January 16

School Games medal winners felicitated

ITANAGAR, Jan 15: Lohit Karare-Do Association has felicitated the 59th National School Games medal winning players and participants from Lohit and Anjaw districts with certificate of appreciation and cash awards.

Those felicitated were Banenso Towsik, Samanta Das, Simonso Sinya and Sadan Yun and two other participants.

Banenso, Samanta and Simonso won a silver medal each in Kumite while Sadan bagged a bronze.

While felicitating the medal winners and participants, Lohit Karate-Do Association general secretary Sensei Sodyong Kri advised them to maintain the same tempo in future also and bring more laurel to the state by winning more medals in national and international events.

The programme was also attended by Lohit Karate-Do Association vice president Sempai Sobetso Kri, Anjaw Karate-Do Association general secretary Sempai Soluk Hakung and many others.


State archery team leaves for School Games

ITANAGAR, Jan 15: Eleven archers from Sangay Lhaden Sports Academy (SLSA), Chimpu near here accompanied by their coach and manager left here for Andhra Pradesh today evening to participate in the 59th National School Games scheduled to be held there at Ranga Reddy from January 19 to 23.

The team was flagged off for the Games by Sports and Youth Affairs Assistant Director Tadar Apa in presence of SLSA principal Tabia Chobin, Papum Pare District Sports Officer cum Joint Secretary, Arunachal Archery Association OB Meitei.

The team:

Toko Tei, Ram Nopi, Taba Nikia, Lenjing Modi, Sang Gombu, Gera Mega, Tao Miso, Changha Sisi, Mohini Kri, Jvoti Lamgu, Topu Lombi.

MK Pegu and Kh. Ekashini Devi are the manager and coach.


2 charred to death

SEPPA, Jan 15: In a tragic fire incident, a person namely Singsu Taba Matam, aged 60 plus and his minor daughter Mamta Taba Matam, 10, were burnt alive  at around 11.30 pm at Fengche village of East Kameng on January 14, reports DIPRO.

There were four members in the house  when the fire mishap occurred and younger brother of the deceased Koli Taba Matam and his wife Derem Taba Matam escaped.   

When the  villagers were asked for help, the devastating fire, reportedly originated from a Chulla, went out of control  and engulfed the  house.  

 On being informed district administration along with police rushed to the spot  today and distributed immediate relief to the victim family. Meanwhile, the PRI members extending helping hand and donated cash and CGI sheets to the fire victims, the  report added.


AdiSU opposes shifting of battalion outpost

ITANAGAR, Jan 15: Adi Students’ Union (AdiSU) has strongly opposed the proposal for shifting of the Debing Battalion outpost 1 km inside Arunachal territory from the present site.

Describing the move as condemnable, AdiSU in its memorandum to East Siang Deputy Commissioner claimed that any such move will encourage encroachment and anti social activities in the area. The students’ union demanded the DC to cancel the proposal and restore the outpost in its earlier site within a month.

The memorandum further demanded for immediate infrastructure development and providing other basic necessities like drinking water, electricity, link road and quarters, sufficient personnel, provide vehicle for patrolling and other mobile activities in Debing and Depi-Gali outposts.

AdiSU also appealed to the DC to visit to those remote villages and outposts to the grievances and problems faced by the villagers.


‘Arunachal Idol’ from Jan 27

ITANAGAR, Jan 15: Aimed at exposing hidden talents of the state, the Arunachal Art & Cultural Society (AACS) is going to organize Arunachal Idol- 2014 from January 27 to February 28 next.

In a release, it informed that thousands from all across the state are expected to participate in the month-long talent hunt programme.

AACS, the largest platform for all the budding, prominent and legendary artiste of the state such as singers, dancers, lyricists, producers, musicians, editors, cameraman, actors and film makers, intends to make the event an annual event.


AAPLU USU writes to DC

ITANAGAR, Jan 15: Claiming that many non-APSTs are arriving at Upper Subansiri district without proper ILP checking at Kimin and Likabali check posts, The All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union, Upper Subansiri Unit (AAPLU-USU) has urged upon the DC to take necessary steps for checking ILPs and has extended support for the same.

It also demanded for regulating the rates of all masonry works saying that the rates charged by non-APST laborers are way too low than the local ones which eventually deprive them of the opportunity to work.


Army-civil interaction prog


ITANAGAR, Jan 15: The ‘Subansiri Warriors’ organized a Civil and Army interaction programme in order to bring awareness among the common people about the development activities being carried out by Army under its civic programme on January 12. Another motive of the  interaction programme was to promote relations between army and common people.

