January  29


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Defending champion Lower Subansiri out of Tadar Tang Football Tournament

Papum Pare to meet Upper Subansiri in first semis

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: Defending champion Lower Subansiri went down fighting to a determined Upper Subansiri team in the quarter final match of  the 10th Tadar Tang Memorial State Level Football tournament held at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium today. The match went into extra time and finally penalty shoot-outs as both were held to 0-0 draw. Lower Subansiri missed a penalty shot in the first half, which was awarded for a handball by Upper Subansiri’s defender and subsequently lost the shoot outs by 5-6. Lower Subansiri created the most chances, but couldn’t convert them into goals. Whereas, Upper Subansiri’s sheer determination to win finally saw them through till the end.  

In another quarter final match, Papum Pare grounded  East Siang by 1-0. Loi Kena (jersey  no. 8) of Papum Pare scored the only goal of the match during the first half. In the last 10 odd minutes, East Siang released a flurry of counter-attacks, but the attack came a bit too late.

The third and the fourth quarter finals will be played between Kurung Kumey Vs West Kameng at 1230 hrs on Jan 29 while the same day Capital Complex will take on Lower Dibang Valley at 1430 hrs.


Final Score

Upper Subansiri – 6,

Lower Subansiri – 5 (Penalty Shoot-outs)


Papum Pare - 1,   

East Siang - 0



Encourage children towards dance and music: First Lady

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: First Lady of Arunachal Pradesh Anupama Singh called upon the parents and guardians to encourage their children and wards towards dance and music.

Dance and music help in developing the overall personality of a child, Singh said while attending ‘Basant Utshav’ celebration at Vivekananda Auditorium, R K Mission Hospital here this evening.

The Utshav was organized by Nrityangan Dance and Music Academy.

The First lady  said  dancing and music improve the overall memory in the children. It also shows children how to interact with their peers in a positive manner. Dancing and singing at a young age is non-competitive, hence boosts a child's self esteem, she added.

Singh stressed that arts education, such as dance and music can enhance extensive development of children such as aesthetic, socio-emotional, socio-cultural, cognitive skill, and academic development. It cultivates a positive attitude toward themselves and others.

Interacting with artists and music lovers during the celebration, she pointed that although the importance of arts education is gaining increased recognition, it is also true that arts education is continually struggling to establish a secure status in formal curricula. In order to achieve the possibilities that arts education promises, it is indispensable to incorporate arts education with well-designed programme plans and skilful teachers into curricula, she added while hoping that the ‘Basant Utshav’ will give impetus to the endeavour.

Impressed by the presentations by Nrityangan Dance and Music Academy, Singh reposed her hope that it will continue in promoting classical music and dance with Hindustani Vocal, Kathak, folk dance and rich cultural traditions of Arunachal Pradesh among the budding children.

The  kathak dance and folk dance  performence besides vocal recitation by the small children of the academy  in the colourful cultural evening which was organised  with its  theme - ‘Swagat Kare Hum’, enthralled the audience. With Principal Amit Kumar Mukherjee providing the beats, Kathak by Diya Das and vocal recitation by Likhamoni touched the hearts of audience. Through it presentation titled, ‘Basic Kathak Dance’ it gave an insight of Gurukul system of music and dance school.

Participating in the programme, renowned singer of the state Taba Yall, who was felicitated on the occasion along with Teli Dimin presented a devotional song. Yall called for a Music College in the state to facilitate music and dance enthusiasts like her to realize their dream in the field of creative art.

Guest artists from Assam, Gokul and Mandira Saha also presented some classical numbers. Students of Donyi Polo Vidhaya Bhavan Preparatory School presented an Adi dance.

Tributes were paid to Late Dr. Bhupen Hazarika and renowned singer from Arunachal Late Tage Dibo. The children also sang one of the famous songs  of Late Hazarika on the occasion.

RK Mission Hospital, Secretary Swami Aishwashanada, Art and Culture Deputy Director  Jomnya Siram, Tage Aku, wife of Late Tage Dibo were present in the function along with parents and guardians. (Raj Bhavan)


Parents Day celebrated with a message for youngsters

WAKRO, Jan 28: Students and youngsters must be cautious not to be ensnared into the lures of drug abuse or undesirable political agitation that will distract them from their primary focus on learning, said Savneet Singh, SM, Commander 82 Mountain Brigade in a message on the occasion of ‘Meeta Meet’, a programme  which was organized to befit the Apna Parents’ Day celebration here today.

