January 22


Frustration mounts as govt cold shoulders agitating traffic wardens

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jan 21: Itanagar Traffic Wardens (ITWs) who started their agitation on Jan 9 continue to battle it on their own as the govt continues to cold shoulder them. ITWs launched indefinite strike against the authority demanding regularization of their job, enhancement of payment, ending payment deduction and 15 days casual leave annually among others. It is reported that frustration is surreptitiously growing among the wardens as the state government is yet to react on current impasse even after 13 days of agitation.

The white clad wardens, who have been managing chaotic traffic situation of twin Capital City since last six years on master roll basis, finds neither sympathizers nor supporters.  Surprisingly, other than Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC) and  Arunachal Civil Society (ACS), no organisation has turned up so far to express solidarity with agitating wardens, the wardens informed.

"Thirteen days have passed, yet no response from the government, or any organisation expressing solidarity with us" rued Tarak H Cherom President, ITW.

"We sincerely served the people of Itanagar, I don't know why all are maintaining stoic silence on our issue" Cherom added.

Making it worse, it is also reported that wardens are selling their belongings including mobile phones to meet up tracker/tempo fares as they have to convene at Tennis Court (IG Park) every day.  Many wardens are reportedly losing morale.

"Every day we are losing morale, most of the families are entirely dependent on this job" said Dolang Raju.

"I have no income source other than this job, therefore my family is facing untold miseries, after we have gone to protest" Raju added.

Ever since, the traffic wardens launched indefinite strike, Tennis Court has become their ground to renew their fighting spirit in pursuit of 'justice'.  




3 die in accident, CM announces ex-gratia

ITANAGAR, Jan 21: Two labourers and a handyman of Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) of Gensi circle in West Siang district died and three other severely injured in road accident. The accident took place in between Gengi village and Gengi headquarters while they were returning from duty.

Two of the persons died in the accident are identified as Tajum Doke and Gonesh Nath. The name of the handyman is still not known.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Pema Khandu has announced to provide compensation and ex-gratia to the next of the kin of those died in the accident as per norms.

He directed the district administration to initiate necessary actions for release of ex-gratia funds.

Conveying condolence to the bereaved families to bear the irreparable loss, the Chief Minister prayed for eternal peace of the departed souls.

Expressing shock and grief over death of the three PHED staff, Health and Family Welfare Minister Jomde Kena instructed the local administration and public of Gensi area to help victims' families in their time of need.

The Minister said that the state government will soon provide ex-gratia and compensation to the victims' family.

Kena conveyed sincere sympathy and condolence to the families of the victims and prayed for eternal peace of the departed souls.




Fire and evacuation drill conducted at school

ITANAGAR, Jan 21: Fire and evacuation drill was conducted at Govt Secondary School, P-sector here on Saturday by Fire and Emergency Services, fire station, Itanagar.

During the drill, SFO Fire station, Itanagar, Takhe Horming informing about the importance of the drill to the students asked them to carefully follow the fire and safety tips like 'Dos and Don'ts' during fire emergency.

The SFO along with his rescue team demonstrated various methods of search and rescue operation, handling and uses of different types of fire extinguishers and evacuation drill.




Pangsau Pass Winter Festival draws thousands of visitor

ITANAGAR, Jan 21: Nampong, a small town of Changlang district reverberated with the rhythms of Gongs and the fireworks on the second day of the Pangsau Pass Winter Festival 2017 as thousands of people with colourful traditional attires thronged the festival ground.

Attending the second day of the PPWF 2017 at Nampong on Saturday, Deputy Chief Minister, Chowna Mein said that the Pangsau Pass Winter Festival is a meaningful festival that will encourage international trade with the neignbouring countries especially with Myanmar. He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi led Govt at the Centre is serious and committed to bring the Act East Policy in to practical, and that is why it was rechristened from erstwhile Look East Policy by the present govt.

He expressed optimistic that with the taking over of a Democratic Govt. in Myanmar things will improve between the Govt. of India and Myanmar and expressed hope that the Pangsau Pass would be reopened soon which would greatly improve the trade relation between the two countries (India and Myanmar) and will also benefit the local populations.

