July 08

Assembly to meet from July 25

ITANAGAR, July 7: The sixth Legislative Assembly of Arunachal Pradesh will meet for its second session on July 25, 26, 28, 30, 31st and on August 1 next.


Committee constituted to probe incidents during Jun 25 bandh

ITANAGAR, July 7: The Government of Arunachal Pradesh has constituted a one-man inquiry committee headed by CB Kumar to inquire the incidents which took place during the bandh call on June 25 last. The committee would also inquire into the circumstances that led to destruction of public and private properties on the day and allegation of intimidation and threats to public servants.


NSUI calls AAPSU to withdraw bandh

ITANAGAR, July 7: National Students Union of India Arunachal Pradesh Unit today appealed to the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) to withdraw its 36 hours state-wide bandh call from 9th July 2014 for the greater interest of student’s community whose admission process is on.  Bandh call is not a solution to fulfill their charter of demands; NSUI state unit  said asked the AAPSU to come to negotiation table to resolve the impasse. It also opined that apex students union may adopt other means of democratic movement like dharna and peaceful rally than bandh call.


Tata Sumo falls in Kameng river, 3 feared drowned

SEPPA, July 7: Three people were reportedly drowned in Kameng river when the vehicle they were travelling skidded off the road and directly felt into the Kameng river. The incident occurred at entry point of Seppa on July 5 last.

There were 6 persons on board, out of which Mino Flago (17), Meta Flago (16) and Tagi Flago (5) couldn’t be traced out till today. Other three persons -- Menon Flago (16), Tok Flago and Kameng Bagang, Driver remain safe and are undergoing treatment at District Hospital Seppa. They are said to be out of danger.

Search operation by police is going on, but  operation is disturbed by continuous raining. DIPRO


Conversion of capital township roads to RCC pavement under process

NHARALAGUN, July 7: The PWD Superintendent Engineer, (Capital circle) has informed that the conversion of flexible (bituminous) roads in Itanagar, Naharlagun and Nirjuli to rigid (cement concrete) pavement are being taken up by PWD in a phase wise manner.

The rigid pavement works under Phase-I (16.00 kms) has already been awarded and the execution of works shall be taken up soon at the end of the ongoing monsoon season. Similarly the rigid pavement works under phase-II (6.00kms) has also been sanctioned and tender process is in progress and its execution would also be taken up in September next. The SE further informed that construction of rigid pavement for various other roads of entire  300kms of capital road network shall be taken up in similar pattern either wholly or partly as per the availability of resource .

Informing that, despite financial constraint, the department is devoted to maintenance of capital roads damaged during the current monsoon, he sought cooperation from the denizens of twin capital city to bear with them and appealed not to dump house waste, construction materials and soil on roads and drains which may cause serious damages to capital roads.


Rain water throws life out of gear in Siang belt Correspondent

RUKSIN, July 7: Incessant rain over the last 24 hours has paralyzed the life in Siang belt, especially Ruksin, Nari-Koyu, Pasighat and Mebo areas in East Siang and parts of adjoining Jonai in Assam. Heavy shower has caused water clogging in several places, besides creating problems for the business establishments, office goers and daily wage earners. Overflowing river and steam water inundates the link roads, paddy fields and human habitation areas, creates flood in crops fields in low lying areas and created a disastrous situation.

Surging water of the streams is flowing over MMJ road at several locations between Niglok and Mirem villages. Heavy downpour also resulted in water logging at several places at Ruksin township, causing innumerable problem to the residents. As such, rainwater inundates the forest colony, Ruksin police station, police colony, BSNL complex, PWD IB and Power House colony. The knee-deep clogged water at the police station and other offices has created immense trouble for the cops and officers serving therein.


Consumer awareness prog

ITANAGAR, July 7: Lohit district unit of Department of Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs organized a series of consumer awareness programme cum exhibition at Hawai, the district headquarters of Anjaw recently.

Addressing the campaign at Hawai, D. Linggi, Inspector, Legal Metrology& Consumer Affairs, Tezu, briefed the participants about the rights and responsibilities of common consumer and requested everyone to be vigilant during the course of their daily purchase or while availing services, including that of Govt. organizations.

Sr. Teacher of the school Raju Trivedi also detailed the pros and coins of the Consumer Protection Act and Rules as a resource person.

Hawai Govt. HS School vice principal CE Singkai and former DCCI president and Hawai Market Welfare Committee Chief Convenor Mayeso Pul appreciated the department’s effort to generate awareness amongst the people about rights and duties of consumers and appealed to the department to continue such endeavor in future also.

The programme was attended by representative from govt. officials, local youths, especially from young generation, trading community, women, students and panchayat leaders.

Similar functions were also organized at Manchal CO circle headquarters on July two and Hayuliang sub-divion level on July 4.

At Hayliang, the programme was attended by S. Sengupta, EAC in-charge Addl. Deputy Commissioner and OP Chaubbey, APO (A.E).

