June 08


Rajnath to review Myanmar border situation with 4 NE CMs

NEW DELHI, Jun 7: Home Minister Rajnath Singh will review the security situation and development activities along Myanmar border with the chief ministers of four northeastern states adjoining the neighbouring country.

To be held in Aizawl on June 12, the meeting will be attended by Pema Khandu, Shurhozelie Liezietsu, N Biren Singh and Lal Thanhawla, the chief ministers of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram, respectively.

Security situation and development activities along the 1,643-km-long India-Myanmar border will be discussed threadbare at the meeting to be chaired by the home minister, an official said.

The international border with Mynamar is considered to be porous while cross-border movement of insurgents and smuggling of arms and ammunition are common there.

This is for the first time such a meeting has been called to discuss issues concerning Mynamar border and how to improve security along the border with active participation of state governments, the official said.

A similar meeting of chief ministers of five Himalayan states -- Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh -- was held last month in Gangtok to discuss security and developmental activities along the 3,488-km-long Sino-Indian border. (PTI)




State BJP govt run by select bureaucrats: APCC

ITANAGAR, Jun 7: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee President, Takam Sanjoy claimed that the BJP-led NEDA Government, headed by Pema Khandu is being run by few select bureaucrats.

"The government in the state is a bureaucratic government, where few select bureaucrats are dictating the functioning of the government. Many senior bureaucrats and technocrats, along with ministers, MLAs and other elected bodies are being intentionally sidelined from day-to-day working of the government," the APCC claimed.

Without taking names, the APCC further alleged that that government is diverting huge funds to two districts of the state.

However, it is presumed that the APCC is referring to Tawang (home district of Chief Minister Pema Khandu) and Namsai (home district of Deputy Chief Minister cum Finance Minister Chowna Mein).  

"We will not remain mute spectators to the large-scale corruption, including gross funding of the state exchequer to only two districts of the state. We will be compelled to come out to the streets to give justice to the 60 constituencies of the state," stated the APCC.

Further, the APCC alleged that the government is unable to monitor the flow and availability of cash in the state. It claimed that even after post demonetization, various banks in the state Capital and other parts of the state are struggling to meet cash needs. "Many banks have closed down due to fear of depositors seeking cash withdrawal. Small business houses, including shops, vegetable and meat vendors are facing the heat of demonetization," added the APCC.

Meanwhile, the APCC also disapproved the comment made by DoNER Minister Jitendra Singh, who reportedly said that the BJP Government in the Centre has successfully transformed the North East and retrieved the region from several decades of continuous neglect within three years.

Terming his comment "immature", the APCC asked the minister 'what has the BJP Government done in three years for the North East and what did the previous governments not do?'

'All the past prime ministers had tried their level best for development of the region,' the APCC said.

The APCC was also perturbed at the union minister for commenting that the region was in total isolation without proper rail, road and air connectivity before the BJP Government was installed in the Centre.

Narrating about alleged bad governance by the BJP Government, the APCC said there were no taxes in banks for the people of Arunachal Pradesh till November, 2016. Now, everyone has to pay taxes in any type of bank transactions.

"Till June, 2014, there was a subsidy in transportation for NE states. But, soon after Modi was sworn in as Prime Minister, the transportation subsidy has been withdrawn. Is it called transformation?" questioned the APCC.

The Congress party also claimed that railway service in the Capital and elsewhere in the state was a gift of the UPA Government.

The party also flayed the central government for its decision to implement ban on sales of cow for slaughter.




Normal water supply to Itanagar to resume from Friday

Staff reporter

ITANAGAR, Jun 7: The people of Itanagar can expect some respite as the PHE & WS informed that water supply from Poma Water Treatment Plant is expected to resume from Friday onwards.

Talking to this daily, PHE & WS, Assistant Engineer Debia Padang informed that efforts to restore water supply is underway on war footing.

"We have set camp at the rock slide area, where over 20 labourers are working day and night to repair the pipeline. We also used blasting technique to remove the boulders, and have finally managed to bring in compressor machine at the site. If there is no rain on Thursday then in all probability, normal water supply from Poma will begin from Friday morning onwards," said AE Padang.

Itanagar has been facing massive drinking water crisis for the last five days due to breakdown of water supply from Poma and Senki River. The heat wave condition has further made life miserable for the citizens.




Ering calls for timely UC submission for fund flow

YINGKIONG, Jun 7: Lok Sabha Member Ninong Ering has called for timely submission of reports and returns for proper flow of fund with mandatory quarterly meetings.

Ering, who is also Chairman of the District Development Co-ordination & Monitoring Committee (DDCMC) was addressing a DDCMC meeting, on Wednesday, where he also asked officers to go through the guidelines of the new schemes and make people aware about it to help them avail its benefits by conducting awareness programmes, meetings and trainings.

Minister RD & PR, Alo Libang, in his address asked the PRI members to monitor the schemes in their respective villages. He further urged the executing agency to ensure quality of work, which he stated would be detected through geo-tagging.

Later, the heads of offices presented the physical and financial achievements of Centrally Sponsored Schemes of their respective departments.

