June 01

Lummer Dai’s birthday today

ITANAGAR, May 31: The Asom Sahitya Sabha along with Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society is going to observe the 74th birth anniversary of Late Lummer Dai, the doyen of journalism, an eminent novelist and a short-story writer from the State, with a day-long function at Bihpuria in Assam’s Lakhimpur district on June 1. Late Dai was also the former Editor of Echo of Arunachal.


Effected shopkeepers to shift to APMC shed

ITANAGAR, May 31: With the ongoing eviction drive by the Capital Administration, the Itanagar Municipal Councillor, ward no. 2, Tatung Tania has decided to shift the evicted shopkeepers to Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) shed with immediate effect.

In a meeting that was held today, it was also decided that any shops running without trading license will be viewed seriously and will take action as per Consumer Protection Act.


City police regulates traffic as Assembly session begins on June 2

ITANAGAR, May 31: The Sixth Legislative Assembly of Arunachal Pradesh will meet for the first time from June 2 to 4 next.

Meanwhile, the City Police has announced traffic diversion at Naharlagun in view of the ensuing session of the state legislative assembly.

Vehicles coming from Itanagar will be diverted at Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun tri-junction via Lummer Dai road to meet the national highway again at Helipad tri-junction to reach Nirjuli and vehicles coming from Nirjuli will be diverted at tri-junction opposite to Rajiv Gandhi Stadium to take the highway again at G-Extension tri-junction to reach Itanagar, informed the City SP.

The diversion will be effective from 8 am until end of the day’s session.


3rd Taba Tath Club Football Tournament

DFC, Papa XI win

ITANAGAR, May 31: Doimukh FC (DFC) trounced SD United FC 5-1 while Papa XI FC pipped Real Model FC 1-0 in the 3rd Taba Tath Club Football Tournament at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium Naharlagun today.

DFC shot into lead 14th minute into the match through goal from Paney Raju. SD United leveled the score (1-1) through an own goal from DFC. But DFC again took the lead (2-1) with help of another own goal from SD United in the first half.

Nguri Aling scored in 53rd minute to give his team 3-1 lead before Raju made it 4-1 in 65th minute. Aling again scored In the dying moment to complete the drubbing of the team.

In another match of the day, Tam Thomas scored the winner in 30th minute against Real Model FC.

Today’s match

Gangte Togung Fc v/s

PUFC (2 pm)

Monyul Fc Tawang v/s

Chandanagar (3:30 pm)


Sir Career Fair begins

ITANAGAR, May 31: Dr. Tejum Padu, Jt. Director Higher and Technical Education has inaugurated the  two-days Sir Career Fair- 2014 at Siddhartha Hall (Near Gompa) in presence of Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner Mige Kamki, senior medical officer Dr K Mossang, students and parents today. Around 400 students along with their guardians visited the fair on the first day and enquired about courses of higher studies.

Speaking on the occasion Dr. Padu said that the Fair would benefit many students seeking suitable courses for their further studies. Dr. T. Padu visited almost all the stalls put up by the various institutes including Mewar Universities (Chittorgarh Rajasthan), Swami Vivekanand Subharti University (Meerut), Dewan V. S. Group of Institutions (Meerut), Guljar Group of Institutions (Punjab), Vidya Jyoti Institutions, (Chandigarh), RIST (9th Mile, Khanapara), Sparta Group of Institutions (Bhopal) and enquired about the courses, their approval from the competent authorities and affiliation etc. He urged the representatives of various institutes to provide best services and quality education to the aspiring students.

The Fair is being organized by a retired teacher of the state M N Mishra.  


Month-long NHPC sponsored computer training prog ends

ITANAGAR, May 31: A month-long basic computer training program which was  sponsored by the NHPC under its Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability (CSR&SD) scheme for the benefit of school students concluded at Govt. Higher Secondary  School, Lumla (Tawang)  today.  Around 40 students took part in the program. The Addl. Dy. Commissioner Lumla, M. Nyori was instrumental in organizing training program successfully.

During the last eight months, more than 135 numbers of school students have been benefited from the a month-long computer training program conducted by NHPC at Govt Sec. School, Jang and Govt. Town Sec. School, Tawang. Besides computer training, various other development works  are also being done by NHPC in and around of the project affected area of its two hydro-electric Projects (Tawang Stage-I &II) of total capacity 1400MW for the benefits of people at large, according to an official release.


