January 01

DA clarifies allegation

ITANAGAR, Dec 31: On getting complaints from Every Concern Citizen of East Kameng District (ECCEKD) regarding mismanagement in issuing PDS items by the FPS Shops in the district, the District Administration has taken all measures for proper distribution of PDS items in the district.

Immediately after getting the complaints on the basis of inspection made by the DF&CSO the District Administration has suspended the distribution of PDS items through FPS and directed the Whole Sale Nominee of PDS items to issue the PDS items directly to the public by using old co-operative godown from December, 2013 onwards under the supervision of Administrative Officer .

It has been also directed to issue the PDS items meant for outpost Centres directly to the concern Admn. Officer  for further distribution directly to the public.   Further a three-member committee has also been constituted to inquire into the allegation made by the ECCEKD.  The District Administration is sincerely taking all efforts to streamline the public distribution system.  But it is regretted that in spite of prompt action from the DA the ECCEKD is alleging the DA of not taking proper action. DIPRO


Bandh called off

ITANAGAR, Dec 31: All Arunachal Contractors Welfare Association, Lower Subansiri district has called off its proposed bandh on January 3 in view of new year and Murung festival. This was informed by the  Association unit in a intimation letter to Lower Subansiri deputy commissioner today.


AMSU calls off decision

ITANAGAR, Dec 31: All Mishmi Student Union (AMSU) has called off its decision to protest the visit of the Governor’s scheduled visit to Anjaw district.

The decision was taken after Raj Bhawan made a recommendation to the state government to properly investigate the incident that happened on the intervening night of September 27-28 at Tezu, AMSU said in a release. Further, Raj Bhawan has also assured to take up the matter with the state government, the release said.

“However, this particular decision will have no bearing on the union’s earlier decision to protest the visit of the chief minister to Tezu which is unchanged and unaltered,” the release added.


Army’ s initiative to promote  civil-Army bond

ITANAGAR, Dec 31: In a commendable show of civil- Army solidarity, the Tawang Garrison organized a get-together of all Gaon Buras of Tawang sub division at Chuje, Upper Tawang recently.

The gathering was attended by Brig Ashok Singh SM Station Commander Tawang, DC Tawang Abhishek Dev, Zila Parishad Chairperson Jambey Tsering, ADC Tawang Dr Tariq Thomas, and a number of other Army and civil administration officers.

On the occasion, Brig. Ashok Singh highlighted the various initiatives undertaken by the Army for the welfare of the locals including the conduct of Sainik School training classes and recruitment rally training.

DC Abhishek Dev, ZPC Jambey Tsering  and GBs appreciated the Army for the assistance provided to the local population. The events included a cultural programme by the Army and local youth.

Earlier, a similar event was organised at Lumpo for the GBs and civil administration officials of Zimithang and Lumla circles.


East Kameng NES appeals

SEPPA, Dec 31: The Nyishi Elite Society (NES) East Kameng district unit today appealed the citizens of East Kameng, West Kameng and Assam to give any information about Dr. Okit Peyang,  MO Bana PHC of East Kameng district who is missing from Bana since December 20. NES unit also requested the district administration and police to put all efforts to trace out the missing doctor.


NIFCS  regrets typological error  

ITANAGAR, Dec 31: Nyishi Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society (NIFCS) has appealed public to treat the error in holiday sections of NIFCS Calendar 2014 as inadvertent typological error.

NIFCS has regretted that there was a typological error in NIFCS calendar, particularly in holiday section wherein the Nyishi community of Lower Subansiri and Upper Subansiri districts, who celebrates Boori Boot Yullo, have been written as Hills Miri within bracket.

The NIFCS informed that after Constitutional Amendment Act 2008 passed by Indian Parliament all the Nyishi brethren of five districts of Arunachal Pradesh which were earlier wrongly called as ‘Dafla’ and ‘Hills Miri’ or by other names by the outsiders are now simply known as Nyishi which is original and indigenous word.



ITANAGAR, Dec 31: Responding to a demand made by AKKDYO for shifting of FCI depot from Ziro to Koloriang, the Kurung Kumey district authority has clarified that the godown constructed at Koloring is not FCI godown but PDS godown constructed by state Govt. for PDS purpose which can also be used by FCI on rent.

