Sports and tourism given top priority as Arunachal celebrates 63rd Republic Day
Itanagar, Jan 27: The 63rd Republic Day was celebrated throughout Arunachal Pradesh
with much enthusiasm on January 26.
Unfurling the national tri-colour on the occasion of 63rd Republic Day at Indira
Gandhi Park here, Governor Gen J J Singh said high priority would be given to sports
sector and tourism would be promoted as an engine of growth through new projects
in hitherto unexplored areas.
Education and health sectors would continue to receive top priority but we would
shift the focus from construction of buildings to providing quality healthcare and
education by providing sufficient and qualified doctors and teachers, the Governor
He said the "physical infrastructure development projects" are more or less on track
in the state while there was a significant gap in the potential and present development
levels of socio-economic infrastructure.
‘My government will give focused attention on capacity building and employment generation
among youth. A holistic approach based on a complete paradigm shift will be developed
for agriculture and horticulture sector to enable maximum returns for the actual
cultivators’, he said.
Expressing concern over the prevalent tendency to call ‘bandhs’ in the state, JJ
Singh exhorted people to come in open against such culture for all-round development
of the state. The Governor cautioned the state government would not tolerate such
culture in future and would deal with all such activities with a stern hand. Violent
and forcible bandhs have no place in a democracy and by no definition can they be
considered as democratic means of protest. They can never be a replacement for dialogue
and negotiations, Gen Singh said.
Referring to the incidents of extortion by rebel outfits in troubled Tirap and Changlang
districts of the state, the governor informed that the massive developmental package
announced by the Centre for the districts recently would have an "exemplary effect
on the insurgency situation" in both the districts.
“The package will not only cater for exhaustive strengthening of the existing police
set-up but also for recruitment of almost 2,000 youth in the civil police from these
two districts,” he pointed out.
The state cabinet recently approved setting up of the Forest Protection Force which
would mainly be deployed along the Assam border and would help strengthen and guard
the sensitive border, he disclosed.
Additional deployment of border guarding forces along the international border to
check cross-border movement of insurgents is also on the cards,’ the governor added
to the thunderous applause of the crowd who despite inclement weather thronged the
Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Oju Mission stood first and 2nd respectively
in March Past.
At Khonsa, Tirap deputy commissioner W.Lowang highlighted the achievements of the
district in various sectors. He informed that 13 units of girls’ hostels for various
Govt. Higher Secondary schools, including Khonsa, Borduria, Longding, Kanubari, Deomali,
Kapu, Lazu, Wakka, Pongchau, Nginu, Soha and KGBV Turet, 1411 houses under Indira
Awas Yojana and 78 Anganwadi centres have been proposed under Multi-Sectoral Development
Plan launched the government of India. Out of the above proposed schemes 12 units
of girls’ hostels and 1030 units of houses under Indira Awas Yojana have already
been sanctioned and the executing agencies have been asked to execute the sanctioned
works, the DC informed.
Local MLA Kamthok Lowang, Tirap SP, CO, 19 AR, CO, 36 CRPF, HoDs and a host of distinguished
persons attended the celebration.
The day was also celebrated at Kanubari, Deomali. Longding and all the circle headquarters.
At Aalo, addressing the gathering on the occasion of the Republic Day celebration,
deputy commissioner Amjad Tak appealed to all senior citizens to cooperate with district
administration in tackling unwanted disturbances to maintain the law and order. He
also appealed to the student community to give up their restlessness and concentrate
in their prime objective of academic pursuits.
He also gave away commendation certificate to Doge Dirchi, SPA to DC Degam Ete, Headmaster,
Yakar Ngomdir AE (E), Tumto Loyi DASO, DK Pandit Manager Aalo Cooperative, Er. Ado
JE (E), Topi Kamum LDC and Diru peon DC Office for their contributions in various
At Bomdila, West Kameng deputy commissioner Rinchin Tashi appealed to the people
of the district to maintain peace for all round development since peace is pre-requisite
for any development.
Dwelling at length on the various developmental activities being carried out in the
district in various fields Tashi called upon the people to co-operate and join hands
with District Administration and the various departments for the all-round development
of the area. Be a partner in the developmental process of the district to make it
a role model for others to emulate, he said.
Commendation certificates along with cash awards were given to the winners of the
Inter school Essay writing and Drawing competition held the previous day on the occasion
of the National Voters Day. Also, the winners of the District level Essay writing
competition held on the eve of the National Consumer Rights Day were felicitated.
At Pasighat, deputy commissioner Talem Tapok while highlighting the achievements
of the district in various sectors, stated that the government is committed to bring
the remote and unconnected areas with the mainstream by providing road connectivity,
drinking water, PDS with other amenities on priority basis.
He distributed the awards and prizes and certificates to the achievers of the district
on the auspicious occasion.
MLA Dr. Tangor Tapak, SP Pushpendra Kumar, retired IAS and APCS officers, renowned
senior leaders and citizens were present on the occasion.
The other highlights of the day were exhibition stalls put up by various government
departments where horticulture bagged the first prize. The District Anti Tobacco
Cell organized an anti tobacco signature campaign.
The 63rd Republic day was celebrated at Koloriang in a befitting manner.
Deputy Commissioner (i/c) Hage Takka ceremonially unfurled the National flag at general
ground. He highlighted the achievements of the departments and stressed on sincerity
and dedication of both public and government officials.
A mock drill on earthquake by students of VKV stole the limelight.
At Seppa, Tage Tado ADC, I/C Deputy Commissioner, exhorted all the citizens to follow
the footprints of the great freedom fighters and maintain the unity, integrity and
sovereignty of India. On this very occasion, he highlighted some of the developmental
activities of East Kameng district, like road communication linking the circles headquarters
to district headquarter, approval of Rs. 3 crores from the Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh.
for the construction of New Bana bailey suspension bridge and construction of permanent
bridge over the Bichum river.
