February 20


News Impact

2 power dept employees electrocuted

ITANAGAR, Feb 19: Two power department employees working on a power line during load-shedding were electrocuted when power was switched on at Ganga Market near here today, police sources said.

There was a power cut between 6.30 am to 7.30 am and a junior engineer of the department who was overseeing the work allegedly did not inform the power house about maintenance work being carried out, the sources said.

The power house at Chandranagar without knowing that work was reportedly going on switched on the power supply that led to the two deaths, sources added. However, police launched investigation into the case.

The two dead were identified as lineman Godapani Das and casual worker Ram Ferrai. A third employee Tikaram Chetri was admitted to the Rama Krishna Mission Hospital here in a serious condition, the sources said.

A case was registered against the junior engineer Karan Singh, who was manhandled by power department employee, they said.

Meanwhile, Jalley Sonam, Chairman APB&OCWWB and Changma Tajo Secretary General along with executive members of AAPWU immediately rushed to the RK Mission Hospital. Sonam while providing some cash to the members of dead and injured termed the incident very unfortunate. He announced that each deceased shall be provided sum of rupees 50,000 from the Board as a death benefit. PTI



Tongam Rina attack case: Reward increased to 10 lakh

ITANAGAR, Feb 19: Eventhough more than six months have passed since Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times Tongam Rina was shot at the Capital Police says that it will leave no stone unturned to solve the case by arresting the culprit(s) involved in the heinous crime.

Refraining themselves from divulging details of their ‘continued’ investigation for ‘sake of investigation’, Capital SP in a release, said that “State police shall left no stone unturned to arrest the culprits”.  

The City police have also decided to increase the reward from Rs. two lakh to Rs.10 lakh to informer, who provide specific information leading to arrest of the culprits involved in the incident.

“This reflects the sincerity and commitment of State Govt for early arrest of culprits involved in this inhumane attack on Tongam Rina, the Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times,” asserted the SP.

Responding to the letter dated 14.02.2013 regarding White Paper on Tongam Rina shooting case and the demand made by Arunachal Press Club and Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists press statement requesting the State Govt. to come out with a White Paper on the exact status of the investigation on the shooting case, the SP in the release said that “investigation of the said case was taken up immediately with registration of case FIR No.154/12 U/S 307 IPC R/W Sec25(1)(a) Arms Act at PS Itanagar under direct supervision of the then S.P. Capital Hibu Tamang. During investigation the culprits involved in previous incidences of attack on press/media offices have been picked and interrogated. One hundred (approx) suspected persons with criminal background have been picked and interrogated about their involvement in the instant case. The police teams are working hard on all probable angles of investigation.”  “On the basis of demands from press fraternity and public the State government had decided to handover the case to country’s premier investigation agency CBI vide No. HMB (A)-42/08 dated 24.9.2012. But the said agency turned down the request by the State Govt. after due considerations and consultations.  The said agency vide letter No. 228/56/2012 dated 07.12.2012 had informed that the State Police has already made good progress in the case.”

“Further, the case does not have any interstate ramification. As such, state police is in a better position to complete the investigation as the victim is still alive. With these observations, CBI had requested that this case may not be endorsed to it for investigation and conveyed its regret to the Govt of Arunachal Pradesh,” the release said.



Ramesh lays foundation of Bameng-Lada road

SEPPA, Feb 19:  Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh laid the foundation stone of 54-km-long Bameng-Lada PMGSY Road at Bameng today in presence of Parliamentary Secretary (RWD, S&T) Kumar Waii.

Despite inclement weather, the Union Minister arrived here today by helicopter and attended a public meeting. He assured to sanction a pilot project under Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP) covering an area of 15000 hectares land. He also assured to sanction special package under Indira Awas Yojana (IAY) for 780 families of Sullung tribe in Bameng Assembly constituency.

Local MLA Waii submitted two memoranda on behalf of DRDA for early   release of their salaries and absorption of DRDA staff in state government.  All the PRI members and district officers including, the deputy commissioner, project director attended the meeting. DIPRO



FCI and food & civil suppliesdept. hold crucial meeting on HTS

ITANAGAR, Feb  19: The Department of Food  and  Civil Supplies today conducted a coordination meeting with P. Basumatary, Executive Director, FCI North East Zone and his team of officers in the Conference Hall of the Director of Food & Civil Supplies regarding smooth functioning of PDS in the state. The meeting mainly discussed on the issues relating to long pending Hill Transport Subsidy bills of the state with FCI including other issues like storage facilities.

