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March  - 03


Compassionate candidates resent over recruitment norms

ITANAGAR, Mar 2: Recent interviews held by Arunachal Pradesh Police for widows of death policemen have run into controversy many questioning the recruitment process. In this regard some of the widows have written to Chief Minister, Home Commissioner and Director General of Police seeking their intervention in this regard. Most of these widows are seeking recruitment under group D category.   

In a representation to Chief Minister, the widows have sought immediate cancellation of ongoing interview and urged government to appoint all the candidates on compassionate ground.  They claim that in the past government offered job to widows, sons, and daughters without conducting any interview on compassionate ground.  But during ongoing recruitment drive authorities imposed many new rules.  

One of widow while talking to this daily said, “I have 4 children and most of time am busy in taking care of them having lost my husband. How can authorities expect me to do high jump, long jump and running race as per their prescribed rule?”

Many widows from across the state have come to Itanagar hoping to get job after being informed by concern authorities about recruitment drive for widows. “We came here with great hope to get job. But this whole recruitment process has killed my dream. I am 35 year old woman and seeking job in place of my death husband. Am not begging and only seeking my right,” told another widow. She further added, “When I left home, I promised my children of better life once I return. Now I don’t feel like to go home also. What will I tell my children when I go back home.”

Meanwhile some of the widows have filed writ petition before Guwahati High Court, Itanagar, challenging conduct of interview on 23rd of February for group D post.


Daporijo gets 3 high mast light towers

DAPORIJO, Mar 2: The nights at Daporijo, the headquarter of Upper Subansiri, has become brighter with the inauguration of 3 High Mast lights here yesterday evening by the local MLA Tapen Siga in the presence of ADC G. Ete, SP A. Bitin and others.

The lights were switched on at 3 locations in the town - District Hospital Complex, Singik Hall Complex and Gandhi Market.

While inaugurating the High Mast light at the Hospital Complex, Siga said that three more such lights would be put up in the near future. The lights have been put up under the state SPA project 2009-2010 by the department of power, Daporijo Electrical Division.

Meanwhile, the District Hospital, Daporijo has taken a step forward in its efforts to improve the services provided to the public of the area with the starting of Pay Clinic at the District Hospital here. All specialists such Gynecologist, Medicine, Orthopedic, Chest and ENT  experts will be available form 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm in the evening. A 24 hours Laboratory Service has also started which will provide cheap and quick service round the clock as compared to services provided by private Labs here.

The DMO Dr. D. Bagra informed that patients coming to the Pay Clinic would be charged Rs 150, out of which Rs 100 would be paid to the doctor, Rs 20 to the government, Rs 20 to the Hospital Management Committee and Rs 10 to the over duty staff. All fund collected by the Hospital Management Committee through the Pay Clinic and Laboratory Service will be put to good use to improve the hospital and maintain the equipment of the hospital he added. DIPRO


NCP for adequate personnel at Likabali PS

ITANAGAR, Mar 2: The Arunachal Pradesh unit of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has vehemently condemned the kidnapping of Anchal Samity Member (ASM) Mijum Ada at gun point in broad day light without any rhyme or reason on February 26 at Likabali.

Expressing serious concern over rising anti-social activities in Likabali area which has created fear psychosis among people, NCP demanded the Home department to further strengthen the Likabali police station by providing necessary force and equipments to tackle law and order situation. The party also strongly appealed the Home department for immediate posting of an experienced SDPO along with vehicles at Likabali PS.

It, however, lauded the effort of OC T Bage and second OC T Dolum and Assam Police personnel in rescuing the abducted person on the same day.

Meanwhile, NCP urged the state Govt. to provide fire tender at Likabali where infrastructure for the same has already been constructed.


Primary school building demolished

ITANAGAR, Mar 2: The Vth Lower Balijan Youth Association has condemned the demolition of the under construction primary school building  at Chakma block –I under Balijan circle on Feb 25.

