January 29


News Impact

Pre-Donggin celebrated

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: The Adi Bori community residing in and around Capital Complex has celebrated its traditional pre-Donggin festival at Dokum-Donyi colony here in a befitting manner here yesterday.

The beliefs behind the festival are rooted deep in the indigenous religious and cultural ethos of the Bori community. The festival is celebrated for preservation of cultural identity, communal harmony, as well as for bumper crop production. The members of the community from all walks of life participated in the celebration day-long celebration.


SIT welcomed

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: Galo Students’ Union (GSU) has welcomed the decision of the state govt. to hand over the ‘Aalo case’ to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the state police for further investigation and the assurance to rehabilitate the bereaved family members of late Goto Yudik.

While lauding the role of elected representatives of East Siang, West Siang and Upper Subansiri Tako Dabi, Takar Marde, Gojen Gadi, Jomde Kena and P D Sona for calling on the Chief Minister to discuss the issue, GSU hoped the SIT would conduct the investigation in a very transparent manner and there would be no any interference from any quarter while investigating the case.

It urged the state government to give a logical conclusion of the case by punishing all the culprits thus giving justice to the departed soul.


Souvenir released

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: Rev. Toko Loma, Pastor CRC Chimpu released the souvenir of Silver jubilee Celebration of Christian Revival Church Yallang, Sagalee in a small function at CRC Yallang. The silver jubilee which was earlier celebrated on December 25 at CRC Yallang.

On this occasion Rev. Loma asked the believers to rededicate themselves to the cause of peace and know the true intention of Jesus Christ. He encouraged youth of CRC Yallang to distance themselves from evil work and choose the right path which can be acquired from the Jesus Christ.

Organising Chairman Bro. Nabam Tania congratulated Souvenir Editor Bro. Techi Tatang Tara and organizing committee members for their hard work in bringing out the Souvenir.

Head deacon Nabam Tamar, Pastor. Nabam Radhe, Bro. Tana Katung Tara Church Secretary of CRC Yallang,Sector Pastor. Likha Taki, Chimpu,Pastor. Debia Tam, Pastor. Tana Tadap, Evan. Nabam Chaki, Pastor. Nabam Kara, besides organising committee members, elders, women leaders, youth leaders of CRC Yallang were present on the occasion.


DNN celebrates its foundation day

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: Doimukh Nyedar Namlo Unit celebrated its 13th Foundation Day at Rono Ground, Doimukh yesterday.

The programme started with hoisting of flag by Nirm R.T Tara, President, Central Nyedar Namlo(CNN) followed by Mass World Peace Prayer led by Nirm Tana Ekha.

Various literary, cultural and games and sports competitions were conducted to mark the occasion. Midpu Village was adjudged the champion team.

Nabam Atum, Vice President of North East Janjati Faith and Cultural Protection Forum, Prof. Tana Showren, Taba Tedir, Director Cum Chief Engineer (UD&Housing) attended the celebration.

Around 300 family members participated in the programme, informed Taba Takam, Secretary Doimukh Nyedar Namlo Unit.


‘Provide relief to affected farmers’

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: Arunachal Congress Working Committee, Member Secretary L K Yangfo has donated one bag of rice each to 50 families of Rayak Puroik village under Chayang Tajo area, East Kameng District recently.

Yangfo informed that people of the Rayak Puroik village are suffering due to Bamboo flowering and Rat menace in the area. He along with GBs appealed to the concerned authority to provide immediate relief materials to the affected families.


West Siang district level badminton championship

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: Tomar Ango beat Geyi Kato 21-10, 21-15 to win Men’s Open Singles title in the first ever District Level Badminton Championship of West Siang which concluded on January 26.

The duo of Karmo Riram and Tomar Ango beat the pair of Geyi Kato and Yumjuk Essi 21-18, 21-11 to win Men Open Doubles title.

Under -13 single title was won by Kirto Nyorak beating Mie Nyodu 21-13, 21-10. Kirto pairing with Mie Nyodu beat Toni Bam and Goni Basar 21-14, 21-12 to win the doubles title in this age category.

While Degam Yongam beat David Ngomle 21-06, 21-08 to win under -15 single title the dobles title in this category went to John Bam and Degam Yongam, who beat Kunjal Roy and Gumken Riram.

Kirto Nyorak was adjudged the ‘Best Upcoming Promising Player under-13 while same the title for U-15 years went to Degam Yomgam.

Attending the closing ceremony, former minister Eken Riba appreciated the initiative of Kangki Darang, Additional Deputy Commissioner Basar and Basar Badminton Association for organising the tournament. He said that such kind of championship will prove worthy for the budding players to show their hidden talent.

