January 30

State level  boxing championship begins today

Staff Reporter

KHONSA, Jan 29: The first ever state level sub-junior/senior men’s boxing championship will begin here tomorrow.

A total 86 boxers from Papum Pare, Kurung Kumey, Lower Subansiri; East Kameng, West Siang, Longding, Tirap distirct and team from Arunachal Pradesh Police are participating in the  three days championship.

MLA Yumsum Matey will inaugurate the championship tomorrow 10 am as chief guest.

National sub-junior boxing gold medalist Karling Natung,  two times silver medalist Techi Bida, National School Games Bronze medalist Peba Lomri are among some of the upcoming players participating in the championship.


Mingkhi and Sidhart won under-16 badminton in doubles

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: Mingkhi Talom from Pasighat participated in the national level under-16 tennis championship, organized by the All India Tennis Association at Chachal, Guwahati, Assam. Pairing with Sidhart Choudhary of Assam, they beat Ankit Kyasap and Ronak Bora of Assam scoring 6-3 and 6-2 to win the doubles championship.


Death mourned

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: Recalling the immense contribution of late Deepti Apang, wife of former Chief Minister Gegong Apang as prominent social worker, who had served Adi community in particular with her innovative ideas to promote its rich culture, the NCP Arunachal Pradesh expressed deep shock at her untimely demise. The party conveyed condolence to the bereaved family and observed two minutes silence for the heavenly peace of departed soul.


Jalley Sonam joins PPA

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: A day after the announcement of his candidature for the ensuing Parliamentary election in the state, former Chairman Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board (APB& OCWWB) and   President, All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union (AAPWU) Jalley Sonam  along with members from AAPWU, Tomar Bagra and PD Jamsenpa has joined the Peoples Party of Arunachal (PPA) during  a joining in ceremony organized by the party at Naharlagun today.

‘I had a dream since last 20 years to work for my people and for my state and PPA is the right platform for any true Arunachalee to work for his land,’ said Sonam.  While justifying his joining the PPA, he informed that though he worked and supported the Congress in the past but never took any membership in the Congress party. He further described most of the sitting leaders as “corrupts and puppet” of those who are sitting in Delhi but doesn’t talk and think about the indigenous people.

While claiming the PPA as the only option for all-round development and the platform to root-out corruption from the state, Sonam asserted to stick to the party and continue his contribution for the party and the state.

Welcoming the new entrant to the party fold, Chairman PPA, Kameng Ringu said  ‘The state needs such leaders with vision who dare to work and contribute for its people under any circumstances through righteous means,’ he said.

‘Being in the power for last three decade ruling government has brought nothing for the state, but sold its rivers and mountains by signing MoU for atleast 150 mega dams to various mainland power developers. So it is the most vital time for the people of the state to bring their own people, own party PPA in power for drastic changes,’ Ringu stated.

The PPA’s President, Nikh Kamin, Vice President Toko Sheetal, Working President Kafa Bengia  also spoke on the occasion.


ANSU celebrates 32nd foundation day

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) yesterday celebrated its 32nd Foundation day in befitting manner here at ANSU office premises.

Speaking on the occasion, ANSU president Sikka Gapak urged the ANSU to play a bigger role by going beyond the Nyishi community and to serve the state through competent leadership.

Nigler Veo, former ANSU president  also stressed that ANSU should  play a role of elder brother and promote communal harmony  as the Nyishi community is the largest community in the state.

Veo further stated that with the ANSU’s efforts, social evils like child marriage in the community has sharply declined. He also appealed ANSU  to give focus on curtailing the unemployment  problems through equality in education.

Apart from the members of ANSU the event was also attended by members of APPSU, ANYA, District  and branch Student Unions.


Refresher Asha modular training at Tuting

YINGKIONG, Jan 29: 6th and 7th refresher ASHA modular training is being held at CHC Tuting  from  January 28 which has been organized by Upper Siang District Health Society. A team of doctors and medical staffs headed by Dr. Appir Apang, DRCHO Yingkiong is conducting the training. DIPRO


Mengio Idol 2014

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: Ringu Mangha was declared as Mengio Idol 2014, Gollo Tagak, Taba Taha were adjudged as first and second runner up respectively being organized by All Mengio Artist Forum in befitting manner recently at Auditorium Hall Sakiang in Papum Pare district.


