January  11


News Impact

APPSC office set on fire, 4 arrested

ITANAGAR, Jan 10:  In what could be termed as shocking incident, the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) office building here was set ablaze early this morning.

Several rooms of the Commission’s building, including the Chairman’s chamber were completely burnt down in the incident. Many important files and papers were also burnt to ashes.

Further, at the private residence of APPSC Chairman Dr Ligu Tacho, two vehicles (Scorpio) of the Commission and one vehicle of son of the APPSC Chairman were either torched in between 3 am to 4 am today morning, District Magistrate Itanagar Capital Complex Onit Panyang said in an official release.

Capital Complex administration held the members of Unemployed Arunachalee Engineers’ Association (UAEA), who had called a bandh today, responsible for the attacks.  

Petrol bomb was reportedly used by the protestors, who arrived in separate vehicles in large number, to set on fire the building, one of the ITBP jawans, who was on  night city patrolling duty, said.

A jawan of the patrolling team also received grievous head injury while he was trying to resist them from damaging the building.

The incidents occurred before the 12-hr bandh called by the Association (UAEA) in protest against non fulfillment of its demand by the APPSC.

The Association has been demanding re-conduct of the examination by the Commission for the posts of Assistant Engineer (Civil) and resignation of the Commission chairman and members alleging erroneous evolution of answer sheets and totalling in marks.

Four persons have been arrested by police in this connection, said Itanagar Police Station OC Make Bui.

Later, the bandh sponsor created road blockades at Banderdewa, Naharlagun, Itanagar and Hollongi bringing movement of people to a complete halt.

All business establishments, educational institutions, banks remained closed while all vehicles remained off the road during the bandh hours. Attendances in all government offices were thin despite state government’s standing instruction to all employees to attend offices. Meanwhile, prohibitory order under 144/144A has been clamped in Itanagar capital complex, particularly in and around the APPSC office, by the district magistrate with immediate effect till further order. Assembly of 4 and more people at one place, holding dharnas, hunger strikes or agitations are banned during the prohibition period.

Meanwhile, Nyishi Elite Society (NES) has vehemently condemned the incident and the damaged caused to APPSC office and private assets of Dr. Ligu Tacho, Chairman of the Commission.

The act has not only tarnished the image of the organizations that enforced the bandh but it has also shown the mental horizon of the educated youth of our state, it said and called for a thorough investigation into the incident by Government.

“If the allegations of the examinees on the prestigious institution is true then all the right thinking citizens as a parents and elders would have supported their cause,” the NES said while adding that the destruction of  Govt. and private properties in the disguise of democratic movement is ugliest act that one can could have thought of.

“From the act, it can be presumed that it can not be an act of an educated youth but if that is so then such person(s) can not be said or regarded as of possessing a degree or a qualified person.

“Huge amounts have been spent on building these assets which can not be left to a handful of hooligans to be taken for a joy ride. The state govt. should deal with such mischief makers sternly and punish them as per the law to deter such activities in future. The damages made to Govt and private properties should also be realized from the responsible persons,” NES said.

The NES urged the State Govt. to come out clean on the allegations leveled against the Public Service Commission by instituting an inquiry committee to unearth the facts and the outcome of the probe should be made known to the people. If the Commission is guilty then the guilty person should also be punished to ensure the sanctity of the institution, it added.

It is worth mentioning here that the office building of Superintending Engineer, PWD (Coord) office at Mowb-2 here was burnt by miscreants on November four, 2011.

Expressing serious concern over the shocking incident, many citizens have criticized the district administration and intelligence for failing to sense the possibility of such incidents before or during the bandh which was called against the APPSC.


Road accidents claim 419 lives in three years

Ojing Tayeng

ITANAGAR, Jan 10: Almost every day we hear about road accidents in Arunachal Pradesh. However, only few accidents are recorded and made known to public as many of such accidents go unreported and unrecorded.

The data available with this daily is alarming.

Between 2009-2011, 419 people lost their lives involving 826 accidents.

