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June - 02


Citizens on verge of starvation as Dibang Valley remains cut off for three months

ITANAGAR, June 1: The Dibang Valley district administration has said that if immediate steps are not taken to restore road communication, soon the people of the district will starve in absence of essential commodities.  

As the entire Dibang Valley District remained cut off from the rest of the world for more than three months due to land road disruption and washing out of bridge following heavy landslides and unprecedented flash floods people of the district continue to face hardships for constraints of movement and chronic shortage of all essential commodities. The situation is so bad that traders in Anini township have shut their shops.

The Deputy Commissioner Tayor Jampen said that there will be no solution to the present situation, until and unless, the Roing-Anini road blockades are cleared and the Bailey Bridge over Dri river which was washed out is constructed immediately. Though limited quantity of food grains have been airlifted to the District Headquarter Anini, it will not solve the food crisis of Etalin, Arzoo, Anelih and Malinye as these circles are cut off too from all sides.

The Deputy Commissioner said that neither the Border Roads Organization (BRO) has put extra efforts for restoration of communication nor the agency has been impressed upon by the appropriate authority.

He further said that BRO and concerned authorities should have been impressed upon by appropriate authority for immediate action considering the sufferings of the people who are at the verge of starvation as they solely depend on outside supplies and also considering the strategic location of the district.  Further delay in taking appropriate action will further aggravate the unpleasant situation and it will go beyond the control of the district administration as in spite of making all possible efforts, there have been threats of bandh calls and strikes by the general public and student community.

For chronic shortage of all basic human needs, the govt. officers and officials, who had gone out of the District are reluctant to come back to Anini for which works of public interests in the district is badly hampered.

According to messages reaching this daily, three people are reported to have died during this one and half month long impasse. Two elderly women, one from Anaya and another from Arzoo village is reported to have died for lack of proper nutrition. The third, a middle aged man, died after falling sick as life saving drugs weren’t available.

Despite the worsening situation, early restoration of road is being hampered due to lack of heavy equipments like bulldozers and crusher machines. This was informed by OC, GREF in a meeting held yesterday.

AIMSU secretary Rajiv Mihu and Dibang Valley Zilla Chairperson Empi Meya reportedly had gathered at OC’s office yesterday to take stock of restoration work by the BRO.

A request for airlifting of these heavy equipments has been made to the Air Force, OC informed.

“If equipments are airlifted at the earliest, it might take 15 days for Anini-Etalin road to get restored.”

The assurance however fell flat, when OC, sounding precautious said, “All these work can resume only if weather clears.”


R.K. Mission threatens to shut down hospital after assault on doctor

OPD/ Pay Clinic/ OT and emergency services to be shut on June 1

ITANAGAR, June 1: R K Mission authorities have threatened to shut down its Itanagar hospital indefinitely if assaults and abuse of its staff does not stop. The call came after a doctor at R.K. Mission Hospital was assaulted by a patient at 8.45 pm yesterday evening.

One Bake Tayu, who was out on bail for murder charges is reported to have hit the doctor on emergency duty. Tayu has since been arrested.

This is not the first time a doctor has been assaulted in the hospital. Last year too a young doctor was beaten up.

Series of such attacks, threats and disregard to services extended have off course infuriated the administration.

An emergency meeting was convened today which was attended by the administrative staffs and all the doctors of R.K. Mission Hospital in which the hospital administration and the doctors have decided to close down all OPD/ Pay Clinic/ OT and emergency services for 24 hours with effect from 9.00 am, June 01. This closure has been called as a token of protest against repeated such incidents at R.K. Mission Hospital. It has also been decided that the doctors of R.K. Mission Hospital shall wear black badges for 1 week as a protest against such incidents.  

Meanwhile the Hospital administration has called on the state administration to look into the matter and take appropriate action, so that such incidents do not occur in future.


Border trade with Bhutan and Myanmar on cards: Chief Commissioner

ITANAGAR June 1: Border trade with Bhutan and Myanmar on cards, revealed Chief Commissioner Customs, Central Excise & Service Tax, North Eastern region D D Ingty who called on to the chief minister Dorjee Khandu this morning.

Border trade with Bhutan through Dongshengmang in Tawang and with Myanmar through Pangsau Pass will undoubtedly change the economy of the north eastern region, Ingty advocated. He assured to extend every possible help for expediting the process of opening the border trade in the state.  

