ITANAGAR, Jun 07: All Chambang Area Youth Forum today urged the department concerned
to immediately start the construction of Kurung bridge and to complete the construction
of Chambang to Bokam road. The Forum in a release said public of the area are facing
hardship due to non-completion of road construction during last one and half years.
Bifurcate H&TE directorate
ITANAGAR, Jun 07: Arunachal Pradesh Indigenous Tribes’ Union (APITU) today appealed
to the state chief minister for bifurcating Directorate Higher & Technical Education
into two sections namely Directorate of Technical Education Council (DOTEC) and Directorate
of Higher Education for an effective functioning. Union also said that bifurcation
of the department would make it easier to function and would be beneficial to public.
Resentment over education scenario
ITANAGAR, Jun 07: Diso-Katu Youth Club (DKYC) today claimed that various schools
under Segi, Gusar circle in Upper Subansiri district are on verge of defunct due
to dereliction of duties by the teachers. Club further said that the present deteriorating
education scenario in their area has compelled the parents to send their wards to
town school for better education.
World Environment Day celebration by KVK
ITANAGAR, Jun 07: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Upper Subansiri celebrated World Environment
Day on 5 at Maro village with the message to protect the environment for maintaining
ecological balance and reducing global warming.
The KVK officials along with the local farmers and youth planted tree saplings around
the KVK Campus. The saplings were collected from the Divisional Forest Office, Daporijo.
ITANAGAR, Jun 7: The panchayat leaders of Neomi Anchal segment under Tali circle
resolved to extend all possible help for effective functioning of the schools and
anganwadi centers in their area. This decision was taken in a coordination meeting
held recently at Neomi village. Besides panchayat leaders the teaching staff from
various school under Neomi panchayat took part in the meeting.
Protect NE students, says state NSUI
ITANAGAR, Jun 7: Arunachal Pradesh unit of National Students’ Union of India president
Kirbe Dulom had attended the All India NSUI meeting held under chairmanship of AICC
General Secretary Rahul Gandhi at Karnataka recently.
On the occasion, taking serious note on frequent attack of Arunachalee students Dulom
urged the NSUI members to extend all possible help to students of the state who are
pursuing their study in different parts of the country.
He also urged the students to contact NSUI unit of that particular locality in case
of any problem and controversy adding that state unit NSUI is ready for such help
to any students.
Discouraging bandh culture in Arunachal Pradesh, he appealed all the organizations
to solve their grievances through discussion with the government instead of resorting
to bandh call.
‘Improve BSNL service’
ITANAGAR, Jun 07: All Aka Miji Youth Association (AAMYA) today urged the BSNL general
manager to improve the network service in West Kameng district within four months.
In a release AAMYA claimed that BSNL GM had assured them of improved and better service
in the district within four months following a recent joint meeting of the Association
and BSNL authorities regarding poor BSNL network service in West Kameng district.
The Association threatened to launch stir if the authorities fail to fulfill its
Stop construction activities: NYWA
ITANAGAR, Jun 07: Expressing concern over the construction activities and encroachment
inside the Indira Gandhi Park in Itanagar, Nyishi Youth Welfare Association today
called upon the urban development department to intervene and halt the ongoing construction
of convention hall in I G Park. It said the ongoing project will disturb the serenity
and reduces the size of the park to almost nil. Association further urged the department
concerned to shift the project to another suitable location.
ANSU mourns student’s death
ITANAGAR, Jun 07: All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) deeply mourned the sudden and
untimely demise of Bengia Tana, son of Late Bengia Takam on June 3.
He was presently pursuing LLB in Banaras Hindu University, Uttar Pradesh. He did
graduation from Dera Natung Govt. College, Itanagar.
Describing his untimely demise as great loss for the entire community and the state
as a whole, ANSU conveyed its heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family and prayed
for eternal peace of the departed soul.
ITANAGAR, Jun 07: Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) has awarded the degree of Doctor
of Philosophy (PhD) to Daniel Mize for his thesis, ‘Study on effects of estradiol-17â
and progesterone on insulin-like growth factor (IGF) expression during pre and post
implantation period of female albino rat’.
He conducted his research work under the guidance of Dr. HN Sarma.
