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Union decides

ITANAGAR, Jul 7: East Kameng Middle Zone Students’ Union in a meeting has decided to work for the improvement and development in education, eviction drive and check encroachment of school compound, hospital campus, staff quarters, renovation of its founder president’s memorial and erection of gate at Hari Bridge and prohibition of driving practice in school play ground under Middle Zone.

It further appealed the Deputy Commissioner and DDSE, East Kameng District to induct full fledge Headmaster in every school falls under middle zone.


BYM alleges

ITANAGAR, Jul 7: East Kameng district unit of Bharatiya Yuva Morcha in a release alleged that the rate being charged by the East Kameng district authority for obtaining licenses for firearms, various certificates like, birth, PRC, ILP, dice permit etc, are higher than the rate fixed by the State Government.

While demanding the authorities concerned for lowering the rate immediately, the district unit youth wing of BJP urged the district authority to maintain uniformity in the rates for obtaining such documents from DC office, Seppa.



ITANAGAR, Jul 7: All Sagalee Dopum Charitable Society has felicitated class X, XII and APJEE -2011 toppers amongst the Dopum clan of Sagalee Sub-Division on July 1 last at Rate village.

On the occasion, Chief Guest Ngurang Tadik and Guest of Honour Ngurang Kuli gave away the award to Ngurang Menia and Ngurang Pania.

Tab Welfare Society also felicitated the cl-ass X, XII and BA toppers of the Tap society at Hapoli on June 25 to Tap Sony, Tap Papy, Tap Kakam, Tap Tania and Tap Penchu.


Social Service

ITANAGAR, Jul 7: Abu Nikh Youth Welfare Society conducted mass social service at Boduriang and its adjoining villages on July 2 last.

On the day they cleared porter track in between Nyapin to Paji via Layang, Buksu and Rate village and also repaired hanging bridge.

Later, they also organized an awareness meeting at Borduriang.


Students appeal for proper roads

ITANAGAR, Jul 7: All Kimin Students’ Union (AKSU) appealed to the GREF, Kimin to properly maintain the road between Kimin and Dejoo for the benefit of people from both Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. AKSU said that the road portion was lying in a dilapidated condition due to non-maintenance creating problem in vehicular movement.


Org urges

ITANAGAR, Jul 7: Expressing concern over deteriorating law and order situation in the state capital, All Nyishi Youth Organization (ANYO) urged both Chief Minister and Home Minister to take bold step to control law and order problem.

The people of the state capital are facing a state of lawlessness and disorder in the recent past, it said and urged the Government to arrest this problem by taking a bold decision in order to maintain peace and safeguard the people.

On Pradeep Thakur issue, the organization said would continue its movement till the justice is delivered. While condemning those who had opposed the bandh call given by ANSU in protest against Govt’s lukewarm respond towards its demand, ANYO appealed to all to support the movement against the TOI reporter for his derogatory remark.


DCC extends support

ITANAGAR, Jul 7: District Congress Committee, Lower Dibang Valley, President Roding Pertin extended support to the demand of Dibang Adi Students’ Union.

While, highlighting the grievances of students in a letter to Education Minister, Roding strongly appealed to the Minister Education to notify Dambuk Sub-Division under the catchment area of JN College Pasighat from this academic session.


ANYA election

ITANAGAR, Jul 7: The election of All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) led by Taring Mama would be conducted on September 9, 2011.


Union appeals for permanent HC

ITANAGAR, Jul 7: Arunachal Indigenous Tribes Forum, in a memorandum to Union Minister for Law and Justice, has appealed for establishment of a permanent high court (HC) in Arunachal Pradesh.

Under the Article no. 214 of the Constitution of India every state is required to have an independent high court for speedy disposal of cases, the memorandum said.

It said that small state like Sikkim has its own high court. There is adequate infrastructural facilities in Arunachal Pradesh to have its own HC, the union said, and urged the Union minister to consider its appeal for the greater interest of people of this remote and bordering state.


Society appeals for relief

ITANAGAR, Jul 7: Nyoba Valley Welfare Society (NVWS) appealed to the State Government to offer special relief package to the people affected by bamboo flowering.

The society said that people of Koloriang, Damin, Parsi Parlo and Sarli had been facing great hardship due to non availability of food items, including salt. It appealed, specially to the Agri and Horti deportment, to provide seeds to help the villagers start their cultivation.

Meanwhile, the Society highly appreciated Shillong based North East Committee on Relief and Development (NEICORD) and Canadian Foodgrains Bank along with Nyishi baptist Church Council for providing much needed relief to the affected people.


NSUI appeals

ITANAGAR, Jul 7: In the backdrop of arrest of two fake certificate distributors from Banderdewa yesterday, NSUI, Papum Pare District unit appealed the Deputy Director of School Education to serve notice to all the principal and headmasters to properly check the documents of student during admission time.



