Rijiju may replace Pema as CM: Report
ITANAGAR, Jan 6: Days after Chief Minister Pema Khandu joined the BJP with 32 MLAs
to present the saffron party with its first full-fledged government in the region,
speculations are rife that he may be replaced soon.
According to rumours that surfaced in the corridors of power of Itanagar, Pema may
have to make way for an old saffron face, according to a report published in Hindustan
Times on Friday.
The report said that Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju’s name is doing
the rounds as the next likely chief minister of the state.
State BJP president Tapir Gao is also said to be in the race, the report stated.
It is no surprise that political changes in Arunachal Pradesh are as unpredictable
as the earthquakes that frequently strike the region.
Though BJP office-bearers and senior ministers in the Khandu government denied any
such development, party legislators in the state are reportedly unhappy with Pema’s
presence in their midst.
Gao, however, dismissed the reports as false. “Pema Khandu is and will remain, our
chief minister. These rumours are being spread as by some Congress workers,” the
report said quoting Gao as saying.
Senior BJP leaders from the state, including Rijiju, Pema and Gao, are in the national
capital to attend the party’s national executive meet – which started on Friday.
“There is no question of Khandu being replaced as there are no differences among
our MLAs, neither the old members nor the new ones who joined from the PPA. We have
all settled in here comfortably,” deputy chief minister Chowna Mein said.
Pema became the Chief Minister as a Congress legislator in July last year. He switched
sides to join the PPA in September, and then entered the BJP after he and 10 other
MLAs were suspended for anti-party activities.
Si-Donyi celebrated with traditional pomp and gaiety
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DAPORIJO, Jan 6: Si Donyi festival was celebrated with traditional pomp and gaiety
in Daporijo, Dumporijo and in other parts of the state. Si Donyi festival of Tagin
community is celebrated every year in the month of January for the wellbeing and
prosperity of humankind.
Union Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijiju, who attended the celebration at Dumporijo
called upon people to preserve and promote cultural heritage and its intangible values.
Stating that he has seen many community/tribes modifying their festivals to suit
the present day ambience and needs, Rijiju opined that modification of festival is
good but it should be done without diluting the values and their originality. The
Union Minister called upon the community members, particularly young generation to
carry forward the objective of promoting and preserving cultural heritage for the
present as well as the future generation with active participation of all sections
of society. An integrated approach is required for preservation and promotion of
our cultural heritage, Rijiju said, and called upon the younger generation to be
the vital stakeholder in preservation of the age-old culture and tradition.
“Children nowadays are reluctant to speak their own language or tend not to learn
their indigenous languages,” lamented the Union Minister. He appealed to the younger
generation to use their own language in day-to-day communications.
Rijiju also gave emphasis on value based education among children.
Speaking about Centre’s development initiatives for Arunachal, the Union Minister
informed that various schemes, particularly for development of road communication
have been sanctioned.
During his speech, Rijiju also explained the benefits of e-transaction for payment.
Si Donyi festival was also celebrated in Nacho, Taliha, Aalo, Roing, Seppa, Naharlagun
and many places, where Tagin community are residing.
Famous comedian Raju Shrivastav and other actors from Bollywood enthralled the audience
during the cultural nites which was also witnessed by Rijiju.
At Naharlagun- The Tagin community of Capital Complex celebrated Si- Donyi at the
festival ground near helipad with traditional fervour and gaiety.
Attending the festival, Parliamentary Secretary, Karya Bagang called for preservation
of one’s own culture and traditions passed on from generation to generation.
Bagang said festivals provide opportunities to exchange love, happiness among the
community members and promote belonging and oneness.
While speaking about importance of language and culture she urged the members of
the community to teach and encourage their children to learn their own language as
language is fundamental to cultural identity.
APIDFC Managing Director, Tony Koyu appealed to all to maintain peace and communal
harmony and remain united for development.
Koyu advised the people, particularly younger generation not to use any drugs and
consume alcohol, which may ruin their life. He urged them to fulfil the dreams of
their parents by excelling in their chosen fields.
The main attraction of festival was Singtung Junam, Koni Boker, Hoyi Penam, traditional
sport competition and display of rhythmic dances.
