July 31


Mingkhi Talom reaches the top

PASIGHAT, July 30: Mingkhi Talom is ranked number one tennis player in the country in under 18 category.

He created history by becoming the first tennis player from Arunachal Pradesh to achieve number one ranking at the nationals level in under 18  defeating Calvin Gonmai of Haryana by 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Talom who hails from Jomoh village in Siang District  participated in the National level under 18 Tennis Tournament on July 29 and now he will be qualified to take part at international events. The tournament was organized by All India Tennis Association (AITA) at Gaurcity Stadium, NOIDA (Delhi).  DIPRO


Minor allegedly raped

ITANAGAR, Jul 30: The All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) Kurung Kumey unit has alleged that one Md Azhar Ali allegedly raped a 6-year-old minor girl yesterday evening at Koloriang town. The alleged accused has been arrested and produced before the judicial magistrate. Further a case has been registered against the accused at Koloriang police station.

Meanwhile the association has appealed to the authority concern to ensure that strict punishment is given to the alleged accused.


Home Ministry’s directives on Arms license

ITANAGAR, Jul 30: As per the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India’s directives, the implementation of National Data base of Arms Licence (NDAL) and launch of Indian Arms Licences Issuance System (IALIS) with generations of Unique Identification Number (UIN) is to be completed on or before 1st October 2015.

Hence, in this regard, the state government has directed all the Arms Licence holders to collect the ‘NDAL FORM’ from the concerned Deputy Commissioner’s office in the districts or Department of Home, Civil Secretarial, Itanagar immediately and submit the duly filled form on or before 10th August 2015.

The licences whose entry is not made in NDAL on or before 1st October 2015 will stand invalid automatically, a press notice from Home department stated. DIPR


District secretariat gets an ATM

Tawang, Jul 30: MLA Tsering Tashi inaugurated an ATM Booth in the premises of District Secretariat (DC Office) Tawang today.

Tashi said that the ATM is first in all the District Secretariats throughout the state. He congratulated the DC Abhishek Dev and SBI officials for the achievement. On the sidelines, he also visited the Jan Suvida branch and inspected the Railway and Air Ticket reservation counters, information kiosks with 24X7 internet facilities and interacted with the general public in the branch.

Later the MLA inaugurated a Children’s Park at Monyul Vidya Niketan.

The park is at an unused marshy land in the heart of the town and its beauty is enhanced with plantations and park equipments.

The MLA emphasized on the need for greenery and amusement parks and requested the school authority for maintenance and upkeep of the asset. DIPRO


Upper Siang AAPLU unit  demands enquiry

ITANAGAR,  July 30: Alleging that various Anganwadi Centers  in Upper Siang district are not implementing the SNP (Supplementary Nutrition Programme)  for kids of labourers enrolled under the ICDS project,  the All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union (AAPLU) Upper Siang district unit  has appealed to the Director, Women & Child Development, GoAP to  take  necessary  steps to unearth the actual reason behind the non-distribution of the meals in the Anganwadi centers for the children of labour community. It also urged the director to give instruction to district ICDS officials to strictly implement the  scheme in Anganwadi Centers across the district.


Extend last date of form submission: GSU

ITANAGAR, July 30: The Galo Students Union has urged the A P Co-operative Apex Bank Managing Director to extend the last date of submission of loan application under NSTFDC (National Schedule Tribe Finance & Development Corporation) Scheme upto August 15 or 20.

In a representation to Apex Bank managing director  on  July 29, the Union said that the time frame fixed for submission of loan application is too short. Justifying its demand, the Union  further said that many unemployed youths from districts like West Siang, Upper Subansiri are still unaware of the benefits of  the scheme or they have come to know very lately about it due to lack of awareness.


Mass cleanliness drive at Parbuk

ITANAGAR, July 30: Keeping in mind the reported outbreak of dengue in Pasighat, the people of Bukkong Anchal samity block conducted mass social service in and around the newly created Parbuk Circle Hq today. Around 100 people including PRI members took part in the social service.

While leading the social service, Bukkong ZPM Starson Saring has exhorted the people to maintain healthy life and clean environment to fight the deadly diseases like malaria, dengue and encephalitis.  It is our duty to keep the Parbuk administrative circle Hq  neat and clean, which is the gift of the Govt. through Dambuk MLA Gum Tayeng,  he said.