Bibom Kamdak expressed gratitude to Arunachal State Badminton Association for extending necessary help in conducting the first ever district level championship.

The closing ceremony was attended by Markar Bam, Superintendent Engineer PWD Basar, Karbom Riram, District Agriculture Officer, T Doke, Executive Engineer PWD Bsar, R.K Kanujiya, Project Officer, MCP Basar, B. Nyorak, EAC Basar and all the HODs of Basar.


Death mourned

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: Former IYC general secretary Nyamar Karbak has condoled the death of Maharashtra MLA Nilesh Deshmukh Parvekar in a road accident today. Parvekar, 40, was in charge of Arunachal Pradesh for Aam Aadmi Ka Sapai (AAKS). He worked as National Co-Ordinator AAKS, Zonel Co-Orginator in Indian Youth Congress and he was one of the close associate of Rahul Gandhi.

“He was a man of commitment and dedication. In his death, I have lost a brother, good friend and hardworking, sincere Congress worker,” the former IYC general secretary said in a condolence message while recalling his association with Parvekar during his tenure as general secretary of IYC.

His death is a great loss for Youth Congress and Congress party in particular and nationa as a whole.


G4 Welfare society conference held

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: The three days 3rd conference of G4 Welfare Society was held at Bojo village recently.

During the three days conference various developmental issues of the society were discussed and also reviewed the genealogy of four clans.

Apart from these, games and sports and cultural programmes were also organized.

The society also felicitated Goda Dinung, Goda Asha, Goda Ana, Gokia Tarup, Gora Nanang, Goda Abu, Gora Palang and Gokia Tarup for the meritorious achievement in different disciplines.

The Chief Patron of the society Gora Makik, Chairman Goda Tapung and advisor Gora Tugung gave away the prizes to the winners of various games and sports and cultural competitions held during the three days programme.


District Administration lauded

AALO, Jan 28:  Topu Ete (Basar) Chairman, DTP (BEA) and her team of instructors, who have imparted free vocational training on beauty culture and hair dressing all over West Siang district lauded the district administration and other departments for rendering all  cooperation  and support to launch the programme successfully.

Elated over the commendation certificate given by the West Siang Deputy Commissioner in recognition to her services, she said that it will go a long way for this private sector to surge ahead and take up the task of job opportunity, self employment, confidence and positive thoughts among the trainers and trainees. She particularly extended her deep gratitude to DC Marnya Ete and his team of officers for encouragement all throughout the campaigns. DIPRO


No change in festival date: DPS

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: The Danyi Piilo Society (DPS), Ziro in a release today said that the Society along with the All Hong Yugyan Atos, Myoki Nyibus, GBs of Hong village and others have  decided not to accept the ‘forceful change’ of the date of Myoko festival from March 20 to March 10.  The DPS said that the festival will be celebrated as usual as per date fixed from March 20 in Hong village in Lower Subansiri district.


Bandh declared illegal

Seppa, Jan 28: East Kameng Deputy Commissioner cum District Magistrate Tope Bam while declaring illegal the proposed district bandh from December 29, 5 am to December 30, 5 am demanding eviction of encroachers of Govt. land mainly in sensitive public areas by private individuals as well as cancellation of all allotted Govt. lands in sensitive public places to private individuals has imposed U/S 144 Cr. PC with effective from January 28.

The order prohibited assembly of more than five persons in public places within Seppa Township during the period of so called proposed district bandh. No individual or group of persons, organizations are allowed to cause inconvenience to the movement of traffic such as road blockade etc.

The DM has instructed Police and the Executive Magistrate to enforce the order and take all necessary preventive actions.

All Govt./Semi Govt. institutions are also instructed to submit the attendance report of their subordinate officers and staff to the DC by 4.30 pm on the day of bandh in order to take action against the absentees treating them to be the sympathizers of bandh. DIPRO


Arunachal team to participate in Santosh Trophy

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: Arunachal Pradesh would participate in the 67th National Football Championship for Santosh Trophy to be held in Kerala and Uttar Pradesh from February one to March three, informed Arunachal Pradesh Football Association general secretary G Doke.

Arunachal Pradesh has been placed in Cluster ‘B’ along with Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar and Daman & Diu. The state will play their first match against Bihar on February 10, second match against Himachal Pradesh on February 12 third match against Daman and Diu on February 14 before playing their last cluster match against Karnataka on February 16.

The coaching for players is being conducted by NIS trained coach Kipa Bharat at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium.

