February 10

Volleyball tournament organized

ITANAGAR, Feb 9: The All Palin Chambang, Yangte, Gangte and Tarak-Langdi Students Union (APCYGTSU) organized a friendly volleyball tournament at Palin town to mark the inauguration of new Kra Daadi district.The tournament held on Feb 6 and witnessed participation from ANSU, AAPSU, ATASU and APCYGTSU.

The ATASU team won the tournament by defeating AAPSU in the final. Chairman Sports Authority of Arunachal Gora Makik gave away prizes to the winning, while NESO Coordinator Pritam Waii Sonam distributed prize to the runners up team. Former AAPSU presidents Byabang Taj, Takam Tatung and ANSU President Byabang Joram were also present on the occasion.


Free Physiotherapy camp from March

ITANAGAR, Feb 9: Healing Hands Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Centre located at zero point Itanagar has conducted a free Physiotherapy camp at its centre yesterday.

During the camp, patients from Capital Complex underwent consultations, treatment and fitness sessions. Meanwhile, appreciating the response of the public, the centre has decided to organize such free camps on first Saturday from March next.


Six auto lifters nabbed by Police

BOMDILA, Feb 9: Six auto lifters including two juveniles were nabbed by Police Control Room (PCR) team of Bomdila during night patrolling recently. A total of four Bajaj Pulsar and two Yamaha motor cycles were recovered from the lifters possession and a case have been registered in this regard and further investigation is on. DIPRO


State stall at Kolkata Book Fair

ITANAGAR, Feb 9: The exhibition stall put up by the Research Publications, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh hosted by Directorate of Research, was the cynosure of all eyes in the 39th International Kolkata Book Fair, 2015 which ended at Milan Mela ground, Kolkata yesterday.

Besides lakhs of visitors, who also thronged the Arunachal Stall, different media, including popular dailies, private TV channels, Doordarshan Bangla focused Arunachal Pradesh with utmost importance during the 12 days book fair, informed R.N.Koley, Assistant Director Research.

More than 19 lakh visitors were recorded during the 12 days book fair with three lakh visitors visiting on the last the day alone. It was disclosed by the organizer on the closing ceremony yesterday.


Nyedar Namlo inaugurated

SEPPA, Feb 9: ‘Service to humanity is service to God’ quoting Swami Vivekananda, Minister RWD Kumar Waii while inaugurating the newly constructed building of Donyi-Polo Nyedar Namlo Prayer Centre, Seppa during Nyedar Namlo conference at Seppa yesterday.

Addressing the gathering, Waii appealed the believers to pay equal respect for other religions and spread a message of love, peace and religious tolerance enabling people from all faiths to live in harmony. He also said that besides devoting and praying at Namlo, parents should ensure to provide proper education to children in order to dissuade them from going stray and instill values as well as educate them about our mythology and history for the right growth of the children. He announced to donate a land for establishment of indigenous school even at Itanagar for the purpose adding that he was always ready to support for a good cause. He also donated Rs 20 lakhs for infrastructural development and beautification of central Nyedar Namlo, Seppa.

Parliamentary Secretary Tourism, Mama Natung appealed the people to keep alive one’s own tradition and culture and also to pay equal respect for other religions. He said that there are as many sub-tribes in Arunachal out of which many of them opted to other religion because of lack of written script during that time for which there is no question of condemning each other being secular. He appealed the Donyi-Polo believers to show the goodness of their religion to the people through their good works.

Former APPSC chairman Nabam Atum said that uniformity of rules and regulations of all Namlos shall be introduced for proper functioning.

Secretary General IF&CSAP Bai Taba said that indigenous faith & cultural Society is directly related to Namlo and other indigenous faith to provide help and support from IF&CSAP. Chairman organizing committee Pai Dawe also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO


Apex Bank conducts FLCC camp at Tarasso

ITANAGAR, Feb 9: The Arunachal Pradesh State Co-operative Apex Bank Ltd, Balijan branch under Itanagar Zone-I conducted a Finance Literary and Credit Counselling (FLCC) camp at Tarasso recently sponsored by NABARD Regional Office Itanagar.

Taba Tarum, AGM cum Zonal-I in charge of Itanagar zone explained about the benefit of having an account in the bank as well as direct transfer of benefits like subsidy amount of LPG, Stipend, MGNREGA etc. under Prime Minister Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY).

