February 18


Pul’s son demand fair investigation, wife moves SC

New Delhi, Feb 17: Ojingso  Pul, the eldest one of former chief minister Kalikho Pul has said that there should an investigation into circumstances  leading to his father's death.

Speaking to this daily on Friday evening from Delhi, he said that people of the state and his family deserve to know the truth about the allegations leveled in the note and what led his father to take his own life.

I want the authorities to investigate everything in a fair manner so that my papa, his family and the people of the state gets justice, said the 20 years old Delhi University student.

He further said that Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein who has been named in the damning 60 paged note left behind by Late Pul should step down for a fair investigation.  

He appealed the people of the state to come forward to help get justice for his father.

Meanwhile, at a press conference on Friday in Delhi, Dangwimsai Pul, the wife of former Arunachal Pradesh  has demanded a CBI probe into his death.

"It is essential that an FIR be registered on the basis of the allegations contained in it (suicide note) and the case be investigated by the CBI since the primary allegations are of corruption of judges at the highest level," Dangwimsai Pul said in her appeal to the Chief Justice of India, a copy of which she made public at a press conference here.

She alleged that her family is getting threats from the Arunachal Pradesh government and she was advised not to hold the press conference in which she made the late chief minister's suicide note public.

"Ever since the (suicide) note surfaced in the media, my family including myself, my children and relatives have been subjected to various threats from different quarters," she claimed.

Pul had committed suicide on August 9 last year and his body was found hanging in the official residence of the Chief Minister, which he was yet to vacate.

After months of intense political developments, Pul had taken over the reins of Arunachal Pradesh on February 19, 2016 for a brief period but had to relinquish the job following a Supreme Court order in July.

Earlier, the family met noted lawyer and activist Prashant Bhushan as well as academic-politician Yogendra Yadav to apprise them about the note left behind by Pul. (With inputs from PTI)




CM promises road to Singa

TUTING, Feb 17: Chief Minister Pema Khandu has said that Singa in Upper Siang will be connected soon with road.

 "I am informed that the road to Singa, the last frontier village on the Indian side some 94 kms from Tuting, is yet to complete. Our government will make it sure that the road is completed very soon," Khandu said on Thursday after inaugurating a newly constructed steel suspension bridge over Siang River at Kodak.  

The bridge, spanning 210 meters, is completely made of steel suspended from six steel wires of 52 mm from the four towers. With an estimated cost of Rs 3894 lakhs under NLCPR, it was executed by the state Public Works Department (PWD).

He congratulated the people, especially those living on the left bank of Siang on getting connected with the sub-divisional headquarters after so many years. Earlier people commuted on foot by crossing the river over a traditional bamboo and cane hanging bridge.

Responding to few major demands of the people, Khandu announced a fund of Rs 5 crore for construction of a Guest House and establishment of a sub-treasury office at Tuting.

To a request for anti-erosion project for protection of the festival ground here, the Chief Minister requested the local administration to prepare a Detail Project Report (DPR) and submit it to the state government.

While expressing confidence on the Narendra Modi-led central government for holistic development of the state, Khandu expressed gratitude to the PRI leaders of the area for 100 percent merger from various parties to BJP.

Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, in his speech, also cited that roads are coming up fast all across the state due to Trans-Arunachal Highway.

"However, these road projects will not be complete till bridges are constructed at all required places. As our state is endowed lavishly with rivers, hundreds of bridges will have to be constructed," he said and assured that the state government will put all its resources to use in constructing these.

Local legislator and RD Minister Alo Libang  informed that about 30 villages in the sub-division are yet be connected by roads and therefore emphasized on provision for connecting these unconnected villages.

The Chief Minister in the evening visited the grand Tuting Monastery and interacted with the monks led by Ven Khenpo Rimpoche.

Early on Friday morning, the Chief Minister visited Gelling village that touches the McMohan Line, about 34 kms by road from Tuting. Incidentally the River Siang enters India from Tibet through a point near Gelling.

Before his return to the state capital, the Chief Minister also joined Aran festival celebration at Tuting that coincided with his visit.

The inaugural ceremony that also marked plantation of tree saplings near the bridge whuch was attended by Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, RD and PR Minister Alo Libang, Power Minister Tamiyo Taga, Parliamentary Secretaries Phurpa Tsering and P D Sona, Mariyang-Geku MLA Olom Panyang, state BJP President Tapir Gao, Commissioner PWD Hage Khoda, Chief Engineer PWD Nani Tatung, DC and SP of Upper Siang and others. (CM Cell)




Students intensify scholarship/stipend demand, threatens boycott of statehood day

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Feb 17:   The college students under aegis of Joint Interim Committee Stipend and Scholarship have threatened to boycott the Statehood day celebration, if the government fails to come up with written assurance on stipend/ scholarship.  

Speaking to media persons at Press Club on Friday, the committee Chairman Hillang Nima said, "If the state government fails to give us written assurance, we will stage peaceful dharna on Statehood day" while alleging that the government is unnecessarily delaying disbursement of the students stipend.

The committee demanded immediate release of all pending stipend/scholarship from the Education Department within three days. It further demanded the stipend/ scholarship should be disbursed within the month of February.  It also sought the government to roll back its new stipend/ scholarship policy and come up with permanent/ fixed date to release stipend and scholarship to avoid confusion.

