February 06

Flying squads deployed  at Yomcha

ITANAGAR, Feb 5: To curb illegal practices prior to the 27-Liromoba (ST) Assembly constituency bye-election flying squads at Yomcha circle have been deployed under the supervision of its assistant returning officer, Kego Jilen.

To monitor and check the violation of model code of conduct and other malpractices Jilen has ordered locating temporary check gates in Yomcha circle.  

Continuing with its efforts to check suspected means to lure voters during election the flying squad led by SI T Angu and ASI Gemo Jini has seized atleast 164 cases of beer and two cases of whiskey suspected to be meant for distribution among voters.

24 hours round the clock patrolling is being carried by the team to check movement of vehicles and civilians to curb any corrupt practices prior to the election.


AdiSU expresses resentment

ITANAGAR, Feb 5: The Adi Students' Union (AdiSU) in a letter to Deputy Commissioner Namsai,  said that the district authority has forgot to mention Adi Tribes, the second largest community of Namsai district in its recent circulation regarding government job reservation for local people of Namsai district. The union President Mida Pertin and General Secretary Buteng Tayeng said that as per the District authority memo, Khampti, Singpho, Khamyang, Iton and Phakke are the local people of Namsai district. Whereas, since time immemorial Adi's are living in the Namsai district as second largest population after Khamptis and Singphos. The omission of Adi tribes as local people of Namsai is very unfortunate which need immediate rectification and clarification.

They further said that apart from this error, the district administration has also deliberately forgot to mention the second largest community of Namsai district in its recently published souvenir which is presently circulation in various district.

The district magistrate should atleast know the various tribes or communities living in Namsai district and he/she should give equal status to all tribes of the district and work for over all development of all community.

The omission of presence of Adi community in Namsai district is uncalled for. Therefore the District administration should immediate rectify the recent notification and give public apology in this regard within Wednesday next, they added.

The union threatens that; it would launch series of movements if the district magistrate fails to fulfill the demand of the union within the given stipulate time.


AdiSU meets Edu Secretary

ITANAGAR, Feb 5: Adi Students' Union (AdiSU) met Education Secretary R.K Mishra today and appealed for immediate release of fund for renovation of Government Gandhi Secondary School, Pasighat.

The team highlighted about the fire mishap that took place on January 28 last and also the grievances of the students and teaching staff.

The team expressed their deep concern that even after a week of the fire incident there is no immediate alternative arrangement taken by the concern authority.

Meanwhile, the education secretary assured to take up necessary action within 15 days.


Multidisciplinary workshop on Science & Technology

ITANAGAR, Feb 5: The Vigyan Prasar, department of Science & Technology, GoI, Noida (UP) in association with Arunachal Pradesh State Council for Science & Technology, Itanagar is organizing a three days multidisciplinary workshop on Science & Technology for VIPNET Science Clubs of North-East Region from February 9  to 11 at Arunachal Pradesh Science Centre, I.G. Park Itanagar. The main objective of this programme is to strengthen the arms of Vigyan Prasar through establishing the Vipnet Science Club in school or outside the school.


Union says no to pre-paid meter

ITANAGAR, Feb 5: The All Arunachal Pradesh Public Health Engineering and Water Supply Department Workers Union have opposed the installation of pre-paid metre in capital complex. They have sought immediate removal of all the installed metres.


APPDSU visits fire ravaged Deb village

ITANAGAR, Feb 5: The members of All Papum Pare District Student's Union (APPDSU) visited Deb village under Sagalee circle where recently 12 houses were gutted down. The fire also reportedly burnt down local ornaments, granary and other property worth lakhs of rupees.

The APPDSU team contributed blankets and utensils items as immediate relief to the victim families. The APPDSU extended supported to the ADC Sagalee's move to seek additional sanction of rupees 10 lakhs from the government. The APPDSU appealed state government to sanction the additional amount as soon as possible.


Villagers reeling under darkness

Karda Natam

DAPORIJO, Feb 5:  The people of Eru village under Siyum Circle have been reeling under darkness   for the  last many months as the electricity poles in the village  have  fallen down due to landslide. The village was provided electricity through the RGGVY in recent past.

Meanwhile, the villagers drew the  attention of the  concern authorities and requested for early renovation of  power line and re-erection of fallen poles.