Creation of posts sought to

mitigate teachers’ shortage

ITANAGAR, Jul 30: The International Human Rights Association (IHRA) East Kameng district Unit today sought for creation of posts of Vice-Principals, Senior Teachers and other clerical staffs to run the government schools in East Kameng in particular and the state as whole. IHRA had written to Secretary Education and Director School Education demanding for creation of mentioned posts claiming that East Kameng district is facing shortages of teachers and other non-teaching staffs. IHRA district unit further claimed that government higher secondary school Chayang Tajo was upgraded in 2008; however, the school is yet to be fully equipped with teachers and non-teaching staffs.


Appeal for re-advertisement

ITANAGAR, Jul 30: The Arunachal Pradesh Indigenous Youth Tribes Union has appealed Chief Engineer PWD to re-advertise the recently cancelled interview for the post of junior engineer. They also called for early repairing of capital road stating that poor road condition is troubling the common public.


Association for posting of teacher

ITANAGAR, Jul 30: The All Leel Youth Association has requested education minister for early posting of science teacher at Govt. Middle School, Leel. The association claimed that said school does not have science teacher. Further they called for equal distribution of subject teachers so that quality education can be imparted at the village level.


ATCWA writes to CS

ITANAGAR, Jul 30: The Arunachal Tribal Contractor Welfare Association (ATCWA) has submitted a memorandum to Chief Secretary placing their demands.  The association has called for abolishment of District Based Entrepreneurs and Professionals Bill and present budgetary system of LoC and continuation with previous system and reduction of bank guarantee from 5% to 2% for tribal contractors.

Association also strongly opposed involvement of government officials in contract work in the name of their kits and kins. They alleged that specially in engineering department such practice is rampant. Further they appealed that after the enlistment of contractor registration during the time of tender process, documents should not be sought from the contractors.



National Trade Fair

Aalo, Jul 30: The Golden Jubilee Central Mopin Celebration Committee is organizing the 3rd National  Aalo Trade Fair at Gumin Kiin from 29th July to 16th August.

Inaugurating the Fair, the West Siang Superintendent of Police Mari Riba said that trade fair would not only generate revenue for GJCMCC but offer opportunities to the people to get all types of household items at their doorsteps. He lauded the Mopin Celebration Committee for the  innovative ideas to garner resources to celebrate the annual festival of the Galos every year.

President and Secretary GJCMCC, Doi Ado and Henrik Basar disclosed that all out efforts are being made in the run up to the grand celebration of Mopin festival in its golden year and appealed the members to think of other measures to start maximum resource mobilization. (DIPRO)


Association demands

ITANAGAR, Jul 30: The All Silsango Circle Youth Association (A.S.C.Y.A) has demanded Home Minister for the termination of Take Ringu, Principal PTC Banderdewa, Marge Riba Vice-Principal PTC, S. Rigia Medical Officer of PTC, Jumken Riram, SI (M.T.O) of PTC and Nabu Ratan IRBN Constable. Doubting their dubious role in the death of IRBn constable Nabam Regang, the association demanded that till the enquiry is completed the above mentioned officials should either be terminated or transferred out from PTC, so that they don’t influence the outcome of case.

Further they warned that if their demands are not met they will launch democratic movement.   


Visit to flood affected Sagalee

ITANAGAR, July 30: The Additional Deputy Commissioner, Sagalee Jalash Pertin along with Panchayat Leaders/Social Workers inspected various flood affected areas today.

The worse affected is the road in between Sagalee-Sakiang (Mengio) which has remained cut off. This road connects CO Headquarters Parang and Silsango.

On physical verification, the Technical expert suggested requirement of Rs. 5.00 crore approximately for immediate restoration. The ADC has requested the Government for immediate release of fund. (DIPRO)


News Impact

IOC’s apathy deepens LPG crisis in Arunachal

Amar Sangno

ITANAGAR, Jul 30:  The current LPG cylinder crisis in Koloriang, Ziro, Daporijo, Aalo and Pasighat including Capital Complex may deepen if the Indian Oil Cooperation (IOC) fails to act tactfully. This was informed by highly placed source at Directorate of Food and Civil Supplies Office here today. The central part of Arunachal including Itanagar currently is battling serious shortage of LPG cylinder as Kimin bottling plant reportedly have not been able to meet up the growing requirements.  

