January 31

State level boxing championship gets underway at Khonsa

M Doley

KHONSA, Jan 30: Parliamentary secretary for DOTCL Yumsen Matey inaugurated the first ever state level boxing championship amidst a huge gathering at town club here today.  

In his inaugural address Matey said that sports and games were not only helpful to keep the youth physically fit but also provide employment opportunities. He said that the chief minister Nabam Tuki was giving top priority to sports in the state. He further urged the participants to maintain true spirit of sportsmanship and asked them to take up sport seriously to bring laurel for themselves and the state as well. Later, he declared the championship open amidst cheer from the large crowd. Altogether 17 bouts were held on the first day.


Meeting on Statehood Day celebrations held

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: The Chief Secretary H K Paliwal in a meeting held in his conference hall here today asked all the officers present to work with dedication and utmost sincerity so that the Statehood day and Festival of Arunachal is celebrated in true spirit and befitting manner. The meeting was particularly held in connection with the celebration of the Statehood Day/Arunachal Festival 2014. He further informed that the Arunachal Festival would be held from 20th February to 22nd February next.

The Chief Secretary directed to put up stalls at the exhibition ground to ensure that various sectors relating to health,  tourism, real estate, tea, rubber, medicinal plant, painting, arts and crafts, local cuisine are covered. He also suggested to organize a mini Krishi Expo-cum-sale exhibition to display agri and allied produces. The Department of IPR was asked to bring out a souvenir highlighting the State Govt’s achievements to be released during the festival. The Director of Sports informed that finals of the ongoing CM Volleyball and Football Tournament will be held on 20th February, 2014.

Later, the Organising Committee held its first meeting and constituted all other sub-committees.

The meeting was attended among others by Ramesh Negi, Dev. Commissioner (Planning & Finance), Sonam Chombey, Secretary (Planning), Dani Salu, State Protocol Officer, Mige Kamki, DC, Itanagar and officers from various departments.  DIPRO


T Son clarifies

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: Advocate Tayum Son today said  that he has not enrolled his name as primary as well as active member of Aam Aadmi Party( AAP).

Reacting to a news item published in a section of press today under the caption “AAP to contest elections in Arunachal” Tayum clarified that his name was wrongly quoted as active member of the preparatory committee of the AAP for Arunachal Pradesh. “As on today, I am not a registered member of AAP as required under the party constitution. I, therefore, request the national executive member and In-charge North-Eastern states AAP party to delete my name from the active member of preparatory committee,” Tayum said in his clarification.


Teachers urged to impart quality education

New DDSE office building inaugurated

ROING, Jan 30: Lower Dibang Valley Deputy Commissioner Shiv Kumar inaugurated new RCC office building of DDSE Roing today in presence of Sipi Elapra Linggi, ZPC, B K Singh, SP and heads of the departments.

In his inaugural speech, DC exhorted the teachers present on the occasion to work with new zeal and to impart quality education to the students as the new office building of DDSE is one of the best office in terms of infrastructure in the district headquarter. He asked the DDSE to conduct monthly review meeting of the BRCs and CRCs in the conference hall of the new office building and to take follow up action of what has been discussed earlier regarding the implementation of periods of classes and other matter as resolved in earlier meetings. M Lego, DDSE informed that the new RCC office building is built by the department of RWD. DIPRO


Sericulture training held at Takan

YINGKIONG, Jan 30: A day-long Sericulture Training was conducted by the department of Textiles and Handicrafts, Upper Siang district on January 28.

Inaugurating the programme V-Katan Zilla Parishad member, Oken Aje (Panggeng) advised the trainees to avail the opportunity for their economic uplift through sericulture, weaving and other handicrafts work. Kosang Paron Anchal Samity Chairperson, V-Katan Block also delivered few words of encouragement to the trainees present and request ADTH to select beneficiaries from Block for the economic benefits of his area.

Earlier delivering keynote address ADTH Gindu Tayeng encouraged the unemployed youth to engage themselves in long term self-employed activities like handicrafts, sericulture, bee-keeping and other job-oriented activities for economic benefits. DO(S) Ani Lego, explained and demonstrated on the development of plantation technology for silkworm, post cocoon technology, scope and various prospect of sericulture and conducted interactive session with the trainees.

Altogether, 91 trainees from Padu, Silli, Geru, Sibum and Katan, attended the training.  DIPRO


Association seizes sawing machines

ITANAGAR, Jan 30:  Gungku Khamir Youth Welfare Association of under Poma Panchayat in Papum Pare district has reportedly seized numerous sawing machines, tools and timbers in an eviction drive carried out at Mupu and Mekhe rivers of its jurisdiction.  Association claimed that some vested groups are illegally cutting down the trees, resulting massive deforestation in the area. It appealed to the authority to check unabated forest cutting in its adjoining area.