Regarding shifting of the FCI depot from Ziro to Koloriang, the district administration has already written to FCI authority to establish separate FCI base depot for Kurung Kumey district within the district. At present the base depot of Kurung Kumey and Lower Subansiri is at Ziro.

The newly established FCI depot lacks infrastructure facilities like weighment machine, storage and labour problem etc for which the two districts is facing hardship in drawl of PDS food-grain in every month in stipulated time, the release said.

APL rice allocation to district during the month of Nov/2013 was 2860 qtls including H/L areas out of which only 1250.07 were lifted and 1609.93 qtls lapsed due to non-available of stock, it said. Establishment of separate FCI base depot for Kurung Kumey district will immensely beneficial to people and will help administration for easy control and perfect distribution of PDS items, the release added.


News Impact

Many new projects in the pipeline: Governor

ITANAGAR, Dec 31: Many projects will be completed and lots of new projects are in the pipeline in the  year 2014 in Arunachal Pradesh, said  Governor Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma while extending warm greetings and good wishes to every citizen of Arunachal Pradesh on the festive occasion of New Year. He expressed his hope that the joyous occasion will usher in peace and prosperity in the state.

Looking forward optimistically in the New Year, Governor said while health and education shall continue to be priority sectors, special focus will be laid on harnessing the energies of the youth in motivating them towards self-employment as it was done in a big way in 2013. Tourism, Agriculture and its allied sectors, hydropower and development in border areas will be sectors of special priorities.     

While stating that the New Year festivity brings new hopes and opportunities, Governor called upon the people to commit towards a happier and healthier society. He urged upon them to start the year with a clear vision, new strength and renewed commitment in taking Arunachal Pradesh to new heights of development and prosperity and to pledge to provide every citizen, the youth in particular, their rights to education, health care, equal opportunity to excel, to express his or her opinion and the ultimate freedom from want.

Governor appealed to the people to share the optimism that they will rise above personal differences and take on the challenges to realize their dreams and give shapes to their aspirations.

In his New Year message, Governor said that the year 2013 has been a promising phase in the development history of our Frontier State. The year saw many first ever initiatives, which include maiden visit of President of India, and address to Legislative Assembly, Job Mela cum skill Development Rally, Arunachal Film Festival, Meen Mahotsava,  and election for municipality election, North East Expedition to Mount Everest and the International Tourism Mart held at Tawang. The year also saw inauguration of many important infrastructure projects and foundation stones laid for several institutions in different parts of the State, including College of Agriculture at Pasighat and Model Degree College at Basar. The State has witnessed an increased pace in the implementation of various projects of PM’s package. Launching of National Food Security Ordinance, 24 days exposition of Buddha’s relics and felicitation of 1962 Martyrs’ families were some of the other important events of the year.

Governor further said that the successful and peaceful conduct of both the Panchayat and Municipality Elections is a testimony to the belief of the people of Arunachal Pradesh in strong democratic traditions of the country.

Highlighting sporting accomplishment, Governor said that winning of medals by Miss Maselo Mihu, Miss Sorang Yumi, P.Nobin Jomoh, Jimjang Deru and Lalu Taku in the national and international sports arenas, conquest of Mount Everest by Nima Lama and Tame Bagang are some of significant achievements of the year.

Emphasizing on team spirit, Cheif Minister Nabam Tuki called upon the people of the state to be partner of development in the state.

In his new year message, while disclosing his goal for 2014, the CM said that he would rededicate his heart and soul for the welfare of each district, each community, each religion, each family and each individual of his state. “The seeds of development and new initiatives for welfare and well being of all classes of people have been put in place in the last two years. My goal is to see these being implemented in the truest sense. This year will be another step forward in creating new opportunities for all to lead a happy and prosperous life,” the message read.

“My commitment to provide a people friendly government to the citizens will continue with renewed vigour,” the  CM added.



Stretcher only way to lift patient in Payum circle’

ITANAGAR, Dec 31: The medieval system of lifting serious patients in stretcher to hospital is still prevailing in many parts of the state. Many patients of remote and inaccessible area die before reaching to the nearest health centre due to lack of transportation facility.

Payum circle under Rumgong assembly constituency in West Siang district is one of those areas where stretcher is the only way to lift patients to hospital due to non-existence of road communication, said Tarut Pari, president, AYC Rumgong.

