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Construction airport at Hollongi to begin soon

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: The construction of long awaited Hollongi Greenfield airport will begin soon as it was decided at a high level meeting chaired by Union MoS for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju in his New Delhi office today.

The meeting attended by a team of officials of Airport Authority of India and civil aviation joint secretary Arun Kumar besides All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union president Kamta Lapung and All Nyishi Students’ Union president Byabang Joram held a threadbare discussion to remove the hurdles to speed up the project, Lapung told this daily over telephone. While Rijiju assured to facilitate environmental clearance at the earliest and directed to start construction of the airport soon, it was decided that the steering committee will meet in Delhi on February 27 next. Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi will be asked to attend the meeting so that all subjects related to the state government could be cleared at one go, Lapung informed.


Traffic restriction

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Traffic on NH-52A will be regulated between Akashdeep and Papu Nallah from February 18 to 20 in view of the proposed visit of the Prime Minister.

Traffic restrictions will be in place from Bank Tinali to 6 Kilo and Bank Tinali to Niti Vihar from 9.30 am to 12 noon.

All traffic will be diverted via Jully road for all commuters travelling from Itanagar and Naharlagun, informed Capital SP in a release.


State not to host any state guest from Feb second week

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: The state of Arunachal Pradesh will not be in a position to host any state guest from the second week of February to March 31 next in view of Statehood Day celebration cum Arunachal Festival, proposed visit of Prime Minister at Itanagar and financial year ending in the month of March, an official order from State Protocol Officer said. This directive has been issued as the man power of the state government would be busy in their respective time bound works. DIPR


Poppy plant destroyed

KHONSA, Feb 17: Illegal Opium cultivation of around 44 acres were destroyed in the village areas of Lazu, Noglo, Sinu, Raho, Pongkong and Sanliam in Lazu circle on February 10 and 11. The operation was carried out jointly by Tirap district police, IRBN, district administration, CRPF and Narcotics Control Bureau & Customs of Guwahati. DIPRO


Minister inspects Community Health Centre

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Health and Family Welfare Minister Rajesh Tacho, Minister inspected the Chongkham Community Health Centre under Namsai District yesterday.

The Minister was briefed about the problem faced by the health centre due to acute shortage of infrastructure, man power, including doctors, technicians etc by public leaders, doctors and medical staff at the health centre. While responding to a memorandum submitted, the minister assured to consider the genuine demands on priority.

The Minister was accompanied by Parliamentary Secretary (Env. and Forest) CT Mein, MLA Chau Zingnu Namchoom, public leaders and host of Govt. officials.


Seminar on Spices at Namsai

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: A daylong seminar on various developmental and post- harvest developmental schemes of Spices Board was organised today by Young Pioneers Welfare Association (YPWA) Namsai in collaboration with Spices Board, Govt. of India at DC’s Conference Hall Namsai.

The seminar emphasised on various developmental and post-harvest developmental schemes of Spices Board that is going to be implemented in Namsai District during the next financial year onwards. The Spices Board represented by Senior Field Officer Vijeeshna.V, officials from Rubber Board and Horticulture Department imparted training to the participants present.

In his inaugural address, Deputy Commissioner Namsai R.K Sharma, called upon for proper awareness among the farming community with regard to the use of modern agricultural technologies, scientific use of manures, fertilizers and pesticides, proper processing and storage of spices as well as its marketing to ensure better price to the farmers.

Presiding over the programme Tape Bagra IAS (Rtd.) stressed the need for proper monitoring and follow-up by the officials of respective departments and emphasized the need to bridge the gap between scientific technology and farming community.


SIRD training for RGPSA

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: The State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD) has started its series of off campus “Block Level Foundation Cum Functional Training on Panchayati Raj system and decentralized planning” sponsored by Ministry of Panchayati Raj under RGPSA from 17th February till 12th March in different blocks for all the PRI members. The training was conducted for chairpersons and government functionaries in Upper Subansiri district today under the supervision of Bindiya Ete Nalo, Asst. Director cum Course director SIRD Itanagar.

Deputy Commissioner, Upper Subansiri District, Komkar Dulom, spoke on the importance of the training and stressed on the proper implementation of schemes and devolution of powers to the Panchayat. While DPDO, Orin Lego highlighted the roles and responsibilities of panchayat leaders, ZPM T.Mothu stressed upon the regular conduction of Gram Sabha in the Gram Panchayats.

