January 28


News Impact

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Jan 27: 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


‘Allegation baseless’

ITANAGAR, Jan 27: The Akom Welfare Society has termed allegation labeled against one of its clan member and sitting ANSU President Sikka Gapak by Khya Welfare Society as baseless. In a meeting held today, the members discussed the issue in details and found that allegation has been labeled with an intention to tarnish the image of responsible member of Akom Welfare Society. While strongly condemning such kind of baseless allegation, the society stated that such issue could have been solved in mature way by sitting across the table rather than dragging the matter immaturely in the press.


Winners of Essay writing competition  awarded

ITANAGAR, Jan 27:  The three students namely Rinchin Butti, Bani Pertin and Asmi Mega of Govt College (Bomdila), DN College (Itanagar) and NE Homeopathic College (Itanagar) have bagged 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the state level essay competition being organized by directorate of higher and technical education. The competition sponsored by ministry of home affairs, govt of India, was held for college and university students. The topic for the essay was “role of women in creating communal harmony and national integration.” The winners were awarded cash prize along certificate of proficiency by Governor Gen. J J Singh on the occasion of Republic day celebration.


TAWSO approves resolutions

ITANAGAR, Jan 27: The 2nd biennial conference of Tamai Welfare Society (TAWSO) was held at Shilong under Goiliang circle, Anjaw district from Jan 15 to 18. Tamai clan from different villages of Lohit and Anjaw districts attended the meet.

During the conference, the Society passed some resolutions for complete ban on opium consumption, intra-clan marriage and ban on adoption of maternal surname for children etc. Apart from these, social service at PHC, Goiliang, awareness camp and cultural, social, literary & sports activities were organized.


DIPR employee awarded for outstanding works as BLO

NAHARLAGUN, Jan 27: B.K Das has been awarded by the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer, Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar with a trophy and merit certificate in recognition of his outstanding work as Booth Level Officer in Papum Pare District on the occasion of National Voter’s Day celebration at Naharlagun here on Jan 25.

An employee of the Directorate of IPR, Das is presently working as a technician in the department. DIPR


IYC campaign

ITANAGAR, Jan 27: Launching of Appeal to join the Indian Youth Congress / Arunachal Youth Congress was launched / opened by Nabam Tuki, Chief Minister & Mukut Mithi, President APCC at Ziro Lower Subansiri District A.P. on 28th December 2012 in presence of Ministers, Parliamentary Secretary, MLA and Youth Congress office bearers of Arunachal.

While launching the apple to join Indian Youth Congress / Arunachal Youth Congress Chief Minister Nabam Tuki & Shri Mukut Mithi President APCC sincerely apple the Youths of Arunachal Pradesh who is under  the age of 35 years to take membership in the Indian Youth Congress organization / the Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress organization for Nation Building and also Chief Minister Nabam Tuki apprised the youths of Arunachal to avail the Govt. Scheme / Programs which is exclusively for the youths. Initiated and launched by his Govt.


Two Kutcha houses gutted

PASIGHAT, Jan 27: Two Kutcha houses of Loko Yirang and Sanjay Rai of Jarku village were reduced to ashes in a massive fire that broke out on Jan 25 morning at about 4.30 AM and the raging blaze left grievous injures to Loko Yirang and his old father Okeng Yirang. They have been admitted by the villagers in the General Hospital, Pasighat for medical treatment.

As per information, the villagers rushed to the scene and one fire brigade was pressed in to the service to douse the blaze but failed and the devastating fire destroyed all the household items of both the families.

On receiving the information, East Siang DC R K Mishra and DDMO G Tsomu along with officers rushed to the spot to take stoke of the situation. The DC announced Rs 3,000 each for both the families as immediate relief and directed the concerned officers to asses the extent of loss. He informed that police investigation is on to unearth the actual cause of the fire mishap. DIPRO


National girl child week

ITANAGAR, Jan 27: A week long programme on National Girl Child week was celebrated at Sagalee ICDS Project from January 21.

On the occasion CDPO Oyam Panor briefed about the status of girl child in the society and Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyala, Sagalee Head Master ST Lama also spoke about crime against girl child in the society.

On the occasion mass procession was conducted around Sagalee market area and drawing and painting competition was also conducted on the topic “girl child and society” in which Nabam Rime and Nabum Jirme were adjudged as 1st and 2nd winners of the competition.


National Girl Child Week celebrated

ITANAGAR, Jan 27: The National Girl Child Week was celebrated in the Nirjuli-Banderdewa Urban ICDS Project from January 18 to 24.   Awareness procession by the women and adolescent girls with banners and placards, drawing/Painting competitions and awareness meetings were the  main attraction of the  programme.

In the awareness meetings, the CDPO highlighted the importance of girl child in the society. The CDPO also explained the role of women and adolescent girls as mother and daughter.

Elosa Chalai and Tai Lella of Alphabet Public School, Nirjuli  secured 1st and 2nd position in drawing/painting competition.

National Girl Child Day was observed on January 24 last at Mebo under ICDS project with an objective to raise consciousness of Indian society towards the girl children.

The CDPO Mebo organized a mass awareness rally which was participated by two hundred school children and Anganwadi workers and ICDS staffs. To hold group discussion a seminar was also arranged on the day to raise consciousness towards the girl children. Speaking on the occasion MT Moyong CDPO, Mebo appealed the society to take responsibilities to ensure that girl child is born as well as nurtured in a way that gives them equal opportunities as well as rights as those to the boys. Representing panchayat, health, police and Rural development department ZPM N Megu, Dr. B Ratan, ASI A Borang and EO (RE) G Ado respectively spoke on the occasion. They stressed on preservation of female feticide, violence, social evils against the girls.


Archers bring laurels to the state

ITANAGAR, Jan 27: The archers from Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy (SLSA) have once again brought laurels to the state by winning medals in the 33rd Sub-Junior Boys & Girls National (Indian Recurve and Compound) Archery Championship 2012-13 held at Bangalore from January 15 to 20.

