January 29

2 Arunachalee women arrested by Assam officials

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: In what could be termed as an act of fuelling tension in Arunachal-Assam boundary area, the Assam Forest Official at Dollungmukh today arrested two Arunachalee women from Dollungmukh.  The arrested women were identified as Nido Yakum and Bini Yaka.

Forest official sources from Dollungmukh informed this daily that two women were arrested around 1.30 pm today when they  were busy in cultivation field  which Assam forest official claimed as disputed.

Both ladies were believed to be taken to the Lakhimpur Police Station and were booked under section 24/25/60/61-49 of Forest Conservation Act 1980 and Assam Forest Regulation Act.  

The arrest of two local women by Assam forest official could invite outrageous among the relatives. Meanwhile, All Dollungmukh Area Students Union condemned the Assam forest official for allegedly harassing the local people unnecessarily. The union further urged the district administration to take up the matter with Assam counterpart.


Nominations found valid

AALO, Jan 28: The scrutiny of nominations for the Liromoba (ST) Assembly Constituency bye-elections was done at DC Office today.  The nomination papers of all the five candidates  -- Bai Gadi BJP, Nyamar Karbak INC, Raksap Yomcha IND, Johny Tali IND and Lijum Ronya, IND have  been found valid and accepted by the Returning Officer Pige Ligu. The last date for withdrawal of candidatures is 30th January.


Large quantity of ganja seized

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: In a major achievement, the Bhalukpong police headed by OC SI K S Sanghera along with constable on check gate duty S Rimo and CRPF jawans under the supervision of West Kameng SP seized 40 kg (approx) of suspected Ganja from a  Bolero Pickup (bearing  registration No.AR04/5900) during checking drive on January 25  evening.  The large quantity of ganja was contained in seven bags and concealed in the vehicle.

The police registered a case (vide BPG/PS C/No 03/2015 U/S 20(b) NDPS Act) and  arrested the driver Denie Rangmo,(20). Inspector I. Ette Cl (P) BPG  started further  investigation  of the case.


Villagers resent slow progress of road works

Karda Natam

DAPORIJO, Jan 28: Villagers of all Natam Dumpin and Jitu under Giba Circle have expressed their deep resentment over slow progress of construction works of road from Besorsi to Natam village under PMGSY scheme which was supposed to be completed in August, 2012.

The public frustrated by inordinate delay in completion of the road project, in a meeting have decided to initiate legal proceeding against the implementing agency and contractor/firm concerned.

The senior members and PRI leaders of the concern villages, who attended the meeting, expressed their dismay over the tardy progress of work which was started on 1.11.2011.They also alleged that the contractor concerned has withdrawn more than fifty percent of the total project cost.

They also informed that the formation cutting of the road in some portion of the road have not been done as per the guideline mentioned in the scheme.

Barring Besorsi to Natam road, most of the PMGSY road projects in other villages which were started construction works in the same year have already been completed, they claimed.

The villagers have appealed to the higher authority not to release the remaining amount until the work is completed and direct the firm and implementing agency to expedite construction work.

Besorsi to Natam road is the lifeline for the people of the two villages.


14 member Karatekas left for Kalimpong

ITANAGAR, Jan 28:  The 14 members Arunachal karatekas and one official have left for Kalimpong in Darjeeling, West Bengal to take part in the 3rd Indo-Bhutan Karate-Do Championship to be held at Kalimpong from 30 to 31st January 2015. The team is being led by  team coach Sensie Prakash Limbu.


35th National Game

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: The Arunachal Pradesh State contingent left here yesterday for Kerala to take part in the 35th National Game scheduled from January 31 to February 14.

Arunachal Weightlifting General Secretary Daniel Teli is the Chef De-Mission.


Branch APWWS office building inaugurated

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: The office building of Sagalee branch of APWWS was inaugurated by Sagalee ZPM Nabam Yakum and ADC Jalash Pertin, in presence of the APWWS (CEC) president Gumri Ringu.

The Sagalee branch of APWWS was established way back in 1986 and the office building was constructed under the initiative of Chief Minister and local MLA Nabam Tuki.

APWWS President Gumri Ringu expressed her happiness over the construction of the permanent office building and thanked the Chief Minister for his contribution.

Branch secretary Nabam Yaram Debia highlighted various steps undertaken during their tenure.

Former APWWS (CEC) Secretary General Depti Bengia Tadar, Asst. Secretary General Kani Nada Maling, PI Nabam Tam, ASM Techi Yaram, GBs were also present on the occasion, according to an APWWS release.


National Voters Day

KOLORIANG, Jan 25: The National Voters’ Day was observed here at Koloriang on January 25 last.

As a part of the daylong programme, Mamata Riba, DC cum District Election Officer administered the Voter’s pledge to the voters and government servants of Koloriang.

