February 12

Media nominations for APCA-2014

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: PR North East, the host organization for Arunachal People's Choice Awards (APCA) 2014 announced the first ever award ceremony, rewarding excellence in media and business earlier on 29th January. In its mission to make North East India identified globally and encourage media persons and entrepreneurs to continue to serve the state, PR North East is all set to bring about an innovative change.

PR North East, established in the year 2007, today announced the names of the top media persons for APCA 2014. The nomination process was carried out by all the prominent media houses of the state. Each Media houses were provided with a maximum of five nomination forms in which each media house could nominate anyone from Arunachal media fraternity in each category. The top five to six names nominated in majority by the entire media house under each category have been short listed for Arunachal People's Choice Awards 2014.  The final list of nominees is purely based on choices in majority made by each media houses. Further details of the event is available online on www.arunachalpeopleschoice.com

The short listed media nominees in various categories for APCA- 2014 are:  


Drive against faulty number plates

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: City police will shortly launch drive against vehicles with faulty number plates.

According to a release issued by the City SP, the drive will be launched from February 24 to penalize those vehicles with faulty plates that don't adhere to the colour, size and space specifications under section 177 of Motor Vehicle Act, 1988.


Dwelling house gutted in Dissing-Passo

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: A dwelling house of one Putup Nabam was reportedly gutted down to ashes at Lower Dikalmukh here today around 1.pm. In a release All Pakke-Kessang Pijeriang Dissing Passo Seijosa Students Union claimed that reason of fire accident is yet to ascertain and lakhs of properties were damaged during the accident.


Village youths help fire victim

ITANAGAR, Feb 11:  The village youths under the aegis of Londa Village Youth Association have extended its helping hand to fire victim one Afar Londa by providing rice, utensils and blanket. The volunteers also helped him to rebuild his house. It said that fire accident broke out recently at Hamkiya camp of Londa village in which two houses were reportedly burnt.


KKDABA condemns declaration of senior boxing champion result

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: Claiming that declaration of the state level sub-junior and  senior (men) boxing championship which was held at Khonsa, Tirap from 30th January to 1st February was false statement, Kurung Kumey District Amateur Boxing Association today condemned the result. Squarely blaming on the organizer for wrong result, KKDABA appealed to the organizer not to repeat in future.


Chetam CO office inaugurated


DAPORIJO, Feb 11: The new CO office Hqs of Chetam and the Donyi Polo Namlo at Kare village under Chetam Circle of Upper Subansiri district were inaugurated by MLA Tapen Siga here yesterday. The infrastructure for the CO office was constructed under SPA under the initiative of the MLA.

Earlier, Govt. staff had to face various problems in performing their duty due to lack of proper infrastructure and majority of them used to stay at Daporijo. However, with the coming of new infrastructure, it is hoped, the govt. staff will perform their duty sincerely for the welfare of public, the MLA said.

While briefing regarding the establishment of the Donyi Polo Namlo at Chetam, the MLA encouraged the villagers to keep up their religious identity and also respect others religions. He assured his all support for the development of the Namlo in the village.

Deputy Commissioner Tahang Taggu also explained about Donyi Poloism and appealed people to preserve and protect their indigenous culture, tradition and beliefs. He appreciated the people of Chetam circle for preserving their indigenous beliefs.

All the HODs and PRI elected members with GBs from nearby villages Gaon burahs also attended the inaugural function.


Blood donation camp held

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: A total of 22 units of blood were collected in a voluntary blood donation camp conducted in the Don Bosco College, Jullang today. This was the third blood donation camp conducted in the college during this academic session.

Inaugurating the camp, Principal of Don Bosco College, Jullang  father Nicolas highlighted the importance of donating blood and encouraged the students for voluntary blood donation.

Dr. P Sona, Blood Bank Officer, Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun, spoke about the basics of blood science and need of blood for clinical use.

Lenin Tunghi, vice chairman, Vivekananda Yuva Shakti Ignited Youth of Arunachal Pradesh, also the organizer of the camp briefed achievements of his organization especially in the field of blood donation.

Present on the occasion were Dr.P Ringu, DDHS (SBTC), Dr.LR Chaudhary, Blood Bank Officer, RK Mission Hospital, Ramesh Jeke, Chairman, Vivekananda Yuva Shakti Ignited Youth of Arunachal Pradesh and faculty members of the college.

A large numbers of students along with the faculty members of the college turned up for the blood donation camp.


Unying-Aaran festival

ITANAGAR, Feb 11:  Unying-Aaran is one of the most prestigious age-old festivals of Adi community which is celebrated on 7th of March every year. However, the Unying-Aaran Celebration Committee (UACC) 2014 in a release claimed that festival has been deleted from the official festival and holiday's list of Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, which has hurt sentiment of all Adi community.

A meeting was convened by chief advisor UACC-14 at Naharlagun on 2nd February in this regard. The Chairman, secretary and all the members of Naharlagun Unying Aaran Celebration Committee including senior citizens of Naharlagun Adi Community attended the meeting. Besides finalizing the various programmes for celebration of Unying Aaran at Naharlagun, committee also appealed all the Adi community people residing in and around capital complex to participate voluntarily and enthusiastically.  The committee has further appealed govt. of Arunachal Pradesh through the apex body of Adi Community, ADI BANE KEBANG (ABK) to rectify the issue of omission or deletion of Unying Aaran festival date from official govt. calendar and diaries of Arunachal Pradesh.