The team comprising Maselo Mihu, Sorang Yumi, Genung Tekseng and Lide Loyi bagged gold  in the 50 m. Olympic team event.

Maselo Mihu also bagged a Silver medal each in Individual 50 mtr and Olympic Individual 50 m in the championship.

While expressing his satisfaction over outstanding performance of the SLSA archers’ team, Sports and Youth Affairs Director DK Dinglow said that it is a big achievement for the state in games and sports sector. Interacting with SLSA principal P Lombi and the players, Dinglow has assured to provide all necessary modern equipments for scientific training and coaching.


Siang Riders wins Bakin Pertin Memorial T-20 Tourney for 4th time

ITANAGAR, Jan 27: The un-formidable Siang Riders (SR) proved its metal again by winning the 11th late Bakin Pertin Memorial T-20 Cricket Tournament for the 4th consecutive time.

Winning the toss to bat first the SR made a total of 122 runs in the final played at Borguli village play ground under Mebo on Republic Day. Runners up 11 Wonders collapsed by reaching only 106 and the SR won the  final by 15 runs. Oni Dai of SR was declared man of the series while same team’s Arun was the man of the match.

Former Minister Lombo Tayeng witnessed the final match as chief guest. Before starting of the match, national tri colour was unfurled on the  occasion of Republic Day.


Awareness test

ITANAGAR,  Jan 27: Keeping in mind the difficulty faced by the students due to the lack of information about the new pattern of NEET and JEE, Vidyamandir, a leading coaching institute of the state has conducted an awareness test on 27th January on the premises of Govt Higher Secondary School, Itanagar. The test was conducted for creating awareness regarding the new question paper pattern for the upcoming JEE (Main) and NEET examination for different medical and engineering colleges of all over India, that is to be held on 7th April, 2013 and 5th May  respectively. Vidyamandir has conducted the test for the aspirants, especially for those appearing in the Class XI (Sc.) final examination.


Farmers’ awareness programme

ITANAGAR, Jan 27: The 10 farmers clubs of Yachuli circle of Lower Subansiri district promoted by National Youth Project (NYP) under NABARD programme organized their 3rd Orientation cum Awareness programme on Jan 24.

The programme was attended by Toko Puna, ZPM Yachuli along with all the executive committee members of the clubs and villagers.

The farmers club included, Yachuli, Doka Paya, Toon, Mima, Delli, Mai, Tamlit, Peil, Dodo And Migo Kishan Club.

Moreover, all the other farmers clubs of the eight districts, namely Lohit, Anjaw, Lower Dibang Valley, Dibang Valley, West Siang, East Siang, Kurung Kumey, are also going to organise various awareness programmes in coming days.


A house gutted

ROING, Jan 27: An MIBT Chang Ghar of one Lomrin Saring of Balek Village, about 8 km from  Roing was completely  burnt down to ashes on January 23 last at 5:30 PM. The cause of the fire was known to be crackers, which the children was playing nearby the house and the sparks from the crackers after falling on the thatch roofing of the house spread like a wild fire due to dryness. In the fire accident almost all the household articles were reported to be burnt down which was estimated to be Rs 4,15,000.

The villagers had a tough time fighting the fire from getting spread to other neighbouring houses  before the fire brigade arrived and fully doused off the fire. DIPRO





196 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.

Arunachal celebrates Republic Day

Governor dreams of a ‘vibrant, peaceful state'

ITANAGAR, Jan 27: The 64th Republic Day was celebrated across  Arunachal Pradesh with great enthusiasm.

At Itanagar, the Governor Gen (Retd) J J Singh unfurled the national tri-colour in presence of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and others at IG Park here on Saturday on the auspicious occasion.

Addressing a mammoth gathering   Governor expressed his dream of a vibrant, prosperous and peaceful state. "I dream of a bright future for all Arunachalis, where they not only enjoy the highest per capita income, but also the highest per capita happiness”. May our ''Land of the Rising Sun'' continue to stand strong as the eastern sentinel of our great nation," the Governor said.

"The Lonely Planet book has rightly adjudged it as the fourth best tourist destination of the world, calling it the Last of the Shangri-las”, the Governor said. A Shangri-La is a place of eternal beauty, a place where one doesn’t get old.

Highlighting various development activities being initiated by the state government, Singh said that the state capital is being connected by a 4-lane highway and almost 8 km of this 21 km stretch would be black-topped before the middle of the year.

Work order has been awarded for almost 85 per cent of the length of the national highway standard Trans-Arunachal highway which runs right through the heart of the state from Tawang to Kanubari, he added.

More than 1700 villages along the international border have been provided home lighting systems or power connections under the Border Village Illumination Program, he said.

The 110 mega watt Pare hydro-electric project is likely to be commissioned by September next year.

The Governor also complimented the administration and the public for stopping the tendency to call regular bandhs under one pretext or another.

"Your efforts have yielded results there has been no bandh call in the state in the last two months now, much unlike a call every week that was being given a few months back," he said. “It seems that we are indeed on track in achieving our goal of a bandh-free and a violence free State – a call that I gave during my Republic Day address in 2011.”

The Governor further said that there has been praise-worthy coordination between Army, para-military and State police forces which has led to the killing of 13 UGs and arrest of 107 others with recovery of a large cache of arms, ammunition and explosive material. To provide a secure environment to our sisters, mothers and wives, the State Govt. will raise a 200-strong special women force and also open an all-women police station in the capital complex, he said. The governor, however, said “Some of the important cases still remain unsolved for which the Police Department will have to put in more efforts. But at the same time, co-operation from the citizens has to be forth-coming.”

At Anini, the 64th Republic Day was celebrated in a befitting manner with participation of senior citizens, public leaders, general public and students.

