February 25


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Govt. bans sell of Pork

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: The State Government has temporarily banned sell of pork in the state following outbreak of swine flu (H1N1) and influenza-A in various states.

This decision was taken in an emergency meeting convened by Chief Secretary with Secretary Health & FW, Director of Health Services, Director Medical Education, State Surveillance Officer (IDSP) and Epidemiologist, Arunachal State Hospital today.

Informing that there has been no case of swine flu in Arunachal Pradesh till date, Dr. L. Jampa, State Surveillance Officer, advised people to take all precautionary measures to avoid the disease. Dr. Jampa informed that the Health Department is fully ready to fight the disease in case of any reports of swine flu case.


DM bans sell of smoking items

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: The District Magistrate DM), Itanagar Capital Complex under Section 133 CrPC has banned sell of cigarettes, bidis and other smoking items and asked the shopkeepers to remove these items from their shops within a month failing which the violators would be penalized as per law.

The DM has also banned smoking at all public places and anybody found smoking in those prohibited areas would be prosecuted as per law.


Talar reach 2nd round of Dutch Jr Intl. Badminton Tournament

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: Laa Talar will play against Christopher Klauer of Germany on Thursday in the 2nd round of Yonex Dutch Junior International Badminton Tournaments, 2015 being held at the Netherlands.

Talar (U-19), ranked 11th in national ranking and 14th in BWF ranking, had a bye in the first round, informed Arunachal State Badminton Association.

Talar was selected to represent the country in the tournament by Badminton Association of India.


Order for removal of illegal structures

Ziro, Feb 24: Orders have been issued by the District Magistrate, Lower Subansiri for the removal of illegal structures like compound walls, garages, fencing etc falling in the ROW of the road for the improvement and widening of roads in the Ziro Hapoli township area.

Notices were served to all illegal occupants and announcements were made through public addressing system. Eviction was also carried out by EAC Mokar Riba at Gurudawra colony earlier in December.  In spite of these notices many have not yet removed the illegal structures forcing the district Administration to carry out final eviction from 2nd of March, 2015 onwards. DIPRO


CYO calls for action against DC and DFO

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: The Capital Youth Organization (CYO) has written to Chief Secretary and lodged complaint against DC capital and DFO. The organization claimed that duo did not initiate any action against person selling wild meat illegally inside the food stalls in the recently concluded Arunachal Festival. They appealed Chief Secretary to take strong action against DC and DFO for their negligence of duty.


FLCC camp at Tuting

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: The first Financial Literacy Counseling Camp (FLCC) for opening bank account under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) in Upper Siang District was recently flagged off at Tuting. The camp is being organized in Upper Siang district by Young Mission Adventure Club (YMAC) an Itanagar based NGO in collaboration with Arunachal Pradesh State Apex Bank Ltd. and Sponsored by NABARD.

Tuting block Apex Bank Branch Manager, Misa Tedo, Neyang Tondrang ASM Chairperson, Guddu Prasad associate member of YMAC and Jummo Potom, Project Coordinator YMAC were the resource persons. They imparted financial awareness and taught people about importance of opening Bank Account under PMJDY. Altogether 180 new accounts were opened at Rishing village on the day and 54 household were surveyed. Apex Bank is targeting 13 FLCC camp and will held 1256 household survey.


Students made aware of consumers rights and responsibilities

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: The students were made aware of their consumer rights during an awareness campaign organized at Govt. Middle school Bosso Colony, Seppa, East Kameng district under the initiative of Department of Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs today.

Addressing the students on the occasion, Assistant Controller of Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs, Seppa Tasso Gurro said that the programme aimed at making the students aware of their rights and responsibilities as enshrined in the Consumer Protection Act.

Circle Officer Takam Nicolas stressed the need of involving students in spreading consumer awareness among people living in rural areas. He distributed prizes to winners of essay, drawing and quiz competition among the students of the school organized as part of the camp.

Headmaster of the school Rasso Hissang assured to educate the students on consumers rights and consumer related topics during school periods.

One of the teachers of the school Nisha Hissang suggested for organizing such awareness camps at village level and erection, display of banners and posters and distribution of pamphlets of consumer awareness.


