February 26

Kena proposes Bill for security of boundary people

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: There is an urgent need to give priority focus on inter-state border issues, said Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Deputy Speaker Jomde Kena while addressing a Congress Legislators Party (CCLP) meeting held here on February 17.

While briefing about sufferings of the indigenous Arunachalee people living along the inter-state boundary area, he said fear and tension prevail at all the times in their heart and mind.

Kena further said that Government needs to take some steps to instill a sense of security among the people living  near boundary area. He suggested that the  Govt introduce a bill in the  ensuing  Assembly session in order to ensure security and peace for the people living along inter-state boundary area.


ANYA writes to CM

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: The All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) has written to Chief Secretary urging him to give detail information about steps taken by state government to deal with crisis situation arising out of Tarasso incident.

Citing example of attack on Arunachal registered vehicles at Borgang and Bihali area, ANYA said there is urgent need to increase helicopter service between Itanagar and Guwahati to allow free movement.

“It has been brought to our knowledge that state government has already requisitioned helicopters to ferry Arunachalee passengers from various location of Assam more specially from Guwahati.

However, it is regrettable that no helicopter service exclusively meant for ferrying passengers has been made available yet. We would therefore like to know the exact status of helicopter service and what the state government is doing to make it available immediately,” ANYA stated in a release.

ANYA also called on state government to take note of sufferings of Arunachalee citizen and ensure security of those citizens traveling through Assam.


New circle Hq at Massawa notified

ITANAGAR, Feb 25:  The state Govt today issued a notification declaring Massawa (Pakoti) as the new circle headquarters  in East Kameng district, according to highly placed sources.

Meanwhile, All New Circle Headquarter Demand Committee of Massawa  (Pakoti) of East Kameng District  showered all praises to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and MLA Tani Loffa for taking initiatives for the approval of Circle Headquarters at Massawa.

Informing that the notification to this effect came out today, committee chairman  Loga Tallang said that the creation of the Circle HQ would usher in a new era of development and socio-economic uplift of the area.  He appealed the local people to extend full cooperation with the authorities  for effective functioning of the  circle Hqs.


Nyokum greetings

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki have extended warm greetings to people of the State on the auspicious occasion of Nyokum Yullo.

The Governor has expressed his hope that the festivity will usher-in prosperity and happiness for all.

In his festival message, Governor said that festivals have always helped the communities in preserving their respective cultural heritage and traditions, further it has strengthened the spirit of unity amongst all.

Offering prayers to Nyokum Ane for her choicest blessings for all, Governor hoped that this year’s Nyokum Yullo will fortify the spirit of oneness amongst the people of the State and also help in preservation of treasured cultural diversity.

“Nyokum reminds the lively community of Nyishis of their ancient roots and offers the moments to be proud of who they are. It symbolizes the dawning of a new era, an era of reliving the moments that their ancestors were so proud of” Tuki stated in his message while expressing his belief that the festival would bring in peace, prosperity and bumper harvest for all.

He wished all a very happy Nyokum while advocating for making the festival a reason for fostering mutual understanding amongst all communities for peaceful co-existence.


1 arrested in Yachuli rural bank robbery case

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: In a major breakthrough, Yazali police has arrested one of the three accused in the Yachuli  branch Arunachal Pradesh Rural Bank robbery case from Itanagar on February 15 last.

Three miscreants had looted  cash amount of Rs 8,28,020 at gun point along with five mobile handsets from  Arunachal Pradesh Rural Bank,  Yachuli  on January 7 last. A case (No 01/2014 U/S 392/34 IPC r/w Sec 27 Arts Act) had been  registered in this connection and investigation launched.

Acting on a tip off, a team of  Yazali police  led by SI I Ete  and  with the help of SI T M Nekam of Itanagar police arrested the  accused Giogi John, 22, under Sangram PS  from Ganga, Itanagar.

The prime accused Lokam Tagio, who was also involved in Itanagar Rural Bank robbery case and accused Lokam Mensing are still absconding  with the looted cash, according to  a release issued by Yazali PS, Lower Subansiri district.


Entrance gate to Nyokum Lapang inaugurated

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: Councillor of Itanagar Municipality and Member of Empowered Committee (Eco & Statistics) Ngurang Yachey  today inaugurated the entrance gate (Permanent structure) on road towards Nyokum Lapang from NH-52A.