In health sector, he informed that District Hospital has decided to launch Measles
Catch-up campaign shortly during the month of February/March 2012, he was pleased
to announce the restoration of APST Bus Service from District Headquarter to Bameng
and Chayang Tajo immediately after the completion of ongoing road construction works.
On this occasion, he called upon all the Govt. officers/ Officials of East Kameng
District to work with dedication and sincerity. He also called upon all the citizens
of the District to co-operate and support the various departments in implementing
developmental activities in the district.
On this occasion, SP Kima Aya along with all the HODs, public leaders, officers,
GBs, students, and general publics were present and witnessed all the programmes.
Along with the rest parts of the state and the country the people of Upper Siang
District also celebrated the 63rd Republic Day with great enthusiasm at Yingkiong.
Unfurling the tri color at general ground, deputy commissioner Liyon Borang urged
to the people of the district, including officers and officials, public leaders,
PRI members, youths, teachers and students to dedicate themselves to make the district
a model district. He also appealed to them to maintain unity and extend cooperation
to the government for development.
The Deputy Commissioner awarded commendation certificate to Md. Anwar Hussain, Projector
Operator, IPR, Yingkiong in recognition of his sincerity and dedication towards
MLA Alo Libang inaugurated the exhibition stalls put up by various departments. He
distributed prizes and certificates to the winners in various disciplines organized
to mark the occasion.
Senior citizens, PR members and Gaon Buras from different Sub-Divisions and Circles
of the district enthusiastically attended the celebration.
At Tawang, the Republic day was celebrated with great enthusiasm at the General Parade
The national flag was unfurled by Tawang Deputy Commissioner, Kemo Lollen amidst
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, deputy commissioner Kemo Lollen paid rich
tribute to Dr BR Ambedkher and others who where pioneer in establishing the constitution
of India. While quoting India as a largest democracy and a diverse nation, he urged
people to work hard for development of the nation and maintain its unity and integrity.
While highlighting the various achievements made by departments in the district,
he asked people to maintain the cultural heritage, flora and fauna and livestock
of the district. He stressed on development of tourism sector and asked the public
to extend good behaviour towards the tourist. He also appreciated the efforts of
Brokpas in preservation of indigenous livestock and assured them economic assistance.
He also advised the students to work hard in studies so that they become good citizens
and lead the society in future.
The main programme marked March past by the jawans of 38 BN SSB and APP, cadets of
GHSS NCC, Scouts and Guides and Cub Bulbul of various Schools and Army Band. A colourful
PT Display and patriotic songs were presented by the students.
At Ziro, Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Nila Mohanan unfurled the tri-colour
on the occasion at Subansiri Stadium.
On the occasion, the DC highlighted the major achievements of all departments of
Lower Subansiri. The DC sought people’s cooperation to carry out development activities.
Parliamentary Secretary Padi Richo also attended the celebration.
The day-long programme included traditional sports competitions followed by friendly
football match between DC XI and MLA XI.
At Changlang, GC. Deori, SDO (HQ) in charge Deputy Commissioner unfurled the national
flag amidst huge gathering at the general ground of Changlang. In his speech, he
highlighted the various achievements by various departments in the last one year.
Deori, reminded that the police recruitment process has already been started to solve
the un-employment problems. He appealed to all youths to take part in the recruitment
drive without fail. He emphasized on the need to channelize the energy of youths
in right direction and keep them away from social menace like drug and opium addiction.
He called upon all the Govt. agencies to implement developmental schemes sincerely
so that benefit reaches to the needy beneficiaries at the grass root level.
The other highlights of the celebration were colorful march past by APP, Assam Rifles
Band Party, NCC, Scouts & Guides, PT Display beautiful cultural display by various
Govt. and private schools and Exhibition stall put up by developmental department,
games and sports followed by prize distribution.
At Tezu, R.K.Sharma, Deputy Commissioner unfurled the tri-colour on the occasion.
He highlighted the various developments in Tezu in particular and Lohit district
He said, under the able leadership of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki the state is heading
towards development. MLA, Karikho Kri, officers, staff as well the public of Tezu
are working together for the development and betterment of Tezu area, he said and
sought cooperation from all to carry forward the developmental activities in future
At Yupia, Pige Ligu, Deputy Commissioner Papum Pare unfurled the tricolor amidst
gatherings of officers, staffs, PR leaders, ITBP Jawans, Police personnel, GBs, school
children and villagers.
While greeting the people on the occasion, highlighted the on major developmental
schemes implemented in the district and said that Papum Pare district has made substantial
progress in all fields like infrastructure, agriculture, horticulture, education,
health care, roads and bridges. Main attraction of the day were guard of honour by
ITBP Jawans, Colourful cultural presentations by different cultural troupes and school
children of Yupia and prize distribution.
Reports of Republic day celebration are also pouring in from Raga, Doimukh, Bordumsa,
Leporiang, Rajiv Gandhi University, Doimukh, Longding, Khimyang.
Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee, Indo Tibetan Border Police, Kimin, All Arunachal
Pradesh Motor Transport Workers Union also celebrated the Republic Day with great
enthusiasm. Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal, District Congress Seva Dal, City
Congress Seva Dal and Block Congress Seva Dal .jointly observed the Republic Day
at Indira Gandhi Bhawan, Naharlagun.
APCSD media cell Organizer Kipa Tagung unfurled the National flag on the occasion.
State honours 27 on R-Day
ITANAGAR, Jan 27: The State Government has honoured 27 persons with ‘State Awards’
in recognition of their contribution in different fields.
Of the 27, 11 were awarded with Gold, 10 with Silver while 6 were awarded commendation
The Gold medal awardees under the category of outstanding contribution towards promotion
of games and sports were Arunachal Weightlifting Association president Abraham K
Techi and its general secretary Daniel Teli.
