February  03

Neelam Baptist Church Golden jubilee celebrated

Yachang Tacho

ZIRO, Feb 2: The golden jubilee of Neelam Baptist Church (NBC) was celebrated here at Neelam village in great fanfare with participation from all walks of life from Neelam and the adjoining villages under Lower Subansiri district on Jan 31 last.

The celebration started with the Golden Jubilee foundation Stone laid there by Speakers Rev. Tar Choya (Old Testament Nyishi Translator) and Rev. Halli Likha, general secretary Nyishi Baptish Church Council (NBCC). Thereafter Rev. Halli unfurled the Golden Jubilee flag.

Organizing Secretary Bro. Neelam Tatam expressed his gratitude to all the delegates who come over from different areas and far of places for taking part in the celebration.

Rev. Tar Choya released the Golden Jubilee Souvenir of Neelam Baptist Church while Bro. Neelam Taje, Souvenir Chairman read out the brief history of Neelam Baptist Church. As the story narrated, a couple, Lt.Neelam Teti and his wife Lt. Neelam Yaya was the first Christian of Neelam village who converted in year 1963. Thereafter, few more persons accepted Christianity.  In 1964, they constructed a thatched hut and named it as Neelam Baptist Church and started their Sunday service worship there with few believers. In the beginning, they faced lot of trouble but did not gave up rather improved their church structure and infrastructures and in due course of time numbers of believers increased.

As part of celebration, colourful cultural items were also displayed and presented.

"I was the first batch member of NBC. I never thought I could see today with village children to celebrate the Golden Jubilee. With the blessing of Lord Christ I am here today to witness all this activities," said an elderly village woman Debia Yanie.


MHA suspects involvement of militant group in Tarasso incident

ITANAGAR, Feb 2: Giving new twist to Tarasso boundary clash which claimed 10 lives, Union Ministry of Home Affairs Joint-Secretary, Shambhu Singh, told television channels that the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) might have a hand in the killing incident. According to the report published in popular English daily The Telegraph on January 30, Singh is quoted to have suspected hand of NDFB in the massacre.

Assam media have been relentlessly claiming Arunachal’s hand in the incident, which has been strongly denied by local people of Tarasso lead by its MLA Nabam Rebia. The statement by Shambhu Singh has given strong credential to the claim of Tarasso people that they have no role in the incident.


Ramesh Negi takes over as new CS

ITANAGAR, Feb 2: Development and Finance Commissioner Ramesh Negi took over the charge of Chief Secretary from sitting incumbent Hari Krishna Paliwal, who attained superannuation on 31st January. A 1984 batch IAS officer Negi belongs to UT cadre.

Prior to his posting to Arunachal in 2012, Negi worked as Chief Executive Officer of Delhi Jal Board. He was credited for massive improvement in the Delhi’s water distribution sector and development of sanitation infrastructure during his tenure. He had also initiated water and sanitation reforms within the DJB by engaging private companies under the PPP model. Negi is considered to be very hard working officer and is often seen attending office way beyond usual deadline to finish work. In a state where government officials are notorious for coming to office very late and leaving early, hope his appointment as chief secretary will improve work culture and improve governance.


Signature campaign against corruption

ITANAGAR, Feb 2:  The National Students Union has conducted a signature campaign, called  “students stand against corruption on 29th January last.  The hundreds of students, youth and common people joined and showed their strong support to pass anti corruption bills in the state, a release said. The campaign was organized in different colleges in the state.


Training cum workshop  for field functionaries held

ITANAGAR, Feb 2: Addressing the gathering of officers, officials, field functionaries and office staff of the education department of Papum Pare District, comprising BRCC/URCC/CRCC/KRPS/RPS at the URC Building, Naharlagun today, Papum Pare DDSE T. T. Tara shown his concerned towards quality dimension and stressed on the role of field functionaries. At the very outset the training cum workshop on Quality Monitoring Tools (Revised) in context to RTE was thoroughly discussed and deliberated to each one. It was further suggested to compile the format at school level, cluster level, block level & district level in due time following the guidelines in to-to.

The District Project Coordinator (DPC), SSA Dist. Mission, Yupia J. Tiwari delivered  the key note address and called upon one and all to shoulder the responsibility ensuring the quality in the district. The resource person of the training cum workshop, Dr. A. K. Mishra, Cord (Pedagogy) narrated the feasibility of district concerned as desired by field functionaries in compilation and presentation of the format which is to be made four times in a year i.e. July, Oct, Jan & April.


Association opposes works without NIT

ITANAGAR, Feb 2: The All Sagalee Youth Association (ASYA) today strongly opposed the works and supply order awarded to contractors without inviting tender and NIT. In its representation to the deputy commissioner Papum Pare, the association claimed that various executing agencies of Sagalee Sub-Division are awarding the works to their kits and kin depriving other genuine people. It urged the administration to look into the matter in order to check the trend.


AAPWU KK unit urges cancellation of EE’s transfer

ITANAGAR, Feb 2: The Arunachal Pradesh Workers’ Union (AAPWU), Kurung Kumey unit has opposed to the transfer of EE PWD Sangram Division.

