Pushed to the Wall State Media reacts
ITANAGAR, June 18: Lessons are learnt the hard way and it stands true to politicians
and their hoodlums. Since Wednesday the media houses based in the state capital have
been suppressed, threatened and arm-twisted through all possible means under the
sun by none other than a few democratically elected public representatives.
It all started when an ‘expulsion letter’ from the President of the People’s Party
of Arunachal (PPA), Kamen Ringu landed in the offices of media houses on June 16.
The letter informed that two of its sitting MLAs – Markio Tado and Takam Tagar (Pario)
were expelled from the party for two years for their alleged anti-party activities.
For the press it was a daily job to let the general mass know of the development.
But it was not to be.
Phone calls and supporters of the ‘expelled’ leaders requested the media houses not
to publish the ‘release’ with the reason that ‘there was a misunderstanding’ which
would be sorted out with the Party president and sought a day’s time. The requests,
however, were veiled with threats of dire consequences if not heeded. In any case,
media houses, withheld the ‘release’ for the day.
Thursday saw no response or clarification forthcoming from the ‘aggrieved’ leaders.
But ‘questions’ came pouring from certain leaders of the INC camp as well as PPA
into media houses ‘demanding’ why the PPA ‘expulsion’ was not published!
With the evening came again the ‘warnings’ from the ‘aggrieved’ leaders not to publish
the said letter as ‘the matter was still under discussion’. About 20 supporters of
one of the leaders barged into the offices of one of the local dailies and threatened
of ‘unruly scenes’ if in case the matter was published. The same threats repeated
in other offices of the local dailies. Youths not even out of their teens walked
into offices of the dailies and crisply ‘ordered’ not to carry the said matter. From
one of the offices the ‘letter’ was even taken away.
Simultaneously, there were fervent ‘appeals’ from the other camp that was in favour
of its publication! And all through this fracas the PPA President and General Secretary
were unavailable for comment. The ‘expulsion’ news remained confined to newspaper
offices for the second day.
Pushed to the wall, the press fraternity today convened an emergency meeting under
the umbrella of Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ) and Arunachal
Press Club (APC) and unanimously lambasted the pressure tactics resorted by the PPA
MLAs to ‘gag the press’.
Refusing to submit to cheap bullying and in order to keep intact the freedom and
integrity of the press enshrined by the Indian Constitution, APUWJ and APC have taken
strong exception to the act of the PPA MLAs and their supporters uncalled in this
civilized world. The members felt that despite being intellectuals and privileged
members of the Indian Parliamentary system, the unwarranted attempts of the MLAs
to suppress the press, which is the mirror of Indian democracy, is a severe blot
on their individual careers as well as the party to which they belong.
In a resolution adopted both APUWJ and APC decided to carry the ‘expulsion’ letter
as news for information to the general mass as well as carry any clarification if
given by the MLAs. The organizations also resolved to disassociate itself from all
the PPA MLAs and reject all issues and matters pertaining to them for publication
indefinitely in case of any threat or intimidation from them or any of their supporters
to any of the media houses or member of the press fraternity henceforth.
The organizations also decided to forward the copies of the resolution to the Chief
Minister, Home Minister and all concerned. A delegation of the press fraternity would
also call upon the leaders in this regard soon.
ITANAGAR: In a late development the four MLAs
of the PPA in a jointly signed statement this evening clarified that they were not
party to the alleged letter written by the three MPs of the state to the Congress
president recommending their merger into INC. The alleged ‘recommendation’ letter
signed by the three MPs, dated May 12, 2010, expressed the willingness of the four
PPA MLAs to join INC and appealed the Congress president to accept their joining.
MLAs Phurpa Tsering, Kumsi Sidisow, Takam Tagar and Markio Tado today asserted that
they never discussed the matter with the Congress MPs at any point of time and denied
knowledge of any such letter ‘actually’ written.
“If the Congress MPs have written it on their own, the PPA MLAs cannot be taken for
a ride as we have never expressed any such intention,” they said in the statement.
