  and  Kashmir starting from Kibithu in Anjaw district to DBO in Ladakh.

The patrol was flagged off by Harinder Pal Singh,Comdt 9thBn ITBP after handing over of the LRP flag to T Sanjeet, Dy Comdt Patrol leader at Kibithu on February 14.

After conducting the patrol for a 448 kms in its area of responsibility the flag will be handed over by DIG (Tezpur) to DIG (Itanagar) at Mebo in West Siang dist on February 18.

A number of activities were also carried out during the patrol. In a grand ceremony conducted in a befitting manner school uniforms were distributed to students of Chaglahogam, Chaka and Metaliang under Border Area Development Programme by Comdt 9thBn in presence of Member of Parliament Mukut Mithi, GB, Circle Officer, teachers of the schools and villagers.

Medical camp was also organized at Supliang village near Hayuliang in Anjaw district. 151 patients including children and ladies were treated and medicine distributed. Medical camp will also be organized at Malek village in lower Dibang Valley district and Mebo in West Siang district on this occasion.

Seppa DIPRO adds: The baton of the ITBP golden jubilee relay long range patrol will arrive in Bameng of East Kameng on April 1.  On the day, 4th Bn ITBP Dirang shall receive baton from 33Bn ITBP Guwahati, Assam at Bameng and after handing-taking ceremony, baton shall further move to Dirang in the A.O.R. of 4th Bn ITBP on April 1. The main objective of this Golden Jubilee relay long range petrol is to spread awareness among the people of border area regarding the activities of Indo-Tibetan Police Force.


Sri Sri Ravi Shankar arriving in Arunachal on four-day visit

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Renowned spiritual and founder of the Art of Living, His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is arriving in Itanagar on a four-day visit to Arunachal Pradesh on March 2. This will be Sri Sri’s fifth visit to the state. He last visited the state  in 2010. During his stay, he will be a guest of the state.

Sri Sri will interact with people from all sections of the society apart from meeting decision and opinion-makers during his stay. He will also grace a unique event titled 'Celebrating Life with His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’ to be held on 3rd March at the I G Park. Hosted by the Art of Living Arunachal Pradesh, the evening of Music, Dance, Meditation and Wisdom will start at  4 pm. Thousands of people from all parts of Arunachal Pradesh are expected to attend the event and interact directly with Sri Sri.

Sri Sri will also conduct a special 4-day Advanced Meditation Course.  

Hundreds of people from the North East and other parts of India will  

participate in the course to be held at the Art of Living ashram located  

in Pagatara Village on Jollang Road.

The Art of Living, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year,  

has been actively working in the state focusing on youth empowerment,  

education, and individual and community empowerment.

State level Khadi exhibition concludes

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: The 15 days state level Khadi exhibition organized by the State Khadi and Village Industries Commission under the union Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises at Subansiri Stadium, Ziro-Hapoli concluded today.

The participants from various parts of the country including Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Nagaland, Bihar, Orissa, Manipur Assam, and Arunachal Pradesh displayed Khadi products during the exhibition cum sale. Sale proceeding has been estimated over Rs 20 lakh.

 During the valedictory function, AP Chobin, State Director in-charge gave away the certificates to all the participants. Among others, NYP state president HP Biswas, who is also the coordinator of the exhibition,  and JP Sinha of KVIC also present in the valedictory function.


SDP on mobile repairing

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: A 44 days Skill Development Programme (SDP) on mobile repairing began at Yachuli under Lower Subansiri district on February 13. The programme is being organized by the Subansiri Research and Social Welfare Society.

Addressing the inaugural session of the programme, Yachuli Rural Bank branch manager Riya Simi explained the importance of such training programme.

Pointing out the unemployment problems in the state he said state Govt alone can not solve the towering unemployment problems. He suggested proper training on skill development for the unemployed youths so that the trainees can develop their skill on particular trade to become self-employed without running from pillar to post for Govt job.

Highlighting the growing market of mobile in today’s world, he further said the state Govt also emphasized on the need of skill development. Simi asked the participants to take full advantage of the training programme for skill development on mobile repairing. S K Bhatacharjee, E0, Yachuli block was also present on the occasion.


