January 10

TDBA to organize first state level boxing C’ship in Khonsa

ITANAGAR, Jan 09: Tirap District Boxing Association (TDBA) will organize the first State Level Senior and Sub-Junior Men Boxing Championship at Khonsa from January 17 to 20.


Fire guts 2 houses

ITANAGAR, Jan 9: Two houses were reduced to ashes in a fire incident at Medical Colony, Seppa today early morning.  

Property worth lakhs of rupees were damaged when the raging fire engulfed the houses that belonged to Nishum Natung and Chabing Natung.  

Meanwhile, the Every Concern Citizen of East Kameng has urged the authority concern to assess the loss and extend immediate relief package to the fire victims.


1 killed during hunting, AMSU demands arrest of accused

ITANAGAR, Jan 9: Claiming that one Gyamar Naga/Tama was shot dead by his partner during a hunting expedition on January 3 last in the forest area of Old Mengio village, the All Mengio Students’ Union (AMSU) has sought the intervention of the district administration to trace out the accused who is on the run since the incident.

In a release, asking the administration to arrest the culprit within 2-3 days it also demanded to put blanket ban on hunting.

Further stating that the incident was an example of no administration in the area, it asked the district administration to give stern direction to the CO to stay in the posting area.


APDA demands inquiry into doctor’s death

ITANAGAR, Jan 9: Arunachal Pradesh Doctors’ Association (APDA) has expressed grief and sorrow after hearing the news that the body of Dr. Okit Peyang (32) has been recovered on January 7 after 18 days from the day he went missing at Bana.

While appreciating the district administration, police, army, para-military forces, public and well wishers for making all out effort to find the missing doctor, APDA appealed to the State Government to conduct a proper inquiry into the circumstances that led to death of Dr. Peyang.


1 found dead in Dumporijo


Daporijo, Jan 9: One Jelo Nayam aged 35 was found dead in a mysterious condition near Subansiri River at Dumporijo today morning.

Being informed, Dumporijo police rushed to the spot and recovered the body from the bank of the river.

Meanwhile, the relatives of the deceased have lodged a complaint with Dumporijo police station against a suspect.

The body has been sent for postmortem and the cause of the death can only be ascertained after post mortem report, Dumporijo OC said.

Meanwhile, police launched investigation.


Third DLMC meeting held at Longding

KHONSA, Jan 9: The 3rd District Level Monitoring Committee (DLMC) meeting of Longding District was held in the Conference Hall of the Deputy Commissioner, Longding on January 7. The Committee held discussion on the progress of various schemes under SPA, NLCPR, DoTCL, ACA, BADP, PM’s Package and other Centrally Sponsored Schemes pertaining to Longding District.

The Chairman of the DLMC Repo Ronya  briefed about the importance of the DLMC meeting. He told the work departments to  attend such meeting whenever it  is called for. He also suggested to form committees including the Deputy Commissioner himself and other departments for physical inspection of such project in the site during the holidays  ie. Saturday and Sunday to physically assess the progress instead of discussing  on papers. He urged the work department to complete the projects in the given  time and  also told the departments to keep him informed about the local issues and problems while implementing the projects.

Administrative Officers, ZPMs, EE WRD Longding/ Tirap  EE RWD Longding/Tirap, AEs RWD/WRD/Power/PHED ) and DPO i/c Longding  attended the meeting.  DIPRO


IPC, group discussion on NRDWP held

ITANAGAR, Jan 9: Interpersonal Communication (IPC) and group discussion to generate awareness among villagers about National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) were organized by PHE Department, Aalo supported by Assembly Youth Congress Committee, Rumgong at Molo covering four villages namely Hio, Molo, Dupu and Row.

Attending the programme, Toni Ette, EE, PHE, Aalo briefed the villagers on proper sanitation and good health and hygiene practices to prevent various water borne diseases. He requested the Panchayat leaders to organize such awareness programmes from time to time for the welfare of the villagers.