In 2009, there were 306 accidents with 158 deaths and 530 injuries while in 2010, there were 293 accidents which resulted in 148 deaths, 491 injuries. In 2011 there were 227 accidents which claimed the lives of 113 and left 432 injured.

As per the data available in Road Safety Cell, PHQ Itanagar, the numbers of person killed in road accident during 2010 upto November 2011 increased in Tawang, Papum Pare Rural, West Siang, Lohit and Anjaw Districts while the rest of the districts of the state indicated negative marking.

The majority of the accidents were caused because of breaking  speed limits, reckless driving, including ignoring road sign and signals, driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, using cell phone while driving, driver distraction and bad road conditions. The analytical data further informed that age group from 21 -30 years are most venerable to accidents.

The citizens of the state though well acquainted with all the consequences of road accidents but hardly few individuals have realized the value of traffic guidelines and successfully averted human error related road accidents.

Though, the State’s Road  Safety Cell is conducting road safety awareness campaign in various corners of the state, still Traffic sense is absent in our state as even the literate people are also hesitant to follow the traffic rules here.

In such a situation, we cannot blame the concerned authority for their failure to control the mounting road accidents unless and until its citizen follow the traffic rules and regulations properly. Particularly for state like Arunachal Pradesh where even educated people act like illiterate, it will be tough job for the authority to impose traffic guidelines strictly. The state needs effective law enforcement to incorporate traffic sense amongst the people and  it need sufficient traffic police personnel to enforce it.

However, such strict enforcement should be done in a scientific manner, without causing trouble to the passengers.

According to Superintendent of Police (Traffic) Apang Tamuk  only 30 traffic personnel are manning Itanagar and Naharlagun roads which is not sufficient. He said that minimum of 80 personnel are required to handle the traffic problems in state capital. However, he expressed the hope that the proposal for engagement of traffic warden under Capital Complex Town Magistrate would immensely help the State Traffic Cell.

The SP further, briefing about the “Traffic e-challan”, informed that the state would introduce E-Challan system soon.

He also informed that, continuing its Road awareness programme, State Traffic Police, Road Safety Cell PHQ, Itanagar is organizing mass awareness cum  training on traffic and road safety at VK Hall, RK Mission Itanagar on Jan 13.

Meanwhile, All  Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation, Secretary General Dobing Sonam, taking serious note of the increasing rate of road accidents involving commercial vehicles, appealed all commercial vehicle drivers to cooperate with the traffic authority and attend the awareness programme.


Dalai Lama honoured

32nd Kalachakra Initiation for world peace concludes

Tuki invites Dalai Lama

Bodh Gaya, Jan 10: Spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been honoured with  the coveted title of “The Supreme Master of  Complete Teaching of Lord Buddha” on the concluding day today of  the 11 days long 32nd Kalachakra Initiation for world peace.

This title was honoured by the heads of different sects of Buddhist religion to the Dalai Lama today during a felicitation programme conducted by the Kalachakra organizing committee at the teaching ground in presence of Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and host of high ranking dignitaries.

The noble laureate advised the devotees gathered from round the globe to try practice the teachings of Lord Buddha in their daily lives which he tried explaining in last 10 days so that the very essence of love and compassion could prevail on this earth.  “Ultimate Happiness is within oneself” asserted the Guru while explaining the reasons and causes behind the sufferings and sorrows.

He also released his book titled “Beyond Religion” and termed the book as a secular approach towards perfection to any religion.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki termed the Dalai Lama as the staunch advocate of Non-Violence and a perfect follower of father of nation Mahatma Gandhi.

“Your teachings on world peace and universal brotherhood is globally admired and adored. Love and compassion, the very essence of humanity as has been taught by you ushers in peaceful co-existence among fellow human beings on this earth. Your eminent existence amongst us instills the much required positive thinking and approach”, said Tuki while extending his sincere gratitude to His Holiness for blessing all sentient being.

Tuki further requested Bihar CM Nitish Kumar to allot a suitable land at the Holy Land of Bodh Gaya so that the state Government could construct a Dharamshala for the Buddhist pilgrims from the state of Arunachal Pradesh which has a substantial population of Buddhist community.

