February 24


Counselling for competitive exams

ITANAGAR, Feb 23: The UGC-Career Counseling Cell of Indira Gandhi Govt. College, Tezu headed by its UGC-Cell Coordinator Asstt. Professor Razzeko Dele recently conducted counseling for the students of the college those who aspiring to face competitive examinations like APPSCE.

Key speaker of the programme APPSCE member Jati Pulu explained the pros and cons of various technical aspects of APPSCE, while providing necessary knowledge, understanding and attitudes required to successfully prepare oneself for the highly sought after career in public services. Besides this, he shared his experiences and urged the students to be careful while choosing a career.

The Principal-in-charge Professor SC Pradhan stressed on the importance of organizing such programmes in every college in the state.

Associate Prof. Dr. Vijay Kumar highlighted on the necessity to create an independent outlook in the minds of the younger generation and expanding their able minds beyond the restricted ambit of their college life.

Overwhelmed by the positive feedback from the students, Prof. Dele stated that such response has definitely boosted the morale of this cell and assured to come up with many such programmes in near future.

The programme was presided over by Asst. Coordinator of UGC-Career Counseling Cell, Razina Mannow.


AASUK celebrates statehood day

ITANAGAR, Feb 23: The All Arunachal Students’ Union of Karnataka (AASUK) celebrated the 28th Statehood day with pomp and gaiety at Bangalore on February 20 last.

Attending as chief guest on the occasion, Circle Inspector H Y Jagdish assured safety for the people of the region.

Various cultural programmes enthralled the audience.


Awareness campaign on Forest and Wildlife

KHONSA, Feb 23: A 2-day workshop on awareness campaign in connection with preservation, protection of forest and wildlife was held on February 22 and 23 at Pumao circle headquarter. The workshop was organized by Zohai Tingsho Hutham in collaboration with the Forest and Environment department Longding division, district Londging with participation of Chiefs, GBs, PRIs leaders, Church leaders and general public from various villages of Pumao circle.

Speaking on the occasion as resource person B K Pandey, Senior Teacher (Geography) Govt. Higher Secondary School, Longding explained about the importance of forest and environment. He stressed for the active participation of all the people of Wancho area especially the youths for protection of trees and wild life and urged the people to  plant more trees as Pumao circle and Longding circle are facing acute shortage of drinking water all the time. He discouraged the shifting jhum cultivation being practiced in the area and opined for alternative permanent agriculture and horticulture as the soil is quite suitable and fertile enough for agriculture and horticulture cultivations. Earlier, Tingjoh Wangpan, Chirman of Zohai Tingsho Hutham highlighted the aims and objective of awareness camp and its importance. Wangjat Wangsu, Secretary organizing committee-cum-ASM Zedua village also spoke on the occasion.  DIPRO


APCRCC’s  annual meeting held  

ITANAGAR, Feb 23: The 26th annual meeting of Arunachal Pradesh Christian Revival Church Council (APCRCC) with a theme “those who have been given a trust must prove faithful,” was held under the chairmanship of APCRCC president Tarh Kama at CRC here from February 20 to 23.

The three-day-long meeting saw presentation of annual reports by APCRCC, its constituent wings, departments, boards and district level councils, and witnessed tabling of reviewed bye-law of the council, Prayer Centre guidelines, and passing of APCRCC Vision Document, discussion on pension scheme for full-time workers, re-launching of the APCRCC’s updated website www.apcrcc.in.

Three gospel services were also held with Rev. Toko Loma, Evan. Tapun Tapak and Evan. Hari Govind as key speakers and a seminar on current and relevant issues was also held with Alo Nibia, Evan. Tai Ete, Dr. David Pertin and Er. Tadar Tarang as resource persons.

The other highlight of the meeting was ceremonial gowning of all the reverends of the council and adoption of many resolutions.

Earlier, the meeting started with a welcome address by Evan. Manya Kodak, AGS of the council.

The meeting was attended by representatives of all the districts and around 600 churches spread across the state.


PRI leaders of Niji village oppose inclusion in Kamle district proposal map

ITANAGAR, Feb 23:  Opposing to the inclusion of Niji village of Upper Subansiri district in the proposal map of Kamle district, its PRI leaders have requested the concern authorities for its exclusion.

In a release, claiming that the inclusion was done without knowledge of any of its leaders by the district demand committee, it said, Niji village is part and parcel of Upper Subansiri district since time immemorial.

