ITANAGAR, Jan 6: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today called on Governor
General (Retd.) JJ Singh at Raj Bhavan here this evening.
In the first meeting of New Year, the Chief Minister briefed the Governor on the
overall development in the state. He also apprised him on some important initiatives
taken by State Government. The Governor shared his vision of development programme
in the State for the year to come with the Chief Minister.
Earlier, they exchanged New Year greetings and expressed their hope that the New
Year will herald new development and prosperity in the State.
Secretary to Governor Ankur Garg was also present in the meeting. (PRO to Raj Bhawan.)
Police and admin. taking action: SP
ITANAGAR, Jan 6: Reacting to a news item published in this daily today regarding
an alleged assault on Lotu Gadi, Junior Engineer, DHPD under Tawang district, the
SP SN Mosobi has said that as per the verbal complaint by the Junior Engineer on
January 1, followed by a written complaint the next day to ADC, Jang , an investigation
was launched by OC, police station Jang about the incident which occurred at Lhou
while negotiating a crossing in their respective vehicles.
The SP said that prompt action was taken by the law enforcing agency and judiciary
while adding that law would take its own course in the case. He said that on completion
of the investigation and depending on the facts finding a case vide Jang PS non-FIR
case no. 01/2012 (pt-ii) u/s-323 IPC has been submitted to ADM, Court Jang on January
2 and also prayed to initiate a proceeding U/S- 107 CrPc, against alleged accused
Sange Phuntso of Lhou village.
He further informed that the court has issued summon to both the parties and other
related persons who could give material evidence into the case, fixing the date of
hearing on January 9.
Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Junior Engineers’ Service Association (APTJESA)
has condemned the physical assault on Lotu Gadi allegedly by one Sange Phuntso on
January 1 last.
Accusing the district administration of its failure to nab the culprit despite written
complaint from the victim, the association demanded that the accused should be booked
immediately. It further threatened to go for democratic movement in case the district
administration fails to deliver justice.
Society demands 3rd party monitoring
ITANAGAR, Jan 6: Expressing concern over delay in completion of Kurung-bridge point
to Pari PMGSY road (via Nangram, Kele and Yumlam villages), the Nangram Welfare Society
(NWS), a Kurung Kumey based NGO, has demanded third party monitoring to enquire into
the irregularities in implementation of the road project and punishment of the wrong
doers involved in it. The road project work was reportedly awarded to a Guwahati
based contractor in May 2009.
In a complaint letter to the chief secretary, the Society alleged that there is no
tangible progress of the PMGSY road being executed by Laaying-Yangte RWD division
till date. Rather, the executing agency has distorted original DPR and forest resources
and cultivable land have been destroyed due to casual handling of the project, it
The Society further claimed that half of the fund earmarked for the formation cutting
of the road project had already been paid to the contractor without physical verification
of the work. Despite submission of a public representation to the district project
implementing unit (executive engineer Laaying-Yangte RWD division) apprising him
of the grievances of the Nangram people and proper implementation of the project
under PMGSY guideline on April 22, last year, the status of the road remained same
till date, the Society resented. It claimed to have learnt that RWD division has
extended the scheduled time for completion of the project work many a times without
SIT to investigate Roing firing
ITANAGAR, Jan 6: The State Government has handed over the investigations into the
police firing incident at Roing on October 5 last year to the Special Investigation
Team (SIT) of the state police. The decision came when the recommendations of the
Inquiry Committee that was constituted in the aftermath of the incident came up before
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki at fag end of December last.
The Committee had earlier submitted a 205 page report to the Government after inquiring
into the causes and circumstances of the incident that had left several students
injured during Durga Puja celebration. Roing had been tense after student organizations
protested against the police action and demanded justice on behalf of the victims.
It has been recommended that the SIT to investigate the incident would be headed
by a police officer not below the rank of a Deputy Superintendent. Some other recommendations
of the Inquiry Committee that got the CM’s nod are putting in place immediate steps
for training APCS officers in effectively dealing law and order situations, riots,
crowd control, communal tension, etc besides directing the district administration
to improve communications with the public to remove all misunderstandings.