The team: Taying Anthony,  Vijay Kino, Tage Kano, Gangte Chapi, Tai Bhai, Pura Dukhung, Habung Takar, Techi Takar, Toko Takar, Toko Poliam, Gichik Taming, Dare Takar, Rocky Ramching, Ligang Bungo, Pani Raju, Nguri Alin, Tapon Borah, Kaling Dabi, Hage Aga.


ATI conducts week-long training progs for Govt staff

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: A week-long Training Programme on "MS Power Point Presentation" for the junior & middle level officers from various HoDs and District Administration commenced at Administrative Training Institute, (ATI) Naharlagun  today. As many as 17 officers are participating the training programme.

In his inaugural address training director Pema Tshetan said that this training programme is going to strengthen the capacity of Govt servants. Today is age of information  and technology, the director said adding that ATI attaches top priority on Computer & IT related Training Programmes in order to bring complete computer literacy of Govt employees at all levels in the Govt. Departments & Offices of the State.

T. Lodo, Dy. Director & Course Coordinator submitted a brief highlight of the course content  and appraised about the practical hands-on session that have been arranged in the Computer Lab of ATI. The training programme is being conducted under 100% course fee sponsorship of DoPT, Govt, of India, New Delhi under its plan training assistance 2012-13.

Another week-long training programme on "Office Rules & Procedures"  also began at ATI today with participation of 17 Govt officials/officers from various heads of departments  and District Administration.

Addressing the participants in his inaugural address, Pema Tshetan reminded the participants that officers keep on changing but the continuity of the department is maintained by its regular staff members  and therefore they play a vital role as the custodian of office records  and documents. Director, however, cautioned that lack of sound knowledge in office rules  and procedures can hinder the working of the office.

Earlier, the Course Director Priscilla Tayeng, Asstt. Director (training.) highlighted the course content.





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

CM requests Army to recruit more local youths

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: Top officials of the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force (IAF) today morning called on Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to discuss core issues related to Army and IAF activities in Arunachal Pradesh. The discussion was also attended by Chief Secretary H K Paliwal and Principal Secretary to CM Yeshi Tsering besides Bandhana Deori, Commissioner GA and DA.

While Shillong based Eastern Air Command Air Vice Marshal Praveen Bhatt discussed issues related to DM range of the IAF and other activities in the frontier state, Tezpur based 4 Corp GoC Lt Gen CA Krishnan took up the issues of land requisition and road communication in the border state for Army activities.

Assuring cooperation and all possible help from the state government for Army and IAF activities in the state, the Chief Minister reiterated his appeal for taking into confidence the local populace wherever the Indian Armed Force operated or are based.

Taking note of the raising of the 2nd Battalion of Arunachal Scouts, he requested the Army to recruit as many as local youths as possible. Drawing attention that local youths hardly make headways in qualifying the recruitment tests, he sought help from the Army as well as the IAF to conduct pre-recruitment training camps so that more locals are equipped to qualify.

He also assured to give wide publicity to such training camps and recruitment rallies through local media to attract more youths. The Chief Minister requested that recruitments be conducted within the state to facilitate local youths to participate with confidence.

The Air Vice Marshall informed the CM that during recruitments for running of ALGs in the state only local eligible youths would be preferred.

Meanwhile, Tuki expressed his gratefulness to Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh for his assurance to establish a Sainik School in Arunachal Pradesh during their last meeting at New Delhi. He assured a suitable plot of land, possibly within the vicinity of the state capital, for establishment of the same.

On the issue of land acquisition for army purposes, the Chief Minister asked the Chief Secretary to call a meeting of all concerned deputy commissioners and give a timeline for completion of the processes so that projects are implemented immediately without any hindrances.

The Chief Minister also discussed of possibilities of the Indian Army and IAF to participate in the forthcoming Statehood Day celebration that coincides with the Festival of Arunachal in February next. The Indian Army had put up stalls in the last celebration that was a huge success. This time, he suggested, besides stalls the Army as well as the IAF could add more color to the festival through displays and other acts of daredevilry.

Both the officials assured that they would come up with something novel to win the hearts of Arunachalee people this time around.  



ANSU celebrates its 31st Foundation Day

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: The All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) has celebrated its 31st foundation day at Tallang Hira Memorial Complex here this morning in a simple but impressive function.

The celebration started with the hoisting of flag by ANSU president Sikka Gapak in presence of its entire executive members and former ANSU president Niglar Veo.  

In his presidential address, Gapak called upon the youth to change their mindset from “dao culture to pen culture”.

“Let this 2013 be a year of new beginning for our youth from dao culture to pen culture and take leadership role in overall growth of our state,” Gapak added.