2nd edition of CM's trophy begins at Bomdila

BOMDILA, Feb 5: The second edition of CM's trophy was inaugurated by Bomdila SP Dr A Koan at Buddha Stadium here on February 3 last.  He appealed to all the players to maintain discipline and sportsman spirit while participating in the game.

Football and volleyball team from 4 assembly constituencies of West Kameng  are participating  in the tournament. DIPRO


Bazar Committee urges DA for reconsideration

ITANAGAR, Feb 5:  The Bazar Welfare Committee Naharlagun in its letter to the  District Magistrate to reconsider its public order which was published in local dailies on January 8, 2015 wherein it prohibited the Thela pullers from pulling around loaded irons and  bamboos  at Naharlagun stating that it risks commuters lives. The committee informed the magistrate that Thela pullers are relying for livelihood from it and prohibiting them is arbitrary and injustice. The committee added Thela pullers have been playing significant role in transporting the goods in cheaper rate. Prohibiting the pullers is direct violation of fundamental rights and right to life, the Bazar Committee said.


NSS volunteers camp at Mani Village

ITANAGAR, Feb 05:   As much as 75 NSS volunteers of Don Bosco College Itanagar, along with their programme coordinator and programe officers conducted a special camp at Mani Village near Doimukh from 3rd to 5th February 2015.  The volunteers educated the villagers to create awareness on bad habits which are detrimental to the health. The volunteers also cleared the bushes and dug drainage and repaired the dilapidated building by painting them, a release said.


ASSU conducts social service

ITANAGAR, Feb 5: The All Sagalee Students Union (ASSU) on Tuesday organized a social service at Laptap villag under Toru circle. The members of union constructed a wire rope bridge over Pare River with the help of the Laptap villagers. They were joined by elders, Gaon Burahs and Panchayat leaders.

Anchal Samiti Member Tana Kampu also took part in the social service. The ASSU asked ASM to seek fund with state government to for flood protection. Meanwhile union appealed to the state government to provide immediate relief to the victim of fire incident at Deb Village. They resented the lackadaisical response of government towards such repeated fir incidents. Union also alleged that even though they had submitted memorandum to government for setting up fire station at Sagalee, no outcome has been witnessed till now.


Aalo gears up for Liromoba bye-election

AALO Feb 5:  With the Randomization and Commissioning of EVMs in presence of  Aldous  Mowlang, Election Observer and District Election Officer Pige Ligu at NIC Office and Town Club, the Aalo is all set to go for 27- Liromoba (S/T) A/C bye-election  on February 13 next.

District Election officer Pige Ligu has given specific instructions to all officials handling the sensitive issue with utmost care to avoid error.  Chairing meeting with sector officers on law and order situation DEO further instructed that any confusion in the process of randomization and commissioning should be consulted with the Masters Trainers. The 18 sector officers have been appointed to give adequate coverage to all polling stations. DEO directed that all sector officers should make pre-poll visits to all polling stations and take stock of facilities like water, electricity, mobile network, safe sealing and retrieval of EVMs etc.

The DM has also circulated Section135 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 which prohibits that no spirituous, fermented or intoxicating liquors or other substances of a like nature shall be sold or distributed at a hotel or any place, public or private within polling area during the period of 48 hour.

The Superintendent of Police Mari Riba dwelt on deployment of forces as per sensitivity and assured to provide handsets to enhance better communication. The ADC Kamba Nyiken Lollen, and other Sector Officers also shared their problems and experiences. DIPRO


MWS organizes FLC camp

ITANAGAR, Feb 5: Manghi Welfare Society (MWS) in collaboration with Cooperative Apex Bank branch Sangram organized a four days  Financial Literacy Counselling Camp (FLCC) in Nyapin and Phassang circles under Kurung Kumey district from January 27 to 30. The motto of the programme was to  highlights the aim and objective of Prdhan Manhti Jan Dhan Yojna (PMJDY) and it related benefits.

Speaking on the occasion, society president Ngorang Tado appealed every household to open an  bank account on the spot with a single document. He further appealed to the public to cooperate with  household survey team by providing adequate data for proper identification.