Rumgong AYC president Tarut Pari and Payum anchal chairperson Yaki Taring thanked PHED for organizing the awareness campaign in those remote villages.


Training on departmental coordination

ITANAGAR, Jan 9: A two days workshop on Inter Departmental Coordination and Effectiveness began today at ATI, Naharlagun.

It is being attended at 12 nos of senior level officers from various line departments in the rank of AEs/EEs/DDs/JDs/Directors representing 10 departments.

Speaking on the occasion, secretary corporation/labour Garima Gupta called on the participants to work in close coordination for effective delivery of public service.

Resource persons for the programme include Director, higher and technical education, Dr Joram Begi, SP, PHQ Hibu Tamang, Director, Training, Pema Tsetan and Director, NIT, Yupia Dr CT Bhunia.


Orientation prog

ITANAGAR, Jan 9: An orientation programme for the newly recruited Assistant Professors will be organized at Golden Jubilee Banquet Hall here on January 16 next.


ZAYF pleads for bank’s security  measures

ITANAGAR, Jan 9: Pointing out that the Arunachal Pradesh Rural Bank, Yachuli branch which was looted off Rs. 8, 28, 020 on Jan 7 last do not have any CCTV installed and no security provision in its premise, the Ziro-II Anticorruption Youth Forum (ZAYF) has asked the Lower Subansiri DC to direct the bank officials to provide CCTV and security personnel in the bank branch.

In its letter, it said, it would have been easier for the police to trace out the culprits involved in the loot if the bank had CCTV installed.


DCU demands eviction of encroachers

ITANAGAR, Jan 9: East Kameng District Cooperative Union (DCU) has demanded immediate eviction of illegal encroachment of land allotted to Co-operative /LAMPS of East Kameng district.

Due to illegal encroachment of land by unauthorized persons, the co-operative/LAMPS are facing problem in re-operating and renovation of old co- operatives/LAMPS and construction of new co-operative stores etc, the DCU’s memorandum submitted to the East Kameng the Deputy Commissioner, said. While demanding immediate restoration/renovation of old co-operative/LAMPS within the district, the memorandum said that due to irregular rates of PDS items, people of East Kameng are facing lots of problems which has affected day to day life of general public.

The DCU also demanded to vacate all the illegally occupied quarters belonging to the Department of Cooperative to accommodate its own staff, who are staying at rent houses, tourist lodges etc.


‘Maintain uniformity’

ITANAGAR, Jan 9: The Apatani Students’ Union (ASU) has alleged Ziro Division Power Department of indulging in pick and choose policy while carrying out electricity disconnection in Ziro/Hapoli area.

In its seven days ultimatum given to the Superintending Engineer for maintaining uniformity in the disconnection, it said, “it has been revealed from the RTI document that many of the bureaucrats as well as HOD’s government quarters have heavy outstanding bills, yet they were not included in the list of the houses for electricity disconnection’ adding that it will resort to democratic movement if the demand is not fulfilled.


NCP for early development of infra

ITANAGAR, Jan 9: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Arunachal Pradesh has appealed to the authority concerned of East Kameng district to start developing infrastructure for the Polytechnic College and VKV School under Chayangtajo assembly constituency.

Lamenting that infrastructure development activity for the two educational institutions has not been started even after completion of all formalities, the party’s state general secretary Barish Bagang urged the authority to immediately start construction activities for the betterment of the students of the district in particular and state as a whole.


Sanitation prog launched at Darak

AALO, Jan 9: Individual Household Latrine scheme under Nirmal Bharat  Abhiyan (NBA) was launched in whole of Darak Circle through a demonstration-cum-distribution of materials at Darak Camp under overall supervision of the Circle Officer, Lijum Ete yesterday.

It was through his coordination with PHE &WS and support from PRI leaders that the scheme could be initiated in a massive scale at one go. The demonstration was done by Er. Konya Lollen, JE, PHE & WS, who imparted the technical know-how. On the occasion, CO Darak, enlightened the public about the benefits of good latrine facility and urged them to complete the construction of individual latrine by the end of February month. He issued an executive order for timely completion of the scheme and directed all HGBs, GBs  and Bango Secretary to monitor the progress of the scheme.