AASSATA’s memo to minister

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers’ Association (AASATA) in a five-point memorandum to the Education Minister has pleaded the state Govt for immediate creation of 1000A/T and 800J/T posts under SSA as “New Year gift”, opening of separate Head of Account for SSA teachers’ salary and granting of maternity/fraternity leave for the SSA teachers who are tirelessly serving in various remote places of state. It also appealed for immediate releasing of four months’ pending salaries of SSA teachers and issuance of appointment order to remaining 85 A/Ts who were assured to be regularized by the govt.


Protest registered against Bihali incident


RUKSIN, Jan 30: The simmering tension enveloped Jonoi bordering Ruksin Sub-division here after the Bihali firing incident where ten people were reportedly killed yesterday.

Hundreds of members of All Gorkha Students Union staged protest against killing of innocent citizens in Bihali incident. The protesters blocked the National Highway by burning tyres at Ruksin gate here this morning and stopped passing of vehicle into Assam for several hours. Later, Jonai Police rushed to the spot, dispersed the mob and brought the situation under control

The protesters later submitted a memorandum to the state’s Chief Minister Nabam Tuki through the Ruksin SDO, demanding proper compensation to the victims’ families from Arunachal government’s end. They also demanded Arunachal government to chalk out effective measures for amicable solution to boundary disputes.


APCC observes Martyr Day

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) today observed the 66th Martyr’s Day – the death anniversary of Father of the Nation  Mahatma Gandhi, at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan here.

The programme started with floral tribute paid to the portrait of Bapuji by the Congress leaders including APCC president Mukut Mithi.

Tatar Kipa, Vice-President APCC and Chairman of the Observation Committee recalled the historic contribution of Bapuji for the cause of the nation.

All religious prayer meeting was organized  to mark the occasion besides the Bhajan Sangeet presented by Kristi Kendra Music Academy of Naharlagun to commemorate the day.

The programme was attended, among others  by Ministers/Parliamentary Secretaries/MLAs, PCC office bearers, Frontal Organizations, Councilors, DCCs/BCCs/CCC and party workers.


ABKLSU seeks relief for fire victim

ITANAGAR, Jan 30:  The All Bameng Khenewa and Lada Students Union (ABKLSU) today sought immediate relief materials for one Afar Londa of Londa village under Bameng circle claiming that fire accident was broke out on 27th January last in which worth lakhs of properties were gutted down to ashes. ABKLSU also appealed to the district authority to deploy its staffs for assessing the lost properties.


Namsai KGBV celebrates R-Day

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) Namsai celebrated the 65th Republic Day with a variety of colorful programmes.

The celebration began with a prabhat pheri by the students, this was followed by flag hoisting by the headmaster Indrajeet Dey. In his brief speech, the HM Indrajeet Dey explained the true meaning of Republic Day and stressed on maintaining peace and happiness for prosperity of the nation. The children of KGBV performed various cultural events on the occasion.


PPA expresses dismay over ‘negligence’ to sportspersons

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: The PPA Chief Ministerial candidate Laeta Umbrey while addressing the youth cell at party office Naharlagun lambasted the ruling Govt for, what it said ‘adopting an attitude of negligence’ towards the meritorious sportspersons, particularly in the field of mountaineering, all forms of  martial arts, archery, shooting, boxing, badminton, Lawn Tennis, table tennis, football, hockey and cricket. “Despite poor infrastructure and near Zero level incentives from the State Govt, the youths of the state has done wonders at international, national and regional level competitions. Today every Arunachalee is proud of their sportspersons for the laurels these boys and girls have brought. But unfortunately, the sleeping Govt of the day has no vision and concrete action plan to fulfill the promises they have already made and as a result the medalists are still running from pillar to post for sustenance and livelihood.” According to Umbrey, the hollow announcements like giving regular jobs to these youths as a token of recognition for their services are utterly surprising and disgusting. He further stated that if PPA comes to power in 2014 Parliament and Assembly elections, a comprehensive sports policy involving the sportspersons themselves will be drawn and implemented in time bound manner.


Govt decision condemned

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: Condemning state government’s decision of replacing Jalley Sonam with Nyamar Karbak as the Chairman of Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Welfare Board (APB&OCWWB), The All Arunachal Pradesh Public Health Engineering & Water Supply Department Workers’ Union (AAPPHEWSDWU) has appealed the Govt to revoke its decision.