In its letter submitted to PWD minister and PS to CM hailing the EE as a good officer, it requested for cancelling his transfer and warned of launching bandh call from February 15 next if the request is not heard by then.


ACA gearing up to take part in BCCI events

ITANAGAR, Feb 2: The Arunachal Cricket Association (ACA) is gearing up to participate in the BCCI Affiliated and Associate Members’ Tournament 2013-14. Even if the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was yet to make public the schedule of the tournament, the ACA secretary Tado Kholi has suggested the State players to keep on practicing for the ensuing tournament to be conducted for various categories like, Under-25, U-19, U-16 and Senior Women’s.


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Protests erupt at Varanasi , Shillong & Bangalore over death of Tania


ITANAGAR, Feb 2: The North East students studying in various parts of the country have taken out protest rallies over the death of 19-year-old student from Arunachal Pradesh Nido Tania who was allegedly beaten to death in Delhi recently.

In national capital students congregated at Jantar Mantar on Sunday, a day after the Northeast students called off their strike in Lajpat Nagar following reassurances from the Delhi Police that action would be taken against the guilty.

The students from North East studying in Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi under the banner of Arunachal Students Welfare Association, Varanasi took out a mass candle light procession there seeking justice for Late Tania. The procession was also joined by other BHU students.

At Shillong, hundreds of students today took to the streets in protest against the death of  Nido Tania. Students from Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland, Assam and Tripura also joined in the rally which was organized by the Arunachal Students Union Shillong (ASUS). The rally started from the Indo-Tibetan Border Police camp to the Police Bazaar before ending at the Arunachal House in Cleve Colony area. The rallyists carried placards and banners and shouted slogans alleging harassment faced by students from the North East in national capital. "We want justice and the police in Delhi should immediately arrest the culprits involved in the heinous crime and punish them," said Kakyar Dulom, ASUS president.

A large group of Khasi Students Union activists also joined in the rally among other students from the North Eastern Hill University and other colleges in the city. Expressing solidarity with the bereaved family of Lata Nido Tania, the North East people residing in Bangalore organized a rally at Bangalore Town Hall today. The rally organized by the Northeast Welfare Association of Karnataka (NeWAK), demanded justice for Late Tania.

The case of Nido should be put in a fast track so that there is no delay in giving justice, the Association said.  NeWAK  also  decided to launch signature campaign for ensuring justice for Nido Tania, the petition ‘Justice for Nido Tania’ will be handed over to President of India soon.

The National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) state unit also participated in a protest rally in New Delhi demanding justice for late Nido Tania who was thrashed to death by shopkeeper at Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi on Thursday.


AICC assures justice for Nido Tania

ITANAGAR, Feb 2:  The Central Govt will left no stone unturned to provide justice to Late Nido Tania and his family, said All India Congress Committee  general secretary cum Arunachal in-charge Jaya Kumar here at the Press Club this evening,

Strongly condemning the incident that claimed the life of Nido Tania in national capital, Kumar who is here to attend the last rites of Late Nido, informed the media persons that four persons have been arrested by Police and police will not let the culprit go without awarding stringent punishment. He further lauded the youths of the state for extending their solidarity to Nido by organizing rally on Saturday last at state capital.

Responding to a query on whether the incident is related to racism,  Kumar, like other politician has refused to give clear statement  saying ‘I can’t categorically say  yes it  is  a  racial act and  I can’t  categorically  say ‘No’ that it is not a racial act’ because some time  incidents happen due to racial act and some time for  other reason.” However, he termed the incident most barbaric.

Comparatively attacks on people of North eastern states in national capital are higher than the attack on  South Indian people, Kumar added while assuring to provide  justice to late Nido at it earliest.       

Beside, Kumar, Vice President, APCC, P Hindi and Vice president, Youth Congress, State Unit, Karbak attended the conference.

Condolences pour in

Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) deeply mourned the untimely demise of Nido Tania, son of parliamentary secretary, Health, Nido Pavitra in a tragic incident at New Delhi recently.  The APCC urged the Delhi Govt. to expedite the investigation to arrest all the culprits at the earliest and give them exemplary punishment for the brutal murder of innocent Tania.

APCC prayed to Almighty God for eternal peace of the departed soul and to give enough strength to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss cause to them.

Arunachal Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Tai Tagak today expressed deep shock and anguish over the untimely demise of Nido Tania.

In a condolence message to bereaved family, BJP President said “it is a sad moment for all of us that the life of a young and bright student was snatched away by the cruel hands of racial discrimination in National Capital.”



Joint peace meet resolves to maintain peace in boundary area

ITANAGAR, Feb 2: The people of Kimin-Kakoi area of Arunachal Pradesh and Nowboicha (Pohumara)-Kakoi area of Assam in a joint peace meeting held at NEFA College, Kimin today resolved  to maintain peace and tranquility in Assam-Arunachal boundary area and  not to succumb to outside influence.

The meeting held under the initiative of Assam Arunachal Border Peace Committee in view of the prevailing law and order situation in Assam-Arunachal boundary following the Behali-Tarasso incident, while condemning the Behali-Tarasso incident urged both the Govts of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh to take necessary action against the persons involved and responsible for the incident. It must be ensured that exemplarily punishment is given to those found guilty, the meeting said.