 Khandu informed the commissioner that basic infrastructure like roads, trade centres and other required infrastructures have already been built in the gateways to facilitate the trade but go ahead signal from the centre was awaited.  He further suggested for engaging a joint delegation comprising of at least one representative from every northeastern state to New Delhi in order to impress upon the centre to expedite the border trade in the region. He advocated that border trade will not only augment the economy of the state but will provide ample job opportunities and self employment avenues for the people which are much required in this part of the country.

 Participating in the discussion, Finance Minister Setong Sena opined for inviting Ambassadors of Bhutan and Myanmar to the state to further the proposed border trade. Endorsing to the Finance Minister’s opinion, Secretary Tourism Bandana Deori also suggested for high level team to be sent from the state to Myanmar and Bhutan to study the feasibility of the border trade.

Among others, Commissioner Industries & Trade and Commerce, Makbul Pertin was also present in the meeting.

The chief commissioner is on ten days tour to this landlocked state of Arunachal Pradesh. (PRO TO CM)


Four of the same family found dead


MIAO, June 1: June started on a very tragic note for Kharsang township when the lone government doctor and his family were found dead early this morning.

The charred bodies of Dr Jokhong Kherem Singpho (41), his wife Ownlu Singpho (35), daughter Lily Singpho (11) and son Seng Singpho (8) were discovered from the type three government quarter at Kharsang.

The children were found with their throats slit in the master bedroom. A sharp instrument has been ceased by the police from the area of occurrence.

The body of the doctor was found fully burnt in the sitting room while the wife’s body was found in between the kitchen and the dining area.

The doors were found to be locked from inside.  

According to preliminary enquiry, the wife is suspected of killing both her children and husband before setting herself and other on fire. Initial enquiry further reveals that gas cylinder was kept open.

Viscera of the doctor and his wife and blood samples of the children have been sent for forensic test.

Un-natural Death case has been registered at Kharsang Police station 2/10 U/S 174 CRPC informed Officer In-charge C Longri. The Kharsang police, Geo-Enpro fire-brigade rushed to the scene immediately.    

Dr J K Singpho was the officer in-charge of Kharsang PHC and had been serving in the hospital for the last two years.

The tragic incident has come not only as a great shock but also a loss for the people of Kharsang circle.

Hardly two months have passed when Kharsang hospital lost its medical officer Dr Ravi Kipa in a tragic incident.

The Arunachal Pradesh Doctors Association has mourned the untimely death Dr Singpho.


Binny Yanga nominated to NLMA

ITANAGAR, June 1: Noted social worker Binny Yanga, has been nominated as a member of the Executive Committee of National Literacy Mission Authority (NLMA), Ministry of Human Resource Development. The Executive Committee of NLMA is responsible for clearing the project proposals of various schemes under the Saakshar Bharat and other schemes apart from implementing the decisions of the Council of NLMA.

Binny Yanga is the Chairperson of Jan Shikshan Sansthan (JSS), Naharlagun, parent organization Oju Welfare Association, Naharlagun.

She is the only recipient of the prestigious Dr. Durgabai Deshmukh Award from the State in addition to NCDC Cooperative Excellence Award and various certificates of honor. Yanga has assured to extend her full support and cooperation in discharging the mandate of the Committee.


We will not tolerate bandhs, say govt while ANYA upset at the arrest of its GS

NAHARLAGUN, June 1: Minister Home reiterated that the Government will not tolerate any kind of Bandh Call at any point of time. If any organisation fails to read the pulse of the Government, the Government will show her presence at any moment and at any point of time, he said in a statement.   

His statement came after capital region is set to witness 24 hours bandh call given by All Nyishi Youth Association demanding a white paper on AOP and establishment of NIT at Jote.

The Bandh Call is totally unjustified whatever may be reason, he said while adding that without bandh call, there are other ways to focus the grievances or issues to the government. Bandh Call  tantamount to arrest the freedom of the citizens, he added.

He further said that AOP is not the matter of a particular person or any organisation but a matter concerned to each section, community and tribes of Arunachal Pradesh. When all agreed with the government system of functioning in respect of AOP for 2009-10, how come one organization raise this matter and call for Bandh, he asked.

He further said that the Government is yet to decide on the location for establishment of NIT and no organization can force the Government for its establishment in any place of their choice. Meanwhile, All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) has expressed anger over arrest of their general secretary Taring Mama by capital administration. Informing this from an undisclosed location, ANYA president, Nabam Tarin said, “My house too has been raided by police four times. The arrest of our general secretary is unlawful and we strongly condemn this. We are using democratic means and not any arms to fight for our cause.”

