ITANAGAR, Mar 13: It was one of the most stimulating and fun filled session of APLS.
With steaming cups of tea flowing freely inside the auditorium of JN Museum, Itanagar,
the 22nd monthly sitting of APLS started with the recitation of a heart touching
& nostalgic poem titled “Looking back” by Miss Sangita Thapa, a MA (English), student
This was followed by another thought provoking Oriya poem, recited by P.K.Mahapatra
by the title “Udigala pakshi bhangi dei basa”.
With the session in full swing, Shilpi Dutta, Lecturer English, further enlivened
the meeting with the rendering of her poem “Kathpencil, robor”, in Assamese.
Bompi Riba, Assistant Professor, English of RGU brought a different flavor to the
session, by the rendition of her short story titled, “The Head is the black sheep”.
All the compositions were self composed and new.
The select gathering was further regaled with personal humorous accounts of Y.D.Thongchi,
Sahitya Akademi award winner cum Chief Information Commissioner, Tokong Pertin, Director
Trade & Commerce and Tage Tada, Director Research. In fact, they kept the gathering
in splits till the very end of the session. Also, Thongchi informed that office-bearers
from Sahitya Akademy Headquarter, New Delhi would be visiting Itanagar on 28th of
this month, with delegates from West Bengal & Assam. Amongst others, the noted Bengali
litterateur, Sunil Gangopadhyay & Lakshmi Nandan Bora, the famed Assamese writer
are expected to take part in the programme, he further said.
Others who were present in the meeting were, Ajanta, the noted Assamese author, Jamuna
Bini, Assistant Professor Hindi & revered Hindi poet, RGU, Karpi Rike, Kekge Essi,
both MA(English), RGU and writer Pekba Ringu.
The session was presided by Thongchi, who is also the President as well as the founder
President of APLS.
PR members dissatisfied with PDS delivery
ITANAGAR, Mar 13: All the Anchal Samity members and Gram Chairpersons and Govt officials
under Pipsorang Anchal samity discussed the multiple bottleneck of the circle that
comes on the way of normal administrative functioning, particularly in implementation
of various welfare schemes in a coordination meeting held at the office chamber of
CO-cum member secretary, Pipsorang on Mar 11 last.
While having a discussion on PDS in the circle, the house expressed dissatisfaction
over the performance of PDS head load carriage system since it’s re-introduction
in Nov last. Some of the ASMs informed the house that not a single BPL/AAY beneficiary
has received their monthly quota of rice in their gram panchayat segments till date.
The house also resolved to urge the authorities for providing at least 6 sorties
every month to CPO Centre Pipsorang. It observed that present air tonnage of essential
ration commodities provided to CPO Centre Pipsorang every month is insufficient to
fulfill the needs of the consumers of the area.
After a marathon discussion, the Anchal samity meeting also adopted resolution demanding
introduction of weekly helicopter service to Pipsorang in order to improve the administrative
system. However, the CO–cum member secretary Nangram Pingkap informed the house
that following the resolution of Anchal Samity meeting held last year, the need of
introducing the copter service was taken up with the state Govt through MLA Tali.
However, he said, concern authorities are finding difficulties to adjust the flying
hours to Pipsorang with a few number of copters under the disposal of the state Govt.
While expressing satisfaction over the re-grouping/cluster system conceived by the
CO for streamlining the education sector in the circle, the members present in the
house stressed the need of sufficient basic infrastructure like furniture, teachers
quarters, ration items for smooth running of the schools under the circle.
Earlier, Pingkap explained in detailed about the need of such coordination meeting.
Such coordination meetings become more relevant in view of the devolution of the
29 subjects to the PRIs, the CO said and added that it is mandatory for the Govt
functionaries to attend the coordination meeting to explain, guide and involve the
grass-root level leaders in delivering service to the people.
The issues raised by the PRI leaders in regard to official programmes and policies
were cleared by the officers of the respective department, according to an official
Intl Expo in capital inaugurated
ITANAGAR, Mar 13: Arunachal Pradesh Contractor Welfare Association (APCWA) president
Nabam Tagam has inaugurated the International Expo 2011 at Nyokum Lapang Ground in
a function today.
