January 10


Arunachal youth becomes victim of ‘racial attack’ in Bengaluru: MLA

ITANAGAR, Jan 9: A youth from Arunachal Pradesh was admitted in a Bengaluru hospital "in a racial attack case" and his condition was serious, an Arunachal MLA has alleged following his talks with authorities in the southern city.

Khuadun Khangham, who was working in a restaurant in Bengaluru, was assaulted by miscreants and then thrown out of a moving vehicle on January 7, the MLA from Kanubari said.

The 25-year-old man hailing from Ozakho village under Kanubari sub division of Longding district was admitted at the hospital in a critical condition, said MLA Gabriel Denwang Wangsu.

Initially it was presumed to be a hit and run case. But after investigation, it is emerging that Khangham was thrown out of a running vehicle, Wangsu said quoting the police from Bengaluru.

He said it was not any accident but a "murderous attack, racial attack".

Wangsu said he informed the matter to Delhi Police IGP Robin Hibu, who is from the NE region, requesting him to talk to police authorities in Karnataka, and he did.

Wangsu said that according to Karnataka police, it was a case of assault and CCTV footages were being scanned.

"The case has been prioritized by the police and a senior police officer visited the patient today," he added.

We have requested the state Chief Minister Pema Khandu to speak to his Karnataka counterpart on the issue, Wangsu said, adding that North East students in Bengaluru would meet the police authorities there.

State DGP Sandeep Goel also informed the matter to the Commissioner of Police in Bengaluru and an ACP level officer was asked to look into the assault case on Khangham, he said.

Wangsu also appealed to the people in the state to extend financial assistance for the treatment of Khangham, who belong to a poor family. (PTI)




State media reaches out to Wakka fire victims, distributes relief amount

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jan 9: The state media fraternity on Sunday, managed to reach out to the fire affected people of Wakka village in Longding district with the relief amount put together by Arunachal Press Club (APC) and Tezuvian.  An elderly woman was charred to death and at least 54 houses and two churches were gutted in a devastating fire at Wakka village on December 22 last.

The relief amount was collected in a two-day donation camp jointly organised by Arunachal Press Club (APC), Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ) and Arunachal Electronic Media Association (AEMA) on December 26th and 27th respectively.  Similar camp was set up by group of youth and officers under the banner of Tezuvian at Tezu in Lohit district to help out the affected people. The total relief amount collected by both APC and Tezuvian was Rs. 2, 74281 (Two lakhs seventy four thousand two hundred eighty one).

A five member state media team led by APUWJ President, Amar Sangno, Sanjay Mosing  from Echo of Arunachal, Jackson Tayeng  from Eastern Sentinel, Tagu Ningee from The Arunachal Age and Raj Pradhan of Northeast Live accompanied by former Longding Zilla Parishad Member (ZPM), Yabom Lukham reached Wakka on Sunday and distributed the relief amounts equally among the affected people.  The amount was handed over to Village Chief Longham Wangham who later gave away the cash amount to the affected people in presence of media team and villagers.

Addressing the fire affected people, APUWJ President, Amar Sangno informed that Wakka inferno pained the entire state and people from all walks of life stood for them. APUWJ President further added that the relief amount was love from people of Arunachal irrespective of tribe and region including the Non-APST people who generously donated for Wakka fire victims.

Wakka Village Chief Longham Wangham informed that thirteen houses have been rebuilt so far after the ravaging fire accident. The village chief also added that relief materials were still pouring in from different NGOs and they have set up a Village Committee to receive and distribute the materials to affected people. He disclosed that 11 youths have been engaged in each house in rebuilding as a part of village tradition.

Acknowledging the solidarity extended by the people of Arunachal, the Village Chief said, "We are so thankful to the people of Arunachal for standing up for Wakka in our hour of crisis, their love and support for Wakka will always be remembered."