S.C.Kandpal, DGM and Nabam Tati, AGM from head office also spoke in length and explained in details regarding various faculties provided by the bank to its customers.

The panchayat leaders, GBs and public of Tarraso area, who attended the camp requested bank officials for implementation of credit facilities in the unbanked area of Tarasso circle.

Later, Pania Takang, ASM Chairperson led the Apex Bank officials for field visit to their local fish ponds where the bank officials have assured them for bank finance under KCC for all agriculture related activities.


Aalo Forest Festival 2015 concludes

AALO, Feb 9: The second edition of Aalo Forest Festival 2015 which was organized by Along Forest Division concluded yesterday.

In the final football match of the festival, Jummi Combats emerged as the winner by defeating SFS College 4-0.

During the festival, a movie-show on importance of forest and wildlife was also telecast. The forest festival also included a small trek to Bahadur Hill Reserve Forests, wherein the experts briefed about various species of trees, their ecological and cultural importance and “Bird Watching” programme was also organized. DIPRO


Election Observer meeting with Micro Observers

AALO, Feb 9: The Election Observer for 27-Liromoba bye-election, Aldous Mowlang held meetings with Micro Observers at DC office Aalo on February 7 and second round meeting today.

Addressing the meeting, Mowlang briefed about model code of conducts and asked the micro observers to properly carry out their duties in different polling stations.

The DEO Pige Ligu also stressed on the need to strengthen the system of monitoring and observation.

The EAC (Election) Oli Perme highlighted on detail charter of duties of Micro Observers and asked them to coordinate with polling personnel, security and sector magistrate to ensure a peaceful poll. The micro observers also shared their views on transportation, and past experiences. DIPRO


Cleanliness drive

ITANAGAR, Feb 09: The dwellers of D-Sector, Naharlagun headed by Ward No.22 Councilor Tarh Pacho organized a cleanliness drive in their sector under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan on self-help basis today.

One vehicle was pressed into service to collect garbage from nook and corner of the ward and dispose of them properly, informed the Councilor in a release.

Informing that the CC road construction work has already been started on February 7 at D- Extension Naharlagun under Ward No.22, the councilor appealed to all to cooperate with the PWD until the construction work is completed.


Kisan Sangh memo to CM

ITANAGAR, Feb 9: In a representation to the Chief Minister, Bharatiya Kisan Sangh Arunachal Pradesh urged the chief minister to decentralize the centrally sponsored scheme saying that the topography of the state is varied. The Sangh also requested the government to enhance 50 percent subsidy for Agriculture keeping in view of farmer choices. It demanded for issuing of rotary litter, paddy reaper, combine harvester and grass cutter under Micro scheme. Further the Sangh opined that the government should fence the grasslands near Mithun reared areas in the state. It also added that the government should provide corpus fund for agri and allied sector.


Dharna by DRDA staff

ITANAGAR, Feb 9: Supporting the All India DRDA Staff Welfare Association’s proposed mass dharna on March 16, 2015 for not absorbing DRDA employees in the line department, the East Kameng district unit of DRDA Association has also decided to stage dharna in front of DRDA, Seppa, East Kameng on the same day.

The DRDA District unit appealed to the State Govt. to absorb the staff of DRDA in the line department and implement the recommendation of V Ramchandran, stated All India DRDA Staff Welfare Association, East Kameng unit.



AALO, Feb 9: In the news items published in various dailies of the state on Feb 8 under headline “Second Edition of Forest Festival gets underway at Aalo, the name of Hogda Lollen was inadvertently mentioned as Hogda Ete. The mistake is deeply regretted. DIPRO


News Impact

Union minister calls for timely submission of fund utilization certificates

ITANAGAR, Feb 9: Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh  has called for timely submission of utilization certificates of various centrally sponsored schemes being implemented in Arunachal Pradesh.

Addressing the  review meeting on the progress of various  agri-allied  schemes under Central Govt at CM’s conference hall here today,  Singh  said that there must enhanced coordination and synergy of the functionaries of  agri-allied departments, KVK scientists, ICAR, ATMA  to  boost agri activities in the  state.  He said that development of the border state of Arunachal State is on priority agenda of the Central Govt.

All stakeholders must play a proactive role and reach out to the farming community through farm schools and regular exposure trips so that farmers are trained up on various  know-how  and latest technologies, the minister said.

