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Panchayat leaders oppose project in Lekhi area

BORUM, Jan 29: PWD & UD Minister Nabam Tuki has consented to hold ‘proper discussions’ with officers of the UD and housing department to find a solution regarding ongoing urban project – construction of a truck and interstate bus terminus - being undertaken in Lekhi village.

The minister assured this in response to the representation submitted jointly by the ASMs and ZMP of 1 Borun Anchal segment Taro Modi opposing the establishment of truck and bus terminus and infringement of panchayat right by the department concerned with construction of urban project in panchayat jurisdiction.

The panchayat leaders expressed fear that besides pollution, the establishing of the inter-state bus terminus would also bring about demographic change, insecurity and displacement.

The PR leaders in its representation said that establishment of the terminus in the area would further pollute Lekhi which is already suffering from pollution from SMS factory which produces ‘ferra alloy, ferro manganese and calcium carbides’. Further, five high-frequency mobile towers and a ‘hot mix plant processing unit’ have also been set up in the same vicinity.

The representation said the panchayat leaders had also submitted a representation in December last urging the UD department to immediately stop the process, but, it said, the department failed to respond to their grievances.

Despite being land donors for the establishment of the state capital, the people of Borum are facing numerous problems including deprivation of rights and privileges in the capital’s developmental process in terms of supply and contract works in various departments, and they have also been deprived of employment even though the state government had notified that recruitment to C and D Grade jobs should be made in a 60:40 ratio, the representation said.

Even as the issue of demarcating urban and panchayat areas is on verge of completion, various government departments are infringing on the panchayat’s rights by setting up works without corresponding with the PR leaders, the panchayat leaders added.


Governor acknowledge contribution of Don Bosco institutions

Three-day confederation of Alumni

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: While inaugurating the three-day Don Bosco alumni India Centenary of the world confederation at State Banquet Hall here today, Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh hoped that Don Bosco and its alumni will continue to contribute to bring positive changes in the society

Don Bosco alumni, Itanagar is hosting the program in collaboration with Dimapur Provincial federation, which covers Nagaland, Manipur, Upper Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

The theme of the Centenary here at Itanagar is “Review, Renew and Return to Don Bosco to usher in a Century of Peace and National Integration”.

In his inaugural address, Governor acknowledged that Don Bosco has contributed a lot in the education sector in the State. The institutions under its umbrella have given huge impetus to quality education and continue to do so. Extending his greetings to the delegations, which included alumni from aboard, Gen Singh wished that the re-union further strengthen the spirit of brotherhood amongst the alumni and also the special bonding with their Alma maters.

Emphasizing on importance of alumni organization, Gen Singh said, we need to encourage every alumni to work with the Alumni Association to find opportunities for both the alumni and the institution to make a positive difference. At the same time the association should have a mission to encourage and promote alumni participation in their Alma mater’s activities through service and leadership. It must sincerely and with dedication strengthen the bond between institution and its alumni community.

Sharing his experience of studying in missionary schools, Gen Singh said we owed lots to our Alma Mater. By becoming more involved with your Alma mater, you will be helping today's students become tomorrow's leaders. Volunteering and becoming more involved in their social and educational activities can be your way to say ‘thank you’. The opportunities and ways you can give back to it are endless and together, you can make a positive and lasting impact on betterment of such institutions, he added.

Advising the alumni of the Don Bosco to maintain the values and spirits they inculcated during the period spent by them in Don Bosco institutions throughout their lives, Gen Singh, who had earlier garlanded the portrait of Don Bosco ask all to recall the inspirational and benevolent works of Don Bosco and help the poor and deprived section of the society.

Impressed by the audio visual presentation on cultural heritage of North East produced by the Salesians or the Don Bosco Fathers and Brothers Governor urged upon all to be a good human being and help in the upliftment of socially deprived people and also for the peace, prosperity and development.

World delegate of the Don Bosco Alumni Rev. Father Jose Paster Ramirez from Rome, Italy, while expressing happiness on being able to participate in the celebration called upon the alumni to grow together through good formation programmes, to live together in solidarity with others, to be person of high moral and ethical principles in order to give leadership in society and to grow in the identity of the Don Bosco past pupils.

Bishop of Itanagar Rev. John Thomas in his brief on Don Bosco in Arunachal Pradesh said that Don Bosco schools are relatively new in the State yet stands out for it excellence in education and willingness to work in rural areas. He appealed to the alumni to cherish the ethical values learnt in Don Bosco schools.

Fr James Poonthuruthil of Dimapur called upon the alumni to make the association more vibrant.

