KHONSA, Jan 02: Atleast 38 residential houses, including a community hall, were reduced
to ashes in a major fire in Lazu village, some 42 km from Khonsa, on New Year Eve
at 1.30 pm.
One ‘Pang’ (male dormitory) and 23 houses were also damaged partially in the fire.
The fire brigade from Khonsa rushed to the spot. But, in the meantime, the fire devoured
Though deaths of few domestic animals are reported, there was no loss of life or
The cause of the fire is not yet known.
The fire victims are currently taking shelter in their relatives’ houses. There were
around 220 houses in the village.
The Assam Rifles based in Lazu are providing basic requirements like drinking water,
tent houses etc to the helpless ones.
Meanwhile, District Administration has sanctioned Rs.5000 each to the victims along
with 60 bag rice as immediate relief. Tirap Deputy Commissioner Ravi Jha instructed
Lazu EAC to make correct and detailed assessment of properties lost or damaged in
Tirap ZPC Chahwang Lowang has donated six bags of rice and some blankets to the fire
While expressing shock and grief over the fire accident in Lazu, Minister for Civil
Supplies, DoTCL and Mining and local MLA Tirong Aboh appealed to the District Administration
and all other govt agencies to extend helping hands and service voluntarily to the
Border personnel meet witness Indo-China bonhomie
ITANAGAR, Dec 02: Chinese soldiers sang Bollywood hits and performed scintillating
dances before the Indian army showing perfect bonhomie during the ceremonial border
personnel meet of Indian and Chinese army at Damai of Zayu Garrison in Chengdu Province,
China held on the occasion of New Year.
After paying respect to the National Flags and playing of National Anthems, the Chinese
soldiers surprised the audience singing Bollywood hits “Jai Ho” and “Ankhe Khuli
Ho Ya Ho Bandh”. The programme, in fact, has shown the ever growing bonhomie between
the armies of the two nations.
The Chinese delegation was led by Senior Colonel Hu Xiao Bao and the Indians were
led by Brigadier SS Bhogal.
Lhakpa Tsering declared winner of 17th Raid-de-Himalaya
ITANAGAR, Jan 02: Lhakpa Tsering of Arunachal Pradesh, who had finished second in
the “17th Raid-de-Himalaya” in October this year, was declared winner of the event
in place of Raj Singh Rathore.
Tsering was declared winner after Rathore’s entry into the event was declared ‘null
and void’ due to technical discrepancies in his paper works, according to Vijay Parmar,
the Head of the event organizer, in an official communiqué.
Suresh Rana of Maruti Suzuki, who finished third in the event, lodged a complaint
with Federation of Motorsports Clubs of India (FMSCI) challenging the technical soundness
of Rathore’s participation in the event.
Rathore has ultimately lost his title after FMSCI has given its judgment against
him after one and half month’s deliberations.
Thus, Lhakpa has achieved the feat in his 6th attempt.
Known as one of the top ten toughest motor sport rallies of the world, the 17th Raid-de-Himalaya
was run in compliance with the International Sporting Code of the FIA, National Competition
Rules (NCR) & General Prescriptions of the FMSCI.
Meanwhile, Tsering has dedicated his recapped title to the youth of NE with an urge
to stay away from drugs and alcohol.
“There is so much more to life than drugs and alcohol. Please don’t throw away your
life,” Lhakpa said.
The event started in Shimla on October 10 and covered a distance of 2000 km passing
through highest mountain passes in the world with harsh climatic condition temperatures
touching as low as -22 degrees in seven days. The rally culminated at Sri Nagar in
Jammu and Kashmir.
BJP apprehends law and order breakdown post HC hearing
ITANAGAR, Jan 02: Apprehending a possible law and order breakdown post High Court
hearing on January 4, the Arunachal Pradesh unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
today demanded the State Government to make elaborate security arrangements by deploying
“There is massive flow of volunteers from various districts to the State Capital
and nearby areas reportedly creating a sense of fear psychosis amongst the capital
dwellers,” State BJP claimed in a release.
The party demanded the law enforcing authority to deploy additional para-military
forces, if necessary, to deal with any situation that may arise due to the current
“It is the responsibility of the state government to ensure peace and tranquility
and well being of the people in any situation. Any breach of law and order because
of their factional feuds and political upheaval should not victimize the innocent
publics of the state,” the party told the ruling Congress government.
KV student tops in essay competition
ITANAGAR, Jan 02: Gladis P Saji, was felicitated by External Affairs Minister Sushma
Swaraj at New Delhi recently for being KVS Tinsukia region topper of all India essay
competition for KVS students.
The competition, on seven topics including ‘Relevance of Mahatma Gandhi in contemporary
world’, was conducted by the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan in collaboration with XPD
division of External Affairs Ministry.
The winners were given certificate, books and software for easy downloading of books.