While dwelling on the fishery sector, Singh asked to avail the schemes under National Fishery Development  Board and National  Blue revolution  so that the fishery sector can be taken up  as sustainable and income generating by the farmers.

Horticulture, dairy and fishery  can go long way in the  economic empowerment of the farmers of the  state, he added. He said that the Soil Health Card Scheme which is set to be formally launched will benefit the farmers. The Minister asked the scientists and officers to  adopt  villages under their respective areas and guide  the farmers. The Union Minister called upon every stakeholder  to work pro-actively for boosting the agri-allied sector  so that the farming community is regularly updated and guided on agri- technology and inputs. He  noted the issue of  adequate  infrastructure in the KVKs of the state.

Emphasizing  on the  need to step up efforts to conserve and promote Mithun and Yak population, the  Union Minister asked for submission of projects in this regard.

 Chief Minister Nabam Tuki submitted a memorandum for establishment of Cold Water Fisheries Unit of DCFR (ICAR) in Arunachal Pradesh at Samteng, West Kameng Dist which he hoped will encourage the common people residing in the mountain region of the State to adopt cold water fisheries by availing the technical support from the proposed research unit.

The CM apprised the  minister that a vision document is being prepared by the State Government with a policy for every sector which will be linked with Niti Ayog.

Earlier, Agriculture and  Horticulture Minister  Chowna Mein highlighted the immense potential of the agri-allied sector in the state.  Mentioning that the state has received Krishi Karman Award for three consecutive year,   Mein also  submitted a memorandum  which included Establishment  of Horticulture University, College of Veterinary Science, enhancement of student enrolment in College of Agriculture, Pasighat, CAU for AP, special support for conversion of inter-farm foot tracks into gravel road, (Agricultural Link Road)  and other supports to boost the agri-allied sector.

Parliamentary Secretary, Horticulture Mutchu Mithi  also spoke on the occasion.

A host of dignitaries including Union  Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, Director General, ICAR, Dr. S. Ayyapan, Joint Secretary (Agri) Rajni Sekhri Sibal,GoI, state Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi,  Commissioner Agriculture, Hage Khoda,  Secretary Horticulture Sudhir Kumar, representatives, officers and scientists from ICAR, KVKS, College of Horticulture, Pasighat, Agriculture Board who attended the review meeting. DIPR




Large tracts of Poppy cultivation destroyed in Upper Siang, one arrested

YINGKIONG, Feb 9: A panchayat leader has been arrested in Upper Siang for obstructing Police Personnel and women activists from carrying out an operation to destroy opium on Feb 7-8.

One Bijon Darin, GP Chairperson of  Bine village has been arrested and remanded to Yingkiong police custody.

Members of Upper Siang Women Welfare Society along with magistrate and a team of police personnel from Yingkiong are conducting opium destruction operation at Sibuk, Sikko, Bine and Damro under Geku-Mariyiang constituency.  

Poppy cultivation, almost ready for harvest at Lileng, Mopom, Mosut, Pone, Rane, Sireng, Sipong were destroyed on 7 and 8 February last.

During the process of destruction of poppy cultivation, few owners, aggrieved at the damage, challenged the team by physically assaulting two women activists. The women escaped with minor injuries due to help and protection from the police personnel present at the area. The aggrieved poppy field owners also pelted stones and damaged three vehicles and later the roads were also blocked to stop the further movement of the team.

Despite obstacles from the local people, the team of Upper Siang Women Welfare Society led by President Mekem Nopi and Secretary Oma Pertin with full support from the police team and magistrate have been successful in destruction of large tracts of poppy plantation.

The hundred member strong team was headed by Magistrate Pandav Perme, CO Katan and Atan Taki, OC, accompanied by N. Sora ASI, T. Samyor ASI and K Dameng ASI of Yingkiong of police station. DIPRO



Rijiju campaigns for BJP in Liromoba by-polls

Itanagar, Feb 9: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju has appealed to the people to vote BJP to victory in the February 13 by-election to Liromoba assembly seat in West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh.

Addressing two election rallies at Darak and Kamba circles yesterday in support of party candidate Bai Gadi, Rijiju maintained that winning of the BJP candidate would send a strong message to the Centre, party sources said here today.

Calling for change and faster development, the minister said the Centre had a soft corner for the state and several major projects were in pipeline.

Rijiju also addressed two election rallies at Liromoba and Yomcha on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the party in a communiqué today blamed the Congress for allegedly conspiring to dismantle the pandal at Kamba which was constructed for an election rally to be addressed by Rijiju on Saturday.

