June 20

International Day of Yoga

ITANAGAR, June 19: The Director of Health Service in coordination with Department of Ayush will be observing International Yoga Day on June 21 by organizing seminar on yoga for health, harmony and peace at State Banquet Hall.

The programme aims at disseminating information about yoga and how it can be a tool for anyone to combat and maintain lifestyle disorders like diabetes, hypertension, neurological disorders, stress etc.

Mass yoga demonstrations will also be organized at CM's Bungalow, Governor's House, DNG College, VKV Chimpu and various other locations in and around Capital Complex on June 21 from 7 am to 7.35 a.m. Yoga experts will demonstrate yoga 'Asanas' (postures) besides screening films on yoga at Banquet Hall.

The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa, will attend the grand International Day of Yoga celebration to be held at the Indira Gandhi Park on 21st June. The event, being hosted by International Day of Yoga Celebrations Committee, Itanagar (IDYCCI), will start from 7 AM onwards.

IDYCCI consists of Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP), Patanjali Yog Samiti Arunachal Pradesh,  the Art of Living Arunachal Pradesh, Arunachal Vikas Parishad, Bhrahma Kumaris, Arun Jyoti and Arunachal Shiksha Vikas Samiti.


ANYA appeals for flood damage restoration works, compensation

ITANAGAR, June 19: The All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) today appealed to the state Govt to take immediate steps for renovation of road and bridges and other infrastructures which have been damaged by recent heavy down pour and to provide compensation to the  flood affected people of Seijosa area.

The Association also appealed to the authorities concerned to take immediate measures for restoration of damaged roads in and around Capital Complex including Chimpu area.

Meanwhile, the ANYA Upper Subansiri unit has condemned the assault on EE Power Ajay Murtem on  June 9 last by some miscreants. The ANYA unit appealed to the law enforcing agencies to punish the culprits involved and urged upon the state Govt to provide adequate security personnel in all the Govt offices to  prevent such  incidents.


Landslide claims one

ITANAGAR, June 19: One young student named Bahadur Raksap, age 12 yrs, is reported to have perished due to rain and erosion in Forest colony, Naharlagun, according to an official information.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Capital City Mige Kamki informed that due to heavy rain last night, there was a landslide at six miles which blocked the road. Vehicular traffic was halted temporarily in morning. The road was restored immediately.


Orgs accuse news channel of spreading communal disharmony

NAMSAI, June 19: All Namsai Area Youth Association, All Tai Khampti Singpho Students' Union and All Namsai District Students' Union have strongly condemned the "News Live" channel of Assam for reportedly telecasting false and fabricated news against the people of Arunachal Pradesh.

 In the morning hours of June 18 last, "News Live" reportedly telecasted a news alleging that the local inhabitants of the Namsai area burnt down the houses of neighbouring people residing in Namsai district which actually never happened.

The news had instigated bandh call at the Arunachal-Assam border, Dirak check gate, causing trouble to the people  of state travelling to Assam and resulted into communal disharmony.

The organizations seek an apology from the news channel for its "irresponsible behavior."


Anti-malaria month observation

YINGKIONG, Jun 18: Various protection measures to prevent Malaria, Dengue and other vector borne diseases and how to use long lasting insecticide treated nets (LLIN) were explained in details during an awareness camp conducted at Simang village yesterday by Upper Siang District Health Society (NVBDCP) as part of the on-going anti-malaria month observation.

District Vector Borne Disease Control Officer (DVBDCO) Dr. I Modi spoke at length about Malaria preventive measures and proper use of long lasting insecticidal bed nets.

District Medical Officer Dr. Kaling Dai explained the importance of routine immunization and various means to avoid diarrheal disease.

Around 250 villagers attended the camp and LLIN were distributed to them. DIPRO


APYC demands resignation of Swaraj

ITANAGAR, June 19: The Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC) today demanded resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for allegedly facilitating Lalit Modi in procuring a Visa. APYC said that Modi is a declared fugitive after he was charged for embezzlement of thousands of crores from the IPL during 2010.

Condemning the alleged act of Swaraj, APYC also demanded explanation from Prime Minister Narendra on this issue and said that the MP must drop Swaraj from the ministry.  The APYC further said that Modi should be tried in Indian court.