Payum is about 130 km from district headquarters Aalo. It is also one of the remotest villages in West Siang where the fruit of development is yet to be reached, said Pari. He demanded the authority concerned to provide an ambulance to Payum PHC at the earliest so that patients suffering from serious illness can be lifted to other places for better treatment. He also urged the authority to provide satellite phone service in the area.



Miscreants open fire on car at Nampong, PR leaders, org condemn attempt on life

TANAGAR, Dec 31: Two unidentified persons opened fire on the car of one Agam Mossang, in which he was travelling along with his friend, near Nongthey village, Nampong at around 8.30 pm on December 29.

Miscreants fired atleast four to five rounds of bullet indiscriminately. Though Mossang narrowly escaped unhurt, bullet kissed his friend’s body, Jairampur Police said.

Police along with Assam Rifles personnel rushed to Nognthey village and took stock of the situation.

Meanwhile, the Panchayat leaders and public of Jairampur and Nampong strongly condemned the attempt on life of Mossang by unidentified persons. They appealed to the law enforcing authorities and district administration to ensure safety and security of innocent people of the area and also demanded immediate arrest of the culprit involved in the incident.

Changlang District Redressal Forum (CDRF) highly condemned the incident and urged the district administration and police department to immediately nab the culprits. The Forum urged public to fight against such acts and cooperate with the investigating agency to bring the culprit to book. It also urged the police and Assam Rifle to intensify patrolling in the area to boost the morale of the villagers.



Drug peddlers nabbed, opium seized in Changlang

CHANGLANG, Dec 31: In a major achievement a team of security personnel led by Changlang SP Vijay Kumar nabbed two drug peddlers and seized 10.5 kg of opium from Nampong area of Changlang district yesterday.

The security forces intercepted the peddlers when the big quantity of opium was being smuggled from Myanmar to Ledo in Assam in a Santro car. Later  the  police arrested the drug peddlers identified as Langhang Hamen, 33, residence of Myanmar and another Miwang Botey, 33, residence of New Khamdu Village under Jairampur police station and also seized   opium along with the car from their possession. A case was registered under NDPS Act and Foreigner Act against the accused.  Police remand of the accused is being sought for further investigation.  Seizure of such a huge quantity of opium is  really a big success for security forces.

It is worth mentioning here that earlier in the month of July last a huge quantity of opium (approx. 5 KG) was also seized at Namdang check gate which was also smuggled from Myanmar.

In Changlang district all out efforts are being made by the police department and District administration to flush out  the drug peddlers and prevent this menace of drug culture and smuggling. Apart from organizing meeting with Gao Burahs, public leaders, seminars, de-addiction camps, etc, enforcement of law is being ensured in fullest. In this year a total number of 45 cases were registered under NDPS Act wherein 57 persons were arrested. Also 15 accused were convicted by the courts. DIPRO Changlang



PPA for spl package for least developed tribes

ITANAGAR, Dec 31: A strong, united and progressive Arunachal with peace and communal harmony all around can only be possible if all the tribes and sub tribes following different faiths and settled in different pockets of the state are equally developed.

Addressing the State and District Executive members at Party Office Naharlagun, Nikh Kamin President PPA stated that at present there are more than 75 smaller tribes and sub tribes who are living in a state of nature with rudimentary life style and subsistence economy. “The participation of these tribes in Govt jobs, schemes and the fruits of developments coming in their way are almost negligible. The reasons for such a lag, according to Kamin, is the absence of any visionary policy by the ruling Congress meant for upliftment of the weakest of the ethnic group or groups of the state.

“The unfortunate and the most deprived groups are Nah Tagins of Upper Subansiri, the Bokars, the Ramos, the Pailibos and the Boris of West Siang District, the Ashings and the Tangams of Upper Siang, the Idu Mishmis of Upper Dibang Valley,  the Akas, the Mijis, the Sartangs,the Brokpas and the Buguns of West Kameng, the Puroiks of East Kameng, Kurung Kumey and Papum Pare Districts, the Tangsas, the Lisus and the Singphos of Changlang District, the Noktes, the Wanchos, and the  Tutsas of Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts, the Meyors, the Yobins, the Mijus and the Digaru Mishmis of Anjaw and Lohit districts.”

