January 18


News Impact

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: The cash reward of Rs 2 lakh announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be kept secret.  The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006


Association decides to intensify strike

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: Arunachal Teachers’ Association (ATA) conducted its meeting yesterday regarding the ongoing pen and tool down strike called jointly by ATA and AASSATA in view of state government’s failure to redress its charter of demands  i) release of pay arrears of AT (A) and other categories of teachers and  immediate regularization of remaining SSA Teachers of 2003 batch in one go.

During the meeting, the house decided that members of CEC ATA and district unit ATA will visit all the schools of districts to intensify the strike. The house further urged the entire district unit’s ATA president, Secretary, Principal and Headmaster to intensify the ongoing strike and added that no academic activities should take place in schools till the state government delivers positive discussion and decision on the teacher’s demands.


Selection trial  for admission in NSA

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: The selection trial for admission in National Sports Academy, Khuman Lampak, Imphal, Manipur in various sports disciplines will be held at Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy Complex, Chimpu near here on January 21 from 7 am onwards.

The selection trial will be held in 10 to 13 years age group (Class V pass and VII pass). The sports disciplines are Archery, Boxing, Judo, Taekwondo, Wrestling (for students of age 10-12 years) and Weightlifting (for 12-13 age group).


Mass meditation for world peace

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: On 44th spiritual Ascension Anniversary of Pitashri Brahma, the Corporeal founder of Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya (PBKIVV), 18th January will be observed as "World Peace & Meditation Day" to commemorate “The day of Spiritual Ascension” of Prajapita Brahma by lakhs of people in thousand of institution's Rajyoga centres in India and overseas countries.

On the occasion the Itanagar Rajyoga centres of the PBKIVV has decided to organize a marathon 12 hours Meditation from dawn to dusk in its premises at Bank Tinali to spread the vibration of power and peace for religious harmony and emotional integration on January 18.


DM promulgates prohibitory order

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: Papum Pare District Magistrate (DM), Yupia in an order has prohibited killing of any kind of wild animal, fishing by using explosives and other unlawful means and illegal extraction of forest products within the district. Violators would be prosecuted under Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, Explosive Substances, 1908 and Supreme Court orders, the order said.

All the administrative officers as well as forest officials are instructed to strictly enforce the orders and provisions so as to check such activities in their respective areas. The order was passed following reported killing of large number of wild animals inside the Wild Life Sanctuaries as well as in the village forests by some unwanted elements for consumption and selling in the markets within the district, it said.

“It is also reported by various organizations that illegal extraction of forest resources and fishing by using explosives are taking place within the vicinity which is posing ecological imbalances in the area and endanger to the society,” it added.


Adolescent Clinic

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: The Arunachal State Hospital Naharlagun has added the facility of Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health (ARSH)  (Adolescent Clinic).

Counseling/information on normal physiology, menstrual hygiene, safe sex, HIV/AIDS, use of condoms, oral contraceptives, unwanted pregnancy and RTI/STI would provided under ARSH on every Wednesday and Saturday from 9.30 am to 1 pm at Dermatology (Skin) OPD (Suraksha Clinic).


Pema visits fire accident sites, distributes relief

JANG, Jan 17: Minister for RWD and Tourism Pema Khandu on his arrival at Tawang this morning visited Yuthembu and Kharsa village under Jang Sub-Division which witnessed devastating two fire accidents within a gap of 10 days. The inferno that broke out on December 30, 2012 at Yuthembu village gutted two houses while another fire accident at Kharsa on January 9, 2013 burnt an old person to death along with 3 houses. Nawang Tashi, 80, was charred to death in the fire accident at Kharsa village. The cause of fire in both the villages is believed to be electric short circuit.

Pema in his visit to those villages met the victims and family members of fire accident and distributed relief money. Consoling the victims, Pema assured them of all helps in form of building materials and other household items. He also assured them of relief and ex-gratia from government side. As interim relief he distributed an amount of around Rs 6,20,000 among the fire victims (From Nima Kherab)


72 hrs project site bandh passes off peacefully

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: The 72 hrs project site and administrative offices bandh call by Arunachal Pradesh Job Contract Employees Union NEEPCO passed off peacefully.

All the project works come to stand still in both Kameng HE Project and Pare HE Project during the bandh, the Union said.

The union further threatens to launch another movement against the authority if their demand for job regularization is not fulfilled.

Meanwhile responding to a press statement of January 15 edition of this daily, the union said most of the employees are land affected people.


Meeting on highway construction

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: A meeting was convened by the Parliamentary secretary, PWD at tourist lodge, Bana on January 9 in connection with the land acquisition and assessment of compensation regarding Nechipu to Hoj Road. During the meeting it was decided that Khupi to Ramda will follow the original alignment and compensation assessment will be done by DC Bomdila and the report will be submitted within January 25. However, Reserved Forest Area will be assessed by the forest department so that proposal could be further modified as per MORTH, according to a release  received here.

The meeting also discussed many other points and took decision accordingly. It was decided that Company should ensure to undisrupted traffic movement during construction and as suggested by DC Seppa the work may be started from Seppa to Sagalee on priority.  The meeting further decided that concerned DC will be requested to expedite the land acquisition and in Nechipu to Bana where there is no inhabitant or community land etc the work may be started in consultation with DC Bomdila.


Arunachal bags 9 medals in NE NSKF Karate C'ship

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: Arunachal Pradesh Shotokan Karate players have won two gold, three silver and four bronze medals in the 4th North East NSKF Karate Do Championship held at Diphu, Karbi Anglong, Assam from January 13 to 15.

Techi Bagang (U-13) won a gold medal in Kumite while John Bagang (U-18) bagged the other gold in Kumite and a silver medal in Kata. Doniram Tawe (U-14) and Laxmi Chettry (U-16) bagged a silver medal each in Kumite. Laxmi also won a bronze in Kata event. Davi Sanghi (U-14) and Mena Tallang (U-16) won a bronze medal each in Kumite. The karatekas comprising John Bagang, Doniram Tawe, Donle Eri and Techi Bagang finished third in Team Kumite to win a bronze, informed Arunachal Pradesh Shotokan Karate Association.

