January 31

ANSU calls off bandh

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) has called off its proposed 12 hours Capital bandh.The decision came  this evening following a meeting of ANSU team with Chief Minister Nabam Tuki at his office chamber. ANSU president Byabang Joram who led the team informed that the union is calling off its proposed 12hrs bandh on Feb 2 as the Chief Minister gave assurance to address its two points demand at the earliest. ANSU is demanding the immediate execution of four-lane highway from Itanagar to Banderdewa and scrapping of pre-paid (electric) meter project. On the four-lane highway, the union claimed that government has assured to execute the project  at the earliest. The CM also disclosed that the Union Minister Road Transport and Highway Nitin Gadkhri is coming on 10th February 2015 to take stock of the highways, ANSU claimed. It further added that the CM has given assurance to drop the pre-paid meter project temporarily until it is successfully installed in other parts of India. The ANSU team has welcomed the Chief Minister’s assurances.


Release arrested women :ALSDSU

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: Stating that two women from Arunachal were arrested and beaten up by the Assam Forest authorities on Jan 28, the All Lower Subansiri District Students Union has called on the Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police to urgently take appropriate remedial measures and release the women. The ALSDSU added that the two women were picked up by the Assam Forest authorities when they were working in their agricultural fields near the inter-state boundary. The union also stated of resorting to democratic movement if the authorities failed to release the women.  


RGU results out

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) has declared the results of Undergraduate All Semester (BA/B.Sc./B.Com) and Special Annual (BA) Examinations 2014. The result can be seen on university website: www.rgu.ac.in, according a RGU notification.


Meeting on food safety norms held

SEPPA, Jan 30: A food safety meeting on hygiene standards for street food vendors and eateries was held in DC’s chamber here today. The meeting was attended by district level steering committee members.

While stressing on the need to enforce food safety and hygienic standards, Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kumar Singh directed the DMO for physical examination of food handlers in eateries and dhabas before issuance of certificate. He also directed the DFC&SO to depute inspector for regular checking on adulteration and misbranding.

Keeping in view the necessary of Ante-Mortem and Post-Mortem examination of meats, he asked the DVO to carry out mapping of slaughter houses and also identification of legal or illegal selling of meats at Seppa markets. It is also to ensure that the meat sellers comply with the guidelines and carry out the activities of meal selling at designated locations, he added.

DMO, Dr. N Geiyi explained about the provisions of the food safety and standards rules, 2011 and also penalties for non-compliance of the rules.   DIPRO


Action plan prepared for smooth conduct of Panchayat bye-polls

SEPPA, Jan 30: A meeting for peaceful conducts of Panchayati Raj bye-election falling vacant due to resignations or death of members held in DC office here today.

The meeting attended among others by Deputy SP Bomto Kamdak and administrative officers, prepared an action plan for smooth conduct of the election.

Two minutes silence was observed in the memory of all those who gave their lives for the cause of the country and also during freedom struggle on the occasion Martyrdom Day in DC’s office premises. DIPRO


 Departmental Promotion Committee sought

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: The All Arunachal Pradesh Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Assistant Teachers Association has sought the Education Secretary for an earliest conduct of Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) for regularization of SSA Assistant Teachers. The association said that after regularization of little number of teachers in years back, no DPC was conducted since then. It also added that discontinuation of DPC will block the ongoing regularization process.


Oath taking ceremony held

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: The lamp lighting and oath taking ceremony of BSc Nursing students of North East Nursing College of Health and Science was held here this afternoon at Vivek Vihar. The Secretary Rama Krishna Hospital Itanagar Swamiji Visbesanada attended the function as Chief Guest and Deputy Director cum Registrar and Secretary Arunachal Pradesh Nursing Council Naharlagun attended as guest of honour.


APLS team to take part in ASS

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: A ten-member delegation of Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) is going to attend 73rd biennial session of Assam Sahitya Sabha (ASS) which will be held from February 1 to 4 at Kaliabor, Assam. The APLS team shall be led by its president Y D Thongchi, Sahitya Akademy awardee and General Secretary Tokong Pertin.

Thongchi will interact with the child writers of Assam and give art of innovative and creative writing during the interaction programme “Kuhi” on February 2, while other delegates from the state shall participate in various programmes including literary activities during the session. APLS and ASS are actively involved in socio-cultural-literary activities aiming to rekindle and preserve the old-age brotherhood relation between the two neighbouring states.