National President of Don Bosco Alumni Rajesh Gupta presented an overview of the association. Gupta said, one hundred years ago, the alumni of Don Bosco institutions from all over the world came together and launched the world confederation of Don Bosco alumni and today we are celebrating the first centenary of this association.

Earlier in his welcome address, Lok Sabha MP Takam Sanjay, Organizing Committee Chairman gave a brief background of the State Alumni association. Vice Chairman of the Committee, Bamang Felix, MLA also spoke on the occasion.

State President of DB Alumni Michi Paku, informed that the Don Bosco Alumni movement is a worldwide association of Don Bosco past pupils which started 100 years ago in Turin, Italy, the birth place of Don Bosco (Fr. Bosco, the founder of the Salesian Society, Don Bosco Organization. Currently in India, there are 47000 registered members, who offer a variety of service through more than 150 units and ten provincial federation spread across the country.

There are 17 Don Bosco Institutions in Arunachal Pradesh which include a college, youth centres, high schools, and middle schools. Itanagar Don Bosco alumni presented the opening song ‘Don Bosco Alumni will shine’.


Eviction drive questioned

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: LEO Club of Arunachal has reacted sharply to the eviction drive carried out by the district administration today at Karsingsa village. It alleged that 15 houses in Transport Colony were demolished and set on fire while adding that notice period is till Feb 17.

Some of the houses belonged to the staff of transport department, who did not avail staff quarters, it said while adding that eviction was carried out mercilessly.

It called on the authorities not to carry out eviction in such a manner and respect the time limit set by the government. Calling for rectification of such drastic step, it called on the administration to rectify the process of eviction.


Techi Taha passes away

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: One of the senior figures of Nyishi community, Techi Taha the son of late Techi Kisram, a resident of Lekhi village near Naharlagun died yesterday after being hit by a speeding bike. Incident occurred yesterday evening around 5 PM when late Taha was about to cross road near his residence, when bike coming at full speed hit him head on.

He was rushed to general hospital Naharlagun where doctors declared him brought death.

Police have arrested one of the biker and he is behind bars at the moment.

According to an eye witness, there were two men in bike when it hit late Taha.

“They were driving in very high speed. After hitting, they dragged late Taha to a long distance. One of the biker ran away while other who was himself injured could not run away, “told one of the eye witnesses. Man of few words, late Taha was highly respected and loved. A devoted Christian, late Taha is survived by his wife, a son, two daughters and grand children. His death has shocked villagers of Lekhi, Model village and Poma. He was around 60 years old. On his funeral today large number of people turned out to pay homage.

Death of late Techi Taha has once sparked the question about the safety of the capital road for the pedestrians.

Often it is seen that cars and bikes zooming at high speed do not bother about pedestrians on the road. While authorities are busy carrying out renovation of capital roads but they seems least bothered about pedestrians.

No single stretch of road in capital complex has any particular dedicated lane for pedestrian. It is norm to have such pedestrian lane but town planners of capital complex do not seem to have any idea about need of such dedicated lanes.

Meanwhile Nirjuli Market Welfare Committee (NMWC) has mourned the sudden death of late Techi Taha who is the father of Techi Joseph, assistant general secretary of NMWC. Today whole Nirjuli market was shut down till 2 PM as mark of respect to the departed soul.  NMWC prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.


Association serve ultimatum to Home Dept

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: All Arunachal Youth Association has served 15 days ultimatum to home department for cancellation of the result of Head constable interview held recently. Claiming that selection process was marred by nepotism and favouritism, association has urged home department to immediately cancel appointment of all 200 candidates.

Pointing their finger at home department, association stated that in the recruitment of constable one particular district and tribe has got maximum benefit which hints of political favouritism. Association also took serious note of large selection of non-APST and claim that such recruitment hurts the interest of indigenous tribal’s of Arunachal. Association has called for fresh advertisement and urged authorities to re-conduct the interview. Failing which they have threatened to launch phase wise agitation against state government, keeping in mind the interest of Arunachalee youths.


Rousing welcome to Bravery Award winner Ipi

By Staff reporter

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: The people of Arunachal Pradesh gave rousing welcome to National Bravery Award winner Ipi Basar on her arrival in the state capital this afternoon. Ipi, who saved her grandmother and a minor girl child from devastating fire accident in September last, has been awarded the highest Bapu Gayadhani Bravery Award by Prime Minister on the occasion of 62nd Republic Day celebration in New Delhi.

Interacting with media persons, Ipi expressed her heartfelt gratitude to media fraternity of the state for playing a pivotal role in promoting her up to national level. She also expressed thankfulness to the State Government for recommending her for the prestigious award.