Unfurling the National tri-colour, Deputy Commissioner Tamune Miso informed that 15 new teachers have been appointed to tide over the shortage of teachers in lone Govt. Higher Secondary, Anini. Miso also urged all the officers to remain at station to accelerate the development process and informed  the  gathering about the various flagship programmes  and infrastructural development projects of the Govt. in the entire state which includes construction of double-lane road to  Anini.   


At Daporijo in Upper Subansiri district, the 64th Republic Day  was celebrated at Rijo ground in a befitting manner. The celebration was attended by the Deputy Commissioner Tahang Taggu, MLA Tapen Siga, PRI members, Heads of Office of the district, GBs, students and the public were present.

While addressing all on the occasion, Deputy Commissioner Tahang Taggu highlighting  the achievements of the district said that much more has to be done. He sought cooperation of the citizens for all round development of the district.

Stressing the need of maintaining cleanliness in the township and  fighting  against unlawful activities and drug abuse, Taggu  advised the  youths and students to concentrate on creative works and study. He also commented on the appointment (against vacant seats) of 30 new Gaon Buras in various circles and asked them to stay in the villages and work towards creating a good atmosphere.

At Pasighat, Deputy Commissioner R K Mishra unfurled the National Tricolor and took the Rashtriya salute. Speaking on the occasion, DC Mishra while congratulating the gathering for their contributions towards a harmonious and equitable society informed that the law and order situation in East Siang has been stable and celebrations of all important festivals and occasions passed off peacefully. “It is my earnest wish and desire to see that centurion town Pasighat remains peaceful so that the developmental initiatives of the government bear fruits, the economy flourishes and the people prosper, benefiting the entire population”.

The DC highlighted on various achievements and initiatives, new programs & schemes being launched for the welfare of the people and hoped to have a very significant impact on the economy of the state especially in the rural sector.

RK Mishra gave away the “Certificate of Appreciation-2013” presented to Issac Jamoh, a student of JNC, Pasighat, Marbang Ezing and HK Roy both from IPR department and Chandan Das of H&FW Department for their immense contributions to the society. The Principal, IGJHS received state best model prize in interstate science exhibition-2013 and many others bagged various departmental prizes in their respective fields. As a part of the celebrations a frenzy cricket match was played between DC-XI Vs Public Leaders-XI. DIPRO

At Koloriang in Kurung Kumey district, DC Rajeev Takuk unfurled the national tri-cololour on the occasion of 64th Republic Day amidst  a huge gathering at the general ground, Koloriang.

Addressing the public on the historic day, the DC highlighted various achievements of the Government and the District. He laid emphasized on the new initiatives taken by the present Government for speedy development of the State/ District. Appreciating the role of the Police in crime control he sought people’s cooperation. Only a peaceful and conducive atmosphere would pave the path for further development.

Dwelling on youth the Deputy Commissioner said that youths could play a pivotal role in the progress of the society. He opined that better road communication, better education and better health facilities are the wheels to usher in a new era. Development must always be sustainable and corroborative, the DC added. The highlight of the day/celebration were cultural display, exhibition, Games & Sports activities, march past by various contingents etc. DIPRO incharge

At Yupia, Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu unfurled the national flag amidst the gatherings of officers, staffs, panchayat leaders, gaon buras, school children and public of Yupia. While greeting the people on the occasion, he highlighted on various developmental projects of the District and said that District has made substantial progress in all fields like infrastructure, agriculture, horticulture, education, health care, roads and bridges, tourism etc. He also appealed the people of Papum Pare to cooperate District Administration for conduct of a smooth and fair PR election2013 which is expected to be held on April or May 13. DIPRO

Addressing the gathering on the occasion of Republic Day celebration at Bordumsa, ADC Kento Riba appealed Govt. agencies to imbibe work culture for delivering quality services to the people as integral component of the good governance. Games and Sports events  were  organized and attractive prize awarded to winners of various events and exhibition.

Besides, Circle Officer Bordumsa, ZPM, Anchal Samity Chairperson, Company Commander, 8 Bihar Regiment, the host of officers, PRI members and GBs of Bordumsa witnessed the day long celebration.

West  Kameng district headquarters Bomdila joined the rest of the nation in celebrating the 64th Republic Day amidst pomp and show. Deputy Commissioner Rinchin Tashi in his address appealed to  the people to maintain peace and promote brotherhoodness  as peace is the pre-requisite for development.  He also  called upon the students and youths to work hard and extend cooperation in nation building. The DC further highlighted on the developmental activities being carried out in the district by the various departments for the welfare of the people.

The local Legislator cum Parliamentary Secretary for Hydro Power Development RT Khunjuju inaugurated the Exhibition stalls. DIPRO

The 64th Republic  Day was also celebrated at Leporiang with great pomp and gaiety. The Circle Officer, Hage Tarung unfurled the National Flag amidst the presence of panchayat leaders, general public, government staffs and students. Five new Gaon buras were appointed including the first Gaon Bura from Puroik community.  The Republic Day was also celebrated with enthusiasm at the base camp of Sushee Infra private Limited at Langdang under Leporiang Circle.

In spite of Tirap being declared disturbed area, the 64th Republic Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm and fanfare with various programmes.Tirap DC Dr Sachin Shinde ceremonially unfurled the national tricolor amidst a huge gathering at Khonsa.

While greeting the people on the occasion Shinde highlighted the developmental processes being carried out in the state. He asked progressive farmers to take maximum benefit out of the Chief Minister’s scheme under which the farmers can avail tractors and power tillers. He said that the state government was according top priority to the health sector. While speaking about Tirap district, Sachin lamented that only a few candidates get through from the district in entrance examinations and added that The Tirap district career counseling cell was working doubly hard to guide the science students. He said that an intensive coaching would be conducted shortly for the aspiring candidates.