DC, Remo Kamki, who is also Member Secretary of DDCMC spoke on the occasion. (DIPRO)




GoAP asked to cancel letter of appointment of Biswan Mann

ITANAGAR, Jun 7: The Arunachal Law Students' Union (ALSU) has in a release on Wednesday vehemently opposed the state government's move to appoint Biswan Mann as Deputy Secretary Law and urged the state government to cancel the proposed letter of appointment of the said person.

It has further demanded the state government to issue fresh notification for appointment in the aforesaid post in compliance to the Recruitment Rules incorporated under 'Law Officers cum Draftsman Rules, 2004'.

While terming the state government's move to appoint Biswan Mann, a civil judge of Junior Division SAS Nagar Mohali, Punjab, as Deputy Secretary Law in the state's Law and Judicial Department as irrational and unjustifiable, the ALSU said that the state government is answerable for not complying with and violating the existing Recruitment Rules of Law Officers cum Draftsman Rules, 2004.

'To appoint someone from elsewhere, when the state has adequate number of competent lawyers qualified to hold the aforesaid post, is irrational', the ALSU stated.




Singphos, Khamptis, Yobins of Changlang oppose extension of Article 371 (A)

[ Indrajit Tingwa ]

BORDUMSA, Jun 7: The non-Naga tribes inhabiting Changlang district, which is a constituent of the proposed Patkai Autonomous District Council (PADC) in a meeting today has opposed the extension of Article 371 (A), the constitutional provision granted to Nagaland and demand by the PADC for its extension to the districts of Tirap, Changlang and Longding.

The meeting held at the Singpho Heritage Centre, Bordumsa was attended by representatives of the Singpho, Khampti and Yobin tribes. After a threadbare discussion on PADC and submission of memorandum to Government of India, a single point resolution to oppose the demand of Article 371 (A) was adapted.

The resolution stated that the said Article 371 (A) was a special constitutional provision granted to the state of Nagaland as a partial fulfillment of the 1960 agreement that later led to the creation of Nagaland state in 1963. As per the provisions of the said Article, not only the customary laws, social practices and belief of the people of Nagaland, but the resources of the state verdantly remains safeguarded from the intervention of the Union Government and its policies unless the state assembly so decides by resolution.

 "It is a fact that the Article is specially meant for Nagaland and that there is a presence of non Nagas in the three districts of Tirap,Changlang and Longding like the Singphos, Khamptis, Yobins and others. Therefore, the extension of the article to these districts may lead to complicacies in near future, so these non-Naga tribes have vehemently opposed the inclusion of Article 371 (A) in Patkai Autonomous District Council", read the resolution.




PPA says no to beef ban

ITANAGAR, Jun 7: While jumping into the debate on ban on beef consumption, the People's Party of Arunachal said that any attempts at uniform application of a single law throughout the whole nation could amount to undermining the very spirit of unity in diversity. "It will be counterproductive and highly unpopular", it said.    

Tribal people the world over are known to be meat eaters and their entire customs, rituals and festivities- all depend on sacrifice of animals like mithun, cows, buffaloes and pigs, it said.



Presidential election on July 17

NEW DELHI, Jun 7: The presidential poll would be held on July 17, the Election Commission today announced.

The term of President Pranab Mukherjee ends on July 24.

"The last date for filing of nomination is June 28 and the counting will take place in Delhi on July 20," Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi told reporters.

A notification would be issued on June 14, he said. (PTI)




Lack of proper policy has marred tourism potential

ITANAGAR, Jun 7: The Chief Minister said that Arunachal has several things to offer in terms of tourism, but due to lack of proper policy, the tourism sector has not been able to match its potential.

Speaking at the Arunachal Tourism Annual Conference, organised by the state Tourism Department on the theme 'Tourist Friendly Arunachal Pradesh', Pema requested the Tourism Department to depute expert consultants to prepare a road-map, which would serve as a guide for the government to work.

The Chief Minister said that the state needs aggressive campaigns to promote tourism, as he informed that a good amount of fund has been placed for the tourism campaign.

He also requested the department to focus on proper planning, while pointing out on many unused and waste tourism infrastructures that lay unclaimed across the state.

Earlier in his keynote address, Tourism Parliamentary Secretary, Pasang Dorjee Sona said that the state cannot wait for infrastructure when the state has so much to offer.

"Promote the state in right perspective; when visibility is gained, tourists will start to flow," he asserted and requested the media not to blow negative news out of proportion that may deter tourist inflow.

Tourism Secretary, Dr Joram Beda highlighted on the success of tourism promotion campaign being launched across the nation, and schemes being implemented in the state that are reportedly proving helpful for the local tourism entrepreneurs.

Earlier, a book "Mohomoyee Arunachal" written by Soumyadeep Dutta was released on the day.

Director Tourism, Karma Leki, Nodal police officers, tourism officers, tour operators, hoteliers and other stakeholders are participating in the three-day annual conference.




Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas Sammelan at Aalo and Yinkgiong

Not a single highway project is kept pending at Delhi, says Rijiju

ITANAGAR, Jun 7: Stating that communication holds key to all development, Arunachal MP and Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rjijiu disclosed that the Centre has pumped in crores of rupees to  the state government to take up highway works and not a single highway project is kept pending at Delhi.  