Takang Blange, Ashok Rang, Bharat Rang and Gopal Sangdo, all from East Kameng, were
awarded with Gold medal for their bravery in rescuing many people during suspension
bridge collapse at Seppa on October 29, 2011.
Other persons who were honoured with Gold medals included, Anil Shukla, IPS, DIGP,
Itanagar, Vikramajit Singh, IPS, SP, Tirap, PK Singh, Senior Teacher, Govt. HS School,
Khonsa, Tirap, Constable Wangchu, 1st APPBn, E-Coy, Tawang platoon and Er. Tayum
Tok, EE, PHE, Namsai, Lohit.
The State silver medal winners were, Krishnendu Dev, SI, Banderdewa Police Station,
Banderdewa, Papum Pare, Kime Aya, SP, East Kameng, Gari Tai, Inspector, PTC, Banderdewa,
Lohit Sangdo, Village: Hambapinda, Seppa, Hungla Sangdo, Village: Lachung Yangje,
Seppa, Sajan Sangdo, Village: Hambapinda, Seppa, Marchi Kocho, Village Rang, East
Kameng, Ragi Rang, Vill: Rang, Seppa, ASI Ajay Kumar Jha, Itanagar Police Station,
Itanagar, Jahar Bandyopadhyqy, JE, EE (PWD) Basar Division, Basar.
Doi Ado, Ex-Minister, Bogdo Village, West Siang, Desam Kocho, Village: Rang, Seppa,
Prem Bayang, Village: Kamsa, Seppa, Rohit Bayang, Village: Kansa, Seppa, Gamto Beyong,
Village: Kansa, Seppa, Kapong Nokbi, Khonsa, Tirap were given commendation certificates.
Assam Rifles recruit non-APSTs in APST quota, authority in dark
ITANAGAR, Jan 27: If the result published in the website of the Assam Rifles is
to be believed, four non-APST candidates, including three Chakma refugees and a Nepali
person have been selected for appointment against various posts like, Armour, Clerk
and Radio Operator under ST quota of Arunachal Pradesh.
According to the result available in the website of Assam Rifles, Chakma refugees,
namely Priyo Uttam Chakma (Armour), Rugantar Chakma (Clerk), Ratna Sen Chakma (Operator
Radio Line) and Amit Subba (Operator Radio Line), a Nepali citizen were selected
against ST category seats reserved for Arunachal Pradesh.
Assam Rifles had published the advertisement in July 2011 edition of the Employment
News inviting applications to fill various posts, including Havildar (Clerk), Plumber,
Operator Radio Line, Armour etc from all over India. The advertisement was given
by the Office of the Directorate General Assam Rifles, Shillong.
The recruitment rally was held in September 2011 at Dimapur and Guwahati. For Arunachal
state, the interview was held for 26 posts of which 13 were reserved for ST and rest
13 for general category. However, only 12 candidates were selected from Arunachal
Pradesh of which 5 got selected under ST category and 7 under general category. Of
the five selected, there was only one indigenous Arunachalee ST candidate.
Many deserving APST and domicile candidates, who have qualified in the written and
medical tests have not been selected by the recruiting authority. This act of Assam
Rifles has angered the people of Arunachal as they feel that the oldest paramilitary
force of the country has made mockery of ST reservation system.
“With lot of efforts we got a chance to appear in the interview with hope that we
will get selected under reserved ST quota. We might have lacked something, therefore
could not go through interview. But to our utter dismay, the Chakma and Nepali people
were selected at the cost of us,” informed one tribal citizen of Lohit who appeared
in the interview.
Further he added: “We really don’t understand why did Assam Rifle select non-APST
citizen for those seat meant for ST citizen of Arunachal. Is it because of the lack
of knowledge about Arunachal or are they trying to give ST certificates to Chakma
and Nepali citizen?” he questioned.
Assam Rifles official clarified that recruitment process carried out by it are free
“We follow proper guidelines while carrying out any recruitment drive. We never do
any discrimination. We do not rule out the possibility of recruiting non-APST citizen
under ST category because of vacancy available,” told Assam Rifles PRO Col. AK Chaudhary
Col. Chaudhary assured that detailed study regarding this case would be carried out
and the stand of Assam Rifles clarified.
But the million dollar question is, who is to blame for this mess? Would the state
Government take up the matter with AR authorities to deliver justice to the deprived
CM calls for stern action against bandh callers
ITANAGAR Jan 27: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has taken strong exception
to the Bandh called by All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Forum on January 30 next terming
the demands unethical and irrelevant.
The first demand for construction of National Highway to link all three Siang districts
has already been covered under PM’s package announced on January 31, 2008 and will
be implemented under the 2-lane Trans Arunachal Highway (NH-229), Tuki stated.
While referring to the second demand of connectivity to unconnected circle headquarters,
the chief minister made it amply clear that several representations and memorandums
have been submitted to Government of India on the matter, which is positively being
considered and under process by the Centre.
“No payment can be kept pending when a work is completed within schedule and to the
satisfaction of the prescribed guidelines”, the chief minister said while clarifying
over the pending bill issue raised by the organization.
“It is pure blackmailing,” Tuki expressed and doubted vested interests and political
reasons behind it.
While ordering stern action against the bandh callers, the Chief Minister issued
specific directives to the Police and the District Administration to deal with the
miscreants with iron hands as per law of the land. “No organization can be allowed
to dictate the administration and disbalance the social fabric and take law into
their hands,” Tuki said without mincing words. He assured security and appealed the
people to voluntarily boycott such bandh calls called for trivial issues and malafide
Mein calls for effective policy for preservation of Indigenous faith & culture
ITANAGAR, Jan 27: PWD, Finance and Planning Minister Chowna Mein today called for
formulation of effective policy at highest level for preservation and promotion of
the indigenous faith and culture.