He also invited the Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh again to bless its people.

On Tuki’s request, Bihar Chief Minister assured to work out for a suitable land for a Dharamshala for Arunachal pilgrims. He wished Dalai Lama a long life and urged him to visit Bodh Gaya and Bihar again and again.

The prime sponsor of 32nd Kalachakra Initiation for world peace, Pema Khandu, Minister of Tourism, RWD in his speech extended his profound gratitude to His Holiness for accepting the request of his Late father  Dorjee Khandu former chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh for conferring the Kalachakra.

“With the end of the 32nd Kalachakra initiation for world peace, we have moved closer towards enlightenment listening to His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s vast teaching”, Pema said.

“It was a perfect pilgrimage for all of us since we had the privilege of having amongst us the heads of all schools of thoughts of Buddhism”, he further added.

Pema thanked the government of Bihar and all the volunteers who had been relentlessly working for successful conduct of the 32nd Kalachakra Initiation for World Peace. (PRO TO CM)


Aalo witness grand youth festival

Aalo, Jan 10: The first ever West Siang District Youth Festival 2012 begun here on 8th January.  The three days festival was being organized by West Siang District Students Union (WSDSU) in association with Department of Tourism, govt of Arunachal Pradesh.

The opening day of festival was addressed by Prof David Reid Syiemlieh, RGU Vice-Chancellor and Bora Ete, Chief Engineer Trans Arunachal highway.

In their respective addresses, they urged youth to make best use of this festival and exchange ideas for the betterment of society.

In his welcome address president of WSDSU Karyom Loyi hoped that this festival will act as catalyst to bring unity among people of Arunachal.

“Students from all the parts of state have been invited. We are felicitating young achievers of state. We hope their presence in festival will inspire every youth of Arunachal and also foster brotherhood among student communities,” stated Karyom.  Sports and cultural festivals also witnessed large participation from every schools of West Siang. The most unique part of this youth festival is that no politicians are being invited as guest and only scholars, achievers and academicians have been invited to grace the festivals.

The second day of festival also witnessed impressive activities including panel discussion and ethnic fancy dress show.  

NESO Chairman Dr Samujjwal Bhattarchajee and President of  TMPK, Apex student organization of Mishing Johan Doley, and Galo Students Union Secretary General Pakmik Taipodia addressed the students.

In their respective address AASU advisor and TMPK President said that there anti-dam movement is only against NHPC and wrong policy of central govt. They assured that no economic blockade will ever be imposed against Arunachalee people and it will be directed only against NHPC.

A panel discussion was also held on the topic “internal democracy in student and youth organization in Arunachal Pradesh and corrective measures thereof”.

Dr Nani Bath, HoD, Political Science, RGU chaired the discussion.  ACR Chairperson Bamang Tago, Dr Tado Karlo of NERIST, Taba Ajum (journalist) and GSU general secretary Pakmik Taipodia were the other panelists.  

During the discussion all the panelist expressed serious concern over involvement of money in student elections. They called on all politicians and influential section of society to stop funding student union election and let student communities honestly choose their leaders.  They also called for greater democracy among student and youth organizations and not let president and general secretary dictate all decision.

The evening ended with colourful fancy dress competition in which young girls walked the ramp.


Panyangs celebrate 200-year-old ‘Bat killing’ event

Prafulla Kaman

PASIGHAT, Jan 10: The Panyang community living in Pongging village under Katan circle in Upper Siang district has organised the  200-year-old “Bat Killing” festival at Pompik Adi on January 6 last.

Hundreds of men, women and children swarmed into a natural cave at ‘Pompik Adi’ at Pongging village outskirts on Friday, with bamboo poles and killed over a thousand bats as part of a festival. The Panyangs since time immemorial has been catching bats in thousands to lakhs once in a year, particularly during early January. The practice of killing bats for meat once in a year helps in controlling the bat population.

It is believed that the practice of killing thousands of bats once in a year help keep the natural demographic balances of bats.

