February 25


First merchant navy graduate passes away

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: The first merchant navy graduate from Arunachal Pradesh Kholie Tanya yesterday passed away at his Jollang resident. Late Tanya graduated from Marco Polo Institute of Marine Electronics, Bangalore. A native of Jollang village near Itanagar, late Tanya completed his schooling from Sainik School Goalpara Assam in the year 1984.

Upon completing his course, Tanya while on vacation at his village got inflicted by Malaria, which cut short his fledging career.  The Kholie Brother Welfare Society in a release informed that he died peacefully at his resident and was cremated today.


Pre-Nyokum celebrated at RGU

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: Pre- Nyokum was celebrated at Rajiv Gandhi University, Rono Hills with great fanfare.

Taking part in the celebration Vice Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University Prof. Tamo Mibang said,“The objective of celebration for this festival is to know each other better and promote unity and fraternity among all.

“Nyokum is a time where we imbibe spirit of Ane-Nyokum, in which we seek blessing for good cultivation and prosperity and community. Its time to share happiness and joy with our fellow man and to come together in one platform to grow our unity”, said Bengi Taja, RGU Students Union president while taking part in the celebration.

Some of the attractive programmes include cultural display and traditional items performed by the students.

Famous singer Bengia Hemanto enthralled the gathering with his soul touching numbers.  

Other highlight of the celebration was dance items performed by troupes from host RGU, Don Bosco College, Doimukh Govt. School, DNGC and NERIST.


Ering call for united stand against discrimination


RUKSIN, Feb 24: Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering on Sunday urged the MPs from NE states to keep a “Unified stand” to fight against discrimination by the people of India’s mainland towards the people of northeastern region.

Ering was addressing a public meeting at Oyan village at Assam-Arunachal border yesterday. Ering, who claimed that he had always been showcasing Arunachal and other NE states in Delhi, urged the people to maintain unity and solidarity against the unhealthy discrimination.

Stating that the people of NE region particularly the young students are being harassed in the mainland from time to time, he said time has come to strengthen unity among the people of the region to fight against the discrimination.

“It is very unfortunate that our people are facing harassment in the country’s mainland. The MPs representing the NE states should take a unified stand for ensuring safety and security of the people in Delhi and other part of the country. I am in frequent contact with Delhi police and NE security organizations through social media and telephonic connection”, Ering said.


Training on organic farming and soil health management held

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: A state level training programme on organic farming and soil health management for sustainable agriculture in North East India began at College of Horticulture & Forestry, CAU, Pasighat today.

As many as 17 officials from various departments and KVKs are attending the five days programme organized by the Department of Natural Resource Management, College of Horticulture & Forestry, CAU,  Pasighat.

Inaugurating the programme Dr. BR Phukan, Dean (i/c), College of Horticulture & Forestry, CAU, Pasighat emphasized on the importance of organic farming and soil health management in all aspects of farming.

Earlier, Dr. Dinesh Sah and Dr Debashish Sen in their welcome address gave overview of the training programme and advised to participants to reap maximum benefit from it.

Course director Dr P Debnath also addressed the trainee officials of the departments and exhorted them to take full benefit of the training.


CM distributes land deeds to city dwellers

Guwahati, Feb 24: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today formally initiated the process to grant the ownership deeds to city dwellers occupying government land for over 10 years with handing over the documents to them on a day when farmer activist Pranab Boro set himself ablaze demanding land rights.

The Chief Minister said the process for distribution of land patta (land deed) to those occupying government land for 10 years and above has started in right earnest.


Assam: Four injured in grenade blast

Rangia, Feb 24: At least four persons were injured in a grenade blast at a place bordering Kamrup and Baksa districts in lower Assam on Monday.

Police sources said two grenades were hurled by two motorcycle riders at Gasbari daily market near Goreswar at a around 6.10pm injuring four persons on the spot.

Police went to the site and the injured were taken to hospital. The identity of those who hurled the explosives has not been established, they said. PTI

The anti-talk NDFB (Songbijit) faction is active in the area.


DIC conducts EDP

ITANAGAR, Feb 24:  District Industries Centre, Daporijo conducted a week-long entrepreneurship development programme  (EDP) under food processing industry at its conference from February 17.

More than 67 participants from various circles participated in the EDP.