Sources in private gas agencies disclosed that current crisis has been compounded by withdrawal of private run-trucks from transportation as the IOC is not hiking the transportation charge even in the hilly region.  Many transporters (trucks) are now reluctant to go to hilly places like Koloriang, Daporijo and Aalo as it incurs lot of extra expenses” the source added.  It is said that transportation crisis can be mitigated, if the IOC gives mandatory direction to all the distributors to have their own truck.

However, the growing numbers of consumers in Capital Complex in particular and the central part of Arunachal is another factor for LPG crisis as the Kimin Bottling Plant is unable to fulfill the requirements.

A distributor in Itanagar shared that IOC is unable to release its monthly allocation of 42 trucks (each truck has a capacity to carry 302-306 cylinders) instead it is releasing just 22-24 trucks in a month, thereby making it almost impossible to meet the recruitments.

He further said that capital complex alone requires eight trucks daily; however the IOC is releasing hardly two to four trucks in a day.

Current situation has irked many consumers, as some of them have been waiting for couple of weeks for the cylinder.

“We have to answer to the consumers and sometime face their ire as many are angry at the agency for not distributing cylinder” he revealed.

To fulfill ever growing requirement of LPG cylinder, earlier IOC had planned to set up another bottling plant at Chiputa near Doimukh along Hoj-Potin road. It is said that land was acquired by the district administration for establishment of the plant which was later submitted to the IOC authority for compensation.  

Interestingly, at final stage the technical team of IOC from Mumbai rejected the proposed site as unfit. Miffed with the IOC technical team’s decision, the land owner had filed a petition against them seeking compensation claiming that plot has remained reserved but unused for a long time.



Civil service officers question decisions, accuse govt of overlooking merit

ITANAGAR, Jul 30: The Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service Officers’ Association has strongly objected to some of the decisions of the government which denies them promotional avenues. In a seven-point memorandum to the Chief Secretary, Government of Arunachal Pradesh today, APCSOA protested the move to de-cadre the post of Joint Director Panchayat and District Panchayat Development Officer. The association also showed its resentment at random appointment made to the post of Directors. They cited an example of a junior teacher manning the post of Director IT without following any norms.

The association while remonstrating against the recent cabinet approval of empowering DCs in transfer and posting of EACs and COs within the district requested the CS to review the decision.

The APCSOA further reiterated the implementation of Bagra Committee Report, in a press statement.

APCSOA also questioned the appointment of Dani Sulu, an Army Account Service Officer, who has been absorbed into Arunachal Pradesh Government. Dani Sulu has been appointed as secretary to Government of Arunachal Pradesh at the cost of state Exchequer bending all norms and rules under the pretext of Ex Cadre post, it said while decrying blatant misuse of power by people at the helms of the affairs.  Terming Sulu’s induction “height of vested interest and corruption” it said that people of the state ought to know. The APSCOA wanted to the rationality behind Dani Sulu’s appointment as it threatened to launch “democratic movement”.

The issues related to Director civil aviation, Director Administrative Training Institute were also raised. The recent DPC decision of denying promotion to two senior grade officers to selection grade on the reasons of “good” ACRs was also discussed. The Chief Secretary is reported to informed the officers that an order is being issued to the Department of Personnel & Training to apprise the officers concerned regarding “good” ACR remark given by the reporting/reviewing officer, well in advance, to avoid such unfortunate incidences.

APCSOA cannot remain mute spectator to the partial treatment by the Government to the grievances of officers as well blatant bending of rule, the statement said as it requested the Chief Secretary to respect meritocracy.



CC 4-lane for Itanagar–Banderdewa road

NEW DELHI, Jul 30: The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has agreed for the 4 laning of the Itanagar – Banderdewa road, NH 415 (formerly NH 52 A). The stretch will now have a Cement Concrete (CC)  4 lane road.

This was conveyed to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki during his meeting with Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari at New Delhi today. Union MoS Home Kiren Rijiju was also present in the meeting.

It was decided to take care of the sinking zone in the Itanagar-Banderdewa road by constructing two way roads or bridges, whichever is feasible.

They also discussed other matters pertaining to the roads sector in the state.  



Nation bids tearful adieu to Abdul Kalam

RAMESWARAM, Jul 30: In a spontaneous outpouring of grief, thousands of people bid an an emotional farewell to former President APJ Abdul Kalam who was on Thursday laid to rest with full state honours in his home town here amid chants of "Bharat Mata Ki Jai".

The body of Kalam was buried in the middle of a 1.5 acre piece of land earmarked for the purpose at Peikarumbu here after being brought from his family mosque where special prayers were offered.