Appeal to CM for Riga ADC headquarter

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: The Riga Circle Development Forum has called on the Chief Minister to upgrade Riga EAC headquarters to an independent ADC headquarter. Claiming that the Riga circle is most backward area, thickly populated and topographically most far off circle from the headquarters of the newly created Siang district, the Forum called for considering the systematic up-gradation of Riga EAC headquarter to ADC headquarter.


Health camp at Doimukh

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: A health camp and baby show in collaboration with Health Account Scheme (HAS) and Non-Communicable Disease Cell was organised to mark the Republic Day at Rono Ground Doimukh on Jan 26. The camp witnessed an overwhelming response from the public where they received free screening test of RBS, BMI estimation and BP measurement, informed a release. Maximum health benefits and free consultation were given out to the Health Dairy holders under the HAS.

Prizes were given to the best babies for the healthy baby show which also witnessed enthusiastic participation from the young parents. The medical exhibition stall was adjudged the best stall during the Republic Day celebration.


CE (WZ) inspects hydel projects

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: Chief Engineer (Western Zone), Department of Hydro Power Development Pura Tupe along with departmental engineers inspected all the ongoing hydro power stations of East Kameng and West Kameng districts including Pacha hydel project in East Kameng recently and directed field engineers to expedite the work by maintaining quality.


ANSU seeks status reports on its demands

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) has sought status report on its charter of demands, including strict implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) system, and the action taken on it by the state government.

Expressing strong resentment over non-fulfillment of its demands even after six months from the placing of the demands and constitution of a high level committee during June, 2014 with Secretary (political) as Chairman to look into the matters, ANSU in a reminder to Chief Secretary demanded to make public the status report or action taken on the demands without any further delay.

ANSU has been demanding the state government to formulate a permanent mechanism for checking ILPs at various locations and train stations to prevent illegal entry of persons from outside the state, exclusive reserved quota for the indigenous people of Arunachal Pradesh in the employment sector under NF Railway, formulation of pro-local public policy and job oriented guideline/ policy for absorbing people of Arunachal Pradesh in Railway department, construction of Multipurpose Bridge at Dikrong River between Doimukh and Tigdo by the Railway Department as assured by the State Govt. before the public meeting held in January, 2008.


Coal mining in Changlang suspended

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: Coal mining at the Namchik-Namphuk coal block in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh has been suspended since May 2012 after the directions of the Centre following involvement of insurgent groups in the extraction process, the state Assembly was informed today.

Responding to a question by senior BJP MLA Japu Deru, state geology and mining minister Kamlung Mosang stated that coal extraction was started in March 2007 by the National Mining Company Ltd of Tinsukia in Assam on the basis of a memorandum of agreement (MoA) through an open tender for extraction of two lakh metric tonnes coal annually.

"Though 133.62 hectares of area was permitted, but extraction was done only in 39.04 hectares inside the reserve forest areas and a quantity of 10,73,00 MT in 62 months before being suspended," Mosang said.

The company was awarded the contract for a period of five years, which was later extended to another two years according to provisions of the MoA, he said.

During the period, the state earned a revenue of 18 crore, the minister told the Assembly.

"I along with Chief Minister Nabam Tuki had approached the union Coal Ministry pleading for permitting the state government to extract the balance 20 lakh MT coal as per the MoA," he added.

The Centre had suspended mining operations in the coal field after reports of involvement of both factions of the NSCN in illegal coal extraction. (PTI)


Spices Board meet

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: Spices Board, Itanagar conducted a “Regional Seminar on Large cardamom” at Neelam, Lower Subansiri district yesterday.

More than hundred progressive large cardamom farmers, members of NGOs, farmers clubs, panchayat representatives undertook the training and actively participated in the discussion.

While inaugurating the programme, ZPM Pistana Neelam Mangha requested the participants to take the full advantage of the programme and the knowledge thus gathered to disseminate among the farming community.

In the technical session, Jugal Das, Senior Field Officer, Spices Board, Itanagar explained in details about site selection, planting material production, plantation and pollination management, plant protection measures, harvest and post harvest practices to be adopted for successful large cardamom cultivation along with various developmental schemes of the Spices Board for Arunachal Pradesh.

In her speech, Tasso Yollu, HDO, Department of Horticulture, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh stressed on the need for proper maintenance of plantation and scientific method of cultivation.  

Neelam Tegi, a farmer representative of the area expressed gratitude to Spices Board, Itanagar for the seminar and requested to conduct more such programmes in the future.

The day-long event came to an end with a field visit.