Rijiju said this during the Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas Sammelan held at General Ground, Aalo on Wednesday.

Since contractors, executing agencies and fund are under the disposal of state government, the state should now expedite the project works, the Minister said.  

Rijiju, however, expressed his dismay over poor execution of PMGSY schemes for which he could garner a whooping 195 crores from the central government for roads and bridges for Arunachal Pradesh.

He further disclosed that under CSR schemes, latest equipment have been made available to General Hospital in Aalo and asked the medical fraternity to make best use of the technology.  The minister also assured to construct nursing hostel through IOC.  He also assured to take up Nigmoi-Aalo Road through NLRCP at an estimated amount of Rs 19 crores.

The Minister also informed that Ujjwala Yojana will soon be launched at Itanagar for the benefit of BPL people.

In his address, Aalo East MLA, Jarkar Gamlin pointed out burning issues, like water scarcity in Aalo Township, for which comprehensive proposal to the tune of Rs 155 crores is still lying pending and Rs 30 crores PWD proposals for undertaking 12.75 km CC Road Pavement within Aalo Township.

Further, West Siang ZPC, Yaman Bagra stressed on complete devolution of powers to Panchayat bodies to gear up development activities for the poor people. Bagra also stressed on a connecting road from Nigmoi to Aalo.

At Yingkiong, Power (Elect) and Industries Minister, Tamiyo Taga, while addressing at the Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas Sammelan at the community hall on Tuesday, informed that, so far 93 people-oriented schemes have been launched by the central government. He highlighted the achievements of the central government, especially the launch of Jan Dhan Yojana to ensure financial access to everyone to receive government benefits on finance-related schemes.

Minister RD & PR, Alo Libang stressed on the need for harnessing "Yuva Shakti" (youth potential) in constructive activities for the progress and prosperity of the nation. He also stressed on the need to monitor quality of works through geo-tagging, and urged the officers and PRI members to bring awareness to the people about the schemes in rural areas.

MLA Olom Panyang also urged the people to have Aadhar cards for direct benefit transfer of the schemes. He also urged BPL families to take the benefit of housing scheme.

The sammelans were held mainly to highlight the plans, policies and achievements of the central government within three years under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (DIPROs)




DFP clarifies on eviction drive, reiterates claim

LIKABALI, Jun 7: The Likabali DFO has reiterated his claim that three newly constructed huts within Dipa Reserve Forest were dismantled in presence of the Likabali administrative officials and police on May 30 last.

The DFO gave this clarification after the Gogar Welfare Committee had dismissed the dismantling report, which was published in this daily on June 7.

The DFO further said that the report of dismantling of the illegally constructed huts was submitted to the higher authority, along with photographic evidence. It was published in this daily on June 1 under the heading "Illegal settlers of Dipa RF served notice to vacate, 3 huts dismantled".

Clarifying further on the issue, the DFO in a release informed that the said area falls under the RF (Reserved Forests) Protected Area but the Gogar Welfare Committee claims that the area belonged to their forefathers (Community Land).

The DFO said that when the area was first encroached by the flood victims of Jipu village, a formal complaint was lodged with the office of the DFO, Likabali. Subsequently, the DFO had carried out an eviction drive along with his team on February 4, 2017.

The Gogar Welfare Committee, headed by its president and general secretary had lodged a complaint with the DFO after the Jipu villagers encroached upon the said area again on May 28, 2017. They demanded immediate action, claiming the land to be of their forefathers.

"When I replied stating that action shall be taken as per procedure of law, they started to misbehave and also vandalized my office for which an FIR was lodged against the president and the general secretary of the Gogar Welfare Committee," the DFO stated.

"After investigating the case, the police arrested one person involved in the vandalizing of the DFO office, while case has been registered against the President, Rinya Ngulom and General Secretary, Domo Dini of Gogar Welfare Committee, who are  on anticipatory bail."

"As per procedure of the law, the eviction process was carried out by the DFO the very next day on May 30, 2017, the DFO reiterated.

The DFO also informed that he had received a report on May 6 that the encroachers of Jipu Village had again erected their huts on the said area. Subsequently, the Forest team, along with police personnel headed by the Officer-in-charge of Likabali Police Station demolished the huts on May 7 as per procedure of the law.

The DFO also has taken strong exception to the allegations of the committee that the DFO was adopting dilly-dallying tactics in evicting the land encroachers.

"This is purely a false allegation and an attempt to malign the image of a dedicated officer," the DFO said.

"We, along with the local administration and police have from the very beginning been making all out efforts to protect the Reserved Forest Area and are taking every measure as per the law to deal with the encroachers. But this type of allegations demoralize us," the DFO said.

Moreover, he said, under the Forest Protection Act, no individual or community can claim the Protected Reserved Forests.

An FIR has been lodged in Likabali Police Station against the Gogar Welfare Committee for spreading false news, the DFO said, and appealed to the concerned authority to take necessary action against under relevant section(s) of the law.




