February 28


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Corruption led to collapse of bridge: Congress

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Feb 27:  Corruption was responsible for the collapse of suspension bridge at Tirbin on February 15 injuring seven people, alleged the District Congress Committee of West Siang district.

There was gross violation and work was not executed as per Detail Project Report (DPR). It is alleged that DPR was compromised which resulted in sub-standard work by using bamboos.

The committee however didn't mention the contractors or the firms in its press statement.

Addressing the media persons at Press Club on Monday, West Siang District Congress President Marpin Basar squarely blamed the PWD for poor quality of work leading to   the collapse of newly built suspension bridge injuring seven people including a pregnant woman.

Basar demanded the government to suspend the officers involved in the dubious works. He also asked the government to constitute an inquiry committee over the low standard work executed by the contractors and the department resulting in its collapse.

Did the department DPR recommend use of bamboos in the suspension bridge, Basar asked.

One Bajum Boje, a youth of Bege village lodged complaint against the department and contractors with Extra Assistant Commissioner Tirbin on February 18, three days after the incident holding them responsible for the collapse of bridge.

"A free and fair investigation should be conducted so that truth is unearthed and responsible people booked under appropriate section of the law" he said demanding that the government pay compensation to injured people for medical expenses.

Basar also questioned the role of local MLA in ensuring the quality work of the bridge.  

Meanwhile, the committee further demanded that local MLA allocate funds from MLALAD to procure vehicle for the Police Outpost in order to make the police outpost at Tirbin functional.




Students allege discrepancies in road funding

ITANAGAR, Feb 27: The All Papum Pare District Students Union (APDDSU) in a letter to the Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein who also holds PWD portfolio alleged that two stretches of road -Bage Tinali-RGU and Khola Camp Tinali-Doimukh-Gumto Check Post is being funded from two different agencies at the same time. APPDSU claimed that National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) has already issued NIT on November 11 last year for Rs. 68.54 Cr for the rehabilitation and up gradation of Doimukh-Harmoti Road and Doimukh to Khula camp and to Bage Tinali road.

The state government has also kept fund provision under State Annual Development Agenda (SADA) 2016-17 for maintenance of Baghe-Tinal-RGU-Road (Rs 650 lac) and Khola Camp Tinali-Doimukh-Gumto Check Post road (Rs 850 lac). The union has termed sanctioning of fund from two different sources for the same stretch of road as gross mistake and alleged that PWD is misusing the state fund.

They have appealed to PWD Minister to immediately divert the fund allocated under (SADA) for the construction of Cement Concrete Road in other stretch of roads under Doimukh Township with proper drainage provision. Further, APDDSU added that all the codal formalities should be maintained for the standard bidding by the department concern without any interference from any corner, so that the work quality is not compromised by the contractors. APPDSU has threatened to stop plying of government as well as private vehicles in Doimukh road if their demands are not met by the state government.




Brahamkund- Arrowa road likely to complete within two years

ITANAGAR, Feb 27: The construction of Brahamkund- Arrowa road in Lohit district is likely to be completed within next two years.  The formation cutting of the road stretch was completed during January 2017, according to a BRTF release.

The surface road work is under progress and in all probability, it will be completed in next 2 years, the release said.   The 48 BRTF commander Col C Rajashekar stated that the Brahamkund-Arrowa  road will play a major role in the inter valley connectivity between Lohit and Anjaw districts.  The important hilly route will provide logistic support to Armed Forces deployed at Anjaw district.

It is worth mentioning that the Brahamkund-Tohangam-Hayuliang road being maintained by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) is the only existing road to connect the Anjaw district and troops deployed on Indo-China Border.

However, the road stretches between Brahamkund-Tohangam and Tohamgam - Tidding are prone to landslides creating problems for road users. Recognizing the need for the improved   and durable road connectivity in eastern region of the country, an alternative alignment from Brahamkund to Arrowa having road length 24.810 Km was sanctioned on June 30, 2009.




Pasighat gets drugs rehab center

PASIGHAT, Feb 27: Pasighat MLA Kaling Moyong inaugurated the newly constructed drugs addict rehabilitation center at HDS compound, Leprosy colony on Monday.

Speaking on the occasion, Moyong stated people addicted to drugs often need additional care and assistance which the drug rehabilitation center will provide.