NDV celebrated

TEZU, Jan 29: The National Voters Day 2014 was celebrated in all polling stations under Lohit district on January 25.   The NDV celebration function was organized at Govt. Hr. Sec. School auditorium, Tezu in presence of new voters and heads of institutions, Govt staff. The function was presided over by DC cum DEO Rajeev Takuk.

On the eve of National Voters Day, essay competitions were conducted in different schools and prizes along with certificate distributed to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd rank in each category. The district election officer, Tezu has administered the pledge to all the voters/all members present in the hall. Many other resource persons including school principal also delivered lecturers on the occasion. DIPRO


38 Pasighat CM trophy  tournament ends

PASIGHAT, Jan 29: The 38-Pasighat Volleyball and Football tournament for both boys and girls for CM trophy concluded today. In women group volleyball Mirku defeated KGBV Yagrung team and PTC defeated KGBV Yagrung in football in the final matches. In women volleyball Mirjiru Mamoni and in football Renu Padung adjudged as the best players.

In Boys volleyball, the RPL won while Smasher lost the final and in football Takilalung qualified for district level matches defeating PTC. Toyi Mibang chosen as best player.

Veteran footballer Tamat Gamoh graced the final match as Chief Guest and handed over the trophies to the Winner and Runners up teams and certificates and medals to the participants.  DIPRO


Alert VKV students save Zoo from wildfire

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: The Class-IX Students of VKV, Chimpu, showed the presence of mind to inform the Zoo authority while detecting origin of wild fire occurred in the Biological Park today on 29th January 2014 at about 10.00 am. The students were doing their project study on wild animals in the park along with their science Teacher, KK Subramanian.

Timely information to the zoo authority saved a devastation that would have happened due to the fire engulfed on a very old tree around 250 yrs old, premna Bengallnsis (Ghora).

Raya Flago, curator and Dr. Sorang Tadap, veterinary officer of the zoo mobilized workers in zoo as well as fire force in action to put of the fire within a short time.  


RGU conducts exposure tour for students

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: The Rajiv Gandhi University, Doimukh organized a 20 days education exposure programme to south India for the toppers of respective departments and Rajiv Gandhi University Students' Union. A total of 44 students were escorted by Dr M. Lama, Economics dept and A. Yadav of Hindi Dept. The program was being conducted to encourage the students as well to impart practical knowledge along with the academic sessions.

The team visited major cities like Mumbai, Goa, Bangalore, Mysore, Ooty, Chennai and many education institutions, museums, libraries, sanctuary etc. Some of the most existing source of knowledge was the elephanta cave, the Mysore Palace, Mahabalipuram, St. Thomas Basilica church, St. Francis Xavier body, the tomb and Fort of Tipu Sultan of Mysore moved the students and brought sense of patriotism.


Tirap district level tourney for CM trophy begins

KHONSA, Jan 29: The district level CM Trophy  for Football & Volleyball (Men & Women) in Tirap kick started at SDO headquarter Deomali yesterday amidst huge gathering.

Declaring the tournament open, Wangki Lowang, Parliamentary Secretary, (Sports & Youth Affairs) emphasized the need to grow sports culture amongst the youth and asked the participants to actively involve in every aspects of the game.

Earlier in his address R.Mihu, DSO (Sports), Khonsa briefed about the gathering about the very purpose  for holding such tournament. He further added that it was the desire of the Government to spread the game in every nook & corner of each District of AP for mass participation aiming the youth in particular.

The entire CM trophy for both constituency & District level was organized by the District Sports cell under the aegis of  Tirap DC Kamlesh Joshi  who had rendered his every possible help  and guidance in shaping the tournament for its success. The winner of the district level team shall take part in the state level championship.


Training on capacity building

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: The district level training on Capacity Building and Implementation of Quality Monitoring Tools was organized today by District Level Management Committee (SSA), Lohit for all district coordinators and functionaries under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan at BRC Training Centre, Tezu. The inaugural session of the five-day training programme was attended by Rajeev Takuk, Deputy Commissioner Lohit District.

The Deputy Commissioner spoke at length and breadth regarding proper implementation of Quality Monitoring Tools (QMTs) for maintaining quality in various dimensions of education. He also asked SSA functionaries and coordinators to dedicate themselves in bringing a quality revolution in the system of education in the State.

B. Siram DDSE-CUM-District Programme Officer (SSA) explained on the roles and responsibilities of all level of functionaries. He appealed them to furnish all the relevant information on QMTs. The key resource person Dr. B.K. Nath, Principal Indira Gandhi Government College Tezu addressed the participants to focus on issues, challenges and strategy of Elementary Education in the District.