Org discusses boundary issues with Commissioner Home
ITANAGAR, Jan 6: The central executive members of All Arunachal Pradesh Border Students’
Union (AAPBSU) today met the Commissioner Home and Border Affairs in his office chamber
and discussed various boundary related issues in Arunachal Pradesh.
According to the Home Commissioner, AAPBSU said, permanent police check posts at
Taraso and Balliso have been sanctioned by the state government and infrastructure
development works would be started very soon. Police out posts/check posts in other
places would also be sanctioned soon, AAPBSU said quoting the Home Commissioner.
“Establishment of 4th IRBn training centre cum headquarter at Taraso would be possible
only after verification of boundary dispute by the authority concerned, the Home
Commissioner said while assuring that police check post at Likabali would be shifted
to the exact location after examining the ground realities.”
The union, earlier, submitted a memorandum to the chief minister demanding establishment
of police out posts/check posts at Taraso, Kakoi circle of Papum Pare, Pomao circle
of Longding, Wakka of Tirap, Balliso of East Kameng and establishment of 4th IRBn
training centre cum headquarter at Taraso.
Committee entrusted to supervise
ITANAGAR, Jan 6: Gangte Circle Intellectual Forum (GCIF), Local MLA, Panchayat leaders,
senior citizens, officers, college and university students and public of Gangte circle
in a meeting held here has entrusted Phaa Bridge Construction Cum Gangte Road Development
committee to supervise the construction work of Phaa steel bridge over Kumey River
and road construction work in the area.
Meanwhile, addressing the gathering, the local MLA assured to complete the Phaa Bridge
construction before next election.
ITANAGAR, Jan 6: Passa Valley Development and Welfare Society welcomed the cabinet
decision for creation of a new CO headquarters at Passa, East Kameng District.
The society hopes that the establishment of new administrative circle would bring
socio-economic development in the area.
Meanwhile, the society appealed to the people not to encroach or capture land at
proposed circle headquarter at Taza Happa and also prohibit sale of land within Passa
valley to outsiders.
ITANAGAR, Jan 6: Basar Assembly Constituency Over All Development Action Committee
in a meeting resolved to delegate a team from Basar to meet Transport Minister Jarkar
Gamlin which would negotiate with the minister for re-establishing ANM School at
Basar, which it said has been “snatched” by the leaders of Aalo.
It was further decided that another team would meet the chairman of Paktu Aao People
Forum for withdrawal of the demand for shifting additional session court from Basar
to Aalo. In yet another resolution, the meeting decided to send a team from Basar
to meet the chief minister to press him for early creation of the new district with
its headquarter at Basar.
The meeting, meanwhile, condemned the East Siang district administration for ‘forcefully’
taking away Hipo (Piri) village from Basar assembly constituency without the ‘consent’
of the people of the village.
Forum demands new college
ITANAGAR, Jan 6: Arunachal Pradesh Colleges’ Forum, in a letter, has appealed to
the Chief Minister to initiate immediate step for upgrading DNG College to a model
college and establishing a new Government College in Papum Pare district to accommodate
the increasing number of students.
The Forum also highlighted the accommodation and other related problems faced by
the College due to ever increasing numbers of students.
State celebrates Si-Donyi
Culture depicts identity of people: Sanjay
DAPORIJO/ Nahar- lagun, Jan 6: Si Donyi festival was celebrated throughout the state
today with religious fervor and traditional gaiety.
Si Donyi is the most significant festival of the Tagins. Si signifies the earth and
Doni is the sun.
At Daporijo, the festival was celebrated with full joy and gaiety at Rijo ground
today. The day saw the presentation of rituals, a colourful array of traditional
dances and chanting of traditional prayers and songs.
Complementing the Tagin community for celebrating the festival with great enthusiasm,
MLA Tani Loffa said such celebrations help preserve our cultural heritage and traditions.
Festivals should be celebrated with pride and dignity by one and all, he said adding
that everyone should maintain peace and harmony while celebrating such festival.
In keeping with the spirit of unity and oneness of the festival, DC Ameya Abhyankar
addressed the people in Tagin dialect, to the joy and appreciation of all. Praying
for peace and harmony for all, he enjoined all the parents to nurture and guide the
youths in the right direction as they are the future of the tribe and the state.
