ITANAGAR, June 16: The department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Itanagar is
conducting routine mass vaccination programme of livestock within Itanagar and nearby
villages from June 22 to 30.
It appealed all the livestock owners to keep their animal ready for vaccination.
Vaccination programmes will be carried out in Donyi-Polo area, Nyokum Lapang and
P-sector on June 22, Lobi, Senki View, Mob-I and II on June 23, Dokum Doni colonies
and DNGC area on June 24, Police colony, Chandranagar and SRLP on June 25, Upper-Lower
Jullang and Daat village on June 27, Baat village, Zoo area, forest corporation and
Bn colony on June 28, Chimpu area and Gohpur Tinali on 29 and Ganga and Simi village
ITANAGAR, Jun 16: Buddhist television programme Noble Wisdom is being telecast on
Nepali TV Channel Nepal-1 from June 15.
The main aim of broadcasting the programme by popular TV channel like Nepal-1 is
to build a platform through the medium of television to provide an access to Buddha’s
teachings and messages of love, peace, wisdom, tolerance, selfless services and compassion
not only to the Buddhists people living in Himalayan region but everyone in the world
since Buddhism teaches one to develop the basic human virtues which are universal
and very much relevant to today’s world, Sherab Sangpo Society (SSS), in a release,
The programme would be telecast through Nepal-1 on every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
and Sunday of the week.
TV channel Sadhana started telecasting of the programme (Noble Wisdom) last year
after formal launching of the programme by Buddhist spiritual leader Dalai Lama on
May 27 in Patna.
Posting of teachers demanded
ITANAGAR, June 16: All Papum Poma Students’ Union expressing displeasure over the
shortage of subject teachers at government secondary school Jote and government secondary
school Tarasso in a release today demanded the Deputy Director of School Education
(DDSE), Papum Pare District to post subject teachers to at Jote and Tarasso secondary
schools and other schools of the district before the beginning of new academic session.
ITANAGAR, June 16: The Capital Complex Sora Welfare Society has facilitated Geyir
Sora who has secured 92% in recently conducted ISCE Examination 2011. She secured
88 (Eng), 92 (His), PSc 94, SOC 94 respectively. The society also congratulated Marge
Sora and T.Y Sora parents of Geyir Sora. The society wishes her success in future
ITANAGAR, June 16: The All India Chess Federation, Chennai has recognized the authority
of Dobin Doke and Tamchi Kache as the President and General Secy respectively of
All Arunachal Pradesh Chess Association (AAPCA). This was informed by Federation
in a letter to Doke on June 15.
Earlier, in its emergency Executive Body meeting held on May 8, AAPCA removed Hina
Nabam Mavan from the post of general secretary for the period of three years as
per association bye laws.
Meanwhile AAPCA led by Doke lauded the state Govt for providing financial assistance
to 5 members Arunachal Pradesh team to participate in the National Level `B`Chess
Championship being held at Aurangabad (Maharastra) from 15th June to 26.
ITANAGAR, June 16: The central executive members and office bearers of All Nyishi
Youth Association (ANYA) led by Taring Mama as president, in a release, opposed and
vehemently condemned the appointment of ANYA office bearers by Achung Yumlam, who
proclaims himself president of the association.
14 days notice for confinement of cattle
ZIRO, July16: With the menace of stray cattle and other animals increasing day by
day within Ziro (Hapoli) township posing threat to town cleanliness and public health
and hygiene, the Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner, Nila Mohanan, in an executive
order has directed the cattle /animal owners of the town to keep them confined in
their own premises within 14 days.
The order warns to eliminate the stray cattle/animals after 14 days from the date
of issue by auctioning or shooting the animals. DIPRO
DMO demands posting of doctors
ITANAGAR: District Medical Officer, Kurung Kumey District in a letter to Director
of Health Services appealed for immediate posting of two allopathic doctors at Koloriang
DMO Dr Higio Tama said that the Koloriang CHC is facing acute shortage of doctors
as only three doctors (a Homeopathic, a Ayush and a contractual doctor) are serving
in the CHC.