ITANAGAR, Jul 7: Bamang Raman and Gichik James have been selected as Chairman and General Secretary of newly formed Langbang, Sera, Yerba, Pado and Segriang PMGSY Road Development Committee in a meeting held here on July 5.



ITANAGAR, Jul 7: Karsang Tadu and Karsang Tatang have been appointed as president and general secretary of All Karsang Youth Welfare Associaiton (AKYWA) for the period of five years.


Water supply disrupted

ITANAGAR: Heavy rainfall on July 6 night damaged the drinking water supply systems of Roing township and rural areas affecting water supply in this localities.

“Department is doing all efforts to provide drinking water to the people from alternative sources,” EE, PHE Roing said. He advised people to drink boiled and treated water to avoid water borne diseases.


CM disability Pension scheme

ITANAGAR: State government has announced to launch Chief Minister Disability Pension Scheme for 100% disable persons from this current financial year and an amount of Rs 6000 per annum will be provided to the eligible beneficiaries on the occasion of Statehood Day.

The aspiring beneficiary with 100% disability in eyes, arms and legs can submit their application at the Office of Deputy Commissioner, Itanagar Capital Complex by August 10.


Slash taxes on essential items: NCP unit

ITANAGAR: Expressing resentment over the recent price hike in diesel and other domestic fuels like LPG and Kerosene by Central Government, the Papum Pare District unit of Nationalist Congress Party appealed to the state Government to immediately slash taxes on such essential commodities.

It further said that both Central and State Govt should find out mechanism to tackle and restrain the spiraling rise in price of essential commodities.



The one-day workshop on Panchayat was held at Nafra, not Bomdila as wrongly published in yesterday’s issue of this daily. The error is regretted.


News Impact



Where are we headed?

Dear Editor,

I wish to ask the so called the ‘Big Shots of Arunachal Pradesh’-The Politicians including the Chief Minister, Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries, Chairmen  and the Bureaucrats including the Chief Secretary, Secretaries, DCs, Directors who decide the fate of our state: “Where are we heading to?”

DCs gets beaten up, poor villagers get killed by IRBn, Factional war terrorizes public and govt. establishment in Tirap, DC Office ransacked, a tribe impose economic sanction on the other, ‘Bandhs’ paralyze the capital and town, crash of single engine chopper carrying VVIP, ‘media office’ gets ransacked, Police forcing teenage boy and girl to have sex and makes MMS, corruption at every step-both in private and public sector, Govt. buildings gets forcefully encroached by individuals, a student union illegally locks the DMO office, Doctors assaulted, ADC loots the ‘Treasury’  and pretend innocent, voters demand money to exercise their vote and the list don’t seem to end. Poor get poorer, rich the richer and the youth in confusion.”

I really don’t understand where do you want to take us.  Why always be so self centered and keep our motherland as - ‘land of kushi! kushi!’ as someone remarked in the past.


A  Concerned Citizen

Naharlagun,  (on email)



Give them a chance

Dear Editor,

I would like to reflect my views on the deteriorating law and order situation including hardship faced by the common citizen in the twin districts of Tirap & Changlang due to insurgency problem.  I have been following the articles published by your daily on the prevailing situation in both the districts.

Journalist associated with your daily like Ms. Tongam Rina, Tom Simai and Taba Ajum had highlighted the problems of these districts and many a voice from Civil Society Organizations including the Student Bodies like AAPSU, ANSU & Tirap Student Union had voiced their concern. Apropos the Article titled “Lack of Initiative deters youth from coming back” carried by Tom Simai, I was surprised to learn the tall claims of the State Government and the Para Military Organizations such as Assam Rifles regarding the Success rate of the Surrendered Militants of NSCN, ULFA, NDFB and other UG Militant Organisations operating in these districts and other parts of Arunachal Pradesh. It’s surprising to learn that there is no such Surrender & Rehabilitation Policy adopted by the State Government so far. Rather the Government seems least interested in Rehabilitation of the misguided youths who have surrendered to join the mainstream.

An extract from the Article published in one of the Newspapers of the state 11th Jan, 2011 by a special correspondent describes the Visit of the Union Home Minister, P. Chidambaram along with Late CM Dorjee Khandu in Khonsa on 3rd April,2010 wherein in response to a Memorandum, he asked the State Government to come up with a special plan for both the districts  which should include law & order aspects as well as developmental schemes for good roads, electricity, infrastructure and Skill development for the misguided youths.

Taking further, A report of the Arunachal Times dated 19th March, 2010 states that while addressing the 3rd session of the Fifth Legislative Assembly, the Governor of the state, Gen. J J Singh had said that the Government is actively considering the adoption of a surrender policy for the state which will inspire misguided youths to give up the cult of the gun and join the mainstream. He even claimed that the 51 cadres of the various UG organizations had surrendered in the Tirap district, which is perhaps the highest ever in any single district of the country. The report clearly is indicative that the misguided the youths of the twin districts want to join the mainstream but the lack of Surrender & Rehabilitation Policy of the State Government deters them to consider the option. A year has passed by soon after this announcement of the Governor on behalf of the Government, yet not even a single step has been made to adopt the Surrender Policy by the state government.