Inter-school quiz competitions were also held on the occasion for both senior and junior categories. In the senior category, Govt Higher Secondary School, Koloriang swept the prizes (1st prize: Class-IX-B led by Nagram Tanang and group and 2nd prize: Class XI, Lingdum Chadap and group) and in junior category, VKV Koloriang bagged the first prize  (Taram Bhai and group) and Govt. HS School Koloriang the second (Chera Yakia and group).  DIPRO


Interaction Programe held

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: A general interaction programe cum 2nd Late Langpu Taji Memorial Volleyball Tournament was organised by All Tali Area Students Union(ATASU) which started from 19th January was successfully concluded on 25th January last. ADC Tali, Circle Officers and Panchayat Leaders were attended the function.


Mass clean drive at Seppa

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: A mass clean drive cum social service was jointly conducted under the banner of East Kameng Social Welfare Cultural Organisation and All East Kameng Capital Complex Students Welfare Association on 24th January last at Seppa Township. The theme of the clean drive was cleanliness is next to godliness. The students, government officials, PRI leaders, businessmen and NGOs joined in the drive.


Adhere to the govt notification, AAPETA tells CS

ITANAGAR, Jan 28:  Claiming that many Deputy Director of School Education (DDSEs) have been working at same posting place for eight and nine years,All Arunachal Pradesh Elementary Teachers Association (AAPETA) has urged the Chief Secretary to adhere the govt gazette notification  on transfer and posting. It claimed that as per the state government gazette notification the govt officers including DDSE should be transferred from posting place after completion of three years.   It further requested the chief secretary to give strict direction to secretary education to abide by the govt notification.


Villagers sought for assessment of damaged forest

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: The villagers of Leporiang in its representation to the Chief Secretary sought for assessment forest damaged caused by c/o road Leporiang to Pape Sango village under Leporiang circle in Papum Pare district.   It also claimed that natural resources and rich flora and fauna of the area were also damaged in large scale.  It informed the chief secretary that neither executing department nor contractor is taking care of the damaged being caused by the construction.   The villagers further stated that damaged of forest and cultivating land would affect the villagers as  most of them are entirely depend on shifting cultivation. The villagers further informed that though construction of said road has damaged private and public properties no compensation was paid and no restoration was done so far.


AVK’s Computer centre at Nyapin

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: Arunachal Vikas Parishad opened it third computer learning centre at Nyapin, Kurung Kumey district.

While inaugurating the Computer Centre, ADC Tekto Borang said it will immensely help the youths to learn basics of computer education.

BDO Tador Takar, teachers, AVP office bearers and villagers were presented on the occasion.


Forum demands removal of temporary  tower

ITANAGAR, Jan 28:   The Land Affected Youth Forum against Railways Temporary Towers today demanded for removal of temporary electric towers erected on private lands at Doimukh.  In a letter addressed to the Deputy Commissioner Papumpare  the forum claimed that the railways authority gave assurance to fund for the cost of permanent diversion of the 132 KV tower line of the Power Grid Corporation through Emchi-Lekha route. But, later the railways authority showed U-turn in their assurance when matter was pursued, the forum claimed. Taking matter seriously, the land affected forum further demanded the DC to take stern action against the railways authority for immediate placement of estimated fund to the power department. It also demanded the district authority for additional payment of compensation/lease to the tune of four times current market rate of Land Acquisition Act., immediate removal of temporary towers and associated lines erected on the private lands on lease.  It threatened to drag the district authority into legal door if the demands are not met within 15 days.


Aalo Forest Festival from February 7

AALO, Jan 28:  The Second edition of Aalo Forest Festival will start from February 7 at Aalo.

During the two-day long festival, trekking through the adjoining Bahadur hill, bird-watching, botanization of trees will be conducted and  films based on nature, wildlife, forests and environment and cultural programme including a football tournament will be a part of the festival.

The festival is being organized with the initiative of Nyali Ete, DFO Aalo  to highlight the activities and functions of the Forest Department, for giving awareness about the importance of the Environment & Forests, Wildlife Management, Natural Resource Management. DIPRO


RCH Camp held at Karko

YINGKIONG, Jan 28: Upper Siang District Health Society under the aegis of National Health Programme has organized an one day RCH camp at Karko village yesterday.

Altogether, 135 patients were registered and out of which 2 IUCD insertion, 30 cases of ophthalmology, 20 dental cases, 21 HB% test were examined on the during the camp. DIPRO


Mega health camp conducted

ITANAGAR, Jan 28:  The Heema Hospital and RK Mission hospital jointly conducted free mega medical camp at Logum Jini and Kmbo Jirdin on 24th January 2015. During the health camp free medicines, ultrasound, ECG, HbsAG screening and diabetic scanning was given to the patients. Hundreds patients have benefitted the health camp, a release claim. The team of doctor was assisted by the Nyiko Pangii Society and Kombo Jirdin Youth Association.


Panchayat bye-poll aspirants urged to  respect model code of conduct

YINGKIONG, Jan 28: The District Election officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner Remo Kamki hold a meeting with representative of various political parties in connection with Election Model code of conduct for the ensuing Panchayat bi-election scheduled to be held 2nd March 2015 positively.

Presiding the meeting, the Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Election Officer advised all political parties, aspirant candidates to obey and respect model code of conduct and cautioned that strict and necessary action shall be taken against any defaulters/ violators as per constitutional provisions and election rules.

