CM drops 3 ministers, 2 advisors, 5 Parl. secretaries
ITANAGAR, Jan 2: Chief Minister Pema Khandu has dropped three ministers from his
council of ministers, said a notification issued by the chief Secretary on Monday.
On the recommendation of the chief minister, Governor V Shanmuganathan gave his assent
to the removal of Animal Husbandry, Veterinary and Dairy Development, Fisheries,
Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Rajesh Tacho, Rural Development and Panchayati
Raj Minister Tanga Byaling and PHE, Water Supply and Disaster Management Minister
Takam Pario on December 31 last.
The portfolios attached to the three of them would now be held by the chief minister,
the notification issued by Chief Secretary Shakuntala Doley Gamlin said.
In another notification issued by the chief secretary, it was informed that the Governor
on Monday discontinued the services of Kameng Dolo and Tapang Taloh, Principal Advisor
and Advisor to the Chief Minister respectively.
The chief minister also dropped five parliamentary secretaries, including Mutchu
Mithi (PWD), Markio Tado (Food and Civil supplies), Tirong Aboh (Geology and Mining),
Dikto Yekar (Art and Culture) and Nikh Kamin (Disaster Management).
All the dropped ministers, advisors and parliamentary secretaries, who are MLAs of
the Peoples' Party of Arunachal (PPA), had opposed the leadership of Pema and projected
Takam Pario as the next chief minister of the state.
Cattle hit by foot and mouth disease in West Siang, six Mithuns die
ITANAGAR, Jan 2: At least six cattle (mithuns) have reportedly died due to outbreak
of foot and mouth disease (FMD) at Tato circle in West Siang district. This was informed
by a local resident Tatin Rida over the telephone here this evening.
More than fifty cattle specially mithuns are said to be affected by the disease in
Tato, Pidi and Monigong circles. Tatin Rida has lost two mithuns to infectious disease
and one Takup Rinya has lost one mithun in Tato. Similar cases were also reported
in Pidi circle as Tamur Bunyi and Tajen Yorpen have lost their cattle.
It is reported that infectious and viral disease was first appeared in Monigong
area and it spreads to Tato. "Number of casualty may grow, if the authority does
not act timely" said Tatin Rida. Rida added that many mithuns are having blister
and white foam in the mouth.
The FMD is a viral disease that affects cloven-hoofed animals. The virus causes a
high fever for approximately two to six days, followed by blisters inside the mouth
and on the feet that may rupture and cause lameness.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner West Siang Gamli Padu said that district administration
is yet to get report of such FMD cases from the area. District Veterinary Officer
Dr. Kejom Padu informed that earlier first sporadic case of FMD was reported from
Monigong, however it was contained by the department with an effective vaccination
Governor visits Advance Landing Ground, Ziro
ITANAGAR, Jan 2: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh V. Shanmuganathan visited the Advance
Landing Ground (ALG) at Ziro, Lower Subansiri district during his final leg of district
tour on Monday.
The Governor along with local MLA Tage Taki, Secretary to Governor Talem Tapok, Lower
Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Kemo Lollen, Superintendant of Police Tage Habung and
other Indian Air Force officials went around the ALG compound to get the comprehensive
picture of the facility.
While deeply appreciating the enlightened public of Ziro for willfully donating the
high prized land for such an infrastructure, the Governor was optimistic that they
will continue to do so if required for more in greater public interest and common
good. He advised the district authority to address the issues related to the ALG
by availing assistance of the local public representative.
Earlier, the local MLA and Deputy Commissioner briefed the Governor on the ALG and
the issues related to it.
On Sunday, the Governor visited Lempia Village after touring Bamin, Michi, Hija and
Old Ziro villages in Lower Subansiri.
Local MLA Tage Taki along with Gaon buras and Gaon Buris received the Governor at
Lempia Village and ushered him to Tajang Meder Nello- Danyi Piilo Prayer Hall.
The Governor, joined by local villagers offered prayers to Danyi Piilo in the Meder
Nello on the occasion.
Interacting with the villagers, the Governor advised them to preserve their indigenous
faith and cultural heritage.
