February 05


Papu-Potin section of Trans Arunachal Highway ready

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: In a news which will bring cheer to the people of state, the work on the Papu-Potin section of Trans Arunachal Highway is complete and it will be soon formally inaugurated.

Chief Engineer PWD Highway (Western Zone) Bora Ete today made final inspection of the section and expressed satisfaction at the work. He was especially impressed with the quality work done by TK Engineering, the agency which constructed the highway.

Ete along with large number of officials of PWD Highway and TK Engineering today went upto Potin village.

“This was a very difficult project to execute. We faced so many problems but despite that we have finally managed to finish the work. I must credit TK Engineering group for it. On occasion they have gone out of way and completed the work,” said CE.  He also informed that this is the first major road project under PM package that has been completed.

“Meka-Shantipur is a small stretch which we completed few years ago. Papu-Potin is 53 KM long, so we can say this is the first big achievement for us. Hopefully with this, remaining stretch of work under the Potin-Pangin section of TAH will speed up. We need support of local people in this regard. They should understand that for better future of state construction of good road is the most important,” added Bora Ete. Chief Engineer Ete also shared that compensation issue concerning Upper Subansiri and West Siang district is almost over and work under TAH passing through the two districts will soon start in big way.

The 53 KM Papu-Potin stretch was awarded to SRK Company in the year 2009. However, due to various issues, the company would not continue the work and handed over the project to TK Engineering, which is an Itanagar based company. They took over the work in 2013 and completed the work within the period of 2 years. “It’s a proud movement for every one of us. We received excellent support from officials of PWD (Highway), local elected representatives and most importantly the support of local public. We are hopeful that people of state will continue to support us in similar way,” said an official of TK Engineering. The project has been funded under SARDP of PM package which was announced by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his visit to the state.




Solution soon to leadership crisis, Gandhi tells rebel Cong

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: 21 Congress MLAs opposed to the leadership of the ousted Chief Minister Nabam Tuki met Vice President of All India Congress Committee Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi today.

Gandhi is said to have informed the leaders that there would be a solution to the political crisis in the state with a new approach.

The MLAs are reported to have out rightly rejected Tuki’s leadership and said that if a Congress Govt is formed in the state, it has to be under Kalikho Pul as the next Chief Minister.

Gandhi is reported to have agreed to the demand by the 21 Congress MLAs to remove V. Narayanasamy, who is the AICC in-charge of Arunachal Pradesh from his post. The rebel Congress blames Narayanasamy for not intervening early to solve the leadership crisis in the state which had thickened in August last year.




Can’t remain silent if democracy is slaughtered: SC on Arunachal crisis

NEW  DELHI, Feb 4:  The  Supreme Court, examining the powers of governors, on Thursday took strong note of a submission that all decisions of the governor are not open to judicial review and said it cannot be a mute spectator when democratic processes are "slaughtered".

"If democracy is slaughtered, how can the court remain silent," a five-judge Constitution bench headed by Justice JS Khehar said when the counsel for a BJP MLA of crisis-hit Arunachal Pradesh referred to the powers of the governors to drive home the point that courts cannot "review" all the decisions of the governor.

The bench, meanwhile, summoned dispatch records, having details of correspondences of Arunachal Pradesh assembly from October till date, on February 8 as it was not satisfied with documents produced by an official of the assembly.

The bench, also comprising Justices Dipak Misra, MB Lokur, PC Ghose and NV Ramana, wanted to ascertain certain communications between the office of assembly speaker Nabam Rebia and governor J P Rajkhowa on issues like convening or advancing assembly session and disqualification of rebel Congress MLAs.

Senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi, appearing for some rebel Congress lawmakers, supported the governor's decisions saying that summoning the assembly session cannot be termed "undemocratic" and does not frustrate "democratic process". Rather, locking out the assembly building and shying away from it are undemocratic acts.

"It is not compulsory for the governor to take aid and advice of the chief minister and his council of ministers in summoning the assembly session," he said, adding that certain constitutional schemes empower the governor to act on his own in "exceptional" and "special" circumstances.

By summoning assembly session, the governor is "simply setting in motion the democratic process", the lawyer said and asked how can it be termed illegal by those who lost majority support and shied away from the House. He said that the locking up of the assembly building was not a "simple and democratic" act.

The court would resume hearing on Friday on a batch of pleas filed by Rebia and other Congress leaders against the Gauhati high court order in the case. PTI




33rd Foundation Day of Rajiv Gandhi University

Jhum answer to food shortage  in NE: Prof Konwar

Channelise social energy: Negi

RONO HILLS, Feb 4: The 33rd Foundation Day of Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) was celebrated here today.