The Association members in its meeting held today said that such destruction activities has curtailed the entire development process in the area. It urged the authorities to investigate the matter and book the miscreants immediately.


SAF seeks Centre’s intervention for review of MoAs on hydro projects

ITANAGAR, Mar 2: Save Arunachal Forum (SAF) in a memorandum to Prime Minister demanded for thorough review of all MOAs signed with hydro power developers as well as to bring about major changes in hydro power and resettlement and rehabilitation policies of the Centre as well as the state government. This was informed by Forum chairman Kahfa Bengia in a faxed statement today.

A copy of memorandum was also submitted to Power Minister, tribal affairs minister and Forest and Environment minister and other minister concerned, the statement said.

 The Forum chairman further said it has pointed out numerous shortfalls in MOAs signed such as absence of prior and informed consent of the land owners, PRI leaders, traditional village authorities, full insurance cover to life and property of the down stream population etc. In a  separate memorandum addressed to UPA chairperson, the Forum pleaded for immediate removal of the present Chief Minister ‘under whose leadership the policy of protective development propounded by Pandit Jawarharlal Nehru has been grossly massacred’, the Forum claimed. The SAF chairman claimed that it held press conference today at the Press Club of India, highlighting various forms of corruptions allegedly rocking the present Congress government in the state. Issues mainly the alleged secrete and indiscriminate signing of more than 137 MoAs with total power installation capacity of over 65000 mega watt by the state government with various private power developers were highlighted, the Forum claimed.

Alleging that the scam committed in the shady dealings is even more than 2G spectrum allocation, the Forum demanded for enquiry by High power parliamentary committee or a committee headed by Supreme Court judge to unearth the truth.


AAPWU calls on CS, appeals for timely release of salary

ITANAGR, Mar 2: A delegation of All Arunachal Pradesh Workers (AAPWU) led by its secretary general Changma Tajo met the Chief Secretary yesterday to apprise him about the problems being faced by the poor workers of the state due to non-payment of their salaries in time.

Explaining in details  about various problems being faced by the casual workers  due to delay in disbursement of their salaries in time, the Union said  even the shop keepers  refuse to give anything  to the workers,  who lives hand to mouth with meager amount of salary, in credit in such situations forcing them  to live a miserable life.

AAPWU team requested the chief secretary to convene a  meeting of HoDs of all working departments along with authority concerned  to find out the root cause of such delay in disbursement of workers’ salary  and also requested  him to issue strict instructions to all concern to release the salaries of all the casual workers within the first week of every month.

The union claimed that Chief Secretary agreed to convene meeting in this regard at the earliest and also assured  to instruct all the departments to release the salaries of all the casual workers within the first week of every month.

Meanwhile, reacting to proposed agitation/dharna called by All Arunachal Pradesh Government Departmental Labour Union (AAPGDLU) on  March 8 next at CM’s office as published in some local dailies, AAPWU humbly requests all the workers/labours of the departments not to participate in the proposed agitation/dharna as it does not serve any purpose. Agitation/dharna in the larger interest of the workers/labours will be welcomed and supported by AAPWU but dharna called for one’s selfish ends that too by misleading the poor workers shall not be tolerated by the  Union, said Changma Tajo, Secretary General, AAPWU-cum-INTUC Pradesh Branch.


Shiv Ratri celebrated with spiritual fervour

ITANAGAR, Mar 2: The Rajyoga centers of Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya (PBKIVV) celebrated the Maha Shiv Ratri as 75th Divine Birth (extraordinary) Day of Incorporeal Supreme Soul God-Shiva with spiritual piety at Itanagar, Naharlagun, Nirjuli and Banderdewa today.  Spiritual exhibitions were also organized at Linglaya Shiv Mandir, 6-Kilo, Itanagar  and Banderdewa to mark the occasion.

At Itanagar, an Inter-Faith Congregation was organised by  the Raja Yoga Centre at Riba Mansion, Bank Tinali on the occasion.