Master Trainer Mapi Taipodia took a session on salient features of three tier Panchayati Raj system and National Social Assistance Programme. AE RWD Daporijo, T. Rai took a session on PMGSY and the Course Director, Bindiya Ete Nalo spoke on 73rd Amendment Act, Gram Sabha-the foundation of local self government.  


ATI training  at Daring

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: An Intensive Training Programme (ITP) for building capacity of frontline Govt. functionaries, including Circle Officers, PRI members, NGOs, SHGs, villagers, students, youths, church leaders and intellectuals etc. was organized in collaboration with Administrative Training Institute (ATI) Naharlagun with support from PRIs at Community Hall Daring yesterday as a poverty reduction exercise. The programme covered villages under Daring Circle, including New Daring, Old Daring, Zirdo, Ego, Padi, Dali, Rilu and Chisi villages.

T Lodo, Deputy Director (Rtd) cum SNO (ITP), ATI, Naharlagun highlighted the course content on four sectors on sanitation and water supply in rural areas, development of rural education, rural health, rural livelihood and rural development and its implementation through ATI.

Tamar Baki, Master Trainer cum District Training Coordinator, ITP, Project, briefed about the objective of this ITP programme. He explained the importance of planning process, office procedures of providing information under RTI Act, role and responsibility of Panchayati Raj institutes (PRIs), managerial skills and leadership quality, motivation and building team spirit at workplace.

He also dwelt in length on the four identified sectors under ITP project--Rural Livelihood, Rural Development, Drinking Water and Rural Sanitation, Education in Rural Areas and Primary Health in rural areas.

Earlier, Bini Zirdo, Anchal Samiti chairperson, Daring circle, who inaugurated the programme exhorted the participants to reap full benefit of the training Programme.

Around 100 participants participated in the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Govt. of India sponsored programme.


Tender cancellation demands condemned

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Arunachal Agriculture-Horticulture Clinic Showroom Holder Welfare Association (AAHCSHWA) has condemned the demand of the All Arunachal Agriculture-Horticulture Inputs Suppliers Registered Dealership Association for cancellation of ongoing tendering process of agri-horti department.

Voicing against the demand as unacceptable, the AAHCSHWA said maximum departments are floating tenders which should be followed by agri-horti departments. The state Govt should follow NIT rules by floating tender above Rs 2 lakh as per Govt of India direction, the Association said adding that the tendering system will help the farmers to get quality materials.


APCYGTSU declares bandh

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: All Palin, Chambang, Yangte, Gangte, Tarak-Langdi Students’ Union (APCYGTSU)  has decided to call 12 hours bandh at 18th Palin-Chambang constituency in favour of its demands on February 27. The demands of the Union are early completion of electrification works  for providing electricity  connection from Dokio Langfo to Langdang Village under RGGVY in Palin circle and immediate electricity connection from Dha Hill under Lower Subansiri to Gangte town.

Disclosing its decision to declare bandh the Union in a representation addressed to the Kra Daadi district Deputy Commissioner resented that the authorities did not pay any heed to its 15 days ultimatum  which was submitted during January last in favour of its demands. The Association further said that its demand for immediate shifting of Forest Beat Office from Gai-III to Gangte town also  remains unfulfilled.


Winners of essay/drawing competitions declared

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Amrin Rasul Khan (Class-X) of King Cup school, Itanagar, Bomte Gapak (Class-IX) of VCS, Itanagar and Pooja Singh (Class-IX) of Green Mount School, Itanagar won the  1st,  2nd and 3rd prize respectively in the essay writing  competition on Road Safety Week held recently. In drawing and painting competition, Honi Talo Comdir (Class-VII) of Govt Secondary School, Ganga, Ritu Ray Mandal, (Class-VII) of Govt Middle School, Ess-sector, Itanagar and Tai Kache, (Class-VIII) of Govt Middle School, D-Sector, Itanagar won the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize respectively.  The competition was organized by the Arunachal Pradesh Police, Road Safety Cell. The prizes will be sent to the concerned schools, according to a release from Road Safety Cell.


Relief sought

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Sigin –II Youth Association (SYA) has donated relief materials to the victim of fire incident at Veterinary Colony, Daporijo on February 10. Meanwhile, the SYA has appealed to the CM and higher authorities to provide relief materials to fire victim immediately.


Plea for RGPSA register charge

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: The All Upper Subansiri District Computer-cum Account Assistant (RGPSA) Association (AUSDCAAA) has requested the Upper Subansiri Deputy Commissioner and District Panchayat Dev. Officer for assigning the maintenance of registers under Rajiv Gandhi Panchayat Sashaktikaran Abhiyan (RGPSA).