Shortage of ration items
ITANAGAR: The people of Singa circle of Upper Siang district are facing hardship
due to acute shortage of ration and other essential items for the last four to five
months, informed the District Mondol president of Upper Siang.
Fearing aggravation of the situation during monsoon due to communication problems,
he appealed to the authorities concerned to make necessary arrangement for supply
of food grains and other items at the earliest.
ITANAGAR, June 16: The city police yesterday achieved a breakthrough when they arrested
three persons in connection with the recent Nirjuli incident in which a pistol and
suspected explosive materials are found from the car of RTI activist and Sango Lomte
Foundation chairman Payi Gyadi. Police convinced that pistol and other materials
found in the car were planted by someone.
The arrested persons have been identified as Kariling Gyadi (29), who is believed
to be former member of Liberation Tiger of Arunachal (LTA), Sanjeev Tana (38) and
Rupam Wary (28) and they confessed their involvement in the case, but the motive
behind such act could not be immediately established, the SP informed.
Giving details which leads to the arrest of three persons, SP further disclosed that
police had received a call from mobile number 9402929486 around 1:43 hours on 6 June,
caller was claiming himself an intelligent wing personnel from Assam and informed
that vehicle number 3802 has possessed dangerous articles which stationed somewhere
at Nirjuli. Again same number called the city police at around 9:11 hours with
specific details of vehicle number and location which accordingly police acted and
found the suspected car which later turned out be car of RTI activist Payi Gyadi.
The police recovered a 9mm pistol and two other objects wrapped with papers from
the seat pouch of Gyadi’s vehicle parked inside the residential compound of his landlord
The SP, who himself rushed to Nirjuli on that day further said finger print experts
were called in but no finger prints could be developed as the vehicle was exposed
to heavy rains overnight. It was found that the channels of the car removed and lock
damaged. On close inspection and even after thorough examination of Payi Gyadi and
other family members, police was convinced that the pistol and other objects were
planted by someone.
Accordingly, a sou-moto case vide Nlg PS case No 67/11 u/s 25(1)(A) Arms Act was
registered against unknown person(s) and investigation launched. Subsequently, another
case (No 71/11) was registered u/s 195/120(b) IPC on June 14. The police sought 14
days custody of the arrested persons.
The SP, to a specific question, informed that after getting through “material evidence”
collected from concerned authority in Gauhati University, a criminal case has been
registered against some persons for their alleged indulgence in fabrication of false
documents to get govt jobs, as complained by Sango Lomte Foundation in recent past.
AAPSU concerned at ‘conspiracy’ against RTI activist
ITANAGAR: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) expresses serious concern
over the way RTI activist Payi Gyadi has been tried to frame in false case.
AAPSU President Takam Tatung in release today said, “This whole incident is unprecedented
and never heard before. Arunachal has never witnessed such kind of conspiracy to
frame someone in the past. The incident also shows how vulnerable is ordinary citizens
of this state. Today if anybody tries to raise corruption charges against any powerful
people, his/her life becomes risky”. The AAPSU said the state government needs to
take serious note of this incident and make sure that ordinary citizens do not get
harassed for fighting against corruption.
AAPSU also urged upon the Govt to formulate proper policy for those Arunachalee
citizens who shun the path of violence and surrender before authority for peaceful
life with mainstream society.
Expressing concern over the large number of counseling centres that have been opened
in Itanagar just before and during admission session, AAPSU also appealed to the
parents to be careful while seeking admissions in private colleges. “They should
make sure that colleges are properly affiliated and have good infrastructure, AAPSU
said and appealed to the private institutions not to cheat students. The union will
not tolerate any cheating incident, AAPSU said.
Tawang prepared for ultimate religious rituals of late Khandu
TAWANG, June 16: The preparation for the 49th day religious rituals of late Chief
Minister Dorjee Khandu which is scheduled on June 17 has been set at the private
residence of late Khandu at Lemburdung here. This ultimate ritual is mainly performed
to guide the soul to the right path according to the Buddhist custom.