Subject matter specialists from KVK demonstrated the process of making chilly pickles, topioca chips, ginger candy and soya products etc.

Dr. Yaani Ngomdir, VO, spoke about preservation of meats, method of slaughtering animal for meat and other food processing, including milk.

Yompe Ado, ADO, delivered on Agri-base industry while T Raji, HDO, delivered on Horti-base industry along with cultivation and processing related to food processing. Taye Riamuk, DFDO, delivered on fish based industry along with pisciculture, poultry, piggery etc.

John Rai, E.I delivered on EM-I, II registration process, Tuli Basar, DDI on role of DIC, fiscal incentives under NEIIPP and NMFP.

Daporijo SDO Hage Takka attended the valedictory function and distributed EDP certificates to the participants.


NFSA implementation meeting held

YUPIA, Feb 24: A meeting in connection with implementation of national food security Act 2013 held here at DCs conference hall at Yupia today.

Additional Deputy Commissioner cum- Nodal Officer B.J Duia chaired the meet and called upon nodal officers to perform their duties smoothly and to ensure to strictly adhere to the guidelines laid down in NFSA in identification of households.

Sharing the house about complicacies in streamlining the rationing system in remote areas, Jalash Pertin ADC cum nodal officer, Sagalee Division also stressed on strict implementation and monitoring of rationing system so that benefits could be reach to the targeted beneficiaries in a proper manner.

Besides discussing on important issues pertaining to NFSA2014, the house also discussed the grievances of official engaged during field works in different parts of the District who despite working very hard with dedication are left with no incentive or remuneration for the service they rendered.

The District Food & Civil Supply Officer Dana Takio informed that so far no such fund has been received but the report has been submitted to the Govt.

DF & CSO also requested the Nodal Officer to submit the final list of identification of eligible general category household and left out priority and AAY household if any and issue of rations card of Papum Pare district before 24th march 2014.

Beneficiaries can obtain information on eligibility criteria and forms from respective administrative centers of the district. DIPRO


Misuse of fund alleged

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: Alleging misuse of fund meant for construction of New Primary School Karsingsa-II, Karsingsa ASM has urged the District Project Officer, SSA District Mission, Yupia to conduct an inquiry into matter and punish the erring person as per law.

The ASM, who visited the school along with Karsingsa-II GPM, SMC chairperson claimed that there was no provision of drinking water, electricity, black board in the school. Even, the windows of the building have been left uncompleted without fitting grills, the ASM in its letter to the DPO claimed.

The school building, compound wall, kitchen shed, toilet, electrification, drinking water facility were supposed to build and provide with the fund released during the financial year 2010-2011, the ASM claimed.

He also urged the DPO to provide all facilities as mandated under SSA and RTE Act as early as possible to run the school smoothly.  He also urged the authority concerned direct the technical staff to perform their duty sincerely and to supervise the civil work properly and also direct the teaching staff of the school to discharge their duty properly and sincerely.


Association seeks devolution of power

ITANAGAR, Feb 24:  The All Arunachal Pradesh Assistant Teachers Association today sought devolution of power to Director of Elementary Education claiming that state government has already issued an order SEDN/46/2003/Dt.28/10/2010 wherein it has  been clearly mentioned that the director of elementary education should look after the entire elementary education in the state including SSA-RTE programe. In its representation to the Chief Secretary, Association urged the authority to devolve the power to director of elementary education.


Coaching for UPSC, APPSC aspirants conducted

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: The seven days coaching for UPSC and APPSC aspirants conducted by Seva Bharati in collaboration with Jnana Prabodhini Pune concluded at IGG College, Tezu today.

A total of 20 students have benefited from the coaching.

The closing ceremony was attended by the principal in-charge of the college, the organizing secretary Arunachal Vikash Parishad.


Assam Rifles provides Solar lamps

CHANGLANG, Feb 24: Giving boost to the Military Civic Action Programme by Assam Rifles, the Assam Rifles (Manipur Battalion) provided five solar lights in Ranglum village of Changlang district yesterday.  The scheme carried out under MCA Project (Op Samaritan) largely contributed in mitigating hardship faced by the people of this remote village and also towards boosting the relations between security forces and the civilians.