The Ministry of Home Affairs, GoI must be certainly having a Scheme to Rehabilitate the UG surrenderees/ Militants in the North East as with the case of the Rehabilitation of Naxalites in Naxal affected states like Jharkhand, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh and Some parts of Maharashtra involving NGOs. Even there exists Surrender Policy for the Militants in the State of Jammu & Kashmir, Assam and other North Eastern States. In this backdrop, Arunachal Pradesh Government must take urgent measures to adopt Surrender & Rehabilitation Policy in the state so as to wean away the misguided youth and militants that have strayed into the fold of militancy and find themselves trapped into that net.  Effort must be made to ensure that the militants who have surrendered do not find it attractive to join militancy again through setting up of Rehabilitation Centres in suitable locations of the state where the misguided youth can be involved in the skill development initiatives, vocational trainings and education leading to their self employment.


Locho Tayang




Report devoid of facts

Dear Editor,

This is in response to the news article that appeared in your daily on 6th July with the headline “UG groups running parallel administration in Tirap” written by Taba Ajum. In the report he has termed ‘Poakkoam’ village as mini Nagaland which we found inappreciable. Nobody should write such wild allegations without knowing the fact especially the place like Poakkoam. It is the Mission Centre of the Noktes under the banner of “Nokte Baptist Churches Association’’ (NBCA). At present NBCA is being sponsored by ABAM Mission of Nagaland. As such some Nagas from Nagaland are serving there as Missionaries, Evangelists, Teachers and as other field & office staff. They are not here to get married with local girls and to settle down there. They are here to teach and help the Nokte people to develop spiritually in Christ. Till date not a single girl has been married with the staff posted there as alleged by the writer.   

So, it is really surprising that a responsible and senior journalist of a prestigious daily like Arunachal Times has written such inappreciable article which touches the sentiments of the Baptist Christians of the Nokte community. Why a responsible journalist like Taba Ajum wants to malign the image of the NBCA  by trying to paste the Naga UG tag to  NBCA;  we wonder. NBCA condemns such wild and unfounded allegation labeled by the writer and wants his clarification and apology to the people. If one cannot appreciate the dedication of one's work, don't blame him either for some wrong reasons also.

The writer or the editor can contact and visit the Mission Center as and when they want to know the truth and not to repeat such allegation in future.


Y. Rangyang

President, NBCA



No traces of any evidences of fund utility

Dear Editor,

Your daily has been doing yeomen service by highlighting the plight of the common masses of Arunachal Pradesh regarding the lack of basic infrastructures in Arunachal Pradesh especially in connection with the Road condition of the state as a whole. It is beyond our knowledge as to which type of road they are to be classified. It is beyond our imagination that in spite of pumping in so much of money both from central grant and also from state head the developmental projects are not seeing the light of the day. I fail to understand as to where those funds have been utilised as we find no traces of any evidences of its utility. Even if it is utilised then why there is no any mechanism devised to check the quality of the work done. Whom are we fooling? The persons who are in the helm of these affairs should ponder thousand times before executing these public welfare measures as you are also one among the persons who is going to use these public properties like roads, bridges, buildings etc. If not you but atleast some of your kit & kin is some day or the other going to use the same public properties. Not to mention of the whole of Arunachal Pradesh but if we see at the basic infrastructure facilities of Itanagar/Naharlagun then I can bet that it is far worse than those of the slum areas of any metropolitan city of our country. The slum dwellers of these metropolitan cities are far much blessed then the residents of the capital city of Arunachal Pradesh. Just see around the capital of Arunachal Pradesh and you will find all the civic amenities are in deep shambles. Not a single arterial/sector road is well maintained. Not a single colony is free from water scarcity. Not a day is passed without erratic power cut. Not a single colony/sector is free from the foul smells of the rotten garbage lying in the public dustbin for ages. Just imagine if this is the condition of the state capital which is the gateway of our state then what could be the condition of the district headquarters and the interior areas. Its very unfortunate that our leaders/bureaucrats/technocrats who are in the helm of all these affairs are giving a deaf ear to all these problems although they are all aware of the same. If this is the trend then I am sure that our next generation will surely curse and blame the present generation for all the ills they have done to our state. I sincerely appeal every Arunachalee and more so to the people who are in the helm of these affairs that please think and act judiciously keeping in mind the prospects for our future generation. After all the seed which we sow today will be reaped by our future generation which includes your kit & kin also. Please shun away politics, community and above all corruption when it comes to the development of our state. Let’s all strive for prosperous and corruption free Arunachal.