AMSU seeks vet doctors
ITANAGAR, Jun 07: All Mengio Students Union (AMSU) today appealed to the higher authorities
to post veterinary doctors with medicines in Mengio area to check and control outbreak
of foot and mouth disease in Mithun. Claiming that M&D disease is spreading rapidly,
the Union called for urgent livestock vaccination drive to prevent the animal disease.
It also appealed to district administration to direct the staff of veterinary department
in Mengio to be punctual and sincere in their duties.
ITANAGAR, Jun 07: Arunachal Pradesh Righteous Forum (APRF) today lodged an FIR at
Special Investigation Cell (SIC) against Anong Perme, the then CE (P) EEZ alleging
his involvement in financial mismanagement during 2009-10.
The Forum claimed that then CE (P), EZ had incurred an excess expenditure of Rs
115.56 crore without taking permission from either finance or planning department
and in clear violation of guidelines of the planning department. It demanded SIC
SP to take necessary action against Perme as per law.
Taba is RGU new registrar
ITANAGAR, Jun 07: Assistant Professor Dr. Rachob Taba took charge as new Registrar
of Rajiv Gandhi University on June 5 for a period of five years.
Dr. Rachob joined the University as Lecturer in the Department of Education, in 1988
and served the university in various capacities.
ITANAGAR, Jun 07: Leporiang People Welfare Committee Capital Complex has appealed
to the Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner for shifting of daily vegetable market,
Naharlagun to some other appropriate place or initiate necessary step for maintaining
cleanliness within the market area.
In a letter to the DC, the Committee said the people are facing lot of health problems
due to foul smell emanates from the perishable and rotten items within the market
ITANAGAR, Jun 07: Arunachalee weightlifters’ amazing performance in Commonwealth
Youth Championship (CYC) continues as Soram Hitlar Tagru and Taba Kojum won a Gold
medal each in their respective weight category on day 2 of the event at Apia, Samoa.
Tagru lifted 103 kg in snatch and 132 kg in clean and jerk to win Gold in Youth Boys
62 kg category while Kojum struck the Gold with a total lift of 242 kg (69 kg +
112 kg) in Youth Boys 62 kg category. Another Arunachalee lifter Sambo Lapung had
to content with the Silver. He lifted 107 kg in snatch and 130 kg in Clean and Jerk.
Jimjang Deru won a gold yesterday with a total of 170 kg (Snatch :73 kg and Clean
and Jerk: 97 kg).
India’s total medal tally on Day two stood at 27 Gold, 8 Silver, 5 Bronze, according
to an Indian Weightlifting Federation release.
The Commonwealth Championship is being held for Youth (Boys and Girls), Junior (Men
and Women) and Senior (Men and Women) categories simultaneously.
Arunachal Pradesh Governor J J Singh and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki lauded the stupendous
performance of local youths in the ongoing Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships.
“This is a very proud moment for all Arunachalees that our boys have brought laurels
to the country, the Governor said,” in a release.
“Our boys have proved in the international forum that ours is a promising state in
the field of sports if given proper platform and facilities,” he said in a message
from New Delhi.
Tuki specifically lauded the Gold winners Jimjang Deru, Soram Hitlar Tagru, and Kojum
Taba as well as Silver medalist Sambo Lapung.
Reiterating his faith on the youth force of the state, Tuki prophesied that Arunachal
along with other North Eastern states would emerge as frontrunners in the field of
games and sports in the years to come for the country.
“At this joyous moment I stand as a proud Arunachalee and on behalf of my government
I assure that the hard- work of our players won’t go wasted and unrecognized,” he
promised and asserted his government’s prioritization of sports in all fronts – from
giving incentives to sportspersons to creation of infrastructure across the state.
Meanwhile, IWF Joint Secretary and Arunachal Weightlifting Association President
Abraham K Techi credited the achievement of Arunachalee lifters to Army Sports Institute
(ASI) Pune and Arunachal Governor JJ Singh.
“All credits must go to ASI sports incharge Capt SS Rao and Governor JJ, under whose
initiative the former had conducted a sport talent hunt in Itanagar (Naharlagun)
two years back and picked Soram, Deru, Lapung and Taba for enrollment in ASI. Now
Singh’s initiative has begun to bear fruits,” the elated IWF Joint Secretary told
Arunachal Times over telephone.