Vice Chancellor of Nagaland Univeristy Prof. Bolin Kumar Konwar delivering a powerful foundation day lecture said that enough was not being done to tap the resources as well  traditional knowledge of the region. Citing the example of Jhum cultivation, he said that slash and burn method of agriculture practice needed serious study by incorporating new technology to meet the food crisis of the region as well as economy. He said there was need for scientific approach to the practice while admitting that there have been no researches on Jhum practice in the region, which in turn has triggered negative opinion about the 2000 years old traditional agricultural practice.

He said that the region needs Hill Agriculture Institute to study and improvise various traditional practices as he said that it was essential to alleviate poverty, enhance livelihood security, remove hunger and malnutrition as well reduction of state imbalances, and generation of employment with the use of modern technologies in harmony with the traditional knowledge pool.

Speaking on “Research on Resources of Northeast India for knowledge generation and socio-economic development”, he said that indigenous knowledge on medicine, food, traditional weavings faiths, customs, cultures, rituals, and festivals needed to be further explored to make it more sustainable.

Prof Konwar said that scope of market driven economy is not a success in the region because of lack of finance as he underscored the need to increase credit ratio by the banks operating in the region.

While speaking on problems pertaining to power sector in the region, he said that it was necessary for an interstate discussion involving Assam and Arunachal on power resources.

Prof. Konwar called upon the young researchers of region to dedicate more time in researching about the resources of North East India, which he said needed in-depth study.

Chief Secretary, Arunachal Pradesh, Ramesh Negi focused on the need to rediscover social energies and to use it as a tool for positive social changes with  involvement of citizens. He also talked about the shrinking social energies with the advent of the new state dynamics. Negi said that energies of the youths were wasted on trivial issues because of lack of space as he underscored the need to reposition and rediscover social energies.

Citing the example of ‘Clean Arunachal’ campaign, he urged all to fill the inadequacies of the govt and channelize energies towards social change.

In his address RGU Vice Chancellor, Prof. Tamo Mibang said that foundation day was an opportunity to introspect and assess the weakness and strengths of the University as well as plan ahead.

He said that University has come a long way from a state university to a central university with more than 2000 students.   Prof Mibang said that University is committed to face new challenges with multi disciplinary approach.

Earlier, Registrar of the University, Prof. Rachob Taba said that University, which started with just 3 department have expanded significantly over the last three decades.

Dr. S Simon John, the Director incharge of Arunachal Institute of Tribal Studeis and the coordinator of the celebration also spoke at the event which saw a big turnout of students and faculty.




Govt to seek ratification of PR in Arunachal

NEW DELHI, Feb 4: The government will push for the ratification of the proclamation of President's Rule in Arunachal Pradesh during the first part of the Budget session beginning February 23.

President's Rule was imposed in Arunachal Pradesh on January 26 following political instability in the state.

As per Article 356 of the Constitution, the proclamation will cease to operate within two months unless "it has been approved by resolutions of both Houses of Parliament".

Sources in the government said that soon after the tabling of the Union Budget, the government will push for the passage of the resolution in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

The BJP-led NDA government lacks numbers in the Upper House. PTI




Security forces vacate Raj Bhawan badminton hall

ITANAGAR, Feb 04: The Security Forces today vacated the Raj Bhawan Badminton Stadium here following an instruction from the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh.

Responding to an appeal made by Arunachal State Badminton Association (ASBA), the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh took step to make the security forces vacate the badminton Hall in order to facilitate and ensure regular coaching and training of badminton players.

Meanwhile, ASBA has appreciated the prompt step taken by the Governor to vacate the hall.




APPSCE candidates and community identity

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ITANAGAR, Feb 4: As congratulations started pouring in for the 132 APPSCCE candidates selected for the next round of viva voice tentatively scheduled to be held on 8th March next, an uncanny development solely confined to the shores of Arunachal Pradesh started taking place. Aspirants who had cleared the mains examinations were tabulated on the basis of communities they belonged to and “lists” were prepared on “who and how many of their brethren” had made it to the next level. Social media sites and messaging services are now suddenly abuzz with ratio comparisons and clarion calls have been already made to make their “communities proud”.

Although, this sense of pride and happiness is not unplaced in a state as diverse as Arunachal, the constant reminder that only the achievements of your tribe must be rejoiced is extremely detrimental to the growth of a pan Arunachal image.