He said the onus of taking up issues with the government lies on the leaders and senior members of the society while adding that students should never be engaged in bandh and protest culture as many of them get misled. The message further said that social activists, community elders, teachers and parents should take greater responsibility to create awareness amongst the gullible young generation. The Army commander, however, advocated for use of judicious power to ensure rule of law instead of taking coercive measures which may force people to agitate.

Interacting with a delegation of ASSET at 82 Mountain Brigade Headquarter, Brig. Singh further assured that the Army will always support the initiatives being taken for proper education to the children and proper grooming of the young generation.

In an informal discussion with ASSET chairman, All Mishmi Students Union advisor Ajan Pul also assured to advice the students to consider other democratic means instead of resorting to bandh culture to air their grievances.

“Stay away from drug abuse and opium addition” is  the theme of this year Meeta Meet 2012.  The significance of the message was highlighted by Soplie Chikro (55), from Kandai village, who had first hand experience of the horrors of opium addiction. He said “opium addiction does good to none. Opium makes slaves out of you and makes you do terrible things.” He called upon one and all to fight against drug abuse. A confident Soplie has not touched the drug since past ten years and felt much contented today.

A Montessori teachers training programme for the Apna Vidya Bhavan, KGBV and rural school teachers of Wakro was also inaugurated as part of the Meeta Meet by Rama Maa of the Art of Living foundation. Colourful cultural programmes were also organized to mark the occasion.  


R- Day celebrated at Roing & Daporijo

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: The 63rd Republic Day was celebrated in a befitting manner at Roing, Lower Dibang valley district on Thursday.

Unfurling the national tri-colour at Roing general ground on the occasion, DC Garima Gupta said after taking over the charges of district administration in June, 2011, she had given first priority to peaceful atmosphere and promote brotherhood among the two major tribes of the district.

She lauded the district police for helping in this effort of the district administration in maintaining law and order.

Another effort of the district administration is to reach out to the people and  minimize the gap between the Govt. and the people,  the DC said  and added that the district administration has ensured presence of all officials at their posting places and offices to deliver services to the people whenever needed.  

On developmental activities being taken up by various departments in the district, the DC informed that altogether 57 small and big developmental schemes worth Rs 348 lakh are being implemented.

New initiatives were taken by various departments for construction of dustbins, culverts, channel and foot path in different sectors of the township to keep Roing township neat and clean, she added.

The DC also highlighted the achievement in education, health and sports sectors in the district.

In her concluding remarks, the DC exhorted the youths of the district to be law abiding and educated.

ASI Subash Medhi of SP office was awarded cash prize and certificate as best police officer for his outstanding achievement. Prizes were also distributed to the winners of essay competition on sanitation.  

Besides the impressive march past and exhibition stall, cultural events  and game and sports were organized and winners were awarded..

In tug of war DC XI defeated MLA XI, while in football match, MLA XI thrashed  DC XI.

Among others, Roing MLA Laeta Umbrey, ZP chairperson Chiliko Meto,  SP Veenu Bansal were present in the celebration.

The 63rd Republic Day was celebrated throughout Upper Subansiri district with much enthusiasm.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion at Rijo group, Daporijo, DC A  Abhyankar assured to streamline LPG distribution system  and  take  measures to prevent frequent fire accidents.

Commendation certificates were awarded to Tapu Cheke, peon, DDI, N. Hazarika, JT, Koj Gambo, FS, Tato Debam, RBS Yadav, A/T-A and Temdang Yirang (HC, Telecom) for  sincerity and dedication to their respective duty.

The R day celebration programmes included display of colourful dance and march past by students of various schools of the area.  Besides the general public, MLA T Siga, political leaders, panchayat leaders and Govt officials  participated in the celebration. DIPROs

Arunachal Tempo Welfare Association (ATWA) celebrated the R Day with great enthusiasm at Mithun gate auto stand, Itanagar on Thursday.   ATWA president Bamang Payo and general secretary Lingdum Tanam spoke on the occasion.


ANSU observes its 30th Foundation Day

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) today observed its 30th Foundation Day in a colourful manner here. Senior citizens of the community and its former and present executive members took part in it.

Addressing on the occasion ANSU vice president Tagru Tame who unfurled the union flag in absence of its president said that the mandate of people given to the union is not an opportunity rather responsibility to serve the society.

He further called upon the community members not to allow exploiting the term Nyishi by few individuals and vested interest group.  Tame felt that the community required visionary leader for uplift of the society including its culture.  He further gave emphasis on channelizing youth power in right way.

Reiterating that Pradeep Thakur/ToI issue is still alive and kicking, ANSU vice president reaffirmed to deliver justice on the vexed issue. He disclosed ANSU along with Nyishi Elite Society is working on line. It has given time frame to the state government to find out logical solution to the infamous ToI issue, he added. Union further clarified that ToI issue is not politically motivated. It vowed to intensify its agitation against government if it fails to find a solution to the issue.