Football friendly between CM XI and Guv XI

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: A friendly football match between Chief Minister XI and Governor XI will be played at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun tomorrow at 3 pm.


Cm’s Trophy

SEPPA, Jan 30: The district level Chief Minister's Trophy on Football and Volleyball tournaments of East Kameng began at General Ground here today.

All the winning teams of five constituency level competitions of the district are participating in the tournament.

Attending the inaugural function, East Kameng Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kumar Singh advised the budding players to play the game with sportsman spirit and follow the rules and regulations. Later, he declared the tournament open. District Sports Officer Karbia Dodum said that winning and losing is part and parcel of any sport. Hence, participation is more important than just winning, he said, and advised the players to maintain sportsman spirit throughout the tournament.

The inaugural football match (men) was played between 8th Bameng Assembly Constituency and 10th Seppa Assembly constituency team in which the former won the match by 2-0 goals.

The competition is organized by Department of Sports & Youth Affairs in collaboration with Dist. Administration. DIPRO



ITANAGAR, Jan 30: Department of Skill Development & Employment Generation has sponsored 41 youths for undergoing skill development training in Automotive and Information and Communication Technology sectors under Skill Development Initiative (SDI) Scheme at JIS Institute of Skill Development, Patipukur, Kolkata.



ITANAGAR, Jan 30: The Arunachal Agriculture Horticulture Clinic Showroom Holder Welfare Association has expressed its sadness on the demise of former Minister Setong Sena. The association conveyed it’s condolences to the family members and offered prayers for the departed.



The name of one of the two women, who had been reportedly arrested by Assam officials at Dollungmukh and published in this daily on January 29 was wrongly mentioned as Bini Yaka in place of Bini Yujum. The inadvertent error is regretted.


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Parties spar over submission of Utilization Certificates

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: The Opposition BJP in Arunachal Pradesh today castigated the state government for making inordinate delays in submitting utilization certificates (UCs) against various central schemes, which resulted delay in fund flow from the Centre.

Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly, Tamiyo Taga raising a Special Mention in the house claimed the state government received funds under various schemes during 2013-14, but could not utilize it and diverted them.

He said the government during the period received Rs 320 crore under the Prime Minister Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), but only Rs 80 crore was paid to the contractors.

"Non-submission of UCs has created an impression of Arunachal as a non-performing state, which resulted in delay of funds from the Centre against important projects," he said.

Stating that development works should not be politicized, the BJP leader said his party was ready to extend all help to the government, and a team in August last year met Union ministers and submitted memorandums seeking funds.

Responding to Taga, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said submission of UCs was a continuous process and normally become due after 12-18 months from the date of release of funds.

"The question of delays in submission of UCs against funds released under 2014-15 does not arise and for the funds released during 2013-14, most are released by the Centre in the third and fourth quarters of the financial year and due to imposition of Model Code of Conduct during the general elections, actual utilisation of funds got delayed," Tuki said.

However, he said, the state government had been regularly submitting the UCs and making efforts to submit the balance UCs.

Earlier during Question Hour, responding to a similar question raised by BJP member Tage Taki, the Chief Minister said the problem in the state was known to all with hardly a few months of working season due to prolonged monsoon in the state.

"The tendering process takes time, while delay can also be attributed to litigation in some projects," he said adding.

When Taki pointed out that there was no annual operating plan in the state for the last two years, Tuki said, "This year's work has started on the basis of AOP, but the fund flow from the Centre has been delayed."


Quotes of the day

Ø Is bill ko support nehi karega toh public danda marega - Japu Deru.

Ø Purana Zamana main baksis ke tra kaam deta tha officers log - Japu Deru

Ø Some people are demanding new technology and others are agitating against implementation of new technology - Chief Minister

Ø “Govt. fund is for spending and not for keeping at state exchequer” - Tamiyo Taga.

Ø “Itanagar and Pasighat are overcrowded with central institutes. Why are the other parts of the state being neglected by government?”

- Tumke Bagra



Nido Tania’s first death anniversary observed

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: Youths and students of Itanagar observed the first death anniversary of Nido Tania under the aegis of All Nyishi Student’s Union (ANSU) today evening. A prayer meeting was held and the candle light march started from Akashdeep and concluded at ANSU office late in the evening.

Tania was a first year BA student in a private university in New Delhi who was attacked by shopkeepers after an altercation over their remarks on his hair style on 29th January 2014.