It was on Saturday, April 30, exactly ten days after the Pawan Hans Mi172 crash landed
at the edge of the Urgen Sangpo Heliport, Tawang killing 17, that another Pawan Hans
Helicopter (Eurocopter B3) with former CM late Khandu and four others went missing
approximately 20 minutes after it took off from the Army Helipad. On May 4, local
search party under the leadership of ASM Thutan Genden found the mortal remains of
late Chief Minister Khandu and four others. The last rites of late Khandu was performed
on 10th of May with all state honour.
It is worth mentioning here that despite the concerted efforts of the Central and
the State governments, the missing helicopter could not be located even after more
than 96 long hours. Services of the Royal Government of Bhutan were also sought in
the search operation. It was indeed one of the gloomiest periods in the history of
Arunachal Pradesh when the search operation of the beloved Chief Minister was repeatedly
hampered by inclement weather. Finally, local people traced out the crashed helicopter
at the remote hill of Sachung Grazing Ground, adjacent to Luguthang.
Khandu was borne to mother, Late Pema Tsomo and father, Late Leki Dorjee on March
3, 1955 to a peasant family of Monpa tribe in a small village called Gyangkhar of
Tawang district. He assumed office as the 5th Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh
on 9th April, 2007 and held the coveted office of the Chief Minister of the State
for a little longer than four years before his tragic death. He is survived by four
wives, five sons and two daughters. Khandu started his life by serving in the Indian
Army’s intelligence Corps for seven years. His diligent service in the Intelligence
corps decorated him with a gold medal for rendering meritorious services during the
1971 Bangladesh war. Thereafter, he shifted his career as a small time local politician
and rose to the highest political post of the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh.
His political debut started in 1980 when he was elected as an Anchal Samiti Member
(ASM). He established drinking water supplies, electricity and communication systems
in conjunction with setting up schools in remote areas of Tawang district.
With his visionary instinct of preserving the rich unique ancient tradition and culture
of the Monpa community, he established the cultural and cooperative societies in
Tawang. Under his leadership as the Culture Secretary the Tawang Cultural troupe
participated in the 1982 Asiad, in Delhi and won a silver medal for excellence in
From then on, there was no looking back. His zest for initiating the much required
infrastructure development in the State took him to the Corridors of Power in New
Delhi where with his humble demeanour and cordial approach persuaded one and all
including the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan of their active participation in the unprecedented
development of the State. With his untiring efforts, he was able to invite the Prime
Minister to Arunachal Pradesh on 31st January, 2008 after a gap of ten long years.
It was on this visit that the Prime Minister of India to announce The Rs 24,000 crore
Mega special package for the State.
The magnanimous love of the people irrespective of boundaries could be visible from
the tears that rolled from their cheeks when they learnt about the demise of their
With his passing away the people lost their generous and compassionate “Laughing
Buddha”. Though dead, Khandu shall ever remain in the hearts of his people and go
down in the history of the State as ‘Father of modern Arunachal’.
ADC kicks off 22nd Hong Dree
ZIRO, Jun 16: The 22nd Hong Dree Football Tournament organized by Dree Festival Celebration
Committee (DFCC), Hong began with ADC (Hqs) D K Das kicking off the tournament in
presence of hundreds of soccer lovers here at Hanoko today.
Declaring the tournament open, the ADC suggested the players and their supporters
to take part in it with festive spirit since it has been organized as a part of Dree
Hibu Uma, ZPM, Niichi (Hong) along with DFCC members and general public were also
present in the inaugural function.
The inaugural match was played between MS Football Club and BL Sports Club in which
the former defeated the latter by 3-1 goal.
This year, 10 teams are participating in the tournament. The teams are divided into
two pools of five teams.
Niichi-Niitii Sports Club (NNSC), Sambu United Sports Club (SUSC), Hong Youth Sports
Club (HYSC), MMDS Siiro Sports Club (MMDSSSC) and FC Siiro Sports Club (FCSSC) are
in Pool-A while BL Sports Club (BLSC), MSFC Sports Club (MSFCSC), Bullo Takhe Sports
Club (BTSC), Young Street Club (YST) and Bullo Talling Sports Club (BTSC) are in
44th Dree football QFs from today
ZIRO, Jun 16: Zamra Club will lock horns with Hari Sports Club in the first quarterfinals
while Diibo Sports Club will meet Puchi Putii Club in the second quarterfinals of
the 44th Dree Football Tournament at Subansiri Stadium Hapoli tomorrow at 1 pm and
2.30 pm respectively. The third quarterfinals match will be played between Sojang
Lapang Sports Club and All Hija Sports Association while Laji Bogia Sports Club
will play against Youngest Club Hari in fourth quarterfinals on June 18 next.