Lauding the activities of Brahma Kumaris in promoting religious harmony  and social cohesion, the chief guest of the  celebration,  Lokam Tasar, Parliamentary Secretary, Food  and  Civil Supply, Consumer Affairs said that peace, love and happiness  are original temperament of human beings who were wrongly searching them outside. These positive qualities could be sustained in life if some balance was struck between materialism and spirituality which the Brahma Kumaris were always teaching, he said and added that this Festival was designed to convey the same to the public. He appealed one and all to pledge to discard negative traits such as anger, greed, ego, lust, etc. and lead a life filled with love, compassion, respect, humility, cooperation, responsibility, divinity by empowering our self through process of Supreme Communion (Raja Yoga Meditation) as taught here. He expressed the hope that NGOs like Brahma Kumaris will fulfill the need of the society and help the Government in building a healthy and strong society. He also appealed to conduct stress management training for Members of Legislative Assembly of AP which was accepted by BKWSU happily.

Dr Jayadeba Sahoo, Faculty, Brahma Kumaris  and Head, Dept. of Education, Rajiv Gandhi University explained Shiva as the Universal Name of God Incorporeal. Literally “Shiva” also means the ‘Benevolent’ or ‘Benefactor’ or the benign or a divine dot i.e. who is beneficial to all and ‘Linga’ means ‘symbol’, he said.

Rev. Fr. Policarf, Catholic Church, ESS Sector, Itanagar, Guests of Honour on the occasion spoke about the need of spreading peace and strengthening moral values through such programmes of universal brotherhood, religious harmony  and  social cohesion among human beings as brothers  and  sisters being the children of one supreme Almighty Father “GOD”.

All present prayed to almighty for the eternal peace of the departed souls who were charred to death in a tragic fire accident at Palin last year.

Brahma Kumari Junu, Center-in-Charge administered oath to all to discard negative traits and adopt values in life.  Nages Singh, In charge, Patanjali Yoga Samiti, Arunachal Pradesh also spoke on the occasion.  A ceremonial Flag representing ‘SHIVA as Divine point of Light was hoisted by Lokam Tasar in presence of Swami Visweshanandaji Maharaj, Secretary, Ramkrishna Mission Hospital,  the guest of honour and other dignitaries.  Among others R.S. Sharma, Superintendent Engineer, RWD, Rimar Tasso, Executive Engineer, PWD also graced the occasion.

The Shiv Ratri celebration will be followed by three day Raja Yoga Training Camps in the premises of Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Centres at Itanagar, Naharlagun, Nirjuli and Banderdewa  from  March 4 to 7.


Nyokum celebrated  in Tarak-Lengdi circle and Lada

ITANAGAR, Mar 2: Nyokum Festival was celebrated for the first time at Restarting of Tarak Lengdi circle of Kurung Kumey district on February 26 last. ANYA president Taring Mama and Gangte-Tarak Lengdi ZPM Taring Bath attended the festival as chief guest and guest of honour respectively. Speaking on the occasion both the Chief Guest and Guest of Honour encouraged people of the area to promote and preserve rich cultural heritage of Nyishi community. They also spelt out the literary meaning of Nyokum in which Nyok stands for place and Kum for get together.

Various games & sports and dance competitions were also conducted to mark the celebration. The first and second prize in Rikam Pada were won by Parte dance team of Rabang Cityee and Taniotab Women’s team respectively while best singer and best dancer prizes went to Taring Remi and Yend Yering respectively.

KGBV ‘A’ beat KGBV ‘B’ team, Kembing to win the women’s volleyball title while in Men’s volleyball Rabang Ctiyee beat Restarting team in the final to win first prize. The prize for disciplined team went to KGBV school, Kembing.

Taring Radhe was adjudged the best goalkeeper while Taring Takap was declared best player and Taring Nikla became the highest scorer in football tournament.

