February 26


News Impact

Governor lays foundation stone of mini-secretariat

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh General (Retd) J J Singh laid the foundation stone for a mini secretariat at Sagalee, Papum Pare district today. The Governor, who is accompanied by his Secretary and Secretary Planning, Ankur Garg called for timely implementation of the project so that objective of project is realized at the earliest.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, who is also the local MLA was present along with large number of people, including Secretary Land Management Bilatee Pertin, Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu, SP Nabam Gungte and PWD Chief Engineer Western Zone Tacha Gongo.

Briefing on the project, Er. Gongo informed that the building will be

G+3 with RCC framed structure with a plinth area of 3142.10 Sqm.

Funded under special plan assistance (SPA) the project, with an estimated cost of Rs. 16.80 crore will be executed by Public Words Department. The target year of completion is 2016-2017.

The mini secretariat once completed will house the offices of Additional Deputy Commissioner, Sub-Divisional Agriculture Officer, Sub Divisional Horticultural Officer, Textile and Handicraft, Industries and Child Development Project Officer, Extension Officer Horticulture. It will also have offices of Assistant Engineers of Water Resources Development, Rural Development and Public Health Engineering.

The concept of the Mini-Secretariat is to house all government departments under the same roof in order to expedite file process, which in turn will expedite the pace of projects and programmes implementation.

Tuki since the day he took over as Chief Minister a little over a year ago has been emphasizing on having mini-secretariats in each district and sub-divisional Headquarters to accommodate all head of offices for administrative convenience.

Later the Governor along with Chief Minister visited the construction sites of some important development projects. Emphasizing on timely and quality implementation of projects, they saw the under construct steel arch bridge over river Pare. Executed by PWD at an estimated cost of Rs. 534.41 lakhs, the bridge has a span of 92 meters and width of 4.25 meters. Started on 2nd December 2010, the project is targeted to be completed by 1st June 2013.

They also visited the under construction Indoor Stadium and Multipurpose cultural hall building in Sagalee township. The Governor advising the engineers for quality work, expressed happiness that it has been executed by local engineers.

Urban Project Officer Tassar Taru, under whom both the projects are being implemented, informed that Rs. 4.08 crore stadium project includes a Indoor stadium, quarters, boundary wall, parking space, gallery and drainage. Taru added that the Multi purpose cultural hall building project is being taken up at the cost of 3.99 crore, which will have all basic amenities.

As regular practice during his tour to interior places, the Governor visited the Higher Secondary School, Sagalee. Along with Chief Minister, the Governor interacted with the teachers and saw the classrooms and computer center. He suggested for utilizing the service of local computer graduates in addressing the problems in computer education. The Governor also suggested for multistoried building in mitigating the problem of teachers’ accommodations. PRO to Governor



Pico Hydel project commissioned

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: The Pico range hydro electric project of 2 KW capacities has been commissioned and formally inaugurated by Marki Loya, Director, APEDA on 23rd February'2013 at Miya village under Lower Subansiri district. The project has been named as “JIITT PICO HYDEL PROJECT” has been privately developed by Likha Tongum, Chairperson, Zila Parishad, Lower Subansiri District. The project has been established over Tabli stream near Miya village under Pistana Circle. There is a cardamom garden and the project will benefit the garden and a part of Miya village. APEDA has contributed in giving technical guidelines and funding was arranged by the developer himself.

Tadar Mangku, executive engineer, PHE Division, Itanagar has also assisted in the completion of the project. The project is one of its kinds in the state, as it has been set up by a private Individual at his own cost and arrangement. It is expected to create awareness and can be replicated by others in the state. The function was attended among others by     Hage Lailang, Project Director,    DRDA,          Ziro, Bengia Tadap, Deputy Director, APEDA. Yachuli, P S. Pandey, Project Officer, APEDA, Doimukh, Taba Chiji, ZPM, Yazali,  Toko Puna, ZPM, Yachuli, Gaon Burahs and general public of the area.



FGA conducts exposure visit for Palin SHG federation

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: Five days training-cum exposure visit to Self Help Group (SHG) federation of Palin circle organized by Future Generations Arunachal (FGA) concluded here today. They visited Government run Dairy and Poultry farm in Nirjuli , Multi-Disciplinary Training Center (MDTC), Midpu and also visited mushroom production center of Horticulture department at Rajbhawan area and interact with the officer in charge.