Apex bank branch manger Tadar Taluk spoke on the  financial subjects like income, expenditure, saving, debt, financial planning, maintenance of financial diary, bank linkage, remittance, bank interest, KYC etc. Further he highlighted that account will be used for Direct Benefit Transfer of LPG subsidy, MGNRGA, Old Age Pension, Food Security, Stipend, etc. A Ru-Pay debit will be issued to account holder which can be used in ATMs. The 1st phase of PMJDY will be closed on 15th August 2015.


News Impact

State Govt. to install pre, post-paid energy metres

ITANAGAR, Feb 5: Arunachal Pradesh government has decided to install both pre and post paid electric metres in the state capital, Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi said here today.

"The state cabinet in its sitting here yesterday has viewed seriously the concerns of the people over installation of Pre-paid Electric Meters (PPEM) in the state capital and accordingly decided to provide choice to the consumers," Negi told reporters here.

Installation of PPEMs of late has snowballed into a major controversy with majority of the consumers led by several organisations and students' unions opposing the new technology of the government as part of power reform initiatives.

Negi said that the decision of the state government to install PPEMs with top down approach was in accordance to the commitment given to the Centre on power reforms initiatives launched in the entire country.

Till today 1600 Pre-Paid electricity meter has already been installed both in government establishment, residential quarters and private houses, Negi informed.

The  CS also appealed all to work unitedly on the eradication of drug addiction and to contain the extortion menace for peaceful co-existence and healthy society.

He further said  the cabinet also decided to conduct familiarisation tour of the leaders of those organisation opposing PPEMs to Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura where PPEMs had already been installed.

Principal Secretary Power and Hydro Power Darmandra Sharma  said that, the pre- paid electricity meter is completely beneficial. He also explained in detail on electricity Act and the reform package that the State Govt. is going  to implement. "The departments does not want to keep the public in darkness and we need people friendly approach on installation of Pre-Paid Meter which  is more energy efficient," he said.  He further informed that, the  the department will provide CFL/LED bulb to students and people living under poverty line.

The press conference was also attended by Dani Salu, Secretary IPR, Chief Engineer Power and Director of IPR.



AAPSU and other orgs condemn arrest of Arunachal women, demands Govt intervention

ITANAGAR, Feb 5: After a joint inspection by the North East Students' Organisation (NESO) and All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) teams at Gerukamukh under Lower Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh to study the ground reality of the ongoing boundary dispute and after close interacting with the locals on the spot from where the two local women were arrested on January 28 last by the Assam police and forest personnel, AAPSU termed the action as unfortunate and illegal.

Condemning the action in its strongest term as inhuman, AAPSU president Kamta Lapung claimed that the spot is well within the territorial jurisdiction of Arunachal Pradesh and the said land had been cultivated since time immemorial by the villagers. Therefore, there is no question of trespass into territory of Assam as claimed rather they (Assam) have trespassed into Arunachal territory in violation of the Supreme Court directive to maintain status quo.

The AAPSU urged the GoAP to pursue the case with its Assam counterpart for immediate release of both the women, who have been reportedly suffering from malaria and jaundice.

After interacting with the local denizens of Gerukamukh, it came to limelight that Assam forest and police personnel have been repeatedly adopting wrong tactic of physical and mental torture against the local denizens. Moreover, many a times they used to unnecessarily evict the local people from their dwelling houses and destroy their paddy fields within the territory of Arunachal Pradesh without having any order from the competent authority. AAPSU blamed the GoAP, particularly home department for its wrong and failure administration for the inability to protect its own people and its territory from the outsiders. The union urged the state  government  to immediately hold  a meeting with its Assam counterpart to  chalk out a proper strategy on how to  maintain  the  Supreme Court verdict  on  status  quo.

In the meantime, AAPSU requested the GoAP to deploy paramilitary forces at Gerukamukh to bring back normalcy along the inter-state boundary area.

Questioning the role of state as well as Union Home Minister if their offices were alive to the case, it wondered as to how the two women were arrested and detained in Lakhimpur jail since a week.

Meanwhile,  Arunachal Pradesh Border Students' Union (AAPBSU) president Atung Tana, All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) president Kamta Lapung, NESO Coordinator Pritam Bhai Sonam, ZPM Dullungmukh Bei Tassap, Nido Donyak ASM, Executives Members of All Lower Subansiri Students' Union (ALSSU), All Raga Area Students' Union (ARASU) and general public of Dullungmukh in a meeting held at Keebare Community Hall Dullungmukh, Lower Subansiri district today unanimously urged the  state Govt to intervene for early release of two women, namely, Nido Yakum and Bini Yujum, who were arrested from Arunachal territory without any fault, said AAPBSU in a release.

