February 13

NSCN(K) member surrenders

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: One NSCN (K) central member (civil) surrendered before Longding deputy commissioner and Superintendent of Police in Longding recently.

The Myanmar trained Wangdon Wangpan alias W Wangcho (30) of Longsom village under Longding police station of Longding district, who joined in NSCN (K) in 2010 surrendered before Longding deputy commissioner Tope Bam and Superintendent of Police Rajesh Kumar in Longding recently, according to an official release. Responding to a request made by Pongsa Saham, vice chairman of Surrendered Underground Welfare Association Arunachal Pradesh (SUWAAP) for rehabilitation package for the surrendered militant, the DC assured to take up the matter with the Govt, in due course for all surrendered militants.


One arrested for demolition of Govt. Qtr

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: An assistant teacher was reportedly arrested for allegedly demolition of government quarter at Lobi here, informed additional district magistrate Talo Potom in a release.  A team of lady police along with circle officer rushed to Lobi and arrested the accused and later handed over to Women Police Station for detention. Considering the nature of offense OC WPS Itanagar has been directed to register a regular case and submits the charge sheet after proper investigation, ADM added.


2nd Job Mela at Pasighat

PASIGHAT, Feb 12: The 2nd job Mela cum selection of unemployed youths for vocational training was inaugurated by Deputy Commissioner Opak Gao at DIC Pasighat in presence of S. Prasad, Principal Adviser to the Chief Minister, Denong Tamuk, Chief Councilor PMC, officers, Vocational Training Providers (VTPs) and aspiring candidates.

On the occasion Gao said that, "this opportunity is the vision and brain child of  Chief Minister for creating job opportunities for the jobless". This is a mission which has to be taken seriously by aspiring youths to equip themselves to face the challenges of life. The knowledge acquired will help one to reach the pinnacle of their careers if taken up with dedication and sincerity. He hoped the Mela will help in building careers of many youths.

Denong Tamuk also advised the candidates to be sincere and dedicated in their chosen trades.

Sharada Prasad  in his keynote address informed about the modalities of selection and placement in jobs. He emphasized that discipline; hard works, dedication are the key to success. The selected candidates should select the trade of their choice and should be committed. They will not only be trained in their trades but personality development, behavior, corporate environment, language will also be taken care of. After completion of the training, the Nation Council of Vocational Training will asses and issue them a certificate which will help them to obtain job in any part of the world. He also informed that there is shortage of skilled work force in the world. The job opportunity and career growth prospect becomes very high. The Arunachal Govt. through the Industry department is investing heavily to create these opportunities. The CM is personally taking interest keeping track of all the development. So all should take the responsibility to carry forward the mission, he added.

Kaling Koyu, DDI while informed that the selected candidates will be sent to various Vocation Training  Provides Institutions of the country. Till now 87 youths are undergoing training successfully from the district, he added. The training will not only prepare them to get jobs but it will help them to start their own enterprises, said the DDI.

Counseling and selection of trades were carried out by the various VTPs of the country. DIPRO


Binni Yania passes away

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: First lady contractor of Arunachal Pradesh (then NEFA) and social activist  Binni Yania passed away  at K Ringu Complex G-Extension road Naharlagun today.

Late Binni Yania, popularly known as Rani Bini, left behind many relatives including 100 grandchildren. Padmashree Binny Yanga (Maya), Chairperson Oju Welfare Association is the first daughter and Gumri Ringu, present Chairperson Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women is the second daughter of Binni Yania.

Born on January 15, 1914, late Binni was the first lady contractor of early 60's. She was awarded as pioneer contractor of Ziro, Tamin-Tali and Banderdewa- Itanagar road works in 1972. Late K A A Raja, the first Chief Commissioner of NEFA awarded her with commendation certificate for the best work rendered by her during those difficulty days in NEFA.

Wife of late Binni Jaipu, Ex- Political Assistant, Lower Subansiri district, late Binni Yania was an active member of PIC (Project Implementation Committee) at Ziro and pioneering promoter of traditional handlooms and known lyrics of Boori-Boot song "Chit Aohge Halu Bognamgeri Be Dot Aohge Karbo Sonam Geribe". She was also a social activist and played a pivotal role in bridging the traditional customary practices with modern contemporary world. Her last rites will take place tomorrow (Feb 13).

The members and staffs of Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW), and Arunachal Pradesh Women's Welfare Society (APWWS) have mourned the sad demise of Binny Yania. She was known for her great contribution to the Society and was an active social activist.


RGU results out

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) has announced the result of B.Sc and B.Com first semester and first year Special (Annual) examination held in December 2013. The result  can be seen in the university website: www.rgu.ac.in.


