Fire devours section of Daying Ering Memorial Hr. Sec School

PASIGHAT, Jan 17: Altogether seven rooms were completely reduced to ashes in a fire incident at Daying Ering Higher Secondary School, here at wee hours today.

Two class rooms, teachers’ common-room, exam-cell, two office establishment rooms and Vice-Principal’s office room, important documents of the school and students, computers, photo copier were reduced to ashes in the incident that occurred at around 2:35 AM.

Two firefighters reached the spot at 2.41 AM and the fire could be doused off after three hours  long battle.

The Principal and Vice principal expressed concern over burning of all  valid documents and board provided answer scripts as internal board exam of Class-IX and XI is scheduled for February 1st and Class X and XII on March 1st.

East Siang DC Isha Khosla along with DDSE Obuk Panor and Genden Tsumo DDMO visited the school early this morning and took stock of extensive damage caused by the fire. Interacting with Principal and Vice Principal of the school P Rukbo and Aroti Padung Pada, the DC instructed them to make alternative arrangements immediately in the school auditorium to continue teaching-learning process without any break.

She directed the police to ascertain the actual cause of the incident and instructed the authorities of all the academic institutions and offices to switch- off all electrical appliances before leaving their respective workplaces.

Meanwhile, MP Lok Sabha Ninong Ering who had adopted the school last year has expressed shock and assured that he would do his best for betterment of the school soon.

Local MLA Kaling Moyong termed the incident as unfortunate. In his message, Moyong has assured that he would extend all possible help and pursue the government for necessary fund.

Advisor to Chief Minister Bosiram Siram who visited the school informed that he has already conveyed the message to the Chief Minister and sought immediate help from the government. He also assured the school fraternity that the matter would be taken up with the concerned minister.

He advised the school authority to construct G+2 buildings in future keeping wide open space inside the school.

DIGP (Central Range) LH Shanliana also visited the school. (DIPRO)




First phase of IPPI launched in state

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: Arunachal Pradesh joined the rest of the country in nationwide campaign against polio virus by launching the first phase of pulse polio immunization drive across the State today.

Parliamentary Secretary (H&FW) Karya Bagang launched the programme by administering polio drops to a child at Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun.

Department of Health & Family Welfare deployed adequate men, materials and equipment to administer polio drops to children below 5 years at the doorstep of citizens of Capital Complex and adjoining areas. The National Immunization Day in the Capital Complex was conducted under the close supervision and monitoring of officers from the Directorate of Health Services and doctors from Arunachal State Hospital.  

Dr. Moji Jini, Director Health Services, Dr. M. Lego, Director (Family Welfare), P.N. Thungon, Mission Director (NHM), Dr. R.D. Khrimey, Chief Medical Superintendent Dr. K. Ete, Deputy Medical Superintendent, Dr. T. Taloh, OSD (H&FW), senior officers and staff of Directorate of Health Services and Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun were present on the occasion.

At Palin, Kra Daadi district, 784 children were immunized against pulse polio on the on first day today. The reports of IPPI programme from rest of the District are still awaited, reports DIPRO.

The immunization programme was launched by giving two drops to the children by Rido Meena, ZPC Kra Daadi and Takar Rava, CO.

The ZPC urged the Medical Department to do the best for total eradication of Polio from the society.

Rava appealed to parents and guardians bring their child below five years to Polio booths and immunize them against pulse polio virus..

DMO Dr. Emo Basar asked the medical teams to make their best effort to cover every child of the district.

Dr. Magom Pangkam, DRCHO, who is overall in-charge of the programme, informed that medical teams have been sent to every village and towns of the district for wide immunization coverage.

At Pasighat, 7,525 children below 5 years were immunized against pulse polio on the first day in Siang and East Siang district, according to East Siang DMO Dr. Perme.

 Elaborate arrangements were made to carry out pulse-polio immunization programme in the districts.  Earlier, East Siang Deputy Commissioner Isha Khosla launched the immunization programme administering polio vaccine to few children at the General Hospital, Pasighat in presence of JDHS Dr. Kabang Lego, DMO Dr. M Perme, Hospital Superintendent Dr. YR Darang and staff members

DC Khosla urged the dept to check that no child is left unimmunized in the district.