It was also the first major initiative for the present PRI members under the leadership of AS

Chairperson Yayir Boje. The public appreciated the efforts of Circle Administration, PHE &WS, PRI leaders and assured that they would timely complete the scheme. DIPRO


News Impact

Need of the hour is action, says CS

ZIRO, Jan 9: “The need of the hour is action; plans should not be confined to the boardrooms. It should be implemented in the respective fields”, said state’s chief secretary H K Paliwal while interacting with  the HoDs of all the departments of Lower Subansiri district today. The CS was at Ziro  to take stock of the various developmental activities and schemes sponsored by the state as well as the central Govts.

Citing Ziro as a future tourist hotspot he stressed on speeding up the construction of ALG at Old Ziro. “This would bring about all round economic development to the district, as the inflow of tourist would increase. Medical emergencies can also be dealt efficiently and timely”, he added.

Expressing concern on the prevailing practice of absenteeism by some teachers, he advised the DDSE to make routine as well as surprise inspections and deal strongly with the erring teachers.

He stressed on 100 per cent  survey, billing and clearance of outstanding electricity bills of private consumers. “Power theft should be positively reported and dealt strongly with,” he said.

He stressed on collaboration between the Agriculture and WRD department to draw up an irrigation plan in Ziro plateau to encourage multiple or double cropping. He stressed on adoption of Community fencing wherein a group of agriculture land owners can collectively erect fencings with assistance from the govt. to keep away animals from destroying the crops/vegetables etc.

Ziro can be the vegetable bowl of the state, he added.

He also informed that  Rs 3744 lacs has been sanctioned under Ministry of Urban Development  for Construction of Road network and Parking places at Ziro  and implored upon the concerned authority to immediately start planning and expressed hope to see new and better roads in Ziro-Hapoli township in future.

Citing example of houses being built by UD Dept under IAY scheme in Roing in just 1.05 lacs, he exhorted the officers present to be creative and innovative and make optimal use of the funds allotted.

The departments of Labour and Employment and Industries were advised to follow up skill development programs initiated by the govt. and encourage the youths to take up self employment. Craft centers under Textile and Handicraft dept. should be proactive in training for self employment. The dept should be in touch with the trainees through a continuous feedback process and guide them.  

“Justify the salary that you draw by giving service to the people. We are the chosen few by god to serve the people”, Paliwal added and appealed all the HoDs to work sincerely and devotedly to speed up the development process in the state. The meeting was also attended by Zilla Chairperson Hage Kobin.

Later he visited the District Hospital and interacted with the doctors and nurses on duty and assured an ambulance for the hospital. He also visited the site for the construction of the mini-secretariat and the ALG. DIPRO



3-day eye surgery camp begins

AALO, Jan  9: Altogether 400 eye patients have registered their names for the check-up and treatment on day one of  the  three days free eye screening cum surgery camp  at District Hospital Aalo today. The  eye surgery camp is being organized by  Lok Sabha Youth Congress and Assembly Youth Congress, 31-Aalo East in collaboration with R.K. Mission Hospital, Itanagar. Many more patients are likely to turn up for camp that will continue up to January 11.

Speaking on the occasion, Higam Ango, ZPM, Aalo East appreciated the effort of the Youth Congress for launching such an important programe to take medical benefits to the doorsteps of the needy villagers who cannot afford to go outside for treatment. She exhorted the doctors, paramedical staff and nurses to give their services to people and patients to avail the services rendered by doctors who have come all the way for their benefits. Most of the rural villagers are prone to eye ailments due to their traditional practice of cooking and sitting in the fire place most of the time and providing spectacles, treatment and surgery free of cost is a noble gesture, she said.

Gedo Kato, DCC  President and ZPM Kamba laid emphasis on post operation precautions that may lead to problems and appreciated the endeavour of RK Mission Hospital for organizing such camps from time to time at Aalo for the services of the people.