In January 11 2015, Nido Pavitra had moved the Delhi High Court challenging the trial court’s order/decision to drop charges under the SC/ST Act against four persons accused of killing his son. The father sought quashing of the Session Court’s order of September 25, 2014, holding that no charges could be framed against the accused under the relevant provisions of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. The High Court had later issued notices to the CBI and the accused and asked them to file their replies within two weeks. The Court directed Tihar Jail Superintendent to serve notice on one of the accused, Farman, who is at present in judicial custody. Justice Manmohan Singh of the High Court posted the matter for further hearing on April 22 after issuing notices. Other accused persons facing trial in the case are Pawan, Sunder Singh and Sunny Uppal, while a few others are minors.



5 cornered fight for Liromoba

AALO, Jan 30: Five candidates remain in the fray after the expiry of last date of withdrawal of candidatures for 27-Liromoba (ST) Assembly constituency bye-election. The bye-election was necessitated following the death of former Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin.

The name of contesting candidates are - Bai Gadi BJP, Nyamar Karbak INC, Johny Tali IND, Lijum Ronya IND and Raksap Yomcha IND.

Meanwhile DEO Pige Ligu has convened a meeting with all the political parties yesterday and explained Dos and Donots for peaceful conduct of bye election. He appealed all the political parties and election agents to maintain outmost restrain while campaigning. Violation of election code of conduct by any political parties or individual will not be tolerated, he said.

Aldous Mowlang, Election Observer has advised the political parties and election agents to maintain the spirit of democracy for free, fair and peaceful conduct of election.  All the candidates and election agents have assured to cooperate with the DEO for smooth and peaceful conduct of bye election. M. Riba Superintendent of Police also attended the meeting. DIPRO



Recruit Group-C posts at Anini :AIMSU

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: All Idu Mishmi Students Union (AIMSU), the apex student body of Idu (Mishmi) community, on Friday made a fervent appeal to the state govt for immediate conduction of written examination and interview for the Group-C posts of nine UDCs and 7 LDCs at Anini General Administration.

In its representation to the Chief Minister, the Union said that during his official visit to Anini on 13th-14th January 2013, the CM had announced for one time relaxation under ‘Austerity measures’ for conduction of written examination and interview for the Group-C posts of 9 (Nine) UDCs and 7 LDCs at Anini General Administration which is lying vacant since bifurcation of Dibang Valley District on 16th December 2001.

However, despite its repeated reminders placed before the concerned authorities through the Dibang Valley District Deputy Commissioner for the same no concrete steps have been taken so far, it claimed.

Reportedly, in the year 2011, the then Deputy Commissioner, Anini had advertised 2 posts of UDC and 9 posts of LDC out of existing vacant 9 posts of UDC posts and 7  posts of LDC by allegedly inviting eligible APST candidates from other districts to appear in the written examination.  

Accordingly examination was held for both the categories of posts and successful candidates of UDC were declared and appointment orders were issued. However, the result of the LDC is yet to be declared.

Alleging that there was gross violation of govt notification (Govt. Order Vide No DV/Estt-147/03-04/614-64) in the said recruitment process wherein the govt had categorically empowered the DC of concerned district to appoint group-C post only to the candidates belonging to that particular district, the Union urged upon the govt to cancel the said examination and necessary direction be immediately issued to DC Anini for re-advertisement of vacant 9 UDC post and 7 LDC post inviting only eligible APST candidates of Dibang valley district.



Inculcate a sense of discipline, spirit of tolerance: Governor

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma today urged upon the students to prepare themselves for the responsibilities that lie ahead. He said that to face the future with confidence and fulfilling the dream of modern India, the students must inculcate in themselves a sense of discipline, a spirit of tolerance, a quest for knowledge, a positive mind and respect for fellow human beings. The Governor was addressing the students at the annual prize giving ceremony in Ramakrishna Mission School, Narottam Nagar, Tirap district today.

The Governor pointed that discipline leads to respect for each other, which in turn creates peace and harmony in the campus and in the society. It helps to grow as a responsible and responsive citizen. He asked the students to be inquisitive.

Emphasizing that excellence is the key, the Governor said that in today’s world, mediocrity has no value. Strive to be excellent and best in whatever field you choose. He advised the students not to be trapped by dogma and to follow own heart and intuition.

The Governor advised the students to have purpose in life. Quoting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he asked them never to dream of becoming something. He said that if they wish to dream, dream of doing something. When we do something, we get satisfaction, and get inspiration to do something new. If we only dream of becoming something, and cannot fulfill the dream, then we only get disappointed. He exhorted them to dream big to do something.  

