June 28

BJP attempting to form Govt. through the backdoor: APCC
Mockery of democracy: Ering
ITANAGAR, Jun 27: Making no delay in reacting to media report that Central BJP leadership has set June 30 deadline for Chief Minister Kalikho Pul to merge his regional People's Party of Arunachal (PPA) with the saffron party; Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) described the move 'shameful' and an attempt to form a government through the backdoor.
"The true color of BJP and its hidden agenda has been revealed after BJP State Unit President Tapir Gao confirmed that he had conveyed the direction of Party President Amit Shah to Pul to merge with BJP," said APCC president Padi Richo.
Taking a dig at state BJP leadership, Richo stated that few months back, the BJP had denied its involvement in political crisis in Arunachal Pradesh, but after the change of guard in State BJP, the party leaders are now saying that they were part of the political crisis and toppling of the Congress Govt. in the State.
Reiterating the party's claim how the BJP party used the Raj Bhawan to create a political mess in the state that ultimately had led to ouster of Nabam Tuki Government, Richo stated that  Modi Govt. has imposed President's Rule in the state forcefully without knowing the ground reality.
Richo went to say that "The PPA being the lone regional party in the state should not succumb to the pressure and tactics of BJP and keep its own identity and dignity intact."
Member of Parliament Ninong Ering also reacted strongly to the latest political development in the state.
"The move is nothing but mockery of democracy," Ering stated in a release. He also said that the idea behind the move is dangerous not only to Arunachal Pradesh but to the very idea of India.
It seems that a party with 280 plus seats at Union level is still scared of the Indian National Congress Party. This is why they are putting their best efforts to merge PPA with BJP. A politics of narrow minds and short vision won't yield any fruits for anyone, he added.
Chief Minister Kalikho Pul recently attended the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) meet in Guwahati, wherein strengthening of regional parties were emphasized using NEDA as platform for development and growth.
At a time when he is taking positive efforts to do good for the people of Arunachal in particular and North East in general then why is BJP creating hurdles and roadblocks to suppress a smaller party like PPA, Ering questioned.
He said that BJP's effort to merge PPA within them is just a desperate effort to establish their rule and kill smaller parties. It is agenda of BJP now to dislodge Congress Governments in smaller states, especially in North-Eastern region and force smaller parties to join them to establish their own rule, he added.

APSPCB directs power developers to follow guidelines
ITANAGAR, Jun 27: Arunachal Pradesh State Pollution Control Board (APSPCB) has directed the hydropower developers to strictly follow the guidelines of Central Pollution Control Board for monthly monitoring of Ambient Air Quality, River Water Quality and Environmental Noise Level.
The APSPCB Chairman, Techi Tagi Tara speaking in a meeting convened to take stock of the status of the construction activities on Monday emphasized for following the guidelines as quoted in the Environmental Clearance and Consent Order issued by the GoI and APSPCB.
The board warned of necessary action against the defaulters.
Expressing concern on the muck disposal pattern, the Chairman called on the project proponents to dispose it in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change and APSPCB. The half yearly reports were also directed to be submitted regularly for necessary action from the Board.
Officials from Hydro Electric Projects of Pare, Ranganadi, Kameng, Reliance, Dikshi, Meenakshi, Velcan Energy and Dirang participated in the meeting.
Detailing on the construction works, officials from Pare HEP informed that 65% of work is completed and the project is likely to be commissioned by December 2017, while the Kameng HEP would be commissioned by March 2017.
The construction activities are yet to start for the Reliance Energy because of the delay in obtaining Forest Clearance and due to the want of Siang Basin Studies. The construction of Dikshi HEP is on with the completion target set for 2017 while Gongri HEP has halted due to financial constraints.

