February 27


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Nyokum celebrated with traditional gaiety

ITANAGAR, Feb 26: Nyokum, the main festival of Nyishi community was celebrated across the state with traditional fervour and religious gaiety.

Attending the Nyokum celebration at Sagalee, Papum Pare district as chief guest today, Governor Gen. (Retd) JJ Singh exhorted the youths of the state to shoulder the responsibility of carrying forward rich culture and traditions. Singh also urged them to save the Mithun, the pride animal, and flora and fauna of the State.

Mesmerized by the scenic beauty of Pare Valley, the Governor stated that the flora and fauna found in the state is unique which cannot to found anywhere in the world. Dwelling in length on eco and adventure tourism, its benefit to the rural communities, environment and to the State the Governor assured for an adventure tourism project in the area.

The Governor said that the State is going through an unprecedented era of development. The State can become one of the leading States in the country, if each one contributes in its development process. Day is not far when Arunachalees not only enjoy the highest per capita income but also enjoy the highest per capita happiness in the country, the Governor said. He urged upon the youth to be a part of ‘Team Arunachal’ and contribute to the best of their ability and capacity.

He advised youths to change their mind-set saying that there is no short-cut to success. The State Government has launched an ambitious scheme of providing one lakh employment opportunities but onus is on youth to prepare themselves to avail opportunity, he said. “The State Government will definitely help in them in capacity building”.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said that festival helps us to uphold and preserve our culture and identity. In the same manner Nyokum festival facilitates to preserve the Nyishi culture and helps the community in carrying forward the rich and age-old cultural heritage, Tuki stated while urging the members of the community for enthusiastic participation.

The Chief Minister, who also represents the assembly Constituency, informed that General Singh is the first Governor to visit Sagalee.

Conveying the gratefulness of the people for the visit, Tuki said that the visit of the Governor is a blessing for the ADC circle as the latter laid the foundation stone for the mini secretariat.

Expressing gratitude to the Governor for gracing the Nyokum Yullo celebration at Sagalee, Chief Minister said that the people of the area are looking forward for some more visits in the future.

Sagalee Nyokum Yullo Celebration Committee Chairman Techi Totu Tara narrated mythology of Nyokum Yullo. He also gave a detailed description of rituals and practices during the festival. Vice Chairman of festival celebration committee Techi Nakap and General Secretary Nabam Pahi also spoke on the occasion.

A mega dance was presented as part of the celebration in which more than four hundred dancers including 350 girls in traditional attires participated. Special dance conveying social messages was presented by the students of Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar.

The Governor released a Nyokum souvenir brought out by Sagalee Nyokum Yullo Celebration Committee.

As token of love, a Mithun was gifted to the Governor, who in-turn gave it to Head Gaon Burah of Khemling Village for safe rearing.

On the festive occasion of Nyokum Yullo 2013, three exemplary individuals were felicitated along with three others in recognition of their meritorious services in their respective field of activity.

Ngurang Tuki of Upper Ghai was felicitated as the best artisan, Tana Paka of Sagalee as the best weaver and Nabam Pajak of Lamte Village, Mengio Circle as the best farmer.

Debia Mayung of Girls’ Residential School, Pan, Silsango was felicitated as the best teacher, Taba Nipo of ADC Office, Sagalee as the best staff and Nabam Takam of Lekang Village, Mengio as best the Gaon Burah. Each one was presented a memento, a citation and a cash award of Rs. 5000 by the Governor.  Earlier, at the Nyokum Lapang, the Governor in Nyishi headgear and attire took part in traditional ‘Buya Dance’ along with Chief Minister and other invitees and guests.

On the eve of festival at Sagalee, the celebration committee organized a cultural presentation, which includes Nyokum Sagalee, Indian classical and western contemporary dances, a  mixture of floor and ballet technique by Tage Kanya and traditional and modern dances and songs by artists of the Nyishi community. Techi Api, a Class X student of Government Higher Secondary School, Sagalee was crowned as the Nyokum Sagalee 2013. Traditional games and sports were also conducted during the festival.

