January 14

Festival greetings

ITANAGAR, Jan 13: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma has conveyed sincere greetings and felicitations to people of Arunachal Pradesh on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti and Magh Bihu.

Governor on behalf of people of the State, also extended good wishes to people of Assam on the joyous occasion.

While welcoming devotees and pilgrims to Parasuram Kund on the Makar Sankranti, Governor prayed for safe and secure holy dip at the Kund.

“May this festive season and the year that lies ahead be filled with peace, happiness, joy and prosperity,” Governor wished.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has also extended his warm greetings to the people of Arunachal Pradesh and the country on the occasion of Makar Sangkranti and Magh Bihu.

In his festival message Tuki hoped that the festival of feast and bonfire would usher in good health, bumper harvest, prosperity, happiness and world peace. He prayed almighty god to bless each and every sentient being on earth with his choicest blessings.


PPA calls for all-party meet on law and order

ITANAGAR, Jan 13: PPA chief ministerial candidate Laeta Umbrey today said that broad daylight encroachment  along with felling of trees at Tallumso, Radhaso, Sango and Dikhalmukh areas in spite of the Supreme court directives to maintain status quo till a final report by the local commission on interstate boundary dispute is submitted is yet another indication of weak and indecisive leadership of the present Govt. “This issue is all the more questionable when both Arunachal and Assam are being ruled by Congress.  The  Arunachal Pradesh Govt should come out with a clear cut policies and programs to avert such disputes happening in the future again.”

Umbrey further said the repeated bank robberies in the state and the recent looting of a trader at gun point proves beyond doubt that the miscreants and goons in the state have no fear for the law enforcing authority. He said innocent citizens have practically lost faith in the govt. The chief minister should immediately convene an all party meeting on law and order issue so that a common action plan could be worked out to regain and restore the public confidence, Laeta added.  


Free health camp conducted

ITANAGAR, Jan 13: The All Limeking Youth Welfare Association (ALYWA) in collaboration with District Hospital, Daporijo, conducted a free medical cum vaccination camp at Limeking under Upper Subansiri district on December 27 last.

A team of medical experts from PHC, Limeking examined more than 500 villagers from Ngoju, Bogum, Nava, Nilo, Serava, Orak and Ketenallah. Diseases like malaria, typhoid etc were detected during the daylong health camp.


Medical camp by AVP

ITANAGAR, Jan 13: Arunachal Vikas Parishad organized a free medical camp at Juna (I) in Lathao circle, Namsai recently.  Around 60 patients were treated by Dr. Rakesh Tyagi, Dr. Sanjay Sharma and Dr. Poonam Sharma from Delhi during the camp. The villagers highly appreciated the noble work of the AVP.


Training on court procedure gets underway

ITANAGAR, Jan 13:  A week long training programme on Court Procedure for EAC’s and CO serving under various district administrations got under way at Administrative Training Institute Naharlagun. It is being conducted under 100 percent course fee sponsorship of department of Personnel and Training government of India.  As many as 20 twenty APCS officers in the rank of EACs/COs are taking part in the programme.

Attending as chief guest Budi Habung, district and sessions Judge, West Session Division Yupia informed that the central laws are made applicable in Arunachal Pradesh.  He further informed that after notification transfer of both criminal and civil cases are to be made to the newly appointed judicial officers wherever they are posted. He also stressed on the need to maintain absolute integrity, to be independent and upright, ensure compliance of laws and be answerable only to one’s conscience.


AR conducts medical camp

LONGDING, Jan 13: Assam Rifles Battalion organized a medical camp under its civic action programme at Kunnu village of Longding district yesterday. A team of Para Medical Staff under the guidance of medical officer of the Assam Rifles offered treatment to 646 patients (185 males, 205 females and 256 children) in the day long free medial camp. The patients were also provided medicines free of cost. The people from far-flung villages like Kunnu, Kunsa, Jagan and Khasa took full advantage of the medical camp.

Earlier, the camp was inaugurated by a veteran Gaon Bura of Kunnu village. The villagers as well as the civil administration lauded the noble gesture of “The Assam Rifles” and expressed their heartfelt gratitude for organizing the medical camp at their doorstep. A stall on health and hygiene awareness was also set up to educate the villagers on the same.


Dr. Ambedkar National Merit Award for Lokam Heera

ITANAGAR, Jan 13: Lokam Heera, a student of Class XI (Science), has been awarded with Dr Ambedkar National Merit Award in a small but impressive ceremony held at Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre Lodhi Road in New Delhi on 7th January last. She has been chosen for securing first position among eligible students in the Secondary School (Class X) Examination 2013 conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education. The award  consists of Merit Citation and cash price of Rs 60,000 was given away to  Heera by Kumari Selja,  Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, who is also Chairperson of Dr. Amedkar Foundation, in presence of Manik Rao Hodlya Gavit  union minister of  state for social justice and empowerment. Heera is daughter of Lokam Nai, a  permanent resident of Damin Circle under Kurung Kumey district.