32 top hospitals in Delhi to provide concession to NE people
ITANAGAR, Jun 27:  Much to the delight of north easterners, top 32 Delhi hospitals have agreed to provide concessions in medical treatment to the people of North East working in unorganised private companies & students, lawyers, media persons under first of its kind - Reach Out Initiatives.
IGP Delhi Robin Hibu who is also a Nodal Officer for North East People, has been pursuing with the top hospitals including Fortis, Medanta, Apollo, Max Health Care and many others to provide  subsidized treatment  to the people of Northeast.
It is said that more than 11 lakhs NE people are either working in private sectors or studying in Delhi & National Capital Region and most of them  don't have any medical insurance or  facilities, nor they can avail the central govt health scheme (CGHS) like govt servants.
The NE people working in Delhi or NCR are left to pay for their medical treatments from their meagre salaries, leaving no scope for them to save money nor back money to their old parents back home, said Hibu.
On modalities for availing the concession, he said the people have to have referral letter from his office to be sent with attested ID card to particular hospital as per patient's choice with his/ her original identity card, to avoid any impersonation. This facility can be availed only by NE employees in any private companies/shops etc and NE students studying in Delhi, not for CGHS beneficiaries, he added.
Hibu informed that  a thanksgiving function will be soon organised  by the Northeast people of Delhi in July next, wherein all CEOs, CMD and MDs of 32 Hospital will be honoured with momentos and letter of appreciation by Central Ministers from NE region.

Arunachalee designer selected for fashion festival in Europe
ITANAGAR, Jun 27:  Entrepreneur and designer Nixon Bui from Arunachal Pradesh has been selected to participate in the Fashionclash Festival of Maastricht, Netherlands from June 30 to July 3.
His brand NIXONBUI, which is based out of Copenhagen, is the only brand that has been chosen to participate from Denmark.
The Fashionclash Festival, which this year will be held for the eighth time, is sponsored by a number of big players in the fashion industry, like MAC Cosmetics and Pepsi Co. The festival is intended to provide opportunities for a number of young talented fashion designers to show their clothes to an international audience
"I am very proud and excited to get this chance. I look forward to showcasing my designs to an audience that are not just interested in fashion, but who works with it on a daily basis. I think the feedback I'm going to get there is going to very valuable." says Nixon Bui.
The Festival is open to all young designers. Every year, up-coming designers from all over the world apply to be able to take part in the three-day fashion event, and this year Nixon Bui was one of the few who got selected.
"We have worked very hard to be where we are now, and it's nice to be recognized within the industry. We are finally breaking out of our shell, and this is an amazing opportunity for us to show our products to people within the fashion world, and to also learn from others." he said.
The theme of this year's Fashionclash festival is heritage, a theme that fits well with the NIXONBUI designs and brand story.
"Being able to represent both my tribal heritage and Northeast India in an international fashion setting is a great honor. We have a truly rich culture that I'm very proud of, but too few have heard about it. For me, NIXONBUI is my way of telling the story of my heritage, my culture, my people, the tribal people of Northeast India, in a way, my own existence." he added.

Adopt modern farming technology for higher productivity: Mithi
ROING, Jun 27: 'We should develop our skills and adopt modern farming technology for higher productivity and help develop our local economy', said Roing MLA-cum-Parliamentary Secretary for PWD & Sports, Mutchu Mithi while addressing the inaugural function of a capacity building & skill development training conducted under MLALADS and BADP 2015-16, for Hunli block at the Multi Purpose Hall here on Monday.
He also suggested the farmers to give more focus on cash crops and appealed to them to increase their credit balance at bank.
Speaking about issues like poor road connectivity and power supply in the district, he said most of the problems will be addressed once the Sadhya-Dhola & Alubari Bridge and power project connecting Pasighat line is completed. It will also help speed up development of local economy, he added.
He further urged the youths to change their mindset and stop looking for government jobs only.
DPO, Marto Dirchi in his address said that the training organized by Project Director, DRDA in collaboration with Change Foundation, a local NGO, aims at reviving local craftsmanship and other age-old farming practices and improving it with modern technology.  'In all, 93 participants will be imparted training on organic farming of agri-horti crops, maintenance of solar lighting system, electric wiring while, 90 participants will undergo  training on craft making, cardamom plantation, nurturing and post harvest measures, pickle making in their respective segments, he informed.
Roing, DRDA, PD, Tage Tago, SDO, Alen Pertin, ZPC, Sipi Elapara besides, farmers, HoDs and other officials attended the function. (DIPRO)