When contacted capital police confirmed that ANYA general secretary has been arrested on preventive measures and further they are looking for other members of association to arrest.

Tarin added that, “It is sad that ANYA is being unnecessarily targeted though AOP issue it is fighting is for entire state. Our struggle will continue till our demand are fulfilled which include setting up of NIT at Jote.”


A month long multimedia campaign on blood donation gets underway

Ojing Tayeng

ITANAGAR, June 1: A month long multimedia campaign of coinciding with world blood donor’s day got underway here at Vivekananda Hall, RK Misison Hospital, Itanagar today.

It is being organised by Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society, Directorate of Health Service, Naharlagun.  

While launching the month long events, Health and Family Welfare, Parliamentary Secretary Nido Pavitra said that blood cannot be manufactured but it can only be donated by the people to save fellow human life. He called upon the people, especially the youths to donate blood for the good cause fellow human being. Director, Health and Services, Dr T Basar terming blood donation as a great service to mankind, called upon the youths to come forward to donate blood to save human life and also appealed the people to motivate fellow human being to donate blood so that the message of voluntary donation percolates down to every part of state.

Earlier, Project Director, APSACS, Dr Emi Rumi highlighting the achievement of APSACS in collaboration with various organizations and NGOs, informed that more than 100 units of blood has been stored in blood banks here so far.

While advising the people to replenish the bank said “If anyone is taking blood from blood banks he or she should voluntarily donate blood to replenish the bank”.

The month long multimedia campaign aims to raise the degree of awareness level among the people of state on blood donation.

Further, citing the impacts of wrong blood grouping, Rumi appealed the people to display correct blood group in their driving license and other such documents and get their blood group tested only in a recognized testing centre to ensure safety of life.



Rinchin Tsering & Gimi Tato tops JEE


Degree PCM group

Category - I

Name of candidates                                          Name of school

Rinchin Tsering                                                       KV Tawang

Imar ete                                                                 KV No. I, Itanagar

Habung Moda                                                         RKM Deomali, Tirap

Tilling Tapin                                                            RKM Narottam Nagar, Konsa

Chau Athina Chauhai                                               RKM, Narottam Nagar

Padi Tama                                                              King cup Public Sch., Ita

Kabit Darang                                                          VKV, Itanagar

Ojing Siram                                                            GHSS, Aalo

Miling Pertin                                                           RKM, Narottam Nagar

Gimi Tato                                                               GHSS, Yazali

Rinchin Tsering                                                       KV Tawang,

Inlo Miuli                                                                VKV Roing

Kabit Darang                                                          VKV, Itanagar

Bengia Rilum                                                          KV No. 1, Itanagar

Umbing Mudung                                                      Govt. Hr. SS Ziro

Kirjum Ete                                                              RKMS, Aalo

Likha Yazur                                                            Chaitnaya Vidyaniketan,


Deepa Yudik Taba                                                  VKV, Ita

Mempi Jini                                                              Govt. Hr. S.S. Aalo


ITANAGAR, June 1: Rinchin Tsering of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Tawang and Gimi Tato of Government Higher Secondary School Yazali has topped the PCM and PCB group respectively of Arunachal Joint Entrance Examination (see table).

The results of the entrance conducted by Directorate of Higher and technical Education was declared within 24 hours of conduction of examinations which was held on May 31.

A total of 5275 students appeared the prestigious entrance exams.  

Schools under RK Mission bagged four slots of the top ten in PCM group while VKV and Government School got three slots each in PCB category.



Arunachal stake claim on Kundanali Labori coal block

Itanagar, June 1: In a bid to meet the fuel requirements of a proposed 1,000 MW thermal power plant, the Government of Arunachal Pradesh  has requested the coal ministry to allocate the Kundanali Labori coal block to the GoAP-controlled Arunachal Pradesh Mineral Development & Trading Corporation Limited, via the government dispensation route.

In a recent missive to the Minister of State for Coal, Sriprakash Jaiswal, the Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, has asserted that the 364 million-tonne block, lying in the Talcher Coalfields of Orissa, will be enough to sustain the TPP. Pertinently, the GoAP intends to set-up the TPP to meet the power requirements of the under-construction hydroelectric projects, along with mitigating prevailing power shortages, in the state. Meanwhile, the power ministry has also consented to the GoAP`s proposal, and recommended the allocation of a coal block for the proposed thermal venture.