SPB finalizes Draft AoP for 2010 -11
Bring out result oriented plan: Khandu
ITANAGAR, June 18: The Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu has called
upon the State Planning Board members and senior government officers to bring about
a result oriented plan and execute works as per the guidelines set by the Planning
Addressing the SPB meeting for finalization of the draft Annual Operating Plan for
the financial year 2010-2011 prepared by various departments at Banquet hall here
today, the Chief Minister emphasized on maintaining quality of all developmental
projects and increase the efficiency of the entire planning process.
Terming the day as a significant one, Khandu gave a vivid account of the planning
process with certain financial reform measures to bring about a sustainable development
in the state. Informing that the annual plan size of Rs 2500 crore approved by the
Planning Commission for state of Arunachal Pradesh is 25% increase over the last
year’s plan allocation, he said, normally the hike is not more than 10%. He extended
his gratitude to the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan and Deputy Chairman Planning Commission
Montek Singh Ahluwalia for addressing the requirement of the state.
While disclosing that the state achieved appreciation from the Planning Commission
for introducing various measures including introduction of third party monitoring
in all development projects, the chief minister issued strictures to all members
for proper and timely execution of works, adding that 65% of the total allocation
this year was for developmental activities.
While deliberating on state’s Education Policy, Health Policy, Hydro Power Policy
etc, the Chief Minister called for development of Health and Education sectors
and sought cooperation from all in materializing the hydro power projects in the
state, besides emphasizing on development of infrastructures – roads, office buildings
of Administrative officers in districts, District Hq roads under SPA. Construction
of Assembly building, State Secretariat building, Law College, completion of Trans-
Arunachal highway and other PMGSY roads should be accorded highest priority, Khandu
Informing that a significant step towards regulating the salaries and wages in the
departments have been taken, the Chief Minister said that around 13000 posts from
various departments have been diverted from Plan to Non Plan head and asked the departments
to complete submission of photos of the employees under their respective departments
to prepare a data base of all government employees.
Earlier, Parliamentary Secretary Planning Tsewang Dhondup in his welcome address
said that finalization of the plan proposals of the draft Annual Operating Plan (AoP)
should have a realistic approach towards achieving the socio-economic objectives
to address the key sectors of the economy. He further called upon the members to
develop a shared vision of the immediate future that embodies the deep rooted values
and aspirations of the people at the grass roots level.
Appreciating the Chief Minister for his constant persuasion in approving the state’s
annual plan size for 2010-11 at Rs 2500 crore, which is about 25% step up of the
last year’s plan revised outlay of Rs 2016 crore, Dhondup lamented that despite various
development schemes, the state still remains underdeveloped. He further stressed
on the need to develop an appropriate strategy to meet up the shortcomings in the
planning process and hoped that the deliberations in the meeting would go a long
way in accelerating the pace of development of the state.
Development Commissioner V. K Dev highlighted the key issues of the draft AoP 2010-11
and outlined a brief over view of the planning process in the state, while Planning
Secretary Ankur Garg informed the objective of the meeting which was to finalize
the draft AoP for 2010-11.
The marathon State Planning Board meeting was attended by host of Ministers, Parliamentary
Secretaries, Commissioners, Secretaries and Heads of Departments including Chief
Engineers of Works departments. PRO to CM
Health & homes for teachers!
New Delhi, June 18: Health insurance and group housing for India's six million school
teachers may be on the cards, Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said
Chairing 28th Meeting of the National Foundation for Teachers Welfare, Sibal said
the government has mooted for teachers a health insurance cover, a group housing
cover and a group housing scheme.
He said the two insurance schemes would require financial contribution of the Centre,
the States and the teachers, but the housing scheme although administered at Central
level, would not require government financial contribution.
The Health and Life Insurance Schemes are proposed to cost premium wise far less
for teachers as compared to individual or State level schemes, given the huge scope
that will drive premiums down.
The life insurance cover would guarantee a minimum of about Rs five lakhs on retirement
and Rs two lakhs on death during service. The health cover, limited to hospitalisation
of the teacher, spouse, two children and parents, may offer two options-- a maximum
cover of Rs 1.25 lakh and that of Rs three lakhs.