Both the ladies were arrested recently from Dullungmukh under Lower Subansiri District by Assam police from their agricultural field within the territory of Arunachal Pradesh. They are now reportedly languishing in jail at North Lakhimpur, Assam. It is reported that both of them have been falsely booked under various section of the Forest Act and charged under non-bailable offence.

The meeting further demanded the Govt to constitute one-man facts finding committee to study to real facts behind the arrest of Arunachal ladies without any any provocation.

Blaming the state Govt for its alleged failure to protect the Arunachal people in boundary area, AAPBSU president Atung Tana said such incidents happen repeatedly because of lack of adequate police force at border areas to protect lives and properties of the people.

Meanwhile,  the Nyishi Nyem Acham (NNA) in a letter to the Chief Minister has urged  him to intervene for early release of two Arunachalee women Nido Yakum and Bini Yujum from North Lakhimpur jail.

The Arunachal Pradesh State Social Welfare Board (APSSWB) strongly condemned the recent arrest of Nido Yakum and Bini Yajum by the Assam Police without any concrete evidence.

The APSSWB  appealed  both the Assam and Arunachal Govts to take- up this matter on priority basis for early release of the ladies, The Board  also requested the National Commission for Women, State Commission for Women of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam to initiate steps for amicable solution to the matter.

APSSWB  Chairperson Marina Nido said that they are being mistreated by the police in jail. APSSWB  Chairperson further said that that one of the ladies has 8 months old infant with her and keeping both of them in police custody is highly inhuman.



RGU launches awareness prog against opium

Children want opium free society

ITANAGAR, Feb 05: In an effort to motivate the local people to improve their life in the field of economy, health, better management of local resources, children educations, knowledge about their own rights and duties and awareness about their local environment, the  Rajiv Gandhi University, Rono Hills has decided to  conduct  various outreach programme.

To begin with, this time, it has proposed to launch awareness program against prevalence of opium in the society and its harmful effects on health, economy and human value in  three districts -- Namsai, Lohit and Lower Dibang valley.

Initially a team of RGU headed by Prof. Tomo Riba, the Dean Faculty of Environmental Sciences, the Coordinator of Outreach Program of RGU and accompanied by Moriam Tamai, Ph. D. Scholar from RGU, Nashon Tamai and Debojit Minim from Indira Gandhi Government College Tezu conducted first program in Lohit and Namsai District from January 7 to 20 last. The main objective was to know how children  express their own views regarding opium in their society through drawing and in the form of essay writing. Accordingly, Coordinator covered 1100 students in 18 schools in Lohit and  Namsai district.

After evaluating the drawings and essays of 1100 students in two districts where the consumption of  opium is in its peak, the RGU team  came out with the  facts that all the students know that opium is a drug which kills addicts after robbing everything of the family and all of them do not want that their parents should consume opium.

According to them, opium addicts become lazy, do not work, remain at home. The students revealed that the addicts  become angry and quarrel with wife and children when they do not get opium in time. There is always shortage of food and other necessities in the family where parents consume opium and the addict parents first think of their opium only rather than the necessities of the family. During serious situation, when addict does not get opium, they even steal and  when addicts fall sick, it becomes difficult to take them to hospital due to lack of money. Finally they sell their land, after selling all the properties of the family, even the wives' ornament for opium.

Many children just follow their parents and many started jokingly and got addicted. Once one has become habituated, it is very difficult to leave it. Nowadays, opium is cultivated everywhere, even in the plain areas, especially by females for sale and family consumption, it is sold openly. Today opium is used in rituals and festivals. Priests use opium during ritual performance.

Police came to destroy opium field but they were driven away by the local women cultivators. Ultimately, after long run an addict ruins himself physically, financially, socially and  finally dies. The  students want that Government should  strict and punish cultivators, people those who sell opium and de-addiction camps should be arranged. Finally, all of them want drug free society.

During its outreach programme, the RGU team found that all children know prevalence of opium in their society. About 95 per cent of children do not support cultivation and consumption of opium. 100 % of children are against opium addiction.