The chief guest announced that five youth have been inducted in the Indian Army with the help and support of Madras Regiment and the CRPF stationed at Khonsa had committed to train 600 youth to  make them fit to join any security forces. He further said that without the co-operation and support of HoDs, Panchayat leaders and public nothing worth-while could be achieved so he appealed to them to extend their fullest co-operation to the district administration and work unitedly as ‘Team Tirap’ for the all round development of the district. The Deputy Commissioner earlier inspected a guard of honour presented by Assam Rifles, CRPF, APP, NCC, Scouts and Guides, Assam Rifles band and students of various schools.

However, the main attraction of the day was a band display by the girls of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, Barap.  Other attractions were the best baby show organized by the district health society, PT display, games and sports, cultural programmes and display of exhibition stalls. Local MLA Kamthok Lowang attended the function as guest of honour. EX-Minister Thajam Aboh, Tirap SP, CO, Madras Regiment, CO, 36 CRPF, HoDs, Panchayat leaders and public attended the day-long programme.

The day was also observed at Longding, Kanubari, Deomali, Soha,   Lazu, Wakka, Pumao and Pongchau in befitting manner. DIPRO

At Seppa, the national Flag was unfurled by Tope Bam, Deputy Commissioner, East Kameng district on the auspicious occasion of Republic Day.  While addressing the gathering  he urged one and all to re-dedicate themselves to the nation for peaceful and prosperous future.

 Highlighting the developmental activities in the district , the DC appraised that the roads within the Seppa township have been improved with active initiation  of the local MLA and his colleagues. He further informed that the New steel Suspension bridge at  Bana has been commissioned and new Hari Bridge over Kameng river is  being launched in the month March,2013 by BRO. DIPRO

At Aalo, The 64th Republic Day was celebrated along with the rest of the country at General Football Ground Aalo. On this auspicious occasion, Marnya Ete, the Deputy Commissioner, West Siang District unfurled the ceremonial flag and took salute from contingents representing APP, NCC, Scouts and Guides, Band Parties and students representing various schools of the District.

Spelling out the programme and policies of the state govt. under the leadership of Chief Minister Nabum Tuki, the DC said that  West Siang district is also in tune with development activities initiated by the state government.  He also highlighted the achievements in education, health and  many other sectors in the district.

Peace and tranquility is pre-requisite for development and social well-being, he said. The recent incident at Aalo is unfortunate he said and appealed all sections of the society for utmost restraint and peace and communal harmony for the larger interest of the district. Administration and policing alone cannot contain the growing problems in our society, he said and called upon the intellectual, public, NGO and youth force come up together to curve burning issues and challenges we are facing today. The youth force should utilize their prime time and energies for all constructive purposes.

At Yingkiong, DC Liyon Borang appealed the people of the district particularly the public leaders, PRI members, Govt. officials and officers and Gaon Buras to voluntarily come forward for unity, peace and cooperation for the smooth and speedy development of the district. Speaking on the auspicious occasion, he advised one and all to shoulder the responsibility to make Upper Siang district a model district in the State.

The local MLA Alo Libang inaugurated the exhibition stalls displayed by the respective departments and other NGO agencies. The Addl. Deputy Commissioner,  Rajesh Panyang distributed the prizes to the winners of the cultural competitions and PT display. The other highlights of the day long programme were friendly football match by DC team Vs MLA team.

At Mariyang, the local MLA and the parliamentary Secretary, Education, Law & Justice, J.K. Panggeng hoisted the national flag amidst huge gathering of the public at general ground. In his speech Panggeng briefly announced the various new policies and programme of the UPA Govt. at the centre and the State Congress govt. of Arunachal Pradesh. Panggeng appealed the people of 40- Mariyang-Geku constituency to extend cooperation to the district administration and the development authority of the state govt. to achieve developments on all fronts in the area.

At Tuting Demir Tali, ADC hoisted the national flag on the occasion in a huge gathering of the people of Tuting area.  DIPRO

Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee has celebrated the 64th Republic Day at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, Itanagar in a befitting manner. Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal also celebrated Republic Day at Indira Gandhi Congress Seva Dal Bhawan, Naharlagun. The flag hoisting was done by Kipa Sinuing, organizer of Seva Dal.

While unfurling national flag on the occasion of 64th Republic Day celebration at Deomali,  G. Singpho, SDO called upon all section of people to extend cooperation not only with the Govt. for all round development of the society but also to develop peoples’ outlook and mind set which is more important for proper implementation of Govt policies. The Day was also celebrated at circle Hqr. Soha with much  enthusiasm.

DRS International School, Itanagar also celebrated the 64th Republic Day with much pomp and gaiety. The National Flag was unfurled by Arabinda Sarmah, one of the member of the Board of Directors. A colourful cultural  programme was presented by the tiny- tots of the school. The student gave speech about Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the Architect of the Indian constitution.



Efforts on to bring ‘Muskan’ on the face of differently-abled children

ITANAGAR, Jan 27: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh General (Retd) JJ Singh and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki attended a cultural programme ‘Ability beyond disability’ presented by physically challenged children at Raj Bhawan, here today. The cultural presentation was organized by Muskan Welfare Society (MWS), which is led by First Lady of the State, Anupama Singh with an objective to highlight the potentials of differently abled children and to inculcate confidence in them. Among others, State Minister Setong Sena, Parliamentary Secretary Nido Provitro, Chief Secretary Dr. H.K. Paliwal, many dignitaries and invitees along with MWS members and school children attended the programme. Padma Shree Shovana Nrayan, Kathak Exponent attended as special guest.

Speaking on the occasion, the Governor said that the cultural presentation inspired all to help others particularly physically and mentally challenged children., who are differently abled. The Governor called upon the people to guarantee sustainable livelihood prospects and independent living opportunities for those children who are differently abled and under distress. He commended their teachers and mentors of the children for being compassionate and good human being.   The Governor congratulated the MWS for conducting blood donation camps, capability building courses and cleanliness and plantation drives, which he opined will have positive impact in preservation of flora and fauna in the State.

Sharing his thought, the Governor advised the MWS to work for senior citizens and mentally challenged people. He also asked the society to inculcate importance of water amongst the children.