“We should adopt a realistic policy in order to safeguard Indigenous faith, culture
and tradition,” said Mein while addressing a huge gathering at 12th Nyeder Namlo
Foundation day function organized at Rono ground, Doimukh today.
At the same time, the minister advocated for proper maintenance of archeological
sites and monuments of the state. He said destruction or changes of monuments should
not be allowed during renovation at any cost as such monuments and archeological
sites reflect faith, culture, tradition and origin of indigenous tribe and their
Pointing out the measures taken to preserve World War –II cemetery at Nampong, the
minister said religious places like Malinithan, Parsuram Kund should be preserved.
Informing that Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has shown in interest in preservation
and promotion of indigenous faiths, he expressed his hope that state Govt under the
leadership of Tuki would take all measures in this regard.
Nyeder Namlo is not only a faith but a movement and an essence of life, he said and
called upon people of all sections of the society to preserve their own age-old culture
and traditions. The minister particularly exhorted the youth to shoulder the responsibility
for preservation of culture and tradition.
Drawing a similarity of prayer system in between Donyi-Poloism and Buddhism, the
minister said all religions infuse discipline to the member of the society.
While responding to the memorandum submitted by Central Nyedar Namlo President R
T Tara, the minister assured sanctioning of Rs 2 core for construction of Nyishi
Cultural Heritage and Research Centre on priority basis in next financial year.
The minister also announced Rs 50 lakh for construction/ renovation road leading
to the Neder Namlo.
Local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and Development, Nabam Rebia,
while appealing to the people to preserve the cultural traditions said India being
a secular state our principle should be prosper and let others prosper as a good
human being. Agreeing that here are certain practices in our culture and faith which
are impracticable, he said there are very good practices too. We can not discard
it completely saying it has some impracticable practices rather it should be refined
to its best to know our culture and origin, he added.
Underscoring the importance of traditional dresses and local dishes and drinks which
are inseparable part of local festivals and functions, Rebia said our people have
begun to import local drinks from other parts of the state during functions like
Nyokum. This is a very bad trend which should be stopped, he said and expressed his
concern that the habit will lead to ignorance of the utility and loss of manufacturing
skills of the items and dishes. State Chief Information Commissioner and President
of Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh(IFCSAP), Y D Thongchi,
while highlighting the activities of IFCSAP, explained the difference between the
alien and indigenous faiths and their impact to the society. He also thanked the
state government for granting Rs. Five Crore corpus fund and hoped for more such
encouragements in the future.
Recalling the Naba Vaishnab movement launched in India by great religious guru like
Shankardev centuries ago, Thongchi said, such movement on Vaishnabism transcended
in Arunachal Pradesh in the form of Donyi-Polo movement in later stage. He said,
it was Talom Rukbo, a literary and social worker, who started Donyi-Polo movement
in Arunachal Pradesh. He informed that at present there are 489 prayer halls in
all districts of the state to practice Donyi-Poloism.
Doimukh Unit Nyeder Namlo chairman Tana Tagu Tara and secretary Taba Takam also
spoke on the occasion.
The foundation Day was marked by Mass prayers in the Nyeder Namlo, release of an
Audio cassette called Garnam. Cultural troupes from various Nyeder Namlo including
Kheel, Rono, Pachin, Hollongi and labour union of Doimukh and J N V, Doimukh presented
devotional cultural programmes on the occasion.
Among others, Vice President of Tribal Faith and Cultural Protection Forum North
East India, Nabam Atum, Arunachal Vikash Parishad President P. Potom and Trans-Arunachal
Highways Chief Engineer Bora Ete, ZPM Tana Bado, Central Nyeder Namlo Research Centre
director Tana Showren, former MLA Ngurang Pinch were present on the occasion. (With
additional inputs from DIPR)
Women can no longer be outside the decision making process: Ete
GUWAHATI, Jan 27: According to a new study, having the smartest guys in a group does
not guarantee success in problem solving. Instead, groups do best when they include
people who take turns talking and have high social sensitivity - which means they
tend to include women.
Precisely, this is what noted women rights activist from Arunachal, Jarjum Ete advocated
for, in her lecture during a Workshop on Understanding and Resolving Water Conflicts
in the North East, India held in Guwahati, January 23-26.
The workshop designed for civil society groups, government officials, researchers/teachers,
lawyers, media professionals and activists working on water related issues was organized
by Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India, in collaboration with Aaranyak,
Center for Environment (IIT Guwahati), Arghyam, SaciWATERs-CasNet Network and Cap-Net.
Ete said traditionally in a tribal society, women are not part of the decision making
processes - within the family, village or community. "But of late, because of water
conflict situation in north east, they are coming into the forefront," she said "and
can no longer be outside the decision making process."
“With the coming of 140 small and large dams in Arunachal, the smaller communities
around the project will be subsumed by outside population, and women are going to
be taken over,” she said.
“In a tribal society, women are looked over as pillar of community; as they till
the land, manage resources and largely takes the role of guardians of the community
“However,” says Ete, “Policy makers are not aware of such linkages of women with
its natural resources.” Adding, she said: “As they (policy makers) are not sensitive
to ramifications of larger developmental interventions, women will be at the receiving
end when collective resources will be taken over.”
Another area of conflict, she said will be the ‘conflict of interests’ between communities
and groups over hydro projects. She asks: “What will happen to Arunachal, if 140
projects come up?”
Besides, in her encouraging note, she said women empowerment process in Arunachal
have been much better in whole of northeast. “In terms of political empowerment,
women of Arunachal are doing quite well. They may not be good leaders qualitatively,
but quantitatively have taken over the space; and getting sufficient exposure and
experiences,” she said.
Governor’s XI defeat Chief Minister’s XI 4-1
ITANAGAR, Jan 27: The Governor’s XI beat Chief Minister’s XI 4-1 in a friendly football
match played as part of Republic Day celebration at Rajiv Gandhi stadium, Naharlagun,
Hibu Tamang, Toko Babu, Nyali Ete and Kage Dodum scored a goal each for the winning
team while the consolation goal for the Chief Minister’s XI was scored by Member
of Parliament (Lok Sabha) Takam Sanjoy.