Extortionist arrested

NAHARLAGUN, Feb 24: Absconding extortionist Tagyung Yangfo, a native of Seppa, East Kameng district, was arrested by state police from a bakery at Naharlagun yesterday.

The arrest was made after a month-long joint operation by Seppa and Naharlagun Police led by East Kameng Deputy Superintendent of Police Bomto Kamdak with his team.

Police recovered an automatic Pistol with 12 live rounds from his possession.

Tagyung is a habitual offender who was previously arrested in many extortion cases at Seppa, Naharlagun and Guwahati.

He also has the history of his connections with the NDFB group, for arms smuggling. Besides, several other cases including National Security Act that provide for preventive detention in certain cases and for matters connected therewith, he was also wanted in arms smuggling acts of 223/224 IPC and 384/385/34 IPC at Seppa PS.


NES temporarily suspends Nyishi Heritage village project

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: While extending its gratitude to Government of Arunachal Pradesh for according sanction of Rs. 2 Crores for construction of Heritage village at Yazali (later shifted to Hoj-Potin Road), the Nyishi Elite Society (NES) in its executive body meeting held at Nyirubjolli today decided to temporarily suspend the dream project of Nyishi Heritage village until resources for the purpose are identified and generated.

The society endorsed the Government for utilization of the fund in other developmental activities or construction of heritage village anywhere at the wisdom of the government, a NES letter addressed to Chief Minister said. “Nyishi Elite Society must not be held responsible for any lapses of the developmental fund,” the NES member opined in the meeting.


17th NE Sports cum Cultural Meet begins

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: The 17th North East Sports -cum- Cultural Meet of Kolkata North East Students’ Forum began at Kolkata yesterday with Deputy Resident Commissioner of Kolkata Bijoy Talukdar kicking off the four day events.

Barring Tripura, all other Northeastern states are participating in the meet.

This year’s meet is sponsored by Arunachal with financial assistance from the Chief Minister and Legislative Assembly Speaker, informed the DRC.


ASF demands fresh recruitment

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: Arunachal Students Federation (ASF) alleged violation of recruitment rules in appointments in 20 posts under the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly.  In a letter to the Secretary, Legislative Assembly, the ASF demanded cancellation of the appointments and conduct fresh recruitment as per rule within seven days. It threatened to launch democratic movement if its demand were not met within given time.  


APDA appreciates govt recognition

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: The Arunachal Pradesh Doctors’ Association (APDA) has thanked the Government of Arunachal Pradesh for recognizing the meritorious and selfless services rendered by  doctors of the state with State Awards. This gesture of govt in recognizing the hard works of health care personnel will boost the morale of the health care workers in the state and at the same time act as catalyst for better health care in the state, it said in a release.

The services of Dr. Lobsang Jampa (Gold Medal), Dr. Dobum Bagra (Silver Medal), Dr. Tana Takum (Silver), Dr. Nabam Budh (Silver) and Dr. Jennifer Tayeng (Commendation) and Dr. Nabam Takang (Commendation) and Dr. Taw Kaku (Commendation) were recognised.


BJP district unit raises public grievances

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: The Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP), East Kameng district unit has urged the higher authorities of the Rural Works department to intervene for smooth and proper execution of the road and other development project as  per the DPR in the district.

While referring to the grievances of Bodo Development Committee (BDO) under Sawa circle in East Kameng district regarding road construction, the BJP district unit in a representation to the Chief Executive Officer, said that the authorities should stop unnecessary harassment to public instead of directing the executing agency and contractors for proper execution of development projects. It said that the people should be compensated adequately and project be implemented as per DPR.

BJP resented that despite assurance in meetings, the PA holder of M/s Trans Infra Pvt Ltd, Guwahati failed to keep its promise to construct road as per DPR. Moreover, the administration had unnecessarily harassed the  public  instead of giving  justice to them.


Union demands NCC Co Ltd Pasighat to fulfill workers grievances

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: All Arunachal Pradesh Workers' Union (AAPWU), East Siang District Unit in a letter to Project Manager, Nagarjuna Construction Company Pvt. Ltd Pasighat said that the employees of the company are being deprived of the basic amenities and benefits like TA, DA and leave.