The main objective of the exposure program was to motivate them that they can also make a difference at village level by doing some sort of income generation activities for their livelihood. It attempts to bring about a social and economic transformation of the members by common effort and mutual help. The program also taught them how to work united under SHG federation.

Altogether 15 members participated in the program. Byabang Rocket, Chairperson, FGA lead the team. It is worth to mention here that Future Generations Arunachal (FGA) is working with rural communities to bring equitable and sustainable development since 1997.



AAPSU condemns murder incident

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) strongly condemned the brutal killing of a salesman by unknown miscreants in Capital recently.  The victim identified as Dipankar Bhowal   has been missing since February 20 last and his half burnt body was found from Hollongi dumping site yesterday.

Such inhuman and barbaric act deserves condemnation from every quarter, the AAPSU said and urged the administration to speed up the investigation process, book the culprits involved and punish them as per laws. Further, AAPSU has blamed state government for failing to tackle law and order in the state. It is the sole responsibility of the state Govt to tackle and improve the law and order, said Lota Singhi, IPR Secy, AAPSU  while addressing  the gathering at Nyokum  celebration, Chimpu.  While advising the students to preserve own culture and tradition, he also urged the parents to play pro-active role in promoting our culture and tradition in order to preserve own identity.

AAPSU, however, warned all the anti-social elements not to disrupt the peace and tranquility of the state. People should cooperate with the movement against corruption and crimes which disturb the very existence of public peace, said Happy Toko, Vice President (Pro) cum Chairman Communal Harmony, AAPSU.



Tea cultivation making rapid stride in Siang belt


RUKSIN, Feb 25: Tea cultivation, which is widely considered another ‘money spinner’ in landlocked Arunachal has found its mooring in the foothills of Arunachal Pradesh bordering Assam.

The tea board under the Ministry of Trade and Commerce has set up a regional office at Itanagar. The office which is headed by one Assistant Director of Tea Development is working for development of the tea plantation activities in the state.

The commercial horticulturists of Siang belt, bereft of any industry, have now set its eyes on tea based industry. Next to rubber plantation, tea plantation in hilly terrains and foothills of East Siang and West Siang has taken off signaling economic boon among the farmers. The farmers, using the existing feasibility of tea plantation, are growing small tea gardens and enhancing tea productivity in the state.

As many as 40 farmers in and around Ruksin block have grown small tea gardens and production of green leaves produced by 20 such gardens are being regularly supplied to Siang Tea Industries (P) Ltd at Donyi-Polo Tea Estate (Oyan). Tea plantation activities in the rest gardens are reportedly under progress. The tea planters’ of the area have constituted a union in the name of style of “Small Tea Growers Association of Arunachal Pradesh” including Ex-tea planter Nyodek Yonggam as chairman and Ruksin ZPM Tonggeng Panyang as secretary. The main objective of the association is to encourage the tea planters for enhancing their economy by scientific cultivation of tea.

The union, which is extending a helping hand to the new tea planters of the area including parts of Assam, has been conducting periodic training on tea plantation and its maintenance of the tea bushes. It also conducted a special training on “Pruning process of tea” at Oyan during mid December last year.

Yonggam, who is native of Oyan village in East Siang district, earlier worked in ‘Doomdooma Tea Company’ for half a decade and had gained practical knowledge on tea plantation and management of tea garden. He has published a guide book for new tea planters in two volumes and handed over these to the tea planters. He has developed a tea garden inside his farm house covering an area of 10 hectares. Yonggam also served the people of the state as Member of Parliament during 1992 to 1996 and later took the charge of Chief information Commissioner of Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission in 2006.

On the other hand, another Kolkata based “Vinayak Tea Company Ltd,” has come forward to promote tea plantation activities in Siang belt.

The tea company based on an agreement with the state’s Industry department has acquisitioned a plot of land inside Industrial Growth Centre at Niglok for setting up ‘Tea Processing Industry’. It aims to facilitate the local small tea growers by supplying tea plant in subsidised rate and accordingly developed two Tea Nurseries’- one near Niglok Industrial Growth Centre and the other at Oyan.