Rehabilitation centre can only be truly effective when the patients are motivated, has desire to be there to change his or her addictive habits, he said.

Moyong appreciated the untiring efforts of ABK (WW), DMO and EE T Jamoh and AE Bising Darin of WRD Pasighat for their concerted efforts.

MLA apprised that water and power supply in the area is being improved and further disclosed various upcoming developments meant for Pasighat in particular.

DC Tamiyo Tatak appreciated the efforts ABK (WW) and WASE for their fight against drugs and alcohol. He urged the MLA to provide fund suitably for construction of boundary wall to check encroachment.  DIPRO




Tirap pay last respect to chief of Kheti P Raja

KHONSA, Feb 27: The last rites of Panwang Raja (Lowang), Paramount Chief of Kheti village, who breathed his last at Dibrugarh on Feb 22 last was performed in a traditional way on Monday.

Born in 1942, the late chief was associated with K A A Raja, the then former Lieutenant Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, when he was serving as VLW but he had to leave his  job after his father Late Wangto Lowang died early in 1976 in order to serve as the Chief of Kheti. He donated maximum portion of land to the government for development of Khonsa Township.

Attending the funeral, Tirap DC Ravi Jha said that his contributions and co-operation to the government officers will be remembered immensely in the days to come.

In his condolence message Wanglin Lowangdong, Paramount Chief of Borduria mentioning P Raja as a true custodian of Nocte traditional system said his contribution will always be remembered.

Earlier among others, former minister T L Rajkumar, Minister for Agriculture Wangki Lowang, MLA Tirong Aboh, Ex-Minister Thajam Aboh, Ex-MLA Yumsem Matey and Rani of Borduria Chasoam Wangchadong paid homage to the late chief along with 26 Nocte villages led by their respective Chiefs.

War Dance by Lahu village, beating of Thaam (Traditional Hollow Log Drum), and beating of gong, gun firing and traditional sports also marked the six day event last rites which began on Feb 22 last. (DIPRO)




Rural Mart-AWEED opens at Ziro

ZIRO, Feb 27: A financial institution -'Rural Mart- AWFED (All Weavers Federation) tribal Emporium' opened at Sirin Pakho here on Monday. Aimed at providing fixed deposits, recurring deposits and savings deposits at much higher interests as compared to other financial institutions, it is being run by High Vision Thrift and Credit Coop Society, Ziro.

Financed under NABARD to encourage and assist rural artisans and weavers to sell their products and become self sustainable, rental and salaries of the employees of the mart will be initially borne by NABARD for two years till the weavers are able to become self-sufficient.

Addressing artisans and weavers and members of the NGOs during its inaugural session, NABARD General Manager S Shankaranarayanan said, "There's no dearth of artistic weavers in the state and the entire northeast. The intricate designs and patterns of our weavers are the cynosure at various craft melas and exhibitions across the country, however guidance is required for the artisans to mould and recreate the dresses with the local patterns as per requirement and demand of the markets outside northeast." He assured to conduct trainings in this regard.

"Handlooms in a way are directly connected to the rich tradition and culture of this area.

 In every festivity there is a wide display of traditional dresses. Therefore encouraging the weavers directly contributes in preserving the rich culture," he added while assuring to sponsor weavers to participate in craft melas and fairs across the country.

He also emphasized on the need to improve marketing strategies and suggested for brain storming sessions to develop strategies for effective marketing of the end products.

Joint Director, Textiles and Crafts, Hage Tatan suggested for creating a logo for the handloom products from Ziro to give it a brand value adding, "Handmade clothes are in huge demand, what is required is a good marketing."

He further informed that the PM Mudra Yojna, the erstwhile weaver's credit card, will facilitate loans from Rs 50,000 to Rs 5 lakhs.

ZPM, Nichi Nitti Tilling Sambyo encouraged unemployed youths to take up such income generating activities rather than to run behind government officers and public leaders for contract works.

DDM, NABARD Ziro branch O P Munglang presenting the keynote address  dealt in length about the Rural Marts and other activities sponsored by NABARD.

DRCS Gyati Kobin and Social activist Hibu Ama also spoke on the occasion.