John bagang was the coach of the team.


Tadar Tang Memorial Football Tournament

LDV stun Kurung Kumey, take on Papum Pare in semis today

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: Lower Diabang Valley (LDV) stunned three times champion Kurung Kumey 2-1 in the first quarterfinals of the 12th Tadar Tang Memorial State Level Football Tournament at General Ground, Pasighat today.

John Lama and Notem Tayeng scored a goal each in both halves (36, 45 min.) for LDV while Dari Takar scored the lone goal for Kurung Kumey in 49th minute.

LDV will meat Papum Pare, which beat Upper Subansiri 3-2 in the second quarterfinal today, in the first semi-final tomorrow.

Topon Bora, Taying Anthony and Techi Tara scored a goal each for Papum Pare in 4th, 41st and 47th minutes respectively. Rocky Ramching (42 min) and Lenjiv Gongo (55 min) were the scorers for Upper Subansiri.

Capital Complex will meet Upper Siang in the third quarterfinal tomorrow while defending champion and 5 times winner Lower Subansiri will take on East Kameng in the fourth quarterfinal.


SLMC meeting on PMEGP held

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: The first State Level Monitoring Committee (SLMC) meeting under Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) was held here yesterday.

Chairing the meeting, M. Pertin, Commissioner cum Chairman of SLMC on PMEGP advised the bankers to sanction and disburse the amount in time so that project could be implemented successfully and also for convenience of the beneficiaries. He further requested the bankers to honour the programme since PMEGP is a National Flagship Scheme.

AP Chobin, Director (in-charge), KVIC, Arunachal Pradesh gave overview on the status and performance of PMEGP for the year 2011-12 and current year. He also informed that KVIC has already engaged outsourcing agency to conduct the physical verification of the units and work is under progress.

Chobin, further informed that sub-committee has been constituted to inspect the units/projects as per decision taken in the last SLMC meeing.

The Meeting was also attended L. Phonso, Joint Director Industries and officers from various banks from Itanagar, Naharlagun, Nirjulee and Doimukh.


LM director visits East Siang

PASIGHAT, Jan 17: Land Management Department Director E Nangkar along with LRSO Pasighat Ojing Nangkar visited Nari, Mebo ADC HQs and Yagrung CO- HQ.

During his visit the Director held discussion with the ADC Nari and Mebo and briefed about the programme, policies and the reforms being initiated by the state Government.

He urged them to initiate process for early notification of the areas after proper survey by the revenue functionaries. He also wanted early notification of Yagrung CO HQ so as to avoid future complicacies.

The Director informed that government has fixed 50 lacs revenue target for the districts which has to be ensured. He also stated the land occupied by both state and central Govts. have to be regularized at the earliest so that encroachment could be checked without hampering the interest of the government and the public, all cases would duly be verified and examined and according to the feasibilities, they will be regularized. He sought help and cooperation from the society in the revenue generation process and checking the leakage of revenues which is vital for the government developmental works, he added. DIPRO


Chart your own course, Governor to NERIST graduates

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh General (Retd) JJ Singh chaired the 21st Annual General Meeting of North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST) Society at NERIST Campus, Nirjuli today.

Speaking on the occasion, the Governor, who is the President of NERIST Society, said that NERIST graduates should find the pride of place in all infrastructure, power and other projects and industries that are coming up in Arunachal Pradesh in the wake of massive and historical development phase of the State. Engineers of institute should not take the beaten track but come up with innovation and chart their own course. NERIST should be of National standard, he stressed.

The governor opined that as NERIST is an important institute for the North East region, North Eastern Council should cater its needs.

Pointing out its importance to the region, especially for Arunachal Pradesh, he assured the members to raise issues related to the institute with Human Resource Development ministry.

The Governor suggested start of courses or programmes which will benefit the region like structural engineering and food processing. He also suggested for involving alumni of the institute for placement of NERIST graduates.

The Governor felicitated the entire faculty and other members of the NERIST family for their untiring support and contribution towards the institution.

NERIST Board of Management Chairman MP Bezbaruah expressed his concerns on the problems of general pension, encroachment, and placement of NERIST graduates. Representatives from other also took active part in the discussion. Earlier, in his Director’s report, Prof. Dipankar Pal informed that NERIST has signed a MoU with American University of Sharjah, UAE, one of the top ranking universities of UAE to enhance collaboration in terms of research, research supervision, projects and exchange programmes to mutual benefit. This is the first of its kind done by NERIST in 28 years of its existence. Several important conferences, including the first International Conference on Power and Energy (ICPEN 2012) were organized successfully in NERIST, during the year 2012. The Conference was technically co-sponsored by IEEE Kolkata Chapter. The Third Convocation of NERIST was successfully held on 12th Oct 2012. Prof. Pal also informed that three new programmes were introduced in the last one year. The NERIST Director highlighted the major and minor works undertaken in the campus in the past one year including digitalization of library, which can be accessed through Intranet, online filling of entrance forms, renovations of ET and website. He also briefed on sponsors of scholarships i.e. IOC, NEC, NEEPCO etc.

Principal Secretary, Education Govt. of Meghalaya PS Thangkhiew, Special Secretary, Education, Govt. of Sikkim Tempo Gamcho, Higher & Technical Education Director Govt. of Nagaland A Kathipri, Secretary to Governor Ankur Garg, Arunachal Pradesh, Technical & Higher Education Director, Dr. Joram Begi and Registrar i/c and Non-Member Secretary Prof. LS Yadav attended the meeting. Pro to Raj Bhawan



Arunachal aims to carve a niche at ITM

GUWAHATI, Jan 17: Massive preparations were afoot Thursday at the Saru Sajai Indoor Stadium here, the venue for the three-day International Tourism Mart, beginning Friday.