The group housing scheme is envisioned to be centrally administered through a portal,
with construction by National Buildings Construction Corporation on land bought at
There will be no cost to the government and teachers will get quality housing at
lesser rates without much struggle or fear of being cheated.
Sibal said the move was intended to underscore that India ''looks after, cares for
and respects its teachers.'' He said he was putting it on the table for approval-in-principle
of the State Education Ministers as a majority of the teachers are State government
He acknowledged he was yet to obtain approval of the Finance Ministry.
The State Education Ministers welcomed the proposal and immense benefit to accrue
to teachers, but said they would communicate a formal approval after discussing it
with their respective Finance Ministers.
Voicing dismay at the Foundation meeting after many years' gap, Sibal suggested including
in it a teacher from each State to lend energy needed to make the body vibrant. UNI
Siram highlights educational initiatives in Arunachal
ITANAGAR, June 18: Achieving excellence in the field of education is one of the key
challenges faced by Arunachal Pradesh, said state Education Minister Bosiram Siram.
He was addressing the conference of state Education Ministers and the 28th general
committee meeting of National Foundation for Teachers Welfare at New Delhi today.
Siram appealed the Centre for inclusion of Kurung Kumey, Lower Dibang Valley, Anjaw
and the rural area of Papum Pare districts under the Saakshar Bharat scheme for empowering
women and for generous support for Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan and its associated
activities such as construction of girls hostel, upgradation of schools, setting
of library, teacher quarters, separate toilets and model schools. He also appealed
the union HRD ministry to concentrate on the plans for necessary training for untrained
teachers in context to RTE.
Siram also highlighted the issues concerning many innovatives educational initiatives,
plans and implementation of centrally sponsored flagship programmes in the state
such as “Saakshar Bharat” ‘RTE’, ‘RMSA’ besides effective reforms formulations and
recommendation for higher and technical education sector in the state.
While speaking in the 28th meeting of general committee of National Foundation of
Teacher Welfare (NFTW) in the capacity of the Chairman of the state working committee
of NFTW, Siram welcomed the proposal of Teacher Housing Schemes and demanded construction
of Shiksha Sadan as well as teachers transit Camp in the important cities including
state capital, all district headquarters and in Guwahati.
While focusing on the issues related to the Higher and Technical Education he appreciated
the support of the central government for development of eduction sector in Arunachal
Pradesh. Further he demanded for campus extended university status to the selected
Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal expressed satisfaction and congratulated Siram on
state Govt initiatives for successful implementation of centrally sponsored schemes.
He also asked the state government to submit separate proposals in writing on the
pending issues for immediate release of centre finance assistance.
AAPSU questions imposition of 144 CrPC in Miao area
ITANAGAR, June 18: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union strongly condemned the
Changlang district administration for imposing 144 CrPc in Miao township without
any valid ground and without prior notice. The villagers of Singpho community were
today supposed to construct houses at M-pen area in their own piece of land but the
curfew prevented them to do so.
AAPSU president Takam Tatung lambasting the move of Miao EAC, Gautam Hazarika for
promulgating 144 in the peaceful area said that the EAC has arbitrarily acted on
his wish and whims with malicious intention of confusing the rightful step of the
Singphos in constructing home in their own legitimate land. “Hazarika owes explanations
to the people of the State, especially to the members of Singpho community”, Tatung
The apex students union also hit hard at all the legislatures of Lohit and Changlang
for remaining mute to the mess heaping up day by day with regards to Chakma issue.
The Union also cautioned the leaders of Tangsa-Singpho-Khampti-Mishmi not to blend
the Chakma issue with politics.
“Instead of feeling the pulse of the people and understanding the crisis of indigenous
people, they are dancing to the tunes of outsiders, which is very sad”, Tatung added.
He also pointed fingers at Lok Sabha MP (East) Ninong Ering for remaining silent
on Chakma issue all these days. He pointed out that Ering had assured to raise the
Chakma-Hajong issue in all the appropriate platform during course of his election
campaigns but till today no visible initiatives steps have been taken from his side.
“This is a very sorry state of affairs when indigenous Sinpho people are facing the
biggest threats, that too, from outsiders who have been given refuge temporarily
out of compassion. But our honorable MP is remaining aloof from the whole situation”.