Bengia Guma

Itanagar,  (on email)



If only they wake up

Dear editor,

The plight of Tirap people is beyond imagination. Insurgency has caused irreparable damages to the natives to the extent that they have become habituated. Khonsa- small hilly town has been reduced to a playground of bullets and the echoes of heartaches and fear. Amidst such a dark situation, the Tirapians still manage to find ways to survive happily. The gentle nature of these people has further aggravated the condition as they oblige to the false promises of the higher authorities.

If only the authorities would rise from their slumber!


Winyan Bisai,

Guwahati,  (on email)







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PDS items dropped in Lazu

ITANAGTAR, Jul 7: The people of Lazu breathed a sigh of relief when they saw a helicopter hovering over sleepy Lazu town on 6th July after a painful wait for two weeks. The IAF helicopter that came to Lazu on that day had not come on a routine flight but to drop food items for which the poor people were waiting as the food items they had at home exhausted due to a massive road blockade. The state government had approved 16 relief sorties for Lazu circle on 23rd June but the actual dropping of PDS items could materialize from 6th July mainly due to inclement weather. So far only 4 sorties could be possible out of the 16 sorties approved.

However, because of the delay in dropping of PDS items due to bad weather, District Administration and department of Food & Civil Supplies had started head load of essential ration commodities granted by state government as immediate relief that gave as a great succour to the people. The DF&CSO, Amit Bengia and Circle Officer Lazu, N.L. Naam literally spent sleepless nights for the last few weeks as the patience of the people of Lazu had run out having waited for more than two months for the food items to arrive. The two mentioned officers worked round the clock to materialize the air dropping.

It may be recalled that a massive landslide blocked the Khonsa–Lazu road near Pongkong village about 24 KM from Lazu since 20th May. Inspite of the best effort by BRTF including help from army the blockade could not be cleared. According to sources from BRTF it will take months to reopen the road because of the magnitude of blockade caused by massive landslide. It is needless to mention here that Lazu bordering Myanmar is peopled by extremely poor people who live in abject poverty as the land is not suitable to grow any crops. It is also the main corridor for insurgents to cross over to India from Myanmar and vice-versa.

As per conservative estimate the total cost of air sorties to feed Lazu circle per month will be around `55,14,380 only while `20,69,252 only will be incurred to transport PDS items by head load from FCI base depot to Lazu circle. The state exchequer can save `34,45,128/- only per month if head load carriage system is introduced till restoration of normal road communication. It has been experienced that air sortie is too expensive. So the state government may resort to head load transportation of PDS items to check the wasteful expenditure. The poverty-ridden people of border areas will be immensely benefited if head load carriage system is introduced in the area as the poor will get opportunities to work as porters.

In the mean time the people of the area have expressed their gratefulness to state government headed by Hon’ble Chief Minister, Jarbom Gamlin who is also in-charge of Food & Civil Supplies Department for the generosity in arranging air dropping of PDS items. They also thanked local MLA, Yumsen Matey for his concern and DF&CSO and CO, Lazu for their tireless effort. The people have also expressed unflinching support to the state government. DIPRO


Bandh call postponed, law & order under control at Aalo

AALO, Jul 7 : The second phase of 36 hours bandh call given by the Paktu AO Youth Welfare Association scheduled on July 8  has been postponed.

Meanwhile, supports are pouring in from various parts of the state condemning the ugly incident that took place on July 4  to demean the highest institution in the district.

The District Magistrate, Admin officers and Police thoroughly discussed the overall situation in the district in a coordination meeting. The West Siang Superintendent of Police Ghana Sambandan had an elaborate meeting with Commandant 2nd Bn Aalo Mari Riba and Tojo Karga, Commandant 3rd IRBn Itanagar who has been deputed from Police Headquarter to assist West Siang SP to tackle law and order problem. The SP disclosed that local police, AP battalion and IRBn have been deployed in all strategic locations to deal firmly with violators. The situation is under control and no further untoward incident is reported from any place till filling of this news.

The imposition of 144 Cr PC continues to restrict group movement and carrying weapon in the township area. DIPRO


Contractors say no to wholesale nominee

ITANAGAR, Jul 7: The All Arunachal Contractors’ Welfare Association (AACWA) has demanded the State Government to revoke the appointment of wholesale nominee cum carriage contractor for wheat for Arunachal Pradesh alleging that the appointment has been made by the Civil Supply department without following the laid down norms and guidelines.

While demanding disciplinary action against the erring officers for the illegal appointment, AACWA in its letter to the chief secretary threatened to knock the door of the court for justice if the appointment is not revoked within 36 hours.

The association further urged the CS to pass necessary order to invite open tender for awarding contract work for transparency.


Banderdewa Police arrests gang involved in fake certificates racket

ITANAGAR, Jul 7: Banderdewa police led by OC PS Banderdewa S I K Dev arrested two persons from Banderdewa area who are involved in issuing all kinds of fake certificates.