Sengupta urged the people to take benefit of the programme in order to know their rights and duties. He also requested the Department to take up such sensitization programme in regular interval to propagate the message of consumerism amongst the common people.


APSCU achieves annual target

NAHARLAGUN, July 7: The Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Union (APSCU) has set a milestone to come with varieties of programmes and marked the year 2013-2014 as special year in achieving its complete annual target within the static figure provided by government worth of Rs. 11.00 lakh.

The organization has been tirelessly working to cater the training and education needs of the people and at the same time propagating the movement to the far flung districts of the state for the last many decades.

The APSCU, a government sponsored State Level Apex Cooperative Organization functioning under the department of Cooperation, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, has been entrusted with the noble responsibility of promoting and propagating cooperative movement in the state.

It conducts annual training on different subjects of cooperatives for the members and employees of cooperatives, junior level departmental officers etc in its training centre equipped with experienced faculties and training infrastructure at Polo Colony, Naharlagun, besides organizing education and awareness camps and other developmental programmes related to the movement in all over the state through its Education Wing.


AAPYO seeks restoration of Tourist Lodge at Ganga Lake

ITANAGAR, July 7: The All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Organization (AAPYO) has demanded for immediate restoration work of tourist lodge at Gyekar Sinyi (Ganga Lake) in Itanagar.

In its letter submitted to the director, tourism, it said, every year revenues are collected in Ganga Lake through entry fees, boating and swimming poll but where is the fund being used?

What would the tourists think seeing its pathetic condition? This negligence on the part of the government reflects the sign of ‘absolute corruption of the department’; it held adding that it would take up the path of agitation against the department if it fails to fulfill the demand.

BJP Nacho Mandal meets MoS

ITANAGAR, July 7: A delegation of the Bharatiya Janata Party 22-Nacho Mandal led by its president Tade Eru met Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on July 6 last and apprised him of the concern relating to its jurisdiction.

They demanded immediate constitution of high level enquiry committee into the delay of work pertaining to Taliha to Taksing border road, immediate construction of Siyum to Mechukha inter-District Border road and procurement of ambulance for Public Health Centre at Siyum to which the MoS assured of looking into it.


AAPHWS demands special financial package for disabled

ITANAGAR, July 7: The All Arunachal Pradesh Handicapped Welfare Society (AAPHWS) has sought special financial package for the disabled people in the state.

In its memorandum submitted to the minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju, it also demanded establishment of a residential school for disabled children with 100 per cent grant from the Centre for disabled with every facilities, implementation of disabled pension scheme and provision of various types of accessories to all the disabled of the state.


Truck union to continue stir

ITANAGAR, July 7: Expressing solidarity to Truck Driver Union of North Lakhimpur District Assam in its indefinite Chaka bandh of truckers while protesting against granting of bail to the accused from police remand who allegedly attacked truck drivers of AS 18A-2113 and AS-19C-0062 and AR06-5671 recently, All Lower Subansiri & Kurung Kumey District Truck Union today stated that it would continue its Chaka bandh agitation. It further made it clear that the truck union had to take harsh decision due to unresponsive attitude of authority who allegedly granted bail to the attackers of drivers.  It also said that people should blame the authority if any shortage of essential commodities in two districts. The union urged the police authority to re-arrest the accused who involved in physical assault and looting of money and mobiles from the truck drivers.  A case was registered with police station Yazali case no.17/2014 U/S-392/34 IPC a release added.


PR leaders agree to share revenue

ITANAGAR, July 7: In a coordination meeting held at Conference Hall of the deputy commissioner office Yingkiong today chaired by DC Dr. Tariq Thomas, the PR leaders of Yingkiong Anchal Samity block (Mori Banggo) and Jenging Anchal block (Rotgong Banggo) have agreed to share revenue from the existing assets for a fixed period of four years. In the meeting both blocks have also agreed to pay the monthly wages of peon on 50% basis. DIPRO


Health camp conducted at Kothung village

ITANAGAR, July 7: A health camp was conducted at Kothung village near Myanmar border by District Health Society, Tirap to mark the ongoing “World Population Day Mobilization Fortnight” on July 6.

Routine medical check up, immunization, blood slide collection etc were carried out by a team of doctors and paramedical staff led by DMO Dr K Perme, Dr. O Taggu and Dr. F. Aran.

IEC activities on population explosion and population control methods were also disseminated among the peer groups consisting of eligible couples.

All together 208 patient attended the camp.

It was the first time in the history of village that a medical team has visited this remote area.

The camp was attended by the villages of Old Kothung, New Kothung and Thungjang.


Railway Sramik Union submits memo to central minister

ITANAGAR, July 7: All Arunachal Section Divisional NF Railway Constriction Loading & Unloading Sramik Union submitted a memorandum to Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijuji on matters relating to development Railways in Arunachal Pradesh during his recent visit to the state.