It has never been taken seriously by the Government of Arunachal Pradesh. It is more serious and dangerous than the insurgencies. But it is not a threat to government and leaders.

The team further found that local leaders turn their deaf ear and blind eyes to prevalence of drugs in their society. They don't want to displease their voters. Rather, opium and wine are the best items to please the voters during election campaign.

Opium has become part of culture in the society, it is cultivated openly and sold openly due to relaxation of law and many youths, including girls have started taking it.

Surprisingly, many government employees also consume opium that can be handled easily by the concerned authority. No parents want their children to smoke opium. Equally, no children want their parents to smoke opium. But it is consumed both by adult and young.

The team led by Prof. Tomo Riba, the Coordinator of Outreach Program of RGU felt the need  of political will to solve the problem.  "Today, it does not require much awareness program because it is not a new thing in the society. All know it, including small children. Strict and continuous implementation of narcotic act, organisation of de-addiction programs, other medical facilities to dissuade people from use of opium as medicine are to be initiated. For successful implementation of the above activities, it needs a realistic data collected from the source, they observed.

RGU will continue its efforts to reduce drug addiction, especially opium in the state of Arunachal Pradesh for which the support of local is very much necessary.



Public hearing on three hydro projects in Tawang conducted

TAWANG,  Feb 5: The stalemate of 3 medium hydro power projects in Mukto constituency seems to be pacing towards an end with the 96 MW Nyukcharong Chu, 90 MW New Melling and 96 MW Mago Chu hydro electrical projects getting the green signal from the majority of Project Affected Families (PAF) during the 3 days public hearing  which concluded yesterday successfully at Jang indoor stadium.

Project proponents of Southern Electrical Works (SEW), the executing agency, appraised of the various aspects of the projects and cleared the apprehensions in the general discussion round through power point presentations during the hearings. The house saw a majority of speakers welcoming the hydro electric projects while a few stood against it during the open house discussion, queries and views session.

Representing their villages, Jambey, GB Yuethembu, Pema Gombu, Public leader, and Thuptan, ASM, Rho village, unanimously extended their support to the project.  "The land belongs to the project affected families and 83% villagers of Yuethembu village are ready to donate their land for the project while 17% are unwilling" Yuethembu GB informed. "This is our land and our decision pertaining to donate our land and no outsider or NGO bears the right to intervene. The power developers can start the project as soon as the compensation amount is paid and an agreement is signed beforehand", he added.

Rho ASM, Thuptan claimed 99.9 % support to the project from his village. "Such projects are a boon to the area and are utterly vital for the development of the region" he remarked, while appealing the Save Mon Region Federation (SMRF) members to refrain from opposing the project. Representatives of Jangda village, however, expressed their incapacity to support or object the power project due to an existent boundary demarcation issue with Rho village. Jang Bazaar Secy. Mindu Tsewang informed that the unanimous decision to give the nod of approval to SEW was taken by the PAF during Gram Sabhas constituted at panchayat level.

"Every project has to go through this period during its initial introductory process", Tawang DCC president Nawang Sempa articulated. "It is a period where people spread rumours and make false speculations. When electricity was first introduced in Lhou village, the naive villagers deferred from getting electricity connections as they trusted on hear-says and rumours that the current would electrocute people and set their houses on fire. But now they realize that electricity is a boon and the world will plunge into a sudden halt without it" he added. Former advisor to CM, Lobsang Phuntso also spoke in support of the hydro projects while SMRF general secy. Lobsang Gyatso and Geshi Thupten of Rho village denounced the project citing environmental threats, outsider's influx in the region and lack of quality work.

Chairman, public hearing and Tawang DC, Adishek Dev gave a patient hearing to the speakers. Calling on for wide circulation of the minutes of the meetings in local dialect, he laid emphasis on immediate implementation of scholarship programmes for the PEF's children. Further, he necessitated for an in-depth outlook and clear reflection of the Brokpa (yak herders) issue, perceiving the need for more clarity on the issue. He also urged the power developers to take local people into confidence and stressed for flair and transparent implementation of CSR activities.

Among others, Jumli Kato, State Pollution Control Board representative, Tawang ADC Tapasya Raghav, Jang ADC, Dr. Dilip Kumar Chutiya, Tawang ZPC Jambey Tsering, DCC president Nawang Sempa, Circle officers, public leaders and locally affected people comprising panchayat leaders, Gaon Burahs and villagers attended the public hearing.( Tawang Vigilance).