Acting on a tip off SI K Dev and Teli Naga, NSUI district president, Papumpare led a joint action and arrested Prabin Borah and Ratul Borah from their shop M/s Saraswati Enterprise. The police seized two sets of computers with other peripherals from the duo.  The other accused in the case Harendra Singh fled to his home town in Bihar. Scanning of the mobile data shows that there are scores of messages asking for issue of Class-X pass certificates. Initial investigation reveals that the trio had issued many driving licenses, birth certificates, vehicle registration certificates, class-X and Class-XII pass certificates earlier. Numbers of such certificates have been seized from their possession and it does look like the original one.

On interrogation, the duo stated that they charge Rs.5000 to Rs.8000 for Class-X and Class-XII certificate, Rs. 500  for birth certificate, Rs. 3000 for registration certificate and Rs.800 for driving licence.

The Arunachal Police acknowledges the contribution rendered by Teli Nega, NSUI district president in busting the gang. The district police appealed to the like minded and law abiding citizens to come forward and assist police in curbing any form of violence and criminal act.


ALSU rubbishes Tirap administration’s clarification

ITANAGAR, Jul 7: All Longsom Students’ Union (ALSU) rubbished the clarification given by Tirap district administration and stated that district administration’s clear cut denial of the genuine grievances  has only proved its lack of interest in addressing the problems.

The district administration should work out modalities along with   the concern departments to redress the problems instead of terming the union’s demand as baseless, ALSU said while reacting to the clarification given by Tirap administration regarding union’s various grievances.

According to the district administration statement, ALSU said, the people of other places like Khonsa, Dadam, Lazu etc are getting their full quota of rice every month. But at the same time,  Longsom villagers are given only 25-30 kg rice under AAY, 15 kg under BPL and 15-20 kgs under APL quota, the union alleged and questioned the authority regarding this disparity in distribution of rice within Tirap.

It also reiterated its stand on wages paid to job card holders under NREGA. According to the union job card holders are given only 14 days wages instead of guaranteed 100 days and appealed to the authorities concerned to look into the matter seriously.


Pema assures to work for a developed Arunachal

Tuki proposes naming of civil secretariat after late Khandu

ITANAGAR, Jul 7: WRD and Tourism Minister Pema Khandu today assured to work sincerely for the well-being of the people of the  state and  to fulfill the cherished  dream of his father and late Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu to  make Arunachal one of the developed states in the country.

Addressing the media persons here today, Pema, who was elected unopposed from Mukto  assembly constituency, said that he would  extend full cooperation to the Jarbom Gamlin led state Govt and Congress party to carry forward the vision of his father.

Pema also extended sincere thanks to AICC president Sonia Gandhi, CWC member and Arunachal incharge Dr Dhaniram Shandil APCC president Nabam Tuki and Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin for nominating him as INC candidate in Mukto bye-election and  also thanked party functionaries, particularly the party workers of Mukto and Tawang DCC for reposing faith on him. Pema further expressed gratitude to the other political parties including BJP, NCP and PPA for not fielding any candidate against him in the bye-election as a mark of respect to his father and late Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu.

Earlier, APCC president Nabam Tuki congratulated Pema for being elected unopposed  in the bye-election and also acknowledged  the generosity shown  by other political parties not fielding candidate against INC candidate Pema Khandu.  Recalling the contributions of late CM Khandu for all round developments of the state,  Tuki hoped that Pema will follow the foot-step of his father for all round development of state.  

Late CM Khandu took personal interest in development of state, especially for infrastructure development including construction of civil secretariat and assembly buildings, Tuki said and proposed that civil secretariat and one of the model roads should be named after late CM.

Earlier, the APCC general secretary and incharge Tawang, East and West Kameng, Byabang Nukh, other APCC office bearers and party workers accorded warm reception to Pema Khandu at Hollongi Gate.

Later, Pema Khandu was ceremonially felicitated and congratulated by party leaders including Nukh and   APCC vice president Padi Hinda  for being elected unopposed at Rajiv Gandhi Congress Bhawan.

Here also Pema extended his sincere thanks to all for being elected unopposed as INC candidates.


RWD launch e-tendering

ITANAGAR, Jul 7: State Rural Work Department has launched e-tendering for the PMGSY package No AR/07/02/020 road from Kimin HQ to Durpa –I and II (stage-II) under Rural Works Division Poma at the conference hall of RWD CE here today.

The launching ceremony presided over the Superintending Engineer, Itanagar rural work circle, Er D Nyodu was attended by Er K Tabio, Chief Executive officer, ARRDA, Er N Phaichulupa, member secretary,  Hage Mubi Tada, member and NIC team from Itanagar, Er T Paktung, EE  RWD Daporijo, Er Rido Allo, AE Karsingsa, T Talam, JE Kimin and bidders.


Rebia takes part in development meet, accords priority on education

ITANAGAR, Jul 7:  Doimukh MLA and Parliamentary secretary, Industries, has emphasized on  proper education for children.

