Refugees don’t have grounds to claim citizenship: Ering
NEW DELHI, Jul 22: Member of Parliament, Ninong Ering played down the demand of a
Tripura MP in the Parliament that Arunachal Pradesh Government should grant citizenship
rights to Chakma and Hajong refugees.
Member of Parliament, Jitendra Choudhury in Parliament on Friday demanded that Chakmas
should be recognized and granted citizenship rights by the Arunachal Pradesh Government
as was done in his home state and Mizoram.
Ering, however, said that Chakmas belonging to Bangladesh do not have grounds to
claim citizenship rights as the Bengal Frontier Regulation Act of 1857 recognizes
only indigenous tribes living in Arunachal Pradesh.
He argued that Chakmas have been accepted as refugees in Arunachal Pradesh and they
cannot be granted citizenship.
He explained how the community has changed the demography of the state and dominated
the areas of their settlement, exploiting the resources meant for the locals.
The MP also reiterated the issue of inclusion of Nocte, Yobin, Tutsa, Tangsa and
Wanchos in the Arunachal Pradesh Scheduled Tribes (ST) list.
Roing general ground to look greener
[ Karyir Riba ]
ROING, Jul 22: The General Ground, Roing will adorn imported Mexican grass, giving
a lush and greener look as Rajya Sabha Member Mukut Mithi on Saturday formally started
the grass plantation in presence of the Deputy Commissioner and local MLA.
Mexican grass or carpet grass is grown as a large carpet on a piece of polythene
and is cut into smaller rectangular mats and laid side by side on the soil.
The MP, along with Deputy Commissioner and MLA Mutchu Mithi also inspected the ongoing
renovation work of the playground.
Mexican grasses have been brought from Kolkata along with experts to plant it, informed
DSO Raju Mipi under whose monitoring the renovation is underway.
"Sports lovers of Roing have always yearned for a good quality playground and this
long-felt demand has finally been fulfilled with the support of the MLA, Director
Sports, MP Mithi and the District Administration", said Mipi.
The renovation work also includes retaining walls and drainage system and is expected
to be complete by the end of this month.
Around 12,000 students detained in Arunachal: CAG
NEW DELHI, Jul 22: Around 12,000 students were retained in primary classes and upper
primary classes in Arunachal Pradesh between 2011 and 2016, contrary to the provisions
of the Right to Education Act, a CAG report revealed.
The report pertaining to the Implementation of the Right of Children to Free and
Compulsory Education Act, 2009, also noted that around 30,000 students were retained
in class eight in Assam schools over the last six years.
In Assam, the Comptroller and Auditor General observed, during the six year period
ending on March 31, 2016, up to 34,000 children who attained the age of 14 years,
were retained in class VIII.
The Right to Education Act envisages that no child should be held back in any class
or expelled from the school till the completion of elementary education.
The reason for retaining the students above the age of 14 years was attributed to
the non-completion of the elementary cycle as they were not enrolled in schools in
time, i.e. at the beginning of the academic years and in the some cases, the students
were retained in same classes due to poor performance.
"Audit noted that children above the age of 14 years were retained in elementary
classes in violation of the Act in 15 states," the report said.
It also noted that one school in the East District of Sikkim retained 114 students
out of 2105 in the same class during 2010-100 to 2014-15. (PTI)
PHED monitors restoration work
ITANAGAR, Jul 22: PHED Chief Engineer (WZ), Toko Jyoti and PHED Capital Division
Executive Engineer, Tadar Mangku visited the drinking water sources at Itanagar and
Naharlagun on Saturday to evaluate the progress of the ongoing restoration work.
The Chief Engineer informed that the PHED is managing supply of water from the 7
MLD Treatment Plant at Senki Park in Itanagar, and 3 MLD from Lapu, Papu and Dariya
Hill intake source, which was recently restored. He also informed that they have
increased the numbers of water tank supply for Itanagar from 35 to 50.
For Naharlagun and Nirjuli, the Chief Engineer informed that the pipes for 7 MLD
water treatment plant at Naharlagun has already been dispatched from Kolkata and
restoration work will begin as soon as the pipes are received.
Further, he informed that they are currently managing water supply to Naharlagun
and Nirjuli from the 3 MLD gravity source, besides and have pressed24 water tankers
into service now.