Apart from display of Army weapons and activities, counselling on Army recruitment, presentation of Bangra dance by army personnel, a free medical camp was also organized.  Army doctors also conducted health check up of around five hundred people and also distributed free medicine to the patients.


Transport federation reiterates demands

ITANAGAR, Jan 15: All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF) has reiterated its demands for allotment of parking places for different type of commercial vehicles in every district headquarter of Arunachal Pradesh.

In a reminder letter addressed to Chief Secretary, while citing its three-point demands submitted earlier, the AAPPTF said that commercial vehicles are facing lot of problems due to non-availability of proper parking place in every district headquarter. The Federation appealed to the CS to issue directives to  all the deputy commissioners to do the needful  and provide proper vehicle parking place.

It further said that state transport authorities and regional transport authorities should convene meeting annually to take stock of the grievances of the commercial vehicle operators and the passengers as well  and to find out remedial measures for the same.


Association demands action

ITANAGAR, Jan 15: Expressing concern over the mysterious death of one Bengia Yame at  Arunachal State Hospital on  January 8 last, the Rakap and Industrial Area Youth Association (RIAYA), Naharlagun has demanded arrest of concerned doctor and nurse holding them responsible for death of Yame, a social worker.

 While referring to the FIR lodged by the family of late Yame at Naharlagun police station in this connection on January 8, the association informed that she was admitted to Arunachal State Hospital on December 31 due to minor knee injury. Later she was successfully operated upon under the supervision of an orthopedic surgeon on January 6 and fit to be discharged from hospital as per advice of the doctor on January 7. But, according to the Association, a staff nurse injected ‘Ceftazidime injection’ at 6.15 am on January 8 and Bengia Yame died within five minutes.  The association also demanded termination of both concerned doctor and nurse from their service immediately as per law of the land.


Training prog for PR  members

ZIRO, Jan 15: Four days district level sensitization training program on implementation of ITP initiatives for capacity building of frontline govt. functionaries and PRIs members in poverty reduction exercise was inaugurated by the Deputy Commissioner Marnya Ete at Abotani hall, Hapoli today.

Addressing the gathering he said,” knowledge is power. Educating oneself and being aware of the various flagship programs under different departments will ensure our participation in the developmental activities.”  This education and awareness should also be imparted to Govt. staffs as well. He exhorted the trainees to avail maximum benefit from the training and disseminate the same to others as well.

T. Lodo, State nodal officer, ITP, highlighted the course contents. The four-day long training  will cover topics such as good governance, official procedures, managerial skills, flagship programs under education sector-SSA, RMSA, RTE, Mid day meal, Saakshar Bharat Mission, Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan, HRHM, IAY, MGNREGA etc and the role of block level functionaries in these programs. DIPRO


PPA resolves to fight for people, take out peaceful procession

ITANAGAR, Jan 15: People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) in its executive council meeting at Naharlagun today resolved to fight against government on many important issues confronting people of the state.

The PPA has decided to organize a series of peaceful democratic agitation against the state government for allegedly failing to reply its earlier queries on various issues concerning common man and coming out with any concrete solutions on the ultimatum served to the Government on earlier occasions.

To start with, the party will be leading a peaceful mass democratic procession against the state government for failing to address the issues on January 17 in Itanagar. The procession will start at Mopin- Solung ground and proceed to Chief Secretary’s office and submit memorandum to the Chief Secretary demanding white paper on Hydro-Power and dams, financial status of the state, crippling law and order situation, mines and minerals, ‘unmindful’ allotment of private universities.

The party will also demand for immediate devolution of powers to Panchayati Raj institutions and municipal bodies.


BJP launches ‘Modi for PM fund’

ITANAGAR, Jan 15: The BJP Arunachal Pradesh president Tai Tagak has launched the ‘Modi for PM Fund’  here at State BJP Headquarter yesterday evening by contributing towards the fund online in presence of party cadres including State BJP Vice President, Katan Kamboh, State General Secretary, Dominic Tadar, Party Spokesman, Techi Necha.

Speaking on the occasion, BJP state President called upon party leaders and workers to contribute to the fund. BJP national President Rajnath Singh launched the Modi for PM Fund  same day at the BJP Central Office in New Delhi.

Meanwhile,  a strong team of 97 BJP leaders left for New Delhi to attend National Council Meeting on January 18-19. Tai Tagak, BLP leader Tamiyo Taga (MLA), National General Secretary Tapir Gao (Ex-MP) and Kiren Rijiju (Ex-MP) and National Executive member would also attend National Executive on January 17 in New Delhi.


