January  06



Org calls off bandh

ITANAGAR, Jan 5: Arunachal Pradesh Abo Tani Clans Youth Organization has called off its proposed 24 hour bandh call on January 11 following assurance by PWD and Planning minister Chowna Mein that the govt will give first priority to maintenance of NH-52(A).

The Minister also assured that construction of four lane highway will be expedited and will also look into the demand for immediate approval of a DPR amount of Rs 286.36 crore, said a release from the organisation.

However, the organisation threatened to continue their democratic movement if authorities do not live up to the assurances. Also present   in the meeting was Parliamentary Secretary PWD, Chief engineer highway and other officials.  


ZPM pleads power minister to upgrade mini hydel project

ITANAGAR, Jan 5: The Zilla Parishad Member of Mechukha-Tato, in his single-point memorandum, has urged the Rural Development and Electrical (Power) Minister to increase the power generating capacity of the existing mini hydel project to meet the power requirement of Tato township.

Claiming that the existing mini hydel project with power generating capacity of 50 kw was unable to meet the power requirement, the memorandum urged the minister to upgrade it to generate power upto 250 kw.

Power supply to Tato township has been disrupted since May 9 due to mechanical defect in the alternator. Though the matter was informed to the power department, no initiative has been taken for repairing/renovation of the alternator, the memorandum alleged. Presently, a diesel generator set donated by late chief minister Dorjee Khandu is being used to supply power in Tato township. But people cannot rely on the genset which has limited capacity and can breakdown any time, it added.


Foundation training for Panchayat

Aalo Jan 5: Three days foundation training for Panchayati Raj System under RGSY was imparted by SIRD, Itanagar from January 3 to 5.

ADC Aalo Kangki Darang urged the Panchayat bodies to take up the training seriously to equip themselves with the knowledge to run the grassroot institutions. It is always important to know the right and duties to implement the govt policy and programme, he said.

Course Director Kirto Loyi briefed about the functioning of Panchayat Raj with special reference to implementation of 13th Finance Commission and their rights and duties as enshrined in it.

The member secretary Aalo West Pubu Yombo, Tumgge Loya gave a detailed deliberation on growth and development of Panchayat Raj in Arunachal Pradesh. DIPRO


APPSC violated its own rule: UAEA

ITANAGAR, Jan 5: The Unemployed Arunachalee Engineers’ Association (UAEA) in a release alleged that Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) has violated its own role by rechecking and publishing the marks secured by five candidates who did not apply for the same.

The Commission today published the marks secured by 19 candidates in written examination after rechecking/totalling following allegations of unfair and erroneous marking in the AE (civil) recruitment examination conducted in June last year.

According to a UAEA release, five out of the 19 candidates, whose marks were published in today’s local dailies, did not apply for rechecking or totalling. But, the five candidates, whose roll numbers appeared in today’s newspapers, had appealed for cancellation of the viva-voce scheduled on December 14, the union claimed. “By doing so, the Commission has violated its own role,” UAEA added.


Circle Hq at Roing village demanded

ITANAGAR, Jan 5: Welcoming the cabinet approval for upgrading the Tali circle headquarter to independent ADC headquarters, the Gichik Abu Welfare Society (GAWS) has appealed to the chief minister and his cabinet colleagues for creation of new circle headquarter at Roing village, west of Tali circle.

GAWS said that creation of circle headquarter at Roing village was a long-pending demand since 1984. A memorandum was also submitted to the chief minister in this regard during his recent visit to Tali, GAWS said in a release.

The society further urged the CM to pour more fund in road sector, particularly for early construction of the on-going Yangte-Tali road.

“With upgradation of the Tali CO headquarter to ADC headquarter, a long cherished dream of people of Tali has been fulfilled,” said All Markio-Socio-Economic Welfare Association in another release.


Attempt to divert scheme alleged

ITANAGAR, Jan 5: An attempt to divert central infrastructure development scheme meant for Koloriang Govt Hr. Sec. School to another school allegedly by the local MLA cum parliamentary secretary (tax and excise) has been reported by Koloriang Damin Parsi-Parlo and Sarli Students’ Union (KDPSSU).

“A project proposal for development of infrastructure of Koloriang Govt Hr. Sec. School was submitted to the central Govt for providing fund under NLCPR during financial year 2011-12. But a move to transfer the said scheme to Govt Middle School, Damin-Patuk is being initiated allegedly by the local MLA,” KDPSSU claimed in a release.

The students union appealed to the chief minister not to entertain any such move.


Kisan Gosthi

ITANAGAR: Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Lohit conducted a Kisan Gosthi on January 3 at Borbeel (Juna-III) Village. Sixty-three farmers and farm women were present in the programme.