She passed class X from Donyi-Polo Vidya Bhawan Itanagar, now currently studying at Royal Global International School, Guwahati Assam.


CYO urges people to have civic sense

ITANAGAR, Jan 13:  Condemning both department and people of the Capital Complex for negligence towards the garbage management, the Capital Youth Organization today urged the people and department to have civic sense to keep the city clean. Armed with many mismanaged garbage photos, CYO claimed there are many poorly maintain garbage in the capital.


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Rikam Pada team to represent North East in Republic Day

ITANAGAR, Jan 13: The selection of Rikam Pada troupe  to represent Arunachal Pradesh and entire North East in the Republic Day celebration 2014 in National Capital has come as a New Year gift for the people of Arunachal Pradesh. It is a great moment for the Arunachalees, particularly the Nyishis. This will help show-casing one of the popular folk dances of the state at National level. The entire Art and culture department is in a celebration mood, thanks to the selection of Rikam Pada dance in the Republic Day celebrations.

It is worth mentioning here that in cultural section, there are only five teams participating in the Republic Day 2014, four are from National Capital region and only Rikham Pada of the Nyishi community of Arunachal Pradesh has been selected from outside Delhi through North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC), Dimapur. The final screening of live performance was carried out at Guwahati on December 17 by expert team of defense Ministry.

Earlier, the Government of Arunachal Pradesh had recommended Aji lamo dance of Sherdukpens, Tapu dance of Galos and the Rikam Pada of Nyishis. The Ministry of defense, New Delhi has selected Rikam Pada.

The rehearsals are going on rigorously under the guidance of defense Ministry officials amidst tight security.

The team consists of 150 dancers  and 12 teachers from various schools of Itanagar Capital Complex is led by Bengia Tabb as Chief Choreographer, Joram Renia and Toko Rina as Assistant choreographers, Bamang Loram as Music in-charge. All are doing well  and stationed at Gandhi Darshan, Rajghat, New Delhi along with two officials of NEZCC.

Meanwhile, Minister for Art and Culture Kamlung Mosang has congratulated the  Rikam Pada dance troupe on their selection and urged them to project the rich folk culture of the Nyishis in particular and of state in general in the best possible way.The minister while conveying his best wishes, assured them of all help and support.

According to NEZCC, the Republic Day parade is being organzied annually by the Ministry of Defence and for the same programme, the Arunachal Children Contingent has been selected to represent the NE region and fully sponsored by (North East Zone Culture Centre), Ministry of Culture, Government of India.



State Govt delists vegetable, fruits from Agri produce marketing Act

ITANAGAR, Jan 13: In a decision that would benefit the poor farmers of the agrarian state, the State Government under the leadership of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has de-listed fruits, vegetables and eggs from Arunachal Pradesh Agricultural Produce Marketing (Regulation) Act – 1989 (Act No.6 of 1990).

This step of the government will benefit the entire farming community to reduce post-harvest investment for marketing, besides enhancing competitiveness in the emerging agribusiness sector. It would also safeguard the interest of the farmers who are mostly of small and marginal categories by hassle free sale of marketable surplus at remunerative prices. In other words, the move has opened the gate for the small margin farmers and self help groups to get better pricing for their hard earned produce without involvement or interference of the middleman.

“The Government felt that fruits, vegetables and eggs are by and large perishable produce in nature and due to inadequate storage & market facilities, the farmers are deprived of getting their due return out of the farm produces. Hence this policy decision was necessitated” CM Nabam Tuki said while passing the order. CMMC



Siram stresses on human resource development

PASIGHAT, Jan 13: Education Minister Bosiram Siram today said that reforms need to be child-centric so that children can pursue their own dreams and aspirations.

Addressing the faculties of the state’s oldest school IGJ Hr. Sec. School, Pasighat today, Siram said education needs to concentrate on the children and its efforts should be to bring out the latent talent of the students. He advocated for generating human resources through quality education in order to pave the way for the youths for gainful employment.

While seeking wholehearted cooperation from intellectuals to guide the innocent people of the state, the minister informed that according to MoU private parties would extend financial supports in state building process like development of school, college, state university in education sector, hospital(s) in health sector etc.

The minister informed that government is very serious to release the salary of the SSA teachers and he is personally working hard for the purpose. He sought full commitment from teachers to discharge their duty and advised them to impart quality education to the students for bright future.