Along with 24 others, she interacted with Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani and called
on President Pranab Mukharjee, according to KV sources.
Gladis, daughter of PWD engineer Sajimon Thomas and Mini Saji, a Cl-X student of
Naharlagun KV-I is a state level GoAP scholarship awardee.
Doni Nich appointed member of CBFC advisory panel
ITANAGAR, Jan 02: Doni Nich has been appointed as Member of Advisory Panel of Central
Board of Film Certification (CBFC) by Government of India, Ministry of Information
and Broadcasting for two years.
Doni Nich, son of late Nich Taj and Nich Sith of Neelam village, Yazali under Lower
Subansiri district has been actively associated with various tribal socio-cultural,
games and sports activities, informed State BJP in a release.
He is the BJYM National Secretary. Prior to this, he was the state BJYM President
of Arunachal Pradesh unit.
State BJP Tai Tagak hoped his induction as member of the CBFC Advisory Panel will
go a long way in tapping hidden talents of youths in film industry.
Union resents govt apathy over school condition
ITANAGAR, Jan 02: The Galo Students' Union (GSU), has expressed resentment at the
negligence by the state government and the Education Department over the condition
of the Eshi Chiku Primary School under West Siang. The school was found in a dilapidated
condition with almost no school infrastructure and improper distribution of school
uniform, stated GSU in a release.
Earlier attending a Youth day celebration at Eshi Chiku Village on Dec 31, Galo Students'
Union (GSU), President, Binya Ronya stressed on the role of parents and called on
them to render proper guidance to their children for better future. He also called
on the youths to take active part in promoting various awareness programme conducted
by different government departments and also to monitor area development activities.
NGO comes to aid of pregnant woman
PASIGHAT, Jan 02: Continuing its humanitarian aid, the Siang Arati Mahotsav Committee
today arranged the treatment of a sick pregnant woman and facilitated for transportation
of her husband, who had died at Pasighat today.
The Siang Arati Mahotsav Committee led by Municipal Councilor Makpak Peyang informed
the relatives of one Papulu Narzary (30) of Jonai from neighbouring Assam who was
undergoing treatment at Pasighat General Hospital, died at the hospital this morning,
while his pregnant wife, the only attendant was lying unconscious on the hospital
bed. The volunteers also arranged proper treatment of the woman and later sent her
back to home at Jonai.
It is pertinent to mention that Siang Arati Mahotsav Committee, Pasighat has already
been recognised by the district administration for its various public welfare services.
The committee helps poor and helpless medical patients irrespective of cast, creed
ITANAGAR, Jan 2: A healing crusade cum New Year’s celebration was organized by Jesus
2nd Coming Christian Prayer Centre Management Development Committee from December
31 to January 1 last.
Speaking on the occasion, PHE and disaster management minister Takam Pario asked
the believers to maintain peace and not to discriminate anyone in the name of religion.
Priests write to Governor
ITANAGAR, Jan 2: Claiming that none of its scheme has been sanctioned by Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki, the All Arunachal Pradesh Abotani Nibu (Priest) Welfare Association has
written to the Governor to enquire about it.
DAO Ote Darin passes away
YINGKIONG, Jan 2: District Agriculture Officer, Upper Siang, Ote Darin passed away
on Jan 1 after a prolonged illness while he was on way back to Pasighat from New
Darin had joined state government service as a ADO and had served as Principal of
GTC, Pasighat, and had been serving as DAO for last one and half year in Upper Siang
district. He is survived by his wife Titel Jamoh Darin, a son and two daughters.
Parliamentary Secretary (PWD) Alo Libang, MLA Mariyang-Geku, Olom Panyang and Upper
Siang DC, Remo Kamki have expressed their condolences over the premature demise of
Meanwhile, MP Ninong Ering, Pasighat MLA Kaling Moyong and former Minister Bosiram
Siram have also condoled the sudden demise of Darin. Expressing deep shock and grief,
all of them in their messages prayed for eternal rest and peace of the departed.
Arunachal, Nagaland to get Passport seva kendras
AGARTALA, Jan 02: External Affairs Ministry (MEA) has decided to open passport seva
kendras in Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland this month and organise camps in remote
areas to issue passports.
"With the setting up of two more passport seva kendras in Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland,
all the eight north eastern states would have passport seva kendras in the region.
"We have also planned to organise more camps in remote areas to issue passports
to people at their doorsteps," MEA joint secretary and chief passport officer Muktesh
Kumar Pardeshi told reporters here on Thursday.
Pardeshi said there were 80 passport seva kendras in the country and the ministry
was keen to expand its base further.
A total 1.20 crore passports were issued in 2015, which is 20 per cent more than
the previous year and the country emerged as the third largest passport issuing one
after China and USA, he said.
A target of earning of revenue of Rs 2,400 crore has been fixed for the fiscal year
by issuing passports, he added. PTI