ANSU distributes essential items to fire victims

ITANAGAR, May 31: A team of All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) today visited the fire accident site at Niti Vihar here and distributed some essential relief materials to fire victims to help sustain their livelihood.

It may be mentioned here that three houses were gutted down in a fire accident at Niti Vihar around 11 am on May 29 last in which a 70-year-old lady also lost her life.

Meanwhile, the ANSU demanded the concerned authority to immediately release special relief package for the affected families.

The executive members of Capital Youth Organization (CYO) also provided relief materials to fire victims of Niti Vihar. After paying visit to the victims, CYO members donated CGI sheets and other essential materials for temporary rehabilitation. It further urged the authority to immediately provide relief materials to the affected people.

It claimed that victims often have to wait for lengthy and tiring file procedures of relief fund.  


News Impact

BJP will work to protect Arunachal’s territorial integrity’

ITANAGAR, May 31: BJP leader Sudhanshu Mittal today categorically said the party's stand on Arunachal Pradesh was clear and would work to protect its territorial integrity without any compromise.

"Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India and will continue to remain so... The territorial integrity of the state is non-negotiable and we are committed to protect it," Mittal, who was central election observer said on party's strategy on the oft repeated China's claim over the state's territory during a press conference here.

He said, Arunachal Pradesh being a strategically important state in the North East sharing borders with three countries, would get utmost attention from the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre.

"The induction of Kiren Rijiju in the union Cabinet and providing the important portfolio of the minister of state for Home is a clear indication of the BJP as well as Prime Minister Narendra Modi concerns for the state," he said.

He said, even Rijiju had advocated for increasing the number of troops guarding the Indo-Sino border besides emphasizing to strengthen infrastructure along the frontier in the state to match China.

Rijiju yesterday while talking to media in New Delhi said that there has not been enough deployment of forces like ITBP which guard the Indo-Sino border and there is urgent necessity to increase the number and provide sophisticated arms, ammunition and communication gadgets.

Mittal, however, exuded hope that with the BJP-led NDA government in the Centre, the issue would be resolved through fruitful negotiations. PTI


Tamiyo Taga elected BLP leader

ITANAGAR, May 31: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Arunachal Pradesh today elected senior MLA Tamiyo Taga as the BJP’s Legislature Party leader (BLP). Taga will be the opposition leader in the 60-member house. The party won 11 seats in the April 9 Assembly elections in the state.

Addressing the mediapersons here today, BJP state president Tai Tagak informed that MLAs of the party in presence of party's central election observer Sudhanshu Mittal and state organization in-charge Prashant Arora unanimously elected Taga to the post. "Our party will play the role of constructive opposition in the assembly and will work up to the expectation of the people who voted in our favour," he said.

"In the past two days, we have discussed on our future course of strategy and the current political situation of the state. Our strategy will be to take Arunachal into a new direction and will voice against the misdeeds of the ruling government," Tagak said.

Mittal, who was also present in the press conference, exuded hope that the party's MLAs would bring a change in the corrupt governance by highlighting the misdeeds of the Congress.

The newly elected MLAs are committed and dedicated and will work effortlessly to highlight the grievance of the people in the floor of the Assembly as well as outside the house. Taga said that the party would act as a watch dog over the performance of the new government in the state.



Tiger estimationtraining held at Bomdila

BOMDILA, May 31: A tiger estimation training was held for the field staff of forest department at Bomdila Forest Division on May 30.  It was organized by Arunachal Forest department as part of the National Tiger Census Programme under the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) New Delhi.  Resource persons from WWF-India namely, Kamal Medhi, Rishi Sharma, Rajarshi Chakraborty and Jaya Upadhyay imparted training to the staff.

DFO Bomdila Forest Division, Prarasmani Tripathi in his introductory speech highlighted the importance of this programme and various tiger conservation programmes carried out in different parts of the country and the role tiger plays in maintaining the overall ecological balance in nature.  The training programme included lectures on the carnivore sign survey, vegetation sampling, pug mark study of different wild animals, ungulate encounter study, use of GPS, Camera traps etc. The staff were also taken to field where they were given the hands on exercise on use of GPS and camera traps.