Citing the initiatives of CM Nabam Tuki-led government for hydropower generation, improvement of higher education, PHE, health, road sectors and Air connectivity, Siram observed that to meet our power crisis we have to borrow expensive power supply from the neighboring state of Assam while we have vast hydro-power potential to become the power house of the country. “Good days are waiting in the wings for Arunachal Pradesh to become one of the economically powerful states, if we do not grab the opportunities today, we repent tomorrow,” asserted Siram.

Responding to the appeals of the PMC Chief Councilor and Dy. Chief Councilor Denong Tamuk and Atik Pertin respectively, the minister assured to construct two over-head water tanks for the school on priority for to mitigate the water crisis of school and teachers’ colony and to construct additional 8-10 class rooms under RMSA on priority. He further assured to construct G+3 buildings for better prospect of the school.

He informed that Sikshak Sadan has been completed and the government has decided to set up College of Information Technology at 2mile area. He reviewed other issues like availability of text books, maintenance of electrical wirings etc and further informed that sanitary napkins would be provided to the girl students regularly through school authorities soon. As a special initiative taken by the CM Nabam Tuki some good amount would be deposited in the account of girls students which would help them after passing out class XII for higher education.  Siram also expressed satisfaction over the   Airport construction work  and informed that alternative road for the people living in surrounding area is being constructed to make their lives comfortable.  

Later the minister accompanied by the Chief Councilor, Dy. Chief Councilor UPO visited many road constructions and maintenance works. DIPRO



DTF meetings on IPPI prog held at Khonsa, Ziro

ITANAGAR, Jan 13: District Task Force (DTF) under the chairman of Deputy Commissioner which is spearheading the Intensified Pulse Polio Immunization in the district conducted a coordination meeting at DC’s Conference Hall at Khonsa today.

DC  Kamlesh Joshi inform that India is on the verge of receiving Polio free certification from World Health Organization as there has been no reports of Polio since Jan 2011. However as recommended by India Expert  Advisory Group (IEAG)  National Immunization Day for Polio has been fixed on January 19 in which all children between 0-5 years shall be given two drops of OPV.  He added that this herculean task cannot be carried out by Health department alone for which he requested all the stake holders especially education/WCD/Police/PRI to extend their valuable supportive role.

Dr. K Perme, DMO Khonsa explains the role of DTF and also gave a briefing on the global scenario of polio and the success story of Polio eradication in the country.

The meeting was attended by all the head of department including 26 Madras Regiment, 1st Assam Rifle and CRPF personnel.

ZIRO: The District Task Force meeting on IPP was also held in the conference hall of the Deputy Commissioner, Lower Subansiri district today. Chairing the meeting Deputy Commissioner Marnya Ete assured of logistic support from his end and implored the departments as well to cooperate for the 100 per cent success of the program.

DMO Dr. Moli Riba informed that no polio cases have been reported since the last three years and the country is on the verge of being declared a polio free country. The first phase of the IPP will be held on 19th January followed by the second phase on 23rd February. He called for maximum publicity of the program and requested the cooperation of the cable TV operators and the AIR to provide maximum publicity. DFWO Dr Derin Likar presented the district plan for PPI. The meeting was also attended by DD(ICDS), DTO, DIPRO and AIR correspondent  and others. DIPROs




Ekalavya Model Residential School at Bana crying for attention

Rup J Pater

BANA (East Kameng), Jan 13: In four years, the first batch of this school today is in Class 10. The irony is - it is the only class of the school!

The Ekalavya Model Residential School – shortly known as EMRS – started its academic session on 10th August 2009 with 54 students in Class 6. The students were selected from various districts of Arunachal Pradesh based on a competitive examination. However, preference was always there for local students which was met with a loud cheer from local residents of Bana in particular and the entire East Kameng, a district way down in the literacy chart, in general. The cheer though ended abruptly.

Since the first batch of 2009, no new admission has been made till date making the 53 students (one deciding to leave midway), who will be facing their first Board examinations this year, the only batch and also the only class of the school.

Reason is as simple as that: No adequate teaching and non-teaching staff to cater to students more than the existing number. And the reason that the school is not able to take in more staff…. there is no known source of any salary component for them. In fact the current staff of 5 teachers (including the principal) and 6 non-teaching employees are still waiting for their first month’s salary!

The Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs, under Article 275 (1) had decided to sanction 100 residential schools (EMRS) in the country during the 9th Five Year Plan. Two were sanctioned for Arunachal Pradesh – one at Bana and the other at Lumla in Tawang district. The two schools were registered under a registered society called ‘Arunachal Pradesh Residential and Education Educational Institution Welfare Society’. A state level committee was formed to oversee its management, which decided to handover the schools to committed NGOs working in the state. On May 29, 2009, the State Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalayas, Arunachal Pradesh Trust to run the EMRS at Bana.

Within 2 months the VKV (a synonym of quality education in Arunachal Pradesh) took over the school and started the academic session at Bana with the infrastructure established by the Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs.

The trouble began from day one.

“Because of the love of the children and their extreme zest to pursue quality education, we are still around. We just cannot leave them half way and run away,” says Omanakuttan V, Principal, who joined EMRS in 2011. His predecessor had moved on to oversee a similar project of the VKV in the Andamans.

Local MLA Tani Loffa, who in fact was behind the establishment of the school at Bana and roping in of VKV to run it, informs that according to the guidelines of the Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs for the project, while all expenses of infrastructure, administration, stipends, etc will be provided by the Ministry, the salary component of the teaching as well as non-teaching staff will have to be borne by the State Government. The MoU between the State Government and the VKV also provides that entire expenditure both recurring and non-recurring will be borne as per the guidelines by both the central and state governments.

Accordingly the department of Social Welfare, Women & Child Development, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, releases a grant-in-aid through Director of School Education for recurring expenditure. The crux though is that there is no mention of the salary component in it.

“The VKV Trust is somehow managing from its infrastructural development fund to keep the teaching and non-teaching staff going on,” informs Omanakuttan. According to him the salary component has crossed the one crore mark receivable from the government that includes the expenses of the current session.

The sudden visit of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to the school on January 11 last, a day before the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, has brought some ray of hope for the EMRS. Listening to the problems of the school including the salary issue, Tuki expressed surprise that these were not resolved for so many years.

Getting to know that there were hiccups in release of the salary component by the Government, Tuki promised that he would find a way out and resolve it immediately. He assured that sufficient amount would be placed as a corpus fund or a grant so that the salary component of the school is met from it. He also advised the school management to take new admissions from next academic session and offered all possible assistance from the government.

Far from the ‘hurdles’ faced by the school, the 53 students – 30 boys and 23 girls – have excelled in academic as well as co-curricular activities. The students have reached national level science congresses and exhibitions every year since 2010. Even when the Chief Minister was on visit to the school, two of its students were deliberating in a National Congress of Science Exhibition at Kolkata. Eight students of the school are recipients of the State Level Scholarship, which is a remarkable feat when considered that only 36 from all over the state have received it.

“We have high hopes on Chief Minister Nabam Tuki. Unless he does something concrete immediately the future of the 53 students is at stake and unless we are able to take students in the next academic session, this school will become non-functional,” sums up Omanakuttan.

Till then the students are busy preparing for the board examination due in a couple of months. Almost all of them, including the daughter of the local MLA, are dead sure that they will pass with distinction. They have a reason - to remind all stakeholders that there is a Ekalavya Model Residential School at Bana… crying for attention and care.



Trekking cum sustainable mountain resources camp held

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jan 13: In a bid to sensitize the people on importance of eco-tourism and trekking and to bring awareness among the people on extraction of forest resources on sustainable way, the intellectuals of Kallek village in-collaboration with Ane Siang Tours & Expeditions organized circle level Mini Trekking cum Sustainable Mountain Resources Camp-2014 at remote Kallek under Kebang circle on January 11 and 12 last.

Visit to Atang Ane (largest tree of Arunachal), bird watching, trekking, awareness camp on conservation were the important highlights of the camp.

Speaking as a resource person, D Ering Memorial Wild Life Sanctuary DFO Tashi Mize strongly advocated for conservation of flora and fauna and traditional way of hunting to minimise wanton killing of wild life.  “Rampant killing of wildlife hampers ecological balance. So, stop hunting and opt for conservation to boost rural economy”, Mize said.

Mize also expressed great concern on climate change and global warming. He discouraged the villagers to stop jhum cultivation instead cultivate cash crops like cardamom, ginger, orange etc.

The DFO further emphasized on community forest reserve to conserve flora and fauna which will be controlled by the community with the help of Forest & Environment department.

First Northeast women Everester Tine Mena also exhorted the people to conserve nature so that the visitors can come frequently and enjoy the beauty of nature in the area.

She encouraged the youths to involve in adventure tourism so that they can sustain themselves from this sector and minimize un-employment problem.

Mena further encouraged for maximum participation of woman in the games and sports and asked them to have courage to face any happenings in life.

“Our wealth is our forest and mountain. We have to extract resources from it on sustainable way to fulfil our needs”, said OSD to Agri-Horti and Animal Husbandry Minister, Nalong Mize in his keynote address.