Meeting on Statehood day celebration

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: A meeting was held at the DC's chamber chaired by Capital Deputy Commissioner Mige Kamki to discuss the  preparation of Statehood day celebration.

During the meeting, Kamki said that the objective of the meeting was to find out the best which could provide superior quality sound system in time. The meeting was attended by the members of the organising committee for the Statehood day celebration 2014. DIPRO


BWS celebrates Foundation Day

PALIN Feb 12: The Byabang Welfare Society, (BWS) celebrated its 3rd Pre-Nyokum cum Foundation Day with full enthusiasm and joy at New Palin, Kurung Kumey district from February 6 to 8.  The celebration began with the hoisting of BWS flag by Byabang Taj, OSD to Power Minister cum PRO to Chief Minister as chief guest.

In his brief speech, Byabang Taj appealed to all the brethren to spread the message of brotherhood and oneness. He appreciated the Society for its noble cause and initiatives taken to protect the nature. He further promised to extend every possible help for the uplift of the society in the days to come.  He also promised to sponsor the meritorious students of Byabang clan in this coming 2014, 10th and 12th Examination and BWS shall organize a felicitation program.

Byabang Neme, LRSO, Koloriang, Kurung Kumey was the guest of honour.  Earlier, BWS President Byabang Jagat delivered a speech on the  role and objective of the  society.

The best attractions of the three days celebration were volleyball, football and cultural competitions and beauty contest.  


BJP stresses on team spirit

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: Karyakartas are the foundation of BJP and team spirit is essential to improve the communication skill within the party, said party's Upper Subansiri district unit president Tapa Dadi while inaugurating the BJP Daporijo mandal office today. Party MLA Tapen Siga, Jili Jeram, Mandal president and party workers were present on the occasion. He further called upon the workers to maintain discipline which is the key to success in every sphere of life, according to BJP release.


Modi's Tea Stall launched

ITANAGAR, Feb 12:  Bharatiya Janata Party, Arunachal Pradesh today formally launched Modi's Tea Stall at Bank Tinali and Akashdeep Ganga Market, Itanagar as part of the Narendra Modi's nation-wide 'Chai Pe Charcha' programme.

While explaining the objective of launching the programme, State BJP president Tai Tagak called upon the people of the state to actively participating in it to realize the Modi's Mission 272+ in the ensuing Lok Sabha Election.

The programme was attended by Katan Kamboh, Vice President, Techi Necha, Vice President cum Spokesperson, Doni Nich, BJYM National Secretary, Dominic Tadar, General Secretary, Hinium Tachu Secretary and Dug Saha, President BJYM along with party rank and file.


GSU distributes relief to fire victims

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: A 4-member team of Galo Students Union (GSU) led by its Secretary General Binya Ronya visited the fire victims of Gemo Tali village under Kamba circle and distributed them blankets, pillows, mosquito nets and other items. The relief materials were provided by Kenbom Riba, Bazaar Secretary on behalf of both the Old and New Market Committees of Aalo.

GSU urged for providing necessary relief to the victims under CM's relief fund and also look into the establishment of a Fire Station at Kamba which witnessed frequent fire accidents in the recent past.


CYO dismiss claim

ITANAGAR, Feb 12:  The Capital Youth Organization has dismissed the claim that it has connection with political parties. In a release CYO President Bengia Nachung clarified that, "Ours is purely a social organization and we are totally non-political organization till now. We have never been affiliated with any political parties. And as a social organization we always stand for only welfare of capital people."


Foundation day observed

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: The All Arunachal Pradesh Public Health Engineering & Water Supply Department Workers' Union observed its 16th Foundation Day at Naharlagun today with befitting manner. During the celebration development activities of the union was also highlighted by the president.


School Rally on sanitation conducted under NBA

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: In continuation with the NBA (Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan) programme to create awareness for better sanitation and hygiene among the public of Kurung Kumey district Sangram PHE & WS Division carried out school rally at various schools under Kurung Kumey District.

Attending the programme at Sangram recently,  Kurung Kumey Deputy Commissioner Gejum Ete along with SDO Sangram spoke to the participants from Govt. Hr. Sec. School & Ane Mariam Pvt. School regarding benefits of sanitation and hygiene practice. He also suggested the participants to avoid open defecation to render better health and economic status in life.

While coming up with the programme at other blocks later, the District Consultants further appealed all the participants specially the school students to take the path of hygiene in every step of life and requested the school teachers who were also a part of the rally to render their valuable support and cooperation to conduct such needful programme in near future.


Awareness camp on tea cultivation

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: An awareness camp on tea cultivation and management was conducted at Kanubari, Longding district recently. The awareness camp was organized by Arunachal Pradesh Small Tea Growers Association under the sponsorship of the Department of Trade and Commerce, GoAP. More than 150 prospective farmers from the Kanubari administrative sub-division have attended the programme.