"Participation in democratic process is a fundamental right of every citizen and election campaign is part and parcel of the process. Preventing or trying to prevent someone from campaign is a corrupt electoral practice", the communiqué said.

"The supporters of rival candidates or the party have committed such an electoral offence for which the Chief Electoral Officer should take action on the party candidate," the communiqué said.

"It is also a matter of concern that there has been a breach of law and order problem and security lapses.

Therefore, all those who are connected with covering of security for the smooth election campaign of the union minister should be taken to task for their lapses in providing full proof arrangement," the party said.

"The star campaigners of the party should be provided all necessary security in their place of stay and venues of rally," it added.



Nyishi, Bodo bodies come together to cement state border ties

Itanagar, Feb 9: Members from Nyishi Elite Society (NES), East Kameng Social Welfare and Cultural Organisation (EKSWCO), All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) and All Bodo Students Union (ABSU) came together to pledge peace and amity in the border areas with Assam.

NES President Bengia Tolum was invited as the chief guest this year to the conference who came along with a team led by Chairman EKSWCO, Khya Safar Pao, President ANYA Biri Kakum and members of Nyishi Nyem Acham.

Yesterday's meet was held to commemorate the peace committee formed in 2002 consisting of members from both communities to maintain social harmony and peaceful co-existence and hold peace talks alongside the border.

The Nyishi and Bodo community leaders advocated the need to uphold brotherhood and communal harmony by fostering the age-old ties.

Thousands of visitors and participants went to the meet that was also aimed at promoting cultural exchange. Hundreds of volunteers stood guard to welcome the visitors with colourful flags.

The three day conference, having concluded yesterday, called for total revolution for total change alongside the Arunachal-Assam border and conducted a national level seminar that discussed issues related to education, socio-economic problems and land rights.

While applauding the ABSU for organising the conference Tolum said, individual peace comes from overall peace in the society." He further suggested ABSU to set up a coordinating body to help both communities at times of crisis and not just confined to peace talks.

President ABSU, Promod Boro chaired the conference and welcomed the delegates from Arunachal with friendliness. PTI



Pathetic BSNL service irks consumers

Prafulla Kaman

PASIGHAT, Feb 9: Expressing concern over the worsening Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) cell phone services, the consumers have alleged that the Central Government was allowing the BSNL services to deteriorate for paving the way for privatisation of the central government enterprise.

Network congestion in BSNL has become a major headache for the Cell-One subscribers in East Siang and other adjoining areas. ‘Disruption of network and internet service is a common phenomenon in the areas like Ruksin, Pasighat and Pangin, Boleng and other hilly areas and even having a cell phone recharged is a big problem for them as the process is clumsy and the server remains down most of the time,” the aggrieved consumers alleged.

The officials of BSNL pointed towards the weak transmission system as prime cause of the poor service. Officials admitted that the BSNL authority is yet to introduce hi-tech data transmission system in the base stations. The BSNL authority is yet to upgrade the existing G.Hartz Analogue (operating) system to Digital system, which is causing a major impediment in providing smooth GSM and other network services.

The existing transmission connectivity in the state has been provided under Eastern Telecom Region (ETR) through Sepakhowa (Tinsukia) of Assam through. The ETR includes Sikkim, Bihar and other NE states.

According to officials, weak transmission system, lack of ‘Inter-district transmission route’ in the state and frequent cutting of the mainline cable (by miscreants) in Assam are the reasons for interruption of BSNL service.

Sources said that over Rs 45 crore meant for monthly bill against BSNL Landline, WLL and other services is remained unpaid in the state. Non- payment of bill and stealing of cable has caused halt in service in many transmission stations.

As of now, the BSNL has 11 transmission stations in East Siang district covering more than 24,000 GSM and around 2,000 WLL subscribers, which are not enough to meet the rising demand. The BSNL authority is all set to launch some other additional transmission stations at Rotte Libang, Kebang and Mebo areas in the district to met the raising the consumers demand.



PPA calls for more NE representatives in RS

ITANAGAR, Feb 9: The People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) today advocated for more representatives in Rajya Sabha to reduce the gap between the North East region and rest of the country.

Addressing the party meeting on the “racial discrimination in India’,  PPA general secretary Kaling Jerang without mentioning the recent controversy over BJP’s vision document calling people from the North-East “immigrants” said that “there is a clear history of misunderstanding, misrecognition between the North East and rest of India because of various asymmetries at work concerning the region.”