AAPSU also cast its apprehension on the arrest of Rumesh Michael, a Sri Lankan national,
from Deomali on 5th of June who was found roaming freely without a Restricted Area
Permit. It is to be noted that few days ago a phone call which originated from Sri
Lanka had threatened to kill Thuing Singpho, the LPC holder of land which was encroached
by Chakmas at M-Pen village. In the context of this regard, AAPSU has sought detail
investigation into the arrest of Sri Lankan national from Deomali.
12-hr Yachuli bandh ends peacefully
ITANAGAR, June 18: The 1st Phase of 12 hour bandh on 17th June issued by All Yachuli
Student Union (AYSU) in Yachuli constituency against shifting of proposed Polytechnic
College from Yachuli to Ziro town ended peacefully. In the entire constituency shops,
schools, government offices remain closed and vehicles were off the road for whole
AYSU president Toko Nega, lamented the fact that Polytechnic was first proposed in
Yachuli town but was later shifted to Ziro because of vested interest of few people.
Further he requested government to re-consider their decision. AYSU also warned that
if governments do not make decision to establish Polytechnic at Yachuli by 5th of
July, they would launch second phase of 36 hours Yachuli constituency bandh starting
from 6th July.
Threat to media condemned
ITANAGAR, June 18: Arunachal Citizens Right (ACR) today strongly reacted to the threat
to media houses in the state.
Pointing out that time and again there have been reports of assaults and manhandling
of the media persons, ACR in a release today said threatening to the noble profession
under the patronage of elected representatives is unthinkable and unsocial act.
While extending supports and solidarity to the press fraternity for their justice
ACR strongly condemned such uncivilized and barbaric act and appealed one and all
to condemn such unlawful acts of certain elements who disrupt the smooth functioning
of the media for their own profit and political vested interest.
Intimidating the media persons and gheraoed the Press offices asking them not to
release certain article in the newspapers is nothing but murdering of popular democracy,
the ACR maintained.
ACR further said that media, which is the one and only neutral and unbiased faculty
of the society should not be made a scapegoat again and again. There are democratic
ways and means to express oneself instead of resorting to such uncalled for means,
ACR urgently urged upon the state government to intervene into the matter and take
an appropriate action to those involved person(s) / parties in accordance with the
It also urged the government to provide enough central security forces to the press
people and their institutions for the greater interest of common masses.
Meanwhile, former Tali MLA Takam Sorang also condemned the threat to the media persons.
Repeated mis-behave to mediapersons by some persons are unacceptable to the civilized
tribal society, Sorang said. He also appealed the state Govt to provide adequate
security arrangement to each media house in state.
DoNER ministy’s assistance sought for NERIPSTR
ITANAGAR, June 18: A delegation of the North East Regional Institute of Parliamentary
Studies, Training & Research (NERIPSTR), Guwahati, called on DoNER and Mines Minister
Bijoy Krishna Handique at New Delhi today and submitted a memorandum to him seeking
the ministry’s assistance in developing the infrastructural facilities of the Institute
The delegation comprising of Speakers and Deputy Speakers of the Legislative Assemblies
of the 8 North Eastern States was led by Tanka Bahadur Rai, Speaker of the Assam
The NERIPSTR was set up in the year 1997, first of its kind in Asia and aims at upholding
the high ideals of democracy, to articulate and disseminate the values and virtues
of Parliamentary Democracy and a nucleus of spreading the messages of democratic
culture, open up channels of communication and create a bastion for enlightening
democratic life and living.
Governor to inaugurate integrated biodiesel reactor system at NERIST
ITANAGAR, June 18: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen. J.J. Singh has consented to inaugurate
the Integrated Bio-diesel Reactor system at NERIST on June 22. The 250 liters capacity
per day project is sponsored by Department of Science and Technology (DST) Government
This is the first of its kind in Arunachal Pradesh and fourth such bio-diesel reactors
in India to produce renewable alternate fuel for diesel engine. P. Lingfa, Associate
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, NERIST is the Principle Investigator
of the project. It is expected that such project will bring socio-economic development,
employment generation, energy independence and energy security to the people of North
East India in general and Arunachal Pradesh in particular with the active cooperation
of the State Council for Science & Technology. The main purpose of this plant is
to demonstrate and training of bio-diesel production from locally available seeds
(raw materials ) of Jatropha Curcas, Messua Ferrei (Nahar) etc. to the villagers,
farmers entrepreneurs, local NGOs.