In a release, it claimed that the appointment has been made in the interest of few high profile politicians for their personal gain.

The decision is completely illegal and violation of section 18 (3) of the Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Act 1996 and rule 252 (1) (i) of the Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Act 2006, it said.


Social service conducted

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: The All West Kameng Students Union today conducted mass social services at its district headquarter Bomdila. Various students from higher, secondary and middle schools were participated during the social service.  The objective of the social service was to keep the town clean.


KK ATA Unit coordination meeting held

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: Arunachal Teachers Association Kurung Kumey district unit held a coordination meeting on 28th January to discuss over the education sector in order to streamline the working system. The meeting was attended by DDSE, BEOs, BRCCs and CRCCs representing the various block, a release added.


Essay and drawing competition held

ITANAGAR, Jan 30:  The National Students Union of India (NSUI) of Don Bosco College unit organized an essay and drawing competition at college campus to mark the death anniversary of father of nation Mahatma Gandhi.


US DC alleged of misappropriation

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: Alleging Upper Subansiri DC of violating rules and norms in the process of granting compensation to the actual land donors for the establishment of Defence Headquarter under Chetam circle of Upper Subansiri district, the land donors of Mosi village have urged the chief secretary to take action against the district administration.

In its representation to the chief secretary, with the help of some land holding people, the land donors list have been prepared without practical verification/survey of the area site at Mosi village in which many names have been added.

Also asking for re-verification/survey of the site, it warned of launching democratic movement if the demands are not fulfilled.


Awareness prog on clean India-Arunachal campaign

SEPPA, Jan 30: An awareness programme on the theme “Campaign Clean India-Arunachal and pollution free’ was conducted by the tourism department in collaboration with a NGOs, ‘Kameng Eco-Adventure Club’ to mark the world Tourism Day at the bank of Kameng river on January 25. Its objective was to sensitize and motivate the citizen to keep Seppa town clean and plastic free. More than 500 students participated in the said programme.


Society condemns negligence of driver

ITANAGAR, Jan 30:  Claiming that the state transport bus hit one minor Tam Dada of UKG in tragic road accident today around 9.10 am near Hibro Workshop at D Sector here who was later declared dead by doctor at R.K Mission Hospital, All Tam Socio-Economic Welfare Association today vehemently condemned negligence of bus driver for reckless driving which resulted minor’s dead. Armed with FIR copy it lodged a complaint against APST bus (registration no-ARX-0335) with police station Itanagar alleging speeding bus hit minor who was coming back from the school, release added.


BJP’s Nari Samman Yatra at Itanagar

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: The last leg of month-long Nari Samman Yatra being organized by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Mahila Morcha entered Itanagar and the valedictory  function was held at Chimpu today.

Speaking on the occasion, Padmeswari Jamoh, President state Mahila Morcha called upon the women of the state to play active role to build strong and vibrant societal structure of this male dominated state of Arunachal Pradesh.

State BJP president Tai Tagak in his key note address called upon the women of the state to lead a life of decency and respect with high moral value in this present world.

The day-long programme was attended by Techi Necha, spokeperson state BJP, Kabak Yabii, coordinator Morchas and Cells state BJP, Dugh Saha President BJYM and Sombu Siongju District President West Kameng BJP unit as resource persons.


News Impact

Governor, CM condemn Tarasso incident, appeal for calm

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki  today appealed the people of both Assam and Arunachal Pradesh to stay calm and maintain peace and harmony.

The Governor advised all to remain calm and not fall prey to any provocation or rumours.

The Chief Miniser, immediately after having a telephonic talk with his Assam counterpart Tarun Gogoi on the Tarasso incident this evening, in a statement to the media, expressed his deep sense of concern over the most unfortunate incident of group clash in the forest area near Sango village under Tarasso circle of Papum Pare district yesterday which claimed 10 lives according to media reports.

Joining all in condemning the act of violence, Governor said that the untoward incident has vitiated the peaceful environment and has spread fear amongst the law abiding and innocent citizens, especially the women and children in the two neighbouring states.

While condemning the incidence in the strongest words, the CM  said “law should take its own course.”

“Assam and Arunachal Pradesh have been maintaining a cordial brotherly relation from times immemorial,” the Chief Minister said. He appealed to the brothers and sisters of both the states to stay calm and maintain peace and tranquility in this hour of distress.

“It is really trying times for both the states. The pain is equal for all of us as the incidence is highly condemnable.”

The Chief Minister informed that “he had convened a high level meeting with the Chief Secretary, DGP and Home Commissioner last night and also this morning and directed to ensure every possible steps to defuse the tension prevailing in the disputed area.