Assuring people of all-out efforts to restore the water supply at the earliest, the
Chief Engineer has appealed to the citizens of Capital Complex to bear with the department.
He however, stated that the department cannot provide any fixed time for completion
of the restoration work as it is subject to favourable weather conditions.
Heavy rainfall and landslides had caused extensive damage to water pipelines in the
Capital complex, causing severe water crisis since July 9 last.
Papum Pare district recorded 1501.14mm rainfall from July 1 to 11 this year, while
it was 840 mm for July in 2016.
Earlier, people of Itanagar received 21 MLD of water each day, which is equivalent
to 2.10 crore litres, but at present the PHED is able to supply 10 MLD only. The
cut back is the result of 11 MLD pipelines being washed away at Poma-Mopung-Mekhey
Mock drills on earthquake, fire safety at schools
HAWAI, Jul 22: A series of mock drills on earthquake and training on fire
safety were conducted by the Anjaw District Disaster Management Authority at
seven schools viz, GMS Kherang, Lautul, Sung, Watong, Wala, GRS Longling
and GPS Tamblu under Hawai circle, as part of a weeklong disaster awareness
programme which concluded on Saturday.
A team comprising of Hawai DDMO, S Tayang, resource persons JE (Electrical),
A K Tiwari, Hawai CHC ANM, B Chaitom Pul and staff of DM branch conducted
the awareness programmes, starting from Kherang village on July 17 last.
Teachers, gaon burahs and PRI members of the respective villages and over
250 students attended the programme during which safety, vulnerability and
the role of girl child and women during and post disasters, like landslide,
earthquake, fire accident etc, were explained through PowerPoint presentation
by the DDMO.
School authorities were also briefed to prepare School Disaster Management Plan,while
resource persons imparted training on electrical hazards, safety and first aid. Safety
equipments like first aid box and fire extinguishers were donated to all the schools.
First batch of FTI felicitated
ITANAGAR, Jul 22: "The Film and Television Institute will act as catalyst in harnessing
and developing hidden talent in the youths and take them to new heights in the field
of filmmaking", said T N Thongdok, Speaker Legislative Assembly of Arunachal Pradesh.
He was speaking on the occasion of felicitation function of the first batch (short
course) 2017 of Film and Television Institute, Itanagar (an extended campus of Satyajit
Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkota) on Saturday at the state Banquet Hall
Terming the day a historic one, the Legislative Assembly Speaker hoped that the institution
will teach and groom future filmmakers from all parts of the country.
"Though there was abundance of talent and enthusiasm in the North East, the artists
could not make much headway due to lack of technical expertise and financial availability.
There have been few filmmakers who have gained critical acclaim, but could not attain
the height and status deserved by them and could not break into the mainstream in
a big way. But because of the Film Institute and support of the government the future
of the talented artists are bright in the region now", he said.
Home and Education Parliamentary Secretary, Pani Taram hoped that the establishment
of the film institute will boost quality filmmaking in the region and open avenues
for talented artists to make a mark in national and international levels.
He thanked the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, GoI for establishing the
film institute here, which will nurture the nascent industry. He appealed to the
students to utilise their art in promoting the unexplored aspects of the region which
will in turn lift the socio-economic status of the region. He also assured all support
and help in the development of the institution.
Paban Hoaban, international filmmaker from Manipur, while underlining the importance
of the training cautioned that the powerful medium of filmmaking should be taken
"The students should strive for new meaning and purpose. Enhancing visual storytelling
and specialised creative art are very challenging", he said.
Updating and continuous conversation with self and society will help in lifting the
knowledge and the fulfilling the needs of inner genius in you, added the filmmaker.
He was hopeful that the students will attain new heights in their life.
Dr Debamitra Mitra, Director SRFTI, Kolkota highlighted the progress of the film
institution and informed that hopefully a full-fledge course will begin from September-October.
Obang Tayeng, Director (IPR) said that though filmmaking is in its infant stage,
many talented people have put in their hard work and achieved some success. "Setting
up of the institution and the support put in by the government will act as a catalyst
for their faster development", he opined.