Former IFCSAP president, Taba Hare, Director Higher & Technical Education, Tejum
Padu, IFCSAP vice president, Gichik Taja, General Secretary, Gyati Rana, former Chief
Municipal Councilor, Higio Aruni, members of Arunachal Vikas Parishad and RSS team
from Pune attended the celebration.
Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority also organized a day-long free legal
awareness camp-cum-legal counseling on the sidelines of Si- Donyi Festival at Naharlagun.
The team of legal aid advocates and para legal volunteers provided free legal counseling
and information regarding availability of free legal services, various schemes and
activities available for the citizens in the state.
As a part of awareness, brochures on Arunachal Pradesh Victim Compensation Scheme,
Para Legal Volunteers Scheme, Legal Aid Clinic, Lok Adalat, Women’s Right to Protect
from Domestic Violence, Child Right, Fundamental Right, Access to Justice for All
under Legal Services Authority Act, 1987 and Plea Bargaining were distributed to
nearly 70 visitors who have visited the stall during the festival.
DIPRO adds from Aalo: Si-Donyi was celebrated with pomp and gaiety at Gumin Kiin,
Aalo on Friday.
West Siang DC, Gamli Padu, who attended the celebration, said that all festivals
are alike as they all have common essence with fertility cult and general well being
of the society.
The festivals showcase our rich culture, he said and stressed on documentation and
preservation of culture stating that many of the rich ancient culture have vanished
due to lack of interest and patronage.
Festival should not only be confined to celebration alone but promote unity, mutual
trust, and universal brotherhood in all strata of society, he opined.
He also exhorted young generation to take keen interest and shoulder social responsibility
in this kind of festival and festivity.
Col. Pramod Kaushik, Administrative Commandant 5 Mountain Brigade said that tribal
people of the region have rich legacy of culture, traditional practices and present
a unique identity of their own. He stressed on promoting and exposing it to the outside
SDFCC Chairman, Tabu Kamra, Vice Chairman, Taku Maying and Assistant Secretary, Talo
Maying also spoke in details about the significance and mythological aspects of Si-Donyi
Situ Dinam, Si-Donyi anthem, various cultural competition, Mithun sacrifice and prize
distribution were the other highlights of the day-long programme.
DD to launch new channel for NE
ITANAGAR, Jan 6: A month after Prasar Bharati announced to launch Arun Prabha, Doordarshan’s
second channel for the north-east, the first ever interactive meeting in this regard
was held at the Doordarshan Kendra centre here on Friday.
The meeting which had its prime focus on evolving the prospects of film making in
the state of Arunachal also dealt in detail on the programme proposals for DD-Arun
Prabha which are open for the reputed producers/production houses of the state for
the upcoming 24x7 satellite channel.
Where the Prasar Bharati team was headed by Doordarshan DG, Supriya Sahu who is a
senior IAS officer, the film fraternity of the state was led by Film Federation of
Arunachal (FFA) president Chopa Cheda.
Speaking on the occasion, Sahu called upon the film producers and directors to come
up with innovative proposals for programmes, serials, telefilms, documentaries etc
and assured that the entire proposal put forward, especially by the filmmakers from
Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim would be given utmost priority.
“Though the channel will cover entire North East, however, special focus and precedence
will be given to shows/programmes from Arunachal and Sikkim,” assured Sahu. She however,
clarified that proposals put forward would be properly scrutinized and transparency
will be maintained in order to make sure that only the best programmes go through.
Appealing the filmmakers to come up with interesting programmes and one’s which are
out of the box, the DG added, “We are looking for innovative shows and documentaries.
Give programmes that are of good quality and that can help you make your name in
“The camera work should be splendid while the anchor should be dynamic,” she added.
Further, stating that no experience criteria is required to submit proposals while
the same was different a few years ago, Sahu appealed to utilize the funds provided
by the government properly if one’s proposal is selected.
Meanwhile, speaking on behalf of the FFA, Cheda appealed the DG to also accept proposals
for showcasing feature films in the channel, to which the latter assured to look
Cheda was of the opinion that if Doordarshan gives the filmmakers of state an opportunity
to showcase their films then it would boost their morale in a huge way.