Teams have been sent in the disputed area this morning to take stock of the situation. They are in constant touch with their Assam counterparts, he said.

“In the meantime I am going to plead the Union Ministry of Home Affairs to institute an independent enquiry into the incidence.  

“The situation needs to be handled with utmost care by both states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh in order to ensure that the situation is not further deteriorated. We must also maintain the age-old friendly relations at any cost.

“I have also written to Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi for taking adequate steps for ensuring safety and security of people of both the sides. Peace and tranquility has to be reinstated for welfare of all,” the CM said in his statement.

The Governor, while expressing heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families,   who lost their dear ones and praying for eternal peace of the departed souls and also speedy recovery of those who are injured,  said that he is very disturbed and saddened by the incident of violence in the Tarasso Circle in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam boundary.

Stating that people of the State have always taken pride in being the most peaceful State in the North East, Governor reminded all that the people have been living peacefully and amicably for ages, where communal harmony has been the basic building block. Governor appealed to all to continue to maintain the age-old tradition of being good neighbours.


APC and JFA appeal for media restrain

Guwahati, Jan 30: Arunachal Press Club (APC) and Journalists' Forum Assam (JFA) have appealed to the media to exercise restrain while covering the border conflicts between the two neighbouring States in northeast India.

The appeal was issued jointly today after the incident of firing by armed miscreants at Bihali reserve forest in Assam's Sonitpur district yesterday killing ten people and injuring eight others which has received wider media coverage in most of the regional media outlets including the Guwahati based satellite news channels.

The tension have also mounted along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border areas after the incident of firing yesterday that forced the some organizations of the district to block all the Itanagar bound vehicles on National Highway 52 today to demonstrate their anger.

The incident took place in Bihali reserve forest where suspected miscreants fired upon the settlers. The victims reportedly belonged to a local vigilant committee, set up by Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist). The media fraternity of Arunachal under the banner of  APC, came out with a statement that the said conflict zone under the Taraso circle of Arunachal is 'quite a sensitive and geo-political subject', and hence the mainstream media should not to go for conclusion immediately from which side the violence was initiated.

"With firm conscience, we must pledge and inform the people of Assam that the conflict is not at all a fight between Assam and Arunachal. Beyond the debate for both the brotherly States for now, peace is more important than all justice," said the statement signed by APC president Chopa Cheda.

Admitting that the Taraso conflict is emerged due to prolonged negligence shown by both Assam and Arunachal Pradesh to resolve the border dispute, the media persons' organisation added, "The peace-loving people of Arunachal do understand that the conflict has hurt the brotherly relationship between the two States beyond repair. But, with firm conscience, we must pledge and inform the people of Assam that the conflict is not at all a fight between Assam and Arunachal."


No Arunachalee involved in Tarasso incident, clarifies Rebia

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: Doimukh MLA Nabam Rebia has condemned the unfortunate incident at Tarasso area of Papum Pare district that left more than 10 people killed and many injured yesterday. Addressing mediapersons during a press conference at Arunachal Press Club here today Rebia, while expressing his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families, said, “Violence is violence and it is condemnable in all sense.”

“If anyone found guilty, law should take its own course,” he said informing that the concern DC and SP have been deputed to know the ground reality of the incident.

He suggested for constitution of a neutral party to investigate into the cause of the incident.

“Neither from Arunachal government nor from Assam, a neutral party should be constituted to investigate into the incident,” he said.

Refuting the claim of some section of the media that Arunachalee people were involved in the incident, he clarified that no local people from Arunachal were involved.

“Miscreants could either be from this side or that side,” he stated.

The MLA expressed disappointment that many Assam based electronic media houses have been presenting fabricated and one sided media reports about the incident and appealed them to get authentic details before carrying any story.

He said, “Many electronic Media have been showing fabricated and one sided story of the incident which is wrong. It may infuriate the situation. Authenticity of the details should be verified before carrying the story.”

About the mention of word Dafla in a channel, he said only Nyishi people inhabit Tarasso area and there are no Daflas.

Appealing people of both the states to continue maintaining cordial relationship with each other, Rebia said there should be no confusion that may lead to misunderstanding between both the states.

Responding to a question on the report of Vivek Das, the CPI-ML leader, said to be responsible for the incident, he said that Assam authorities have taken note of the report and are looking into it. Meanwhile, inter-state transportation services and oil tankers have been affected with people protesting in the affected area. At Borgang near Biswanath Chariali, local residents in large number blocked the roads disrupting the supply of essential commodities from early in the morning. Trucks carrying commodities to Itanagar town are remaining stranded on the road under the impact of the blockade.