Over thousand benefitted from health camp

PASIGHAT, Jan 15: The East Siang District Health Society (DHS) organized a free mega health camp recently in interior Riga village under Boleng subdivision which was formally inaugurated by Taro Mize, ADC Boleng.

A team of specialist doctors including Gynecologist, Orthopedic, Pediatrician, ENT, medicine and surgical specialists conducted free  health checkups. Free medicines, brochures, pamphlets were also distributed to all the patients and visitors to bring in health awareness.

According to DHS sources, altogether 1045 patients were treated and out of which 41 recorded as cataract cases. 10 cases were referred to Aalo District Hospital  while 31 cases  were referred to General Hospital, Pasighat for surgery. Notably 11 cases of minor Surgery was done at Riga PHC by the surgical specialist Dr. Tayem Dupak. At the same time 20 cases of laparoscopic sterilization was conducted at Riga PHC by Dr. Dilip Dutta. DIPRO


Education awareness campaign

ITANAGAR, Jan 15: The opening ceremony of the week-long educational awareness campaign by All Siyom Banggo Students’ Union (ASBSU) was held at Passing Govt. Sec. School today.

The opening ceremony was attended by Jomlo Mobuk Circle Officer Oni Padun, students, public leaders, senior citizens, all the PRI members and Gaon Burahs of Siyom Banggo under West Siang district.


District Task Force meeting held

TEZU, Jan 15: Under the Chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Rajeev Takuk District Task Force meeting on Intensified Pulse Polio Immunization was held at the DC’s conference hall here today. District Medical Officer, Dr. K. Basar, DRCHO Dr. Nani Rika, Medical Superintendent, all Medical Officers of Primary Health Centers and Community Health Centers and Tezu Child Development Project Officer were present in the meeting.

Addressing the gathering, Tatuk said “it is our bounded duty to conduct  IPPI. Let us all dedicate ourselves whole heartedly and contribute to this noble cause of a Polio free district.”

For effective implementation, he said that he will send messages to all the Administrative Officers,  Panchayat leaders and CDPOs to provide all kinds of logistic supports to the concerned Immunization Team.

DMO Dr. Basar also encouraged all the Medical Officers to do their best in immunizing maximum numbers of children in their respective areas.

No pockets or hamlets of settlement should be left out, he said. He also emphasized on effective door to door campaign.

DRCHO, Dr. Rika spoke on the aim, objective and role of District Task Force in a district. DIPRO


News Impact

Public hearing for Lower Siang HEP opposed

ITANAGAR, Jan 15: The Forum for Siang Dialogue (FSD) and the Siang Peoples' Forum (SPF) have strongly opposed the ‘arbitrary’ move of the Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh to conduct public hearing for the 2700 MW Lower Siang Hydroelectric project (HEP) on January 31 and demanded for immediate cancellation of the proposed public hearing and also scrapping of the project.

Terming the notification illegal and unconstitutional, the SPF in a release alleged that the state Govt. has issued the notification and fixed the places for the public hearing illegally turning a blind eye on the provisions of the laws prescribed under The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, in which, under Chapter II section 5 it is clearly stated that "When a Social Impact Assessment is required to be prepared under section 4, the appropriate Government shall ensure that a Public Hearing is held at the Affected Area, after giving adequate publicity about the date, time and venue for the Public Hearing to ascertain the views of the affected families to be recorded and included in the Social Impact Assessment Report," SPF in a release said.

“How has the state government illegally fixed the places for public hearing of Lower Siang Mega Dam for East Siang district at JN College, Pasighat, Auditorium, Katan CO (HQ) for Upper Siang district and General Ground Aalo, for West Siang district? Whereas, nowhere in the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Report of the project, Pasighat, Katan CO Office and Aalo General Ground are mentioned as an affected area or region and then, how can a Public Hearing place be fixed illegally in non-affected area that too very far away from the affected villages, depriving the affected families the right to hear and also to conduct the hearing itself fairly? It questioned.

“The constitution has given the Right to Equality under Article 14 and under article 19 (e), every citizen of India has the freedom to Reside and Settle in any part of the territory of India. In spite of the constitutional provisions provided under section 19 sub clause (e), the Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh has intentionally fixed the Public Hearing in a single day for all the districts of Siang valley, thereby curtailing the rights to hear and be heard of the people those who have land in both places of East Siang as well as West Siang districts,”.

FSD and SPF will pursue and oppose all moves by the Government to illegally evict the people from their villages and irrigated multi cropped fertile land just for the sake of benefiting a single Corporate house, the release said. Meanwhile, The Dam Affected People’s Forum has vowed to protest against the proposed public hearing of Lower Siang Hydro Electric Project (LSHEP) on January 31 at Katan of Upper Siang, Pasighat of East Siang and Aalo of West Siang districts.