Later, the registered office agents were awarded certificates by NABARD GM. (DIPRO)




Don't make Religion a festival barrier: Waii

ITANAGAR, Feb 27:  Religion should not become a barrier in celebrating festival, said Home Minister Kumar Waii.

Attending the Nyokum Yullo celebration at Doimukh on Sunday, Waii called upon people of the state to participate in such festivals, regardless of their religious faiths and community.

PWD Superintending Engineer (Coordination & Capital Circle) Ratu Techi suggested the Nyokum Committees to organize door-to-door visit along with Buya team and Priest showering blessings on every family. He opined that such practice would add more colour to the celebration.

Parliamentary Secretary (Home) Pani Taram spoke on the importance of protection and preservation of rich culture and traditions for identity.

Festival celebration committee vice chairman Nera Tana Tara and general secretary Debia Muj also spoke on the occasion.

Earlier, the celebration began with impressive Nyokum rituals, followed by colorful Mega Dance by womenfolk from different Panchayats of the area at Rono Ground.

Miss Nyokum - 2107 contest was also held in the evening which was won by Nabam Ana.

Dolang Anju and Ngurang Amin were adjudged first and second runners up respectively.

At Namsai,  Nyokum was celebrated with traditional pomp and religious gaiety by the employees of the community residing in Namsai and the students studying in various educational institutes at PHED Complex Namsai.

Attending the festival, Local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary (Planning) Chow Zingnu Namchoom said that festivals are occasions to showcase, preserve and promote our rich culture and traditions. Besides, festivals provide an opportunity to mingle with people of other communities and share happiness, he said.

Namsai Deputy Commissioner RK Sharma said that he was overwhelmed by the way the Nyokum Yullo was organized. He emphasized the importance of maintaining one's own tradition and culture in this ever changing and western influenced world.

Earlier, festival celebration committee chairman Pill Dipen gave the welcome speech and Secretary Taba Pinka highlighted the importance of Nyokum Yullo celebration.

DIGP (Eastern Range) stationed at Namsai Appur Bitin, BJP in charge of Namsai district Nich Doni, HoDs, PRI and public leaders of Namsai attended the festival.

Rikham Pada and Buya dances followed by multi- tribe colourful cultural display showcasing oneness were the main attractions of the day.

Various sports events, such as volleyball, football and badminton were also organized as part of the celebration.

At Delhi: The students of Arunachal studying in Delhi celebrated golden jubilee Nyokum with enthusiasm.

Deputy Resident Commissioner of Arunachal Bhawan KN Damo, former AAPSU President Takam Tatung, ASUD President Taba Doni attended the celebration.

Damo advised the students that their primary focus should be their study while the ASUD president called for oneness among students of the state studying outside.

The former AAPSU leader Tatung announced contribution from his side for Nyokum celebration next year.




‘AFSPA is no cure for militancy’

New Delhi, Feb 27: The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act -- the AFSPA -- is not the medicine for militancy and it is there to "extract resources" from Manipur, Irom Sharmila's party PRJA has said.

To drive home the point, the Peoples' Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA) said that there were only four insurgent groups when the draconian AFSPA was introduced in Manipur in the 1980s and the number has gone up to 32 since.

The PRJA, which was formed by Sharmila after she ended her 16-year-long hunger strike against the AFSPA in August last year, is making its electoral debut in this Assembly polls, fielding candidates in three of the state's 60 seats.

"The AFSPA is not about militancy and counter-insurgency. It is something beyond that. To deal with militancy and counter-insurgency, you may need laws and programmes but the AFSPA is not one of them.

"In the 1980s when the AFSPA was introduced in Manipur, there were only four insurgent groups and in 2016 there were more than 32 groups reported... The AFSPA is not the medicine for militancy. It has clearly multiplied the disease. The AFSPA is there to extract resources from Manipur," PRJA convener Erendro Leichombam said in an email interview to PTI.

He said that his party would work towards the removal of the Act, which gives sweeping powers and immunity to the army in conflict-ridden areas,

from Manipur first and "then move Parliament to repeal it from all places across India".

Asked whether the electoral fight this time was "symbolic", the 33-year-old leader said, "Absolutely not. I think one PRJA MLA is worth 60 other MLAs. We are going to create so much ruckus inside the Assembly and expose the lies that people are going to ask for more."