TRIHMS to start by next year

ITANAGAR, Jun 7: The Tomo Riba Institute of Health & Medical Sciences (TRIHMS) will start classes by September 2018 going by the timeline affirmed by its Governing Council that met here on Thursday.

The Governing Council, of which the Chief Minister is the Chairman, has set up a detailed timeline to kick-start courses for the first batch of MBBS degree from the TRIHMS campus at Naharlagun.

As approved by the Governing Council in its second meeting, Recruitment Rules will be finalized by June 2017; advertisement for posts by July first week; selection of faculty by October; appointment of faculty by November and inspection by Medical Council of India (MCI) by December 2017. Further, hostel accommodations for boys and girls will be set by April 2018.

To begin with, the institute, which is under process of affiliation with the Rajiv Gandhi University, would impart MBBS courses to 50 students per intake, to be enhanced as and when feasible. Also, provisions have been kept to offer post graduate and higher courses in the near future.

Director TRIHMS, Dr Moji Jini informed that groundwork is almost complete with allocation of additional land of 9038.5 sq mtrs and handing over of the old Assembly building to the institute. He, however, reminded that few portions of additional land in the vicinity of the institute are yet to be vacated or allotted, and sought intervention of the government.




Adhere to guidelines while implementing flagship programmes: DC

ZIRO, Jun 7:  Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner, Kemo Lollen has emphasized on the need to adhere to guidelines issued by the central government while implementing flagship programmes.

He was addressing a coordination meeting in the DC's conference hall, Hapoli to assess the progress of new flagship programmes rolled out by the Government of India on Wednesday.

Stating that financial institutions should collaborate with the district administration for smooth implementation of these programmes, Lollen added that guidelines for every scheme should be circulated to the nodal departments timely for proper dissemination of information to the beneficiaries. He further directed the Lead Manager of SBI to conduct a meeting of all the nodal departments, financial institutions and PRI members.

Reiterating the need to improve the sanitation and cleanliness of the valley, Lollen emphasized on the need to implement Swachh Bharat Abhiyan by the UD and PHE departments. He also warned against dumping of garbage randomly at places without dustbins, and said that those found guilty of doing so would be booked and punished under suitable sections.

Taking stock of the Adhaar enrolment in the district, he directed DSO Statistics, Mudang Talley to carry out special drives to increase Adhaar enrolment. He further directed ICD Deputy Director, Chandan Tangjang and DMO, Dr Tage Kano to coordinate with the Statistic Department to ensure beneficiaries under various welfare schemes under their departments are Adhaar enrolled.

The DC also stressed on the need to have an effective monitoring mechanism in place to monitor all the Centrally Sponsored Schemes and welfare schemes to ensure quality.

Later, SBI Lead Manager, S Basumutary briefed about schemes, like MUDRA, KCC, Krishi Rinn Yojana, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Bunkar Yojana and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Swalamban Yojana. (DIPRO)




Career counselling at SCCZ

ZIRO, Jun 7: Saint Claret College hosted a Career Counselling session for aspirants of UPSC, APCS and other competitive exams on Wednesday.

The session was organized by the Apatani Youth Association (AYA), in collaboration with the NGO, Helping Hands and People Education and Social Empowerment Centre (PESEC) of SCCZ. The resource persons were Delhi Police IGP, Robin Hibu and GoAP IDAS, Secretary, Dani Salu, where they motivated the aspirants to bring out the best in them. They reiterated that there is no easy formula for success and that, personal struggle, hard-work and dedication can lead one to success in civil services, and also cited anecdotes from their personal lives.

The 200 aspirants that had arrived from Ziro and other places also got an opportunity to interact with the resource persons and clarify their doubts.




Bike lifter gang busted

ZIRO, Jun 7: In a major breakthrough, a team of the Arunachal Pradesh Police of Lower Subansiri district busted a gang of notorious bike lifters that was operating in Lower Subansiri and adjoining districts.

During the course of special operation, the police arrested five accused and one juvenile. At least four stolen motorcycles have been recovered from their possession and accordingly, a case has been registered at Yazali PS U/S 379/34 IPC.

The police team was led by Yazali PS OC, SI A N Singh and ASI Licha Taj and their team, under the close supervision of SP Mihin Gambo.




Tribal Affairs Minister to attend seminar at RGU

ITANAGAR, Jun 7: Tribal Affairs Minister, Jual Oram will be arriving in the state capital on Thursday on a two-day visit.

Oram will attend a seminar on "Re-examining Tribal Development in the Face of Evolving Challenges" at the Rajiv Gandhi University auditorium at 2.30 PM.

He is also expected to hold an interaction programme with booth level BJP workers in the evening.

Further, the union minister is scheduled to visit Pasighat on Friday, from where he will further proceed to Siang district and participate in the 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas Sammelan', being organized to celebrate three years of the BJP Government.




'Terminate guilty SBI staff'

KOLORIANG, Jun 7:   The All Kurung Kumey District Students' Union (AKKDSU) has in a letter to the State Bank of India Regional Manager, Itanagar on Tuesday, sought immediate termination of an Assistant Cashier of SBI Koloriang branch, who has been arrested for allegedly siphoning of money from customers' accounts.