On being asked by the media persons, why the students wants to avail Stipend and Scholarship when the rule says it can only avail either of the one, Nima informed that the students were availing both stipend/ scholarship over the last two years.  However, the joint committee could not substantiate their claim.

The students' community also condemned the Education Department for failing to give proper information on filling up of stipend and scholarship forms, claiming that due to lack of proper instructions many students are facing untold miseries.




Release SSA salary on time: Education Secy

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: The State Government has instructed all the Deputy Commissioners (DCs), including Capital Complex, to ensure timely release of salaries of SSA teachers in their respective districts.

This instruction has been given following reports from few districts that the District SSA authorities were not disbursing the salaries on time despite release of fund, Secretary Education Bidol Tayeng stated in his letter to the DCs.

The Secretary (Education) requested the DCs to look in to the status of release of monthly salaries of SSA teachers in their district and ensure that the salaries are released to the teachers immediately on receive from State Rajya Mission.

"Fund for monthly salaries is being released by the State Rajya Mission to the Districts Mission every month since April, 2016. But reports have been received from few districts that the District SSA Authorities are not disbursing the salaries in the district on time," the letter said.

The Secretary Education also directed SSA, Rajya Mission to release the monthly salary to districts on time.

Tayeng requested the DCs to enforce 'No work no pay' against the absentee teachers after proper verification.




Debia Sank receives Innovative Planter Award

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Debia Sank of Radhpu village in Lower Subansiri has received the Mehta Foundation Innovative Planter Award--2016 for her achievements in eco-friendly and cost effective management techniques for scientific large cardamom cultivation.

The award comprises a citation, certificate, woolen shawl and cash prize.

Debia Sanka, wife of Debia Tara was instrumental in applying many locally available eco-friendly and cost-effective management techniques for scientific large cardamom cultivation.

The Spice Board of India has already recognized her efforts and presented her with "Award of Excellency" for productivity of large cardamom at Gangtok during the year 2014-15.  

Born in 1978 at Talo village in Lower Subansiri district, she completed her schooling from Talo village. She was involved in farming activities like cultivation of ginger, turmeric, chillies, oranges, kiwi, vegetables and paddy.

In 2007, she started cultivation of large cardamom with 750 planting units (suckers). Currently, she possesses 21.0 hectare of scientifically maintained large cardamom plantation.

She also helps the poor farmers and widows in her localities by supplying the healthy large cardamom planting materials

Meanwhile, the Spice Board of India, Itanagar division congratulated her saying that it will encourage other farmers of the district in particular and state as whole.




Naharlagun all set for Boulevard of Colours

Celebrating diversity of Arunachal

Naharlagun, Feb 17: Boulevard of Colours  (BOC) is all set to celebrate the 31st Statehood day of our State. BOC was started as the Naharlagun edition of the festival of Arunachal. This year the festival is scheduled as a run up to the main event as the weekend would be ideal for the street pageant.

This year too there are 3 stages; acoustic, band and dance stage. The main event is the cavalcade of traditional cultural troupes from all the districts of Arunachal Pradesh.

The first stage is the acoustic stage where Taniya Mara, Liyir Karso and K for Kheko will be enthralling the audience. This stage will also host the Street Dance Battle that is a first in the BOC and is currently the street dance battle with the biggest prize in the country.

The main attraction is the second stage where there will be folk dance performances by 11 different troupes. Lion Dance from Tawang, Idu Mishmi Priest Dance, Peacock Dance of Khamtis  and Tangmei Tatang  of Miju Mishmi will be presented along with  festival dances of Wanchos, Adis, Digaru Mishmis, Singphos, Idu Mishmis, Galos and Yobins. Jotam and Gamin Nasi would also be playing in this stage.

The third stage will hosts the bands from the home state as well as one invited band. Bi Polor Shadows, the Methods and Secred Secracy and Boomerang will be playing on day one. Apart from this there will also be 'Meet the Author' 'Young Painters Exhibition' 'Craft & Jewellery Exhibition' and Traditional Food Court

The BoC celebrates cultural diversity and performing arts of the tribes in the state. It is also emerging as a coveted space for creative expression by young artistes, musicians, authors and poets of the State and will be held along the Power House Road, from the tri-junction of Sango Hotel to tri-junction on G- Extension Road, Naharlagun from 1700 hrs to 2000 hrs on 18th & 19th February.




Natung urges Govt officials and PR leaders to shoulder responsibility for development

SEPPA, Feb 17: Parliamentary Secretary (RD & PR) Mama Natung has exhorted the HoDs and PRI members to shoulder their responsibility for implementation of all welfare schemes of the Central Govt in true sense. Natung was addressing at the fourth quarterly review meeting of the East Kameng District Development Coordination and Monitoring Committee (DDCMC) or Disha on the progress of all centrally sponsored schemes in the district here at Kameng Hall, Seppa on Thursday.  

All stakeholders should work in tandem to bring every developmental scheme at the doorsteps of the people, Natung said while reiterating that district can be developed if everyone involved in development activities works together with dedication and devotion.

While appreciating the progress made by various departments, Parliamentary Secretary requested the DC to conduct such type of informative meetings regularly in order to have proper assessment and better coordination amongst the departments.

Acknowledging that sometimes departments have to take tough decision for good, he further assured to provide all out support and exhorted the officials not to shy away from endorsing hard action if it is done for progressive development of all.    

For maintaining secrecy and acquiring real-time update of the work, Natung suggested for instant formation of sub-committee for every individual work before the actual commencement of physical assessment and the subsequent assessment report as such prepared should be forwarded directly to the DC to  take further necessary action.