According to Laeta Umbrey, the Congress in its long 38 years of rule had never bothered to enact any policy meant for uplifting the economic, political and social status of such groups and as a result they continue to remain in the bottom rung of the ladder.

According to Tsering Naksang the Party Spokesman, the Human Resource Development indices of these groups in terms of literacy, health, purchasing power and in Govt jobs are almost negligible in comparison to few advanced groups.

Agreeing with the findings of the academic and research cell of the party, Laeta Umbrey the Chief Ministerial Candidate stated that if PPA comes to power in 2014 Parliament and Assembly Elections, a comprehensive Govt policy shall be drawn with emphasis on providing especial financial package to each of the backward groups initially for a period of the ten years and shall also contemplate ten years reservation policy in Govt jobs, educational institutions etc. The financial package shall address the basic needs of their existence such as food, shelter and clothing and also emphasize on providing medical needs as well as especial stipends, scholarships etc to the students of the backward community.  



Arunachal witnesses rape incidents, boundary row in 2013

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Dec 31: The 2013 will be remembered with mixed feeling by the people of Arunachal Pradesh. The year witnessed considerable rise in crime against women across the state.  The most shocking of all is the alleged rape of 14 minor girls by the hostel warden at a private school in Likabai, West Siang district. The incident was a wake-up call for the people of state, who have so much faith in private schools that at times they tend to, ignore cries of their own children. Even the lone university of state RGU was tainted with charges of sexual related offence. A group of students lodged complaint against a professor alleging him of sexual assault which had badly damaged the image of RGU.

The contentious Assam-Arunachal boundary issue continued to remain major newsmaker throughout the year. The Supreme Court-appointed Local Boundary Commission headed by retired justice Tarun Chatterjee this year visited disputed boundary areas like Kimin, Tarasso, Likabali. However in a shocking turn of event just after the visit of the Commission, the people of Assam with tacit support of their local administration carried out massive encroachment inside Arunachal territory at Tarasso.  This incident once again soured the relation between people of two neighbouring states.

 The Nabam Tuki-led state government came in for some praises for controlling bandh culture. “The present government must be appreciated for containing the menace of bandh culture by the so-called social organizations and pressure groups, especially in capital complex,” said Dr Nani Bath, noted political analyst and HoD of Political Science department, Rajiv Gandhi University.

This year government of Arunachal Pradesh created lot of job opportunities with massive number of hiring been done in education sector and Arunachal Pradesh Police. However the continuing reliance of youth on government sector for job is worrying the social pundits of state.

In order to address this serious concern, the Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh conducted 3-day Job Mela-cum-Skill Development Interview Rally which was conducted by Department of Industries in collaboration with 28 vocational Training providers (VTPs) in the month of August at Indira Gandhi Park, Itanagar. However opposition parties claimed that job mela was eye wash and waste of public money.  Till today nobody knows whether job mela was success or failure?

The year 2013 also marked the entry of private universities in the state education sector. Some of them are Arunachal University of Studies (Namsai), Indira Gandhi Technological and Medical Science University (Ziro), Venkateshwara Open University and The Himalayan University (Both in Itanagar) and Apex Professional University at Pasighat. Sharing his concern over this, Dr Nani Bath says, “A very disturbing trend in the education sector has been that of the entry of private parties in higher education. Private universities, controlled tacitly by some corrupt politicians, will only contribute to quantitative education in the state.”

 After a long gap, the year 2013 witnessed dormant opposition political parties taking active part in raising concern of ordinary citizen. Be it BJP, NCP or PPA all of them have finally managed to catch imagination of public. This was the year when for the first time People's Party of Arunachal (PPA) filed an petition seeking disqualification of four former NCP legislators, who defected to Congress last year, under the anti-defection law of the Constitution. The case is still awaiting the outcome.

For a state like ours where over-night change of political loyalty has often frustrated voters in the past, this move by PPA was welcome by every likeminded citizens of state.

In another history making moment, PPA announced Laeta Umbrey, a popular leader and sitting MLA, as the party's chief ministerial candidate for the 2014 Assembly elections. The decision surprised many but political pundits have welcomed this new move.

“In political front, the declaration of CM's candidate by PPA will go a long way in the political history of Arunachal Pradesh. It has the potential to broaden the democratic political culture of the people, who otherwise are parochial and establishment-centric,” says Dr Nani Bath.