The Union claimed that the Assistant Cashier allegedly used to take few notes from bundles of notes of customers during deposit and withdrawal of their money. 'He was later arrested by the police and a criminal case has been registered against him', it stated and demanded termination of his job at the earliest.




'Malpractices in schools detected'

ITANAGAR, Jun 7: Without elaborating, the Jigo-Yego Students' Union (JYSU), in a release claimed that the Union has detected many malpractices in various schools during its second phase of educational tour in Likabali constituency.

"From the recent ground survey and documents obtained through RTI, it was found that there were 'malpractices' in various schools," the union informed.

The Union, however, did not mention what type of malpractices it has detected, but vowed to remove such malpractices for the cause of education.




DBA to host series of badminton competitions at Mechuka

AALO, Jun 7:   The District Badminton Association West Siang will conduct the second district level badminton tournament at Mechuka from June 16 to 18.

The event will be held for U-15 junior boys and girls singles and doubles; senior men and women singles and doubles (16 years to 30 years); men and women veteran singles and doubles (above 30 years).

The tournament is being sponsored by Health & Family Welfare Minister Jomde Kena and co-sponsored by Parliamentary Secretaries PD Sona and Nyamar Karbak. (DIPRO)




Protest rally

ITANAGAR, Jun 7: The Mere Vichar Andolan Committee (MVAC) and Justice Seeking Forum of All Mishmis has scheduled a peaceful rally at Namsai on June 9 from 10 am onwards in protest against non-fulfillment of the demand seeking justice for former chief minister late Kalikho Pul.

The All Tai-Khampti Singpho Students' Union of Arunachal Pradesh also extended its support to the protest rally.




MLA urged to develop Ragi Doke to Yomcha road

ITANAGAR, Jun 7:   In a memorandum to the 29 Basar MLA, Gojen Gadi on Monday last, the Takom Jirigi Kagi Intellectual Forum (TJKIF) has appealed to him to take up the Ragi Doke to Yomcha road project within the current fiscal under Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF).

The Forum claimed that Ragi Doke to Yomcha road, which was opened  in 1981 with the aim to connect Yapak, Kagi, Takom, Degom, Lama Deke, Jiki, Lggi Gamlin and Gangkak villages with Yomcha ADC headquarters, is currently in a poor state due to want of maintenance.

'The road has not been repaired since decades', the Forum claimed and appealed to the MLA to expedite maintenance and development of the said road.  




Special coaching for Civil Services aspirants begins at Anjaw

ANJAW, Jun 7:  A special coaching programme for Civil Services aspirants, especially for the youth of Anjaw district commenced at DRC Khupa, Hayuliang on Tuesday last.

Sponsored by MLA-cum-Chairperson APMDTCL, Dasanglu Pul, with support of the Department of Education and Concept Career Coaching Institute, Itanagar (CCCI), the programme also saw the presence of Anjaw Deputy Commissioner, Mamata Riba and ZPC, Heyomai Tawsik.

In her inaugural address, DC Riba called upon aspirants to dream big and work hard for achieving their goals. She also lauded the Department of Education for marked improvement in performances with total pass percentage of Anjaw standing at 89.69 percent in CBSE Class X.

Lauding the MLA for her initiative, ZPC Tawsik said that such coaching programmes would help the district's youths, who otherwise could not get the opportunity to go outside the district for better coaching.

Resource persons from Career Advisor, Delhi also attended the programme. (DIPRO)




Unity and harmonious coexistence required for development: Rijiju

[ Karda Natam ]

DAPORIJO, Jun 7:  Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju called for unity and harmonious coexistence among various tribes and communities for development.

Inaugurating the 4th General Conference of the Tagin Cultural Society (TCS) at Singik Hall here on Tuesday, Rijiju said the Tagins are one of the major communities of the state and known for their straight forwardness nature and courage.  

Stating that the TCS has played a crucial role in social, economic and cultural development of the community since its inception, he appealed to every person of the state, including government officials, to work hard and perform their assigned duties with utmost responsibility and sense of belonging to bring the state to the path of development. He, however, underscored the importance of a peaceful environment for it.

Highlighting the impact of modernity on tribal society, he urged people of the state to stay rooted to their own culture and tradition.

Responding positively to a memorandum submitted by the TCS, Rijiju assured to construct a cultural hall in Daporijo.

TCS Secretary General, Lardik Kare reminded the Union Minister about the memorandum submitted to him a couple of years ago for the construction of a road from Dumporijo to Gerukhamukh for the welfare of the people of Upper Subansiri district.

He also apprised Rijiju about the tardy progress of road work from Taliha to Tato and Nacho to Taksing and sought his intervention to complete the road without any further delay.




Two-lane Tuting-Migging road sanctioned

YINGKGIONG, Jun 7: The construction of Tuting-Migging double lane road will start soon as the government has sanctioned the DPR for a stretch of 15 km from Tuting at a cost of Rs 108 crore, informed 761 BRTF Commander, S K Pradhan.

The BRTF Commander, in a meeting at Yingkiong on Tuesday, exhorted all the ground staff to put in their best efforts to achieve the target of completing the work within 2017-18.  