Administrations of both the neighbouring states should take necessary measures immediately in order to prevent any untoward incident in the border areas and so that peace and harmony among the people residing in the border areas is maintained, the  meeting said and decided to strengthen the existence peace committee for peaceful co-existence of the people of Assam and Arunachal.

It was also resolved that head GBs/GBs/Panchayat leaders would work actively to prevent spread of rumours and influence from outsiders within their jurisdiction. They should immediately report to Peace Committee/Police Station, if any individual is found to be engaged in such anti-social activities.



Tarasso incident: SUMA gives priority on peaceful co-existence

BANDERDEWA, Feb 2: Much turmoil being created after the Tarasso incident, civil society organizations of Arunachal and Assam have been facing a worsening situation while confronting rumours and accusation to each other every day.

As an initiative to bring normalcy to this tear-jerking situation, a joint press conference was convened by Student Union Movement of Arunachal (SUMA), All Papum Pare District Youth Association, Assam Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP), All Assam Gurkha Student Union (AAGSU), Assam-Arunachal Labour Union Joint Committee, Assam Arunachal Border Committee, Adibashi Student Association of Assam and Minority Student Association  yesterday at Hotel Karma, Bandardewa. While addressing the media persons Hemchandra Goswami, executive member of AJYCP, said “Certain miscreants are moulding this border dispute with their ill intention to create unrest among the peaceful settlers. Therefore, it is crucial and timely to realize that such behind-the- scene instigation of the miscreants should be rooted out”.

Representing All Assam Gorkha Student Union, vice president Sanjeev Chetry argued that, “Both the state government has apparently failed to intervene and anticipate the situation in due time. Therefore the Congress-led state government of Assam and Arunachal and the Government of India in particular deserve condemnation in the strongest terms”.

“The much spread social chaos and the suffering of innocent people at Taraso is the result of the negligence created by the Congress-led government”, Chetry added.

Citing the grievances to the governments of both the states Chetry demanded identification of the culprits at the earliest, intervention in the conflict with a sense of unison rather than signifying the tragic incident as clash between Assam and Arunachal.

“We appeal both the state governments to avoid political ill motive and alerted not to give air to the border disputes,” Chetry said.

Speaking on the occasion, SUMA president Biri Tabing said “Both the state governments must reveal their motive behind this border dispute” adding that the border conflict has never been given due attention.  “So far the violence is concern, SUMA guarantee the safety and security for the Assamese community residing in Arunachal Pradesh. And the same must be maintained from every corner of Assam till a peaceful conclusion of the incident is achieved. SUMA never promote violence”, Tabing said.

In the press conference, joint representatives from AJYCP, AAGSU, Assam-Arunachal Labour Union Joint Committee, Assam Arunachal Border Committee, Adibashi Student Association of Assam and Minority Student Association demanded immediate arrest of the culprits involved in Tarasso incident, rehabilitation of the victims’ families by both Assam and Arunachal government, Rs 1 crore ex-gratia for those killed from GoAP and Rs 25 lakhs to each seriously injured from Assam government and clear demarcation of the boundary line immediately.

Among others present on the joint conference were Tagar Hazarika, general secretary of Labour Union of Lakhimpur district and civil society members.

Later, the joint team visited the chief minister’s office, Itanagar and called on the political secretary Bamang Tago and Chief Advisor to CM Tenzing Norbu Thongdok. In the absence of the chief minister, the advisor and the political secretary assured the visiting team to look into their demands as per the norms with the government of Arunachal Pradesh and informed that the state Govt has already announced ex-gratia payment of Rs 3 lakhs each for those killed and Rs 50 thousand each to the seriously injured in the incident of January 29 last.



Economic blockade in Assam hits life in Siang districts

Prafulla Kaman

RUKSIN, Feb 2: The ongoing economic blockade by various organizations at different places in Assam has affected the three Siang districts. The protesting organizations are intensifying the agitation against Arunachal Pradesh demanding immediate arrest of the culprits involved in Behali massacre that took place on January 29 last and remand them to Assam police.

The indefinite blockade, which entered fourth day today, has resulted halt in supply of fuel, construction materials and other essential commodities in East Siang, West Siang, Upper Siang and parts of Dibang Valley districts. The protestors have been blocking all material-laden trucks and fuel tankers at Behali, Borgang, Sariduwar in Sonitpur districts and parts of Lakhimpur is causing acute crisis of fuel and other essential commodities in Siang belt.

Report from Sonitpur (Assam) said that hundreds of oil tankers, good laden truck plying to Arunachal Pradesh have reportedly been stranded for the last four days.

Sources informed that the situation has become worse after the security forces yesterday applied force to disperse the protesters from the blocked road. After alleged police-high-handedness, the protesters have intensified the agitation and imposed indefinite blockade, sources added.

Scarcity of petrol and diesel has also hit the public hard in East Siang as depot owners in the district have failed to refill petroleum products for the days, which has pushed the administration to reserve the remaining fuels.

East Siang Zilla Parishad Chairman Kaling Dai, who is presently in Itanagar informed that the blockade in Assam is resulting innumerable problem for the people of Siang valley. Many people of the region are marooned in Capital Itanagar and many other parts of the country, while the students staying outside and patients are suffering agony due to halt of transport communication.