Mein said, "The Central Govt. is focusing on development of Arunachal now and we can witness it from the regular visits of the Union Ministers over the last few days in the state announcing developmental projects since the formation of BJP Govt in the state". He reiterated that the Central Govt. is very serious about development of the state.

He further said that the state Govt. is prepairing a fair budget for the coming financial year for a change for betterment and added that state is changing with the adoption of innovative ideas and new technologies.

Mein urged the youths to abstain from drug addiction and to actively involve themselves in the fruitful activities saying that Arunachal has got a bright future. He further said that state Govt is concerned about the drug menace and it has recently released fund to all districts to make all the drug de-addiction centre functional. He, however, called upon the people for consolidated approach to eradicate and save the coming generations from the drug menace.

He announced to provide Rs 2 crores for construction of the festival hall and the boundary wall of the festival ground for the Pangsau Pass Winter Festival which shall be kept in the next budget.

State BJP president Tapir Gao said that Pangsau Pass Festival symbolizes agriculture and horticulture richness and also symbolizes a drug free and peaceful society.

Gao stated that Nampong is going to be the hub of international trade with the declaration of national highway up to Pangsau Pass and with the railway connectivity on anvil. He further said that BJP Govt. in the Centre is very keen on strengthening Act East Policy to improve trades with the South East Asian countries which would greatly benefit the people of North East India.  He also expressed hope for early re-opening of Pangsau Pass as democratically elected Govt has been formed in Myanmar too.

As the State Govt. is working in tandem with the Central Govt. since the beginning of this year, there will be political stability in the state, Gao said, adding that under the leadership of the Chief Minister Pema Khandu, we will see a strong and visionary govt. in the state.

He expressed hope that there will be more development in the state with less corruption and transparency in governance as envisaged by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He appealed to the youth to maintain peace for development and also to keep themselves away from the drugs. He lauded the festival committee for organizing the event in a grand way and urged the people to carry forward the same with future plan and enthusiasm.

Local MLA Laisam Simai, who also is the Chairman of the PPWF 2017, said that the event is a memorable one and being organized by the local community in collaboration with Department of Tourism and District Administration.

The major attractions of the festival were display of multi-tribes cultural programmes in which 40 cultural troupes including cultural troupes from Myanmar participated. Agility Sports Show by the trained dogs of the Assam Rifle Dog Training Centre, Nampong enthralled the gathering.

On the occasion, a local audio CD Cassette was released by Mein. The dignitaries also participated in the Signature campaign and committed themselves for green and peaceful Arunachal.

Hundreds of stalls showcasing local handlooms and handicrafts, food stalls of local delicacies were put up in the festival ground. People also thronged the Melas organized outside the festival ground.

Kamlung Mossang, WRD Minister, Honchun Ngandam, Education Minister, Dr Mohesh Chai, AH&V and Art & Culture Minister, Parliamentary Secretaries Phosum Kimhun and Zingnu Namchoom and MLAs Paknga Bage, Gabriel D Wangsu, Vice-Presidents of State BJP Unit, Kenyir Ringu and Nani Lajie, W Kimhun, Deputy Commissioner, Superintendent of Police, Changlang and Dignitaries from Myanmar attended the festival among others.

DIPRO adds: 2040 tourist vehicles were registered on the second day of historic Pangsau Pass Winter Festival 2017 out of which more than thousand vehicles visited Lake of No Return via Pangsau Pass.




MLA, DC meet fire victims; distribute reliefs

AALO, Jan 21: Aalo East MLA and APEDA Chairman Jarkar Gamlin and West Siang Deputy Commissioner Gamli Padu met the fire victims of Gour Hill and Ngomdir villages and distributed relief from their sides.

The MLA handed over Rs. 10,000 each to seven affected families of Ngomdir village and Rs. 10,000 to the Relief Committee to gear up restoration works.

He also gave a cheque amounting to Rs. 90,000 to nine fire victims of Gour Hill and encouraged the affected people to not lose heart in the hours of crisis.