Tagam lauded the efforts of the organizers for coming up with the Expo of truly International
standard for the first time in Itanagar.
Apart from a big contingent of 10 participants from Thailand, there are also participants
from Kenya, Pakistan, Egypt in the Itanagar International Expo 2011.
Tata Motors, the title sponsor of the event providing 1 gm gold on every purchase
of their vehicle booking. Besides this Telecom giants Aircel has got attractive schemes
for the people of Arunachal Pradesh. Prasenjit Roy Choudhury, Manager, Marketing
on behalf of the organization said India as a nation is surging ahead and today is
a power to reckon with in the global scenario of business and trade.
Itanagar International Expo 2011 envisages to be the platform to showcase immense
potentialities that the state capital and other parts of Arunachal Pradesh possess
and to create awareness about the government policies among the masses within an
ambience of business buzz.
He further said that the objective of the Expo is also to create a congenial environment
for mutual cooperation among the artisans and entrepreneurs of NE region so as to
produce innovative products with quality and quantity.
Food festivals and cultural programmes are also being planned to make the expo more
AR provides amenities to
community halls in Changlang
ITANAGAR, Mar 13: 25 Assam Rifles under the DAH Division provided necessary items
and equipments including TV, TATA sky, benches, chairs, tables, PA system, fans,
cupboards, utensils, tarpaulins, sports equipment, notice boards to the community
halls of Khimyong, Sankha Havi, Saching, Phantip and Jankhrum villages at modest
It was all evident from the smiling faces of the villagers that their long standing
but genuine requirements had been addressed by Assam Rifles.
Changlang SP Tumme Amo, who was the chief guest in a handing over ceremony in one
of the villages, echoed the feelings of the population when he said “This exemplary
and genuinely kind gesture shown to the people by Assam Rifles shows the selfless
dedication and love they have for the people of Changlang. They are the true friends
of these hill people”.
Ambulance for workers
launched at Tawang
By Staff Reporter
TAWANG, Mar 13: Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare
Board (APB&OCWWB) Chairman Jalley Sonam along with local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary
Tsewang Dhondup launched an ambulance for registered workers here in presence of
Tawang Deputy Commissioner Gamli Padu, APB&OCWWB Secretary cum Commissioner Ojing
Speaking on the occasion as chief guest, Dhondup called upon the workers to avail
the benefits provided to them by the government by registering themselves with the
Apart from hard labour every worker should develop mental ability to generate innovative
ideas which could double their income, he said. He, however, lamented that many
workers are harassed by some employers in various work sites by forcing them to work
over time at minimal wages.
APB&OCWWB chairman Sonam pitched for better avenues of the workers and urged them
to get registered with Board to get the benefit of various schemes.
“I wonder why the workers are reluctant to register their names in labour welfare
boards; workers should come forward and get themselves registered with Board to enjoy
the facilities” he said.
“Unless you get registered, the funds given to you by the state and Centre would
remain un-utilized” he said.
Sonam, meanwhile, encouraged the workers to adopt family planning saying that the
root cause of poverty among them was due to lack of awareness on family planning.
He also advised the unemployed youths to take up horti. and agriculture activities
to make themselves self reliant instead of running after contract works. Tawang unit
of All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union president Leki Tsering informed APB&OCWWB
chairman about their grievances on the occasion.
Later, free exercise books were distributed to the children of registered workers.
Thousands of workers from Jamithang, Lumla, Bumla, Moktu, Jang and Lao attended the
NSS organize special camp at Toon village
ITANAGAR, Mar 13: The NSS unit of Government College Yachuli conducted a social service
cum mass tree plantation, community awareness meeting on education, health and hygiene
under its two-day special camp at Toon village on March 11 and 12.
Around 50 NSS volunteers, faculty members and office staff of the College conducted
the special camp. The villagers, panchayat leaders and students of Toon Primary School
enthusiastically participated in both social service as well as in awareness programme.
Participating in the programme as resource person, Dr. Tana That, a local Medical
Officer explained the health scenario and revealed that the diseases like jaundice,
malaria are prevalent in this area. Such diseases can be controlled through health
consciousness among the people, he added. He also dwelt at length about the danger
of HIV & AIDS especially among the growing youths and cautioned them to take all
preventive measures as there is no viable treatment so far.