Dai, in a statement appealed the protesters not to harass the people as the people of Arunachal have always been maintaining a cordial relation with the people of Assam and the age-old relation should not be jeopardized under any cost.

Appreciating the Chief Minister’s effort of paying ex-gratia to the victims of Behali incidents, the elected leaders of East Siang appealed the protesting organizations based in Assam to lift the economic blockade against Arunachal Pradesh on humanitarian ground and to resolve the issue amicably.

“We request both state governments to find an amicable solution of the boundary row rather than waiting the acts of the Boundary Commission or the Supreme Court’s verdict”, the elected leaders stated.


APPSU visits Tarasso

ITANAGAR, Feb 2: The All Papum Poma Students’ Union (APPSU) led by its general secretary Tem Takar visited Tarasso circle today.

In a release while informing of the visit it said that the local people are suffering ever since the incident took place that claimed about 10 lives and injured many.

People’s lives have become insecure, with women and children suffering more. Many are living off their homes ever since the incident took place. And the people are suffering for the want of food and medical attention because of the economic blockade, it informed while appealing the state government to take necessary steps to solve the problem as soon as possible.


AAPPTU appeals not to harass common people

ITANAGAR, Feb 2: All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Union (AAPPTU) today urged the authority to ensure the safety and security of vehicles belonging to Arunachal Pradesh while plying through Assam. AAPPTU claimed that there are many blockades at Borgang and Bishwanath Charali disrupting the supply of essential commodities and manhandled many passengers of Arunachal registration vehicles. It appealed to people of Assam counter part not to harass the common men and transport fraternities since boundary dispute is nothing to do with them. “No vehicle, private or commercial, should face the ire of violence on boundary issue” AAPPTU added.


Union slams  Govt and NES

ITANAGAR, Feb 2:  The All Kurung Kumey Capital Complex Students Union has condemned the state government and Nyishi Elite Society for allegedly failed to hammer out  the appropriate and permanent solution to boundary dispute. It stated that Tarasso incident could have been averted if the state government and NES acted properly. Union claimed that Govt and NES aware about the ground situation much before.



Donggin festival celebrated with pomp and gaiety

ITANAGAR, Feb 2: The Bori community living in Capital Complex celebrated Donggin Festival at Mopin-Solung ground here today.

Addressing the gathering, Tapu Pangu, a senior member of the society, exhorted the younger generation to promote and preserve rich culture and heritage and ideology of the society.

Project Director Tabang Bodung, while appreciating the preservation of aged-old culture and tradition, highlighted the importance of culture and stressed the value of culture and custom.

Differentiating culture and religion by saying culture is a kind of practice in particular community that exposes its origin and identity but religion is belief and faith without any boundary, he suggested all the communities practicing different religion to participate in their festival without any interference, to promote their culture and identity.

He also urged people not to confuse between culture and religion, since culture and religion have their own independent value.

Hangung Yaying, one of the senior members of the society, advised the participants to preserve own identity and to continue celebrating the festival. Among others, ABK President Kangir Jamoh, former Information Commissioner, Bani Danggen, under Secretary Tayi Taggu, Yamang Taga and  Bilati Pertin former ABK president and Commissioner Land Management were also present on the occasion.

Beautiful cultural competition, local folk dances and Valleyball competition marked the occasion.

The three days festival is celebrated every year for bumper production of crops, good health, blessing of off-spring and new wedded couple and to bring peace within mankind by Kine Nane and Doying Bote.



Arunachal lives on razor edge

Amar Sangno

Once Lord George Curzon, the influential Viceroy of British India from 1899 to 1905, called frontier between India and Qing Dynasty controlled-Tibet (what is today Arunachal Pradesh), “a razor edge” tripwire separating war and peace, life and death. Lord Curzon termed it from geographical point of view considering the region’s landscape.

Seemingly, Arunachal is currently living on a razor’s edge ever since the Tarasso incident which happened last Wednesday. It has become, “no entry zone” at least for the surface communication after some Assam-based groups backed by Communist Party of India-Marxist Leninist (CPI-ML) have been resorting to economic blockade against Arunachal. However, business community of the Capital Complex clarified that there is no shortage of essential commodities so far in Itanagar. They further said that the Arunachalee people are being reportedly targeted in some locations on National highway in Assam by the agitating mob.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki’s announcement of ex-gratia Rs 3 lakhs to each of the deceased and Rs 50 thousand for injured does not budge the agitating people in Assam. Sources informed that there are numerous self-erected barricades along National Highway 52, in order to detect Arunachalee passengers.

The Tarasso incident has become blot for Arunachal even before an independent enquiry committee is set up to  ascertain the facts of the perpetrators involved in it, as few Guwahati based electronic media went on claiming that miscreants were from Arunachal.

However, it would be utterly unwise to blame either side for the incident or leap to childish conclusion, as slight budge could, of course, jeopardize the vulnerable age-old peaceful relation of two inseparable sister states in the region.