In the fiercely fought match, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki played the whole match and
made several attempts to opponent’s goal. For his effort, Tuki received the Player
of Match award.
Goalkeeper of Governor’s XI SK Mukherjee received the best goalkeeper award for saving
several sure-shots from Tuki, Sanjoy and many others.
Several parliament secretaries and MLAs were part of CM’s XI, while the Governor’s
XI was led by Chief Secretary Tabom Bam along with Principle Secretary to Chief Minister
Yeshi Tsering and senior officers. The match was conducted by referees from Assam,
invited specially for the match.
Inspite of very cold weather large numbers of spectators including women and children
turned up to witness the closely contested match.
Flanked by State Legislative Assembly Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong and his deputy Jomde
Kena, the Governor cheered his team from the gallery after kicking off the match
amidst huge gathering. He hoped that such activities by senior people will encourage
younger generations towards games and sport activities.
Later, the Governor gave away the prizes. The Governor received the winner’s trophy
from the Chief Minister.
The match was organized by State Sports and Youth Department in collaboration with
Arunachal Football Association. (PRO, Raj Bhavan)
2nd edition of Multi-media campaign on HIV/AIDS launched
ZIRO, Jan 27: The second edition of multi-media campaign on HIV/AIDS christened “Red
Rockfest’ got underway at the picturesque headquarters of Lower Subansiri district,
Ziro on Friday at Subansiri Stadium withParliamentary Secretary for Land Management
and Urban Development Padi Richo the inaugurating the campaign amidst a large number
of district officers, students and public.
Addressing the gathering, Richo complemented the Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control
Society (APSACS) for launching the statewide campaign from Ziro and appealed to the
agency to create awareness among all sections of society, especially, the youth,
through distribution of AIDS related literature and conducting mass awareness camps
by involving resource persons.
Emphasizing the role of media in creating knowledge on the issue, he appealed to
media, both print and electronic, to carry the message to every nook and corner of
Richo further appealed to APSCAS to rope in services of various voluntary organizations
in the state in its mission of creating education.
Likha Tungam, ZPM, said the main aim of the campaign was to educate the youth and
impart education about HIV/AIDS. He appealed to the youths to adopt safety measures
in order to stop spreading AIDS.
Dr Riken Rina, Joint Director, Blood Safety, informed that the second round of the
campaign would cover 13 districts of the state through performance of music concert
where ‘Alien Gods’ and ‘Symmetry Clan’ as brand ambassadors would try to attract
people especially the youth of age group between 15 to 29 years and sensitize them
Deputy Commissioner Nila Mohanan said music is a popular medium of communication
and expressed the hope that the campaign would achieve its objective by creating
mass awareness on HIV/AIDS and its preventive measures.
Dr K. Nishing, Director of Health Services, while emphasizing the objective of the
campaign, urged the youth the focus on control of the disease through education and
DMO Dr Hage Tam explaining about various modes of AIDS infection informed that so
far four persons with HIV positive have been detected in Lower Subansiri district.
Cultural evening marks R-Day
ITANAGAR, Jan 27: Sanskar Bharati Arunachal Pradesh in collaboration with Indigenous
Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh organized ‘Bharat Mata Pujan’ themed
as ‘Maa Tuhje Salam’ on January 26 at Arunachal Pradesh Science Centre, Indira Gandhi
Over, 60 budding artistes with senior music teachers from Nrityangan Music and Dance
Academy, Kalashetra Itanagar, Donyi Mumsi Foundation School Itanagar, VKV Itanagar,
Emchi, Middle School Doimukh, BSNL Complex Itanagar and various schools of Capital
Complex and Naharlagun presented patriotic song and dance items on the occasion
Speaking on the occasion, Indra Mallo Jain, Secretary to the Department of Art and
Culture and IPR Government of Arunachal Pradesh, said that it is our prime duty to
preserve our indigenous art and culture for identity. She appreciated Sanskar Bharati
Arunachal Pradesh for organizing this type patriotic cultural activity which help
preserve and promote ones own art and culture.
Tapang Taloh, Director of School Education, Government of Arunachal Pradesh also
appreciated the efforts of Sanskar Bharati and IFCSAP for organising the patriotic
cultural evening on the occasion of Republic Day. He also asked the participants
to give attention towards their study while participating in such extra curricular
Among others, YD Thongchi, President IFCSAP and APLS were present on the occasion.
Earlier, Sandip Kaviswar, assistant organising secretary Arunachal Vikash Parishad
describe the importance of ‘Bharat Mata Pujan’ and the contributions of India to
While delivering welcome and key note address, Gichik Taaza, general secretary IFCSAP
cum vice president Sanskar Bahrati described the importance of the event.
Sukhdev Biswas, General Secretary Sanskar Bharati Arunachal Pradesh also spoke on
Binny Yanga hailed
ITANAGAR, Jan 27: The people from various sections of the state and organizations
expressed joy and satisfaction as state’s prominent social worker Binny Yanga was
chosen for the prestigious Padma Shree Award 2012 by the GoI.
Rajya Sabha member Mukut Mithi and Lok Sabha members Takam Sanjoy, in their congratulatory
messages, said the award is a true recognition of her hard work and devotion to make
the life of the needy hapless children and women meaningful.
She rightly deserves the prestigious award, the fourth highest civilian award of
India, Mithi said.
With this, she has added a new feather in Arunachal’s cap after winning the Durga
Bai Deshmukh Award 2000 and NCDC Cooperative Excellence Award 2002. She would continue
to serve as a role model and inspire the people of the state, particularly the womenfolk,
Sanjoy said, adding “Hardwork never go unrewarded”.
