Itanagar, June 03: Arunachal Students Union Delhi and North East Student's Welfare
Association, Gwalior (Madhya Pradesh) have set up Helpline numbers for students of
Arunachal Pradesh seeking admission in various colleges and educational institutes
in Delhi, Gwalior (Madhya Pradesh).
ITANAGAR, June 03: The new Speaker of Arunachal legislative assembly Nabam Rebia
will visit construction site of new assembly building at Itanagar on 5th June. While
talking to journalists after being elected Speaker, Rebia informed that he will make
field visit to get first hand information about progress of work.
The construction of legislative assembly building has been delayed and it has already
missed dateline of completion. Recently the construction agency of assembly building
had alleged that due to non-release of payment by assembly secretariat the work has
Load restriction lifted
ITANAGAR, June 03: The load restriction order issued by the power department on April
1, 2014 has been lifted with immediate effect subject to short notice restrictions
by SLDC, Department of Power, according to a Vidyut Bhawan release.
The restriction has been lifted following improvement in power generation by central
All the divisions under DoP connected to the grid are asked to keep co¬ordination
with SLDC for grid stability.
ACS demands action against irregular doctors
ITANAGAR, June 03: Arunachal Civil Society (ACS), in a release, demanded immediate
cancellation of license issued to serving doctors to run private clinics.
Alleging that some serving doctors seem more interested in their private clinics
instead of performing their assigned duties, ACS urged the competent authority to
look into the matter seriously for the sake of poor patients.
The Society, however, said has no say in running private clinic by non-government/non-serving
AAPLU appeals for releasing laborers’ salary
ITANAGAR, June 03: The All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union (AAPLU), in a letter to
the Chief Conservator of Forest, (CCF) to do the needful for early release of salary
of the labourers of Social Forestry Division here.
According to AAPLU, the poor labourers are facing hardship due to non-release of
salary for the last three months.
Appeal for early payment of LTS bills
ITANAGAR, June 3: While referring to the FIR filed earlier against ‘unauthorized
withdrawal’ of land transport subsidy works bills, one Tarh Kuyu (Tugung) has reiterated
his demand for payment of the HTS bills at the earliest.
In a letter written to Chief Secretary, Food and Civil Supply secretary and Director,
Kuyu said that four LTS bills amounting to Rs 24.51 crore was sanctioned by the Govt
after all codal formalities from the department of food and civil supplies. “But
unfortunately and under dubious circumstances, the entire payment was made to an
unknown person and not to the genuine power of attorney holder,” the letter said.
Alleging fraudulent withdrawal of LTS bills from the directorate of food and civil
supply department, Kuyu further said that no tangible action has been initiated against
the ‘erring officials’ for immediate recouping of the money despite an FIR was
Stating that he was facing untold financial hardship and mental agony, Kuyu urged
the Govt to initiate steps for repayment of the LTS bills amount within a fortnight.
Society oppose the move
ITANAGAR, June 03: Few members claiming to represent Topo Welfare Society has opposed
the move of merging the clan into Tagin tribe and stated that as per history they
are descendant of Ato Nito who was the one of the sons of Galo. Further they added
that if any member of the clan wishes to join or embrace any other tribe, it shall
be exclusively the desire of an individual.
People for eviction against illegal structures
ITANAGAR, June 3: Ward Committee members, senior citizens, intellectuals, Church
Pastors, Govt staff, business communities, youths, students and general public under
the 26 Ward Itanagar Municipal Council unanimously adopted a resolution in favour
of sector-wise eviction drive under the supervision of a magistrate against illegal
encroachment on roads and drains.
Eviction drive should be conduced without considering permanent or temporary structures
or buildings, which were illegally constructed encroaching the road side and drains.
All the public will extend full co - operation with the magistrate, said the members
present in a meeting held yesterday at Govt. Middle School, G - sector, Naharlagun
under the Chairmanship of Bokar Basar, Chief Municipal Executive Officer, IMC.
Other important resolutions were also adopted in the meeting prohibiting selling
and consuming of illicit substances like drugs, and selling of alcohol, local
Apong within the 26 Ward area. Actions will be taken against the violators of order
being issued to keep the sector neat and clean, according to a release.
AAPTWA against creation of Patkai and Mon Autonomous councils
ITANAGAR, June 3: The All Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Welfare Association (AAPTWA) has
opposed to the creation of Mon and Patkai Autonomous district councils in the state.
In its letter submitted to the chief minister, it said, Arunachal Pradesh is predominantly
a tribal state in the union of India. This tribal area was known as NEFA and after
attaining the status of the union territory during the year of 1972, GoI had granted
full fledged state status in the year 1987.
The total membership of the legislative assembly consists of 60 legislators from
different community to look after the local development in our state through MLA
LAD, SPA, BRGF, BADP with various central sponsored schemes. Besides, tribal people
of the state even exercise local self government through Panchayat Raj Institution.
A separate department for Tirap and Changlang has also been created, the letter read.
It feared that the decision to grant the creations of the two autonomous councils
will divide the entire state.
Staff of Art and Culture deptt. bid farewell to retiring officers
ITANAGAR, June 03: The staff of the Directorate of Art and Culture organized a function
in the office chamber of Director yesterday to say good bye to N. Namchoom, Administrative
Officer and S. Ali, Assistant, who retired on May 31after attaining the age of superannuation.