Our elders and the generations before could be even forgiven for this folly: the idea of a formal administrative zone was brand new and this frontier region was just coming out of its cocoons.

But as society has progressed and developed further, clubbing APPCS aspirants – who will be the future officers and policy makers of the state – to a cloistered tribal identity is like giving free hand to divisive feelings in future.

“I will congratulate them for belonging to a certain tribe but not as an Arunachali”. Those who disbelieve it must remember that ideas can make a change and what percolates down from the highest echelon can either broaden or narrow your vision.

Last year, in this very season, hundreds of agitating candidates had taken to streets demanding for a fair and impartial examination after general paper II was found to be leaked. The prolonged process and thereafter the monumental time taken by the commission to declare the results had spiralled many candidates into despair. Although delayed, the declaration of results will perhaps finally act as a balm to the jaded souls and put an end to their prolonged anticipation.

But instead of congratulating them as Arunachalis, people are more eager to tag them in their community’s names. However, an officer however does not belong to any community in his/her line of duty and it is unfortunate that the trend continues to be followed unabashed in the state.

Such is the misery of having strong tribal roots – a matter of pride but nevertheless not suited for promoting a pan Arunachal image. We can only hope that the next batch of APCS officers are immune to such leanings and make their headway unscathed. Mired in controversies for all the wrong reasons, what’s remaining to watch is the way APPSC will conduct the upcoming viva voices and physical tests to regain its lost glory.



Moyong opposes EE(HQ) office shifting to Pangin

PASIGHAT, Feb 04: Pasighat MLA Kaling Moyong opposed the government decision to shift  the office of the  Executive Engineer (Hqr) of Rural Works Circle (RWC) Pasighat to  Pangin to function as Rural Works Division (RWD).

According to Moyong, the order was issued on January 21  directing to delegate financial and DDO power to Executive Engineer, RWD, Pangin, to function under administrative control of Superintending Engineer RWC Pasighat.

Expressing his dismay, Moyong held wide range of discussion with the Superintending  Engineer yesterday and asked him to take appropriate action so that RWC Pasighat is not shifted to Pangin as RWD.

While welcoming faster developments for the youngest district Siang, he however said, that “Government should not hamper developmental activities of the centurion town Pasighat. Before creation of the new district, government should have recruited fresh officials of all departments,” opined the MLA.




No racial discrimination will be allowed to take place: Rijiju

New Delhi, Feb 04: Amidst outrage over the alleged assault and stripping of a Tanzanian woman in Bengaluru, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju today said the incident is a matter of shame and no racial discrimination will be tolerated in the country.

"For 200 years, India was enslaved by foreigners. We have been fighting racial discrimination. But in India itself, if there is racial discrimination, the government will take it very seriously.

"We will not allow racial discrimination to take place in the country. This is a matter of shame for the entire nation," the Minister of State for Home told reporters here.

A 21-year-old Tanzanian student was allegedly beaten up and stripped by a mob in a case of "mistaken identity" after a woman was mowed down by a car in Bengaluru on Sunday night.

Five persons have been arrested in this connection. PTI



Preparation  for Film Northeast & Festival of Arunachal reviewed

Itanagar, Feb 4: Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi in a meeting today reviewed the preparation for the upcoming Film Northeast 2016 and  Festival of Arunachal.

The CS asked the  SPO cum Chairman of the Organising Committee Dani Salu as well as the departments concerned to put forward any constraint or technical glitch that are being faced while carrying out their duties.

The CS further asked the Chairman as well as the DC cum Organising Secretary Sandeep Kumar Singh to cooperate and work in close coordination with each other so that both the festivals could be celebrated in a grand way.  

Expressing happiness over the unprecendent response to the Clean Arunachal campaign, Negi also appealed everyone to maintain and continue with the same spirit to make Arunachal cleaner and greener.

The Film Northeast 2016 will be held from February 17 to 20 at Annexe Lawns, IG Park. It aims to promote the understanding and appreciation of the diversity of cinema in North East India as well as to create a network for filmmakers of the region to share their work and concerns, informed the Co- Director of the festival Moji Riba.

The format of the festival would be biennial and would consist of various segments which will not only provide a platform to the directors to showcase their films but will also  provide an open forum to the filmmakers to share their views on any issue concerning the arena of film in the region.  

An award ceremony would also be held on the evening of February 20 which would also mark the first cultural evening of the Festival of Arunachal.

The street pageant that would be held on February 21 and 22 where there would be street performance by young performers at Naharlagun, would be the another attraction. The street pageant would run as a parallel event along with the regular events of the Festival of Arunachal.