We have been enjoying our comfortable daily life like administration, education, medical and business purposes as it is well connected with the district headquarter, Daporijo, at only 2.5kms distance. So the question does not arise that we would agree to include our village in the proposed district, the leaders added in its release.


JNC accredited with Grade-A

ITANAGAR, Feb 23: The Jawaharlal Nehru College (JNC), Pasighat, the premier institution of the state has been accredited with the cherished Grade “A” by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) during its 66th executive committee meeting held on February 21.

A NAAC peer team visited the college from November 6-8, 2013 and conducted spot assessment of the performance and potential of the college.

The college was initially graded “B++” by NAAC in 2006 and CPE status by UGC in 2010.


PPI prog launched

PASIGHAT, Feb 23: Like other parts of the country, the Intensified Pulse Polio Immunization (IPPI) programme was launched in East Siang District today. The Deputy Commissioner Opak Gao and SP Devendar Arya administered polio drops to the children in presence of JDHS Dr. Kabang Lego, DDHS Dr. N Ninu, Medical Superintendent Dr. Y R Darang, DRCHO Dr. T Gao and host of doctors and staffs at the Pasighat general hospital.

Speaking on the occasion Gao appreciated the role of the hospital administration in particular and advised to cover every nook and corners of the district with a missionary zeal and to conduct a follow-up survey and vaccination so that no child under five years is left. The DC also sought cooperation from all sections of the society to make the program a grand success.

Jt. Director (HS) Dr. Lego informed the visiting DC and SP that the programme would be continued for three consecutive days. He apprised that earlier door-to-door campaign to administer the polio drops was conducted to those children who were not covered. With the sincere efforts of the doctors and workers of the department, no single case of polio has been detected till date and the department has managed to achieve the target during last immunization, added Lego. DIPRO


News Impact

Protest against attack turns violent; curfew at Behali, Borgang

Tezpur, Feb 23:  A day after four more bodies were recovered from troubled Chauldhowa along Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border, curfew was clamped on Sunday at Behali and Borgang areas following violent protests by locals on the Highway as police fired in the air.

According to senior district officials, several vehicles were torched, including the one owned by Arunachal Pradesh Consumer Court Judge, triggering lathicharge and firing in air by the police to control the mob.

Sonitpur Deputy Commissioner Lalit Gogoi said curfew has been imposed in Behali Reserve Forest and Borgang areas  on Sunday evening till further notice although the situation is under control.

Tension escalated again in the area after four highly decomposed bodies were recovered yesterday from the jungles of Chauldhowa under Behali Reserve Forest in Assam's Sonitpur district along Arunachal Pradesh border.

With these, the toll in January 29 attack at Chauldhowa by miscreants from Arunachal Pradesh went upto 15.

This morning, people along with local units of a number of organisations staged protest against the killings by blocking the National Highway 15 at Bedeti and Borgang under Biswanath Chariali subdivision.

The protest turned violent at Bedeti when five army vehicles escorting people from Arunachal Pradesh to Guwahati reached the place.

The agitators pelted stones at the Army vehicles, forcing them to go back.

At Borgang, two vehicles, including one of a Arunachal Pradesh Consumer Court Judge S N Singh and police escort gypsy were set ablaze by the protesters.

The Assam Police spokesperson said Singh was accompanied by Gauhati High Court Judge (Retd) H N Sarmah who were on way to Arunachal when protesters stopped them prompting lathicharge and firing in air by the police to disperse the crowd. No one was injured.

Following the attack in last month, an eight-day economic 'blockade' was imposed by a number of organisations.

Assam police had registered nine cases related to the Behali incident against Arunachali persons, including the Additional Deputy Commissioner of Balijan in the neighbouring state.

Meanwhile, the Assam government had written to the Centre asking for a CBI enquiry into the incident. PTI



Miscreants attack children, Sonitpur SP denies

ITANAGAR, Feb 23: In yet another unfortunate incident, 35 small children accompanied by their 35 parents were reportedly attacked by some miscreants near Borgang on Gohpur-Tezpur road today.

The incident occurred when the parents were escorting their children for the Sainik School admission test scheduled at Tezpur on February 24, informed former MP Kiren Rijiju.

Rijiju blamed the Army authority for ferrying the students and parents without making proper security arrangements despite knowing the fact that a bandh call is being enforced by some groups in that area.

The former MP requested the Army authority to make special arrangements for their safe return and conduct all future test and examination within Arunachal Pradesh.