District level Subroto Cup Football Tourney ends

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: The final match of district level Subroto Cup Football Tournament of Papum Pare District concluded today at General Football Ground, Rono, Doimukh. Government Higher Secondary School (GHSS), Doimukh defeated GHSS, Naharlagun 2 – 1 in a very interesting final. A total of 8 (Eight) football teams participated representing their schools with full of zeal and enthusiasm in the tournament.

Speaking on the occasion TT Tara, DDSE, Papum Pare called upon all the participants to maintain sportsmen’s spirit and further suggested to acquire and achieve the laid down motto of great Air Marshall of the nation Subroto Mukherjee who tried his level best to bring junior footballers into mainstream. In the concluding ceremony the trophy was given to winner & runner up teams in presence of Principal, GHSS, Doimukh, Anchal Chairperson Doimukh Anchal Segment who were joined by large gathering of people. The organizing Secretary of the district level Suboroto Mukherjee Cup, R K Rob thanked everyone who supported directly and indirectly in organizing this tournament.


News Impact

AAP to contest elections in Arunachal

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today formally announced its entry in Arunachal Pradesh by declaring to contest the ensuing Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.

Addressing the mediapersons here at Arunachal Press Club, AAP's national executive member and in-charge of North Eastern states Habung Payeng, said “We will make all efforts to put up maximum number of candidates in the parliamentary and Assembly polls in Arunachal Pradesh and also try to put up maximum candidates in the Lok Sabha election from the NE region.”

Apart from Arunachal Pradesh, the party has already constituted state committees in Assam, Manipur, Tripura and Meghalaya, Payeng said adding that “they are mulling to test the political arena in Sikkim, Mizoram and Nagaland.”

The AAP has also declared that it would focus on several issues related to the common man in the state by demanding  a strong Lokayukta in the state and   to demand for reduction of the RTI fee per copy from Rs.10. The RTI is a strong tool for a clean and transparent government, but the state government seems to curb it by increasing the fee from Rs.2 to Rs.10 per copy, said the former RTI Commissioner.

The party has constituted a small preparatory committee in Arunachal which, though temporary in nature, is launching a membership drive throughout the state, added Payeng. Advocate Tayum Son, social worker Takar Lino, Habung Tamang and Yomkar Riba are some of the active members of the preparatory committee.

Emphasizing the basic tenants of AAP, Payeng informed that all contesting candidates will have to execute an affidavit declaring that they would not avail of any luxurious government accommodation and would not use red light in their official vehicles if they are elected. Further, aspiring candidates with criminal background would not be issued party tickets.

On being asked about the strategy to contest from a Congress bastion like Arunachal Pradesh, Payeng said that they would work for the people and provide a better alternative than parties like Congress and BJP. People have witnessed what the Congress government has done for the last many decades in the state, now let the people see what AAP can do witnessing the functioning at Delhi, said Payeng. “The voters of the state are very conscious and the AAP will be able to provide good governance as expected by the people," he added.



Rs 29 cr state matching share for SSA released

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: In a major decision, the state Government has released the State matching share of Rs. 29 Cr. for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Programmes for Arunachal Pradesh. This will facilitate the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India to release the remaining share of Rs. 175 Crore meant for salary of SSA  and KGBV teachers and other SSA progammes.

The high level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in presence of Finance and Planning Minister Chowna Mein, Education Minister Bosiram Siram, Development Commissioner Finance Ramesh Negi and Commissioner Education K R Meena took this decision.

The SSA and KGBV teachers’ salary would be released after the receipt of the central share which is expected in the month of February next.

While showing serious concern over the enhancement of KGBV school teacher’s salary, the chief minister assured to take up the matter with the ministry of human resource development, GOI immediately. He observed that, it is imperative on the part of central government to change the salary norms for KGBV teachers serving in tough and inhospitable terrains of Arunachal Pradesh which shares international borders with China, Myanmar and Bhutan.

Meanwhile, a high level committee has been constituted under the chairmanship of Commissioner Education to study various grievances of KGBV employees. The committee shall submit a detail report to the government within a month.



Maintain peace and harmony’

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: While referring to the ‘group clashes in the forest area in Tarasso circle’,  state Govt has appealed to the  people not to panic and maintain peace and harmony.