Yesterday, Puchi Putii Club (PPC) beat Bulla Tajang-XI (BT-XI) 4-1 to complete the
quarterfinals line up in the tournament.
PCC shot into lead 7 minutes into the match through Nada Tado. PCC was leading 3-0
in the first half with another two goals from Michi Obing (15 min.) and Koj Omo (19
The second half saw both the teams scoring one goal each. The consolation goal for
BT-XI was scored by Millo Alla in 42nd minutes. Nada Tado, who scored a gaol each
in both halves, was declared ‘man of the match’.
Pura Talo and Michi Takum are the Match Commissioner and Asst. Match Commissioner
respectively while the referee panel includes Duyu Bida, Kipa Tachung, Dani Omo,
Kago Robo, Tatum Pajik, Toko Taker and Tage Nikang.
DoNER accords priority to Arunachal’s development
ITANAGAR, June 16: With the Centre attaching top priority to the development of sensitive
border state of Arunachal Pradesh, Union Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER)
Minister Bijoy Krishna Handique yesterday assured all possible help for achieving
The assurance came when state’s Planning and Finance Minister Kalikho Pul called
on Handique at his New Delhi office to hold threadbare discussion on the effective
implementation of numerous DoNER and NEC schemes vis-à-vis the problems confronted
by the implementing agencies in the strategically located state. DoNER secretary
Jayati Chandra, joint secretary P K Pattanaik and director K Guite also took part
in the hour-long discussion.
Handique (who belongs to neighbouring Assam), Chandra (who has traveled to many
interior parts of the state on foot as member of the Planning Commission) and Pattanaik
(who also worked in the state as commissioner), appreciated the problems created
by tough terrain, vastness, lack of communication and hostile climatic conditions,
Pul told this daily over telephone.
As New Delhi ups its ante for expediting the development of the state, particularly
in the far-flung, inaccessible and border areas, the responsibility of the state
government automatically increases manifold. This calls for apprising the minister
concerned the ground realities in the right perspective to create an effective working
condition, Pul reasoned.
A lot of reforms in financial and monitoring matters are required for successful
and time-bound implementation of all centrally sponsored schemes, which were discussed
fruitfully during the meeting, he said.
Pul, who took over the important planning and finance portfolio recently, also pleaded
for new criteria and new formula for allocation of funds for this land-locked state
considering its strategic importance, remoteness and other peculiar problems.
The close coordination between Itanagar and New Delhi while taking the people along
is crucial to achieve success, Pul advocated.
It is worth mentioning here that the Planning Commission on Monday last approved
Rs 3,200 crore as annual plan outlay for the state for 2011-12, with a special thrust
on infrastructure development. The unprecedented plan hike of 22.4 percent is a clear
indicator of New Delhi’s commitment towards Arunachal Pradesh, Pul added.
RTI forum demands removal of
minister and CIC
ITANAGAR, June 16: Arunachal Pradesh RTI Activist Forum (APRTIAF) has appealed to
the governor for removal of present Health Minister Atum Welly and State Chief Information
Commissioner Y D Thongchi from their respective post so that free, fair and proper
investigation is carried out to unearth the truth behind their alleged involvement
in illegal appointments.
Pointing out the FIR lodged at Itanagar Police Station in March 4 last by Sango Lomte
Foundation against Welly and Thongchi for their alleged involvement in illegal
appointments, the Forum said that despite HC’s directive to register the case, no
tangible action has been taken so far. The Forum also submitted separate copies of
memorandum to state Chief Minister, APCC and AICC presidents for necessary action.
The forum further expressing their resentment over the enhancement of RTI fees from
Rs 2 to Rs 10 per copy said that RTI fees should be in uniformity with other state.