When contacted, Sonitpur Superintendent of Police Sanjukta Parashar has vehemently denied any such incident. The SP, however, advised Arunachalee people to take extra precaution while travelling through this route in view of recovery of body of the four people, who went missing during Taraso incident. She assured all help, if sought, to Arunachalee people travelling within the jurisdiction of Sonitpur Police and appealed to feel free to call her up (tele: 09435557322) for any help.

Meanwhile, Gauhati High Court Itanagar Permanent Bench Bar Association vehemently condemned and criticized the reported attack on Justice H N Sarma and burning down of vehicle at Borgang in Assam at around 2.30 pm today when he was on his way to Itanagar to preside over the Election Tribunal. The Association strongly urged authorities to initiate legal actions against the miscreants.  While expressing serious concern over the alleged inaction of Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Congress-led UPA Government at Centre on Taraso incident, state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has demanded a white paper on the progress of the investigation of the recent Taraso incident.

“This burning boundary issue should not be overlooked, undermined and taken lightly. Active persuasion is the call of the time,” the party said.

“We are sad to know that road blockade is again enforced in Assam at Behali, Bargang area of NH 52 in protest against Govt.’s inaction on the recent Tarasso incident,” the BJP said, adding that some miscreants targeted vehicles registered in Arunachal Pradesh today.



Govt. spokesperson pleads agitators to stop harassing Arunachalees

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ITANAGAR, Feb 23: Following discovery of bodies of four people who had been missing since January 29 Tarasso-Chauldhowa  incident, the protestors in Assam have once again imposed road blockade against Arunachal Pradesh.

“So far, Arunachal Government has not cooperated in arresting even one miscreant,” said an agitator.

When asked about Arunachal government’s action, Arunachal Pradesh government spokesperson Nabam Rebia in a telephonic conversation reiterated his earlier statement that none of the Arunachalee people are involved in the killing.

“These are just baseless allegations that Arunachalee people are involved. If there is anything, come up with proper evidence. Instead, the role of CPIML leader Vivek Das should be investigated. He should be arrested,” Rebia retorted.

According to reports, Das had allegedly invited people hailing from other parts of Assam to come to Behali, situated nearby Tarasso, with promise to provide them land in return. His activity came to light for the first time in May 2013 when he led provocative bike rally inside Arunachal territory at Tarasso. Since then, the supporters of Das had encroached upon Arunachal’s land and had put up camps in various areas of Tarasso circle.

Informing that the state government has written to the Union Home Ministry for an independent Inquiry into the incident, the government spokesperson said, “With the Ministry’s directive, Arunachal and Assam police can conduct joint investigation into the incident.”

He however appealed to the agitators to not resort to something as terrible as economic blockade which is hampering the entire functioning of the state.

“The whole people of Arunachal cannot be held responsible for the incident that happened,” he begged.



Development is my lone agenda: Siram

PASIGHAT, Feb 23: ‘Development is my lone agenda’ stated Education Minister Bosiram Siram today. He was addressing in a coordination meeting held at the DC’s conference hall to finalize the ensuing visit of the CM Nabam Tuki scheduled to be held on 1st March.

The meeting was attended by the DC Opak Gao, SP Devendar Arya, Chief Councillor Denong Tamuk, ZPC Kaling Dai, HoDs and local leaders including councillors of PMC.

Addressing the house, Siram informed that CM Tuki would inaugurate the newly constructed Polytechnic College, Administrative Block of JNC, DDSE office building and Sikshak Sadan during his visit to Pasighat. The minister further apprised that 90 students (in three streams) would be accommodated in the coming session in polytechnic college and good numbers of faculties have already been appointed through PSC. At the same time Information Technology College would start its first batch with 300 students from June’14 onwards in the newly constructed shopping mall building at 2-mile area on rental basis till the completion of permanent structure/complex of I-Tech College. While seeking wholehearted cooperation from all corners of the society to make the inaugural programs meaningful, he presented a brief report on developmental activities of Pasighat.

Later in a public meeting convened at the Pasighat Balaji Mandir, Siram assured the shopkeepers to install solar-lamps soon in market area and gave spot sanction of five lakhs for immediate construction of Thela Stand. Ten Crores has been sanctioned by the government to develop the town road network and long lasting cement concrete roads would come up, he added. The minister instructed the DC and SP to monitor closely all activities regularly in containing crime in the township on priority so that business community and buyers could feel good and secured during business transactions.

The Chief Councillor Denong Tamuk informed that PMC is working tirelessly for cleanliness and beautification of Pasighat Township. According to Tamuk monthly service charge amounting Rs. 30-50 would be introduced soon to ensure effective municipal activities.