Meanwhile, demanding resignation of Swaraj, the 13th Itanagar Assembly Youth Congress burnt the effigies of Swaraj and Lalit Modi at the APYC office, Naharlagun today.


FPO launched in Lower Subansiri district

ITANAGAR, June 19: NABARD general manager H S Singh has launched the Farmers Producers Organisation (FPO) in a function at Abotani Hall, Hapoli in Lower Subansiri district today. More than 300 farmers from Ziro, Raga and Yachuli area were present on the occasion.

Addressing the launching ceremony, Singh called upon the farmers to be united to solve their various problems and all-round development of the district. He cited various examples of producers organisations of other developed states like Gujarat, Punjab etc and assured support from NABARD for the development of the organisation.

In his address, NABARD deputy general manager Dinesh Raina explained in detailed about the role of Producers Organisation (PO), Producers Organisation Promoting Institutions (POPI) and   NABARD.

Speaking on the occasion, National Youth Project president H P Biswas sought the cooperation from the PO members to make the organisation a successful one. He also elaborated in detailed about the programmes like awareness creation, capacity building training, technical support, professional management to be taken up by the PO in near future. He informed that the project is for 3 years only and many exposure visits will also be conducted for the progressive farmers under the organisation.

Many other dignitaries present on the occasion also highlighted the problems of the farmers of the district and also informed about various schemes being implemented by department concerned for the benefit of farmers.

The FPO was initiated by the National Youth Project as Producers Organisation Promoting Institutions (POPI) and Producers Organisation (PO), Lower Subansiri Vegetable Growers Co-operaive Society Ltd.  in collaboration with the  NABARD as supporting agency.


AOA, AKA all praise for State Govt

ITANAGAR, Jun 20: Various sports associations in the state, including Arunachal Olympic Association (AOA), Arunachal Karate Do Association (AKA) have whole-heartedly welcomed the recent cabinet decision for 'out-of-turn promotion' to in-service sportspersons.

It is a bold and benevolent move on the part of the state government which will go a long way in encouraging the sportspersons of the state in taking up sports seriously and professionally, AKA President Likha Tara said. This is also recognition of those in-service sportspersons who were recruited under sports quota on merit basis, he said.

The AKA President further appealed to the  state Govt to give more priority to  State, National and International level competitions through which a player can get exposure and encouragement to make  their career out of sports instead of investing on 'lethargic' memorial competitions which are mostly entertainment based.

He hoped this kind of sportsperson-friendly move by the state government under the leadership of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki will help Arunachal Pradesh scale another height in sports sector.

AOA Secretary General Geshi Doke also appreciated the Govt. decision and hoped much more such sportsperson-friendly programmes and policies by the government in near future.

The decision was taken to encourage the spirit of sports in the state, especially for those sportspersons already working in the state government departments.


DSC win 3rd place decider in 48th Dree Football

ITANAGAR, Jun 19: Diibo Sports Club (DSC) won the third place decider (second runner up) of the 48th Dree Football Tournament defeating Zamra Club Siiro (ZCS) 3-1 at Dree Ground, Ziro.

Tamo Bida and Leegang Bungung scored one goal each in first half for their team DSC.

ZCS almost dominated the entire proceeding in the second half but failed to score. Koj Tangun of DSC added one more goal in 62nd minutes instead.

ZCS, however, reduced the margin  to 1-3 through goal from Tapi Kojing in added time.

The final match of the tournament will be played between Sojang Lapang Sports Club and All Hija Sports Association on Sunday.


News Impact

29 arrested by City police, Congress accuses bandh callers as ‘terror group’

BJP’s Jan Andolan Committee’s 12 hour capital bandh call

ITANAGAR, June 19: 29 members of BJP's Jan Andolan Committee (JAC) were arrested during today's 12-hr Capital bandh given by the party. They were arrested in connection with Itanagar PS Case No.152/15 under section 341/188/34 IPC for violating promulgation order issued under section 144 Cr.PC by District Magistrate, said Capital SP Seju P Kuruvilla.