AGT-II: 100 make it to elimination round-1

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: A total of 100 contestants have made it to the elimination round-1 of Arunachal’s Got Talent (AGT)-II after 150 were eliminated in the Mega Audition round held here recently.

They were selected by a panel of judges, who included Sayam Aditya Paul, Tai Tugung, Dazzle Mili and Karken Riba.

Parliamentary Secretary (Tourism) Mama Natung, who witnessed the contest, assured to sponsor Rs. Ten lakhs for the AGT Team this year from the Department of Tourism. He also promised to put the AGT in Arunachal Pradesh Government’s annual event calendar. The first elimination round of AGT-II will be held from January 22 to 24 at Siddhartha Hall here.

The programme started with entertainment round followed by special AGT theme song by Amar Darnal and special performance by the panel of Judges.

The program was hosted by ‘K4 Kekho’.

Former Chairperson of Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women Jarjum Ete and Deputy Commissioner (Capital Complex) Mige Kamki were present during the Mega Audition.




Caught in the crossfire

Monday Musing

[ Junroi Mamai ]

The silence of early hours of May 19 in Changlang last year was rudely broken by deafening sounds of incessant artillery being fired in the distant hill, not too far from the town. Terrified people who had huddled in the refuge of their homes heard volley of artillery from the direction of the NSCN (K) camp near Old Sallang Village. This was a joint operation by the 14 Assam Rifles and the state police to destroy the insurgent group’s camp in the village. For the next couple of days, the sound of heavy artillery fire was heard daily, beginning at 8 in the morning till 4 in the evening, but strangely enough there were never any reports of casualty from either army or the NSCN (K).

Being declared by the GoI as ‘disturbed area’ under section 3 of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) since nearly a decade, these events are not considered rare in the district. People have ceased to raise questions over the credibility of similar alleged army offensives held over the past several years. However, what followed a day after the joint operation was the arrest of two Gaon Burahs of Longri and New Sallang villages based on a FIR filed by the Assam Rifles accusing them of helping the NSCN (K) cadres in carrying out the May 13 attack on the AR personnel wherein, the NSCN (K) cadres had detonated four IEDs in a bid to ambush the army personnel who were on foot patrolling from Changlang to Rangran. The GBs were released only after strong protests by the locals who accused the police of arresting the wrong persons and not doing their investigation properly while, the police maintained that they had summoned the GBs to the Police Station only to record their statements.

Often the most susceptible in all such events are the villagers, who more often than not are at the receiving end of the armed force and police excesses. The fact is that there are no sides to pick in this territorial conflict between the insurgents and the armed forces. People fear both. Fear and uncertainty have become part of their daily lives as they bear the brunt of a decade of insurgency and slow paced development. Moreover, with the abrogation of ceasefire by the NSCN (K) with the GoI, locals have an obvious apprehension of a repeat of the past events and increased hostility and restrictions returning to the district. They are on their own now, left to suffer silently in the continuing tug of war between the security forces and the insurgent groups.



Late Tape Yajo - an illustrious son of Mother India

[ Gijum Tali ]

No one imagined that Late Tape Yajo, a sepoy hailing from Karo village, one of the most interior villages in West Siang district will emerge as one of the most decorated army man when he got enrolled in 1st Assam Regiment of Indian Army on December 26, 1995.

He served the Indian army for 12 years, 8 months and 28 days and finally laid down his life in a gun battle with the terrorists on September 22, 2008 at Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir. He was decorated with 50th year of Independence Anniversary Army Medals, Videsh Seva Medal with Clasp Bhutan, Special Service Medal with Clasp Suraksha, OP Rakshak Medal, High Altitude Medal, 9 years long Service Medal, OP Parakram Medal and ultimately with Kriti Chakra.

His death anniversary is celebrated as an annual event at his Bogdo residence by the Indian Military Station Army of Aalo.