The union General Secretary, Kayon Apum said that providing of basic amenities to workers is mandatory as per the provision of the company. But despite this, the higher officials of the company are not even granting leave to its employees who are working for 12 hrs in a day without getting any payment for overtime work.

The union demanded the project manager of the company to look into the workers grievances and reimburse the TA and DA of the workers of the company within 21days and threatened that the Union would launch movement against the company if their demand is not fulfill within the stipulated time.


Pre- Nyokum celebrated at RGU

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: Like previous years, pre Nyokum was celebrated at Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) premises, Doimukh with traditional pomp and gaiety today.

Vice Chancellor, Prof. Tamo Mibang, who attended the celebration, wished all the students, faculty members and all the guests present on the occasion a very happy Nyokum.  

Prof. Tana Showren, HoD, History, while speaking the importance of celebration of the festival in the University, said that Nyokum, like other festivals, provides opportunities to showcase the rich Nyishi cultural heritage.

Prof Harish Sharma of the Hindi department stressed the need for preservation and promotion of ones own culture and maintain it for future generations.  

The celebration organizing secretary, Likha Attu also spoke on the occasion.

Among others Nabam Epo, President, All Arunachal Pradesh Gaon Burah Association, Nyania Gollo, General Secretary, All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU), the Finance Secretary of ANSU, President of Itanagar Market Welfare Association (IMWA) were present on the occasion.


14 AR provides free medical service

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: Under the provision of DGAR Civic Action Project, a free Medical Camp was conducted at Ranglum Village, Changlang recently by 14 Assam Rifles.  

73 patients reported for the camp. Besides providing medicines free of cost, facilities for routine blood tests and dressing were also provided. The Medical camp was conducted at Ranglum because the villagers are unable to avail timely medical treatment due to remoteness and due to financial constrains.


AR distributes study, teaching materials

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: The Assam Rifles under their Civic Action Programmes distributed study and teaching materials for students and teachers of various schools of Soha, Khonsa, Chasa and Wakka villages yesterday.

The items were handed over to the representatives of the schools/villages in a function organized at Khonsa.

The drive aimed at channelizing the youths of Tirap and Longding and their energy for the betterment of the society and nation building besides encouraging them to join in Indian Army, said the AR Commandant. The Commandant hoped such civic action activities will strengthen the bonding between the youth and Security Force and bring the ‘Friends of the Hill People’ closer to the local populace.


Nyokum at Yazali

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: The Nyokum flag was today unfurled at Yazali town by retired ADC Chukhu Talar. Speaking on the occasion, he exhorted people to preserve the rich culture and tradition. He also requested young generation to protect and carry forward tribal tradition and custom as this would be our last indigenous property that we have inherited from out forefather.

“Important thing is to celebrate Nyokum in a sustainable way as it was in the past. People should avoid commercializing it with mega celebrations and not keeping in the real spirit of Nyokum Yullo,” he added. Further he also appealed to the Christian community to participate in the Nyokum celebration as it is part of the Nyishi community.

Though unknown to many, Talar is one of the first people to organize Nyokum in the year 1967 at Joram village in an organized manner along with Late Tadar Tang. He was assistant secretary while Lt Tang was Secretary of the Joram Nyokum celebration.


RCH Camp

SEPPA, Feb 24:  Around 50 patients were treated during a Reproductive Child Health (RCH) camp organized by the District Health Society of East Kameng here today.

The team of doctors led by DRCHO Dr. K. Lampung conducted the health camp wherein patients’ health check ups were also done.

An awareness meeting highlighting the importance of family planning, breast feeding and immunization of child was also held on the sideline of the health camp. DIPRO


News Impact

Govt to take call on green nod to hydro-power projects this week

NEW DELHI, Feb 24: The Environment Ministry is likely to take a call this week on giving a green clearance to Jindal Power for setting up 3,097 mega watt hydro electric project in Dibang Valley of Arunachal Pradesh.

The proposal is listed for environmental clearances before the 82nd meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee of the Environment Ministry, which is scheduled to be held on February 26-27, sources said.

