February 01

Private tuition banned

ITANAGAR, Jan 31: The Department of Education has banned practice of private tuitions by government teachers. A departmental release said that action will be initiated against teachers found indulging in private tuitions. A govt teacher is under an obligation to devote energies whole heartedly in teaching and not divert their attention and effort in search of private tuition.


Reh greetings

ITANAGAR, Jan 31: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma has extended greetings to the people of the State on the auspicious occasion of Reh and expressed hope that the festival will evoke the blessing of Almighty and spreads the message of love, peace and communal harmony.

In his festival message, the Governor said that Reh, one of the most important festivals of the Idu Mishmi community reflects the vibrant and diverse cultural heritages of our State. He urged upon every member of the community and members of other tribes to actively participate and display the cohesive bonding.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has also extended warm greetings to the people of the state on the auspicious occasion of Reh festival.

In his festival message, the CM hoped that Reh would bring with it peace, prosperity, happiness and communal harmony in the society.


Workshop on Human Rights

Likabali, Jan 31: Volunteer’s Rural Development Society (VRDS) in association with Centre for Social Development, Manipur organized a day long workshop on “International Humanitarian Laws and Human Rights at Tourist Lodge at Likabali on Jan 31. The main objective of the workshop was to make people familiar and aware on human rights and how they are related to one’s life. Speaking on the occasion, Kombi Tao, teacher from Govt HS School, Likabali spoke about violation of the human rights in the society and its prevalence in the community and the region. Her focus was on human rights violation against women and domestic violence.

Ranjan K Baruah from North East Youth Foundation spoke about the International Humanitarian Laws and how they are related in conflict areas. He has also spoke about Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act and how it is prevalent in the north eastern region. Rickar Taipodia, Secretary of VRDS has also shared his experience and said how human rights are important for every individual.


SP rubbishes allegation, blames water shortage

PASIGHAT, Jan 31: East Siang SP Devendar Arya has dismissed allegation of delayed response to the Gandhi School fire accident on Jan 29 by fire tenders. He said that fire tenders reached the area with filled tanks as soon the Fire station was informed about the incident.

Fire fighters rushed with two full loaded fire tenders and started to extinguish the fire, which had already set the place ablaze.

Since the water was not available in the nearest refilling point and therefore both the fire tenders had to go to Pasighat market water refilling point four times each and during the course-office, staff, record room, class rooms were completely gutted into ashes, the Officer said.

The actual capacities of the fire tenders are 2500 Ltrs. and 2200 Ltrs. respectively and we always keep in readiness with full water content, he said while adding that fire tenders were at their job till 5 AM trying to douse the fire. DIPRO


NSS Camp

AALO, Jan 31: National Service Scheme (N.S.S.) volunteers of S.F.S. College, Aalo led by programme officer Reyom Ete conducted a special winter camp at Pakam village on 29th Jan last. During the camp, the volunteers extensively participated in the repairing and renovation of a house in Pakam village. An interaction programme was also organized wherein the significance of organizing the N.S.S camp was explained. The services rendered by N.S.S. team were appreciated by the villagers who requested the SFS College to organize such camps in near future.


Allegation refuted

ITANAGAR, Jan31:  Contradicting the statement given by the villagers of Leoporiang and Pape Sango village, wherein it claimed that ongoing c/o road construction of Leporiang to Sango is destructing flora and fauna, few members of Panchayati Raj of the area today claimed the statements as baseless. In a letter address to the Chief Secretary, it condemned the people who are seeking compensation claiming that they are the real land affected people. The PR leader further made it clear that they never claimed for compensation rather resolved not to seek compensation from the project.


Improving Communication Skills through Theatre

ITANAGAR, Jan 31: The Department of Management and Humanities, NIT Arunachal Pradesh conducted a workshop on “Improving Communication Skills through Theatre” from Jan 27- 31 under the guidance of theatre artist Riken Ngomle. The workshop focused mainly on building confidence and developing team spirit among the students.