Arunachal Pradesh Tourism Parliamentary Secretary P D Sona along with tourism secretary Sonam Chombay inspected the stall under preparation in one of the dome-shaped structure meant for state-wise stalls.

Arunachal’s tourism department has meticulously planned for the maiden global event being organized for the first time to promote the North Eastern region’s tourism potential to the global visitors.

All the state stalls will vie for the best stall award announced by the organizing committee, said Sona, adding all possible steps have been taken to clinch the award.

Chombay was engrossed with the designer to find out in minute details to ensure nothing goes amiss.

“The stall is being designed with ‘The Land of Rising Sun’ as theme and will project the eleven approved tourist circuits of the state in the form of rays radiating from the sun besides the rich cultural heritage of the local tribals inhabiting those circuits,” Chombay added.

All the states have put up two welcome gates each along the national highway from the airport till the venue. The Arunachal gates represented the nature loving Arunchalees’ natural colour showcasing their unique traditional dresses and distinct fabrics. The Arunachal stalls were visibly the most impressive and the best among the eight NE state gates.

Guwahati, considered the gateway of the NE region, wore a carnival look waiting to welcome it’s valued over 100 international delegates for the mega event. Reception counters were set up in the airport to welcome the foreign delegates.

State’s tourism department officers have been busy preparing for the event since the last one month with Tourism Minister Pema Khandu constantly keeping a tab. A 61-member cultural troupe has been conducting rehearsal since January 15 last, under the supervision of the North East Zonal Cultural Centre here, along with other state troupes for presenting all cultural programmes with finesse, Chombay disclosed.

Guwahati-based DTO Leena Perme, on behalf of the tourism department, was shuttling from one end to the other to coordinate the event.



Stay away from HIV, not from  persons with HIV’

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: Health and Family Welfare (H&FW) Commissioner Tape Bagra asked people not to discriminate people living with HIV/AIDS.

‘Stay away from HIV and not from the person with HIV’ he said while chairing a one day state level committee of Multi Media Campaign on HIV/AIDS here today.

While discussing on Action Plan for the proposed Multi Media Campaign to be launched by the end of this month, the Health Commissioner sought the cooperation of various media, including newspapers, radio, Doordarshan in disseminating HIV/AIDS messages to the people of the state. Bagra also urged other stakeholders, like Tourism Department, NRHM, Water Sanitation and Support Organisation, Art and Culture Department which have provision for various awareness activities to extend every possible co-operation to APSACS for successful implementation of the campaign in various districts. He also appealed State IPR Department, Sports and Youth Department and NSS under Higher Education to extend support during MMC Campaign.

Attending the programme as Co-Chairperson, Special Secretary, (H&FW) Shalini Verma stressed on developing innovative ideas like “Contraceptive Tree” wherein a particular Tree in a prominent location, some bags with full of contraceptives like condoms can be hung so that any body can come and pick one. While expressing her concern on the increasing number of HIV cases in the state capital, she stressed on sustain effort to create awareness on the issue of HIV.  Dr. Hage Taki, DHS in-charge, participating in the meeting stressed on the role of abstinence and remaining faithful to one’s partner to prevent further spread of HIV.

Dr. Dani Duri, Project Director, APSACS highlighted the aims and objective of MMC.

Tashor Pali, Dy. Director (IEC) APSACS through a PowerPoint presentation gave details on MMC Action Plan and the role stakeholders can play for successful implementation of MMC in the state. He also highlighted on the previous MMCs conducted in the state.

Mamta Riba, Director, Art & Culture, Dr. Riken Rina, Jt, Directir, APSACS Obang Tayeng Dy. Director IPR, CM Longpong, Dy. Director, IPR, Dr. Nabam Budh, Dy. Director (B/S) APSACS, Bengia Manna, Asstt. Director, Tourism, Dr. VN Sharma, NSS State Liaison Officer, Yowa Anya Consultant, WSSO, (PHE) also spoke on the occasion.



Central team takes stock of flood damage at Tezu

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: An Inter Ministerial Relief Team headed by Dr. Prafulla Kartketta, Joint Secretary Union Ministry of Home Affairs visited Tezu to assess the flood damages caused during the last monsoon.

Lohit Deputy Commissioner RK Sharma briefed the Central Relief Team about the destruction of lives and property--both public and private during the last monsoon flash flood. Informing that the extent of damage was immeasurable, Sharma said that the official reports have already been submitted to the State Government.

He described the intensity of the September flood as a tremor never felt before. He also highlighted the damages in Namsai sub-division to the Central Team.

MK Dobriyal, Executive Engineer, WRD also informed the members about the damages at various embankments. He informed the members that if necessary restoration works are not made in time, the entire Tezu area along with adjoining areas will come under the fury of water in coming years.

The members visited and inspected the flood affected areas and agricultural fields at Sunpura VKV, Balijan, 43 miles, Sukha Nallah, Tezu Nallah and Dura Nallah, Sibri Mukh and Alubari etc.  The members assured to bring the grievances of the people of the area to the notice of the Union Government by submitting the detail damage inspection reports at the earliest.

Other members of the central team, included Raj Pal Singh director, Planning Commission, Deena Nath, Dy Director, Minister of Finance, Ravi Prasad, RO, Ministry of Road Transport, Chief Engineer , WRD, DRRO (HQ) and Deepak Kumar Superintendent Engineer (Co-Ord) Central Water Commission.



 Thousands take holy dip in Parshuram Kund

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: Flow of pilgrims continues as about 70,000 devotees, including hundreds of Sadhus from across the country took holy dip in ParshuramKund in Lohit District of Arunachal Pradesh till today on the occasion of MakarSankranti.

Most of the pilgrims were from Nepal, Manipur, and various parts of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, according to Lohit Deputy Commissioner R K Sharma.