The PPA observed that the erroneous use of terms like migrants, immigrants against the people of the North East region is because of cultural asymmetry. “It is not just one party, it is the case with most parties, as shown by the attacks on students of the North East. This is a major issue that needs to be tackled,” said Jerang.

Pointing out the political asymmetry, the party said it is because of the smaller representation in Parliament from the North East region where each state has only one or two representatives. Jerang said that smaller state should have larger representation in the Upper House of Parliament, as is the case in America, where smaller states are protected. Because of this smaller presentation not much weight is given to the region.  

The party further said that the political and cultural asymmetry have been intensified by resources asymmetry, where the North East has been implicitly treated as ‘resources catchment’, beginning with forests, tea, oil, coal of Assam and recently that of Hydro Power in Arunachal Pradesh.



CM does nothing for home constituency: ASYF

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Feb 9: The All Sagalee Youth Federation (ASYF) of Papum Pare district today staged a peaceful dharna against the state government on alleged apathy towards its area in the developmental fronts. Holding banners and placards sizeable number of volunteers gathered at Tennis Court Indira Gandhi Park here today.  

ASYF is demanding seven points charter of demand which include immediate establishment of State Bank of India at Sagalee Sub-Division, establishment of Sub-Treasury Office, making all mobile towers functional, establishment of fire station, setting up of a petrol depot, posting of adequate medical officers (doctors) and establishment of Jawahar Navodya Vidalaya and Vivekanda Kendra Vidyalaya etc.

Speaking to the media persons, ASYF president Teli Naga said that the authorities have failed to address the issue despite repeated pleas and several representations. ASYF president added that Sagalee Sub-Division has been neglected in all developmental fronts.  He alleged that Chief Minister Tuki does nothing for the Sagalee Sub-Division and claimed that people of the area has been deprived in many spheres. “Charity should begin at home first; the CM should look into our grievances” Naga retorts.

Chief Minister Tuki represents Sagalee Assembly Constituency in the State Legislative Assembly. The federation further stated that Sagalee Sub-Division is yet to see the SBI bank and Fire Station.

“In case of an emergency how can the authorities act upon, as they are ill-equipped” said a youth over the lack of fire station at Sagalee.

The ASYF also claimed that the mobile towers erected in the area are non-functional leading to poor network; it urged that government to immediately address the issues. The federation also threatened to intensify its democratic movement if the government fails to fulfill their demands.

The district administration has deployed its officers and police personnel including fire brigade to monitor the situation. However, no untoward incident has been reported during the course of the dharna.



Be ready to serve people in emergency situation: Dr.Nishing to doctors

ITANAGAR, Feb 9: State Health Service Director, Dr. K Nishing has called upon the doctors and paramedical workers to be prepare to serve the people during emergency and critical situation. Terming the personnel of health department as life givers and savers, he called upon the doctors to have proper knowledge of emergency management and learn more in their noble profession to become experts. Dr. Nishing was addressing the inaugural function of the  five days training programme on ’’Emergency Health Preparedness and Response” which started at ATI Naharlagun  today.  

Altogether 26 beneficiaries including 5 doctors are attending the programme being is being conducted for doctors and para-medical workers of health department under sponsorship of Dept of Personnel & Training, Govt of India.

“Learning is a never ending process and doctors and nurses should go on learning with the help of new technologies to face multifold disaster threats that human being are facing with. The timely intervention in emergency cases will reduce the magnitude of loss of lives and properties during disasters. So, every trained person should act swiftly in such situations which will reduce the quantum of loss and damages,” the health director said.

In his address, ATI Director Pate Marik said that disaster does not differentiate between rich or poor, male and female and black and white. It is a common enemy for all human beings, animals and nature. Therefore, the people connected with disaster management like health, home department and NGOs should be equipped with latest information how to face and response during emergencies.

The course Director-Cum-main resource person, Dr. Lobsang Jampa  and Course Coordinator- cum-Asstt. Director Training, Nani Khambo also spoke on the occasion.



Farmers training camp conducted at Sumsing village

YINGKIONG, Feb 9: One day Farmers Training camp was conducted at Sumsing village on February 7 last under Agriculture Technology Mission Agency (ATMA) Upper Siang District, Yingkiong.