Environmentalists may frown on the rite, but the Panyangs (Adi) feel it is an occasion to bond with their fellow tribesmen. The festival has always been a source of merriment and a family reunion for them.

“The community bat hunting is an annual festival steeped in hundred year’s tradition. We feel it is an occasion to bond with our family men. This is that time of the year when all dispersed at different places reunite on the bank of the Siang, hunt bats and feast on the meat”, 75 year-old Rende Panyang, the chieftain informed this correspondent.

The first man of the community Tamut Panyang, had “bought” the hill site with the cave from the Komsing villagers some 200 years ago. The cave is located at the left bank of the Siang River. It measures 6.5 meters in height  and 3.5 meters in breadth and 200 meters in depth.

Though the ‘hunting festival’ is exclusively for a clan of Panyang among Adis, the headman sometimes invites other tribes to be part of the bat-killing expedition. “Ponpik Adi Preservation and Protection Society” guards the cave from the reach of others and thus nobody other than owner clan is allowed to hunt in the cave.  Some archaeologists and researchers of the state have revealed that Pongging cave could be boon to the local people for their economic activities through development as a tourist destination as such types of caves would attract foreign tourists particularly ornithologists and adventurers.

It is worth mentioning that a team of research officers of museum and archaeology department led by the then Cultural Affairs Commissioner  Yeshe Dorje Thongchi and Director Research Tage Tada had visited Pongging village and investigated the natural cave in 2006. They had said that development activities including an approach road and improvement of the cave should to be taken up without interference to the traditional practice of the tribal and the natural settlement of the bat population.


Sena calls for holistic approach for agri-horti development

ITANAGAR, Jan 10: Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development Minister Setong Sena yesterday called for holistic approach for development of agriculture and horticulture sectors in Arunachal Pradesh.

He was addressing a gathering after he inaugurated a Working Women Hostel Building at PWD office Complex Changlang on Jan 9.

The Working women hostel cum day care centre for children and vocational training Centre will be run by Tarap Development Society (TDS).  The building constructed by TDS with an estimated cost of Rs 61 lakh and Union ministry of women and child development sanctioned 75 per cent of the total amount.

Highlighting the vast potential in agriculture, horticulture, dairy development and rubber plantation he said they are the back bone of people’s economy and asked all district officers of Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Husbandry to prepare an accurate assessment and analysis including total annual productions for effective programmes and policies for the benefit of the people. He opined that, through holistic approach and hard work the rural masses and unemployed youths can raise food crops for gainful source of income.

He also laid emphasis on cultivation of rubber as profitable business. He said Changlang district is an ideal and suited location for rubber plantation. People should carry out plantation for sustainable economy and livelihood, Sena said and  advised them to visit Rubber Board Office at Jorhat for more information.

Parliamentary Secretary WRD, T. Taiju, informed  that  the TDS which was formed way back in 1997  started construction of Working Women Hostel building in 2000. But the expenditure went out of estimated cost due to the price hike and increase in labour charges. The society approached to the state government under the leadership of Late Dorjee Khandu former CM and with his financial support to the tune of Rs  ten lakhs the asset came up to expectations. He appealed all to make best use of the building to help women to fulfill the real motive.

Parliamentary Secretary Trade  and  Commerce and Dairy Development, Phosum Khimhun shared his experiences as former secretary of TDS. He appreciated Setong Sena for his kind and generous help for getting financial grant during his tenure as the finance minister for the building.

T. Ngemu, Chairman TDS, gave detail information on the activities carried out by TDS. He said, the very motive of the Society is to render services to the poor people of Changlang directly or indirectly. He assured the society would work and utilize the asset with the help and cooperation of all SHGs and NGOs of Changlang.

G.C. Deori, SDO HQ, and in charge Deputy Commissioner, assured that the district administration would extend all possible help for completion of remaining works  of the building.