Lutte Batte Festival celebrated

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: The 1st ever Lutte Batte Festival was celebrated at Lumba Secondary School Ground on 22nd February with a motto of unity, integrity, communal harmony and peaceful co-existence of all and also to promote culture, tradition and age old heritage of Lumba people in particular and Nyishi as a whole.

The main attraction of the festival was lighting up of the torch followed by flag hoisting by the Chief Guest Takam Pario, Palin MLA.

In his address Pario suggested the huge gathering to take up self employment and economically sustainable ventures such as poultry farm, piggery, horticulture and agriculture activities which will immensely benefit the progressive farmers without depending much on Govt schemes. However, he promised to accord priority on infrastructure development such as construction of school building, road connectivity, electricity, drinking water, bridges and rural development programmes of the constituency.

While responding to a two point memorandum submitted by Tamchi Dollee, president Lumba Youth Welfare Society, he announced to sanction Rs. 20 Lakh from his MLA-LAD fund in next AOP for the construction of multipurpose community hall at Lumba. Regarding the construction of School play ground at KGBV Palin, he promised to consider the proposal with consultation with the chairman, Tani-Koo Welfare Society, Dolang Bharat, who runs and manage the schools.

In his presidential and key note address Tamchi Dollee emphasized on village level development as a real development as it amounts to the development of Assembly Constituency and district level development amounts to the development of the state and the state level development amounts to the development of the nation.

Guest of Honour Toko Onuj, MD, HPDCL, Govt, of Arunachal Pradesh applauded LYWS for organizing such meaningful programme. He advised the youths to be the role model of the society and respect elders, protect and promote the customs and traditions.

There is a huge potential of Hydro Power in the region and if exploited judiciously will act as an engine of economic prosperity of the region which will also benefit the locals in the form of employment and other opportunities. He donated one Mithun for the next Lutte Batte Festival with a promised to join next year's celebration.

Earlier, the celebration started with colourful presentations of cultural programmes followed by Mega Buya and various kind of entertainment presented by village and elderly womenfolk, students of various schools and joined by general public of Lumba.

Among others, GBs, PR leaders, Govt officials,  teachers and students  were present on the occasion.



ATA federal units meet held

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: The federal units meeting of Arunachal Teachers Association (ATA) was held at Naharlagun on February 23. The  meeting discussed about the problems and confusion that cropped up during and after the recent state-wide pen down and tool down strike called jointly by ATA and AASSATA and  also highlighted the outcome from the said democratic movement.

Presiding over the meeting, ATA CEC president N.R Tam highlighted numerous welfare activities undertaken by ATA CEC in cooperation with district ATA units like increasing the age bar of in-service teachers to appear in interview of ST (PGT) from 38 year to 45 years through Gauhati High Court, enhancement of cash award for teacher awardees from Rs.10,000 to Rs.15,000, rectification of pay anomalies of Assistant Teachers and other categories of teaching communities which will be implemented from April '2013, besides pressurizing the Govt for regularization  of 122 SSA teachers of 2003 batch, construction of Shikshak Bhawan and many other achievement of ATA CEC during the current tenure.

Further  the ATA president appealed the teaching community not to take any steps for formation of  other association within teaching community   which will make the ATA weak and give undue advantages to  the government  to adopt  the policy of divide and rule.

Representatives from  various district ATA units while mentioning their support during the state wide pen down and tool down strike, also highlighted various problems confronting their respective districts and also emphasized for the unity of ATA for greater interest of teaching community.

T C Jeena and  J. Kena, Secretary and Chairman of AT (A) adhoc committee clarified the formation of adhoc committee AT (A) under the banner of CEC ATA and thanked ATA for bringing a positive result in the matter of pay anomaly rectification of assistant teacher and others and simultaneously opined for dissolution of the adhoc committee of AT(A) and accordingly the house unanimously dissolved the committee, according to a ATA release.  

While lauding the   CM and Education Minister of the state for fulfilling the demands of the teachers by accepting the issues for implementation, the house also emphasized that  matter of restoration of 50 per cent promotional avenue of AT to JT as per RR 2009 should be initiated on top priority after the rectification of anomalies.           '

Further the house adopted resolution for rationalization of the transfer  and  posting of teachers/ creation of district cadre system for all categories of teachers except the post of education officers which will solve the problem of shortcoming of teachers in all districts.