In a release, while remembering the meet with Chief Minister and the government representatives on May 24, 2012, it stated, it was the proposal by the Chief Minister himself, for an Expert Committee for study of acceptance of the Lower Siang Hydro Electric Project (LSHEP) by the villagers of Siang Valley. However, the ground reality seems to be different with no visit paid by any of the members of the technical committee to any one of the villages in the valley on account of sensitization programme. There were no discussions for any technicalities with regard to the construction of the LSHEP, but except for the acceptance of the people to the dam projects especially the Lower Siang Hydro Power Project.

All the representatives of various organizations of the affected area and Government representative present in the meeting were unanimous with the fact that no public hearing should be allowed to conduct until and unless the 2nd round of talk after the submission of TEC Report. But till today no any invitation is made from the government side for discussion with representative of LSHP Project Dam Affected people of Siang Valley, it alleged.



Some thoughts to ponder about

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Jan 15: Finally much awaited Itanagar-Harmuty rail line saw some new developments with North East Frontier Railway (NFR) yesterday successfully conducting the first trial run of engine on the broad gauge (BG) line. The railway authorities declared that by April next, the formal passenger train service on this route will start.

The news has evoked mixed reaction. A section of society believes that Arunachal is still not ready to welcome railway as they fear that it will lead to large scale migration from other parts of the country.

Even though state government has been allaying all fear claiming that Papum Pare district administration will set up mechanism for proper checking of ILP, many are not convinced by the assurance. The young generation Arunachalees, who are witness to drastic demographic changes of places like Dimapur and many parts of Assam due to large scale migration of outsiders fuelled by introducing of railway, are bitterly opposed to the project. They think that instead of hurrying up railway project, the union government should have been concentrating in improving inter-district connectivity and take up airport project on priority.

“I don’t know how the authorities will implement ILP once railway starts functioning. The very thought of being outnumbered by outsiders in capital complex is scary. Railway will make things easy for criminals to move around and sure crime rate will shoot up in capital complex. Also this may be first step towards lifting ILP system,” shared a young college student. On the other hand, government officials think that this project will usher new era of development in Arunachal. “We can no longer remain in isolation. The world is changing and we have to welcome the change. Every developmental project comes with a price. But let us look at the positive side of this project too,” said a government officer on condition of anonymity.

Well, only time will tell whether Itanagar-Harmuty rail line will be boon for state or not. However there is doubt that speedy completion of this project shows that if there is willingness on the part of government, then developmental projects can indeed be finished on right time. With immense pressure from union government to ensure timely completion of Itanagar-Harmuty rail line, the state government used all the machineries to fast track this project. If our government shows similar enthusiasm in other projects, sure, it will serve the interest of needy people.

Another event which shocked the conscience of every Arunachalee citizen was decision of state government to provide Scorpio vehicle to six Zilla Parishad Chairpersons of state. Last year in the month of August, government of Arunachal had declared austerity measure to maintain strict financial discipline. The state government after due approval of the cabinet had imposed ban on creation and filling up of non-plan posts besides ban on employment of casual and contingency employees by any government department and also imposed a general ban on purchase of new vehicles. The state government had also banned foreign tour on official account to government functionaries.

It is surprising how the same government is flouting its own policy decision by buying new vehicles that too when the general election is knocking at the door. This is something to ponder about.



Tuki announces infrastructure development fund for Buragaon

BURAGAON, Jan 15: The air of smile and cheer enveloped the picturesque valley here this morning when a chopper landed carrying two important personality of the Arunachal Pradesh — CM Nabam Tuki and Takam Sanjoy Lok Sabha (West) MP. The children were happiest lots as evident from the smiling written all over their face. The people found a chopper amidst their home ground after 15 years. Tuki and Sanjoy who visited this remote place for the first time were greeted by large crowd comprising of gaon burahs, public leaders, students, villagers and officers.  

Attending as chief guest and guest of honour in the closing ceremony of the Nyetchidow festival, Tuki and Sanjoy assured speedy development in all the remote parts of the state including Buragaon.

Enthusing confidence among the people that they are united in their efforts to make Arunachal Pradesh a developed state, the two leaders including Kumsi Sidisow APEDA Chairman and local MLA declared in unison.

Acknowledging the importance of setting up a police station in Thrizino as demanded by the All Hrusso Socio-Cultural Society, Tuki assured its early initiation. To another memorandum by the Nyetchidow Festival Committee, he announced to sanction 2 crore for proper infrastructure set-up in Buragaon while Sanjoy assured 1 crore for construction of mini stadium and rostrum.    