Namchoom joined the directorate as a UDC in 1986 and rose to the post of Administrative
Officer. It was he, who initially dealt the Employment Exchange matters. It is pertaining
to mention here that the Employment Exchange was dealt by the Art and Culture Department
until 1988. He has contributed a lot in the growth of Employment Exchange Department
in the state.
Ali joined as VLW (Sr.) in the Agriculture Department in 1981 and later joined in
Art and Culture Department in 1992 as Assistant. He remained in the present post
R. Ronya, Director Art and Culture, who presided over the farewell function, expressed
the hope that the tribal employees must have learnt a lot from the retiring officer
otherwise the day is not far when no tribal staff will be able to prepare pay bills/
pension bills etc. He also prayed to almighty Donyr Polo to bless the retiring officer
to lead a happy and prosperous post-retirement life.
The function was organized under the initiative of Joint Director of the department
The farewell function came to an end after presentations to the retiring officers.
AAPYO team calls on BSNL GM
ITANAGAR, June 03: Anticipating an indefinite bandh call reportedly proposed by Toru
Circle Students' Union regarding no GSM connectivity at Kheel area under Toru circle,
the All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Organization (AAPYO) president Biri Joy along with
its spokesperson Kaling Tasing today met General Manager Telecom G Nageswara Rao
at BSNL office here.
During the meeting, the AAPYO president submitted a memorandum informing Rao of the
hardship faced by the people of Kheel due to non connectivity in the area and also
informed that a tower has already been erected in the area but is still not operational.
"A bandh call may further delay the process and may create misunderstanding among
the civil society, so it's important that such situation be averted if possible",
Rao while stating that “Kheel is a strategic point and is on their top priority list”,
informed that under phase six project, GSM connectivity was supposed to be installed
there but as its tender was cancelled, it could not be materialised. He also informed
that phase seven project has already been initiated but will take another six to
eight months for completion.
Upon earnest request from the AAPYO, Rao assured that they will try to install equipments
for micro-link connectivity within one and half month period on temporary basis.
And after the completion of Trans National Highway, optical fibres will be laid for
a permanent solution.
AAPYO on its part assured that it will try to prompt talk with the Toru Circle Students'
Union so that bandh call can be avoided for the common benefit of the masses. However,
AAPYO cautioned that it will take democratic actions against BSNL at every district
if the authority fails to comply with its assurance within one month period from
Rijiju expresses concern at Bomdila incident
From a Correspondent
NEW DELHI, June 03: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju today expressed
deep concern at the unfortunate Bomdila incident in Arunachal Pradesh where a group
of unruly mob on May 27 last had damaged the vehicles of three MLAs of Tawang district
during the last rites of Rev TG Rinpoche.
Rinpoche, an internationally reputed monk and close aide of His Holiness Dalai Lama
who represented Arunachal Pradesh state assembly for three terms from Lumla seat,
had died in New Delhi recently.
“Attacks during such a somber occasion could be the outcome of instigation of the
youths by some vested interest group that resulted in social tension,” Rijiju told
this correspondent at his North Block office here.
“Arunachalees being peace loving by nature should adopt and reflect peace in their
actions,” he said with conviction.
When asked if he would like to conduct a special probe to unravel the truth behind
the death which has created lot of misgivings, he said that the Delhi Police have
been doing its job and he would seek a report on the issue.
When he said that the state government must have taken the measures, he was told
that a committee to inquire into the incident was instituted.
AdiSU appeals for induction of Tayeng as cabinet minister
ITANAGAR, June 3: Adi Students’ Union (AdiSU) in a letter to Chief Minister appealed
for induction of legislator Lombo Tayeng as one of the state cabinet minister.
The AdiSU said that there were two cabinet ministers from Adi community in the previous
state government, so we hope along with Tapang Taloh, the people friendly state government
will induct one of the senior most congress leaders of the state Lombo Tayeng in
the cabinet berth.
Fire renders 13 families homeless
DAPORIJO, June 03: Seven dwelling houses were devastated and 13 families rendered
homeless in fire that broke out at DST Colony near airfield here this morning at
around 7.30 am.
Fire brigade rushed to the spot and brought the flames under control before it spread
As per preliminary assessment, properties worth over Rs. 40 lakh were destroyed in
The cause of the fire is yet to be confirmed.
Meanwhile, newly elected local MLA Dikto Yekar provided immediate relief like rice,
blanket and utensils to the fire victims.
CYO bats for price regulation
ITANAGAR, June 03: The Capital Youth Organization (CYO) called on director Legal
Metrology & Consumer Affair at his office chamber in Naharlagun and urged him to
regulate the price of essential commodities. CYO claimed that shopkeepers in the
Capital Complex are charging exorbitantly higher rate than the retail prices in every
essential commodity such as cold drink, vegetables and other edible items. CYO also
requested the director to prohibit illegal practice of hiking prices of commodities
and punished the defaulters. The organization also sought for proper checking of
license of the retailer and to create awareness among consumers about their basic
ITANAGAR, June 03: The Executive Engineer (E) of Capital Electrical Division, Department
of Power today clarified that there was no power cut/load shedding in other area
of Itanagar township except Vivek Vihar and central power house area. The EE was
reacting to the news item “Power crisis grips state Capital” which appeared in
this daily of 3rd June edition wherein it was stated that the power department had
carried out massive load shedding in Capital complex adding some parts of capital
witnessed power cut lasting upto 5 to 6 hours.