The "People's President" was accorded full military honours, including gun salute and playing of the Last Post as the members of his family and local Jamath lowered his mortal remains into a trench as slogans of "Bharat Mata Ki Jai" rent the air.

The funeral of the "Missile Man" was attended by a galaxy of leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi who placed a wreath, offered his final salute and stood in silence in front of Kalam's body that was draped in national flag. He also went around the casket with folded hands.

The Prime Minister later went up to Kalam's eldest brother 99-year-old Mohammed Muthu Meeran Lebbai Maraicker, who was seated nearby, and offered his condolences.

Much before he became "a people's President" in 2002, Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam was already a national icon as the "Missile Man of India", an inspiration to children and scientists around the country.

Known more for his inspirational leadership with the scientists who worked under him being fiercely loyal, Kalam was the brainchild behind the launch of the country's indigenous integrated guided missile development programme (IGMDP) in 1983. Incidentally, the defence minister at that time was R Venkataraman, who too went on to become the country's President.

Kalam, as DRDO chief, and DAE director R Chidambaram played a pivotal role in covertly planning and organising Pokhran-II nuclear tests in the Thar Desert in 1998, successfully managing to fool US satellites and other intelligence-gathering mechanisms.

Earlier, as part of the last rites for the departed soul, a 'Namaz-e-Janaza' was held here with the 'Aalin' or Chief Priest reading out prayers, which was later repeated at the burial site. PTI



Fire devours nine shops

AALO, July 30: In a devastating fire that broke out at Bogdo at around 11PM, six shop buildings, two rental houses and a Govt. residential quarter have been gutted on July 29 last.  

Huge properties are reported to be destroyed in the fire accident but no casualty has been reported so far. The cause of fire accident could not be ascertained and the Market and Colony Committee is working out the details of loss for submission to the District Administration. (DIPRO)



Govt urged to follow laid down AICTE policy

ITANAGAR, July 30: Arunachal Pradesh Graduate Engineers Association (APGEA) in a memorandum to  Chief Secretary appealed him to issue directives to engineering departments of the state to immediately impose blanket ban in engineering Degree/Diploma certificates obtained through distance education which are not approved by AICTE for promotion and appointment to Group-A & B posts.

In its memorandum, the  Association claimed that  the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) vide its Public Notice Advt. No.UB/03(03)2010, dated March 13, 2010 had reiterated that Diploma or Degree or Post Graduate degree obtained in Engineering through distance mode/education is not recognised. According to AICTE notification, it has been the clear policy of the Council not to recognise any qualifications acquired through distance education mode in the Engineering discipline as it highly requires practical field training for qualifying to be in the skilled group of engineering department, the Association said.

The Association further claimed that few of the working engineering departments like departments of Power, Hydro Power and WRD had already followed the AICTE notification by de-recognising  engineering diploma/degree  or   Post-Graduate certificates   obtained through distance education mode/institute and stopped entertaining any candidate  with such certificates for appointment or promotion  in the respective departments in the best  of the state. It urged the Chief Secretary to issue directives to other remaining Engineering departments to strictly  follow the laid down policy of the  AICTE.



School buildings, teacher’s quarters in need of maintenance: Tayeng

ROING, Jul 30:  Parliamentary Secretary for WRD Gum Tayeng said that almost all the government school buildings and teacher’s quarters need major maintenance since most of them were constructed during 1970-80s and have outlived their usefulness.

She said this while addressing a meeting of the principals and headmasters of various government schools under 42nd Dambuk Assembly Constituency which was held at Bolung Higher Secondary School here today.

Stating that there are reports of roof leakage in almost all the government school buildings, Tayeng assured to take up issue with the Minister for Education to ensure that renovation work is carried out in all the school buildings within the constituency. She also assured to construct a school auditorium at Govt. Higher Secondary School, Dambuk and Bolung as proposed by her husband Late Jomin Tayeng.

While expressing concern over the shortage of subject teachers and teaching staff in the schools, she said that she has asked the government to make the appointment of the clerical staffs viz. C & D categories in the respective district.

Earlier, while interacting with the students of the GHSS Bolung, she exhorted them to concentrate in their studies to achieve their goals and to stay away from any kind of unlawful activities.