 Representing the fire victims, Nokchap Pansa, one the fire victims, appealed to the district administration to provide mechanism to encash the relief amount provided by the government in cheque.  Nokchap informed that affected people are facing difficult to encash the cheque amount as majority of victims lost their passbook in the fire.

He also appealed to the state government and district authority to restore drinking water supply in the village, informing water scarcity as a major issue facing the people of Wakka. He further sought the government to provide relief for injured person during the fire accident and also sought to make mobile network functional immediately.

A rapid rebuilding process is going on and so far thirteen houses have been rebuilt after fifteen days of the accident. Reportedly, more than 80 organisations both governmental and non-governmental have overwhelmingly responded to the tragic fire accident so far.




Arunachal stall at Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit-2017 draws appreciation from Modi

AHMEDABAD, Jan 9: Arunachal Pradesh on Monday drew hundreds of visitors to its stall at the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit-2017 and received rave appreciations from all including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Arunachal stall with the theme of Organic -Agri, Horticulture, Heritage, Textile and Culture was one of the 9 stalls of about 200 stalls visited by Modi along with Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani here on Monday.  

The Prime Minister appreciated the traditional handlooms, organic agriculture and horticulture products, orchids and historical tourist sites. He was extremely happy to visit the Arunachal stall and congratulated Arunachal Chief Minister, Pema Khandu and Deputy Chief Minister, Chowna Mein for putting up a grand show in the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit.

Touted as the biggest of the biennial business summits, which was conceived and launched by Modi when he was Gujarat Chief Minister in 2003, the eighth edition will see more than 6,000 delegates participating in eight seminars and business-to-business and business-to-government meetings. Two truck-loads of various exhibits were transported from Arunachal to Gujarat with an aim to attract potential investments in myriad sectors in the state.

Khandu has been putting enormous effort in luring corporate giants for investing in the state and Arunachal's participation in the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit is one such platform to showcase the rich potentials of the state to the investors.

A high level investment summit and a state seminar of Arunachal will be conducted on Tuesday. State guests to be present at the inaugural ceremony on Tuesday include;

 Presidents of Kenya (Uhuru Kenyatta) and Rwanda (Paul Kagame); Prime Ministers of Portugal (António Costa) and Serbia (Aleksandar Vu?i?), and Deputy PMs of Russia (Igor Ivanovich Shuvalov) and Poland (Mateusz Jakub Morawiecki).

Memorandum of Understanding worth Rs. 30 lakh crore are expected to be signed during the summit. After the inauguration, Modi will chair the CEO Roundtable on Transforming India. John Chambers, chairman of global technology giant Cisco; Bertrand-Marc Allen, president of Boeing International; and CEO of French electricity giant EDF, Jean-Bernard Levy are among the international CEOs to be in attendance. From India, Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani and other leading industry captains will be part of the CEOs Roundtable as well as the inauguration ceremony.

The Centre is putting its weight behind the summit. Besides the Prime Minister, 11 union ministers including Arun Jaitley, Manohar Parrikar, M Venkaiah Naidu, Piyush Goyal, Nitin Gadkari are expected to attend the event. (CMO)




Itanagar Traffic Wardens launch ‘whistle down’ strike

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jan 9: Demanding for enhancement of salary, regularization of jobs, promotional opportunities along with job security to all wardens and incentive, the Itanagar Traffic Wardens (ITW) launched indefinite 'whistle down' strike at IG Park Tennis Court, Itanagar from Monday onwards.

Raising slogans against the authority for allegedly failing to fulfil their demands for which they have been fighting for the past six years, protesters threatened to intensify the agitation till their demands are met.

President, ITW, Tarak Habing Charom said that Capital Complex is the only place where the traffic wardens were getting Rs. 7000 per month and despite their service to the city the structure of salary remains the same without any job security. Stating that there must be equal status and equal salary, Charom further asserted that "we seek equal pay for equal job so that we can get rid of the sufferings." He added that their job is very tough but authority is keeping silent on the demand placed by them.