Addressing a mega development meeting of Chiputha Panchayat Block held at Mani Village today in Doimukh circle,  Rebia said education is the backbone of the society. Stressing on the need to educate every child, he further  called upon the parents  to take  extra care of  their children  in moulding their charracter.

On poor enrolment in Govt schools, Rebia said that Govt schools have the best trained teachers. Instead of sending their children to expensive public schools people should send their children to Govt schools, he opined and asked the teachers to  motivate the students in learning good things in life.  Responding to a memorandum submitted by development Committee on upgradation of ME school Mani into Secondary level School Rebia  said school must fulfill certain criteria  for up-gradation. However, he said  “we are contemplating  to make  the ME school, Mani a model school  on priority basis as the school has all feasibilities to be a model school.”

On creation of new village called Chirgusi, he nodded positively  to fulfill the long pending demand of the people. He also responded positively on the various demands like boundary wall and land demarcation of ME school, Mani, up-gradation of  health Sub-center  of Chiputha, Jampa and Ross into Primary Health Center, Drinking water supply, flood protection in Mani and Chiputha.

Rebia  further said that the Papum Pare  district is gaining the pace of developments. Mega projects like Trans-Highway Arunachal will  bring more  job avenues and business opportunities for locals unemployed youths, he said. Rebia,  however, appealed   one and all to cooperate  with  the executing agency and district administration in successful completion of the works. He is very much optimistic that such development will improve economic condition of the people. He also asked the people to maintain discipline.

The Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu, the guest of honour, also spoke on the importance of education and its benefits. He called upon the people to extend wholehearted support in successful completion of the Trans Arunachal Highway.

The District Medical Officer, DDSE Yupia, ZPMs, Panchayat leaders of Doimukh circle also spoke on the occasion.

Earlier, Rebia  along with DC, SP,  and Panchayat leaders participated tree plantation in the ME School ground.

Meanwhile, Rebia dedicated a Labour Room at Health Sub-Centre, Mani in presence of Ligu, SP Nabam Gungte,  DMO Bengia Tubin, other officers, staffs and Panchayat leaders.  Labour Room was constructed with the aid of NEEPCO under the CSR-CD scheme.  The MLA asked the general people including women to take advantages of available medical facilities and added that with the opening of Labour room, women of the area will  get better medical care during the deliveries. He also called upon  the DMO, Yupia to strictly monitor the presence of   officers and staffs and advised them to  deliver their works with dedication and sincerity. DIPRO


Orgs, district units of  APCSOA condemns assault on DC

ITANAGAR, Jul 7: The Arunachal Citizens’ Rights (ACR), Nefa Indigenous human Rights Organisation (NIHRO), Global Human Rights Organisation (GHRO), Women Power Connect (WPC-AP Chapter) and Human Rights Law Network (HRLNW-Arunachal Unit) have condemned the reported physical assault on  West Siang DC Amjad Tak by four persons who were presented before him for bail and termed the incident as unfortunate.

However, the organization said that the highest authority of a district can’t  be physically manhandled by sensible persons without being provoked beyond reasoning or being cornered to the wall. The incident has exposed the lack of administration working at the behest of politicians and undermining the voices of common masses.

The civil society groups jointly appealed one and all not to escalate the matter  and also urged the state Govt. to intervene and douse the tension in order to restore peace in the district for the interest of the common people.

Meanwhile, the Lohit district unit of APCSOA,  condemned the  reported assault on West Siang DC by the detainees and bailer.  In an emergency meeting held at DC Conference Hall, Tezu on July 5 the unit resolved to oppose such acts in letter and spirit. It appealed the authorities concerned to put the culprits to task and give exemplary punishments so that such incidents do not become precedent.

Expressing deep anguish over such act of violence, the APCSOA unit said that such incidents anywhere in the state demoralizes the officers and government staff thereby adversely affecting the selfless and dedicated service to the district and to the state as a whole.

The district unit further extended its support to DC Amjad Tak and his family members and urged them not to be discouraged by this act of anti-social elements, but to stand firm and face the situation resolutely.  

The East Siang Unit of APCSOA also condemned the dastardly act committed against DC Amjad Tak. Taking strong exceptions to the incident, the district unit assured to discharge their duties without fear and favour as usual  and urged the government to provide adequate security to all the administrative officers to enable them to discharge their duties smoothly.

The Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service Officers Association, Upper Subansiri District unit  also strongly condemned the barbaric act committed against Amjad Tak on 4th July 2011 by some unruly elements. The association urged the State Government to take stern action against the culprits to prevent recurrence of such incidence in future. The members of APCSOA, Daporijo unit observed Pen- Down strike today to registered protest over the incident. DIPROs


Hong Dree concludes

ZIRO, Jul 7:  Local MLA-cum-Parliamentary Secretary Padi Richo assured to extend necessary help in construction of rostrum at Hong Dree ground and also to sanction Rs. 50,000 every year.