He appreciated the villagers for continuing their age-old good traditions and practices.
Earlier on the day, the Governor paid obeisance at Sidheswar Nath Temple, 6 km from
Ziro. Accompanied by people from all walks of life, he offered prayers for welfare
of the State and its people on the first day of the New Year.
Reaching out to the farmers, Governor Shanmuganathan also met some progressive farmers
at Ziro on January 1.
In order to know the successes challenges towards their economic progress, the Governor
had an hour-long interaction session with them. The group of farmers, including two
women progressive farmers briefed the Governor of their agricultural and horticultural
products such as tomatoes, Kiwis, broccolis and cabbages etc.
The Governor was very much impressed by the spirit of the farmers. He advised them
to form Self Help Groups and cooperative societies and avail assistance from agriculture
and allied departments and banks. He assured them to take up their issues, especially
transportation, quality seeds and marketing with concerned ministries and officials.
He exhorted them to continue their effort to raise the standard of life in the rural
areas through their exemplary ventures by use of latest technologies in the field
of agriculture and horticulture.
The Governor also met people from all walks of life, including public and bazaar
representatives, educationists and health and security officials. He also enquired
about Public Distribution System, Health indicators and Law and Order in the District.
The Governor expressed his concern on quality education, basic health services and
road communication. He advised the concerned officials to address the problems for
the benefit of all, particularly the poor and uneducated.
Secretary to Governor Talem Tapok, Lower Subansiri District Deputy Commissioner Kemo
Lollen and Superintendent of Police Tage Habung were also present in the meeting.
PRO to Raj Bhawan
AAPSU, APC distribute relief materials to Wakka fire victims
ITANAGAR, Jan 2: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) on Saturday distributed
relief among the fire victims of Wakka village in Longding district.
A team of AAPSU headed by its vice president (Proto) Tayuk Sonam handed over the
relief materials of both Arunachal Press Club and AAPSU to the fire victims in presence
of Chief of Wakka village Lungam Wangham, Wakka Block ZPM Matpho Kolong and other
relief committee members.
The AAPSU team distributed Rs 4,800 to each victim family and handed over Rs 3,762
to the church authority/committee.
The team AAPSU was actively assisted by the executive members of Longding District
Students' Union (LDSU) during relief distribution.
During the relief distribution programme, AAPSU was informed that hundreds of fire
affected people have not been provided temporary shelter till date and they are now
staying with their relatives. The villagers were also asking for distribution of
at least 120 - 150 pieces of CGI sheets to each affected family as soon as possible
as they are soon going to start construction of their new houses, AAPSU informed.
Earlier, the team AAPSU met Longding Deputy Commissioner Himanshu Gupta at his official
bungalow to take stock of the present situation of Wakka fire incident.
During their meeting, the DC told that the district administration had distributed
relief amount of Rs 1, 01,900 to each victim family under SDRF & NDRF. The DC informed
the team that he had to face lot of problem in providing/distributing relief materials
to the fire victims due to absence of head of departments (HoDs) in the district
as they are reluctant stay here due to lack of basic facilities like, water, electricity,
residential quarters and road communication problem.
AAPSU thanked all donors/contributors for their generous contribution in cash and
kind to give succor to the fire ravaged people.
The Department of Power, Itanagar Division provided its truck for transportation
of relief materials.
Meanwhile, HOPE Foundation, a Deomali based NGO, initiated a noble steps to help
the fire victims of Wakka, where the NGO conducted door-to-door collection of used
winter cloths, blankets, baby clothes, shoes and other relief materials.
The relief materials were collected from various areas from Itanagar Capital Complex,
Doimukh and Ziro. These collected items were handed over to the chief of Wakka village
Lungam Wangham on December 29, along with along with rice bags from foundation.
It was informed by the NGO that it would continue the collection campaign until all
the affected villagers get minimum required materials.
2 more special trains on Rangiya-Murkongselek route
RUKSIN, Jan 2: The NF Railway has introduced two additional passenger trains services
on Rangiya-Murkongselek BG route.