The DPDO cum-ADC(Hqr) Tapik Pertin informed that two ZPM seats, 4 ASMs and 20 GPMs have fallen vacant in entire Upper Siang District due to different reasons and also briefed about the provisions of modal code of conduct to the representatives of the representative of political parties.

The Supdt. of Police Tage Habung, Adong Pertin EAC, Alum Litin President BCCI, Ojing Peyang General Secretary BJP, Upper Siang District, Bading Teng, ZPM, O.Pertin DIPRO attended the meeting. DIPRO


MLA provides uniforms to Mutias in Ziro

ZIRO, Jan 28: Local MLA Tage Taki on January 26 distributed uniform/dress to Coolies (mutias) working in Ziro-Hapoli areas with identification number in a function here at Subansiri Stadium.  

While distributing the dresses/uniforms, Taki said that the dress code with identification number will help people to identify them and also in addressing their problems in future. Their identity will be maintained by concern department, he added.

As many as 103 coolies have been distributed uniforms by MLA in presence of Lower Subansiri deputy commissioner Kanki Darang, SP Tumme Amo, HoDs, ZPMs and public.

“We feel more secure and homely when such gesture given to us.  We are extremely happy that people has started to recognized our job and very much thanks to our MLA Tage Taki for providing us the dress”, said Gyasudin Ansari who has been working here as mutia for last 17 years.


Co- ordination meeting held

SEPPA, Jan 28: Monthly Co-ordination meeting with HODs of East Kameng District was held at Seppa yesterday. The East Kameng Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kumar Singh had taken a monthly Co-ordination meeting with HODs and reviewed the action taken reports of the minutes of last meeting yesterday.

Addressing the officers Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kumar Singh enquired about the activity reports & status or of  works undertaken by various departments. He asked the concerned HOD on status of restoration of damaged channel portion of Pacha  Hydel, possibility of double cropping & pisciculture, TDS, water supply at Pakoti etc. He also directed the agriculture and its allied deptts to impart awareness & training programme to the farmers across the district with fixation of scheduled dates.

Er.Ojing Nobeng, EE HPD (civil) informed that the damaged portion of feeder channel washed away last years of Pacha Hydel has been restored and handed over to the E&M deptt as per the directives of state Govt. However, minor cracks developed in other stretches of the channel which are under repairing informed J.E E&M.

DC directed the veterinary deptt to conduct hygiene test of meat in the market & slaughter checking as food safety measures. He also asked DDSE to fix a date for meeting with principal & headmasters of various Schools in order to ensure completion of syllabus & preparation for conduct of CBSE exam. He also stressed on checking of documents & conduct surprise raids to the whole sellers in order to raise tax collection & submission of TDS for the last 3 years.  DIPRO


News Impact

MLAs asked to ensure proper implementation of projects

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma today asked MLAs to spend more time in their constituencies to ensure that all state and central projects are implemented properly.

Addressing the House on the inaugural day of the third session of the Sixth Legislative Assembly,  he said the commitment of the government was to accord top most priority to health and education sectors.

The government was able to inch closer to the national literacy rate with schemes like Chief Minister's Talent Award, Teacher's Award and Sanitary Napkin scheme.

He said the state in association with Google Education will emphasise on E-learning through custom designed curriculum and the Chief Minister's Talent Scheme Award will be renamed as Chief Minister's Global Education Program.

The Governor pointed out that Arunachal Pradesh got the Krishi Karman Commendation Award for increase in growth of food grains, which stands at 3.895 Lakhs MT in 2013-14. The state had got the award in 2012-13 too.

"The state has bagged India's Best Project-2014 award for implementation of skill development and employment generation, Sharma said.

On infrastructure development, he said under the Prime Minister's Special Economic Package, projects like Itanagar Water Supply and Harmuti-Naharlagun Railway line have been completed while works on the Trans-Arunachal Highway, Advanced Landing grounds, 110 MW Pare Hydro Power project and the civil secretariat are progressing satisfactorily.

In the power sector, he said, a comprehensive 132 KV Trans Arunachal Transmission Grid amounting to Rs 3200 crore has been sanctioned recently and work would commence shortly.

Lokayukta Act has been passed and a Lokayukta will be put in place soon, the Governor said.

Following slowdown in the growth of the nation's economy coupled with constraints caused by the cumulative impact of the last five years of the 13th Finance Commission, the state finances witnessed stress and accordingly a string of measures have been put in place to curtail wasteful expenditure, while sustaining the spending on planned activities, he said.

The state government has taken up a challenging task of preparing Arunachal Vision-2030, a broad framework encompassing all areas of governance- the social sectors, economic potential and enabling infrastructure, he added. PTI



Changlang takes up cudgels against opium cultivation

CHANGLANG, Jan 28: In it’s all out efforts against opium cultivation in Changlang district, district police along with CRPF and civil administration has started its drives to destroy opium plantation in the district.

The team along with GB and PR members on January 19 had destroyed opium plants cultivated in an aprox areas of  18 acres at Yanman village of Khimyong circle

On January 22 and 23, another team  destroyed about 2 acres of opium cultivation areas in Borsotom amd Hetman villages.