About 75000 pilgrims thronged the kund and took a holy dip last year. This year, the number of visitors was little less than that of last year probably due to Kumbh Mela at Allahabad. However, the number of pilgrims visiting the holy kund is expected to be one lakh till the end of this month.

Free food was provided to the pilgrims at the mela site by the Parshuram SewaSamity of Tinsukia, Manav Utthan Seva Samity, Tinsukia, and some other NGOs. Free medical camp was also organized by ITBP, Distt Medical Authorities and Arunachal Pali Vidyapith. Round the clock volunteers to help the old and aged pilgrims and to control the crowd were provided by Vivekananda Kendra and Arun Jyoti, Wakro. The District police authorities made elaborate security arrangements and deployed adequate Police and Para Military Forces. Army also beefed up the security in the area.

All other departments like Forest, RWD, Power and PHED extended all necessary help to make the pilgrimage cosy and comfortable to the visitors. The PHED and Power departments did a commendable job in providing uninterrupted power and water supply. The Athena Demwe power project authorities have also rendered all necessary help and assistance.

The District Administration headed by DC Sharma, Supdt of Police Seju P Kuruvila, Namsai ADC Kamlesh Kr. Joshi, Wakro EAC cum Mela officer DaktoRiba personally supervised all the arrangements.  Three Magistrates from Tezu were also deployed.

Because of inflow of large number of tourists and vehicles the police force faced a very tough time in managing them.

ParasuramKund, nestled in the lower reaches of Lohit River in Lohit district of Arunachal Pradesh has been regarded as holy place for Hindu devotees. Every year in the month of January, (Usually January 14 but this year 15), the devotees from abroad and country thronged the Kund to take a holy dip in the river, and has its own importance.

The legendary beheading of his mother by Parashuram and eventual penance followed by taking a bath in the so called Brahma Kund, has added religious significance to this naturally beautiful ParashuramKund.

The legendary story of ParashuramKund also finds its mention in many puranic texts in different ways. However, it is believed that Parashuram was born to saint Jamadagni and Renuka in Tretayug.

One day, Renuka, after her bath in Ganga was on her way back to the Ashram when she saw the Gandhrava King Chitraratha playing with the celestial nymphs. She felt drawn to the king chitraratha and lost the track of time.

When she returned with wet cloths, frightened and absent minded, it was already time for the mid-day worship in the Ashram. Jamadagni, who was worried over the delay of her returning from her bath, could perceive why she was late.

Jamdagani then became so much furious for this unusual conduct of Renuka that he lost his self-control. He asked his father’s cruel mandate as a dutiful son. He came forward and killed his mother, as he was fully aware of his father’s power of Tapasya. He even killed his brothers because they did not carry out their father’s command.

Here at this Kund, the legendary sage Parshuram gets atoned from his sin of matricide.

Thus, it is believed that if a person takes a dip in the Kund once, his sins would be wiped out forever.  

The inflow of pilgrims in large number shows their faith in this holy place which is the main driving spirit in making them travel so long and to face many odds and inconveniences.

Meanwhile, A team from Arunachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency (APEDA) organized exhibition through Mobile Exhibition Van (MEV) during Parsuram Kund Mela from January 12 to 16 to encourage the use of renewable sources of energy. The devotees and public were immensely benefited by the awareness exhibition.

APEDA demonstrate different types of renewable sources of energy through MEV.




First lady attends nerist ladies club meet

Women have power to change  mindset of people: First Lady

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: Women have the power to change the mindset of people, said First Lady of Arunachal Pradesh Anupama Singh.

As a mother, we should instill respect for woman in our sons and sense of being equal to boys in our daughters. Care should be taken to ensure that our daughters never compromise, Singh said while attending the Exhibition cum Cultural Show organized by NERIST (North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology) Ladies’ Club, at NERIST Campus today.

Appreciating the NERIST Ladies’ Club for their endeavours in social responsibilities, such as adult education, help to orphans, counseling, Singh said that Ladies’ Club provides opportunities to the women to help each other and discuss their problems. It is in these ladies clubs, we decide and bring changes in the society, she added.

Exhorting the ladies to give stress on education, the First Lady said, “If every Indian teaches one child, there will be no problem of education in the country”. She advised the ladies to educate their domestic helps to begin from home.

Appreciating the handicraft display by members of NLC, the First Lady, who herself is a renowned artist and designer, said that it is expression of one’s creativity. She assured her expertise in the field for making the product more marketable.

NERIST Board of Management Chairman MP Bezbaruah advised the women to create awareness and play their role in the society.

NERIST Director, Prof. Dipankar Pal and President NLC Prof. Rethi, also spoke on the occasion.

Earlier, in her welcome address Lopamudra Pal briefed the activities of NLC, which started in 1990s.

The NLC members presented a colour cultural display on the occasion. PRO to Raj Bhawan



No respite from power crisis for Pasighat residents


PASIGHAT, Jan 17: There has been no respite from erratic power supply at century-old Pasighat town as the HLC miserably failed to keep its assurance of solving the problem.

Unscheduled power cut hit-hard on the development of the area for the years. The important Govt offices and other commercial establishments in the district headquarters have to make alternative arrangements of power supply at extra cost. The worst affected are students, many of whom have been suffering a lot during their board examinations.

The irritated consumers and members of Pasighat People's Welfare Committee (PPWC) lamented that power department officials and low makers are sincere only in giving false promises but they do not understand the plight of common people.

It may be recalled that the people led by PPWC moved the chief minister, power minister and other top ranking power department officials last year seeking their immediate intervention to find a lasting solution to the chronic power problem. As a result, a meeting of the High Level Committee (HLC) led by the state's Power Minister Tanga Byaling was held at Pasighat on June 21 last year. The HLC members assured to improve the power scenario in the area within a period of three months. They further made commitment for early renovation of the defunct hydel projects within three months, but nothing has been fruited so far.