Speaking in the meeting, East Kameng DC cum CEO Rajeev Takuk dwelt at length on the chronic problem related to migration of villagers to towns.  Stating that at present development in the state is proving out to be a district headquarters-centric only, he observed that there will be no use of any developmental activities if there is no one in the villages to avail the benefit of the development.  However, he said that government is taking up every possible step to bring the fruit of development to every corner of the state. The DC further urged all HoDs and PRI members to work together for the development of the district.

DC also suggested for constitution of sub-committee for assessment of every works by involving PRI members and officials and directed the DD (UD & Housing) to acquire the land for dumping purpose as early as possible. Regarding PMKSY, DC directed the DDA (Agri) to convene a meeting with all stakeholders for better coordination and requested to initiate necessary exercise instructing NABCONS for early formalization of DIP and also assured to pursue the matter regarding implementation of DILRMP with the concerned authority.

ZPC Mering Natung urged all concerned departments to guide and coordinate with the PR members in implementation of developmental activities for realistic outcome.

Earlier, PD (DRDA) Dahey Sangno briefed the house about the objectives, functions, guidelines and composition of the DDCMC or Disha. He highlighted about the status of physical and financial achievements on various centrally-sponsored schemes like MGNREGA, IAY, PMAY (G), IWMP, PMKSY and others.

Representatives from various departments in the district gave presentation on the progress made by their respective departments on various schemes. The meeting was also attended by panchayat leaders including ZPMs and govt. officials. DIPRO   




RGU organizes promotional event for the Itanagar Smart City Mission

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: A promotional event for Smart City Itanagar Mission under the aegis of Itanagar Municipal Council was organized in the Rono Hills campus of RGU on Friday. The event was organized under the corporate collaboration of RGU.

While promoting the Smart City Itanagar Mission at the packed University Auditorium, Star campaigner Jeli Kayi mesmerized hundreds of ecstatic audience with his singing talents. He also appealed all to visit websites and various links to vote for Itanagar and make it winner in the smart city race.

Earlier, the Nodal Officer of the Smart City Itanagar Mission, Er. Tadar Tarang briefed the objectives of the mission and its targeted goals, while RGU's Deputy Registrar (Academic & Conference) Dr. David Pertin, urged all to play their part to see the state capital as a smart one while advocating that development will be replicated from Itanagar further to its adjoining areas.

Prof. A.K. Das, Director of College Development Council of RGU also appealed all to make the Itanagar a green and smart city. Deputy Registrar (Examinations) Dr. Nani Tamang Jose and Prof. Sumpam Tangjang, Head, Department of Botany from RGU and Assistant Engineer of Smart City Itanagar Mission Baba Bagang also spoke.

Among others, Registrar of RGU Prof. Rachob Taba, Coordinator Community College-RGU Prof. Otem Padung, Deputy Registrar (Projects) Kurian Thomas, faculty members and officials besides hundreds of students and Smart city volunteers participated. Huge participation for on the spot voting and offline registration marked the event at the campus.




LDV Police receive pat from MLA

[ Karyir Riba ]

ROING, Feb 17: Lower Dibang Valley (LDV) Police received pat from MLA Mutchu Mithi for maintaining good police-public relation and their effort to maintain law and order situation in the district.

Mutchu, who attended a function organized by the Police Department at VKV Auditorium here on Thursday, urged SP Sanjay Kumar Sain to initiate a 'Police Welfare Account' for Lower Dibang Valley Police and assured to contribute some amount to it from his MLA LAD fund.

The main objective of the programme was to provide the police personnel a platform to interact with each other.

On the occasion, Items like LED TVs, chairs and beds etc were distributed to every police station in the district.

LDV Deputy Commissioner Deepak Shinde was also all praise for Roing Police for their relentless efforts to check crime and unlawful activities, particularly during New Year celebration in the district.

"As a result, there were no untoward incidents reported from any part of the district during the New Year eve, he said.

Informing the gathering about the achievements of District Police under SP Sain, the DC said that the assault case on Roing based NHPC Deputy Manager case was solved within 48 hours.

SBI Regional Manager Sriram Singh also spoke and assured to come forward in support of the District Police for their welfare activities.

SP Sain expressed gratitude to the MLA, CO 62 GREF, Navayuga, ONGC Digboi and NHPC Roing for extending necessary help to the district police.

Present on the occasion, among others, were Roing ADC Sweta Yadav, the DFO, Roing, CO 62 GREF and DM Navyuga, Roing.




BRO completes Bailey bridge over Karu - Siku

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: In a major achievement, Border Road Organization (BRO) has completed the construction of the 120 feet DDR Bailey Bridge over Karu Siko on Tama Chung Chung -Taksing road.

The bridge was inaugurated by Maj Gen Ashok Dhingra of GOC 56 Infantry Division on February 7, which marked the culmination of long treacherous trek undertaken by the GOC along with Cdr 22 Infantry Brigade for a distance of more than 8 km.

The launching of this Bailey bridge will greatly facilitate all weather induction of machinery and equipments critical to accelerate completion of the tough TCC-Taksing road  in the times to come.

This Bailey bridge--the most remote in Upper Subansiri District till date and the first to be constructed ahead of Tama Chung Chung village-- was particularly challenging because of daunting logistical challenges and harsh weather condition at the construction site.