S.K. Poddar, Secretary of TDS, recalled the golden days that he had seen from the days of NEFA. By imparting vocational training the unemployed youths would able to earn. The Day Care Centre will nurse the small kids towards bright future and good health and particularly working women would benefit from the building, he said. DIPRO



ITANAGAR, Jan 10: 38th Si-Donyi Festival was celebrated at Siyum in Upper Subansiri district with great enthusiasm.

The District Zilla Chairperson, Nakap Nalo and Taring Dui, former Chairman Science & Technology Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh took part in the festivities.

Nalo, advised the participants  to preserve the  identity and culture of Tagin Community. He said the festival provide a platform to exchange  views  and  idea and suggested the people  to go hand in  hand for the welfare  of the people and  the society.

Dui, appreciated the people  of  four circle,  namely, Siyum, Nacho, Limeking and Taksing (SINALITA) for co-operating with each other during  the hours of need. Altogether 33 cultural teams from  various  villages and  circles under Nacho Assembly  constituency took part in the festival.

Other attraction was cultural, Game  and  Sport competitions. Baki Jarte Team was winner of cultural competition and Gumsing Team declared Runner Up. In volley ball competition, Mosu team was adjudged Champion and Nalo team declared runner up.

Lome Singdak and Taring Baki, chairman and secretary of the Si-Donyi Festival Committee respectively also spoke on the occasion.


Nyechido festival of Aka Community gets underway

SEPPA, Jan 10:  The Nyechido festival of Aka community of West Kameng district got underway at Palizi under Thrizino block with great pomp and traditional fervor today.

The five days festival was inaugurated by Arunachal Pradesh Building and Others Construction Workers Welfare Board Chairman Jalley Sonam in presence of huge gathering.

Addressing on the occasion Sonam asked people of the community to maintain peace and harmony among other fellow human beings. He suggested them to strive hard for overall development of its area in particular and state as whole. Sonam also stressed on protection and preservation of age-old culture and tradition.

Suggesting people to produce crops and vegetables for economic purpose he said, “instead of importing vegetables from Assam, you should produce it by your own, to make us self sufficient and enable to earn living.” While drawing the Aka youths towards importance of hard work, he said that there was no short cut for success in life. He added that youths should not only run after government job but should also try to generate self employment opportunity.

While emphasizing on preservation and protection of culture additional deputy commissioner of Thrizino Radhe Pilia said” our festival is our identity and whenever we celebrate it should be celebrated whole heartedly”.  Local MLA Kumsi  Sidisow called people for social awakening for socio-economic development of the people and the society.

Nyechido festival organizing committee president Govardhan Nimasow highlighted the details of festival and mythology during the function.

Sonam also kicked off Volley Ball competition.

The Chief Minister is slated to attend valedictory function of the festival on 15th January next.


Papum Pare, Tirap, Lohit win a gold each on day-1

Rural sports competition under PYKKA begins

ITANAGAR, Jan 10: The first ever state rural sports competition under Panchayat Yuva Krida aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA) got underway at Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy ground, Chimpu near here today.

A record 1236 players from all the districts would be vying with each other for top honours in various sports events to be conducted during the 5-day competition.

The best players of the competition would be selected for the national level PYKKA competition, said Ramesh Lingi, Assistant Director of Sports and Youth Affairs.

Papum Pare, Tirap and Lohit bagged a gold medal each in Boy’s 1500 M, Girls 1500 M and Girls 400 m race respectively on the opening day today.


Boys 1500M: Somo Pao (gold), Papum Pare, Ngampai Wangsa (Sil), Tirap, Taram Tachung (Br), Kurung Kumey.

Girls 1500M: Anung Wangsu (gold), Tirap, Geyii Mize (Sil), East Siang, Deri Nopi (Br), Upper Siang.

Girls 400M: Binu Devi (gold), Lohit, Aroti Jomang (Sil), West Siang, Sapna Pao (Br), East Kameng.


Lohit gears up for Shapawng Yawng Manau Poi

Staff Reporter

MIAO, Jan 10: The 28th Shapawng Yawng Manau Poi (Singpho Ethno-Cultural festival) will be celebrated for the first time in Lohit district.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki is expected to attend the three days festival to be held at Namgo from February 13 to 15, informed Finance, Planning  and  PWD Minister Chowna Mein while on ground inspection for the forthcoming festival at Namgo model Village under Lohit district on Sunday last.