The local people allege that the authority despite observing undue delay in construction of 132 KV tower line from Aalo to Pasighat, is remaining silent over the issue. It was supposed to be completed in 2009, but the construction work is not progressing under mysterious reason. The people mull an unholy percentage sharing of the fund for the undue delay in installation of 132 Transmission Line.

The people resent fact that the state government is keeping a mum over the power issue. Chief Minister Nabam Tuki had not made any commitment regarding power problem of the area. Moreover, MP Takam Sanjoy, during his public address here recently made a equation of power supply problem with Maioist backed anti-dam movement. Terming the anti-dam movement a ‘completely a different issue’, the people said that it should be tallied with the power shortage due to technical fault or the authority’s negligence.

Some elected leaders submitted a five-point memorandum to the chief minister during his recent visit seeking additional fund of Rs 20 crore for mitigation of the present power crisis in Pasighat area.

Pasighat town and its adjoining areas have power demand of about 4 MW. But only 50 KW is supplied to the area during peak hours. Presently, power is being supplied to Pasighat from Ronganadi (NEEPCO) project under central sector.



Social service cum orientation prog

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: Neelam Youth Club (NYC) led by its president and general secretary conducted two days social service-cum-interaction programme at schools under Neelam Panchayat on Janaury 8 and 9.

The team constructed lavatory for teachers’ quarter, school class room partion and one kitchen cum store room for mid-day meal at Govt. Middle School Neelam.

They also visited Govt Primary school, New Neelam, Govt. Primary school, Khach Neelam, Govt. Primary school Passa Neelam, and Govt. Primary School Dapo-geka, Neelam and claimed to have found that various schools were running without civic amenities and sufficient teachers and some of the school buildings were in dilapidated condition. Further, the Govt. Primary school Khach Neelam is almost closed for want of teachers as the teachers posted is reportedly not at the station for many months.

The youths of Neelam Panchayat has alleged encroachment of the community by many people from other Panchayats.

Neelam Youth Club has cautioned the illegal occupants to vacate their occupied land immediately for peaceful co-existence.

It urged the School Education department to post sufficient teachers in various schools under Neelam panchayat for smooth functioning.



In-house orientation prog for Multi-Tasking staff

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: The first ever in house orientation programme for Multi-Tasking Staff (MTS) was organized by Rajiv Gandhi University today.

The programme focused on imparting orientation to MTS for better understanding and performance on varied topics connected to smooth functioning of administration from discipline, services rules to work culture and motivation.

145 MTS, including regular, contingency and contract of university attended the programme.

Resources person Dr. David Pertin, Dy. Registrar spoke on Discipline, Sincerity, Obedient and Punctuality of Govt. Employee while Hage Kojee, Assistant Registrar, briefed on conduct rules.

PK Mazumdar, SO on Service Matters and Grievances of Employees, Dr. Nani T Jose, Deputy Registrar presented a paper on work culture and motivation.

N Toglik, Assistant Registrar presented the Review Lecture of the programmes

Earlier, Dr. Rachob Taba, Registrar briefed the participants about the usefulness of the programme. Athiko Challai, Finance Officer, was also present and advised the participants to get benefitted from the programme.



Coordination committee threatens to launch 2nd phase agitation

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: Expressing resentment over the delay in issuing clarification on recruitment policy under special recruitment package sanctioned by the  Centre, the coordination committee of Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts Students Unions  has  urged the  local representatives of the three districts  to come out with positive response on this matter within January 23 next.

The coordination committee said that it will go for 2nd phase of democratic movement in the form of 48 hrs bandh on 24th to 25th of January at Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts if the concerned representatives and authorities fail to respond within the given time.

Earlier, the coordination committee had approached all the MLAs and Ministers of these three districts many a time with appeal letter and memorandum seeking clarification on recruitment policy on special recruitment package  but yielded no results, the   committee said.

Informing that that PHQ had postponed the written exam which was to be held on 13/01/2013, the Committee further  resented that respective MLAs and Ministers of these three districts did not keep their promises  to hold discussion  upon  the postponed written exam.



Boiled water to prevent many abdominal diseases: SMO

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: Water from any sources for drinking purposes should be boiled for atleast 15 minutes at 100 degree Celsius to prevent many water borne diseases, like cholera, diarrhea, dehydration etc., said Dr. JS Bhowmick, Senior Medical Officer of district hospital Tezu, during a Special Publicity Campaign (SPC) on Health and Family Welfare organized by Directorate of Field Publicity (DFP), Tezu unit at Khoraliang village of Lohit district today.

 Dr. Bhowmick also said that many waterborne diseases like Malaria, Dengue, Filariasis and Japanese Encephalitis etc. commonly occur during rainy season from mosquito bites. He suggested the gathering not to throw unused utensils, tyres, coconut bowls, plastic pots etc. in their surroundings as clogged gutters will accumulate water and create a place for mosquitoes to breed. He advised for spraying bleaching powder from time to time in stored rain water as well as surroundings besides using mosquito net to avoid mosquito bites.

The resource person of the programme also explained the need of immunization and enlightened the gathering about Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakram (JSSK) or Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY).

More than 150 villagers, including anganwari workers, ASHAs, youths, Gram Panchayat Chairperson, Gown Burhas and Anchal Samiti Member (ASM) attended the rally cum awareness programme.

Ripso Yun, ASM Khoraliang village and Mihir Kr Jha, in-charge DFP, Tezu unit also addressed the gathering.

During the programme group discussion, quiz competition etc. were also organized and T-shirt and some rucksacks distributed to the participants by DFP, Tezu unit.

Same kind of programme was also organized yesterday at Tezugam village by DFP, Tezu unit.



Orientation prog on record keeping for SHGs begins

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: A four days orientation course on ‘Record Keeping’ for Self Help Groups (SHGs) commenced at State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD) here today.

Officers and officials from DRDAs, Blocks and SHG leaders from West Siang, East Siang, Upper Siang, Lower Dibang Valley and Anjaw are attending the course.  