Central Nyokum Committee (CNC) Vice Chairperson Tadar Yadir commissioned the “Opo Pobum Lingku”, a permanent structure for preparation of Yullo Opo (millet Beer) during the festival at Nyokum Lapang, Itanagar donated by Er. Rotu Techi, Chairman, Nyokum Yullo celebration Committee 2014 in an impressive inaugural function at Nyokum Lapang here today.

The function was attended by Kipa Tarish, Councillor, 14th ward IMC, Tarh Tabin, Secretary General (CNC), Yumlam Kaha, Secy Sports and Youth Affairs (CNC), Rotu Techi, Chairman and Tai Rocket, Organising Secretary, Nyokum Lapang Nyokum Yullo celebration Committee (NLNYCC) 2014 among others.


NERIST Ladies Club organizes FETE 2014

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: NERIST Ladies’ Club organized FETE 2014 – a food, handicraft and game extravaganza in NERIST Auditorium on Sunday.

The FETE was inaugurated by NERIST Director Prof. Dipankar Pal and was visited by the students, staff and faculty of the institute as well as their family members. The members of the club enthusiastically put-up stalls to showcase home-made food items like different types of chats, panipuri, litti, rolls, chowmein, idli and sweets. The handicraft section consisted of handmade shawls, sweaters, mobile pouches, woolen socks, glass paintings and different types of showpieces. The game zone was a huge success.

Participants of all age groups tried their luck by throwing plastic balls to break stack of steel-glasses, identifying colours, hitting a spoon to summersault it inside a steel-glass.

The Ladies’ Club also organizes voluntary health-check up for women, adult-education and many other social and cultural events round the year.


Seva Bharati Arunachal conducts free coaching class X students

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: Seva Bharati, Arunachal Pradesh conducted free mathematics and science coaching classes for students of class X in various locations within Daporijo to improve the poor passing rate in both the subjects.

The classes were held from January 15 to February 24 at four different locations and more than 125 students attended the classes regularly.

SDO Rukdam Jeram, who is also president of Arunachal Vikas Parishad, IFCSAP unit president Puluk Lida, RSS pracharak Suneel Mohanti, worker of Jnana Prabodhini, Pune Sneha Bhansali conducted the coaching classes.

Seva Bharati will also conduct free coaching of NERIST Entrance Examination here from March 20, according to a release.


Yuva Sammelan by VKAJ

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: Arun Jyoti, the service project of Vivekananda Kendra Kanyakumari conducted Yuva Sammelan at VKV, Kharsang today.

A total of 123 youths from Bordumsa (42), Kharsang (41) Changlang (34), Miao (6) and former VKVians attended the day-long camp.

In his keynote address, all India vice president of Vivekananda Kendra A Balakrishnanji stressed the need of positive forces to bring change in the society.  To build strong national character, he appealed the youths to follow the ideologies of Swami Vivekananda.

He also participated in an interaction session with the participants.

N Ngemu, Vibhag Parmukh of Vivekananda Kendra of Tirap also spoke.


UMoS visits Jengging

YINGKIONG, Feb 25: The Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering accompanied by the local MLA Alo Libang, DC Dr. Tariq Thomas, SP P Habung, officers and PRI leaders visited Jengging village of Upper Siang district yesterday and laid the foundation stone of Daying Ering Multipurpose Sports Complex at Jengging.

Later in a public meeting held at the general ground, Ering said ‘Showcasing the challenges of the state and to bring development in all corners is the priority’. He assured to provide one ambulance and not to leave any stone unturned for all round development of the area. He exhorted the people to use the fund judiciously and create quality assets. Ering instructed to frame an estimate for a multipurpose community hall and further assured to pursue the appropriate authorities for completion of Nubo, Gandhi and Kadak bridges on priorities. Taking privilege, the minister apprised that up-gradation of CO headquarter to EAC is already process. He asked the officers and staffs to be sincere, dedicated and devoted and to deliver good services to the people.

Earlier, the local MLA Alo Libang also gave a brief report on development works and informed that all formalities are over for the upcoming constructions and put forth for government approval.

Nobeng Burang ZPM submitted a memorandum to the visiting dignitaries on the occasion. DIPRO


Consumer awareness campaign

ANINI, Feb 25: The Department of Legal Metrology & Consumers Affairs in collaboration of Athupopo Social Foundation has conducted an “Exhibition-cum-Consumer Awareness Programme” at Anini, Dibang Valley District yesterday.  