The coordination meeting was concluded successfully as many pending issues which remained unsolved due to communication gap in between State Govt and FCI was sorted out in the meeting as all the District Food & Civil Supply Officers present gave useful feed backs and urged the FCI to solve the long pending issue. The Secretary Food & Civil Supplies also deliberated on the issue of releasing further advance of HTS to the State Govt as the transportation of food grains to the interior locations in the state has suffered due to non-payment of HTS to the transporters.

The Executive Director of FCI also reiterated that he will take up the issue with his higher authorities in the light of the discussions held in the meeting. He assured the State Govt that his office will extend all possible cooperation in solving the long pending issue of HTS of the state govt for the HTS bills pertaining to April 2007 onwards.

While wrapping up the meeting, Sadhana Deori, Director, Food  and  Civil Supplies appreciated the ED, FCI for taking interest in solving the problems  related to PDS in Arunachal Pradesh by organizing such coordination meeting at Itanagar in presence of the officers and officials of FCI and the State Govt.



CM announces ex-gratia for landslide victims

ITANAGAR, Feb 19: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has expressed deep condolences for victims who lost their lives in a massive landslide that occurred at 20 Mile, 38 kms from Pasighat town in East Siang district yesterday.

Official reports informed that in a massive landslide three persons died on the spot while two were seriously injured.

Mourning the deaths, the Chief Minister today announced an ex-gratia of Rs 1.5 lakhs each to the immediate family members of the deceased. He also directed the concern department to assess the injuries caused to the other two victims and pay relief amounts as per official norms. The Chief Minister also expressed concern on the report of a fire mishap at Banskota in Pasighat in which five houses were reportedly gutted. On behalf of the government, he assured relief and compensation to the families of the fire mishap as per laid down norms.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister reiterated his caution against repeated fire accidents in the state. He appealed all to maintain vigil and put up precautionary measures to thwart avoidable fire accidents that cause immeasurable miseries to the victim families besides taking tolls on life.



Public rally on Lower Siang district issue

Adi people rigid over protection of land

Prafulla Kaman

PASIGHAT, Feb 19: Reiterating their demand for exclusion of Adi villages of Nari Koyu constituency and Adi land from the proposed Lower Siang district, the Adi people living in East Siang, Upper Siang, Dibang Valley and Lohit districts today pledged to fight until their demands are met.

Taking part in a mass rally jointly organized by Adi Students Union (AdiSU) and Adi Bane Kebang (ABK) at Pasighat market today, the people gave the state government 30 days to clear its stand over demarcation of boundary between East Siang and Lower Siang district.

Addressing the rally, ABK President Kangir Jamoh said state government gave nod for creation of Lower Siang district including parts of East Siang, without taking consensus of Adi people living in East Siang district. He said the state government, despite repeated pleas did not listen to its demand.

He also criticized the role of Nari-Koyu MLA Tako Dabii and alleged that he is ignoring the interest of the Adi people living in his constituency.

ABK secretary (HQ) Tabung Ering, in his address said that the movement initiated by ABK and its allies is not to target any community or ethic group, but to protect their land for future existence. He requested all Adi people to protest against ‘forceful’ inclusion of their villages and land in the new district.

Recalling on sequence of Lower Siang district creation, Ering said that controversy has been surrounding over the issue since its inception in March 2008. He narrated that ABK was taking up the issue in its Yagrung convention in February, 2009 and verified the facts that Simen river is the actual boundary of land for Adis and Galos. In course of speech, he said that ABK in July, 2009 submitted a set of memoranda to the state’s Chief Minister and the High Power Committee to exclude Adi land with five Adi villages of Nari-Koyu area from the new district. It also demanded to state government to review the “feasibility report” sent by then East Siang Deputy Commissioner, regarding creation Lower Siang district with inclusion of parts from East Siang district.

Addressing the gathering, the president of Ramle Banggo Adi People’s Forum (RBAPF), Tamat Gamoh said the villagers of the five villages - Depi, Depi-Moli, Detak, Sido and Korang, irrespective of Adi and Galo are unwilling to go to Lower Siang district. He warned the political leaders not to play communal game over the issue. “We are opposing inclusion of even an inch of Adi land within the jurisdiction of Lower Siang and ready to sacrifice our lives for it.