Student bodies, other orgs appeal for calm

On the other hand, a joint team of All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU), North East Students’ Organization (NESO), All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU), All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU) and All Kurung Kumey District Students’ Union (AKKDSU) today visited the affected area to study the ground realities over there.

The team led by AAPSU president Kamta Lapung appealed to the people of both states not to panic but to maintain peace and tranquility, besides requesting them to maintain status-quo as directed by the Supreme Court of India in the year 2004.

The organizations held the Congress-led governments at both Centre and in two states responsible for the unfortunate incident as well as for not finding any solution to the protracted boundary dispute over the years.

Condemning the state government for not sending sufficient security forces to maintain law and order situation in the border area whereas the prevailing situation is hypersensitive in both sides of the border, AAPSU demanded immediate deployment of adequate para-military forces, atleast 100 personnel, within 24 hours to provide safety and security to the people living in the boundary areas.

The apex students’ body also appealed to Assam brethrens not to take any extreme steps like imposing economic blockade or calling bandh.

Under the banner of NESO, AAPSU and All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) will be conducting an emergency meeting to bring normalcy in both the states. Lastly, the apex students’ organization strongly urged the State government to streamline its Border Affairs Department at the earliest. The AAPSU while furnishing the aforesaid demands threatened to resort to democratic agitation provided the state government fails to fulfill their charter of demands.  

The All Arunachal Contractor’s Welfare Association (AACWA) urged the State Govt to open Doimukh-Potin road temporarily for vehicular movements to avoid vehicle movement via Assam routes in the present tense situation. The construction  agency should execute works without affecting the normal vehicles movements even in the time of working time, it said.

The association further appealed to the state Govt to pursue Union home minister for  deployment of  adequate force till normalcy returns.  Both Assam, Arunachal and Central Govts run by the same party should try to solve the problem amicably, the Association said and also appealed news channel of Assam not to broadcast one-sided news and urged NGOs  to handle the situation in right direction for peaceful co-existence.

The People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) while terming the group clashes near Sango Village under Tarasso Circle leading to loss of precious lives and properties, appealed for peace and harmony between the people of both the States.

Terming the incidence as unfortunate, and the “outcome of lackadaisical attitude on the part of both the Congress-run Govt at Itanagar and Dispur, in solving the long pending boundary dispute,” the Party appealed the public of both the states to maintain calm and not to be misled by rumour mongers and other anti-social elements. PPA president Nikh Kamin also urged the Union Home Minister to intervene and deploy all necessary security personnel for bringing normalcy in the area. The Party also strongly urged the authorities of both the states to constitute a high level joint enquiry committee to find the actual facts on the ground and recommend necessary short term as well as long term measures to solve the problems once and for all.

K Ringu, Chairman State Peoples Working Council also appealed the people of Assam including the Kisan leader Akhil Gogoi to maintain maximum restrain and not to impose any kind of economic blockade, as such actions would cause loss to both the states.

Meanwhile, Arunchal Citizens Right (ACR)  is deeply saddened by the reported incident at Tarasso along the Arunachal-Assam boundary in Papum Pare district on 29 January. While condemning the killing of civilians, the ACR appealed fervently  for peace and calm and called upon the people of both Assam and Arunachal Pradesh not to get swayed away by the incident and create a situation, which may hamper the brotherly relations amongst the people prevailing since time immemorial. The ACR also appealed the authorities to get into the crux of the matter and those found guilty be punished as per law.

“The problem of Arunachal-Assam boundary is long overdue. We urge both the state governments of Arunachal and Assam and the Central Government that this incident should be an eye-opener to resolve the issue amicably at the earliest.” ACR believes there is a twist to the whole incident and involvement of CPI (M-L) Bibek Das and his men in inciting the violence cannot be ruled out and therefore needs to be probed into. Hence ACR demands the government to call in the CBI or any other reputed national agency to investigate the root cause of the incident of January 29 so that the role of all stakeholders are unearthed and the guilty punished as per the quantum of their crime.

Association blames Assam administration

Squarely blaming the Assam’s administration for alleged violation of the Supreme Court directives to maintain status quo along the boundary areas till the vexed issue resolved, which led clashes at Tarasso, All Arunachal Pradesh Border Peace Association appealed to Assam’s administrator to stop harassing people from Arunachal. It also requested the administration to deploy sufficient forces to instill sense of security among the Arunachal people living along the boundary.

While appealing for amicable solution to Assam-Arunachal boundary dispute for maintaining age-old relation, Abotani Descendant Welfare Society today called for all-party meeting to find out lasting solution to the problem.