Nirmal Khadkar, LYC General Secretary and in-charge of West Siang disclosed that motive behind organizing the camp is to reach out to needy eye patients and provide spectacles free of cost to needy persons below poverty line who cannot afford it.

Monya Kamduk, President LYC Congress & AYC 31-Aalo East dwelt at length on aims and objectives behind the camp and termed it as an effort on the part of youth to come out for the cause of ailing eye patients and motivate the youth force of the district to divert their youthful energies in social reconstruction and welfare measures. DIPRO



PPA against privatization of education & health sectors

ITANAGAR, Jan 9: Claiming that more than 90 per cent of the public depend on services provided by Govt. run schools, colleges and University and in health sector, the PPA today  opposed the entry of  private players through MoU/MoA in both the sectors. “The policies of the ruling Govt. to enter into MOU/MOA with private players is a dangerous trend with negative ramifications. The so-called private public partnership policy framed without public debate and discussion were aimed at benefiting few policy makers and few capitalists from the wider society,” the party said.

Laeta Umbrey the Chief Ministerial Candidate of PPA stated that his party if comes to power in 2014 Parliament and Assembly Elections would thoroughly  review the existing  policy on education and health.

Apprehending the commercialization of the two sectors, Umbrey also pointed towards increasing instances of “selling of degree certificates in other states and also the unfortunate trends by scrupulous elements in medical field wherein the public health is converted into sickness and sickness into industries.”

Emphasizing and lauding the role of missionaries run by Christians, Hindus, Buddhists and NGOs and souls in spreading the wings of education and better health care facilities, Umbrey expressed the need for establishment of many other such socially and  spiritually motivated institution in various parts of the state.



Govt eager to help the genuine NGOs: Tuki

ITANAGAR, Jan 9: Arunachal Pradesh has been witnessing mushrooming of NGOs (registered and unregistered) but only few of them are genuinely working for the cause of the people. The state government was always willing to help NGOs working for the development of society and its people, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today said.  

Addressing the second foundation day of the Changtum Butte Charitable Society (CBCS) at Nyokum Lapang here this afternoon as a chief guest, Tuki expressed  his satisfaction over the assorted activities especially in promotion of socio-cultural activities in the Capital Complex taken up by the CBCS within a short span of time and assured to extend all possible help from his end.

“A voluntary organisation formed to bring positive changes in people’s life. We must not form it to harm anyone and impede developmental activities,” Tuki said, adding not only Govt but many individual and organisation would voluntarily chip in to help any NGOs genuinely working for the people.

Advocating popularisation of indigenous dialect, dance form, hymns and folklore as some of the ways to preserve traditional values, the CM disclosed that many foreign tourists visit the state to witness how deep rooted Arunachalees are to their age-old culture and tradition and others for research purpose. Thus culture tourism could be promoted in state’s interest, he added.

Strike a fine balance between maintaining tradition and modernity, suggested Lok Sabha (West) member Takam Sanjoy and added, “We need to strike a balance between our tradition and the changing times. We also need to contemplate on finding a way so that both flourish hand in hand for them to survive for the posterity.

Earlier, CBCS secretary Khyoda Tanik dwelt at length on works undertaken by the organisation in the last few years.

Bhuya (a form of dance), rikkam pada, indigenous songs from renowned singers, group dance from various communities and release of the calendar marked the occasion. Among a host of other dignitaries, Rajya Sabha member Mukut Mithi, Palin MLA Takam Pario, Itanagar Municipal Chief Councillor Higio Aruni and political secretary to CM Bamang Tago attended the function.



108 teams to conduct IPPI prog  in 113 booths in LDV

ROING, Jan 9: The first round of Intensive Pulse Polio Immunization 2014 is going to be held from January 19 to 22, informed Dr A Yirang, DMO Roing in a meeting held at DC’s Office Chamber here yesterday. DMO further said that as the IPPI involves massive mobilization of human resource and machineries in the form of vehicles, he sought the intervention and logistic support of the District Administration for successful conduct of the first round of IPPI Programme in the district.