The Association called for immediate handing over the charges of the RGPSA registers by the officers and  officials of  each  CD  Block of  Upper Subansiri to the computer –cum account  assistant RGPSA.


Training for PRI members at Palin

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: A four day block level foundation-cum-functional training programme for elected PRIs members and PR functionaries started today at Palin Panchayat Hall, Kra Daadi District.

Addressing the inaugural session, ADC-cum-DPDO, Kra-Daadi S. Lowang,called upon the participating elected PR members and officials to benefit themselves from such training programme.

Speaking on the occasion Kyoda Rana, ASC, called on the PR members for attending sincerely and availing the benefits from SIRD training. SW Bagang Assistant Director-cum-Course Coordinator, briefed on the objectives of the government and SIRD Arunachal Pradesh for conducting such training programme.


“Wanchos are the best craftsmen”

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Spice Board of India member Dr Hatobin Mai described the Wanchos as a hardworking people with a rich culture and tradition. Addressing the Oriah festival celebration  in Longding district as the chief guest, Dr Mai termed Wanchos “the best craftsmen in the state”. Besides urging them to zealously preserve their local tradition and crafts, he stressed on planting more trees in this age of rapid industrialization, saying the state’s tribal people have always lived with mountains, forests and water.

He paid tributes to former ministers Tingpong Wangham and Newlai Tingkhatra, both deceased, describing them as “great souls of the Wanchos.”

Earlier, prior to the celebration, Dr Mai conducted an awareness meeting on spices with officers, farmers, and panchayat leaders, during which he encouraged the villagers to reap the benefits of subsidies on various spices.

Local MLA Gabriel D Wangsu was the guest of honour of the celebration.


Workshop in environment laws

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: State Pollution Control Board, Naharlagun conducted a one-day workshop on Environmental Laws at its conference hall today.

Addressing the participants, APSPCB member secretary N Tam deliberated on the power and functions of the Board and roles it plays to minimize environmental pollution.

In the technical session Er Ranjeev Kimsing, through a Power-Point presentation explained on various aspects of Municipal Solid Waste ( Management & Handling) Rules while Er Thana Manlong and Nich Meji, Scientist-B dwelt on the Bio-Medical Waste (Management & Handling) Rules and Health Care systems respectively. Jumli Kato, Scientist-B explained about the Environmental Legislations in India, its enforcement, shortcoming and the intervention of the judiciary for the enforcement of the same.

An interaction session was also conducted where Environmental Laws vis-a vis issues related to pollution of environment were discussed upon. The one-day workshop was attended by Swami Vedavidyananda from R K Mission, Itanagar, Er Gyamar Tachung Dy Director(UD), Er Tolya Tache, Dy Director(UD), Yumlam Achung, President, IMWA, Er Chakpu Raju, Mama Tang, Lichi Tomi, Taba Takha, Debia Suraj, Peyom Jini from Itanagar Municipal Council and Dr K. Ete from General Hospital, Naharlagun. C D Singh, Director, State Forest Research Institute (SFRI), Itanagar presided over the workshop.


Union prohibits lifting of gravels

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: The All Siyom Banggo Students' Union (ASBSU) in a meeting held at Pessing Community Hall recently has decided to impose certain restriction upon lifting of gravels within near about 200 meters at Patum quarries /bridge to avert soil erosion and landslides.

The meeting adopted resolution that quarry owners will be restricted to unearth the granites and any means of excavation works and other normal quarrying at the Bridge site.

The meeting decided to appraise the decision taken in the meeting to the district administrations. The meeting further resolved to restrict blasting of any explosive materials at the bridge site/area and violator would be penalized. Diversion of natural river course/stream towards Siyom Banggo/Jomlo area at Somsanghat (burial area) point right bank of Siyom river Aalo, Ngaru point left bank of Siyom River Pessing would be banned immediately, the meeting resolved. Meanwhile, the union and public strongly condemned the Siang District Demand Committee of Siyom Banggo unit for burning tyres which caused the damage to Patum Bridge during January 17 bandh.


Mishmi students conduct career counselling prog

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: The Mishmi Student Union, RGU Doimukh conducted a career counselling cum social awareness programme for the Higher Secondary level students in Lohit, Dibang Valley and Lower Dibang Valley recently.