Meanwhile, in support of clean opium drive many villages of Manmao circle have started cultivation of Cardamom as an alternative to opium and various Women associations of Manmao, Bordumsa and Diyun circle have come out against opium menace to join hands with district police and administration. DIPRO



Assembly pays tributes to departed leaders

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: The Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly today paid tributes to former members who passed away recently.

Speaker Nabum Rebia and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki led the House in remembering former Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin, former minister and Speaker Setong Sena, former minister Sobeng Tayang and former Union minister Murli Deora.

While Gamlin died in a Gurgaon-based private hospital on November 30 last, Tayeng passed away on January 24, Sena on Sunday last and Deora died on November 24 last year.

Making obituary reference in the House Rebia termed all the leaders as visionaries and termed their deaths as 'irreparable losses' to the state as well as the country.

Tuki taking part in the discussion termed Gamlin as a law luminary and visionary who had immensely contributed to the state.

Terming Tayeng as a man with a mission who shaped the destiny of present Arunachal, the chief minister informed that the departed leader was instrumental in expansion of education besides conceiving the idea of VLW (village level worker) and launching minor irrigation channels in the state.

While recalling the contribution of Sena, who served the state as assembly speaker and ministers in various capacities, Tuki termed him as a man of wisdom who lead from the front and left behind a legacy to emulate.

"Sena’s persistent efforts enabled due recognition across the globe to the World War-II war cemetery at Jairampur in Changlang district.

He was also instrumental in speeding up economic activities in the state through border trade at Pangsau Pass by organizing the Pangsau Pass winter festival on several occasions," the chief minister said.

He further added, under Sena, the Agriculture department got due recognition from the Centre due to increase in foodgrains productivity in the past few years and the state received Krishi Karman Commendation Award for three consecutive years.

Tuki also made obituary reference in terms of Deora, former Petroleum and Natural Gas minister in the UPA-I government.

A two-minute silence was observed as a mark of respect to the departed leaders before Speaker Rebia adjourned the House. PTI



ANSU felicitates outstanding achievers on its 33rd Foundation Day

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jan 28:  The All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) has felicitated numerous outstanding achievers of its community  in distinct fields such as academic, arts and culture, politics and the games and sports on its 33rd Foundation Day celebration at Tallang Hira Memorial here today.  

In the field of games and sports, ANSU felicitated 12 outstanding achievers, three each in both Karate and Weightlifting, two in Boxing, and one each in Taekwondo, Archery, Badminton and Football etc. The union also felicitated 18 achievers in academic field.

The community apex student’s organization also felicitated Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for being the first person from the community who become Chief Minister and also Toko Teji and Taba Chake in the arts and culture.  

Addressing the gathering ANSU President Byabang Joram called upon the students of Nyishi community to give priority to their study adding that quality education brings more progress and development in the society. Pointing out that there are numerous educational institutions viz: technical and non-technical in the community areas, Joram added, ‘we must take full advantage of these institutions with degree and  quality”.  Further ANSU president expressed dismay that despite efforts to make a  progressive soceity  there are social vices such as fine and revenge system.  Terming the fine system as immoral,  he appealed to the people to refrain from practicing such activity.

 General Secretary ANSU Nyanya Gollo in his welcome address exhorted that current ANSU team is dedicated in the service of the society.  He also highlighted the achievements of the current team in bringing various educational institutions in Nyishi inhabited areas including Capital Complex.

In his address former MLA Tani Loffa who served the union as general secretary suggested the members to be dedicated and punctual in the service of the society. Earlier ANSU presented momentos to the former presidents and secretaries of the union during the occasion.  The representatives from the district students unions, Nyishi Elite Society and other Nyishi based organisation attended the programe.  The cultural programme and volleyball game were played to mark the 33rd Foundation Day Celebration.



SDHDC demands govt to declare Boleng as Siang District Hq

Staff reporter

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: The people of  Rumgong, Pessing, Kaying, Payum, Pegi - Botte, Rebo - Perging and Boleng circles under the banner of Siang District Headquarter Demand Committee (SDHDC) have staged a peaceful dharna here today.

They said that the genuine voice and repeated representations of the masses are being curtailed by so called people's friendly government. With no choice left the general public of said circles are compelled to stage one-day dharna here today in favour of its demand.

The committee demanded the state government  for immediate revocation of the government notification vide no. dad-11/2001/597 dated 24November, 2014. It further said that based upon the recommendation of the two committees constituted by the MLAs of 35 and 32 assembly constituencies the district headquarter should be declared at Boleng.

It said that Siang district headquarter committee under the chairmanship of Taje Komut and Siang District Reorganisation Intellectual Forum under the chairmanship of Tagong Ketan have recommended Boleng (Punnying-Rengo) as the headquarter of Siang district as per the feasibility.

It also said that, last year Adi Baane Kebang has also gave a representation to Chief Minister to consider the report and recommendation of Siang District Reorganisation Intellectual Forum and declared Boleng as the headquarter of Siang district.

The committee further said that a plot of land measuring 17,217 sqm has been already allotted and earmarked for the construction of residential buildings of Deputy Commissioner, Superintendent of Police, Additional Deputy Commissioner, session judge and other heads of departments in an order on December 2012 by the Deputy Commissioner, East Siang. But despite all these and instead of declaring Boleng as Siang district headquarter, the government has declared Pangin as its temporary headquarters against the aspiration of people, the committee said.