The meeting was attended by Principal Secretary Finance Satya Gopal, Commissioners, Secretaries, Directors and other concerned Officers.DIPRO



CS visits Banderdewa

NAHARLAGUN, Feb 4: Promoting the Clean Arunachal Campaign, Chief Secretary, Ramesh Negi today visited Banderdewa and advised the local residents, especially the shopkeepers to keep their surrounding neat and clean and use dustbin.

The Chief Secretary further advised the Chief Councilor to take proper care of the sanitation workers and their health.

The CS was accompanied by Secretary Sports and Youth Affairs Dani Salu, Chief Councilor Kipa Kaku, CMEO Habung Lampung and IPR Director CM Longphong. DIPR



Contractors urge Governor’s intervention to retain offices

ITANAGAR, Feb 04: All Arunachal Contractor’s Welfare Association (AACWA) in a release stated that the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh should approach the central government for halting the decision of shifting the Regional Office (RO) of the Highway Department and NHPC office from Arunachal Pradesh.

Condemning such anti-Arunachal move, AACWA demanded to set up permanent RO office of the Highway Department and the central govt. undertaking (NHPC) in Itanagar in the interest of development of the state.

AACWA categorically blamed the Governor for such an anti-development move and stated that as to what made them compel to shift their offices.

Had they ever faced any kind of problem in running their offices from the state, it questioned.

It also said that re-view and re-planning of already finalized development programmes and policies will cause only cause delay in their implementation.

Meanwhile, AACWA urged contractors and Highway Division to speed up the ongoing work of black topping from highway from Itanagar to Banderwa National highway road as the monsoon is approaching fast.




APIC serves notice to PHED engineer


RUKSIN, Feb 4: The Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission (APIC) while taking cognizance of an appeal case against the Public Information Officer cum Executive Engineer of Public Health Engineering Department (PHED), Pasighat division, has issued notice asking the PIO to attend before the Commission’s Court for hearing.

State Information Commissioner Matheim Linggi has asked the Executive Engineer, who also is the PIO of PHED, Pasighat division, to appear in person before the Commission’s Court along with all the information as sought by the appellant during the hearing of the RTI appeal case on February 17.

One Orik Moyong of Debing village under East Siang district was compelled to approach the APIC after the PIO of Pasighat division of PHED had reportedly denied to furnish information as sought by him on the ongoing drinking water project executed by the department at their village.




PPA for services of Director of Prosecution

ITANAGAR, Feb 04: People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) stated that considering the continued law and order problem, the State should immediately be endowed with the service of a Director of Prosecution to deal with the criminal cases and for speedy delivery of justice.

The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh has unleashed a fresh lease of life to the people of the state through his pragmatic reformatory steps within a couple of weeks from imposition of President’s Rule, said party president Kahfa Bengia.

Reformatory steps like quick dismissal of under performing State’s Advocate General and Additional Advocate General, timely announcement of the long pending APPSCE written examination results, crackdown on further misuse of public money and promoting equitable distribution of funds from the Thirteenth Finance Commission among all the districts, equal distribution of fund from SIDF (State Infrastructural Development Fund) among all the 60-member Assembly Constituencies are some of the welcome initiative by the Governor to mention a few, the party president said.

PPA secretary general Kaling Jerang requested the Governor to initiate for introduction of a separate and independent State IAS Cadre which is the long felt need of the people of the state.

“Many of the officers sent to the State under AGMUT Cadre have been found treating Arunachal only as holiday destinations with no genuine commitment towards the improvement of the welfare of the State,” Jerang said.




Seminar on herbal and traditional health practices

Recognise traditional health practitioners: Dr Begi

ROING, Feb 4: A seminar on initiating herbal health centres in Arunachal Pradesh integrating traditional health practices was organised jointly organised by RIWATCH, United Nations University, Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), Arunachal Pradesh State Medicinal Plant Board, Help Foundation and Vivekananda Trust under the patronage of District Administration Lower Dibang Valley from 30-31 January recently at RIWATCH Museum.  

The objective of the seminar was to trigger loud thinking on why Arunachal Pradesh, despite being a hub of herbal diversity like Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Tibet and China has not become a region of alternative health care.

“In Arunachal, many tribes have traditional health practitioners, famous for curing critical diseases and even multiple bone fractures. We need to formally recognise them” said Dr. Joram Begi, Chairman RIWATCH.

DFO Tezu Soplam Manyu who took part at the event said “We need to document not only the herbs but also the herbal practitioners. Recognising them will make Arunachal as one of the famous destination of health care.”