Also present in the meeting was Roing DDSE Mijum Lego, who apprised the local MLA about the shortage of English and PCM subject teachers in the district. He also informed that the shortage of ministerial staff have risen due to recent appointments at the state capital against the vacant post in the district and claimed that the staffs after serving a couple of years in the district are often transferred back to their respective districts. He further asked all the principals and headmasters to furnish requirement of school furniture like bench and desks which can be taken up under the CSR programme of various PSUs like NHPC working in the district.

GHSS Bolung principal Abu Saring, GHSS Dambuk vice-principal Baling Gamno and headmasters of Secondary Schools of Parbuk, Jia, Meka and Mibo Pertin, Bizari also informed that one of the oldest schools of the state, Govt. Higher Secondary School Dambuk which was established in the year 1946 has been running without senior subject teachers for the last 3 years. They also submitted a report on infrastructure status and requirement of subject teachers in their respective schools. (DIPRO)




AP forest officer gets NDTV award


"Save our Tigers" campaign


ITANAGAR, Jul 30: Kime Rambia, RFO (Wildlife), Tippi, under Pakke Tiger Reserve has been awarded for his outstanding contributions towards protection of wildlife by NDTV through its "Save our Tigers" campaign yesterday in a glittering function in Delhi, on the occasion of World Tiger Day observed on the 29th of July every year.

He is one among the 8 members chosen from forest officers and officials throughout the country to receive this motivational and prestigious award.

He along with his field staff of Pakke Tiger Reserve had rescued wildlife in several instances and to name a few, an Asiatic Black Bear cub, a Burmese python, Sambar, a Keeled Box turtle and very recently a full grown King Cobra among others.

A  native of Hija village, Ziro under L/Subansiri,  Rambia has done his B.SC (Bot) from JN College, Pasighat and M.Sc (Bot) from RGU, Doimukh and is an RFO batch of 2008-09. He trained at State Forest Service College, Coimbatore.



District secretariat gets an ATM

Tawang, Jul 30: MLA Tsering Tashi inaugurated an ATM Booth in the premises of District Secretariat (DC Office) Tawang today.

Tashi said that the ATM is first in all the District Secretariats throughout the state. He congratulated the DC Abhishek Dev and SBI officials for the achievement. On the sidelines, he also visited the Jan Suvida branch and inspected the Railway and Air Ticket reservation counters, information kiosks with 24X7 internet facilities and interacted with the general public in the branch.

Later the MLA inaugurated a Children’s Park at Monyul Vidya Niketan.

The park is at an unused marshy land in the heart of the town and its beauty is enhanced with plantations and park equipments.

The MLA emphasized on the need for greenery and amusement parks and requested the school authority for maintenance and upkeep of the asset. DIPRO



Aadhar enrolment on track, DC appeals all to register

Itanagar, Jul 30: Itanagar Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner Mige Kamki today said that the district administration has been doing its best to enroll all denizens under Aadhaar, a 12-digit individual identification number to serve as a proof of identity and address anywhere in India.

“We are effectively doing it as desired by the GoAP”, he, said and asked the denizens to come forward in the third round to avail the chance, if not enrolled earlier, and assured all possible help to achieve the goal.

The second round of biometric enrolment for the same is over and the third round is expected to start by September next. The population who were enumerated in the first phase of National Population Register held in 2010 are available in the NPR database. During the first round 49% of the population was covered. The new residents who were not enrolled in the database were asked to fill up the NPR forms and were later covered in the second round. Similarly in the third round, those who had filled up forms during the second round would be covered.

Supervisor Manoj Chettry informed today that in the 2nd round approximately 900 residents were enrolled against 2,000 forms received.

However, for the left out population permanent enrolment Centre (PEC) through service provider has been set up in each district, which function in Itanagar Capital Complex deputy commissioner’s office here.

Kolkata-based service provider Lyra Consultancy is a PEC currently operating from this office. The company has presently four offices in the Capital Complex including the office here, at ICC and one each at EAC Itanagar, Naharlagun and Banderdewa CO offices for the people to get enrolled. The company has spread its wings to Papumpare, Lower Subansiri and Upper Subansiri district too. DIPRO



Tribute to former President Kalam pouring in

ITANAGAR, Jul 30: Condolences poured in from many institutions and organizations on the death of former president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.

The students and teachers of Xavier’s International School, Bogdo took out a peaceful procession at the thoroughfare of Aalo Township today in honour of beloved scientist and Former President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.