Earlier, before coming down to state capital,  numbers of protest rallies were also organised at Boleng against government declaration of Pangin as temporary headquarter  of Siang district but the government remained adamant on the issue and with no option the representatives of various circles today hold their protest rally here at state capital.

Later, the team  met various MLAs of Adi belt and appraised their grievances and threatens the government that the team would organize series of protest movement if their demand is not fulfilled.



R-Day celebration: Arunachal tableau becomes a centre of attraction

NEW DELHI, Jan 28: The black and red color of the Idu Mishmi traditional dress captured the attention of the audience on an otherwise rainy and foggy morning even as the folk music resonated in the air and enthralled them.

Months of hard work paid off as the Arunachal Pradesh tableau marched proudly at Rajpath along with 15 other state tableaus and 9 from government departments on Republic day. With the theme ‘Igu dance’, the tableau represented the priest dance of the Idu Mishmi tribe that is performed during a ritual. It also roughly depicted an ideal tribal setting.

Ten artists from Roing in Lower Dibang Valley district took part in it. Along with the team leader and the troupe leader, they had been camping at the Rashtriya Rangshala camp at Delhi Cantonment area for almost a month now.

The artists had a chance to meet the President and the Prime Minister yesterday at Rashtrapati Bhawan and Teen Murti Bhavan respectively. A dance was performed by the Arunachali artists in the presence of the Prime Minister.

The IPR department, the nodal department handling the tableau, deserves a special mention for pulling it off successfully second time in a row. The department has been actively involved right from the concept to its execution. (OSD, IPR)



Township road to be constructed with cement concrete

ZIRO, Jan 28: A coordination meeting among all the stakeholders including local MLA Tage Taki, Zilla Chairperson Hage Kobing, representative from Tanii Supuñ Dukuñ (Tanii Apex Council), HoDs, PRI members, NGOs was held at the DC’s conference Hall yesterday under the chairmanship of Lower Subansiri deputy commissioner Kanki Darang and discussed on matter related to over all development as well as future plan of the district HQ.

Discussing on roads condition, it was decided to widen all the existing road connectivity of Township area as per earlier govt. notification for improvement of Road Networking and Parking Place by constructing with cement concrete which is to be executed by the PWD department while the colony roads are to be executed by the DUDA. In this connection, local MLA Tage Taki has suggested for provisioning of corridor alongside the roads for laying pipe lines, erection of electric poles etc. The house presents also suggested executing departments for maintain quality work.

Apart from beautification of government schools in the Valley, it was also decided to prepare boundary map of every schools at the earliest to prevent encroachment in future. Besides, all the schools are to have master plan to avoid unplan construction of buildings or structure for which DDSE is to initiate.

As regards to construction of Mini Secretariat building, the executing agency PWD has been suggested for maintaining quality of work and provisioning of sufficient parking place. It was also suggested for maintaining quality work in construction of proposed Outdoor Stadium.

Discussing about enlisting of Ziro Valley as World Heritage Site as Apatani Cultural Landscape, DC said that once the fund is made available, the panchayat members are to be given training on its’ importance who in turn will disseminating knowledge to the village people followed by village level and school level. (From Yachang Tacho)



Rangiya-Murkongselek passenger train services from March 15


RUKSIN, Jan 28: Rangiya-Murkongselek passenger train services will be started from March 15 this year, sources informed.

The 155 km stretch of the BG railway track from North-Lakhimpur to Murkongselek (Jonai) near here has been completed and construction wing of the NF Railway is all set to hand over the BG railway to Traffic Wing for starting passenger train service, official sources said.

According to officials the department has expensed about Rs 3.0197 crore for the gauge conversion work including restructuring of bridges and culverts.

This project was started in March, 2011. The NF Railway suspended plying of all meter-gauge train along the route for construction of BG line. Train service was already resumed between Rangiya and North Lakhimpur during January last year.

The Rangiya-Murkongselek railway route came up in 1962 during the Chinese Aggression for transportation and mobilisation of security forces to Arunachal Pradesh. The BG railway running from Rangiya to Murkongselek is proposed to be extended to Pasighat in Arunachal and it is supposed to be proceeding on to Roing, Parsuramkund, Rupai, Anjaw and other places along the Indo-China border.

The BG conversion project was one of the two major rail projects in Assam announced by the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during 2010.

On the other hand, the construction engineers of NF Railway are confident to complete the Bogibeel bridge over Brahmaputra river in 2016 as the top brasses of the Railway authority are giving emphasis on its early completion. The department has resumed the construction of remaining six pillars of the bridge and expected to complete it within the scheduled period.



Condolences pour in for Setong Sena

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: Condolence messages are pouring in from various organizations and civil societies following death of former minister and Assembly Speaker Setong Sena.

Arunachal Christian Forum in a condolence message said, “Sena was a very friendly and kind-hearted person. He initiated various welfare measures for the people of the state. His untimely death is an irreparable loss for the state.”