Dr M Basar, DRCHO presented the Microplan of various health facilities of the district for first round of IPPI Programme through power point presentation. He informed that in the first round of IPPI, the district has a target population of 7533.  As per the microplan, total of 113 booths shall be put up through out the district forming 108 teams along with 15 transit teams at bus stations and terminals and 31 mobile teams to cover keti-kuti areas where population are scattered. Further informing that there are 22 High Risk Areas in the district, he placed the requirement of vehicles and man power before the chairman of the meeting cum DC Shiv Kumar.

Meanwhile, DC Shiv Kumar, who presided over the meeting, has assured full support and cooperation for successful conduct of the first round of IPPI 2014. He also requested the PRI and Public Leaders to extend their cooperation by disseminating the information among the masses so that not a single child below 5 years of age is missed out in the district.

While Sandeep Kumar Singh, Assistant Commissioner suggested that all the staff engaged in the Polio Booths especially those in Transit and Mobile Teams for administering polio drops must compulsorily wear apron, so that people recognizes them easily and voluntarily come forward to give their children the polio drops. DIPRO



District health society urges health centres to improve performance

ROING, Jan 9: The financial and physical achievement of various health programmes and facilities being implemented under DHS was discussed in a governing body meeting of the District Health Society (DHS) held at the DC’s chamber here yesterday.  

After a threadbare discussion, the house came to a conclusion that an additional ambulance in the district hospital is urgently needed for emergency service particularly in case of road accident as the road accident cases have increased in the district after the refurbishing of NH-37 and NH-52 resulting in number of casualties. It was also unanimously decided to make all efforts to provide the basic facilities of health checkups to various CHCs and PHCs of the district.  The reasons for non-functioning of the X–Ray machine and CT Scan Machine in the district hospital were also discussed elaborately and a separate committee to look into the possibilities for running the machines was formed accordingly.

The Deputy Commissioner cum Chairman of District Health Society Shiv Kumar urged the PHCs and CHCs to enhance their performance and also to ensure that people are served in their best possible ways. He also asked them to disseminate the information of various health programmes like Janani Suraksha Karyakarm (JSK)  to the people so that they can avail the benefit under such schemes.

Sipi Elapra Linggi, Zilla Chairperson, Raja Linggi, Anchal Chairperson Roing Block, Choya Miso, Anchal Chairperson Hunli-Desali Block were also present in the meeting besides HoDs, Administrative Officers, Medical Officers & other Staffs. DIPRO



Yamne River Festival to expose tourism potential

Onyok Pertin

Yamne, a stream originates from the mountain ranges bordering Singga, flows down between Dalbing and Peki-Modi, conjoins Sidip stream flowing between Mariyang and Milang and thereafter meeting with the YAMNE river flows down between GOBUK and DALBING. From there, the river continues its flow covering near about 120-km falls on SIANG RIVER at the Pongging confluence. Seeing the confluence of the Siang and Yamne an Adi traditional ballad is sung- “NGO KAATO AANE YAMNE ODUMEM NGO KAATO'. The main tributaries of the Yamne river are -- Sapyal, Yamme, Sidip, Sike, Siton, Sipong, Sipa, Siat, Sijon, Singer, Sike, Sitam, Sige, Sibe etc. The streams are perennial and don't disturb the surrounding areas.

The river is suited for fishing and angling activities and has tourist attractions of the river basin scenic beauties. It has hydro power potentiality. The villages located near the river and use it are – Peki-Modi, Milang, Dalbing, Mariyang, Damro, Adi-Pasi, Sikko, Bine, Padu, Sili on the left bank and Komkar, Geku, Sumsing, Sibum, Katan, Jeru and Pongging on the right bank.