Opak Gao is now Changlang DC
CHANGLANG, June 18: Opak Gao joined as the new Deputy Commissioner of Changlang.
In a co-ordination meeting held today he took the first hand information of law
and orders situation from the concerned outpost Administrative Officers in their
He discussed status of NREGA implementation, Serva Shiksha Abhiyan, functioning of
PDS and other development works undergoing under different works departments in the
The Deputy Commissioner was also briefed upon the Chakma issues and its status by
the Administrative Officers.
The meeting was attended by the ADCs, SDOs, EACs and Cos of Administrative outpost
and Headquarter Changlang. DIPRO
West Kameng RDA finalises AAP
BOMDILA, June 18: The Annual Action Plan (A. A. P) for the Rural Development Agency
of the West Kameng district was finalized here today in the Governing Body Meeting
held at Bomdila under the chairmanship of Logyang Rikhong, the seniormost Zilla Parishad
Urging the PRI members to play a vital role in planning, formulating and executing
the various rural development programmes besides providing timely feed-backs, Deputy
Commissioner Rinchin Tashi called upon the block functionaries and other officials
to reach out to the people.
Endeavour should be to rectify the shortcomings and the lacunas based on ones experience
and legality, he said. Taking strong exception of the complaints raised by the Block
Development Officers and the panchayat leaders regarding non-cooperative attitude
and non-disbursement of loan component, the DC directed all the Branch Managers of
the district to attend to the SGSY schemes on priority.
Project Director Dagbom Riba elaborated on the draft Annual Action Plan under Swarnajayanti
Gram Swarozgar Yojana (SGSY), Mahatma Gandhi-National Rural Employment Guarantee
Act (MG-NREGA), Indra Awaas Yojana (IAY) & Up gradation, Integrated Wasteland Management
Programme (IWMP ), District Rural Development Agency (Admin) and Sate Building Plan
for the year 2010-11. Besides the statutory members of the line departments, all
the Zilla Parishad Members and Anchal Chairpersons of the district attended the meeting.
However, the large scale absence of SBI Branch Managers posted in the district was
felt as their absence in a meeting of this magnitude leads to communication gap and
procedural delay adversely affecting the implementation of the various rural development
programmes meant for the upliftment and self employment of the rural poor. Nevertheless,
the lone Branch Manager of the SBI Bomdila Branch present in the meeting assured
the house of conveying the message to his counterparts and for doing the needful
in earnest. DIPRO
Panchayat leaders unhappy with implementation of RGGVY
ITANAGAR, June 18: ZPM 15-Payum Anchal Samithi Taken Yasing, ASM Chairperson Takut
Yaying and ASM Yasur Tachung in a complaint letter to Chief Engineer, Department
of Power appealed him to verify the work done under Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyuthikaran
Yojna in Payum circle.
They alleged that many electricity poles under Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyuthikaran
Yojna at Payum circle have been erected in a very simple, temporary way and without
cement base. As a result, many poles have already been collapsed and in tilting condition.
Moreover, the wires to supports the poles were tighten in a tree.
It appealed the concerned authority to empower the PRIs for verification of the completion
reports and work for the proper implementation of the scheme in the area.
Geo-Enpro Day observed
MLA urges students to pursue technical courses
KHARSANG, June 18: Geo-Enpro Petroleum Ltd as social obligation has contributed to
the economic and social development of the area, said local MLA Kamlong Mossang while
attending the Foundation Day of the company as chief guest yesterday.
The company over the years has provided employment and contract work in department
of civil to the local populace.
Geo-Enpro has always given preference to locals having the right educational qualifications
in group A and B categories.
Mossang further added that water, electricity, road construction, school and medical
needs of the people have also been fulfilled by the company.