Informing about the basis for foundation of ANSU 31 years ago by select group of  educated youth from the Nyishi community, Gapak informed that in order to remain in one roof to voice for common pursuits ANSU was formed in 1982 at Doimukh with Dera Natung and Techi Nyokum as its first president and general secretary.

He clarified that ANSU is not communal but a community based organisation which strives to work for the upliftment of its member without sabotaging the interest of other community.

Throwing lights on the various works by the ANSU, Gapak told that Nyishi-Bodo relation took a positive turn with the Nyishi-Bodo accord that ensured peace and communal harmony between the members of both the community living in the border area.          

The ANSU president also expressed serious concern over the use of gun among the youths while referring to the recently concluded AAPSU election where more than 300 arms were reportedly seized by the security personnel at Ziro, Lower Subansiri. He squarely blamed the Lower Subansiri administration for not making any headway in taking legal action against the gun owners.

In his welcome address, ANSU general secretary Arjun Panye expressed his hope that the youth members of the community will exert its energy in fruitful pursuits.

As part of the celebration, a volleyball competition was also organised wherein the All Kurung Kumey District Students Union emerged victorious after defeating the players of Rajiv Gandhi University Nyishi Students Union.    

4th Nyishi Idol runner up Pani Tada was also felicitated on the occasion.



Angling festival ends with positive note

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jan 28:  The Arunachal Angling Festival 2013 which began on 24th of this month at Pitapool, Yazali ended today. On the last day of the festival, the participants went for river rafting expedition in Pare River and set up camp at Chiputa village, nearby Midpu.

The festival aimed at creating awareness on the need for conservation of fish species for future generation was organized by Arunachal Adventure Association in collaboration with department of tourism and sponsored by North East Council.

The organizer released fingerlings in Panior and Pare Rivers as part of its efforts to ensure that population of fish multiplies in days to come.

The festival witnessed participation of students from schools and colleges and ordinary villagers. Besides Angling, river rafting expedition was the star attraction of the festival.

Meanwhile, organizing chairman of festival Chukhu Mama expressed his gratitude to all the people who helped to make the festival a grand success. “This was our first attempt to organize such kind of festival where local people can be educated about need to safeguard our flora and fauna for future generation and also tourism can be promoted by such festival. We learn many things from this festival and we apologize if we lacked somewhere.” He further added, “We extremely thankful to NEC for supporting this event. We also extend our gratitude to tourism department, especially parliamentary for tourism PD Sona, Secretary Sonam Chombay and director AK Singh for wholeheartedly supporting this event. Without their support and help this festival could not have been a reality.”

“Officials of sports and youth affairs department lead by its director and joint director Tadar Apa has also encouraged us a lot during the entire festival. This was a small effort on our part to do something for conserving rich flora and fauna of state. We believe and hope that message has been sent loud and clear,” said Chukhu Mama.



Special steps taken to address tribal issues: Ramesh

New Delhi, Jan 28: The Rural Development ministry has taken special initiatives to address the concerns of the tribal communities, according to Union minister Jairam Ramesh.

The Ministry also decided to separate the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe components in its development programmes to make sure that the backward tribals get the benefit of the ambitious ministry schemes like Indira Awas Yojana (IAY) and National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM).

In a letter to Tribal Affairs Minister Kishore Chandra Deo, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said since inception, in schemes like IAY and NRLM, there is an insistence of 60 per cent benefits being given to SC/STs.

"But there was no separate target for STs and naturally no monitoring. Now, we have decided to separate the SC and ST components so that the scheduled tribes get a definite portion of the scheme in keeping with their backwardness," he said.

The Ministry has introduced a programme under Indira Awas Yojana to provide houses to all Scheduled Tribes given rights under the Forest Rights Act (FRA), 2006.

Spelling out the steps taken by the Ministry to address the specific concerns of the tribals, Ramesh said under the NRLM, the Ministry has taken up initiatives to add value to non-timber forest produce in different states, ensuring that tribals get full benefits of this value addition.

"In addition, areas from where trafficking in women is high have received special focus," he said.

Ramesh said the Ministry, under its rural road scheme, has taken steps to connect all tribal habitations in scheduled areas where population is above 250 with all-weather road.

A high level committee has also been set up to advise the Ministry on implementation of the tribal component of different programmes like MNREGA and NRLM in a sensitive and proactive manner.  PTI



BRGF annual plan 2013 approved

DAPORIJO, Jan 28: A District Planning Committee (DPC) meeting was conducted at the Rijo Conference Hall, Daporijo today for the approval of the 5 years Perspective Plan and Annual Plan 2013 for development grants under Backward Region Grant Fund (BRGF). The Meeting was attended by the Zilla Parishad cum DPC Chairperson Nakap Nalo, DPDO cum ADC Gejum Ete, Astt. Director (PR) A G Ligu, R Shrivastav(SIRD), DPO S Timba, DPC members and member secretaries.