Sisam Bridge opens for vehicular movement
YINGKIONG, Jun 27: Boarder Road Organization's Project Brahmank Chief Engineer Anil Kumar has  declared the Sisam Bridge at 70 km on Ditte Dime-Migging road open for vehicular movement in a simple function held on Monday. The 40-mtr span prestressed concrete bridge greatly will facilitate movement of goods from Yingkiong to Moying.
In his inaugural address, Kumar informed the gathering that all the major roads in the Siang Valley, namely, Pangin-Yingkiong, Ditte Dime- Migging  and  Migging-Tuting would be converted into double lane National Highway in  next five years.  The preparatory works like DPR preparation, land acquisition,  and forest clearance have commenced in this financial year for double-lane roads, the  CE said.
He further informed that double lanning works between Pangin and Boleng  road has been sanctioned and  work will begin shortly. All type of bridges including Bailey Bridges on the roads in the area will also be replaced by permanent concrete or steel bridges in a phased manner by 2022, he added.
S K Pradhan, VSM Commander 761 BRTF informed that all efforts are being made to improve the quality of  existing roads for smooth vehicular movement in the interim till the physical completion of double lanning works of 426 km length roads at a cost of 2773.80 crores  including two Greenfield inter valley roads of Migging-Bile and Dumo-Sanebasti-Etaliyar.
Among others S S Prasad, OC, 1448 BCC and HGB of Karko village spoke on the occasion. DIPRO

Honor city police for commendable services: ACCI
ITANAGAR, Jun 27: Applauding the praiseworthy achievement of an Itanagar police team that created a history in tackling criminals in the state, Arunachal Chamber of Commerce & Industries has decided to felicitate the team.
Arunachal Pradesh witnessed highest ever dacoity involving civilians that too properties worth Rs 2.9 crore recently after the highest ever broad daylight robbery by unknown miscreants from Itanagar SBI in 1991.
Itanagar Police led by Itanagar police station OC N Sora and investigating officer SI N Nishant under the guidance of SDPO Hanyir Techi made the breakthrough in solving the case, arresting four accused and recovering stolen traditional beads worth Rs 2.9 crore. SI Nishant with his acumen used the available clues to zero down the criminals with the help of 3rd IRBn constables B Obing, T Abing,  J Sisam, T Sikom and P Dorjee.  
ACCI General Secretary Tarh Nachung recalled that huge traditional beads of Techi Gamro were stolen from his Nirjuli residence in 1989 which have remained unsolved till date. Moreover, 2007 beads theft case from Damsite house of former Nyapin ZPM Tarh Talar, in which locals and outsides were arrested but nothing was recovered.
The present breakthrough brings to limelight that the locals engage outsiders which is a dangerous trend, Lala said, adding  that the present case is a milestone for all to emulate.
The ACCI, however, urged the GoAP,  particularly Chief Minister Kalikho Pul and Deputy CM Kameng Dolo to honour the police team working under the guidance of  Capital in-charge SP Kime Aya for its trend setting achievement. The GoAP should tighten the ILP provisions to ensure no unwanted persons enter the state.

Set goal for quality education: Rina
Legong Banggo Employees Forum felicitates student achievers
PASIGHAT, Jun 27: Nari-Koyu MLA Kento Rina urged the officers and parents to set a goal for themselves and support the children and teaching community in imparting quality education.
Addressing the annual felicitation programme organized by Legong Banggo Employees Forum to honor the meritorious students of the area, who have excelled in AISSE, AISCCE, IIT and APJEE on Monday,  Rina said that the most appropriate definition of education is, 'it enables one to have supreme adjustment with the environment'.
Kento, an educationist himself, congratulated all those who were felicitated on the occasion and wished them bright future. He also lauded the Forum for conceptualizing the idea of felicitating the meritorious students.
Director of Elementary Education Tapi Gao, in his speech, appealed to the parents and teachers to understand and realise their responsibilities in moulding future of children.
'Education is a two-way traffic of both parents and teachers', he said, and urged them to work together in lifting the quality of education.
Though he was dismayed with the poor results shown by few schools in AISSE and AISSCE, Gao urged principals and headmasters to discharge duty.
Gao also highlighted some of the policy decisions taken by the government in order to revamp the education in the state.
He hailed the Forum for the initiative, which will go a long way in encouraging the students in achieving their goal.
He also informed that the Sainik School at Niglok is a great achievement for the people of the state.
While congratulating the meritorious students on the occasion, East Kameng Deputy Commissioner Rajeev Takuk, who also is the Chairman of the Forum, said that the award winners are epitome of hard work. He wished all of them success in their life.
Adviser of the Forum Kaling Tayeng  urged the students to strive for excellence and become worthy citizens.
The forum conferred the LBEF AWARD-2016 on Dr. Tajir Tamuk, Orthopedic Surgeon in recognition his exemplary and selfless services to the humanity and bringing laurel to Legong Banggo.
He is currently serving as Consultant Orthopedic Surgery in Aditya Hospitals, Dibrugarh, Assam.
All the principals and headmasters present on the occasion emphasized on self respect, punctuality and dedication as the key to success. According to them, non availability of subject teachers, necessary infrastructures are plaguing the education sector.
Dr Mayor Mibang Surgical Specialist, General Hospital Pasighat, also the Chairman of the AFP, spoke on the occasion and congratulated the meritorious students.
Earlier, the aims and objectives of LBEF were highlighted by Assistant Professor David Ago of Rajiv Gandhi University, who also is the convener of the forum.
All the principals, headmasters, panchayat members and representatives from Women Wing, ABK East Siang district also spoke on the occasion and congratulated the winners. DIPRO