On the occasion, he called on the people to give more importance to quality education
of their children. With Coal and thermal plants on the pipeline, its important for
the youths seeking employment to have the required qualifications.
He urged the children to look beyond simple graduation and go for professional and
Use of alcohol, drugs, opium besides other harmful chews like gutkas, cigarettes
etc by youths should be strictly checked and stopped in the grass-root level, the
MLA said. He urged upon the GBs present to work towards this endeavor besides focusing
on quality education of children in the village level.
The Goan Burahs (GBs) of Kharsang circle were also felicitated by the chief guest.
Changlang District Zilla Parishad chairperson J Jugli, Geo-Enpro Senior Vice president
Suresh Batra, CO Miao, CO Kharsang, GBs, public leaders were also present on the
The foundation day celebration saw dance performances by professional troupes from
Assam and Nagaland, host of supermodels and beauty queens from various parts of the
north east walk the ramp in Assam silk and well known designer’s garments.
The evening ended with the rocking performance by M-Sonic, a well know band from
Assam who have performed at various national events.
One lakh fish seedlings distributed
ITANAGAR, June 18: A Fish Seedlings Distribution Ceremony under GOI-UNDP CCF-II
project entitled “Biodiversity conservation through community based natural resource
management in Arunachal Pradesh” has been organized by G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan
Environment and Development (GBPIHED), Itanagar in collaboration Nature Care and
Disaster Management Society (NCADMS), Ziro today. Altogether 120 beneficiaries from
across the villages of Apatani plateau has been distributed approximately one lakh
fish seedlings free of cost to enhance their alternative livelihood option and creating
awareness on biodiversity conservation. The programme was attended by more than 135
participants including BMC members and beneficiaries.
Hibu Tadii, Divisional Forest Officer, Hapoli Forest Division was the chief guest
of the programme. He strongly advocated that the biodiversity conservation is an
essential component for the future survival of mankind and therefore, it is need
of hour to protect and conserve our valuable bioresources through sustainable harvesting
The aged old cultural of conservation of Apatani’s should be maintained for the betterment
of coming generation. He laud the work initiated by GBPIHED and NCADMS towards biodiversity
conservation by creating alternative livelihood options such as fishery, piggery,
cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plant species.
Rubu Buker, Chairman, NCADMS briefed the main objectives of the programme and the
valuable work initiated by the organisation towards conservation of biological cited
the example of ex-situ conservation of Taxus wallichiana, Illicuim grifithii, Acorus
calamus, etc. He also highlighted the importance of conservation of socio-culturally
valued faunal species such as Schizotorax sp., Orange-bellied Himalayan squirrel,
Shri Mihin Dollo, Programme Manager of the GBPIHED briefing the participants about
the role of Institute towards research and developmental activities in Indian Himalayan
region. Further, he highlighted the objectives of the GOI-UNDP CCF-II project towards,
creating alternative livelihood option for the local communities not only in Apatani
plateau but also in West Kameng and Tawang districts particularly in Tawang-West
Kameng proposed Biosphere reserve. He appealed the participants to pass the massage
of biodiversity conservation to every individual for the betterment of future generation.
Shri Mudang Chailyang, Secretary of Biodiversity Management Committee (BMC) of Hong
villages highlighted the activity initiated by the member of BMC towards creating
awareness on biodiversity conservation within the jurisdiction of Hong village. He
reported that hunting of wild animal is reducing over the period of time to awareness
massage and placing of notice boards in and around the village.
Miss Maamang Tamuk, SRF of GBPIHED has thanks all the participants especially Shri
Hibu Tadii, DFO, Ziro for sparing his valuable time. She appealed all the participants
and executive members of BMC of 15 villages to cooperate the activities of the organizations
in future to come for the successful implementation of the project activities.
No compulsion to accept other party MLAs, says former Cong MLAs
ITANAGAR, June 18: Former MLAs Takam Sorang, Balo Raja and ex-minister Naresh Glow
have protested against reported attempt to join or accept PPA MLAs in INC.