This year state capital witnessed major bank robbery case. The back to back robbery incidents in the month of December sent shockwave among denizens of capital.

As the state readies to welcome New Year, law and order issue, lack of employment opportunities, nagging Assam-Arunachal boundary issue and rampant corruption are some of the major issue which have to be addressed properly by state government.

As 2014 will be election year with Lokh Sabha and Assembly election due, the politicians and political parties will be under intense scrutiny of people of Arunachal Pradesh.



Donyi-Polo Day’ celebrated with religious fervor


PASIGHAT, Dec 31: The members of Donyi-Polo Yelam Kebang (DPYK) today celebrated ‘Donyi-Polo Day’ at their concerning Ganggings with religious fervour. Hundreds of people including the young school children wearing traditional dress gathered at Siying Gangging at GTC, Pasighat this morning to celebrate day.

The day-long celebration at GTC Gangging started with hoisting of Donyi-polo flag, Taku Tabat (ceremonial opening), which was followed by congregational prayer, meeting and cultural programme.

Addressing the occasion the chief councilor of Pasighat Municipal Council Denong Tamuk said the traditional knowledge of the indigenous tribes is based on experiences passed on from generation to generation. He urged the people to preserve their own religious ethos rather than creating a conflict with other religious groups.

Responding a memorandum submitted by the organizers seeking fund for construction of a ‘Multi-Cultural Hall’, the chief councilor had instructed the councilor concerned to prepare estimate and to move for State Consolidated Fund. He donated some amounts to DPYK to conduct their organizational activities.

Chief adviser of DPYK (GTC) Jaru Dai in his address said that Donyi-poloism is concerned with the ancient practices of the tribal communities and it bears an objective to unite the tribal groups living in country. He stressed on the need of awareness among the tribal communities about the improved religious practices.

Earlier, welcoming the participants and invited guest,secretary of DPYK (GTC) Dana Moyong said the celebration provides opportunity for better understanding of the traditional believes and to motivate the young group for honest and positive engagement.

State’s education minister Bosiram Siram and union minister Ninong Ering , who have visited Siying Gangging during the celebration appealed the people to maintain unity and brotherhood among different groups irrespective of caste, creed and religion. The duo leader whished the people for a prosperous New Year in 2014, prayed almighty God for their well beings.

Among others, principal of JN College T Talom, RSS activist hailed from Maharashtra, Er Himant Kadre along with a host of workers of Arunachal Vikash Parishad, Municipal Councilors of Pasighat and local media persons were also attended the occasion.

Report of Donyi-polo Day celebration has been poured from Yagrung, Rani, Sille, Mirem, Ruksin areas of East Siang district.

Donyi-Polo day at Padu

The Donyi Polo day was celebrated with traditional fervour today at Padu village under Upper Siang. Attending as the chief guest at the celebration, Mariyang-Mopom Anchal chairperson, Yanggo Tayeng called upon the members of the Donyi Polo Gangging to peacefully maintain the age old traditional beliefs and aspects. Folk songs and dances were performed by the Gangging youth marking the occasion.    



Gold medalist Bagra retires from Govt service

ITANAGAR, Dec 31: Tape Bagra, an IAS officer, Commissioner Tax & Excise cum Divisional Commissioner (East) and Joint Secretary to the Cabinet has retired from the service here today.  Bagra’s superannuation came after 36 years long successful inning in the service. He was given farewell by tribal officers and colleagues and staffs in a glittering function held at Hotel Ashoka on Monday.

Bagra first joined the Education Department as a Junior Teacher in 1977, thereafter became a Senior Teacher and later a Lecturer. He then joined the State Civil Service (APCS-II) as an Extra Assistant Commissioner in 1981 before being inducted into the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) with service seniority of 1992. During his service tenure he has served the state in different capacities as EAC (Ziro), EAC (Thrizino), ADST/DDST (Mohanbari), DST (Rowriah- Jorhat), Genl. Manager (State Transport- Naharlagun), DC (Itanagar), DC (Changlang), Resident Commissioner (AP-Bhawan, N/Delhi), Director (ATI), RCS (Naharlagun), and Spl. Secretary,  State Protocol Officer and Commissioner to government of AP in various department. He is also a highly awarded officer having received the state Gold Medal on two occasions.