“A preliminary information has been received that some clashes between two groups has taken place in the forest area near Sango village under Tarasso Circle of Papum Pare district today. The facts are being verified through district authorities and officers posted in the area,” said state Chief Secretary in a release today.

In the meantime, people are appealed not to panic and react to the reports and maintain peace and harmony. Officials of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh are in constant touch with each other and adequate steps are being taken up to maintain peace and tranquility in the area while facts of the report are being ascertained, the release added.



Arunachal People’s Choice Awards 2014 for mediapersons and businessmen

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: The PR North East, a division of Business North East Group established in the year 2007 today announced to host Arunachal People’s Choice Awards 2014 (APCA 2014). The award is exclusively for mediapersons and young entrepreneurs in the state. PR North East in its mission to make North East India identified globally and keep the trend of Corporate Social Responsibility in the Indian business sector has come up first time with one of its kind dream event.

The PR North East promoted this new idea  to connect globally striving for an innovative change.

Addressing the mediapersons at Press Club here PR North East CEO Dakter Esse highlighted the significance of media in strengthening the society and the massive potential of business in the state. Divulging much about the award, Esse said, “This prestigious award ceremony is an initiative to encourage entrepreneurs and media fraternity particularly unsung heroes to continue to serve the state.” She further said that the selection of the award winner is purely based on people’s participation through Miss Call and Online Voting. It is at the end analyzing oneself as how close they have been to the society in terms of their services as a media person and an entrepreneur.

This award ceremony is people’s analysis of their favorite media persons and most sought after business entities in the state, to give the appreciation and recognition they deserve, she added.

The BNE group, CEO, Sijo Jacob added that this award ceremony will be a platform to forecast Arunachal Pradesh as conducive to business for its hospitality and business potential. APCA 2014 is a congregation of media, entrepreneurs and society to bring about the positive energy the state lives with.

Chief Operating Officer, Nishant Koyu said that, “We plan to make it an annual event with added categories every year. And for this year the two major categories are Media and Business. Under the business category, PR North East has incorporated the best performing SHG and Farmers’ Club category recommended by the government of Arunachal Pradesh and few other sub categories”

Chief Minister, Nabam Tuki is the Chief Patron for the event. The Vice Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi University, State Chief Information Commissioner, Secretary Tourism & Planning, Director DIPR, Director Art and Culture, MD APIDFC, Chief Engineer Hydro Power Development are the patrons respectively.



Prisoners on hunger strike

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: The Arunachalee prisoners languishing in North Lakhimpur district jail reportedly have been on hunger strike since January 17  demanding  their shifting to Jollang District jail, Itanagar.

Highly placed source informed that out of 12 Arunachalee prisoners, four are on hunger strike demanding the authority to shift them immediately claiming that  their basic rights and facilities are being denied and deprived of.

Most of the prisoners were convicted in Arunachal Pradesh, however they were shifted to North-Lakhimpur district jail due to accommodation problem in the state.

Talking to The Arunachal Times over the telephone from the district jail, one of the prisoners said, “We get no annual leave like inmates of this state, moreover our rights are being deprived and denied.” He further complained that there is no medical facilities for the prisoners.  It is said that the prisoners have been protesting and staging hunger strike since 2010 demanding their shifting immediately, source added.



2 Arunachalee girls selected in trial session for Asia Confederation Cup

NAHARLAGUN, Jan 29: For the first time, two girls from Arunachal Pradesh have been selected to participate in a trial session in the category of under 14 women’s football team to be held in Thiruvanantha-puram, Kerala starting from 1st of February next.

Techi Amin daughter of Techi Novin, a ninth standard student of J.N.V school Doimukh and Achum Degio, daughter of Taken Degio, student of class eight from Amar Jyoti Government Middle School, both from Capital Complex Sporting Club (CCSC) Itanagar has been chosen by the selectors’ according to their past performance in the 2nd edition of Nyari Welly Women’s Football Tournament held on last December.

“There has been a provision to send two best players from each state for the trial session and among them the selected one will have the privilege to represent India team in the forth-coming Under-14 Asia Confederation Cup (AFC-cup) to be held in Sri Lanka soon.” This was informed by Kipa Ajay, Assistant General Secretary of Arunachal Pradesh Football Association (APFA).

When asked about the chances of getting a breakthrough in the Indian team Kipa Bharat the official coach who is also accompanying the players said “the job to get selected in the Indian team would not be as easy because many players will come through a professional institutions like Sports Authority of India (SAI) and besides that height will always be a determining factor for our players.”