Deputy Commissioner Padu along with PD (DRDA) visited Ngomdir village and interacted with the villagers on restoration measures. He also distributed blankets to all the affected families from his side.

He also assured to look into water connection, vehicle for transportation for materials and health camp as soon as possible.  

The people from Bagra, Angu, Doji, Tadin, Beye and Ngomdir area are working hard to gather house construction materials to construct temporary houses to accommodate all the affected families. DIPRO




Waii denounces forced and early marriage

SEPPA, Jan 21: Home, RWD and Labour & Employment Minister Kumar Waii denounced the practice of forced and early marriages, which has always been a crime.

Addressing the 8th General Conference of All Pipu Chayangtajo Gawepurang Sawa Students' Union (APCGSSU) during his whirlwind tour of Chayangtajo and Bameng, Waii recalled the past achievers from the area and exhorted the student community to follow their footsteps.

The minister advised the students to study hard to achieve their desired goal in life and to make their parents and the society proud of them.

Acknowledging that education helps in every aspect of life from farming to politics, he suggested them to accord top most priority to education. He made an appeal to the student organizations and NGOs to spread awareness about other positive aspects of education which include personality and character development and others.

Addressing the general public, govt. functionaries and students, he sought their cooperation and support for maintaining peace and bringing all round development of the area and the district.

Parliamentary Secretary (Industry and Textile &Handicrafts) Karya Bagang appealed to the public to extend their cooperation in development of the area in true sense.

Earlier, Waii attended the labour awareness programme organized by Arunachal Pradesh Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board (APB&OCWWB) at Chayangtajo and distributed TV sets, raincoats and gumboots to its registered workers. He urged the labour force to work sincerely.

Later in the day, Waii visited the Police Station at Chayangtajo and enquired about the strength of police personnel and its infrastructural needs.

He also visited the Wada Camp, where DSP Bomto Kamdak was martyred. He interacted with the wife and relatives of Late Sai Bagang who was caught in the ill-fated crossfire and lost his life.

The Home Minister assured to provide all possible assistance to the widow of Lt. Bagang as per provision admissible under relevant govt. norms.

Stating that a criminal has no caste or creed, he reiterated the zero tolerance policy of State government against crime and sought cooperation from the villagers in early nabbing of the absconding criminal and bringing the guilty to justice.

On inspecting the PMGSY road connecting Yangfo and Jayang Bagang villages, he agreed to look into the long pending demand of the villagers and accordingly, assured to release additional amount of Rs. 2 crore for early completion of proposed bridge.

At Chayangtajo, besides Parliamentary Secretary Karya Bagang, the Minister was also accompanied by East Kameng District BJP Unit President L K Yangfo, ADC (Chayangtajo) Ashok Tajo, EKSWCO Chairman Safar Pao, AAPSU president Hawa Bagang, WWO President Veena Waii Sonam, HoDs and other govt. officials, ZPMs Khya Choya and Lama Bagang, GBs and public leaders.

At Bameng, he attended the labour awareness programme organized by APB&OCWWB and distributed TV sets, raincoats and gumboots to its registered workers.

Waii also visited the ITBP camp and KGBV School and distributed solar lanterns and TV set to ITBP personnel and school authority. He surveyed the ongoing construction work of ADC office, ADC residence and Bameng township road.

During inspection of the road from zero-point junction to Chandmari across Bameng town, he directed the executing agency to ensure proper drainage system and erection of retaining walls wherever necessary. He enquired about the drinking water supply and its proposed action plan and emphasized for better and continuous supply. He also enquired about other ongoing developmental activities and cautioned against any substandard and poor quality of works.

He requested the public to extend wholehearted cooperation for rapid and progressive development of the area.

Waii made the two days whirlwind tour on Thursday and Friday to assess and generate awareness regarding developmental and infrastructural needs of Chayangtajo and Bameng ADC Hqs of East Kameng. DIPRO




Petroleum conservation campaign launched


RUKSIN, Jan 21: Following directives from  Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) in collaboration of Petroleum Conservation Research Association and Petrol Pump owners of East Siang district launched a month-long awareness campaign on 'Conservation of Petroleum Products' in the district on Saturday.