“It is an achievement worth appreciating, Sammanoy Gut Cooperative Society chairperson
Minati Riba said in her congratulatory message, adding that she has been a great
source of inspiration for all as a social reformer, textile designer, and member
of Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women.
Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society vice president Tokong Pertin on behalf of its
members and president YD Thongchi called on her here Thursday to felicitate her on
“This is indeed a befitting acknowledgement of her time tested selfless service
to the destitute and down trodden, especially, training for self employment being
imparted to the destitute girls and womenfolk”, said NES president Bengia Tolum.
In a release today, NES hoped that the award shall be a stepping stone for an ardent
philanthropist and exemplary women entrepreneur -- Yanga to achieve higher civilian
awards like Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan in days to come. It is an inspiration
for fellow citizens to render tireless humanitarian service with renewed zeal and
vigour, it said.
In a release, All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) president Takam Tatung
hoped that her achievement will encourage other tribal women of Arunachal to work
hard in their respective field of activities. He also hoped that Oju Welfare Association
will continue its yeomen service for uplift of downtrodden.
The functionaries of Oju Welfare Association (OWA), State Resource Centre Arunachal
Pradesh (SRCAP) and Jan Shikshan Sansthan (JSS), Naharlagun expressed joy over the
marvelous achievement of Binny Yanga.
Meanwhile, Binny Yanga said, “My dream comes true and I am much honored”. Yanga lauded
Governor Gen. (Retd.) J.J. Singh and Anupama Singh, First Lady of the State, Chief
Minister Nabam Tuki and the Govt as a whole for recommending her name for the coveted
She also expressed her gratitude to her well wishers and dear ones and her staff
members, without whose assistance, she could not able to fulfill her zeal to work
for the people of the State. “I have been encouraged enough to go ahead with my service
to the people,” she said.
ITANAGAR, Jan 27: The long felt need of the people of Beye, Ngomdir and Doji Jeli
has been fulfilled with the inauguration of APST bus service on Republic Day. It
was inaugurated by DIPRO Gijum Tali amid cheer and applause. The bus will ply along
the route on daily basis with its station and accommodation of staff at Ngomdir village.
Addressing an impressive function held on the occasion, Tali said that the bus service
will be an added benefit to villages settled along the route. He appealed to one
and all to give all sorts of cooperation to the State Transport department to provide
better service in the days to come.
Tuter Nima, Station Superintendent, Aalo disclosed that the old vehicle from existing
pool has been pressed into service after maintenance as an alternative arrangement
to mitigate the growing demand of the people from time to time.
Assuring a better service in near future, he appreciated the Committee constituted
in village pertaining to discipline, payment of fares, stoppages and other self regulatory
measures. The support and cooperation of the people is of paramount importance to
continue with the service, he said.
Among others, Karmo Ngomdir, Dodak Ngomdir, Dinya Ngomdir, HGBs of Beye, Ngomdir,
Doji Jeli respectively spoke on the occasion. DIPRO
SECC in Capital Complex completed
ITANAGAR, Jan 27: As part of Socio-Economic and Caste Based Census (SECC) exercise,
a team led by Onit Panyang, Deputy Commissioner Capital Complex met Governor General
(retd.) JJ Singh and State First Lady Anupama Singh for enumeration at Raj Bhavan,
Itanagar yesterday. The first couple provided their details to A S Maru, SECC charge
officer and his squad of supervisor, enumerator and data entry operator.
Interacting with the census officials, the Governor appreciated their effort and
Government of India for the door to door data gathering on Socio Economic status
of the people to know the ground reality.
Deputy Commissioner Panyang informed that the month-long enumeration process in the
capital complex, which started on December 26, 2011 concluded on January 26 with
the recording of personal details of the First Couple.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and Chief Secretary Tabom Bam were the first to be enumerated
to kick start the SECC campaign.
Altogether, 40 supervisors and 286 enumerators have been engaged for the campaign
in Itanagar Urban area. (PRO, Raj Bhavan)
ITANAGAR, Jan 27: Government Secondary School, Hiya organized social awareness camp
at Hiya school premises recently.
Attending the programme, Nyapin Area Development Committee, Chairman Tadar Zaman
donated fifty pieces of CGI Sheets to school for repairing of teachers quarter and
school toilets and also gave some financial aid to the organizer.
NADC Secretary Panye Kaha also contributed fund to the organizer.
The function was attended by public and PRI leaders.
Proposed capital bandh declared illegal
ITANAGAR, Jan 27: Deputy Commissioner cum District Magistrate, Itanagar Capital Complex
has declared the proposed 12 hrs capital bandh on January 30 by All Arunachal Pradesh
Youth Forum as illegal.
The magistrate said that such bandh calls cause untold misery and hardship to the
public. He urged the AAPYF to call off the proposed bandh call and refrain from calling
and enforcing such bandh.
Early creation of proposed district demanded
ITANAGAR, Jan 27: All West Siang Border Students’ Union while highlighting the frequent
inter-state dispute between Arunachal Pradesh and Assam in Likabali area, has appealed
to the state government for immediate establishment of the proposed Lower Siang district
headquarters at Sikirima, Likabali.
It said that the proposal was placed to the state government way back in 1994, but
till today, the state government did not work it out.
Capital Complex trounce Upper Subansiri
ITANAGAR, Jan 27: Capital Complex Football Association grounded Upper Subansiri 4-0
in the 10th Tadar Tang Memorial Football Tournament at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium today.
In another match played yesterday, East Kameng was knocked out of the tournament
after losing 0-3 to three times champion Kurung Kumey. With this win Kurung Kumey
booked a berth in the quarterfinals.
Dare Takar, (25 min), Gyamar Apa (67 min) and Roshan Ramching (79) scored a goal
‘Coaching key to players’ development’
NAHARLAGUN, Jan 27: East Kameng DSO K Dodum stressed the need of proper training
centre and facilities to improve the performance of football players.