Rijiju, Sonam extend help to fire victims

AALO, Feb 11: Former MP Kiren Rijiju along with Bai Gadi, Yomto Jini, Marmi Tali and others visited fire victims of Gemo Tali village and announced relief materials like cement, nail and iron chulas to each victim on  February 9.

Interacting with the people Kiren said "ups and downs and misfortune often comes in one's life but we should be able to face such tragedy and think of rebuilding ourselves." He called for physical and material help from unaffected households of the village and nearby villages in the hour of distress while assuring more possible assistance in the future. Earlier, Bai Gadi donated Rs. 70,000 in cash to the victims.

Jalley Sonam also sent relief materials to fire victims through his representatives Rinto Ete, Dopak Karbak and Karpe Likar. The fire victims of Gemo Tali village have expressed their deep sense of gratitude to one  and all who have landed there to console and provided relief materials in the hour of need to sustain themselves. DIPRO


NHPC awarded for meritorious performance

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: The NHPC has been awarded Gold Shield, a National Award for meritorious performance in power sector.

Union Minister of State for Power (Independent Charge) Jyotiraditya M Scindia presented the Gold Shield to NHPC under category "Early Completion of Hydro Power Projects" for its 231 MW Chamera-III Hydroelectric Project at a glittering ceremony held on February 4 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.  This award for the year 2012-13 has been given to Chamera-III Hydroelectric Project for the early completion of its Unit 3 (77 MW). The award has been given on the basis of evaluation carried out by Central Electricity Authority (CEA).

The award was received by J K Sharma, Director (Projects), NHPC and A.K. Malhotra, General Manager of Chamera-III. P K Sinha, Secretary (Power), Govt. of India and Neerja Mathur, Chairperson, CEA were also present on the occasion.

Commissioned in July 2012, the 231 MW Chamera-III is a run of river scheme on river Ravi in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. The project is designed to generate 1104 Million Units annually in a 90 per cent dependable year. The project is a fine example of attaining a massive engineering feat while facing challenging weather conditions, flashfloods and geological surprises.


News Impact

Govt. orders CBI probe into Nido Tania’s death

New Delhi, Feb 11: The government today ordered a CBI probe into the death of Arunachal Pradesh youth Nido Tania allegedly after an assault by a group of people here.

"The family wants that the investigation should be conducted by CBI. So, we have decided to hand over the case to CBI," Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde told reporters after Nido's family met him.

Shinde said he has assured that justice will be given to the family and guilty will be punished.

Earlier, the victim's father Nido Pavitra, Parliamentary Secretary, Health & Family and Food Civil Supply and other close family members led by Takam Sanjoy, MP Lok Sabha called on Shinde at his South Block office this afternoon. The family members of the deceased included Nido Marina (mother), chairperson, Arunachal Pradesh Social Welfare Board, Nido Karjom (Elder brother), Nido Lulu (Elder Sister) and Nido Anga (younger sister) besides host of other relatives. They had a 15-minute meeting with Shinde during which they placed their demands, including a CBI probe. Shinde said, "Though the case is on the verge of completion but the outpouring of emotions expressed by the people of the nation especially from North East is necessitating him to take the decision."

"The people of North East especially Arunachal Pradesh are lovely, very innocent. I'm feeling very bad for the unfortunate things happening to them. Even Sonia Ji has expressed her deepest concern over the incidents. Don't worry, entire govt is with you and we'll do our best," Shinde assured.

The MHA also assured that about 300 police personnel from the North East states would be recruited into Delhi Police to exclusively handle the cases related to the people of the NE in New Delhi and its adjoining areas.

He also assured to take stringent action against the erring police officials for their irresponsible act in discharging their duties besides constituting 11 members committee to be headed justice H K Sema (Retd judge Supreme Court).  

"The Home Minister gave us a patient hearing. We also requested him to do the needful to ensure security of people from northeast living different parts of the country," Pavitra, a Congress MLA in Arunachal Pradesh, told reporters.

19-year-old Nido, a BA first year student in a private university, had an altercation with some shopkeepers at Lajpat Nagar here on January 29 after they made fun of his hairstyle, following which they allegedly thrashed him. He was found dead the next day. Meanwhile, Delhi Police today told a court here that murder charges have been slapped against four persons, one of whom was arrested this morning, in connection with the youth's death.

Nido Tania's family meet Rahul Gandhi

Earlier, Pavitra and Marina led by Sanjoy also met AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi at his Tughlak Lane office apprised him of the situation prevailing in the national capital.

Rahul assured that the GoI is seriously contemplating on the enactment of the Anti Racial Act at the earliest and would be convening a meeting soon against the repeated atrocities on the people of NE in the national capital. He expressed his condolence to the aggrieved parents and assured all possible help to deliver justice.  