Asked whether the party would support either the Congress or the BJP in case of a hung verdict, Leichombam just said, "We are not going to ally with the Congress."

On the possibility of a future alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in view of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's appreciation of Sharmila, he said, "We are a very new party, we are barely five months old. We want to make sure we establish our own identity and foundation and once we are assured of the party strength, only after that we will be looking at an alliance."

Besides removal of the AFSPA, the nascent party is fighting the election on the planks of ending corruption, reducing unemployment, implementing Lokayukta, and ensuring a harmonious and inclusive Manipur.

Manipur is going to polls in two phases on March 4 and March 8 and the counting will be held on March 11. The Okram Ibobi Singh-led Congress dispensation has been in power in Manipur since 2002.

Asked about the party's take on the economic blockade by the United Naga Council and its impact to the economy of the state, he said, "Every day, people are struggling because of the economic blockade. The Congress and the BJP are in power in the state and at the Centre, respectively. It is their job to resolve this at the earliest but they are just taking political mileage out of this. PTI




Sub-standard TAH work alleged

ITANAGAR, Feb 27:  The All Lower Subansiri Youth Association (ALSYA) has in a complaint letter to the state Chief Secretary claimed that the maintenance work of Potin to Bopi road under TAH, sanctioned under Ministry of MoRTH has not been carried out as per DPR.

Alleging substandard work being carried out, the Association urged the concern authority to conduct an inquiry into the issue by constituting a committee consisting of officers not below the rank of Commissioner and officers from the MoRTH.

It further informed that it had also submitted a representation to the concern authority to complete the land acquisition process within 15 days as it has resulted in inordinate delay in the construction of Trans Arunachal Highway.

The Association has further demanded early completion of land acquisition process, construction of road from Potin to Bopi under TAH, proper renovation of the said road as per DPR and to initiate action against erring officers.




MoU signed between RGU and IIE

ITANAGAR, Feb 27: A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) and the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) at Guwahati to mutually work for developing entrepreneurship culture among the youth of North Eastern region.

The organisations agreed to work in the areas of entrepreneurship education, capacity building, conducting seminars, workshops, studies etc, and help identify avenues for entrepreneurs in the region, with special focus to Arunachal Pradesh.

IIE was represented by its Director Manoj Kr Das while RGU was represented by Arindam Garg, Head of the Department of Management.




AMSU demands power supply in Hawai

ITANAGAR, Feb 27: All Mishmi Students' Union (AMSU) appealed to Hydro-Power Development Department, Chanquenty under Hawai circle to restore electricity supply in Hawai as soon as possible keeping in mind the fast approaching class X and XI examinations.

Reportedly, the mini hydel station, which supplies power to Hawai, got damaged by lightning /thunder on February 22 resulting in disruption in power supply, the students union informed in a release.

AMSU also informed that it had discussed the matter with the local MLA and appealed her to initiate for early restoration of electricity supply.




Skill Development Classes on Two-Wheeler-Repair & Maintenance

ITANAGAR, Feb 27: The principal of Rajiv Gandhi Government Polytechnic College (RGGP) Dr. AK Tripathy has inaugurated one week Skill Development Classes (SDC) on "Two-Wheeler-Repair & Maintenance" organized by the Department of Automobile Engineering under AICTE-NEQIP scheme on Monday.

Speaking on the occasion Dr. AK Tripathy stressed on the importance of skill development and various opportunities available for the trainees. He encouraged and advocated the students to take part actively in the training program and appreciated the effort of the department for organizing such skill development classes. Only 20% of the graduates are employable due to want of skill, he added.

The SDC will enhance knowledge and practical exposure on two-wheeler technology. It is the second of its type being organized by the AUE department motivated by the success of the first SDC held in April 2016 informed D. Devarasiddappa, HoD I/c cum Coordinator. Experienced technician Dipu Baroi will conduct the classes on various systems of two-wheeler including engine, clutch, gear box, suspension system, lighting system etc.

TabaTath, Hod I/c (TTM) also spoke on the occasion. While stressing the need for such skill development classes, he informed that that there is lot of scope for entrepreneurial opportunity in the automobile sector in Arunachal Pradesh.