Earlier, the students shared their experiences during their course, and said that
the course helped them learn many aspects of varied people of the country, besides
Mitali Namchoom, Special Secretary IPR, along with officers, faculty members, students
and other invitees attended the function.
A film produced by the institution named 'Donyi Polo' was screened on the occasion.
Infrastructural collapse during natural calamities
Flights Of Fantasy
[ M Panging ]
Recent rains and weather phenomena has exposed the poor quality and poor planning
of various infrastructure like roads, bridges, electricity etc.
From western areas of Tawang, West Kameng and East Kameng to the southern areas of
Tirap, Changlang and Namsai, there were floods, landslides, mudslides leading to
road blockages. Many roads to remote areas were cut off, resulting in marooned citizens,
ration shortages in remote towns and villages. In some cases,mudslides and floods
led to loss of precious lives.
Towards construction of highways in the state, earth cutting and adequate protection
have not been planned and executed with foresight. This has led to loosening of the
hill sides, leading to landslides and mud slides. In addition to causing road blockages,
these landslides and mudslides have resulted in many lives being lost along with
loss of homes and property. Many common Arunachalese have also contributed to mudslides
and landslides by rampant earth cutting for creating infrastructure without proper
studies and analysis.
Most of our infrastructures, like roads, electric lines/towers, mobile towers, bridges
etc break down even in mild weather phenomena, like rains, windy conditions, local
storms, etc. Breaking down of essential infrastructure in mild weather indicates
poor quality and workmanship. During emergency situations like natural calamities
these vital infrastructure, like roads, railways, bridges, hospitals, airports, electricity
and mobile towers would be required for rescue and relief operations. Availability
of these critical infrastructures will save many lives during natural calamities.
Therefore these critical infrastructures needs to be treated as the last line of
defence and needs to be planned and constructed well.
Poor quality of infrastructure results from acceptance of sub standard work due to
leakages of funds and due to Chalta Hai attitude. Natural calamities occur all over
India and in other parts of the world. But critical infrastructure does not fail
easily and even if they fail, they are repaired in quick time. Quick recovery and
repairs of critical infrastructures ensure that normal life resumes at the earliest.
During the recent rains, many of our major towns, including Itanagar were cut off
or troubled by roads and bridges getting washed away and electric towers and lines
breaking down and collapsing at many places. Many towns like Pasighat and Aalo were
without electricity and bad mobile connectivity for many days.
Even the newly constructed 132 KVA tower line inaugurated by the CM himself collapsed!
We need to learn from these incidents and prepare alternate roads to connect our
towns. We also need to carry out an audit of all vulnerable areas and find lasting
True test of quality is when infrastructures, like roads, bridges, towers, electricity
stand strong during bad weather conditions. Has poor quality become a part and parcel
of our lives? Are common citizens supposed to suffer silently without complaining?
What might happen if an actual cyclone hits us? (The writer is a retired Group Captain
of the Indian Air Force)
Moyong asks formation of SPV to implementSmart City plans
PASIGHAT, Jul 22: Local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary of Disaster Management, Kaling
Moyong instructed the Director TP &ULB and PMC functionaries to immediately form
a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for the implementation of Smart City plans.
Moyong said this soon after he had attended a workshop organized by the Union Ministry
of Housing & Urban Affairs and National Institute of Urban Affairs in New Delhi on
The workshop was organized to sensitize the elected members, commissioners, representatives
and Smart City functionaries of the newly selected 30 Smart Cities. The workshop
also provided insights to setting up of SPVs and appointment of Project Management
Participants were also introduced to implementation of key SCM projects, such as
heritage, place-making, riverfront development, smart solar generation, etc.
National Mission Director Smart City(MoHUA), Sameer Sharma and Director Smart Cities,
Sajeesh Kumar advised and shared best practices adopted by other Smart Cities.
Chief Councilor of Pasighat Municipality, Kaling Doruk, Director TP & ULB, Amoy Morang
and PMC Member Secretary, TaniTalom also attended the meeting.
Later, Moyong said he would pursue with the state government for the state share
of fund and other convergence schemes implemented by state government. (DIPRO)
Rijiju inaugurates RIWATCH Museum, Chimari Bridge
ROING, Jul 22: Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju inaugurated the Research
Institution of World Ancient, Traditional, Culture & Heritage (RIWATCH) Museum at
Roing on Saturday, and hoped that it would serve as a place of exchange of cultural
values of various tribes of the state and the North East.