Addressing the coaches, managers and senior players during the first annual general
body meeting of the Arunachal Football Players’ Association (APFPA) here yesterday,
Dodum suggested for clean and transparent selection procedures while selecting the
players. He suggested the authority for selection of qualified players from the ongoing
Tadar Tang Memorial Football Tournament for the national event.
APFPA president Kipa Takum assured to work for the welfare of the players, and promote
the sport all over the state by organizing awareness camp.
General secretary Kipa Aje suggested for minimum 45 days coaching for national level
tournament and providing proper sports kits and modern equipments for the players.
Lower Subansiri team manager Toko Bakh appealed to the association to initiate 10%
job reservation for the football players.
Papum Pare coach Tayeng Anthony stressed on proper diet and regular coaching for
Around 200 members from all over the state attended the meeting.
Pasighat Karatekas bring laurels
PASIGHAT, Jan 27: While representing Arunachal Pradesh the East Siang Shito Ryu
Karate Do Association excelled in the ‘7th Shito Ryu Seiko Kai National Karate
Championship’ held recently at Mizoram.
The team members of Pasighat included Ashok Sahani, a student of class XII, Anurudh
Sahani (XI) and Govind S Thapa (IX).
While Ashok bagged two gold medals, Anurudh won a silver medal. Govind S Thapa could
secure a bronze medal.
Appreciating their achievement, Education Minister Bosiram Siram encouraged them
with cash prizes. Expressing his extreme happiness over the performance of the karatekas,
the minister said ‘I am overwhelmed that three boys of Pasighat proved their ability
by winning medals despite various constraints.” Siram also advocated for enhancement
of reservation quota in Govt job for sportspersons. However, he said, present Govt
is initiating various schemes for improvement of sports sector.
MP Ninong Ering also appreciated all the 41 participants of the national level competition
and the three boys of Pasighat in particular for their achievements which will inspire
the local youths. DIPRO
Raj Bhavan hosts ‘at home’ function
ITANAGAR, Jan 27: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh was 'At Home' with distinguished
citizens of the State and school children on the on the lush green lawns of Raj Bhavan
Organized in a befitting manner of the ‘At Home’ function, which is an important
feature of the day long programme, the function began with the playing of the tune
of National Anthem by Arunachal Pradesh Police band from Police Training Center,
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, his cabinet colleagues, senior officials, social workers,
educationists, intellectuals, distinguish achievers of various fields including mountaineers
Tapi Mra and Anshu Jamsenpa, senior citizens, ex-servicemen, sportsmen and women,
NCC and Scouts and Guides attended the ceremony to greet the Governor and the State
Over the high tea, the Governor and the State first lady, Anupama Singh, intermingled
with the august gathering. The School children from different tribes in the respective
traditional attires also interacted with the Governor and the First lady.
The entire Raj Bhavan decked with varieties of seasonal flowers, especially the Northern
Green, which makes the part of nine-hole Raj Bhavan golf course, was beautified to
its best to receive the distinguished gathering. Eye catching greenery, flower pots
and beds of the Bhavan filled with blooming flowers of different species enriched
the festivity. (PRO, Raj Bhavan)
CoSAAP foundation day
ITANAGAR, Jan 27: Confederation of Service Associations of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP)
celebrated its foundation day at Itanagar today.
On the occasion, CoSAAP president NL Togu, secretary general Pate Marik and other
CEC members urged all the employees of the state government to improve work culture
and maintain transparency while discharging their duty.
Meanwhile, CoSAAP demanded the authority concerned for immediate implementation of
6th CPC recommendations in toto.
Kavi Sammelan held
ITANAGAR, Jan 27: VKV Kuporijo Upper Subansiri district organised a "Desh Bhakti
Kavi Sammelan" in connection with Republic Day celebrations.
The whole programme was organized by Class IX students of VKV Kuporijo and guided
by Govind G. Khandekar Varishtha Karyakarta of VKV APT and Sri J.B. Jadhav teacher
Speaking on the occasion Nima Namchoom, DIPRPO Upper Subansiri district advised the
students to take part in all the co- curricular activities with enthusiasm.
It may be mentioned here that school level competitions were held in Govt. Hr. Sec.
School Daporijo, Govt. SEC. School Lida, Govt. Hr. Sec. School Dumporijo, VKV Kuporijo,
Vivekananda Public School Daporijo, Si-Donyi Public School Daporijo and Abotani Residential
Public School and top three students from each school selected were participated
in the final Kavi Sammelan.The poems were composed by the students themselves.
Saaya visits new link road
ITANAGAR, Jan 27: Parliamentary Secretary, Agriculture Likha Saaya visited the newly
constructed three-kilometer-long link road from Tago Power house to Pei village under
The said road was constructed on self-help basis under the guidance of Anchal Chairperson
Likha Api and ASM Toko Tana.
Saaya while emphasizing on development of horticulture and agriculture advised the
villagers to give up Jhum cultivation and stop excessive exploitation of natural
resources and vegetations.
He further advised the villagers not to indulge in petty politics in the village
level and remain united and cooperate with the elected representatives for speedy
development of the area.
Meanwhile, responding to a memorandum, he assured construction of link road from
Pei to Toon village, and fund for extension of classrooms of primary school and also
announced Rs five lakhs for construction of community hall.
Later, Anchal Chairperson Likha Api distributed blankets to senior citizens of the
Amongst others, EAC Yowa Topu, CO JT Obi and CO M Kakki attended the programme.
ITANAGAR, Jan 27: APSTAT Mahila Samity of Directorate of Economics and Statics Colony
Chimpu cleaned dustbins, roads and drains within the colony in a social service organized
on January 26.
PKWS conference held
ITANAGAR, Jan 27: Pombu Kow Welfare Society, Siyum conducted its general conference
cum election at Ebiya village on January 13 and 14 last. On the occasion, foundation
stone of the society office was laid at Ebiya village.