Dibang Valley Deputy Commissioner Tamune Miso, briefed about the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 and appealed the people to purchase the goods after proper checking of marks like ISI, Hallmarks, Agmark and expiry dates and MRP etc.

H.H. Atung, Assistant Controller of Legal Metrology & Consumer  Affairs informed the gathering about the adulteration, over pricing, use of faulty weights and measures, selling of spurious and expired goods by the shopkeepers  to the consumers. DIPRO


Create job for  trained Commerce graduate

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: All Arunachal Commerce Students’ Association in a letter to secretary Education appealed for creation of TGT post for commerce graduates.

The association expressed their displeasure for not giving any advertisement in education department for TGT Commerce. It claimed that, numbers of commerce TGT have been appointed in Education department last year. But despite numbers of commerce graduates APTET/CTET cleared students in the state, there is no any job advertisement for TGT Commerce in education department’s advertisement.


Training on Court Procedure gets underway

ITANAGAR, Feb 25:  A three days training programe on court procedure for sheristadars, dealing assistants of judicial branch of district and session court and district administration commenced today at Administrative Training Institute (ATI) Naharlagun here.  Joint Registrar Guwahati High Court Itanagar Permanent Bench P B Dutta inaugurated the training programe.

Addressing the participants the chief guest informed that after notification judicial officers are discharging judicial functions in the state. He stressed on the importance in the role of Sheristadars, Peshkars and dealing assistants in managing the working systems in the subordinate courts.


Houses gutted down in Rumgong

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: At least 11 dwelling houses were reportedly gutted down in a devastating fire at Bingung Village under the Rumgong Sub-Division in West Siang district on 21 February last. This was informed by the State Unit BJP Vice President Tayek Goi today in a release. BJP VP further claimed that lakhs of properties were burnt down to ashes and no belonging could retrieve during the inferno, however no casualties reported so far. The cause of accident is yet to ascertain. Meanwhile local MLA Tamiyo Taga rushed to the spot and distributed relief materials to the fire victims.


APLAS condemns attack

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: Arunachal Pradesh Legal Aid Society (APLAS) strongly condemned attack on Justice (Retd.) H N Sharma, president of Arunachal Pradesh State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (State Commission) and Justice S N Singh and torching of vehicles by miscreants at Behalee, Borgang  on February 23.

“It is a big slap by illegal protestors. Such incident happened due to in-activeness of Assam police and leniency of both Assam and Arunachal Govts in dealing with the protestors,” the Society said in a release. It urged the Sonitpur police to book the people responsible for the incident.


News Impact

Centre working to give minimum rights to people from NE

DIPHU (ASSAM), Feb 25:  Amid demand for enacting an anti-racism law to protect rights of people from the northeast, Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said the Centre is working towards giving certain minimum rights and security to people of the region all over India.

"You should not only be having these rights in places you belong to like Meghalaya, Tripura and Assam but in the whole of India," Gandhi said as he interacted with tribal leaders in Diphu.

The interaction also saw the participants raising the issue of the death of Arunachal Pradesh youth Nido Tania after being allegedly beaten up by some shopkeepers in the national capital some time back.

Acknowledging that there is a discrimination against students from northeast, Gandhi said, "We, at the Centre, are working towards giving certain minimum rights and security to people that one should have in the whole of India. You should not only be having these rights in the places you belong to like Meghalaya, Tripura and Assam but in the whole of India."

During the interaction, Gandhi talked at length on the issue of corruption and made a strong pitch for opening up the processes in the political system as a solution to it. PTI



Tania murder case: Judicial custody of accused extended

New Delhi, Feb 25: A Delhi court today extended by 14 days the judicial custody of four persons arrested in connection with the death of a 19-year-old Arunachal Pradesh youth Nido Tania here.

After expiry of their earlier remand, accused Farman, Sunder Singh, Pawan Parmania and Sunny Uppal were produced before Metropolitan Magistrate Bhawna Kalia, who sent them back to Tihar Jail till March 11 after Delhi Police did not seek their custodial interrogation.

"The accused be produced from JC (judicial custody) before the court concerned on March 11," the court said.