Later, in a prayer service held at the school premises, the school fraternity paid floral tribute to the former President. Children were also asked to imbibe Kalam’s four basic principles of goal-setting, positive thinking, visualizing and believing on the day, reports Aalo DIPRO

Students and teachers of St. Thomas Residential School Naharlagun led by its Vice Principal Dr Cilla Abraham also organized a candle light prayer and paid floral tribute to the People’s President and missile man of India Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.

While mourning the death of Kalam, school director Adv. Easho M. Cheriyan said Dr Kalam was a role model for all. He inspired the children to innovate through science and technology.  Terming him as second ‘Chachaji”  Cheriyan  said  Kalam’s demise is an irreparable loss to the nation and the scientific society.

Fulfilling the desire of  APJ Abdul Kalam who said “Don't declare holiday on my death, instead work an extra day, if you love me,”   the volunteers of Arunachal  Pradesh Congress Seva Dal led by its Chief Organiser, Kipa Kaha,  organized a day-long social service in Congress Seva Dal office, Indira Gandhi Bhawan,  Naharlagun as a tribute of Kalam.  Apart from cleaning the office compound,   the volunteers including Pradesh office bearers, City Congress Seva Dal and Papum Pare District Congress Seva Dal renovated the Seva Dal office link road up to NH 52 –A during the social service.



Review meeting on MCTS Call Centre

ITANAGAR, Jul 30: A meeting to review the progress and status of MCTS Call Centre was held today.

Secretary (Health & Family Welfare) Indra Mallo said that in order to tackle the issue and grievances of the public relating to the Health systems, there should also be a Public Grievance Registration & Redressal System at the earliest in order to comply with mandatory requirement of Govt of India.  She advised the implementing partner to integrate the same with MCTS call Centre.

The capacity of the present 5 Seat MCTS Call Centre is to be expanded to 10 Seats with Toll Free incoming facility and undertake IEC campaign including All India Radio and Newspapers, etc to create awareness about the service available through the MCTS Call Centre.

The Centre had been set up with the objective of facilitating in reducing Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) and Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) through ANC / PNC Advice, Motivation for Institutional Delivery, Providing information of health schemes, Tracking immunization status, Promote, protect and maintain the health of the mother and child – general mother & child care advice eg nutrition, health & wellbeing etc., Verification of all database including contact numbers etc. The performance of the MCTS Call Centre was reviewed and the implementation partner Piramal Swasthya Management & Research Institute (PSMRI) updated on its activities and outcome. P N Thungon, Mission Director, NHM, Dr. A Perme, State Program Officer (M&E), NHM, DMO, Changlang Dr. S Chai Pul,  Consultant NHM H Wangsu, Head – Sarathi 104 & MCTS, Piramal Swasthya Rajesh Sethi,  State Head – Assam, Piramal Swasthya Mahesh Deori attended the meeting.  



My brief memoir on Dr Abdul Kalam


Bilaseng Namchoom


“Righteousness in heart, where there is righteousness in heart, there is beauty in the character, where there is beauty in the heart, there is harmony in the home, where there is harmony in the home, there is order in the nation, where there is order in the nation, there is peace in the nation, every Arunachalees should have righteousness in their heart...."         - Dr A.P.J Abdul Kalam


It is hard to believe the news of the sad demise of a popular figure, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam who ignited the young minds with his words of wisdom. In his death, India has lost not just a beloved statesman, but a scientist who led from the front to help the country shake off its doubts and emerge stronger on the world stage. A man born in a middle class family, seen and faced problems and hardships of middle class,  who never daunted and depressed of failures rose to the height of first citizen of India, the president of India, a visionary, a pragmatist, a poet a good human being, a complete man.

Dr Kalam was a man of impeccable character, indomitable spirit, profound knowledge and firm conviction. His smile, cheerfulness and grounded nature made him the man one can look up to.

An eternal optimist with amazing energy, Dr. Kalam has been an inspiration to me like to billion others in many ways. I vividly remember the time when I first met Dr APJ Abdul Kalam in August 2010 when he was on a two day visit to Arunachal Pradesh. It was the most intellectually-stimulating 30 minutes of my life. He had an aura of graciousness, empathy, knowledge, inspiration and love that can attract anyone. The 30 minutes of the conversation made me feel I have known him for long.

I had the previledge to meet the legend in person at Rajbhawan, Itanagar on August 4, 2010. He spoke of his incredible journey of aspiring to be an aeronautical engineer as a child, making missiles and satellites, and becoming the president of India. “If four things are followed-having a great aim, acquiring knowledge, hard work and perseverance than anything can be achieved,” he said.