Capital Police also registered three separate cases against the members of JAC for defacement of public property (vide Itanagar PS FIR No.150/15, Naharlagun PS FIR No.104/15 and Nirjuli PS FIR No. 7/15) under section 3(1)(2) of Arunachal Pradesh Prevention of Defacement of Public Property Act, the SP said.

Elaborate security arrangements were made during the bandh period with special emphasis on market areas and Govt. offices to avert any bandh related violence or untoward incident.

Barring few shops, most of business establishments, institutions remained closed during bandh period. All sort of public and private vehicles remained off the road while few state transport buses were operated through police escort.

However, Government offices functioned normally, the SP claimed.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has vehemently condemned JAC (BJP) for today's capital bandh.

Congress termed the callers of today's bandh "not less than a group of terrorists".

"They want to put fear-psychosis in the minds of the people and are not less than a terrorist group," the release said.

"The bandh mostly affected the students appearing for university examination, poor and daily wage earners, and vegetable and meat sellers," APCC in a release said, and demanded JAC to pay compensation for the loss incurred by vendors.

APCC also leveled serious allegation of campaigning at Delhi by the state BJP leaders to stop releasing funds to the state and held the BJP-led central government and MoS for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju responsible for the withdrawal of ceasefire with NSCN (K).

By doing so, he (Rijiju) is planning to terrorize the entire North East and create feelings of hatred and unrest among the people of the region, the party said. Besides, AFSPA was extended to Arunachal Pradesh after Rijiju became MoS for home Affairs, the party said.

"Rijiju and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will solely be responsible for anything unpleasant happens in near future in the country, particularly NE region," APCC added.

The Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC) also criticized state BJP for declaring a bandh call while turning a blind eye to "bigger scandal" by its central leaders.

Meanwhile, All Nyishi Youth Association said that bandh call given by the Jan Andolan Committee (JAC) led by BJP has no justification.

'An Opposition party should raise its voice in State Assembly for the cause of the people and development, rather than harassing the public," said  ANYA president Biri Kakum.



Rectify or go out, BJP tells the Govt

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, June 19: "You rectify or got out," was what leader of opposition Tamiyo Taga had to say to the Congress-led state government after the 12 hours Capital Bandh by Jan Andolan Movement ended this evening.

"Today was just the beginning. Next we will hit the streets physically and demonstrate", he declared. The BJP state unit was addressing press persons at its headquarters just after the bandh hours.

The party claimed today's bandh call to be a success with 95 percent of people closing down their establishments.

"95 percent of people today cooperated with the bandh. All the shops, business establishments and government offices were closed," claimed BJP state president Tai Tagak giving the credit of the successful bandh call to the people.

"This indicates that people in the state have finally awakened. People are angry, not happy with the government for its mismanagement," he exclaimed.

"GoAP will have to succumb to our demands or else we will continue with our movement," the President declared.



Micro hydel station restored after 7 years

ITANAGAR, June 19: The long defunct 250 Kilowatt generating Micro Hydel Power Station at Tirathjo has been restored on 15th June, 2015 after 7 years.

Er. RK Pandey, EM(Hydro Power) said that till now 2 units have been made functional out of 4 units due to want of sufficient fund adding that rest can only be installed on allocation of additional fund from the government.

While appreciating Parliamentary Secretary Hydro Power  Phurpa Tsering and Chief Engineer (Generation) Along Ketan for fund allocation for restoration of MHPS at Tirathjo, Tirap Deputy Commissioner Kamlesh Joshi stated that the `restoration of 250 KW generating with its 4 unit capacity would bring power supply to various villages of Dadam circle and Ranglamja areas. (DIPRO)



Digital Life Certificate to be accepted for disbursement of pensions

NAHARLAGUN, June 19: No personal appearance will be required from now onwards for obtaining life certificate by pensioners as the State Government has decided to accept the digital life certificate generated through online registration from Jeevan Pramaan Portal using biometric authentication (aadhaar card details).

For getting digital life certificate, the pensioners need to have an Aadhaar number and have to enroll and biometrically authenticate themselves by downloading application prepared for generating digital life certificate from jeevanpramaan.gov.in or nearby CSC centre, bank branches or government offices.