Title declaration function

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: A title declaration function was held at Gemo Tali village under Kamba subdivision of West Siang district on February 15.

Six brothers (Namely Mr. Yari Doyom, Mr. Jartum Doyom, Mr. Jardik Doyom, Mr. Bomnya Doyom, Mr. Bomkek Doyom, Mr. Bomjum Doyom) and their family members after living under the surname of Tali for nearly six generations have finally affirmed to change their surname from Tali to Doyom as per the approved genealogy of Yubo Ao Clan.

The touching moment was attended by Doyom-Membom brothers of Upper Subansiri and West Siang districts, Executive members of Doyom-Membom Welfare Society, elders and well wishers of Gemo Tali village.


IFCSAP seeks fund from Govt

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP), in a memorandum to the chief minister has urged for sanctioning necessary fund for smooth organization of the ensuing state level Youth Festival in October, 2012.

The estimated budget of the ensuing mega festival is about one crore, the memorandum said adding that about 20,000 youths from 17 districts are expected to participate.

Other demands included sanctioning fund for construction of indigenous faith prayer halls, like Meder Nello, Nyedar Namlo, Kargo Gangi, Gangging, Donyi-Polo Namlo, Rangshomhom, Intaism, Gompa etc. in major villages in the state, fund for documentation of indigenous traditional culture, custom and ritual system of Arunachal Pradesh, fund for honorarium to indigenous priests, procurement of PA system for every cultural hall, Deres, Gompa, Rangshomhom and procurement of musical instruments to encourage youth to focus on traditional cultural values by providing opportunity to participate in cultural programmes particularly in indigenous cultural halls.


Poor mobile network coverage

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Claiming that BSNL mobile network coverage in five Nysihi dominated districts, namely, East Kameng, Kurung Kumey, Upper Subansiri, Lower Subansiri and parts of Papum Pare was very poor, All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) has urged the BSNL authority to do the needful to improve network coverage in those districts during this festive season.


Renovate CIC building

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Arunachal Pradesh Community Information Centre Employees Association urged the department of information technology as well as GoA to renovate the office building of Community Information Centre (CIC) which has been lying in a dilapidated condition for want of proper maintenance.


PPDFPSDWA demands full quota of fair price items

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Papum Pare District Fair Price Shop Dealers Welfare Association (PPDFPSDWA), in a memorandum, has urged the Food and Civil Supplies, Consumer Affairs Minister to direct the authority concerned to supply full quota of PDS items, especially rice, wheat and kerosene to the twin capital cities.

The PPDFPSDWA alleged that the supply of rice and kerosene to the twin capital cities is less than actual allocation. The quantity of rice being supplied to capital cities is only 6,700 quintal against the actual allocation of 13,000 quintals due to which the consumers have been facing hardship, the memorandum said.

It also urged the minister to re-estimate the actual requirement of food items as per the present population of the capital city.


ITBP distributes largesse to the needy people

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Commemorating the golden jubilee of the ITBP, the  jawans of 10th ITBP Bn  have  distributed musical items, solar lantern, stationery  and sports items  to the needy and poor persons  in village – Dapo, Nacho, Limeking, TCC & TKG under its civic action programme.

It is a milestone to improve cordial relation with tribal villagers, said Rajesh Kumar Tomar, Commandant, 10th Bn ITB Police. He further said that ITBP is the friend of hilly people.

Aman Gram GB of TCC lauded the ITBP  jawans for extending support to the local people in time of needs.


Nyokum Yullo volleyball competition

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Toru, Gongli Sports Club and 138 Bn CRPF, Itanagar Men’s volleyball teams won their respective matches against ESS Sector, Nyokum Lapang and Rajiv Gandhi University, Doimukh at Nyokum Lapang here today.

In Women’s category, Tarh Dungne Team, BK Team,  Haa Welfare Society,  Chimpu Women Team and Parte Dane team beat their opponents Gongli Welfare Society, Somin Soya Team, Nyokum Lapang Women Team, P- Sector Women Team and  Nyokum Youth respectively and advanced to the next round.

The volleyball tournament is organised as part of the Nyokum Yullo celebration at Nyokum Lapang here.