N. Wangjen, Addl. Dy. Commissioner, Kanubari in his inaugural speech exhorted all the participants to avail and utilize the scheme and to enhance their economic livelihood because the area has suitable factors for cultivation of Tea. Metali Wangjen, ZPM, Kanubari also spoke on the occasion.

Sanjib Rajbongshi, Assistant Director Tea Development, Tea Board of India, Itanagar and Biswajyoti Bordoloi, Junior Advisory Officer, Arunachal Advisory Centre, Tea Research Association, Itanagar attended the programme as resource persons and gave detail presentation on the systematic and scientific cultivation of tea in the technical session.

Earlier, Sompha Wangsa, General Secretary (APSTGA), who himself is a progressive farmer and is responsible for mobilization of tea cultivation activities in the area, in his address gave detail accounts of the activities being undertaken by the Association for socio-economic development of the area. The Department of Trade & Commerce in support with the Arunachal Pradesh Small Tea Growers Association has been working with untiring effort to accelerate the tea movement in the State, especially for training programmes of progressive tea farmers.


Panchayat leaders for new RCC bridge

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: The panchayat leaders of Baririjo Anchal Samity block have appealed to the state Govt for reconstruction and replacement of present dilapidated iron bridge over Banyom valley river at Ronya village under Barijo circle of Upper Subansiri district with RCC Bridge.

In a representation addressed to the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, the panchayat leaders said, the iron bridge, which is a life line of many villages, remains in pathetic condition due to lack of maintenance by the authority since 1980. The aged bridge has already got damaged and therefore needs replacement with new RCC bridge to prevent any unwanted accident, the representation said.


News Impact

ASS team in Arunachal on mission goodwill

Strengthen age-old ties: Tuki

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: Expressing deep shock at the unfortunate January 29 inter-state boundary incident at Tarasso/Chauldhua that claimed valuable lives, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki exhorted Assam Sahitya Sabha (ASS) to make all out efforts to strengthen the age-old relations between the peoples of both neighbouring states.

His exhortation came when a nine-member ASS team led by its vice president Dr Paramananda Rajbangshi on a goodwill mission along with the members of Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) headed by its president Y D Thongchi called on him at his official bungalow here on Tuesday to express solidarity with the people of Arunachal in punishing the guilty of the incident, finding an acceptable and amicable solution to the boundary row and measures to cement the bilateral ties further.

The economic blockade was univocally condemned by ASS, APLS and the CM, who said it was not justified as innocent people of both states suffer. Lakhs of Assamese are living in Arunachal and same is the case for Arunachaees with strong matrimonial ties with Assamese, Tuki reasoned.

Highlighting the strong bonds between the peoples of both states since the days of North Eastern Frontier Agency (NEFA) when the language was Assamese, teachers and administrators were from Assam, the CM said that both states are inseparable because the   Arunachalees and the Assamese have close social, cultural and linguistic affinity.

Pointing out that responsible NGOs, like ASS and APLS could play a pivotal role in cementing the bilateral relations further, the chief minister consented to the suggestions of Dr Rajbongshi to conduct good will tour by both NGOs to some disputed boundary areas and hold cultural exchange programmes besides inaugurating Lummer Dai Centre for NE Cultural Research at Bihupuria in April next. The centre would be a symbol of strong unity, amity and love between both the states, Tuki said and assured all possible help in response to the ASS memorandum.

Lawmaker Phosum Khimhun, who had attended the annual ASS session at Barpeta has announced a Sishu Sahitya Award named after writer-poet Kengsam Kenglang, Dr Rajbongshi informed, adding ASS formed in 1917 is one the largest NGOs in the world.

Disclosing that he has been attending numerous socio-cultural-political functions at the invitation of his uncounted friends in Assam, Tuki said he had begun his political career from Guwahati in 1983 in presence of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

"The Tarasso/Chualdhua incident should have never occurred as I expedited the visit of Supreme Court constituted single-man Local Boundary Commission headed by retired high court judge Tarun Chattarjee and members M K Naidu and S K Goel, which visited 12 disputed areas and the last were to Tarasso, Gumto and Kimin under Papumpare district; Likabali under West Siang, Gerukamukh and Dollungmukh under Lower Subansiri during Nov 12 to 14 last to take stock of the ground realities by interacting with the people.  Both the state governments took immediate steps to bring normalcy, the Sonitpur and Papum Pare district administrations have been conducting investigations while "I have urged the home ministry for an independent probe," he said and suggested the media teams of both state to visit the affected area for factual reporting.

"The statue of India's cultural icon Dr Bhupen Hazarika would be installed at Itanagar for which APLS president Thongchi has been entrusted with the responsibility," Tuki informed.