"It is very unfortunate that despite our sincere services we are getting salary less than the traffic wardens in Assam and other parts of the country. We also have family and children to look after and what is the meaning of doing a job which cannot fulfil our daily needs," Charom lamented while urging the state government to stop exploiting traffic wardens.

Secretary, ITW, Loma Tapa said, "We are demanding the government to understand our pain and suffering. They should acknowledge the service we made towards the development of society." He said successive governments had exploited them and made hollow promises.

“The state government is not paying any heed towards our genuine demands and had turned a deaf ear, which ultimately compelled us to hold these mass agitations,” added Tapa.  Vowing not to return to their duty until their demands are met, the ITW further threatened to go on continued indefinite strike if the demands were not fulfilled.





21 small shops and a restaurant gutted in Karsingsa

ITANAGAR, Jan 9: Twenty-one small shops and a restaurant in Karsingsa were reduced to ashes in a devastating fire which broke out in the early morning on Monday. However, there were no reports of any casualty.

Expressing shock over the fire accident, Chief Minister, Pema Khandu directed the concern authorities to provide immediate relief to the victims. Minister for UD, Nabam Rebia, who is also the local MLA, visited the site where the fire incident took place and took stock of the situation.

The district administration is monitoring the situation and immediate relief will be provided to the victims soon.  (DIPRO)




IYC gheraos RBI office Guwahati, stages dharna

ITANAGAR, Jan 9: The Indian Youth Congress, led by its General Secretary, i/c Northeast, Indirani Mishra on Monday gheraod RBI office Guwahati and staged dharna demanding the Apex bank (RBI) to disclose the quantum of black money unearthed since November 8 last.

Also continuing its attack on NDA government over demonetization issue, the Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress has asked the government to remove all restrictions on cash withdrawal with immediate effect and sought compensation to farmers, who have badly suffered due to "demonetization" move.

Many prominent figures of Congress including former Chief Minister of Assam, Tarun Gogoi along with Congress frontal youth heads of North East took part in the dharna, participated by over 500 youths.





Meeting held on IPPI and Mission Indradhanush

KHONSA, Jan 9:  A meeting of the District Task Force on Intensified Pulse Polio Immunization (IPPI) and Mission Indradhanush (MI Phase IV) was organized by the District Health Society for effective implementation of both IPPI and MI programmes at the DC's chamber here on Monday. The meeting was chaired by Tirap Deputy Commissioner Ravi Jha, in the presence of MLA Wanglam Sawin, DMO Dr. N Lowang along with DD (ICDS), DDSE representatives, CDPO and Khonsa District Hospital Medical Superintendent.

DMO, Dr. N Lowang, in her address informed that the IPPI and MI-IV rounds for 2016-17 sessions will be launched on Jan 29 and Feb 7 next respectively. With the help of a power point presentation, the DMO presented the detailed information of the programme of previous year's performance, micro plan and action plan for forthcoming IPPI programme and Mission Indradhanush. She further said that the successful implementation of IPPI and MI-IV depends on joint efforts of the Health department and other key departments.

The DC and DMO further appealed to all the departments to cooperate for effective implementation. The health department was also directed to detail vaccination teams for all remote areas so that no children are deprived of immunization. MOICs of CHCs and PHCs were also asked to clear all doubts to ensure formulation of error-free micro plan. During the interactive session planning and issues for vaccinators and supervisors, training and overview of operational guidelines for Mission Indradhanush with MOs as well as many other important issues related to IPPI and MI were discussed at length by all the members. DC, Ravi Jha suggested for a planned training schedule to be prepared for all the mobilizers who would be involved during these programes. It was also mentioned that the frontline workers be trained thoroughly. To reach out to build the trust of the beneficiaries, he suggested to appoint and plan incharges for different areas of target for better implementation.

MLA, Wanglam Sawin while taking part in the discussion raised concern over cases of Tuberculosis found in his jurisdiction and asked the medical unit to arrange such awareness camps for TB as well.