The first special train, which was launched to run between Dibrugarh and Murkongselek
station via Lumding, Guwahati and Rangiya, arrived at Murkongselek station on Saturday
last and left the station on the same day. Another passenger special train, which
came from Guwahati on Saturday midnight, left Murkongselek station on Sunday morning.
With introduction of these two additional train services, the total number of passenger
trains on Rangiya-Murkongselek route rose to five.
NF Railway sources said the two special trains are being run on trial basis, but
it might be regularized on public demand.
Murkongselek (Jonai) bordering to East Siang of Arunachal is the last railway station
in North-Assam. The BG railway is proposed to extend to upper Arunachal districts
linking Upper Assam area through rail route.
Pario elected leader of PPA legislature party
ITANAGAR, Jan 2: The People's Party of Arunachal (PPA) legislature party meeting
was held on Monday under the chairmanship of MLA Takam Pario in a city hotel. In
the meeting all the ten legislators spoke and put forward their suggestions. After
a threadbare discussion the legislators unanimously elected Takam Pario as leader
of PPA legislature party. Markio Tado and Nikh Kamin will be the chief whip and spokesperson
PPA will also seek legal consultation regarding legal validity of 33- PPA MLAs merger
to BJP. The legislator present in the meeting resolved in one voice to stand united
under the leadership of Takam Pario.
While accepting the decision of the PPA legislator, Pario assured them that he will
have proper consultations with legislators and party leaders & functionaries from
time to time. He appealed them to co-operate with him for smooth functioning of the
party for the larger interest of the state.
APYC announces series of stir against demonetization
ITANAGAR, Jan 2: Continuing its tirade against the demonetization, Arunachal Pradesh
Youth Congress (APYC) today announced a series of agitation against the Prime Minister
Narendra Modi led NDA government and its demonetization decision.
Addressing the media persons at Press Club here, APYC President, Jikke Tako said
that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is misguiding the citizens of India in the name
of demonetization. Therefore, the Congress party has decided to demand white paper
on demonetization, disclosure on total amount of black money that has been recovered
after November 8 last, compensation to those who lost their lives and also to those
who lost their business & job during demonetization period.
The 50 days period of demonetization is over, but the situation is far from normal.
Even the Prime Minister didn't say a single word on the present situation during
his recent year end speech, alleged Tako. He further said the APYC is going to organize
series of agitation demanding white paper on demonetization from January 4 next
wherein the Youth Congress will distribute pamphlet to every household, submit memorandum
to BJP MPs & MLAs, Deputy Commissioners.
This would be followed by state level agitation from January 21 and lastly National
level agitation at New Delhi on January 28 next.
Terming the demonetization as total failure, General Secretary cum Spokesperson,
APYC, Arjun Panye claimed that during last 50 days of demonetization people have
gain nothing but lost many things. People became jobless, some lost their business
and some other lost their lives. What is more unfortunate is that Government has
no plan to compensate them. It has even not regretted the loss or death relating
He further said that PM in his address has announced news policies just to divert
the attention of the people from the damages done during demonetization period.
RAR with a mission to help Wakka fire victims
ITANAGAR, Jan 2: A 15 member team of Royal Arunachal Rider (RAR) embarked on a motor-cycle
ride, heading for Wakka in Longding district with relief aids and voluntary funds
for the 22nd December fire victims.
Earlier on December 31, 2016, the RAR members collected a total of Rs 81, 500 from
the voluntary donors in a donation camp set up at 0-Point, Itanagar. Apart from the
cash, citizens also donated clothes and other household necessary items on the occasion.
The RAR team also added another Rs 50, 000 to the total amount from within their
members thus, taking the total amount of the relief fund from their initiative to
Rs 1, 31, 500.
Fire has become nightmare for Arunachal villages
[ Denhang Bosai ]
Come winter, the news of fire gutting down houses in Arunachal Pradesh is not uncommon
at all. Traditionally, the tribes of the state have been living in thatched houses
In fact, the tribals are so deeply attached to the thatched houses or chang ghar
that even the officers, public leaders and businessmen residing in the state capital
and the district headquarters prefer to have their meals inside the chang ghar sitting
around the fireplace.