Lummer Dai remembered on his 71st birth anniversary

ITANAGAR, June 1: The 71st birth anniversary of late Lummer Dai, the literary luminary of Arunachal Pradesh, was observed today in a befitting manner with a series of programmes at Naharlagun and Itanagar.

The event, organized by the Asam Sahitya Sabha with the support of the Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS), began with the offering of floral tributes at the portrait of late Lummer Dai by a distinguished gathering that included Education Minister Bosiram Siram, Asam Sahitya Sabha president Rong Bong Terang, general secretary Paramananda Rajbongshi, bureaucrat and noted author Y D Thongchi, well-known author Mamang Dai and a host of writers from Assam.

Speaking as chief guest on the occasion, Education Minister Bosiram Siram threw light on the life and times of Lummer Dai saying it’s no wonder that he has been etched in our memories through his creative writing skills as he had started nurturing talents since his school days.

“That he would one day become a name to reckon with in the world of Assamese literature was shown in every step he had taken. Be it in office work or in his backyard, he was always seen being engrossed in own world of dotting down one imagination after another,” he observed. Describing late Lummer Dai as the torchbearer of our society, the Minister said he is a father figure and guiding force to all of us and added saying he will always remain immortal through his creations.

Terming literature as the mirror of the society, he pitched for bringing ‘Pen Culture’ in the state and said, we need scores of good writers to come up to transform the society.

Citing that writers or performing artists have no boundaries, Siram urged upon Assam to go hand in hand with Arunachal Pradesh to bridge the gap between the two neighbouring states and make ‘Unity in Diversity’ happen, in real sense of the terms.

In response to the two-point proposal put forward by the Assam Sahitya Sabha, the Minister assured to take up the matter with the State Cabinet.  

The proposals are the setting up of ‘Lummer Dai North East Centre for Language, Literature and Cultural Research’ in Itanagar and reintroduction of Assamese as the third language in secondary schools (Class VI-VIII) in Arunachal Pradesh.

In his speech, Rong Bong Terang while paying his deep respects to late Lummer Dai said it’s a day of great pride for the people of Assam.  

While putting accolades on the Asam Sahitya Sabha for organizing the event, Y D Thongchi said the APLS will come up with a rejuvenated force once it gets strengthened.  

The programme ended with the paying of homage to late Lummer Dai at Punyasthal, the crematorium of the departed author at his residence in Naharlagun.

The gathering then moved to the J N State Museum at Itanagar for an open session, followed by a literary session on life and works of late Lummer Dai.

Nanni Dai, the widow of late Dai was also present at the occasion.


When People First government starts singing corporate tune

Dear Editor,

The recent atrocity meted on the villagers of Pongging by the CRPF at the behest of JP Associates Ltd., was a shameful act and is highly condemnable. The incident is in sharp contrast to the essence of democracy, which confers upon the citizens to fight against exploitation and injustice in a democratic manner and the villagers were just expressing their resentment over the proposed 2700 MW Hydro Project on the Siang Valley, which they felt that the project would destroy their pristine valley and displace them resulting to various socio-cultural problems and adverse impact on the environment. But unfortunately they were brutally suppressed.

This incident has made me ponder that perhaps we were in an illusion that we are living in a free country. Such authoritarian regime was prevalent only during the British rule, where the Indian citizens were subjected to discrimination and atrocities by the colonist. The atrocities of the erstwhile rulers can be understood, for they were foreign imperialist whose sole motive was to make their country prosperous by draining the wealth of ancient India which was once known as the golden bird. But now the rulers belong to our own state and despite that they are so indifferent towards the aspiration of our people. Okay, for the sake of national development, some projects are justified. There is no denying the fact that natural resources are ought to be harnessed, but it should be done with the willingness of the indigenous people. If the intension of the government is benevolent, instead of taking unilateral decisions and resorting to coercive actions, they should strive to build consensus amongst the public to garner support for such projects.