Recognizing his immense contribution to the state of Arunachal Pradesh, the officers conveyed their deep sense of appreciation and honoured him on the occasion. They also wished Bagra similar success in his post retirement life.



RP Anand scholarship for Tilu Linggi

ROING, Dec 31: Tilu Linggi, a resident of Lower Dibang Valley district pursuing his Master of Laws (LLM) from National Law University and Judicial Academy, Guwahati has been selected as the recipient of 2014 RP Anand Scholarship.

He was selected from the list of top ten finalists along with Shivika Choudhary from National Law School of India University, Bangalore. The scholarship is aimed at students pursuing their post graduate studies in International Law and is valued at Rs 60000.

The RP Anand Scholarship was founded by RP Anand Virtual Centre of International Law (VCIL). The creation of the RP Anand VCIL is inspired by the life, teachings and writings of Late Prof. RP Anand.

He was one of the pioneers of Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL), and is widely recognized and respected as a spokesman of the Third World views on the subject.

Law students from various law schools like NALSAR university of Law, Hyderabad, Westminst University, London, Jimma University, Ethiopia, University of Tehran, South Asian University had applied for this year’s scholarship.

Through the support of the scholarship, Linggi aspires to become an academician and an expert with an objective of contributing more towards conflict resolution mechanism. This is because he comes from a place which is prone to conflicts.

Linggi had earlier interned with National Human Rights Commission, New Delhi and works with the community based organizations Mishmi Scholars Association (MSA) and Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society (IMCLS).



In love you live without any complaint:  Swamiji

Anu Bhawan a New Year gift to Apnes

WAKRO, Dec 31: Swami Sri Sri Anubhavananda Saraswati inaugurated the Anu Bhawan, an auditorium cum multipurpose hall in an impressive function here on December 25 last . The Bhawan is dedicated to the Apnes by young leaders from Assam, namely, Vivek Raj Singh, Divya, Vasundhara, Vipul Raj, Damini, Dharini and Dhruv Raj of Laipuli, (Assam) in memory of their grandparents Late Prabha and Devraj Singh.

Speaking on the occasion Swami Anu said “I am here because I love you all. You must all discover the joy of love. When you love you don’t complain, Never give up, pursue your initiatives with determination, Starting and giving up quick is cowardice. We must never be under the grip of momentary inspiration. We must carry on, work hard and enjoy the blissful results of consistency.”

The project for the Apnes was recommended by Swamiji during his last visit to Arunachal in September 2012. Accordingly corporate leaders Deepa Singh, Vandana Singh, Deven Singh and Virendra Singh initiated and did all that was necessary to construct a sound and state of the art facility for the Apnes. The saint appreciated the contributors for the gesture.

Maj Gen Ashok Ambre, GOC of 2 Mountain Division and Jt. Commissioner of Delhi Police Robin Hibu, also appreciated the generosity of the contributors.

Deven Singh lauded both Swamiji for his guidance in education field and also lauded the Anu Shiksha Seva Trust saying, “all members associated with creating the Anu Bhawan have great respect and regard for the good work that the ASSET is doing for the society.”

Deputy Commissioner Rajeev Takuk, Tezu appreciated the good work done by Deepa and Deven Singh and said  auditorium cum multipurpose indoor sports hall will not only serve as a sporting infrastructure but will remain as a profound contribution in the development of education in rural Arunachal Pradesh.

Dakto Riba, EAC, Wakro also lauded the corporate leaders for the generous contribution and also appreciated the   construction agencies/team who made this dream come true in reality.

The Apnes presented cultural program for the saint and the friends from Assam to mark the occasion.

Meanwhile, Deepa Singh and Vandana Singh inaugurated the Maiyya Shanta Hostel for girls in the presence of Sri Sri Anu Swamiji, Kenbom Nyodu, EAC and Sub Inspector Thomas Pertin. Gajanan Sriram Tamhan conveyed the blessings of the saintly mother Maiyya Shanta of Amravati to the delight of Apnes and all in the ASSET. Maiyya’s blessings will always be there for all selfless service efforts in Wakro of Arunachal, he added.

ASSET appreciated Savita Nagananda, Bibha Bhattacharjee, Indraneel Bhattacharjee, Prakash Khandekar and Nivedita Khandekar for the help and assistance rendered for the construction of Maiyya Shanta Hostel.