Oriah celebrated

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Oriah, the agricultural festival of the Wanchos was celebrated today with pomp and gaiety by the people of Wancho community residing in Tezu.

N. Wangsa, general secretary, Oriah celebration committee welcomed the guests and narrated the background and significance of the Oriah festival.

Parliamnetary secretary PHED&WS and local MLA Karikho Kri urged the people to preserve their culture at any cost. “Festival is our identity, let us not mix it with religion” Kri said. He also assured to help the Wancho community of Tezu in celebrating Oriah festival in years to come.

People from all walks of life with traditional attire thronged the festival ground, followed by colourful cultural presentation by all age groups.


Kri visits Sunpura circle

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Parliamentary Secretary for PHED cum local MLA Karikho Kri today visited Sunpura circle under Lohit district. He distributed Tera Water filter and medicated mosquito nets to the public.

While addressing the gathering of citizens Kri advised all the people to use nets to avoid Malaria and use water filter to prevent water borne diseases. He gave a detailed description of the vision and ideas of the present government under leadership of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and appealed them to cooperate with the government.

ZPM Sunpura, Anchal Chair person, panchayat leaders, Gaon Burhas, govt officials and large number of public were present on the occasion. DC Lohit R K Sharma, District Malaria Officer and AE PHED also addressed the gathering.


AAATCSU re-iterates demands

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: All Arunachal Abo Tani Clans Students’ Union (AAATCSU) has reiterated its earlier demands for establishment of a Govt Medical College, Sainik School in Arunachal Pradesh, adoption of Tani Lipi as the third language of the state and regularization of SSA teacher in phase manner.

The Union gave the state government 15 days to respond, failing which, the union said, would launch democratic movement.


Relief sought for fire victim

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: While informing that the private residence of Dajom Dakpe, former ANSU central body office bearer, was gutted in a fire accident at Forest Colony, Daporijo on February 15 last, the All Nyishi Students’ Union- Upper Subansiri unit has appealed to the district administration to provide immediate relief to the victim.


AAPCFG to fight corruption

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: All Arunachal Pradesh Corruption Fighter Group (AAPCFG), in a meeting yesterday, resolved to fight against all forms of corruption prevailing in the state and sought cooperation from everyone in this regard. The group also decided to meet Anna Hazare with prior permission of the state chief minister.


‘Allegation against EE baseless’

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Yazali Anchal Chairperson has termed the allegation levelled against Executive Engineer, Yazali PWD division by various organizations as baseless and unfounded.

“The EE is very amenable with enough experience of dealing with the public/PRI members with cooperative attitude. The official, who is innocent, sincere and duty bound, should not be leveled such allegations,” the Anchal Chairperson said.

Further, the proposed Lower Subansiri bandh demanding transfer of the EE for his alleged misappropriation of fund is uncalled for, he added.


4th general conference of MAWS held

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: The 4th general conference of the Mita Ao Welfare Society (MAWS) of Tai, Taye, Torki and Torpe was organized at Chidu- Chigo ground, Likabali in West Siang on February 16. The conference started with unfurling of MAWS flag. This was followed by unveiling of IVth MAWS pillar. The clan members from various parts of the district attended the conference.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Parliamentary secretary, Home, Geology and Mining, Gadam Ete said Likabali has full potential to boost mining sector in the state. Most of the state revenue can be generated from this area, he said.

He further said Likabali will become a trade centre after completion of Bhoogibheel bridge. He assured to extend all possible help in developmental activities in this area.

Er. Rokom Bado S.E, power (electrical) in his addressed appreciated the steps taken by the MAWS for welfare of the Society.

Key note address was delivered by the Society President Dr. Nyokar Taipodia. General secretary Koi Taipodia and Convenor Rikli Taipodia also spoke on the occasion. Nyabin Ete, Director SIRD and K Loyi, Chairman West Siang district Seva Dal were also present in the conference.


Changlang KVK conducts SAC meeting

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting of Changlang KVK was held on February 15.  Altogether 11 members attended the meeting.

In his inaugural address,  Utpal Wailong, Branch Manager, SBI Jairampur emphasized on collaborative efforts of all the line departments and organizations for serving the rural sector and more precisely the farming community.