Reduce cost of HSRP: AAPPTF

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF), in a release claimed that the Secretary, Transport has assured to reduce the cost of High Security Registration Plate (HSRP) in Arunachal Pradesh from the existing rate. The Secretary gave this assurance when a team of AAPPTF, led by its general secretary Kipa Kanam, met him and submitted a memorandum urging him to reduce cost of HSRP.

The Supreme Court approved rate of HSRP is Rs 69 for two wheelers, Rs. 86 for three wheelers, Rs. 214 for passenger cars and Rs. 220 for LMV and HMVs, the memorandum informed. AAPPTF demanded the Secretary to reduce the cost of HSRP from existing Rs 660 to Rs.150 for two wheelers, Rs. 798 to Rs.300 for three wheelers, Rs.1568 to Rs. 600 for LCV, LMV, HMV, multi-utility vehicles etc.


News Impact

Escaped under-trial prisoner nabbed

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: A team of capital police under crime branch in-charge SI Krishnendu Deb nabbed one of the escaped under-trial prisoners from Banderdewa area on February 21 last. The  arrested under-trial prisoner Budh Ram Nayak alias Raju (25 yrs) of Jenyadhupa (Merbil)  under Laluk police station, Lakhimpur, Assam along with two other under-trial prisoners, namely, Farooq Islam and Md. Majibur Rahman had escaped from district  jail Jully (Itanagar) on the  night of  August 24, 2012.

A case was registered at Itanagar PS (Case No. 190/2012 U/S 224/34 IPC in this connection and search operation was launched.

Meanwhile, accused Budh Ram Nayak was produced before the Court of CJM, Yupia and  remanded in custody.

Following the disclosure that other escaped  under-trial prisoner  Md. Farooq Islam was languishing in Nowgaon district jail (Assam) for his involvement in several criminal cases, a team of capital police left for Nowgaon to bring him back Itanagar soon after completion of legal formalities, according to a release issued by Capital SP.  All out efforts have been initiated for an early apprehension of the remaining escaped undertrial prisoner Md. Majibur Rahman, the release added. It is worth mentioning there that Budh Ram Nayak was put in jail in connection with a gruesome murder case lodged in Banderdewa PS.  While a theft  case had been registered at Itanagar PS  against under-trial prisoner Md. Farooq Islam, Md. Majibur Rahman  was involved in a rape and twin murder case of Itanagar in the year 2008.



Call to strengthen Adi-Mishing relationship

Prafulla Kaman

RUKSIN, Feb 24: The newly elected members of Mishing Autonomous Council (MAC), Assam were given warm felicitation in a meeting organized by Adi Baane Kebang (ABK) at Oyan village on Sunday.

The Oiram Bori Memorial Cultural Complex at Oyan, one of the old Mishing village of Arunachal located on right bank of mighty Siang river once again become hub of the Adi and Mishing of the region as the people of both communities in a joint meeting renewed their genetic relation in terms of identical language, culture and brotherhood.  Hundreds of Adi people from two Siang districts and Dibang Valley  attended it. Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs, Ninong Ering, recalled ancient Adi-Mishing relationship and urged the community members to foster the feelings of oneness in the coming days. He also laid foundation of ‘Ba:bu Oiram Bori Memorial Stone’ inside the cultural complex.

Education Minister Bosiram Siram, in his address, highlighted the relation between Adis and Mishings since time immemorial. According to him both Adi and Mishing belong to a single community, but after a political separation, most of the Mishings are dwelling in the plain land of Assam.

Siram suggested the MAC members to take bold initiative for overall development of the Mishing populated areas in their state and firmly take up the people’s problem with both Assam and Central governments.  

Welcoming the participants, Ruksin block ZPM Tongeng Panyang requested the Mishing Council members to extend their every possible cooperation to the Adi people, while ABK president (East Siang) appealed the community people to strengthen the existing Adi-Mishing bond.

Speaking on the occasion, MAC chairman Parmananda Chayengiya expressed his inclination for adoption common script for both Adi and Mishing languages and said that his council would grant fund for research and development of the Adi-Mishing language.

Among others, ABK (Apex) president Kangir Jamoh, ABK Secretary General Bodong Yirang, retired IAS Osong Ering, former Arunachal minister Roding Pertin, Pasighat West MLA Tangor Tapak besides MAC members also spoke on the occasion.