It provided a platform for the students to explore and improve their communication abilities through various theatrical techniques, said the coordinator of the programme, Narang Rija, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Management and Humanities.


SCIT&EG Director given farewell

ITANAGAR, Jan 31: A farewell function was organized at a town hotel here yesterday to say goodbye to Subrata De Sarkar, the outgoing Director-cum-Member Secretary, State Council for Information Technology & Electronics-Governance (SCIT&EG), Department of Information Technology & Communications, who retired from service today on superannuation.

Sarkar was appointed in APCS (EG) and served the Government of Arunachal Pradesh for more than 33 years in various capacities as CO, BDO, EAC, SDO, PD (DRDA), DRC, Guwahati. He was appointed as Director-cum-Member Secretary of the undivided Science and Technology & IT Council, Department of Science and Technology & IT in July 2010. He also was holding the additional charge of Secretary Labour Board.

A rare combination of administrative acumen, a sense of cordiality and human touch in his action has endeared him to one and all across the state, the release stated.

The function was attended by employees of State Council for Information Technology & e-Governance, Department of Information Technology & Communications along with employees of the Labour Board.


SMILE conducts public awareness programme

ITANAGAR, Jan 31: Indo Global Social Service Society (SMILE) conducted a programme to sensitize and create awareness among public on various social issues, their rights and entitlements and government schemes at Nyorch, Naharlagun yesterday.

The program aimed to create awareness and curiosity among the younger generation about social issues, rights and entitlements.

Resource person of the programme Patey Tayum, Chairman of Arunachal Civil Society, highlighted the roles of NGOs in driving the society in right path. He urged the youth groups, village welfare committees, individuals to come forward and play active role in the development of society with the help of NGOs.

He also highlighted on various rights and entitlements, most importantly of RTI, its functioning and how an individual can use RTI for the betterment of society. He also briefed about RTE Act and its usefulness.

One of the team members of ACS Bengia Seema had a brief introduction of ILP and its importance in state like Arunachal Pradesh.

The program was attended by 30 participants.


Foundation day

ITANAGAR, Jan 31: All Sagalee Students’ Union (ASSU) celebrated its XXVI foundation day at Parang yesterday.

On the occasion, the members organised a social service and also constructed a house to be used as girls’ hostel kitchen of government secondary school Parang.

Later, the team visited primary health centre, Parang and informed that there were no doctor in the PHC during their visit.

Meanwhile, the union appealed to the medical staff of Parang PHC to stay at Parang and also appealed the concerned department to provide adequate medicine and other necessary medical equipment at Parang PHC before the advent of rainy season.


Doimukh College NSS unit conducts special camp

ITANAGAR, Jan 31: NSS unit of Government College Doimukh conducted two days special camp on January 30 and 31 in Lekhi village under Rose Panchayat, around 15 kilometers from Doimukh.

On the first day of the programme the NSS volunteers along with the Panchayat members, Gam Buras, school teachers and general people of the village under the supervision of NSS Programme Officer Dr. Jommi Loyi constructed an approach road for the Government Primary School and cleaned the surrounding of the school campus.

Awareness programme on HIV/AIDS, role and importance of Panchayat Raj, health and hygiene, and community service was conducted on the second day of the camp which was attended among others by Principal Dr. N T Rikam.

The resource persons Dr. Toko Yazir interacted with the people on the essence of personal, family and village hygiene, while Dr Toko Aku shared ideas on what physiotherapy is all about. David Gao, Asst. Prof from Rajiv Gandhi University, Department of Political Science communed with the villagers on the role and importance of Panchayat Raj. Gram Panchayat member Taba Yama also spoke on the occasion.



District level CM’s trophy in Lohit starts

ITANAGAR, Jan 31: The Lohit district level Chief Minister's trophy on football and volleyball (men and women) 2014-15 began at Jubilee ground at Tezu today.

Altogether ten teams are participating in men's football, while in women's category six teams are vying for football title. In both men and women category of volleyball, seven teams and four teams respectively are participating.  