The programme started at Govt Higher Secondary School, Tezu in Lohit district on January 12 wherein resource persons Razeko Dele (Asst. Prof. Department of English), Vicky Pulu (Asstt. Prof. Department of History), Renangso Drai (IIT Bombay), Kadamso Maro (IIT Bombay) highlighted the main aspects and dwelt at length on the three basic streams of humanities, science  and commerce apart from the academic performance.

At Roing in Lower Dibang Valley district, the programme was organized on January 14 by resource persons Razeko Dele and Rajen Miwu (Asstt. Prof. Deptt. Commerce) as well as Apomo Linggi, a junior Teacher.

The awareness programme was held at Govt Higher Secondary School, Anini, Dibang Valley on January 17. Haringa Pulu (District Statistical Officer) and Jagiri Mipi [ASM Township) were present as resource persons in the programme.

Attending the programme as special guest, the  DDSE Anini spoke on core issues like students academic performance  and social, moral and psychological development.


News Impact

Arunachal depends on Centre for most of its needs: Tuki

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today said the state was not financially sound as for most of its needs it has to rely on the Centre, which in turn leads to insufficient provision of funds from the government.

This, he said, leads to insufficient government funds to meet the increasing demand for higher education in the state. This results in lack of adequate infrastructure besides acute shortage of manpower in both teaching and non-teaching categories. We spend 0.3 per cent of our GSDP on higher education; whereas Centre allocates 1.5 per cent of its GDP according to MHRD source," Tuki said at the annual conference of higher and technical education here.

The Chief Minister said the state government is contemplating to establish more private colleges and universities in the state under RUSA to create an environment of academic competitiveness to foster quality and employability.

He appealed the teaching community to give their best and provide a thrust to the higher education scenario. Tuki said in the next 10-15 years the state would harness about 60,000 MW in hydro-power sector, which would give science graduates a larger scope for employment.

"So this physical dynamics of the state has to be strengthened properly," he stressed. PTI



Union minister reviewes schemes for tribal people of Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Union Minister for Tribal Affairs, Jual Oram today conducted a review meeting with the department of Social Justice and Empowerment and Tribal Affairs, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh at state banquet hall here.

The meeting which was attended by Minister for Women Empowerment and Tribal Affairs Wanglin Lowangdong, Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi and officials from the department specially focused on various programmes and schemes sanctioned by the central government in the field of Health, Education and Skill Development meant for the welfare of the tribal people of the state. The Union Minister requested the State Government to give top priority to the schemes that require infrastructure development in Health, Education and skill development sectors for which the central ministry provides every possible help.

The Union Minister disclosed that post metric scholarship to the tribal students of the state will be directly transferred to the students account under Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme.

While advising the department to avail financial benefits available for the tribal educated youths, Oram announced for providing ambulance to the schools and also assured to open up two new Eklavya Model Residential School (EMRS) in Arunachal Pradesh.


Oram calls on Governor

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Union Minister for Tribal Affairs Jual Oram today called on Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma at Raj Bhawan and discussed on various programmes under Ministry of Tribal Affairs. The Governor emphasized on strengthening the welfare schemes in the state.

Shurbir Singh, Secretary to Governor was also present in the meeting. PRO to Raj Bhawan



5 held for hunting in wildlife sanctuary


RUKSIN, Feb 17: The wildlife officials of Daying Ering Wildlife Division at Pasighat with the help of police have caught five persons on charges of illegally hunting wildlife in Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary and booked them under Wildlife Protection Acts.

According to the report, a team of wildlife officials of D’Ering WLS and police nabbed one Mesu (Tasu) Mize from Sanyasi Thukura portion under Anchalghat range of the sanctuary recently while he was cooking inside a make-shift hut in the sanctuary.

The wildlife officials arrested Mize on charge of trespassing and illegally hunting inside the protected area. Later, he was handed over to Sille-Oyan police and lodged an FIR against the accused and four of his accomplices.

The police, based on the statement of Mesu Mize (38), nabbed four others from Oyan village, who have been sent to Pasighat court under Section-107 of CrPC. The five accused also faced the wildlife officials for statement on February 16.

Meanwhile, the wildlife department drew offense report under sections- 9/27 29/30/31/ 51 of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 against the offenders and remanded them to judicial custody. The court granted interim bail to all accused.

The confession of illegal hunters of using other’s gun for hunting purpose has invited legal action to the gun license holders, who have been summoned for statement.



BJP seeks enhanced fund allocation

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Arunachal Pradesh unit today appealed to the Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram to enhance fund allocation for the schemes under his ministry.