The unhealthy nexus of the government and the corporate is quite evident from the unethical means adopted by the JP Associates to precipitate the process of obtaining Environmental Clearance. It’s pertinent to mention here that although the MOA was executed between the govt. of A.P. and JP Associates for installation capacity of 2205 MW, but the Arunachal Pradesh State Pollution Control Board (APSPCB) had recently notified for a public hearing for 2700 MW, which was thankfully scrapped by the MoEF, Govt. of India, owing to the timely intervention of the citizens of the Siang River Valley. It indicates that the power developer was trying to befool the people, because the MoEF had earlier given clearance for pre-construction activities and approval for Terms of Reference (TOR) for preparation of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Environment Management Plan (EMP), under EIA notification 2006 for an installed capacity of 2025 MW. Contrary to this, the project proponent had clandestinely enhanced additional capacity of 495 MW without the approval of MoEF, Govt. of India, which is condemnable

It’s noteworthy that EIA/ EMP is an important document, on the basis of which the project affected people can discuss the pros and cons and decide the efficacy of the project during the public hearing, which is a prerequisite and indispensable process for obtaining the mandatory Environmental Clearance. The above instance proves that our unscrupulous politicians neither have any regard for the sentiments of the indigenous people, whom they represent nor do they have the foresight to comprehend the socio-cultural and environmental implications in the near future. We would like to express our solidarity with the people of project affected families of Siang River Valley. The authorities concerned responsible for the shameful act must be punished and the govt. should refrain from adopting such coercive actions against the innocent villagers fighting for their rights. Otherwise the only oasis of peace in the North-East may ultimately turn into a hot-bed of conflicts. As of now the Govt.’s catchword “People first” has lost its meaning. Rather it should be replaced us “Corporate first”.


Suraj Tayang     

Tezu (e-mail)




Laudable but what happened to the cause of mithuns?

Dear Editor,

Festival of Bos Frontolis to preserve the traditionally valued Mithun is a laudable act on the part of the celebration committee who has toiled to make it all successful.

However, the festival seems more like a western musical bonanza than a traditional blitzkrieg. The musical  dhoom-dhaams especially on the intervening night of 30th May was so loud that at one point it seemed the sky has been torn apart and the  debris falling over the roof. The festival should have combined with Mithun painting competition, Mithun designing on traditional attires, Mithun breeding training, forest protection seminars for youth, etc. But, alas, I failed to realize that like us Mithun too are fast keeping up with western hiphop, if one goes by the sounds blasted off from the Gandhi park during the celebration.

For every conscious citizen, there is a government as well as Supreme Court guidelines for playing of loud speaker to a certain level. And, there is a time frame also during the time of such celebrations. However, every time there is a Arunachal festival, food festival, cultural nites, loud sound blasts out from PA system nearly bulldoze my already outlived govt. quarters at MOWB-I. On every such occasion I wish such festival don't occur at all. Because they takes away my sound sleep the whole night, rock my eardrum to the hilt, fear of crack in my aged quarters wall, loss of sleep and studies of children.

But in the land of Khusi-Khusi who cares.


Khamjat Ajang (on email)



Is this justice?

Dear Editor,

With reference to your article published on May 29 under the heading “DASU demands action while police refuges allegation”, I, father of the victim, would like to bring to your knowledge that news item had no authenticity.  

The incident occurred on May 26 at around 4 PM at Shantipur check post (Assam-Arunachal Border). The victim, a student of Class XII of Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Bolung was returning from Assam after some household purchases when unexpectedly his Motor Cycle collapsed just ahead of the Check Post due to some mechanical problem.

Suddenly K.S. Singhra(SI) and W Wangcha (Constable) grabbed him and started beating him brutally without any pre-questioning. I would like to bring to your knowledge that the victim was in his full sense. The officials took him to the OC Chamber and beat him again and used un-parliamentary and communal comment.

The official should have provided medical-aid to the victim for his severe injuries from the accident instead of beating him up.

Which kind of Justice is this where an innocent boy who is hardly 16 yrs old gets beaten up by two matured qualified police personnel brutally, cruelly and barbarically?


Korin Pertin

(on email)




Let us show not only the beauty of our landscape but also the greatness and beauty in our heart

Dear Editor,

“Citizens argue instead of rushing accident victim to a hospital” – A caption of your paper’s May 31, 2010 issue has drawn my attention and made me lost in a past ugly experience that I have had, way back in the early part of  2002.

I was on my way back home from office, somewhere at Chandranagar when I saw a group of people gathered at the road side.

Inquisitive, I stopped and saw a boy  lying unconscious, profusely bleeding, apparently hit by a vehicle.