Tangsa Literary & Cultural Development Society and Longchang Elite Society described Sena as a prominent and visionary leader of Tangsa community in particular and the state as a whole.

“Sena had a great love and affinity for his people. The vacuum created with his death will be very difficult to fill up, both the society said in their condolence messages.

The Changlang Town Trade Commerce Association (CTTCA) condoled the untimely demise of Sena, observed two minutes silence as mark of respect to the departed leader.

The business community of Changlang also downed their shutters for a day to show respect to late Sena.

The APWWS (CEC) expressed shock and grief at the sudden death of Sena and expressed its sincere condolence to the bereaved family to overcome the difficult situation.

The Arunchal Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) has described the death of former minister Setong Sena as an irreparable loss to the state, particularly to the growth of trade and commerce.

ACCI information secretary Toko Tatung, who attended his funeral ceremony at Jairampur on Tuesday said that Late Sena was an unparalleled leader with chief ministerial stuff.

He had led a four-member state delegation on behalf of the government of India to attend the 2nd North East India-Myanmar Business Conclave at Yangon during August 2012.

Trade & Commerce Parliamentary Secretary Phoshum Khimhun, trade and commerce director Tokong Pertin and ACCI president Techi Lala were the delegates.

 Moreover, Sena, who was like an elder brother ready to always help, was always vocal at various platforms for the growth of trade and commerce, which he believed, had the potential to bring a turn around in speedy economic development of Arunachal Pradesh, Tatung added.  

Expressing deep shock over the untimely demise of former Speaker Setong Sena, HPDCAPL Chairman Tani Loffa said “during his long innings of public life since 1995 to 2014, Late Sena demonstrated true spirit of an elected representatives. He immensely contributed towards development of his home constituency in particular and  the state as a whole, Loffa said in his condolence message.

“Late Sena was a seasoned politician and good sportsperson. He will be remembered for his straight forwardness and gentle nature,” said DoTCL assistant director W Lowang. The officers and staff of the DoTCL observed two minutes silence  as a mark of respect to departed leader and convened deep sense of condolence to bereaved family.

Arunachal Christian Youth Association (ACYA) and All Arunachal Pradesh Entrepreneurship Development Association also  recalled the contributions of former minister and deeply mourned his death.



National School Games medal winners calls on Taloh

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: The medal winners of the 60th National School Games  (Karate) Championship-2015 led by Arunachal Karate-Do Association General Secretary L Marik along with Chef-De-Mission, Coaches and Manager today called on Director of Secondary Education T. Taloh and Youth Welfare Officer L. Sokun Singh here today.

While appreciating the efforts of the students and AKA T. Taloh advised the students to maintain discipline, respect coaches and teachers to achieve more success in near future.

L. Sokun Singh explained the importance of School Games and achievement of the Karate players of Arunachal Pradesh.

AKA general secretary L. Marik assured to maintain the same tempo in days to come and he also appealed to the Director to increase fund allotment to minimize the financial problems faced by the students and the association during participation in such events.

Meanwhile, the Director has assured to look into the matter in the interest of the School Games of Arunachal Pradesh.

Arunachal Pradesh won seven medals including two gold, two silver and three bronze, in the national games for Karate.



Republic Day celebrated

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: The reports of celebration of the 66th Republic Day in various parts of the state are still pouring in the media houses.  

DIRANG: The Republic Day was celebrated with avid participation by school children, para-military forces, Govt. officials and general public at Dirang.

Unfurling the national tri-colour at St. Lopon Stadium, Dirang Additional Deputy Commissioner Dagbom Riba read out the various policies, programmes and achievements of the state govt. with particular reference to Dirang circle. He also spelt out functioning of the various departments and the progress made so far in achieving the goals set by them for welfare of the people.

Acknowledging the immense contribution of the para-military forces in rendering help to civilians in times of natural calamities and their spirit of corporate social responsibilities, Riba called for further strengthening this spirit of mutual understanding and co-operation in times to come. The ADC also exhorted the general public to be more cooperative and pro-active during the 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyans' and asked them to clean up their respective nearby surrounding areas to make Dirang clean and green.

The day-long celebration comprised march past by various schools and para-military forces, inauguration of exhibition stalls, colourful dance programmes, sports items and finally prize distribution. Later in the evening, the ADC hosted a high tea party to all govt. officials in tune with the traditional prevailing norm. (From a Correspondent)

KOLORIANG: Joining the Republic Day fanfare with rest of the country, this border town of Koloriang also celebrated the national event with Deputy Commissioner, Mamata Riba, unfurling the national tricolour at Koloriang General Ground amidst a huge sea of crowds.

In her ceremonial speech, while paying rich tributes to freedom fighters, the DC exhorted everyone to uphold the principles of equality and justice as enshrined in the Constitution of India.

She said the people of the Kurung Kumey needed to put their concerted efforts for the development of the district within the available resources.

“Time is of essence and so let us together ensure development through atmosphere of cooperation so that the resources which the Government has made available with us reach our brothers and sisters living in the farthest village,” she said.  