“Sime River is the traditional boundary of lands of Adi and Galos and it must be remain as it is in the future too”, vowed a visibly irritated Gamoh.

The president of AdiSU Sokun Siboh, in his speech urged the student community to extend full support towards any movement regarding the demarcation of East and Lower Siang district. He cautioned the state government of rigorous movement if their demands remain unheard for longer time.

Among others, Bogong Banggo president Oyem Dai, Bogong Anchal ZPM cup East Siang district unit ABK president Oom Yosung, Dibang Valley district ABK president Mibom Pertin, Lohit district ABK president James Badu, advocate Boto Yoto-Toto of Mechuka, former Depi-Moli ASM Tai Lomi and other hailed from Nari-Koyu area besides the Gaon burahs, student and woman leaders also spoke on the occasion. The speakers also assured to extend their solidarity towards the ABK and its allies.

Several hundreds participants earlier took out a procession in and around Pasighat town shouting slogans in support of their demands.



Extortion threat: BJP demands adequate security

ITANAGAR, Feb. 19: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP, Arunachal Pradesh strongly condemned the reported extortion notice and threat to the Principal of Vivekenanda Kendra Vidyalaya (VKV) School, Balijan by some underground elements active in the boundary areas.

The extortion notice with dire consequences has been served at a time when the students were preparing for their annual examination/term end examination.

The incident has created panic and terror among teaching staff, parents and students of the school, party president Tai Tagak said in a release.

The incident has once again proved the fact that the peace loving people of Arunachal Pradesh, especially those living in boundary areas are not secure.

“This is a very serious issue that anti-social elements are targeting hospital and educational institute,” the BJP president said, adding that even the most dreaded underground organizations across the world do not target these institutions.

The State BJP demanded for providing adequate security arrangements in the school and nearby areas immediately and take appropriate measures to nab the culprits. It also demanded to initiate inquiry into the incident and make the finding public.

The BJP demanded for strengthening the security measures for ensuring safety and security of the people.

“The law and order situation in the state is going from bad to worse in the recent years for which the state government will have to pay heavy price,” he said.

Meanwhile, the State BJP president has said that he had skipped the dinner hosted by the chief minister in honor of Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh this evening at State Banquet Hall in protest against the state Govt’s.‘lackadaisical’ attitude on deteriorating law and order situation in the state.



Four houses gutted in Banskota

PASIGHAT, Feb 19: Four OBT houses of Narendra Upadhaya, Prem Bahadur Chettry, Dandi Norbu residing at Banskota were reduced to ashes in a massive fire that broke out at 3.30 am this morning. The nearby RCC house of Talem Siram was also badly damaged. The fire destroyed all the household items of all the four families of OBT houses.

Education Minister Bosiram Siram along with East Siang Deputy Commissioner R K Mishra, SP Pushpendra Kumar and DDMO Ganden Tsomu and local officers and leaders visited the spot and took stock of the situation and directed the authority concern to asses the extent of damages and loss.

Siram who is also local MLA handed over twenty five thousand, one hundred pieces CGI sheets and five thousand cash (for procurement of bamboos) to the DC for distribution to the victims as immediate relief from his end.

Expressing his grief and sorrow, the minister appealed the colony dwellers to make proper installation of electrical connections/wires by trained technicians and use candle and other inflammable items carefully while stating that fire accidents are common in the town especially during the winter. He further assured to take up the issue with the concerned ministry on priority for rehabilitation of the victims and also appealed to the neighbors to come forward to extend their help to the fire victims.

The Deputy Commissioner RK Mishra granted fifteen thousand in total to the fire victims (for all five families) as immediate relief. He informed that police investigation is on to unearth the actual cause of the fire mishap. DIPRO



State Level Rural Sports Meet under PYKKA

West Siang meet Kurung Kumey in football final

ITANAGAR, Feb 19: West Siang will play against Kurung Kumey in football final in the state level rural sports meet under PYKKA at Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy playground tomorrow.

The match for deciding the third place will be held between Tirap and Upper Siang at 2 pm.

Papum Pare entered in the final of Girls Kabaddi. The host district will play against the winner of second semifinal to be played tomorrow between East Siang and Upper Siang in the final.

In Kho Kho also, Papum Pare Girls team entered into the final and will meet the winner of second semifinal to be played between East Kameng and West Kameng in the final.

East Kameng won the Girls Volleyball title defeating West Kameng in the final today. The third and fourth position went to Kurung Kumey and West Siang.