The Union also urged Rijiju to pursue the matter with Railway department to follow the Arunachal Pradesh Govt. recruitment Rule of 80:20 in appointment of Grade “C” and ‘D’ posts in the Railway in Arunachal Pradesh.


News Impact

Takam Sharmila Gora Memorial Football Tournament

ITBP beat BTFC, storm into final

ITANAGAR, July 7: Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) force, Kimin stormed into the final of the first Takam Sharmila Gora Memorial Football Tournament defeating Bamang Taji FC (BTFC) 3-1 in the first semifinal at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun today.

ITBP took the lead through a powerful header by Gumli Riba in 17th minute. He again scored 10 minutes later through another header to double the lead (2-0).

In the second half, BTFC came strongly and created many scoring opportunities but they were unable to control the ball properly as the ground was wet due to incessant rain.

Tage Tath scored in 80th minute to reduce the margin to 1-2 and the team went all out for the equalizer. But, ITBP responded quickly and earned a penalty kick in added time. Madhu Singh converted the spot kick to seal the issue in favour of the para-military force team.

The start of today’s match was belayed by one hour due to persistent rain.

The second semifinal will be held between Gora Makik SC and Todo United FC tomorrow at 2.30 PM. The winner of tomorrow’s match will play against ITBP in the final.


Today’s Match (2nd Semi-final)

Gora Makik SC Vs  Todo United FC  2.30pm




Tado calls for mass awareness on consumer rights

ITANAGAR, July 7: Parliamentary Secretary (Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs) Markio Tado called upon the officers of his department to put their best effort to generate awareness about consumers’ rights and regulations among the people living in remote and far flung areas of the state.  

Addressing a departmental co-ordination meeting in the Conference Hall of the office at Naharlagun today, Tado expressed his satisfaction on the performance and activities carried out by the officers in safeguarding rights and interest of common consumers.

Interacting with the officers of the department, he urged them to work as a cohesive unit and to maintain work culture and discharge duties sincerely and honestly.

Stressing on importance of the department of Legal Metrology & Consumer affairs, he reminded the officers that their service in implementation of the laws would not only serve the people in general but also bring positive change in socio-economic status. He called upon the Department to come out with an "Action Plan" for resolving organisational problems viz. shortage of manpower, conveyance, inadequate fund etc. being faced by it and to sort out the same in a phased manner.

He assured the officers all possible help and guidance in transmitting the department's plan into reality under the able leadership of Chief Minister. Earlier, Gorik Dirchi, Controller (Legal Metrology) cum Director (Consumer Affairs), briefed on the functioning and future programmes of the department.

A PowerPoint presentation was made by Taba Tabin, Inspector (HQ) on various activities, achievement and future plans of the department.

The day long programme was attended by enforcement officers of the department both from HQ office and districts.



AAPSU to go ahead with bandh call, condemns Taraso, Ziro incidents

ITANAGAR, July 7: Notwithstanding appeals from various organizations and sections of the society, the All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) has decided to go ahead with its proposed 36-hour state-wide bandh from July 9, 5 am. (In print version of this daily, the time was wrongly mentioned as July 9, 5 pm. The inadvertent mistake is deeply regretted)

The apex students’ body of the state appealed to the people of the state to cooperate and support the union and the bandh call in the greater interest of state. Emergency and essential services like ambulance, pharmacy, Press vehicles, milk vans, PCO etc. have been exempted from the purview of the bandh, informed AAPSU in a release. The students union urged the members and activists of the union to maintain spirit of democratic protest during the bandh call.

AAPSU also informed that Lower Dibang Valley Students’ Union (LDVSU) convened a meeting at Roing with the executive members of the AAPSU and extended its full support to the bandh call and demands of the apex students’ body. The meeting was attended by community based students unions, including All Idu Mishmi Students’ Union (AIMSU).

Dibang Adi Students’ Union (DASU) also strongly supported the demands of the apex body and its bandh call and said that all the people of the state should fight together with AAPSU to fulfill the demands, the AAPSU release informed. Meanwhile AAPSU has strongly condemned the recent Tarraso incident and urged both the state governments of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh to intervene in the matter and deliver justice to the victims by without favour and biasness.

While condemning the barbaric act, NESO Coordinator Pritam Bhai Sonam suggested the media fraternity of the North Eastern region to highlight the truth for the interest of region because media is an important part of the society to bring change.

Further, NESO urged the people of both the states to not finger-point anybody before the judicial probe of the incident.

AAPSU also termed the violence that took place in Ziro during the Dree festival very unfortunate and condemned it.

Dree is a festival for well-being and prosperity of the people and such incident during the celebration of the festival is highly condemnable, AAPSU said.

AAPSU urged the district administration to bring the culprits to book immediately and deliver justice. It appealed to all cooperate with administration in maintaining peace and tranquility in the district and let the law take its own course, said AAPSU vice president (Pro) Happy Toko.

AAPSU also appealed everyone to maintain peace and not to give communal colour out of the incident

According to the release, hundreds of people allegedly attacked the car of the finance secretary of All Tagin Students’ Union (ATSU). The incident took place at Ziro yesterday, the release informed.