However, the present system of personal appearance or physical life certificate for obtaining life certificate will also be in use.

For obtaining a life certificate, a pensioner earlier needed to present himself/herself before the Pension Disbursing Agency or had the life certificate issued by authority where they served and had it delivered to the disbursing agency.

The verification by biometrics through Jeevan Pramaan will be valid up to the month of October every year. Every pensioner will have to renew digital life certificate in November every year to continue payment of pension. DIPR



State Soil Health Mission launched, urban local bodies to collect taxes

ITANAGAR, June 19: In a bid to transcend Arunachal Pradesh into cent percent organic State, Cabinet in its Tuesday meeting decided to launch "State Soil Health Mission". The programme intends for proper documentation of soil health and preparation of soil map besides, distribution of Soil Health Cards to the farmers so that they are guided for scientific nutrient managements.

The programme shall also check overuse or no use of fertilizers and its adverse effect and help in increase of crop production through its sustainable soil management paving way for organic farming.

Arunachal Pradesh Government which excelled in the national level by becoming top five states in the country for devolution of power to Panchayati Raj has now initiated steps to strengthen the Urban Local Self Governance by transferring powers to enhance revenue base of Urban Local Bodies. State Cabinet decided to authorise urban local bodies to collect taxes, user charges, levy fees and fines as per provisions contained under various sections of the Arunachal Pradesh Municipal Act 2007.  Two Municipal Councils of Itanagar and Pasighat shall now enjoy the powers to levy tax on parking of vehicles as per provision under section, use charges on Solid Waste Management, parking, stacking of materials on public street, tax on advertisement, other taxes on entertainment, tax on tourist congregations, tax on heavy truck and buses, levy of stallage rent and fee, permission to grant licences to use premises for non residential purposes and to collect licence fee.

The state with 82% forest cover is considered as one of the richest resource based state in terms of Aromatic and Medicinal Plants. Taking into consideration of such vast potential, Cabinet adopted Arunachal Pradesh Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Policy 2015. Through this policy, the state government shall extensively exploit the rich aromatic and medicinal plants potential for economic sustainability.

In addition, State Cabinet took slews of decisions which include Arunachal Pradesh Water Supply Bill, 2015 which shall be tabled in the ensuing Assembly session while it is in principally approved for adoption of Arunachal Pradesh State Wine Policy. Cabinet also approved in principle for setting up of State-of-the-Art Multipurpose Stadium in the capital complex and further approved Rules for enlistment and registration of contractors and suppliers for electrical and power works under department of power. (Media Cell, CMO)



Micro chips implanted in Mithuns

AALO, June 19: The animal husbandry and veterinary department has organized a programme for Implantation of Permanent Electronic Identification in Mithuns at Pakam one village today. The programme was funded by West Siang district administration.

Attending the inaugural function, Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu said that the Micro chipping can solve Mithun identification problem and disputes regarding ownership. He asked the department to prepare database survey and guide the Mithun owners in rearing healthy livestock.

He further appealed to the people to settle petty disputes amicably at local level.

The West Siang DVO, Dr. Pagi Kamki Basar highlighted the importance and objective behind the implantation of permanent electronic identification in Mithun and disclosed that good numbers of Mithuns have been implanted with micro chips by veterinary experts. The West Siang DMO, Marbom Basar, DPO Jumdo Diyum, Dr. Taken Kamchi, ASM and GBs of the village shared their suggestions.  DIPRO



Co-ordination meeting of PRIs, elected representatives and govt officials held

SEPPA, Jun 19: A Co-ordination- cum- consultation meeting for finalization of department-wise AoP-2015-16, five year perspective plan (2015-20) and vision 2030 was held at Kameng hall, Seppa yesterday.

The parliamentary secretary, Tax & Excise, Tapuk Taku, parliamentary secretary, tourism, Mama Natung, parliamentary secretary, ICDS, Karya Babang, Panchayat leaders and government officials attended the meeting.

While initiating the discussions, DC Sandeep Kumar Singh asked the  heads of various departments to prepare workable and practical proposal in the AoP. He asked the officers to submit a copy of their AoP before 22nd June, 2016 for compilation.