While encouraging both the girls, Bamang Tago, Political Secretary to Chief Minister said “the over-haul shifting of our local people’s mind set by preferring games and sports to the traditional career like doctor and engineer is the need of the hour to develop this sector.” He also supposed that apart from the sports quota being provided in various departments for meritorious sports person the state government can also vouch for a separate reservation meant for the women sportspersons.

Kipa Takum, President of Arunachal Pradesh Football Players Association (APFPA) who is also joining the team as an official member advised both the players to show discipline and focus only in their performance to deliver the best.



District level tournaments for CM trophy

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: The district level chief minister's trophy for Lohit on football and volleyball (men & women) is being held at jubilee ground, Tezu. The event which started yesterday will conclude on 31st January. The 44-Tezu assembly constituency, 46-chowkham assembly constituency, 47-namsai assembly constituency and 48-lekang assembly constituency are taking part in the tournament.

During the official programme held yesterday organising secretary cum district sports officer of Lohit Mala Linggi, welcomed the guests, team officials and coaches representing different assembly constituencies.  Rajeev Takuk, deputy commissioner, Lohit and Rosalin Pertin, circle officer, Tezu attended the inaugural function. Speaking on the occasion DC Takuk honoured participants and organizer with the words of encouragement. He encouraged and thanked the organizer as well, for conducting the tournament for the development of sports at grassroot level and brings out sports talent.

Meanwhile,  the district Level Chief Minister’s Football and Volleyball competition started today with formal inauguration by Pushpendra Kumar, Superintendent of Police in presence of Organizing Secretary Nidhi Srivastava (DC), Chief Councilor Denong Tamuk, Dy. Chief Councilor Atik Pertin, host officers, leaders and sports lovers at the sports complex. Participants from all the five constituencies are participating in the district level championship.  

Addressing the inaugural function SP Kumar exhorted participants to take part in the tournament with discipline and sportsman spirit and enjoy the entire episode with full of fun displaying their talents while quoting ‘Life is full of failures and successes’. He informed that there are special reservations in government jobs for sportsperson. He hoped that such initiative taken by government would encourage youngsters to take up sports.

In the first football match, Ruksin-Bilat team and Pasighat Constituency were equal with 1-1 in normal duration but in tie breaker Pasighat defeated Ruksin-Bilat by 4-3. In volleyball, Pasighat beat Ruksin-Bilat in the first match while in second match Nari-Koyu beat Pangin-Boleng. (DIPRO)



Republic Day celebrated

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: The 65th Republic Day was celebrated with pomp and gaiety at remotest ADC HQ Nyapin of Kurung Kumey District on 26th January. T Borang, ADC unfurled the National Flag in presence of Govt. staff, PR leaders, GBs, senior citizens, public and students of sub- Division on the occasion.

Addressing the gathering Borang appealed the people to extend good hospitality to the visitors of the remote area like Nyapin in order to promote tourism. Peace and tranquility is the pre- requisite for any kind of development, he said.

ADC Nyapin also called upon the departmental officers and officials to stay in their posting place (Nyapin) to discharge their duties with outmost sincerity, dedication and in a transparent manner for the welfare of the people of remotest sub-division Nyapin.

He further appealed the PR leaders of Nyapin sub-division not to stay out of their Panchayat segment as it is very difficult to coordinate the development process of remote village by the development agency. The day-long programme  included prabhat pharry by the students, cultural  competitions and  games and sports etc.

The 65th Republic  Day was celebrated at Leporiang with great pomp and gaiety. The Circle Officer, Hage Tarung, unfurled the National Flag amidst the presence of Nabam Tara, ZPM and Chera Renu, Anchal Chairperson, other panchayat leaders, general public, government staffs and students and Gaon Buras.

The Republic Day was also celebrated at Boleng. The national tricolor was unfurled amidst huge gathering by the Minister Industries Tapang Taloh and took Rastriya Salute from the parade contingents. In his address, Taloh highlighted various developmental programs initiated by him under dynamic leadership of the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki. He gave away Red-Coats to the new GBs and also presented silver and bronze medals and certificates to eleven teachers for their meritorious services. Later, the minister visited GHSS and exhorted the staffs to restore the past glory and fame of the lost glory of the school.

The Republic Day was also celebrated at Geku. EAC Bani Lego unfurled the National Flag on the occasion. In his speech  Lego highlighted the developmental activities taken up in Geku circles and appealed the people to cooperate for all round development of the area.