The Bridge was constructed on a steep rocky cliff along the western bank of the narrow Subansiri valley, covered by snow on the peaks.

Undeterred by the vagaries of weather, difficult terrain and lack of backspace for launching, personnel of 128 RCC under 23 BRTF under the aegis of CE (P) Arunank with local Construction Workers from the nearby villages of Tama Chung Chung, Orak and some from as far as Limeking took up this challenge.

"The bridge had to be launched using innovative methods and was launched at a skew angle of more than 25 degree from its intended alignment. It was later on swung back to its original alignment adopting innovative technique. There was no other way out to overcome this challenge," the release added.





31st Statehood Day celebration, Pema reviews preparation

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will attend the 31st Statehood Day celebration as Chief Guest in Itnagar.

The main celebration will be held at the Indira Gandhi Park.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Pema Khandu reviewed the preparations for the Statehood Day celebration at IG Park.

The CM was accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, Chief Secretary Shakuntala Gamlin, Principal Secretary Satya Gopal, Capital Complex DC Sandeep Kumar Singh and others.

Cultural extravaganza, Flower, adventure including bungee jumping, hot air balloon, and book fair are part of the Festival of Arunachal, which coincides with the statehood day celebration

Khandu reviewed the progress of the Arunachal Tea House and the Hanger where short movies called for competition by the IPR department will be screened. The Arunachal Tea House will showcase all the local tea products and also from across the country.





Tuki unveils statue of Late Tomo Riba

AALO,  Feb 17: Former Chief Minister  Nabam Tuki has unveiled the statue of  former Chief Minister and MP,  Late Tomo Riba in presence of MLA Gojen Gadi and large of people at Ego in West Siang district on Thursday.

While recalling contributions of Late Riba towards development of the state, both Tuki and Gadi said that Riba  was as a true statesman, philanthropist and leader who really worked for the development and growth of the state.

The people of Dari Circle, family, friends and well wishers of Late Riba extended gratitude to Tuki for renaming the state Hospital Naharlagun after Late Tomo Riba and also expressed gratefulness to  present Chief Minister Pema Kandu, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein and their cabinet colleagues for naming the state hospital as Tomo Riba Institute of Health & Medical Sciences. They also lauded the Karko Ao Welfare Association in general and Gojen Gadi in particular for their  cooperation in installation of the statue. DIPRO




Ete inaugurates statue of Swami Vivekananda

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Former MLA and the pioneer of Aalo town, Boken Ete has  unveiled the statue of Swami Vivekananda amidst the presence of students and monks at Ramakrishna Mission School, Aalo here on Friday. The statue has been erected as part of golden jubilee celebration of the school.

While paying floral tribute to the statue of Swami Vivekananda, Ete said that the institution have been imparting quality education for five decades in the state and advised the monastery members, teachers and students to contribute their best for continuous growth of the school as a premier institution.

Besides, RKM School Secretary, Srimat Swami Purnajnanananda, members of monastery, teachers and thousands of students were also present on the occasion.(DIPRO)




Basar's sonic imprint

[ Paul Schneiter ]

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Nested in a peaceful valley between Aalo and Likabali, Basar does not immediately strike the eye as paradise. However one needs only start climbing above the dusty new Bazar towards the Gori village, and another entirely different perspective starts to emerge.

I arrived in Basar from New Delhi about 10 days ago, to take part in the artist residency organised by GRK as part of the Basar Conference 2017 festivities. Originally from Paris, I am a music professional involved in every aspect of the industry, both in India and in Europe.

After an adaptation period of about a week, decelerating from the frenzy of a megalopolis to the peaceful crawl of the quiet ICAR hostel as well as meeting all my new friendly neighbours, I started my work which involves the following: - finding a way to make musical sounds out of bamboo; recording the ambiances and sounds of the town, villages and jungle for an installation on the festival site; collecting additional material to include in my other international projects, thus projecting Basar's sonic imprint worldwide.

I would like to address a big thank you to everyone involved with GRK and the Basar Confluence 2017 for their hospitality and hard work, special mention to Minjo Basar for being there always, and for his crafty help in making the Bamboobar, Basar's first Galo bamboo drum!!"




Kiran Bedi to attend RGU symposium

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry Dr Kiran Bedi will attend a Symposium-cum-Panel Discussion on Empowerment of Women and Child Rights on Feb 22 next as part of 31st Statehood Day celebrations.

Invited panelists include founder director of PANN NU Foundation Delhi, Dr Alana Golmei, senior advocate Supreme Court of India Monika Arora and Nayana Shastrabude from Shtri Shakti NGO Mumbai, chairperson Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) Mitali Tingkhatra, Adi Baane Kebang Women Wing president Yalem Burang and Advocate Sunil Mow.

The event is being organized by the Department of Political Science, Rajiv Gandhi University in collaboration with the Government of Arunachal Pradesh.




Hearing on merger

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: All India Congress Committee (AICC) Legal Cell Chairman KC Mittal on Friday argued for about seven hours in the High Court, Itanagar bench on alleged  illegal merger of 43 INC MLAs to PPA in November, 2016.

The hearing in the case will be continued on Saturday.

Mittal is the counselor of APCC President, Padi Richo in the case.




 APPDSU appeals for saving school land

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: The All Papum Pare District Students' Union (APPDSU) has expressed anguish with District and Circle Administrations for not taking strict action to protect the school land from public encroachment and illegal occupation of school quarters by some individuals.