On the inaugural day, the District Agriculture Officer, Ote Darin advised and encouraged the farmers to be hardworking, self-reliant and dedicated to produce agricultural products like – rice and cash crops like Ginger, Tumeric, Tea, Large Cardamom etc., vegetables like Potato, Tomato, King chili and others whichever is suitable in their area after getting proper training, learning from the technical resource persons.

Darin informed the trainees that now a days there is limited scope of getting department schemes, contract works and government jobs, Now agricultural cash crops is the only alternative left with the farmers, villagers, unemployed youths to enhance their income and to boost up the rural economy.

Public Relation Officer, O Pertin advised the villagers to gear up for cultivation of Cardamon, Kiwi, Tea, Orange, Potato etc. which remains as the most suitable alternative means and ways to replace opium cultivation especially in Mariyang-Geku area.

ADO Menya Ete imparted training on Ginger, Turmeric, Potato, Tomato, King Chilli and other varieties of vegetables and explained about how to sow, nurture, manure, control pests for good production.

During interaction hour some of the farmers said that Sumsing area is suited for cultivation of almost all the cash crops but the main problem faced by them is the fencing material to protect the crops from the destruction and damages caused by Mithun.

The ASM of the village, Orik Paron appealed the District Agriculture Officer to obtain sanction from the government for providing sufficient quantity of fencing materials and also seedlings as more numbers of farmers have started cultivation of cash crops as an alter alternative to opium.

Meanwhile, the DAO assured to communicate the DHO about fencing materials for large cardamom and orange garden to take up the matter with the state government.

Altogether, 45 farmers participated in the day long training camp. DIPRO



2nd State Level CM's Trophy Tournaments begins

ITANAGAR, Feb 9: The second state level football and volleyball tournament (for both men and women) for Chief Minister's Trophy began at Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy (SLSA) playground near here today.

Barring the newly created Kra Dadi district, teams from all the 18 districts and teams from Capital Complex are participating in the competition.

Women and Child Development, Social Justice and Employment Minister Wanglin Lowangdong, who declared the competition open, said that the principal objective of the CM's Trophy tournament was to identify rural sports talents and groom them.

While praising the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki's various initiatives and efforts for development of sports sector in the state, Lowangdong gave emphasis on creating basic sports infrastructure in every district to realize the dream of making Arunachal a sports power.

Sports and Youths Affairs Parliamentary Secretary Likha Saaya said sports foster brotherhood, inculcate disciplines among players and develop leadership quality.

Briefing the motto of launching of the CM's Trophy, Saaya said this tournament is not only aiming to expose rural sports talents but channelize the abundant youth energies for betterment of the society.

Saying that winning or losing is part and parcel of any game, he asked the participating players to maintain utmost discipline and sportsman spirit throughout the tournament.

Sports and Youth Affairs Secretary Dani Salu, Director DK Dinglow and officers and officials from sports department attended the inaugural ceremony.

Altogether 1020 participants 456 Men players, 456 Women players, 76 team officials and 32 technical officials from 19 District including Capital Complex Itanagar will be taking part in this 12 days sports extravaganza.

Capital Complex beat Kurung Kumey 3-0 in men's opening football match today. The football match was officially kicked off by Director, Sports & Youth Affairs DK Dinglow in the evening session.

The volleyball matches will start from February 13.

The final of football match will be played at RG Stadium, Naharlagun on February 20. Altogether 1020 participants, including 456 men, 456 women players, 76 team officials and 32 technical officials will be taking part in the 12 days sporting extravaganza.



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Inspiring achievement

Yesterday Arunachal women archers’ team created history by winning the maiden gold medal for Arunachal Pradesh in National Games. Team comprising of Sorang Yumi, Genung Tekseng, Maselu Mihu and Netan Drema Khrimey beat Punjab in the final of the Women’s Olympic Team Event to win Gold medal in the 35th National Games at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Ernakulam, Kerala. The achievement of Arunachal women archers’ team is awe-inspiring.

Enroute to the final, the young archers defeated accomplished team like Jharkhand in quarterfinal and Andhra Pradesh in Semifinal. Along with people of Arunachal, their achievement has been hailed even by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.  If they keep performing well, the young archers have every chance to represent country at various international events. Their achievement shows that if properly supported, the sportsperson of state can bring laurel to the state. Despite tall talk by government, the budding sportsperson of the state are yet to receive proper support. The department of sports and youth affairs should revamp their programme and policies. They will have to provide strong back-up to the budding sportsperson of the state. Arunachal should learn something from Manipur in this regard.