The protesters in Assam yet to properly define, the term “economic blockade” but Arunachal feels the heat in such a proportion that it is difficult to find its feet on ground. Backlash of Tarasso incident perceptibly paralyzed the entire state in terms of road communication and is driving the state into woozy. The essential commodities price are sky rocketing, petrol depots gone dry and   there is surprise rise of tempo and trekker fare at Capital.  In other words, economic blockade spawns blooming business for the certain sections in the state, as people are frantically buying no matter whatever price they are being verbally told by the shopkeepers.

There are reports of people (sports persons, medical patients and common men) stranded at Guwahati airports, waiting for airlift.  But alas! Pawan Hans Helicopter service appears to be VIPs’ private jet. It is said deputy resident commissioner (DRC) Guwahati is allegedly prioritizing the seats exclusively for so- called very important persons, overlooking the other passengers’ fundamental rights.

Apparently the term economic blockade has become a “blackmailing tool” for few vested groups in Assam who loosely define it by experimenting on their neighbouring states e.g. Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Meghalaya on mere argument, skirmish and road mishaps. These groups know how to tighten noose around neighbouring state’s neck , as CPI-ML is now doing on Arunachal and putting the state under compulsion to compromise overlooking  the  Supreme Court-appointed three members  Boundary Commission’s recommendation which clearly says that 70-80  per cent of the disputed land between Assam-Arunachal should be given back to Arunachal.

Surprisingly, our politicians prefer to watch the entire show from distance and  maintaining stoic silence over the developments, instead of ringing the bell on centre government’s ear for early intervention.

Considering the communication bottle neck, Is it high time for our people representatives to hell-bent on the India’s faulty Look East Policy and lobby with the Centre for opening of the trade routes to China and Myanmar?  Or call for expediting of Trans-Arunachal High Way to realize inter-districts road connectivity dream without touching Assam. Because the stability in Arunachal largely depends on the avoidance of conflict with Assam (conflict here refers to ideas and argument). Moreover the relation between two sisterly states is seemingly getting uneasy day by day with myriad challenges ever since the vexed boundary disputes cropped up.

According to former BJP MP Kiren Rijiju, India’s Look East Policy is incomplete without linking trade route with China and Myanmar.  He also said that trade route with these two countries is only way out to get freedom from anti-Arunachal elements in Assam.

Let’s be optimistic this time that the Centre would pay heed to crying baby.



Sensitisation Programme on Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan held

ANINI, Feb 2: A sensitisation programme on NIRMAL BHARAT ABHIYAN (NBA) conducted recently at Malinye and Anelih in Dibang Valley District by the Department of Public Health Engineering and Water Supply Division, Anini. The programme was also to create awareness in handling FT kits and plumber methods to PRIs and people at rural areas.

The programme focuses on proper and good sanitary habits to the gathering and safe Drinking Water by means of proper handling of FTK. Formation of Village Water and Sanitation Committee (VWSC) were also highlighted in the programme. All PRI members and public gathered and participated in the programme in which resource persons from Medical and also Laboratory Technician of the Department participated in giving tune to the programme. ASM Malinye Jima Mena welcomed the department efforts in organizing programes on sanitation terming it as most prominent and important subject.

Dr N Hazarika(MO), Etalin stressed on Health and Hygiene and Water Borne Diseases and related components. He also shared on overcoming the diseases by which proper sanitation and good habits on clean and hygiene is required. Tokbang Boko Consultant Water &Sanitation, PHED Anini, shared NBA components and its activities to the gathering. He also stressed on proper used of sanitary habits by constructing a sanitary toilet provided by the Department.



ABU Youth conference gets under way


RUKSIN, Feb 2: Like the earlier years, the Adi Baptist Union (ABU) Youth Wing is conducting its 31st annual conference with colourful programme, which got under way at Detak village under Nari circle recently.

The objective of the conference is to inculcate sense of spiritual attitude among the growing youths. The Adi Baptist Union (Youth Wing) with its base in three Siang districts has been continuing efforts to promote unity and integrity through the path of religion.

The 4-day programme was started with congregational prayer for communal harmony, which was followed by Bible Study, exhortation on Bible Message and cultural competitions among the choir groups participated from concerning eight circles.

Exhorting on Bible message in the occasion, appointed speakers- Rev T C Zodinsanga and Bro. C L Rama (Missionary) explained on the theme- “Set your minds on things above…. Col 3:2”, suggested the youths to utilize their valuable lifetime in the service of God.

Describing on the Bible chapters, Sister Lily Dupak said that one can be endowed love, confidence and eternal life. They laid stress on imparting spiritual knowledge to the youth believers that they can know about god and give service to the society for attaining the path of salvation. The speakers also urged the youth leaders to shoulder responsibilities that have been assigned to each of them for the glory of Lord.

Expressing concern over the budding youths, who are on wrong footing to an indefinite future, the speakers laid stress on imparting spiritual knowledge to those youths for their moral building.

The organizers, through organizing competitions on Solo-Song, group song among the Choir (troupes) are eying searching hidden talent among the youths. More than three hundred youth believers are participated different programme of the conference.

Among others, pioneer of ABU (Youth wing), Tasi Dupak, Youth organizers Opang Taying, Tabang Esi, Tapun Ering are gracing the occasion and encouraging the youth activists. The programme will come to end on February 3 next with distribution of prize among the talents and valedictory prayers.