"Humanity is beyond political border which was proved when you whole heartedly took part in the last rites of Bhupenda and brought his ashes to be immersed in the rivers of Arunachal," Dr Rajbongshi said and urged Tuki to take bold steps along with his Assam counterpart Tarun Gogoi and the central government to punish the perpetrators of January 29 incident besides finding an amicable solution to the boundary imbroglio by winning the trust of the people of both sides.

"Arunachalees had fought with the Britishers for Assam. The relations have been continuing since then and it should not be stained at any cost," Thongchi said in his address.  

The rendition of melodious Assamese and Arunachalee numbers reflected the truth behind India's unity song "Mile sur mera tumhara".   

The ASS team included Rayanti Rava, Sangeet Natak Academy's Ustad Bismail Khan awardee, Debojit Bora, Manik Ahamed, Nipen Kumar Das, Sunil Gurung, Palak Gogoi, Banikanta Rava and J C Sharma. Guwahati DRC D J Bora accompanied the team.

The APLS team included vice president Tage Tada, general secretary Tokong Pertin, Mamang Dai, a Padmashree awardee, Sangeet Natak Akademy member Bengia Hemanta, Batem Pertin, Nabam Tarang, Sokep Kri, Raman Bora, Inumani Das Borah, Dr Pekba Ringu and Pradeep Kumar, information & publicity secretary of APLS.   

Lawmakers Padi Richo and Tani Loffa and APPSC member Jati Pulu were also were present.



Assam-Arunachal border a new theatre of Maoists: Govt

Naxals extort Rs 140 crore annually

New Delhi, Feb 12: Naxals are trying to set up organisational bases in the Northeast to forge ties with other insurgent groups to meet their military needs and the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border has emerged as another theatre of Maoist activities, the government said on Wednesday.

"The CPI(Maoist) has developed close fraternal ties with Northeast insurgent groups like the Revolutionary People's Front and People's Liberation Army of Manipur. Both the outfits have agreed upon mutual cooperation in the areas of training, funding, supply of arms and ammunition," Minister of State for Home RPN Singh told Rajya Sabha in a written reply.

The minister said the Upper Assam Leading Committee (UALC) of CPI(Maoist) is presently operating in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh and have been involved in incidents of looting of weapons and extortion from local villagers.

The government said UALC has also been engaged in recruitment and training of cadres for the outfit in Assam and these cadres have been utilised in extensive propaganda against mega dams in Assam.

"In this backdrop, Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border has emerged as another theatre of Maoist activities. The outfit is also establishing separate channels in the Northeast, particularly in Nagaland for procurement of ammunition," the minister said.

Singh said the central government has alerted the state governments concerned of the Northeast in this regard. The government is also monitoring the situation closely, he said.

"The activities of CPI(Maoist) has declined significantly in the Northeast in recent times, consequent to the arrest of important cadres from the area," he said. Naxals have been extorting money to the tune of Rs 140 crore annually from contractors, businessmen and corporate houses besides their front organisations are suspected to be receiving foreign funds clandestinely.

"Though an exact quantification of their finance is not possible, it has been assessed in a study conducted by the Institute of Defence Studies and Analysis, Delhi, that the CPI-Maoist has been collecting not less than Rs 140 crore annually from a variety of sources," Minister of State for Home RPN Singh informed Rajya Sabha in a written reply today.

He also said possibility of certain front organisations of CPI(Maoist) clandestinely getting foreign funds cannot be ruled out.

Singh said the main source of funds for the Maoists include extortion from 'tendu patta' contractors, extortion from infrastructure/ development work contractors, 'levy' from businessmen and corporate houses.

In addition, they rob banks and public and private properties to augment their finances.

"The Left Wing Extremists groups, particularly the CPI (Maoist), extort considerable 'levy' from various illegal mining mafia groups in Naxal-affected states," the minister said. PTI



NESO, AAPSU stage dharna against racial abuse

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) and North East Students' Organization (NESO) today sat on dharna in front of Raj Bhawan here in protest against racial abuse that led to death of a young Arunachalee in the national capital last month.

Addressing the protesters, NESO secretary general Prakash Sinam Singh urged all the students and people across the state to stand united and fight against such barbaric act.

The rape of a minor girl of Manipur by the son of landlord just few days after Nido Tania's killing shows that we the people of NE are still unsafe in national capital, he said.

NESO also appealed to the political leaders of the NE region to stand united and work for the welfare of the people of the region. AAPSU president Kamta Lapung also addressed the gathering and criticized the state government and both the Members of Parliament from Arunachal Pradesh for doing nothing for the safety and security of people from the state in the national capital.