Central leaders assure safety of NE people

Meanwhile, Luizinho Faleiro, General Secretary AICC (NE In-charge) & former CM, Goa and Vincent H Pala, MP, Meghalaya and Luzire met Takam Sanjoy, MP Lok Sabha at his official Bungalow at 8- Ferozshah here this late evening and enquired about the well-being of the aggrieved parents of Nido Tania.

They expressed his condolence to deceased parents Pavitra and Marina and reiterated that the UPA Govt would put its best to ensure early delivery of justice to family of Nido, the 19 year old college student who was fatally attacked by more than dozens of people at Lajpat Nagar on January 29 last.

The central leaders' duo told about the centre's seriousness to ensure safety of North East people.

"We are working on mechanisms to avert oft-repeated racial abuses and attacks in the national capital to our brothers and sisters of North East," the leaders echoed. (With inputs from PTI)



Krishi Karman award for Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: Arunachal Pradesh got the "Krishi Karman Commendation Award 2012-13" for total food grain production.

Agriculture Minister Setong Sena, Advisor of Agriculture department AK Purkayastha and Agriculture Director Hage Kano received the Award from the President of India in the inaugural function of "World Congress on Agroforestry" at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi yesterday.

The award is in recognition of higher food grain production during 2012-13 over previous 5 years.

The function was attended by Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, Environment and Forest Minister Veerappa Moily, Chief Ministers and Agriculture Ministers of many states besides Minister and senior officers of many foreign countries.

The state produced 3.62 lakh MT food grains during 2012-13 as compared to previous 3.34 lakh MT during 2010-11 with an increase of 8.63  per cent.

It is pertaining to mention here that the state had received the same award for food grain production of 2010-11 also. The overall productivity of foodgrains enhanced from 1663 Kg per hectare the highest in previous 5 years to 1767 Kg per hectare during 2012-13. The growth trend of production and productivity is attributable to launching of number of new initiatives viz. Chief Minister's Agri Mechanization Programme, National Food security Mission(NFSM-Rice), Rashtriya Krishi Vikash Yojana(RKVY), Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA programme) under CSS on Extension Reforms and many other state funded farmer centric schemes.

Farmers' awareness about Food and Farm Income security along with the state Government's priority in augmentation of Agricultural production through technology based farm practices has been the driving force for achieving such spectacular achievement and it is envisioned that the state is marching towards its goal of Food & farm income security steadily, according to Agriculture Department release.



Give North East a pride of place

Denhang Bosai

The recent days and weeks have been indeed traumatic and chaotic for the whole Northeast, especially the young state Arunachal Pradesh which is overtly glorified as an 'island of peace.' Arunachal is also lovingly described as the land of the rising sun as the rays of the sun first kiss the lofty hills, mountains and the deep valleys of the Himalayan state. But sadly, not only development in the true sense of the term leaves a lot to be desired in Arunachal and the Northeast but the truly patriotic Arunachal people are not even allowed to live with dignity in the metropolis of the ancient and great country India. However, the state government under the able leadership of the affable Chief Minister Nabam Tuki  is leaving no stone unturned to address the burgeoning problems the state is faced with. Not only were the people of Arunachal Pradesh drowned in deep sorrow and gloom but were profoundly shocked and pained by the abominable and unbecoming act of some fellow Indians who allegedly lynched young Nido Tania to death in  the much maligned capital New Delhi. However, there is a silver-lining in the aftermath of the gruesome murder of Tania. The very conscience of the Indians has been shaken by this despicable act of the hooligans who pride themselves as mainland Indians having utter disregards for the people of the Northeast. Not only the Nothreasterners but the entire country stood up in protest against the cold blooded murder of young Nido. This was one most unfortunate incident that compelled Rahul Gandhi, Narendra Modi and all WHO's WHO of the country to cry foul over the perpetual racial discrimination against the people of the Northeast. The cries and shouts of protest and resentment not only reverberated through the streets of the country but the matter was raised in the Indian Parliament. Hopefully the Indian leaders and the policy framers of the great country have at long last realized the magnitude of the  most shameful and glaring problem of racial discrimination and hopefully justice will be done to Tania. They can no longer remain hypocrites and pretend that the racial discrimination against the Northeast people is a myth. It is a sad reality. The nation must wake up to this reality and spare no efforts to do away with it once and for all. This will do a world of good both for the Northeast and the country as a whole. But Arunachal and the Northeast must learn from the tragedies that befall on them because of the hateful attitude of some mainland Indians.

They must utilize such tragic and harrowing events for introspection. However, they need to set their own house in order first. There must be unity amongst the Northeasterners. New Delhi is a place where Arunachalees are not warmly welcomed for the reasons best known to the people there but it's the same place where Robin Hibu is proudly serving as the Inspector General of Delhi Police. Let there be more Robin Hibus in all the metros of India and see how the stereotyped attitude of the mainland people towards Arunachal and the Northeast changes. But for this to happen the young people of Arunachal and the Northeast will have to toil hard as nothing is served on a platter in this fiercely competitive world. The other Northeasterners must learn from one of their sisters Mizoram and their lone brother Sikkim. Today, Sikkim is the numero uno tourist destination and Mizoram is one of the most literate states in the country.  Even though the cries of protest in the aftermath of the most tragic death of Nido Tania have died down, the leaders of the Northeast must work ceaselessly to educate the mainland Indians on Northeast in order to arrest recurrence of such ugly incidents. They should impress upon the law makers to explore possibilities to ban the use of the derogatory term CHINKY legally all over the country. The leaders of the region must not rest till the issue of racial discrimination was addressed with a greater degree of seriousness by the central government.