The opening football match was played between Lohit Warriors vs Telluliang Youth Club. The Lohit warriors won the match by 9 - 0.  

The tournament is being organized by department of sports and youth affairs and supported by district administration.

Earlier, addressing the inaugural function, Lohit Deputy Commissioner Dr B M Mishra said that such tournaments would help the youths to hone their sporting skills as well as indulges them in creative activities.  DIPRO


11 Wonder’s win Bakin Pertin Memorial T20 Cricket Tournament

ITANAGAR, Jan 31: The 11 Wonder’s from Pasighat lifted the 11th Bakin Pertin Memorial T20 Cricket Tournament-2015 Trophy defeating Eastern Warriors of Pasighat in the final at Mebo.

The winning team was awarded cash prize of Rs.30,000 along with trophy while the runner’s up team was given Rs.11,000 with trophy.

George Boring of winning team was adjudged as the “man of the match” of the final match.

Former Minister Roding Pertin and ZPM Dukling Perme gave away the prizes to the winner and runners up teams.

The tournament was started on January 10 last.


News Impact

Police thwarts attempt to abduct PSU GM, NDFB(S) militants held

Lohit, Dibang Valley, Lower Dibang Valley and Longding leads drug peddling cases

Itanagar, Jan 31: Arunachal Police have foiled an attempt to abduct the General Manager of a PSU here by arresting two NDFB(S) militants and three of the outfit's linkmen.

"On specific intelligence inputs about their plan to kidnap the official, a police team kept track of their movement for the past couple of days and arrested three local linkmen from Ganga Market here early this week," IGP (Law and Order) I D Shukla told reporters here today.

On interrogation, the arrested linkmen spilled the beans which led to the arrest of the NDFB (S) militants from Chaoldhowa in Assam's Lakhimpur district on Thursday last, he said.

"The arrested rebels, wanted in several extortion cases in the state and neighbouring Assam, were planning to abduct a general manager of a public sector undertaking (PSU)," he said.

Three pistols and live ammunitions were recovered from them.

He said after the massacre of Adivasis by NDFB(S) militants on December 23 last, the state police in close coordination with Army and Assam police was on strict vigil to thwart any attempt of rebels trying to sneak into the state's territory. Shukla further said that around 167 cases of drug peddling were registered from Lohit, Dibang Valley, Lower Dibang Valley and Longding districts last year.

Reports of involvement of NSCN(K) in drug peddling at Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts were also available with the police, he said.

Meanwhile, an alleged drug peddler was arrested with 50 gram of brown sugar from Namsai in Lohit district, police said today. The man has been identified as Mohd Serbeque Ahmed of Dibrugarh in Assam. He was caught by a woman who visited her house at Namsai on January 28 last. In his absence, the woman searched his bag and found the contraband and informed the police leading to his arrest yesterday, IGP (Law and Order) I D Shukla told reporters here. "The contraband was brought from Dimapur," he said. PTI



Centre urged for early approval of airport project

ITANAGAR, Jan 31: Civil Aviation Minister Thangwang Wangham yesterday urged the Central Govt to accord approval in principle for early construction of green field airport project at Hollongi site.

While briefing details on the civil aviation activities in Arunachal Pradesh at the meeting of civil aviation ministers of north eastern states with Union  Civil  Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju at Guwahati,  Wangham pleaded to the Centre for according “in principle approval” to the project at Hollongi site at the earliest so that Airport Authority of India (AAI) may process the DPR for Public Investment Board clearance and the fund be released in this current financial year.

Wangham also requested Ministry of Civil Aviation for reconsideration and retention of earlier project master plan for Airbus-321 type of Aircraft operation instead of present proposed ATR operation in state. He has also drawn the attention of Union Civil Aviation Minister on the proposed Greenfield Airport at Tawang and requested for a detailed survey of the existing site by AAl at the earliest. Wangham further placed a new proposal for construction of Advanced Landing Grounds at two District Headquarters -- Koloriang and Anini considering their remoteness and inaccessibility.