All the field staff right from the Forest Guard to DFO under Tawang Forest Division and Shergaon Forest Division also participated in this training programme, according to an official release.



Maintain status quo, stop eviction process, says CCLAPF

ITANAGAR, May 31: The Central Executive Committee of the Capital Complex Land Affected Peoples’ Forum (CCLAPF) in its emergency meeting today urged the capital administration to strictly maintain status quo till the state government is able to come out with some logical and acceptable solution to this vexed encroachment issue. The meeting was held in the backdrop of eviction reportedly carried out by the Capital Complex CEO cum ADM upon the structure of one Nani Yaja at E-Sector, Naharlagun on May 30.

After a threadbare discussion, the house recalled that in the meeting dated February 13 last of the Govt. constituted high level committee to look into the land occupation and allotment imbroglio of the Capital Complex, the Committee unanimously adopted a resolution to immediately stop all fresh encroachments and also the eviction processes in Capital Complex till the Committee submits its final report to the government.

The meeting observed that the instant eviction drive was against the spirit of above resolution. It was also carried out arbitrarily without following the established laid down norms. “The so called eviction notice was received by the affected party on 30/05/2014 only at 7.45 AM and the eviction carried out at 9.00 AM without giving any time to the affected party for shifting of the belongings, which was against the principal of natural justice,” the meeting said while strongly protesting and condemning “such malapropos act of the administration.”



ABK to take up Do:ying gumín Hall on priority basis

ITANAGAR, May 31: The first Adi Bane Kebang Central Executive Committee coordination meeting for the session 2014-17 was held here this evening after the selection of new executive body at Tuting conference on February last.

During the meeting, the house decided to review all the resolutions taken by ABK in its previous conference held at various places.

The ABK in is meeting decided to take up construction activities relating to Do:ying Gumin Hall, Pasighat on priority basis. It also decided to implement Adi Kebang Ayon of ABK in toto and necessary modification/enactment/deletion would also be made if any.

Apart from these, the meeting decided to form ABK Advisory Committee Group on Hydro Power & High Way Infrastructure, re-installation of ABK website and also resolved to take up various activities on Art and culture, Education, health and hygiene etc.

Presiding over the meeting ABK President Kangir Jamoh assured to take up various activities for developmental activities and welfare of the Adi community.

ABK General Secretary Bodong Yirang highlighted the power and function of executive members and aim and objectives of ABK. Getom Borang Vice-President (Adm.) Tony Pertin Vice-President (Pro), Tanon Tatak Secy (RM), Tajing Taki General Secretary, ABK East Siang District unit, Olen Damin Patron, Belatee Pertin Chief Patron, ABK Youth Wing President Aling Pinggam, ABK central executive members and frontal wings member including AdiSU President Sokun Sibo also spoke on the occasion and gave their valuable suggestions.



Shortest route to Lummer Dai road

Tokong Pertin

It was during National Press Day celebration on 16th November, 2011 a history was created by Nabam Tuki, Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh who attended the National Press Day celebration of that year as Chief Guest at Banquet Hall, Itanagar, by conceding after few minutes of prayer made to him by Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) for naming a road at Naharlagun after Luminous Lummer Dai.

The prayer petition submitted by the General Secretary, APLS (the author of this write-up) contains following points and justification:

“Late Lummer Dai was the first recognized author and litterateur from Arunachal Pradesh, Late Dai is a literary icon who has left behind an important legacy in the field of literature and journalism in the state.  His contribution in the field of literature and journalism is immense but unfortunately, proportionate recognition is yet to be accorded to him by both the people of the state and the government.

Late Dai, born on 1st June 1940 at Siluk village in Mebo Sub-Division of East Siang District, has many milestones to his credit. He breathed his last on 5th April ’2002 after attaining superannuation as the Director of Information & Public Relations and Printing, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh in 1998. Since his student days, he used to write in magazines and newspapers in Assam highlighting folk culture and stories of people of our State. Prominent among his published works are ‘Udayachalar Sadhu’ published by Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1959, ‘Paharar Shile Shile’ (1960), ‘Prithivir Hanhi’ (1962-63), which was published by Assam Publication Board.