Training workshop on fruit processing concludes
ITANAGAR, Jun 27: The three days workshop on fruit processing organised by the Muskan Welfare Society concluded in the premises of the Fruit Processing Center, Raj Bhavan Complex on Monday.
Secretary Horticulture, Gamli Padu and Joint Director Horticulture, Kamo Ado handed over the certificates to the 16 trainees in a simple function.
Congratulating the trainees and appreciating the efforts put forwarded by the resource person, Trainer, Gojen Kalita, Muskan Welfare Society and the Secretary Horticulture advised the trainees to practice what they have learnt and also to tell others about the unit so that more participation is generated.
A trainee, Olen Megu Damin sharing her experience expressed happiness on the initiative undertaken by Muskan. She added that such training programme will encourage entrepreneurship.
H.P.Oka of M/s Spice Ziro, added that through the training she could hone her skill furthermore and that she would try to include the things taught here in her products thereafter.
Women Helpline (WHL), Oju Welfare Association (OWA) Onam Nayam, added that knowledge is only spread by sharing and that she and the fellow trainees from WHL will impart knowledge learned here to the inmates of OWA.
Announcing the opening of the Center from June 28 onwards, Muskan Secretary, Kobby Zirdo Bagra appraised the gathering that the Center will cater to public on weekdays Monday to Saturday. As the unit has to sustain itself, minimal charges will be levied on the products and services in terms of weights of the finished product, quantity of preservatives used and the packing materials used. On the part of public, they have to bring the raw materials for preparation and bottles or containers if they desire and attendants at the centre will thereafter guide them.
Governor JP Rajkhowa had inaugurated the Center on June 25.

Farmer-scientist interaction prog. conducted
PASIGHAT, Jun 27:  In all, 40 farmers from 4 blocks of East Siang district attended a farmer-scientist interaction programme conducted by the ATMA at the FTC here on Monday.
Speaking on the occasion, Agriculture(Trg), Assistant Director, SN Saikia briefed about the objective of such interaction  and urged the participants to avail maximum benefit of the technical expertise of the resource persons from the CHF and KVK, CAU, Pasighat, to get an on the spot solution to the problems faced by them in different agricultural activities.
ADO, Morseng Modi gave a presentation on the GoI's flagship programme, Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchaye Yojna (PMKSY) and urged the participants to co-operate with concern departments during collection of baseline data and preparation of District Irrigation Plan while, the State Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institution (SAMETI), Pasighat, Director, Okang Tamuk urged the participants to actively participate in similar programmes and gather maximum technical knowhow for taking up diversified agriculture and horticultural activities.
Project Director, ATMA, Mark Boje and Deputy Director Agriculture, YJ Lego also spoke on the occasion.(DIPRO)

Orientation meeting held for SHGs
ITANAGAR, June 27: Two days orientation meeting for Self Help Groups of Dambuk and Anpum circle was organised on June 21 and 22 by the Future Generations Arunachal (FGA).
The meetings aimed to expand FGA's activities in creating awareness among groups to make them self-reliant through SHG livelihood activities and let them have a sense of ownership in the developmental process. Participants from all walks of life mostly women enthusiastically participated in the meetings. The Dambuk and Anpum circles remains cut off from other parts facing challenges in developmental activities.
The program was equally supported by Panchayat members of Dambuk, Bizari and Anpum area and also the Dambuk administration. Meanwhile, FGA program review meeting was organised at Primary Health Centers (PHC) Sille on June 25. FGA is managing two PHCs in partnership with the state government.