Khuppi-Seppa transmission lines restored

SEPPA, Feb 27: The main power supply lines to East Kameng and some part of West Kameng districts was restored on Sunday.

Khuppi-Seppa transmission lines had suffered major damages due to heavy storm last Wednesday. The power department along with East Kameng district administration managed to restore the power supply in four days. (DIPRO)




DRDA staffs take mass leave

YINGKIONG, Feb 27:  Following the Feb 24 decision, the DRDA employees of Upper Siang, Lohit and West Kameng districts have taken five- day mass casual leave from Monday onwards to press for their two-point demands.

Earlier, the six-day pen and tool down strike by DRDA employees ended on Saturday, bearing no fruit. The employees will launch their second phase pen and tool down strike for an indefinite period after the end of the mass casual leave, if their demands were not met.




'Cancel viva-voce exam for APCS entry grade'

ITANAGAR, Feb 27:  The Arunachal Teachers' Association (ATA) has sought immediate cancellation of the viva-voce examination for APCS entry grade scheduled to be held on Mar 3 next.

In a representation to the state Chief Secretary, the ATA claimed that over 60 teachers have submitted their nomination to the Department of Personnel for the posts for APCS (EG) for Circle Officer, however; only 21 were selected against the 19 posts.

'The concern department has totally disregarded nomination of highly qualified and efficient teachers'; the ATA alleged and criticized the department for violating the basic norms.




NSCN cadre arrested

KOHIMA, Feb 27: Self Style Lance/Cpl, NSCN (IM) Akha Wangsu was apprehended by the Longding Battalion under the aegis of DAO division in Niausa village on  Feb 27.

He reportedly admitted that he has been an active part of the banned outfit since August 2015.




Declare MTS interview results: AdiSU

ITANAGAR, Feb  27: Adi Students' Union(AdiSU) Apex  has sought the  intervention of Health Minister Jomde Kena for early declaration of interview (viva voice) results for the posts of Multi Tasking Staff (MTS) under health department in  Siang district.

Even after the five months of the  interview, the results  in Siang district was not declared,  whereas the  youths recruited under similar posts in other districts have already joined their  duty, the Union resented in its representation to the minister.

It threatened to launch agitation if the Govt fails to declare the interview results within fifteen days  or re-conduct the same at the earliest.




Mutchu inaugurate high mast lighting system

ROING, Feb 27: MLA Mutchu Mithi inaugurated the high mast lighting system installed in Apex Bank premises at Main Market here on Monday.

The Electrical Department installed the 9.6KW lighting system under SIDF scheme.

It will illuminate area of around 100-150 meter from its focal point.

Two more such high mast lighting system of 30 meter height are being installed--one near the welcome (to Roing) gate and another at District Hospital premises, informed contractor Emumi Mega. Staff of the Electrical Department, Apex Bank and market goers witnessed the inauguration.



SFS college library inaugurated

AALO, Feb 27: The SFS College Library cum Reading Room was inaugurated by CO Lijum Ete on Monday.

Later addressing a gathering, CO Ete exhorted the students to make best use of the spacious library for their regular curriculum as well as for the competitive examinations. He urged the students not to waste their time on social media and rather read books which will enhance their knowledge. (DIPRO)




Employees demand fair DPC

ITANAGAR, Feb 27: Claiming that under the previously held Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC), the employees of grade C and D under SSA in the Education Department, Dibang Valley were deprived, the All Arunachal Pradesh Workers' Union Dibang Valley District (Unit) urged the Deputy Director School Education to adhere to the 50 percent reservation quota on promotion and regularization.

In a representation to DDSE Dibang Valley, the AAPWU district unit stated that condition of grade C & D employees working under SSA is miserable.   The union requested the DDSE to absorb the employees working under SSA as per the seniority, giving them equal opportunity in DPC.




Poultry breed, feeder distributed to farm women

PASIGHAT, Feb 27: Improved poultry breed Vanaraja along with poultry feed, feeder and vitamins were distributed to around 50 farm women from Namsing Village on the concluding day of a three-day long training on 'Capacity Building of Tribal Women's on Poultry Farming,' here on Saturday last.