ATI’s traning prog on Networking and Internet -II

ITANAGAR, Feb 19: A week-long training on “Networking & Internet-II” for officers and officials of various line Departments, including AP Civil Secretariat commenced at Administrative Training Institute, Naharlagun yesterday.

ATI Director (Training) PemaTshetan, in his inaugural address said that all the Govt. functionaries and officers must equip themselves with full computer knowledge considering the growing dependence on computer in all official works in today’s fast changing world.

The Director (Training) further informed the participants that the state Govt. has given emphasis for promotion of “e-Governance” at all levels of Govt. organizations/offices to provide a transparent and public friendly window of information which will easily accessible to everyone. The Director advised all independent Govt. offices to develop their own website and up-date it regularly.

Earlier, the Course Coordinator, T Lodo, Dy. Director (Training) highlighted the course content and requested the participants to take full advantage of the computer education training which is being conducted with the faculty support of A to Z Computer Education Centre.

As many as 22 officers and officials of various line Departments, including AP Civil Secretariat are attending the training. It is being conducted by ATI under the sponsorship of Deptt. of Personnel & Training, Govt. of India, New Delhi under its Plan Training Assistance 2012-13.



Workshop on use of Unicode Hindi

ITANAGAR, Feb 19: The Hindi cell of Rajiv Gandhi University organized the first one day workshop on the use of Unicode Hindi in computer. The workshop was co-ordinated by RGU Hindi Officer GumpiNguso and accompanied by Hindi translator Milly Rani Paul and TachaNingee (Hindi typist).

TachaNingee (Hindi typist) introduced the use of Unicode Hindi in computer. He said the word Unicode is derived from two words, Uni comes from universal and code comes from encoding. It works on Windows XP, Windows Vistas and Windows 2000. To use Unicode Hindi in computer, user can download the software known as Hindi Indic input2 from the website Bhasaindia.com. The Hindi Indic input2 software helps the user to type Hindi text in their computer, Ningee said.

Resources person Dr HK Sharma, Associate Professor Hindi Dept. highlighted the importance of Hindi as an official language. He also briefed about the Constitutional situations of official language and its rules.

Dr. RachobTaba, Registrar and Dr. David Pertin, Dy. Registrar also attended the seminar.



Health awareness campaign concludes

AALO, Feb 19: Directorate of Field Publicity, Ministry of I & B, Govt. of India, Aalo branch, organized twelve special publicity programme on Health and Family Welfare (NRHM) from December to February 2013 in co-ordination with District Health Dept and ICDS, Aalo at various villages namely Darka, Raglam, Jirdin, Kabu, Pobdi, Tadin, Kugi Pomte, R. K. Mission Vivek Nagar, Humoli, Bene, Taba Sora and Yigi Kaum to aware the masses about JSY, JSSK, Immunization, malaria, AIDS, diabetes, cancer and other child and mother health care.

On February 16, the Directorate of Field Publicity in co-ordination with District Health Dept. Aalo & Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and ICDS West Siang, Aalo organized a day-long campaign on Health and Family Welfare with the themes JSY, JSSK, Immunization and Malaria at Yigi Kaum village. The awareness rally was flagged off by Yomto Lollen, District Programme Manager, NRHM. The rally was participated by the people of Yigi Kaum and villages, student, local youths and health and A.W workers of the nearby villages.

The rally was followed by a health awareness meeting wherein Yomto Lollen, DPM, NRHM, Kingam Ori, ASHA fecilator, Jumde Ango, Supervisor, ICDS were the resource persons. Earlier, Amitava Sengupta, Field Publicity Officer, Along highlighted the aims and objectives of the programme. He also appealed to the masses to come forward to take benefit of government health schemes. The programmes also included Photo exhibition, people interaction session, film show and quiz competition. DIPRO

Library awareness programme held

SEPPA, Feb 19: The Library Department of East Kameng organized a library awareness programme in which the students and teachers of different schools of the districts participated with great enthusiasm.

The department also conducted various literary completions like poem recitation, extempore speech and Essay writing on the occasion.

The Additional Deputy Commission, East Kameng district attended the programme and briefed about the importance of library and its role in life of student and every educated individual of the society.

District Library Officer highlighted the objective of organizing such type of programme. He said that such type of programme is organized to make the people know the value and importance of library. He also announced that the winner of the literacy competition will be given free membership in the District Library to encourage the students and develop habit of reading.