IFCSAP submits memo to Rijiju

ITANAGAR, July 7: A delegation from Indigenous Faith & Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) led by its president Y D Thongchi and General Secretary Gichik Taaza submitted a memorandum to Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju during his recent visit to the state. The team discussed some important issues, including implementation of minority schemes in Arunachal Pradesh, with the Union Minister.

While reiterating its opposition to implementation of minority schemes in Arunachal Pradesh, the memorandum claimed that no person or community in Arunachal Pradesh should be given double benefits for this would promote mass conversion resulting in adverse effect on the preservation and promotion of the indigenous faith, traditions and cultures of the state.

It claimed that the present list of the minority blocks and families has been prepared by a private agency from the state of Assam.  As per 1978 Freedom of Religions Act of Arunachal Pradesh; only Deputy Commissioner is authorized to identify the minority population. Therefore, the government of Arunachal Pradesh should implement the Arunachal Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act’ 1978 at the earliest so that an authentic list of minorities can be prepared, the memorandum said.

The memorandum also said that the state government should initiate steps to issue minority certificates to the converts of Arunachal Pradesh and let them surrender their ST certificate at the earliest.



Minimize political interference to improve educational scenario in LDV


ROING, July  7:  If the education scenario in Lower Dibang Valley district has to improve, then political interference has to minimize, according to the district administration and the district education authority.

In a joint coordination meeting held recently with the two legislators from the district - Mutchu Mithi and Gum Tayeng, the district authorities held the view that interference in matters particularly relating to transfers of teachers should minimize to promote professional academic standards.

These observations were prompted by the poor performance of government run schools in Lower Dibang Valley district. The government higher secondary school in Roing, which has the highest registered students in Class X in the district with 320 students, recorded a poor pass percentage of 51.9%. The secondary schools in Bolung and Koronu also recorded poor pass percentage of 61.8% and 38% respectively. The Class XII exams results of Roing and Dambuk were equally poor with low pass percentage of 41% and 32% respectively in Humanities stream.  The appeal for non-interference from politicians in education matter was also prompted by closure of schools in remote areas of the district due to lack of teachers. Schools in remote areas like Hunli-Desali and Kebali were getting closed down as students were migrating to towns for better schools.

The government secondary school of Desali is now almost on the verge of being getting closed down. This school has been functioning without a gazetted headmaster and required subject teachers for many years.

This had for years prompted several parents to move their ward from Desali School to private and government schools in Roing.

Another school, a government middle school in Kebali has now almost closed down due to similar conditions. Due to shortages of teachers and for absenting ones, the parents have shifted all their children to schools in towns.

The mass migration of students to towns had the government schools in Roing overcrowded. For example, a class of 40 has to accommodate 100 students. This again has led to poor performance of the government run schools in Roing, particularly in schools were enrolment is very high.

To meet the shortages of teachers in remote areas, Shiv Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, Roing called for rationalization of the teachers. "There are excess teachers, much more than specified, in some schools of the district headquarter but shortages of teachers in schools in outpost areas," he noted.

He requested the district education authority to prepare a list of the placement of teachers with their length of service in a particular school in order to rationalize the teacher's posting in the district.

The district administration also issued an order to all SSA teachers to join their original place of postings by 12 July next. A list prepared by the administration shows that 40 Assistant Teachers and 32 Junior Teachers of SSA in the district had moved from their original posting place.



Nani Mamung wins Miss Apatani title

ZIRO, July 7: Nani Mamung won the Miss Apatani beauty contest 2014 which was concluded with much fanfare at Dree Ground Ziro in the presence of Board of Judges on July 5 last.

The contest organized by the Central Dree Festival Committee (CDFC) was concluded by crowning Nani Mamung as the Miss Apatani 2014, while Millo Mamung and Duyu Sunya were crowned as first and second runner up respectively.

The evening saw many breathtaking performances of the 15 shortlisted finalists. They presented charming movement with determination, making it tough for the judges to decide particularly on performances of Nani Mamung and Millo Mamung. In most of their presentation, these finalists were seen walking in their attractive dresses suited to their physique and complexion.

Nani Mamung and Millo Mamung also snatched most of the sub-tittles of the contest.  Personality title, beautiful smile and beautiful hair title went in favour of Nani Mamung while Millo Mamung grabbed the catwalk and photogenic titles. The best designer title went to OY2 ground who adorned Nani Mamung. The winner has got an opportunity for direct entry in ‘Eclectic Talent Hunt 2014’, a premier model agency in North East India.

Meanwhile, in Mr Dree 2014 contest, Dusu Nibo was declared as Mr. Dree 2014. Dani T Obing and Tailyang Chada begged first and second runner up.

Five events i.e. Archery, Arm wrestling, Stick wrestling (hunyi darka siiniing), sky walk (bamboo stick walk) and wrestling were conducted for Mr. Dree contest. Overall highest point achievers in all the events were taken into account. Twelve strong men of the community took part in the contest.