In its clarification, the EE further said that “due to technical reasons at Chandernagar
33/11 kV Sub-Station, there was a power cut to Vivek Vihar area from 7:20 pm to 8:00
pm and 8:45 pm to 9:30 pm and Central power house area including in and around Arunachal
Pradesh Civil Secretariat area from 8:00 pm to 8:45 pm and 9:30 to 10:00 pm only.
Therefore, there was a power cut for 1 hour 25 minutes to Vivek Vihar area and 1
hour 15 minutes to Central Power House including in and around Arunachal Pradesh
Civil Secretariat area in two different time slots as mentioned above.”
The following inadvertent errors mentioned in my article ‘Ziro zeroing-in to become
tourism hub’ published in this daily on 3rd June may kindly be corrected.
1. The ring road around Ziro is not the boundary in between the Apatanis and the
2. Many Apatani intellectuals are involved for recognition of Ziro as World Heritage
Site by the UNESCO.
3. Mr Taku Chatung, President, AYA house is in Old Ziro.
The errors are regretted. ---- Denhang Bosai
Loyalists get plum portfolios in Tuki ministry
ITANAGAR, June 03: The cabinet portfolios were today allocated to 9 ministers who
were sworn-in on June 1. They are as follows : Tanga Byaling - home (excluding vigilance),
power (electrical) and Non-conventional resource energy, Chowna Mein - Agriculture
Horticulture and Animal Husbandry & Dairy Development, Kalikho Pul - Health & Family
Welfare, Social Justice Empowerment & Tribal Affairs, Women & Child Development and
Parliament Affairs, Kamlung Mossang - Food & Civil Supplies, Geology & Mining, Water
Resource Department, Tapang Taloh - Education, Libraries, Textiles, Handloom and
Handicrafts, Pema Khandu - Tourism, Urban Development, Town Planning, Housing, Art
& Culture and Municipal Affairs, Gojen Gadi - PWD, Kumar Waii RWD and Takam Pario
Interestingly Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has retained important departments like finance
and planning. He will also be holding charges of all the departments which has not
been assigned to any ministers. Nabam Tuki gave plum portfolios to the ministers
Tanga Byaling, Tapang Taloh, Kamlung Mossang and Gojen Gadi who are considered to
be his trusted loyalists. Anjaw MLA and senior Congress leader Kalikho Pul also made
sort of comeback by bagging coveted health ministry. Pul did not feature in the first
few years of Tuki cabinet as he was considered to be from opposite camp and was only
inducted just before assembly was dissolved.
As per the sources, over the last few months relation between Pul and Tuki improved
considerably due to which he got such huge portfolios. On the other hand Namsai MLA
Chowna Mein once the no. 2 of Tuki cabinet, who was dropped from cabinet days before
assembly was dissolved, has been assigned Agriculture Horticulture and Animal Husbandry
department. In the Arunachal context these departments are considered to be not so
plum and are seen as punishment assignment. In the previous Tuki government, Mein
was minister for finance and planning.
Rebia is new Speaker, T N Thongdok his deputy
ITANAGAR, June 03: Congress leader Nabam Rebia was today elected as the new Speaker
of the sixth legislative assembly. Rebia who was declared winner unopposed from 14th
Doimukh assembly constituency is a two time Rajya Sabha MP and was parliamentary
secretary for planning cum government spokespersons in previous government. Rupa-Kalaktang
MLA T N Thongdok was elected as Deputy Speaker.
52 year-old Rebia was born at Ompuli village under Toru circle of Papum Pare district.
Before joining politics, he was an active student leader and was president of AAPSU
in the 80s. In 2009 he entered state assembly by winning from 14th Doimukh assembly
constituency and managed to win again this time.
While addressing the house, Rebia promised to uphold true spirit of democracy as
speaker. “I seek cooperation of every member to smoothly conduct the proceeding of
assembly,” said Rebia. He also believed that presence of healthy number in opposition
bench is great for democracy and will make government accountable in every field.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki led the house in congratulating both Speaker and Deputy
Speaker. BLP leader and former speaker Tamiyo Taga while congratulating the new Speaker
emphasized that Speaker should be impartial and avoid political affiliation after
assuming the office.
Earlier principal opposition party BJP named Aalo West MLA Er Tumke Bagra as candidate
for deputy speaker. However Er Bagra later withdrew his nomination paving way for
election of T N Thongdok as new deputy speaker. Explaining the reason behind putting
up of candidature for deputy speaker post, MLA Bagra said, “Usually in Lokh Sabha
as well as in other states, opposition parties are given opportunity to occupy the
post of deputy speaker. We expected that Congress party will follow same formula
and will leave deputy speaker for BJP. But they did not relent. I have great respect
for T N Thongdok and therefore withdrew the nomination. ” PPA leader of the house
Passang Dorjee Sona also advocated for following similar formula and expressed hope
that new deputy speaker will play big role in running of Assembly. BJP MLA Japu Deru
termed election of TN Thongdok to the post of deputy speaker as watershed movement
for people of Kameng belt. “For many years MLAs hailing from Kameng region could
not occupy important post. But justice has been done finally with Thongdok being
elected as Deputy Speaker,” said Japu Deru. He further hoped that ruling Congress
will cooperate in similar manner the way BJP extended cooperation by withdrawing
candidature for deputy speaker. MLAs P. Bage, Mutchu Mithi, Kento Rina spoke on the
Meanwhile the people of Doimukh assembly constituency have expressed joy over election
of Nabam Rebia as new speaker. Tana Tahin, BCC President on behalf of the people
of Doimukh assembly constituency stated that due to faith shown by Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki and APCC President Mukut Mithi, Rebia has been elected unanimously.