Conducting the awareness programme in the name of 'Saksham', the IOC have appealed the consumers to join their effort of conservation of petroleum products and asked for minimum use of gas and liquid fuels.

ADC T Pada flagged off the campaign in presence of Ruksin SDPO O Tamut, Ex-Rajya Sabha M Nyodek Yonggam besides a large number of students and youths.

The participants took out bicycle rally and foot-march with banner and festoons on National Highway-52 at Ruksin.

The IOC also launched a signature campaign in this regard.




18th Ligang T20 Cricket Tourney begins at Oyan


RUKSIN, Jan 21: The 18th Ligang T20 Cricket Championship organized by Ligang Cricket Committee of Oyan began at Oyan village playground in East Siang district on Saturday.

Pasighat West MLA Tatung Jamoh, who inaugurated the tournament, suggested the players to maintain discipline and play the game with true sportsman spirit.

Informing about job reservation for meritorious sportspersons in various government departments, the MLA suggested the players to grab the opportunity by taking up sports very sincerely and seriously.

Senior Assistant Manager of Donyi Polo Tea Estate, Prafulla Bori said that the tournament is providing a right platform to the young sportspersons in exposing their hidden talents in cricket.

He appreciated the organizers for conducting the tournament in the name of Ligang festival.

Besides providing platform to budding players to expose their latent talents, one of the main objectives of organizing the tournament is to create awareness among the youths on the ill effects of alcohol, drugs addiction and substance abuse, said Chief adviser of Ligang Cricket Committee Jitendra Pait.

Pait, who is a teacher and social activist of the area, urged youths to actively involve in games and sports rather than wasting time in unproductive activities.

Torajan Cricket Team (Assam) beat Kingfisher (Pasighat) by 60 runs in the opening match.

26 teams from Assam and Arunachal are participating in the tournament this year.

The winner and runners up will be given cash prize of Rs 40,000 and Rs 20,000 respectively along the trophies, while "Man of the Series" will be given Rs 3000 with a trophy.

Among others, Sille-Oyan ZPM, Tajing Taki, Oyan Heag GB Muhim Pait, retired Police officer Magorsing Bori, local Gaon Burahs and PRI members also attended the programme.




Attack on officers condemned

PASIGHAT, Jan 21: East Siang units of Confederation of Service Associations of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP) and Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service Officers' Association (APCSOA) have vehemently condemned the incident wherein ADC Ruksin and EAC Koyu were allegedly attacked by a mob on Jan 17 while on duty.

Expressing their utter dismay, the duo organizations have demanded exemplary punishment to the perpetrator/s of the criminal act. (DIPRO)




House gutted in Palin

ITANAGAR, Jan 21: The SPT building and kitchen of one Gora Paku of Palin were reduced to ashes in a fire accident.

The house owner could save nothing as the fire spread quickly engulfing the home in minutes, informed All Kra Daadi District Students Union (AKDDSU).

A team of AKDDSU visited the accident site to take stock of the situation. The students' union appealed to the Deputy Commissioner and district relief officer to visit the accident site and provide relief materials and compensation to the affected family for quick rehabilitation.




Help for Wakka fire victims

ITANAGAR, Jan 21: In a bid to aid those affected by the recent fire mishap at Wakka in Longding district, the All Arunachal Pradesh Postal Employee Welfare Association conducted a day long donation drive within its association members on Friday.

An amount of Rs. 52,470 along with other relief items was collected during the drive. A team will leave for Wakka on Sunday to deliver the cash and relief items to the needy people.

Thanking all who turned up for the donation, AAPPEWA, President, Moi Basar said that every individual has responsibility towards the society and helping people in despair should be our first priority as a human being. He further appealed all to support and come forward during such type of disaster and natural calamity.




Former CM Tuki inaugurates Primary School at New Goya

TORU, Jan 21: Former CM cum local MLA Nabam Tuki on Saturday inaugurated Government Primary School at New Goya, under Toru circle. The ceremony was attended by Govt officials, GBs, PRI leaders and general public of the circle.