Various problems confronting the state like management of aviation fuel station at Naharlagun, effective utilization of Lilabari airport, difficulties for compliance of Civil Aviation requirements (CAR) and Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) requirements, need for construction of new helipads in border villages within 0-50 kms and a dedicated air ambulance for emergency air evacuation were highlighted in the meeting and sought for necessary support and funding from the various concerned departments of the Centre.



Girl Child Week emphasis on education & eradication of female foeticide

ITANAGAR, Jan 31: The Arunachal Pradesh State Social Welfare Board celebrated the National Girl Child Week from Jan 24-31. The main focus during the entire week was to generate awareness of the various initiatives/schemes of the government and to sensitize society on the implications of imbalanced sex ratio.

The week long celebrations culminated today with its main event at a hotel in Naharlagun. The topic of this main event was “Education to every girl child and awareness against female foeticide” which is a nationwide campaign.

The event saw a painting competition among children, mainly girl child beneficiaries of Rajiv Gandhi National Creche Scheme which is implemented by various NGOs in the State, followed by a dance competition.

Simultaneously, a workshop was also organized in which the functionaries from various aided NGOs under the Board participated. The main focus of the workshop was to evolve a strategy within the ambit of the existing schemes of the Board to disseminate awareness in the society for ensuring education to every girl child and eradicate female foeticide.

Marina Nido, Chairperson, APSSWB in her message stressed upon the need for a holistic approach to attain the objective of education for every girl child and eradication of female foeticide. She called upon all the aided NGOs to work with more conviction & sincerity and in tandem with the government in order to ascertain gender equality in our society.



Longding District Bandh call passes off peacefully

ITANAGAR, Jan 31: The 24hrs Longding District Bandh called by Longding District Students’ Union (LDSU) and Wancho Students’ Union (WSU) went off peacefully on Friday. The bandh was called to demand for posting of a new DC belonging to IAS cadre. The Unions alleged that they have no faith in the present DC Tope Bam, accusing him of inefficiency. They further stated that the students have been pursuing the state govt to fulfil their demands with many representations. The state govt has to immediately take steps to mitigate the demands, said a release.

Students’ union threatened another round of bandh as well as hunger strike if the govt fails to respond to their demands



Implementation of CSS reviewed

ITANAGAR, Jan 31: The Director of Rural Development (RD) Tarin Dakpe reviewed the implementation and performance of all the centrally sponsored schemes and programmes implemented by the Rural Development Department in a meeting held here yesterday.

The Director reviewed the implementation of IWMP, IAY, Aam Adami Bima Yojana, Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jandhan Yojana and requested the Project Directors to make all out efforts for successful and effective implementation of all these programmes. He advised the Project Directors to strictly monitor all the projects implemented at grassroots level and maintain the transparency for effective implementation of all the CSS programmes.

The RD Director also took stock on the status of IPPE and non IPPE block Labour Budget under MGNREGA for the financial year 2015-16.

Both Secretary (RD) T Taggu and the Director (RD) appreciated the Project Directors and the field functionaries for successfully uploading data of Labour Budget of both IPPE and non IPPE block in the MIS. They asked the Project Directors to complete cent percent data uploading in the MIS of those block which are yet to be uploaded within February 4. The review meeting was attended by all the project directors of DRDA.



Solar lamps for remote Kathan, DC appeals be part of dev. Process

Kathan, Jan 31: DC, Lohit Dr B M Mishra distributed solar lamps to all the 24 families of Kathan village in Wakro circle. While Wakro, the circle headquarter was electrified more than three decades ago and Tezu the district headquarters was electrified around five decades ago, people of Kathan are deprived of power supply even today. The sturdy solar lamp by the Schneider Electric is powered with trouble free lithium ferro phosphate battery and can light up a home for 48 hours once fully charged.