Pointing that Arunachal Pradesh is a gifted land with rich biodiversity, the Governor advised the students to go extra mile to preserve the treasure flora and fauna.

Sharing his experiences as officer in the India Army, the Governor also advised the students to join Armed forces and served the nation. He expressed confidence that with motivation from Swamijis, learned teachers, guardians, public leaders and representatives, many of them will join the Armed forces.

Remembering the Father of the Nation on his Martyrdom Day, the Governor urged upon the students, teachers and people present to work towards cleanliness and take active part in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. He said that every member of the society has equal stake in this national movement and owe it to the future generations as well.

Addressing the teachers and guardians on the occasion, the Governor said that one of the biggest challenges today is creating human resource qualified to meet the needs of today’s dynamic world. Therefore, they must make the students ready for avenues for employment, entrepreneurship and industry. It can be done by making research, designing courses, relevant to the present requirement and promote entrepreneurship. We need to prepare our human resource keeping in view the future requirement of our State and the country. We have to realize that we need highly skilled individuals for our industries and other sectors, he added.

The Governor commended the Ramakrishna Mission Order for the yeoman’s service in health and education in the State. He said that Ramakrishna Mission School, Narottam Nagar in the last forty-four years, has been a significant pillar in nation building. It has not only been a mere school for academic excellence, but an institution, which upholds and instills the values of discipline, selflessness, compassion, intellectual curiosity and sense of fairness. He expressed his continued support to the institution for better tomorrow of the State and the country.

Swami Balabhandrananda, Assistant Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math and President of Management Committee Wangpha Lowang, former minister were present on the occasion among others.

Earlier, a guard of honor presented to the Governor by platoon of Arunachal Pradesh Women Police. (PRO)



Poppy cultivation destroyed in Upper Siang

Onyok Pertin

YINGKIONG, Jan  30: Poppy cultivation is concentrated in Geku, Katan, Mopom and Mariyang circles of Upper Siang district, not found in right bank of Siang river and upper part of the district like Tuting, Gelling and Singa circles. The poppy entered in Mariayng-Geku area with the advent of Britishers in this territory and since then its cultivation has been prevalent as a traditional practice, especially as a little source of financial income without knowing its harmful effects and negative impacts on society.

However, there is a long story of attempt to stop and eliminate this opium menace. It was during 1970’s Oshong Ering, the then Extra Assistant Commissioner, Mariyang (now retired IAS) Pasighat accompanied by CRPF, PIs and ALCs made several attempts and damaged large area of opium cultivation in Damro and Adi-Pasi area. But till today after near about 40 years there is no drastic change and efforts to put an end to opium cultivation.

It is a fact that there is Central Bureau of Narcotics Affairs at Guwahati for the entire north-east region but this department in the district or state of Arunachal Pradesh is physically and practically almost non-existence and obviously its functioning in this aspect seems to be casual in nature. Moreover, no effective mechanism has been initiated to tackle and control this menace till today. In such situation with evolution of NGOs and social activists the district administrative along with the police authority has been taking necessary step to stop this menace but for the District Administration it seems to be extra and over burden with involvement of heavy expenses without the constant help of Bureau of Narcotics department.  

Nowadays, the Upper Siang Women Welfare Society, an NGO, has been struggling hard to eliminate all forms of evils from the society and it has taken strong and bold initiative to stop and control opium and ganja cultivation. The society led by Mekem Nopi, President, Oma Pertin along with senior activists Dr. Gepeng Litin, Api Kombo, Omiyang Boli, Olak Boli, Oyiti Sibo, Dr. Neyang Nitik and others with police personnel Atan Taki SI, Amum Panyang (SI), T. Somyor SI with the help of District Administration conducted Poppy cultivation damage operation in Sumsing area and destroyed 4 hectares of opium cultivation at Bangkyak area on January 29. The smaller woman group organizations like- Geku Women Welfare Society and Katan Women Welfare Society conducted the operation from  January 26 to 30 and damaged and destroyed the cultivation at Jeru, Sibum, Pongging, Padu and Silli villages. The Women Society has started a good beginning. The District Administration headed by the Deputy Commissioner Remo Kamki appreciated the commendable services done by Women Welfare Society activists and the police team. DIPRO



Three bills passed by state legislative assembly

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: The Arunachal legislative assembly today passed three bills namely The Arunachal Pradesh Panchayat Raj (Amendment) Bill 2015, The Societies Registration (Extension to Arunachal Pradesh) (Amendment) bill 2015 and The Arunachal Pradesh District Based Entrepreneurs and professionals (Incentive, development and promotional) Bill 2015.  Another bill, the Global University Arunachal Pradesh Bill 2015 was referred to select committee after discussion at the floor of the assembly.  