Hong Dree Festival Silver Jubilee celebrated with pomp and gaiety

HONG, July 7: Hong Dree Festival was celebrated in grand manner to commemorate its Silver Jubilee with participation of all the people of Hong village and other parts of the state and the country on July 5.

Attending the celebration as chief guest, Parliamentary Secretary, PWD, Alo Libang advocated for  maintaining peace and social harmony for overall development of the area. He appreciated Apatani community for preservation of age-old tradition and culture through such agricultural festival. He also urged the people of Hong Village to cooperate the local MLA for all round development in Apatani plateau.

Er. Tapi Tai in his key note address gave detail accounts on how and why Hong Dree was separated from Central Dree Festival celebration at Nenchanlya, Hija ground. He also observed that such separate celebration of Dree Festival at village level has advantages like larger participation of people of village and area development citing an example of creation of Hong-Hari Community Development Block and development of infrastructure at Dree ground at Hanoko.

The achievers of the society were felicitated by the people of Hong Village during Silver Jubilee Celebration of Hong Dree Festival in three categories. The Jubilee Awardees are - Hibu Tadi for life time achievement, Toko Tubin for promotion of Apatani Art & Culture and Bullo Mamu for her Academic Excellence.

Other highlights of the Silver Jubilee Celebration were reading out of Dree mythology by Hibu Dole, IFS, felicitation to the best social workers of the village for their commendable social work, display of mega dance, tug-of-war, wrestling for “Mr Hong Title”, competition on various cultural events,  release of Souvenir, Audio CD “Riiri Rijang”, Documentary on “25 glorious years of Hong Dree Festival” and Academic Award for Class XII Toppers instituted by All Hong Employee Welfare Association, Ziro and All Hong Welfare Association, Itanagar. Hibu Taker, from Science Stream and Tilling Kuniya and Hibu Dinshoong  from Humanity Stream were awarded academic award for 2014

Er. Punyo Tangu, Vice Chairman and Hibu Yam, Secretary, Dree Festival Celebration Committee also spoke on the occasion.



Dree Festival celebrated at Seppa & Yingkiong

ITANGAR, July 7: Dree festival was celebrated at Seppa on July 5 last.

On the occasion, Tailyang Pali, chairman of celebration committee highlighted the mythology of the Dree festival and Dr. Khoda Tada, General Secretary Dree Festival Committee, Seppa 2014 briefed about the Dree celebration.

Cultural, literacy and games and sports competitions were organized to mark the occasion.

Meanwhile in a Dree football match, Alying Path beat Aro Siiro team by 5-2.

Yingkiong: The Apatanis residing at Yingkiong celebrated the Dree festival with traditional fervour on July 5 last. Attending the celebration as chief guest, Upper Subansiri the Deputy Commissioner Dr.Tariq Thomas appreciated the Apatanis for preserving their traditional values despite rapid modernization of the society. He opined that the Apatanis were a progressive community and urged them to uphold their age-old culture and traditional identity.

Appreciating the little kids present in their traditional dresses, who actually don’t even know the reason for the celebration in real terms, Dr. Thomas added that a very good message was being passed on to them.

Earlier, Mr. Tage Habung, SP, Upper Siang district, who is also the Chief Patron of the celebration, narrated the myth behind the Dree Festival and urged the younger generation to keep aside their religious affiliation and celebrate Dree with full enthusiasm. He opined that culture shows the identity of a community or tribe and those people who belong to same community but follow different religion should not hesitate to participate in the celebrations of their community’s festivals. Being a Christian himself, he said he was an Apatani first and a Christian second. Religion should not be mixed with culture, Habung added.

Speaking as Guest of Honour, M. P Singh, Commander, 761 BRTF, highly appreciated the rich culture of the Apatanis.

Other highlights of the day-long celebration were traditional dances, songs and sports event.  ‘Gwbw’, the traditional wrestling of the Apatanis was appreciated and applauded by one and all. Later, the dignitaries participated in the DAMINDA Dance and attended the Community Feast hosted by the Dree Committee. DIPROs



ACRYA felicitates CBSE toppers

ITANAGAR, July 7: The Arunachal Christian Revival Youth Association (ACRYA), the youth wing of APCRCC has felicitated the CBSE-2014 and RGU toppers at Christian Revival Church (CRC) Naharlagun, amidst a huge gathering of church goers and well-wishers in a glittering function yesterday.

RGU topper in B A Political Science (Hons) Puppy Gyadi, Class XII toppers Moni Geyi in Science (91%), Hage Ankha in Humanities (81.4%) and Tarh Gungte and Kento Tassar both in Commerce with 70.8% were felicitated.

Five students namely, Yamey Bagang, Nabam Bado, Tai Gangmo, Hillang Nyunyu and Yabi Makcha secured 10 CGPA in class X and they topped among the 18 shortlisted members who secured more than 9 CGPA.