A Sainik School has been up-graded in his name at Poonch in Jammu & Kashmir by Govt. of India and  another Gym Club has been installed at Happy Valley, Shillong in his name at Assam Regiment Training Centre by the Govt. of India. We salute this great son of Mother India and appeal Indian Army to imbibe spirit of patriotism and nurture more and more tribal youths who can follow his footprints to serve the nation. (The writer is DIPRO Aalo)



Retd civil servant Michi Butang passes away

[ Yachang Tacho ]

ITANAGAR, Jan 17:   Retired EAC Michi Butang (Ope) breathed his last at District Hospital, Ziro on Saturday after prolonged illness.

He was 68 and is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son.

Born in 1947 in Bamin-Michi village, Butang completed his school education from Govt. Higher Secondary School, Ziro in 1963-64 and graduated from St. Paul College, Shillong in 1969.

He joined government service as Circle Officer in 1969 and served in several districts.

Finally, he was posted at his home town Ziro and served as EAC until his retirement in 2005.

As circle officer (development) at Ziro, his aim was to develop the Ziro- Hapoli as a modern and attractive tourist hub.

His contribution in shaping the modern Apatani society was immense.

He had also possessed inherent talent to solve local disputes (Yalu) amicably. He solved many cases off the court in order to save the parties from incurring unnecessary expenditure.

He was also a versatile sportsman. During his school days, he represented the state team in Shubroto Cup held in New Delhi.

The Tanw Supuñ Dukuñ (TSD), the Tanw Apex Council while expressing their heartfelt condolences over the sudden demise of Butang, said ‘his death is huge loss for the society and the state as a whole. He will always be remembered for his contribution to society in various fields, the TSD said and prayed to almighty to rest his departed soul in peace.

“He was known for his honesty, simplicity and helpful nature, who had an excellent rapport with the public,” said Ziro –Hapoli MLA Tage Taki in a condolence message.

Because of the people’s love for him, he was lovingly called as Michi Ope by everybody.



Aspirant teachers says Education Rules violated

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: Arunachal Pradesh Teacher Aspirants’ Forum (APTAF) has stated that the present procedure for recruitment of teachers contradicts and violates the Education Rules of 2010.

In a release, the APTAF stated the Education Rules of 2010 states that Trained Graduate Teacher(TGT) and Post Graduate Teacher (PGT)  should be recruited through Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC). The department had already violated the rules by advertising several posts on the pretext of a Cabinet decision but the education department again has defied the rules and is reluctant to entrust the recruitment process to the APPSC.

Further, APTAF added that the last advertisement of Dec 18 stated that posts may increase in the future, is also infringement the Govt order of Nov 2015.

It has scheduled a peaceful dharna at the office premises of the Directorate of Secondary Education on Jan 19 for its recent advertisement for the posts of TGT and PGT.



Parsuram Kund Mela 2016

TEZU, Jan 17: Over 30,000 pilgrims and huge numbers of Sandhus from across the country and Nepal took holy dip at Parsuram Kund on the occasion of Makar Sankranti.

The district administration made tight security during the Pursuram Kund Mela organized at Wakro Bhramakund holy River site  from January 13 to 15 by deploying paramilitary forces, state police and IRBn jawans. There were no reports of any untoward incident during the mela period.

Moreover, some NGO’s and stakeholders also provided voluntary service to help the pilgrims from different parts of the country. They have also provided some foods, transportation and required materials, including medical teams from Tezu and Wakro.

A large number of pandals were also made for shopkeepers coming from Jammu & Kashmir, Guwahati, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia District of Assam and other neighboring states of the country.

The mela also witnessed arrival of more than 26,000 vehicles. (DIPRO)



Solar lamps for Manthi villagers

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: 26 families of Manthi village under Wakro circle were given away the Art of Living solar lamp gifts at Wakro today. Lohit DC Tamiyo Tatak handed over the lamps in presence of His Holiness Swami Sri Sri Swananda, Sokhep Kri, State Editor, Department of Gazetteer and EAC Dakto Riba.

DC requested the Art of Living to render similar services to people in border areas.

Dr Rama Tewari of AOL assured that all possible will be done to provide similar assistance to the border areas. The Apnes and girls of KGBV performed dances and sang to mark the occasion.