Onyok Tamuk, President, Pasighat Market Association, appealed the police administration to intensify police patrolling in market area and to take stern action against the miscreants who usually try to breach peace and integrity in the market place. DIPRO



Workshop on promotion of Tagin dialect


DAPORIJO, Feb 23: A day-long workshop on development, preservation and promotion of Tagin dialect was conducted here today.

The workshop held in three sessions saw presentation of Tagin dialect in paper by language experts followed by debate and discussion on the development of Tagin script.

There was also technical session held in which language experts introduced their usage of Roman lipi (script) in the development of the dialect.

Earlier, the workshop started with the introduction of Tagin dialect and its status in day-to-day life of Tagin community by TCS president Tabu Paktung and Secretary General Lardik Kare.

Earlier, inaugurating the workshop, Deputy Commissioner Tahang Taggu said that Tagin, one of the fast developing communities in the state is endowed with rich dialect which needs to be preserved and promoted. He appealed to all community members to know their own indigenous dialect with other modern languages.

Meanwhile, Tapen Sigia, MLA, Dr. Ashan Riddi, Director of Distance Education, Rajiv Gandhi University, Mary Tayeng, Language Officer, Upper Subanisiri, Dr.VM Singh, Associate Professor, Daporijo Govt. College and many other intellectuals, including all executive members of Tagin Cultural Society expressed their views on development of the dialect during the workshop.



GSU submits 3-point memo to CS

ITANAGAR, Feb 23: The Galo Students’ Union (GSU) in a three-point representation to the Chief Secretary requested the Govt for immediate publication of the committee report on Lower Siang,  re-delegation of powers to SDO, Likabali and deployment of adequate police force at Kangku Circle, West Siang district.

The state cabinet had constituted a committee for finalization of district headquarters and boundary demarcation of Lower Siang district in relation to Nari-Koyu Assembly segment. The said committee was to put up its recommendation within 100 days. But surprisingly, 216 days have passed yet no report/recommendation has been submitted, the GSU said and requested for immediate publication of the report/recommendation if any within stipulated time. It also requested the authorities for re-delegation of power to SDO Likabali to mitigate the administrative problems of the local people.  

Time and again, the Assam authorities illegally enter Arunachal territory and claimed agricultural land owned by the local people since time immemorial. Repeated illegal claim of land in Kangku circle especially in Durpai, Kangku, Kamcham, Dipa, Uli, Torajan etc. areas have created a fear psychosis in the mind of the local villagers, the Union said  and requested the Govt for immediate deployment of  adequate police force at Kangku circle (West Siang district). It further called for regular police patrolling in all the inter-state border villages of West Siang district. The GSU said that the authorities should pay heed to the grievances within March failing which the Union will be compelled to go for democratic movement.



Workers’ board chairman urges youth to be role model

ITANAGAR, Feb 23: Arunachal Pradesh Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board (APBOCWWB) chairman Nyamar Karbak has advised the students of Nomuk village to dedicate their time to their study and urged the youths for proper use of IT products like mobile phones etc.

Attending the closing day of the 4th Nomuk Youth Week Celebration at Nomuk village, Karbak appealed to the youths to be a role model of the area and refrain themselves from politics. He stressed the need for creating awareness among the villagers on harmful effects of drug abuse and HIV/AIDS.

Responding to a memorandum submitted to him by Nomuk Youth Club (NYC) general secretary Tojo Nomuk, Karbak assured to provide PA system within a week to NYC and suggested the club to prepare an estimate for construction of two units of toilet and drainage for Nomuk village so that he can pursue the matter with the competent authority.

For construction of Donyi-Polo Dere, the chairman assured to look into the matter seriously. He appealed for keeping strong vigil on developmental activities and utilization of funds meant for the same.

Later, the chairman distributed prizes to the winners of various competitions.

Former ASM Mokar Nomuk, HGB Kito Nomuk briefed about the various problems faced by the villagers while Gumba Nomuk, Chairman Nomuk Youth Club highlighted the achievements of the Club since its inception in 2002.

Earlier, in the morning, the chairman along with villagers visited the Govt. Sec School Nomuk to take stock of the present scenario of the school.

The chairman distributed school bags to the students and interacted with the teachers and students.

During interaction, Pokde Nomuk, Headmaster-in-charge of Govt. Sec School Nomuk, submitted a one-point memorandum urging for providing fund for electrification of the school building.