The Nyishis of remote Lada  circle near the international border in East Kameng district also celebrated the first ever Nyokum Yullo festival with gaiety and religious  fervor.

Lada’s circle officer Tajum Ronya who was also the chief patron of the festival informed that mass participation from Miji and Puriok communities had added colour to the festival. Speaking on the occasion as chief guest Arung Tawe, a prominent businessman of the circle, has exhorted the people to jointly celebrate Nyokum irrespective of caste, creed and religion. CO Lada urged the public not to distract from the mainstream culture in pretext of religion.

Meanwhile Tawe Youth Welfare Society has emerged as winner in football competition and in cultural activity Rapung cultural troupe bagged Nyokum cultural trophy. Chief guest also announced Rs 1,50,000 for the renovation of Nyokum ground at Lada.


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Festival body formed

ITANAGAR, Mar 2: The Gumkum-Gumpu Festival Celebration Committee-2011 was formed with Kashuk Halley and Adang Yachu as chairman and general secretary for celebration of the festival at Puroik Colony, Naharlagun from April 12 to 15.


Pre-Mopin celebrated

ITANAGAR, Mar 2: The Galo Students’ Union of Dera Natung Govt college has celebrated the Pre-Mopin festival  at RWD Colony, here on Feb 25 and 26.

 Dr Tejum Padu, joint director of Higher and Technical education and Marge Sora, under secretary education attended the festival as chief guest and guest of honour respectively.  The toppers among the Galo students of DNG college for the  session  -2009-2010 have been felicitated by the Chief Guest and Guest of honour during  the celebration.

The union lauded the elders of Galo community residing in the Capital, especially WRD secretary Gaken Ete, PWD chief engineer Kenjom Ete and  Kamar Ete for their cooperation for successful  pre-Mopin celebration.


Ph. D  degree

ITANAGAR, Mar 2: Kirto Loyi, Deputy Director (Admin) cum Senior Faculty, State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD), Arunachal Pradesh has qualified for  degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) for his thesis, titled, “Role of Panchayats in Community Based Disaster Management - A Case Study of West Siang District in Arunachal Pradesh.” He conducted his research work under the supervision of Dr. S.K Patnaik, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Rajiv Gandhi University.

He is only the candidate in entire North East region who has done Ph.D in disaster management on the  role of elected PR leaders in CBDM and also the first person in the state who did master degree in Rural Development  and Planning. The  Ph. D degree will be conferred to Loyi at the next RGU convocation ceremony.


Society to conduct skill development progs

ITANAGAR, Mar 2: The Rural Development and Heritage Society (RD&HS) has  decided to conduct  42-days skill development programme (SDP) in various places of Kurung Kumey district for the unemployed youths, farmers and self-help groups.  While SDP on  cane and bamboo handicraft will begin at Nyapin and Sarli from March 15 and 20 respectively, the SDP on weaving will begin at Sangram on March 17.  The programme  is being sponsored by NABARD.


Results out

ITANAGAR: The Semester Examination 2010 results of PG in English, Geography, Hindi, Political Science, History (all I&III Semester), and Education (III Semester) and Ph. D Course Work Exam of AITS, Commerce, CSE, Zoology, Botany, Economics, Education, English, Hindi, History and Political Science have been declared by  the Rajiv Gandhi University. The result can be seen in the University website:www.rgu.ac.in and  notice board (Academic Block) of RGU, according to an official release.


Infratech to provide internet service

ITANAGAR: Cam Infratech Pvt Ltd (Alieson) has decided to construct internet tower in entire Arunachal Pradesh.

The Company will first set up internet tower in state Capital and will cover East Siang and West Siang and other districts later.  The director of the Company in Arunachal Pradesh Kardu Taipodia in a release said that  it will construct free internet tower in college, secondary and higher secondary schools where computer  education is going on.