I asked the guys around to pick up the victim and he was rushed to RKMH with another helper who mysteriously disappeared on reaching hospital. I waited for the guardian to come and was anticipating a “thanks”, but to my surprise four people came and one of them after talking to a nurse started throwing several heavy punches on my face without listening to my plea that I was innocent and only helped the boy.

A helper was mistakenly victimized. Even more astounding was the statement “tum jabtak marne wala ko dundke nehi niklega, tumko chorega nehi aur tum hi maara hain bolega”. I cursed myself that I helped a brother.

It is really astonishing that onlookers, instead of helping the victim were busy arguing but the best known reason is I think the fear of reward that I once received. An ugly trend is being observed in capital region now which is unfortunate and least expected in a civilized society. “Might is Right” – rules the road rather than traffic rules.  Starting with vindictive eyes and passing an abusive shout at other vehicles in roads  is a common phenomenon here. If you smile, you are a loser in fight. Polite? Then you are gone, politeness & smiles are for timid guys, because, Darwin’s theory is being applied here.

In many instances, guys with stronger arms is always a winner in accident cases, because here, accident means a hot argument at the backdrop of severity of injury, sometime followed by a physical assault, finally followed by snatching of vehicle or demand for a new one or compensation/ fine to the tune of lakhs. There is no place for the police to decide the right/ wrong because everybody says, “accident ka niyom kanun hamlug ko sab paata hae”.

An accident is always an accident; it can’t be a good fortune as some obviously considers so. These are some of the factors that contributes to the increasing rate of hit and run cases too and even disheartens people from coming out for help.

I do sing the praise of Mr. Nabam Tamar, a responsible student leader who prompted to help a helpless brother. At the same time I also urge students leaders to lay a helping hand in the refinement process of our societies and in shaping them to a perfect law abiding society, denouncing all kinds of barbaric cultures. Arunachal is great, the people of Arunachal are great and so our hearts are. I am proud to be an Arunachalee, and so are you. Let us show not only the beauty of our landscape to the outsiders, but also the greatness of, and beauty in our heart.


A concern citizen



Police arrest two NSCN (K) cadres

KHONSA, June 1:  Deomali Police achieved a major success with the arrest of two cadres of NSCN(K) on May 29 in a joint operation with CRPF and Gorkha Regiment.

An extorted amount of Rs. 58,440, two extortion letters and a mobile phone have been recovered from the arrested persons Gapwang Losu of  Village Kamhua Noknu under Pongchau Circle and Pongchung Wangsu, a resident of  Russa, Kanubari. The police team under Taba Toko, SDPO, Deomali and BC Sharma, O/C PS Deomali swung into action after they informed that two cadres were engaged in extortion from some government officials and also members of public. Help of CRPF and 2/11 GR was also enlisted to carry out cordon and search operations and setting up mobile check posts, according to SSP Tirap Madhup Tiwari.

The extortion notes recovered have been signed by one Akhan, a self-styled Captain of NSCN(K). The cadres have admitted to have been active in the underground outfit since last ten years.


We are working: APSCW

ITANAGAR, Jun 1: Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women while reacting to a news item published in this daily seeking intervention of the Commission in the murder case of Habung Chuniya and Dusu Haley (Robin) has said that it has taken suo moto action although no one has registered a complaint with them.

The Commission informed that case was taken up with Deputy Commissioner even though there was no formal complaint.

It further informed that many cases of rape, molestation are happening at alarming rate all over the state and APSCW is silently working to ensure safety and justice to the aggrieved. It called on the civil societies to join hands against injustice and strengthen the hands of the government to build peace in the state.


No child has been denied education on ground of fee:VKV

ROING, Jun 1: The VKV Arunachal Pradesh Trust said that no child has been denied education in their school on ground of fee so far. This was stated in a letter replying to Idu Indigenous Peoples Council (IIPC) expressing concern over the recent fee hike in VKV schools.

The Trust informed that it extends 100% free education to nearly 300 students from economically poor background and extends 50% concession fee to nearly 500 students every year.

Replying to concern over fee hike, it said the intention of the revised fee was to provide quality education. The necessary fee was being charged as the grant in aid from govt became lean and irregular after 1991, till when education was free, the Trust informed.  

It further informed that the fee structure in VKV is normally revised once in three years and the present hike is after the gap of 4 years.

In the data given to IIPC, the fee was hiked subsequently starting from the year 2009 session. There has been increase of Rs 3000 during the session 2009-10 and Rs 10000 in the next following session.  