According to him as on today as many as 167 cases of HIV have been detected in the
state. In fact this is only a tip of ice barge as negligible population have gone
for the test. The cases would be much more if entire population of state gets tested
for this disease.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. N.T. Rikam, Principal of the college exhorted the volunteers
to imbibe the motto of NSS. Apart from academic achievement one need to acquire proficiency
in extra curricular activities also, he said.
While addressing the villagers, he called upon them to go for adopting cash crops
instead of traditional agricultural practices. The wanton destruction of forest by
burning and felling down the trees are rampant in the areas which need to be stopped.
He reminded that Yachuli circle is famous for its scenic beauty and favourable climatic
condition. He urged the villagers particularly, the village elders to guard their
forest resources and taken to task to those who are indulged in burning the forest
and felling of trees. They must go for tree plantation every year to compensate
the already destructed areas, he said.
ASM Joram Elyu expressed his gratitude to the college community for organizing such
programme in his village which has immensely benefited the villagers and the students.
He hoped that the collegebeing an immediate neighbour will always maintained cordial
Dr. Hage Hassang, Programme Officer, NSS Unit of the college briefly highlighted
the aim and objective of NSS activities. He asked the villagers to take maximum
services from the volunteers in all respects. He also informed that the NSS Unit
of the college has adopted Toon village as area of its activities for coming three
years and hence sought the cooperation of the villagers in all time to come, According
to a College release.
Wakro celebrates National Book Week
ITANAGAR, Mar 13: The Govt Secondary, School, ASSET and the Vivekananda Trust jointly
celebrated the National Book Week with a series of activities and book-contests at
Wakro. Students of all age-groups took part in the celebration.
Speaking on the occasion, Anung Nyodu, appreciated the organizers for their efforts
to strengthen the reading habits of the youth. She appealed to the students to make
the best use of the youth library. “Reading is a must to take you ahead in life”,
she reminded them.
The participants also held condolence meeting for the victims of the earthquake and
tsunami in Japan.
The highlight of the celebrations was a display of “Gijjubhai ka guldasta” (NBT),
a set of creative books for children by Gijjubhai Badheka, the first to advocate
child-friendly education in pre-independent India. The open-air skits by the APNE
library readers on Rukminidevi Arundale and Anutai Wagh, who worked for the emancipation
of women’s education in India, drew cheers from the audience. The vocabulary word-games
by Dr. Puran Singh of Govt. Sec School and the ‘Paint a book mark’ contest too created
enthusiastic response from the students. Creative writing sessions for students are
also being held as part of the celebrations.
Achievers of Hong felicitated
Kendriya Vidyalaya at Siiro finalized : Richo
ITANAGAR, Mar 13: All Hong Employees' Welfare Association, Ziro felicitated the achievers
of Hong village, namely, Budi Habung, the First District and Sessions Judge of Arunachal
Pradesh and Bullo Mamu for her excellence in APPSCCE-2010 in a felicitation function
held here yesterday. Govt employees, panchayat leaders, students and public of Hong
village participated in the function.
The chief guest of the function, Padi Richo, Parliamentary Secretary for Land Management,
Labour and Employment informed the gathering that Kendriya Vidhyalaya has been finalized
to set up at Siiro in Hong village. Establishment of such institution would immensely
improve educational scenario of the area and the local people will be benefitted
by the institution, he said.
Citing the example of sincerity and determination of Mamu, who had joined the art
stream to achieve her choicest goal in life, despite her selection in medical joint
entrance examination, Richo called upon the students to imbibe a sense of dedication,
sincerity and to work hard with determination.
Pointing out the dedicated services of Robin Hibu, IPS and Hibu Dole, IFS, Richo
further said that Budi Habung, District and Sessions Judge is the asset of the country;
his service can not confined to a community or society.
AHEWA Chairman Hibu Tadi has called upon the people of Hong village to put more
efforts to excel in every sphere at par with the people of other society or community.
He also advised the students to be more studious and emulate the path of elders
like - Robin Hibu, Hibu Dole, Budi Habung, and Bullo Mamu, designated Circle Officer
and many more people of Hong village who achieved their goal in life.