Ensure proper ritual code and conduct: NIFCS

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: Nyishi Indigenous Faith & Cultural Society (NIFCS) urged the CNC members to ensure proper ritual code and conduct during main Nyokum celebration on February 26 as ritual is the basic and fundamental part of the Nyokum.

Clarifying that faith and culture in tribal society is inclusive and holistic which cannot be treated as separate entity, NIFS President Taba Hare said that faith breeds holistic customs and customary practices which later on become tradition and traditional practices of the given society.

“In tribal society whether it is social, economic, politics, business, every act and deals start with holistic ritual practices related to propitiation of nature and gods for ensuring social harmony, secure economic activity, ethics and morality in politics and business.

The president urged the indigenous community of Arunachal Pradesh in general and Nyishi community in particular not to misinterpret the word faith and culture since both are inclusive and inseparable.

He also urged every Nyishi to uphold the core spiritual value and sanctity of Nyokum at any cost by practicing holistic spiritual traditions for the world peace and social harmony in the state instead of celebrating Nyokum merely as festival without holistic rituals.

He also exhorted the younger generation to develop secular view and respect every faith and belief system of the world while maintaining its indigenous faith and cultural system intact without allowing it to lose its essence and sanctity.

The President and General Secretary Dr. Hui Tag greeted the Nyishi brethren of Arunachal Pradesh and all the citizens of the state on the auspicious occasion of Nyokum Yullo.



Dibang Valley organizes sanitation walks

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: A sanitation walk was conducted at Anini with an aim to eradicate practices of open defecation and bring changes to the mindset of every people about the importance of health and hygiene on February 20.

After the statehood day celebration, the deputy commissioner flagged off the sanitation walk from the General Ground which ended at the New Office of the Deputy Commissioner. The Walk led by the DC, who is also Chairman Drinking Water and Sanitation Committee, was participated by all heads of Departments of the District, Panchayat leaders, students, and public.  The organising team headed by the Executive Engineer PHE&WS Division Anini (Member Secretary DWSC) along with his team, JE Headquarter, Consultant Water & Sanitation and all staffs of the Division also participated in the walk.

While addressing the  gathering on the occasion,  DC highlighted the achievement of Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA), formerly known as Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) in all corners of the district. He also stressed on the need of making Anini an open defecation free district.

A drawing competition was also conducted on the same day on the topic “Health and Hygiene” to focus the importance of sanitation to every students. Class IV and V student of Government Primary School, Kaji participated in the competition. The School Headmistress Athuma Mihu along with her team took full initiation in supporting the Department and making the competition a success.

In the competition, the winners were Sanja Kumar Nath (1st prize), Karthik (2nd prize) and Agur Padum (3rd prize). Lackey Miwu, Anjeli Miso, Sapna Tamang, Laxmi Sherpa, Nami Mimi as consolation prize.



APEDA training prog on solar home lighting system

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: A week-long training on repairing of solar home lightning system and solar lantern sponsored by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Govt, of India was conducted by APEDA Kharsang in collaboration with NVIRT Guwahati at ITI, Balinong from February18.

Altogether 30 trainees from ITI, Balinong and from remote Vijoynagar and Gandhigram villages attended the training.

Inaugurating the workshop, APEDA (Tezu) Deputy Director M Bam explained the main motive behind the training and uses and benefit of solar devices.

BK Mahanta from NVIRT, Guwahati advised the trainees to be free and frank during training and try to get maximum benefit from out of the training course.

KVLincon, Principal ITI Balinong requested the Deputy Director, APEDA for providing solar bio-gas plant at the hostels and installation of solar street lights and solar cookers at the ITI for the benefit of the trainees coming from all over the state and also from Assam. Further, he requested to conduct this type of training programme at the ITI at least once in a year.

Sentum Ronrang, President BCC (I)Miao also advised the trainees to acquire maximum knowledge from the training, especially trainees coming from remote places, like Vijoynagar and Gandhigram where bio gas plant, street light system and solar cookers are extensively used.

Meanwhile, the APEDA Deputy Director has assured to pursue the matter with the higher authorities for installation of solar cookers at ITI, Balinong.