While submitting a three-point memorandum to the Union Minister at Raj Bhawan here today, a delegation of State BJP headed by Leader of Opposition Tamiyo Taga and State General Secretary Dominic Tadar said that despite being a 100 per cent tribal state, there has been a meager fund allocation to the state for last many years.

The State BJP unit requested the Minister to initiate a historic step to increase the fund allocation under the ministry against all ongoing and new schemes.

Pointing out the poor infrastructure, particularly in education and health sectors in the state, the BJP said  lack of proper infrastructure in the education and health sector has been the cause of many dropouts in the schools and deaths in the state.

The BJP sought the personnel intervention of the Minister to look into the matter and take necessary step to address the infra-structure development including road connectivity to the various villages and other strategic places of importance. The BJP also urged the minister to initiate steps to put Arunachal under special category state and modify the population based funding pattern in the state.

The Minister gave a patient hearing to the delegates and assured to look into the matter.



AAPSU demands immediate halt of prepaid metering system

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: A team of Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) led by its president Kamta Lapung met the Chief Minister today and submitted a two-point memorandum demanding to stop installation of pre-paid electricity meter in Capital and name Jote Law College after former chief minister and AAPSU president Late Jarbom Gamlin.

In its memorandum, AAPSU apprised the Chief Minister that there has been hue and cry among the consumers against installation of prepaid metering system and demanded the Chief Minister to take immediate step to stop this prepaid metering system.

According to AAPSU release, the Chief Minister has assured to place the prepaid meter issue in the next cabinet meeting. In regards to naming the Jote Law College after Late Gamlin, the Chief Minister has given assurance to fulfill AAPSU’s demand.

The AAPSU president also met the Chief Secretary and raised concern over the cabinet resolution to issue PRC/ST certificates to Lisu and Yobins.

He apprised the Chief Secretary that AAPSU has been opposing the issue of PRC/ST certificates to anyone other than indigenous people of the state.

Saying that AAPSU was also a member of the joint high power committee constituted by the government on the issue, the apex students body of the state questioned as to how the government has taken such a big step without recommendation of the union.

The students’ union strongly urged the state government to make proper study at the ground level so that this decision does not harm the indigenous population of the state.

“AAPSU will never accept this cabinet decision without proper study. Otherwise, we will take our own course of action in a democratic manner,” the release said. APPSU expressed concern that this may encourage other sections of the refugees residing in the state like Chakmas and Hajongs to give PRC/ST status.



Fight for grant of Article 371-A status to Arunachal: PPA

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: The People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) has called upon the people of the state to fight for grant of Article 371-A status to Arunachal Pradesh.

“It is unfortunate that the people of Arunachal are preparing to rejoice for the very day that has brought doom and darkness to the future generation of the state,” said PPA president Kahfa Bengia in a release while referring to ensuing grand Statehood Day celebration.

“We are yet to know how much we have lost in terms of not having ownership rights over our indigenous resources that do not find mention in the Arunachal Statehood Act 1987, he said.

The 20th February should, in fact, be a day of mourning and all the enlightened citizens of the State should make a soul searching exercise as to what corrective steps the Govt. should take to ‘right this great historical wrong’ by amending the Constitution of India for granting us the status of Article 371-A, he said and added that non provision of this Constitutional status has made us a vassal state of the Centre.

“States like Nagaland and Mizoram have been placed under Article 371-A and these states have ownership rights over their natural resources within their territories. Unfortunately the leaders of our state hurriedly welcomed the Statehood status without studying the social, political and economic ramifications of the Act towards the state,” said Kamen Ringu Chairman, CWC, PPA in a party meeting on Arunachal Statehood Act 1987.

“The Article 371-H under which Arunachal is placed in, other than giving overriding powers to the Governor of the State is silent on all other subjects making Arunachal dependent on Centre for everything,” he rued.

“There is no mention of our ownership rights over our indigenous resources like land, water and forest that is why most of the MOUs/MOAs on Hydropower Projects were signed in New Delhi, Ringu said.

The party requested the leaders, intellectuals and various other Civil Organizations to come forward and fight for grant of Article 371-A status which will eventually make this state economically self-reliant, added Ringu.



ACCI demands introduction of Inter-city Express

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: While welcoming the proposed inauguration of Naharlagun -Delhi AC Express, the Arunachal Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) today demanded introduction of Rajdhani Express and an Inter-City Express to Guwahati preferably in the evening besides regular goods train services.

Railway staffs, including station master H Kardung, have been posted while construction works were on under the supervision of a railway engineer and finishing touches being given to refurbish the railway station at Borum when ACCI general secretary Tarh Nachung along with chief adviser Pradeep Kumar visited the station today.