ANSU demands sanitation facility in school

ITANAGAR, Jan 9: Apart from shortage of teachers, some of the common problems of schools in the state are lack of sufficient infrastructure and basic sanitation facilities and the Govt. Secondary School, Tarasso was no exception. The school lacked proper sanitation facilities with no separate toilets for boys and girls. There is only one toilet in the school, which is commonly shared by more than 400 pupils and staff of the school, informed the All Nyishi Students' Union (ANSU).

An ANSU team, which visited the school to take stock of the various facilities available in the school, also informed that the school was facing serious threat of caving in anytime. Flooding from the nearby river during rainy season erodes not only the school's premises but also causes damages to the school, ANSU said and urged the concern authority to take protective measures and construct a retaining wall.

ANSU has demanded construction of separate toilets and bathrooms for both boys and girls under Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan within the next two months.




ASBA souvenir ‘Run For Badminton’ released

BENGALURU, Jan 9: President of the Badminton Association of India (BAI), Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta on Monday formally released a souvenir titled "Run For Badminton" at the ITC Hotel Gardenia in Benguluru.

He released the souvenir in a ceremony during the 9th day of the on-going Badminton Premier League (BPL) in the presence of National Executive members of BAI.

The souvenir has been published to commemorate the entire event of All India Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament 2016 that was held in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh from September 20 to 25, 2016.

Releasing the souvenir, Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta congratulated Arunachal State Badminton Association (ASBA), which under the leadership of Ratu Techi and Bamang Tago as President and Secretary respectively, had hosted the All India Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament 2016 in a grand manner.

The BAI President disclosed that Arunachal Pradesh was first state to provide free boarding and accommodation to all the participants including officials, players and parents. The participants have all carried back beautiful memories of Arunachal Pradesh, he said.

"It is the first experience of such a national mega event in terms of hospitality and the tournament had successfully captured the national attention," Dr. Das Gupta said.

He also appreciated the co-operation and support that the Government of Arunachal Pradesh led by Chief Minister Pema Khandu extended towards the Organising Committee for making the All India Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament 2016 a memorable one.  




Skill development training for PwSAs underway

ITANAGAR, Jan 9: A total of 50 people with special abilities are undergoing two-month long skill development training jointly organized by All Arunachal Pradesh Entrepreneurship Development Association (APEDA) and National Youth Project (NYP) here.

Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for Hearing Handicapped (AYNIHH) is sponsoring the training. Speaking during its inaugural session on Monday, Parliamentary Secretary UD-cum-local MLA Techi Kaso saying "God helps them who help themselves" exhorted the participants to develop the attitude to be part of nation building process. "God has predetermined work for every individual and you all are capable", he added and assured all support. He earlier inaugurated wooden loom to be used for training.

"NYP as AYNIHH partner so far has skilled 3,640 PwSAs in Tawang, West Kameng, East Kameng, Papum Pare, Upper & Lower Subansiri, East & West Siang, Lohit, Lower Dibang Valley, Namsai, Anjaw and Changlang districts and this year's target is 783", NYP vice president Pradeep Kumar  said and made a fervent appeal to all not to consider themselves inferior to anyone.

Social Justice & Tribal Affairs Director, Taw Tebin assured his support and advised all to make best use of the training.

Health Joint Director, Dr. R Doye suggested for identifying the capabilities people with special ability saying, "Upgrading them is the need of the hour".




DA restricts movement of heavy vehicles on weak bridges

DAPORIJO, Jan 9: Upper Subansiri district administration has restricted movement of heavy vehicles of more than 10 tons on bridges over Subansiri and Sigin River in the district. The restriction has been imposed keeping in mind the safety of commuters. The bridges are reported to have become weak due to lack of maintenance and years of wear and tear.

Passenger buses with only drivers will be allowed to ply while, the passengers will have to cross the bridges on foot, the order said.