The duo inaugurated Nagmandir to Buragaon PMGSY road and newly created EAC office.

Informing about the mythology behind the Nyetchidow fest, Sheriff Nimasow an educated youth of the community disclosed that Nyetchi means village and Dow means cleansing the village from the evil spirits for better harvest.

Earlier, the dignitaries also attended a ritual called Fow-Khi-Ghew performed by an Aka priest.



Encroachment issue messed up by Govt: PPA

ITANAGAR, Jan 15: Chief Ministerial candidate of People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) Laeta Umbrey has stated that the root cause of the problems being faced by the so called land encroachers and the common citizens in the twin city of Itanagar and Naharlagun is due to lack of visionary action on the part of the politicians in power and their machineries.

According to Umbrey, the original master plan for capital area with boundary demarcation in four sides of the map duly acquired under relevant laws and in larger public interest is in fact the Govt. land or the public property. But, unfortunately, the ‘selfish’ and ‘never ending greed’ of the bunch of the leaders and officials, instead of enacting a full proof futuristic capital town planning policies, allowed any Tom, Dick and Harry to grab the Govt. land. The ‘blow hot and blow cold’ attitude of the Govt. led to a mad race wherein the influential lot won and grabbed almost 70% of the capital area, he alleged.

According to Umbrey, even the highway side plantation area, children parks, zoo area, recreational and other reserve sites for setting up of Govt. structures like circuit houses and Govt. buildings were not spared. “Infact the land grabbing and selling business was allowed to be flourished by the Govt. as a vote bank tactics and means to generate quick and ready cash.”

The introduction of quota system among the legislators has further legitimized the encroachment spree, said Umbrey adding that the rampant issue of LPC to private individuals for setting up of projects, new villages etc. within the demarcated area of the capital region are ridiculous.

The situation today has reached to such a point wherein the Govt. has no option but to play the blame game. The contradictory orders of legitimizing the unauthorized occupations along with the orders of eviction and demolition by its machineries are nothing but stupidity and laughable, Umbrey said.

“From the perusal of the legal suits filed by thousand of aggrieved citizens, it is proven beyond doubt that the confused Govt. has no locus-standi to carry out an eviction and demolition drive. Since various Govt. departments themselves have not adhered to the Govt. directives for obtaining proper allotment order and up to date revenue payment, therefore, they are as much liable to be termed as encroachers as are the private individuals.”

According to PPA vice president Toko Sheetal, the so called encroachers are in possession of valid allotment orders or proof of revenue payment or documents for application for allotment dully filled in proper format with treasury challan and sketch map etc. Sheetal, alleged that Govt. has collected crores of bribe money in lieu of regularizing several thousand unauthorized occupations from different districts and subdivisions.

It is however not known how much was the increase in revenue collection but the quantum of encroachers definitely jumped to record high in the state. The sudden decision of the Govt. to evict and demolish the structure costing several hundred crores is a well thought plan and a policy that can be termed as carrot and stick approach.  

Sheetal further appealed the affected citizens not to fall prey to the evil designs of the conspirators and further not to waste their hard earned money in Courts and in the purse of the so called few powerful leaders and officials. She also stated that solution to the vexed problem lie in formulating a visionary land allotment policy as well as a policy on accommodation to Govt. employees taking into consideration the long term interest of all the stake holders.

If PPA is voted to power, the party will make all out efforts to see that all the existing structures, except those hindering the smooth passage of highways, are not unnecessarily grounded and further an alternative space preferably be called the new Itanagar shall be located and developed keeping in view the Itanagar after 100 years.

To implement such a visionary plan a tough decision and strong political will power is definitely required along with huge resources mobilization exercise, she added.



Tourism development still far cry in Siang valley

Prafulla Kaman

PASIGHAT, Jan 15: At a time when the central government is taking special efforts for development of tourism in the Northeastern states, the concerned department in East Siang district is handicapped by acute shortage of fund, manpower and other requirements.

Information has revealed that Tourism department in the district is running with insufficient staff, which is hindering extension of project works under the department. Even, not a single vehicle has been provided to the department to look after the field activities.

Officials said that the government has not allocated fund for implementation of tourism project in the district. “It is difficult for us to think of project implementation as we have no manpower and necessary infrastructure. Feeling difficulty to protect the existing properties, we can’t imagine implementation of major tourism project in the district”, said the district tourism officer (DTO) of Pasighat, Nuyee Talong.

The DTO informed that two tourist lodges run under the department - one at Pasighat Gumin Nagar and another at Boleng town have given to public-private partnership lease.