Celebrating the festival is a kind of positive response to the nature by the human beings. It's an attempt to bring closer relationship to nature. River is a nature’s gift to human. The major usefulness of the river is the low-lying areas created by the river valley become the WRC paddy fields like YOYING, EYING, ERYING, LUYING, TAKSING, RUYING and others on which the life of the inhabitants depends. The water in the forms of irrigation channels of all the murmuring and enchanting streams provide fertility to the soil and the lands become highly productive and people become a self sufficient and self-reliant in rice and other food items.

With the active initiative of the local MLA and parliamentary Secretary J K Panggeng, the Tuki-led State government approved and granted sanction to celebrate the festival.

The sole objective of the festival is to showcase the tourism potentials of the area, mainly of the scenic beauty of the enchanting Yamne valley and beautiful hilly town of Mariyang located at an altitude of 1050 mtrs above sea level. Secondly, it is being organized to demonstrate the rich cultural heritage and also to expose hidden talents of the youths of the area in different fields like music, literary etc. It will also provide a common platform for the people belonging to different villages to promote brotherhood and harmony.

The two days celebration will start on January 20 at Mariyang in presence of large number of dignitaries.   (The writer is DIPRO, Upper Siang)



Awareness prog on conservation of wild edible plants

ITANAGAR, Jan 9: CSIR-North East Institute of Science & Technology Branch Itanagar in collaboration with Kamchilella Multi-purposes Co-operative Society Ltd.(KMCSL) Sagalee organized an awareness programme on conservation, cultivation and sustainable utilization of edible plants available in Arunachal Pradesh at Pech village, Sagalee yesterday.  About 60 villagers alongwith gaon burha, panchayat leaders, and society members  attended in the programme.

Addressing the gathering,  KMCSL chairperson Tana Yari  talked about the importance of wild edible plants of the state and requested all the villagers to conserve and cultivates these plants in large scale. Chandan Tamuly, Scientist in-charge, CSIR-NEIST Branch Itanagar delivered a talk on “conservation and sustainable utilization of wild edible plants”. He mentioned that Arunachal Pradesh is a store-house of wild edible plants having high nutritional values. These edible plants not only provide nutrition but it has medicinal value also. “If local people try to conserve and cultivate these plants it will not only provide health benefit but also generate  income for the rural people. Moreover, integration of these wild edible plants into agricultural system will not only protect biodiversity but also provide adequate food and contribute to the rural economy of the state.

Dr. B C Baruah, encouraged the villagers to cultivate these edible plants in large scale for socio-economic development of the state.

Mushroom cultivation training programme

Meanwhile, the CSIR-North East Institute of Science & Technology Branch and KMCSL jointly conducted training on “Cultivation of edible mushroom” for the villagers at the same venue yesterday.

Dr. B. C. Baruah demonstrated mushroom cultivation and highlighted the food value and commercial viability of mushroom cultivation. He said that these edible mushrooms have large number of micro and macro nutrients which are very essential for hour health. The protein content of the edible very high and it has lots of medicinal values. Dr. Baruah along with C. Tamuly distributed 30 number of mushroom spawns to the trainees for trial basis cultivation.



MoU signed for development of Wind Energy Project in Kerala

ITANAGAR, Jan 9: MoU for Development of Wind Energy Projects by NHPC in the State of Kerala was signed between NHPC and Govt. of Kerala on January 6 at Thiruvananthapuram.

RS Mina, Director (Personnel), NHPC and Dr Nivedita P Haran, Additional Chief Secretary, Power Department, Government of Kerala signed the agreement in the presence of Aryadan Mohammad, Minister of Power and Transport, Govt of Kerala. Senior officials from Kerala State Govt and NHPC Limited were also present on the occasion.

NHPC will develop grid interactive wind power project in Nallasingam and Kottathara sites in Pallakad district with a potential of 82 MW capacity. The project is expected to be completed over the next two years. Power generated from the project will be provided to the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) on rates fixed by the Electricity Regulatory Commission.

The wind farm in Kerala would be the first such venture of the NHPC which is in the process of diversification with new solar and wind power projects in various States.