It demanded the authority to reduce its RTI charges to Rs. Two per copy and threaten
to launch democratic movement against the government, if their demands is not fulfilled
within 15 days.
Tylang Shanti honored with Anita Sen Memorial Award
ZIRO, June 16: The Mother of Mother’s Home and Chairperson of Achukuru Welfare Society,
Ziro, Tylang Shanti was today honoured by Udyogini in recognition of her selfless
service to humanity by awarding her the Anita Sen memorial award.
The Award was presented to her by Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Nila Mohanan
in the presence of Udyogini representatives Rajiv Lochan Pathak, Poulami Bhattacharyya,
government officials, Gaon Burahs, in a simple function at Mother’s home here.
The award instituted in the memory of a dedicated Programme Coordinator of Udyogini,
late Anita Sen who lost her life in a train accident in Orissa while returning from
a programme of Udyogini carries a citation and Cheque of Rs.25000.
The DC, while presenting the award congratulated Shanti on being recognized for
her service to humanity. It is not an easy job to take up a philanthropic activity
that too to take care of destitute, mentally retarded, physically handicapped etc
by a person single handedly. Reiterating that her efforts need to be appreciated
and encouraged by all sections of the society, she appealed the locals to give their
love and emotional support to her. While encouraging her in her field of work, she
assured her of all possible help from the District Administration and hoped that
her work will spread to the entire state.
The DC also thanked the Udyogini for choosing Tylang Shanti for the award and for
their special gesture of coming to Ziro to honour her here at her own locality instead
of calling her to Delhi for the award.
The representatives of Udyogini, Rajiv Pathak and Poulami Bhattacharyya, highlighting
about Udyogini and its activities since 1992, about the award and process of
selecting the Anita Sen Memorial annual awardees said,Udyogini meaning woman entrepreneur
came into existence in 1992 as a service provider for micro enterprise management
services, principally training for poor, asset less and mainly illiterate women in
the backward states of India.
The Jeevan Shuraksha, Ziro branch, also chipped in with a cheque of Rs. 50001 for
the Achukuru Welfare Society as recognition of the service to the poor, besides arranging
the function in liaison with Achukuru Welfare Society.
The Mother’s home at present is taking care of 13 destitute with varying degrees
of physically handicap, mentally retarded and orphans, without any help either from
the government or any organization informed cheerful mother of Mother’s home and
chairperson of Achukuru Welfare society, Tylang Shanti in her activity report. She
feel encouraged and promised to take in over twenty more helpless people to her mother’s
Dy Director, ICDS, Jaya Jaswal Singh, Social Activist, Rubu Bukar also showered praises
on the activities of Achukuru Welfare Society. DIPRO
AYVF demands CBI enquiry
into chopper crash
ITANAGAR, June 16: Arunachal Youth Volunteer Front (AYVF) has demanded CBI enquiry
into the Luguthang chopper crash which claimed life of former Chief Minister late
Dorjee Khandu and four others on April 30 last.
In a letter to Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin, the Forum said that the agencies investigating
the chopper crash are parts and parcels of Pawan Hans, DGCA and civil aviation and
their impartiality and credibility in this particular case will always under the
scanner as any fault if found during investigation will be risking their own department
or agency. Moreover, the failure to locate the ill-fated helicopter by Sukhoi air
craft and ISRO satellite during search operation gives no confidence on the abilities
of investigation agencies either, the Forum added.
It is more than one and half months since the chopper tragedy, but the state government
has failed to investigate and ascertain the circumstances and immediate cause of
the crash so far, Forum said. It questioned why the state Government is reluctant
to handing over the case to CBI for investigation. The Forum further said the
new leadership that has taken over the charge from late Chief Minister Khandu is
duty bound to inform the people of the investigation into chopper crash. It threatened
agitation in democratic way if their demand is not fulfilled.
Medical sub-centre inaugurated
Development top priority : Taloh
PASIGHAT, June 16: The state’s Deputy Speaker and 35 Pangin-Boleng MLA Tapang Taloh
visited Jorsing, one of the remotest villages of Boleng subdivision on 15th June.
He was accompanied by ADC Boleng K. Dulom, DDSE T. Talom, EAC Taddo Borang, Er. D.