Dr. P. K. Mallick, Programme Coordinator of the KVK detailed about the activities of the KVK and importance of  Kisan Gosthi. He requested the farmers to take active part in the programme.

Debasish Borah, Subject Matter Specialist (Agronomy), KVK Lohit spoke on interculture practices, post harvest management of potato.

Madhumita Sonowal Bora, Subject Matter Specialist (Plant Protection), KVK Lohit discussed about the Integrated Pest and Disease Management (IPM & IDM) and storage of potato.


Union demands relief materials

ITANAGAR, Jan 5: All Papum Pare Border Students’ Union appealed to the state government to provide immediate relief materials and compensation to the people of Tarasso, whose houses were evicted by Assam Forest Department on December 22 last.


DCC demands

ITANAGAR, Jan 5: District Congress Committee, Aalo in a memorandum to Chief Minister recently has appealed for opening of state bank and treasury office at Mechuka, upgradation of Tato Middle School to secondary school, posting of Dentists at Mechuka, Tato and Monigong health centres, posting of Science, Maths, Hindi and English teachers in various school of Mechuka subdivision and sanction of fund for party office at Mechuka.


Memo to Power & RD minister

ITANAGAR, Jan 5: Boh Aao Welfare Society in a memorandum has urged the Power and Rural Development minister to consider and take up its two-point demands of upgrading the Tato Middle School to Secondary level and introducing Science and Commerce streams at Govt. Hr. Sec. School Mechukha with Education Department for early approval for the betterment of the students.


Union demands compensation

ITANAGAR, Jan 5: Upper Subansiri Galo Students’ Union alleging negligence on the part of Electrical Department Daporijo demanded the Power Department to provide a job and an amount of Rs ten lakhs as compensation to the family members of Late Yabi Tarak.

Late Tarak died of alleged electrocution at Tapi village.


Engineers demand action

ITANAGAR: In a letter to the Deputy Commissioner, Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh Junior Engineers Association has demanded immediate arrest of a person involved in the alleged manhandling of their colleague Lotu Gadi who works at DHPD at Jang.

The association stated that Gadi was manhandled, abused and threatened by one Sange Phuntso in presence of police officials. The matter was reported to ADC Jang, but till now no satisfactory action has been taken, it said while adding that the incidence has demoralized the entire Junior Engineer community of the district. The Union added that the attitude of the police and local administration has created a feeling of insecurity.


NERIST society meet

ITANAGAR: Governor JJ Singh, MHRD, New Delhi Financial adviser AN Jha and BoM Chairman Prof. Gautam Barua are attending the 20th Annual General meeting of NERIST Society at NERIST, Nirjuli on January 6.


Org appeals for cancer patient

ITANAGAR: Abu Tariang  Socio Economic Development Society has appealed to the citizens to come forward to help Tadar Sinia, a cancer patient by donating blood. She is presently undergoing treatment at  State Hospital Naharlagun and need regular blood transfusion.  Her blood group is O+ve. Any well wisher who wants to donate blood may contact the following phone numbers 9436897525 and 9402425544.


News Impact

Tuki suggests PCI, FCI to plan work calendar for Arunachal

‘We cannot compromise with food security’

ITANAGAR, Jan 5: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today suggested the Planning Commission of India (PCI) and the Food Corporation of India (FCI) to chalk out a planned work calendar separately for Arunachal Pradesh based on its specific and distinct geography and climatic conditions so that rural populace does not suffer during lean months of the year.

The Chief Minister had two separate meetings with PCI Member Dr Saumitra Chaudhuri and FCI officials in his office here this afternoon.

Dr Saumitra Chaudhuri, accompanied by Adviser (NE) S N Brahma Choudhury, who are on a 3-day visit to the state, called on the Chief Minister first and had an informal interaction with him.

Expressing gratitude to the Government of India and the Planning Commission for their continuous concern for the state, Tuki hoped that the Planners would show leniency with regards to the Commission’s strict guidelines while approving projects and proposals for development of the state. Touching upon the food shortage issue, he drew attention of the Member towards the complete dependency of the people on the Public Distribution System (PDS). He was also particular about the slow progress in implementation of projects, including those under the PM Package, in the state directly under the supervision of Central Government and its agencies. Highlighting that the Trans-Arunachal Highway is progressing much below the satisfactory pace, Tuki urged the Commission Member to use his good office to impress upon the BRO to tighten up its belts, especially in the face of the state’s strategic importance.