A sign board inscribed ‘Tourist ILP Facilitation Centre’ in front of a huge hall with nine glass enclosure counters and sitting arrangement was ready to receive the visitors while police personnel were posted at the police check gate at the entrance of the station.

Pointing out that train service, particularly goods train would serve as a boon for the growth of trade and commerce by facilitating transportation of goods economically from different parts of the country, Nachung demanded immediate construction of warehouse at Borum.

He said that the metre gauge Arunachal Express (No 15813), introduced by the British Raj from Guwahati to Murkongselek (originally from Alipurduar Junction) covering a distance of 508 km, basically for transportation of tea and security forces, was suspended in 2013 for conversion of Rangia junction to Murkongselek track to broad gauge. The train which has been reintroduced should touch Borum to benefit the masses while strictly adhering to the ILP provision, he said.



Rayang village gets new Panchayat office


RUKSIN, Feb 17: Pasighat West MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary (Industry), Tatung Jamoh today inaugurated the newly constructed ‘Panchayat Ghor’(office) at Rayang village under Ruksin block and another SPT building meant for teachers’ quarter in the village. He also inspected Govt. Upper primary School and Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGVBV) at Rayang and interacted with the teaching staffs and School Management Committee (SMC) members.

Later, addressing a public gathering at Rayang Community Hall, Jamoh, urged the local PRI leaders to take proper care of the panchayat office and use it for the benefit of the rural people.

Responding to a two-point memorandum submitted by SMC president of Rayang Upper Primary School seeking financial sanction for its infrastructure development, Jamoh assured to take up the issue with the Education ministry. Ensuring the people of adequate fund in the next financial year, the MLA suggested the SMC members and local leaders for pursuing the matter with the education directorate.

Ruksin ADC, T Pada urged the local villagers to work united. He put emphasize on self reliance for survival and also urged the people to maintain peace for achieving development.

The MLA during his visit took stock of the worn-out condition of Rayang UP School. The school has been lying in a dilapidated condition for the last three decades for want of maintenance. MLA Jamoh was also apprised of the fact that the computer education in Rayang KGBV has come to halt because of the defective UPS accessories supplied by the education department. The MLA, who took a serious note on the defunct computer sets, has announced for replacement of the all defective UPS.

Among others, Rayang village GB Togo Gamnoh, village secretary Tapang Kadu, senior citizen Takin Taying and Tajing Padung also spoke on the occasion.



Aboh calls for harmonious co-existence

WAKKA, Feb 17:  Khonsa West MLA and Chairman of DoTCL Tirong Aboh called for harmonious co-existence among the people of Nokte and Wancho tribes and stressed upon preservation and promotion of their rich cultural heritage.

Attending the Oriah festival celebration at Wakka, Aboh said that all the festivals of the state are basically associated with the agricultural activities and hence prayers are offered for the peace, prosperity, good health and bumper harvest. He urged the people of Wakka circle to avoid huge deforestation for Jhum cultivation. He suggested the people to take up alternative to shifting cultivation like cash crops with the help of agriculture, horticulture, veterinary and fishery department. He said that Wakka and Pongchau circle are facing acute shortage of water in winter season due to deforestation.

He appreciated the Wancho people for their effort for promotion and preservation of their culture and tradition through such celebration.

DMO, Longding Dr. Neeba Lowang called upon the people to preserve their culture through celebration of their indigenous festival in a befitting way. Lauding the Wanchos for being receptive to development activities, Dr. Lowang suggested that living in hygienic surroundings is utmost necessary in area like Wakka-Pongchau circle in order to avoid various water borne diseases adding that water must be boiled before drinking stating that since last few years many people have died due to water borne diseases.

Earlier, the General Secretary of the Wancho Oriah Wakka circle festival committee – 2015 highlighted the importance of its celebration.

The highlights of the day-long celebration included hoisting of festival flag by Tirong Aboh, offering to the festival altar ‘Zang –Wan’, presentation of traditional dances by the various cultural troupes. The dance troupe from Wakka, Chongkhow, Nginu, Ngissa villages performed their traditional dances.

Among others Witwang Lowang, Chief of Kheti, Wanggo Lowang, Chief of Dadam, Panchayat and public leaders of the constituency including members from Elite Society of Dadam Area participated in the celebration. DIPRO



Animal husbandry department kicks off fertility camps in Namsai

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Department of Namsai district kicked off a series of fertility camps in the district yesterday by organizing a fertility camp at Namsai district headquarters. The programme aims at improving productivity of cattle through dissemination of information regarding reproductive problems including special focus on awareness generation for artificial insemination.