Addressing the festive revelers at Nyokum Lapang Ground, Itanagar, former Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin said “it is the duty of each and every community of the state to protect and promote own culture and tradition.”

Observing that religion and culture are two separate things, Gamlin also called upon the younger generation to shoulder the  responsibility for preservation of own culture and tradition.

Emphasizing the need to maintain unity among various tribes of the state, Gamlin, who is also Liromoba MLA said, “we need to strengthen  the unity of the  society in order to make Arunachal a frontrunner state.

He, however, called for proper utilization of fund being allocated by the Central Govt under various developmental schemes and also called upon the  people to act as watchdog so that developments take place in proper way.

Lokam Tado, former Koloriang MLA also spoke on the occasion.  

At Nirjuli, IPR Parliamentary Secretary Thangwang Wangham today said that Nyishis with a rich cultural heritage and courage are proud of themselves while Arunachal Pradesh is proud of them.

Addressing the revellers during the Nyokum Yullo celebration today, Thangwang, who cancelled his trip to Kumbh mela, cited his experience in the state capital since 1984 saying that from nonentity the Nyishis have developed rapidly in tune with the global spirit.

“Himat hi kimat (Courage is value)”, he justified but urged the Nyishi brethren to refine their courage with humbleness and teach it to the rest of Arunachal, the need of the hour.

“Aadmi mushafir hai, ata hai jata hai, atey jatey rashtey pe yaden chod jata hai” –  he turned philosophical to quote the famous Bollywood number, and exhorted the Nyishis to decide whether they want to leave good or bad memories on the path of their life’s journey to the thunderous applause of the gathering.

Pointing out that assembling of numerous spare parts makes a vehicle run, the Longding legislator stressed on living in peace and unity while giving a clarion call to take the state towards prosperity.

“Yesterday is a cancelled cheque, tomorrow is a promissory note and today is hard cash. Encash it with the spirit of unity in diversity”, he said while wishing happy Nyokum to the community and for the welfare of the humanity.

“NERIST is a catalyst to facilitate speedy development of the state,” said its director Prof Deepankar Paul and wondered if Newzeland kiwis could be sold in New Delhi for Rs 400 a kg why not Arunahcalee ones.

Speaking as guest of honour, he called for peace and harmony the prerequisite for development to take deep roots and exhorted the people, particularly the educated youth to come forward to become willing development partners to take the state to its desired destination.

A colourful traditional cultural programme marked the festivity besides ceremonial mithun sacrifice to pray the almighty for peace, prosperity and a bumper harvest.

People from all walks of life including top ranking officers joined the celebration with NNYCC-2013 chairman and local MLA Techi Kaso and patron Tarh Nachung while chief priest Takam Manu continued chanting hymns to appease the almighty.   

Along with rest of the Nyishi community in the state, Nyokum Yullo was jointly celebrated by the Nyishi employees serving in Tirap and Longding districts at Khonsa today with gaiety and fanfare.

People from all walks of life, including government officials and general public actively participated in the celebrations.

Speaking on the festive occasion, local MLA Kamthok  Lowang  said that it was a great day of festivities for the Nyishis adding that the ambiance was such that he was feeling as if he was somewhere in Nyishi area. The MLA said that he always made it a point to attend Nyokum at Khonsa and appreciated the organizers for celebrating the festival in such a grand manner. He exhorted the Nyishis to preserve their rich culture, costumes at any cost for the posterity and urged the Nyishi youths to converse in their own dialects atleast at home.

The chief guest appreciated the attractive dances presented by different tribes of Arunachal

Tirap Deputy Commissioner Dr Sachin Shinde, who was the guest of honour, while greeting the people prayed to the Goddess of Nyokum Anne for well-being of all human beings and animals and lauded the organizers for the grand celebration in a place like Khonsa which was far away from the Nyishi-inhabited districts.

Tirap SP Vikramjit Singh in his speech as special invitee asked the participants to enjoy with gay abundance adding that festivals were all about fun, frolic, songs, dances and merry-making.