"I never thought I would be awarded with the national bravery award, and I never thought that I could meet President and Prime Minister of India, an excited but calm Ipi told media persons. In her message to young generation she said, one must help every needy people irrespective of his/her status, caste, creed and religion".

On being asked that how she does feel while representing state in New Delhi in the wake of Chinese stapled visa issue, Ipi responded that she feels proud to be an Indian, especially an Arunachalee.

Delighted father Toi Basar, who accompanied his daughter to New Delhi said, "It’s like dream come true. I never thought that I could ever meet and share dinner with President of India in Rastrapathi Bhawan". "Whatever my daughter did, I am really proud of it" he added.

The Bharat Award, constituted in 1987, and the Bapu Gayadhani Award instituted in 1988, which Ipi received, were the highest awards among five given by Government of India and Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW) to children of age below 16 years in recognition of their meritorious acts of bravery against all odds.


DC appeals for a new work culture

KOLORIANG, Jan 29: Addressing the 62nd Republic Day Hq at Koloriang, Deputy Commissioner Bidol Tayeng appealed the people of the District for a new work culture for bringing meaningful development. He asked the people to put an end to the mindless murder and revenge that has rocked the District recently. He asked the people to end the practice of child marriage. He appealed to the people of the district to project a new and a better image of Kurung Kumey District.

The DC crossed his district boundary and appealed the people of the district living in the State Capital to help improve the image of the district.

‘Because of certain events and incidents in the past, the image of the Kurung Kumey District has suffered and a bad image has been projected outside. Therefore, let us try to improve the image of our District in the State. This will attract more officers, doctors, engineers and teachers with energy and talent to our district. This will also attract investment and development activities like Hydro Power, Roads etc in the District, he said.

“We all have to make joint efforts. The State Capital has large population from Kurung Kumey District. They are not only the residents of the State Capital but also ambassadors of Kurung Kumey district in the State Capital. Therefore, they can help improve the image of the District to a great extend by their friendly and helping attitude to the fellow citizens of the State Capital’ he added in his address.

The day was celebrated throughout Kurung Kumey District.


Roads within Poma

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: Just few kilometres away from capital complex, beautiful Poma village is considered to be haven of picnic goers. During the first few months prior to and after New Year eve large number of people throngs this village for picnicking. Poma is also constantly in news, whenever any dignitaries visit bamboo processing centre situated there.

This centre was established under active guidance of state governor JJ Singh. In recent days it has become a norm for any visitors coming from Delhi to visit this bamboo processing centre. However despite all the interest generated, still villagers of Poma are facing un-ending trouble. Poor road condition inside the village is big problem for resident of Poma. During rainy days it becomes very tough to reach their homes.

“Government has only repaired road till the bamboo processing centre. After that condition of village road is very pathetic. It seems government only care for those VIP who visit this centre and not ordinary villagers like us,” told one villager of Poma.

Being near to capital and blessed with utmost natural beauty, Poma has all ingredients to be tourism hot spot. However for this, authority need to urgently carry out renovation of road. People of Poma village have high hope on state governor JJ Singh in this regard. “Bambo processing centre became reality because of active interest from our governor. We hope that he will also pursue road renovation matter with concerned authorities at the earliest for benefit of poor villagers,” said another villager of Poma.


TTA felicitates paddlers

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: Table Tennis Arunachal (TTA) yesterday felicitated all those players of the state who have participated in the 72nd Senior National Inter-State championship which was held in West Bengal from January 17 to 23 last.

Attending function as chief guest, MLA Kumsi Sidosow suggested the TTA to guide and nurture the budding talents by providing proper infrastructure. The MLA asked the players to continue with the game with full dedication, determination and patience to excel. He said that he will extend all possible help to the Directorate for passing the sports policy in the assembly.

Sidosow distributed participation certificates to all the players given by the organizing committee of the Championship.

Sports and Youth Affairs Director DK Dinglow exhorted the young players and youth leaders of the state to give more attention towards games and sport. Encouraging them to take up sports as a profession, the director informed that the department has already submitted sports policy to the government which is likely to be tabled in the next assembly session for approval.

TTA president Kamta Lapung said that TTA will devote itself to groom and hone talents of young paddlers. He appealed to the Government for approving the sports policy as early as possible for the betterment of sportspersons as well as sports sector in the state.


News Impact

REDP in food processing and mushrooming

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: The AMYAA (NGO), Namphai-I with the support of NABARD Regional Office, Itanagar imparting Rural Entrepreneurship Development Programme in Food Processing and Mushrooming in Songking and Khasan Jugli Villages under Khagam CD Block, Miao of Changlang District is driving ahead in great success with active participation of the trainees.