Tarasso incident: role of a CPI-ML leader under scanner

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: The role of one Vivek Das believed to be CPI (ML) leader of Borgang under Sonitpur district is under scanner for boundary clash at Tarasso, which resulted in death of 10 persons.  According to the report Das allegedly invited people hailing from other parts of Assam to come to Bihali, situated nearby Tarasso with promise of providing them land in return. His activity came to light for the first time in May 2013 when he led provocative bike rally inside Arunachal territory at Tarasso.

Since then supporters of Das had encroached upon Arunachal’s land and had put up camps in various area of Tarasso circle. Majority of his supporters are heavily armed with weapon. The area where clashes broke out yesterday resulting in the death of 10 persons is reportedly one of the several camps set up by armed CPI (ML) member. As per the report published in popular news service British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), some Assam officials are quoted of stating that victim of yesterday’s firing incident themselves were encroachers who were evicted twice by the forest department.

The report totally negates the smear campaign launched by Assam based media organizations, who, were reporting one sided story and fueling anti-Arunachal sentiments. As result of it, panicky situation is developing in both the states, which poses serious threat to Assam-Arunachal relation. It is quite astonishing how government of Assam and Arunachal did not take notice of growing activities of CPI (ML) leader Vivek Das. His action has been threatening peace along Tarasso area for quite long time.

If government of two states had taken corrective measure long time ago, this incident could have easily been avoided.

There are unconfirmed reports of road blockade being imposed at Borgang area under Sonitpur district. It led to mad rush among capital citizens, with petrol pump and grocery shop witnessing long queue of citizen piling stocks in fear of economic blockade. The situation exposes the helplessness of Arunachal.



District level CM’s trophy in EK and LDV

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: The East Kameng District Level CM’s Trophy for football and volleyball tournament both men and women began at General Ground at Seppa yesterday.

Apang Tamut, SP while addressing the participants in the inaugural function advised the players to play in the spirit of game. He also advised them to maintained discipline and proper coordination in the team among the players. He declared the tournament open and altogether 5 team of football and volleyball each took part in the tournament from five constituency of East Kameng District.

In the men’s football, played between 10th Seppa East Constituency team and 8th Bameng team, the former won by 2-0 in a highly competitive match. In the women’s football, there was a one sided match in which 10th Seppa East won by 11-0 against 8th Bameng team.

In the 2nd match women football 9th Chayangtajo defeated 12th Pakke-Kessang by 2-0.

In men’s Volleyball final match 8th Bameng defeated 11th west constituency team and in women volleyball 9th Chayangtajo defeated 11th west Constituency team.

Lower Dibang Valley District Level Chief Minister’s Trophy on Volleyball for both men and women were played at General Playground at Roing today. The winners of 42-Dambuk and 43-Roing Assembly constituencies played in the District level CM’s trophy.

The men’s volleyball was played between Parbuk Vs Hunli-Desali, Hunli-Desali won by a straight set of 3-0 in five games match. In women’s volleyball that was played between Mayu United Vs Parbuk, Mayu United won by a straight set of 2-0. Atogri Miso and Ajiya Umpe were awarded the best players in men’s and women’s volleyball respectively.

The winning team won a trophy plus a cash prize of Rs 50,000 while the runner up team won a trophy plus cash prize of Rs 25,000 in both the categories.

Laeta Umbrey MLA Roing attended the inaugural function as the chief guest. Kumar, DC, Sipi Elapra Linggi, ZPC, Mama Miso, ZPM and Chiliko Meto, Ex-ZPC witnessed the match among others.  DIPROs



Workshop on rural water quality & safe sanitation held

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: A workshop on the topic "Rural water quality and safe sanitation cum training of FTK" was conducted by the PHE & WS Division, Itanagar at Borum Community hall  yesterday.

Presiding over the workshop, Er. Tadar Mangku, Executive Engineer PHE & WS Division, Itanagar while highlighting the importance of sanitation in the rural area appealed the panchayat members to spread the message pertaining to the water quality, source management and preservation of catchment area by avoiding deforestation to their respective villages.

Resource person Dr. Tana Katung, MD Community Medicine, State Coordinator(ARSH),NRHM briefed  about the importance of water quality management in respect to the health & hygiene, causes of the water borne diseases and its symptoms and remedial measures.

Nabam Moni Anchal Chairperson while participating in the workshop appreciated the PHE & WS Department for conducting such awareness campaign and also expected more such guidance in future.