ANSU General Secretary Arjun Panye in his address said the union will continue its service to its people till the community exists.  

Organizing Chairman Raja Dodum, who is also Assistant General Secretary of ANSU, also spoke on occasion.

A mass tree plantation programme around the ANSU office complex, friendly volleyball matches for both men and women  were organized to mark the occasion.

While  All Kurung Kumey District Students Union (AKKDSU) men’s volleyball team defeated the Arunachal Pradesh Scheduled Tribe Students’ Union (APSTSU) in final match, the  women volleyball  team of AKKDSU thrashed ANSU women wing volleyball team and emerged winner.

Large number of people including ANSU former presidents Kipa Babu and Niglar Veo took part in tree plantation programme.


DA gags anti-power project voice in Tawang

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: Though from an unlikely quarter, the hydropower issue is back in the forefront.

Society for Development of Culture and Education (SDCE), a civil society group and district administration are at loggerheads over the emotive issue.

The members of SDCE claimed that district administration forced the organisation to bond sign a document restricting its activities for next three years when they were conducting awareness campaign about hydropower projects in Tawang district.

However district administration has negated the claim and alleged that SDCE members violated the terms under which they were given permission to carry out awareness campaign.

In an emailed statement, Tawang deputy commissioner Kemo Lollen stated that SDCE was accorded permission vide order no. TJ-02/2011 Dtd 4/9/2011 to make people aware about the importance of Bodhi language. The DA order, however, came with conditions for the organizers which included; prior permission shall be obtained from the owner/head of the department of building for use of private/public buildings,  the peace and tranquility in the area during the awareness campaign should not be disturbed in any way, the local police shall be intimated the actual schedule of awareness campaign for necessary security measures and lastly organizer shall ensure that the participants abide by all standing executive instructions on plastic & poly bags, defacement of any property and instructions related to cleanliness within the district.

Further DC claimed that his administration had received information from secret sources that in violation of terms and conditions, the two monk of SDCE were conducting meeting at various locations in Tawang District  campaigning against construction of Hydro Power project at Tawangchu and Nyamjangchu for which Public Hearing was completed years back.  

Also on that particular day when they were summoned the SDCE members were having a meeting with like minded people at Yid-Gha-Chozin Gonpa without obtaining prior permission from the competent authority for use of the building.

After noticing all these activities, the monks were summoned to the office for explanation on activities which were beyond the scope and limit of permission accorded by Deputy Commissioner, Tawang and a bond under Section 106 & 107 Cr.PC was executed not to commit further breach of peace, DC Lollen added.

 Meanwhile,  Nima Sange, secretary of SDCE, while talking to this journalist from Sera Monastery, Bylakuppe (Mysore) has dismissed the claim of district administration.

“While seeking permission from district administration, we had made it clear that our main motto is to create awareness about Buddhism, environment and democratic rights. Naturally, when we talk about environment, the hydropower issue comes up. We have not violated any condition and in fact district administration has curtailed our democratic rights,” said Nima.

Further he added, “In Tawang district alone 15 projects totalling 3500 MW are coming up. Construction of large number of dams is going to have huge impact. The population of local Monpa tribe is only around 30 thousand in Tawang. The hydropower developers will bring in workforce numbering thousands from outside. We will be reduced to minority in our homeland and therefore we see it as direct threat to existence of Buddhism in Tawang.”

He further blamed the short-sighted vision of political leaders of Tawang district for coming up of so many hydro projects in the district.

“During the tenure of Late Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, many MOUs/MOAs were signed with hydropower developers without any proper and prior consent from public.

Majority of public are uneducated and therefore they did not oppose. Moreover they were under the impression that they would be financially well off once the power projects come up,” continued Nima. He went on to add, “We believe that late CM was misguided by some people regarding hydropower issue. He did not see the disadvantage of hydropower projects. The people of Tawang have every right to know the pros and cons of hydropower project in true sense. Let democracy prevails and let people of Tawang enjoy the freedom of speech and expression.”

It is ironic that anti-dam movement has re-ignited from  the district of late CM Dorjee Khandu, who was a staunch advocate of big power projects in Arunachal.


Upset AAPSU questions Assam Rifles; seeks Governor’s intervention

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jan 28:  The All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) has reacted strongly to the news report published in this daily regarding recruitment of Chakmas and Nepali citizens by Assam Rifles under ST quota of Arunachal Pradesh.

In a representation to Governor Gen JJ Singh, AAPSU has called for his intervention in this regard.