The Governor asked the Chief Minister to further strengthen the job reservation policy for physically challenged people.

In his speech the Chief Minister appreciated the Muskan Welfare Society for working for the cause of socio-economic upliftment women and children and women empowerment. Rightly addressing the physically and mentally challenged children as ‘Angel of God’, the chief minister said that these children deserve special attention. He informed of the people of the steps taken by the State Government towards welfare of challenged persons.

Acknowledging the fact the Muskan Welfare Society is working as facilitator and has conducted many capacity building courses, the Chief Minister assured to prioritize proposal sent by the society.

Advising the MWS to continue the noble initiative, the Chief Minister announced financial aid to the society and also for those institutes which took part in the presentation.

In her address, Chairperson of MWS and First Lady Anupama Singh said that the empowerment of women and support of neglected children have always touched her and made her feel that something more should to be done. She said that if the people fortify their resolve t do something, they can reach out with the balm of kindness to help the less fortunate. She called for spirit of selfless service to make positive difference to the society. She also expressed gratitude to the State Government, departments and individuals for their help in the Muskan Welfare Society’s mission.

Secretary Finance and member MWS Swati Sharma briefed on the initiatives of the society in the last four years. She said that born under the initiative of the First lady of the state, MWS is a non profit voluntary society formed in November 2008. The society aims to make a humble effort for promoting socio-economic empowerment of women and unemployed youth. It worked for the differently abled children and children under difficult circumstances. It has been promoting educational and social awareness amongst the youth. Tumken Angu, member Secretary and Smti Mamta Riba, member MWS also spoke on the occasion.

The Chief Minister released a brochure on ‘Muskan Welfare Society’ on the occasion. The brochure titled ‘Muskan- a journey continuing’ provides pictorial brief on the social efforts of the society.

The cultural presentation started with lighting of the ceremonial lamp by the dignitaries which was followed by ‘Saraswati Vandana’ by Miss Priya Dey of Nrityangana Dance & Music Institute, Itanagar. The action song by nursery students of Oju Mission, Naharlagun, brought ‘Muskan’ to everyone’s face.

The young girls of Short Stay Home of Oju Mission presented a dance, ‘Komal Hai Kamjoor Nahi, Shakti Ka Naam Nari Hai’ reflected their feelings after being released from the clutched of child marriage.

A group dance by the students of Donyi Polo Mission School for the Hearing impaired, Chimpu and a group by the visually impaired children of the same institute touched the heart of the audiences. A solo song by Master Tenzin Dorjee, a physically challenged student of Manjushree Vidyapeet, Tawang and group dance by children of ‘Mother’s Home’, Leki Village stirred the emotions of the people present. The students of Vivekananda Kendra Vidhyalaya, Chimpu presented a skit on women empowerment, echoing the objective of Muskan Welfare Society.



SIT to investigate Aalo case

ITANAGAR, Jan 27:  The state Govt has decided to hand over the ‘Aalo case’ to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the State Police for further investigation at the earliest. It may be recalled that a youth leader lost his life on January 11 last following factional skirmishes.

Elected representatives of East Siang, West Siang and Upper Subansiri Tako Dabi, Takar Marde, Gojen Gadi, Jomde Kena and P D Sona today called on Chief Minister Nabam Tuki here to discuss the issue in presence of Chief Secretary H K Paliwal.

Taking note of the tension and unrest following the incident, the Chief Minister in consultation with the Chief Secretary resolved to hand over the case to SIT for an independent and impartial inquiry immediately.

The Chief Minister reiterated that the Government is sensitive to such incidents and takes all possible steps to follow the case and take it to a logical conclusion wherein the victim is delivered justice and the culprits are punished.  He expressed confidence that the SIT will leave no stone unturned to unearth all the circumstances of the incident and deliver justice to the victim as well as the aggrieved section of the society as soon as possible.

While deeply mourning the unfortunate death of a promising youth leader, the Chief Minister expressed grief and said that it was an irreparable loss not only for the Galo society but the whole state. He assured to rehabilitate the bereaved family members of the late youth leader in coping with the sudden setback.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister has appealed all sections of the society to maintain peace and bonhomie for overall welfare of each and everybody. He asserted that this was a time to come together across tables to discuss and diffuse the tension in-spite of getting swayed away by bad  feelings, rumours and petty politics. DIPR



Action committee submits memo to CM

ITANAGAR, Jan 27: Action Committee on Aalo incident formed by Galo people of Upper Subansiri district has called on the Chief Minister and submitted four points charter of demands. The  demands includes immediate arrest of all co-accused and others allegedly involved in brutal murder of Goto Yudik, immediate suspension and transfer of Deputy Commissioner, Superintendent of Police, Town magistrate who was on duty on that faithful day.  The Committee further demanded Judicial Enquiry headed by retired High court Judge into the case and immediate dismissal of case lodged against some members of Kargu Kardi Welfare Society (KKWS) and others.

The committee alleged that Deputy Commissioner, Aalo who was also Chief Advisor of the Local organizing committee had miserably failed to discharge his official duty in maintaining law and order problems during conduct of Galo Bane-Keba leading to loss of precious life of Lt. Goto Yudik. The committee strongly demanded for suspension and transfer of DC, SP and town magistrate for ‘dereliction of their official duty.’

Earlier, the action committee submitted its charter of demands to Chairman Peace Committee headed by Tabin Karlo and informed him that the committee will not sit with the peace committee unless the primary charters of demands placed to state Govt are fulfilled.

The action committee also meet Parliamentary Secretary, Home, Gadam Ete and submitted the memorandum to him. Ete reportedly assured to look into all the genuine demands of the committee.

The action committee also  appealed to all the Galo legislators to sit together  and find out a lasting solution to the vexed issue.