Earlier, the Chairman of the festival committee Likha Tekhi, EE, PHED read out the mythology of Nyokum and appealed to one and all to participate freely and join the Nyishis in their celebrations. Mithun sacrifice, cultural presentation by all tribes and volleyball competition marked the Nyokum celebration.

Nyokum Yullo festival was celebrated with great enthusiasm by the Nyishi community residing in Lohit and Anjaw district at Tezu.

Head of various departments, public of all age group with colourful attires joined the celebration.

Attending the festival as chief guest, local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary Karikho Kri cited Tezu as an example for unity in diversity where people of different community have been living in peaceful coexistence with each other for years.

Lohit Deputy Commissioner RK Sharma stated that Nyishis being the largest community in the state have the greater role to play towards peace, prosperity and development of the state.  

P Takur, celebration committee, chairman, narrated the mythology of Nyokum and its significance in the Nyishi community.

Colourful cultural items were presented by different cultural troupes followed by community feast.

Our Roing Correspondent adds:

Nyokum was celebrated here showcasing the rich cultural traditions of various tribal groups of Arunachal. Blending into as ‘One Arunachal’, cultural troupes from Nyishi, Galo, Tagin, Mishmi and Adi community displayed their traditional dances.

Expressing pride in the multicultural environment of Roing, Chief Guest for the occasion Laeta Umbrey, MLA said, “Perhaps, Roing is the only town in Arunachal, where all the festivals of Arunachal is celebrated in grand manner.”

The festival was celebrated in ‘Multipurpose Cultural Centre’ in Roing, which was established to keep up the multicultural spirit of the town. The centre serves as the venue for celebration of festival of all tribes of Arunachal Pradesh. It was inaugurated by Umbrey on January 6, 2013.

An admirer of Nyishi community, the legislator encouraged the tribe to be the torchbearer for all other tribes. “Nyishi is the largest tribe with 350,000 strong populations. They have moved away from past and is leading in every fields – in science, education, arts, administration.”

Encouraging greater cultural integration, Umbrey said: “Idu Mishmi and Nyishi community share similar behavioral traits. Similarities are even greater among women folk.”

Speaking in the same tune, Chiliko Meto, Zilla Chairperson and guest of honor for the occasion said: “Though Idu Mishmis and Nyishis lives miles apart, the two communities have always been in harmony and closely integrated. This was possible because of matrimonial linkages between the two communities.”

Complimenting further, Bengia Guma, host speaker for the Nyokum Yullo Celebration Committee (NYCC), Roing said all communities in Arunachal are bonded with similarities. “It is for us to work upon these similarities and blend into as one united Arunachal.”

Earlier, a brief mythology on Nyokum was delivered by Boa Tama, Chairman, NYCC and welcome address by Tao Tadap.

The cultural event was preceded by Nyokum rituals of Torh Jonam and Dwr-Yari Runam that includes driving away of evil spirit for the start of the celebration. It was followed by sacrifice of mithun and Buya dance, where all the festival participants danced together holding each other’s hands.

Besides the member of Nyishi community in Roing, the festival was attended by Shiv Kumar, DC, Roing, Anjite Menjo, ZPM, Mibom Pertin, ZPM, VK Rattan, General Manager, Dibang Project, NHPC, and head of the departments.



Arunachal to get first rail line this year: Bansal

It would be historical achievement: Tuki

NEW DELHI, Feb 26:  In an apparent response to China bettering its transport infrastructure along its western frontiers, Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal announced on Tuesday that Arunachal Pradesh will get its first rail line this year.

"For the first time the state of Arunachal has been brought into the rail network and we shall commission the Harmuti-Naharlagun line this year," Bansal said presenting the Railway Budget in the Lok Sabha.

He said the national project of Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla and other projects of strategic importance would be taken up on top priority.

"Providing need based rail connectivity to border areas is uppermost on railways' agenda," Bansal said.

He said works on the new line railway project to connect the state of Manipur were also in full swing.

The railways is also fast tracking gauge conversion works on Lumding-Silchar and Rangia-Murkongselek, he said.

Bansal said he would also pursue for the approval of projects identified as being of national importance including the Bilaspur - Manali-Leh, Jammu-Poonch via Akhnoor, Tanakpur-Bageshwar and Parsuramkund-Rupai.

