ITANAGAR, May 31: All Arunachal Registered Contractor Association (AARCA) has demanded
the state government to release pending bills of works completed under various centrally
sponsored schemes, such as PMGSY, NLCPR etc.
The registered contractors association also demanded the executing authority/ various
HoDs to strictly follow the guidelines of schemes and complete the works within the
stipulated time by maintaining quality.
AARCA also urged the authority concerned to segregate the Class I, II, III, IV and
V contractors of the state as most of the Class IV and V contractors of PWD are deprived
from their work in spite of paying revenue regularly.
Ering discusses road connectivity with BRO DG
PASIGHAT, May 31: East Arunachal Loksabha MP Ninong Ering on Friday met the Director
General of Border Road Organization (BRO) Lt. Gen RM Mittal at New Delhi and discussed
issues relating to road connectivity in Arunachal Pradesh.
They discussed on improvement of Likabali-Tuting and Aalo-Yingkiong roads, Trans-Arunachal
Highway between Pasighat and Bomjir under BRO, Jonai-Pasighat road, Raneghat-Mebo-Dambuk-Bomjir
road, two-lane Siluk to Dambuk and approach roads to 7 bridges at 469.150 km, 472.765
km,474.585 km, 476.406 km, 478.340 km, 479.679 km and 490.150 km in Assam.
Admitting that undisturbed atmosphere was essential for development, Ering assured
the DG that people of the state, particularly the roadside inhabitants, would extend
all possible help and cooperation to the executing agency for timely completion the
ATA calls for promotional avenues
ITANAGAR, May 31: Arunachal Teachers’ Association (ATA) Central Executive Members
has pleaded for immediate approval of 50:50 promotional avenues of AT to JT which
is under consideration at the department of Education.
Representatives of ATA said this in a meeting with the Parliamentary Secy. (Education)
Bamang Felix for discussion on various pending grievances placed before the Govt.
of Arunachal Pradesh.
Felix informed the ATA team that the Govt. of AP is committed for the improvement
of the Education sector and utmost care is being paid to this sector. On the issue
pertaining to ATA’s grievances, he informed that the government is contemplating
on to address the issues on need based. He also informed that, keeping in mind the
hardship faced by the contractual teachers the GoAP has released the pending salaries
of contractual teachers and student stipend.
The ATA members also apprised him on the need for complete Bifurcation of Elementary
& Secondary Education and replacement of existing text books of Elementary level
with new syllabus based on regional framework and introduction of Sociology and Education
subjects in the curriculum of Secondary Education among others.
The ATA members also met Secretary of Education Marnya Ete on 28th May to discuss
issues pertaining to educational scenario andconcerns of the teaching fraternity
of the state.
Young student passes away
ITANAGAR, May 31: Lenin Tungi, a young student, who was the General Secretary of
Arunachal Vivekananda Yuva Shakti (AVYS), a voluntary organization, untimely passed
away this morning. A very bright student who was a product of VKV Seijosa and currently
studying at DN College, Itanagar in BA 2nd year, his death has shocked everyone,
stated a release.
Late Lenin was known for his selfless service to the needy people. Under his leadership,
members of AVYS saved lives of the thousands of people by making Voluntary Blood
Donations in both RKMH and General Hospital Naharlagun. He regularly used to visit
the hospitals of Capital Complex and looked around for the needy and helpless poor
patients irrespective of caste, creed and religion. The members of Arunachal Vivekananda
Yuva Shakti(AVYS) has expressed deep sadness and stated that his death has left a
hollow space which could be difficult to fill in coming days.
People’s support sought to achieve goal of cardamom project in Anjaw
ITANAGAR, May 31: The National Youth Project (NYP) sought wholehearted support of
one and all to achieve the goal of its Cardamom Project in Anjaw.
Drugs, particularly opium addiction, had made inroads into many districts of Arunachal
Pradesh, particularly Tirap, Changlang, Longding, Lohit, Anjaw and Namsai districts,
located near the infamous Golden Triangle. This had prompted NABARD and NYP to choose
Anjaw for a project in 2011 to convert 22 opium addicts to horticulturists by taking
up large cardamom cultivation to earn Rs 1.67 crore during 2011-12. The total output
of the district that year was around Rs 8 crore which inked a success story.
Basic computer course concludes
DAPORIJO, May 31: The one-month free basic computer course, career guidance and counseling
programme organised by All Tagin Students’ Union (ATSU) concluded here today.