In revising the fee, the following aspect of rise in food price, high cost of electricity and adequate staff to run school were also being taken care, said the Trust.

In a separate conversation, a Kendra official from Dibrugarh informed that they were loosing good quality teachers to other better paying jobs, since they were unable to pay them as per the recommendations of sixth CPC.

The state govt gives grant for payment for only limited staff and other nominal expenses, the official informed and said, while giving the yearly grant the government calculates the interest of what he calls, ‘widely publicized Corpus Fund of Rs. 40 Crore’. The meager grant is given only at the end of the financial year, he added.


Rajiv death anniversary observed

PASIGHAT, Jun 1: District Mahila Congress Committee, East Siang District has observed the 19 Death Anniversary of former Prime Minister Late Rajiv Gandi at Pasighat on May 21 last.

On the occasion two minutes silence was observed after paying floral tribute to the portrait of Rajiv Gandhi.

Speaking on the occasion DMCC President Oter Tayeng highlighted the achievements and contributions of Rajiv Gandhi in nation building and appealed the people to recall his contributions and fulfill the dreams of a prosperous modern India.

Other DMCC office bearers also spoke on the occasion.


ACCF, HOWS to felicitate CBSE toppers

ITANAGAR, Jun 1: Apatani Career Guidance Forum (ACCF) will confer its Annual Academic Excellence Award to three Apatani CBSE toppers of class X and class XII (both Arts and Commerce) during ensuing Dree Festival 2010.

Meanwhile, Hija Officer Welfare Society (HOWS) has also decided to felicitate and extend financial assistance to the students belonging to Hija village, who secured two top positions in class X and class XII final examinations 2010.


CRC issue resolved: ACF

ITANAGAR, Jun 1: The entire dispute pertaining to construction of Christian Revival Church (CRC) at Namsai has been solved amicably with timely intervention of chief minister Dorjee Khandu, minister Chowna Mein and cooperation from Itanagar Theravada Society, NGOs of Lohit district and local administration of Namsai, informed Arunachal Christian Forum (ACF).

A friendly gathering of leaders of the Itanagar Theravada Society and Arunachal Christian Forum was also held at official bungalow of Chowna Mein where all the parties prayed together for unity, peace and harmony in the society.


Nimbusian repeats the history

ITANAGAR, Jun 1: Nimbusian once again showed  their superb performance in Arunachal Pradesh JEE’2010. Out of top 10, Nimbusian captured top seven seats in medical and top six seats in engineering. Besides in Diploma’2010 Nimbusian occupies topmost position.

Gimi Tato (1st rank in medical), Rinchin Tsering (1st rank in engineering and 2nd rank in medical), Inlo Miuli (3rd rank in medical) & Kabit Darang (4th rank in medical) are the top four rank holders. Miss Hage Kanya occupies 1st rank in Diploma exam 2010. Kirjum Ete got the 1st position in NEE-II (Forestry).


Mega health awareness camp

ITANAGAR, Jun 1: All Taliha-Paying Area Collegian Forum would conduct free mega health awareness camp at Taliha from June 15.

Meanwhile, a delegation of the forum met BSNL General Manager here today and demanded him to erect a mobile tower at Taliha as soon as possible.


PPA wins ZPM seats

ITANAGAR, Jun 1: Techi Azad of PPA has won Palin Zilla Parishad Member seat by a margin of 753 votes against INC candidate Byabang Jagat. The bye election was necessitated after  the seat fell vacant following election of Takam Tagar to the Legislative Assembly.

PPA has won both Dirang & Palin ZPM seats.


AIMSU demands cancellation


Roing, Jun 1: All Idu Mishmi Student Union (AIMSU) has demanded immediate cancellation of the appointment of Raseng Tamuk as Accountant on contract at DIET Roing. The Union termed the appointment illegal.

The union in a complaint letter to the Director of School Education appealed the DSE to immediately withdraw the appointment.


No power supply at Ziro and Kurung Kumey

ITANAGAR, Jun 1: Due to the tripling of transformer at Power Grid Substation, Dilopoliang, Ziro consumers of Ziro, Kimin and Kurung Kumey will not get power supply till restoration of the transformer. Further authority informed that restoration work is in progress and requested consumers to bear with the problem for some days.


Water crisis grabs the attention of Union

ITANAGAR, Jun 1: West Kameng Students Union (WKYO) on 28th May held a meeting at Bomdila town which was attended by public and students together. During the meeting problem of acute shortage of water supply faced by resident of Bomdila was discussed in length.