The poor infrastructure and non-allocation of fund to boost the district tourism department is causing a great deal of dissatisfaction among the nature lovers. Locals alleged that the government is gradually developing the Airport (ALG), BG railway, and National Highway connectivity in the region but it is not attending development in tourism sector.

The historically important places and monuments of East Siang and Upper Siang districts fall under Pasighat-Jengging-Yingkiong Tourist Circuit, one of the seven approved travel circuit in the state. The Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary - a rich habitat of unique birds and animals, Mouling National park, Kekar Moying (Black rock) and British domain Komsing village at Pangin and few other important tourists’ destinations are found along the route.  

Situated on the bank of mighty Siang river, the main tributary of Brahmaputra and bounded by rocky mountains, snow-clad peak and virgin floral and faunal diversities, the greater Siang valley provides perfect setting adventure tourism and eco tourism hot spot. Besides it, the water bodies of Siang river supports white water rafting and other water sports. But these potentialities are to be harnessed due to lack of proper policy taken by the authority concerned.

Observing the rich prospect of eco tourism and adventure tourism potentialities surrounding areas of Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary, the experts suggested the local villagers for development tourism industry for enhancing their household economy. They advocated that development of eco tourism is an effective policy for conservation of the natural bounties and wildlife of the area.

Meanwhile, three proposals of eco tourism projects from the district has been submitted to the concerning ministry, but these are yet to be sanctioned.



East Siang DC gives priority on girl education

PASIGHAT, Jan 15: “Education is not only an entry point to job opportunities, it uplifts our living standard. Investment for girls’ education yields high dividends, said East Siang Deputy Commissioner Nidhi Srivastava today while speaking on the occasion of the 7th Foundation Day of Kasturva Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya at Yagrung.

Stressing on girl and women education in the society, the DC stated that the local administration is committed to give priority on girl education for their healthier and happier life. “Education helps girls to know their rights and gain confidence to claim and upgrade their skills, information and self-confidence that they need to be better parents, workers and citizens for the nation.”

While sharing her views on health and hygiene, she advised to keep the surrounding of the school and hostel clean making the area disease-free. Before concluding her speech, she emphasized on promoting basic qualities in students like discipline, punctuality, trustworthiness and compassion so that they could set examples of high moral rectitude, educational, academic and moral excellence, and try to serve their communities as worthy citizens in future. She gave away the prizes and certificates to the toppers for their achievements in different fields.

Earlier, the Bosing (I) ZPM Namukh Taloh said a girl child could get highest capacity in the society through her academic excellence like the present young IAS officer Nidhi Srivastava who is leading the district as Deputy Commissioner. It would definitely inspire many girl students in days to come towards progress and prosperity, he hoped. Taloh advised the school management committee and faculties to provide quality education so that students could become ‘agents of changes’ in their communities. Taloh who is also local ZPM of the area appealed the DC to provide necessary funds for construction of boundary wall of the school.

The day long program marks ceremonial flag hoisting by the Chief Guest and cultural presentations by the school children. Among others, Takek Jamoh (SMC Chairman), Principal Miti Gao, Tapang Jamoh (HGB) and Gaon Buri Yalek Siram also spoke and put their suggestions and grievances during the celebration. DIPRO



APSCW chairperson attends interactive meet

ITANAGAR, Jan 15: Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) chairperson Gumri Ringu along with Padmashree Binny Yanga attended a regional interactive meeting of National Commission for Women (NCW) with chairpersons of State Commission for Women of North–East region at Imphal, Manipur for setting up of NE Cell at NCW, New Delhi.

The visiting team members also had an interactive meeting with women on Ima Keithal (Women’s Market) and also with all Women community leaders of Moreh and visited Manipur Central Jail in collaboration with Manipur State Commission for Women from January 9 to 12.

APSCW chairperson Ringu presented a paper on how functional are the safeguards provided for women under various laws in Arunachal Pradesh. She recommended for effective implementation of safeguards for improving the condition of women in the state and stressed on further strengthening of the Commission in Arunachal Pradesh.

The inaugural function of meeting was attended among others by Kumari AK Mirabhai Devi, Minister, Social Welfare Manipur, Mamta Sharma, NCW Chairperson, Nirmala Samant Prabhakar, Member NCW, L.Sailu, Member NCW (NE in charge), Chief Secretary, Manipur.

All the chairpersons of the North–East State Commission for women were also present in the meeting.



More than 50,000 pilgrims take holy dip at Parshuram Kund

TEZU, Jan 15: More than 50,000 devotees from across India and abroad took Holy dip in Parshuram Kund at Lohit district on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. Every year in the month of January especially on Makar Sankranti large number of devotees and pilgrims arrive in this part of the state to take Holy dip at Parsuram kund because of its religious sanctity.