The Union said it will strictly deal with the people involved in such illegal activities legally or in any other democratic means as it deems fit.

Further, the newly elected central executive members of All Papum Pare District Union (APPDSU) urged the Deputy Commissioner of Capital and Yupia to issue directives to the officers and police to evict illegal structures constructed in the school campus and arrest those people who have illegally occupied teacher's quarters and are residing in the school quarters.

At the same time, the union has appealed to the public to refrain from such immoral and illegal activities and leave the school land free from any encroachment so that the future infrastructure development of schools are not blocked.




Riken resents misuse of name, says local artists overlooked

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Feb 17:   National School of Drama (NSD) New Delhi graduate Riken Ngomle, who is a theatre actor and director on Friday said that Statehood day Festival committee is misusing his name by flashing his name in advertisements whereas he is not performing.

 In a statement, Riken disclosed that he was offered to perform in the state festival with his group, wherein he informed the committee about minimum expenses to be incurred.

"To my utter surprise, my name and picture are being displayed in billboards and banners saying I am going to perform, which is totally false information" he added.

"I have furnished the quotation of about Rs 1.50 lakh for the performers which the organiser said they won't be able to pay, so I gave up" Riken said.  

He said that local artists are being overlooked by the festival committee by claiming that lakhs of rupees are being spent on Bollywood celebrities.

"The festival committee cannot misuse my name and the image I have earned through hardwork' he said while claiming that local artists are often being denied and deprived.

None of the committee members could be reached for a reaction on Riken's allegation.




Nyokum celebrations

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Doimukh Nyokum center is one of the pioneering centers of Nyokum Celebration of Nyishi community. In 1969 Doimukh hoisted its maiden well organized/mega Nyokum festival after Yazali (Joram) and Kimin circle in the year 1967 & 1968 respectively, where former Union Deputy Minister, GoI Late Daying Ering was the Chief Guest.

The Doimukh Nyokum center is known for upholding the ethics of the Nyokum rituals and showcases the rich tradition & cultural values of Nyishi community during the week long festivity, since its foundation.

Traditional food stall of Doimukh Nyokum Yullo Celebration 2017 was formally inaugurated by its Chairman Nabam Vivek which was witnessed by the mammoth gathering of general public and stall owners.

This year the Doimukh Nyokum Yullo Celebration Committee (DNYCC) has strictly prohibited sale of India Made Foreign Liquor and issued strict advisories to the stall owners not to display or sale any kind of wild meat.

Meanwhile, the celebration of Nyokum Yullo began at Lichi area, with the opening of games and sports competition here at playground of Primary School Lichi.

Hundreds of People clad in traditional dress thronged the festive venue this morning.

Inaugurating the sports competition, BJP Yuva Morcha, President, Taring Tiri exhorted the gathering to uphold their rich tradition and culture to safeguard  ancient indigenous practices.

He also spoke about the importance to games & sports for healthy growth of  mind and body.

Vice-President, Yuva Morcha, Tadar Raja spoke on the significance of protecting the rich art &culture and traditional customs.




Mock exercise on earthquake

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Two days awareness cum Mock exercise on earthquake has been carried out at Eleazer English School Itanagar on  Feb 15 and at St.Thomas residential School Naharlagun on Friday  by District Disaster Management Authority, Capital Complex in collaboration with the E-Coy 12thBn NDRF Itanagar. Around 700 participants including students, teaching staff and non teaching staff of both the schools participated.

During the program, NDRF team demonstrated different methods of search & rescue, evacuation and first aid. They also taught how to make rescue and evacuation tools from locally available resources. After the brief demonstration, mock exercise on earthquake was conducted in both schools in which students participated enthusiastically.




AACS allege non-compliance of guidelines

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: The Arunachal Anti-Corruption Sena (AACS) Kurung Kumey District Unit has alleged non compliance of DPR guidelines in the construction of 100 boarders Girls Hostel Building at Govt. Hr Secondary School Nyapin.

In its representation to the education minister, it has demanded constitution of a fact finding committee to unearth the truth behind the alleged embezzlement. It also demanded non-payment of the bill till the construction process is complete and as per DPR.




AAPWU demand regularization of workers in IMC

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: The All Arunachal Pradesh Workers' Union (AAPWU) has demanded regularization of workers in Itanagar Municipal Council (IMC) on seniority basis by conducting DPC. It said that the 157 workers who migrated from urban development department (sanitation) to IMC are being deprived of regularization in its memorandum submitted to the Director, Town Planning.

It also demanded timely release of wages/salaries of the contingency workers under IMC.




Statehood Day volleyball tourney

TAWANG, Feb 17: The district level volleyball tournament for, men and women organized by Tawang administration along with ATDSU as part of the Statehood Day celebration is underway at Parade Ground here.

The final matches will be played on February 20.

Winners, runners up teams and best players in both categories would be awarded cash prizes.

The first match was played between Rho-Jangda and Kitpi Elite which was won by Rho Jangda.

12 teams are participating in the tournament. DIPRO




Awareness camp held

BOMDILA, Feb 17: The district ICDS Cell Bomdila conducted an awareness camp on Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) and Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act (PWDVA)-2005 at district headquarter Bomdila on Friday.

Resource persons Advocate GT Gonpapa and Deputy Director ICDS L Moyee dealt on POCSO and PWDVA respectively which was followed by an interactive session.