“We need to project role models and trigger Arunachal to explore the possibilities of developing health centres while integrating traditional health care practices. This will not only provide economy to the people but also engage youths in providing alternative medicines and improve the overall health standards in the state,” said Vijay Swami, Executive Director RIWATCH

Unnikrishnan P M from UNU-IAS was the keynote speaker for the seminar. “Almost 70% of the world population uses herbal medicines as health care practice. Germany has the lions share - more than 50% medical practitioners use herbal medicines and this is the first country to legally recognise traditional health practice as health care system” he said in his keynote address.

Two days seminar was attended by more than 100 people including 40 students of higher Secondary classes and total of nine papers presented.




Union demands enquiry

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: The Arunachal Anti Corruption Union has written to Governor seeking enquiry into alleged inferior work done by one TK Construction and Transport Company. The Union said company had carried out repairing cum maintenance of NH 415 at sinking zone, Karsingsa in the year 2014.



GSU demand early completion of road

ITANAAR, Feb 4: GSU has reiterated its demand for completion of Basar- Bam (Bame) road within the stipulated time and action against the BRTF authorities. Taking strong exception to the claims and counter-claims made both by the BRTF and EE (Elect), Basar Electrical Division, the GSU has constituted a Committee for Basar-Bame Road.

GSU said that no further time extension should be given to the contractor and the tender allotted to it should be immediately terminated in case of failure to complete and hand over the road stretch within time. Further, the GSU demanded for initiating action against the EE (Elect), Basar Electrical division on the basis of RTI documents obtained by it.

In one of the documents, it is clearly evident that works related to shifting of electrical structures were not completed, it informed.  

The press statement given by the EE (Elect), Basar regarding completion of 90% works is totally in contradiction to the report sent by BRTF to the Raj Bhavan, where it had apparently mentioned about non-completion of shifting of electrical structures by Basar Electrical Division.  




Condolence on passing of Balram Jakhar

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: Former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has mourned the demise of Balram Jakhar, a veteran Congressman and Former Speaker of Lok Sabha at New Delhi today. Jakhar, in his long political innings contributed substantially towards enriching Parliamentary democracy in the country. As Speaker of the Lok Sabha, he was instrumental in broadening the scope of Parliamentary affairs by introducing the Parliament Library and promoting related information services for the benefit of the Members, said Tuki in a message.

As a Congressman who stood by his Party through thick and thin, he will be remembered for selflessly contributing to the growth of the Party at different times. The lessons of his eventful life will continue to inspire us in the future, the former CM added.

Jakhar was a popular leader and a man of discipline and simplicity. His immense contribution for all round development of the society and for the cause of farmers will always be remembered by the people of the country, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) said in a condolence letter.




Regularization of posts sought

ITANAGAR, Feb 4:  In a memorandum to the state Governor today, the staffs of State Water & Sanitation Mission (SWSM) and Water & Sanitation Support Organization (WSSO) has appealed to him to direct the PHE&WS department to regularize all the said posts in the state along with annual enhancement of their salaries.

Stating that the Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation’s in its 2015 guidelines has advised the state governments to post a government official as full-time Block Sanitation Officer, the staffs appealed the concern authority to rename the posts of District Consultant as Block Sanitation Officer (BSO) with the pay band of Rs.9300-34800 + grade pay of Rs. 5400 and State Consultant as State Sanitation Officer (SSO) for effective implementation of Swachh Bharat Mission in the state.




Teachers’ Association submits memo

ITANAGAR, Feb 4:  In a four-point memorandum to the state Governor, the Arunachal Pradesh Teacher Welfare Association (APTWA) has today reiterated its demands which include; immediate release of 8 months students’ stipend on one go, food grain and conversion cost under Mid-Day Meal and funds under RTE.  

While objecting to the order of the state government which directs that separate passbooks have to be opened for each student saying that many of the schools are located in interior areas having no banking and electricity facility, it further appealed to the Governor to direct the concern authorities to exempt schools located in such areas.

Despite repeated ultimatums to the concerned authority and Minister, no initiative has been taken to the address the issue so far, the APTWA said and appealed to the Governor to initiate early steps in this regard.  




Training on value addition of fish products

ITANAGAR, Feb 04: A two days training programme on processing and value addition of fresh water fish was conducted by Post Harvest Technology Division of Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Mumbai in collaboration with Department of Fisheries, Namsai at Namsai on February 1 and 2.