Giving an outline of Si Donyi celebration on mass/ community basis since 1975, the
chairman of Si- Donyi Festival Celebration Committee 2012, Daporijo, S. Timba prayed
for a vibrant economy, a society that is free from poverty, unemployment, diseases
and parochial political culture.
“The present generation stands at the crossroads of evolution,” he said and stated
that it is the duty of the present generation to rise to the occasion and commit
themselves towards the preservation and promotion of the culture and tradition through
Thousands of people from all walks of life and community participated in the celebration,
reports DIPRO Attending the celebration at Naharlagun today, Member of Parliament
Takam Sanjay said that people should respect their own cultures and tradition although
they have different religious practices. While stressing on peace and unity among
citizen of Arunachal Pradesh, Sanjoy called upon all to develop the value of tolerance
and charity that bind together all societies. Sanjoy assured to contribute Rs 20
lakh for improving the festival ground set up recently near the Naharlagan Helipad.
Earlier, Sanjoy released Si-Donyi festival souvenir ‘Diibe Nyiiling’.
Local MLA Techi Kaso attending the festival assured to extend all possible support
for development of Tagin community in the capital complex. He also assured to his
support for development of the festival ground.
Kaso also released a Tagin dictionary compiled by Dr Gyamnya Baki Garam, a young
veterinary surgeon which aims to preserve ethnic language of the community. According
to Dr Garam, preserving tribal language in written form is the only way to protect
it from being extinct.
The festival which began at Naharlagun on January 4 ended formally on Friday.
The priest (Nyibu) would visit every household along with cultural troupes to pray
for their peace and prosperity. DIPR
Discussion on issues of agri. dev. and role of KVKs
ITANAGAR, Jan 6: A brainstorming session on ‘issues of agricultural development and
role of KVKs in Arunachal Pradesh’ was inaugurated by Agriculture & Horticulture
Minister Setong Sena at ICAR Basar yesterday.
Speaking on the occasion, Sena stressed on cultivation and commercialization of location
specific crops and encouraged the young entrepreneurs to come forward to the farming
Later, the minister visited the integrated farming centre of Kenmar Basar, ZPM and
encouraged the youths of West Siang to take up such integrated farming for self sustenance.
Dr. R. Bhagawati, Joint Director, ICAR, AP Centre said that KVK being the frontline
extension agencies has the responsibilities for disseminating latest technologies
to the farming community.
Hage Kojeen, Commissioner, Agriculture and Horticulture said that since agricultural
lands are being converted for non agricultural activities the thrust areas should
be to enhance the productivity. He also advocated for imparting proper training to
the farmers on scientific cultivation of potential crops.
Dr. S.V. Ngachan, Director, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Meghalaya highlighted
on conservation of elite germplasm and efficient use of the natural resources. He
elaborated the benefit and the importance of off season cultivation of vegetables
by farmers for economic their benefit.
Amjad Tak, Deputy Commissioner, West Siang informed the role of Farmers’ Federation
for agricultural production and marketing. He appreciated the Joint Director, ICAR,
Basar and his team for their efforts for the farming community.
A.K. Purkayastha, Director, Agri. Marketing, Govt. of A.P. gave a presentation on
“Status of agriculture in Arunachal Pradesh and strategies for the XIIth Plan”.
Citizens rue erratic supply of PDS items
FCI assures yet again
PASIGHAT, Jan 6: At least two lakhs consumers are facing shortage of PDS in Siang
belt as the FCI (Food Corporation of India) authorities have failed to supply essential
commodities to East, West and Upper Siang districts during the last four months.
According to official sources, the District Food and Civil Supply Officer (DF&CSO)
of all three districts could not make available essential items like rice, wheat
and sugar etc since September, 2011 in their respective districts.
Reportedly only 1700 MT of rice was supplied by FCI in August 11 last which is insufficient
for three districts.