Organized by the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), East Siang and College of Horticulture & Forestry, Central Agricultural University, Pasighat in collaboration with ICAR-National Research Centre on Yak, Dirang, the training programme was attended by Dean, College of Horticulture & Forestry, Central Agricultural University (CAU), Dr. A K Pandey, Dr. Angad Prasad, DDE, CAU, Imphal  and East Siang KVK, Dr. Mahesh Pathak.

During the training, Scientist from ICAR-NRC on Yak and KVK, East Siang gave hands on training on poultry vaccination and emphasized on the need of vaccinating animal for prevention of animal diseases.




JWCAPTU to launch a series of  agitation

ITANAGAR, Feb 27: Expressing anguish over the apathetic attitude of the Government towards its 13-point demands,  the Joint Working Committee of Arunachal Pradesh Trade Unions (JWCAPTU) has decided to  launch its fourth phase state-wide agitation with Taal March cum Mass rally on March 29 and 30. This will be followed by 96-hr hunger strike from April 10 and 48-hr state-wide black out on April 17 and 18 as fifth and six phase of agitation, the release said.  

In a representation to the Chief Secretary, the organization said it was compelled to intensify the democratic movement as the state Govt is in no mood to address the demands or willing to initiate talks with the organization.




CoSAAP mourns death of RWD Dy. Secy

ITANAGAR, Feb 27: Confederation of Service Associations of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP) deeply mourned the untimely demise of RWD Deputy Secretary Hage Ruja on Saturday.

The apex employees' organisation conveyed heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family and prayed almighty to bestow them enough strength to bear the irreparable loss.




Training on integrated diseases management of pulse crops

PASIGHAT, Feb 27: A day-long training programme on 'Integrated Diseases Management of Pulse Crops' was conducted for progressive farmers at Detak village under Ruksin, East Siang district here on Monday.

Addressing the participants on the occasion, Senior Scientist and Head, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, East Siang, College of Horticulture and Forestry, Central Agricultural University, Pasighat, Dr. M Pathak exhorted the farmers to cultivate various pulses for nutritional security and economic prosperity.

Course coordinator of training programme, Assistant Professor, Dr. R C Shakywar informed about various diseases affecting pulses like; Arhar, lentil, pea, moong and urad while, East Siang KVK, SMS Plant Protection, Toge Riba imparted training on packaging of pulses.

Seed of pulses and vegetable were also distributed to the farmers on the occasion.




Training on Energy Conservation Building Code concludes

KHONSA, Feb 27: A three-day long intensive training programme on Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) and Arunachal Pradesh Energy Conservation Building Code (APECBC) concluded here on Saturday last.

Jointly organized by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and the Arunachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency (APEDA), the programme was attended by Engineers from various technical departments of the district.

Speaking on the occasion, DDSE, P Lombi underscored the importance of energy conservation in today's context and encouraged the participants to gain maximum benefit from the training and implement it is their day to day life.

CO A Kri and JE, Jungsham Gahja also spoke on the occasion.

Earlier, resource persons Zaiur Rehman and Mohd Ariz from GEED, Delhi conducted the technical session over the three days, covering various aspects of ECBC.




IMFL seized

ITANAGAR, Feb 27: Adi Bane Kebang (ABK) Women Wing, Siang District Unit has seized huge numbers of IMFL cases during its regular checking at Kebang Village and Sissen Station near Kekar Monying recently.

Headed by ABK WW Siang District Unit president Shyama Panor and general secretary Yagam Tayeng Jerang, the team with the support of Pangin police has raided around 15 shops in both the places.

The  operation against illegal selling of IMFL will continue.

They further added their organization have been strongly opposing caroms and snooker, and opposed to rampant hunting and fishing in the district.

Meanwhile, the women wing lauded Siang DC Rahul Singh, CO Dr Rani Mibang and Pangin PS OC Joseph for supporting their movement.




Postal official suspended

ITANAGAR, Feb 27: The Director General of Postal Service (DGPS), NE Circle, Shillong has put SPM of Sunpura SO Ranjana Singh under suspension under Sub- Rule (1) of Rule 10 of the Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1965 with immediate effect.

The official, who was the former SPM of Chowkham SO, has been directed not to leave the headquarters without obtaining prior permission from the DGPS.