While giving special emphasis on Swachch Bharat Abhiyan, she stated that the plan for future roadmap of a progressive district should embrace youth empowerment through sports and tourism, especially cultural and adventure, women empowerment through cooperatives, horticulture and agriculture besides child rights, conservation of forest.

She also mentioned that Kurung Kumey has established itself as a sporting powerhouse going by the fact that many sportspersons from the district are proudly representing the country, while adding that this was one avenue youth ought to explore as an alternative career.

Customary prabhat pherry by students, parade, exhibition stalls, colourful display of traditional and modern dances and games and sports marked the daylong programme. Pani Taram, MLA, 21-Koloriang, who was present as special guest on the occasion, gave away the prizes for the winners of the events.

On the occasion, the DC also announced the names of People’s Awardees for their contributions in the field of education, social works, agriculture and allied sectors.  The awardees are: (1) Chera Mekia (Education), (2) Tarh Loram (Social works), (3) Karuna Trust (Health). (4) Bengia Chuma (Cooperatives). (5) Tai Nikriu (Agriculture), (6) Bengia Kakum Tadar (Horticulture), (7) Ngurang Yagik (Horticulture), (8) Nangram Taffik (Animal Husbandry), (9) Yumlam Yakia (Health).  The prize money and citations would be given to them in the ensuing Statehood Day.

YINGKIONG: The 66th Republic Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm in the entire Upper Siang district.

While unfurling the National flag at Yingkiong the Deputy Commissioner Remo Kamki  highlighted the developmental activities  being undertaken in Upper Siang district by various departments during the current financial year.

In his speech Kamki reiterated the imposition of restriction on fishing, hunting and prohibition on use of drugs, liquor and stressed on effective control over opium menace and other narcotic substances. He announced list of persons, groups, organizations particularly Woman Welfare Societies that will be awarded on Statehood Day celebration. Cash Awards with certificate were also conferred to 7 number of selected farmers in agriculture allied departments like agriculture, horticulture, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary, Textiles and Handloom.

Alo Libang Parliamentary Secretary inaugurated the exhibition stalls on the occasion. Other highlights of the day long programme included arrow shooting competitions of the senior citizens, sports competition among children and youths. The R Day was also celebrated at Tuting, Geku, Katan, Mariyang respectively.

TEZU: Lohit district joined rest of the country in the celebration of 66th Republic Day. Deputy Commissioner Dr. B M Mishra unfurled the National tri-colour in the Jubilee ground here at Tezu on the occasion.

In his Republic Day speech, Mishra initially expressed his deep condolence on the death of Sobeng Tayang, the former member of Parliament from Arunachal East Parliamentary Constituency and State Cabinet Minister, who died on 24th January.

While highlighting achievement of the government and various developmental works being carried out in the district, he informed that the Government has taken time bound initiative for completion of Alubari, Digaru Bridge over Lohit river and it will be functional by December 2015. He also stated that the work of Tezu Airport is on progress and it will soon be completed.

He also urged the inhabitants of Lohit to refrain from opium cultivation as opium has evil impact on the society which leads to criminal activities. Rather he advised the farmers to cultivate low volume high value cash crops which bring better income. He urged all the departments of Lohit to work sincerely and with full dedication for all round development of Lohit district so that Lohit can be an example of model district in the State.

Tezu MLA Dr. Mohesh Chai also gave prizes to the farmers for their best exhibits in the Horticultural exhibition stall. The 2nd half of the day was marked by a friendly cricket match between DC-XI vs MLA-XI.  DIPROs

Our Ruksin Correspondent adds:  Along with the rest of the country, the  66th Republic Day was celebrated by the citizens of Ruksin, Bilat and Sille-Oyan circles under Ruksin sub-division in East Siang district with great enthusiasm.

Unfurling the national tri-colour, Ruksin Additional Deputy Comissioner (ADC), T Pada briefed on the developmental schemes initiated by the state government.

Referring to the state government’s effort of setting up ADC (independent) office at Ruksin, he appealed the local people to maintain unity and peace for successful implementation of the development schemes.



Winners of district level painting competition felicitated

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: The winners of the district level painting competition which was organized by Managing Director of Menle Botom Tourist Lodge Dos Dasi in collaboration with Department of Urban Development & Housing, Upper Subansiri were felicitated with cash awards along with trophies and merit certificates in a function organized coinciding with Republic Day celebration at Daporijo on January 26.

The first, second and third prize winners were awarded Rs.10,000, Rs. 5,000 and Rs 2,500 respectively sponsored by UD & Housing Daporijo Division, Management Committee, Menle Botom Tourist Lodge and District Tourism Officer, Daporijo.

The competition was conducted under the supervision of Upper Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Komkar Dulom and DDSE (I/c) Timpu Maying,

Interacting with the students, Deputy Commissioner Dulom asked them to take a lead role in making Daporijo clean and green. He also advised the students and public to show hospitality towards the visiting tourists for development of the tourism sector. He also asked the students and general public to extend their full cooperation to the district administration and police in maintaining law and order in the district.

The function was attended by principal, art teacher and students from JNV Megdong, Blue Mount School, Daporijo and VKV Kuporijo and Superintendent of Police Taru Gusar, and all HoDs of Upper Subansiri District.