Later, District Research Officer, East Kameng District gave away the prizes to winners of various literary competitions. DIPRO


State BJP president monitors development activities

ITANAGAR, Feb 19: The new state BJP president Tai Tagak  visited various development works like High Mast Towers  near hospitals and schools and market areas, protection wall at Rijo general ground, high water tanks at important public places, roads and other public utility assets created by its local MLA, Tapen Siga under his MLA LAD fund and SPA fund allocations in and around Daporijo, headquarters of Upper Subansiri district recently. He also visited the District General Hospital and  under construction District Hospital building, tourist lodge constructed at the confluence of river Sigin and Subansiri. While inspecting the  development activities, BJP president  lauded the  activities of MLA Tapen Siga.

Accompanied by senior party leaders, Tai Tagak  was on a maiden visit to West Siang and Upper Subansiri district to review the party organization from February 15 to 17.

While addressing the party workers at Basar, Dumporijo and Daporijo the State BJP president called upon the party workers and leaders to work hard and strengthen the party in the grass root level and make it the voice of the people’s grievances.


Chatung organizes ‘film show’

ITANAGAR, Feb 19: Film maker and senior journalist Taro Chatung is going to organize a film show, particularly the movie  titled “Bishwas Ghaat” in Hindi at  Science Centre, I G Park, here   to commemorate the three days ‘Festival of Arunachal’ from February 20 to 22. The movie is produced by Tage Nipa and Tage Richo is the director and story writer of this action film.

The ‘Bishwas Ghaat’ which was released in 2005 generally revolved around the friendship of two businessmen. However, their friendship does not last long and the story comes to a tragic end.

It is hoped that the Film ‘Bishwas Ghaat’ -- an action-oriented film with modern outlook and new technique -- will inspire many upcoming and talented young producers of Arunachal Pradesh.


Nyokum Yullo celebrated

ITANAGAR, Feb 19: Pre-Nyokum Yullo was celebrated here at NERIST campus on February 16.

MLA Alo Libang and Dr. Hui Tag, Asst. Prof. RGU and General Secretary Nyishi Indigenous Faith and Society attended the festival as chief guest and guest of honor respectively.

Speaking on the occasion Dr. Hui Tag appealed all to preserve ones own culture quoting the popular saying “Loss of culture is Loss of Identity.

MLA Libang encouraged the students to maintain balance between study and celebrations.

Earlier, the celebration started with Rikham pada dance by cultural troupes.

The day also witnessed special performance by Kandu Yangfo, who mimicried various bollywood actors on occasion.

Hillang Taju, Vice Chairman pre-Nyokum Yullo Celebration, NERIST gave the vote of thanks.

Tani Loffa, Chairman, Forest, Director In-charge of NERIST, Prof. RM Pant, Pallavi Kalita, Former Chairman, Assam Municipal Board and various other dignitaries were also present.  


DM banned selling of Mithun meat

ITANAGAR, Feb 19: The Capital Complex District Magistrate in an order banned the slaughtering and selling on Mithun meat in and around capital complex.

The DM said that reports have been received from some pockets of the capital complex regarding foot and mouth disease among Mithun and the slaughtering and selling of infected meat in such situation may lead to spread of more diseases which is dangerous to the human lives.


Bikar Ao Foundation Day

ITANAGAR, Feb 19: Bikar Ao Society conducted its 1st foundation day at Bikar Namchi Paimori village under Gensi circle recently.

On the occasion Kiyum Bui highlighted the genealogy of Bikar clan and also inaugurated the Bikar Ao pillar.

Senior citizen Tadik Chinyo, Dorik Bui, Yijom Chinyo, Dujum Bui and President of the Society Duda Dasi also spoke on the occasion. They urged the members of the clan to maintain unity and uplift the Bikar clan.


BEL donates X-Ray system

ITANAGAR, Feb 19:   NJC Hydro Power Ltd. Lumla of LNJ Bhilwara Group under its Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) donated a medical diagnostic X-Ray system to the Khando Dowa Sangmo District Hospital, Tawang.

The X-Ray system was inaugurated by Parliamentary Secretary Civil Aviation Jambey Tashi in the presence of DMO Tawang, PRI members, district medical officers and officers of NJC Hydro Power Ltd. Lumla.