He, however, rued lack of sports infrastructure in Arunachal Pradesh. The budding
sportspersons could have been trained within the state had there been proper infrastructure
and sports institutes in Arunachal Pradesh. There is no dearth of talent in Arunachalee
youths. If groomed properly, they are capable enough to compete with players of other
developed nations,” Abraham was firmed in saying.
Arunachal Olympic Association (AOA) also lauded the spectacular performanc of Arunachalee
lifters in the championship.
“It is matter of great pride and honour to win medal in such prestigious event,”
AOA Secretary General G Doke told over telephone and congratulated all the medal
Boat capsizes; no casualties
ROING, Jun 07: A country boat carrying seven passengers and three motorcycles capsized
at Sissiri river along Dambuk-Paglam road some 24 km away from Dambuk SDO headquarter
on June 5 last. Fortunately, there were no casualties as all the seven passengers,
including a girl, were rescued safely, reports DIPRO.
Out of the seven passengers, four were Govt servant and three students. The incident
occurred when they were crossing the Sissiri river via Omorpur, Assam to reach Roing
as the Dibang Ippi Pani ghat is remained closed for the last couple of days due to
increase in river water.
The incident accrued barely two days after MP Ninong Ering’s visit to Dambuk.
Reportedly, the government servant were coming to Roing on official duty while the
students were returning to their schools at Roing. Later, all the three bikes were
recovered some 100 meters away from the accident site after hours of search in a
completely damaged condition.
Meanwhile, Dibang Adi Students Union (DASU) demanded the authority to compensate
all those who lost their properties in the boat mishap. It further demanded construction
of manually operated Ropeway (cable car) over Sissiri and Dibang rivers to ensure
safe journey during summer.
It also demanded blacklisting of M/s Soma Enterprise for the slow progress in construction
work of Sissiri bridge. It alleged that the bridge being executed by M/s Soma Enterprise
was progressing at a very slow pace.
NESO demands separate Constitutional status for NE
GUWAHATI/ ITANAGAR, Jun 07: The North East Students' Organzation has demanded a
separate Constitutional status for the seven states of the region and threatened
to intensify agitation if their demands were not met.
Leading the first phase of NESO's agitation today at Guwahati Press Club against
indifference attitude of the Centre towards North East people, including NE students,
NESO Chairman Samujjal Bhattacharjya said, "We want a separate constitutional status
for the north eastern region, with right of the local people over land and natural
NESO also demanded repeal of AFSPA. Nothing short of complete repeal of the act would
satisfy us," Bhattacharjya said. Other demands include scrapping of the Indo- Bangladesh
land swap deal, end of harassment of students from the region studying in other states
and a special education commission for the North East.
All the apex student bodies of Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur,
Mizoram and Tripura participated in the first phase of NESO’s agitation.
“This is a serious warning to the Govt of India and until and unless they come out
with strong law to protect and ensure safety of the students of NE region in the
mainland India, the students Unions of the region under the banner of NESO will keep
fighting for the rights of its students,” said NESO general secretary Gumjum Haider.
“It is very painful to see our students meet with humiliations, physical and mental
torture, atrocities and even rape and murder in mainland India,” Haider lamented.
While drawing the attention of state govts of NE states, the NESO general secretary
said that the state govt should initiate immediate steps to introduce modern and
desired courses and subjects in our own respective universities and colleges. Since
there is no such college in the region, the students go out to study and face such
kind of situation, he observed.
“Besides the state govt should at least keep the updates of all students who go out
from their respective states so that they can be helped immediately if anything happen
to them,” he asserted.
Meanwhile, expressing grave concern over the issuance of stapled visa to the citizen
of Arunachal Pradesh by the Chinese authority, Haider said “It is very humiliating
and non-solving of Visa issue by the GoI is like treating the people of Arunachal
Pradesh as second class citizen of India,” he felt.
As part of the next phase of agitation, NESO members will gather in all state capitals
of the North East on June 29 and hold demonstrations in front of Raj Bhavans. PTI/
Arunachalee student dies under mysterious condition at Shillong
ITANAGAR, Jun 07: In a shocking incident, an Arunachalee student identified as Ena
Kakki (23) studying at CMJ University Shillong died under mysterious condition this
Kakki, who was found in unconscious condition at her rental room in Laban area of
Shillong, was immediately rushed to a city-based hospital where she was declared
dead at around 4 PM, Shillong police said.
