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January - 04


Fire shatters dreams of many in the beginning of New Year

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Jan 03: Fire incident, which created havoc on 2nd January at Dokum colony, Naharlagun, seems to have burnt down dreams of many families. As house after house went into flames, many of the families would not save their belongings and became hapless witness of seeing their houses being gutted down by fire. According to Naharlagun police sources, around 25 houses were ravaged down by disastrous fire rendering many homeless.

A day later when this reporter visited the site of fire incident, many victims had numerous traumas to share. The most affected of all seem to be young children who could be seen often asking their parents about their lost home. This colony had mix population of local Arunachalees and many migrant workers. Together they shared the feeling of sadness and were helping each other for life ahead.

What is hurting the victims most was absolute anarchy which followed fire incident. Most of the personal belongings, which they managed to take out risking their own life, have been stolen during commotion and they are yet to accept the fact that even in the midst of catastrophe, people would behave so inhumanly. Abul Kalam, a migrant worker, was almost in tears while sharing his plight. “I lost everything in this incident. Nothing is left except the clothes, which I am wearing. I did manage to save some stuff but they were stolen when I was busy trying to douse off fire,” he informed.

He went to add, “I have two kids and my wife to take care of. I do not know from where to start as everything has been burnt down including whatever money I saved.” Abul Kalam is not alone, like him many families are bracing themselves for agonizing fight to start everything afresh in this freezing winter.

For Gouranga Das, this incident has killed his dreams of giving better life to his family. “I was at Barapani bazaar when the fire started and soon I rushed to home. By the time I reached, my house was in fire and I would only save my Godrej almirah,” told Gouranga.

Many of the victims have put up temporary tents and are living with their families. The chilly winter conditions are making life miserable for them and they are pinning hope on state government to come up with immediate relief.

Local MLA, Techi Kaso, visited the fire site and assured all help to victims and donated essential items like 10 quintals of rice, salt and blankets to the victims. In the meanwhile, victims are working towards starting a new life in the challenging scene.


Kri assures all-round development

TEZU, Jan 03: MLA Karikho Kri urged upon the heads of the department and other government machineries to work hard for development of people and implementation of government programmes and schemes.

Addressing the people in a function held at Tezu Forest Inspection Bungalow on the occasion of  the New Year Day celebration, Parliamentary Secretary and local MLA Kri  said  all efforts will be made to solve the electricity problems of Tezu in his current tenure.

While greeting the Tezu Sunpura people, Kri expressed his commitments for all-round development of his home constituency. His priority sectors are irrigation, road communication, agricultural sector, electricity, education, health, transport etc.A colourful cultural programme was also organized to mark the occasion. DIPRO


Seminar on Autism

ITANAGAR, Jan 03: A one day seminar on Autism was organized by Arun Jagaran Seva Samiti, Itanagar at Vidya Sagar Academy, Naharlagun on January 2.

N Adhikari, Dr. BS Tomar, Dr. Raman Shandilya, Dr. Joram Aniya Tana, Dr. Vijay Sailani, Dr AK Gautam attended the function as resource persons.

On the occasion the resource persons stressed upon the need to eradicate the misconception of autism from the society and also stressed opening of school on Autism for autistic children.


Media advocacy workshop on tobacco control

ITANAGAR, Jan 03: Itanagar Press Club (IPC) and Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI) will jointly organize a Media Advocacy Workshop on Tobacco Control at Hotel Arun Subansiri on January 09, 2010 at Itanagar. All the representatives of print and electronic media, both Government and private, and students of Mass Media will  participate in this workshop.

Besides discussing the role of media in implementing anti-tobacco laws; the workshop would also focus on implementing the ban of smoking in public-place. Both IPC and VHAI are planning to jointly organize similar workshops in this month on Tobacco Control for the elected public leaders and law enforcing officials of Arunachal Pradesh which would of great help for many; especially for the vulnerable groups like students and passive smokers.

It’s noteworthy that Tobacco which emerged as a silent killer, is responsible for many non-communicable diseases.


INC foundation day celebrated

ITANAGAR, Jan 3: The Congress leader of Palin Chambang block has celebrated the 125th anniversary of Indian National Congress by conducting social service and  organizing meeting  at Palin on Dec 28 last.

All the BCC office bearers and panchayat leaders cleaned the main water storage tank of Palin town under social service for safe drinking water. The chief guest of the celebration was ZPM Taring Bath. This was followed by a meeting attended by panchayat leaders and party workers. The house recalled the contributions of the Congress leaders and observed two minutes silence in respect of the departed leaders who dedicated their lives in freedom movements of the country.


Wushu team bags 4 bronze

ITANAGAR, Jan 3:  Arunachal Pradesh Wushu team bagged four bronze medals in the 9th Junior National Wushu Championship held in Chandigarh recently. The medal winners were Pushpa in  girls Taichi, T Sarju in girls Shanshou (56 kg), Hillang Takio in boys Shanshou (below 65kg) and Arita in girls Nanquam event.

Over 750 players from all over the country participated in the championship.

Meanwhile, AAPWA president has lauded the improved performance of the state team.


Pangsau Pass Winter Festival from Jan 20

ITANAGAR: The ethnic extravaganza, the Pangsau Pass Winter Festival 2010 will begin on Jan 20 at Nampong and will continue till Jan 22  to mesmerize the global spectators with the blazon of tribal traditions and environmental existences.