Seeing hornbill flocking in and around Kallek village, Mize also emphasized on promotion of hornbill and elephant tourism in the area.

“Government is emphasizing on protection of elephant, hornbill and other endanger species. Be a part of conservation for self sustainability”, he said.

Highlighting on CM Agri Mechanization Programme, the OSD encouraged the villagers to involve in agriculture and other allied sectors so that the people can generate income themselves without depending on contract work and government job.

Citing example of Sissen village where community farming is successful, Mize asked them to go for community farming together and asked every house hold to involve in farming.

Convener of the camp Dr Tajir Tamuk highlighted the aim and objective of the camp. He also informed the visiting guests about the landlocked village where it has lots of potentiality to extract resources from its forest.

Kallek ASM Talo Jomang informed that the village has many potentiality for promotion of eco-tourism including agriculture and horticulture.

He also highlighted about the problems faced by the villagers because of no link road to the village.

On Sunday, an eight member’s young team lead by Dr Tajir Tamuk as team leader and Tine Mena as trekking instructor trekked down towards Tekang (Yagrung) village under Pasighat circle from Kallek. The team spent for about nine hours during the trekking through Ri:bung Yorbe, Hirep and Maktak Kosing. They also located medicinal plants and during bird watching the team located hornbill, pigeons, fowl etc.



Rally organised to mark National Youth Day

AALO, Jan 13: A massive rally was organized at Aalo to mark the National Youth Day on January 12.  The rally flagged off by Boken Ete, the pioneer in establishment of R K Mission School Aalo, started from Charali Boken Residence Point and culminated at Donyi Polo  Dere where a meeting was held to celebrate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda as a National Youth Day at Gumin Kiin. Large number of students from RK Mission and ten other schools of Aalo township, public, teaches, and Swamijis participated in the rally.

Speaking on the occasion, West Siang Deputy Commissioner M K Sahoo exhorted the students to inculcate Swami Vivekananda’s ideals of man making and nation building.  His clarion call to the  youth of the nation has a deep relevance today and youth force should spread it  far and wide. Discipline, duty and character among students is of paramount  important to excel in life and stand on their own foot, he said.

Secretary RKM Swami Purnajnananandaji Maharaj elaborated at length on the significance of the day and disclosed that Govt. of India declared the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda as the National Youth Day way back in 1985 to imbibe spirit of universal brotherhood and national reconstruction.

Kento Ete, an eminent citizen and ex-Minister of Aalo township dwelt on the selfless endeavour and untiring efforts made by the monks of R K Mission as well as by the authorities of VKV organization. He also appreciated the performances of the teachers in spread of knowledge around the town. T. Pali, Deputy Director of AIDS Control Society, DHS stressed the need of awareness among youth regarding AIDS and its control. P K Roy, a senior teacher also spoke on the occasion.

All participating schools presented cultural shows on national integration and unity in diversity.  DIPRO



Youngsters urged to retrospect forefather’s contributions

Tekang village celebrates centenary


PASIGHAT, Jan 13: Tekang village near Pasighat has celebrated its centenary with a look back through the last hundred years. The villagers paid homage to their ancestors, who had put forward the community to the present state of civilization.

Speaking at inaugural function, Education Minister Bosiram Siram urged the villagers to maintain the unity and integrity shown by their forefathers. According to him, “retrospection” of their ancestral contributions is the need of hour. Siram urged the villagers to follow the path shown by them work for development of the community.

The minister, who started his political career from Tekang village as ASM (panchayat), said that the plain cropland and hilly areas possessed by the local people are full of natural resources and the people can harness the enormous scope for horticultural activity for their economic gain.

Speaking about educational scenario of the area, Siram suggested the youngsters to draw inspiration from their elders, who have achieved success in life. Opposing discrimination against girl child the minister emphasized on compulsory education for all girl child.

Earlier, Siram unveiled the ‘Memorial Stone at village community hall and hoisted the centenary flag.

Attending the celebration, East Siang Deputy Commissioner Nidhi Srivastava urged the local youths to search future prospects for better survival. She emphasized on the need of development in education and community health sector to achieve more in the coming days.

Union Minister Ninong Ering also visited the celebration on the inaugural day.

The villagers of Tekang village had migrated from Kangku hill located at present Yagrung village outskirt. The villagers led by late Talong Siram dwelt there for a period of three decades and later landed down to settle at ‘Miku Kumting’ in 1943.

After they had sojourned some decades there, again moved to eastern direction and settled their habitat at present location in 1960. The villagers subsequently fragmented into two portions namely- Tekang and Yagrung. Presently, the Tekang portion comprises as many as 78 families.