Nyabin Ete, Director, SIRD in his inaugural address asked the participants to learn the formats of record keeping sincerely in the four days course to strengthen the SHGs in the respective district to further become a members of the federation, a institutions of SHGs under Ajeevika (NRLM) programme. Federation of SHGs would be formed in village and block level under Ajeevika. Without maintaining proper record keeping it is not possible to go up to federation stage. It is going to be a very big project and if implemented as per the project guideline, the entire rural scenario would be changed and maximum unemployment and BPL problems in the rural areas would be vanished, he added.

Deputy Director, Kirto Loyi also suggested the SHGs members to be sincere and honest keeping in view of the objective of the programme --socio-economic empowerment.

It is observed that subsidy from Government given as incentive or support to establish micro enterprises are misused, he said and discouraged such practice. However, unlike SGSY, under Ajeevika subsidy system would be discontinued, he informed.

Earlier, the Course Director LK Kabak explained the participants about the Role of SIRD in Training and Research of Rural Development programmes viz; IWMP, SGSY now converted to Ajeevika (NRLM), IAY, MNREGA, BRGP, PMGSY, NRDWQM &SP, etc.



Orgs demand arrest of all accused in Yudik murder case   

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: The Action Committee on Lt. Goto Yudik murder case constituted in a meeting of Upper Suabansiri district unit of Galo Welfare Society (GWS) on January 15 last at Daporijo has demanded the state government to hand over the Lt. Goto (Itto) Yudik murder case to either State Investigation Team (SIT) or Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The meeting chaired by former GWS vice president Nerto Riba and attended by senior citizens and intellectuals of the society discussed in details on brutal murder of Lt Yudik on January 10 at Aalo Bane-Keba and demanded immediate arrest of all accused in the murder case.

The meeting resolved to appeal all Galo Legal practitioners not to entertain the case of the accused and other involved in the murder as a mark of protest and to show solidarity to our stand as well as to show sympathy to the bereaved family of the deceased.

It further demanded immediate suspension of the Deputy Commissioner, Superintendent of Police, Officer Incharge Police station Aalo and EAC town magistrate Aalo for failing to control law and order problem that led to the broad daylight murder.

The meeting further demanded GWS for constitution of independent fact-finding committee wherein the president, general secretary of Galo Students’ Union, members of Action Committee, Upper Subansiri and former executive members of GWS should be there in the committee.

As a mark of protest, the members of Upper Subansiri Galo holding executive members in the central committee as well as dist executive bodies GWS have decided to tender resignation en mass. Not becoming the members of central executive committee as well as district executive committee will continue until the fulfillment of the charters of demand placed by action committee before the concern authority.

The meeting also decided to boycott celebration of Mopin Festival 2013 at Upper Subansiri as a mark of protest against the brutal killing of Yudik and to show solidarity with the bereaved family of the deceased. It also appealed to all the Galos residing in different parts of the state and outside the state of Arunachal Pradesh to join in protest movement by not observing the Mopin Festival as a mark of protest against the brutal killing.

The meeting also decided to erect a memory pillar at General Ground Aalo where Yudik was brutally killed and has resolved to demand the district authority for allotment of land at general ground Aalo. At the same time the member resolved to pursue the District Administration, West Siang not to use the General Ground Aalo for any purpose for at least one year.

Earlier, the meeting observed 1 minute silence as a mark of respect to Lt. Yudik and to pray almighty to rest the soul of Yudik in eternal peace in the heavenly abode.

Yudik was a young and energetic leader of the Galo community of Upper Subansiri. He participated in all eight Bane Kebas conducted by Galo Welfare Society at different places. He was one of the active Galo student leaders.

The sudden and untimely demise of Yudik has caused an irreparable loss to Galo community in general and family in particular, the release added.

Delay in arrest of culprits resented

Meanwhile, Galo Students’ Union (GSU) has expressed its strong resentment over delay in arrest of the remaining culprits involved in brutal murder of Goto Yudik by Police Department and the District Administration of West Siang.

“The persons responsible for hatching the conspiracy of murder and indulging in other unlawful activities causing loss and damage to the private and public property are still at large and are a threat to the public peace,” GSU said in a release.

The one arrested in connection with the incident so far was only a part of the conspiracy, and those persons, who instigated the crime is the actual culprits and their arrest is a must, the release said. It hoped that the law enforcers to act responsibly and arrest the remaining culprits without further delay.

While demanding the state government for consideration of its demand placed before it, GSU threatened to launch rigorous movement if the demands are not addressed within the given period.

Liromoba Circle Capital Complex Welfare Society has strongly condemned the Aalo incident that occurred during Galo Bane Keba on January 10 last. While demanding arrest of the culprit involved in the  gruesome incident which resulted in death of Yudik,  the Society also appealed all Galo brethren to maintain peace and tranquility.

The Society deeply mourned the death of Yudik and prayed to the  Almighty God   to bestow enough strengthen  to bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss.

Global economic growth and developing countries

Four years after the onset of the global financial crisis, the world economy remains fragile and growth in high-income countries is weak. Developing countries need to focus on raising the growth potential of their economies, while strengthening buffers to deal with risks from the Euro Area and fiscal policy in the United States, says the World Bank in the newly-released Global Economic Prospects (GEP) report.

Last year developing countries recorded among their slowest economic growth rates of the past decade, partly because of the heightened Euro Area uncertainty in May and June of 2012. Since then, financial market conditions have improved dramatically. International capital flows to developing countries, which fell 30 percent in the second quarter of 2012, have recovered and bond spreads have declined to below their long-term average levels of around 282 basis points.

Developing-country stock markets are up 12.6 per cent since June, while equity markets in high-income countries are up by 10.7 per cent. However, the real-side of the economy has responded modestly. Output in developing countries has accelerated, but is being held back by weak investment and industrial activity in advanced economies.

Downside risks to the global economy include: a stalling of progress on the Euro Area crisis, debt and fiscal issues in the United States, the possibility of a sharp slowing of investment in China, and a disruption in global oil supplies. However, the likelihood of these risks and their potential impacts has diminished, and the possibility of a stronger-than-anticipated recovery in high-income countries has increased.