Army officer joins Donyi Polo prayer session

AALO, Feb 25: Lt General A K Sahni, SM,VSM, GOC, 3 CORPS accompanied by his wife Vineeta  Sahni, Maj Gen. RPS Bhadauria , VSM GOC, 56 Infantry Division, his wife Veena  Bhadauria, Brigadier Ajay Verma and host of army officers visited Donyi Polo Dere and sat

with believers of Donyi Polo faith at their prayer session today.

Addressing the gathering Lt. General Sahni expressed his gratitude to the Donyi Polo Trust Committee to invite him for the prayer session. Nestled with beautiful nature and bountiful resources, the tribal people in this part of this country has a reason to Nature Worship and I am happy to be a part of it, he said. The army will always come  forward for the cause of hill people whenever needed, he said. The dignitaries also planted saplings in front of the Donyi Polo Dere.

Earlier, welcoming the gathering Pakjum Ete, President Donyi Polo Trust Committee said “we all look forward  and respect the Sentinel of the Mountain as our friend and protector.”

The tribal people are nature worshipers and we try to preserve our culture through orally transmitted literature from generation to generation, he said. DIPRO



Sensitization workshop on tourism for police

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: Police plays an important role in the growth of tourism in Arunachal as they are the first person to interact with the tourist in the check gates and other places in Arunachal. The Department of Tourism opines that in the days to come the new recruits of police personnel will be posted in the nook and corner of the state. And they will play a vital role for the safety of tourists and pave way for better tourism in the state. Thus the department of tourism to create awareness on tourism and to sensitization the under-training police personnel, one day workshop on tourism was organized and conducted in PTC, Banderdewa today.

Various subjects such as importance of tourism, tourist circuits, first aids, AIDS, tourist handling and travel formalities were covered and role of police in catering the visiting tourist were taken up during the workshop.



Youths construct dwelling house for police widow

TEZU, Feb 25:  Lohit Kera–Aa-Association (LKAA), Telluliang, a youth organization of Lohit Idu Mishmis has endeavoured again to construct a dwelling house of a widow of a police man Mili Epralo of Telluliang by involving Idu Mishmi Youth and officials residing in Tezu.

The house was completed in a single day with generous donation of construction materials by the LKAA members and physical involvement of the LKAA youth of Telluliang.

The work camp was attended by the LKAA Chairman Yime Mega and Asst. Professor IGG College, Tezu Rajen Miwu,

According to LKAA release, widow has been making her livelihood as daily agricultural wage labour in the fields of mustard and rice located in Digaru and Sunpura areas since many years.

Mother of three daughters, she is still deprived of her pension benefits despite repeated pleas to the competent authority. She had also participated in the state Police recruitment rally 3-4 years ago for the widows and qualified in the physical test. But she never got the job offer letter from the PHQ, Itanagar, the release claimed.


Cash reward stands

The cash reward of Rs 10 lakhs announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be kept secret.  The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006


APCC mourns Muklom’s death

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee has condoled the untimely demise of KK Muklom, the former DYC, President and veteran leader of Changlang district. APCC prayed to almighty god for eternal peace of the departed soul.


Free coaching classes at RGU

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: UGC sponsored free coaching class for entry to services for ST/SC and Minorities especially for APPSCCE 2013 started  today at Rajiv Gandhi University. Total 125 students registered their names and attending the classes.

While inaugurating the programme Prof. K.C. Kapoor, Vice Chancellor in-charge advised the students to be prepared for new environment of competitive world. Dr. O. Moyong, one of the resource persons also spoke on the occasion  Earlier Dr. Nani Tamang Jose, Deputy Registrar and Coordinator of the USC Scheme in his welcome address briefed the participants about the scheme and the coaching programme. The coaching class would continue for one month.


Nyokum greetings

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, General (Retd) JJ Singh and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki have conveyed warm greetings to the people of Arunachal Pradesh on the occasion of Nyokum Yullo.

Nyokum--the most important agro-based festival of Nyishis-- would be centrally celebrated all across the state tomorrow.

In his festival message, the Governor expressed confidence that the festival will showcase the rich and vibrant cultural heritage of the Nyishi community and also provide glimpses of the age-old traditions of the tribe.

“On the occasion, I join my Nyishi brethren in offering our prayers to almighty for peace and wellbeing of all,” the Governor said in his message.