The cause of the death is not yet known and it could be ascertained only after conduction
of post mortem, Laban Police Station Investigation Officer (IO) told over telephone
adding that it has already launched investigation.
Hailing from Pasighat in East Siang district, Kakki was doing her BA in Library Science
at CMJ University, Shillong.
Meanwhile Arunachal Students Union Shillong (ASUS) expressed shock after hearing
the news of death of Ena.
In its condolence message to bereaved family, ASUS president Likha Tado said the
death has caused irreparable loss to the family and students fraternity as a whole.
Tado, on behalf of ASUS, prayed to almighty for eternal peace of the departed soul
and also conveyed its deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family to bear the
Society demands cancellation of Hutong-II project
ITANAGAR, Jun 07: Pangung Welfare Society, (PAWSO) Anjaw appealed to the state government
and the power developer to cancel the proposed Hutong-II HEP.
It said that the river basin of the proposed project is densely populated which account
almost half of the population of the district and if the HEP is allowed to come up
in the area, massive displacement will take place which can’t be compensated with
any degree of relief and rehabilitation plan.
The Society hopes that the state government and the power developer (Mountain Fall
India.Pvt Ltd) would understand the feelings and sentiments of the people of the
proposed Hutong-II HEP area and cancel the said project in the interest of public.
It is worth mentioning here that due to stiff opposition from the Society, the construction
work (drilling and drifting) of the project remained suspended.
Sonitpur & E/Kameng resolve to thwart fresh encroachment
ITANAGAR, Jun 07: Both Arunachal Pradesh and Assam have resolved not to allow any
fresh encroachment to take place in disputed Dipik-Bogiajuli areas and any incidence
of fresh conflict or encroachment would be intimated immediately to each other for
The resolution was adopted in an inter-state district administration joint meeting
of East Kameng, Arunachal Pradesh and Sonitpur Assam on June 5 at Bhalukpong which
was attended by the deputy commissioners of both East Kameng and Sonitpur Tope
Bam and Tapan Chandra Sarma, SPs of both East Kameng and Sonitpur, DFOs of Sonitpur
East Division and Khellong Forest Division, Arunachal Pradesh and Seijosa ADC.
Both the District Administrations have agreed to deploy security personnel near the
disputed areas to have joint patrolling to prevent any untoward incident in future.
The meeting also emphasized on regular interactions by both the districts
It was also proposed by the Sonitpur district administration that the affected Adivasi
agricultural labourers should be re-employed by the GB provided both the parties
agree to do so after having proper understanding in the interest of peace and tranquility.
Earlier, both the DCs and SPs put forwarded their views at length.
While discussing on maintaining the status-quo along the boundary, the East Kameng
administration opined that Arunachalees inhabiting in inter-state border disputed
areas should not be disturbed honouring the Supreme Court order to maintain status-quo
till a final verdict is pronounced.
The East Kameng District Administration further stated that the One Man Boundary
Commission headed by Lt. Gopinath Bordoloi had simply drawn an imaginary boundary
line between Assam and the then NEFA (now Arunachal Pradesh) from the foot-hill areas
of the NEFA to the advantage of Assam only.
The Boundary Commission was neither represented by the then people of NEFA nor their
due consent were taken. By doing so Lt. Bordoloi had violated the natural justice
adopting partiality and overlooked the permanent interest of the then people of NEFA
who were very simple, honest and educationally backward in comparison to the people
of Assam, the DA said while replying to its Sonitpur counterpart’s opinion that the
status-quo be honoured as per the boundary demarcated in 1953 by the One Man Boundary
Earlier, Sonitpur East Division DFO Aniruddha Dey explained in details showing the
satellite maps etc. to strengthen the stand of his state.