During the meeting, R Shrivastav of SIRD (the Technical Support Institute (TSI) under BRGF) presented and explained the detailed BRGF Perspective Plan and Annual Plan 2013 through a power point presentation which was examined and approved by the committee.

Addressing the meeting, Nalo stressed on the importance of timely preparation of clear cut Action Plans for better implementation of development works under BRGF in this extended period up to 2017 of the Scheme. He sought cooperation and coordination amongst the departments for making the BRGF scheme a success and in the process making the Upper Subansiri district from backward to a developed one.

Speaking on the occasion, G Ete said that Upper Subansiri is the only district under BRGF in the state and the advantage of this status for which various developmental schemes are being provided should be taken as opportunities.

Remarking on the passing of the Action Plan 2013, he said that it was a district vision that the people of the place had seen for their district, and so should not fail and called for good developmental work to be done. He also spoke on the need for timely release of BRGF funds by the government so that development could take place in the district.

A G Ligu and S Timba also spoke on the occasion and doubts and questions by the members were clarified and discussed. DIPRO




Workshop cum awareness campaign

for Nirmal Papumpare

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: A block level workshop cum training and awareness campaign on handling of field test kit (FTK) for safe drinking water and sanitation was conducted by the PHE & WS Division Itanagar in collaboration with the NGO partner Socio Economic Educational Development Society(SEEDS) at Tapioso Community Hall, Tapioso Panchayat,IVth Upper Balijan under Sandupota circle on January 25.

The campaign was primarily organized to sensitize the people of the area about various issues related to Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA) and National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) and handling of FTK for water quality monitoring and surveillance.

Teli Dutto Camder, AE, PHE & WS Division Itanagar, giving the keynote address on sanitation said that the agents--Baceteria, Viruses and Parasites that cause diseases cannot be seen. These agents enter the body through the mouth or skin and are released in the form of excreta. These agents can be passed from one person to another through food, hands, water and flies if the people defecate in open and have poor hygiene practices. He said that lack of proper hygiene behaviour is the key reason behind outbreak of recurring diseases in the rural areas. Open defecation is by far the single most unsafe behaviour causing diseases. He advocated for disease prevention and control strategies like clean water, safe disposal of human excreta and waste, personal hygiene, food hygiene etc.

He also spoke at length about the role and responsibility of village water and sanitation committee (VWSC), operation and maintenance of village water supply. He further informed the PRI leaders and VWSC that very soon all the completed schemes of rural water supply of year 2011-12 will be handed over to the VWSC and for these they should open a joint bank account of GP Chairperson cum Chairman VWSC and the concern Junior Engineer (JE) cum Member Secretary VWSC for operation and maintenance of the water delivery system in their villages. Later, he distributed the FTKs to the VWSC.

Mito Riba, District Consultant (Monitoring & Evaluation cum MIS) appealed the people to have a holistic approach towards the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan to make Papum Pare a Nirmal District or open defecation free district. He explained the people on various components of NBA like Individual Household Latrine (IHHL), School and Anganwadi Toilet and Solid-Liquid waste management etc.

He appealed the participants to stop open defecation in their locality and construct toilet to make the district a ‘Nirmal Papum Pare’. He further explained about the technology options for household sanitation. He elaborately explained how to design low cost toilet from the locally available materials and how to plan, implement, operate, maintain and manage sanitary toilets to ensure their sustainability.

While coming up with the FTK demonstration, the district consultant appealed all the gram panchayat members to render their valuable support and cooperation to conduct such needful FTK testing, twice for bacteriological testing and once for chemical testing in a year for all the water sources within their habitations.

Speaking on water borne diseases he stressed on the need of safe drinking water by boiling the water, through filtration and solar disinfection (SODIS) etc.

The Socio Economic Educational Development Society also showed a short skit depicting the relationship of Personal hygiene, sanitation and health linkages.

Tok Tachang, ASM Tapioso Panchayat on behalf of the Tapioca village also spoke highlighting the sanitation status of Tapioso Panchayat and thanked to the PHE & WS Division Itanagar for conducting such important workshop and requested the department to immediately take up the IHHL in their Panchayat.



Irregularity in WRD tender; deprived bangs to move in court


PASIGHAT, Jan 28: Irregularities alleged in tendering process by Pasighat division of Rural Work Department (RWD) for construction of rural link road in Mebo Sub-division in East Siang district.