It is to be noted that Assam Rifles had recruited three Chakmas and one Nepali citizen against various posts like Armour, Clerk, Radio Operator etc which was reserved exclusively for tribal’s of Arunachal Pradesh.

Terming this move as mockery of Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation Act and Chin Hill Act, AAPSU stated that sentiments of indigenous tribal community of Arunachal have been deeply hurt.

They sought immediate cancellation of appointment given to non-APSTs and demanded that fresh recruitment rally be conducted inside Arunachal territory. Failing this, AAPSU threatened to launch non-cooperative movement against Assam Rifles in Arunachal.

“We strongly oppose this act of Assam Rifles and urge Gen Singh to personally interfere in this regard. Assam Rifles is one of the most decorated and respected paramilitary force of  North East. They have been serving state of Arunachal since time immemorial and therefore we expect them to understand tribal sentiments much better. It is well known that Chakmas are refugee in Arunachal and Arunachalee people has been fighting against them for last many years. Similarly Nepalis also do not come under ST category,” AAPSU stated in a release.  

 Further they questioned why did not Assam Rifles fill up all the seats meant for Arunachal during that recruitment rally. “As per advertisement published in Employment News, 26 seats were reserved for Arunachal Pradesh. Out of 26, 13 posts were exclusively for Arunachalee ST candidates and remaining 13 for general category candidates. Of the 13 ST seats, only 5 were filled, that too non-APSTs like Chakma and Nepali got selected. What happened to remaining 8 seats, it asked. It further said that in general category too only seven seats were filled and six seats are yet to be filled. There are possibilities that these seats might have been diverted to other states.

“We urge Assam Rifles authorities to come clean in this regard,” AAPSU said as it demanded an investigation. “We feel that such insensitive act of job deprivation against tribal youths by Assam Rifles can have serious socio-political implication”, the union further added.


Payi Gyadi nominated for CNN-IBN Citizen Journalist Award-2012

Amar Sangno

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: Payi Gyadi, an RTI activist and Chairman of Sango Lamte Foundation (SLF) has been nominated for the 4th edition of CNN-IBN Citizen Journalist Award-2012 along with sixteen others from various parts of the country.  Gyadi is lone Northeasterner nominated this year for the award. The winner will be decided on the basis of online vote which is open till February 10 and winner will be declared on  February 13.

The whistle blower from Arunachal Pradesh was nominated for unearthing illegal appointments with fake certificates  in the Tax and Excise and Arts and Cultural departments wherein a senior state minister was allegedly involved.

However, Payi Gyadi’s commendable work has put him under constant pressure including an attempt to frame him by planting weapons in his car. Constant life threat calls have forced Gyadi to hire personnel security officer since June 29, 2011.

Born on July 17, 1984 to Papu Gyadi and Nima Gyadi at village Dokre Gyadi under Gyawepurang circle in East Kameng district, Payi Gyadi did his schooling from Jawahar Navodaya Vidalaya School Seppa. An alumnus of Rajiv Gandhi Polytechnic College Itanagar, he founded Sango Lamte Foundation in 2009 with its prime objectives to fight against corruption and to promote computer education in the East Kameng district in particular and the state as whole.

Gyadi embarked on a crusade against corruption as RTI activist since 2010 and  hit the headlines in the state after he unearthed the SSA embezzlement in East Kameng in early January, 2011. Later he brought to the fore, illegal appointments in Tax and Excise and Arts and Cultural departments, which is still subjudiced.

Gyadi  was earlier featured by a leading investigative magazine Tehelka in its August 20, 2011 issue, terming him one man up against a corrupt state system.

Speaking to this daily here this afternoon, an elated  RTI activist said that he has no word to express his gratitude to state and national media particularly CNN-IBN for highlighting his crusade against corruption. He added that he wanted to create awareness in state so that every citizen could sow seed of despise against corruption. He made it clear that he is not against any individual but against corrupt system.

A hopeful Gyadi said  that the nomination itself should inspire youth to fight against corruption.

The CNN-IBN began the pathbreaking idea of Citizen Journalists’ Awards since 2008. It gives the citizens an opportunity to participate to change the system by contributing information.

When contacted by this correspondent CNN-IBN Associated Executive Producer Srishti Shanker disclosed that after screening the 37 episodes of various citizen journalists across India, seventeen citizen journalists were nominated basing on their strongest story on corruption. She further informed that the 4th edition of CNN-IBN Citizen Journalist Award is focusing on corruption and  it has launched first ever online vote for choosing citizen journalists.