Awareness campaigns on cleanliness, drug abuse held
AALO, Jun 27:  West Siang Mother's Vision, a local NGO has launched series of awareness campaign on cleanliness and drug abuse in different sectors and colonies of Aalo township from Jun 17 to 19 last.
The NGO intensified its campaign in collaboration with District Urban Development & Housing and medical department to make it more effective. Under its initiative, handmade dustbins were also distributed to vegetable vendors of daily market. (DIPRO)                                  

XVIIth Annual Students Meet begins
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RUKSIN, Jun 27: A three-day long XVIIth Annual Students' meet of Ngorlung Students Union under Ruksin Circle of East Siang district got underway at Ngorlung village on Monday.
Attending the inaugural session, Director of Elementary Education (DEE), Tapi Gao emphasized on the importance of sports and how it helps in staying physically fit, healthy and mentally sound. He advised the students to avoid drugs and urged them to be torch bearer of the society.
DSP, Pasighat Anggit Taying encouraged the students to prepare for better future. He also urged them to inculcate moral character.
Earlier, students union felicitated the meritorious AISSE and AISSCE 2015-16 toppers.
ZPM, ASM Chairperson, PRI leaders and senior leaders were present the occasion.

AR observes World Drugs Day
ITANAGAR, Jun 27: The Jairampur Battalion of Assam Rifles under the aegis of Headquarters 25 Sector (AR) observed the International Day Against Drugs Abuse and Illicit Trafficking by organizing a mass rally in order to create public awareness on harmful effects of drugs abuse.
Speaking on the occasion, the Commandant of Jairampur Battalion said that drugs problem can be tackled by reducing demands and supply.
Drugs supply can be reduced through strict vigil on peddlers, seizure of drugs, arrest and conviction of drugs traffickers, he said. On the other hand, he said, demand can be reduced through creating awareness among public about the ill effects of drugs addiction to an individual's health, family and the society as a whole.
Assam Rifles is committed to overall development of remote areas, particularly its area of operation, he said, adding that the battalion will continue its welfare activities to make this place a better place to live.

ASU calls for early reassessment of TAH
ZIRO, Jun 27: Demanding for early construction of the Trans-Arunachal Highway stretch in the areas under Ziro circle, the Apatani Students Union has requested the Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner to complete the reassessment works for the land compensation at the earliest.    
The union in a memorandum stated that no exaggerated assessment should be allowed while genuine and justified means should be adopted for fair compensation to the landowners so that the TAH compensation cost is reduced.
Further citing the delay in obtaining NOC from Indian Air Force to take up the highway work in the Ziro ALGs vicinity, the ASU stated that development should not be deprived at the cost of ALG which is only for defense purpose and not for civilians. It also requested not to divert the alignment and construction of highway in the Ziro-Hapoli stretch from the existing road.

CM assures due recognition to Rungkhi
ITANAGAR, Jun 27: Responding positively to an urge by Nabam Welfare Society, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has assured to honour and give due recognition to Nabam Rungkhi, the man behind to have proposed Itanagar as the state capital.
The Chief Minister promised to give lifetime remuneration for Rungkhi with land allotment in the capital city where he has been given government accommodation. He also promised to have a cabinet approval for awarding gold medal to Rungkhi.
Chief Minister Pul hailed Rungkhi as "visionary" man, who could visualise the benefit of having the capital city in Itanagar.
Had he not convinced the then Governor of NEFA, who knows our capital would have been still operating from Shillong," said the Chief Minister.
He said that people from other places like Basar, Pasighat and Tezu were reluctant to part with their land, and it is when Rungkhi grabbed the opportunity.
"Though uneducated on academic terms, he was aware enough to understand the importance of having a state capital," said Pul and observed that "people are still reluctant to part with their land to make way for development."
NWS appreciated the Chief Minister for felicitating Rungkhi on an earlier occasion for making his contribution known throughout the state.
The state government on an earlier occasion offered a new Bolero car to Rungkhi in recognition of his pioneering role in establishing the state capital in Itanagar, a government bungalow for his stay at Itanagar besides contributing two months salary of Rs 2 lakhs for maintenance of the vehicle by Chief Minister Pul.