"I also propose to take up a new line between Firozpur and Patti for providing direct rail link between border areas of Firozpur and Amritsar-Attari," he said.

 Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister  Nabam Tuki, who reached New Delhi this evening, has expressed gratitude to the Union Minister of Railways, Pawan Kumar Bansal for his commitment to ensure railway link to Arunachal Pradesh in his Railway Budget presented today in the Parliament. Further, he also assured to take up the Parasuram Kund-Rupai link as a project of national importance.

Profusely thanking the Railway Minister, Tuki, in an appreciation letter, said that commissioning of the Harmuti-Naharlagun line would be a historical achievement for the state as it would bring Arunachal Pradesh in the railway map of the country for the first time.

“This would be major developmental step for our state which began its humble journey as a state 26 years ago,” Tuki said.

The Chief Minister also expressed gratitude that the Union Minister has assured to take up the Parasuram Kund-Rupai railway link as a national project. He said the assurance finding a place in the country’s railway budget itself is a major boost for railways in the state.

“With this, we are optimistic that soon works on another link in the state will begin. And as it will be a project of national importance we believe that its completion will be timely connecting our eastern parts also with the world’s largest rail network,” he said.  Tuki, on behalf of the people of the state, conveyed gratitude and thanks to the union minister and assured to provide all cooperation for completion of the said two projects within the given time frame. PTI/PRO to CM



Only time can unfold the future developments: Dabii

PASIGHAT, Feb 26:  Nari-Koyu MLA Tako Dabii inaugurated a Minor Irrigation Project at Old Deka under Nari subdivision today. The 3,150-Mt-long channel was constructed under the supervision of by DK Padung, executive engineer, WRD and the water was released by the Deputy Commissioner RK Mishra at Basor stream tank.

Later, in a public meeting held at the village Dere (Community Hall) the senior most MLA Dabii informed that the MIP will cover 150 Hectare of fertile lands of 34 families.

The area is blessed with vast fertile lands and best agro climatic conditions. The MIP will immensely help the farmers in their agriculture and horticulture activities as it has been built with an objective to improve rural livelihood to reduce poverty in the area. The project will also offer opportunities for other income generation activities through fisheries, livestock, etc, he added.

No real development can take place without developing rural economy, and that is why I have been giving priority to development of rural areas, he added. Visible developments have taken place in villages during the last two decades, Dabii claimed. But, there is still lot to be done to bring about a change in the rural economy. He urged officers to work with a missionary zeal for the welfare of rural masses.

The educationist turned politician advised the students to be hard working and sincere in studies.  Earlier, Deputy Commissioner RK Mishra said the MIP will improve irrigation and ground water recharge in the area. He said Nari-Koyu area is marching towards prosperity under the leadership of Dabii. Minor irrigation is a community based sustainable and self supporting village level project which will increase agriculture productivity in the area. He appealed the villagers to cooperate the administration to make the area crime free.

The East Siang SP Pushpendra Kumar conveyed his thanks to the land donors for establishing the 4th IPRBn Headquarter in the village. He appealed the DC to demarcate the donated land with the help of LRSO so that matter can be recommended to the government immediately.

Among others, ADC Nari Tasso Mibang, PD (DRDA) Manik Bui, EE (PWD) J Langkam, BDO and AE (RWD) Michi Nibo, BDO and CDPO Nari were present. DIPRO



Proposed ALSU bandh evokes mixed reaction

ITANAGAR, Feb 26: Large number of student bodies and NGOs has come out in support of 12 hour bandh call issues by Arunachal Law Students Union on 28th of this month. ALSU has been demanding for immediate removal of sitting parliamentary secretary for home Gadam Ete, appointment of independent home minister, separation of judiciary from executive and host of other demands.

The Arunachal Pradesh Colleges Forum, Arunachal Law Academy Student Union, Nyishi Students Union RGU, All Banderdewa Circle Student Union, Nyapin Sangram Phassang students union, All Yachuli Students Union, Kurung Kumey Collegian Coordination Committee DNGC, Students Union of DNGC and Arunachal Pradesh Human Right Juvenile Justice & Anti-Corruption Forum have all extended support to the proposed bandh call.