The present Tekang village, located at 12 km west of Pasighat town is settled on hilly slope surrounded by lush green vegetation and citrus garden on the left bank of Tolon river flowing down from the confluence of two perennial streams- Tatung and Maktak nearby the village.

Since its existence, Tekang village has produced many human resources. The village is the native place of present Pasighat MLA cum Minister Bosiram Siram, APCS officer Makbul Siram, Dr (MBBS) Taken Siram, Engineer Oling Jerang and many other eminent personalities.

Warrior Matmur Jamoh, who assassinated British Political officer Noel Williamson during fourth Anglo-Abor war, was born in the village.

A number of luminaries of the village were also commemorated by the celebration committee on the occasion.

Sport, literary and cultural competitions were also organized as part of the celebration which concluded today with distribution of prizes to the winners.

The thee-day celebration was organized under the aegis of ‘Tekang Centenary Celebration Committee (TCCC) from January 11.



Vikas Rally at Pipsorang

CM assures development on priority basis

PIPSORANG, (Kurung Kumey), Jan 13: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki attended the Block Congress-cum-Vikas Rally at remote Pipsorang in Tali constituency of Kurung Kumey district on January 9 last. This was the second visit to Tali – the only constituency without road connectivity so far – of the Chief Minister, which was also joined by Rajya Sabha MP and State Congress Chief Mukut Mithi, Lok Sabha MP Takam Sanjoy and legislators Bamang Felix and Takam Pario.

As expected the visit attracted people from all corners of the administrative circle who turned up in huge numbers. An 8-point memorandum was submitted to the Chief Minister by the people through their local MLA Markio Tado.

The memorandum consisted immediate requirements of the area like construction of a road from Chetam to Pipsorang and another from Tali to Lending Kolleng, creation of circle administrations, infrastructure for Pipsorang administrative circle headquarter, upgradation of Pipsorang health sub-center, renovation of the Dumi-Dutte Mini Hydel project and helicopter service to Pipsorang from Naharlagun.

The Chief Minister assured that the basic requirements of the area will be considered on priority in phased manner. When informed that the Gaon Buras of the circle have not received any liveries since appointment, the Chief Minister directed the deputy commissioner to make arrangements for distribution of the same to the Gaon Buras during Republic Day celebrations on January 26 next. Tuki also announced blankets for all permanently residing households in the circle.

Calling upon the people to support and have confidence on the Congress Government, Tuki recounted the initiatives taken for development and welfare of all. He assured that under the National Food Security Act, sufficient food grains at the fixed subsidized rates will be made available to the people of this remote region immediately. For this he said that a well equipped godown will be constructed soon.

The people also submitted a memorandum each to the visiting MPs. While Sanjoy assured that funds from his MPLAD will be placed for construction of a community hall at Pipsorang, Mithi promised to pursue with the government to fulfill the demands for renovation of the Pipsorang general ground and construction of a rostrum and a gallery.

Local MLA Markio Tado expressed gratitude to the visiting leaders and informed that this was the first time that any Chief Minister has ever visited Pipsorang.

“Ironically, except for the local MLA no elected representative, parliamentary secretary or minister has ever visited this place. This visit is historic for us,” he said.

Tado further informed that keeping his commitment he has successfully changed the look of 90% villages of Tali sub-division with CGI fitted roofs. He promised to do the same for Pipsorang circle and appealed the villagers to make proper use of the CGI sheets that would be distributed to all soon.

The local MLA also reiterated the urgent need for creation of new circles – Paye circle by bifurcating existing Pipsorang circle and Guchi and Roing circles by trifurcating the existing Tali ADC administrative division.

He informed that after upgradation of Tali circle to an ADC sub-division there remained no administrative circle in the area and stressed the need to create the said two administrative circles.



Tawang DHS reviews health management system and prog implementation

TAWANG, Jan 13: Keeping an eye on the Health Sector in the district, the Deputy Commissioner Tawang Abhishek Dev held a meeting at his official chamber on January 10 last with the officials, doctors and staffs of the District Health Society (DHS) to review the various reports and programmes pertaining to the health sector in the district.

Addressing the officials, the DC called upon the health department to work with utmost sincerity and dedication. Informing the importance of the Health Management System, the DC urged the DMO Tawang to prepare a monthly roster of Medical Officers to be on duty in the interior villages. Calling upon the Circle Officers to be very active in the grassroot level to monitor the health scenario in the Villages/PHCs/CHCs, he directed the DMO Tawang to seek monthly health reports from the Circle Officers of the district.