The Minister said preservation of our rich cultural heritage for future posterity is today’s necessity and keeping this in mind all communities must work united for any festival to be a grand success.

While interacting with the Singpho community leaders and public besides HoDs of government departments,  he assured full support and  stressed on the need to work together on war-footing. The minister further urged the locals to create various committees for faster working procedure. He also urged the working departments to see to the infrastructural development of the Manau Poi ground besides providing all kind of cooperation to the local community.

Mein further delegated work to various working departments to see to the success of the festival as Namgo is one of the remotest village of the district and with such a mega festival on hand, help to the locals will bring about development in the area as well. Mein urged the Singpho’s of Bordumsa area to give their help and advice on organizing a grand festival.

The festival organizing committee submitted a 9-point memorandum to the minister on the need for immediate electrification, water supply, sanitation, inner link-road, lodging  and  transportation facilities, improvement of Medo-Namgo road and also get the required permission for participation of delegates from Myanmar as done on earlier occasion.

The meeting was attended by the MLA C T Mein, former MLA, HoDs of various departments, officers, officials, Singpho Chiefs, executive members of the Singpho Development Society, GBs, public leaders, members of Miao Mother Association besides the public of the area.

Shameful and saddening act

Dear editor,

Just when I thought that our engineers have taken a courageous and a commendable task of going against corruption and shady practices of conducting recruitment examinations, I was deeply saddened by the acts of vandalism and arson of APPSC building. It is a really shameful act by our educated youth and I am very sorry for the loss to the state.

I fail to see how someone who does not respect the institution that provides us with the opportunity will ever respect the people of that state. He/she will never be a good engineer/government servant. I hope the DA arrests all those involved and bar them forever from attempting any exam conducted in the state and make it a befitting example out of them. Their graduation must be on "civil" unrest and goondagardi.

But on the same note I am vehemently against the decision of APPSC of going ahead with the results in spite of the perplexing proof of inconsistency in checking of papers.

My words might seem harsh but I would hate to see our Arunachal giving in to the might of the rowdies and goondas.


A citizen



The latest trend

Dear Editor,

This is not against any individual or community and certainly not against the Arunachalee Unemployed Engineers Association, rather about the latest trend of calling capital bandh for the silliest of the reasons. In casual discussions with colleagues and friends and pondering about this, I shamefully have to agree that the legacy of capital complex bandh has been created very recently by present NES and ANSU.

Both NES and ANSU were on right track to bring logical solution to Pradip Thakur issue, but now their deafening silence on the same issue has rather made it very conspicuous that they were having some other hidden agenda, which too is very apparent though.

In the whole process they have created the never ending trend of capital bandh call. Some people have started calling NES and ANSU as the Father of Bandh Calls. And many people I met are of opinion that, in long run both NES and ANSU have brought Nyishi community a bad light than that by Pradip Thakur.

    Because of bandh calls a common man have to go through untold misery and hardship, the administration in capital city is making no more effort than terming bandh calls illegal, business establishments are insecure. Not very far, bandh callers will have taste of its own tablet when Akhil Gogoi et al will start economic blockade and road blockade to Arunachal in protest against the mega dams in our state.

    Lastly, few weeks back I wrote about our children visiting bars, taking alcohol and puffing cigarettes. Sadly I still see them in bars, imitating fashion trends of Korean and Hollywood movies.  They have become pirated Koreans!


Ramesh Jamo, Itanagar



Be aware

Dear Editor,

I would like to draw the attention of the sleeping public, bureaucrats and technocrats of Koloriang area. A few months back a repairing and extension of helipad was taking place at Koloriang. Now the work is at full stop. No contractors, executing technical agencies are seen and I have my fears that funds would be wasted without finishing the work. I think public of this area should be aware to avoid such mishaps. I urge student unions, NGO’s and every section of societies of this area toraise the voice.