Governor, CM mourn death of Union Minister
Itanagar, June 03: Union rural development minister Gopinath Munde on Tuesday died
of multiple internal injuries and cardiac arrest suffered following a road accident
in central Delhi early in the morning.
64-year-old Munde, who made his entry into the Union Cabinet for the first time last
week, was on his way to the airport when his Maruti Suzuki SX4 car was hit by a Tata
Indica car at Prithviraj Road-Tughlak Road intersection in the heart of the capital.
Munde was taken to AIIMS trauma centre at 6.30am by his personal assistant and driver
and was declared dead at 7.20am.
The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma and Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki today expressed shock and grief over untimely demise of Gopinath Pandurang
Munde, Union Minister and a dynamic National leader.
The Governor conveyed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family on behalf of people
of Arunachal Pradesh and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.
In his condolence letter to Pradnya Munde, wife of Late Gopinath Pandurang Munde
the Governor said that Late Munde was a committed leader who constantly worked for
the Nation and for the cause of the weaker sections of the society. His contributions
to the State of Maharashtra and the Nation will always be remembered by the people
of the country.
The Governor further said that in his passing away, people of the country have lost
a distinguished political personality and it has caused an irreparable loss to the
In a condolence message to the bereaved wife Pradnya Munde, Tuki said that in his
death, the nation has lost a veteran BJP leader, who served the country in different
capacities. Besides, proving his calibre in governance by holding the post of Deputy
Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Late Gopinath Munde was Deputy Leader of opposition
in 15th Lok Sabha. He made his entry in the Union cabinet for the first time this
year after 2014 Lok sabha elections.
The OBC face of BJP, Late Gopinath Munde, who hailed from a poor family, was a grass
root leader and a dedicated social worker who tirelessly worked for the backward
classes and farmers of the country. “It pains my heart to write to you at this moment
of extreme grief. I humbly endure to share with you the saddest times of your life
though I know that it would be hard to do so and ease the pain you and your family
are going through,” the Chief Minister said in his message and extended solidarity
on behalf of the people of Arunachal Pradesh with the bereaved family members.
The leaders and workers of state BJP have deeply mourned the tragic demise of Union
Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Gopinath Munde in a car accident
in New Delhi today morning.
“I am deeply shocked and saddened by untimely demise of Munde at the peak of his
political career, His death is a big blow not only to the party but also entire nation.
The vacuum created by his death in the country’s political field, particularly Maharashtra,
will be difficult to fill,” said state BJP president Tai Tagak in a condolence message.
Munde was known as messiah of the poor and underprivileged. Hailing from backward
Banjara community from Maharashtra, he served the nation in various capacities. He
was also deputy chief minister of Maharashtra and elected twice as the Member of
Parliament, Tagak informed.
A true patriot, great statesman and politician par excellence, Munde’s death is a
great loss for the country, Tagak said.
The party leaders and workers in a condolence meeting in the party headquarters here
today observed two minutes silence as a mark of respect to late Munde and prayed
to almighty to rest his departed soul in eternal peace.
Governor exhorts MLAs to respect people’s mandate
ITANAGAR, June 03: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma today
exhorted the newly elected legislators to respect the mandate given by the people
of the state and work towards a prosperous and glorious Arunachal.
"The people of state have great hopes and expectations from this Assembly. When the
world is today reduced to a global village, the need of the hour is to shun the politics
of parochialism and ethnic identities and focus on the politics of development and
unity," the Governor said in his address to the sixth legislative assembly.
He said, jointly capitalising on the strengths and overcoming the weaknesses of the
state in a true spirit of camaraderie and teamwork could only achieve the goal.
The people, especially the youth yearn for a better future and the elected representatives
should rise to their expectations, he said.
"Arunachal Pradesh is in a stage of transition.... I expect that each of you to anticipate
the prospect that awaits our state, assess the gaps of each constituency and work
on a road map that will be the guiding light to serve the people you represent for
the next five years.
"Let us all pledge to be partners to build together a peaceful and prosperous state,"
he added. Stating that his government was taking effective steps towards maintaining
transparency and accountability in governance and administration by simplification
of procedures in many areas, he said the new government would continue to accord
the highest priorities to ensure that the concerns of the weakest person of the state
to be addressed.
"It is a matter of pride for all of us that Arunachal Pradesh is the first state
in the Northeast India to enact a law on Lokayukta.
With sincere commitment to bring in accountability and transparency of my government,
I assure that very soon the Lokayukta shall be appointed," he said.
Highlighting the priority areas, Sharma informed that his government would accord
topmost priority to the twin sectors of Health and Education.
"A policy of 'Zero Tolerance' to lapses will be adopted in these two sectors.
We have already launched the Chief Minister’s Universal Health Insurance scheme for
attaining the objective of 'Good Health for All'.
Under this programme the benefit of insurance will be extended to 10 lakhs population
of the state and will cover all categories of families including government servants,"
The focus on unemployment and the "Mission One Lakh Jobs" would be another priority
area of the new government.