"The issue of murder of Lt. Tania is not only for his parents but for all the people of North East who are being discriminated for so many years in the national capital and other parts of country," said AAPSU general secretary Biru Nasi.

Highlighting incidence of racial discriminations against NE people in the national capital, AAPSU stated that two boys from Manipur were beaten and abused in public place on January 25.  The incident was followed by the murder of Lt. Nido Tania on January 29. On February 8, a minor girl aged about 14 years was kidnapped from public place and brutally raped by the son of a landlord. Then again on February 9, two boys from North East were beaten up in public without no fault of their.

Later, NESO, on behalf of people of the NE region, submitted a memorandum to the Governor demanding capital punishment to all the perpetrators of the heinous crime at the earliest, stringent action against the police personnel for failing to register case and conduct medical examination following the first assault by the accused persons, erection of a memorial/statue of Nido Tania at a suitable location in the national capital, instruction by the Ministry of Human Resource Development for inclusion of NE- its geographical location, people, culture, ethos, etc in the syllabus of school under all states board and central board including the CBSE and awareness campaign across the country, enactment of Anti-Racism Act and declaration of January 30 as National Anti-Racism day. Many students from several institutes also participated in the dharna.



CM visits Kharsang, lays foundation stone of Govt Polytechnic, Circle Hq

KHARSANG, Feb 12:  Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today visited Kharsang in Changlang district and laid foundation stone of the Govt Polytechnic at Old Plone, Circle headquarter at Namphai -I for the newly created Namphai circle. He also inaugurated Community hall cum recreation centre and newly constructed double storied Primary Health C entre building at Kharsang. He lauded the contractor of the PHC building and the executing agency WRD Kharsang for excellent workmanship and judicious utilization of fund.

Addressing a huge public gathering at Kharsang later in the day the chief minister highlighted the flagship programme of the state Govt and sought co-operation from the people and officials for successful implementation of the Govt sponsored schemes. Responding to memorandum submitted by the public of Miao subdivision, he assured to take necessary steps to upgrade Kharsang circle headquarter to SDO/EAC, development of the general ground and  construction of  mini stadium at Kharsang, development of tourism infrastructure for Namdapha National Park and other genuine demands of the public. He further emphasized that, his government will leave no stone unturned to take measures for the larger interest of the state. He also commended the local legislator cum Minister Kamlung Mosang for his leadership and the initiatives to drive forward this very resourceful area in positive direction.

Also present on the day were officials and prominent public leaders of the area.



Nido Tania’s family meets Sonia Gandhi


NEW DELHI, Feb 12: Nido Tania's family led by Lok Sabha member Takam Sanjoy called on AICC president Sonia Gandhi at her 10-Janpath residence here this morning.

Emotionally charged Sonia hugged Tania's Mother Marina and conveyed her deepest condolence to the family including Parliamentary Secretary to Health  & Family Welfare, Food and Civil Supply Nido Pavitra (father) and exuded confidence by assuring to seriously pursue the Tania's case at the highest forum.

Gandhi also assured to seriously look into a memorandum submitted by Marina demanding capital punishment to the culprits, stringent action against the police personnel for failure to register the case as well as the failure to conduct medical examination following the first assault by the accused persons, instruction by the union MHRD for inclusion of the North East geography, its people, culture, ethos, etc in the schools syllabus of all State Boards and Central Boards including the CBSE and awareness campaign across the country.

On the repeated attacks on NE people in the national capital, she said the people's mindset have to be changed through massive awareness in all forms of media.

"You have all our support…such incident happens due to ignorance of the people about the NE. We need to educate our people through massive campaigns in all forms of media and in school syllabi," she opined. Marina also demanded enactment of a stringent anti-racial law, erection of a Tania's memorial in national, declaring    January 30 as National Anti-Racism Day in India,  designation of fast track court of the four in Delhi to try all elated cases of atrocities, establishment of a police station to deal with cases related to racial discrimination and atrocities against NE people to be manned by officers from NE states, Delhi Police should recruit 5,000 from NE at one go by conducting recruitment in capitals of 8 NE states (There are only 39 policemen from NE among the strong 90,000 contingent of Delhi Police).

Sanjoy, also All India Tribal MP Forum convenor, sought Sonia's special attention in ensuring safety of the NE people working and studying in National Capital Region.

Union MoS (Minority Affairs) Ninong Ering, MP from Meghalaya Vincent H. Pala, joint secretary Sadhana Deori included the team.   

Meanwhile, Sanjoy is convening an All Faith Memorial Service for Tania here on Feb 1`5 where religious leaders from different faiths that included Shankaracharya, Imam Bukari of Jama Masjid, New Delhi and Archbishop Anil Josehp Thomas Couto have confirmed their participations amongst hosts of other religious leaders, students and general masses.