One of the achievers Budi Habung, while narrating his success story, told that hard
work and perseverance are the two main factors which led to success.
Bullo Tama Rinyo, mother of Bullo Mamu, on behalf of achiever Mamu informed about
the message of her daughter which read: "Make your choice out of so many options,
follow your instincts and be loyal to it. Where luck or hard work fails, sincerity
always pays off. Follow your heart, be little stubborn with rationality and have
faith in yourself."
Association secretary Tapi Tai also spoke on the occasion.
Super cop Robin Hibu, Hibu Dole, Dr. Hibu Tagyung, Hibu Tamang, Tilling Taker, Punyo
Tangu and other senior members also advised the students gathering and parents to
follow the path of the success shown by the achievers of today and yesteryear.
Blood donation camp
ITANAGAR, Mar 13: A large number of volunteers donated blood during a blood donation-cum-awareness
camp themed ‘Young blood donors bring a ray of hope’ organized by the Naharlagun-based
Turbu Daleh Multipurpose Cooperative Society in collaboration with the Arunachal
Pradesh State AIDS Control Society and the RK Mission Hospital at the AP state secretariat
RK Mission blood bank in-charge Dr Choudhary provided information about the benefits
of blood donation to the participants and encouraged people to participate in such
noble initiatives. The project manager of Simplex Company also spoke.
ITANAGAR, Mar 13: Business community as well as Itanagar Market Welfare Association
(IMWA) appealed to the authorities concerned to educate and make the shopkeepers
aware about the laws and other provisions of mentioning rates of various items sold
by them by organizing meeting, workshop, symposium etc. so that a certain modalities
could be worked out to mention every items’ rate separately and as per Govt norms.
It is unfair on the part of the Department concerned to harass the ‘innocent’ shopkeepers
by imposing heavy fines for not mentioning the rates of every item separately without
providing them with proper guideline that as to how and which manner the shopkeepers
would mention rates of each item separately, IMWA said in a release, and urged the
department concerned and organizations like Arunachal Chamber of Commerce and Industry
to look into the matter.
The Department of Legal Metrology has imposed fines on many shopkeepers in and around
the Capital Complex recently and seized various items from them on pretext of not
mentioning the rates item wise under Standards of Weights and Measures (Enforcement)
Act, 1985, creating chaos among the business community, IMWA informed.
Officials satisfied over smooth conduct of CBSE exams in Ziro
ITANAGAR, Mar 13: CBSE Class XII and X examinations which started on March one and
five respectively are being conducted smoothly and peacefully at examination centre
at Govt Hr. Sec. School, Ziro.
“Due to strict vigilance and friskers and invigilators in the hall, no examinee is
adopting any kind of unfair means. There has been a pin-drop silence in the examination
hall,” Central Superintendent of Examination centre Dakme Abho said in a release.
ITANAGAR: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union has taken strong exception to
the use of word AAPSU by an organization which calls itself Ex-AAPSU Forum.
“There is no ex or Future AAPSU. AAPSU is one and will remain so, forever. We will
not tolerate bifurcating of the AAPSU into several pieces” said a statement.
“Recent media publication by Ex-AAPSU has confused the common mass. AAPSU do not
subscribe to the opinion and views of such Forum.
Furthermore, it called on all not to suffix or prefix AAPSU in nomenclature of their
organization as it has the sanctity surrounding its name. It has a legacy, rich history,
sacrifice written large over it, it said.
AIMSU gets new president
ROING, Mar 13: A 15 member advisory board and the executive members of All Idu Mishmi
Students Union (AIMSU) today nominated Malo Linggi as the new President of the union.
Linggi was the nomination of the advisory board after former AIMSU President Unti
Umbrey was forced to step down.
The meeting chaired by AIMSU Chief Advisor Tone Mickrow took the decision of nomination
as per the power vested in the union’s bye-law (Article IXc).
The nomination of Mr Linggi received support of all the executive members present
that included General Secretary, Assistant General Secretary, Vice-President, Convenor
(Roing/Anini), Information and Publicity Secretary, Spokesperson and other members
of the union.
The new AIMSU President is a Master degree holder in Social Works from Madras Christian
College. He has traveled extensively across the country and also visited Malaysia,
Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand.