Wakro EAC –cum- Mela Officer Dakto Riba, however, expressed disappointment over the fewer turn out of pilgrims in Parsuram mela this year. Out of 50,000 devotees, only 30,000 pilgrims were from other parts of India and abroad, the rest 15,000 -20,000 are locals, he informed.  And the good thing is that there was no chaos and no law and order problem has been reported so far.

He also informed that the management of the Mela has been satisfactory and everything right from vehicle parking, crowd management, medical coverage, arrangement of food and lodging etc were systematically arranged.

Free food was provided to the pilgrims at the Mela site by the Parshuram Sewa Samity, Manav Utthan Seva Samity of Tinsukia and some other NGOs. Free medical camp was also organized by ITBP, Wakro PHC and Arunachal Pali Vidyapeeth.

Volunteers from Vivekananda Kendra and Arun Jyoti, Wakro assisted the Police and Administration to help the old and aged pilgrims and to control the crowd.

Magistrates, Police and Para Military Forces were deployed by the district administration and district police authorities for extensive and elaborate security arrangements.

The Mela will be officially closed from 17th January. However, the Police Outpost in the Mela site will remain open till further order.

The Lohit District Deputy Commissioner Rajeev Takuk along with SP  T. Amo, ADC Namsai also toured around the Kund area to take stock of law and order situation. DIPRO



Training cum demonstration on Kiwi and orange

ZIRO, Jan 15: A one day training-cum-demonstration programme on kiwi fruit and orange was organized by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Yachuli, at Hapoli (Ziro) Lower Subansiri district on January 13 last.  The programme sponsored by National Horticulture Board, Gurgaon (Haryana) was inaugurated by Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Marnya Ete. Ete also released the technical- cum-extension bulletin for upgrading the knowledge  and  technical skills of the fruit growers of Arunachal Pradesh entitled KIWIFRUIT-A BOON FOR ARUNACHAL PRADESH to mark the occasion.

Dr. A.N. Tripathi, Programme Co-ordinator, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Yachuli, highlighted the significant achievements of KVK, while, Yowa Nunu, SMS (Agronomy) spoke about objectives and the relevance of the training programme. I.P. Tiwari, District Training Officer (FTC.) Lower Subansiri highlighted the importance of the training programme and uniqueness about the particular programme of Kiwifruit prospects in Ziro valley to farmers.

Rooted saplings of kiwifruit and tool kits (Secteaur, Pruning saw, Budding and grafting Knife) were also provided to approximately 70 progressive farmers during the programme.

Later in the technical session lectures were delivered on ‘Kiwifruit (Actinidia deliciosa Chev.) - a boon for Arunachal Pradesh by Dr. G. Pandey, Principal Scientist (Horticulture), Central Institute for Subtropical Horticulture (ICAR), Lucknow (U.P.) describing the detail account of kiwifruit in the forthcoming prospect of Arunachal Pradesh and Scientific Cultivation of Mandarin fruit by Dr. M.K. Verma, Principal Scientist (Horticulture), Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi highlighting about the scientific interventions for mandarin cultivation for prosperity.

In the last part of the technical session, farmers-scientist interaction programme was organized, this was  followed by the practical demonstration cum learning by doing programme on Training and pruning of kiwifruit at Hage Appus Kiwifruit orchard, Hapoli by G. Pandey. DHO, DAO, SDO, ADO and officers from other line departments of Lower Subansiri district also attended the programme. DIPRO



MLA Tado lauds CM’s commitment for development

ITANAGAR, Jan 15: Expressing gratitude to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for  his maiden visit to Pipsorang circle Hq. on the occasion Vikas Rally on January  9 last, M.L.A-cum-chairman, Hydro Power Development Corporation, Er. Markio Tado also appreciated  the commitment given by CM for up-gradation of  existing Pipsorang Hq. Sub-Centre to Primary Health Centre for the welfare of the local villagers as it is impossible to take care of the patients without sufficient health facilities. Tado said CM  further promised to extend every possible help in the field of agriculture & horticulture and  stressed upon the use of renewable source of energy like Solar Power and assured to provide required fund and material for such projects.  

Tado had already apprised the CM of the shortage of food grains in the region due to last year’s bamboo flowering and rodent menace. The MLA also lauded  Rajya Sabha MP Mukut Mithi and Lok Sabha MP Takam Sanjoy for their assurance to provide fund for infrastructural development and expressed thankfulness to other MLAs, Congress leaders and Panchayat leaders. Govt officials, gaon burahs and others  who  visited Pipsorang on the occasion.