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Cricket and money

Dear Editor,

The way in which Team India have been mauled by Australia in recently concluded series, tri series and world cup warm up matches indicates that our cricketers are obsessed only with money and fame. They are neither well motivated nor mentally prepared to take on the Australian soil. By spending so much money on them, we are simply wasting money. This money could have been used for the uplift of the poor people in the country. Half of the children in India are malnourished, the money being spent on cricket. I sincerely believe, should now be spent on alleviating poverty and backwardness. When our glamorous cricketers bring for us only disgrace, what is the use of spending so much money in them? They are getting publicity for no reason. The media should also play its role responsibly. Most of the advanced nations do not play cricket. England and Australia are exceptions; cricket has its origin in England.

I think we should now focus on other games and sports so that we can bring home a handsome tally of medals from Asian games, common wealth games and Olympics. Cricket is not the only game that can make the nation proud.


Zon Damin





An orphanage on its own

Dear Editor,

Mission Orphanage located near Sub- Heath Center, Jollang, Itanagar, is being run by Gyan Mission, a non-profit voluntary organization registered under the Society Registration Act 1860 concentrating on empowerment, growth and Free and Compulsory Education of young orphan children without any aid from the Government or a sponsorship from any sources. The Orphanage is running on personal contribution since its inception.

The vision of the Mission is to ensure selfless humanitarian service towards parentless children, handicapped, widows, Old Age people, and drug addict among others.  This is an initiative wherein we try to empower downtrodden and unemployed youth and the Gyan Mission has made it possible for many people to flourish.

Earlier, the Orphanage was accommodated at Chimpu inside the campus of the Directorate Mining on rented basis.

28thAug 2013 was a great turning point in the history of the Gyan Mission as it was gutted in fire. The administration and the Government of Arunachal Pradesh have no heart to feel the grievances of these orphan kids. No organization came forward to raise voice for the compensation for these orphan kids except the Green Pioneer. Gyan Mission Orphanage reconstructed the burnt house without any contribution.

On 15th Dec 2012, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki along with his ministerial team visited Gyan Mission Orphanage and promised to release Rs 10,000,00 (Ten Lakh) as a grant to the Mission but the assurance have not been fulfilled.  

After a long wait since the government assurance of money, we have finally purchased a land by on self help basis. With great hope and expectation, the Mission has applied for LPC (File no: DC/ICC/LPC- 63/2014, dated 13th Sept 2014) at the office of the Deputy Commissioner.

The DC has kept the file as decoration in his table since the last five months despite grant of NOC from the Forest Department.

I want to know from the Deputy Commissioner Capital Complex, Itanagar and the State Government of Arunachal Pradesh why I am being harassed for working selflessly for the downtrodden in A.P. With such nature of the Government of A.P, no individual or organisation would be able to reach their full potential.

If the Government of A.P spends several months to dispose one file, we cannot hope for development which it deserves so much.


Yasi Nalo Sonam


Gyan Mission/ Gyan Mission Orphanage




Hello Doctor

Dear Editor,

This is regarding "hello doctor" a live phone in programme conducted by AIR Itanagar.

In one of its episodes, they programme focussed on hepatitis.  

I appreciate the concern authority for broadcasting such programme for public interest as many callers from Aalo to Longding, even from Assam were asking questions and clearing their doubts regarding Hepatitis disease.

But unfortunately, as far as i could make out the programme was not allowed to be finished.  The episode didn't have any conclusion.

 When the host and the doctor were discussing on the topic, suddenly without any closing announcement, an announcer was on air telling us to listen to some hindi song!

As an avid listener, I would like to suggest the concern authority to avoid such incomplete programmes.


Taloko Eko




We need a branch

Dear Editor,

This is regarding problems faced by the people of Geku circle of Upper Siang due to the absence of SBI Service.

Geku comprises of 17 villages with an approximate population of population of about 20,000 . The nearest and lone SBI of the district is in Yingkiong which is located at a distance of 43 km. It takes 3 hours to travel due to bad condition of road. Besides there is no proper transport service which makes it difficult for the inhabitants of Geku to avail banking service in case of emergency.

Therefore, I request the concern authorities and local MLA to look into the matter seriously and open a SBI branch in Geku as soon as possible.


Mon Tateh







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