Parents urge for change of venue and extension of medical test date

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: The parents of 37 children, who have qualified for admission into Sainik School in class VI and IX, in a joint representation, has appealed to the Principal, Sainik School, Pungiwa Nagaland to extend the date of medical test and change the venue from 155 Base Hospital, Tezpur to Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun/RK Mission Hospital Itanagar in view of the tense situation that arose in Assam after the recent Taraso incident.

The two vehicles in which the children were travelling along with their parents were torched yesterday at Helem/Behali by angry mob despite army escorts. Further, vehicles registered in Arunachal are being targeted by miscreants, the representation said while driving its point home.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs Welfare Association (APLMCAWA) has strongly condemned the attack and torching of an Arunachal Pradesh Government vehicle (No. AR-01E- 0078) and escort vehicle by angry mob at Behalee, Borgang yesterday.

The incident occurred when Justice (Retd.) HN Sharma, president of Arunachal Pradesh State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (State Commission) along with driver of the department Joy Borah were on their way to Naharlagun for attending sittings of the State Commission as well as Panchayati Raj Tribunal cases.

The unruly mob in their inhumane behaviour had not even spared medicine, mobiles and other personnel belongings of the Judge and his staff, who somehow could manage to safeguard themselves, APLMCAWA informed in a release.

The Association while expressing deep concern at the incident opined that it would hamper normal proceedings of the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission and also that of Panchayati Raj Election Tribunal and have adverse affect on consumers and general public seeking justice through these Forums.

The Association hoped that authority concerned would take appropriate measure to restore normalcy at the earliest and pave safe passages to all passengers, ailing patients and also essential commodities.

The Association appealed to each and every stakeholder to maintain peace and to avoid any kind of rumours that may aggravate the situation and believes that any grievance could be settled through mutual discussion and understanding.



NLCT claims responsibility of Tarasso incident

Arunachal police dismisses the claim

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: The National Liberation Council of Taniland (NLCT) has claimed responsibility of shooting incident that took place at Sango village of Tarasso circle on January 29 saying that the attack took place “in connection with the illegal eviction carried out by the Assam forest officials and illegal land encroachment in Arunachal territory particularly at Tarasso circle by the people of Assam counterpart”.

In a statement, the Council warned that more bloodshed could be seen in boundary area if encroachment takes place in the future. It further said that central Govt as well as the Governments of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh have not taken appropriate action to resolve the inter-state boundary issue. The Arunachal police source has expressed surprise over claim of NLCT and stated that most of the cadres of outfit have been neutralized. The police further claimed that NLCT is defunct organization.

Recently popular Assam based English Daily; The Assam Tribune had carried news about NLCT’s claim that they own responsibility for Tarasso incident. The daily quoted its own sources as saying that NLCT was not a very active militant outfit and no activity of the outfit was noticed in recent times.

Meanwhile, the state Govt spokesperson Nabam Rebia yesterday reiterated that none of the Arunachalee people are involved in the Tarasso killing incident. “These are just baseless allegations that Arunachalee people are involved. If there is anything, come up with proper evidence. Instead, the role of CPI (ML) leader Vivek Das should be investigated. He should be arrested,” Rebia had retorted. He further informed that Arunachal government has written to the Union Home Ministry for an independent Inquiry into the incident. “With the Ministry’s directive, Arunachal and Assam police can conduct joint investigation into the incident,” he had added. The Assam government had reportedly written to the Centre asking for a CBI enquiry into the incident.

On the other hand, Union Ministry of Home Affairs Joint-Secretary, Shambhu Singh had told television channels that the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) might have a hand in the killing incident. According to the report published in popular English daily The Telegraph on January 30, Singh is quoted to have suspected hand of NDFB in the massacre.



4013 children immunized during 2nd phase of IPPI in Tawang

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: The second phase of intensified pulse polio immunization (IPPI) was conducted successfully under the theme ‘Polio Sunday’ by the District health authority Tawang yesterday.

All the officers and officials of District hospital Tawang, CHC's, PHC's, Sub centres under Tawang district administered polio drops to children under the age group of 0-5 years with active support from ASHAs, anganwadi workers, police and SSB.