It was found that poor maintenance of water tanks and non-existence of drainage system is causing disruption of water supply. Keeping this in mind union demanded that water source with continues flow throughout the year should be found out. Further union informed people of Bhalukpong circle is also facing similar water crisis and sought interventions of authority in this regard.


47th Junior National Football Championship

Arunachal to play against Jharkhand in opener

ITANAGAR, Jun 1: The 20-member Arunachal Pradesh Under 19 football team left here today for Kolkata, West Bengal to participate in the 47th Junior National Football Championship for Dr. BC Roy Trophy beginning their from June five.

Arunachal Pradesh will open their tournament campaign with a match against Jharkhand on June six.

The 27 participating teams are divided into seven clusters of four teams with winner from each cluster and the second best team qualifying for the quarter-finals.

Arunachal Pradesh has been pitted in Cluster-IV along with Uttarakhand, Jammu & Kashmir and Jharkhand.


Bhai Mara, Gyamar Omi, Janu Soki, Nguri Tedi, Yomken Sora, Taying Nega, Tatum Garam, Bodung Arun, Pura Dukhung, Tadar Anik, Vicky Tamang, Ligang Bungung, Anne Linggi, Ganga Rimo, Mohan Sangbio, Tai Kunia, K Raman Singh, Chitu Doke, Taba Rakesh, Toko Polium.

Coach: Gyamar Jill, Manager: Bojen Biswas


Engineering the gap of Tech. Edn.

ITANAGAR, Jun 1: The month-long extended admission campaign being organized by Sterling Institute, Mumbai here for the Class 10th, ITI and graduate students, who are seeking right information about alternative engineering and management education, will share informations about some of the best technical institutions near Delhi.

Dharam Bhakshi, Director, of the Institute said that, “we will be stationed at Imphal and Itanagar and this campaign would immensely benefit the students through our counseling session.”

After getting information about various courses like B. Tech, MBA, MCA, computers or Nursing etc. even at their door-step, it will be much easier for them to choose the best institution, he said. With an expert counseling process, it will be an opportunity for all students of on-the spot enrollment with chosen institutions and will help them for finding proper guidance, he added.

“Around 20,000 students travel to places like Mumbai, Delhi, Pune or Bangalore for higher studies every academic year. Prior to this, it was very difficult for a candidate for finding the specific answer of their particular queries.

The purpose of visiting Northeast India is to reduce the efforts of students they put for finding correct information, said a Sterling Institute, Mumbai release.


SHG movement gains momentum in Arunachal

ITANAGAR: In a bid to accelerate the financial inclusion in the State, NABARD has sanctioned grant assistance for formation of 170 SHGs covering all the districts of Arunachal.

The programme will be implemented by National Youth Project, N N Charitable Society, Arunachal Grace of Green Society  and Home Society.  

Besides, in an effort to build the capacity of SHGs, NGOs will be conducting training on book keeping, management, leadership, entrepreneurs hip and on marketing linkages for SHG products.  The matured SHGs will also be trained on preparing business plans.  The training programme will cover about 300 participants and will be conducted by AIDA, Rural Development Society  and Rural Development and Heritage Society.  AIDA will conduct the programmes in Sangram, Leel, Ziro, Joram and at Yachuli.


Infant Asiatic black bears rescued

ITANAGAR: Two infant Asiatic black bears were rescued by DFO Yingkiong T. Mize and member State Wildlife Board Yahung Tekseng with the help of PRI members from Milang village under Maryang Sub-division in Upper Siang District (A.P).

The infant male and female bears are currently under the custody of the DFO Yingkiong.

Aarro Welfare Society Yingkiong who is supervising healthy feedings of the two young ones informed that reports have been furnished to the Chief Wildlife Warden and the PCCF for further rehabilitation and nursing. A team of experts is likely to arrive in Yingkiong for further course of action.



ITANAGAR, Jun 1: Rab Kara Jeel and Toko Hanam have been elected as President and General Secretary of All Nyishi Contractors’ Association in meeting held at Itanagar today.

The meeting was attended by contractors of Nyishi Community of the five Nyishi dominated districts.



ITANAGAR, Jun 1: PWD and UD minister Nabam Tuki has conveyed his condolences to family member of one SS Chaudhary, assistant engineer (PWD, Changlang sub-division who recently passed away.

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