The committee is expected to consider ToRs of other projects, including the one submitted by state-run SJVN Ltd, for setting up of 80 MW Doimukh Hydro Electric Project in Arunachal Pradesh

It will also discuss whether to give extension of ToR submitted by L&T Arunachal Hydro Power Ltd for setting up of 74 mega watt hydro electric power project in West Siang district of Arunachal Prades

Jindal Power's Rs 14,000 crore hydro power project is a run-of-the-river project that will be using the waters of Dri and Talo rivers in Dibang Valley, Arunchal Pradesh. It will be implemented through a special purpose vehicle 'Etaline Hydro Electric Power Company Ltd’. (Courtesy-ET)

Meanwhile, the Public Hearing for Tagurshit HEP (74 MW) was held at Tadu-Gitu yestedray. The project is being developed by M/s L&T Arunachal Hydro Power Limited at Tadu-Gitu under West Siang District

All together, 131 families from the project affected village attended the meeting.

Chairing the meeting, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Ravi Dhawan, expressed his gratitude to the public for their participation and sharing their views and problems. He insisted that the Company should provide all benefits under CSR activities to avoid any disputes in near future. He further said that, the Company Officials should be very cautious before making any oral commitments before the public.

On the occasion, Project Affected Peoples Welfare Committee President Tapik Hiba submitted a memorandum to the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mechuka and the representative of State Pollution Control Board. The committee demanded sanctioning of fund from the Company for drinking water facility, mini hydel at Sikir Nala in collaboration with APEDA, a bus stand and a volley ball ground.

State Pollution Control Board representative, Jumli Kato, DLRSO P. Ronya and other government officials of West Siang District, representatives of Panchayat, GBs and Project Affected families and public attended the meeting.



Labour budget for IPPE and non IPPE blocks approved

CM assures timely release of fund

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: Labour budget for both IPPE and non IPPE blocks has been approved for the financial year 2015-16 in the State Employment Guarantee Council meeting held in the conference hall of the Chief Minister Office here today.

The meeting chaired by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki also decided to set up Social Audit Unit for which fund will be borne by the Union Ministry of Rural development.

The Chief Minister assured that fund released under any centrally sponsored schemes (CSS) under MoRD would be released immediately to the department concerned along with matching State Share so that next batch of central share can be lifted in time by the department for implementation of programmes.

Other resolutions adopted in the meeting include appointment of Ombudsman from persons with judicial law/civil service background preferably retired civil servant of age above 65 years, convergence of MGNREGA programmes with other programmes like tree plantation and sanitary latrines, to keep provision for major allocation of fund for agriculture based activities.

Earlier, T Dakpe, Director, Rural Development expressed his displeasure over allocation of fund and fund released by the Ministry of Rural Development and appealed to take up the matter with the Ministry to provide fund as per requirement so that maximum days of wage employment can be provided to the job seekers so as to create sustainable assets in the rural areas.

TT Dagium, Joint Director, MGNREGA, presented achievements under MGNREGA for the financial year 2013-14 and 2014-15 also the Labour Budget for the financial year 2015-16.

Secretary, Rural Development Bolung Siram highlighted the objective of the council meeting.

The meeting was attended by Commissioner, Secretary, Director, CE and the Zilla Parishad Chairpersons.



A visit to ponder on

[ Tongam Rina ]

It’s not every day that a Chief Minister is left squirming in his chair by the guest who he personally invited.

The tormentor was the Prime Minister Narendra Modi who thundered, “pai pai ka hisaab dena hoga” at IG Park, while addressing a massive crowd on the occasion of 29th statehood day celebration 2015. The comment drew huge applause from the packed Park, sending a clear message to the politicians and bureaucrats, technocrats and contractors in the state to behave themselves and not misuse public money.

Who cares if the boss himself was warning all to be careful with how and where they spend money? The mere mention of public money makes many drool in this state. Old habits die hard.

To make it worse, the Prime Minister did not announce any financial package for the state. But given the fact that most of the projects worth Rs 10,000 crore announced by the then PM Dr Manmohan Singh in 2008 are actually yet to take shape, it is understandable that centre is bit reluctant to shower special packages.