The members of house whole heartedly supported The Arunachal Pradesh District Based Entrepreneurs and Professionals (Incentive, development and promotional) Bill 2015. This bill was presented at the floor of Assembly by PWD minister Gojen Gadi and is believed to be strongly backed by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.

Under this bill, the government will provide equal opportunities to district based entrepreneurs and professionals in various developmental and welfare oriented projects initiated by the government. This bill takes forward the government’s policy of decentralizing the developmental activities and ensures greater participation of people from all corners of the state. Supporting the bill, Congress MLA PD Sona stated that if properly implemented, this bill will help to prevent exodus of people from border areas. “If they get employment opportunities right at their door-step it will stop them from migrating to urban areas. Local people will massively benefit from this move of the state government,” stated Sona.

BJP MLA Japu Deru termed this bill as historic and believed that this bill gives justice to every Arunachalee. Leader of the opposition Tamiyo Taga also strongly supported the bill and congratulated Nabam Tuki lead government for bringing this bill. “For many years I have been advocating for such move. Hopefully with the passing of this bill, every Arunachalee will get equal opportunities,” said Taga.



AAPSU federal assembly held, opposes prepaid metering system

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: The 25th Federal Assembly of All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) which concluded at Tawang on January 23, discussed various educational and other issues of state interest and demanded repealing of some sections/clauses of Un-Lawful Activities Act passed by the state government in the recent assembly session.

It was resolved in the assembly that either Govt. Law College Jote or Green Airfield, Hollongi should be named after former AAPSU president and Chief Minister late Jarbom Gamlin.

AAPSU also strongly opposed the installation of pre-paid and AMR meter system in the state capital in particular and the state as a whole.

The seven-point charters of demands of the union were also discussed and reviewed in the Assembly.

Refugee and boundary issues, including state, national and international, pending issues of the union of 2013-2014 and educational issues pertaining to school boundary, uniform, furniture, books, teachers and stipend etc. were also discussed in threadbare in the assembly.

Earlier, the Assembly paid homage to former AAPSU leaders/martyrs Kipa Kache, Khyoda Dolu, Onyok Moyong, Jarbam Gamlin, and Takam Sharmila Gora and observed one minute silence in their respect.

The AAPSU Federal Assembly Joint Session was addressed by NESO Coordinator Pritam Sonam.

The Federal Assembly session was presided over by Speaker Federal Assembly Darasingh Tayeng.



PPA opposes privatization of Education sector

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: The PPA, the lone regional political party of the state has vehemently criticized the ‘mindless privatization of university’ in the state.

Addressing the meeting convened to discuss introduction of “the Global University Arunachal Pradesh Bill, 2015” in the assembly, PPA president Kahfa Bengia said the state is young and is still in the stage of making. To introduce private universities at this juncture is to open the floodgates of commercialization of education sector, Bengia said.

The party said commoditization of education may lead to the excessive emphasis on skill, employment and corporate oriented education at the cost of basic sciences and the vast pool of traditional knowledge.

“In USA and UK drive for efficiency and profits are categorically powerful among the private higher education providers. But in developing countries like India, only profit factor drives these institutes and efficiency is poorly neglected. Private institutes have their focus on quantity but not in quality. This is an issue that needs to be discussed and debated at length involving academicians, student bodies and other civil organizations. Privatization of Universities should be opted in a phased manner, if at all required.” The state has no dearth of students unions and it is painful to see these organizations keeping mum on issues directly related to the interest of the students’ carrier,” added Kaling Jerang, Secretary General, PPA.



AdiSU blames ‘ill-equipped’ fire station for school fire

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: Adi Students Union (AdiSU) has blamed the ‘ill-equipped’ fire station and negligence of the fire brigade for the recent devastation of the Government Gandhi Secondary School Pasighat recently.

“The Fire Station is hardly 300 meters away from the school but the fire fighters with fire tender took 45 minutes to reach the spot after being informed about the fire accident,” AdiSU alleged in a release. Moreover, the fire tender carried only about 200 liters of water for which the brigade had to fill the tank thrice, it said.