Neirong lifts Summer Football Trophy
NAMPHAI, Jun 27: Neirong team beat Namphainong team 3-1 in a keenly contested final match of Summer Football Tournament for Girls 2016 at Namphai Government Secondary School Playground on Sunday and lifted the Trophy along with cash prize of Rs. 10, 000.
Runners up Namphainong team was awarded a Cup and cash prize of Rs. 5000 while the second runners up trophy and cash prize of Rs. 3000 was given to Old Plone.
Individual prizes were given to best coach, best manager, highest scorer, best goalkeeper and player of the tournament.
Altogether, seven teams representing seven villages under proposed Namphai administrative circle participated in the 16-day league tournament which was kicked off on June 10.
Earlier, Changlang Zilla Parishad Chairperson Jowkhong Singpho addressing the spectators and players applauded Namphai Sports Committee for giving the girls a platform to demonstrate their hidden football talents.
CO Namrata Bhatt said she is always enthusiastic to witness any event meant for the girls. She urged players to maintain sportsmen spirit and wished best team to win.

Fish seeds distributed to flood affected farmers
ITANAGAR, Jun 27: To encourage progressive fish farmers of Namsai to take up fish farming on commercial basis, fish seeds were distributed to 97 beneficiaries of 12 villages under Lekang circle on June 25 by the district fisheries department.
After distributing the fingerlings, EAC Lekang HN Dubey highlighted the importance of fish farming being a powerful income/employment generating activity.
The Assistant Director of Fisheries of Namsai also insisted upon judicious use of the fingerlings to enhance fish production.
Most of the beneficiaries were flood affected fish farmers.
Representative of PRI members were also present during the fish seed distribution programme at Govt. Fish Farm, Nongkhon and appreciated the effort of Department of Fisheries to promote fish farming in the district.

Construct durable infrastructure without compromising with quality: DC
TAWANG, Jun 27: Tawang DC, Kashish Mittal has emphasized the need to construct durable road networks and buildings without compromising with its quality.
The DC, who is also the chairman of the District Level Monitoring Committee (DLMC) was addressing a review meeting on the physical and financial status of the schemes under SPA, ACA, NLCPR, RIDF, CRF, NEC, DONER, PM Package and BADP of the last fiscal and upto the first quarter of the current financial year by various work departments of the district held here at the DC's Conference Hall on Monday.
Underscoring the importance and need of achieving the physical and financial target, Mittal said that endeavor should be made to maintain quality in every project. While directing the executing agencies to construct durable road network and buildings, the DC laid stress on the need to take into account the quality and maintenance of the projects. He directed the implementing agencies to tie up with the concerned ministries/departments for those projects which were pending.
He also asked to give proper publicity during the launch of completed projects and asked the department concerned to revisit old projects to take stock of the status for proper maintenance.  
ZPC, Jambey Tsering also said that the main focus should be on power sector which is the backbone of all development. He further suggested taking up plantation schemes on road projects to control landslides.
The meeting was also attended by DPO, D Riba besides, all executive engineers, BDOs and various HoDs. (DIPRO)

Social worker Nabam Ama dies
ITANAGAR, Jun 27: Nabam Ama died at the age of 58 after prolonged illness at Borum village on June 24.
She was the wife of late Nabam Kelling of Sagalee and is survived by three daughters and two sons.
She was educated at  Banasthali, Rajasthan along with late Bini Maya and started active social works with her father, who was a political Interpreter of Sagalee area.  
She fought against child and forced marriage in 1970s and under her guidance, many girl children were rescued from child marriage. She also brought up many poor children.

PHC lifts Pasighat Dree Volleyball trophy
PASIGHAT, Jun 27: PHC Club lifted the championship trophy of the Pasighat Dree Volleyball tournament by defeating Ato Piilo Club (APC) by 3-1 set in the final match played here at J. N. College Playground, Pasighat on June 26.
The best player award was given to Pura Bhai of PHCC.
DFO Wildlife, Pasighat, Tashi Mize presented the trophies with the cash prizes to the champions and the runners-up.