Parliamentary Secretary, Tourism Mama Natung stressed on the need to conduct meeting of PRI members at grassroots level for enabling it to select realistic and need based scheme. He also suggested the HoDs to prepare AoP with special attention to rural and far-flung areas like that of Lada. He urged all the stakeholders to work as a team to take the district ahead in the right direction. He announced Rs 2 lakhs for procurement of medicines.

Parliamentary Secretary, ICDS  Karya Bagang stressed on the need for Co-ordination & consultation among HoDs, PRI Members & legislators while preparing  AoP in order to avoid duplicity of the scheme.

Parliamentary Secretary, Tax & Excise Tapuk Taku  asked the HoDs especially the works department to hold wide discussion with all stakeholders and prepared need-based schemes and submit to the state Govt at the earliest before budget session of 7th July 2015. He was optimistic to see good AoP in agriculture & its allied sector that benefited the rural people. While citing the state Govt's flagship programme which provided benefit to many people he asked the DMO to ensure that the left-out people are also provided card to avail the benefits. He announced Rs 3 Lacs for procurement of X-Ray machine for district hospital, Seppa.

ZPC Meyuk Cheda urged the HoDs to prepare AoP in consultation with PRI member. ADC Pooja Jain also spoke on the occasion.

The heads of various departments also presented their achievement and activities to be undertaken for the overall development of the people.

DDMO Sonam presented disaster management preparedness and given safety tips on earthquake/ flood and landslide.  (DIPRO)



Vital meeting to strengthen power supply in Changlang

CHANGLANG, Jun 19: The Changlang District Administration convened a series of developmental meetings today including one with District Electricity Committee.

Changlang Deputy Commissioner Chanchal Yadav in her key note address termed the meeting as vital for electrification of non-electrified villages  and  households and strengthening the existing power supply in the district. Explaining the objectives of the meeting she requested the members to give necessary inputs for formulation of detailed project report of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna(DDUGJY) and Integrated Power Development Scheme being implemented by the Department of Power.

The members also had a threadbare discussion on Comprehensive Scheme for strengthening of transmission and sub-transmission system being executed by the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited.

Phosum Khimhun, Parliamentary Secretary, Trade and commerce, MLAs Tesam Pongte and Laisam Simai were present in the meeting.

All the three MLAs present in the meeting assured for their co-operation in implementing the schemes and support in acquiring land with required dimensions in their respective constituencies for setting up of power sub-station under these schemes.

Earlier, SE (E) C T Namchoom apprised the members of the committee on the scope of work proposed by the Department of Power in a Need Assessment Documents (NAD) of Deen Dayal  Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna (DDUGJY) and Integrated Power Development Scheme  through power point presentation.

The District Electricity Committee approved for implementation of DDUGJY for Rs. 13, 939.88 lakhs and IPDS for an amount of Rs. 2, 976. 61 lakhs.

The second meeting was convened on preparation of Vision Documents 2030 and Five Year perspective Plan from 2015-16 to 2019-20.

The Deputy Commissioner Chanchal Yadav who chaired the meeting appealed all the departments to frame feasible and sensible projects for planned growth in the area.  

The house discussed the proposals for Five Year perspective Plan and of Vision Documents 2030 prepared by departmental Heads of Offices, Changlang and duly selected the proposals to be submitted to the government after necessary rectifications for consideration.

In the third meeting which was also chaired by the DC Changlang, schemes submitted by Block Development Officers under Border Area Development Program were evaluated and selected for implementation. (DIPRO)



Demand for improved veterinary services

Prafulla Kaman

PASIGHAT, June 19: Observing the 'poor' infrastructure and lack of medicine and other facilities in Koyu Veterinary Dispensary, the local people have demanded Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Department to boost its infrastructure and supply adequate medicine and other necessary equipments for its smooth function. They also demanded the state government to implement animal farming schemes in the area.

The remote Koyu-Kora area in East Siang district bereft of any small scale industry and other commercial projects is lagging behind in comparison with other parts of the state in the field of agriculture and allied sectors. The rural areas settled on hilly terrains have huge scope of improved horticulture, apiculture (honey rearing), pisciculture and animal farming, but due to lack of proper knowledge and required facilities, the farmers continuously have to depend on natural and traditional factors.