Another unfortunate recent incident that compounded the problem of the people of Arunachal Pradesh was the mindless killing of ten people and injuring many more near Taraso which resulted in uncalled for economic blockade imposed by Assam thereby creating untold sufferings for the Arunachal people. It is indeed appalling that the people of Assam with whom Arunachal Pradesh has an emotional relation since incipience, resort to this frequent economic blockade at the slightest pretext. The people in Assam never try to know the reason[s] or wait for investigations to take place to find out the truth vis-à-vis such unfortunate incidents. They only seem to look for the flimsiest of excuses and reasons to harass and torment the hapless Arunachal people who are totally dependent on Assam for almost everything. The people of Assam and for that matter the people of other Indian states, especially West Bengal, Orissa, Bihar, UP, Tamil Nadu, Kerala etc must be grateful to Arunachal Pradesh for providing gainful employment to them at the cost of the Arunachal people. Do these Indian states provide employment opportunities to the Northeasterners? Assam must realize that the criminals and law breakers belong to no community, religion or region. They are simply criminals who deserve to be punished wherever they are. The innocent people must  not suffer due to the follies  and misdeeds of the mischief mongers . In fact, the people of Assam and Arunachal should help and co-ordinate with each others to nab the habitual culprits who create bad blood between the law-abiding citizens of the two neighbouring states. It will also be in the interest of both the states if Assam maintains status quo as Assam had always violated the status quo in the Assam Arunachal borders thereby disturbing the existing peace and tranquility. Assam also needs to understand that in most of the border areas like Bhalukpung, Banderdewa, Seijossa, Kimin, Likhabali, Ruksin, Nagaghat in Tirap etc there are only a few genuine Assamese. Most of the residents in the border areas are outsiders and habitual land-grabbers who create misunderstanding between Assam and Arunachal. A serious brainstorming is the need of the hour on the part of the people of Assam. Assam people must realize that whenever there is an economic blockade Assam too is hit hard because Arunachal is helping Assam economy to grow and prosper in no small measure. The time has come for the Arunachal people to realize that they cannot be dependent on Assam for every single commodity. Apparently, Arunachal cannot manufacture medicines, electronic goods, fuel and so on and so forth but the tribals there can surely grow vegetables, produce meat, fish and other commonly used items for consumption without looking towards Assam for supply. Why can't the Arunachal people inundate the markets with local products? People must work hard and do away with the shameful 'spoon feeding culture' which has rendered them lazy. Arunachal is slated to become the biggest tourism hub in the near future but are we ready for it? Can we be really good hosts? Can we project a good and clean image of ourselves? Can we endear ourselves to the mainland Indians and compel them to change their mindset and feeling about us? The Arunachal people have a work cut out and have to work really hard to give a good account of themselves.

It's such an irony that the Northeast people try to emulate anything Indian including adopting mainland Indian names whereas the same mainland Indians do not even recognize the existence of the Northeasterners. There is nothing wrong in aping the mainland Indians but the Northeasterners must travel that proverbial extra mile to jealously guard their tribal identity. Here, I may add that the Arunachal people must not strive to be just proud Indians but prove to be educated, efficient, well-informed, disciplined, honest and self-reliant Indians. The time has also come for the Northeast leaders to carry themselves well in public because they are the face of the region who represent the people in public platforms. They must not hesitate to brush up their knowledge and attend crash courses on public speaking and other personality grooming courses to improve and update their knowledge and their image in the eye of the mainland Indians who are always on the look- out for flaws in the Northeast people. They need to be well prepared and do some homework before participating in TV debates and shows so as not to sully the image of the Northeast. They must not embarrass the Northeasterners by their misconduct and poor presentation in public.  The people of the Northeast must learn to make compromises in life without necessarily demeaning and belittling their inherent ethos and their roots. Whether others like or not the Northeast people must love their culture and their roots. They must preserve their identities at any cost. It is not a crime or a curse to be born with Mongoloid features. They should feel proud of being what they are. But they must also learn to change with time and the ambiance they live in. There is nothing wrong in changing their life styles albeit momentarily in places where their ways are not taken too kindly. Many unnecessary scuffles, arguments and misunderstandings can be avoided by being little accommodative and by being broad-minded. Even Laloo Prasad Yadav dressed up in suit when he visited USA. The next day, all the newspapers were full of Laloo's picture in suit with the title 'Laloo Ban Gaya Gentleman.'  The people of Arunachal Pradesh and the Northeast must work doubly hard to project a good image of themselves in the eyes of the ever bullying mainland Indians and give the Northeast a pride of place in India. [The writer is DIPRO, Tirap and can be reached at denhangbosai@yahoo.co.in]       



ACS  pleads for  strong mechanism for peace in boundary area

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: While referring to the recent Tarasso incident and subsequent economic blockade imposed against Arunachal Pradesh by Assam-based organizations recently, the Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) in a representation to Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi requested him to work out a strong mechanism to maintain peace along the boundary areas.