Arunachal book stall draws huge crowd in IKBF

ITANAGAR, Feb 5: Thousands of book lovers have been visiting the Arunachal Pradesh book stall in the on-going 39th International Kolkata Book Fair, 2015 at Milan Mela compound since January 28 to have glimpse of Arunachal Pradesh. Except the  host state  West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh is the lone state not only from North East, but also in India which is participating in the Book Fair. This year the Book Fair will be continued upto 8th February  which was  inaugurated by Anita Anand, British writer on 27th January while Mamata Banerjee Chief Minister of West Bengal was the chief g uest of the function.

The exhibition stall of Arunachal  Pradesh delicately  depicts  a window  view of Cultural Heritage of Arunachal Pradesh through the precious publications of Research Department, Deptt. of Information and Public Relations and Tourism Deptt. Govt of Arunachal Pradesh in a composite frame.

A passionate team consisting of Urken Lama, Tourism Asstt., W E Lowangcha, Tourism Information Officer, deployed by DRC, Kolkata, S.Chanda, Recordist cum Documentation Asstt. led by R.N.Koley, Asstt. Director Research (Culture) from Itanagar have been endeavoring to satisfy the inquisitive interests of the visitors on  ethnic people, linguistic diversity, unique culture, custom, enchanting  tradition, developmental activities, tourism potentially with conducive manner.

 Somak Majumder, one of the visitors expressed,  Nice exposure for us to the culture and art of Arunachal Pradesh". An  academician  and Prof. Sabita Barui Basak commented, "Your research  collection is superb. My will got twice enriched after visiting this stall."

Barnali Mirdha wrote, "Very happy to see Arunachal Pradesh book stall here in Kolkata. Hope to see you all in the same place again ".

Tridib  Kr. Chatterjee, General  Secretary,  Publisher and Bookseller Guild, the organizer of International Kolkata Book Fair, exhorted, "wonderful endeavour by Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh" This year Kolkata Book Fair is participated by twenty foreign countries while Great Britain is the  theme Country. Books are displayed in as many as thousand stalls, comprising  small or big. Kolkata Book Fair is not a mere fair, rather it is a festival. It is a melting pot of different languages, different communities and different   culture. Only identity is book lover.

This is the state's fourth entry since 2012 to Kolkata's greatest single-venue festival.

Earlier, Kolkata deputy resident commissioner (DRC) Bijoy Talukdar formally inaugurated the stall in presence of mediapersons and DRC office staff on February 2. Among others, Assamese poetess Ajanta and Kolkata-based daily Sambad Pratidin's assistant editor Goutam Ghosh Dastidar were present on the occasion.



PPA denounces arrest of Arunachal women

ITANAGAR, Feb 5: The Peoples' Party of Arunachal (PPA) today expressed disappointment at the arrest of two Arunachalee women by the Assam forest officials at Dolungmukh recently. "It is sad to know about the arrest of two Arunachalee women by the Assam forest officials at Dolungmukh," said PPA.  This is viewed seriously by the PPA because the local commission appointed by the Supreme Court vide its letter dated 25th Sept, 2006 in response to the original suit filed by the state of Assam against a case- State of Assam vrs Union of India pertaining to the longstanding unresolved border dispute between both the states of Assam and Arunachal, is ready with its report of observations/conclusions and recommendations. The early and practical implementation of the local commission report by both the states of Assam & Arunachal shall go a long way in righting a great historical wrong bringing peace and cooperation between the people living along the border regions, said Kahfa Bengia in a party meeting on Assam- Arunachal boundary row.

Further, delay in implementing  the report shall be considered as signs of inefficiency and willful negligence by both the Congress ruled States of Assam and Arunachal towards this vexed issue," added Kahfa.



Geku WWS destroys poppy plants at Geku-Katan area

YINGKIONG, Feb 5: Active members of Geku Woman Welfare Society with cooperation of village unit Women welfare society of different like Sumsing, Sibum, Jeru, Sili, Padu and Pongging village's conducted rigorous drive against Opium cultivation.

They team completely damaged poppy plants of three villages Sibum, Padu and Sili but few cultivated areas of some of the villages located in remotest places were left uncovered.