Reiterating on the importance of creating awareness and sensitizing the target groups, EAC S Khandu said that in order to achieve the desired goal, the department concerned should reach out to the people at the grass root level.

Among others, the workshop was attended by CWC members, Police officers, CDPOs, Service providers, NGOs

and teachers. DIPRO




Training on disease management on cole crops

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: About 30 progressive farmers from the Self Help Groups (SHG) and NGOs from Ribu and Lempya villages of Ziro took part in a Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Yachuli conducted two-day long training programme on disease management in cole crops which concluded on Friday.

On the first day of the ATMA, Ziro sponsored programme at Ribu village, resource persons like, Dr. S K Chaturvedi and Dr. Tasso Tabin delivered lectures on importance of preparing nursery for vegetable crops and Poly-Mulching on controlling soil-borne diseases of cole crop. Field demonstration was also conducted on ways to prepare plot and lay poly mulching for controlling weeds, diseases and to preserve soil moisture.

On the following day at Lempya village, a programme on 'Biorational Diseases Management' was conducted wherein Subject Matter Specialist explained about various cole crop diseases and some of the beneficial insect-pest on vegetable crops.

Further, the farmers on their part stressed the need to establish a laboratory at district-level for producing biological agents to control diseases and pests to have organic farming.




Officials, staff mourn death of Station Superintendent

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: The officials and staff of General Manager (GM), State Transport Services (STS), Nah-arlagun and All Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Employees' Welfare Association  (AAPSTEWA) have deeply mourned the death of Senior Station Superintendent Talo Gongo at his residence at Polo Colony Naharlagun on February 17.

General Manager (STS) Abu Tayeng, in a condolence message, expressed grief and sorrow over untimely demise of Gongo.

Tayeng, on behalf of the STS family and his own behalf, prayed to almighty to rest his departed soul in peace and also bestow courage and strength to the bereaved family to withstand the tragedy.

AAPSTEWA also conveyed its heartfelt condolence to the family of late Gongo and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.




Awareness prog on domestic violence, sexual harassment

ITANAGAR, Feb 17:  An awareness programme on domestic violence, sexual harassment and child marriage was conducted by the One Stop Centre (OSC) Oju Welfare Association in collaboration with the All Kra Daadi District Students Union (AKDDSU) at Palin, Kra Daadi district recently.

During the programme, resource persons Oju Welfare Association informed the participants about various services provided by the Association to those affected by sexual harassment, domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking and related crimes and child marriage system.

Members of One Stop Centre also assured help to women and students in case they face such problems.

The programme was attended by All Kra Daadi District Students President, Gora Rikam Bhai, Child Development Project Officer Palin, members of women NGOs, panchayat leaders, teachers and girl students.




Technology Week celebration at KVK Pampoli

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Technology Week -2016-17 organized by the East Kameng district KVK started at KVK Pampoli on Wednesday last.

In his inaugural address, ZPM Dadi Rimo explained the importance of  agriculture sector in  Arunachal.  He urged the farming community to take up modern technologies in farming sector with the help of KVK scientists.  Though the district has enough land for agriculture and horticulture activities, the hard working farmers are not utilizing the modern technologies, he lamented.

Deputy Director of Agriculture, District Veterinary Officer, District Fishery Development Officer, AS Chairpersons from 8 Seppa West and Watte have also shared their views, experiences and problems being faced in the district. They also assured to extend any possible help for betterment of the farming community of East Kameng district. Two progressive farmers also shared their experiences.

Senior Scientist and Head, KVK Dr. S. Borthakur  also spoke on the occasion.

The KVK has introduced Innovative Farmers Award from this year and two farmers, namely, Dali Cheri, Nere and Nibi Longdo, Watte village have been awarded for the current year. Six students from GHSS Pampoli were also awarded for their performance during extempore speech and writing competition conducted during Jai Kishan Jai Vigyan Week and Nutrition Week respectively. Exhibition stalls were also inaugurated by ZPM Dadi Rimo.

Govt officials, public leaders, Gaon Burahs, farmers from different parts of the district  and students of GHSS Pampoli attended the inaugural function.




CAU Imphal bags 2nd position

PASIGHAT, Feb 17: The Central Agricultural University (CAU), Imphal, Manipur has received Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) Award for obtaining 2nd position under the programme category of Horticulture and Forestry among all the Agricultural Universities.  The Award is given to Central Agricultural University on the basis of performance of students of College of Horticulture and Forestry, Pasighat, in Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)'s All India Entrance Examination for Admission in Post-Graduate programme during academic year 2015-16.

CAU Vice Chancellor Prof. M. Premjit Singh received the Award from Union Agriculture Minister, Radha Mohan Singh on the occasion of Annual Conference of Vice Chancellors of Agricultural Universities and Directors of ICAR Institutes at New Delhi on February 14.

While congratulating the contribution of students in National level examination and significant contribution made by faculties, Dr. A K Pandey, Dean, College of Horticulture and Forestry, Central Agricultural University, Pasighat, extended  sincere thank  to CAU VC for his unflinching support to the growth   of College.




Mock drills conducted on disaster management

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: A series of mock drills on disaster management were conducted by the Kurung Kumey district administration in collaboration with National Disaster Management and Relief Authorities at different schools of Koloriang on Friday.

A team of 12th NDRF, Doimukh led by Inspector, Rana Kumar and SI, Gyana Nand Shah gave demonstrations on 'dos and don'ts to all participants in the event of disasters so as to minimize destruction in the case earthquake and fire accidents specifically, in schools.