The accused were apprehended after relatives of deceased Nido Tania, a  student in a private university, alleged that he had an altercation with some shopkeepers at Lajpat Nagar market here on January 29 after they made fun of his hairstyle, following which they allegedly thrashed him. He was brought dead to AIIMS the next day.

The death of Tania, son of a Congress MLA, evoked angry reactions from people of the northeast living in the national capital who alleged police had failed to protect him.

Police had booked all the four accused under section 302 (murder) of IPC after the postmortem report revealed that Nido died due to injuries to his head and face caused by a blunt object.

Initially, police had on February 3 arrested three of the accused under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (SC/ST) (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.

On February 10, police arrested Sunny and slapped murder charge on all the four accused. Two minors who also allegedly assaulted Nido are facing an inquiry before the Juvenile Justice Board here. PTI



‘Situation in boundary villages in West Siang turning volatile’

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: Tension prevailed in border villages of Likabali sub-division, particularly at Durpai, Uli, Kamcham and Malini of West Siang district following Assam police movement and build up in Arunachal land.

Assam Police have reportedly set up temporary camp at Laipulia where once Arunachal Pradesh Forest Department’s Beat Office was situated and existed. Around two platoons of Assam battalions have been stationed at these areas just close to Uli village where the Assam side is claiming Arunachalee paddy land of around 20 hectares (approx) and the hill side too, informed Jigo-Yego Students’ Union (JYSU).

“The situation is so volatile that another Tarasso like situation  can not be ruled out if the Govt. doesn’t take immediate preventive measures,” it said.

On February 23, Likabali SDO Tayom Bage, EAC Hento Karga and OC PS Likabali and team led by BJP leader Gumke Riba of Likabali visited Uli village to take stock of the exact situation and found the situation to be very volatile and highly sensitive.

Kangku CO Maryom Karlo, who appraised the situation stated that he does not have any police force to quell and/or prevent any situation that might cause breach of peace and tranquility. The villagers and the Kangku circle officer requested for immediate deployment of Police force at Kangku Police outpost.

According to him, the recent aggressive stance being taken by the Assam side is the result of the three man boundary commission’s report to return back 70-80 % of disputed land to Arunachal Pradesh.



Central committee on demand for Autonomous Councils visits Tawang

TAWANG, Feb 25: The high level Central committee set up by Central Government to examine the proposal of the Arunachal Pradesh Govt for creation of two Autonomous District Councils namely Mon Autonomous Council for West Kameng and Tawang Districts and Patkai Autonomous Councils for Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts under the sixth schedule of the Constitution of India, arrived here today.

The team headed by committee chairman and Joint Secy (NE) under Union Ministry of Home Affairs, Shambhu Singh held a meeting with the representatives of the MARDC at the DC Conference hall. Other members of the team  included Umakant Director DoNER, S.M. Sahai Director Ministry of Tribal Affairs GoI and S. Saha Deputy Secy MHA.

Speaking on the occasion, Shambhu Singh stressed on the mobilization of internal resources for revenue generation. He mentioned that any state or district council should have enough capacity to run and generate its revenue.

“We need to generate surplus resources/revenue so that we are not dependent on outer funds from the Centre or the state. For this the development of your resources especially hydro power and tourism is of utmost importance” stated Singh.

Singh further mentioned that steps are required for the safe preservation of the social and cultural structure of the region. “We shall ensure and discover steps to ensure that the social integrity and cultural identity of the region is preserved” mentioned Singh.

DoNER director Umakant called for steps to shape up the merit of the local populace. He said that phase wise implementation and completion of the projects/schemes is the requisite for development of the region.

RWD and Tourism Minister Pema Khandu stated that the government is functioning with full focus on the implementation of its policies. He also said suggestions and views with regards to policies/projects can be inculcated for effective implementation of the projects.

Stressing on the need for generation of revenue, Pema opined that resource mobilization is the prerequisite for any development.  “A state/council needs to be fully self-sufficient in itself and for this resource mobilization for revenue generation is the need of the hour” said Pema.

Briefing the Central team about the two districts, Chairman DoKA-cum-Chairman MARDC T.G Rinpoche called upon the Central government to consider the long pending demand of the people of the two districts for creation of district councils for inclusive growth and comprehensive development. He further stated that the region is comparatively backward region of the state and requires focused attention through decentralized planning and inclusiveness.