The two active Women Omili Boko vice President and Olik Boko Assistant Secretary, Geku WWS who spearheaded the poppy plant destruction in the area informed the District Administration Upper Siang.

The Extra Assistant Commissioner Geku, Henkir Lollen and Pandav Perme  Circle Officer Katan extend all possible help and cooperation to the Women Welfare Society workers in this vigorous anti-opium campaign.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Remo Kamki appreciated the Women Society and wished them to continue to render such noble services for the welfare of the society.

He also announces that 'Peoples Award' ould be given to District unit women Welfare Society Yingkiong, Geku WWS, Sibum WWS, Silli WWS, Padu WWS, Komkar WWS during the ensuing Statehood Day celebration at Yingkiong.

The Deputy Commissioner stated that conferring of award is not the end but the beginning of  war against anti-opium,drugs and tobacco. It's only a good beginning and an encouragement to the active workers who have really achieved success in the middle of the way to achieve the final goal in long run. The District Administration appealed to the Central Bureau of Drug and Narcotic substances Control department Guwahati to initiate action plan and coordination to the local District Administration and the social activists in this regard.

The team would conduct is next drive against Opium cultivation in Mariyang-Mopom area. DIPRO



Process of ‘Biometric Enrollment’ under NPR begins

PASIGHAT, Feb 5: Web-X Technology, Guwahati under the National Population Register (NPR) program has started capturing biometric details of people at Pasighat today. East Siang Deputy Commissioner Nidhi Srivastava inaugurated the exercise in the presence of Dy. Registrar General Deepak Gupta, State Coordinator Radhakrishnan, ADC Ruchika Katyal, DSO (Stat) Doge Naksang and host officers, in the District Statics Office, Pasighat. all together 275 persons enrolled their names on the first day.

DC Srivastava who is also District Registrar, while enrolling herself stated that NPR registration has wider application and would use for several purposes as the government has planned to utilize the NPR data for the implementation of various development programs and distribute welfare assistances effectively. People should attend the special camps and register themselves ensuring 100 percent coverage. Srivastava while asking the officials on duty to show fair services to the people also directed to arrange additional hassle free queue for senior citizens, women and children.

The DC informed that under the project, Web-X personnel with the help of statistical officials would collect photographs, fingerprint of ten fingers and iris impressions during the exercise. People should bring the intimation slip and fill-up the "Know Your Resident form" with details such as voters' identity card number, driving license number, Permanent Account Number, Passport Number etc in the NPR special camps. Such camps would be opened at Nari, Ruksin, Sille-Oyan and Mebo from tomorrow onwards and after the completion of the capture of biometric details, the data would be processed and a unique number and a smart card would be provided. People should not confuse the NPR process with the Aadhar UID. Those who had registered for Aadhar Unique Identification (UID) number should also attend the NPR camp and provide all necessary details, she further added. DIPRO



Lohit district level CM tropy tournament ends

ITANAGAR, Feb 5: The Lohit district edition of the second football and volleyball district level Chief Minster’s trophy ended today. The winners of both men and women category walked away with prize money of Rs. 50,000 for soccer and Rs. 30,000 for volleyball respectively.

The men’s soccer final match was played today between Tafragam and Loiliang. Tafragam team dominated the match from the start of the game itself. They scored first goal of the match within two minutes. During later part Tafragam went on to add another two goals to its kitty. They comfortably won the match by 3-1.The winner team in its arsenal had the best player of the tournament in Rozimso Danji, who added fire-power to the team’s attack. Loiliang team attempted to fight back but its attempt fizzled out at the face of the onslaught of the opponent.

Earlier, while attending the final match, Tezu MLA Dr Mohesh Chai termed sports initiative of the Chief Minister as “highly appreciable.” He believed that sports imbibe in youth enthusiasm for positive aspects of life by drawing them away from the lure of drug and alcohol.

Apart from the routine academic career, he told youths that sports can be an interesting career option with opportunities opening up with initiative of major national tournament like Indian Soccer League.

“Recently, our girl’s NCC band brought laurels to the state by participating in the Republic Day parade at New Delhi. In the same way, we hope that the youths participating in  the Chief Minister’s trophy will one day emerge from these tournament to participate in league like the ISL and bring honours to the state”, Chai hoped.