The beneficiary oriented state Flagship programmes have been very successful and
therefore these programmes would continue, he added.
He further disclosed that special emphasis would be given in removing bottlenecks
in the speedy implementation of all the projects in the state.
"Within these five years, my government will resolve to complete all the projects
of the Prime Minister’s Package like Civil Secretariat building, Assembly Building,
Railway line, Greenfield Airport, Trans Arunachal Highway, two lane roads to connect
district headquarters, four lane highway connecting Hollongi-Itanagar-Banderdewa,"
Stating that Arunachal Pradesh had a legacy of being a peaceful state, he added that
the government would make all out efforts in maintaining the law and order. PTI
AAPSU urges Govt. to introduce job quota for sportspersons in all depts.
ITANAGAR, June 03: All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) has urged the state
government to introduce five per cent job quota for meritorious sportsperson in all
Attending a T20 cricket tournament at Palin, Kurung Kumey district yesterday, AAPSU
President, Kamta Lapung assured the union’s all support and cooperation for all genuine
causes, including development of games & sports and promotion of talented sportspersons
of the state.
Job reservation for meritorious sportspersons is currently implemented in three departments,
namely Police, Sports and Youth Affairs and Forest.
Encouraging the youth of the district to take up sports seriously, Kamta said, “Playing
sports not help one stay physically and mentally fit but also foster unity, brotherhood
among people and develop the leadership quality, inculcate in them the sense of discipline.
Later, Kamta along with his team visited Late Kipa Kache Memorial Complex at Nyapin
and decided to renovate the statue and its surrounding area. Kache was a dedicated
student leader and gave supreme sacrifice for welfare of the students in particular
and the state as a whole. His contribution towards the society would always be remembered,
The AAPSU president has also decided to conduct Martyrs Cup very soon in memory of
AAPSU martyrs. The details of the tournament and its schedule will be declared after
proper consultation with the executive members, he said.
Team also visited Phassang circle of Kurung Kumey district and took stock of the
deplorable road condition and lack of infrastructure in the region.
While expressing concern over tardy progress of PMGSY works AAPSU urged the state
government to expedite the construction of road works from Chayang Tajo to Phassang
by using the required machineries.
Allegation of fund embezzlement not correct: EE
ITANAGAR, June 03: Reacting to a news item under the heading “Nodal dept. clarifies,
shifts blame on……” published on May 28 issue of this daily, the executive engineer
of Sangram PWD division, in a release, clarified that five out of the 10 hostel buildings
sanctioned were completed and works of the four hostel buildings are near completion
as 80 percent of the works have already been completed.
The completed hostel buildings are located at Govt. Middle School, Jamin, Govt. Middle
School, Joru, Govt. Middle School, Pania, Govt. Middle School, Dui and Govt. Middle
School, Amji. The hostel building which are nearing completion are located at Govt.
Middle School, Yaglung, Govt. Middle School, Bangte, Govt. Middle School, Palin Town
and Govt. Middle School, Jollang. Construction of the remaining one hostel building
at Govt. Middle School, Langbia is yet to be started due to land dispute, the EE
informed in a release, adding the hostel building will be taken up on release of
next installment of fund by the nodal department.
“The department had decided not to go for double storey construction as all the schools
are located in interior places and the topography of the localities were not suitable
for double storey construction. However, the plinth area of the hostel buildings
have been maintained same as that of the proposed double storey building to accommodate
40 students in each hostel,” the release said. Further, the completed hostel buildings
have been verified by at least three officers from other departments on several occasions
as per order of the state government, the release claimed.
“Hence, the allegation of fund embezzlement without execution of work is not correct.
The department is ready to complete all the buildings on receipt of balance amount
of fund from the nodal department,” the release added.
Thousands march in protest against Bomdila incident
LUMLA, June 03: Thousands of people from Lumla marched and rallied today at Lumla
to protest the attack on three MLAs of Tawang and vandalization of their vehicles
during the last rites of Rev. TG Rinpoche at Bomdilaon May 27.
The attack on the democratically elected legislators is an attack on the citizen
and the integrity of democracy, the protestor said.
Demanding justice, BCC president Tsering Tashi said, “Unless a stern and a quick
action is taken against these trouble mongers, they will be compelled to take leeway
of the law.”
“Today’s rally is not a message of avenge to the barbaric act but a message that
we want peace and tranquility in the region”, said Lumla ZPM Lobsang Younten.
After the mass rally, a memorandum signed by ZPMs, ASMs and other political functionaries
was submitted to the Lumla ADC Lumla to be forwarded to the Government of Arunachal
The memorandum which read public resentment requested for exemplary punishment and
arrest of the miscreants within the given time period.
Praying for early re-incarnation of Rinpoche in Mon-Region, former ZPM, Sang Norbu
expressed that the demise of the dharma guru is a colossal loss to the entire Monpa
community and the Buddhist around the world.
Amidst tight security geared by ADC Lumla and DSP Tawang, the rally witnessed participation
from all sections of society.
Assembly mourns death of Munde, Tingkhatra, Teli and Rinpoche
ITANAGAR, June 03: The members of the Legislative Assembly today paid rich tribute
to departed leaders - Union Minister Gopinath Munde and former ministers Newlai Tingkhatra,
Techi Teli and T G Rinpoche. The House also observed two-minute silence as a mark
of respect to the departed leaders.