Though there is veterinary dispensary with a vet at Koyu headquarter, it has failed to meet the requirement of the local farmers. It has been running without infrastructure, manpower, equipments and necessary facilities such as power, water supply and even vet's residential quarter.

Talking to this correspondent, Koyu Anachal Samiti Member, Pakyor Koyu said that Koyu Veterinary dispensary was almost defunct for the last two decades, but the people could see mild improvement in its function only after the District Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Officer (DAH&VO), Dr J Panor visited the area early this month. He further informed that establishment of a well-equipped veterinary hospital at Koyu area was long-pending demand made by the local people, but, the successive state governments have not paid any heed to their demand.

The local people also pleaded the district officer for supporting ambitious projects including "Community Mithun Rearing" and "Pig Breeding Farm" at Koyu as natural vegetation and climate of the entire area is highly suitable for farming of Mithun and other domestic animals.



DEO urged to take needful action as per judgement

ITANAGAR, June 19: While referring to the judgement passed by the Gauhati High Court, Itanagar Parmanent Bench on Case No. WP (C), 248/AP/2015 on June 16, the petitioner Nada Buda has appealed to the  Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner  cum district election officer (Panchayati Raj) to do the needful as per the judgment.  

According to  the certified copy of the court paper made available to the press, the petitioner who is an Anchal Samiti Member (ASM) of Sukung Subu Anchal segment of 5-Hija Anchal Samiti along with 11 others ASMs of Indian National Congress (INC) merged out from the INC as their elected Anchal Chairperson of the said Anchal Samiti, namely, Nada Tatung, was found involved in corrupt practices and those 11 members formed a new political party, namely, 'Hija Peoples' Party' with the support of 14 ASMs out of the total 17 ASMs of 5- Hija Anchal Samiti. A 'No Confidence Motion' was duly moved on  June 12  last against the said Chairperson under Article 63(1) of the Arunachal Panchayati Raj Act, 1997 and accordingly, Nada Tatung, Anchal Chairperson was voted out by the majority of the ASMs and the petitioner was selected as Anchal Chairperson of 5-Hija Anchal Samiti by majority of the members present, under the banner of 'Hija Peoples' Party'. But till date, the respondents have not appointed the petitioner as Anchal Chairperson of the said Hija Anchal Samiti.

In this regard, the petitioner had filed a representation before the District Election Officer (Panchayati Raj)-cum-Deputy Commissioner, Lower Subansiri District  on  June 12 last which is still pending for disposal.

"After hearing the learned counsel appearing for the parties and as the former Anchal Chairperson of the 5-Hija Anchal Samiti was voted out by the 2/3rd ASMs and  the majority of ASMs present therein proposed the petitioner to the post of Anchal Chairperson, the District Election Officer (Panchayati Raj), respondent No.4 shall dispose of the said representation of the petitioner dated June 12 within a period of three weeks from the date of receipt of the certified copy of this order by a reasoned and speaking order in accordance with law, intimating the outcome of the said representation to the petitioner", the  court judgement said.



BJP defends Raje and rules out resignation

New Delhi, June 19: Shedding its reticence, the BJP on Friday backed Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and ruled out her resignation or that of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on the Lalit Modi row even as Congress threatened to disrupt the Monsoon session ofParliament if they do not quit.

The BJP's defence came on a day Raje, who is facing a storm over her secret witness statement supporting the former IPL boss' immigration plea in Britain, cancelled her visit to Anandpur Sahib in Punjab where she would have met party president Amit Shah and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

The BJP had put up a muted defence of Swaraj when the controversy broke out on Sunday over her help to tainted Modi get British travel document saying she had acted on humanitarian considerations but offered no defence of Raje in the last two days. Taking its attack to a new level, the Congress alleged a nexus between Lalit Modi, the Prime Minister, BJP President, Swaraj and Raje and said the only way for the government to "save" itself and the Parliament session is to make the two women leaders resign from their positions.

"We hope after Yoga Day and after 'Lalitasan', the Prime Minister will take some strong action," party leader Jairam Ramesh told reporters adding "there is no other way".