Panggeng lays foundation stone for Arch bridge

YINGKIONG, Jan  29: Parliamentary Secretary Education, Law and Justice J.K. Panggeng laid the foundation stone for construction of Arch Bridge over Yamne at Parak yesterday amidst a huge gathering of government officers, public leaders and PRI members of Mariyang, Geku and Katan Anchal blocks.

The bridge is connecting Padu with Katan and the latter is linked to the main road, the State Trans-Highway from Pasighat to Yingkiong via Mariyang.  An amount of Rs. 646 lakh  has been sanctioned for construction of 81.00 metre long bridge.

Er. Tapi Darang EE (PWD) Mariyang informed that the PWD, the executing agency, has planned to complete the construction of the bridge latest by 31st March 2016.

The parliamentary Secretary was accompanied by DC L. Borang, SP Tage Habung, ADC  R.Perme, EAC Geku Bani Lego, DMO, DDSE, DVO, DPO, DHO, ADTH, officers, public leaders and PRI members.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki had visited the site during his tenure as PWD Minister and approved the sanction for construction of the bridge to address problems and difficulties of the people of the area. Earlier on the same day the Parliamentary Secretary inaugurated a new Guest House of PHED constructed at Katan near PWD IB by the PHE Katan sub-division. The department accomplished the construction of the building under the initiative and supervision of Er. Rajen Taying AE. Both Panggeng and Borang appreciated the quality of construction in such a remote place like Katan and encouraged other departments to follow the same tempo. On this occasion the Deputy Commissioner formally handed over red coat to Koyit Tagi, a popular Kebang orator  and one of the Gaon Buras of Sibum village. DIPRO



7th NE Fide Rating Chess Championship begins at Nirjuli

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: The 7th North East Fide Rating Chess Tournament 2014 begun from today at Nyikum Nyia, Hall, Nirjuli. It is being organised by All Arunachal Pradesh Chess Association (AAPCA) and participants from all the North East state are taking part. More than 200 players from north east have registered.

The Member of Parliament, Arunachal West Parliamentary Constituency Takam Sanjoy declared the tournament open. He welcomes all the team manager of North East and also international and national judges of the tournament. Sanjoy called upon local players to learn from the other experience players and also advised them to take advantage of sport quota as state government has already implemented it.  He requested president and secretary AAPCA to conduct district wise tournament for selection of best players and assured AAPCA that he along with MLA Bamang Felix will write a requesting Chief Minister for allocation of annual fund for every district wise tournaments.

Bamang Felix, MLA cum Chairman, State Medicinal Plant Board (SMPB) said conduction of 7th North East Fide Rating tournament 2014 by AAPCA will provide an opportunity to the Arunachalee players to get better exposure. He also expressed hope that Arunachal players will one day become international chess champion if they concentrate in this field. Earlier Tamchi Kache, ZPM Sangram cum Secretary AAPCA, Niapung Konia, President AAPCA, Repo Rongnia, Chief Avisor AAPCA and Rochhunga Ralte, Ex – MLA cum President of North East State Chess Forum (NESCF) also spoke on the occasion.



Wildlife Board  advocates for environment and wildlife education in primary schools

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: The meeting of State Board for Wildlife (SBW) was held in the Conference Hall of PCCF office under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki yesterday. There are 30 members in the board including the MLAs, officials and NGOs. The board is constituted as per the provisions of Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972. The main function of the State board for wildlife is to advise State Government in the selection and management of the areas to be declared as protected areas and in formulation of the policy of protection and conservation of wildlife and specified plants.

Addressing the participants, the Chief Minister, who is  the Chairman of the Board emphasized on organization such meeting at frequent intervals.

Stressing the need of bringing awareness among the  people, especially youths  on the preservation of flora and fauna, the Chief Minister advised that the PRIs and GBs should be involved in the protection of  wildlife and forests. MLA  Ralom Borang, member of the Board emphasized that every villager in the societies should be made the member of Eco Development Societies and man-animal conflict should be addressed carefully and ex-gratia payment should be judiciously implemented. PCCF & Principal Secretary (E&F) has also highlighted the importance of protection and proper management of wildlife and forests. He emphasized that a top priority should be given for their protection and management.  