Counting at the interest of the participants and the potentiality of the areas with rich agri-horti products, the REDP has a greater spectrum of bringing about a visible change in terms of income generation, self-employment and market driven occupation in the lives of the grassroots community members. The organizing NGO explores every possibility of helping the rural community, in particular the SHGs, Farmer’s Club and the unemployed youth through this short duration training programme with specific achievable targets. For all these specialized trade oriented programmes experienced experts are invited as resource persons from places like Balipara, Assam and Dimapur, Nagaland.

But at the same time none of these programmes can be of success if there is no burning zeal for learning and exploring in the minds and attitudes of the local participants. People elsewhere have gone years ahead of us in terms of development at every sphere is just because they were different from us in hard labour, understanding the dignity of labour and the will to compete.


Social service

ITANAGAR, Jan 29 : The members of Arunachal Pradesh Junior Economics and Statistical Personnel’s Welfare Association (APJESPWA) has conducted social service at the office premises of District statistical officer, Papum Pare yesterday.

The main motto of the social service was to create awareness among the people about the need of maintaining hygienic life and cleanliness. The employees of the statistical office also took part in the social service.


Association appeals

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: Tarasso Circle Youth Association (T.C.Y.A) has expressed dissatisfaction at the work being carried out under the R.G.G Scheme by the Ms Reniya Enterprises at Tarasso Circle. It called on the concerned authorities to send technical experts to check the work and fulfill it as per the guidelines.                     

It further called on the concern authorities of Department of Power to replace all the existing G.I Steel Wire with Conductor Wire in the various villages of Tarasso Circle as it has already been more than 10 years since it was wired.


NEDWS appointments

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: North East Development Welfare Society (NEDWS) has appointed Mari Boje as the society’s East Kameng and Sonitpur, Assam district units president and Tori Boje as West Siang district unit president.


Kaso inaugurates cooperative society

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: MLA Techi Kaso inaugurated a micro finance bank NEFA Thrift & Credit Co-operative Society Ltd at Nirjuli yesterday in presence of INTUC Pradesh Branch, Secretary General Jalley Sonam, AAPWU, Secretary General, Changma Tajo and Naharlagun Bazaar Welfare Committee, Chairman Shollong Tajo.

Retired Senior Inspector from department of Registrar Cooperative Society A.T Ghose and other officers from the same department attended the function as resource persons. The society is headed by Nabam Amzi as the Chairperson.


House gutted in fire

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: A dwelling house was burnt to ashes in a devastating fire mishap at Upper Jullang here today. It was reported that fire broke out due to electricity short circuit at around 12 noon. The house owner Nabum Tugun lost valuable properties including local ornaments and cash in the fire accident.


KCSWC conference held

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: Kangku Circle Social Welfare Committee conducted its general conference cum public rally at Balisori village, West Siang District recently.

Responding to a memorandum submitted by the committee on the occasion, the Parliamentary Secretary for Information, Science and Technology Jomde Kena assured to look into their demands for creation of separate Anchal Block for Kangku circle, construction of all weather road from Kamcham to Durpai village, rural electrification in Kangku circle, supply of drinking water to each and every house of Kangku, proper development and improvement of infrastructure of circle headquarter for proper functioning of official activities, posting of medical officer along with other staff and supply of medicines and facilities at Kangku Health Unit.

Later, Kena inaugurated drinking water project for Balisori village.


Agatha to attend Nyokum

ITANAGAR: Union Minister of State for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Agatha Sangma and Meghalaya MLA of Rongsu Assembly constituency James Kongkhal have consented to be the chief guest and guest of honour of the ensuing Nyokum Yullo celebration at Nyapin.


Forward Market Trading

ITANAGAR: Addressing a NABCONS awareness programme on Forward Market Trading at Daporijo on Jan 28 at Rijo Conference hall to equip the farmers, Self Help Groups and NGOs against all future financial risk Deputy Commissioner A Abhayankar stressed formation of self help groups and NGOs so as to aggregate the production and sell the items at remunerative prices. He further suggested that farmers clubs, Self Help groups and NGOs  should get exposure in packaging process and earn more money out of their production and not to confine in local market.

S. N  Chalia, DGM and N. Paul Choudhery, Nodal Officer had lively discussion  with the participants regarding forward market trading system and  presented power point.

The entire proceeding was moderated by the District Planning Officer S. Timba.  


Owners asked to keep livestock in custody

ITANAGAR: Palin circle administration has appealed to the owners of domestic animals in Palin area to keep their livestock in proper custody.

Loitering animals in Palin area have not only been creating health and traffic hazards but also destroying kitchen gardens, circle officer cum executive magistrate said in a release, adding that failing to respond this official order within 7 days will compel the authority to remove such stray animals through police or authorised agents.

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