While attending the programme, Namsai MLA Chow Zingnu Namchoom emphasized on up grading local cattle through artificial insemination or natural breeding. He categorically stated that Namsai district has the greatest potential in dairy development in the entire state due to its suitable location as well as topographical advantages.

Deputy Commissioner R.K.Sharma urged upon the farmers to actively consider dairy farming as a means of livelihood. It is also expected that Dairy Plant will be established in Namsai district under IDDP, he informed.

Earlier, Dr K Sarmah, i/c District AH & Veterinary Officer, Namsai gave an overview of dairy sector in the district and its potential. He informed that sexual health of cow has a direct effect on its productivity. Infertility, repeat breeding or delayed heat after parturition has a great impact on milk production in milch animal. In addition, non-productive or less productive livestock shares natural and manmade resources equally competing with productive livestock for feed and fodder, water, land and labor. For this, he said, fertility camps are organized in which sexual problems are identified for treatment and also farmers are informed about various types of infertility or breeding problems and remedies.

Namsai ZPM, Anchal Samiti Chairperson Piyong and Namsai also spoke on the occasion and requested the department to take up projects for upgrading local cattle with dual purpose Indian breeds for enhancement of milk production as well as enhancement of drought power needed for agricultural operations.

The camp was conducted by Dr Ratna Namchoom, Veterinary Officer, Namsai, assisted by Dr Jayanta Mungkhang Veterinary Officer Lekang and attended by 60 farmers and PRI members. Altogether five such camps are being organized at various circles of the district.



Daying Ering Memorial Lecture marks 2nd day of JNC golden jubilee

PASIGHAT, Feb 17: Daying Ering Memorial Lecture Series was organised on the second day of the Golden Jubilee celebration of the J N College, Pasighat in presence of large number of students and faculty members today.

In her lecture on “Writing the North East: the Art of Witness,” eminent personality Mamang Dai highlighted the essentiality of expressing themselves correctly from the cultural point of view. Dr Jogendra Nath, former English teacher of the JNC also spoke and expressed some ideas how to maintain regionalism through their writings.

Another luminary, Moji Riba in his lecture gave emphasis on maintaining the traditionalism to the maximum extent so that the people do not face the cultural death in short course of time. “The particular aspect of our social and cultural longevity should be maintained, which otherwise might face pre-mature death.”

Sharing Riba’s view Dr Nath pointed out that even in pursuing the tradition of the people the particular cultural stage should be chosen while it is in its peak point.

The programme was organized by the Co-ordinator Dr S N Jha and hosted by Dr S.K.Sinha.



Book on late Tomo Riba released

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has released a book titled “One Tale, Two Stories’, at a city hotel here yesterday evening  to mark the 15th death anniversary of former Chief Minister Late Tomo Riba.

Recalling the contributions of former Chief Minister, Tuki said Late Riba with clean policies, among the first generation politicians including Bakin Pertin, worked as a team for uniting the 26 major and innumerable sub-tribes to bring reforms in the society. The CM recalled how he listened to Late Tomo Riba on radio and how people in the villages still talk about his personality and his selfless services for the society. Wishing to regard the contribution of inspiring political leaders, Tuki assured to name a good project after Late Tomo Riba as a mark of respect.

The book 'One Tale, Two Stories', is an anthology of essays written by 33 friends, colleagues and protégés who were inspired and shaped in some way or the other by the former chief minister Tomo Riba. An initiative of Riba's eldest and youngest daughters and published by the Tomo Riba Memorial Trust, the book has articles written by his political colleagues like Kamen Ringu of the People's Party of Arunachal which Riba helped form and also a piece by current Chief Minister Nabam Tuki. A large number of articles have also been written by his friends and relatives from neighbouring Assam.

Politicians across political and personal divides came together for the launch of the book.



Saaya asks players to maintain sportsman spirit

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Likha Saaya, Parliamentary Secretary, Home & Sports & Youth Affairs today visited the SLSA sports complex in the afternoon to witness the ongoing Football and Volleyball quarterfinals and semi-final matches of the state level CM's Trophy tournament. He also interacted with the players, coaches, technical officials and team managers and requested all the participants to maintain sportsman spirit, discipline to bring sports culture in the state.


Day 0 results: Men's Football quarterfinal

Capital Complex beat Upper Subansiri 4-1; East Siang beat West Siang 4-3 via Penalty shoot out; East Kameng beat Lower Dibang Valley 3-1; Lower Subansiri beat Tawang 1-0.