Football and Volleyball tournament for CM’s trophy in EK

ITANAGAR, Jan 09: The constituency level football and volleyball tournament (men and women) for Chief Minister’s Trophy in East Kameng district got underway. The competition first began at Bana under 11th Seppa (West) Assembly constituency from 29th to 30th December last. All together four teams each for men & women in both football & volleyball from four circles headquarter had participated.

Kicking off the tournament Arunachal Pradesh Forest Cooperation Ltd Chairman cum local MLA Tani Loffa called upon the youths to adopt a particular game and excel it in district, state and National or International arena. Loffa also highlighted the current government’s efforts and gestures to promote games & sports and sportspersons.  

Encouraging the youths District Sports Officer Karbia Dodum urged the players to display their hidden talent while maintaining sportsman spirit.  Circle Officer cum BDO Bana Abu Taba also spoke on the occasion.

Panchayat leaders, students and faculties of government secondary school Bana attended the function.  

Meanwhile in Football for both men and women, Watte emerged victorious while in Volleyball Pijirang won in women and Bana emerged winner in men. The winning teams would represent the constituency in the district level competition slated to be held on 20 January next. Similar constituency level competition was also conducted at Bameng, the ADC headquarter on 4th to 5th January last.  The programe was attended by Topek Kakki, Circle Officer and ADC Incharge  Bameng  and  Block Development Officer, Khenewa  Kule Dada.

In the womens' football, Bameng thrashed Khenewa in tie-breaker. In women volleyball Bameng again won Khenewa to represent in the district level. However, Khenewa  lifted  the Men' volleyball.



Tang Memorial Football begins tomorrow

ITANAGAR, Jan 9: Preparations for the 13th Tadar Tang Memorial State Level Football Tournament beginning at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun from January 11 have almost been completed.

Organizing Committee chairman Bamang Tago said that they had completed all preparations for the mega event and are ready to start the eagerly awaited tournament as scheduled.

Informing that this edition of the tournament will witness several firsts, like introduction of dope test on players, Tago hoped the presence of All India Football Federation (AIFF) vice president cum Shillong Lajong FC Managing Director (MD) Larsing Ming Sawyan on the inaugural day will not only boost morale of the organizer but will be a boon for football in Arunachal Pradesh. Sawyan is arriving in the state capital tomorrow, he informed.

The tournament will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in presence of Lok Sabha member and president of Arunachal Pradesh Football Association president Takam Sanjoy and hosts of dignitaries.

One of the main attractions of the opening and closing ceremony will be the cultural display by 1000 troupe members.

The 13 participating teams have been divided into four groups with winner and runners up of each group qualifying for the knock-out round.

The opening match will be held between last year’s runners up Capital Complex and West Siang at 2 pm.

Semifinals will be held on January 19 and the final on January 20.



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Tarasso circle edgy over boundary row

Dear Editor,

I on behalf of Taraso circle would like to state that recent land encroachment in Taraso circle under Papum Pare District of Arunachal Pradesh by the people of Assam was lead by one Vivik Das, CM leader of the Bahali areas along with one Ranjit Das of Behumari village. They have engaged more than 1500 people from different areas of Assam including some from Demaji District to encroach the land of Taraso circle measuring more than 10,000.Sq Km after the immediate visit of the Local Boundary Commission head by Justice (Rtd.) Tarun Chaterjee.

The concern district head of both Papum Pare and Sonitpur District conducted series of meeting and took resolution to maintain status quo as per the standing order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court but the situation is day by day getting worse. The encroachment has not stopped nor have people left the area. The land encroacher has been cutting down all the mustard seeds belonging to local people   which were ready for ripe. The local are losing lot of money due to it.

Both Govt of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh have failed to tackle the burning issue of land encroachment problem in Tarasso circle. We the general public of the Taraso circle appeal to the Govt of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam to immediately resolve the matter and impress upon encroachers to vacate from the land occupied by them in Taraso circle. Otherwise people of area will take their own course of action if Govt of Arunachal Pradesh fails to tackle the matter.