Nyokum Volleyball Competition begins

ITANAGAR, Feb 19: The Volleyball Competition for both Men and Women organized as part of Nyokum Yullo celebration at Nirjuli  by the festival organizing Committee began today.

Techi Kaso, MLA cum chairman of NYCC, Nirjuli 2013 attended the inaugural function and declared the competition open.

Tarh Nachung, patron of the Nyokum Committee was also present on the occasion.

Nilly Likha Team defeated Bazar Welfare Committee, Naharlagun in Men’s category and Khyoda Dunge beat Ha Welfare Society in Women’s category on the inaugural day.


Sanjoy releases Galo audio album ‘Neli Giitem’

ITANAGAR, Feb 19: Member of Parliament Takam Sanjoy released a Galo audio CD ‘Neli Giitem’ in a simple but impressive function at a city hotel here this evening.

There are eight songs in the CD in total sung by Ririk Karlo Digbak, Jumken Rallen Kipa, Liduk Padu and Mori. The music is composed by Shyam, Topon and Krishna. The title song “Neli Giitem” is written by Dr.Takop Zirdo.

“The songs are worth listening,” Sanjoy, who listened to all the songs after releasing the CD, opined. He praised the effort of singer cum producer Jumken Rallen Kipa and wished her and other singers of the CD a bright future.

Describing the importance of music in life, Sanjoy said that life will become so boring without music. It is also a powerful tool through which we can spread message and communicate with masses in ways that no other medium can, he added.

According to the producer, 10,000 copies of the CD have already been booked in advance. The CDs will be available in market from February 20 in various parts of the district.

The function was also attended by former ANSU president Niglar Veo, Arunachal Pradesh Congres Seva Dal vice chairman Kipa Kaha, among others.


Provide relief to Sigin fire victims: AAPSU

ITANAGAR, Feb 19: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) has urged the Upper Subansiri Deputy Commissioner to provide immediate relief to the fire victims of Sigin Colony Daporijo.

AAPSU General Secretary Biru Nasi accompanied by the Union’s assistant general secretary (admin) met the Deputy Commissioner  and urged him to demand for one more fire tender in the district headquarters in view of the frequent fire incidents in Daporijo. They also urged the state Government to consider the demand and provide adequate relief to the victims.

While lauding the efforts of Tagin Cultural Society in extending all possible help and support to the victims, the AAPSU general secretary appealed to all to extend support to TCS in their noble cause.

Meanwhile, the DC apprised the AAPSU team about shortage of staff and appealed to the Government to depute the required officials for smooth functioning of the administration.

The General Secretary urged the general people of Upper Subansiri to take the incident as eye opener and take adequate and appropriate preventive measures to avoid such incident in future.

He also urged the DC to organize mass fire awareness campaign in the district to which AAPSU would extend all support.


Mention vacant posts, postpone interview: ASF

ITANAGAR, Feb 19: Arunachal   Students Federation (ASF) has demanded the Agriculture Department to mention the exact number of vacant post of AFA and other posts in the department, the interview for which are scheduled to conduct on February 21.

AFA said that the department did not mention the total number of vacant posts in its advertisement published on February 12 for conducting walk-in-interview against the posts of AFA (Jr).

Alleging possibility of manipulation in the interview thereby depriving the deserving candidates, ASF demanded written examination instead of direct interview.

Further, ASF demanded postponement of the interview.


Samuhik Surya Namaskar held

AALO Feb 19: The VKvians, R.K. Mission students, Syom Valley Public School, ITBP Public School and Kendriya Vidyalaya of West Siang District performed Samuhik Surya Namaskar to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda at General Ground Aalo yesterday.

On the occasion, the Commandant ITBP Anup Kumar Singh said that Swamijis message of Universal Brotherhood, man making and character building has significance relevance today.

His clarion call to the youth of India to inculcate physical, mental, and spiritual development are quite essential to become a perfect men.

He expressed his happiness to all students and teachers for their performance on the day.

Dr. Gerik Jini highlighted the importance of Suriya Namaskar and hailed it as short but complete exercise for physical and mental development.

Dr. Tejum Padu Joint Director of Higher Education, Tuter Nima Superintendent STS, Bamo Jini and host of other speakers also spoke on the significance of the exercise. DIPRO


Maldives to become biosphere reserve

Maldives is set to become the first nation when the island nation, together with its exclusive economic zone, will become a Biosphere Reserve. According to Dr Mariyam Shakeela, Minister of Environment and Energy, Republic of Maldives,  the whole country of Maldives will be a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve by 2017 – where public support for conservation of the country’s remarkable environment secures a vibrant green economy and a good quality of life for all Maldivians.