Besides, Tagru Tatu, Mopi Doye, Gora Nanang, Rei Star, Tadar Nai, Maniyer Jokhio, Mokir Doye and Tarh Munu in XII Science, Eter Techi, Taba Yasi and Topi Ete in Humanities, Mama Puri, Haj Nado, Sweety Techi, Chuku Topu, Amar Kino, Toko Nilly, Tarh AyaKoj Pinki, Nangbai Narba, Jenny Mara, Kipa Yabi, Tagru Rani and Lokam Radha in class X were also felicitated with citations and cash award for their distinct academic achievements.

A special prayer session for the toppers was then held which was led by Evan. Mark Bomjen.

Encouraging the felicitated students and parents, Arunachal Pradesh Christian Revival Church Council president Tarh Kama expressed the hope that the achievers will achieve higher realms ahead.

Attending the felicitation programme, Gyati Kobing, DRCS, Ziro advised the toppers not to fall prey to self-pride and ego and rather keep oneself focus on learning. Learning is a continuous process, and one need to continue remain in the process and never give up, he said.

Dr. David Pertin, Dy.  Reg. of RGU dwelt in length on the Biblical theme verse ‘Making a distinction-Jude 22” and  advised the students to develop right and positive attitudes, set appropriate goals in life, to plan well and work on plans and not to get detracted when the going goes tough in any sphere of life and particularly as a learning student. He exhorted the participants to be academically more sharpened and updated and remain a source of inspiration and role models for the society in conduct, speech, charity and purity, so as to remain the torchbearers of the society.

Among others, vice president APCRCC Nibia Alo, ACRYA president Domar Bomjen also spoke.

APCRCC leaders, APCRCWW and ACRYA executives, church pastors, elders, deacons, from various churches, government officers, parents, teachers, public leaders, youth leaders and hundreds of delegates attended the function.



MLA flags off new bus service

Karda Natam

DAPORIJO, July 7: Local MLA Dikto Yekar flagged off a new bus service from Daporijo to Nacho  in a function held at State Transport Office premises here today in presence of the Deputy Commissioner in-charge, Superintendent of Police, Station Superintendent, PRI members of Nacho circle.

He also purchased the first ticket of the bus.

While speaking on the occasion, the MLA said the bus service will benefit the passengers, especially the farmers in transportation of their agriculture and horticulture products. But he appealed to the public to not use the bus to carry heavy loads, particularly building materials like cement and iron rod etc. not only for safety and security of passengers and but also prevent early damage of the bus.

He further appealed to the public to cooperate with the department for uninterrupted bus service and maintain the vehicle as their own property. He also cautioned the driver and conductor of the bus to not drive the vehicle under influence of any alcoholic beverage.

Finally, he credited Home Minister Tanga Byaling for introduction of the new bus service in the area.

Every speaker speaking on the occasion, urged the public to extend their full cooperate to the station authority, driver and conductor for uninterrupted bus service and help generate revenue for the state.

One of the speakers, Anchal Chairperson Nacho urged the station authority to not ply the bus in other routes.

Meanwhile, the MLA also visited, suspension bridge over Subansiri river between Daporijo and Kuporijo at Pakam Colony which is in a bad condition. He suggested the department concerned to repair or upgrade the weak bridge before any accident.



Jamoh inaugurates Hollow Bricks manufacturing unit

PASIGHAT, July 7: Parliamentary Secretary for Industries Tatung Jamoh called upon the youths to develop their entrepreneurial skills and start new business ventures.

They should establish self-employment venture and also give jobs to others, he said while inaugurating a hollow bricks and paving tiles unit located at Industrial Estate (2-Mile area) today amidst officers and leaders of Pasighat.

While appreciating the owner Papan Siram for setting up the ‘Unit’, Jamoh said Hollow Concrete blocks are routinely used in all developed countries as a material of choice for high rise constructions. It is more earthquake resistant, thermally beneficial, cost effective and perfect choice for civil engineering curriculum.

Jamoh informed that the government is committed to promote small industries to provide employment to youths in the state. Apart from financial supports, land, electricity, roads and water supply, our government will also arrange training of young entrepreneurs, creating better environment for the entrepreneurs to start new industrial units.

While setting up units, you should make sure that your ventures generated more employment opportunities, he opined.

Meanwhile, in order to encourage entrepreneurship, Mariyang Division PWD has procured ten thousand blocks on occasion of inaugural function. DIPRO



Simai starts tour of his constituency

JAIRAMPUR, July 7: In order to take stock of the problems confronted by the various Govt departments within his 51st Nampong (ST) constituency, MLA Laisam Simai began his three-day tour, starting from Jairampur circle here today.  

Accompanied by Zilla Parishad Member Tusam Longri, Anchal Samity Chairperson Nobinkam Tikhak and HoDs, Simai first visited Govt Secondary School, Terit Nagar, followed by Govt Hr Sec School Jairampur, Community Health Centre, Police Station, CDPO, PWD and Power departments.