Students demand magisterial inquiry into youth's death
ITANAGAR, Jun 27: All Namsai District Students Union (ANDSU) has demanded a magisterial inquiry into the death case of Chow Pongseng Khamhoo, whose body was fished out from Nao-Dihing three days after his drowning.
The students union claimed that it was not about a case of suicide but a pre-planned murder.
The Mahadevpur Police after registering the case (No. 15/2016) under section 323/306/34 of IPC has launched investigation but it is taking time to probe the case, the students union alleged, and appealed to the state government to look into the matter seriously in order to deliver justice to the aggrieved family.

ENNG objects to forceful collection of taxes
ITANAGAR, Jun 27: The Eastern Naga National Government (ENNG) has strongly objected to reported collection of 'taxes' from villagers, truck and elephant owners of Tirap, Changlang and Longding (TCL) districts by NSCN(I/M) faction.
According to ENNG, the IM faction of NSCN is forcefully collecting taxes @ Rs.40,000 per village and Rs.20,000 from each truck and elephant owner of Changlang district.
Questioning the legitimacy of collecting such huge amounts from the poor villagers by the NSCN faction, ENNG demanded the central government to look into the matter seriously and ensure peace and harmony in the insurgency affected districts.
ENNG stated that the illegal acts by the NSCN (IM) is not only hindering in development process but also pushing the poor villagers into poverty.

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Be cautious

After assuming the office, Chief Minister Kalikho Pul has been pushing hard to revive the hydropower projects stuck in various stages. Pul has been meeting central leaders to expedite the pending projects. Several projects, the MOU/MOA for which was signed during late Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu's era are stuck in various stages. Recently even NITI Aayog agreed to promote project upto 100 MW as small hydropower projects under Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in Arunachal Pradesh. This decision was arrived after Pul sought the help of the planning body to develop state's untapped hydropower potential. There is no doubt that hydropower along with tourism and agri-horti sector has huge potential in the future.

However, state government should be cautious while promoting hydropower sector. Sections of Arunachalees are strongly opposed to mega dams and are not ready to part away with their land. The local sentiment should be respected in such kind of situation. Also even as state government is pushing hard to revive the hydro sector, the Pare Project Land Affected Welfare Committee (PPLAWC) has alleged that NEEPCO is turning its back from its earlier promise of providing job to the family member of project affected. Infact a bitter feud is expected over this issue in days to come. State government should immediately intervene and give justice to the land donors. This kind of incident should not be allowed to happen. Certain percentage of job should be reserved for the project affected family. It is duty of state government to ensure that hydro power companies comply with all the condition set at the time of signing MOU/MOA.








Readers’ Forum




ALG and realignments of TAH

Dear Editor,

It was in 31st January 2008 Manmohan Singh, former Prime Minister had announced the historic package of Trans Arunachal Highways at Indira Gandhi Park, Itanagar which would connect entire districts of this State from Tawang to Kanubari. Accordingly, the alignment of this two lane highways was been approved by Ministry of Transport and Highways, Govt.of India. At this point of time the Indian Air Force had never raised re-alignment issue in proximity of Ziro for Flight Safety of ALG Ziro.

A Gazette Notification regarding ALG Ziro was published vide REGD.NO.D.L(N) 04/0007/2003-05, dated  31st March 2011.Within the purview of this notification,  the DC Ziro had issued a Prohibitory Orders on 13th Dec 2011 against construction of any kind of building/structure, tree plantation in area land of 900 metres from the crest of the outer parapet of ALG Ziro.

In 2013 in a meeting attended by MLA, DC,  Air Force representatives, CE(Highways WZ) AP,SE & RO MORTH and a ZPM had resolved that NOC is a pre requisite from Air Force for coming up two lane highways around ALG Ziro.

The situation had become more serious with raising of re-alignment issue of Highways in proximity of ALG Ziro with a reminder letter addressed to Ministry of Transport & Highways, Govt of India by Air Force.

Today due to re-alignment issue, the reassessment of compensation cannot be carried out for highways of Hapoli-Ziro further delaying the compensation issue of Potin to Bopi sector. Further, issue of NOC or re-alignment has not been found in proximity of ALGs of Aalo, Pasighat, Tezu where some portion of the same highway are running parallel to the ALG.