Biosphere reserves, or areas of terrestrial and coastal ecosystems promoting solutions to reconcile the conservation of biodiversity with its sustainable use, are internationally recognized, nominated by national governments and remain under sovereign jurisdiction of the states where they are located. Biosphere reserves serve in some ways as 'living laboratories' for testing out and demonstrating integrated management of land, water and biodiversity. Collectively, biosphere reserves form a world network: the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR).

Within this network, exchanges of information, experience and personnel are facilitated. There are over 500 biosphere reserves in over 100 countries.

The pledge by the Maldive comes in response to the call to Parties, partners and other stakeholders to take urgent action towards achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, made at the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) in Hyderabad, India, and builds on the announcement made at the Rio+20 Conference.

Appreciates for saving life

Dear Editor,

Through your esteem daily, it is to inform to general public that on the night of 16th February at around 11 PM one speeding vehicle knock down Kenge Ado, an Assistant Sub Inspector (APP) who was coming back to his residence after curtsy visit to a friend who got operated recently. The incident happened near Old Deputy Commissioner Office, Naharlagun and the driver sped away without caring about the ailing person. Not even that, the person who was following the vehicle which intentionally hit the police officer also did not try to help him to get medical treatment. ASI Ado somehow managed to raise his hand hoping to get help from the passing vehicle but in vain. After a while  Yukar Taw, a true dedicated social worker who was passing through same road found Ado in pool of blood and immediately rushed him to General Hospital, Naharlagun without a second thought. This act of Yukar Taw is really a commendable and praiseworthy act and we don’t have any appropriate word to convey our gratitude to him.

I on behalf of Aado Welfare Society Itanagar, convey our heartfelt thanks from the bottom our heart to Yukar Taw, for his yeomen service being rendered and saving a precious life of a Police Officer in general and Ado family in particular.  May God help Yukar Taw and his family in every sphere of life.


Noto Ado


Aado Welfare Society (Itanagar)



Betrayal after betrayal

Dear Editor,

Before our memory fades lets us recollect the news item that appeared in this esteemed daily on 25.12.2012, which reported “Major Issue faced by the Gurkha and Yobins of Vijaynagar was solved on spot, by Nabam Tuki, the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh by distributing PRC certificates to few senior citizens and has directed all others to apply for the same and collect from the office of the circle officer.

On 17.02.2013 While sipping a nice cup of tea in the morning and going through this esteemed paper to find out what is going on in my state, I was deeply hurt and felt once again betrayed by the Government, on coming to learned that the government’s high power committee formed for recommendation of granting PRC to non-APST is still in the process of discussion. May I ask a question, Was Mr. Tuki’s act of granting PRC to the few residents was a joke? Or is he fooling the illiterate residence of Vijaynagar?    

We the Yobin people have faced betrayal and nothing else from the Government of Arunachal, and every time a new government is formed we looked forward that our grievances will be addressed but nothing happens apart from empty promises, and we are back to square one with deprivation and discrimination.

The Yobins have a long historical attachment with Arunachal Pradesh since North Eastern Frontier Agency days and as such one of the aboriginal tribe of the state which fact is acknowledged by the other brother’s of Changlang district that is Tangsas and the Singphos. And it is an open fact that we have been demanding for the restoration of our schedule tribe status for the past 40 years or so therefore non-granting of PRC is not our major issue, the demand for PRC is the demand of the Gurkhas who were settled in our land. As such the government’s interest in addressing their issue is justified because they have become more influential than the Yobins, and why not, the Democracy is about how much noise a particular group can make. We the Yobins cannot make noise because we have become minority in our own land and our status tagged with the refugees.

I have no hard feelings with our Gurkha brothers I am only trying to make my point across the table is that we are the indigenous tribe of Arunachal Pradesh as such only Granting PRC to us tagging with other Non APST is not going to help us. We demand our Schedule Tribe status, if the government feels Gurkhas should be given PRC is upto them without floating the laws and rules mend for the protection of the tribal people. Let every right thinking citizen of Arunachal spare a few minutes of their valuable time and ponder upon this issue, lest 10 years from now we may wonder, What have we done?.


Phuyosa Yobin,

AdvocateGauhati High Court



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