“To highlight the need for autonomy in planning, execution and monitoring of developmental processes in proper context, the dynamics of geographical isolation, cultural uniqueness and system of governance are to be properly addressed ,” said Rinpoche. He further stated that the formation of the district council for the Mon Region is highly significant since it will provide an opportunity to the people to participate in planning, execution and monitoring processes and thereby fulfill their cherished aspirations.

Parliamentary Secy (Civil Aviation)-cum-Vice Chairman MARDC Jambey Tashi called for recognization and preservation of identity of the people of the two districts thorough constitutional framework.   He further urged that for better, faster and effective implementation of the govt. policies and schemes at the grassroot level, the constitution of the autonomous councils becomes significant.

Parliamentary Secy (Science & Technology)-cum-Vice Chairman MARDC Phurpa Tsering stated that the people are generally not comfortable with the working of the Panchayati Raj institutions due to their conflicts and contradictions with the traditional institution of government. “In these situations, it is important to revive these age old traditional system of governance. Hence direct participation of people through their traditional system of governance must be ensured. In this context, the constitution of autonomous councils becomes relevant”, urged Phurpa.

Earlier, the DC Tawang Abhishek Dev, gave a detailed overview of the two districts with reference to its population, geographical area, social, health and educational profile, Panchayat Raj System,etc.

Members of the MARDC of Tawang and West Kameng Districts including Formers Ministers Tsering Gyurmey, Thupten Tempa, Naresh Glow and D.K Thondok, ZPC Tawang Jambey Tsering and others expressed their views for establishment of the district council.

Later in the afternoon, a meeting of senior officers from Border Roads Organisation and district administration was convened by the visiting delegates for discussing the issues related to various roads and latest developments for redressing the public grievances. Shambhu Singh and his team along with the Minister RWD & Tourism Pema Khandu, MLAs of the two districts and public leaders reviewed the road connectivity and progress situation of the BCT (Balipara-Charduar-Tawang) Road and Other roads in the districts.

Commander 763 BRTF Manav Prasad S.E (CIVIL) and other senior officers attended the meeting. DIPRO



NABCONS conducts capacity building prog on Commodity Futures Market

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: Two days capacity building programme on commodity futures market was organized by NABARD Consultancy Services (P) Ltd. (NABCONS) on behalf of Forward Market Commission, GoI, here on february 24 and 25.

The programme was attended by 55 participants from Large-Size Adivasi Multipurpose Society (LAMPS), Multipurpose Co-operatives, Marketing Federations from various districts.

While inaugurating the programme H S Singh, General Manager/OIC, NABARD regional office Itanagar said that price discovery and better price realization to farmers for their produce are main objectives of commodity futures market. He hoped that, this two days capacity building programme will be utilised by the participants to learn various aspects of commodity futures market. He hoped that organizations will be benefited from the learning.

Detailed sessions on various aspects of commodity futures market were handled by Debabrata Hari, Senior Consultant, Nabcons, wherein he explained the various facets of commodity futures market & the benefit that can be reaped out of it. Apart from emphasizing the utility of the markets, the programme also made the participants to understand various process of participating in the market, the precautions to be taken, and the use of information generated by the market in their decision making process.

It was also highlighted that generating awareness among stakeholders about the functions and benefits of the commodity futures market has been one of the major activities of the Forward Market Commission (FMC), a body under the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India. Participants appreciated NABCONS for conducting this programme & hoped that such programme should be held in future to enable them to take advantage out of it.



Coaching programme for competitive exam held


ROING, Feb 25:  A one day coaching programme led by experts from Jnana Prabodhini, Pune to prepare students for various competitive examinations was held here today. Jnana Prabodhini is reputed in the country for producing IAS officers through its able training and guidance.

The coaching programme held at the newly inaugurated Career Counselling cum SSA Training Center was organized by the district administration in support with Research Institute of Worlds Ancient Tradition Culture Heritage (RIWATCH), Roing.

Speaking as Chief Guest, Wangnot Tikhak, Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) said there was no short cut to success and hard work is the only way to achieve it.

A total of 50 students from Intaya Public School, VKV, government schools and colleges enrolled for the coaching programme.

"The students are given free coaching to appear for competitive examinations to be conducted by the state public service commission and UPSC," informed Rokom Tayeng, District Labour and Employment Officer (DLEO) cum in-charge, Career Counselling Centre.