In a representation  addressed to Assam CM, the ACS said no one from Arunachal side was involved in the Taraso incident, 'but if reports are to be believed some antisocial groups provoked and spread rumours to create hatred among the residents on both sides.'

The  innocent people in Arunachal have been mentally and physically tortured by the Assam counterparts while the over two lakh people from Assam living and working in Arunachal for years have never had any cause to complain, the  ACS lamented. Problems that crop up along the boundaries can be resolved through round-table discussions and peaceful methods instead of causing enmities between the people of two neighbouring states who have been maintaining peaceful co-existence since long, the ACS added.



GWS seeks Govt intervention as situation remains tense in Durpai village

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: Tension was prevailing in Durpai village of West Siang district after a group of senior officers from Assam led by SP and ADC of Dhemaji district visited the village and reportedly asked the villagers to vacate the land, informed Galo Welfare Society.

According to a GWS release, it is reported by the villagers that a group of senior officers led by the ADC, SP and others of Demaji district of Assam visited the said village and asked them to vacate the land claiming that the land belongs to theirs (Assam).

The GWS release further said that it had contacted the Director of Border Affairs, GoAP to appraise the matter to the state Govt. and take up the matter with the border affairs dept of Assam to avoid any kind of untoward incident. The GWS requested the Home Department to look into the prevailing situation and deploy security forces to the disputed Durpai village to protect the life and property of the villagers before it is too late.

The GWS advised the villagers to report the matter to the Chief Minister through their MLA for early solution.



India, China agree to build trust, expand ties

New Delhi, Feb 11:  India and China today agreed to strengthen and expand their ties as their top officials discussed implementation of new confidence-building measures, like the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement, to build trust and understanding.

The 17th round of meeting between Special Representatives, which ended here today, saw "candid, friendly and constructive" discussions on a wide range of issues covering bilateral, regional and international issues.

The focus of the talks was on ways to maintain peace and tranquility on the border, which both sides agreed is the "cornerstone of the expanding India-China relationship".

Briefing reporters on the two-day talks, External Affairs Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said "the Special Representatives agreed that strong and expanding India-China partnership bodes well" for the two countries as well as the region.

"The Special Representatives elaborated on possible additional confidence-building measures, including the early implementation of the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA)," he said.

The Indian side was led by National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon while the Chinese delegation was headed by Yang Jiechi.

The BDCA, signed late last year, spells out a series of measures to enhance coordination between the armies of the two countries along the disputed 4,057km long Line of Actual Control.

The SRs, who have been engaged to address the boundary issue for over eight years, are in the second of the three-phased process. The first phase -- Political Parameters and Guiding Principles -- has already been completed and the current step of building the framework for a settlement is considered the most difficult part.

The third and final step will be demarcation and delineation of the boundary.

Asked how long it will take to reach the settlement, the MEA spokesman refused to hazard a guess, arguing the issue is "complex". However, he added both sides are seriously working to reach a settlement. PTI



Arunachal delegation calls on Antony

NEW DELHI, Feb 11: A delegation of leaders from Arunachal Pradesh headed by Takam Sanjoy, MP, Lok Sabha along with T N Norbu, Principal Advisor to CM & Parliamentary Secretary, PWD and Jambey Tashi, Parliamentary Secretary, Civil Aviation called on A K Antony, Union Defence Minister in connection with BRO's decision to retrench all the casual laourers  working under Project Vartak in Tawang and West Kameng districts.

About 7000 casual labourers have been retrenched in the wake of finance ministry's decision to cut the budget down to 20 percent. Sanjoy and the team also submitted a letter at Defence Minister's south block office and urged upon him to immediately give directive for quashing of mass discharge order of the Vartak authority. The delegation also informed that 80 percent of the workers under the Vartak are from the local indigenous populace of the two districts. "These local workers who are the only force countering snowy peaks and difficult terrain and further demanded that instead of providing difficult and winter allowances, they're arbitrarily being discharged which is against the labour law," Sanjoy pleaded.

The delegation was assured by the defence minister that every step would be taken to quash if any such order issued by the authority of Vartak. The defence minister also informed that the MoS Defence Jitendra Singh would be laying the foundation stone of NIMAS at Dirang, West Kameng district soon.

Sanjoy also urged upon the Defence Minister to give 'defence security clearance'   for establishment of airport at Lumla under Tawang which has been kept pending for the last three years.

On being apprised by the delegation on the repeated attacks on the people of NE, the defence minister expressed his indignation and concern against atrocities meted out to the NE people in New Delhi especially the escalated situation in the recent case which caused the death of Nido Tania. He termed the attacks on NE people as 'national shame'.



NE student bodies demand effective mechanism to protect boundary people, enactment of anti-racial law

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: North East Students' Organization (NESO) during its meeting with All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) and All Assam Students' Union (AASU) in Guwahati yesterday demanded both Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and central governments to evolve mechanism to protect the life and properties of people residing in border areas.