Today, the BJP fielded its spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi at a press briefing in the party headquarters where he rejected the demands for resignation of the two top leaders.

The party strategy may have been apparently devised after separate meetings between Home Minister Rajnath Singh with the Prime Minister and between Amit Shah and the Prime Minister late last night.

To questions whether there will be action against Swaraj or Raje, he said, "The question is imaginary There is no technical and legal base that you can say there is any point of impropriety."

Trivedi said while the party's top leadership has made its position clear on the issue of Swaraj, the validity of the documents produced against Raje is not yet verified.

He also rejected charges of corruption and impropriety on the part of the two leaders for links with Modi and termed as "laughable" the questions raised by the opposition without any basis.

"We have already made it clear that there is no corruption. There is no technical or legal definition of corruption or misappropriation is not evident. Opposition is using these issues to make a mountain out of a molehill for their own political gains on feeble grounds," he said.

Asked why the party took so much time to come out in support of Raje, he said, the questions raised by the media were imaginary.

"Before making any demand, it should be seen whether that demand is substantive. Whether any wrong doing or corruption has taken place. To make such a demand in the absence of substantive evidence is not right and baseless," he said.

He said Raje has clarified to the party top brass and the talks between the party and her are continuing. He, however, rejected any demand of any inquiry, internal or otherwise against Raje.

The party even went the extra distance to defend Raje's son Dushyant Singh, MP, saying as far as his company's dealings with Modi, they were above board. The Rajasthan BJP also put up a strong defence of Dushyant Singh.

Trivedi said it was not a new issue and facts have been mentioned in Dushyant Singh's Income Tax returns as well his affidavit before the Lok Sabha polls.

Modi, who is wanted by the Enforcement Directorate in several cases including charges of money laundering, has been staying in London and has not come to India to face questioning in the cases. PTI


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Screen degree certificates properly

Recently Law Minister of Delhi Jitendra Singh Tomar was arrested in connection with the row over the authenticity of his academic degree. Later under immense political pressure Tomar submitted his resignation to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal hours after a Delhi court remanded him to police custody. Delhi police arrested him and is carrying out investigation into the case.

As per the report, Delhi Police, which took former law minister to Faizabad and Ayodhya as part of its investigation, have found that his B.Sc degree is fake.

Police sources told media that Tomar had no knowledge about anything related to his educational qualification when questioned at the Faizabaad Awadh University and Ayodhaya Saket College.

The arrest of Tomar in fake degree case is a matter of concern for us too. State government should carry out tough screening of degree certificates during recruitment process.

Also Arunachalee students going outside the state to pursue higher studies should properly check credential of college and universities before taking admission. They should not become victim of fraudsters.




---- Readers Forum ----



Finding the root cause of corruption in the State today

Dear Editor,

People’s Party of Arunachal urges all the Political parties in the State along with various other Civil Societies and intellectual foras to make an indebt analysis of the root cause of corruption in the State today.

This virus of corruption cannot be easily done away with by resorting to bandh calls and serving ultimatum to the Government. People’s Party of Arunachal has always been reiterating that any organization whether political or non political parties that have been vocal on various corruption charge against the Tuki led Government should first exhibits political will to fight against issues like frequent defection of democratically elected leaders from one party to another that gives no opportunity for the healthy growth of opposition party in the State. People’s Party of Arunachal seeks the support of the BJP Unit of Arunachal to put pressure on the Speaker Arunachal State Assembly to disqualify the defected leader of PPA. Here lies one of the main reasons for the growth of political corruption in the State. If the Tuki led Government is corrupt and is charged with abuse of centrally sponsored schemes, it is because of the huge amounts paid to these defecting legislators.

Unless a concerted effort is put in by all the political parties and various other Civil societies together towards the desired goal of attaining a corrupt free Government by adopting a common agenda agreeable to all the parties, bandh calls and demonstration cannot be the solution in the State.

The People’s Party of Arunachal appeal to one and all in the State, seriously to work out a common objective programme on certain serious issues in the State which need to be debated and resolved. Issues like (1) building of mega dams in the state for resource generation. (2) Land acquisition and compensation related laws in the State and qualitative promotion of Private Universities in the State. It is unfortunate that none of the organizations have raised any of these issues in public forums.