Seijosa ADC Tayek Pado also briefed the meeting in details after verifying the place
of occurrence physically with the Police force about the incident. DIPRO
DoTC expands its horizons: Parliamentary secretary tours districts
KHONSA, Jun 07: The Department of Tirap and Changlang Affairs the nomenclature likely
to change after the creation of Longding district is today all set for a major overhaul
with the expansion of its horizon of activities. The department created to bring
Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts at par with other more developed districts
of the state more than ten years ago has been in the news for all the wrong reasons.
However, after the present Parliamentary Secretary of DoTC Yumsen Matey took over
the charge, the department’s functioning has been effectively streamlined and is
engaged in various developmental activities that would, without an iota of doubt,
immensely benefit the people of the three backward districts.
Earlier, DoTC used to take up only minor schemes to supplement the schemes undertaken
by the major work departments. But now, it also takes up major schemes deemed beneficial
for the people. In order to enlighten the people on activities of DoTC and to throw
light on the new and innovative schemes envisaged to be taken up under the department,
the Parliamentary Secretary Yumsen Matey made an extensive tour of the three districts
from May 27 to June 6 during which he visited all the major circle headquarters.
He addressed a series of meetings at Miao, Kharsang, Jairampur, Changlang, Khonsa,
Lazu and Longding. In all the meetings Matey asked the departments to maintain close
working co-ordination between themselves and the Panchayat leaders for effective
execution of the government schemes and appreciated the dedicated services of the
administration and HoDs in spite of the disturbed law and order scenario in the three
He emphasized on education as lack of proper education among the youths of the three
districts had been identified as the main stumbling block in the way of development
and progress of the people.
Some of the major highlights during the 10-day tour of the Parliamentary Secretary
were inauguration of DoTC branch at Changlang, a new science laboratory at RKSM School,
Khonsa and BDO office at remote circle headquarters Lazu bordering Myanmar. Matey
also announced that NERCOM, a new central scheme that would cover agriculture, horticulture
and other allied sectors would be implemented in the three districts shortly and
appealed to the people to take maximum benefit out of the scheme. He further said
that a new DoTC branch would be opened at Longding soon.
So, in a nutshell, the extensive tour of the Parliamentary Secretary Matey was fruitful
in terms of creating awareness on functioning of DoTC and in clearing the doubts
from the minds of the people regarding the general image of DoTC. The DoTC which
is a full-fledged regular department is all set to usher in unprecedented development
in the three underdeveloped districts. [The writer is DIPRO, Khonsa and can be reached
at [email protected] co.in]
Bandh affects normal life in Pasighat
Pasighat, Jun 07: Pasighat Public Welfare Committee (PPWC) sponsored 24- hour bandh
which began at 5 am today affected the normal life in Pasighat.
All the business establishments remained closed and private vehicles off the road.
No bandh related untoward incidents have been reported so far.
The Bandh was called demanding replacement of turbines at Yembung Hydel, complete
renovation of Sille Hydel Pasighat, early completion of 132KV tower line from Aalo
to Pasighat and extension of power supply from Rina Hydel Project to Pasighat, and
improvement of power scenario of Pasighat.
PPWC went ahead with its bandh call inspite of district administration plea to call
off it yesterday.
East Siang Deputy Commissioner (in-charge) in a meeting said that the power problems
at Pasighat is indeed a matter of concern and the departments of power and the hydro
power are well aware of the situations and trying their best effort to improve the
power scenario of Pasighat.
The SP Pasighat as well as the Officers of the Power & Hydro power department also
requested the representatives of the PPWC to withdraw their proposed bandh.
But the representatives of the PPWC were adamant with its decision and said that
PPWC would go ahead with its bandh call until and unless a written assurance is
given for improvement of power scenario at Pasighat by the govt.DIPRO
Implement RTE in letter and spirit
I would like to draw your kind attention towards the problems being faced by students
regarding school fees in government schools up to class VIII. As per RTE norms free
and compulsory education up to class VIII is universal right. But in some Govt. schools
the Headmasters/Headmaster-In-Charge and SMC members decided to take admission fee
from every student. When I asked to the concern Headmaster about the admission fee,
he replied that admission/devolvement fee is compulsory. He further informs that
he cannot conduct half-yearly and annual exam etc. without fee due to the reason
that the state Govt did not provide fund for school examination previous year. According
to RTE norms, the higher authorities must have to provide fund to the every school
as per requirement.