Amongst others, Textiles and Handicrafts deputy director Take Mosu and horticulture
development officer Kali Bayor were present on the occasion.
ANYA seeks govt. intervention to locate missing jawan
ITANAGAR, Jan27: All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) today sought state governments’
intervention to locate the whereabouts of missing SSB Jawan Gyani Raju, who reportedly
went missing since last 24 May.
In a release, ANYA requested the state government to put its all efforts to trace
the jawan by involving the governments of Assam and West Bengal. Drawing the government’s
attention towards aggrieved family of the missing jawan, the association said that
the family members have been living in despair without the salary of the jawan since
last 8 months.
Refugees and encroachment
This is in response to the statement issued by one Tejang Chakma of New Delhi in
your daily of January 24 issue.
He is misguiding the press and the readers. The fact is that these refugees migrated
from CHT of Bangladesh first landed at Khante Base camp for Mizoram and Tripura.
There was threat posed from Mizoram and Chakmas were then rehabilitated in Bihar.
Thereafter, they were brought to then NEFA on initiation of U C Chakma for settlement
at Pillomukh area of Pasighat which was refused and rejected by the local people
of East Siang.
Central Govt. imposed settlement of these refugees in Tirap/Lohit/Subansuri Frontier
in NEFA days in 1964 – 65. At that time total population consisted of 2748 Chakma
families with a population of 14888 persons and 150 Hajong families consisting 750
Now as he said after 47 years of India’s mercy to allow their stay on Indian soil
the present refugee population in Arunachal Pradesh has risen to an astonishing figure
of 53,730 and break up figure are Changlang – 46,691, Lohit – 4962 and Papumpare
– 2077. Now one can see more than three times growth rate of Chakmas and slow phase
growth of Hajongs.
Therefore, the claim that Chakmas have Autonomous Council at Mizoram and they are
enjoying equal facilities at Tripura and they are not interested for Arunachal is
a white lie.
The unfortunate part of our state Govt. is that ILP is imposed against our own Indian
citizens only but refugees are allowed to roam freely in Arunachal. This is a boon
If there is no migration how encroachments are taking place in Reserve Forest/USF
and indigenous people’s land at M’Pen, Mudoi. Now at their own they have created
Sukha Nallah, Shillong Pahar, Jyotsnapur, Rajnagar, Kamkhyapur, Udoipur, Upper/Lower
Mudoi Deep, Dumpathar, Mudhaka, Dangaria Baba, Bijoypur – I, II & III etc. and what
not. They are greedy and lustful for fertile land of Arunachalees.
They do not respect the law of the land. They are resorting to criminal activities.
They attacked AAPSU bus at Diyun and attacked local people at M’Pen and ransacked
Diyun Police Station.
In opposite, local people and state Govt. never did harass the refugees without reason.
Peace will be a distant dream for citizens of the state if the refugees continue
resorting to criminal activities of highest degree.
Wakhet Nong Singpho
Norway, no way of treatment
Indian family system has always been exemplary in world. The relationship between
parents and children (infants) has never been questioned by any society. But, the
question of Norway’s Bhattacharya family has really frowned all. No country can ever
question on cultural practices of living or feeding children. Though the episode
of separation from children is solved now, but the continuous mental pain and suffering
of the parents is understandable. It is really unfortunate the Norwegerian authorities
have imposed their ruling without having any knowledge of Indian culture. Separating
children from biological parents is absolutely against human rights. Had it been
some case of abuse or violence against wards then placing them in foster care by
the Child Welfare Services is understandable. But feeding them by hand and not using
cutlery or making children sleep along with parents is not inefficiency of the mother
but her immense love for her children. These are the principle because of which family
life has survived in India not only on social ground but also moral grounds. But,
in West mostly we see broken families and undefined ‘families’, maximum adultery
and what not. If their rulings are so pious or important that then in their countries
we see maximum of Juvenile Delinquents and child crimes?
Silli village on the verge of extinction
Our village Silli situated on the foothill of West Siang district under Likabali
circle needs especial attention of the Govt. River Silli (locally known as Silli
Abu) is changing its course every year after heavy landslide and soil erosion.
Many acres of wet rice cultivation field have been eroded during the rainy reasons
every year. During last rainy season too, a portion of kutcha road near Silli-Liche
village have been washed away due to soil erosion.
Therefore, I appeal to all Silli villagers to come forward and save Silli from
soil erosion. I would also like to appeal to our MLA to do needful before the ensuing
Karyir Kena Kadu,
Green investments & social benefits
The latest UNEP report, Green Economy in a Blue World, argues that the ecological
health and economic productivity of marine and coastal ecosystems, which are currently
in decline around the globe, can be boosted by shifting to a more sustainable economic
approach that taps their natural potential - from generating renewable energy and
promoting eco-tourism, to sustainable fisheries and transport.
It highlights how the sustainable management of fertilizers would help reduce the
cost of marine pollution caused by nitrogen and other nutrients used in agriculture,
which is estimated at US$100 billion (EUR 80 billion) per year in the European Union
The synthesis report also examines how Small Island Developing States (SIDS), such
as those in the Asia-Pacific and Caribbean regions, can take advantage of green economy
opportunities to reduce their vulnerability to climate change and promote sustainable
With as much as 40 per cent of the global population living within 100 kilometers
of the coast, the world’s marine ecosystems (termed the ‘Blue World’ in the report)
provide essential food, shelter and livelihoods to millions of people. But human
impacts are increasingly taking their toll the health and productivity of the world’s
Adoption of green technologies and investments to lower fossil fuel use could dramatically
reduce the carbon footprint of the sector while enhancing its contribution to economic
growth, food and nutrition security and poverty reduction. Green technologies include
low-impact fuel-efficient fishing methods and innovative aquaculture production systems
using environmentally friendly feeds.