The DC also discussed various social and development issues in his meeting with Social Entrepreneur Chinmay Panth on the sidelines of the event. Chinmay Panth expressed that with little effort from the government and public participation, the lives of people will be much better.

DC Tatak also met Satyanarayanan Mundayoor and library activists.

Appreciating the services of Lohit Libraries, the DC offered financial assistance from the district administration for Bamboosa Library. He appealed all members of society to support the Lohit Libraries.

In another public event, DC Lohit appealed all sections of the society to support the movement against opium addiction and cultivation. While assuring that the govt will take all possible measures to help people find alternative ways of earning their livelihood, he cautioned all present that the district administration will act tough if people continue to cultivate opium and engage in opium trade.

The DC also exhorted all to maintain their rich culture and traditions. He opined that all should work in the direction to ensure that Lohit should be known for all the good and richness it has and this one evil menace of opium should never be allowed to overshadow the huge potential of growth and prosperity.

EAC Riba advised that people should refrain from indulging in illicit cultivation and trade. He informed that the district administration is monitoring all areas closely on this matter.

State Editor, Deptt of Gazetteer Sokhep Kri appealed to one and all to follow the good guidance of the district administration and support the govt in the effort of achieving opium addiction free society.



Workshop concludes with call to

preserve culture and traditions

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: The three-day workshop on Art and Culture of Arunachal Pradesh and Classical Dance of India concluded at Science Centre, I G Park here with a call to preserve age-old culture and traditions.

Attending the concluding day of the workshop today, Director Elementary Education Tapir Gao lauded the efforts of Vision NGO, the organizing committee, to sensitize the people of state for preservation of their own culture and traditions.

“Music and cultural have no language,” Gao said, and advised the parents to teach their child their mother language.

Joint Director Art & Culture Jomnya Soram urged people of the state to revive their lost and forgotten folk dances and songs.

He informed that the Department of Art & Culture has a scheme for documentation, preservation and protection of cultural and traditional practices for which the department provides fund.

Exhorting the people of the state to work for the revival of lost folk dances and songs, Chairperson of Oju Welfare Society Ratan Anya appealed to Department of Art & Culture and Vision NGO to organize folk talk show and folk dance, song competitions so that people can learn more about culture and traditions of the state.

AAPSU Finance Secretary Suraj Tayem, who chaired the workshop, assured to work with devotion to create awareness among the people about their rich culture and traditions and their preservation and documentation.

Folk dances performed by cultural troupes from various tribes, including Adi, Nyishi, Galo followed by Bharat Natyam and Kathak Dance by minor students of different schools of Naharlagun and Itanagar mesmerized the audience during the concluding day function.

The workshop was organized by Vision NGO and sponsored by Department of Art & Culture, Government of Arunachal Pradesh.



Monastery cleaned

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: The Itanagar Buddhist Cultural Society (IBCS), led by its President Sonam Tenzing on Sunday carried out a massive cleanliness drive at the premises of the Itanagar monastery here on Sunday.  

Volunteers of the IBCS which included children armed with broomsticks and dustbins cleaned the premises as well as the approach road of the monastery.

Meanwhile, Tenzing has requested those visiting the monastery to maintain cleanliness.

He also requested the youth to avoid drinking and smoking in the monastery premises and in public places which of late had been a trend asserting that the monastery, being a holy place has to be kept clean and maintained.



APTET-2015 held

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: The fourth Arunachal Pradesh Teacher Eligibility Test (APTET)-2015 was held at seven centres of Itanagar and Naharlagun today.

Marnya Ete, Secretary (Education) inspected the examination centres to assess the smooth conduct of the examination.

Reportedly, 85 percent of the total candidates, who had registered, appeared in the examination.

A total of 5236 candidates had registered for the examination.



Failure of authority to implement road work: AACWA

ITANAGAR, Jan 17: Lamenting the discontinuation of the road work in the Capital Complex from Banderdewa to Itanagar, the All Arunachal Contractor’s Welfare Association (AACWA) has urged the concerned officials to accept their inability to implement the work and let other capable officials do the work.   