Meanwhile, a three-member delegation comprising state’s PWD minister Chowna Mein,
Planning Commission of India member Dr. Soumitra Chowdhury, Advisor to PCI Brahmo
Chowdhury, DC Talem Tapok, DF&CSO Gautom Mibang and host of officers visited the
2500 MT capacities empty FCI depot at 2 miles Pasighat today to take stock of the
DC Tapok expressed serious concern over the issue and informed that all the districts
are passing through a very critical situation owing to shortage in essential commodities
since September last. He said that lifting of food grains from alternate FCI depot
of Assam also could not be materialized. He drew attention of the members towards
the dependency of the people on PDS and further appealed to sort out the issue at
the earliest to avoid PDS scarcities in the districts.
Tapok urged supply of sufficient food grains to tackle the present situation and
also keep buffer stocks for lean months.
On their part, the PCI member Chowdhury assured to take up all hurdles with the FCI
authorities to normalize the supplies at the earliest, reports DIPRO.
Meanwhile, CMD, FCI Siraj Hussain has assured that separate railway rack of food
grains and Levy sugar for Arunachal Pradesh is being earmarked while adding that
there would be no further food scarcity in Arunachal Pradesh.
He also committed that one regular General Manager, FCI for Arunachal Pradesh Region
in Itanagar will be posted at the earliest to mitigate the present food crisis. The
CMD said this during a meeting with Minister for Food & Civil Supplies Kamlung Mosang,
Union Minister for Food & Public Distribution Dr K.V Thomas which was attended by
Food & Public Distribution Secretary BC Gupta and other senior officers of Food Ministry
and FCI headquarters.
The CMD is reported to have expressed gratitude to the state Govt. for proving land
for construction of FCI godowns in Arunachal Pradesh.
NERIST should become best technical institute of the country: Governor
ITANAGAR, Jan 6: Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd.) JJ Singh chaired the
20th Annual general meeting of North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology
Society at NERIST campus, Nirjuli today.
Opening his address by quoting Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, who said that ‘Like
the sun, Arunachal Pradesh will rise from the east as a new star and become one of
the best regions of our country’ the Governor said that in the same manner NERIST
should also rise and become one of the best Technical institutes of the country.
Underscoring the importance of the meeting, the Governor said that the meeting is
being held at a very critical juncture. Like the entire global economy, higher education
in the country is today confronting challenges – about the need for a higher numbers
of more highly trained, more highly educated scholars. In the years to come, Arunachal
Pradesh, which is also going through a historic phase of development, will require
a large pool of technically qualified manpower for various civil construction and
hydro-power projects under implementation. This requirement increased the expectation
of the State citizenry from NERIST Society, as well as imposes upon the institute,
a moral obligation to not fail them in their expectations.
The Governor added the adoption of State Public Private Partnership Policy 2011 by
the State Government will open the gates for development of various infrastructure
sectors in the State through much-needed infusion of resources and managerial capability
of the private sector. It will require lots of technical help. He expressed his hope
that NERIST will be there to provide specialized advice or consultancy and more importantly,
the pool of qualified manpower.
The Governor, who is chairing the Annual General Meeting for fourth time in a row,
said that the society must integrate learning, discovery and practical work to provide
the best environment for the students. The guiding principle must continue to be
based on academic rigor and discipline but also provide opportunities for as many
students as possible to participate in research teams, perform challenging work in
industry and work sites and gain substantive professional experience.
He suggested that the premier technical institute should collaborate with other universities
within the country and outside and create online networks for knowledge sharing.
Maintaining that experienced engineers working along young engineering students and
local residents can develop workable solutions for areas where working conditions
are tough through a cross-disciplinary approach, the Governor also suggested for
creating network of alumni. He also weighted importance to extracurricular activities.
Actively participating in the discussion, members gave important inputs for further
improvement the campus environment and academic activities of NERIST.
Professor Dipankar Pal, Director NERIST presented the Director’s report in the meeting.
Professor Gautam Barua, Chairman, Board of Management, NERIST & Director, Indian
Institute of Technology, Guwahati, A N Jha, Financial Adviser, Ministry of Human
Resource Development, GoI, F P Solo, Commissioner, Higher & Technical Education,
Govt. of Nagaland, L R Sangma, Secretary, Education, Govt. of Meghalaya, Dr. Joram
Begi, Director, Technical and Higher Education, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh and R
K Y Singh, Additional Director, University & Higher Education, Govt. of Manipur were
present in the Annual General Meeting. Special invitee Ankur Garg, Secretary to Governor
also attended the meeting.