The restriction will remain in force until the bridges are repaired, the district administration said informing that a proposal has been made to the government for early repair of both the bridges. (DIPRO)




NHM enters into agreement with Mediciti Healthcare Services

ITANAGAR, Jan 9: The National Health Mission, GoAP on Monday entered into an agreement with Mediciti Healthcare Services Pvt. Ltd., Hyderabad for maintenance of biomedical equipments across the Public Health facilities, upto the PHC level. The agreement was signed by Mission Director, PN Thungon in presence of Special Secretary (H&FW), Prince Dhawan and Director of Health Services, Dr. Moji Jini.

The programme would come in force within six months as the mapping and tagging of all the inventories have started. Under the programme,  Mediciti Healthcare Services Pvt. Ltd., Hyderabad would administer all maintenance activities on behalf of state health department. It will perform preventive maintenance of all medical equipments under the contract and calibration of medical equipments wherever applicable. The Biomedical Equipments Maintenance Programme would boost the health care service delivery across the state by making available functional biomedical equipments in all the public health facilities.




Natung inspects EMRS Bana

ITANAGAR, Jan 9:   Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj and local MLA, Mama Natung inspected newly constructed Boys and Girls Hostel of Eklavya Model Residential School (EMRS) at Bana on Sunday last.

Natung was accompanied by Zilla Parishad Chairperson, Mering Natung, ZPM, Dadi Rimo, PWD AE, Kapil Natung and ASMs Manga Rimo and Raju Bayang.

Interacting with EMRS Principal, R P Dubey, the local MLA assured funds for extension of hostel kitchen. Natung also appraised the teaching staff to maintain quality education in the said model school. He further advised the students to study hard and make the country and state proud.




Science Exhibition at VKV Roing

ITANAGAR, Jan 9: Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya (VKV),Roing  on Monday organized a school level science exhibition themed "Science and Technology". About 120 projects were displayed by the students from class five to ten.

The programme was inaugurated by Lower Dibang Valley Superintendent of Police, Sanjay Kumar Sain along with DDSE, Ego Doye and Commandant, 55 ITBP, Umakant.

The SP announced cash prize of Rs. 5000 for the top five projects with innovation.  Also, a special prize for good team work and a project based on road safety will be given by the SP.

The programme was witnessed by students and parents of VKV-Roing besides, the students Govt .Primary School.

APO, S Tayeng also attended the programme.




Training for civil service aspirants

ITANAGAR, Jan 9: A week-long training programme organised by Seva Bharati Bomdila for civil service aspirants as well as to create awareness and interest among the students about civil services commenced at Government College, Bomdila on Monday.

Speaking at the inaugural function, Additional Deputy Commissioner In-charge Bomdila, Sang Khandu encouraged the students to appear for civil services and other competitive examinations. He appreciated Seva Bharati and faculties from Pune for organizing the training for the fourth consecutive year since 2014.

The training programme is being attended by 55 students.

Faculty member Saurabh Sonawane and Akshay Gudadhe from Jnana Prabodhini Pune, Maharashtra will guide the students to crack competitive exams.

The inaugural function was attended by District BJP President, Sambu Sionju and senior public leader Dorjee Tsering.




Arunachal NSS team to take part in National Youth Festival

ITANAGAR, Jan 9:  A team of National Service Scheme (NSS) volunteers from Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar comprising of Bombi Dini, Binde Maying, Govin Burman and Tarun Maying are taking part in the National Youth Festival to be held at Rohtak (Haryana) from Jan 12-16 next.

Arunachal is one among the 6 North Eastern states participating in the said festival. The other states include Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura.

The National Youth Festival is an annual gathering of youths celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. It is organized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, GoI in collaboration with one of the state governments.




Awareness prog on e- payment system

DAPORIJO, Jan 9: Upper Subansiri Deputy Commissioner, AK Singh emphasized the need for a better internet connection in the district for flawless electronic payment. Explaining the importance and benefits of electronic or cashless transaction in an awareness meeting at Singik Hall here on Jan 7 last, Singh said that cashless transaction would help check money laundering, black money, counterfeit notes and curb funding to the terrorist organizations. More importantly, it would reduce rush in the bank, he said.