ITP prog in West Siang concludes

AALO, Feb 12: Three days block level sensitization-cum-orientation training programme for capacity building to the frontline government functionaries and PRI member including SHGs through Intensive Training Programme for four blocks of West Siang concluded at Likabali on February 08.

Tayom Bage, Sub-Divisional Officer, Likabali inaugurated the  ITP and said that Intensive Training Programme  is one of the important Training Project of ATI, Naharlagun which seeks to refurbish, reorient and upgrade domain knowledge amongst all important stakeholders in all the four identified sectors for not just better programme delivery, but also for sensitizing the concerned for institutionalization mechanisms for sustained results programme delivery in quality and quantitative result in increasing community participation and asked every ones  full cooperation and participation and exhorted the importance and benefits of the training Programmes.

Tamar Baki, Tech. Asst.-cum- training coordinator, ITP Project gave brief introduction of the programme and highlighted the main content of the need and major objective of this ITP programme including important issues and various aspects, scope to be covered  includes Issues and imperatives of Good governance; Office Procedures of providing information as per RTI Act; Office Procedure and Office Management; Office procedure of File management; Conduct Rule (CCS Rule); Office Procedure of financial management; Importance of ethical norms in good governance; Managerial skills in Leadership, Motivation and team building at workplace & Procedure of developmental schemes in the identified core sectors under ITP project  i.e (a) Rural Livelihood & Rural Development (B) Drinking Water & Rural Sanitation (c) Education in Rural Areas and (d) Primary Health in rural areas and develop the capacity building by ensuring better delivery of public services in rural areas by them as an ultimate objective of this course.

E. Ete, APO-cum-DRP, Education, Er. Benga Gara, AE-cum-RP, PHED,Likabali and Shri. Tamar Baki, TA-cum- State level Master trainer, DRDA, Aalo acted as Master Trainers and Resource Persons in this mega training ITP, project of Block Level. DIPRO



AGSU calls for solution to boundary problem

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: All Galo Students' Union (AGSU) has urged the state government to come up with a concrete policy in order to solve the vexed boundary dispute with Assam permanently.

Taking serious note of the reported directives of Assam officials from Dhemaji district to the villagers of Durpai in West Siang district to vacate their land and not to carry out wet rice cultivation in fields owned by Galo people since time immemorial, AGSU, in a release described it unfortunate, unconstitutional and unauthentic.

"It is thoroughly observed that tense within the border between Assam and Arunachal is a handy work of Assam government as there is nothing enmity with the indigenous people of both the state sharing the inter-state boundary in foothills area. The situation becomes tense/volatile whenever the officials from Assam carryout 'unconstitutional' activities by violating the status-quo in the border areas," the release said.

AGSU appealed to both the indigenous people living in Assam-Arunachal boundary to maintain peace and preserve their age- old relationships.

AGSU also appealed to all civil societies, NGOs, pressure groups, welfare organizations and students unions to work hard to find an amicable solution to border row between Assam-Arunachal.

Meanwhile, AGSU appealed to the state government for immediate establishment of a separate fire station at Kamba ADC. It lamented that the authority has not taken any initiative for establishment of fire station at Kamba despite repeated pleas.

AGSU also appealed to the state government for providing sufficient reliefs to the victims of Gemo Tali fire accident as per laid down norms for their quick resettlement.

Earlier, the executive body members of the union condoled the death of Mori Riba and prayed for eternal peace of departed soul.



4th day of CM's Trophy tournament

Capital Complex & Papum Pare emerge winner in men’s football

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: Capital Complex and Papum Pare won their respective matches in Men's football on the fourth day of the first state level Chief Minister's Trophy on Football and Volleyball (men & women) at Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy complex, Chimpu near here today.

Capital Complex defeated Upper Siang 6-1 and Papum Pare edged past Upper Subansiri 1-0 in a keenly contested match. In another match, East Siang and Lower Subansiri played out 1-1 draw.

After today's matches, Kurung Kumey, Lower Subansiri, Papum Pare and Capital Complex entered the quarter- finals.

In women's football, West Siang trounced Upper Subansiri 5-0 and Kurung Kumey thrashed Lower Subansiri 8-0.

Capital Complex, West Siang, Kurung Kumey and East Siang districts entered in the quarterfinals.

In men's volleyball, West Siang beat Upper Subansiri 25-15, 25-14, Kurung Kumey beat Lower Subansiri 25-16, 19-25, 25-23, Capital Complex beat Upper Siang 25-13, 25-13 and East Kameng beat East Siang 25-9, 25-21 sets.

Lower Subansiri will play against Upper Subansiri at 8 am tomorrow while West Siang will meet Kurung Kumey at 9 am tomorrow in men's volleyball.