Upper Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Komkar Dulom, who attended the valedictory function,
advised the students that there is no shortcut to success without hard-working. Highlighting
the importance of basic computer skills in today’s IT-driven world, the deputy commissioner
also said that no occupation is superior to another. One needs to respect another’s
choice in occupation.
Superintendent of Police Taru Gusar urged the students to give focus on their study
only and encouraged them that one should not lose heart or disheartened when failure
comes. He also asked the students community to use the social media in the interest
of the society rather than misusing it.
Resource persons for career guidance and counseling were drawn from tourism sector
and legal practitioners.
Judicial Magistrate (First Class) Domo Padu spoke about career in law, required educational
qualifications and the importance of legal education.
District Tourism Officer Dikchu Raji briefed about career in tourism sector and its
scopes in the state.
Altogether, 150 students from different schools of Upper Subansiri district attended
AAPSU observes World No Tobacco Day
ITANAGAR, May 31: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) today observed
World No Tobacco Day at its office in collaboration with Brahma Kumari Raj Yoga Itanagar
unit. Hundreds of students participated in it.
Addressing the gathering, AAPSU president Kamta Lapung appealed the studnets present
to refrain from indulging in any kind of addiction.
“You should devote your time in studies and be a part of nation building,” he said.
He called upon the people of the state to join hands in making the state a drug free
Senior specialist, Pathology department, Arunachal State Hospital, Dr Sopai Rawsik
who was the resource person on the occasion highlighted the side effects of drug
Professor, Education department, RGU Dr Jayadeva Saho highlighted the various social
impacts of drug addiction on society in general. He exhorted the youths to be a part
of social change.
Twin town suffocated by garbage as IMC busy in political tussle
ITANAGAR, May 31: The political tussle among the Congress Councilors of Itanagar
Municipal Council (IMC) has badly affected the garbage management system of the twin
Capital towns (Itanagar-Naharlagun) leaving many garbage tanks with heaps of wastes
for the last couple of days. Many dustbins in Naharlagun and Itanagar have not been
collected by the sanitation management vehicles.
Sources said that irregularity in garbage collection started following the ouster
of IMC Chief Councilor Higio Aruni in a “No Confidence Motion” on May 25, 2015. The
sanitation section of the Itanagar Municipal Council is reportedly not functioning
properly as the IMC is working without a head following the ouster.
“After a political debacle, no one wants to shoulder the responsibility”, said a
Councilor on condition of anonymity.
However, IMC Sanitation Assistant Engineer Chapu Raju who is looking after the sanitation
played it down saying that the political fiasco is not the reason for irregular garbage
management. The AE cited lack of man power and dumper placer vehicles and weak financial
position as the reasons.
He further added that lone hydraulic dumper placer is off the road for last week
which compounded the garbage management saying that heavy garbage tanks cannot be
lifted by labourers. “Despite so many problems, we are trying our best to clear all
the dustbins at least along NH 52 till tomorrow”, added Raju. He further appealed
the people to bear with the department till the dumper placer is restored.
Girls outshine boys in APJEE
Taku Rini, Samripa Paul tops merit list
ITANAGAR, May 31: Consistently the girls have outshined the boys in Arunachal Pradesh
Joint Entrance Examination 2015.
Taku Rini of Donyi-Polo Vidya Bhawan Itanagar has topped the PCB (Physics, Chemistry
and Biology) category-I this year while Samripa Paul has topped in the category-II.
Apart from DPVB, Rini did her schooling from JNV, Doimukh and Blue Pine School in
Ziro, Lower Subansiri district.
She joined Scholars Institute, Itanagar for one year coaching.
While speaking to this daily, she expressed happiness over her success and credited
it to hardwork and punctuality. “I balanced time nicely and slept properly” Rini
Tumgam Kaye of Independent Golden Jubilee Higher Secondary School Pasighat is ranked
two in Category-I.
While sharing his secret mantra of cracking the joint entrance examination, Tumgam
Kaye disclosed that he distanced himself from smart phone and managed time properly.
He credited his success to his teachers at Scholar Institute Itanagar and his parents
Shashi Pandey was ranked second in Category-II while Geyum Ete(C-I) and Deepak Kumar
Thakur(C-II) were in the third rank respectively.
Out of 5373 applicants, 4317 candidates have appeared the joint entrance examination,
informed Dr Tejum Padu, Director Arunachal Pradesh State Council for Technical Education.