All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Forum (AAPYF) has also extended its support to 12 hours Capital bandh on February 28 proposed by the Arunachal Law Students Union (ALSU) in favour of its charter of demands.


ACR denounces repeated bandh calls

Arunachal Citizens’ Right (ACR) has denounced repeated bandh calls¸ especially in the state capital by various Unions/Association for one or the other reason.

Calling for a bandh is a violation of citizen’s fundamental rights and  the same applies to all bandh callers or enforcers, ACR said in a release while referring to the bandh call given by Arunachal Law Students’ Union (ALSU) on February 28.

“Any sort of strike or bandh is a curtailment of citizen’s rights”, the release said, adding that any individual or an organization with limited number of members cannot impose their dictate in the form of bandh on the larger section of the society.

Describing the ALSU’s bandh call as uncalled for, ACR said that the Department of Law and Judiciary, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh has already made public in details the steps initiated by it regarding separation of judiciary from the executive, establishment of a separate High Court for Arunachal Pradesh, appointment of High Court judges from Arunachal Pradesh and creation of Arunachal Pradesh Judicial Services Commission.

The department has sincerely explained that official procedures of such magnitude consume time and therefore stakeholders need to bear patience.

It said that at time when the department concerned and the state government is pursuing these matters with the authorities concerned in the Central Government by repeatedly putting forward the demands, calling such bandhs will not speed up the procedure rather it would demoralize the officers involved and jeopardize the entire process.

As far as the demand for dropping of the Parliamentary Secretary for Home and appointment of an independent Home Minister is concerned, a right thinking citizen will always accept the fact that in a parliamentary democracy such as ours it is easier said than done.

“It is an accepted fact that the prerogative lies with the Chief Minister, who is also bound by certain compulsions, guidelines and interpretations. Just because the Parliamentary Secretary is not dropped is no big reason to call a bandh,” the release claimed. Dharnas, representations or sit-in protests will send the message clear to the government, it said.

ACR appealed ALSU as well as all right thinking NGOs not to go for bandhs and withdraw the one called on February 28 for the convenience of all.

Arunachal Pradesh People’s Welfare Association (APPWA) has also appealed to the ALSU to refrain from calling Capital bandh during crucial financial month. “We are not against any organization or its demands, but we stand for people’s welfare particularly in this financial year end wherein the departments are working to clear outstanding financial liabilities,” the Association said. Moreover, it said, the law department has already given clarification on the charter of demands of the ALSU.



Siang Udyami Utsav begins

ITANAGAR, Feb 26: The week-long Siang Udyami Utsav, 2013 began at Chidu Chigo ground, Likabali yesterday.

Inaugurating the festival, Industries Minister Tapang Taloh highlighted the various activities of Department of Industries and said that this is one of the Departments that can play a pivotal role in eradicating unemployment through entrepreneurship. Stress is being given on skill Development and capacity building of unemployed educated youths by the present government under the leadership of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki. Seventy-nine out of 100 unemployed youths, who were sent to Noida for skill development training, have got employment in various parts of the country. Another proposal for 200 unemployed is under consideration in this financial year, he informed.

M Pertin, Commissioner, Industries encouraged the participants to set small industry and become an entrepreneur for self employment instead of running from pillar to post to land a govt job. Repo Ronya, Director of Industries spoke on the importance of holding such event in a place like Likabali.

Altogether four districts, namely East Siang, West Siang, Upper

Siang and Upper Subansiri are participating in the event by displaying their indigenous products.

Earlier, Gomar Angu, DDI, the Nodal Officer of the event, highlighted the motto of the first ever Utsav.



Taloh steps in historic Komsing village

PASIGHAT, Feb 26: Planning for future industrial demands cannot be simply about making enough industrial land available to satisfy the projected aggregate demand. The area must fulfill some demands, like proximity to raw materials, uninterrupted power supply, major transport systems and workforce along with wide land area for residential, commercial purposes, stated Industry, Textile & Handloom Minister Tapang Taloh while addressing a public meeting at remote and historic hilly Komsing village Sunday.