It may be recalled that the RWD, Pasighat division, by Press Tender Notice No-TND/RWD/PSG/Mebo/NIT/ 02/2000-11 dated January-15, 2013, called bid tender against five schemes for Rural Link Road construction in Mebo subdivision funded under Special Plan Allocation (SPA) for the year 2012-13.

The local people, including some deprived bidders have alleged that the ‘Tender Opening Committee’ of RWD led by its Executive Engineer is playing partite role in the tender process. It is alleged that the committee favoured some businessmen and allotted them the entire works through an unhealthy ‘wheeling-dealing’.

People alleged that the committee in one hand rejected papers of four other bidders without any valid reason and accepted the objectionable tender papers submitted by the rest one on the other hand.

As per government rule, the affidavits containing declaration of representative and correctness of the submitted documents/ information should be made in Non-Judicial Stamp (NJS) paper of Rs 10, but the alleged bidder made all these on NJS of Rs 5 only, which should never be accepted under any circumstance.

Allegations have claimed that tender papers submitted by four bidders were rejected by the tender committee on the ground of shortage of envelop in the paper file. But the same committee accepted the others, where they made some violation of government rules in the affidavit papers submitted with the tender papers.

Alleging unfair conduct of the tender opening committee regarding the SPA works and violation of right of equality, the deprived bidders have cautioned the authority to go to the court for justice. If the committee can reject our papers on ground of shortage of single envelope, how can it accept the affidavit made in violation of norms and guideline, they questioned.



Republic Day celebrated

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: The  reports on the celebration of 64th Republic Day  are still pouring in the media houses.

The Lohit  district celebrated the 64th Republic Day with Deputy Commissioner R. K. Sharma unfurling the National Flag in Jubilee Ground amidst gathering of public and government officials at Tezu  on January 26.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Sharma remembered the great loss of lives and property in the flood (last year) which shook the entire area. The flood took away five lives with it and the measure and extent of loss it has caused is irreparable, he said. Sharma also highlighted the developmental achievements in health, education and other sectors in Lohit district.

He admired the zeal and dedication of all officials, staff and departments who are working for brighter and better Tezu  and  hoped that  they will maintain the same tempo and spirit in future too. He further emphasized on the need of talks and negotiation for peaceful solution to any problem.

The 64th Republic Day was also celebrated in a befitting manner at Roing, the district headquarters of Lower Dibang Valley District. Deputy Commissioner Shiv Kumar unfurled the tri-colour at General Play Ground on the occasion  in presence of Rajya Sabha MP Mukut Mithi, Roing MLA Laeta Umbrey, C K Mein, SP and  general people.

In his Republic Day speech he sought co-operation from all sections of the society in maintenance of law and order in the district and also discouraged any kind of agitation as it creates chaos and disorder in the society.

He also called upon the youths to abstain from drug use by realizing its ill effects.

Informing that the opium cultivation has been banned, he cautioned that violators of ban order will face rigorous punishment as per law. He, however, appreciated the people who are working for the awareness in this regard and extending support to district administration in fighting against the drug menace.

The DC also informed  the people of the various schemes being launched by the state Govt for all round development of the state. He further informed that efforts are being taken by the district administration to work out ways for employment generation and to form SHGs and Farmer’s Club in each and every village with the help of NGOs. The district administration is also planning to provide better market facilities for horticulture produce and also directed the bankers to provide bank loan for the viable project with minimum formalities, he added. He concluded his speech with an appeal to all the citizens of the district to bring forth their best to serve the nation and to contribute towards the betterment and development of the country.

The dignitaries gave away the prizes to the winners of various events. While GHSS Roing secured the first prize in the march past and Govt. Middle School, Roing won the first prize in the cultural programme. The Semi-Finalist team of Lower Dibang Valley District in the recently concluded Late Tadar Tang Memorial Football Tournament held at Pasighat was also awarded a prize to boost their morale.

In the afternoon, there was a friendly match between DC XI vs Public XI and the DC XI won the match by 1-0 with a goal from Apomo Linggi in the second half of the extra time.

At Hunli, Rakesh Tacho, CO incharge SDO unfurled the tri-colour. In his message, Tacho called upon all the Govt. departments, GREF, ITBP and public to work in cooperation for better delivery of services to the people of this remote Sub-Division. He informed that the power developers NHPC Roing has assured to provide rice beginning from remaining part of the current academic year to next year to the  boarders of Govt. Middle School, Hunli.

Changlang district Deputy Commissioner Chanchal Yadav unfurled the national flag amidst huge gathering at Changlang general ground on the auspicious occasion of the 64th Republic Day.  