AdiSU team also claimed to have found during its visit to the fire station today morning that the 3000 liters capacity tanker was lying empty and the water tankers are being used for domestic purpose.

AdiSU demanded the Deputy Commissioner to take prompt initiative by providing funds from the government for renovation of the damaged school building, and employ night watchman in every school in East Siang to avoid such incidents in future.

It further demanded the authorities concerned for early construction of toilets, provide water supply facility at Government Gandhi Secondary School, Pasighat and early completion of the unfinished school buildings under RMSA scheme.

The union also appealed to the authority concerned to take action against all the land encroachers of GTC School, Pasighat.



Pasighat, Balijan and Tezu are being considered for AIIMS

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today informed the state assembly that Pasighat, Balijan and Tezu is being considered as proposed site for establishing the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) in the state. Responding to the question raised by BJP MLA Tumke Bagra, whether Basar or Aalo will get AIIMS, Tuki stated these three locations were selected keeping in mind the air connectivity these places will have in the future.

“ALGs of Pasighat and Tezu are upgraded and green field airport is coming up at Hollongi near Balijan. High quality institutes like AIIMS needed air connectivity as experts keep visiting for various research related work,” said Tuki. However he added that Basar will definitely be considered in future for setting up central institute as it is a centrally located town and is one of the most beautiful parts of state.

Tuki also told the house that from next year onwards catchment area admission system will be stopped and colleges of Arunachal will take admission purely on merit basis. “This will not only help in integration of young Arunachalees but also respect their hard work and talent,” Tuki added.



New SAA chairman promises to work for development of sports sector

ITANAGAR, Jan 30: Newly appointed Sports Authority of Arunachal (SAA) Chairman Gora Makik said he will work selflessly for all round development of sports sector in Arunachal Pradesh.

Makik, who assumed office today, sought cooperation of his staff, all the registered/affiliated sports associations/bodies and stakeholders to take the sports sector to a new height.

We need to make concerted efforts to bring about a change in state's sports, he said. He also assured to find out the problems at grassroots level that are hindering development of sports in the state and apprised the chief minister about those problems for necessary actions. He also assured to make full use of the available resources to carry out the task smoothly. Later, the chairman interacted with the officers of Dept. of Sports & Youth Affairs and all the officers, coaches and staff SAA.  Member Secretary, SAA Tadar Appa assured his full cooperation to the newly appointed chairman in his endeavor.



NE youths have potential to excel in sports: DIG

PASIGHAT, Jan 30: "Youths of North East have potential to excel in sports," stated the Central Range Dy. Inspector General of Police L H Shanliana while attending the closing ceremony of the 2nd District Level Chief Minister Trophy, played in the Pasighat Sports Complex here today.

In his message to the youths, the DIG said such activities offer us a change from monotony of daily life but help youths in character building, providing energy and strength. One can develop and maintain a healthy body by participating in games and sports and keeping their values in life, children are taught some sorts of games in the very early stage in schools. Sports bring rich dividends to sportsmen and our NER youths have great potential to offer career opportunities so they should take them very seriously from the very early age of life, further added the DIG. He gave away trophies and cash prizes, medals, and certificates to winners (Men and Women) of football and volleyball on the occasion while the veteran sportsperson Tamat Gamoh handed over trophies to the runners up (Men and Women).

In the final women football 38-Pasighat won 1-0 by defeating 37-Pasighat. Daina Tatak was declared best player.  In men's football, 38-Pasighat won the final match 2-0 by beating 35-Pangin-Boleng. Best Player: Mitin Tayeng.

In women Volleyball, 38-Pasighat defeated 37-Pasighat and won the final match. Best Player: Amoni Diru. In Men's football 36-Nari-Koyu won the final match beating 37-Pasighat. Best Player: Yimo Tacha

Each Winning team (Men & Women) of football and volleyball received trophies along with cash prizes of Rs.50,000, Runners-up teams were given Rs.25,000 and certificates. Best Players in both volleyball and football got Rs.5,000 and Rs.7,000 each. DIPRO



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Improve air connectivity

Lack of proper air connectivity has been a major cause of concern for the people of state. Total dependency on roads for communication creates trouble especially during monsoon season. The upgradation process of the Advance Landing Grounds (ALGs) at Ziro, Pasighat, Aalo, Tuting, Mechuka, Vijaynagar and Walong is going on at snail pace. Also there is no update about the progress of the proposed green field airport at Hollongi.