Holding both Assam and Arunachal Pradesh governments responsible for the recent Taraso incident, in which 10 people were killed and three are still reportedly missing, the NESO, AAPSU and AASU opined that the incident would not have happened had both the state governments taken timely action and not ignored the serious issue, according to an AAPSU release.

NESO demanded both the State governments as well as the Central government to find all the three missing Assamese people believed to have been killed during Tarasso firing. While demanding CBI intervention into the case the meeting further demanded to apprehend the culprits involved in the incident immediately. They further resolved to organize an agitational programme at Guwahati on February 14, in front of Raj Bhawan from 11 am to 2 pm. The member units of NESO, namely AASU, AAPSU, All Manipur Students' Union (AMSU), Khasi Students' Union (KSU), Garo Students' Union (GSU), Nagaland Students' Federation (NSF), Mizo Zirlai Paul (MZP), Twipra Students Federation (TSF) will submit memorandum to the President and Prime Minister of India through their respective state Governors on the same day. A NESO team will also visit Delhi immediately after the program.

Earlier, the students' organizations discussed the prevailing border tension between the two states, the death of Nido Tania, physical assault on two girls from Manipur and rape of one minor girl from the same state.

Condemning the Taraso incident, the three organizations stated that nobody will be allowed to harm the age-old relationship between the people of both the states for their self or political interest.

Addressing the meeting, AAPSU president Kamta Lapung urged various Assam based organizations spearheading economic blockade against Arunachal Pradesh after Taraso incident demanding justice for those killed to lift it. He opined that enforcing economic blockade is not a healthy tactics to find solution to the problem. Any problem or difference can be sorted out through combined efforts, he said.

The AAPSU president also appealed to the media houses of both the states to work without any biasness for the larger interest of the people.

While blaming the Assam govt. for failing to protect the life and properties of Assamese people, the AASU president criticized the govt. of Arunachal Pradesh for 'doing nothing' against the culprits, who brutally killed 11 people and injured many.

NESO advisor Dr. Samujjal Bhattacharya said that all political and student leaders should come forward to find an amicable solution to the problem. He also said that there was a lack of communication between both the state governments.

NESO has also strongly criticized the Delhi and Central Government for failing to protect the people of northeast residing in the national capital.

"They have miserably failed to provide security to the people of North Eastern residing in the national capital," NESO said and demanded the central govt. to enact anti-racial law to protect the people of North East.

AAPSU general secretary Biru Nasi and NESO coordinator Pritam Sonam also addressed the meeting.

The meeting chaired by Samuel B Jyrwa, Chairman of NESO was also attended by S. Prakash Singh, Secretary General, NESO, Topon Kumar Gogoi, Coordinator of AASU to NESO, Augustev Jyrwa, Gen Secy, KSU, President and General Secretary and members of AASU.

Later, the team visited the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital to know the wellbeing of the Arunachalee boy, who is currently undergoing treatment in the hospital. The team met the superintendent of the hospital, who assured the team of best possible treatment to the boy, who is likely to be shifted from ICU tomorrow.



CM inaugurates Dambuk ADC Hq

ROING, Feb 11: The Nabam Tuki-led Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh in its continuing efforts to bring the administration to the doors of the people has inaugurated the Dambuk ADC (Independent) headquarters and the Circle Headquarter at Parbuk in Lower Dibang Valley District today.

The Chief Minister said, "the Dambuk SDO Headquarter has been upgraded to Independent ADC keeping in view the difficulties being face by the people of the area due to geographical locations of the area that resulting into surface road communication problem during rainy season as it has been a long pending demand of the people".

While responding to the memorandum submitted by Gum Tayeng, MLA Dambuk, Tuki assured to provide fund for flood regulation and management work at Dotung, Sine and Sisiri Rivers under Dambuk Sub-Division once the state govt. gets the central assistance of Rs 550 Crore for various flood protection works in the state. He also assured for creation of Electrical and PHED Sub-Divisions at Dambuk and asked the Executive Engineers of both the departments to send the proposal immediately. He also assured to provide Rs 2 Crore as Additional fund under TFC for maintenance of Bomjir-Paglam Road and asked the executing agency to maintain the quality of works. He also assured to provide Rs 1.5 Crore under SPA for construction of a Multipurpose Community Hall at Dambuk and also ensured that it is design and construct sound (echo) proof. He further requested the Deputy Commissioner to make a master plan of the new Dambuk township area and make it a model ADC Headquarter as the person has donated sufficient plain area for the purpose.

At Parbuk, the Chief Minister has assured to look into the Integrated Project of River Training Works and Irrigation on Jia River which according to the people is creating havoc during rainy season by eroding land and devastating cultivable lands. He further proposed to take up the village roads under various centrally sponsored schemes like PMGSY and others. He also assured to provide fund for construction of Multipurpose Sports Complex under Parbuk Administrative Circle.

Responding to the memorandum regarding creation of a fire service station at Bolung and establishment of BN/IRBN outpost at Kabang Village on Assam-Arunachal Border, he asked the Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police to look into the matter and send the proposal for the same. He further requested the people of the area to select a proper site and donate sufficient land for the establishment of the Circle Office and other departments in the area.