While assuring to extend required amount for electrification of the school building, the chairman also assured to donate a computer set to the school with printer for official use.

The chairman urged GBs and PRIs to maintain the school as their own property.



T20 cricket for AIDS awareness campaign held

ITANAGAR, Feb 23: An HIV/AIDS awareness campaign through T20 Cricket Tournament was organized by Seijosa based organization titled DOT (.) Society of Arunachal Pradesh at General Ground Seijosa from February 16.

Altogether 12 teams participated in the tournament.  Out of them Bali-11 of Seijosa won the tournament and IRBN-11 Seijosa was declared runners up.  Man of the series was Abraham Tachang.

Addressing a valedictory function on February 21, Pani Tayem, ZPM Seijosa Dissing Passo Circle, East Kameng district, encouraged the DOT Society to continue organize such programme in future by conducting different attractive events for the youth which lead to good physical health as well to know about the deadly disease called HIV/AIDS. Among others the Govt officers also attended the function.

Earlier, in his inaugural address Dr. S Kakoty Project Director, APSACS Naharlagun delivered valuable lecture on the HIV/AIDS. According to him many cases of HIV positive were found in Arunachal Pradesh since the year of 1998 to till date. He also explained the confusion between HIV Positive and AIDS, as many people are still unaware about it. The Project Director also explained about the mode of different transmission, possibilities of exposure and specially appealed all the pregnant mothers to go for HIV test during their ANC.

PRI Members also interacted with the project director and stressed the need of conducting such awareness campaign in interior 12 Pakke Kessang areas also. Dr. Kamku Pordung and  Dr. Om Pradhan, Chairman   and Director of the NGO lauded the Project Director and others for their cooperation.

Jalley Sonam former Chairman APB&OCWWB also conveyed his message and urged the people to cooperate the Society in its campaign against HIV/AIDS.



Electorate has grown nearly 5 times since '51-52: EC

New Delhi, Feb 23: As the nation gears up for the 16th Lok Sabha polls, India's electorate has grown nearly five times from what it was during the first general elections in 1951-52.

Figures released by the Election Commission show that the electorate was 17.3212343 crore in 1951-52 and now for the general elections scheduled in April-May, it is 81.4591184 crore, which is a 4.7-fold increase.

Since last general elections in 2009, the total number of electors in the country has grown by around 9.7606083 crore.

In 2009, the number of voters was 71.6985101 crore.

The electorate in 1998 general elections was 60.5880192 crore which has registered a growth of 34.45 per cent.

Uttar Pradesh, which has the highest number of 80 Lok Sabha seats, has shown the maximum growth in the electorate as compared to 2004.

The number of voters was 10.1982480 crore in UP in 1998, which has risen to 13.4351297 crore now. In 2004, UP had 11.6006374 crore voters. Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal have the largest number of voters, with UP constituting 16.5 per cent of the total electorate.

Together these five states constitute of 49.1 per cent of total electors in the country.

Sikkim, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Goa and Nagaland put together comprise less than 0.5 per cent of the total electors.

Among the 28 states and 7 Union Territories, Dadra and Nagar Haveli registered the highest rate of growth in the electorate at 53.9 per cent during the period from 2004 to 2014, followed by Puducherry at 39.1 per cent.

West Bengal showed the highest rate of growth at 31.7 per cent the states category.

Among all states and UTs, Andaman and Nicobar Islands registered the lowest rate of growth at 6.7 per cent followed by Jammu and Kashmir at 8.9 per cent.

While 98.27 per cent electors live in the states, the Union Territories constitute a mere 1.73 per cent of the total voters.

Gender-wise break up of the electors is available only since 1971 and it shows that the proportion of female electors recorded little variation since then, hovering between 47.4 and 48 per cent. PTI



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Statehood given too early

As state of Arunachal turns 28 year old, a heated debate is going on whether we have achieved desired development in the last 2 decades. Section of society especially those hailing from ruling class, who have accumulated immense wealth believes that Arunachal has indeed marched ahead. On the other hand those Arunachalees who are yet to taste the fruit of statehood differs with their view. This section of people is of the opinion that statehood was given too early.

Even after 28 years of attaining statehood, many interior places of Arunachal do not have proper road connectivity and are devoid of basic human necessities. Though central government has pumped in massive amount of money for the developmental projects but nothing has improved at ground level. Corruption and nepotism is destroying basic fabric of tribal society. Adding to it, deteriorating law and order condition has worsened the situation. Such is the situation in state that today anyone can walk into any office or house and can harm people without fear of law.