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Execution of schemes not at all systematic

Dear Editor,

This is in response to the letter “Transparency being maintained’ (on Feb 28). It is encouraging to hear that concerned officials of the nodal agency of JNNURM mission are very much along the expected lines but as to the questions raised by Techi Necha regarding the scheme executions and its transparency, we the general public have yet to see more light on it and we thank Necha for bringing to our notice this whole affair.

As we are also very much aware of the fact that the much needed development that our capital needs is ultimately turning into a reality and we sincerely thank the executing agency for the same. But being stakeholders at the same time, I would also like to seek some more clarification from D Lewi, deputy director, UD and housing, about the mission.

Firstly, the  execution of the schemes  have been haphazard and not at all systematic. If one has to go through the CDP of Itanagar it is very evident that it contains an accurate depiction of the reality. Can Mr. Lewi explain the logic behind making the low floor JNNURM buses operational on the road much before the widening of the roads or any proper bus terminal as per the CDP has envisaged for these buses? And it has not been even a year since the JNNURM buses are plying,  we can see now the damages that these buses have incurred during their short span of existence, not to mention the chaos and the traffic congestion that they have contributed to. Even before the roads are completed some of the parking lots (near DC office Naharlagun) have been completed and are already in deteriorating conditions.

Secondly, the whole process of road widening and construction of drain has been so indiscriminate that the water supply and the telecommunication dept. have been totally disregarded. The excavators have, in the digging process, snapped the telephone cables and the water supply pipes and hence we are still without our telephone connection since a month and are still buying water at exorbitant rates from the private vendors. Now is this an appreciable work being done by the concerned authorities?

Thirdly, about the monitoring part, there is a provision under the JNNURM guidelines for technical advisory groups which are to assist the SLNA, SLSC, ULBs etc while realizing the mission. And as far as facts are concerned it is to my knowledge that the advisory support group which had long been recruited for the purpose is embroiled in a long drawn legal battle regarding their appointments and their wage realization.  It will be very helpful, if Lewi enlightens us all on this regard.


N. Tatung

Ganga, Itanagar



AAPSU’s response to MLA Tani Loffa

Dear Editor,

This refers to the letter “Stick to your job” by West Seppa MLA Tani Loffa published in your esteem daily on Wednesday. In this regard I being president of All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) would like to make certain points clear to the respected MLA Tani Loffa. AAPSU while acknowledging and welcoming the views put forwarded by the MLA feels pertinent to point out that the visit made by the members of apex students’ body of state to Seba village during the last part of February was an apolitical one and nothing to do with politics of the area.

It seems respected MLA did not went through the news item “AAPSU team visit Seba village” published in various dailies of state on Feb 26 properly. In the entire news clip, I in the  capacity of AAPSU president while giving byte to media did not mention about issues concerning your assembly constituency for once also. I have only spoken about the need of promoting Pappu valley as tourist destination and also urged authorities to repair Sagalee-Seppa road for benefit of Arunachalee citizen. My both appeals were made to the state government and not to the respected MLA.

Secondly in regards to your advice to AAPSU to confine ourselves to student welfare activities, we are thankful to you for this suggestion. AAPSU always wanted to confine itself in fighting for the cause of student communities but sadly in our state opposition political parties of which you are also member do not play their part. And people of this state expect AAPSU to play role of opposition and if we keep quiet on issues, they question our integrity.  For your kind information we also do raise issues for benefit of student communities. For example like demanding increase of student stipend, raising voice against harassment of Arunachalee students outside state, poor condition of schools and several other issues  confronting the student communities. We always stand for integrity of state and in the process many times put our own life in risk. Hope you also take note of our positive activities.

Thirdly I want to inform honourable MLA that being pressure group, AAPSU can visit any place of Arunachal without anybody’s permission. Also being former ANSU General Secretary you might know the role of student groups much better than us.  During our visit to Seba village, AAPSU only raised issue for sake of your constituency but sadly you seem to have mis-understood. Tomorrow if Pappu Valley becomes tourist attraction, it will only benefit people of your constituency and you. What will AAPSU gain in return?