While divulging that his Govt. has collected a record revenue of more than Rs 1000 Crore during the current fiscal year till date, he further called upon the Public leaders and heads of Departments to check revenue leakages in any form. "This revenue will be utilized in various developmental works in the state", he said.

While highlighting various achievements, programmes and policies of the state govt. under his leadership, Tuki said that his govt. is committed for the welfare of the people due to which many initiatives like Chief Minister's Mission Mode Scheme for encouraging the people to have self employment through agri-horti activities, Chief Minister's Loin Loom Scheme under Handlooms & Handicrafts, Chief Minister's Trophy for football & volleyball to hunt sports talent with a motto to give fillip and provide opportunity in the field of sports to the youths, Chief Minister Universal Health Insurance Scheme, Chief Minister's Talent Hunt under which students who secured more than 60 per cent in CBSE Board exams are given lap tops, Vidhya (Fixed Deposit) Schemes for girls child and many more were taken up so that there is any gap in developmental process, he added. He further disclosed that the Panchayati Raj Institution will be given full powers with 3 Fs (Functionaries, Fund and Financial) powers.

On Assam-Arunachal border skirmish, the chief minister said, "we are like an elder and a younger brother and living in the same country, so we must live peaceably together and we must not allow all to suffer because of the mistakes of few people". He called upon all not to encourage the elements that spread hatred among the two sister states.  

Gum Tayeng, MLA Dambuk while submitting memorandums to the chief minister on both the occasions has appreciated the Chief Minister for the people friendly govt. under his leadership and heeding to the need of the people. She also expressed her gratitude to him for making his late husband Jomin Tayeng's uncompleted works to be done in time. She also called upon the people to cooperate with the Govt. in all developmental works and also avail the benefit that is being provided by the present state Govt. under various schemes.

The chief minister also flagged off a Community Mobilization Programme launched under SSA carried out by a Roing based NGO, AMYAA.

On the occasion, Atul Tayeng, ADC Dambuk, Kaling Pertin, ZPM Dambuk, Miti Libang Tayeng, ZPM Meka and Maman Ratan, Anchal Chairperson Meka also spoke on the occasion.

Deputy Commissioner Shiv Kumar, Former Minister Roding  Pertin, Zilla Chairperson Sipi Elapra Linggi, SP B K Singh, Public &  PRI Leaders, HoDs, GBs and students attended the programme. DIPRO



Library conference calls for better access to books

Lohit Youth Library reader-activists win all-round cheers

NEW DELHI, Feb 11: The just concluded AWIC International Conference on 'Literacy Through Literature' at New Delhi from Feb 6 to 8 saw several Govt. dignitaries, publishers and NGO groups calling unanimously for a concerted effort to promote better access to books for young people, to ensure the emergence of a Learning India in the 21st century.

'This is possible only when schools and parents alike encourage the youth to make reading a daily habit.' And spreading joy and thrill among the entire delegates and visitors was the 'Activities sessions' in the afternoons, which saw the Lohit Youth Libraries team winning all-round applauses for their lively spirited presentations, demonstrating the Reading Campaign activities that they have been doing across Lohit & Anjaw districts for the last seven years.

Inaugurating the Conference with the release of 3 new AWIC books for young, M.A. Sikander, Director, NBT, India, called upon the education department officials, administrators  and school managements to arrange regular visits of the students to the Book Fairs. "A number of interesting programmes are being organized by NBT during the fairs and attending these would go a long way to strengthen the reading habits among the youth."  Later in a personal interaction with the Lohit Youth Library team, he also assured to initiate more NBT programmes in Arunachal in the coming year.  

Addressing the Conference on the 2nd day, Union Minister of State, HRD, Dr Shashi Tharoor, pointed out several ways other than just text books that can strengthen the reading culture among the young Indians.

In his stimulating keynote address, Faizal Alkazi, renowned theatre expert, pointed out that "Literacy is to read the world, not just the word'. The problem of most of books and stories is that they do not connect to marginalized areas like Kashmir & North East, with unfamiliar names and content. 'Books must capture diversity and the illustrations must be region specific like trees, clothes, facial features etc.'

Delivering the valedictory address, Rajarshi Bhattacharya, Secretary, Ministry of HRD, lauded the 3 decades of AWIC "as a nation-building effort'. "We all need to work together to nurture the energy, aspiration, imagination and dreams of the new generation, to translate into nation-building, to attain the noble ideals enshrined in the preamble to the constitution."

Presenting an illuminating and thought provoking address, Ellis Vance, treasurer, IBBY, USA, stressed on the vital importance of Reading Aloud to children. "It is the single most contribution parents can make to promote education and character in their children,"  he reminded.  

Vineet Joshi CBSE Chairman, CBSE who took a keen interest in strengthening reading habits of students, said he had issued circulars to all schools to include Reading Books in their daily time-table. Admitting that the public examinations & evaluation systems in India is killing the creativity of the youth, and to ask questions to produce new learning, he said that schooling should train children to think out of box.

In the sessions on Alternative Channel of spreading Literacy to promote learning, Director the National Institute of Open Learning (NIOS), Dr. S. S. Jena, elaborated on the diverse courses under open schooling that can benefit people of all region, background and age-groups. NIOS courses, have contributed far more than teaching basic reading & writing.