ZPC Tawang Jambey Tsering, in his speech, appreciated the Health Society Tawang for their continuous selfless service to the people of the district. Mentioning that the nearest referral point for further treatment of patients is located at Tezpur (which is 350 kms from Tawang), he requested the health department to work with full dedication and sincerely for the welfare of the general public.

DMO Tawang Dr Wangdi Lama gave a detailed account and reports of the various programmes such as the Rastriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram, Maternal health services, Child Health services, Review of Maternal Deaths, IEC/BCC Campaigns, Immunization Programme reports, etc before the house.

He also informed the gathering about the various issues and difficulties as faced by the DHS Tawang. Further, he sought expert help and support from the Army Hospital Khirmu, Tawang in case of acute emergencies.

ADC Tawang Dr Tariq Thomas, officers from the Army, GREF, ICDS, etc were also present in the meeting. DIPRO in-charge



West Siang register convincing win over Upper Siang

ITANAGAR, Jan 13: After a humiliating 6-0 defeat to Capital Complex in the inaugural match, West Siang registered a convincing 6-1 win over Upper Siang in their second group match in the 13th Tadar Tang Memorial State Level Football Tournament at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Nahralgun today.

West Siang opened the floodgate through Limar Loya in the fifth minute before Kengam Ete scored the second goal in 23rd minute to give his team 2-0 first half lead.

Geb Loya (57th min) and Karli Ngomdir (70th min) scored a goal each while Kaling Tatin found the net twice in 64th and few minutes before the final hooter.

Kalik Takuk scored the consolation goal for Upper Siang in 66th minute.

Kurung Kumey erased two goal deficit for 3-2 win over East Kameng in the second match of the day.

East Kameng took 2-0 lead within 18 minutes through goals from Kanu Rai in 14 minute and Kamku Tawe in 18th minute.

Stung by two early goals, the three times champion fought back valiantly and earned a penalty kick in 34th minute. Tarh Rajkumar did not miss the spot kick to flick the ball home (1-2). The team restored parity in 55th minute through goal from Tamchi Tassung.

Finally, Tai Bai sealed the fate of East Kameng with an excellent goal in 69th minutes.

The third match of the day was played between Anjaw and East Siang in which the former defeated the latter by 2-1.

Kampo Nguri (29 min) and Tikam Jangloo (70 min) were the scorers of Anjaw. The lone goal for East Siang was scored by Kisu Karki in 54th minute.

With today’s defeat, East Siang made exit from the tournament. The team lost 1-3 to Lower Dibang Valley in their first group match yesterday.


Today’s matches:

Papum Pare vs Lohit (9 am)

East Kameng vs Tawang (12.30 pm)

Capital Complex vs Upper Siang (2 pm)



Teacher-XI lifts Champion trophy

SEPPA, Jan 13: The Teacher-XI lifted the 2nd Teacher Football Tournament and retained the championship for the second time. The final match was played between Teachers –XI and Yangfo Football Club with the former won by 1-0 at General Ground, Seppa yesterday.

The Yangfo Football Club dominated throughout the game but missed many times and couldn’t convert the chances into goal.

In the 40th minutes of the game, Tachak Sono committed handball and gave a penalty kick which was converted into goal by Atum Bagang of Teacher-XI.

Speaking on the occasion, NCP vice chairman L K Yangfo advised the people to earn the livelihood by hard work. He also urged the parents to advise their children in right directives to become a good citizen of the country in future.

Kata Rangmo, DDSE called on the people to pass a message to each and every student of East Kameng district that from this year around, no unfair practices shall be allowed in the CBSE as per resolution adopted by EKSWCO & AEKSU.

Robin Hissang, Principal Govt. College, Seppa said that the motto of the tournament was to make the people realize the importance of teachers in the society.

Among others, Tani Loffa, MLA cum Chairman Arunachal Pradesh Forest Corporation Limited witnessed the closing ceremony. DIPRO



Constituency level CM’s Trophy tourney held

ITANAGAR, Jan 13: Tezu constituency level football and volleyball tournaments for CM’s Trophy for both men’s and women concluded at Govt. Hr. Sec. School playground, Tezu on January 11 last.

The football competition for both men and women’s were won by Tafragram defeating United Loiliang.

While Tafragam men’s team beat United Loiliang 5-3 via penalty kick, the women’s team edged past United Loiliang women’s team through ‘golden’ goal.

The men’s volleyball tournament was won by Telluliang defeating Tamlanagar while women’s volleyball tournament was won by Tafragam defeating Telluliang.

Rojimso Danjhi and Bagenlu Kathak were adjudged best men and women footballers while Rokenso Manyu and Jesmin Doo were chosen as best men and women volleyball players.