Addressing the valedictory function of the 22nd Hong Dree Festival, he appealed people of Ziro to arrange joint celebration of Dree Festival in the night of 6th July by the committee members of Central Dree and Hong Dree along with officers at Biirii. Later he distributed prizes to winners of various events and other activities.

Earlier, on July 5, Kumar Waii, Parliamentary Secretary, Forest and Environment while attending the Dree as the chief guest appreciated Apatanis for preserving its own culture and asked them to retain same spirit in future. He assured to visit once again for participating celebration of Apatani Dree festival in future.

Later, Waii donated Rs. 1 lakhs to the celebration Committee and Rs. 50,000 each to cultural troupe and GBs  and  priests.

Hibu Dolle, IFS read out the Dree mythology while Niichi ZPM, Hibu Uma and Niitii ZPM Tilling Dolley gave the welcome address and vote of thanks respectively.

The 22nd Hong Dree football final match was played between MMDS Club and Young Street FC club in which MMDS beat YSFC and lifted the 22nd Hong Dree football trophy. In tug-of-war game held on second day of celebration between Public women v/s Employee women, Employee women group won the war. In men’s football match between Public-XI and Employee-XI, Public-XI won the game by 2-0 goals. Traditional Ayu and Bisi competitions were also arranged as part of the Hong Dree celebration.


Orgs call 12 hrs bandh

ITANAGAR, Jul 7: Arunachal Pradesh RTI Activist Forum (ARTIAF), All Arunachal Pradesh Abo Tani Clans Youth Organization(AAPATCYO) and All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Forum (AAPYF) in a joint coordination meeting held here today unanimously resolved to call 12 hours capital bandh on July 14 in favour of their demands for removal of  Health Minister Atum Welly, CIC Y D Thongchi and re-arrest  of Sanjeev Tana, accused of planting  pistol in the private car of RTI acticvist Payi Gyadi, Chairman, Sango Lamta Foundation (SLF) and immediate arrest of Akung Welly, Anung Welly and others  who are allegedly involved in illegal appointments and lowering of RTI fees from Rs.10  to Rs. 2.

The organizations said they left with no other alternative but to take the path of democratic movement due to Government’s indifferent attitude towards its demands submitted earlier through memorandum  to Governor and CM by ARTIAF and AAPACYO deadlines for which were expired on July 1 and  7. The coordination meeting was attended by ARTIAF  chairman Chopa Cheda, AAPATCYO president Kipa Kame and AAPYF president Tadar Attu  and all the central executive members of these organizations.

ARTIAF chairman Chopa Cheda said that the three organizations will go with 2nd phase of 24 horus and third pahse of 48 hours bandh if the government does pay heed to the demand of the three organizations. The organizations called upon all the civil societies, NGOs and student organization to cooperate with the bandh call peacefully. Water and electricity supplies, hospital and pharmacies, milk supply, police personnel, magistrates, media and ambulances  will be exempted from the purview of the bandh, they said.


Dree festival celebrated with traditional gaiety and flavour at Changlang

CHANGLANG, Jul 7: The Apatani community of Changlang celebrated the Dree festival with traditional gaiety and flavour here on July 5. Presentation of colourful Apatani songs and dances like the 'Daminda', extempore speech in Apatani language by youths and senior members at the festival venue to boost the knowledge of Apatani language especially to youths were the main highlights of the celebration.

Dwelling on the mythology of the festival, Chairman of Festival organizing committee Radhe Hinda, DIO, Changlang said, the Dree is one of the major agricultural festivals of Apatani community and is celebrated on 5th July every year. The wetland agricultural practice of Apatani is unique not only in Arunachal Pradesh but also throughout the globe.

Originally, the Dree was a simple performance of few rituals by Ancestors of Apatani to invoke the Dree gods and goddesses for bumper returns of harvested crops and to help protect the paddy plants from harmful effects of insects, pests and diseases.

Hinda added, the community, wherever they are, they celebrate the festival as a mark of unifying and wellbeing of the community. He also informed that, the common celebration of the festival was held for the first time on 5th July 1967 at Nenchanlya field in Ziro and the practice is followed till date.

Earlier, welcoming the guests and invitees to the celebration, Mihin Gambo, DSP, Changlang informed the significance of Dree and request everyone to participate in the festival enthusiastically and whole heartedly.

Later, the DSP, Changlang Mihin Gambo and the Chairman organizing committee Radhe Hinda distributed prizes to the winners of the competitions, which was followed by a community feast.

Earlier, on 3rd and 4th July, games and sports competition like Volleyball competition, Tag-of-war competition among the members were organized.

A mass plantation of saplings of decorative trees in and around Officers’ Colony of Changlang was conducted by all members of Apatani Community was a special attraction of Dree Festival of Changlang this year.


Van Mahotsava celebrated

TEZU, July 7:  The Van Mahotsava was celebrated at the VKV School, Tezu with awareness  programme and tree plantation today.