He encouraged the students to avail the coaching facility and to make best use of it in preparing oneself for their future career. "Today's coaching programme is the first career counselling programme to be organized by the centre, and we hope to have good beginning," said Tayeng.

Earlier welcoming the participants, Vijay Swami, Executive Director said that there are many factors to be considered when choosing a successful career. "The foremost being the aptitude, and while one may be able to do anything when they put their mind into, but that doesn't mean one will be able to do it well."

He informed that the centre in collaboration with RIWATCH will be conducting classes on aptitude training that will help the students to perform better in examinations.

The experts from Jnana Prabodhini to attend the programme were - Swapnil Digalwar, Aniruddha Dhage and Omkareshwar Khanchangire.



Unidentified body found

ITANAGAR, Feb 25:  An unidentified male body with a sharp cut injury on the neck has been found on the road side near Chimpu village here today at 8.30 am, police informed.

The body suspected to be a non-tribal has been kept in the mortuary of RKM Hospital here for further identification purpose.

A case (No.45/2014) under section 302 has been registered in Itanagar Police station in this regard and investigation launched, police added.

Physical description of the body is as follows:

Name: unknown, Age: About 35-40 years, Height : 5 ft 2 inch (approx), Face: black complexion with mouchtache and beard under chin. Wearing: Wearing a half sleeve white colour check shirt and grey colour trouser, blue colour hawai chappals on feet.

The body will kept in the morgue for 72 hours so that his relatives, if any, can identify him. Contact Nos. 0360-2212233, 9436258720/9436229851/9436843218.



National meet of RRBs

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: A meeting to review the performance of Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) on Key Performance Indicators and other thrust areas, including HR related issues was convened by NABARD at Head Office in Mumbai today.

Addressing the gathering, Dr Harsh Kumar Bhanwala, Chairman, NABARD  said, “As a supervisory authority, NABARD has recommended several measures such as need-based recapitalisation, consolidation of RRBs and migration to the Core Banking Solutions (CBS) to strengthen RRBs.”

Elucidating it further, he said, “I am really amazed at the way the RRBs have turned around. The loans issued by them crossed Rs 1 lakh crore mark for the first time during 2012-13, aggregating to Rs 102,382.24 crore as against Rs 82,538.29 crore in the previous year. The priority sector lending for the last three years has been more than 80% as against the targeted level of 60%. The RRBs have shown improved performance in profitability, with 63 of 64 RRBs earning a profit of Rs 2,275 crore during 2012-13. While he praised that the CASA deposits are very significant (at 57% of their deposits), he cautioned RRBs to be vigilant with regard to NPAs.

Earlier inaugurating meeting Rajiv Takru, Secretary, DFS, Ministry of Finance, and Government of India urged RRBs to increase revenue and reduce NPAs, professionalize their services and impart carefully designed and structured training programmes to their staff so that they are familiar, well-versed and can deliver to their best. “RRBs can take whatever help is required from RBI, NABARD, and also from the Government in cases where its intervention is required for playing a socially relevant role in their area of operation.” He categorically said that RRBs should sell their “priority sector” portfolios to the highest bidder and not necessarily their own sponsor bank. He said that RRBs are really relevant and are more glamorous than their bigger cousins as they reach out to the last mile. He coaxed them to completely move on to the technology platform and provide all services like the public sector commercial banks.

Dr Bhanwala listed out several areas RRBs must endeavour like supporting long term loans to allied activities which will improve the capital formation in agriculture, financial inclusion through Rupay-Kisan Credit Cards, promotion of Self-Help Groups & Joint Liability Groups to make RRBs financially stronger. He also suggested that the RRBs adopt the best practices of corporate governance. “The main challenge before RRBs, however, remains to redesign products, systems and procedures in such a way that they can meet all the financial needs of existing customers and cover the unbanked population,” he said.  

All the 57 RRB Chairmen of RRBs and senior executives of Reserve Bank of India and sponsor banks participated in the meeting.

The Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) were set up in 1975 to meet the institutional credit demand in the rural areas, especially among the economically and socially marginalized sections of the society.

Today there are 57 RRBs, covering 635 districts with a formidable network of 18,299 branches and 9,701 ultra-small branches (USBs) in the country, according to a NABARD release.