The Deputy Commissioner Dr. BM Mishra too exhorted the youths to participate in the tournament with the spirit of sportsmanship. “One team has to lose, another team has to win, and this is the nature of the game. However, the most important aspect is participation”, he urged.

Later they gave away the prizes of both the categories of tournament. The Tafragam Women’s’ team clinched the soccer title by defeating Loiliang. In men’s volleyball final team Natun Basti beat GHSS Tezu. Best player soccer for both men and women were awarded to Rozimso Danji and Yousie Tawsik respectively. In volley ball, the awards went to Rokenso Manyu in men’s category and in women’s’ category to Esanlu Manyu. (DIPRO)



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---- Editorial ----


A big mistake

The vision document faux is starting to haunt BJP as well as nation. Even though BJP has apologize for terming NE people as ‘Immigrants’ in the party’s vision document for the Delhi election, the issue is having serious ramification. Whole of north-east are feeling outraged and are still feeling hurt over the use of word immigrant to address people of region. The North East Students’ Organization (NESO), an apex students’ body of seven North east states has condemned BJP for terming the people from North East as ‘Immigrants’.

NESO has demanded apology from top brass of BJP. Most of the citizens of NE states always feel alienated at mainland India due to racial discrimination. The vision document controversy has once exposed the attitude and mentality of mainland Indian towards NE people. Also many fear that 'immigrant' tag for people from the northeast will instigate insurgent groups to resort to violence and reiterate their demand for "independence". There are chances that people of NE region might extend support to the cause of these insurgent groups. Massive damage has been done and only time will tell how much impact this issue will have on the geo-political situation of north-east.

---- Readers Forum ----


Grievances of a land donor

Dear Editor,  

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the  attention of the  Chief Minister towards the  grievances of the  land donor for  Silsango circle  headquarter.  

In a meeting between the  Mengio CO, Govt officials and  land donors of circle headquarters in presence of Silsango Circle Headquarter Development Committee, Gaon Burahs, public leadrs, youth, general public,   it was unaniously agreed to  fill up the candidature for the   group  C /D posts from among the   candidates of land donors. As per the  agreement reached in the meeting I, being a land donor, claimed a group D post for my  candidate. Accordingly  on June 7, 2011,  my candiate had submitted  application to  Papum Pare DC, Sagalee ADC, Zila chairperon and others for  appointment in grou D post, but since then authorities failed to make any appointment against my candidate  and there was not even a word of assurance for appointment.

Therefore, I being the victimised land donor  decided to oppose the posting of CO or any other officials to the Silsangso circle headquarter before  the steps are taken for appointment in group D post. I  have also decided and planning to take back my donated  land after being deprived of appointment in lie of land donation.  


Taw Nikam

Silsangso village

Chairman,   Silsango Circle Headquarter Development Committee




An important landmark

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to express my heartiest congratulations to Tapang Taloh, Minister, Education, Govt, of Arunachal Pradesh for creating the Siang District. The creation of the new District is not only an important landmark for the people of Pangin-Boleng and Rumgong assembly constituencies but also for the entire Adi community. There is no denying of the fact that the credit for creating the new district goes to Tapang Taloh. It is to mention that thought there were several MLAs and other public leaders in the past but nothing substantial was done on the issue of creation of the new district. It will not be a fitness of thing if unnecessary allegation or criticism is levelled against the Minister, Education. On the other hand we should extend all possible help and co-operation to the Minister, so that development reaches new heights in the new district of “Siang District”.

While taking this opportunity, I would also like to thanks the  Chief Minister, Nabam Tuki for his kind gesture in gifting the new district of “Siang District” to the people of both Pangin- Boleng and Rumgong assembly constituencies.


Tabang Pajing

Rumgong Village




Unaffordable fare

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to express my agony about the private Passenger vehicle fare adopted in capital complex. We know the petrol price has been slashed but the fare for the trekker has remained the same. Student and public can’t afford their own vehicle so we need to go the college or office by these private vehicle and we have to pay large amount every day. The distance between the twin towns is only 10-15 km but we are paying 30 rupees per head. This is huge amount of money as compared to other states like Assam.

The authorities of private Vehicle have put the fare as they wished and nobody is bothered because it is the land of kushi-kushi. But the young generation needs to change this system of kushi-kushi. Therefore, I request the govt. of Arunachal Pradesh to look into the matter.


common man,







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