In both the educational institutes, he interacted with the students advising them to aim for higher goals with diligence and discipline. In a separate interactive meeting with the teaching community of both the schools, Simai lamented the deteriorating quality of education and requested the teaching community to put an extra effort to improve the quality of education. He also asked them to impart teaching in a professional manner instead of following the ineffective routine.

Terit Nagar GSS headmaster and Jairampur GHSS vice principle submitted list of grievances starting from dearth of subject teachers to teacher quarter including furnitures, laboratory equipments faced by the institute. Simai assured to sort out all the basic problems of both the schools by next academic sessions and for other complex demand he said he will approach the appropriate authorities. He donated number of books for both the schools.

Simai then visited the police station and Community Healthcare Centre. At the PS he asked the police officials to strengthen the ties with the public so that they can approach the police station in time of troubles without hesitation or fear.

At the CHC that was crowded with patients, Simai interacted with the patients and distributed fruits. The medical officer apprised the MLA of the problems endured by the lone healthcare centre. Simai sorted out the water problem on the spot by asking the PHED AE who was accompanying the entourage to fulfill the demand propounded by the medical officer.  

Regarding sanitation, he asked the MO to make the visitors aware for proper disposal of wastages within the medical premises.

As the poor rural populace of the four circles entire rely on CHC Jairampur, it is very important that we extend better healthcare with whatever facilities we have, Simai said.

He also visited PWD, Highway Department, CDPO, concluding the first lag at power department. He asked these departments to maintain transparency and co-operate with the rural folks without troubling them.

It must be mentioned that according to the HoDs, the motivational speech of Simai has inspired them to work diligently.



APFA striving for development of football in Arunachal

NAHARLAGUN, Jul 07: As the first Takam Sharmila Gora Memorial Football Tournament draws to a close, the state’s official footballing calendar will only now begin to unfold with the fifth edition of the Eagle Trophy set to begin at the end of this month.

Last year’s winners ITBP would be hoping to continue their dominance over the state football landscape as they look to defend their championship this year. ITBP, APP and CM 11 are the only teams exempt from following the Arunachal Pradesh Football Association’s laid norms of only allowing registered clubs to participate in the tournament.

The APFA has over the past two years tried to streamline the sports administrative side and this year’s Eagle Trophy will be another effort to improve the game’s standard in the long run. In its efforts to bring about constructive changes in the sport in the state, the APFA had earlier this month brought two technical members of the All India Football Federation for a seminar on Centralized Registration System which eases the process for football clubs to register themselves with their respective associations. Without registering with the association, clubs automatically become ineligible for participation in recognised football events.

The state football association’s actions come in the wake of crushing defeats that the state teams have faced in the past couple of months when playing outside. Both the men’s and women’s teams have been unable to make a significant dent in India’s football scenery and the APFA hopes to change all that. One of the biggest failures has been the inability to produce footballers from the state to represent bigger clubs and play for the country. With the exception of late Indrajit Namchoom, Gumpe Rime and now young Techi Amin, no other player from the state has donned the national colours. The association’s members are hoping to change all that with their renewed vigour. The under-14 Coca Cola national football tournament would be a perfect arena for young talented players to show their skills and hope to be picked up for the Indian team. But there are several obstacles along the way which need to be cleared first.

A big stumbling block in the development of the game has been of district sports authorities not abiding by APFA norms and allowing holding of football tournaments which are neither backed by the association nor enjoy its support. On several occasions the APFA has requested DSAs to not issue permits for holding tournaments at district stadiums which do not enjoy the patronage of the APFA. An association member said that “permitting random events to be held takes away responsibilities from organisers and leaves the pitch in a bad condition”.

The pitch and other infrastructural requirements are just the tip of the iceberg, as the football scene in the state is actually in need of a complete overhaul.



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Debate begins


The Supreme Court's verdict on Monday declaring that a sharia court has no legal sanction drew sharp reaction from Muslim clerics who said that the Constitution allows them the right to work and act according to Muslim personal law. Earlier apex court said that Darul Qaza or any mufti cannot issue fatwas and try to enforce against a person who has not approached for religious opinion. SC said religion or faith cannot be used to victimize innocents. Apex court noted that though religious opinion as fatwas have a laudable object, it cannot be enforced the moment it breaches the fundamental rights of a person.

All India Personal Law Board had earlier submitted that fatwa was not binding on people and it was just an opinion of a 'mufti' (cleric) and he has no power and authority to implement it. Muslim clerics while reacting to SC ruling claim that sharia court are not doing anything parallel to the judicial system and sole motto is to resolve a matter with the consent of two parties involved in accordance with sharia. The court had passed the verdict on a PIL filed by advocate Vishwa Lochan Madam questioning the constitutional validity of Shariat courts which allegedly run a parallel judicial system in the country. This verdict by apex court has open up the debate about pros and cons of shariat laws.