Call for educational awareness among Idu community in Upper Siang

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: Upper Siang District Transport officer Rajkumar Keche, Vikash Parishad workers Ketene Linggi, Bismokh Linggi, Dipok Dalavi and Manmohan Mihu took part in the Reh festival in remote Simuge village under Singa circle of Upper Siang district which was celebrated from February 1 to 3.

Speaking as chief guest and guest of honour respectively, both Ketene Linggi and Rajkumar Keche  expressed happiness as the villagers are jealously guarding the  indigenous faith and culture. However, they stressed on the need to work unitedly for promotion of the indigenous culture. They further impressed with the brotherhood that has been maintained by different communities in Upper Siang district.

The visiting dignitaries, however, expressed dismay over the poor educational scenario in Idu society of Upper Siang district and   said that 80 per cent of youths under Singa circle are uneducated.  They requested the PRI members to take bold steps for smooth running of Govt Middle school, Singa in particular and  improvement of education system in Singa circle in general. They further requested the Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society (IMCLS) and other like minded organizations to bring awareness about the  need of education among Idu communities in Upper Siang district. AIMSU member Jitte Mello also stressed on the need of educational awareness among the Idu community in Upper Siang district.



Pre-Nyokum cum educational awareness prog

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: First ever Riika Riibla Pre-Nyokum cum Educational Awareness Programme-2014 was conducted at Midhpu, Doimukh today.

The programme was attended by members of Nyelam, Nyich, Tassar, Lod, Licha, Lishi, Tar, Dukhum, Puji and Taaj clan.

“Reviving feeling of oneness and brotherhood” being the theme of the programme, all attended members burst out the joy of being united once again after gap of so many years.

Former Nyelam Taram, Home Minister, Tasar Tallar, Director Geology and Mining, Nyelam Nyedo, DFO, Nich Tadir,  EE (PWD) Lishi Oie,  Lishi Lel, AEs PWD, Nyelam Raba, AE (Power), Nich Apa, AE (WRD), Nich Raja, AE (Power), Nich Raju, AE (PHED&WS), Tassar Taro, UPO, UD, Tassar Talo, AMDO,  Neelam Teji, CO cum BDO, Yachuli,  Nich Menia, Assistant Professor, Neelam Yania, RFO, Tar Kahi, ADO, Neelam Rupa, Assistant Professor, Lishi Yapu, Councellor, IMC, Nyelam Mangha, ZPM, Doni Nich, BJP National Secretary, Neelam Tani, State General Secretary, APYC and many other attended the programme.

Nyelam Taram disclosed the genealogy of Riika Riibla and urged upon other members to maintain the feelings of oneness and brotherhood.

Other attractions of the programme were musical extravaganza from neighbouring state Assam, games and sports, guidance and counseling.



Training on leadership development of minority women

ITANAGAR, Feb 25: The  first batch of six days training on ‘Leadership Development of Minority Women’ was inaugurated in the Community Hall of Kherem Village under Chongkham Block in Lohit district today.

It may be noted that Arunachal Pali Vidyapith Society, Chongkham, is one of the NGOs in the state of Arunachal Pradesh which was selected for implementation of “Nai-Roshni” the Scheme for Leadership Development of Minority Women of Union Ministry of Minority Affairs, New Delhi. The organisation has started to roll out the training program in Chongkham and Namsai Minority Concentrated Blocks (MCBs) from today onwards.

The organisation will organise five such non-residential trainings in a series in both the MCBs in the district.

The objectives of the scheme are, to empower and instil confidence among minority women, including their neighbours from other communities living in the same village/locality, by providing knowledge, tools and techniques for interacting with Government systems, banks and other institutions at all levels and empowerment of women from the minority communities and emboldening them to move out of the confines of their home and community and assume leadership roles and assert their rights, collectively or individually, in accessing services, facilities, skills, and opportunities besides claiming their due share of development benefits of the Government for improving their lives and living.

The inaugural function was attended among others by District Training Officer (DTO), FTC, Kherem, K. Bangyan, PRI Members from Chongkham Block, GaonBurhas, spiritual Gurus( Buddhist Monks)from Kherem Buddhist Monastery, President  and Secretary of Arunachal Pali Vidyapith Society, along with a team of resources persons, staffs and more than 60 women from Kherem and nearby villages.