Newly posted principal of JNV Megdong NK Shamkuwar also spoke on the occasion and expressed his happiness over conduction of the first ever panting competition on ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. The painting competition was organized in honour of Tourism, UD & Housing, Art & Culture Minister Pema Khandu to mark his maiden visit to Daporijo during January six and seven.



Preparation afoot to hold ‘Poba Mahotsav’


RUKSIN, Jan 28: In order to make local people aware of the need to protect and preserve flora and fauna in Poba Reserve Forest (RF) along Assam-Arunachal boundary here, the Poba Reserve Forest Coordination Committee (PRFCC) is all set to conduct a three-day Mohatsav at Jonai (Assam) from February 5 next.

The three-day programme schedule includes wildlife photo exhibition, nursery mela, exhibition cum sale of traditional attires, traditional food festival and drawing competition among school children besides discussion on various ecological issues of the area by eminent environmentalists, sources informed.

The concluding day programme also includes a cultural exchange among different ethnic groups from both Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

The Poba Maohotsava is being funded by Mising Autonomous Council (MAC).

Poba Reserve Forest (RF) on the right bank of Siang River is home to different kinds of flora and fauna. The water bodies on the upper reaches of the reserve forest are close to the Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh and the Dibru Saikhowa National Park across Brahmaputra.

Several Assam based organizations have been demanding the government for conducting necessary survey and documentation and grant Wildlife Sanctuary status of Assam part of the RF.

It is pertinent to mention that Arunachal portion of Poba RF covers a large area of Ruksin forest range under East Siang Forest Division (T). Covering an area of 2,251 hectares, the RF is bestowed with natural habitat for various species, exquisite birds and insects, reptiles and valuable trees, including medicinal herbs.

Meanwhile, the Mising Autonomous Council (MAC) of Assam is taking initiative for conservation of Poba RF and to develop the area as eco tourism and adventure tourism hotspot.

A 15-member “coordination committee” for protection of Poba RF has been constituted with Dhemaji DC as chief patron and Divisional Forest Officer (T) of Dhemaji as chief convener. The committee has conducted meeting at fringe villages for gathering consensus of the villagers in the fringe areas of Poba RF.



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Worrying time for Arunachal

As the dust settles on India's nuclear deal with the US, it is China-centric joint strategic vision for the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean Region envisioned by PM Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama's after their summit meet, which promises to be an outcome of far-reaching implications. The two countries had first mentioned the imperative for freedom of navigation in South China Sea when the two leaders meet at Washington last year. And now, with the vision issued on Sunday, India has shown that it will no longer be inhibited about lending weight to US's pivot or rebalance of Asia.

 China naturally is alarmed over this new bonhomie between India and USA, with Chinese foreign ministry on Monday warning that "external countries" should not stir up trouble in the region. The India-US joint statement said that Obama and Modi also explored chances of holding trilateral dialogue with Japan at the foreign minister level. China will surely take this step as kind of encircling of the communist country by India, Japan and US respectively.  As a result of this, we may see aggressive China indulging in more incursion activities along the border areas and they may also intensify their claim over Arunachal, which China considers as part of south China. This will have direct impact on the developmental aspect of Arunachal. Foreign companies will refrain from investing in the state due to Chinese factor. And if BJP lead central government squeezes fund flow to Congress government of Arunachal, things will only get worse for the state.

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People’s Award for CALSOM

Dear Editor,

The Cultural & Literary Society of Mishmi (CALSOM) received the People's Award for  excellence in the field of social service for the year 2015. The award was given by the  Deputy Commissioner of Anjaw District on the occasion of 66th Republic Day on 26th  January at Hawai, the Head Quarters of Anjaw District. The award would serve us  impetus to the CALSOM to further serve the society with zeal and vigour.

CALSOM is the apex socio-cultural organization of the Mishmis of Lohit & Anjaw districts  which was formed in the year 1992. Since its inception, it has been carrying out welfare  activities in the twin districts of Lohit valley. Of late it has been active in its  philanthropic activities like providing interim aid to flood and fire victims, organising  social services, opium de-addiction camps and preading awareness about the ill effects  of drug abuse. The welfare organisation has motivated the students of Mishmi community to  strive for excellence in the field of education by felicitating the class - X and XII  toppers in the last 4 years. The organization has also been conducting workshops  and competitions in traditional handicrafts. It has also been vocal in protecting the rights and interest of the  Mishmis.


Suraj Tayang

Secretary, CALSOM

Tezu, Lohit District


A cartoon is worth thousand pictures

Dear Editor,

One feels sad to read in leading dailies that the legendary cartoonist R K Laxman is no more. He embodied the hopes, aspirations and troubles of Indians for over half a century. He always cared for the plight of common man through his immortal cartoons. Though the common man character in the cartoons was always silent, the intended message was very loud and clear.  

R K Laxman will always be remembered for his early morning dose of laughter. His cartoons would bring a smile even on the faces of people who didn't know to read or were in a hurry. If a picture is worth thousand words , a cartoon is worth a thousand pictures. The nation will definitely miss him. May his soul rest in peace.


T S Karthik

Bhuvaneshwari Nagar

Chennai- 87






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