Bagra (EE PWD), head of offices of Boleng Subdivision, BCCI President Tapang Tamut,
ZPM Taben Jamoh and party functionaries.
Taloh stated the welfare and development has been his highest priority for the constituents
on equal basis and no injustices be made in this regard. He assured that developmental
schemes and its implementations would be carried out with consultation and consents
of the local people. This, he stated while addressing a public meeting held at Jorsing
village. The people of the constituency have reposed their faith by electing him
as their MLA and he is trying his best to reciprocate, added Taloh. Taloh called
upon the people to practically become part of the developmental process for speedy
implementations under the dynamic leadership of the Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin.
He while appreciating the govt. officials stated paying full attention the government
has taken several important steps to strengthen the administrative system and work
One new govt. vehicle for the Circle Officer (Rebo-Pergin) is expected to receive
at the end of June, the DS informed. Besides donating one lakh thirty thousands for
village level developments he also sanctioned five lakhs for immediate maintenance
of road communication.
Reiterating the hydropower as the backbone of state economy, Taloh appealed one and
all to cooperate the government for revenue earning as well as creation of employment
avenues for the state’s people.
Earlier in the morning, Taloh inaugurated a newly constructed ‘Medical Sub-Center’
at the cost of nine lakhs by medical department and expressed his extreme happiness
claiming many lives would be saved with the helps of Health Assistant, ANM and medicines
in far-flung Jorsing village. Appreciating DMO he assured to extend cooperation in
future too for a healthy society.
On the same day, the Dy. Speaker inaugurated a 16,000 Ltrs. Capacity ‘Water Tank’
constructed by PHED at the cost of fifty one lakhs in the village. It was over due
to get fresh & clean/filtered drinking water which would indeed be useful and resist
water borne diseases, he stated. Further appreciating PHED Boleng he said that it
could be materialized due to their sincere efforts and hard working.
Among others, DMO T Taloh, AE (PHE) Er. Oling Taloh, senior leader Tagang Taki, ASMs
and GBs spoke and few prominent citizens were present on the occasion. DIPRO
Dam affected people reiterate demands
ANINI, June 16: The Dam Affected Citizens Committee (DACC) has alleged the state
government of not redressing the grievances/demands made by public and said it lacked
people’s first policy.
The state government should clarify on the demand made by the project affected people,
which was submitted on October 2010 to Chief Minister office through Deputy Commissioner
Anini, said the organization in a release.
The demand was for inclusion of charter of demand in memorandum of agreement between
NHPC Ltd and the state government.
“The government comes to people only before fixation of public hearing, which has
become a habit. This creates confusion only to realize later that all effort was
DACC in its demand has claimed that the land rates for compensation after land acquisition
is less in compare to other community area in the state.
“The approved rates should be uniform in entire state fixed as per different topography.
The prevailing rates for the reliance hydro power project in Tato circle in West
Siang District are given minimum of Rs. 100/square meter (Ten Lakhs/hectare) for
undeveloped/uncultivable slope land and maximum of Rs. 600/square meter (Sixty Lakhs/hectare)
for industrial plots.” Whereas the organization noted that, in the case of Dibang
Multipurpose Project, the land rate of community land per/hectare is given as Rs
1, 75,000 only as compensation.
The representative of dam affected community has stated it as unjustified and exploitation
of the community people in the name of development.
A tribute to Karmaveer Dorjee Khandu
Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi
Today is the day of Jha Jhipchijirgu of our beloved late Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu
who died in a tragic helicopter crash forty-nine days ago.As per the “THEODOL BARDO”
the Tibetan book of Dead, the great tantric book of death ritual as propagated by
the great Buddhist saint Padmasambhaba or popularly known as Guru Lopon Rimpoche,
today is the last day for a soul of a dead person to sojourn in the realm of voidness
and with proper ritual his or her soul could take final farewell from amongst his
near and dear ones whom he or she misses more than we mortal beings and will find
refuge either at a womb to take rebirth in life form or go either to heaven or hell
as would be his or her karma. We lamaist Buddhists observe forty-nine days mourning
with rituals with special pujas continuously up to seven days, then intermittently
on fourteen and twentyone day and lastly on forty-nine day till the dead anniversary.So
today is day when I can pay my last tribute to Karmaveer Dorjee Khandu (The Arunachal
Pradesh Literary Society has already announced to confer the title of Karmaveer posthumously
to late Dorjee Khandu in an appropriate function after the mourning period is over)
and pray that may his soul find a womb to be born as another great son of this state.