Other than Civil Secretariat building, Railway connectivity and bits and pieces progress in Trans Arunachal Highways, Itanagar Water Supply Scheme, most of the 20 points projects are yet to take off in the state.

The Prime Minister did not bother to respond to the 15 point demand placed by the Chief Minister, which included continued support for the special central package.

The days of easy money and lavish spending in the state are gone. But it is rather worrying that centre should be so high handed with poor and unproductive Arunachal. Given the fact that the government will not be able to salvage itself from financial misery nor submit the much touted and needed utilisation certificates, the hard days have just started. But if the centre is pushing for a change in political setup, while depriving the Congress government of any financial assistance, that would be rather unfair.

Prime Minister meanwhile took a complete U-turn on tapping of hydro power potential in the state. He made a fervent appeal to the people of the state to exploit the hydro potential like Bhutan and Nepal have done. One was left wondering whether he was the same person who said before elections that people of the state will decide for themselves when it comes to hydro power development in the state.  Let the people decide what they want to do with their land, rivers and resources.



Nyokum Yullo starts

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: With the ceremonious reception of the priests, followed by flag hoisting at numerous celebration centres across Arunachal Pradesh and in Assam, the main celebration of the Nyokum Yullo’2015 have started this morning.

The Nyub(priests) Biri Tara at Nyokum Lapang, Kipa Kaha as main Yullo priest and Tadar Takiang as secondary at Nyirubjolli, Gollo Epo at Doimukh, Tadar Tasuk at Langte-Lote Nyokum, Pachin, Kipa Chaking and Yura Aki at Banderdewa Nyokum Lapang and Dongda Tana at Jollang celebration centres with their Bu (Assistant priests) embarked into the celebration centres to propitiate Nyokum Anne to bless the mankind with bumper agricultural produce, productivity in human resources and animal husbandry, ward off all maladies of life like disease, death, famine and calamities. To mark the start of the main celebration - 24th to 28th of February, 26th February being the date of ritual sacrifice, the Nyokum flags have been ceremoniously hoisted in all the Nyokum centres.

The Chairman, CNC, Bengia Tolum hoisted the Nyokum flag at Nyikum Nyia ground, Nyirubjolli - the Headquarters of Nyishi Elite Society (NES) and Central Nyokum Committee (CNC).

At Charduar in Sonitpur district of Assam - the only Nyokum Lapang located outside Arunachal Pradesh, the local committee Chairman Perung Chiri unfurled the Nyokum flag after the reception of the priest (Nyub) Sotek Tachang and Pate Tana amidst huge gathering.

The team NES-CNC also joined the colorful and massive pre-Nyokum celebrations at Rajiv Gandhi University and interacted with the local committees.

As a part of the celebration, the inauguration of food stalls; games & sports competitions and cultural competitions have already started from 15th February onwards in various Nyokum celebration centers across the state, a press release stated.



Govt to name landmarks after departed leaders

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: In a major decision, the State Government has resolved to immortalize the contributions of eminent personalities who served the people in various capacities as Chief Ministers and Ministers in their public life.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said in a statement that this would be in recognition of the services rendered by the departed leaders who represented their respective communities and region in the Government and contributed in the development of the state and welfare of the people.

“We feel the need to remember the services of our past leaders and immortalize them in our daily lives,” he said.

As per the decision the upcoming Government Law College at Jotte near Itanagar will be named after Late Jarbom Gamlin, former Chief Minister, while the ITI at Kanubari in Longding district will be named after Late Newlai Tingkhatra, former Minister.

Former Chief Minister Late Dorjee Khandu will have his name immortalized with the Rajbhavan Indoor Badminton Stadium at Itanagar where he used to play regularly, while another former Chief Minister Late Tomo Riba will have his name enshrined forever with the present General Hospital at Naharlagun.

The Outdoor Stadium at Jairampur in Changlang district will be named after former Minister Late Setong Sena and the Outdoor Stadium at Tezu in Lohit district will be named after former Minister Late Sobeng Tayeng.

The stretch of road from ‘0’ Point Tinali to Helipad in Itanagar will be named after former Minister Late T C Teli while the NH52-A, D Sector to Polo Colony road will be named after former Minister Late Techi Takar.