In a release, AACWA stated that a small stretch from the Helipad junction at Naharlagun has been blacktopped while most of the bridges, culverts, drainages and blacktopping works have not been completed in the Capital Complex.

The Chief Engineer and Executive PWD (Highway) Division should accept their failure to implement the work, added AACWA. The road conditions are still the same and the assurances given in the media that the road works will be completed within few months has entered into many months, stated the release. Further, it added that the contractors are yet to start the works even though tenders have been finalised for the blacktopping works.

AACWA has also called on the Itanagar Municipal Council to fix genuine rate for parking fees and deploy well trained staffs. It stated that IMC is charging exaggerated fees from the car owners. On the other hand, AACWA has appealed the citizens of Capital Complex to cooperate with IMC with good feedback for fixing of parking fees so that reckless parking could be done away with and help smooth movement of traffic.



Indian Army day at Kaying

ITANAGAR, Jan  17: Indian Army unit at Kaying in West Siang district celebrated Indian Army day on January 15 last with Govt. higher secondary school and St Joseph’s school.

During the celebration, officers interacted with the students and delivered lecture on ‘ideal citizen’. Patriotic song competition was also conducted for children.

Indian Army day commemorates the assumption of command by the first Indian Commander-in-Chief, Field Marshal KM Cariappa.



Road safety campaign

ITANAGAR, Jan 17:  As  part of year-long campaign on road safety, Road Safety Cell (Traffic) of PHQ has conducted essay writing, drawing and painting competition at Vivekananda Central School Vivek Vihar here today in order to create awareness among the students.

Altogether 350 students from various schools in Itanagar participated in competition, a release informed. The event was conducted under the guidance of SP Traffic Hibu Tamang which was executed by SI A.U Ansari, I/C Road Safety Cell, Head Constable Sorang Take, Constable Md. Sarfuddin and L/ Constable G.Gamlin.








The name of Ibbom Bomjen was wrongly mentioned as Ibbom Boje in a news under the heading- “Tumpak Koyu Memorial football tournament begins”, which was published on January 16 edition of this daily.




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Let normalcy return to Iran

After years of isolation Iran is finally ready to fully integrate with rest of the world. International community led by America and European Union today lifted years of punishing sanction against Iran. Nuclear-related sanctions on Iran were lifted in Vienna, after UN inspectors said the Islamic republic had met commitments given under a deal last July to scale back its atomic programme. The global community, barring Israel, has welcomed US and EU's lifting of sanctions. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hailed the lifting of international sanctions on his country following the entry into force of last July's momentous nuclear deal with major powers.

The United Nations first imposed economic sanctions in 2006 after Iran was suspected of trying to develop an atomic bomb under the guise of civilian energy production, something it has always denied. Not only did sanctions bar many companies it also stifled those who did business from operating freely. In 2012, the United States and the European Union ratcheted up the pressure, slapping punitive measures on Iran's energy and banking sectors. The lifting of sanction by US and EU will pave way for Iran to get much needed cash which was earlier frozen due to sanctions. There is lot of hope among people of Iran that lifting of sanctions will greatly improve the country’s economy. Sanctions have virtually crippled Iran’s economy and have also isolated the country from rest of the world. At a time when middle-east is facing difficult time a stable Iran offers ray of hope for the international community.  On their part Iran has been honest and have met all the condition put forwarded by UN. Now international community should welcome back Iran with open embrace and let normalcy return to the Islamic republic.







Readers’ Forum




Emergency bells are ringing

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I wish to express the sentiments of young people of Arunachalee.

The recent political drama in the state has made the youth to wonder where our state is moving towards. Our beloved political leaders have shown their true colour. Leaders who have been elected to serve the people are living luxurious life without any concern for the people. Anger and frustration of the youth are boiling like a hot water insider a pressure cooker and is about to burst out. 

When the whole world is moving ahead with new ideas and innovations, our leaders are busy in inciting the young people to fight against each other for their personal benefits. Today, our degrees just remain as a piece of paper without the political power and money. Everyone from peon to the Director of every Department requires money even for a signature on piece of paper. Corruption has become a part and parcel of our society and system.