Now concern authority of State Government has to come up with results of any action taken up with IAF to this effect.

Simultaneously, the District Administration has to make realistic approach to this issue and it is a call to the public to extend actual cooperation with District Administration for earliest solution otherwise highways road condition will be nightmare for all f us.


Taro Chatung,

Senior Journalist,





Historic justice

Dear Editor,

Brexit is not just going to end up in the exit of UK from the EU. The referendum is going to have far reaching impacts than just exit of Britain from the European economic forum. Whether Great Britain will continue to remain as Great Britain or United Kingdom in the near future is a million dollar question. The referendum of Scotland to remain as part of UK was won with a thin margin with significant support for Scottish independence. The western media strongly suspects that Brexit will strengthen the demands for a new referendum for Scottish independence once again. If Scotland follows the independence path, can Ireland be far away? Whatever may be the future socio-economic or geopolitical consequence, I view this as a historic justice. Great Britain and for that matter all the European colonial powers have been responsible for the partition of  so many countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America; the most prominent being the tragic partition of the Indian subcontinent. It is quite an irony that history repeats itself paying back in the same coins for those who contributed to such divisions among other communities. Let the European colonial masters feel the pain of partition as countless millions endured across India.


Saikat Kumar Basu






High handedness of SBI staff

Dear Editor,

This is in light of the rude, unruly behavior and high handedness of SBI Staffs. I visited the G-Extension branch on Friday (26th of June 2016), to deposit some cash through Green Channel (ATM Deposit). I took a token for the same and went ahead for the deposit when my token number was called for, at Counter No. 04.

When I approached the counter, I could see a gentleman already there, trying to deposit cash. Now the madam at the counter was unhappy as the gentleman did not arrange the cash in an orderly fashion; the madam rudely returned the money to the gentleman asking him to arrange the cash in a proper order and then come again for the deposit.

As my turn was next, I took out my ATM, Cash; I gave her the ATM when she asked; suddenly out of nowhere she started scolding me for not handing her the cash at the same time with the ATM. I was just giving her time to swap the machine and thought of giving her the cash then. She then started giving me lectures of how people come to deposit money but hesitate to give it. She also started telling me how her arms were aching collecting all the money in the world by herself. At first, I couldn’t believe my ears, but she went on complaining. I kept my calm; let her take her time to deposit the amount to my account. Then the staff on the right side (Counter No. 05) joined her, started asking me sarcastically “Bhai, aap logo ko paisa toh deposit karna hai, lekin paisa nahi dene se bhi hojaayega lagata hai naa”?

I was about to leave the bank as my transaction was done, but they kept on complaining as if it was my fault that I came to the bank for the deposit. That was it. I asked the madam, if she was there to do her work or not? I also told her that the way she spoke is not in line and she should execute her duty properly instead of giving the customers hell. But then, she started screaming at me, threatening me “Jyaada Mat Bolo De”, as if she was going to come out and fight with me. I then knew that her battle is with herself and not me.

I was and am totally shocked by the behavior of such staffs.

Anyway, I left the bank as I know better, maybe she is just frustrated with her life, or not happy with her job; nonetheless taking it out on the customers is totally wrong and uncalled for.

Maybe she’ll meet her match someday.

Now, the main motto of this letter is to ask the Bank Officials, the Managers to keep a check on their Staffs; assess their behavior, attitude towards the customers, as this is not the first or last case of ill-treatment of customers by your staffs. We can usually see a lot of mishaps occurring in your banks; mainly poor people getting harassed, treated badly by your staffs due to little or no fault of theirs.

Also, madam (Counter No. 04); if by chance you get to read this letter, know that I wish you well, but there are a lot of highly qualified people with better manners, unemployed/jobless; who will take your place if they are ever given a chance. So please, be happy that you have got a job and execute it dutifully. Most of all, stop giving customers a bad time and your company a bad name just because you are having a bad day. Stop complaining about your body aches or just stay at home. And please, get a life.

And to the SBI Staffs, “Know that you are there in your chair because of the customers and not the other way around.” Being polite and humane doesn’t levy any taxes.


Kaling Tali,

E-Sector, Naharlagun