Highlighting the remarkable achievements of India in various fields during last 63 years including Science and Technology,  Yadav said  “Our achievements in the fields of Industry, Education, Telecommunication, Health and many other areas have transformed our country into one of the most progressive modern nations in the world. She also highlighted some of the achievements made under various state and central Govts’ programmes during 2012-13 in Changlang District.

Expressing concern over  the rise of drug abuse in the District, she said the police and administration alone cannot check it, it requires a concerted effort of all section of people. The Panchayat Members, the women groups in the villages, the GBs and NGOs has great role to play in this regard. Therefore, she sincerely appealed all section of people to come forward and  intensify fight against drug menace.

WRD and SW, W&CD Minister N. Tingkhatra unfurled the  National tricolor amidst huge public gathering at Kanubari Hq on the  auspicious occasion of Republic Day. He highlighted the various programmes undertaken by his department and also gave information regarding various developmental schemes launched under CM programmes.

Republic day was also celebrated at newly inaugurated Lawnu circle Hq. L.Thungon, CO, Kanubari unfurled the tricolor amidst huge gathering of PR members, GBs, Chiefs, public, students etc.  Republic Day was celebrated in all the villages of Kanubari sub division in a peaceful manner.

The ICDS project, Kimin under the department of women and child development has organized a Mela to help the local SHG groups of Kimin and Kakoi circles to display their handicrafts, agriculture and sericulture produces  during the  Republic Day celebration at Kimin.

Local administrator S Lowang inaugurated the Mela in presence of Kimin ZPM Bamang Yayu and other panchayat leaders and general public. Apart from SHG products, the ICDS project Kimin put up stall and created awareness on the  schemes on under the department of women and child development.

A friendly football match was also played between EAC XI and  ZPM XI  as a part of the  R day celebration.

 The  64th Republic Day was also celebrated at remote Passa valley circle. CO P Perme hoisted the national flag in presence of health minister Atum Welly, Pakke-Kessang ZPM B C Tok, Anchal chairperson Sunil Nabum  among others.

The Republic Day was also celebrated at Parang Circle Headquarter on January 26 with various games and sports competitions. ASM Nabam Yakum attended the function as chief guest.

Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya Namsai also celebrated the 64th Republic Day with a variety of colorful programmes.

“Subansiri Lower Project shall be considered as the Temple of modern North-east India once it is commissioned.” This was the message conveyed by Rakesh, Executive Director, Subansiri Basin Projects of NHPC Limited while addressing  the gatherings  on the occasion of 64th Republic Day celebrations at Subansiri Lower Projects. The main functions were held at the Office complex of the Project at Kolaptukar, Arunachal Pradesh and at the Residential complex, Gerukamukh, Assam.

While unfurling the National Tricolor at Kolaptukar, the Executive Director believed that NHPC shall prove to be a blessings for the people of such remote areas of the country. He stressed upon the need for the  quick completion of  the Subansiri Project for the common good of all.

At Gerukamukh complex of the Project, Rakesh  hoisted the National Flag and inspected the Guard of Honor presented by CISF personnel. Speaking on the occasion, the Executive Director stressed upon the need for optimum utilization of resources for the development of the Nation. He urged the employees and staff of the Project to make Subansiri Lower Project a symbol of trust, development and prosperity. We must prove this project to be a boon for the people of the region as well as the nation.

YES BANK Ltd, Itanagar Branch, celebrated pre- Republic Day with the 756 BRTF HQ, Damsite, Naharlagun.

The event’s idea was to exchange knowledge on banking and investments covering areas like Internet Banking, Mobile Banking, Card Usage, FD, RD, Mutual Fund, Tax Planning, RTGS and NEFT.  

During the meet an essay writing contest was also organized on the theme of “My Dream India.”

YES BANK has an MOU with the Ministry of Defense, for offering YES Vijay Accounts, exclusively designed for the armed forces.  



AAPWU delegation meets CM, places demands

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: A delegation of All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union (AAPWU) led by its Working President Hage Tara and Secretary General Changma Tajo called on Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in his official bungalow on Jan. 25 last to discuss various issues related to workers community of the state.

In a hour-long discussion with the chief minister, AAPWU reiterated its earlier demands like immediate suspension and termination of Ojing Darung, Labour Commissioner cum Secretary of the Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Constructions Workers Welfare Board for his failure to implement various schemes to the registered workers of the Board despite approval from the state government and Board Members long before and also alleged misappropriation of public money from the APB&OCWWB.