Presiding over the meeting, Nini Pertin,OSD KVK Cell, (agronomist) Naharlagun  requested all the members present to give their valuable suggestions in the technical session. Dr. N. Kumar, Programme Coordinator, KVK Changlang also spoke on the occasion.

The technical session also was chaired by Nini Pertin. The Action Plan (April 2012-March 2013) was presented by the programme coordinator and all the SMSs. This was followed by detailed discussion on the planned on farm testing (OFT), front line demonstration (FLD), training programmes and other extension activities.

All the members have actively participated and forwarded valuable suggestions for inclusion in the Action Plan.  J. Tikhak, ADO Nampong  and Nemkoo Kimsing, CDPO, Jairampur also spoke on the occasion.


AWS general conference held

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: The Akom Welfare Society (AWS) general conference cum election was held at Ligu village, Daporijo with a four days programme from February 9.

Participating in the programme on February 10, Parliamentary Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Food and Civil Supplies, Nido Pavitra released the genealogy book of Akom Clan. DC A Abhyankar also attended the conference.


Society  for early construction of road

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: All Tator Tani Area Welfare Society appealed to the PWD, Dumporijo division to start the soiling, metalling and carpeting works of road from Subansiri bridge to Segi headquarters before the onset of rainy season.

“We have come to know that an estimated cost of Rs.19.44 crore has been sanctioned under NLCPR scheme against PWD Bui road from Subansiri bridge to Segi Hqs. but no initiative has been taken so far to start the work,” the Society in a release said and appealed to the PWD, Dumpori division to take up forward step in this regard without any further delay.


News Impact


Asia-Pacific region and MDG

The Asia-Pacific MDG Report 2011/12, warns that at the present rate of progress, the region as a whole is unlikely to meet MDGs related to eradicating hunger, reducing child mortality and improving maternal health, among others. The report, sixth in the series of regional partnership programmes on achieving the MDGs, focuses on health and nutrition.

On an evaluation of where the region stands in respect to the MDGs, the report says, the Asia-Pacific region has registered impressive progress on many MDG indicators, especially in reducing poverty and achieving gender parity in education. But the region is lagging on some important targets, particularly those related to health, which is the main focus of this report. Many Asia-Pacific countries will need to step up their efforts to reduce hunger, prevent deaths of millions of women and children and ensure that all households benefit from basic sanitation.

In the same breath, the report lauds the region for achieving other MDG indicators (like promoting gender equality in education, reducing HIV prevalence, stopping the spread of tuberculosis, increasing forest cover, reducing consumption of ozone depleting substances and halving the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water) ahead of the target year 2015.

The report reveals striking disparities between and with sub-regions, countries and social groups in their progress towards MDGs.


We are delighted with the gift

Dear Editor,

I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and Power Minister Tanga Byaling for their decision to open a Degree College and a Nursing institute in Upper Subansiri district. It’s like diamond Gift to people of Upper Subansiri  district.  We the members of  Pombu  Kow Welfare Society  in particular and the people of the district in general are really thankful to Tuki and Byaling.  

Upper Subansiri district is lowest in decadal  growth in every field like social, education, health and economic etc. To compensate all those shortfalls, both the leaders are putting all out efforts to bring in development in Upper Subansiri district.  We are hoping best for Upper Subasiri distring in near future.


Dr. T E Pombu, Spokesperson

Pombu  Kow Welfare Society  




It takes too much time

Dear Editor,

This is with reference to the advertisement published by Urban Development and Housing Department in your daily (8th August, 2011)  for the post of Assistant Urban Programme Officers (AUPO's) duly reserved for meritorious sportspersons and physically handicapped persons. The department has already conducted written examination for the physically handicapped persons on 17th & 18th December, 2011. But the result of written examination is yet to be declared. Why the department is not able to declare the said results yet? There were only 13 candidates who had appeared in the written examination.  So in my opinion, according to the number of candidates, it should not take too much time on evaluating the answer scripts. We have already waited for one and half month. But how long we have to wait for the written examination results?

So it is my humble request to UD & Housing Deptt. to declare the results as early as possible.


An aspirant candidate





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