On eve of the festival, Tuki expressed hope that almighty Donyi-Polo would shower its choicest blessings on all human beings and bless a bumper harvest in the coming season.  “I hope this Nyokum would strengthen the bonding between members of one of the largest communities of the state as well as with other communities.

“Being a Nyishi myself, I welcome all members of each and every community to join the festivity and showcase to the world that we are united in diversity,” he said in a message this evening.

The Chief Minister will be hosting the festival at his home constituency Sagalee tomorrow, which would be joined by Governor Gen J J Singh as the Chief Guest.


Blood donation camp at Dbc

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: Donate blood; Save a life” was the chorus of the many volunteers who came forward to donate blood during the Blood Donation Camp organized by the NSS units in collaboration with RK Mission Hospital (RKMH) here at Don Bosco College, Jollang today.

Fr. Nicholas Guangdiat, Principal of the college encouraged the students to come forward to donate blood.

Dr. LR Chowdhury, a senior doctor of RKMH explained to the students the whole concept of blood donation.  The donors were given fruits, biscuits and juice to boost up their energy instantly. It was also promised that the donors will be duly acknowledged of their noble act by giving them a certificate in the name of the hospital.

“Initially, I was afraid but the thought of saving someone’s life helped me overcome my fear,” was the reply of a donor as she moved out of the blood donation room.

“We are highly impressed by the interest and the courage of your students in this noble venture,” was the remark of a member of the medical team.

This camp was a great educative experience for all the Bosconians, including those who just watched with regard to blood donation particularly for removing fear from their minds.


Pre-Nyokum celebrated at TN

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: Arunachalee students studying in various colleges of Tamil Nadu celebrated Pre Nyokum at Udyaphati in Salem district of Tamil Nadu.

The main objective of celebrating the statehood day out side state was to maintain and showcase our rich cultural heritage to outside world. The celebration also provided an opportunity to all the Arunacahlee students studying in Tamil Nadu to come together thus fostering brotherhood and unity among them. The celebration was also attended by the family members of those who are serving and staying Arunachal Pradesh.

The chief guest of the event Tai Tahu advised the Arunachalee students in Tamil Nadu to preserve their rich cultural heritage and not to be influenced by western culture. He also advised them to study hard to achieve the desired goal in life.

Mr and Miss Nyokum 2013, quiz and extempore speech, various games and sports and dance competitions were organized to mark the celebration. Tamchi John and Tamchi Muni were adjudged Mr and Miss Nyokum 2013.


BJP organizational tour

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: Sate BJP president Tai Tagak left here today for West Siang district on an organizational tour.

Tagak will address a party workers meeting at Aalo and address his first public rally at Kamba tomorrow. BJP NE States Organizational-in- Charge P Chandra Sekhar Rao would also address the party rally at Kamba.

The State BJP president has rushed national council member and party spokesman Wangman Lowangha to Longding and Tirap, general secretary (Org /admn) BR Waghe to East Kameng to assess the party organization/ re- organize the frontal wings and revitalize the party's district units.


Niya colony people celebrates Nyokum

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: The Niya Colony Banderdewa celebrated Nyokum Yullo on 23rd February at Nyokum ground near PTC Banderdewa. Former minister TC Teli and Dharma K T Milli, circle officer Bihpuria, Assam attended the programme. The members of All Arunachal Pradesh Border Peace Association welcomed such kind of celebration and hope for better relation between two neighbours.


Riga students demand district Hq at Riga

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: While welcoming the State cabinet’s recent decision (in principle) for creation of Middle Siang district and plan for construction of mini-secretariat  in each district headquarters,  the Riga Students Union (RSU), East Siang, has urged the Chief Minister to consider its demands for establishment of the headquarters of the proposed district at Riga.

In a memorandum to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, the Union said that Riga, the EAC headquarter has highest land area (2633.89 acres of land) donated by the people of Riga village free of cost way back in 1992. Riga Hq. is geographically located 1000 to 1500 Mtrs above the sea level and  it is free from danger of earth quake and flood and other natural calamities.  Moreover,  there is smooth  transportation and communication facilities including air service for which a helipad has already been constructed. There are enough land for  future expansion of the headquarters and construction of international airport too if needed, the  Union said.