Stressing on the need for preparedness to meet any challenges of natural disaster in the district, Kurung Kumey DC, Kanki Darang told the participants that natural disasters are unpredictable and the only way to minimize destruction and casualties of natural disaster is to sensitize the precautionary measures to all stakeholders.

A large number of school children, teachers, government officials and general public took part in the mock drills.




Meet demands early resolution on Lower Siang HQs

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: The public meeting conducted by District Demand Joint Action Committee (DDJAC) and several other organizations and public of Likabali and Nari Koyu Assembly Constituencies has adopted resolution to pursue vigorously with the concern authority to resolve the permanent district headquarter issue of Lower Siang.

The meeting held under the chairmanship of former ZPM Tagi Zirdo at Chidu-Chigo ground Likabali on February 16 to discuss future course of action after the end of 96-hr bandh on February 15, resolved to pursue with the concern authority to table the agenda of Lower Siang district headquarters issue as per the joint memorandum submitted to Chief Minister on February 15 by the people of both the constituencies as well as the resolution of seven legislators.

The meeting also resolved to pursue with the state government and Minister Jomde Kena for early posting of Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police at temporary headquarter Likabali.

"The demands must be fulfilled on or before the second week of March, 2017," the meeting further resolved.




Siang Coordination meeting

PASIGHAT, Feb 17: A coordination meeting of all the departments regarding the developmental activities of Pangin-Boleng was held at Pangin on Feb16 last. HoDs presented reports on physical achievement of various projects, financial status and shared their achievements and grievances.

Local MLA Tapang Taloh who was also present in the meeting has suggested utilization of the allocated fund judiciously and effectively in public interest. He asked the officers to put up their proposals to the government at the earliest and keep him informed of the follow up action.

EAC T. Jonnom stressed on proper utilization of resources with strict monitoring and compliance of all quality control measures as per laid down guidelines. DIPRO




Workers register under APB&OCWWB

MECHUKA, Feb 17: Some 156 unregistered workers were enrolled at a mega awareness camp cum distribution of welfare kits organized by APB&OCWWB on February 15.

At mega awareness camp, a memorandum was submitted demanding a registration officer at Mechuka.

Labour commissioner (LC) Ojing Darang taking serious note of memorandum assured to appoint an RO at Mechuka.

He asked the unregistered workers to get registered for benefits from the scheme and facilities specifically made for them.

Saikia Yangdu OSD Labour Board, ADC Mechuka Tumge Loya, Circle Officer RK Sona and Registration officer Jumne Lego attended the event.




Kurung Kumey DCC merges into BJP

ITANAGAR, Feb 17: Kurung Kumey DCC president, general secretary along with members and Congress Panchayat leaders of Sarli, Damin, Parsi Parlo and Koloriang Block merged into BJP in a function organized at Kolorinag recently, claimed Kurung Kumey district BJP in a release.

The function was attended by the party's Subansiri zonal in-charge Tangor Tapak, PHE & WS Minister Bamang Felix, Parliamentary Secretary Pani Taram, District BJP president Tadar Deven, former MLA Ngurang Pinch and State Council Member Lokam Tassar.

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Testing time for judiciary

Just days before Arunachal celebrates statehood day, the state has been rocked by the leak of explosive note penned by former Chief Minister late Kalikho Pul. Named ‘Mere Vichar’ the note written by Pul just days before he committed suicide has named prominent politicians and even top judges of Supreme Court for allegedly being involved in corrupt practices. Present Chief Minister Pema Khandu, his father late Dorjee Khandu, Deputy CM Chowna Mein and former CM Nabam Tuki has all been named in the diary. Pul’s first wife has sought CBI investigation into the allegation and has even written to the Chief Justice of India Jagdish Singh Khehar in this regard.

Opposition parties like PPA and Congress has sought resignation of CM and deputy CM. Strangely most of the persons who has been named by Pul has not responded to the allegation barring Tuki. Shockingly even BJP, whose supreme leader Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who often talks of rooting out corruption, has maintained stoic silence over the issue. There is no denying that allegation leveled by Pul in his Mere Vichar note cannot be taken as holy truth. It is possible that he might have dragged name of all the people mentioned in note out of frustration. However, there should be proper investigation into the matter by CBI or by a court monitor agency to unearth the truth. The man has penned a dying note and therefore it should not be taken lightly. It will be great injustice if this case is wrapped under a carpet and allowed to die natural death. Justice should prevail otherwise people will lose faith on Indian legal justice system. Now the ball is in the court of CJI and hopefully he will take a decision which will restore the faith of people on judiciary.







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Dear Editor,

With the Education department in the state going viral, students in the state are furious and confused regarding the scholarship and the stipend benefit. The rule says that a student cannot avail scholarship/stipend facilities at the same time. And we know our 'rich' state had been disbursing both scholarship and stipend to those who applied for it.

The first meeting on streamlining of stipend was held under the chairmanship of Chowna Mein, Deputy CM in his conference hall on 7-12-16 to discuss various strategies and initiatives to be adopted.  After a weeklong meetings and talks, the 'decisions' were made. According to the list of decisions submitted- the 6th(III) of the decisions clearly states the following: the new stipend policy to be made effective from the academic year 2017-18. The old system will be followed/maintained during the academic year 2016-17 to prevent lapse.