Expressing his sorrow, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said that the untimely demise of
the Union Minister for Rural Development Gopinath Munde this morning was a great
loss for the country. Late Munde who belonged to OBC community had risen from grassroot
level and in both social & political sphere contributed hugely for the society and
In his obituary reference CM also said Late Techi Teli was a popular leader and
represented 14 Doimukh consecutively for two terms. Tuki said that Late Teli was
a student leader, social activist and public leader and was associated with number
of organizations. Hailing from Jote village, he had held the charges of UD & Tax
& Excise as minister.
Tuki while also paying his obituary reference to Late Newlai Tingkhatra said the
he was good administrator, gifted with managerial skill, a wildlife lover, besides
also a social worker, an able politician and a good human being. His contribution
towards the community and state will always be remembered.
While paying his obituary reference to Rev. T.G. Rinpoche, Tuki said that Rev. Rinpoche
was a doctorate of Buddhist Studies and also worked for development of mutual understanding
and building relationships of various cultures and religions to promote and maintain
peaceful co-existence and held various posts including post of Chairman of Dept.
of Karmic Adhyatmic . Numerous Monasteries, stupas, cottage industries and educational
institutions in the Buddhist belt of West Kameng & Tawang bear testimony to his
many accomplishments. Rev. Rinpoche had also received global accolades as an excellent
social worker and a respected spiritual leader. CM said that Rev. Rinpoche was instrumental
in introducing of Bodhi as third language in two districts of West Kameng & Tawang.
He was an able minister and seasoned legislator, he added. Extending solidarity with
the Buddhist community and the entire Himalayan region, he prayed for the eternal
peace of the departed Spiritual Guru and former Minister.
Chowna mein, Pema Khandu, Tanga Byaling, Honchun Ngandam, Thanwang Wangham, P.D.
Sona, Phosum Khimhun, Japu Deru, Wangki Lowang also paid their obituary references
to the departed senior leaders and offered their heartfelt tributes to the departed
Bills: Bills passed by fifth Legislative Assembly during its 10th & 13th session
and assented by the Governor were laid in the table of the House:
1. The Arunachal Pradesh (Re-organisation of Districts) (Amendement ) Bill, 2013
2. The Arunachal Pradesh Urban Local Authorities (Prohibition of defection)Bill,2014
3. The Arunachal Pradesh Salaries, Allowances and Pension of Members of the Legislative
Assembly (Amendment) Bill,2014
4. The Arunachal Pradesh Lokayukta Bill,2014
The CM, who holds the charge of Parliamentary Affairs, moved three nos. of Motion
regarding election of members to serve on the Committee of pubic Accounts, Committee
on Estimates and Committee on Public undertakings. DIPR
Students unions welcome constitution of High Level Committee on Railway Issues
ITANAGAR, June 03: While welcoming the constitution of the High Level Committee on
Railway issues by the State Govt. to look into the affairs of Railways in regard
to proper checking of ILP, construction of multipurpose bridge over Dikrong river
in between Tigdo and Doimukh and reservation of job for local unemployed youths in
Railway department, the All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) and All Papum Pare District
Students Union (APPDSU) urged the Committee to accelerate formulation of proper and
everlasting mechanisms and recommend the charter of demands and submit report at
the earliest in the greater interest of the common people.
The constitution of the high level committee is the outcome of joint memorandum cum
ultimatum of seven days served by both ANSU and APPDSU to the Chief Secretary on
April 28 subsequent discussion with the Chief Secretary, Capital Deputy Commissioner,
IGP (Law & Order) and Under Secretary (Political Dept.) on May 7 at Banquet Hall
regarding their demands, which included Formulation of proper mechanism and strict
implementation of ILP checking system as per Bengal Frontier Act, 1873 in order
to check the illegal entry of outsiders into the state via train route, Reservation
of job, especially in group C & D in NF Railway, Construction of multipurpose bridge
over Dikrong river between Doimukh and Tigdo, according to an ANSU release.
Further, during the meeting, both ANSU and APPDSU expressed strong resentment over
the repeated alleged ‘inaction’ and ‘irresponsible’ attitude shown by the state authority
despite persistent pursuance in the form of memoranda and series of meetings, the
Finally, the Naharlagun-Dekargaon train service was suspended on May 9.
We urge the high level committee to bring out fruitful and acceptable recommendation
at the earliest to meet the charter of demands placed jointly by ANSU and APPDSU
for betterment of common people,” the release added.
401 ITBP Him veers turns up for passing out parade
AALO, June 3: 401 Jawans, Non-General Duty Condense Course of ITBP turned up for
the passing out parade and Attestation Ceremony after undergoing 24 weeks rigorous
basic training at ATC 20th Bn ITBP, Aalo on June 2 last.
The auspicious occasion was attended by RKD Singh, Inspector General, North Eastern
Frontier ITB along with families of passing out Himveers and distinguished local
representatives, school children, Army and ITBP personnel and their families.