“As many as 30 circle headquarters across the state are yet to be connected by road, owing to which people are migrating to towns and cities in large scale. If we do not attend to it, there would be no population left in the remote and border areas that may result in a security threat,” he pointed out. Accepting the facts laid down by the Chief Minister, Dr Saumitra Choudhury responded that streamlining of the whole implementation process was need of the hour. He informed to ensure timely and judicious completion of projects the Commission was working on a strategy that would invite suggestions and proposals from each state that would be accumulated into a master plan to cater to state-specific needs.     

The PCI officials would be holding meetings at Pasighat, Kibithu, Tezu and Vijayanagar in the next two days. They had in the morning visited Ziro on way from Guwahati to Itanagar.

In a separate meeting with K C Yadav, Under Secretary, Union Ministry of Food & Civil Supplies and FCI Deputy General Managers Jagdish Kumar and S K Saheb, the Chief Minister called for timely and regular supply of food grains to the base depots located in the state. He also requested supply of sufficient food grains and keeping buffer stocks for the lean months.

“We cannot compromise with food security,” he said while citing various reports of food scarcity appearing in the media and the criticism faced by the government.

“When FCI is solely a central government agency, we have no control over it. But when it fails to deliver, the state government has to face the ire of the people,” Tuki said.

While assuring smooth delivery of food grains to the base depots from the ensuing month, the FCI officials said the problem was due to disruption in rail communications due to gauge conversion works. The nearest railhead is at Amoni in Nowgong district of Assam from where the quota for all the base depots in Arunachal goes that results in delay. The FCI representatives assured that all hurdles have been resolved and supply of food grains to the state depots would be normalized.

They, however, sought a suitable land from the state government to establish the Regional Office at Itanagar, for smooth functioning of the PDS. The Chief Minister assured cooperation in this regard and also assured to impress upon the Ministry to give full powers to the authorities of the Regional Office so that they can work independently for the state.   


Team Arunachal win 17 medals in national tribal sports festival

Ranjit Sinha

ITANAGAR, Jan 5: The 94-member team of sportspersons under the banner of Arunachal Vikash Parishad (AVP) brought laurels to the hilly state by winning as many as 17 medals, including 7 gold, 6 silver and 4 bronze in the recently held 6th National Tribal Sports Festival at Pune in Maharashtra.

In shotput sub junior boys’ event Rima Tallang won a gold medal, while Minam Takseng had to be satisfied with silver medal in girls’ category of the event. However, in junior girls’ shotput event Osiri Pertin won the Gold medal.

In archery, Tash Kara bagged one silver (30m distance) and two gold medals (20m distance and overall performance) in sub-junior boys’ competition. The sub-junior boys won silver in team event.

In sub-junior girls’ archery event, the team snatched gold medal while Mohini Kri picked two gold (20m distance and overall performance) and a silver in 30m distance. Amblasi Manyu won a bronze medal in 20m distance.

In junior girls’ archery, Bompi Kamum bagged one silver (30m distance) and two bronze medals (40m distance and overall performance). However, the junior girls’ team lifted a silver medal in the team event. On the other hand, Kapong Miyu won a bronze medal in the 5,000m walking event.

More than 2000 players from all over the country took part in three-day sports festival from Dec 29 to 31 last which was organized by Akhil Bharatiya Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram.

The medals winners of the Team Arunachal were felicitated by the AVP at its office premises here today.

Impressed by the players’ overwhelming performance, AVP President Pratik Potom said, “It’s really a joyous moment for entire State that our team stood 1st among the North East States and 6th in all India level. It’s a celebration time and I hope your excellent performance in the national event will certainly inspire others to follow suit.” He, however, told the medal winning players not to be complacent with this feat alone but to maintain their winning spree. At the same time, he also exhorted unsuccessful players to keep practicing to do better in their future endeavours.

In his encouraging speech, AVP assistant general secretary Montu Mossang asked the players to imbibe good food habit and undergo regular trainings to keep them physically fit. He also said that it’s a moment of pride that the Team Arunachal not only excelled in sports event but they had also acted as cultural ambassador of Arunachal Pradesh depicting the rich cultural heritage of Arunachalee tribes.

Hake Taku, joint secretary, organizing committee, state level sports meet said, “AVP has done an incredible job by sponsoring the State players at the Pune sports meet. No other NGO or organization has ever thought of giving the local youths an opportunity to showcase their sporting talents, he said.

Among others, AVP organizing secretary Ramesh Babu, team manager Mithilesh Kumar, archery coach (SLSA) Ekasini Devi and G B Chetry of SLSA also spoke on the occasion.