ATI training

ITANAGAR, Feb 27: A three days refreshers course for Personal Assistant and senior Personal Assistant working in various departments commenced at Administrative Training Institute (ATI), Naharlagun on Monday.

The training will focus on exploring the latent resource of the work force, developing their work as well as communication skills for effective service delivery and stress management both in office and home, informed ATI Director Pate Marik.

He also urged the participants to update their working knowledge continuously so as to deal with increasing expectation of information and benefit seekers. He advised the participants to read rules books so that they are able to guide their bosses correctly in decision making process.

Rajib Bal and Maumita Talukdar of Integrated Business Information System (IDIS) Solutions, Kolkata are the key resource persons.

Altogether, 30 PAs and SPAs are attending the course.





ITANAGAR, Feb 27: The Assembly Youth Congress, 18th Palin ST Assembly Constituency has mourned the untimely demise of Taring Charu who died at his residence at Nyokum Lapang on Monday morning. Late Taring was former Chairman of Nyokum Lapang Welfare Committee and also stood for ASM for Tudubath Palap Anchal Segment under Chambang Circle is Kra Daadi district. He is survived by his three wives, seven daughters and three sons.  The Assembly Youth Congress termed his death as irreparable loss to family as well as the society.

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Resolve the issue

The Arunachal bhawan, Mumbai is once again in news for all the wrong reasons. This time the Arunachal Students Union of Mumbai has alleged that US Roofs, the company which has taken land on lease and developed the property including that of bhawan, is trespassing into bhawan. The company is allegedly destroying parts of bhawan and converting it into their office. This has deeply worried those cancer patients who are staying in the bhawan. Mumbai is home to famous Tata Memorial Hospital, which is known for its cancer treatment.

Majority of Arunachalees visit the said hospital for cancer treatment. Therefore it is more important to resolve the issue concerning the Arunachal bhawan. The whole problem started due to mistake committed by the state government. They should have never given the land on lease and should have constructed the bhawan on their own. State government should try to find out a lasting solution and end this imbroglio at the earliest. Most of the people who use Arunachal bhawan, Mumbai are poor cancer patients who can’t afford to stay at the costly hotels. In their interest the state government should take urgent steps to resolve all the outstanding issues.







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Value critical minds of the citizens

Dear Editor,

Through a recent edition of this daily, a senior government official had published a tenuous but arduously lengthy justification of how the recently concluded Festival of Arunachal was an immaculate success (Arunachal festival sets benchmark: food fest regains glory dated 25th February, 2017). It is fathomable that it is his duty to uphold the actions of the Government as such however disdainful it might appear to the educated and aware citizen of the 21st century.

This writer does not intend to question the grand success that he has unequivocally purported. Rather, the worrying part is his tedious choice of words to criticize the “critics” who he has ardently tried to portray as naïve and ingenuous.

This writer is of the opinion that critical mindset of the citizen is a sign that they are aware of what is going on around the society. They are alert, aware and questioning the authority of “whats” and “whys” of their actions. He has taken the liberty to declare it himself without whatsoever rational justification that the festival was absolutely flawless and bewilderingly memorable and that the people had truly enjoyed it. Before name-calling the critics as cynical and naïve, isn’t he himself being one by making such pompous remarks without a valid data to justify whether the citizens actually did enjoy it or not.

Moreover, he has liberally declared that our state hasn’t yet delivered any artist of the caliber of the Bollywood singers that were brought to perform. This might be true to an extent but does it justify the views he has purported that these Bollywood artists help showcase the potential of our state and enhance its image to the outside world?  This writer chooses to differ here. They go and play wherever they are paid excruciatingly high fees for the performances. Just a few days back before playing here, one of these Bollywood singers was performing in Guwahati at a college festival. Did it improve the image of the college or say, Assam? I doubt. It’s their job to play for a high fee. Rather, the same amount of money paid to them may nurture a dozen of local talents here.

In the overall write-up, the officer has chosen to name a few government officials and individuals whose roles he has specially cared to mention. What about the rest? Were these the only ones responsible for the grand success that he has claimed? This displays his bias towards others and favor for some.  

One may take pride in one’s roles and duties to uphold the Government policies and actions, but it is rather callous and portrays an air of dictatorial attitude when a governmental official tries to shut the questioning and critical minds of the citizens.   


Peyom Jini








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