Addressing the gathering, Singh said that ITBP is the Elite Force of the Country
with its main role to safeguard the 3488 Km long Indo-China Border ranging from Karakoram
Pass in Ladakh to Jachep La in Arunachal Pradesh. The force raised in 1962 after
the Indo-China conflict to safeguard the northern Indo-China border as special border
force to guard border only was assigned the duties of Internal Security and VIP protection
which is being performed by ITBP with well efficiency to come up to the need and
expectations of the Govt. The force is also inducted in Naxal affected state of Chhattisgarh
where the Officers and Jawans of this Force are performing their duties with utmost
dedication and professional ease. The force is also contributing its best during
the natural calamities by way of conducting rescue and relief operations all over
Ajay Pal Singh, Dy. Inspector General, SHQ(ITA), in his welcome address highlighted
the border guarding and operational achievements of the force.
Ramesh Kumar, Commandant 20thBn ITBP lauded the effort shown by passed out Himveers
and extended his thanks to one and all for successful completion of the passing out
and Attestation Ceremony.
On the occasion, music album of Yanger Toshi Longkumar, Assistant Commandant was
also released by singh which was followed with enchanting band display. The parade
was concluded by the piping ceremony of 64 Head-Constables, 52Telecom Cadre and 12
Education Stress Councilor out of the 401 newly passed out trainees.
These passed out new 401 jawans included 2 from Andhra Pradesh, Bihar-29, and Delhi-03,
Haryana -71, Himachal Pradesh-14, Jharkhand-2, Karnataka-5, Madhya Pradesh-18, Maharashtra-28,
Orissa-5, Punjab-5, Rajasthan-43, Tamil Nadu-1, Uttar Pradesh-120, Uttarakhand-11
and West Bengal- 44.
The outstanding trainees HC/TELE Krityunjai Singh, CT/SK Rajkumar Sutradhar, CT/AT
Jitendra Singh, HC/TELE Maan Singh and CT/SK Gaurav Sindhu were adjudged as overall
Best Trainee, Best in Endurance, Best in Weapon handling, Best in Firing and Best
in Drill respectively and were awarded with prizes by Singh for their excellent performances
during the 24 weeks long training. DIPRO
DBYC holds refresher course for MIE skill trainees at Gurgaon
ITANAGAR, June 03: About 150 trainees belonging to the three Arunachal batches of
Making India Employable, MIE, Gurgaon attended a refresher course organized by Don
Bosco Youth Centre here at Gurgaon today. The students undergoing govt-sponsored
skill training on beauty, IT, hospitality and tourism actively participated in the
mid-term counseling and motivational training.
The training, an initiative of DBYC and MIE was managed by the resource person, Fr.
Cyriac SDB., Director, DBYC, Itanagar. Aimed at motivating the students to enthusiastically
participate in their skill training, the counseling programme touched upon topics
such as self-knowledge, moral values, addictive habits and media awareness. Some
of the students availed the opportunity as well for personal counseling from the
In group and individual sharing, the participants expressed satisfaction over the
training underway at MIE. Some of them, in eloquent terms, praised the initiatives
taken by the Department of Industries under the leadership of Chief Minister Nabam
The trainees and MIE staff also appreciated the recent visit of Subu Tabin, Director,
Skill Development, Arunachal Pradesh to MIE.
“We feel happy and cared for whenever anyone comes from Arunachal to visit us. It
encourages us to do well in our training”, said Tana Anu, one of the trainees under
The first batch of students who are nearing completion of training shortly will
soon be placed in reputed companies while the second and third batches are at various
levels of training.
District Disaster Management Plan meeting held
ROING, June 3: A meeting to chalk out Action Plan for the District Disaster Management
Plan was held at office chamber of SDO Roing today.
SDO Yemling Tayeng, in charge Deputy Commissioner, Roing while chairing over the
meeting called to prepare an action plan in advance before the onset of monsoon so
as to manage any kind of natural calamities that may occur due to heavy rainfall
during monsoon. He cited that blockage of surface communication, shortage of essential
commodities and break out of disease are the common problem faced due to heavy rainfall
and floods in the low lying areas and the river banks.
He called upon all the departments to keep their man, material and available resources
ready all the time especially during the monsoon period as the natural calamities
may occur any time and to work in coordination with the Disaster Management Department
and the District Administration as and when it occurs. He also asked all the HoDs
to submit report of any kind of damaged within a period of one month of occurrence
of natural calamities, if any during the monsoon period.
DDMO, A Perme while highlighting the District Disaster Management Plan of the previous
years has also distributed CDs to the members present and requested to suggest measures
to make further improvement or modification in the DDMP.
DFCSO R Ratan, informed that Monsoon Reserved Stocks of rice in addition to the normal
allocation of rice has already been placed for Hunli Sub-Division, Dambuk ADC Headquarter
and Paglam Circle. 50 Quintals of rice at Hunli Sub-Division, 125 Quintals at Dambuk
ADC Headquarter and 100 Quintals at Paglam Circle are already placed as monsoon reserved
stock till date.
In the meeting it was also decided to form a District Disaster Response Team soon.
All the HoDs actively participated in the meeting and assured to provide any kind
of assistant to the District Administration in time of need.
R Perme, SDO Hunli also attended the meeting besides HoDs and OC GREF Roing. DIPRO
District Planning Committee Meeting for BRGF Held
DAPORIJO, June 3: A District Planning Committee Meeting was held at the Rijo Conference
Hall, Daporijo yesterday to approve the Annual Action Plan 2014-15 under Backward
Region Grant Fund (BRGF) and for the engagement of a Chartered Accountant. The meeting
was chaired by Zilla Parishad Chairperson Sushil Nalo and attended by ZPMs, Anchal
Chairpersons, Members of DPC and Member Secretaries.