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Telecom woes of Dapo denizens

Dear Editor,

To be straight my fingers are pointed towards department of telecommunication (Daporijo) if at all there is any such present, which looks upon one of our basic needs which is 'communication'.

Having done my schooling and graduation from outside the state, I always relied on telephonic conversation more than anyone else possibly could have done. Few common things which take place every time I call back home would be-

1) I will have to dial  atleast 15-20 times to get connection.

2) Consistent love of the BSNL operator. “The number you are calling is not reachable, please try after sometime,” this is what I get to hear every-time I call.

3) Party time if it gets connected or disappointed I quit.

Initially I kept faith, hoping that someday it’s gonna work better. Lately am undergoing my training here at Coimbatore. I try calling my mom every evening and undergo the same emotions again. But this time I have buried all hopes. We are so engrossed in our daily errands that we start to feel that this is normal and alright until we come out of the shell and compare ourselves with outer world. Leave about space tourists China is sending as a part of recreation, am talking about the nearest town Ziro that has been using the facilities of all the possible telecom networks present for many years. I wonder is it this difficult to bring those mobile service providers to Daporijo??? Or am I asking for something so impossible??? Because that’s what I feel now. "DARK AGE IN DISGUISE" I term.


Tanga Murtem




Open SBI Branch Bank at Kimin

Dear Editor,

Through your Readers Forum Column, I on behalf of the people of Kimin and Kakoi circle hereby make a fervent appeal to State Bank of India to immediately open their branch at Kimin town to mitigate the sufferings of common people. Kimin is the entry point to four districts namely Lower Subansiri, K/Kumey , Karadadi and Upper Subansiri but sometimes people are stranded without penny due to road blockade. They suffer a most due to want of money as there is no bank to withdraw money. Moreover, Kimin has got many salaried class people like 10th ITBP Jawans, Recruit Training Centre (RTC) ITBP personals , 2nd  of its kind in India which gives training to various state and central forces, Indian Oil Corporation bottling Plant employees, 756 BRTF employees ,KV School employees, VKV Sher employees and many other central and state govt employees. Irony is that for collecting the monthly salary, one has to travel to Itanagar or North Lakhimpur due to lack of state bank at Kimin which has many rich customers.  The only bank which is operating since late eighties is APRB, which is in moribund state now. No doubt the premier bank of A.P has its past glory, which benefitted only few customers but it is obsolete now because it lacks modern facility and strong fund backing. The people of Kimin especially the farmers are suffering because the only bank  which is located at Kimin i.e APRB is not standing upto farmers aspiration to do something commercially to generate respectable income to support his/ her family. They cannot provide even a KCC loan forget about other loans. The farmers are not able to grow and not given chance to take up activities under agri and allied sectors despite huge potentials due to shortage of funding pattern.  The only readymade reply is, there is no money with Rural Bank because of poor recovery. The student community in particular are also facing lots of problems in admission related matters and stipend withdrawal case. Even small contractors have to wait for weeklong time to get their payments because most of the contractor’s cheques are paid through SBI only. Implementation of Panchayat programmes are also facing lots of hurdle as each flagship schemes like  MNREGA , IWMP etc needs bank account for public accountability.   

It may be reminded that on 26th March 2012, a financial outreach camp was conducted at Kimin by RBI, wherein many private banks like ICICI, AXIS BANK, HDFC, APRB, ALLAHABD BANK and numerous other private entrepreneurs took part actively. Addressing the huge gathering of public at general ground Kimin the chief guest of the occasion H.R Khan ,the then Deputy Governor RBI amidst huge applause announced that within six  months there would be a state bank branch opened at Kimin. People of Kimin burst into Joy and everyone discussed the suitable location of the upcoming bank as to where it is to be opened but it was like a day dream only. Three years have passed by, but there is no news from state bank of India. So, I want to remind the SBI authorities to kindly fulfill the public commitment which was made by one of your senior most officer and swung into action to immediately open a SBI Branch at Kimin for the convenience of common people, paramilitary forces, students and all.


Takio Yanu Tarh

Chairperson, III Kimin AS




Bandh, strike cripples life

Dear Editor,

While efforts are on to connect entire Arunachal through Trans-Arunachal highway, but at the same time it’s really disheartening to see the restrictions on free movement of the people through various illogical activities like bandh, strike etc by various unions and associations. Not all are aware about the consequences of bandh call. Plea and request urging reconsideration of the proposed 36 hour bandh call to AAPSU is being made by the public.

As a concern citizen of Lower Subansiri, I would like to bring out the hardship faced by its denizen due to non availability of petrol and diesel in connection with demand and ongoing strike of oil tankers and employees. As it's hard to imagine a life without petrol and petroleum products for even a day in present time, so it's innocent public who has to suffer after all. It’s earnest request to oil tanker associations to call back ongoing strike so as to ease the free movement of people and urge concerned government authorities and District Administration to look into the matter and take necessary and appropriate action at earliest.


Duyu A. Tagio