The DC Lohit lauded the Sri Sri Rural Development Project of the Art of Living for reaching out to people of Arunachal Pradesh. He exhorted the people to constructively take part in the developmental process. He also guided the people not to be misled by wrong elements but adopt the path of peace and non violence for maintaining a progressive society. The DC appealed to all, especially the young to keep away from wrong company and unlawful activities. Dr Mishra also asked the villagers to take up agri-horti activities with great focus for income generation instead of poppy cultivation. Drug abuse and addiction is a serious threat that needs urgent attention, he added.

Youth leaders Jengo Halai, Hamikso Halai and Bakheo Halai appraised the DC about the problems faced by the villagers in the remote area. After giving a patient audience, the DC responded warmly by saying all that is possible will be done and people are free to call him on his mobile anytime on issues of public interest.

The DC appreciated the villagers for harmoniously living together in peace in spite of the many challenges of a remote rural life. Dr Mishra also took out time to meet and interact with around three hundred rural school children.

Dakto Riba, EAC, Wakro also appreciated the AoL and the local NGO for the noble gesture. He further opined that the villagers who are mostly poor will benefit a lot and their life will be easier without having to worry for paying electric bills.

The people of Kathan thanked Deepak Sharma, Trustee, SSRDP of the AoL for the kind consideration of their request for assistance.

Nine families of Topon, a dwelling near Kathan and teachers of the village school were also gifted solar lamps in recognition of their services to the area.



Women’s org boycott central Reh in protest against selling of alcohol

Karyir Riba

Roing, Jan 31: The Enjalu Menda Women's Empowerment Forum (EMWEF) has boycotted the central Reh celebration of this year after the Central Reh Celebration Committee 2015, headed by President and General Secretary, took a complete U-turn from its word on banning selling of alcohol in stalls during the three-day Reh celebration. The forum had earlier submitted a written appeal to the CRCC 2015 in an informal meeting, requesting the CRCC to ban selling of alcohol in stalls during the festival. The CRCC had agreed to the appeal and confirmation of the same was also given to the forum. "However, it was learnt a few days later that the CRCC had given out stalls to Self Help Groups (SHG) encouraging them to sell alcohol in their stalls", said a representative of EMWEF.

Reportedly, when talks with the committee seemed futile, some of the women members of the CRCC who are also members of the EMWEF walked out of the CRCC.

"We had never asked the CRCC for an altogether complete ban on alcohol during the festivals, as it is being projected by them. In fact, we had even requested the CRCC to purchase alcohol from the SHGs to distribute amongst guests through the committee, as the main idea is to discourage its selling in stalls, because 'Yu' (local alcohol) is a part of our tradition but selling Yu is not", said the representative of EMWEF.

Last year, the EMWEF was a part of the CRCC and had put a ban on selling of alcohol in stalls during the festival. 15 stalls were given out to SHGs to sell their handicrafts, handlooms and other products including eating items. This year, out of the 18 stalls in the festival campus, 14 are reported to be for selling alcohol. With no hopes of cooperation from the CRCC, the EMWEF started approaching the SHGs in order to discourage them from selling alcohol at the festival. They encouraged the SHGs to sell food items and handicrafts at the stalls. "Since the SHGs did not comply with our request, giving reasons of them already investing money in alcohol and going in loss, we decided to do something about it wherein they would not have to bear any losses but at the same time they wouldn't sell alcohol", informed the EMWEF representative.

Reportedly, the members of the EMWEF raised a fund through donation amongst themselves and a few willing senior ladies of the society, in order to procure alcohol from the SHGs in exchange of money. This procured alcohol was later disposed off by the EMWEF. Items for candle making as well as training was provided by the forum. "The main idea was to stop women from selling alcohol for making a living, but to think out of the box and bring out their creativity into making better products for a better source of income, and contribute towards the development and betterment of the society as a whole", said GS EMWEF Rakhi Linggi. One of the SHGs informed that the CRCC has been pursuing them and other SHGs, adamantly asking them to sell alcohol in their stalls during the festival. VC EMWEF Jyoti Linggi said that the saddest part of this fight for a cause for the betterment of the society is that they are fighting against an educated lot.