These were followed by ‘Mon Aru Mon’ in 1965 and ‘Koinar Mulya’ in 1975-76 and ‘Upar Mahal’, his last novel, in 2003. Apart from these, he wrote a collection of short stories called ‘Eti Tapat Smriti’, numerous articles, and some poems at different periods of his literary life.

In recognition of his outstanding contribution especially in Assamese literary field, he was honoured by various literary organizations of Assam and Sahitya Academy. His role as a literary icon and bridge between people of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam is matchless. During his lifetime, he relentlessly worked for promotion of mutual understanding and harmony of both the people of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, the results of which can be noticed in the reverence held by people of Assam for him by instituting biennial Literary Award and opening an institution called “Lummer Dai Regional Institute of Distance Education and Research Centre” which was launched on Late Dai’s birthday, i.e. on 1st June’2011 in Bihpuria, Asom. Considering above and his enormous contribution in literary arena and journalism, which has reared and cemented lifelong brotherly feelings between the people of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, we appeal to you to kindly consider naming ‘the road running through Premnagar area in Naharlagun, starting from Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun to Daily Market, where he (Late Dai) resided after retirement from Govt. service, that finally joins National Highway-52A’ in his name as a mark of respect and recognition to him. We believe this will go a long way in inspiring people of the state and the upcoming litterateurs in particular to pursue the noble cause of which late Dai pursued selflessly in his entire life.”

Submission of appraisal for naming a road after noted writer Late Lummer Dai was not planned, but it was a spontaneous decision. The printed Agenda for National Press Day celebration was finalized beforehand and circulated. In this context, the APLS must owe gratitude to the Arunachal Press Club (APC) and Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalist (APUWJ) for their spontaneous response to APLS for the noble cause to bestow honour to Late Lummer Dai, the pioneer of their field - journalism in Arunachal Pradesh. On personal request made to Tongam Rina, the then President, APUWJ and Taba Ajum, the then President, APC to include the matter in their agenda, both Rina and Ajum readily agreed to give me a time to submit the request letter to Chief Minister and accordingly the already finalized and circulated agenda was edited on the spot and a new item was added in hand writing for the day. The respect and humble gesture shown to Late Lummer Dai by the APUWJ and APC is praise-worthy and beyond any comparison.

After few minutes of submission of the proposal by the General Secretary, APLS to the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, he approved naming of the road running through Premnagar area in Naharlagun, starting from Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun to Daily Market, where he (Late Dai) resided after retirement from Govt. service, that finally joins National Highway-52A as “Lummer Dai Road” after noted writer Late Lummer Dai which was reciprocated by a thunderous applause by the audience present. Thereby, Nabam Tuki created a history in approving the naming of the road after Late Lummer Dai within the shortest time.

The APLS is making its all out sincere efforts to keep shining the literary bridge built by Late Dai in between Assam and Arunachal. In this direction due to coordinated efforts of APLS and Asom Sahitya Sabha (ASS), the ASS has instituted a biennial Literary Award and a Regional Institute of Distance Educational & Research Centre at Bihpuria, Assam in the name of Late Lummer Dai.

In addition to above, APLS and ASS are actively involved in socio-cultural-literary activities aiming to rekindle and preserve the old age brotherhood relation between the two neighbouring states. To mention a few, during Late Dr. Bhupen Hazarika’s death, sending of 20 Member APLS Delegation to participate in the last rites of Late Hazarika’s at Jhalukbari, Guwahati, which was later declared as the State Representative to attend the last rites of Late Dr. Bhupen Hazarika and instrumental in bringing the urns containing the last remains of Late Dr. Hazarika to the State. Chief Minister Nabam Tuki personally visited Late Hazarika’s ancestral Nizarapara residence and conveyed condolence to Dr. Hazarika’s family on behalf of the people of Arunachal Pradesh and collected the urns containing the last remains of the musical maestro, Late Dr. Hazarika and flew to Itanagar with the urns for immersing the same with full state honour in all the major rivers of Arunachal Pradesh as Late Dr. Hazarika was deeply connected to the mountains, hills, rivers and more importantly, the people of Arunachal Pradesh. The APLS also initiated for declaring State mourning on his death, which was readily given by Nabam Tuki led State Govt. It is also noteworthy to mention that installation of a life-size statue of Late Dr. Bhupen Hazarika in an appropriate location at Itanagar has also been approved, and which installation is under process. These actions of Nabam Tuki led State Govt. shows the sincere endeavour and determination to keep alive the old-age Assam-Arunachal brotherly relations to a great height, which APLS and ASS are active partners.