AVP Mahela Sammelan gets underway

Aalo,  Feb 2: Three Days Mahila Sammelan of Arunachal Vikas Parishad attended by representatives from Assam, Upper Subansiri, East and West Siang gets underway at Gumin Kiin from January 31. This maiden Sammelan is expected to take up key issues pertaining to problems of women, indigenous faith movement, drug abuses and other vices that confront our society.

Addressing the inaugural function West Siang DDSE Tomi Doke urged the womenfolk to give new direction to the boys and girls to take interest in our own culture and traditional values to keep intact our own identity. The higher percentage of girls in academic results and other competitive exams is an encouraging trend and only parental care and attachment is the solution to dissuade them from the path of deviation.

Tine Mena, the Everester from North East narrated her challenges and success story saying that she drew inspiration from her father. She exhorted the young girls to strive constantly to curve a niche for themselves in any chosen parameter.

Tumter Ete Deka who is the first police woman officer of West Siang also encouraged the girls to strive constantly to excel in life. Modernization is inevitable but our girls should be taught to preserve our culture and traditional weave to keep our traditional dresses.

Jumken Doji Ete outlined detail activities of women like inter-sector social services and appreciated the Director RCCN to introduce programme like Chale Gaon Ki Aur which makes a vital connection with people and relatives scattered in different locations of the district. Kari Kamum Basar spelt out aims and objectives of the three day long Sammelan and Marbom Bagra extended her thanks to one and all involved in the three days long conference of women.

In the technical session, Sandeep Kavishwar State Org. Secretary AVP spoke on the role of women in Indigenous Faith Movement and Dr. Linya Lollen, Medical Superintendent District Hospital Aalo dwelt on Drug addition. DIPRO



2nd phase of clean India –Arunachal campaign at Tawang

Tawang, Feb 2: Deputy Commissioner Tawang Abhishek Dev and Brig. Ashok Singh SM Station Commander Tawang fagged off the second phase of the Clean India-Arunachal Campaign at the Galden Namgyal Lhatse Monastery, popularly known as Tawang Monastery here yesterday.

The campaign was organized by the Environment Protection Society, Women Welfare Association (WWA) Tawang & the Humanity Group in association with the District Tourism Office, Tawang.

As Union Ministry of Tourism aims to undertake both sensitization and action at field level on bringing our tourist destinations and their surroundings to an acceptable level of cleanliness and hygienic stage, the ‘Clean India-Arunachal’ campaign is an initiative to clean the tourist destination and keep it hygienic by the Department of Tourism, GoAP.

Participating in the cleanliness campaign, the DC Tawang Abhishek Dev urged the denizens of the district to preserve their innate quality of hospitality along with cleanliness to attract more tourists. He appealed to all, to actively participate in the campaign to create awareness on general hygiene and sanitation in their respective areas. He further called on everyone to take equal responsibility in maintaining cleanliness and the administration alone cannot be held responsible for it.

Brig. Ashok Singh SM, Station Commander Tawang while lauding the youths and the locals appealed all to inculcate the habit of maintaining cleanliness and hygiene. Mentioning the participation of the Army in the cleanliness campaign, he also informed that all necessary helps and supports will be provided by the Army for developing tourism in the district.

DTO Tawang Tsering Dekey briefing the aim and objective said that the campaign has been launched by the Department of Tourism, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh a part of Clean India Campaign launched by the Ministry of Tourism to give quality service to the visiting tourists by keeping not only the tourist destination but also the nook and corner of the area by keeping it clean and hygienic. She further expressed the hope that the Clean India Arunachal Campaign will be effectively carried out in the district.

It is to be mentioned here that the first phase of the campaign was conducted on the 25th of January earlier on the occasion of National Tourism Day with support from the WWA Tawang. DIPRO



District level tournaments for CM trophy concludes at East Siang, East Kameng  and Longding  

ITANAGAR, Feb 2: District level volleyball and football tournaments for boys and girls for CM trophy’14 concluded today at the sports complex. DC Nidhi Srivastava and newly joined SP Devender Arya graced the occasion as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour respectively. Duo appreciated the participants, general people and the organizer with their word of encouragements and handed over the winning and runners up trophies and cash prizes to the achievers.

In women volleyball 38-Pasighat beat 37-Ruksin-Bilat and in men final 38-Pasighat beat 36-Nari-Koyu in the final matches. Amoni Diru for women and Maklek Modi for men were adjudged as the best players of the volleyball tournaments.

In women football final match, 38-Pasighat lifted the final trophy defeating 37-Ruksin-Bilat by 1-0 goal. The lone goal was netted by Renu Padung of Pasighat team and Osi Taying was chosen as the best player. The final match of men was played between 38-Pasighat and 36-Nari-Koyu where the former won the match by 4-2 range. Tami Taki and Tamang Siram of winning team scored two goals each in the final match.