He further sought help from the district administration to complete the land acquisition process, for which Rs 458 lakh as previously assessed, has been deposited to the Upper Siang Deputy Commissioner last week.

The government has, in principle, approved for construction of the entire length of road from Pangin to Tuting with highway two-lane specification to be completed by 2022.  

Work from Pangin end has already commenced and preparation of DPR for remaining stretch of the road is in progress, according to 761 BRTF authorities. (DIPRO)




ASI dies in fatal accident

Naharlagun, Jun 7:  An Assistant Sub-Inspector of 4th IRBN (Telecom), Hage Nada (24) died on spot when the scooter he was riding collided head on with a tipper truck at D-Sector tri-junction, Naharlagun at around 5 am on Wednesday.  

Reportedly, the pillion rider, identified as Gyati Talley received grievous injuries and is currently undergoing treatment at the Tomo Riba Hospital for Health and Medical Sciences.  

A resident of Mowb-II in Itanagar, deceased Nada was coming from D-Sector when his scooter collided with an oncoming tipper truck in the highway, killing him instantly.

City SP, Dr A Koan informed that the on receipt of a complaint from one Hage Gambo, a case at Naharlagun Police Station vide Case No-76/17 u/s-279, 338, 304 (a) IPC has been registered and a manhunt is on for the absconding driver, who was driving the truck bearing registration no.AS 06 7512 and had fled the scene before the police team could reach the spot.




Khelo India: finals of 5 disciplines held

ITANAGAR, Jun 7: Finals of five disciplines-table tennis, weightlifting, athletics, judo and taekwondo -conducted under State Level 'Khelo India' were held on the second and penultimate day at Sangay Lhaden Sports Academy Complex, Chimpu on Wednesday.

The prizes to the winners, second and third position holders were distributed by Sports Authority of Arunachal Chairman, Bamang Tago; Arunachal Olympic Association Secretary General, Abraham K Techi and ZPM Techi Tolum in presence of officials of Department of Sports and Youth Affairs.

Wednesday results:

Table Tennis

Girls Double

1st: Mamoni Taniang (EK)-Changoi Rangyang (TRP), 2nd: Eme Mili (LDV))-Neelam Dilli (LS), 3rd: Biri Yakap (KD)-Nali Meto (LDV).

Boys Double

1st: Yangphey Suyang (TRP)-Tarak Maph (KK), 2nd: Nalo Komut (WS)-Getit Nopi (U-Siang), 3rd: Bralo Miso-Makata Mendo(LDV) and Nabam Tania (PP)-Bakom Koyu (ES).

Girls Single:

1st: Mamoni Taniang (EK), 2nd: Eme Mili (LDV), 3rd: Neelam  Dilli (LS) and  Changoi Rangyang (TRP).

Boys Single

1st: Yangphey Suyang (TRP), 2nd:  Nalo Komut (WS), 3rd: Tarak Maph (KK) and  Bralo Miso (LDV).


Girls (48 Kg)

1st:  Techi Nadam (PP),  2nd:  Ayan Siram (ES), 3rd:  Tadar Neha (KK).

Girls (53 Kg)

1st: Anai Wangsu (LDG), 2nd:  Balo Yalam (PP), 3rd: Memeng Dada (EK).

Girls (58 Kg)

1st: Boni Mangkhya (EK), 2nd: Posen Kongkang (TRP), 3rd: Lily Longkho (CHG).

63 Kg (Girls):

1st: P H Roshini (PP), 2nd:  Liza Kamta (EK), 3rd: Rowanco Tikhak (Chg).

69 Kg (Girls)

1st: Kheistina Tayeng (ES), 2nd: Yapung Lamno (EK), 3rd: Jarina Tikhak (CHG).

56 Kg Boys

1st: Charu Pesi (KD), 2nd: Sankar Lapung (EK), 3rd: Choyinso Pul (LHT).

62 Kg Boys

1st: Dejum Gadi (WS), 2nd: Baro Natung (EK), 3rd: Tade Tara9 (EK).

69 Kg Boys

1st: Chello Tade (KK), 2nd: Gichik Tadum (PP), 3rd: Ahim Lapung (EK).

77 Kg Boys

1st: Dosum Taba (LS), 2nd: Rade Rallen (WS), 3rd: Ram Jokhio (EK).

85 Kg Boys

1st: Nasam Tat (LS), 2nd: Gankak Dake (WS), 3rd: Tadar Taging (KK).


Shot Put (Girls)

1st: Yalum Piya (7.70 M), (U/Subansiri), 2nd: Yajum Piya  (7.29m), U/Subansiri, 3rd: Wanyan Nokbi(6.46 M),  TRP.

200 M (Boys)

1st: Damin Takap(25: 52 Sec) KK, 2nd:  Yinya Lombi(26: 52 Sec) W/Siang, 3rd: Lating Bellai (26: 88 Sec) Anjaw.

200 M (Girls)

1st: Onilu Tega (32: 03 Sec), Anjaw, 2nd: Asum Tamut (33: 35 Sec), Siang, 3rd: Tarh Simi(34: 06 Sec), KK.  