He called for more awareness programme on digital or cashless transaction in the district and emphasized on the improvement of internet facility for smooth functioning of electronic cashless transaction. He also informed that Niti Aayog is emphasising on the use of Digital Mode of Payments.  

Local MLA, Dikto Yekar, Chief Manager of SBI Daporijo branch, PK Doley also spoke on cashless transaction for payment and its benefits.

Manager APRB, Daporijo, Mejjo Ete and one of the SBI staffs, L Dai highlighted the various modes of digital payments through a PowerPoint presentation.

The awareness programme was attended by businessmen, general public, students, all the HoDs and staff of various banks of the district. DIPRO




Cent percent schemes implementation sought

ITANAGAR, Jan 9: The East Kameng District Youth Congress has demanded 100 percent implementation of all the centrally sponsored and state annual development agenda schemes (SADA)-2016-17, in the five constituencies of the district by maintaining all formalities as per CPWD guidelines.

In its memorandum submitted to the DC condemning pick and choose policy in awarding the works, it insisted that schemes amounting to Rs. 10 crores and above should be invited for open NIT/TENDER through all leading newspapers.

Further, saying that MLALAD funds should be implemented in priority sectors like health, education and road connectivity in all the constituencies, the Youth Congress said that it would closely monitor all the schemes in the district.




ASHAs urged to create awareness on PMSMA

TEZU, Jan 9:  Lohit Deputy Commissioner Danish Ashraf has urged the ASHAs to create awareness on Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan (PMSMA), a newly launched programme focused on free antenatal checkups of mothers, for its effective implementation in the district.

He said this during a programme organized by the District Health Society on Prime Minister's flagship programme under Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan at General hospital, here on Monday.

The newly launched programme focuses on fixed day free antenatal checkups of pregnant women at second and third trimester of pregnancy on the 9th of every month providing comprehensive and quality antenatal care and to detect any signs of danger at an early state. (DIPRO)




ITANAGAR, Jan 9: The officer's and staffs of State Programme Officer alongwith Arunachal Ophthalmic Association has mourned the demise of its staff Kago Taroh who passed away on Saturday last.

In a joint press release, they remembered him as a sincere and a disciplined employee.

Kago Taroh is survived by his wife and a son.

The Arunachal Ophthalmic Association and Officers, Staffs of State Programme Officer and National Programme for Control of Blindness (NPCB) on Monday observed two minutes silence for the departed soul and prayed to Almighty God to bestow strength to the bereaved family.

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Give BRO and GREF due credit

The killing of three civilians working as labourers with General Reserve Engineer Force (GREF) in Jammu and Kashmir during a terrorist attack is shocking and extremely condemnable. As per the report a group of terrorists attacked a GREF camp in Batal area of Akhnoor sector in Jammu district along the Line of Control in the wee hours on Monday. The incident has drawn sharp reaction. Led by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti the state government has strongly condemned the incident. For years Jammu and Kashmir along with some states of North East region has been battling serious insurgency problem.

But attacks on organizations like GREF and BRO has been fewer. These people are engaged in constructing road in the most hostile region of the country. Apart from the danger they face from insurgency group, the difficult terrain also pose serious threat to their life. Most of the hilly region of North East and J&K has got road connectivity due to dedication and sacrifice of the BRO and GREF. Therefore it's extremely heinous on the part of terrorist to kill those innocent labourers who were busy working to make life better for the people of Kashmir. These terrorists claim to be fighting for Kashmiri people but how do they explain their act of killing those who were engaged in making life better for the very people for whom they claim to be fighting for. It's a really sad day for the whole nation. Also the Government of India needs to give same status to workers of BRO and GREF, the one enjoyed by armed personnel. These people also fight all odds and work for the nation. Let us respect their sacrifice and give them all the honour that they deserve.