“Though Arunachal has ample amount of talent in terms of filmmaking but we do not
have the platform to showcase them and accordingly we incur huge loses. This directly
de-motivate us to make more films,” Cheda who himself is a film producer and president
of Arunachal Press Club added.
Documentary film maker Sanju Dodum put forwards various suggestions which according
to him needed small considerations such as non refundable fees (Rs. 25,000) for the
proposal, senior actor-cum-director of state Hage D Appa also shared his views in
terms of proposal ratio which is 50:50.
Doordarshan’s Engineer-in-chief C B S Marnya, ADGs Dr. Shailendra Kumar, Alok Agarwal,
J K Chandiva and ADG (NE) M S Ansari also spoke on the occasion.
Among others present were Tsengpa Norbu (film director cum producer), Shambo Flago
(director), Alison Welly (producer), and the technical staff of DD Arun Prabha.
It is pertinent to mention here that Prasar Bharati is making special efforts in
North East Region (NER) to promote and nurture talent, provide a platform to deserving
producers/artists from NER as well as from outside to encourage production of better
programmes for Doordarshan viewers.
DD-Arunprabha will be a 24x7 satellite Channel of Doordarshan, originating from DDK,
Itanagar. Programmes on DD-Arunprabha would show richness, variety and diversity
of local culture. The channel would seamlessly integrate NER with the entire country.
The channel’s USP will be to attract young people of NER with contemporary entertainment
shows embedded with informative content.
The Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry has allocated a sum of Rs. 7 Crore
to the broadcaster for the launch of DD Arun Prabha which will be Doordarshan’s second
channel for the north-eastern region.
Prasar Bharati runs Doordarshan and All India Radio.
Chief Secretary visits Handloom Expo
ITANAGAR, Jan 6: State Chief Secretary, Shakuntala Gamlin visited Special Handloom
Expo-2017, being conducted by Arunachal Pradesh Handloom Handicrafts Development
Society (APHHDS) here on Friday.
She appreciated the department officers for displaying impressive stalls especially,
the cane stall put up by an NGO from Kra-Daadi district.
The Chief Secretary further thanked Development Commissioner (Handloom) GoI for sanctioning
Special Handloom Expo (SHE) for Arunachal Pradesh and hoped that it will benefit
the weavers/artisans/NGOs/cooperative societies of the state.
Sub-Junior (U-14) National Football Championship 2017-2018
Arunachal to play Mizoram on Jan 8
ITANAGAR, Jan 6: Arunachal Pradesh will play against Mizoram in their opening match
of the Sub-Junior (U-14) National Football Championship 2017-2018 North East Zone
qualifying round on January 8 at Bokaghat, Assam.
They will take on Manipur in the second match on January 10.
Rocky Ramching and Ha Tashi are the coach and manager of the team, according to Arunachal
Pradesh Football Association (APFA).
Team : Thupten Phuntsok Naksang, Samem Romat, Bukey Lamgu, Ongbu Dili Singpho, Jemit
Mara, Ha Tasha, Chama Gyadi, Korlu Bui, Omang Dodum, Toku Punung, Joram Tuma, Gangte
Rikam, Gonching Haisa, Phassang Tayung, Dado Tatung, Tasar Dignium, Kozam Beyong,
Kargil Yinyo, Matu Ekke, Nokdun Lohum.
Meanwhile, APFA will launch programme focusing on youth development. It will kick
off programme for children of age bracket 6-12 at grassroots level this month in
various districts in phase-wise manner, informed APFA general secretary.
Administrative officers are backbone of government: DC
PASIGHAT, Jan 6: Administrative officers are the backbone of the government and supposed
to be strong, dedicated and sincere to deliver a clean and transparent administration.
This was stated by Deputy Commissioner Tamiyo Tatak during his first coordination
meeting with the administrative officers of East Siang at Siang Hall here on Friday.
“The administrative officers perform a range of administrative tasks. They must know
about office methods and safety in the workplace,” the DC said,
New technology has had a major impact on the role of the officers and increased office
automation has been making them more efficient and productive, the DC said while
sharing his views on administrative reforms.