“These important public assets named after our past leaders will be sources of inspiration for all coming generations and remind us of their invaluable contributions to the state and the nation,” Tuki added.



RKM, Aalo accused of not paying enough

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: The authority of Ramakrishna Mission School, Aalo, has been accused of not paying enough to its permanent teaching and non teaching staff members. The school established in late 1960s is often credited with producing many officers serving in the state and elsewhere.

The 6th Central Pay Commission has been introduced but with pending 39 months of arrears, a source said adding that salary had been frozen since 2010 at 35% of D.A.  

It further said that clerk, drivers and peons are yet to get Modified Assured Career Project depriving them massively.

When contacted, the principal of the RKM, Aalo has said it is unable to pay salaries as demanded since the school is running on interest generated by corpus fund which was set up by the state govt. With the introduction of the Corpus fund, the grant in aid was stopped in 2009 to the school. It further said that since the matter is sub-judice, the RKM authorities are not in a position to comment further. The staff later gave a representation to the office of the Prime Minister of India through the Minister of state for Home Kiren Rijiju. In turn, at the directives of the PMO, the HRD Ministry and CBSE intervened. But with no solution in sight, the matter finally reached the court. A verdict is awaited.



Birding expedition at D. Ering Wildlife Sanctuary

Apprehension of possible fodder scarcity and FMD

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: A team of ornithologist from Rajiv Gandhi University was on a weeklong birding expedition to D Ering Wildlife Sanctuary (DWS) to evaluate terrestrial birds and waterfowl species diversity as well as to orient young wildlife biologists.  

The team spotted 130 species of terrestrial birds and 23 species of waterfowl. The team expressed concern at grazing of feral cattle inside the sanctuary which can create a fodder scarcity for herbivores as well as transfer of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) to wild herbivores in the sanctuary. They fear that entering of cattle infected with FMD virus into sanctuary may lead to wipe out of herbivores population in the sanctuary and in turn to carnivores which prey upon the herbivores. They also mentioned a need to identify and establish corridors for movement of animals as there are human settlements at all sides of the fringe area of the sanctuary.

If proper protection measure is taken up, DWS will become a hub of birding, the team said while adding that for better protection of the flora and fauna, it should be upgraded to a National Park. They further suggested that since it is a river Island sanctuary with unique and diverse ecosystem, it should make its way to the World heritage list. During the expedition, hands on training was given on techniques of wildlife photography, bird identification, and bird and plant density study were done by budding wildlife biologists, informed Dr Daniel Mize, Associate Professor RGU.

DWS was chosen as destination for expedition as it is the only sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh with diverse ecosystem like savannah grassland, sub tropical and riverine ecosystem having potential for high avian diversity but scientifically less explored sanctuary of the state.

Expedition was led by Dr Daniel Mize and Dr Hiren Gogoi and accompanied by young wildlife biologists of RGU Oyin Lego, Golo Nana, Neria Talom, H.M. Chanja, Nyamnyok Bangyang and Tapak Tamir and Wildlife photographer Bengia Mrinal, Bird Guide Lobsang Tsering.

The team trekked through heart of the DWS and along the bank of Siang and Sibia rivers which flow at Western and Eastern boundary of the sanctuary which Wildlife sanctuary team led by DFO (Wildlife) Tashi Mize, and RFO Orin Perme pointed out that events like birding expedition into the DWS will support their effort to convert the sanctuary into an ecotourism destination in near future.



BJP meeting at Deomali

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: Former MLAs Kamthok Lowang and Yumsen Matey along with 50 other senior leaders of the area joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in a BJP party meeting cum party workshop held at Deomali on February 22 last.

The workshop was organized by Tirap Regional Frontier Committee and attended by more than 200 delegates comprising of President and General Secretary of the Booth Committee, Mandal Office bearers, District Office Bearers and Morchas and Cells, Regional Office bearers and Morchas and Cells and senior leaders of the region.

Attending the programme, BJP State General Secretary Dominic Tadar briefed about the workshop and informed that the Tirap Regional Workshop was the most successful programme so far.