A role model for students and young people Dr Kalam was in his element when surrounded by them. Dr Kalam was here to attend the 2nd convocation ceremony of North Eastern Regional Institute of Science & Technology (NERIST) at Nirujuli on August 4th and prior to that he had an interaction programme with enthusiast students of various schools from Itanagar & Naharlagun on August 3rd.

The jammed packed Rajbhawan hall burst out in loud cheers and applause when he spoke of a teacher’s potential to transform a student’s life. He narrated the story of his teacher taking them to the seashore to show the way birds flew, the story became legendary, for it inspired young Kalam to pursue space research. His quotes as he spoke became a source of inspiration to many students of various schools of Itanagar and Naharlagun.  

Dr Kalam words still echoes fresh in my ears where he described Itanagar as a beautiful city which has been named after the famous Ita Fort and is about 6th centuries old. He quotes, “I am very happy to be in this atmosphere and be interacting with you. It is the Knowledge that makes you great.”

Before, he inspired the students about the importance of “Empowering the young mind, Criteria for achievement giving an aim at right age, Birth of Creativity in a difficult situation, Let not thy winged days be spent in vain, Home library, Birth of a Global Mission: Ten billion trees and what I will be remembered for.” He freely shared his email id and promised a prompt reply to everyone within 48 hours. “Ask me anything; share your dreams and goals, about how you want to change your country.”

Dr Kalam’s session was interactive with the participants and he inspired them to set their aim high and to bring glory to the nation while being a good member of the family, nation and the world. He told the youths that success and failure will be there in life, and you have to defeat the fear.

Dr Kalam ignited minds of younger students though his inspiration speech and presented few lines from the famous verses of 13th century Persian Sufi poet Jalaluddin Rumi’s -Wings to Fly:

Wings to Fly

“You were born with potential.

You were born with goodness and trust.

You were born with ideas and dreams.

You were born with greatness.

You were born with wings.

You are not meant for crawling,

so don’t, you have wings.

Learn to use them to fly.”

Dr Kalam translating the famous verses said, ‘My message to you, young friends, is that education gives you wings to fly. Achievement comes out of fire in our sub-conscious mind that “I will win”. So, each one of you assembled here and elsewhere, will have “Wings of Fire”. The Wing of Fire will indeed lead to knowledge which will make you to fly as a doctor, or an engineer, or a scientist, or a teacher, or a political leader, or a bureaucrat or a diplomat or anything you want to be. You all from Itanagar can do it.

Even though he is gone, he will always remain a source of inspiration to young India.


 “Dream is not that you see in sleep, dream is something that does not let you sleep,” always spurs us on to work harder to achieve our goals.”- Dr APJ Abdul Kalam


Below is Dr Kalam’s poem which captures the beauty of the state (Arunachal Pradesh) and is called “Message of the Land”.

Message of the Land

I stood before the mighty Himalayan Mountain and asked,

O ! Mystic mountains! What message for the children of the state you have?

The mountain thought and then slowly replied,

“O Kalam! Look at me -  I stood here for millions and millions of years,

I stood the gushing rivers meandering through my core,

I stood through the clouds blinding me in white.

But I had an unflinching aim to reach the skies,

and thus despite all the odds I stood by.

My message to young is thus – Have an aim in life and persevere,

That aim will be a light house to guide all your voyages through the turbulent times.”

I then turned to dense forest which reside in the heart of the hill,

Seeking for a message from them for the young full of courage.

The forest replied “O Kalam! Every season I see a new flavor,

Sometimes I absorb snow, I absorb mist, I absorb sunshine, wind and rain.   

Everytime, I learn from the season - I grow stronger,

My message for the youth is to constantly acquire and absorb knowledge,

For knowledge will make you greater than you ever imagined yourself to be,

The ignited mind of the youth is most powerful resource on the earth, above the earth and under it” The forest did see.

Next, I turned to the lovely an Anthurium flower beside me,

It smiled and chuckled and radiated vibrant colors into the life.

It softly said “O Kalam! I too have a message for the young,

The message is, spread joy and smiles to everyone you see,

Giving is my spirit and my mission for life,

And my giving I get happiness of my soul.”

O my friends, let us celebrate the message of the monuments of nature in this land of Arunachal”.