While the inaugural day will begin with cultural extravaganza, indigenous food Fiesta, tribal beverage carnival, the second day will  be dedicated to games and sports besides cultural extravaganza.

“Let Peace Prevail” marathon and Walkathon will be main attraction of the last day of the festival.

Special attractions of the programme will be Vintage Car Rally of World War II vehicles, signature campaign for peace etc.


IAS officers interact with APCS aspirants

ITANAGAR: Amit Singla, Secretary, Tax & Excise, Finance and  Ankur Garg, secretary to Governor & Planning interacted with the aspirants of APCS/UPSC-CSP-2010 in the library hall of Dera Natung Govt. College, Itanagar on Jan 3. Padmini Singla, Deputy Commissioner of capital complex  also interacted with the aspirants yesterday. Besides these, several academicians from the college, university and NERIST also impart coaching.

It may be mentioned here that Govt. sponsored Intensive Free Coaching Programme has been going on in DNGC in full swing since Dec 23 without any break. From Jan 4  the coaching will be held from 2 pm -6 pm, Dr. M. Q. Khan, the coordinator stated in a release.

A clarification


Dear Editor,

I would like to clarify the news items published in your esteemed daily on Dec 25 stating that the GMR Energy Limited is delaying in preparing and submitting the DPR of the Proposed Talong Londa Hydro Electric Project or failed to do so.

It is pertinent to be clarified here that the Pre-Feasibility Report (PFR) and Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the Proposed Talong Londa Hydro Electric Project (PTLHEP) was prepared by the NEEPCO, however, later on, the Arunachal Pradesh Govt has awarded this proposed project to the GMR Energy Limited (GEL) through competitive bidding on BOOT basis and the Memorandum of Association (MoA) was signed on 24th January’2007 in between the Arunachal Govt and GEL. But it was unfortunate that the DPR of the proposed project was handed over by the NEEPCO to the GEL, only in June 2008 that too, after a long and strong follow up from the GEL team.

Accordingly, on Oct 28 2008, the DPR of the proposed project was submitted in the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), for TEC clearance, for which the entire GEL team is hoping for early clearance. Now, GEL staff of proposed 225 MW Talong Londa Hydro Electric Project, Seppa, has submitted Rehabilitation and Resettlement Plan (R&R) for approval from the Deputy Commissioner, Seppa, and land acquisition process is about to begin after complete and final approval from DC, Seppa. At the same time, Forest Clearance proposal is preparing and same will be submitted soon to the concerned authority for early clearance.

Further, it also pertinent to share views with the affected people that the development/implementation of the Project will enhance the quality of life of the people living in and around the project by way of development of  roads and communications, availability of reliable, dependable, uninterrupted power for development of Small/Medium Industries, Employment Generations, development of Tourism, Agricultural and Horticulture activities etc.


Chapo Yangfo, Executive

For GMR Energy Limited

Talong Londa H.E.P,

Camp: Seppa, East Kameng






Dear Editor,

We, on behalf of the people of Wakka circle would like to express our heartfelt thanks to APCC president Nabam Tuki,  Horticulture Minister Honchun Ngandam for appointing Nasib G Gapaham as chairman of Ethic Cell, APCC. His appointment to the post would strengthen the party and speed up party activities in state in general and Pongchau-Wakka assembly constituency in particular.


Phochai Pansa, Ex-ZPM, Wakka,

Matgong Pansa, ASM, Khanu village,

Matpho Kolong, Secy, BCC, Wakka and

Mankhang Pansa, ASM, Wakka village





Fake ornaments – a  threat to traditional ornaments


Dear Editor,

Flooding of ornaments and beads from across the borders of our state has created concern  and has been threatening the very sanctity of our traditional ornaments and beads which have been handed down from generation to generation.

The importance and sanctity of traditional ornaments and beads of the Nyishi society is gradually becoming a thing of the past due to such influx of ornaments from outside the state. The originality and pristine antique value of traditional ornaments have been reduced to mere a play toys with the import of duplicate ornaments from Harmoti, Lakhimpur, Bhutan, Sikkim and Tibet etc.

The large scale circulation and illicit trading of fake ornaments is also great threat to economy, culture of the Nyishi community. One can understand the danger and damage caused by the fake currency note circulation in our country.

Therefore, it is high time for all conscious citizens, intellectuals and social organisations like Nyishi Elite Society, Indigenous Faith and cultural Society and other frontal organisations to take strong measures to check the menace of duplicate ornaments in order to save the defilement of our much valued traditional and local ornaments.


Taring Tina

Asstt secy, W/Wing (ANSU)




Unfair means not acceptable


Dear Editor,

We came to know from a notice published in a local newspaper that Nabam Kaha is not a bonafide student of Hindustan College. His name is not enrolled in the students’ academic list of Hindustan College, Itanagar Centre.

Therefore, Kaha is requested to voluntarily give up the key post of concerned student’s executive body.

No one has the right to forge any college’s identify card and participate in the key post of students’ organization by unfair means. Students’ organization is totally different from other constitutional or party organizations. So he is requested not to lead All Mengio Students’ Union.

We also appeal all the local public of Mengio not to interfere in the affairs of the students’ organization, and also appeal to all intellectuals, elected executive body of AMSU and other apex students body of the Papum Pare district to look into the matter.


Chukhu Anung

DNG College,


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