HWS  wins men’s volleyball title

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: Ha Welfare Society defeated Sonam Brothers to become champion in the Men’s volleyball competition organized as part of the Nyokum Yullo celebration by Nyokum Yullo Celebration Committee-2013, Nirjuli at Nyikum Nyia ground today. Khyoda Dunge won the Women’s Volleyball title defeating Ha Welfare Society in the final today.

Tatung Tayan and Techi Neme were adjudged the best Men and Women player respectively.

More than 1000 sports lovers, including MLA and NYCC chairman Techi Kaso, officers and public leaders enjoyed the final matches.

MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary Thangwang Wangham and and Director NERIST Prof. Dipankar Pal will attend the main celebration of Nyokum Yullo tomorrow as chief guest and guest of honour respectively.


Ban on use of name plate

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: In pursuance of Supreme Court order Arunachal Pradesh transport department has banned use of name plate or designation plate in front or rear of the vehicles under relevant provision of the  Motor Vehicle Acts 1988. The violators of the ban order shall be liable to be penalized with fine which may extend to five hundred rupees.


VK Arun Jyoti provides relief items to Sigin fire victims

DAPORIJO, Feb 25: Vivekanada Kendra Arun Jyoti (VKAJ), Upper Subansiri district unit donated blankets and some kitchen items to 40 families of recent Sigin Colony fire victims.

A fire safety awareness programme was also conducted in the sideline of the distribution programme wherein all the colony dwellers and workers from VKAJ of Daporijo were present.

VKAJ district unit Sangachalak Same Timba highlighted the major causes of fire accidents in Daporijo town and held carelessness of people mainly responsible for most of the fire mishaps. He said that the extent of damage during fire incident here becomes high as the dwelling houses are constructed without proper planning in a congested manner.

Pramukh Arunjyoti Upper Subansiri unite, Jumli Ligu  appealed to the people to follow the safety measures they have learnt during fire awareness campaign organized by various NGOs and other party in the past.


AVP  organizes workshop


DAPORIJO, Feb 25: Two days workshop was organized by Arunachal Vikash Parishad (AVP) for circle level working committees at Menga village for better understanding of AVP’s activity and service to the Arunachal Pradesh and the nation.

75 delegates comprising men and women from 10 circles attended the workshop.

Customary law was also the part of the subject to be discussed.

Debate and discussion on the various topics like social empowerment of society were organized in the workshop.

Attending the workshop, District Planning Officer Same Timba appreciated the valuable contributions of AVP, especially for promotion and protection of indigenous faith and culture. He urged the members of the NGO to work harder for the welfare of the society. He urged all to show respect for others’ religion and preserve one’s own culture, tradition and language for identity.

Attending the valedictory function of the workshop, Take Mosu, Deputy Director Industry and Textile stressed upon preservation of own culture saying that ‘loss of culture is loss of identity.’ He also opposed any religious conversion.


GARS celebrates annual day

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: The annual day celebration of Guardian Angel Residential School, Itanagar started yesterday. Minister Rural Development and Panchayat Tanga Byaling along with Additional district magistrate Talo Potom attended the inaugural programme.

In his address minister Byaling advised teachers and parents to educate children the civic values and discipline so that they become good citizen in the future. The best student award was given to Marli Ango, a student of class 7.


Coop Society revived

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: Mori- Rotgo Banggo Large Sized Multipurpose Co-operative Society has been revived with inauguration of Fair Price Counter and opening of new groceries counters today.

The cooperative society which was established during 1958 and upgraded to Large Sized Multipurpose Co-operative Society Ltd. during September 1987 was lying defunct for years together due to alleged ‘mismanagement’ of the Managing Director. After his transfer from the Society a new Board of Directors has been reconstituted under the Chairmanship of Yahung Tekseng and Alo Miyu as Secretary with other five members. The newly re-constituted board has prepared new budget for improvement the society.

Akin Apang, one of the senior most members of the Board of Directors, has inaugurated the new FPS counter of MRB Lamps Ltd. today and selling of FPS rice started on the same day.

The Board members have emphasized on credit business involving local fanners and un-employed educated youth. The society is also organizing awareness generation programmes in the villages under its jurisdiction.





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Women’s day special

On International Women’s Day, UN Women will launch “One Woman: A song for UN Women”, a musical celebration of women worldwide, featuring more than 20 artists from across the globe. It will be released on March 8, 2013.