There were some inherent shortcomings in our earlier planning system, he admitted and said it need not be emphasized that planning has widened the horizon of industrial sector and opened new vistas of industrial growth in the state under his care and vision.

The minister opined that the area has a natural and unpolluted beauty, with many exotic varieties of flora and fauna. The government is determined to keep its environment green and pollution free and therefore, the efforts towards industrialization should not damage the ecological balance and environment to generate unmanageable toxic industrial effluents.

It is necessary to identify the priorities and emphasize the significance of village level small scale industries and adequate employment generation opportunities. Keeping these objectives in mind, the state’s industrial policy attempts to satisfy the aspirations of the people, through economic and industrial developments, Taloh said.

There is a good market for tea and horticulture cultivation and the varied altitude is ideal for the cultivation of a variety of herbs which can be used in the manufacture of medicines, cosmetics and aromatic products. We need good road communication for market outlets, said Taloh.

He assured immediate road connectivity to the village which would be his top priority agenda. The motorable Sangam suspension bridge over Siang River will be completed within March, 2014, he assured.

Extending his gratitude to the state’s Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and Sonia Gandhi led union ministry at the centre Tapang Taloh assertively said that both the governments are providing all possible helps. Taloh reiterated that hydropower could bring prosperity to the state. He said that major industries as are not coming up in the state due to shortage of power.

There are vast potentials in the state which could be utilized for economic growth of the state.

Other highlights of the day were cultural presentation by villagers and students of Komsing.

The minister accompanied by a large number of government officers and leaders reached the landlocked Komsing village, where British APO Dr. Noel Williamson was killed century ago by great Adi warrior Matmur Jamoh, after several miles of foot march. DIPRO

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


Murder condemned

ITANAGAR, Feb 26: Arunachal Pradesh People’s Welfare Association (APPWA) and Arunachal Pradesh Abo Tani Clans Youth Organization (APATCYO) have strongly condemned the recent brutal killing of a salesman Dipankar Bhowal. Bhowal had been missing since Feb 20 last and his half burnt body was found from Hollongi dumping site recently.   Both the organizations urged the district administration to speed up the investigation process and  nab all the culprits involved in it.


Bandh declared illegal

ITANAGAR, Feb 26: The Capital District Magistrate under Section 144 CrPC has declared the proposed Capital bandh on February 28 as illegal. The administration directed the bandh callers to abstain from any act that may affect the right, liberty or security of common citizens or that may cause public disturbance of the peace and tranquility. The police officials have also been directed to take all necessary steps against the bandh.

Meanwhile, the administration has sought cooperation  from Arunachal Chamber of Commerce and Industries, all market bodies, petrol depots,  transport bodies and others  and requested them to carry out their routine business as usual.


ATI conducts computer hardware training

ITANAGAR, Feb 26: A week-long training course on “Computer Hardware and Trouble Shootings” commenced in Administrative Training Institute, Naharlagun today.  Altogether 28 Govt officials including LDC/ UDC, PA/SPAs etc  from various Govt offices  in Itanagar  and Naharlagun  are attending the training course which is being conducted under the 100 per cent course fee sponsorship of DoPT, Govt, of India.

In his inaugural address, Director (Training)  Pema Tshetan  said that this training course is being conducted for the benefit of the Govt functionaries who are directly handling the Computer for office related works. The Director hoped that such practical trainings to Govt officials about the knowledge  and  skill, maintenance  and  repairs of the minor trouble shooting problems will solve majority of the day to day computer malfunctioning.

The Director also appreciated the A to Z Computer Education Centre, Naharlagun head Palbinder Singh, a Senior Computer Engineering Graduate of NERIST, Nirjuli and his team of faculties for associating with ATI.


Orientation training course

ITANAGAR, Feb 26: Community food and nutrition extension unit, Itanagar in collaboration with Naharlagun urban ICDS project organized a 2 days orientation training course on February 25 to 26 at Yupia road down colony anganwad1 centre. Altogether 30 participants from Borapani I,II, III Anganwadi centres and also Yupia road down colony Anganwadi centre attended the training.