In an effort to make the nation and the district polio free, the massive IPPI campaign was led by Dr. Wangdi Lama, DMO Tawang, and Dr Lobsang Tempa, DRCHO, Tawang, with assistance from booth supervisors Dr. Urgen Lhamu, DTO, Dr KD Gautam, DSO and the respective medical officers of Community Health Centres, Primary Health Centres and Sub-Centres, who monitored the drive.

Parliamentary Secretary (civil aviations) and Lumla MLA Jambey Tashi led the campaign at Lumla by administering the drops to kids in presence of Mika Nyori, ADC,Lumla, Lobsang Younten, ZPM, Lumla, and other dignitaries at Lumla PHC.

The second phase of IPPI saw a commendable improvement as a mammoth total of 4013 kids were administered polio drops using 270 vials in contrast to 3886 kids in the first phase.

All the villages, labour camps and colonies under Tawang district were covered and the ‘two vital drops of life’ was administered via door to door visits, mobile teams and polio booths.



Celebrations of Nyokum Yullo begins with hoisting of Nyokum flag

ITANAGAR, Feb 24:  The main celebration of Nyokum Yullo, the major festival of Nyishi community, started this morning with ceremonial arrival of priests at numerous festival grounds across the Nyishi inhabited five districts of Arunachal Pradesh and parts of Assam.

To mark the start of the main celebration from February 24 to 28, 26th February being the date of ritual sacrifice, the Nyokum flags have been ceremoniously hoisted in all the Nyokum centres by the office bearers of the Central Nyokum Committee Celebration (CNC).

As a matter of course, the Chairman, CNC used to hoist the Nyokum flag at Nyokum Lapang, Itanagar and thereafter, Nyokum Nyia ground, Nyirubjolli. However, as the Chairman, CNC, Bengia Tolum was hoisting the Nyokum flag at his birth place, Yazali and pre-occupation of its Vice Chairperson, Tadar Yadir in hoisting the Nyokum flag at Boasimla, alternative arrangement have been made for both the important celebration centres of the capital complex.

While the Secretary General, CNC Tarh Tabin hoisted the Nyokum flag at Nyokum Nyia ground, Nyirubjolli, Bengia Tabb, Secretary, Art  and  Culture, CNC and former President and General Secretary as well of the Nyishi Elite Society hoisted the flag at Nyokum Lapang, Itanagar.

Earlier, the CNC Secretary General hoisted the Nyokum flag at Langthe-Lothe Nyokum-2014 at Pachin colony, Naharlagun. While addressing the gathering at Langthe-Lothe Nyokum, Pachin, the Secretary General outlined the correlation of NYOKUM – the community festival  and  the NYISHI- the community whose very existence and sustenance is inter-dependent on one another.

In his address Bengia Tolum described Yazali as the cultural epicenter of the Nyishi and  the centre of Nyishi unification movement.

Addressing the festive revellers at Nyirubjolli, Tarh Tabin said CNC shall initiate a holistic approach in broader consultation with the social leaders on the regulatory mechanism of Nyokum Nyia hall/ground, Nyirubjolli and Nyokum Lapang, Itanagar. He further called upon one and all to enthusiastically participate in the Nyokum Yullo -2014 while praying the Almighty NYOKUM ANNE for fathomless benevolence and bestow peace, progress and prosperity on earth.

It is worthwhile to mention that the inauguration of food stalls; games & sports and cultural competitions have already been started from 15th February in various Nyokum celebration centres.



Sena inaugurates Kovin water lifting irrigation system & RADP at Changlang district

CHANGLANG, Feb 24 : Agriculture, Horticulture & Animal Husbandry Minister Setong Sena inaugurated lift irrigation system at Kovin village of Jairampur and launched implementation process of Rain fed Area Development Programme (RADP) at Manmao block of Changlang District on  February 22 last.

On the occasion, Sena informed that Arunachal Pradesh has received “Krishi Karman Award” consecutively for 2 years from the Govt. of India only due to the hard work of our farmers, officers, PRI leaders supported by farmer’s centric policy of UPA Govt. at centre and under dynamic leadership of Nabam Tuki at the state, which is always supporting the cause of farmers. He stated that the increase in food production level in the state is due to contribution of NFSM (RICE), CM’s Farm Mechanization Programme, CM’s dream project on Plantation Crops, CM’s sharing a cup of tea mission project etc.