In a letter to the All India Congress Committee President Sonia Gandhi, the senior
Congress leaders of the state said move to accept the other party MLAs will be quite
detrimental to the dedicated and sincere party workers who are selflessly working
for the party for last many years. They further said, INC Govt in the state is very
healthy and stable. There is no political compulsion to accept other political party
MLAs, the letter added.
BBYK appreciates district admn.
PASIGHAT, June 18: The Bogong Banggo Yameng Kebang (BBYK) Pasighat, in a press release
appreciated the various initiatives undertaken by the district administration in
the district and expressed solidarity with the Deputy Commissioner Onit Panyang in
all his endeavors to improve the district in all aspects.
The organization conveyed satisfaction on the current law and order situation, cleanliness
drive, land management and for monitoring Health and educational institution in the
district and welcomes the training being imparted to the Gaon Buras and officers.
The organization further stated that it has no opinion to offer on the current burning
issue “Siang Dam” until the complete DPR is prepared and presented by the concerned
agencies. While expressing consensus about the apprehension of the people likely
to be affected by the project, the BBYK urged the JPPL as well as the government
to address the problem immediately and appealed the people not to resort to violence
in the name of democratic protest. DIPRO
Step of open SBI branch lauded
ITANAGAR, June 18: Chayangtajo MLA Karya Bagang appreciated CM Dorjee Khandu, Finance
Minister Setong Sena, distinguished Govt. officers and SBI management committee for
considering her request for opening a SBI branch at her Constituency for the greater
interest of the public.
She also welcomed the decision taken by SLBC for establishment of new bank branches
in Arunachal Pradesh and appreciated the steps taken by the SBI management committee.
Union calls for adequate supply of medicines in Dibang Valley
ITANAGAR, June 18: All Arunachal Homoeopathic Students’ Union appealed the Director
NRHM, and Director Health Services, Naharlagun to provide adequate medicine and medical
facilities in Dibang Valley District immediately to avert any occurrence of epidemic
in the area.
It further extending support to AAPSU and AIMSU, appealed the central government
to alleviate the grim situation, and appealed the state government to announce special
economic packages for Dibang Valley District.
Meanwhile, the union appealed the NRHM, Director to reserve 100% quota for APST candidate
and follow the RR norms while recruiting Homeopathic Doctor.
Road Safety awareness prog
ITANAGAR, June 18: As many as 23 drivers from 20 various government departments were
given defensive and safe driving techniques through power point presentation in a
day-long programme on safe driving organized by Road Safety Cell PHQ here today.
Detailed instructions were also given to the participating drivers on enforcement
aspects and traffic guidelines.
Inspector KVG Pillai of Road Safety Cell along with the Road Safety education team
demonstrated the list of road accidents, number of persons killed and injured and
other statistics in respect of Arunachal Pradesh, traffic education and defensive
driving techniques through power-point presentations.
Constable Take Sorang and Constable Sarfuddin demonstrated hand signals to the participants.
During interaction session, the participants urged Traffic Cell to punish those who
recklessly drive, especially motorcycle riders.
The training programme was organized as part of the traffic awareness campaign launched
by Home Minister under the initiative of Robin Hibu, DIGP (Traffic), Road Safety
ITANAGAR, June 18: Karate to become part of school curriculum from this year, according
Arunachal Karate Association (AKA).
AKA has decided to introduce Karate in schools within this year, AKA general secretary
Langkung Marik said in a release without giving details. He further said that an
AOP was submitted to the authorities concerned.
Likha Tara, who was retained president of AKA in its general body meeting cum election
today, assured his service for further development of the sport and also expressed
his desire to produce more and more karatekas of international repute. He informed
that AKA will launch its own website very soon where informations related to karate
would be available.
Other new office bearers of AKA are Sensei SD Sharma, Director Technical cum Treasurer,
Sensei Tai Hipik, VP HQ, Naharlagun, Sensei Yarda Niki, VP West Zone, Sensei Dr.
Marle Ette, VP East Zone, Sensei Langkung Karik, Gen. Secy.