The team of scientists from the CIFE headed by programme Coordinator Dr. AK Balange, Senior Scientist explained to the attending fish farmers about the importance of value addition of fish for improving rural economy and generating self-employment.

Demonstrations on preparation and value addition of fish, like fish wada, fish chakli, fish sev, fish pickle and fish cutlet etc were conducted by the resource persons.

Deputy Commissioner RK Mishra, who attended the inaugural session, said that the specific training organized by CIFE was very useful and participant should to learn the technology and develop their skills for preparation of value added fish products.

Certificates to all the 19 participants were distributed by the Namsai ADC.




Post JE soon

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: Claiming that the people of Kora & Koyu Circles have been facing much problem due to the absence of a Junior Engineer in Power Department (Electrical) of Upper Ramle Banggo, the Ramle Banggo Welfare Society (RBWS) has in a release today urged the concern authorities to post one JE in the area soon.

‘Presently, there is no JE at Upper Ramle Banggo and the lone JE of Nari cannot manage four circles i.e. Nari, Seren of Lower Ramle Banggo and Kora & Koyu Circles of Upper Ramle Banggo, the RBWS said.

While urging the department to install street lights at Nari township to avert law and order problem as the said headquarters is situated near the neighboring state, the Society further appealed to the East Siang DC to visit Kora & Koyu Circles to assess the ground realities.




Reh celebrated at Aohali

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: Reh festival of Idu Mishmi community began on Feb 1 at Rehko of Aohali village of Mebo sub-division of East Siang district with tradition fervour and gaiety.

Director of Research, Batem Pertin, who took part at the festival called for guarding and preservation of rich material and non-material cultural heritage of the society.

Apart from celebrating fairs and festivals, it is our duty to maintain continuity of our rich cultural heritage through proper documentation of oral history which is handed down from generation to generation, he said.

He also spoke on the need to preserve local languages of Arunachal as many have been listed under endangered and critically endangered category by UNESCO.  Writer Y D Thongchi urged the Idus to preserve their rich folk culture and beautiful traditional jewelry designs and motifs of costume and textiles.

MLA of Mebo, Lombo Tayeng and also Chief Patron of the festival committee praised their efforts to celebrate the annual agricultural festival in a grand manner.

Kangir Jamoh, President of Adi Baane Kebang strongly urged the youths to refrain themselves from deadly habits like alcohol, drugs. He also advised the people to protect and preserve their rich forest and environment.

The Reh Mythology was explained by Jimi Pulu, Patron of festival celebration committee.




Maga Yangki crowned Miss Boori-Boot Yullo

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: Maga Yangki has been adjudged as Miss Boori-Boot Yullo-2016 while, Likha Sema and Bompi Gapak were adjudged as 1st and 2nd Runners Up during the 49th pre-Golden Jubilee celebrations at Nyikum Niya ground, Nirjuli on Wednesday.

Organized by the 49th pre-Golden Jubilee Committee, Capital Complex, the programme was also attended by Nirjuli Ward Councilor Tarh Nachung.



World cancer day observed in VKV

ITANAGAR, Feb 4:  Dr Leena Gupta Ligu, MD, Radiotherapy, R.K. Mission Hospital conducted a class for students and teachers of VKV, Itanagar, today on the occasion of World Cancer Day. She said early identification and treatment can cure cancer. She explained different types of cancer caused due to the consumption of alcohol and chewing and smoking tobacco.

She made the students aware about the most common cancers in Arunachal Pradesh such as Hepatocellular carcinoma (Liver cancer), Gastric cancer (Stomach cancer), and Malignant Melanoma and Colorectal cancers. Atleast 30% of all cancers are associated with life style factors such as drinking alcohol and abuse of tobacco, she said.

She motivated the participants to be aware of early warning signs of cancer as well as encourage people to take part in cancer awareness and screening programmes which help in early detection to save lives. 300 students and teachers attended the programme.




Awareness on global water crisis, climate change

AALO,  Feb 4: Pedong Kenbo Welfare Society has conducted series of awareness and essay and drawing competition on global warming, climate change and water crisis at Yigi Kaum Upper Primary School, Kombo Secondary School and Biru Primary School from Jan 26 to Feb 2 last.

Main thrust and focus was given on need to conserve catchment area, water sources, flora and fauna to maintain the balance of nature. The villagers were advised to save avoid reckless hunting, fishing, extensive jhum cultivation.

Secretary (Admin) Kenge Pakam Lobom highlighted the ill effects of destruction of wild life and forest as loss of forest.