"We are an NGO working for the society, taking steps one at a time. We understand that fighting for a cause is never easy and we will have to face a lot of hardships, but we also believe that eventually, success will follow. Negative feedback will always be there but the truth that there are positive supporters can also not be denied. The EMWEF has only a handful of active members today but we believe we will be joined by more women willing to fight for a common cause for a better society", added Linggi. Meanwhile, the selling of alcohol in the stalls has been confirmed.

Reh is the most important and major festival of the Idu-Mishmi, and is celebrated from the 1st to the 3rd February.



Winds of Change in Dapo Valley

Nimina Namchoom

‘True change comes about when the will for it comes from within us.’  ‘Change starts from the home’... surf the net seeking for quotes on change and thousands pop up. You start reading each one minutely and start thinking, this is good...oh this makes more sense...wow this is perfect for the situation and so on. Then you start to remember and analyze all the small instances that pop into your mind of all the real changes you have noticed and the realization comes that change occurs bit by bit and the most important and difficult change is a change in the mindset of the people.

This slow and steady change in the mindset is manifesting itself in the initiatives that the people are taking up in working towards bringing about a change by themselves instead of waiting for the others or the government to do it. Where once people waited for the authorities to take action while justifying their attitude by saying ‘it is not our job’, now the people have stopped waiting and have started taking action themselves. This becomes apparent when comparisons are made between what was and what is.

As a child staying in a boarding school in the midst of the jungle, far away from home and missing my parents in the early hours of the morning, the bark of a deer and chirping of birds intensified my loneliness. Fast forwards twenty five years, in a different parts of the state with a different jungle nearby, lying awake early in the morning and what do I hear, nothing, no chirping of birds as expected, but silence. This silence is what we will be hearing in our jungles if we continue to go for ‘shikar’ (hunting) to pass our time. Although we realise the importance of wildlife in our jungles and know that the Wildlife Protection Act has been in force for years and prohibitory orders and notices are brought out from time to time, the will to follow it was negligible. But now the public of Upper Subansiri has decided to work for a change. The organizations like the Sippi Sinyik Sangam Welfare Society of Sippi have put a ban on wildlife hunting and illegal methods of fishing and even lodging a complaint against one of their own for violating the ban, the villages of Daporijo Township Area Welfare Association (VDTAWA) and the people of Dulom and Nima villages have banned wildlife hunting for a period of five years. We even have the Tagin Cultural Society putting a ban on the serving of wild meat in all official functions, which is a step in the right direction.

On my first coming to Daporijo in Upper Subansiri, during a discussion on exorbitant price of wild meat and the need to curb the vendors from quoting their own prices, a person said that there was no option but to buy at the price quoted as demand was high. Now we have to remember that we were talking about a commodity which we could easily live without. 5 years later and gradually the mindset of people is changing. Just recently, interacting with another person I came to know that prominent members of the society here had stopped consuming wild meat setting an example to follow by the society people and stop the practice of hunting, selling and buying wild animals. This small step on their part has made a dent, albeit a small one, into the demand and supply chain and is a small step towards the right direction.

Other spheres where the winds of change have blown are in the attitude that people have towards cleanliness of their surroundings and respect and consideration shown towards care and maintenance of public property. We tend to show proper care and concern towards keeping our immediate surrounding clean but anything beyond is not our concern but of the authorities.

Earlier any call for social service had very less impact but now people have come forward to keep their markets and colonies clean. Gandhi Market and Pakam Colony in Daporijo stand as examples where the will of the people has made the place cleaner and more presentable. The night time streets in some colonies of Daporijo are brighter too because the people have dipped into their own pockets to install street lights instead of waiting for the authorities to do so. This extension of the care given for private property to public property is a heartening change that can be seen slowly spreading from one person to another and one area to another.

Change, even if gradual, is noticeable and appreciated if it is a positive one. Let’s hope that this change continues and the efforts to save the wildlife and to keep the surroundings clean bear fruit and the place transforms into a clean, green and beautiful one.