If you really want us to talk about education issues, then let me tell that in Seba government middle school there were many loopholes. Only four SSA teachers are running the school. There are no toilet and bathroom facilities and no hostel facility too. If this is the condition of a middle school, then how can we expect children learn better education in order to become officers in future?  I take this opportunity to appeal all the former student leaders who have now become MLAs that they should not forget their root and work for upliftment of education sector. Once they were also like us and fought against system for benefit of poor student and ordinary citizen of Arunachal. We have special hope on these former student leaders and believe that they will understand the pain of poor citizens in general and student communities of state in particular.  During assembly session they should raise issues concerning to student communities. Also the salaries and perks offered to MLAs have been increased but till now stipend amount of student have not been increased. AAPSU want few answers from all MLAs in this regard.  


Takam Tatung

President, AAPSU



Let’s appreciate for their noble work

Dear Editor,

It is observed that many of the concerns of those alleged engineers have commented on the report published by this daily in its earlier edition which, I feel, was unnecessary. Since our system or Govt. is no mood to tackle such illegal or in other word corruption practices in the state, the works done by this daily in exposing or being medium through which every single citizen become aware of even the tiny matters of each day is truly deserve appreciation. I suggest those who are not up to the interest of state affairs and its progress with good vision to not even comment on the others who are trying to raise their voice for the good cause of the state.

If those engineers are innocent then why don’t they come up with clarifications on the matter instead of engaging people to surpass the laudable work done by this daily? I appeal the people not to make this cheap issue a sensational and try to curtail the noble work of our most trusted local daily.  It is necessary to brought to the public notice to all wrong doers and corrupted persons especially at the time when there is no stringent law available to punish them.


Tam Tado




Commendable job indeed

Dear Editor,

The article “Deafening silence and Tirap” by Tongam Rina was awesome. Whenever someone tries to write about Tirap, one gets bamboozled as from where to start off. But you (Rina) have a credit of being the journalist of preeminent cadre which you have truly corroborated here, nicely incorporating all facts and finer details into the core of the subject, giving it a touch of veracity. Thanks for the coverage and commendable job indeed!!!

Another thing, I would like to share is my opinion on the role of media in Arunachal. In my humble opinion as the impact of media on general masses is quite enormous so media must come with more initiative and ingenious ideas. As Arunachal Pradesh is inhabited by around 26 tribes and sub-tribes displaying varying cultures and colourful traditions and speaking different PATOIS, indeed the role of the media becomes more protuberant here for diminishing differences and to bring about more emotional and psychological bonding and integration among the masses. This was about the constructive role media can play, but I think it has to go a long way as far as coverage is concerned. I feel it’s coverage is limited to few happenings in-and-around capital complex and that too are crowded with news reports on number of new associations formed, new appointments etc with little coverage on core issues. It’s poignant but true that the unfeigned issues of common people in far flung corners were hardly brought into notice in true sense. Last time also taking advantage of their strong media uphold, it’s counterpart in Assam had completely mishandled and misrepresented Arunachal-Assam border conflict before the National arena, while here at Arunachal we had been left with no choice just accepting or discarding the facts in anger and humiliation.

I am aware that media had its own limitations and boundaries especially in state like Arunachal Pradesh where it is mostly influenced by the political parties coupled with commercial compulsions, secret or obvious affiliations which make them compromise on vital aspects of reporting and sharing. As the media and journalism in India are doing the role of Fourth Estate, it is  high time media should broaden its share of responsibility and it’s in the interest of all to help media in Arunachal evolve into that stature devoid of political influences and competent enough to reach out up to the remotest corners and bring about social issues in public without any ingredients of fear and compulsion.

Lastly, I have restricted myself to sharing views and perspectives only rather than suggesting any magical remedial panacea, I left it on our elite think tanks to suggest and implement it in action.


Lamgan Wangsu

NERIST, Nirjuli






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