Mushroom training prog for SHGs

ITANAGAR, Jan 28:  Alombro Mayu Yaku Chi Amey Aroga (AMYAA), an NGO of Namphai-I, Miao has conducted a mushroom cultivation training for the Tangchhung SHG members of Kaikhepothar village under Miao circle. Altogether 12 SHG members took part in the training.

Mushroom cultivation is no more a new activity in Miao region. A good number of SHGs and farmers have started mushroom cultivation in various villages with assistance from AMYAA since 2011. The SHGs and Farmers’ Club could take the lead role in initiating such income oriented activity in  larger scale for surplus production. AMYAA is planning to start a cluster for Mushroom cultivation involving large number of villagers..


ATA resents violation of court verdict

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: Arunachal Teachers’ Association (ATA) has appealed to the state election commission and concerned authorities not to engage teachers in election and census duty during working days or hours.

Making available a copy of court verdict, the ATA in a release said teachers are supposed not to be engaged in election process and census duties during working days or hours, but thousands of teachers are engaged in enumeration and socio-economic census in violation of Supreme Court verdict which also hampers tentative working schedule of the teachers.

Further, violation of the Supreme Court verdict will invite democratic movement, it said.


Orientation programme

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: An orientation programme for parliamentary secretaries and members of Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly will be held at Assembly Secretariat, Naharlagun on February 9 and 10.


Cleanliness drive

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: NSS volunteers of government higher secondary school Arunodaya, Itanagar conducted a mass cleanliness drive at H Sector and Vivek Vihar here on January 26 last. The volunteers also planted sapling along the road sides of the colony to befitting the occasion.


Bandh suspended

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: Two organizations have decided to suspend its proposed 12 hours capital bandh on Jan 30 till further decision. This decision was taken following an emergency meeting had with Bamang Tago, political secretary to Chief Minister regarding the bandh call today.

Both the organizations in a joint press release said that  they have reconsidered its charter of demand after the clarification made by the political secretary.

However, the  organization duo said “ if at all the Govt clarification is not justified we will resort to democratic movement as deemed fit.”


Society alleges violation of  prohibitory order

ITANAGAR, Jan 28:   A section of people under Seijosa area are resorting to hunting of animals and birds which is a total violation of prohibitory order issued by magistrate earlier in 2010, complained Ghora Aabhe Society in a letter to Additional Deputy Commissioner, Seijosa.

It appealed to the concerned authority to strictly implement prohibitory order to save wildlife in Seijosa area.


National Voters Day

DAPORIJO, Jan 28: National Voters Day was celebrated at Upper Subansiri DC office complex here on January 25.

Speaking on the occasion SDO G. Taji called upon the authorities to enroll all eligible voters so that they could participate in the democratic process and select their leaders.  Taji also administered the pledge to all present at the celebration.  DIPRO


Indefinite pen down strike from Feb 1

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers’ Association (AASSATA) has decided to launch indefinite pen down strike from February 1 in favour of its demands for immediate release of enhanced salary along with six months arrears and  one time policy for regularization of 2003 batch  teachers.

This decision was taken in a federal body meeting of the AASSATA held here today. It further threatened to continue its strike till its demands are fulfilled by the authorities.

AASSATA in a release today said that the authorities failed to pay heed to its two-point ultimatum which was submitted to the state Govt on January 16.


82 percent turnout in Manipur poll

Imphal, Jan 28:  An 82 per cent of the electorate today exercised their franchise in Manipur assembly elections marred by militants' violence that claimed five lives and left two injured.

Chief electoral offficer P C Lawmkunga said as per preliminary official reports, 82 per cent of the 17.40 lakh electorate cast votes but details from the nine districts in the state were yet to be received.

A CRPF man, three Village Volunteer Force personnel and a civilian were killed and two injured when miliants attacked an polling station in an interior area in Sugnu assembly constituency in Chandel district, official sources said.

However, Lawmkunga said a voter, his supporter and a security man were killed in an exchange of fire at the Dampi polling station in the district. Bombs suspected to have been planted by militants were seized and defused before the start of polling in Khurai Chingangbam area, Sawombung High School, Khomidok in Imphal East district and Naoremthong High School area in Imphal West district, official sources said.

Two CRPF personnel on poll duty were killed in an ambush by militants in Ukhrul district yesterday, the sources said.

The fate of Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh (Thoubal), Forest Minister and Congress leader Th Debendra (Jiribam), Congress nominee and Speaker I Hemochandra Singh (Shingjamei), former chief minister and NCP chief Radhabinod Koijam (Thangmeiband), Manipur People's Party (MPP) leader and former deputy chief minister] L Chandramani Singh (Patsoi), were sealed in EVMs. PTI

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