Although fiscal sustainability in most developing countries is not an issue, government deficits and debt are much higher today than in 2007.

"To assure resilience to downside risks, developing countries need to gradually rebuild depleted fiscal and monetary buffers, and improve social safety nets and food security," said the report.


Blame game

Dear Editor,

We express our hearty gratitude to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and Member of Parliament Takam Sanjoy for visiting Aalo on the occasion of Galo Day Cum Galo Bane Keba. Also on behalf of 30th Aalo West Assembly Constituency block, I would like to give the statement as follows in response to the press statement of GSU in a section of daily. The sad incident of Aalo on 10-01-2013 was the sole creation of Galo Students two factions namely Galo Student Union (GSU) and All Galo Student Union (AGSU). Their conflict started much before their conference cum election at Telam. The election for student union concluded with many controversies which resulted into constitution of Fact Finding Team consisting of ten members. Following the submission of enquiry report, the Galo Welfare Society failed to find lasting solution for two factions. This problem unexpectedly cropped up during the Galo Day cum Galo Bane Keba. The GSU has no moral right to demand for the resignation of the parliamentary Secretary, Home as they themselves are the trouble creator instead of trouble shooter. They are to blame themselves for creating social disharmony amongst the Galo Society and they should desist from such kind of press release.


Karge Ette

President BCCI

30th Aalo West Assembly Constituency



Poor students sufferer

Dear Editor,

Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of state government towards the on-going pen down/tool down strike launched by the ASSATA /ATA for last many days. It is disheartening to know that the State Government is remaining silent spectator in the going teacher’s strike which is going to affect the academic career of poor students who are studying in Government run schools. Why state government is paying less attention towards human resource development? I would like to mention few points for the advantage to regularization of SSA Teachers.

i) The teacher crises in the state will be minimized. ii)  Poor student will not face hardship due to shortage of teachers in the schools. iii)  Unemployment problem in the state will be minimized.

The state government under the leadership of Chief Minister  Nabam Tuki, Education Minister Bosiram Siram should solve the genuine demands of teachers.

The likeminded organization and elderly citizen of the state should raise the voice. Especially AAPSU, ANSU and other organizations of State and District Student Unions who are welfare body of student community should take up the matter.


Taw Raja

D-Sector, Naharlagun



Decision welcomed

Dear Editor,

We the people of Ubu-Bango area, Aalo West Siang district Arunachal Pradesh extends our gratitude to chief minister Nabam Tuki and Gadam Ete, Parliamentary Secretary Home, Mining and Geology for approval of new circle Headquarter at Kodum Lepo (Nikte) Aalo West Siang district which was a long pending wishes and demand of the people. We also extend our heartiest thanks to all the land donors of Taba Sora who have donated their land voluntarily for new circle headquarter.


1. Yongi Ori, Chairman Anchal Samiti Member, 5th Ubu-Bango, Aalo West Siang

2. Hoksum Ori, ZPM  5th Ubu-Bango, Aalo ,

West Siang

3.  All the ASM of  5th Ubu-Bango, Aalo West Siang

4.    Ubu-Bango Students Union, Aalo West Siang


Adi Dev Prajapita Brahma – Harbinger  of culture of peace & non-violence


(On the occasion of 44th Divine Ascension Anniversary of Pitashree Prajapita Brahma, corporeal medium of Incorporeal Supreme Soul – the Light Divine and co-founding father of Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya (PBKIVV)

Prof. Jayadeba Sahoo

Saints, savants and sages down  the ages have stressed on the

 practice and promotion of India’s age-old gospel of Vasudheva Kutumbakam--essential unity and brotherhood of mankind under the spiritual fatherhood of Supreme Being — as necessary precondition for building a Better World of sustainable universal peace, harmony and happiness. Pitashri Prajapita Brahma Baba was one such leading luminaries who had dedicated his entire life, wealth, time, thoughts and energy in the uphill task of awakening and strengthening divinity in people and society for the world renewal and regeneration of moral and spiritual character and conduct of humankind.

The 18th day of January is an auspicious day in history of mankind. On this day, hundreds of thousands of people all over the globe having association with and knowledge of worldwide institution, Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya (PBKIVV) popularly known as Brahma Kumaris will celebrate this day as “The World Meditation Day” to commemorate “The day of Spiritual Ascension” of Prajapita Brahma conveying the massage of universal love, peace and divinity for living together. Prajapita Brahma - Adi Dev (the first man) - the father of humanity and co-founding father of Brahma kumaris World Spiritual University (PBKIVV) attained divine perfection of Angelic state and ascended to eternity shedding his mortal coil on this pious day which brings many memories that becomes sources of inspiration and enthusiasm in persuing the path of spiritual enlightenment and perfection.

Pitashri Brahma who was earlier known to the world as Dada Lekhraj Kriplani, was born to a village school teacher in Hyderabad, Sindh (now in Pakistan) in 1876. Like morning showing the day, righteous qualities like piety, sobriety, religiosity, philanthropy, compassion and concern for the poor, weaker and vulnerable sections of society, were more manifested from the very childhood days of Dada Lekhraj. This peerless person, since very childhood possessed penetrating eyes, pleasing countenance and a many-splendoured strong magnetic personality. As he grew into manhood, he stood steeped in wealth as a diamond merchant and he was lovingly called ‘DADA’ (elder brother).

 “Men”, someone has said, “are chiseled by the master hand of social values, commanding the times.” But the metamorphosis in the life of Dada Lekhraj, on whose body Incorporeal God – the Incorporeal Supreme Being of light descended, was brought about not by any socio-physical or economic situations but by certain strange, subtle and divine events that took place in his personal life.   