In his illuminating talk, Prof V. Mohan Kumar, Director, Indian Adult Education Association, referred to the many regional traditions and life-skills like Rangoli that can be used to strengthen all round learning and wondered how many parents gifted books to children on occasions.

Talking on the vital importance of Picture Books in stimulating the minds of babies and toddlers, Ms Navin Menon, Editor, CBT, underscored how important it is to gift books to infants to help them develop the 3 Ls: Look, Lure & Learn, contributing to faster development of vocabulary.

The Coordinator, Lohit Youth libraries outlined through a  power point how a network of young reader-activists, adult volunteers, patrons have been spreading the joy of reading in the remotest corners of the Himalayan district of Lohit valley right up to the last borer villages of Kaho and Chaglagam, with the support and patronage of the district education dept and the District Commissioners  of  the state govt.

Other interesting presentations were by renowned authors Tajima Shinji, President ICLC Japan,  Dr Murti Bunanta, Head, Indonesian iBBY section, Chitose Suzuki, Japan, Dr. Margaret Zeegers, Australia, Prof V. Mohan Kumar, Director, Indian Adult Education Association, Amod Kanth IPS, Secretary, Prayas Juvenile Aid Centre Society, Minu Thomas, Muktangan, Mumbai, Shuddhasatwa Basu, an eminent illustrator and Dr. Keshav Thirani, Chairman, Campfire Novels.



Parliamentary election preparation meeting held

DAPORIJO, Feb 11: A meeting in connection with preparedness for ensuing Parliamentary election in Upper Subansiri district was held yesterday under the chairmanship of DC cum DEO Tahang Taggu at Rijo conference hall Daporijo.

While addressing the EROs, AEROs and Heads of department of the district, Taggu insisted all to refresh themselves on various aspects on conduct of election and asked them to be prepared for ensuing election. He took serious note of the absentee officers and urged one and all to take election related matters seriously.

The DEO, after briefing in length on conduct of election also took assessment on availability of manpower and vehicle department wise. He also interacted with all EROs and AEROs and gathered polling station wise information like road connectivity, availability of basic minimum facility etc. for preparing consolidated district election management plan. He also briefed about role of sector officers, nodal officers MCC team and discussed about district communication plan including proposed communication plan of police.

Earlier, Orin Lego ERO (HQ) briefed about objective of the meeting and said that the ECI has directed to complete the preparatory work relating to election at the earliest. He also highlighted the ongoing SVEEP-II campaign and requested all to extend help in educating the people on conduct of election systematically, so that peoples' participation in the electoral process increases.

In the afternoon session, awareness training on EVM was imparted to all by resource persons.

Amongst others, Hage Ruja ADC cum ERO Raga also spoke on the occasion and highlighted the problems faced by 25 Raga Assembly constituency. It may be mentioned that the said Assembly constituency is under DEO Upper Subansiri but administratively it is under Lower Subansiri District. DIPRO



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Respect cannot be forced, it should be earned

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to bring into the light that Lt. Nido Tania one of the bright students of Arunachal brutally murdered by shopkeeper at Lajpat Nagar, Delhi happened due to racial discrimination. His case should be treated as special case, and the culprits should be booked and punished as per the law. Political parties and organizations across the North-East are protesting for the Tania’s death and staging dharnas for the justice. However, in this regards, many organizations while condemning the incident says that the “Assam and other state has no respects for Arunachal and its people”, such statements are really disappointing and hurts other brother and sisters who are residing in Arunachal and its nearby areas, as bad and good people are found in all communities but it does not mean that all outsiders have the same kind of thinking like the few. I am also staying outside the state but I sometimes find very good people around me and sometimes bad. In my opinion, the word ‘respect’ is to be earned by oneself not by force. We cannot force the other people to respect us rather we have to earn it through our good deeds. Similarly, when we call the outsider ‘haring or nipak’ in our state, they might feel bad but do not react to it, may be to avoid any kind of confrontations. In the same way, if we have been called chinky’s outside the state we feel bad and get hurts. Therefore, my earnest request to the people is to think over the topic and earn respects from others for good behaviors and thoughts. Racial discrimination against any human being is a crime and we should avoid it at the earliest for the welfare of all.

This is right time to wake up and come forward to help each other for the justice of our beloved brother Nido Tania.


Heri Sam







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Justice be delivered to late Tania

The truth finally seems to be emerging in Nido Tania murder case. Delhi police yesterday told high court that Tania died of severe internal head and lung injuries. The post mortem report said that there were nine external injuries on the body of the deceased and he died of severe head and lung injuries. This report should end debate over cause of death. Initially, the accused had tried to mislead the investigation by claiming that Tania died of something else and not due to their assault.

Further Delhi Police today told court that they have slapped the charge of murder against the four persons, one of whom was arrested this morning, in connection with the death of a 19-year-old Tania. They have been booked under section 302 (murder) of IPC after the postmortem report revealed that late Tania died due to injuries to his head and face caused by a blunt object. The following steps by Delhi police is laudable and have given ray of hope to the victim’s family. The police should filed strong charge sheet and make it water tight case, so as to ensure that justice is delivered to late Tania.