Earlier on his arrival to the NERIST Campus, the Governor, along with other NERIST
society members took part in a plantation programme organized to commemorate the
occasion. (PRO to Raj Bhawan)
Chidambaram entices prospective investors to invest in NE
ITANAGAR, Jan 6: Addressing the inaugural session of the 7th North East Business
Summit 2012 organized by the Indian Chamber of Commerce in New Delhi today Union
Home Minister P Chidambaram, said that while the North East presents massive opportunities
for profitable investment across a large number of investors it is important to showcase
that opportunities present in the North East offer a better return on investment
than other regions across India to actually attract investors. Contrary to the persistent
perception of the region being conflict prone, Chidambaram emphasized that, courtesy
tireless efforts by the Centre and the respective State Governments violence and
unrest has considerably reduced in the region. Businesses should as such be necessarily
encouraged to invest in the North East, he pointed out. While efforts at restoring
peace are truly commendable, efforts have to be undertaken for creating an enabling
policy environment for optimal resource utilization to generate the requisite investor
attention in the region, he reiterated.
Aggressive promotion of the bounteous opportunities both across different states
of India and internationally is necessary to facilitate new investments in the State
and for which education should be accorded topnotch priority. Amongst other lucrative
opportunities a special mention must be mentioned about Tourism, he stated. The region
courtesy its mountainous landscape and pristine environment boasts of a huge opportunity
in Tourism, nothing much of which has yet been realized. Coal, Limestone and other
mineral sources and Hydro power represent other sectors which offer bountiful opportunities.
India has reached a new peak in its mutually cooperative bi-lateral relations with
Bangladesh. Relations with Myanmar have also improved remarkably over the years.
Through its cooperative and consultative engagements relations with other nations
of East and South East have also been mutually developmental. It is high time to
leverage on the cooperative relations to enhance cross border trade flows, a critical
factor in ensuring a holistic development for the North East.
Echoing similar sentiments Paban Singh Ghatowar reiterated that the Ministry of DONER
in collaboration with the Centre and the specific State Governments has made tireless
efforts in projecting the North East’s enormous potential. Agro and Food Processing,
Mining and Minerals, Horticulture, Tourism and Hospitality all present massive opportunities
in the region for profitable investment. DONER, has played a highly proactive role
in devising an enabling policy environment to create the requisite investor attention
within the land locked region.
The Session also witnessed presentation of Excellence Awards to two personalities
from the North East for their outstanding contribution in business and social life.
While Sajjan Bhajanka and Chamaria of Star Cement Company were acknowledged for their
outstanding contribution in the Social up-liftment of around 150 people through construction
of schools and hospitals, Hasina Kharibh of Impulse Social Enterprises was recognized
for her committed efforts in reducing the incidence of the dreaded HIV AIDS amongst
the people of the North East, which incidentally is very high in the region.
Taloh highlights potentials
ITANAGAR: Minister for Industries, Handloom and Textile & Handicrafts Tapang Taloh
heading the panel discussion on India’s NE – strengthening linkages at the 7th North-East
Business Summit 2012 at New Delhi highlighted the state’s potential to the investors.
He said that there are ample scope for investment in the state in infrastructure
development, tourism, food processing units, mineral resources, medicinal plants
and numerous aromatic plants --potential raw materials for drug manufacturing, education.
He said that Arunachal Pradesh offers an attractive destination for investors with
its vast natural, hospitable human resources, the strategic location and attractive
Director (Industries) R Ronya and Joint Director (Industries) Subu Tabin have interacted
with potential investors in Industries, Tourism, Education, Health, Hydro Power sectors
in Arunachal Pradesh.
China denies visa to Arunachalee IAF officer; India puts visit on hold
New Delhi, Jan 6: In yet another provocation, China has denied visa to a senior IAF
officer hailing from Arunachal Pradesh, who was to travel as part of a military delegation,
after which India put the visit on hold.