The MoS also pressed for documentation and research to preserve age-old culture and
traditions of the state, and exhorted people to shoulder the responsibility to pass
on traditional and cultural values to the next generation.
Highlighting the UNESCO report, which states that there are 32 languages in Arunachal
Pradesh that are on the verge of extinction, Art & Culture Minister, Dr Mohesh Chai
informed that the government is initiating programmes and policies to find out and
to revive those minor and major tribes whose languages are on the verge of extinction.
He also encouraged people to learn of the minor tribes in the state, least they become
Chief Information Commissioner Dr Joram Begi also elaborated the importance and objective
of establishment of RIWATCH in the region and called for cooperation in bringing
up the museum for preservation of cultural values of various tribes. He also appreciated
all the donors and government agencies for their support in establishment of a model
Later, on the sideline of his visit to Roing, Rijiju also inaugurated the 235.800
meter long Chimari Bridge, which would serve as a life line between the National
Highway 52 of Roing-Tezu. The bridge has been constructed by BRO, UDAYAK/752TF/1446
BCC within the amount of Rs 12895 lakh. (DIPRO)
Body of missing youth found
ITANAGAR, Jul 22: Body of a missing youth, Kipa Ranjan (19) was found by the Assam
Police at Komolia near a river at Mising Basti on Friday last. The youth who went
missing on July 12, allegedly drowned in the Dikrong River. His parents had earlier
filed a missing report with the Banderdewa unit police. Meanwhile, the Banderdewa
unit police informed that the case has been currently taken up by the Assam police.
GSU seeks Rijiju's intervention
ITANAGAR, Jul 22: Union Minister Kiren Rijiju has assured the Galo Students' Union
(GSU) of issuing necessary directive to the state government authority for fulfillment
of its various demands, including improvement of healthcare facilities in District
Hospital, Aalo and posting of required teachers in various higher secondary schools.
Rijiju assured this when a team of the students' union called on him in New Delhi
and submitted a representation seeking his personal intervention for early materialization
of various long-pending issues and problems of Galo-inhabited areas.
During their meeting, the GSU highlighted the myriads of problems and lack of vital
medical equipments and apparatus, manpower, poor infrastructure and power supply
in Aalo District Hospital.
The GSU also apprised the Union Minister about the problems faced by the students
of various schools that were upgraded to higher secondary level for non-posting of
senior and trained graduate teachers.
These schools were upgraded to higher secondary level from 2012 to 2016, but no post
of graduate or senior teachers has been sanctioned yet against these schools, the
GSU informed, adding that non-posting has adversely affected the academic studies
of the students.
By turning a deaf ear to the demands in spite of numerous representations, the state
government is not only playing with the sentiment of the community but also pushing
its young generation into darkness, the GSU said.
Youth drowns in Leku River
RUKSIN, Jul 22: One Akash Chetry of Komolpur village, Jonai is reported to have drowned
in Leku River, around 3 km from Ruksin town on Friday evening.
Search operations are still on to trace the body.
According to reports, Chetry, accompanied by two companions went to Leku River for
an evening bath at around 5 PM. Reportedly, Chetry did not resurface after he jumped
into deep waters. His companions reportedly searched for him, but in vain.
A team of Ruksin unit police and NDRF, along with locals conducted search operations
at the spot as well as downstream of Leku River on Saturday, but failed to trace
the missing youth.
Meanwhile, Ruksin unit police, following a complaint from Chetry's mother, detained
one Papu Lahon of Jonai on grounds of suspicion. He was reportedly with Chetry at
the time of the incident.
Police has registered a case of unnatural death and launched investigation, and are
planning to conduct more search operations to recover the body.
Day-2 results of ASWFL-2017
ITANAGAR, Jul 22: Matrix FC trounced Next FC 5-0 in the Arunachal State Women's
Football League, 2017 on Saturday.
Tamo Kuniya of Matrix FC scored the first hat-trick of the league. Other two goals
were scored by Taru Sunya and Hage Ampi.
FC Doimukh defeated Deed FC 2-0 in the second match of the day, where Taw Natung
and Gyamer Henia scored a goal each.