Women's Football semi-final:

Kurung Kumey beat West Siang 5-0;


Men's Volleyball Semi Finals:

Kurung Kumey beat Capital Complex (25-12, 25-17, 20-25, 25-22); Lower Subansiri beat Papum Pare (20-25, 25-11, 25-20, 25-22).


Women's Volleyball Quarterfinals:

Kurung Kumey beat Papum Pare  (19-25, 25-8, 15-5); West Siang beat Upper Subansiri  (25-17, 25-15); Capital Complex beat Lower Subansiri  (25-16, 9-25, 15-11); Anjaw beat Lower Dibang Valley (25-14, 25-13).



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A good initiative

Forceful donation in the names of unions, associations and organizations has been hurting the image of state. Business communities as well employees of both state and central government offices are the worst victim of forceful donation incident. Most of the time victim does not report the matter to police, which directly or indirectly encourages these monsters to carry on with their nefarious activities. Often people blame weak governance for the rise of such kind of unlawful activities.

However it seems state government is now seriously taking action against such groups. As per the report in local media, State Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi recently held a review meeting of police action on forceful collection of money by the students’ unions in the preceding quarter. CS expressed satisfaction on the action taken by the district police against criminals who have been forcefully collecting money or making demands in the name of student unions.  As per the report, action has been initiated against various student unions and community based organizations. This initiative of state government deserves appreciation. But they need to continue it and don’t allow few bunch of goons to run amok in the state. Arunachal need to create healthy atmosphere in order to attract business community to invest in the state.

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Time to pay back to animals

Dear Editor,

We humans are intelligent enough to make use of animals for our own benefit, but sometimes we go beyond borders of human decency and misuse or give trouble to animals. Man’s oldest and best friend- the dog is a versatile and intelligent animal. The dog which is a loving companion to man (especially a blind man) is not only kept as pet-cum-guard-dog by pet lovers, it is also an indispensable part of many organisations like police force, Armed forces, anti-drug squad and bomb squad etc. It is unfair that when we humans fall sick we make use of best medical facilities to prolong our life but when it comes to animals some section of society have a different view.

Whether it is human beings or animals, all are entitled to live their full life. When we humans have a problem we voice our views through an association which has a leader. But unfortunately these voiceless animals have to depend on humans to speak for their rights. We who consider ourselves superior to animals have taken a lot from them, but it is high time we give back to animals what is due to them.


T. S. Karthik




Ensure installation of proper ILP checking mechanism

Dear Editor,

It is indeed very good news for us that Rajdhani Express train service will start operation from Naharlagun very soon. It would be very helpful for our students studying in North Indian states and business too will improve. But, in the context of the ignorance and backwardness of our people and with the threat of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants who have become the ruling party of Tripura and leader of Opposition in Assam, I would request our CM, student unions, NGOs, societies, social workers, media persons and professors of our university to study about legal ways by which illegal migrants can be prevented from entering and settling in AP with the opening of railways in our state. The main banner of the railway station at Yupia is in Assamese language. I would not blame any outsider, but such act of disregarding the interest and convenience of local people could only be possible with the help of our own ministers, officers, contractors, students and people living in Yupia. This act indicates the level of compromise our Arunachal people can make for some petty personal benefits. This incident also predicts that our minister, officers, students unions, societies, media, professors and common people of AP would never bother about illegal Bangladeshi immigrants until all AP people are dominated and deprived by exponential and magical inflow and growth of Bangladeshi immigrants. By that time it would be totally useless to wake up to regain the lost ground by any means. Today is the right time for all minister, officers, students unions, societies, media, professors and common people of AP to formulate stringent strategies to check the incoming of any illegal migrants and stop compromising on this issue for the sake of some petty personal financial benefits. I would like to request our CM and concerned railway authorities to replace the main railway banner written in Assamese with another banner written in either Hindi or English which our AP people are comfortable with. Not only the main banner, but all other banners should be in English and Hindi.


Takam Tadar

Delhi University,





Not a right claim

Dear Editor,

This is in response to the article published in your daily on February 06, 2015 titled “AdiSU expresses resentment”. Since time immemorial Namsai is the only district where Tai-Khamptis is in majority and literally the claim made by AdiSU is not true. From border issue to Chakma Hajong and PRC issues it’s the Khamptis who are struggling and fought whereas the others are merely the spectator.


Dr. Chow Nakunand Singkai

Namsai District





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