They also love to spend their evenings in the chang ghar, especially in the winter.
A number of fire mishaps have been reported in the state capital and the district
headquarters wherein the fire had emanated or started from those chang ghars or SPT
buildings which catch fire easily.
No place is free from fire accidents in the state. However, the oldest town Pasighat,
Wakka, Lazu, Ziro, Daporizo etc. are infamous for frequent fire mishaps. The reason
is not difficult to find out. In these places, houses are constructed closed to each
other. In 2014 also a devastating fire accident broke out in Wakka in which many
dwelling thatched houses were completely gutted. So also in Lazu village, a number
of fire mishaps were reported during 2015 in which many villagers were rendered homeless.
Recently also a devastating fire accident gutted more than 50 houses at Wakka village
in which an adult woman was killed. These fire accidents are mostly due to callousness
of the villagers. Had they taken proper precautionary measures such unfortunate mishaps
could have been averted.
Unfortunately, the people don't care to learn from their past mistakes and they continue
to build their houses closed to one another, almost touching each other. There is
absolutely no dearth of land to open new habitation areas in the villages to ensure
that there is enough space between the houses to prevent spread of fire in case of
outbreak of fire in the villages.
The aids and reliefs provided by the governments, NGOs, Churches, individuals and
other organizations can never ever compensate the loss. During such unfortunate fire
mishaps, artifacts and traditional items having historical values are lost forever.
In the past, the tribals had the practice of appointing some youth to keep vigil
on the village during the day time when all the adults would be busy in their agriculture
This practice was more pronounced amongst the Noctes and Wanchos of Tirap and Longding
districts wherein the youth from the respective boys' dormitories called Paang were
engaged to guard the village turn-wise. However, this useful practice has been done
away with for no apparent reason (s). The youth from those boys' dormitories used
to keep a hawk like vigil on their village.
The government, NGOs, Schools and Colleges should make an extra effort to create
awareness campaigns on not only dangers posed to the tribal villages by fire but
also on preventive measures to arrest the frequent fire accidents in the state. Such
campaigns should not be for an ornamental dressing only but should be carried out
frequently, say once or twice in a week. Something drastic has to be done today and
The people of the state cannot afford to helplessly watch their life and property
being ruined by fire. Fire accident is preventable. It's not like an earthquake or
a flash flood about which we can't do much. What is required is the will to protect
thatched and SPT houses which are very vulnerable to fire. The time has come for
the many ethnic entities in the state to realize that fire is the greatest threat
to the tribal villages. Let the Wakka incident not repeat again. Prevention is the
one and only mantra. [The writer is Deputy Director, IPR]
CM calls on Governor
ITANAGAR, Jan 2: Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Monday called on Governor V. Shanmuganathan
at Raj Bhavan here and briefed him on the recent political development in the State.
The Governor, who has returned here on Monday from three-day tour to Lower Subansiri
District, shared his observations with the Chief Minister. He advised Pema on issues
related to farmers and common citizens of the District. PRO to Raj Bhawan
2 Cong MLAs join BJP
Itanagar, Jan 2: Two out of three Congress MLAs in Arunachal Pradesh today joined
the BJP, reducing the strength of the party to one in the House of 60 members.
The state assembly secretariat has accepted the defection of MLAs Wanglin Sawin representing
Khonsa East constituency and Gabriel Denwang Wangshu (Kanubari) from Congress to
BJP and has accordingly published it in its bulletin.
With the joining of the two Congress MLAs, BJP's strength has gone up to 49 with
the support from one of its associate member and an Independent, while the Congress
now is being represented only by former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and Peoples' Party
of Arunachal has ten MLAs. PTI
Noted entrepreneur Techi Lama dies; CM, org mourns
ITANAGAR, Jan 2: Chief Minister Pema Khandu has expressed shock over sudden and premature
demise of a flourishing entrepreneur and a youth leader Techi Lama who succumbed
to a massive heart attack this morning. Paying his last respect to the departed soul,
Khandu offered floral tribute and condoled the sad demise.