After discussion threadbare on various issues, the Board decided that important issues like surrendering of arm license should be encouraged. Using of chemical/ explosive/invertors for fishing should be strictly prohibited and dealt with strictly as per the law. Besides, the other departments like fisheries should also take stringent action as per their regulation. Ban on purchasing of Airgun, the Board resolved to direct all the DC’s to ban selling and purchasing of air guns throughout the state. Issuing of new arm licenses should be strictly regulated. Economical sustainable schemes for local communities should be introduced effectively. Wildlife trafficking should be monitored by both police personnel and Forest Department. All Forest check gates should be strengthened so as to check wildlife and forest crime. Stern action should be taken  against officers and officials if found involved in wildlife crime. Environment and Wildlife education should be introduced in primary school in the State of Arunachal Pradesh.

The PCCF (WL&BD) Omkar Singh assured the members that all possible steps will be taken for the protection and management of the Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks.



Mein urges students to develop reading habit

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: The concluding program of the three days Library awareness campaign for the Namsai sub-division was organized at Town Club Namsai recently. The three-day program was sponsored by Directorate of Public Libraries, Itanagar to generate awareness among the people about the literary importance associated with the library, the New Sub-Divisional Library was  established and inaugurated  in last December.

Minister for Finance Planning and PWD Sri Chowna Mein in his inspiring speech encouraged the students to understand the importance of the Library and  to develop the habbit of reading. To become a good leader also one has to read because he or she can learn from the experiences of other leaders. Minister himself being an advocate for knowledge has set up a Library at Tengapani where he would facilitate all kinds of books in various subjects for the people. He believed that to make people learn, we should facilitate them with the required facility. He was immensely pleased to see the performance of the students as he had attended the Extempore Competition session. He applauded the efforts of J.Borang, Director of Public Libraries, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh for his noble vision to create mass awareness by organizing such campaigns in various parts of the state, this being the first time in Lohit district.

Medical Officer C.N Mantaw gave a speech on drug abuse, child health and hygiene and sex education to generate awareness among the children.

Children of APNE Library Wakro demonstrated a skit, story reading and Story telling which was really appealing and appreciated by all.

The day long program consisted of Extempore speech, group Song,Quiz competions amongst the students who participated form different schools of Namsai Sub-division. A library hour was also conducted for the students for enrollment and acquaintances with the roles of library services by the staffs of the library department.

APNE Library Wakro bagged the first prize in the extempore speech completion. Zenith Child School Namsai  and JNV Mahadevpur walked away with the first prize in the Quiz competition among the Junior and the Senior groups respectively. The prizes and participation certificates to all the students around 200 in numbers were distributed by Nilima Kumar, ADC Namsai .She appreciated the students and teaching staffs for their active participation and advised them to spare time for literary activites.

The presence of all the Administrative Officers, head of offices ,ZPC Lohit, DCC(I) President, NGO representatives and other public leaders of Namsai Sub-division added as a motivating factor for the students, according to an official release.



Centre initiates steps for Indo-Myanmar border trade

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: As a follow-up action after the visit of Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Dr. E.M. Sudarsana Natchiappan to Nampong, Indo-Myanmar border area in Changlang district on November 8 and 9 last, a meeting was held under his chairmanship at Udyog Bhawan, New Delhi yesterday to discuss various issues related to the promotion of border trade in the area.

The meeting was attended by Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering, Minister for Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry & Dairy Development, GoAP. Setong Sena, Sharda Prasad, Principal Advisor to the state Chief Minister and officers from the Union Ministry of Commerce, the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of External Affairs.

The various issues discussed in the meeting included the status of trade activities at the Indo-Myanmar border, Indo-Myanmar border haats at Pangsau Pass (Nampong), road development in the border areas, functioning of the Customs Office at Nampong, establishment of customs bonded warehouse for trade promotion, issues related to industrial development in Arunachal Pradesh, operationalization of land customs station and posting of customs officials and establishment of Integrated Check-Post in Arunachal Pradesh.

After detailed deliberations it was agreed in the meeting that customs officials would be posted at the land customs station at Nampong to immediately take up trade activities. It was also agreed that Ministry of External Affairs would initiate action for the development of road infrastructure in the area and to request their counterparts in the Government of Myanmar to initiate pending action to set up a corresponding land customs station within their border near Nampong. It was also agreed that Arunachal Pradesh Govt would expedite and send pending project proposals for industrial development in the area to union Ministry of Commerce at the earliest.

The Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry will also discuss all related issues with the Government of Myanmar during his next visit there scheduled for March 15 next.