ITANAGAR, Jan 5: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh has conveyed warm greetings and best wishes to the people of Arunachal Pradesh on the auspicious occasion of Si Donyi.

Joining Tagin community in offering prayers to Almighty Si Donyi, the Governor expressed his hope that the festivity will usher in peace, good health and bumper harvest.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki also greeted the people, particularly the Tagins, on the auspicious occasion of Si-Donyi festival that would be celebrated tomorrow.

In a message here today, Tuki expressed the hope that the festival would usher in a prosperous New Year, take the people of Arunachal on an unprecedented path of development. He reiterated that peace is mandatory for development and wished the festival would be celebrated with the message of peace and communal harmony.

“I believe, the colorful festival of the Tagins, the first this New Year, sets up the tempo for peace and development. I wish all my people a successful celebration and may Donyi-Polo shower their choicest blessings on them,” Tuki added.


Road accident claims three young lives

ITANAGAR, Jan 5: In a tragic incident, three young lives were lost early this morning at Lekhi village near Naharlagun. According to Police, the vehicle (Tata Moblile) in which those young people were travelling met with an accident while they were on way for a picnic at around seven this morning. Several others were also injured and one of them has been shifted to Guwahati for further treatment.

Tai Welfare Society informed that the dead have been identified as Late Miss Tai Kuy, daughter of Tai Yakrang, Late Tai Apa, son of Tai Yakrang and Tai Tania, son of Tai Taram, permanent residents of Pagba, Kurung Kumey.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki expressed shock and grief over the loss of young lives in the accident.

On receipt of the tragic news, the Chief Minister immediately arranged a chopper to evacuate one of the severely injured, Tai Takar, to Guwahati, where he has been admitted in GNRCH. Reportedly Takar received severe head injuries. The Chief Minister also personally contributed a sum of Rs 1 lakh for his treatment.

Nyapin MLA Bamang Felix also gave Rs one lakh for Takar’s treatment.

Tai Welfare Society has mourned the sudden death of young members of Tai Society.  It prayed for the early recovery of all the injured.


Orgs question delay in execution of RGGVY projects

ITANAGAR, Jan 5: All Kalaktang Monpa Students’ Union expressed displeasure over the execution of RGGVY work at Kalaktang under the department of Power, Bomdila Division.

It said that the work was awarded to M/s ICSA India Ltd in 2008 and the completion period has already expired. But till date there is no any progress in the site despite appeals from the union to the concern contractor to expedite the work and complete it on time, it said.

The union demanded cancelation of agreement and retendering of the work and appealed to the concern minister and higher authority to look into the matter within 15 days.

Meanwhile, a meeting was held yesterday at Naharlagun to discuss about non-execution of the electrification work under RGGVY from Dokio-Lengpo to Chambang-Gangte-Tarak Langde by Servo Max India Ltd. Hyderabad.

The meeting initiated by All Chambang Area Youth Forum was attended by all including local MLA Takam Pario, Panchayat leaders, public, officers, youths, representatives of executing agency and officials of power department.

It was decided that a time bound agreement should be signed by the company so that there is no delay in execution of project.

On his part, representative of Servo Max India Ltd apologized for delay in work and promised to start electrification work from Dokio-Lengpo to Chambang before 20th January.

MLA Takam Pario advised both the company and power department to start work as soon as possible. He further urged power department not to make any payment without prior execution of the work.

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Accidents are unintentional

Dear Editor,

Happy New Year to everyone! It is obvious that most of the people have their own New Year Resolution. So, I request everyone to keep resolution, because it is right time to change and improve our image, especially in the capital region. Right from school level we always used to hear about indiscriminate fine system after road accidents, and in most of case demands of new vehicles.

We never try to have mutual understanding, as all accidents are unintentional. For instance, one unique trend I have seen in the state is that whatever may be the situation, always bigger one become culprit i.e. the driver of the truck become culprit when it collide with a car, and a car driver becomes the culprit even when it is hit by a bike. At this juncture we should measure wrong and right. Not big and small. Damaged one should be repaired by wrong driver unless it is fatal or else forgive the petty cases.

Hence, I appeal concern authority to properly monitor in such cases, so that victims could get justice, and would like to request everyone to change their mindset and keep their ego at side because New Year gives us new hope.

Once I was on way to university when a bike hit my right front door, but surprisingly I was made to compensate for no fault of mine. Again, on other occasion, one Santro car hit my parked car, but I excused him thinking it was accident and accident is unintentional. Therefore, I, appeal my fellow being not to jam the traffic on the mid of highway for minor accidents instead one should understand and help each other as accident are not caused with an intention. Let better sense prevail in our society.