To mark the occasion an essay competition on the title ‘Water is life” and drawing competition were conducted for Middle School & Primary School section respectively. Taba Osum of Middle School, Borum and Master Tarh Ama of Secondary School, Pachin were adjudged  the first and runner in the essay competition and in the drawing competition Sunday Thapa of ME School Borum, Master Toku Sakap of Secondary School Pachin and Master Nabam Laluk of ME School Nyorchi were adjudged  as the 1st, runner & 2nd runner up respectively. The winners were awarded with cash prize and commendation certificate by MLA Techi Kaso and Techi Mecha ZPM Bath  panchayat.

In the noon session FTK (Field Testing Kits) were presented to all anchal samity members of Nirjuli, Lekhi, Model Village, Borum and Bath Panchayat by the MLA as Chief Guest. Practical Laboratory training /Field test on FTK was taught to the participating panchayat members by T. Bagra Laboratory Assistant. All the panchayat members from Bath, Borum, Model Village, Nirjuli and Lekhi Panchayat including students participated in the workshop.



Arunachal Research Dept takes part in Kolkata Book Fair

Kolkata, Jan 30: Like previous years, the Directorate of Research, govt of Arunachal Pradesh this year too participated in 38th International Kolkata Book Fair to showcase the culture heritage of the people of Arunachal Pradesh with 173 publications as an outcome of field research activities on culture, custom, traditions, archaeological,  museolog-ical, philological and historical aspects for three consecutive years.

Deputy Resident Commissioner Bijoy Talukdar attending as chief guest today inaugurated the exhibition stall put up by the Directorate of Research, GoAP in the presence of all staff of DRC Kolkata, a number of media persons and huge numbers of visitors.

While appreciating the aesthetic look of the exhibition stall, Talukdar commented that the committed effort of the Directorate of Research to highlight Arunachal Pradesh in this International Book Fair is really appreciable. He added it will also be beneficial from tourism point of view to disseminate the data and information towards positive outlook on Arunachal Pradesh.

In an introduction, Dr Tage Tada, Director of Research, GoAP and a pioneer archaeologist of the state, while explaining the objective of participation, said, “Arunachal Pradesh is overlooked by regional and national media due to lack of information. They hardly publish or focus on any positive news except some negative news. Therefore, we intend to highlight the state in proper perspective to greater Indian mass through participating in International Fairs with our precious publications.”

A team from Itanagar consisting of S Chanda, documentation assistant, Hage Ampi, language officer led by R N Koley, Assistant Director (Culture) along with Urgen Lama, tourism assistant stationed at Kolkata endeavored to fulfill the thrust of inquisitive visitors on Arunachal Pradesh.

Koley conveyed, “The exhibition stall of Arunachal Pradesh is designed with theme ‘enigmatic beauty and unique cultural heritage’ to cope with the signature tune of Kolkata Book Fair – the Festival of Kolkata. It has drawn the attention of common visitors. Arunachal Pradesh is the only North Eastern state participating here with 578 stalls, 200 little magazine stalls and 29 foreign countries stall, Peru is the theme country in the fair.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has inaugurated the Book Fair on Jan 28 at the State Bank auditorium in presence of author Francesca Denegri from Peru and Bengali author Mani Shankar Mukhopadhaya (Shankar). The mela will continue upto Feb 9.



Arya joins as new East Siang SP

PASIGHAT, Jan 30: Devender Arya, a 2008 batch IPC officer, took the charge of East Siang Superintendent of Police (SP) today relieving Pushpendra Kumar, who has been posted to Delhi Police after completing his tenure in Arunachal Pradesh. Outgoing SP Kumar is 2006 batch IPS officer. Before joining at Pasighat on October 11 he had served in same capacity at Ziro since January 11.

The new SP’s better half Vijayanta Arya, who is a 2009 batch IPS officer, also joined as the Commandant of the 5th IRBn. Devender had already served the people as SP Tawang while Vijayanta was the SP of West Kameng district before joining at Pasighat.  

A farewell function was organized by the East Siang district administration in honour of the out-going SP Pushpendra Kumar at the DC’s conference hall today. Speaking on occasion the Deputy Commissioner Nidhi Srivastava said Kumar is a truly professional officer of high caliber and would be remembered by all for his outstanding services rendered by him in maintaining law and order in the district. At the same time she welcomed the new incumbents and hoped that they would also leave no stone unturned in maintaining peace and rule of law in the district.

Earlier, the outgoing SP Kumar extended his gratitude to the people of East Siang district for their cooperation and urged the youths to continue their energy and supports in state building process. ‘I will be missing the scenic beauty, fresh and healthy air of Pasighat and also the highly literate and peace loving community of India,’ added Kumar.