Copyright © 2008, The Arunachal Times Publications Pvt. Ltd., Siang House, Sector - E, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh - 791111, India

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---- Editorial ----


Accelerate economic reforms

The BJP led government came to power at centre with the promise of fixing the battered economy and to accelerate the growth. Prime Minister Narendra Mod promised jobs to the youths during his election rallies. However more than a year has passed since Modi assumed office but situation has not improved much at ground. The unemployment is still a major issue and economy has not really picked up as was expected.

Despite having absolute majority the government has failed to initiate any major economic reforms. Major economic reform agenda like land and GST bills are still pending at parliament. The negotiation team of Modi has not been able to prevail over the opposition parties. They will need to work hard to win the confidence of opposition parties to carry out major economic reforms.  However, finally government is exhibiting some will power to accelerate the growth process. Today government of India cleared seven foreign direct investment proposals. The proposals worth 981.15 crore rupees have been cleared by the Finance Ministry following recommendations by the Foreign Investment Promotion Board, FIPB. In coming days they will need to take more such steps to fasten the economic growth and create more jobs for the youths.




---- Readers Forum ----


Semester students deprived of admission

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki towards the existing rule for the 1st semester failure students in Dera Natung Govt College, Itanagar. More than 700 1st semester failed students for the session 2014-15 are deprived from taking admission in the said college only for the reason to make DNGC a model college.  Such reason in a developing state will badly affect the career of students.  

Moreover, lack of sensitization on semester system among the students, mostly from far-flung areas is the main cause behind the failure of students. Therefore, the authorities should take steps gradually in order to make it a model college, instead of harassing the ‘deprived students’ who are also precious asset of the state.  The authorities concern should not snatch the opportunity of a section of students. Let them show their hidden potentials.


Nabam  Rade

BA 3rd year,  DNGC



General hospital needs some work

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I want to express my bitter experience at Pasighat General Hospital. On 25th July, I was at the Hospital as one of my relatives was admitted there.

As usual the hide & seek game of electricity was going on and everyone was force to endure it. But from midnight power supply was totally gone and attendants of the patients had to use the traditional fan while so sleepy.

I was shocked to know that the pay cabins had power supply while other wards did not have.

So, what does it mean and why is it happening? Does money matter? If money is the matter then why it is called government hospital?  

In another case, when I visited the pay cabin, electric bulb, one a flexible wire was hanging from the shower. What if there is a power leakage?  The hospital management should deploy an electrician to repair it. I have attached a photo for your reference.

I appeal to the Government and concern body to look into the matters and appoint a special team or a member to look after such problems.


A. Dahl




Parsuram kund is in Lohit

Dear Editor,

The Cultural and Literary Society of Mishmi strongly objects to the projection of Parsuram kund and Wakro in the newly created Namsai district by CT Mein, Parliamentary Secretary, during the recent budget session. The legislator had referred to Parsuram kund and Tameshwari temple at Paya suggesting for their enlistment in the world heritage list.

While CALSOM welcomes the senior MLA’s stand for enlistment of Parsuram Kund and Tameshwari Temple at Paya in the world heritage list, we resent the wrong projection of the pilgrimage sites in the Namsai District, which is misleading, unwarranted and bereft of facts.

Ever since the Lohit District came into existence, Parsuram Kund in Wakro circle is a part of the District and Wakro is still under the administrative jurisdiction of Lohit District after it’s bifurcation into Namsai District. It’s a well known fact that in the past the Mishmis residing in the periphery of Parsuram Kund used to ferry the pilgrims across the Lohit River. Likewise, Tameshwari Temple of Paya falls under Sunpura circle of Lohit District.

The CALSOM further appeals to the senior legislator and others to refrain from making such unwarranted and misleading statements.


Suraj Tayang

Secretary, CALSOM  




Recruit teachers

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed daily,  I on behalf of all APTET qualified candidates would like to request the concern authority especially Directorate of Elementary,  govt. of Arunachal Pradesh to fill up the vacant teachers posts as prompt as possible as many school are running short of teachers.

For instance, at least nine teachers from Govt higher sec. school Changlang have retired during 2013-15. As such many teachers have retired all over state which has caused acute shortage of teachers, but till date govt have not bothered to fill up these vacant teachers posts. There are many APTET qualified candidates who can fill in these vacant posts. Therefore, I earnestly request people friendly Govt. to fill up these vacant teachers post with APTET qualified candidates to uphold quality education in the state as quality education has been the top priority of congress led government.  


APTET Qualified candidates





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