The Chief Guest of the programme, Karikho Kri, MLA cum parliamentary secretary, transport, and Guest of Honour R K Sharma, DC along with other dignitaries planted sapling at the school compound to mark the celebration. CCF, Yogesh, DFO, Tobang Pertin, Principals VKV and GHSS, Tezu, Govts officials, panchayat leaders and students were also participated in the celebration.

Emphasizing on the need of mass tree plantation, Kri said trees  will not only provide oxygen and greenery, it  will help us in controlling flood in Lohit, especially in Tezu.  He called upon everyone to plant at least two saplings in their respective residential compound in order to maintain greenery  and as a step to  control flood. Kri further called upon the intellectuals to educate the people about the importance of forests and  said that the general people should  also extend cooperation with the  forest department  in creating mass awareness on tree plantation. He advised the forest department to take up an agenda for plantation of 1000 Neem saplings in the next Van Mahotsava celebration.

Rs 5 lakh for the construction of VKV School boundary wall was announced.

R K Sharma suggested the school principals to inculcate the idea of plantation into the minds of the students. If a person cuts one tree for any purpose, he should plant ten trees, he opined.

CCF, Mr. Yogesh emphasized on ‘PPP’ (Plant-Protection-Publicity) and ‘RRU’ (Reduce, Recycle and Use). He asked the members to plant trees not only for individual but for the society and survival of the human race.  DFO, Tezu, Pertin assured that medicinal plants along with Neem will be planted next year. DIPRO

At Deomali, Govt officials, students, panchayat leaders and general public planted more than 200 sapling of various species around NTC school campus as a part of the  62nd Vana Mohatsava celebration today. The  tree plantation programme organized by the  Deomali forest division to commemorate the International year of forest -2011 was also attended,  among others, by G. Singpho, SDO, Deomali and  J Moithak, ZPM.

The Banderdewa Forest Division also organized mass tree planting programme in the compound of the Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya, Banderdewa  today on the occasion of 62nd Van Mahotsava.

A seminar was also organized wherein the importance of tree plantation and the aim and objection of Van Mahotsava were briefed by Banderdewa DFO Tasso Sira.  The tree planting techniques were demonstrated by the Range Officer T.Singdu. The Principal, VKV and his staff made their presence by delivering their valuable speech on the environmental concerns.

Earlier, on July 6  drawing competition was organized in Sub-junior, Junior and Senior students category and   the winners were awarded prizes  during the seminar.

The Van Mahotsava was also celebrated at Kimin, Doimukh, Kakoi, Balijan, Tarajuli and Kolaptoka under Banderdewa Forest Division.


Association calls for properimplementation of RR

ITANAGAR, July 7: Nyishi Unemployed Engineer’s Association (NUEA) has decided to fight against illegal appointments in various Govt departments and public sector undertakings (PSUs) in the state.

NUEA, in a release said that, it would fight for proper implementation of recruitment rules in both Govt and PSUs, MoAs and MoUs signed between State Govt and PSUs, to press Govt for creation of jobs in technical non-technical departments for direct recruitment as requirement, to guide and encourage the unemployed engineers for self employment and in availing financial assistance from Govt., demand for giving job preference to unemployed Nyishi engineers in Govt and PSUs in Nyishi inhabited areas and provide job opportunity to all unemployed engineers, who have already crossed the age limit for applying job in Govt department and other public sector undertakings.

Meanwhile, NUEA, while supporting the ANSU movement on Pradeep Thakur issue, has appealed to the Nyishi intellectuals, public youth and students to give full support to ANSU in its fight for justice. It also appealed to the State Government to take active and immediate step to solve the issue.


Tree plantation programme

ITANAGAR, Jul 7: The Papum Pare district unit of North East Development Welfare Society (NEDWS) organized a mega social service cum tree plantation under its Go Green and Clean Environment programme today. Prominent officers  including DRDA PD, Takar Nyicyor,  SDO Yupia Lod Gumbo and farmer clubs  members encouraged tree plantation and social service.  The duo suggested the executive members of the NGO district unit to organize more such clean and green environment programmes in entire district. At the same time they suggested to form self help group especially for women to serve the downtrodden section of society.

The executive members of district unit NEDWS led by Tamuk Tatup and Talam Har Neelam as its president and general secretary respectively took oath of affirmation in DRDA Hall Yupia.  Gambo administered the oath of affirmation.

ZPM I-Burom, Taro Modi graced the occasion with women GPM T Mekha and suggested to be pro-active in making environment clean and green through scientific method. She suggested the gathering and executive members of NEDWS to take up tree plantation programme in entire district and organize awareness camp on climate change and Global warming among the common people.

NEDWS president Tabom Boje appealed every one to be proactive in defending NGO’s aim and objective and also sought cooperation of officials and panchayat leaders to its district unit. NEDWS district unit president Tamuk Tatup also spoke on the occasion. One of the main aims of this NGO is to bring communal harmony and to make aware about the Tani Lipi in entire district for the betterment of next generation.