Civil Aviation Minister A. Gajapathi Raju yesterday visited Tezu town to assess the construction work of the ongoing Tezu airport work being undertaken by Airport Authority of India at an estimated cost of about Rs 96.5 crore. Talking about benefits of having an Airport, the union minister spoke about the "multiplier" effect it has on the economy. Minister has hit the right note and naturally people of state are now hopeful that under his guidance air connectivity will improve in Arunachal. Especially civil aviation ministry should expedite green field airport project at the earliest for the benefit of the people of state.

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Thank you

Dear Editor,

It is extremely hard for me to believe that former Minister of Arunachal Setong Sena has passed away. Sudden, untimely demise has really shocked everyone. His untimely death is a great blow and a big loss for the whole state as we have lost a good and influential leader.  

As I heard the news of his death, it was one of the most bitter moments of my life. From the very day, he became the representative as the MLA of 51-Nampong ST constituency in 1994, till the last assembly election, he sincerely endeavoured for the wellbeing of his people. He had been loyal to everyone. The state of development of our people and place today is attributed to him. So, there is a profound saying “handsome is he that handsome does’’.

I will not make the list of his developmental works, but it is visible that our people and place witnessed remarkable changes in every spheres during his tenure. His sacrifice and forward looking works for our peoples will always be remembered and treasured for ever more. Moreover, his name and his deeds will always remain in our hearts.

 We have nothing to give you back but I am sure your reward will be given in heavenly abode. All I want to say is a big “Thank you’’ to him.


Simonkam Tangkhu,

New Kamlao,Changlang



Misleading claims

Dear Editor,

The claims of Siang District Headquarter Demand Committee (SDHDC) published on 28.01.2015 in Arunachal Times are misleading. The general public of Riga, Payum, Kaying, Jomlo and Rebo Circles support Pangin as District Headquarter of Siang District. The ground reality is that in a final sitting on 29th November’ 2014, representatives and general public from Payum, Kaying, Jomlo, Rumgong, Kebang and Rebo-Perging circles unanimously supported and recommended Pangin to be the headquarter of Siang District. 18 out of 24 ASMs, 2 out of 3 (three) ZPMs from 32-Rumgong Assembly Constituency also gave their consent for the establishment of the Headquarter of Siang District at Pangin.

Moreover, they said two committees to assess the feasibility of Pangin/ Boleng as District Headquarter were local committees. These committees were not constituted by the GA/ DA Department, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh. Hence, the recommendation of these committees have no legal stand. Instead of creating unlawful anti-government activities, it is better that Govt. Notification vide No. DAD-11/2001, dated Itanagar, the 24th November 2014  be honoured.


Nalo Pada




Lower the fare

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteem daily, I would like to draw your attention regarding the Sumo transportation fare from capital, Itanagar to the remote areas of state like Sarli, Koloriang, Nyapin and Sangram in Kurung Kumey District which is becoming an acute problem. The hardest hit is the common people who have limited income and also students who belong to poor families but forced to study in Itanagar. The above mentioned places are one the remotest areas in the state. There is less sources of income so most of the people are living below poverty line. Therefore, they cannot afford the high charges of Tata Sumo fare. So, it is appealed to the taxi and Tata Sumo authorities to take necessary steps for the convenience of public because the prices of petrol and diesel have fallen slightly.


Hillang Jadish,





Declare result

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to appeal to the Department of Urban Development and Housing to declare the result of walk in interview for various posts under National Urban Livelihood Mission. As days are passing, our hope for fair selection is getting doubtful. Already many candidates have been allowed to take part in the interview though they do not possess required academic qualification and experience. Department has clearly mention that three or five years experience is required for every post but the irony is that even fresher’s who had just passed out were also allowed to appear for interview. Such instances create doubt whether department is going to select deserving candidate or interview was just an eye wash.  


A candidate




Schedule exam justly

Dear Editor,

As speculated, the prolonged APPSCCE (Mains) 2013-14 is due to be conducted in the 2nd week of May 2015. Herein, I would like to draw the attention of the prudent APPSC through your esteemed daily that the final exams of M.A (both distance and regular) of the Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) is also commencing in the month of May. It is also learned that the final exam of L.L.B course is in the offing during the same period.

Therefore, it is my earnest request to the concerned authorities of APPSC on behalf of all the aspirants who might face that anticipated coincidence, to kindly look into these possibly coinciding exams and prepare the schedule accordingly so that no one has to sacrifice between opportunity and career.


Rokpen Gali








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