CCFC maintaining its superb run in the tournament grounded EYAEF FC 8-0 in the third
and last match of the day.
Excellent finishes from the forward line and solid defense helped CCFC to win almost
a one-sided match.
Bamang Ana led the scoring with her hat-trick. Tamchi Yapi scored two goals, while
Akung, Mitinam and Yousik scored a goal each.
Distinguished Faculty in Engineering award
ITANAGAR, Jul 22: The Venus International Foundation (VIFA) has conferred Dr Pradip
Lingfa of North Eastern Regional Institute of Science & Technology (NERIST), Nirjuli
with the 'Distinguished Faculty in Engineering' award for his contribution and achievement
in the field of Mechanical Engineering.
The award carries a medal, memento and certificate.
The award was presented to him in a function held recently at Green Park, Chennai.
SBM in Changlang
CHANGLANG, Jul 22: A week-long cleanliness drive under Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM)
was launched in Changlang by Deputy Commissioner, Wayong Khimhun on Saturday.
Organized by DUDA, the programme aims at creating public awareness on cleanliness.
The premises of the Changlang District Hospital, various market places, Industry
colony and SBI were cleaned on the first day, wherein more than 500 people, including
jawans of the Assam Rifles, CRPF, general public, shopkeepers and bazaar committee
members took part.
Seedlings provided by the Changlang DFO were planted at various points in between
SBI Changlang and District Hospital roadway. (DIPRO)
Students launch tree plantation drive in Longding
LONGDING, Jul 22: The Longding District Students' Union (LDSU), in collaboration
with the Forest Department launched a tree plantation drive as part of the Vanmahotsava
The students planted trees at Kanubari Government High School and Mopakhat Middle
School, and will continue the drive in the entire district.
The Kanubari DFO and student leaders explained how trees help in reducing global
warming. Trees absorb the carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gases responsible for
global warming, they said, and encouraged all to plant trees as much as they could.
'Declare results soon'
ITANAGAR, Jul 22: Expressing its displeasure over the inordinate delay in result
declaration of the examination held for the post of Junior Engineer (SSA), Lower
Subansiri district, the Arunachal Pradesh Diploma Unemployed Engineer's Association
(APDUEA) has in a release on Saturday appealed to the concern department to declare
the results soon.
'It has been five months since the written examination on February 19 last was held,
however, the authorities are yet to announce the results', claimed the Union.
Bijoy Krishna Handique Memorial Award for Leadership
ITANAGAR, Jul 22: Wildlife activist Rajen Boro from Udalguri district in Assam has
been selected for the 1st Bijoy Krishna Handique Memorial Award for Leadership in
Wildlife Conservation, instituted by Development Foundation of Assam (DFA) from this
The objective of the award is to honour the unsung heroes from different parts of
the NE region who have selflessly contributed towards carrying out wildlife conservation
The selection panel constituted by DFA decided to confer the award to Boro in view
of his significant role in mitigating human-elephant conflict through community mobilisation,
collaboration with local youth, administration and research institutions in various
parts of Udalguri district (particularly in the Bhutiachang area) over nearly two
decades. The panel has also recognised his efforts towards introducing innovative
measures to handle this conflict and safeguarding livelihoods of the community at
Udalguri district has been vulnerable to man-elephant conflict, resulting in the
loss of 89 people and 40 wild elephants in the last seven years, which is among the
highest in Asia for a single district.
The award carries a trophy, citation and a cash entitlement of Rs 1 lakh. It will
be conferred at a ceremony in Guwahati on July 30, commemorating the second death
anniversary of former Union Minister, B K Handique.
Football tournament to Mark Kargil Vijay Diwas gets underway
AALO, Jul 22: Football tournament organised by Aalo Military Station to mark Kargil
Vijay Diwas began at General Football Ground on Saturday.
SFS College came from behind to beat Jummi Combat Bene 2-1 in the opening match.
Jummi Combat Bene took the lead in 17th minute.
The match between LYFC and Tarsu Mobuk FC was due to play while filing this report.
Colonel P Roy, Officer Commanding and Lieutenant Abhinav Chaudhary of I-Bihar regiment
were present in the opening ceremony. (DIPRO)