The exams were conducted on May 30 and the results declared today, a tradition of
declaring the results within shortest possible time was followed and maintained by
In Diploma (Mathematics and Science) Category-I, Guining Pertin topped the rankings
while Lejum Gongo and Linu Kato are in rank-two and three respectively. In Category-II,
Srishti Jha, Debrup Sarkar and Bishal Dey got the first three positions.
Eminent social reformer Mudang Laling passes away
ITANAGAR, May 31: Renowned social reformer and public leader Mudang Laling, son of
late Mudang Ribya of Mudang Tage village, Ziro breathed his last today after a brief
A great harbinger of people of erstwhile undivided Subansiri district with vast experience
in socio-political and cultural life of Apatani society, Laling had to his credit
the experience of 23 years as Anchal Samity vice president.
He was instrumental in movement against gambling, tattoo system among the Apatanis
and widening of village roads, and initiated many such social reforms. He was also
the President of Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Association (AAPCA).
He was one of the members of delegation to Shillong along with Lt. Tadar Taniang
and Gumke Riba to protest against the Freedom of Religious Act passed by Arunachal
Pradesh during 1979.
Alumni of St. Anthony’s College, Shillong, Laling had contested in Lok Sabha election
in 1980. He was the ZPM of Ziro from 1980-1983, VP of Ziro from 1987-1992, Convener,
PPA, Lower Subansiri (1977-1980), Chairman Legal Cell-APCC (I) (1981-183), Treasurer
DCC (I), Lower Subansiri (1983-85), Vice President, DCC (I),Lower Subansiri (1993-95),
President, Morning Star Society Arunachal Pradesh(1976-1991), Secretary, Apatani
Multipurpose Co-operative Society Ltd.(1978-1985), Chief Auditor, AAPSU (1975-1977),
President, Core Committee, All Dibo, Dutta, Hija & Hong’s People, Ziro (since 1994),
Secretary, MTCS, Ltd, Ziro (since 1989), President All Arunachal Panchayat Raj Union
Meanwhile, the death of Laling has cast a pale gloom in the entire state, particularly
“His untimely demise is a colossal loss to entire Apatani society in particular and
Arunachal in general. The vacuum created by his death cannot be filled easily,” said
Apatani Career Guidance Forum.
Thousands of relatives, well wishers and friends have paid their last respect to
their leader today at his Karsingsha residence.
APCC president Padi Richo, former Minister Tapi Batt, former MLA Nani Ribia, Tanii
Supun Dukun (TSD) President Dr. Hage Loder, senior leaders and former Editor of Arunachal
Times Tasso Grayu, senior leader Puna Guth, PCCI General Secretary Tamchi Tahar,
Secretary to the Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh Dani Sulu, Nani Mali, Chief Engineer,
PWD Er. Kuru Sera, Tage Taki Yasung, and representatives from various Apatani NGO’s,
religious leaders from all communities, Apatani officers and general public thronged
Karsingsa and paid their last respect to the departed leader.
Describing his premature death a great loss for the society and the state as a whole,
the members of Tanii Supuñ Dukuñ said that people will always remember him for his
immense contributions towards socio-economic development of the society.
“May almighty rest his soul in peace and give courage to the bereaved family to bear
the great loss”.
“Laling was torchbearer of Apatani community and in his death, we have lost a great
leader,” said Apatani Cultural and Literary Society in a condolence message while
recalling his immense contribution towards socio-economic and political development
of Apatani society.
ACLS conveyed heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family and prayed for eternal
peace of the departed soul.
Dams are earthquake resistant, claims NHPC
ITANAGAR, May 31: NHPC has claimed that “there cannot be a situation that even a
major earthquake may cause distress to Subansiri Dam. As far as the design of Subansiri
Lower Project is concerned, it is reiterated that all the codal safety procedures
have been validated by various Apex bodies of the Govt. Of India and other Govt.
constituted teams of experts at various stages which leaves no doubt for safety of
the structures in the event of seismic calamities”.
Peak Ground Acceleration (PGA) value adopted for Subansiri Lower Dam is 0.38g which
the gives strength to dam to withstand earthquake of magnitude even greater than
9 on Richter scale.
Safety of the Subansiri Dam is assured, even if there is widespread destruction elsewhere
on the strength of strict adherence to seismic design parameters during the construction
The NHPC claim has been made even though experts have time and again been warning
the impacts of these dams in an event of natural calamity. NHPC projects being located
in the seismically sensitive zone-v are also no strangers to earthquakes, NHPC said
while adding that the dams built by Corporation withstood severe earthquakes that
occurred in the past because of earthquake resistant design and strict adherence
to seismic design parameters.