Nabam Eka

ZPM VI- Taraso




Lack of political activism in Arunachal

Dear Editor,

Political force is regarded as the most efficient and effective tool for economic and social development and to bringing positive changes in the society. The true public servants are those who carry forward the utmost faith and hope of the citizens given to them during elections. But there is a huge vacuum which has been left or say "ignored"! This vacuum has been continuously filled by the honorable Supreme Court by giving landmark judgments. For example police reform, exclusion of criminals from contesting elections, NOTA (none of the above), reservation for differently abled persons to be filled as per the law etc.

The legislative, executive and the judiciary work in their own areas. But the present scenario is showing 'judicial activism' not 'political activism'. The question arises, what our legislators are doing? Are they not there to make laws for us? I am certain that our political leaders both at centre and state do not lack vision. But so far it’s bleak. If the judiciary who are inside the four walls and can see what this people of the country need, than why can’t our political leaders who are almost always with them?

Today with passage of every second the society is getting complex. New laws are to be enacted, new type of problems are to be tackled. Also measures must be taken to ensure the preparedness for any unforeseen future events. For this a vibrant and visionary political force is the need of the hour. I am not against any political class. They are giving there their best. But the best may also lack key issues concerning whole society and the state. I am hopeful and wish that democratic upsurge will be a truth in Arunachal soon.


Joram Aatum

New Delhi



Arunachal cricket need support

Dear Editor,

My affinity with Arunachal Cricket Association (ACA) dates back to 2009, when ACA deputed 10 Arunachalee to undergo training for zero level umpiring, conducted by BOARD OF CONTROL FOR CRICKET IN INDIA (BCCI) at Gangtok, Sikkim for almost two weeks.

After completing zero level training of umpire, the ACA trained umpire made their 1st practical experience, when ACA conducted inter-club ranking cricket tournament of under- 19 in 2010-11 at A-Sector, Naharlagun.

In 2011-12, ACA sent me to Raipur, Chattisgarh to lead an under-19 team to participate in BCCI affiliated members tournament. In this tournament ACA team won 3 matches out of 5 it played. The result showed that even if we don’t have own ground, we can beat any side. Our team played better cricket in compare to that of trained player of other national team.

Recently, ACA deputed two umpires at Sagalee during IVth Edition of Techi Taram Memorial T20 Cricket Tournament w.e.f 7th Dec to 18th Dec. 2013. During tournament we found that there is lot of players who plays very good cricket. If ACA can have its own pitch/ cricket ground, how great it would be for budding players?

It is worth mentioning here that except cricket every other sports has its own play ground like football has RG Stadium. At Sangey Laden sports academy they have facilities to support all the major sports event. However ACA does not has single plot of land to play cricket.

Through your esteemed daily, this is my earnest request on behalf of cricket lovers of state, specially, players, umpire etc. to our Chief Minister who is also incumbent President, ACA, please provide us plot of land in the outskirt of Capital Complex to play cricket. It would be your greatest gift in New Year - 2014 to all cricket lovers of state.

If once independent cricket stadium comes up sooner or later, an Arunachalee will be in your TV Screen playing in national team. How great it would be!


Job Techi Tagar

Umpire, ACA

Affiliated to BCCI






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Punish those who damages public property

In yet another incident which shows that people of state do not care for developmental project, unknown miscreants on Wednesday vandalized Pacha Hydel Project located near Seppa town. The incident is quite shocking as Seppa has been battling power woes for last many months and Pacha Hydel is the one which had given some relief to the denizens. Due to erratic power supply, the angry citizens last year even gheroed power minister Tanga Byaling during his visit to Seppa and expressed their displeasure.

The people should understand that by destroying developmental projects like that of Pacha Hydel, they are only adding to their own woes. If power supply again breaks down in the future, the authority will not hesitate to blame citizens. Also the money needed for repairing of damage hydel project will be funded from public exchequer. The district administration should crack down strongly against such anti-social elements. They should be made to pay for damaging developmental projects.