How great a person late Dorjee Khandu was when he was alive, how popular he was,
such signs were witnessed only at the time of his death.His popularity could be seen
from the number of people who responded to the news of his death, the number of people
who shed their tears, who line up with flowers, khatas, gamochas, edi chadars in
long queue to pay their last tribute. The crowd lining up both sides of road, just
to have a glimpse of coffin containing the dead body of the man they had come admire
and love so much, for whose safety and wellbeing everyone prayed since the news flashed
all over the Indian Channels about his helicopter going missing, that everybody hoping
and praying that he will return back to them hearty and smiling, praying in Mandirs,Gompas,
Kargu Gamgis, Medar Namlos Neder Namlos, Churches, Guruduwaras but ultimately sad
realities descended upon all in despair, never had there been so sad an occasion
in the history of this state.
Yes, Karmaveer Dorjee Khandu who rose from a poor humble family like all older generations
of Arunachal Pradesh was a man endowed with some extra-ordinary geniuses. Let me
be frank. Before I could recognize what extra ordinary talent he was possessed my
wife could recognize it and started advocating that he was fit person to become the
next Chief Minister of the state, a person who could really usher a new era for the
people of the state.I did’nt belief her conviction as many would do as late Dorjee
Khandu very often admitted that he was an uneducated man incapable to read and write
and so ever unfit to become a minister.He admitted many times that it was the generosity
of Former Chief Minister Mr.Gegong Apang that he and other uneducated MLA’s were
made ministers in his cabinet.So aspiring for the post of Chief Minister was not
his cup of tea.But both of us proved wrong and as foretold by my wife, unexpectedly
he dethroned his powerful predecessor and became the Chief Minister. The general
public of the state didn’t expect from him much but soon he started to deliver. People
of all walks of life started to approach him with their problems and his heart was
ever open to respond with its generosity.People came to him in hordes with their
personal problems, social and economic problems and without mincing any word he would
send them back satisfied. He was by nature very straight forward, open hearted and
quick in response. He would never hold back his opinions whatsoever unpleasant it
might be. He had wonderful memories and can mesmerize everyone with his blurting
out facts and figures on his fingertips accurately. He need not required statistical
data’s in writing as every data was stored securely in his memory. Hence his colleagues,
officers, social workers could not differ with him. He never spoke and wrote in English
and always used Hindi for expressing himself. But we officers working in his government
could not term him a person without the knowledge of English. He would instruct us
to prepare draft note, letter, proposal etc to various ministries, agencies etc
and would ask us to read same.To the astonishment of us he would suggest deletion
of some words or correction of some sentences which could not had been possible had
he not known English language.
Another characteristic of late Dorjee Khandu was his boldness. He was by nature very
upright man and would not tolerate any nonsense. He took many such decisions which
other Chief Ministers dithered from going forward. That is why he could start many
developmental projects for the state by taking bold decisions. He was also able to
maintain very cordial relationship not only with the people in helm at centre but
with everybody from top to bottom whoever matters for the benefit of our state. Yes,
he was a man of vision and wanted to take Arunachal Pradesh at the heights of development,
wanted to fulfill the dreams of all, worked tirelessly towards achieving of his dream
and vision, but the almighty god wished otherwise. One can narrate in length about
his life, about his works, but I have confined myself within the ambit of how I perceived
him as a man, as a leader, as a visionary.
Today, on this occasion of Jha Jhipchijirgu, I pay my homage to Karmaveer Dorjee
Khandu. May his soul find a sacred womb today so that he, in another human form can
serve the humanity.
(Sahitya Academy awardee Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi, is presently the Chief Information
Commissioner, Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission. He is also the President
of Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS).
This article is published on the occasion of the 49th day of Ritual Pooja (Jha Jhipchijirgu)
of former Chief Minister, Late Dorjee Khandu.)