In his condolence message addressed to Late Lama's wife Techi Aniya, Khandu said
"With profound grief, I write to share the grief of losing one of the youth leader
and a flourished entrepreneur who led from the front and left behind memories to
cherish. The news of premature and untimely demise of Late Techi Lama, former Chairman,
Arunachal Pradesh Mines and Minerals Development Corporation has come as a shock
to me. I know this would be the most trying times for the family members and his
close friends to cope with the irreparable loss. I hope my humble words of consolation
would ease the grief even if a little, Khandu stated.
Former chief minister Nabam Tuki, who joined the bereaved family members in sharing
their grief, in his condolence message said that Lama's premature death has caused
irreparable loss to the state, particularly to the young generation, when the state
is poised for a multi-faceted development and need the valuable contributions of
the youth brigade.
Tuki joined state's 'who's who' in paying floral tributes and praying for the eternal
peace of the departed soul.
Arunachal Chamber of Commerce & Industries president Techi Lala, general secretary
Tarh Nachung and chief adviser Pradeep Kumar, in a condolence message, said that
the state has lost a very young leader and social activist in the death of Lama,
who had also served as Arunachal Pradesh Mines and Minerals Development Corporation
Death is upon to the almighty, but he would always be remembered as willing partner
of state building to serve as role model for the GenNext, the trio said in the message
and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.
The Gerchi Welfare Society (GWS) has also deeply condoled the sudden demise of Techi
Born to late Techi Allo and Techi Mangche on 6th January 1975 at Rayoung village,
under Palin Circle of Kra Daadi district, late Lama started his primary education
from Govt. Middle school Dari from 1984 to 1991 and matriculation in 1995 from Palin.
He started his career as small contractor in 1997 and became one of the most successful
entrepreneurs of the state and served as Chairman APMDTC Ltd from 2011 to 2015 and
was the founder member of Gerchi Welfare Society (GWS). His death is great loss to
the Gerchi Society in particular and Nyishi community as whole and created huge vacuum
in the society. He left behind his wife, mother, two sons and three daughters. Garku
Abu Welfare Society has also condoled the untimely demise of late Techi Lama.
Strengthen Nocte village council: Aboh
KHONSA, Jan 2: Khonsa West MLA Tirong Aboh has inaugurated a male dormitory (Morong)
in presence of Chiefs of Dadam and Huakan, Dadam Circle Officer, Asan Kri, Dadam
Block JE Ashosk Kumar Tiwari, PRI and public leaders, GB and general public of Laho
village on Monday. The male dormitory, locally known as 'Paa', has been constructed
under BADP scheme.
Speaking on the occasion, Aboh, while highlighting the importance of the Morong
('Paa' or 'Pang'), said that in the past "Morong" was considered to be supreme authority
wherein criminal cases within the village jurisdiction were settled by the village
council or village authority.
Describing the Nocte Paa as most important institution of the Nocte society, the
MLA called upon the scholars and researchers of Nocte society to take up research
activities thoroughly on the "Nocte Paa (Morong)" system to keep alive the Nocte
village council for the younger generation. He said that some rigid law under Morong
system should be modified. In the past all male folk used to sleep in Paa but now
it may be used as guest house for visitors, Aboh added.
Aboh further called upon the work agency and contractor of his constituency to implement
the government scheme properly. The bill should not be passed till the completion
of schemes as per government guidelines, he said.
Responding to the public demand of Laho village, Aboh announced 40 number of plastic
chairs for the newly inaugurated Nocte Paa (Male dormitory). He also called upon
the village leaders of Laho to list out the left out households for issuing CGI sheets.
The MLA also urged the villagers to avail the benefit of government schemes in various
sectors including agriculture & horticulture for sustainable income source.
He further informed the gathering that office of the Dadam Circle Headquarter would
be made fully functional within 2nd week of January as DC Tirap has already posted
1 UDC, 1 PI and 1 Peon for the CO office. He also assured for procurement of one
vehicle for Dadam CO after consulting with DC Tirap in the next financial year.
In his speech Dadam CO Asan Kri appreciated Tirong Aboh for his keen interest in
implementing various development schemes under his constituency including roads
connectivity from Dadam to Moktowa, Dapdong to New Kothin and Chinkoi to Old Kothin.