The new SP Arya said ‘It will be my endeavor to provide honest administration and I would like to continue the “good work” done in the district by my predecessor Pushpendra Kumar. DIPRO



ASSET to offer free education to a girl child  

WAKRO, Jan 28: To the delight of all teachers and staff of the Apna Vidya Bhavan, Mrs Outy Takuk and Rajeev Takuk, Deputy Commissioner, Lohit handed over a cheque to Pritty Nayil, member of the Apna Vidya Bhavan (AVB) school management in presence of Dakto Riba, EAC, Wakro, B Siram, DDSE, Lohit, HODs of various Govt departments, PRI members, parents and members of community at   a “Meeta Meet” function held here yesterday. The cheque of Rs  Seventy three thousand five hundred  was contributed by Sat Bhavana Trust (SBT), Mumbai to the Anu Shiksha Seva Trust, Wakro as assistance to meet salary expenses of the Apna Vidya Bhavan.

Attending the Meeta Meet 2014 dedicated to “Improving education in rural Arunachal”, Rajeev Takuk appreciated the generous contribution of the SBT. The DC further appreciated the Wakro educational centre saying, “beautiful school in a beautiful surrounding for creation of beautiful minds.”

Shyam Jai Singh, Trustee of SBT exhorted all in Wakro to keep up the good work. The proposal for financial assistance to the Apnes on a regular basis was recommended by His Holiness Swami Sri Sri Anubhavananda and promptly accepted by the learned trustees of the Sat Bhavana Trust, he informed. The trustee of SBT conveyed that this assistance will be continued on a regular basis and that more institutions in Sikkim and other parts of North East will be included as beneficiaries.

EAC Dakto Riba lauded SBT for the generous help to Arunachal. B Siram, DDSE Lohit also spoke on the occasion saying that the institutions in Wakro deserve appreciation and encouragement.

Reciprocating the great encouragement received from SBT, Outy Takuk, Rajeev Takuk and the district administration, ASSET announced offering free education to Khulangla Minin, girl child who lost both father ( 5 years ago) and mother who passed away last October. The Apnes and girls of KGBV presented dances, songs and skit to mark the Meeta Meet. All that is required for the proper schooling of the girl child will be done, assures an ASSET member.



Karatekas  wins 20 medals in 5th South Asia Intl Karate C’ship

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: The karatekas of Nihon Shoto Kan Karate- Do Federation (NSKF) have brought laurels to the state by winning as many as 20 medals including 9 gold, five silver and 6 bronze in the 5th South Asia International karate Championship held at Dasarath stadium, Kathmandu, NepaL from January 21 to 24,

John Bagang won  1 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze medal each in men’s Open Kata, Kumte, Open team Kumite respectively while Bamang Yamu won one gold each in Kata and Kumite in under 16 Years Girls category respectively.

Samuel Dolo and Dongro Dodum won one gold each in medal each in Kumite under 18 years boys and above 18 years men’s category respectively. Goda Asha won one Gold and one silver medal in kata and kumite respectively in Girls under 18 years category.

Other medals winners are Nikam Sono Liyang (1 Bronze), in above 18 years men Kumite, Bangro Kamchi (1 Silver and 1 Bronze) in kata and kumite in under 14 years boys category, Sontosh Sharma (1 Bronze) in under 12 years boys Kata and Mojum Dadum (1 Bronze ) in under 14 years boys Kumite.

In Men open team Kumite, Chukhu Saha, Nikam Sono Liyang, Dongro Dodum won Gold while the trio of John Bagang, Nikam Sonoliyang and  Kofa Raje won Silver.

Chukhu Saha and John Bagang are presently serving in Tax & Excise Department Govt, of Arunachal Pradesh.

John Bagang has been qualified for the upcoming European World Cup to be held at a European country.

Sensei S D Sharma and Susila Devi led the team as Coach and Team Manager, according to a release.



Copyright © 2008, The Arunachal Times Publications Pvt. Ltd., Siang House, Sector - E, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh - 791111, India

All rights reserved.


---- Editorial ----


SSA and KGVB teachers has something to cheer

The SSA teachers which constitute an important part of education system of state have not been paid salary for the last 4 months. Every day teachers are writing to various media organizations complaining about it. On the other hand battered by alleged indifference attitude and step-motherly treatment towards them by the state government, All Arunachal Pradesh Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya Teachers’ Association (AAPKGBVTA) recently threatened to launch indefinite pen-down strike demanding regularization of jobs and enhancement of the monthly salary.

However giving major relief to both SSA and KGVB teacher’s state government yesterday released 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. This is welcome news and sure will bring joy among hard working teachers. The state government should find out a mechanism so that salaries paid monthly on right time.