The name of the district ‘East’ Kameng was wrongly published as ‘West’ Kameng in
a news item, ‘Women Society formed” published in yesterday’s edition of this daily.
The error is regretted.
Looting Government funds meant for villagers, farmers, ignorants & common public.
Siphoning off fund meant for Road, water, electricity,& rural development in state.
Wearing cowboy hat, dark glass, tight jeans, and discussing jingle bell topic.
Shuttling to metropolitan cities and doing business in the name of meeting with party
high command by leaving constituency in ravages.
Chasing to fatten their own bank balance and hobnobbing with businessmen and companies
agents to meet their selfish end.
Constructing & displaying high-rise building through corrupt/black money.
Riding in flashy latest cars and picnicking around with imported wines leaving common
citizen in famine.
Sycophancy system, compromised dealing even at the cost of life & security of common
Empty promises, big talks, blame game, inaugurating cheap functions & celebrations.Roaming
around the globe at the cost of exchequer in the name of state development.
The above are the ten self declared commandments.
Now the time has come for all the corrupt politicians, businessmen, officials of
the state to forget of above Ten Commandments which they have been meticulously following
so far. They have to come down to the battle ground and save our state.
Now the time has come for every sensible citizens of Arunachal Pradesh irrespective
of political parties to rise up and protect the territorial integrity of Tirap &
Changlang at any cost to save from enemy interference /occupation in the interest
This is the time to display our courage & patriotism. Otherwise the time is not far
off our state is likely to disintegrate into thin air for no reasons.
District Congress Committee appealing to NSCN (K) militant for withdrawing threatening
democratically elected legislators are the darkest moment in the history of state.
By the way I wonder where are our Govt. & politicians and those students’ organizations
that showed their might by calling bandhs for petty domestics matter. Why are they
silent when the question of protecting of motherland comes?
Now shall we leave our motherland in the mercy of our helpless villagers, farmers,
ignorant or common citizen when the question of protecting safety & security of territorial
integrity comes? Let us fight back united and courageously and we can!
It appears only a yeoman service rendered in the state seems to be only by your esteem
daily paper.Go on, we are with you, so long as your paper carry the voice of common
citizens & in the interest of state.
Make the hay while the bulb shines
Number you are trying to reach is currently switched off'' the too often familiar
mechanical response one get from their cell-phones. Reason? Power failures for days.
By the time this piece hit the pages power supply may be restored but will not last
long as usual. Pasighatians will never heave a sigh of relief when it comes to power
problems. Special bonus of power cut gifts offered by power/ electrical department
in addition to the regular quota are, in short, during major sporting events like
soccer or cricket world cup tournaments, important occasions or festivals and disgustingly
during exams. Now habit is a habit and spoiled brat never wants to behave!
Suppose the power supply is uninterrupted say for a week by fluke, come Saturday
the maintenance day, ironically after the so called maintenance works the city will
routinely reel under darkness double the period it enjoyed the luxury of having power
supply again. What reply one get on enquiry is presumably a chain blame game. Technical,
mechanical, human errors or nature's fury are not the only reasons why Pasighat is
facing this perpetual problem of going into darkness regularly, but corruption, nepotism
and favoritism are the major ingredients that breathed life to this virus of departmental
inefficiency and laxity. With these regular power failures one is overdosed with
reminders that dabblers with irresponsible and unprofessional approach are made to
handle one of the most important department, resultantly citizens of the state's
oldest city are hit hard. So folks..! Taking the liberty to tweak a popular proverb,
'make the hay while the bulb shines' next time luckily if the bulb response to the
click of your switch, charge your mobiles, lap-tops, lamps, print unfinished works,
hurry up with updates etc. as one never knows how soon will this luxury be snatched.
Pasighat (on email)
Response to the Open Letter to Sonia Gandhi
The aspersion made by former MLA Takam Sorang, who happened to be a responsible Member
of the Legislative Assembly for two consecutive terms is quite unfortunate. Leaders
of his statures are expected to be more rationale and sensible before going to public
on any issue concerning the interest of the State. The blatant statement made by
him shows more of his political and social irresponsibility.
The allegations made by him against the Chief Minister are bizarre and unfounded.