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Dear Editor,

 This is in reference to the news item published in your esteemed daily dated 28/12/2013 under the headline “ THE DILEMMA OF APRB” , we would like to clarify as under:-

1. As per the  RRBs (Appointment & Promotion of Officers & Employees) Rules, 2010,the Written Test  for the  recruitment of personnel  in RRB is done centrally through CWE (RRBs) conducted by IBPS, Mumbai, on the same day twice in a year. There is a minimum qualifying mark for different categories of candidate and the candidates who have got the minimum qualifying marks are eligible to apply for interview/ viva voce.

2. On the basis of advertisement released in the Employment News/ Websites/ Rozgar Samachar and local dailies by the RRBs as per vacancies available to them, a candidate who has scored cut-off marks in written examination is eligible to apply to any of the RRBs Pan India. Final selection is made on the basis of a merit list prepared by taking the marks obtained in written examination and viva voce. Therefore, the recruitment in RRB primarily depends on competitive marks obtained in written examination.

3. So far as the reservation of post in different categories is concerned, it is the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions (Department of Personnel & Training), GoI, who stipulates the percentage of reservation for ST, SC and OBC candidates for all Public Sector Banks and other Financial Institutions.

4. The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection(IBPS), Mumbai is conducting a free Pre Examination Training (PET) for the benefit of weaker sections of the society, viz. STs, SCs, OBCs & other minority communities for 6(six) days. In our recent recruitment drive, there was a free PET for the STs, SCs, OBCs and other minority communities’ candidates conducted by IBPS, Mumbai through APRB. Hundreds (100s) of candidates have applied for the PET in their application, but, unfortunately, only half a dozen of candidates have attended the PET. We hope that in the forth coming CWE (RRBs) all local ST candidates of the state would opt for PET conducted free of cost  by IBPS and take the benefits of training so that  more and more local candidates are absorbed in APRB.

5. Unlike other states, Arunachal Pradesh does not have any good Coaching Institute particularly for Bank Examinations. That is also one of the reasons why the local candidates from Arunachal Pradesh fail to compete with the candidates from other states, where such Coaching Institutes are growing like mushrooms. We also encourage such institutions in Arunachal Pradesh with experienced faculties so that our local candidates can take the advantages of the Coaching Institutes and come out with high scoring weightage of marks to compete with the candidates from other States.



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Release stipend at the earliest

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed daily, I on behalf of the all under graduate students of Dera Natung Govt. College (DNGC), Itanagar would like to request Director of Higher and Technical Education, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh to release the stipend of the students immediately. The delay in disbursing of the stipend has created lots of problems for students as our hopes and aspirations are associated with the same. The most of the students from this institution belong to poor family background. Further, the students from the far-flung areas depend on the stipends to solve any domestic problems. All these hopes are going to be in vain unless the stipends are released in due time. As such, I request the competent authority to release the stipend without further delay in this session.


Nabam Neme

DNGC, Itanagar.






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TTMSLFT should be organized in more professional way

The preparations for the 13th Tadar Tang Memorial State Level Football Tournament (TTMSLFT), 2013-14 scheduled to be held at Rajiv Gandhi stadium, Naharlagun from January 11 to 20 is going on in full swing. Altogether, 13 teams, including Lower Subansiri, Kurung Kumey, Tawang, East Kameng, Papum Pare, Upper Subansiri, Lohit, West Siang, Upper Siang, Lower Dibang Valley, East Siang, Anjaw and Capital Complex are participating in the tournament which will be played in league cum knock-out format.

Tadar Tang Memorial State Level Football Tournament is the most popular state level sporting events. This tournament provides platform to the budding football stars to showcase their raw talent. Despite being a popular event, the tournament had its share of trouble in the past.  The disciplinary issue is major cause of concern. The violent clashes among players and between player-crowd have taken away some sheen from this superbly executed tournament. However it heartening to know that from this year onwards, the organizer has decided to introduce dope testing of players as part of tournament. They have also decided to request AIFF to depute a set of referees, preferably from Meghalaya or Manipur, for smooth conduct of the state’s top soccer tournament. Hopefully the coming Tadar Tang Memorial State Level Football Tournament will be organized professionally, so that soccer lovers can enjoy to the fullest.



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