Group Captain M Panging, based in Tezpur, Assam, was refused visa by the Chinese
embassy without being given any reasons, sources said.
Reacting strongly, India put on hold the visit that was to start from January 10.
The officer was to be part of the Integrated Defence Staff team travelling to China
on a four-day visit under a bilateral defence exchange programme.
The 30-member tri-Service Indian delegation, being led by an Air Vice Marshal-rank
officer, had to visit Beijing, Nanjing and Shanghai there.
China, which lays claim over Arunachal Pradesh, has often denied visa to those hailing
from the state despite protests by India.
The visit by Indian military delegation was reciprocal to the one undertaken by the
Chinese last month and is part of the confidence building measures between the two
Earlier in 2010, China had denied visa to the then Northern Army Commander Lt Gen
B S Jaswal as he was serving in Jammu and Kashmir, leading to souring of bilateral
relations India suspended all defence exchanges.
Jaswal was to head a military delegation to China under the defence exchange programme.
The ice was broken when India sent a delegation under a Major General in June last
year. After that visit, two more visits took place between the two sides.
The two countries had decided to enhance defence exchanges as part of CBMs during
their Annual Defence Dialogue (ADD) held earlier this month. PTI
The World Economic Forum reports that across 134 countries, greater gender equality
correlates positively with per capita Gross National Product. The Economic and Social
Commission for Asia and the Pacific estimates that the Asia-Pacific region alone
loses more than US $40 billion per year because of women’s limited access to employment,
and $16-$30 billion because of gender gaps in education.
The Millennium Development Goals and the vision set forth in the Millennium Declaration
represent the most ambitious blueprint for global development that the world’s countries
have ever agreed to. Meeting the Goals and realising the Declaration’s vision of
a more peaceful, prosperous and just world characterised by freedom and equality
requires a host of actions and resources. Of these, none is more critical, far-reaching
or strategic than advancing women’s empowerment and bringing about equality between
women and men.
The report explores the ways in which equality and empowerment advance development
objectives can be seen by analysing a few key drivers for the achievement of the
Millennium Development Goals.
Advocates for equality between women and men have long made the case that women’s
empowerment benefits everyone—not just women. In recent years, other actors have
added their voices to this chorus, bringing with them strong economic arguments and
Please pay us our salary
I would like to draw the attention of concerned authority towards the fact that
SSA teachers are the back bone of fundamental education in Arunachal as they serve
in remote places where there is no modern facilities.
They are the real nation builders. They teaches early and fundamentals to the little
ones. But alas! They are deprived of even their salaries. They are silent but it
doesn’t mean that they can do nothing. If they are silent it is silence before storm.
If they fight right now when the final exam is quite near who will be responsible
for the loss of one academic year of the students. Surely this govt will be blamed.
So I request the concerned authority to rectify the salary of SSA teachers, who are
waiting for their salary for last few months otherwise buy lock and keys to lock
thousands of schools. Please do something before it is too late.
I would like to put forward my appeal to Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh and CoSAAP that
maximum of Government employees working under Capital Complex are facing difficulties
due to accommodation problem. Maximum of them would not hope for getting govt accommodation
because there is no systematic allotment of Quarters. On the other hand, it is difficult
to find private accommodation and even if one find, the rent is not less that Rs
Therefore, I request the CoSAAP to take up this matter with the government on priority
basis so that Government gives House Rent Allowance with a minimum of Rs. 2000.00
or above per month to the employees who do not have government accommodation.
Ban and advertisements
We all know that few days ago all the tobacco products were banned. But now days
we see advertisement of Tiranga in our local newspaper. This is a joke on us. Those
who are not addicted also will get addicted.
This is apropos to the letter "Take bandh callers to task" by G.Tala, L.Talar & T.Tallu.
Where these people hibernating when UAEA & Aspirant candidates were crying day &
night over the APPSC controversy? Today we are victims of Arunachal Pradesh Public
Service Commission; tomorrow it could be any one. For the labor which we are toiling
today, the fruits will be benefited by others.
Where were you couple of months back, when there were celebrations of bandh calls?
We took the step because organizations, unions, associations, societies are silent
on the issue. They should intervene and tell us whether we are doing the right or
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