Judo (44 Kg (Girls)

1st: Ayo Mipi (DV), 2nd: Lovecha Lowang (TRP), 3rd: Gegul Goye (LDV) and Ekta Murtem (U/ Subansiri).

52 Kg (Girls)

1st: Silom Tesia (TRP), 2nd: Asam Padun (U/ Siang), 3rd: Takam Nani (KK)

52 + Kg (Girls)

1st: Biki Yatang (KK), 2nd: Asum Panyang (U/ Siang), 3rd: Yamna Sapong (TRP),

40 Kg (Girls)

1st: Yamen Teppa (TRP), 2nd: Omem Panyang (U/ Siang)

45 Kg (Boys)

1st: Abu Tayeng (E/ Siang), 2nd: Kentul Lap (TRP).

50 Kg (Boys)

1st: Byabhang Bhupai (KD), 2nd: Khomdan Wanghop (TRP),

3rd:  Thowang Lomnyu (U/ Subansiri) and Phangmey Rekhung (WS).


51 Kg (Girls)

1st: Rupa Bayor (U/ Subansiri), 2nd: Roshni Manyu (Anjaw), 3rd: Rikpi Nyodu (PP) and Gemnya Rori (LHT)

55 Kg (Girls)

1st: Soni Nalo (U/ Subansiri), 2nd: Taw Asum (Twg), 3rd: Dorik Gamo (WS) and Neelam Yong (KK)

45 Kg (Girls)

1st: Nyalim Basar (WS), 2nd: Nabam Peri (KK), 3rd: Gegam Ori (Twg) and Nabam Yakar (PP)

51 Kg (Boys)

1st: Kabak Josh (CHG), 2nd: Passang Tata (U/Subansiri), 3rd -Dado Tassar (KD).

55 Kg (Boys)

1st: Tarba Tamon (KK), 2nd: Chello Nikte (TWG), 3rd: Subhas Sonar (LDV) and  Passang Kanok (DV)

45 Kg (Boys)

1st: Yube Doka (EK), 2nd: Kijen Kangnong (TRP), 3rd:  Limi Rivam (WS) and  Kipa Barbang(KK).




Cadets meet Chief Minister

ITANAGAR, Jun 7: Cadet Kano Taduk and Cadet Gonu Nalo, undergraduate officer-trainees in the National Defence Academy (NDA) and the Indian Naval Academy (INA) respectively, called on Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Wednesday.

Calling on them to serve the country generously, the Chief Minister said that not many youths in Arunachal are aware about careers in the Indian defence forces. However, he hoped that with their achievements, more youths will be motivated to join the defence forces.

To encourage and motivate the youths to join the prestigious defence careers, the Chief Minister informed that the state government will amend guidelines to include NDA examination conducted by the UPSC in the cash incentive scheme.

He requested PHED and IPR Minister, Bamang Felix who was also present on the occasion to create adequate awareness on careers in the Indian armed forces through the IPR Department.

Nalo has completed his three-year basic training course in the INA, and will undergo one-year special naval training course to be commissioned as Lieutenant in the Indian Navy, while Taduk, who has also completed his three-year basic training course from the NDA will undergo one-year special flight training course in the Indian Air Force Academy, to be commissioned in the Air Force as Flight Officer in June 2018.

Retired Wing Commander, Gyati Kago accompanied the young officers.




Simai saddened by bad academic performance


JAIRAMPUR, Jun 7:  Parliamentary Secretary Laisam Simai expressed sadness on the dismal results of CBSE Class X and XII and asked the teachers' fraternity to focus on improving the overall status of education.

He was speaking at the annual developmental review cum coordination meeting at the ADC conference hall on Wednesday.

He also lamented about welfare schemes not reaching the poorest of the poor and sternly advised all the departments to make sure that all the schemes meant for the villagers should reach them without delay and obstacles. He also highlighted healthcare being his priority and asked the MO to reach the far-flung areas through sub-centres.

Simai also asked the departments to maintain transparency and not to conceal anything from the villagers.

Earlier, ADC S S Choudhory also highlighted the communication gap between the administration and other HoDs, and suggested to curtail the gaps. He also advised the teachers' fraternity to take drastic action in order to improve the education scenario.




Seedlings planted on World Environment Day

ITANAGAR, Jun 7: World Environment Day was observed in various places with reports of massive plantation drives held to mark the occasion.

About 1000 seedlings of various tree species were planted along Dezzling, which is a small patch of degraded area, which acts as a connecting trail for elephants and other wild animals between Pakke Tiger Reserve and Doimara Reserve Forest, identified as the Elephant Corridor by the Wildlife Trust of India in an event organized by the Tippi Wildlife Range (Pakke Tiger Reserve) on June 5.

Pakke Tiger Reserve DFO, Tana Tapi explained that the area is an important corridor for wildlife and the plantation will provide an escape cover for animals. He also engaged four local youths for protection of the plantation and directed them to identify and take note of the persons who uproot or damage the plantation so that legal proceedings could be initiated against such people.