In women's volleyball, East Kameng defeated East Siang 25-9, 25-13 and Kurung Kumey beat Capital Complex 25-23, 23-25, 23-25 sets.

Today's matches

(Volleyball women)

Lower Subansiri Vs East Kameng (8 am)

Papum Pare Vs Kurung Kumey (9 am)

East Siang vs West Siang (10 am)

Capital Complex Vs Upper Subansiri (11 am).



NABARD conducts awareness prog on AMIGS scheme

TEZU, Feb 12: A one day awareness programme on development and strengthening of Agricultural Marketing Infrastructure, Grading and Standardization (AMIGS) was held yesterday at DC's Conference Hall, Tezu for the banker's, NGOs and all the Govt. officers of agri and allied departments of Lohit district.

The program was organized by the NABARD Regional Office, Itanagar on behalf of NABCONS in collaboration with the local NGO, Amik Matai Society.

Kamal Roy, Assistant Project Manager cum DDM, NABARD highlighted in detail of the AMIGS scheme. He informed that the objective of the scheme is to provide additional agricultural marketing infrastructure to cope up with the large expected marketable surpluses of agricultural and allied commodities including dairy, poultry, fishery, livestock and minor forest produce.

Shavin Mam on behalf of Amik Matai Society dwelt in length about the need for promotion of SHGs and Farmers Clubs in Lohit district for socio-economic development of the locality especially when the government is going to implement the NRLM and NERLP schemes in the state. He solicited the co-operation of the bankers and departments concerned for building up the capacity of the SHGs by imparting the demand driven trainings in the livelihood sector.

Chairing the meeting, Rajiv Takuk, Deputy Commissioner, Lohit assured to extend all possible support to the development efforts of NABARD, departments and NGOs to bring about sustainable livelihood development in the district. He exhorted the officers present in the meeting to make realistic planning and effective implementation leading to achievement of the desired impact of the development schemes. He also requested the agri. and allied departments and NGOs to promote federations of milk producers, ginger, orange and cardamom growers with the support of NABARD and other banks with systematic sorting, segregation and packaging so as fetch good price to the farmers with provision of necessary infrastructures. Onus lies on the collaborative efforts of the local administration, departments, banks and NGOs to find out alternative livelihood means to contain the opium addiction in the district, he exhorted.



Silver jubilee of East Kameng district Revival Church celebrated

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: The East Kameng District Revival Church has celebrated it's Silver Jubilee at general ground, Seppa with three days programme from February 7 to 9. The believers in huge number along with full time workers gathered to celebrate the occasion. Rev. Neivotso Neikha, mission director (NECRCC) delivered the God's message and followed by a short exhortation by President (APCRCC) and special guest L. K. Yangfo.

Participating in the celebration as special guest on the 2nd day of the programme, MLA Tani Loffa appreciated the Christian community of the district, emphasized on changing the lifestyle and follow the path of Lord Jesus Christ and to avoid evil thoughts. Rev. Neivotso Neikha delivered the message of God. Earlier, the flag was hoisted by Meichi Taku, chairman, Silver Jubilee celebration. He also appreciated and recognized the contributions of pioneers like Late Nisham Sonam (1st Pastor), Hano Taffo (1st treasurer) and other Church leaders like Evangelist Jackey Tayung.

The 3rd day's programme started with the address by Norbu Sonam, Chief Patron. He greeted all the believers and dignitaries present in the jubilee function. Tapuk Taku, MLA, Seppa also extended his greetings to all the members present on the occasion.  

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and Member of Parliament, Arunachal West Takam Sanjoy could not turn up to attend the function due to bad weather condition. However, they conveyed their inconvenience through a fax message and encouraged by contributing financial help.



Ollo Woraang Juku festival celebrated

UD minister calls for preservation of rich tradition

LAZU, Feb 12: The 2nd Ollo Woraang Juku festival of the Ollo group of Noctes of Lazu area was celebrated with great fanfare and gaiety at Lazu today.

Greeting the people on the occasion, Urban Development and Fisheries Minister Rajesh Tacho said that India is a country of many colourful festivals which are known over the world adding that India is a country of unity in diversity wherein people of different ethnic entities join in each other's festivals. The minister passionately appealed all to jealously guard their traditional systems and spare no effort to preserve the rich legacies for the posterity. He said that development would not come from outside but the people themselves will have to develop and urged all to take up schemes in agriculture and horticulture in large scale to improve their economy. He told the gathering that no place can make any headway without proper education and said that Chief Minister Nabam Tuki had launched many employment generating programmes in the state and urged the youth to take full advantage.