He appreciated the efforts of the Regional Committee and the senior leaders of the region for their concerted efforts and called upon the party cadres to take advantage of the present party wave in the country under the leadership of visionary Prime Minister Narendra Modi and our National President Amit Shah.

State Vice President Kenyir Ringu urged the Mahila wing of the Tirap region to take active participation in such party programme.

The State Vice President cum MLA Tesam Pongte said we should strongly work in our own state and Tirap region to extend helping hand to the planning of Party’s National President Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to turn BJP into a biggest political party in the world.

The State Yuva Morcha President Dugh Saha also exhorted the youth of the region to remain vigilant on all fronts in the region for development of BJP.

Apart from the State party leaders, MLA Laisam Simai, former minister Lowangcha Wanglet, former minister TL Rajkumar, former minister Thajam Abo, former minister Tengam Ngemu former MLA KG Singpho also spoke on the occasion.



Inferno at diesel store in Ruksin


RUKSIN, Feb 24: Two diesel stores were damaged and the SPT building wherein the tanks were installed was reduced to ashes in a devastating fire at Ruksin town today. The fire that broke out in one of the diesel tanks of M/s-Agam Auto Agency Pvt Ltd at Ruksin town at 10.30 this morning engulfed another tank installed at the backside of the oil depot within no moment. The fire played havoc on the diesel (residue) for more than four hours.

According to the depot manager, the tanks were half-filled with diesel residue extracted from the supplier tankers.

The fire tenders arrived at the spot after sometime and struggled to douse the blaze. Initially they failed and it was doused only after pouring sufficient aqueous foam by the fire tenders. Later, the fire was brought under control by the joint efforts of public, police and fire brigade from Pasighat besides Jonai, Silapathar of Assam.

Meanwhile, the administrative officials and police officers visited the spot and started investigation to unearth the cause of fire mishap. An electric short circuit from a generator line is suspected to be the cause of the fire.



Khonsa hosts theatre workshop

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: The Deputy Commissioner of Tirap inaugurated a seven-day theatre workshop at NBF hall, Khonsa on 23rd February amidst a gathering of theatre aficionados. In his inaugural address, DC Kamlesh Joshi while appreciating the Northeast Zonal Culture Centre, Dimapur and the department of Art and Culture, government of Arunachal Pradesh said that theatre played a pivotal role to disseminate information and create awareness on various important social issues adding that the theme for the workshop ‘alien impact on the indigenous culture of Tirap’ was apt and passionately appealed the youth to learn to love and respect their roots.

While participating in the deliberation, ADC Hamjong Matcha hoped that the workshop would focus on the fast-vanishing traditional practices of the people and encourage the tribal people to love their culture. He further said that if theatre and drama were pursued in the right earnest it would create employment opportunities for the youth apart from being a source of entertainment and education.

Earlier, Noklam Bisai, member of Tirap Indigenous Society while throwing light on the purpose of conducting the theatre workshop said that the workshop would go a long way to create awareness on the value and importance of preserving the indigenous culture for posterity adding that the impact of alien practices on the fragile indigenous culture has been huge which had threatened the very existence of the tribal culture.

The District Art and Culture Officer sought cooperation from all. The theatre workshop organized by the NEZCC in collaboration with the district administration and Tirap Indigenous Society will culminate at the Khonsa Town Club on 1st March wherein a drama on the theme will be staged by the selected artistes from Lapnan village.



Aid for a better cause’

Mingkeng Osik

ITANAGAR, Feb 24: The road to education is not an easy path for the students, especially residing in remote areas of Arunachal Pradesh. The children are tired of their unending helpless situation.

But these earnest pleas did melt a person’s heart, who, genuinely was determined to find a way out to fulfill their dreams and in fact, the plight of the teachers as well.

A far-sighted man, a government employee, and a common man with compassionate heart, Tomi Doke, DDSE of Aalo in West Siang district, in his kind effort, has effectively led to construction of two school dormitories for both girls and boys along with two teachers’ quarters at Nyorak village.

He also donated basic miscellaneous utilities needed to assist in better management of the school administration; despite no funds for hostels under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) scheme.

His effort also benefitted the villagers, employed in this task, who gave their fair support to this charitable gesture.