He suggested the officers to conduct ILP and MV checking and to keep constant vigil
on ill practices in order to make East Siang a drugs free district.
“They should make unannounced visits to schools to check teacher absenteeism and
deliver speeches to motivate the students for their bright future.”
“We have to strive hard to accommodate the needs of the new generation,” said Tatak
adding that there should be an equation between requirement and resources to fulfill
the aspiration of the people.
The DC said that the state government has fulfilled its commitment by implementing
the 7th pay commission recommendation and it is now turn of govt employees to reciprocate.
Various issues, such as improvement of health, education, cleanliness drive, water
supply, Smart City Mission, road communication, maintenance of law and order, control
of stray animals, completed and ongoing projects etc were discussed in the meeting.
All the ADCs, EACs and CCs updated the new DC on all development activities and progress
of works of their respective jurisdictions and also shared their grievances and suggestions
in the meeting. DIPRO
Chum Darang named ‘Person of The Year’ Mingkeng Osik
PASIGHAT, Jan 6: Miss Earth India finalist, Chum Darang has been named as the ‘person
of the year 2016’ in fashion category, by TNT-The North East Today on Wednesday last.
TNT recently conducted mass public polls for TNT person of the year 2016 that encompassed
categories ranging from politics to fashion, entertainment, sports, entrepreneurship
and social impact. The results have been derived in sync with the number of votes
received by each nominee for the same.
The 25 year old inspiring beauty Chum Darang, born to Tajep Darang and Yamik Dulom
Darang of East Siang district had participated in Miss Earth India and emerged as
She won the Miss Earth India Water category. She has also devoted herself to various
social causes and is currently participating in Miss Tiara India 2017.
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju was also nominated as the
‘person of the year’ in politics category.
Workshop on IPPI and Mission Indradhanush-IV
CHANGLANG, Jan 6: The District Task Force for Immunisation-cum-Workshop on IPPI and
Mission Indradhanush-IV was organised by the District Health Society, Changlang for
successful implementation of both the programme at DC’s Conference Hall here on Friday.
Chairing the meeting, SDO Changlang, Nampang Wangjen stated that successful implementation
of IPPI and MI-IV depends on joint efforts of the Health department and other key
Appealing all the departments to cooperate the implementing agency with man and machine,
he said that directions will be issued to all the departments to keep their vehicles
on road in order to compensate the shortage of vehicles during the programme.
Expressing concern over the implementation of the programme in inaccessible Vijoynagar
Circle, Wangjen said that all efforts will be put to airlift the medicines and vaccination
team to Vijoynagar Health Centre. He further asked the Health department to detail
vaccination teams for all the remote areas in advance so that no children will be
deprived from immunisation.
DRCHO Changlang, Dr. Tope Yomcha presented the facility-wise performance of IPPI
(First round), Micro-Plan for IPPI 2017 and Micro-plan for Migratory & settled High
Risk Areas in the district which needs to be focused during the immunization. Stating
that there are errors in formulating the Micro-Plans and data submission, Dr. Yomcha
reiterated to submit correct data. He asked Incharge MOs of various Health Facility
Centres to clear all the doubts to ensure formulation of error free Micro-Plans.
While discussing other major issues he urged all the MOs to give special focuses
on slum areas, brick kiln, construction sites and migratory areas.
Giving presentation on global and national updates and risks to polio eradication,
Surveillance Medical Officer, WHO, Dr. Taga Taka informed that though India has been
declared Polio Free country for the last five year, the country is still at risk
as the chances of international importation of the virus from neighbouring countries,
Pakistan and Afghanistan is high. He explained how easily the virus can be transmitted
through human movement and said the efforts should be made to stop the importation
of the virus by intensifying immunization.
During the technical session, Dr. Taka spoke on planning training, ensuring inter-sectoral
coordination and effective supervision. He also discussed planning and issues for
vaccinators and supervisors training and overview of operational guidelines for Mission
Indradhanush with the MOs as well as many other important issues related to Mission
The meeting was attended by the members of District Task Force for immunisation,
incharge MOs of various health facilities and representative from various schools.