Kahfa Bengia


People’s Party of Arunachal




Apps distraction

Dear Editor,

The very technology that has provided us with material prosperity has also created unparalleled problems. The Apps or applications which is hailed as a revolutionary invention is posing a serious threat & disturbing the minds of younger generation. The messaging application like Whatsapp which is a blessing can turn into a nightmare if it is not used cautiously. People join various groups & sometimes dumb messages from various groups keep flooding the so called smart phones every second, distracting people & thus interrupting their work. One wonders how the nation can develop if people are all the time busy with Apps.

“We will be backward if the entire nation is busy sending forwards.”





Ambiguous in its intents

Dear Editor,

Bandh calls in any or all parts of the Indian union have been declared as illegal by the Honble Courts as it infringes upon the fundamental rights & individual liberties of citizens besides causing unforeseen damages to public properties & losses to state exchequer. We as the law abiding citizens need to respect the rulings of the Honble Courts which are upheld by the apex court of the country.

Capital Bandh enforced by state unit BJP whose party is in power at the centre do not speak well of their own party’s image, its wider perceptions of issues & the modus operandi to genuine protests against the state government. It’s in defying to the standing judgments of the Hon,ble courts by any such national political party & have many veiled and ambiguous intents. The people of the state who are waging a super imposed major war against wrath of nature and it’s furry for a month are rendered to more miseries, the students who are appearing law & PG courses exams under distance education are made to suffer beyond repairs, daily breads earners made poorer & above all it has encouragingly  opened up a floodgate of bandhs from nefarious unions & association who always expects something by enforcing such bandh calls fabricating issues out of no issue. Someone has rightly pointed out that it will be the same party who if come to power will be opposing bandh calls against the government even on every nonsense issues in coming years. No doubt, party men may change their color & affiliations from time to time but not the party who would be begging for votes from these marginalised groups in elections.

I as a citizen & dweller of the capital feel that current situations in the state don’t warrant for enforcement of bandhs, that too from the BJP, a party known for its uprightness & strong national feelings. We perceive something ambiguous in its intents.


Bengia Natung




A tale of a teacher

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to bring into light some of the conditions of Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan  (RMSA) TGTs/JTs of Arunachal Pradesh.

It is being said that JTs under RMSA in other states of India get a salary of around Rs. 30,000 per month. Even in Assam they have grade pay included in their basic pay scale. So how come in our great corruption-free state of Arunachal Pradesh the salary is 15000 per month which is even less then ATs under SSA. And there is no leave provision. No salary during vacation. And even that Rs.15000 per month salary is not paid every month. Rather we have to wait for 6 months to get our salary which makes it really hard to discharge our duty properly as we don’t get any govt quarters and have to live in rented accommodation. Its written ‘no work, no pay’ policy in the job conditions but we work like ox with no pay for months, so it should be written as ‘work without pay’ policy. We haven’t got our salary since January 2015. Teaching profession is one of the noblest professions in the world but in our corruption free Arunachal Pradesh and society it is seen and regarded as low grade job. The teachers here have no value and respect and they have to keep on shouting for their basic rights of getting salary on time. Our People have forgotten that if children are the future of nation then teachers are the architect of the nation. And a place where the teachers are not respected and disregarded then the future of that state/country is totally dark. God bless our state!


A begging Teacher



Rectify the system

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to draw your kind attention to the service being provided by the post office, Pasighat. I am really fed up by the service provided by Post Office of Pasighat. The call letter for an interview of SSC (Recruitment of Sub-inspectors in Delhi police, CAPFs and Assistant Sub-Inspector in CISF Examination, 2015)  which they  received on 08.06.2015 has been delivered to me after 12 days. And my interview for the same post will be held on 21st June. When I went there yesterday asking for SSC admit card they said, “We already delivered the entire letter we’ve received”.

What they are doing? It seems they are not working sincerely and they are enjoying the government money. They are supposed to help the public and not cause any problem to us. Hope that the system will be reformed shortly.


Prem B. Pradhan





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