The winners, runners up and best players were awarded certificates, medals and cash prizes.  

The closing ceremony was attended by Block Congress Committee president Ripso Yun and Youth Congress Committee, Tezu assembly constituency Sinaso Krowa, president.



---- Readers Forum ----


Rewind your past life

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I want to urge govt. officers of our state to rewind their past life. It is a fact that most of present officers use to live  miserable life once upon a time. They also visited door to door of every department in search of job. They have gone through a lot of hardships and troubles in the past.

By god grace, they have good position in the state government at present. They are living a luxury life, owns SUV cars, bungalows, multi storey buildings etc. Now it seems that they have forgotten their past life as they are rejecting genuine candidates and appointing illiterate and bad mouthed people recommended by politicians.

There are many talented job seekers roaming here and there looking for job opportunity. They are highly qualified, most of them are M.A, M.SC, MBA etc degree holders. They are assets of our state and the government should use these assets in developmental activities.

But it is not happening in our state because of favouritism and discrimination. Hence I request all the head of departments to rewind their past hardship life and then take their decisions rationally.


David Mijung

Chandranagar, Itanagar



That’s not development

Dear Editor,

In today’s edition, a news item was carried informing that Chief Minister has flagged off six Scorpios for Zilla Parishad Chairpersons (ZPC). We do not see this as anything related to the development of state. This is just a vote buy policy of government at the cost of state exchequer. Teachers of schools are crying for salary, schools are waiting for better infrastructure, medical needs more doctors and better facility and rural Arunachal Pradesh is crying for better life but our government has no policy for all these issues. Only to make his six CHAMCHAS happy, he is spending lakhs of rupees.

As per recent Supreme Court verdict only a constitutional head can use red beacons which means ZPC’s cannot use red beacons. But our government has no fear for all this law and policies.


D. Hania




Gyawe Purang circle is yet to be connected with road

Dear Editor,

Gyawe Purang, as the name itself defines is enchanted with spring flower tree (Gyawe in local language). It is a beautiful place situated in the heart of two villages viz- Richi Lamgu and Tagang Warrang and also circle headquarter of more than thousand populations.

The said circle and it’s headquarter was created a decade ago with few General Administrative buildings and 2 (two) Inspection Bungalows of PWD and RWD (one is now missing from where it was erected), god knows where it went missing. However, all those buildings are now in dilapidated condition. Every one may think, how is it possible that in the short span of 10 (Ten) years building got damaged so badly and what is the reason behind it? The big reason, I will tell you are the non-occupancy of the quarter and offices buildings since its opening. The staffs from top to bottom (Circle officer to peon) might have only hear about the beautiful place but never stepped into the soil of Gyawe Purang.

This is happening since many years but the common people (aam aadmi) of the said circle are always keeping mum. It seems they are all easy going people and do not even bother to know the reason behind it. As a consequence, I do not hesitate to say that our circle will become skeleton circle, i.e, a circle without staffs and without development since its creation especially in the field of communication .In this regards, I opine that road connectivity to the circle headquarter from district headquarter is the top and vital agenda. Since, many years we have been hearing from reliable person that the road to said circle is in top priority list under NLCPR scheme. But in every financial year it never gets materializes. I have witnessed in recent years that huge number of link road of same scheme and PMGSY has given road connection to many other villages. But the circle headquarter of more than eleven villages are still crawling for such developmental work. Now the question is to whom should we blame? Is it the concern authority/ MLA of our constituency or the state government or we the people??? The common people need to know the reason and further they should not hesitate to demand for road connectivity to Gyawe Purang.


Papu Lamgu

Richi Lamgu, Gyawe Purang,







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---- Editorial ----

Rampant misuse of public money

At a time when country along with state is going through the worst financial crisis, much to the discomfort of ordinary citizen Chief Minister Nabam Tuki yesterday flagged off six Scorpio vehicles for the Zilla Parishad Chairpersons (ZPCs). It is claimed that these vehicles were provided for effective functioning of these leaders. The ZPCs who received the vehicles in the first phase were from districts like West Siang, Longding, Anjaw, Lower Dibang Valley, Changlang and Lohit. It is astonishing to see such rampant misuse of state exchequer like this.

The state government should know that ordinary citizens are suffering a lot due to paucity of fund. Many important developmental projects like civil secretariat, state assembly building and other major projects are not being able to complete on time due to lack of fund. How can state government waste public money for the luxury of six ZPCs? What is the need of providing such expense SUVs to them and how it will benefit public? The state government has to answer to the public. They just cannot close their ear and eyes.

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