The MLA further announced  Rs 1 lakh for  Sorang Yumi  who won a Bronze medal in Archery event at international level as a token  of encouragement.



Tadar Tang Memorial Football Tournament

Lower Subansiri edge past Kurung Kumey

Papum Pare, U Subansiri, CC, W Siang, LDV, Anjaw through to quarterfinals

ITANAGAR, Jan 15: Five time champion Lower Subansiri registered their second consecutive win in the 13th Tadar Tang Memorial State Level Football Tournament after Toko Poliam’s first half goal secured a narrow 1-0 victory over archrivals Kurung Kumey at RG Stadium, Naharlagun today.

In a high voltage match, Poliam scored in 34th minute through a long-range shot which later turned out to be the match winner.

Earlier in the morning, Lower Dibang Valley (LDV) beat Anjaw 2-1. Though Anjaw lost the match, the team entered into the quarterfinal from group "D" along with winner of the group LDV.

The third and last match of the day was played between Upper Subansiri and Lohit in which the former defeated the later 2-1. With the win, Upper Subansiri secured quarterfinal berth from group “D” along with  group winner Papum Pare.

Lohit, who played out a 2-2 draw against Papum Pare yesterday, needed a draw against Upper Subansiri to secure place in the quarterfinals.

Upper Subansiri was defeated 3-2 by Papum Pare in their first group match on January 12.

Other two teams, who entered into the quarterfinals, are Capital Complex (CC) and West Siang from group “C”.

The last two quarterfinalists from group “A” will be decided after matches to be played between Kurung Kumey and Tawang tomorrow at 12.30 pm and Lower Subansiri and East Kameng at 2 pm.



---- Readers Forum ----


Why special privilege to capital complex?

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed newspaper, I want to ask our state police do accident and crime only take place in our state capital. I have seen helpline numbers are available only for state capital and few other towns.

I wonder what about remaining thousand citizens of our state. Do they have to run every time to the police station for help? Most of the  circle and sub-division police stations don’t even provide helpline number to the public. When we check out telephone directory of our state, we will find helpline numbers of only few police stations but out of that too many number doesn’t function. Since the introduction of mobile service in our state, landline service has not been taken care and now the landline numbers are only for show off.

I wish our state police realize the need of helpline numbers for thousands of remaining citizens of our state. I also request telecom service providers to renovate landline services of our state which have been left abandoned.


Anthony Jugli




What happened to the promises?

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, we would like to remind AP government about the commitment made to the All Arunachal LDC & SK Association by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki on 21st November 2013. It was assured that pay parity of LDCs & SKs will be solved by enhancing grade pay from 1900 to 2400 pm in the next cabinet meeting. But unfortunately it is learnt that required documentation has not yet been finalized by the finance department and High Level Standing Committee constituted for such parity. It is being kept in abeyance.

Through your esteemed column, it is once again earnestly requested to kindly full-fill the assurances given by CM to our association on the pay parity.


Tethun Dada,


All Tirap LDCs Association,




Separate timeline for NE will be productive

Dear Editor,

I am one of your avid readers and currently living in Delhi. It would be really nice if your paper could feature an article on separate time zone for North-Eastern states, explaining it. For local business, who, are in contact with the mainland business, it can be really productive. We lose almost 1 to 2 hrs following Indian Standard Time.

Please do look into this. Wishing you all the luck for 2014 to bring about much needed changes and voicing out the needed issues in Arunachal.


Topsy Kamchi






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---- Editorial ----


Trying time for AAP

When Aam Aadmi Party made spectacular debut in recently concluded Delhi assembly election, many Indians heaved sigh of relief and start believing that this will be beginning of new era of good people winning elections. Expectation went notch higher when AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal was sworn in as chief minister of Delhi.  There were celebration across the country and many conscience citizens including popular figure started to join AAP. However with each passing days many are getting disillusioned with way AAP is functioning. It no longer looks like party with difference.

Today in an embarrassing development to Aam Aadmi Party, its own MLA Vinod Kumar Binny  attacked Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government, accusing it of deviating from the "promises" made to the people ahead of the election. Binny, who had publicly displayed his unhappiness after failing to get a place in the Cabinet, said there has been a "lot of difference" between what AAP had promised during the election campaign and what is being done now. While responding to these charge CM Kejriwal said the MLA first demanded that he be made minister and then wanted to contest the Lok Sabha polls. This whole incident shows AAP in poor light and does not augur well for this new party. Indeed this is trying time for AAP and how they tackle the situation will be interesting to watch in days to come.


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