IEC activities conducted to promote digital payment
BOMDILA, Dec 6: Altogether 70 trainees participated in an awareness programme-cum-hands
on training on Digital payment organized here under the guidance of West Kameng DC,
Dr. Sonal Swaroop on Friday. It was attended by officials from DC office, residents
of Bomdila township and villagers from Sera, Pedung and Wanghoo villages.
Incharge ADC Bomdila, Sang Khandu, while urging the participants to adopt cashless
transaction, announced Rs. 10 as incentive per transaction in the end of the session
for persons doing cashless transaction using any App.
DIO, P K Thungon gave a detailed PowerPoint presentation on cashless transaction
using various available Apps. He emphasized on the need of cashless transaction and
gave presentation of its pros and cons.
Chief Manager, Lead Bank SBI, Bomdila, R K Mahilary and Branch Manager, SBI, Bomdila,
M G Saha also speaking of SBI Banking facilities informed about the advantages of
using POS machines and ATM cards. (DIPRO)
Cleanliness drive conducted
ITANAGAR, Jan 6: A day-long cleanliness drive was organized by the Namey Youth Welfare
Association (NYWA) and Upper Primary School, Namey at Namey village.
During the drive, hundreds of volunteers cleared the overgrown weeds along the 3
Km long Namey to Nari road. The NYWA further informed in a release that the Namey
to Nari road, which was constructed a few years back under the PMGSY, is presently
in urgent need of maintenance.
NBK conducts social awareness tour
ITANAGAR, Jan 6: The Nugong Banggo Kebang (NBK) conducted social awareness tour of
Nugong Banggo area recently to educate the villagers about all round development.
During the tour, the members of NBK visited the ongoing PMGSY road construction from
Jorsing to Komsing and Riew to Mopit. They observed that the contractors of both
the works have not adhered to the PMGSY norms and standard guidelines and that all
the concrete structure including the culvert and retaining wall were of poor quality.
It has appealed to the state government and the executing agency to strictly monitor
the construction activity. Further, urging that contractors should adhere to the
required norms and guidelines, it said that it would launch mass movement against
the contractors if its demand goes unheard.
NBK during the tour also saw that most of the schools under the Banggo are not functional
because of absentee teachers. It further resolved to push for functioning of all
the schools in the academic session 2017-18 and warned the absentee teachers to rededicate
themselves to their service.
The members of NBK also recently met the Regional Manager (RM) of State Bank of India
and appraised about poor banking service of the newly created Siang district at Pangin.
It urged the RM to upgrade the banking service and open three ATM booths at Pangin,
Boleng and Rumgong towns.
Meeting held to create awareness on Digital India
WAKRO, Jan 6: The concept and process of digitization, various cashless activity
modes like card, internet banking, USSD mode, Aadhaar and UPI payment was explained
to PRI members, GBs, HoDs of Wakro Circle and members of business community from
Wakro and Medo, during a meeting organized under the initiative of Wakro EAC, Dakto
Riba at BRC Hall here on Friday.
Earlier, while addressing the meeting EAC, Dakto Riba called upon the people of the
Circle to join the rest of the country in the Digital Revolution.
ZPC, Patam Rangmang in his address also advised all to adopt the new methods of payment
and avail various discounts offered on fuel purchase, ticketing etc.
SBI Branch Manager also spoke on the occasion.
Nugong Banggo Kebang seeks retention of AE
ITANAGAR, Jan 6: The Nugong Banggo Kebang has sought retention of Assistant Engineer
PWD, Pangin, Ojing Pajing.
In its representation, it maintained that the AE is carrying out construction work
of the long pending motorable suspension bridge over Siang River at Sangam and that
his posting would badly affect the construction work of the project.
ITANAGAR, Jan 6: Tajuk Technologies Pvt. Ltd. and B4B Solutions Pvt. Ltd. jointly
signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Software Technology Park of India (STPI),
Guwahati for establishing Business Process Office (BPO) in Itanagar.
This is the first BPO in Arunachal Pradesh and one of its kind providing Call Centre
services in the state with State-of-Art Technology and with a motto of serving the
best to the clients in the domestic market and providing training and employment
to the youth.