Y R Ete, child development project officer, Naharlagun ICDS project and Lijum Padu, Supervisor were the resource persons in the training programme. Demonstration for preparation of nutritious food was also conducted.


ANDC demands

ITANAGAR, Feb 26: All Nyori Development Committee (ANDC) under Tali circle in Kurung Kumey district has informed in a press release that it has submitted two points memorandum to Tali MLA on February 22 for establishment of CO Hq at Nyori and shifting of Tali PWD division which is temporarily running at Ziro to Nyori area.


Christ King School, Khonsa celebrates Annual Day

KHONSA, Feb 26: Christ King School, Khonsa celebrated its annual day cum prize distribution on February 23.

Khonsa MLA Kamthok Lowang and bishop of Miao Rt. Rev. George Pallipparambil attended the function as chief guest and guest of guest of honour.

The parents and guardians, who turned up for the programme were kept entertained by their own children through various colourful cultural and classical dances, songs and skits.

This was an opportunity for the students to demonstrate their talents in acting, singing and dancing.

The chief guest and the guest of honour distributed certificates and awards to the winners of various conpetitions conducted in the school.

The MLA also gave cash awards to two of the best students in the school and also promised to give some financial assistance for the development of the school.

While appreciating the school and is students he asked the parents and guardians to get actively involved in the processes of the education of their children by spending more time with their children to give them better parental care and support which is essential for their education.





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Diabetes in India

According to a recent report of the International Diabetes Federation India has 6.13 crore people living with diabetes, second only to China. Nearly 60 per cent  of diabetics in India have never been screened or diagnosed due to lack of awareness. IDF shows that a staggering 62.6 per cent of the people in India are not even aware about the complications of the disease. By 2030, India's diabetes burden is expected to cross the 100 million mark as against 87 million earlier estimated. China had 90 million people suffering from diabetes in 2011 and is expected to touch the figure of about 130 million by the year 2030.

Such a high numbers of undiagnosed cases means people are putting their lives at risk from diabetes complications such as nerve disease, which can lead to ulceration and amputation of limbs.  Spread of awareness only will empower them to defeat diabetes through prevention and management, expert feels.

Diabetes over a long term affects all organs of the body and is linked to heart attacks, stroke, some cancers and several infections, said Prof K Srinath Reddy, President of the Public Health Foundation of India. He said despite all the good intent, India’s national programme on diabetes has not progressed and can claim only limited success to its credit, which is why there is a need to explore innovative models for tackling this disease.

However, it  is hoped that launch of ‘Uday’- a five year project under the Lilly NCD  Partnership to fight the rising burden of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in India, with an initial focus on improving outcomes for people with diabetes and High Blood Pressure (HBP) would  accelerate awareness  about  the life threatening disease.

Lower Siang district- A ray of hope

Dear Editor,

This is n reference to the letter by one Kartum Lolen published today in Reader’s Forum column of your daily regarding the ‘Lower Siang’ district issue. I would like to enlighten the matter with respect to his comments. It’s pleasing to know about an intellectual’s concern for the interest of people of this proposed new district but at the same it’s disappointing to see the commanding statement like “don’t disturb the process”.  It may seem disturbing for rest of the people who are not part of the proposed new district but this is a great concern especially for the mass of the foothill Arunachalees. The demand for the creation of a new district called ‘Lower Siang’ at the foothills is a long felt demand of the 28 - Likabali (ST) Assembly Constituency and the Nari - Koyu. The people of the foothill region started to dream of a Lower Siang district years back due to various reasons like lack of road communications, economic backwardness, boundary disputes and educational backwardness and so on. The dream of getting a better life in this modern era never came to the fate of the people of this region as no earlier leaders and bureaucrats brought justice to the deprived people. But the ray of hope lingers in the heart of the people of this region till today with the maiden visit of our CM Shri Nabam Tuki to Likabali last year and the announcement for the creation of new district with its headquarter to be decided on the basis of feasibility report prepared by the High Power Committee (HPC) led by our present Chief Secretary of the state Hari Krishna Paliwal, IAS.