There are also students who have filled up the scholarship and yet again availed the stipend while some did not get. Why?


Lindum Mama





India and China

Dear Editor,

The two Asian giants, India and China are now facing confrontations at every regional and international platform mostly due to the bullying attitude of China. However, I consider this to be a positive opportunity for India in growing faster to match China in the coming decades than crying out. India has all the necessary credentials, talents and resources to raise high in a global platform and built her economy strong and solid. The challenge posed by China should stimulate India to get up from her winter sleep and do more. India’s challenge is not her economy or her vast population along with unguarded borders; but illegitimate politicians heading various political parties. No one among political elites want to be a server to the people but all of them wish to be the top leader whether they have the ability to speak in good English at an international forum is a secondary question. Any good initiative that the current Government of India has tried or attempted to follow rather than waiting like a dead dodo unlike a puppet PM few years back; the opposition has stalled the moves and disrupted parliament. India’s greatest enemies are her own politicians and social elites; not actually China and Pakistan. Few others holding back the nation are disgruntled groups like China backed Maoists and related insurgent groups. They may have started with a good note and philosophy to care for the poor; but has transformed into organized and heavily armed goons whose only focus is not social justice but loot, arsenal, rapes, extortion, smuggling and trafficking. In spite of all these limitations and the burden of a hugely illiterate population, India has done great to be recognized in the global platform. As long as the people of the country only look and think about harming one another and pull each other down, India is no match for China. Unity is the only strength and force that can take India to the forefront and match China.


Saikat Kumar Basu,





Conduct interview with dignity

Dear Editor,

Please do not play with the sentiments of innocent candidates. Many of the candidates are preparing hard for every single opportunity so at least let us face the interview with dignity.

I am talking about the interview conducted by NRHM for the post of DAHPM and District Data Assistant on 14/02/2017. During interview, the way panel behaved was something unacceptable. They were changing channels of the TV, leaving interview room, and talking loud in mobile during the interview, outsiders were moving in and out. I don't know how people can be so unprofessional.

Please do not dishonour our qualifications.


A Disappointed Candidate




Age and employment

Dear Editor,

The hot topic on the enhancement of retirement age from 58 to 60 years is going on viral in the social media and dailies. Everyone have their own views and explanations. A view from one side of coin depicts that they are demanding for uniformity in the process of retirement age for every section of employees and believes that they have their rights on demanding it. Currently, the state government is maintaining three retirement system in the state. A view from the other side of coin reveals another story. One of my colleague mockingly said, “Areh 2 years bada deneh se kya bada changes layega system meh, sab log ko apna hi pocket ka parwa hai”. From my point of view, there should be a constructive discussion among the representatives of different groups, those who are opposing and favoring the call.

The current state of unemployment in our state is precarious and in this situation, it is unhealthy for the CoSAAP to go for it. Practically, if we speak of surrendering the Government job to a young and energetic eligible youths then it may yield a good result; in this fast advancing era of supercomputers. No doubt, we are very grateful and highly indebted to those people who have till now served our state administration very cautiously and are vigilant in their duties.

The energy and power of youths is draining out, they are being directed in futile ways due to the hell word “unemployment”. I know, most of you don’t agree with my point of linking unemployment with the age enhancement. But it affects, at-least a little. Many renowned people around the globe have acknowledge the power of youths. Our present Prime Minister Modi says, “India is the world’s most youthful nation. A nation with such youth power cannot dream small. We cannot commit this crime. We should dream big, we should enable the youth to dream big and we should give them an opportunity to realize their dreams”.

So it is now, up to the Government to decide the youth’s faith.


Phongam Tesia, RGU




The prevalent caste system

Dear Editor,

Lower caste students are forced to sit separately from upper caste for their mid-day meal in a government school in Junagadh, Gujarat and such ugly practices prevail elsewhere also. The Director of District Primary Education Project (DEPP), Mr Mahesh Singh has told the Press at the end of the "Chintan Shibir" for teachers, principals and education department officials that if the children of all castes are made to sit together, many upper caste parents would withdraw their wards from the school.

These incidents confirm the survey on untouchability in India in 2016. Researchers from Jawaharlal Nehru University and University of Maryland have covered 42,152 households across our country. A whopping 27 per cent of the members of those households shamelessly declare that they practice untouchability. There must be some more people who cling to such inhuman prejudices without categorically declaring it to a study team for the fear of legal actions against them. This shows that a large section of our people are still carrying almost same horrifying apathy against Dalits as our ancestors.

We can now recall that a few days ago, a woman teacher in Amreli thrashed her Head Master on being asked for stationery by her Dalit superior. These incidents and the attack on the Bastar-based academic and researcher Bela Bhatia, explain why we fail Dalits and their champions as well. This is the reason why India still needs job reservation for the Dalits not for giving them jobs but for the sake of social justice and to make our administration free from caste bias. It goes without saying that any administrative bias against Dalits cannot act as a deterrent to stop rising incidents like Una, Bastar, Junagadh and Amreli.

Caste reservation is confined only to government sector which is a tiny part of total job market. If the idea behind the caste reservation is to provide just employment to Dalits then such reservation would have been extended to private sector also. As a matter of fact, reservation for the Dalits, only for the government sector is just to ensure proportional representation of Dalits in every police station, government office and legislative body so that they can save themselves in a country where they are still being agonisingly ill - treated.


Sujit De, Kolkata






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