The guest of honour Thinghap Taiju, Parliamentary Secretary, WRD asked the people to strengthen the hands of local MLA Yumsen Matey for all round development and preserve the rich culture of the Ollos. The local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary, DoTCL and SWWCD while thanking the minister for his kind presence highlighted the significance of the Worang festival and asked the people to be proud of their identity as Ollos. He urged them to work hard to catch up with the more developed tribes of the state.

Earlier, the minister unfurled the festival flag and witnessed the rituals at the makeshift altar. He later released the Ollo Pongwan CD cassette amidst huge applause. Folk dances, modern dances and community feast marked the day-long celebrations. The festive occasion was attended by DC, Tirap, SP, Tirap, Secretary, APCC Dabi, HoDs, PRI leaders, chiefs and GBs. DIPRO



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Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed daily I would like to express extreme disappointment against Lower Dibang valley administration for not publishing the recruitment date of computer-cum-account assistant in the local dailies. I want to ask district administration, whether there are no internet facilities available in your office or what? If yes then why don't you inform us about date of interview? Are the fees for publishing advertisement too much? If other district administrations can publish it in the local dailies then why can't our district administration do the same?

At last, being an unemployed youth of LDV, I want to tell district administration that you had disappointed us.


Kadum Pertin




Let's stop acting like wild animals

Dear Editor,

It is heartening to know that entire country is expressing their solidarity over the brutal killing of our beloved brother late Nido Tania. The episode was given a national character by news channels like Times Now, Headlines today and various other channels. Being alarmed by such brutality, whole day I kept browsing news channel to catch up every details of what would be next. But, alas! Every time I switched on my TV, it would show me some unending debate of politicians and time consuming advertisements. Few years ago, in South Delhi while entire Arunachal students were expressing solidarity with press fraternity by organizing protest against the brutal attack on young lady journalist Tongam Rina of Arunachal Times I was amazed to find most of the country's leading news channels like Zee news, Times Now and others present except my favourite Aaj Tak channel. I was thinking what is wrong with this news channel? Is there any reason for not covering us? Yes, there may be one solid reason. "Few years ago some guys in Itanagar broke vehicle of Aaj Tak and even attacked its staff, which forced them to flee from the state," told me a fellow Arunachalee. Dear people of Arunachal, let's stop acting like wild animals. Today we claim that we are in modern age but sadly many are seen acting like they are still in Tarzan era. This generation is perishing anyhow but let's save our future generation. Lastly today we can be proud of having successfully united every Indians in protest against various injustices........be it Tongam Rina's case, Tarrasso incident or late Nido Tania's case. It is only because of the incredible role played by our media and press fraternity that our minds are truly awakened.


Philip Jerang

Mowb Colony 2,




KGBV teachers being ignored by state government

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I on behalf of East Kameng Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya Teachers Association (EKKGBVTA) would like to draw kind attention of Government of Arunachal Pradesh towards hardship faced by the teachers working under the ambitious programme of Government of Arunachal Pradesh that is Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV).

The GoAP are interested to promote girls education in Arunachal Pradesh but they are totally ignoring the welfare of staffs working under KGBVs of Arunachal Pradesh.

The salaries of staffs are very meager as compared to duties that we perform. The prices of essential commodities are getting hiked day by day but our salary remains stagnate since it was implemented from 2005-06 in Arunachal Pradesh. The GoAP has enhanced the salary of each and every department; right from the regular, casual and contractual workers as per the Sixth pay commission but they did not enhance the salary of KGBV staffs at that time.

From that very moment the KGBV staffs started to submit memorandum after memorandum to GoAP but still our genuine demands are not fulfilled till date and GoAP is remaining silent towards our demands.

At present also indefinite pen down strike was declared by AAPKGBVTA from 27th January 2014 but still GoAP is not in mood to solve our problems. GoAP is totally responsible for the present pen down strike because they failed to meet our genuine demands.

Hope, our grievances will be looked into by the authorities in the right earnest and needful action be taken at the earliest possible.


Vijay Tamang

General Secretary,







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New boundary tension erupts

The Assam-Arunachal boundary problem is again back to forefront. Tension is prevailing in Durpai village of West Siang district after group of senior officers from Assam led by SP and ADC of Dhemaji district yesterday visited the village and asked villagers to vacate the land. The Assam officials had claimed that the land belongs to them. This incident comes just few days after border clash at Tarasso claimed 10 lives. The incident resulted in imposing of economic blockade against Arunachal. Also one Arunachalee boy was brutally assaulted at Assam.

 The economic blockade which lasted for one week paralyzed whole state. State capital was cut from rest of the country due to blockade. It caused immense pain to the people of state. Such was the intensity of blockade that if it had lasted for another week, there could have been retaliatory action in Arunachal. The government of Assam and Arunachal should take urgent note of Durpai incident and take precautionary measures. The two states cannot afford to have another clash as it will possibly destroy the age old relation.