Igo Tao, Likabali




It’s an individual matter

Dear Editor,

This is in response to article given by Bogum Ao Foundation through your esteem daily published on 24th Feb. I would like to bring to your kind knowledge few things in this regard and make clarification regarding the allegation. A plot of land is in my possession for last 25 years at Likabali Town in the name of my son Maga Taipodia. Due to delay in Official process I had knocked the door of Honorable High Court Gawahati Itanagar Permanent Bench Itanagar for justice. Accordingly Honorable High Court has passed stay order in my favour vide Order NoWP©334/2011 DATED 20/8/2011.  In the mean time, one Pagli Koyu Superintendent Tax and Excise posted at Likabali Check gate has forcibly started constructing a Kutcha House in my plot. My daughter Mapu Karlo requested him not to do same as the plot is in my possession and it is under Court observation. A complaint was also given to the Office of the Sub Divisional Officer Likabali. Ultimately the erring Officer completed construction of his Kutcha House in my plot. Seeing the act and out of anger my daughter Mapu Karlo might have demolished the house. Due to above cited facts; it is my humble request to Bogum Ao Foundation not to mis-understand the incident. It is not against masses of Bogum Ao s and purely it is individual matter between Pagli Koyu and me (my daughter). I expect Bogum Ao Foundation, a respected society to understand the fact and discourage such kind of illegal act.

On the other hand Superintendent Tax and Excise a govt employee had violated the Honorable High Court Order and liable to be booked under Contempt of the Court.


Tama Taipodia, Likabali




Education Subject has been neglected

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed newspaper I would like to express my view regarding education system of state. It is more than twenty five year that Rajiv Gandhi University and affiliated colleges like DNGC; JNC etc. have served student communities of Arunachal Pradesh. What a privilege it is for us to be a part of such a glorious achievement. In spite of all these matter of pride, there still exists a drawback in our education system. Inclusion of the education subject in preliminary examination of APPSC has been not done till-dat.  The same subject has been included in neighbouring state in their respective public service commission examination. The growing numbers of institution viz. DIET, B.ed colleges along with increasing enrolment of the students and the current need of teachers makes the subject no less important than other subjects viz. geography, sociology, psychology, philosophy etc. institutions like B.Ed., DIET training centre need to train and educate more in-service teachers, untrained teachers, unemployed youths. Therefore education subject plays pivotal role for strengthening the structure of education of the state. Unfortunately the oldest and renowned Dera Natung Govt. College lacks quality education due to lack in adequate number of teachers, teaching-learning aids, TLM, no provision for practical etc. The ratio of students in DNGC is comparatively much higher than other colleges. Nine education papers (I,III,V,) 1st , 2nd ,3rd year respectively are taught & guided by four lecturers at DN college. Is it possible to bring best output if we have shortage of teachers like this? Recruitment of more lecturers is the need of time. Though education subject was implemented more than two decade ago till today it is struggling for proper status.

I, therefore, on behalf of UG & PG students humbly request concerned authority and AAPSU to pay special attention into the matter.


Neelam Tadh,





Let us save nature

Dear Editor,

Through your esteem column, I on behalf of the public of Poma-ll segment under Sangdupota circle of Papum Pare district, would like to draw your kind attention that the Mupu-Mekhi water supply project phase - II of Itanagar is on the verge of completion and on 21st February Chief Minister has visited the same. After the visit of the project by the  Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, we the public of Poma-ll segment have constructed a check gate at the entrance of the Bailey Bridge over Poma river to safeguard the area from illegal trespassers who causes major pollution. This step has been taken in view to check the destruction of large number of forest properties which brings ecological imbalances to the nature. The public have resolved to allow only the labours and officers of the said project to enter and the gate would be opened from morning 6 a.m onwards to 6 p.m evening. So, I on behalf of the public of Poma-ll segment, appeal one and all the citizens of the state to co¬operate with us in saving our property.


Techi Tobin


Poma-II Segment