Also, during the recent unfortunate Behali incident in the last week of January’ 2014, the APLS & ASS members of border areas of Behali were on constant touch. A goodwill team comprising of various ethnic community of Assam led by the Vice-President of ASS, Dr. Parmananda Rajbongshi visited Itanagar and called on the Chief Minister on February 11, 2014 along with the members of APLS in regard to the unfortunate Behali incident and discussed several issues to normalize the burning issue and also agreed upon some action points to stop occurrence of such incident in near future. A goodwill team of APLS led by its President Y D Thongchi and General Secretary Tokong Pertin also visited Gunahuti, Lakhimpur, Dholpur, Ledo, Bihpuria etc. on different occasions.

The Lummer Dai road, Naharlagun, was formally dedicated to the people by Bosiram Siram, the then Minister (Education), Arunachal Pradesh on 1st June, 2012 (birthday of Late Lummer Dai) amidst huge contingent; amongst others were top level officials from Assam Sahitya Sabha led by its President Rangbong Terong Padmashree and Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society led by Y D Thongchi and many literary lovers of the State.

However, to fit the sobriquet of “Land of Khusi-Khusi”, the State PWD has put-up Lummer Dai road indicators one at tri-junction of Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun and another road-indicator at tri-junction of Rajiv Gandhi Stadium near Naharlagun Post Office instead of the tri-junction (Traffic Police Post) at Daily Bazaar, Nahalagun, which perhaps require re-planting of the road indicator at the proper and right location by the State PWD, so that it shows the right direction to the passer-by/ public as Late Dai did during his life-time. (The author is the General Secretary of Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society and is presently holding the post of Director Trade and Commerce, Government of Arunachal Pradesh. You can reach him at tokongpertin @gmail.com)



Farm school inaugurated at Upper Sher

KIMIN, May 31: A day-long training to farmers cum inauguration of Farm School was conducted by ATMA of Kimin Block at Upper Sher village today. Block Technology Convenor cum ADO Kimin Tadar Kachi explained the aim and objective and importance of opening a farm school at farmers door step.

Takio Yanu Tarh, Chairperson III Kimin A/S  who attended the function inaugurated the farm school in presence of farmers, progressive farmers of Upper Sher village and BTT members. She appreciated good response of farmers whenever there is training programme. It reflects the curiosity and adaptability of new technical know how by farmers, she categorically said. She also appreciated the Block Technology Team (BTT) Kimin for opening a Farm School at Upper Sher village but rued poor facility in farm schools which could be improved with more funding. At present farm schools are running with minimum tools and implements which are serving less purpose, she said.

Dr  Nabam Chuniya , Block Technology Manager Kimin explained the farmers about rearing of poultry, piggery and Mithuns which are  suitable in our state. She observed that most of the farmers have taken of broiler farm in large numbers which are profitable and suggested the farmers to adopt croiler instead  of broiler which are more profitable and disease resistant compared to broiler.

Tadar Kachi, ADO Kimin demonstrated pest management at field to farmers and system of rice intensification (SRI) for optimum rice production. He also explained in detail the process of proper seed treatment before sowing of crops in field to prevent various fungal and bacterial attacks while the crops grow up.

Dr Tarh Taram SVO Kimin cum BTT who was also present in the day long programme demonstrated the farmers the use of plastic to control weeds in place of weedicides or herbicides and  hard manual works. He also explained the farmers the bad effects of weedicide to crops in the long run and exhorted the farmers to avoid frequent use of poisonous chemicals.

Teyi Baat Tarh and Lishi Taje progressive farmers and state awardees also shared their valuable experiences and suggestions to up coming farmers.

Tage Ankha , SMS  ATMA Kimin, Tana John GPM L/Sher and Pill Yapa GPM Upper Sher and I Anwar AFA (Sr). More than 50(Fifty) farmers mostly women attended the training programme.



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