AAPPTF for favourable transport policy for unemployed local youths

ITANAGAR, Jan 29: All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF) today reiterated its demands for annual/half-yearly joint meeting of regional transport authority and  the executives of  All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF) to solve various problems being faced by all  type of commercial vehicles in the state.

In a representation to the Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner today, the Federation further reiterated that Govt should provide suitable parking places for all type of vehicles in Capital Complex and continue eviction drive along NH 52 within Capital Complex.

Yesterday,  in a representation to secretary, Transport,  the Federation had sought the intervention of the Govt for proper implementation of the  agreement made between AAPPTF and  Tour Operator Association of Assam (TOOAA) on November 24, 2013 regarding plying of outside  tourist taxis in Arunachal.

The Federation said the commercial transport system should be followed strictly in border state like Arunachal  and  it should be favourable for unemployed local youths.

Approval of Tourist taxi permit from Assam and other NE states in Arunachal does not mean that  the vehicles will ply in every sector, colony  and local area thereby depriving the unemployed local youths.

The Federation further reiterated its demands for  annual meeting of state transport authority with the federation members to discuss various issues relating to transport system.



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NO bandh call please

Dear Editor,

I want to express my view on bandh calls by various organizations. It has been seen in the past that bandh calls are either called off or deferred in the last moments. Band called off or deferred are made known to common people on the proposed band call day only. The common people are always in dilemma whether bandh would be enforced or called off. It affects everybody. People those who want to travel to State Capital or travel outside the capital have to pre-pone or postponed their visit. Similarly, scheduled programme of offices/deptts are also affected. For example, in my office where I am working many scheduled programme were postponed on many occasions in the past. Private lives of people are also affected in this way.

It is also seen that authority waits for last minute agreement with bandh callers to withdraw bandh calls. Why to wait for the last moment? Why it can’t be at least 24 hours before so that public gets proper information on time to minimize loss? The Capital administration had issued warnings many a times to bandh callers citing Hon’ble Supreme Court order to take action for enforcing bandh calls. But it is not known how many bandh callers have landed in jail or how much have been recovered from bandh callers for damages/lost made in the bandh calls.

So, my request to the bandh callers is that please avoid such harsh step. Take the path of Dharnas, Rallies and Hunger strikes if you genuinely feel that your stand is right and for good cause. Even if bandh is called and then it is to be called off please do it atleast 24 hours before the time so that common people are not harassed unnecessarily.


Tumi Gangkak,




Give them a chance

Dear Editor,

More than 200 candidate's application for the post of JE and Draftsman were rejected by Dept, of power, Naharlagun on 22-01-2014 (notification No. SE/APEC-I /Coord(A)/19/2012- 13/6057, 22 Jan' 14) due to minor mistake committed by the candidates while filling up the form. Whatsoever, the candidates themselves are to be blamed for it. They should have been really careful while filling the form. At the same time my heartfelt sympathy goes to those candidates. The unemployed electrical engineering graduate and diploma holders getting chance to appear for JE, AE or Draftsman exam in Electrical department in our state is rare occasion. So, keeping this in mind I suggest the department to give those candidates another chance to rectify their mistake, so that all the unemployed electrical engineers may at least get chance to appear the exam.


K. Jirdo,  Itanagar



DC Goel’s service will always be remembered

Dear editor,

Transfer of capital DC IAS Sanjay Goel is indeed a great loss to entire capital complex. He had done great justice to every task under his capacity. Apparently he had set up a high standard for this particular post. I wish his successor do the same? I hope that his transfer was done as per normal official proceeding and there was no ill political motive behind it.

Goel sir, the good works are always credited, no matter you don't hear that often but your name will always prevail in common people's heart. Keep up the good work and you will receive the silent admiration and good wishes of common public because they can't reach you. Wish you happy and prosperous life.


Dinho Game








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Hope justice will be finally delivered

The 1984 anti-Sikh riot which rocked national capital decades ago is back in news headline again. Today Arvind Kejriwal lead Delhi Government decided to go for a probe by a Special Investigation Team into riots. This happens two days after Congress Vice-president Rahul Gandhi said some of the party men were probably involved in the violence but were punished.

The politically sensitive decision to form the SIT to investigate the riots which left around 3000 Sikhs dead following the assassination of the then prime minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984 may create trouble in the relationship between AAP and Congress which has been providing outside support to Kejriwal dispensation. But the move has been welcomed by riot victims and opposition parties alike.  Hope this SIT, once constituted will help riot victims to get justice, though it may be delayed one.