State Awards announced

ITANAGAR, Jan 27: Arunachal Pradesh government has announced state awards for those who rendered meritorious service to the state. The names of the awardees, announced during Republic Day celebration here on Saturday are as follows:

Gold medal: GA & DA commissioner Bandana Deori, planning secretary Ankur Garg, tourism secretary & PPP director Sonam Chombay and 12th Assam regiment Maj Samir Bharti

Silver medal: Town planners Likha Suraj & Sukhbinder Singh, Namsai APP (special branch) OC SI Ashok Kumar Tripathy, agri-marketing director-cum-APAMB CEO AK Purkayastha and PHQ ASP Dipankar Mishra

Commendation certificate: Progressive farmers Debia Kojum (of Doimukh circle) and Ojing Aje (Arunachal’s rubber man of Ngorlung village), Namsai PS SI Millo Lalyang & Pasighat PS OC SI Tagom Radeng, deputy secretary to governor Ganesh Chandra Roy, Likhabali GHSS ST Satya Prakash, PHQ constables Taniyang Kani and Ganesh Lal Ray.



Woman conducts anti-narcotic operation


PASIGHAT, Jan 27: As a part of its continuous anti-narcotics drive launched by the woman wing of Adi Bane Kebang (ABK) today conducted a day-long awareness programme at Siba village of Pasighat .

The secretary of ABK Woman wing Opak Takuk Ering informed that the participants in the meeting made threadbare discussion about ill effects of alcohol and narcotic consumption and urged all sections of people to give up the detrimental practices.

The woman activists also launched a dawn to dusk operation against selling of illicit liquor, opium, ganja, tiranga and other tobacco products in the Gumtis and shops in and around Pasighat town in the afternoon.

The woman group working with the theme “Clean East Siang from drugs and alcohol abuse” had conducted a mass awareness meeting at Pasighat Solung Ground on December 16 last and decided to conduct their operation in every nook and corner of the district.



Workshop for rural teachers

WAKRO, Jan 27: The Meeta Meet 2013 is dedicated to “Improve education in rural Arunachal” Swami Sri Sri Anubhavananda Saraswatiji facilitated Faculty Development Program to help rural Arunachali teachers.

Revathi Shankar and Anjali Dave from the Strategies and Solutions, Vadodara conducted the FDP. 18 rural teachers attended the workshop. While discussing on what makes a teacher effective Revathi Shankar explained in detail the characteristics of a good teacher. She further guided the participants on learning to fulfill effectively the responsibilities inherent in the profession. The captivating session on Interactive teaching by Anjali Dave dealt on identifying different learning styles where the teachers explored how interactive teaching strategies support all learners.

Revathi instructed the teachers to identify the various learning orientation of each child and cater to their needs accordingly as she elaborated on Multiple Intelligences (MI) and learning style. The trainees discussed in length on  understanding and appreciating types of intelligence while the Inter Disciplinary Learning (IDL) session interacted on the why and how of cross curricular learning.  Teachers attending the workshop learnt to plan lessons incorporating MI/IDL concepts from Anjali Dave.  

In the sessions on Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) the resource persons explained in detail on understanding C.C.E and the participants elaborately deliberated on Formative and summative assessment. Her sessions on Creative Teaching of Mathematics and Science thrilled all the participants. Anjali Dave also imparted innovative teaching techniques using specially designed learners’ kits. She exhorted the teachers to use mathematical language and create mathematics culture in the classrooms to interest and motivate children. Sr M.N. Chaturvedi attended the sessions as a special resource person. Sri Chaturvedi also conducted Ganit Vidya workshop in Govt Secondary, KGBV and the Apna Vidya Bhavan schools.Training Tools used were Audio & Video Files, Power Point slides for concepts, Other appropriate visuals, Games and Stories while Learning Methods included Inputs to describe the models and skills covered , with Participatory Question Answer sessions , Working on exercises / games in pairs / groups. ASSET provided suitably equipped training hall  with LCD projection facility. Appreciating the teachers of Apna Vidya Bhavan, KGBV and Lohit Rising School for their spirited endeavors and willingness to keep learning, Revathi Shankar asked them to improve on language skills.

Revathi Shankar has worked in the field of Education (K-12) for 30 years out of which 18 years were as the Head of a prestigious school since its inception. She works as the consultant and trainer for many schools and has been a trainer and resource person for Educational Initiatives and ILFS. She had introduced innovative teaching in the school she headed, such as syllabus tourism, subject rooms and inter disciplinary teaching and has passionate interest in creating an awareness of multiple intelligence theory. She had initiated alternate assessment strategies, continuous professional development program and won awards for Integration of Technology in classrooms. She got the school ISO Certification, it being the first of its kind in Gujarat. She was honoured with the Life Time Achievement Award by Nalanda Education Trust, Baroda. She is a member of panel of school inspectors and has inspected Indian schools in Dubai, under Dubai School Inspection Bureau, Ministry of Education, Dubai.

Anjali Dave, a post graduate in science and education, has had rich experience in the field of Education (K-12) for 40 years out of which 12 years as the Head of schools in Mumbai, Maharashtra and Baroda. She specialises in pedagogy of teaching Mathematics and Science. She was an active member of the project for teaching Science and Mathematics through discovery and activity approach, initiated by Government of Gujarat and conducted by ILFS, especially for Tribal Children. She has also been a freelance trainer and resource person for Educational Initiatives for its whole school enrichment programmes. She has been the founder member of several initiatives like Primary Teachers’ Forum and Mathematics Club in the city and JTV, a local education television channel for which she received the Best Woman’s award in the international year of women. Having strong conviction in Jean Piaget’s theory of constructivism she has designed a learning kit for different mathematical concepts and set up Maths Lab in some of the local schools. She is presently a member of the management and academic committee of a reputed school and is also a consultant to several schools in Gujarat.



At home’ function at Raj  Bhavan

ITANAGAR, Jan 27: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh General (Retd) JJ Singh was 'At Home' with distinguished citizens of Arunachal Pradesh and school children at Raj Bhavan lawn on 26th January. The invitees from different walks of life attended the ceremony to greet the Governor and the State first lady. As part of Republic Day celebration, ‘At Home’ make an important feature of the day long programme, where the first couple interact with citizens on the important occasion.