Chief of Dadam, Wangchu Lowang also highlighted the development activities under
the leadership of MLA Tirong Aboh. ASM Laho village Sunwang Hakhun, Jalian Kamhua,
Ex-ASM, Jalan Nokbi, public leader also appreciated Aboh for various developmental
schemes that has been taken place in Laho village.
Dadam Block JE Ashok Kumar Tiwari also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO
DCC seeks white paper on demonetization
ITANAGAR, Jan 2: The East Siang District Congress Committee (DCC) on Monday demanded
a white paper on demonetization and posed several questions before Prime Minister
Narendra Modi, including how much black money has been recovered or unearthed since
November 8, 2016.
The DCC led by its president Takom Mike in a Press conference at Pasighat on Monday
also put forth five demands to the Prime Minister, including lifting all restrictions
on withdrawal of money with immediate effect, compensation to the small shopkeepers
and businessmen, farmers and poor, who suffered due to demonetization. The DCC demanded
that the number of guaranteed work days and the wage rate under MGNREGA should be
doubled and the rate of rations distributed under the PDS system should be halved
for the period of one year under the provisions of the Food Security Act.
"A special one-time bonus of 20% should be provided over and above the MSP of all
Rabi crops besides giving 50% rebate in Income Tax and Sales Tax to small shopkeepers
and businesses. The central government should compensate state governments for loss
of revenue incurred on account of this exemption".
"Rs.25,000 should be deposited in the account of at least one woman belonging to
each BPL family as compensation for the immense suffering caused to women due to
demonetization, " the DCC demanded.
The DCC sought the list/names of all those persons, institutions, and entities who
have deposited Rs. 25 lakh or more in bank accounts in the six months preceding the
8th November, 2016.
It also demanded that all charges on digital transactions should be abolished forthwith.
"What is the economic loss to the nation on account of demonetization? How many jobs
and livelihoods have been lose since this policy has been announced," the DCC asked
"How many lives have been lost due to demonetization? Why has the government not
paid any compensation to the families of the deceased?"
The DCC also asked the PM, "What was the process of consultation and preparedness
followed prior to the implementation of demonetization? Why were experts, economists
or the RBI not consulted before unleashing this draconian policy upon the people?
The DCC also demanded that the government should organize a special drive to identify
and register all those who have lost their jobs since November 8, 2016, and provide
them compensation at the applicable minimum wage rate up to March 31, 2017.
Donyi-Polo Day celebrated with competitive progs
ITANAGAR, Jan 2: Bulsi Tatak, Class-VII student emerged winner of the senior category
(boys and girls) Adi Agom Luki competition organized by the Aji Nilung Tunkgo, an
informal institution under Golgi Bote Donyi Polo Gangging, Itanagar to mark the Donyi
Polo Day celebration on December 31.
Tenzing Tali (Class- VII), Arosaty Tayeng (Class- VI) and Jestina Gammeng (BA 1st
year) were named runners up.
In Junior category, Ayang Ering, (Class-ll) won the competition while Kalik Tabi,
(Class-ll) was the runner up.
In musical chair competition for Girls, Gaga Siram won the prize and Alop Tamin stood
second. In boys category, Joy Mize was the winner while Kalik Tabi came second.
GHSS Kaying wins district level Subroto Cup
ITANAGAR, Jan 2: GHSS Kaying beat GHSS Boleng 2-1 in the final to become champion
of the 5th district level Subroto Cup football tournament (U- 17) of Siang district
on December 30 at Pangin.
All the GHSSs and GSSs of the district participated in the tournament.
Siang ADC Tamik Talom witnessed the final match.
Siang Deputy Commissioner Rahul Singh, who kicked off the tournament in presence
of SP Doge Jini, all HODs and prominent public figures, advised the students to maintain
true sportsman spirit. He, however, urged them to focus more on their education.
Siang DDSE Odhuk Tabing urged all the principals, headmasters and teachers to strive
for imparting quality education without neglecting games and sports.
The inaugural match was played between GHSS Pessing and GSS Pangin, wherein the former
defeated the later 4-0.