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Hydropower has huge potential

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your daily, I would like to draw immediate attention of the State Govt, Union Govt and the Power Developers alike regarding the various Power Projects proposed with regards to West Siang District. There was a time when every sane man across the state was amazed at the pace with which the then State Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh went on a MoA/MoU signing spree with various Power developers both Private & Semi-Govt. for tapping the vast hydropower reserves across the state. As per documents obtained from the Department of Hydropower, GoAP, there are a total of 16 Power projects proposed to be developed in West Siang District whose total power generation capacity (proposed) is 4267 MW. Of these 16, the MoA’s for 4 projects viz Naying, Hirong, Siyom & Tato-ll all of which are proposed on Siyom River were signed as early as 22nd Feb 2006.

The latest MoA signed was that for Pitgong-ll on 20th Sep 2013.  In comparison to other parts of the country, the projects in West Siang district have faced very minimal or almost no opposition barring few. After going through the latest status of these projects which have been allotted to reputed power developers, yours truly was shocked to find out that most of these projects were under various stages of clearances while some of them had not yet even obtained TEC  (Techno-economic clearances). I do remember an interaction I had few years ago with a Chief engineer of a works department who had divulged that there were large numbers of unemployed engineering graduates in the state. Not surprisingly, the highest being from West Siang. The numbers must have substantially increased over the years as large numbers of students graduating annually have increased manifolds. One can only wonder as to why not a single one of these projects have made to fail a head start even after passing of 10 long years. Imagine the number of unemployed youths that shall be absorbed in these projects. Being from West Siang District I do feel like me, there are many in our area that are optimistic about the socio-economic prospects these projects shall bring to the people even if single one of it gets operational in due course of time. Hydropower development and economic progress are closely inter-linked.

One can clearly see that the development of hydropower in Norway propelled its industrial and economic development. Even the neighboring Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has made strategic move over the years to achieve economic development by harnessing its hydropower potential. The country has formulated serious reforms in the energy sector to capitalize on its vast potential for hydropower generation. With capital-intensive hydropower projects in the pipeline, Bhutan is expected to witness financial boom in the coming years.

We talk about job creation, revenue generation, infrastructure develo-pment……but are we doing enough??? When other Himalayan states like Uttrakhand, Sikkim etc have taken the hydropower route to secure their economic interests why should we be left behind? Yours truly personally feels that both the Union & State Govt. should give a serious thought about non-operationalisation of these projects in West Siang District. Further, a concrete policy should also be adopted by the state govt for development of hydropower in the state. Where Power Projects are not facing any opposition, I don’t see any reason for not going ahead with the projects. However, concerns of the locals including those residing at the downstream should be properly addressed.


Marli Kamki

Secretary Debate, Symposium

& Seminar, AAPSU





Be aware public

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to share the problems being faced by the people of Arunachal. The supreme court restored Congress government led former CM Nabam Tuki on 13th July 2016. After few days CM Pema Khandu formed new government with 43 MLAs. After couple of months they jumped to PPA and still they are running here and there to secure their chair. Now only 2 (two) years left to complete the 5 (five) years tenure, but still no any development in AP. All the departments are like rivers of winter season. May be we would have witnessed something if Nabam Tuki had continued as CM after Congress government was restored by the Supreme Court.

MLAs are playing with each other for their position and are forgetting to take care of their respective constituencies. All the promises made during election remains unfulfilled.

But some of MLAs will try to impress the public during remaining two year but people should be aware as they can repeat the same things in future. And some MLAs are jumping this party to that party to secure the party ticket for next election. But I would like to request the party head be aware they can cheat in same way to your party in future.

I just want to request the government to develop and change our state to better place and not to change the party day by day. Kindly change your mind for development not change the party. Hope for the best in days to come. Let's keep fingers crossed for the court hearing on 23 Jan regarding petition filed by APCC.


Manjing Arangham,






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