“Our way has become a lot easier to go to the school”, said a student with a smile on his face.

“We can reside in the hostels and attend our classes peacefully now.” shared another.

“The slow pace of development in education sector in the State is definitely a concern, especially when the new generation of parents want their children to study in English medium schools, attend out-station colleges to fare better ahead in life.” remarks Doke.

Doke has given top priority from primary level to higher education; he submitted several proposals for construction of additional classrooms to accommodate increasing new students every year.



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Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of the health department regarding swine flu disease which has dominated the print and electronic media.

I am concerned that swine flu disease is increasing in India on a very fast rate, especially Rajasthan and Gujarat states. Health department officials have said that the number of people affected by swine flu was 12,963 while deaths caused by the infection was 774 as per figures available till 20, February 2015. Since January out of 4,318 patients who tested positive for the HINI virus, 212 have died. Now the disease is increasing day by day in India and many people have lost their lives because of swine flu so how could one control this disease from spreading. I hope and wish that our health department is well equipped to control and treat it.


Topan Rimo

MA,  2nd Semester Mass Communication

Rajiv Gandhi University




Fence the track

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed daily I would like to draw the attention of public in general and the authorities that with PM Modi’s visit, the train services has been re-initiated on 20th Feb. By resuming the train services, Indian govt has dispatched invitation to the Bangladeshi immigrants welcoming them to Arunachal and we have accepted it with smile.

  Few officials and political leaders may react to this article stating that they have proper mechanism to tackle immigration; we have defence personnel guarding and checking ILP, then let me clear that I don't feel proud of any defence forces, may it be Indian Army, BSF, CRPF, Police forces because in their very presence Bangladeshis have infiltrated our soil. Who would trust such a force in whose presence aliens enter our land?

Our "JAWANS" may term it as a political issue and try wash-off their hand, to such a chief reply I would like to ask the "JAWANS" whom are they serving? - Political leaders or the Land which we call our Motherland?

The odds of political leaders should be made even by administrators, administrators by judiciary and vice-versa; this is how our system was meant to balance.

Our govt might have spent crores on this rail project, I would request the same govt to spend a few lakhs more to fence (barbed wire) the entire railway track from Gumto to Naharlagun so that we may have extra teeth to deal with the aliens and restrict issuing of ILP to Bangladeshis from Assam.


I. R.




Quality education

Dear Editor,

First of all I on behalf of all the innocent, ignorant, helpless and poor students and parents of Govt Hr Sec School, Lathao would like to give our heartiest thanks to All the Khampti Singpho Youth for the initiative they have taken to bring out 6 years old problems of GHSS Lathao. Quality Education! Quality Education! This is what our leader announced in every meeting and important function but what is going on at the ground level no one care because Education Department is considered as Non Productive Department. Is Quality education possible if ratio of Teacher and student is neglected? Is Quality Education possible if a newly upgraded Higher Secondary school is running without any single senior teacher or qualified Subject teacher for more than 6 years?


Chow Lakhumang Choutang

Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Lathao



AADHAAR Card causing trouble

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to highlight the problem we are facing to enrol for AADHAAR card. Citizens are asked to go back to their respective district for AADHAAR card enrolment. But authority concerned must understand that some students are having their exams.

So my earnest request to authority concerned is to please make it possible to enrol ourselves in capital itself.


Gogum Buchi







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Damaging statement

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statement that prime motive behind Mother Teresa's service to the destitute was to convert them to Christianity has caused massive outrage. Political parties barring ruling BJP has strongly condemned the statement. Nobel laureate Mother Teressa’s missionary of charity for years has been working for the upliftmen of poor and downtrodden.

The statement adds up to the series of anti-minority statements made by various Sangh leaders.  Also recently series of attacks on churches in Delhi had caused much heart burn to the Christian community. Even though PM Modi had reached out to minority communities and assured that religious intolerance will not be accepted, this latest statement coming from the head of RSS will further alienated the minority communities of India. Surprisingly BJP is defending statement of Bhagwat. Even though RSS is ideologue of BJP, the party needs to understand that they are running central government and cannot afford to take side. BJP should not forget that India is a secular country and being in power they should protects rights of every citizen   including that of minorities.