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