DPO Same Timba informed the Committee that the proposals for 2013-14 could not be
implemented due to fund lapse in the BRGF districts all over the country and so the
proposals would be considered in 2014-15. He also informed that the allocation under
BRGF in the current financial year 2014-15 was 17.05 crores as against the previous
allocation of 18.88 crores.
ZPC Sushil Nalo highlighted about funding and implementation of schemes under BRGF
and the guidelines to be followed. Advising all to see to the proper implementation
of schemes in their respective blocks, he informed that in the coming years all proposals
would be considered on a cluster basis and the good performers would have an upper
hand in the funding and implementation process.
He also advised all the PRI members to work together for development of their areas
and the district as a whole. Nalo also expressed his wish that the Member Secretaries
provide good and proper guidance to the PRI members and work hand in hand.
It was decided by the DPC that the proposals prepared under Annual Action Plan 2013-14
would be treated as proposals against the allocation of 2014-15 and unanimously passed
the AAP 2014-15. The DPC also decided that the deductions (due to deduction in central
funding) would be done uniformly from the share of all levels of the PRI. DIPRO
During the recent eviction drive undertaken by the administration along the roadside
at Naharlagun, the streets were cleared off from roadside shops and vegetables vendors.
I felt that now the pedestrians will get a better walking space without bumping into
each other and the city will glow and look better. In absence of proper sign board
and landmark due to overcrowding of streets the visitors from face lot of problems.
When the eviction was done, everyone thought roads are going to get wider and clean.
But surprisingly in the evening when I came to market, I found everything same like
before and vendors were functioning pretty well as if nothing happened. I just overheard
some passerby saying “Sab Hide and Seek hai ". Yes, exactly that is what happened.
The administration expects a lot from the public. We as responsible citizen should
try to execute some of our duties respectively for a better state as our administration
has to put more effort in this land of Khusi Khusi from hide and seek.
Acknowledgement to all media fraternity
Since from the last decade, it has been observed that the media fraternities of Arunachal
are gradually echoing their voices and deepening their footholds without biasness
towards any caste, religion etc. They are continuously putting their endless endeavors
to uphold the true spirit of journalism by disseminating the news beyond boundaries.
Tongam Rina, Associate editor of The Arunachal Times is a leading example from the
media fraternity to raise the various issues of the state without any fear which
has been recently honored by the ‘Reporters without Borders’ an international organization
that work for free press & information.
Likewise, many reporters from the media fraternity are continuously updating us with
the latest news despite of the various prevailing odds. However, some of the powerful
anti-social elements are actively engaged in assaulting the media person, vandalizing
the office which is a threat to the freedom of speech, commonly exists in the communist
country or in junta regime. In many parts of the country, it has reckoned the values
of media fraternity as a third pillar of the institutions by ensuring the basic freedom
to the media group. This is acting as an interface between the Government and the
common citizens and also works as a gateway to raise the public grievances directly
to the government in order to restore the transparency and accountability of public
delivery system aligned to accomplish the underlying objective of the good governance.
But, it is appalling to know that the media fraternity is targeted unnecessarily
by some miscreants with their personal motives.
But the question lies that if we cannot protect the freedom of expression of the
media fraternity than it is difficult to uphold the individual rights of the common
people in the state. The need of the hour is to protect the interests of the common
citizens inter-alia help the media fraternity to work independently without any pressure
from political groups, association etc.
In this regards, All Nyishi Students ‘Union (ANSU) has taken initiative to protect
the interests of the media fraternity and convened a joint meeting with the member
of Arunachal Press Club (APC) and Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists
(APUWJ) on dated 12th May, 2014 at Hotel Ashoka Itanagar under the aegis of ANSU
President Byabang Joram, GS Nyanya Gollo and newly elected executive members.
Chopa Cheda, President (APC) and Azing Pertin, President (APUWJ) shared the grievance
of misbehavior by our own people, forceful approach by the organizations to publish
their issues in the front page only which is unhealthy trend and thereafter they
also appeal to respect the profession conduct of media fraternity especially print
media editors guild. The ANSU team led by president stated for extension of their
full cooperation to ensure the smooth functioning of the media fraternity in the
Therefore, I do humbly appeal to the entire concern citizen to cooperate with the
media fraternity in order to strengthen the third pillars of society for addressing
issues of the state to the region & beyond.
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Opposition parties are here to stay
The maiden session of Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly began yesterday with
new members being administered oath by pro-tem speaker Kameng Dolo. The sixth legislative
assembly has many former engineers, doctor, teacher, bureaucrats as members. These
highly qualified members are expected to bring in desirable changes in coming days.
Another interesting aspect of present assembly is the increase in strength of opposition
MLAs. Bharatiya Janata Party has formidable 11 members with senior party leader and
one of the most vocal members of Arunachal assembly Tamiyo Taga as BLP leader. Peoples
Party of Arunachal (PPA) has 5 MLA and its leader in the house, PD Sona is a very
good orator. It is hoped that opposition parties will play strong role this time
and will not leave any opportunities to take on ruling Congress if they notice any
wrong doing. With BJP government at Delhi, the state unit looks energized to take
on Congress government. The days ahead look exciting and there is general belief
that finally opposition parties are here to stay.