The political leaders, Engineers and Officers are constructing buildings of world class infrastructure but the Govt. Hospitals and schools are in dilapidated condition. Around 80% of the job vacancies are not advertised and are filled up by the relatives of the powerful leaders. Adding fuel to the fire is the poor condition of roads with potholes after every minutes of travel and poor law and order in the state.

Do our political leaders who are fighting against each other for personal benefits know what’s going on inside the minds of the youth of this state? Do they know that the time has changed and they can’t fool the youth anymore? Also I would like to clear the doubt that the few selfish and greedy youth who claims to be the voice of the youths and are conniving with the political parties no more represent the voice of youths of this state.

I think the emergency bells are ringing and it would be better for our beloved political leaders, if they can understand it as soon as possible. If they continue with this policy of undermine the youth power then time is not far away when the youth will undermine their power.


Nyalen Hakom

Student, GHSSI 




Way forward for Nepal and India

Dear Editor,

The strong ties between Nepal and India have existed for many centuries. Both nations have gone through periods of love-hate relationship including the current one. I have also noticed overwhelming coverage on Nepal’s crisis and the strong empathy for Nepal in Indian media too. Nepalese PM’s decision of visiting India should be welcomed and could be looked upon as significant step in trying to bridge strained relationship and normalizing situation. No matter what, the neighboring nation will continue to exist side by side and in spite of challenges of relationship it has to be worked diplomatically to resolve crisis and there is no problem that could not be resolved if both parties involved sincerely attempt to do so.

There is a strong support for Nepal in India and an overwhelming pressure on the Federal Government to extend support to Nepal and resolve crisis through dialogue.

However, India and her general population have strong resentments towards Pakistan and China from their mutual historic standoffs on several issues. So Nepal must be cautious that it should not strengthen hardliners in India by playing a China card to threaten India and diplomatically avoid childish, jingoistic statements released by irresponsible politicians like Pushpa Kumar Dahal. Mr Dahal popularly referred to as ‘Prochanda’ is commonly viewed as one of the greatest anti-Indian force within Nepal and known for his anti-Indian hate speeches. His irresponsible statements can make the strong existing support of common Indians for Nepal vaporize and politically strengthen hardliners on either side of the border. The national interest of Nepal is more important than his personal likes and dislikes. When the two nations are looking positively for engaging in resolving conflicts such hate mongers on either side of the border should restrain from making irresponsible statements for further deteriorating relations.

After over 100 days of conflicts in the Terai, the government has failed to bring any comfort to the ordinary people of the nation, could not bring any resolution to end crisis and the grandeur promise of flowing Nepal with milk and honey from China seems to be a distant dream. Other than some minor carefully worded sympathy statements by UN, no major nation has come to support or help Nepal during this crisis; including the most powerful in the west fearing antagonizing relations with a mighty India with huge market. Hence, the Government of Nepal must realize that there is only one nation that can help Nepal to overcome this crisis; and this is the crude reality of the world. The only solution is to accept sharing political power with Terai, redrawing boundaries for proportional representation and initiate positive engagement with the mighty southern neighbor. The common people across the border are linked through centuries of close bond that cannot be blemished by hardliners and hate mongers and few jingoist nationalists.

I sincerely believe the oncoming visit by PM Oli to India will once again strengthen the strained the relationship between these two century old friendly nations in spite of sincere saboteur attempts by some so called irresponsible politicians in both countries.  Life is matter of looking forward and accepting reality; looking back and throwing mud at one another cannot resolve or achieve anything for both India and Nepal.


Saikat Kumar Basu

Lethbridge,  Canada




Extend time and age limit

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I want to draw the attention of the Director, Secondary Education regarding the age limit of TGT Music. 28 years is the age limit for TGT music where as other TGT group is given up to 33 years. The age limit of TGT, Music should be at par with other TGTs.

Moreover, the last date of submission of form should be extended for at least one or two days because due to sudden advancement of last date as well as continues holidays, candidates living in far flung areas could not submit the forms on time.


Aspirant, Itanagar