Later in a meeting, he urged farmers to be more self dependent by adopting modern technique of agriculture, horticulture, and veterinary. He revealed that the present Govt. is ready to provide assistance to the interested farmers, self help groups (SHG) through various scheme in the field of agriculture, horticulture and other allied sectors.

At Jairampur he lauded the dept. of Agriculture for installing project under NFSM (rice) which encourages the farmers to opt for double cropping.

At Manmoa HQ, Sena while inaugurating the RADP programme, appreciated the hard work of farming community and encouraged them to grow more crops like tea, orange, oil palm, vegetables and food crops.  He requested them to go for production in huge quantity which can help  setting  agriculture and  horticulture based industries in the area.

Earlier A.D. Panggam, DAO in his key note address informed  the  gathering that Kovin water Lifting irrigation system was funded under NFSM- Rice under local initiative programme for 2012-2013. He further informed that the water lifting system can irrigate 50 Hect. of WRC field at a time. He lauded the minister for bringing the NFSM-Rice scheme for whole state during 2012-2013 from the central Govt. The RADP (Rain fed Area Development Programme) is a sub-scheme under Rastriya Krishi Vikash Yojana (RKVY), a farmer centric approach focusing mainly on small & marginal farmers for promoting the concept of diversified and integrated farming system involving agri. Crops, plantation livestock’s and fishery based composite farming to sustain the livelihood and food security at farm level, he informed.  He further informed that the scheme is being  implemented at Manmao block in cluster form as a pilot project.

Y.S. Ranganaikullu, CEO, Shivasai Oil Palm Ltd., Hyderabad who also accompanied the minister also spoke on the occasion.

Later, the minister visited the Hetman Village along with the team of leaders/officers and interacted with villagers. It is worth mentioning that Hetman Village is the last Indian village bordering Myanmar.

K. Riba, ADC, Jairampur, W. Mossang, EAC, Manmao, ZPMs of Jairampur and Manmao, HoDs. public leaders and officers accompanied the ministers during the tour programme. DIPRO



PMC organizes 2nd workshop of City Sanitation

PASIGHAT, Feb 24: The second workshop of City Sanitation Plan of Pasighat Municipal Council (PMC) was organized today under the Chairmanship of the Chief Municipal Councilor, DenongTamuk in the conference hall of PMC.

Altogether, thirty participants including municipal councillors and members of City Sanitation Task Force (CSTF) attended the workshop. The main objective of the 2nd Workshop was to explain the status of sanitation activities in the town to participants along with the process and means of conducting 100% sanitation campaign.

Municipal Executive Officer (MEO)-cum-Member Secretary CSTF-cum-ADC Rajesh Panyang. Panyang briefed all participants about the sanitation plan project. He emphasized that people and officials need to be made aware about safe sanitation so that the attitude and behavior can be changed positively for a sustainable development of town.

The Chief Councillor Tamuk who is also Chairperson of the CSTF delivered the opening remarks and explained the participants about the importance of preparing City Sanitation Plan (CSP) and explained the participants about the importance of preparing a good CSP for Pasighat Municipal Council. He told that the condition of sanitation is very poor in PMC area and such condition is an eye opener for decision maker and concerted efforts must be made to improve the sanitation condition of town. He stated that the poor sanitation is affecting the health of people and asked the consultant to explain properly and prepare a good sanitation plan for PMC.    

The ICT representatives Deepa Tripathi and Dr. Krishna Pal gave a power-point presentation on the existing sanitation status, options for seepage management, sanitation vision of town, best sanitation practices and process and means for sanitation awareness campaign.

The CSP is being prepared for the horizon year 2038 and the current project will be completed by the end of April 2014 and after that the project will be submitted to Central Government for funding.

Delhi based Intercontinental Consultants and Technocrats Pvt. Ltd (ICT Pvt. Ltd) presented the status of sanitation services and process of generating awareness in public.

Tani Taloh, the Municipal Secretary also spoke on the occasion.

Later a sanitation campaign led by Chief Councilor was organized in the market area of Pasighat town. DIPRO



Water crisis in Pasighat township

Ojing Tayeng

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: Water crisis in Pasighat township area is a perennial problem. Summer or winter, the drinking water crisis has always been a major issue for the residents of Pasighat township area.