Other demands included, enhancement/revision of minimum wages of contingency and casual workers of the state from existing rupees 116.66 to atleast 200 per day for unskilled and rupees 250 for skilled contingency/casual workers keeping in mind today’s skyrocketing prices of essential commodities, 3 months maternity/child leave in favour of contingency/casual female workers of the state. Review of  RR for group C and D posts; Reservation of 50% seat under category of group C & D posts in favour of contingency/casual workers, Regularization of ALCs, implementation of ex-gratia lump sum for those contingency/casual workers who have crossed the age of 60 years, regularization of staffs of the APB&OCWWB etc.

CM after giving patient hearing to the genuine demands of AAPWU accepted in principle and assured to look into the matter at earliest and as some of the demands needs cabinet approval. He assured to place before the cabinet for their approval in next cabinet meeting. CM also accepted in principle to be the chief guest on coming International Labours Day celebration on request by the visiting delegation.


150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda celebrated at RKMS

KHONSA, Jan 28: The 15oth birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda was celebrated at Ramakrishna Mission School, Narottam Nagar, Deomali with various programmes yesterday.

Speaking on the occasion, Finance and PWD Minister Chowna Mein recalled the immense contributions of Swami Vivekananda and asked the students to follow his lofty ideals. He asked the students to take maximum benefit out of the great facilities being provided by the school and lauded the teachers of the school for the brilliant academic result the institution brings every year. He further asked the students to maintain discipline as without strict discipline nothing could be achieved.

Swami Sudarsha-nananda and Swami Jyotyrupananda spoke eloquently on Swami Vivekananda’s life and teachings.

T. Tongluk, public leader and a well known scholar spoke on Northeast identity and described good virtues hidden in tribal social life. He said that he was proud to be a tribal and would like to be born a tribal again because of the simple and rich traditions of the tribal people. He also recalled the great work initiated by Swami Vivekananda. Earlier, in his welcome address the Secretary Swamiji described the significance of the day and thanked every body for attending the programme. He also highlighted the achievements of the schools and also highlighted some of the problems of the school.

Local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary Wangki Lowang , Khonsa MLA Kamthok Lowang, Ex-minister Wangpha Lowang, SDO, DFO and a host of other distinguished guests were present on the occasion. The students presented attractive cultural programmes to mark the occasion. DIPRO

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UN hails Verma Report

A new report proposing ways to tackle violence against women in India represents a groundbreaking basis for action, the United Nations human rights chief said, urging the Government to follow through with its recommendations.

The report was produced by the Verma Committee, which was named after former Chief Justice Jagdish Sharan Verma and set up in the wake of the death of a 23-year-old woman whose gang-rape in New Delhi last month sparked nationwide protests.

"This report and its far-reaching recommendations are not only a tribute to the brave young woman who was raped and murdered five weeks ago, but to all victims of sexual violence and assault in India," said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.

The report recommends a number of far-reaching changes, including punishment for marital rape, domestic rape and rape in same-sex relationships; requiring police officers to register every case of reported rape and ensuring that those who fail to do so face serious repercussions; ensuring accountability of police or armed forces personnel for sexual violence; and punishing offences such as stalking and voyeurism with prison terms.

The report also calls for a change in the way rape victims are treated by changing the humiliating protocol for medical examinations they experience; cracking down on extra-legal village councils, known as khap panchayats, which often issue edicts against women; implementing measures to improve sexuality education in schools and the community; and making new legal requirements and electoral reforms to ensure that people charged with criminal offences may not hold political office.

Pillay acknowledged some steps already taken by the Government, including the establishment of fast-track courts, and urged all political leaders of the country to rally around the Verma report and make it a national priority to execute its recommendations.




Don’t deceive us

Dear Editor,

Through the columns of your esteemed daily I want to let all the Assistant Teachers of Arunachal Pradesh know that our Arunachal Teachers Association has deceived us by compromising with GoAP for Rs 5 crore Shikshak Bhavan building which once again has paved the way for the GoAP to anomalies the pay structures of Assistant Teachers in coming 7th pay commission. Be alert and aware of what we are losing to the govt. The ATA is going to have 5 crore building but I am not sure if any Asstt. Teacher will be accommodated there in time of need. I also want to urge the CEC ATA not to play childish games with expectation of thousands of A/Ts.  You could have asked the GoAP to disburse Rs 5 cr to A/Ts who are being deprived of their partial pays since 1998. We are here to contribute more than 10 crores for shikshak bhavan. You know the lion’s share of the ATA funds are coming from A/Ts and they are the fore runner of any activity say it for strike or any other in different districts. If they are deceived as done this time, there will be no one to be called ATA. Really, ATA has disheartened the expectations and aspirations of  A/Ts.


Nomni Pertin

Government Secondary School, Kongsa