All the winning teams (both boys and girls in volleyball and football) received winning trophies along with 50,000/- cash and while the runners up teams received trophies and 25,000/ cash prizes. The best player in women volleyball received 7,000/- while the rest best players were given Rs. 5,000/- cash. DIPRO

The CM’s trophy of football and volleyball concluded at General Ground Seppa in East Kameng district  yesterday. Attending the valedictory function, Tani Loffa, MLA cum Chairman APFC Ltd. dwelt at length the sports policy of the state Govt. and its commitment for the youth development and employment thorough sports. He urged the players to achieved sports excellence to reap the benefits being provided by the Govt.

Karbia Dodum, DSO (Sports) briefed about the activities report of the tournament right from the block level. He wished the winner for success in the state level too.

In Football both Men and Women, the team of 11th West Seppa Constituency was the winner defeating Chayangtajo team

In Volley Ball, 8th Bameng Assembly Constituency was the winner of Men’s Volleyball and 9th Chayangtajo, the winner of Women’s Volleyball respectively.

The Longding District administration  has successfully conducted District Level Chief Minister’s Trophy on Football  and  Volleyball men and women 2013-14 at District headquarters Longding  from January 28 to 31.

In the Volleyball women final 60th Pongchau-Wakka team was declared as winner, while 59th Longding-Pumao was the runner-up. In the men Volleyball final, 60th Pongchau-Wakka team was declared as winner while 59th Longding-Kanubari was runner-up. In the Men Football final match between 59th Longding-Pumao and 60th Pongchau-Wakka team, the 59th Longding-Pumao was declared as winner while 60th Pongchau-Wakka was runner-up.

While appreciating the participating team of District Level Chief Minister’s Trophy, T Bam, Deputy Commissioner Longding has encouraged the players and advised them to maintain sportsman spirit and urged to participate in all sports events in the days to come, a peaceful manner. Among others, Zila Parishad Chairperson of Longding District Phejon Wangsa, Extra Assistant Commissioner Longding, Chiefs, GBs, District Sports Association Longding etc were present in the  closing ceremony.



Dalai Lama inaugurates Tibet Festival

Nima Khenrab

GUWAHATI, Feb 2: His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama inaugurated the Tibet Festival 2014 (Festival of Tibetan Arts & Culture) here at Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalashetra in Guwahati, Assam.

The Chief Minister of Assam Tarun Gogoi  shared the dais with the Sikyong (Prime Minister) of Central Tibetan Aministration (CTA) Dr. Lobsang Sangey and Minister Tourism & RWD (GoAP) Pema Khandu  at the inaugural ceremony.

Pema Khandu who is the chief patron of the organizing committee extended his heartiest thanks to His Holiness, the Chief Ministers of both Assam and Meghalaya in rendering all possible support for making the event a huge success. Citing example of Tibetan culture, Pema exhorted, “Its (Tibet) people, religion, art and culture went through extreme turbulent times but managed not only to survive but flourish in lands far away from its origin”, it’s an inspiration to draw from, particularly for we the people of North East who are confronting modernity at the cost of our own rich culture and heritage”, said Pema in his welcome address.

To sum up, the message of the Dalai Lama to the thousands of devotees and fans gathered was simple -  he spoke in brief the relevance and importance of compassion, secular ethics and moral values for world peace and individual happiness.

Chief Minister of Assam Tarun Gogoi in his address to the gathering said that the soil of Assam is blessed with the visit of his holiness and anticipated that the visit will usher a new era of peace,  without fear, without insurgence.

The auspicious inaugural function also had traditional dance performance by the artistes from the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA), and troupes from Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. The function concluded with vote of thanks by MP CTA, Karma Yeshi, a member of the Organizing Committee of the festival. Another member of the Organizing Committee, Yangchin Dolkar, also an MP of CTA was the MC of the function.

The 5 days’ Tibet Festival (Festival of Tibetan Art & Culture) is being organized here at Guwahati from 2nd to 6th Feb, 2014 the attractions are globally acclaimed Tibetan sand mandala and butter sculpture creations; display and sale of intricate thangka paintings, assiduous wood carving and handicrafts, exhibition of rare photographs and books and Tibetan medical camp was also set up, talks on Tibetan Culture and Buddhism,   performance of traditional dances etc.

He will leave to Shillong tomorrow morning soon after the White Tara long life empowerment at Kalakshetra, informed Chombay Kee, a member of the Organizing Committee. Earlier on the day, His Holiness the Dalai Lama addressing a huge gathering at Nehru Stadium deliberated on Human values.



Training programmes for small tea growers conducted

ITANAGAR, Feb 2: Tea Board regional office, Itanagar has organized a series of one-day training programme/ workshops for Small Tea Growers of Tirap & Longding districts during the last week of January.

Large number of small tea growers (STG) of both the districts have taken up tea cultivation as their major income source but they are lacking scientific knowledge about it. Three numbers of  outreach programmes were organized  at Luaksim Village near Kanubari on January 28, at Ranglua village, about 35 km away from Kanubari on January 29 and at Borduria Village on January 30. 70 to 100 Small Tea Growers participated in each programme.

While explaining the objective of the training, Sampha Wangsa, General Secretary of All Arunachal Pradesh Small Tea Growers’ Association appreciated the efforts taken by Tea Board, Regional Office to disseminate scientific knowledge to these remote tea growing areas. B. Bordoloi, Jr. Advisory officer, TRA imparted training on various aspects viz. site selection, soil testing , young tea management,  pest and disease management, pesticide residue, correction pruning etc. Various quarries of growers  were clarified .