JFA resents court order banning Bandh-call news
GUWAHATI, May 31: Journalists Forum of Assam (JFA) has expressed dissatisfactions
over a high court order preventing media coverage relating to any Bandh-call in Meghalaya
and opined that in the days of robust alternate media in Northeast India banning
the newspaper and news channels for a particular cause makes little sense.
According to media reports from Shillong, the Meghalaya High Court in an order issued
on May 27 has banned the media from publishing statements by organisations calling
for bandhs (shutdown/general strike) in the State which results in disruption of
normal life. The order came following Meghalaya police chief Rajiv Mehta recently
requested the court to restrain the media from carrying statements by the Hynniewtrep
National Liberation Council as well as other organizations calling for shutdowns
and other forms of agitations.
The court directed that ‘the statements of HNLC or any organization which may disturb
the even tempo of day-to-day public life and cause violation of fundamental rights
of citizens in particular under Article 19 and 21 of the Constitution of India relating
to strike, bandh, hartal, road blockade and holding of rallies with unlawful design
shall not be issued by any of the print and electronic media’.
“On principle, we do not support the culture of Bandh, but the media’s right to report
about a call for general strikes by any organisation in a democracy like India should
not be curtailed,” said a statement issued by JFA president Rupam Barua and Secretary
The JFA however pointed out that the media should not glorify any disruptive activities
in the name of freedom of the press.
The JFA questioned that if the mainstream media was restrained from reporting the
Bandh-call, who would prevent the social media-users from spreading the same.
Rather in case of Bandhs, JFA argued, the authority should (must) take appropriate
actions to maintain the civic amenities. The forum also demanded strong actions against
those individuals, who adopt vandalism to impose Bandhs over the fellow citizens.
Agri-Horti based farming is only solution to unemployment problem
PASIGHAT, May 31: Agri-Horti based farming is the only way of reducing unemployment
in our resourceful state, said Leadership in Environment & Development (LEAD) fellow
and Sustainable Development Forum Arunachal Pradesh (SDFA) Secretary Nalong Mize.
Addressing the 20th Students’ Meet of All Sissen Students’ Union Saturday, Mize said
Sissen village, one of the pioneers in cardamom cultivation in the state, should
set an example and be role model for spices cultivation in the state.
He exhorted the youths to be dedicated and sincerey to achieve their goal in life,
adding that academic stress should be given to gain quality education. Mize, who
was former advisor to CM, advocated for need of Adi Land Resources Development Vision
in order to develop the community and to re-look to tap the rich natural resources
for sustainable development of the people.
He also advised the parents and teachers to give special care during the foundation
years and train discipline in order to create conducive atmosphere in day to day
Sissen Village Welfare Society president Tajir Siram informed that the village which
is having more than thousand hectare of farmland is deprived of road communication
and medical facility.
He said that despite contributing GDP to the nation, the state and nation is not
paying attention to the villagers’ demand.
While expressing concern over the threat posed to Kekar Monying Heritage site due
to construction of Trans-Arunachal Highway, Siram requested the ABK to erect Abor-Gate
from Kekar Korong to Kekar Tourist lodge.
Sissen GB T Nonang lamented that because of absence of proper road connection most
of the agriculture produces get decayed and lives of the people are becoming miserable.
He threatened to continue the strike until the road is connected.
Union minister for chemicals and fertilizers Ananth Kumar today claimed that politics
would not come in the way of the north east regions development. He added that for
the next five years there will be no politics and everyone will work for all round
progress. Kumar made this statement while laying the foundation for National Institute
of Pharmaceutical Education and Research's (NIPER) permanent campus at Kamrup, Assam.
It is great to hear such positive thoughts from a union minister.
However ground realities look different. After coming to power at centre, the BJP
government has withdrawn special category status from the north eastern states. This
has badly affected the developmental process in the region. Majority of NE states
are totally dependent on centre for fund and therefore having the status of special
category helped in getting additional funds. Contrary to their statements in media,
the present government has treated NE states differently. Most of the states are
ruled by non-BJP parties and this could be one of the reasons for hostility. Today
the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee and People’s Party of Arunachal lambasted
the BJP government at the Centre for withdrawing the special category status from
the north eastern States. People of NE region should not be made victim of the political
battle. Central government will have to exhibit maturity and rise above the petty
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Plagued by planning, policies & financial crisis
The off repeat concerns & dissent shown by various NGOs & unions in regards to qualities
of works in capital roads have proved beyond ambiguities.