“One Woman” calls for change and celebrates acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who daily make extraordinary contributions to their countries and communities. The lyrics are inspired by stories of women whom UN Women has supported, UN Women is the UN organization charged with advancing women’s empowerment and gender equality worldwide. It began its work in 2011, the first new UN organization in decades.

“One Woman” is the first theme song for a UN organisation.

Singers and performers from all regions, women and men, donated their time and contributed their talent.

“One Woman” aims to become a rallying cry that inspires listeners about the mission of UN Women and engages them to join in the drive for women’s empowerment and gender equality.

The song will be available for purchase on the song website and all common channels like iTunes and Amazon for $0.99. All proceeds go directly to UN Women in support of its programmes to empower women on the ground.

Neutral venue as headquarter

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteem daily , I would like to appeal especially citizens, Ngos and student unions of newly proposed lower Siang district to cooperate with the state govt under the able leadership of chief minister Nabum Tuk and don't disturb any process, which may result in delaying of the process for creation of new district and its headquarter.

Myself as a ordinary citizen and solely concerned for the interest of people of this proposed new district would like to suggest that a centrally located, neutral and undisputed, and having easy accessibility from four corner be selected as its headquarter. Places like Gensi, Garu, Daring or Kadu etc can be considered instead of Basar and Likabali. It has been reflected from earlier releases in local newspaper and in reader forum column as well that people of two areas are ready to go to any extent to snatch the headquarter from each other. Such situation will bring no solution rather early creation of district will be hampered and other new district may be created before its. Example is Longding district which has been created and people of Longding are quite happy and rejoicing where as in our case it is opposite. Sometimes it makes me feel that there is some vested interest in the way some groups are demanding Basar and Likabali as its headquarter because both the town are already well established and well developed and they have almost all comfort in their doorstep whereas condition of other area are very bleak.

Therefore, my appeal is that a backward area be selected for headquarter and let it see light of development.


Kartum Lollen,

Probationary Office,

Central Bank of India



Use Central fund judiciously

Dear Editor,

The Statehood day has been celebrated and we are fortunate enough to be the part of this extravagant and much- hyped celebration. It was overwhelming and show still, celebration of art, tradition, blend of tribal cuisine, fashion and celebrity centered from Bollywood.

In this week of pomp and gaiety, before we begin this, we struggle and witness a lot of hick- ups in the machinery of the state government and hardship gathered enough where we confronted a serious and unending problem that is to be solved. In the year 2011 we bagged a nation fame cabinet reshuffle where we had our most short seated chief minister. We have also witness a bunch of robbery and dacoits, along with a serial illegal job appointment cases and infamous Tongam Rina daylight firing case, the Sigin colony fire ablaze, Jote -Cheda fire accident and rape of a minor girl at Chowkham by the Chakma refugees.

The state government took keen interest and funded for the celebration of the statehood day. The celebration was up to the mark. But will it be the way of development for our state? If it is then, why don’t the state governments take keen interest to divert the state fund where it can be used properly?

The way government is incurring huge expenditure on VIP gathering, self maintenance, over schedule chopper service and continuous celebration is a noble job, in one sense but unrealistic and unproductive in other hand. Just flaunting their figure in front using public expenditure comes first for the politicians. Where was the government when a minor girl was crying for help after confronting the brutality of Chakma refugees, where was the government when the villages and colonies were in flames.

Just sitting in the chamber checking the central share fund and finding the way to conceal it would not lead to any good consequences of the state. Before the advent of the statehood day we have witnessed lots of serious incident and break down of law.


Joon Dulom

Tajom Tayeng

Tagru Tame

(Members of Students Union Movement of Arunachal Pradesh)





Seeking Help

Dear Editor,

Through your esteem daily I on behalf of Hai -Machi Segment under Pipsorang Circle, Kurung Kumey District, Arunachal Pradesh would like to request to the state government to provide relief to the people of Pipsorang Circle. The bamboo flowering has damaged large tracts of paddy field. The damaged field is not fit for any other agricultural produce now. I request state government to kindly verify the same as early as possible and provide ration items for Pipsorang Circle.


Hai Takio, ASM

Hai -Machi Segment