INTUC youth wing chairman on
a week long tour
ITANAGAR, June 16: S.K. Yadav Chairman, National Youth Wing, Indian National Trade
Union Congress (INTUC) hold a brief meeting here today with Arunachal unit of INTUC
and All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union (AAPWU).
He advised the members to work dedicatedly to uplift the workers of the state and
further clarified that there is only one INTUC in the country with Dr G Sanjeeva
Reddy as its National President and he appointed INTUC Arunachal Branch Secretary
General Jalley Sonam as State working president along with its Publicity Secretary
Changma Tajo and Kenkar Yomcha as Secretary General and General Secretary respectively.
Yadav is on week-long tour to the state and will proceed to Ziro tomorrow. Earlier,
He was welcomed by Jalley Sonam, Working President INTUC Pradesh Branch (A.P)-cum-Chairman
APB&OCWWB, Honifa Yangfo Youth President INTUC Pradesh Branch, Changma Tajo Secretary
General INTUC Pradesh Branch (A.P) and members of INTUC and AAPWU at Holongi gate.
17 donate blood on blood donors day
ITANAGAR, June 16: Altogether 17 people including women donated blood during the
blood donation camp organized by the Arunachal Pradesh Doctors Association (APDA)
in collaboration with the Arunachal Pradesh AIDS Control Society (APSACS) at the
Directorate of Health Services (DHS) Conference Hall, Naharlagun on the occasion
of the ‘Blood donors’ day’ on 14th June. The 17 units of blood collected will be
given to the Blood Bank, state hospital, Naharlagun.
Prominent among the blood donors are APDA President Dr. Mika Umpo, Dr. Tojum Lollen
DDHS cum former APDA President, Dr. B. Rina Jt. Director (APSACS), Dr. Marto Ete,
Dr. Syam Tsering (APDA CEM), Dr. Taying Kumar (APDA CEM), Dr. Tojum Lollen (Ex President
APDA and Dy DHS).
The APDA president on behalf of APDA fraternity thank all donors for their philanthropic
contribution and also expressed gratitude to the Arunachal Pradesh AIDS Control Society
(APSACS) and the State Hospital, Naharlagun for making the ‘Blood donation camp’
a successful one.
Talar deserves Govt support
L. Talar and J Ribya (National level Badminton Player) have not only represented
state in Mini, Sub-Junior, Junior and Senior national level tournaments and All
India Major Prize Money Ranking Tournaments since 2006 till date, but also brought
many laurels for the state.
According to records of Arunachal State Badminton Association (ASBA), Talar was former
National Rank No.1, U-10 and U-13 Boys single and boys double category. At present
Talar is also National Rank No. 1 in U-15 boys single and double events. He is now
playing in main events in U-17 and U -19 All India Junior Major Ranking Prize Money
Tournaments (Cochin) which began from June 14 last.
As per the BAI record (Badminton Association of India) Talar is the one of the most
Junior promising talented badminton players from Arunachal Pradesh in particular
and the country as a whole. If he maintains same tempo and rhythm in near future,
he can bring name and fame to the state in particular and country as a whole.
I wrote this letter as I hope that new Government under the leadership of Chief Minister
Jorbom Gamlin will look into the matter seriously and encourage state’s budding players.
I have more expectation from his leadership and hope the state Govt will sponsor
Laa Talar and other sportspersons like Drummer Toko Taji, who got sponsorship for
3 three years. Former Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu gave them 100% assurance for sponsorship
15 days before the chopper crash. I, being one of the sports lovers of the state
personally appeal to the new Gamlin led state Government to support Talar.
L. Ribe, Itanagar.
Basar needs fire service station
I request the state Govt for establishment of sub-fire service station at Basar circle
under West Siang district.
The irony is that Basar, one of the oldest town of West Siang district, is deprived
of fire service station till today. The people of Basar area facing lot of problems
during unfortunate fire mishap due to non-availability of fire service while fire
incidents are happening always every year.
I request the Basar MLA to look into the matter on priority basis and also request
the people of Basar put pressure on authorities for immediate establishment of fire
sub-station at Basar.
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