Lingdum Taha

Former GS,




Take bandh callers to task

Dear Editor,

We would like to express our resentment towards the frequent bandh calls in the capital complex by various Unions, NGOs, and Associations.

First of all, the question arise why bandh caller are not arrested and punished in spite of repeatedly issue of order by Capital complex Deputy Commissioner that calling bandh is unconstitutional and crime as per Supreme court of India. The bandh caller can be easily nabbed at any time. But this never happened. Instead, the day of bandh call is observed like national holiday and hence, it further encourage calling of bandh.

Therefore, authority concern should learn a lesson that mere issue of order will not serve in tackling bandh call. The bandh culture will continue to reign and harass the entire dweller of capital complex as long as vested interest bandh callers are not given exemplary punishment as per law of the land.

Moreover, bandh caller should also know that Capital Itanagar belongs to all the people of Arunachal and India. Bandh Caller has no right to take the capital complex as hostage to blackmail the government. Common Public is like a scapegoat whenever an association or union starts demanding/raising issue against state government.

We would like to ask bandh caller why they don't go to court if the issue is legitimate instead of harassing the dwellers of capital complex.

For instance, despite the orders banning bandh calls, the UAEA and Abo Tani clan Youth association has called bandhs on 10 and 12 Jan respectively. We appeal these associations to refrain from resorting to bandh calls. Don't harass innocent public. Common masses will not support their cause if they resort to bandh calls.

As far as UAEA demand is concerned, there are so many ways to solve the problem. The common public like us are ashamed to see when candidates itself is challenging the highest body for petty reasons which could be amicably solved within the constitutional framework of commission. If candidates are not satisfied with the decision of APPSC then there is a high court to attend the problem.

Regarding NH52A, Department is maintaining the road regularly but after every six months, nature has its own way. Therefore, we cannot blame PWD or anyone else about flood, landslide etc. No one has the magic power to control natural calamities.

In fact, there are innumerable associations, NGOs, unions in the state. If all of these associations, NGOs, unions, starts calling bandh, then 365 days in year would not be enough at all. Who will be responsible for slow developmental work?

Therefore, we request the state government and concerned authority that now is the right time to check bandh culture and to transform the "land of kushi-kushi" into "land of Discipline". The bandh call is a curse to any nation or state and is a detrimental to our society and state. Band call is a stigma in our society. Let us eradicate bandh call. Let us make our Capital complex a better place to live in.


G. Tala, L. Talar, T. Tallu




We are not robots

Dear Editor,

I am an ardent reader of your Readers Forum which helps the citizens to express their grievances. I am one of the aspiring candidates of APCS exams. Through this channel I would like to bring to the notice of the commission the harsh treatment meted out to the candidates.

The extension of general studies paper on the 9th is no lesser a mental trauma inflicted upon the candidates. We have papers on the 7th, 8th and now on the 9th. Consecutively we would be writing for 18 hours and moreover, spending sleepless nights for three consecutive days would definitely render us fatigued. A healthy mind dwells in a healthy body. Treating us like a robot and experimenting on us is not a fair game.

APCCSE is the highest exam of the state and it thus entails proper preparation with proper facilities. I request the concerned authority on behalf of all the aggrieved to reconsider their decision and at least give us a day’s time before the GS paper. It is the commission which can make or mar the future of an aspirant.


A Citizen





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Bird flu research and future risk


It is estimated that H5N1 virus (bird flu) has killed or forced the culling of more than 400 million domestic poultry and caused an estimated $20 billion of economic damage in the world since 2003. About 60 per cent of those infected with it die.

While bird flu influenza was believed to be eliminated from most of the 63 infected countries, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Agency (FAO) reported last year a surge in outbreaks of the virus, with almost 800 cases recorded between 2010 and 2011.

There is a ray of hope as the scientists are burning mid night oil for total elimination of avian influenza.  However, the World Health Organization warned that publishing of crucial bird flu influenza research could provide bio-terrorists with critical information on deadlier ways of mutating the virus. Scientific research undertaken on a strain of highly pathogenic influenza could have negative consequences, the health agency warns. However, it acknowledged that tightly-controlled studies needed to continue to limit the possibility of future risks to the global population.

WHO cautioned that recent studies on whether changes to the H5N1 strain of avian influenza could make it more transmissible between humans might lead to possible risks and misuses. If published, details of the research could provide bio-terrorists with crucial information on how to mutate the virus into a deadlier, human-to-human transmissible form. Any further research should be done only after all important public health risks and benefits have been identified and reviewed, the health agency said.

It is hoped that the researchers would abide by the regulation set out in the new Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework for the benefit of mankind.