Operation saves child eye miraculously
PASIGHAT, June 18: Kaling Tamin whose eye was pierced with a two and half inches
long bamboo stick was miraculously saved after a complicated eye surgery done by
Dr. Y. Ringu Darang and anesthetist Dr. K. Borang.
Kaling the nine years old boy of Rani village was brought to the General Hospital
on June 14 evening last and release form the hospital today. DIPRO
RTE provisions violated, complains ARASU
ITANAGAR, June 18: The provisions given under Right To Education (RTE) Act, have
been reportedly violated by various schools under Raga area.
Under the Right to Education Act, children in the age group 6 to 14 years should
get free education up to class 8. But, the same provision has been violated by various
schools in Raga area by charging admission fee from students of class I to VIII,
claimed All Raga Area Students’ Union (ARASU), in a release. It also alleged mis-utilization
of the computers provided by the government to various schools by some school authorities
and non-implementation of Mid-Day Meal schemes in various schools.
ARASU appealed to the authorities concerned to look into the matters for betterment
of the education system.
Meanwhile, ARASU demanded the authority of Subansiri hydel project to construct the
HOP office within Raga area, provide ‘C’ and ‘D’ grade jobs as well as supply and
construction works like buildings and roads to project affected local people.
ARASU also appealed to the BSNL authority to complete the erection of the mobile
tower at Boasimla at the earliest for better telecommunication.
Meanwhile, the students union decided to organize the proposed educational awareness
tour in the month of July instead of June 15 to 20.
DCC expresses dissatisfaction over road renovation works
ITANAGAR, June 18: District Congress Committee (I), Upper Siang District expressed
dissatisfaction over the present re-carpeting roadworks in Yingkiong Township being
undertaken by PWD.
The DCC said that sub-standard materials are being use in the construction, stone
and boulders are collected from Siang river bank and are directly used by the department
without any processing instead of following the standard practice of re-carpeting
It is very surprising to note that the present work has been allocated under the
SPA but the work is yet to be sanctioned, DCC VP claimed in a release.
It further alleged that the work is being carried-out without any proper supervision
by the engineers of the concerned department. As a result, the quality of the work
has been greatly compromised.
The competent authority should initiate strict action against the persons responsible
for it after thorough enquiry, the release added.
ABKLSU calls for speedy development
ITANAGAR, June 18: All Bameng Khenewa and Lada Students’ Union (ABKLSU) conducted
a 10-day long 3rd general campaign to take stock of the developmental activities
and education scenario of their area from May 28 to June 6 last. The awareness campaign
covers many areas including East Bameng, Khenewa CO HQ and Pakke camp, Paksha camp
of West Bameng, Lada CO HQ and concluded at Bameng EAC HQ.
After the awareness visit, the Union expressed concern over the poor education scenario
in their area. The Union said the Govt Middle School, Londa is run by only two SSA
teachers and there are no Maths and Science teachers. On the other hand Govt Middle
School Khenewa has only four SSA teachers. It also demanded regular teachers including
Maths and Science teachers in Govt Middle School, Lapung and Govt Middle School Lada.
The union also resented saying BADP, SPA schemes are not implemented properly.
While pointing out road infrastructure, PDS and other development activities such
as sanitation, power and water supply and health sector, the union demanded posting
of medical staff at Khenewa, renovation of DG set at Khenewa, systematic supply
of PDS, proper implementation of sanitation programme and handing over of Bameng-Lada
road to RWD.
Changlang, June 18: All the officers and staffs of DC’s office, Changlang assembled
in a condolence meeting on June 17 and expressed their profound sorrow on the sudden
and premature demise of Hankam Zongsam, Dak Runner of DC’s Office, Changlang who
expired on June 16 in the District Hospital, Changlang.
ITANAGAR, June 18: Suraj Tayam and Atung Brah have been selected as Chairman and
General Secretary of Tayam-Brah Brothers’ Capital Complex Youth Interim Committee
in a meeting held here recently.
MSME computer training
ITANAGAR, June 18: MSME Branch, Itanagar is organising Entrepreneurship Skill Development
Programme on basic computer application for the educated unemployed youth at E-Age
Solution, Nirjuly from June 26-August 5. The selection will be made on first come
first served basis.