Mogi Ori presented ornamental saplings to various schools of these areas to spread the message of plant 10 trees for one loss.

Consultant, Monitoring & Evaluation of District Water and Sanitation Mission Rimo Taba spoke in length about the importance of water and Agriculture Development Officer Yompe Ado explained the importance of forest and advised to adopt scientific sustainable farming.

Taken Pakam Lobom distributed volleyball, pamphlets and calendar to villagers where the awareness campaigns were held. DIPRO



BRO completes 2-lane works between Dirak-Chowkham

ITANAGAR, Feb 04: The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has successfully executed the double laning of 25.25 kms of road in between KM 832.00 to KM 806.75 along Dirak-Chowkham National Highway-15 (formerly NH-52) under Trans Arunachal Highway Projects.

The execution of work of this stretch of the road has been successfully completed on December 30, 2015 inspite of extreme difficult working conditions and unexpected obstacles in term of land acquisition and others,  BRO informed in a release.

“This could be possible due to dedicated and dynamic efforts made by 1444 BCC/48 BRTF under the leadership of Chief Engineer UC Mehta, Project Udayak,” it said.

Col C Rajashekar, Commander 48 BRTF (GREF) admitted that no stone was left unturned to complete the double laning of the road Dirak-Chowkham.

The road will help in socio economic development of the area and will also serve the needs of armed forces deployed in the far flung areas of the region as this road is the feeder road.  

The contract was awarded to Guwahati based M/s Bhartia Infra Projects Ltd and is monitored and supervised by 1444 BCC/48 BRTF of BRO.




Cleanliness drives held

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: As part of the ongoing Clean Arunachal Fortnight campaign with the theme  ‘My Pride, My City, I’ll Clean It’, a large number of volunteers including government officers, students, members of NGOs and general public took part in a series of cleanliness drives being held at Museum Colony, Kime Paka Colony, Mowb-II and Tagin Colony Ward No.9 from Feb 1 last.

The cleanliness drives were carried out under the supervision of PWD WZ, CE Katung Wahge and Ranger Taba Teni.




DA initiative under Sanshad Adarsh Gram

Pasighat, Feb 4: “People should endeavour for self sustenance besides Govt. assistance,” said Isha Khosla, DC East Siang while addressing the villagers of Taki Lalung which is under Sanshad Adarsh Gram Yojna(SAGY).

As a part of “Services At Your Door Step” by District Administration with DRDA under SAGY, all the Govt. departments set up their camps in the village. They briefed the villagers about the scheme/programs and how best they can be exploited.

Ration card/ ST/PRC/ Birth certificate/loans/insurance were made available at the spot facilities.

RCH outreach camp by DHS with specialist doctors were also held as well as awareness about livestock insurance scheme.  Free medicines were distributed by veterinary department.

Chief Minister Health Insurance Scheme and Adhaar card camp was included on the occasion. Various schemes of forest & Environment, Agriculture, Horticulture were also highlighted and free saplings distributed.

The DC appealed all to equip themselves to take advantage of the Government schemes. She urged the GBs/PRI members and the teachers to put concerted effort to create awareness on various issues including health care.

Later, the Deputy Commissioner along with departmental officers visited Poglek river area which was devastated by the river. She also visited the Anganwadi centre and the drainage system being constructed in the village. DIPRO


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Shameful incident

India has been deeply shamed by what happened at Bengaluru few days ago. A 21-year-old Tanzanian woman student was allegedly beaten up and stripped by the mob in a case of mistaken identity after a woman was mowed down by a car in Bengaluru on Sunday night. The incident has sparked outrage and has hurt the image of India. Such kind of incident with a racial overtone is increasing in the country. Especially people of African origin along with people hailing from North Eastern states are the worst victim. In this case what is more shocking is that Tanzanian student was beaten up infront of the police.

To the horror of victim no one including police came to her rescue. In a damage control exercise India today assured necessary legal action against those involved in the incident. MEA spokesperson told worried African nationals that all the safety measures will be taken, so that such incident is not repeated. Home Ministry has also asked the state government to give a detailed report about the circumstances leading to the assault and action taken against those involved in it. The promptness shown by MEA and MHA is praiseworthy. This will surely make African students feel protected. The people of India also need to introspect. They were victim of racism during the British rule. For years they fought against the racism. But now they themselves are involved in racist activities. This is wrong and should be immediately stopped.