Concerned citizen



Imbalanced division

Dear Editor,

I would like my words to echo into the minds of the concerned authority and the person responsible for setting the paper of the recent Junior Engineer (J.E) recruitment examination, PWD.

The division of the question pertaining to the syllabus issued by the department  was very poor and such irresponsible divisions were never expected from a responsible department like PWD.   The questions related to the topic of Soil Mechanics, Steel Structures and Building construction were totally nil; thereby increasing the weight of Surveying, Transportation engineering and estimation to double. This undue division of paper has caused a serious loss to the candidates who repeatedly kept banging their sturdy head to cover up the whole of syllabus. The syllabus provided was of course very vast to cover up but the students do their preparation keeping the syllabus in mind. Therefore, I would like the concerned authority to kindly reconsider their division pattern in future.


A Candidate





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DC restricts plying of heavy vehicles

ITANAGAR, Jan. 10: The Lohit deputy commissioner  has requested all the concerned not to ply heavy loaded vehicles on Tohangam-Brahmakund and Tezu-Dimwe-Tohangam roads and to ply vehicles with the permissible capacity on the bridges to avoid casualties and loss of property and human lives.

The request was made by the DC after he received an information from commanding officer of 1446 BCC (GREF) that very heavy loaded vehicles with three axle are plying on the Tohangam-Brahmakund and Tezu-Dimwe-Tohangam roads which are beyond the capacity of the bridges on the roads, putting the bridge in danger. DIPRO


Multi Media Campaign meeting

ITANAGAR, Jan 10:  A meeting on multi media campaign for ensuing National Voter Day was held at Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner office on 6th January last. Convening the meeting deputy commissioner cum district election officer Nila Mohanan laid out the strategies and responsibility to concerned departments for national voter day celebration. She further informed that essay and slogan writing competition shall be conducted by Deputy Director of School Education as a part of the celebration.


ASUT conference

ITANAGAR, Jan 10: 15th General conference cum election of Arunachal Students Union of Tamil Nadu was held on Sunday at ARRS conference hall Salem in  Salem district of Tamil Nadu. The conference was held in grand manner, where hundreds of Arunachalee students attended, release said.


Arunachal teens shines at NE Chess C’ship

ITANAGAR, Jan 10: Two teens of Arunachal Pradesh finished second places in their respective age groups and categories in the 5th North East Chess Championship held at Gangtok, Sikkim.

While Chemen Qayyam bagged the honor in girls under-15 years category Tachung Dupit won it in boys under-13 years category.

Further, three players have achieved International Rating.

In men’s category, Tabu Dupit was leading the point table among Arunachalee players with 6.5 points after the 9th round followed by Raluk Dui (6 points), Hage Lassa (6 points), Bigam Doke (6 points), T Mara (6 points),Gapur Dupit 5.5 points, Dr T Nalo (5.5points), Er Nabam Chada (5.5points).


Army orders probe into Arunachal killing

New Delhi, Jan 10: Army has ordered  probe into an incident where troops from Maratha Light Infantry (MLI) allegedly killed three people in Arunachal Pradesh last month, Army Chief General V K Singh said today.

"The incident has been taken note of. We have certain apprehensions on this and necessary investigation is in place," Gen Singh told reporters when asked about the incident.

MLI personnel had allegedly killed three people at Namchai in Arunachal Pradesh on December 26 suspecting them to be ULFA cadre. The three youths were identified as Siba Moran(26), Dhiraj Dowerah (22) and Janak Moran (22). The families of these youths have claimed that they were never related to any outfit and also refused to take back the bodies, saying they will not do so till they get justice. PTI


Gender dividend


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Equality and empowerment are critical means to a broad end development that is environmentally and socially sustainable as well as vital linchpins for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. Societies fall behind when half their citizens cannot live to their full potential. Economies lag when half a country’s productive adults have inadequate capabilities, are excluded from the formal labour market, cannot gain access to credit, or are subjected to violence. Innovation stagnates when the thoughts and ideas of half the people are unheard or discounted.