Awareness prog on women empowerment, alcohol and drug menace

ITANAGAR, Jan 31: The Arunachal Pradesh College Teachers Association, J N College Unit, Pasighat in collaboration with Adi Baane Kebang, Women Wing , East Siang, Pasighat organised a UGC sponsored Awareness Programme on Women Empowerment & Alcohol and Drug Menace at its Lower Campus Auditorium yesterday.

The programme was attended by women activists of East Siang as well as students from schools and the College.

Addressing the participants, Dr. R Tasung of General Hospital, Pasighat expressed serious concern over the increasing alcohol and drug abuse that the East Siang in particular and the North- East in general is experiencing. She spoke on ill effects of tobacco and alcohol and how it affects the health.

Deputy Director, Women & Child Welfare, East Siang Ponung Ering Angu spoke at length on women empowerment and urged the upcoming generation to become good human beings. Woman must be honoured as she is the centre of all creations’, she said.

Among others, Yalem Taga Burang, President, Adi Baane Kebang Women Wing, East Siang and Mary Tatak, Advocate also spoke on the occasion.



Apex Bank conducts Financial Literacy Counseling Camp

TAWANG, Jan 31: The Arunachal Pradesh State Co-operative Apex Bank Ltd today conducted ‘Financial Literacy Counseling Camp’ sponsored by NABARD in collaboration with YUVA Arunachal at Lhou-tso village in the remote Indo-China border district of Tawang. Many villagers, mostly senior citizens from 18 hamlets of Lhou-tso benefited from the camp.

The camp was organized to create awareness on financial concepts including personal finance, budgeting and financial management and regarding enrollment under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY).

Bamin T Kani, Assistant GM of Apex Bank, Divisional Manager Tawang, who spearheaded the camp, spoke at length on financial planning and the benefits of PMJDY.

New saving bank accounts were opened under PMJDY. Account holders were informed that they would be issued RuPay debit card with inbuilt accident insurance cover of Rs. 1 lakh and an over draft facility of Rs. 5000 after six months of account opening.

“In the next one week we would go door-to-door to see that every household has a saving account and that maximum villagers benefit from the scheme”, said Dawa N, Gen. Secy YUVA Arunachal.

Apart from the villagers, Branch Managers of Tawang and Jang Apex Bank, GBs, PRI members, public leaders, teachers and students participated in the financial literacy camp. (courtesy, Nima Khenrab)



Ligang Cricket Trophy (T-20)-2015 begins at Oyan

Prafulla Kaman

RUKSIN, Jan 31: The 16th T-20 Ligang Cricket running trophy organized by Oyan Ligang Championship Trophy Cricket Committee (LCTCC) began at Oyan general ground today.

Defending champion Telam Cricket Team from Assam won the opening match defeating host Oyan. Oyan set a modest target of 86 runs to win before Telam Cricket Team (Assam). The team from Telam easily reached the target in the 10th over and won the match.

The opening ceremony was attended by retired IAF officer (Fighter Pilot) Mohonta Pangging who suggested the budding players to practice hard and maintain strict discipline to become a good player. Pangging, who served in the rank of 'Group Captain' also encouraged them to play with true sportsman spirit to achieve success in the field of sports in the future.

The trophy for this edition has been donated by Ponil Bori of Oyan village, who is currently serving as Block Development Officer at Nari (East Siang) in memory of his late parents Lomeswar Bori and Topi Bori.

During a briefing, Bori recalled the contributions of late Kolyan Pait and late Sanjeeb Bori for development of games and sports in the area. Appreciating the continuous efforts of the organizing committee for conducting the trophy, Bori requested the organizers for smooth conduct of the tournament.

Besides the coveted trophy, the champion team will be awarded cash award of Rs. 20,000 and the runners-up team will be given Rs. 10,000 along with a trophy, informed the organizers.

As many as 26 cricket teams from different parts of Arunachal and Assam are participating in the tournament.



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