S. Rajbongshi, ADTD, Tea Board, Itanagar shared his work experience in organized tea garden  with participants. He described how different practices viz land preparation, stalking, planting, Young Tea Management, etc are carried out in an organized tea garden. He urged the growers to maintain green leaf quality standard at least 65 per cent fine leaf since quality tea can be produced from good quality green leaves only. Growers should select only recommended pesticides only. He also elaborated various financial benefits that can be provided to STGs in the form of  SHG.  SHG members can collect and transport green leaves to factories with own vehicle (can be provided with 50 per cent subsidy) without depending on leaf agents. By forming SHG the STGs of Kanubari and Ranglua can think of starting their own co-operative factory in near future to fetch better green leaf price as well as to get an ensured market to sale green leaves. Different Govt. Agencies like SFAC, NSDC including Tea Board can help a true/ functional SHG, he  concluded.

These programmes were organized with help of several public leaders/village heads/local tribal chiefs etc particularly Akhun Jamikhan, Wangren Wangjen of Khalap SHG of Ranglua, Laichat Arangham, Noknai Tinkhatra of Risng SHG of Luaksam Village and L. Wangha of Borduria.



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Promises never turn true

Dear Editor,

Arunachal Pradesh is now moving ahead in every field be it education, infrastructure, health etc. However the fruits of development are still not reaching certain parts of state. One classic example is Miglung Village, situated just 22km away from district HQ. Pasighat (East Siang). The age old village is surrounded by two rivers Remi and Marbang which is threatening its very existence with each passing year.

The villagers of Miglung cross the mighty Remi River during summer season using a WRC hanging bridge, which is the only lifeline to around 500 populations settled in the village. The first hanging bridge was constructed in 1988 (made of timber wood) on community basis under active support of Late Tarung Pabin (Ex-Minister) then Zilla Vice President. The bridge was formally inaugurated by then Deputy Commissioner East Siang Jagir Singh in July 1988 which finally worn out in 2002. After that a new bridge was sanction from MLA (LAD) in May 2002 by MLA Dr. Tangor Tapak.

The leaders of village submitted a memorandum when former chief minister Gegong Apang visited the village in 1997 for sanctioning a concrete RCC bridge to make it motorable round the year. Alas! It could not be materialized due to the fall of his government in 1999. Again villagers gave proposal for concrete bridge under PMGSY scheme which is still in cold storage!! When contacted concerned RWD Department cited delay in file movement at Delhi for the hold-up.

Five MLA elections has been held since then but neither concerned MLA nor state Government is taking pain in addressing the cry of poor villagers. Why State Government is turning a deaf ear?? People need an answer!! No offence please. Every election leaders make tall promises; I will do this and that then how come their promises never turn true?? The long overdue demand of Miglung is being ignored. As election is due this year people are expecting high hope from upcoming leaders to take up the issue in priority.


Benjamin Tabing

Pitor Takoh




Students at receiving end

Dear Editor,

Due to the recent boundary clash at Tarasso circle subsequently followed by apt repeated economic blockade launched by Assam based organization, it's the common people who are suffering most for no mistake of theirs. The boundary problem has long been simmering but the respective Govt. on both sides have dilly dallied in pursuing the matter to an end.

In all this mayhem, the student community particularly those studying outside have to bear the brunt mostly. And also with the exam session just a week away for the Shillong and Guwahati based institutes, the students are left in a lurch. Unable to report to exam or so will set them back for a year. Henceforth, considering the gravity of the situation, it's my ardent request to the Transport Officer to provide buses with security guards to escort the students safely.

Yours truly

Raja Bagbi

Former GS (ASUS)



Is chopper service only for kiths and kins of bigwigs?

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to draw the attention of state government that the poor students who are staying in Guwahati for various purposes are denied chopper facilities. It is why that all time kiths and kins of political bigwigs and top bureaucrats are given first preferences of chopper facilities from GHY to Itanagar? So we the poor students of Guwahati plead the state Government to look into the matter in the interest of student community.  


Tayam Tamar








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Resolve boundary issue at the earliest

Boundary row between Assam and Arunachal is back in news again due to recent Tarasso incident. The clash between citizens of two states broke out because of dispute over boundary. The decade long dispute rose due to improper demarcation. Both sides allege each other of encroaching into each other’s land. However lending credential to Arunachal’s claim, a three-member commission appointed by the Supreme Court to resolve the border dispute between Assam and Arunachal in its report submitted to the Ministry of Home Affairs recently has said that around 70-80 percent disputed land along the inter-state boundary should be given back to Arunachal Pradesh.

The three member commission is headed by retired High Court judge Tarun Chatterjee and M Kamal Naidu, a retired Indian Forest Service Officer, and SK Goel, additional surveyor general of India. The report should end the debate over who is the real encroacher? The government of India should immediately take note of report and take action accordingly. Their timely action can save lives of many innocent citizens. If boundary row is not resolved at the earliest, we might witness more deaths in the future.