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SSA teachers waiting for regularization of job

Dear Editor,

Thousands of SSA teachers are enduring difficulties for the sake of Arunachal’s future. But it seems state government does not recognize problem faced by SSA teacher family. They are not paying heed to genuine demand for job regularization of SSA teachers. Such policy of state government undermines service of these teachers in education department.

Therefore, on behalf of (AASSATA) Kurung Kumay Unit District, I would like to urge education minister for early fulfillment of One-Go SSA Teachers job regularization policy and also appeal for regular disbursement of monthly salary so that SSA teachers can become responsible nation builders.

Lastly, but not the least, I would like to appeal to CEC of AASSATA to enquire with state government regarding cause for irregular disbursement of monthly salary. They should also try to find out whether state government is embezzling salary of hard working SSA teachers?


Tadar Doriak


All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan

Teachers’’ Association (AASSATA) Kurung Kumay Unit



Release salary at the earliest

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to draw kind attention towards miseries and sorrows of SSA teachers to the state government. Everyone knows that SSA Teachers are not being paid salaries since past five months.  We are ready to immolate ourselves if there is further delay in disbursement of salary on the part of concern authority.

Though in the newspaper state government announced about releasing of10% matching share but in reality it is yet to happen. Therefore kindly release our salary and act before anyone dies of hunger and anger.


Zeis Nabam

Itanagar,Arunachal Pradesh



Be aware of fake institutes

Dear Editor,

It is painful for me to share that there are some private colleges at Guwahati, which assures many innocent student hailing from our states of providing 1 (one) years B. Ed course and certificate from Guwahati University at the time of admission. But their motive is only to earn money by cheating innocent student.

First of all, they show all documents as up-to-date regarding affiliation/recognisation of their institution with university. However in reality it is all false and fake. Secondly, when student appear their final exam/semester of B.Ed. and other technical subject, in one paper student will never be allowed to pass even if candidate appears 100 times, because the institution can no way issue university certificate. Therefore, they deliberately adopted one subject fail policy and keeps on charging money from the student for filling up form for the next exam.

Thirdly, when student ask for refunding or threaten them to take matter to court, they starts warning of dire consequences. Such incident happened with some of my relatives who took admission for B.Ed. 3 years back at Guwahati in Zoo Road Tinali. Now the same institution’s office has been shifted to unknown location, mobile/phone number has also been closed and changed.

The poor students, who could not get admission at RGU, went to Guwahati hoping that they will complete their B.Ed. course, but hope became hopeless. Hence, I request my brothers and sisters of Arunachal to be careful while taking admission in any private college, especially at Guwahati, Assam. I also request RGU authorities to increase intake seat capacities for B.Ed course to cater to the needs Arunachalee students.


Nabam Khyoda




A Step Towards Pragmatism

Dear Editor,

Supreme Court’s verdict of 5th July 2013 on ‘Freebies’ got a thrust when the Election commission(E.C) came up with the direction to all political parties to make attainable and practical promises in the election manifestoes, which does not affect the Directive Principles of State Policy and other Constitutional provisions.

This will help lower exorbitant promises made by our political leaders during election time. Since more than 68% of our population lives in rural areas and with whopping 21.9% illiteracy rate, the ground is still fertile for political leaders to play with the basic needs game during election period that is, by offering voters superfluous promises.

With general election months away, public awareness- coupled with the election commission’s activism will play a deciding role in strengthening out democratic institution. But the implementation of directions by EC and the adherence to these directions by our leaders is a gray area.

Nevertheless, it’s always better ‘to have, then none’. With the coming up of these verdicts and directions, hope the well established democratic institution of our country will stand tall and sturdy.


Joram Aatum

New Delhi






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NLCT’s claim surprises everyone

National Liberation Council of Taniland (NLCT) surprised everyone by claiming responsibility for boundary clash at Tarasso which led to death of 15 people. All these days Assam based groups have been alleging that Arunachalee villagers from nearby Tarasso area played role in the incident. Such allegations have been strongly rebuked by both government of Arunachal and local villagers. The role of Borgang based CPI (ML) leader Vivek Das is also under scanner.  

 Ministry of Home Affair's Joint-Secretary, Shambhu Singh had recently told television channels that the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) might have a hand in the killing incident. The confusing situation will not help the cause for ending tense relation between two states. Union home ministry should immediately intervened and constitute fact finding committee in this regard. The committee should visit actual place of occurrence and dig out the truth.