Responding to public representation submitted by ASM Dakte Hoj, Tuki assured to provide fund for road maintenance in the next financial year. He also directed AE, PHED to prepare and submit an estimate for water connection to Luksin village. Further as an immediate measure, he also assured to provide solar light to the villagers since regular electricity connection to the village would take time.

He later distributed blankets to the dwellers of New Goya and nearby villages. (DIPRO)




NABARD launches 20 farmers' clubs in Diyun

ITANAGAR, Jan 21: The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) on Saturday launched 20 farmers' clubs in Diyun circle of Changlang district.

Explaining about the main objective of forming farmers' clubs, NABARD District Development Manager Kamal Roy advised members of various farmers clubs to work together to develop appropriate technologies and solutions to the problems of the farming sector.

NABARD supports farmers clubs for a period of three years with assistance for exposure visits, training through experts to encourage progressive farming methods etc. For this purpose, NABARD allocates Rs. 10,000 for each farmer's club annually for three years.

To continue their functioning, after the period of 3 years, these farmers clubs are encouraged to start their own small savings.

While NABARD provides need-based assistance for the formation and maintenance of each club for the first three years, the sponsor agencies are expected to support after that, Roy informed.

Secretary AMYAA, RK Paul Chawang gave a detailed presentation on functioning and benefit anticipated out of farmers clubs in the area.

The programme was attended by local public leaders, HODs of Agriculture, WRD, PWD departments along with the Branch Manager of SBI.




KVK Lower Dibang Valley conducts Scientific Advisory committee meeting

ITANAGAR, Jan 21: Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Lower Dibang Valley organized Scientific Advisory committee Meeting at its office premises to review progress of activities of previous financial year and Action Plan for ensuing financial year of the Farm Science Centre (KVK) on Saturday under the chairmanship of Senior Nodal Officer of KVK and Joint Director, Agriculture Nini Pertin.

Senior Scientist and Head, Krishi Vigyan Kendra Dr T J Ramesha highlighted about most significant achievements of the centre and action taken report of the previous meeting.

Subject Matter Specialists of Plant Protection, Agronomy, Animal Science and Horticulture presented their progress report for the year 2016-17 and action plan for the ensuing year 2017-18.

During the meeting officers from various line department and progressive farmer, progressive farm women actively participated in the meeting and provided inputs and suggestions for infrastructural development and other activities.

Later, a field visit was made to Bolung village to check on the Integrated Farming System unit developed by KVK under financial support from ATMA.




Nirjuli lift the Sixth T-20 Christmas Trophy

ITANAGAR, Jan 21: Nirjuli Cricket Club (NCC) lifted the Sixth T-20 Christmas Trophy defeating Police Colony Cricket Club by 6 wickets in the final at Ganga Village playground here today. The Tournament was organsied by Ganga Youth Club.

Police colony cricket club after winning the toss elected to bat first, all out in just 109 runs in 19.2 over. Rakesh contributed valuable 21 runs for PCCC.While Sandeep Kumar Thakur, Jayanto Doley, Techi Dorio, Licha Tehi and  Yorjum Sera took 3, 3, 2, 1, 1 wicket respectively for NCC.

Chasing the target, NCC came in with a bad partnership and lost their first wicket in just 1 runs. However, after that NCC came with good partnership between Kamsha Yangfo and Netaji Teron. Kamsha Yango, Netaji Teron, Mintu Chetry and Rakesh Sahani contributed valuable 36, 30, 23 and 01 runs for NCC. Pradeep Kumar and Chandan Kumar took 2 and 1 wicket for PCCC.

Kamsha Yangfo was adjudged Man of the Match while Pradeep Kumar was adjudged “Man of the Series”.



Society condoles student's demise

ITANAGAR, Jan 21:  The All Puroik Welfare Society (APWS) on Saturday deeply condoled  the  untimely demise of Tadung Yachu, Convenor of All Puroik Students Union (APSU) who died on January 19, 2017 near Puroik Colony, Papu Nallah.

Late Yachu served the society in distinct capacities. He did BA from Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar in 2012.   In its condolence message, APWS termed his death a great loss to the community.

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