Around the age of 60 by a divine call, he suddenly underwent inner transformation, renounced opulence and became instrumental in giving to mankind revolutionary spiritual principles to establish a value based perfect society with prosperity and a Culture of Peace and Non-violence. The incorporeal Supreme Soul – the Light Divine adopted him as his corporeal medium to reveal Himself as a spiritual Parent of humanity and alchemiesed Dada Lekhraj into Prajapita Brahma – the titular name (which means “The father of Mankind” of the man, through whom Incorporeal God - the Supreme Father of all spiritually created or regenerated the mankind”) conferred on this wonder man by Him befitting his new role of world transformation.

Prajapita Brahma, a man of extraordinary vision, foresight and socio-spiritual reformer had a great compassion for humanity and concern for the weak. He had all the potentialities of rising to be a spiritual edition or Brahmin version of Isac Newton and Albert Einstein.

A Great Visionary & an Able Administrator: He was a great visionary, a sage of an uncanny vision, a for-sighted planner, an able administrator and champion of women empowerment. Seeing far-ahead of his time and societal upliftment through emancipation of women being uppermost in his mind, he empowered women as spiritual leaders and founded Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya in 1937, model fed it as a spiritual university and made it into a self-generating & self – sustaining system so that all could get regular and systematic moral and spiritual education.

Neither A Guru Nor God Nor Guru-God: Incorporeal Supreme God – Supreme Being of Divine light adopted him to use his oral oracle to reveal universal transdental truths. He himself also listened to God’s oral revelations and was thus a student and at least, the foremost amongst all students & incorporeal God as his teacher and guide. He claimed himself neither as a Guru, nor God, nor a Guru-God as done by many. Rather he loathed use of such titles to any human being. He considered himself as not God, but God’s vehicle, an old boot, a servant or servitor a ‘khudai khidmatgar’. Of course, he imbibed those teachings fully in him so that his own uttering and doing were a source of inspiration, enlightenment and elevation to divinity.

A Multi-Faceted Many–Splendoured Unique Personality: Prajapita Brahma lovingly called as Pitashree/Brahma Baba was a multi-faceted many splendoured personality with myriad quality. He was a moral colossus with superb intellectual integrity and unparalleled moral excellence. He was a divinity – personified. He had a kind of spiritual magnetism and love-inspiring personality. He was a spiritual genius, a true Rajyogi and Karma Yogi.  

He had a blending of harmony and balancing functionality, blending of what is best in east and west, of tradition/orthodoxy and modernity, a happy blend of rustic simplicity and urban manners; clean mind (tabula rasa) of a villager and complexity of nuances and royal dexterity of an urban, sophisticated elite, literati and glitterati. He had all the potentialities of rising to be spiritual edition and Brahmin person of Isac Newton and Albert Einstein.

Unique Freedom Struggle-In the crowded story of freedom struggle, when others were busy in fighting for independence from the yoke of foreign-rule, he, under the stewardship of God directed his efforts for liberation of whole mankind from their subjugation to the inner-enemy i.e. basic six vices. He raised spiritual army of Bharat Mother (girls & woman) to release mankind from iron – claws of maya the sources and the steel claws of negative propensities.

Champion of Woman Empowerment: More miracles in his work are of raising the banner of women liberation from a male chauvinism.  Social upliftment through empowered women being uppermost in his mind; he empowered women as spiritual leaders and founded Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya (PBKIVV) in 1937, so that all could get regular and systematic moral and spiritual education. He emphasized the world brotherhood and freeing the human mind from all kinds of biases and prejudices. He raised the status of spirituality from mere ritualism, scripture readings or rigid form of worships to its proud place of purity and enlightenment that joined man to God and uplifted him to a worship – worthy state. His teaching encouraged liberalism and religious tolerance. He elevated spiritualism from a confusing set of dogmas to a rationally valid set of simple and profound principles that could be emphasized and placed before the sophisticated thinkers and scientists of the world auditoria. The Raja Yoga Meditation taught by him is a proved testimony as a powerful means to get rid of mental tensions, harmful addictions and effective tool for holistic health. He preached the brotherhood of man and Fatherhood of one incorporeal God. This is a practical step towards religious harmony, emotional integration and universal Culture of Peace. He taught people to lead a lotus, like pure and happy life of detachment and self control while performing all their worldly duties.

His legacy is the (PBKIVV) otherwise known as Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (BKWSU), the largest socio-spiritual organization in the world, headed and managed by women that too successfully.  Having its World Headquarters at Mount Abu, Rajasthan, its stupendous services is being carried out in more than 140 countries presently through a network of over 8500 centers spread across all the continents.  

As a non-profit, non-political international NGO, it is affiliated to the DPI/UNO with General Consultative Status(Category-1) in Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) UN, UNICEF, etc. and is respected worldwide for its spiritual and moral education. It is honored with numerous Awards including Peace Medal, six National and one International “Peace Messenger” Award from UNO for its service to humanity in the field of values and peace education. In recognition of selfless and yeomen service of Prajapita Brahma to establish a value based better society, even Government of India has released a commemorative postal stamp on Prajapita Brahma.   

This is a “standing testimony to the fact that God himself has come into his life and has made him instrument for preaching the correct path” – says R. Venkataraman, the then President of India. To sum up the words of Justice Krishna Iyer, Judge, Supreme Court of India (Retd.) “Prajapita Brahma into whom a divine presence descended was a radical proselytizer of bad people into good through a super process of Raj Yoga Meditation (Supreme Communion) beyond all religions and theologies. He left devotees’ particular faith unmolested but used the distilled essence of all the great teachings of prophets to a new awakening of souls”

Prajapita Brahma’s message for all: “ Purity is the mother of peace and prosperity. For purity in thoughts, words and actions, Be Holy and Be Raja-Yogi.”

To complete his assigned role of world transformation, he left his mortal coil on Saturday 18th January 1969 to overcome his physical limitations and is still engaged in the service of humanity with God speed in Angelic form. (The writer is a Faculty, Brahma Kumaris & Professor & Head, Dept. of Education, RGU)

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