The entire Raj Bhavan, especially the Northern Green was specially decorated with flowers to receive the distinguished gathering. Flower beds of the Bhavan filled with blooming flowers of different species enriched the festivity. Raj Bhavan officials and school children from different schools of the Capital City in the traditional attires were there to receive the guests, while adding colours to the event.

The 'At Home' function began as the Arunachal Pradesh Police band from Police Training Center, Banderdewa played the National Anthem.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, his cabinet colleagues, senior officials, social workers, educationists, intellectuals, senior citizens, distinguish achievers, NCC and Scouts and Guides were present at the function.

With the APP band playing tunes of patriotic songs, the Governor and the State first lady, Anupama Singh, intermingled with the august gathering. The Governor and the First Lady interacted with sportspersons and congratulated them for their achievement in national and international events. Meeting of Ex Servicemen with the first couple was a special one as former Chief of Indian Army interacted with his former associates. The children had a field day, as they got to meet the first couple in person and photographed with them. (PRO to Governor)



National Voters Day celebrated

ITANAGAR, Jan 27: National Voters Day was celebrated at Hapoli on January 24.

While briefing about the aims and objective of the national voters day celebration, the Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner cum DEO Taru Talo urged the people to be more aware towards our rights and duties and suggested the young people and women to come forward and take full participation in choosing the right leaders to govern us.

On the day new young voters were felicitated by DEO, Ziro. DSO (stat) Nani Sambyo and ERO, Ziro Nending Chatung also spoke on the occasion.

The National Voters Day also celebrated at the DC’s conference Hall at Pasighat  Friday last to enhance the participation of the voters, especially the youths, college students in the democratic processes. Various activities like rally, pledge and essay competitions in schools were organized and distribution of EPICs to all the blocks etc marked the day.

Speaking on the occasion the Deputy Commissioner R K Mishra highlighted the importance of elections in democratic country like India. He informed that East Siang District has distributed cent percent EPICs to the voters in the district and further added that the main objective of observing the Day is to enhance the enrolment of voters especially the newly eligible ones. Every one should know the importance of Vote, because it is only way to elect a right person as our leader to protect the country. Youth should be first to use this right, he further added.

Officers and staffs of DC and other offices took pledge and among others, SC Debnath ADC and EAC (Election) Starlie Jamoh also address the house. DIPRO

The National Voters Day was celebrated in a befitting manner at Gumin Kiin Aalo on 25 Jan last. West Siang Deputy Commissioner Marnya Ete said that the day assumes special significance as significant number of eligible voters attaining 18 years and above are not enrolled in the electoral rolls. This day is observed to generate awareness on importance of Universal Adult Franchise among eligible voters to inculcate sense of citizenship, pride, participation and also to inspire them to excise their adult franchise as and when election is held. The day should also be utilized to spread awareness among voters regarding effective participation in the electoral process, he sad. The DEO also administered the Voters Pledge and distributed prizes to the winners of easy writing competition held on the occasion.

P. Patra, ST political science HS school Aalo dwelt at length on the importance of National Voters Day as the resource person. Moke Loyi ADC Aalo and Liyi Bagra, ERO also spoke in detail on the significance of the day.



Spread love and kindness: Sonam

ITANAGAR, Jan 27: A patriotic cultural evening was organized by Sanskar Bharati Arunachal Pradesh on the eve of ‘Bharat Mata Pujan and Republic Day celebrations’ at Vivekananda Hall, R.K Mission, Itanagar on January 26 last.

Attending the programme as chief guest, Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board (APB&OCWWB), chairman, Jalley Sonam, called upon the people of every section of society to spread love and kindness to make this world a better place to live in.

He said, though our country had attained independence decades ago, still large numbers of people are living below the poverty line.  We must selflessly help each other without any discrimination on the basis of caste, creed, religion & community to make this country a vibrant one, he added.

While remembering the supreme sacrifices of freedom fighters, he said, “We must never forget their sacrifices. It’s because of their sacrifices we are happily living with our beloved family members today”.

He further appealed the people not to indulge in cheating. He said, if we cheat on others we are cheating on our own brothers and sisters and ultimately to ourselves.

Guest of honour, Secratary, RK Mission, Vesveshananda Maharaj also spoke on the occasion.  



Tawang and West Kameng hub of folk arts: Riba

DIRANG, Jan 27: “There is no other part in Arunachal Pradesh which is so rich in folk art as in West Kameng and Tawang districts”, said Dirang Additional Deputy Commissioner Dagbom Riba during the Republic Day celebration at Lopon Stadium here today.

Unfurling the national flag and taking ceremonial salute of the march past contingents comprising various schools of Dirang circle, the ADC said that apart from the famed paintings and sculptures, folk dances of the twin districts including Yak, Aji Lamu, Lion and Peacock dances had also witnessed an outburst in creativity which was drawing more tourists to the region.

Highlighting the achievements of various civil departments and explaining the ongoing works and schemes of the circle, Riba also appealed the local communities to bring about a change in their aged-old tradition of disposal of human mortals in view of huge inflow of tourists-both domestic and foreign in the area. Although the practice may be in line with the doctrines and principles of religious teachings, social transformation was an inevitable part in any society and many civilizations had adopted socially acceptable means and practices in place of taboos and social evils, he explained.  

Colourful cultural display, inauguration of several exhibition stalls, games and sports competitions and distribution of prizes were other attractions of the day.