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Teachers without salaries

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteem daily, I would like to express the frustration and angst of teachers working under Rastriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) in Arunchal Pradesh. It is generally said that teachers are the builder of the nation, but I fail to understand why the RMSA teachers working under upgraded Secondary Schools of Arunachal Pradesh have not received their hard earned salary since July 2015. They have to work months together without getting their due salary. Time and again executive members of Arunachal RMSA Teachers’ Association (ARMSATA) follow the salary file from table to table up to the Chief Minister level but no positive result has yet come out. It seems that as we are not less than any other contractors who follow after the pending bill but blame must go to the education department itself.

Many a times politicians talk about quality education, but without giving salary to teachers for months together.

An RMSA teacher who deals with secondary student or elder children of the schools across the state receive Rs 15000/ pm only which is very meager amount compared to other Junior Teachers of Govt Schools of Arunachal Pradesh. And the salary is given once a year.

Whenever ARMSATA approached the officers and former Minister of concern department regarding timely release of teachers pending salary, they simply says “centre se abhi fund nehi aya he”.

We came to know that on 24th September, 2015, centre had already released Rs 500.73 lakh as 1st part payment of 1st installment under Grant-in-aid for implementation of integrated RMSA during the year 2015-2016 to the state govt of Arunachal Pradesh. Then why has salary not yet been paid to us? Where have the amount gone?

At last we are part and parcel of education department and need fair treatment from our department.


RMSA teacher





Death Penalty

Dear Editor,

There are many things in this society which should be banned, but the death penalty is not one of them. It is definitely just to use capital punishment for capital crime. Right now in our country, I find it outrageous that criminals think that they can get away with just about anything. We need capital punishment to deter them from committing severe crimes. The death penalty would make people more secure. People in some areas of our country feel that they cannot walk around or step outside their houses for fear of criminals. In some countries, however, you would rarely see laws being broken because the penalties are so stern there.

If we use death penalty more often, all people would be able to use the streets even in troubled areas because even dreaded criminals shake in the name of gallows. There are reports that some notorious criminals even faint in the court room when they hear that they would be hanged till their death. 

Death penalties broadcast a clear and loud message to all criminals. Some criminals who have committed many violent crimes like robbery, rape, and murder are walking the streets like normal citizens because we are much too lenient on them. If the death penalty is used more often than the present “rarest of rare” use then there would not be as many daring and violent crimes as there are today. There are instances that murderers after serving fourteen years of imprisonment commit another crime and take revenge against the victim’s family. In closing, I would like to add that this penalty should be used more frequently. It would make our streets safer, people more secure, and make a better world to live in. The death penalty is a definite plus for our society as a whole.


Arnab Dey






Growing terrorism

Dear Editor,

A little girl of Class II asked me whether terrorists will us. I have never seen her as much worried as she was on that particular day. The question was daunting. Her little face paled as she hugged me asking this big question. She saw the whole episode on the TV screen.

That day Mumbai city and the whole country were glued onto the TV Screens watching the operation carried out by security forces against the terrorists. Seven years passed and the situation has not at all changed. Every child leaving his house for school has this question in his eyes. He is unable to digest the philosophy of brutality that demands blood of innocent people across the globe. The question was scary because I was not sure if we were safe in this world and thought for a while as to what answer will satisfy the child. Some people from the other side of the border could creep into our territory and keep the entire country on its toes with few guns and hand grenades. Leaders had the same statements shouted literally at the crowd, “The perpetrators will be brought to justice.” It was true; our brave soldiers sacrificed their lives hunting the intruders down.  

With the passage of time, terrorism has taken different shapes but the underlying principle and act remained the same, chaos and bloodshed of innocent people. Powerful countries are pouring on ISIS with devastating weapons and their fighter planes spit fire but it seems there is no end to the whole theme of terror. For India, the breeding farms across the border are still active. The terrorist cubs are still growling at the common man. It’s a matter of great relief that the 67th Republic Day of our country culminated peacefully under heavy security scanner. But the situation in this country is alarmingly dangerous and the big question in these days is, are we really safe in a world of religious radicalization. Internet and social networking sites are used rampantly to entice the youth and expand the spectrum of terror. But we have a generation growing always anxious and who actually don’t know what this bloodshed is all about, the so called holy war fought against innocent people across the globe. Millions have so far been shattered, exterminated or forced to migrate. In the coming days it may turn more volatile as huge migration is taking place even in European countries. The world is to witness a great demographic change everywhere. While fear is looming large over the whole world, from Pathankot to Peshawar to Paris, some common questions still remain dreadfully unanswered, what is terrorism, who is a terrorist and why he kills innocent people.  


M R Lalu, VKV Sher