Dezzling is also an important area for Aka people historical and culturally as remains of burnt rice and earthen pots were earlier recovered from the site, which they believe is of historical Aka King, informed RFO Kime Rambia.

He said that both the locals and Wildlife Department have a common goal of protecting the area as it is an important wildlife corridor as well as a cultural heritage, and therefore, all should work together in conserving and protecting the area.

The seedlings were donated by Nature Conservation Foundation, Mysore from their nursery based at Seijosa.

Meanwhile, about 7000 seedlings were planted during a two-day massive plantation drive and awareness campaign programme held by the Aalo Forest Division, in collaboration with the army, police and district administration at the army headquarters, APBn, ADC office complex at Kamba and Pakam I & II villages and other places of West Siang district to mark World Environment Day on June 5 and 6 last.

Deputy Commissioner, Gamli Padu gave emphasis on clean and safe environment, and said that the district administration is always ready to cooperate with the Forest Department in every aspect. DFO Abhinav Kumar and ADC Swetika Sachan appealed to the people not to look at the forest only from economic point of view but to think beyond it, and spoke on the importance of saving wildlife, and encouraged locals to play their roles for a healthy environment.

Further, over a hundred people participated in the World Environment Day celebration observed at Anini in Dibang Valley district with the theme 'Connecting People to Nature' on Monday last.

Organised by the Keraah Trust Society and Dibang Wildlife Natural, Cultural and Eco-tourism Sustainable, in collaboration with Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, the programme consisted of various activities, including social service in the market area and various office premises, followed by plantation around Anini Township. The programme also included a drawing competition for junior and senior categories.

A power point presentation on advantages and disadvantages of forest wealth was presented by Aisho Sharma -a PhD scholar in Wildlife, Socio-eco of Idu Mishmi and Tiger. A documentary on hunting and deforestation was also presented during the programme.

---- Editorial ----



Middle East in turmoil

The decision of Saudi Arabia and three other Arab nations to severe diplomatic ties and cut off transport links with Qatar has opened up new diplomatic frontier in Middle East. The decision to isolate Qatar comes just days after US President Donald Trump visited region and interacted with Arab leaders. Saudi and its allies have alleged Qatar of fueling extremism and terrorism in the region, which Qatar has denied. The unprecedented move against Doha by Riyadh, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain escalates a dispute over Qatar's support for political Islamist groups and perceptions that it is open to closer ties with Iran, Saudi Arabia's rival.

Saudi sees Shiite Iran as bitter enemy and therefore it looks like they took the decision to punish Qatar for developing soft corner towards Iran. The diplomatic row is expected to have huge ramifications in the region. It may cost billions of dollars to gulf countries as move will slow down trade and investment and make it more expensive for the region to borrow money as it grapples with low oil prices. With an estimated US$335 billion of assets in its sovereign wealth fund, Qatar looks able to avoid an economic crisis for now. Fast-growing Qatar Airways, at the center of the tiny state's effort to become a tourism hub, is likely to face huge losses as it is being barred from operating in some of the Middle East's biggest hubs. The turmoil in Middle East will have its impact on India too and government should be ready for any eventually. Large number of Indians lives and work in the region. Qatar has one of the highest expat Indian populations. Govt of India should keep a close watch on the situation emerging in Middle East.







---- Readers Forum ----




Dirang without BSNL network

Dear Editor,

Digital India is a great failure in Arunachal Pradesh especially in Dirang Circle where the BSNL exchange was washed away by the flood on 15th May 2017 which was duly published in Arunachal Times.  But, no action has been initiated till date to restore the service.

Without any service, the BSNL is producing postpaid and landline bills. The costs of validity for the prepaid consumers also expired without any use of service.

Besides having all sources, manpower and equipments, the BSNL has failed to initiate the restoration work till date which is waste of public money. It is now essential to privatize the employees of BSNL at the earliest. Government is advising the citizens to use POS machine and other digital payment sources.  But without network, all in vain.


Debasish Paul






Where is the stipend?

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I want to ask some a simple question to the Arunachal government, AAPSU, Tribal affairs Ministry and Directorate of Higher and Technical education. Where is our scholarship money? Are we going to get the scholarship? Is the Arunachal government with us? AAPSU is willing to help the students? Or corruption is the true colour of Arunachal government? This is a threat to the future of the state. The poor students are in need of help and no one is stepping forward. We students are expecting helping hands from each and every student union of the state. We have waited long.

It is the time to act rather than talking. Hopefully, the questions above will reach every corrupt officials and politicians of the state and students will get a fruitful justice.


A Student




Confusion in filling forms

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to point out some errors of APCS.  It is  well  known  in our  state that APPSC  is the highest  body  that conducts  Civil  Service  examination. Unfortunately, aspirants of APPSCCE 2017 are facing lots of problems while filling the form.

In advertisement, Commission urged candidates to put their age as on  22/6/2017, but in form they ask for age as on 01/01/2017.  It seems Commission staffs and officers are in dilemma.

One more thing - why APCS is not able to start online process?  CM of Arunachal Pradesh is concern about cashless, GST, Digital India but why he can’t put pressure on APPSC to go digital?  APCS needs reforms too.


Concerned  Citizen








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