Therefore, I earnestly request to the Education Minister to implement the RTE Act
in letter and spirit. The minister should order the subordinate authorities to provide
fund to the schools as per RTE norms and direct all the school authorities not to
collect fee from students.
Obey traffic rules
I would like to request all the vehicle and two-wheeler owners of Capital Complex
to be sincere in driving during evening hours. Most bike accidents are also occurring
during evening hours in between 6 to 7 am. Therefore, I request the drivers/bike
riders to obey traffic rules and avoid rough driving.
Take precautionary measures
I would like to draw the kind attention of the trans-Arunachal highway department
towards the problems faced by the road users due to Doimukh to Hoj-Potin highway
road formation cutting being carried out lately. Now the passengers have to take
another long-distance route to reach various places in Assam and other districts
of the state due to on-going formation cutting work on Doimukh-Hoj-Poting road.
Recently, a student was also reportedly lost his life in a landslide caused by
road formation cutting.
Therefore, I earnestly request to the authority concern, particularly highway department
to take precautionary measures during road formation cutting and to find ways and
means to save money and time of the passengers who are using this short-cut road.
Arunachal Vikash Parishad
Itanagar road and offices
Some predicts that within or after two years Itanagar road will unable to accommodate
growing number of vehicles. That is of the upcoming but look at the current chaos
in Itanagar road. Many outsiders will think that people of Arunachal prospered a
lot and everybody purchased vehicles but in reality this road is not that of a capital
standard. Many places in Arunachal are yet to be connected with road and the government
is giving a deaf ear to the people’s voice. Many places are reflected in election
manifesto and this NH 52A also might be one - who knows? The concerned department
reacts in opposition to the remarks made by public and again nothing has come out
so far. If a piece of road (Highway) is in such a pitiable condition what about those
dilapidated lifelines. Everybody is making money but no one is concerned about the
general asset. The truth is visible to our CM; then he must have the superior understanding
to solve the mess.
Reverse to the traffic jam the Itanagar offices are always desolate.
The furniture mock at the people who come there for a purpose. In India many offices
hang a board written “No Vacancy” and in Itanagar offices, it should be written
“No Staff”. People are kept waiting but there seems to have a bye-law to harass
the office visitors by absconding from. Officers appear in the office fifteen minutes
before the recess and in the evening ten minutes before the closing hour. Sometimes
a work has to be toiled for week and many times more than that. The staffs remain
absent and their excuse is “heavy traffic jam.”
Once Lt. Bakin Pertin said, “Arunachal is the land of kushi-kushi” and the saying
is visible here and now. When enquired the family members say that Sir/madam is in
the office but the empty office depicts the true story. If a officer is not found
in office or home, where do they go then? Nobody bothers “Jeisa chalta hei chalne
do”. The organization is off beam but authorities must take the deterrent and the
efficient procedures to check all this mess. If it is not, then Arunachal will remain
as a backward and underdeveloped state for centuries. Offices located in Capital
are not meant only for the Capital dwellers or the people of Papum Pare, they are
for whole of Arunachal Pradesh. Those Arunachalee people who come from far-flung
and remote areas in state Capital for official purpose are the worst sufferers in
term of money, time and energy due to such work culture. I request the Govt to check
and do to the needful in the greater interest of the people of Arunachal Pradesh.
Boleng, East Siang
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Address the environmental issues
The fifth edition of the Global Environment Outlook launched recently provides an
insight into the trends of the global environment with regard to 500 internationally
agreed goals and objectives identified over the years in the area of sustainable
management of the environment. According to the report, out of the 90 assessed environmental
goals, significant progress was made only in four areas which include eliminating
production and use of substances that deplete the ozone layer, removal of lead from
fuel, increase access to improved water supplies, and boosting research to reduce
pollution of the marine environment. Climate change, desertification and drought
were some of the areas where hardly any progress was seen.
The report comes as a caution to humanity that several critical thresholds may be
exceeded and irreversible damage may occur to the life support functions of the planet
if the issues are not urgently addressed.
The report also says that if the current policies and strategies are strengthened
through successful policy initiatives, public investment, sustainable trade, technology
innovation etc., it is possible to meet the sustainability targets.The report calls
for more specific targets with quantifiable results across a broad range of environmental