Lack of proper management on the part of concerned department, lack of drinking water conservation awareness among the citizen, negligence on the part of consumer regarding payment of water bills, shortage of water in intake points due to poor management by concerned department are contributing factors to the drinking water crisis, despite available water resources in the district.

In Pasighat particularly in Bazar, Jarkong, Public Bus station, Baskota and SS Mission areas thousands of citizens have been facing drinking water shortages for many months particularly due to digging of ponds for swimming pool and amusement park in the drinking water intake point at the cost of people.

Here, most of the residents get one time water supply through water tankers a day or two.

No doubt, to meet the drinking water requirement of the citizens, Public Health Department has been arranging water tankers, but people living away from main roads are facing difficulty to avail even this provision.

A citizens informed that they are not happy with this make shift arrangement as they need a better solution to meet the demands for drinking water. He also informed that “though in scanty quantity the supply of water in pipelines has resumed recently”.

The prime reason for this difficulty is the construction of Ponds for establishment of swimming pool as the intake points dried ups due to digging of ponds just below the intake point.

Apart from this, there is no any fencing in the intake point. Before undertaking these swimming pool and amusement park projects there were fencing and a building in the said location to monitor and regulate the flow of water.

But today, the scenario has totally changed as there is no any such regulatory building and fencing around the intake point. Though the concerned department is conducting safe drinking water or sanitation programmes in the township area and villages, they forgot to undertake sanitation activities and supply clean drinking water to large number of citizens of the said areas.



Jonai team lifts Ligang Cricket Trophy-2014

Prafulla Kaman

RUKSIN, Feb 24: Jonai Star Cricket Team of Assam lifted the 15th edition of Ligang Cricket (T-20) Trophy defeating Apple Cricket Club of Ruksin by 59 runs in final at Oyan English school playground today afternoon.

The champion team set a target of 126 runs to win before Apple Cricket team. But, the defending team could manage to score only 67 runs losing all wickets in 17th over.

The winning team entered into the final crushing Siang Star Club (Oyan) by 89 runs in the semifinal.

The 15th edition of the running Cricket Trophy was organized by Ligang Championship Trophy Cricket Committee (LCTCC).

32 cricket teams from Ruksin, Pasighat, Mebo, Rengging under East Siang district besides Jonai and Silapthar of Assam participated in the tournament.

Ponil Bori of Oyan village serving as Block Development Officer at Gensi (West Siang) and General Manger of Doni-Polo Tea Estate, A Larkins attended the final match and distributed the prizes to the winner and runners up.

Bori in his address suggested the young sportspersons to maintain high sportsman spirit throughout their life. He also recalled the immense contributions of late Kolyan Pait and late Sanjeeb Bori for development of games and sports in the area. He appreciated continuous efforts of the organizing committee for conducting the trophy.

In his speech, Larkins urged the budding players to practice hard and maintain strict discipline to become a good player.

The trophy for this edition was donated by Petor Mize of Oyan in memory of his late mother Yayong Mize.

The organizers informed that trophy for the next round would be donated by Jitendra Pait, an eminent teacher of Oyan village.

Besides the coveted trophy, the winner team also pocketed cash award of Rs. 20,000. The runners-up team was awarded Rs. 10,000 along with a trophy.

The awards for man of the match and man of the series went to Raju Pegu and Kalicharan Prasad of Jonai team.



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Time for timely action

The recovery of four more bodies from troubled Chauldhowa along Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border has worsened the troubled relation between two states. As soon as news spread, there has been immediate reaction, as violence broke at Behali and Borgang areas following violent protests by locals on the Highway. The Arunachalee people travelling through Behali and Borgang bore the brunt of violence.

35 small children accompanied by their parents were also attacked by some miscreants near Borgang on Gohpur-Tezpur road when they were traveling to Tezpur for Sainik School admission test scheduled for 24th February. However the credit must be given to Sonitpur district administration for timely intervention due to which violence could be halted. Curfew has been imposed in Behali Reserve Forest and Borgang areas from Sunday evening till further notice. The police also fired in the air to disperse mob from national highway. These are short term measures. The government of Assam and Arunachal should sit down and find ways to end this situation.  The death of 15 people due to boundary clash has shaken the relation between two states. If two state governments do not take urgent steps to address Tarasso incident, things may get worse in days to come. In such situation, the ordinary citizen will be worst affected.

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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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