The standing examples could be seen from the conditions of roads at localities like
C- sector near Barapani Bridge, Hathi Mata & old cinema hall, Naharlagun where lanes
are drenched at the dawn of early monsoons.
The HCM & his team of ministers’ hard bargained funds from the centre has flowed
like floods to the traps of unaccounted few who dared to fish in trouble water. And
in fact they have the highest catches. But what about the future of the capital roads
where tens of thousands of vehicles ply 24x365 like turbulent waters? Won’t we be
allowed to see the right to smooth flow of traffic in the already traffic jammed
& narrow laned town roads? Do these people have least sense of responsibility towards
the wellbeing of their own dear land & people? May Good God prevail upon each one
of us to be partners in sharing of our concerns on such malignancies when the state
is already plagued by deep planning, policies & financial crisis.
Waiting for justice
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to put forward my anguish over the Home
Department in particular and the State Govt. in general in regards to the recent
physical assault on APP personnel by mob in Joypur area of Assam under Dibrugarh
district. At the very onset, I would like to remind the esteemed readers of this
daily that my elder brother SI Benji Saroh along with two others has been mercilessly
beaten by the public of Joypur, Assam under Dibrugarh district without any provocation.
The reason is that they were Arunachal Pradesh Police who has no value or respect
in their domain whether they are on official duty or something else. In contrary,
it seems that our honourable home department only know how to use the police personnel
for their interest no matter under what circumstances they are going through. In
fact, my brother managed to escape four times from the clutches of outrageous mob
who were furiously chasing him throughout the night until he got rescued. He could
have averted the gruesome attacked had he execute right to self defence tactics which
is bestowed to every defence personnel for his/her self-defence but he denied it
taking into account the sensitivity of the area which ultimately caused his eardrum
partially ruptured, nasal bone partially fractured, eye severely injured, front canine
tooth broken, uniform fully torn and his service gun with 10 live ammunitions (fully
loaded) snatched. Being a layman, we have been taught that the dignity of a police
personnel is associated with his or her uniform but for those people it is simply
a piece of cloth which they can tear apart no matter who wear it. I wonder how could
be the aftermath if our citizen thrashed Assam Police in the same manner they did
to my brother.
Even after facing this horrific moment, he did not inform the family believing that
the concerned department will look after the matter. But alas! His hope and belief
never turned up, neither in the form of legal assistance nor financial from the concerned
department. Now my question to the respective home department is are these the rewards
of being very loyal to one’s duty? My brother is relentlessly serving in the trouble
torn district (i.e. Tirap) for the past two and a half years with utmost dedication.
He even sacrificed his time in the line of duty by not paying the last homage to
our Grandpa’s brother who left for the heavenly abode just a day before this horrific
incident. Now what he had gained from such honesty instead utter disdain and a severe
Hence, I request the concerned authority to look after the matter as soon as possible
and duly constitutes a Special Investigation Team (SIT) or the case be handled by
not below the rank of a DSP. It’s already been 27 days but the Officer-in-Charge
where the case has already been registered (Case No. 39/2015 U/S 294/341/325/392/34
IPC) has failed to arrest even a single person till today. The Assam Police are still
clueless about whereabouts of his service gun along with the ammunitions. Also it
was learned that the Joypur PS was only approximately 120 metres far from the incident
site but I am sorry to say that it makes no difference as we usually expect least
from them and undoubtedly they are.
I therefore once again appeal to the concerned department to negotiate with SP Dibrugarh
and mobilize the OC who is presently looking after the case and delaying the investigation
process by making lame excuses and trying to divert the case in different dimension.
So the case if possible be transferred to Khonsa PS at the earliest for administrative
convenience as well as for smooth conduct of investigation.
We are still hopefully waiting for the justice. Hope the law is equal for every citizen
and one’s family status should not be a hindrance in getting justice.
Raise the issue
It is disheartening and disappointment to know that APPSC has only increased the
age for appearing in the Exam of FAO/TO and not reconsidered the education qualification
for the said post.
Earlier even APPSU had raised the issue of reconsidering the education qualification
for the same post and government also assured AAPSU to look into the matter and asked
for 10 days time.
Therefore we once again appeal to commission to look into the matter and also request
APPSU to once again raise the issue with competent authority.
On 9th May, AAPSU requested the Govt. of AP to reconsider the education qualification
for the post of FAO/TO and increase the age limit for appearing in APPSCCE. And the
government asked for 10 days to look into the matter, now it has been more than 15
days but we have not heard anything from the department. We appeal the department
to look into the matter.
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