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Make Teaching of Humanities Mandatory

Asima Ranjan Parhi

While undergoing the severe mental agony of the ‘Delhi act of shame’ through print, electronic and social media I suddenly reflected on the wider and far-reaching measures like social awareness and curricular reform suggested by the intelligentsia. A year back in an International Conference on ‘Transcending Disciplinary Decadence’ (FCT, Jaipur, 16-19 December 2011) I presented a paper on Decolonizing the curriculum and focused on mandatory teaching of Humanities and specifically literature in all streams across all age groups and at all levels (primary, secondary, tertiary all inclusive). It should not be read as an idealistic view of an individual representing all students of literature but a plea from all those who understand literature irrespective of whatever profession or section of society they belong to. I have a niece who after her highly professional expertise in nuclear and theoretical physics during the day hours, sits through the pages of Dostoevsky and Thomas Hardy at night not missing a single chance to correlate  and discover the way Physics and Poetry have an amazing chemistry between them !

The very approach of even our educated professionals towards human relationship is rotten at the root. How many people in society look at man-woman relationship beyond the prescribed stereotypes of self imposed boundaries? How often we have heard about the sleazy, lascivious, voyeuristic remarks from people over the personal association of male-female academics, students, researchers in their professional pursuits and even personal relation since our student days till now on! Even today when we claim of our largest democracy and technological advancement, how many places across our country can claim to have maintained a truly democratic and free atmosphere to allow the faculty and students further their academic growth on the basis of a personal cum professional autonomy? There is a tendency to misunderstand language, literature and representation of love in many great works that we read. People often maintain the view that works of literature generally seem to be a domain of fantasy, idealism and inadequate in dealing with a real life problem. To sneak into relationships under the name of cultural, ethical cover is misleading and unhealthy. When we teach our postgraduate students about Michel Foucault’s concept of Discourse and history, they are thrilled to find that philosophy and intellectual capital are not abstract eccentricity but contain the epitome of remedy for all social ills. People in big cities outside need to emulate the democratic and cosmopolitan approach of the north eastern states towards man-woman relationship rather than discoursing over the prescribed size of a woman’s dress! My scant engagement with science and technology as well as literature has inevitably forced me to plead for making efforts to bring a change in our curriculum of Arts, Science, Commerce, Engineering, Management studies and in all aspects of life starting from parenting, cultural and religious practices if they appear chauvinistic to the market, from media front to the kitchens, from villages to cities in order to sensitize people on gender issues. The need to have a compulsory comprehensive course of literature that contains Classics (I refuse to accept and equate a Shakespeare or an Upendra Bhanja ( A famous and Classic Odia Poet) with the ‘any writing is literature brigade’), be it in writing, movies or music right from childhood is one befitting remedy to tackle the overall disappearance of compassion. It is funny that small children see their parents pluck a basket full of flowers for daily worship (even one flower would do!) and then see a placard elsewhere, ‘Don’t pluck flowers’. Plucking flowers from the blooming trees certainly amount to outrage the physical modesty of our green tree and green earth. Literature would at least prove to the young minds the simple fact that gods may be loved, questioned, played with as a mate! Why fear and bribe them with a heap of innocent petals?

This package of literature would teach them the best of human rights and worst of human brutality and its consequences. They would be in touch with the extremely precious human feelings like pain, remorse, love, compassion and fellow feeling. It is with such endeavors that I was taught literature (I remember my father moving the whole class into tears while teaching us a poem that would arouse love, compassion and honour for women, ‘Ashrame Prabhata’ by Gangadhar Meher, ‘The story of Prithviraj and Sanjukta’ by Sister Nivedita and ‘Gramapatha’ by Binod Nayak) and take the privilege of vouching for the same. It is the tears that we need to implant among our adolescents and youths today no matter how may smart phones they have been glued to, and it is possible, thereby paying a humble tribute to India’s brave daughters who have been facing such brutalities over the years. (The contributor of the article is Associate Professor & Head, Department of English, Rajiv Gandhi University, Rono Hills)


Sports education

Be it at the grass-root level in schools, semi-professional coaching academies or elite clubs for the top level, efforts are being made to promote sports. In fact, sports personalities, coaching centres and leading companies are making their own contributions to the field of sports.

In a latest development, Tata Consultancy Services and HDFC have collaborated to invest in a sports education start-up. More than a decade ago, both the organizations had developed a joint venture called Intelenet for business process outsourcing.

In promoting sports education in schools, the Kids Out Of Home prog is expected to equip schools with a blend of structured curriculum, technology and infrastructure to motivate kids to come out and play.

It is believed that India has no dearth of sportsperson. But to  train the sportspersons, India needs more and more trained coaches to give athletes tips and shortcuts to attain maximum performance with less amount of work.  The key here is for Indian sportspersons to train harder, faster and more importantly, smarter! This is only possible when trainers who have formal education and training in sports take the responsibility  with determined mind to produce  excellent sportspersons.


Anger harms

Dear Editor,

Anger is such a bad thing; it can wipe out an entire family, a village, a tribe, even a race including the angry man himself. Therefore, no matter how justified one’s anger may be, one should not let his anger explode.  Here is a suggestion: If you are sitting on the mouth of your volcano like boiling ‘anger’ then, close your eyes, bite your teeth and hold back your anger for few seconds. Your anger will cool down. Your anger will not be so devastating and heinous. Thus the devastating effect of anger can be prevented.

The best example of devastating effect of ‘anger’ is-The entire family members of second last king of Nepal was completely wiped out by the king’s own younger son. He, himself, also died later. Had he held back his anger for few seconds  it would not have happened. Who is the loser in such a situation?  The angry man himself and gainer is his enemy.


Dedo Ete

F-Sector, Itanagar



Check issuing of illegal ST certificate

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to bring to the focus of AAPSU regarding issuing of ST certificate to non-APST in some parts of state. I have noticed that many people residing in Tawang and West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh has gained ST status though they don’t belong to any tribe. Rather they have migrated mainly from Tibet, and are actually the Tibetan refugees residing in India. As far as the Chakma and Hajong refugees are concerned they have not been able to get ST status till date. The Tibetan refugee must also be debarred from gaining it. It is my sincere and utmost request to AAPSU to look into the matter. Due to this problem many APST candidate loses the opportunity to avail privilege and provisions provided by the state and union government.