It is mischievous to connect the Chief Minister with underground organizations. Arunachal
Government has got nothing to do in NSCN issues when the same is being dealt at the
Government of India level.
It is the wisdom of Takam Sorang as to how and in what way he interprets the so called
letter of the NSCN (K) published in a daily on 7th March, 2011. But it is deceit
on his part to allege the Chief Minister of having a nexus with the other rival group
i.e. NSCN (IM) on the basis of the said letter of NSCN (K). Being the head of the
democratically elected Government, the Chief Minister is mature enough to deal with
matters concerning the larger interest of the State as per the laid down procedure
instead of making an issue out of nothing. It is more ridiculous than being ethical
on his part to say that the present Chief Minister of the State should resign on
moral ground over a letter published in a daily threatening the democratic set up
in the State, the very authenticity of which is still shrouded in mystery.
Takam Sorang is a part and parcel of the vested political game, who being in the
INC party is head bound to do as much damage to the party by maligning the image
of its CLP leader only to garner cheap popularity. His “open letter” is depiction
of more of his frustration, vested interest and ulterior political motives than of
his concerns for the State. It’s a well planned attempt to fish in the troubled waters.
If at all he is genuinely concerned for the State he should have approached the Chief
Minister, with clear intention of helping the Government as was done by other social
organizations and individuals instead of un-necessarily giving much air to the issue.
The daily which published the said “Open Letter” of Takam Sorang is expected to act
in terms of media ethics by verifying the facts and allegations so made in order
to make a balance reporting to the public. However, the said letter was published
without giving a second thought and thereby misleading the public. The act per se
is biased with a design to malign the image of Chief Minister. As per press Council
of India’s Journalistic conduct Item no. 3 under the heading Caution against defamatory
writings it is clearly mentioned that “Newspaper should not publish anything which
is manifestly defamatory or libellous against any individual/ organisation unless
after due care and verification, there is sufficient reason/evidence to believe that
it is true and its publication will be for public good”. Even if the reason goes
thereof that the News Paper has carried the view of any individual in letters to
the editor page, the Press Council of India says in Item No. 15 An editor who decides
to open his columns for letters on a controversial subject, is not obliged to publish
all the letters received in regard to that subject. He is entitled to select and
publish only some of them either in entirety or the gist thereof. However, in exercising
this discretion, he must make an honest endeavour to ensure that what is published
is not one-sided but represents a fair balance between the views for and against
with respect to the principal issue in controversy.
The onus thus now lie with Takam Sorang and the daily which published his so called
“open letter” to prove with evidences in the Court of Law the allegations of corruption
by the Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu more particularly the alleged nexus of the Chief
Minister with that of underground organization i.e. NSCN (IM) in the Defamation suit
being filed against them in the Court of Law.
Secretariat (on email)
Make use of existing laws
I would like to draw the attention of District Administration towards recent arrest
of four drug peddlers. It is very proud moments for us as well as for the District
But I would like to focus on weakness of administration and on two non-tribal drug
peddlers, who might have been roaming freely in and around Itanagar and Naharlagun
without proper valid inner line permits.
We can see many beggars around Akash Deep complex, Legi Complex, Takar Complex. Do
these beggars have inner line passes?
This show how weak is our law and order system is.
It is no use blaming those persons who are in Arunachal without proper valid inner
line passes, it is the District Administration who does not verify the applicant’s
identity proof properly and allow them in, thus showing negligence at work.
I appeal as well as request the District Administrations to check on this matter
because Arunachal Pradesh is a restricted place as well as for its tribal peoples'
Bangalore (on email)
As has been very correctly pointed out in this letter, this daily is expected to
be, and indeed is, governed by the Press Council of India’s Journalistic Code of
Conduct, of which the items 3 and 15 are significant parts.
It is in pursuance of this that a matter of great public good has been published.
This daily believes that the issue addressed in these letters is indeed of the highest
interest of the people of the State.
It is in the principle of giving the public a balanced perspective that this daily
has published both letters in their entirety and has also given unbiased and equitable
front-page coverage to all statements made on the issue.
Regarding the authenticity of the original letter published, the daily has shared
all details of the correspondence with the government and is happy to assist in any
manner to identify the source of the letter.
All email and surface mails must be accompanied with contact numbers and full postal
address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.